Smell & Tell | Haute Skank: An Olfactory Menagerie of Animalics in Perfumery

Wednesday October 18, 2017: 6:30 pm to 8:45 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

Musk, ambergris, civet, and castoreum are historic ingredients used in perfumery. Whether they purr, hiss, or roar depends on the dose. They are generally used as fixatives to support the structure of a perfume and leave nothing to offend in their wake.

Character is another issue when it comes to animalic ingredients as many contain intimate odors that are polarizing in Western culture. We’ll smash this cultural relic to bits at the Haute Skank Smell & Tell, where synthetic and humanely derived animalics will be experienced for the purpose of understanding their alchemical effects in a perfume formula.

We will also investigate plant-based animalics like Black currant bud, cumin, and costus. Some of these materials evoke intimate human aromas, and remind us that a short line occupies the space between the perfumes of intimacy and animal archetypes.

The Smell and Tell series of lectures is led by Michelle Krell Kydd, a trained nose in flavors and fragrance who shares her passion for gastronomy and the perfume arts on Glass Petal Smoke. The Smell and Tell series debuted at the Ann Arbor District Library in 2012 and is ongoing.

Aroma materials for the Haute Skank Smell & Tell have been provided by International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF).

Nerd Nite Ann Arbor presented by AADL at LIVE 102 S First St.

Thursday October 19, 2017: 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm -- LIVE (102 S 1st Street)

This event is intended for adults

For the last 4 years, crowds have gathered each month in the early evening in bars and venues around Ann Arbor. Around 7pm, it begins: three boisterous speakers geek out up front. What is this? Some secret club?

Nope! It's Nerd Nite Ann Arbor! And it's open to anyone and everyone who loves to learn or share what they love.

For the uninitiated, Nerd Nite (NN) has been described as “...like the Discovery Channel™…with beer!” Sounds fun, right? It is! NN is held monthly in 70+ cities, giving several folks the opportunity to give 18-21 minute fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines. Imagine learning about everything from the science of the Simpsons to the genealogy of Godzilla. Fun stuff!

Doors open at 6:30, and speakers start at 7pm.

So show up, have a drink, meet other nerds, and learn a bunch of awesome new junk!

Want to see past topics and a little more info? Check NNA2's site.

AADL is sponsoring this month's event, so there will be NO COVER!

Mark your calendars and spread the word! Any and all nerds (and non-nerds!) who love learning and having a great time are welcome to join us!

Introduction to Insight Meditation with Still Mountain Meditation

Saturday October 21, 2017: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This half-day workshop will offer a brief, step-by-step introduction to beginning insight meditation.

Insight meditation is a simple and direct practice of moment-to-moment investigation of mind/body processes through calm, focused attention. In meditation and mindfulness practices we cultivate our ability to be present in each moment and to be aware of and more comfortable with our thoughts, emotions, and physical being.

Although historically the techniques come from Buddhist traditions, this workshop has no religious content and will approach the practices from a down-to-earth, secular perspective. This introduction is intended mainly for persons with no previous meditation experience, but all are welcome.

Author M. Joanne Nesbit Discusses Her Book "Legendary Locals of Ann Arbor, Michigan"

Sunday October 22, 2017: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

Graced by the Huron River with an abundance of parks, Ann Arbor offers residents and visitors entertainment, sports, shopping, dining, and of course, the University of Michigan.

Legendary Locals of Ann Arbor, Michigan celebrates its citizens. Many are creative artists, inspiring educators, dedicated public servants, and determined business owners. With the exception of Lewis the cat, who reigned at Downtown Home and Garden, this book is filled with stories about people who have made and are making Ann Arbor one of the best places to live in the United States.

Join co-author Joanne Nesbit as she discusses some of the great stories they discovered while putting together the book and how local legends were selected. With a career spanning journalism and as a public information officer at Indiana University and the University of Michigan, Nesbit has always been fascinated by local history, stories, and people. She is the author of three other books, and is the founder of Knitwits at the University of Michigan.

The event includes a book signing and books will be on sale.

Play & Create the World of Your Dreams

Tuesday October 24, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Explore the design game Adapt! This new and exciting tool encourages, supports, and guides us through applying a holistic design process to create the world of our dreams.

Through play we ask productive and practical questions that will lead us towards increased care awareness and implementable solutions.

Explorer, designer, and educator Bridget O’Brien will guide you through this journey. She specializes in Permaculture-based regenerative land use, social structure, and self-care design workshops and coaching, and is the creative developer of the design game called Adapt.

Self-Care Through Movement, Mindfulness, and Meditation: Switching Perspectives, From Outside to Inside

Tuesday October 24, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Brian Truskowski of BMT Wellness returns with a new spin on his self-care classes.

This class will offer an invitation to go deeper into yourself, maybe deeper than you’ve ever been. It will invite you to explore love and seasons, learning to practice pulling back to see yourself from the outside, while looking inward.

This self-empowerment class is for people who want to go deeper in their lives, connect with a part of themselves they may not know, and do it in a safe space. This monthly series will run through November. The classes will build upon each other, but each class stands on its own, so attendees may join any time.

Brian is a licensed Bodyworker and Massage Therapist in Ann Arbor and a member of the ManKind Project, whose mission is to raise the consciousness of the planet.

A Look Inside the Yellow Room Gang

Tuesday October 24, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

The Yellow Room Gang is a collective of eight area singer-songwriters who meet monthly in the yellow-painted living room of David Tamulevich’s Ann Arbor home to work out new songs.

Enjoy this chance to be a part of one of those meetings, look into the songwriting process of these local favorites and be among the first to hear their songs in the making.

DIY Natural Beauty

Monday October 30, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

In this hands-on session, learn to create your own beauty and skincare products using clean, natural ingredients that you can feel good about using on your body and in your home!

Lizzy House is a well-known artist, author, maker, and teacher. She has taught workshops worldwide, and is happy and eager to share her love of creating and wellness in Southeast Michigan.

Perfect Pies & Tarts with Keegan Rodgers

Wednesday November 1, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Keegan C. Rodgers, Head Baker at the People's Food Co-Op, leads this hands-on and lively workshop on how to make the perfect pie dough.

Participants will take home enough dough for two single crust pies or one double crust pie. Learn the difference between pies and tarts, understand the different fillings and crusts for pies and tarts, and understand how to blind bake a pie shell.

Attendees will leave with new baking skills and literature to take home. Tastes of Keegan's baked goods will be included, too!

This event is cosponsored by the People's Food Co-Op and is part of an ongoing baking series.

Decoupage Boxes & Vases Workshop

Thursday November 2, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Using the classic decoupage process, crafter Dawn Henry will show you how to make a special box or vase using old maps, magazine pictures, or other items.

You can also bring any paper items (cards, pictures, newspaper, etc.) you would like to use to the workshop!