WCC Entrepreneurship Center Grand Opening

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Join Washtenaw Community College for the grand opening of the Entrepreneurship Center on Tuesday, March 10 from 5:30-7:00pm. The reception starts at 5:30pm and President Rose Bellanca will speak at 6:00pm, followed by tours of the Center. Food will be provided by WCC entrepreneurs! If you're thinking of starting a small business or looking for other resources for entrepreneurs, be sure to check out AADL's Small Business and Entrepreneur Resources page.

Call for Entries from Gifts of Art

As one of the first and most comprehensive arts in healthcare programs nationwide, Gifts of Art brings the world of art & music to the University of Michigan Health System. The exhibit program is designed to enhance the health system’s environment of care and help calm and bring comfort to patients, visitors and staff. All Gifts of Art programs are intended to assist and complement the healing process and reduce the stress and anxiety often associated with a healthcare setting. Gifts of Art is currently accepting proposals for the September 2015 – September 2016 exhibition year. Individual artists or art organizations may apply. The galleries display both 2-D wall mounted art and 3-D works in display cases. Submissions may be made online or by mail. Submission deadline is May 15, 2015. Questions? Call (734) 936-ARTS (2787) or email GiftsofArt@umich.edu or kmtalley@umich.edu.

Mindfulness in Caregiving

Caring for an adult or family member battling a disease can be a trying and stressful experience. Thanks to support from the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center at U of M, there are two upcoming mindfulness based workshops for caregivers. These free programs will focus on the creating mindfulness to help caregivers develop tools and coping mechanisms that can improve their lives, and the lives of those they are assisting.

Mindfulness Based Dementia Care:
This series is designed for family caregivers. Interested participants are strongly encouraged to attend an orientation session on Monday, March 23rd from 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. This is a 9 week long program that will build on skills discussed from the following week; regular and committed attendance is recommended.

Catching Your Breath: Relax. Restore. Renew.
This wellness program has been created for care partners of adults living with memory loss. Participation is free, but pre-registration is requested in order to best accommodate needs. These classes are not a series; participants can come to one, or all five sessions.
Mon, Jan 12th: 10-11:30 a.m.
Wed, Feb 11th: 6-7:30 p.m.
Mon, March 16th: 10-11:30 a.m.
Wed, April 15th: 6-7:30 p.m.

Sessions from both courses will take place at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, located at 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Please call 734-936-8803 for registration and details, or visit the UMHS website to learn more.

Easy English News For You

Are you an adult who is learning to read or is becoming an English Language Learner? AADL has a couple magazines that should get your attention.

The Easy English News is available at all of our branches. It contains current events written at a fourth grade reading level. It's written in a way to build your vocabulary and help you read for meaning. There's also News for You, which you can find at our downtown location or put a hold on a copy and have it sent to the location most convenient for you. Both publications have vocabulary words, puzzles and interactive websites. Spread the word!

The Ann Arbor Commission on Disability Issues is Seeking Commissioners

Are You:

● A Disability Advocate
● Physically Challenged
● Developmentally Disabled
Blind or Visually Impaired
● Deaf or Hard of Hearing
● A Person with a Chronic Disease
● A Care Giver

Become a Commissioner!

The purpose of the Ann Arbor Commission on Disability Issues is to promote and advocate for equal opportunities for all individuals with physical, mental and/or emotional disabilities, including full accessibility in Ann Arbor facilities, programs, businesses and organizations. The Commission addresses issues of significance to the local disability community, through effective committee work and collaboration. Commissioners serve a 3-year term requiring an appointment by the Mayor with approval from City Council. Ann Arbor residents are given priority consideration, but non-residents will be considered if they are viewed to fill a gap on the commission.

Meetings are open to the public and can also be viewed on Community Television Network (CTN)-Comcast Cable Channel 16. You can also view CTN videos On Demand by going to a2gov.org. Public meetings are held at City Hall on the third Wednesday of every month starting at 3:15pm

If you would like an application to apply for a seat on the Commission contact the Mayor’s Office at 734-794-6161 or visit the Resource Page at a2gov.org/disabilityresources. If you want more information about being a commissioner e-mail a2disabilityissues@gmail.com.

Find Out How to Cut Costs & $ave!

Want to learn how to save money on your energy and water bills? Join us Wednesday, February 4th at 7:00 PM @ Malletts Creek Branch! If you're a DTE customer, you can receive a free, in-home assessment from them that provides you with items that can start saving you money on your utility bills pronto. In fact, you can borrow one of our energy meters to find out exactly which of your appliances or electronics are the energy-suckers. What sorts of items are provided by DTE, you ask? A whole bunch of new compact fluorescent light bulbs in a variety of styles; water-saving faucet aerators & shower heads. Learn all about the complimentary DTE Home Energy consultation and sign up for one for your home.

PIT Count Debrief

Following the bi-annual PIT count that took place (today) January 28th, the Office of Community and Economic Development will be hosting a community debrief at Washtenaw Community College’s Morris Lawrence building. The discussion will include a preliminary review of the PIT data, as well as a discussion on next steps in order for Washtenaw County to reach its goal of ending veteran and chronic homelessness as part of the Zero:2016 campaign. Coffee will be served and the public is encouraged to attend. Please contact Laura Urteaga-Fuentes if you have questions: urteagal@ewashtenaw.org or 734-544-3052

Center for Japanese Studies Special Event

Each year, approximately 30,000 Japanese die by suicide, a rate nearly double that of the U.S. The Center for Japanese Studies is hosting a local effort to educate the public about this problem by sponsoring a series of three free events over three days that combines film, lecture and discussion. It begins Thursday, February 5th, 12-1:30 at the School of Social Work with four brief presentations by Japanese Studies experts and U of M faculty, under the theme "Beyond Seppuku: A multidisciplinary Context to Suicide in Japan". On Friday, February 6th from 6:00-8:00 PM will be the screening of the award winning documentary Saving 10,000: Winning a War on Suicide in Japan at Palmer Commons. A discussion on suicide issues in the Japanese population will be led by a diverse panel after the screening.On Saturday, February 7th from 10:00 AM-Noon at the Holiday Inn, Livonia this film will be screened and the discussion afterword will be in Japanese. For more information email: umcjs@umich.edu

Dental Clinic Open House

On February 17th, the Washtenaw County Dental Clinic will be opening in the Haab Health building, 111 N. Huron St., Ypsilanti. In preparation for the grand opening, the Washtenaw County Health Department would like to invite service providers and community partners to come to the WCDC Open House, which will be held January 30th from 3-5 p.m. at the new clinic site. This clinic is county-owned, with the intent to serve people receiving Medicaid, and those that are low-income (serving up to 300% of the poverty level) or have no dental insurance.

Please share this information with anyone who may benefit from this service. If you are a service provider or would like flyers, posters or business cards to hand out, please contact Ruth Kraut, Program Administrator at the Washtenaw Health Plan. You can reach her at (734) 544-3068 or krautr@ewashtenaw.org. If you are an interested patient, please call 877-313-6232.

AADL Songsters in the news!

This week, the AADL was featured in the Ann Arbor Public Schools News when students from Clague Middle School performed in the Multi-Purpose Room as part of our AADL Songsters program.

With their teacher Jeff Gaynor and local musician Nan Nelson, students learned to dance the Troika and perform two songs as part of a World Cultures and geography unit on Russia. Круто! Клево!

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