Happiness is not a circumstance, it is a cultivation. When you practice Tai-Chi, you get to know a part of you that was hidden and you have been looking for all of your life: the power and potential that your mind and body are really capable of. Classes are held Monday through Friday, 7am to 8:30am. See if it is a right fit for you--enjoy your first week of class for free. Contact Alexis Neuhaus at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-845-9786 for more information.
Sun Shen, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. 734-845-9786. email@example.com sunshen.org [map]
This class targets specific areas to build strength, increase flexibility and improve your overall fitness. Special focus is given to alignment and proper from in the poses. Great for beginners!
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. firstname.lastname@example.org http:
Every Mon. Play group for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings. Note: Play groups are also offered at 3 AADL branches: Malletts Creek (Tues., 10-11 a.m. & Thurs., 6:30-7:30 p.m.), 3090 E. Eisenhower between Stone School & Packard; Pittsfield (Wed. 11 a.m.-noon), 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.; Westgate (Thurs. 2-3 p.m.), Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson; and Traverwood (Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m.) 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy.
10:30-11:30 a.m., AADL, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
You decide what to create in this informal, year-round class. You can bring bag lunches (no meat please) and stay or drop in for a while. You can work in any medium. If you wish, we will critique your work. If you want to learn a new medium, we can help. Occasionally, we will view DVDs or do new, experimental work. Please bring materials to start, along with your enthusiasm. Expect to have fun. This is a continuation of a year-long class. This class meets Mondays through August 28th. No class on 1/16, 3/27, 4/10, 4/17, 5/1 and 5/29.
Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Drive. $65. 734-998-9351. email@example.com http:
Jan. 5 & 9. Subtitled (Jan. 5) and dubbed (Jan. 9) screenings of Hayao Miyazaki's 1997 complex anime fantasy adventure. Set in Japan's Iron Age, the epic details a siege by samurai and forest gods of a remote village populated by society's outcasts. With a screening of "On Your Mark," a 1995 music video directed by Miyazaki that has never been released in North America.
7 p.m. (Jan. 5) & time TBA (Jan. 9), Rave, 4100 Carpenter. Tickets $11.50 in advance at fathomevents.com & at the door. 973-8424. [map]
Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. All ages invited to play non-sanctioned (Mon.) & ACBL-sanctioned (Wed. & Thurs.) duplicate bridge. Bring a partner. Refreshments.
12:30-4 p.m. (Mon.) & Noon-3:45 p.m. (Wed. & Thurs.), Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $3 (members, $2) on Mon., $7 (members, $6) on Wed. & Thurs., 794-6250. [map]
Every Mon., Tues.. Wed., & Fri. All levels of English speakers invited for conversation.
1-2:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch (Mon.), 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.; 7-8:30 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch (Mon. & Tues.), 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy; and 6-7:30 p.m. (Wed.) & 1-2:30 p.m. (Fri.), AADL Malletts Creek Branch (Fri.), 3090 E. Eisenhower between Stone School & Packard. Free. 327-4555. [map]
Every Mon. & Thurs. All ages invited to play this intricate game played with colorful tiles. Lunch (reservations required) available at 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. for $5.50 (age 60 & over, $3).
1-3:30 p.m. (Mon.) & 10-11:30 a.m. (Thurs.), Senior Center (Sept.), 1320 Baldwin. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]
Every Mon. All seniors invited to read and discuss poetry, essays, fiction, and reminiscences they have written.
1-3 p.m., Turner, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]
All kids ages 8-12 invited to try out this computer game that involves building things with virtual blocks to work as a team to build and landscape, solve puzzles, battle monsters, and create a new virtual world. New & experienced players welcome.
3:30-4:30 p.m., CDL learning lab, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [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!
Join for as little as $39.99 to enjoy four Full Body Fit classes a month. Other memberships with even more classes available. Want to check us out first? It's just $15 to walk in and start getting fit and having fun!
Better Living Fitness Center. 734-747-0123. firstname.lastname@example.org http:
In this class, you will build a solid foundation in Tai-Chi principles in an intimate setting, with guidance and personal adjustment in the SUN SHEN 35 Form from accomplished instructors. As you learn the sequence and details of the Form, you will experience the calm, effortless power that comes from relaxed focus. Classes are held Monday at 6pm, Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm, and Thursday at 1:30pm. Contact Alexis Neuhaus at email@example.com or 734-845-9786 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $55/month or $17/drop in. 734-845-9786. firstname.lastname@example.org sunshen.org [map]
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]
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University of Birmingham (UK) ancient textiles scholar Julia Galliker discusses new research methods used to study museum textile collections. The program begins with socializing.
6:30 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church Piper Hall (lower level, enter on the east side of the building and take elevator down), 1501 W. Liberty. Free. email@example.com. [map]
Jan. 9: Saline Environmental Commission chairperson Dennis Kittel discusses recycling and sustainability.
Feb. 13: "A Greenhouse Dream Come to Life." Local gardener Bonnie Ion discusses the plans for and frustrations of building a backyard greenhouse.
6:45 p.m., Saline Area Senior Center, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-1107. [map]
Discussion of several books in different mystery series.
Sept. 12: Keigo Higashino's Detective Galileo mysteries..
Oct. 10: Heather Gudenkauf's mysteries.
Nov. 14: Laurli R. Wright's Karl Alberg mysteries.
Jan. 9: Colin Dexter's Detective Morse mysteries.
Feb. 13: Anne Cleaves' Vera Stanhope mysteries.
Mar. 13: Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano mysteries.
7 p.m., Breakaway Restaurant (except as noted), Arctic Coliseum, 501 Coliseum Dr., Chelsea. Free. 475-7035. [map]
Every Mon. All invited to join conversations on various topics, including "Be Yourself: Everyone Else Is Taken" (Jan. 2), "Playing God: Is Science Going Too Far?" (Jan. 9), "Losing a Loved One to Alzheimer's" (Jan. 16), "Why Did I Survive: Questions from Natural Disasters and Other Escapes from Death" (Jan. 23), and "Confronting Evil: One Man Takes a Stand" (Jan. 30). The program begins with video introductions.
7-8 p.m., 500 W. Liberty. Free. 665-7912. [map]
This ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Russia discusses Letters to a Young Muslim, his new book, written as a series of personal letters to his son, about how moderate Muslims can be faithful to Islam while actively and productively engaging in the modern world, without succumbing to extremist propaganda.
7 p.m., Rackham Amphitheatre. Free. 585-5567. [map]
On Jan. 9, local short story writer Alex Kourvo and young adult novelist Bethany Neal discuss how to book from rough draft to finished manuscript. For adult and teen (grade 6 & up) fiction and nonfiction writers. Also, Kourvo and Neal host an open house for writers to connect with one another and/or work on their projects at 7 p.m. on Jan. 23.
7-8:45 p.m., AADL Westgate Branch, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-8301. [map]
Jan. 9 & 23. All invited to learn the basics of knitting (Jan. 9 & Feb. 20), or crochet (Jan. 23). drop spindle spinning (Feb. 6), Materials provided. Experiences fiber artists are invited to bring a project to work on.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Secret Lab (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
History, nonfiction, biography, and fiction books TBA.
7 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477, ext. 119. [map]
All beginning and advanced players of the recorder and other early instruments invited. Directed by viol teacher and early music specialist Janet Cannon. Music provided; bring your own music stand.
7:30-9 p.m., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division. Free to visitors ($35 annual dues). 274-9463. [map]
Arbor Stamps owner Michael Homel gives the first in a series of talks, this one on selling and buying at stamp shows. Also, American Philatelic Society circuit books and a mini stamp auction.
7:30 p.m., Salvation Army, 100 Arbana (park & enter at the rear of the building). Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, 761-5859. [map]
Every Mon. Local high school English teacher Barry Aherne throws out questions for anyone to answer at this popular weekly trivia fest. Come with a team (up to 6 people) or join one. Prizes.
8:30-11:30 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $5 team fee. 665-2968. [map]