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Calendar of Events

Monday, October 29, 2018






 
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 7 a.m. 

Morning Tai-Chi: Sun Shen.

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Happiness is not a circumstance, it is a cultivation. When you practice Tai-Chi, you get to know a part of you that was hidden and you have been looking for all of your life: the power and potential that your mind and body are really capable of. Classes are held Monday through Friday, 7am to 8:30am. See if it is a right fit for you--enjoy your first week of class for free. Contact Pastor Neuhaus at pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org or 734-845-9786 for more information.
Sun Shen, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. 734-845-9786. pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Back Roads Ramble": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon. Slow-paced ride, 15-35 miles, along dirt and gravel roads to Independence Lake and other low traffic destinations.

Call if temperatures are below 45 degrees.
9 a.m., meet at Old St. Patrick's Church, 5671 Whitmore Lake Rd. Free. 717-7567 , 663-5060.


 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Chelsea Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 35-45 or 55-65 miles, to either Stockbridge, Grass Lake, Napoleon, Munith, or Pleasant Lake.
9 a.m., meet at Aberdeen Bike & Outdoors, 1101 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. (517) 285-6830. [map]


 10-11:30 a.m. 

Weekly Rehearsal: Women's Chamber Chorus.

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Every Mon., Sept. 10-Dec. 10. All invited to join this independent 30-member local women's chorus to sing everything from Bach and Hungarian folk songs to madrigals and pop tunes. David Perample directs.
10-11:30 a.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw. Free to visitors ($125 per semester dues for those who join). womenschamberchorus.com; 665-9271. [map]


 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. except Oct. 8. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri. (except Oct. 8), various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 11-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. except Oct. 8. Westgate.

Tue. 10-10:30 a.m. Downtown & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11-11:30 a.m. Downtown, & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m. Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various times and locations (except Oct. 8), see listing. Free. 327-4200.


 Noon-3 p.m. 

Social Mah-Jongg: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon. All seniors invited to play this intricate game resembling gin rummy that's played with colorful tiles instead of cards. Lunch (reservations required) available at 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. for $5.50 (age 60 & over, $3).
Noon-3 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]


 Noon  Free! 

"Paved Country Roads Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 18, 24, or 30 miles, either on hilly Schneider Rd. or the B2B trail (call for start point).
Noon, meet at 8213 Pine Cross Ln. or the B2B entrance on Jeffords (behind the Marathon gas station), Dexter. Free. 426-5116.


 12:30-4 p.m. 

Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. except Nov. 22. All ages invited to play non-sanctioned (Mon.) & ACBL-sanctioned (Wed. & Thurs.) duplicate bridge. Bring a partner. Refreshments.
12:30-4 p.m. (Mon.) & Noon-3:45 p.m. (Wed. & Thurs.), Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $3 (members, $2) on Mon., $7 (members, $6) on Wed. & Thurs., 794-6250. [map]


 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon. & Fri. All seniors invited to play bridge. Some experience necessary.
12:30-4:30 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Movies and Munchies": Saline District Library.

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Sept. 24 & Oct. 29. All teens invited to eat treats and watch films. Sept. 24: Black Panther, Ryan Coogler's 2018 superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character. Oct. 29: Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, Aaron Horvath and Peter Rida Michail's 2018 animation about a band of teen superheroes.
3-5 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; Preregistration requested. 429-5450. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Mapping Normality in the Early Modern West": U-M Distinguished University Professor Lecture.

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U-M English and women's studies professor Valerie Traub discusses the novel strategies used by 16th- and 17th-century cartographers for representing the diversity of human bodies and what effect those strategies might have had on the historical emergence of the concept of "the normal."
4 p.m., Rackham Amphitheater (4th floor). Free. 647-6058. [map]


 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. 

"JavaScript Bootcamp for Girls": TinkerTech & Stem Girl Academy.

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JavaScript Bootcamp will run from Monday, October 29th through Wednesday, December 19th on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.
At the end of this 8-week course, students will be able to make a website from scratch for themselves, or clients. Students will build simple web-apps and games to start their coding journey. This JavaScript Bootcamp is offered in collaboration with Miesha Williamson of STEM Girl Academy.
Recommended ages: 12-15. Exceptions are possible on a case-by-case basis. E-mail javascript@tinkertech.io to inquire.
Check our website for more details regarding projects & schedule!
TinkerTech, 216 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. $350. 7347078019. michael@tinkertech.io https://shop.tinkertech.io/products/javascript-bootcamp [map]



 4:45 p.m.  Free! 

Michigan Marching Band Practice.

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Every Mon.-Fri. (except Oct. 5, 15, 16, & 24) and Oct. 6 & 13. The U-M's highly disciplined 200-plus-member marching band or sections thereof can be seen and heard practicing on Elbel Field. All are welcome to find a spot in the bleachers and get a sneak preview of upcoming halftime shows. Rehearsals usually last 1-2 hours.
4:45 p.m. (except Sat. game days, 7 a.m.), Elbel Field, Hill at Division. Free. 764-0582.


 5:45 p.m. 

"Suspension-Extension Coyopa Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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Yoga--unlike other yoga class you've taken before. This class uses straps (similar to TRX) to stretch muscles that can be difficult to stretch in other exercises. The straps are used to help balance and stretch deeper (and safely) into yoga postures. Usually you will feel the stretches in your tighter/weakest muscles first. Your first couple classes may be intense, but if you continue to come to this class, you will notice big changes! This class can help build strength, relieve pain, release tension, increase flexibility, and prevent injury. Come join us Monday nights at 5:45pm. The studio will be heated for this class, so bring a water bottle. Your first class at the studio is free!
Look for the blue door marked #22 with a red buddha on it. We are in the same parking lot as the Yellow Barn.
More information at www.motathaiyoga.com
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22. $20 drop in (or package prices). info@motathaiyoga.com www.motathaiyoga.com [map]



 6-7 p.m. 

"Intro to Static Trapeze": A2 Aviary.

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Static trapeze (also known as fixed trapeze) is a circus art performed on the bar and ropes of a trapeze hung from two points in the ceiling.

If you have never "flown" on the static trapeze 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 mounting, dismounting, supported inversions, 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. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 6 p.m. 

Basic Tai-Chi Form: Sun Shen.

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In this class, you will build a solid foundation in Tai-Chi principles in an intimate setting, with guidance and personal adjustment in the SUN SHEN 35 Form from accomplished instructors. As you learn the sequence and details of the Form, you will experience the calm, effortless power that comes from relaxed focus. Classes are held Monday at 6pm, and Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm. Contact Pastor Neuhaus at pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org or 734-845-9786 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $55/month or $17/drop in. 734-845-9786. pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 6 p.m.  Free! 

Martial Arts Open House: Huron Valley Aikikai.

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Ever think about taking a martial arts class, but thought," nah flying kicks and breaking boards is not for me." How about aikido? Aikido is derived from Japan's traditional budo ("martial way"), but is more than just a set of techniques for fighting. It is a path where the keen edge of martial art is used as a "Way" to personal growth. There are no competitions in aikido because winning and losing are never a concern, trainees are free to dedicate their efforts to the mutual goal of self-development, training and progressing at their own pace. Regular practice produces not only improved fitness, but a sense of well-being and self-confidence that extends to daily life. Come try a class for free, what are you waiting for?
Huron Valley Aikikai, 1904 Federal Blvd. Ann Arbor 48103. Free. 734-761-6012. hvaikikai@gmail.com https://www.hv-aikido.com/ [map]



 6:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes. Snacks provided. Rain or shine.
6:15 p.m., Running Fit, 123 E. Liberty (Mon.); 6:30 p.m., Running Fit, 5700 Jackson (Wed.); 6:30 p.m., Running Fit, 3010 Washtenaw (Thurs.). Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 929-9022 (Wed.), 548-6299 (Thurs.). [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Sun.-Wed. & Fri. All invited to play in competitive and casual tournaments of this popular collectible card game using various decks, including modern (Mon., competitive; Fri., 6:30 p.m., casual), Elder Dragon Highlander/Commander (Tues., casual), standard (Wed. 6 p.m., casual), Legacy (Wed. 6:30 p.m., competitive), and Booster Draft (Fri. 6 p.m. & Sun. 1 p.m., competitive) decks. Bring your own cards for casual tournaments. Also, the 2-person card game Netrunner (free) at 6 p.m. on Mondays.
6:30 p.m. (Mon.-Wed. & Fri.), 6 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), & 1 p.m. (Sun.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (casual), $10 (competitive & booster draft), & free (Tues.). 786-3746. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Washtenaw Climate Reality": Mary Garton.

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Our mission is to support action to combat the climate crisis so we can make the transition to a clean energy economy and protect the welfare of the planet and its citizens. Members can network with other climate activists, recruit additional volunteers, take local action, and become a force for climate solutions in their community. The Climate Reality Project and this local group will offer resources, materials, and training to help you become a better advocate and climate educator.
meetings are held the last Monday of each month
Ann Arbor District Libary, Downtown, 3rd floor meeting space,, 343 S 5th Avenue. Free. garton@comcast.net. garton@comcast.net [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. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 7 p.m.  Free! 

Lifetree Café.

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Every Mon., except Oct. 1. All invited to join conversations led by St. Paul Lutheran Church members. Each week begins with a video introduction. Snacks provided. Oct. 8: "Dr. Danger: What Every Patient Needs to Know." Oct. 15: "Life's Myths: What Really Leads to Happiness." Oct. 22: "If Only: Living with Regret." Oct. 29: "Encountering God: What Ancient Practices Can Teach Us Today."
7-8 p.m., 500 W. Liberty. Free. 665-7912. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Meghan O'Gieblyn: Literati Bookstore.

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This Madison-based writer reads from and discusses Interior States, her new collection of essays that revolve around 2 aspects of American identity: faith (general and Christian) and living in what's seen as the uncultured Midwest. Followed by discussion with Literati staffer Young Eun Yook. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Exploring the Mind: The Psychology of Germs, Disease, and Disgust": U-M Psychology Community Talk.

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Talk by U-M psychology professor Josh Ackerman.
7 p.m., Ann Arbor District Library Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4200.


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sewing Lab": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Oct. 1, 15, & 29. All grade 6-adult invited to get basic sewing help with their unfinished projects or learn how to use the AADL sewing machines. Basic sewing instruction available. All welcome to bring their own sewing machines. On Oct. 1, Made By Rae owner Rae Hoekstra demonstrates how to read a pattern. On Oct. 15, local sewing expert Amber Adams-Fall is available to answer questions.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Spirited Away": Fathom Events.

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Oct. 28-30. Dubbed (Oct. 28 & 30) and subtitled (Oct. 29) screenings of Hayao Miyazaki's 2001 Oscar-winning Japanese anime film about a girl who must rescue her parents from a haunted bath house. The Oct. 30 screening is at Ann Arbor 20 & Emagine only.
12:55 p.m. (Oct. 28) & 7 p.m. (Oct. 29 & 30), Quality 16 (3686 Jackson), Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter), & Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline). Tickets $11.50-$12.50 in advance at fathomevents.com and at the door. 623-7469 (Quality 16), 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20), 316-5500 (Emagine).


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Updates to the ADA: Emotional Support Animals, Assistive Animals, and More": U-M Council for Disability Concerns.

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Panel discussion with U-M associate general counsel Jack Bernard and U-M Office for Institutional Equity disability coordinator Christina Kline.
7 p.m., Ann Arbor District Library Downtown 4th-floor meeting rm. Free. 327-4200.


 7:30 p.m. 

Tartan & Thistle Scottish Country Dancers.

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Every Mon. Jigs, reels, and strathspeys. Usually with live music. All dances taught; beginners welcome.
7:30-9:30 p.m., the Barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $5. 395-7782, 769-1052. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Mountain Man: The Ark.

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Vermont-based all-female acoustic pop-folk trio known for its resonant, often thrilling vocal harmonies. Opener: The Dead Tongues, a folk-rock Americana ensemble led by Durham (NC) singer-songwriter Ryan Gustafson.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Whose Live Anyway?": Live Nation.

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90 minutes of live improv comedy games and sketches. A host TBA takes audience suggestions and assigns roles and scenarios to veteran Whose Line is it Anyway? performers Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, and Jeff Davis, who are joined by Joel Murray, Bill Murray's younger brother.
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $40 in advance at ticketmaster.com & all Ticketmaster outlets, & at the door. (800) 745-3000. [map]


 8:30-11:30 p.m. 

Pub Quiz: Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub.

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Every Mon. Local high school English teacher Barry Aherne throws out questions for anyone to answer at this popular weekly trivia fest. Come with a team (up to 6 people) or join one. Prizes.
8:30-11:30 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $5 team fee. 665-2968. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ravens Club: Bickley/Kramer/Roe

Mainstream jazz by the local trio of bassist Rob Bickley, drummer Jesse Kramer, and keyboardist Rick Roe. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Paul Keller Orchestra

Award-winning 15-piece big band led by bassist Keller and featuring vocalist Sarah D'Angelo and occasional guest vocalists. Also, each week features a middle set by a guest student ensemble. [venue info]

 
 


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