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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, February 12, 2014






 
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 7-8 a.m.  Free! 

Coffee Connect @ Canopy: Canopy Chiropractic.

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Networkers old and young are welcome to huddle around the coffee pot at this informal mix and mingle coffee connect. You are welcome to bring your business cards and even your own mug if you like.
Canopy Chiropractic, 2464 E. Stadium Blvd. Free. 734-845-9064. CanopyChiro@gmail.com www.Facebook.com/CanopyChiropractic [map]
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 9:15-10:45 a.m. 

Parent-Toddler Playgroup: Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor.

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Starts February 12th! Our intimate parent toddler play groups meet once/week for six weeks this fall/winter. This is a unique opportunity for children (12 to 36 months) and their special adult to spend quality time together playing, (including free play stations, a slide, rotating media table, gross motor movement activities, such as bubbles, parachute play, and musical instruments), working on simple art projects (including painting, stickers, stamps) and having a snack and drink. Our teachers have backgrounds in early childhood development and experience teaching in preschools, and plan their age- appropriate lessons and themes to meet the needs and interests of the children.
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk. $99/6 weeks. 734-973-1014. info@lamazefamilycenter.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
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 9:15-10:45 a.m. 

Parent-Toddler Playgroup: New Session Starting!: Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor.

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Our intimate parent toddler play groups meet once/week for six weeks this fall/winter. This is a unique opportunity for children (12 to 36 months) and their special adult to spend quality time together playing, (including free play stations, a slide, rotating media table, gross motor movement activities, such as bubbles, parachute play, and musical instruments), working on simple art projects (including painting, stickers, stamps) and having a snack and drink. Our teachers have backgrounds in early childhood development and experience teaching in preschools, and plan their age- appropriate lessons and themes to meet the needs and interests of the children.
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk. $99/6 weeks. 734-973-1014. info@lamazefamilycenter.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
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 9:30 a.m.  Free! 

Dr. Colleen Wieck - Special Education: Where Have We Been?: Eastern Michigan University - College of Education.

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On behalf of the 2013-2014 Porter Chair Speaker Series Committee, we would like to invite you to join us on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 9:30 am for a lecture given by Dr. Colleen Wieck, Executive Director of the Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities of the Department of Administration. Her lecture is entitled Special Education: Where have we been? The event will take place in the Eastern Michigan University Student Center, Room 310. It is open to the public, free of charge, and LBC approved.
Dr. Wieck has produced over 135 publications with the Developmental Disabilities Council, five videotapes and a two disk CD ROM winning several national media awards. She is the primary creator of Partners in Policymaking, a leadership training program for adults with disabilities and parents of young children with developmental disabilities.
Eastern Michigan University Student Center Rm 310, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-487-1060. rgeorge@emich.edu http://www.emich.edu/coe/porterchair/
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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. & 1 p.m. 

"Under the African Sky": Wild Swan Theater.

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Feb. 12 & 13. This award-winning local children's theater presents a series of African folktales. With drumming and other music. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available by prearrangement for blind audience members. Appropriate for kids in grades pre-K-3. Note: All shows sold out except 1 p.m. performance on Feb. 12.
10 a.m. & 1 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (kids, $8; lap pass for kids age 2 & under, $3) in advance and at the door. 995-0530. [map]
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 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. 

LA2M: The Sponsorship Shift - Taking Traditional Dollars Digital: LA2M - Marketing Education.

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As media continues to evolve through technology, traditional platforms are adjusting to compete in the marketplace. Sponsorship dollars that were once being spent on radio, TV and signage are now being shifted to video's, social media contests and digital driven, measureable opportunities. Learn about industry trends (in sports and entertainment specifically), as we'll discuss specific examples whether you're the buying or selling sponsorships for your organization or event.
Come join us on February 12th to see more of what Bilal Saeed of Pakmode Media and Marketing has to say!
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-1:30 p.m. 

Noon Lectures: U-M Center for Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies.

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Talks by U-M and visiting speakers. Bring a bag lunch, if you like.

Sept. 24: by U-M anthropology professor Krisztina Fehérváry discusses "Natural Materials and the Matter of Nation in Hungarian Home Decorating."

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Noon-1:30 p.m., 1636 SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 764-0351. [map]
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 12:15-12:45 p.m.  Free! 

Brown Bag Organ Recital: U-M School of Music.

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Performance by former Metropolitan Methodist Church (Detroit) organist Gale Kramer. Bring a bag lunch, if you wish.
12:15-12:45 p.m., U-M School of Public Health Community Lounge, 109 S. Observatory. Free. 764-0594. [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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 12:30-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Place That Face": Chelsea District Library.

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All seniors invited to join CDL librarian Emily Meloche to help identify faces in the collection of photos local photographer Ralph Guenther donated to the CDL when he retired.
12:30-2 p.m., Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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 2-6 p.m.  Free! 

Test Your Love: S3 Safe Sex Store and LTASex.

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Join Team S3 and LTASex for our "Test Your Love" event, promoting a safer, sexier Valentine's Day! We will be holding games, discounts, and giveaways in-store, as well as providing FREE, anonymous HIV testing on site. Call today to make a testing appointment, or walk-ins welcome.
S3 Safe Sex Store, 1209 South University. Free. 734-741-1434. info@bak-inc.com www.s3safesexstore.com [map]
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 2-6 pm  Free! 

Test Your Love: S3 Safe Sex Store and LTASex.

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Join Team S3 and LTASex for our "Test Your Love" event, promoting a safer, sexier Valentine's Day! We will be holding games, discounts, and giveaways in-store, as well as providing FREE, anonymous HIV testing on site. Call today to make a testing appointment, or walk-ins welcome.
S3 Safe Sex Store, 1209 South University. Free. 734-741-1434. info@bak-inc.com www.s3safesexstore.com [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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 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

The Effects of Violence on Urban Life - Lecture by Patrick Sharkey, PhD: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars at the University of Michigan.

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Brief Bio: Patrick Sharkey is Associate Professor of Sociology at New York University; his research specializes in neighborhoods and communities, stratification and mobility, urban sociology, crime and violence, and social policy. In 2013 Dr. Sharkey published, "Stuck in Place: Urban Neighborhoods and the End of Progress toward Racial Equality", which Harvard University's William Julius Wilson, calls "one of those rare books that will become a standard reference for students and scholars of inequality."
Dr. Sharkey's seminar is part of the 2013-2014 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars program invited speaker series on population health issues, in conjunction with the Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health.
Lane Auditorium (Rm. 1690) - UM School of Public Heatlh, 1415 Washington Heights. Free. 734.615.9208. mcgehee@umich.edu http://www.sph.umich.edu/rwjhssp/events/ [map]
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 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Reconstructing the Nation and Debating Armenian-Turkish Relations in the Aftermath of WWI": U-M Armenian Studies Program.

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Talk by Vahe Tachjian, chief editor of the Houshamadyan Project, a Berlin-based effort to reconstruct the Ottoman Armenians' local history and the memory of their lives.
4-5:30 p.m., 1636 SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 763-0622. [map]
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 4:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Confessions of a Dinosaur in the Age of New Media": U-M Physics Department Annual Ta-You Wu Lecture.

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Lecture by New York Times science writer Dennis Overbye.
4:15 p.m., Business School Blau Auditorium, 701 Tappan. Free. 763-2588. [map]
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 5:30-7 p.m. 

"Dear Edward: Family Footprints": U-M Author's Forum Series.

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Prominent South African photographer Paul Weinberg and U-M art history and philosophy professor Daniel Herwitz discuss Weinberg's new book that retraces his family's footprints to far-flung small towns in the interior of South Africa-where his ancestors found a niche in the hotel trade.
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. 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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 6-8 p.m. 

Winter Seed Sowing: Washtenaw Community College.

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Learn how to start hardy seedlings outdoors in winter. Mimic Mother Nature to sow outside, without needing indoor space, grow lights or heat mats. You'll discover how to convert everyday household items into containers, what soils and seeds to use, and how to care for the containers and seedlings.
Class is held at WCC through Community Enrichment-- you do not need to be or enroll as a WCC student to attend this class!
Register at http://bit.ly/WinterSowing or 734-677-5060.
Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E Huron River Dr., Technical and Industrial (TI) Bldg, room 108. $39 / Washtenaw County residents over 65 attend fpr free.. 734-677-5060. http://bit.ly/WinterSowing [map]
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 6-7 p.m. 

ZumbaŽ for Kids: Peachy Fitness.

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ZumbaŽ is a fusion of Latin dance. There are many benefits of ZumbaŽ for kids. These include teaching children to lead active lives, combating childhood obesity, teaching body coordination, develop healthy friendships with other kids, and encouraging kids to explore the world of dance and fitness. ZumbaŽ also allows parents and kids to share fun together. ZumbaŽ for kids encourages children to incorporate exercise into their daily life and this promotes strong bodies and weight management.
Kids Zumba classes are for boys and girls ages 7-13 years.
Every Wednesday: 6:00-7:00pm at Ann Arbor Taekwondo (2739 Plymouth Rd, Ann Arbor)
Cost: $69.00/4 classes
Drop-Ins welcome
Ann Arbor Taekwondo, 2739 Plymouth Rd. $69. 734-681-0477. info@peachyfitness.com www.PeachyFitness.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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 6:30-10:30 p.m. 

"Rusalka": Quality 16.

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Live broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera production of Dvořák's tragic opera based on Czech fairy tales about a water nymph who falls in love with a human prince. Director Michael Mayer has placed this new production in 1960 Las Vegas. Renee Fleming stars in one of her signature roles, with Piotr Beczala and Dolora Zajick. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts. The broadcast is reprised on tape on Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m.
12:55-5 p.m. (Feb. 8) & 6:30-10:30 p.m. (Feb. 12), Quality 16, 3686 Jackson. Tickets $23 (seniors, $20; kids age 12 & under & students, $13.50) in advance at gqti.com/met.aspx and at the door. 623-7469. [map]
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 6:45 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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 6:45-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Establishing a Rain Garden: Clean Up the Huron River, One Garden at a Time": Ann Arbor Wild Ones.

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Talk by Washtenaw County Resources Commissioner's Office rain garden coordinator Susan Bryan.
6:45-8:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 994-0833. [map]
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 6:45 p.m. 

"Peter Brook: The Tightrope": Michigan Theater.

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(Simon Brook, 2012). Documentary, filmed with hidden cameras, about veteran theater director Peter Brook.
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! 

"Anti-Aging": Nutritional Healing Center of Ann Arbor.

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

"Drummunity Circle".

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Lori Fithian, a local drummer and drum teacher, leads a drum circle. Instruments provided, or bring your own. Kids welcome. Preceded at 6:45 p.m. by a brief drum lesson.
7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S. Main. Free. 426-7818. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Love and Respect" Relationship Seminar: Ann Arbor Seventh-day Adventist Church.

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Would you like to learn the secrets of understanding and communicating with the opposite sex? Do you want to improve your relationships? Come to the "Love and Respect" relationship seminar for singles and couples, presented by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs. Dr. Emerson Eggerichs is an internationally known public speaker on the topic of male-female relationships. Based on over three decades of counseling as well as scientific and biblical research, Dr. Eggerichs and his wife Sarah developed the "Love and Respect Conference", which they present to live audiences around the country. This seminar will be 4 nights of their presentations on DVD with interactive discussion time. A special banquet meal for participants will conclude the seminar on Valentine's Day.
Ann Arbor Adventist Elementary School, 2796 Packard Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. Free. Optional Workbook $8. (989) 965-4861. [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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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Sexy Supplies! Workshop with S3 Safe Sex Store: S3 Safe Sex Store and Sexpertise 2014.

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Join Beth Karmeisool, MPH, owner of Ann Arbor's S3 Safe Sex Store to explore pleasure and sexual health in a fun and interactive workshop. Find answers to your questions about sex play and learn how to select the supplies that are right for you - whether on your own or with partners.
Michigan League, Vandenberg Room, 911 North University Avenue. Free. info@bak-inc.com www.s3safesexstore.com [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"City of Ann Arbor 2014 Sustainable Ann Arbor Forum: Healthy Ecosystems": Ann Arbor District Library.

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The 2nd in a series of 4 monthly forums with city staff and other panelists TBA features discussion of the local urban and community forest, sustainable landscaping, yard design, and stormwater management at home.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 7:15 p.m.  Free! 

"The Wonders of Florence": Pittsfield Union Grange.

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Dave and Marty Wilson discuss their recent trip to Italy. Preceded at 6:30 p.m. by a potluck.
7:15 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. Free. 769-1052. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

History Readers Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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Retired local social worker Myrna Lueck leads a discussion of Dear Senator, Essie Mae Washington-Williams' memoir about being the half-black daughter of the late segregationist senator Strom Thurmond.
7:30 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 369-2499. [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. 

Robert Ellis: The Ark.

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Houston country-rock singer-songwriter whose influences range from Ray Price and Buck Owens to Jackson Browne and the Rolling Stones. He recently moved to Nashville to record his 2nd CD, The Light from the Chemical Plant, a collection of songs which venture into noir pop-rock and somber pop-folk confessional territory pioneered by the likes of Paul Simon and Randy Newman.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $12.50 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Concert Band: U-M School of Music.

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Mark Norman and Andrea Brown conduct this music student ensemble in Frank Ticheli's Postcard, a work commissioned by former Concert Band director Robert Reynolds in memory of his whimsical and vibrant mother, Ethel. The program also includes Syler's The Hound of Heaven, McAllister's cathartic Gone, Hummel's Octet Partita in E-flat major, and Karel Husa's Music for Prague 1968.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. 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 (through May 7) & 212 S. Fourth Ave. (beginning June 5). $5 in advance and at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Forward to the Past": Orlando Consort (Academy of Early Music).

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This acclaimed British vocal quartet performs works by 14th-century poet and composer Guillaume de Machaut and 15th-century composers Dunstaple, Dufay, Ockeghem, Gombert, and Josquin des Prez. Their new CD of de Machaut songs was included in the New York Times 2013 list of favorite classical recordings.
8 p.m., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division. Tickets $30 & $40 (students, $10) in advance at AcademyOfEarlyMusic.org, Nicola's Books (2513 Jackson), & by phone, and at the door. 478-6421.
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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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"The Shape of Things": EMU Theatre Department.

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Feb. 12-16. EMU theater professor Terry Heck Seibert directs EMU drama students in Neil LaBute's dark romantic comedy about 2 college students who fall hard for each other when they meet in an art museum--a fast-paced study in infatuation, manipulation, the porous boundaries of art and reality. Recommended for mature audiences.
9 p.m. (Wed.), 7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) 2 p.m. (Sun.), EMU Sponberg Theater, Ford St. (off Lowell from Huron River Dr.), Ypsilanti. Tickets $15 (students, $7) in advance and at the door. 487-2282. [map]
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