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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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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. [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.-3:30 p.m. 

Tour of North Campus Research Complex--OLLI (50+): Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M.

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See OLLI website for travel agency registration information and OLLI membership requirement.
ˇ 10:00 a.m. Arrive at NCRC.
ˇ Overview of innovation in Michigan in the Research Auditorium.
ˇ Remarks on how the incubator process is working by leaders of two of the companies currently in residence.
ˇ Lunch on your own in the cafeteria, Opus One.
ˇ Guided tour of the facility.
ˇ Return to Auditorium to view documentary Detropia.
ˇ 3:30 p.m. Depart for home.
NCRC (former Pfizer location), Plymouth Rd. $44. 734-998-9351.
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 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Story Time with the Zoo: Great Lakes Zoological Society and Nicola's Books.

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The Great Lakes Zoo is teaming up with Nicola's Books to bring you an exciting story time and animal encounter!
Bring the kids to Nicola's Books to hear an animal-related story, make a craft and meet our live animals up close! Animal encounters with a few friendly zoo residents will provide each child a chance to touch and learn about reptiles in an exciting and safe environment. This program is designed for children ages 5 and under.
Wed. 2/26- At Nicola's Books in Westgate Shopping Center
Nicola's Books, Westgate Shopping Center. Free. (734)332-1628.
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 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"The Strange Career of the Filipino 'National'": U-M American Culture Department.

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Talk by Oberlin College American studies professor Rick Baldoz. Refreshments.
11:30 a.m., 3512 Haven Hall. 505 S. State. Free. 763-1460. [map]
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 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Local Media's Role in Shaping What's Next for Cities: LA2M - Marketing Education.

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Over the past decade, Issue Media Group has expanded into over 21 regions in the U.S. and Canada with hundreds of paid journalists delivering online news that covers the revitalization of cities and regional economies. IMG's co-founder, Paul Schutt, will discuss how gaps in local media coverage are creating opportunities for new models, and how this media shift is impacting how communities see themselves.
Paul Schutt is the co-founder of Issue Media Group, a Detroit based media company that publishes online magazines in over 21 regions in the U.S. and Canada. IMG publications focus on growth, investment and the remarkable people leading communities into the new economy.
Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main Street. Donation. 734-272-4698. [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.

Jan. 15: University of Wisconsin law professor Kathryn Hendley discusses "Everyday Law in Russia."

Jan. 29: NYU sociology professor Lynne Haney on "Gypsycriminality and the Racial Politics of Punishment in Central Europe."

Feb. 12: Middle Tennessee State University history professor Emily Baran discusses "Weapons of the Watchtower: Jehovah's Witnesses and Resistance to Soviet Power."

Feb. 26: U-M history and Judaic studies professor Jeffrey Veidlinger discusses "Jews and Ukrainians in the Soviet Shtetl: Memories of Small-Town Life."

Mar. 12: Brandeis University history professor David Engerman on "Separated by a Common Language: Soviet Experts and Indian Planning in the Cold War."

Mar. 26: "Poetry and War: Vilnius Cityscape in Translation." Vilnius (Lithuania) University Center for Semiotics & Literary Theory research fellow Laimonas Briedas discusses the way the city's massive loss in WWII-90% of the population was either killed or displaced-has produced a particular genre of urban poetics.

Apr 2: University of Pennsylvania history professor Peter Holquist discusses "Origins of the Concept of 'Crimes against Humanity': Precedents, the Allied 1915 Note on the Armenian Genocide, and Legacies."

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 St. Matthew's by the Bridge Episcopal Church (Iowa) organist James Hammann. 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
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! 

"The Man Who Lost Himself": Concordia University Books & Coffee.

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Concordia business professor Suzy Siegle leads a discussion of June Callwood's biography of Terry Evanshen, the Canadian football player who was injured in a car accident and woke from a coma two weeks later with no memories.
4 p.m., Concordia University Earhart Manor Living Room, 4090 Geddes. Free. 995-4612. [map]
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 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Black Holes, Gravity, and Cosmic Geometry": U-M Natural History Museum Science Cafe.

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Talks by U-M mathematics professor Lydia Bieri and U-M astronomy professor Kayhan Gultekin. Discussion follows.
5:30-7:30 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. Free. 764-0478. [map]
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 6-10 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Culinary Bootcamp I.

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The key to great cooking boils down to solid technique and great ingredients. Join us for this intensive journey through the basics -- the end result is greater kitchen confidence and less reliance on recipes! Each class will feature a full arsenal of dishes utilizing the techniques learned -- we will work with the very best cuts of meat, seafood, and produce from local purveyors. Students will work in pairs and prepare everything on the evening's menu providing for a generous amount of practice. Students will then sit down to enjoy the fruits of their labor throughout each class. This is, by far, our most intensive class, but also our most fun! And best of all, no experience is required! Full participation. This class meets on consecutive Wednesday evenings from 6-10pm. Register online up to 48 hours in advance at
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $425/person. 734-645-1030. [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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 6-7 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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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Bonsai Society.

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Renowned dwarf conifer propagator and plant grafter Andy Duvall discusses techniques to graft woody material to improve bonsai appearance.
7 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. (313) 930-1305. [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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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 


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All robotics hobbyists invited to work on and discuss robots.
7-9 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. (off Airport Blvd north of Ellsworth). Free. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Growing Your Resilience with Flower Essences": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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Bach International Education Program instructor Carol Bennington discusses flower essences--remedies developed by the English homeopath Edward Bach in the 1930s--and their uses.
7-8:30 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room, 114 S. Main. Free; donations accepted. 726-4303. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Martin Bandyke's Moving Pictures": Ann Arbor District Library.

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107.1-FM morning host Bandyke is joined by Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins discuss who should and who will win 2014 Oscars. Q&A. Also, a preview of hot films coming to the Michigan this year.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

History of Science Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to discuss John Freely's Before Galileo: The Birth of Modern Science in Medieval Europe.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Meditation and Metaphysics: New 6 week series!: Center of Light.

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Your heart and mind are incredibly powerful forces for transforming your life. The universe responds to your thoughts, feelings and beliefs in predictable and controllable ways. When you learn to understand and apply the laws of the spiritual and energetic world- your whole life will change. But don't just believe it- experience it for yourself!

This amazing 6 class series will teach you to recognize and apply the fundamental energetic and spiritual laws that govern the world around you. You will leave each class with simple and practical exercises that will change your life. Every exercise will bring you closer to knowing your own creative power. This class is simple enough for beginners and deep enough to provide new insights to long-term practitioners.

My name is Joan and I am happy to invite you for this wonderful class series. Whether you are new to this thinking or an "old hand," this experience is a wonderful one and I will be glad to have you join us.
Center of Light, Ann Arbor, 200 Huronview Blvd. Ann Arbor, 48103. $30 preregistered, $40 at the door For the series of 6 classes. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"RMW(a)/RMW": U-M School of Music, Theatre, & Dance.

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Feb. 26 & 27. Experimental dance artists Jennifer Monson and DD Dorvillier perform their collaborative works, including this landmark 1990s duet that explores the representation of queer desire.
7:30 p.m., Duderstadt Center Video Studio, 2281 Bonisteel, North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [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. 

Goitse: The Ark.

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Traditional Irish music with a contemporary rhythmic drive by this young quintet made up of University of Limerick students.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office ( &, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [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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 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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Science camp for kids ages 6-14
Esquire Interiors Ann Arbor MI
Top of the Lamp, Ann Arbor's locally owned lighting specialty store.