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]
Every Tues.-Fri., Mar. 11-Apr. 25. Storytimes for "2s & 3s" accompanied by a caregiver (Wed. 9:30 a.m.), "On My Own," age 3 and up with or without a caregiver (Thurs. 10:30 a.m.), family story time (Tues. 6:30 p.m., Wed. & Fri. 10:30 a.m., and Thurs. 9:30 a.m.), and "Book Babies" for the under-2 set accompanied by a caregiver (Tues. 9:30 or 10:30 a.m.).
Various times, SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required (except for family story time). 429-5450. [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]
Ophir Crafts is sponsoring an Afghan Block Contest during February and March. The deadline for submission is March 31, 2014. Blocks may be either knit or crocheted, and no larger than 8"x12". Categories for judging are Lace, Color Work, and Cables, with separate winners for knit and crochet. There will also be a Best of Show winner. One skein of yarn must be purchased from Ophir Crafts store. Please see our website for additional guidelines and information.
Ophir Crafts Store, Westgate Mall, 2507 Jackson Ave. Free. 734-794-7777. firstname.lastname@example.org www.ophircrafts.com [map]
Make sure to join LA2M for part one of this two part event! Part one will feature Lisa Rudgers of the University of Michigan. She is the Vice President for Global Communications and Strategic Initiatives. You will get to hear first hand how marketing is done at a Big 10 University from someone who deals with it on a daily basis.
Be sure you bring a friend, because this will be a real treat.
Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main Street. Donation. 734-272-4698. email@example.com la2m.org [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]
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:
How do colleges and universities define "success" for their students? While GPA is a traditional benchmark of student success, there are other outcomes which may be more important for long-term student wellbeing. Research shows that symptoms of depression predict retention and graduation rates, and mentally healthy students are better learners - so it follows that supporting student mental health benefits the entire campus.
Join us for the 12th Annual Depression on College Campuses Conference to learn about new research findings and model programs which demonstrate how a focus on improving student mental health can benefit student success in all areas of the college experience - emotionally, physically, socially, and academically - and allow students to achieve their full potential.
The conference will feature a choice of intensive three-hour workshops in addition to keynote presentations, panel discussions, and concurrent sessions.
Rackham Graduate School, 915 E. Washington St. $150 for non-students, Free for students from any campus. 734-763-7495. http:
Every Mon., Tues. Wed., & Fri. 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]
Investing and Financial Strategies in Retirement--OLLI Study Group (50+): Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M.more >
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Class meets Wednesdays, March 12 - May 21 No class on April 16.
You will learn up-to-date strategies to maximize retirement income and fund other goals in your life. Participants will be able to personalize their experiences using on-line materials and videos distributed each week via links contained in emails sent before and after each session. Class will be taught by George Levy and guest lectures will be presented by OLLI member Bob Shaw and others. Email access is required.
Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Drive. $40. 734-998-9351. firstname.lastname@example.org www.olli-umich.org [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]
Talk by U-M history and theory of sexuality professor David Halperin.
4-6 p.m., 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 764-9537. [map]
Using images and art media, explore your natural energy, awareness, imagination and curiosity. With intention, creative play and thoughtful writing, tap into the creative process. Bring a notebook or journal. Facilitated by Idelle Hammond-Sass
Crazy Wisdom; community room, 114 S. Main St. Ann Arbor. Donation. $40. 734-741-4441. email@example.com [map]
Play of "MacBeth" by William Shakespeare
First performed in April 1611, MacBeth is the tragic tale of unchecked ambition and power which lead to bloody civil war.
May 16, 17 and 18, 2014
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
University of Michigan Central Campus
All who audition will be cast and appear in every performance.
No cost to audition.
Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor (JCC), 2935 Birch Hollow Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. Free to audition. (734) 926-5629. firstname.lastname@example.org www.aayag.org [map]
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 www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $425/person. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [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]
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]
Panel discussion with speakers TBA on the function of lawn extension ordinances and of U-M landscape architecture professor Joan Iverson Nassauer's proposals for ways to use natural landscaping that will be more readily accepted by neighbors who prefer traditional landscaping.
6:45 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 994-0833. [map]
Panel discussion with speakers TBA on the function of lawn extension ordinances and on U-M landscape architecture professor Joan Iverson Nassauer's proposals for ways to use natural landscaping that will be more readily accepted by neighbors who prefer traditional landscaping.
6:45 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 994-0833. [map]
Mar. 12, Apr. 9, May 14. Books available a month in advance at the reference desk. Mar. 12: Double Bind, Chris Bohjalian's novel about a young social worker whose growing obsession with a homeless man's mysterious past threatens her fragile sanity. Apr. 9: Conversations with Myself, Nelson Mandela's autobiography. May 14: Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline's novel about two women-one young, one elderly-brought together by their similarly turbulent childhoods.
7 p.m., SDL Brecon Room, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]
Mar. 9-12 (different programs). A different new play by a local playwright each night, with each performance followed by an audience discussion with the cast & crew.
Mar. 9: Invasive Species, Joseph Zettelmaier's drama about a lonely Michigan fisherman keeping an invasive great snakehead in his fish tank who becomes the target of a DNR investigation led by a overachieving agent with an attitude as threatening as the fish itself, jeopardizing the fisherman's peace of mind and favorite fishing hole.
Mar. 10: Bird of Passage, Colby Halloran's drama about the unlikely friendship that develops between Lawrence Sargent Hall, the author of "The Ledge" (a celebrated short story about a fishing accident), and a lonely writer who shares his house off the coast of Maine.
Mar. 11: The Antichrist Cometh, David MacGregor's drama about an advertising exec having a bad day who notices, while examining his receding hairline, what appears to be the number 666 emblazoned atop his forehead. When an old fraternity brother arrives with his evangelical fiancée in tow, talk turns to "revelations" about the ad execd's past, and all hell soon breaks loose-just in time for dinner.
Mar. 12: Irrational, David Wells & MacKenzie Lewis's love-and-death musical about the ancient Greek mathematician-mystic Pythagoras whose religious cult, erected on the premise that divinity is found in the harmony of ratios, is thrown into crisis when one of his followers discovers irrational numbers.
7 p.m., Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Tickets: whatever you can afford to pay. 663-0681. [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:
"City of Ann Arbor 2014 Sustainable Ann Arbor Forum: Climate and Adaptation": Ann Arbor District Library.more >
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The 3rd in a series of 4 monthly forums. Panelists include Huron River Watershed planner Rebecca Esselman, Ecology Center director Mike Garfield and policy specialist Monica Patel, Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute education director Mike Shriberg, city Environmental Commission vice chair Susan Hutton, and city Park Advisory Commission and Environmental Commission member Melissa Stults. Q&A.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
"Missing Images: Textures of Memory in Diaspora": U-M U-M Armenian Studies Program Haidostian Lecture.more >
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Talk by University of Amsterdam visual culture and film professor Marie Baronian
7-9 p.m., UMMA Stern Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 763-0622. [map]
Performances TBA. This month's theme is gender.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]
EMU history professor emeritus Jiu-Hwa Upshur leads a discussion of Cokie Roberts's Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation.
7:30 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 369-2499. [map]
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. email@example.com http:
Talk by Allen Creek Preschool executive director Will Purves and child development director Karen Baker. Geared towards parents of younger children.
7:30 p.m., Allen Creek Preschool, 2350 Miller. Free. 994-3382. [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. firstname.lastname@example.org sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
This U-M grad is a Chicago-based folk-rock singer-songwriter-pianist whose quirky, jazz-tinged music has provoked comparisons to the likes of Fiona Apple and Regina Spektor.
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]
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., Mason Hall Room TBA (Mar. 5) & Michigan Union Pendleton Room (all other dates), $5 (students, $4; $1 discount for members). 945-8428. [map]