Bright Nights Community Forum: Connections Between Substance Use And Depression In Adolescents

Tuesday March 27, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Young people sometimes turn to alcohol and other drugs to cope with life's frustrations, to fit in, rebel, or to satisfy their curiosity about drugs and drinking. Teens with depression or other mental health disorders are particularly vulnerable. Many fail to recognize that they are depressed and may be using alcohol and other drugs as a way to self-medicate.

To provide greater understanding about the relationship between substance use and depression in adolescents, the UM Depression Center will present this Bright Nights Community Forum. Mary Jo Desprez, Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy and Prevention Administrator for the UM Health Service, and Dr. Daniel Gih, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the UM Medical School, will co-present a brief overview on adolescent depression, substance use, and the relationship between the two. A question and discussion with a panel of experts will follow.

Grief 101: What To Expect When Grieving

Tuesday March 27, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:00 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 also be time for questions at the end.

Free ADHD Workshop

The Institute for Human Adjustment at the University Center for the Child and the Family will be hosting a parent education workshop on ADHD and other learning disabilities. Attendees will learn practical strategies for handling the challenges their families face and will also receive an opportunity to share ideas, resources, and support with people experiencing similar issues. The program will consist of three sessions on

Monday, April 16
Tuesday, April 24
Wednesday, May 2

The workshops will be held from 7-8:15 pm at 530 Church St., Suite 1465. Registration is required for attendance. If you are interested please call (734) 764-9466 to reserve your spot.

The Wonderful World Of Tea With TeaHaus!

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

TeaHaus of Ann Arbor presents a tea-tasty, educational event. Learn about the ever-expanding world of tea from black, green, white, herbal and fruit to the hot new "tea" Rooibos. You will get to taste some exquisite samples, too!

TeaHaus is a small business owned by Lisa McDonald and her husband Marc Hewko. They work with Europe's most reputable and highest-quality tea company, located in Germany. TeaHaus now carries over 200 loose teas, from varieties of tea by region to those teas blended with fruits, herbals, and the occasional natural extract. They also stock a unique and interesting collection of tea ware and tea preparation tools.

This event is for adults and teens (grade 6 and up).

Ann Arbor Film Festival Archive

In celebration of the Ann Arbor Film Festival's 50th year, AADL has partnered with the AAFF to launch the Ann Arbor Film Festival Archive, an online collection of the Festival's history. Here you can browse through past programs or flyers and posters reaching back to the Festival's origins in 1963. The site also includes photographs, historical newspaper articles from the Ann Arbor News and Ann Arbor Sun, and interviews. (Look for additional interviews with past festival directors and visiting filmmakers to appear leading up to and following the 50th anniversary.)

If you have AAFF documents you would like to share - in particular, any from the few seasons we're currently missing - please contact us!

College Planning Night With John Boshoven 2010 Awardee "Counselors Who Change Lives"

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

Planning for college can be stressful without the right tools and resources. College planners charge hefty fees with no promises, magazines publish arbitrary rankings, and Wall Street just says "save a bundle."

Local college counselor John Boshoven, named one of the "Counselors Who Change Lives" in 2010, leads this panel consisting of educators, a career counselor, and a financial planner - all parents with a track record of helping their own children successfully navigate the college experience. Join them for straight talk, no fee, valuable tips, a little humor, and the opportunity to get your college planning questions answered.

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 29th! 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 the representatives 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, Child Care Network, and U-M Work/Life Resource Center. Come explore your options at the Preschool Expo!

Date: Sunday, January 29th
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

Home Buying Pre-Purchase Education

Are you interested in buying a home but feel that you need some education about the process? Michigan State University Extension offers two free Pre-purchase Education courses in January. The sessions are on January 16 & 23 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm at the Learning Resource Center. Pre-register by calling (734) 997-1678.

Housing Access for Washtenaw County

One of the agencies that's been instrumental in housing & services to the homeless in Washtenaw County for decades, SOS Community Services, will be closing from September 21st -September 30th. When the doors re-open they will be called Housing Access For Washtenaw County. This means the Food Pantry at SOS will close on Tuesday September 27th and will resume Tuesday October 4th under its new name, Housing Access for Washtenaw County. We will keep you posted as more details are announced.

Digital Leadership- Google, Facebook, Twitter & You

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Learn to be a digital leader, promote best practices and win in the new social world. Come listen to Derek Mehraban, Lunch Ann Arbor Marketing (LA2M) Founder and CEO of Ingenex Digital Marketing as he talks about the changing landscape of Google, Facebook, Twitter and social media in general. Find out what it all means and how you can use social tools to improve your life and the lives of those around you on Wednesday, June 29 from 11:45 am to 1:00 pm at Conor O'Neills. There is no registration or fee for this event.

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