Fun Friday Night at the U-M Museum of Natural History

The U-M Museum of Natural History is having their Fun Friday Night tomorrow, May 4, 2012. They'll be staying open until 9:00 p.m. to offer dinosaur tours and other activities, including several discounted ($3) planetarium shows - at 5:30, 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 - that focus on what you can see in the night sky. If you're waiting to check out one of our new circulating telescopes and aren't familiar with the constellations and stargazing in general, this is a great first step toward getting the most out of your telescope when it comes in! The Museum also holds regularly scheduled weekend planetarium shows throughout the year.

More Than Senior Moments: Understanding Early Signs of Memory Changes

Wednesday April 25, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Join us for this session as we explore early signs of memory loss with several University of Michigan memory and aging experts.

Topics include: Mild Cognitive Impairment; genetic testing; potential new medications for memory loss; communication skills; and memory and aging research opportunities available at UM. J. Scott Roberts, Ph.D. Associate Professor in the UM Department of Health Behavior & Health Education and Co-Director of the UM dual-degree program in Public Health and Genetic Counseling will be the keynote speakers.

A Q&A session will follow, featuring a panel of experts.

This event is co-sponsored by the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research, The Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Center and the UM Taubman Health Sciences Library.

Sustainable Ann Arbor Forums 2012: Community

Thursday April 12, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This final in a series of four monthly discussions co-sponsored by the City of Ann Arbor focuses on Community and includes discussion on housing, economic development, public safety, recreation, outreach, civic engagement, and stewardship of community resources. The presentation will examine past successes and challenges, and feature a think tank of local stakeholders. The ensuing discussions will help guide the city's sustainability planning efforts.

View Ann Arbor's current environmental goals.

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

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