Dawn Farms Education Series: Eating Disorders

According to National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, the mortality rate for anorexia is higher than that of any other psychological disorder and without treatment, 20% of those with serious eating disorders of any kind will die. This topic, part of Dawn Farms' Education Series, will define various eating disorders and their consequences, explore neurobiological & behavioral theories of addiction, describe physiological consequences of eating disorders, discuss screening tools, and provide information on treatment options and resources for people with eating disorders. DAwn Farms Education series are free and open to the public. This session is presented by Carl Christensen, MD, PhD and Lori Perpich, LLP, MS Clinical Behavioral Psychology; Cognitive Behavior Therapist. AADL has a number of informative materials on the subject, including databases like Medline plus.

Performance Network: "Brill"

Performance Network in downtown Ann Arbor is staging Brill, a comedy by David Wells from Jan. 10-Feb. 10. Music is by Frank Allison. The play is a comedy set in 1959 when a Big Band songwriter facing the arrival of Rock n'Roll meets a young woman who has a guitar, secrets and dreams. The title "Brill" refers to a building in Manhattan. More information and tickets are here.

Purple Rose: "The Meaning of Almost Everything"

Jeff Daniels' new play The Meaning of Almost Everything will show at Purple Rose Theatre Company in Chelsea Jan. 10-March 9. Directed by Guy Sanville, the comedy "questions the nature of our world and the absurdity of it all," the PRTC web page says. Ticket information is here.

YPT: "Fiddler on the Roof"

Young Peoples Theater is staging Fiddler on the Roof Jan. 10-13 at U-M Lydia Mendelssohn Theater. The show is based on the book by Joseph Stein with lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and music by Jerry Block. Ticket information is here

1 in 6 Adults Can't Read This Post

Washtenaw Literacy hopes to put an end to adult illiteracy and could use your help by considering becoming a volunteer..

The first step to becoming a volunteer tutor with Washtenaw Literacy is to attend a one-hour informational session, the ABCs of Washtenaw Literacy. These engaging sessions provide interested folks with all the information they need to decide how they would like to become a tutor. You can help change the world, one word at a time.You must register by emailing info@washtenawliteracy.org or by clicking here.
The next session takes place at the Ypsilanti District Library 5577 Whittaker Road Ypsilanti, MI 48197 Tuesday January 8 from 6:00-7:00 PM.

eMedia @ AADL

Wednesday January 2, 2013: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

Come learn how to:
- Log in and search for ebooks and audiobooks using the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services,
- Use Adobe Digital Editions and the Overdrive Media Console,
- Get library books for your Kindle, Nook, or iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch,
- Listen to AADL Podcasts and download music, and
- Watch AADL Video on Demand.

Please bring your library card, laptop, smartphone, tablet, or other device. Registration is not required. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Go to aadl.org/classes for the complete schedule.

See you in class!

Make Your Dollars Work For You

Need some help with your personal financial planning? Join MSU Extension for Dollar Works, a four part workshop series that focuses on basic money management. Topics covered include creating financial goals, creating a spending plan, using credit wisely, and pumping up savings. This ongoing basic money management course is offered weekly and repeats every four weeks. The next workshop is on January 3 from 9 to 10 am at the Hope Center in Ypsilanti. The class is free and participants will receive a certificate of completion once they complete the four classes. Email Terry Jones at clarkjon@anr.msu.edu, or call 734-222-3943 to register.

Jan. 21: Youth Will Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at U-M

Mark your calendar for Monday, Jan. 21, when the MLK 2013 Children and Youth Program at U-M will happen from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the U-M Modern Languages Building, 812 E. Washington Street. The program, which is turning 15, will celebrate and commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. Over the years the program has drawn a total of more than 8,000 K-12 students from schools around southeast Michigan, offering them entertainment, fun, creativity and dialogue through storytelling, discussions, group projects, skits, rap poetry, and music. To register for this year's event, click here.

Sometimes it's More Than Stress

There's a lot going on in the world that can be a source of stress, anxiety or depression for people. Thankfully there are services in our community to help. Washtenaw Community Health Organization is our local resource for mental health services for adults, families and youth. Requests for services are received 24/7. If you or someone you care about is in need of mental health services call 734-544-3050. Other resources for particularly tough times: SafeHouse Center, Psychiatric Emergency Services and the Michigan Suicide & Crisis Hotlines. Or call 1-800-273-TALK.

Performance Network: A Little Night Music Runs through Dec. 30

Performance Network in Ann Arbor is showing A Little Night Music, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The book is by Hugh Wheeler -- and the romantic musical is a six-time Tony winner. The show is "a rollicking tour-de-force of love, lies, and liaisons," the PN website says, with "an amazing musical score, including. . . Send in the Clowns." Here is the plot summary: "Desiree Armfeldt is an enchanting Swedish actress. While on tour in a country town, she runs into former lover Fredrik, who has brought his young wife to the theatre. Reminiscing in Desiree's dressing room, their passion rekindles. The two seek to continue their affair at a gathering for several guests at Fredrik's country home, setting in motion a hilarious and flirtatious weekend for all." Ticket information is here.

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