News & Info from The CivCity Initiative
New Year's Resolution: Embrace Your Civic Self!
So you've decided that 2017 is the Year of Getting More Involved, right? We're here to help! Each week we'll highlight ways to get your civics on – volunteer opportunities large and small, as well as news to keep you more informed. Starting now!
Sign up for free training to be a member of the Washtenaw County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Click here for more details and an application form. The deadline to apply is Friday, Jan. 6.
Also, Washtenaw County – yes, that's Ann Arbor too! – has posted several vacancies for advisory boards and commissions, including the Community Action Board, the Huron River Watershed Council, and the Community Corrections Advisory Board. Click here for the full listing.
The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Jan. 25 with appointments made by the county board on Feb. 1.
The county also has three openings on its Community Mental Health Board. The deadline to apply for those positions is Wednesday, Feb. 8 with appointments made on Feb. 15. Click here for more details.
Reminder: No Tree Pickup
If you put out your Christmas tree expecting the city of Ann Arbor to haul it away, you'll be waiting...well, pretty much forever. But the city does offer four free drop-off locations through Jan. 31. (After that, you'll pay.) Click here for details.
Don't leave your tree on the curb – it won't magically disappear!
New Age Requirement Kicks In For Buying Tobacco
Another reminder: As of Jan. 1, 2017, you must be 21 or older to buy tobacco products in Ann Arbor. The city council voted last year to raise the age requirement from 18 to 21. Click here to learn more
What We're Reading
Washtenaw Reads display at the downtown library.
As part of Washtenaw Reads, the authors will discuss their work at a free public lecture on Tues., Feb. 7 at UM's Rackham Auditorium from 7-8:30 p.m. Here's a list of events tied to Washtenaw Reads
. Check out a copy from the library today!
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“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” – Alice Walker
Oh, Wait – One More Thing!
Swearing-in ceremonies are happening this week for new members of the Michigan House of Representatives
. Ann Arbor is located in District 53, and Yousef Rabhi
– a former Washtenaw County commissioner – is the new state rep. On Monday morning, Michigan Supreme Court Justice Bridget Mary McCormack
gave him the oath of office in downtown Ann Arbor in the county boardroom. Best wishes to Yousef and all elected officials as we begin the new year!
Michigan Supreme Court Justice Bridget Mary McCormack administers the oath of office to Yousef Rabhi, who was elected to the Michigan House of Respresentatives for District 53.
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