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Calendar of Events

Monday, February 3, 2014






 
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Chelsea Winter Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon., Dec.-Mar. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 35-45 or 55-65 miles, to various destinations.
9 a.m., meet at Aberdeen Bike & Fitness, 1175 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. (517) 285-6830. [map]
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 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Tiny Tots": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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A program of hikes, storytelling, songs, puppets, and crafts for kids ages 1-3 (accompanied by a caregiver). Snacks provided; dress for the outdoors.

Sept. 9: "Animals Use Their Senses Too!" Explore how animals use their senses.

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10-11:30 a.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. $7 per child. 997-1553. [map]
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 10-11:30 a.m. 

Drop In Play: Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor.

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Drop in and enjoy playing with your little one(s) (ages 6 months - 3 years welcome) in our cheerful safe play space. We will have lots of toys for all ages to play with. There's a slide, kitchen, ride-on toys and tons of other options. We'll even be bringing in the swings and Jump-a-roo for the little ones.
This is an open play session. Parents/caregivers supervise and socialize. Bring a friend, bring the kids and let them play while you get a chance to chat or meet new friends while you are here.
Coffee and healthy snacks available for $1 each.
If you are bringing more than one child to play, please call our office at (734)973-1014 to pre-register or plan to pay at the door. Credit, checks and cash accepted.
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk. $5 per child. 734-973-1014. info@lamazefamilycenter.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
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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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 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Weekly Rehearsal: Women's Chamber Chorus.

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Every Mon., Sept,. 8-Dec. 8. All invited to join this independent 30-member local women's chorus to sing everything from Bach and Hungarian folk songs to madrigals and pop tunes. David Perample directs.
10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., West Side United Methodist Church, 900 S. Seventh. Free to visitors ($115 per semester dues for those who join). AFlowers@umich.edu. 665-9271. [map]
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 10 a.m. 

Yoga for Mamas with Joy Van Bael

Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga: Hygeia Center for Healing Arts.

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Gentle yoga poses combined with breath are taught to support the changes that occur during pregnancy, labor and delivery, and the postpartum period. Prenatal mamas and mamas and babies 12 months and younger are welcome.Instructor: Joy Van Bael
Yoga for Mamas meets Monday mornings 10:00 am to 11:30 am.
Single Class (space permitting)- $18, 10-class pass - $145, 5-class pass - $80.
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. 5th Ave. $145 - 10 class pass. 734-769-6100. welcome@hygeiacenter.org www.hygeiacenter.org [map]
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 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Knitting: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon. All ages invited to bring knitting projects to work on. Lunch available at 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. ($5.50; age 60 & over, $3; reservations required).
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. Free. 794-6250. [map]
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 11 a.m. 

Yoga for Weight Management.

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Honor your mind and body safely and successfully to achieve and maintain your ideal weight. Start wherever you are in the process as we move together toward feeling great. Open to all body types and experience levels.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. webguru@annarboryoga.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
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 3:30-4:30 p.m. 

Youth Aerial Silk at Ringstar: Ringstar Studio.

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Aerial Silks are an exciting and beautiful circus art involving two long fabric "ribbons" which a performer does tricks in. Also known as aerial dance, this art is a great way to develop strength, coordination, flexibility, spatial awareness, and confidence. Kids in grades 6-12 are welcome to attend this series of after school classes designed specifically for young people. Younger people are welcome to observe a class to see if they're ready. No experience necessary!
Ringstar Studio, 3907 Varsity Dr. $10. diane@a2ringstar.com http://a2ringstar.com [map]
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 3:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Lego CLub": Chelsea District Library.

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All kids ages 5-12 invited to play with the CDL Lego collection to see what they can make.
3:30-4:30 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Future of the Voting Rights Act: Is There One?": U-M Ford School of Public Policy.

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Talk by Yale law professor Heather Gerken.
4-5:30 p.m., 1120 Weill, 735 S. State at Hill. Free. 615-3893. [map]
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 4:15, 6:45, & 9:15 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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 4:35 & 9:35 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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 6 p.m. 

"Tom Sawyer" auditions Grades 3-8: The Ann Arbor Young Actors Guild.

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Auditions for "Tom Sawyer" stage play
Terri Park, Director
Grades 3 thru 8
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Performance
April 25 & 26, Riverside Arts Complex
76 N Huron St, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
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All who audition will be cast and appear in every performance.
Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor (JCC), 2935 Birch Hollow Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48108. Free to audition. (734) 926-5629. aayag-promotions@comcast.net www.aayag.org [map]
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 6-7:30 p.m. 

Partner Acrobatics: Ringstar Studio.

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Partner Acrobatics (often referred to as AcroYoga, or Acro) offers an exploration into partner dynamics, through balance postures and movement. We will be working on supporting (basing) and flying in a variety of postures, learning how to use (as well as develop) strength, stability and balance. Each class will offer a focus on different moves, allowing you to slowly build up your repertoire.
If you have never tried anything like this, don't worry, this class is meant to be for everyone. We will gladly walk you through the basics. Now remember, this class is all about having fun and possibly learning something about yourself in the process. It will be available on a drop-in basis, until there is enough interest to develop into a progressive series. The cost will be $15/class, or $50/month. You can come solo, or with a partner. For more information, please check out the listed website.
Ann Arbor Ringstar Studio, 3907 Varsity Dr, Ann Arbor MI 48108. $15. connor@connorotto.com www.a2ringstar.com [map]
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 6:15 p.m. 

Spirited Yoga.

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Energize your body while creating balanced strength and awakening flexibility. This breath-based flowing vinyasa class uses traditional yogasana and pranayama techniques to stoke your inner fire, burn impurities, and unleash freedom and joy.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. webguru@annarboryoga.com 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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 7 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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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Adult Loss of a Parent Support Group: Arbor Hospice.

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Life without a loved one can be overwhelming, even long after that person has passed. To help individuals coping with grief, Arbor Hospice offers a supportive and caring environment to work through the loss.
Support groups and events are open to everyone, regardless of whether their loved one received services from Arbor Hospice. All grief support programs are free of charge, but donations are welcome to help support the nonprofit's programming.
This is an eight-week group held on Mondays (Jan. 27-March 17) from 7-8:30 p.m. and is open to any individual who has experienced the loss of a parent.
Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 East Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor, Mich. 48104. Free. Donation. 734-794-5460. mschultz@arborhospice.org www.arborhospice.org [map]
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 7-9:30 p.m. 

Learning to Love Opera--OLLI Study Group (50+): Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M.

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Select Mondays and Tuesdays, 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. February 3 - April 29. Contact OLLI office for specific dates.
This continuing program prepares participants for HD live broadcasts of 10 Metropolitan Opera performances during the 2013-2014 season. They will be shown in local movie theaters. In the week preceding a performance, the course will enrich the experience with presentations and discussions of related opera performances, feature and documentary films and guest lectures. Opera enthusiasts and novices are all equally welcome. Dr. Adelman is an Emeritus Professor of Biological Chemistry and a Past Director of the Institute of Gerontology at the UM Medical School.

University Living, 2865 S. Main Street,. $40. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Life without a loved one can be overwhelming, even long after that person has passed. To help individuals coping with grief, Arbor Hospice offers a supportive and caring environment to work through the loss.
Support groups and events are open to everyone, regardless of whether their loved one received services from Arbor Hospice. All grief support programs are free of charge, but donations are welcome to help support the nonprofit's programming.
This is an eight-week group held on Mondays (Jan. 20-March 10) from 7-8:30 p.m. and is open to any individual who has experienced the loss of a spouse or significant other.
Grace Bible Church, 1300 South Maple Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. Donation. 734-794-5375. rwhite@arborhospice.org www.arborhospice.org [map]
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 7-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

New Members Night: Out Loud Chorus.

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Feb. 3 & 10. Beginning to advanced singers invited to join the weekly rehearsal of this chorus of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their friends.
7-9:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 1400 W. Stadium. Free. Olconline.org. 265-0470, 973-6084. [map]
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 7--8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Banish the Winter Blues with Yoga": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to bring a mat or towel and dress comfortably for a yoga workout designed to perk you up.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Bodies in Motion": University Musical Society Night School.

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Feb. 3, 10, 17, & 24. U-M dance professor Clare Croft leads a lecture-discussion and interactive exercises based on themes of upcoming dance performances. Feb. 3: "Dance: The basics," about the history of dance and the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD) performance "Moving Pictures." Feb. 10: "Technique, Virtuosity & Monsters," about hip-hop dance and Compagnie Kafig's Correria Agwa (see listing 14 Friday). Feb. 17: "Theatrical Bodies," about how actors perceive movement and Theatre des Bouffes du Nord's The Suit (see listing 19 Wednesday). Feb. 24: "Body Experiments," about experimentation and innovation in dance and Jennifer Monson and DD Dorvillier's U-M SMTD performance RMW(a)/RMW (see listing 26 Wednesday).
7 p.m., U-M Alumni Center, 200 Fletcher. Free. 764-2538. [map]
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 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Large Ensemble Meeting: Ann Arbor Recorder Society.

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All beginning and advanced players of the recorder and other early instruments invited. Directed by viol teacher and early music specialist Janet Cannon. Music provided; bring your own music stand.
7:30-9:30 p.m., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division. Free to visitors ($35 annual dues). 274-9463.
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 7:30-9:30 p.m. 

Tartan & Thistle Scottish Country Dancers.

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Every Mon. Jigs, reels, and strathspeys. Usually with live music. All dances taught; beginners welcome.
7:30-9:30 p.m., the Barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $5. 395-7782, 769-1052, 426-0241. [map]
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 7:45 p.m. 

Better Backs Yoga.

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Release strain and tension on the back, neck and shoulders and strengthen the supporting muscles while releasing the hamstrings and supporting the knees and hips. This soothing practice is available to all levels and promotes immune function, mental acuity and overall well-being.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. webguru@annarboryoga.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
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Science camp for kids ages 6-14
Esquire Interiors Ann Arbor MI
Top of the Lamp, Ann Arbor's locally owned lighting specialty store.