Japan Cultural Festival 2008

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The University of Michigan's Japan Student Association presents Japan Cultural Festival 2008 Saturday March 22 in the East Hall Atriums from 1-5. There will be performances, Martial Arts, a tea ceremony and a variety of traditional Japanese Food. Wa karima su! (Understanding will take place)!

Create your own album and upload photos to pictureAnnArbor

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Do you have photographs of Ann Arbor you'd like to share? You can now sign up and submit your photos online to pictureAnnArbor. Just log in to your aadl.org account, fill out this form, and an album will be created for you. Upload as many images as you'd like to your pictureAnnArbor gallery. (There's a delay before your uploaded images will show up in your gallery, usually one business day.)

No Sheep/Knitty® Knit-in

Knitters:
Here is your chance to meet Amy R. Singer - blogger, knitter, author and an all-around personality on Sunday, March 9th at the Downtown Library Multipurpose Room, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. (The door opens at noon, hint! hint! and don't say we didn't warn you). And I am assuming you know about all those fabulous FREE patterns on her online magazine.

Amy will be talking, knitting and signing books. We may even have a preview of her next book with co-author, our Jillian Moreno. Amy's program is co-sponsored by Busy Hands.

So bring your projects and look forward to spending a cosy afternoon with 200 other knitting fiends--oops! I mean, friends.

Find out what it's like to run for President . . . of the Czech Republic!

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We nearly had yet another president in our midst right here in Ann Arbor. Unlike Michigan native son Gerald Ford, however, Jan Svejnar was running for president of the Czech Republic. Svejnar is an economist and professor at UM's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. He was narrowly defeated in his bid for the Czech presidency. Svejnar will be chatting about his experiences in an upcoming event at the Ford School.

Running for the Czech Presidency
March 12, 2008, 5-6p
Betty Ford Classroom, 1110 Weill Hall
735 South State Street, Ann Arbor

P.S. Weill Hall is the shiny new building on the southwest corner of UM's central campus.

Klezmer music at the Neutral Zone

Ann Arbor's TeenCenter, The Neutral Zone, is kicking off their concert series, Weapons of Musical Diversity, with klezmer group, Shtreiml. The all-ages show will be Thursday, March 7th, at 7 pm.

A new take on traditional Eastern-European Jewish and Turkish folk music, the group will be performing free of charge at the Neutral Zone. If you like Shtreiml, check out the Klezmatics and The Klezmer Conservatory Band.

Buhhrrrrr! It's Cold Out There!

I guess the groundhog was right: it certainly doesn’t look like spring is coming any time soon! But if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, right? Buhr Park Outdoor Ice Arena, just a hop, skip and a jump away from the Malletts Creek Branch, will help you get into the spirit! They offer open skating as well as ice hockey and even broom ball in their arena, and a cooled subfloor allows for skating even when it’s warm(ish) outside! Better hurry, though: the arena closes for the season March 16.

How To Talk So Kids Will Listen

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Do you ever feel like you sound like one of the parents from Peanuts? You know..."Wah wah wah wah wah?" Bridge the communication gap with your kids with this informative program for singles or couples called How to Talk So Kids Will Listen. They offer tips on giving praise, alternatives to punishment (time tested and legal, too!) and ways to encourage autonomy. There's more information for families to be found at the MSU Extension.Registration for this program is required.

Put a Smile in Every Frame!

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Did you know there are almost 200 kids on a waiting list for a Big Brother or Big Sister in Washtenaw County? You can help raise awareness and funds by participating in their annual Bowl For Kids’ Sake bowling event on Saturday March 15th at Colonial Lanes. Teams have been forming so sign up now! Come dressed as your favorite TV or movie character…or take your cue from literary characters who have made it to the Big Screen...and join the fun with trivia games, prizes, food and bowling! If bowling isn’t your bag, you can donate anyway or consider becoming a Big Bro or Sis.

And the survey says

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Would you like to have input on the kinds of activities and services that are provided by a community organization? Take a few minutes to complete this online survey for the Ann Arbor Community Center. The purpose of this survey is to collect information to determine whether the priorities and needs of the Ann Arbor Community Center coincide with community-identified needs. Responses are kept confidential.

A Multicultural Perspective on Diabetes and Women

Type II Diabetes is being diagnosed in women from many cultures at an increasing rate. Find out ways to prevent and manage diabetes at a presentation on February 28th at 6pm at the Ann Arbor Community Center. A light dinner is included. This session, sponsored by the University of Michigan Health System Women’s Health Program, is free but seating is limited so register now by calling 615-1404.

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