Every Sun. The assembled riders choose their own pace, distance, and destination. Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.
10 a.m. & 1 p.m., meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 996-9122 (10 a.m.) & 347-1259 (1 p.m.). [map]
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, 834-B Phoenix Dr. $15. (734)747-0123. firstname.lastname@example.org https:
Nov. 11 & 25 and Dec. 15 & 30. Zingerman's cheesemakers discuss and offer taste samples of different Parmigiano Reggiano cheeses, as well as gelato made with the cheese. Bread and additional accompaniments. Tastings.
11 a.m.-1 p.m. (except Dec. 15, 3-5 p.m.), Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $10. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]
Every Sun. All invited to a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Note: Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
11:15 a.m., Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot. Free. email@example.com, 846-9418.
Dec. 22-Jan. 6, except Dec. 24 & 25. Family-friendly hands-on activities and demonstrations. With live entertainment, including the Farmington Aim High Flyers high school pop-rock band (Dec. 22; 11 a.m., noon, & 2:30 p.m.), Beverly Meyer, "The Music Lady" (Dec. 26 & 31, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and Jan. 1, noon), "Mr. Dan's Music Show" (Dec. 27 & 28, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.), local multi-instrumentalist Ken Kozora's "Electro Music Magic!" (Dec. 29 & 30, 1 & 3 p.m.), "Woodspeak Drum Experience" with Ragbirds drummer Randall Moore (Jan. 2 & 3, 1 p.m.), and nationally known local folk duo Gemini (Jan. 4, 1 p.m.). Also, Dec. 26-Jan. 6, "Hackathon: Games!" (10 a.m.-4 p.m., except Dec. 30 and Jan. 1 & 6, noon-4 p.m.) features hands-on activities with video games and board games.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Mon.-Sat.) & noon-4 p.m. (Sun.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $12.50 (members & infants, free) regular museum admission. 995-5439. [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 Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off Sven the reindeer (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, presentations every half hour of different Eurasian animals (binturongs, a legless lizard, and a Shire horse) and a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including a cougar, African crested porcupines, a kangaroo, bald eagle, an Arctic fox, and more.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]
All invited to write, draw, and decorate thank you cards.
1-3 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]
All kids in grades 3-8 invited to try out this popular computer game that involves constructing things with virtual blocks. Participants 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 Downtown Training Center, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]
Every Fri.-Sun., Nov. 30-Dec. 30. Carla Milarch directs the premiere of her musical panto based on the Grimm fairy tale "The Elves and the Shoemakers," with music by local composer R. Mackenzie Lewis. This year's multicultural celebration features 2 toy-making elves on the lam who wind up in a dreidel store. A panto is a British pantomime genre that blends children's stories with a bit of vaudeville sensibility to create a raucous family entertainment. This production features appearances by local celebrities, and all the candy you can eat. Stars Elizabeth Jaffe, Dan Morrison, and Sarah B. Stevens.
7:30 p.m. (Fri.- Sat.), 3 p.m. (Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) $20 (kids, $10) or pay what you can in advance at theatrenova.org and at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]
All invited to discuss Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes story that introduces Sherlock's brother Mycroft. Also, a quiz.
2 p.m., Classic Cup Café, 4389 Jackson. Free (buy your own food). firstname.lastname@example.org. [map]
WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance leads a hike to learn how to identify trees and shrubs from their twigs, buds, and bark. Also, a chance to see animal tracks if there's snow.
2-4 p.m., Scio Woods Preserve, 4000 Scio Church Rd. Free. 971-6337. [map]
Every Sun. & Thurs., except Nov. 22. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
7 p.m. (Thurs.) & 5 p.m. (Sun.), Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Meetings run until closing time, usually midnight. Free. umich.edu
Dec. 7 & 8. Two days of seasonal events at Gordon Hall, the 19th-century mansion built by Dexter founder Judge Samuel Dexter, whose many rooms have all been lavishly decorated for the holidays. On Sat., display of the museum's Christmas Vintage Collection, Milt Campbell's huge collection of Department 56 collectible holiday houses, buildings, and figures that was once traditionally seen in the windows of Huron Camera in downtown Dexter throughout the holiday season. On Sat., Santa is on hand to talk with kids, who also can make their own gingerbread house to take home. On Sun: Christmas Tea." Light lunch with tea sandwiches and desserts and tour of Gordon Hall. This year's tea is a celebration of early women's rights pioneer Katharine Dexter McCormick, who was born at Gordon Hall, and the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage. Also, the museum hosts an open house ($5 per adult) to view the Christmas Vintage Collection, 5:30-7 p.m. on Dec. 13, 14, 21, & 28.
9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.) and 1 & 4 p.m. seatings (Sun.), Gordon Hall, 8347 Island Lake Rd., Dexter. $5 on Sat., $30 on Sun. Reservations required for Sun. by calling 395-4106. [map]
Every Sun. All invited to try this boisterous, jingly English ceremonial dance thought to be descended from the 15th-century Spanish moresca. Wear athletic shoes.
6-8 p.m., sidewalk between North Quad & Rackham. Free. Email email@example.com to confirm or check meetup.com
Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Brennan Andes & Friends
Jazz ensemble led by Macpodz bassist Andes.
Bel-Mark Lanes: II-V-I Orchestra
Veteran local big band, led by saxophonist David Swain, that plays late 1930s swing and 1940s R&B. 6-8 p.m.
Bona Sera: "Mittenfest XIII"
Dec. 29-31. Three-night showcase of local and Michigan bands in a wide spectrum of genres. 6 different bands each night. A benefit for the nonprofit youth tutoring and writing center 826michigan. $10 per night. 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.). Tonight: Towner (8 p.m.), Virga (8:45 p.m.), The Ryne Experience (9:30 p.m.), Mother Night (10:15 p.m.), Little Traps (11 p.m.), Junglefowl (11:45 p.m.), and Zzava (12:30 a.m.).
Conor O'Neill's: Traditional Irish Session
All invited to join or listen to an instrumental jam session.
Habitat Lounge: EventJazz
Jazz originals and standards by different piano-based trios and quartets each show, led by bassist Rob Crozier.
Old Town: Whiskey Charmers
Classy Detroit neo-honky-tonk duo featuring singer- guitarists Carrie Shepard and Lawrence Daversa, who bill their music as "electric heartbreak on the rocks."
Ravens Club: "Sol Jazz Sundays."
A house band--trumpeter Ingrid Racine, keyboardist Michael Malis, bassist Josef Deas, & drummer Jesse Kramer--is joined by a different guest each week. Tonight: Heather Black.
Ypsi Alehouse: The Roundabouts
Local pop-rock sextet. 5-7 p.m.
Zal Gaz Grotto: Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings
This local 10-piece big band is one of the few to specialize in the old- time big-band music of the late 1920s and early 1930s associated with Jelly Roll Morton and King Oliver. Arrangements by the renowned early-jazz pianist James Dapogny and tubaist Chris Smith.
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