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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, January 31, 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]

 9:45 a.m. 

Beginning Lip Reading: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U of M (50 +).

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Do you want to read lips? Take this introduction to speech-reading.
The instructor will start with "spondee" words (two syllable words) and move on to phrases.
Instructor George Valenta has an MS from the UM in Speech Pathology and Audiology. He has taught at the Detroit Hearing Center and all three Detroit Day Schools for the Deaf.
This class, restricted to those 50 and over, meets for one hour on Tuesdays from January 31 through February 28, except for February 14.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road, Suite C. $25. 734-998-9351. [map]

 10-11:30 a.m. 

Mothers Group: Ann Arbor Baby Beginnings.

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Are you a new mom looking to meet other moms and share the joys and stresses of parenthood? Designed for moms and their babies from newborn to crawling, our Mothers Group provides vital support and information for new moms. Each group meeting begins with discussion on a topic pertinent to newborn development and parenting. Many moms form friendships in this group that last for years! Whether you have only a short maternity leave, or will be home with your baby for longer, don't miss out on the invaluable resources this group has to offer. Though run in 6 week sessions, you may join at anytime at a prorated rate (call or email to prorate).
Align Chiropractic, 2464 East Stadium Blvd. $100/Six Weeks. 734-221-0158. [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 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Ancestry Aficionados": Chelsea District Library.

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Beginner-to-expert genealogists invited to share their findings and get help from experienced volunteers about online resources and family history questions.
10 a.m.-noon, CDL Learning Lab, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]

 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.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

Adults Tuesday: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Tues. Activities begin at 11 a.m. with "Energy Exercise" ($3), a 60-minute exercise program led by Maria Farquhar, followed at 1 p.m. by mahjongg, quilting, and other games & activities, and at 1:30 p.m., Yiddish Tish, a Yiddish conversation group that also includes readings of Yiddish stories. Homemade buffet luncheon ($3) available at noon. All invited.
11 a.m.-3 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free (except as noted). 971-0990. [map]

 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Open Meditation: Open Meditation Saline.

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Tuesdays, 10:55-11:55 a.m. Please join us for this one-hour mindfulness sitting; it's appropriate for beginners and experienced meditators. 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]

 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

Noon Lecture Series: U-M Center for Chinese Studies.

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Talks by U-M and visiting scholars. Free sandwiches, cookies, & coffee served.

Dec. 6: University of Pennsylvania global political and international relations David Knott discusses "China's Security Concerns: The Enduring Link Between External and Internal Challenges."

Dec. 13: University of California-San Diego political science professor Yiqing Xu discusses "China's Ideological Spectrum."

Jan. 23: Penn State Asian history & religious studies professor Pierce Salguero discusses "Beyond Mindfulness: Buddhism & Health in Historical Perspective."

Jan. 24: U-M Center for Chinese Studies artist-in-residence Wang Qingsong and U-M Center for Chinese Studies Hughes scholar Fang Zhang discuss "'The Glory of Hope:' A Lens to Unravel the Social Changes in China."

Jan. 31: U-M Center for Chinese Studies postdoc Tarryn Li-Min Chun discusses "Lighting, Cameras, Action: Technological Revolutions in Modern Chinese Theater."

Feb. 7: University of Vienna art history professor Neil Schmid on "The Authentic Deeds of the Buddha: Visual Narratives and Canonical Scripture in Mogao Cave 61."

Feb. 14: Vanderbilt University history professor Ruth Rogaski discusses "Ryodoraku (良導絡) in New China: Sino-Japanese Medical Exchange and the Role of Machines in East Asian Medical Modernity." The "Ryodoraku electrodermometer" is a Japanese apparatus imported to China in 1957 that was purported to prove the existence of acupuncture meridians on the surface of the body.

Feb. 21: University of Wisconsin Chinese religion & literature professor Mark Meulenbeld discusses "The Ritual Challenge to Chinese Vernacular Literature: Views from a Village in Hunan."

Noon-1 p.m., 1636 SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 764-6308. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

Prevent and Prevail: an Open exchange of ideas about Sex, Drugs, Empowerment, and Prevention from STDs & HIV.: Dedicated to Make a Change.

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All teens invited to join a discussion about sex, drugs, empowerment, and prevention from STDs & HIV. Prevent & Prevail is a program created by youth for youth. The goal of Prevent & Prevail is to give a comprehensive sex and drug education. The discussions are in a safe, confidential, fun, and all inclusive environment. We believe Teens need to Just say KNOW.
Clubhouse, 104 South Huron #1, Ypsilanti. Free. 734 358 1402. [map]

 1:15 p.m.  Free! 

ESL Tutoring: First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor.

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Intermediate and advanced conversation, writing practice, and book study groups for learners of English as a second language. No beginner groups available.
First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor, 1432 Washtenaw Avenue. Free. 734-662-4466. [map]

 1:30 p.m. 

"Basics of Retirement Investing": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U of M (50 +).

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The class will focus on the basics of investments including stocks, bonds, mutual funds and more.
You will learn your personal risk tolerance and apply it to an asset allocation model. We will de-mystify the markets and learn how to create and re-balance a portfolio.
Instructor John Sepp is a veteran of the securities industry. He is employed by Parkland Securities, LLC, Member FINRA/SIPC. (Required regulatory disclosure, no products will be offered or sold at the class).
This class will meet for two hours on Tuesdays, January 31 and February 7 and 14.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road, Suite C. $20. 734-998-9351. [map]

 3 p.m. 

"Face-to-Face Conversations Using Computer Technology": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U of M (50 +).

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Discover a new way to connect with geographically distant friends and loved ones!
Recent technological advancements in computers (and other electronic devices) with cameras now enable you to see and converse with people at the same time. You might have heard of websites such as Skype, or FaceTime, two free services that make this communication possible.
Would you like to know more? This course for those 50 and over, taught by Stacy Fowler, will provide you with a foundational understanding of face-to-face interactions via Skype or FaceTime; assistance in setting up and/or managing an account; inputting contact information and how to start and end conversations.
This class does not require a membership in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road, Suite C. $10. 734-998-9351. [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.

 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Life After Loss: Grief Recovery Discussion": Still Waters Counseling.

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Still Waters Counseling is hosting a Grief Recovery Discussion, led by therapist Kathryn Raths, M.A., LLPC. This event is FREE and open to the community. This 1-hour conversation about grief will address understanding what is normal, expectations, and coping. Kathryn is the author of What Can I Saw When Words Escape Me - Being Present in Times of Sorrow. Her extensive work in grief recovery and group counseling make her an invaluable resource for finding support in times of loss. Through discussions and group counseling, she brings her experience and knowledge to those who need it most. If you have any questions, please call us at (734) 944-3446 for information.
Still Waters Counseling, 37 Keveling Dr., Saline. Free. (734) 944-3446. [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.  Free! 

K-2 Open House: Clonlara School.

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Clonlara's K-2 program builds on young students' curiosity for learning by emphasizing the importance of PLAY in addition to core academics. Everyday we bring enjoyment, wonder, and discovery into our classrooms to help our students build a strong foundation for a lifelong love of learning.
Event Details:
Tuesday, January 31, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
1289 Jewett, Ann Arbor
Meet our experienced K-2 teacher and tour our school. Activities and snacks will be provided for students and families. Short presentation and Q&A at 7 PM.
Clonlara School, 1289 Jewett Ave. Free. 734-769-4511. [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]

 6:15 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor East Group Run": Running Fit.

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Every Tues. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes. Snacks provided. Rain/snow or shine.
6:15 p.m., Running Fit, 3010 Washtenaw. Free. 548-6299. [map]

 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Knit Happens": Ann Arbor Stitch 'n' Bitch.

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Every Tues. All knitters invited to work on their current projects and swap knitting tips.
6:30-8:30 p.m., location TBA at Free. 945-3035.

 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, Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm, and Thursday at 1:30pm. 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. 

Eastide 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]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

ESL Conversation Group: Ann Arbor District Library.

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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]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Jug Band and American Music: The Malty-Taskers.

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Acoustic jug band and Americana music from a featuring fiddle, tenor and five-string banjo, resonator guitar and washboard.
Ypsi Ale House, 124 Pearl St #100, Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti. Free. [map]

 7 p.m. 

Sundance Shorts: Michigan Theater.

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A collection of 8 the best animated and live action short films from the 2016 Sundance competition.
1:30 p.m. (Jan. 29) & 7 p.m. (Jan. 31), Michigan Theater. Tickets $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50). 668-TIME, [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]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Electronic Music Production: Maschine Jam": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Veteran Detroit sound designer and dance music DJ Mike Huckaby introduces adults and teens in grade 6 & up to making electronic music using the Native Instruments Maschine Jam step sequencer (Jan. 17), Ableton Live music production software (Jan. 24), and Reaktor production software (Jan. 31).
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Secret Lab (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. Arrive early; space limited. 327-8301. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Predictors of Success in School and Beyond": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Talk by U-M psychology professor Fred Morrison.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Camera Club.

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Jan. 17 & 31. Jan. 17: A panel of expert photographers critique club members' previously submitted projected images. Jan. 31: Club member Dietmasr Haenchen, an experienced nature and travel photographer, presents "Photographing Birds in Flight: Techniques & Equipment." Also, club members show their recent digital images (Jan. 17) & prints (Jan. 31) on various topics, including this month's assignment, "Bad Weather."
7:30 p.m., Forsythe Middle School media center (Jan. 17), 1655 Newport, & Wines Elementary School auditorium (Jan. 31), 1701 Newport. Free. 327-4781. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Huron Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

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Every Tues. All male singers invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local barbershop harmony chorus.
7:30 p.m., Stony Creek United Methodist Church, 8635 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. Free to visitors ($130 annual dues for those who join). 796-7467. [map]

 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

Reading Glasses Book Club: Chelsea District Library.

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All invited to discuss books by contemporary writers, including quirky fiction and strange but true nonfiction. Copies of the books available at the CDL.

Oct. 25: We Were Liars, E. Lockhart's novel about a wealthy young woman who suffers a mysterious accident one summer on her family's private island and spends the next 2 years trying to piece together what happened.

Nov. 29: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler's absorbing, often humorous novel about the struggle for self-understanding of a young woman who grew up thinking a chimpanzee was her twin sister.

Jan. 31: $2 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, U-M social work professor Luke Shaefer and Johns Hopkins University sociology professor Kathryn Edin's acclaimed study of the forms poverty takes in contemporary America. $2 a Day is the 2017 Washtenaw Reads book, and the authors are at the U-M Rackham Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Feb. 7 to discuss their book and the research behind it.

Feb. 28: The Girls of Atomic City, Denise Kiernan's book about the women working during WWII at Oak Ridge (TN), one of the Manhattan Project's secret cities.

7:30-9 p.m., Chelsea Alehouse, 420 N. Main, suite 100, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

Suicide Prevention and Addiction: Dawn Farm.

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"Suicide Prevention and Addiction" will be presented by Raymond Dalton, MA, CAADC; Coordinator, Dawn Farm Outpatient Services. The prevalence of suicide attempts and suicide completion among people with alcohol/other drug addiction is significantly higher than in the general population, and the period of early recovery from addiction is especially high risk. Family, friends and professionals are often strategically positioned to recognize potential suicidal thinking and intervene to help. This program will raise awareness of the prevalence of suicide among people with addiction, describe signs of suicidal thinking, and discuss effective ways to offer support and help to people who may be contemplating suicide. FREE and open to all. No registration is required. A certificate to document attendance can be provided on request. FREE CE is provided for addiction professionals. Part of the Dawn Farm Education Series.
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center Auditorium, 5305 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-485-8725. [map]

 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

German Conversation.

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Every Tues & Thurs. All German speakers, native or non-native, invited for conversation with either or both of 2 long-running groups, the German Speakers Round Table (Tues.) and the Stammtisch (Thurs.).
8-10 p.m., Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington. Free admission. 453-2394 (Tues.) & 678-1017 (Thurs.). [map]

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