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

Classes, Seminars, and Workshops

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March 2018
 1 p.m.  Free! 

"So You'd Like to Lead a Writing Group?": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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OLLI needs more leaders for its popular writing groups. Learn from Eleanor Linn about a few of the current groups, their focus, ground rules, role of the leader, and expectations for participants. This class will give you the opportunity to look at your own skills and interests and help you decide what kind of writing group you would most like to lead. Facilitating a writing group can be fun and immensely engaging. It usually provides strong social support for those involved, as regular writers work together on improving their skills and reflecting on important experiences in their lives.
This Study Group will meet on Monday March 12.There is no fee.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road, Suite C. Free. (734)-998-9351. [map]

 3-5 p.m. 

"Fake News, Facts, and Alternative Facts: OLLI Study Group": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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These sessions are based on lectures offered through the UMich Teach-Out Series on the EdX platform. The course's learning goals, as described by the Teach-Out, are to 1) distinguish between "news" and other forms of information; 2) evaluate the credibility of information claims; 3) identify psychological and logical fallacies that influence how we interpret information; 4) critically examine a news story and identify how it was produced.
Participants will listen to lectures from UM professors and other experts, then engage in discussion facilitated by instructors Sigrid Hermon and Ann Tomlanovich. Additional materials and class exercises might be included.
This study group for those 50 and over will meet every other Monday from March 12 to April 23.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road. $25. (734) 998-9351. [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

"Walking in this World: Expanding The Artist's Way process as suggested by Julia Cameron": Mary Ledvina, MOT, LMT.

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Do you want to slow down and refill your creative well? Do you want to gather inspiration and undertake deep self-care while you generate art?
Ease the difficulty of living a creative life by experiencing the shared faith and companionship of Walking in this World teachings.
Excavate and clarify your creative dreams through Julia Cameron's proven creative unblocking techniques. Use the support of your creative collaborators to make your dreams manifest.
"Walking in this World is intended to demystify the obstacles commonly found on the creative path. It addresses issues common not only to beginners but to those much further on the creative road." -Julia Cameron
Previous experience with The Artist's Way is not required.
Mary Ledvina is a writer, artist, healer and teacher. She loves teaching The Artist's Way, writing and art journaling. Her work has been published in Art Journaling Magazine, Paragraph and Seeding the Snow.
Mondays 6:30-8:30 pm, March 12th - June 4th (skip April 2)
Location TBA, Whitmore Lake. $330 (Before Feb. 26th: $270). 646-9161.



March 2018
 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]

 3:30 p.m. 

"I Contain Multitudes: Bacteria on and Around Us": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Bacteria play both beneficial and harmful roles in our world. Using the book "I Contain Multitudes" by Ed Yong, this course provides general knowledge and current research about how these bacteria (the microbiome) impact animals, humans and their health, and even our homes.
Specific topics include how scientists currently study the microbiome, how bacteria are beneficial to their animal hosts and how they can become harmful, and approaches to modulating the number and type of bacteria present in an animal host. Dr. Rebecca Pollet received a Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina in 2016 and is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Microbiology Department at the UM where she works on the human microbiome.
This Study Group will meet on Tuesdays from March 13-May 15.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd, Suite C. $40. (734)-998-9351. [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]



March 2018
 9:30 a.m. 

Personal Computer Maintenance and Internet Security Tips: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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This class will focus on how to protect your data and identity. Topics include antivirus software, internet threats (ransomware, phishing, etc.), backup alternatives, password best practices, wireless security tips, the latest Internet/phone scams, and identity theft tips-including dealing with the Equifax breach. There will be time for questions and discussion.
Harvey Juster is a semi-retired IT Consultant who has guided friends, family and businesses through the task of protecting their data. He holds an engineering degree from U-M and is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer.
This Study Group will meet on Wednesday March 14.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road, Suite C. $10. (734)-998-9351. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon 

"Biodiversity: An Exploration of the Diversity of Life": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Are you curious about the many forms that life takes on this planet? We will start with an overview of taxonomy--the art and science of naming living things--and a discussion of just what it means for something to be alive. We will then proceed on a journey through the tree of life, briefly glimpsing each of the major groups: animals, fungi, plants, protists, bacteria, and viruses.
Along the way we will discuss research into the purpose and function of organisms, using a combination of lecture and discussion with outside readings. Instructor William Davis is a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan who hopes to share his joy in learning about new organisms.
This study group for those 50 and over will be held on Wednesdays from March 14 to May 2.
Church of the Good Shepherd, 2145 Independence Boulevard. $40. (734) 998-9351. [map]

 10-11:30 a.m. 

"The Untethered Soul, The Journey Beyond Yourself: OLLI Study Group": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Michael Singer says: In this book, we will undertake a journey of exploration of "self…We will…turn to a single source that has phenomenal direct knowledge on the subject…turn to one expert who…has been collecting data to finally put this great inquiry to rest. And that expert is you."
Back by request, this study group for those 50 and over will be a forum to discuss the text and our learnings. Check out the book reviews and see if this fun exploration is for you! For the first class, read the Introduction, Part I: 1 and 2.
Instructor Abby Wilson will lead sessions on Wednesdays from March 14, to May 2.
Trinity Lutheran Church, 1400 W. Stadium Boulevard. $40. (734) 998-9351. [map]

 1-3 p.m. 

"Calling All Angels Pendant"

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Join versatile artist Victoria Newton in this pendant-making class designed for people with intermediate to advanced skill levels.
Wear an angel on your shoulder or make a sparkling angel pendant! Use gilding, mica and beautiful papers to explore a myriad of techniques from concept to finish.
The angel and all materials are supplied in this class. Add our pin back or chain
USArtQuest, 18650 West Old US 12, Chelsea. $35. 734.562.2662. [map]

 1-2:30 p.m. 

Mystery Book Club: OLLI Study Group: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Mystery lovers, this is the group for you. Instead of reading familiar authors, we will be searching for new talent. So, bring a list of your favorite authors and share them with us.
Each month the group will select an author and you can read a book of your choice from that author's repertoire. The following month we will discuss the author's ideas and writing techniques to learn how they are applied across his/her books. We will also talk about what we liked or disliked about the books we read. Please read any book by Alafair Burke for the first session.
This study group for those 50 and over will be led by instructor Sydney Kaufman. In order to allow time for the readings between classes, the group will be held on March 14, April 11, May 9, June 13, and July 11.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road. $30. (734) 998-9351. [map]

 4-5:30 p.m. 

"Flights of Fantasy Figures Class for Kids": USArtQuest.

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Victoria Newton has designed this after school class for all kids ages 7 to 12.
From Mermaids to Kite Flyers to Super Heros to Woodland Faeries, there are no limits to the fun you will have designing a Fantasy Creature fit for any adventure! Mounted on lightweight board, you will be proud to display your Fantasy Figure.
All materials included.
USArtQuest, 18650 West Old US 12, Chelsea. $25. 734.562.2662. [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]

 7-8:30 p.m. 

"A World of Health : Connecting People, Place, and Planet": Michigan Friends Center.

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A healthy environment is essential for human health and well being. This six-session discussion course helps participants explore the connections between the health of our communities and the health of our planet. You also learn about the limitations of the current medical model and the places where our personal health intersects with the environment-from our food and homes, to our communities and society. Together, we will discover actions that promote good health and in turn, promote a healthier environment.
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 ICPJ and Transition Town Chelsea.
For registration information, check our website at
Michigan Friends Center, 7748 Clark Lake Road, Chelsea. Donation. Sliding-scale fee of $30, $45, or $60 (as able) to cover book and other course costs; pre-registration required.. 734.475.1892. http// [map]



March 2018
 7 p.m.  Free! 

Adult Bible Study: Church of the Nazarene.

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This is an on-going Adult Bible Study. We are comparing the Gospels - Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Why did Matthew describe an event one way while Luke described it a little differently? Come join us each or any Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
Brewed Awakenings Cafe, 7025 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. Free. (734) 429-3703. [map]



March 2018
 10:30 a.m.-1 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 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]



March 2018
 1-4 p.m. 

"Newborn Know-How Crash Course": Ann Arbor Baby Beginnings.

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Babies don't come with instructions, so we designed a crash course full of information and demonstrations to prepare for newborn care. This is your opportunity to spend time together focusing on your baby. Not the birth, or what to register for, but what life will really be like with your new bundle. Topics covered include: feeding (including how to get breastfeeding off to a good start), swaddling, diapering, holding, bathing, cord care, safe sleep, and general health and safety. You will have the opportunity to meet other parents and to learn more about local parenting resources.
Cost includes mom and partner.
Align Chiropractic, 2464 East Stadium Blvd. $65. 734-221-0158. [map]

 1:30 p.m. 

"Hand in Hand Parenting Starter Class": Catherine Fischer, Certified Hand in Hand Parenting Instructor.

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This six-week class led by Certified Hand in Hand Parenting Instructor Catherine Fischer will help you to reduce stress in your family and help you better understand how children's emotions work.
You will learn new ways to respond to tantrums, how to set limits effectively with both warmth and firmness and new ways to connect with your children through play.
Parents have found these tools helpful with aggression, whining, power struggles, bedwetting, sleep problems, shyness and helping children with specific fears, as well as increasing the parents' own confidence and enjoyment of their children and of parenting.
The class fee includes a manual and a set of "Listening to Children" booklets for each class member or couple.
Great Oak Cohousing, 500 Little Lake Drive. $210 per person or $335 per couple.. 734-395-5244. [map]

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