Bilal's Stand

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On Thursday, September 24, 2009 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, AADL presents the film Bilal's Stand at the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room. This film focuses on the life of a Detroit high-school senior, Bilal, and his family's long-owned taxi stand - the source of all activity and income for the family for the last sixty years. Does Bilal take a chance at college or continue with his family business? After secretly submitting a college application and taking up ice carving in order to win a scholarship, he is forced to decide. This film is based on the true story of writer/director Sultan Sharrief, who will lead a discussion of the film with producer & UM Professor Terri Sarris. This event is co-sponsored by the University of Michigan Community Scholars Program.

Neighbors Day of Service

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Join an Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti volunteer action to collect and distribute warm clothes and blankets before winter arrives. In addition, used household batteries will be collected for proper disposal. Drop off days are September 23, 24, and 25. Items can be dropped off at Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Liberty in Ann Arbor or First Congregational United Church of Christ, 218 N. Adams in Ypsilanti. To donate, put clean clothes in bags, sorted and labeled by size and "girls," "boys," "men" or "women." Put used batteries in sealed plastic bags. On September 26, "pick-up" day, individual families may select items free of charge starting at 2pm. Later in the day, local social service organizations will be invited to select items, and finally, the Salvation Army will retreve items remaining at the end of the day. If you are interested in volunteering your time, you can sign up here or email neighborsdayofservice@gmail.com.

New Microsoft Word Classes in October!

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Microsoft Word Draw: Explore the drawing toolbar
Thursday October 8, 2009: 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Training Center

Microsoft Word Insert: Learn about inserting tables, footnotes, hyperlinks and more into word documents
Tuesday October 20, 2009: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Training Center

Registration is required. Register online, visit any AADL location, or call 734-327-4555.

New Computer Class: Overdrive Basics, Download Digital Content

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Register for Overdrive Basics to learn how to use Overdrive to download digital content such as ebooks, eaudio, and evideo.

Monday, October 5, 7 - 9 pm Downtown
Monday, October 12, 7 - 9 pm Downtown

Registration is required. Register online, visit any AADL location, or call 734-327-4555

Drop-In Tutoring for English Language Learners, Ages 8-18

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826Michigan has a new workshop happening at their lab on Liberty Street this fall, made just for English language learners! The workshop, Drop-in for English Language Learners, is geared towards beginning to intermediate English language learners aged 8-18. Every Saturday from 12-1pm from September 19 through November 21, a crew of knowledgeable volunteers will be ready with activities to help with grammar, pronunciation, and conversation skills. The workshop is drop-in and requires no registration. Visit 826’s website for more information regarding this workshop.

Looking for a Job?

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Not exactly sure how to use the internet in your job search? Try looking at The Riley Guide. Also be sure to keep your eye on job postings on the Michigan Talent Bank website. You can search more than 15,000 new job openings monthly and post your resume so more than 40,000 employers can find it. You can also find information on local job fairs. The range of employers is diverse so the site is useful whether you are looking for your first career or a new career. You’ll be well on your way to getting the job you want!

The HomeGrown Festival is this Saturday!

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Ann Arbor’s Homegrown Festival is headed to the Kerrytown market on Saturday, September 12, from 5-10pm. The festival’s website boasts, “The HomeGrown Festival celebrates local food and community and seeks to focus broad mainstream attention on the community-wide benefits (and pleasure!) of eating from our own foodshed.”

In addition to the wonderful food vendors who will be there, there will also be a number of other activities to partake in, including tomato tasting, a beer garden, chef demos, kids’ activities, non-profit booths, and live music. Sounds like good times! Admission is free, food is available for purchase.

Ann Arbor has such a wonderful community with great support in local food efforts. (Think Slow Food Huron Valley.) Celebrate wonderful food and wonderful Michigan farms at this event!

Friday Art Group at Center for Independent Living

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Join the Center of Independent Living every week as they exercise creativity in the Friday Art Group. Art sessions begin at 1 pm and generally end at 3 pm. Participants choose which project to do each week. Past projects have included trinket boxes, mosaics, decorating ceramic plates before firing, and jewelry. Bring your creativity, music to share and, if you like, a snack. Projects generally take between two and four weeks to complete. The program is free, but please call if you plan on coming so there will be more supplies on hand. The art comes to life at the Ann Arbor CIL, 3941 Research Park Drive, Ann Arbor. For more information, contact Sue Probert at (734) 971-0277 x34 orsuep@aacil.org. The group now meets in the Gathering Place or kitchen in the CIL.

AADL Productions Podcast: Madcat Ruth

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Peter "Madcat" Ruth, a world-class harmonica player who's lived and played in Ann Arbor for over 30 years, celebrated his 60th birthday last April. We had the privilege of talking with Madcat about his varied career, which included lessons from Chicago blues harmonica legend Big Walter Horton; touring with Dave Brubeck; inventing the Madcat harmonica microphone; and winning a Grammy for his solo performance in Songs of Innocence and Experience. Madcat also reminisces about playing the many lost music venues in Ann Arbor and treats us with his signature harmonica rendition of "Take Five".

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Join us for evening computer classes in September!

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All evening classes begin at 7 pm and end at 9 pm.
World Wide Web Tools at Pittsfield Tuesday, September 1
PowerPoint Basics at Pittsfield Tuesday, September 8
Microsoft Word Basics at Traverwood Thursday, September 10
Create a PowerPoint Presentation at Pittsfield Tuesday, September 15
AADL.org at Traverwood Thursday, September 17
Microsoft Excel Basics at Pittsfield Tuesday, September 22
Microsoft Word Tools & More at Traverwood Thursday, September 24
Intermediate Excel at Pittsfield Tuesday, September 29
Registration is required. Register online aadl.org/classes, visit any AADL location, or call 734-327-4555. See you in class!

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