Habitat for Humanity's Refrigerator Replacement Program!

Here's good news for residents of single family homes in Washtenaw County who may qualify for Habitat for Humanity’s Refrigerator Replacement Program. This opportunity has been extended through June 15, 2014! In partnership with DTE, through this program, qualified applicants can receive a new, EnergyStar Frigidaire refrigerator at no cost, delivered to their home. For more information about how to enroll online, look here.

To date, H4H has helped 830 individuals and families cut their utility bills with new, energy efficient refrigerators. They would love to help 800 more!

Bust Buddies Michigan Friendship Walk

Best Buddies is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan are working together in order to meet this goal by partnering to put on a one mile friendship awareness walk on Saturday, April 5, 12-3 pm at Gallup Park in Ann Arbor. Visit Best Buddies Michigan to register and support this effort.

The Anonymous People

The Anonymous People” is an award-winning documentary film highlighting the millions of Americans in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs, lending their voices and their stories to a grassroots social justice movement that takes aim at changing the conversation from problems to solutions. This free public screening provides a unique opportunity to experience a powerful, profoundly moving testimony to the presence, power and diversity of recovery. The event is being organized by the University of Michigan Collegiate Recovery Program and the Eastern Michigan University Students for Recovery. This film will be shown: Tuesday, March 25, 2014; 5:30 to 7:00 pm at the University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School Amphitheater, 915 East Washington Street. Cost for this event is free, open to all, no registration is required. FOR INFORMATION: Contact Matt Statman, U/M Collegiate Recovery Program Manager, 734-763-3933. Email: collegiate.recovery.program@umich.edu.

Community High School to Present Urinetown: The Musical

Community High School in Ann Arbor will present Urinetown -- a satirical musical from 2001 -- from March 21-23. Here is what Amazon has to say about Urinetown: "Winner of three Tony Awards, including Best Book, Urinetown is a tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold." Admission is $8 for students and staff and $12 for everyone else. More information is here.

A2 Tech Connect

Join Ann Arbor SPARK and local area IT companies for the A2 Tech Connect Job Fair on March 27 from 4 to 6 pm at the Kensington Court Hotel. You'll be able to network with local growing technology focused companies. From innovative start-ups to global corporations, these businesses are looking to connect with great information technology talent. This event will connect you to open IT jobs from internships to senior positions. Be sure to bring copies of your resume, and dress for success!

Belief, Hope and Generosity in the Workplace: Hiring Individuals in Recovery

Wednesday October 1, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

Ari Weinzweig believes that a key aspect of managing ourselves is acknowledging the power of belief - and how much, whether we realize it or not, our beliefs impact our lives and our futures.

In this talk, the CEO and co-founding partner of Zingerman's Community of Businesses will take a look at how our beliefs play out in our day to day workplace experiences and how we and our workplaces are impacted by our beliefs. Ari will discuss how what we believe about ourselves, our organization, our coworkers, our boss, the work that we do and our ability to do it will significantly alter the outcomes we get in what we do, and how, wittingly or unwittingly, we go to great lengths to reinforce our beliefs.

Weinzweig has been distilling the lessons learned from that journey into a series of what will eventually be 6 books. The third, and most recent of the Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading series, "A Lapsed Anarchist's Approach to Managing Ourselves," turns inwards and examines the impact that our selves have on our businesses.

This event includes a book signing and books will be for sale.

This lecture is in partnership with U-M Council for Disability Concerns 2014 Investing in Ability Week theme Addiction as Disability.

Calligraphy Workshop

Tuesday August 19, 2014: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults and teens (grade 6 and up).

Join us for a calligraphy workshop with local artisan, Scott Wettlaufer.

Gifts of Art, Call for Entries for August 2014- August 2015 Exhibition Year

As one of the first and most comprehensive art programs in health care systems nationwide, Gifts of Art brings the world of art and music to the University of Michigan Health System. Over the course of one year, nine galleries will display over 50 exhibits, including 2-D and 3-D spaces that are viewed by approximately 10,000 people a day! These galleries are some of the most widely visited indoor, non-museum exhibits spaces in the state.

Solo exhibits, individual artists and group exhibits from art organizations are encouraged to submit their work. Selections will be made from online submissions or submissions by mail. To submit an entry by mail, download and print this form. Please do not email JPG images or submit entries in-person. The submission deadline has been extended to May 31, 2014.

Questions? Call (734) 936-ARTS (2787) or email GiftsofArt@umich.edu or kmtalley@umich.edu.

If you're interested in featuring your work at the Ann Arbor District Library, explore the exhibits page and send us your submission!

Health Hearts Initiaitive

The Ann Arbor YMCA is piloting a program to help prevent heart disease through self-monitoring techniques and recording blood pressure. Between now and the end of March, the YMCA is recruiting 75 people with high blood pressure and internet access to participate in the Healthy Hearts Initiative. Each participant will be given a blood pressure monitor and shown how to record readings at least twice a month for the next four months. To learn more or enroll in the program, please contact Diane Carr at (734) 661-8056.

Controlled Burns in Ann Arbor's Natural Areas

Tuesday Feb. 25th | Traverwood | 7:00-8:30 PM | adults and teens (grade 6 and up)

Forest fires are usually a bad thing -- when they aren't meant to happen! However, many Natural Area Preservation organizations around the country use a method called controlled burning to actually help the land. Prescribed or controlled burning is sometimes used in forest management, farming, or prairie restoration and stimulates the germination of some desirable forest trees, thus renewing the forest.

The Natural Area Preservation of Ann Arbor will visit the Traverwood branch of the AADL to further explain what controlled burns are and why they are used in natural areas. This event is for anyone interested in helping with the burns or those who just want to learn more about them.

To learn more about the forests of Michigan, check out these great books in the AADL collection:
- Trees of Michigan: field guide
- Roadside guide to Michigan plants, trees, and flowers: an ecological approach
- Trees of Michigan, including tall shrubs
- Trees of Michigan and the Upper Great Lakes
- Michigan trees: a guide to the trees of the Great Lakes Region

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