Free Computer and TV Recycling at Pioneer High School May 5

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Dig out your old computer systems, monitors, speakers, printers, cell phones, televisions and modems and take them to the Ann Arbor Pioneer High School Parking lot (Map) this Saturday, May 5th, from 9am-2pm.

The Ann Arbor Public Schools and the Climate Savers Computing Initiative at the U of M are co-sponsoring a free e-waste recycling event in cooperation with Apple Computers.

For a complete list of accepted materials go to ClimateSavers@M.

All equipment collected will be destroyed and recycled in the U.S. in accordance with all local, state and federal guidelines, regulations and laws pertaining to the collection, transportation and recycling of electronics equipment.

getDowntown Commuter Challenge

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For the month of May, employees at all Library branches will be participating in the getDowntown Commuter Challenge. The month-long Challenge pits Ann Arbor area businesses against each other in a friendly competition to encourage their employees to use sustainable transportation for their commute. This month, participating Library employees will be walking, biking, carpooling and taking the bus to work. Click here to find out more about the Challenge.

Fifty Years of Books and Authors

Since about 1958, a lively local book group -- under the umbrella of the U-M Faculty Women's Club -- has been reading favorite books and meeting to discuss them. Several years ago members hosted Peter Ho Davies, and last night, Michael Byers, author of Long for this World, who even received a copy of the group's 1958-2009 reading list to take home with him. For an idea of this group's tastes, visit LibraryThing.

'A Performance Poetica' by Jeff Kass

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Don't miss an opportunity to hear Jeff Kass, one of Ann Arbor's most amazing poets, who also teaches creative writing at Pioneer High School and does workshops at the Neutral Zone. The Stages Theater Company presents, "Wrestle the Great Fear" a 'Performance Poetica' written and performed by Jeff Kass, directed by Ben Cohen and music from the Macpodz.

Wednesday, April 29th @ 7:00 pm, in the Lydia Mendelssohn Theater (in the Michigan League, 911 N. University Ave.) All tickets $5 and can be purchased at the door.

University of Michigan and Tart Cherries

Dr. Sara Warber of University of Michigan Integrative Medicine researched the benefits of eating tart cherries and found that the Antioxidants may help with heart disease and inflammation. This is one of the topics discussed at the Experimental Biology 2009 meeting in New Orleans.

Read more about Michigan cherries and check out a consumer's guide to dietary supplements and alternative medicines.

And here's a story about cherries for the kids.

Earth Day in Ann Arbor

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Wednesday, April 22, is Earth Day in Tree Town. Catch the Recycled Materials Art Show at the ReUse Center or drink a toast to Project Grow at Arbor Brewing Company.

The Leslie Science and Nature Center will celebrate Earth Day on Sunday, April 26, with educational displays, hands-on activities, live animal presentations, storytelling and sing-alongs. Join the All Species Parade dressed as your favorite endangered plant or animal. Call 997-1553 or visit the Leslie Science Center's website for more information.

El día los ninos/El día de los libros

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Dance to Tumbao Bravo’s awesome Cuban jazz beat. Check out Ypsilanti District Library’s fantastic collection of books in Spanish. Snack on tortilla chips, make sunbursts to hang in the window, bracelets, and flags from your favorite country. El Día is for the whole familia to enjoy together! It all begins at 1:30 pm at the Whittaker Branch of YDL on Sunday, April 26th. Vamanos!!

What Homeowners Want to Know

Please join us tonight for an evening of information and conversation about the things homeowners want to know about housing lenders, collection and loss mitigation, Federal and State programs and initiatives, refinancing opportunities, the real estate market and housing crisis strategies. Please join our panel of housing counselors, bankers, real estate professionals and attorney to discuss all aspects of the housing crisis. This is a Town Hall style meeting with opportunity to ask questions. If you have ever wondered if you could benefit from meeting with a housing counselor, this is the place to start! Tuesday, April 14, 6:30-9:00 pm, Superior Township Offices, 3040 N. Prospect (at Cherry Hill, Ypsilanti). Free, but RSVP required, 734-997-1678. Sponsored by Washtenaw County Treasurer, MSU Extension and UM Housing Bureau for Seniors.

Dawn Farm Education Series

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The Dawn Farm sponsored "Teens Using Drugs: What to Know and What to Do" workshop is offered on the first and second Tuesdays of the month. April 7 is "What to Know"; April 14 tells us "What to Do" at SJMH Education Center. Social Worker Ron Harris presents this free series about the issues around teens using drugs and alcohol. Parents, family members, teens, professionals, and concerned community members are all welcome to attend. For more information on the subject at AADL there’s an educational DVD called Drugs depicting real teens and the impact drug use has had on them.

Random Acts of April Foolishness!

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I really did have the privilege of paper-macheing Obama's beautiful head at the FestiFools studio last week and also designing diaper pins for the gigantic spewing baby! I can't wait to fool around on Main Street next Sunday, April 5th at 4:00 pm., at one my favorite A2 events of the entire year! You can join us at the Downtown Library at 2:30 pm to make wild wands, noisemakers and crazy UFO hats and then parade down William Street to meet up with all the gigantic fools! You can also make kites at Palmer Field from 1-3 pm and then dash to Main Street to show off your freshly made flying art. See you there!!
TEENS! We need you to help work the parade! If you want to be IN the parade, acting foolish, holding puppets and having a great time then register here. Meet us at the Palio parking lot at Main and Williams @ 3PM!

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