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. Register at careerservices@aacil.org

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 p.mm 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!

Money Smart- Money Management Course

This free four-week course is offered on an ongoing basis every Thursday at Hope Center by Michigan State University Extension. The topics that are covered include creating financial goals, creating a spending plan, using credit wisely and pumping up savings. The class is open to anyone interested. Pre-registration is requested by calling 734-222-3943.

Dawn Farm Education Series: Intervention

“Intervention” will be presented on Tuesday April 21, 2015; 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm; by Jeff Jay & Debra Jay; Intervention specialists, chemical dependency therapists and trainers, and best-selling authors of Love First: A Family’s Guide to Intervention, the newly-released, "It Takes a Family, A Cooperative Approach to Lasting Sobriety" and other books. There will be a book signing and opportunity to meet/greet the presenters following the presentation. Intervention can be a highly effective technique for initiating the recovery process in individuals suffering from chemical dependency. This program will bring practical information, help and hope to anyone who cares about a chemically dependent person, and to anyone who wants to learn more about the intervention process. The presentation will take place in the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center at 5305 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti. All programs are free and open to all. No registration is required. Each program provides 1.5 free CE hours for addiction professionals approved by MCBAP and NAADAC.

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, April 7th, 2015 (part one, "What to Know"), and Tuesday, April 14th (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 info@dawnfarm.org or see the link to Dawn Farm for further information.

AADL is an Ann Arbor Film Festival Community Partner

Ann Arbor Film Fest LogoAnn Arbor Film Fest LogoThe Ann Arbor Film Festival is here again, and with it comes another year of films, events, and community partnership. AADL will once again be an official AAFF community partner for Films in Competition 4, on Saturday March 28 at 11 am at the Michigan Theater, which features films especially for viewers and filmmakers age 6 and up.

You can check out the list of films playing and buy tickets on the Ann Arbor Film Fest’s website. Make sure to enter the code AAFF53_AADL for half off your advance ticket – normally $6!

When you come to the screening, you’ll even have a chance to hear the premieres of the film scores participants created in our Making Movie Music workshop, held in conjunction with the AAFF.

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North America. The 53rd AAFF takes place March 24-29, 2015 and presents over 200 films from across the world with dozens of world premieres. For more information, please visit the Ann Arbor Film Festival’s website.

Washtenaw Community College Earth Day 2015 Celebration

Student Center Building, 1st Floor and North Plaza
Thursday, April 9 - 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Live Raptor Presentation by the Leslie Science and Nature Center (11 a.m. - Noon)

The Activities Are Free and Open to the Public

In celebration of Earth Day, information about a diverse array of solutions to today’s environmental problems will be presented by local non-profit, business, and government organizations and WCC departments:

Recycling & Waste – Discover a secret stash of inexpensive books, kitchenware, sporting goods and building materials – how to put worms to work for you – why WCC has one of the best recycling records in the U.S.
Getting Around – Learn how to cut your expenses and your commuting carbon with, bicycles, electric cars, hybrid cars, busing and walking. Friends & Neighbors – Build a resilient community, make friends and influence congressmen, grow a community garden, support your local economy with farmers markets.
Healthy Choices – Learn many ways to keep yourself, your family and your community healthy by growing your own food, choosing a healthy diet, exercising, and quitting your fossil fuel addiction.
Mother Earth –Prevent nature deficit disorder, enjoy the outdoors, protect the Great Lakes, help green our campus, find a green career.

Participating Organizations: AAATA/The Ride • Ann Arbor District Library • Ban Fracking Michigan • Clean Water Action • Cobblestone Farm Market • Growing Hope • Hudson Mills Metropark • Huron Valley Group, Sierra Club • Iris Waste Diversion Specialists • Recycle Ann Arbor • Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy • WCC Bookstore/B&N Council • WCC Environmental Science Program • Trader Joe’s • VegMichigan • Wake Up Washtenaw! • WCC Biology Dept. • WCC CORE Garden Project • WCC Environmental Science Dept • WCC Recycling Operations • WCC Student Nurses • WCC Sustainability Council • Wheels in Motion • Ypsilanti Food Coop and more!

For more information contact WCC faculty member Dale Petty at petty@wccnet.edu.

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