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Classes, Seminars, and Workshops

Classes, Seminars, and Workshops





 
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Monday


March 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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 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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 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

ZumbaŽ: Peachy Fitness.

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PARTY yourself into shape!!!
The Latin-inspired, easy to follow, calorie burning, dance fitness party.
Feel the music and let loose.
Zumba involves dance and aerobic elements. Energize and refresh with music such as Latin, Bollywood, Russian, Hip Hop/Pop, Salsa/Cha-Cha, Samba, Merengue. Squats and lunges are also included.
Join us for a 8 class session:
Mondays: 6:30-7:30pm
Chapel Hill Clubhouse (3350 Green Rd, Ann Arbor)
Cost: $69.00/8 classes
Drop-In: $12.00
Chapel Hill Clubhouse, 3350 Green Rd. $69. 734-681-0477. info@peachyfitness.com www.PeachyFitness.com [map]
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Tuesday


March 2014
 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

Aerial Silks Level 0: A2 Aviary.

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Aerial Silks, also known as Tissu or Ribbons, is a fabric apparatus hung from above that is climbed, wrapped around the body, and/or tied to create dramatic drops, pose, and movements in the air. This absolute beginners class will teach you to climb, apply footlocks, introduce you to the flexibility, leverage, and balance used while on the apparatus, as well as how to engage the muscles needed to stay safe in the air. This class is only available by single reservation and does not have a seven week progressive curriculum. It is designed for beginning aerialists who wish to join the Aerial Silks Level 1 class, but missed the first week or more of that seven week series. You are welcome to repeat this class as often as you like until you feel comfortable with these fundamentals, or if you simply want to condition and hone the basics in an instructor guided environment.
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $25. 734-726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/aerial-silks-0/ [map]
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 6-8 p.m. 

Beginning Crochet Class: Ophir Crafts.

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This is a two hour class which will teach the basics of crochet. Students will learn how to get started, how to read a pattern, which hooks to use, about different kinds of yarn, and more. The fee is $25 which includes materials. Additional materials may be purchased that night for a discount. The class is being taught by Terry Ernsting.
Ophir Crafts Store, Westgate Mall, 2507 Jackson Ave. $25. 734-794-7777. ophircrafts@gmail.com www.ophircrafts.com [map]
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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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 7-8:15 p.m.  Free! 

ADHD & Learning Disability Workshop: The University Center for the Child and the Family.

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Our group offers parents the chance to share ideas and receive resources on topics such as their child's Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Learning Disability (LD) diagnosis, the emotional impact of learning problems and community supports for parents and children.
This is the second of three workshops. The final workshop will be held on March 26th. It is strongly recommended to attend all three workshops if possible.
The Institute for Human Adjustment, 500 E. Washington Suite 100. Free. 734-764-9466. umuccf@umich.edu uccf.umich.edu [map]
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 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

Eating Disorders and Chemical Dependency: Dawn Farm.

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"Eating Disorders and Chemical Dependency" will be presented by Carl Christensen, MD, PhD, FACOG, CRMO, ABAM; and Lori Perpich, LLP, MS; Cognitive Behavior Therapist, EDEN Facilitator. People with alcohol/other drug addiction have a higher prevalence of certain eating disorders than the general population. This program will examine evidence that eating disorders are biopsychosocial diseases, similar to chemical dependency. The program will define various eating disorders and their consequences, explore neurobiological and behavioral theories of addiction, describe physiological consequences, discuss screening tools, and provide information on treatment options and resources for people with eating disorders. 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


March 2014
 11:45a.m.-1 p.m. 

Marketing at a Big 10 University- MSU: LA2M - Marketing Education.

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The second part of our Big 10 University marketing event will feature Heather Swain of Michigan State University. She is the Vice President for Communications and Brand Strategy. Heather has been employed by MSU since 2006, so she is sure to have extensive knowledge on what it takes to market such a well known brand and university.
Make sure you bring a friend because having Heather is a wonderful opportunity.
Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main Street. Donation. 734-272-4698. info@la2m.org la2m.org [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 or ar training to become Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educators (LCCE). Our prenatal classes are endorsed by the University of Michigan.
University of Michigan Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. $190. 734.973.1014. info@lamazefamilycenter.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
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 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

Ballet Conditioning: A2 Aviary.

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Are you an adult looking for a ballet class for beginners? Or a budding aerialist who needs little help with your form? Perhaps you have heard phrases bandied about such as, "Point your feet.", "Put energy in your arms.", or "Straighten those legs for a long line." If so then Ballet Conditioning is for you! Strengthening feet, cultivating grace, and improving balance are just some of the aspects that will be explored in this class. There will be a ballet barre followed by easy center work. All levels are welcome!
$12 for a single class
$75 for a seven week series
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $12 - $75. 734-726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/ballet/ [map]
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 7-8:45 p.m. 

Building An Emotional Wellness Toolkit For New & Expecting Parents: presented by Welcome with Love: Emotional Wellness for Growing Families.

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Parenting is a whole new ball game! Whether baby is on the way or already here, we may find ourselves coping day-to-day with resentment, grief, anger, or worry that can get in the way of bonding with our child, and enjoying our lives as parents. In this interactive workshop we will put together a take-home emotional toolkit that can help us feel more like ourselves again and embrace this new adventure as a family! Babes in arms are welcome. Conference call option - call for details! RSVP requested. Hosted by Sarah Nuxoll of www.welcomewithlovefamilycare.com.
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S Main St, Ann Arbor. $15/person, or $20/couple. 734-709-3145. welcomewithlove@gmail.com www.welcomewithlovefamilycare.com. [map]
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Thursday


March 2014
 Noon-1:30 p.m. 

(Re)tooling Your PhD: Expanding Doctoral Professional Development to Maximize Career Potential: The Center for the Education of Women.

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This workshop will explore the wide range of potential alternative careers that might be pursued by early-career academics across a full range of fields and disciplines. Participants will learn how to leverage the considerable University of Michigan resources to best position themselves for the futures they seek.
Topics to be considered include:
• Strategizing your individual professional development agenda
• Learning and using digital tools
• Networking beyond the academy
• Articulating transferrable skills
• Locating relevant UM and community resources
• Strategizing sustained ("Alt-Ac Cohort") peer collaboration
This session is free for U-M graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Please email contactcew@umich.edu for the coupon code.
Center for the Education of Women, 330 E. Liberty. $15. 734-764-6005. http://cew.umich.edu/progevents/retooling-your-phd-expanding-doctoral-professional-development-maximize-career-potentia-0 [map]
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 6:30-8 p.m. 

Workshop: New Online Class Options with Susette Jaquette.

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Come join us to learn more about earning core curriculum credit outside of school. Workshop includes information on the newest online class options and school credit requirements. Find out how RST can help you customize your plan for making the most of your high school career!
WHERE: RST Studio, 412 Longshore Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
WHO: Families and students in grades 6-12
WHEN: March 20, 6:30-8 pm
Cost is $10 per family. Light snacks and beverages will be provided.
To help us plan for food and space accommodations, please register by March 13!
More information and registration here: http://raszersharp.org/upcoming-workshops/
RST Learning Studio, 412 Longshore Drive. $10 per family. 734-786-2666. admin@rststudio.org http://raszersharp.org/upcoming-workshops/ [map]
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 8:45-9:45 p.m. 

Aerial Silks Level 0: A2 Aviary.

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Aerial Silks, also known as Tissu or Ribbons, is a fabric apparatus hung from above that is climbed, wrapped around the body, and/or tied to create dramatic drops, pose, and movements in the air. This absolute beginners class will teach you to climb, apply footlocks, introduce you to the flexibility, leverage, and balance used while on the apparatus, as well as how to engage the muscles needed to stay safe in the air. This class is only available by single reservation and does not have a seven week progressive curriculum. It is designed for beginning aerialists who wish to join the Aerial Silks Level 1 class, but missed the first week or more of that seven week series. You are welcome to repeat this class as often as you like until you feel comfortable with these fundamentals, or if you simply want to condition and hone the basics in an instructor guided environment.
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $25. 734-726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/aerial-silks-0/ [map]
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Saturday


March 2014
 10 a.m. 

Donovan Hohn: Chelsea Writers' Workshop.

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Chelsea Writers' Workshop is hosting award-winning Donovan Hohn as its guest author on Sat. March 22, from 10 am to 12:30 pm. He will lead a Q&A on writing and then a critique of the work of two of our workshop members. Hohn is author of Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea. The book was a finalist for the Helen Bernstein Prize for Excellence in Journalism, and runner-up for both the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award and the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction. A former features editor of GQ and contributing editor of Harper's, Hohn teaches creative writing at Wayne State University in Detroit.
Boardroom, Washington St. Education Center, 500 Washington Street, Chelsea. $10 at door. 734-707-5825. xenakis1@earthlink.net http://groupspaces.com/ChelseaWritersWorkshop/ [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon 

Infant Massage: Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor.

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Learn to massage your baby with infant massage! Infant massage is a great way for you to spend some quality time bonding with your baby and learning your baby's cues. Infant massage is a valuable bonding tool for both mom and dad and is beneficial for both parent and baby. Such benefits can include:
>Parent-child bonding and attachment.
>Learning to communicate with your
>Stress reduction.
>Improved sleep patterns
>Development of neural connections.
>Improved circulation, respiration and digestion.
>Relief from gas, constipation and colic.
>Assist mothers experiencing postpartum depression work through the depression
In Part 1, you will learn massage strokes for the legs, feet, stomach, and chest.
In Part 2, you will learn massage strokes for the arms, hands, face, and back.

Questions are welcomed throughout the class. The learning atmosphere is relaxed and will allow for practice and review of strokes as needed.

Infant massage is ideal for infants who are n
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk. $125. 734-973-1014. info@lamazefamilycenter.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
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 1 p.m.  Free! 

Free College Day: Washtenaw Community College.

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Description:
• Free College Day is a new opportunity for Washtenaw Community College to reach out and engage the community in a unique learning experience
• This is the first event of its kind WCC has offered to the community
• Presenters that day are WCC faculty experts in their field
• Sign up for one or more of the four presentation options
• Light refreshments will be provided
• Seating is limited, registration is required, www.wccnet.edu/freecollegeday
For more detailed information please e-mail freecollegeday@wccnet.edu

More than a Wicked Witch: The Wizard of Oz and the Populist Revolt
Time: 1 p.m. to 1:55 p.m.
Location: Morris J. Lawrence Building/Towsley Auditorium
A Journey From WCC to Timbuktu
Time: 2 p.m. to 2:55 p.m.
Location: Morris J. Lawrence Auditorium
The Great Lakes Today
Time: 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Morris J. Lawrence Building/Towsley Auditorium
Detailing & Personalizing Your Vehicle
Time: 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Occupational
Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E Huron River Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Free. freecollegeday@wccnet.edu [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Art Explorer Saturdays! | Feb 1 - March 22, 7pm: Fly Children's Art Center.

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When: Saturdays, 6-7pm Feb-March Who: ALL FOLKS ages 6 and up welcome...adults, too! ;) Come play!! (students under 10 should be accompanied by an adult) What: Exploratory drop-in art class featuring a new medium each week Cost: $7 drop-in/class* (*plus material fee, depending upon medium) or $50 pre-registered for entire semester (includes all material fees) 2/1: Drawing 2/8: Wire Sculpture* (add $5 material fee) 2/15: Wax resist watercolors 2/22: Sharpie Art* (add $3 material fee) 3/1: Collage/Stamp Art 3/8: Oil pastels 3/15: Tissue paper art* (add $2 material fee) 3/22: Painting Groups of 4 or more must pre-register to be ensured a space! Have a party of 15 or more? Ask us about hosting a private class just for your group!
Fly Children's Art Center, 40 N. Huron St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197, Ypsilanti. $7/student. 734-218-2145. katie@flyartcenter.com http://www.flyartcenter.org/#!studio-classes/c20by [map]
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Sunday


March 2014
 1 p.m. 

Commando Krav Maga - Reality-based Self Defense: American Warriors Academy.

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Join us at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor for a 4-week course in self defense tactics using Commando Krav Maga!
Classes will be Sundays, March 23 & 30, and April 6 & 13 from 1 - 2:30 PM.
Commando Krav Maga (CKM) is a reality-based self-defense
system utilized by the Israeli Special Forces. Students learn the techniques needed to survive violent or aggressive encounters.
Knife Defense Techniques
Gun Disarming
Strangulations and Holds
Hand-to-Hand Defenses
Ground Survival
Psychology
The primary goal of training is survival!
Instructor Mike Trester is a level 6 Certified Commando Krav Maga instructor with over 23 years of law enforcement experience, including 18 years as a Special Weapons And Tactical team member. AGES 14 & OVER
PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED
Email: americanwarriorsacademy@gmail.com to register
$40 for JCC Members/$50 for non-Members
Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. $40-$50. (734) 904-5003. americanwarriorsacademy@gmail.com www.americanwarriorsacademy.com [map]
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 1:30-3:30 p.m. 

Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Strategies for the Emotional Challenges of Parenting: Catherine Fischer, Support For Growing Families LLC.

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Six week class for parents of young children that teaches stress-reducing parenting tools to help you:
Understand children's emotions
Know what to do when children "lose it" (or you do!)
Unlock secrets of successful limit setting
Support close sibling relationships
Lessen exhaustion, confusion and guilt
Nurture yourself and your connection to your children
Enjoy your parenting more!
Catherine Fischer, MA is a mother, birth and postpartum doula and former elementary teacher. She has over 10 years' experience using and teaching the skills and strategies of the "Listening to Children" series from Hand in Hand Parenting. She loves supporting parents and respects and appreciates the hard work parents do to love their children well.
See website for more details and registration information.
Great Oak Cohousing Common House, 503 Little Lake Drive. $150 + $30 materials fee. 7343955544. catherine@supportforgrowingfamilies.com www.supportforgrowingfamilies.com/parenting-classes.html [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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 7-8 p.m. 

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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