Dec. 3, 10, & 17. Songs, stories, games, yoga, and a chance to interact with adoptable cats. For kids ages 2-5, accompanied by a caregiver.
9:45-10:30 a.m., Tiny Lions, 5245 Jackson, ste. A1. $15 per caregiver/child pair (additional kids, $3 each). Preregistration required at hshv.org. 661-3575. [map]
Daily through Dec. 24. All kids invited to have their photo taken with Santa. On Dec. 2, "Caring Santa" offers "sensory friendly" visits with Santa for kids with special needs; held when the mall is closed (9-10:30 a.m.) to create a calmer environment. Dec. 9 is "Pet Photo Night" (6:30-8 p.m.); all invited to bring 4-legged, leashed, friendly pets that weigh less than 60 lbs. to have their photo taken with Santa. Note: Santa takes breaks 1-2 p.m. & 5-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (Sat.), 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sun.), & 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.), Briarwood Von Maur court. Free (photos available for purchase; "fast passes" to avoid lines available with photo package purchase at simon.com
Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.
Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. except Dec. 24. Downtown.
Tues. 10-11 a.m. except Dec. 25. 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 Dec. 24 & 25), various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.
Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).
Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. except Dec. 24. Westgate.
Tue. 10-10:30 a.m. except Dec. 25 Downtown & 11-11:30 a.m. except Dec. 25. 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. except Nov. 22.Pittsfield.
Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri., except Dec. 24 & 25. Free. 327-4200.
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.
Students of U-M voice professor Stanford Olsen perform selections from oratorio repertoire by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Britten, and Orff. With pianist Kathryn Goodson and other instrumentalists.
12:30 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. McIntosh Theatre, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]
All invited to join an afternoon of shape note, or sacred harp, singing, a form of communal hymn singing that has its roots in colonial America. Songbooks available, but singers encouraged to bring their own.
1-4 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Free, but donations accepted for music scholarships. firstname.lastname@example.org. 678-7549, 663-0262. [map]
U-M jazz piano professor Ellen Rowe leads her trio in one of her popular lecture-concerts, with a theme TBA. With bassist Paul Keller and drummer Pete Siers.
2 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15-$30 (students, $10) in advance at a2tix.com. Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
All teens invited for movies and cookies.
Dec. 3: Elf, Jon Favreau's 2003 goofy comedy starring Will Ferrell as a man raised as an elf at the North Pole who goes to NYC to reunite with his biological father.
Dec. 10: A sing-along version of Frozen, the Disney animated fantasy loosely adapted from Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen.
Dec. 17: Fred Claus, David Dobkin's 2007 comedy starring Vince Vaughn as Santa's bitter older brother.
3-5 p.m., Saline District Library, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]
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]
Dec. 10 & 16. Screening of 2 Henson puppet classics, Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas and The Bells of Fraggle Rock. Note: Times are different for different theaters. Dec. 10 times: 4 p.m. (Emagine only) & 7 p.m. (both theaters). Dec. 16 times: 1 & 4 p.m. (Emagine only).
Quality 16 (3686 Jackson) & Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline). Tickets $11.50-$12.50 in advance at fathomevents.com
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. email@example.com https:
Please contact Margie Martin at 734-769-5821 to register.
A series of on-going groups where grief and loss topics are addresses as they arise, depending on the interests of those attending the group. The focus of these groups are to express feelings and experiences related to the loss in a supportive, caring, and nonjudgmental environment with the guidance of a grief counselor.
Arbor Hospice Home Office, 2366 Oak Valley Drive. Free. 734-769-5821. firstname.lastname@example.org [map]
Every Sun.-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. Also, a competitive draft game on Sundays. Prizes. Bring your own cards.
1 p.m. (Sun.), 6 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 6:30 p.m. (Mon.-Wed. & Fri.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 & $7.50 (casual), $10 & $15 (competitive), & $10 (booster draft). 786-3746. [map]
Every Mon.-Wed., except Dec. 24 & 25. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes. Snacks provided. Rain or shine.
6:30 p.m., 123 E. Liberty (Mon.), 5700 Jackson (Tues.), and 3010 Washtenaw (Wed.). Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 929-9022 (Tues.), 548-6299 (Wed.). [map]
Dec. 3, 10, & 17. All invited to join conversations led by St. Paul Lutheran Church members. Each week begins with a video introduction. Snacks provided. Dec. 3: "Sign Here: What Your Handwriting Reveals About You and Others." Dec. 10: "My Son Is Gay: When Faith and Sexual Orientation Collide." Dec. 17: "Come Together: The Healing Power of Friends and Family."
7-8 p.m., 500 W. Liberty. Free. 665-7912. [map]
All grade 6-adult invited to color with Sharpies on tiles and then drip rubbing alcohol on them to create a watercolor effect. Materials provided.
7-8 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek. Free. 327-4200. [map]
All adults invited to listen to recordings of classic holiday stories. Crafts & snacks.
7-8 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]
Acoustic folk-rock by the Cambridge (MA) husband-and-wife singer-songwriter duo of Deb Talan and Steve Tannen. Opener: Matt the Electrician, the stage name of veteran Austin-based pop-folk singer-songwriter Matt Sever.
8 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. $30 in advance at theark.org & at the door. 761-1451. [map]
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]
Habitat Lounge: Cat Canyon
Veteran Detroit roots-rock singer-songwriter.
Ravens Club: Bickley/Kramer/Roe
Mainstream jazz by the local trio of bassist Rob Bickley, drummer Jesse Kramer, and keyboardist Rick Roe.
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.
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