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Classes, Seminars, and Workshops

Classes, Seminars, and Workshops

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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. [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. [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. [map]

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March 2014
 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. [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. [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. [map]

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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. [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
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S Main St, Ann Arbor. $15/person, or $20/couple. 734-709-3145. [map]

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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 for the coupon code.
Center for the Education of Women, 330 E. Liberty. $15. 734-764-6005. [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:
RST Learning Studio, 412 Longshore Drive. $10 per family. 734-786-2666. [map]

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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. [map]

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 1 p.m.  Free! 

Free College Day: Washtenaw Community College.

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• 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,
For more detailed information please e-mail

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. [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.!studio-classes/c20by [map]

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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
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
Email: 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. [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. [map]

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