Fundamentals of Marketing Your Business

Have a business but not sure how to get the word out? Join Ann Arbor Area SCORE as they present Fundamentals of Marketing Your Business. This workshop will provide practical applications of marketing concepts designed to grow small businesses. It will be held at Cleary University on Thursday, February 21 from 6 to 8 pm. The workshop is free, but registration is required.

11th Annual Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Event At Washtenaw Community College

Thursday February 7, 2013: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm -- Washtenaw Community College - Morris Lawrence Building 4800 East Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105 (map)

This 11th annual event focuses on the 2013 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads book selection "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration In The Age Of Colorblindness" by Michelle Alexander and will also explore this year's theme Understanding Race.

The Keynote Speaker will be one of America's most influential civil rights attorneys - Connie Rice, Co-Director for the Advancement Project, Los Angeles, and renowned for her unconventional approaches to tackling problems of inequity and exclusion. Rice is also the author of "Power Concedes Nothing: One Woman's Quest for Social Justice in America, from the Courtroom to the Kill Zones".

Doors for this event will open at 6 pm to offer the opportunity to connect with local community agencies and representatives who will be staffing resource tables in the lobby. There will also be time following the event to interact with these local organizations. Copies of "The New Jim Crow" and "Power Concedes Nothing" will be for sale and the event will include a book signing.

Bright Nights Community Forum: Lean On Me: Helping A Loved One To Cope With Depression

Tuesday January 29, 2013: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Depression is not simply a bad mood or a passing case of the blues. It is a real illness which affects not only the individual, but everyone who cares about him/her.

Laura Nitzberg, LMSW, Assistant Director of Psychiatric Social Work, will outline some of the challenges of providing support for a friend or family member with depression, as well as some helpful strategies.

Her presentation will be followed by audience Q&A with expert panelists. This Bright Nights Community Forum is presented by the UM Depression Center.

Preschool Expo

Are you in the market for a preschool? Are you looking for a good place to start your search? Then you should come to the Preschool Expo on January 27th! What is the Preschool Expo? It’s an event that brings representatives from many area preschools to one location, on one date. That way, it’s easy to gather information on preschools and talk with schools in order to find a good fit for your child! This free event is co-sponsored by the Ann Arbor District Library, Washtenaw Success by Six Great Start Collaborative, Child Care Network, and U-M Work/Life Resource Center. Come explore your options at the Preschool Expo!

Date: Sunday, January 27th
Time: 1:00 – 4:00p.m.
Place: Palmer Commons on the U-M Campus
100 Washtenaw Ave.
(Located at the intersection of Central and Medical Campuses)
Parking: Free parking available in the structure across the street from Palmer Commons

Rose Martin, champion of Ann Arbor's low income citizens, has died

Rose Martin, co-founder and director of Ann Arbor's Peace Neighborhood Center, died yesterday.

PNC was established in 1971 to provide a safe environment for residents of the diverse West Side to get together to solve problems. Co-operation between Peace Lutheran, Trinity Lutheran, and Zion Lutheran Churches made possible the Center at 1111 North Maple Road. Five years later, Ms. Martin became its Executive Director, a position she held for 30 years. Over the years she expanded its services to include working to end violence and drug abuse through educational and economic initiatives.

In 2001, Ann Arbor's Nonprofit Enterprise at Work awarded PNC its Prize for Excellence in Nonprofit Management.

A year later, Ms. Martin published her autobiography, One Rose Blooming: Hard-Earned Lessons about Kids, Race, and Life in America. Former Ann Arbor Mayor Ingrid Sheldon wrote of this book: "It grabbed my heart and forced me to evaluate myself. A fantastic book from a visionary community leader."

When she retired, Ms. Martin went right back to work. She opened Rose's Good Company whose clientele, according to RGC's mission statement is to "...serve individuals and families who have lost hope." The organization's focus is on the unemployed, the homeless, dependent children, ex-convicts and recovering addicts.

Ms. Martin, who was 70, died at a local restaurant of cardiac arrest.

Grief 101: What To Expect When Grieving

Tuesday January 8, 2013: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Presented by Arbor Hospice's Grief Support Services, this one-hour educational meeting will provide you with the resources and information you are looking for when coping with the loss of a loved one. The session will help examine what is normal during the grief process, strategies for coping, suggestions for self-care, and what support is available to you. There will be time for questions at the end.

TinkerHub Webcast - All Hands Active

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TinkerHub Webcast 1: All Hands Active
Tinkerhub is a webcast collaboration between Ann Arbor District Library and All Hands Active, Ann Arbor’s Makerspace. Recorded in Downtown Ann Arbor, TinkerHub webcasts connect learning, technology, and the Ann Arbor community. In this episode of the TinkerHub, Terence O’Neill of the AADL talks to Josh Williams, the shop manager at All Hands Active. They talk about what all happens in the technology club-house that is AHA and all about the crazy array of tech-progressive insitutions that exist in Ann Arbor. Tune in to learn about what a 3D Printer is, why Hacking isn’t a dirty word, and all about the world of Making-Hacking.

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Social Interactions For Autism Spectrum Disorders

Wednesday November 14, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Judy Nantau, M.S., CCC-SLP, will review how speech-language pathologists work with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to teach the skills that encompass social and emotional aspects of communicative interaction and that are necessary for maximizing a meaningful social life.

This event is co-sponsored by the UM Institute for Human Adjustment as part of their forum series, Adjustment Matters.

College Planning Night With Award-Winning Counselor John Boshoven

Tuesday November 13, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

Local college counselor John Boshoven, recently named one of the Counselors Who Change Lives, leads this panel consisting of educators, a career counselor, and a financial planner.

Join them for straight talk, valuable tips, a little humor, and the opportunity to get your college planning questions answered!

Ann Arbor's Greenbelt Program

Wednesday November 7, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Join representatives from the City of Ann Arbor's Greenbelt program and landowners involved with the program for a dynamic discussion on land conservation, farming and why land conservation is important.

During this event, a variety of landowners (both long-time and new farmers) will discuss their farms, farming rewards and challenges; why they chose to protect their land and how the Greenbelt Program has helped to keep farming viable in the Ann Arbor area.

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