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Calendar of Events

Thursday, May 15, 2014






 
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 8-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Spring Migration Walk in Nichols Arboretum": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Every Thurs., Apr. 3-May 29. All invited to join club members for a walk through the Arb to look for resident birds and early migrants, which begin arriving in earnest toward the end of April.
8-11 a.m., meet at the cul-de-sac at the end of Riverview off Geddes. Free. 994-3569.
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 8:30 a.m.  Free! 

Victors for Discovery: Biomedicine at Michigan: Life Sciences Institute.

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The Life Sciences Institute Annual Symposium will be May 14-15, 2014!
The symposium is two days of lectures and discussions with U-M all-star scientific alumni, and will feature presentations by national leaders in academic research, pharmaceutical development, government agencies and patient care. There will also be panel discussions on the future of biomedical research and drug discovery in the 21st century.
The symposium is free and open to the public.
Palmer Commons at the University of Michigan, 100 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. aliciall@umich.edu http://www.lsi.umich.edu/events/victors-for-discovery [map]
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Jackson County Brunch Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. Moderate-paced ride, 25-50 miles, along the less traveled roads of scenic Jackson County.
9 a.m., meet at Cavanaugh Lake Park, Cavanaugh Lake Rd., Waterloo Recreation Area, 3.2 miles west of Chelsea. Free. 994-5908. [map]
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 9:30 a.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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 10 a.m.-9 p.m.  Free! 

30th Annual Ann Arbor Springtime Invitational Figure Skating Championship: Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club.

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May 15-18. More than 800 skaters ages 6 to adult compete in solo, pairs, couples, and ice dancing categories in this USFSA-sanctioned competition. Full schedule available at annarborfsc.com.
10 a.m.-9 p.m. (May 15), 8 a.m.-9 p.m. (May 16 & 17), & 8 a.m.-3 p.m. (May 18), Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley Dr. Free. 213-6768. [map]
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

Taste Gluten-free, whole grain cookies at Costco-Ann Arbor: Among Friends Baking Mixes.

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Gluten-free, whole grain cookies and chocolate cake you can bake at home with a few simple ingredients will be ready for your tasting from Among Friends, an Ann Arbor-based company, at the Ann Arbor Costco this Thursday through Sunday, May 15-18, at 771 Airport Blvd., just north of South State and Ellsworth Road, just across from Among Friends' headquarters.
Co-founders Suzie Miller and Lizann Anderson, of Ann Arbor, will hand out free samples all weekend to demonstrate that kids and adults will love the taste of their healthy products. All Among Friends' products are free of the bad stuff®, with no white starches, gums or fillers, verified by the Non-GMO Project and the Whole Grains Council, and five mixes are produced in a facility that is certified gluten-free.
Their cookie mixes were named "Best New Products" by Progressive Grocer and its chocolate cake mix was awarded a top gluten-free find at Natural Products Expo West, a leading trade show for natural, healthy products.
Costco-Ann Arbor, 771 Airport Blvd. Free. 734-997-9720. danielle@amongfriendsbakingmixes.com http://amongfriendsbakingmixes.com/ [map]
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 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Public-Private Partnerships: Does the Taxpayer Win or Lose?": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Thurs., Apr, 10-May 15. A series of 6 weekly lectures by different U-M and visiting speakers.

Apr 10: EMU sociology professor Paul Leighton discusses "Unleashing the Profit Motive in Punishment and Rehabilitation: Prison Privatization in the U.S. & Japan." <

Apr. 17: The prominent attorney David Lick, a member of the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships, on "Public-Private Partnerships Practical Applications."

Apr 24: Mackinac Center for Public Policy Fiscal Policy Initiative director Michael LaFaive on "Public-Private Partnerships: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly."

May 1: U-M North Campus Research Complex executive director David Cantor on "Public-Private Partnerships on a University Campus: A Problem or a Solution?"

May 8: Republican Leadership Council member Joe Schwarz, an old-school moderate Republican who is a former Battle Creek mayor, Michigan state senator, and U.S. Congressman, on "How Public-Private Partnerships Can Work to Benefit Everyone."

May 15: Roland Zullo, a research scientist who has studies the privatization of public services since the mid-90s, on "Explaining Privatization Failure."

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10-11:30 a.m., Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 2900 Jackson Rd. $50 (members, $30) for the 6-lecture series. Memberships are $20 a year. $10 per lecture for members. 998-9351. [map]
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Spring Unfolding Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. Beginner-friendly slow-paced ride, 10-15 miles, around Ann Arbor neighborhoods to explore the delights of local gardens, parks, and cafes.
10 a.m., meet at Gallup Park Canoe Livery, 3000 Fuller Rd. (west side of Huron Pkwy.). Free. 971-5763, 663-5060. [map]
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 10:30 a.m. 

Infant Massage and Attachment Class with Sierra Hillebrand: Hygeia Center for Healing Arts.

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Develop loving communication and attachment with your baby through the ancient art of infant massage.
During this 4-week class series, parents will have opportunities to:
Enhance communication and loving interaction with your baby.
Develop greater confidence in your ability to read and respond to your baby's cues.
Establish routines that reduce infant fussiness, enhance sleep, and facilitate relaxation for parents and babies.
Class meets Thursday mornings from 10:30 am - 11:45 am.
Fee: $110 for 4 class series.
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. 5th Ave. $110. 734-769-6100. welcome@hygeiacenter.org www.hygeiacenter.org [map]
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 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

Spring Storytime: Chelsea District Library.

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Every Thurs. (except Apr. 10 & 24), Mar. 6-June 5. CDL librarians present a program of stories, songs, fingerplays, and craft activities for kids ages 2-6, accompanied by a caregiver.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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Every Tues. & Thurs. Linda Zimmer reads stories for kids age 6 & under.
6 p.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Thurs.), Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]
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 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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CDL staff present a program for toddlers about letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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 11 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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 Noon 

Positive Business Conference: University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

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The Positive Business Conference will bring together nearly 500 business professionals, academics, students, and industry luminaries to collaborate and partner on the latest positive business thinking, best practices, and practical implementation tools. Sessions will delve into how participants can integrate positive business into different industries and job functions, ranging from legal strategies, entrepreneurship, supply chain management, and more. Confirmed speakers include executives from companies such as Whole Foods Market, Ford Motor Company, and Procter & Gamble.
University of Michigan Blau Auditorium, 701 Tappan St. $750. pbconference@umich.edu positivebusinessconference.com [map]
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 Noon 

Positive Business Conference: University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

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The Positive Business Conference will bring together nearly 500 business professionals, academics, students, and industry luminaries to collaborate and partner on the latest positive business thinking, best practices, and practical implementation tools. Sessions will delve into how participants can integrate positive business into different industries and job functions, ranging from legal strategies, entrepreneurship, supply chain management, and more. Confirmed speakers include executives from companies such as Whole Foods Market, Ford Motor Company, and Procter & Gamble.
University of Michigan Blau Auditorium, 701 Tappan St. $750. pbconference@umich.edu positivebusinessconference.com [map]
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 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

Temple Beth Emeth Spirituality Book Club.

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May 15 & 20 (choose one). All invited to discuss rabbi Amy Hirshberg Lederman's One God, Many Paths: Finding Meaning and Inspiration in Jewish Teachings.
Noon-1 p.m. (May 15) & 7:30-9 p.m. (May 20), TBE, 2309 Packard. Free. cantorannie@gmail.com, 665-4744. [map]
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 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Performances by area musicians. May 1: Guitjo & cello duo Acoustic Eidolon. May 8: Contemporary folk & more by San, Emily & Jacob, a trio of veteran folk singer-songwriter San Slomovits, his daughter, violinist Emily Slomovits, and bassist Jacob Warren. May 15: Classical music by violinist Gabe Bolkosky and pianist Michele Cooker. May 22: Flute trio Iridescent Flutes. May 29: Fingerstyle guitarist and ukulele player Gerald Ross.
12:10 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]
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 1-3 p.m. 

What's Going on in Housing-OLLI Study Group (50+): Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M.

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Class meets Tuesdays, April 15 - April 29

We will help property owners, investors and intellectually-active seniors understand the latest developments in the local housing market and how it affects them, their friends and families. Topics include: current housing market trends, factors that influence future market prices, calculating property taxes, understanding our dual-market economy, normal vs. distressed sales, foreclosures, short sales, the rental market and other topics proposed by the participants. Wayne Esch is a long-time Ann Arbor realtor.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. $35. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]
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 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"National Flowers: Significance and Symbolism": International Neighbors.

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All area women encouraged to learn about the meanings behind a variety of national flowers from around the world. Nursery care provided for preschoolers. Refreshments.
1-2:30 p.m., Westminster Presbyterian Church social hall, 1500 Scio Church Rd. Free. 995-1645. [map]
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 1:30-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Books and Banter": Chelsea District Library.

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Librarian Michaelina Brown leads a discussion of a different book each month.

Sept. 18: State of Wonder, Anne Patchett's novel about a pharmaceutical research scientist's search for her former mentor who disappeared developing a valuable new drug in the Amazon jungle.

Oct. 16: The Round House, Louise Erdrich's National Book Award-winning novel, set on a North Dakota reservation, about a teen who seeks to restore balance in his family by avenging an assault on his mother.

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1:30-2:30 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Third Thursday in the Clark Library": U-M Hatcher Grad Library.

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Display of local and WWII maps in conjunction with the two current exhibits, Place: Ann Arbor and A Community for Victory: Ann Arbor in World War Two.
4-7 p.m., Hatcher Library 2nd floor, enter from the Diag. Free. 647-0646.
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 4:15-5 p.m.  Free! 

Caldecott Club: Saline District Library.

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Mar. 20, Apr. 24, May 15. Kids in kindergarten and 1st grade invited to listen to picture books, discuss the art and words, and vote for a favorite. Snacks.
4:15-5 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]
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 4:30 p.m. 

"The Lunchbox": The Michigan Theater.

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(Ritesh Batra, 2013). A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunch delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man. Irrfan Khan. Hindi & English, subtitles.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $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). michtheater.org; 668-TIME. [map]
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 4:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Dungeons & Dragons": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Tues. & Thurs. All teens and adults invited to play this popular role-playing game.
4:30-8 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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 4:45-5:45 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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 5 p.m. 

Entrepreneur Event: New Enterprise Forum.

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New Enterprise Forum: Helping Entrepreneurs Prosper And Grow - details at: http://NewEnterpriseForum.org
Showcase Presenter: Training entrepreneurs in how to present to investors is what we do best. Learn what is important to communicate and what not to do. Ask questions, keep pace with technology and connect with resources by attending.
Pitch Pit: Three entrepreneurs each give a four-minute pitch of their business idea to a panel of investor judges in a kinder version of televisions "Shark Tank." Prototypes and visual aids are encouraged and Power Point slides are not permitted. The judges determine the cash prize winner. Join in the fun and support innovations for change.
Network: Meet other like-minded professionals who support entrepreneurialism promoting innovation as a catalyst for a healthy Michigan economy.
SPARK, 330 E Liberty, lower level. Donation. $5. info@NewEnterpriseForum.org www.NewEnterpriseForum.org [map]
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 5:30 p.m. 

Institute of Management Accountants - Monthly Meeting: Institute of Management Accountants - Ann Arbor Chapter.

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Ann Arbor Chapter Dinner Meetings are usually on the 3rd Thursday of each month, and feature networking, a before-dinner speaker and an after-dinner speaker, with each session valued at 1 hour of CPE (2 CPE for the entire meeting). However, the first meeting of the year is Wednesday Sept. 18. Meetings begin with a Networking period at 5:30pm. The before-dinner speaker is at 5:45pm, Dinner at 6:50pm, and the post-dinner speaker begins at 7:30pm. Adjournment at about 8:30pm.
Carlyle Grill, 3660 Jackson Ave. $25-35. bcable.rsvp@gmail.com http://www.imamichigan.org/annarbor/index.html [map]
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 6-10 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Italian Pasta from the Trentino alto Adige & Campania Regions.

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Please join native Italian Chef, Francesca Giarraffa, as she takes you on a homemade pasta-making journey through the Trentino alto Adige & Campania regions! On the menu: Strangolapreti Trentini (priest strangler) homemade potato & spinach dumpling tossed in a butter, parmigiano cheese sauce. Strangolapreti Neapolitan style potato gnocchi tossed in a tomato basil sauce. Full participation. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $75/person. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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 6 p.m. 

Dining for Dollars: HIV/AIDS Resource Center.

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The HIV/AIDS Resource Center (HARC) will hold its 19th annual Dining for Dollars fundraising dinner at Zingerman's Roadhouse in Ann Arbor beginning at 6 PM on Thursday, May 15, 2014. Join community supporters for a night of festivities at HARC's largest annual fundraiser! The event features dinner preparation by Chef Alex Young, a chance to win prizes in a fun-filled strolling raffle, a scintillating silent auction and a mouthwatering homemade ice cream sundae bar. All proceeds support the mission of providing HIV related services to the community through compassionate direct care, prevention and outreach activities. HARC is a private non-profit and the only comprehensive AIDS service organization in a four-county service area, which includes Washtenaw, Jackson, Lenawee and Livingston Counties.
Zingerman's Roadhouse, 2501 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $125. 734 572-9355 ext.261. cmcmullen@hivaidsresource.org hivaidsresource.org/dining-for-dollars [map]
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 6 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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 6 p.m. 

"19th Annual Dining for Dollars": HIV/AIDS Resource Center Fundraiser.

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Dinner, a silent auction, and raffles. Homemade ice cream sundae bar.
6 p.m., Zingerman's Roadhouse, 2501 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Tickets $125 ($100 per person for groups of 4 or more) in advance at hivaidsresource.org/dining-for-dollars or by phone. 572-9355. [map]
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 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Chelsea Dirt Road Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Moderate-paced ride, 25-55 miles, on dirt roads.
6 p.m., meet at Aberdeen Bike & Fitness, 1175 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. (517) 285-6830. [map]
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 6:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Thursday Northeast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 15-25 miles, through some of the area's hillier terrain.
6:45 p.m. (May), 6:30 p.m., (Apr. & June-Aug.), 6:15 p.m. (Sept.) & 5:30 p.m. (Oct.), Wheels in Motion, 3400 Washtenaw. Free. 678-8297. [map]
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 7 & 9:45 p.m. 

"Only Lovers Left Alive": Michigan Theater.

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(Jim Jarmusch, 2013). Romantic vampire drama about a vampire musician whose centuries-old love affair is tested by the arrival of his lover's impulsive younger sister. Tilda Swinton.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $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, michtheater.org. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

ACBL Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.

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Every Thurs. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. No partner required.
7 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $7. 761-6691. [map]
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 7 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. 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. umich.edu/~goclub. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Blue Ocean Summit 2014: Ann Arbor Vineyard.

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We're delighted to announce that we are hosting the Blue Ocean National Summit 2014 at the Ann Arbor Vineyard, co-hosted with St Clares Episcopal. The Summit will take place from May 15-17, that is Thursday evening, all day and evening Friday and Saturday until 4:30. Blue Ocean is a network of churches promoting faith in the context of secular environments.
The Summit theme is "The Holy Spirit for Everyone, Everywhere, All the Time." Featured main sessions speakers include Phyllis Tickle (compiler of The Divine Hours), Dave Schmelzer (director of Blue Ocean), Charles Park (pastor of The River church in Lower Manhattan) and Bert Waggoner, former National Director of Vineyard USA. The Summit will also feature TED talks, workshops, worship and great time to connect with others. For more info, see the event page on eventbrite.com.
Ann Arbor Vineyard, 2275 Platt Road. $99. shonagh.chimbira@annarborvineyard.org annarborvineyard.org [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Holistic Chamber of Commerce Grand Opening Gala: Holistic Chamber of Commerce.

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In The Holistic Chamber of Commerce, businesses that value a holistic and integrated approach to life, commerce, and our environment can join together in a dynamic and healthy community. It's the fastest growing chamber organization in North America, and Ann Arbor is the newest chapter!
Join us on May 15th, at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, for a lovely evening, attending our Grand Opening Gala.
Featuring Teresa de Grosbois, Relationship Marketing Expert, International Speaker, and Best-selling Author.
More information can be found at
www.holisticchamberofcommerce.com/local-chapters/mi-ann-arbor
You may also call Anthony Nitsos at 734-474-4273
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. 734-474-4273. AnnArbor@HolisticChamberOfCommerce.com www.holisticchamberofcommerce.com/local-chapters/mi-ann-arbor [map]
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 7 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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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Foster Care in Washtenaw County": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Panel discussion with Washtenaw County service providers involved in the foster care system.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Canceled: "Richard III": Performance Network Professional Season.

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Remainder of run canceled as of May 22. 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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 7:30 p.m. 

Barbara Payton & the Instigators: Music Under the Arch.

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Band led by Detroit rock and soul singer Payton, winner of several 2013 Detroit Music Awards. Snacks & beverages.
7:30 p.m., Stone Arch Arts & Events, 117 S. Ann Arbor St., Saline. Tickets $20 in advance only at musicunderthearch.com. 787-1428. [map]
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 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Comhaltas.

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Every Thurs., Sept.-May. All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments. Lessons offered.
7:30-9:30 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Free. facebook.com/DetroitIMA. 255-5310. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"Fairytale Family Vacation": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Junior Theatre.

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May 15-18. Katherine Altman directs young local actors in local playwright Emilio Rodriguez's comedy that lampoons road-trip movies and classic fairytales.
7:30 p.m. (May 15-17) & 1 p.m. (May 18), WCC College Theatre (room 175 in the Liberal Arts Bldg.), 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $8 (kids, $5) in advance and at the door. 971-2228. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Finding the Wreck of the Griffon": Michigan Archaeological Society.

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Michigan State Archaeologist Dean Anderson discusses the ship that launched from Green Bay, WI, in 1679 and was never seen again.
7:30 p.m., U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, 434 S. State. Free. (248) 437-4183. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Arlo Guthrie: The Ark.

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May 14 & 15. The son of American folk music pioneer Woody Guthrie, Arlo first established his own identity--an indelible blend of beguiling humor and acerbic political wit--in the late 60s with his epic talking ballad, "Alice's Restaurant." He's a first-class songwriter and a captivating interpreter of contemporary tunes by the likes of Steve Goodman and Bob Dylan, as well as traditional songs, ballads, and stories.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $50 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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Julien Labro & the Spektral Quartet: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Respected accordion and bandoneon player Labro and the Chicago-based chamber ensemble Spektral Quartet celebrate the release of their album From This Point Forward, featuring original compositions blending jazz, classical, and tango music, as well as arrangements of songs by Hermeto Pascoal, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and Astor Piazzolla. The Spektral Quartet includes violinists Aurelien Fort Pederzoli and Austin Wulliman, violist Doyle Armbrust, and cellist Russell Rolen.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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"Spring Comedy Festival: Lovers, Liars, & Lunatics": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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See review. 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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