Practice hatha-style yoga with furry feline yoga masters! Come check out Washtenaw County's first cat cafe: The Tiny Lions lounge and adoption Center, bring peace to your mind and body, and fill your heart with joy as you help support the animals in our community. Your fee helps homeless animals!
Ages 12 and over welcomed (Those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult 21+). A changing area, storage cubbies and a limited number of mats are available for your use.
Doors open approximately 20 minutes prior to class. Space is limited; pre-registration and advance payment required at http:
Tiny Lions lounge and adoption Center, 5245 Jackson Rd Ste A1. $10/person. 734-661-3575. firstname.lastname@example.org http:
A2QUA, Ann Arbor Queer Aquatics, is MI's first gay & lesbian swim team. For over 20 years, we've been swimming in MI and providing a safe, friendly place for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, & questioning swimmers (and their friends!) to meet, socialize, & exercise.
The team is made up of gay, lesbian, & straight competitive and recreational swimmers at all levels, from state champions to dog paddlers, from their 20s to their 70s. We welcome gays, lesbians, bisexuals, & their friends of all ages & abilities. Our team includes all levels of swimmers, from beginning fitness swimmers to very competitive. Swimmers from all over Michigan, not just Ann Arbor, swim with us.
Our practices are organized so that everyone can find a comfortable or challenging place to
swim. If you can swim a single length without calling 911, there's a place for you in practice.
Our practices are written to accommodate all levels of swimmers - very fast to just beginning.
1st Swim Free, $8 t
Winter - Mack Indoor Pool, Summer - Fuller Pool, 715 Brooks St. or 1519 Fuller Rd. Donation. $8. 7346579960. emailme0617@Yahoo.com www.a2qua.com or www.facebook.com
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]
"The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and a Heart of the Middle East": Ann Arbor Jewish Cultural Society Book Club.more >
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All invited to discuss Sandy Tolan's award-winning novel about a friendship that develops between an Israeli woman and a Palestinian man.
10 a.m.-noon, Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free. RSVP requested at email@example.com. 975-9872. [map]
Every Sun.-Fri. 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]
Feb. 25 & 26. This public LEGO building party for all ages includes piles of LEGO, Duplo, and Bionicle parts to play with. Also, a performance by the Skyline Drumline (2 p.m. Sat.), a percussion petting zoo (Sat. only), a Duplo play area for young kids, and displays of amazing models by LEGO hobbyists from around the country. Sale of LEGO jewelry, custom sets, and publications. Concessions.
11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-5 p.m. (Sun.), Skyline High School, 2552 N. Maple. $5 (families, $20). BrickBash.com, 637-9429. [map]
Feb. 25 & 26. All invited to try a hands-on engineering activity. This month's challenge: paper engineering.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-4 p.m. (Sun.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
Friends of the Ann Arbor District Library is holding a 2-day Bag Sale. Saturday, February 25, 10-4 and Sunday, February 26 1-4. Held in the downtown library on Fifth Avenue, lower level,in the multipurpose room. Books in all categories priced BY the BAG! Regular brown grocery bags: $5; smaller bags: $4. Your own bag (e.g., large Ikea bags ) will be priced at the checkout desk. Want one book only? Pay half price.
The Book Shop on the ground floor is open with normal prices.
For more information, call 734-302-7774.
Ann Arbor District Library, 343 South Fifth Avenue. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org www.faadl.org [map]
Video game tournament for players of all ages.
1-4 p.m., AADL meeting room (4th floor), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
Feb. 25 & 26 (different programs). Performances for adults (Sat.) & families (Sun.) by 3 top storytellers from around the country.Bill Harley is a Massachusetts songwriter and storyteller with an off-center point of view whose stories paint vibrant and hilarious pictures of growing up, schooling, and family life. Best known locally in his guise as a pop-folk singer-songwriter, Don White is a veteran storyteller and humorist from Lynn (MA) who was a featured performer at the 2015 National Storytelling Festival. Bil Lepp is a a Charleston (WV) storyteller with a flair for spinning humorously outrageous tall tales about everyday life who got his start when he won the 1990 West Virginia Liars Contest.
7:30 p.m. (Sat.) & 1 p.m. (Sun.), The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 (Sat.) & $10 (Sun. family concert) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
Every Sat. & Sun. All invited to view red kangaroos on the conservancy's Stone Stage (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including a cougar, prairie dogs, kangaroos, giant tortoises, arctic foxes, and others. Bring a snack to eat in the picnic areas, if you wish.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $8 (kids ages 2-12, $6; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]
Ann Arbor Art Center artists host a different directed drawing activity each week for kids in grades 1-5.
1-2 p.m., AADL 4th floor meeting room (Feb. 5, 12, & 19; Mar. 5, 12, & 19) & Secret Lab (Feb. 26)), 343 S. Fifth Ave, and AADL Westgate Branch West Side Room, (Mar. 26, Westgate shopping center. Free. 327-8301. [map]
st"Grandma Was Adopted? Using Adoption Resources and DNA Testing to Build the Family Tree": Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County.more >
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Talk by Next of Kin (Lansing) genetic research company owner Bethany Waterbury. Followed by a talk by club member Omer Jean Winborn on "African-American Churches in Washtenaw County."
1:30 p.m., St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center auditorium, 5305 Elliott Dr. (off McAuley Dr. from E. Huron River Dr.). Use parking lot P and look for the club's signs. Free. 483-2799. [map]
Every Sat. & Sun. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows.
The Sky Tonight (Sat. 11:30 a.m., Sat. & Sun. 1:30 & 3:30 p.m.) audiovisual exploration of the current night sky that includes a brief talk on ow light that travels to Earth from far away-and the distant past-informs us about the Universe we live in today.
Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope (Sat. 12:30 p.m.) is an exploration of deep space objects through the eyes of the Hubble, Spitzer, and Chandra space telescopes, each of which operates in different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum.
Sunstruck (Sat. & Sun. 2:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show about the composition and nature of the Sun and the various ways it affects the Earth.
Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
Safety & trust are the foundation of any good relationship, whether with your partner, family member, or friend. Human beings hurt each other inadvertently. When there has been any degree of wrongdoing or non-loving action from the slightest hurtful comment to a more serioius betrayal, the relationship is jeopardized. Making amends is about the restoration of goodwill and connection. This workshop will provide informaton & ideas about the importance of amends making & getting to forgiveness.
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 South Main St. Free. 734-369-2016. email@example.com therapy4couples.com [map]
Jan. 22 (2-3 p.m.): "Creature Feature" Little Creatures Co. (Royal Oak) owner Dan Briere, aka "Dan the Creature Man," displays and discusses live exotic animals.
Jan. 29 (2-4 p.m.): "Winter Orienteering." A hike to learn to find your way through the woods in winter. Compass provided, or bring your own.
Feb. 5 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Skins, Scat, and Skulls." Presentation and demonstration walk by naturalist Dave Szczygiel, with specimens from his collection of Michigan animal skulls and skins, on how various creatures use their specialized body parts and how to recognize animal signs in the wild.
Feb. 12 (2-3 p.m.): "Bats of the World." Representatives from the Organization for Bat Conservation display and discuss the habits and vulnerabilities of live bats from around the world, including some with a nearly 3-foot wingspan.
Feb. 26 (2-3 p.m.): "Michigan's Bears." WNHA naturalists discuss the biology, habits, and distribution of Michigan's black bears, as well as the DNR efforts to maintain a healthy black population and what people need to do to live in harmony with them.
Various times, Eddy Discovery Center lower parking lot (except as noted), Bush Rd. (west off Pierce Rd. from I-94 exit 157), Chelsea. $2 (families, $5) except as noted. Space limited; preregistration required. $11 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.
GameStart staff present hands-on introductions to various computer skills. For kids in grades 3-8 (except as noted).
Jan. 15: "Minecraft Python Programming." Learn the fundamentals of programming Minecraft using the Python programming language.
Jan. 22: "Unity 2D." Learn to design a platformer video game with animated sprites and other characters.
Jan. 29: "Minecraft Java Programming." Learn how to build Minecraft improvements using the Java programming language.
Feb. 5: "3D Video Game Design." Learn to design your own video game using the Unity Development Kit.
Feb. 12: "CodeMage Beginnings." Learn how use Python coding tecniques to code a "spell" for Minecraft.
Feb. 19: "Choose Your Own Adventure Website." Learn to make your own website using basic HTML in the form of a Chose Your Own Adventure book.
Feb. 26: "Minecraft Monster AI." Learn to make a brave companion for your Minecraft self or a new and challenging monster to face.
Mar. 5: "Minecraft Python Programming." Learn the fundamentals of programming Minecraft using the Python programming language.
Mar. 12: "Unity 2D." Learn to design a platformer video game with animated sprites and other characters.
Mar. 19: "Minecraft Java Programming." Learn how to build Minecraft improvements using the Java programming language.
Mar. 26: "Choose Your Own Adventure Website." Learn to make your own website using basic HTML in the form of a Chose Your Own Adventure book.
2-3:30 p.m. (except as noted), AADL training center, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
Feb. 24-26. David Kiley and Brian Buckner direct local actors in Kiley's new play, based on his book Writing the War, that tells the story of the relationship between a WWII war correspondent and his fiancée on the Homefront. The actions spans from Pearl Harbor to V-E Day and includes WWII photos and live music. With keyboardist Buckner. Cast: Natalie Rose SEvick, John DeMerell, Marlene Inman, Robby Griswold, Kiley, and Buckner.
7:30 p.m. (Feb. 24 & 25) & 2 p.m. (Feb. 26), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. $20 (students & seniors, $15) in advance at brownpapertickets.com
Feb. 23-26 & Mar. 1-4. Jan Carpman directs local actors in Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron's witty, moving play based on Ilene Beckerman's bestselling 1995 book. Comprised of monologues and ensemble scenes, the play revolves around candid observations of contemporary women as they reflect on memories, frustrations, and aspirations associated with their wardrobes. Cast: Wendy Ascione-Juska, Briana Bower, Mary Higgins, Marie Jones, Daisy Mull, and Laura Sanders.
8 p.m. (Feb. 23-25 & Mar. 2-4) & 2 p.m. (Feb. 26 & Mar. 1), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (students & seniors, $12; Thurs., pay what you can) in advance at showtix4u.com and at the door. 483-7345. [map]
Local students and colleagues of the trumpeter Louis Smith, who passed away last August, perform several of Smith's compositions. With guitarist Randy Napoleon, trumpeter Paul Finkbeiner, pianist Rick Roe, bassist Paul Keller, and drummer Sean Dobbins. Proceeds benefit the Southeastern Michigan Jazz Association Louis Smith scholarship fund.
2 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. Kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769-2999. [map]
Every Wed.-Sun., Jan. 19-Mar. 4. Guy Sanville directs local actors in the world premiere of EMU football assistant coach (and U-M football player) Brian Letscher's dark comedy about a brilliant young man struggling with his father's sudden death and the revelation that his parents' marriage wasn't everything he was led to believe. The play explores the implications and possible ramifications of artificial intelligence and science in general. Cast: David Bendena, Sarab Kamoo, Wayne David Parker, Jim Porterfield.
3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), 8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $30 (Wed.), $27 (Thurs.), $41 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $46 (Sat. eve.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. $5-$10 discounts available for the first week of previews. 433-7673. [map]
Docent-led tour of the current exhibit commemorating U-M's bicentennial that includes works by Christo, Jean Dubuffet, Georgia O'Keeffe, Elizabeth Vigée Le Brun, and others.
2-3 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
Come learn more about old photographs from historians and antique dealers Bill and Glenna Jo Christen of Chelsea. They'll explain the different types of photographs of the 19th and early 20th centuries including the date ranges of each photo type and the variations within the types. Bring old family photos, especially ones you need help dating for genealogy purposes! (Please bring the original and, if possible, a scan on a flash drive.) This event is free and open to the public.
Pittsfield Township Community Center, 701 W Ellsworth Rd. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com [map]
Jerry Robbins conducts this 20-piece wind ensemble in a program of popular music, 1880-1920, in period costume. Reception follows.
3 p.m., FUMC Green Wood, 1001 Green Rd. Freewill offering. 662-4536, ext. 0. [map]
Every Sun. Ann Arbor Art Center artists host a directed drawing activity for adults, exploring different tasks, techniques, and mediums each week.
3-5 p.m., AADL 4th floor meeting room (Feb. 5, 12, & 19; MAr.. 5, 12, & 19) & Secret Lab Feb. 26), 343 S. Fifth Ave, and Westgate West Side Room (Mar. 26), Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-8301. 327-8301.
Bill Gourley conducts this 85-member volunteer ensemble in performances of Puccini's "O mio babbino caro" and the postwar Italian pop song "Volare" with gust soprano Abbey Jensen. Also, "Pines of the Appian Way" from Respighi 's The Pines of Rome, Yo Goto's arrangement of Luigi Denza's Funiculi-funicula Rhapsody, the Prelude to Act I of Verdi's La Traviata, and Franco Cesarini's Poema Alpestre.
3 p.m., Dexter Center for the Performing Arts, Dexter High School, 2200 N. Parker, Dexter. Free. 426-2734. [map]
Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute interactive demo exploring how fossils are created and how museum fossil casts are made. Geared toward adults and kids age 5 & up.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
During the 1920s and early 1930s, early jazz veteran Jelly Roll Morton and younger modernist Duke Ellington both used this band's 10-piece instrumentation, keeping the free-wheeling rhythm of New Orleans jazz and mixing it with smooth, pre-Swing big-band arranging. PORK offers this early big-band music and many period pop standards by songwriters Irving Berlin and George Gershwin and others, evoking a particularly rich musical era. Pianist James Dapogny and tubaist/trombonist Chris Smith lead this dance-friendly jazz band.
Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium Blvd. $10 ($7 for seniors 65+ and students). 734/663-1202. firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com [map]
Yoga for Depression and Anxiety
Sukha means "joy" in Sanskrit, which translates as, "clear space." Sometimes the space in our mind gets cluttered with judgment, expectation, and fear, resulting in depressed or anxious moods that keeps us from experiencing the joy in knowing our true selves as perfect and whole. Sukha Yoga integrates the healing use of sound and bavana (imagery) during a basic yogic asana practice to meet and balance depressed or anxious moods, clearing space in our minds and inviting sukha, joy to flow through.
This class is for everyone who wants to invite peace in the mind and joy in the heart, with or without a diagnosis. Sun Moon Yoga classes are Open and Affirming, for all shapes, forms and physical abilities. Our teachers are knowledgeable & adapt for injuries and individual needs. If you have any questions, please give us a call.
We are located in a beautiful meditative space used only for yoga & have plenty of on-site parking. Class Size is sma
Sun Moon Yoga, 404 W. Huron Ann Arbor 48103. $18 drop-in. 734-369-2054. firstname.lastname@example.org sun-moon-yoga-com [map]
All singers, acoustic & electric guitarists, bassists, mandolinists, banjoists, ukulele players, percussionists, keyboardists, and other musicians invited to join organizer Michael Niemi to play folk, rock, country, or original tunes. Bring a music stand and copies of sheet music. Listeners welcome.
7-9 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $2 (members, free). Preregistration required for musicians at meetup.com
Congregation Sons of Israel (New York) cantor Jeffrey Shiovitz discusses and demonstrates a new style of highly participatory synagogue music that is popular in minyanim (small Jewish congregations).
7-8:30 p.m., Beth Israel, 2000 Washtenaw. Free. 665-9897. [map]
Every Thurs.-Sun., Feb. 23-Mar. 12. Ellipsis founder Joanna Hastings directs this local company in a contemporary take on Shakespeare's comedy of mistaken identities and misplaced affections. Twin refugees separated in a shipwreck find themselves stranded on the shore off New York City, each thinking that the other has drowned. The story explores the power of love--sibling love, romantic love, love between friends, love that develops between strangers--and particularly how love breaks down boundaries between people from different walks of life. Cast: Mark Isler, Scott Screws, Darius Franklin, Mouse Courtois, Breon Canady, Andaiye Spencer, Todd Sheets, Eric Bloch, Krystle Dellihue, Karl Sikkenga, Steven Weed, Jamie Jee.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Tickets $20 (students & seniors, $15) in advance at theatrenova.org and via email to email@example.com, and at the door. Pay-what-you-can admission available on Thurs. & Sun. 635-8450. [map]
Double bill. Wood is an Acclaimed Canadian pop singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist known for his finely crafted songs, and Cleveland native Chittester is an indie folk-rock singer-songwriter notable for her virtuosic percussive, multi-part acoustic guitar playing.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
Acoustic roots music with a heavy dose of improvisation by the guitar duo of Lage, a 25-year-old jazz virtuoso and former prodigy who was playing with the likes of Carlos Santana at age 8, and Eldridge, a a member of Chris Thile's progressive bluegrass outfit Punch Bothers.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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