WIN-WIN Opportunities with ADA Accomodations

Join the Ann Arbor Area Business Leadership Network (A3BLN), hosted this month by the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living, for the unique opportunity to learn from Employers & Employees about ways to improve opportunities for people with disabilities, because we are ALL better together!

The workshop will feature: (1) A Panel of employers and employees from NuStep, Select Ride, and the University of Michigan discussing the benefits of a diversified workforce and the win-win opportunities for both employers and employees. (2) Sessions with legal, human resource, and ADA perspectives and sharing their views regarding hiring persons with disabilities and ADA accommodations in the workplace.

This event is open to ALL business leaders, employers & current or potential employees with disabilities.
May 15, 2015, 10:30 am - 1:30 pm, WCC Morris J. Lawrence Building Auditorium. Email to: careerservices@aacil.org

Responsible Recycling: Free E-Waste Drop Off

Do you have unwanted electronics such as old cell phones, power cables, LCD displays or hard drives sitting around collecting dust? Through the U of M Office of Campus Sustainability there are a few opportunities to safely dispose of electronic materials this week.

Public E-waste Event:
Saturday, April 25th, 9 a.m.- 2p.m.
Pioneer High School, 601 W. Stadium Blvd

* Business, Non-Profits and Commuters e-Waste Event:
Thursday, April 23rd, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Friday, April 24th, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.
U-M State Street Commuter Parking lot, 2694 S State St. Ann Arbor, MI 48104

If you have questions about what sort of electronic are accepted, click over the University's FAQ page, or check out the list of accepted items.

* Schools, Government, Non-Profits, Small & Medium Businesses and Commuters are welcome to participate. Pre-registration for this event is requested to ensure adequate staffing, but is not required. You can pre-register here.

Social Media Safety

As part of the Knowledge is Key free speaker series, Partners in Personal Assistance and the Washtenaw Association for Community Advocacy present "Social Media: Linking Safely with the Rest of the World." Participants can attend this session to ensure that they know how to use the Internet safely and smartly, and learn about the resources available to help keep them safe while online.

The event will take place Tuesday, April 21st from 6:30 to 8:30 p.mm in Washtenaw Community College's Gunder Myran Building, Room 316. The campus is located at 4800 E. Huron River Dr, Ann Arbor. Light refreshments will be available.

Get Money Smart at the Washtenaw County Resource Fair

Michigan State University Extension is hosting the Washtenaw County Resource Fair at the Michigan Works office in Ypsilanti on Saturday, April 18 from 10am to 1pm. At the fair you can discover what resources are available in Washtenaw County to help you become more financially secure. Venders will include: Ann Arbor State Bank, Flagstar Bank, DTE Energy, Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley, Housing Bureau for Seniors, Michigan State University Extension, United Way of Washtenaw County, University Bank, University of Michigan Credit Union, Washtenaw County Michigan Works and more!

Presentations will be offered at the following times:

10:15 AM- Debit Cards: How to Avoid Becoming a Victim of Fraud

10:45 AM- Be Smart about Credit

11:15 AM- Dealing with Payday Lenders

11:45 AM- Employment Assistance through Michigan Works

12:15 PM- Dress for Success!

Money Smart- Money Management Course

This free four-week course is offered on an ongoing basis every Thursday at Hope Center by Michigan State University Extension. The topics that are covered include creating financial goals, creating a spending plan, using credit wisely and pumping up savings. The class is open to anyone interested. Pre-registration is requested by calling 734-222-3943.

AADL is an Ann Arbor Film Festival Community Partner

Ann Arbor Film Fest LogoAnn Arbor Film Fest LogoThe Ann Arbor Film Festival is here again, and with it comes another year of films, events, and community partnership. AADL will once again be an official AAFF community partner for Films in Competition 4, on Saturday March 28 at 11 am at the Michigan Theater, which features films especially for viewers and filmmakers age 6 and up.

You can check out the list of films playing and buy tickets on the Ann Arbor Film Fest’s website. Make sure to enter the code AAFF53_AADL for half off your advance ticket – normally $6!

When you come to the screening, you’ll even have a chance to hear the premieres of the film scores participants created in our Making Movie Music workshop, held in conjunction with the AAFF.

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North America. The 53rd AAFF takes place March 24-29, 2015 and presents over 200 films from across the world with dozens of world premieres. For more information, please visit the Ann Arbor Film Festival’s website.

Washtenaw Community College Earth Day 2015 Celebration

Student Center Building, 1st Floor and North Plaza
Thursday, April 9 - 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Live Raptor Presentation by the Leslie Science and Nature Center (11 a.m. - Noon)

The Activities Are Free and Open to the Public

In celebration of Earth Day, information about a diverse array of solutions to today’s environmental problems will be presented by local non-profit, business, and government organizations and WCC departments:

Recycling & Waste – Discover a secret stash of inexpensive books, kitchenware, sporting goods and building materials – how to put worms to work for you – why WCC has one of the best recycling records in the U.S.
Getting Around – Learn how to cut your expenses and your commuting carbon with, bicycles, electric cars, hybrid cars, busing and walking. Friends & Neighbors – Build a resilient community, make friends and influence congressmen, grow a community garden, support your local economy with farmers markets.
Healthy Choices – Learn many ways to keep yourself, your family and your community healthy by growing your own food, choosing a healthy diet, exercising, and quitting your fossil fuel addiction.
Mother Earth –Prevent nature deficit disorder, enjoy the outdoors, protect the Great Lakes, help green our campus, find a green career.

Participating Organizations: AAATA/The Ride • Ann Arbor District Library • Ban Fracking Michigan • Clean Water Action • Cobblestone Farm Market • Growing Hope • Hudson Mills Metropark • Huron Valley Group, Sierra Club • Iris Waste Diversion Specialists • Recycle Ann Arbor • Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy • WCC Bookstore/B&N Council • WCC Environmental Science Program • Trader Joe’s • VegMichigan • Wake Up Washtenaw! • WCC Biology Dept. • WCC CORE Garden Project • WCC Environmental Science Dept • WCC Recycling Operations • WCC Student Nurses • WCC Sustainability Council • Wheels in Motion • Ypsilanti Food Coop and more!

For more information contact WCC faculty member Dale Petty at petty@wccnet.edu.

53rd Ann Arbor Film Festival

Are you ready to film fest it up this week?! The 53rd annual Ann Arbor Film Festival started last night with a bang and goes through Sunday, March 29 at the Michigan Theater. As the longest running experimental film festival in the country, the film festival celebrates the best in experimental film making featuring a ton of amazing films, including feature lengths, documentaries and short films.

This year offers a special nod to founder George Manupelli, who passed away last fall, and there are special programs surrounding his work, including a free event on Saturday that is a tribute to Manupelli.

Check out the full schedule of films to see what looks good to you. I also recommend taking a look at the Ann Arbor Film Festival DVD Collection at AADL, featuring some films from past festivals. For further investigation, peruse the the wonderful Ann Arbor Film Festival Archive featuring photos, interviews, posters, articles, and programs from the history of the fabulous film festival.

Community Support and Treatment Services Town Hall April 14

Join Community Support and Treatment Services for a presentation and open discussion on potential changes to your Community Living Support services (staffing in your home) on April 14, 2015 from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm at the United Way Building. This meeting is open to consumers and their families. No pre-registration is necessary. For additional questions, please contact customer service at 1-877-779-9707.

WCC Entrepreneurship Center Grand Opening

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Join Washtenaw Community College for the grand opening of the Entrepreneurship Center on Tuesday, March 10 from 5:30-7:00pm. The reception starts at 5:30pm and President Rose Bellanca will speak at 6:00pm, followed by tours of the Center. Food will be provided by WCC entrepreneurs! If you're thinking of starting a small business or looking for other resources for entrepreneurs, be sure to check out AADL's Small Business and Entrepreneur Resources page.

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