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Calendar of Events

Monday, March 31, 2014






 
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 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 

Homegrown Local Food Summit: Slow Food Huron Valley.

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The Local Food Summit brings together individuals to cross-pollinate and jumpstart ideas that will create a strong, healthy food system of the future. This year, the conference-style gathering is themed "Many Cultures, One Movement." The event will focus on sharing our food cultures, along with perspectives, and experiences to unite participants around the local food movement and develop our capacity for systemic change. Featuring: dynamic speakers Grace Lee Boggs and Joshua Farley, structured and open format breakout sessions, and scrumptious local food.
A community event - the Good Food Potluck & Film - will precede the Summit on Sunday, March 30th at 5pm. Participants are encouraged to bring a dish to share and a well-loved recipe. These treats will be shared as the first-ever Local Food Summit Cookbook. A screening of the award winning documentary film "American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs" will conclude the evening.
Register at localfoodsummit.org
Morris J Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E Huron River Dr, Ypsilanti. $40. 734-926-5678. info@localfoodsummit.org www.localfoodsummit.org [map]
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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.-noon 

Can Climate Policy be Economically Advantageous?--OLLI Study Group (50+): Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M.

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Class meets Mondays, March 31 - June 2. No class on May 26.

The book "The Climate Fix" by Roger A. Pielke, Jr. will be read and discussed. Pielke describes his new concept of "the iron law of climate policy." It dictates that when climate policy and economics are placed in opposition to each other, economics always wins. His focus on adaptation to climate change sidesteps the unending debate over climate change and opens the possibility of effective action that places "human dignity and democratic ideals at the center of climate policies." Sydney Kaufman, who has previously led study groups on climate change at OLLI, will lead the first discussion. Volunteers will lead discussions of the remaining chapters. Please read Chapter 1 for the first class.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. $40. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [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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 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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 1:30-4:30 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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 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Anime Afternoon": Saline District Library.

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All teens invited to watch PG-13 anime films. Munchies.
3-4 p.m., SDL Brecon Room, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]
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 3:30-4:30 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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 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Korean-Japanese Marriages in Colonial Korea": U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies.

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Talk by Oslo University Korean history professor Vladimir Tikhonov.
4-5:30 p.m., 1636 International Institute/SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 764-1825. [map]
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 5 p.m.  Free! 

Janine Benyus: U-M School of Natural Resources and the Environment 13th Annual Wege Lecture on Sustainability.

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This well-known science writer discusses biomimicry, a term she popularized that means imitating natural models to find solutions to complex human problems. Reception follows.
5 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Free. 764-1412. [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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 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

Paella Workshop: Sur la Table.

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The calling card of Spain, paella is a festive way to bring people together. In this fun class, we'll indulge our senses in its signature saffron hue, heavenly scent, and satisfying mix of rice, meat and seafood. You'll learn how to blend traditional Spanish flavors with fresh, seasonal ingredients to create three delicious and filling versions of Spain's perfect everyday meal.
Menu: Mixed Seafood Paella - Vegetable Paella with Spanish Olives and Tomatoes - Classic Chicken and Chorizo Paella
Sur la Table, 3050 Washtenaw Ave. $69. 734-531-0304. cooking125@surlatable.com www.surlatable.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! 

"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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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Using Yoga to Detoxify the Body, Mind, and Emotions": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Yoga teacher Victoria Duranona leads a yoga workout for adults & teens in grade 6 & up. Bring a towel or mat and dress comfortably.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Cocktail Class: Along the Bourbon Trail: Tammy's Tastings.

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From its roots in Kentucky, bourbon has become one of the the quintessential American spirits. Its smooth flavor makes it great for sipping on its own, but it also makes for some really tasty cocktails, as you'll discover in this class. Classes are hands on with lots of tasting opportunities.
The Last Word, 301 W Huron St. $35. 734-276-3215. tammylc@tammystastings.com tammystastings.com/shop [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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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

University Choir and Michigan Youth Chamber Singers.

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Organist James Kibbie and percussionist Joseph Gramley-both U-M professors-accompany the choirs in Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, Muhly's "A Good Understanding," Kuster's "Volta," Brahms' "Lass dich nur nichts nich dauren," Stanford's "Beati quorum via," and a tribute to Korean composer Hyo Won Woo.
7:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 764-0594. [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.  Free! 

Nancy Ambrose King: U-M School of Music.

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This U-M oboe professor is joined by oboist Melissa Peņa, harpsichordist Francis Yun, bassoonist Jeffrey Lyman, violinists Andrew Jennings and Timothy Steeves, violists Yizhak Schotten and Siobhan Cronin, and cellist Horacio Espinoza in works by Handel, Dirk-Michael Kirsch, Bernhard Crusell, John Steinmetz, and Mozart.
8 p.m., U-M Music School Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

Trombone Ensemble: U-M School of Music.

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The U-M Trombone Ensemble is joined by the Ann Arbor Trombone Choir in works by Gonzalez, Mahler, Massaino, Williams, and Shostakovich.
8 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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