Hot Holiday Meals for the Hungry

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St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Ann Arbor will serve its daily hot breakfast on Thanksgiving from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. as it does every day of the year. The Original Cottage Inn will offer its annual Thanksgiving meal for the needy and homeless, a tradition that dates back almost 30 years. The dinner is served on Thanksgiving between 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vineyard Church will have hourly shuttles from Liberty Plaza to its Thanksgiving Meal, the first one leaves downtown at 11:00 am. There are also two churches in Ypsi providing meals: Holy Trinity Church, 511 W. Forest will serve food from 11:00 am till the food is gone & New Testament Church will serve a meal from noon-1:00, 1230 West Michigan Ave.

Feast for eye and mind

If you haven't yet visited The Future of Our Past: The Evolution of Multicultural Children's Literature, do it before this magical exhibit closes Nov. 29. Among books on display are In the Beginning: Creation Stories From Around The World and More More More Said The Baby: 3 Love Stories. This joint exhibit of AADL and the University of Michigan Special Collections Library includes books from the UM Children's Literature Collections and material highlighting world cultures. The exhibit is in the glass cases on the lower level of the downtown library. Don't miss it!

Doulas Care

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Who uses a Doula? Thankfully, women with limited resources from all over Southeastern Michigan can have a Doula guide and support them during pregnancy and delivery. Studies show that women who use a doula in childbirth minimize both the need for medication and risk of getting postpartum depression. You can read up on the subject AND attend an event Friday November 20th at 7pm to raise funds for this worthy cause at Cobblestone Farm. Call 734-332-8070 for more information.

Physiology of Addiction

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Join Dawn Farm in their free Educational Series, continuing Tuesday November 17 with Carl Christensen, MD, PhD, Addictionologist . All programs are 7:30 to 9:00 PM in St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center. The series lasts through June 2010, with topics such as Co-dependency and Trauma, Chemical Use & Addiction. Dawn Farm is a valued source for information on addiction and recovery, one we're lucky to have in our community. Take advantage of this series by printing this flier. All are welcome.

Huron Players Present 'The Man Who Came to Dinner'

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The Huron Players, devoted to the arts and theater, perform three full length shows annually, ending with a series of one-act plays directed by the students. Currently, they are presenting one of Kaufman & Hart’s most loved classics, The Man Who Came to Dinner. Set in the 1930’s in small-town Ohio in the weeks leading up to Christmas, the famous radio wit, Sheridan Whiteside, slips on ice outside his hosts’ home and breaks his leg. The hosts are forced to put up with Whiteside’s whims and eccentric guests, which include penguins, while he recuperates. November 13, 14, 20 & 21 at 7:30 pm in the New Theater at Huron High School.

A visit to UMMA

One of the great things about library staff day was getting to visit the University of Michigan Museum of Art -- and being given a wonderful tour by Prue Rosenthal. There are many reasons to return, including that striking metal sculpture made from gun parts; the Tiffany glass piece; and in the gift shop, beautiful wood art reclaimed from trees felled to build the museum's new Frankel Wing. Similarly, AADL reclaimed wood from the site in building Traverwood.

Race and Reconciliation: A Community-wide Conversation on Race with Nontombi Naomi Tutu

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Nontombi Naomi Tutu is the King-Chavez-Parks Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan and Associate Director of the Office of International Programs at Tennessee State University, and founder of the Tutu Foundation which provides scholarships and support to South African refugees in African countries. She encourages us to "be willing to speak and hear the truth because then we will have our just society."

Friday, November 13, at 7:30pm, Ms. Tutu will share her well-considered thoughts and take questions from the audience at Rackham Auditorium, in the University of Michigan Rackham School of Graduate Studies, 915 E Washington St., in Ann Arbor. Her remarks will be preceded by a book-signing in the lobby.

Saturday, November 14, at 7:30pm, landmark documentary Long Night's Journey Into Day will be screened, followed by a panel discussion. The panel, including Ms. Tutu and local Fox 2 News personality Huel Perkins (moderator), will consider the ways in which this intimate film about post-apartheid South Africa and its attempts to heal itself with truth might enlighten Washtenaw County's efforts. The location is the Towsley Auditorium in the Morris Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E Huron Dr.

Sunday, November 15, Ms. Tutu will share commentary at the 10am service at First Congregational Church of Ann Arbor, 608 E William (corner of S State St), and The Our Own Thing Chorale, conducted by Dr. Willis Patterson, will perform.

Additional information can be found here.

Fremont, USA: A City's Encounter With Religious Diversity

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Thursday, November 19, from 6:30-8:30 PM, at the Downtown Library/MPR, the film, 'Fremont, USA: A City's Encounter With Religious Diversity' will be shown, followed by a discussion with Director, Ellie Pierce, from the Harvard Pluralism Project.

This film explores the complex and challenging issues of religious diversity in Fremont, California, a city transformed by new immigration. Through civic engagement and interfaith action, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, and Buddhists have gone from being strangers to neighbors in this American city.

This event is part of the University-Community Social and Environmental Film and Discussion Series sponsored by the Michigan Community Scholars Program and AADL.

Dental Health Day

On Dental Health Day, November 14, 2009, the University of Michigan School of Dentistry students and faculty will provide free oral health care services-oral exams, oral cancer screenings, X-rays, and oral hygiene education-to individuals ages 5 and older. Please enter the School of Dentistry (1011 N. University) at the North University Avenue entrance. Parking will be available at the Fletcher Street parking structure.

For questions, please contact the School of Dentistry at (734) 763-6933 or e-mail dentalhealthday@umich.edu

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"Annie Get Your Gun" at Skyline

Skyline High students present Annie Get Your Gun Nov. 13-21. The popular Irving Berlin musical tells a fictional story of sharpshooter Annie Oakley -- the music includes such familiar tunes as "There`s No Business like Show Business" and "Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better)." Ticket information is here.

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