Safe and Effective Management of Pain & Addiction

The Institute of Medicine estimates that around a 100 million Americans suffer with chronic pain, & it’s estimated that about 10% of our population has or has had a substance use disorder. People with pain deserve relief and there are many strategies for both acute and chronic pain management that are safe and effective for people at risk of or in recovery from substance use disorders.

You’re invited to learn about Safe and Effective Management of Pain and Addiction on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the SJMH Education Center. Learn from local addictionologists and pain management specialists Dr. Carl Christensen, MD, Ph.D., FACOG, FASAM, ABAM; and Dr. Mark A. Weiner, MD, about various methods of both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic pain management; their relative risks and benefits, and describe creative approaches to effective pain relief for people in recovery from substance use disorders. To learn more about the Dawn Farm Education Series, click here.

My Turn- Sensory Friendly Sundays

My Turn is a non-profit organization created by families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders and is managed by the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. Project Partners include the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Leslie Science and Nature Center, and Therapeutic Riding Inc., all of whom host Sensory Friendly Sunday sessions.

Each program will last for two hours and will allow My Turn visitors to have the opportunity to explore at their own pace and in their own way, in a less sensory stimulating and crowd-free environment. Families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder are invited to attend each free program and participate in hands-on activities designed specifically for ASD audiences.

The next event will be held Sunday, September 11th from 10:00 a.m. - noon at the Leslie Science and Nature Center. Be sure to check out the events calendar to find a My Turn event through March 2017

It's time for the Dawn Farm Jamboree!

You’re invited to have a great time while supporting a great cause at Dawn Farm's Fantastic 43rd Anniversary Jamboree on Sunday, September 11th, 2016 from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm! Admission and all activities are free! This is a great family activity with hayrides, pony rides, crafts and a children’s tent, too. Visit the working farm or bid on unique items in both silent and live auctions. Food and beverages will be for sale for a variety of tastes. Funds raised from the auctions will help support critical addiction services for individuals who need help and lack resources. For more information, or if you would like to volunteer at the event, call 734-485-8725.

Need a Picture ID?

If you've been asked for a picture ID and have been unable to produce it, you may likely be able to get a Washtenaw County ID Card. Applicants must appear in person at the Washtenaw County Vital Records Division. There are point values attributed to a broad range of documents that can serve as proof for applicants to get a picture ID card when they may have been unable to get ID in the past. The cost of the card is $25.00 and is for all ages. Check out the Washtenaw County ID Project on Facebook to find out about events to promote the ID card. Community members are encouraged to get a card in an effort to de-stigmatize it for those who have no other identification card options.

Community Vinyasa Yoga

Sunday December 11, 2016: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6-adult

Yoga is a fun and relaxing way to gain strength, flexibility, and balance while decreasing stress and tension.

Learn some of the basics of the Vinyasa style of yoga, which coordinates breath with movement. Participants should dress comfortably and bring a mat if they have one. All levels are welcome, but participants should be able to transition easily from the floor to standing. Come prepared to move!

Certified yoga teacher Raina LaGrand will teach this session.

Community Vinyasa Yoga

Saturday October 22, 2016: 10:00 am to 11:00 am -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grade 6-adult

Yoga is a fun and relaxing way to gain strength, flexibility, and balance while decreasing stress and tension.

Learn some of the basics of the Vinyasa style of yoga, which coordinates breath with movement. Participants should dress comfortably and bring a mat if they have one. All levels are welcome, but participants should be able to transition easily from the floor to standing. Come prepared to move!

Certified yoga teacher Raina LaGrand will lead this session.

Meet Up & Eat Up!

Over 14% of the population in Washtenaw County are considered food insecure. During the school year, kids on the Federal Lunch program have, thankfully, a couple of meals built into their day. In the summer months, children can still rely on a considerable number of Summer Food Service Programs so that no one goes hungry. These programs are funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and sponsored by Food Gatherers. Spread the word to ensure all of Washtenaw County's children are adequately fed this summer!

Celebrate Urban Birds 2016

Join the Michigan Birdbrains – a group of youth and young adults who are blind or visually impaired who have learned to identify and enjoy our fabulous Michigan birds by sound, not by sight - on Saturday, May 14th from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at Gallup Park Canoe Livery From the returning migratory birds to the wintering residents of the landscape we will join in celebration of the songs and sounds surrounding us in our urban habitat. All are welcome to join in the fun! If you are blind or visually impaired, this is a special treat, as the focus will be on what our birds sound like and not on what they look like!

Schedule of Events

9:00am- Registration
9:30am- Birding Hike
10:30am- Nests & Bird Word Game
11:15-12pm- BBQ Lunch
12pm- Canoe
1:30pm- Departure

Community Vinyasa Yoga

Sunday August 7, 2016: 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6-adult

Yoga is a fun and relaxing way to gain strength, flexibility, and balance, while decreasing stress and tension.

Learn some of the basics of the Vinyasa style of yoga, which integrates breath with movement.

Certified yoga instructor Raina LaGrand of A2 Yoga and Amandla Energy Works, will be teaching. Participants should dress comfortably and bring a mat if they have one!

All levels are welcome, but participants should be able to move easily from the floor to standing.

Community Vinyasa Yoga

Saturday July 16, 2016: 10:00 am to 11:30 am -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6-adult

Yoga is a fun and relaxing way to gain strength, flexibility, and balance, while decreasing stress and tension. Come learn some of the basics of the Vinyasa style of yoga, which integrates breath with movement.

Certified yoga instructor Raina LaGrand of A2 Yoga and Amandla Energy Works, will be teaching. Participants should dress comfortably and bring a mat if they have one!

All levels are welcome, but participants should be able to move easily from the floor to standing.

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