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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

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 7 a.m. 

Morning Tai-Chi: SUN SHEN.

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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 or 734-845-9786 for more information.
Sun Shen, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. 734-845-9786. [map]

 9 a.m. 

Full Body Fit: Better Living Fitness Center.

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Start your day with fitness! The 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 walk-in rate: $15. Or, join Better Living Fitness Center for as little as $39.99 a month for four Full Body Fit classes a month. Other memberships and a wide variety of strength, Yoga & cardio classes available.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. 734-747-0123. [map]

 9:30 a.m. & 1:15 p.m. 

Coffee Break: Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church.

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Every Tues. (when Ann Arbor Public Schools are in session), Sept. 13-Apr. 25. All women invited to study the Bible with other American and international women in small, informal groups. Also, Bible stories and fun activities for preschoolers, and child care provided for babies.
9:30-11:15 a.m. & 1:15-2:45 p.m., Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church, 1717 Broadway. $25 for the year. 665-0105. [map]

 9:30-10:15 & 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Babytime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Tues. Staff present a program of songs, stories, and rhymes for kids under age 2 (accompanied by a caregiver). No siblings.
9:30-10:15 & 10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 9:30 a.m. 

"The Little Scientist Club": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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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]

 10-11:30 a.m. 

Distinguished Lecture Series: U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Distinguished Lecture Series.

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Series of 9 monthly lectures, Sept.-May, by U-M and visiting scholars.

Sept. 13: MSU pediatrics and human development professor Mona Hanna-Attisha discusses "The Future for Flint's Children."

Oct. 11: The Sports Neurology Clinic national director Jeffrey Kutcher, also the director of the NBA concussion program discusses "Sports Concussion and Athlete Brain Health."

Nov. 15: U-M communications and political science professor emeritus Michael Traugott discusses "What Happened Last Tuesday?"

Dec. 13: WSU law school dean Jocelyn Benson discusses "Democracy Under Siege: Promoting People's Voices in Our 2016 Democratic Process."

Jan. 10: U-M history professor professor Victor Lieberman, a world renowned authority on Southeast Asian and Eurasian history who received the 2014 Golden Apple Award given by U-M students to the best U-M teacher. discusses "Anti-Semitism: What Has Changed Since 1945." Lieberman's books include The Hundred-Year Struggle for Israel and Palestine: An Analytic History and Reader.

10-11:30 a.m., Rave Cinema, 4100 Carpenter. $65 (members, $45) for the 9-lecture series. Memberships are $20 a year. $10 per lecture for members. 998-9351. [map]

 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Scrabble: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Tues. All ages invited to play this popular word game. Lunch available for $5.50 (age 60 & over, $3) at 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; reservations required.
10 a.m.-1 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]

 10:30 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Weekly Rehearsal: Voices Valiant (U-M School of Music).

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Every Tues. All age 50 & over invited to join this choir. No experience necessary.
10:30 a.m.-noon, Liberty School Band Room, 7265 N. Ann Arbor St., Saline. Free for visitors ($112 per cycle membership dues). 936-2660. [map]

 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Open Meditation: Open Meditation Saline.

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Tuesdays, 11-Noon. Please join us for this one-hour mindfulness sitting; it's appropriate for everyone, beginners and experienced meditators alike. There are two 20 minute sits, the first guided and the second silent, with discussion and questions in between.
We are currently discussing readings from Jon Kabat-Zinn's Mindfulness for Beginners: reclaiming the present moment--and your life. No need to buy the book.
Center for Innovation (formerly St. Joe's Urgent Care), 400 W. Russell St, Saline. Free. 734-276-7707. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Sensory-Friendly Storytime": Literati Bookstore.

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Interactive storytime for kids of all ages. Geared toward kids of diverse abilities, with weighted blankets, lap pads, and small fidget toys available for them to use.
11 a.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free., 585-5567. [map]

 3 p.m.  Free! 

String Showcase: U-M School of Music.

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Outstanding string students perform solo and ensemble chamber works.
3 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

Supper Club: Chelsea Community Hospital LiveWell.

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All age 55 & over invited for a talk followed at 5 p.m. by supper.

Sept. 13: Chelsea Community Hospital osteopathic physician Melissa Sundermann and Anytime Fitness personal trainer Susan Corey discuss "Healthy Living Through Exercise."

Oct. 11: Chelsea Community Hospital geriatric psychiatrist Iquo Nafiu discusses "Beating the Blues."

Jan. 10: "Identity Theft." Talk by a speaker TBA.

Feb. 14: TBA.

Mar. 14: Chelsea House Orchestra. This touring ensemble of some 2 dozen Chelsea High School students plays traditional Scottish and Irish jigs and reels, along with other folk-inspired music and even some rock 'n' roll.

Apr. 11: Naturalist Gary Siegrist discusses "Spring Migration: Birds in Their Full Color and Song."

May 9: "Facts and Myths about Aging: Everything you Wanted to Know and Questions You Were Afraid to Ask," a panel discussion with neuropsychologist Dana Bowers, geriatric psychiatrist Iquo Naflu, geriatric social workerBarbra Mazie, Chelsea Senior Center director Trinh Pifer.

June 13: Performance by Friends in Harmony choir from the Dexter Senior Center.

4 p.m., St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Hospital dining room, 775 S. Main, Chelsea. $6. Preregistration required. 593-5793. [map]

 4-5 p.m.  Free! 

"K-2 Tuesday": Chelsea District Library.

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A new monthly program for kids in grades K-2 featuring a LEGO challenge, free LEGO play, and a craft to make and take home
4-5 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 4:10 p.m.  Free! 

"New Directions in the Study of the Yishuv": U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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Panel discussion with Frankel Institute fellows Liora Halperin, Noah Hysler-Rubin, and Lior Libman on the study of the Yishuv, the Jewish community in pre-state Palestine.
4:10 p.m., 202 S. Thayer (Rm. 2022). Free. 763-9047. [map]

 5 p.m. 

Cardio & Core: Better Living Fitness Center.

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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!
Drop in non-member rate: $15. Better Living Fitness Center member drop-in rate: $10. We offer a variety of memberships and strength, Yoga & Cardio classes to suit every budget and (current) fitness level. Get fit & have fun with us!
Better Living Fitness Center. 734-747-0123.

 Evening time TBA 

"One Piece Film: Gold": Fathom Events.

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Jan. 10, 12, & 17. (Hiroaki Miyamoto, 2016). Anime fantasy adventure.
Rave, 4100 Carpenter. Tickets TBA in advance at and at the door. 973-8424. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

Adult Coloring Night: Brewed Awakenings Café.

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Every Tues.. All adults invited for a relaxing evening of coloring. Bring your own supplies, or use some of the café's.
6 p.m., Brewed Awakenings, 7025 E. Michigan Ave., suite M, Saline. Free. 681-0078. [map]

 6 p.m. 

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]

 6 p.m. 

Restorative Yin Yoga: Better Living Fitness Center.

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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.  Free! 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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

 6 p.m. 

U-M Women's Basketball.

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Nov. 3. WSU. Exhibition game. 7 p.m.

Nov. 13. Niagara. 3 p.m.

Nov. 18. Howard. 7 p.m.

Nov. 21. WMU. 7 p.m.

Dec. 13. Ohio. 7 p.m.

Dec. 17. Vermont. Noon.

Dec. 22. American. 3:30 p.m.

Dec. 28. Rutgers. 2 p.m.

Jan. 10. Indiana. 6 p.m.

Jan. 10. Minnesota. Noon or 4:30 p.m.

Jan. 25. Indiana. 7 p.m.

Feb. 5. Iowa. 2 p.m.

Feb. 12. Wisconsin. 2 p.m.

Feb. 19. MSU. 2 p.m.

Feb. 23. Nebraska. 2 p.m.

Noon, Crisler Center. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 each). 764-0247. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Dancing For Birth ~ Free Sample Class: Center for the Childbearing Year.

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Dancing For Birth classes are a unique fusion of pre/post-natal fitness, birth preparation and support circle. The classes teach a "language of movement" specially designed for women in any stage of pregnancy and for postpartum women wearing their babies in soft slings or wraps. The movements are inspired by world dance forms like Belly dance, African dance and Latin dance. The 90-minute weekly classes fuse dance fitness with birth preparation. Women often come to class for fun and fitness and gain more than they expected to as they are encouraged to tap into their innate wisdom of how to give birth.
Join a supportive community of expectant and new moms. Share in essential birth wisdom. Laugh (we don't care if you have two left feet). Wear baby in a sling or wrap and continue to dance after your baby is born. Your first class is FREE!
Center for the Childbearing Year, 722 Brooks St. Free. 734-663-1523. [map]

 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

Knits & Crochets.

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All invited for informal socializing and to share tips while working on their projects.
6:30-8 p.m., CDL McKune Room (if available), 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. To confirm location, contact Mary Budzinski at or 846-3826. [map]

 7 p.m. 

Basic Tai-Chi Form: SUN SHEN.

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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, and Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm. Contact Alexis Neuhaus at or 734-845-9786 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $55/month or $17/drop in. 734-845-9786. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Bill Ayers: Literati Bookstore.

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This University of Illinois-Chicago education professor (and U-M grad and Weather Underground co-founder) discusses Demand the Impossible, his new book that critiques the systems around us, calls for radical change, and encourages activism. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Dexter Garden Club.

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Gardening talks by local experts. Preceded at 6:30 p.m. by socializing. Jan. 10: Bloom! Garden Center (Dexter) nursery manager Stacey Rayer on "Art in the Garden." Feb. & Mar. topics TBA.
7 p.m., Dexter Senior Center, 7720 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Free. 673-9100, 996-4441. [map]

 7 p.m. 

Eastside Weekly Euchre Tournament.

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*New Local Euchre Tournament*
Card players come out and have some fun!
Located at Banfield's Bar and Grill East on Packard
Show up early, games start at 7pm
All skil levels welcome
$5 entry fee
Pay out to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place
No partner needed
Food and drinks available
contact Kari with any questions
Banfield's Bar and Grill, 3140 Packard St, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. $5 entry fee. [map]

 7-9:30 p.m. 

English Country Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Tues. Historical and traditional English dancing to live music. All dances taught. No partner or experience needed. Bring flat, nonslip shoes (running shoes OK). First-timers are asked to arrive at 7 p.m.
7-9:30 p.m., Chapel Hill Condominium clubhouse, 3350 Green Rd. (park on Burbank). $8 (students, $4; kids age 13 & under with a parent, free). 665-7704. [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Fantasy and Science Fiction/Theory Reading Group: U-M English Department.

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All age 21 & over invited to discuss The Peripheral, William Gibson's dystopian thriller set in a near future where a working-class woman earns a living as a combat scout in an online game that turns out to be more real than virtual.
7-9 p.m., 3154 Angell Hall. Free. 764-2553. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Monthly Go-Tech Meeting: Maker Works.

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Join us for this self-proclaimed "geek show-and-tell." Makers present their creations!
We have people interested in a wide scope of topics and endeavors. Programming, robots, machining, welding, artistic creations, metal casting, anything being built. Pretty much anything someone is "Making" is welcome at a Go-Tech meeting.
Also, if you have a problem with your project ask for help and the brain trust of Go-Tech will amaze you with solutions to difficulties you haven't even explored yet. This is an open group. All are welcome and especially young makers are encouraged to bring in a project to show off.
Second Tuesday of each month at 7pm.
Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. Free. 7342224911. frontdesk@maker-works [map]

 7-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Voices in Harmony Sweet Adelines.

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Every Tues. All women invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local 70-member a cappella barbershop harmony chorus.
7-9:30 p.m., UAW Local 898 Hall, 8975 Textile Rd. (west of Rawsonville Rd. off I-94), Ypsilanti. Free to visitors ($26 monthly dues for those who join). 612-7580. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor Bluegrass Meetup": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every 2nd & 4th Tuesday. All musicians invited to bring their acoustic instruments to play bluegrass and bluegrass-style music. Vocalists welcome.
7-9 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $5 fee to cover building rental. 794-6250. [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Coloring for Adults": Chelsea Alehouse.

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Local illustrator Cynthia Silveri, creator of the coloring book The Passionate Colorist: Floral Delight, hosts a relaxing evening of coloring for adults.
7-9 p.m., Chelsea Alehouse, 420 N. Main, suite 100, Chelsea. 433-5500. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Integrative Mental Health": People's Food Co-op.

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Local physician Deepti Reddy discusses neurochemistry and gives an overview of supplements and other treatments that can improve mood and cognitive function.
7-8:30 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room, 114 S. Main. Free. Preregistration required at the co-op or at 994-4589. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Notes on Blindness": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Screening of Peter Middleton & James Spinney's award-winning 2016 lyrical documentary excavating the interior world of blindness. It is based on Touching the Rock, the theologian John Hull's 1990 memoir based on audiocassette diaries he kept over the course of 3 years after, on the eve of the birth of his 1st son, he suddenly went blind.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Department of Piano Faculty Recital: U-M School of Music.

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U-M piano professors Christopher Harding, Amy Cheng, Martin Katz, Logan Skelton, Arthur Greene, Matt Bengtson, and John Ellis perform works by Schumann, Schubert, Bartok, Chopin, Nancarrow, and Cunningham.
7:30 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

Teens Using Drugs: What To Know and What To Do: Dawn Farm.

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Teens Using Drugs: What To Know and What To Do" is a FREE, ongoing, two-part series presented on the 1st (part 1) and 2nd (part 2) Tuesdays of October, November, and January through June. Part 1 provides information on how to recognize and understand adolescent substance use problems, and part 2 provides information on what is and is not helpful when a teen substance use problem is recognized. The series is presented by Dawn Farm Youth and Family Services therapists, and is co-sponsored by Dawn Farm, the Livingston and Washtenaw Regional Coordinated School Health Network, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System Greenbrook Recovery Center and the Ann Arbor Public Schools. Free and open to all; registration is not required. Inclusive of parents, teens, other family, students, professionals, anyone interested.
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center, Exhibition Room, 5305 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-485-8725. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"After Nature: A Politics for the Anthropocene": Huron Valley Sierra Club Book Club.

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All invited to discuss Jedediah Purdy's book about the history of how Americans have shaped their landscapes and the competing traditions that inform environmental law and culture.
7:30 p.m., Nicola's Books, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 971-1157. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Bill Bynum & Co.: The Ark.

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Bluegrass-based quartet led by award-winning Downriver singer-songwriter and guitarist Bynum, whose songs also draw on old-time, early country, gospel, and contemporary folk music. . His band includes fiddler Hessie Mae Hasheian, banjoist Drake Lolley, and bassist Scott Kendall.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office ( and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 9 p.m. 

Jesse Kramer Jazz Trio.

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Trio featuring Jesse Kramer on drums, Damon Warmack on bass and Bobby Streng on saxophone, playing an eclectic mix of jazz.
Aut Bar, 315 Braun Court. Free admission. (734) 994-3677. [map]

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