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. email@example.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
About 100 dealers and collectors offer guns, knives, ammunition, and other hunting equipment for sale, including antiques and collectibles. Concessions.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Admission $4. (517) 605-0624. [map]
The JCS is celebrating Tu B'Shevat with The Organization for Bat Conservation!
Where: Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor
2935 Birch Hollow Drive
When: Sunday, January 12, 2014
Time: 10:00am Sunday Service
10:45am Bat Program
The Organization for Bat Conservation will be coming to our school with live animals to teach us about the importance of bats and what we can do to protect these creatures. Please join us for this important and educational program!
Members - Free
Non Members - $5.00
Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor, 2935 Birch Hollow Drive. (734) 975-9872. firstname.lastname@example.org [map]
Release strain and tension on the back, neck and shoulders and strengthen the supporting muscles while releasing the hamstrings and supporting the knees and hips. This soothing practice is available to all levels and promotes immune function, mental acuity and overall well-being.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. email@example.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
Drop in and enjoy playing with your little one(s) (ages 6 months - 3 years welcome) in our cheerful safe play space. We will have lots of toys for all ages to play with. There's a slide, kitchen, ride-on toys and tons of other options. We'll even be bringing in the swings and Jump-a-roo for the little ones.
This is an open play session. Parents/caregivers supervise and socialize. Bring a friend, bring the kids and let them play while you get a chance to chat or meet new friends while you are here. A simple craft project will also be available. Coffee and snacks available for $1.You are welcome to bring your own snacks for your family (no peanuts/ peanut products please).
If you are bringing more than one child to play, please call our office at (734)973-1014 to pre-register or plan to pay at the door. Credit, checks and cash accepted.
NOTE: Drop in sessions will be canceled if Ann Arbor Schools are closed for inclement weather.
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk. $5. 734-973-1014. firstname.lastname@example.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
Join others who are recovering from or have recovered from religion and want to help others do the same. We are a group of people that know and understand what you are struggling with and can offer friendly social support in a non-threatening, understanding and relaxed atmosphere. We will share experiences and resources to help cope with and deal with problems related to leaving organized religion or living without any religion.
Whether you are thinking of leaving your religion, are already living religion free, or you just wish to support others, please come join us.
Participate in discussions, share your story, ask the questions that are on your mind, meet new people, make new friends and discover you're not alone in your search for secular beliefs.
Cost: Free, beverages and snacks are available for purchase.
Panera Bread, 777 North University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI. Free. email@example.com http://www.cfimichigan.org/events/calendar/ [map]
Every Sun. A weekly program open to all single adults interested in contemporary Christian topics, new ideas, personal growth, and social and physical activities.
Mar 2, 9, 16, & 30: First Presbyterian Church parish nurse Sandy Talbott presents a series of 4 talks on "Challenges for Aging Parents and Their Adult Children." Topics include "Aging: The Basics" (Mar. 2), "Resources for the Elderly" (Mar. 9), "End of Life Options and Decisions" (Mar. 16), and a Q&A with a panel of expert professionals who deal with the elderly.
Mar. 23: Singing Tree Garden (Detroit) organic farm co-owner Emily Brent discusses "Urban Gardening."
Apr. 6, 13, & 27: Former NASA scientist and physics professor Michael Bodner presents "Quantum Leaps of Faith," a series of talk on the relationship between science and theology.
Apr. 20: Festive holiday potluck in the Founders Room.
11 a.m., First Presbyterian Church Curtis Room (except as noted), 1432 Washtenaw. Free. 662-4466, ext. 43. [map]
Every Sun. All invited to a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Note: Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
11:15 a.m., Mitchell Field (Fuller Rd.) or just west of Fuller pool. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, 846-9418.
There's an old saying: "A book is like a garden carried in the pocket", and in our kitchen we say, "A potsticker is like an empty plate sitting at the table". This browned, then steamed treat is liked by "kids" of all ages! You'll make Pork & Scallion, Tofu & Ginger, Chicken & Mango Potstickers with a Soy Ginger Dipping Sauce. Tell the rest of your family to order out because these dainty two-bit appetizers will disappear before you realize it! But we will send you home with leftovers (feel free to bring a container) and a recipe packet. Register online up to 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
This class is for ages 6 and up with an adult.
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $65 for Parent + 1 child; $85 for Parent + 2 children. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
Every Sun. & Thurs. except Nov. 28. 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. 417-5547. [map]
Two 4-week reality based self defense classes will be offered at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor. 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.
Preregistration is required. $40 per 4-week session for JCC member, $50 per session non-member. Sign up for both classes and save $20
Students will learn techniques for:
Knife Attacks and Hold-ups
Chokes & Grabs
The Basics Class is geared for beginners and will be taught at a pace appropriate for all abilities (ages 14 and over). The Challenge Class (18 & over) will be for returning participants or individuals looking for a physically challenging, fast-paced environment. Workout attire is needed for both classes
Classes run Jan 12, 19, 26, and Feb 2. The Basics Class is 1-2:15, and the Challenge Class is 2:30-3:45
The Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. $40-$50 for 4-week session/per class. (734) 971-0990. email@example.com www.commandokravmagachelsea.com [map]
Every Sun. & Tues.-Fri., except Jan. 1. 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.).
6 p.m. (Tues.-Fri.) & 1 p.m. (Sun.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (Tues., free; Sun., $15 includes cards). 786-3746. [map]
(John Wells, 2013). Adaptation of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize-winning dark comedy about the painful reunion of the far-flung members of a dysfunctional family in response to its patriarch's mysterious disappearance.
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, michtheater.org. [map]
Pianist Christopher Harding, bass clarinetist Andrew Bishop, soprano Jennifer Goltz, and electronic musician Michael Gurevich-all U-M professors-perform works by Beethoven, Berio, Felder, and others.
1 p.m., U-M Music School Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
U-M Natural History Museum staff present a series of programs exploring the different strategies predators and their prey have evolved to cope with each other. Monthly topics include "Dining on Dinos: Long Necks, Sharp Teeth, Club Tails, Killer Claws" (Jan. 12), "Meals with Megafauna: Sabertooth Cats, Dire Wolves, Mastodons, and Man" (Feb. 9), and "Present Day Predators and Prey: Maintaining the Balance" (Mar. 9). For kids ages 6-12 accompanied by an adult.
1 p.m., Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0480. [map]
Michigan folklorist and storyteller Genot "Winter Elk" Picor, an EMU interpretive/performance studies grad student who is descended from the Huron-Wendat of Lourette, Quebec, presents a program of stories and songs with which the French voyageurs would entertain each other in their winter camps.
1-2:30 p.m., Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $5 (seniors age 60 & older, $4; members & kids under 12 with adult, free). Preregistration required. 794-6250. [map]
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]
Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Strategies for the Emotional Challenges of Parenting: Catherine Fischer, Support For Growing Families LLC.more >
Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Strategies for the Emotional Challenges of Parenting: Catherine Fischer, Support For Growing Families LLC.< less
Get a wonderful boost for your parenting with this 6 week class for parents of young children. Learn stress-reducing listening tools to help you: understand children's emotions; know what to do when children "lose it" (or you do!); set limits successfully, support close sibling relationships, lessen exhaustion, confusion and guilt as well as nurturing yourself and your connection to your children.
Catherine Fischer is a mother, birth and postpartum doula and former elementary teacher. She has over 10 years' experience using and teaching these skills and strategies. She loves supporting parents and respects and appreciates the hard work parents do to love their children well.
Please see website for more details and registration information.
Great Oak Cohousing Common House, 500 Little Lake Drive. $150 + $30 Materials fee. 734-395-5244. firstname.lastname@example.org www.supportforgrowingfamilies.com [map]
All invited to join a march from the Washtenaw County Courthouse to the Second Baptist Church on Red Oak. The program begins at 11 a.m. with a talk by EMU African American studies professor Ronald Woods on this year's theme, "Moving the Dream Forward, Sustaining the Gains." Refreshments.
2 p.m., meet at the Courthouse (Main at Huron) or get transportation from the church following the 10:45 a.m. service. Free. 663-9369.
A mix of classic jazz and blues by this Detroit trio led by drummer Spangler. They are joined today by Larry Smith, a veteran saxophonist with a reputation as an old-school keeper of the bebop flame with a flair for jazz ballads.
2-3 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
All invited to join an afternoon of shape note, or sacred harp, singing, a form of communal hymn singing that has its roots in colonial America. Songbooks available, but singers encouraged to bring their own.
2-5 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Free, but donations accepted for music scholarships. 678-7549, 761-1451. [map]
Intro to the concept of well-being. Ideas taken from the book, FLOURISH, by Martin Seligman. The workshop will provide some ideas for understanding happiness and well-bing as well as provide some tools for getting the most out of life. Seligman emphacizes how to look at life and see possibilities, rather than constraints.
While free, please call or e-mail to register.
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S. Main Street,. Free. 734-424-2797. email@example.com www.therapy4couples.com [map]
Jan. 12 (2-4 p.m.): "Winter Orienteering." A hike to learn to find your way through the woods in winter. Compass provided, or bring your own.
Jan. 19 (2-3 p.m.): "Michigan's Native Americans." Naturalist Endeavors (Columbiaville) owner Randy Baker gives a family-friendly presentation about the daily lives of the farmers and hunter-gatherers who inhabited Michigan before European settlers arrived.
Jan. 26 (2-3 p.m.): "Live Animals Encountered." Animals Encountered animal handler Larry Grudt presents a hands-on introduction to the adaptations that enable a variety of animals to survive in their different environments.
Feb. 9 (2-3 p.m.): "Circle of Life." Binder Park Zoomobile (Battle Creek) naturalists display a variety of live animals from Africa and discuss how all living things are connected.
Feb. 15 (10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mill Lake parking lot, follow the signs from the north end of Pierce Rd., north off I-94 exit 157): "Family Ice Fishing and Bonfire." All invited to watch an ice-fishing demo or try it yourself. Also, an area cleared for skating. Followed by a bonfire with hot cocoa and marshmallows to roast. Weather permitting.
Various times, Eddy Discovery Center lower parking lot (except as noted), Bush Rd. (west off Pierce Rd. from I-94 exit 157), Chelsea. $2 (families, $5). Space limited; preregistration required. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.
You are an Ecosystem: How the Microbiome Affects Your Health: Tranquil Being Healing Massage and Pregnancey Arts Center.more >
You are an Ecosystem: How the Microbiome Affects Your Health: Tranquil Being Healing Massage and Pregnancey Arts Center.< less
You are an Ecosystem: How the Microbiome Affects Your
Come join Rebecca Sornson, graduate of Bastyr University, for a two hour talk about the microbiome. Microbial life on the human body outnumbers human cells 10:1. During the Fall, Rebecca traveled to Africa to work with the Human Food Project, a group of scientists who are mapping the microbiome of people all over the world including the Hadzabe, a hunter-gatherer tribe, in Northwestern Tanzania. You will hear stories from Africa, receive diet and lifestyle suggestions from a microbial perspective and try tasty treats and recipes to feed your microbes!
Suggested donation $10-$25.
To Register: www.tranquilbeing.com/workshops
Questions: (810) 923-0547
Tranquil Being, 320 Miller Ave. Suite 185. Donation. 734-761-8753. www.tranquilbeing.com [map]
Jan. 8-12. Local actors perform A.R. Gurney's comic drama about a rich WASP family living in Buffalo in the 1930s and 40s. The play is performed in the style of readers' theater, with the cast reading from scripts while seated on a bare stage.
8 p.m. (Jan. 8-11) & 2 p.m. (Jan. 11 & 12), Mix Studio Theatre, 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. Tickets $12 (students and seniors with ID, $10; $4 discount for preshow dining at Haab's restaurant) in advance at emergentarts.com and at the door. 985-0875. [map]
Jan. 7-12. Award-winning Scottish playwright, performer, and director Rob Drummond stars in this darkly humorous theatrical magic show exploring the history of the notorious trick "bullet catch," an illusion in which a magician appears to catch a bullet fired directly at him. The show features levitation, games of chance, mind-reading, and storytelling, as Drummond-who wrote and co-directs the show with David Overend-relates the true story of William Henderson, a magician who died attempting the bullet catch trick in 1912. In the show's finale, an audience member is invited to perform the trick by firing the gun at Drummond. "Drummond's conjuring skills are genuine and very impressive but his ability to make a profound philosophical meditation into a hugely entertaining magic show is cleverer still because it is so subtly done," writes a Herald (UK) reviewer.
7:30 p.m. (Jan. 7-9), 8 p.m. (Jan. 10 & 11), and 2 p.m. (Jan. 11 & 12), Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. $40 (Jan. 7-9) & $50 (Jan. 10-12) general admission, in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]
Several local residents pose as books to tell the story of their personal spiritual journey. Participants "check out" a different "book" during each of three 20-minute sessions to learn about a different spiritual practice, religious belief, or turning point of faith.
2-4 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 E. Liberty. Free. 424-1535. [map]
Jan. 12 & 26. Docent-guided tour of the new exhibit of traditional photographs of trees juxtaposed with uniquely manipulated photos.
2 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
Slide-illustrated talk by club member Mike Dosey. Also, a discussion of the newest rose varieties. Q&A and refreshments.
2 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]
Freestyle, ice dance, and synchronized team skating in honor of National Skating Month. Followed at 3:15 p.m. by an open skate.
2:15-3:05 p.m., Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley. Free. 213-6768. [map]
U-M Middle Eastern and North African studies grad student Courtney Lesoon discusses how historical narratives and Islamic social structures can be reconstructed by considering artifacts like the ones in the current exhibit Fragments from the Past: Islamic Art from the Collection of the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.
3 p.m., UMMA Irving Stenn Jr. Family Gallery, 525 S. State. Free; preregistration required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. 764-0395.
Every Sat. & Sun., Jan. 11-Feb. 23. 20-minute interactive demo exploring the lives of owls and their role in the food chain.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
All invited to discuss The Gods of Gotham, Lyndsay Faye's novel, set in 1845 New York City, about a bar tender-turned-cop who tries to find a brutal killer.
3:30 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 769-2149. [map]
Postponed from January 5 to January 12 because of snow. The world-renowned local husband-and-wife duo of pianist Bolcom (also a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer) and mezzo-soprano Morris performs Bolcom's cabaret songs as well as their popular repertoire of classics and obscure gems of American popular song. A writer for the Chicago Sun Times calls them "the best thing to happen to American popular song since the invention of sheet music." Proceeds benefit KCH.
4 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $20-$50 (students, $15). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
(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]
Every Sun. All invited to try this boisterous, jingly English ceremonial dance thought to be descended from the 15th-century Spanish moresca. Wear athletic shoes.
6-8 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). Free. Email email@example.com to confirm. 717-1569. [map]
Led by Coral Rose of Unveiled Belly Dance and the Lunatic Vagabonds, this class combines belly dance movements with traditional fitness training to build your strength, stability, and balance. Class begins with conditioning and cardio, then continues on to the fundamental muscle isolations used in belly dance. The goal of this series is to build confident body posture and presentation as a foundation for movement though deep core strengthening, joint mobility, and isometrics.
The class is an excellent warm up for Belly Dance Technique and choreography, which immediately follows.
$12 for a single class
$75 for a seven week series
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. $12 - $75. 734-726-0353. firstname.lastname@example.org http://a2aviary.com/offerings/belly-dance-1/ [map]
Depressed or anxious moods cloud the joy of experiencing ourselves as perfect and whole. With or without a diagnosis heal with breath work, yoga postures and imagery to balance moods and awaken inner joy. Certified Teacher.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. email@example.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
Led by Coral Rose of Unveiled Belly Dance and the Lunatic Vagabonds, this class drills your dance fundamentals and teaches choreography both traditional and not so much. Class begins with structured sequences of basic moves to hone your form, then moves on to teaching choreography for a full routine. Over the seven week series, each step will be broken down and practiced until you have a finished number, and choreography for the course will change every two series. Students enrolled in the full series are invited to perform at LIFT OFF!
The Belly Dance Conditioning class immediately preceding is an excellent warm up for this class.
$15 for a single class
$90 for a seven week series
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. $15 - $75. 734-726-0353. firstname.lastname@example.org http://a2aviary.com/offerings/belly-dance-2/ [map]
One of the original architects of bluegrass, the 86-year-old Stanley has announced that this is his farewell tour. An ace clawhammer-style banjoist who also possesses one of the most stirring, starkly authoritative voices in all of country music, a sweetly lonesome, mournfully soulful tenor that's the perfect instrument for his repertoire of Appalachian folk ballads, blues, and gospel tunes--some of which he composed himself or in collaboration with his late brother, Carter Stanley. A longtime icon among folk and country musicians, Stanley gained the attention of mainstream audiences with his appearance on the Grammy-winning O Brother, Where Art Thou? sound track.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $75 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
Every Sun.All poets invited to compete in a poetry slam judged by a randomly chosen panel from the audience. Participants compete for points to qualify for an April 5 Slam-Off to determine the team that will represent Ann Arbor held in the National Poetry Slam on Oakland (CA) next August. The program begins with a brief poetry open mike and (usually) a short set by a featured poet.
8-11 p.m. (sign-up begins at 7:30 p.m.), Silvio's, 715 North University. $5 suggested donation. 985-0736. [map]
Every Sun.. Ballroom dancing to recorded music, including fox-trots, waltzes, cha-chas, rumbas, tangos, swing, and more. No partner necessary. Preceded at 7 p.m. by beginning lessons and practice.
8-10 p.m., Michigan Union Rogel Ballroom (Michigan League Ballroom on Apr. 20, Michigan League Vandenberg Room on Mar. 23, & Michigan Union Pendleton Room on Apr. 6 & May 4). $5 ($10 includes lessons). 763-6984. [map]