Dream Seeding for a Better World Art Show

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The public is invited to a reception of the Dream Seeding for a Better World art show on Saturday, March 7th, from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Michigan Union (530 South State Street). There will be music, storytelling and food. Free.

The show is organized by dreamseeding.org and showcases creative work that helps us visualize and create a more peaceful and ecologically healthy community.

Jumpstart

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Jumpstart is reading to children at AADL! If you seek to provide your child another opportunity to hear stories, this is a service that might be right for your family. University of Michigan students read to children one-on-one or in small groups and provide a small craft or activity.

Jumpstart is a non-profit organization that recruits, trains, supervises, and supports college students to work with early childhood programs.

Take advantage of this opportunity at a branch near you!

Saturday, February 28, Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room, 1:00-2:30
Saturday, March 14, Traverwood Branch: Program Room, 1:00-2:30
Saturday, March 28, Pittsfield Branch: Program Room, 1:00-2:30
Saturday, April 3, Traverwood Branch: Program Room, 1:00-2:30

Career Development Workshop for Students with Disabilities

There are two excellent opportunities for students with disabilities who are concerned that their disability will prevent them from getting a job or whether they should disclose their limitation. You will also learn about what is the best type of work experience and opportunities with Michigan's AmeriCorps and state corporations. The workshops will take place on these dates and locations:

Thursday, March 26, 2009 at 4:00 - 7:00pm Oakland Community College – Royal Oak Campus
739 Washington, Royal Oak, MI 48067
Register: Ms. Marcia Kosovec; (248) 246-2480; mmkosove@oaklandcc.edu

Thursday, April 2, 2009 at 3:00 – 6:00pm Wayne State University – Faculty Administration Building, Room 1139
656 W. Kirby (Reuther Mall), Detroit, MI 48202
Register: Ms. Randie Kruman; (313) 577-2570; rskruman@wayne.edu PRESENTERS Cathy McAdam, Consultant, DiverseAbility LLC John Lapetz, Retired Manager, Ford Motor Company

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Event: Timothy Ferris

On Thurs., Jan. 29, Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads author Timothy Ferris will speak at 7:30 pm at the Morris Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College. The author of Seeing in the Dark will talk about the contributions of amateurs in the field of astronomy, both in the past and today, and share his thoughts on the universe around us. Ferris has won numerous awards for his astronomical writing, including being a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He has also created several PBS documentaries, including one based on Seeing in the Dark.

Join our online discussion of the 2009 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads title today to get warmed up for the talk.

Autism Study

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The University of Michigan Autism and Communciation Disorder Center (UMAAC) is collaborating with reseachers at the University of California Davis, and the University of Washington to evaluate the impact of intervening with toddlers age two and younger who have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. This study seeks to determine if intensive early intervention can reduce the language impairments and social deficits associated with autism.

The intervention, the Early Start Denver Model, fuses developmental and relationship-based intervention techniques with applied behavior analysis teaching strategies. It focuses on using play and positive interactions to teach a developmental curriculum designed for each child based on current abilities and interests.

Prevent Home Foreclosure

You are invited to attend a free workshop on how to avoid losing your home to foreclosure. It will take place on Wed., Jan 21, 6-8 pm at the Bryant Community Center at 3 W. Eden Ct., Ann Arbor. Dinner and childcare will be provided. The speakers will be from the MSU Extension & Washtenaw County Treasurer. Please call 734-994-2722 with questions.

News from the Ypsilanti Historical Society

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Join us at the Ypsilanti District Library (5577 Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti, MI) on Saturday, January 10, at 11:00 a.m. for the unveiling of an online archive of the Ypsilanti Historical Society's newsletter, Ypsilanti Gleanings. This event will include a demonstration of the site and a presentation on Ypsilanti history by Al Rudisill, President of the Ypsilanti Historical Society.

Join us for one of the upcoming Discussion Leader Training Sessions

Learn how to start a discussion of Seeing in the Dark in your organization, church, neighborhood or just with friends by attending one of the two community Discussion Leader Training Sessions. Wednesday January 7, 2009: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: aadlfreespace. Register online to join the training session at the Ann Arbor District Library or call 327-4555.

A second Discussion Leader Training Session will be held Monday, Jan.12, 7:00 – 8:30 pm at the Ypsilanti District Library - Community Meeting Room, 5577 Whittaker Road in Ypsilanti. To register, call the Ypsilanti District Library at 482-4110 ext. 1303.

AATA Introduces a New Route

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The Ride (a.k.a. the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti bus system) has introduced a new route just in time for the holidays. On December 1, AATA began service on Route 17; Amtrak-Depot St. This route starts and ends at Blake Transit Center and offers service to City Hall, Community High School, Kerrytown, and the Amtrak station on Depot St. For people like myself, who are planning to take the Amtrak train out of the city for the holidays and who have light baggage, this route offers convenient access to the train station for $1 (or less) per trip. For more details on Route 17 and other services of The Ride, visit their website or call at (734) 996-0400.

Ann Arbor-style Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol" will be brought to life on the stage of the Performance Network in true Ann Arbor fashion soon. Included in the cast will be former Ann Arbor mayor Ingrid Sheldon, Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Susan Pollay, WUOM on-air host Charity Nebbe and University of Michigan Professor Malcolm Tulip as well as Performance Network Executive Director Carla Milarch. This special offering will be held only on Sunday, December 21 at 7pm. A reception will follow with tempting homemade holiday treats. Tickets are tax deductible and can be reserved by calling 734-663-0861. See Ann Arbor’s ghosts of Christmas past, present and future come to life during this unique reading at Performance Network.

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