Organize a Run for Literacy Team to run, walk, and stride in the Ann Arbor Marathon

Calling all runners, joggers and walkers: form a Run for Literacy Team to run or walk in the Ann Arbor Marathon on behalf of Washtenaw Literacy!

Race day is on June 9, 2013 and includes: a Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K & a 1.2 Mile Kids Marathon. Learn more about the Ann Arbor Marathon. Get inspired and raise funds with friends, family and coworkers for Washtenaw Literacy!

Ann Arbor Open School Family Stories

Mike Derhammer's class at Ann Arbor Open spent the winter interviewing family members and thinking about funny and interesting stories from their own lives. Along the way they discovered that storytelling is so much a part of who we are. Sometimes it's fun and enlightening to just stop and listen to each other's tales. We hope you enjoy listening to these stories as much as we did!

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Inside|Out's Rogue Paintings Around Town

I was walking down Liberty St. yesterday, and as I passed the alley next to Kilwin’s Chocolate Shoppe, I stopped dead in my tracks. There was a painting on the alley wall. I took a closer look and read that it was ‘Judith and Her Maidservant with the Head of Holofernes,’ by Artemisia Gentileschi. It was put there by the Detroit Institute of Arts.

The DIA placed this painting and six others in places around Ann Arbor as part of their Inside|Out program. Now in its fourth year, the Inside|Out program brings reproductions of masterpieces in DIA’s collection to more than a dozen cities in the metro Detroit area. You can find maps of all these impromptu outdoor galleries at the Inside|Out program’s web page.

If seeing these paintings inspires you to learn more about art and artists, take a look at AADL’s art print collection. You can take home a fully framed painting and make your own home a gallery. Also, check out AADL’s collection of huge, beautiful art books. You can take home the entire collected works of your favorite artist!

In the Doctor's Office: Recovery Friend or Foe?

It’s been said that the doctor’s office is a dangerous place for people in recovery from addiction. It’s also been said that recovering people are terrible patients. This program will discuss whether these statements are fair and why doctors and other healthcare providers are essential allies for long term recovery. They will describe in detail how recovering people can take responsibility for their physical health and how to recruit health care providers as allies. This Dawn Farm Education Series will be presented by Mark A. Weiner, MD; specialist in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine and Matthew Statman, LMSW, CAADC; University of Michigan Collegiate Recovery Program Manager on Tuesday April 16 from 7:30-9:00 PM.

Kids! Submit Your Art To Be Juried for the 2013 Kids' Art Fair

Sunday May 5, 2013: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original, is calling young artists from Washtenaw County in 3rd - 8th grades to submit their artwork to be juried for the 2013 Kids' Art Fair (to be held at the Townie Street Party on the evening of Monday, July 15.).

You need to attend only one of these three drop-in sessions at Pittsfield Branch. Interested young artists should arrive with 4-6 samples of their original artwork and be prepared to show and discuss their art with Jurors. Artists will have ample opportunity to show and discuss their art work with Jurors.

Drop-in sessions will be held: Sunday, April 28 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm; Wednesday, May 1 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and Sunday, May 5 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Did somebody say "veg out"?!

It's Veg Week! Ann Arbor Veg Week 2013 is brought to you by VegMichigan, the state’s largest vegetarian organization promoting awareness of the health, environmental, and ethical benefits of a plant-based diet. The campaign encourages people to take the 7-day pledge and eat vegan or vegetarian for a week, and features a variety of events around the community.

Things kick off tonight at Downtown Home & Garden with special guests John Salley & Ann Arbor Mayor John Heiftje. There are special events happening every day this week, including a viewing of the Award-Winning Documentary Vegucated at the Downtown Library on Tuesday. Local restaurants are also featuring special vegan dishes this week! Be sure to check the schedule to see what's happening where. It’s a great week for seasoned vegans and vegetarians and for those who are pondering a plant-based diet to give it a whirl and ask questions.

And to cap it all off, the library has a ton of vegetarian and vegan cookbooks to entice you with yummy recipes beyond this week.

City Of Ann Arbor 2013 Sustainable Ann Arbor Forums: Planning for Change In Our Community: Transportation Options

Thursday April 18, 2013: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This fourth and final Sustainable Ann Arbor Forum on Transportation Options.

Speakers include:

• John Hieftje, Mayor, City of Ann Arbor
• Erica Briggs, Project Manager, Clean Energy Coalition
• Nathan Voght, Economic Development Specialist, Washtenaw County Office of Community and
Economic Development
• Eli Cooper, Transportation Programs Manager, City of Ann Arbor
• Michael Benham, Strategic Planner, AATA

Citizen Workshop @ AADL

If you've been thinking of becoming a U.S. citizen, AADL is holding a workshop on the topic. You can meet with an attorney or law student to begin the steps in the process. Attorney Ruby Robinson from the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center will discuss the steps in becoming a citizen. It's best if you call the MIRC ahead to register so they can get some documents ready for you at 734-998-6100 ext. 459. Bring copies of your documents or plan on making copies at aadl.org. The workshop is Sunday April 14 from 1:00-4:00 on the 4th Floor of the downtown library. For a list of documents you'll need to bring, click on 'Read More'.

Ann Arbor ranks in the top 10 of Well-Being Cities study

Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index conducted a survey between January 2 and December 29 of last year. In the list of Top 10 Metro Areas with Best Overall Well-Being, Ann Arbor was number 8.

And it gets even better. When residents were asked questions about six categories -- Life evaluation, Emotional Health, Work Environment, Physical Health, Healthy Behaviors, and Access to Basic Necessities -- Ann Arbor was #1 (just as it was in 2011) in Life Evaluation (a category that asked participants if they felt they were thriving, struggling, or suffering. Ann Arbor showed improvement over 2011 in their ranking in Basic Access (in 2011, AA was #7; last year, AA was #5).

Ann Arbor lost ground in Emotional Health (in 2011, the score was 13; last year, that number plummeted to 77). There was a dip in perceived Physical Health (2011=12; 2012=21) and Healthy Behavior (2011=36; 2012=54). Area employers may want to pay attention to the change in Ann Arbor's Work Environment score (2011=64; 2012=100).

Two other Michigan cities got good news in this survey.Holland and Grand Haven scored the highest in the Basic Access category.

The complete report can be found here.

The 41st Annual Dance for Mother Earth Powwow is this Saturday & Sunday

This weekend, April 6th & 7th, the 41st Annual Dance for Mother Earth Powwow will be held in Ann Arbor at the Crisler Center. The event is hosted by the Native American Student Association at the University of Michigan, and will feature an amazing display of singers, dancers, drummers, artisans, and food vendors.

I had the opportunity to attend this massive Powwow last year, and was blown away by the the turnout; The Mother Earth Powwow attracts people from all over the country, and is the largest Powwow held in the Midwest. The drum circles, dancing, and beautiful traditional dress created a wonderfully energetic atmosphere. In addition, the food was delicious; I tried the buffalo burger on the Native American staple, fry bread. You can’t go wrong there.

Powwows are commonly known as large gatherings that “Native American people use as a place to meet, dance, sing and otherwise renew and strengthen their rich culture. The Ann Arbor Powwow is one of the largest university-run pow wows in the country, with more than 1,000 of North America's greatest singers, dancers, artists and craftspeople.” For more information about what Powwows are all about, check out this fabulous information page on the U of M’s website, or read about Powwow’s and Native American History in the AADL’s catalog. In addition, if you’d like to sample some of the music you might hear at the Mother Earth Powwow, the AADL also has a large collection of Native American Music.

This is an event that only happens once a year, and is not to be missed! Doors will open at 10:30am and grand entries will be at 12pm on both Saturday & Sunday. Admission ranges from $10 for adults, with discounts for students, seniors, families, and children. For more information be sure to check out the official information page, as well as the event schedule. See you there!

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