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Classes, Seminars, and Workshops





 
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Monday


January 2014
 10 a.m. 

Yoga for Mamas with Joy Van Bael

Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga: Hygeia Center for Healing Arts.

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Gentle yoga poses combined with breath are taught to support the changes that occur during pregnancy, labor and delivery, and the postpartum period. Prenatal mamas and mamas and babies 12 months and younger are welcome.Instructor: Joy Van Bael
Yoga for Mamas meets Monday mornings 10:00 am to 11:30 am.
Single Class (space permitting)- $18, 10-class pass - $145, 5-class pass - $80.
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. 5th Ave. $145 - 10 class pass. 734-769-6100. welcome@hygeiacenter.org www.hygeiacenter.org [map]
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 2-3:30 p.m. 

The Knowledge Seekers Series: The Power of Myth in Our Lives: Part 2--OLLI (50+) Study Group: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M.

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This class meets Mondays, January 20 - February 24.

This class is a continuation of Part 1, but if you did not participate in Part 1 you are welcome to join. We will explore myth by blending the insights of two scholars: anthropologist Joseph Campbell and Latin and Greek expert Elizabeth Vandiver. Mr. Campbell views myth from the perspective of anthropology, psychology and comparative mythology, while Ms. Vandiver discusses myth in terms of the lore of Greek and Roman gods and goddesses. By studying their ideas, we can learn how myths impact our lives. Dr. Galant studied classical Greek and Latin for many years and continues to be fascinated by Greek and Roman history and culture.

Brecon Village, 200 Brecon Drive, Saline. $35. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]
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 3-5 p.m. 

The Poetry of Seamus Heaney--OLLI (50+) Study Group: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M.

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This class meets Mondays, January 20 - February 10.

When Seamus Heaney died last August, he was generally regarded as the best Irish poet since W.B. Yeats and thought by many to be the best English language poet. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995. We will read and discuss Heaney's work exploring what the Nobel committee praised as his ability to "exalt everyday miracles and the living past." Our text will be "Opened Ground: Selected Poems, 1966-1996" by Heaney, supplemented with handouts. No prior poetry reading experience is necessary. John Knott is Emeritus Professor of English at U of M.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. $35. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]
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 6 p.m. 

Love Birds: Wine and Canvas Ann Arbor.

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Come unleash your inner Picasso with Wine and Canvas, Ann Arbor's new trendiest night out! We are a painting class with cocktails! Sign up at wineandcanvas.com and choose Ann Arbor for your location. Seating is limited and absolutely no experience is necessary. At the end of the evening, you will have made some new friends and go home with your very own 16x20 masterpiece! $35 includes 16x20 canvas, paint, brushes and a local artist to guide you through your very own painting. Check our website for locations and times.
Bailey's Pub & Grille, 1777 N Canton Center Rd, Canton, MI 48187, Canton. $35. 734-277-9253. infoannarbor@wineandcanvas.com www.wineandcanvas.com [map]
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 6-7:30 p.m. 

Partner Acrobatics: Ringstar Studio.

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Partner Acrobatics (often referred to as AcroYoga, or Acro) offers an exploration into partner dynamics, through balance postures and movement. We will be working on supporting (basing) and flying in a variety of postures, learning how to use (as well as develop) strength, stability and balance. Each class will offer a focus on different moves, allowing you to slowly build up your repertoire.
If you have never tried anything like this, don't worry, this class is meant to be for everyone. We will gladly walk you through the basics. Now remember, this class is all about having fun and possibly learning something about yourself in the process. It will be available on a drop-in basis, until there is enough interest to develop into a progressive series. The cost will be $15/class, or $50/month. You can come solo, or with a partner. For more information, please check out the listed website.
Ann Arbor Ringstar Studio, 3907 Varsity Dr, Ann Arbor MI 48108. $15. connor@connorotto.com www.a2ringstar.com [map]
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Tuesday


January 2014
 9:30-11:30 a.m. 

Great Decisions & Virgil's "Aeneid"--OLLI Study Groups (50+): Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M.

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Great Decisions, Section 1
Class meets every other Tuesday, 1/21, 2/4, 2/18, 3/4, 3/18, 4/1, 4/15, 4/29, 5/13.
It will be facilitated by Larry and Karen Tuttle at Genesis of Ann Arbor (Temple Beth Emeth/St. Clare's Church), 2309 Packard Street. $63 (includes course briefing book).

We will discuss eight critical issues facing the U.S. this year. A course briefing book, which will be available for pick up at the OLLI office, provides background information, current data and policy options for each issue. The topics are: Defense Technology, Israel, Turkey, Islamic awakening, Energy Independence, Food/Climate, China's foreign policy and U.S. Trade Policy.

Virgil's "Aeneid"
Class meets Tuesdays, January 21 - February 11 at TSRC. $35.
We will read and discuss this great Roman epic poem (Robert Fagles' translation, Penguin Classics), which has been a key component of the Western canon for centuries. Marilyn Scott has led many OLLI study groups and has taught Aeneid in Latin.
Locations listed above, . Prices listed above. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org
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 10-11:30 a.m. 

The Political Life of Medicare--OLLI Study Group (50+): Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M.

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Class meets Tuesdays, January 21 - February 25.

This study group will focus on the political conflicts related to the Medicare program from its passage to the present day. We will read the viewpoint of one author, Jonathan Oberlander, in his book "The Political Life of Medicare." It is a brief, accessible analysis that describes the basic features of Medicare and offers provocative insights into the political conflicts that have arisen around it. This reading will be the foundation for discussions about how his analysis matches your own perspectives on the program. Craig Ramsey is Emeritus Professor of Politics and Government at Ohio Wesleyan University, where he taught a course on the U.S. healthcare system.
First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw. $35. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]
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 1-4 p.m. 

Film Studies: The History of Innovation in Films--OLLI Study Group (50+): Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M.

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Class meets every other Tuesday, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. 1/21, 2/4, 2/18, 3/4, 3/18, 4/1, 4/15, 4/29. Facilitated by Barbara O'Neal and Wendy LaValle.

The epic story of innovation in movie production and technology will be guided by film historian, Mark Cousins. The film begins with the invention of motion pictures at the end of the 19th century and concludes with the multi-billion dollar, globalized digital industry of the 21st. There are clips from some of the greatest movies ever made and feature interviews with legendary filmmakers and actors. Our members will take turns leading a discussion each week following the viewing of the 15-chapter film, "The Story of Film."
Clarion Hotel, 2900 Jackson. $40. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]
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 1-3 p.m. 

German & French Language--OLLI Study Groups (50+): Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M.

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Intermediate and Advanced German
Class meets Tuesdays, January 21 - May 13 at Brookhaven Manor, 401 W. Oakbrook Dr. $40.
This class will emphasize speaking/conversation and reading. The textbook is "Themen Aktuell, Kursbuch 2" (ISBN#978-3-19-00169-4) and its workbook. The accompanying disks (ISBN#978-3-19-1269-7) are highly recommended. The readings will be agreed upon by the group. Renate Gerulaitis is professor emeritus of German Language and Literature at Oakland University.

French Conversation
Class meets Tuesdays, January 21 - May 20 at Glacier Hills, 1200 Earhart Rd $40.
The class will be taught by Sophie Mongrain, a native French speaker, whose degree is in linguistics. The objective is to provide an opportunity to practice and improve French conversational skills. We will have discussions of current events, assigned readings of blogs, and a novel by a current French writer (which the group will choose). The class will be taught in French and will have some homework. I
Locations listed above, . Price listed above. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org
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 2:30-4:30 & 3-5 p.m. 

Memoir Writing--2 OLLI Study Groups (50+): Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M.

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The Write Stuff: Memoir Writing through Artifacts
Class meets Tuesdays, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. January 21 - February 25 at the Saline Senior Center, 7190 N. Maple Road, Saline. $35.
Historians say every artifact tells a story. The things we choose to keep hold memories of significant life events and people. We'll explore the use of artifacts to remember, organize and write the stories of our lives. Participation requires active discussion, writing and sharing. Bring an artifact from your childhood (stuffed animal, souvenir--something you've saved) to the first class. Cheryl Valentine is a cultural anthropologist and retired historian with the Michigan Historical Museum.

Writing Memoirs
Class meets Tuesdays, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. January 21 - April 22 at TSRC. $40
Members of the group will write about their memories, providing a copy to each of the other members. We will read them aloud and discuss them in group. Facilitated by Zibby Oneal.
Locations listed above, . Prices listed above. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org
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 06 p.m. 

Baby Care Basics - Ann Arbor - January 21, 2014: MHealthy.

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Baby Care Basics - Ann Arbor - January 21
This class, offered by the U-M Health System's MHealthy Health Education Resource Center, is designed to give you a complete head-to-toe look at how to care for your newborn. Topics include bathing, diapering, safety, and much more. We recommend taking this class at the beginning of your third trimester. Class meets 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, January 21 at the East Ann Arbor Health & Geriatric Center; 4260 Plymouth Rd. Cost is $15 per person. For more information call 734-647-5645 or toll free at 1-800-433-6348. Registration is required at: http://hr.umich.edu/mhealthy/tools/education/herc/events.html
East Ann Arbor Health & Geriatric Center, 4260 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor, 48109. $15. 734-647-5645 or toll free at 1-800-433-6348. herc1@umich.edu http://hr.umich.edu/mhealthy/tools/education/herc/ [map]
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 6-9 p.m. 

Lamaze Childbirth Preparation Series: Lamaze Family Center.

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Our premier, comprehensive childbirth class is designed for pregnant women and their partners. This in-depth, interactive 12-hour series meets on weekday nights at three different locations throughout Ann Arbor. The series covers a wide range of topics in-depth based on Lamaze International's Six Healthy Birth Practices, including:
•the various stages of labor, birth, and early postpartum including early breastfeeding overview;
•relaxation and breathing techniques, comfort measures and positions for labor and delivery;
•partner's role with laboring mom;
•pain management options and birth interventions; hospital procedures, and Cesarean birth.


All of our childbirth educators are highly trained, active in the birth community and are Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educators (LCCE).
UM Von Voightlander Women's Hospital. $190. 734.973.1014. info@lamazefamilycenter.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org
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 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

Static Trapeze 1: A2 Aviary.

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Static trapeze, or fixed trapeze, is a circus art performed on the bars and ropes of a mainly stationary trapeze. This class is designed for beginning aerialists to gain confidence and strength in the fundamentals of Static Trapeze. You will learn to get on and off the trapeze unassisted, as well as seated and under the bar poses. Strength makes it seamless! This is also an excellent conditioning class for established aerialists looking to hone their transitions and perfect their technique, without focusing on choreography. Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination - not to mention bruises in unusual places…!
$15 for a single class
$150 for a seven week series
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. $25-$150. 734-726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/static-trapeze-1/ [map]
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 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

Recovery From Addiction and Christian Spirituality: Dawn Farm.

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"Recovery From Addiction and Christian Spirituality" will be presented by Brother Edward Conlin, BSEd, CADC; Addiction Counselor, Detroit Capuchin Service System. Spirituality often plays an important role in recovery initiation, recovery maintenance, and quality of life in recovery from chemical dependency. This program will describe a Christian perspective of how spirituality relates to recovery from chemical dependency, explore personal spiritual needs and life choices, and discuss the Twelve Steps as a spiritual program. This program is part of the Dawn Farm Education Series, a FREE series developed to provide accurate, helpful, hopeful, practical, current information about chemical dependency, recovery, and related issues. Anyone with a personal or professional interest is welcome.
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]
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Wednesday


January 2014
 10:30 a.m.-noon 

Preservation of Life Stories Through Video Recording-Part I--OLLI Study Group (50+): Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M.

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This session will introduce participants to a program developed at Arbor Hospice that can benefit people at any life stage. Elders and their families capture their life stories on video for future generations. Seniors, often in conversation with family members, review their lives, fill in knowledge gaps regarding family history, and offer their experiences and wisdom to children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. You will learn how to plan the session and ask questions that prompt conversations. Taught by Dennis Sparks.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. $15. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]
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 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. 

How a Health Insurance Company Successfully Uses Facebook Ads: LA2M - Marketing Education.

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Here's the deal. Any company can throw money into Facebook ads and sponsored posts and say they increased likes or engagement. But what are you really buying? If less than 17% of people who like a Facebook page ever return then what is the ROI of the money you spent? In this case study you will learn how Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan on a limited budget earned an 80% conversion rate on their Facebook Ads and increased their community growth by over 3000%.

Join us on the 22nd to hear more about what Dave Murray, Manager of Social Media at BCBSM, has to say!
Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main Street. Donation. 734-272-4698. info@la2m.org la2m.org [map]
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 6 p.m. 

Cascading Waterfall: Wine and Canvas Ann Arbor.

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Come unleash your inner Picasso with Wine and Canvas, Ann Arbor's new trendiest night out! We are a painting class with cocktails! Sign up at wineandcanvas.com and choose Ann Arbor for your location. Seating is limited and absolutely no experience is necessary. At the end of the evening, you will have made some new friends and go home with your very own 16x20 masterpiece! $35 includes 16x20 canvas, paint, brushes and a local artist to guide you through your very own painting. Check our website for locations and times.
Joe's Crab Shack, 3020 Lohr Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. $35. 734-277-9253. infoannarbor@wineandcanvas.com www.wineandcanvas.com [map]
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 7:30-8:30 p.m. 

Burlesque 1: A2 Aviary.

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Have you ever wanted to be a mermaid? How about a unicorn? Luna will teach you how, and so much more in this intro to burlesque technique and group choreography class! Dance for fun, dance for exercise. This class will include a jazz-based warmup to get your body ready to move and exercises to teach you the theory and technique of burlesque. We will then work on choreographed routines to build confidence and style for stage and for life! All students enrolled in the full seven week session will have the opportunity to perform their group routine at LIFT OFF< our student showcase.
$12 for a single class
$75 for a 7 week session
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. $12-$75. 734-726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/burlesque-1/ [map]
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Thursday


January 2014
 1-3 p.m. 

Great Decisions, Section 2--OLLI Study Group (50+): Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M.

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Class meets first & third Thursdays, 1/23, 2/6, 2/20, 3/6, 3/20, 4/3, 4/17, 5/1, 5/15. Facilitated by Stu Simon and Leo Shedden.

We will discuss eight critical issues facing the U.S. this year. A course briefing book provides background information, current data and policy options for each issue. The topics are: Defense Technology, Israel, Turkey, Islamic awakening, Energy Independence, Food/Climate, China's foreign policy and U.S. Trade Policy. Briefing book will be available for pick up at the OLLI office.

Genesis of Ann Arbor (Temple Beth Emeth/St. Clare's Church), 2309 Packard. $63 (includes course briefing book). 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]
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 2-4 p.m. 

Particle Physics for the Non-Scientist--OLLI Study Group (50+): Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M.

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Class meets Thursdays, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. January 23 - April 10
We will cover the particles of modern physics from a non-specialist point of view. We will view two 30 minute lectures, each followed by 20 minutes for answering questions and discussion. The study group leader, Dick Chase, worked 27 years as an industrial physicist for Ford Motor Company and taught physics from community college to the graduate level.
Trinity Lutheran Church, 1400 W. Stadium Boulevard. $40. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]
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 6:45-7:45 p.m. 

Hula Hoop: A2 Aviary.

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Hoop Dance is a cardio based workout that uses many different muscles of the body. It challenges both the mind and body while you learn moves that require skill, balance, and technique. "Hooping" is fun and challenging and will leave you wanting more. Please wear comfortable clothing and of course bring your hoop. There will be a limited number of hoops available for those who don't have one.
$12 for a single class
$75 for a 7 week session
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. $12-$75. 734-726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/hula-hoop/ [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Meditation and Power: Consciously Applying the Energetic Laws of the Universe: Center of Light.

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Your heart and mind are incredibly powerful forces for transforming your life. The universe responds to your thoughts, feelings and beliefs in predictable and controllable ways. When you learn to understand and apply the laws of the spiritual and energetic world- your whole life will change. But don't just believe it- experience it for yourself!
This amazing series will teach you to recognize and apply the fundamental energetic and spiritual laws that govern the world around you. You will leave each class with simple and practical exercises that will change your life. Every exercise will bring you closer to knowing your own creative power. This class is simple enough for beginners and deep enough to provide new insights to long-term practitioners.

Jan 9th - Introduction Class; Jan 23rd - The Law of Manifestation; Jan 30th - The Light; Feb 6th - Essential Purpose; Feb 13th - Essential Nature; Feb 20th - The Path.
Center of Light, 200 Huronview Blvd. $40 for the series, $30 if pre-registered. 734-330-5048. annarbor@centersoflight.org annarbor.centersoflight.org [map]
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 7:45-8:45 p.m. 

Lyra 1: A2 Aviary.

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The Lyra (also known as the aerial hoop, aerial ring or cerceau) is a circular steel apparatus, resembling a hula hoop. It is suspended from the ceiling and can be used static, spinning, or swinging. This class is designed for beginning aerialists to gain confidence and strength in the fundamentals of Lyra. You will learn to get on and off the apparatus unassisted, as well as seated and under the bar poses. This is also an excellent conditioning class for established aerialists looking to hone their transitions and perfect their technique, without focusing on choreography. Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination - not to mention bruises in unusual places…!
$12 for a single class
$75 for a seven week series
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. $25-$150. 734-726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/lyra-1/ [map]
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Friday


January 2014
 7:30 p.m. 

Friday Knitting at FLY: Knitting 101: FLY Children's Art Center.

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Banish the winter doldrums, and satisfy that resolution to learn a new skill at the same time...join us at the FLY studio every Friday, and learn to knit!
Each week in this four-week session we will explore a new technique, each building on the next, with a new project being started each class. Class tuition is $20 per student per class or all 4 for $75. Supplies are provided for all classes, as well as a "how-to" instruction reminder. Flight Instructor is Katie Whitehouse, who has been teaching knitting to others for over 10 years. Classes are suitable for folks ages 8 and up. Register at www.flyartcenter.org!
January 10, 7:30pm - Knitting/week 1: Casting on/Knit stitch - Make a Dishcloth!
January 17, 7:30pm - Knitting/week 2: Casting off/Purl stitch - Make a Ribbed Scarf!
January 24, 7:30pm - Knitting/week 3: Increasing/Decreasing - Make a Rosette or a Diagonal Stitch Cozy!
January 31, 7:30pm - Knitting/week 4: Knitting in the Round - Make a Hat!
Learn more about FLY and s
FLY Creativity Lab, 40 N Huron St, Ypsilanti. $20. info@flyartcenter.org. info@flyartcenter.org www.flyartcenter.org [map]
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Saturday


January 2014
 9 a.m.-2 p.m.  Free! 

Volunteer Training: HIV/AIDS Resource Center (HARC).

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Please join HARC staff for the first volunteer training of 2014! HARC volunteers work with staff to make programs and activities possible throughout the year. Volunteer opportunities encompass many areas of the organization including outreach, prevention, HIV testing support, office and administrative work, marketing and special events.
Come learn about the many ways you can help those in our community living with or affected by HIV. You will also receive HARC's HIV101 training to sharpen your knowledge of the virus, as well as prevention practices.
HARC is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing HIV-related services to our community through direct care, prevention and outreach activities.
St. Joe Mercy Hospital Education Center, 5305 Elliott Dr., 2nd Flloor, Rm. EC#4. Free. 734-572-9355, x232. cdishmon@hivaidsresource.org www.hivaidsresource.org [map]
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 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. 

Authentically You: Tranquil Being Healing Massage and Pregnancey Arts Center.

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Authentically You January 25-26th, 2014 10am-5pm $295.00
Becoming the greatest version of YOU is the most important gift you can give to the world. Using Intentional Creativity, you will be guided in a step-by-step painting process using the feminine image for self healing, self expression, and self nurturing; gathering your own unique internal imagery, symbol, & story to be consecrated onto canvas. This opens space that was held within to allow for newness to come forth. This process allows anyone to paint. All supplies are included. Call to reserve.
Tranquil Being, 320 Miller Ave. Suite 185. $295. 734-761-8753. www.tranquilbeing.com [map]
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 2:30-3:30 p.m. 

Static Trapeze 1: A2 Aviary.

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Static trapeze, or fixed trapeze, is a circus art performed on the bars and ropes of a mainly stationary trapeze. This class is designed for beginning aerialists to gain confidence and strength in the fundamentals of Static Trapeze. You will learn to get on and off the trapeze unassisted, as well as seated and under the bar poses. Strength makes it seamless! This is also an excellent conditioning class for established aerialists looking to hone their transitions and perfect their technique, without focusing on choreography. Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination - not to mention bruises in unusual places…!
$15 for a single class
$150 for a seven week series
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. $25-$150. 734-726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/static-trapeze-1/ [map]
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 6:30-8 p.m. 

TwerkShop.

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It's in every club, at every party, and all over YouTube! Twerking has made a comeback and in full force, no you can join the movement too! This workshop will cover basic twerk moves as well as some of the more advance such as "booty roll", "pop and drop", "scrub the ground", "lazy stripper", "stripper wiggle", as well as the infamous "make dat money hand stand". Each move will be broken down step by step and then put together in a mini routine. Whether you want to learn for fitness or to be the hottest twerker in the club this workshop has it all!
Booty shorts or leggings are recommended for best possible jiggle, and you WILL need a water bottle!
Stay after class to show off your new moves at LIFT OFF and get in for half price ($5)!
http://a2aviary.com/offerings/twerkshop/
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. $20. 734-726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com a2aviary.com [map]
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Sunday


January 2014
 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. 

Authentically You: Tranquil Being Healing Massage and Pregnancey Arts Center.

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Authentically You January 25-26th, 2014 10am-5pm $295.00
Becoming the greatest version of YOU is the most important gift you can give to the world. Using Intentional Creativity, you will be guided in a step-by-step painting process using the feminine image for self healing, self expression, and self nurturing; gathering your own unique internal imagery, symbol, & story to be consecrated onto canvas. This opens space that was held within to allow for newness to come forth. This process allows anyone to paint. All supplies are included. Call to reserve.
Tranquil Being, 320 Miller Ave. Suite 185. $295. 734-761-8753. www.tranquilbeing.com [map]
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 1 & 2:30 p.m. 

Commando Krav Maga (CKM) 4-week Self Defense Courses: Commando Krav Maga Chelsea.

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Two 4-week reality based self defense classes will be offered at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor. CKM is a reality-based self defense system utilized by Israeli Special Forces. Students learn the techniques needed to survive violent or aggressive encounters. The primary goal is survival.
Preregistration is required. $40 per 4-week session for JCC member, $50 per session non-member. Sign up for both classes and save $20
Students will learn techniques for:
Gun Disarming
Knife Attacks and Hold-ups
Chokes & Grabs
Ground Survival
Hand-to-Hand Combat
The Basics Class is geared for beginners and will be taught at a pace appropriate for all abilities (ages 14 and over). The Challenge Class (18 & over) will be for returning participants or individuals looking for a physically challenging, fast-paced environment. Workout attire is needed for both classes
Classes run Jan 12, 19, 26, and Feb 2. The Basics Class is 1-2:15, and the Challenge Class is 2:30-3:45
The Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. $40-$50 for 4-week session/per class. (734) 971-0990. karenfreedland@jccfed.org www.commandokravmagachelsea.com [map]
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 6-7 p.m. 

Belly Dance 1: A2 Aviary.

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Led by Coral Rose of Unveiled Belly Dance and the Lunatic Vagabonds, this class combines belly dance movements with traditional fitness training to build your strength, stability, and balance. Class begins with conditioning and cardio, then continues on to the fundamental muscle isolations used in belly dance. The goal of this series is to build confident body posture and presentation as a foundation for movement though deep core strengthening, joint mobility, and isometrics.
The class is an excellent warm up for Belly Dance Technique and choreography, which immediately follows.
$12 for a single class
$75 for a seven week series
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. $12-$75. 734-726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/belly-dance-1/ [map]
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Belly Dance 2: A2 Aviary.

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Led by Coral Rose of Unveiled Belly Dance and the Lunatic Vagabonds, this class drills your dance fundamentals and teaches choreography both traditional and not so much. Class begins with structured sequences of basic moves to hone your form, then moves on to teaching choreography for a full routine. Over the seven week series, each step will be broken down and practiced until you have a finished number, and choreography for the course will change every two series. Students enrolled in the full series are invited to perform at LIFT OFF!
The Belly Dance Conditioning class immediately preceding is an excellent warm up for this class.
$15 for a single class
$90 for a seven week series
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. $15-$75. 734-726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/belly-dance-2/ [map]
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