Usability pros to meet: The Michigan Usability Professionals Association will host an event on Pattern Enabled Development Aug. 25 in Farmington Hills at Mango Languages, which is sponsoring the event. In fall 2004, Ford Motor Co. chartered a team of Perl/CGI developers to implement a robust 80-table J2EE application with assistance of a single Java consultant. The lessons learned are emerging as an application development evolution — Pattern Enabled Development, — a catalyst for business innovation. Share in the excitement as Marvin takes us on a multi-year journey across four continents in pursuit of an enabling approach to global application development. And dissect lessons learned for applicability within your sphere of influence. The event begins with networking at 6 p.m., announcements at 6:45 and the speaker at 7. Mango Languages is at 30445 Northwestern Highway, Suite 300, Farmington Hills. The cost is $5 for students, $10 for UPA members and $20 for others. More at Register online at Guestlist,, so organizers can plan for refreshments.

AimWest sets season kickoff: Imagine yourself on the lawn of an immense mansion on a summer evening for food, drink and conversation — lounging in an Adirondack chair sipping something cool while enjoying a lively game of bocce on the manicured green. No, it’s not a Pure Michigan ad — it’s the 2011-12 season kickoff for aimWest, the organization for interactive professionals in the Grand Rapids area. The event starts at 5:01 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17 at Mangiamo, 1033 Lake Drive Southeast in Grand Rapids. This event is free to members and their invited guests. More at

Ann Arbor Clean Cities Talking Walking, Propane: Ann Arbor Clean Cities is sponsoring a Lunch-and-Learn Thursday on how propane is quickly becoming a great alternative transportation fuel. The meeting will also highlight a different take on alternative transportation – walking – and how the City of Ann Arbor is becoming more pedestrian friendly. The meeting will take place Thursday, Aug. 11 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ypsilanti District Library, Whittaker Branch. More at

Sustainable Biz Group To Hear From Comerica: The Southeast Michigan Sustainable Business Forum will meet Monday, Aug. 18 from 8 to 10 a.m. to hear a presentation from Rick Plewa, senior vice president and director of corporate sustainability at Comerica Bank, and one of the founding members and past chairs of the forum. Plewa will explain how sustainability is one of the driving forces in the banking industry for accountability to stakeholders and stockholders. The meeting will take place at NSF International, 789 N. Dixboro Road in Ann Arbor. The event is free to members nad $20 for others. More at Email to register.


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