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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, February 5, 2014






 
 10-11:30 a.m. 

Conquer Your Computer Phobia--OLLI Study Group (50+): Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M.

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Wednesday, February 5 and February 12
OLLI membership not required for this course

Even if you are computer-phobic, you can move from fearful, to curious, to even enthusiastic. This course will teach you basics such as the use of a mouse, the desktop, opening and closing programs, minimizing and maximizing size, using shortcuts and searching in Google. The instructor, Rich Child, taught computers for a non-profit organization and was an advanced software instructor for a large for-profit firm.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. $15. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.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 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.  Free! 

Open House: FUMCN Preschool & Young 5s.

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Open House on Wed. Feb. 5, 10-11:30am.
Alternate snow date: Wed. Feb. 12, 10-11:30am.
Co-op preschool for ages 3-young 5. Parents assist 3- and 4-year-olds 6-8x/semester. Optional sibling care during assists. Three-year-olds meet 9-11:30 a.m. Tues. & Thurs., adult-child ratio 1:5. Four-year-olds meet 9-11:30 a.m. Mon., Wed., & Fri., adult child ratio 1:5. Three- and four-year-old split class meets 12:30-3:15 p.m. Tues., Thurs., & Fri., adult-child ratio 1:5. Scholarships available. Young 5s meet 9 a.m.-noon Mon.-Fri. or 12:30-3:30 Mon.-Fri., adult-child ratio 1:5. Optional Wed. Lunch club 11:30-12:30 and Explorer's club 12:30-3:15 for 3s, 4s, 5s. Optional free Twos Playgroup, Mondays 9:15-11:15 a.m.
FUMCN Preschool & Young 5s, 120 S. State Street. Free. 734-662-7660. membership@fumcnpreschool.org http://www.fumcnpreschool.org [map]
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 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Superbowl Post Game - Second-Screen Stories: LA2M - Marketing Education.

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On February 2nd, 2014 Super Bowl XLVIII promises to be a massive television event. Now, at the same time a significant number of viewers will use a "second screen" as a companion to the Super Bowl broadcast. Remember the impact of Oreo's, "you can still dunk in the dark" during last year's game? Fresh off the latest Super Bowl, let's do a post-game breakdown of how the second screen was used during the game and during the commercials.
Jamie MIchelson, currently president of SMZ Advertising, has over 20 years of successfully leading and directing brands. Make sure you join us on the 5th to hear this exciting talk!
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. 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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 Noon-3:45 p.m. 

Duplicate Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. All seniors age 55 & over invited to play non-sanctioned (Mon.) and ACBL-sanctioned (Wed. & Thurs.) duplicate bridge. Bring a partner.
12:30-4 p.m. (Mon.) & noon-3:45 p.m. (Wed. & Thurs.), Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $7 (members, $6) on Wed. & Thurs., $3 (members, $2) on Mon. 794-6250. [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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 12:30-4 p.m. 

Duplicate Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. All seniors age 55 & over invited to play non-sanctioned (Mon.) and ACBL-sanctioned (Wed. & Thurs.) duplicate bridge. Bring a partner.
12:30-4 p.m. (Mon.) & noon-3:45 p.m. (Wed. & Thurs.), Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $7 (members, $6) on Wed. & Thurs., $3 (members, $2) on Mon. 794-6250. [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. 

"Oscar Nominated Short Films: Documentary Program A": 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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 4, 6:45, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Saving Mr. Banks": Michigan Theater.

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(John Lee Hancock, 2013). Dramatic biopic about Mary Poppins writer P.L. Travers' difficult childhood and relationship with Walt Disney. Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks.
Times TBA at michtheater.org (unless otherwise noted), Michigan Theater. $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). 668-TIME. [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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 5-8 p.m.  Free! 

Scrabble: Ann Arbor Scrabble Club.

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Every Wed. Word freaks of all abilities invited to drop in to play this popular word game. Bring your own set, if you like.
5-8 p.m., Arbor Brewing, 114 E. Washington. Free. 994-0084, 277-7748. [map]
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 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

willPower & grace: A2 Aviary.

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Strengthen your entire body from the ground up with this unique, barefoot cardio-sculpting workout. Experience the intensity of boot-camp, the self-awareness of yoga, and the discipline of Pilates all in one class! willPower increases balance and strength so you can move forward confidently in everything you do. This class is for students of all levels.
$12 for a single class
$75 for a seven week series
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. $12 - $75. 734-726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/willpower-grace/ [map]
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 5:55 p.m. 

"Oscar Nominated Short Films: Documentary Program B": 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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 6-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Bugs, Inflammation, and Epigenetics: How Pathogens Control Our Immune Response": U-M Taubman Medical Research Institute.

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Steven L. Kunkel, Ph.D., the U-M Medical School's senior associate dean for research, will discuss his work, which assesses the molecular mechanisms of inflammation by investigating cell-to-cell communication circuits. With emphasis on signaling molecules called cytokines and chemokines, Dr. Kunkel's research is internationally recognized and has provided a more clear understanding of the role of these proteins in lung diseases like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
6-7 p.m., Biomedical Sciences Kahn Auditorium, 109 Zina Pitcher Pl. (off E. Ann east of Glen). Free. 615-7282. [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 p.m. 

Baby Care Basics - Canton - February 5: University of Michigan.

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This class, offered by the U-M Health System's MHealthy Health Education Resource Center, is designed to give you a complete head-to-toe look at how to care for your newborn. Topics include bathing, diapering, safety, infant stimulation and much, much more. We recommend taking this class at the beginning of your third trimester. Class meets 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, February 5 at the U-M Health System's Canton Health Center, 1051 N. Canton Center Road. Cost is $15. For more information call 734-647-5645 or toll free at 1-800-433-6348. To register visit: http://hr.umich.edu/mhealthy/tools/education/herc/events.html
U-M Health System's Canton Health Center, 1051 N. Canton Center Rd., Canton. $15. 734-647-5645 or toll free: 1-800-433-6348. http://hr.umich.edu/mhealthy/tools/education/herc/events.html [map]
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 6 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Sun. & Tues.-Fri. 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.).
1 p.m. (Sun.) & 6 p.m. (Tues.-Fri.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (Tues., free; Sun., $15 includes cards). 786-3746. [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! Recipe RE-DO! Cozy Comfort Foods.

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The New Year is here and after that grueling-green-juice-cleanse-resolution, you're ready for some Real Food! Instead of throwing in the towel, ruining your veggie-vibe, and making a run for the drive-thru, come to us! We've got stellar comfort food recipes that'll keep you on track and fill your bellies with nostalgic nom! That's right- have your mac-and-cheese and eat it too! Full participation. Menu: Gooey Low-Cal Mac and Cheese with a Crunchy Herb Bread Crumb Top, My Veggie-Version of My Mom's Famous Polish Stuffed Cabbage Served with Olive Oil and Horseradish Potato-Parsnip Mash, All-Veggie Lasagna Layered with Roasted Eggplant, Homemade Marinara, Fresh Mozzarella, Fresh Herbs, And Nutrient-Rich Leafy Greens. 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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 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Exposing the Bankers Conspiracy: A Report on the Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit: International Youth and Students for Social Equality at the University of Michigan.

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Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr is working with US Bankruptcy Court Judge Steven Rhodes and the entire political establishment to dismantle pensions, sell off the art at the Detroit Institute of Arts and restructure the city in the interests of the rich.
In response to this bankers conspiracy, the Socialist Equality Party and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality are organizing the Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit, to be held on February 15 at Wayne State University. The Inquiry has been called to provide workers, pensioners, students and youth with the information they need to counter the lies of the political establishment and to fight back.
At this meeting Lawrence Porter, the assistant national secretary for the Socialist Equality Party, will speak on the conceptions of the Inquiry and the progress of the campaign. We urge all students, youth and workers to attend.
Michigan League, Kalamazoo Room (2nd floor), Ann Arbor, MI, 911 N. University Ave. Free. isse.um@gmail.com detroitinquiry.org [map]
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 6:30 p.m. 

U-M Men's Basketball vs. Nebraska.

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6:30 p.m., Crisler Center. Ticket prices TBA at mgoblue.com/tickets. 764-0247.
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 6:45-7:45 p.m. 

Hula Hoop: A2 Aviary.

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Hoop Dance is a cardio based workout that uses many different muscles of the body. It challenges both the mind and body while you learn moves that require skill, balance, and technique. "Hooping" is fun and challenging and will leave you wanting more. Please wear comfortable clothing and of course bring your hoop. There will be a limited number of hoops available for those who don't have one.
$12 for a single class
$75 for a 7 week session
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. $12 - $75. 734-726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/hula-hoop/ [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Heart Health": Nutritional Healing Center of Ann Arbor.

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Talk by chiropractor Darren Schmidt.
7-8 p.m., NHCAA, 3610 W. Liberty. Free. 302-7575. [map]
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 7-9 p.m. 

Bi-weekly SheddingSkins: Ecstatic Dance Class: Caryn Simon (Apprentice guide to Eugene Hedlund of SheddingSkins).

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SheddingSkins: Ecstatic Dance is a dynamic movement practice of being in your body that ignites creativity, connection, and community. This practice facilitates deep and unending explorations, moving the dancer beyond self-imposed limitations and isolation into new depths of creativity and connection. Each rhythm is interpreted by individuals in a uniquely personal way, opening them to a new sense of freedom and possibility that is both surprising and healing, exhilarating as well as deeply restorative. When we practice SheddingSkins: Ecstatic Dance, we learn to creatively express aggressiveness and vulnerability, emotions and anxieties, edges and ecstasies. It reconnects us to cycles of birth & death and hooks us into humanity and the spirit of all living things. Within the group context we create connection and community and hone our instincts and our intuitions. We are made up of all walks of life - every culture, religion, race, gender, age and sexual preference are welcome.
The Yelow Barn, 416 W. Huron, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103. $15 (half price for Yellow Barn members). 734-646-1351. artemisia418@gmail.com www.ouryellowbarn.com [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Charles Finch: Nicola's Books.

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This acclaimed Oxford-based mystery writer, best known for his novels set in Victorian England, reads from The Last Enchantments, his contemporary novel about a young American who embarks on a year at Oxford and has a passionate affair that changes his life forever. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Indoor Training for High School Rugby: Washtenaw Rugby Football Club.

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Washtenaw Rugby Football Club is looking for high school players in and around Washtenaw county. Indoor training is on Wednesdays at Mack school in Ann Arbor from 7:00-8:30pm. No prior rugby experience necessary. We need boys who can catch, run, pass, kick, wrestle, jump, tackle - the ultimate cross over sport! For more information email us at WashtenawRFC@gmail.com, or visit us on Facebook at Washtenaw RFC (Rugby Union). Please contact us before arriving at training to obtain necessary paperwork.
Mack School Gym, 920 Miller Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. WashtenawRFC@gmail.com. WashtenawRFC@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/groups/129774222064/ [map]
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 7-9 p.m. 

On the Tracks Singer-Songwriter Showcase.

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Performances by area singer-songwriters, who also talk about how they came to write the songs they perform.

Sept. 4: Matt Watroba and Mustard's Retreat. Folkalley.com host Watroba is a veteran Detroit-area folksinger with a repertoire of lyrical songs and poignant ballads, including several originals that he sings in a sweet tenor voice, accompanying himself on guitar and punctuating his performance with sharply humorous observations. Mustard's Retreat is the duo of Michael Hough and David Tamulevich, who perform a wide variety of original and traditional songs and ballads about everyday life. Both Hough and Tamulevich are accomplished guitarists, and they also play banjo, mandolin, flute, autoharp, harmonica, and tin whistle.

Oct. 2: Ben Bedford. Highly regarded singer-songwriter from Springfield (IL) known for his portrait-like songs about the moral and emotional struggles at the heart of a wide range of contemporary and historic American lives. Opening act is Ben Hassenger, a Western Michigan singer-songwriter who's written 2 Detroit Tigers songs that are in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Nov. 6: Kitty Donohoe and David Barrett. Double bill. Donohoe is an Irish American roots-music singer-songwriter from Detroit who specializes in story songs. In its review of her latest CD Northern Border, Sing Out! calls her "one of the rare singer-songwriters to sensuously weave words and melody into a strong and mesmerizing fabric." Barrett is a singer-songwriter and guitar virtuoso from Lansing best known as the composer of TV theme songs for several major sports events, from the NCAA basketball tournament to the 1998 Winter Olympics. Barrett's songs cover a variety of topics, including stories about children and criminals, golf and baseball, life on the road, and the things hound dogs would say if they could talk.

Dec. 4: Joe Crookston. Highly regarded Ohio-bred folk-style singer-songwriter now based in upstate New York, where he spent a year, funded by a Rockefeller Foundation grant, traveling the Finger Lakes region collecting stories to turn into songs. He is known for his engagingly melodic, variously mystical, historical, and humorous story songs, many of which draw on his own experiences and family history. Opening act is Back to the Roots co-owner Caleb Lange, a Chelsea acoustic pop-folk singer-songwriter.

Jan. 8: Jan Krist and Jim Bizer. Krist is a Detroit singer-songwriter known for lean, poetic lyrics and inventive melodies, and her fans include singer-songwriter Christine Lavin, who has called Krist "one of the best new folk artists emerging in the national folk music scene." Bizer, a member of the local Yellow Room Gang singer-songwriter collective, is a 3-time finalist in the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Songwriting Competition and won the Great American Song Contest grand prize for his 9/11 song "We Are All Connected."

Feb. 5: Barb Barton and Billy Brandt. Barton is a veteran local singer-songwriter known for her entrancing folk-rock and New Age rhythms and captivating story-songs, and Brandt is a veteran Detroit country-flavored folk-rock singer-songwriter.

Mar. 5: Red Tail Ring and Sam Corbin. Red Tail Ring is The local duo of singer-songwriters Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo, who play Appalachian folk and old-time music with haunting vocal harmonies. Corbin is a Lansing pop-folk singer-songwriter whose influences range from Leonard Cohen to Bob Dylan.

Apr. 2: Sue Fink and Allison Downey. Fink is a Chicago-based pop-folk singer-songwriter whose songs feature an engaging blend of wit and vulnerability. Downey is an award-winning Kalamazoo acoustic folk-rock singer-songwriter and Moth Storyslam winner.

May 7: Shari Kane & Dave Steele. Local husband-and-wife duo of acoustic guitar virtuosos whose repertoire includes both traditional and original blues, gospel, swing, and ragtime.

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7-9 p.m., Chelsea Depot, 12 Jackson, Chelsea. $15 suggested donation. Onthetracksss@gmail.com. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

What's for Dinner: Sustainable Agriculture vs. Affordable Food: League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area.

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A panel of experts will discuss the dilemma of every U.S. consumer: how to shop for healthy food that supports a sustainable environment without breaking the family budget. Moderated panel will feature Amanda Edmonds, founder and executive director of the Ypsilanti non-profit Growing Hope; Barb McCallahan, SE Michigan regional manager for U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenaw; Dr. Elisa Picken who owns a farm in Dundee; and Mike Schaible, a Lodi Township farmer. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine St., Dexter. Free. 734-426-4477. http://lwvannarbor.org/contact.html http://lwvannarbor.org/ [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Ariel Quartet: University Musical Society.

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Formed in Israel in 1998 when its original members were in their teens, this award-winning quartet has achieved international recognition for its players' youthful spirit, raw energy, and sense of discovery that they bring to classical music. Tonight, the quartet-violinists Alexandra Kazovksy and Gershon Gerchikov, cellist Amit Even-Tov, and violist Jan Gruning-is joined by respected American cellist Alisa Weilerstein in a program of Wolf's Italian Serenade, Boccherini's Quintet in E major, and Schubert's Quintet in C major.
7:30 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. $24-$46, in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]
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 7:30-8:30 p.m. 

Burlesque 1: A2 Aviary.

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Have you ever wanted to be a mermaid? How about a unicorn? Luna will teach you how, and so much more in this intro to burlesque technique and group choreography class! Dance for fun, dance for exercise. This class will include a jazz-based warmup to get your body ready to move and exercises to teach you the theory and technique of burlesque. We will then work on choreographed routines to build confidence and style for stage and for life! All students enrolled in the full seven week session will have the opportunity to perform their group routine at LIFT OFF< our student showcase.
$12 for a single class
$75 for a 7 week session
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. $12 - $75. 734-726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/burlesque-1/ [map]
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 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

History of Books & Printing Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to discuss Dukedom Large Enough: Reminiscences of a Rare Book Dealer, 1929-1956, Lilly Rare Book Library curator David A. Randall's memoir.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]
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 7:30-10 p.m.  Free! 

Visitors Night: Ann Arbor Model Railroad Club.

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Dec. 4, Feb. 5, Mar. 5. All invited to check out the trains whizzing around on the club's big, elaborate layout, housed in a depot restored by the club.
7:30-10 p.m., Michigan Central depot, 3487 Broad, Dexter. Free. 426-5100. [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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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Introduction to Steiner's Thought": Great Lakes Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America.

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Every Wed. All invited to join a discussion of Rudolf Steiner's How to Know Higher Worlds.
7:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Ave. Free. 485-3764. [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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 7:45 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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 8 p.m. 

Open Stage: The Ark.

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All acoustic performers invited. Fifteen acts are selected randomly from those who sign up to perform 8 minutes (or 2 songs) each. The most talented and popular Open Stage performers are offered their own evenings at the Ark.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $3 (students & members, $2). 761-1451. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

Student Composers Concert: U-M School of Music.

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Program TBA.
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 p.m. 

"Comedy Jamm": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Performances by up to 12 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m., 314 E. Liberty. $5 in advance and at the door. 996-9080. [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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 9:50 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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Arbor Dog Daycare. Cage Free Care For Your Dog.