Family Time at the Ann Arbor Film Festival

Saturday, March 31, 2012: 11am @ the Michigan Theater

Does your family enjoy going to the movies? Want to attend a family-friendly event at this year's Ann Arbor Film Festival?

AADL is participating in the 50th Ann Arbor Film Festival as a community partner for Ages 6+ Films in Competition, taking place Saturday, March 31st @ 11am at the Michigan Theater. If you enter this code - AAFF50AADL - when buying online tickets, you will get $2 off the advance ticket price ($5 standard).

This visually engaging program of 10 films includes animation, music videos, documentaries and a computer-generated 3D film made in 1971. Recommended for ages 6 and up.

Video: Being Homeless In Washtenaw County: A Panel Discussion With The Washtenaw Housing Alliance

Did you know that 2,756 people will experience homelessness within a year in Washtenaw county? 26% are families and 41 people in the county in any given week become homeless. Last February, AADL hosted a panel discussion with the Washtenaw Housing Alliance (WHA). Watch the video of the panel discussion and learn about the innovative partnerships that have been created to address the need and the next steps needed to end homelessness in our community.

Notable Author and Beat Poetry Enthusiast Anne Waldman to Visit Ann Arbor

Internationally acclaimed poet Anne Waldman, co-founded with Allen Ginsberg, the celebrated Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado and is the author of more than 40 books. On April 13th and 14th, Waldman will be visiting Ann Arbor on behalf of the One Pause Poetry Series. The events will take place at METAL, at 220 Felch Street in downtown Ann Arbor.

Waldman, active in the Beat Poetry, New York School, and Black Mountain movements, is an integral member of the "Outrider" experimental poetry community, a culture she has helped create and nurture for over four decades as writer, editor, teacher, performer, magpie scholar, and cultural/political activist. Her work is energetic, passionate, panoramic, and fierce at times. Publishers Weekly recently referred to Waldman as "a counter-cultural giant." Waldman will be reading from The Iovis Trilogy: Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment (Coffee House Press, 2011), a 25-year project in the making.

The schedule for the events is as follows:
April 13, 7-9pm: Reading with Anne Waldman. Reception and book-signing to follow.
April 14, 10:30am-noon: Conversations with Poets: Anne Waldman. One Pause Director Sarah Messer interviews Anne Waldman on her approach to poetry. This interview will be recorded and archived as a part of the One Pause Archive Project.

All readings and conversations are free and open to the public.

One Pause Poetry is part of the nonprofit arts organization Copper Colored Mountain Arts, which serves Southeastern Michigan and is sponsored by the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation.

Green My House: Energy Savers Edition With Experts From The Clean Energy Coalition

Wednesday March 28, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

The energy efficiency experts at Clean Energy Coalition return to AADL and invite you to learn all about home energy upgrades. Topics will include what to do, how to pay for it and where you can get more help on your project.

Brick Bash 2012

Craving LEGOS? Join the community of Ann Arbor for some FREE Lego fun at the 2012 Brick Bash!

The event will feature displays of Lego creations crafted by talented Lego hobbyists from near and far! Even you can get in on the fun - there will be tables piled high with thousands of LEGO, Duplo, and Bionicle pieces for you to craft your very own creations. In addition, Bricks for Brains will have fun and educational building projects for everyone to take part in. For more information, see the list of featured exhibits and activities.

The event will take place at Morris Lawrence Building on the campus of the Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan and last all day Saturday, March 24th from 11am to 6pm. Both admission and parking are free!

U-M Memory Connection phone line offers memory loss and dementia advice

To better assist patients and their families and friends, the University of Michigan Health System has created a phone line to help connect people to memory loss and dementia services and information. The phone number for this new service, the U-M Memory Connection, is (734) 936-8803. Trained professionals who understand conditions related to memory and/or thinking changes such as Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy Body disease and vascular dementia are available to answer calls Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.

Earth Day Festival at Leslie Science & Nature Center

Celebrate Earth Day at the Leslie Science and Nature Center on April 22 from 12-4pm. "This free, family-friendly event features displays from 50 local environmental, non-profit, and governmental organizations; live animal demonstrations; hands-on activities; product & toy testing; live entertainment; green building & commuting technologies; energy topics; water awareness; sustainable agriculture; and more." Check out the birds of prey and the Critter House. Engage in crafting with the Scrap Box. Dance along with local musicians, Gemini. More details are posted at www.a2earthday.org. Can't make this event? Check out the AADL's collection of Earth Day books and videos for more ways to celebrate Earth Day.

Sustainable Ann Arbor Forums 2012: Climate and Energy

Thursday March 8, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This third in a series of four monthly discussions co-sponsored by the City of Ann Arbor focuses on a community Climate Action Plan to address greenhouse gas emissions. The forum is an opportunity to learn and contribute towards the developing Climate Action Plan, and discuss solutions that can reduce emissions in the community. The presentations will look at past successes and challenges, discuss possible future priorities and feature a think tank of local stakeholders. The ensuing discussions will help guide the city's sustainability planning efforts. Panelists include city officials, UM faculty and representatives from local environmental agencies.

Please note that on March 29th from 6pm to 8pm in the 4th floor meeting room of the Downtown Library, the City of Ann Arbor will hold a public meeting to discuss a set of draft overarching sustainability goals developed from existing plans and goals by commissioners from each of the key sustainability commissions and a team of city staff. The public meeting will build on the Sustainable Ann Arbor Forums sponsored by the Ann Arbor District Library and the City of Ann Arbor and provide an opportunity for attendees to share comments on the draft set of sustainability goals.

Ann Arbor Film Festival DVDs

The Ann Arbor Film Festival starts soon! I love this time of year. So many films to see in just a few days time. Have you been hawking over the schedule and taking notes of what you’d like to see? Be ready, as the fun begins Tuesday, March 27 and runs through Sunday, April 1.

Established in 1963, The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North America, and we are lucky to have it in our own backyard. This year marks the festival’s 50th anniversary and there are all sorts of special events going on, not only at the Michigan Theater, but all over town, to make this year bigger and better than ever. Meanwhile, to view some of the films of past festivals, check out these collections available at AADL:

Time Pieces: 46th Ann Arbor Film Festival, DVD collection, Volume 1

Unexplored territories: 47th Ann Arbor Film Festival, DVD collection, Volume 2

48th Ann Arbor Film Festival, DVD collection, Volume 3

Behind The Scenes Of HVA

Are you interested in becoming a paramedic? Are you curious about what goes on inside an ambulance? If you answered yes to either of those questions then the following program may be just what the doctor ordered.

The Huron Valley Ambulance facility is hosting HVA Behind the Scenes. This is a free, interactive 6-week program where participants explore what it takes to provide quality emergency medical services to HVA's multi-county service area. HVA Behind the Scenes runs for six consecutive Wednesdays starting April 4 through May 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. at HVA's headquarters located at 1200 State Circle in Pittsfield Township.

HVA Behind the Scenes participants will learn how 9-1-1 medical calls are dispatched, be trained in the latest CPR techniques and visit Pittsfield Public Safety for an up close look at fire and police operations.

Register as soon as possible. The total enrollment for HVA Behind the Scenes is limited to 25 participants. Registration is open to adults living in any of HVA's service areas with priority given to residents of Washtenaw County or one of the following western Wayne County communities: Belleville, Plymouth, Plymouth Township, Sumpter Township, and Van Buren Township.

Also, the library carries many resources for people interested in becoming emergency medical technicians. Consider checking out our books and videos on the profession.

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