April is Fair Housing Month!

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The Federal Fair Housing Act protects citizens against discrimination in housing based on race, color, national origin, disability, familial status, religion, and sex. Housing discrimination often comes with “a smile and a handshake.” While commonly experienced, discrimination can be subtle, friendly and often difficult to pin down. The Fair Housing Center of Southeastern Michigan works to ensure that citizens are living where they would like and not where others say they should. If you have any reason to believe that you have been the victim of housing discrimination, you can call the Fair Housing Center at (877) 979-FAIR to discuss the situation.

Earth Hour in Ann Arbor

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Earth Hour will be celebrated worldwide on Saturday, March 26th. The City of Ann Arbor is participating by turning off the street lights along one block of Main Street from 8:30 a.m ~ 9:30 a.m. and is encouraging businesses and residents to also turn off unnecessary lights during Earth Hour. There's even a cool poster you can download and display in your home or shop window to show your support for the event.

Free Pap Test Screening

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Are you are 21 years or older? Has it been two or more years since you last had a pap test? If you meet this criteria here's something you should know: The University of Michigan Health System is offering a free screening at the Briarwood Center for Women, Children and Young Adults. Cervical Cancer has no symptoms at its earliest stages. That's why screenings are so important. This test takes 10 minutes and may save your life! Registration is required, so please call: 1-800-865-1125.

Our Water, Our Future: A Local Panel

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Tuesday March 22, 2011: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

March 22 is World Water Day. This year's theme, "Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge," aims to spotlight and encourage governments, organizations, communities, and individuals to actively engage in addressing the challenges of urban water management.

Join us for a special discussion (originally scheduled for February) about our own urban water resources. Professor Mike Wiley of the UM School of Natural Resources will moderate a panel of local water experts, who will discuss the challenges facing our local water systems and what their organizations are doing to plan for the future. Issues affecting the future management of storm, drinking, ground, surface, and wastewater will be discussed.

Border-to-Border Trail is Calling

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Temperatures are going to zoom into the high 40s and low 50s this week and that means it's time to polish up the bike and head out on the Border-to-Border Trail, the best way to traverse between Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. The best of everything, coffee houses at both ends, parks and people-watching.

The Friends of the Trail have added a Google map with all the connecting ways to get around the cities. And for map-challenged people like me, there's always plenty of walkers and bikers on the trail to get me back on track. Get going Ryan!

City Clerk's Office on the Move (Again)

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The City Clerk's Office will be closed on Wednesday, March 16 as it is relocated back to City Hall following the completion of 2nd floor renovations to the Larcom Building. Other changes in the location of city government meetings will continue indefinitely.

Author Lois Lowry Lecturing at Rackham Auditorium

Noted children's author Lois Lowry will be lecturing at U of M's Rackham Auditorium on March 31st, 2011 from 4 to 5pm! Lowry's work includes the Newberry Award winning novels "Number The Stars" (1990) and "The Giver" (1994). Her work is well known for addressing challenging topics such as the Holocaust, racism, and death. A booksale will be held before and after the lecture. Seating is free and open to the public, but will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. For the University of Michigan event listing, click here.

To browse the AADL's collection of material by Lois Lowry, click here!

One on One Tutor Training

Did you know that 12% of residents in Washtenaw County are affected by illiteracy? It is our hope that by increasing public awareness about this widespread issue that YOU would consider making a difference and become a volunteer tutor for Washtenaw Literacy. Upcoming training takes place for 5 Mondays and Thursdays beginning March 21-April 4th from 6:30-9:30 pm. Call 734-879-1320 for more information or click here. Volunteering looks great on a budding résumé. And it feels good to help someone in need. Wash Lit logoWash Lit logo

Nonprofits: NEW helping boards make a difference

Check out five (5!) workshops being offered this winter and spring by Nonprofit Enterprise at Work (NEW). On March 9, there is "Board Member Training: Serving on a Nonprofit Board," followed March 17 by "Your Board Members as Ambassadors and Fundraisers." Later in March will be "Nonprofit Training: Building Your Board" and "Spring Into Service: A Board Matching Event for Nonprofit Organizations." Finally in early April, a workshop is scheduled on "Starting Off Right: Board Member Orientation." Details are here. Don't forget AADL also has a collection of nonprofit resources on the second floor of the downtown library.

New Hours for the Drop-Off Station

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Recycle Ann Arbor's Drop-Off Station has new hours of operation. The new days and hours are as follows:
-Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. ~ 6:30 p.m.
-Saturdays, 9: a.m. ~ 6 p.m.

A deficit budget has caused the cutback in hours -- see the press release for full details. The same range of services will be offered but in a more limited timeframe.

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