Ready, Set, Debate: 2012 Candidate Forums

The League of Women Voters will sponsor a series of candidate forums at the Community Television Network Studio from Monday, October 8th ~ Thursday, October 11th, 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The forums will be broadcast on CitiTV, Channel 19 until the day before the election and can also be viewed on the CitiTV website. Candidates for the following offices will be participating in the forum:

Monday, October 8th
7:00 - 7:30 p.m. County Water Resources Commissioner
8:00 - 8:30 p.m. County Treasurer
9:00 - 9:30 p.m. County Clerk/Register of Deeds

Tuesday, October 9th
7:00 - 7:30 p.m. Washtenaw Community College Trustees Board
8:00 - 8:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Public School Board
9:00 - 9:30 p.m. Ann Arbor District Library Board

Wednesday, October 10th
7:00 - 7:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Mayoral Race & 5th Ward
8:00 - 8:30 p.m. County Sheriff
9:00 - 9:30 p.m. Board of County Commissioners - Districts 7, 8, & 9

Thursday, October 11th
7:00 - 7:30 p.m. State Representatives - 53rd & 55th Districts
8:00 - 8:30 p.m. 22nd Circuit Court (non-incumbent & incumbent race)
9:00 - 9:30 p.m. County Prosecuting Attorney

The public can submit their questions to candidates via email to FORUM_QUESTIONS@lwvannarbor.org. The League reserves the right to select and edit the questions that will be used in the forums.

View your sample ballot, check your polling location and much more at Michigan Votes.

Register to Vote: It's So Easy

Tuesday, October 9th, is the last day to register to vote in the November 6th general election. You can register to vote for federal, state, and local elections at the Washtenaw County Clerk's office, the Ann Arbor City Clerk's office, the Secretary of State office nearest you and the Family Independence Agency in Ypsilanti. The Michigan Votes Voter Information Center is your one-stop site for information on registering and voting in Michigan.

Talking Books Narrator Roy Avers

Listen to a fascinating interview with acclaimed talking books narrator Roy Avers at 8pm, Wed. Sept. 26, on Books and Beyond. Avers, 63, has made his living as a businessman, sings bass in the Louisville Opera, and he has also narrated more than 300 books of many genres for the National Library Service. I know one Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled patron who will listen only to books narrated by Roy! As long as she hears his voice, no matter what the book is about, it will be greatly enjoyed. So tune in to learn what makes Roy Avers so unique. Just visit the Books and Beyond Room and enter your first and last names on the sign-in screen, or contact Marcia Moses at 734-495-1496, mgmoses@comcast.net.

What is a PASREP and How do I Get One?

Have you ever heard of PASREP? To qualify for this program you must be a Michigan resident and meet the following PASREP eligibility requirements: Have a functionally significant disability and are employed or have an offer of employment working a minimum of 24 hours per week & earning at least minimum wage. A PASREP helps break the barrier to going back to work by assisting with out of pocket costs. This can help bridge the funding gap caused by lost benefits. PASREP recipients receive reimbursements for personal assistance expenses. Contact your regional representative for more information about this program.

The "Ypsi Flea" is happening this Sunday, Sept 23rd

With television shows such as American Pickers becoming increasingly popular, people across the country are realizing that the old saying is still true, "one man's junk is another man's treasure!" From flea markets to garage sales, thrifting culture is now more popular than ever, and America is on the hunt!

Once every blue moon, it is known that some folks over in Ann Arbor's neighboring city of Ypsilanti throw together a community event - "The Ypsi Flea" - that combines local vendors featuring everything from used clothing and records to crafty things and live music.

The Ypsi Flea will be happening this Sunday, September 23rd from 12pm-8pm, and will be held at Woodruff's at 36 East Cross Street in Ypsilanti.

Come out and hunt for some treasures of your own, or just to enjoy some live local music; either way, the event is free, all ages and held in the name of fun and community expansion!

Free Community Flu Shot Clinic

Are you or a member of your family at increased risk of getting the flu or experiencing flu-related complications? If so, you may want to receive a flu shot. The University of Michigan Health System will have an open flu shot clinic on Thursday September 27 from 1:00-6:0 PM at the West Willow Community Resource Center. If you are unable to make it that day, perhaps you'll find another option in Washtenaw County here. If you would like to know more about Influenza, take a look at our select sites. These are websites vetted for you by our aadl staff, and are very informative.

Addiction 101

The 2012-13 Dawn Farm Education Series begins this month with the first of its series Addiction 101. Presented by James Balmer, this session will examine the dynamics of drinking and drug use; addiction as a brain disease and the basic recovery process. All programs are free and ALL are WELCOME. Tuesday, September 18 from 7:30-9:00 PM at the SJMH Education Center

Kerrytown BookFest 2012 Reception And Exhibit Opening

Friday September 7, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Celebrate the 10th annual Kerrytown BookFest with a special reception for the BookFest's Exhibit A Celebration of Book Arts in Ann Arbor, displaying at the Downtown AADL until Oct 11th.

This event will include elegant refreshments and exquisite music by harpist Deborah Gabrion. Local bookbinder and book collector John MacKrell will provide an introduction and an inside look at the exhibit, which focuses on the rich history of book arts developed in the Ann Arbor area over the past 20-plus years.

Join our exhibit reception and then on Sun., Sept 9, check out the Kerrytown BookFest event!

Survey says....! The Washtenaw Library for Blind and Physically Handicapped

Don't take it from us, take it from the people using the service: 97% of respondents of a recent patron satisfaction survey indicated they would recommend Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled services to friends and family members. This free service loans books, magazines, and videos in alternative formats (digital cartridge, recorded cassette, large print, Braille, and descriptive video) to individuals of all ages who are certified as unable to read or use standard printed materials as a result of temporary or permanent visual or physical limitations.

The survey report is available here PDF Version Audio Version Text-Only Version

and you can read more about WLBPD services, including Large Print Books-by-Mail, at wlbpd.aadl.org.

Want to learn more? Call 734-327-4224 or email wlbpd@aadl.org!

The Detroit Jazz Festival is this weekend: Aug 31st - Sept 3rd

Spend this Labor Day weekend at the FREE 33rd annual Detroit Jazz Festival. Chill out in Detroit's Hart Plaza with big names such as Sonny Rollins, Wynton Marsalis, Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, and many others. Also, learn about Detroit's jazz history and meet the artists in the jazz talk tent.

An inexpensive shuttle bus service traveling from Ypsilanti to the Hart Plaza area will be offered through Eastern Michigan University all weekend; more information can be found on WEMU's website.

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