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Join us for a CIL Open House, January 27th 2015.

The Ann Arbor CIL

More Than You Think

Providing Independent Living Skills, Information Referral

and Assistance, Recreation, Employment, Peer-Mentoring,

Small Business Development and Advocacy Services

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The Ann Arbor CIL will be Closed Monday, January 19th in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.

While the CIL, all government agencies and many private business will be closed, we encourage everyone to find ways to honor the legacy of Dr. King and give back… Read more ›

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January – March eNews for Youth.

Hello Everyone!

Attached is our e news for youth newsletter for Ann arbor CIL’s winter programs. We have a busy season ahead with something for everyone!

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Community Event: Low Vision Support Group, Wednesday January 14th at 2pm at the Kellogg Eye Center

Just a friendly reminder that Low Vision Support Group is happening next week, Wednesday January 14th at 2pm at the Kellogg Eye Center.

Our speaker this month will

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CIL Staff & Programs having a positive impact on the lives of youth with disabilities!

We’d like to share an experience a community member had with an Ann Arbor CIL team member in action:

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Community Event: Reach for the Stars for Cerebral Palsy Attachment(s)

March 25, 2015

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

UM Pediatric Rehabilitation Center

2205 Commonwealth Blvd.

Ann Arbor, MI 48105

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The Ann Arbor CIL announces our 2015 Annual Giving Campaign – Join us at the STARTING LINE to make STRIDES for an exciting and sustainable future! Attachment(s)

Dear Community Team Member,

The Ann Arbor CIL is pleased to announce our 2015 Annual Giving Campaign. As we do so, we’d likeRead more ›

Community Event – Myths and Realities of Youth Sport Head Injuries

Dr. Jeff Kutcher, Director of the Michigan NeuroSport Program and Associate Professor in the U-M Department of Neurology, talks about concussion research.

Date & Time: December 8, 2014 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

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Starting April 11th, the Ann Arbor CIL will be offering Photography classes that are free and open to the public.This photography workshop taught by volunteer Sandee Soloway is a great way to learn the basics of photography. Sandee will go over topics such as camera functions and usage, lighting and composition. You will also learn basic editing…

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Girl Talk is back this Spring Starting in April! This is our popular social support group designed for young women with disabilities. This group is targeted to ages 14-26. The topics for the spring series…

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Hello and happy holidays!

There will be no Art Friday on the 21st. Art Friday will resume on January 4th.

Have a wonderful and safe new year!

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The Recreation Program has just added two brand new Workshops to the December schedule that were not in our Newsletter. Check them out. We Hope to see you there!!


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Through the generous support of the SBA’s Program for Investment in Micro Entrepreneurs (PRIME), the Institute is making available resources to help home-based child care business owners to improve their marketing practices. These include blog articles, e-Books, and webinars designed to share the very best access to market…

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Today, artwork created by some of the Ann Arbor CIL’s consumers and volunteers will be showcased as part of the Second Annual Allies…

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Call for Submissions

For: Works of Art for the second issue of Inspire Magazine.

When: To be published January, 2013

Works of art can be…

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The Ann Arbor CIL’s recreation potluck will no longer be held once a  month. Instead, the potlucks will be held once every two/three months in conjunction with another activity or event. We hope that this new schedule will not only increase attendance but encourage families to participate in these events together.  All potlucks will still be…

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The greeting card class that was originally scheduled to take place on this Tuesday, will now be rescheduled for Thursday, May 31st from 5:30 – 7:30pm. Sorry for any inconvenience that this change may have caused, please adjust your calendars accordingly.

Thank you!

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Girl Talk summer series! Girl talk is a social support group for young women with disabilities ages 14 – 26. Come and join us every Tuesday for six weeks starting June 12 until July 24 (No meeting July 3) and join in on the fun with the girls! Share what’s on your mind and make friends at the same time. Contact Anna with any…

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The Ann Arbor CIL community garden has an information booth at the 2012 Ypsi Garden Fair! During the fair, in addition to passing out information about our inclusive gardening program, we will also be giving a presentation on accessible gardening. The Ypsi Garden Fair will be held on May 12,2012 from 10am -6pm at the Growing Hope Center, (922 West…

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We are having a Community Garden Preparation Event this coming Saturday, March 31st,  from 1 – 4pm. The purpose of this event is to get our garden ready to grow herbs, vegetables, and flowers,  in the upcoming gardening season. To get our garden ready, we have to transfer  soil, spread compost, move some garden beds,…

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As some of you know, the focus of this gardening season is on  building relationships with the community and with each other, as well as on growing food and flowers.   It is in this spirit of building relationships, that I  would like to thank Project GROW for their  collaboration in and help with, our garden so  far.

In case you…

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You have the opportunity to ensure that youth with disabilities in Washtenaw County have brighter more promising futures!

The Washtenaw Intermediate School District and the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living are teaming up to develop innovative programming that will give our youth the tools they need to become contributing citizens of…

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Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”

-      Les Brown

To garden is to cultivate relationships.   Through the gardening process, one becomes more familiar with the earth; with oneself; and with being part of a community. For example, through…

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Unfortunately, the card class scheduled for February 9th had to be canceled. It will be rescheduled. Please check http://www.annarborcil.org/offices/recreation/ for the latest information as it becomes available.

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Everyone has a story to tell, most people just don’t know where to begin, Uncover your story during our February Journal Writing Workshop. This workshop will tap into your memories and experiences and teach you to turn them into peices of writng you can share with others or keep only for yourself.

Our Journal Writing workshop will be held every…

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Join us at the Ann Arbor CIL, on Saturday December 10 from 5:30-8:30pm, we will be watching the movie A Walk to Remember.

The story of two teens, Landon Carter and Jamie Sullivan, who are thrown together by chance.  In Beaufort, North Carolina, a prank on a student goes terribly wrong and puts the student in the hospital. Landon Carter, a…

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Saturday, November 5. 1-3 p.m.  Ann Arbor CIL.

Have you always wanted a day at Disney World, but can’t get to Florida?Join your CIL friends for a fun-filled day of  Disney trivia, caricatures, games, and…

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Who: Youth ages 14-26

What: Halloween Party with apple bobbing, Halloween bingo, creeping, crawling candy, pumpkin painting, caramel apples and more. Costumes encouraged.

When: Friday, Oct. 28, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Where: Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living RSVP required to Anna Dusbiber Gossage (734) 971-0277 ext. 17…

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Digital storytelling is back for fall! Join us for one of the most popular classes that the Recreation program has to offer! Learn new skills while creating something that you can share with family and friends.

What is Digital Storytelling?

Digital Storytelling is the art of telling stories through the use digital…

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Enjoy learning and relaxing with us for cycling, poetry workshops, or gardening at the Ann Arbor CIL? Next week, you’ll have a chance to show the love.

Work submitted for the 2011 Auction

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Message From Sue Probert:

Beginning in July, I will no longer provide Information and Referral services at the CIL.  Instead, I will be taking on a new position as the Outreach Specialist for our Nursing Home Transition team.  As the Outreach Specialist, it will be my job to visit nursing homes in Livingston and Washtenaw…

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The Ann Arbor CIL is a partner of the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority.  On behalf of the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (TheRide), I would like to ask for your help in distributing a survey AATA has developed to gather input as they redesign their website. AATA will use the survey results to guide them in making the new site as user…

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The Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living is now accepting submissions for its second annual Recreation Art Auction on July 21st, 2011. All proceeds will go to support the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living’s Sports and Recreation Program which helps people with disabilities build social skills, learn about the arts, and participate in…

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This summer the Ann Arbor CIL sports and recreation program plans to publish a creative arts magazine. inspire Magazine will be an inclusive publication, and all content will be created by members of our community. In preparation for the first issue of inspire Magazine, the sports and recreation program will be holding a…

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As part of its four month long writing series, the recreation team has been holding practical writing classes during the month of April. So far we have held classes on basic writing skills and email writing basics. Next week, we will be partnering with the career team to put on a resume writing workshop. Whether you are starting from scratch or…

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Call for: Works of Art for the first issue of inspire magazine.

When: By April 30, 2011.  inspire magazine will be published during the Summer of 2011.

  • Works of art can be any printable media,  including but not limited to: photographs, essays, short stories, poetry, drawings,…

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It’s ten minutes that could save your life.

Saturday, March 26, 2011, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

University of Michigan  Health System, Briarwood Building 2, Suite B

400 E. Eisenhower Pkway, Ann Arbor MI 48108

To qualify for an appointment, you must

1) Be a…

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Girl Talk is starting soon!

Come and join in on the fun with the girls! Share what’s on your mind and make friends at the same time.

Topics include:

• Healthy Relationships
• Women With Disabilities and Love Discussion panel
• Homemaking Magic
• Dress For Success
• Dining out Do’s and…

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Take the PATH to better health!

What is PATH?

PATH is a series of fun, interactive workshops that helps you improve your health and feel better.

The 6-week workshop is designed to provide the skills and tools needed by people living with ongoing health problems to improve their health…

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The Ann Arbor CIL will be closed for the holiday break December 24th through January 2nd. We will open our doors on January 3rd.

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Holiday Craft Workshop
Friday December 17, 2010

Join in the fun and help our youth bring Seasons Greetings to their loved ones in the Ann Arbor CIL’s Craft Workshop!

Volunteers will be needed 4:30-8:00pm to help set up, assist youth in craft-making, and…

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Would you like to give youth the opportunity to have tons of fun?  Are you interested in volunteering in a meaningful way at the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living?



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To support the Ann Arbor CIL Inclusive Water Recreation Program in providing a fun and interactive way for people with and without disabilities to exercise…

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On November 5, 6, and 7 the Dixboro General store will donate to the Michigan Deaf Arts Festival 15 % of all sales generated by the Michigan Deaf Festival patrons who present the donation coupon.

The Dixboro store is located 5206 Plymouth Rd. Phone number is 734-663-5558.

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Come Get Your Game On.

Wii Game Night!

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Please join us for

Wheelchair Rugby

Thursday November 11, 2010  7:30-9:30pm
At the Meri Lou Murray County Recreation Center
2960 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor

Chairs will be available for you to use.


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2-Bedroom Apartment, Barrier-Free, Available December 5th

Village Park Apartments has a barrier-free 2 bedroom apartment available on Dec 5th.  The apartment is 1,000 square feet and has a parking space that is very close to the entrance.  Pets are OK with a $200 security deposit and $20 extra per month. There is a bus stop…

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Here we post various requests, needs, and inquiries from fellow people with disabilities.

If you can help, please contact Sue Probert at sue@aacil.org or (734) 971-0277 x 34.

October 26, 2010

A CIL consumer in subsidized housing needs kitchen goods.   Specifically, the consumer needs drinking…

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Part of Investing in Ability Week, in collaboration with the University of Michigan:

The 4th Annual James T. Neubacher Tip-off Event

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Come join us for

Inclusive Volleyball

at the Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center

Thursday, October 21 7:30-9:30pm

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Why Media Matters: Teenage Sexuality and the Public Eye

Presented by:
Genesee County Healthy Sexuality Coalition
Planned Parenthood Mid and
South Michigan and Raise It Up

November, 10, 2010
8:30am – 3:30pm

Genesee Intermediate School District
Health, Safety, and Nutrition Services
2284 S….

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Lots of jobs have just been added to our job board on LinkedIn!

Have you checked out the site lately?

Click here to visit the site!

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Michigan Visiting Care will hold a flu shot clinic on Friday, October 22 from 12 PM – 2 PM in the Ann Arbor CIL’s Conference Room B. 

Shots are priced at $33.  The University of Michigan Visiting Care accepts the following insurances:  Blue Care Network (including UM Premier Care), BCBSM Community Blue PPO, BCBSM Blue Preferred PPO,…

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Please join us for a Community Discussion reporting on the findings of a focus group of people with disabilities in arts and culture.

October 13, 2010  3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Ann Arbor District Library, Multi-Purpose Room
343 S. Fifth Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

More Info:

A bold initiative took place in 2009 to raise awareness of…

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The PTSD Support Group is now meeting at at new location – the Westside United Methodist Church, at 900 S. Seventh Street in Ann Arbor.  Room 208.

Please join us at our new location!

The facility is wheelchair accessible.

About the group: The Support Group for Women with PTSD gives participants the space to discuss what is happening in…

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Job Fair at WCC

Wednesday, October 20th from 11am until 2pm

Morris Lawrence Building, Washtenaw Community College

20 or so employers expected, mainly in the customer service area.

For more info, contact: 734-677-5155 or careers@wccnet.edu.

WCC job fairs are open to everyone and free of…

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Want to get involved?


There will be a Volunteer Meeting on Tues. October 19th 1pm-2pm

Followed by a Computer Support Training at 2:30pm for all those interested in being Career Services Computer Tutors

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The Ann Arbor CIL Fitness Center

Are you interested in using the Ann Arbor CIL Fitness Center?  It’s available in the evenings this fall and winter, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5-8pm.  Just let Mary know you are coming. It will be available…

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Come one and all and join in on our annual


Door prizes for constumes!

Snacks, games, and thrills!

Friday, October…

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Offices in All 50 States Will be Open Saturday, Sept. 25 to Provide Tax Assistance

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service will host a special nationwide open house on Saturday, Sept. 25 to help taxpayers –– especially veterans and people with disabilities –– solve tax problems and respond to IRS notices.

One hundred…

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Free Financial Advice Clinic

Image of man looking frustrated over his billsSeptember 24th

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Where?  Ann Arbor YMCA,…

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Join the Book Club for its first meeting on October 21 from 5:30 to 7:30pm.

This meeting will determine the first book and a regular meeting time.  Please bring suggestions of books you would like to read!

If you cannot make the meeting but wish to offer a suggestion or have any questions about the book club please contact Melissa…

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Have you wanted to compete in track and field, but were not sure how to get started or nervous?

The Ann Arbor CIL is holding a beginner’s meet, just for you!  You can come try it out and compete in a friendly, supportive environment.

9-11am – Track: Saline…

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Join us for free cooking classes at the Ann Arbor CIL Gathering Place Kitchen!

August 31 – Peach Pie

September 7 – Deviled Eggs

September 21- Squash Soup

If interested in attending please contact Lauren Ungar at:


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Facebook 101

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Social Networking is becoming very popular, and not just with the younger generations, but with everyone.

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Are you interested in learning more about nutrition? Do the labels on your food leave you confused? Are you trying to lose weight or get better control over your Diabetes? The Ann Arbor CIL is offering a class for you!

Wednesday, Sept. 8- 1:30 pm- 3:30 pm – Healthy Meal Planning

Wednesday, Sept.15- 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm – How to Read the…

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Don’t miss out on the Action!

Our annual Gala Benefit and Auction is a night not to miss!  Join us Saturday, September 11, as we enjoy good times, laughter, and excitement, all to raise needed funds for the Ann Arbor CIL!

RSVP’s are pouring in – are YOU planning to attend?  Last year, more than 125 people attended,…

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Clay class taught by UM students is returning this fall!

In this course, participants who have a disability will be partnered with UM undergraduate students who will assist in the creation of sculptural works in clay.  This will be the third time offering this fantastic course, and previous participants can attest – this is a great…

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Be part of your future!  Share your opinions and voice your concerns about transportation in the region.

Please join us for a…

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Cancer Survivor Group Discussion

Are you a cancer survivor who had limitations in activities of daily living prior to your cancer?

If you have completed active treatment for your cancer, you are invited to participate in a group discussion to help us understand your experiences as a cancer survivor and to…

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A new peer-led group is forming at the Ann Arbor CIL.  If you’d like to stop in or participate in a support group regarding Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), please contact Amit Kshirsagar at 734-995-1711 or amost1972@gmail.com.

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Through our long-standing partnership with the University of Michigan Health System’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, we are…

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Plans are underway at the CIL for this year’s Gala Benefit Auction, slated for Saturday, September 11!

This event raises needed funds to support the continued work of the CIL.

In order to make this event a success, we need your help!  To learn more about sponsorship opportunities and how to donate a quality item or service to the auction,…

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Are you interested in learning about volunteering at the Ann Arbor CIL?

Have you been volunteering for a long time and want to learn more about how the Center can help you?

Join us On Wednesday, June 30th from 10 am – 11:30 am, for a mandatory volunteer team meeting!

We will be discussing important issues for volunteers as well as sharing…

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This year, the Ann Arbor CIL’s most important fundraiser will be bigger and better than ever before, because this year YOU can make it great!

Join our caring and passionate team of Auction staff and volunteers, as we have fun planning one of the most exciting nights of the year at the CIL!

We need many volunteers to make this event a…

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Join us this summer for our annual Summer Youth Advocacy program!  In this fun summer program, learn to advocate for disability rights! Come learn about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), how to tell if a building is accessible, and then visit locations around the area to test the law in action!  You will also learn how…

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Join us for a 4-week workshop to discuss acceptance and inclusion in our communities.  We will discuss how different minority groups have faced obstacles and continue to work for equality.  The workshop will use videos and activities from the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance curriculum to…

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Be matched up with a Computer Lab Volunteer to assist in basic computer skills, such as:

  • Internet Use
  • Understanding Word
  • Creating an Email Account
  • Filling Out Online Forms

If interested, please sign up for more information at the Reception Desk in the Front Office!

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Be matched up with a Computer Lab Volunteer to assist in basic computer skills, such as:

  • Internet Use
  • Understanding Word
  • Creating an Email Account
  • Filling Out Online Forms

If interested, please sign up for more information at the Reception Desk in the Front Office!

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Be matched up with a Computer Lab Volunteer to assist in basic computer skills, such as:

  • Internet Use
  • Understanding Word
  • Creating an Email Account
  • Filling Out Online Forms

If interested, please sign up for more information at the Reception Desk in the Front Office!

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The third installation of our Spring/Summer Gardening Series will be taking place, Wednesday, May 12th from 1pm to 3pm in the Ann Arbor CIL Gathering Place/Kitchen. The workshop will be focusing on how to incorporate fresh produce into your regular meals, as well as new and easy recipes using fresh garden-grown produce. You will find a…

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This month, we are featuring 2 great workshops you won’t want to miss!  On Wednesday, May 5, we are featuring “Rejection Detection,” to help you figure out clues why you may not be getting the jobs you want.  On Wednesday, May 19, we are featuring “Stand Out Interviews,” back by popular demand, after we first featured this workshop at WCC in…

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Do you need a professional-looking photo for your LinkedIN profile?  If you did not get your photo taken at the LinkedIN with Lisa class on Wednesday, April 28, but you would still like a photo, feel free to contact Stephanie.  We can set up a time to take your photo at the CIL!

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Talent Exchange

I have a Talent Exchange request that I need help finding a match for. A member needs her lawn mowed. If you know anyone who could help, of if you know of resources for this kind of thing within the community, please let me know! Any suggestions will be helpful.

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Have you always wanted to write, but weren’t sure how to get started?

Journaling is something that is different for all of us. Some write about their day to day life, other write about their thoughts and what is going on in the world around them, others write publicly for an audience about a specific subject. Our journaling class will…

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At our LinkedIN with Lisa workshop, you are welcome to bring your laptop to follow along in class.  It is not necessary for you to have a laptop, but feel free to bring it!

Also, we will be on-hand to take a professional-looking photo of you for your profile if you’d like.

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An adjustable computer table is available for FREE.  It’s in good shape, just come get it!  Pick up is at Arrowwood.  The computer table is white, and is 30″ x 30″.  If interested, please contact Sue Probert and ask about item #30.

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FREE to a good home: V-Tech magnifier.  “Big & old, but it works.”  It also needs a knob.  If interested, call and ask Sue Probert about item #2383.

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Plymouth & Dearborn Heights Housing Commissions are opening their Section 8 waiting lists.  The applications will only be available from 8:00 AM on April 23, 2010 through 5:00 PM on April 26, 2010. After 5:00 PM on April 26, 2010 the Waiting List will be CLOSED Applications are available only on-line (visit the library or our AT Lab for…

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We’ve just been lucky enough to have received some new items to our library, courtesy of the Ann Arbor District Library (thanks!).  Some tasty samplings for your review:

Books on Tape:
-Slum Dog Millionaire (just listened to it – it’s fabulous!)

DVD’s for kids:
- Marley & Me (heart-warming tear…

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Our fitness gym is getting popular!  Come use our fitness center at the Ann ARbor CIL.  We have accessible weightlifting machines as well as a NuStep, or cardio machine.

Orientation with Mary is required.  Call or email for an appointment.

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