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Classes, Seminars, and Workshops - Week of February 19, 2018

Classes, Seminars, and Workshops

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February 2018
 6 a.m.-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

FitPoint 2nd Anniversary Party: FitPoint Ann Arbor.

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Come celebrate FitPoint's 2nd Anniversary with FREE classes all day from 6am to 9:30pm and in-studio sales and services by local businesses including Midwest Juicery, Pilar's Tamales, Mighty Good Coffee & In Touch Therapeutic Massage will give chair massages all day.Bring your friends and come celebrate with us!
See our schedule here:
FitPoint, 250 W.Eisenhower Pkwy, Suite 130. Free. 734-531-9958. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Diabetes Prevention Program: Diabetes Prevention Center.

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The Diabetes Prevention Program, a program of the Diabetes Prevention Center, is for people at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Participants will be a part of a small, supportive group lead by a trained lifestyle coach.
For more information call 800-482-1455 or email
The Diabetes Prevention Center is a division of the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan.
Dexter Wellness Center, 2810 Baker Rd, Dexter, MI 48130, Dexter. Free. 800-482-1455. [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]

 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! 

Does Addiction Treatment Work?: Dawn Farm.

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Does Addiction Treatment Work? will be presented by Dr. Carl Christensen, MD, Ph.D., D-FASAM. Recent publications purport to define research-supported definitive truths about the root causes of addiction and efficacy of treatment modalities; however, conclusions are conflicting and have been subject to divergent interpretations. The widely discussed article titled "The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous" by Gabrielle Glaser in the April 2015 "Atlantic," and the J Addict Dis. (2009) article by Lee Ann Kaskutas, D.Ph. titled "Alcoholics Anonymous Effectiveness: Faith Meets Science" provide examples of the debate. Dr. Christensen will review the recent criticisms of treatment for addiction including Twelve Step, residential, and medication assisted therapy, the scientific studies that do and do not support their use and other controversial issues. This program is part of the Dawn Farm Education Series. All programs are free and open to anyone interested. Registration is not required.
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center Auditorium, 5305 Elliott Drive. Free. 734-485-8725. [map]



February 2018
 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 

"Book Arts II": USArtQuest.

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Lorenzo Cristaudo introduces you to traditional Japanese stab bound book binding in three styles. Drum leaf binding is used creating a full two-page layout without a recessed gutter.
All materials are provided
For you to bring: a sack lunch. Optional: bring photographs, printed or reproduced materials, or other momentos to enhance your finished book.
This is a two day class and meets on both February 21st and 28th.
USArtQuest, 18650 West Old US Hwy 12, Chelsea. $65. 734.562.2662. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Creating and Running Great Ann Arbor Restaurants": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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Ann Arbor is fortunate to be home to many outstanding restaurants. Have you ever wondered what it is like to start and grow a restaurant that rises to the top? You will want to hear this engaging presentation by Adam Baru, creator of three great Ann Arbor eateries - Mani Osteria, Isalita, and Mikette.
Adam will tell us about the challenges of starting a new venture in Ann Arbor, creating tantalizing menus, hiring and keeping staff, and how to make sure customers leave happy. Everyone who enjoys 'eating out' will want to attend this event!
This event will last approximately 90 minutes.
Kellogg Eye Center, 1000 Wall St. $10. 734-998-9351. [map]



February 2018
 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]

 6-8:30 p.m. 

"Furniture Decorating Techniques: Stenciling": USArtQuest.

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Doris Gavin introduces you to basic stenciling techniques on an unfinshed wooded box or tray. You'll take home a functional piece of art.
Fee includes all materials.
USArtQuest, 18650 West Old US Hwy 12, Chelsea. $55. 734.562.2662. [map]

 6 p.m. 

"The Right way to advertise your business on social media.": Ann Arbor Area SCORE.

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In this seminar you will learn how to use ads on different social media platforms to grow your business. We'll discuss placing ads on all of the most popular social media sites.
Topics include:
Choosing the right platforms to advertise on
Developing an effective campaign
Choosing the right audience
Setting a budget
Monitoring results
NEW Center Office Building, 1100 North Main Street - Second floor. [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]

 6-8:30 p.m. 

Basic Stenciling Techniques.

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Learn basic stenciling techniques on an unfinished wooden box or tray. You'll take home a functional piece of art!
Doris Friedrich Galvin of TenOEight Restyled Furniture teaches.
Skill level: novice to experienced.
All materials included.
USArtQuest, 18650 West Old US Hwy 12, Chelsea. $55. 734.562.2662. [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 a.m. 

Running Start Workshops: Running Start.

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Running Start is an engaging, mentor-led, workshop-based approach to equip youth with entrepreneurial skills to start a business. Over a series of four workshops, middle and high-school aged youth will come up with a business idea, test it, market it, and finally pitch it.
GO Where Meetings Matter, $199. 734-741-1134.

 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]

 1 p.m. 

"Woodcarving & Tool Sharpening Demo by Mike Kapetan": Maker Works.

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Master woodcarver and sculptor Mike Kapetan will demonstrate the properties of wood as they relate to carving, basic techniques of carving, and methods for sharpening carving tools to razor-edge keenness. For more info, please see our recent blog post at (free to Maker Works members, $5 non-members)
Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. 734-222-4911. [map]

 1 p.m. 

Workshop: Living Well with Illness.

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Living Well with Illness workshops help people discover a more personal meaning of illness through a 3-step process:
telling their story in a supportive environment,
identifying unhelpful stereotypes,
and responding creatively to the challenges of their illness.
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tearoom, 114 S. Main St. Donation. $20. 8146731496. [map]

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