Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Reads Event: Literacy Learners Share Their Stories

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Tuesday February 15, 2011: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

The 2011 Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Reads 2011 book Life Is So Good is the story of George Dawson, a man who learned to read at age 98. Dawson's story of becoming literate at a late age is truly inspirational. What are the learning stories of local residents - and what are their successes?

Be inspired as a panel of local literacy learners share their experiences. Discover how you can engage in learning that makes life worth living as a learner or volunteer. This event is co-sponsored by the Literacy Coalition of Washtenaw County.

Ignite Ann Arbor 5: Which talks should we bring to AADL?

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We like to bring selected talks from Ignite Ann Arbor to AADL for a more in-depth experience. Let us know which of these talks you'd like to hear more about by leaving us a comment on this page!

Speakers get 5 minutes and 20 slides which auto-advance every 15 seconds. The Ignite Ann Arbor 5 lineup, listed below, talking about everything from open source manufacturing to comics to belly dancing. Musical performance by A2 Classical Revolution, featuring chamber music by Shostakovitch and others, as well as talk by AADL favorite Jerzy Drozd. Past Ignite presenters have also been invited to AADL to expand on their talks, including Suzanne Fischer's talk about Early Mechanical Television, Jack Zaientz's talk about The Silver Age of Jewish Music, and Erik Hofer's talk about Personal Informatics. Don't miss some great talks at Ignite Ann Arbor 5, and read on for the ful list of talks.

Huron Valley Ambulance Citizens Academy

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Have you ever wondered how your local Emergency Medical System works? Join the 2011 Huron Valley Ambulance Citizens Academy! The free 8-week program will guide you in exploration of Huron Valley Ambulance operations, including the 9-1-1 Call Center. You'll view demonstrations of skills performed in the field, receive first aid and CPR certification, hear guest speakers from fire and police departments, and more! The program will take place on Wednesday evenings from February 16 to April 6. For questions or to register, call Jason Trojan at (734) 477-6781 or email jtrojan@hva.org.

Snoopy the Flying Ace @ Ypsilanti District Library

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The Exhibit Snoopy as the World War I Flying Ace is on display from February 3 through March 10 at the Ypsilanti District Library.

The exhibit consists of 40 digital prints from the original drawings done by Schulz, depicting Snoopy’s most exciting adventures in his transformed doghouse—now a Sopwith Camel airplane —from the time he faced a deadly bout of influenza to sparring with the Flying Ace’s archenemy, the Red Baron.

Minnesota cartoonist Charles M. Schulz based the universally-loved beagle on his childhood black-and-white dog, Spike. Watch this delightful YouTube video of Snoopy vs. The Red Baron. It guarantees a smile.

Check out the AADL collection of books and videos by Schulz.

Winter Interpretive Nature Programs at Hudson Mills Metropark

Ah winter, the target of our arrows, the gum under our shoe, the stain we can't scrub out, the thorn in our wooly socks, how you do take fearsome ire from we who live through your months. But wait! It doesn't have to be all doom and gloom. Just getting outside can turn a furrowed brow into a cheesy smile, and there's plenty for the whole family to do out there as long as you dress warmly enough.

Every Saturday during the month of February, Hudson Mills Metropark will continue to host Winter Interpretive Nature Programs for all ages. Each weekend is a different theme, including the sonorous Bird Hike, the intriguing Better to Eat You With, and the adventurous On the Trail of the Whitetail. Preregistration is required -- phone: 800-477-3191-- and programs cost $3 per person.

March weekends at Hudson Mills will feature the programs, Journey to the Sugar Bush, a guided tour to the sugar bush where you'll learn how maple syrup has been made over the years. Some lucky guests might even get to tap a tree. There is a pancake and sausage breakfast afterward for an additional fee, and preregistration is required.

The AADL also has a range of books on sugaring and making maple syrup.

Kids Kicking Cancer

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Kids Kicking Cancer is a weekly program provided by the Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor. It consists of martial arts, breathing, meditation and focus techniques that teach children tools to reduce pain, fear & anger. With their mantra 'Power, Peace, Purpose', participants learn how to de-stress themselves & teach others to do the same! The program is open to children with cancer, children of a parent with cancer and all siblings. To register or for more information call the Kids Kicking Cancer office at (313) 557-0021, contact cindy@kidskickingcancer.net, or Cancer Support Community at (734) 975-2500.

Huron Valley Ambulance Citizens Academy

Every day, Huron Valley Ambulance provides Emergency Medical Services for people in need in our community. If you are interested in learning about how this service works, then check out the HVA Citizens Academy, a free eight week program that meets on Wednesday evenings (6 - 9 p.m.) from Feb. 18th - Apr 6th. The program is filled on a first come, first served basis for residents of Washtenaw County who are 18 years of age or older. Registration is required, and forms can be found at www.hva.org, or you can contact their Community Relations coordinator by email or by phone.

This is an interactive learning program where you will explore HVA operations, view demonstrations of skills performed in the field, receive first aid and CPR certifications, and listen to guest speakers from fire departments, police departments, and special operations.

If you can't make this program, you might want to check out the AADL's CPR and first aid collection, including both books and videos, on your next trip to the library.

Trivia Night With UM's "Wikipedians"

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Lovers of trivia far and wide are invited to Trivia Night, February 10th from 7:00-9:00 PM in the gallery room of the University of Michigan's Hatcher Graduate Library. The event will be hosted by the Wikipedians, a UM student organization dedicated to raising awareness about the behind-the-scenes activity that makes Wikipedia work, and helping people learn how to contribute. The event is in celebration of the tenth anniversary of Wikipedia's creation.

Attendees will form five-person teams, with Amazon gift cards and other prizes being awarded to top teams. Light refreshments will be provided. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is requested but not required, and can be done via the UM Library's event notice. Check out the AADL's materials on Wikipedia and how it works in case you're quizzed on it!

Fela! at Michigan Theater

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If you’re a fan of Fela Kuti’s music, you may be interested in the filmed theatrical production of FELA! coming up at the Michigan Theater, thanks to a partnership between UMS and the theater. FELA! Is a hybrid of dance, theater, and music, and tells the story of afrobeat legend Fela Kuti, whose music is a blend of funk, jazz and African Rhythm. Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winning Bill Jones, the film is part of the National Theatre Live series, featuring high-definition screenings of live theater broadcasts by the National Theater, London. It takes place at the Michigan Theater on Sunday, January 30 at 2pm. See the theater's website for more details and ticket information.

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The VSA Michigan: "Emerging Artists' Exhibit" is now on display through February 13, 2011, at the UM Taubman Health Sciences Library located on the 4th floor at 1135 E. Catherine in downtown Ann Arbor. This is a juried exhibit that features artists of all ages and levels of experience from across the state. "Since 1977, VSA Michigan has worked to create a society with access and opportunities for children and adults with disabilities so they may experience growth through the arts.” Come and enjoy this exhibit with the whole family! For more information contact: 734.936.1394 or thl-outreach@umich.edu.





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