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.

The Wonderful World Of Tea With TeaHaus!

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

TeaHaus of Ann Arbor presents a tea-tasty, educational event. Learn about the ever-expanding world of tea from black, green, white, herbal and fruit to the hot new "tea" Rooibos. You will get to taste some exquisite samples, too!

TeaHaus is a small business owned by Lisa McDonald and her husband Marc Hewko. They work with Europe's most reputable and highest-quality tea company, located in Germany. TeaHaus now carries over 200 loose teas, from varieties of tea by region to those teas blended with fruits, herbals, and the occasional natural extract. They also stock a unique and interesting collection of tea ware and tea preparation tools.

This event is for adults and teens (grade 6 and up).

Privatization Of Government Services

Monday February 27, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Privatization of services is a growing trend in today's government. But, what factors should be identified when considering privatizing departments or functions? What policy issues should be considered in connection with transferring these departments/functions to a company within the private sector?

The League of Women Voters is currently undertaking a study of privatization to examine these issues as well addressing the community impact and strategies to ensure transparency and accountability.

Join the League as they host this community forum, which features panelists: 1st Ward Ann Arbor City Council Member - Sabra Briere; Former Washtenaw County Administrator - Bob Guenzel; Ann Arbor Public School Board Member - Susan Baskett; and Lois Richardson who serves as mayor pro tem of the city of Ypsilanti and is in her third term on the city council.

This event is cosponsored by the Ann Arbor Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.

The Future of Ann Arbor Senior Center

A few years ago the Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation Dept. began an evaluation of the social and recreational programming at the Ann Arbor Senior Center in Burns Park. The strategic recommendations finalized in 2011 contain some interesting findings. With more than 30,000 people over 50 living in Ann Arbor, only 250 actively use the AASC, and most of them are over 70. Some reasons given for this are the many offerings this culturally rich area provides that mature adults participate in as well as the general good health and wealth the mature population who live here enjoy. Even the term “senior” is questioned because it’s a label many don’t care for.

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