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Calendar of Events

Monday, May 20, 2019






 
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 7:30 a.m. 

"Athens on the Prairie: An Architecture Tour of Columbus, IN": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) - 50+.

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Columbus, IN has amassed a collection of public and private buildings designed by many of the country's leading architects.
Departing from Ann Arbor by bus, we will arrive at the West Baden Springs Hotel, where we will be spending the first night. The hotel is a National Historic Landmark and we will have a guided tour of the facility prior to dinner in the Grand Colonnade.
The following morning we will return to the bus and drive to Columbus. The morning will include a bus tour of the architectural treasures of the city.
After lunch in downtown we will tour the Miller home and gardens.
After checking into our hotel we will dine at the historic Upland Brewing Co.
The following morning we will board the bus and return to Ann Arbor.
This trip will take place Monday - Wednesday, May 20 - 23, however you must register early and there are no refunds without replacements.
See the OLLI Website for more information.
Meet at Meijer's, 3825 Carpenter Rd. $736.00/double occupancy $896.00/single occupancy. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu. https://www.olli-umich.org/ [map]



 9 a.m.-8 p.m. 

Champion Gymnastics Session 5: Champion Gymnastics.

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Champion Gymnastics offers a year-round recreational program comprised of six 8-week long sessions. We take enrollment daily, so there is never a need to wait until the next session begins to enroll in all the fun! With a variety of age appropriate classes, we're sure to find the perfect day and time to suit your busy schedule. We are also happy to offer one, no-obligation trial class to new students so your child can be sure to find the right fit for their age and skill level. Be sure to register for your trial to ensure class space and availability.
Champion Gymnastics, 7240 Jackson Road. $100 - $354.. 734-222-1810. cga2@champgymaa.com https://www.champgymaa.com/ [map]


 9 a.m. 

Champion Gymnastics Toddler Time: Champion Gymnastics.

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Join us for Toddler Time Monday - Friday 9:00-10:00am and Tuesday/Thursday 1:00-2:00pm. Have fun exploring and playing in our fun pits, bouncing on our 50' trampoline, play games and learn hand eye coordination, balance and more! There's always something to do at CGAA! Children 18 months or younger are FREE! All ages are welcome!
Champion Gymnastics, 7240 Jackson Rd. $7/ child. 7342221810. coachalexys@champgymaa.com https://www.champgymaa.com/open-gym [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. 663-5060.


 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 May 27. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. (May 28 only) Malletts Creek.

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

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Traverwood, May 2 & 9; Malletts Creek, May 30.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri. (except May 7, 14, 21, & 27), 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. 327-4200. [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. except May 27. Westgate.

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

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, May 29 only, 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 locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 11a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

Mobility Career Fair: Washtenaw Community College Career Transitions and the Advanced Transportation Center.

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The Advanced Transportation & Mobility Career Fair at Washtenaw Community College will introduce students and the community to employers in intelligent transportation technologies industries.
The fair is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required.
More information, an up-to-date list of employers and registration is available at http://departments.wccnet.edu/careertransitions/career-fair/.
Washtenaw Community College in the Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 East Huron River Dr. Free. 734-677-5155. careers@wccnet.edu http://departments.wccnet.edu/careertransitions/career-fair/ [map]



 Noon-3 p.m. 

Social Mah-Jongg: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon., except May 27. 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]


 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon. & Fri., except May 27. 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]


 1 p.m. 

Maj-Jongg 2: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) - 50+.

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Mah-Jongg is a Chinese game resembling Gin Rummy, but is played with colorful tiles instead of cards. It is easy to learn and can become quite addictive! Classes start with a brief lecture, followed by actual playing of the game with continuous guidance from the instructor. Mah-Jongg sets will be provided.
This six session study group will meet for two hours on Mondays and Tuesdays beginning on May 20.
Instructor Stuart Baggaley has taught his modified and simplified version of the game at many venues. He is a British World War II veteran (RAF) who emigrated from Norway in 1957, leaving the Fulbright Foundation in Oslo. He retired from UM Medical School (Anatomy) in 1990.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road, Suite C,. $35. 7349989351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org/ [map]



 3:55, 7 & 9:45 p.m. 

"Avengers: Endgame": State Theatre.

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Conclusion to Marvel Studios' 22-film arc known as the Infinity Saga.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 4, 6:30 & 9:10 p.m. 

"Sunset": Michigan Theater.

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(László Nemes, 2019). Pre-WWI drama about an independent-minded young woman in Budapest. Hungarian, subtitles.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4, 7:15 & 10:35 p.m. 

"Tolkien": State Theatre.

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Biopic about the renowned author's life.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 4:15, 7:15 & 9:25 p.m. 

"Wild Nights with Emily": Michigan Theater.

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(Madeleine Olnek, 2019). Rom-com about the romance between Emily Dickinson and her sister-in-law.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4:30, 7, & 9:35 p.m. 

"Red Joan": Michigan Theater.

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(Trevor Nunn, 2019). Judy Dench stars as Joan Stanley, who is exposed in her 80s as the KGB's longest-serving British spy. Based on a true story.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Caregiver Support Groups: Alzheimer's Association.

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You're invited to join a caregiver support group in your community and talk with others who are experiencing the challenges of caring for a person living with memory loss. All groups meet monthly and are confidential, free, and open to the public. Anyone involved in caring for or loving someone with memory loss is welcome to join. Please call the chapter office if you have any questions or to confirm meeting date and location at 800-272-3900. Cancellation policy: If local adult education classes have canceled due to dangerous weather conditions, the support group will be cancelled.
Northfield Township Senior Center, 9101 N. Main St., Whitmore Lake. Free. 800-272-3900. alz.org/mglc [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]



 6-7:15 p.m. 

"Intro to Aerial Arts": A2 Aviary.

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If you are new to the aerial arts, this is the class for you!
Take your first flight on the aerial fabrics, static trapeze, and lyra, all in this 75 minute class for absolute beginners! Each class begins with a heart pumping warm up and a brief overview of aerial safety, then we fly the friendly skies of The Ann Arbor Aviary. 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. Come ready to sweat, smile, and be supported as you challenge both mind and body!
This intro level class will repeat the same curriculum each week, focusing on basic skill on all apparatus, including ascent/descent, mount/dismount, foot locks, coming to seated and standing on the bar, and hollow body position. It should be repeated until your instructor clears you for beginning level classes.
Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 6 & 8 p.m. 

Community High School Jazz Band: The Ark.

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Performance by this nationally prominent local high school ensemble that won Downbeat's 2017 Best High School Jazz Group award.
The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $5 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (relocated to the Michigan League during the Union's renovation) and theark.org, and at the door. 761-1451. [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 from different Running Fit locations. Snacks provided. Rain or shine.
6:30 p.m., 123 E. Liberty (Mon.), 3010 Washtenaw (Wed.), and The Session Room, 3685 Jackson (Thurs.). Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 548-6299 (Wed.), 929-9022 (Thurs.). [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Stitches & Knots: Drop-In Knitting & Crochet": Saline District Library.

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All crafters invited to bring projects to work on.
6:30-8:30 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [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]


 7-8:30 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]



 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Elizabeth George: Ann Arbor District Library.

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This bestselling mystery writer reads from The Punishment She Deserves, the latest in her Inspector Lynley series. This time, a murder suspect in police custody dies, prompting more investigations.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown lobby. Free. 327-4200. [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 session begins with a video introduction. Snacks provided. May 6: "Love Ya, Mom: Celebrating Mothers." May 13: "Low-Cost No-Cost Adventures." May 20: "An Immigrant in the Sanctuary: When Faith and Politics Collide." May 27: "An Encounter with God: A Prime Minister's Supernatural Experience."
7-8 p.m., 500 W. Liberty. Free. 665-7912. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"A Good American Family: The Red Scare and My Father": Nicola's Books.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Maraniss discusses his new book about 1950s U.S. paranoia over communism, told through the story of his father, a WWII vet who was called before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1952, fired from his newspaper job, and blacklisted for 5 years. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Detroit: An Illustrated Timeline": Literati Bookstore.

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Detroit writer Paul Vachon discusses his new book about the history of Detroit that touches on its establishment as an 18th-century French outpost, its fall to the British in the War of 1812, its history of slavery, its rich architectural heritage, and more. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7-8:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Emerging Writers: Bringing Your Characters to Life": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local short story writer Alex Kourvo and young adult novelist Bethany Neal discuss characterization basics. 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 May 20.
7-8:45 p.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind": Fathom Events.

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May 20 & 21. Dubbed (May 20) & subtitled (May 21) screenings of Hayao Miyazaki's 1984 classic anime about a young princess trying to save her country from war and environmental devastation.
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/events and at the door. 623-7469 (Quality 16), 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20), 316-5500 (Emagine).


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sewing Lab": Ann Arbor District Library.

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May 6 & 20. 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. Bring your own sewing machine, if you wish. Also, on May 6, local crafter Amber Adams-Fall shows how to clip around curves and corners. On May 20, Made by Rae owner Rae Hoekstra demonstrates pattern cutting.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Stamp Auction: Ann Arbor Stamp Club.

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Auction of U.S. & foreign stamps, covers, and collector supplies.
7:30 p.m., Salvation Army, 100 Arbana (park & enter at the rear of the building). Free admission. 761-5859. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Tartan & Thistle Scottish Country Dancers.

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Every Mon., except May 27. 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, 274-0773. [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: Roe Bickley Trio

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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