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Calendar of Events

Saturday, December 16, 2017

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 6 a.m.  Free! 

71st Annual Christmas Bird Count: Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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The count area is a 15-mile-diameter circle centered on Ann Arbor; its 8 regions must be counted in a single day. This makeshift census may be off by thousands, but much useful information is gained by comparing the results from year to year. The count is also great fun, and everyone from novices to experienced birders is invited to volunteer for all or part of the day, either as a field observer or (if you have a bird feeder) as a feeder watcher. Some count regions also conduct predawn searches for owls. The results are tallied at a potluck dinner at U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens this evening at 6 p.m.
6 a.m. For instructions on where and when to show up and any further information, call Jacco Gelderloos at 973-9422. Free; donations accepted. To sign up as a feeder watcher, contact Kurt Hagemeister at 663-9746 or [map]

 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Annual Holiday Sale: Kiwanis Center.

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Every Fri. & Sat. Sales of toys, Christmas trees, seasonal gifts and decorations, sporting goods, books, dishes, furniture, and more. The downtown sale is especially geared toward toys, decorations, and gifts.
9 a.m.-1 p.m. (Kiwanis Center West) & 9 a.m.-noon (Kiwanis Center Downtown), Kiwanis Center West (102 N. Staebler, off Jackson just east of Baker) and Kiwanis Center Downtown (Dec. 1, 2, & 9 only; Washington & First St.). Free admission. 604-4977.

 9:30 a.m. 

Breastfeeding Basics: Center for the Childbearing Year.

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Breastfeeding is the very best thing you can do nurture your baby. Learn all the basics to get off to a great start with breastfeeding. Partners are encouraged to attend with the mother. Topics include: reading your baby's hunger cues, how often and how long to nurse, latch and positioning, how to know baby is getting enough, and when (and where) to seek help for breastfeeding challenges.
Center for the Childbearing Year, 722 Brooks St. $60. 734-663-1523. [map]

 9:30 a.m. 

Ready for Baby Class: Center for the Childbearing Year.

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This is a full-day workshop with our Breastfeeding Basics Class in the morning, and our Newborn Care Class in the afternoon. Please note, these two classes may also be taken individually.
In the morning we will cover all the basics of getting off to a good start with breastfeeding, including: reading baby's hunger cues, latch and positioning, and how to know if baby is getting enough. We will also discuss when to seek help for breastfeeding challenges. The afternoon is a fun, hands-on class, focusing on enhancing your natural parenting instincts and learning the basics of caring for a newborn. Topics include: diapering, calming techniques for newborns, baths, baby wearing and car seat safety. Partners are encouraged to join!
Center for the Childbearing Year, 722 Brooks Street. $100. 734-663-1523. [map]

 9:45 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Mental Health and the Opioid Crisis": Public Citizens of Washtenaw.

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All invited to join a discussion, led by local activists, on how the new mental health millage will be used to combat the opioid crisis. Refreshments. The program begins with coffee & socializing.
9:45 a.m.-noon, U-M Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 484-1628. [map]

 10-11 a.m. 

Aerial Boot Camp: A2 Aviary.

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Get ripped and have fun doing it! Come for a great workout or supplement your aerial training with this all levels conditioning class, which focuses on building strength, alignment, flexibility, and technique with progressive training in the air and on the floor. Students will develop the core and upper body muscle groups needed for all aerial apparatuses and will learn exercises and spotting techniques to practice on their own.
Are you one of the many folks who don't feel "strong enough" to start aerial training? This class is the preparation you've been looking for. Crazy spandex, legwarmers, and workout-video exercise attire welcomed but not required. Absolute beginners of any (or no) athletic background highly encouraged! Please register via the included link before arriving for class.
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $12. [map]

 10 a.m.-5p.m. 

DIY Creative Reuse Gifts: SCRAP Box.

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Join our instructor for an afternoon full of DIY gift-making. Make a personalized gift-tag. Make a pop-up 3-D card.We will also decorate pots with tassles, shiny CD-mosaics, and paint. You will leave with your own starter succulent! $5 per child. RSVP to
SCRAP Box, 581 State Circle. $5 donation per child. 734-994-0012. [map]

 10 a.m.-8:30 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]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Pop-Up Makerspace": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Dec. 16 & 17. All invited to try a hands-on engineering activity. This month's challenge: "Make It Float."
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]

 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 

"Santa Visits Kerrytown": Kerrytown Market and Shops.

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Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, & 17. All kids invited to meet Santa. On Saturdays only, Humans of Ann Arbor photographer Susan K. Campbell is on hand to take photos, which will be posted on one of the Kerrytown Market and Shops trees the following week.
10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Sat.) & 1-3 p.m. (Sun.), Kerrytown Market & Shops upstairs. Free; nonperishable food donations for Food Gatherers are welcome. 662-5008. [map]

 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Sensory Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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A "sensory friendly" event for kids ages 3-7 with developmental disabilities. Includes 20 minutes of interactive stories & movement, followed by 40 minutes of free play.
10-11 a.m., AADL Westgate Branch West Side Room, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 10:15 a.m.  Free! 

Remote-Controlled Car Racing: Washtenaw RC Raceway.

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One of the largest regular gatherings of RC racers in the country features off-road dirt-track racing for stock and modified model electric trucks and buggies. Spectators welcome. Food concessions.
10:15 a.m.-midnight, Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Doors open at 8 a.m. Free admission. $17 to race. (517) 290-7128. [map]

 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]

 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Death Café.

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All invited to join a frank conversation about death led by participants. Hosted by After Death Home Care founder Merilynne Rush and Diana Cramer. Tea & cake available for purchase.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Tearoom, 114 S. Main. Free. 395-9660. [map]

 10:30 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.
10:30-11:30 a.m. (Sat.) & 9:30-10:30 a.m. (Tues.), AAHOM Green Room (lower level), 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]

 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 

"Ornament Make & Take Projects": Maker Works.

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Dec. 2, 9, & 16. All invited to use a Maker Works kit to create a unique Baltic birch ornament to take home.
11 a.m.-3 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. (off Airport Blvd. north of Ellsworth). $20 per kit (each kit includes enough supplies for 3-4 ornaments)., 222-4911. [map]


Acro Balance: Essentials of Acro: A2 Aviary.

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This is an all-level class for everyone interested in learning more about Partner Acrobatics and Partner Balancing. In Acro, we play with good alignment and momentum to let the "base" balance and move a partner (flyer). There will be material appropriate to all comfort levels, with new students learning basic poses and flows while experienced students build to more challenging poses and transitions. You do not need to bring a partner or any previous experience to enjoy it!

We will begin with warm-up exercises and progress through fundamental poses that are just begging to be linked together in interesting ways! It's a fun, low-stress, and safe environment to improve fitness, balance, and communication. Please register via the included link before arriving to class.
The Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $15. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Children's Storytime: Barnes & Noble.

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Every Sat. Storytelling programs and occasional craft activities for kids age 3 & up.
11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Live Reindeer and Holiday Crafts: Dexter District Library.

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All invited to visit a live reindeer outside the library (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) and do a holiday craft inside.
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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

 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 

"Christmas at Rentschler Farm": Saline Area Historical Society.

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Dec. 9, 16, & 17. A re-creation of a Depression-era Christmas, with natural decorations. Also, demos of a sock-knitting machine, quilting, and other crafts. Gift shop & light refreshments.
11 a.m.-3 p.m. (Dec. 10 & 17) & 1-4 p.m. (Dec. 18), Rentschler Farm Museum, 1265 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. Donation., 944-0442. [map]

 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Counting Cells": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun., except Dec. 2, 23, 24, 30 & 31. Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demo examining how different types of cells in the human body replicate themselves.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]

 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Sat. & Sun. (except Dec. 31) and Dec. 27-29. Various audiovisual planetarium shows. The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. Sat., 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun., and 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 27-29) is an exploration of the current night sky. Seasons of Light (12:30 p.m. Sat. & Dec. 27-29, & 2:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an audiovisual show about various ancient and modern solstice celebrations, including Christmas and Hanukkah.
Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]

 Noon-1 p.m. 

"Hand Balance": A2 Aviary.

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Would you like to turn the world upside down while remaining on the ground? Or perhaps you have some handstand experience but want to learn new tips and tricks? This class works with all level students on building the courage and strategies for inversions on the hands, head, and arms. We will focus on alignment, flexibility, and strength, as well as covering spotting, falling, breath, and subtle adjustment. More experienced students will be working on progressively more challenging poses and transitions. Each class includes 15-20 minutes of warm-up and stretching, followed by demonstration of handstand tips and tricks, and practice with spotters. Please register via the included link before arriving to class.
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $15. [map]


Draw Doubles: Local 101 Disc Golf Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to play disc golf at one of Hudson Mills Metropark's 24-hole courses. Beginners are paired with advanced players to create parity. Prizes. Discs can be borrowed at the park office.
Noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per player; free for spectators. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]

 1-2:15 p.m. 

"Flexitortion": A2 Aviary.

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This 75 minute class can take your flexibility from basic warming up stretching to beginning contortion poses. All levels are welcome, as students train at their own pace with instructor guidance. We will focus on safely exploring your limits through proper warming techniques and mat exercises to take home. Please bring your own yoga mat, if possible. Come increase your bendy power, learn to prevent injuries through safe stretching, breathe, and stretch in a supportive environment. It is strongly recommended that this class be taken as your final physical activity of the day, and not as a warm up for other activities. Please register via the included link before arriving to class.
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $12. [map]

 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun., except Dec. 24. All invited to view Sven the reindeer 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]

 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"DIY Bath Bombs": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to make hard-packed mixtures of dry ingredients that effervesce when wet, releasing essential oils, scent, bubbles, and color to bathwater. Materials provided.
1-2 p.m., AADL Secret Lab (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 1 & 7 p.m. 

"The Nutcracker": Ann Arbor Ballet Theater.

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Dec. 15-17. Carol Radovic directs this local dance company in its performance of Tchaikovsky's perennially popular Christmas ballet. Based on a story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, it tells the tale of a little girl whose magical nutcracker doll transports her to a fairyland on Christmas Eve. About 100 dancers perform, ranging from children to adults--some of the adult dancers have danced in the production since they were tots.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 1 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Power Center. Tickets $30 (students & seniors, $25; kids age 11 & under, $15) available in advance at Michigan Union Ticket Office ( and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Write with Images: Kids Comics Workshop": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local comics artist Jerzy Drozd leads kids in grade 1-5 in a hands-on introduction to the basics of storytelling with comics.
1-2:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]

 1:30 p.m. 

Newborn Care Class: Center for the Childbearing Year.

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Enhance your natural parenting instincts and learn the basics of caring for a newborn in this fun, hands-on class. Class topics include: diapering, techniques to calm a newborn, bath time, baby wearing, and car seat safety.
Center for the Childbearing Year, 722 Brooks Street. $60.00. 734-663-1523. [map]

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

Danish Heart Baskets: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Adults and kids in grade 4 & up invited to make a traditional Scandinavian woven heart-shaped basket out of felt, fabric, or paper.
2-3 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

Dinosaur Tours: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. 30-minute docent-led tour of the museum's dinosaur exhibits.
2 p.m., U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free, but limited to the first 15 people to sign up for each tour. 764-0478. [map]

 2:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to practice their juggling skills. Beginners welcome. Attendees asked to call ahead if there's inclement weather.
2:30-5 p.m., U-M Diag. Free.,, 761-1115.

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: Chelsea Chess Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to join club members for blitz (5-minute) and untimed games. Some sets and clocks available; bring your own if possible.
3-5 p.m., Wendy's, 1640 Commerce Park, Chelsea. The meetings are held in the Pierce Park picnic shelter during the summer, usually from late May until after Labor Day. Free. 475-1583. [map]

 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

Pittsfield Open Band: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every 1st & 3rd Sat. All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. If you have them, bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). Free. 994-9307. [map]

 3 & 7:30 p.m. 

The Year Without A Panto Claus: Theatre NOVA.

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2017 was a bummer of a year. When Santa gets depressed, he decides to pack it in and disappear. Two of his elves search far and near looking for some genuine Christmas cheer. Arriving at a few decidedly un-Christmas-y locations, they face the wrath of the Heat and Snow Miser twins, the tropical town's grumpy citizens, and a mysterious Russian bombshell named Vixen.
From the team that brought you An Almost British Christmas and Sugar Plum Panto, this hilarious romp is just what the therapist ordered to add a little levity to your holiday season. Bring the whole family to laugh, boo, hiss, and sing your way through another fun-filled night of heroes and villains, updated pop songs, holiday favorites, and merriment.
Theatre NOVA, 410 w Huron. $20, Pay-What-You-Can available. 734-635-8450. [map]

 3 & 8 p.m. 

"God of Carnage": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Sept. 28-Dec. 16 (except Nov. 23). Lauren Knox directs Christopher Hampton's 2009 Tony-winning translation of French playwright Yasmina Reza's dark comedy of manners about 2 couples who meet at one of their homes to discuss a playground altercation between their young children. Hostility rumbles just under the surface, as their civilized battle of wits devolves into a hilariously childish chaos. (Purple Rose founder Jeff Daniels earned a Tony nomination for his role in the original Broadway production.) Stars Rusty Mewha, Kate Thomsen, Guy Sanville, and Michelle Mountain.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed., Sat., Nov. 24, & Dec. 14), & 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 and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]

 3 & 7:30 p.m. 

"The Year Without a Panto Claus": Theatre Nova.

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Every Fri.-Sun., Dec. 1-31. Melissa Freilich directs the world premiere of Theatre Nova artistic director Carla Milarch and local composer R. Mackenzie Lewis's musical panto. When Santa disappears after calling off Christmas, 2 of his elves try to find him in some unlikely locations. A panto is a British pantomime genre that blends children's stories with a bit of vaudeville sensibility to create a raucous family entertainment. This production features appearances by local celebrities, and all the candy you can eat. Stars Ramona Burns, Lisa Michaels, and Scott Screws.
7:30 p.m. (Fri.- Sat.), 3 p.m. (Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) $20 (kids, $10) or pay what you can in advance at and at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]

 3:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

"DIY Bindis": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Adults and kids in grade 6 & up invited to learn about the history behind bindi, a decorative dot worn on the center of the forehead by some Hindu and Jain women. Participants are then invited to make their own bindi with rhinestones and beads.
3:30-5 p.m., AADL Westgate Branch West Side Room, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 3:30-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Intermediate Origami": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Internationally known local origami artist Beth Johnson discusses and shows participants how to do this popular Japanese paper-folding craft, using one of her more complex designs. No previous experience required.
3:30-5:30 p.m., AADL Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]

 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Icebreakers ^2": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sat., except Dec. 30. All invited to play low-key parlor games.
4-7 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 5-10 p.m. 

"Parents Night Out: Wild Winter Woods": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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Kids in grades K-6 invited to interact with the center's resident animals to see how they survive winter and test their own survival skills through games and challenges. Also, a Panera PB&J or turkey sandwich and a late-night popcorn snack. Activities held outdoors as much as possible, so kids should come dressed for the weather.
5-10 p.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. $30 (members, $25) per child. 997-1553. [map]

 6-7:50 p.m. 

"DJ Skate"

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Skating to Top 40 music.
6-7:50 p.m., Arctic Coliseum, 501 Coliseum Dr. (off Manchester Rd., 1/2 mile south of the intersection of Old US-12 & M-52), Chelsea. $5 (children 14 & under, $3) admission, $3 skate rental. 433-4444. [map]

 7 p.m. 

International Folk Dancing: Ann Arbor Folkdancers.

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ancing to live music by Veselba. No partner needed; beginners welcome.
7-10 p.m., Gretchen's House Childcare Center, 2625 Traver. $10 (students, $5). 709-8748. [map]

 7 p.m. 

Neo Nutcracker Ballet: Washtenaw Community College.

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ANN ARBOR, Michigan (December 4, 2017) - Students from Washtenaw Community College's Performing Arts Department will partner with members of Washtenaw County dance groups to present a contemporary adaptation of the classic ballet "The Nutcracker"
- including ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, modern and a variety of ballroom.
The unique presentation is choreographed by WCC alumna Christine Sampier.
Tickets are available for $5 at the door. Cash or check. The box office will open one hour before each show.
Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 E.Huron River Drive. $5. 734-922-5568. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Lights Camera Christmas!": Saline Varsity Blues Holiday Show.

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Dec. 15 & 16. This 100-member chorus of singers ages 7-18 performs its annual program of holiday songs.
7 p.m., Saline Middle School auditorium, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Tickets $10 in advance at Busch's in Saline and Saline Community Education; $12 at the door., 546-0264. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Magnificat": Vocal Arts Ensemble.

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Benjamin Cohen directs this local 24-voice chamber choir in a program highlighted by settings of the Magnificat representing three different musical eras, styles and textures: British composer Gerald Finzi's 1952 Magnificat, Dutch Renaissance composer Orlande de Lassus' spacious 8-part Magnificat, and Vivaldi's buoyantly dramatic version with strings. Also carols, both familiar and unfamiliar.
7 p.m., 1st Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw. Tickets $20 (seniors age 65 & over, $15; college students, $10; youth in grade 12 & under, free) in advance from VAE members or at [map]

 7:30-10:30 p.m. 

3rd Saturday Contra Dance: Pittsfield Grange.

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No partner needed; beginners welcome. Bring flat, smooth-soled shoes. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lesson.

Nov. 18: Peter Baker calls to live music by the Stout-Hearted String Band.

Dec. 16: Peter Baker and Martha vander Kolk call to music by Brad Battey & Debbie Jackson.

Jan. 20: Marlin Whitaker calls to music by the Time Travelers.

Feb. 17: TBA.

7:30-10:30 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. $10 (members, $7; students, $5). 476-4650. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Trivia with Cats": Huron Valley Humane Society.

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All age 18 & older invited to play trivia. Also, drinks, popcorn, and a chance to cuddle with adoptable cats. Admission includes 2 beer and wine tickets (age 21 & over only). Bring your own nonalcoholic beverages, if you wish.
7:30-9:30 p.m. (doors open at 7:15 p.m.), Tiny Lions Lounge and Adoption Center, 5245 Jackson Rd. $15. Preregistration available at 661-3575. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Athena & Friends: Ziggys Cafe.

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Coming to you with the full show in tote! Live at Ziggys, I bring you nothing less than my smooth contemporary melodies from the heart. Lets make it a date shall we!
$10 Cover at door or on Ticket link
Ziggys Cafe, 206 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. $10. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Blackthorn: The Ark.

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This veteran Royal Oak quartet plays a wide range of Celtic music, from contemporary Irish songs and traditional songs of emigration to sea shanties, lively jigs and reels, and haunting ancient airs.
8 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office &, and at the door. 761-1451. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Bolcom & Morris: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Ann Arbor's own nationally renowned husband-and-wife duo of pianist (and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer) Bill Bolcom and mezzo-soprano Joan Morris are celebrated exponents of early American popular song, which they perform with the sparkle and enthusiasm of true aficionados. Today's program features the cabaret songs from their newest album, Autumn Leaves.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $20-$50 (students, $10). Reservations recommended., 769-2999. [map]

 8 p.m.-midnight 

Milonga: Michigan Argentine Tango Club.

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Dec. 2 & 16. Tango dancing to music spun by a DJ.
8 p.m.-midnight, Michigan Union Anderson Room. $10 (members, $5). [map]

 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Ron Josol: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Local debut of this Filipino Canadian comedian who specializes in observational humor about urban multiculturalism around the world, focusing on his experiences as the son of poor Filipino immigrants who became rich and moved into affluent white suburbia. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $9 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Thunderwüde: Stony Lake Brewing Acoustic Routes Concert.

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Bluegrass and related roots music by the popular Chelsea quartet of talented multi-instrumental string players Jason Dennie, George Merkel, Wes Fritzemeier, and Tommy Reifel.
8 p.m., Stony Lake Brewing, 447 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. $15 at the door. 316-7919. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Anything Goes": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Nov. 24-Dec. 23. This professional theater company performs Cole Porter's delightful Depression-era musical set aboard a sumptuous Art Deco luxury liner en route from New York to London. The story pokes merry fun at the moral hypocrisy of 1930s high society as it follows the escapades of a gangster (Public Enemy No. 13) escaping to England disguised as a minister, a young ingenue pursuing an energetic young stockbroker, and an upper-class Englishman (betrothed to the ingenue) with eyes for a nightclub singer who happens to be looking for a husband. Despite its satirical edge, the heart of the play is its musical score, which features some of Porter's brightest music and most impishly sophisticated lyrics. It abounds in songs that have become popular standards, including the title song, "I Get a Kick Out of You," "You're the Top," "It's Delovely," "Blow, Gabriel, Blow," and many more.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), & 7 p.m. (Thurs.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $31 (seniors, $29; youth & groups of 10 or more, $27) on Thurs.; $35 (seniors, $33; youth & groups of 10 or more, $31) on Fri. & Sat. eve.; $33 (seniors, $31; youth & groups of 10 or more, $29) for all matinees in advance at and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]

 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. & Sat. (except Dec. 29 & 30). Comedic improv by experienced local performers. On Dec. 1, 8, & 15 at 10 p.m., the actors perform "Holiday Stories," one-act improvised plays that kick off each time with a holiday memory to guide the actors. On Dec. 22 & 23 at 10 p.m., "Shakespearean Improv" is devoted to one-act improvised plays inspired by Shakespeare.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Tickets $12 (8 p.m.) & $10 (10 p.m.) in advance at and at the door., (989) 455-4484. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Escaping Pavement

Ferndale acoustic singer-songwriter duo of multi-instrumental string players Emily Burns and Aaron Markovitz who describe their songs as "Americana wildflowers amongst blades of bluegrass." [venue info]

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Escaping Pavement

Ferndale acoustic singer-songwriter duo of multi-instrumental string players Emily Burns and Aaron Markovitz who describe their songs as "Americana wildflowers amongst blades of bluegrass." [venue info]

Avalon Cafe & Kitchen: Neal Anderson

Local jazz trumpeter [venue info]

Blind Pig: Wild Savages

Local hard-rock band. Opening acts are the Detroit self-styled "surf goth" garage band Mexican Knives, the Dayton rock quintet Grand Mammoth, and DJs Heavy & Beyond. [venue info]

Blue Nile: Louis Johnson

Jazz standards and New Ethiopian jazz by this local pianist and saxophonist. On Saturdays he is joined by bassist Will Austin and other friends TBA. [venue info]

Canterbury House: Canceled: Jazz Jam Session

Canceled. Performances by a house band led by multi- instrumentalist saxophonist Christopher Tabacyznski. All jazz musicians invited, followed at 9 p.m. by an open jam. 8-11 p.m. [venue info]

Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: Sally & Ted

Country-pop duo. [venue info]

Club Above: Den of Greece

Detroit indie rock trio. Opening acts are the Grand Haven post- hardcore rock band EyeCandy, the Grand Rapids punk-rock trio Antighost, and the Grannd Rapids pop-punk quartet Midwest Skies. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Joshua & Jeremy Sprague

An eclectic mix of rock covers by these local brothers. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: John Churchville

Local tabla player, accompanied by several musician friends, who plays Indian classical, light classical, fusion, and folk music. [venue info]

Earle: Rick Burgess Trio

Jazz ensemble, named after the late jazz pianist and Earle cofounder Burgess, featuring drummer Robert Warren and a rotating roster of bassists and pianists. [venue info]

Guy Hollerin's: The McKee Brothers Project

Energetic, sophisticated blend of soul, funk, blues, and gospel by this band led by brothers Denis and Ralph McKee. With vocalist Bob Schultz, keyboardists Jim Alfredson and Duncan McMillan, drummer Skeeto Valdez and slide guitarist Stan Budzinski. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Soulstice

Hard-driving horn-fueled funk dance band from East Lansing. [venue info]

Mash: Brett Mitchell & the Giant Ghost

Midland pop-rock band led by Mitchell, a singer-songwriter and drummer whom Grand Rapids Press music critic John Sinkevics calls "the new millennium's version of Marshall Crenshaw." [venue info]

Mash: Zander Michigan

The stage name of Detroit pop-folk singer-songwriter Zander Melidis. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]


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