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Calendar of Events

Monday, December 11, 2017

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 10 a.m.  Free! 

Free Outdoor Play-Based Kids Class: Tinkergarten.

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At Tinkergarten, families meet outdoors to connect and learn through play. In this free trial kids ages 18 months to 5 years will have the chance to explore, problem solve, communicate, collaborate, and create, and play together -- and just have fun! Registration is required. Sign up at Visit for more information.
Bandemer Park, 1352 Lakeshore Drive, Ann Arbor. Free. [map]

 10 a.m.-8 p.m.  Free! 

Santa: Briarwood.

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Daily through Dec. 24. All kids invited to meet Santa. On Dec. 3, "Caring Santa" offers "sensory friendly" visits with Santa for kids with special needs; held when the mall is closed (9:30-11 a.m.) to create a calmer environment. Dec. 10 is "Pet Photo Night" (6:30-7:30 p.m.); all invited to bring 4-legged, leashed, friendly pets that weigh less than 60 lbs. to have their photo taken with Santa. Note: Santa takes breaks 1-2 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 2-2:45 p.m. on Sundays.
10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Mon.-Thurs.), & 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sun.), Briarwood Von Maur court. Free (photos available for purchase). 769-9610. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

A World of Music: Fall Semester Music Forum & Showcase: Washtenaw Community College.

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The Music Area of the Washtenaw Community College Performing Arts Department is hosting its end-of-semester forum in the Morris Lawrence Building, showcasing current student work.
The WCC campus community and the general public is invited to attend the free, full-day event.
11:00 a.m. to 12:20 p.m., ML 160
Featuring music and culture, student final presentations selected from: Jewish & Romani Cultures & Music; African & Latino Communities & Music; or Asian Balance, Honor & Healing through Music.
12:30 to 1:20 p.m., ML 160
Student and faculty presentations on the music business, marketing initiatives and plans will be showcased during this music and business "open house."
1:00 to 3:20 p.m., ML 150
Three teams will present projects highlighting roles in the production process for each project -- producer, engineer, editor and tape operator, including Pro
Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 E. Huron river Drive. Free. 734-677-5295. [map]

 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m. 

Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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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]

 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon. & Fri. All seniors invited to play bridge. Some experience necessary.
12:30-4:30 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]

 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

ESL Conversation Group: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Wed. & Fri. except Dec. 27 & 29 and Jan. 3. All levels of English speakers invited for conversation. Note: These groups are also offered at the Westgate (Thurs. except Dec. 21 & 28, 6-7:30), Traverwood (Mon. 7-8:30 p.m. except Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 & Tues. except Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, 7-8:30 p.m.), and Pittsfield (Mon. 1-2:30 p.m. except Dec. 25 and Jan. 1) branches.
6-7:30 p.m. (Wed.) & 1-2:30 p.m. (Fri.), AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]

 1-3:30 p.m. 

Social Mah-Jongg: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon. & Thurs. All seniors invited to play this intricate game resembling gin rummy that's played with colorful tiles instead of cards. 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]

 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Writing Group: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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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]

 3 p.m.  Free! 

Caregiver Support Group: Alzheimer's Association.

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An Alzheimer's Association caregiver support group is a safe place to learn, to talk, and to meet with others coping with Alzheimer's disease or another dementia. Support group members are typically the spouse, adult child, other family member or friend of someone with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia. This group meets every 2nd Monday monthly and is confidential, free, and open to the public.
King of Kings Lutheran Church, 2685 Packard Rd. Free. 800-272-3900. [map]

 3:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Minecraft Monday": Chelsea District Library.

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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]

 4 & 9:45 p.m. 

"Human Flow": State Theatre.

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(Ai Weiwei, 2017). Documentary chronicling a year of the global refugee crisis through a series of personal, deeply-felt stories.

Dec. 8 showtimes are for members only.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME.

 4, 6:45, & 9:15 p.m. 

"Novitiate": Michigan Theater.

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(Margaret Betts, 2017). Drama set in the late 50s & early 60s about a young novice nun caught between different factions that arise with the introduction of Vatican II.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4:10, 6:50, & 9:25 p.m. 

"The Square": State Theatre.

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(Ruben Ostlund, 2017). Satirical drama about a curator at a contemporary art museum who experiences an existential crisis.

Dec. 8 showtimes are for members only.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME.

 4:15, 7, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri": State Theatre.

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(Martin McDonagh, 2017). Darkly comic drama about a mother who challenges the town's revered police chief to solve her daughter's murder. Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME.

 4:20, 7:10, & 9:45 p.m. 

"The Disaster Artist": State Theatre.

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(James Franco, 2017). Biopic about Tommy Wiseau, the writer/director behind The Room, the film often called "the Citizen Kane of bad movies." James Franco, Seth Rogan, Alison Brie.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME.

 4:30-5:30 p.m. 

Viniyoga to Tibetan Incantations.

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Sequenced gentle flowing repetitions of poses, that alternate with periods of holding the pose. All coordinated with the breath and a single chant. This is for an advanced beginner yoga practitioner in that no detailed instruction is offered. Originally choreographed by Barb Linderman - founder of Inward Bound Yoga - and lead by Robbi Duda RN. Floor heated in winter & Free Parking.
Friends Mtg. House, $13. 734-741-8586.

  4:30, 7:15, 9:15, & 9:45 p.m. 

"Lady Bird": State Theatre.

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(Greta Gerwig, 2017). Critically acclaimed drama exploring the bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf.

State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME.

 5 p.m.  Free! 

Saline Swim Team (SST) New Swimmer evaluations.: Join Michigan's Fastest Rising Swim Team - SST.

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Saline Swim Team, SST, is holding New Swimmer evaluations.
Evaluation #1 December 11 @ 5:00 pm
Evaluation #2 December 18 @ 5:00 pm
If your young athlete is interested in competitive swimming we have a program to meet your needs. SST programs include pre-competitive basics and progress to National Level Senior training. It all starts with Mini Rays, for ages 6-8 years, and progress to include the fundamentals of all four competitive strokes, endurance work and introductions to racing and starts off the blocks, all in preparation for the highest levels of competition. Swimmers have an opportunity to compete in meets throughout the season.
Winter 2018 season begins Monday, 8 January 2018.
Contact Nick Munsell
Saline High School Natatorium, 1300 Campus Parkway Saline MI 48176, Saline. Free. [map]

 5:30 p.m. 

Grieving Through the Holidays: THRIVE Counseling.

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Thrive Counseling is now offering targeted and concentrated help for those experiencing losses, new and old, this holiday season.
If you, or someone you care about, needs support to cope with grief-related triggers common to this time of year, please consider joining this powerful group on Mondays nights.
4-week Group meets Mondays, 5:00-6:30pm
Dec. 4, 11, 18, and Jan. 8
Facilitated by Sue Sefansky, LMSW and Caroline Kennedy, LMSW
Contact Thrive Counseling to sign up:

THRIVE is the clinical counseling practice of a venerable 501(c) nonprofit dedicated to helping individuals and families of Washtenaw county cope, survive and thrive in an ever-changing world. We are committed to providing affordable, accessible, and culturally sensitive care to all our clients, whatever their identification, affiliation, background, orientation or gender expression.
THRIVE COUNSELING, South State Street. Fee: $50/session Most insurance plans cover all or most of the cost A sliding scale fee is available. 734-436-4249.

 6-7 p.m. 

"Intro to Static Trapeze": A2 Aviary.

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Static trapeze (also known as fixed trapeze) is a circus art performed on the bar and ropes of a trapeze hung from two points in the ceiling.

If you have never "flown" on the static trapeze before, this is the class for you! It is designed for absolute beginners and will introduce you to the flexibility, leverage, and balance used while on the apparatus, as well as how to engage the muscles needed to stay safe in the air. This class will repeat the same curriculum each week, focusing on mounting, dismounting, supported inversions, and hollow body position, so you can join at any time. Once you've mastered the basics, you'll be ready to move on to the next class level. Please register via the included link before arriving for class, your first flight is $5 off!
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. [map]

 6:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Downtown Group Run": Running Fit.

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Every Mon. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes. Snacks provided. Rain/show or shine.
6:15 p.m., Running Fit, 123 E. Liberty. Free. 769-5016. [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Sun.-Wed. & Fri., except Sept. 4. All invited to play in competitive and casual tournaments of this popular collectible card game using various decks, including modern (Mon., competitive), Elder Dragon Highlander (Tues., casual), standard (Wed. 6 p.m., casual), Legacy (Wed. 6:30 p.m., competitive), booster draft (Fri. 6 p.m. & Sun. 1 p.m., competitive), and modern (Fri. 6:30 p.m., competitive) decks. Prizes. Bring your own cards. Also, all invited to play the 2-person card game Netrunner (free) at 6 p.m. on Mondays.
6 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), 6:30 p.m. (Mon.-Wed. & Fri.), & 1 p.m. (Sun.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 & $7.50 (casual), $10 & $15 (competitive), & $10 (booster draft). 786-3746. [map]

 6:40 p.m. 

"Destined": State Theatre.

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(Quasim Basir, 2016). Drama about the parallel lives of 2 men-one an architect, the other a drug dealer-and how the smallest incident can be life changing. Showtimes on Dec. 8 are for members only.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"A World of Music - Music Forum & Showcase": Performing Arts Department - Washtenaw Community College.

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The Music Area of the Performing Arts Department will be holding their end of semester forum on Monday, December 11th from 11a.m. - 9p.m. The FALL STUDENT SHOWCASE Performance will begin at 7 pm in Towsley Auditorium. Featured performers include the Ypsilanti Youth Orchestra Jazz Ensemble, the Fundamentals of Performance (WTMC) ensemble, the WCC Jazz Combo, and vocal, instrumental performances ranging from Classical to Jazz to Rock music. Come "check-out" the high school, WTMC& WCC students at their BEST!
Morris Lawrence Building - Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River Drive. Free. [map]

 7 p.m. 

1942 Films: State Theatre.

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Movies that played at the State the year it opened.


Dec. 8: "Anchors Aweigh," George Sidney's 1945 musical starring Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra as two sailors on leave. 7 p.m. "The Fleet's In" screening has been canceled due to a distribution issue. Tickets already purchased will be accepted for "Anchors Aweigh." For a refund, call 668-8397.

Dec. 9: "Saboteur" (Alfred Hitchcock, 1942). Thriller about a factory worker accused of sabotage and murder but who is actually the fall guy for a Nazi spy ring. Robert Cummings, Priscilla Lane. 7 p.m.

Dec. 10 & 13: "Yankee Doodle Dandy" (Michael Curtiz, 1942). Upbeat, toe-tapping biopic about Broadway showman George M. Cohan, highlighted by the songs "Give My Regards to Broadway" and "Over There." James Cagney. 7 p.m. (Dec. 10) & 4 p.m. (Dec. 13).

Dec. 11 & 12: "Woman of the Year" (George Stevens, 1942). The first rom-com starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn features a modern-day "taming of the shrew" plot where a sophisticated and independent foreign correspondent feuds with and eventually marries a crusty New York sportswriter. 7 p.m. (Dec. 11) & 4 p.m. (Dec. 12).

Various times, State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME.

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Fiber Arts Lab: Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to learn the basics of knitting. Materials provided. Experienced 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]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Lifetree Café.

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Every Mon., except Dec. 25. All invited to join conversations on various topics led by St. Paul Lutheran Church members. The program begins with a video introduction to the topic. Snacks provided. Dec. 4: "Children with No Place to Call Home: Helping Kids in Crisis." Dec. 11: "Mental Illness: Breaking the Silence, Overcoming the Shame." Dec. 18: "Overcoming Hardship: A Father and Son Beat the Odds."
7-8 p.m., 500 W. Liberty. Free. 665-7912. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Annual Show and Tell Night": Ann Arbor Civil War Round Table.

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Club members show and briefly discuss various Civil War-related items, including diaries, photographs, weapons, uniforms, paintings, and more. Previous highlights have included a set of very rare engraved slave tags and a stirring performance of period songs.
7 p.m., St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Exhibit Room near the Administration Bldg. Auditorium, 5305 Elliott Dr. (off McAuley Dr. from Huron River Dr.). Free. (517) 750-2741. [map]

 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"DIY Clear Ball Ornaments": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Holiday craft activity for adults and teens in grade 6 & up. Materials provided.
7-8 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Somewhere in Time Book Club": Dexter District Library.

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Nonfiction and historical fiction discussion group for adults. Books TBA.
7 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477, ext. 119. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Cocktail Class: Holiday Cocktails: Tammy's Tastings.

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Spice up your holiday entertaining with some seasonal cocktails. You'll create your own house champagne cocktail, explore the world of warm drinks like hot toddies and mulled wine, and have fun with nogs and flips. Classes are hands-on with lots of tasting opportunities.
The Last Word, 301 W Huron St. $45. 734-276-3215. [map]

 7:30-10 p.m. 

Israeli Dancing: Jewish Community Center.

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Dance instructor Cheryl Felt and DJ Amnon Steiner lead a variety of Israeli dancing to recorded music. Easy dances and oldies the first hour, followed by intermediate dances and requests. Beginners welcome. New dances taught each week.
7:30-10 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $5 (students, free). 395-4223. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Tartan & Thistle Scottish Country Dancers.

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Every Mon., except Dec. 25 & Jan. 1. Jigs, reels, and strathspeys. Usually with live music. All dances taught; beginners welcome. The 6 weekly dances beginning Sept. 12 are particularly beginner-friendly.
7:30-9:30 p.m., the Barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $5. 395-7782, 769-1052, 426-0241. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"A Classic Christmas/A Not-So-Silent Night": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Encore regulars Olivia Hernandez and David Moan sing favorite Christmas tunes, with some Yuletide silliness mixed in. Pianist is Tyler Driskill
7:30 p.m., Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. $25 in advance at and at the door. 268-6200. [map]

 8 p.m. 

New Muse Piano Duo: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Local pianists Paola Savvidou and Jonathan Kuuskoski perform 20th & 21st century works for 4 hands and 2 pianos. The program showcases the piano in its fullest capacity as a string, percussion, and keyboard instrument, including pieces that require plucking the piano strings as one would a harp or knock on the piano case.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended., 769-2999. [map]

 8:30-11:30 p.m. 

Pub Quiz: Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub.

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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]


Nightspots Listings:


Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery: Dave Menzo

This pop-rock local singer-songwriter uses guitar, bass, synths, and other electronics to improvise instrumental tracks on the spot to sing with. His recent CD, Shhh, is a collection of cinematic soundscapes created entirely with acoustic, electric, and electronic instruments from the Ann Arbor District Library Music Tools collection. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Cetan Clawson

Monroe psychedelic blues-rock trio. [venue info]

Ravens Club: Bickley/Kramer/Roe

Mainstream jazz by the local trio of bassist Rob Bickley, drummer Jesse Kramer, and keyboardist Rick Roe. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Paul Keller Orchestra

Award-winning 15-piece big band led by bassist Keller and featuring vocalist Sarah D'Angelo and occasional guest vocalists. Also, each week features a middle set by a guest student ensemble. [venue info]


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