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Calendar of Events

Monday, January 20, 2014

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 8 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Annual Children & Youth Program": U-M MLK Symposium.

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Parents can drop off kids in grades K-12 for a day of stories, discussions, skits, musical performances, and activities centered on Martin Luther King. Lunch provided. Kids age 4 & under welcome if accompanied by an adult.
8 a.m.-3 p.m., U-M Modern Languages Bldg., 812 E. Washington. Free. Preregistration recommended at 764-9470. [map]

 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]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

Harry Belafonte: U-M MLK Symposium Keynote Lecture.

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Lecture by this eternally charismatic performer who made "Banana Boat" ("Day-O!") his signature song. Belafonte is also known for his social activism and won the Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Prize. For the full schedule of MLK Symposium events, see
10 a.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. [map]

 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]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"ScienceFest: Science of Toys": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Jan. 18-20. Hands-on physics activities.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Jan. 18 & 20) & noon-4 p.m. (Jan. 19), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $11 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]

 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]

 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]

 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]

 1-3 p.m. 

MLK Day of Service: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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All invited to help remove invasive shrubs from the Furstenberg wetlands. Wear long pants and close-toed shoes; tools and know-how provided. Snacks. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance.
1-3 p.m., Furstenberg Nature Area, meet in the parking lot off Fuller Rd. across from Huron High School. Free. 996-3266.

 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Raising the Bar": U-M MLK Symposium.

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Talk by Albert Manesh, a Ghanaian motivational speaker who's known for inspiring others to overcome adversity.
1-3 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Free. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration: U-M School of Music.

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Performances by U-M music, theater, and dance students and faculty in honor of MLK.
2 p.m., Power Center. Free. 764-0594.

 2-3:30 p.m. 

The Knowledge Seekers Series: The Power of Myth in Our Lives: Part 2--OLLI (50+) Study Group: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M.

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This class meets Mondays, January 20 - February 24.

This class is a continuation of Part 1, but if you did not participate in Part 1 you are welcome to join. We will explore myth by blending the insights of two scholars: anthropologist Joseph Campbell and Latin and Greek expert Elizabeth Vandiver. Mr. Campbell views myth from the perspective of anthropology, psychology and comparative mythology, while Ms. Vandiver discusses myth in terms of the lore of Greek and Roman gods and goddesses. By studying their ideas, we can learn how myths impact our lives. Dr. Galant studied classical Greek and Latin for many years and continues to be fascinated by Greek and Roman history and culture.

Brecon Village, 200 Brecon Drive, Saline. $35. 734-998-9351. [map]

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"8th Annual Circle of Unity": U-M MLK Symposium.

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Civil Rights, peace, and Native American songs by popular local singer-songwriter Joe Reilly and Detroit folk singer Julie Beutel. Also, spoken word performances by local teens and a performance by the U-M Gospel Chorale. Wristbands and buttons (while supplies last).
2-3 p.m., U-M Diag. Free., 647-4860. [map]

 3-5 p.m. 

The Poetry of Seamus Heaney--OLLI (50+) Study Group: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M.

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This class meets Mondays, January 20 - February 10.

When Seamus Heaney died last August, he was generally regarded as the best Irish poet since W.B. Yeats and thought by many to be the best English language poet. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995. We will read and discuss Heaney's work exploring what the Nobel committee praised as his ability to "exalt everyday miracles and the living past." Our text will be "Opened Ground: Selected Poems, 1966-1996" by Heaney, supplemented with handouts. No prior poetry reading experience is necessary. John Knott is Emeritus Professor of English at U of M.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. $35. 734-998-9351. [map]

 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Causes, Consequences, & Potential Solutions to the Problem of Educational Disparities in the U.S.: Perspectives from Psychology, Sociology, & Economics": U-M Ford School of Public Policy.

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Panel discussion with University of Chicago public policy professor Kerwin Charles, U-M education and psychology professor Stephanie Rowley, and Duke University sociology professor Angel Harris.
4-5:30 p.m., 1120 Weill, 735 S. State at Hill. Free. 764-3490. [map]

 6 p.m. 

Love Birds: 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.
Bailey's Pub & Grille, 1777 N Canton Center Rd, Canton, MI 48187, Canton. $35. 734-277-9253. [map]

 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]

 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]

 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]

 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Fireside Fun": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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All invited to sit around a campfire, roast marshmallows, and swap stories. If you like, bring camping chairs and the rest of the s'mores fixings (marshmallows provided).
6:30-8 p.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. Free. 997-1553. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Loss of a Spouse or Partner Support Group: Arbor Hospice.

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Life without a loved one can be overwhelming, even long after that person has passed. To help individuals coping with grief, Arbor Hospice offers a supportive and caring environment to work through the loss.
Support groups and events are open to everyone, regardless of whether their loved one received services from Arbor Hospice. All grief support programs are free of charge, but donations are welcome to help support the nonprofit's programming.
This is an eight-week group held on Mondays (Jan. 20-March 10) from 7-8:30 p.m. and is open to any individual who has experienced the loss of a spouse or significant other.
Grace Bible Church, 1300 South Maple Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. Donation. 734-794-5375. [map]

 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]

 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]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Michigan Wildflowers Through the Seasons": Michigan Botanical Club.

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Illustrated talk by naturalist and environmental educator Tom Hodgson.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Painting in a Series": Ann Arbor Women Artists.

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Local painter Jill Stefani Wagner discusses how painting multiple images of the same subject matter can deepen understanding and inspire creativity.
7:30 p.m., 4844 Jackson Rd., suite 100. Free. 996-2551. [map]

 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]

 8 p.m. 

John Wort Hannam: The Ark.

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Canadian folk-country singer-songwriter who writs sharply observed, strikingly figured, and emotionally engaging story songs in the tradition of John Prine, Loudon Wainwright III, and Steve Earle.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office ( &, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

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