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Classes, Seminars, and Workshops - Week of February 12, 2018

Classes, Seminars, and Workshops

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February 2018
 9:30 a.m. 

"Computerized Investing: Asset Allocation and Mutual Funds": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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Using your computer can help you actively select mutual funds and ETFs for investment. We expect to improve your investing strategies as we present methods of using various investment options.
Join this study group for open discussion of the value of asset allocation, types of mutual funds, types of financial advisors, and questions to ask your financial advisor. We will make extensive use of information from web-based resources.
Instructor Dale Brandenburg is a retired research professor and instructor Bob Shaw is a director and current President of the SE Michigan Chapter of Better Investing.
This study group will meet for 90 minutes on Mondays from February 12 through March 12.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road Suite C. $30. 734-998-9351. [map]



February 2018
 1-3:30 p.m. 

"Stitch an Inchie": USArtQuest.

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For everyone addicted to thread work, beginners to advanced, Connie Pickering Stover will show you how to break rules to create your own art pieces.
Learn to needlepoint using gorgeous hand-painted threads! These are not ordinary threads, they're what makes your needlepoint truly one-of-a-kind. Whether you're a needlepoint newbie, or have some experience, Connie will guide you through the process of creating with panache! You'll want to frame this piece when complete, and Connie will show you how to do that, too!
For beginners and beyond - as long as you know just one stitch, be it cross stitch, needlepoint, crewel, etc., this is for you.
Class fee includes all materials. Frame available for purchase.
USArtQuest, 18650 West Old US 12, Chelsea. $35. 734.562.2662. [map]

 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]

 3-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Does Your 'To Do' List Bring Success or Frustration? In this world of distractions and chaos, there are strategies to negotiate the clutter!': The Entrepreneurship Center and Career Services at Washtenaw Community College.

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Speaker: Lu Parsons
Do you ever get to the end of the day and wonder what you did? Instead, could each day have a purpose, a process, a strategy? Yes! And Lu Parsons can show you how. Lu is a The One Thing certified trainer, who will share strategies you can walk away with on how to be more productive and goal-driven in your daily life. Learn to use the tried and tested techniques from Gary Keller and Jay Papasan's book found at the top of many best seller lists including The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, in order to start on the path to keeping those new year's resolutions and working toward five-year goals on daily basis.
Register Here:
Morris Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College, Room 150, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. 7342495880. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Loss of Spouse or Partner": Arbor Hospice.

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This group meets for 7 consecutive Tuesdays and is open to anyone who has experienced the death of a spouse or partner. In order to maintain continuity, no new members are allowed to join after the second meeting. This group is limited to 10 participants, so please call to reserve a place. Registration is required Call Karma Basha to register at 734.794.5106.
Life without a loved one can be overwhelming, even long after that person has passed. To help individuals coping with grief, Arbor Hospice offers a supportive and caring environment to work through the loss.
Support groups and events are open to everyone, regardless of whether their loved one received services from Arbor Hospice. All grief support programs are free of charge, but donations are welcome to help support the nonprofit's programming. Registration is required.
Arbor Hospice, 2366 Oak Valley Dr. Free. Donation. 313.567.5048. [map]

 7-8 p.m. 

Intro to Aerial Silks: 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.
If you have never "flown" on the aerial silks before, this is the class for you! It is designed for absolute beginners and will 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 will repeat the same curriculum each week, focusing on basic climb, foot lock, and hollow body position, so you can join at any time. Once you've mastered the basics, you'll be ready to move on to the next class level. Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. Use promo code firstflight for $5 off your first class! =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. [map]

 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Teens Using Drugs: What To Know and What To Do": Dawn Farm.

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"Teens Using Drugs: What To Know and What To Do" is a FREE, ongoing 2-part series presented on the 1st (part 1) and 2nd (part 2) Tuesdays of October, November, and January - June. Part 1 provides information on how to understand and recognize adolescent substance use. Part 2 has break-out sessions for adults on effective strategies to help when adolescent substance use is suspected, and for teens to explore the personal effects of substance use. Part 2 ends for adults and teens with a talk by a young person in recovery. The series is presented by Dawn Farm Youth and Family Services, and co-sponsored by Dawn Farm, WISD/LESA Health Educators' Learning Network (supporting and advocating for Whole School, Whole Community, and the Whole Child Approach-WSCC,) St. Joseph Mercy Greenbrook Recovery Center and the Ann Arbor Public Schools. The series is inclusive of parents/guardians, teens, other family members, professionals and students - all are welcome. Registration is not required.
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center, Exhibition Room classroom, 5305 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-485-8725. [map]



February 2018
 10 a.m. 

"The 'CSI Effect': Do TV Programs Really Change Jury Behavior?": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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Prosecutors claim that jurors who watch shows like "CSI" on television are "wrongfully" acquitting guilty criminals when they don't see the kind of forensic science evidence that they see on TV. The media has labeled this the "CSI Effect". But is it true?

This class discusses empirical research into real juror expectations and demands for scientific evidence, whether it might better be called the "tech effect", and how the criminal justice system needs to adjust to these modern jurors.
This study group will meet for 90 minutes and will be led by instructor Donald Shelton.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road Suite C. $10. 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]



February 2018

"Introduction to Home Computing": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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These lectures and demonstrations should be of interest to those thinking of buying a computer, beginners looking for a broad overview, and/or anyone who recently got into home computing.

The course includes a short history of computers and home computing, help with the computer purchase decision, what you might do with a home computer, useful tips and advice about computing, and demonstrations on the operation of Windows 10.
Instructor Gordon Totty will lead each two hour session on Thursdays February 15 and 22.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road Suite C. $15 OLLI membership not required for this class. 734-998-9351. [map]

 1:30 p.m. 

"Literature in Conflict/Literature in Peace": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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Discussions will focus on novels by writers from the Holy Land (Muslims, Christians, Jews, and atheists). How do these writers see themselves and other parties of the conflict? How do these writers perceive "resolving" Palestine/Israel conflict? What do these writers dream of for their generation and beyond? Do we, concerned Americans, see that part of the world in ways similar or different from the ways those writers see it? Why do we agree or disagree with these writers?
Participants in this course will understand Palestine/Israel conflict through the eyes of novelists from Palestine/Israel.
This study group will be led by instructor Adnan Salhi for two hours on Thursdays: February 15, March 29, and April 26.
Genesis of Ann Arbor, 2309 Packard. $20. 734-998-9351. [map]

 5:30 p.m. 

"House Sitting: Travel the World and Your Lodging is Free": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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Thought you didn't have enough money for travel? House sitting makes it possible, as it takes the cost of lodging out of the equation. We have tended homes in Australia, Spain, Denmark, France, and the U.K., allowing us to live as locals for weeks at a time.
In this study group we show you the match-up websites where you meet homeowners, how to post your profile, and how to stand out in order to win the best house sits. Handouts include a 100-page house sitting e-book written by instructor Josie Schneider. She and instructor Conrad Knutsen will lead this 90 minute session.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road Suite C. $10. 734-998-9351. [map]



February 2018
 6 a.m. 

TRX suspension training class: Imagine Fitness and Yoga.

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Rise and shine and join us in this fun, new class!
What is TRX?
Also known as suspension training, TRX provides a full-body workout using your own bodyweight. An apparatus with straps and handles is suspended to allow you to perform a variety of exercises from planks to lunges, pushups, and much more!
Who is TRX for?
TRX is for everyone! From beginners & seniors, to experienced runners, yogis and military.
What should I expect during a TRX circuit?
Expect a total body workout that develops strength, balance, flexibility and core stability simultaneously. You are in control with how much you want to challenge yourself on each exercise - because you can simply adjust your body position to add or decrease resistance.
$20 drop in fee; or $20 for 2 weeks unlimited classes and gym use
Imagine Fitness and Yoga, 3100 West Liberty Rd. $20. 7346228119. [map]

 8:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Re-Imagining the Historic House Museum": University of Michigan Museum Studies Program.

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Historic house museums are the most numerous and often, most conventional, U.S. museum type. This event brings together leaders who are transforming house museums to tell new stories and create new experiences. Morning presentations are open to the public; participants for the afternoon visit to Fair Lane Estate must pre-register.
UM Michigan League - Koessler Room, 911 North University. Free. 734-936-6678. [map]

 7-8 p.m. 

7-Week Ballroom Program for Beginners: The Dance Pavilion.

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A new year means trying new things, being adventurous and making new friends. If you have always wanted to learn how to dance, but didn't know where to start, this is the program for you! Join instructor Izabela Jaworska, and learn the basics to American style Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Rumba, Cha Cha, Swing and more! No experience or partner necessary! Pre-registration is required, limited space available. Please call (734) 369-9700 to register today! Only $84 per person for all 7-weeks!
The Dance Pavilion, 1918 Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti. $84. 734-369-9700. [map]



February 2018
 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 

"Discovering Pastel Techniques": USArtQuest.

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Sue Craig teaches you new skills and techniques using pastels and pastel pencils on a variety of surfaces.
Materials provided.
Bring your own photos to copy or use teacher's examples.
Three different classes are offered on Saturdays in February (3rd, 17th & 24th) - register at $35 per each class or take all three classes for $90.
USArtQuest, 18650 West Old Hwy US 12, Chelsea. $35. 734.562.2662. [map]



February 2018
 3-5 p.m. 

Shoulders and Hips Yoga Workshop: FitPoint Ann Arbor.

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Come join us for Carter's Shoulder & hips Yoga Workshop. 2h dedicated to strengthen and stretch your shoulders and hips. Bring any questions you have. All levels are welcome. Great way to learn poses in depth and understand what Yoga is all about. 20% off until 2/10/18. Call us now to sign up!
FitPoint, 250 W. Eisenhower Pkwy, Suite 130. $40 members/ $50 non-members. 734-531-9958. [map]

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