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Calendar of Events

Monday, November 19, 2018






 
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 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. 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. except Nov. 22.Malletts Creek.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri. (except Nov. 22), various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Art Start": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft projects for kids aged 2-5, accompanied by an adult. Siblings welcome.
10:30-11 a.m., AADL Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Thanksgiving Story Time": Nicola's Books.

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Story time and a turkey craft.
10:30 a.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.


 11:00 a.m.-1 p.m. 

"Immigration -- A WeListen Session": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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Join fellow Osher Lifelong Learning Institute members at this WeListen Session to learn current immigration policies and to participate in small group discussions about this complex topic.
Our aim is to bring liberals, conservatives, libertarians - everyone across the political spectrum together for constructive conversation. The goal of WeListen discussions is not to debate or argue, but to understand the views and values of others and to learn from their perspectives. The session will begin with a brief content presentation to provide a basic understanding of the topic. No specific level of knowledge is required to participate in WeListen discussions.
Registration is required, capacity is limited.
Register through our web site, by contacting our office or, if space is still available, in-person on the day of the event.
Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 E Huron River Drive. $15. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]



 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. 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. except Nov. 22. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m. except Nov. 22.Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various times and locations (except Nov. 22), 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.


 Noon-3 p.m. 

"Trap Shoot": Tri-County Sportsman's League.

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All invited to shoot at launched targets. Bring your own gun and ammunition.
Noon-3 p.m., TCSL, 8640 Moon (between E. Michigan Ave. & Willis Rd.), Saline. $4.50 (members, $4) for a 25-target round. 429-9561. [map]


 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]


 5:30 p.m. 

"Full Body Fit": Better Living Fitness Center.

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Full Body Fit: A small-group workout customizable to all fitness levels focusing on all the basics of fitness: strength, cardio, flexibility, and balance. Free with most Better Living Fitness Center memberships or $15 for drop-in. All ages and abilities welcome!
Better Living Fitness Center, 847-B Phoenix Drive. $15. 734-747-0123. office@betterlivingfitness.com https://betterlivingfitness.com/ [map]


 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 between 85-95 degrees, so bring a water bottle. Your first class at the studio is free!
We are located on Huron Street across from the YMCA. Look for blue door #22 with a red buddha on it. You are allowed to park in the lot in front of the studio. We share a parking lot with several businesses including 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]



 6:15 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 Mon.-Wed. & Fri. All invited to compete in competitive and casual tournaments of this popular collectible card game using various decks, including modern (Mon., competitive), Elder Dragon Highlander (Tues., casual), standard (Wed. 6 p.m., casual), Legacy (Wed. 6:30 p.m., competitive), booster draft (Fri. 6 p.m.), and modern (Fri. 6:30 p.m., competitive) decks. Prizes. Bring your own cards.
6 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 6:30 p.m. (all dates), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 & $7.50 (casual), $10 & $15 (competitive), & $10 (booster draft). 786-3746. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Meeting: Washtenaw County Democratic Party Communications Committee.

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Did you know that nearly half of local democratic voters don't vote in the midterm elections? Do you want to join the Blue Wave and help turn out the vote right here in Washtenaw County?
The volunteers in the Communications Committee for the Washtenaw County Democratic Party are looking more copywriters, videographers, graphic designers, web designers and developers, marketing and communication specialists to join us in creating, launching, and maintaining publicity efforts to further community engagement in the democratic process and to get out the vote.
We meet in-person once a month, attendance is not required, and maintain contact via email, Slack, and phone or video conferences.
Email lchisnell@gmail.com for more information, or just join us with your ideas for creative, engaging ways to reach out to your fellow voters in Washtenaw county!
WCDP County Office, 418 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Free. lchisnell@gmail.com http://www.washtenawdems.org [map]



 6:30 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]


 6:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Conifer Basics": Saline Stone & Thistle Garden Club.

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November 19 - Conifer Basics
Kary Gee, owner of Gee Farms, Michigan's largest retail nursery in one location, will discuss conifers and the advantages of dwarf varieties in our gardens. We will learn how to identify hemlocks, spruces, firs, pines and cyrpesses and why they are not all called "pines".
Community Room at EHMSS, 440 W. Russell, Saline, MI 48176, Saline. Free. 734-652-6465. stoneandthistlegardenclub@gmail.com http://salinegardenclub.com/ [map]



 6:45-9 p.m.  Free! 

Embroiderers' Guild of America.

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Stitchers of all abilities invited to work on their projects together and learn about guild activities. Preceded at 6:30 p.m. by socializing.
6:45-9 p.m., Pittsfield Village Community Bldg., 2220 Pittsfield Blvd. (park on the street, or in the south lot). Free to visitors (annual dues for those who join). 994-4385. [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! 

Kristen Tracy: Literati Bookstore.

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This L.A. poet reads from Half-Hazard, her debut collection, winner of the Emily Dickinson First Book Award. It features wry, observant poems about her upbringing in a small Mormon farming community and exodus to the wider world, where she first encounters everything from snakes and car accidents to adulterers and meteors. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Lifetree Café.

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Every Mon. All invited to join conversations led by St. Paul Lutheran Church members. Each week begins with a video introduction. Snacks provided. Nov. 5: "Bouncing Back: Turning Disasters into Opportunities." Nov. 12: "Saluting Those Who Serve: Stories from Tuskegee Airmen." Nov. 19: "The Bible: Real? Relevant? Reliable?" Nov. 26: "Overcoming Childhood Pain."
7-8 p.m., 500 W. Liberty. Free. 665-7912. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Michigan Youth Symphonic Band & Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra: U-M School of Music.

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Anthony Elliot and Courtney Snyder conduct young area musicians in Respighi's Fountains of Rome, excerpts from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, David Maslanka's Give Us This Day, and U-M composition professor Michael Daugherty's Vulcan.
7 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Pat Langner: Ann Arbor Women Artists.

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This West Bloomfield artist discusses her painting career, with emphasis on her miniature paintings based on places she's traveled.
7 p.m., AAWA Headquarters, 4844 Jackson, ste. 100. Free. annarborwomenartists@gmail.com. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Saline High School Masterworks Concert: Saline Schools Music Department.

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11/19, 7pm, Masterworks Concert, SHS Auditorium (Free)
Join the Saline High School Choirs and the Saline Chamber Orchestra for their annual Masterworks Concert performance. The evening will feature various works by each of the ensembles and culminate in a collaborative performance of Haydn's Little Organ Mass.
Saline High School Auditorium, 1300 Campus Parkway, Saline. Free. prices@salineschools.org [map]


 7 p.m. 

U-M Women's Basketball.

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Nov. 1: Findlay. 7 p.m. Exhibition game.

Nov. 9: Mount St. Mary's. 7 p.m.

Nov. 19: Detroit Mercy. 7 p.m.
7 p.m., Crisler Center. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 each). 764-0247. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Bandstand": Fathom Events.

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Broadcast of Richard Oberacker's 2017 Broadway musical about a group of returning WWII veterans, struggling to reclaim their old lives, who form a band to compete in a national radio contest.
7 p.m., Quality 16, 3686 Jackson. Tickets $17 in advance at fathomevents.com/events. 623-4769. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Castle in the Sky": Fathom Events.

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Nov. 18-20. (Hayao Miyazaki, 1986). Dubbed (Nov. 18 & 20) and subtitled (Nov. 19) screenings of this classic Studio Ghibli anime film about 2 children's race to find a flying castle. Note: The Nov. 20 screening is at Ann Arbor 20 & Emagine only.
12:55 p.m. (Nov. 18) & 7 p.m. (Nov. 19 & 20), 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! 

"Emerging Writers: Good Guys vs. Bad Guys": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local short story writer Alex Kourvo and young adult novelist Bethany Neal discuss what makes a character likable or reviled. For adult and teen (grade 6 & up) fiction and nonfiction writers. Also, Kourvo and Neal host an open house for writers to connect with one another and/or work on their projects at 7 p.m. on Nov. 19.
7-8:45 p.m., AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200.


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Wool Gathering": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Nov. 13, 19, & 27. All grade 6-adult invited to bring their knitting & crochet projects and interact with fellow crafters. Other fiber-based artists welcome.
1-3 p.m., AADL Westgate (Nov. 13 & 27) and 7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab (Nov. 19). Free. 327-4200. [map]


 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]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ecological Surveys of Southern Michigan": Michigan Botanical Club.

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Michigan Natural Features Inventory ecologist Jesse Lincoln discusses his concerns for the future health of natural areas, based on his work surveying public lands over the past 8 years.
7:30 p.m., Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"O Canada! Part Deux": U-M Percussion Ensemble.

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This U-M student ensemble performs Canadian percussionist-composer William Cahn's Kebjar-Bali, Marc Applebaum's Straitjacket, Jennifer Higdon's Splendid Wood, works by Canadians Tawnie Olson and Dinuk Wijeratne, works by percussion pioneer Johanna Beyer, and the premiere of new works by Allison Loggins-Hull, Jacob Rogers, and Ancel "Fitz" Neeley.
7:30 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Joe Henry: The Ark.

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Country-rooted folk-rock by this critically acclaimed singer-songwriter. Henry, who grew up in Michigan, is often compared to Van Morrison for his passionate emotional directness and to Dylan for his restless musical inventiveness and poetic lyrical touch, and even 2 decades into his career his music continues to evolve in unexpected and revelatory ways. Opener: Clarence Bucaro, a NYC-based Americana singer-songwriter whose music the New York Times describes as "cozy songs that hark back to the late 1960s Van Morrison."
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $25 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Chamber Jazz Ensembles: U-M School of Music.

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Nov. 18 & 19. Jazz and contemporary improv students perform standards and originals in small groups.
7:30 p.m. (Sun.) & 8 p.m. (Mon.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin. Free. 615-3204. [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:

 

Habitat Lounge: Cat Canyon

Veteran Detroit roots-rock singer-songwriter. [venue info]

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 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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