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Join us for community vinyasa yoga tomorrow evening!

Certified yoga instructor Raina LaGrand will offer an introductory vinyasa yoga class tomorrow evening at the Mallets Creek branch of AADL from 6:00 to 7:30pm. Vinyasa yoga integrates breath with movement and helps the practitioner gain strength and flexibility while also decreasing stress and tension in the body.

Dress comfortably and for movement, and bring a yoga mat if you have one! All yoga skill levels are welcome.

Nerd Nite Ann Arbor: Macrophages, Traffic Tactics, and the Hippocampus! Presented by AADL at LIVE 102 South First St.

Thursday July 24, 2014: 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm -- LIVE (102 S 1st Street)

This event is intended for Adults

For the last year and a half, crowds have gathered each month in the early evening - in bars and venues around Ann Arbor. Around 7 pm, it begins: three boisterous speakers geek out up front. What is this? Some secret club?

Nope! It's Nerd Nite Ann Arbor! And it's open to anyone and everyone who loves to learn or share what they love.

For the uninitiated, Nerd Nite (NN) has been described as “...like the Discovery Channel™…with beer!” Sounds fun, right? It is! NN is held monthly in 70+ cities, giving several folks the opportunity to give 18-21 minute fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines. Imagine learning about everything from the science of the Simpsons to the genealogy of Godzilla. Fun stuff!

So show up, have a drink, meet other nerds, and learn a bunch of awesome new junk!

Macrophages, Traffic Tactics, and the Hippocampus!
Get the skinny on under-appreciated “sentinel” cells called macrophages, pick up tricks to boost your errand-running efficiency, and investigate something called Growth Factor X’s role in the brain – is it truly a hero or a villain?

-Gabriel Martinez-Santibañez - Fat and Diabetes: What it is, how it works, and how to get rid of it
-Moritz Niendorf - Recalculating Route: Go to the Post Office Before the Grocery
-Elyse L. Aurbach - Growth Factor X: Superhero or Villain in the Depressed Brain?

Join us for a special super-science edition of Nerd Nite, featuring speakers from the University of Michigan’s RELATE program. Grab a drink, bring a friend, and immerse yourself in some of the research being done right in our very own fair city.

Want to see past topics and a little more info? Check NNA2's site.

AADL is sponsoring this month's event, so there will be NO COVER (usually $5)!
Doors open at 6:30 pm, and speakers start at 7 pm LIVE is at 102 South 1st Street.

Mark your calendars and spread the word! Any and all nerds (and non-nerds!) who love learning and having a great time are welcome to join us!

Cool Summer Drinks

When you think of a cool, refreshing drink that you'd like to have on a hot, summer day you think of lemonade, right? Or maybe iced tea.

But there is a lesser known, fizzy drink great for summer known as kombucha. It sort of tastes like a cross between carbonated water and tea. You can even add juice to it. There is another side benefit to drinking kombucha: It's fermented! You make it be starting with some tea that has loads of sugar in it. After adding a probiotic yeast and bacterial colony (known as a SCOBY mother) and letting it sit for several days to weeks, the probiotics break down the sugar into acids so that by the time you drink it, it's very low in sugar. With every cup you get loads of healthy bacteria and B-complex vitamins. Talk about healthy! There is a book that shows you how to make it at home here and here.

It’s summer so a lot of Ann Arborites are growing a vegetable garden. I know I am! But what if your garden is doing so well that you have armfuls of veggies that you don't know what to do with? A great way to get some awesome nutrition or to use up extra veggies and dark leafy greens is to make smoothies or juices. For a great smoothie all you need is a blender and a knife to cut up the toughest pieces. "But won't that taste icky?" I can hear you say. Fear not! The sweet fruit you add makes the bitter taste of vegetables like kale hardly detectable. Try it and I bet you'll be a smoothie addict in no time.

Teens Using Drugs: Education Series

The Dawn Farms Education Series, "Teens Using Drugs: What To Know and What To Do" is a free, two-part series that will be presented from 7:30-9:00 pm Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 (part one, "What to Know"), and Tuesday, June 10th (part two, "What to Do"). The programs will be held in the “Exhibition Room” at the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center at 5305 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti. The presenter will be Brian Spitsbergen, Director, Community Intervention and Treatment (CITx,) Growth Works, Inc.and will be the last one until the sessions resume in October, 2014. This program is targeted primarily to parents/caretakers of teens & young adults but is inclusive of other family members, teens, professionals, students, people who sponsor or support teens, and others interested. Please contact 734-485-8725 or info@dawnfarm.org or see the link to teens using drugs for information.

New Self-Help Book: 10% Happier

Self-help stories, in my opinion, can be very inspiring. So how can I resist this new book: 10 % Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-help That Actually Works -- a True Story, by Dan Harris. From the AADL catalog book description: "After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure, involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists . . . " Currently there are 46 holds on one copy. Make that 47 -- I just placed mine.

Dawn Farm Ride for Recovery!

The 5th Annual Dawn Farm Ride for Recovery is Sunday, April 27 with early registration happening now through April 1st! This is a family-fun-filled fitness event & a fundraiser for Dawn Farm. There many ways to participate at any fitness level; with 10k, 25 and 40 mile and 100 K bike rides; 5K and 10K walks or runs. There will also be food, tours of the working farm, and more! In addition to a fun event that the entire family can enjoy, the Ride for Recovery provides an opportunity to support a critical community service. Dawn Farm is committed to helping people find recovery from addiction, regardless of their ability to pay. Community support for events like the Ride for Recovery helps to keep these vital services available for those who need them most! For more information call: 734-485-8725.

MI Bridges Navigation Workshop

Anyone engaged in social service work with families will benefit from attending the April 23 free workshop at Washtenaw ISD, Vogel C, 1819 South Wagner, Ann Arbor, MI 48106, 9:00 am – noon. MI Bridges Navigation Collaborative Learning Opportunity is developed and maintained by the MI Department of Human Services and allows households to apply for food, medical, child care, cash, energy, and non energy assistance, in addition to checking the status of benefits and reporting household changes. This session provides participants an overview of the MI Bridges system and hands on opportunity to use MI Bridges with sample cases. It is recommended for outreach workers, case managers, program coordinators, family support parents, service coordinators; anyone working with families should attend. To register call 1-800-292-7851 x472. For directions only call 734-994-8100.

The Anonymous People

The Anonymous People” is an award-winning documentary film highlighting the millions of Americans in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs, lending their voices and their stories to a grassroots social justice movement that takes aim at changing the conversation from problems to solutions. This free public screening provides a unique opportunity to experience a powerful, profoundly moving testimony to the presence, power and diversity of recovery. The event is being organized by the University of Michigan Collegiate Recovery Program and the Eastern Michigan University Students for Recovery. This film will be shown: Tuesday, March 25, 2014; 5:30 to 7:00 pm at the University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School Amphitheater, 915 East Washington Street. Cost for this event is free, open to all, no registration is required. FOR INFORMATION: Contact Matt Statman, U/M Collegiate Recovery Program Manager, 734-763-3933. Email: collegiate.recovery.program@umich.edu.

Health Hearts Initiaitive

The Ann Arbor YMCA is piloting a program to help prevent heart disease through self-monitoring techniques and recording blood pressure. Between now and the end of March, the YMCA is recruiting 75 people with high blood pressure and internet access to participate in the Healthy Hearts Initiative. Each participant will be given a blood pressure monitor and shown how to record readings at least twice a month for the next four months. To learn more or enroll in the program, please contact Diane Carr at (734) 661-8056.

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