Nonprofits will find this profitable

In these tough economic times, NEW - Nonprofit Enterprise at Work - continues to help southeast Michigan non-profits succeed. The NEW Center, located at 1100 N. Main St., provides office space for area nonprofits. NEW also hosts an internet radio show, the Nonprofit Buzz, which airs here each fourth Thursday of the month, 9-10 a.m On March 26, the topic will be "Partnering For Success." At the library, electronically browse some of our books on nonprofits, or visit our special collection downtown on the second floor.

Darfur Benefit tonight

Come to the Darfur Benefit Gala sponsored by STAND, the Neutral Zone’s Student Anti-Genocide Coalition--a special evening featuring guest speaker Susan Burgess-Lent, program director at Darfur Peace and Development in Washington DC. The event also features a silent auction and refreshments. All proceeds will benefit the International Rescue Committee Program in Darfur. The event is at 8 p.m. at the Neutral Zone, 310 E. Washington Street, Ann Arbor. Tickets start at $15 per person. For tickets or information, call (734) 214-9995 or go to www.neutral-zone.org.

Tutoring at 826michigan

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Did you know that 826michigan offers one-on-one tutoring Monday through Thursday? Session one runs from 3:30-4:30pm, and session two runs from 4:30-5:30pm. Students who have enough homework are welcome to stay for both sessions. Tutors are available at the lab and ready to help students with writing assignments, homework, English language learning, creative writing, and publishing projects. No reservations are required for tutors—students just drop in and one of the trained volunteer tutors will help the student with anything he or she needs! 826michigan is located on Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor.

Teen Volunteer Training Opportunity this Sunday

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Looking for a cool opportunity to volunteer? The Youth Community Action Team (YCAT) of the Washtenaw County Chapter of the American Red Cross is open to teens ages 12-18. YCAT volunteers are active in all the Chapter’s departments along with all the unique youth specific projects.

There will be an orientation this Sunday, March 15 (1:00-4:00 p.m.) at the Washtenaw American Red Cross, 4624 Packard Road in Ann Arbor.

You'll need to register to participate. Contact Youth Coordinator Mike Lyons by phone 734-971-5300 or e-mail ycat@wc-redcross.org.

Keeping an eye on the ‘nesting boxes’ at the Pittsfield

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My son, Bill, led the construction and installation of a dozen “nesting boxes” for birds and bats on the east side of the Pittsfield branch last summer as one of the requirements to become an Eagle Scout. Library director Josie Parker supported the project as a reflection of the AADL’s commitment to capitalize on environmental principles...to operate more in harmony with the ecosystem. I'm keeping an eye on the project now that Bill’s off at college, and with spring coming, I hope other library patrons would post a comment if they see birds (or bats) actually occupying the boxes.

Speeding ticket campaign is hoax

A Michigan “speeding ticket campaign” is a hoax, maybe even an urban legend. Check your e-mail for this: "Beware all you lead foots!!! Spring is Coming! . . . and so is Operation Yellow Jacket. Look out for MI-DOT trucks parked along the road or suddenly appearing behind you pacing you - it could be a Trooper driving the truck. Called 'Operation Yellow Jacket', each Michigan State Police District has a truck cleaned up and ready to go! These trucks have specially modified engines that can virtually catapult the truck from snow-plow speed to intercept speed in seconds. And when the engine boost kicks in, the warning lights automatically change from flashing yellow to the dreaded red and blue! . . . “

Dream Seeding for a Better World Art Show

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The public is invited to a reception of the Dream Seeding for a Better World art show on Saturday, March 7th, from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Michigan Union (530 South State Street). There will be music, storytelling and food. Free.

The show is organized by dreamseeding.org and showcases creative work that helps us visualize and create a more peaceful and ecologically healthy community.

Looking for a Job?

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When you are looking for a job, the Michigan Talent Bank is the place to be. You can search more than 15,000 new job openings monthly and post your resume so more than 40,000 employers can find it. Find jobs in accounting, human resources, manufacturing and much more! You can also find up to date information on local job fairs. Best of all, it’s free for all users. Also be sure to check out these helpful tips on what to do when you're unemployed. Good luck in your job search!

Jumpstart

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Jumpstart is reading to children at AADL! If you seek to provide your child another opportunity to hear stories, this is a service that might be right for your family. University of Michigan students read to children one-on-one or in small groups and provide a small craft or activity.

Jumpstart is a non-profit organization that recruits, trains, supervises, and supports college students to work with early childhood programs.

Take advantage of this opportunity at a branch near you!

Saturday, February 28, Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room, 1:00-2:30
Saturday, March 14, Traverwood Branch: Program Room, 1:00-2:30
Saturday, March 28, Pittsfield Branch: Program Room, 1:00-2:30
Saturday, April 3, Traverwood Branch: Program Room, 1:00-2:30

Looking for something fun to do?

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Head on over to The Dossin Great Lakes Museum! The museum, a flagship of the Midwest’s inland lakes maritime heritage museums, stands on the shore of Detroit’s historic Belle Isle, one of America’s grandest city parks. You, your family and your friends will take in a panoramic view of the Detroit River and experience many rare artifacts, including the reconstructed pilot house of the Great Lakes freighter S.S. William Clay Ford, the Miss Pepsi championship hydroplane, and one of the largest known collection of scale model ships in the world. Admission is free, although donations are accepted. As an added bonus, check out a Museum Adventure Pass and receive 10% off your purchases in the museum shop!

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