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Calendar of Events

Saturday, January 25, 2014






 
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 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 

26th Annual Farm Toy Show: Saline Future Farmers of America.

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Show and sale of farm toys aimed at kids and serious collectors. Includes NASCAR items, tractors, pedal-push tractors, Beanie Babies, and truck, farm vehicle, and harvesting vehicle collectibles. Also, a Washtenaw Ag Boosters pancake breakfast (8-10 a.m., cost TBA).
9 a.m.-2 p.m., Liberty School, 7265 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Admission $4. 429-8030, ext. 2343. [map]
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 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

Citizen Pruner Workshop: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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NAP staff show how to prune young trees for shape and overall health. Aimed at those interested in participating in a new volunteer program for the long-term upkeep of city trees.
9 a.m.-1 p.m., Leslie Science Center Nature House, 1831 Traver Rd. Free. Space limited; preregistration required by Jan. 24. 794-6627. [map]
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 9 a.m.-2 p.m.  Free! 

Volunteer Training: HIV/AIDS Resource Center (HARC).

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Please join HARC staff for the first volunteer training of 2014! HARC volunteers work with staff to make programs and activities possible throughout the year. Volunteer opportunities encompass many areas of the organization including outreach, prevention, HIV testing support, office and administrative work, marketing and special events.
Come learn about the many ways you can help those in our community living with or affected by HIV. You will also receive HARC's HIV101 training to sharpen your knowledge of the virus, as well as prevention practices.
HARC is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing HIV-related services to our community through direct care, prevention and outreach activities.
St. Joe Mercy Hospital Education Center, 5305 Elliott Dr., 2nd Flloor, Rm. EC#4. Free. 734-572-9355, x232. cdishmon@hivaidsresource.org www.hivaidsresource.org [map]
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 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Winterfest"--canceled: Saline Main Street.

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This event has been canceled.
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Ann Arbor St. and Henne Field, Saline. Free. 429-4907.
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

Adults with ADHD Coffee Chat: Ann Arbor Area ADHD/ADD Support Group.

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A get together for adults with ADHD and those who live with us. We talk about our experiences, trade information about how we're using our gifts and dealing with the challenges, and what it's like to interact with neuro-typicals. Low key and informal.
No pre-registration required, come down and have coffee with us.
Espresso Royale South Main, 2264 South Main Street, Ann Arbor, MI. Free. 734 478 7207. mfedela2@gmail.com http://www.meetup.com/AnnArbor-ADHD-ADD-Support/ [map]
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 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. 

Authentically You: Tranquil Being Healing Massage and Pregnancey Arts Center.

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Authentically You January 25-26th, 2014 10am-5pm $295.00
Becoming the greatest version of YOU is the most important gift you can give to the world. Using Intentional Creativity, you will be guided in a step-by-step painting process using the feminine image for self healing, self expression, and self nurturing; gathering your own unique internal imagery, symbol, & story to be consecrated onto canvas. This opens space that was held within to allow for newness to come forth. This process allows anyone to paint. All supplies are included. Call to reserve.
Tranquil Being, 320 Miller Ave. Suite 185. $295. 734-761-8753. www.tranquilbeing.com [map]
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

Predators and Prey: The Eternal Struggle: Dexter District Library & U of M Museum of Natural History.

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The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History presents the first of three workshops for children ages 6 and up, accompanied by a parent.
Workshop 1: Dining on Dinos: Long necks, sharp teeth, club tails and killer claws! The world in the time of the dinosaurs was a brutal place. We will explore what fossils can tell us about the lives and coping strategies of predators and prey animals. Registration is required, register by calling the Library at 426-4477.
Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine Street, Dexter, Michigan 48130, Dexter. Free. 734-426-4477. cjurich@dexter.lib.mi.us www.dexter.lib.mi.us [map]
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 10 a.m. 

Realities of Parenthood - Ann Arbor - January 25, 2014: MHealthy.

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Realities of Parenthood - Ann Arbor - January 25
Becoming a parent is a wonderful, exciting, and beautiful thing! The reality is that having a baby is also stressful, confusing, and exhausting. A baby changes everything! Learn how to keep your relationship strong, how to take care of yourself, handle the stress that a baby brings, how to build support, and much more. Class meets 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, January 25 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: 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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 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.-noon 

"Hot Chocolate": U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

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All kids, accompanied by a parent, invited to hear the story of chocolate from tree to truffle, sip hot cocoa, and make a chocolate treat to take home.
10 a.m.-noon, Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. $8 per child; metered parking. Preregistration recommended. 647-7600. [map]
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Natural Family Playgroup": Green Apple Garden Playschool.

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Playgroup for kids ages 1-5, accompanied by a parent.
10 a.m., Green Apple Garden Playschool, 2664 Miller. Free. greenapplegarden.org, 369-8248. [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.-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Annual Winter Stonefly Search": Huron River Watershed Council.

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All invited to join a watershed-wide hunt for these elusive river insects, which are active only in winter when fish are sluggish. Wear warm clothes. (You will not go into the water.) Children must be accompanied by an adult.
10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. or noon-4:30 p.m., begin at the NEW Center, 1100 N. Main. Free. Preregistration required by Jan. 21 at hrwc.org/volunteer/stonefly. 769-5123, ext. 600. [map]
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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.-2 p.m. 

Interpretive Nature Programs: Hudson Mills Metropark.

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Programs presented by Hudson Mills naturalist Mark Irish.

Jan. 25 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.): "Chillin' at the Mills." A variety of winter activities, including (weather permitting) cross-country skiing, Klondike racing and dog sledding demos, and more. Afterward, an indoor craft activity and hot chocolate. $3 ($7.50 includes lunch).

Feb. 1 (noon): "Kids Craft Day." All kids invited to bring a T-shirt or canvas shopping bag to stamp or paint with nature-themed designs. $3 per item.

Feb. 8 (1 p.m.): "Winter Ecology Walk." A hike to see how animal life is weathering the winter.

Feb. 15 & Apr. 5 (11 a.m.): "Live! Birds of Prey." Howell Nature Center representatives present a program on birds of prey that includes displays of live hawks, owls, falcons, and vultures.

Apr. 19 (noon): "West River Trail Bike Hike." All invited to join a leisurely ride from Hudson Mills to the Dexter Library, examining various habitats along the way, on this new trail. Helmets required.

Apr. 26 (10 a.m.): "Vernal Pond Day." All invited to explore life teeming in one of the short-lived vernal ponds that dries up in the summer heat.

May 10: "Explore Dexter-Huron." All invited to hike around this little known gem of a park, a favorite among wildflower enthusiasts. Meet at the East Shelter parking lot, 6535 Huron River Dr.

May 11 (9 & 11 a.m.): "Mother's Day Wildflower Walk." A hike to look for spring wildflowers. Also, brunch ($8; kids under 2, free) available at 10 a.m.

May 17 (noon): "Bike Hike." All invited to join a leisurely bike hike to explore different parts of the park. Helmets required.

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Various times, Hudson Mills activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (kids, $3) except as noted. Preregistration required. $7 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [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.-2 p.m. 

Nature Programs: Hudson Mills Metropark.

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Presented by park naturalists Jennifer Hollenbeck or Raejean Uehline.

Dec. 7: (8 a.m.): "Winter Hike." A hike for the woods to what animal life is sticking around for the winter.

Dec. 15 (10 a.m. and 12:30 & 2:30 p.m.): "Santa Central." Kids invited to visit with Santa, play reindeer games, and enjoy a hayride. Snack. $6 per child (adults, $3; kids under age 1, free) in advance only.

Dec. 26: (8 a.m.): "Day after Christmas Hike." A hike to explore winter animal life in the park.

Jan. 25 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.): "Chillin' at the Mills." A variety of winter activities, including (weather permitting) cross-country skiing, Klondike racing and dog sledding demos, and more. Afterward, an indoor craft activity and hot chocolate. $2 ($6 includes lunch).

Feb. 1: (noon): "Kids Craft Day." All kids invited to bring a T-shirt or canvas shopping bag to stamp or paint with a nature-themed designs. $3 per item.

Feb. 8: (1 p.m.): "Day after Christmas Hike." A hike to see how animal life is weathering the winter.

Feb. 15 (11 a.m.): "Live! Birds of Prey." Howell Nature Center representatives present a program on birds of prey that includes displays of live hawks, owls, falcons, and vultures. $5 (kids, $3).

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Various times, Hudson Mills activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (kids, $3) unless otherwise noted. Preregistration required. $5 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [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 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Owls: Birds of Prey": U-M Natural History Museum.

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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]
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 11 a.m. 

"Owl's Winter": Wild Swan Theater.

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Jan. 23-25. This award-winning local children's theater presents its adaptation of Arnold Lobel's Owl at Home. Owl encounters strange bumps at the foot of his bed, is awakened by a noisy cricket, and wonders why the moon seems to follow him when he's out for a stroll. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available by prearrangement for blind audience members. Suitable for kids in grades Pre-K to 2. Also, "Meet the Owl," a presentation of a live owl by Leslie Science & Nature Center representatives after each show. The Jan. 25 performance includes hands-on activities in the lobby.
10 a.m. (Jan. 23 & 24), 1 p.m. (Jan. 23 & 24), & 11 a.m. (Jan. 25), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (youth and seniors, $8; $3 lap passes available for kids age 1 & under) in advance at wildswantheater.org and by phone, and at the door. 995-0530. [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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 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration: U-M Turner Geriatrics Center.

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All seniors invited to celebrate the legacy of MLK with inspirational, soul-stirring and music. The program includes presentations TBA. Refreshments.
1-3 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]
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 1 p.m.  Free! 

Snowman Building Chamopionship of the Free World: Saline Main Street.

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The "Snowman Building Championship of the Free World" is a snowman building contest between Saline, St. Clair, Zeeland, Douglas, & Three Rivers. Saline, the reigning champion and trophy holder, will build its snowmen on January 25, 2014 at Henne Field on E. Bennett St. in Saline (weather permitting). Volunteers who want to help us hold onto our title and build as many snowmen as fast as possible are welcome. See you on the 25th!
Henne Field, E. Bennett St., Saline, MI, Saline. Free. 734-316-2119.
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 1 p.m. 

"Big Bully: A Rock Musical": Performance Network Children's Theater Network.

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Local playwright Aral Gribble, Carla Milarch, and Jim Wheeler's musical about how a brave friend helped an incorrigible bully turn his life around. Milk & cookies. For kids in grades K-8.
1 p.m., Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Tickets $10 (youth under age 16, $7) in advance at performancenetwork.org & by phone, and at the door. For reservations or to charge by phone, call 663-0681. [map]
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 1-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Starship Battle League: Demo Day": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults and teens in grade 9 & up invited to learn about and try out this new AADL multi-player video game.
1-5 p.m., AADL freespace (3rd floor), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

"All About My Wife": Michigan Theater/U-M Center for Korean Studies.

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(Min Gyoo-dong, 2012). Romantic comedy about a timid man who asks a womanizer to seduce his wife in order to catalyze his divorce. Korean, subtitles.
2 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

Sam Thomas: Aunt Agatha's.

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This suburban Cleveland high school history teacher discusses The Midwife's Tale and the brand-new The Harlot's Tale, his mystery novels featuring a midwife detective living in York during the English Civil War. Signing.
2 p.m., Aunt Agatha's, 213 S. Fourth Ave. Free. 769-1114. [map]
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 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Guided Meditation for Kids": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local massage therapist and meditation leader Amy Tarrant leads kids ages 7-10 (with or without a parent) in a series of guided meditations. At the end of the session, kids have a chance to process the experience through artistic expression. Bring a blanket or pillow, if you like.
2-3 p.m., AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 2 & 8 p.m. 

"Screen Play": Emergent Arts.

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Jan. 22-26. Local actors perform A.R. Gurney's 2005 comedy that sets Casablanca in 2015, when the U.S. is governed by a dictatorship of right-wing religious fanatics. The action takes place in Nick's bar in Buffalo, which has become a way station for liberal Americans who are trying to cross the border to Canada.
8 p.m. (Jan. 22-25) & 2 p.m. (Jan. 25 & 26), 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]
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 2 p.m. 

"The Lego Movie": Barnes & Noble.

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All kids invited for a variety of activities in anticipation of the release of this forthcoming computer-animated adventure comedy.
2 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [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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 2:30-4:30 p.m. 

"Buhr Blitz": Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation.

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Public skating, with a family-oriented program of games and contests. Prizes.
2:30-4:30 p.m., Buhr Park Ice Rink, 2751 Packard. $6 (youths age 17 & under and seniors age 60 & over, $5). $1 discount for city residents. Skate rentals available ($3). 971-3228. [map]
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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 & 8 p.m. 

"County Line": Performance Network Professional Season.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Jan. 16-Feb. 16. David Wolber directs the world premiere of David Wells' whimsical coming-of-age comedy, set in rural Kansas, about a 17-year-old girl, abandoned by her mother, who is entrusted to a foster parent who runs a truck stop when her lovable but irresponsible father is sent to state prison. Stars Alissa Nordmoe, Phil Powers, Julia Glander, and Emilio Rodriguez.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.), & 3 p.m. (Jan. 25 & Feb. 15), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (Jan. 16), $24 & $26 (Jan. 17 & 19), $30 & $32 (Jan. 18), and $22 & $24 (Jan. 23). Jan. 24 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After Jan. 24: $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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 3 & 8 p.m. 

"Redwood Curtain": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Jan. 16-Mar. 15. Stephanie Buck directs local actors in Lanford Wilson's drama about a young prodigy who's searching for her birth father when she encounters a homeless veteran living in a redwood forest in Northern California. Cast: Rainbow Dickerson, Alex Leydenfrost, Michelle Mountain.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Jan. 16-22 preview tickets: $22 (Wed. & Thurs.), $27 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $32 (Sat. eve.). After Jan. 22: Tickets $27 (Wed. & Thurs.), $37 (Fri. eves. & weekend matinees), & $42 (Sat. eves.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
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 4 p.m. 

U-M Women's Gymnastics vs. Ohio State.

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4 p.m., Crisler Center. $7 (youth & seniors, $5). 764-0247.
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 5-7 p.m. 

4th Saturday Scandinavian Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Swedish and Norwegian dancing to recorded and live music. No partner necessary. Wear flat shoes with smooth, hard soles. The program begins with a lesson by Bruce Sagan and Pat Micks.
5-7 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $5 (students, $3). (908) 721-2599. [map]
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 5:30 p.m. 

Havdallah Pajama Party: Jewish Community Center.

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All invited to celebrate the end of the Jewish sabbath highlighted by local storyteller Judy Schmidt telling Patricia Polacco's The Keeping Quilt. Attendees can also decorate a quilt square to be sewn into a quilt to be donated. Pizza dinner. Pajama attire encouraged.
5:30 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $5 (household, $15). 971-0990. [map]
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 6:30-10 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Healthy Couples Cooking!.

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Eat the Season! Come and create this lovely menu with your health-conscious-honey by your side! Enjoy the fruits of your labor in a cozy, candlelit setting, and don't forget to bring a bottle of wine! A perfect date night - guilt not included! Full participation. Menu: Persimmon, Pomegranate, and Tangerine Salad with Roasted Shallot Balsamic Vinaigrette; Mushroom, Seitan, and Roasted Vegetable Stew-stuffed Pumpkin with Rich Wine Sauce served with Crusty Whole Grain Baguette; Salt & Pepper Roasted Jumbo Shrimp; Poires au Chocolat (Chocolate-Dipped Pears);
*This menu can easily accommodate vegetarians or vegans. Please notify us before registering if you'd like us to tweak the menu to your liking! Register online up to 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $150/pair. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Irrational": EMU Theatre Department.

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Jan. 24-26. Local composer R. MacKenzie Lewis directs a world premiere staged reading of his and playwright David Wells' musical about the ancient Greek mathematician-mystic whose religious cult, erected on the premise that divinity is found in the harmony of ratios, is thrown into crisis when one of his followers discovers irrational numbers.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), EMU Quirk Theater, Ford St. (off Lowell from Huron River Dr.), Ypsilanti. Tickets $7 in advance and at the door. 487-2282.
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 7:15-9 p.m. 

"DJ Skate".

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Skating to Top 40 music.
7:15-9 p.m. (6-8:50 p.m. on Dec. 31), Arctic Coliseum, 501 Coliseum Dr. (off Manchester Rd., 1/2 mile south of the intersection of Old US-12 & M-52), Chelsea. $5 (children 14 & under, $3) admission, $3 skate rental. 433-4444. [map]
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 7:30-10:30 p.m. 

4th Saturday Contra & Square Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Reuven AnafShalom, Ed Vincent, and Marlin Whitaker call contras and squares to live music by the Rhythm Billies. Bring a snack to share, if you wish. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a beginner lesson.
7:30-10:30 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $10 (members, $9; students, $5). 786-8380. [map]
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 7:30-10 p.m. 

Israeli Dancing: Jewish Community Center.

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Dance instructor Cheryl Felt and DJ Amnon Steiner lead a variety of Israeli dancing to recorded music. Easy dances and oldies the first hour, followed by intermediate dances and requests. Beginners welcome. New dances taught each week.
7:30-10 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $5 (students, free). 395-4223. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"FutureStars 2014": Pioneer High School.

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Jan. 17, 18, & 25 (different programs). AAPS high school students perform 4 different talent shows. The judges and the audience determine the winners in each of the 4 categories, who compete in the Jan. 25 finale. This is a very popular show. The 9:30 p.m. shows are open only to students. Tonight: Final Competition.
7 & 9:30 p.m. (Jan. 17 & 18) & 7:30 p.m. (Jan. 25), PHS Schreiber Auditorium, 601 W. Stadium at Main. Tickets $10 on Jan. 17 & 18; $15 (students, seniors age 65 & over, & PHS staff, $10) on Jan. 25 in advance at showtix4u.com and at the door. 994-2191, ptguild.org. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Annie Capps: Mangiamo Italian Grill Acoustic Routes Concert.

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Local singer-songwriter and electric guitarist who writes thoughtful, distinctively personal, warmly exuberant folk-rock songs that are both musically sophisticated and down-home. She's accompanied by her husband, guitarist Rod Capps. Opening act is Jason Dennie, highly regarded local acoustic fingerstyle guitarist who plays an eclectic brand of folk-based music in the tradition of John Fahey, Leo Kottke, and Michael Hedges.
8 p.m., Mangiamo, 107 W. Michigan Ave, Saline. $15 by reservation and at the door. Preferred seating for dinner customers. 429-0060. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Annual Collage Concert: U-M School of Music.

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An hour of nonstop music in a wide range of contrasting styles. Classical, jazz, big band, vocal, and pop ensembles and soloists segue rapidly from one idiom to the next. Performers are U-M music students. One of the music school's most popular events.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $22 & $28 (students with ID, $10), in advance at the Michigan League Ticket Office, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]
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 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Peter Berman: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Jan. 23-25. Now based in L.A., this U-M grad is a high-energy performer known for his keen sense of the bizarre realities that lurk beneath the surface of everyday life. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 314 E. Liberty. $9 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Cosí Fan Tutte": Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Mozart Birthday Bash.

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Arie Lipsky conducts the orchestra in a semi-staged production of Mozart's beloved comic opera about two Neapolitan soldiers who decide to test their sweethearts' faithfulness by wooing them disguised as foreigners. They are aided in their scheme by a mischievous housemaid and a cynical old man. Sung in Italian. With sopranos Sarah Hibbard and Lauren Skuce, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Holloway, tenor Charles Reid, bass-baritone David Small, bass John Shuffle, and narrator Stephen West.
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $12-$60 (discounts for students & seniors; 1st-time season subscribers, buy 1 get 1 free) in advance at the AASO office (220 E. Huron, suite 470), at a2so.com, and at the door. 994-4801. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Simon & Garfunkel Retrospective": The Ark.

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Performance by AJ Swearingen & Jonathan Beedle, a duo that's been performing its Simon & Garfunkel tribute show for more than a decade.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $22.50 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. 

"Wine, Women, and Song XII": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Jan. 24-26 & 31 and Feb. 1. An elegant evening of jazz, classical, and cabaret songs showcasing noted local women singers, accompanied by pianist Jerry DePuit. Singers include Sue Booth, Carolyn Burnstein, Wendy Bloom, Shelley MacMillan, Lisa Gray, Roxy Diederich, Deanna Relyea, Susan Shipman, Monica Swartout-Bebow, and Kathy Waugh. Wine is served.
8 p.m. (Jan. 24, 25, & 31 and Feb. 1) and 4 p.m. (Jan. 26), KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $20-$50. Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. 

"Lift Off: Werk Out": A2 Aviary.

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Disco- and soul-inspired aerial and acrobatic acts by A2 Aviary students and instructors. Also, art, music, refreshments, and an open bar. The program ends with a high-energy dance party.
9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.), A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State. $10. 726-0353. [map]
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