Are You a Single Parent?

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Michigan State University Extension offers a session called Parenting On Your Own every Tuesday at Hope Center. The session is from 10:30 am to 11:30 am and is free of charge. Topics include managing stress, communication, building self esteem, discipline, parenting teenagers, and more! Call 734-484-2989 or 734-222-3943 for more information.

Use Microsoft Mail Merge to Create Letters, Envelopes and Labels!

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If you ever wanted to learn the easy way to mail form letters to clients, print addressed envelopes for your contacts, or create address labels for yourself or organization; Microsoft Mail Merge is the right class for you!

Monday October 19, 2009: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Training Center

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

See you in class!

Is NOW a Good time for you to Volunteer?

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Interested in making a lasting mark in the life of a non-reader or English Language Learner? Washtenaw Literacy is looking for one-on-one tutors. Volunteer training begins Thursday October 1st and will occur on the following 4 Mondays & Thursdays: 10/5, 10/8, 10/12 & 10/15. Training sessions will be held at 5585 Interface Drive behind Creekside Grill. Or go to Washtenaw Literacy for their training schedule and other information.

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!

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