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Tuesday, January 21, 2014






 
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 9 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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 9-10 a.m. 

Preschool Story Time: Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Every Tues. All preschoolers, accompanied by an adult, invited for stories. Followed by a science activity.
9-10 a.m., AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $11 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
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 9:30 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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 9:30-11:30 a.m. 

Great Decisions & Virgil's "Aeneid"--OLLI Study Groups (50+): Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M.

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Great Decisions, Section 1
Class meets every other Tuesday, 1/21, 2/4, 2/18, 3/4, 3/18, 4/1, 4/15, 4/29, 5/13.
It will be facilitated by Larry and Karen Tuttle at Genesis of Ann Arbor (Temple Beth Emeth/St. Clare's Church), 2309 Packard Street. $63 (includes course briefing book).

We will discuss eight critical issues facing the U.S. this year. A course briefing book, which will be available for pick up at the OLLI office, provides background information, current data and policy options for each issue. The topics are: Defense Technology, Israel, Turkey, Islamic awakening, Energy Independence, Food/Climate, China's foreign policy and U.S. Trade Policy.

Virgil's "Aeneid"
Class meets Tuesdays, January 21 - February 11 at TSRC. $35.
We will read and discuss this great Roman epic poem (Robert Fagles' translation, Penguin Classics), which has been a key component of the Western canon for centuries. Marilyn Scott has led many OLLI study groups and has taught Aeneid in Latin.
Locations listed above, . Prices listed above. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org
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 9:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Social Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Tues. All seniors age 50 & over invited to play noncompetitive bridge. No partner required. Lunch available for $5.50 (age 60 & over, $3). 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; reservations required.
9:30-11:30 a.m., Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $2 (members, free). 769-5911. [map]
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 9:45 a.m. & 1:15 p.m. 

Coffee Break: Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church.

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Every Tues. when Ann Arbor Public Schools are in session. All women invited to study the Bible with other American and international women in small, informal groups. Also, Bible stories and fun activities for preschoolers, and child care provided for babies.
9:45-11:15 a.m. & 1:15-2:45 p.m., Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church, 1717 Broadway. $15 for the year. 665-0105. [map]
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 10-11:30 a.m. 

The Political Life of Medicare--OLLI Study Group (50+): Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M.

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Class meets Tuesdays, January 21 - February 25.

This study group will focus on the political conflicts related to the Medicare program from its passage to the present day. We will read the viewpoint of one author, Jonathan Oberlander, in his book "The Political Life of Medicare." It is a brief, accessible analysis that describes the basic features of Medicare and offers provocative insights into the political conflicts that have arisen around it. This reading will be the foundation for discussions about how his analysis matches your own perspectives on the program. Craig Ramsey is Emeritus Professor of Politics and Government at Ohio Wesleyan University, where he taught a course on the U.S. healthcare system.
First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw. $35. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]
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 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Babytime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Tues. Staff present a program of songs, stories, and rhymes for kids under age 2 (accompanied by a caregiver). No siblings.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [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.
http://marcinvisuals.com/photography.php
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. marcins@umich.edu www.marcinvisuals.com [map]
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 1-4 p.m. 

Film Studies: The History of Innovation in Films--OLLI Study Group (50+): Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M.

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Class meets every other Tuesday, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. 1/21, 2/4, 2/18, 3/4, 3/18, 4/1, 4/15, 4/29. Facilitated by Barbara O'Neal and Wendy LaValle.

The epic story of innovation in movie production and technology will be guided by film historian, Mark Cousins. The film begins with the invention of motion pictures at the end of the 19th century and concludes with the multi-billion dollar, globalized digital industry of the 21st. There are clips from some of the greatest movies ever made and feature interviews with legendary filmmakers and actors. Our members will take turns leading a discussion each week following the viewing of the 15-chapter film, "The Story of Film."
Clarion Hotel, 2900 Jackson. $40. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]
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 1-3 p.m. 

German & French Language--OLLI Study Groups (50+): Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M.

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Intermediate and Advanced German
Class meets Tuesdays, January 21 - May 13 at Brookhaven Manor, 401 W. Oakbrook Dr. $40.
This class will emphasize speaking/conversation and reading. The textbook is "Themen Aktuell, Kursbuch 2" (ISBN#978-3-19-00169-4) and its workbook. The accompanying disks (ISBN#978-3-19-1269-7) are highly recommended. The readings will be agreed upon by the group. Renate Gerulaitis is professor emeritus of German Language and Literature at Oakland University.

French Conversation
Class meets Tuesdays, January 21 - May 20 at Glacier Hills, 1200 Earhart Rd $40.
The class will be taught by Sophie Mongrain, a native French speaker, whose degree is in linguistics. The objective is to provide an opportunity to practice and improve French conversational skills. We will have discussions of current events, assigned readings of blogs, and a novel by a current French writer (which the group will choose). The class will be taught in French and will have some homework. I
Locations listed above, . Price listed above. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org
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 2:30-4:30 & 3-5 p.m. 

Memoir Writing--2 OLLI Study Groups (50+): Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M.

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The Write Stuff: Memoir Writing through Artifacts
Class meets Tuesdays, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. January 21 - February 25 at the Saline Senior Center, 7190 N. Maple Road, Saline. $35.
Historians say every artifact tells a story. The things we choose to keep hold memories of significant life events and people. We'll explore the use of artifacts to remember, organize and write the stories of our lives. Participation requires active discussion, writing and sharing. Bring an artifact from your childhood (stuffed animal, souvenir--something you've saved) to the first class. Cheryl Valentine is a cultural anthropologist and retired historian with the Michigan Historical Museum.

Writing Memoirs
Class meets Tuesdays, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. January 21 - April 22 at TSRC. $40
Members of the group will write about their memories, providing a copy to each of the other members. We will read them aloud and discuss them in group. Facilitated by Zibby Oneal.
Locations listed above, . Prices listed above. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org
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 2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"In Our Backyard: Fracking": American Association of University Women.

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Talk by former Washtenaw County Department of Public Health environmental analyst Michael Gebhard. Preceded at 2 p.m. by socializing.
2:30 p.m., Cleary University, 3601 Plymouth. Free. 973-6287. [map]
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 2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"In Our Backyard: Fracking": American Association of University Women.

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Talk by former Washtenaw County Department of Public Health environmental analyst Michael Gebhard. Preceded at 2 p.m. by socializing.
2:30 p.m., Cleary University, 3601 Plymouth. Free. 973-6287. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Center for South Asian Studies Lecture Series.

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Jan. 10, 21, & 30 (different locations). Topics include "Temple Destruction and Historical Construction: Rethinking the 'Fall" of Vijayanagara" (Jan. 10), "Elephants Abroad: A Hidden History of Ancient India's Influence in the World" (Jan 21), and "Populist Publics: Print Capitalism and Embodied Politics in South India" (Jan. 30).
4 p.m., 1636 SSWB/International Institute (Jan. 10), 1080 South University; Thayer Bldg. (Jan. 21), 202 S. Thayer; 210 West Hall (Jan. 30), 1085 South University. Free. 615-4059. [map]
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 5:30-6:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Musical Meditations": Temple Beth Emeth/St. Clare's Episcopal Church.

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Every Tues. TBE cantor Annie Rose and St. Clare's music director John Goodell collaborate on musical programs TBA.
5:30-6:15 p.m., TBE/St. Clare's, 2309 Packard. Free. 665-4744. [map]
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 06 p.m. 

Baby Care Basics - Ann Arbor - January 21, 2014: MHealthy.

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Baby Care Basics - Ann Arbor - January 21
This class, offered by the U-M Health System's MHealthy Health Education Resource Center, is designed to give you a complete head-to-toe look at how to care for your newborn. Topics include bathing, diapering, safety, and much more. We recommend taking this class at the beginning of your third trimester. Class meets 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, January 21 at the East Ann Arbor Health & Geriatric Center; 4260 Plymouth Rd. Cost is $15 per person. For more information call 734-647-5645 or toll free at 1-800-433-6348. Registration is required at: http://hr.umich.edu/mhealthy/tools/education/herc/events.html
East Ann Arbor Health & Geriatric Center, 4260 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor, 48109. $15. 734-647-5645 or toll free at 1-800-433-6348. herc1@umich.edu http://hr.umich.edu/mhealthy/tools/education/herc/ [map]
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 6-9 p.m. 

Lamaze Childbirth Preparation Series: Lamaze Family Center.

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Our premier, comprehensive childbirth class is designed for pregnant women and their partners. This in-depth, interactive 12-hour series meets on weekday nights at three different locations throughout Ann Arbor. The series covers a wide range of topics in-depth based on Lamaze International's Six Healthy Birth Practices, including:
•the various stages of labor, birth, and early postpartum including early breastfeeding overview;
•relaxation and breathing techniques, comfort measures and positions for labor and delivery;
•partner's role with laboring mom;
•pain management options and birth interventions; hospital procedures, and Cesarean birth.


All of our childbirth educators are highly trained, active in the birth community and are Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educators (LCCE).
UM Von Voightlander Women's Hospital. $190. 734.973.1014. info@lamazefamilycenter.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org
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 6 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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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]
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 6 p.m.  Free! 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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Every Tues. & Thurs. 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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 6 p.m.  Free! 

Tuesday Dinner Ride: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Tues., Dec.-Mar. 10- to 20-mile ride, at various paces, along the well maintained Border-to-Border Trail, to a restaurant in either Ann Arbor or Ypsilanti. Front & back lights required, reflective clothing strongly recommended
6 p.m., meet at Wheels in Motion, 3400 Washtenaw. Free. 678-8297, 971-2121. [map]
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 6 p.m.  Free! 

"5 Hidden Barriers to Performance": American Business Women's Association.

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Talk by Managing Your Mind coaching and consulting firm principal Geraldine Markel. The program begins with networking and dinner.
6 p.m., Quarter Bistro, 300 S. Maple. Free (buy your own dinner). Reservations requested at abwa-maia.org by Jan. 16. 657-1029. [map]
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 6:30 p.m. 

Yoga for Anxiety and Depression.

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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. webguru@annarboryoga.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Twin Hearts Meditation": Center of Light.

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'Twin Hearts Meditation', as designed by Master Choa, is an advanced meditation technique, aimed at achieving illumination or universal consciousness for the planet. It is thus an instrument of world and community service that contributes to harmony on the earth by blessing it with loving-kindness, peace, joy and goodwill. The Twin Hearts Meditation is a noble tool that can raise one's vibrations toward higher states of awareness and expanded levels of consciousness. It is being practiced globally by tens of thousands from many different religions and backgrounds, the Meditation on Twin Hearts is extraordinary in its simplicity but produces amazing and dramatic results. Join us as we practice this powerful meditation together for the upliftment of our world.
Center of Light, 200 Huronview Blvd. Free. 734-330-5048. revselena@centersoflight.org annarbor.CentersOfLight.org [map]
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 7-9:30 p.m. 

English Country Dancing: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Tues. Historical and traditional English dancing to live music. All dances taught. No partner or experience needed. Bring flat, nonslip shoes (running shoes OK). First-timers are asked to arrive at 7 p.m.
7-9:30 p.m., Chapel Hill Condominium clubhouse, 3350 Green Rd. (park on Burbank). $8 (students, $4; kids age 13 & under with a parent, free). 665-7704. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Kaleidoscope Concert Series: Silver Maples of Chelsea.

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Feb. 18: Moanin' Frogs. Innovative U-M grad student saxophone ensemble that performs fox trots, rags, character pieces, and waltzes characteristic of early 20th Century burlesque and vaudeville shows, along with some originals and other works by modern composers.

Mar. 18: River Raisin Ragtime Revue Back Row. Dixieland jazz by this ensemble from the popular local ragtime band.

Apr. 16: Three Men and a Tenor. This high-energy a cappella quartet of MSU alums Chuck Colby, Mark Stiles, Paul Felch, and Glenn Williams (he's the tenor) performs everything from originals to Gregorian chant, barbershop, contemporary pop, and rap. This show is held at the Washington Street Education Center (500 Washington); tickets are not required, but donations accepted to help fund the 2014-1015 Kaleidoscope season.

May 20: James Dapogny Quartet. Vintage pop and jazz standards, along with lesser known tunes from the 1920s and 30s, by this local ensemble led by U-M music professor Dapogny, a renowned early-jazz pianist.

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7 p.m., Silver Maples Garden Room, 100 Silver Maples Dr., Chelsea. Free to seniors, but tickets (available at the Chelsea Senior Center) required. First come, first seated at the door (if available). 475-4111. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

New Horizons Band: Saline Senior Center.

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Every Tues. & Thurs., except Dec. 19-Jan. 6. Bring a band instrument. Beginners are asked to call ahead to set up lessons.
7-8:30 p.m. (Tues.) and 1-2:30 p.m. (Thurs.), Liberty School band room, 7265 Saline-Ann Arbor Rd., Saline. Free. 429-1742. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m. 

Skazat! Poetry Series at Sweetwaters.

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Reading by Ellen Stone, author of the 2013 Michigan Writers Co-op Chapbook Contest-winning collection The Solid Living World. "These poems are songs," says the prominent local poet and fiction writer Laura Kasischke, "musical and memorable and full of vivid imagery." The program begins with open mike readings.
7-8:30 p.m., Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea, 123 W. Washington. Free. 994-6663. [map]
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 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

Temple Beth Emeth Spirituality Book Club.

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Jan. 21 & 23 (choose one). All invited to discuss Alan Lew's Be Still and Get Going: A Jewish Meditation Practice for Real Life.
7-8 p.m. (Jan. 21) & noon-1 p.m. (Jan. 23), TBE, 2309 Packard. Free. cantorannie@gmail.com, 665-4744. [map]
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 7-9 p.m. 

"Between Shades of Gray": Ann Arbor District Library 12th Annual Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads.

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Detroit native Ruta Sepetys discusses her bestselling 2011 debut novel based on survivor stories of Stalin's genocidal reign of terror in the Baltics that is the 2014 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads selection. It is the story of a 15-year-old Lithuanian girl living an ordinary life until Soviet officers invade her home and tear her family apart. Originally written for young adults, the book has proved popular with readers of all ages. Signing.
7-9 p.m. (doors open a 6 p.m.), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Elemental": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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Screening of Gayatri Roshann & Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee's 2012 documentary about 3 activists driven to confront ecological challenges-an Indian government official who mounts a national crusade to save the Ganges, an activist who takes on oil giants destroying her homeland in the Canadian tar sands, and an Australian inventor attempting to halve the world's energy consumption by mimicking natural systems.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. $10 in advance (beginning Dec. 10) at tugg.com/events/6486. The screening takes place only if enough advance tickets are sold. 668-TIME. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Liver: Herbs that Nourish and Support This Critical Organ": People's Food Co-op.

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Talk by local holistic health practitioner Linda Diane Feldt.
7-8:30 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room, 114 S. Main. Free. Preregistration required at the co-op or at peoplesfood.coop/news_and_events/. 994-4589. [map]
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 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

Recovery From Addiction and Christian Spirituality: Dawn Farm.

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"Recovery From Addiction and Christian Spirituality" will be presented by Brother Edward Conlin, BSEd, CADC; Addiction Counselor, Detroit Capuchin Service System. Spirituality often plays an important role in recovery initiation, recovery maintenance, and quality of life in recovery from chemical dependency. This program will describe a Christian perspective of how spirituality relates to recovery from chemical dependency, explore personal spiritual needs and life choices, and discuss the Twelve Steps as a spiritual program. This program is part of the Dawn Farm Education Series, a FREE series developed to provide accurate, helpful, hopeful, practical, current information about chemical dependency, recovery, and related issues. Anyone with a personal or professional interest is welcome.
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center Auditorium, 5305 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-485-8725. info@dawnfarm.org http://www.dawnfarm.org/programs/education-series [map]
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 7:30-9 p.m. 

The Moth Storyslam: Michigan Radio.

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See review. Monthly open mike storytelling competition sponsored by The Moth, the NYC-based nonprofit storytelling organization that also produces a weekly public radio show. Each month 10 storytellers are selected at random from among those who sign up to tell a 3-5 minute story on the monthly theme. The 3 judges are recruited from the audience. Monthly winners compete in a semiannual Grand Slam. Space limited, so it's smart to arrive early.

2014

Jan 21: "Beginnings."

Feb. 18: "Happy."

Mar. 18: "Escape."

Apr. 15: "Song."

May 20: "Animals."

June 17: "Fathers."

July 15: "Altered."

Aug. 19: "Deception."

Sept. 16: "Do-Over."

Oct. 21: "Lost & Found."

Nov. 18: "Accident.".

Dec. 16: "Rewards."

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7:30-9 p.m. (doors open and sign-up begins at 6 p.m.), The Circus, 210 S. First. $8. 764-5118. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Controversial Coyote": Huron Valley Sierra Club.

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Wildlife biologist Bill Dodge and wildlife rehabilitator Holly Hadac discuss their research on coyotes in Southeast Michigan and explain how humans can avoid conflicts with this naturally shy, nocturnal omnivore. Refreshments.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free; metered parking. 665-0248. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Jerry Sprague: The Ark.

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Veteran local roots-rock singer-guitarist who is celebrating the release of the CD Summer State of Mind. He performs tonight with his new band, which includes longtime collaborator Mike Zielinski on keyboards and 3 of Sprague's grandsons: guitarist Isaac Sprague, bassist Gabriel Sprague, and drummer Samuel Sprague.
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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