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Calendar of Events

Monday, January 13, 2014

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 10-11:30 a.m. 

Drop In Play: Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor.

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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.
Coffee and healthy snacks available for $1 each.
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.
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk. $5 per child. 734-973-1014. [map]
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 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Weekly Rehearsal: Women's Chamber Chorus.

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Every Mon., Sept,. 8-Dec. 8. All invited to join this independent 30-member local women's chorus to sing everything from Bach and Hungarian folk songs to madrigals and pop tunes. David Perample directs.
10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., West Side United Methodist Church, 900 S. Seventh. Free to visitors ($115 per semester dues for those who join). 665-9271. [map]
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 10 a.m. 

Yoga for Mamas with Joy Van Bael

Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga: Hygeia Center for Healing Arts.

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Gentle yoga poses combined with breath are taught to support the changes that occur during pregnancy, labor and delivery, and the postpartum period. Prenatal mamas and mamas and babies 12 months and younger are welcome.Instructor: Joy Van Bael
Yoga for Mamas meets Monday mornings 10:00 am to 11:30 am.
Single Class (space permitting)- $18, 10-class pass - $145, 5-class pass - $80.
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. 5th Ave. $145 - 10 class pass. 734-769-6100. [map]
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 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Knitting: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon. All ages invited to bring knitting projects to work on. Lunch available at 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. ($5.50; age 60 & over, $3; reservations required).
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. Free. 794-6250. [map]
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 11 a.m. 

Yoga for Weight Management.

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Honor your mind and body safely and successfully to achieve and maintain your ideal weight. Start wherever you are in the process as we move together toward feeling great. Open to all body types and experience levels.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. [map]
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 Noon-6 p.m.  Free! 

People of the River - Photography/Video Exhibit: UM Latin American and Caribbean Studies, College of Engineering, UM Library.

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People of the River
Photography and Video Exhibit
Marcin Szczepanski, Senior Multimedia Producer, Michigan Engineering
People of the River captures the life of so called ribeirinhos (river people) that inhabit the Pantanal region in Brazil. Pantanal, located roughly in the center of South America, is one of the largest wetlands in the world, with a wonderfully diverse ecosystem.
The author portrays the changing nature of life in Pantanal and how its residents cope with the environmental, social and economic challenges around them. The exhibit also documents the work of Pantanal Partnership, the collaboration of U-M students with Pantanal's residents and schools that aims to provide healthy water and renewable energy to the area by building water filters, bio-digesters and wind turbines.
Where: Duderstadt Center Gallery on North Campus, 2281 Bonisteel Blvd.
When: January 8-25, 2014
Opening: 4 PM. Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Duderstadt Center Gallery, 2281 Bonisteel Blvd. Free. 215 900 9826. [map]
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 2-4:30 p.m. 

The American Presidents, Part 2: Washington to Eisenhower--OLLI (50+) Study Group: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M.

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This class meets select Mondays and Tuesdays, January 13 - April 15. Please Contact OLLI office for specific dates.

This continuing program will examine how films depict the personal and political lives of presidents, from George Washington to Dwight Eisenhower, and it will emphasize how the passage of time has affected our perspectives of them. A recommended text is "To The Best Of My Ability: The American Presidents" by James M. McPherson. Presidential and history enthusiasts as well as novices are equally welcome. Dr. Adelman is an Emeritus Professor of Biological Chemistry and a Past Director of the Institute of Gerontology.
University Living, 2865 S. Main Street,. $40. 734-998-9351. [map]
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 3:30-4:30 p.m. 

Youth Aerial Silk at Ringstar: Ringstar Studio.

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Aerial Silks are an exciting and beautiful circus art involving two long fabric "ribbons" which a performer does tricks in. Also known as aerial dance, this art is a great way to develop strength, coordination, flexibility, spatial awareness, and confidence. Kids in grades 6-12 are welcome to attend this series of after school classes designed specifically for young people. Younger people are welcome to observe a class to see if they're ready. No experience necessary!
Ringstar Studio, 3907 Varsity Dr. $10. [map]
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 3:45 & 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, 6:45, & 9:15 p.m. 

"August: Osage County": Michigan Theater.

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(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, [map]
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 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"What Does It Mean to Work in a System That Fails You and Your Kids?: A Beginning Teacher's Journey Through the Chicago Pblic Schools": U-M Ford School of Public Policy.

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Local singer-songwriter Jennifer Jean Smith performs University of South Florida-St. Petersburg education professor Charles Vanover's one-woman dramatization of the experiences of a 1st-year 3rd-grade teacher in a Chicago public school.
4-5:30 p.m., 1120 Weill, 735 S. State at Hill. Free. 764-3490. [map]
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 5:30-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Translation for Vulnerable Times: Homer's Iliad and Virgil's Aeneid": U-M Author's Forum Series.

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Kansas University classics professor Stanley Lombardo reads from his 1997 translation of the Iliad, and poet and translator Sarah Ruden reads from her 2008 translation of the Aeneid. Lombardo and Ruden also discuss the process of translating classical epics for modern readers.
5:30-7 p.m., 100 U-M Hatcher Library, enter from the Diag. Free. 615-5783. [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. [map]
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 6 p.m. 

Walk In The Woods: Wine and Canvas Ann Arbor.

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Come unleash your inner Picasso with Wine and Canvas, Ann Arbor's new trendiest night out! We are a painting class with cocktails! Sign up at and choose Ann Arbor for your location. Seating is limited and absolutely no experience is necessary. At the end of the evening, you will have made some new friends and go home with your very own 16x20 masterpiece! $35 includes 16x20 canvas, paint, brushes and a local artist to guide you through your very own painting. Check our website for locations and times.
Milan Grill, 39 E Main Street, Milan, MI 48103, Milan. $35. 734-277-9253. [map]
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 6:15 p.m. 

Spirited Yoga.

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Energize your body while creating balanced strength and awakening flexibility. This breath-based flowing vinyasa class uses traditional yogasana and pranayama techniques to stoke your inner fire, burn impurities, and unleash freedom and joy.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. [map]
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 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

Active Body Challenge: Empowered Wellness.

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Join us in 10-weeks of community fitness and nutrition training! 4 prize Ca$h prize categories, and lots of exciting growth! Become lean & fit the natural way. Open to ALL fitness levels! This is a body positive environment.
3830 Packard Rd, Suite 150, Ann Arbor, Mi, 3830 Packard Rd, Suite 150, Ann Arbor, Mi. $35. 734-845-9540. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Friends of McKune Memorial Library Mystery Book Club: Chelsea District Library.

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Discussion of several books in different mystery series.

Feb. 10: Selected Elmore Leonard mysteries set in Detroit, including Split Images, Freaky Deaky, Out of Sight, 52 Pickup, City Primeval, and Killshot.

Mar. 10: Elizabeth Peters' Jacqueline Kirby mysteries.

Apr. 14: Nicholas Freeling's Piet Van der Valk mysteries.

May 12: Chris Grabenstein's John Cheepak mysteries.

June 9: JoAnna Carl's Chocoholic mysteries.

July 14: Denise Mina's Alex Morrow mysteries.

Aug. 11: Jussi Adler-Olsen's Department Q mysteries.

Sept. 8: Kerry Greenwood's Phrynne Fisher mysteries.

Oct. 13: Jane Casey's Maeve Kerrigan mysteries.

Nov. 10: William Kent Krueger's Cork O'Connor mysteries.

7 p.m., Breakaway Restaurant, Arctic Coliseum, 501 Coliseum Dr., Chelsea. Free. 475-7035. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Laurie Halse Anderson: Nicola's Books.

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This best-selling young adult novelist reads from The Impossible Knife of Memory, about a young girl whose father is an Iraq veteran suffering from PTSD. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

U-M India Theme Semester Film Screenings.

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Jan. 13: "Garam Hawa (Scorching Winds)" (M.S. Sathyu, 1974). In post-partition India, a Muslim businessman and his family struggle for their rights. Urdu & Hindi, subtitles.

Jan. 20: "Dil Se (From the Heart)" (Mani Ratnam, 1998). Drama about the love between a radio executive and a revolutionary. Hindi, subtitles.

Jan. 27: "Iruvar (The Duo)" (Mani Ratnam, 1997). Drama loosely based on the relationship between cinema and politics in Tamil Nadu, India. Tamil, subtitles.

7 p.m., 2435 North Quad. Free. 615-4059. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Among the Enemy: A Michigan Soldier's Civil War Journal": Ann Arbor Civil War Round Table.

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Talk by Michigan Department of History deputy director Mark Hoffman.
7 p.m., St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Administrative Bldg. Auditorium, 5305 Elliott Dr. (off McAuley Dr. from Huron River Dr.). Free. (517) 750-2741. [map]
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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Beit Café: Adult Education Night": Temple Beth Emeth.

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Talks by TBE members and staff on "What You Should Know about the BRCA Gene Mutation," "Mind-Body Medicine: What Is It?," "Big Biblical Questions and Some Answers," and "Women in the Rabbinate: Past, Present, and Future." Dessert & coffee.
7-9 p.m., TBE, 2309 Packard. Free. 665-4744. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Will That Be One Hump or Two: Weaving Camel Saddles in Mongolia": Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild.

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Longtime club member Mary Underwood discusses the style of Mongolian saddle weaving she learned from a renowned Gobi saddle weaver.
7 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Liberty. $5 (members, free). [map]
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 7:30-9:30 p.m. 

Tartan & Thistle Scottish Country Dancers.

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Every Mon. 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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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"What Treasures I Found at AAPEX": Ann Arbor Stamp Club.

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All invited to join club members for a group discussion of goodies found at last November's stamp show. Also, a mini stamp auction.
7:30 p.m., Salvation Army, 100 Arbana (park & enter at the rear of the building). Free admission. 761-5859. [map]
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 7:45 p.m. 

Better Backs Yoga.

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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. [map]
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