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Family, Teens, & Kids Stuff - Week of November 13, 2017

Ann Arbor is a family town, and the area provides a host of activities for kids of all ages. Let The Calendar help plan an after-school or weekend excursion.





 
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Monday


November 2017
 3:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Minecraft Monday": Chelsea District Library.

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All kids ages 8-12 invited to try out this computer game that involves building things with virtual blocks to work as a team to build and landscape, solve puzzles, battle monsters, and create a new virtual world. New & experienced players welcome.
3:30-4:30 p.m., CDL learning lab, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Fiber Arts Lab: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Nov. 13 & 27. All invited to learn the basics of knitting (Nov. 13) and crochet (Nov. 27). Materials provided. Experienced fiber artists are invited to bring a project to work on.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Secret Lab (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Little-Known Stories in American History": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to listen to local storyteller Jim Glenn relate odd and unusual tidbits of U.S. history from the late 1700s through the mid-20th century.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL 4th-floor meeting room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


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Tuesday


November 2017
 9:30 a.m. 

"The Little Scientist Club": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Every Tues. & Sat. Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
10:30-11:30 a.m. (Sat.) & 9:30-10:30 a.m. (Tues.), AAHOM Green Room (lower level), 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]


 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Babytime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Tues. Staff present a program of songs, stories, and rhymes for kids under age 2 (accompanied by a caregiver). No siblings.
9:30-10:15 & 10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Fall Bingo": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Prizes.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL Westgate Branch West Side Room, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 3:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Tween Book Club: Chelsea District Library.

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All kids ages 9-13 invited to discuss a book. Also, a related activity. Snacks.

Sept. 19: Tuesdays at the Castle, the first in Jessica Day George's popular Castle Glower series. When the king, queen, and eldest prince vanish, the youngest daughter must thwart usurpers with the help of her siblings and her family's mischievous sentient castle.

Nov. 14: Number the Stars, Lois Lowry's Newbery Medal-winning story about a Danish girl helping to smuggle her Jewish friends to safety in Sweden during WWII.

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3:30-4:30 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]


 4:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Kaleidoscope": Saline District Library.

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Stories and crafts for kids in grades 1-5. Themes include "Pirate's Treasure" (Sept. 28) and "Tessellation Transformations" (Nov. 14).
4:15-5:15 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


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Wednesday


November 2017
 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"DIY Zone": The Neutral Zone.

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Daylong series of activities for teens, including engineering, environmental sustainability, robotics, music technology, app development, game design, and screen printing projects. Also, a screening of films from the "Teen24 Film Challenge" (4 p.m.) and performances by musicians and DJs throughout the day.
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Neutral Zone, 310 E. Washington. Free. 214-9995. [map]


 10-11 a.m. 

"Nature Storytime": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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All kids ages 1-5 (accompanied by a caregiver) invited for a program of stories and nature-based activities exploring the world of Animal Senses.

Nov. 1 & 5: "Sight!"

Nov. 8:"Smell!"

Nov. 15 & 19. "Touch!"

Nov. 29: "Sound!"
10-11 a.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. $5 per child (members' children, $4). 997-1553. [map]


 10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytime: Chelsea District Library.

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CDL youth librarians present a program of stories, songs, fingerplays, and craft activities for kids ages 3-5 accompanied by a caregiver.
10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 Noon 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Drummunity Circle"

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Lori Fithian, a local drummer and drum teacher, leads a drum circle. Instruments provided, or bring your own. Kids welcome. Preceded at 6:45 p.m. by a brief drum lesson.
7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S. Main. Free. 426-7818. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Stenciled Totes": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to stencil on a plain canvas tote. Totes, paints, & stencils supplied.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Secret Lab (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


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Thursday


November 2017
 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 

"Bernstein's Philharmonic: A Centennial Festival": University Musical Society.

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Nov. 16-19 (different programs). The New York Philharmonic's UMS residency celebrates Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday with daily concerts and a series of master classes.

Nov. 16: The New York Philharmonic performs "Pop Up Concerts" (locations TBA; free, but preregistration required at https://tinyurl.com/y73ub4g8).

Nov. 17: Program features Mahler's Symphony No. 5., in recognition of Bernstein's role in bringing Mahler's work into the symphonic canon. Conducted by Jaap van Zweden, who will become the NYP music director in 2018. 8 p.m.

Nov. 18: Program, geared toward families, recreates one of Bernstein's Young People's Concerts, broadcast on CBS from 1958-1972. The all-Bernstein program includes the Candide Overture, selections from the musical On the Town, "Masque" from Symphony No. 2, "Profanation" from Symphony No. 1, and selections from West Side Story. 2 p.m.

Nov. 19: Program: Bernstein's Kaddish Symphony, with narration by Oscar winner Jeremy Irons, is a work inspired by the Jewish prayer of mourning that encompasses a paean to God, a confrontation between man and God, and a plea for peace. With soprano Tamara Wilson and the MSU Children's Choir. Also, Richard Strauss's tone poem Don Quixote. 3 p.m.

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8 p.m. (Nov. 17), 2 p.m. (Nov. 18), & 3 p.m. (Nov. 19), Hill Auditorium. Tickets $18-$130 in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Hike: Campfire Celebration": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance leads a hike for kids ages 2-4, accompanied by a caregiver. Followed by s'mores and hot drinks around a campfire.
10-11:30 a.m., County Farm Park, meet at the Pollinator Garden, Platt Rd. south off Washtenaw. Free; preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org (registration #811003, section B). 971-6337.


 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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CDL staff present a program for toddlers about letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 Noon 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 3:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Read to the Library Dogs": Chelsea District Library.

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All beginning readers ages 6-11 invited to read one-on-one for 10 minutes to a dog trained to act as if it's listening.
Various times, CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]


 4-6 p.m. 

SCRAP Box Crafternoon-- Animals!: SCRAP Box.

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Now presenting... SCRAP Box Crafternoons! Come one, come all. These are family friendly events that we are offering every other week of November. If you're a solo artists who needs a space to explore some creativity, please join us! We love pre-teens & teens too.
This week we will use creative reuse materials to make animal puppets, turkey windsocks, pinecone hedgehogs, and foxes! Make a craft that you'll use over and over again!
Ages 6+, however we will make exceptions for families. We don't want to split you up! However, adult supervision is required for scissor & hot glue use.
RSVP to info@scrapbox.org
SCRAP Box, 581 State Circle Ann Arbor, 48108. $5. 734-994-0012. scrapbox.org [map]



 4:15 p.m.  Free! 

Caldecott Club: Saline District Library.

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Kids in kindergarten and 1st grade invited to listen to picture books, discuss the art and words, and vote for a favorite.
4:15-5 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 4:15 p.m.  Free! 

"On My Own Storytime": Saline District Library.

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Storytelling program for kids age 3 & up, with or without a caregiver. No younger siblings.
4:15-5 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Super Stories Book Club": Dexter District Library.

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Kids in grades K-2 invited to read stories about "Trickster Tales" (Nov. 16), "Slimy & Scaly Stories" (Dec. 14), and "Snow & Ice" (Jan. 11). Crafts and snacks.
4:30-5:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]


 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Synthesize: Art & Technology": UMMA.

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All teens invited for a curator-led tour of Swarm Study / II, an interactive installation of motion-sensing lights. Followed by talks and demos by U-M engineering and art faculty and students.
6-7:30 p.m., UMMA Multipurpose Rm., 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Spamalot": Young People's Theater.

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Nov. 16-19. Caroline Huntoon directs young local actors in Eric Idle's Tony-winning musical adaptation of the classic film comedy Monty Python & the Holy Grail, a fractured send-up of the legend of King Arthur and his Knights that features showgirls, cows, killer rabbits, and abusively represented French people.
7 p.m. (Nov. 16-18), 1 p.m. (Nov. 18) & 2 p.m. (Nov. 19), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $15 (seniors age 65 & over and youth age 18 & under, $10) in advance at muto.umich.edu & the Michigan Union, and (if available) at the door. 763-TKTS. [map]


 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"That Thursday Thing: Calming Glitter Jars": Chelsea District Library.

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Teens in grades 6-12 invited to make jars filled with water, glitter, and glue that are intended to induce a relaxed state when shaken.
7-8 p.m., CDL McKune rm., 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


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Friday


November 2017
 8 a.m.-10 p.m. 

28th Annual Gaming Convention: U•Con.

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Nov. 17-19. 400-600 competitors are expected to turn out to play a wide spectrum of tabletop games, from board games of all kinds (including European family-oriented board games) and role-playing games (including some RPGA-sanctioned events) to collectible card games and miniaturized simulations of historical and fictional battlefields. A "Kid U•Con" area features a variety of games and activities for kids. Participants also are invited to bring in games to play in an open gaming area. Representatives of game design companies are on hand to discuss and demonstrate their games. Also, a dealers' room with sales and demos of games. Registration begins today at 9 a.m. Complete schedule of events available at ucon-gaming.org.
8 a.m.-10 p.m. (Fri.), 8 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sat.), & 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. (Sun.) Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest, 1275 S. Huron St., Ypsilanti. Weekend pass $25 in advance, $35 (students and active & retired military, $25) at the door. Fri. & Sun., $15 in advance and at the door; Sat. $20 in advance, $25 at the door; kids ages 7-12 (accompanied by an adult), $10; kids 6 & under, free. Also, $2-$4 to play most games. Advance registration available online at ucon-gaming.org. 930-6363. [map]


 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Taste of the Holidays": International Neighbors.

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All area women invited for a holiday meal, with a variety of meatless dishes brought in by club members, including food traditionally associated with American Thanksgiving celebrations, as well as dishes from international cultures. Child care available for kids age 5 & under.
1-2:30 p.m., Westminster Presbyterian Church social hall, 1500 Scio Church Rd. Free. (313) 815-0413. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Guided Meditation for Young Kids": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local massage therapist and meditation leader Amy Tarrant leads kids in grades pre-K & K (with or without a parent) in a series of guided meditations. At the end of the session, kids have a chance to process the experience through artistic expression. Bring a blanket or pillow, if you like.
2-3 p.m, AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 5-9 p.m. 

"Pets & Pajamas Movie Night": Huron Valley Humane Society.

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Kids ages 5-11 invited to watch Finding Nemo, Andrew Stanton's 2003 animated adventure about a young fish who defies his father and finds adventure he didn't seek. Also, a chance to interact with adoptable pets. Pizza dinner. Wear pajamas and bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
5-9 p.m., Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill (south off Plymouth east of Dixboro). $35 ($15 for each additional sibling). Preregistration required. hshv.org, 661-3575. [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Friends and Music at Calvary": Calvary Presbyterian Church.

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All adults and teens with special needs invited for singing, dancing, and other activities. Caregivers welcome. Pizza, snacks, & drinks.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2727 Fernwood. Free. Preregistration requested. specialneeds@calvarya2.com, 971-3121. [map]


 7 p.m. 

24th Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival.

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3 days of Polish films. Polish, subtitles.

Nov. 17: "Wolyn (Hatred)" (Wojciech Smarzowski, 2016). Drama about a young woman trying to survive WWII. 7 p.m.

Nov. 18: "Children's Program." Includes Mateusz Jarmulski's 2016 animation Przytul Mnie (Hug Me) and episodes from 2012-2014 of Marcin Wasilewski's cartoon Mami Fatale. 10 a.m. "Documentary & Short Films Program." 1 p.m. Sztuka Kochania (The Art of Loving), Maria Sadowska's 2017 comedic biopic about Michalina Wislocka, a famous sexologist in communist Poland. 6 p.m. Po Prostu Przyjazn (Simply Friendship), Filip Zylber's 2017 comedy about setbacks that affect a group of friends. 8:30 p.m.

Nov. 19: "Children's Program." Za Niebieskimi Drzwiami (Behind the Blue Door), Mariusz Palej's 2017 dark fantasy-adventure about a boy who survives a car accident and then discovers an alternate reality behind a door in his bedroom. Appropriate for kids age 10 & up. Also, a children's book exhibit. 10 a.m. "Documentary & Short Films Program." 1 p.m. Powidoki (Afterimage), Andrzej Wajda's 2016 biopic about the avant-garde painter Wladyslaw Strzeminski, who helped found the State Higher School of the Visual Arts after WWII, only to be fired for failing to respect Socialist Realist Doctrine. 3 p.m.

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Michigan Theater, various times. Tickets $10 (students & seniors, $6), except as noted. Annarborpolonia.org/polonia. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Read & Feed Teen Book Club: Dexter District Library.

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Book discussion group for youth in grades 6-12. Pizza. Trivia games for prizes.

Nov. 17: Legend, Marie Lu's young adult suspense novel set in a fictitious breakaway republic in what is now the American West.

Dec. 15: Trapped, Michael Northrop's thriller about a blizzard that traps 7 teens in their school with no electricity or heat.

Jan. 26: Ice Dogs, Terry Lynn Johnson's survival tale about a 14-year-old dogsled racer who loses her way on a routine outing with her dogs.

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7-8 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

"Owl Prowl": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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Nov. 17 & 18. LSNC staff lead an evening hike for adults (Fri.) and kids age 5 & older accompanied by an adult (Sat.) to look for and call owls, followed by a visit with live owls to learn how they are adapted to survive.
7-9 p.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. $9 (members, $8); $34 (members, $30) per family on Sat. Space limited; preregistration required. 997-1553. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Spamalot": Young People's Theater.

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Nov. 16-19. Caroline Huntoon directs young local actors in Eric Idle's Tony-winning musical adaptation of the classic film comedy Monty Python & the Holy Grail, a fractured send-up of the legend of King Arthur and his Knights that features showgirls, cows, killer rabbits, and abusively represented French people.
7 p.m. (Nov. 16-18), 1 p.m. (Nov. 18) & 2 p.m. (Nov. 19), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $15 (seniors age 65 & over and youth age 18 & under, $10) in advance at muto.umich.edu & the Michigan Union, and (if available) at the door. 763-TKTS. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Bernstein's Philharmonic: A Centennial Festival": University Musical Society.

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Nov. 16-19 (different programs). The New York Philharmonic's UMS residency celebrates Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday with daily concerts and a series of master classes.

Nov. 16: The New York Philharmonic performs "Pop Up Concerts" (locations TBA; free, but preregistration required at https://tinyurl.com/y73ub4g8).

Nov. 17: Program features Mahler's Symphony No. 5., in recognition of Bernstein's role in bringing Mahler's work into the symphonic canon. Conducted by Jaap van Zweden, who will become the NYP music director in 2018. 8 p.m.

Nov. 18: Program, geared toward families, recreates one of Bernstein's Young People's Concerts, broadcast on CBS from 1958-1972. The all-Bernstein program includes the Candide Overture, selections from the musical On the Town, "Masque" from Symphony No. 2, "Profanation" from Symphony No. 1, and selections from West Side Story. 2 p.m.

Nov. 19: Program: Bernstein's Kaddish Symphony, with narration by Oscar winner Jeremy Irons, is a work inspired by the Jewish prayer of mourning that encompasses a paean to God, a confrontation between man and God, and a plea for peace. With soprano Tamara Wilson and the MSU Children's Choir. Also, Richard Strauss's tone poem Don Quixote. 3 p.m.

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8 p.m. (Nov. 17), 2 p.m. (Nov. 18), & 3 p.m. (Nov. 19), Hill Auditorium. Tickets $18-$130 in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


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Saturday


November 2017
 8 a.m.-10 p.m. 

28th Annual Gaming Convention: U•Con.

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Nov. 17-19. 400-600 competitors are expected to turn out to play a wide spectrum of tabletop games, from board games of all kinds (including European family-oriented board games) and role-playing games (including some RPGA-sanctioned events) to collectible card games and miniaturized simulations of historical and fictional battlefields. A "Kid U•Con" area features a variety of games and activities for kids. Participants also are invited to bring in games to play in an open gaming area. Representatives of game design companies are on hand to discuss and demonstrate their games. Also, a dealers' room with sales and demos of games. Registration begins today at 9 a.m. Complete schedule of events available at ucon-gaming.org.
8 a.m.-10 p.m. (Fri.), 8 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sat.), & 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. (Sun.) Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest, 1275 S. Huron St., Ypsilanti. Weekend pass $25 in advance, $35 (students and active & retired military, $25) at the door. Fri. & Sun., $15 in advance and at the door; Sat. $20 in advance, $25 at the door; kids ages 7-12 (accompanied by an adult), $10; kids 6 & under, free. Also, $2-$4 to play most games. Advance registration available online at ucon-gaming.org. 930-6363. [map]


 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Nov. 5, 11, 18, & 19.

All invited to help maintain the natural areas in various city parks. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance.

Nov. 5: Sunset Brooks Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the park entrance on Sunset at Brooks) to learn how to identify & remove invasive plants from this oak-hickory woodland.

Also on Nov. 5: Bird Hills Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at entrance on Beechwood, off of Sunset)) to remove invasive buckthorn and collect native seeds.

Nov. 11: Cedar Bend Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet in the Island Park parking lot, 1450 Island Dr. off Maiden Ln.) to remove buckthorn, honeysuckle and other invasive shrubs.

Nov. 18: Dicken Woods Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the park entrance at the end of Dicken Dr., off of S. Maple) to clean up litter and collect native seeds.

Nov. 19: Marshall Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet in the parking lot off Dixboro Rd. north of Plymouth Rd.) to remove invasive shrubbery.
Various times & locations. Free. 794-6627.


 10 a.m., 1, 6 & 8:30 p.m. 

24th Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival.

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3 days of Polish films. Polish, subtitles.

Nov. 17: "Wolyn (Hatred)" (Wojciech Smarzowski, 2016). Drama about a young woman trying to survive WWII. 7 p.m.

Nov. 18: "Children's Program." Includes Mateusz Jarmulski's 2016 animation Przytul Mnie (Hug Me) and episodes from 2012-2014 of Marcin Wasilewski's cartoon Mami Fatale. 10 a.m. "Documentary & Short Films Program." 1 p.m. Sztuka Kochania (The Art of Loving), Maria Sadowska's 2017 comedic biopic about Michalina Wislocka, a famous sexologist in communist Poland. 6 p.m. Po Prostu Przyjazn (Simply Friendship), Filip Zylber's 2017 comedy about setbacks that affect a group of friends. 8:30 p.m.

Nov. 19: "Children's Program." Za Niebieskimi Drzwiami (Behind the Blue Door), Mariusz Palej's 2017 dark fantasy-adventure about a boy who survives a car accident and then discovers an alternate reality behind a door in his bedroom. Appropriate for kids age 10 & up. Also, a children's book exhibit. 10 a.m. "Documentary & Short Films Program." 1 p.m. Powidoki (Afterimage), Andrzej Wajda's 2016 biopic about the avant-garde painter Wladyslaw Strzeminski, who helped found the State Higher School of the Visual Arts after WWII, only to be fired for failing to respect Socialist Realist Doctrine. 3 p.m.

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Michigan Theater, various times. Tickets $10 (students & seniors, $6), except as noted. Annarborpolonia.org/polonia. [map]


 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Glass Recycling & Table Tiles": Ecology Center of Ann Arbor.

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All invited to make a mosaic tile using clay, recycled glass, beads, shells, and buttons.
10 a.m.-noon, AADL Westgate Branch West Side Rm., Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. Preregistration recommended at education@ecocenter.org. 369-9272. [map]


 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Pop-Up Makerspace": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Nov. 18 & 19. All invited to try a hands-on engineering activity. This month's challenge: spheres and slides.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-4 p.m. (Sun.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Sensory Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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A "sensory friendly" event for kids ages 3-7 with developmental disabilities. Includes 20 minutes of interactive stories & movement, followed by 40 minutes of free play.
10-11 a.m., AADL Westgate Branch West Side Room, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 

"Wildworks: Nature Art": Apple Play Schools.

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Kids invited to make art using natural materials at 10 different art stations. Also, a sale of nature arts and crafts, including handmade toys, jewelry, and décor.
10 a.m.-1 p.m., Ann Arbor Learning Community, 3980 Research Park Dr. (off S. State across from Airport Blvd.). Free admission. info@aapleplayschools.org. [map]


 10:30 a.m. 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 10:30 a.m. 

"The Little Scientist Club": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Every Tues. & Sat. Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
10:30-11:30 a.m. (Sat.) & 9:30-10:30 a.m. (Tues.), AAHOM Green Room (lower level), 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

Children's Storytime: Barnes & Noble.

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Every Sat. Storytelling programs and occasional craft activities for kids age 3 & up.
11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]



 11 a.m.  Free! 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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Every Sat. Linda Zimmer reads seasonal stories for kids age 6 & under.
11 a.m., Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

Thanksgiving Storytime: Dexter District Library.

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30-minute program of stories and music celebrating Thanksgiving, food, and families. Geared toward kids age 6 & under.
11 a.m.-noon, DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Exploring Neuroscience": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun., except Oct. 29 & Nov. 25-26. Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demo examining how nerve cells transmit electrical signals, and what can turn them on and off.
11 a.m. & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.) & 3 p.m. (Sun.), Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Sat. & Sun and Nov. 24. Four different audiovisual planetarium shows. The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. Sat., 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. both weekend days, 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 24) is an exploration of the current night sky. 8 Scoops of Milky Way (2:30 p.m. both days) shows never-before-seen footage of the solar system. Stars to Starfish (Sat. 12:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show comparing the exploration of the universe with that of Earth's oceans. Larry the Cat (Nov. 24 at 12:30 p.m.) teaches kids in grades K-4 about lunar geography via a cartoon about a curious cat who travels to the moon hoping to be reunited with his owner.
Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]


 Noon-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Mini MoogFest": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to try one of the synths from the AADL's Music Tools collection. Also, experimental electronica by several local performers, including North Coast Modular Collective, Mike Dykehouse, and the trio of Chuck Sipperley, Kendall Babl, & Sean Curtis Patrick. Vendors, artists, and makers have booths and are available for consultations.
Noon-4 p.m., AADL Secret Lab (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 1-3 p.m. 

Holiday Crafternoon: Pittsfield Township Parks & Rec.

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All children ages 5 & up and their adult guardians invited to make holiday ornaments with guidance from Salt Valley Arts instructors. Supplies provided.
1-3 p.m., Pittsfield Twp. Community Center, 701 Ellsworth. $45 (Pittsfield Twp. residents, $40). 822-2117. [map]


 1-1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Bear Says Thanks": Ann Arbor District Library.

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AADL staffers read Karma Wilson & Jane Chapman's picture book to kids. Followed by a book-themed craft.
1-1:30 p.m., AADL youth story corner, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters: Cougar!": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers present Harper the Cougar on the conservancy's Stone Stage (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including porcupines, macaws, kangaroos, giant tortoises, arctic foxes, muntjacs (aka barking deer), and others. Bring a snack to eat in the picnic areas, if you wish.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $8 (kids ages 2-12, $6; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]


 1:30-3:30 p.m. 

"Splash Day": Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation.

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A family-oriented afternoon of pool games and contests. Prizes.
1:30-3:30 p.m., Mack Indoor Pool, 715 Brooks. $5 (youth age 17 & under and seniors age 60 & older, $4). 794-6234. [map]


 2 p.m. 

"Bernstein's Philharmonic: A Centennial Festival": University Musical Society.

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Nov. 16-19 (different programs). The New York Philharmonic's UMS residency celebrates Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday with daily concerts and a series of master classes.

Nov. 16: The New York Philharmonic performs "Pop Up Concerts" (locations TBA; free, but preregistration required at https://tinyurl.com/y73ub4g8).

Nov. 17: Program features Mahler's Symphony No. 5., in recognition of Bernstein's role in bringing Mahler's work into the symphonic canon. Conducted by Jaap van Zweden, who will become the NYP music director in 2018. 8 p.m.

Nov. 18: Program, geared toward families, recreates one of Bernstein's Young People's Concerts, broadcast on CBS from 1958-1972. The all-Bernstein program includes the Candide Overture, selections from the musical On the Town, "Masque" from Symphony No. 2, "Profanation" from Symphony No. 1, and selections from West Side Story. 2 p.m.

Nov. 19: Program: Bernstein's Kaddish Symphony, with narration by Oscar winner Jeremy Irons, is a work inspired by the Jewish prayer of mourning that encompasses a paean to God, a confrontation between man and God, and a plea for peace. With soprano Tamara Wilson and the MSU Children's Choir. Also, Richard Strauss's tone poem Don Quixote. 3 p.m.

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8 p.m. (Nov. 17), 2 p.m. (Nov. 18), & 3 p.m. (Nov. 19), Hill Auditorium. Tickets $18-$130 in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Junior Naturalist: The Mighty Beaver": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance leads a hike to look for signs of beavers. For youth ages 7-12.
2-4 p.m., Burns-Stokes Preserve, Zeeb Rd. at the Huron River just south of Huron River Dr. Free; preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org (registration #811004, section C). 971-6337.


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Sharpie-Dyed Coasters": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to color with Sharpies on tiles and then drip rubbing alcohol on them to create a watercolor effect. Materials provided.
2-3 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

"Owl Prowl": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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Nov. 17 & 18. LSNC staff lead an evening hike for adults (Fri.) and kids age 5 & older accompanied by an adult (Sat.) to look for and call owls, followed by a visit with live owls to learn how they are adapted to survive.
7-9 p.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. $9 (members, $8); $34 (members, $30) per family on Sat. Space limited; preregistration required. 997-1553. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Spamalot": Young People's Theater.

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Nov. 16-19. Caroline Huntoon directs young local actors in Eric Idle's Tony-winning musical adaptation of the classic film comedy Monty Python & the Holy Grail, a fractured send-up of the legend of King Arthur and his Knights that features showgirls, cows, killer rabbits, and abusively represented French people.
7 p.m. (Nov. 16-18), 1 p.m. (Nov. 18) & 2 p.m. (Nov. 19), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $15 (seniors age 65 & over and youth age 18 & under, $10) in advance at muto.umich.edu & the Michigan Union, and (if available) at the door. 763-TKTS. [map]


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Sunday


November 2017
 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. 

28th Annual Gaming Convention: U•Con.

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Nov. 17-19. 400-600 competitors are expected to turn out to play a wide spectrum of tabletop games, from board games of all kinds (including European family-oriented board games) and role-playing games (including some RPGA-sanctioned events) to collectible card games and miniaturized simulations of historical and fictional battlefields. A "Kid U•Con" area features a variety of games and activities for kids. Participants also are invited to bring in games to play in an open gaming area. Representatives of game design companies are on hand to discuss and demonstrate their games. Also, a dealers' room with sales and demos of games. Registration begins today at 9 a.m. Complete schedule of events available at ucon-gaming.org.
8 a.m.-10 p.m. (Fri.), 8 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sat.), & 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. (Sun.) Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest, 1275 S. Huron St., Ypsilanti. Weekend pass $25 in advance, $35 (students and active & retired military, $25) at the door. Fri. & Sun., $15 in advance and at the door; Sat. $20 in advance, $25 at the door; kids ages 7-12 (accompanied by an adult), $10; kids 6 & under, free. Also, $2-$4 to play most games. Advance registration available online at ucon-gaming.org. 930-6363. [map]


 10-11 a.m. 

"Nature Storytime": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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All kids ages 1-5 (accompanied by a caregiver) invited for a program of stories and nature-based activities exploring the world of Animal Senses.

Nov. 1 & 5: "Sight!"

Nov. 8:"Smell!"

Nov. 15 & 19. "Touch!"

Nov. 29: "Sound!"
10-11 a.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. $5 per child (members' children, $4). 997-1553. [map]


 10 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m. 

24th Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival.

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3 days of Polish films. Polish, subtitles.

Nov. 17: "Wolyn (Hatred)" (Wojciech Smarzowski, 2016). Drama about a young woman trying to survive WWII. 7 p.m.

Nov. 18: "Children's Program." Includes Mateusz Jarmulski's 2016 animation Przytul Mnie (Hug Me) and episodes from 2012-2014 of Marcin Wasilewski's cartoon Mami Fatale. 10 a.m. "Documentary & Short Films Program." 1 p.m. Sztuka Kochania (The Art of Loving), Maria Sadowska's 2017 comedic biopic about Michalina Wislocka, a famous sexologist in communist Poland. 6 p.m. Po Prostu Przyjazn (Simply Friendship), Filip Zylber's 2017 comedy about setbacks that affect a group of friends. 8:30 p.m.

Nov. 19: "Children's Program." Za Niebieskimi Drzwiami (Behind the Blue Door), Mariusz Palej's 2017 dark fantasy-adventure about a boy who survives a car accident and then discovers an alternate reality behind a door in his bedroom. Appropriate for kids age 10 & up. Also, a children's book exhibit. 10 a.m. "Documentary & Short Films Program." 1 p.m. Powidoki (Afterimage), Andrzej Wajda's 2016 biopic about the avant-garde painter Wladyslaw Strzeminski, who helped found the State Higher School of the Visual Arts after WWII, only to be fired for failing to respect Socialist Realist Doctrine. 3 p.m.

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Michigan Theater, various times. Tickets $10 (students & seniors, $6), except as noted. Annarborpolonia.org/polonia. [map]


 10 a.m.  Free! 

Zumba for Preschoolers: Hebrew Day School of Ann Arbor.

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Join us for Zumba for Preschoolers and their families. This event, led by Peachy Fitness (peachyfitness.com), is open to children ages 3 to 5. There is no cost to attend but spaces are limited and RSVPs are required to admissions@hdsaa.org or 734-971-4633.
HDS @ the Jewish Community Center, 2937 Birch Hollow Drive. Free. 734-971-4633. admissions@hdsaa.org tinyurl.com/hdszumba [map]



 11:45 a.m. 

Cranksgiving: Food and Donation Drive to benefit Food Gatherers, Ozone House and Swoops Food Pantry.

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Part scavenger hunt, part food drive, part bike ride. Cranksgiving allows the cycling community to give back to the places we ride in. Navigate the streets of Ann Arbor and the aisles of grocery stores searching for specific food and personal items. Once you've found them and made your way through the checkout lines to the finish line, all of your food and personal items will be donated to Food Gatherers, Swoops Food Pantry and Ozone House! Bring a bike, a bag or backpack, a lock, and some cash. Sunday November 19 from 12-2 PM. Start and finish in front of Zingerman's Roadhouse, 2501 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Grocery lists will be handed out at 11:45 AM and the ride will begin at 12:00 PM
Zingerman's Roadhouse, 2501 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Donation. 248-804-9775. cindyloohoo32@hotmail.com www.facebook.com/events/134140710542465 [map]


 Noon-4 p.m. 

"Pop-Up Makerspace": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Nov. 18 & 19. All invited to try a hands-on engineering activity. This month's challenge: spheres and slides.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-4 p.m. (Sun.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Nov. 5, 11, 18, & 19.

All invited to help maintain the natural areas in various city parks. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance.

Nov. 5: Sunset Brooks Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the park entrance on Sunset at Brooks) to learn how to identify & remove invasive plants from this oak-hickory woodland.

Also on Nov. 5: Bird Hills Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at entrance on Beechwood, off of Sunset)) to remove invasive buckthorn and collect native seeds.

Nov. 11: Cedar Bend Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet in the Island Park parking lot, 1450 Island Dr. off Maiden Ln.) to remove buckthorn, honeysuckle and other invasive shrubs.

Nov. 18: Dicken Woods Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the park entrance at the end of Dicken Dr., off of S. Maple) to clean up litter and collect native seeds.

Nov. 19: Marshall Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet in the parking lot off Dixboro Rd. north of Plymouth Rd.) to remove invasive shrubbery.
Various times & locations. Free. 794-6627.


 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters: Cougar!": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers present Harper the Cougar on the conservancy's Stone Stage (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including porcupines, macaws, kangaroos, giant tortoises, arctic foxes, muntjacs (aka barking deer), and others. Bring a snack to eat in the picnic areas, if you wish.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $8 (kids ages 2-12, $6; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]


 1-1:40 p.m.  Free! 

"Dancing Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Robinsongs for Kids director Robin Robinson presents a program of music and movement for babies through 5-year-olds, accompanied by an adult.
1-1:40 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Drawing for Kids": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Nov. 5, 12 & 19. Ann Arbor Art Center artists host a different directed drawing activity each week for kids in grades 1-5.
1-2 p.m., AADL 4th-floor meeting room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 1-1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Snappy Sunday Stories": Ann Arbor District Library.

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AADL storyteller Laura Raynor shares interactive stories about crocodiles. For kids in grades preK-5.
1-1:30 p.m., AADL youth story corner, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Sat. & Sun and Nov. 24. Four different audiovisual planetarium shows. The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. Sat., 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. both weekend days, 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 24) is an exploration of the current night sky. 8 Scoops of Milky Way (2:30 p.m. both days) shows never-before-seen footage of the solar system. Stars to Starfish (Sat. 12:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show comparing the exploration of the universe with that of Earth's oceans. Larry the Cat (Nov. 24 at 12:30 p.m.) teaches kids in grades K-4 about lunar geography via a cartoon about a curious cat who travels to the moon hoping to be reunited with his owner.
Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]


 2-4 p.m. 

Family Dance: Pittsfield Union Grange.

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For kids, accompanied by an adult. Followed by Grange-baked cookies and cocoa.

Nov. 19: Marlin Whitaker and Miriam Meisler call with live music by Donna Baird and Bill Belote.

Dec. 17: Marlin Whitaker and Miriam Meisler call with live music by Donna Baird and Janet Goldwasser.

Jan. 21: Drake Meadow calls with live music by Donna Baird and Betsy Foote.

Feb. 18: Marlin Whitaker calls with live music by Donna Baird and Betsy Beckerman.

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2-4 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). $12 per family (members, free). 769-1052. [map]


 2-3:30 p.m. 

"Minecraft Workshop": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Nov. 5, 12, & 19. All kids in grades 3-8 invited to try out this popular computer game that involves constructing things with virtual blocks to work as a team to build and landscape, solve puzzles, battle monsters, and create a new virtual world. New & experienced players welcome.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL training center, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]


 2 p.m. 

"Spamalot": Young People's Theater.

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Nov. 16-19. Caroline Huntoon directs young local actors in Eric Idle's Tony-winning musical adaptation of the classic film comedy Monty Python & the Holy Grail, a fractured send-up of the legend of King Arthur and his Knights that features showgirls, cows, killer rabbits, and abusively represented French people.
7 p.m. (Nov. 16-18), 1 p.m. (Nov. 18) & 2 p.m. (Nov. 19), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $15 (seniors age 65 & over and youth age 18 & under, $10) in advance at muto.umich.edu & the Michigan Union, and (if available) at the door. 763-TKTS. [map]


 3 p.m. 

"Bernstein's Philharmonic: A Centennial Festival": University Musical Society.

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Nov. 16-19 (different programs). The New York Philharmonic's UMS residency celebrates Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday with daily concerts and a series of master classes.

Nov. 16: The New York Philharmonic performs "Pop Up Concerts" (locations TBA; free, but preregistration required at https://tinyurl.com/y73ub4g8).

Nov. 17: Program features Mahler's Symphony No. 5., in recognition of Bernstein's role in bringing Mahler's work into the symphonic canon. Conducted by Jaap van Zweden, who will become the NYP music director in 2018. 8 p.m.

Nov. 18: Program, geared toward families, recreates one of Bernstein's Young People's Concerts, broadcast on CBS from 1958-1972. The all-Bernstein program includes the Candide Overture, selections from the musical On the Town, "Masque" from Symphony No. 2, "Profanation" from Symphony No. 1, and selections from West Side Story. 2 p.m.

Nov. 19: Program: Bernstein's Kaddish Symphony, with narration by Oscar winner Jeremy Irons, is a work inspired by the Jewish prayer of mourning that encompasses a paean to God, a confrontation between man and God, and a plea for peace. With soprano Tamara Wilson and the MSU Children's Choir. Also, Richard Strauss's tone poem Don Quixote. 3 p.m.

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8 p.m. (Nov. 17), 2 p.m. (Nov. 18), & 3 p.m. (Nov. 19), Hill Auditorium. Tickets $18-$130 in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Exploring Neuroscience": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun., except Oct. 29 & Nov. 25-26. Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demo examining how nerve cells transmit electrical signals, and what can turn them on and off.
11 a.m. & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.) & 3 p.m. (Sun.), Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 5:30-7:30 p.m. 

"Famewly Activity Night": Huron Valley Humane Society.

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Families with kids age 6 & up invited for board games, coloring, crafts, and a chance to interact with adoptable cats. Bring food, if you wish.
5:30-7:30 p.m., Tiny Lions Center, 5245 Jackson Rd., ste. 1. $8 per person. Preregistration available at tinylions.org/activitynights. 661-3527. [map]


 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Fireside Fun": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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All invited to sit around a campfire, roast marshmallows, and swap stories. If you like, bring camping chairs and the rest of the s'mores fixings (marshmallows provided).
6:30-8 p.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. Free. 997-1553. [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

"Read-Along Dog": Saline District Library.

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Nov. 8, 19, & 29, Dec. 13 & 17. Kids in grades 1-4 invited to read to Vedder and Summer, registered Therapaws reading dogs.
6:30-7:30 p.m. (Wed.) & 2-3 p.m. (Sun.), SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Intergalactic Pops": Michigan Pops Orchestra.

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Rotem Weinberg directs this playful 100-member ensemble, the only student-run orchestra on campus, in selections from Holst's The Planets and music from the films E.T., Star Wars, and Star Trek. With vocal performances, stage antics, and special effects.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. $8 (students, $5; seniors age 65 & over, public school students, and local daycare kids, free) in advance at ticketmaster.com and at the door. Michiganpops.wordpress.com, 668-8463. [map]





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