Ann Arbor / Washtenaw County

Camp Scholarships Still Available!

Do you know a young person who would be interested in having a camp experience this summer? If so, now is the time to complete a campership application on behalf of a child who has dreamed of the opportunity to go away to camp. The Washtenaw County Camp Placement Association believes that attending a summer resident camp is a unique life experience that provides children an opportunity for growth in social, emotional and physical well-being. Their mission is to connect at-risk youth to camps through community support. WCPA is the only camping program that accepts referrals from teachers and counselors in all Washtenaw county schools, as well as human service agencies throughout the county. Applicants must be entering Grades 5 through 12 in the fall following camp. WCPA takes referrals and applications throughout the summer-please keep this opportunity in mind for kids who could use it.

AADL 20th Anniversary Exhibit

June 2, 2016 through July 14, 2016 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases

Local voters approved a millage to establish a new District Library for Ann Arbor in 1996.

Take a journey back through twenty years of the Ann Arbor District Library with this exhibit of text, panels and object highlighting the past two decades.

A lot has occurred in twenty years! State, local and national awards, new services, new technologies, new branches, author, celebrity and event highlights and more will be featured in this look at the past twenty years.

Anything Goes in A2

June 18, 2016 through July 28, 2016 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

This fourth annual exhibition at the Mallets Creek Library features thirty-five square paintings from the Painting Section members of the University of Michigan’s Faculty Women’s Club (FWC) covering a large variety of styles and media.

The group started in 1929. The artists learn from each other at weekly paint gatherings in their homes. Shows of their works have been displayed for the past 45 years at venues in the greater Ann Arbor area, including art fairs, UM art galleries, banks, churches, libraries, and more.

The members of this group strive to enrich the cultural life of the Ann Arbor area by raising awareness of and encouraging active participation in the visual arts.

Family Time Thrive Parenting Classes

If you are parenting a child or children from 0-6 years old, you know that it can feel like an overwhelming challenge. For support & resources, income-eligible families may qualify to attend Thrive Parenting classes. This course begins May 24, 2016 and runs for 6 weeks. Mandatory registration takes place Tuesday, May 17 at 5:30 PM at Catholic Social Services. The objective of these sessions are to build a stronger, healthier relationship with your child, learn parenting strategies that really work and network with other parents. For more information call 734-926-0158. Catholic Social Services offers child care and food during these classes, too.

Teens Using Drugs: Education Series

The Dawn Farms Education Series, "Teens Using Drugs: What To Know and What To Do" continues next month. This is a free, two-part series that will be presented from 7:30-9:00 pm Tuesday, May 3rd (part one, "What to Know"), and Tuesday, May 10th, (part two, "What to Do"). The programs will be held in the "Exhibition Room" on the first floor of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center at 5305 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti. The sessions are presented by the Dawn Farm Youth & Family Services team. 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 or see the link to Dawn Farm for further information.

AAATA Expansion Coming in May!

If you haven't heard, this May, AAATA will be expanding services with new routes and improvements-the biggest expansion since 1979!

Download this handy-dandy guide or pick them up at your nearest transit center to see what changes are in store. There will be public meetings about these changes on Tuesday, March 15 at 7pm at the Ypsilanti Township Board Meeting & Wednesday, March 23rd at 10am at the United Way, 2305 Platt Rd., Ann Arbor . More informational meetings will be posted on their site. Won't it will be nice to have a route to our Pittsfield Branch? Oh, the places we'll go!

Dawn Farm Ride for Recovery!

The 7th Annual Dawn Farm Ride for Recovery is Sunday, April 24th with early registration already under way! This is a family-fun-filled fitness event & a fundraiser for Dawn Farm. There many ways to participate at any fitness level; with 10-100 K bike rides; 5K & 10K walks or runs. There will also be food & tours of the working farm. This event gives our community an opportunity to support a critical 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.

Free High Quality Preschool!

Children who attend a high quality program in the year or two before kindergarten are better prepared for school academically, socially and emotionally.The Washtenaw County Quality Preschool Partnership is a collaboration of school districts and community-based providers who offer state (GSRP) and federally (Head Start) funded preschool services for low to moderate income families. There are preschool locations throughout the County with a wide range of classroom schedules to meet varying stages of preschool development. Enrollment begins March 1, 2016. For enrollment information go to the links provided or call 1-800-777-2861.

Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire

Saturday June 4, 2016: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 1st Floor Lobby

This event is intended for all ages.

Now in its 8th year, the Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire presents demonstrations and hands-on activities by makers of all types including roboticists, crafters, artists working with technology, and students.

Come learn how to solder; see mechanical, electrical and micro-controlled devices; and participate in technology new and old. The Faire features Washtenaw County's high school FIRST Robotics teams, the Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum, Maker Works and many more fantastic exhibitors.

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