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Sunday, April 27, 2014






 
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 7 a.m.-2 p.m. 

5th Annual Ride for Recovery: Dawn Farm Fundraiser.

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Bike rides from 10-km to 100-km. Also, 5- and 10-km run-walks. Followed by farm tours, kids activities, and a "Recovery Celebration."
7 a.m.-2 p.m., Dawn Farm, 6633 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. $25 registration in advance at dawnfarm.org/upcomingevents/ride-for-recovery. $25 by Apr. 1; $35 after Apr. 1. 485-8725. [map]
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 7:30 a.m. 

Trail Marathon/Road Ends Weekend Day 2: Running Fit.

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The 26.2M and 50K course is a 13.1 mile single track loop through lower Michigan wilderness. Constant hills and beauty including views of 10 lakes. It's a wide, well used trail with opportunity to pass. Aid comes about every 3 miles, water and gatorade.
Or enjoy 5 tough but beautiful miles along the Crooked Lake path!
A half marathon race is held on Sat
Silver Lake, 8555 Silver Hill, Pinckney. $27 - $44 early registration. 734-929-9027. events@runningfit.com http://trailmarathon.com/ [map]
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 8-10 a.m.  Free! 

"April Morning Bird Walk": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Hike led by WCPARC naturalist Faye Stone. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them.
8-10 a.m., Leonard Preserve, meet at the dead end of Union St. north off Main west of M-52, Manchester. Free. 971-6337, ext. 334.
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 8 a.m.-3 p.m. 

34th Annual Classic Bicycle Show & Swap Meet.

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This show, swap, and sale features more than 8,000 bikes from teetery 1880s "penny-farthings" to curvy WWII-era bikes, balloon-tire classics, BMX bikes, and more. Awards for numerous categories, including the best bike from each decade. Also, an "Old School Minibike Show and Swap Meet" that features vintage gas-powered minibikes and scooters. More than 250 vendors with bicycle parts, accessories, and memorabilia from every era. Door prizes.
8 a.m.-3 p.m., Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $4 (kids age 9 & under, free). (248) 642-6639. [map]
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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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 8 a.m. 

Bicycle Races: Ann Arbor Velo Club 30th Annual Spring Training Series.

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Apr. 6, 13, 19, & 27. Bike races for beginning and experienced racers-including new racers (9 a.m.), women (9:35 a.m.), and racers in categories 4 & 5 (10:20 a.m.), 3 & 4 (10:55 a.m.), and 1-4 (11:40 a.m.)-on a 1.4-mile loop on Varsity and Highland drives (just south of Ellsworth). Also, a race for youth ages 10-18 (1 p.m., $3). Preceded at 8 a.m. by a free clinic for new racers.
Various times, park behind Cayman Chemical Co., 1180 Ellsworth (just west of Stone School). $20 in advance; $25 on race day. Preregistration recommended at SpringTrainingSeries.com. 635-1341. [map]
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 9 a.m. 

Basic Yoga.

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This balanced practice uses traditional yoga posture and breath techniques to cultivate a balance of strength without tension, and calm clarity of mind and supports the immune, digestive and cardio-vascular systems, promotes healthy joints, and slows the aging process. Open to all experience levels.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. webguru@annarboryoga.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Sunday Democratic Ride.": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sun. Pace and destination are determined by the assembled riders.
9 a.m., meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 904-6431. [map]
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 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Chakra Gardening Party".

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Apr. 27, May 4, June 1, Aug. 3, Sept. 7, & Oct. 12. Longtime local gardener Kathy Squiers gives tours of her 7 gardens inspired by the chakras. Attendees are invited to help develop the gardens, including work on site preparation, planting, and transplanting. Also, discussion of chakras. Refreshments.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., 1280 Sylvan Rd., Chelsea. Donation; reservations required. 475-3408. [map]
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 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"The Essence of Tibetan Buddhism": Jewel Heart Buddhist Center.

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Every Sun. Talk by Gelek Rimpoche, an incarnate lama from Tibet who lives in Ann Arbor.
10-11 a.m., Jewel Heart Center, 1129 Oak Valley Dr. (between Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. & Ellsworth). Free. 994-3387. [map]
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 10:30 a.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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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Mature Singles: First Presbyterian Church.

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Every Sun. A weekly program open to all single adults interested in contemporary Christian topics, new ideas, personal growth, and social and physical activities.

Apr. 6, 13, & 27: Former NASA scientist and physics professor Michael Bodner presents "Quantum Leaps of Faith," a series of talk on the relationship between science and theology.

Apr. 20: Festive holiday potluck in the Founders Room.

May 4: "Worshipping God with Hands," a participatory presentation by First Presbyterian resident minister Kristin Riegel on the religious use of art, music, and dance.

May 11: "Jesus the Refugee," a talk by resident minister Lal Rodawla on the conditions of refugees around the world.

May 18: Showing of volume 5 of The Long Search, Ronald Eyre's 1977 BBC film series on world religions. In this episode, he visits Egypt to explore the experience of Islamic worship.

May 25: All invited for conversation.

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11 a.m., First Presbyterian Church Curtis Room (except as noted), 1432 Washtenaw. Free. 662-4466, ext. 43. [map]
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 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

The Sunday Artisan Market.

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Apr. 4, 6, 13, & 27. Juried market that features local handmade arts and crafts, usually with a different theme each week. Apr. 4: Opening day with live music. Apr. 6: "Beads and Metal and Color, Oh My!" Apr. 13: "Fiber Takes a Dozen Faces." Apr. 27: "The Mind's Eye Made Visible."
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers Market, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913-9622. [map]
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 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

H.A.C. Ultimate.

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Every Sun. All invited to a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Note: Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
11:15 a.m., Mitchell Field (Fuller Rd.) or just west of Fuller pool. Free. hac-ultimatelist@googlegroups.com, 846-9418.
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 Noon-3 p.m.  Free! 

Critter House Open Hours: Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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Every Sun. except Apr. 20. All invited to watch frogs, turtles, snakes, rabbits, and more as they hop, crawl, and slither in their homes. LSNC animals include both species native to the region and exotic animals that have been donated.
Noon-3 p.m. Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. Free. 997-1553. [map]
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 Noon-4 p.m.  Free! 

Earth Day Festival: EENOW, Environmental Education Network of Washtenaw County.

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Join us on Saturday, April 27th from 12:00pm-4:00pm for the annual Earth Day Festival that celebrates the natural world! This free, family-friendly event features displays from 40 local environmental, non-profit, and governmental organizations; live animal demonstrations; naturalist-led hikes; live entertainment; and numerous hands-on activities and demonstrations focusing on a variety of environmental topics such as recycling, composting, water resources, sustainable agriculture, and green technology.
Visitors can also participate in the All-Species Parade and dress up as their favorite animal, or even take part in Recycle Ann Arbor's Recycled Runway Contest, which will be judged during the event.
To celebrate the earth, this will be a Zero Waste event and visitors are encouraged to carpool, catch the bus, ride their bikes, and even walk as well!
For more information on the event, please visit www.a2earthday.org.
Leslie Science and Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Free. education@ecocenter.org www.a2earthday.org [map]
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 Noon-4 p.m.  Free! 

Earth Day Festival: City of Ann Arbor.

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This family-oriented event features live raptors and reptiles, hands-on craft activities, a solar cooker demo, tours of the Project Grow Discovery Garden and Compost Education Center, guided hikes to Black Pond, green building displays, and exhibits by more than 40 local environmental, nonprofit, and governmental organizations. Entertainment by Jake & Mary, a young Saline singer-songwriter duo that calls its music "rustic pop," along with the self-described "jazz-grass/punk-folk" trio Wire in the Wood, and children's songs and stories by Gemini, the popular local multi-instrumental acoustic duo of twin brothers Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits. All encouraged to come dressed as their favorite animal to join an "All Species Parade," Also, judging of Recycle Ann Arbor's Recycled Runway Competition. Face painting. Light concession refreshments from Pilar's Tamale's and the Ypsilanti Food Co-op. All encouraged to ride bikes to the festival.
Noon-4 p.m., Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. Free. 794-6627. [map]
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 12:30 p.m. 

Dick Eastman: Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County.

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This nationally known genealogist gives 3 talks: "Family History World in 10 Years Time," "The Organized Genealogist," and "Mocavo: A Comparison of the Best (?) Genealogy Search Engine Versus Google."
12:30 p.m., St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center auditorium, 5305 Elliott Dr. (off McAuley Dr. from E. Huron River Dr.). Use parking lot P and look for the club's signs. Free. 483-2799. [map]
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 1-3:30 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Parent/Child: Mediterranean Lunch!.

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Join us as we create Classic Falafel Sandwiches, which is a pita pocket filled with hummus, lettuce, cucumber sauce, falafel (seasoned ground chickpea patties), and more. What's a sandwich without fries? so Mediterranean Fries will be along for the ride. Now to satisfy our sweet tooth we'll finish the meal with Baklava, phyllo pastry filled with honey, nuts, cinnamon, and butter. This dessert is rich and delicious. You can expect to make hummus, falafel, cucumber sauce, fries, and dessert from scratch in this fun & flavorful class. This class is for kids' ages 6 and up with an adult. Full participation. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $65 for Parent + 1 child; $85 for Parent + 2 children. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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 1-6 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. except Nov. 28. Players of all skill levels invited to play what's regarded as the world's most difficult board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
1-6 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m.-midnight (Thurs.), Espresso Royale, 322 S. State. Free. 417-5547. [map]
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 1 p.m.  Free! 

Earth Day Celebration: The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation.

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Pete Seeger had an amazing impact through his music and organizing including on the restoration of the Hudson River. It therefore seemed like gathering to sing some of Seeger's songs would be a great way to celebrate Earth Day at a time when the challenges our planet is facing have never been greater. We invite you to join us for an Interfaith Earth Day Celebration on Sunday April 27th at 1:00p.m. at The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, 3257 Lohr Rd. The celebration will include prayers and readings from several different religious traditions and we will be led in singing Seeger's songs by Paul Tinkerhess of the Ann Arbor Friends Meeting.
The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, 3257 Lohr Rd. Free. (734)846-3578. jsummers@umich.edu [map]
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 1 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Sun. & Tues.-Fri. All invited to compete in tournaments of this popular collectible card game using standard constructed (Fri.), modern constructed (Thurs.), Elder Dragon Highlander (Tues.), Legacy (Wed.) and booster draft (Sun.) decks. Prizes. Bring your own cards (except Sun.).
6 p.m. (Tues.-Fri.) & 1 p.m. (Sun.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (Tues., free; Sun., $15 includes cards). 786-3746. [map]
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 1-4 p.m. 

Tour: Kempf House Museum.

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Guided tours of this restored 19th-century Greek Revival home, named for the family of German American musicians who occupied it at the turn of the 19th century.
1-4 p.m., Kempf House, 312 S. Division. Free; donations accepted. 994-4898. [map]
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 1 p.m. 

U-M Baseball vs. Nebraska.

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Apr. 25-27. 4-game series with a Sat. doubleheaders.
6 p.m. (Apr. 25), 2 p.m. (Apr. 26), & 1 p.m. (Apr. 27), Ray Fisher Stadium. Ticket prices TBA. 764-0247.
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 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Engaging with Art": UMMA.

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Every Sun. Docents lead tours of the UMMA collection, with themes based on their interests.
1 p.m. UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Kids Art Fair": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Apr. 27 & 30 and May 4. All kids in grades 3-8 invited to submit art work to be included in a juried Kids Art Fair at the Townie Street Party on July 14. Bring samples of your work and be prepared to talk to judges.
1-3 p.m. (Apr. 27 & May 4) & 5-7 p.m. (Apr. 30), AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 1 & 3 p.m. 

"Professor Ray's Everyday Science": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Apr. 5, 6, 26, & 27. Museum staff give family-friendly science demos. Apr. 5 & 6: "Mighty Motion" offers gravity, inertia, and air resistance experiments, including the chance to see a tray of eggs launched with a broom. Apr. 26 & 27: "Luminosity" features experiments with light, such as making a dill pickle light up.
1 & 3 p.m., AAHOM Legacy Gallery, 220 E. Ann. $11 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
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 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The New Food Philosophy for Health": First Unitarian Universalist Congregation.

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Talk by VegMichigan president and pharmacist Paul Krause.
1-2:30 p.m., First Unitarian Universalist Fahs Chapel, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 484-0913. [map]
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 1:30 p.m. 

Family-Friendly Film Series: Michigan Theater Foundation.

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Feb. 2: The Muppet Movie (James Frawley, 1979). Heartwarming road movie mockumentary about the way the Muppets first met is highlighted by a steamy yet discreet love scene between Kermit and Miss Piggy.

Mar. 2: How to Train Your Dragon (Chris Sanders, 2010). Computer-animated fantasy adventure set in a mythical Viking world. Kids 12 & under, free. 1:30 p.m.

Apr. 27: Labyrinth (Jim Henson, 1986). Gothic fantasy that pits live characters against a motley collection of Muppet monsters. Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie.

May 18: My Neighbor Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki, 1988). Animated tale about a family that moves to the countryside and meets a magical creature. Won Japan's 1988 Best Picture award. Dubbed into English.

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1:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. $10 (kids under 12, free; students, seniors, & veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50). [map]
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 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 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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 1:30-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Making Bling for Prom, and Mom": Chelsea District Library.

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Jewelry maker Marie Krause helps kids ages 12-17 make 2 pairs of earrings, one for themselves and one for mom.
1:30-3:30 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Spring Things in the Oak/Hickory Woods": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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A hike to look for butterflies, frogs, and other spring animals.
2-4 p.m., West Lake Preserve, meet on the north side of Waterloo Rd. between Werkner and McKinley, east of M-52, Chelsea. Free. 971-6337, ext. 334.
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

A Matter of Balance: Holy Faith Church and Area Agency on Aging 1-B.

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Have you turned down a chance to go out with family or friends because you were concerned about falling? Have you cut down on a favorite activity because you might fall? If so, A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls is a program for you.
Holy Faith Church is offering A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls on Sunday afternoons and Tuesday evenings from April 27th to May 20th, 2014. A workbook is provided and refreshments are served.
Please call Kathleen Garvey, OTRL at 734-355-1595 or email at kgarvey2011@gmail.com for more information. Call Kathleen or church office at 734-429-2991 to register by April 14, 2013. Please include full name, chronological age, phone number and email on message. We will contact you to confirm your registration.
Holy Faith Church, 6299 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd, Saline, MI, Saline. Free. Free to Washtenaw residents. 734-355-1595. kgarvey2011@gmail.com [map]
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 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild.

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All invited to listen to guild members swap stories or bring their own to tell.
2-4 p.m., Nicola's Books, Westgate shopping center. Free. 971-5763.
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 2-4 p.m. 

Contact Improv.

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Every Sun. except Mar. 2. All invited to try this interactive, free-form dance style that involves a rolling point of contact between two or more people through which dancers give and share weight. It is somewhere between tango, modern dance, aikido, wrestling, gymnastics, and none of the above, and usually takes place without music. People do contact improv in any combination of genders, and there are no steps. No partner required; beginners welcome. Followed by discussion and socializing.
2-4 p.m., Phoenix Center, 200 S. Main (above Elmo's). $5-$10 sliding scale based on ability to pay. 604-4416. [map]
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

Dinosaur Tours: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. 30-minute docent-led tour of the museum's dinosaur exhibits.
2 p.m., U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free, but limited to the first 15 people to sign up for each tour. 764-0478. [map]
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 2-4 p.m. 

Open Archery at Ringstar: Ringstar Studio.

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Come practice your precision bow shooting at Open Archery, courtesy of Ring of Steel. Beginners and experienced archers alike are invited to take advantage of a short indoor range compete with catch nets and foam targets. Recurve bows are available for rent. $5 includes 6 arrows for use, or bring your own. Recurve bows only, with a draw weight of 45 lbs or less.
Ringstar Studio, 3907 Varsity Dr. $5. diane@a2ringstar.com http://a2ringstar.com [map]
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 2 p.m. 

"Don Quixote": Ballet Chelsea.

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Wendi DuBois directs this Chelsea-based troupe of young dancers in her 3-act adaptation of Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky's 1873 choreography for Leon Minkus's brilliantly orchestrated 1869 ballet based on an episode in Cervantes' iconic novel.
7 p.m. (Apr. 26) & 2 p.m. (Apr. 27), Chelsea High School, 740 N. Freer, Chelsea. $18 (seniors, $15; students, $12) in advance at balletchelsea.org and at the door. 475-3070. [map]
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Doris Duke's Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art": UMMA.

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Apr. 13 & 27. See review. Docent-guided tour of the current exhibit of ceramics, textiles, paintings, tile panels, architectural elements, photographs, and drawings by Islamic artists from tobacco heiress Duke's extensive collection.
2 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Henry and Mudge": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Storytelling and craft activity featuring stories in Cynthia Rylant's series of children's books.
2-3 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Kodu with Kito": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local educator Kito presents a hands-on introduction for kids in grades 2-5 to Kodu, a computer programming language designed for creating games.
2-4 p.m., AADL training center, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 2 p.m. 

"Rent": Pioneer High School Theater Guild.

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Apr. 25-27 and May 2 & 4. Ryan Vasquez directs students in Jonathan Larson's Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning 1996 musical, based on Puccini's La Bohème, about an impoverished community of artists in the East Village living under the shadow of AIDS. It features an inventive rock score with intricate choral work and dexterous lyrics.
7:30 p.m. (Apr. 25 & 26 and May 2) & 2 p.m. (Apr. 27 & May 4), PHS, 601 W. Stadium. Tickets $15 (students, seniors age 65 & over, and PHS staff, $10) in advance at showtix4u.com. ptguild.org. [map]
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 2 p.m. 

"Richard III": Performance Network Professional Season.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Apr. 24-June 1. Julia Glander directs Shakespeare's history play, a masterful portrait of evil whose fratricidal protagonist savagely hacks his way to the throne, in a radically re-imagined production that explores themes of gender, power, and governance in the setting of a distant yet ominous future. Performance Network artistic director Carla Milarch stars as Richard. The cast also includes Brian Sage, John Seibert, Lynnae Lehfeldt, Drew Parker, Joanna Bronson, Terry Heck, Logan Ricket, Justin Dietzel, and Alysia Kolascz.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.), & 3 p.m. (May 10 & 24), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (Apr. 24), $22 (Apr. 25 & 27 and May 1), and $30 (Apr. 26). May 2 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After May 2: $27 & $29 (Thurs.), $32 & $34 (Fri. & Sun.), $25 & $27 (Sat. matinee), $39 & $41 (Sat. eve.). $3 discount for seniors age 60 & over. Tickets available in advance at performancenetwork.org & by phone, and at the door. $10 student discount in advance, half-price student tickets at the door only. For reservations, call 663-0681; to charge by phone, call 663-0696. [map]
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 2-4 p.m. 

"Splash Days": Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation.

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A family-oriented afternoon of pool games and contests. Prizes.
2-4 p.m., Mack Indoor Pool, 715 Brooks. $5 (youth age 17 & under and seniors age 60 & older, $4). 794-6234. [map]
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 2 p.m. 

"Spring Comedy Festival: Lovers, Liars, & Lunatics": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun. (except Apr. 20), Apr. 3-May 24. Guy Sanville directs the world premiere of several short comedies that explore the nature of love, loss, revenge, and renewal. Includes plays by Jeff Daniels, David MacGregor, Carey Crim, and others. Note: adult language and content.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Apr. 3-10 preview tickets$22 (Wed. & Thurs.), $27 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $32 (Sat. eve.). After Apr. 10: Tickets $27 (Wed. & Thurs.), $37 (Fri. eves. & weekend matinees), & $42 (Sat. eves.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
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 2 p.m. 

"Tom Sawyer": Young Actors Guild.

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Apr. 25-27. Terri Park directs young local actors in a theatrical adaptation of Mark Twain's classic The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Kids age 11 & under must be accompanied by an adult.
7 p.m. (Apr. 25 & 26) & 2 p.m. (Apr. 26 & 27), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. $10 (kids, $5). 913-9800. [map]
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 2:30 p.m. 

"Moon over Buffalo": Skyline High School.

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Apr. 25-27. Anne-Marie Roberts directs Skyline students in Ken Ludwig's madcap farce about a washed-up B-movie acting couple touring the 1950s theatrical circuit. They get an unexpected last stab at stardom when they learn that a major director plans to attend one of their performances, but everything that could go wrong does. Cast: Josh Krivan, Cecilia Lundberg, Leah Bauer, Emily Benedict, Theodore Billips, Leah Hess, Nate Grosh, Dante Hill.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2:30 p.m. (Sun.), Skyline High School, 2552 N. Maple. Tickets $8 (students & seniors, $6) in advance at showtix4u.com; $10 (students & seniors, $8) at the door. 994-6515. [map]
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 3 p.m. 

Andrew Anderson.

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An accomplished accompanist, chamber musician, and soloist, this veteran local pianist presents a program highlighted by Bach's Partita #1 in B-flat major, a radiant piece permeated with lyricism and dancing rhythms, and Brahms' epic Sonata #3 in F minor, a work filled with drama and poetry composed when Brahms was just 20. Also, works by Chopin, Scriabin, and Albeniz.
3 p.m., Faber Piano Institute, 3042 Creek Dr. (off Packard just east of Platt). $10 (students & seniors, $5) suggested donation. 665-7346. [map]
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 3 p.m.  Free! 

Benjamin Landry: Nicola's Books.

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This local poet reads from Particle and Wave, his new collection that draws on scientific terms and the history of science-everything from the periodic table to Pliny the Younger's account of the eruption of Vesuvius-to emphasizes that we need not be lonely, even if we are alone. Signing.
3 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 3 p.m. 

"Dynamite DNA": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute interactive demo exploring how scientists use DNA to aid in conservation of species and to find information about evolutionary history. Participants extract DNA from a whole banana. Geared toward adults and kids age 5 & up.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
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 3 p.m. 

"The Foreigner": Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Apr 10-May 4. Paul Hopper directs this local professional company in Larry Shue's witty Obie-winning farce about a shy Englishman who goes on a fishing vacation in rural Georgia and pretends to be from an exotic, unspecified foreign country and to speak no English. However, the locals all begin to confide in the mysterious stranger, unleashing a blackly hilarious series of events involving the devious local minister, his redneck associate, and even the Ku Klux Klan. Cast: Adrian Diffey, Fran Potasnik, Lori Pelham, Jess Alexander, Kathryn Mahard, Elliott Styles.
7 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 3 p.m. (Sat., Sun., & Apr. 17), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $32 (seniors age 60 & older, $30; youth age 17 & under and groups of 10 or more, $28) in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. Tickets are $6 less for Thurs. & all matinees. 268-6200. [map]
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 3 p.m. (doors at 2:30 p.m.) 

"Why There Are No Wizards": Dreamland Theater.

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Apr. 11, 13, 20 & 27. The Dreamland Puppet Troupe presents this original puppet show by Ryan Hughes. The Apr. 11 performance is part of the opening reception for the new Dreamland exhibit Puppet.
8 p.m. (Fri.) & 3 p.m. (Sun.), Dreamland Theater, 26 N. Washington St. Ypsilanti. $5 (kids 3 & under, free) at the door only. 657-2337. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

Dexter Community Orchestra.

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Anthony Elliott conducts this volunteer ensemble in Mendelssohn's Fingal's Cave, Grieg Peer Gynt Suite #1, and Ravel's Bolero. Also, a concerto TBA featuring the winners of the orchestra's annual youth concerto competition: Skyline High student Forrest Flesher performs the 1st movement of Grieg's Piano Concerto and Dexter HIgh student Paddy Harvey performs the 1st movement of Haydn's Cello Concerto in C major.
4 p.m., Dexter Center for the Performing Arts, Dexter High School, 2200 N. Parker (south off Shield from Baker Rd.), Dexter. Free. 355-0725. [map]
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 4 p.m. 

Michele Ramo & Peter Soave: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Eight-string guitar virtuoso Ramo and accordionist and bandoneon player Soave, both Italian-born musicians of international stature, perform a program of jazz music.
4 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Life Sciences Orchestra.

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Adrian Slywotzky conducts this ensemble of musicians from the U-M medical and life sciences staff in Borodin's In the Steppes of Central Asia, Shostakovich's October, and Rachmaninoff's Symphony no. 2.
4 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 936-ARTS. [map]
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 4 p.m. 

Zounds Hearing Hitchcock Film Series: Michigan Theater Foundation.

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Feb. 2: The Pleasure Garden (Alfred Hitchcock, 1926) Silent drama about a chorus girl engaged to an adventurer who begins to play around when her fiancé travels out of the country. 2 p.m.

Feb. 4: Murder! (Alfred Hitchcock, 1930) A man convinced of the innocence of a woman he helped convict or murder sets out to find the real killer. Herbert Marshall, Norah Baring. 7 p.m.

Feb. 9: The 39 Steps (Alfred Hitchcock, 1935) Vintage mystery-romantic comedy about an innocent man pulled into the orbit of a spy ring. Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll. 4 p.m.

Feb. 11: The Man Who Knew Too Much (Alfred Hitchcock, 1934) Hitchcock's original version of the thriller about criminals who kidnap a child to prevent her parents from revealing an assassination plot. Leslie Banks, Edna Best, Peter Lorre. 5 p.m.

Feb. 11: The Man Who Knew Too Much (Alfred Hitchcock, 1956) Remake of the 1934 thriller. James Stewart, Doris Day. 7 p.m.

Feb. 16: The Lodger (Alfred Hitchcock, 1926) A jealous detective accuses a lodger of murder. Ivor Novello, Malcolm Keen. 1:30 p.m.

Feb. 18: The Lady Vanishes (Alfred Hitchcock, 1938) Classic mystery-comedy about an old woman's baffling disappearance on a train that leads a young woman into a web of intrigue. Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave. 7 p.m.

Feb. 23: Rebecca (Alfred Hitchcock, 1940) Gothic thriller about a na´ve young woman who marries an aristocratic widower. Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, Judith Anderson, George Sanders. 4 p.m.

Feb. 25: Foreign Correspondent (Alfred Hitchcock, 1940) Thriller about an American reporter who exposes enemy spies in Britain. Joel McCrea, Laraine Day, Herbert Marshall, George Sanders. 7 p.m.

Mar. 2: The Ring (Alfred Hitchcock, 1927). Recently restored print of this silent boxing melodrama. With live organ accompaniment. 4 p.m.

Mar. 4: Suspicion (Alfred Hitchcock, 1941). A wealthy, sheltered woman marries a charming ne'er-do-well she comes to suspect may be planning to kill her for her money Joan Fontaine, Cary Grant. 7 p.m.

Mar. 9: Saboteur (Alfred Hitchcock, 1942). Offbeat thriller about a munitions worker wrongly accused of sabotage and forced to go on the lam around the country. Script written in part by Dorothy Parker. 5 p.m.

Mar. 11: Shadow of a Doubt (Alfred Hitchcock, 1943). A lively teen grows to suspect that her beloved uncle may be a serial killer. Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotton. 7 p.m.

Mar. 16: Lifeboat (Alfred Hitchcock, 1944). When a ship of Americans and Britons is sunk by a missile from a German U-boat during WWII, the survivors must cope with the elements--and each other. Tallulah Bankhead, William Bendix. 5 p.m.

Mar. 18: Spellbound (Alfred Hitchcock, 1945). The youthful new director of a posh mental asylum is not whom he claims to be. Gregory Peck, Ingrid Bergman. 7 p.m.

Mar. 23: Downhill (Alfred Hitchcock, 1927). Recently restored print of this silent melodrama about a boy whose life falls apart when he is expelled from school after he takes the blame for a friend's crime. With live organ accompaniment. 8 p.m.

Apr. 1: Notorious (Alfred Hitchcock, 1946). Thriller about a woman asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends n South America. Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant. 7 p.m.

Apr. 6: The Farmer's Wife (Alfred Hitchcock, 1928). Newly restored silent drama about a rough-mannered widowed farmer in search of a new bride. With live organ accompaniment. 1:30 p.m.

Apr. 8: Rope (Alfred Hitchcock, 1948). A detective sets out to solve a prep-school murder that turns out to be a killing for thrills. James Stewart. 7 p.m.

Apr. 13: Strangers on a Train (Alfred Hitchcock, 1951). Classic thriller about a psychotic mother's boy with a Raymond Chandler screenplay. 1:30 p.m.

Apr. 15: Dial M for Murder (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954). Classic thriller about a man hoisted in the petard of his plot to murder his wife. Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Bob Cummings. 7 p.m.

Apr. 20: Easy Virtue (Alfred Hitchcock, 1928). See review. Newly restored silent drama, adapted from the Noel Coward play, about a divorcée who hides her scandalous past from her new husband and family. With live organ accompaniment. 5 p.m.

Apr. 22: Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954). Stylish thriller-romance about a news photographer examining his neighbor's lives with binoculars and making a sordid discovery. James Stewart, Grace Kelly.7 p.m.

Apr. 27: The Trouble with Harry (Alfred Hitchcock, 1955). Trouble erupts in a small, quiet New England town when a man's body is found in the woods. Shirley MacLaine, John Forsythe, Edmund Gwenn. 4 p.m.

Apr. 29: The Wrong Man (Alfred Hitchcock, 1957). Offbeat film about a New York City jazz musician falsely accused of robbery. Henry Fonda, Vera Miles. 7 p.m.

May 4: Champagne (Alfred Hitchcock, 1928). Silent drama about a spoiled heiress who defies her father by running off to marry her lover. With live organ accompaniment. 5 p.m.

May 6: Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958).Haunting, dreamlike mystery thriller that stars James Stewart as a retired police detective who is afraid of heights. Kim Novak.7 p.m.

May 11: North by Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock, 1959). Classic thriller about an ad exec mistaken for a government agent who's relentlessly pursued halfway across the country. Cary Grant. Eva Marie Saint. 5 p.m.

May 13: Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960). Classic suspense thriller set in a motel run by a peculiar mama's boy. Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh. 5 p.m.

May 18: The Manxman (Alfred Hitchcock, 1929). Newly restored silent drama about lifelong friends on the Isle of Man, a fisherman and a lawyer, who are both attracted to the same woman. With live organ accompaniment. 4 p.m.

May 20: Family Plot (Alfred Hitchcock, 1976). Comedy-thriller about a con artist and her private investigator boyfriend who run into a couple of serial kidnappers. Barbara Harris, Bruce Dern, Karen Black. 5 p.m.

May 25: Blackmail (Alfred Hitchcock, 1929). Newly restored silent thriller about a Scotland Yard detective who discovers that a murder he is investigating was committed by his girlfriend while defending herself from a rapist. With live organ accompaniment. 1:30 p.m.

May 27: The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock, 1963). Eerie thriller about hordes of bloodthirsty sparrows, gulls, and crows plaguing a small California town. Not for the squeamish. Stars Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor, Suzanne Pleshette, Jessica Tandy. 7 p.m.

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Various times, Michigan Theater. Tickets (unless otherwise noted): $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7). 668-TIME. [map]
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 4-6 p.m. 

"Celebrate Cantor Annie Rose Community Tribute Concert": Temple Beth Emeth.

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Benjamin Cohen directs the TBE choir Kol Halev as well as the local 24-voice chamber choir Vocal Arts Ensemble in a program highlighted by the premiere of Micah 6:6, his canticle for piano, choir, and clarinet written for this occasion. Also, performances by clarinetist Ralph Katz, flutist Deborah Katz, and pianists David Gitterman, John Goodell, and Louis Nagel. With some audience participation. In honor of longtime TBE cantor Rose, who is retiring this year. Followed by a reception.
4-6 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $100 in advance at templebethemeth.org/CTC. 665-4744. [map]
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 4 p.m. 

"Psalms: Songs of Joy and Consolation": Ann Arbor Cantata Singers Spring Concert.

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Ann Marie Koukios conducts this polished semiprofessional local ensemble in psalm settings by Herbert Howells, William Mathias, John Rutter, Andre Thomas, and others. The program also includes an encore performance of Mendelssohn's "Hear My Prayer" and a selection from Shur's "Pearl Street Market." The Cantata singers also perform at First United Methodist Church Apr. 6 (see 6 Sunday listing).
4 p.m., Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1500 Scio Church Rd. $15 (students & seniors, $12; kids age 18 & under, free) in advance at a2cantatasingers.org, and at the door. 996-8867. [map]
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 5 p.m.-2 a.m. 

Heidelberg Charity Poker Room.

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Daily. Texas hold 'em and blackjack for players of all levels. Also, hold 'em tournaments at 7 p.m. Wed., Fri., & Sat. Free dinner, 5-6 p.m., and other nightly specials. Net proceeds donated to a different charity each week.
5 p.m.-2 a.m., Heidelberg (3rd floor), 215 N. Main. $10-$500 buy-in to play poker, $2-$20 per-hand blackjack, $40 buy-in for hold 'em tournaments. 834-2237. [map]
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 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Morris.

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Every Sun. All invited to try this boisterous, jingly English ceremonial dance thought to be descended from the 15th-century Spanish moresca. Wear athletic shoes.
6-8 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). Free. Email a2morris@umich.edu to confirm. 717-1569. [map]
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 6:45 p.m. 

Yoga for Anxiety and Depression.

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Depressed or anxious moods cloud the joy of experiencing ourselves as perfect and whole. With or without a diagnosis heal with breath work, yoga postures and imagery to balance moods and awaken inner joy. Certified Teacher.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. webguru@annarboryoga.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
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 7-8 p.m. 

Belly Dance 2: A2 Aviary.

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Led by Coral Rose of Unveiled Belly Dance and the Lunatic Vagabonds, this class drills your dance fundamentals and teaches choreography both traditional and not so much. Class begins with structured sequences of basic moves to hone your form, then moves on to teaching choreography for a full routine. Over the seven week series, each step will be broken down and practiced until you have a finished number, and choreography for the course will change every two series. Students enrolled in the full series are invited to perform at LIFT OFF!
The Belly Dance Conditioning class immediately preceding is an excellent warm up for this class.
$15 for a single class
$90 for a seven week series
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. $15 - $75. 734-726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/belly-dance-2/ [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Laughter Yoga Circle: Ann Arbor Laughs.

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Join us for a 1/2 hour of laughing for no reason except to your health. Laughter yoga uses exercises to simply laugh, stretch and breathe for positive well-being. Laughter circle plays off everyone attending so we need your joyous spirit. Set yourself in a positive happy state to conquer the week ahead. We'll laugh weekly from 7:00-7:30pm on Sunday nights at the Yellow Barn, 416 West Huron, Ann Arbor, MI. Suggested $5 donation to the Yellow Barn.
The Yellow Barn, 416 West Huron. Donation. 734-368-5237. diane82103@yahoo.com [map]
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 7-9 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Jam": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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All singers, acoustic & electric guitarists, bassists, mandolinists, banjoists, ukulele players, percussionists, keyboardists, and other musicians invited to join organizer Michael Niemi to play folk, rock, country, or original tunes. Bring a music stand and copies of sheet music. Listeners welcome.
7-9 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $2 (members, free). Preregistration required for musicians at meetup.com/Ann-Arbor-Acoustic-Jam. 794-6250. [map]
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 7:15-9 p.m. 

"DJ Skate".

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Skating to Top 40 music.
7:15-9 p.m. (6-8:50 p.m. on Dec. 31), Arctic Coliseum, 501 Coliseum Dr. (off Manchester Rd., 1/2 mile south of the intersection of Old US-12 & M-52), Chelsea. $5 (children 14 & under, $3) admission, $3 skate rental. 433-4444. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

John Gorka: The Ark.

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Acclaimed by Rolling Stone as the "preeminent male singer-songwriter of the New Folk movement," Gorka pens intimate, conversational songs and ballads that overflow with vividly imagined details and a sly, probing sense of humor. Gorka's 2007 CD, Writing in the Margins, includes a revelatory cover of Townes Van Zandt's "Snows Don't Fall," along with a number of his own contemplative elegies on personal and political themes. Opening act is Antje Duvekot, a highly regarded German American singer-songwriter from Boston known for her hushed, conversational singing and darkly resonant, introspectively personal ballads. "Her songs feel at once fresh faced and firmly rooted, driven by the whispery sensuality of her voice," says the Boston Globe in its review of her latest CD, New Siberia. "She believes in the redemptive power of the shared secret; and is utterly unafraid to mine the darkest corners of her life for songs that turn fear into resilience and isolation into community."
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and the ark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 8-11 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Poetry Slam.

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Every Sun. All poets invited to compete in a poetry slam judged by a randomly chosen panel from the audience. The program begins with a brief poetry open mike and (usually) a short set by a featured poet.
8-11 p.m. (sign-up begins at 7:30 p.m.), Silvio's, 715 North University. $5 suggested donation. 985-0736. [map]
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 8-10 p.m. 

Ballroom Dance Club at the U-M.

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Every Sun.. Ballroom dancing to recorded music, including fox-trots, waltzes, cha-chas, rumbas, tangos, swing, and more. No partner necessary. Preceded at 7 p.m. by beginning lessons and practice.
8-10 p.m., Michigan Union Rogel Ballroom (Michigan League Ballroom on Apr. 20, Michigan League Vandenberg Room on Mar. 23, & Michigan Union Pendleton Room on Apr. 6 & May 4). $5 ($10 includes lessons). 763-6984. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Back Home in Nagykanisza: A Search for My Family Roots Through the Old Hapsburg Empire": Beth Israel Congregation.

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A presentation on Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) by Michael Simon, the son of a Holocaust survivor who recently took his son on a 3-week journey to Europe and Israel.
8 p.m., Beth Israel, 2000 Washtenaw. Free. 665-9897. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Chili Challis' UNclub Comedy Open Mike": Emergent Arts.

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Every Sun. Performances by aspiring and experienced comics from former Tonight Show staff writer Challis's comedy dojo. Emcee is Mark Sweetman. Refreshments.
8 p.m., Mix Studio Theater, 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. $5 suggested donation. emergentarts.com. [map]
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