The Anonymous People

The Anonymous People” is an award-winning documentary film highlighting the millions of Americans in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs, lending their voices and their stories to a grassroots social justice movement that takes aim at changing the conversation from problems to solutions. This free public screening provides a unique opportunity to experience a powerful, profoundly moving testimony to the presence, power and diversity of recovery. The event is being organized by the University of Michigan Collegiate Recovery Program and the Eastern Michigan University Students for Recovery. This film will be shown: Tuesday, March 25, 2014; 5:30 to 7:00 pm at the University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School Amphitheater, 915 East Washington Street. Cost for this event is free, open to all, no registration is required. FOR INFORMATION: Contact Matt Statman, U/M Collegiate Recovery Program Manager, 734-763-3933. Email: collegiate.recovery.program@umich.edu.

Community High School to Present Urinetown: The Musical

Community High School in Ann Arbor will present Urinetown -- a satirical musical from 2001 -- from March 21-23. Here is what Amazon has to say about Urinetown: "Winner of three Tony Awards, including Best Book, Urinetown is a tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold." Admission is $8 for students and staff and $12 for everyone else. More information is here.

March into a Book Club to Go!

Over the next few weeks the AADL will be rolling out six new Book Clubs to Go. There will be a mix of fiction and non-fiction that will include Amy Tan’s newest book, The Valley of Amazement and Robert K. Massie’s best-seller, Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman. Keep your eyes open for the following titles:

Fiction:
The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton Disclafani
Exiled to an equestrian boarding school in the South at the height of the Great Depression for her role in a family tragedy, strong-willed teen Thea Atwell grapples with painful memories while acclimating to the school's strict environment.

The Round House by Louis Erdrich
When his mother, a tribal enrollment specialist living on a reservation in North Dakota, slips into an abyss of depression after being brutally attacked, 14-year-old Joe Coutz sets out with his three friends to find the person that destroyed his family.

Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan
Recruited into MI5 against a backdrop of the Cold War in 1972, Cambridge student Serena Frome, a compulsive reader, is assigned to infiltrate the literary circle of a promising young writer whose politics align with those of the government, a situation that is compromised when she falls in love with him.

The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan
Violet is one of the most celebrated courtesans in Shanghai, a beautiful and intelligent woman who has honed her ability to become any man's fantasy since her start as a 'Virgin Courtesan' at the age of twelve. Half-Chinese and half-American, she moves effortlessly between the East and the West. But her talents belie her private struggle to understand who she really is and her search for a home in the world.

Non-Fiction:
Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie
The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, and The Romanovs returns with another masterpiece of narrative biography, the extraordinary story of an obscure German princess who became one of the most remarkable, powerful, and captivating women in history.

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Eric Larson
The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Nazi Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. Suffused with the tense atmosphere of the period, and with unforgettable portraits of the bizarre Göring and the expectedly charming--yet wholly sinister--Goebbels, In the Garden of Beasts lends a stunning, eyewitness perspective on events as they unfold in real time, revealing an era of surprising nuance and complexity

A2 Tech Connect

Join Ann Arbor SPARK and local area IT companies for the A2 Tech Connect Job Fair on March 27 from 4 to 6 pm at the Kensington Court Hotel. You'll be able to network with local growing technology focused companies. From innovative start-ups to global corporations, these businesses are looking to connect with great information technology talent. This event will connect you to open IT jobs from internships to senior positions. Be sure to bring copies of your resume, and dress for success!

Belief, Hope and Generosity in the Workplace: Hiring Individuals in Recovery

Wednesday October 1, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event will be recorded

Ari Weinzweig believes that a key aspect of managing ourselves is acknowledging the power of belief - and how much, whether we realize it or not, our beliefs impact our lives and our futures.

In this talk, the CEO and co-founding partner of Zingerman's Community of Businesses will take a look at how our beliefs play out in our day to day workplace experiences and how we and our workplaces are impacted by our beliefs. Ari will discuss how our beliefs about ourselves, organization, coworkers, and our boss, affect the work that we do. And also how, wittingly or unwittingly, we go to great lengths to reinforce our beliefs.

Weinzweig has been distilling the lessons learned from that journey into a series of what will eventually be 6 books. The third, and most recent of the Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading series, "A Lapsed Anarchist's Approach to Managing Ourselves," turns inwards and examines the impact that our selves have on our businesses.

This event includes a book signing and books will be for sale.

This lecture is in partnership with U-M Council for Disability Concerns 2014 Investing in Ability Week theme Addiction as Disability. This event was originally scheduled for the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room and has been relocated to the 4th floor of the Downtown Library.

Calligraphy Workshop

Tuesday August 19, 2014: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults and teens (grade 6 and up).

Join us for a calligraphy workshop with local artisan, Scott Wettlaufer.

Gifts of Art, Call for Entries for August 2014- August 2015 Exhibition Year

As one of the first and most comprehensive art programs in health care systems nationwide, Gifts of Art brings the world of art and music to the University of Michigan Health System. Over the course of one year, nine galleries will display over 50 exhibits, including 2-D and 3-D spaces that are viewed by approximately 10,000 people a day! These galleries are some of the most widely visited indoor, non-museum exhibits spaces in the state.

Solo exhibits, individual artists and group exhibits from art organizations are encouraged to submit their work. Selections will be made from online submissions or submissions by mail. To submit an entry by mail, download and print this form. Please do not email JPG images or submit entries in-person. The submission deadline has been extended to May 31, 2014.

Questions? Call (734) 936-ARTS (2787) or email GiftsofArt@umich.edu or kmtalley@umich.edu.

If you're interested in featuring your work at the Ann Arbor District Library, explore the exhibits page and send us your submission!

Health Hearts Initiaitive

The Ann Arbor YMCA is piloting a program to help prevent heart disease through self-monitoring techniques and recording blood pressure. Between now and the end of March, the YMCA is recruiting 75 people with high blood pressure and internet access to participate in the Healthy Hearts Initiative. Each participant will be given a blood pressure monitor and shown how to record readings at least twice a month for the next four months. To learn more or enroll in the program, please contact Diane Carr at (734) 661-8056.

Controlled Burns in Ann Arbor's Natural Areas

Tuesday Feb. 25th | Traverwood | 7:00-8:30 PM | adults and teens (grade 6 and up)

Forest fires are usually a bad thing -- when they aren't meant to happen! However, many Natural Area Preservation organizations around the country use a method called controlled burning to actually help the land. Prescribed or controlled burning is sometimes used in forest management, farming, or prairie restoration and stimulates the germination of some desirable forest trees, thus renewing the forest.

The Natural Area Preservation of Ann Arbor will visit the Traverwood branch of the AADL to further explain what controlled burns are and why they are used in natural areas. This event is for anyone interested in helping with the burns or those who just want to learn more about them.

To learn more about the forests of Michigan, check out these great books in the AADL collection:
- Trees of Michigan: field guide
- Roadside guide to Michigan plants, trees, and flowers: an ecological approach
- Trees of Michigan, including tall shrubs
- Trees of Michigan and the Upper Great Lakes
- Michigan trees: a guide to the trees of the Great Lakes Region

Huron Valley Ambulance is Recruiting for a Volunteer Team

HVA is pleased to announce the formation of the Huron Valley Ambulance Volunteer Team. HVA is looking for citizens interested in training for a variety of volunteer positions. You can train to be a medical first responder at community events or to assist with community education/awareness programs and administrative tasks.

An Information Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 20 from 6 to 7:30 pm at Emergent Health Partners - 1200 State Circle, Ann Arbor. Meeting attendees will receive information about our volunteer teams - Medical First Responders, Community Relations and Administrative Support.

HVA will also be offering FREE training for medical first responders. The eight week training program starts on May 6. Classes meet on Tuesday/Thursday from 6 to 10:30 pm and three Saturdays from 8 am to 5 pm. Upon completion, you may take the State exam to be certified as a Medical First Responder. Free training will also be provided for citizens interested in community education and administrative support volunteer positions.

Click here to register for the information meeting or call 734-477-6331 for more information.

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