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Smoke Alarms Save Lives!

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 3:55pm

The American Red Cross Michigan Region is conducting free smoke alarm installations & inspections. If you have alarms that are over 10 years old, don't work, or need an alarm on every floor of your home, contact the Red Cross for a 20 minute home visit! The Red Cross can provide up to 3 new smoke alarms at no cost. Washtenaw, Lenawee & Monroe residents call (734) 971-5300 ext. 229. Wayne, Oakland, Macomb & St. Clair residents call (313) 576-4112. You can also sign up on line right here.

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FAA Draft Environmental Assessment

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 8:53am

Today, the Federal Aviation Administration is releasing and making available for public review and comment a Draft Environmental Assessment (Draft EA) for the Cleveland-Detroit Metroplex. The CLE-DTW Project would improve the efficiency of airspace in the Cleveland-Detroit Metroplex by optimizing aircraft arrival and departure procedures to and from the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) and Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) as well as outlying satellite airports. The Project may involve changes in aircraft flight paths and altitudes in certain areas, but would not result in any ground disturbance or increase the number of aircraft operations within the Cleveland-Detroit area.

To evaluate the potential environmental impacts of the CLE-DTW Metroplex project, the FAA has established a General Study Area, consisting of areas around CLE-DTW and outlying satellite airports. The General Study Area will be used to evaluate the potential environmental impacts resulting from changes in aircraft routing proposed to occur below 10,000 feet above ground level (AGL).

Documents and additional information related to this assessment can be viewed here.

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Hot Holiday Meals for the Hungry!

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 11:12am

St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Ann Arbor will serve its daily hot breakfast on Thanksgiving from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. as it does every day of the year. The Original Cottage Inn will offer its annual Thanksgiving meal for the needy and homeless, a tradition that dates back more than 30 years. The dinner is served on Thanksgiving between 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Vineyard Church is also providing a Thanksgiving Meal, November 23rd from 11:15 AM-5:00 PM. 2275 Platt Road, Ann Arbor. They are also in need of volunteers; email: homelessministries@vineyard.org.

Brown Chapel AME Church,1043 W. Michigan Avenue in Ypsilanti, is serving a Thanksgiving Meal on Wednesday, November 22nd from 12-2 PM, and they also need volunteers: 734-482-7050. Dexter Senior Center will be serving a festive holiday meal on Friday, November 24th from 11:30-2:00 PM, 7720 Ann Arbor Street, Dexter, 48130. They, too, need volunteers, if you're looking for a way to help out this season!

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Exhibits

Additive/Subtractive Works by Helen Gotlib & Dylan Strzynski

Monday January 15, 2018: 9:00am to 9:00pm
Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

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Teens Using Drugs: Education Series

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 12:15pm

The Dawn Farms Education Series, "Teens Using Drugs: What To Know and What To Do" meets again. This is a free, two-part series that will be presented from 7:30-9:00 pm Tuesday, November 7th (part one, "What to Know"), and Tuesday, November 14th, (part two, "What to Do"). The programs will be held in the "Exhibition Room" on the first floor of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center at 5305 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti. The sessions are presented by the Dawn Farm Youth & Family Services team. This program is targeted primarily to parents/caretakers of teens & young adults but is inclusive of other family members, teens, professionals, students, people who sponsor or support teens, and others interested. Please contact 734-485-8725 or info@dawnfarm.org or see the link to Dawn Farm for further information.

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Accessible Voting Device Open House

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 10:20am

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You will have two opportunities on Oct. 20 and 25 to try the County’s new accessible device that enables all voters, including those with disabilities, to mark ballots privately and independently. This accessible ballot-marking device includes an audio ballot reader and accommodates adaptive devices such as a sip-and-puff. Attendees will be able to mark and cast a demonstration ballot. County Clerk’s office staff will be present to answer questions. For more information contact Washtenaw County Clerk Elections Division: 734-222-6730, elections.ewashtenaw.org, elections@ewashtenaw.org.

October 20, 12-00 to 4:00 pm
Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living
3941 Research Park Dr.

October 25, 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Washtenaw Learning Resources Center
4135 Washtenaw

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Public Event

Washtenaw Reads Book Discussion: Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi

Sunday February 11, 2018: 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Pittsfield Branch: Program Room
Grade 9 - Adult

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Washtenaw Reads Book Discussion: Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi

Tuesday January 30, 2018: 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room
Grade 9 - Adult

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The 2018 Washtenaw Reads Title Has Been Selected!

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 5:00pm

After much deliberation, the book for the 2018 Washtenaw Reads program has been selected. A panel of community members from Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Dexter, Milan, Northfield Township, Saline and Ypsilanti voted on the winner from two finalist titles. Without further ado, this year's title is...

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Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi.

 

Homegoing follows the parallel paths of two half sisters, born into different villages in 18th century Ghana, and their descendants through eight generations: from the Gold Coast to the plantations of Mississippi, from the American Civil War to Jazz Age Harlem. The book has won many awards, including the PEN/ Hemingway Award, the NBCC’s John Leonard Award, New York Times Notable Book, Washington Post Notable Book and was named one of the best books of 2016 by NPR, Time, Oprah.com, Harper’s Bazaar, San Francisco Chronicle, Mother Jones, Esquire, Elle, Paste, Entertainment Weekly, the Skimm, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and BuzzFeed. One of the highlights of Washtenaw Reads each year is a visit from the author. Yaa Gyasi will appear in Ann Arbor on Tuesday, February 6 at 7:00 pm at Rackham Auditorium in a program entitled "Homegoing: A Conversation with Yaa Gyasi" - The 2018 Institute for the Humanities Jill S. Harris Memorial Lecture." The event includes a book signing and copies of the book will be for sale. Washtenaw Reads is a community initiative to promote reading and civic dialogue through the shared experience of reading and discussing a common book. Copies of Homegoing can be found at AADL and in libraries and bookstores throughout Washtenaw County. Keep an eye on the Washtenaw Reads website, wread.org, for more information on upcoming events, as well as reading and discussion resources.