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Calendar of Events

Saturday, February 10, 2018






 
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 7 a.m.-5 p.m. 

14th Annual Ice Fishing Derby: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Kids and adults invited to catch northern pike, blue gill, bass, and crappie in this annual fishing derby. Prizes. Bring your own bait. No alcohol, ATVs, or snowmobiles. Weather permitting.
7 a.m.-5 p.m., Independence Lake County Park Beach Center, 3200 Jennings, Dexter. $10 (kids 12 & under, $5) in advance at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org; $15 (kids, $10) at the gate. pahlj@ewashtenaw.org; 449-4437, ext. 201. [map]


 7 a.m. 

Ice Fishing Derby: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Join us for a fun-filled day of competition and prizes! Catch Northern Pike, Blue Gill, and Crappie. Gift cards and other prizes for winners of the "Longest Northern Pike" & "Longest Pan fish". Bring your own bait. No alcohol, ATV's or snowmobiles. Contact Julie Pahl, pahlj@ewashtenaw.org, (734)449-4437 ex 201 if you have any questions.
Registration begins December 15, 2017. Register online at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org.
Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings Rd., Whitmore Lake. Pre-registration- $10 for adults, $5 for kids 12 and under, Event Day Registration- $15 for adults, $10 for kids 12 and under. Registration fee includes lunch.. (734)449-4437 x 201. pahlj@ewashtenaw.org http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/parks_recreation/indpendence%20lake/infopages/special-events [map]


 8 a.m. 

The Wealthy Place Seminar: Awaken Ministries.

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Learn powerful strategies and unfailing Kingdom principles that will help you to create wealth. This seminar is designed to be an accelerated time of learning, growing, and receiving an impartation for wealth.
If you're tired of living paycheck to paycheck and are looking for ways to create new wealth, then come on-team up with Dave Williams and our millionaire mentors for a terrific opportunity to receive step-by-step motivation.
You'll discover…
- How to attract wealth…and stop pursuing it
- How to avoid five big hindrances to wealth creation
- The philosophy and biblical perspective of wealth
- The three golden rules of success in any business
- The practical side of genuine wealth
- How to recognize the poverty spirit and get rid of it
Eastern Michigan University Honors College, 511 W Forest Ave, Ypsilanti, MI 48197, Ypsilanti. $159-$169. 517-731-0000. awakenourcites@gmail.com https://davewilliams.com/the-wealthy-place/ [map]



 8:30 a.m.-noon 

Rummage Sale: Columbus Ladies Auxiliary.

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Feb. 8-10.. Sale of household goods, clothing, purses, jewelry, sporting goods, books, dishes, pots and pans, table linens, bed linens, curtains, pictures, lamps, and more.
8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. (Thurs. & Fri.) & 8:30 a.m.-noon (Sat.), Columbus Hall & Banquet Center, 8265 Dexter-Chelsea Rd., Dexter. Free admission. 426-5558. [map]


 9-11 a.m. 

"Low Cost Pet Vaccine Clinic": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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It's important to provide regular, basic wellness services for your pets to protect them from unnecessary illnesses.That's why the Humane Society of Huron Valley Veterinary Clinic offers low-cost vaccinations, wellness testing, and prevention products for all public cats and dogs at our Low Cost Vaccination Clinics.*
Pricing for Low Cost Clinics:
Rabies & Distemper Combo - $25
Rabies ONLY - $15
Distemper ONLY - $15
Bordetella - $20 (dogs only)
Feline Leukemia Vaccine - $20 (cats only - must provide proof of a negative test within the past month.)
FeLV/FIV Test - $30 (cats only)
Heartworm Test - $20 (dogs only)
24PetWatch Microchip ID - $25 (dogs) and $15 (cats)
Heartworm, flea and tick preventative offered at very low prices!
You do not need an appointment to attend the HSHV Low Cost Vaccination Clinic. Please bring your dogs on a non-retractable leash and all cats must be in a carrier.
*Though our Low Cost Vaccination Clinics are appropriate for most dogs and cats,
Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. 734-662-4365. clinic@hshv.org www.hshv.org/clinic [map]



 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Meet the Candidate": Jeff Irwin for State Senate.

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Come have a cup of coffee with Jeff and share what you'd like to see from your next State Senator!
B-24's, 217 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI 48197, Ypsilanti. Free. 7348347152. jeffmirwin@gmail.com irwinforsenate.com [map]



 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Annual Chess Tournament: Thurston Elementary School PTO Fundraiser.

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Low-key tournament for kids in grades K-8.
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Thurston, 2300 Prairie. $10-$22; $15-$27 after Feb. 2. Space limited; preregistration required at ThurstonChess.com. sweiner72@me.com, 994-1970. [map]


 9, 10, & 11 a.m. 

Early Childhood Music Classes: Eastern Michigan University Community Music Academy.

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These weekly classes will immerse young children (ages birth through 5 years) in a rich musical environment and provide a variety of experiences designed to expand musical understanding and skills in an active and playful way. Class activities include singing and chanting, moving to music (including use of props such as bean bags, scarves, and streamers), playing assorted small percussion instruments, pattern instruction, and imaginative musical play. Children attend with a parent/caregiver, who participates alongside the child.
Winter session begins February 5.
Classes for infants/toddlers are held on Mondays at 5:15pm (birth-3 yr.), Saturdays at 9am (birth-18 mo.), and Saturdays at 10am (18 mo.-3 yr.).
Classes for preschool/kindergarten (3-5 yr.) are held on Mondays at 6:15pm and Saturdays at 11am.
Cost is $115 for 8 classes. Register by January 26 for an Early Bird Discount of $10 off!
See our website for more info and registration: http://www.emich.edu/musicdance/music/cm
EMU Alexander Music Building, corner of Lowell & Jarvis, Ypsilanti. $115. 7344876935. hshouldi@emich.edu http://www.emich.edu/musicdance/music/cma/


 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Eco-Restoration Workday: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.

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Feb. 10 & 17. All invited to help Matthaei staff members remove invasive plants. Dress for outdoor work. Tools provided, or bring your own. Note: Kids age 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Youth ages 16-18 must submit a permission form.
9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Arb Reader Center (Feb. 10), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (Feb. 17), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration required by phone or email. tgriffit@umich.edu, 647-8528. [map]


 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Exhibition on view: Cloud/Bank: The University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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Cloud/Bank is a temporary installation designed for Exhibit Columbus, a 2017 exhibition and conference in Columbus, Indiana, by Architecture Lecturer Michael (Mick) Kennedy and a team of Taubman College M.Arch. students: Bob Allsop, Sophie Anstreicher, Scott Chriss, Chiao-Chun Chung, Julia Dallas, Kelly Gregory, Karl Heckman, Rachael Henry, Troy Huckendubler, Onur Kamburoglu, Panquat Kyesmu, Jenny Lee, Sarah Munchow, Kelsey Reynolds, Dan Smith, Tyler Whitney, Paco Wu, Shujie Xie, Jon Yates, and Yunsen Zhong. The project's goal is to embody and communicate the historic legacy of the distributed networks of design and fabrication of both industry and agriculture in the Great Lakes / Midwest Region.
Cloud/Bank features advanced manufacturing techniques in architectural design that are unique to Taubman College. The students worked on parts of the project at the College's FABLab.
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. 734-764-1300. taubmancollegecommunications@umich.edu https://taubmancollege.umich.edu/events/2018/02/01/exhibition-view-cloudbank [map]


 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Huron Gun Collectors.

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Dec. 9 & 10, Jan. 13 & 14, Feb. 10 & 11, Mar. 10 & 11. About 100 dealers and collectors offer guns, knives, ammunition, and other hunting equipment for sale, including antiques and collectibles. Concessions. Youth age 17 & under must be accompanied by an adult.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Admission $5 (members, $3; kids age 12 & under, free). (517) 605-0624. [map]


 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Critters Up Close!": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Feb. 10 & 11. Leslie Science & Nature Center staff show live worms & friends. Also, animal-oriented hands-on activities. Note: On Saturday, a midday "Animal Naptime" break when the animals get tired.
AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 10-11 a.m. 

"Full-Body Fit": Better Living Fitness Center.

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Small-Group personal training in a full-body strength training, cardio and flexibility routine that is customized to your fitness level.
Join us on Facebook for more information about our classes and general health and fitness: https://www.facebook.com/BetterLivingAnnArbor
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. Free with some memberships; $15 walk-in.. office@betterlivingfitness.com www.betterlivingfitness.com [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. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/this-weeks-schedule/ [map]


 10 a.m.-noon 

Book Sale: Friends of the Saline District Library.

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Sale of used books & other items.
10 a.m.-noon, SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. $5 for a bag of books; 2nd bag free. 429-5450. [map]


 10 a.m.  Free! 

Valentine's for Seniors Card Making: Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels.

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Join Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels at Cultivate Coffee and Tap House for the 3rd annual FREE card making open session. Come out and help make 100s of Valentine's cards for local homebound seniors to help brighten their day. 10am-1pm
Cultivate Coffee and Tap House, 307 N River, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-249-8993. www.cultivateypsi.com [map]


 10 a.m. 

Winter Science Series: Hudson Mills Activity Center.

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Programs for kids ages 8-12 presented by Hudson Mills naturalist Mark Irish.

Jan. 13: "The Astronomy of it All." Hands-on demonstration of why the earth has seasons. Craft activity follows.

Jan 27: "Aquatic Aces." Demonstration, with a live American toad, of how aquatic animals survive winter.

Feb. 10: "Love Birds." Demonstration of how birds survive cold temperatures. Also, a craft project to make a heart-shaped bird feeder ornament. Materials provided.

Feb. 24: "Mammal Marvels." Demonstration of how mammals survive cold temperatures. If there's snow on the ground, participants make cardboard snowshoes; if not, participants construct a miniature den in the woods to keep a cup of water from freezing.

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10 a.m., Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per child; $20 for series. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]


 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

YDL Guitar Club: Ypsilanti District Library.

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We teach each other songs, listen, collaborate and learn to play guitar, together. All skill levels welcome. Bring your own instrument, acoustic or electric. Ages 18+.
Ypsilanti District Library, Michigan Avenue Branch, 229 W Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-482-4110 x1386. jmorgan@ypsilibrary.org ypsilibrary.org/events [map]



 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"10th Annual Chocolate Extravaganza": Chelsea Businesses.

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Popular annual event during which more than 30 different businesses throughout Chelsea offer free chocolate tastings, sale prices on chocolate-themed merchandise, and family-oriented activities. Raffles.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., downtown Chelsea. Free. 475-3539.



 10 a.m.-noon 

"Winter Healing Teas": Project Grow.

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Washtenaw County Parks & Rec naturalist Shawn Severance discusses how to make medicinal infusions from wild native plants. Tastings.
10 a.m.-noon, Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $5. Space limited; preregistration requested. 996-3169. [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]



 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.
9:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Sat.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission $12 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Purple Rose Concert Reading Series": Chelsea District Library.

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Purple Rose Theatre artistic director Guy Sanville directs Purple Rose actors in readings, usually from new scripts being considered for production. Followed by a discussion with the audience. Dec. 2: Match, Stephen Belber's 2004 dramatic comedy about an aging Juilliard professor who discovers that the couple he invites into his home for an interview have ulterior motives for their visit. Feb. 10: TBA.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Saturday Morning Physics": U-M Physics Department.

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Feb. 3, 10, & 17. Popular series of talks, aimed at general audiences, by U-M scholars. Feb. 3: Physics and astronomy professor David Gerdes on "The Great American Eclipse of 2017." Feb. 10: Physics professor Mark Newman on "The Physics of Complex Systems." Feb. 17: Nuclear engineering professor Sara Pozzi on "Detection for Nuclear Nonproliferation."
10:30 a.m., 170 & 182 Weiser, 500 Church. Free. 764-4437. [map]


 11 a.m.-noon 

"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. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/this-weeks-schedule/ [map]



 11 a.m.-noon 

"Cardio & Core": Better Living Fitness Center.

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If you've always wanted a flat stomach, 6-pack abs or just a stronger core, this is the class for you. It combines high-energy music with a core-sculpting routine to give you a toned midsection. Get me some abs!
Join us on Facebook for more information about our classes and general health and fitness: https://www.facebook.com/BetterLivingAnnArbor
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. Free with some memberships; $15 walk-in.. 734-747-0123. office@betterlivingfitness.com www.betterlivingfitness.com [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.-2 p.m. 

Paper Heart Wreath: USArtQuest.

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Create this beautiful paper heart wreath. This project is perfect for home decor or at special events, and may inspire you to create other shapes or colors.
Workshop location: Wines on Main in downtown Chelsea.
Register with USArtQuest.
Fee includes all wreath materials, appetizers and wine tasting (a flight of 6 wines).
Wines on Main, 110 North Main, Chelsea. $75. 734.562.2662. AskAnything@USArtQuest.com www.usartquest.com [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, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345.


 11 a.m. 

YinYasa Yoga: Mota Thai Yoga.

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Saturdays from 11am-12pm, join Mota Thai Yoga for a FREE yoga class (with donations accepted).
This class is a combination of Yin and Vinyasa Yoga. Some postures are held for longer periods of time than a typical yoga class. This allows the muscles to relax, and the deep connective tissues to be gently stretched. In between these postures, movement and flowing between postures will be done to create internal heat. Appropriate for all levels. This class is heated between 80-90 degrees.
Look for door #22 with the red buddha on it.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Donation. info@motathaiyoga.com motathaiyoga.com [map]



 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 

"Brick Bash 2018": Skyline High School Band Fundraiser.

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Feb. 10 & 11. This public Lego building party for all ages includes piles of Lego, Duplo, and Bionicle parts to play with. Also, a Duplo play area for young kids, displays of amazing models by Lego hobbyists from around the country, and, Saturday only, a performance by the Skyline Drumline (2 p.m.), followed by a percussion petting zoo. Sale of Lego products, custom sets, and jewelry. Concessions.
11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-5 p.m. (Sun.), Skyline High School, 2552 N. Maple. $5 (families, $20). BrickBash.com, 637-9429. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Family Art Studio: Red Circle": UMMA.

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Docent-led tour of the current exhibit of 1980s Japanese graphic design posters that were meant to change Japan's global image. Followed by an art activity led by local artist Sophie Grillet. For families with kids age 6 & up.
11 a.m.-1 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free; Preregistration required by emailing umma-program-registration@umich.edu (include date & title of program in the subject line and indicate morning or afternoon session and how many adults & kids are in your group). 764-0395. [map]


 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Mo Willems Party!": AADL Westgate.

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All in grades preK-3 invited for stories and craft activities featuring Elephant and Piggie and other favorite characters by this popular writer of kids books.
11 a.m.-noon, AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Storytime at the Museum": UMMA.

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A U-M student docent reads a story related to art on display. Followed by a short craft activity. For kids ages 3-6 accompanied by a parent. Siblings welcome. Meet at the UMMA store.
11:15 a.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [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. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/this-weeks-schedule/ [map]



 Noon 

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]


 Noon  Free! 

Ice Carving Festival: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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College ice carving teams from Southeastern Michigan use chainsaws, flamethrowers, and other tools to make ice sculptures. Crafts & refreshments.
Noon-4 p.m., County Farm Park. Free. 971-6355, ext. 0.


 Noon 

"L'Elisir d'Amore": Fathom Events.

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Broadcast (Feb. 10) & rebroadcast (Feb. 14) of the Metropolitan Opera production of Donizetti's popular, lighthearted boy-meets-girl opera best known for memorable arias like "Quanto e bella" and "Una furtive lagrima." Italian, subtitles. The Feb. 14 show is at Ann Arbor 20 only.
Noon (Feb. 10) and 1 & 6:30 p.m. (Feb. 14), Quality 16 (3686 Jackson) & Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter). Tickets $18 (Quality 16) & $25 (Ann Arbor 20) in advance at fathomevents.com/events and at the door. 827-2863 (Quality 16) & 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20).


 Noon-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Spinning Lab": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local crafter Jillian Moreno shows adults and teens in grade 6 & up how to spin yarn, as well as how to combine different types of fibers in a project.
Noon-3 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-8301.


 12:45, 3:45, 6:30, & 9:30 p.m. 

"The Post": Michigan Theater.

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(Steven Spielberg, 2017). Historical drama about the attempt by the Nixon administration to prevent the publication of the Pentagon Papers, which pushes the country's first female publisher of a nationally prominent newspaper and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalism and government. Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks.
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]


 12:45-2:45pm  Free! 

Monthly Meeting: Citizens' Climate Lobby - Ann Arbor chapter.

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Worried about climate change? Wondering how you can make a real difference? Come to the monthly meeting of the Ann Arbor chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL). CCL is a national, grassroots organization working to enact federal legislation to put a price on CO2. It is the most focused and influential organization working on national climate policy. Our meetings consist of dialing in to a national conference call (featuring different guest speakers each month), followed by local discussion of actions.
First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. annarbor@citizensclimatelobby.org http://annarborccl.org [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. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/this-weeks-schedule/ [map]



 1 p.m. 

U-M Men's Lacrosse.

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Feb. 10: Cleveland State. 1 p.m.

Feb. 13: Bellarmine. 3 p.m.
Various times (see listings), U-M Lacrosse Stadium, 2500 S. State. $6. 764-0247. [map]


 1, 4, 6:45, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Call Me By Your Name": State Theatre.

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(Luca Guadagnino, 2017). Romance set in 1983 Italy about a 17-year-old boy who begins a relationship with his father's male research assistant. Screenplay by James Ivory from the André Aciman novel. Italian, French, & German; subtitles.
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.


 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show 2 crested porcupines out of their cage on the conservancy's Stone Stage (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, cougar feedings (1:30 & 4:30 p.m.) and a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including prairie dogs, kangaroos, giant tortoises, Arctic foxes, and more.
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! 

"Kids' Coding Hour!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades 3-8 invited to build apps in BitsBox, a system that teaches kids to code. More experienced coders can bring their own project in their preferred coding language. Computers provided. No experience necessary.
1-2 p.m., AADL Downtown training center. Free. 327-4555. [map]


 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Our President": U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies.

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(Chang-jae Lee, 2017). Documentary about the late South Korean president Roh Moo-huyn, who held office 2003-2008. Korean, subtitles.
1 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 764-1825. [map]


 1-4 p.m. 

"Splash Day": Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation.

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A family-oriented afternoon of pool games and contests. Prizes.
1:30-3:30 p.m., Mack Indoor Pool, 715 Brooks. $5 (youth age 17 & under and seniors age 60 & older, $4). 794-6234. [map]


 1:15 p.m.  Free! 

"25th Annual Winter Walkabout": Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy.

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All invited for snacks, warm drinks, and socializing, followed at 2 p.m. by a drive 1 mile south for a leisurely 90-minute walk through the 424-acre LeFurge Woods Nature Preserve to look for animal tracks and enjoy the winter landscape. No pets. Dress for the weather. Postponed to Feb. 11 in case of inclement weather: check smlcland.org or facebook.com/southeastmichiganlandconservancy.
1:15 p.m., Superior Township Hall, 3040 N. Prospect at Cherry Hill, Superior Twp. Free. 484-6565. [map]


 1:30 p.m. 

"Victorian Valentine Tea": Kempf House Museum.

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Feb. 10 & 11. An elegant traditional tea with a menu that includes both sweets and savories. With romantic piano music played on the Kempf family's 1877 Steinway. Period attire encouraged. This popular annual fundraiser usually sells out well in advance.
1:30 p.m., Kempf House, 312 S. Division. $25. Reservations required by Feb. 4. 994-4898. [map]


 1:45, 4:20 & 9:45 p.m. 

"I, Tonya": State Theatre.

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(Craig Gillespie, 2017). Biopic about controversial ice skater Tonya Harding. Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney.
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.


 2 p.m. 

"The Insult": State Theatre.

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(Ziad Doueiri, 2017). Drama about social tensions that threaten to spiral out of control when a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee face off in court. Arabic, subtitles.
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.


 2 p.m.  Free! 

Chinese Lunar New Year: Molly Beedon.

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The Lunar Festival marks the beginning of spring. Join Frances Kai-Hwa Wang and learn about the terrible Nian monster that comes out on New Year's Even, the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac, the luckiest way to clean and decorate your house for the New Year, and see the Chinese Yo-Yo Troupe from the Ann Arbor Chinese Center of Michigan perform!
Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti. Free. beedon@ypsilibrary.org. beedon@ypsilibrary.org www.ypsilibrary.org [map]



 2-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Amigurumi Crochet Critter Joy": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local crafter Beth Battey shows teens & adults how to crochet a small octopus as an introduction to this Japanese art of crocheting or knitting small stuffed toys. Supplies provided. Previous crochet experience recommended.
2-5 p.m., AADL Westgate. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Make a Valentine Card!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft project for all ages. Materials provided.
2-3 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 2:30 & 6:30 p.m. 

"Alice's Adventures in Wonderland": Dexter Community Players Youth Theatre.

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Feb. 10 & 11. Samantha Kempf directs young local actors in Tim Kelly's lighthearted, slightly modernized adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic fantasy about the little girl who falls into a fantastic world of bizarre, endearing creatures such as the Cheshire Cat, the Mock Turtle, and the March Hare.
6:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2:30 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Copeland Auditorium, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Tickets $10 at dextercommunityplayers.org. 726-0355. [map]


 2:30 p.m. 

"Hand Balancing & Contortion for Ages 8-17": A2 Aviary.

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This 1-hour all-level class is designed for active young people (ages 8-17) to build the courage for inversions and the strength to stay upside down. Students will learn to balance on their hands, create absurd shapes, and find their bendiest self. Each class includes 15-20 minutes of warm-up and stretching, followed by practicing hand balancing and contortion fundamentals. This is not a drop in class, all student MUST please register via the included link before arriving to class.
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk St, Suite A. $15. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/this-weeks-schedule/ [map]


 2:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to practice juggling. Beginners welcome. Attendees advised to call ahead if there's inclement weather.
2:30-5 p.m., U-M Diag. Free. juggling.info@umich.edu, umich.edu/~juggle, 761-1115.


 2:30-4:30 p.m. 

"Buhr Blitz": Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation.

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Public skating, with a family-oriented program of games and contests. Prizes. In case of inclement weather, the event is rescheduled for Feb. 25.
2:30-4:30 p.m., Buhr Park Ice Rink, 2751 Packard. $6 (youths age 17 & under and seniors age 60 & over, $5). $1 discount for city residents. Skate rentals available ($3). 971-3228. [map]


 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]


 3-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Coffee with Michelle Deatrick: Michelle Deatrick for State Senate.

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Come meet the Vice-Chair of the Washtenaw County Commission, Co-organizer of the Ann Arbor Women's March, and Candidate for State Senate District 18. Coffee is on us.
Espresso Royale, 2264 S Main Street, Ann Arbor 48103. Free. 734-674-0429. https://www.facebook.com/events/938577782971922/ [map]



 3 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Women's Lacrosse.

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Feb. 10: Butler. 3 p.m.

Feb. 18: Canisius. 1 p.m.
Various times (see listings,) Oosterbaan Field House, 1202 S. State. Free. 764-0247. [map]


 3 & 8 p.m. 

"Flint": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Jan. 18-Mar. 10. Guy Sanville directs the world premiere of Purple Rose founder Jeff Daniels' heartfelt drama about 2 Flint couples struggling to hold onto their faith in the American Dream while they endure the diminished prospects of their once prosperous city. Stars Cassaundra Freeman, Lynch Travis, Rhiannon Ragland, & David Benndena.
3 p.m. (Wed., Sat., & Feb. 2 & 23), 8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $30 (Wed.), $27 (Thurs.), $41 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $46 (Sat. eve.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]


 3 & 8 p.m. 

"Million Dollar Quartet": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Feb. 1-25, and Feb. 21 This professional theater company performs Floyd Mutrux & Colin Escott's 2010 Tony-nominated Broadway musical recreation of the legendary December 4, 1956 Sun Records recording session with Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), 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]


 3:15, 6:15, & 9:15 p.m. 

"Phantom Thread": Michigan Theater.

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(Paul Thomas Anderson, 2017). Drama starring Daniel Day Lewis as a dressmaker in 1950s London whose life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman.
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]


 3:45-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Discovering Zen in American Poetry": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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Guiding Teacher of Great Wave Zen Sangha (Ludington) John Gendo Wolff reads from his new book, The Driftwood Shrine: Discovering Zen in American Poetry.
3:45-5 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]


 4 p.m. 

U-M Women's Gymnastics vs. Maryland.

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The U-M also has meets this month against MSU (Feb. 10, 4 p.m.).
2 p.m., Crisler Center. Ticket prices TBA at mgoblue.com/tickets/gmw-index.html. 764-0247. [map]


 4-7 p.m. 

"Icebreakers ^2": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sat. All invited to play low-key parlor games.
4-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 4 p.m. 

"Kiss Me, Kate": Burns Park Players.

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Feb. 2, 3, 9, & 10. Burns Park Elementary School students, parents, and friends perform Cole Porter's witty musical comedy about two bickering exes who play the warring lovers Kate and Petruchio in Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. The score features such well-known songs as "Another Op'nin', Another Show," "Too Darn Hot," and the saucy "Always True to You in My Fashion."
7:30 p.m. (Feb. 2, 3, & 9) & 4 p.m. (Feb. 10), Tappan Middle School, 2251 E. Stadium. Tickets $15 (patron seats, $30) in advance at showtix4u.com and (if available) at the door. burnsparkplayers.org. [map]



 4:45 & 10 p.m. 

"The Shape of Water": Michigan Theater.

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(Guillermo del Toro, 2017). Otherworldly Cold War-era drama about a lonely mute woman who develops a romantic connection with a creature that is the subject of secret government experiments.
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! 

U-M Jazz Day: U-M School of Music.

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U-M jazz faculty members and students perform originals and standards as well as works by the late U-M jazz professor Geri Allen. Preceded at 11 a.m. by masterclasses and jam sessions for middle and high school students (call 647-6297 for info).
5 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 5-10 p.m. 

"Parents Night Out: Animal Engineers": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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Kids in grades K-6 invited to investigate the adaptations that help animals survive in their environments. 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. Preregistration required by noon on Feb. 7 to receive the box dinner.
5-10 p.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. $30 (members, $25) per child. 997-1553. [map]


 5, 6, & 7:30 p.m. 

"The Footprints of African American Composers in Michigan": First United Methodist Global Music Weekend.

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Free talk at 5 p.m. by U-M fine arts librarian Deirdre Spencer on "African American Visual Art in Michigan." Also, an exhibit of contemporary African American art from 5-9 p.m. Dinner (6 p.m.) prepared by James Beard award-winning chef Alex Young, followed by a talk by WSU music department chair Norah Duncan IV on "The Musical Arts at WSU." Followed by a free Global Music Concert (7:30 p.m.) with choirs from WSU and FUMC. Program includes works by noted African American composers Moses Hogan, William Dawson, Adolphus Hailstork, and Duncan himself.
5 p.m., $15 (students, $8, families, $40, kids under 5, free), FUMC, 120 S. State. 662-4536.



 5-9 p.m. 

"Winter Evening at the Farm": Cobblestone Farm Association Fundraiser.

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Tours of the restored 1844 Ticknor-Campbell farmhouse, illuminated by candles, and period music by Cobblestone docents. Also, demos of mechanical sock making, spinning, and weaving.
5-9 p.m., Cobblestone Farm, 2781 Packard (next to Buhr Park). $2 (kids, $1; family, $5; kids under 3, free). 794-8120. [map]



 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bluegrass Gospel Jam Session.

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Mark and Claudia Aills are joined by other local string musicians for a program of bluegrass and country gospel tunes.
6-8:30 p.m., Dexter Senior Center, 7720 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Free, but donations accepted for Dexter Senior Center. 878-1078. [map]


 6 p.m. 

Polo Benefit Gala: Michigan Intercollegiate Polo Club.

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The Michigan Intercollegiate Polo Club invites you to the Polo Benefit Gala on February 10th from 6-10 PM in the Terrace Ballroom of The Graduate Hotel. Please join us for dinner, drinks, and a silent auction as we host our largest club fundraiser of the year. The event will also feature a performance by Mark Randisi, renowned for his incredible tribute to Frank Sinatra.
All proceeds support the University of Michigan's Polo Club. The club is entirely student run and receives no funding from the University.
Tickets are $50 and can be purchased on our website or by cash or check sent to:
1214 S University Ave. Suite S104
P.O. Box 4433
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Tickets are available for $60 at the door.
The Graduate Hotel, 615 E Huron St. $50. 2482284299. mipoloclub@gmail.com www.mipoloclub.com [map]



 6:30 p.m. 

Valentine Dinner Concert with Doug Decker & Tony Fields: Lone Oak Vineyard Estate.

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Make early Valentine plans with your sweetheart. This will be an extra special night! We'll be featuring a special surf & turf menu prepared by a guest chef! Chef Ken Veenstra will create the dinner and an exquisite dessert to top it off.
Doug Decker and Tony Fields will be here to get the place rocking and we guarantee a good time for all! Blues, jazz, Motown, love songs - they can do it all. They are a favorite here at Lone Oak!
Just 42 seats in this intimate venue, so reservations are a must. Call 517-522-8167 to reserve your seats. $50 per person includes dinner, dessert and show.
Lone Oak Vineyard Estate, 8400 Ann Arbor Rd., Grass Lake. $50 for dinner and show. 5175228167. dlbarber1@aol.com www.loneoakvineyards.com [map]



 7 p.m. 

"Go Red Soirée": The Dance Pavilion.

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Did you know that for the first time in history, the next generation of children are expected to live 5 years less than their parents? Or that 1 in 3 women die from heart disease, more than 42 women a day in Michigan alone. It is because of these facts, and a desire to become a community leader, that in 2017 The Dance Pavilion made it their personal mission to promote Ballroom Dancing as a way to stay active and healthy. February is National Heart Month, so wear some red and come dance your way to a healthy heart at the Go Red Soirée! A fundraising social dance party for the American Heart Association! The event is only $10 per person with 100% of proceeds going to the American Heart Association. Let's join together to fight Heart Disease & Stroke with a night that includes social dancing, a Rumba dance lesson, dance performances a silent auction from local businesses, and heart healthy hors d'oeuvres from Angel Food Catering. Discounts for private lessons offered during event.
The Dance Pavilion, 1918 Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti. Donation. $10. 734-369-9700. thedancepavilion@gmail.com www.thedancepavilion.com [map]



 7-11 p.m. 

3rd Annual Valentine's Day Party: Cultivate Coffee & Tap House.

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Who says Valentine's Day has to be all about romance? Bring your favorite girlfriends and celebrate ladies night! Full lineup of fun things planned for you to enjoy. Wood fired pizza 5-9pm, free card making supplies, DIY bouquet making, donation based chair massages. $1 of each beverage sold will benefit the Michigan Prison Doula Initiative. 7pm-11pm
Cultivate Coffee & Tap House, 307 N River, Ypsilanti. 734-248-8993. www.cultivateypsi.com [map]


 7 p.m. 

"6th Annual Creature Courtship": The Creature Conservancy.

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Feb. 9, 10, & 14. All age 21 & over invited for wine and hors d'oeuvres, followed by a presentation, with live animals, on methods of seduction and reproduction in the animal kingdom.
7 p.m. sharp, Creature Conservancy, 4940 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $35. Reservations required at thecreatureconservancy.org/upcoming-events.html. 929-9324. [map]


 7 & 10:15 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.


 7-9 p.m. 

"Owl Do I Love Thee": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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Feb. 10 & 14. Couples age 18 & up invited to learn about the mating habits of the LSNC raptors and go on a candle-lit walk to read romantic poems posted at various points on the trail. Also, board games and art projects. Beverages and desserts provided.
7-9 p.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. $30 (members, $25) per couple. Preregistration required by Feb. 5 at lesliesnc.org or 997-1553. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Run Broadway": Run Ann Arbor.

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All invited to run 2-10 miles on a 2-mile loop that starts at the top of Broadway, goes through part of North Campus, down Broadway to just before the bridge and back up to the starting point.
7 p.m., meet at Panera, 1773 Plymouth Rd. Free; $5 donations accepted. Registration available at runsignup.com/Race/MI/AnnArbor/RunBroadway. nick@annarborrunningcompany.com. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"The Trojan Women": EMU Theater Department.

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Feb. 2-4 & 8-11. EMU theater professor Jennifer Graham directs EMU drama students in Ellen McLaughlin's contemporary adaptation of Euripides' ancient antiwar tragedy highlighting the cost of war on women. "Faithful to Euripides primarily in that it presents successive panels of drama rather than an integrated modern dramatic whole, McLaughlin's linguistically fluid, poetical howl of anguish succeeds largely because-at just under an hour-it's so tightly wound," notes a Variety review.
7 p.m. (Thu.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), EMU Sponberg Theater, Ford St. (off Lowell from Huron River Dr.), Ypsilanti. Tickets $15 (seniors & students, $12) in advance and at the door. 487-2282.


 7:15 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.


 7:30 p.m. 

2nd Saturday Contra Dance Party: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Rick Szumski calls to music by Hotline Strings. Wear loose fitting clothing and comfortable shoes. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lesson for beginners.
7:30-10:30 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. $11 (members, $10; age 29 & under, $5). fjkarsch@umich.edu, 769-2133. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"The Pajama Game": Huron High School Players.

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Feb. 9-11. Jeffrey Stringer directs students in George Abbott, Richard Bissell, Richard Adler, and Jerry Ross's lively musical about labor woes and budding romance in the Sleep-Tite pajama factory. Songs include "Steam Heat," "Hey There," and "Hernando's Hideaway." The 1954 musical won a 2006 Tony Award for Best Revival. Cast: Samuel Klinich, Radu Dumitrascu, Alex Miteza, Miguel Cisneros, Kaye Hoffmeyer, Arun Bhattacharya, Caroline Bromberg, Will Panitch, Claire Brinley, Allison Choe, Sophie Wolfe, Mary Collins, and Brendan Howard.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sun.), Huron High Auditorium, 2727 Fuller. Tickets $15 (students & seniors, $13) in advance at showtix4u.com. Huronplayers.weebly.com, 994-2040. [map]


 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Andy Woodhull: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Feb. 8-10. This up-and-coming Chicago-bred comic is known for his provokingly off-kilter perspectives on familiar realities. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $12 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Joshua Bell: University Musical Society.

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Superstar violinist Bell makes his 7th UMS appearance, accompanied this time by pianist Sam Heywood. "As one of the more hyperkinetic violinists in performance, Bell may have found his match in Heywood who, though seated, equaled him in physically emoting the music at hand," writes a Washington Post reviewer. Program: Mozart's Violin Sonata in B-flat Major, Richard Strauss' Violin Sonata in E-flat Major, Schubert's Fantasy in C Major, and other works TBA.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $17-$85 in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Lucy Kaplansky; The Ark.

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This acclaimed singer-songwriter, a former clinical psychologist, is known for her strong, supple voice and her wryly engaging blues- and country-flavored ballads. "Kaplansky's voice has a tender, vulnerable, confessional quality, and she consistently uses it to her advantage in neatly tailored acoustic settings," says Washington Post reviewer Mike Joyce.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]



 8 p.m. 

NOW Ensemble: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This acclaimed NYC-based chamber ensemble led by composer-electric guitarist Mark Dancigers "can breathe life into highly abstract, textural soundscapes just as easily as they can into upbeat, lyrical tunes," according to a WQXR-FM (Newark) review. Members are clarinetist Alicia Lee, bassist Logan Coale, pianist Michael Mizrahi and flutist Alex Sopp, along with composers Patrick Burke and Judd Greenstein. Its most recent album, Rounder Songs, composed by Burke's wife Emily Pinkerton, finds the commonalities between Appalachian folk music and 21st-century post-minimalist classical music.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $20-$35 (students, $10). Reservations recommended. Kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769-2999. [map]


 8-10 p.m. 

Spirit Singing Band: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth Cafe 704 Coffeehouse.

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Local musicians Kath Weider-Roos, Lori Fithian, Sam Clark, Aron Kaufman, and Stephen Morris are joined by the audience for a night of meditation, improvisation, poetry and trance chant on the subject of love.
8-10 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $8 ($15 for 2). 327-0270. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Constellations": Theatre Nova.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Jan. 26-Feb. 18. Carla Milarch directs Megan VanArsdale and Forrest Hejkal in this critically-acclaimed 2-actor play by British playwright Nick Payne about the universe of different possible romantic trajectories between a Cambridge University astrophysicist and a beekeeper in a sequence inspired by the notion from string theory that phenomena manifest themselves according to shifting tensions in their components. "Brainy stuff, this string theory, but the play is a simple and often graceful demonstration of this premise," enthuses the Guardian (U.K.) review.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) are $20 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]


 8 p.m. 

"Edges": The Penny Seats Theatre Company.

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Feb. 8, 11, & 14-16.-The Feb. 9 performance was canceled due to the snow. Laura Sagolla directs local singer-actors in this song-cycle written and performed by Tony award-winning songwriters Benj Pasek & Justin Paul during their sophomore year at U-M in 2005. Performers are Logan Balcom, Kasey Donnelly, Brendan Kelly, Emily Manuell, Kristin McSweeney, and Matt Pecek.
8 p.m. (4 p.m. Feb. 11), Kerrytown Concert House, $15 in advance at kerrytownconcerthouse.com and (if available) at the door. 769-2999. [map]


 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sat. Comedic improv by experienced local performers.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 8-11 p.m. 

"Valentine's Ragtime Ball": Grand Traditions Vintage Dance Academy.

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Dances that were popular from 1900 to the 1920s, with live music by the Huron Valley Serenaders. Period attire encouraged. Preceded at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. by dance lessons.
8-11 p.m., Zal Gaz Grotto Club, 2070 W. Stadium. $30. Preregistration requested at vintagedance.com/ragtime.htm. 769-0041. [map]



 
 
 

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Blind Pig: The Stellars

Local indie rock duo. Opening acts are The Kelseys, a local rock quartet, and Shmongo, a local ska-flavored rock sextet. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Corndaddy

Local alt-country band led by singer-songwriters Kevin Brown and Jud Branam whose music filters early 70s country-rock through the influences of bluegrass, power pop, and British Invasion bombast. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Dr. Mike & the Sea Monkeys

Whitmore Lake acoustic duo whose quirky, funny, and sometimes heartrending blues and folk-style originals are based on work of frontman Mike Ball, an award-winning humorist and nationally syndicated columnist. [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 Stomp Rockets The Stomp Rockets

Garage-rock quartet led by vocalist Dan Mulholland, the former leader of the Watusis, the Vibratrons, and several other great local rock 'n' roll bands. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: FreeLance

Local dance rock cover band whose repertoire ranges from Earth, Wind & Fire and Stevie Wonder to AC/DC and Guns & Roses to Maroon 5 and Bruno Mars. [venue info]

Mash: Laura Rain & the Caesars Laura Rain & the Caesars

An intense fusion of funk, soul, and blues by this Detroit quintet fronted by vocalist Rain. [venue info]

Mash: Robert Johnson

Solo acoustic folk and blues by this Northville singer-guitarist. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Jim Smith

Local country-folk singer-songwriter whose influences include Gordon Lightfoot and James Taylor. [venue info]

Tap Room: "Boylesque"

Drag show. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. [venue info]

 
 


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