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: email@example.com 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. firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.flyartcenter.org/#!studio-classes/c20by [map]
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. email@example.com www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
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. firstname.lastname@example.org www.annarborymca.org [map]
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. email@example.com www.arborhospice.org [map]
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]
Every Tues. & Wed. Stories and songs for kids age 2 & up (accompanied by an adult). Note: These storytimes are also offered at 3 AADL branches: Malletts Creek (Wed. 10-10:30 a.m.), 3090 E. Eisenhower between Stone School & Packard; Traverwood (Tues. 11-11:30 a.m.; Wed., 6-6:30 p.m.; & Thurs., 10-10:30 a.m.), 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy.; and Pittsfield (Thurs. 7-7:30 p.m. & Fri. 10-10:30 a.m.), 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.
10-10:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 11-11:30 a.m. (Wed.), AADL youth department story room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
U-M art and design professor Marianetta Porter discusses the significance of the illustrated hand fans that are hallmarks of black churches. The program begins with lunch.
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., AACC, 1830 Washtenaw. $30 (members, $25). Reservations required by Feb. 14. 662-3279, ext. 1. [map]
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]
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]
Lecture by Renmin University (Beijing) arts professor Hao Chen.
Noon-1 p.m., Michigan League Henderson Room. Free. 764-8888. [map]
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ann Arbor YMCA, 400 W Washington St. Free. 734-661-8043. email@example.com http://www.annarborymca.org/crocheting-community.php [map]
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]
"Armenian Migrant Children in Turkey: Access to Education and States of Exception in a Postgenocidal Society": U-M Armenian Studies Program.more >
"Armenian Migrant Children in Turkey: Access to Education and States of Exception in a Postgenocidal Society": U-M Armenian Studies Program.< less
Talk by Sabanci University (Istanbul) anthropology professor Ayşe Parla.
4-5:30 p.m., 1014 Tisch Hall, 435 S. State. Free. 763-0622. [map]
Best-selling writer Nathaniel Philbrick discusses his new book about the Boston battle that ignited the American Revolution.
4 p.m., 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 764-3166. [map]
Daily. Texas hold 'em and blackjack for players of all levels. Also, hold 'em tournaments at 7 p.m. Wed., Fri., & Sat. Free dinner, 5-6 p.m., and other nightly specials. Net proceeds donated to a different charity each week.
5 p.m.-2 a.m., Heidelberg (3rd floor), 215 N. Main. $10-$500 buy-in to play poker, $2-$20 per-hand blackjack, $40 buy-in for hold 'em tournaments. 834-2237. [map]
great place to relax and enjoy the games of chance. I would recommend to all....
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.
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. $12 - $75. 734-726-0353. firstname.lastname@example.org http://a2aviary.com/offerings/willpower-grace/ [map]
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]
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
Ann Arbor Taekwondo, 2739 Plymouth Rd. $69. 734-681-0477. email@example.com www.PeachyFitness.com [map]
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]
The Adoptive & Foster Parent Retention and Recruitment program is here to support you through the rewarding journey of fostering and adopting. AFPRR provides supportive services to families interested in becoming licensed foster and/or adoptive parents and to current foster and adoptive families. Please RSVP if you are interested in attending one of our orientations. Reservations are recommended as orientations may be cancelled if there are no participants registered. Feel free to contact us for more information on fostering and/or adopting!
Orchards Children's Services, 1995 Highland Drive, Suite F. Free. (734)474-5538. AFPRR@orchards.org [map]
This class will explore balance, fluidity of movement, and an increased sense of center by utilizing concepts from modern dance, yoga, and ballet. Fear not, you need not be a dancer to take this class as it is geared towards both the beginner and the experienced mover looking to deepen their technique. The goal of this class is to enhance aerial, acrobatic, and dance training by creating a solid understanding of how the body is connected in movement. Class will start on the floor with a warm up and stretching before progressing to standing and gentle movement in the center.
$15 for a single class
$95 for a 7 week course
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. 734-726-0353. firstname.lastname@example.org http://a2aviary.com/offerings/body-awareness-through-movement/ [map]
Every Wed. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes, from one of 2 Running Fit locations on the edge of town. Snacks provided. Rain/show or shine.
6:30 p.m., Running Fit, 5700 Jackson. Free. 929-9022. [map]
All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to see what they can make using the new AADL collection of art tools, which includes several Sizzix Big Shot paper die-cutting machines.
6:30-8 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
Local flavor and fragrance expert Michelle Krell Kydd, creator of the award-winning smell and taste blog Glass Petal Smoke, discusses shows adults and teens in grade 6 & up how to use food grade essential oils to make exquisite tea cakes and cookies without a mixer.
6:30-8:45 p.m., AADL 4th-floor meeting room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
Performances by teams that have qualified to compete at the U.S. Synchronized Team Skating Championships.
6:35-7:05 p.m., Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley. Free. 213-6768. [map]
Every Wed. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. If you plan to come without a partner, call in advance or arrive 20 minutes early.
7-11 p.m., Walden Hills clubhouse, 2114 Pauline at Maple. (Park on the north side of Pauline.) $6 per person. 623-8050. [map]
Arguably Burgundy is the most famous region in the world for fascinating and gorgeous wines, but these come with a hefty price and often too young for their own good. It is very difficult to find 'good value' Burgundies out there, but not impossible. Burgundy is the home of the Pinot Noir and the Chardonnay grapes, but also among these regal grapes one might find an obscure variety called Aligote. I will not spend too much time on the latter (however, I will), but I think most of us would not dismiss a chance to try the aforementioned noble grapes. Ask a Bordeaux wine lover what he/she thinks about this wine region and you might get drastically different opinions because of the marked difference between one and the other. That being said, if you are a wine lover yourself, there's no reason to exempt yourself from these amazing French wines. Register online up to 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $50/person. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
Bi-weekly SheddingSkins: Ecstatic Dance Class: Caryn Simon (Apprentice guide to Eugene Hedlund of SheddingSkins).more >
Bi-weekly SheddingSkins: Ecstatic Dance Class: Caryn Simon (Apprentice guide to Eugene Hedlund of SheddingSkins).< less
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. email@example.com www.ouryellowbarn.com [map]
Every Mon., Tues. Wed., & Fri. except Feb 25. All levels of English speakers invited for conversation.
1-2:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch (Mon.), 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.; 7-8:30 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch (Tues. & Wed.), 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy; & 1-2:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch (Fri.), 3090 E. Eisenhower between Stone School & Packard. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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]
Washtenaw Wanderers Walking Club will hold a regular monthly meeting Wednesday, February 19 at 7 p.m. at the R.E.I. Store meeting room, 970 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor. Come join us for fun, fitness and friendship. Facebook.com/washtenaw-wanderers.
American Volkssport Association: ava.org
R.E.I., 970 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor, Mi. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org [map]
National Honey Board chef Lauren Masterson hosts a meal featuring recipes from her The Fresh Honey Cookbook, with a discussion of the benefits of using and eating honey. Also, tastings of different honey varietals and honeys from different regions.
7-10 p.m., Zingerman's Roadhouse, 2501 Jackson. $65 (beverages not included). Space limited; reservations required. 663-FOOD. [map]
Have you ever wanted to be a mermaid? How about a unicorn? This class will teach you how, and so much more! Dance for fun, dance for exercise. This class will include a jazz-based warmup designed to get your body ready to move. We will then work on simple choreographed routines to build confidence and style, for stage and for life!
$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. email@example.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/burlesque-conditioning/ [map]
All invited to discuss Joël Glenn Brenner's The Emperors of Chocolate: Inside the Secret World of Hershey and Mars.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]
Feb. 19-22. Legendary British stage and film director Peter Brook directs actors from this experimental French theater company in The Suit, a devastating and enchanting musical theatre production about infidelity, resentment, and forgiveness. Based on a short story by South African writer Can Themba and adapted for the stage by Mothobi Mutloatse and Barney Simon, the play opens on a seemingly blissful married couple living in an impoverished Johannesburg suburb. After the husband discovers his wife in bed with another man, he uses her lover's abandoned suit to exact a cruel and whimsical revenge upon her. The play's poignancy is accentuated by an elegantly simple and pared-down set and live musical accompaniment from guitar, piano, and trumpet. The Suit "brims with a gentle effervescence and musicality," writes a New York Times reviewer. "[T]his story of adultery in apartheid South Africa is quietly preparing to break your heart."
7:30 p.m. (Feb. 19 & 20) & 8 p.m. (Feb. 21 & 22), Power Center. $18-$60, in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org www.hygeiacenter.org [map]
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]
Slide-illustrated talk by nature photographer and birder Doug Leffler, a retired aerospace worker.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free. 677-3275. [map]
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. email@example.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
Guitarist Dweezil Zappa leads an ensemble of young musicians to perform some of the wildly original rock-oriented music--harmonically dense, rhythmically challenging, meticulously arranged, at once raunchy and absurdist--his father, the late Frank Zappa, composed from the 1960s to the 1980s.
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $25-$45 in advance at ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets, and at the door. To charge by phone, call (800) 745-3000. [map]
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]
A must attend event for companies looking to make their business to business marketing soar in 2014
Derek Mehraban is CEO of Ingenex Digital Marketing, an agency that specializes in helping companies reach business goals and increase qualified sales leads through inbound and content marketing.
Mehraban teaches social media marketing to 200 Michigan State students every semester in his popular New Media Drivers License class. He also co-wrote "Google This" The New Media Drivers License, a comprehensive list of 600+ top online resources for social media marketing for business with Richard T. Cole, PhD.
Mehraban's talk will focus on goal setting, digital strategy development, and tactics to reach your B-to-B marketing goals. See how the leaders in business to business marketing are using social media to move the needle and generate leads like never before.
Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main Street. Donation. 734-272-4698. firstname.lastname@example.org la2m.org [map]