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Calendar of Events

Monday, May 13, 2013

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H2O Heroes Rain Barrel Sale: Huron River Watershed Council.

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The Huron River Watershed Council is offering rain barrels at a discounted rate! Save money now and later on your water bill!
Go on line to for the promo code. Then shop for and order your barrel at by May 13, 2013. Pick up is Saturday, May 18, 2013 9am-2pm at the Washtenaw County Road Commission
Washtenaw County Road Commission, 555 N. Zeeb Rd., Ann Arbor. $75 & $85.. 734-769-5123. [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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 9:30-11:30 a.m. 

Supervised Bridge Play Class: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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This class is designed for beginners and low intermediate players who wish to improve their declarer and defensive play. The class will run with students shuffling, dealing and playing 7-9 hands per session. Hands will be analyzed after completion to review the bidding, play and defense. Instructor will guide declarer on each hand as to the best plan and strategy to succeed. No book needed. Students may either pay for all 10 weeks at the start or pay as they go using the drop-in fee. It is highly recommended that students have some type of previous bidding class or experience. For more details, contact instructor Ray Gentz or the Ann Arbor Senior Center. Ann Arbor Senior Center member $100 / non-member $120. Drop-in fee is $10 member / $12 non-member per class.
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Bladwin Avenue. AASC members $100/$10; others $120/$12.. 734.794.6250. [map]
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 12:15 p.m. (2D) and 12:45, 3:45, 6:45, & 9:45 p.m. (3D) 

"The Great Gatsby": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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Screening of Baz Luhrmann's 2013 2D and 3D adaptations of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic novel. Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan. Joel Edgerton. Note: The May 10 6:45 screening is preceded at 6:15 by a performance by the Appleseed Collective, a popular young local acoustic quintet whose enchanting music is a flexible blend of lyric-based folk-rock with Dixieland, jug band, western Swing, bluegrass and gypsy jazz rhythms and harmonies, and the screening itself begins with a Betty Boop cartoon.
Various times, Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50). 3D screening tickets $13 (discounts available). 668-TIME. [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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 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

Planning for Long Life: UMHS Housing Bureau for Seniors.

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Long term care is not an easy subject to talk about. People tend to think they'll never need long term care. Unfortunately, when they do need it, they may not be prepared. Are you prepared?
Preparation means planning, and everyone needs a plan, just like you have planned for other major parts of your life. Learn what your chances are of needing care and what the options are for dealing with long term care, including the idea of long term care insurance. The first half of the session will be an educational presentation and the second half will be a question and answer period.
Hillside Terrace Retirement Community, 1939 West Jackson Avenue. Free. 734-998-9336. [map]
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 3:30 & 6:30 p.m. (dubbed) & 8:45 p.m. (subtitled) 

"From up on Poppy Hill": Michigan Theater.

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(Goro Miyazaki, 2011). Hand-drawn animated Japanese film about a group of teens who try to save their school's clubhouse from being demolished before the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
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). For complete, updated schedules, see or call 668-TIME. [map]
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 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

What Every Caregiver Needs to Know: UMHS Housing Bureau for Seniors.

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As our parents and our partners/spouses age and a serious illness or injury occurs, families are challenged to plan for their care either for the short term or long term. When planning for care of a loved one who is struggling with physical or cognitive impairment, you may need to address some difficult issues about their health care, finances, living arrangements, and personal care needs. Are you prepared? This workshop will discuss:
• Barriers to decision making - stressors and complications;
• Tools and resources for better decision-making;
• Community resources to maintain independence;
• Senior housing care options and costs; and
• Where to turn for help.
Speakers - Justine Bykowski, MA, Caregiver Services, University of Michigan Health System, Housing Bureau for Seniors and Barbara Zaret, LMSW, Assistant Director, University of Michigan Turner Senior Resource Center
Silver Maples of Chelsea, 100 Silver Maples Drive, Chelsea. Free. 734-998-9336. [map]
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 5-6 p.m. 

Sprout a New Habit: Weight Loss Challenge: GetFit Ann Arbor/A2 Turbos.

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10 Week Challenge Includes:
· Weekly Nutrition Education Classes
· 12 Physical Fitness Classes
· One-on-One Coaching
· Private Weekly Weigh-Ins
· Free Monthly Metabolism Tests
· Customized Nutrition Solutions
· Weekly Raffle Prizes & Fun Group Support
Only $35 to Register for the Entire 10 Weeks! The Ca$h Prize Pool will be SPLIT among the Biggest Losers! Past losers have won more than $300.
Come on, what do YOU have to LOSE?
Register today and SPROUT A NEW HABIT this SPRING!!
Get Fit Ann Arbor, 3830 Packard Rd, Suite 150, Ann Arbor, MI. $35. 240.388.2537. [map]
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 Evening time TBA 

"May Madness": Michigan Argentine Tango Club.

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May 10-13. Four nights of tango dance parties. Preceded by tango workshops.
Time & location TBA. $15 (students, $10).
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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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 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

Wine Tasting: The Wines of Spring at Ann Arbor Cooks!.

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With the approaching warmer days, the feeling regarding wine changes course toward the lighter, the refreshing, and the more subtle whites and rosés. One wants to leave behind the heavy reds and oaky whites, which have appeared on our tables during the winter months, not to mention some high octane Ports or sweeter treats; instead the slender beauties are welcomed back as harbingers of days of sunshine and poolside fun! Some of these wines also come in a pink shade, often scaring people scarred by their past frays with the dreaded white Zinfandel, but are nothing like those sweetish beasts. I will bring 3 svelte whites from different regions of the world, preferably regions close to bodies of water, and two dry rosés from the south of France (my favorites!). Come and experience the taste of Spring - I promise it will be fun! Register online 48 hours in advance at
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $55/person. 734-645-1030. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Health Talks: Nutritional Healing Center.

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May 1: Chiropractor Amanda Childress on "Detoxify." May 13: Nutritionist Kerry Cradit on "Lick the Sugar Habit." May 23: Cradit on "Harmonize Hormones."
7 p.m., NHC, 3610 W. Liberty. Free. 302-7575. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Garment Design": Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild.

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Clothing designer and pattern maker Christine Jonson discusses how to design garments using easy-to-fit stretch fabrics. Preceded at 6:30 p.m. by socializing.
7 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Liberty. Free. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Michigan at Antietam": Ann Arbor Civil War Round Table.

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Talk by MSU history professor Roger Rosentreter.
7 p.m., St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center, 5305 Elliott Dr. (off McAuley Dr. from Huron River Dr.). Free. (517) 750-2741. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Somewhere in Time Book Discussion Group": Dexter District Library.

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All invited to discuss a historical nonfiction book. Mar. 11: The Great Influenza, John Barry's book about the 1918 influenza pandemic. Apr. 8 & May 13: TBA.
7 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine St., Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]
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 7:30-9:30 p.m. 

Tartan & Thistle Scottish Country Dancers.

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Every Mon. except Memorial Day. 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. 

Suzanne Vega: The Ark.

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This gifted avant-folk New York City singer-songwriter is best known for her 1987 pop hit "Luka" and the oft-sampled "Tom's Diner." Her most recent collection of new material is Beauty and Crime, a collection of 11 songs about New York City that includes the acerbic take on male views of female beauty "Edith Wharton's Figurines," the sly Latin-tinged song "Pornographer's Dream," and "As You Are Now," a touching song for her college-age daughter. She's also released solo acoustic re-recordings of her first 4 albums. Opening act is Ari Hest, a young New York City singer-songwriter who writes literate, thoughtful, earnestly introspective songs on personal themes and whose vocal style has been described as a cross between James Taylor and Peter Gabriel.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $40 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office ( and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 9-10:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Viewing Night": U-M Detroit Observatory.

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May 13 & 28. All invited to peer at the night sky through antique telescopes. The Observatory dome can be opened only during mild, dry weather, so check to see if the event has been canceled due to weather conditions.
9-10:30 p.m. (May 13) & 9:30-11 p.m. (May 28), U-M Detroit Observatory, 1398 E. Ann at Observatory. Free. 763-3482. [map]
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