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Calendar of Events

Saturday, January 4, 2014






 
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 9:45 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Allen's Creek Flood Hazard Mitigation and the New Greenway": Gray Panthers of Huron Valley.

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Talk by Allen's Creek Watershed Group founding member Vince Caruso. Followed by discussion. Refreshments. The program begins with coffee & socializing.
9:45 a.m.-noon, U-M Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 973-5593. [map]
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 10 a. m.  Free! 

Saturday Morning Border to Border Ride: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sat. 22-mile ride, at various paces along the Border-to-Border Trail, from Ann Arbor Ypsilanti to decide where to eat lunch.
10 a.m., meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 545-0541. [map]
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 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Hands-On Holidays: Let It Snow!": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Dec. 26-Jan. 5. Family-friendly hands-on activities.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Mon.-Fri., except Jan. 1) & noon-4 p.m. (Sun. & Jan. 1), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $10 (members & infants, free) regular museum admission. 995-5439. [map]
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 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat., except Jan. 1. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.-midnight  Free! 

Remote-Controlled Car Racing: Washtenaw RC Raceway.

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Feb. 1 & 15 and Mar. 8. One of the largest regular gatherings of RC racers in the country features off-road dirt-track racing for stock and modified model electric trucks and buggies. Awards for the top three finishers in each class. Spectators welcome. Food concessions.
10:30 a.m.-midnight, Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Doors open at 8 a.m. Free admission. $16 to race. (517) 960-5252. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Spanish Playgroup: Manzanitas Spanish Immersion Preschool.

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Spanish stories and songs geared toward kids ages 6 months to 5 years, accompanied by a parent. Siblings welcome.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Manzanitas, 511 Miller. Free. (Park in the church lot off Chapin.) 369-6563. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Winter Fun for Kids": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Jan. 4 & 18. Programs led by Shawn Severance for kids ages 3-6. Jan. 4: "Let It Snow!" A chance to use magnifying glasses to explore the shape of snowflakes. Followed by a paper snowflake craft and a snack. If there's no snow, the program may be the same as the Jan. 18 program. Jan. 18: "Make a Winter Suncatcher." A hike followed by a chance to make a sun catcher out of materials found on the hike.
10:30 a.m.-noon, County Farm Park Field Operations Bldg., near the Platt Rd. entrance. Free; preregistration required. 971-6337, ext. 334.
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 10:45 a.m. 

Basic Yoga.

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This balanced practice uses traditional yoga posture and breath techniques to cultivate a balance of strength without tension, and calm clarity of mind and supports the immune, digestive and cardio-vascular systems, promotes healthy joints, and slows the aging process. Open to all experience levels.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. webguru@annarboryoga.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
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 11 a.m. and 1 & 3 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Teddy Bear Company.

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Group tours of the warehouse, with displays of both historical and CTBC bears. Also, display of antique toys in the Chelsea Toy Museum.
11 a.m. and 1 & 3 p.m., CTBC Warehouse, 400 N. Main, Chelsea. Free. 433-5499. [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Community Forum: K-12 Forced Learning' and Alternative Models: Acorn Glen Center for Self-Directed Learning.

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Come and learn about/discuss democratic education as a viable alternative for K-12 schooling. The Center for Self-Directed Learning is a new K-12 alternative education organization planned to open in September of 2015 on Miller Ave. in Ann Arbor. It is based on a democratic education model of the Sudbury variety; Seen as an alternative to compulsory schooling, AGCSDL's underlying principles are student freedom and responsibility, democratic management of the school by students and staff, and trust in the natural instincts of curiosity and exploration to drive learning. Refreshments will be provided. Children welcome. Off street parking for the first few. Saturday, January 4, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. Acorn Glen Cooperative Preschool,1547 Miller Ave. www.acornglen.org; danielle@acornglen.org; 734-585-5555
Acorn Glen Cooperative Preschool, 1547 Miller Ave. Free. 734-585-5555. danielle@acornglen.org www.acornglen.org [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Storytime: Literati Bookstore.

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Every Sat. 15-minute story time geared toward very young children.
11 a.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Storytime: Nicola's Books.

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Every Sat. An experienced storyteller spins yarns for kids age 7 & under. Also, after storytime on Jan. 11, a chance to meet and take pictures with Elephant and Piggie from Mo Willems' children's book series.
11 a.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 11:30 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows. The Sky Tonight (Sat. 11:30 a.m., Sat. & Sun. 1:30 & 3:30 p.m.) is an exploration of the current night sky. Impact Earth (Sat. 12:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show, narrated by astronaut Tom Jones, about meteors, meteorites, asteroids, and comets and the dangers they can pose to life on Earth. The Cowboy Astronomer (Sat. & Sun. 2:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show about a cowboy who has spent a lifetime studying the night sky and listening to star legends.
Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
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 Noon 

Draw Doubles: Local 101 Disc Golf Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to play disc golf at one of Hudson Mills Metropark's 24-hole courses. Beginners are paired with advanced players to create parity. Prizes. Discs can be borrowed at the park office.
Noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per player; free for spectators. $5 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]
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 2-2:45 p.m. 

Pete Siers Trio: Ann Arbor District Library.

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This local jazz ensemble led by drummer Siers performs selections from Krupa, its recent CD collection of music associated with the legendary swing era drummer Gene Krupa. With pianist Tad Weed and clarinetist Dave Bennett.
2-2:45 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 2:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to practice their juggling skills. Beginners welcome. Indoor location TBA in case of inclement weather.
2:30-5 p.m., U-M Diag. Free. 761-1115.
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 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: Chelsea Chess Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to join club members for blitz (5-minute) and untimed games. Some sets and clocks available; bring your own if possible.
3-5 p.m., Wendy's, 1640 Commerce Park, Chelsea. The meetings are held in the Pierce Park picnic shelter during the summer, usually from late May until after Labor Day. Free. 475-1583. [map]
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 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

Pittsfield Open Band: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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May 3 & 17. All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. Bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book if you have them.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. Free. 994-9307. [map]
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 3:45, 6:30, & 9:15 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 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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 4, 6:45, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Saving Mr. Banks": Michigan Theater.

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(John Lee Hancock, 2013). Dramatic biopic about Mary Poppins writer P.L. Travers' difficult childhood and relationship with Walt Disney. Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks.
Times TBA at michtheater.org (unless otherwise noted), 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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 7-11 p.m. 

1st Saturday Contra: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Drake Meadow calls international dances (7 p.m.) and contras (8 p.m.) to live music by 'Twas Brillig and the Mazel Toves. All dances taught; no partner needed. Bring flat, smooth-sole shoes. Also, a silent auction fundraiser (bring an unwanted holiday gift to donate, if you wish). Preceded at 5:30 p.m. by a potluck.
7-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. $11 (members, $10; students, $6). 662-9290, 769-1052. [map]
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 7 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

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.
7-11 p.m. (Thurs.) & 5-9 p.m. (Sun.), Espresso Royale, 322 S. State. Free. umich.edu/~goclub. [map]
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 7:30-9 p.m. 

"Drum 4 Wellness Circle": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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All invited to join a facilitated drum circle. Bring a drum or use one provided.
Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $5 suggested donation. 480-1219. . [map]
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 8-11 p.m. 

1st Saturday Contra: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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All dances taught; no partner needed. Bring flat, smooth-sole shoes. December, February, and March callers TBA. Jan. 4: Drake Meadow calls to music by 'Twas Brillig and the Mazel Toves. Preceded at 5:30 p.m. by a potluck (bring a dish to pass), silent auction, and an hour of international dancing.
8-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. Dec. & Feb.: $10 (members, $9; students, $5). Jan. & Mar.: $11 (members, $10; students, $5). 662-9290, 769-1052. [map]
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 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Bill Bushart: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Jan. 2-4. This Michigan native, named Best Comic in Detroit in 2010 by the Metro Times, specializes in wild, raunchy, politically incorrect, often hilariously demented stories and one-liners about everyday life. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 314 E. Liberty. $6 (Thurs.) & $10 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $8 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

The Yellow Room Gang: The Ark.

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In-the-round performances by this group of 8 award-winning veteran Michigan songwriters who get together regularly to share their new work. Members are David Barrett, Jim Bizer, Annie Capps, Kitty Donohoe, Jan Krist, Matt Watroba, and Michael Hough & David Tamulevich of the local duo Mustard's Retreat. The Yellow Room Gang's eponymous compilation CD features brand-new and older songs by each artist.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"A Midsummer Night's Dream": Dreamland Theater.

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Oct. 19 & 26 and Nov. 2, 9, 16, & 30. The Dreamland Puppet Troupe presents Dreamland owner Naia Venturi's adaptation, with both Venturi's marionettes and Patrick Elkins' shadow puppets, of Shakespeare's delightful comic fantasy about a jealous tiff between the king and queen of the fairies, and the mortals snared in their mischief. With a score by Andrew Bruce Mitchell II. This project was initiated when the Dreamland puppets were used in Arnaud Desplechin's Jimmy P.: The Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian, a nominee for the 2013 Cannes Film Festival Palm d'Or.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.), Dreamland Theater, 26 N. Washington St. Ypsilanti. $10 at the door only. 657-2337. [map]
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 8 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 performancenetwork.org & 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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 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 

"Serious about Salsa" Latin Dance Party: Dance Revolution.

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Jan. 4 & 18. High-energy dance party with salsa, merengue, bachata, and cha-cha dancing to music spun by a DJ. No partner necessary. Preceded by beginner (7 p.m.) and advanced (8 p.m.) salsa lessons.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main (above Elmo's). $5 ($8 includes lesson). (313) 808-0358. [map]
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