Need Support in Your Job Search?


The Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living is holding weekly Job Talk Career Development Workshops every Thursday, starting January 14, from 10 am to 12 pm. Join others currently searching for jobs to discuss the challenges of unemployment, get new ideas to help you on your way, and get news, tips, and networking skills to help you land a job. Come support and be supported! To sign-up, contact or (734) 971-0277 ext. 21.

Buhr Park Outdoor Ice Arena opens again!

Sharpen those skates…. After delay, Buhr Park’s outdoor ice rink opens tomorrow! The rink will be open for the season, January 9 – April 1. There was a delayed rink opening because a new cooled subfloor was constructed, which allows ice skating during temps over 50 degrees. See here for full schedule of hours and pricing! Skate rental is available.skatingskating

Tutors Needed in 2010

Have you resolved to volunteer this year? A one-hour ABCs of Washtenaw Literacy session is a great way to start. You will learn about volunteer opportunities and the many training options through Washtenaw Literacy. Volunteering can look great on your resumé, too. Sessions this month are: Wednesday, January 6, 7-8 pm at the Ypsilanti District Library or Tuesday, January 12, 7-8 pm, at the NEW Center.

Keep Michigan Working


Are you job searching? Try using the website Keep Michigan Working. You can check out the high demand occupations in our area, get information on unemployment insurance benefits, and access the Michigan Talent Bank and more! Also, be sure to check out the AADL's current materials that will help you get the most out of your search. Good luck!

Mittenfest is coming to Ypsilanti


The fourth annual Mittenfest will be happening this weekend at the Elbow Room in Ypsilanti on Dec 31, Jan 1, Jan 2, and Jan 3. Its fourth year expands to four days in length, and this year there is another great line up of nearly 40 local bands and DJs playing each night, including Chris Bathgate, Frontier Ruckus, Timothy Monger, and Drunken Barn Dance, to name a few. All proceeds from Mittenfest benefit the local non-profit 826Michigan. This event is a sure-to-sell-out happening event that raises a lot of money for a good cause. Hearing live music and supporting free tutoring and workshops for kids? You can’t go wrong.

Here is a great interview with Brandon Zwagerman, the organizer of Mittenfest. He talks about how he plans it and discusses everything from why certain bands play to why it benefits 826Michigan.

The event is 18+, doors open at 4pm each night, New Year’s Eve is $9 cover, all other nights are $7 each night. See here for a full schedule of bands.

Purple Rose: Escanaba extended through Jan. 23

By popular demand, Purple Rose has extended Escanaba, a world premiere play by Jeff Daniels through Jan 23. This is the latest installment and origin story in the wildly popular Yooper trilogy (Escanaba in da Moonlight, Escanaba in Love). Even if you haven't seen earlier shows, apparently the latest is nonetheless very enjoyable. You could also check out our DVD Escanaba in da Moonlight and do some catching up at home.

Christmas Carol'd at Performance Network through Dec. 27

For holiday entertainment, consider Christmas Carol'd at Performance Network Theatre. In this adaptation by Joseph Zettelmaier, five actors play all the parts. Sounds fun. To get into the spirit, you could read the classic story, A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, on which the play is based -- or just some words spoken in the original story by Scrooge's nephew, calling Christmas "a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time, the only time ... when men and women seem by common consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow travellers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys."

U.S. Census Bureau is Hiring


The U.S. Census Bureau is opening a new office in the area and will soon begin operations for conducting the 2010 Census. This is an exciting opportunity to enhance your job skills, further your career and improve your community! They're offering paid training and flexible hours. For more information on how to apply, call toll free at 1-866-861-2010 or visit their website here.

Museum Adventure Passes for the Holidays


Looking for some fun family activities for the holidays? New adventures await you at a variety of Detroit area cultural institutions. Art that inspires and engages, hands-on science that excites and educates, history and culture that brings past and present Michigan to life – all of these and more are waiting for you! Just use your library card to receive a Museum Adventure Pass, presented by Macy’s, and get free admission for two or four, depending on location, at one of these participating organizations. Be sure to check and make sure the museum is open and accepting Adventure Passes before you make plans- there are some museums on the list who don't participate during the holidays.

Help Plan the Future of Pittsfield Township

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Pittsfield Township is working on a new master plan to guide them in their future decisions and they are looking for your help. Pittsfield Township residents are invited to take the 2010 Pittsfield Plan Survey to help determine where Pittsfield will head in the coming years. This master plan will touch on all areas of Pittsfield's development, from economic development and capital improvements to transportation options and leisure activities. Pittsfield's last comprehensive plan was released in 2002 and helped oversee the township's last period of growth.

Take the survey today and help take Pittsfield into the next decade!

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