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.

Preserving the land

At their annual banquet, the Washtenaw Land Trust officially changed their name to the Legacy Land Conservacy to reflect the group's reach beyond the county. The trust was organized to help landowners who wanted to preserve all or parts of their land by creating conservation easements. In addition to the name change, the Conservancy has formed a "Forever Fund" which will be used, if necessary, to protect the land if ownership is legally challenged. To learn more about the Conservancy and the work they do, call 734-302-5263 or visit them at the The New Center, "Non-Profit Enterprise at Work" at 1100 N. Main St.

The Library has several good books on land trusts including Conservancy: The Land Trust Movement in America by Richard Brewer.

This weekend, try comic opera

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Check out Albert Herring, which opens today at Mendelssohn Theatre. The music in this three-act comic chamber opera is by Benjamin Britten, one of England’s best known composers. The libretto is by Eric Crozier. The U-M production was wittily previewed last month by the director, U-M Professor Robert Swedberg, in an appearance at our Pittsfield branch.. Read a preview of the show at Mlive.

Join the Job Club!

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Washtenaw County Michigan Works! is introducing Job Club, a support group for job seekers. The purpose of the WCMW Job Club is to help individuals in their job search by providing tools to build and expand networks while assisting with resume preparation and interviewing skills, with the added benefit of peer-to-peer interaction and support. The WCMW Job Club is a 6-week commitment and will be held Tuesdays from 5:30pm to 7:00pm beginning Tuesday, March 24 at the Michigan Works! Service Center. Seating is limited so be sure to reserve a seat at 734-481-2517 ext. 249 or Al-Igoej@ewashtenaw.org.

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