This interactive, hands-on class is designed to accommodate the schedules of busy first-time parents who simply can't make it to the full six-week series. Perfect for couples seeking a Refresher Class for a second (or more!) baby as well. We'll review the process of labor and birth from start to finish. Emphasis is placed on natural approaches to pain management, support techniques and comfort measures (how partners can help), and tips for smoothing your recovery in the early weeks postpartum.
Center for the Childbearing Year, 722 Brooks St. $175 per couple. 734-663-1523. firstname.lastname@example.org www.center4cby.com [map]
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Postponed from December. Showing of this video from the recent National "No War" Conference of the World Beyond War, followed by discussion. Also, activists invited to discuss their recent social justice activities. Refreshments. The program begins with coffee & socializing.
9:45 a.m.-noon, U-M Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 484-1628. [map]
Full-Body FIT workout is a full-body strength training, cardio and flexibility routine with customization to your fitness level. All ages & fitness levels welcome!
Walk-in rate: $15 for non-members. OR Join Better Living Fitness Center for as little as $39.99 a month for at least four Full Body Fits every month. Other memberships, classes, and packages available.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. 734-747-0123. email@example.com http:
Every Tues. & Wed. Stories and songs for kids age 2 & up (accompanied by an adult). Note: These storytimes are also offered at the Traverwood (Tues., 11-11:30 a.m.; Wed., 6-6:30 p.m.; & Thurs., 10-10:30 a.m.), Malletts Creek (Wed. 10-10:30 a.m.), Pittsfield (Thurs. 7-7:30 p.m. & Fri. 10-10:30 a.m.), and Westgate (Mon. 11-11:30 a.m., Wed. 1-1:30 p.m., & Fri. 10.-10:30 a.m.) branches.
10-10:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 11-11:30 a.m. (Wed.), AADL youth department story room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
Every Sat., beginning Jan. 7. All invited to make art in various styles. Jan. activities TBA at facebook.com
10 a.m.-noon, U-M Art + Architecture Bldg. (rm. 2062), 2000 Bonisteel. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, 277-0544. [map]
Dec. 26-Jan. 8. Family-friendly hands-on activities and demonstrations. With live entertainment at 1 p.m. each day, including Yo-Yo Master Zeemo (Dec. 26 & 27), Dreamland Theater (Dec. 28 & 29), "Dan the Creature Man" (Dec. 30 & 31), "Drummunity" (Jan. 1 & 4), "The Music Lady" (Jan. 2 & 3, 11 a.m.), "Ron Loyd, the Bubble Man" (Jan. 5 & 6), and "Professor Ray's Everyday Science" experiments with vibrations (Jan. 7 & 8).
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Mon.-Sat., except Dec. 31), noon-4 p.m. (Sun., except Jan. 1), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Dec. 31), & noon-5 p.m. (Jan. 1), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $12 (members & infants, free) regular museum admission. 995-5439. [map]
Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]
One of the largest regular gatherings of RC racers in the country features off-road dirt-track racing for stock and modified model electric trucks and buggies. Spectators welcome. Food concessions.
10:30 a.m.-midnight, Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Doors open at 8 a.m. Free admission. $16 to race ($8 to rent a car, if available). (517) 960-5252. [map]
Every Tues. & Sat. Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
9:30-10:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30-11:30 a.m. (Sat.), AAHOM Green Room (lower level), 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
If you've always wanted a flat stomach, 6-pack abs or just a stronger core, this is the class for you. It combines high-energy music with a core-sculpting routine to give you a toned midsection. Get me some abs!
Non-member drop in rate just $15; Better Living Fitness Center member drop in rate: $10. Packages available.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. 734-747-0123. email@example.com http:
Create your own forged bracelet out of copper wire! You'll learn metalsmithing techniques like forming, forging, and finishing while gaining experience with Anvils, Hammers and Torches.
This Make & Take Workshop is intended for Families. Call or visit our website to register!($50/person)
Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. $50. 734-222-4911. firstname.lastname@example.org maker-works.com [map]
Every Sat. & Sun. through Dec. 11 and beginning again Jan. 7. Hands-on 20-minute interactive demo exploring exploring some of the evidence of mastodon and mammoth hunting by people who lived in Michigan between 10 and 15 thousand years ago. Also, info about the recent Bristle mammoth find on a Chelsea farm. Geared toward adults and kids age 5 & up.
3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.) & 11 a.m. (Sat.), Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
Every Sat. & Sun. beginning Jan. 7. Various audiovisual planetarium shows. The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. Sat., 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an exploration of the current night sky. Larry Cat in Space (12:30 p.m. Sat.) is a playful cartoon about an inquisitive cat that learns more than it wanted to know about life in space when it stows away on a shuttle to be with its owner. Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope (2:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an audiovisual show that explores how telescopes work and what they can do.
Various times, Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
Every Sat. All invited to play disc golf at one of Hudson Mills Metropark's 24-hole courses. Beginners are paired with advanced players to create parity. Prizes. Discs can be borrowed at the park office.
Noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per player; free for spectators. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]
Music for Little Folks director Gari Stein and Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra pianist Kathryn Goodson lead kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult) in a program that includes storytelling and dancing to live music. Participants also learn about the instruments.
Noon-12:30 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
Jan. 7 & 11. Live broadcast (Jan. 7) and rebroadcast (Jan. 11) of the Metropolitan Opera production of Verdi's early opera based on biblical stories of the Jews being exiled from their homeland by the Babylonian King Nabucco. Its best-known number is "Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves," which often gets an encore in contemporary productions. Stars Plácido Domingo. Italian, supertitles.
12:55 p.m. (Jan. 7) & 6:30 p.m. (Jan. 11), Quality 16 (3686 Jackson) & Rave (4100 Carpenter). Tickets $18 (Quality 16) & $25 (Rave) in advance at fathomevents.com
The Creature Conservancy is featuring Poco, our sloth, during the month of January! See him for a special presentation on our Stone Stage each Saturday and Sunday - at 2:00pm and again at 4:00pm.
Our other animal ambassadors are also on display! Indoors and/or outdoors, you can see many species of animal, including kangaroos, prairie dogs, alligators, turkey vultures, macaws, snapping turtles, porcupines, muntjac, giant tortoises, arctic foxes, and many more. Bring a snack and take a break at our indoor or outdoor picnic areas.
The main building is accessed by parking in the lot immediately off Ann Arbor-Saline Rd and following the guided signs to the entrance. The Creature Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located at 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.
The Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $6/child (2-12); $8/adult (13+); free (under 2). email@example.com http:
This unique Holistic Teacher Training includes working on oneself, understanding technique, methodology or teaching to various populations, applied yoga philosophy and ethics, and more.
AIKIDO building, 1904 Federal Blvd. $3,195. EmaStefanova@cs.com www.YogaAndMeditation.com [map]
All training programs are practical, hands-on, and offer EXPRESS and self-paced length of study options. You will develop True Knowledge and Understanding of Yoga and Meditation and be able to teach safely and with confidence.
Students not interested in teaching are welcome to "AUDIT".
AIKIDO studio, 1904 Federal Blvd. EmaStefanova@cs.com www.YogaAndMeditation.com [map]
All kids in grades K-5 invited to learn how to use simple ingredients to make a substance resembling snow, then add an ingredient to make it erupt.
2-3 p.m., AADL Secret Lab (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
All kids in grades K-5 invited to celebrate the birthday of Hugh Lofting, the writer who created the doctor who speaks to animals in their own tongue, by making their own physician's lap-book to chart voyages and heroic exploits across Africa and the British Isles.
2-3 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]
WCPARC naturalist Kelsey Bolda leads a hike to look for cardinals, juncos, and other birds.
2-4 p.m., Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti Twp. Free ($6 park entry fee). 971-6337. [map]
Every Sat. All invited to join club members for blitz (5-minute) and untimed games. Some sets and clocks available; bring your own if possible.
3-5 p.m., Wendy's, 1640 Commerce Park, Chelsea. The meetings are held in the Pierce Park picnic shelter during the summer, usually from late May until after Labor Day. Free. 475-1583. [map]
Jan. 7 & 21. All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. Bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book if you have them.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). Free. 994-9307. [map]
All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to use AADL paper punches and colorful paper to make a piece of wall art.
3-4 p.m., AADL Westgate Branch West Side Room, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-8301. [map]
Nov. 4: Armstrong State Exhibition game. 7 p.m.
Nov. 11: Howard 9 p.m.
Nov. 13: Indiana/Purdue-Indianapolis Noon.
Nov. 26: Mount St. Mary's 7 p.m.
Nov. 30: Virginia Tech 7 p.m.
Dec. 3: Kennesaw State Afternoon or evening time TBA.
Dec. 6: Texas 9 p.m.
Dec. 13: Central Arkansas 9 p.m.
Dec. 17: Maryland-Eastern Shore 3 p.m.
Dec. 22: Furman 7 p.m.
Jan. 4: Penn State 8:30 p.m.
Jan. 7: Maryland 3:15 p.m.
Jan. 14: Nebraska 2 p.m.
Jan. 21: Illinois 2:15 p.m.
Jan. 26: Indiana 9 p.m.
Feb. 4: Ohio State. 5 p.m.
Feb. 7: MSU. 9 p.m.
Feb. 16: Wisconsin. 7 p.m.
Feb. 25: Purdue. Time TBA.
Various times, Crisler Center. Ticket prices TBA at mgoblue.com
Drake Meadow calls an hour of international dances. Followed by contra dances. With live music by 'Twas Brillig and the Mazel Toves. All dances taught; no partner needed. Bring flat, smooth-soled shoes. Preceded at 5:30 p.m. by a potluck (bring a dish to pass) and a silent auction (bring a gift item to donate).
7-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., just south of Oak Valley Dr. $12 (members, $11; students, $7). 769-1052. [map]
All are invited to come pray for peace around the world and in our own country. Featuring meditative music, silence, spoken prayer and traditional Catholic Eucharistic Adoration. Candles will be provided, and hot cocoa and cookies will follow in the Parish hall.
St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 530 Elizabeth street. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org [map]
All invited to join a drum circle led by percussionist Curtis Glatter. Bring a drum or use one provided.
Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $5 suggested donation. 480-1219. . [map]
Jan. 7 & 8. Founded in 1964 by the baroness Batsheva de Rothschild, a patroness of the late Martha Graham, this Tel-Aviv dance company came into its own as a modern dance company when choreographer Ohad Naharin became artistic director in 1990. Drawing on traditional folk dances such as the hora, Naharin brought a vibrant Israeli style to the troupe's choreography. This weekend they perform the North American premiere of Naharin's new work for 18 dancers that shifts from sustained, meditative movement to frenzied bursts of energy. The work utilizes Gaga, a movement style Naharin developed that emphasizes organic, delicate gestures and clarity of form. "Naharin can evoke states of pleasure, pain, madness, and a kind of animality," says the New York Times in a review of Last Work. Tonight's performance is preceded by a talk on the program at 7:30 p.m. in the lobby and followed by a Q&A with the artists. Note: strobe lights and partial nudity.
7:30 p.m. (Jan. 7) & 2 p.m. (Jan. 8), Power Center. Tickets $34-$58 in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538.
Jan. 5-8 & 12-15. Musical LOVE STORY, smash London West End hit musical, Michigan premier. 9-member cast and 4 piece orchestra, based on the Erich Segal novel and movie of the same name from the 60's about a young couple that meet in college and meet obstacles in their love relationship, including ultimately a fatal illness. 8 Performances. The Jan 12th performance is a benefit for the UM Mott Children's Hospital Leukemia Research programs.
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CCC Stage, 1600 Pauline, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $25 & $50. 734-546-5087. MusicalTheaterWorks@gmail.com AnnArborMusicalTheaterWorks@gmail.com [map]
Jan. 5-7. Chicago-based observational comic, originally from the Detroit area, who is known for his snappy, energetic delivery and a sharp wit that's alternately impudent and poetically suggestive. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $9 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
In-the-round performances by this group of 8 award-winning veteran Michigan songwriters who get together regularly to share their new work. Members are David Barrett, Jim Bizer, Annie Capps, Kitty Donohoe, Jan Krist, Matt Watroba, and Michael Hough & David Tamulevich of the local duo Mustard's Retreat. The Yellow Room Gang released the 2015 compilation CD Decade in celebration of its 10th anniversary.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
Every Fri. & Sat. Comedic improv by experienced local performers. The 10 p.m. Friday show, "A Pointless Display of Improvised Feats" is devoted to long-form improv.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Tickets $12 (8 p.m.) & $10 (10 p.m.). email@example.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]