Chillin @ the NZ

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Neutral Zone High School Drop-In Hours are Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 5-8 pm, Wednesday 2:30-8, and Friday 2:30-6. That’s for foosball, air hockey, tv, pool or chillaxin’. Homework help happens 2:30 to 4:45 Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. I know, right?

Welfare Policy Seminar

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What is FIP? Work First? Want to know about state benefits like Food Stamps or Medicaid? An attorney from the Michigan Poverty Law Program will provide an overview and update on rules regarding these topics on April 3 from 9 am-noon at Washtenaw County ‘s Library Learning Resource Center. Registration is requested by contacting the Fair Housing Center

Sancho's Scene: Prisoner Art Show Opens Tonight!

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Catch the annual Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP) show opening this evening from 5:30-8pm in the Duderstadt Center Gallery on the University of Michigan’s North Campus. The art show, the largest of its kind in the country, features work from more than 40 prisons throughout Michigan, demonstrating the creativity, talent and vitality of over 200 incarcerated individuals. Tonight’s opening features talks by former prisoners who will speak about what the PCAP program has meant to them. Additionally, PCAP will premiere a documentary soon to be featured on PBS called "Acts of Art: The Prison Creative Arts Project," at the Chesborough Auditorium at 4pm on April 6. If you miss tonight’s festivities, not to worry: the show will be on display through April 9.

Bimbo's on the Hill and other lost Ann Arbor eateries


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Anyone remember this restaurant? Check out some of the other names listed under Ann Arbor's Lost Eateries, a section of arborwiki dedicated to restaurants and watering holes from Ann Arbor's past. And if that doesn't fully satisfy your hunger for local history, the image above is taken from a collection of historical signs (mainly from the 1970s) we're currently adding to our gallery of local images. It includes other restaurants from the arborwiki list and many old signs and storefronts from area businesses.

A Chicken in Every Pot?

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Recently in Ann Arbor there's been an interest on the part of some citizens to be allowed to raise chickens within the boundaries of the city.

I live on a small farm about 10 miles out and can testify that I get a lot of satisfaction from my little flock of layers & slackers (I only get about 6 to 7 eggs per day but have 13 hens ).

In the meantime while the City Council grapples with this question you can enjoy several books on chickens available right here at the Library. You can also read the latest on Judy McGovern's blog of March 18 covering the issue on mlive.com.

Public Transit Town Hall Meeting

If you use or care about the future of public transportation in Washtenaw County, attend an informational town hall meeting this Monday, March 24, 7:00 pm, Morris Lawrence Building, Washtenaw Community College. The hosts are State Rep. Pam Byrnes and Executive Director of Washtenaw Area Transportation Study (WATS), Terri Blackmore. Also there to speak and answer questions will be State Rep. Marie Donigan, Chair of the State Transportation Committee; Dawn Gabay, AATA; Jennifer Lakczuk, The Rapid, Kent County; and Carmine Palombo, SEMCOG. This is a great opportunity to hear from leaders in public transportation, and let them know what you think.

Many Happy Returns

Want to learn how to e-file your own income tax returns? The Women’s Center of Southeastern Michigan's tax program Many Happy Returns provides this opportunity with the assistance of trained volunteers. Sessions are on Saturdays and Wednesdays through April 12th. There is a suggested donation to participate. Call 973-6779 for more information.

Seek and Ye Shall Find (a job)

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Finally something specifically targeted at job seekers who aren’t fresh out of college! Operation ABLE of Michigan is presenting a job fair next Thursday, March 27 that’s just for those over 40 in the job market. “The Ability is Ageless” Job and Career Fair takes place from 9am-1pm at the Plaza Hotel in Southfield, and features a long list of exhibitors. The ABLE website also contains an overview of what to expect at the fair with an emphasis on arriving early and coming prepared. Make sure to stop at an AADL branch to print a few copies of your resume, too. Happy seeking!

Get Noticed!

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Looking to increase your visibility as an artist or an organization? AADL is currently accepting applications to exhibit at the Downtown Library from June 1 to July 20 in the Multi Purpose Room and 3rd Floor exhibition areas. AADL is always a busy place, and the summer is particularly exciting. Your work could be on display as thousands of children and their families sign up for our annual Summer Reading Game in June and would remain on display through the Art Fairs in late July. For more information, and to download an application to exhibit, visit our Exhibits page. The next application deadline is March 31st.

Attend a rock concert (of sorts)

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The University of Michigan's Basement Arts program is a hidden gem of their theater department. Begun in 1987 in a space no larger than a storage room, the idea was to offer free quality performances produced by U of M theater students. The performances now take place in Studio One at the new Walgreen Drama Center. Their current production, "Mock Rock," is a "riotous evening of song parodies" by members of this U-M student theater troupe. Time is 11 p.m., this Saturday, March 22 at the Walgreen Drama Center, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Call 764-6800 for more information.

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