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Calendar of Events

Saturday, December 14, 2019






 
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 8 a.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 Rd.). Snacks. Snow or shine.
6:30 p.m. (Mon.), 123 E. Liberty & 8 a.m. (Sat.), 5700 Jackson Rd; call for holiday hours. Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 929-9022 (Tues., Thurs. & Jackson Rd, Sat. run). [map]


 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 

"Gulls Galore at Salem Landfill": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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WAS members Rob French and Mike Sefton led a trip (in WAS vans) to the Arbor Hills Landfill in Salem Township to look for unusual species of gulls. Dress for the weather.
8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. or so, meet at the Park-n-Ride lot, Plymouth Rd. at US-23. $5 minimum donation for van rental & fuel. Space limited to 22 seats, preregistration required at WashtenawAudubon.org. [map]


 8:50 a.m.  Free! 

"Lillie Parkrun 5k": Lillie Parkrun.

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Lillie parkrun is a free, weekly 5k event. We are very welcoming to walkers and joggers of all speeds! One of over 1500 parkruns worldwide, we are entirely volunteer-organized and strive to build a strong communitry of all who enjoy the outdoors.
The event takes place at Lillie Park, 4365 Platt Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. We run every Saturday at 8am (May-Sept), 9am (Oct-April).
Register: https://www.parkrun.us/register/
Info: https://www.parkrun.us/lillie/
More Info: https://www.facebook.com/lillieparkrun/
parkrun is free, forever, for everyone. But please register before your first run! You only ever have to register with parkrun once and once you print off your barcode you have free entry to all parkruns worldwide. If you choose not to register or forget to bring your barcode, you can still run but do not get an official time.
We all run for our own enjoyment. Please come along and join in whatever your pace!
Lillie park, Ann Arbor, 4365 Platt Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. Free. lillie@parkrun.com https://www.parkrun.us/lillie/ [map]



 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

11th Annual Lucy Ann Lance Hometown Christmas Radio Show.

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Popular local radio personality Lance hosts a live broadcast of an old-fashioned radio variety show with performances by 35 local groups, including the Dodworth Saxhorn Band, St. Francis Catholic Church handbell choirs, the Depot Town Big Band, the Ypsilanti Community Choir, the Women of Kerrytown Concert House, the Brain Plasticity Ukulele Collective, and many more. The show is broadcast on 1290 WLBY and 1290WLBY.com.
9 a.m.-5 p.m., Briarwood JC Penney wing. Free. 1290WLBY.com, 717-2182. [map]


 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

9th Annual Friends at Front Porch Holiday Sale: Front Porch Fiber Studio.

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Dec. 14 & 15. Sale of decorative & wearable handwoven textiles, fine art, cards, and jewelry.
9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-5 p.m. (Sun.), 1219 Traver. Free admission. 662-7134. [map]


 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Annual Holiday Sale: Kiwanis Center.

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Every Fri. & Sat. through Dec. 21. Sale of used seasonal gifts and decorations, sporting goods, kitchen items, collectables, books, jewelry, office supplies, furniture, and more. Also, 2-day Toy Sale (Dec. 6 & 7).
9 a.m.-1 p.m., Kiwanis Center West, 102 N. Staebler. Free admission. 665-0450. [map]


 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Christmas Bake Sale: St. Vladimir Russian Orthodox Church.

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Traditional Russian and American holiday sweets and other favorites from around the world.
9 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Vladimir, 9900 Jackson Rd., Dexter. Free admission. 475-4590. [map]


 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Craft & Vendor Show: St. Luke Lutheran Church.

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Sale by commercial vendors and local artisans of home goods, gift items, and handmade ornaments, scarves, hair accessories, clay pots, and more. Food & beverage for sale by local Boy Scouts.
9 a.m.-2 p.m. St. Luke, 4205 Washtenaw. $1 admission. 971-0550. [map]


 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Eco-Restoration Workday: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.

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All invited to help Matthaei staff members remove invasive plants. Dress for outdoor work. Tools provided, or bring your own. Note: Kids age 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult; ages 16-18 must submit a permission form.
9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Arb Reader Center (Dec. 7), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (Dec. 14), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration required online at mbgna.umich.edu. [map]


 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Gerome Kamrowski Art Show & Sale: Schmidt's Antiques Inc. Since 1911.

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Schmidt's Antiques is pleased to announce a public presentation & sale of works by Gerome Kamrowski (1914-2004), an artist world-renowned as a pioneer of the American Abstract Surrealism Movement.
Entitled "Kamrowski: Ann Arbor's Own Surrealist", the public sale and exhibition will continue each Saturday through January 4th.
To learn more about this exhibition of Gerome Kamrowski, please contact:
Schmidt's Antiques Inc. 5138 W. Michigan Avenue Ypsilanti, MI 48197 (T) 734-434-2660 (E) info@schmidtsantiques.com
Schmidt's Antiques Inc., 5138 West Michigan Ave. Free. 7344342660. info@schmidtsantiques.com https://www.michiganartgallery.com/germone-kamrowski-show.html [map]



 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Huron Gun Collectors.

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Dec. 14 & 15, Jan. 11 & 12, Feb. 8 & 9, Mar. 14 & 15. About 100 dealers and collectors offer guns, knives, ammunition, and other hunting equipment for sale, including antiques and collectibles. Concessions. Youth age 17 & under must be accompanied by an adult.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Admission $5 (members, $3; kids age 12 & under, free). (517) 605-0624. [map]


 9 a.m.-9 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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All kids invited to visit with Santa; photos available for purchase. Dec. 8 is "Pet Photo Night" (6-8 p.m.) for 4-legged, leashed, friendly pets that weigh less than 60 lbs. A session for kids with special needs is held before the mall opens on Dec. 1, 9-10:30 a.m.; preregistration required at Eventbrite.com (look for "Caring Santa".) Note: Santa takes breaks 1-2 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. & 2-2:45 p.m. Sun.
10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. (Dec. 1), 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Dec. 2-6), 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (Dec. 7 & 9-12); 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Dec. 8), 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Dec. 13), 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Dec. 15), 9 a.m.-9 p.m. (Dec. 14 & 16-23), 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (Dec. 24), Briarwood Von Maur court. Free ("fast passes" to avoid lines available with photo package purchase at bit.ly/36DqizF). 769-9610. [map]


 9 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

"39th Annual Winter Festival": Rudolf Steiner School.

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Featuring an artisan market, toy room, puppet theater, bake sale, and kids activities, including jump rope winding and various crafts. New this year, a mini carnival with popcorn and games. Raffle. Lunch available; food vendors on site.
9 a.m.-3 p.m., Rudolf Steiner School, 2775 Newport. Free admission (fee for kids activities). 995-4141. [map]


 9-10 a.m.  Free! 

"Happy Pawlidays": Saline Parks & Recreation.

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All invited to bring their dogs to the park for a photo with Santa.
9-10 a.m., Mill Pond Park, end of W. Bennett St., west of Ann Arbor St., Saline. Free. 429-3502.


 9:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Mindfulness Meditation": Dexter District Library.

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Guided meditation followed by discussion.
9:30 a.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 10-11 a.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]


 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 

19th Annual Holiday Show & Sale: Yourist Studio Gallery.

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Show and sale of works by local ceramics artists. Artists reception on Friday. Refreshments.
5-8 p.m. (Fri.), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat.) & 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sun.), Yourist Studio Gallery, 1133 Broadway. Free admission. 662-4914. [map]


 10 a.m.-noon 

Bag Sale: Friends of the Saline District Library.

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Sale of used books & other items.
10 a.m.-noon, SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. $5 for a bag of books; 2nd bag free. 429-5450. [map]


 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Farmers Market.

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Kids activities, 9:30-11 a.m. on 2nd Sat. each month and market basket giveaway on last Sat. each month, along with live entertainment TBA every Sat., June-Sept. Also, every Wed., May-Oct., Wednesday Farmers Market (2-6 p.m., in the Chelsea State Bank parking lot, 1010 S. Main), with 18 local vendors.
8 a.m.-1 p.m., Chelsea Farmers Market, parking lot on Park St. (east off Main St. between the library and the Methodist church), Chelsea. Free admission. 475-6402. [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. 834B Phoenix Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48108. office@betterlivingfitness.com betterlivingfitness.com [map]


 10 a.m., noon, and 2 & 4 p.m  Free! 

U-M Natural History Museum Tours.

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Every Sat. & Sun., except Dec. 21, 22, 28, & 29 and Jan. 4 & 5 Thirty-minute guided tours showcasing some of the museum's beloved and new exhibits. "Museum Highlights Tour" (10 a.m. & 2 p.m.) shows a mastodon couple, the Majungasaurus, and some of the new research labs. "Wonderful World of Whales Tour" (Noon & 4 p.m.) shows how whales and dolphins made the transition from land back to water.
Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Used Book Sale: Friends of the Chelsea District Library.

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Sale of gently used paperback and hard-cover books. Also, CDs, DVDs, audio books, and more. Fill a bag for $5.
10 a.m.-1 p.m., CDL basement, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free admission. 475-8732. [map]


 10 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

Yourist Studio Gallery Holiday Show and Sale: Yourist Studio Gallery.

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Friday, December 13, 5-8 pm
Festive Preview Sale and Artists' Reception
The sale continues on
Saturday, December 14, 10 am-6 pm
Sunday, December 15, 11 am-5 pm

See Nancy Bulkley's captivating cat vases and more exceptional ceramic art at the 2019 Yourist Studio Gallery Holiday Show and Sale, where we're featuring the best work from our resident artists and selected students. As is our custom, we're presenting it all in a festive atmosphere with great company, tasty food and drink, and lots of seasonal conviviality.
Participating artists include Darcy Bowden, Laura Bower, Nancy Bulkley, Jeanine Center, Laila Chalati, Patty Clark, Michael Donnely, Cindy Fink, Erica Fink, Rose E. Gomez, Mike Krivan, Debbie Omari, Deb Renner, Cara Rosaen, Anusree Sattaluri, Keith Shoultz, Josette Steele, Elisha Talley, David Timm, Caron Valentine-Marsh, Kevan Wilson, and Kay Yourist.
Come make merry with us this December.
Yourist Studio Gallery, 1133 Broadway St. Free. 734-662-4914. kay@youristpottery.com http://www.youristpottery.com/news/index.html [map]



 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Critters Up Close!": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Leslie Science & Nature Center staff show live hawks & falcons. Also, animal-oriented hands-on activities. Note: On Saturday, a midday "Animal Naptime" break when the animals get tired.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 1-4 p.m. (Sun.), Hands-On Museum, 220 E. Ann St., $15 (members, $10). Preregistration required at aahom.org. 995-5439. [map]


 10-10:45 a.m.  Free! 

"Dancing Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Ages 5 & under (accompanied by an adult) invited to a program of music and movement led by Music Together teacher Dianne Dudley (Dec. 14, 10-10:45 a.m.) and First Steps Washtenaw instructor Monica Higman (Dec. 29, 1-1:45 p.m.).
AADL Pittsfield Branch. Free. 327-4200.


 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Santa Visits Kerrytown": Kerrytown Market and Shops.

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All kids invited to visit with Santa.
10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-3 p.m. (Sun.), Kerrytown Market & Shops upstairs. Free, nonperishable food donations for Food Gatherers are welcome. 662-5008. [map]


 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Treasure Trail to Santa": Saline Chamber of Commerce.

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All kids age 12 & under invited to pick up a "treasure map," visit Saline-Busch's shopping center merchants to receive goodies, and find Santa. Also, carriage rides.
10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., start at the UPS Store, 525 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. Free. 429-4494. [map]


 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Chinese Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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An AADL storyteller tells stories and sings songs in Mandarin. Also, a Chinese-themed craft. For babies & preschoolers (siblings welcome).
AADL Downtown Youth Story Corner (Dec. 7) & AADL Traverwood (Dec. 14).


 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.) & noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Thurs., Sat., & Sun., & Dec. 27 & 30 Four different audiovisual planetarium shows.

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The Sky Tonight (5:30 & 6:30 p.m. Thurs., 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an exploration of the current night sky.

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Molecularium (10:30 a.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an animated exploration of the atoms and molecules that comprise the universe.

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Black Holes (3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) details new developments in the study of supermassive black holes, including the one at the center of our galaxy.

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Sea Monsters (10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. every hour on the half hour, Dec. 26-30) is an animated exploration of the sea life 80 million years ago.

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Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. $8. 764-0478. [map]


 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Saturday Morning Physics": U-M Physics Department.

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Popular series of talks, aimed at general audiences, by U-M and visiting scholars. Dec. 7: U-M astronomy professor Elena Gallo on "Black Holes: Facts, Myths, and Mysteries." Dec. 14: U-M environmental education professor Jonathan Overpeck on "Climate Change Opportunities and Challenges for Michigan."
10:30-11:30 a.m., 170 & 182 Weiser, 500 Church. Free. 764-4437. [map]


 10:30 a.m. 

"The Little Scientist Club": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
Every Tues. (9:30 a.m.) & Sat. (10:30 a.m.), except Dec. 24., Hands-On Museum, 220 E Ann St., $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439.


 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 

"Dive Deep Into Self-Expression": InterPlay Southeast Michigan.

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Explore yourself, your life, and the joy of creative expression, using InterPlay's powerful combination of movement, sound, spoken word, stillness, contact, and self-reflection.
Free your body and your voice, deepen the connection with your creative self, bring breath and ease back into your life, and build awareness of the wisdom of your body, all while cultivating meaningful community connection.
InterPlay is something that anybody can do-no experience is necessary. The focus is on exploration, authenticity, and enjoyable personal and group expression-all you need is a willingness to engage. Expect to laugh, savor and relax & be surprised by what you can do!
Come join us for a joyful, creative, and transformative experience!
For more info, see the Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/InterPlaySEMichigan/
or the Meetup group at: www.meetup.com/InterPlayAnnArbor/
Friends Meeting House - Sanctuary / Meeting Room, 1420 Hill Street. Donation. $15-$30. 231-774-6146. Leeriver@umich.edu [map]



 11 a.m. 

"Donation YinYasa Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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Saturdays from 11am-12pm, join Mota Thai Yoga for a Donation YinYasa Yoga class (suggested donation $5-$20)
This class is a combination of Yin and Vinyasa Yoga. Some postures are held for longer periods of time than a typical yoga class. This allows the muscles to relax, and the deep connective tissues to be gently stretched. In between these postures, movement and flowing between postures will be done to create internal heat. Appropriate for all levels. This class is heated between 80-90 degrees.
Mota Thai Yoga is located on Huron Street across from the YMCA. You can park in the parking lot in front of the studio. We share a parking lot with several businesses including the Yellow Barn. Look for door #22 with the red buddha on it.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Donation. info@motathaiyoga.com motathaiyoga.com [map]



 11 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

ART onADARE: Idelle Hammond-Sass.

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This annual event showcases the work of fine art jewelry designer Idelle Hammond-Sass, Majolica Ceramics by Ann Tubbs, Prints and Photographs by Angelis Jackowski, and Fiber Art by Carol Furtado.
Light refreshments and a casual atmosphere. Street parking. We are at the corner of Adare and Kearney Rd, in Ann Arbor. 734-741-4381 for directions.
Adare and Kearney St, Ann Arbor, Mi 48104, 1510 Kearney Rd. Free. hammond_sass@msn.com. hammond_sass@msn.com [map]



 11 a.m.  Free! 

Children's Storytime: Barnes & Noble.

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Every Sat. Storytelling programs and occasional craft activities for kids age 3 & up.
11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]



 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 

DIYpsi Holiday Market.

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Over 90 area artists and crafters show and sell their paintings, jewelry, clothing, glass, soaps, baked goods, and more.
11 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-6 p.m. (Sun.), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Free admission. DIYpsi.com, DIYpsiFair@gmail.com. [map]


 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

Science Forum Demos: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. through Dec. 15. Short hands-on demos for ages 5 & up. "How to Become a Fossil" (11 a.m.). Participants handle real fossils while learning how they form and how fossil casts are made. "Life: How Do We Find It?" (3 p.m.). Participants learn about what kinds of planets might support life.
Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 11 a.m. 

Special Storytime: Nicola's Books.

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Special Storytime: Nicola's Books. A costumed Grinch reads Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Followed by a craft.
11 a.m., Nicola's Books, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.


 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

The Tiny Expo: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Show and sale of holiday gifts by more than 40 local artists and crafters. Also, in the Secret Lab, craft activities for all ages including screen printing and button making.
AADL Downtown lobby. Free admission. 327-4200.


 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 

"Cheese 101": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Discussion & tasting of the 7 major varieties of cheese. With bread and other accompaniments.
Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $40, preregistration required. 929-0500. [map]


 11:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

Lab Chats: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun., except Dec. 21, 22, 28, & 29 and Jan. 4 & 5 Short all-ages lecture-demos by museum educators in the museum atriums. "Paleo Prep Lab Chat" (11:30 a.m. Sat. & Sun.) shows the tools and skills needed to prepare and cast fossils for research and display. "Biodiversity Lab Chat" (3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) shows how and why scientists process DNA samples from plants and animals.
11:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m., U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

S.T.E.A.M Workshop for Parents and Kids: Northfield Township Area Library.

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Take your weekends full steam ahead with our weekly workshop where kids collaborate with peers and parents to problem solve, experiment, and create! For ages 6 to 14 (children aged 6 to 8 need a parent with them). Space is limited, so registration is required for this event.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Rd, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/events [map]



 Noon-5 p.m. 

13th Annual Artists Holiday Studio Sale: Kate Tremel & Friends.

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Show and sale of works by local artists, including book arts by Jean Buescher Bartlett, ceramics by John Leyland and Ben Teague, silk and wool wearables by Michelle Montour, and porcelain works by Kate Tremel.
Noon-5 p.m., Tremel residence, 627 Gott St. Free admission. 709-4899. [map]



 Noon-6 p.m. 

Open Studio & Art Sale.

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Dec. 14 & 15. Show and sale of drawings, paintings, and prints by local artists Helen Gotlib and Dylan Strzynski. Also, a chance to look at their works in progress.
Noon-6 p.m., 7281 Toma Rd., Dexter. Free admission. helengotlib@gmail.com. [map]



 Noon 

U-M Men's Basketball.

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Nov. 1: Saginaw Valley State. 7 p.m. Exhibition game.

Nov. 5: Appalachian State. 7 p.m.

Nov. 12: Creighton. 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 15: Elon. 7 p.m.

Nov. 22: Houston Baptist. 7 p.m.

Dec. 6: Iowa. 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 14: Oregon. Noon.

Dec. 21: Presbyterian College. Noon.

Dec. 29: UMass Lowell. 2 p.m.

Jan. 9: Purdue. 7 p.m.

Jan. 22: Penn State. 7 p.m.

Jan. 25: Illinois. Noon.

Feb. 4: Ohio State. 7 p.m.

Feb. 8: MSU. Noon.

Feb. 16: Indiana. 1 p.m.

Feb. 27: Wisconsin. 7 p.m.

Mar. 5: Nebraska. 6:30 p.m.
Various times (see listing), Crisler Center. Ticket prices $15-$60. 764-0247. [map]


 Noon-5 p.m. 

"Holiday PopShop": King of Kings Lutheran Church.

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Sale of handmade gifts, soaps, specialty foods, and more.
Noon-5 p.m., King of Kings, 2685 Packard. Free admission. 255-0118. [map]


 Time TBA. 

U-M Women's Basketball.

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Oct. 30: Northwood. 7 p.m. Exhibition game.

Nov. 8: WMU. 7 p.m.

Nov. 10: Bradley. 2 p.m.

Nov. 23: Notre Dame. Time TBA.

Dec. 1: Morgan State. Time TBA

Dec. 5: Syracuse. 9 p.m.

Dec. 8 Oakland. 2 p.m.

Dec. 14: Appalachian State. Time TBA.

Dec. 31: Penn State. 2 p.m.

Jan. 5: Michigan State. Noon.

Jan. 12: Maryland. Noon.

Jan. 26: Rutgers. 2 p.m.

Feb. 2: Iowa. Noon.

Feb. 6: Purdue. 6 p.m.

Feb. 13: Northwestern. 7 p.m.

Feb. 19: Illinois. 7 p.m.

Mar. 1: Indiana. Time TBA.
Various times (see listing), Crisler Center. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 each). 764-0247. [map]


 12:45-2:45 p.m.  Free! 

Monthly Meeting: Ann Arbor chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby.

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Worried about climate change? Wondering how you can make a real difference? Come to the monthly meeting of the Ann Arbor chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL). CCL is a national, grassroots organization working to enact federal legislation to put a price on CO2. It is the most focused and influential organization working on national climate policy. We are working to build support for the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (energyinnovationact.org), a fair and effective policy to reduce GHG emissions. Our meetings consist of dialing in to a national conference call (featuring different guest speakers each month), followed by local discussion of actions. Newcomers are welcome to come at 12:30 for a brief overview.
Ann Arbor District Library - 3rd floor Freespace room, 343 S. 5th Ave. Free. annarbor@citizensclimatelobby.org http://annarborccl.org [map]



 1-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Holiday Maker Market & Open House": TinkerTech Makerspace.

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Join us for the annual TinkerTech holiday open house, this year featuring project show-and-tells and products for sale by TinkerTech members. You'll have an opportunity to make your own custom printed coffee mug and/or select a holiday ornament for laser cutting. If you sign up for a recurring membership during the event, you'll also get a free $20 gift card!
This is the afternoon of the first day of DIYpsi, so if you're going, be sure to stop by and see what YOU can do yourself.
TinkerTech, 216 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-707-8019. michael@tinkertech.io https://www.facebook.com/events/534615107089254/ [map]



 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Stewardship Saturday": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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All invited to help remove invasive plants from the Britton Woods Nature Area. Wear long pants & closed-toe shoes.
1-3 p.m., County Farm Park Medford Pavilion. Free. 971-6337. [map]


 1 p.m. 

Open Gym: Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor.

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Come join the FLIPS, TWISTS & FUN at Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor during Open Gym every Saturday from 1pm-2:30pm! Cost is $10 for 1.5 hours of uninstructed play time. Must have a signed consent form to participate, provided at the office if you are new to the gym! Children under 5 years old must be accompanied by a parent. Children 18 months or younger are FREE!
(Cash ONLY please if paying less than $14)
Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor, 7240 Jackson Rd. $10. 734-222-1810. cga2@champgymaa.com https://www.champgymaa.com/open-gym [map]



 1-4 p.m. 

"Christmas at Rentschler Farm": Saline Area Historical Society.

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Dec. 14 & 15. A re-creation of a Depression-era Christmas, with natural decorations. Also, a visit from Santa and demos of a sock-knitting machine, quilting, and other crafts. Cookies & cider. Gift shop.
1-4 p.m., Rentschler Farm Museum, 1265 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. Pay what you can. SalineHistory@Frontier.com, 944-0442. [map]


 1-2 p.m. 

"Nature Explorers: Signs of Winter": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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A chance to look for and learn about winter in the forest. For ages 5 & 6.
1-2 p.m., Burns-Stokes Preserve, Zeeb Rd. at the Huron River just south of Huron River Dr. Free, preregistration required at ParksOnline.eWashtenaw.org. 971-6337. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Birthday Party for Jesus": Treasuring Christ Church.

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A Christ-centered Christmas celebration for kids
The Birthday Party for Jesus is a fun event for children age 4 - 5th grade. The event is geared toward celebrating Christmas in a Christ-centered way and will include games, a craft, the Christmas story presented in an exciting and engaging way, Christmas Carols, and a birthday cake! Please join us, invite your friends, and celebrate the birthday of Jesus, God's greatest gift to us!
Details
Saturday, December 14
2:00-3:30 pm
Peace Neighborhood Center (1111 N. Maple Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103)
For children age 4 years through 5th grade
Event is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required.
Peace Neighborhood Center, 1111 N Maple Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. 7349451787. michael@tccannarbor.com https://www.eventbrite.com/e/birthday-party-for-jesus-tickets-81891017237?aff=utm_source%3Deb_email%26utm_medium%3Demail%26utm_campaign%3Dnew_event_email&utm_term=eventurl_text [map]



 2-5 p.m. 

54th Annual Community Messiah Sing.

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All interested people capable of reading and performing the vocal parts are invited to join this friendly, informal, unrehearsed performance of Handel's beloved oratorio. Between 150 and 200 singers usually participate, including professionals, semiprofessionals, serious amateurs, families, and church choirs. A volunteer orchestra of 40 to 50 instrumentalists is also needed; prospective players should call the number below as soon as possible to ensure section balance. Directed by Richard Ingram. Scores provided, or participants may bring their own. (The Prout edition, published by Schirmer, is used.) Orchestra players should bring their own stands and be ready for a warm-up at 1:30 p.m. Drinks provided; bring goodies to share.
St. Clare Episcopal Church, 2309 Packard. $5 suggested donation to help defray the cost of using the building. Prospective orchestra members should contact Carey Jones at cwjones321@yahoo.com. [map]


 2 p.m. 

A Child's Christmas in Wales: Michigan Irish Repertory Theatre.

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David Kiley directs this local company in a performance, presented in the style of a BBC Wales radio show, of Dylan Thomas's nostalgic story recalling his boyhood holiday experiences. Described by the New York Times as "a caroling session sprinkled with occasional reminiscences." With Welsh cakes and hot cider.
2 p.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. & 3 p.m. (Sun.), Michigan League Hussey Room, 911 N. University. Tickets $15 in advance at a2tix.com and (if available) at the door. 276-7183. [map]
 


 2-3 p.m. 

Argentine Tango Practice: Sophia & El Kronox.

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Tango dancing to recorded music. No partner or experience necessary. Preceded at 1 p.m. by a lesson ($10).
2-3 p.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $5 (free with lesson). SophiaTango.com, 634-9629. [map]


 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Learn Calligraphy: Introduction to Versals": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local calligraphy instructor Scott Wettlaufer demonstrates the beginning techniques of this letterform used in many old manuscripts and posters today.
AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200.


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Saturday Sampler": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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Docent-led tours of the museum, including one of the current exhibit Graffiti as Devotion along the Nile (Dec. 14).
2-3 p.m., Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304.


 2 p.m. 

"The Nutcracker Suite and Spirit of the Season": Ann Arbor Dance Classics.

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Young local dancers perform excerpts of Tchaikovsky's Christmas ballet, plus their original one-act show.
2 p.m., Milan High School Performing Arts Center, 200 Big Red Dr., Milan. Tickets $15 in advance by phone, $18 at the door. 302-4248. [map]


 2 & 7:30 p.m. 

"The Secret Garden": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Nov. 28), Nov. 14-Dec. 22. This local professional theater company performs Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman's 1989 musical adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's beloved children's novel set in Victorian England. Sent to live in the cheerless house of her reclusive, widowed uncle and his invalid son, an orphan girl discovers a hidden garden that reintroduces joy to her life and that of her relatives. The songs, with many lyrics drawn from the original text, have been described as "fetching" by the New York Times.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $32 (seniors, $30; youth & groups of 10 or more, $28) on Thurs.; $36 (seniors, $34; youth & groups of 10 or more, $32) on Fri. & Sat. eve.; $34 (seniors, $32; youth & groups of 10 or more, $30) for all matinees in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]


 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: Chelsea Chess Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to join club members for blitz (5-minute) and untimed games. Some sets and clocks available; bring your own if possible.
3-5 p.m., Wendy's, 1640 Commerce Park, Chelsea. The meetings are held in the Pierce Park picnic shelter during the summer, usually from late May until after Labor Day. Free. 475-1583. [map]


 3 & 8 p.m. 

Ebird & Friends Holiday Show: The Ark.

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Dec. 12-14. Erin Zindle, the fiery fiddling frontwoman of the classy local eclectic band the Ragbirds who has also released a solo CD, Scenes from the Fragile, Agile Avian World, is joined by several established and up-and-coming luminaries of the Michigan music scene for her very popular annual program of new and old holiday music, now in its 12th year.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat.), the Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25-$50 (kids age 10 & under, $15 for Sat. matinee only) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and theark.org, and at the door. 761-1451. [map]



 3 p.m.  Free! 

Maize 'n' Blue Intrasquad: U-M Men's Gymnastics.

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The U-M men's gymnastics team, a perennial national power that has won 3 NCAA national championships in the past 9 years, prepares for the 2020 season with an intrasquad meet.
Cliff Keen Arena, S. State at Hoover. Free. 764-0247.


 3 p.m.  Free! 

Voices Valiant.

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Norma Freeman directs this U-M-based choir for adults age 50 & up. Program TBA.
3 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 3 p.m. 

"A Boychoir Christmas": Boychoir of Ann Arbor.

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Dec. 13 & 14.Boychoir music director John Boonenberg leads this local ensemble of boys ages 7-18, accompanied by First United Methodist Church organist Naki Sung-Kripfgans, in its 33rd annual Christmas concert. The program opens with the traditional processional "Once in Royal David's City," with the 1st verse sung by a solo boy, and concludes with John Gardner's "Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day." Also, David Conte's "A Stable Lamp is Lighted," Mack Wilberg's raucous setting of "The 12 Days of Christmas," and William Horne's "While Shepherds Watched." The Boychoir's Treble Choir (ages 7-13) performs John Rutter's multi-movement cantata "Dancing Day," and other traditional carols with harpist Bethany Lancaster. Also, audience sing-alongs of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" and "O Come, All Ye Faithful" are kicked off with a soaring Boychoir descant verse. This concert usually sells out.
7 p.m. (Fri.), Concordia University Chapel of the Holy Trinity, 4090 Geddes at Earhart, & 3 p.m. (Sat.), First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor, 1432 Washtenaw. Tickets $20 (students & seniors, $15; youths 17 & under, free) in advance at BoychoirA2.EventBrite.com & Tickets@a2BoyChoir.org, and at the door. 663-5377. [map]


 3 & 7:30 p.m. 

"DJ Whittington's Kool Kat: A Hip-Hop Panto": Theatre Nova.

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Every Fri.-Sun., Nov. 29-Dec. 29. A popular holiday tradition, this year director Carla Milarch's annual musical panto is based on the comedic TV puppet DJ Kat, a record spinning, leather jacketed cat. A panto is a British pantomime genre that blends children's stories with a bit of vaudeville sensibility to create a raucous family entertainment. Candy is provided. Stars: Asia Marie Hicks, Alaina Kerr, and Mike Sandusky.
7:30 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) $25 (kids 16 & under, $10). Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [aw]. [map]



 9-10:30 & 10:45-12:15 p.m. 

"Pancakes with Santa": Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission.

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Families invited to a pancake breakfast, followed by hot cocoa and a chance to meet Santa. Take-home craft & goody bag.
9-10:30 & 10:45-12:15 p.m., Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek Rd, Ypsilanti (Dec. 14). $10 per person. 971-6337. [map]


 3 & 8 p.m. 

"Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Fallen Soufflé": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Sept. 19-Dec. 21. Michelle Mountain directs the world premiere of Livonia playwright David MacGregor's 2nd Sherlock Holmes play, which features the Victorian super sleuth solving a case for the playboy Prince of Wales on the eve of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. Coincidentally, the master chef Auguste Escoffier needs the detective's help as well. Cast: Mark Colson, Paul Stroili, Sarab Kamoo, Caitlin Cavannaugh, Tom Whalen, and David Bendena.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $32 (Wed.), $28 (Thurs.), $42 (Fri. eve.), $43 (weekend matinees), $46 (Sat. eve.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]


 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. 

"The Santaland Diaries": Kickshaw Theatre.

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Lynn Lammers directs Yianni Papadimos in actor Joe Mantello's one-man show, an adaptation of David Sedaris' popular comedic essay about the commercial excesses of the holiday season. A wannabe actor is stuck working as "Crumpet the elf" in Macy's department store for the holiday season. Cash bar. Ages 21 & up.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 3 p.m. (Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Bobcat Bonnie's, 200 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. Tickets $30 (early bird price for first 20 tickets sold, $15; VIP, $50) in advance at a2tix.com & at the door. 203-0556. [map]
 



 4-6 p.m. 

"Weaving 101": SCRAP A2.

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Learn the basics of weaving using reused materials from SCRAP!
Attendees will make a small loom out of materials found at SCRAP, learn how to add warp threads, fringe, and weave.
We will discuss the basics of weaving along with techniques to create different textures and patterns in your final reuse fiber creation!
Children 12 and older are welcome to participate with a paid guardian in attendance.
Register online at scrapa2.org today!
SCRAP A2, 4567 Washtenaw Ave. $15. 7348004137. claire@scrapbox.org scrapa2.org [map]



 4 p.m.  Free! 

Detroit Handbell Ensemble: First Unitarian Universalist Congregation.

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Brenda Austin directs the ensemble in seasonal works.
4 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 665-6158. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Holiday Hustle": Running Fit.

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Competitive 5-km run/walk (4:30 p.m.) with awards for the top 3 finishers in various age categories, and a 1-mile fun run (4 p.m.).
4 p.m., Monument Park, downtown Dexter. $39 (fun run, $29; fun run age 17 & under, $19) before Dec. 12; $45 (fun run, $35; fun run age 17 & under, $25) in person on race weekend; preregistration available at RunHoliday5k.com. 426-1175.


 4-7 p.m. 

"Icebreakers ^2": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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All invited to play low-key parlor games.
4-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer). PointlessBrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 4:30 p.m. 

"Holiday Hustle": Running Fit.

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Competitive 5-km run/walk with awards for the top 3 finishers in various age categories. Medals for all finishers. Knit beanies for all participants. Proceeded at 4 p.m. by a 1-mile fun run.
Monument Park, downtown Dexter. $39 (fun run, $29; fun run age 17 & under, $19) through noon on Dec. 12; $45 (fun run, $35; fun run age 17 & under, $25) on race weekend. Preregistration available at RunHoliday5k.com. 929-9022.


 4:40, 7, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Pain and Glory": State Theater.

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(Pedro Almodóvar, 2019). A film director in physical decline who reflects on his career. Spanish, subtitles.
State Theatre. $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8. statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 5:30-7 p.m. 

"Christmas at the Mansion": Dexter Area Historical Society.

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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]



 6-7:50 p.m. 

"DJ Skate": Arctic Coliseum.

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Skating to Top 40 music.
6-7:50 p.m., Arctic Coliseum, 501 Coliseum Dr. (off Manchester Rd., 1/2 mile south of the intersection of Old US-12 & M-52), Chelsea. $5 (children 14 & under, $3) admission, $3 skate rental. 433-4444. [map]


 6-8 p.m. 

"Holiday Carols": Brewed Awakenings Café.

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With the Saline High School choir.
6-8 p.m., Brewed Awakenings, 7025 E. Michigan Ave., ste. M, Saline. Free, but donations requested to ChadTough for pediatric brain tumor research. 681-0078. [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

"The Nutcracker": Academy of Russian Classical Ballet.

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Faculty and students from this suburban Detroit ballet school join international professional ballet dancers for a performance of Tchaikovsky's perennially popular Christmas ballet.
6:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $35-$45 in advance at TicketMaster.com and at the door. (248) 982-7882. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"The Kerrytown Concert House Holiday Radio Hour Variety Show": Kerrytown Concert House.

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KCH artistic & executive director Monica Swartout-Bebow & board member Ryan MacKenzie Lewis host a night of performances by 20 local artists, including Americana rock singer-songwriter Adam Plomaritas and vocalists from the popular KCH Wine, Women, and Song jazz, classical, and cabaret music concert series.
7 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20-$40 (students, $10) in advance at a2tix.com. 769-2999. [map]
 


 7 p.m.  Free! 

K Michael Joseph wsg The Great Hearafter: Unity Vibration Kombucha Bar.

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Great night of free entertainment in and industrial setting with cool vibes.
Unity Vibration, 93 Ecorse Rd, Ypsilanti. Free. kandy@uvkbeer.com. kandy@uvkbeer.com [map]



 7 p.m. 

Porcelain Hammer with Mark Morgan.

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Porcelain Hammer brings their avant rock to LoFi on December 14. Led by Ben Miller of Destroy All Monsters/Glen Branca alumnus who composes for strings, percussion and loud guitar. Other members include Mike Khoury on violin, Deanna Lee on cello and Mike List on percussion. They'll play songs from their newly completed record.
Also appearing is Mark Morgan. Morgan led the band Sightings and has just returned from a European solo tour. You'll hear some very unorthodox guitar playing accompanied by nightmarish vocals.
A rare Ann Arbor show for both of these groups.
Lo-Fi Bar, 220 S. Main Lower Level. $10. (734) 369-6070. crookedassviolin@gmail.com https://www.lofiannarbor.com/ [map]



 7 p.m. 

Winter Showcase: Salto Dance Company.

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This U-M student dance troupe performs student-choreographed pieces in a variety of styles, including classical ballet, jazz, and modern dance.
7 p.m., Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. $10 (students, $8; kids age 11 & under, free). SaltoDance@umich.edu. [map]


 7-9:30 p.m. 

"Holiday Ballroom Dance": Pittsfield Township Parks & Recreation.

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Ballroom dancing to recorded music led by local dance instructor Sue Bareis. No partner necessary.
7-9:30 p.m., Pittsfield Twp. Community Center, 701 Ellsworth. $5 at the door only. 822-2120. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Still Life with Iris": EMU Theatre Department.

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Every Fri.-Sun., Dec. 6-15. EMU theater professor Patricia Moore Zimmer directs EMU students in Steven Dietz's 1997 drama, a fantastical adventure about a young girl searching for her home. Aimed at theatergoers age 7 & up.
EMU Quirk Theatre, Quirk Hall, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (seniors, $14; students, $12; kids 12 & under, $7) in advance at emuTix.com, and at the door. 487-2282.


 7 p.m. 

"The Nutcracker": Ballet Chelsea.

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Dec. 7, 8, 14, & 15. Wendi DuBois directs this Chelsea-based company of young dancers ages 8-18 in her choreography of Tchaikovsky's ballet, with narration based on E.T.A. Hoffmann's "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King." Live accompaniment by the Jackson Symphony Orchestra. On Dec. 7 & 8, the matinee is preceded at 12:30 p.m. by a Sugar Plum Fairy Tea (adults, $20 & students, $15 in advance only) featuring cast visits, photos, and refreshments.
2 p.m. (Dec. 7, 8, & 15) & 7 p.m. (Dec. 14), Chelsea High School, 740 N. Freer, Chelsea (Dec. 7 & 8) & Jackson College Potter Center, 2111 Emmons, Jackson (Dec. 14 & 15). $15-$30 (students, $10-25) in advance at balletchelsea.org and at the door. 475-3070. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"The Nutcracker": Dance Alliance.

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Dec. 14 & 15. Lisa Darby Clark directs local dancers and members of Jazz Dance Theater in Dance Alliance's 21st annual production of Tchaikovsky's ballet. Also, at 1 p.m. on Dec. 15, tea with the cast (tickets $20 in advance only by phone).
7 p.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sun.), Ellen Ewing Performing Arts Center, Saline High School, 1300 Campus Pkwy., Saline. Tickets $15 in advance at Dance Alliance & The Dancer's Boutique, and at the door. 429-9599. [map]


 7:30-10:30 p.m. 

2nd Saturday Contra Dance Party: Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.

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Megan Wilson leads contras to live music by the Time Travelers. All dances taught; no partner needed. Wear loose fitting clothing and flat non-slip shoes. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a beginner lesson.
7:30-10:30 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse. Pay what you can, $10 suggested. 945-1343. [map]


 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

Al Jackson: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Dec. 12-14. This 7th-grade teacher-turned-comic is a ubiquitous presence on both MTV and Comedy Central who's known for edgy, hard-nosed observational humor delivered with a laid-back swagger and a beaming smile. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $10 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) in advance before 5 p.m. the night of the show; $12 (Thurs.) & $16 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Dance Manchester: Riverfolk Music and Arts Organization.

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Various styles of dancing with live music.

Dec. 14: Corn Potato String Band. Contra & square dancing to live music by this Detroit trio whose repertoire of traditional Appalachian folk music ranges from ballads and Southern gospel to "hoe-downs" and country rags.

Feb. 8: Creole du Nord. Mardi Gras dance with live music by this popular Manchester quartet that plays traditional Creole & Cajun music.

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7:30 p.m., Blacksmith Shop, 324 E. Main, Manchester. $10 suggested donation. 223-6876. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Candlelight Concert": EMU Music Department.

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EMU choral director Brandon Johnson leads the EMU choirs in a festive program featuring traditional carols, a string quartet, dancing, and poetry.
EMU Pease Auditorium, 494 College Pl., Ypsilanti. Tickets $15 (students, $5; entire immediate family, $50) in advance at EventBrite.com. 487-2282.


 7:45 p.m. 

"19th-Century Time Travelers Ball": Grand Traditions Vintage Dance Academy.

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Various 19th-century dances, including those from Old Vienna, Paris, Prague, the Orient, or Scotland. With live music by the veteran local trio Childgrove. Period costumes of all sorts encouraged. All dance levels welcome. Preceded at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. by dance lessons.
7:45-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. $30 (includes lessons). Preregistration requested (& tips on 19th-century ball etiquette available) at vintagedance.com/vict-ball.htm. 769-0041. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"A Man for Christmas: A Made for TV Musical Parody": Neighborhood Theatre Group.

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Its engagement season and 20 something Kinzley, an assistant and aspiring writer for BANGS! Magazine, is still single and turning 30 on Christmas Day! She returns home to her small town of Whispering Pines to celebrate the double engagement of her sister and dad (not to each other). If she can win the affections of Eric Silverspoon, she can make it a triple engagement, receive a promotion, and make all her dreams come true this Christmas!
Written by A.M. Dean and Kristin Anne Danko
Directed by Kristin Anne Danko
Starring A.M. Dean, Marisa Dluge, Kylista Geiger, Maegan Murphy, Angela VanKempen, Craig VanKempen, and Kelli Zwolinski with Tom Hett on piano.
General seating. Doors open 30 minutes before curtain time.
Ages 18+. This show is for mature audiences only.
Purchase tickets: manforchristmas.brownpapertickets.com
The Back Office Studio, 13 N. Washington St., Ypsilanti. $7-$10. info@ntgypsi.org www.ntgypsi.org [map]



 8 p.m.  Free! 

K Michael Joseph, singer, adds Jazz: Unity Vibration Brewing Tasting Room.

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Michael and friends jazz it up:
Joined for this engagement by jazz star, Dei-Tee, in this comeback appearance, K Michael Joseph, Ann Arbor award-winning musician, will feature his list of sensual songs, intended to warm up those special memory-making moments in your life.
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Michael is a solo artist who specializes in unique, lyrical soundscapes on the subjects of seduction, love's passions; and social justice.
He continues to entertain friends and fans with sultry songs about his favorite topic -- a call to Love -- perfect -- as winter's chill closes in!
The music of K Michael Joseph, as singles and his two albums, "Compel Me" and "Siren" are available on all upload and streaming platforms, including Apple Music and Spotify.
Unity Vibration Brewing Tasting Room, 93 Ecorse Rd., Ypsilanti. Free. (714) 218-3313. MichaelJ@kMichaelJoseph.com www.KMichaelJoseph.com [map]



 8-10 p.m. 

Step into the Light Fundraiser: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth Café 704.

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An evening of songs and stories. The local singer-songwriter duo of guitarist Alaura Massaro, the Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth music director, and multi-instrumentalist Layla Ananda perform covers and original tunes, accompanying themselves on guitar, piano, & dulcimer, and local poet-storyteller Jill Halpern tells stories that celebrate community and our shared humanity. Also, an Artisan Craft Show (7:30-10 p.m.) with handmade jewelry, quilted bags, pottery, photography, & more for sale.
Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $15 suggested donation. 327-0270. [map]


 8 p.m 

Taylor Mac: Michigan Musical Society.

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This acclaimed cabaret singer who performs in glittery, over-the-top drag presents his new show "Holiday Sauce." It's an alternative version of holiday sentimentality told through a gleefully subversive mash-up of performance art and song about Santa's lap, traditional nativity scenes, consumerism, & more. More than lipgloss and glamour, Mac's performances are praised for exceptional wit and intelligence.
Power Center. Tickets $40-$81 (Students, $12-$20) in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available), at the door. 764-2538.


 8 p.m.  Free! 

Ypsi Soul Cruds dance party: BZY B( . )( . )Z.

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45 rpm record dance party. Deep soul, jazz, rock and roll records with some cool yule mixed in
Banfields bar and Grill Ann Arbor, 3140 Packard. Free. 7345587923. rnolan66@yahoo.com [map]



 8 p.m. 

"A Man for Christmas: A Made for TV Musical Parody": Neighborhood Theatre Group.

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Dec. 13-15. Kristin Anne Danko directs this local theater company in her and playwright A.M. Dean's Hallmark Christmas parody. It's about a single 20-something aspiring big-shot returning home for the holidays to celebrate the engagements of both her sister and dad. If she can win the affections of a local solo lad and make it into a triple engagement, then she'll have herself a Christmas for the books. For mature audiences.
Black Office Studio, 13 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. Tickets $10 in advance at m.bpt.me/event/4435329; $12 at the door; students, $7. (219) 201-6979. [map]


 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Dec. 13, 14, 21, 27, 28. Comedic improv by experienced local performers.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.). PointlessBrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Gregory Stovetop

Veteran Chelsea-bred, NYC-based postpunk pop-folk singer- songwriter whose influences ranges from Elvis and Johnny Cash to Soundgarden and The Replacements. He recently released his debut CD, The Good Stuff. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Black Note Graffiti

Local progressive metal and alt-rock quintet. Openers: the local hard-rock quintet Stick Shift, the suburban Detroit postpunk alt-rock quartet Float Here Forever, jazz-inflected pop-soul singer-songwriter Dani Darling, and The Switchbacks, a local hard-rocking country and blues quintet fronted by vocalist Janet Benson. The show is a Christmas costume party. $10 ($8 in costume). [venue info]

Blue Llama: Christian Sands Trio

Ensemble led by this acclaimed jazz piano virtuoso who comes to with a new CD,Facing Demons, that Jazz Thing Magazine (Germany) describes as "a bit of everything … a little hypnotic trance play with wind supplementation, a piece of pop reminiscence, a little Latin ensemble, a little sixties soul jazz, and hymnal gospel reference, also a bit of modernity in the style of the 1980s." $35-$55. 7 & 9:30 p.m. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Randy Brock Group Randy Brock Group

Detroit blues band. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: John Churchville

Local tabla player, accompanied by several musician friends, who plays Indian classical, light classical, fusion, and folk music. [venue info]

Detroit St. Filling Station: Jay Frydenlund

Chirp singer-guitarist who plays rock 'n' roll, blues, and folk covers and originals. [venue info]

Detroit St. Filling Station: Jay Frydenlund

Chirp singer-guitarist who plays rock 'n' roll, blues, and folk covers and originals. [venue info]

Earle: Rick Burgess Trio

Jazz ensemble, named after the late jazz pianist and Earle cofounder Burgess, featuring drummer Robert Warren and a rotating roster of bassists and pianists. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Soulstice

Hard-driving horn-fueled funk dance band from East Lansing. [venue info]

Lo-Fi: Ben Miller's Porcelain Hammer

A lively, artful concoction of psychedelia, world music, and noise by this quartet led by veteran local singer-songwriter Miller, who plays a multiphonic baritone guitar. With percussionist Mike List, cellist Deanna Lee, and violinist Mike Khoury. [venue info]

Mash: Mia Green

Young Detroit-area pop-folk singer-songwriter. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: The Chris Canas Band

Detroit blues band fronted by blues vocalist and virtuoso guitarist Canas. [venue info]

Tap Room: "Boylesque"

Drag show. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: The Invasion

British Invasion cover quartet from Redford led by singer- guitarist David Roof. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Dirk Kroll Band

Blues-based rock by a band led by this Pontiac singer-songwriter. Opener Matthew Davies, a Milwaukee Americana folk-rock singer-songwriter. [venue info]

 
 


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