Made in the Mitten: Savoring Michigan’s Rich Foodie & Agricultural History

Michigan is the second-most agriculturally-diverse state in the country. From cherries and grapes to blueberries and pumpkins, peaches and apples to asparagus and celery, the Great Lakes State is often referred to as the “Mitten of Plenty.” Add to that a growing industry focused on locally-sourced products such as cheese, poultry, sauces, jams, breads, chocolates and SO much more, and you have a feast just waiting to be devoured.  This program will not only introduce audiences to Michigan’s rich foodie and agricultural history, but will allow everyone to sample a few Michigan-made products as well!  Tuesday July 8 2014 7:00 PM

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion April 21

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, April 21 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room to discuss:

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini -  From the bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations. Hosseini explores the many way in which families interact at the times that matter the most.

Affordable Care Act Marketplace Application Checklist

Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act's Health Insurance Marketplace starts October 1, 2013. When you apply for coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace, you’ll need to provide some information about you and your household, including income, any insurance you currently have, and some additional items. There is a checklist available at Healthcare.gov to help you assemble and organize this important information.

Health Insurance Savings

As part of the Affordable Care Act, the Health Insurance Marketplace is scheduled to open October 1, 2013. You can use the Kaiser Family Foundation’s online Subsidy Calculator to get an estimate of what your premiums and savings might be on a Marketplace plan. Keep in mind that this is just an estimate, and your actual costs may be higher or lower. When open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace starts October 1, you’ll be able to see exactly what you’ll pay for specific plans, including any savings you qualify for based on your income.

Drive Michigan's Transportation Future

You can influence the Michigan Department of Transportation planning process that identifies and funds surface transportation projects across the state. The STIP lists projects MDOT is committed to over the next four years using federal funding. These projects includes both urban and non-metropolitan roads, bridges and public transit. Now is the the time to review these plans and tell MDOT what you think. View the projects online or request a printed copy by calling 517-373-9534. Deadline for public comments is September 4, 2013.

Royal Baby Watch

Have you caught Royal Baby Fever? Are you anxiously awaiting the arrival of the new Prince or Princess of Cambridge? How about a little royal reading to keep you occupied until we hear the big announcement!

William and Kate: a royal love story by Christopher Andersen

William & Kate: a royal love story

William & Catherine: a royal wedding by Andrew Motion

Elizabeth the Queen: the life of a modern monarch by Sally Bedell Smith

Prince Philip: the turbulent early life of the man who married Queen Elizabeth II by Philip Eade

Be Creative at Mealtime

Tired of the same old supper? Looking to mix up mealtime? Checkout one of these cookbooks, find an exciting but easy new recipe and earn your Be Creative Badge for your efforts. Be sure share your experience!

Betty Crocker easy family dinners: simple recipes and fun ideas to turn mealtime into quality time by Crocker, Betty

The complete idiot's guide to meals in 30 minutes or less by Tod Dimmick

Dinner: a love story: it all begins at the family table by Jenny Rosenstrach ; photographs by Jennifer Causey

Ten dollar dinners: 140 recipes and tips to elevate simple, fresh meals any night of the week by Melissa d'Arabian, with Raquel Pelzel ; photographs by Ben Fink

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