The urinary system is vitally important to the overall health of the body -- ask anyone on dialysis. This class explains both the physiology of the urinary system, the potential problems associated with it, and what you can do to maintain urinary health. Select either the morning or evening session.
Private residence TBA, call for directions. $20. 734-975-2444. www.cindyklement.com
Sale of works by area artisans. Proceeds benefit scholarships for U-M women.
9 a.m.-3 p.m., Barton Hills Country Club, 730 Country Club Rd. $5 admission. 327-0981. [map]
WCC's Gallery One is hosting an exhibit by local artists now through December 14. "Emerging Artists: Ann Arbor, Part II" features Ruth Bardenstein, Jeremy Brooks, and Katie Rubin. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday-Tuesday, 10:00am-6:00pm; Wednesday-Thursday, 10:00am-8:00pm; and Friday, 10:00am-noon. For more information, call 734-477-8512.
Gallery One, 4800 East Huron River Drive. Free. 734-477-8512. email@example.com [map]
Every Tues. Activities begin at 11 a.m. with "Energy Exercise" ($4), a 60-minute exercise program led by Maria Farquhar, followed at 1 p.m. by mah-jongg and sewing. Also, at 1:30 p.m., Yiddish Tish, a Yiddish conversation group. Homemade buffet luncheon ($3) available at noon. All invited.
11 a.m.-3 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free (except as noted). 971-0990. [map]
(Joe Wright, 2012). Sweeping epic based on Tolstoy's classic novel, set in late-19th-century Russia, about an aristocratic woman who has a life-changing affair with an affluent count. Keira Knightly, Jude Law.
Michigan Theater. Tickets $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; Wed., $7). 668-TIME. [map]
All kids ages 4 and up invited to make LEGO creations.
4-5 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]
"Patronage, Politics, and Sectarianism in the Middle East: The Case of Lebanon": U-M Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies.more >
"Patronage, Politics, and Sectarianism in the Middle East: The Case of Lebanon": U-M Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies.< less
Talk by Brown University Middle East Studies director Melani Cammett.
4-5:30 p.m., 1636 SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 764-0351. [map]
Celebrate the season with a massive cookie exchange! Enjoy an afternoon full of baking, snacks, and holiday cheer! During class you will produce loads of cookies and share with your classmates at the end. Leave class with dozens of cookies to hand out as gifts to friends and family. Menu: Pear and Walnut Thumbprint Cookies; Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies; Homemade Fudge; Cranberry-Pistachio Oat Cookies; Chocolate-dipped Macaroons; Red and Green Monster Cookies. Full participation. Register online at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $95/person. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
Our premier, comprehensive childbirth class is designed for pregnant women and their partners. This in-depth, interactive 12-hour series meets on weekday nights at three different locations throughout Ann Arbor. The series covers a wide range of topics in-depth based on Lamaze International's Six Healthy Birth Practices, including:
•the various stages of labor, birth, and early postpartum including early breastfeeding overview;
•relaxation and breathing techniques, comfort measures and positions for labor and delivery;
•partner's role with laboring mom;
•pain management options and birth interventions; hospital procedures, and Cesarean birth.
•Class fee includes a free breastfeeding class.
All of our childbirth educators are highly trained, active in the birth community and are Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educators (LCCE). Our prenatal classes are endorsed by the University of Michigan and one of our class series is taught in the new University of Michigan Von Voigtlan
University of Michigan Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital, 1500 E. Medical Center Drive. 185.00. 734.973.1014. firstname.lastname@example.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
Every Sun. & Tues.-Fri. except Dec. 25 & Jan. 1. All invited to compete in tournaments of this popular collectible card game using standard constructed (Sun. & Thurs.), Elder Dragon Highlander (Tues.), Legacy (Wed.), and booster draft (Fri.) decks. Prizes. Bring your own cards (except Fri.).
1 p.m. (Sun.) & 6 p.m. (Tues.-Fri.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (Tues., free; Fri., $15 includes cards). 786-3746. [map]
In this class we'll add a modern twist to the classic holiday wreath by grouping lush foliage and textured greens in segments around a re-usable wreath frame. This wreath is fragrant, festive, sophisticated, and eye-catching! We'll also describe how the wreath-making techniques learned in this class can be repeated throughout the year with different seasonal materials. Advance registration required at: http://bloomfloristcollective.blogspot.com
Pot & Box, 220 Felch Street. $100. email@example.com http://bloomfloristcollective.blogspot.com [map]
Annual Tree Lighting at the Northfield Township Area Library: Northfield Township Area Library and the Whitmore Lake Chamber of Commerce.more >
Annual Tree Lighting at the Northfield Township Area Library: Northfield Township Area Library and the Whitmore Lake Chamber of Commerce.< less
Join the Whitmore Lake Chamber of Commerce and the library staff in welcoming the season, by lighting the evergreen tree in front of the library. Refreshments will be served and Santa may even make an appearance! All ages are welcome. Please dress warmly as this event will be held outdoors.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. (734) 449-0066. firstname.lastname@example.org http://northfieldtownshiplibrary.com [map]
Dec. 4 & 7. Whole Foods staffers give demonstrations on "Holiday Baking with Superfoods" (Dec. 4) and "Health Starts Here Holiday Treats" (Dec. 7).
7 p.m. (Dec. 4) & 6 p.m. (Dec. 7), Whole Foods, 3135 Washtenaw. Free (Dec. 4) & $10 (Dec. 7). Preregistration required. 975-4500. [map]
Every Tues. except Dec. 25. Historical and traditional English dancing to live music. All dances taught. No partner or experience needed. Bring flat, nonslip shoes (running shoes OK). First-timers are asked to arrive at 7 p.m. The Dec. 18 dance is a solstice party dance (bring a treat to share).
7-9:30 p.m., Chapel Hill Condominium clubhouse, 3350 Green Rd. (park on Burbank). $7 (students, $4; kids age 13 & under with a parent, free). 665-7704. [map]
Every Tues., Sept. 18-Dec. 11. All women are invited to participate in an a cappella chorus for the holidays. It is customary to form a Holiday Chorus, inviting friends, family and interested women from the community to perform on the show and at other holiday performances.
Participation is free. No charge for music or learning media, and no audition requirement. There is no obligation of a long-term or permanent membership in the chorus.
Voices in Harmony Chorus will also be hosting and performing a holiday show at the First Presbyterian Church of Ypsilanti on Dec 1st.The holiday song line-up includes a variety of multi-faith sacred and seasonal songs which are both classic and contemporary including traditional carols and fun novelty songs.
Local 898 Hall, 8975 Textile Rd., Ypsilanti. Free. 734-612-7580. email@example.com www.VoicesInHarmonyChorus.org [map]
Richard and Kathy Verlander discuss their memoir about raising their 2 sons, Detroit Tiger star Justin and his younger brother Ben. Signing.
7-8:30 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. Free. 327-4555. [map]
See review. Boston novelist B.A. Shapiro discusses her new novel, set in the insular world of art, museums, and art dealers. It concerns a struggling young artist who's asked to reproduce one of the paintings stolen in the infamous 1990 Gardner heist in which 13 works of art, today worth more than $500 million, were stolen from a Boston museum. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
All invited to join a discussion (continued from November), in Spanish, of Doņa Flor y Sus Dos Maridos, Jorge Amado's novel about a young Brazilian widow whose second marriage features visits from the first husband.
7:30 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
Ann Arbor native (and former Commander Cody guitarist) Kirchen leads his Washington, D. C., ensemble that plays a versatile mix of hard-core honky-tonk, rockabilly, acoustic swing, and countrypolitan balladry. The Austin American-Statesman recently praised Kirchen's "no-nonsense diesel guitar attack, powered by great booming, bottom-heavy licks still covered with axle grease." He is usually joined in their local shows by various luminaries of the local music scene.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at Herb David Guitar Studio and the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com), and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
"The Mystery of the Winter Solstice and the Mysteries of Christmas": Great Lakes Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America.more >
"The Mystery of the Winter Solstice and the Mysteries of Christmas": Great Lakes Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America.< less
Talk by Christian Community priest Robert A. Patterson.
7:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Ave. Free. 276-5294. [map]
These music student ensembles are joined by guest alumni soloists Tyler Duncan, David Luther, and Jeremy Kittle in a program of works by faculty members and U-M alumni.
8 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Free. 764-0594. [map]
U-M music professor Christopher Harding directs U-M music students in an informal concert of classical music TBA. Proceeds benefit a local charity.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Free; donations accepted. Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]