Shut Off Notice? Help is Available

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Washtenaw County ETCS has funds to assist income-eligible county residents with the cost of energy used to heat your home, including deliverable fuels. Go to the ETCS office now located at 336 Harriet by the Michigan Works! office. Call First: 734-544-6850 to be sure you have the proper documentation.

Japan Cultural Festival 2008

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The University of Michigan's Japan Student Association presents Japan Cultural Festival 2008 Saturday March 22 in the East Hall Atriums from 1-5. There will be performances, Martial Arts, a tea ceremony and a variety of traditional Japanese Food. Wa karima su! (Understanding will take place)!

How To Talk So Kids Will Listen

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Do you ever feel like you sound like one of the parents from Peanuts? You know..."Wah wah wah wah wah?" Bridge the communication gap with your kids with this informative program for singles or couples called How to Talk So Kids Will Listen. They offer tips on giving praise, alternatives to punishment (time tested and legal, too!) and ways to encourage autonomy. There's more information for families to be found at the MSU Extension.Registration for this program is required.

Put a Smile in Every Frame!

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Did you know there are almost 200 kids on a waiting list for a Big Brother or Big Sister in Washtenaw County? You can help raise awareness and funds by participating in their annual Bowl For Kids’ Sake bowling event on Saturday March 15th at Colonial Lanes. Teams have been forming so sign up now! Come dressed as your favorite TV or movie character…or take your cue from literary characters who have made it to the Big Screen...and join the fun with trivia games, prizes, food and bowling! If bowling isn’t your bag, you can donate anyway or consider becoming a Big Bro or Sis.

And the survey says

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Would you like to have input on the kinds of activities and services that are provided by a community organization? Take a few minutes to complete this online survey for the Ann Arbor Community Center. The purpose of this survey is to collect information to determine whether the priorities and needs of the Ann Arbor Community Center coincide with community-identified needs. Responses are kept confidential.

2008 Property Assessments: The Story Behind the Story

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Proposal A may confuse and confound us in new ways this year as local governments wrestle with changes in assessed and taxable value. The City of Ann Arbor has a press release that explains the process and provides helpful examples for homeowners. The City Assessor's web page has an FAQ and Online Assessment and Property Tax Database where you can look up info on your property.

Learn How to Help Your Neighbor: Get CERTified

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CERT ~ Community Emergency Response Team ~ training will be offered to the public by the AAPD beginning in March, 2008. The course is a combination of classroom sessions and hands-on training in scene assessment, fire safety, emergency medical response, team organization, disaster medical operations, and light search and rescue. The application deadline is Friday, February 22, 5 p.m. You can download the Application Form and then call the Police Department at 734.994.8775 for an interview appointment.

Looking For Valentine's Day Plans?

These days it seems like people always go the same route when they are going out for a night on the town with their significant other: they reserve a table at a fancy restaurant, stare at each other blankly, and run out of things to say. Try something different this Valentine's Day and plan a night out at the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase and take in a stand-up show instead. Comedian Kira Soltanovich will be performing. Then, continue the laughs at home and take in a comedy on DVD from the library. A few choice selections would be The Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally, and The 40 Year Old Virgin. If none of those are your cup of tea, feel free to browse through our many other romantic comedies.

Make a Mobile of Peace

Do you like being creative and learning about history too? The Ann Arbor Community Center will celebrate Black History Month with an art workshop on February 23 from 2-3pm. Learn about Martin Luther King while creating a mobile with the guidance of staff from Abrakadoodle. Call 662-3128 to reserve your place in this free workshop.

Ice ice baby...

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Looking for a chilly, fun and pretty thing to do this weekend? Main Street will feature an “Ice Carving Extravaganza” where members of the U of M ice carving team will be on Main Street carving and chipping large ice blocks into beautiful ice sculptures. The question is, with Michigan’s wacky weather of late, how long will they last? For a quick know-how and visual sneak peek try a book on Practical Ice Carving.
Check out the art in progress on Friday, February 8 from 6-10pm and from 10am-6pm on Saturday, February 9 and Sunday, February 10.

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