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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, January 29, 2014






 
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 10 a.m. 

EnhanceFitness Exercise: YMCA.

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A WHOLE LOT OF FUN!
Now there's a low-cost fitness program designed for older adults just like you. Introducing EnhanceFitness, a lively and interactive hour-long class filled with variety.
A WHOLE LOT OF VARIETY
This fitness class is different from the start because it is based on scientific research and input from older adults like you. The result is a fun and lively program that works!
EnhanceFitness combines the three key components of fitness: strength training, flexibility and cardiovascular conditioning.
Our one-hour class meets two times a week and is attended by older adults interested in improving their life through exercise. Expect a casual atmosphere and an energetic, certified instructor. Classes begin with a warm-up period, followed by work with light soft-weights, and finish with a cool-down session. Interaction among participants is always encouraged-it's another benefit of the class!
St. Lukes Episcopal Church, 120 N Huron St, Ypsilanti. $2/class. 734-661-8043. jnicodemus@annarborymca.org www.annarborymca.org [map]
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 10 a.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 Wednesdays (Jan. 22-March 12) from 10-11:30 a.m. and is open to any individual who has experienced the loss of a spouse or significant other.
St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 3109 Scio Church Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. Donation. 734-794-5127. ching@arborhospice.org www.arborhospice.org [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon 

Readers' Theatre: Shakespeare's Much Ado about Nothing--OLLI Study Group (50+): Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M.

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Class meets Wednesdays, January 29 - February 26.
Join in reading and "performing" (with the text) William Shakespeare's wonderful comedy. Parts will be assigned randomly each week and will change from week to week over five sessions. There will be no costumes, sets or props, just performers reading this wonderful comedy to each other. Participants will be asked to purchase the Dover Thrift Edition of Much Ado About Nothing (cost: about $2.00), which will be available at Nicola's Books. Class will be facilitated by Tim Richards.
Trinity Lutheran Church, 1400 W. Stadium Boulevard. $35. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]
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 11 a.m. 

"What's Your Favorite Animal?": Barnes & Noble.

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All kids age 3 & up invited to s storytelling program featuring Eric Carle's brand-new picture book, along with related crafts and activities.
11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]
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 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Bloggers, TweetTeams and YouTube Stars: LA2M - Marketing Education.

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In today's digital era, social media is the best way to spread word-of-mouth recommendations. Businesses recognize the advantages of having online influencers talk about their products on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, via YouTube videos, blogs and more.
In this session, Emily A. Hay will fill you in on the targeted social media influencer landscape. Hear case studies and specific ways she has activated these powerful projects for clients and demonstrated measurable results. She'll show you how to put these authentic brand ambassadors to work for your clients: Flexibly and affordably, one project at a time.
Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main Street. Donation. 734-272-4698. info@la2m.org la2m.org [map]
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 Noon-12:30 p.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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 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Odorico from Pordenone and His Encounter with China (1318-1330)": U-M Confucius Institute.

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University of Notre Dame Medieval Institute postdoc Annalia Marchisio discusses the influence of this Franciscan friar's account of his visit to China.
Noon-1 p.m., Michigan League Vandenberg Room. Free. 764-8888. [map]
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 12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Crocheting for the Community: Ann Arbor YMCA.

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Join us as we give back to the community! This free program invites volunteers of all ages and abilities to help crochet (or knit!) beautiful hats, scarves, blankets for those in need. No experience necessary - we'll teach you how! Equipment and materials are provided.
The group meets in the Michigan Room from 12:30 to 1:30pm every Wednesday.
For more information about this volunteer opportunity please contact Jen Nicodemus at 734-661-8043 or jnicodemus@annarborymca.org
Ann Arbor YMCA, 400 W Washington St. Free. 734-661-8043. jnicodemus@annarborymca.org http://www.annarborymca.org/crocheting-community.php [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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 5-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Classical Objects as Texts: Reading the Façade of Angell Hall": U-M Comparative Literature Department.

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A panel of U-M scholars offer their readings of this iconic campus monument. With American studies professor Kristin Hass, art history professor Alexander Potts, Bentley Historical Library director Terrence McDonald, classics professor and Kelsey Museum of Archaeology director Christopher Rate, Lloyd Scholars Program art director Mark Tucker, and English professor Andrea Zemgulys. Followed (7-8 p.m.) in the Angell Hall Courtyard by "Classical Objects as Stage: Dancing the Façade of Angell Hall," a dance party with a DJ and laser projections illuminating the Angell Hall columns.
5-7 p.m., Kelsey Museum Lecture Hall, 434 S. State.Free. 763-2351. [map]
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 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Aging, Memory Loss, and Dementia: Causes, Challenges, and Current Research": U-M Natural History Museum Science Cafe.

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Talk by Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Center director and U-M neurology professor Henry Paulson.
5:30-7:30 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. Free. 764-0478. [map]
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 5:30-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Terms of Inclusion: Black Intellectuals in 20th-Century Brazil": U-M Author's Forum Series.

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U-M Spanish, Portuguese, and history professor Paulina Alberto discusses her new book.
5:30-7 p.m., 100 U-M Hatcher Library, enter from the Diag. Free. 615-5783. [map]
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 5:30-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Terms of Inclusion: Black Intellectuals in 20th-Century Brazil": U-M Author's Forum Series.

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U-M Spanish, Portuguese, and history professor Paulina Alberto discusses her new book.
5:30-7 p.m., 100 U-M Hatcher Library, enter from the Diag. Free. 615-5783. [map]
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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. 

Winter Walk: 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 wineandcanvas.com 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.
Kuroshio, 120 East Liberty Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. $35. 734-277-9253. infoannarbor@wineandcanvas.com www.wineandcanvas.com [map]
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 6:15 p.m. 

Basic Flow Yoga.

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Playfully and Progressively balance your body and clear your mind with this energizing, moderate flowing mindful practice. 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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 6:15-7:30 p.m. 

Basic Hatha Flow Yoga Class: Sun Moon Yoga.

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This Wednesday evening yoga class releases tension from the body and mind and allows balance , focus and energy to naturally flow. Using a breath based blend of seated and standing postures, this "safety -first" class is beneficial and fun for beginning students to experienced yoga practitioners.
Instructor: Janine Polley RN, ERYT 500, Yoga Therapist
Sun Moon Yoga, 404 W.Huron. $15 drop-in, only $12.90 per class with 10 class card purchase. 734-929-0274. Jdpolley@comcast.net Www.sun-moon-yoga.com [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. we.dare.greatly@gmail.com www.nutritionbychoice.com [map]
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 6:30-9:30 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Thai One On!.

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It's freezing outside and I don't know about you, but this is the time of the winter that I start to go crazy. So... let's spice up the kitchen and THAI ONE ON!! Thai food is a great way to punch out big bold flavors and awaken our senses in the dead of winter. So come with me to Southeast Asia for a night and cook up some tasty fun! Full participation. Menu: Tom Yum Soup with Coconut Milk; Larb Gai (spicy sauteed minced chicken or pork in lettuce leaves); Panang Curry; Whole Fish with Chili-Coriander Sauce; Lemongrass Ice Cream. Register online up to 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $75/person. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Sundance Shorts": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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Jan. 28 & 29. A collection of the best short films from the 2013 Sundance competition.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. $15 in advance at Ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets. To charge by phone, call (800) 745-3000. 668-TIME. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Women Dancing Freedom: Hygeia Center for Healing Arts.

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Dancing Freedom is a free-form movement practice that supports healthy intimacy, full expression, loving boundaries, emotional coherency, and spiritual awakening for individuals and whole communities. Dancing Freedom classes can spark or deepen health, happiness, and freedom in any stage of life. Open to female bodied/identified peoples age 13 and up. New 6-week session begins January 15th. Wednesdays 7:30 -9:30 pm. Fee: $90 for full session or $17 for a single class (space permitting). Fee assistance available.
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. 5th Ave. $90/ 6 weeks, $17 SIngle Class. 734-769-6100. welcome@hygeiacenter.org www.hygeiacenter.org [map]
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 7:45 p.m. 

Yoga for Stiff People.

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Unveil your inner Gumby! Allow your body to release and open safely and naturally. Aggressively stretching the body in unnatural levels of heat or without proper awareness invites injury. Enjoy patient deep release with appropriate modifications under the guidance of a skilled and knowledgeable teacher. 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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 8 p.m.  Free! 

University Symphony Orchestra: U-M School of Music.

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Kenneth Kiesler conducts this music student ensemble in Brahms' richly melodic and deeply expressive Symphony no. 3 as well as evocative, rhythmic, and opulent works by Ravel, including Alborada del Gracioso and Bolero. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. in the lower lobby by a lecture on the program.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 9-11:30 p.m. 

"Juke Box Jungle": Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub.

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Every Wed. Conor O'Neill's staff member Ryan Halsey hosts a music trivia quiz. Prizes.
9-11:30 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $3 team fee. 665-2968. [map]
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 9-11 p.m. 

Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.

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Every Wed. Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner needed. Bring casual or nicer shoes that stay on your feet when you're active. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson. Followed at 11 p.m. by "Late Night @ Silvio's" swing dancing (see Nightspots).
9-11 p.m., Michigan League Vandenburg Room, $5 (students, $4; $1 discount for members). 945-8428. [map]
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