AADL is an Ann Arbor Film Festival Community Partner

Ann Arbor Film Fest LogoAnn Arbor Film Fest LogoThe Ann Arbor Film Festival is here again, and with it comes another year of films, events, and community partnership. AADL will once again be an official AAFF community partner for Films in Competition 4, on Saturday March 28 at 11 am at the Michigan Theater, which features films especially for viewers and filmmakers age 6 and up.

You can check out the list of films playing and buy tickets on the Ann Arbor Film Fest’s website. Make sure to enter the code AAFF53_AADL for half off your advance ticket – normally $6!

When you come to the screening, you’ll even have a chance to hear the premieres of the film scores participants created in our Making Movie Music workshop, held in conjunction with the AAFF.

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North America. The 53rd AAFF takes place March 24-29, 2015 and presents over 200 films from across the world with dozens of world premieres. For more information, please visit the Ann Arbor Film Festival’s website.

Washtenaw Community College Earth Day 2015 Celebration

Student Center Building, 1st Floor and North Plaza
Thursday, April 9 - 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Live Raptor Presentation by the Leslie Science and Nature Center (11 a.m. - Noon)

The Activities Are Free and Open to the Public

In celebration of Earth Day, information about a diverse array of solutions to today’s environmental problems will be presented by local non-profit, business, and government organizations and WCC departments:

Recycling & Waste – Discover a secret stash of inexpensive books, kitchenware, sporting goods and building materials – how to put worms to work for you – why WCC has one of the best recycling records in the U.S.
Getting Around – Learn how to cut your expenses and your commuting carbon with, bicycles, electric cars, hybrid cars, busing and walking. Friends & Neighbors – Build a resilient community, make friends and influence congressmen, grow a community garden, support your local economy with farmers markets.
Healthy Choices – Learn many ways to keep yourself, your family and your community healthy by growing your own food, choosing a healthy diet, exercising, and quitting your fossil fuel addiction.
Mother Earth –Prevent nature deficit disorder, enjoy the outdoors, protect the Great Lakes, help green our campus, find a green career.

Participating Organizations: AAATA/The Ride • Ann Arbor District Library • Ban Fracking Michigan • Clean Water Action • Cobblestone Farm Market • Growing Hope • Hudson Mills Metropark • Huron Valley Group, Sierra Club • Iris Waste Diversion Specialists • Recycle Ann Arbor • Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy • WCC Bookstore/B&N Council • WCC Environmental Science Program • Trader Joe’s • VegMichigan • Wake Up Washtenaw! • WCC Biology Dept. • WCC CORE Garden Project • WCC Environmental Science Dept • WCC Recycling Operations • WCC Student Nurses • WCC Sustainability Council • Wheels in Motion • Ypsilanti Food Coop and more!

For more information contact WCC faculty member Dale Petty at petty@wccnet.edu.

53rd Ann Arbor Film Festival

Are you ready to film fest it up this week?! The 53rd annual Ann Arbor Film Festival started last night with a bang and goes through Sunday, March 29 at the Michigan Theater. As the longest running experimental film festival in the country, the film festival celebrates the best in experimental film making featuring a ton of amazing films, including feature lengths, documentaries and short films.

This year offers a special nod to founder George Manupelli, who passed away last fall, and there are special programs surrounding his work, including a free event on Saturday that is a tribute to Manupelli.

Check out the full schedule of films to see what looks good to you. I also recommend taking a look at the Ann Arbor Film Festival DVD Collection at AADL, featuring some films from past festivals. For further investigation, peruse the the wonderful Ann Arbor Film Festival Archive featuring photos, interviews, posters, articles, and programs from the history of the fabulous film festival.

Community Support and Treatment Services Town Hall April 14

Join Community Support and Treatment Services for a presentation and open discussion on potential changes to your Community Living Support services (staffing in your home) on April 14, 2015 from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm at the United Way Building. This meeting is open to consumers and their families. No pre-registration is necessary. For additional questions, please contact customer service at 1-877-779-9707.

WCC Entrepreneurship Center Grand Opening

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Join Washtenaw Community College for the grand opening of the Entrepreneurship Center on Tuesday, March 10 from 5:30-7:00pm. The reception starts at 5:30pm and President Rose Bellanca will speak at 6:00pm, followed by tours of the Center. Food will be provided by WCC entrepreneurs! If you're thinking of starting a small business or looking for other resources for entrepreneurs, be sure to check out AADL's Small Business and Entrepreneur Resources page.

Call for Entries from Gifts of Art

As one of the first and most comprehensive arts in healthcare programs nationwide, Gifts of Art brings the world of art & music to the University of Michigan Health System. The exhibit program is designed to enhance the health system’s environment of care and help calm and bring comfort to patients, visitors and staff. All Gifts of Art programs are intended to assist and complement the healing process and reduce the stress and anxiety often associated with a healthcare setting. Gifts of Art is currently accepting proposals for the September 2015 – September 2016 exhibition year. Individual artists or art organizations may apply. The galleries display both 2-D wall mounted art and 3-D works in display cases. Submissions may be made online or by mail. Submission deadline is May 15, 2015. Questions? Call (734) 936-ARTS (2787) or email GiftsofArt@umich.edu or kmtalley@umich.edu.

Mindfulness in Caregiving

Caring for an adult or family member battling a disease can be a trying and stressful experience. Thanks to support from the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center at U of M, there are two upcoming mindfulness based workshops for caregivers. These free programs will focus on the creating mindfulness to help caregivers develop tools and coping mechanisms that can improve their lives, and the lives of those they are assisting.

Mindfulness Based Dementia Care:
This series is designed for family caregivers. Interested participants are strongly encouraged to attend an orientation session on Monday, March 23rd from 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. This is a 9 week long program that will build on skills discussed from the following week; regular and committed attendance is recommended.

Catching Your Breath: Relax. Restore. Renew.
This wellness program has been created for care partners of adults living with memory loss. Participation is free, but pre-registration is requested in order to best accommodate needs. These classes are not a series; participants can come to one, or all five sessions.
Mon, Jan 12th: 10-11:30 a.m.
Wed, Feb 11th: 6-7:30 p.m.
Mon, March 16th: 10-11:30 a.m.
Wed, April 15th: 6-7:30 p.m.

Sessions from both courses will take place at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, located at 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Please call 734-936-8803 for registration and details, or visit the UMHS website to learn more.

Summer Game Preview @ Taste of Ann Arbor

Sunday May 31, 2015: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm -- Liberty Street

Visit the AADL booth on Liberty Street at Taste of Ann Arbor for hula-hooping, sidewalk art and other fun stuff for kids!

Hear more about the AADL Summer Game, too!

The Ann Arbor Commission on Disability Issues is Seeking Commissioners

Are You:

● A Disability Advocate
● Physically Challenged
● Developmentally Disabled
Blind or Visually Impaired
● Deaf or Hard of Hearing
● A Person with a Chronic Disease
● A Care Giver

Become a Commissioner!

The purpose of the Ann Arbor Commission on Disability Issues is to promote and advocate for equal opportunities for all individuals with physical, mental and/or emotional disabilities, including full accessibility in Ann Arbor facilities, programs, businesses and organizations. The Commission addresses issues of significance to the local disability community, through effective committee work and collaboration. Commissioners serve a 3-year term requiring an appointment by the Mayor with approval from City Council. Ann Arbor residents are given priority consideration, but non-residents will be considered if they are viewed to fill a gap on the commission.

Meetings are open to the public and can also be viewed on Community Television Network (CTN)-Comcast Cable Channel 16. You can also view CTN videos On Demand by going to a2gov.org. Public meetings are held at City Hall on the third Wednesday of every month starting at 3:15pm

If you would like an application to apply for a seat on the Commission contact the Mayor’s Office at 734-794-6161 or visit the Resource Page at a2gov.org/disabilityresources. If you want more information about being a commissioner e-mail a2disabilityissues@gmail.com.

Find Out How to Cut Costs & $ave!

Want to learn how to save money on your energy and water bills? Join us Wednesday, February 4th at 7:00 PM @ Malletts Creek Branch! If you're a DTE customer, you can receive a free, in-home assessment from them that provides you with items that can start saving you money on your utility bills pronto. In fact, you can borrow one of our energy meters to find out exactly which of your appliances or electronics are the energy-suckers. What sorts of items are provided by DTE, you ask? A whole bunch of new compact fluorescent light bulbs in a variety of styles; water-saving faucet aerators & shower heads. Learn all about the complimentary DTE Home Energy consultation and sign up for one for your home.

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