Free Health Screenings!

The Mobil Health Fair with activities for children and families will take place on Thusday, August 1, 2013, 10 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Ypsilanti, 300 N. Washington St. Cost: Free. Health Care Screenings will include blood pressure, BMI, vision, hearing, oral, glucose, skin cancer, lice, and HIV. There will also be Health Care Education Stations, Health Kits to take home, and you will receive a list of area providers if there is a need to follow up. For more information call Lily Guzman at 734-544-2983.

Twenty Feet From Stardom Returning to the Michigan Theater

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If you want to leave the Michigan Theater on Friday night with a smile on your face and a song in your pocket, check out Twenty Feet From Stardom, the delicious documentary about back-up singers. Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Stevie Wonder and other stars talk about the amazing work of these talented artists but it’s the women themselves who stay with you. The film will run through Thursday, July 18th. The 26 year old editor of this film, Jason Zeldes, is a Michigan native who is working on directing his own film, Romeo is Bleeding. Full disclosure–he is my own nephew and I think he is a remarkable storyteller!

WORLD SIGHT DAY - Oct. 10, 2013

World Sight Day (WSD) is an annual global event, on the second Thursday of October that brings attention to blindness and vision impairment as a major international public health issue. The World Health Organization and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness help coordinate events and activities for this important day of awareness, and Lions Clubs International very actively promotes WSD through their many local organizations. Other WSD goals are to influence governments to be involved and to designate funds to treat this problem. They also hope to educate target audiences about blindness prevention. Locally, the Washtenaw Library for the Blind & Physically Disabled housed at the Ann Arbor District Library, loans books, magazines, and videos in alternative formats (digital cartridge, digital download, large print, Braille, and descriptive video) to individuals of all ages who are certified as unable to read or use standard printed materials as a result of temporary or permanent visual or physical limitations. For more information about this service, call 734-327-4224.

Free HIV Testing Tomorrow

June 27th is National HIV Testing Day. Know your status! The HIV/AIDS Resource Center will be providing free HIV testing at Maple Village Pharmacy in Ann Arbor from 12pm to 2pm, Walgreens in Ypsilanti from 2:30pm to 4:30pm, and Harmony House Motel in Ypsilanti from 5pm to 8pm. Locations will offer a limited quantity of incentives for individuals who complete an HIV testing and counseling session. For more information contact Heather Wolf or Leon Golson at 734-572-9355.

Focus Groups for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

The Washtenaw Association for Community Advocacy and the statewide Partners Against Violence and Injustice in Michigan are gathering information to improve services for adults with development disabilities in Washtenaw County and across Michigan. The team is seeking individuals with developmental disabilities to participate in a 90 minute focus group by sharing ideas and providing examples of what has worked well and what hasn’t during programs or while receiving services. Focus groups will be held on July 16th and 17th at the Ann Arbor Center For Independent Living at 11 am and 2 pm each day. Transportation and other assistance is available, and participants will receive a $25 Meijer gift card for their time. Light refreshments will also be available. To register for one of the discussions, please contact Beth at 734-662-1256 or bgarlock@washtenawaca.org.

Resume 101

We can help you get your resume ready for the Washtenaw County Expo! Tuesday, June 24: 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

Learn the tools used to create a resume including library resources. Create a resume. Optional: Bring with you your current resume file or data storage device. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Classrooms will open 15 minutes before the class start times.

Washtenaw County Career Expo

Thursday June 27, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm -- Morris Lawrence building

Attention Job Seekers! WCC Career Services and Washtenaw County Michigan WORKS! is hosting a Career Expo with industry insights, personal career development and networking opportunities. This event is open to both WCC students and the Washtenaw County community and is free of charge. Availability is limited. RSVP with WCC Career Services by calling 734-677-5155 or emailing careers@wccnet.edu.

Summertime Student Resources

Sometimes when the report card comes home, it becomes clear that there are some areas your child may need to work on over the summer. AADL has pulled together some resources to help on our homework page. If you're helping a someone to strengthen his/her reading skills, you might find the books categorized by AAPS reading level and by Lexile level helpful. Also, Brainfuse remains available during the summer. From 2-11 pm, students can use the service for either specific help, or general skills building in math, English, science and social studies.

Purple Rose Theatre: Miles & Ellie

Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea is presenting Miles & Ellie through Aug. 31. This is a world premiere play by Don Zolidis. Here is a plot summary from the website: "Miles and Ellie are two teenagers in love when a youthful misunderstanding breaks them apart. Flash forward 20 years and a disenchanted Ellie has come home for what she expects to be a typical dysfunctional family Thanksgiving. Not long into the family shenanigans, however, Ellie learns that Miles is still in town and carrying a torch for her. Is it possible to get a second chance at your first love? This charming romantic comedy will make you wonder “what if?” Contains adult language and content." Guy Sanville directs the show. Purple Rose was founded in 1991 by actor and Chelsea native Jeff Daniels.

Planning for Aging: Informational Event

Whether you are planning for your own future needs, are a caregiver for an older adult or will assist a loved one to develop a personal care plan, this informational event will be of interest to you. Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County and the Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor are pleased to offer this presentation about three essential topics all aging adults, family members and caregivers should be familiar with: Long term care insurance, Private duty home health care, and Housing options for older adults in Washtenaw County.The session will be held on June 27 from 7:00-8:30 PM at the JCC and is for informational & educational purposes. There will be no marketing of services. To RSVP or ask a question, please contact: Diane Fenske, Older Adult Services Coordinator, JFS (734) 769-0209 or diane@jfsannarbor.org.

GED Test Preparation Class

Ann Arbor Public Schools Adult Education is offering a free GED test preparation class before some big changes in the GED test. Registration and orientation will be held on July 1 from 10:15 am to 12 pm at the Malletts Creek branch library. Class will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 to 4 pm starting July 3rd. AATA bus tokens are provided for students who need transportation.

The new GED test takes effect January 2014. This means current GED students must pass all of their tests by December 2013. After that, everyone will need to start over again with the new series of tests. The new test will be online only. Adults wanting to earn their GEDs should enroll now, because passing the test demands a substantial time commitment. Starting class this semester gives students time to review materials they already know, and to learn new skills for the test. The Adult Ed program assesses students, provides many opportunities to take classes, offers practice tests and gives students one-on-one attention. For more information call (734) 997-1250.

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