Come Make It Happen with AADL at the Mini Maker Faire this Saturday!

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This Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds in Saline is Ann Arbor's Second Annual Mini Maker Faire! Featuring Lasers, Rockets, Soldering, Screen Printing, Crafts, Computers, Robots and More, Maker Faire is a celebration of making things yourself. The event is completely free and excellent for all ages, and a sure fire way to get kids interested in Making, Building, Science and Engineering. This is a big scene in town, and here's a great chance to find out more about it. AADL will also be there with a sneak preview of our upcoming Build The Bitdragon project, where kids of all ages can help to build a dragon out of old electronics and media that will then be exhibited at the first ever Detroit Maker Faire, coming 7/31 to the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn. So, come MAKE IT HAPPEN with AADL at Ann Arbor's Mini Maker Faire this Saturday, and make the most of your summer!

BONUS! Check out this video of Indie superstars OK GO setting up a contraption for a live performance at the recent Bay Area Maker Faire!

Summer Flicks @ the Michigan Theater

Summer is the time to relax at the Michigan Theater with the cool A/C and some cool movies after a long day of enjoying the sun.

Check out the 2010 Summer Documentary Film Series, which features a hand-picked selection of some of the best from the past few year. Documentaries such as Food, Inc., The Beaches of Agnes, Good Hair, The Cove, and more, will be shown on Mondays at 7pm. See here for full list of movies and dates for the Documentary Series.

Not into documentaries? Then check out the Summer Classic Film Series, showing on Sundays and Tuesdays all summer. View films such as Gimme Shelter, Animal Crackers, The Graduate, and a sing-a-long Wizard of Oz, all on the big screen. See here for full list of movies and dates for the Classics Series.

Both series start this weekend at the Michigan Theater!

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Employment Plus Job Fair

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Employment Plus has a new location in Ann Arbor and will be recruiting for positions in the Saline, Dexter, Manchester and Ann Arbor area. Come to the job fair this Friday, May 28th at the Washtenaw County Michigan Works Career Transition Center.

11:00am - 3:00pm, Friday, May 28, 2010
301 W. Michigan Ave, 2nd Floor, classroom C, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Must be at least 18 years of age, bring a resume, and have a high school diploma or equivalent.

If you're unable to attend the fair, call Employment Plus at (734) 302-4322, email your resume to annarbormi@employmentplus.com, or walk-in at 315 E. Eisenhower Ste. 120.

Career Fair June 16th

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Looking for a job? Then you don't want to miss the Career Fair at Lawrence Technological University.

Wednesday, June 16th from 9 AM to 1:30 PM at the Ridler Field House.

Admission and parking are free. Last year's fair claims over 2,000 hires!

Register at the door or pre-register here.

Great Lakes, Great Times Reading Series 5/22

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Great Lakes, Great Times is a monthly reading series that, according to the host, “showcases the best established and up-and-coming writers working today.” The May reading will take place at 826Michigan, and will feature readings from authors Ander Monson, Kathryn Regina, Robert Lopez, Matt Bell, and Andrea Kneeland.

Check here to see which authors are up next in the series. This is the last event until September! So many authors are visiting, and these events have been filling the house!

The monthly event is geared towards adults, admission is FREE, and anyone is welcome. It's all happening Saturday, May 22, 7pm at 826michgan / The Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair Shop at 115 East Liberty.

Kids Read Comic Convention June 12-13

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Kids Read Comics Convention is a totally free event that unites kids, teens, parents, teachers and librarians with professional artists and writers from the comics and animation fields. The aim is to introduce kids to worlds of imagination while unlocking their creative impulses and to serve that goal, programs included are:
• hands-on workshops
• panels and presentations for kids, families, and educators
• a chance for kids to meet and chat with comics and animation professionals
• the opportunity for kids to have their own art portfolios reviewed

Be sure to stop by the AADL Comic Artists Forum table to see and purchase the works of our homegrown participants.

This year’s convention will be at the Henry Ford Centennial Library in Dearborn, Michigan on Saturday, June 12 and Sunday, June 13 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) .

Touch-a-Truck!

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Has your child ever wanted to sit in the driver’s seat of a school bus? Explore the inside of an ambulance? Climb aboard a cement mixer? Then Touch A Truck is a perfect activity for you and your family! Get up close with these and many other vehicles at Touch-a-Truck! Held at Briarwood Mall on Saturday May 22 from 9:00 am-noon Rain or Shine with lots of community resources there to share information. Brought to you by Washtenaw Success by 6 and the Washtenaw Great Start Parent Coalition.

Teen Stuff: It’s time for Breakin’ Curfew!

The Neutral Zone and UMS present Breakin' Curfew. The event is created, produced, marketed, and performed by local teens. The performances at Breakin' Curfew feature everything from dance, spoken word, jazz, classical music, rock, to hip hop, and much more. The electricity of a teen-centric audience watching a show of teens, produced by teens, is amazing. It is quite the unique showcase of talent. All this fun takes place at the Power Center on Saturday, May 15 at 8pm. See here for ticket info and more. Yes, adults are of course welcome to attend and support these great minds! Breakin CurfewBreakin Curfew

Purple Rose in the Spotlight

Thorton Wilder’s acclaimed play Our Town is being staged by Purple Rose Theater Company through May 29. Don’t miss this critically praised production. On Tuesday (today), come see Purple Rose Playwrights Discuss The Playwriting Process And Read From Their New Plays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Downtown Library.

Author Louis Sachar @ Nicola’s Books

The much loved author Louis Sachar will be in Ann Arbor on Friday, May 14 promoting his new young adult novel, The Cardturner. Sachar has written many youth books, including the Newbery Award winning Holes, the Marvin Redpost series, and the Wayside School series. He will be doing a discussion, Q & A, and book signing. There are “rules” to the signing, check here for details before you head out. The event takes place at Nicola’s Books at 7pm.
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