53rd Ann Arbor Film Festival

Are you ready to film fest it up this week?! The 53rd annual Ann Arbor Film Festival started last night with a bang and goes through Sunday, March 29 at the Michigan Theater. As the longest running experimental film festival in the country, the film festival celebrates the best in experimental film making featuring a ton of amazing films, including feature lengths, documentaries and short films.

This year offers a special nod to founder George Manupelli, who passed away last fall, and there are special programs surrounding his work, including a free event on Saturday that is a tribute to Manupelli.

Check out the full schedule of films to see what looks good to you. I also recommend taking a look at the Ann Arbor Film Festival DVD Collection at AADL, featuring some films from past festivals. For further investigation, peruse the the wonderful Ann Arbor Film Festival Archive featuring photos, interviews, posters, articles, and programs from the history of the fabulous film festival.

Find Out How to Cut Costs & $ave!

Want to learn how to save money on your energy and water bills? Join us Wednesday, February 4th at 7:00 PM @ Malletts Creek Branch! If you're a DTE customer, you can receive a free, in-home assessment from them that provides you with items that can start saving you money on your utility bills pronto. In fact, you can borrow one of our energy meters to find out exactly which of your appliances or electronics are the energy-suckers. What sorts of items are provided by DTE, you ask? A whole bunch of new compact fluorescent light bulbs in a variety of styles; water-saving faucet aerators & shower heads. Learn all about the complimentary DTE Home Energy consultation and sign up for one for your home.

Still Puzzled about Health Care?

Are you or anyone you know still in the market place for health insurance? We will have answers for some of your questions!

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. The speaker will have information and assistance for attendees to learn about re-enrollment. Enrollment will not be conducted on-site.

A New Dental Clinic in Washtenaw County!

For folks who are uninsured & low income, dental concerns can be a big pain and we know they can lead to other medical issues. This new clinic, located in the Haab Health Building on Huron Street in Ypsilanti, will serve adults and children who are uninsured or low income, or who are enrolled in Medicaid, MIChild or Healthy Kids. The Dental Clinic is a program of Washtenaw County Public Health in partnership with Michigan Community Dental Clinics (MCDC), St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and the Washtenaw Health Plan and opens in February, 2015. They are now taking appointments. Call 877-313-6232 to schedule. Llame al 877-313-6232 para hacer su cita.

Teen Volunteer Orientation

Monday August 3, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for Ages 14-18

Teens ages 14-18 can spend their summer volunteering at the library! There's opportunities to work as program assistants during our many and varied summer programs for all ages, and to work behind the scenes doing program prep and stocking Summer Game orders. Attend orientation to learn about the volunteering process and to sign up for what you'd like to help with over the summer. All participants will get a certificate at the end of the summer with a summary of their work and volunteer hours.

Teen Volunteer Orientation

Monday July 13, 2015: 10:00 am to 11:00 am -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for Ages 14-18

Teens ages 14-18 can spend their summer volunteering at the library! There's opportunities to work as program assistants during our many and varied summer programs for all ages, and to work behind the scenes doing program prep and stocking Summer Game orders. Attend orientation to learn about the volunteering process and to sign up for what you'd like to help with over the summer. All participants will get a certificate at the end of the summer with a summary of their work and volunteer hours.

Teen Volunteer Orientation

Wednesday June 17, 2015: 10:00 am to 11:00 am -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for ages 14-18

Teens ages 14-18 can spend their summer volunteering at the library! There's opportunities to work as program assistants during our many and varied summer programs for all ages, and to work behind the scenes doing program prep and stocking Summer Game orders. Attend orientation to learn about the volunteering process and to sign up for what you'd like to help with over the summer. All participants will get a certificate at the end of the summer with a summary of their work and volunteer hours.

Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home, is coming to Ann Arbor

Hugely popular graphic novelist Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama, and many other graphic novels, will be coming to the Michigan Theater on January 22, 2015. Bechdel's work intertwines political and personal spheres. She uses stories of her father's life before gay rights and her mother's life prior to the women's rights movement to portray intimate images of oppression. In Fun Home, her most popular work, Bechdel shares her personal tales of coming-of-age and coming out in the 1950s and 1960s, under the shadow of her parents' unhappy marriage and nation-wide homophobia.

Bechdel's talk at the Michigan Theater will begin at 5:10pm. The event is free and open to the public. You can read more about Bechdel and the event itself here.

Building Blocks for Local Food Entrepreneurs

Ypsilanti's Spark East, Growing Hope, "Think Local First" and Whole Foods are teaming up to host a series of Building Blocks workshops to help local food entrepreneurs grow their small businesses. Each workshop will have a panel of local experts on the topic. The 3rd session of the series continues Monday, January 12, at 7:00 PM, where they'll be hearing from local agencies about the resources they have to offer start up businesses.

For planning purposes, and to find out more about the series, the hosts are asking that you register ahead by clicking here.

Ann Arbor Elections: Exploring Options

Tuesday April 14, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

The League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area (LWV-AAA) hosts the last of two public conversations on the current process of electing local public officials, with a look at how municipalities around the country elect their public officials.

Panelists include Professor John Chamberlin, Professor Emeritus, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Lawrence Kestenbaum, Washtenaw County Clerk; and Professor Joseph Ohren, Eastern Michigan University, Political Science Department.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization and the cosponsor of this event, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

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