Fitness at the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living

Are you trying to meet your fitness goals? The Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living can help! They have free open gym hours Monday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm which includes access to an outdoor basketball hoop!

On Thursdays, May 4 through June 29th from 5:30pm to 6:30pm there will be a free Strength and Conditioning Class. Participants will learn about exercise equipment and make progress towards fitness goals in a guided session. Registration is required.

There will be a Seated Aerobics Class from May 8th to June 28th on Mondays from 10 to 11am and Wednesdays from 5 to 6pm (no class on May 17th). Don’t be fooled: This workout firms and burns much more than you’d think! It will raise your heart rate and help you burn calories, loosen up stiff joints, and increase your strength, power, flexibility and ability to perform everyday tasks. Registration is required.

They are also offering free One-on-One Fitness Consultation Sessions! During a scheduled consultation, participants will discuss fitness concerns and learn how to best approach their fitness journey.

To register or schedule a consultation email

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. You can also contact Dawn Farm at 734-485-8725 or All are welcome to attend! Registration is not required.

Grief and Loss in Addiction and Recovery will be presented on Tuesday April 18, 2017, from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm, by Jerry Fouchey, BS, MA, SpA, CADC; Dawn Farm Outpatient and Personal Medicine therapist; and Barb Smith, author of “Brent’s World.” Unresolved grief and loss frequently accompany people throughout the process of moving from the culture of addiction to the culture of recovery. Families of people with addiction experience grief and loss as well. The epidemic of opioid-related overdose deaths has left bereaved families across our country and our community. This program will explain theories of grief and grief recovery related to losses that people with addiction and their families experience throughout the addiction and recovery processes, and will include a personal story of grief, loss and recovery.

On Friday, April 21st, 2017 from 12:30-2:30 PM 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 seeming end of the drug war & rise of recovery.The last twenty years produced an explosion of understanding not only about addiction and brain research, but 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 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM.

Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living Spring Job Fair

The Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living is hosting a Spring Job Fair on Wednesday April 19, 2017 from 10am-2pm. Several companies will be present and looking to fill a variety of positions. Come meet, apply and interview! For more information, or for accommodation requests, please e-mail or call (734) 971-0277.

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.

Drop Off Your Old Eyeglasses!

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Do you have eyeglasses that you no longer use or need? The Ann Arbor (Host) Lions Club has over 25 Drop-Off Locations through out the county. Lions Club International collects an average of 4.5 millions pairs of glasses per year to send to developing countries. You can also donate prescription or regular sunglasses! Protecting one's eyes from harmful rays can prevent cataracts, which is a major cause of blindness in the world. You can learn about the science of glaucoma & other eye diseases by listening to or viewing this video that was taped here last year.

Audio Description Track on DVD!

AADL continues to grow its collection of films that have a Descriptive Video Service or DVS feature. More films are being produced for children and adults that are Described Video Recordings for L Card users to borrow. When you look at this list, sort the items to show the newest DVDs first! Some DVDs are even available by mail to our WLBPD patrons as Free Matter for the Blind. If your vision isn't what it used to be, you may want to try watching a film with described narration. That way you don't have to ask other folks what's happening on the screen and can concentrate on the film.

Crisis Text Line

Need someplace to turn during a crisis? Looking for some support during a difficult time? Now you can contact the Crisis Text Line by texting 741741. You'll be greeted by an automated message and then connected with a crisis counselor who will help you sort through the situation. The service is free but messaging rates apply if you do not have service though Verizon, Sprint, AT&T or T-Mobile. Interested in learning more about how the Crisis Text Line works? Take a look at the TED talk by Founder and CEO Nancy Lublin.

Youth in Transition to Adulthood Support Group

Children’s Special Health Care Services and The Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living will be co-sponsoring a Youth in Transition to Adulthood Support Group for youth with disabilities and chronic illnesses and their parents. This fun and informative group will be meeting during the first week of the month in January, February, June, and August and later in the months of April and September. The meetings will take place from 6:30 to 8:00 at The Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living in Conference Room A. The next meeting is on February 2nd and will feature a presentation on financial literacy. If you would like to attend, please RSVP with the number of attendees by noon on Tuesday, January 31st to or 734-544-6874.

Smell and Tell: Ordinary Extraordinary: Precious Essences Used in Perfumery

Wednesday May 17, 2017: 6:30 pm to 8:45 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

Precious essences used in perfumery are sublime and complex. Some of these materials, which are quite ordinary in their natural setting, are capable of transporting our senses beyond evocations of memory. When this happens we migrate from a sense of the familiar into a fearless experience of the unknown. We are led by mystery and olfactory beauty into the Ordinary Extraordinary.

Find out what perfumers discover when curiosity and wonder are engaged for the purpose of understanding complex scents that defy description. You’ll learn how to use these encounters with aromatic beauty to shape a personal olfactory lexicon. This is a powerful tool for supporting communication of sensory experiences that are not supported by vision, as we live in a culture dominated by sight.

Community members who use the Washtenaw Library for the Blind & Physically Disabled and friends and family members who support them are encouraged to attend this event.

The Smell and Tell series of lectures is led by Michelle Krell Kydd, a trained nose in flavors and fragrance who shares her passion for gastronomy and the perfume arts on Glass Petal Smoke. The Smell and Tell series debuted at the Ann Arbor District Library in 2012 and is ongoing.

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.

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