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Parenting on Your Own?

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 12:04pm

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Join [http://ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/extension|The MSU Extension] at [http://www.thehopeclinic.org/medical-clinic/ypsilanti-medical-clinic/|The Hope Center] for a weekly parenting session for single parents. [http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/extension/FCS/parentingonyourown.pdf|
Sessions] are every Thursday from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and are at no cost. Pre-register by calling 734-222-3943. AADL has a large collection of parenting books and there's plenty to peruse on the Parenting Shelf in the Youth Department, too. It never hurts to brush up on your [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/search/keyword/parenting| parenting skills]!

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My Turn- Sensory Friendly Sundays

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 4:49pm

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[http://myturncommunity.org/|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 [k:autism spectrum disorder|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 [http://www.lesliesnc.org/|Leslie Science and Nature Center.] Be sure to check out the events calendar to find a My Turn event through March 2017

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Peer Support and Networking Lunch

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 4:34pm

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[http://www.annarborcil.org/|The Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living], "a place for individuals with disabilities to come and get help from someone who’s been there, who’s lived it, and who’s been through it," will be holding a [http://www.annarborcil.org/2016/08/18/peer-support-and-networking-lunch/|Peer Support and Networking Lunch] on the third Wednesday of every month. The next lunch will be held September 21, 2016 from 12 pm to 1 pm in the Gathering Space at the [http://www.annarborcil.org/directions/|Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living]. Join the group for good food and good conversation!

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Don't Flush Your Medications!

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 3:31pm

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Medications and personal care products are being detected in rivers, waterways, and groundwater. [http://www.a2gov.org/departments/waste-water-treatment/Pages/default.aspx|Wastewater treatment facilities] are not equipped to filter out these chemicals, so they are showing up in drinking water. Please don't flush expired or unnecessary medications! In order to protect our families and the environment, we must ensure that medications and personal care products are properly handled, stored and disposed. The [http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/environmental_health/recycling_home_toxics/medication_disposal#takeback|Pharmaceutical Take-Back Program] allows Washtenaw County residents to take back their old, unwanted medications to a pharmacy to be properly disposed. In compliance with the [http://www.fda.gov/regulatoryinformation/legislation/ucm148726.htm|Controlled Substance Act] (CSA), enforced by the Drug Enforcement Administration, this program DOES NOT ACCEPT any [https://www.dea.gov/druginfo/ds.shtml|controlled/scheduled drugs]. The "Big Red Barrel" program is a partnership with local law enforcement agencies. You can dispose of prescription or over-the-counter pills, INCLUDING controlled substances like OxyContin, Vicodin and Percocet. You can find the list of Pharmaceutical Take-Back and Big Red Barrel sites [http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/environmental_health/recycling_home_toxics/medication_disposal/frontpage|here].

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U of M LGBTQ Welcome Carnival

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 2:22pm

[img_assist|nid=346304|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=75]For many, August is a time of transition when education takes precedence over leisure activities. But, that doesn't mean that back to school can't be fun!

On Thursday, September 8th, the [https://spectrumcenter.umich.edu/|U of M's Spectrum Center] will host an annual LGBTQ Welcome Carnival. This free event is a great chance for new, and returning, students to meet with their LGBTQ peers and allies. This event is geared toward University students but all are welcome!

If you'd like to learn more about LGBTQ topics and authors, be sure to check out some of our [:user/lists/public/search/LGBT?page=1|public lists,] or create your own!

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Plan Your Financial Future

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 12:19pm

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Need help planning your financial future? When you take charge of your financial future with a [http://msue.anr.msu.edu/topic/info/money_management|Money Management course] from [http://msue.anr.msu.edu/|MSU Extension], you can have more money for the things that make you happiest and save money for life’s storms that come your way. You will learn how to make sound financial decisions, create financial goals, pay down debt and use credit wisely, and create a spending plan to save more. [http://msue.anr.msu.edu/events/dollar_works_money_management_series|Dollar Works! Money Management Series] is co-sponsored by [http://www.h4h.org/|Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley] and will be held on Thursdays August 18, 25, September 1, and 8 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at the [https://www.google.com/maps/place/48105,+Washtenaw+County+Learning+Resource+Center,+4135+Washtenaw+Ave,+Ann+Arbor,+MI+48108/@42.2540914,-83.6786198,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x883ca921131e7117:0xec494b339b0252dc|Washtenaw County Learning Resource Center]. This course is free and open to all! Pre-register by August 17 by calling 734-822-2006 or 734-222-3943.

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Project Act: Advocacy Education for All

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 5:12pm

[img_assist|nid=344205|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=84]Throughout the month of July, the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living is facilitating a series of workshops offering an opportunity to engage, participate and learn about the First Amendment, civil rights, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and how they can help you [b:1332615|advocate] for yourself and others.

The [http://www.aadl.org/files/ProjectAct.pdf|Project Act: Advocacy for All workshop series] is open to people of all ages and abilities, and will be held at the [http://www.annarborcil.org/|Ann Arbor CIL] unless otherwise communicated. All sessions will meet from 12:00-4:00pm on the following dates:

Wednesday, July 13th
Monday, July 18th
Wednesday, July 20th
Friday, July 22nd
Wednesday, July 27th
Friday, July 29th

For more information, to RSVP, or to contact CIL with accommodation requests, e-mail advocacy@aacil.org.

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Home Ownership Education Series

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 4:25pm

Among the list of programming for Summer 2016, MSU EXTENSION is offering a free series of Home Ownership Education. Classes are offered monthly and are either two, three hour classes, or an all day six hour class.

These classes will be held at the Washtenaw County LRC Building, 4135 Washtenaw Ave.:
-- Tuesdays, July 12 & 19, 2016 --
6:00 to 9:00 p m

-- Thurs. Aug. 18, 2016 --
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

These classes will be held at the MSU Extension Office, 705 N. Zeeb Rd.:
-- Wednessdays, Sept. 21 & 28, 2016 --
6:00 to 9:00 pm

The course meets the requirements of the Washtenaw Housing Education Partners (WHEP). Please pre-register by calling 222-9595.

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Gun Safety Week

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 9:26am

[img_assist|nid=343727|title=Gun Safety Week|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=106]The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office would like to invite the community to participate again in the annual Gun Safety Week during the week of June 20th through 25th, including national [:node/343591|“Ask Day”] on June 21st. The purpose of the Washtenaw County Gun Safety Week is to educate and raise awareness about issues related to gun safety and encourage responsible gun ownership.

The annual Gun Safety Week Press Conference will be on June 20th at 10:00 a.m. in front of the [http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/sheriff|Sheriff’s Office] main entrance, 2201 Hogback Road, Ann Arbor, MI. All of the Law Enforcement agencies in Washtenaw County will send representatives. If you work for a community and/or mental health agency, and would like to be included as a partner, please call Kathy Wyatt at 734.973.4613 to confirm.

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AAATA Expansion Coming in May!

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 10:24am

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If you haven't heard, this May, [http://www.therideyourway.org|AAATA] will be expanding services with new routes and improvements-the biggest expansion since 1979!

Download this handy-dandy [http://nebula.wsimg.com/646b79fa029d70458c3f961819d7eda3?AccessKeyId=4ECA6EE9E477801CCBA7&disposition=0 alloworigin=1|guide] or pick them up at your nearest transit center to see what changes are in store. There will be public meetings about these changes on Tuesday, March 15 at 7pm at the Ypsilanti Township Board Meeting & Wednesday, March 23rd at 10am at the United Way, 2305 Platt Rd., Ann Arbor . More informational meetings will be posted on their [http://www.theride.org|site]. Won't it will be nice to have a route to our [http://www.aadl.org/aboutus/pittsfieldbranch|Pittsfield Branch]? Oh, the places we'll go!