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Calendar of Events

Thursday, May 21, 2020

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 10-11:30 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Food Security and the Role of Regional Trade in Africa": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Online Edition.

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Talk by MSU food & resource economics professor Titus Awokuse.
Meeting URL posted on the day before event. Free. 998-9351.

 Noon  Free!  Online 

A Course in Miracles Study Group: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us a discussion of A Course in Miracle via Zoom
details at
Free, but donations accepted
Zoom. Free. Online. 734-327-0270.

 5:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Online Resident Participation Meeting": The City of Ann Arbor.

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Public engagement meeting to discuss plans for development at 415 W. Washington Street. Pre-meeting survey available at
5:30 p.m., registration details available at Free.

 6 p.m.  Online 

"BollyWood Fitness Dance Class"

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Enjoy a fun-filled dance workout with upbeat Bollywood music. You will enjoy the sweet sweat and leave with a refreshed self. Classes are online. You will get a link once registered. Please email/text to register
LaaS Dance. Online. $10 per household. 2487364633.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"At Home with Literati: Mary Norris & Steven Rowley": Literati Bookstore.

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Mary Norris, The New Yorker's Comma Queen and a best-selling author, has had a lifelong love affair with words. In her new novel Greek to Me, she delivers a delightful paean to the art of self-expression through accounts of her solo adventures in the land of olive trees and ouzo. She is joined in conversation with author Steven Rowley.
7 p.m., Free.

 7-8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Demo Rinpoche - Special Teaching for the Coronavirus Crisis: Finding Relief through the Bodhisattva's Way of Life": Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Center.

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Demo Rinpoche will live teach via Zoom on Thursdays at 7:00pm beginning on April 16 on positive ways to use your time supporting health and well-being. Meeting ID: 289 782 3951. Learn healing meditations and practices for the coronavirus situation.
Jewel Heart (online). Free. Online. (734) 994-3387.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Sanaaq: An Inuit Novel": UMMA Book Club.

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All invited to join a discussion of Peter Frost's translation of Mitiarjuk Nappaaluk's 2002 novel about a mid-19th century Inuit family in northern Quebec coping with the arrival of white settlers.
7 p.m., preregister at Free.

 7 p.m. (Canceled)  Free!  Online 

"Virtual That Thursday Thing": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Thurs. Crafts and activities, including drawing and acting games, for teens over videoconferencing.
Preregister at for meeting URL. Free. 475-8732.

 7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Rollie Tussing & Jen Sygit: Riverfolk Music and Arts Organization.

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Livestream performances by finger-style guitarist Rollie Tussing (known for playing blues, hot jazz, swing, and "raggedy folk") and Lansing-based folk singer-songwriter Jen Sygit.
7:30 p.m., Free, donations accepted.

 8-9:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Virtual Dance Jam": Dance Revolution.

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All levels and ages welcome to join this Facebook Live dancing event. Includes instruction on body movement, turning technique, creative movement, bachata, salsa, rumba, pachanga, and cha cha.

Donations accepted on Venmo (to @DanceRevolution or (313)808-0358) and Paypal (to
8-9:30 p.m. Free; donations accepted. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Zoom Dance Lessons": Dance Revolution.

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Virtual dance classes. Dances can be learned solo (salsa, pachanga, and cha cha), or with a partner (Saturday lessons).


6:30 p.m. Beg/Int Pachanga & Cha Cha

8 p.m. Int/Adv Pachanga & Cha Cha


8 p.m. Virtual Dance Jam (Facebook Live)


6:30 p.m. Int Salsa (On2) (Solo & Partner Options)

8 p.m. Adv Salsa (On2) (Solo & Partner Options)

Send a message to @A2DanceRevolution on facebook for zoom link and password.

Donations accepted on Venmo (to @DanceRevolution or (313)808-0358) and Paypal (to Free; donations accepted.

 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

German Conversation.

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Every Tues. & Thurs. 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.). Note: Face masks required.
Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington. Free. 453-2394 (Tues.) & 678-1017 (Thurs.). [map]

Canceled and Postponed Events:

 8-11 a.m.  Free! 

Canceled: "Spring Migration Walk in Nichols Arboretum": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Every Thurs., Mar. 26-May 28. All invited to join club members for a walk through the Arb to look for resident birds and early migrants, which begin arriving in earnest toward the end of April.
8-11 a.m., meet at the cul-de-sac at the end of Riverview off Geddes. Free. 994-3569.

 10-11 a.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "Preschool Hike: Eggcellent Birds!": Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission.

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Shawn Severance leads a hike for ages 2-4 (with caregiver) to look for bird nests.
10-11 a.m., County Farm Park Pollinator Garden. Free, preregistration required at 971-6337. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: Better Off Read Book Discussion Group: Dexter District Library.

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All invited to discuss a fiction or nonfiction book TBA.
1 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free, preregistration required. 426-4477, ext. 119. [map]

 4:30-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: Tween Book Club: Dexter District Library.

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Kids in grades 5 & 6 invited to discuss books & answer trivia questions for prizes. Mar. 19: The Not So Boring Letters of Private Nobody, Matthew Landis's 2018 novel about a trio of 7th-graders who discover the secrets of a Civil War soldier while working on a school project. Apr. 16: The Unteachables, Gordon Korman's 2019 book about a class of misfits. May 21: Restart, Gordon Korman's 2017 novel about a kid who loses his memory after hitting his head.
4:30-5:30 p.m., Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free, preregistration required. 426-4477. [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]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: Busy Bee Book Club: Saline District Library.

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All invited to discuss a monthly theme; no assigned book. Mar. 19: "Favorite nonfiction book." Apr. 16: "Least favorite book." May 21: "What are you reading right now?"
7 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free, preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]

 7:30 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: Ann Arbor Camera Club.

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Apr. 7 & 21. Club members show their projected digital images (Apr. 7) and prints (Apr. 21) submitted in the club's annual competition.
Forsythe Middle School Media Center, 1655 Newport Rd. Free. 327-4781. [map]

 7:30 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]

 8 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]

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