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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Superior Salem Dirt Road": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Wed. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 19 miles or more along gravel country roads.
9 a.m., Trinity Presbyterian Church parking lot, Gotfredson Rd. at Ann Arbor-Plymouth Rd. Free. 248-437-5067, 663-5060, 663-8980.
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 10 a.m. 

EnhanceFitness Exercise: YMCA.

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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.
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. [map]
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Early Morning Ride from Ann Arbor West Side": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Moderate-paced 40-mile ride to Chelsea or Whitmore Lake and beyond.
10 a.m. (Apr., Oct., & Nov.), 9 a.m. (May, June & Sept.), & 8 a.m. (July & Aug.) Bird Hills Park parking lot, Newport Rd. Free. 649-9762.
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 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

"Living Yoga: On and Off the Mat": Chelsea District Library.

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Mar. 19, Mar. 23, 26, & 30; Apr. 2 & 6. Local yoga instructor Sue Whitmarsh leads a meditation followed by a 45-minute Slow Flow yoga practice.
2-3:30 p.m. (Sun.) & 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Wed.), CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

Business Networking: Power Through Networking.

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Power Through Networking: Ann Arbor Abundance Group
Power Through Networking invites you to free business networking every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at The Sports Bar Westside in Ann Arbor. You will build relationships and friendships that will grow your business. We are unique, totally positive, and will help you and your business get to the next level! Our Mission is to help people get the contacts they need to advance their business and achieve their dreams, and to create a cooperative and abundance based business world.
We welcome everyone and do not restrict the number of seats per profession or business.
The Sports Bar Westside, 5510 Jackson Road 48103. Free. 734.646.4419. [map]
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 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

"What We Don't Know About Tornadoes": Ann Arbor City Club Lunch & Learn.

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Talk by U-M atmospheric, ocean, and space sciences professor Perry Samson.
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., AACC, 1830 Washtenaw. $30 (members, $25). Reservations required by Mar. 28. 662-3279, ext. 1. [map]
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 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Pressing Words: The Evolution of WordPress and How It Can Help Your Website: LA2M - Marketing Education.

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In 2003 two young developers took over an abandoned open source blogging platform, calling it "WordPress." WordPress has evolved significantly over the past decade, transitioning from a blogging tool into a content management system and now into an application framework. The platform has gained so much popularity that it now powers over 20% of all websites globally.
So why is WordPress so useful? In this presentation Ross Johnson of 3.7 Designs will quickly go over the history of WordPress and explain how the features and community around WordPress can be used to improve your website.
Ross's extensive experience in creative design, web development and internet marketing has placed him at the core of the Ann Arbor business community. He is a classically trained designer turned web guru. He brings clear thinking, a holistic understanding of the web, and a good sense of humor to every project.
Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main Street. Donation. 734-272-4698. [map]
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 Noon-1 p.m. 

Noon Lecture Series: Kempf House Center for Local History.

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Mar. 19: Retired FBI agent Greg Stejskal on "Adventures and Misadventures of a G-Man in Ann Arbor."

Mar. 26: Local historian Susan Nenadic presents "Seeing the Elephants," a talk on the surprising roles of women in the Civil War-as soldiers and as spies.

Apr. 2: "The Melodies of the Mind," a talk by Local psychoanalyst and classical pianist Julie Jaffee on the similarities between music and psychoanalysis.

Apr. 9: Retired Ann Arbor Public Schools music teacher Dan Long discusses "Conductor Elizabeth A.H. Green: A Woman in a Man's World."

Apr. 16: Nawal Motawi presents an autobiographical talk on "The Story Behind Motawi Tileworks."

Apr. 23: "Motown on the Menominee," a talk by Ford Presidential Library audiovisual archivist Kenneth Hafeli on how Ford Motor Co. became an important presence in the UP.

Apr. 30: "Living the American Dream," a talk by linguist and Vietnam vet Paulo Juarez Pereira about his decision to leave his native Brazil and his circuitous journey to become an American citizen.

May 7 (postponed from March 12): U-M Stearns Collection acting curator Chris Dempsey and educational outreach coordinator Carol Stepanchuk discuss "The Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments: A U-M Treasure."

Noon-1 p.m., Kempf House, 312 S. Division. Admission $2 (Kempf House members, $1). 994-4898. [map]
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 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Caribbean Women Writers and Autobiography as Liberatory Technology": U-M Institute for Research on Women and Gender.

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Talk by Minnesota State University gender and women's studies professor Jocelyn Stitt.
Noon-1 p.m., 2239 Lane Hall, 204 S. State. Free. 764-9537. [map]
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 12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Crocheting for the Community: 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 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
Ann Arbor YMCA, 400 W Washington St. Free. 734-661-8043. [map]
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 1:30-3:30 p.m. 

A Short History of Nearly Everything-OLLI Study Group (50+): Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M.

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Class meets Wednesdays, April 2 - May 21

This popular class will be held again to describe how science informs us about our world. We will read and discuss the title book by Bill Bryson which traces the development of the universe, the growing diversity of life and the development of human beings and society. This book provides a rare chance to learn the fundamentals of science in friendly and simple terms. Please read the first 62 pages for the first class. The discussion leader is
Marlin Ristenbatt, retired Electrical Engineer and science enthusiast. Dick Chase, a career physicist, will be our guest expert.
First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw. $40. 734-998-9351. [map]
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 4 p.m. 

U-M Baseball vs. CMU.

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4 p.m., Ray Fisher Stadium. Ticket prices TBA. 764-0247.
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 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution, and the Fate of the Empire": U-M Hatcher Grad Library.

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Talk by University of Virginia history professor Andrew Jackson O'Shaughnessy.
4-5:30 p.m., 100 Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. 647-0864. [map]
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 4:30-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Exit, Voice and Loyalty: Accountability in Public Institutions": U-M School of Public Policy Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy.

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Talks by U.S. Army Major Ian Fishback, author of an influential letter to John McCain and other U.S. senators stating his concerns about the continued abuse of prisoners held under the auspices of the Global War on Terror, and retired U.S. Army colonel Paul Yingling, author of an influential article in the Armed Forces Journal criticizing senior leadership for perceived failures in the conduct of the post-invasion Iraq War occupation.
4:30-6 p.m., 1120 Weill, 735 S. State. Free. 647-3429. [map]
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 5-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Mosaic Times Two": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Gallery Reception
Mosaics by Lynlee Sky and Jim Neal
April 2, 2014
Kerrytown Concert House
This is a free event.
Exhibit runs April 2- 27
Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. 4th Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Free. 734-769-2999. [map]
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 5-8 p.m. 

Company C Fundraiser: Chelsea High School.

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Dinner accompanied by a song & dance revue by this popular Steve Hinz Chelsea High School show choir.
5-8 p.m., Smokehouse 52, 125 S. Main. Free admission; pay for your own dinner. 475-4524. [map]
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 5:30 p.m. sharp  Free! 

"West Side Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Wed. Moderate/fast-paced 25-mile ride and slow-paced ride, 13-18 miles, to the Dexter Dairy Queen and back. Now in its 37th year, this ride is a favorite with newcomers and casual riders.
6 p.m. (May-July) & 5:30 p.m. (Apr. & Aug.-Oct.) sharp, meet at at Paladin (formerly Sweepster) parking lot, 2800 N. Zeeb Rd. Free. 426-5116 (longer ride), 665-4552 & 761-2659 (shorter ride). [map]
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 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Bike & Brew Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Tues. Apr.-Oct. 20-mile ride, at various paces, through Milan to the area around Britton-Macon.
5:30 p.m., meet at Saline municipal parking lot, Ann Arbor Rd. south of US-12, Saline. Free. 747-1862.
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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 or ar training to become Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educators (LCCE). Our prenatal classes are endorsed by the University of Michigan.
University of Michigan Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. $190. 734.973.1014. [map]
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 6:15 p.m. 

Basic Flow Yoga.

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Playfully and Progressively balance your body and clear your mind with this energizing, moderate flowing mindful practice. Open to all experience levels.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. [map]
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 6:15-7:30 p.m. 

Basic Hatha Flow Yoga Class: Sun Moon Yoga.

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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. [map]
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 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Adoptive and Foster Parent Orientation: Orchards Children's Services.

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The Adoptive & Foster Parent Retention and Recruitment program is here to support you through the rewarding journey of fostering and adopting. AFPRR provides supportive services to families interested in becoming licensed foster and/or adoptive parents and to current foster and adoptive families. Please RSVP if you are interested in attending one of our orientations. Reservations are recommended as orientations may be cancelled if there are no participants registered. Feel free to contact us for more information on fostering and/or adopting!
Orchards Children's Services, 1995 Highland Drive, Suite F. Free. (734)474-5538. [map]
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 7-9 p.m. 

On the Tracks Singer-Songwriter Showcase.

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Performances by area singer-songwriters, who also talk about how they came to write the songs they perform.

Sept. 4: Matt Watroba and Mustard's Retreat. host Watroba is a veteran Detroit-area folksinger with a repertoire of lyrical songs and poignant ballads, including several originals that he sings in a sweet tenor voice, accompanying himself on guitar and punctuating his performance with sharply humorous observations. Mustard's Retreat is the duo of Michael Hough and David Tamulevich, who perform a wide variety of original and traditional songs and ballads about everyday life. Both Hough and Tamulevich are accomplished guitarists, and they also play banjo, mandolin, flute, autoharp, harmonica, and tin whistle.

Oct. 2: Ben Bedford. Highly regarded singer-songwriter from Springfield (IL) known for his portrait-like songs about the moral and emotional struggles at the heart of a wide range of contemporary and historic American lives. Opening act is Ben Hassenger, a Western Michigan singer-songwriter who's written 2 Detroit Tigers songs that are in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Nov. 6: Kitty Donohoe and David Barrett. Double bill. Donohoe is an Irish American roots-music singer-songwriter from Detroit who specializes in story songs. In its review of her latest CD Northern Border, Sing Out! calls her "one of the rare singer-songwriters to sensuously weave words and melody into a strong and mesmerizing fabric." Barrett is a singer-songwriter and guitar virtuoso from Lansing best known as the composer of TV theme songs for several major sports events, from the NCAA basketball tournament to the 1998 Winter Olympics. Barrett's songs cover a variety of topics, including stories about children and criminals, golf and baseball, life on the road, and the things hound dogs would say if they could talk.

Dec. 4: Joe Crookston. Highly regarded Ohio-bred folk-style singer-songwriter now based in upstate New York, where he spent a year, funded by a Rockefeller Foundation grant, traveling the Finger Lakes region collecting stories to turn into songs. He is known for his engagingly melodic, variously mystical, historical, and humorous story songs, many of which draw on his own experiences and family history. Opening act is Back to the Roots co-owner Caleb Lange, a Chelsea acoustic pop-folk singer-songwriter.

Jan. 8: Jan Krist and Jim Bizer. Krist is a Detroit singer-songwriter known for lean, poetic lyrics and inventive melodies, and her fans include singer-songwriter Christine Lavin, who has called Krist "one of the best new folk artists emerging in the national folk music scene." Bizer, a member of the local Yellow Room Gang singer-songwriter collective, is a 3-time finalist in the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Songwriting Competition and won the Great American Song Contest grand prize for his 9/11 song "We Are All Connected."

Feb. 5: Barb Barton and Billy Brandt. Barton is a veteran local singer-songwriter known for her entrancing folk-rock and New Age rhythms and captivating story-songs, and Brandt is a veteran Detroit country-flavored folk-rock singer-songwriter.

Mar. 5: Red Tail Ring and Sam Corbin. Red Tail Ring is The local duo of singer-songwriters Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo, who play Appalachian folk and old-time music with haunting vocal harmonies. Corbin is a Lansing pop-folk singer-songwriter whose influences range from Leonard Cohen to Bob Dylan.

Apr. 2: Sue Fink and Allison Downey. Fink is a Chicago-based pop-folk singer-songwriter whose songs feature an engaging blend of wit and vulnerability. Downey is an award-winning Kalamazoo acoustic folk-rock singer-songwriter and Moth Storyslam winner.

May 7: Shari Kane & Dave Steele. Local husband-and-wife duo of acoustic guitar virtuosos whose repertoire includes both traditional and original blues, gospel, swing, and ragtime.

7-9 p.m., Chelsea Depot, 12 Jackson, Chelsea. $15 suggested donation. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Take Back the Night Ann Arbor.

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A rally to demonstrate against rape, featuring a keynote talk by Detroit writer Samantha Soward. With a performance by Detroit singer Ashley Franso. Followed by a march around campus and through downtown. Rain or shine.
7 p.m., Michigan Union Ballroom. Free. [map]
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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"The Return, World Premiere": SMTD@UMMA.

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Palestinian American composer-pianist and U-M music grad student Donia Jarrar performs her new work, commissioned by UMMA, that draws on personal narratives related to ideas of paradise and home. In conjunction with the current exhibit, Doris Duke's Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art.
7-9 p.m., UMMA Apse, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Meditation and Metaphysics: New 6 week series!: Center of Light.

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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. [map]
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 7:30-10 p.m.  Free! 

Visitors Night: Ann Arbor Model Railroad Club.

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All invited to check out the trains whizzing around on the club's big, elaborate layout, housed in a depot restored by the club.
7:30-10 p.m., Michigan Central depot, 3487 Broad, Dexter. Free. 426-5100. [map]
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 7:45 p.m. 

Yoga for Stiff People.

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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. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Richard Shindell: The Ark.

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A former bandmate of John Gorka in the Razzy Dazzy Spasm Band, Shindell is a veteran folk-rock singer-songwriter who burst onto the national scene in 1992 with Sparrow's Point, a widely acclaimed LP that included "Kenworth of My Dreams," a song Ramblin' Jack Elliott has called one of the best truck songs he's ever heard. "Like Bruce Springsteen and Lucinda Williams, he dwells on big, often difficult moments in the lives of ordinary people. By staying with them even as he flies into metaphor, he maintains equanimity," says New York Times music critic Ann Powers.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office (, the, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 9-11 p.m. 

Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.

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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 Apr. 9 & 23 at 11 p.m. by "Late Night @ Silvio's" swing dancing (see Nightspots).
9-11 p.m., Michigan Union Vandenburg Room (July) & Pendleton Room (all Aug. dates except Aug. 27, Anderson Room). $5 (students, $4; $1 discount for members). 945-8428. [map]
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