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Free Computer Labs

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 4:47pm

Washtenaw Literacy will again be hosting free drop-in computer and literacy services this winter! From January 15-April 20, individuals over the age of 16 may access a number of free services: reading, writing, math, computers, English as a second language, GED, work skills and more. Drop in times are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10a-2p. View this flyer for more details.

The lab is located inside the Powell Activity Center of Grace Church at 1301 S. Harris, Ypsilanti. For more information, call 734-337-3338.

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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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Medicaid Open Enrollment Assistance

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 11:19am

The Area Agency on Aging 1-B Medicare Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP) is holding Medicare Assistance Events in Washtenaw County to help local Medicare Beneficiaries review their 2018 coverage options for Medicare Part D and/or Medicare Advantage Plans. Here are the upcoming session:

Monday, November 13, 2017
10am - 6pm
Washtenaw ISD
1819 S Wagner Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Thursday, December 7, 2017
10am - 6pm
Washtenaw ISD
1819 S Wagner Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

These events are free, but appointments are required. Interested individuals can call the MMAP program at 800-803-7174 to make an appointment.

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Voices of Homelessness: Stories from Those with Lived Experiences

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 11:07am

November is Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month. In honor of that, on Friday, November 17th from 7-8 pm, the Washtenaw Housing Alliance is sponsoring a storytelling event at The Common Cup in Ann Arbor. Come listen to first-hand experiences of those that have faced homelessness in your community. The event is free, you may email nashh@ewashtenaw.org with any questions. Be sure to check out other WHA sponsored events this month.

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Brainfuse and SAT/ACT prep

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 10:55am

Both the ACT and SAT take place the beginning of December, so now is a great time to get to studying! Brainfuse Helpnow is a database patrons may access from any AADL branch, or from your home computer when logged into your AADL account.

All practice tests are located in SkillSurfer. Simply click SkillSurfer from the homepage then choose College Entrance Test Prep to find the preparation guides and practice tests. Patrons can enhance their practice test experience by connecting to live tutors from 3 - 11 p.m., 7 days a week! Tutors are able to see the test feedback and can help with understanding specific test questions and building skills in various topics.

Be sure to browse the catalog for ACT and SAT test prep books, and check in with Circle K Homework Help session as well!

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International News Talk with ECIR

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 10:44am

The Ecumenical Center and International Residence is hosting a community conversation based on international news. The ECIR is an intentional international intercultural interreligious living learning community for students, scholars and their families.

People of all cultures and backgrounds are welcome to come to ECIR, located at 921 Church St., on Wednesday, December 6th at 7 p.m., to talk about international politics. You may bring in specific articles or topics you'd like to discuss. As an aside, many residents of ECIR come from countries where talking about politics or questioning the government is not permitted, so coming to the States and being able to do so is very exciting and empowering! Homemade boba tea will be served.

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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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Ann Arbor Housing Commission's Affordable Housing Waitlist- opening soon!

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 9:30am

The Ann Arbor House Commission's Affordable Housing Waitlist is scheduled to open
MONDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2017 AT 9:00 AM

Applications will be accepted until FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
AAHC will be accepting applications for unit sizes 1,3, 4, 5 bedroom and no 2 bedroom.

All applications must be submitted online. Paper applications will not be accepted. If you require reasonable accommodation to complete an application, please call 734-794-6720

Online applications are available here.

Please note: Applications are accepted online only through Commission’s web page. Applications can be completed through any computer with internet access and a valid email address. The application should take about 15-30 minutes. Due to the volume of applications received, the Housing Commission is unable to provide information on application status by phone.

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Michigan Libraries for Life!

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 2:48pm

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On Monday, October 16, Michigan Libraries for Life! will be onsite at the Downtown AADL 10:00am to 2:00pm.

Since 2010, libraries across Michigan have participated in this simple and effective campaign to educate patrons about organ, tissue, and eye donation and to encourage them to join the Michigan Organ Donor Registry. This effort was originally spearheaded by the University of Michigan’s Taubman Health Sciences Library but has expanded to include public, academic, special, and hospital libraries across the state. This collaborative effort has inspired nearly 3,500 people to sign up as donors!

More than 95% of Americans support organ, tissue and eye donation. In Michigan, only 59% of adults have joined the state’s donor registry. That discrepancy is largely due to state residents not knowing how to join the donor registry, or having unanswered questions about donation. Michigan Libraries for Life helps to address that informational need.

We are excited to bring this life-saving event back in 2017! If you have questions, please contact us at MichLib4Life@umich.edu to receive more information. You can also find Michigan Libraries for Life on Facebook! www.facebook.com/ML4Life