Sustainable Landscaping with Landscaping Expert Drew Lathin

Tuesday March 24, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Drew Lathin is the General Manager of Creating Sustainable Landscapes and a sustainable landscapes consultant who creates ecologically restorative urban and suburban landscapes. As an outspoken critic of conventional landscaping practices which destroy habitat, result in species extinction, and threaten the biodiversity upon which life depends, Drew utilizes native plants in his beautifully installed landscapes that support wildlife, and reduce or eliminate resource inputs such as pesticides and supplemental water. He will speak on these subjects and offer suggestions and tips for how you too, can utilize native plants and biodiversity to create sustainable landscapes of any scale on your own property.

Educating Community Members About Health Insurance Options

Monday January 26, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

In partnership with the Washtenaw Health Initiative (WHI) and the U-M group, the Health Policy Student Association, this session will provide information about health insurance options and will also provide information to refer community members to services that can directly enroll people into the coverage they’re eligible for.

Some community members are enrolled in coverage that requires re-enrollment each year, and the speaker will have information and assistance for attendees to learn about re-enrollment.

Home Energy Conservation

Wednesday February 4, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

DTE staff present an informative talk about all the ways homeowners and renters can save money by using the conservation tips and enhancements that DTE provides free of charge, like LED lightbulbs and energy-saving shower heads. Hear about how you can have a home energy consultation!

November Holiday Markets

Mark your calendars and plan to take in a holiday market during the month of November. Here are a few to consider:
The Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild Holiday Sale is Saturday Nov. 8 from 10am - 4 pm., in WCC Morris Lawrence Buillding., 4800 E. Huron River Dr.
The Holiday Art Fair of the Guild of Artists & Artisans is Saturday, November 15, 10am - 6pm and Sunday, November 16, 11am - 5 pm, in the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center.
The Sunday Artisan Market Holiday Open House is Sunday, November 16, from 11am - 4pm in Kerrytown Shops on Detroit St.

Provide feedback on plans for an Allen Creek trail!

All Ann Arbor residents are invited to share their opinions on the trail, which will provide green space and help reduce flooding in Ann Arbor. This short survey has been designed to capture ideas and feedback.

Looking for more information on the trail? See last week's MLive article, and take a look at a map of the trail.

Tiny Expo: Ann Arbor's biggest little indie arts & craft fair — Downtown, December 13th!

Ann Arbor's biggest little indie arts & craft fair is back! After a few years of hopping around to different locales, Tiny Expo will land at the Downtown AADL this December 13th, 11am—5:30pm!

Just what IS Tiny Expo? It's a fun local, and handmade shopping experience that began with a small group of artists in 2010. As the initial group of creative folks banded together to hold a fun, informal little fair, expo-goers responded, and the show grew just a teeny bit each year. Finding a location that could fit everyone was a perennial challenge, though, and so Tiny Expo jumped around town — from Kerrytown to Felch Street and back again.

This year, the Downtown Library will host Tiny Expo's marvelous collection of local indie artists and crafters, including a few audience favorites from past Tiny Expo editions! We'll be announcing the final artist roster in mid November, but if you or an artist you know might be a good fit, you can apply here to be a part of things!

So, get excited, get ready, and mark your calendar — for the biggest little indie arts and craft fair, this December!

Get Out and Vote in the General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014

We're only one week away from the General Election for Federal, State and Local Offices and Ballot Proposals. You can view your sample ballot, check your polling location and much more at Michigan Votes.

The Michigan League of Women Voters Nonpartisan Voter Guide is available at all library branches and online. League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area candidate forums can be viewed online as well.

Here's a few tips for making voting easy:
-Don’t forget to bring your photo ID to vote. Voters who do not have acceptable photo ID will be required to sign an affidavit in order to vote.
-Peak voting hours are from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Voters who want to avoid long lines are encouraged to vote during midday hours.
-Polling place hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. If you are standing in line by 8 p.m. then you are eligible to vote.
-The City Clerk's Office is open Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 8am to 2pm to accept in-person requests for absentee ballots.
-Ann Arbor Public Schools are closed on Election Day. Polling places located within schools are open.

Washtenaw County election results are televised on Community Television Network’s CitiTV Channel 19 beginning at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014—after the polls close—and will continue throughout the night.

Strengthening Families

The Washtenaw Success By 6 Great Start Collaborative invite all teachers, caregivers, and others who work with young children to a presentation on strengthening families. Learn about the Five Protective Factors:

Parental Resilience
Social Connections
Concrete support in times of need
Knowledge of parenting and child development
Social and Emotional competence in children

Research shows these factors make all families stronger, even those dealing with toxic stress and trauma.

This Free event will be held on Friday, November 21 at WISD from 12:30 - 2:30. If you are interested, please RSVP

For further questions, please contact Elizabeth Smith at 734-994-8100 or esmith@washtenawisd.org.

Ann Arbor Film Festival's DVD Release Party

Looking for something to do tonight? Catch the premiere of the AAFF Volume 7 DVD at the launch party on Tuesday, October 14 at 9pm at Arbor Brewing Company. As part of WCBN's monthly movie night series, WCBN and AAFF will co-present the first peek at the Volume 7 DVD featuring award-winning films and other works of interest from the 52nd AAFF. Doors open at 8:30pm and the movie begins at 9pm.

Can't make it tonight? AADL has DVDs from past festivals that you can check out. You can also explore the Ann Arbor Film Festival Archive featuring photos, interviews, posters, articles, and programs from the history of the fabulous film festival.

Professional Recertification Program @ JFS

One of the most challenging aspects about coming to a new country would be to ensure your professional certification from home is valid in your new community. This can be a barrier that many immigrants face with difficulty due to the expense. Now, Jewish Family Services has such a recertification program for new immigrants to be certified as an accountant, a teacher, a barber or a number of professions, per the attached brochure. Give Dominic Ortega, the JFS Career Services Advisor, a call at 734-769-0209. Translation services available.

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