Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living - Gathering Place Tours

Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living invites everyone to tour their building and learn about the services they offer for people with disabilities of all ages. The professional staff will let you know about the many ways it impacts our community every day. AACIL's large facility has an exercise room, computer and art classes, meeting rooms, skill-building classes, social and recreational events and other support services. There are two Thursday morning tours at 9-10 am on March 18 and May 13, and two Thursday evening tours at 5:30-6:30 pm on April 14 and June 9. Call Tom Hoatlin at 734-971-0277 x 18, or tom@aacil.org to RSVP.

Great Lakes, Great Times Reading Series 3/20

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 March reading will take place at 826Michigan, and will feature readings from authors Dan Chaon, Laura van den Berg, and Christian TeBordo.

Check here to see which authors are up next in the series. 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, March 20, 7pm at 826michgan/ The Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair Shop at 115 East Liberty.

AA Lecture: Political author and journalist

Author and journalist Melinda Henneberger will speak about women and the church at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 18, at St. Mary Student Parish, 331 Thompson St. Henneberger edits PoliticsDaily.com, wrote If They Only Listened to Us: What Women Voters Want Politicians to Hear, and writes a column for Commonweal. She lives outside Washington, D.C., with her husband, Washington Post reporter Bill Turque, and their 13-year-old twins.

Beyond Therapy: Are these people crazy?

Laughs and adult comedy are abundant in Beyond Therapy, being staged by PTD Productions in Ypsilanti. Written by Christopher Durang, the play is set and was first performed in the ‘80s. Impressively it manages not only an account of a bisexual man’s pursuit of romantic happiness, but also a send-up of psychotherapy. A review of the local production is here. The show runs through March 20, and Thursday is pay what you can. Durang's other plays include Baby with the Bathwater, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You, and The Marriage of Bette and Boo.

Bring It Back, Take It Forward: March 12-14

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What do Michigan alumni Arturo Rodriguez, Dean Baker, Bill Ayers, and Harvey Wasserman have in common? They were all campus activists in the late-1960s and early 1970s--and they're coming back to the University of Michigan March 12-14 for Bring it Back, Take it Forward (BIBTIF), a three-day conference at the Rackham Building. The conference will feature a dozen panel presentations focusing on several topics including the environment, health care, feminism, immigration rights, the underground media, TBLG issues and the progressive movement itself. Speakers will consider the future of progressive activism and reflect on previous milestones, including the 40th anniversary of the Black Action Movement (BAM) and the 45th anniversary of the first teach-in against the Vietnam War here at the University of Michigan.

A full list of presenters and programs is available here. For additional details and background on the presenters, visit the BIBTIF website.

Teens and Adoption: Books, magazines, meetings

Issues of identity and social life can complicate adolescence for adopted teens. Fortunately for families, there is lots of information at the library and support in the community. Check out Adoptive Families magazine in which the March-April issue has the article "Between Worlds" by Fran Eisenman. In Ann Arbor, a new group is beginning for adopted teens, "Connections," co-led by an adoptive mother/psychologist and her 22 year old daughter. The group will be a place to reflect on challenges, opportunities, relationships and adoption. For details, call Kristine Freeark, 668-0140 or email kfreeark@gmail.com.

Germantown: Old but in the news

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Among articles called out in the recent “Proposed Fourth and Fifth Avenues Historic District Study” is Grace Shackman’s Old West Side Story: The Germans in Ann Arbor. In this article, Grace carefully traces the longstanding German influence, back to 1825 when Mannheim baker Conrad Bissinger apparently became the first German to set foot in town. Reading this article, you can see why some people want an historic district that might include Bethlehem United Church of Christ and nearby historic homes. Click here to read a news story from AnnArbor.com. The actual report about the proposed historic district is here.

Filing Online for Unemployment

Need to file for unemployment? Have no idea where to start? This step by step video from the State of Michigan's Unemployment Insurance Agency will tell you exactly how to file your claim. For more information on filing for unemployment or looking for a new job, visit AADL's Small Business & Job Search Toolkit.

Ignite Ann Arbor 3: This Thursday!

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5 minutes, 20 slides; what would you say? Come find out what some passionate locals are most passionate about at Ignite Ann Arbor 3, this Thursday, 3/4, at the Blau Auditorium at the UM Ross School of Business at 7 PM. Ignite was started in Seattle by Brady Forrest, and has been promoted and expanded by the O'Reilly Media Group. Ignite is an evening of short, fast, fun talks on any and every subject sure to ignite your interest in some exciting ideas. Ignite Ann Arbor 3 takes place during Global Ignite Week, when Ignite events have been planned in over 60 cities on 6 continents. AADL gets in on the action by offering Ignite Second Stage, an opportunity for the best 5-minute talks to be expanded into longer programs at the library. Our first Second Stage event just happenend this past weekend, but we've got our eyes on some of the Ignite Ann Arbor 3 talks coming this week, so read more, drop us a comment and let us know which of these talks you'd like to learn more about, and don't miss Ignite Ann Arbor 3 this Thursday at Blau!

Ignite Ann Arbor 2: This Friday!

Ignite Ann Arbor

Five minutes; twenty slides. What would you say? Ignite Ann Arbor 2 is coming up this Friday, 11/6 at 7 PM at Blau Auditorium at the Ross School of Business on campus. Ignite is a series of events that began in Seattle and has spread all over the world that invites members of the community up on stage and gives them 5 minutes and 20 slides to talk about their passions. Ignite Ann Arbor 1 included talks on building your own weather balloon, DIY camping equipment, the Golden Mean, the future of News in Ann Arbor, the under-representation of Women in technology, and many more cool things; Ignite Ann Arbor 2 has an amazing lineup including estimating how many licks it does take to get to the center of a tootsie pop, Rosicrucians and Barber-orators, How to Spin A Rope, Why Sex is Great, Wildcrafting, Gelato, Librarianship, Wood, and many other amazing, exciting, inspiring talks.

Also, the best presenters of Ignite Ann Arbor 2 will be invited to the Library over the next few months to give expanded versions of their talks and get deeper into the subject matter. Ignite is an illuminating, entertaining evening that showcases some of the most exciting things going on in town. RSVP for free now and don't miss it this Friday 11/6; then come back to http://aadl.org/ignite to let us know which talks you'd most like to see expanded at AADL!

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