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Calendar of Events

Sunday, January 8, 2017

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 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.  Free! 

Winter Democratic Rides: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sun., Dec.-Mar. The assembled riders choose their own pace, distance, and destination.

Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.

10 a.m. & 1 p.m., meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 545-0541 (10 a.m.), 994-5908 (1 p.m.). [map]

 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

Bicycle Repair workshop with Common Cycle: Common Cycle.

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Common Cycle, the Ann Arbor Bicycle Co-op, will be hosting open bicycle repair workshops through from December-March, taking place twice per month. The workshops provide those interested in fixing their bicycles with access to warm, dry space with bicycle tools and volunteer help as needed. There is no charge to participate; donations are welcome.

Common Cycle tries to keep its overhead low. Common cycle is all volunteer run. In April we will return to our weekly outdoor workshops at Kerrytown, also on Sundays from 11-3pm. You are welcome whatever your comfort level with bicycle repair!
Outdoor Adventures Rental Center, 336 Hill St. Free. [map]

 11 a.m. 

Full Body Fit: Better Living Fitness Center.

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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!
Non-member drop in rate: $15. Memberships start at just $39.99/month and include four Full Body Fits per month -- other memberships & a wide variety of strength, cardio, & Yoga classes available.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. 734-747-0123. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Youth Depression and Resilence: First Congregational Church.

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Lindsay Bryan-Podvin, LMSW, Behavioral Health Consultant for the
Michigan Child Collaborative Care Program will provide a talk on Youth Depression and Resilence.
First Congregational Church, Mayflower Room, 608 E. William St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Free. 734-662-1679. [map]

 11 a.m.-2 p.m.  Free! 

"New Year's Hike & Wild Foods Potluck": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance leads a hike around Lake Genevieve. Followed by a potluck by the cabin fireplace (bring a dish to pass). At 1 p.m., a "Wildcraft and Homestead Goods Barter" (bring foraged and farmed food items, homemade baked goods, medicinals, soaps, crafts, seeds, plugs, cuttings, extra canning jars, or hand tools to trade). Note: the cabin is a 5-minute uphill hike from the parking lot (call ahead if you need to make arrangements for driving).
11 a.m.-2 p.m., Park Lyndon South, west lot, North Territorial Rd. 1.5 miles east of M-52. Free. 971-6337, ext. 335.

 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.  Free! 

"The Heart's Reason": First United Methodist Church Conversations About Science and Religion.

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Bharatiya Temple of Metro-Detroit member Narayana Swamy Sankagiri, a mechanical engineer, leads a discussion of this chapter of Krista Tippet's Einstein's God: Conversations about Science and the Human Spirit.
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., FUMC Calkins Hall, 120 S. State. Free. 662-4536. [map]

 11:15 a.m. 

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., Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot. Free., 846-9418.


Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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

 Noon-4 p.m. 

"Hands-On Holidays": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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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]

 1-5 p.m. 

Creature Encounters - Sloth!: The Creature Conservancy.

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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). [map]

 1-3 p.m. 

"Comparative Cupping": Zingerman's Coffee Company.

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Zingerman's Coffee staff offer taste samples of coffees from around the world using the tools and techniques of professional tasters.
Noon-2 p.m., Zingerman's Coffee Company, 3723 Plaza Dr. $30. Reservations required. 929-6060. [map]

 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Engaging with Art": UMMA.

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Jan. 8, 15, & 22. Docent-led tour of the UMMA collection, with themes based on the docent's interests.
1-2 p.m., UMMA, meet at the Museum Store, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

 1:30-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"My Turn: A Sensory Friendly Sunday with Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra"

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Families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders are invited to attend this free program in a less-stimulating and crowd-free environment.
During the Instrument Petting Zoo children will have the chance to get up close and personal with the orchestral instruments they see professionally played on stage while learning how vibrations become sound, and sound becomes music!
This My Turn program will include time for visitors to participate in ASD-friendly hands-on activities with specially trained staff and volunteers. We will also offer sunglasses, noise reducing earmuffs, and a "quiet room" with tactile toys for families who need to step away from the activities for a bit.
While the program is recommended for ages 5 and above, all are welcome to participate.
Registration is required!
Please visit for more information and materials to help prep your family for a fun and engaging visit!"
WCC Business Education Building, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. [map]

 2 p.m. 

"Love Story, the Musical": Ann Arbor Musical Theater Works.

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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.
Tickets at
CCC Stage, 1600 Pauline, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $25 & $50. 734-546-5087. [map]

 2 & 7 p.m. 

"Carousel": Fathom Events.

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(Henry King, 1956). Adaptation of Rodgers & Hammerstein's classic musical about a Maine carnival barker who wins the love of a beautiful woman, dies in disgrace, and gets a chance to redeem himself after death with one final good deed. Gordon McRae and Shirley Jones. This 60th anniversary screening includes an interview with Jones and Rodgers & Hammerstein president Ted Chapin. $11.50.
2 & 7 p.m., Rave, 4100 Carpenter. Tickets $11.50 in advance at & at the door. 973-8424. [map]

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Japanese Prints of Kabuki Theater": UMMA.

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Docent-led tour of the current exhibit of prints from the UMMA collection.
2-3 p.m., UMMA, meet at the Museum Store, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Kerry Tales: 'Happy New Year' says Mother Goose": Kerrytown Shops.

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30-minute family-oriented program of rhymes, riddles, and stories with local storyteller Trudy Bulkley as Mother Goose.
2 p.m., Hollander's, 410 N. Fourth Ave. (Kerrytown). Free. 769-3115. [map]

 2 p.m. 

"Last Work": Batsheva Dance Company.

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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, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538.

 3-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Bubble Bath Day Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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AADL staff present a storytelling program for preschoolers.
3-3:30 p.m., AADL youth story corner, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Hunting Mammoths and Mastodons": U-M Natural History Museum.

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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]

 4-7 p.m. 

Beer & Board Games: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sun. All invited to play board games. Some games provided (or you can bring your own, if you wish).
4-7 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 6-8 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Morris.

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Every Sun., except Jan. 1. 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., Gretchen's House, 1580 Dhu Varren. Free. Email to confirm. 717-1569. [map]

 6 p.m. 

Restorative Yin Yoga: Better Living Fitness Center.

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End your weekend on a relaxing note! Designed to be restorative and stress relieving, this class can improve your flexibility and help you sleep better.
Non-member drop in rate: $15. Better Living Fitness Center member drop-in rate: $10. Yoga packages available!
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. 734-747-0123. [map]

 6 p.m. 

"The Bowden Dynasty: A Story of Faith, Family & Football": Fathom Events.

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Documentary about Bobby Bowden, the Florida State Seminoles coach who took the once-laughable team and coached them through 14 consecutive seasons of 10 or more wins.
Rave, 4100 Carpenter. Tickets $14 in advance at and at the door. 973-8424. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs., except. Jan. 1. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
7 p.m.-close (usually midnight), Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Free. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Jam"

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An open jam for musicians of all ages & levels of ability to sing and play anything from classic rock, Motown, & blues to bluegrass, folk, and country. Singers and players of all acoustic instruments (strings, horns, and woodwinds) welcome. Led by Ann Arbor veteran musicians Bill Connors and Phil McMillion. The 2nd Sunday features a focus song, followed by jamming. The 3rd Sunday is for songwriters to try out new songs and get critiques as desired. The 4th Sunday features an open mike for solo, duo, and trio performers, followed by jamming.
7-9 p.m., U-M Turner Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. $5 for participants, spectators free. Preregistration required at 998-9353. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Nathan Bell: The Ark.

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Veteran Nashville country-folk singer-songwriter known for his fresh, literate takes on a wide assortment of subjects from love, families, and war to muscle cars and factory towns. "Nathan writes from the perspective of the working man better than anyone I've ever encountered--and he does so with songs that speak with pure truth, without the swagger that too many artists attempt to pass off as blue-collar authenticity," says No Depression critic Larry Looney in his review of Bell's new CD, Blood like a River.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office &, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8-10 p.m. 

Ballroom Dance Club at the U-M.

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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 (Nov. 19 & Dec. 3 & 17), and Pendleton Ballroom (Dec. 10). $5 ($10 includes lessons). 763-6984. [map]

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