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Calendar of Events

Saturday, February 1, 2014






 
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 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Used Book Sale: Friends of the Dexter District Library.

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All book sales profit the Dexter District Library.
Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine Street, Dexter. Free admission. 734-426-4477. cjurich@dexter.lib.mi.us www.dexter.lib.mi.us [map]
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 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Encounters with Islamic Art: Reception, Revival, and Response": UMMA.

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Daylong series of talks about how Islamic art was defined and received in both European and American museum and academic contexts in the 19th and 20th centuries. In conjunction with Doris Duke's Shangri La, an exhibit of ceramics, textiles, paintings, tile panels, architectural elements, photographs, and drawings by Islamic artists from tobacco heiress Duke's extensive collection.
9 a.m.-5 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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 9:45 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"The Future of Renewable Energy in Michigan": Gray Panthers of Huron Valley.

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Talk by Michigan League of Conservation Voters field director Melissa Bernardi. Followed by discussion. Refreshments. The program begins with coffee & socializing.
9:45 a.m.-noon, U-M Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 973-5593. [map]
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 10 a.m. 

"Spiritual Workshop: Bringing in the New Age": Center of Light.

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This is a special time to be alive - the New Age is upon us and change is in the air. Don't you want to focus on connection rather than isolation? How will you build your connections and communities? Are they strong and resilient multicultural and interfaith networks, or suffering from boundaries and limits? Join us as we host Mother Clare Watts from Santa Fe, NM for a special weekend intensive. Mother Clare is a Christian Master Teacher (equivalent of a Guru in Eastern traditions) with a powerful and beautiful vision of our future as one family. Come ask your questions and learn what to expect and how to prepare. Full Weekend Intensive (Fri, Sat, Sun) $135 includes Guided Meditations, Mystical Communion, Classes, and brunch Saturday and Sunday. $60 for Saturday.
Center of Light, 200 Huronview Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. 734-330-5048. revselena@centersoflight.org annarbor.centersoflight.org [map]
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

Free Introductory Class: Fun and Learning Music Studio.

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Fun and Learning Music Studio is providing a free group music lesson once a month on Saturday mornings. It will be approximately 1 hour, starting promptly at 10am. This class is appropriate for 4 1/2 year olds to 7 year olds. One parent must be in attendance for the entire session.
Snacks and drinks will be provided, questions about our curriculum, group and private lessons will be answered! We provide private instruction for piano and voice from age 5 to adult. Group lessons are a general music course with concentration on piano skills.
Please RSVP to reserve a space for you and your child(ren). Email or call sandrat@childrensmusicacademy.org or call 734-417-1167
Fun and Learning Music Studio, 4115 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. 734-417-1167. sandratracey@funandlearningmusicstudio.com www.childrensmusicacademy.org [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Open Play Group: Acorn Glen Cooperative Preschool.

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Feb. 1 & 8. Indoor and outdoor activities, storytime, and refreshments for toddlers and preschool-aged kids, accompanied by an adult. Siblings and friends welcome.
10 a.m.-noon, Acorn Glen Cooperative Preschool, 1547 Miller. Free. 585-5555. [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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 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. 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.
10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.) & noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.-midnight  Free! 

Remote-Controlled Car Racing: Washtenaw RC Raceway.

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Feb. 1 & 15 and Mar. 8. One of the largest regular gatherings of RC racers in the country features off-road dirt-track racing for stock and modified model electric trucks and buggies. Awards for the top three finishers in each class. Spectators welcome. Food concessions.
10:30 a.m.-midnight, Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Doors open at 8 a.m. Free admission. $16 to race. (517) 960-5252. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Spanish Playgroup: Manzanitas Spanish Immersion Preschool.

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Spanish stories and songs geared toward kids ages 6 months to 5 years, accompanied by a parent. Siblings welcome.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Manzanitas, 511 Miller. Free. (Park in the church lot off Chapin.) 369-6563. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Winter Fun for Kids": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Feb. 1 & 15. Led by WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance. For kids ages 3-6, accompanied by a parent. Feb. 1: "Nature Detectives" includes a story about winter animals followed by a hike to look for animal signs. Feb. 15: "Winter Scavenger Hunt" includes a search for winter animals and a chance to paint a picture inspired by the adventure.
10:30 a.m.-noon, County Farm Park Field Operations Bldg., Platt Rd. entrance. Free; preregistration required. 971-6337, ext. 334.
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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. 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.  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 with Pout-Pout Fish: Nicola's Books.

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An experienced storyteller spins yarns for kids age 7 & under. Followed by a chance to meet Deborah Diesen's Pout-Pout Fish
11 a.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Waterloo Recreation Area.

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Programs presented by WRA park interpreter Katie McGlashen (except as noted).

Feb. 23 (2-3 p.m.): "Michigan Wolves: Past, Present, and Future." Naturalist and wolf advocate Dorothy McLeer presents a program on the comeback of wolves in Michigan, the issues that arise when people live near wolves, and what the future holds for wolves. Preregistration requested.

Mar. 22 (2-4 p.m.): "Spring Terrarium." Participants make a small, display-worthy ecosystem. Bring a glass container with a lid, between a quart and a gallon in size.

Mar. 29 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Harbinger Hike." A hike along Discovery Center trails to look signs of awakening animals, early sprouts, and perhaps a few unorthodox blooms.

Apr. 8 (10 a.m. & 2 p.m.): "Spring Break: Animal Tracks." All kids in grades K-6 invited to learn about animal track patterns, practice the art of tracking, and make a plaster cast track to take home.

Apr. 9 (10 a.m. & 2 p.m.): "Geocaching & Orienteering" All kids in grades K-6 invited to learn the basics of using a GPS unit and reading a compass, then try it on the trail. Participants should bring a few cheap trinkets to trade in geocaches.

Apr. 10 (10 a.m. & 2 p.m.): "Spring Break: Pizza Plant Magic." All kids in grades K-6 invited to learn what plant parts we eat, and start a pizza garden to take home.

Apr. 19 (noon and 1, 2, & 3 p.m.): "Geocache Egg Hunt." All invited to learn to use a GPS unit and follow clues to hunt for prizes. GPS units provided, or bring your own.

Apr. 25 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.): "Arbor Day Treats." All invited to learn how to measure tree height, figure out how old a tree is, and identify some trees without their leaves. Also, treats made from trees. Prizes.

May 3 (2-4 p.m.): "Arrows Away." All age 7 & up invited to learn basic archery skills. Equipment provided.

May 10: (2-4 p.m.): "Seed Paper Cards for Mom." Using recycled paper and wildflower seeds, participants make a Mother's Day card that can be planted to grow wildflowers.

May 24 (9 a.m.): "Birding and Breakfast." All invited for a light breakfast followed by a birding hike in celebration of International Migratory Bird Day.

June 7 (10 a.m.-noon, Green Lake Campground Trail parking lot, west off M-52 between Waterloo Rd. & N. Territorial): "National Trails Day 3 Park Hike." All invited to join a 2.5-mile hike along the Waterloo-Pinckney Trail that connects 2 State Recreation Areas to Washtenaw County's Park Lyndon North.

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Various times, Eddy Discovery Center (except as noted), Bush Rd. (west from Pierce Rd. off I-94 exit 157), Waterloo Recreation Area. Free. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.
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 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. 

"Dora's Pirate Adventure": Skyline High School.

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Feb. 1 & 2. Anne-Marie Roberts directs Skyline students in Nickelodeon's musical adaptation of Dora the Explorer, its popular long-running animated TV series about a Latina girl with a penchant for embarking on quests with her colorful friends. Cast: Alex Porter-Castro, Andrew Terry, Lia Minonne, Loralye Johnson, Cecilia Lundberg, Ryann Patten, Tom Verstappen, Leah Hess, Aliyah Kiesler, and Ida Mwai.
11 a.m. (Feb. 1) & 2 p.m. (Feb. 1 & 2), Skyline High School auditorium, 2552 N. Maple. Tickets $10 in advance at showtix4u.com and at the door. 994-6515. [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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 11:30 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.

Cosmic Colors (Sat. 12:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual journey across the entire electromagnetic spectrum that explores the reasons for color, the nature of X-rays, and more.

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.

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Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
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 Noon 

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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 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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 Noon 

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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 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sum Story Fun": Ann Arbor District Library.

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AAUW members and U-M engineering students read a math education story and lead related and engaging math activities for kids in grades K-3.

Feb. 1: Matthew Elligott's delightful math-education story The Lion's Share and activities exploring fractions.

Feb. 8: Jacqueline Briggs Martin's 1999 Caldecott Medal-winning Snowflake Bentley and activities exploring hexagons.

Feb. 15: Amy Axelrod's Pigs on a Blanket and activities exploring time.

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1-2:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 2-4 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Kids' Spaghetti with a Chance of Meatballs.

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Cracking eggs, hand-mixing, and seasoning is the way we like to teach a great meatball recipe and that's just what we'll do in this class. We'll also make a classic tomato sauce to go with our Spaghetti & Meatballs. We'd be remiss if we didn't include some sort of bread, so Focaccia with Rosemary & Parmesan is also on the menu. And a buttery, crunchy Orange Shortbread Cookie will complete the meal. We'll send home any leftovers (feel free to send a container) and a recipe packet. Full participation. Register online up to 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
This class is a kids-only class and is for ages 8 and up.
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $50/child. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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 2 p.m.. 

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

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2 p.m., Cliff Keen Arena, S. State at Hoover. Ticket prices TBA. 763-2159.
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 2 p.m. 

U-M Women's Basketball vs. Minnesota.

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2 p.m., Crisler Center, S. State at Hoover. $7 & $8. 764-0247.
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 2-5 p.m.  Free! 

"The Race to Space: Kerbal Space Program": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All teens in grades 6-12 invited to play this game in which players create their own space program.
2-5 p.m., AADL training center, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. Arrive early; space limited. 327-8301. [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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 2:30-3:30 p.m. 

Static Trapeze 1: A2 Aviary.

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Static trapeze, or fixed trapeze, is a circus art performed on the bars and ropes of a mainly stationary trapeze. This class is designed for beginning aerialists to gain confidence and strength in the fundamentals of Static Trapeze. You will learn to get on and off the trapeze unassisted, as well as seated and under the bar poses. Strength makes it seamless! This is also an excellent conditioning class for established aerialists looking to hone their transitions and perfect their technique, without focusing on choreography. Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination - not to mention bruises in unusual places…!
$15 for a single class
$150 for a seven week series
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. $25-$150. 734-726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/static-trapeze-1/ [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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 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

Pittsfield Open Band: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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May 3 & 17. All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. Bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book if you have them.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. Free. 994-9307. [map]
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 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Raptor Feeding": Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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Every Sat. LSNC volunteers feed and answer questions about the center's red-tailed hawk, peregrine falcon, and other resident raptors, who may come out of their enclosures to eat.
3-4 p.m. Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. Free. 997-1553. [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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 4:15 p.m. 

"The Invisible Woman": Michigan Theater.

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(Ralph Fiennes, 2013). Biopic about Charles Dickens' secret young lover. Ralph Fiennes, Kristin Scott Thomas.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $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). michtheater.org. 668-TIME. [map]
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 5-7 p.m. 

Russian Dinner: Russian Ministries of First Presbyterian Church.

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Come and enjoy an authentic Russian meal prepared by cooks from St. Vladimir Russian Orthodox Church and First Presbyterian Church. The evening will include a short presentation by Zhanna Skalitzky on her 2013 trip to Davydovo, where she visited the village's Orthodox Church and its summer camp for children with disabilities. Proceeds will help fund mission work in the village of Davydovo and the building fund for St. Vladimir.
First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw Ave. $12 individual, $30 family. (RSVP) 734-662-4466. http://firstpresbyterian.org/content/russia-task-force [map]
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 5-10 p.m. 

"The RoadShow 2014": EMU Convocation Center.

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Annual Christian pop music festival. Headliners are the veteran Memphis hard-rock quartet Skillet, the Georgia southern rock quartet Third Day, hip-hop MC Andy Mineo, Atlanta folk-gospel singer-songwriter and rapper Jamie Grace, and the pop-rock dance band Royal Tailor. The bill also includes the Colombian praise & worship quintet Soulfire Revolution, the Idaho hard-rock quintet We as Human, the Portland (OR) pop-rock band The Neverclaim, and the Chicago worship ensemble Vertical Church Band.
5-10 p.m., EMU Convocation Center, 799 N. Hewitt (north off Washtenaw), Ypsilanti. Tickets $20 in advance at emutix.com, $10 in advance at the EMU Convocation Center box office, $10 at the door. 487-2282. [map]
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 6:30 p.m. 

U-M Ice Hockey vs. Wisconsin: Jan. 31 & Feb. 1..

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6:30 p.m., Yost Ice Arena, 1016 S. State at McKinley. Ticket price TBA at stubhub.com/michigan-wolverines-hockey-tickets. 764-0247. [map]
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 6:30 p.m. 

"Dandia Dhamaka": U-M Raas Association 13th Annual Intercollegiate Indian Dance Competition.

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The nation's premier intercollegiate competition of traditional Indian raas dance is an extremely lively affair featuring 8 dance teams from around the nation. The fast-paced, playful raas style originated in ancient times in the northwestern Indian state of Gujarat as part of the Navratri festival that honors Hindu goddesses. It involves rotating circles and changing geometric shapes of elaborately dressed male and female singing dancers who pepper the dance with flourishes and gesture with decorated rods known as dandias.
6:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $15 & $18 (students, $10). dandiadhamaka.com. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

16th Annual Hometown Concert: Chelsea House Orchestra.

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This ensemble of more than 30 Chelsea High School students plays traditional jigs and reels. Opening act is the Beach (Middle School) Fiddle Club. Also, an afterglow to visit with current and past CHO musicians.
7 p.m., Chelsea High School Auditorium, 740 N. Freer (between Old US-12 and Washington St.), Chelsea. $10 (students & seniors, $5; children under 3, free) in advance at Chelsea Pharmacy and chelseahouseorchestra.org, at the door. 475-1957. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

26th Annual "Big Rack Night".

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This annual contest for white-tailed deer hunters attracts around 400 people. The top award winners in the firearms, archery, muzzle loading, ladies, and youth divisions are invited to go onstage, display their antlers, and swap hunting stories. Also, talks by guest speakers with unusual or outstanding racks. Additional overall prize for "biggest rack" (number, size, and mass of points on the 2 horns). Light dinner for sale.
7 p.m. (doors open 5 p.m.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Free admission. 439-7919. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Art Explorer Saturdays! | Feb 1 - March 22, 7pm: Fly Children's Art Center.

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When: Saturdays, 6-7pm Feb-March Who: ALL FOLKS ages 6 and up welcome...adults, too! ;) Come play!! (students under 10 should be accompanied by an adult) What: Exploratory drop-in art class featuring a new medium each week Cost: $7 drop-in/class* (*plus material fee, depending upon medium) or $50 pre-registered for entire semester (includes all material fees) 2/1: Drawing 2/8: Wire Sculpture* (add $5 material fee) 2/15: Wax resist watercolors 2/22: Sharpie Art* (add $3 material fee) 3/1: Collage/Stamp Art 3/8: Oil pastels 3/15: Tissue paper art* (add $2 material fee) 3/22: Painting Groups of 4 or more must pre-register to be ensured a space! Have a party of 15 or more? Ask us about hosting a private class just for your group!
Fly Children's Art Center, 40 N. Huron St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197, Ypsilanti. $7/student. 734-218-2145. katie@flyartcenter.com http://www.flyartcenter.org/#!studio-classes/c20by [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Sketch Comedy Revue: Greenhills School Voodoo Theater Company.

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Greenhills students present comedy sketches they've written and produced.
7 p.m., Greenhills School Campbell Center for the Performing Arts, 850 Greenhills Dr. $5. 769-4010. [map]
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 7-9 p.m. 

"Dao to Now": U-M Confucius Institute.

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Traditional and contemporary music for Asian instruments by the husband-and-wife duo of the celebrated zheng (plucked zither) virtuoso Mei Han and Canadian composer-performer Randy Raine-Reusch, a renowned multi-instrumentalist specializing in wind and string instruments from around the world.
7-9 p.m., Rackham Amphitheatre (4th- floor). Free. 764-8888. [map]
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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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 7:15 p.m. 

"Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Animated": Michigan Theater.

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Short films by various directors.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $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). michtheater.org. 668-TIME. [map]
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 7:30-9 p.m. 

"Drum 4 Wellness Circle": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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All invited to join a facilitated drum circle. Bring a drum or use one provided.
Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $5 suggested donation. 480-1219. . [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

John F. O'Donnell: Mix Studio Theater.

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Stand-up by this intense, self-deprecating comic whose routine covers everything from the information age to Leonard Cohen and is punctuated by bizarre riffs and angry diatribes that give the impression he's on the verge of coming unhinged.
7:30 p.m., Mix Studio Theater, 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. $7 in advance at brownpapertickets.com/event/552248, and at the door. sehllbell178@gmail.com, emergentarts.com. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"Hello Dolly!": Burns Park Players.

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Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 7, & 8. Burns Park Elementary School students, parents, and friends perform Jerry Herman's long-running musical about a charismatic, opportunistic woman out to make a quick buck. Complications arise when she tries to play matchmaker to the wealthy Horace Vandergelder. The score includes such memorable songs as "Put on Your Sunday Clothes," "It Only Takes a Moment," and the title tune. These shows almost always sell out, so get tickets early.
7:30 p.m. (Feb. Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 & 7) & 2 p.m. (Feb. 8), Tappan Middle School auditorium, 2251 E. Stadium at Brockman. Tickets $15 (Patron tickets, $30) in advance at showtix4u.com and (if available) at the door. burnsparkplayers.org. [map]
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 8-11 p.m. 

1st Saturday Contra: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Martha vander Kolk calls to live music by Big Fun. All dances taught; no partner needed. Bring flat, smooth-sole shoes.
8-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. $10 (members, $9; students, $5). 662-9290. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

Piano Exchange Concert: U-M School of Music.

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Performances by Eastman School of Music (New York) piano students.
8 p.m., U-M Music School Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Sean Patton: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Jan. 30 & 31 and Feb. 1. Local debut of this New Orleans-bred actor-comedian who's known for his irreverent, politically incorrect, but affectionate stories exploring the incorrigible comedy of human behavior. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 314 E. Liberty. $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $12 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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 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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 8 p.m. 

"Next to Normal": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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Jan. 30-Feb. 2. Ron Baumanis directs local actors in Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey's Pulitzer- and Tony-winning rock musical about a suburban family coping with crisis and mental illness. The New York Times calls it "a feel-everything musical, which asks you, with operatic force, to discover the liberation in knowing where it hurts." The score's "rock 'n' roll jaggedness and vitality" shift "from dainty music-box lyricism to twanging country-western heartbreak," with songs such as "My Psychopharmacologist and I" and "Didn't I See This Movie?" Cast: Aynsley Martindale, Michael Smith, Kailey Schneemann, Samuel Plumb, Tyler Smith, & Michael Joseph.
8 p.m. (Jan. 30-Feb. 1) & 2 p.m. (Feb. 2), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $25 (seniors age 60 & over, $22; students, $13; Thurs., $19) in advance at a2ct.org & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 971-2228. [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 p.m.-1 a.m. 

"Serious about Salsa" Latin Dance Party: Dance Revolution.

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Feb. 1 & 15. High-energy dance party with salsa, merengue, bachata, and cha-cha dancing to music spun by a DJ. No partner necessary. Preceded by beginner (7 p.m.) and advanced (8 p.m.) salsa lessons.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main (above Elmo's). $5 ($8 includes lesson). (313) 808-0358. [map]
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 9:30 p.m. 

"Oscar Nominated Short Films: Live Action": Michigan Theater.

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Short films by various directors.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $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). michtheater.org. 668-TIME. [map]
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