The Second City visits The Ark

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The improvisational comedy troupe known as The Second City will bring their shenanigans to The Ark in Ann Arbor on April 10 & 11. Second City was founded in Chicago in the late 50s and has been a springboard for much comedic talent, including Bill Murray, Stephen Colbert, Chris Farley, Dan Aykroyd, Joan Rivers, John Belushi, Alan Arkin and many others. Join the troupe for “One Nation, Under Blog,” an evening of improvised and scripted sketch comedy that is current, interactive and gosh darn funny. Feel like reading too? Check out The Second City almanac of improvisation.
Thursday April 10, 8pm & Friday April 11, 7:30pm. Visit The Ark’s website for more info and ticket information.

AXIS Coffeehouse @ Malletts Creek, Friday, April 4, 6:30-8:00 pm

Don’t miss the last AXIS Coffeehouse for the spring this Friday at the Malletts Creek Branch. If you’ve never been to the coffeehouse, it’s an open mic night for teens in grade 6-12. Perform your own work, or your favorite by somebody else. Recruit one of your friends, and perform something together. Don’t feel like going up to the mic? No problem! Just hang out, enjoy the free snacks, and enjoy the company. All teen performers will receive a $5 fine forgiveness coupon.

Get Your Game On! Strategy Style....

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Join us for an afternoon of strategy and fun gameplay - this Sunday, March 30 from 1:00-4:00 PM @ the Downtown Library (in the MP room)! The library owns copies of the award-winning Settlers of Catan, Carcassone, Condotierre and Chrononauts, but attendees are welcome and encouraged to bring along their favorite Euro-style board game (no Monopoly or Sorry here!). Bring friends, learn to play a new game, or teach someone to play your fave - Teens in grades 6 & up and adults are welcome! These may be no-tech games, but there are definately not no-fun. Alex Horvath, owner of the store Get Your Game On (on Packard @ State) will be there to play games and offer a coupon to his store for attendees. Snack and drinks will be served - see you there!

Home Sweet Home For the Long Run

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Are you planning for retirement in the near or distant future? New housing options such as The Village Model are becoming more common for people who want to remain in their own home after retirement. To learn more, come to the Aging In Place program presented by Blueprint for Aging on April 5th at 1pm at the Malletts Creek Branch.

Retro Octathlon and Constant Brawl Friday, plus Wii Sports Saturday!

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No school Friday! So, what to do? How about a high score contest across 8 vintage videogames at our third annual Retro Octathlon? How about a 42" TV in the back of the room running nothing but Super Smash Brothers Brawl ALL DAY LONG? You can have both in the MP Room at the Downtown Library Friday, from 1-8 pm. And, just in case that's not enough smash for you, there will also be open Melee during the Wii Tennis Doubles Tournament, Saturday from 1-5 pm. Prizes for Retro High Total Scorers and for Wii Sports, plus snacks. See you there! Read on for full Retro Octathlon Details.

ACT/SAT Test Practice on Saturday, March 22

Learn how to access Learning Express Library to take practice tests for either the ACT or SAT. Join us from 10:30-12:00 p.m. in the Pittsfield Computer Training Center.

Attend a rock concert (of sorts)

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The University of Michigan's Basement Arts program is a hidden gem of their theater department. Begun in 1987 in a space no larger than a storage room, the idea was to offer free quality performances produced by U of M theater students. The performances now take place in Studio One at the new Walgreen Drama Center. Their current production, "Mock Rock," is a "riotous evening of song parodies" by members of this U-M student theater troupe. Time is 11 p.m., this Saturday, March 22 at the Walgreen Drama Center, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Call 764-6800 for more information.

Melting Away: Protecting the Poles

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UM Exhibit Museum of Natural History presents the last Polar Science Adventures in the series! Explore the effects of the melting of land ice and sea ice. How will it affect polar animals or people? What can we do to help right now?

Join this workshop for children ages 6-11 and an adult to learn about the Artic and Antarctica. Activities are designed to be accomplished with collaboration between adults and kids. Register at any public services desk or call the library at 327-4200 and choose a session. Walk-ins are also welcome!
Pittsfield Wednesday, March 26th, 4:30-5:30 PM
Malletts Creek Saturday, March 29th, 10-11 AM
Northeast Saturday, March 29th, 2-3 PM

Wii Sports Tournament on Saturday

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Bring a partner or find one here and play in our Doubles Tennis Tournament on the Wii console. Show off your backhand or serve up an ace. Prizes will be awarded to the top two teams. See you on Saturday, March 22nd at 1 PM at the Downtown Library Multipurpose Room. All ages are welcome. We’ll battle across the net until 5 PM.

"It's All Write!" short story Deadline March 21st

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Time to edit and polish that short story! Friday, March 21st is the LAST day to turn in your story for this year's "It's All Write!" short story writing contest for area teens. If you're in Grades 6-12 and you have a story that's a minimum of 4 pages and a maximum of 10, go to 'Events' and then to 'Contests' and click on the link for complete guidelines. Also feel free to call 327-8301 if you have questions. Good Luck! Check out Prize Winning Stories from last year.

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