Ishmael Reed, author of The Last Days of Louisiana Red will be among seven third world poets presenting selections from their work at Trotter House, 1443 Washtenaw, this Wednesday. July 16, at 7:30 pm.
Al Young, Leslie Silko, Lawson Fusao Inada, Shawn Wong, Mei Berssenbridge and Simon Ortiz will also read from their poetry at the event, which is sponsored by East Wind, the Asian-American Student Association.and Trotter House.
A hot tip for free summer film entertainment:
The University of Michigan's Audio-Visual Education Center will be previewing new educational films in its collection Monday through Friday evenings until August 8.
The "Summer Film Showcase" takes place in the Modern Languages Building Aud. 3, and admission is free. Generally, three to five films on a subject are shown at one time. This week's themes include Arts and Crafts (716), Children's Films (717), and Self Identity and Renewal (718).
Free films for young people are being shown at Borders Books 303 S. State in Ann Arbor, every Wednesday afternoon at 4pm. The internationally famous film Red Balloon can be seen Wednesday, July 16, and Peter and the Wolf be among the films shown July 23 as part of Border's "Summer Festival of Children's Films."
By the way, Community Switchboard recently reinstituted its Learning Exchange program which it sponsored several years ago. The program matches up people who have skills they want to share with folks seeking instruction. People with common interests are matched up as well. Cali for information.
Ypsilanti residents who want counseling or someone to talk to about inter-personal problems now have some place to go.
EMU's Department of Guidance and Counseling is sponsoring a new "Community Counseling Program" which will serve people of all ages, and can also help folks with employment counseling needs. For more information or an appointment, cali 487-3270.
The Ann Arbor Community Park Program, more commonly known as the free Sunday concerts at Victor Jara Musician's Park is still in need of volunteers for its Psychedelic Ranger force. Responsible, interested persons should cali Community Switchboard at 663-1111.
The Ann Arbor Transportation Authorty (AATA) has announced an affirmative action program for seeking out minority business enterprises to do contract work for the bus company.
For more information on the AATA's participation in the Minority Business Assistance Program, contact William Wise at 665-7701 , or write AATA, 3700 Carpenter Rd., Ypsilanti, MI 48197.
If you have been the victim of a sexual assault but were or are unwilling to report it to the police, there is a new Third Party reporting system which will allow you to remain completely anonymous, but will help police apprehend repeat rapists through pattern identification.
Third Party Reports can be filed by calling 994-1312 on Tuesday between 5 and 10pm, or Thursday between 12 and 5pm.
You can help someone else from being hurt like you were by making a Third Party Report.
Also, free medical care is now available for rape victims through the City. For more info, call 994-2896.
The contemporary religious music of Lighthouse can be heard every Friday night at Ann Arbor's lst Presbyterian Church on Washtenaw and every Saturday night at the West Middle School, 105 North Mansfield in Ypsilanti.
Lighthouse is a project of The Word of God, an ecumenical Christian group active in the Washtenaw County area.