Earth Day at WCC

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Are you trying to be more earth-friendly and live a green lifestyle? Is Earth Day circled on your calendar? On Thursday, April 17th, Earth Day will be recognized through displays and discussions on the Washtenaw Community College Campus. Come to the WCC Student Center to learn more about sustainability, environmental problems and solutions. Look for the Ann Arbor District Library display while you're there!

The Dalai Lama comes to Ann Arbor this weekend

Ann Arbor welcomes the 14th Dalai Lama this week for a two-day educational program, Saturday and Sunday, April 19 and 20, sponsored by Jewel Heart, Garrison Institute, and The Tibet Fund. The Dalai Lama is the subject of several works in the Library, including the recent book The Open Road: The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, currently on order; the award-winning film Kundun, by Martin Scorsese; and the DVD 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama. He's also written many books. For an excellent overview, try The Essential Dalai Lama: His Important Teachings. The Dalai Lama will deliver the Peter M. Wege Lecture on Sustainability at 2:00 p.m. Sunday in Crisler arena in conjunction with Ann Arbor Earth Day celebrations. A live broadcast will be carried on Michigan Channel 22 on Comcast cable in the greater Ann Arbor area and a live streaming video will be available at: http://umtv-live.rs.itd.umich.edu/pres/dalailama.asx.

Money Smart Week

Need help figuring out how to budget your money? Would you like to help promote financial literacy in the community? Come to one of the free events presented by Catherine McClary, Washtenaw County Treasurer, during Washtenaw County Money Smart Week, part of the Fifth Annual Money Smart Week of Michigan. Events begin Saturday, April 19th. For more information, call 734-222-6600.

In the Loop

Are you interested in meeting new people? Do you need to reduce the level of stress in your life? Do you like to knit or crochet? Combine all three into one at the Women’s Center of Southeastern Michigan on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. Bring your own materials or use the materials and needles or crochet hooks that are available. Call 973-6779 to sign up and enjoy being In the Loop.

Sancho's Scene: Weekday Events at the Dude

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There’s a lot going on this week at the Duderstadt Center on the University of Michigan’s North Campus. Remarkably multitalented School of Music graduate student, Kathryn Olson, will demonstrate her musical skill on the saxophone at a recital on April 10 at 8pm. She'll be playing original compositions as well as music by Thelonious Monk and others, as well as exhibiting her video and still photography in the center’s Video and Performance Studio. Her origami will also be on display (!) and the event will feature other talented performers, too.

This week also marks the opening of the third annual rEVOLUTION : Making Art for Change exhibit in the Duderstadt Center Gallery. A reception will take place on Friday, April 11 from 7-10pm to celebrate the exhibit, a collaboration between the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center and SAFEhouse.

Celebrate on Behalf of Young Children!

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April is The Month of the Young Child. Come celebrate with Child Care Network at Cady’s Grill in historic Depot Town. On April 29 from 6-9 pm 20% of the night’s sales will go to Child Care Network to use for training of staff and caregivers. Eat and drink for a great cause!

Free Energy Efficiency Seminar at The Ark

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DTE Energy is offering a free energy efficiency seminar at The Ark in Ann Arbor. You’ll get suggestions and solutions from experts, suppliers and installers on managing energy costs for your new or existing home. As another resource, check out the new book This Cold House: The Simple Science of Energy Efficiency.
Saturday April 12, 2008, 11am. Doors open at 10:30 am. Free.
Make sure you register for the seminar here!

The Second City visits The Ark

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The improvisational comedy troupe known as The Second City will bring their shenanigans to The Ark in Ann Arbor on April 10 & 11. Second City was founded in Chicago in the late 50s and has been a springboard for much comedic talent, including Bill Murray, Stephen Colbert, Chris Farley, Dan Aykroyd, Joan Rivers, John Belushi, Alan Arkin and many others. Join the troupe for “One Nation, Under Blog,” an evening of improvised and scripted sketch comedy that is current, interactive and gosh darn funny. Feel like reading too? Check out The Second City almanac of improvisation.
Thursday April 10, 8pm & Friday April 11, 7:30pm. Visit The Ark’s website for more info and ticket information.

AATA Survey

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Do you ride the bus every day to work or school or to run errands? The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority needs your input on proposed changes to services on some of their routes. Find out what the proposed changes are at one of several public meetings which will take place in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti through April 16 or go to the AATA web site for information. You can respond to these proposals by phone, fax, email or mailing a letter to AATA.

William Christenberry Photographs: 1961-2005

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William Christenberry Photographs: 1961-2005 is the coming attraction at the UMMA off/Site.

The exhibition is a retrospective of nearly half-century of Christenberry’s work exploring the American South. From the early Brownie photographs to his recent large-format camera work, they are poetic documentation of Southern vernacular architecture, signage, and landscape, “capturing moments of quiet beauty in a sometimes rustic terrain”.

On Sunday, April 6th, at 3 p.m. William Christenberry will speak at the Rackham Amphitheater (915 East Washington) on his work and life in the American South.

William Christenberry runs from April 5th to June 1st, 2008.

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