Earth Day in Ann Arbor

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Wednesday, April 22, is Earth Day in Tree Town. Catch the Recycled Materials Art Show at the ReUse Center or drink a toast to Project Grow at Arbor Brewing Company.

The Leslie Science and Nature Center will celebrate Earth Day on Sunday, April 26, with educational displays, hands-on activities, live animal presentations, storytelling and sing-alongs. Join the All Species Parade dressed as your favorite endangered plant or animal. Call 997-1553 or visit the Leslie Science Center's website for more information.

El día los ninos/El día de los libros

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Dance to Tumbao Bravo’s awesome Cuban jazz beat. Check out Ypsilanti District Library’s fantastic collection of books in Spanish. Snack on tortilla chips, make sunbursts to hang in the window, bracelets, and flags from your favorite country. El Día is for the whole familia to enjoy together! It all begins at 1:30 pm at the Whittaker Branch of YDL on Sunday, April 26th. Vamanos!!

What Homeowners Want to Know

Please join us tonight for an evening of information and conversation about the things homeowners want to know about housing lenders, collection and loss mitigation, Federal and State programs and initiatives, refinancing opportunities, the real estate market and housing crisis strategies. Please join our panel of housing counselors, bankers, real estate professionals and attorney to discuss all aspects of the housing crisis. This is a Town Hall style meeting with opportunity to ask questions. If you have ever wondered if you could benefit from meeting with a housing counselor, this is the place to start! Tuesday, April 14, 6:30-9:00 pm, Superior Township Offices, 3040 N. Prospect (at Cherry Hill, Ypsilanti). Free, but RSVP required, 734-997-1678. Sponsored by Washtenaw County Treasurer, MSU Extension and UM Housing Bureau for Seniors.

Dawn Farm Education Series

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The Dawn Farm sponsored "Teens Using Drugs: What to Know and What to Do" workshop is offered on the first and second Tuesdays of the month. April 7 is "What to Know"; April 14 tells us "What to Do" at SJMH Education Center. Social Worker Ron Harris presents this free series about the issues around teens using drugs and alcohol. Parents, family members, teens, professionals, and concerned community members are all welcome to attend. For more information on the subject at AADL there’s an educational DVD called Drugs depicting real teens and the impact drug use has had on them.

Interested in a Habitat Home?

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You may qualify for home ownership through Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley! In order to qualify you must be able to demonstrate a need for simple, decent housing, the ability to pay, and a willingness to partner with Habitat for Humanity. If you are interested in owning your own home but are unable to qualify for a conventional mortgage, and you live in Washtenaw County and have steady income, contact Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley at 734-677-1558 ext. 104. Opportunities are also available for volunteers!

Random Acts of April Foolishness!

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I really did have the privilege of paper-macheing Obama's beautiful head at the FestiFools studio last week and also designing diaper pins for the gigantic spewing baby! I can't wait to fool around on Main Street next Sunday, April 5th at 4:00 pm., at one my favorite A2 events of the entire year! You can join us at the Downtown Library at 2:30 pm to make wild wands, noisemakers and crazy UFO hats and then parade down William Street to meet up with all the gigantic fools! You can also make kites at Palmer Field from 1-3 pm and then dash to Main Street to show off your freshly made flying art. See you there!!
TEENS! We need you to help work the parade! If you want to be IN the parade, acting foolish, holding puppets and having a great time then register here. Meet us at the Palio parking lot at Main and Williams @ 3PM!

The University of Michigan Museum of Art Reopens This Weekend

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On March 28, 2009, after nearly three years of restoration and expansion work, the University of Michigan Museum (UMMA) reopens. Many of the current undergraduate students have never set foot in the Museum, so it is most befitting that they were the first group of guests invited in for a sneak preview.

To welcome the community back, the Museum (525 South State Street) is planning a 24-hour open house beginning at 6 p.m. on Satudray, March 28th. Listen for the bells and carillon across campus to peal just before the start of all the (FREE) festivities. There will be performances, dancing, poetry, games, art and jewelry making, taichi, yoga and a scavenger hunt for the little ones. For many, It's a Dream Fulfilled. Let's celebrate!

Have Kids With Dental Needs?

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Washtenaw Children's Dental Clinic is sponsoring a Walk-In Clinic this Saturday March 28 from 8:00 a.m.- noon and 1:00 p.m.-4:00. Each child will have their most pressing dental needs assessed. To Be eligible: Ages preschool-18 years and eligible for the Federal Hot Lunch Program. Only $5.00 per child. Located at Ann Arbor Open School.

Weigh in on shopping bags

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The city of Ann Arbor is considering taking steps to reduce the number of disposable bags used by local businesses. Some cities already have a ban on plastic shopping bags or impose fees for all disposable bags. City officials are trying to determine what steps, if any, it can take to increase reuse of bags in Ann Arbor, and they are asking for your help. By participating in a brief survey you can voice your opinions as this policy gets crafted. There are separate surveys for consumers and business owners to take.

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