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Calendar of Events

Sunday, May 17, 2020

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 10:45am  Free!  Online 

Interfaith Sunday Service: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us for Sunday Service via Zoom.
See details at
It's free, but donations are appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 734-327-0270.

 11 a.m.-noon  Free!  Online 

Sunday Talks with Demo Rinpoche: Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Center.

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Come listen to Jewel Heart's Resident Spiritual Advisor, Demo Rinpoche expound upon various aspects of Tibetan Buddhism at 11am EST. Broadcast live via webinar - to register visit
Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Center, 1129 Oak Valley Drive. Free. Online. 7349943387. [map]

 Noon  Free!  Online 

"Movies 101 Online": Michigan Theater.

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EMU film studies professor emeritus Henry Aldridge examines various common filmmaking techniques. Followed by a at-home movie suggestion. May 17: "Editing," with Peter Howitt's 1998 Sliding Doors. May 24: "Mise-en-Scene," with Michael Curtiz's 1942 Casablanca. $20 per session (members, $15). 668-8397.

 1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"At Home with Literati: Clare Carlisle & Stephen Grosz": Literati Bookstore.

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Clare Carlisle reads from her new book Philosopher of the Heart: The Restless Life of Soren Kierkegaard. She is joined in conversation with Stephen Grosz, a London-based writer and practicing psychoanalyst.
1 p.m. Free. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Youthful Spirits Class for Young People: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Spiritual classes for Young People Find information/details for this class at
Zoom. Free. Online. 734-327-0270.

 3-5 p.m.  Online 

"Demo Rinpoche - Compassion and Buddhist Morality": Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Center.

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Ethical behavior without compassion is just self-protection. With compassion, we protect ourselves and others. Morality is a first step towards bodhisattva action. On the basis of morality, all your actions can be uncontaminated. Morality is good for all. Not showing off or talking, it is how you act. There is a strong connection between morality and compassion.
Online Saturday, May 16: 10:00am - 12:00pm, 2:00 - 5:00pm EST
Sunday, May 17: 3:00 - 5pm EST. Suggested Registration Fee: $120 Non-Member/$100 Member. No one is turned away due to financial considerations.
Jewel Heart (online). Online. Donation. $120. (734) 994-3387.

 7-9 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Virtual Jams": Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Jam.

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Every Sun. Musicians of all ability levels and ages invited to sing and play anything from classic rock, Motown, and blues to bluegrass, folk, and country. All acoustic instruments (strings, horns, and woodwinds) welcome. Led by veteran local musicians Bill Connors and Phil McMillion.
Preregistration required at (search "(Mostly) Acoustic Jam") for meeting URL. Free. 973-7791.

 8-9 p.m.  Online 

"Virtual Climate Crisis Education Series": Ann Arbor Citizens' Climate Lobby.

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In the spirit of working together to solve the global COVID-19 and Climate Change crises, Ann Arbor Citizens' Climate Lobby and Washtenaw Climate Reality invite you to join us for this series of virtual presentations:
Sunday, May 10, 8pm: "COVID-19, Health & Climate Change," Dr. Larry Junck, University of Michigan
Sunday, May 17, 8pm: "Climate Change in the Great Lakes- Challenges & Opportunities," Kris Olsson, Washtenaw Climate Reality
Sunday, May 31, 8pm: "Climate Strategies- What Actions Will Keep Us at 1.5-2C?" Clark McCall & Kunal Joshi, Ann Arbor Citizens' Climate Lobby
Sunday, June 7, 8pm: "Pollution Pricing as a Climate Justice Tool," Ann Ellingson, Ann Arbor Citizens' Climate Lobby
The presentations will be held as Zoom webinars. Information for connecting to Zoom will be sent to registrants before each talk. Register for as many or as few talks in the series as you like.
Zoom virtual platform. Online.

Canceled and Postponed Events:

 9-11 a.m. 

Canceled: "Spring Hike by Bike": Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Age 12 & up invited for a leisurely pedal with stops to enjoy the scenery. Bring your own bike, or rent one ($20 while supplies last) from Hudson Mills.
Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $6. Preregistration required by May 1. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]

 9 a.m.-noon (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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May 17, 23, & 30. All invited to help maintain natural areas in various city parks and remove invasive species. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance. May 17 (9 a.m.-noon): Fuller Park. Meet at the Island Park parking lot at the end of Island Dr. May 23 (9 a.m.-noon): Scarlett Mitchell Nature Area. Meet in the Scarlett Middle School parking lot off Lorraine St. May 30 (1-4 p.m.): Mary Beth Doyle Nature Area. Meet at the parking lot at the end of Birch Hollow Dr.
Various times & locations. For updates, visit Free. 794-6627.

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: Ann Arbor Antiques Market.

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May 16 & 17. Large show and sale of antiques in various styles from mid-century to industrial design to folk art and more. Deliveries available. Concessions.
8 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sun.), Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $6 (age 12 & under with adult, free). 678-0173, [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: Finders Keepers Vintage Market.

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Sale of vintage and retro-inspired clothing, jewelry, home furnishings and other items. Live music TBA.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Chelsea Fairgrounds, 20501 W. Old US-12, Chelsea. Free admission.

 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: Sunday Artisan Market.

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Every Sun. Juried market of local handmade arts and crafts. Also, many artisans will take orders online or by phone. For list of vendors, visit
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers Market, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913-9622. [map]

 Noon-5 p.m. 

Canceled: "Bowling Pin Shoot": Tri-County Sportsmen's League.

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All invited to shoot handguns at bowling pins and steel plates. Bring your own gun and ammunition.
Noon-5 p.m., TCSL, 8640 Moon, Saline. $5 per 20-shot round. 530-7789. [map]

 1-5 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: Sharon Mills Tour: Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission.

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May 17 & 31. All invited to tour this park on the River Raisin that features an operational hydroelectric generator, a beautiful multicolored stone house, a wooden mill, a former winery, and large gardens.
1-5 p.m., Sharon Mills Park, 5701 Sharon Hollow Rd., Manchester. Free. 971-6337. [map]

 2-4 p.m. 

Canceled: Family Dance: Pittsfield Union Grange.

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Callers lead contras and square dances to live music. For kids with a caregiver.
2-4 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. $12 per family (members, free). 274-0773. [map]

 2 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "Cullen Washington Jr.: The Public Square": UMMA.

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Docent-led tour of this exhibit of large-scale, abstract collages that explore the importance of public spaces.
2 p.m., UMMA Forum, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: "Read-Along Dog": Saline District Library.

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Kids in grades 1-4 invited to read for 15 minutes to registered Therapaws reading dogs.
6:30-7:30 p.m. (Wed.) & 2-3 p.m. (Sun.), Saline District Library, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required at, in person, or by phone. 429-5450. [map]

 2-3 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: "Uncommon Creatures": Waterloo Natural History Association.

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Creature Conservancy staffers show and tell a variety of animals.
Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Rd., Chelsea. $2 (families, $5). Space limited; preregistration required. $11 ($16 at the gate) recreation passport required. 475-3170. [map]

 2 p.m. (Postponed) 

Postponed: "Guys and Dolls": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Apr. 9-May 24. World-renowned Broadway musical set designer Tony Walton directs this local professional theater company, joined by veteran Broadway actress Jessica Grové, in the popular Frank Loesser musical based on Damon Runyon's stories and characters. Set in New York City in the 1930s, the action focuses on 2 contrasting romances. The lively score includes such classics as "Luck Be a Lady," "Adelaide's Lament," "If I Were a Bell," and "Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat." Cast: David Moan, Emily Hadick, and Matthew Brennan.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $34-$36 (seniors, $2 off; age 17 & under, $4 off) in advance at and at the door. 268-6200. [map]

 2 p.m. (Postponed) 

Postponed: "Paint Night": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Apr. 2-May 30. Guy Sanville directs the world premiere of Michigan playwright Carey Crim's drama about 5 long-time best friends gathered for a bachelorette paint-and-pour night who confront buried truths about themselves and their relationships.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), PRT, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $32 (Wed.), $28 (Thurs.), $42 (Fri. eve.), $43 (weekend matinees), $47 (Sat. eve.) in advance at, by phone, & (if available) at the door. 433-7673. [map]

 4 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "History & Origins of the Gong with Demonstration": Verapose Yoga & Meditation House.

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If you've been curious about the Gong and it's powerful and unique sound quality, Victoria Schon will present an exciting and in-depth presentation of the history and origins of the Gong, followed by a demonstration. This is a free event and open to the public.
Verapose Yoga & Meditation House, 3173 Baker Road, Dexter. Free. [map]

 6-11 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Thurs. & Sun. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. No partner necessary. Game materials provided.
6-11 p.m., Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Free. [map]

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