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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, November 26, 2019






 
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 9:30 a.m. & 1:15 p.m. 

Coffee Break: Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church.

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Every Tues. (when Ann Arbor Public Schools are in session), Sept. 10-May 13. All women invited to study the Bible with other American and international women in small, informal groups. Also, Bible stories and fun activities for preschoolers, and child care provided for babies.
9:30-11:15 a.m. & 1:15-2:45 p.m., Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church, 1717 Broadway. $25 for the year. 665-0105. [map]


 10 a.m. 

Full Body Fit: Better Living Fitness.

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Small-Group Personal Training. A full body strength training, cardio and flexibility routine with customization to your fitness level.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48108. $20. (734) 747-0123. office@betterlivingfitness.com betterlivingfitness.com [map]


 10 & 11 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. Half hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver).

Mon. 11 a.m. Malletts Creek & Westgate.

Tue. 10 a.m. Downtown & 11 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11 a.m. Downtown, & 1 p.m. Westgate & 6 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10 a.m. Traverwood & 7 p.m. Downtown.

Fri. 10 a.m. Westgate.
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 10 a.m.-noon 

Social Scrabble: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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All ages invited to play this popular word game. Lunch available for $5.50 (age 60 & over, $3) from 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; reservation required.
Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]


 10 a.m.  Free! 

"A2 Early Morning Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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A moderate-paced ride with destination determined by the riders.
Meet at Bird Hills Park parking lot, 1900 Newport. 996-8440. [map]


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. For kids up to 24 months (with caregiver). No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Downtown.

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

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield. (No playgroups at Pittsfield during the month of October due to site construction)

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., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 10-10:45 a.m. 

"Tiny Tails Storytime": Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center.

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Nov. 12, 19, & 26. Songs, stories, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats. For kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver).
Tiny Lions, 5245 Jackson, ste. A1. $5 per child (babies under age 1, free). hshv.org, 661-3575. [map]


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Tummy Times": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Tues. New and expecting parents encouraged to bring their babies and share new baby experiences.
10-11 a.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Open Meditation: Open Meditation Saline.

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Tuesdays, 11-Noon. Please join us for this free one-hour mindfulness sitting; it's appropriate for everyone, beginners and experienced meditators alike. There are two 20 minute sits, the first guided and the second silent, with discussion and questions in between.
Center for Innovation (formerly St. Joe's Urgent Care) Community Room 2, 400 W. Russell St, Saline. Free. 734-276-7707. mindfulnesswithpaulette@gmail.com www.MindfulnesswithPaulette.weebly.com [map]


 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

%stNoon Lecture Series: U-M Center for Chinese Studies.

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Every Tuesday Talks by U-M and visiting scholars. Sandwiches, cookies, & coffee served. Nov. 5: University of Wisconsin business professor Yongheng Deng on "Estimating the Unofficial Income of Officials from Large Asset Purchases." Nov. 12: Ryerson University (Toronto) history professor Yunxiang Gao on "Liu Liangmo (1909-1988): Transpacific Mass Singing, Journalism, and Christian Activism." Nov. 19: University of Tennessee-Knoxville history professor Charles Sanft on "The Emperor has No Voice: Imperial Utterance in Excavated Han Documents." Nov. 26: U-M Center for Chinese Studies postdoc Eloise Wright on "Periphery, Locality, and Status in Writings from 16th-Century Dali, Yunnan."
110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764-6308. [map]


 12-6 p.m.  Free! 

Alex Pratt Ceramics Exhibition: Yourist Studio Gallery.

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Yourist Studio Gallery is delighted to feature the works of master potter and Yourist instructor Alex Pratt throughout November. Alex's sumptuous pots are beautifully thrown and always inspiring. Alex uses sgraffito, carving, and slip inlay on porcelain vessels, placing stylized natural forms in a geometric framework. Alex is inspired by the freely-applied linear decoration of Oribe pottery and the tightly interlocking compositional style of Cubist painting and sculpture. Alex is a ceramic artist from Dearborn, Michigan, who received his BFA from the University of Michigan, has taught throughout southeastern Michigan, and exhibits his work widely.
Yourist Studio Gallery, 1133 Broadway. Free. 734-662-4914. kay@youristpottery.com http://www.youristpottery.com/ [map]



 Noon-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Thanksgiving Bake Sale": New Grace Apostolic Temple.

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Nov. 26 & 27. Sale of home baked pies, cakes, cookies, dinner rolls, and more.
Noon-6 p.m. (Tues.) & 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Wed.), New Grace, 2898 Packard. Free. 368-8897. [map]


 1:15 p.m.  Free! 

ESL Program: First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor/Washtenaw Literacy.

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Intermediate and advanced conversation/culture, pronunciation/presentation, and writing practice for learners of English as a second language. No beginner groups available. NOTE: Church remains locked at all times. Follow instructions for entry at the side doors.
First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor, 1432 Washtenaw Avenue. Free. 734-662-4466. [map]


 1:15 p.m.  Free! 

Walking Group: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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All seniors invited to join a group walk. Canceled for inclement weather.
Turner, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 3:00 pm  Free! 

Caregiver Conversations.

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Enjoy pastries and coffee with peers as we share information and
experiences and learn from each other. The group will include educational content, is facilitated by a licensed JFS Social Worker, and is open to anyone who cares for someone aged 60+.
Beth Israel Congregation, 2000 Washtenaw Ave. Free. robertah@jfsannarbor.org [map]



 5:30 p.m. 

"KnITTY Cats": Tiny Lions Lounge and Adoption Center.

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Every Tues. All invited to work on knitting projects and hang with adoptable cats. A knitting expert is on hand. Coffee.
5:30 p.m., Tiny Lions, 5245 Jackson Rd. $7 ($24 per month). 661-3575. [map]


 6-7 p.m. 

"Aerial Boot Camp": A2 Aviary.

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Are you one of the many folks who don't feel "strong enough" to start aerial training? This class is the preparation you've been looking for!
This all levels conditioning class is perfect for new aerialists, or for experienced flyers as a supplement to your current training. We will focus on building strength, alignment, flexibility, and technique with progressive training in the air and on the floor. Students will develop the core and upper body muscle groups needed for all aerial apparatuses and will learn exercises and spotting techniques to practice on their own.
Get ripped and have fun doing it! Crazy spandex, legwarmers, and workout-video exercise attire welcomed but not required. Absolute beginners of any (or no) athletic background highly encouraged! Please register via website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $12. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Michigan Football 101 with Devin Gardner": Wolverine State Brewing Co.

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Tuesdays during football season, join former Michigan starting quarterback Devin Gardner and WTKA Inside the Huddle host Michael Spath as they recap the Wolverines' most recent game, with film study insights, and a Q&A while enjoying the food and drink at Wolverine State Brewing Co.
Wolverine State Brewing Co., 2019 W. Stadium Blvd. Free. 734-369-2990. michaelspath1980@gmail.com WolverineBeer.com [map]



 6-9 p.m. 

"Knit Happens": Ann Arbor Stitch 'n' Bitch.

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All knitters invited to work on their projects and swap tips.
Call for location. $2 monthly dues. meetup.com/ann-arbor-StitchNBitch/, 945-3035.


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon. & Sat. Runners of all abilities invited to join a 3-8 mile run along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Also, a speed-training session (every Tues., 6:30 p.m., 5700 Jackson.).
6:30 p.m. (Mon.), 123 E. Liberty & 8 a.m. (Sat.), 5700 Jackson. Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 929-9022 (Tues. & Jackson Sat. run). [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Bioethics Discussion: Cities": The Bioethics Discussion Group.

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A discussion on our new environment.
Readings to consider:
1. Health and Urban Living
2. Urban Bioethics: Adapting Bioethics to the Urban Context
3. The Experience of Living in Cities
4. From the Urban to the Civic: The Moral Possibilities of the City
For more information and/or to receive a copy of the readings contact Barry Belmont at belmont@umich.edu or visit http://belmont.bme.umich.edu/bioethics-discussion-group/discussions/036-cities/.
When roaming the city, please consider roaming the blog: https://belmont.bme.umich.edu/incidental-art/
2185 Lurie Biomedical Engineering, 1101 Beal Avenue. Free. belmont@umich.edu https://belmont.bme.umich.edu/ [map]



 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

David Hornibrook: Skazat! Poetry at Sweetwaters.

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Reading by this Pushcart-winning Detroit-area poet (and U-M creative writing MFA), whose new book, Night Manual, is a collection of absurdist slices of life after loss. In sections loosely inspired by the seasons, the book progresses from grief to gratitude, touching on everything from starlings and deer to robots and Miley Cyrus. Preceded by an open mike.
Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea, 123 W. Washington. Free. 994-6663. [map]


 7 p.m. 

Eastside Weekly Euchre Tournament.

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Every Tues. Open to all age 18 & over. No partner needed. Cash prizes for 1st-3rd places.
7 p.m., Banfield's Bar & Grill, 3140 Packard. $5. kari.thurman@gmail.com. [map]


 7 p.m. 

English Country Dance: Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Tues. Historical and traditional English dancing to live music. All dances taught. No partner or experience needed. Bring flat, nonslip shoes (running shoes OK). First-timers are asked to arrive at 6:45 p.m.
7-9:30 p.m., Chapel Hill Condominium clubhouse, 3350 Green Rd. Pay what you can; $8 suggested donation (students, $4; kids age 13 & under with a parent, free). 665-7704. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Huron Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

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Men invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local barbershop harmony chorus.
Stony Creek United Methodist Church, 8635 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. Free to visitors (annual dues for those who join). Newcomers should call in advance: 796-7467. [map]


 7-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Voices in Harmony Sweet Adelines.

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Every Tues. All women invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local 70-member a cappella barbershop harmony chorus.
7-9:30 p.m., UAW Local 898 Hall, 8975 Textile Rd. (west of Rawsonville Rd. off I-94), Ypsilanti. Free to visitors ($26 monthly dues for those who join). singwithus.org 612-7580. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

"Bluegrass Jam Circle": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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All musicians invited to bring their acoustic instruments to play bluegrass-style music. Vocalists welcome.
1320 Baldwin Ave. $5 fee to cover building rental. a2bluegrass.com, 794-6250. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Gingerbread": Literati Bookstore Feminist Book Club.

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All invited to join a discussion of Helen Oyeyemi's fantasy novel inspired by the ambivalently wholesome and uncanny place gingerbread holds in classic children's stories.
7 p.m., Literati Coffee (upstairs), 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"What is Queer Fashion? Millennials, Gen Z, and Gender-Equal Clothing": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Talk by Abby Sugar, an Ann Arbor native who founded Play Out Apparel, a line of queer, androgynous, and gender-equal clothing.
AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4200.


 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Being a Parent In Recovery": Dawn Farm.

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Being a Parent In Recovery will be presented by Mary Jo Desprez, MA; Director, Wolverine Wellness, University Health Service (UHS,) University of Michigan; and Amber Horwitz, B.S., MSW candidate, Founder Proud Parents of Loss. The entire family unit is profoundly affected by the active addiction of a parent, often through generations. The challenges and healing that go along with recovery of a family member also exert a profound influence in the immediate family and future generations. Parenting is challenging under any circumstances; parents in recovery from substance use disorders face additional challenges in balancing the work of recovery with the responsibilities of parenting, and with healing damages accrued during active addiction. This presentation will discuss the importance of maintaining a strong recovery program while parenting; explore "parenting skills 2.0"; and include a panel. This program is part of the Dawn Farm Education Series.
Michigan Heart and Vascular Institute auditorium, 5325 Elliott Drive, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-485-8725. info@dawnfarm.org http://www.dawnfarmeducation.org [map]



 7:30 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Concordia Wind and String Ensemble: Concordia University.

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Canceled: Music students perform contemporary works TBA.
7:30 p.m., Concordia University Kreft Center Black Box Theater, 4090 Geddes. Free. 995-7537. [map]


 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

German Conversation.

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All German speakers, native or non-native, invited for conversation with either or both of 2 long-running groups, the German Speakers Round Table (Tues.) and the Stammtisch (Thurs.).
Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington. Free. 453-2394 (Tues.) & 678-1017 (Thurs.). [map]


 8 p.m. 

Nadim Azzam: The Ark.

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Local pop-oriented R&B, soul, and hip-hop singer-songwriter whose 2018 EP, Here's to Changes Vol. 1, is a collection of songs about love and loneliness he wrote as a troubled teen. Free (nonperishable food donations accepted for Food Gatherers).
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Free (nonperishable food donations accepted for Food Gatherers). [map]


 8 p.m. 

"amass": U-M University Choir & Chamber Choir.

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Mark Stover and Eugene Rogers conduct these student choirs in a program highlighted by the Michigan premiere of Jocelyn Hagen's multi-movement work that incorporates words of mystics and saints from various world religions into the traditional Roman Catholic mass. Also, Busto's Ave Maria, Dove's "Seek Him That Maketh the Seven Stars," and Vasks' "The Fruit of Silence." With soprano Caitlyn Lynch, tenor Bernard Holcomb, baritone Jonathan Lasch, cellist Amir Eldan, guitarist Bret Hoag, and cello and percussion students.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 10:30 p.m. 

Tango Tuesdays: Sophia & El Kronox.

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Every Tues. Tango dancing to recorded music. No partner or experience necessary. Preceded at 9:30 p.m. by a lesson ($10).
10:30-11:30 p.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $5 (free with lesson). sophiatango.com, 634-9629. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Earle: Jake Reichbart

Solo jazz guitarist. Solo jazz pianists TBA occasionally substitute. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Dave Menzo

This local pop-rock singer-songwriter uses guitar, bass, synths, and other electronics to improvise instrumental tracks on the spot to sing with [venue info]

Oz's Music Environment: "Ukulele Jam"

Musicians of all ability levels invited. Hosted by the Tree Town Uke ensemble; chords provided [venue info]

Ravens Club: Chris Buhalis Chris Buhalis

Popular local singer-songwriter who sings engaging, fresh-minded folk-country originals, often with an acerbic topical edge, in a rich, warm voice. His latest CD, Big Car Town, is a collection of songs exploring and celebrating his working-class heritage. [venue info]

Ravens Club: Chris Buhalis

Popular local singer-songwriter who sings engaging, fresh-minded folk-country originals, often with an acerbic topical edge, in a rich, warm voice. His latest CD, Big Car Town, is a collection of songs exploring and celebrating his working-class heritage. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Blockhouse Valley

Pop covers by the Detroit-area duo of vocalist Ashleigh Glass and guitarist Coody Cooper. 7-9 p.m. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Paul Klinger's Easy Street Jazz Band

Dixieland and swing by this local ensemble founded by the late saxophonist and trumpeter Klinger. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: "Groovy Tuesday."

Folk & blues Americana by the Chelsea trio of guitarists Mike Steele & Tommy Reifel and multi-instrumentalist Wes Fritzmeier. [venue info]

 
 


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