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]
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.
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]
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The exhibition includes work created as part of the fall 2019 Residential College Studio Arts classes including Photography, Sculpture, Ceramics and Drawing as well as the RC course, How To Think (Arts). It will run until December 17. Gallery hours are 10-5pm, Monday through Friday.
Residential College Art Gallery, 701 E. University Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org https:
Songs, stories, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats. For kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver).
10-10:45 a.m, Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center, 5245 Jackson Rd. ste. a1. $5 per child (babies under age 1, free). 661-3530. [map]
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. email@example.com betterlivingfitness.com [map]
Every Mon.-Fri. Half hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver). Siblings welcome.
Mon. 11 a.m. (Westgate & Malletts Creek).
Tues., except Dec. 24, 10 a.m. (Downtown).
Wed., except Dec. 25, 10 a.m. (Malletts Creek), 11 a.m. (Downtown), 1 & 6 p.m. (Westgate).
Thurs. 7 p.m. (Pittsfield).
Fri. 10 a.m. (Westgate & Pittsfield).
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.
Every Mon.Thurs. Hour-long program for kids up to 24 months (with caregiver). No older siblings, please.
Mon. 10:30 a.m. (Downtown)
Tues., except Dec. 24, 10 a.m. (Malletts Creek)
Wed., except Dec. 25, 11 a.m. (Pittsfield)
Thurs. 2 p.m. (Westgate) & 6:30 p.m. (Malletts Creek).
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.
Our award winning Mothers Group is a great opportunity to meet other new moms and get support and advice after your baby is born. The group is facilitated by two experienced moms, a Social Worker and an MPH and Certified Lactation Consultant. Together they have years of experience on infant development and postpartum adjustment. The six week series begins each class with group discussion on a topic pertinent to early parenthood such as getting enough sleep, feeding, changes to relationships, and places to go with your baby. If you will be going back to work during the six weeks, please contact our office for a prorated rate. You may also join any time during the session for a discounted rate. This group is designed from babies from newborn to crawling.
The Fall Moms Group meets on Tuesday mornings from 10:30-noon from November 5th through December 17th. (The group skips the week of Thanksgiving)
Save $5 by registering before November 3rd and using the promo code SUPPORT
Ann Arbor Baby Beginnings, 2311 East Stadium Suite 202-2. $100/six weeks. 734-221-0158. firstname.lastname@example.org www.annarborbabybeginnings.com [map]
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. email@example.com www.MindfulnesswithPaulette.weebly.com [map]
Holiday story and snacks for kids age 6 and under
DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]
All kids invited to a Disney-themed holiday celebration, with face painting, balloon artists, a photobooth, coloring sheets, recorded and live music TBA, a holiday mobile take-home craft, and more.
Noon- 2p.m., Briarwood Mall JCPenney Court. Free. 769-9610. [map]
All seniors invited to join a group walk. Canceled for inclement weather.
Turner, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Closed Dec. 24-31. Free. 998-9353. [map]
Teens invited to discuss popular books. Pizza.
Nov. 19: Internment, Samira Ahmed's new YA novel about a Muslim teen whose life is turned upside down when an Islamophobic president is elected and Muslims are interned in the California desert.
Dec. 17: Stepsister, Jennifer Donnelly's new YA feminist rendition of the Cinderella story from the point of view of the "ugly" stepsister.
3-4 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required at Salinelibrary.org. 429-5450. [map]
(Peter Jackson, 2018). Poignant WWI documentary, with never-before-seen footage. Note: Dec. 17 & 18 screenings at Ann Arbor 20 only.
623-7469 (Quality 16), 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20), 316-5500 (Emagine). Tickets $11.50-$12.50 (except as noted) in advance at FathomEvents.com
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]
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. firstname.lastname@example.org http:
Ukrainian exchange student Varya Chekhovidova discusses differences in culture, education systems, women's occupations, and more between the U.S. and Ukraine.
6 p.m., Cottage Inn, 512 E. William. $25 (members, $20) on or before Dec. 12th or $30 (members, $25) after Dec. 12th. Preregistration required at abwa-maia.org
All invited to learn the basic principles of geometric art and make your own designs.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200.
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]
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. Dec. 3: Arlene Kindel & Julie Esch lead, music by the Time Travelers. Dec. 10: Louise Siddons (OK) leads, music by Debbie Jackson, Brad Battey, and Steve Schneider. Dec. 17: Winter Solstice Party. Ray Bantle & Drake Meadow lead, music by Childgrove. Festive attire encouraged; bring a treat to share.
7 p.m., Chapel Hill Condominium clubhouse, 3350 Green Rd. (park on Burbank). $8 (students, $4; kids age 13 & under with a parent, free). 665-7704. [map]
Certified ESL instructor Linda Stegmeyer leads a conversational meetup for speakers of English as a second language.
7-9 p.m., Sweetwaters Plymouth Green, 3393 Plymouth Rd. Free. 369-4568. [map]
Every Tues. 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]
Sept. 17: Picks & Sticks Stringband. Local string ensemble whose eclectic repertoire includes swing, jazz, country, and bluegrass tunes.
Oct. 15: San, Emily, and Brian. Local trio of singer-songwriter San Slomovits, violinist-singer Emily Slomovits, and pianist Brian Brill.
Nov. 19: Chelsea House Orchestra. Chelsea High School student ensemble that plays traditional jigs and reels.
Dec. 17: Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Chamber Group. Program TBA.
Jan. 21: Dodsworth Saxhorn Band. Award-winning local band that plays 19th-century bass tunes while dressed in period garb.
Feb. 18: Treetown Swingtette. Local ensemble that plays a wide range of swing music, from Cole Porter to Django Reinhardt. Members are fiddler Paul Winder, vibes player Cary Kocher, bassist Kurt Krahnke, and singer-guitarist Myron Grant, who also plays harp and bones.
7 p.m., Silver Maples Garden Room, 100 Silver Maples Dr., Chelsea. Free. 475-4111. [map]
Every Tues. All women invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local 70-member a cappella barbershop harmony chorus.
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]
Yoga: A Holistic Approach to Substance Use Disorder Recovery will be presented by Erin Shawgo, LLMSW, CIYT, C-IAYT; Dawn Farm Therapist. Western cultures are learning what our eastern counterparts have known for centuries: yoga promotes overall wellness and has beneficial effects for people with a variety of challenges. Yoga decreases stress hormones, increases mood-benefiting neurotransmitters, helps form new neural pathways in the brain, facilitates personal/spiritual growth, benefits physical and mental health and reaches areas of the brain that aren't reached by behavioral techniques, e.g. areas impacted by trauma. Yoga helps people in recovery cope with and reduce stress, enhance coping and self-regulation skills, manage craving, and feel better. This presentation will review the research supporting yoga as a complementary practice, discuss how yoga benefits recovering people, and provide suggestions for developing a personal yoga practice. 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. email@example.com http:
Open mike storytelling competition sponsored by The Moth, the NYC-based nonprofit storytelling organization that also produces a weekly public radio show. Ten storytellers are selected at random from among those who sign up to tell a 3-5 minute story on an assigned topic-judged by a 3-person team recruited from the audience. Monthly winners compete in a semiannual Grand Slam. Seating limited; arrive early.
Oct. 1: Fraud.
Oct. 15: Ink.
Nov. 5: Gumption.
Nov. 19: Landmarks.
Dec. 3: Traditions.
Dec. 17: Names.
(Doors open and sign-up begins at 6:30 p.m.), Greyline, 100 N. Ashley. General admission tickets $15 in advance only at themoth.org beginning a week before each event. 764-5118. [map]
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]
The end of the year is hear, so that means stress with finals, family, and really just keeping warm. We can give you a respite from all the above, come see comics from around the Detroit area perform their new jokes. Please come support these comedians and laugh so they have something to brag about with their families this Christmas.
This is a free event for ages 21+.
If you would like to perform please RSVP on our facebook event and comment you would like a spot. All comics get 6 minutes minimum.
The Blind Pig, 208 1st St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org https:
Guitarist and singer-songwriter Malachi, of Tennessee background but now based in Detroit, has sung country-punk fusions but on his recent debut album has turned to classic country in the Hank Williams Sr. vein. Malachi and his band opened Patti Smith at her recent Royal Oak Music Theatre show
8 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at theark.org and at the door. 761-1451. [map]
Earle: Jake Reichbart
Solo jazz guitarist. Solo jazz pianists TBA occasionally substitute.
Habitat Lounge: Yellowhammer
Area quartet led by trumpeter Ross Huff that plays jazz standards and funk.
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. He recently released his first CD in 18 years, Big Car Town, a collection of songs exploring and celebrating his working-class heritage.
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.
Zou Zou's Cafe: "Groovy Tuesday"
Folk & blues Americana by the Chelsea trio of guitarists Mike Steele & Tommy Reifel and multi-instrumentalist Wes Fritzemeier.
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