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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, February 19, 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: More info: 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.!studio-classes/c20by [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. [map]
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 10 a.m. 

EnhanceFitness Exercise: YMCA.

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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.
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. [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. [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon 

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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 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 

"Stories Told in Sunday School": Ann Arbor City Club Lunch & Learn.

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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]
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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 p.m.  Free! 

"Urban Landscape of Traditional Chinese Painting": U-M Confucius Institute.

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Lecture by Renmin University (Beijing) arts professor Hao Chen.
Noon-1 p.m., Michigan League Henderson Room. Free. 764-8888. [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
Ann Arbor YMCA, 400 W Washington St. Free. 734-661-8043. [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, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, a Revolution": U-M Clements Library.

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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]
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 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Duct Tape Fashion Show: SRSLY Chelsea.

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Chelsea youth show off fashions--clothing, accessories, and art--they've created using duct tape. Prizes.
6-8 p.m., location TBA, Chelsea. Free. 593-5279.
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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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 6-7 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. [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. [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. [map]
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 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Adoptive and Foster Parent Orientation: Orchards Children's Services.

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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. [map]
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 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Big Shot Paper Crafting": Ann Arbor District Library.

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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]
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 6:30-8:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Smell and Tell: Baking with Flavor": Ann Arbor District Library.

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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]
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 6:35-7:05 p.m.  Free! 

Synchro Nationals Exhibition: Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club.

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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]
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 7-9 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Wine Tasting: So What is the Deal with Burgundy Anyway?.

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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
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $50/person. 734-645-1030. [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, 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. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Zell Fellows Reading: Literati Bookstore.

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Poetry and fiction readings by U-M Zell fellows, poets Mary Alice Daniel and Jeremiah Childers.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Washtenaw Wanderers Walking Club February monthly meeting: Washtenaw Wanderers Walking Club.

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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.
American Volkssport Association:
R.E.I., 970 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor, Mi. Free. [map]
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 7-10 p.m. 

"A Beekeeper's Dinner": Zingerman's Roadhouse.

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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]
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 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

Culinary History Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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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]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Theatre des Bouffes du Nord: University Musical Society.

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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, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538.
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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. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"Natural Wonders of Hawai'i": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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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]
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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. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Zappa Plays Zappa: Roxy & Elsewhere 40th Anniversary Tour": Live Nation.

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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 and all Ticketmaster outlets, and at the door. To charge by phone, call (800) 745-3000. [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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 11:45 a m.-1 p.m. 

Business to Business Marketing, It's More Social Than Ever: LA2M - Marketing Education.

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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. [map]
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