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Now through July 28, 2016 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

This fourth annual exhibition at the Mallets Creek Library features thirty-five square paintings from the Painting Section members of the University of Michigan’s Faculty Women’s Club (FWC) covering a large variety of styles and media.

The group started in 1929. The artists learn from each other at weekly paint gatherings in their homes. Shows of their works have been displayed for the past 45 years at venues in the greater Ann Arbor area, including art fairs, UM art galleries, banks, churches, libraries, and more.

The members of this group strive to enrich the cultural life of the Ann Arbor area by raising awareness of and encouraging active participation in the visual arts.

AAATA Expansion Coming in May!

If you haven't heard, this May, AAATA will be expanding services with new routes and improvements-the biggest expansion since 1979!

Download this handy-dandy guide or pick them up at your nearest transit center to see what changes are in store. There will be public meetings about these changes on Tuesday, March 15 at 7pm at the Ypsilanti Township Board Meeting & Wednesday, March 23rd at 10am at the United Way, 2305 Platt Rd., Ann Arbor . More informational meetings will be posted on their site. Won't it will be nice to have a route to our Pittsfield Branch? Oh, the places we'll go!

Building Matters: Rainwater "Borrowing"

Wednesday May 4, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

Water is our most natural resource, yet harvesting and using it in buildings is one of our most complicated ordinances.

Learn how rainwater has historically been used in buildings, how other areas of the country are slowly starting to make net-zero-water buildings a reality, and what opportunities Ann Arbor has to be a water leader.

Jessica A.S. Letaw enjoys working on, thinking over, and telling stories about architecture. Her past day jobs included design/build and construction firms. She lives in Ann Arbor with her rescue hound, Henry, and keeps herself out of trouble by volunteering for the Ann Arbor Summer Festival and other local events. She enjoys reading, gardening, and well-made White Russians.

Ann Arbor Women Artists' 2016 Spring Exhibit

Now through April 29, 2016 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

Ann Arbor Women Artists is a non-profit organization of approximately 330 women and men with connections to Ann Arbor, ranging from beginning to professional artists. The purpose of the AAWA is to stimulate creative expression and sharing among its members in order to continually raise the quality of the art produced.

Each calendar year the AAWA holds two or three juried shows. A juror is invited to select from a large group of submissions a final show that is a reflection of the body of work produced by the membership which ranges from beginning to professional artists.

AIA 2016 Honor Awards

Now through April 14, 2016 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit

As part of its commitment to advancing the contemporary understanding of architecture, the Huron Valley chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Huron Valley) announced the recipients of its 2016 Honor Awards Program at its awards ceremony at the Bentley Historical Library on October 23, 2015.

The goal of the Honor Awards Program is to enhance public awareness of architecture through the advocacy of quality design and to recognize excellence and leadership of architects in the Huron Valley area.

The 2016 AIA Honor Awards exhibit consists of twenty-eight projects displayed on photo panels, designed by registered Architects practicing in the Huron Valley Chapter area (Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, and Washtenaw Counties) that were submitted for consideration by an independent jury. Ten of the projects were selected by the jury to receive a merit-based Honor Award for the demonstration of skill and sensitivity in the resolution of aesthetic, functional and technical requirements and/or the advancement of the contemporary understanding of architecture.

A Walk In The World: Pathways of Artistic Exploration in the Waldorf Curriculum from Early Childhood to Grade 12

Now through April 14, 2016 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases and Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

This exhibit provides a glimpse of the rich and varied artwork created at the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor.

In Waldorf Education the arts are an essential part of an interdisciplinary curriculum. Students work with a wide range of media and are given ample time to bring character to their art.

This year the artwork featured in the lower level showcases includes a display of puppetry arts. The puppet shows performed in the vibrant Early Childhood program at the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor are a magical and soothing way to bring stories to life for young children. Puppets are all hand-crafted by the Early Childhood teachers, who also carefully select stories that are developmentally appropriate and culturally diverse.

Building Matters: Net Metering

Wednesday April 6, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

Michigan is one of several states currently discussing net metering and 11 other states are also debating this issue. How much do you know? In some ways, this amounts to a coal v. solar smack down.

Let’s discuss the technology, science, and political implications of this model of energy generation and distribution.

Jessica A.S. Letaw enjoys working on, thinking over, and telling stories about architecture. Her past day jobs included design/build and construction firms. She lives in Ann Arbor with her rescue hound, Henry, and keeps herself out of trouble by volunteering for the Ann Arbor Summer Festival and other local events. She enjoys reading, gardening, and well-made White Russians.

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Dawn Farm's Education Series Continues...

The public is invited to Dawn Farm’s free Educational Series. All programs are presented in the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center auditorium, at 5305 Elliott Drive in Ypsilanti. The Education Series schedule can be found here. You can also contact Dawn Farm at 734-485-8725 or info@dawnfarm.org. All are welcome to attend! Registration is not required.

On Tuesday January 19, 2016 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm Dr. Kevin T. McCauley, MD; co-founder of the Institute on Addiction Study; writer of the award-winning DVD Pleasure Unwoven will present a free program on “The Brain and Recovery: An Update on Neuroscience of Addiction .” The last twenty years produced an explosion of understanding not only about addiction but how our brains enable our most human capacities such as hedonic valuation and decision-making. This talk will summarize the most current neuroscientific research about addiction - research that explains how the brain constructs pleasurable experiences, what happens when this process goes wrong, and why this can have a dramatic impact in our ability to make proper choices. There will also be a free reception from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, with snacks, beverages, and an opportunity to meet and socialize.

On Tuesday January 26, 2016 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm Professor Stephen Strobbe, PhD, RN; Clinical Associate Professor, University of Michigan School of Nursing, and the Department of Psychiatry will present a free program on Telling Our Stories: Narratives for Recovery in Alcoholics Anonymous. Storytelling has always been an important part of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Dr. Strobbe examined 24 new personal stories in the 4th edition of the Big Book of A.A., and found that these accounts shared certain elements and structures. Dr. Strobbe will describe a model to help us better understand and appreciate these transformative narratives.

Leading a Self-Determined Life...

For people with disabilities, navigating social support systems & government benefits can be an uphill climb. Listen to a couple of local self-advocates- Peg Ball and Lloyd Shelton- share their take on the best ways to engage in self-advocacy in the areas of Public Benefits, Education, Housing & Careers. Peg is a life coach,a person with a disability and has extensive experience with both Center for Independent Living and PPA. Lloyd now works for U of M after getting his MSW there, and is an organizer for students with disabilities at the University. The workshop will be held at the Center for Independent Living on Thursday, January 7th from 3:00-4:30 PM. The talk is sponsored by Partners in Personal Assistance in partnership with the CIL. Please RSVP by calling PPA, 734-214-3890 or CIL, 734-971-0277.

Double Up Food Bucks Program Extended!

If you receive Public Food Assistance, you can receive Double Up Food Bucks and buy twice the amount of goods at area Farmer's Markets. This program allows recipients to spend any amount up to $20.00 per day using your Bridge Card to purchase Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB). Double that $20 to $40 by spending it on healthy, delicious Farmers Market foods like locally-grown fruits & vegetables. What a fantastic way to stretch your food budget and how cool is it that this program was extended into Spring of 2016!

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