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Calendar of Events

Monday, February 24, 2014






 
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"The Past": Michigan Theater.

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(Asghar Farhadi, 2013). An Iranian man deserts his French wife and 2 children to return to his homeland, but comes back to France when his wife asks for a divorce. French & Persian, subtitles.
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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 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 a.m.-noon 

Chinese Culture and History--OLLI Study Group (50+): Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M.

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Class meets Mondays, February 24 - March 31
This class will provide an introduction to Chinese history, philosophy, and culture. It will cover education, governing, communication, health beliefs, sports, migration, wars and their impacts, American influence and the Taiwan issue. Amy Seetoo is dedicated to promoting cultural exchange in Michigan.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. $35. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]

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 10-11:30 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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 10-11:30 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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 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Should Academics Get Down and Dirty with YouTube?": U-M Hatcher Grad Library.

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Talk by U-M School of Public Health Risk Science Center director Andrew Maynard.
10-11:30 a.m., 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 764-3499. [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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 1:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Affordable Care Act 1:1": Chelsea District Library.

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Center for Family & Health regional lead ACA navigator Danielle Carpenter is on hand to offer personalized assistance understanding and applying for insurance under the new health care law.
1:30-4:30 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732, ext. 219. [map]

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 3:30-4:30 p.m. 

Youth Aerial Silk at Ringstar: Ringstar Studio.

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Aerial Silks are an exciting and beautiful circus art involving two long fabric "ribbons" which a performer does tricks in. Also known as aerial dance, this art is a great way to develop strength, coordination, flexibility, spatial awareness, and confidence. Kids in grades 6-12 are welcome to attend this series of after school classes designed specifically for young people. Younger people are welcome to observe a class to see if they're ready. No experience necessary!
Ringstar Studio, 3907 Varsity Dr. $10. diane@a2ringstar.com http://a2ringstar.com [map]

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 3:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Kids Play Chess": Chelsea District Library.

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Chess Club volunteer Cindy Blum and veteran chess teacher John Smalec help kids ages 5-12 learn to play chess or improve their current chess skills.
3:30-5 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [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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 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 p.m. 

Getting Paid to Talk: An Introduction to Voice Acting: Voice Coaches.

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People from virtually all walks of life are turning to voice acting for supplemental or retirement income, or as a full time career. Join us for a single-evening, realistic and entertaining introduction to the world of voice overs.
You'll learn everything from the basics of getting started, working in the studio, and industry pros and cons to where to look for opportunities in and around their community and how to land the job. You'll also have the opportunity to record a mock commercial.
Pioneer High School, 601 W. Stadium Blvd. $25. 734-994-2300 ext 53203. brzezinl@aaps.k12.mi.us www.aareced.com [map]

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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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 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! 

Folk Song Sing-Along.

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All invited to join a family-oriented recreational sing-along of folk songs. Bring your guitars, ukuleles, and other instruments if you'd like to jam along as well. Lyrics and chords are projected on a screen for singers and strummers. Led by Lori Fithian and Jean Chorazycewski.
7 p.m., First Unitarian-Universalist Church, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 426-7818. [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! 

Special PETE SEEGER Singalong tonight!.

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See all the details in our regular listing on this page under "Folk Song Singalong". Tonight we will celebrate the life and song of Pete Seeger by singing his tunes and sharing stories of how he has touched our lives. We've invited a big-time Pete Seeger fan - local musician and Waterhill Festival founder Paul Tinkerhess - to be our special song leader tonight, and we are also joined by Ms. Lois Zimmerman, who spent some time on "The Clearwater" sailing ship with Pete. Come join us in singing some old and hopefully new singalong favorites - written by or loved by Pete Seeger!
First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 734-426-7818. lorifithian@mac.com [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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 7:30 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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 7:45 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. 

The Apache Relay & the Lonely Wild: The Ark.

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Double bill of highly regarded young pop quintets, the Nashville-based roots-oriented The Apache Relay and the L.A.-based psych-folk Americana outfit The Lonely Wild.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 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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