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Classes, Seminars, and Workshops - Week of October 16, 2017

Classes, Seminars, and Workshops

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October 2017
 10 a.m.  Free! 

"A Matter of Balance Workshop": The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan.

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A Matter of Balance is the newest evidence-based program offered by the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan that is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of older adults who have concerns about falls. Learn more at
Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti. Free. 734-222-9800. [map]

 1 p.m. 

Chinese Culture and History: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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This class will provide a general survey of Chinese history, geography, philosophy and culture. It will cover education, government, communication, health beliefs, sports, migration, wars and their impacts, American influence, and the Taiwan issue.
This study group will meet for two hours on Mondays from October 16 through November 20.
Instructor Amy Seetoo was a co-founder of the Chinese American Society of Ann Arbor and the Healthy Asian Americans Project at U of M.
Bank of Ann Arbor, 2601 Plymouth Road. $35. 734-998-9351. [map]

 3 p.m. 

Amaya Bravo 16-Thread CNC Embroidery Machine Check Out Class: Maker Works.

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This 2 hour class will introduce you to the Amaya Bravo 16-Thread CNC Embroidery Machine we have in our shop, as well as the Design Shop software that lets you create digitized embroidery files from an image file. This machine is great for monogramming shirts or towels, decorating bags and accessories and making patches! Use the Design Shop software and design your own. There is also a baseball cap attachment! You will learn the basic operation with an emphasis on safety. With the successful completion of this class, you will be certified to use the Amaya CNC Embroidery Machine on your own.
This is a hands-on class, so space is extremely limited; only 3 students per class. Please arrive 10 minutes early if this is your first time to Maker Works.
Call 734-222-4911 or visit our website to register.($50)
Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. $50. 734-222-4911. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Meet the Doulas": Center for the Childbearing Year.

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Have you been considering hiring a doula? Join us for a Q&A about the role of the doula followed by an opportunity to meet and chat with several area birth and postpartum doulas. You may meet one whom you want to hire on the spot or collect several business cards to set up more in-depth interviews later. Light snacks will be provided. RSVP to (requested but not required).
Center for the Childbearing Year, 722 Brooks St. Free. [map]



October 2017
 9:30 a.m. 

Introduction to Readers Theater: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Readers Theater provides an opportunity to engage with a literary work to better understand and appreciate the playwright's point of view and message. This will be done through choral readings, practice script readings of three short plays, reading with a script before members of the class, and discussion of each play.
Introduction to Readers Theater helps create and foster community by providing a welcoming environment where all feel valued, and where all are able to form meaningful connections with one another.
This class will begin to develop a cohesive group that enjoys reading aloud and participating in Senior Theater. Must register by October 25th.
Instructor Terrence Madden will lead each two hour class on Wednesdays from November 1 through November 15.
Saline Senior Center, 629 N. Maple, Saline. $20. 734-998-9351. [map]

 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 

"Discovering Pastel Techniques": USArtQuest.

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Learn new skills and techniques using both pastels and pastel pencils on a variety of surfaces. All materials provided. Bring your own photos or use my examples!
Class #1 (10/17): Experiment with pastel on medium toned paper, establishing the darks and adding medium and light values. Let the paper become a part of your composition, emphasizing the center of interest with more value contrast.
Class #2 (10/24): Using sanded paper, we'll establish lean darks and add contrasts with medium tones, adding lighter highlights at the end.
Class #3 (10/31): Textured watercolor paper will be the surface for the third painting. We'll establish a foundation with pastel over the top, using concepts we learned the first two weeks. Begining with these techniques and start creating your subject using your own photos, the instructor's photos, or Plein Air!
Sue Craig teaches this three part class.
Fee includes all materials.
USArtQuest, Chelsea. $90. 734.562.2662.

 1:15 p.m.  Free! 

ESL Tutoring: First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor.

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Intermediate and advanced conversation, writing practice, book study, and TOEFL prep groups for learners of English as a second language. No beginner groups available.
First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor, 1432 Washtenaw Avenue. Free. 734-662-4466. [map]

 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Tobacco Recovery": Dawn Farm.

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Tobacco Recovery will be presented by Anna Byberg, LMSW, CAADC; Program Coordinator, Dawn Farm Spera Recovery Center. Despite downward trends in the prevalence of tobacco use in the general population, tobacco use remains a significant problem among people with alcohol/other drug addiction. The conventional wisdom that tobacco use should not be addressed during treatment or in early recovery has been shown to be false. Studies have demonstrated that tobacco cessation has positive effects on recovery and relapse rates, and a smoke-free policy does not adversely affect treatment retention. This program will describe the prevalence of tobacco addiction among people with alcohol and other drug addictions, the relationship between tobacco use and recovery, information on tobacco cessation techniques targeted to people with alcohol/other drug addiction, and suggestions for implementation of tobacco cessation support by addiction treatment programs/professionals.
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center Auditorium, 5305 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-485-8725. [map]



October 2017
 1 p.m. 

Lessons on Race and Culture from a Prison Classroom: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Instructor Judy Wenzel will share what she learned from her 25 years of teaching diverse groups of imprisoned high school students in this two hour session.
This study group will discuss who society incarcerates, what these students learned or failed to learn in their former schools, why many dropped out, how to thrive in groups of widely varying backgrounds and experiences, and the importance of cultural identity.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road, Suite C. $10. 734-998-9351. [map]

 3:15 p.m. 

Environmental Writing From Thoreau to the Present: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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We will sample the best and most influential American environmental writing, using as our text Bill McKibben's excellent American Earth (Library of America, 2008).
We will discuss what makes the writing successful and also how it reflects evolving conceptions of the natural world and of how we should live with it. Readings will include selections from Thoreau, John Muir, Aldo Leopold, Rachel Carson, Wendell Berry, Terry Tempest Williams, and Barbara Kingsolver among others. We will read some poetry (handouts) but mainly nonfiction prose (creative nonfiction).
Instructor John Knott is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Michigan and will lead this study group which meets for one hour and 45 minutes on Wednesdays from October 18 through November 15.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road, Suite C. $30. 734-998-9351. [map]

 6 p.m. 

One Prayer Class: SUN SHEN.

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The One Prayer is a dynamic self-management tool, custom designed for you, that you can take wherever you go and update as you learn and grow. This course is designed for anyone wanting a greater understanding of themselves, more focus in life, and more satisfaction. The One Prayer is about having a vision, following your heart, but is also very concrete and practical. Classes are held Wednesdays, 6 - 7:30pm. Contact Joanna Myers at or 734-395-8486 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $65/month. 734-395-8486. [map]



October 2017
 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m.  Free! 

50th Celebration: U-M Residential College.

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Oct. 19-22. A 4-day program of lectures, performances, and exhibitions in honor of RC's 50th anniversary. Ongoing events in East Quad (start Thursday morning unless otherwise noted): "Impermanent Poetry," with RC alum Jean Mandeberg, offers participants a chance to create a poem in the grass written in rice flour poured from 26 purpose-built boxes, each designed to dispense a different letter of the alphabet. Also, Tours of East Quad by current RC students and an Alumni Art Show (beginning Friday) curated by RC photography lecturer Isaac Wingfield. Today's talks (at Keene Theater unless otherwise noted): RC lecturer emerita Helen Fox on "How Race and Racism Work in Liberal Spaces: An Interactive Discussion" (10-11:30 a.m.), RC women's studies professor emerita Ann Evans Larimore on "Participatory Politics" (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.), RC arts & humanities lecturer Frederick Peters on "'I am Dynamite' Nietzsche: The Bad Boy of Western Philosophy?" (1:30-2:30 p.m.), RC drama program director Martin Walsh, former RC director Charlie Bright, and former RC drama program director Peter Ferran on "The RC Brecht Theater Company" (3-4 p.m.), RC social theory lecturer Henry Greenspan on "Dark Improv: Play and Social Death" (4-5:30 p.m.), RC drama lecturer Kate Mendeloff and RC drama program director Martin Walsh on "A Drama Program Retrospective" (6-8 p.m.), and RC Intensive German Program director Janet Hegman Shier on "Durch die Jahre: The RC Deutsches Theater Continuum, 1985-Present" (8:15-10:30 p.m.). Also, RC creative writing faculty read from their works at Literati (see listing), and Pulitzer prize-winning U-M photography professor David Turnley discusses Rise Again, his new book of photographs that chronicle the highs and lows of a U-M football season (6:30-7:30 p.m., 1405 East Quad).
Various times, East Quad (except as noted), 701 East University. Free. 763-0176. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

Atrial Fibrillation Educational Classes: St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor.

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A four week series of free educational classes for atrial fibrillation patients, family and friends to learn about diagnosis, prevention and treatment.
Registration is recommended but not required.
Michigan Heart & Vascular Institute, 5325 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-712-3583. [map]

 1 p.m. 

Women and Aging through Literature and Reflective Writing: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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This study group uses essays, poems and memoir excerpts about aging written by women as prompts for reflective writing.
Following a discussion, members write during class and voluntarily share their writing with the group. Sample prompts might include: write about a fear you have about growing older; describe a strength or positive attribute that has emerged in you as you've grown older. This is not a creative writing class, but an opportunity to reflect more deeply about what aging means to us as women.
Instructor Beth Spencer is a geriatric social worker, avid reader and writer with decades of teaching experience and will lead this study group for two hours on Thursdays from October 19 through November 16.
Church of the Good Shepherd, 2145 Independence Blvd. $30. 734-998-9351. [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

"Ready for Birth: Condensed Childbirth Class": Center for the Childbearing Year.

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This interactive, hands-on class is designed to accommodate the schedules of busy first-time parents who simply can't make it to the full six-week series. Perfect for couples seeking a Refresher Class for a second (or more!) baby as well. We'll review the process of labor and birth from start to finish. Emphasis is placed on natural approaches to pain management, support techniques and comfort measures (how partners can help), and tips for smoothing your recovery in the early weeks postpartum.
Center for the Childbearing Year, 722 Brooks St. $175 per couple. 734-663-1523. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"A Different Way: Living Simply in a Complex World": Michigan Friends Center.

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In this six-session course we will:
• Explore the many personal and global issues we face that a simple lifestyle can help to address.
• Determine which of your values leads you to an interest in simple living, and how simple living will help you live more in line with your values.
• Commit to action to create bigger impact in our world..
Each session is based on a set of readings from the NWEI course book, with rotating facilitation by course participants. This course is hosted by Michigan Friends Center and offered in partnership with Transition Town Chelsea. Registration required.
For further course information (including cost) contact Michigan Friends Center at
Michigan Friends Center, 7748 Clark Lake Road. There will be a sliding-scale fee of $30, $45, or $60 (as able) to cover course costs; pre-registration required.. (734)475-1892. [map]



October 2017
 10 a.m.-noon 

Secrets for Maintaining a Clean & Organized Home: Ann Arbor Public Schools Community Education & Recreation (Rec & Ed).

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Are you tired of the vicious cycle of marathon cleaning for guests and stashing piles of clutter? Do you want your home to feel peaceful and welcoming? Maintaining a tidy home does not need to take a lot of time or effort. Learn how to set your household up for positive daily routines to keep clutter and dirt at a minimum, while still having time to enjoy life. Instructor: Carolyn Anderson-Fermann, Simply Organized Life.
Community Education & Recreation, 1515 S. 7th St. $25. 734-994-2300 ext. 53234. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

Community Cats Training Class: Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Be an advocate for feral cats!
In this FREE class, you will learn why HSHV believes that Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) helps reduce the number of free roaming cats, lowers stray intake and euthanasia and creates better, less hostile environments for our community cats. You'll also learn how you can help -- and we need you! RSVP requested.
Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. Free. [map]

 3:30 p.m. 

What is Cancer and Why is it So Hard to Cure?: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Cancer is one of the most dangerous health problems in the world today. The course provides general knowledge about cancer biology and how tumors form, progress, and metastasize. Recent knowledge regarding the molecular mechanisms underlying those events will be explained. The battle between science and cancer is ongoing. The strategies used by scientists to kill cancer cells and how cancer cells resist and develop will be discussed. Finally, participants will learn about how research affects treatment practices as well as current approaches in cancer research.
This course will meet for 90 minutes each Friday from October 20 through December 15 (except for November 24).
Instructor Dr. Mai Tran received a Ph.D. in Cancer Biology from the University of Texas-MD Anderson Cancer Center in 2013. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Pathology Department at the University of Michigan
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road, Suite C. $40. 734-998-9351. [map]

 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

Fix-It Friday: Maker Works.

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All invited to bring anything that needs fixing-chairs, sweaters, radios, and more. Maker Works members and staff will be on hand to help fix things and offer advice. (Note: Repairs are not guaranteed.)
4-6 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. (off Airport Blvd. north of Ellsworth).
Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. Free. 734-222-4911. [map]



October 2017
 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

"Nuno Felting 101: Fine Wool and Silk Scarf": Robin Hills Farm.

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In this hands-on workshop, fibre artist Char Sobieski will lead participants of all skill levels in designing and creating a scarf using nuno felting, a technique that bonds loose wool and silk fibers to a silk gauze fabric base. Char will discuss the principles behind this technique, including which fibres work best and how to make a sturdy, wearable finished product. Participants will leave with their own handmade scarf which they designed themselves.
Robin Hills Farm, 20390 M-52, Chelsea. $75. 7348348496. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Free Seminar: Holiday Decorating Tips": English Gardens.

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Holidays are just around the corner. Start planning now. Learn about this season's hottest colors and decorating trends.
English Gardens, 155 N. Maple Rd. Free. [map]

 11:30 a.m. 

Make It & Take It Workshop: Seasonal Miniature Garden: English Gardens.

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FEE: $24.99; Value: $44.99
Create a seasonal miniature garden to take home and enjoy. We'll supply everything you need to create your whimsical garden. Plants, container and accessories may vary.
English Gardens, 155 N. Maple Rd. $24.99. [map]

 1 p.m. 

"Ecology Series: Animal Skulls!": Robin Hills Farm.

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Get a jump-start on Halloween by learning to identify the skulls of some common native animals with wildlife biologist Sean Zera. Weather permitting, we will also take a short hike to identify animal tracks.
Robin Hills Farm, 20390 M-52, Chelsea. $15, or $25 family ticket. 7348348496. [map]

 1-4 p.m. 

Scavenger Hunt Collage Art Experience: Ann Arbor Public Schools Community Education & Recreation (Rec & Ed).

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Hunt for items in downtown Ann Arbor and turn your collection into a cool collage. Begin at Flipside Art Studio where you pick up the list of clues, whoever finds all the items and returns back to Flipside first receives a gift certificate worth $35. Everyone creates a beautiful collage of your very own under the guidance of Flipside Art Studio staff. Pre-registration is required.
Flipside Art Studio, 255 E Liberty St, Ste #213B. $19/individual, $49/family. 734-994-2300 ext. 53234. [map]



October 2017
 1-3 p.m. 

"Feldenkrais Method: Foam Roller": Ann Arbor Public Schools Community Education & Recreation (Rec & Ed).

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Use a foam roller to align your spine, engage your core and reduce tension work in your back, neck, hips and shoulders. We use foam rollers to reduce tension, increase proprioception, engage your core and improve balance. Fee: $45. Pre-registration is required. Instructor: Dale Jensen, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner.
Harmony Yoga, 1955 Pauline Blvd, Suite 100B Ann Arbor, MI, 48103. $45. 734-994-2300 ext. 53234. [map]

 1-2 p.m. 

Introduction to Tap Dance: Ann Arbor Public Schools Community Education & Recreation (Rec & Ed).

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Have you always wanted to learn how to tap dance? Learn the basic time steps and skills. Wear comfortable clothing and sneakers and get ready to move. No tap shoes or experience required, just a willingness to have fun! Drop-in registration available as space allows. Instructor: Dancer's Edge Staff.
Eberbach Cultural Arts Building, 1220 S. Forest. $12. 734-994-2300 ext. 53234. [map]

University of Michigan Museum of Art