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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.-noon  Free! 

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 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]


 10:30 a.m. 

"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! 

"Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Thurs., except Mar. 14, May 2, & June 13. 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]


 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]


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Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. All ages invited to play non-sanctioned (Mon.) & ACBL-sanctioned (Wed. & Thurs.) duplicate bridge. Bring a partner. Refreshments.
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $3 (members, $2). 794-6250. [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.  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]


 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"LEGOs at the Library": Northfield Township Area Library.

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Calling all LEGO lovers, it's time to show off your skills and flex your creative muscles. All ages are welcome to come to the Library for some hands-on fun and build a masterpiece at our LEGO club. Register online at www.ntal.org/events.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/events [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]


 5:15-6:15 p.m. 

"Flexitortion": A2 Aviary.

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This 75-minute class can take your flexibility from basic warming up stretching to beginning contortion poses. Come increase your bendy power, learn to prevent injuries through safe stretching, breathe, and stretch in a supportive environment. All levels are welcome, as students train at their own pace with instructor guidance. We will focus on safely exploring your limits through proper warming techniques and mat exercises to take home. It is strongly recommended that this class be taken as your final physical activity of the day, and not as a warm-up for other activities. Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $15-$125. contact@a2aviary.com a2aviary.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]


 6:15-7:15 p.m. 

"Hand Balance": A2 Aviary.

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Would you like to turn the world upside down while remaining on the ground? Or perhaps you have some handstand experience but want to learn new tips and tricks? This all-levels class will focus on alignment, flexibility, and strength, as well as covering spotting, falling, breath, and subtle adjustment. Returning students will be working on progressively more challenging poses and transitions. Each class includes 15-20 minutes of warm-up and stretching, followed by exercises designed to improve strength and flexibility in the wrists, shoulders, and core, as well as practice with spotters. PREREQ: students must be able to reach overhead and perform beginning inversions like downward facing dog. Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 275 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $15-$125. contact@a2aviary.com a2aviary.com [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 p.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). Siblings welcome.

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

Tues. 10 a.m. (Downtown).

Wed. 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.


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"That Thursday Thing": Chelsea District Library.

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Crafts and activities for teens.

Nov. 7: "Shrinky Dinks." Make a keychain or earrings out of Shrinky Dink plastic.

Nov. 21: "Brush Pen Calligraphy." Practice tracing and lettering a favorite quote or saying and then decorate and frame it.

Dec. 5: "Touchscreen Gloves." Make gloves touchscreen-friendly with either conductive thread or thermal paste.

Dec. 19: "Crafty Chocolate Christmas." Make a variety of chocolate truffles and a simple origami box to put them in.

Jan. 2: "UV Jewelry and Keychains." Make a keychain or some jewelry out of UV-cured resin.

Jan. 16: "Taco Thursday." Make and eat tacos and burritos and play taco-themed games.

Feb. 6 : "Chainmail Chill." Using colorful aluminum rings, make a small chainmail star, flower, or other shape.

Feb. 20 and Mar. 5 & 19: TBA.

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7-9 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 7:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Yoga with Cats": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Practice hatha-style yoga with furry feline yoga masters! Come check out Washtenaw County's first cat cafe: The Tiny Lions lounge and adoption Center, bring peace to your mind and body, and fill your heart with joy as you help support the animals in our community. Your fee helps homeless animals!
Ages 12 and over welcomed (Those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult 21+). A changing area, storage cubbies and a limited number of mats are available for your use.
Doors open approximately 20 minutes prior to class. Space is limited; pre-registration and advance payment required at http://www.tinylions.org/yoga
Tiny Lions lounge and adoption Center, 5245 Jackson Rd Ste A1. $10/person. 734-661-3575. humaneed@hshv.org http://www.tinylions.org/yoga [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]


 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Comhaltas.

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Every Thurs., Sept.-May. All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments. Lessons offered.
7:30-9:30 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Free. facebook.com/DetroitIMA. [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. 

"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]



 
 
 

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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