Afro-Rican Music comes to Ann Arbor

Looking for a great evening of music? Check out the The Firefly Club this Friday, February 15. Rolandio Matias and the Afro-Rican Ensemble will be performing their distinctive blend of Latin, Salsa rhythmns with jazz, soul and funk. This ten piece ensemble from New York is headed by Matias on percussion plus tenor sax, clarinet, flute, steel drums, trombone and bass. The fun begins at 9 p.m. at 63 7 S. Main. To get reved up, check out some of the Library's Latin music which includes artists Manuel Barrueco and the group, Ozomatli.

Make a Mobile of Peace

Do you like being creative and learning about history too? The Ann Arbor Community Center will celebrate Black History Month with an art workshop on February 23 from 2-3pm. Learn about Martin Luther King while creating a mobile with the guidance of staff from Abrakadoodle. Call 662-3128 to reserve your place in this free workshop.

Sancho's Picks for Weekend Fun!

Nothing like a free event to warm you up on a cold weekend in Ann Arbor! FOUND and several of the other Kerrytown shops are hosting a scavenger hunt this weekend. The event begins at FOUND at 1pm, and participants can form teams to compete for prizes. The event is free, though pre-registration is requested. Fun!

When you’ve finished running around Kerrytown, head down 4th Ave. to Eastern Accents Bakery, which will be hosting the first Ann Arbor/Ypsi Reads Book Discussion of the year from 2-3:30. Eastern Accents will be offering a special coupon to discussion participants, too. Yum!

Food, Glorious Food!

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Washtenaw County Employment Training & Community Services will be distributing Federal Surplus Food while supplies last. Items such as green beans, canned beef, tuna and carrots will be distributed on Thursday February 21st from 9:00 a.m. until commodities run out. Services are available to income eligible individuals at the Washtenaw County Human Services building: 555 Towner Street, Room 107 in Ypsilanti.

Write Your Memoir with Sally Lawler

If you have been thinking about writing your memoir, and are fifty or above, this is the time! Register now by calling 327-4560 for the free 8-week workshop, Reconstructing Life Stories, starting Jan. 17 at 1:00-3:00 (Group 1) or 3:00-5:00 (Group 2). Past participants praise social work librarian Sally Lawler for creating a comfortable atmosphere, where they feel safe to read their thoughts to the small group and to receive helpful suggestions and encouragement. AADL has several books that can help you start keeping a journal and learn more about how to write your life story.

Get that job!

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Have you suddenly found yourself out of work and need some help finding a new job? Get a Job Coach! The Women’s Center of Southeastern Michigan has Job Coaches who can help you find your way to the goal in the game of job hunting. Learn resume and cover letter preparation as well as interviewing and job searching skills. Contact the Center soon to register. The next workshop is February 26 from 1 to 4pm.

What Science has Learned about the Human Condition

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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute presents the Thursday Morning Lecture Series #3 beginning January 10, through February 14, 2008 at the Best Western Conference Center on Jackson Road. Beginning with The Evolving World: Evolution in Every Day Life by David Mindell, author of a book of the same name followed in consecutive weeks by local professors Thad A. Polk, Ph.D, Elizabeth Petty, Dr. John Greden, C. Loring Brace and Jennifer Crocker. The series titled “What Science has Learned about the Human Condition” is pretty heady stuff. That’s why they named it Lifelong Learning, not Shuffleboard.

My House, My Home

A recent local Aging In Place conference emphasized many services for seniors some of which they weren’t aware of. One such resource was the Housing Bureau For Seniors, part of the University of Michigan Health System. The Housing Bureau For Seniors provides services to help keep residents 55 years of age and older in their own homes. Their Elderly Eviction Prevention program is set up to prevent homelessness for seniors who live in rental property.

The United Way’s 2-1-1 number for information and referrals to human services was another resource that well received. Over 700 agencies are in their databases and they give referrals to people in Livingston, Monroe, and Washtenaw counties.

Making Hot Career Connections at Hot Shots

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Looking to get your career off the ground? Michigan Works! and ETCS have teamed up with Ann Arbor Spark in association with the Mega Partnership to produce Hot Shots—a series of opportunities for job seekers to meet up with employers from across the country. Attendees can view a sampling of available positions ahead of time, and browse the list of participating companies. The next Hot Shots event will be held at Vinology on Wednesday, November 28, from 5-7pm. Participants should register ahead of time at the Ann Arbor Spark website.

Sancho's Scene: Community Events that Wander off the Path

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Walking past Peaceable Kingdom earlier this week, I noticed an adorable poster in their window. Arranged in layers like a barnyard trifle, a thoughtful cow, an orderly row of puffy chicks, and a stout pink pig announce the 34th annual Dawn Farm Jamboree. The event takes place this Sunday, September 9, which happens to be the same day as the Kerrytown BookFest and the AAUW Book Sale here in Ann Arbor. All those pastoral animals marching by make me want to reach for James Herriot’s All Creatures Great and Small, or perhaps a little Dick King Smith. That’ll do, pig.

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