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Calendar of Events

Monday, March 24, 2014






 
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Chelsea Winter Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon. & Fri., Dec.-Mar. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 35-45 or 55-65 miles, to various destinations.
9 a.m., meet at Aberdeen Bike & Fitness, 1175 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. (517) 285-6830. [map]
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 10 a.m. 

EnhanceFitness Exercise: YMCA.

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A WHOLE LOT OF FUN!
Now there's a low-cost fitness program designed for older adults just like you. Introducing EnhanceFitness, a lively and interactive hour-long class filled with variety.
A WHOLE LOT OF VARIETY
This fitness class is different from the start because it is based on scientific research and input from older adults like you. The result is a fun and lively program that works!
EnhanceFitness combines the three key components of fitness: strength training, flexibility and cardiovascular conditioning.
Our one-hour class meets two times a week and is attended by older adults interested in improving their life through exercise. Expect a casual atmosphere and an energetic, certified instructor. Classes begin with a warm-up period, followed by work with light soft-weights, and finish with a cool-down session. Interaction among participants is always encouraged-it's another benefit of the class!
St. Lukes Episcopal Church, 120 N Huron St, Ypsilanti. $2/class. 734-661-8043. jnicodemus@annarborymca.org www.annarborymca.org [map]
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 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Weekly Rehearsal: Women's Chamber Chorus.

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Every Mon., Sept,. 8-Dec. 8. All invited to join this independent 30-member local women's chorus to sing everything from Bach and Hungarian folk songs to madrigals and pop tunes. David Perample directs.
10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., West Side United Methodist Church, 900 S. Seventh. Free to visitors ($115 per semester dues for those who join). AFlowers@umich.edu. 665-9271. [map]
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 10 a.m. 

Yoga for Mamas with Joy Van Bael

Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga: Hygeia Center for Healing Arts.

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Gentle yoga poses combined with breath are taught to support the changes that occur during pregnancy, labor and delivery, and the postpartum period. Prenatal mamas and mamas and babies 12 months and younger are welcome.Instructor: Joy Van Bael
Yoga for Mamas meets Monday mornings 10:00 am to 11:30 am.
Single Class (space permitting)- $18, 10-class pass - $145, 5-class pass - $80.
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. 5th Ave. $145 - 10 class pass. 734-769-6100. welcome@hygeiacenter.org www.hygeiacenter.org [map]
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 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Socrates Café: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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All invited to join a philosophical discussion that draws on the Socratic method of questioning underlying assumptions. The Socrates Cafe models its discussions on the book of the same name by Christopher Phillips.
10:30-11:30 a.m., Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. Free. 794-6250. [map]
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 11 a.m. 

Yoga for Weight Management.

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Honor your mind and body safely and successfully to achieve and maintain your ideal weight. Start wherever you are in the process as we move together toward feeling great. Open to all body types and experience levels.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. webguru@annarboryoga.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
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 1-2:30 p.m. 

Lieutenant Curtis Z. Pratt - The Story of a Civil War Veteran--OLLI Study Group (50+): Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M.

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Jon Reed's ancestor served with the Michigan 6th Regiment and 1st Corps d'Afrique, fighting rebels in the Louisiana swamps. The 1st Corps d'Afrique is the first black Union regiment derived from the formerly Confederate 1st Louisiana Native Guard. This class will describe his adventures. Mr. Reed will present a 40-minute PowerPoint lecture in Union officer's uniform, followed by a Q and A session. He has written two e-published books on the Civil War.

Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. $15. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]
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 1:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Center for Family & Health regional lead ACA navigator Danielle Carpenter is on hand to offer personalized assistance understanding and applying for insurance under the new health care law.
1:30-4:30 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732, ext. 219. [map]
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 3-5 p.m. 

The Architecture of Scandinavia--OLLI Study Group (50+): Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M.

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Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland make up Scandinavia, or Norden. Their cold climate and their isolation at the northern edge of the European continent means that their building traditions have evolved with a curious mixture of foreign influence and independent creativity. Their use of the materials best available to them has always affected their architecture. We begin with prehistoric times and trace to the latter part of the 20th century when international ideas gradually replaced the particularly northern aspects of their architecture. Taught by Kingsbury Marzolf.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. $15. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]
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 3:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Kids Play Chess": Chelsea District Library.

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Chess Club volunteer Cindy Blum and veteran chess teacher John Smalec help kids ages 5-12 learn to play chess or improve their current chess skills.
3:30-5 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Equity Issues for Women in Higher Education": U-M Center for the Education of Women.

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Talk by University of Oklahoma adult and higher education professor Penny A. Pasque.
4-5:30 p.m., U-M School of Education Tribute Room 1322, 610 East University. Free. 764-6005. [map]
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 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Equity Issues for Women in Higher Education": U-M Center for the Education of Women.

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Talk by University of Oklahoma adult and higher education professor Penny A. Pasque.
4-5:30 p.m., U-M School of Education Tribute Room 1322, 610 East University. Free. 764-6005. [map]
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 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

Intro to Yoga: Peachy Fitness.

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"Intro to Yoga" (Ladies only class)
In this class you will:
Learn the basic postures
Discover the benefits of Yoga
Receive personal attention
Join us for a 5 evenings of "Intro to Yoga". This class will meet every Monday at 5:30pm starting March 3, 2014 at Chapel Hill Clubhouse (3350 Green Rd, Ann Arbor).
Cost: $45.00/5 classes
Drop-In: $12.00
Chapel Hill Clubhouse, 3350 Green Rd. $45. 734-681-0477. info@peachyfitness.com www.PeachyFitness.com [map]
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 6-7:30 p.m. 

Partner Acrobatics: Ringstar Studio.

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Partner Acrobatics (often referred to as AcroYoga, or Acro) offers an exploration into partner dynamics, through balance postures and movement. We will be working on supporting (basing) and flying in a variety of postures, learning how to use (as well as develop) strength, stability and balance. Each class will offer a focus on different moves, allowing you to slowly build up your repertoire.
If you have never tried anything like this, don't worry, this class is meant to be for everyone. We will gladly walk you through the basics. Now remember, this class is all about having fun and possibly learning something about yourself in the process. It will be available on a drop-in basis, until there is enough interest to develop into a progressive series. The cost will be $15/class, or $50/month. You can come solo, or with a partner. For more information, please check out the listed website.
Ann Arbor Ringstar Studio, 3907 Varsity Dr, Ann Arbor MI 48108. $15. connor@connorotto.com www.a2ringstar.com [map]
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 6:15 p.m. 

Pay What You Can Yoga.

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Pay What You Can Yoga Spirited Vinyasa Mondays 6:15pm-7:30 pm & Thursdays 9:30-10:45 am. In these classes you will use breath, movement and mindfulness to stoke your inner fire and cultivate strength that is free from tension. Find your peaceful power and fluid balance. As always, we are grateful for your support in any way it comes and you can use class cards for these classes. We are happy to make yoga available to those who might not otherwise be able to share with us. Bring a mug and enjoy a warm cup of tea in the fireplace room after class.
Sun Moon Yoga, 404 W. Huron Street. What You Can. 734-929-0274. webguru@annarboryoga.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
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 6:15 p.m. 

Spirited Yoga.

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Energize your body while creating balanced strength and awakening flexibility. This breath-based flowing vinyasa class uses traditional yogasana and pranayama techniques to stoke your inner fire, burn impurities, and unleash freedom and joy.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. webguru@annarboryoga.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
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 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

ZumbaŽ: Peachy Fitness.

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PARTY yourself into shape!!!
The Latin-inspired, easy to follow, calorie burning, dance fitness party.
Feel the music and let loose.
Zumba involves dance and aerobic elements. Energize and refresh with music such as Latin, Bollywood, Russian, Hip Hop/Pop, Salsa/Cha-Cha, Samba, Merengue. Squats and lunges are also included.
Join us for a 8 class session:
Mondays: 6:30-7:30pm
Chapel Hill Clubhouse (3350 Green Rd, Ann Arbor)
Cost: $69.00/8 classes
Drop-In: $12.00
Chapel Hill Clubhouse, 3350 Green Rd. $69. 734-681-0477. info@peachyfitness.com www.PeachyFitness.com [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Folk Song Sing-Along.

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

Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra: 65th Anniversary Concert.

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The Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 65th season with a concert featuring current students and MYSO alumni.
Program:
Bocchereini - Cello Concerto, featuring Sterling Elliott, Sphinx Laureate
Copland - Appalachian Spring
Resphigi - Pines of Rome, featuring MYSO alumni
Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University Ave. Free. 7347631279. music.umich.edu/mye [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Bodies in Motion": University Musical Society Night School.

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Mar. 10, 17, 24, & 31. U-M dance professor Clare Croft leads a lecture-discussion and interactive exercises. Mar. 10: "Bodies Make Music," about movement for musicians and the upcoming UMS performance by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (see 15 Saturday listing). Mar. 17: "Dance on Camera," about creating dance for film. Mar. 24: "Making Ballet Personal." Mar. 31: Wrap-up and graduation.
7 p.m., U-M Alumni Center, 200 Fletcher. Free. 764-2538. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Hard Way on Purpose: Essays and Dispatches from the Rust Belt": Nicola's Books.

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Akron native Dave Giffels discusses his new essay collection about coming of age in the Midwest and the idiosyncrasies and optimism of Midwesterners. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 7:30-9:30 p.m. 

Tartan & Thistle Scottish Country Dancers.

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Every Mon. Jigs, reels, and strathspeys. Usually with live music. All dances taught; beginners welcome.
7:30-9:30 p.m., the Barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $5. 395-7782, 769-1052, 426-0241. [map]
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 7:45 p.m. 

Better Backs Yoga.

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Release strain and tension on the back, neck and shoulders and strengthen the supporting muscles while releasing the hamstrings and supporting the knees and hips. This soothing practice is available to all levels and promotes immune function, mental acuity and overall well-being.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. webguru@annarboryoga.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Cabinet: The Ark.

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Scranton-area sextet whose music infuses traditional bluegrass with American Beauty-era Grateful Dead and other rock-based Americana flavors.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

Jazz Combos: U-M School of Music.

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Mar. 23 & 24. Robert Hurst directs students in jazz standards and originals.
7 p.m. (Mar. 23) & 8 p.m. (Mar. 24), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

Jazz Residency Concert: Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts.

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Recital by AASPA students who have been working with Jazz Artist-in-Residence Vincent Chandler for the past week.
8 p.m., Kerrytown Concert House. Free. aa-spa.org. [map]
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