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Calendar of Events

Monday, March 25, 2013

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 8 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

The Henkel Physicians: A Family's Life in Letters: National Library of Medicine.

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The Henkel Physicians: A Family's Life in Letters features the National Library of Medicine's collection of the family correspondence of a remarkable family of doctors in 19th century Virginia. The letters document the working lives of the Henkel physicians as they share medical cases, professional rivalries and the experience of the Civil War.
Taubman Health Sciences Library, 1135 Catherine St. Free. [map]
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

The Looking Glass Self Art Exhibition: EMU Women's History Month 2013.

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Felicity Baker, Eastern Michigan University
An exhibit of self-portraits that were created by women in the community to evaluate their self-identity as well as their perspective of others. Through visual imagery women artists and viewers can connect on an emotional level instead of focusing on physical differences of age, race, ethnicity, gender or socioeconomic status.
Student Center 330, 900 Oakwood St Ypsilanti, MI 48197, Ypsilanti. Free. [map]
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Chelsea Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 35-45 or 55-65 miles, to either Stockbridge, Grass Lake, Napoleon, Munith, or Pleasant Lake.
9 a.m., meet at Aberdeen Bike & Fitness, 1175 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. (517) 285-6830. [map]
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 10:30 & 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Spring Story Times: Dexter District Library.

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Every Mon.-Thurs., Mar. 25-May 16. Includes toddler story time (Mon., Wed., & Thurs. 10:30 a.m.) for ages 18 mo.-3 years, preschool story time (Mon. & Thurs. 11:30 a.m. and Tues. 1 p.m.) for ages 3-5, and a combined toddler/preschool story time (Wed. 11:30 a.m.).
Various times, DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required beginning Mar. 11. 426-4477. [map]
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 11 a.m.-1 p.m. & 1:30-4:30 & 5:15-8 p.m.  Free! 

Easter Bunny: Briarwood Mall.

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Daily, Mar. 8-30. A chance to visit the Easter Bunny. Pet photos with the bunny Mar. 10 (6-8 p.m.). Pets must be on a leash or in a carrier and weigh less than 60 pounds.
11 a.m.-1 p.m. & 1:30-4:30 & 5:15-8 p.m. (except Sun., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. & 3-6 p.m.) Briarwood Sears seating area. Free. 769-9610. [map]
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 1-2:30 p.m. 

Introduction to Organic Gardening: Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living.

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Donald Schweim, a community gardener with 20+ years of gardening experience, will try his best to answer all of your organic gardening questions! Special emphasis will be on how to adapt gardening techniques to make them accessible!
Interested gardeners will learn about companion planting, organic pest control, fertilizer and more! Participants can also suggest subjects that they are interested in learning more about. All ages and abilities are welcome!
Mondays: March 25th, April 8th, April 29th, May 13th, June 3rd, from 1-2:30 pm.
There is a $4.00 registration fee for the series of classes. Limited need based scholarships, are available.
Please register for the class by contacting Ava at, or at 734-971-0277 x-55. Interested participants MUST register by March 20th!
Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living, 3941 Research Park Drive. Donation. $4. (734) 971-0277 ext. 55. [map]
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 3 p.m. 

"Brooklyn Castle": Michigan Theater.

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(Katie Dellamaggiore, 2012). Documentary about a junior high school champion chess team.
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. [map]
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 3:30, 6:20, & 8:40 p.m. 

"Barbara": Michigan Theater.

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(Christian Petzold). Drama set in 1980s East Germany about a doctor who's banished to a small country hospital after applying for an exit visa. German, 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. [map]
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 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Disputed Pasts, Troubled Presents: Exploring the Entwined Histories of Armenians, Kurds, and Turks": U-M Armenian Studies Program.

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Talks U-M history professor Ronald Suny and Istanbul Bilgi University political science Professor Ayhan Aktar.
4-6 p.m., 1636 SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 763-0622. [map]
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 5 p.m.  Free! 

"Paved Country Roads Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon. Fast-, moderate-, and slow-paced training ride, 18-24 miles, along country roads west of town.
5 p.m. (Apr. & Oct.), 5:30 p.m. (May), & 6 p.m. (June-Sept.), meet at Pine Cross Ln. east off Parker Rd. (between Jackson & Liberty), Scio Twp. Free. 426-5116. [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
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). [map]
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 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

Line Dancing: Saline American Legion.

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Every Mon., Mar. 11-May 20 (except Mar. 18). Saline dance instructor Mary Jane Ormsby leads beginning (6:30 p.m.) and experienced (7:30 p.m.) dancers. With recorded oldies, Latin, and country music. First-timers are asked to call ahead.
6:30-8:30 p.m., American Legion Hall, 320 W. Michigan Ave., Saline. $7. 429-4840. [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. [map]
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 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

Wine Tasting: Que Syrah Shiraz at Ann Arbor Cooks!.

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One of the grapes which is now considered a noble grape is the Syrah from the northern Rhone. This grape can and does make wines which can age forever, becoming more and more majestic as time passes on. This vine is quite productive and hardy, which has allowed it to travel to many places in the world where it thrives. I will bring five examples of Syrah from all over the world, including the obligatory northern Rhone and Australian bottlings. The USA will also be represented. Come enjoy the many manifestations of this regal grape. Register online 48 hours in advance at
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $55/person. 734-645-1030. [map]
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 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Why Give?": Dexter District Library.

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Michigan author Rodney Gasaway discusses his new book, Why Give?, a collection of essays and interviews about giving and philanthropy.
6:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Michigan Youth Ensembles: U-M School of Music.

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Anthony Elliott conducts the Michigan Youth Jazz Improvisation Ensemble and the Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra. Program TBA.
7 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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(Peter Jackson, 2002). Adaptation of the 2nd volume of Tolkien's epic fantasy adventure trilogy.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50.) 668-TIME. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Cocktail Class - Flips, Fizzes, Sours and Nogs: Tammy's Tastings.

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Many classic cocktail recipes call for the addition of an egg white or even a whole egg. While this might seem odd at first, you'd be surprised how much difference (in a good way) it can make. We'll do some side by side comparisons, and discuss technique tips for getting the best foam. 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. [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.  Free! 

Jazz Residency Performance: Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts.

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AASPA performer-in-residence Ingrid Racine, a local jazz trumpeter, performs with the student jazz combos she's been instructing for the past week.
8 p.m., Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Free, but donations accepted. 213-2000. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Martha Wainwright: The Ark.

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Rufus's younger sister, Martha Wainwright is a pop-folk singer-songwriter with a clear, piercing voice whose songs blend rich, supple melodies with an engaging variety of moods and emotions.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $21 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office ( and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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Science camp for kids ages 6-14
Motawi Tileworks
Esquire Interiors Ann Arbor MI
Top of the Lamp, Ann Arbor's locally owned lighting specialty store.