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Calendar of Events

Monday, December 9, 2013






 
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 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Tiny Tots": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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A program of hikes, storytelling, songs, puppets, and crafts for kids ages 1-3 (accompanied by a caregiver). Snacks provided; dress for the outdoors.

Sept. 9: "Animals Use Their Senses Too!" Explore how animals use their senses.

Oct. 7: "Fall Fun." Explore the changes taking place in Black Pond Woods and all around LSNC through games, crafts, and outdoor activities.

Nov. 11: "Shapes in Nature." Explore the LSNC trails and visit its resident critters to learn about geometric shapes found in nature.

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10-11:30 a.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. $7 per child. 997-1553. [map]
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 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Tiny Tot Time: Creatures of the Night": Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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All kids ages 1-3 (accompanied by a caregiver) invited to examine nocturnal animals in the daylight. Snacks provided; dress for the outdoors.
10-11:30 a.m., Leslie Science Center, 1831 Traver. $7 per child. 997-1553. [map]
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 3 p.m.  Free! 

Orpheus Singers: U-M School of Music.

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Grad students conduct this music student ensemble in C.P.E. Bach's Magnificat and Mozart's "Vesperae Solennes de Confessore."
3 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 3:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Lego Club": Chelsea District Library.

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All kids ages 5-12 invited to play with the CDL Lego collection to see what they can make.
3:30-4:30 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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 4:15 & 9:15 p.m. 

"The Happy Sad": Michigan Theater.

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Rodney Evans (2013). 2 young couples-one black and gay, the other white and heterosexual-find their lives intertwined as they explore their sexual identity.
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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 4:30, 6:45, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Philomena": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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Screening of Stephen Frears' 2013 drama about a world-weary journalist who investigates the story of a woman's search for her son who was taken from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent. Judi Dench.
Times TBA at michtheater.org, Michigan Theater. $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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 6 p.m. 

Bookmaking Class: Ophir Crafts.

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Learn to make your own journal or diary in this 2 hour workshop taught by Pamela Stewart-Fulton.
Ophir Crafts Store, Westgate Mall, 2507 Jackson Rd.,. 734-794-7777. ophircrafts@gmail.com ophircrafts.com [map]
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 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Community Health Fair: Saline Recreation Center.

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Health screenings and a chance to chat with area health specialists.
6-8 p.m., Saline Recreation Center, 1866 Woodland Dr. E., Saline. Free. 429-3502. [map]
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 6-7:30 p.m. 

Partner Acrobatics: Ringstar Studio.

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Partner Acrobatics (often referred to as AcroYoga, or Acro) offers an exploration into partner dynamics, through balance postures and movement. We will be working on supporting (basing) and flying in a variety of postures, learning how to use (as well as develop) strength, stability and balance. Each class will offer a focus on different moves, allowing you to slowly build up your repertoire.
If you have never tried anything like this, don't worry, this class is meant to be for everyone. We will gladly walk you through the basics. Now remember, this class is all about having fun and possibly learning something about yourself in the process. It will be available on a drop-in basis, until there is enough interest to develop into a progressive series. The cost will be $15/class, or $50/month. You can come solo, or with a partner. For more information, please check out the listed website.
Ann Arbor Ringstar Studio, 3907 Varsity Dr, Ann Arbor MI 48108. $15. connor@connorotto.com www.a2ringstar.com [map]
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 6:30pm-7:30pm 

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. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/aerial-silks-basics-conditioning/ [map]
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 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Wine Tasting: 'Tis The Season to be Bubbly!.

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Bubbles, bubbles, and more bubbles! It is time to start thinking about bubbles--or if you are like me--you always do. I don't see a reason why we cannot enjoy the pleasure of sparkling wines on a regular basis, but the truth is than in this culture of ours these wines are mostly saved for special occasions and holidays. It has been scientifically proven that sparkling wines make you happier faster than still wine, and for these family times approaching us, one needs that type of merriment. I want to bring five different examples of dry sparklers from all over the map, with some good values mixed in with the real deal--Champagne (do not expect any sweet sparklers this time). More and more sparklers have been invading the US because their popularity is soaring and I am lucky enough to get to taste plenty samples once in a while. Come explore the world of bubbles with me! Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $45/person. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Annual Member's Moment Night": Ann Arbor Civil War Round Table.

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Club members show and briefly discuss various Civil War-related items, including diaries, photographs, weapons, uniforms, paintings, and more. Previous highlights have included a set of very rare engraved slave tags and a stirring performance of period songs.
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. 

"Bad Santa": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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Screening of Terry Zwigoff's 2003 comedy about 2 professional thieves who take a job as a mall Santa as a cover for a heist. Billy Bob Thornton, Bernie Mac, Lauren Graham.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. $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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 7:30 p.m. 

Cocktail Class: Holiday Cocktails: Tammy's Tastings.

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Spice up your holiday entertaining with some seasonal cocktails. You'll create your own house champagne cocktail, explore the world of warm drinks like hot toddies and mulled wine, and have fun with nogs and flips.
Cafe Felix, 204 S Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. $35. 734-276-3215. tammylc@tammystastings.com tammystastings.com/shop [map]
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 7:30 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. ckmchelsea@gmail.com www.commandokravmagachelsea.com [map]
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 7:30-9:30 p.m. 

Tartan & Thistle Scottish Country Dancers.

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Dec. 2, 9, & 16. Jigs, reels, and strathspeys. Usually with live music. All dances taught; beginners welcome.
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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 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. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/aerial-silks-level-1/ [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder: The Ark.

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Skaggs is widely recognized as a crucial figure in keeping alive a popular awareness of and appetite for traditional country music. A member of Ralph Stanley's bluegrass band at age 15, Skaggs also served apprenticeships with the Country Gentlemen, J.D. Crowe, and Emmylou Harris before setting out on his own in 1981 with Waiting for the Sun to Shine, an LP that produced 2 number-one country hits. A virtuoso on guitar, mandolin, fiddle, and banjo, Skaggs possesses a classic high, hairy tenor that lends even songs on contemporary themes a traditional resonance and depth of feeling. His recent CDs return to the sound of his pioneering bluegrass-country fusion hits of the 1980s. He performs tonight with his superb band, Kentucky Thunder. Skaggs' Ark shows usually sell out in advance.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $40-$60 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and the ark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Orchestral Singing": University Philharmonia Orchestra.

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Christopher James Lees conducts this music student ensemble in works by composers who specialize in vocal music, including Schubert's Unfinished Symphony, Rossini's Concerto for Bassoon & Orchestra with U-M bassoon professor Jeffrey Lyman, and Strauss's lavish and colorful Der Rosenkavalier Suite.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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