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Calendar of Events

Friday, February 28, 2014






 
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"Gloria": Michigan Theater.

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(Sebastián Lelio, 2013). Comic drama set in Santiago about a free-spirited older woman who has a whirlwind relationship with a former naval officer. Spanish & English, 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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 8-11 p.m. 

"Drum Jam": Tree of Life Cultural Arts Studio.

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All drummers invited; bring hand drums or borrow one from the studio. Beverages for sale.
8-11 p.m., Tree of Life, 6065 Sibley (east off N. Main), Chelsea. Free. 433-0697. [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Qulting for a Cause: 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 create beautiful T-shirt quilts for those in need. Equipment and materials are provided.
The group meet in the Michigan Room from 11am to 12:30pm every Friday.
For more information about this volunteer opportunity please contact Jen Nicodemus at
734-661-8043 or
jnicodemus@annarborymca.org
Ann Arbor YMCA, 400 W Washington St. Free. 734-661-8043. jnicodemus@annarborymca.org http://www.annarborymca.org/quilting-cause.php [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! 

"Rabbi Levy's Lunch and Learn": Temple Beth Emeth.

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Every Fri. except Mar. 21 Rabbi Robert Levy leads an informal discussion about the intersection between religion and science. Bring a bag lunch.
Noon-1 p.m., TBE Adult Lounge, 2309 Packard. Free. 665-4744. [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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 4-11 p.m.  Free! 

"Game Night": Chelsea Alehouse.

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All invited to play one of Chelsea Alehouse's board games, or bring their own.
4-11 p.m., Chelsea Alehouse, 420 N. Main, suite 100, Chelsea. Free. 433-5500. [map]
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 4-10 p.m. 

"Parents' Night Out": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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Parents invited to leave their kids ages 7-12 for a program that include exploring the LSNC grounds and facilities, games, a pizza dinner, after-dinner visits with a raptor and the critter house, and a nature-themed movie and snack.
4-10 p.m. (early pick-up times can be arranged in advance), LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. $25 per child. 997-1533. 4-10 p.m. (early pick-up times can be arranged in advance), LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. $25 per child. 997-1533. [map]
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 5-8 p.m.  Free! 

Artistica Art Shows.

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Nov. 22, Dec. 13, Feb. 28. Exhibits by various local and regional artists. Refreshments. Nov. 22: Works by fabric artist Susan Davis. Dec. 13: Pottery and tile by One Acre Ceramics. Feb. 28: TBA.
5-8 p.m., Artistica, 3203 Broad, Dexter. Free. 426-1500. [map]
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 6-7 p.m.  Free! 

Free Yoga Class: The Yoga Space.

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A free one hour yoga class for anyone who is interested. No pre-registration is necessary and all equipment is provided. The class will introduce basic standing and sitting poses and include a guided relaxation. It will be taught by a Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher.
The Yoga Space, 180 Little Lake Dr, #1 48103. Free. 734-622-9600. sue@yogaspaceannarbor.com www.yogaspaceannarbor.com [map]
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 6-9 p.m. 

Lamaze Childbirth Preparation Series: Lamaze Family Center.

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Our premier, comprehensive childbirth class is designed for pregnant women and their partners. This in-depth, interactive 12-hour series meets on weekday nights at three different locations throughout Ann Arbor. 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 including early breastfeeding overview;
•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).
UM Von Voightlander Women's Hospital. $190. 734.973.1014. info@lamazefamilycenter.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org
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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 p.m. 

Upcycled Mittens | Feb 28, 6pm: Fly Children's Art Center.

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Turn an old sweater into new mittens, cute enough to warm your heart and your hands this blustery season! Join us for a fun workshop to learn how. Bring a pre-felted sweater or old fleece item with you, our use one of ours, and leave with a warm pair of handmade mittens! Tuition is $10 per student. Register to secure your spot.
Fly Children's Art Center, 40 N. Huron St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197, Ypsilanti. $10/student. 734-218-2145. katie@flyartcenter.com http://www.flyartcenter.org/#!studio-classes/c20by [map]
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 6:30 p.m. 

Interactive Dinner Theatre: Angel Food Catering.

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"The Great Ypsilanti Train Robbery of 1916: An Evening of Historical License" featuring Center Stage Productions. "Train" is great fun for groups, friends or date night. Tickets are $49.95 per person and include the two-hour show with a 3 course meal enjoyed at our new location in Belleville, MI. "The Great Ypsilanti Train Robbery" is based on a real heist, still unsolved, that took place 85 years ago. Ample amounts of "historical license" allow for a creative blend of history, comedy, music and fun - with a gourmet meal, to boot. Advanced ticket purchase is required so call 734-697-1100.
Angel Food Catering, 44850 N I- 94 Service Drive, Belleville, MI, 48111, Ypsilanti. $49.95. 734-697-1100. angelfood@provide.net www.angelfoodinc.com [map]
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 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

Kids Yoga: Peachy Fitness.

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Peachy Fitness offers on going KIDS YOGA classes. Kids who participate in YOGA develops:
Flexibility and Physical Strength
Leadership skills
Confidence and Self esteem
Relaxation and Self control
Respect for others and much more!!!
A non-competitive, creative and fun activity appropriate for kids. They will explore yoga by imitating animal poses, breathing techniques, play games arts and relax in a fun and nurturing environment.
A parent can join the class.
Kids Yoga classes are for boys and girls ages: 7-12 years.
Every Friday: 6:30-7:30pm at Ann Arbor Taekwondo (2739 Plymouth Rd, Ann Arbor)
Cost: $69.00/4 classes
Ann Arbor Taekwondo, 2739 Plymouth Rd. $69. 734-681-0477. info@peachyfitness.com www.PeachyFitness.com [map]
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 6:30 p.m. 

U-M Ice Hockey vs. Ohio State.

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6:30 p.m., Yost Ice Arena, 1016 S. State at McKinley. Ticket price TBA at stubhub.com/michigan-wolverines-hockey-tickets. 764-0247. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"The Sacred Science": Inspire-Healing Film Festival.

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(Nicholas J. Polizzi, 2011). Documentary about 8 ill people who journey to the Amazon jungle in search of alternatives to modern medicine.
7 p.m., Aprill Wellness Center, 107 Aprill Dr. Donation. 531-9570. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Film and Discussion: Jewel Heart Buddhist Center.

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Film screenings followed by discussion.

Sept. 26: Room to Breathe (Russell Long, 2013). Documentary about struggling San Francisco students who are transformed after they learn mindfulness techniques.

Oct. 24: The Lost World of Tibet (Emma Hindley, 2007). BBC documentary includes rare footage of "Old Tibet" as it follows the story of Tibet through the life of the 14th (and current) Dalai Lama, from early childhood and through his escape to India in 1959.

Nov. 21: The American Rimpoche (Nikki Appino, 2014). Documentary about Jew heart founder Gelek Rompoche, featuring interviews with Philip Glass, Donald Lopez, Robert Thurman, Richard Gere and many more.

Dec. 19: What Dreams May Come (Vincent Ward, 1998). Fantasy drama exploring the nature of the afterlife and its relation to existence and the imagination. Robin Williams, Annabella Sciorra, Cuba Gooding Jr.

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7 p.m., Jewel Heart (1129 Oak Valley Dr. between Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. & Ellsworth). Free. 994-3387.
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 7 p.m. 

U-M Women's Gymnastics vs. BYU and Kent State.

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7 p.m., Crisler Center. $7 (youth & seniors, $5). 764-0247.
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 7 & 11 p.m.  Free! 

"Gendermat and Night of Fights": U-M Basement Arts.

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Feb. 27-Mar. 1. Austin Meyer directs students in Gendermat, Mark Dunn's drama, set in a basement laundry room, about breakups of 4 couples with various gender permutations. Emily Hanley and Jacqueline Toboni direct Night of Fights, the annual mash-up of stage combat scenes. This year's theme is villains.
7 p.m. (Feb. 27-Mar. 1) & 11 p.m. (Feb. 28), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. basementarts.org. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Fly Fishing Film Tour": Michigan Theater.

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An anthology of cutting-edge films aimed at both entertaining and educating outdoor enthusiasts.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. $15; discounted tickets available at Schultz Outfitters (4 E. Cross, Ypsilanti). 668-TIME. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Poetry Reading by Katherine Edgren of her new book "Long Division": Serendipity Books.

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Poet Katherine Edgren will be giving a reading from her new book of poems "Long Division" at Serendipity Books on Feb. 28th at 7:30. Edgren a social activist and former Ann Arbor city council member focuses on themes of life death and aging in this, her latest work. Reviewed by Thomas Lynch, "How fine it is to have these well-wrought, generous poems in the world. Sure-footed and true." Her chapbook Transports, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2009. Edgren's poems have been published in several literary journals and won contests. The reading will begin at 7:40, followed by a question and answer session, book signing, and wine and cheese reception.
Serendipity Books, 113 W Middle Street, Chelsea. Free. 734 475 7148. serendipity.bkstore@gmail.com https://plus.google.com/110052256167306467476/about?gl=us&hl=en [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"O Say Can You See…?": U-M Theatre Department.

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Timothy Douglas directs a staged reading of fellow U-M theater professor Charles "OyamO" Gordon's drama, set in the racially turbulent times of the late 19th century, that focuses on 2 men-a black baseball player who plays briefly in the major leagues just before blacks were barred, and a white man who performs in blackface to raise enough money to form an entire troupe of blackface minstrels.
7:30 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. 764-5350. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Economics of Happiness": Center of Light.

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Ann Arbor is filled with progressive 'locavores'; going local is a powerful strategy to help repair our fractured world - our ecosystems, our societies and ourselves. Far from the old institutions of power, people are continuing to forge a very different, sustainable future. This documentary features critical voices and inspiring examples from the worldwide movement for localization. Discussion to follow.
Ann Arbor Center of Light, 200 Huronview Blvd. Free. 734-330-5048. annarbor@centersoflight.org annarbor.centersoflight.org [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

"The Economics of Happiness": Center of Light Conscious Movie Night.

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(Steven Gorelick, Helena Norberg-Hodge, & John Page; 2011). Documentary about grass-roots efforts to deregulate trade and finance and create smaller local economies.
8 p.m., Center of Light, 200 Huronview Blvd. (off N. Main). Free. 330-5048. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Blackie & the Rodeo Kings: The Ark.

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An eclectic mix of headlong rock 'n' roll, haunting ballads, and surf instrumentals by the Juno Award-winning Ontario-based trio of singer-guitarists Stephen Fearing, Tom Wilson, and Colin Linden, who played lead guitar in Dylan's touring band last summer. They got together in 1996 after discovering a common enthusiasm for Canadian songwriter Willie P. Bennett, and their repertoire also includes material by the likes of Bruce Cockburn, Jules Shear, Fred Eaglesmith, and Janice Powers. No Depression calls its new CD, South, "perfectly conceived and immaculately executed."
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 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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 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Mike Green: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Feb. 27-Mar. 1. This popular comic, winner of the 2004 Michigan Comedy Survivor competition, performs with a nervous energy that regularly explodes into bizarre observations and goofy enlightenments about jumping rope, talking sirens, bar codes, and other pointless things you've never stopped to think about. "If you liked the kid in the lunchroom who made you spit milk out your nose, you'll love Mike Green," says the Detroit Free Press. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 314 E. Liberty. $8 (Thurs.) & $11 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Neoterica Flutes: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This duo of flutists Brandy Hudelson and Shanna Gutierrez combines flute beatboxing-an extended technique that creates rhythmic effects-improvisation, and vocal percussion in a program of avant-garde works for amplified flute, including a new work by German composer Peter Koeszeghy.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $10). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

The Twilight of the Golds: Barefoot Productions Theater

240 N. Main St.

Plymouth MI 48170.

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The Twilight of the Golds is a powerful dramatic glimpse into the inner workings and secrets of the Gold family. This controversial and entertaining thought provoking dark comedy will raise questions about ethics and morality. The Gold family will confront issues of bigotry, evolution and the limits of love when unspoken prejudices are exposed and threaten to unravel the Gold family. This brilliant cast gives powerful multilayered performances with an endearing mix of humor and emotional weight, evoking themes of heroism and betrayal, love and tragedy, and the end of the family man, played out in microcosm by the contemporary Gold family. Audience participation 'talk-backs' to discuss themes and materials from the play are scheduled following the play. For additional information on the talk-back facilitators please see our website at www.justgobarefoot.com
Barefoot Productions Theater,, 240 N. Main St,, Plymouth. $15. 734-560-1493. christymayhew@msn.com www.justgobarefoot.com [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Oliver!": Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Feb. 6-Mar. 2. This local professional company performs Lionel Bart's popular musical adaptation of Dickens's Oliver Twist, the tale of an orphaned boy who falls in with a band of pickpockets in Victorian London. The score includes many popular hits, including "Where Is Love?" "Food, Glorious Food," "As Long As He Needs Me," and the title tune. Cast: Alejandro Cantu, Ben Chambers, Tobin Hissong, Mahalia Greenway, Andrew Gorney, David Kiley, Christine Purchis, William Fowle, & Sara Catheryn Wolf.
7 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 3 p.m. (Sat., Sun. & Feb. 27), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $32 (seniors age 60 & older, $30; youge age 17 & under and groups of 10 or more, $28) in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. 268-6200. [map]
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 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 purplerosetheatre.org, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
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 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. 

"Friday Night Swing (& Blues)": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Feb. 7, 14, & 28. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. Followed at 11:30 p.m. by blues dancing. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by beginning lessons.
9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $5 (students with ID, $3; $1 discount for AACTMAD members) includes lessons. 417-9857. [map]
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