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Calendar of Events

Monday, April 14, 2014






 
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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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 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Tiny Tots": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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A program of hikes, storytelling, songs, puppets, and crafts for kids ages 1-3 (accompanied by a caregiver). Snacks provided; dress for the outdoors.

Sept. 9: "Animals Use Their Senses Too!" Explore how animals use their senses.

Oct. 7: "Fall Fun." Explore the changes taking place in Black Pond Woods and all around LSNC through games, crafts, and outdoor activities.

Nov. 11: "Shapes in Nature." Explore the LSNC trails and visit its resident critters to learn about geometric shapes found in nature.

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10-11:30 a.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. $7 per child. 997-1553. [map]
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 10-11:30 a.m. 

Drop in Play, Bounce, and Egg Hunt!: Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor.

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Join us Monday morning for a special Drop In Play. We'll have an egg hunt with prizes for all participants. We'll also set up our bounce house so our little guests can bounce without the big kids around. Our play sessions are ideal for babies/toddlers between 7 months and 4 years old.
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk. $5 per child. 734-973-1014. info@lamazefamilycenter.org www.lamazefamilycenter.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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 10:30-11:30 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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 1:30-4:30 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. 

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 p.m.  Free! 

'Armed with Expertise: The Militarization of American Social Research during the Cold War": U-M Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

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Reception and book signing to follow.
About the book
During the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon launched a controversial counterinsurgency program called the Human Terrain System. The program embedded social scientists within military units to provide commanders with information about the cultures and grievances of local populations. Yet the controversy it inspired was not new. Decades earlier, similar national security concerns brought the Department of Defense and American social scientists together in the search for intellectual weapons that could combat the spread of communism during the Cold War. In Armed with Expertise, Joy Rohde traces the optimistic rise, anguished fall, and surprising rebirth of Cold War-era military-sponsored social research.
Weill Hall, Betty Ford Classroom, 735 S. State Street. Free. fspp-events@umich.edu http://fordschool.umich.edu/events/calendar/1755/ [map]
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 4:30-6:30 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Kids': Make-and-Take Mondays -- Classic Cuisine!.

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New this Spring! Make-and-Take Mondays! Jump start your week with a meal made by your junior chef. We introduce students to a variety of cuisine, basic cooking skills, kitchen safety, recipe reading, and best of all, we'll package it all up in ready-for-the-oven containers so you can enjoy it with your family for dinner! Classic Cuisine - Get ready to feed your family of 4 with some Classic Cuisine! We'll be making a classic Pan-Roasted Chicken au Jus and compliment it with a Spring Herb Pesto with Roasted Veggies. For dessert - a classic Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Frosting. You supply the milk and you have a fantastic full dinner for your family! This class is for kids ages 8 and up. Full participation. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $75/child. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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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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 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

Kristina Lugn: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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Poetry reading by this award-winning Swedish language poet, dramatist, and literary critic whose poems explore sorrow and loneliness in suburbia and domestic spaces. Translation by poet Mariela Griffor.
5:10 p.m., UMMA auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-6330, mslevad@umich.edu. [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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 6:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Voice Department Recital: Senior Spotlight": U-M School of Music.

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Senior voice students perform their "home run" songs in a rapid-fire showcase.
6:45 p.m., U-M Music School Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Friends of McKune Memorial Library Mystery Book Club: Chelsea District Library.

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Discussion of several books in different mystery series.

Oct. 13: Jane Casey's Maeve Kerrigan mysteries.

Nov. 10: William Kent Krueger's Cork O'Connor mysteries.

Jan. 12: Peter Robinson's Alan Banks mysteries.

Feb. 9: Daniel Silva's Gabriel Allon mysteries.

Mar. 9: Elly Griffiths' Ruth Galloway mysteries.

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7 p.m., Breakaway Restaurant, Arctic Coliseum, 501 Coliseum Dr., Chelsea. Free. 475-7035. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Nicolas Lampert in Conversation with Nick Tobier: Literati Bookstore.

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Milwaukee-based interdisciplinary artist Lampert discusses his work with U-M art and design professor Tobier. Lampert recently published his first book, A People's Art History of the United States: 250 Years of Activist Art and Artists Working in Social Justice Movements.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Playfest 2014": U-M Theatre Department.

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Apr. 14-19. A series of rehearsed staged readings of plays by student playwrights.

Apr. 14: Karly Thomas's delicious family drama Imbalanced.

Apr. 15: Drew Ariana's My Experimental Phase, a drama set in late 90s Manhattan, about a poetry-loving twentysomething who, after coming out as gay, experiences a whirlwind of changes in his life ranging from crumbling relationships to surprising new ones.

Apr. 16: Alex Madda's Quality of Life, a drama about a strong-willed girl stricken with the decision to choose between a crippling lifestyle and no life at all when an expected biopsy produces dark results.

Apr. 17: : Moe Koltun's I Deal World, a drama about an intelligent but naive aspiring college basketball player, arrested and charged with cocaine dealing, who must keep his dream of college alive despite his impending court case, abusive uncle, and abandoning mother.

Apr. 18: Clare Brennan's Darling, My Devoted, a drama about 2 couples in neighboring apartments who struggle with failing economies, family plans, and pestering friends as they navigate their way into adulthood.

Apr, 19: Stuart Richardson's Istanbul, of religion and the plasticity of identity set at an ambiable family dinner that quickly turns sour when a recently betrothed man reveals his wedding plans to his parents, and Milena Westarb's Everybody Needs Roses (7 p.m.), a drama about a young girl's self-discoveries as she tries to find her way back together after tragedy.

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7 p.m. (Apr. 14-19) & 3 p.m. (Apr. 19), Walgreen Drama Center Studio Two, 1226 Murfin. Free. 764-5350. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Why Libraries Are Here to Stay": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Talk by American Library Association president Barbara Stripling.
7-8 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Concert Band: EMU Music Department.

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Amy Knopps directs this music student ensemble in a program TBA.
7:30 p.m., EMU Pease Auditorium, W. Cross at College Place, Ypsilanti. Free. 487-2255.
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 7:30-9:30 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. 

Emily Hearn: The Ark.

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Young Athens (GA) pop singer-songwriter known for her irresistible infectious melodies and quirkily playful and flirtatious lyrics. The video for her single "Rooftop" features a guest appearance by actor Bill Murray on drums.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $10 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

Flute Studio Recital: U-M School of Music.

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Performances by students of Amy Porter.
8 p.m., U-M Music School Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 8-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Viewing Night": U-M Detroit Observatory.

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Apr. 8 & 14. All invited to peer at the night sky through antique telescopes. The Observatory dome can be opened only during mild, dry weather, so check dept.astro.lsa.umich.edu/detroit.php after 5 p.m. to see if the event has been canceled due to weather conditions.
8-9:30 p.m., U-M Detroit Observatory, 1398 E. Ann at Observatory. Free. 764-3482. [map]
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