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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, May 22, 2018






 
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 7 a.m. 

Morning Tai-Chi: Sun Shen.

  community member   < less Master Kim Instructs Senior Student

Happiness is not a circumstance, it is a cultivation. When you practice Tai-Chi, you get to know a part of you that was hidden and you have been looking for all of your life: the power and potential that your mind and body are really capable of. Classes are held Monday through Friday, 7am to 8:30am. See if it is a right fit for you--enjoy your first week of class for free. Contact Pastor Neuhaus at pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org or 734-845-9786 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. 734-845-9786. pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 8:15 a.m. 

"CVT": Better Living Fitness Center.

  community member   < less Better Living Fitness: Personal Training That Works

This total body class is made to get your heart rate up while strengthening your muscles in an interval timed format. Perfect for all fitness levels!
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]



 9 a.m.  Free! 

"A2 Early Morning Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Pace & destination TBA.
9 a.m., meet at Bird Hills Park parking lot, 1900 Newport Rd Free. 996-8440. [map]


 9:30 a.m. 

"The Little Scientist Club": AAHOM.

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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: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 10 a.m. 

AIReal Yoga.

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AIReal Yoga is REAL yoga, in the air. Use a specialized hammock as a primary prop to enhance and elevate a traditional hatha practice.
AIReal Yoga I is for people who are new to aerial yoga, or who are new to "regular" ground-based yoga. This class will include exercises and stretches for arms, legs, back, hips, and is finished with an inversion before savasana in the air.
Partipants are always welcome to return to the earth to ground themselves in the case of dizziness or fatigue. No background in sports, athletics, circus, etc. required!
For a limited time, we're offering special pricing at only $10 per class!
Class sizes are extremely limited, please register in advance.
Ringstar Studio, 3907 Varsity Dr. $10. diane@a2ringstar.com a2ringstar.com/aireal-yoga [map]



 10 a.m.-11 a.m.  Free! 

Playgroups for Babies: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. except May 28. Downtown.

Tue. 10-11 a.m. Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek.

Fri. 10:30-11 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 10-10:30 & 11-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon., 11-11:30 a.m. except May 28. Westgate.

Tue., 10-10:30 a.m. Downtown & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed., 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11-11:30 a.m. Downtown & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m. Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various times and locations, see listing. Free. 327-4200.


 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Scrabble: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Tues. All ages invited to play this popular word game. Lunch available for $5.50 (age 60 & over, $3) at 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; reservations required.
10 a.m.-1 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]


 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"AADL in the Field: Ann Arbor Water Treatment Plant": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Guided tour of the Ann Arbor Water Treatment Plant, a complex of 2 facilities where the city treats on average some 14 million gallons a day of river and well water to deliver to Ann Arbor homes, schools, and businesses.
10 a.m.-noon, Ann Arbor Water Treatment Plant, 919 Sunset. Free. Preregistration required via email to fieldtrip@aadl.org. 327-4200. [map]


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Tummy Times": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Tues. except June 19. New and expecting parents encouraged to bring their babies and share new baby experiences.
AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 10:30 a.m.-noon 

Late Spring Mothers Group: Ann Arbor Baby Beginnings.

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Are you a new mom looking to meet other moms and share the joys and stresses of parenthood? Designed for moms and their babies from newborn to crawling, our Mothers Group provides vital support and information for new moms. Each group meeting begins with discussion on a topic pertinent to newborn development and parenting. Our group is facilitated by a postpartum doula and a social worker who both have many years experience working with new moms.
Many moms form friendships in this group that last for years! Whether you have only a short maternity leave, or will be home with your baby for longer, don't miss out on the invaluable resources this group has to offer. Though run in 6 week sessions, you may join at anytime at a prorated rate (call or email to prorate). Not sure you want to commit? You can always try your first class for free--just email us to let us know to expect you.
This session runs from May 22nd to June 26th.
Use promo code SUPPORT before May 22nd to save $5!
Align Chiropractic, 2464 East Stadium Blvd. $100/Six Weeks. 734-221-0158. info@annarborbabybeginnings.com www.annarborbabybeginnings.com [map]



 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Weekly Rehearsal: Voices Valiant (U-M School of Music).

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Every Tues. All age 50 & over invited to join this choir. No experience necessary.
10:30 a.m.-noon, Liberty School Band Room, 7265 N. Ann Arbor St., Saline. Free for visitors ($112 per cycle membership dues). 936-2660. [map]


 11 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

Adults Tuesday: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Tues. Activities begin at 11 a.m. with "Energy Exercise" ($3), a 60-minute exercise program led by Maria Farquhar, followed at 1 p.m. by mah-jongg, quilting, and other games & activities. Homemade buffet luncheon ($3) available at noon. All invited.
11 a.m.-3 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free (except as noted). 971-0990. [map]


 Noon-6 p.m.  Free! 

"In the Garden - Pottery Inspired by Nature": Yourist Studio Gallery.

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To welcome spring we are filling our gallery with a bounty of practical and artful ceramic ware for your garden. Yourist resident artists and selected students have been busily producing an abundance of garden-related pieces to adorn your garden. It's the perfect opportunity to get ready for summer and also to find a memorable gift for Mother's Day. From bird baths, feeders, and houses to garden gems, luminaria, planters, vases, wind chimes, and even toad houses, you'll find a selection of charming ceramic pieces to enliven your garden this year.
Come join us in our garden of earthy delights and let's get growing!
Opening Reception
Friday, May 4
5:00 to 8:00 pm
And the celebration continues on Saturday, May 5, from 10 am-6 pm. The show runs through June 18.
Yourist Studio Gallery, 1133 Broadway. Free. 734-662-4914. kay@youristpottery.com http://www.youristpottery.com/ [map]



 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Wool Gathering": Ann Arbor District Library.

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May 7, 9, 21, & 22. All grade 6-adult invited to bring their knitting & crochet project and interact with fellow crafters. Other fiber-based artists welcome.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab (May 7 & 21) & 3-5 p.m., AADL Pittsfield (May 9 & 22). Free. 327-4200. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Yoga for YOU!": Saline District Library.

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Teens invited to do yoga. Bring a mat or use one provided.
3 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 3:45, 6:15, & 8:45 p.m. 

"The Death of Stalin": Michigan Theater.

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(Armando Iannucci, 2017). Satire depicting the frantic power struggle that ensued after Stalin's death. Simon Russell Beale, Jeffrey Tambor, Steve Buschemi.
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]


 4, 6:45, & 9:15 p.m. 

"Tully": State Theatre.

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(Jason Reitman, 2018). Diablo Cody-penned comedy about an overwhelmed suburban mother of 3 (Charlize Theron) who forms an unexpected bond with the nanny hired for her by her wealthy brother.
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 p.m. 

Cobblestone Farm Market.

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Every Tues. May 22-Oct. 23. With a variety of children's activities and/or musical entertainment from 5-7 p.m. each week. Also, live farm animals and tours of the restored 1844 Ticknor-Campbell farmhouse and cabin. May 22: TBA. May 29: Tim Prosser and Steve Rich. The local duo of singer-songwriter and "mandolin maniac" Prosser and singer-guitarist Rich performs a mix of acoustic originals and traditional music. June 5: Versatile local acoustic trio Isosceles. June 12: Tecumseh pop-folk singer-songwriter Amy Grace. June 19: The Randaliers. A diverse mix of covers by the local duo of vocalist Vicki Discher and guitarist C. Russell. June 26: Versatile local acoustic trio Team Love.
4-7 p.m., Cobblestone Farm, 2781 Packard. Free admission. 904-9621. [map]


 4, 6:30, & 9 p.m. 

"RBG": Michigan Theater.

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(Julie Cohen & Betsy West, 2018). Documentary on the life and career of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
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]


 4:15, 7:45, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Pope Francis: A Man of His Word": Michigan Theater.

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(Wim Wenders, 2018). Documentary about Pope Francis's work on social and environmental reform.
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]


 4:15, 7, & 9:45 p.m. 

"Isle of Dogs": State Theatre.

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(Wes Anderson, 2018). Stop-motion animated comedy set in near-future Japan about a boy searching for his lost dog.
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, 7:30, & 10 p.m. 

"A Quiet Place": State Theatre.

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Tense post-apocalyptic horror film about a family forced to live in silence to avoid monsters with sensitive hearing. John Krasinski, Emily Blunt.
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.


 5-8 p.m. 

Easy Street Jazz Band: Zal Gaz Grotto.

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This long-running 7-piece group plays traditional jazz and swing. Interim music director James Dapogny leads from the piano, with clarinet, trumpet, trombone, guitar (or banjo), bass (or tuba) and drums. Guest vocalist some weeks. Excellent for listening or dancing.
Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium Blvd. $10. 734/662-1202. zalgaz.org [map]


 6-7 p.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 website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $12. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Franchise Business Seminar": The Franchise Consulting Company & Franworth.

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Are you looking to transition out of your current role? Want to be your own boss? Have you ever thought about franchises but not sure what's the right one? Attend our FREE seminar to learn from the very best! You will meet with brands like Title Boxing, Spavia Day Spa, Lash Lounge and Sweet Water Café. Marisa Allen, a Certified Franchise Consultant will be on hand to answer any questions and take you through what it would take to become your very own boss. All attendees will receive a FREE VR headset -- Seating is limited. Refreshments and snacks will be served. Reserve your seat today by emailing marisa@thefranchiseconsultingcompany.com and mention Franchise Business Seminar.
Franworth, 106 E. Liberty St 3rd Floor 48103. Free. 416-726-1858. marisa@thefranchiseconsultingcompany.com [map]



 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Focus on Women": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Tues. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 18-30 miles, to Dexter and back.
6 p.m., meet at Barton Nature Area parking lot, W. Huron River Dr. near Bird Rd. Free. 276-0240.


 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Tuesday Evening Birders": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Every Tues. WAS members lead evening walks at various local birding sites. Bring binoculars and (if you have one) a scope.
6 p.m., usually carpool from the Miller Rd. Park & Ride off M-14 ( the Plymouth Rd. Park & Ride on May 15). Free. Anyone under 18 not accompanied by an adult relative or legal guardian must have a completed parental consent form (available at tinyurl.com/y9c34xl6). 668-2513.


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Knit Happens": Ann Arbor Stitch 'n' Bitch.

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Every Tues. All knitters invited to work on their current projects and swap knitting tips.
6-9 p.m., call for location. Free, $2 monthly dues. meetup.com/ann-arbor-StitchNBitch/, 945-3035.


 6:30 p.m. 

Hand in Hand Parenting Starter Class.

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This six-week class led by Certified Instructor Catherine Fischer will help you to reduce stress in your family and help you better understand how children's emotions work. You will learn new ways to respond to tantrums, how to set limits effectively with both warmth and firmness and new ways to connect with your children through play. Parents have found these tools helpful with aggression, whining, power struggles, bedwetting, sleep problems, shyness and helping children with specific fears, as well as increasing the parents' own confidence and enjoyment of their children and of parenting.
At each meeting, you will have an opportunity to learn a new listening tool and talk about your experiences trying them at home. Each parent will also have an opportunity to be listened to by other members of the group.
This class is for parents only and will focus on the needs and challenges of parents of young children ages 0 - 10 years.
Space is limited to seven participants.
Great Oak Cohousing, 503 Little Lake Drive. $210 per person or $335 per couple. 734-395-5244. catherine@supportforgrowingfamilies.com www.SupportForGrowingFamilies.com [map]



 6:30 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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


 6:30-7:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Hello! Hola! Bonjour! Evening Storytime": Chelsea District Library.

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A program of songs and stories in English, Spanish, and French for kids ages 2-6.
6:30-7:15 p.m., CDL McKune Rm., 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Introduction to the Hammered Dulcimer": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Hands-on demonstration of the hammered dulcimer by representatives from the Garden City-based Silver Springs Hammered Dulcimer Society. Participants receive a packet containing a history and diagram of the instrument, as well as some sheet music.
6:30-8 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Godspeed: The Race Across America": Fathom Events.

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Documentary about a Christian team competing in the world's most difficult cycling race.
7 p.m., Quality 16 (3686 Jackson) & Rave (4100 Carpenter). $14. 623-7469 (Quality 16) & 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20).


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Postcard Night: Stop Attacks on Medicaid!": Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan.

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The State Government is trying to pass legislation that would be disastrous for Michigan by imposing work requirements on Medicaid Recipients. Work requirements hurt women, children, and families. They hurt men in rural communities and women in urban communities. They hurt everyone, everywhere.
Join us to tell Governor Snyder and the House to say NO to this legislation. At the event, we will tell you how this bill hurts Michiganders, and we will work together to stop it from passing.
We will be in the Captain's Room at Pretzel Bell. Together, we can defeat this legislation, and protect Michigan families!
#savehealthymichigan
Pretzel Bell Captain's Room, 224 S Main Street. Free. (330) 703-6647. ethan.schmitt@ppmi.org https://www.facebook.com/events/164024587611972/ [map]



 7 p.m. 

Basic Tai-Chi Class: Sun Shen.

  community member   < less Practicing the Basic Tai-Chi Form

In this class, you will build a solid foundation in Tai-Chi principles in an intimate setting, with guidance and personal adjustment in the SUN SHEN 35 Form from accomplished instructors. As you learn the sequence and details of the Form, you will experience the calm, effortless power that comes from relaxed focus. Classes are held Monday at 6pm, Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm. Contact Pastor Neuhaus at pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org or 734-845-9786 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $55/month or $17/drop in. pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 7 p.m. 

Eastside Weekly Euchre Tournament.

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Every Tues. Open to all age 18 & over. No partner needed. Cash prize for 1st-3rd places.
7 p.m., Banfield's Bar & Grill, 3140 Packard. $5. kari.thurman@gmail.com. [map]


 7 p.m. 

English Country Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Tues. Historical and traditional English dancing to live music. All dances taught. No partner or experience needed. Bring flat, nonslip shoes (running shoes OK). First-timers are asked to arrive at 7 p.m.
7-9:30 p.m., Chapel Hill Condominium clubhouse, 3350 Green Rd. (park on Burbank). $8 (students, $4; kids age 13 & under with a parent, free). 665-7704. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Huron Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

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Every Tues. All male singers invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local barbershop harmony chorus.
7 p.m., Stony Creek United Methodist Church, 8635 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. Free to visitors ($130 annual dues for those who join). 796-7467. [map]


 7 p.m. 

Improv Games: Ypsi Improv.

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We will meet and play improv games in a fun, relaxed setting. All experience levels are welcome. Cost is $5 to play and free to watch. All fees will go toward the rental of the space.
Note: we will be meeting at the Riverside Arts Center which is a new location for us.
Dreamland Theater, 26 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. $5. ypsiimprov@gmail.com https://www.meetup.com/Ypsi-Improv [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Jessica Knoll: Literati Bookstore.

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This bestselling L.A. writer reads from The Favorite Sister, her new darkly comic thriller about the murder of a star of a reality show about successful women. Publishers Weekly calls it "a potent takedown of a reality-show-obsessed culture." Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Molly Raynor: Skazat! Poetry Series at Sweetwaters.

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Performance by this award-winning local slam poet, community activist, and Neutral Zone literary arts director. Raynor is known for her emotional honesty, particularly in exploring how past trauma affects present action. The program begins with open mike readings.
7-8:30 p.m., Sweetwaters, 123 W. Washington. Free. 994-6663. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Monthly Meeting: Moms Demand Action Washtenaw County.

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4th Tuesday of every month (except July)
7 - 8:30 pm
New member orientation: 6:30 - 7 pm
NEW 2018 LOCATION: FUMC Ypsi (209 Washtenaw Ave, Ypsilanti 48197)
At our monthly chapter meetings, we receive skills training in various relevant areas, discuss and mobilize around pending legislation, and brainstorm strategies for upcoming events.
Questions? momswashtenaw@gmail.com
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Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a non-partisan grassroots movement to mobilize moms, families, and everyday Americans to advocate for stronger gun laws. We are a part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country.
www.momsdemandaction.org
Text JOIN to 644-33
First United Methodist Church of Ypsilanti, 209 Washtenaw Ave, Ypsilanti. Free. momswashtenaw@gmail.com [map]



 7 p.m.  Free! 

Music Program: Chelsea High School.

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Performances by various student ensembles. Mar. 17 (8 a.m.-5 p.m.): State Band and Orchestra Solo/Ensemble Festival. Mar. 22: Jazz Band Concert. May 2: Band, Orchestra, & Choir Concerto Concert. May 22: Band and Orchestra Concerts.
7 p.m. (except as noted), CHS auditorium, 740 N. Freer (between Old US-12 and Washington St.), Chelsea. Free. 433-2201. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Owen Laukkanen and Nick Petrie: Aunt Agatha's/Ann Arbor District Library.

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These popular mystery writers discuss their new books. Gale Force is Laukkanen's new suspense novel about an Alaskan salvage crew who rescue a foundering freighter whose passengers include a man on the lam from the Yakuza. U-M Residential College grad Petrie reads from Light It Up, the latest in his series about Iraq and Afghanistan vet Peter Ash, who this time investigates a series of well-planned hijackings of a Denver security company that protects cash-rich marijuana entrepreneurs. Signings.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown 4th-floor meeting rm. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Voices in Harmony Sweet Adelines.

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Every Tues. All women invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local 70-member a cappella barbershop harmony chorus.
7-9:30 p.m., UAW Local 898 Hall, 8975 Textile Rd. (west of Rawsonville Rd. off I-94), Ypsilanti. Free to visitors ($26 monthly dues for those who join). singwithus.org 612-7580. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor Bluegrass Meetup": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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May 8 & 22. All musicians invited to bring their acoustic instruments to play bluegrass and bluegrass-style music. Vocalists welcome.
7-9 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $5 fee to cover building rental. a2bluegrass.com, 794-6250. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"I Wrote This for You": Nicola's Books.

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Bestselling poet Iain S. Thomas, aka pleasefindthis, discusses his new photo-illustrated collection of emotional, inspirational poems from his popular blog. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Wind Chime Creation": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local crafter Dawn Henry helps those grade 6-adult to make a wind chime out of beach glass, beads, keys, shells, stones, and driftwood. Materials provided, but feel free to bring your own.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

Gratitude and Addiction Recovery: Dawn Farm.

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Gratitude and Addiction Recovery will be presented by Dr. Amy R. Krentzman, MSW, PhD. "Gratitude" is a frequent topic in recovery circles, a recurrent theme in recovery program literature, and a central component of addiction recovery for many recovering people. Gratitude practices are commonly employed in addiction treatment and in recovery. This presentation will provide definitions of gratitude proposed by social scientists, present scientific findings about the benefits of gratitude, cover theories for the ways in which gratitude "works" (in general and in recovery), and ponder whether gratitude has a "downside." Together we will practice at least two gratitude exercises. This program is part of the Dawn Farm Education Series. All programs are free and open to anyone interested. Registration is not required. The Education Series is organized by Dawn Farm, a non-profit community of programs providing a continuum of services for people with substance use disorders.
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center Auditorium, 5305 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-485-8725. info@dawnfarm.org http://www.dawnfarm.org/programs/education-series [map]



 8 p.m.  Free! 

Channing & Quinn: The Ark.

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Quirky, theatrical indie pop-folk by this Grand Rapids-based multi-instrumental duo.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Free. All encouraged to bring nonperishable food or money to donate to Food Gatherers. 761-1451. [map]



 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

German Conversation.

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Every Tues & Thurs. All German speakers, native or non-native, invited for conversation with either or both of 2 long-running groups, the German Speakers Round Table (Tues.) and the Stammtisch (Thurs.).
8-10 p.m., Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington. Free admission. 453-2394 (Tues.) & 678-1017 (Thurs.). [map]


 9-11 p.m. 

Elliott Levin/Tom Rollison New Olduvai Music Ensemble.

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Elliott Levin (Multi-reeds) returns Ziggy's with Cecil Taylor band alumni Tom Rollison (Bass) joined by Dave Hurley (Drums), and Kenn Thomas (Piano).
$10 Suggested Door
Ziggy's, 206 West Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. 734-221-3961. [map]




 
 
 

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Earle: Jake Reichbart

Solo jazz guitarist. Solo jazz pianists TBA occasionally substitute. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Dave Menzo

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

Oz's Music Environment: "Ukulele Jam"

Musicians of all ability levels invited. [venue info]

Ravens Club: Chris Buhalis Chris Buhalis

Popular local singer-songwriter who sings engaging, fresh-minded folk-country originals, often with an acerbic topical edge, in a rich, warm voice. His latest CD, Big Car Town, is a collection of songs exploring and celebrating his working-class heritage. [venue info]

 
 


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