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Calendar of Events

Thursday, December 19, 2013

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 9:30-11:30 a.m. 

French Classes - Ann Arbor Senior Center - All Ages - Bilingual Instructor: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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The Ann Arbor Senior Center offers French classes, the next 8-week series starts Wednesday November 20th for the Advanced and Intermediate Classes, and Thursday November 21st for a newly added beginners class. Cost is $50 for Senior Center members and $60 for non-members. Classes run for 8 weeks. Please register in advance to 734 794-6250.
Advanced French Class
Wednesdays from 9:45am to 11:15am (next series starts November 20th, runs for 8 weeks)
Text used: "L'edtudiant etranger" by Philippe Labro
Intermediate French Class
Wednesdays from 12:15pm to 1:45pm (next series starts November 20th, runs for 8 weeks)
Books used: "Great French Short Stories of the Twentiesh Century" translated by Jennifer Wagner; "The Ultimate French Review and Practice", 2nd edition by David Stillman & Ronni Gordon
Beginning French Class - **New Class
Starts Thursday November 21st 9:30am to 11:00am (runs for 8 weeks)
Text used: "French Made Simple" by Pamela Rose Haze
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. $50. 734 694-6250. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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Every Tues. & Thurs., except Dec. 24 & 31. Linda Zimmer reads stories for kids age 6 & under.
6 p.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Thurs.), Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]
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 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

Temple Beth Emeth Spirituality Book Club.

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Dec. 17 & 19 (choose one). All invited to discuss Stephen Mitchell's A Book of Psalms: Selected and Adapted from the Hebrew.
7-8 p.m. (Dec. 17) & noon-1 p.m. (Dec. 19), TBE, 2309 Packard. Free., 665-4744. [map]
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 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art: U-M Hospitals.

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Dec. 5: Traditional klezmer music by the Ann Arbor Klezmer Trio. Dec. 12: Seasonal tunes by the Dodworth Saxhorn Band. Dec. 19: Holiday harmonies by the local band Counterpoint.
12:10 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]
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 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"International Tea Party": International Neighbors.

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All area women invited to a tea party to view and sample a variety of tea customs from around the world. Adults only; no strollers allowed. Nursery care provided for preschoolers.
1-2:30 p.m., Westminster Presbyterian Church social hall, 1500 Scio Church Rd. Free. Reservations required by Dec. 13 by emailing inday@international-neighbors-org. 995-1645. [map]
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 2-10 p.m.  Free! 

Build Day!: All Hands Active.

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Makers gather here at the AHA! Shop. We take our world and play with it like legos. Mixing and matching recipes of life like a top chef with a picky client. A dash of electronics, a pinch of art, a scoop of biology and a MONSTER amount of awesome.
Have a project? Bring it down! We can provide:
- Basic Hand Tools (Screwdrivers, hammers, files, wrenches, scissors, knives)
- Safety Equipment (Goggles, Gloves, Masks)
- Power Tools* (Drill, Reciprocating Saw, Dremel, Drill Press, Lathe)
- XYZ Tools** (3D Printer, Laser Cutter, CNC Mill)
- Awesome (Sewing Machines, Needles, Thread, Glue Guns)
- And a whole lot more.
Don't have a project? Come down and WATCH AMAZING THINGS HAPPEN. You'll learn something, and maybe help someone else out!
* You must demonstrate knowledge / safety precautions before using
** Require you to take a class. Though there's a good chance you can find someone down there on a build night that can do the job for you. Offer to buy them a beer (AFTER), or c
All Hands Active, 525 E. Liberty. Free. Donation. (734) 707-8242. [map]
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 2-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Free HIV Testing: S3 Safe Sex Store and HIV/AIDS Resource Center.

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Free HIV testing is available at S3 Safe Sex Store every Thursday until 8:00 p.m.
Testing is performed by HARC staff.
Walk-ins welcome, or call to schedule an appointment. Test takes approximately 20 minutes.
S3 Safe Sex Store, 1209 South University. Free. 734-741-1434. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

Open House: WomanSafeHealth.

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Thursday, October 24, 4:00-5:00 PM
You are invited to meet Dr. Elizabeth and other staff, tour the WomanSafeHealth office and have your questions answered. This monthly opportunity also includes complimentary refreshments and a chance to privately meet any of the practitioners present. There will also be a free acupuncture demo with Stephanie Macey, RN, MSOM.
Please call 734-477-5100 or email us at with any questions.
WomanSafeHealth, 2340 E. Stadium Blvd. Suite #8. Free. 734-477-5115. [map]
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 4, 6:45, & 9:45 p.m. 

"Nebraska": Michigan Theater.

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(Alexander Payne, 2013). An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son to claim a million-dollar sweepstakes prize.
Times TBA at, 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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 4:15 p.m.  Free! 

Caldecott Club: Saline District Library.

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Kids in kindergarten and 1st grade invited to listen to picture books, discuss the art and words, and vote for a favorite. Snacks.
4:15-5 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]
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 4:20, 7:10, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Kill Your Darlings": Michigan Theater.

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(John Krokidas, 2013). Dramatic biography about the Beat poets and a 1944 murder that brought them together. Daniel Radcliffe.
Times TBA at, 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. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Sun. & Tues.-Fri., except Dec. 24, 25, & 31. All invited to compete in tournaments of this popular collectible card game using standard constructed (Fri.), modern constructed (Thurs.), Elder Dragon Highlander (Tues.), Legacy (Wed.), and booster draft (Sun.) decks. Prizes. Bring your own cards (except Sun.).
1 p.m. (Sun.) & 6 p.m. (Tues.-Fri.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (Tues., free; Sun., $15 includes cards). 786-3746. [map]
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 6-7 p.m.  Free! 

"'Twas the Week Before Christmas Storytime": Chelsea District Library.

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CDL storytellers present a program of holiday stories, songs, fingerplays, and crafts for kids ages 3-5 accompanied by a parent.
6-7 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistraation required. 475-8732. [map]
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 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

Hula Hoop: A2 Aviary.

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Hoop Dance is a cardio based workout that uses many different muscles of the body. It challenges both the mind and body while you learn moves that require skill, balance, and technique. "Hooping" is fun and challenging and will leave you wanting more.
Please wear comfortable clothing and of course bring your hoop. There will be a limited number of hoops available for those who don't have one.
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $12. (734) 726-0353. [map]
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 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor East & West Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Thurs. through Dec. 19. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes. Snacks provided. Rain/show or shine.
6:30 p.m., Running Fit, 3010 Washtenaw (548-6299) or 5700 Jackson (929-9022). Free. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

ACBL Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.

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Every Thurs. except Dec. 26. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. No partner required.
7 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $7. 761-6691. [map]
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 7 p.m.-midnight 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play what's regarded as the world's most difficult board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
1-6 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m.-midnight (Thurs.), Espresso Royale, 322 S. State. Free. [map]
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 7-8 p.m. 

Gale Benson and Jessica Ryder: The Mix.

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Thursday 7-8 PM - An acoustic performance (without amplification) of jazz inspired song renderings and improvisation by guitarist Benson and vocalist Ryder.
The Mix, 128 W Michigan, Ypsilanti. Donation. $5. 734-961-8704. [map]
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 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]
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 7 p.m. 

Three Men and a Tenor: Encore Musical Theatre Concert Series.

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Dec. 17-19. This popular Lansing-based quartet presents their "Ha Ha Holiday Show," a mix of comedy and music in a holiday-oriented program of a cappella original tunes and arrangements of popular songs.
7 p.m., Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $25 in advance at and at the door. 268-6200. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Introduction to Meditation and Christian Mysticism": Center of Light.

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Join us for this 6-week introductory course designed for modern-day mystics. Classes include teachings on the inner spiritual path, meditation, soul, light, prayer and blessing. Classes offered on an ongoing rolling basis, join us when you can.
Ann Arbor Center of Light, 200 Huronview Blvd. (N. Main just before Hwy, on left). Free. 734-330-5048. [map]
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 7:30-10 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Ski Club.

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Dec. 5 & 19. All invited to learn about the club's downhill and cross-country ski and snowboarding outings and other social activities. Refreshments. Must be 21 or older. The Dec. 19 meeting is followed by a holiday dance with a DJ. Bring an unwrapped toy to donate.
7:30-10 p.m., Cobblestone Farm barn, 2781 Packard. $5 (members, free). 786-2237. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"Jerry's Girls": Performance Network Professional Season.

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Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Nov. 28), Nov. 14-Jan. 5, and Nov. 27. Carla Milarch directs Jerry Herman and Larry Alford's Tony-winning 1985 musical, a cabaret-style revue with large-scale production numbers, tap dancing, and a bit of drag showcasing songs from Herman's musicals, including Hello Dolly!, Mame, La Cage aux Folles, Mack and Mabel, and others. Stars Naz Edwards.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs. & Nov. 27), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.), & 3 p.m. (Nov. 30 & Dec. 14), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (Nov. 14), $24 & $26 (Nov. 15 & 17), $30 & $32 (Nov. 16), and $22 & $24 (Nov. 21). Nov. 22 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After Nov. 22: $27 & $29 (Thurs.), $34 & $36 (Fri. & Sun.), $27 & $29 (Sat. matinee), $39 & $41 (Sat. eve.). $3 discount for seniors age 60 & over. Tickets available in advance at & by phone, and at the door. $10 student discount in advance, half-price student tickets at the door only. For reservations, call 663-0681; to charge by phone, call 663-0696. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Songs of the Season": Ypsilanti Community Choir.

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Ariel Toews-Ricotta directs the choir in a program of holiday songs, highlighted by Britten's A Ceremony of Carols, with harpist Ruth Myers. Preconcert and intermission music by the local jazz quintet Freighthouse Five.
7:30 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. 481-9285. [map]
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 7:45- 8:45 p.m. 

Lyra (Aerial Hoop): A2 Aviary.

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The Lyra (also known as the aerial hoop, aerial ring or cerceau) is a circular steel apparatus, resembling a hula hoop. It is suspended from the ceiling and can be used static, spinning, or swinging. This class is designed for beginning aerialists to gain confidence and strength in the fundamentals of Lyra. You will learn to get on and off the apparatus unassisted, as well as seated and under the bar poses.
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.
Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination - not to mention bruises in unusual places…!
$25 per student
Six student maximum
Drop in students are welcome, but registering online will guarantee you a spot in the class!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $25. (734) 726-0353. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Christmasville: A Holiday Vaudeville: Emergent Arts at The Mix Studio Theater.

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Christmasville will feature a variety of comics, singers, bad jugglers, acrobats (well sort of) and other holiday eccentrics, as well as the premier of the play-let No Room At The Big Sleep Inn. Khurum Sheikh will MC, and many of the best comics from past shows at The Mix Studio will make one or more appearances, including Marty Smith, Larry Donnelly, Germaine Gebhard, Washboard Floyd, James Boyd, as well as The Flying Zucchini Brothers, Polyethylena from The Ballet Plastique, Pope Tamers Rodrigo and Bert, and Doctor Thuddersplatt the International Orator and Geritologist.
The Mix Studio Theater, 8 N. Washington Street, Ypsilanti. $12 and $10. (734) 985-0875. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Finvarra's Wren: The Ark.

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Traditional Irish, Scottish, English, and Celtic-American dances and carols by this Detroit-area multigenerational quartet led by singer-guitarist Jim Perkins. With Cheryl Burns on bodhran and mountain dulcimer, Alison Perkins on fiddle and whistle, and Asher Perkins on button accordion and concertina. Tonight's show, "Winter Solstice Celebration," features wassails, stories, and music with midwinter themes.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office ( and the, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Nate Fridson: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Dec. 19-21. Smart, edgy observational humor by this young Detroit comic who specializes in probing autobiographical anecdotes. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 314 E. Liberty. $8 (Thurs.) & $11 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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