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.

Melting Away: Protecting the Poles

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UM Exhibit Museum of Natural History presents the last Polar Science Adventures in the series! Explore the effects of the melting of land ice and sea ice. How will it affect polar animals or people? What can we do to help right now?

Join this workshop for children ages 6-11 and an adult to learn about the Artic and Antarctica. Activities are designed to be accomplished with collaboration between adults and kids. Register at any public services desk or call the library at 327-4200 and choose a session. Walk-ins are also welcome!
Pittsfield Wednesday, March 26th, 4:30-5:30 PM
Malletts Creek Saturday, March 29th, 10-11 AM
Northeast Saturday, March 29th, 2-3 PM

Shut Off Notice? Help is Available

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Washtenaw County ETCS has funds to assist income-eligible county residents with the cost of energy used to heat your home, including deliverable fuels. Go to the ETCS office now located at 336 Harriet by the Michigan Works! office. Call First: 734-544-6850 to be sure you have the proper documentation.

Join An Online Book Group!

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Do you enjoy reading book jackets and covers? Do you have five minutes in your day to enjoy a excerpt from a book in your favorite genre? Well then a Online Book Group is for you!!!

A few months back, I joined 3 online Book Discussion Groups. Each Week (Monday-Friday), you start a new book and read a few pages a day, so by the end of the week you have read a chapter or two of a book that may become one of your favorites. Choose from: Business, Non-fiction, Classics, Fiction, Romance, Mystery, Horror, Teen, Science Fiction, and more!

Readers can comment about book selections several places throughout the site and are encouraged to email Suzanne (the leader of the groups) with any suggestions or questions.

You can check this out at http://www.dearreader.com/

Join a Book Group Today!

Transformation Celebration

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Looking for a good excuse to dress up and go dancing? A gala fundraiser will be held for the Ann Arbor Community Center on April 11th at the Community Center. This formal evening includes dinner, dancing, and a silent auction. Donations will go towards the Center's summer camp and programs. Call 662-31-3128 for tickets.

AXIS Coffeehouse tonight at Malletts Creek

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Perform your own poetry or monologue, or a favorite by someone else, at the AXIS Coffeehouse tonight at the Malletts Creek Branch, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. If you'd prefer to just sit back and sip on a hot drink, feel free, but a $5 Fine Forgiveness coupon awaits those who perform. (Grades 6-12). --A great way to get revved up for National Poetry Month in April. If you're looking for a last minute idea, we have great collections of monologues and poetry.

Mongolia in words, music and pictures

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Join us at 7:00 p.m. tonight at the Downtown library for an evening of Mongolian culture. Bodio and Monkhytuya of Mongol Khan Expeditions will be joined by Mongolian musician Ninjee and other local Mongolian musicians for an evening of culture, music and photos from their native country. Ninjee will perform traditional throat music and play the horsehead fiddle. Next Tuesday, March 18, same time and place, we'll be featuring the music and culture of Kazakhstan.

Vinx performance at The Ark

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The powerful one-man band known as Vinx lands at The Ark on Thursday, March 13 for another masterful drum performance. Vinx is one interesting man. He was an Olympic track hopeful sidelined by a boycott and then a personal injury. He then became a personal trainer to a few celebrities before focusing on his music career, which began in the late 70s. He’s toured and played with world-class musicians around the world for the past thirty years. "Imagine a classic R&B voice like those of Sam Cooke or Al Jarreau singing a capella over a boisterous percussion troupe and you might get a hold on Vinx's magic...It's his yearning voice, alternately full of both anguish and joy, that makes you listen," says Modern Drummer magazine.
March 13, The Ark, 316 S. Main St. 8pm. Check the website for ticket information.

Aging with Attitude

Friday, March 7, 6:00-9:00 pm is the opening reception for an art exhibit, Aging With Attitude, that challanges and and expands the perceptions of aging. It's at the Slusser Gallery, UM School of Art and Design, North Campus, and is sponsored by Blueprint for Aging. The show presents artists of all ages and media exploring our individual and collective responses to growing older, reflecting the diversity of aging as an experience, a concept, and a cultural phenomenon. It even includes local elementary school students exploring the theme "Me, When I am Old." The exhibit runs through March 28. Among AADL's large collection of art materials, is a fine volume on the idea of old age in world art entitled A History of Old Age, edited by Pat Thane.

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