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Calendar of Events

Sunday, December 17, 2017






 
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 8:30-9:30 a.m. 

"Yoga with Cats": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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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://www.tinylions.org/yoga
Tiny Lions lounge and adoption Center, 5245 Jackson Rd Ste A1. $10/person. 734-661-3575. humaneed@hshv.org http://www.tinylions.org/yoga [map]



 10 a.m. 

A2QUA Sunday Morning Swim: Ann Arbor Queer Aquatics.

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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/groups/A2QUA/ [map]


 10:15-11:15 a.m. 

Beginning Pole Dance: A2 Aviary.

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Twirling, dancing, and climbing a pole - what more can you ask for? In this class, you will learn beginning pole skills and have the opportunity to string them together in upbeat, fun choreography. With an emphasis on building strength and safe pole dancing form, we will explore the creativity of this vertical dance form. Please register via the included link before arriving to class.
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/this-weeks-schedule/ [map]



 11 a.m.-6 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.-4 p.m. 

Sunday Artisan Market.

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Dec. 3, 10, & 17. Juried market that features local handmade arts and crafts. The Dec. 10 market features holiday music and decorations.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers Market, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913-9622. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Tapestry of Light": Christmas Cantata: Westminster Presbyterian Church.

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The church choirs and orchestra present a program of Christmas music.
11 a.m., Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1500 Scio Church Rd. Free. 761-9320. [map]


 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

H.A.C. Ultimate.

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Every Sun. All invited to a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Note: Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
11:15 a.m., Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot (or occasionally across the street). Free. hac-ultimatelist@googlegroups.com, 846-9418.


 Noon-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]


 Noon-3 p.m. 

"Trap Shoot": Tri-County Sportsman's League.

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All invited to shoot at launched targets. Bring your own gun and ammunition.
Noon-3 p.m., TCSL, 8640 Moon (between E. Michigan Ave. & Willis Rd.), Saline. $4.50 (members, $4) for a 25-target round. 429-9561. [map]


 12:55 p.m. 

"The Nutcracker": Fathom Events.

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Broadcast of the Bolshoi Ballet's 2014 production of Tchaikovsky's perennially popular Christmas ballet with classic choreography by Yuri Grigorovich. 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.
12:55 p.m., Quality 16 (3686 Jackson) & Ann Arbor 20 + IMAX (4100 Carpenter). Tickets $17 in advance at fathomevents.com/event/Bolshoi-the-nutcracker and at the door. 827-2863 (Quality 16) & 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20).


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Chesstastic!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids and adults invited to play chess. Sets provided.
1-4 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 1 & 3 p.m. 

Holiday Open House & Gingerbread Firehouse Awards Ceremony.

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Join us on Sunday, December 17th from 1 to 3 pm for the museum's Holiday Open House & Gingerbread Firehouse Awards Ceremony. Stop by and see our many fire-themed holiday decorations, including more than ten decorated trees. View the entries in the museum's Gingerbread Firehouse Contest and stay for the Awards Ceremony beginning at 2 pm. There will be a craft for the kids, holiday fire safety information, and a chance to have your picture taken with Santa. Light refreshments will be served. This event is free for museum members or $5 for adults and $3 for children for non-members.
Please visit www.michiganfirehousemuseum.org for more information.
Michigan Firehouse Museum, 110 W Cross Street, Ypsilanti. $3 kids/$5 adults. 734-547-0663. firemuseum4@msn.com www.michiganfirehousemuseum.org [map]



 1 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]


 1-4 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. salinehistory@frontier.com, 944-0442. [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]


 1-1:40 p.m.  Free! 

"Dancing Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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First Steps Washtenaw instructor Monica Higman leads infants through 5-year-olds (accompanied by an adult) in a program of music and movement.
1-1:40 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Drawing for Kids": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Dec. 3, 10 & 17. Ann Arbor Art Center artists host a different directed drawing activity each week for kids in grades 1-5.
1-2 p.m., AADL Westgate Branch West Side Room (Dec. 3), Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson; AADL Malletts Creek Branch (Dec. 10), 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard); AADL 4th-floor meeting room (Dec. 17), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Engaging with Art": UMMA.

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Every Sun. Docent-led tour of the UMMA collection, with themes based on the docent's interests.
1-2 p.m., UMMA, meet at the Museum Store, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]



 1-3 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]


 1 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 (muto.umich.edu) and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]


 1 p.m.  Free! 

Pet Loss Support Group: Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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It's never easy to lose a pet, and when you consider them, as we do, a member of the family, the loss can be difficult and extremely sad.
HSHV and Blue Dog Counseling have partnered to provide a support group on preparing for and dealing with the loss of a pet.
Colleen O'Brien, founder of Blue Dog Counseling, is an expert at developing creative therapeutic interventions to support individuals, couples, families, and other groups. Her personal commitment to animal welfare, her own experience as a devoted pet owner, and a passion for supporting people led her to create Blue Dog Counseling. Côlleen is dedicated to providing a safe, open, and creative space for discussion. A place where you can take time for yourself.
Group is held monthly in the HSHV conference room.
Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. Free. Donations accepted. colleen@bluedogcounseling.com www.hshv.org/events [map]



 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]


 1:30 p.m. 

Winter Holiday Exhibition: Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club.

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AAFSC members of various ages and skating levels present freestyle, ice dance, and pairs performances.
1:30-4 p.m., Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley Dr. at Scio Church Rd. Cash or canned food donation for Food Gatherers. 213-6768. [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]


 2-4 p.m. 

Family Dance: Pittsfield Union Grange.

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For kids, accompanied by an adult. Followed by Grange-baked cookies and cocoa.

Nov. 19: Marlin Whitaker and Miriam Meisler call with live music by Donna Baird and Bill Belote.

Dec. 17: Marlin Whitaker and Miriam Meisler call with live music by Donna Baird and Bill Belote.

Jan. 21: Drake Meadow calls with live music by Donna Baird and Betsy Foote.

Feb. 18: Marlin Whitaker calls with live music by Donna Baird and Betsy Beckerman.

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2-4 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). $12 per family (members, free). 769-1052. [map]


 2 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. a2theatrenova@gmail.com http://www.artful.ly/theatre-nova/store/events [map]



 2-5 p.m.  Free! 

Yule Ritual: Druids of Shining Lakes Grove.

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All invited to celebrate the Celtic primal mother and father deities, Danu and Bel. The ritual includes singing, making an offering, and honoring ancestors and nature spirits. Followed by a potluck (bring a dish to pass) and raffle.
2-5 p.m., Ann Arbor Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill St. Free. 277-1897. [map]


 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Felt Ball Fun!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local crafter Beth Battey shows how to make a felt ball using cotton roving, soap, and water. Supplies provided. For all ages.
2-3:30 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! 

"Matisse Drawings: Curated by Ellsworth Kelly from The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation Collection": UMMA.

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Docent-led tour of the current exhibit of 45 rarely exhibited works by Matisse, along with 9 lithographic drawings by the American artist Ellsworth Kelly that derive from his time in France studying Matisse's sketches and studies of nature and human figures.
2-3 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]



 2-3:30 p.m. 

"Minecraft Workshop": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Dec. 3, 10, & 17. All kids in grades 3-8 invited to try out this popular computer game that involves constructing 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.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL training center, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"No-Sew Fleece Pillows": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults and kids in grade 3 & up invited to make a fleece pillow. Materials provided.
2-3 p.m., AADL Secret Lab (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 2 p.m. 

"Read-Along Dog": Saline District Library.

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Nov. 8, 19, & 29, Dec. 13 & 17. Kids in grades 1-4 invited to read to Vedder and Summer, registered Therapaws reading dogs.
6:30-7:30 p.m. (Wed.) & 2-3 p.m. (Sun.), SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Sunday Drop-In Tour": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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Dec. 3, 10, & 17. Docent-led tour of highlights of the museum's collection.
2 p.m., Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304.


 2 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 theatrenova.org and at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

Holiday Concert: Saline New Horizons Band.

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Dick Schoenfeldt directs this 55-member local senior band in seasonal pieces and Christmas carols. Also, a sing-along.
3 p.m., Saline Middle School, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-1742. [map]


 3 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. snferraro@wccnet.edu [map]



 3 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 theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]


 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]


 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Drawing for Adults": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Dec. 3, 10 & 17. Ann Arbor Art Center artists host a different directed drawing activity each week.
3-5 p.m., AADL Westgate Branch West Side Room (Dec. 3), Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson; AADL Malletts Creek Branch (Dec. 10), 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard); AADL 4th-floor meeting room (Dec. 17), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Light Dawns on a Weary World": First Presbyterian Church Christmas Hymn Festival.

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Christmas music by the church choirs, orchestra, and organ interspersed with audience carol singing led by the chancel choir. Followed by a strolling reception with different treats served at stations throughout the building and a chance to see the church's collection of crèches from around the world.
3 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw. Free. 662-4466. [map]


 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

Beer & Board Games: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Dec. 3, 10, & 17. All invited to play board games. Some games provided (or you can bring your own, if you wish).
4-7 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

Holiday Concert: Dexter Community Orchestra.

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This volunteer ensemble, conducted by Anthony Elliott, is joined by the Dexter High School Concert & Chamber Orchestras for a program of holiday music TBA.
4 p.m., Dexter Center for the Performing Arts, Dexter High School, 2200 N. Parker (south off Shield from Baker Rd.), Dexter. Free. 355-0725. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Christmas Lessons and Carols": St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.

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St. Andrew's music director Deborah Friauff directs the church adult choir, 2 children's choirs, and handbell choir in this traditional English service, in which 9 scripture readings alternate with seasonal anthems and carols, some sung by the congregation. The music begins with a haunting solo treble performance of "Once in royal David's city."
4 p.m., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division. Free. 663-0518. [map]


 5 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
5 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m. (Thurs.), Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Meetings run until closing time, usually midnight. Free. umich.edu/~goclub. [map]


 5 p.m. 

Holiday's with Santa: Ann Arbor Jaycees Foundation.

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Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and spend quality time together while enjoying a pancake meal with Santa. We will have crafts for the kids and raffle prizes. Santa will be reading stories and posing for pictures.
There will be two different seatings, 5:00 pm and 6:30 pm. To register and reserve a spot go to: https://a2jcfoundation.eventsmart.com/events/holidays-with-santa. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Proceeds will benefit non-profits in the Washtenaw County area through our annual grants program. For questions please contact us at: santa@a2jcf.org
Holiday's Restaurant, 2080 W Stadium Blvd. $10 in advance and $12 at the door. (734) 408-1522. Santa@a2jcf.org http://a2jcf.org/ [map]



 5-8 p.m. 

Sunday Evening Rhythm Club: Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings (P.O.R.K.).

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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. cdsmith68@gmail.com or jdapogny@umich.edu [map]


 5 & 6:30 p.m. 

"Holiday's with Santa": Ann Arbor Jaycees Foundation.

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All invited for a pancake meal with Santa. Also, Santa reads stories. Crafts for kids, raffles, and photos with Santa. Proceeds benefit area nonprofits.
5 & 6:30 p.m., Holiday's Restaurant, 2080 W. Stadium. $10 in advance; $12 at the door. santa@a2jcf.org, 408-1522. [map]


 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Morris.

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Dec. 10 & 17. All invited to try this boisterous, jingly English ceremonial dance thought to be descended from the 15th-century Spanish moresca. Wear athletic shoes. Note: The Dec. 3 event has been canceled.
6-8 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). Free. Email a2morris@umich.edu to confirm. 717-1569. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Latke and Libation": Beth Israel Congregation.

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All age 21 & over invited for latkes with applesauce and sour cream, lighting of the Hanukkah menorah, a Hanukkah sing-along, and more. Bring your own libations.
6 p.m., Beth Israel Congregation, 2000 Washtenaw. Free. Reservations required by Dec. 12 by emailing office@bethisrael-aa.org. 665-9897. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Poetry.

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Poetry open mike.
Ann Arbor Poetry. Poetry open mike. 7-9 p.m. (sign-up begins at 6:30 p.m.), Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. $5 suggested donation. facebook.com/AnnArborPoetry.


 7 p.m. 

Sean Dobbins Trio: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Local drummer Dobbins is joined by up-and-coming Detroit musicians TBA. Part of his "Rising Stars" series to promote young area jazz musicians.
7 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769-2999. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

"All Open Mic Night": Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Jam.

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Musicians of all ability levels invited to sing and play anything from classic rock, Motown, and blues to bluegrass, folk, and country. Singers and players of all acoustic instruments (strings, horns, and woodwinds) welcome. Led by Ann Arbor veteran musicians Bill Connors and Phil McMillion. The program concludes with a session for songwriters to try out their new work and get critiques.
7-9 p.m., U-M Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. $5 for participants, spectators free. Preregistration required at Meetup.com/Ann-Arbor-Acoustic-Jam. 998-9353. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

The Appleseed Collective: The Ark.

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Popular young local acoustic quartet whose music is an enchanting blend of lyric-based folk-rock with Dixieland and gypsy jazz rhythms and harmonies. "It's as if The Hot Club of Cowtown bumped into The Vagaband in a woodland clearing and battled off," says Americana UK critic Jeremy Searle in his review of the band's 2013 CD Young Love. "But even that doesn't really do justice to their sound, as there are bits of New Orleans, Roma, backwoods blues and a whole lot more in their melting pot." The band has a brand-new 5-song EP, The Tour Tapes. Opening act is Wire in the Wood, the local acoustic string quartet led by singer-songwriter Billy Kirst that describes its music as a mix of "barn-burnin-bluegrass, swing'n serenades and psychedelic string jams." With mandolinist Michael Spaly, fiddler Jordan Adema, and bassist Ryan Shea.
7:30 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and at the door. 761-1451. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Arcade: Improv Jam": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Dec. 3 & 17. All invited to play short-form improv games. No experience necessary. Spectators welcome.
7:30 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Free (pay-what-you-can for spectators). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 8-10 p.m. 

Ballroom Dance Club at the U-M.

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Ballroom dancing to recorded music, including fox-trots, waltzes, cha-chas, rumbas, tangos, swing, and more. No partner necessary. Preceded at 7 p.m. by beginning lessons and practice.
8-10 p.m., Michigan Union Rogel Ballroom (Nov. 19 & Dec. 3 & 17), and Pendleton Ballroom (Dec. 10). $5 ($10 includes lessons). 763-6984. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: The Brennan Andes Trio

Jazz ensemble led by Macpodz bassist Andes. [venue info]

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: The Brennan Andes Trio

Jazz ensemble led by Macpodz bassist Andes. [venue info]

Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: Celtic Jam Session

All musicians invited to join a biweekly jam session. [venue info]

Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: The Wes Fritzemeier Jazz Experience

With the Chelsea ensemble of pianist Brian Brill, bassist Jed Fritzemeier, and drummer Wes Fritzemeier. 6-8 p.m. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Traditional Irish Session

All invited to join or listen to an instrumental jam session. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: EventJazz

Jazz originals and standards by different piano-based trios and quartets each show, led by bassist Rob Crozier. [venue info]

Old Town: Bowdish Brothers

Vintage country and old-time music by this local trio led by singer- guitarist Mike Smith and featuring 2 other members of the Cadillac Cowboys, bassist Gary Munce and pianist and mandolinist Kelly Schmidt. [venue info]

Ravens Club: Heather Black Project

Vintage jazz and blues by an ensemble led by Heather Schwartz, a talented local singer whose vocal style also reflects gospel, R&B, soul, and hip-hop influences. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings

This local 10-piece big band is one of the few to specialize in the old- time big-band music of the late 1920s and early 1930s associated with Jelly Roll Morton and King Oliver. Arrangements by the renowned early-jazz pianist James Dapogny and tubaist Chris Smith. [venue info]

 
 


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