Nature Walk @ Barton Nature Area this Thursday

The Ann Arbor District Library and Natural Area Preservation team up each year to offer a series of informative walks at local nature areas throughout the summer. This year's first nature walk will take place this Thursday, May 7 from 7:00-8:30pm at the Barton Nature Area.

Barton Nature Area is a 102-acre park located along the Huron River divided into two sections. A variety of ecosystems can be seen in Barton, including old field, prairie, wet shrubland, mesic forest and emergent marsh. A representative from NAP will lead the walk, offer information about native plants and animals, and about the landscape, and answer questions. We'll meet in the parking lot off of Huron River Drive, just north of Bird Rd. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes and bring water if you'd like.

Other walks this summer will take place at Argo Nature Area, Furstenburg Nature Area and Black Pond Woods.

Toxic Waste No More

If you’re a resident of Washtenaw County this is for YOU! Perhaps you have some toxic stuff sitting around. You know, old cans of paint or oils, junky-gunk in tubes that you can’t even identify...check this out: The Home Toxics Collection Program is open to ALL Washtenaw County Residents the first 3 Saturdays a month from April through November. This program is not intended for businesses and/or organizations. However, if you need information or help finding disposal options please contact them or visit their Business Recycling page. The collection program is a free service for residents.They do accept donations,which go directly to the cost of disposal. Each year the donations collected are responsible for approximately 10% of the total disposal costs.Don't let that toxic stuff sit around any longer!

Large Print Materials-Easier on the Eyes

Perhaps you've realized that your eye sight isn't what it used to be. You don't need to give up reading, if that's the case, because AADL has a Large Print collection that can be mailed to eligible patrons as Free Matter for the Blind.

If large print is still difficult to read, you may want to consider submitting an application to the Washtenaw Library for the Blind & Physically Disabled. AADL administers the WLBPD to all eligible Washtenaw County residents. This program provides Digital Books and a Digital Player at no cost.

Teens Using Drugs: Education Series

The Dawn Farms Education Series, "Teens Using Drugs: What To Know and What To Do" is a free, two-part series that will be presented from 7:30-9:00 pm Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 (part one, "What to Know"), and Tuesday, May 12 th (part two, "What to Do"). The programs will be held in the "Exhibition Room" on the first floor of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center at 5305 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti. The sessions are presented by the Dawn Farm Youth & Family Services team. This program is targeted primarily to parents/caretakers of teens & young adults but is inclusive of other family members, teens, professionals, students, people who sponsor or support teens, and others interested. Please contact 734-485-8725 or or see the link to Dawn Farm for further information.

WIN-WIN Opportunities with ADA Accomodations

Join the Ann Arbor Area Business Leadership Network (A3BLN), hosted this month by the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living, for the unique opportunity to learn from Employers & Employees about ways to improve opportunities for people with disabilities, because we are ALL better together!

The workshop will feature: (1) A Panel of employers and employees from NuStep, Select Ride, and the University of Michigan discussing the benefits of a diversified workforce and the win-win opportunities for both employers and employees. (2) Sessions with legal, human resource, and ADA perspectives and sharing their views regarding hiring persons with disabilities and ADA accommodations in the workplace.

This event is open to ALL business leaders, employers & current or potential employees with disabilities.
May 15, 2015, 10:30 am - 1:30 pm, WCC Morris J. Lawrence Building Auditorium. Email to:

Responsible Recycling: Free E-Waste Drop Off

Do you have unwanted electronics such as old cell phones, power cables, LCD displays or hard drives sitting around collecting dust? Through the U of M Office of Campus Sustainability there are a few opportunities to safely dispose of electronic materials this week.

Public E-waste Event:
Saturday, April 25th, 9 a.m.- 2p.m.
Pioneer High School, 601 W. Stadium Blvd

* Business, Non-Profits and Commuters e-Waste Event:
Thursday, April 23rd, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Friday, April 24th, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.
U-M State Street Commuter Parking lot, 2694 S State St. Ann Arbor, MI 48104

If you have questions about what sort of electronic are accepted, click over the University's FAQ page, or check out the list of accepted items.

* Schools, Government, Non-Profits, Small & Medium Businesses and Commuters are welcome to participate. Pre-registration for this event is requested to ensure adequate staffing, but is not required. You can pre-register here.

Social Media Safety

As part of the Knowledge is Key free speaker series, Partners in Personal Assistance and the Washtenaw Association for Community Advocacy present "Social Media: Linking Safely with the Rest of the World." Participants can attend this session to ensure that they know how to use the Internet safely and smartly, and learn about the resources available to help keep them safe while online.

The event will take place Tuesday, April 21st from 6:30 to 8:30 in Washtenaw Community College's Gunder Myran Building, Room 316. The campus is located at 4800 E. Huron River Dr, Ann Arbor. Light refreshments will be available.

Dawn Farm Ride for Recovery!

The 6th Annual Dawn Farm Ride for Recovery is Sunday, April 26th with early registration already under way! This is a family-fun-filled fitness event & a fundraiser for Dawn Farm, sponsored by Team MANA. There many ways to participate at any fitness level; with 10-100 K bike rides; 5K and 10K walks or runs. There will also be food & tours of the working farm. In addition to a fun event that the entire family can enjoy, the Ride for Recovery is officially endorsed by the Michigan Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports and provides an opportunity to support a critical community service. Dawn Farm is committed to helping people find recovery from addiction, regardless of their ability to pay. Community support for events like the Ride for Recovery helps to keep these vital services available for those who need them most! For more information call: 734-485-8725.

Get Money Smart at the Washtenaw County Resource Fair

Michigan State University Extension is hosting the Washtenaw County Resource Fair at the Michigan Works office in Ypsilanti on Saturday, April 18 from 10am to 1pm. At the fair you can discover what resources are available in Washtenaw County to help you become more financially secure. Venders will include: Ann Arbor State Bank, Flagstar Bank, DTE Energy, Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley, Housing Bureau for Seniors, Michigan State University Extension, United Way of Washtenaw County, University Bank, University of Michigan Credit Union, Washtenaw County Michigan Works and more!

Presentations will be offered at the following times:

10:15 AM- Debit Cards: How to Avoid Becoming a Victim of Fraud

10:45 AM- Be Smart about Credit

11:15 AM- Dealing with Payday Lenders

11:45 AM- Employment Assistance through Michigan Works

12:15 PM- Dress for Success!

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