Events for the week of March 17, 2011

Every week at a2b3 I ask people to tell me about upcoming events. Here's this week's event calendar, mostly for events in and around Ann Arbor, Michigan. Note that it doesn't include every possible thing going on, just what people tell me about, and what is interesting enough for me to notice and plan ahead for. I'll be at some of these, I hope.

If you have an event to share, leave it as a comment on this post. Some events are intentionally left incomplete, so that I can publish in haste and edit at leisure.

Now: TEDxUofM. Registration open for 4/8 event. Topic is "encouraging crazy ideas"; space is limited, the event is free for students, $30 for non-students; apply for a spot. (I applied.)

Fri 3/18. ICOS seminar, Ross School of Business, Room K1310, 13op-300p. Panel seminar, "The University and the Michigan Economy". Free. (Didn't go, though I would have liked to.)

Fri 3/18. #FOIAchat on Twitter, Fridays 2-3pm. It's Sunshine Week this week. (It was a good session; I shared my poll on jobs that benefit from a good working knowledge of FOIA.)

Fri 3/18-Sun 3/20: Builders and Remodelers Home Improvement Show at Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, Saline-Ann Arbor Road. Admission $5, 12 and under free, 2 for 1 admission with coupon on site. (Didn't go.)


Sat 3/19: Brick Bash. Free Lego building exhibition at Morris Lawrence auditorium, Washtenaw Community College. 11a-6p. Writeup, with photos.

Sun 3/20: Lumineries workshop at Workantile Exchange, 118 S. Main St, starts 10 am. Build illuminated lanterns for the Fool Moon parade. Photos of the event: Myra Klarman in the Ann Arbor Chronicle. (Very, very cool; I stopped in around noon.)

Sun 3/20: Purim. Celebrate with hamentaschen. (Somewhere, I have a recipe.)

Sun 3/20: Vernal equinox.

Sun 3/20: Jessica Webster jazz show on WEMU-FM, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Call 1-888-299-8910 to pledge your support for public radio.

3/20 – 4/3: Discardia for Spring 2011.

Mon 3/21: FOIA Town Hall, US Department of Justice, 10th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington DC. 10:00 a.m. to noon. To register, please contact OIP at (202) 514-3642 before March 18, 2011. Contact: Melanie Ann Pustay, Director, Office of Information Policy.

Mon 3/21: ML2SIG, Gallery Lab, Hatcher Graduate Library, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. A discussion of collaboration tools, especially on the University of Michigan campus. Bring a brown bag lunch. Contact: Nicole Scholtz, SAND.

Mon 3/21: Yi-Tan call. Every Monday, 1:30 p.m. "Japan's Current Crises" with David Hodgson. Twitter hash tag #yitan.

Mon 3/21: IBM Centennial Lecture. Mike Rhodin on "Reinventing the Modern Corporation". 1690 CSE, U of Michigan North Campus, 4-5p. 

Mon 3/21: Ann Arbor City Council meeting, 7:00 p.m. Washtenaw County Commissioner Board Room, 220 N. Main St. 1st Floor. Twitter hashtag: #aacitycouncil. On the agenda: medical marijuana licensing.

Tue 3/22: World Water Day. Hashtag: #worldwaterday.

Tue 3/22: Complex Systems seminar, 340 West Hall, noon. "Explosive Percolation", Robert M. Ziff. Contact: Howard Oishi, CSCS.

Tue 3/22: Maker Faire Detroit town hall meeting. Detroit Public Library, 5201 Woodward, Detroit, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Details: Facebook. Eventbrite.

Tue 3/22: Our Water, Our Future. Panel discussion at Ann Arbor District Library, part of the University of Michigan Water Semester. 7:00 p.m.

3/22-3/27: 49th Ann Arbor Film Festival.

Wed 3/23: LA2M (Lunch Ann Arbor Marketing), Conor O'Neil's. Contact Derek Mehraban for details; generally about 100 people show up for lunch ($10) and a speaker on a marketing topic.

Wed 3/23: East Stadium bridges meeting. 6:30 – 8 p.m. in the Pioneer High School cafeteria.

Wed 3/23: Agile Groupies, 7:00 p.m. at the Workantile Exchange, 118 S. Main St. "Information Radiators". Contact: Helene Gidley. $7 includes a light meal.

Thu 3/24: a2b3 lunch at Eastern Accents. Noon-1pm, introductions at 12:30pm.

Thu 3/24: Linda Diane Feldt at Crazy Wisdom, 114 S Main, 7pm, speaking on “Herbal Wisdom: Herbs and Wild Foods That Benefit the Heart and Prevent Cancer.” Details: Ann Arbor Observer calendar.

Thu 3/24: Telcosystems at Ann Arbor Film Festival, 9:30 p.m. Sponsored by a2geeks.

Fri 3/25: Beer:30. 4:30 p.m., Tech Brewery.

Sat 3/26: Groundcover News writers workshop, "Telling our Stories". 9a-noon, First Baptist Church Library, 517 E. Washington St.,. contact Vickie Elmer. Details: Ann Arbor Observer calendar for 3/26. $20 or 2 stories for the newspaper.

Sat 3/26. Box Car Derby, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., South University between Oxford and Washtenaw. Fundraiser for Ann Arbor Active Against ALS; details, Contact, to donate baked goods: Suzanne Ross at

Tue 3/29: A2 New Tech.

Tue 3/29: Hot Shots, Melange in Ann Arbor. Sponsored by Ann Arbor SPARK.

Wed 3/30: National Weather Service test tornado drill, 1:00 p.m. 

Wed 3/30: Pall-Gelman information meeting about the dioxane plume at Abbot School, 7 pm. Contact: Roger Rayle, Scio Residents for Safe Water.

Ends Fri 4/1: Zhang Zhang, MFA exhibit at Slusser Gallery, The City Speaks.

Fri 4/1: Fool Moon parade. Starts at University of Michigan Museum of Art, 7:00 p.m. 

Sat 4/2: Monroe Street Fair.

Sun 4/3: Festifools.

Mon 4/4: Ann Arbor curbside composting begins. #aacitycouncil

Fri 4/8: TEDxUofM. A full day at the Michigan Theater, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. #tedxuofm

4/16-5/28. Ann Arbor residents can get up to 1 cu ft of compost from the MRF; bring your water bill as proof of residency. #aacitycouncil

Mon 4/18: First night of Passover, starts at sunset. No #aacitycouncil meeting.

Fri 4/22: GooglEarth Day #3, U of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment, 9:00 a.m – noon.

Sun 5/1: Burns Park Run. 8:30 a.m.

Sun 5/1: Water Hill Music Fest

5/2: Michigan Connected Vehicle (formerly IntelliDrive) Working Group, U of Michigan Dearborn, 9:00 a.m. – noon. RSVP by 4/25.

Sat 5/14: County Cleanup Day, Chelsea

Sat 5/14: Eudamonia, Matthaei Botanical Gardens,7pm-10pm. A fundraiser for Summers-Knoll School.

Sat 5/21: TechTwilight, Ann Arbor Hands On Museum, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

6/4: Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire

7/1: Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society, Railfan Day.

7/30-7/31: Maker Faire Detroit, The Henry Ford, Dearborn.

3/24/2012: Brick Bash 2012.

xx: WordPress meeting

xx: Public meeting re murals in Allmendinger Park and along Huron Parkway. Not scheduled yet.

xx: E-waste recycling day, date unknown.

Edward Vielmetti invites you to lunch at Eastern Accents, 214 S. Main St., Ann Arbor MI every Thursday. 16 CFR 255 notice:  the blogger should "clearly and conspicuously disclose" that he or members of his family have received meals free of charge from Eastern Accents in the past. Thanks to TeacherPatti for the lunch (and the cookies) on 3/17/2011.


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