Casablanca's 70th Anniversary

Casablanca, one of the greatest American films, celebrates it's 70th anniversary this year. When it was released in 1942, it was just one of many films produced that year, and although it won three Academy Awards, including Best Picture, it wasn't until years later that its reputation among both critics and viewers has consistenly placed it on lists of the greatest films of all time. Directed by Michael Curtiz, and starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Peter Lorre, the film is the story of ex-freedom fighter Rick Blaine who now runs a nightclub in Casablanca, Morocco during the early years of World War II. His life is upended when his true love, Ilsa — who had abandoned him in Paris during the Nazi invasion — walks into the club one night — with her husband, a renowned Resistance leader.

Picture Books about Helping Others

Good helpers, everyone needs one sometime. Here are some picture books to read with the kids, to show them how to be great helpers at home, in school, or in your community.

Arthur helps out by Marc Brown

The Berenstain Bears lend a helping hand by Stan & Jan Berenstain

Boswell wide awake by Alexandra Day

Can I help? by Marilyn Janovitz

Franklin helps out by Bourgeois, Paulette

Giddy up, Cowgirl by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Living Green in Southeast Michigan

To celebrate Earth Week, we have invited Granton Brooks, the communications specialist from SEMCOG to share the many earth-friendly projects supported by SEMCOG in his Living Green in Southeast Michigan program. Did you know that they declare Ozone Action Days for our region or that they sponsor the Michigan Rideshare program or the studies of water run-off? SEMCOG impacts our community in many ways. Come see how they can help your earth-friendly everyday life on Monday, April 23 at 7:00 PM.

This post is part of our Earth Day 2012 celebration.

Vegetarian Eating for Everyone

Are you trying to be a little healthier with your eating habits? Are you trying to save the creatures that share our world with us? Well, The Fat Chef in the Little Coat has suggestions for eating delicious, healthy food at least once a week or more. He shares his recipes for vegetarian dishes we can all love in Vegetarian Eating for Everyone. Join us as we continue our Earth Week celebrations on Wednesday, April 25 at 7:00 PM.

Earth Day 2012 logoThis post is part of our Earth Day 2012 celebration.

Composting and Healthy Lawns

This program has been canceled.

Be the envy of your neighborhood. Have a beautiful lawn and be friendly to our precious earth at the same time. Mary Vangieson of the Wayne County Department of Public Services shares the need-to-know information on Composting and Healthy Lawns and gardens. Join us on Tuesday, April 24 at 7:00 PM as we continue our celebration of Earth Week.

Family History

Do you know anything about your family history?  For example, many families have  descendants that came to America through Ellis Island in New York. April 17 is "Ellis Island Family History Day." More immigrants were processed on this day in 1907, than any other day in history. The statue of liberty was the first glimpse of America for millions of immigrants. Ellis island has a unique and interesting history as America's immigration station with a lot of family history to offer.

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