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Calendar of Events

Monday, February 17, 2014






 
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 9 a.m. 

DRAW WRITE ACT Winter Camp | Feb 17 - 21, 9am - 12:30pm: Fly Children's Art Center.

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Spend Winter Break exploring your dramatic side! Sign up for DRAW WRITE ACT at the FLY Creativity Lab This day camp is the perfect combination of visual arts and drama. Your child will explore an interdisciplinary approach to art making through drawing, script writing, drama and costuming! The Draw-Write-Act workshop is open to children of all ages. Class fee: $90 per student ($70 for additional child) Dates: Feb 17th- 21st Time: 9am- 12:30pm * An additional Performance date will be scheduled once class begins attendance in public performance is optional. Register: flyartcenter.org More info: info@flyartcenter.org or 734-484-4844 FLY Creativity Lab is located at 40 N. Huron St., Ypsilanti, MI 48197 The FLY Creativity Lab presents the perfect opportunity for your child to explore an interdisciplinary approach to art making. Drawing, script writing, drama and costuming will be explored in this exciting program. The Draw-Write-and-Act workshop is open to children ages 8-15 and aims to inc
Fly Children's Art Center, 40 N. Huron St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197, Ypsilanti. $90/student. 734-218-2145. katie@flyartcenter.com http://www.flyartcenter.org/#!studio-classes/c20by [map]
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

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

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Every Mon. & Fri., 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. 

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 a.m.-noon 

Hearing and Balance for Seniors--OLLI Study Group (50+): Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M.

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This class meets Mondays, February 17 - March 10

To better understand some of the problems many seniors have with hearing and balance, it helps to understand how these senses are supposed to work. You will learn about the structures and functions of the auditory and vestibular systems - how they evolved and work for us and some things that can go wrong. No books or special preparation is required but opportunities for group participation will be offered. Leon Stein is a retired audiologist who practiced and taught undergraduate and graduate level courses on both of these important senses.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. $35. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

School Break Activities: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

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Feb. 17-21. All kids, accompanied by a parent, invited for various nature-based activities. Feb. 17: "Self-Guided Adventure Day." Story-based indoor activities. Outdoor adventure backpacks available. Feb. 18: "Plant Tales," with storytelling inspired by plants from around the world. Followed by a chance to make an illustrated storybook to take home. Feb. 19: "Eco-Kids," a chance to learn about ways to reduce one's environmental impact through crafts. Feb. 20: "Tree Tales" includes stories about trees and a chance to make an illustration of a favorite tree at Matthaei. Feb. 21: "Flavor-Filled Friday," a chance to learn about plants from around the world. Fruit and spice tastings.
10 a.m.-noon, Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free (Feb. 17) & $5 (Feb. 18-21). Metered parking. 647-7600. [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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 1:00 p.m.  Free! 

Movie & Popcorn for Kids: Dexter District Library.

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Despicable Me 2
Rated PG - 98 minutes
Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine Street, Dexter. Free. 734-426-4477. cjurich@dexter.lib.mi.us www.dexter.lib.mi.us [map]
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 4-6 p.m. 

Career Change Workshop Series: Center for the Education of Women.

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Exploring your career options? Planning to update your skills for a transition to a new field? CEW counselors are presenting a four-part workshop series on preparing for a major career change. Gain ideas and proven strategies to make a career move or hone your skills for a more successful job search. Workshops held Mondays, Feb 10, 17, 24, March 10.
Center for the Education of Women, 330 E. Liberty. $100 (series) / $25 (class). 734-764-6005. http://www.cew.umich.edu/progevents/programs [map]
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 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Art on the Line: Cartography & Creativity in a Divided World": U-M Library.

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Talk by Duke University history professor Sumathi Rumaswami. In conjunction with the current U-M Clark Library exhibit, Maps and Map-Making in India.
4-5:30 p.m., 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 647-0646. [map]
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 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality": U-M Institute for Research on Women and Gender.

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Panel discussion with U-M scholars, including women's studies professors Elizabeth A. Armstrong and Elizabeth Cole, undergraduate education dean Phil DeLoria, and education professor Michael Bastedo.
4-6 p.m., 2239 Lane Hall, 204 S. State. Free. 764-9537. [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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 6:30-9:30 p.m. 

Lamaze Condensed Childbirth Preparation Class: Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor.

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Our premier, comprehensive childbirth class is designed for pregnant women and their partners who prefer a more condensed format. This in-depth, interactive 6-hour series meets either all-day Saturday or two consecutive Sunday afternoons or two consecutive Monday nights. The series covers a wide range of topics in-depth based on Lamaze International's Six Healthy Birth Practices, including:
•the various stages of labor, birth, and early postpartum;;
•relaxation and breathing techniques, comfort measures and positions for labor and delivery;
•partner's role with laboring mom;
•pain management options and birth interventions; hospital procedures, and Cesarean birth.
All of our childbirth educators are highly trained, active in the birth community and are Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educators (LCCE).
University of Michigan East Ann Arbor Medical Center. $220. 734-973-1014. info@lamazefamilycenter.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org
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 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

ZumbaŽ: Peachy Fitness.

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PARTY yourself into shape!!!
The Latin-inspired, easy to follow, calorie burning, dance fitness party.
Feel the music and let loose.
Zumba involves dance and aerobic elements. Energize and refresh with music such as Latin, Bollywood, Russian, Hip Hop/Pop, Salsa/Cha-Cha, Samba, Merengue. Squats and lunges are also included.
Join us for a 8 class session:
Mondays: 6:30-7:30pm
Chapel Hill Clubhouse (3350 Green Rd, Ann Arbor)
Cost: $69.00/8 classes
Drop-In: $12.00
Chapel Hill Clubhouse, 3350 Green Rd. $69. 734-681-0477. info@peachyfitness.com www.PeachyFitness.com [map]
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 6:45-9 p.m.  Free! 

Embroiderers' Guild of America.

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Stitchers of all abilities invited to work on their projects together and learn about guild activities. Preceded at 6:30 p.m. by socializing.
6:45-9 p.m., Pittsfield Condominium Community Bldg., 2220 Pittsfield Blvd. Free to visitors ($30 annual dues for those who join). aastitchers.org. 994-4385. [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 p.m.  Free! 

Eric Shonkwiler: Literati Bookstore.

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This Ohio-born writer reads from Above All Men, his new novel set in a dystopian American future about a war veteran who fights to keep his family and farm together but is forced to go on a hunt through crumbling towns to find the murderer of a local child. "Shonkwiler has taken an iconic landscape and filtered it through near-collapse and fear, then through loyalty and love," says writer Susan Straight. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Kaleidoscope Concert Series: Silver Maples of Chelsea.

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Oct. 21: The Nick Fugedi Group. Swing-style jazz by this local ensemble led by vocalist Fugedi.

Nov. 18: Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Chamber Quartet. AASO artistic director and cellist Arie Lipsky is joined by violinist Aaron Berofsky, violist Kathryn Votapek, and pianist Ralph Votapek for a performance of Schumann's Piano Quartet in F-flat major.

Dec. 16: TBA.

Feb. 17: North Oakland Dixieland Band. 9-piece ensemble from Lake Orion with a repertoire of Dixieland and swing music that today plays a variety of Mardi Gras music.

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7 p.m., Silver Maples Garden Room, 100 Silver Maples Dr., Chelsea. Free to seniors, but tickets (available at the Chelsea Senior Center) required. First come, first seated at the door (if available). 475-4111. [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 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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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Eggshell Mosaic Pendants": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local crafter Dawn Henry shows adults and kids in grade 6 & up how to make a necklace pendant using cracked eggshells.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Cocktail Class: Serious Tiki Drinks: Tammy's Tastings.

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Much maligned, Tiki drinks are not simple fruit-juice laden beverages. Tiki is all about rum, and we'll taste several examples before blending them with other ingredients to create the complex and layered drinks that exemplify Tiki at its best. Classes are hands-on with lots of tasting opportunities.
The Last Word, 301 W Huron St. $35. 734-276-3215. tammylc@tammystastings.com tammystastings.com/shop [map]
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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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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Stamp Papers (No Rocks or Scissors)": Ann Arbor Stamp Club.

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Talk by stamp collector and exhibitor Gene Stutzenstein. Also, a mini stamp auction.
7:30 p.m., Salvation Army, 100 Arbana (park & enter at the rear of the building). Free admission. 761-5859. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Art of the Approach": Ann Arbor Women Artists.

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Ann Arbor Art Center gallery shop director Amy Farnum and exhibitions manager Nathan Rice discuss how art galleries make decisions about what artwork to accept.
7:30 p.m., Jackson Square Plaza Facility, 4844 Jackson Rd., suite 100. Free. 996-2551. [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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 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Poets & Patriots: A Tuneful History of 'The Star Spangled Banner'": U-M School of Music.

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U-M musicology professor Mark Clague, voice professor Scott Piper, pianist Jeannette Fang, and voice students Nick Davis and Leanne Scheuring present a musical history of the national anthem.
8 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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