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Calendar of Events

Thursday, January 2, 2020






 
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 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 

"Camp Scrap": SCRAP: Creative Reuse Ann Arbor.

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Camp SCRAP is an art camp centered on themes of creative reuse. This camp is for children who LOVE inventing, making, and bringing their creative ideas to life! Each day there will be a fun mix of staff-led projects and time for free building. During free building, campers will have access to the wide variety of materials in the SCRAP store to create a project of their choice.
SCRAP Creative Reuse Ann Arbor, 4567 Washtenaw Ave. prices vary per camp. 734-994-0012. kamron@scrapbox.org scrapbox.org [map]



 9:30-11:30 a.m. 

Social Watercolor: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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No prior experience necessary.
Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. Preregistration required. [map]


 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Hands-On Holidays: All About You!": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Family-friendly hands-on activities and demonstrations about biology and the human body. With live entertainment each day, including music, storytelling, and theater from performers TBA.
Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun. noon-4 p.m. Hands-On Museum, 220 E. Ann St., $15 (members, $10). 995-5439. [map]


 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Living with Cancer: Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor.

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For those diagnosed with any type of cancer at any stage, from diagnosis to about a year out of active treatment, as well as their loved ones.
Monthly, First Thursday, 11 am - 12:30 pm, Cancer Center conference room
St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Cancer Center, 775 S Main St., Chelsea. Free. 734-975-2500. info@cancersupportannarbor.org https://www.cancersupportannarbor.org/programs-and-activities/support-groups/ [map]


 12:10-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Gifts of Art Concert Series": U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Performances by area musicians. Jan. 2: Old time piano music by Choctaw artist Jerry Perrine. Jan. 9: Plucky acoustic songs by bluegrass duo Huron Ridge. Jan. 16: MLK-inspired program of classical works by the Grosse Ile Quintet. Jan. 23: Blues & boogie-woogie by singer-pianist Mr. B and percussionist Pete Siers. Jan. 30: Show tunes and cabaret songs by The Two Tenors, the duo of Jeffrey Willets and Jay Kaplan.
12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. Free. 936-2787. [map]


 1-2:30 p.m. & 3-4:30 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers introduce Poco the sloth, a black-and-white tegu lizard, and a 3-banded armadillo on the indoor stage. Guests invited to view other animals on display, including a kangaroo, albino alligator, African crested porcupines, and binturongs. Masks required.
Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 2 & under, free) in advance only at TheCreatureConservancy.org (limited capacity). 929-9324. [map]


 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Winter Wonderland Cupcake Wars": Dexter District Library.

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Youth in grades 5-12 invited to compete to design the ultimate winter scene with cupcakes. Prizes.
Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 2 & 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Baby Playgroups": Ann Arbor District Library.

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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. 10 a.m. (Malletts Creek)

Wed. 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.


 2-3 p.m. 

"Spy Academy!": AADL Pittsfield.

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Grades K-5 invited to learn techniques & strategies sneakily employed by spies, such as mastering disguises and writing in code.
2359 Oak Valley Dr. 327-4200. [map]


 5-9 p.m.  Free! 

Board Game Night: The Loaded Die.

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All invited to play popular board games (list available at theloadeddie.com). "Board Game Guru" on hand to answer questions. Raffle.
5-9 p.m., Bløm Meadworks, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free (buy your own food & drink). 548-9729. [map]


 5 p.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]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Welcome to Yoga": The Yoga Space.

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Introduction to Iyengar Yoga. Bring in the New Year with a free yoga class that's geared specifically for students new to yoga and new to Iyengar Yoga! Join Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher Susan and experience a basic sequence of poses that will enhance strength, flexibility and balance. Simple props such as blocks, blankets and chairs are used as needed to help maximize the student's experienced. 1 hour 15 minutes.
The Yoga Space, 180 Little Lake Dr #1. Free. 734-622-9600. sue@yogaspaceannarbor.com yogaspaceannarbor.com [map]



 6-11 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
6-11 p.m., Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Free. umich.edu/~goclub. [map]


 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Living with Cancer: Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor.

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For those diagnosed with any type of cancer at any stage, from diagnosis to about a year out of active treatment, as well as their loved ones.
Monthly, First Thursday, 6 - 7:30 pm, Cancer Center waiting room
St. Joseph Mercy Canton Cancer Center, 1600 S Canton Center Rd, Canton. Free. 734-975-2500. info@cancersupportannarbor.org https://www.cancersupportannarbor.org/programs-and-activities/support-groups/ [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Knitting Group: Brewed Awakenings Cafe.

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Every Thurs.. All invited to bring knitting projects to work on.
6:30 p.m., Brewed Awakenings, 7025 E. Michigan Ave., ste. M, Saline. Free. 681-0078. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Huron Hills Lapidary & Mineral Society.

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Mineral enthusiast John Medici presents a video about Herkimer "diamonds," a type of quartz crystal.
7 p.m., West Side United Methodist Church social hall, 900 S. 7th St. Free. 665-5574. [map]


  7:30 p.m. 

Ben Moore: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Jan. 2-4. A regular guest on the syndicated Bob and Tom radio show, this Midwestern comic is known for his punchy, well-crafted jokes about a wide range of topical and cultural matters. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $9 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance at etix.com before 6 p.m. the night of the show; $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Shadow League Show: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Improv by Finance Camp and other up-and-coming local troupes.
7:30 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $8. PointlessBrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 8 p.m. 

The Yellow Room Gang: The Ark.

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In-the-round performances by this group of 8 award-winning veteran Michigan songwriters who get together regularly to share their new work. Members are David Barrett, Jim Bizer, Annie Capps, Kitty Donohoe, Jan Krist, Matt Watroba, and Michael Hough & David Tamulevich of the local duo Mustard's Retreat. The Yellow Room is the "brilliantly yellow" living room of Tamulevich's house on Ann Arbor's Old West Side, where gang members meet monthly. The Yellow Room Gang released the 2015 compilation CD Decade in celebration of its 10th anniversary.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]



 8 p.m. 

"6th Annual Ann Arbor 50 First Jokes": The Ark.

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Fifty comics from around Michigan, both veterans and upstarts, take turns telling the 1st joke they've written in 2020. Similar events, which began at the Bell House in Brooklyn more than a decade ago, now also take place in New Orleans and L.A.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $10 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (muto.umich.edu) and TheArk.org, & at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]



Canceled and Postponed Events:

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Canceled: Mah-Jongg: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Thurs. All seniors invited to play this intricate game resembling gin rummy that's played with colorful tiles instead of cards. Beginners welcome.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 332-1874. [map]


 10:30 a.m. 

Canceled: "Little Paws Storytime": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Stories, crafts, finger plays, a tour of the adoptable cat area, and a dog meet and greet. For kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver).
10:30 a.m., Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $5 per child (babies under age 1, free). 662-5585. [map]


 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

Canceled: "Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Thurs., except Apr. 30, May 21, & June 11. CDL staff present a program for toddlers about letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.
10:30-11 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Blind Pig: Water Fountain Coins

Canton indie rock duo. Openers: the Michigan rock band Social Queues, the Temperance All-female cinematic alt-pop singer- songwriter trio 3RingsLeft, the Canton garage rock quartet Boys N' Ties, and the pop-punk band One Small Step. $10. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

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

Habitat Lounge: Cetan Clawson

Monroe psychedelic blues-rock trio. [venue info]

Last Word: The Pherotones The Pherotones

A wide range of jazz and jazzed-up popular music, from the 1920s to the present, by this all-star local quartet. With trumpeter Ross Huff, pianist Giancarlo Aversa, bassist Brennan Andes, and drummer Wes Fritzemeier. [venue info]

Mash: Twenty TwentyFour

Toledo ensemble whose music is an eclectic, danceable mix of jazz, funk, R&B, soul, and rock. [venue info]

Tap Room: Electric Open Mike

Hosted by The Martindales, a local band led by singer- guitarist Brian Brickley that plays blues and rock covers and originals. All electric musicians invited. [venue info]

 
 


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