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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

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 7:30 a.m. 

Building Business Relationships Breakfast: Saline Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Great Networking Opportunity! Come meet and hear from members about their businesses and about what is going on in our community.
Brecon Village, 200 Brecon Drive, Saline. $12 pre registered Saline Chamber Members/ $15 all others. 734-429-4494. [map]

 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 

Grand Rapids ArtPrize--OLLI Travel: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+) at U-M.

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•8:00 a.m. Depart from Meijer's Parking Lot - Section I (Ann Arbor & Saline Road).
• Arrive at Frederik Meijer Gardens. Explore ArtPrize entries.
•Enjoy your cafeteria lunch at the Gardens. Lunch voucher provided.
•Depart for The B.O.B. (Big Old Building). Here there will be a large concentration of ArtPrize entries in a single place.
• Explore ArtPrize 2013! Your wristband will provide free passage on the Art Bus and ANY Rapid Bus ANY time it runs.
•Meet our group at the B.O.B. to board bus and return home.
•8:00 p. m. Approximate arrival home.
Meet at Meijer's, Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $87 includes dinner. 734-998-9351.

 9-10 a.m. 

Preschool Story Time: Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Every Tues. & Sat. For preschoolers, accompanied by an adult. Followed by an activity.
9-10 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30-11:30 a.m. (Sat.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]

 Noon-6 p.m.  Free! 

Thom Bohnert: Exhibit of drawings and sculpture.

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An exhibit of Thom Bohnert's drawings and sculpture opens at Yourist Studio Gallery on Tuesday, August 27 and runs through Friday, October 4, 2013, with an artist's reception on Friday, September 13, 2013 from 5 to 8 pm.
Bohnert brings a unique blend of engineering, poetry, and whimsy to his art, often combining wire armature, wet-looking clay fragments, and surfaces that reflect his deep understanding of clay and glaze chemistry. His evocative, archaeological forms challenge viewers to expand their thinking about the possibilities of clay as medium. Bohnert received an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1971 and has taught drawing and ceramics at Mott Community College in Flint for the past 40 years. His work is widely exhibited and published. Please visit for gallery hours.
The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.
Yourist Studio Gallery, 1133 Broadway. Free. 734-662-4914. [map]

 1-3 p.m. 

Intermediate and Advanced German, and Anti-Semitism: The Migration of the Cross to the Swastika--OLLI Study Groups: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+) at U-M.

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German class ($40) meets Tuesdays, Sept 24-Dec 17 at University Commons, 817 Asa Gray Dr.
The emphasis will be on speaking/conversation and reading. The textbook is "Themen aktuell, Kurcbuch 2" (ISBN #978-3-19-001691-4) and its workbook. The accompanying disks (ISBN #978-3-19=12691-7) are highly recommended. The reading is the Bertold Brecht play "Die Dreigroschenoper", an annotated edition. Renate Gerulaitis is professor emeritus of German Language and Literature at Oakland University.
Anti-Semitism class ($35) meets Tuesdays, Sept 24-Oct 8 at First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw.
We will discuss how the seeds of hate, initially sown by the Church after the crucifixion of Jesus, blossomed into extreme anti-Jewish violence throughout the ages and led to the murder of six million Jews by the Nazis during the Holocaust. Taught by Sid Lawrence.
University Commons (German) & First Presbyterian Church (Anit-Semitism), . $40 (German), $35 (Anti-Semitism). 734-998-9351.

 3 p.m.  Free! 

Quit tobacco support group for older adults-September 24: MHealthy - University of Michigan.

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Quit tobacco support group for older adults - September 24
This is a free support group led by MHealthy Tobacco Consultation Service and open to any adult over age 50 who has quit or is thinking about quitting tobacco. The group meets from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. on September 24 at the Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd, Suite C, in Ann Arbor. Sessions are informal and based on participant interests and concerns. Registration is not required. For more information about the support group, call 734-998-6222 or visit
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd, Suite C, in Ann Arbor 48105. Free. 734/764-0396. [map]

 3:30-5:30 p.m. 

Cranbrook Whole Foods Market Kids Club.

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Sept. 23: "Hunters of the Sky." A representative from Leslie Science and Nature Center shows and discusses a live bald eagle and two other raptors. Sept. 24: "Butterfly Tent." All kids invited to view butterflies in an outdoor tent.
3:30-5:30 p.m., Whole Foods, corner of Eisenhower & Ann ArborČ-Saline Rd. Free. 997-7500.

 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

SNRE JJR Lecture Featuring Steward Pickett: SNRE.

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Steward Pickett, an expert in the ecology of plants, landscapes, and urban systems, delivers the 2013 JJR Lecture as part of the School of Natural Resources & Environment's Dean's Speaker Series. The talk is titled "Changing Urban Realities and the Evolution of Urban Ecological Science."
Although much is made of the proportion of humanity that now lives in cities as a justification for urban ecological research, the changing nature of urbanization itself presents new opportunities for understanding human ecosystems. This presentation will present a new framework for urban systems in the global context, emphasizing global teleconnections, and contrasts in livelihood, lifestyle, and the local nature of specific urban ecosystems. Urban transformations in this complex context will be illustrated by trends in Baltimore, Maryland, and example data on the watershed function will be presented. The desire of jurisdictions in the metropolitan Baltimore region to become more sustainable driv
Dana Building, Room 1040, 440 Church Street. Free. (734) 764-2550. [map]

 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"American Foodways: The Jewish Contribution, 1660-2013": U-M Hatcher Grad Library.

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U-M Special Collections Library curator Jan Longone discusses the new exhibit (see Galleries).
4-5:30 p.m., 100 Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 764-3166. [map]

 4:15 p.m. 

"The Hunt": Michigan Theater.

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(Thomas Vinterberg, 2012). A lonely teacher struggling for custody of his son finds love but his luck is brutally reversed by an innocent little lie. Danish & Polish, 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]

 4:45-6:15 p.m.  Free! 

Michigan Marching Band Practice.

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Every Mon.-Sat. & game days (Sept. 7 & 14). The U-M's highly disciplined 200-plus-member marching band or sections thereof can be seen and heard practicing on Elbel Field. All are welcome to find a spot in the bleachers and get a sneak preview of upcoming halftime shows.
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (Sept. 2), 4:45-6:15 p.m. (all other Mon.-Fri.), 1-3 p.m. (Sept. 7 game day), & 7:30-9:30 a.m. (Sept. 14 game day), Elbel Field, Hill at Division. Free. 764-0582. [map]

 5-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Anonymous People" - free public screening: University of Michigan Collegiate Recovery Program; University of Michigan Counseling and Psychological Services; University of Michigan Students for Recovery; Dawn Farm, and the Washtenaw Alano Club.

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“The Anonymous People" is an important, inspirational, award-winning new documentary film about the millions of Americans in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. This free public reception and screening provides a unique opportunity to experience a moving, motivating testimony to the presence, power and diversity of recovery. While the face of addiction is familiar, the face of recovery has been hidden behind practical concerns of stigma, shame and anonymity. Recovering people among us are no longer willing to remain silent and let others define them. People in recovery are lending their voices and stories to a grassroots social justice movement that takes aim at changing the conversation from problems to solutions for America's top health problem. Public screenings of this film are shattering deeply embedded societal stereotypes and countering the stigma of addiction with hope and reality of long-term recovery. Reception 5:00 to 6:00pm; film 6:00 to 7:30pm.
University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School Auditorium, 915 East Washington Street. Free. 734-763-3933. [map]

 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

Aerial Silks: Basics: A2 Aviary.

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Aerial Silks, also known as Tissu or Ribbons, are a fabric apparatus hung from above that is climbed, wrapped around the body, and/or tied to create dramatic drops, poses and movements in the air. This class is designed for beginning aerialists to gain confidence and strength in the fundamentals of Aerial Silks. You will learn basic climbs and descents, how to apply foot locks, and work towards inversions.Strength makes it seamless! This is also an excellent conditioning class for established aerialists looking to hone their transitions and perfect their technique, without focusing on choreography.
$25 per single one hour class
Six student maximum
Drop in students are welcome, but registering online will guarantees you a spot in class!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $25. (734) 726-0353. [map]

 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Beginning Crochet:Granny Squares: Ophir Crafts.

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Come join us this Tuesday and learn the art of crochet.
Ophir Crafts features Fiber Arts Classes (crocheting, spinning and knitting) each Tuesday from 6-7:30 at our store, 2507 Jackson Ave. October classes are free, minimal cost for materials. Register at, or by emailing
Ophir Crafts, 2507 Jackson Avenue. Free. (734) 794-7777. [map]

 7-9:30 p.m. 

English Country Dancing: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Tues. except Aug. 27. 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.
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]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

John F. Buckley: Literati Bookstore.

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This U-M creative writing grad student reads from Sky Sandwiches, his 2012 poetry collection that explores the fickle nature of desire, which may lead us to seek both eternal salvation and a half-decent Italian sub.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

New Horizons Band.

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Bring a band instrument. Beginners are asked to call ahead to set up lessons.
7-8:30 p.m. (Tues.) and 1-2:30 p.m. (Thurs.), Liberty School band room, 7265 Saline-Ann Arbor Rd., Saline. Free. 429-1742. [map]

 7 p.m. 

Self Defense Classes: Commando Krav Maga Chelsea.

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On-going self defense classes using Commando Krav Maga (CKM) tactical techniques. CKM is a reality-based self-defense system utilized by Israeli Special Forces. Students learn the techniques needed to survive violent or aggressive encounters. The primary goal is survival.
The techniques are simple to learn and easy to remember during times of stress:
- Gun disarming
- Knife attacks
- Knife hold-ups
- Chokes & Grabs
- Ground survival
- Hand-to-hand combat
- Attack Psychology
Multiple classes are offered each week and private lessons are available.
Every Mon 730-9pm, Tue 7-8:30pm and Thur 7-830pm. Check our website calendar for class updates!
The instructor, Mike Trester, is a level 6 certified Commando Krav Maga instructor with 23-plus years of law enforcement experience, including over 18 years on the Special Weapons And Tactical team. He is one of 9 CKM instructors holding a level 6 or higher in the United States.
Commando Krav Maga Chelsea, 14495 N Territorial Rd, Chelsea. Monthly fee $60. 734-904-5003. [map]

 7 p.m. 

Team USA Under-18 vs. Michigan Warriors: USA Hockey National Team Development Program.

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The older of the of the 2 USA NTDP teams plays this North American Hockey League team. from Flint.
Cube, 2121 Oak Valley Dr. at Scio Church Rd. $7 (seniors, students, active military, & kids, $5; youth hockey players with jerseys, $1). 327-9251. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

"Beer vs. Wine": Vinology.

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4-course dinner prepared by Vinology chef Jim Leonardo. Each course is paired with a beer selected by a local beer expert and a wine selected by a Vinology wine expert. Attendees decide if the beers win out over the wines, or vice versa.
7-9 p.m., Vinology, 110 S. Main. $60 (plus tax & tip). Reservations required. 222-9841. [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Everyday Antiracism: Getting Real about Race in School": Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice Racial Justice Book Group.

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All invited to join a discussion of p. xiii through 73 of this collection of essays that address race and inequality in schools.
7-9 p.m., St. Aidan's Episcopal Church, 1679 Broadway. Free. Child care available with advance notice., 663-1870. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Identification and Treatment of Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents": Ann Arbor District Library Bright Nights Community Forum.

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Talk by U-M Pediatric Anxiety and Tic Disorders Clinic codirector Kate Fitzgerald. Followed by a panel discussion with U-M Depression Center staff.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]

 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

How to Support Recovery and Not Support Addiction: Dawn Farm.

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"How to Support Recovery and Not Support Addiction" will be presented by Charles F. Gehrke, MD, FACP, FASAM. When all else has failed - what does work when confronted with a loved one's addiction? What does not work? What can others do to help? What does not help? What role does an individual play in supporting another person's recovery process? These and other questions will be addressed in order to assist participants to find effective methods to successfully support another person's recovery, avoid enabling another person's addiction, and maintain their own health and well-being. This program is part of the Dawn Farm Education Series, a FREE series developed to provide accurate, helpful, hopeful, practical, current information about chemical dependency, recovery, and related issues. Anyone with a personal or professional interest is welcome.
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center Auditorium, 5305 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-485-8725. [map]

 7:30-9:30 p.m. 

Intermediate Wheel Throwing: Yourist Studio Gallery.

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New class at Yourist Studio Gallery begins today.
Expand your throwing skills and refine your finishing techniques in this intermediate level class. Lids, handles, and surface decoration using slips, stamps, and carving will be covered. We will also continue to focus on building strong throwing skills by working on wheel-thrown forms such as cups, mugs, bowls, and plates. Various glaze techniques and applications will be discussed as well.
Meets September 24 to November 5 from 7:30-9:30 pm. Class fee $179 for six weeks. Clay and studio time included. Instructor: Sarah Gelsanliter.
Visit to register. You can also call 734-662-4914 or drop by the studio at 1133 Broadway, Ann Arbor.
Yourist Studio Gallery, 1133 Broadway. $179. 734-662-4914. [map]

 7:45-8:45 p.m. 

Aerial Silks: Intro To Routine: A2 Aviary.

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Aerial Silks, also known as Tissu or Ribbons, are a fabric apparatus hung from above that is climbed, wrapped around the body, and/or tied to create dramatic drops, poses and movements in the air. This class will be an introduction to using the skills learned in Aerial Silks: Basics, along with more advanced poses, to work towards a complete aerial routine. Newer students will focus on building the endurance needed to spend several minutes in the air at a time, more advanced students will layer personal style, choreography, and refinement over the basics. All students will have the option to perform at our monthly showcase event, LIFT OFF. Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination - not to mention bruises in unusual places…!
$25 per single one hour class
Six student maximum
Drop in students are welcome, but registering online will guarantee you a spot in class!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $25. (734) 726-0353. [map]

 9-10:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Viewing Night": U-M Detroit Observatory.

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Sept. 9 & 24. 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., U-M Detroit Observatory, 1398 E. Ann at Observatory. Free. 764-3482. [map]

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