World Diabetes Day!

The University of Michigan’s Comprehensive Diabetes Center is hosting their 6th Annual World Diabetes Day Health Fair November 10 from 9:00 AM -1:00 pm. The event takes place at the Sheraton Ann Arbor Hotel. There will be screenings for high blood pressure, urine screenings for kidney disease, foot exams and eye exams to screen for diabetic retinopathy. There will be three presentations during the event and many resources available for participants. This event is free and open to the public.

Andy Williams, 1960s crooner who immortalized Moon River, has died

Singer Andy Williams, who skyrocketed to fame with his dreamy rendition of the timeless love song Moon River, died last night in Branson, MO.

Born in Iowa in 1927, Williams and his three brothers performed all across America in the 30s and 40s as the Williams Brothers. After a brief break when two of the brothers were drafted during WWII, they regrouped in 1947 for another six years. In the early 1960s, Andy Williams began his own popular variety show on NBC -- it ran from 1962 until 1971and it included his widely watched Christmas specials. Always generous with his willingness to share the set with other singers, Williams is credited with launching the Osmond Brothers.

In 1961, Williams sang Moon River, written by Henry Mancini for the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's; it became his theme song.

In his 2009 memoir, Moon River and Me, Williams wrote movingly of his lifelong friendship with his ex-wife Claudine Longet and of his unwavering belief that her fatal shooting of her boyfriend, Olympic skier, Spider Sabitch, in 1976, was an accident.

During his 75 years in show business, Andy earned 17 gold and three platinum albums.

Williams, who was 84, had battled bladder cancer since late last year.

Local Resource Worth Knowing About!

Have you or a family member ever found yourself in need of a walking cane, shower seat or walker? Ypsilanti's Friends Indeed serves Washtenaw County & maintains several Medical Loan Closet Resources, including one downtown Ann Arbor at Bethlehem United Church of Christ. Lots of equipment is there for the borrowing or to keep long term if you need it. Speaking of helpful resources, check out AADL's databases of Select Sites for Health Information.

Bob Babbitt, Funk Brothers bassist, has died

Bob Babbitt rockin' bass player for the Funk Brothers, THE studio band for Motown's heaviest hitters, died Monday In Nashville, TN.

Babbitt moved to Detroit in the 1950s while still in his teens. Then from 1959 until Motown relocated to Los Angeles in 1972, the Funk Brothers backed up every megawatt performer from Stevie Wonder to the Temptations to Marvin Gaye to Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, to name just a few.

A 2002 documentary, Standing in the Shadows of Motown brought the Funk Brothers out of obscurity, especially after the group received a Lifetime Achievement award at the 2004 Grammys.

In 2008, the Funk Brothers packed the house at a concert which was part of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

Mr. Babbitt, who was 74, died of an inoperable brain tumor.

Caregiver Burden: The Sandwich Generation

Are you caring for an aging parent? You aren't alone. This monthly series, "Caregiver Conversations" co-sponsored by Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County and Arbor Hospice will address the issues many caregivers face, especially those who are working full time and/or raising their own families. The Sandwich Generation series will explore many of the issues adults deal with in their role as caregiver including finding a balance between caregiving & pleasure, disagreements between siblings & talking to a parent about giving up the car keys or moving. The next meeting, Thursday June 21st, is from 6:30-8:00 PM at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor and is open to the public.

Reconstructing Life Stories

People write for many reasons: pleasure, self-knowledge, education, memory, creativity, or as a legacy for family. These six workshops for people age fifty and over are a great way to learn the skills and confidence to write your memoir in your own style. Participants will have the chance to read some of their writing to the group, then reflect and reminisce about it. Bring your writing materials on April 3 at give it a try. An elevator is available in the parking lot below the library entered from Huron Parkway.

Tuesdays | April 3,10,24; May 1,8,15 | 6:30 - 8:30 pm | Traverwood Branch

Harley Heaven!

Bill HarleyBill HarleyBack by popular demand, the stellar Bill Harley returns for a library sponsored event at The Ark this Sunday, March 11 at 2:00 pm. We are hosting this grammy award winning musician and storyteller for a free family show at The Ark for ages five and up. Now is your chance to catch one of the best, and if you have enjoyed Bill in the past, we know we will see you there again! When Bill came through town last year I invited all my friends to the grown-up evening performance and they loved it so much they are all returning this Sunday at 7:30 pm.

Bibles Available for Downloading & Large Print!

Eligible patrons can now download bibles from Audio Bibles for the Blind, a division of Aurora Ministries. Certification is required by completing and submitting this form. If you do not have a computer to download books to, remember our Assistive Technology Lab is here for you along with technical support.

Milosz Made in America

On Thursday, September 22, 2011 the University of Michigan will be hosting a tribute to Czeslaw Milosz (1911-2004), award winning author, poet, and Nobel Prize Recipient. The Nobel laureate had very close ties with the University of Michigan and his first major collection of poetry to appear in North America was published by Michigan Slavic Publications in 1976.

This event will consist of a film showing, entitled, "The Magic Mountain: An American Portrait of Czeslaw Milosz," which is a documentary directed by Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz in English and Polish. The film is approximately 60 minutes long. Immediately following the film showing, there will be a public reception beginning at 6:00pm and then a symposium at 7:00pm.

This event is part of the Annual Copernicus Lecture in the Zell Visiting Writers Series and it will take place on Thursday, September 22, 2011 in the Rackham Auditorium, which is located at 915 E. Washington St.

There will be conversation with Robert Hass, poet and Distinguished Chair of Poetry and Poetics from the University of California, Berkeley as well as with Robert Pinsky, writer, poetry editor, Slate, and professor of creative writing from Boston University among others!

Lecture by Angelina Godoy: “CAFTA, Intellectual Property, and Transnational Mobilization for Access to Medicines in Central America”

Angelina Godoy, Director of the University of Washington’s Center for Human Rights; Adjunct Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Law, Societies, and Justice at the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington, along with a commentary by Shobita Parthasarathy, Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy will be presenting at the University of Michigan on Monday, September 19, 2011 from 4:00pm until 5:30pm. Andelina Godoy will be discussing the application of intellectual property to pharmaceutical products and the controversy surrounding it in many different contexts throughout the world.

The presentation will take place at the:
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Betty Ford Classroom
735 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI, United States
48109

Phone:734-615-6942

The event will take place on:
Monday, September 19, 2011 4:00-5:30pm

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Global Health and the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies.
More information about this event can be found at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan's website.

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