Skyline High Presents Aida

From April 26-28 Skyline High School will present Aida, Elton John and Tim Rice's pop-rock musical. The story is based on the Verdi opera about the forbidden love between an Egyptian sldier and an enslaved princess. Those working on the Skyline show promise stirring ballads and rousing choral numbers. Times are 7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2:30 p.m. (Sun.), Tickets $10 (students & seniors, $6; VIP tickets, $25) in advance at showtix4u.com, $12 (students & seniors, $8) and at the door. For more information, call 994-6515.

Pioneer Theatre Guild Presents Shrek: The Musical

Pioneer High School Theatre Guild will present Shrek: The Musical April 27 through May 5. The show is based on William Steig's 1990 book Shrek! and the 2001 DreamWorks film Shrek. Should be a fun show for both kids and adults. More information about the production and tickets is here.

Ann Arbor's First Ever "Veg Week"

VegMichigan and US VegWeek have partnered together to start Ann Arbor's first Veg Week, starting Monday, April 21. Many other cities across the country have been hosting Veg Weeks since 2011. The goal is to reduce the impact of factory farming on the environment, reduce animal suffering, and improve health. Residents are encouraged to take a week long pledge and eat only vegetarian or vegan food. There will be restaurant specials, film screenings, talks by health experts, grocery store tours, and other events going on in the city. Most events are free of charge.

A list of events and participating restaurants can be found on the Ann Arbor Veg Week website. To get started, the library has a collection of vegetarian and vegan cookbooks. There will also be a viewing and discussion of the film "Vegucated" on Tuesday, April 23 at the downtown library.

Kay Lyn Pace: Country Acoustic Performance

The Ann Arbor Senior Center is invites you to attend a live country music performance by Kay Lyn Pace on Sunday, April 21 at 1:00 pm. Kay Lyn is from Dexter, and has been showing off her singing, songwriting and musicianship locally and at the Songwriters Festival in Nashville. Please call to register at 734-794-6250, as seating is limited and there is a small charge, except for senior center members and kids 12 and under accompanied by an adult.

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.

El Dia Celebration!

Every year we partner with the awesome Ypsilanti District Library to bring you El Dia de los Ninos, a national celebration of children and books for all ages. This year we will have Raices Mexicanas from Detroit, we will make baleros, flags, puppets and have a scavenger hunt! All the fun takes place at the Whittaker Road Library on Sunday, April 28th from 1:30-4:30 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.

MiVirtualCareerFair

Are you looking for a challenging, in-demand job in Michigan? Looking for an innovative way to connect to great Michigan companies and business leaders across the state for job opportunities? Business in Michigan is thriving, and MiVirtualCareerFair is the State of Michigan’s hottest new way to find exciting jobs. MiVirtualCareerFair is an online career event where job seekers and employers can interact with each other in a live, 3-D virtual environment. The next MIVirtual Career Fair is on April 24 from 10am to 4pm. Register for MiVirtualCareerFair to connect to top Michigan employers in a variety of industries.

The Wanna Bees!

When we first heard the Wanna Bees at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival’s Top of the Park last year, we thought that we should surely have them back for more fun! On April 14th at 4 pm at the Downtown Library we will kick off National Library Week with rock and roll for kids!

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Improved Benefits for Families of Emergency Workers Killed on Duty

A recent change in a federal act fixes coverage gaps and provides a better safety net for families of first responders killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. The action closes gaps in the Public Safety Officers' Benefits Act that had left some first responders without benefits. The program started more than 30 years ago to help families of federal, state and local firefighters, police and medics. The new legislation extends the program to private, nonprofit emergency medical services volunteers and personnel. A push for change came following the 2008 line-of-duty death of Cheryl Kiefer, who worked for Jackson Community Ambulance in Michigan, a private nonprofit service. To learn more, visit the website of Huron Valley Ambulance.

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