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Calendar of Events

Thursday, March 13, 2014






 
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 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Depression on College Campuses Conference: Fostering Student Success: U-M Depression Center.

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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://www.depressioncenter.org/docc/ [map]
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 9 a.m.-3 p.m. & 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Open House: Ann Arbor Christian School.

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Parents interested in enrolling their Pre-K through 8th grade children in a challenging, nurturing Christian learning environment are encouraged to come to Ann Arbor Christian School's annual open house, to be held February 11th and March 13th from 9am-3pm and 6pm-8pm. To learn more, visit http://annarborchristian.org/ or call the school office at (734) 741-4948.
Ann Arbor Christian School, 5500 Whitmore Lake Rd. Free. 734 741-4948. http://annarborchristian.org/ [map]
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 9:30 a.m. 

Little Scientist Toddler Playgroup: Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor.

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Is your little one curious about the world around them? Then bring your budding explorer to our Little Scientist class! Every week your child and a parent (or caregiver) will have a hands on play date with science. Potential experiments include Exploding Color Bubbles, Fun with Light, Sink and Float, Textures, and much more! Come dressed in clothes that can get a bit messy or bring a smock. Children will have open time to play with their fellow scientists and read a book too. Ideal for children ages 1 1/2- 3 1/2 years. This playgroup runs for 4 weeks.
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk. $45. 734-973-1014. info@lamazefamilycenter.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
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 9:30 & 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Saline District Library.

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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]
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 9:30 a.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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 10-11 a.m. 

Deep Stretch Yoga: Peachy Fitness.

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Deep Stretch Yoga (Ladies only class)
"Deep Stretch Yoga" is a gentle and relaxing class opening up deep, rarely accessed areas of the body through extended holds of postures. We emphasize deep tissue opening and restoration particularly in the hips, pelvis, and lower spine. This class is a strong mix of yoga postures that will deepen your breath, grow your practice, and stretch out your body and mind. Come join us for twice a week Yoga practice. Get ready to sweat!!!
All Levels Welcome!!!
Tuesdays and Thursdays
10:00 a.m to 11:00a.m
Chapel Hill Clubhouse
(3350 Green Rd, Ann Arbor)
Cost: $69.00/8 classes
Drop-In: $12.00
March 4, 2014 - March 27, 2014
Chapel Hill Clubhouse, 3350 Green Rd. $69. 734-681-0477. info@peachyfitness.com www.PeachyFitness.com [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon 

KIDS AND CREATURES: The Creature Conservancy.

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KIDS AND CREATURES
This series of programs is designed especially for preschoolers (ages 2 - 5 years) and their parents. It runs every Thursday morning from 10 am - noon for six weeks, March 6th through April 10th. Your young one(s) will meet 2 - 3 amazing animals each week, including an armadillo, possum, kangaroo, wallaby, blue-tongued lizard, axolotl, fire salamander, spurred tortoise, and many more! They will learn about each animal, play games, listen to stories and have fun with cool animal-themed crafts.
Cost is $90 for one parent and one preschooler; additional preschoolers from the same family are $50 each.
Limited to 15 preschoolers - register soon!
www.thecreatureconservancy.org
The Creature Conservancy, 4940 Ann Arbor-Saline Road. $90 for one parent / one preschooler; additional preschoolers from the same family are $50 each. info@thecreatureconservancy.org www.thecreatureconservancy.org [map]
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 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. 

"Coming to America": Wild Swan Theater.

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Mar. 13-15. This award-winning local children's theater presents its stirring set of 4 tales about a Russian, a Dominican, a Vietnamese, and a Lebanese child who immigrate to America under different circumstances and over the course of several decades. Local acoustic guitar virtuoso David Mosher accompanies the show with songs by local singer-songwriter Laz Slomovits (of Gemini). Geared toward kids in grades 3-8. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available for blind audience members by prearrangement. Note: The Mar. 13 performance at 10 a.m. is sold out.
10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. (Mar. 13 & 14) & 2 p.m. (Mar. 15), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (kids, $8; lap pass for kids age 2 & under, $3) in advance and at the door. 995-0530. [map]
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 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Energy, Environment, Water: Managing the Interdependencies for Our Grandchildren and Beyond": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Thurs. (except March 6), Feb. 20-Apr. 3. A series of 6 weekly lectures by various speakers. For full schedule, see annarborobserver.com.

Feb. 20: MSU fisheries & wildlife professor Geoffrey Habron discusses "Interdependence and Interrelationships: The Role of Systems Thinking."

Feb. 27: Jean Redfield, CEO of Next Energy, a nonprofit devoted to advancing energy investment and job creation in Michigan, discusses "Our Energy Future: Opportunities and Challenges in Advanced Energy Technologies."

Mar. 13: U-M civil and environmental engineering professor Brian Ellis discusses "Hydraulic Fracturing 101: Clearing the Waters of the Fracking Debate."

Mar. 20: U-M School of Natural Resources transportation energy and climate policy professor John Decicco discusses "The Future of Transportion."

Mar. 27: U-M Energy Institute director Mark Barteau discusses "Perspectives on Energy."

Apr. 3: International water resources and environmental services consultant Tim Steele discusses "Global Water-Resources Issues Versus Energy Choices."

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10-11:30 a.m., Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 2900 Jackson Rd. $50 (members, $30) for the 6-lecture series. Memberships are $20 a year. $10 per lecture for members at the door. 998-9351. [map]
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 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

Spring Storytime: Chelsea District Library.

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Every Thurs. (except Apr. 10 & 24), Mar. 6-June 5. CDL librarians present a program of stories, songs, fingerplays, and craft activities for kids ages 2-6, accompanied by a caregiver.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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Every Tues. & Thurs. Linda Zimmer reads stories for kids age 6 & under.
6 p.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Thurs.), Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]
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 11 a.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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 Noon 

Mothers' Group: Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor.

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Meet other new moms and get support and advice after your baby is born in this award-winning mothers' group. In addition to a weekly topic and circle time, you'll learn songs, simple baby games, and basic infant movement. This series begins each session with group discussion on topics such as getting your baby to sleep, life with a newborn, how to survive the challenges of being a mom, places to go around town with your baby, changes to your relationships, and then later, introducing solids and more. Many mothers find support and friendship here and continue these relationships outside of group time, as well. Moms are encouraged to feed their baby during group, and all you need to bring is a blanket for your baby to lay on.
You can join the group at any time if the session has already begun, and if you are heading back to work, we can prorate the group so you can attend as many sessions as your schedule allows.
Scholarships based on financial need are available.
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk. $99/6 weeks. 734-973-1014. info@lamazefamilycenter.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
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 Noon  Free! 

Noon Lecture Series: U-M Center for Japanese Studies.

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Mar. 13 & 20. Talks by visiting scholars. Mar. 13: "The Re-Branding of Himiko." University of Missouri anthropology professor Laura Miller discusses changing representations of a popular female icon, the alleged 3rd-century female ruler of Yamatai. Mar. 20: "The 'Kirishitan' Japan and the World in Early-Modern Japanese Literature." University of Puget Sound Japanese professor Jan Leuchtenberger discusses representations of Japanese Catholic Christians during the Edo period.
Noon, 1636 International Institute/SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 764-6307. [map]
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 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art: U-M Hospitals.

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Mar. 6: Piano jazz by the Pete Siers Trio. Mar. 13: Cello and violin music by U-M String Preparatory Academy students. Mar. 20: Irish music by flutist Tracy Kash Thomas and guitarist Pat Shanley. Mar. 27: Vintage swing by the Royal Garden Trio.
12:10 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]
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 12:30-2:30 p.m. 

Advanced French--OLLI Study Group (50+): Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M.

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Class meets Thursdays, March 13 - May 1.

This is a continuation of the Fall 2013 class. Pertinent grammatical points will be reviewed, using prepared dialogues that will reveal any weaknesses that need work. New material will include use of passive voice. Please continue reading Stendahl's "Le Rouge et le Noir." Adele McCarus is a retired public school teacher.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. $40. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]
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 2-8 p.m.  Free! 

Free HIV Testing: S3 Safe Sex Store and HIV/AIDS Resource Center.

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Free HIV testing is available at S3 Safe Sex Store every Thursday until 8:00 p.m.
Testing is performed by HARC staff.
Walk-ins welcome, or call to schedule an appointment. Test takes approximately 20 minutes.
S3 Safe Sex Store, 1209 South University. Free. 734-741-1434. info@bak-inc.com www.s3safesexstore.com [map]
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 4-8 p.m.  Free! 

Drop-in Crafting Circle: Ophir Crafts.

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Every Thursday evening, Ophir Crafts hosts a free drop-in crafting circle where knitters, crocheters, and other crafters can come to work on a project and meet other crafters. Bring your own project or buy one from Ophir Crafts. Coffee and Tea are provided. Knitting and crocheting experts are on hand to help with a few questions. More extensive coaching and private lessons are also available.
Ophir Crafts Store, Westgate Mall, 2507 Jackson Ave. Free. 734-794-7777. ophircrafts@gmail.com www.Ophircrafts.com [map]
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 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

Thursday Speaker Series: U-M Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies.

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Mar. 13 & 27. Talks by visiting scholars. Mar. 13: New York University ancient history professor Roger Bagnall on "Materializing Papyrology." Mar. 27: De Montfort University (UK) photographic history research professor Elizabeth Edwards on "Folded in Time: Thoughts on a Photograph Album."
4-6 p.m., 1014 Tisch Hall, 435 S. State. Free. 615-7400. [map]
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 4:15-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chapter Champs: Saline District Library.

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Book discussion group for kids in grades K-4. Books TBA.
4:15-5 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]
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 4:30-6 p.m. 

"Healthful Comfort Food": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Lucky Kitchen restaurant owner Jenny Wu shows how to make shepherd's pie.
4:30-6 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. $8. Preregistration required. 998-9353. [map]
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 4:45-5:45 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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 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

Kathryn Davis: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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Fiction reading by this award-winning Vermont novelist whose latest novel, Duplex, is a peculiar melding of the ordinary and extraordinary, in which a deceptively normal suburban world is metaphysically torqued. A Slate reviewer describes the book as "a series of dreamlike, often erotic, images and interconnected plot lines that don't so much build to climax as swell to create an intoxicating atmosphere."
5:10 p.m., UMMA auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-6330, mslevad@umich.edu. [map]
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 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

U-M School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Lecture Series.

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Mar. 13, 20, & 27. Talks by visiting artists. Mar. 13: "Learning & Unlearning." Bunker Roy discusses Barefoot College, an NGO he founded in 1972 that helps rural communities become self-sufficient. Mar. 20: "From What to Where." Artist and policy advocate Laurie Jo Reynolds discusses her work that addresses negative representations of people in prison. Mar. 27: Talk by director, producer, and screenwriter Penelope Spheeris, who's often referred to as a rock 'n' roll anthropologist because of her work chronicling the punk movement. She also directed films such as Wayne's World and The Beverly Hillbillies.
5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 647-2337. [map]
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 5:15-6:45 p.m. 

Therapeutic Yoga Class: Sun Moon Yoga.

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Thursday Therapeutic Yoga classes. 5:15pm-6:45pm.
Allow your body to become a more comfortable place to live. Find relief from aches, pains and stiffness. Great for back pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia and all around soothing stress relief, this breath based gentle Hatha yoga class is designed so anyone and everyone can participate. Drop-in any Thursday .
Instructor: Janine Polley RN, RYT500, Yoga Therapist.
Sun Moon Yoga, 404 W.Huron. $15 class drop/in, $12.90/w/10-class-card purchase. 734-9290274. Jdpolley@comcast.net Www.sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
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 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

2014 Whittemore Lecture: University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources & Environment.

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The Landscape Architecture Program at the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment is pleased to welcome William J. Johnson as the 2014 Whittemore lecturer. William J. Johnson is the founding partner of the landscape architecture and urban design firm, JJR. The title of his lecture is "PLACE DESIGN - Strategy, Process and Form. Lessons Learned Along the Way."
William Johnson formed Johnson, Johnson and Roy (JJR) in 1961, a partnership with his brothers Carl and Clarence Roy. A master plan for the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor established the firm's approach of integrated planning and analysis. The search for fitness, harmony, and community involvement became William Johnson's core design philosophy and a trademark of JJR's work. Johnson was a professor of landscape architecture and he served as Dean of the School of Natural Resources at the University of Michigan from 1975 to 1983. He was named Professor Emeritus in 1988.
School of Natural Resources & Environment, Samuel T. Dana Building, 440 Church Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. 734-615-5753. afichera@umich.edu http://www.snre.umich.edu/events/snre_whittemore_lecture_william_j_johnson [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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 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Obscura Primavera": U-M Institute for the Humanities.

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Detroit-based Dutch photographer Corine Vermuelen and College for Creative Studies (Detroit) undergraduate studies dean Vince Carducci discuss this exhibit of Vermuelen's photographs of contemporary Medellin currently on display at the Institute for the Humanities. Also, Vermuelen talks about the exhibit on Mar. 13.
12:30 p.m. (Mar. 11) & 6-7:30 p.m. (Mar. 13), 202 S. Thayer, room 2022. Free. 936-3518. [map]
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 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Seleucia-on-the-Tigris: Past and Present": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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Talk by U-M classics professor Sharon Herbert and U-M student Jenny Kreiger. In conjunction with the current exhibit, Life in Miniature: Identity and Display at Ancient Seleucia-on-the-Tigris.
6 p.m., Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

ACBL Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.

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Every Thurs. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. No partner required.
7 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $7. 761-6691. [map]
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 7 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play what's regarded as the world's most difficult board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
1-6 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m.-midnight (Thurs.), Espresso Royale, 322 S. State. Free. 417-5547. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Loss of a Child 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 Thursdays (Jan. 23-March 13) from 7-8:30 p.m. and is open to anyone who has experienced the loss of a child of any age.
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. 

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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 7-9 p.m. 

"An Introduction to Islam in Today's World": Washtenaw Area Call to Action/Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Talk by Islamic Education & Resources Network board chair Soraya Orady.
7-9 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. Free; donations accepted. 975-4632. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Establish a Rain Garden: Clean Up the Huron River, One Garden at a Time": Ann Arbor Garden Club.

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Talk by Washtenaw County Resources Commissioner's Office rain garden coordinator Susan Bryan.
7 p.m., MSU Extension Classroom (in the basement), 705 N. Zeeb. Free. 788-3298. [map]
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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Local Food, Healthy Community": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room Salon.

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Panel discussion with Sunseed Farm owner and Ann Arbor Township farmland preservation board member Tomm Becker, Selma Café cofounder Lisa Gottlieb, Juicy Kitchen chef and Washtenaw Food Hub technical advisor Dan Vernia. Moderated by Fair Food Network special projects manager Lucinda Kurtz.
7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Monthly Brew Tea Series": TeaHaus.

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Mar. 11 & 13. TeaHaus staffers lead tastings of 3 teas, paired with a treat made by the TeaHaus pastry chef.
10 a.m. (Mar. 11) & 7 p.m. (Mar. 13), TeaHaus, 204 N. Fourth Ave. $15. Reservations required. 622-0460. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Open Mike & Share": Bookbound.

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Local writing teacher (and frequent Observer contributor) Frances Kai-Hwa Wang reads from her new chapbook Dreams of the Diaspora, her 2012 prose poem collection Imaginary Affairs: Postcards from an Imagined Life, and other new and published prose poems. Writer May-lee Chai calls Imaginary Affairs "a contemporary pillow of sensual longing, heartache, erotic impulse, and wry wit." Signing. The program begins with an open mike for poets.
7 p.m., Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"See How They Run": Friends of the Michigan League Dinner Theater.

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Mar. 13-16. (The Mar. 16 show is sold out.) Nancy Heusel directs dessert (Mar. 13) and dinner (Mar. 14-16) theater productions of Philip King's popular 1944 comedy, a fast-paced farce of mistaken identities set in a rural English vicarage. Cast: Jim Nissen, Lesli Weston, Steve Jones, Barbara Mackey King, Chris Bickley, Lindsey Ford Dean, Joe Medrano, Norm Richert, Roger King, and Jim Kane. Part of the proceeds goes to U-M scholarships.
7 p.m. (Thurs.) & 6:30 p.m. (Fri.-Sun.), Michigan League Hussey Room. Dessert & show tickets $35 (students, $17) and dinner & show tickets $65, in advance only at the Michigan Theater Ticket Office (mutotix.com). 763-TKTS. [map]
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 7-9 p.m. 

"Stouts": Arbor Brewing Company Beer Tasting.

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A chance to sample and learn about 25-30 favorite stouts, including Irish stouts, milk stouts, chocolate stouts, coffee stouts, Russian imperial stouts, and some Belgian and experimental stouts. Also, a drawing for beer-related prizes. The price of admission includes unlimited beer sampling and a German appetizer buffet.
7-9 p.m., Arbor Brewing Company, 114 E. Washington. Tickets $25 in advance, $30 (if available) at the door. 213-1393. [map]
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 7-10 p.m.  Free! 

"UMMA After Hours": UMMA.

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The museum is open late tonight, with curators discussing the current temporary exhibits. Also, live music by the Mark Stone Trio, a local ensemble led by percussionist Stone that plays music inspired by Indian Carnatic and Hindustani music, American jazz, African mbira and marimba music, and European concert music. Light refreshments.
7-10 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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 7:30-10 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Ski Club.

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Mar. 13 & 27. All invited to learn about the club's downhill and cross-country ski and snowboarding outings and other social activities. Refreshments. Must be 21 or older. Followed on Mar. 13 by a St. Patrick's Day Party with live music by a band TBA and on Mar. 27 by dancing to music spun by a DJ.
7:30-10 p.m., Cobblestone Farm barn, 2781 Packard. $5 (members, free). 786-2237. [map]
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 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Comhaltas.

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Every Thurs., Sept.-May. All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments. Lessons offered.
7:30-9:30 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Free. facebook.com/DetroitIMA. 255-5310. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

EMU Chamber Winds: EMU Music Department.

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Mary Schneider directs these music student ensembles in a program TBA.
7:30 p.m., EMU Pease Auditorium, W. Cross at College Place, Ypsilanti. Free. 487-2255.
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 7:30 p.m. 

"Choral Cavalcade West": Ann Arbor Public Schools.

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Performances by student choirs from Pioneer High School and Slauson and Tappan middle schools. Proceeds benefit choral programs at both schools.
7:30 p.m., Pioneer High School Schreiber Auditorium, 601 W. Stadium. $5 (students, $2) at the door. 994-2189. [map]
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"Venus in Fur": Performance Network Professional Season.

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Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Apr. 11), Feb. 27-Apr. 13. See review. Jennifer Graham directs Maggie Meyer & Sebastian Gerstner in David Ives' 2011 Tony-nominated 2-person comic drama about a writer grumbling about the caliber of actresses who have auditioned for his adaptation of Sacher-Masoch's 1870 novel Venus in Furs, when he is waylaid by a latecomer who seems even less promising than her predecessors. But when she convinces him to read through his play with her, she exhibits a strange mastery of the material, and the lines between art and reality gradually dissolve as she engages him in an increasingly serious battle for domination.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.), & 3 p.m. (Mar. 15 & 29), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (Feb. 27), $22 (Feb. 28 and Mar. 2 & 6), and $30 (Mar. 1). Mar. 7 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After Mar. 7: $27 & $29 (Thurs.), $32 & $34 (Fri. & Sun.), $25 & $27 (Sat. matinee), $39 & $41 (Sat. eve.). $3 discount for seniors age 60 & over. Tickets available in advance at performancenetwork.org & by phone, and at the door. $10 student discount in advance, half-price student tickets at the door only. For reservations, call 663-0681; to charge by phone, call 663-0696. [map]
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Concordia Wind Ensemble: Concordia University.

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This music student ensemble performs works by 20th-century composers.
8 p.m., Concordia University Kreft Center Black Box Theater, 4090 Geddes. Free. 995-7389. [map]
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Dmitry Baevsky Quartet: Kerrytown Concert House.

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NYC-based Russian saxophonist Baevsky, admired for his technical fluency and exciting melodic ideas, leads a quartet of local musicians in straight-ahead jazz and bop. With a guitarist Randy Napoleon, bassist Kurt Krahnke, and drummer Sean Dobbins.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $10). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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Kim Richey: The Ark.

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Sweet-voiced singer-songwriter from southwestern Ohio whose music blends country themes with the irony and attitude of modern rock and the strong melodic hooks of classic pop. Her songs have been recorded by the likes of Mary Chapin Carpenter and Trisha Yearwood.
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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L.A. Hardy: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Mar. 13-15. This L.A. comic is known for his sardonic stories about everyday life and his biting social commentary. 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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"Coyote on a Fence": PTD Productions.

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Mar. 6-9 & 13-15. Mark F. Batell directs local actors in Bruce Graham's drama about the relationship between 2 death row inmates, one an arrogant intellectual and the other a young, naïve, and psychotic racist. Based on the real-life story of Texas death row inmate James Beathard. Cast: Carl Hanna, Rick Katon, Jenna Hinton, Mary Hopper.
8 p.m. (except Mar. 9, 2 p.m.), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (students & seniors, $12) in advance at ptdproductions.com and by phone or email. info@ptdproductions.com, 483-7345. [map]
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"Reckless": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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Mar. 13-16. Kevin Gilmartin directs local actors in Craig Lucas's wildly inventive comedy about a woman who goes on the lam after her husband graciously informs her on Christmas Eve that he's hired a hit man to kill her. She joins up with a couple of oddball characters, wins $100,000 on a TV game show, and begins a series of hilarious escapades. Cast: Carrie Jay Sayer, David Widmayer, Erick Bloch, Aubrey Donnell, Chris Grimm, Alexandria Strother, Brian Greco, Katie Parzych, Emma Kennedy, Trevor Maher, Jeff Miller, Zach Damon, Chris Potter.
8 p.m. (Mar. 13-15) & 2 p.m. (Mar. 16), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $22 (seniors age 60 & over, $20; students, $11; Thurs., $17) in advance at a2ct.org & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 971-2228. [map]
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"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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Yoga for Deep Relaxation.

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Reduce stress and tension and regain peace, health, youthful vibrancy and mental alertness. Studies show that stress decreases immune function, reduces memory and mental acuity and accelerates the aging process. Set aside this time for yourself and enjoy pure, un-interrupted restful relaxation. This is the best investment you will make all week.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. webguru@annarboryoga.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
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