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Monday, April 7, 2014






 
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 8 a.m. 

Auditions for 2014-2015 Season: Ann Arbor Youth Chorale.

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Bonnie Kidd and Shayla Powell, Conductors.
Open auditions for boys with unchanged voices and girls (ages 9-16), interested in high quality choral training.
Audition Dates
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Saturday, May 31, 2014
For an easy, 10-minute appointment please visit us online at www.annarboryouthchorale.org
No preparation is required.
Scholarships are available based on need.
We are proud recipients of a Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor Foundation Inc. grant.
Train, Perform, and have fun with us!
Audition Location TBA. Free to audition. aaycadmin@annarboryouthchorale.org www.annarboryouthchorale.org
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 9 a.m.-noon 

CHI Challenge LEGO® camp: Bricks 4 Kidz.

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Let the legend be told, that in the land of Chima ® on the brave survive. Eight animal tribes battle in pursuit of CHI, the balance of life. Campers will have the opportunity to choose their tribe, while building and battling for victory. Put your Chima ® skills to the test throughout this camp, by racing Speedorz ® and building motorized models with LEGO ® Bricks. Does your tribe have what it takes to become the ultimate master of CHI? Your destiny awaits! Each child will go home with a custom mini-figure.
Dancer's Edge Dance Studio, 3045 Broad St, Dexter, MI 48130, Dexter. $150. (734)719-0303. lstevens@bricks4kidz.com www.bricks4kidz.com/michigan-annarbor-dexter/ [map]
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 9 a.m. 

Tama Kieves to keynote at Elevate Ann Arbor: Elevate GenY.

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Tama Kieves, an honors graduate of Harvard Law School, left her law practice with a prestigious corporate law firm to write and help others discover and soar in their life's work. She is the bestselling author of This Time I Dance! Creating the Work You Love and most recently, Inspired & Unstoppable: Wildly Succeeding in Your Life's Work! (Tarcher/Penguin)-which hit #1 on Amazon.com for Career Guides and has also been one of the top 100 bestsellers for all books.Featured in USA TODAY and on Oprah radio, she is a sought-after speaker,visionary career/success and book coach, who has helped thousands world-wide to discover, launch, and thrive in the life, calling and businesses of their dreams.
Elevate is a series of powerful events for women in their 20's and 30's that focuses on integrating personal and professional development, health, wellness, and philanthropy. These one-day events will be held in cities around the country. Ann Arbor is the kick off event city in the Elevate series
Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest, 1275 S Huron Street. $150. Sharon@elevategeny.com www.Tamakieves.com [map]
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Back Roads Ramble": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon. Slow-paced ride, 15-35 miles, along dirt and gravel roads to Independence Lake and other low traffic destinations.
8 a.m. (June-Aug.) & 9 a.m. (Apr., May, & Sept.-Nov.), meet at 960 Forest Rd. off Country Club Dr., Barton Hills. Free. 761-2885, 663-5060.
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Chelsea Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 35-45 or 55-65 miles, to either Stockbridge, Grass Lake, Napoleon, Munith, or Pleasant Lake.
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 

Hall of Fame Catcher Rick Ferrell, The Detroit Tigers and 20th Century Baseball-OLLI Study Group (50+): Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M.

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We will view a presentation narrated by Rick's daughter, Kerrie Ferrell about his 66-year baseball career. He caught for 18 years for the Boston Red Sox and Washington Senators behind heroes such as Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, and for his brother, pitcher Wes Ferrell. He later became a Detroit Tigers coach, scout and general manager/vice president. He witnessed major changes such as racial integration, team expansion, the players' union, and long-term contracts. It is based on her book, "Rick Ferrell, Knuckleball Catcher: A Hall of Famer's Life Behind the Plate and in the Front Office" (with William Anderson).
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. $15. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon 

Kids 3-Day Camp: Cooking Like a Champion: Sur la Table.

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Cook like a winner! Calling all kids for three days of mad-delicious and terrific, first-rate cooking! For three fun-filled days, kids will experience a world of hands-on culinary exploration with their peers and an experienced Sur La Table chef instructor. They'll travel the great culinary scrumptious hot spots of Europe and create a menu of delectable and fun dishes!
We'll cover fundamentals such as basic knife skills, how to read and follow a recipe, measuring and mixing, and the importance of kitchen safety. Along the way, kids will learn how to make great food that will impress their family and friends.
Classes run about two hours each and last for three consecutive days. Share your love of cooking by giving them a foundation that will benefit them for a lifetime with an experience they'll never forget. At the end of camp, each young chef will take home a packet of the recipes they made. Kids age 8-12 are welcome to join.
Sur la Table, 3050 Washtenaw Ave. $150. 734-531-0304. cooking125@surlatable.com www.surlatable.com [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon 

Spring Break Activities: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

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Apr. 7-11. For kids, accompanied by a parent. Apr. 7: "Is It Spring Yet?" A self-guided scavenger hunt to look for signs of spring. Activity sheets, magnifying lenses, and twig and bug detective guides provided. Apr. 8: "Windowsill Wonders," a chance to learn about windowsill gardens and the basics of seed starting, to decorate a clay pot, and to plant a few seeds that can be transplanted outdoors. Apr. 9: "What Grows in Your Yard?" A chance to learn about plants that are used as food around the world and determine which of those plants will grow successfully in Michigan. Apr. 10: "Sketchbook Detectives," a mystery game in which participants use clues to identify and sketch a plant that's gone missing from the conservatory. Apr. 11: "Fabulous Friday," a guided tour of the Matthaei trails and wetlands.
10 a.m.-noon, Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. $5 (except Apr. 7, free); preregistration recommended. Metered parking. 647-7600. [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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 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 & 2:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows.

The Sky Tonight (Sat. 11:30 a.m., Sat. & Sun. 1:30 & 3:30 p.m., and Apr. 7-11 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.) is an exploration of the current night sky.

The Little Star That Could (Sat. and Apr. 7-11, 12:30 p.m.) is about an average yellow star on a search for a planet of its own to warm who meets other stars on the way and learns about the solar system.

MarsQuest (Sat. & Sun. 2:30 p.m.), narrated by Star Trek star Patrick Stewart, is about the history of the Red Planet and the reasons for our interest in it.

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Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
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 1-3 p.m. 

Teens 3-Day Camp: Cooking Like a Champion: Sur la Table.

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Create great food you'll love to eat! Calling all teens for a three days of first-rate food exploration and cooking! In this camp, teens will experience a world of hands-on culinary exploration with their peers and an experienced Sur La Table chef instructor. Travel the great culinary hot spots of Europe and create a menu of delectable and fun dishes!
We'll engage teens in essential fundamentals such as basic knife skills, following a recipe, monitoring cooking temperatures and times, and kitchen safety. And along the way, teens will create great food that they'll love to eat and share with family and friends.
Classes run about two hours each and last for three consecutive days. Share your love of cooking with teens by giving them a foundation that will benefit them for a lifetime and give them an experience they'll never forget. At the end of camp, each teen chef will take home a packet of the recipes they made. Teens age 13-17 are welcome to join.
Sur la Table, 3050 Washtenaw Ave. $150. 734-531-0304. cooking125@surlatable.com www.surlatable.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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 3:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Lego CLub": Chelsea District Library.

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All kids ages 5-12 invited to play with the CDL Lego collection to see what they can make.
3:30-4:30 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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 5 p.m.  Free! 

"Behind the Beautiful Flowers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity": U-M Institute for the Humanities Marc & Constance Jacobson Lecture.

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New Yorker staff writer Katherine Boo discusses her new book. Reception follows; signing.
5 p.m., meet at Pine Cross Ln. east off Parker Rd. (between Jackson & Liberty), Scio Twp. Free. 426-5116.
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 5 p.m.  Free! 

"Paved Country Roads Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon. Fast-, moderate-, and slow-paced training ride, 18-24 miles, along country roads west of town.
5 p.m. (Apr. & Oct.), 5:30 p.m. (May), & 6 p.m. (June-Sept.), meet at Pine Cross Ln. east off Parker Rd. (between Jackson & Liberty), Scio Twp. Free. 426-5116. [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. 

Zumba®: 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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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

AATA Millage Proposal Public Forum: Ann Arbor District Library.

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The League of Women Voters hosts a forum on the proposed 5-year .7-mill tax (on the May 6 ballot) to increase funding for the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority. With presentations by both proponents (More Buses) and opponents (Better Transit Now) of the millage.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

Parenting Through Separation and Divorce: The University Center for the Child and the Family.

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The University Center for The Child and The Family (UCCF) provides free workshop that deliver practical advice in a collaborative, caring environment. We help parents understand their children's needs during the time of separation and divorce and offer specific suggestions for creating the most beneficial post-divorce parenting relationships.
All workshops are free and open to the public! Registration for the event is required! Please visit uccf.umich.edu to attend.
The Institute for Human Adjustment, 500 E. Washington Suite 100. Free. 734-764-9466. umuccf@umich.edu uccf.umich.edu [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Civil War Medicine": Ann Arbor Civil War Round Table.

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Tentative. Talk by Detroit physician and medical reenactor Gerald Turlo.
7 p.m., St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Administrative Bldg. meeting room near the auditorium, 5305 Elliott Dr. (off McAuley Dr. from Huron River Dr.). Free. (517) 750-2741. [map]
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 7:30 pm 

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 p.m.  Free! 

History of Books & Printing Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to discuss Wyman W. Parker's Henry Stevens of Vermont: An American Book Dealer in London, 1845-86. Note: Change of date (was originally scheduled for Apr. 2).
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [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. 

Pietnastka: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This Polish duo of keyboardist-composer Piotr Kurek and drummer Hubert Zemler creates densely woven sound tapestries whose melodic patterns range from contemporary abstractions to primeval chants.
8 p.m., 415 N. Fourth Ave. $10-$25 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

Student Composers Concert: U-M School of Music.

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Program TBA.
8 p.m., U-M Music School Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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