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Calendar of Events

Monday, February 18, 2013






 
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 8:30 a.m. 

Winter Break Camp: Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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Winter is wild and wonderful! You're invited for scientific exploration, sledding, hiking, and animal discovery, so don't hibernate over break!
February 18-22.
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Two camps offered: grades K-2 & grades 3-5.
Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. $240. 734-997-1553. info@lesliesnc.org http://www.lesliesnc.org [map]

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 10 a.m.-noon 

Chinese Culture and History-OLLI Study Group: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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This class will provide an introduction to Chinese history, philosophy, and culture. It will cover education, communication, governing, health beliefs, sports, migration, wars and their impacts, American influence and the Taiwan issue. Amy Seetoo, the presenter, is dedicated to promoting cultural exchange in Michigan.
Class meets Mondays, 10:00 a.m. - noon, February 18 - March 25.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd (48105). $35. 734-998-9351. germedoll@med.umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]

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 10 a.m.-noon 

School Break Activities: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

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Feb. 18-22. All kids, accompanied by a parent, invited for various nature-based activities. Feb. 18: "Self-Guided Story Packs." Story-based indoor activities. Outdoor adventure backpacks available. Feb. 19: "Bathtub Bouquets," a chance to make bubble bath and potpourri. Feb. 20: "Folktales and Fantasy," a chance to hear stories about some of the plants at Matthaei and make up a legend and create a collage about one of the plants. Feb. 21: "Eco-Kids," a chance to learn about ways to reduce one's environmental impact through crafts, composting, and water-saving practices. Feb. 22: "Can You Eat That?" A chance to learn about the plants in the conservatory and discover which ones provide food, building materials, clothing, and more.
10 a.m.-noon, Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free (Feb. 18), $5 (Feb. 19-21), & $8 (Feb. 22). Metered parking. 647-7600. [map]

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 10 a.m. 

Tuesday Winter Democratic Rides: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Tues., Dec.-Mar. The assembled riders choose their own pace, distance, and destination. Also, riders can start at 11 a.m. from the gazebo in downtown Dexter (994-5908). Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.
10 a.m., meet at Wheels in Motion, 3400 Washtenaw. Free. 545-0541. [map]

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 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. 

Tuesday Winter Democratic Rides: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Tues., Dec.-Mar. The assembled riders choose their own pace, distance, and destination. Also, riders can start at 11 a.m. from the gazebo in downtown Dexter (994-5908). Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.
10 a.m., meet at Wheels in Motion, 3400 Washtenaw. Free. 545-0541. [map]

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 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 

Wallenberg Exhibit. "To me there's no other choice": Raoul Wallenberg 1912-2012: University of Michigan.

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To honor Raoul Wallenberg (B.S. Arch. '35) on the centenary of his birth, the University of Michigan, in cooperation with the Swedish-Consulate General of Detroit, is hosting an exhibition on the life of this illustrious alumnus. Created by the Swedish Institute for the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the exhibition presents the story of Wallenberg's life including his years in Ann Arbor and the months in Budapest when he helped rescue tens of thousands of Jews during the Holocaust.
Wallenberg's extraordinary moral conviction and valor are an inspiration for the University and its alumni. During the past year this exhibition has traveled to Budapest, New York, Washington DC, Moscow, Tel Aviv, Berlin, Ottawa and Toronto.
For information about arranging guided visits, or for other questions, please contact rwcentennial@umich.edu.
Art Lounge (1st floor), Michigan Union, University of Michigan, 530 S. State St. rwcentennial@umich.edu http://www.wallenberg.umich.edu/exhibition.html [map]

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 1-4 p.m. 

AHA - Line Following Workshop!: All Hands Active.

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Line Following is a classic way to learn about electronics, robotics, and soldering. This simple car is based off the SPURT bot design, created by students & faculty at Rostock University in Germany. If you provide the time, we'll provide the tools, materials, and instructions for you to build your own line following robot.
Take your creation home, show it off to your friends!
Space is limited to just 8 people, sign up ahead of time to reserve your space! This project can be completed with a partner, feel free to bring someone along.
All Hands Active, 525 E. Liberty St. $20 - $25. allhandsactive@gmail.com http://www.allhandsactive.com/events/line-following-workshop/ [map]

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 1, 3:30, 6:20, & 9 p.m. 

"Amour": Michigan Theater.

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(Michael Haneke, 2012). Drama set in Paris about 2 retired music teachers whose marriage is tested when the woman has an attack. French, subtitles.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: 10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7). 668-TIME. michtheater.org. [map]

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 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Fractious Federalism and the Future of Medicaid": U-M School of Public Policy Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy.

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Talk by Rutgers University public affairs & administration professor Frank Thompson.
1-2:30 p.m., 1120 Weill, 735 S. State at Hill. Free. 647-4091. [map]

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 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Make a Snowman Bookmark": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft activity for preschoolers through 3rd graders.
1-2 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]

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 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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Feb. 7, 14, 18, & 20. Readings by poets and writers. Feb. 7: Fiction reading by Elizabeth McCracken, a U-T Austin creative writing professor and award-winning author of four books. Her 1997 novel The Giant's House was widely praised for its quirky love story between a reclusive spinster librarian and a young patron isolated by the medical condition gigantism. Feb. 14: Award-winning Scottish poet John Glenday, also an addictions counselor, whose poems are noted for their concise and direct style, conversational tone, and surreal humor. "It's refreshing to discover a poet whose work is earthly, full of rivers and hills and islands, but where old ideas like 'love' and 'soul' have not been banished," write judges of the Griffin Poetry Prize, awarded to his 2009 poetry collection, Grain. Feb. 18: Sri Lankan author and playwright Sivamohan Sumathy and Brooklyn-based Sri Lankan performance artist YaliniDream. Sumathy--an English professor at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka--is the award-winning author of books on postcolonial literature and the women's movement, and has written, directed, and acted in numerous international plays. YaliniDream blends poetry, theater, South Asian and American music, and dance styles including ballet, modern, and corde lisse--acrobatics that involve a hanging rope--to explore issues related to the Sri Lankan diaspora, gender, and sexuality. Feb. 20: Acclaimed poet and 2011 National Book Award winner Nikky Finney, also an English professor at the University of Kentucky. Born in South Carolina to Civil Rights-activist parents, Finney writes poetry exploring personal experiences and African American political issues and figures. In her award-winning collection Head Off & Split, she is noted for her tender, sympathetic voice and exacting eye in poems whose subjects range from Condoleeza Rice and Rosa Parks to her own mother's dance at her wedding with the controversial S.C. senator Strom Thurmond, a racial segregationist.
5:10 p.m., UMMA auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-6330. [map]

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 5:30-7 p.m. 

Field Hockey Training Sessions.

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Weekly indoor winter (January-March) training sessions for high school aged and YOUNGER field hockey athletes. All skill levels welcome, even first timers. For more details check our website www.ferdelanchc.com
U of M Sport Coliseum, 721 S. Fifth St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. $38 per session ($35 per session, if you register for all 10). maren.langford@me.com. maren.langford@me.com www.ferdelancehc.com [map]

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 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

One FREE Ladies Only Zumba Class (new clients): Peachy Fitness.

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Peachy Fitness offers one FREE ladies only Zumba class to new clients. No gym membership is required. We offer class packages and students discounts.
Chapel Hill Clubhouse, 3350 Green Rd. 734-681-0477. info@peachyfitness.com www.peachyfitness.com [map]

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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Garden Talks: Saline Stone & Thistle Garden Club.

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Nov. 19: "Pink Flowers and Hats," a chance to decorate straw hats with silk flowers while watching 2 slide presentations.

Dec. 10: Christmas Potluck & Chinese Auction. Appetizers and a discussion of holiday decorating ideas (at 1375 Woodland Ct., Saline). Followed by a potluck dinner and $10 gift exchange (at 1357 Woodland Ct., Saline).

Jan. 21: "Our Trees and Their Needs," a talk by Tree Frog Tree Service owner Laura Bowman.

Feb. 18: "Landscaping Evolution," a talk by Simply Great Gardening owner Ginny Stobby.

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7 p.m., Saline Area Senior Center (except as noted on Dec. 10), 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-1107. [map]

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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Nonfiction Book Club: Barnes & Noble.

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All invited to join a discussion of a nonfiction book TBA. Refreshments.
7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]

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 7 p.m. 

"Pump Up the Volume": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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Allan Moyle's 1990 comic drama about an alienated high school student who starts an FM pirate radio station from his bedroom transmitter in the basement of his parents' house. Christian Slater.
7 p.m., 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]

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 7-8:30 p.m. 

"University Musical Society Night School" Ann Arbor District Library.

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Feb. 4 & 18. U-M musicology professor Mark Clague leads discussions about 100 years of UMS concerts at Hill Auditorium.

Feb. 4: Some of the great soloists-from Enrico Caruso to Cecilia Bartoli-who have performed at Hill.

Feb. 18: A March 16 concert by cellist Yo-Yo & the Silk Road Ensemble, and what the future might look like for concert performances at Hill Audiitorium.

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7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4255, 764-2538. [map]

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 7:30 p.m. 

Cocktail Class - Spring Break Cocktails: Tammy's Tastings.

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Get your passport stamped at several tropical ports as you taste cocktails from Jamaica, Brazil, Cuba and more. In keeping with our vacation theme, this class will feature a walk around format that will allow more time for socializing with friends and other attendees. Classes are hands-on, with lots of tasting opportunities.
The Last Word, 301 W Huron St. $35 in advance, $45 at the door. 734-276-3215. tammylc@gmail.com http://www.tammystastings.com/shop [map]

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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Dean Rogers: Ann Arbor Women Artists.

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Talk by this Novi portrait artist who works in colored pencil. Note: new location.
7:30 p.m., 4844 Jackson Rd., suite 100. Free. 996-2551. [map]

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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Michigan Botanical Club.

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SmithGroupJJR landscape architect Neal Billetdeaux discusses gymnosperms, an ancient group of vascular plants that produce seeds but not flowers, including pines, junipers, larches, hemlocks, spruces, and yews. With special emphasis on the biology and ecology of conifers native to Michigan.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free (metered parking). (810) 923-5860. [map]

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 7:30-9:30 p.m. 

Tartan & Thistle Scottish Country Dancers.

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Every Mon. Jigs, reels, and strathspeys. Usually with live music. All dances taught; dances this month are particularly beginner-friendly.
7:30-9:30 p.m., the Barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $5. 395-7782, 769-1052, 426-0241. [map]

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 8 p.m. 

Elephant Revival: The Ark.

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Feb. 17 & 18. Neo-traditionalist semi-acoustic music that incorporates elements of hip-hop, reggae, and psychedelia by this Colorado-based quintet that calls its music "transcendental folk." The band is currently showcasing material from its new 7-song EP It's Alive. Opening act is Birds of Chicago, an Americana ensemble led by singer-songwriters JT Nero of the Chicago rock 'n' soul band JT Nero & the Clouds and Allison Russell of the Canadian urban folk band Po' Girl. No Depression describes their eponymous debut CD as "songs like poetry set to some of the finest roots melodies that you'll ever hear."
7:30 p.m. (Feb. 17) & 8 p.m. (Feb. 18), 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]

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 8 p.m.  Free! 

Student Composers' Concert: U-M School of Music.

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Student performance of works TBA.
8 p.m., U-M Music School Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]

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