Great Lakes, Great Times Reading Series 5/22

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Great Lakes, Great Times is a monthly reading series that, according to the host, “showcases the best established and up-and-coming writers working today.” The May reading will take place at 826Michigan, and will feature readings from authors Ander Monson, Kathryn Regina, Robert Lopez, Matt Bell, and Andrea Kneeland.

Check here to see which authors are up next in the series. This is the last event until September! So many authors are visiting, and these events have been filling the house!

The monthly event is geared towards adults, admission is FREE, and anyone is welcome. It's all happening Saturday, May 22, 7pm at 826michgan / The Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair Shop at 115 East Liberty.

Kids Read Comic Convention June 12-13

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Kids Read Comics Convention is a totally free event that unites kids, teens, parents, teachers and librarians with professional artists and writers from the comics and animation fields. The aim is to introduce kids to worlds of imagination while unlocking their creative impulses and to serve that goal, programs included are:
• hands-on workshops
• panels and presentations for kids, families, and educators
• a chance for kids to meet and chat with comics and animation professionals
• the opportunity for kids to have their own art portfolios reviewed

Be sure to stop by the AADL Comic Artists Forum table to see and purchase the works of our homegrown participants.

This year’s convention will be at the Henry Ford Centennial Library in Dearborn, Michigan on Saturday, June 12 and Sunday, June 13 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) .

Touch-a-Truck!

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Has your child ever wanted to sit in the driver’s seat of a school bus? Explore the inside of an ambulance? Climb aboard a cement mixer? Then Touch A Truck is a perfect activity for you and your family! Get up close with these and many other vehicles at Touch-a-Truck! Held at Briarwood Mall on Saturday May 22 from 9:00 am-noon Rain or Shine with lots of community resources there to share information. Brought to you by Washtenaw Success by 6 and the Washtenaw Great Start Parent Coalition.

Have a Stand Out Interview!

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The Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living is holding a Stand Out Interviews workshop on Wednesday, May 19 from 10 am to 12 pm. Attend and learn the best ways to answer interview questions, develop your professional pitch, and present yourself as the best candidate for the job. Need more career advice? Attend a drop-in session on Tuesday, May 18 from 3 to 5 pm or May 25 from 10 am to 12 pm. Good luck in your job search!

Teen Stuff: It’s time for Breakin’ Curfew!

The Neutral Zone and UMS present Breakin' Curfew. The event is created, produced, marketed, and performed by local teens. The performances at Breakin' Curfew feature everything from dance, spoken word, jazz, classical music, rock, to hip hop, and much more. The electricity of a teen-centric audience watching a show of teens, produced by teens, is amazing. It is quite the unique showcase of talent. All this fun takes place at the Power Center on Saturday, May 15 at 8pm. See here for ticket info and more. Yes, adults are of course welcome to attend and support these great minds! Breakin CurfewBreakin Curfew

Purple Rose in the Spotlight

Thorton Wilder’s acclaimed play Our Town is being staged by Purple Rose Theater Company through May 29. Don’t miss this critically praised production. On Tuesday (today), come see Purple Rose Playwrights Discuss The Playwriting Process And Read From Their New Plays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Downtown Library.

Author Louis Sachar @ Nicola’s Books

The much loved author Louis Sachar will be in Ann Arbor on Friday, May 14 promoting his new young adult novel, The Cardturner. Sachar has written many youth books, including the Newbery Award winning Holes, the Marvin Redpost series, and the Wayside School series. He will be doing a discussion, Q & A, and book signing. There are “rules” to the signing, check here for details before you head out. The event takes place at Nicola’s Books at 7pm.
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Thursday, May 13th is a Great Day to be a Beginner

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We have two computer classes scheduled this Thursday that are perfect for beginnners. Come to Beginning Computers to learn about operating systems, the mouse, the keyboard, and the desktop. We'll practice opening programs, using the keyboard, copying/pasting and performing a Google search. Later in the same day we offer a great follow-up class to Beginning Computers, World Wide Web Tools. In this class we practice using internet browsers and search engines while learning internet terms such as links, blogs, and URL's.

Beginning Computers Thursday May 13: 9:15 am to 11:15 am -- Traverwood Branch
World Wide Web Tools Thursday May 13: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- West Branch

Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. See you in class!

Free Office Productivity Tools

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Can't afford Microsoft Office? No worries. Come to a computer class to learn more about how to use a free office productivity program.

OpenOffice.org 101
Thursday May 6, 2010: 9:15 am to 11:15 am -- Traverwood Branch

Introduction to Google Documents
Monday May 17, 2010: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- West Branch

Classes are filled on a first-come, first served basis. See you in class!

Living On Less

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Trying to save money? Michigan State University Extension is offering a free workshop titled "Living On Less" on Wednesday, May 12 from 1 to 4 pm at Friends in Deed. This workshop will explain how to develop a spending plan, reduce flexible expenses and reduce debt. You will need to register by May 10 by calling 734-222-3943.

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