Encore Musical Theatre: Les Miserables

Encore Musical Theater Company in Dexter is playing the classic Les Miserables through Aug. 18. This non-profit company showcases Broadway performers and local talent. Ticket information is here.

Check Out the AADL Job Search Toolkit

Are you job searching? If so, check out our Job Search Toolkit. It includes online resources to help you along the course of your search. You can learn about careers, find services and support and build your computer skills. Look at examples of resumes and cover letters, practice your interview skills, and even get some tips for after you receive a job offer. Be sure to check the blog below the Toolkit regularly for local job fairs and classes.

Ann Arbor businesses validate parking tickets

If you're searching for businesses in Ann Arbor that will validate your parking ticket, search no more. The Downtown Development Authority
recently put this list on their website. Look in the parking info below the map.

Free Online Learning Resources from Everyoneon.org!

Go to EveryoneOn.org to learn, learn, learn! The site offers resources for students, educators, and parents. The student resources serve grades K-12 with beginning, intermediate and advanced skills using Power My Learning where students can learn and practice Math, Language, Social Studies and Science skills, Microsoft Office, Graphic Design programs such as Wordle and Inkscape, Computer Programming such as Scratch and Kodu Game Lab, and Life Skills such as finding a career, going to college, managing finances, and goal setting.

Check out more online learning resources at aadl.org/handouts.

Performance Network: Becky Shaw

Performance Network in downtown Ann Arbor is showing Becky Shaw by Gina Gionfriddo through July 28. Directed by Phil Powers, this is the Michigan Premiere of the play. From the PN website: "The New York Times called this Pulitzer Prize finalist and smash Off-Broadway hit “a tangled tale of love, sex and ethics…as engrossing as it is ferociously funny, like a big box of fireworks fizzing and crackling across the stage.” Ticket information is here.

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.

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