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Calendar of Events

Monday, December 18, 2017






 
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 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]


 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool ArtStart": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft activity for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult). Siblings welcome.
10:30-11 a.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 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]


 1-2:30 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. 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).
Noon-3 p.m., Senior Center, 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! 

"Movies and Munchies": Saline District Library.

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All teens invited to cook and eat treats and watch films.

Nov. 27: Star Wars Rogue One, Gareth Edwards' 2016 prequel to Episode IV: A New Hope about the Rebel Alliance's risky move to steal the plans for the Death Star. With Wookie cookies.

Dec. 18: Wonder Woman, Patty Jenkins' 2017 drama starring Gal Gadot as the iconic DC comics superhero. With faux cannoli.

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3 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration requested. 429-5450. [map]


 3:45 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 4, 7, 7:15, & 10 p.m. 

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi": State Theatre.

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(Rian Johnson, 2017). The latest installment in George Lucas's iconic space opera. No complimentary passes, vouchers, or coupons will be allowed for the first 3 weeks. Member discounts apply.
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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 4:15, 7:30, & 10:15 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). michtheater.org, 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 4:30, 7:45, & 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.

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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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 4:30, 6:45, & 9:15 p.m. 

"Wonder Wheel": Michigan Theater.

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(Woody Allen, 2017). Drama exploring the intertwining lives of 4 people in a Coney Island amusement park in the 1950s--a carousel operator, his estranged daughter, his emotionally volatile wife, and a lifeguard who dreams of becoming a playwright. Kate Winslet, Jim Belushi, Justin Timberlake, & Juno Temple.
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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 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. munselln@salineschools.org https://www.teamunify.com/Home.jsp?_tabid_=0&team=misst [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:
734-436-4249
hello@ThriveCounselingA2.com

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. hello@ThriveCounselingA2.com http://thrivecounselinga2.com/event/grieving-through-holidays/



 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. 

Chris Van Allsburg: Nicola's Books.

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This bestselling children's writer and illustrator signs copies of his 1981 classic Jumanji. In anticipation of the sneak preview of the new movie, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, at the Michigan Theater on Dec. 19 (see listing).
6:30-8:30 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Tickets TBA in advance only at Nicolasbooks.com. 662-0600. [map]


 6:45-9 p.m.  Free! 

Embroiderers' Guild of America.

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Stitchers of all abilities invited to work on their projects together and learn about guild activities. Preceded at 6:30 p.m. by socializing.
6:45-9 p.m., Pittsfield Village Community Bldg., 2220 Pittsfield Blvd. (park on the street, or in the south lot). Free to visitors (Annual dues for those who join). 994-4385. [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]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Scorecard on American Public Schools: How Do We Really Fare in International Comparisons?": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Talk by U-M educational psychology professor Kai Cortina.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL 4th-floor meeting room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sewing Lab": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Dec. 4 & 18. All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to get basic sewing help with their unfinished projects or learn how to use the AADL sewing machines. Basic sewing instruction available. All welcome to bring their own sewing machine. Also, on Dec. 4, Detroit fashion designer Nettie Tiso demonstrates how to make a simple tote bag and shares tips on how to make alterations, and on Dec. 18, Made by Rae owner Rae Hoekstra shows how to gather fabric, a technique useful for making sleeves, ruffles, and waistbands.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Secret Lab (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Victoria" Season 2 Preview: Michigan Theater.

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See the first hour of the PBS hit TV series before it premieres in January. Stars Jenna Coleman, Tom Hughes, and Dame Diana Rigg.
7:30 p.m. Free. Michigan Theater. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Band Concert: Huron High School.

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Program TBA.
7:30-9:30 p.m., HHS Meyers Auditorium, 2727 Fuller. 994-2040. [map]


 7:30-10 p.m. 

Israeli Dancing: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Wed. 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]


 8-10 p.m. 

Formanek/Formanek/Bishop/Taylor.

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Ziggy's closes out their opening year with a stellar jazz show, welcoming Michael Formanek (bass), Peter Formanek (sax), Andrew Bishop (sax), and Jon Taylor to the stage.
More on Michael Formanek: http://www.amibotheringyou.com/
More on Andrew Bishop: https://www.allmusic.com/artist/andrew-bishop-mn0001822793/biography
More on Jonathan Taylor: http://www.jontaylormusic.com/about/
Ziggy's, 206 West Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Donation. (734) 221-3961. https://www.facebook.com/events/826894567493172/ [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]


 9 p.m. 

West Coast Swing Party: Footnotes Ballroom Company.

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Dec. 4 & 18. Dancing to recorded music. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson ($10).
9-10:30 p.m., 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $5 (free with lesson). 926-0107. [map]


 9:45 p.m. 

"Loving Vincent": Michigan Theater.

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(Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman, 2017). Visually stunning feature-length painted animation exploring the life and unusual death of Vincent Van Gogh via depictions of his works.
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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery: Abigail Stauffer

This local singer-songwriter, who currently splits her time between Ann Arbor and San Diego, is known for her piercing, emotionally direct pop-folk and pop-rock songs that she sings in a rich, resonant alto voice. [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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