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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

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 7 a.m.-noon  Free!  Online 

Ann Arbor Farmers Market.

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Preorder pickups and onsite sales with safety guidelines communicated by staffers and shortened hours.
Kerrytown Farmers Market. 794-6255, [map]

 9:15 a.m.  Free!  Online 

Metaphysics of Spirituality Study Group: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us for a discussion of metaphysics. Free, but donations appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 734-327-0270.

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Healthy Living for your Body and Brain"

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Learn about nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement as they relate to aging. Participants will gain insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help keep their brain and body healthy as they age in place. Guest speaker from the Alzheimer's Association.
Ahead of the Curve, Catholic Social Services' new web-based program, will also be discussed. Attendees will learn how to use this new program to connect with community resources.
Reserve your seat by March 31st.
Phone: 734-971-9781 x 364
Adress given upon request, Platt Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. Free. 734-971-9781 x 364.

 10-11:30 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"How We Became the "Other": My Family's Incarceration Story": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Online Edition.

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Local anti-racism activist Lori Watanabe Saginaw shares personal stories that underscore the impact of white supremacy in American systems and the urgency to take action.
See for meeting URL. Free.

 10 - 11:30 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"How We Became the 'Other'": My Family's Incarceration": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This event is free and available to the public. OLLI membership is not required.
What precipitates the scapegoating and "othering" that has occurred throughout US history? What role does it play in galvanizing the nationwide protests in the current moment? Lori Watanabe Saginaw shares the story of the unconstitutional forced imprisonment of her parents and grandparents during WWII, and draws a connection to her own anti-racism activism. George Floyd's murder underscores the impact of white supremacy in American systems and the urgency and to take action. Watanabe Saginaw offers tools for personal action.
An active Ann Arbor community member since 1974, Lori Watanabe Saginaw is a third generation Japanese American, and practitioner and promoter of race dialogue.
Link to Lori Watanabe's lecture:
US: +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799
Webinar ID: 942 9311 8128
Online. Free. Online. 734-998-9351.

 12:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Virtual Lunchtime Lessons about Korean Food": Miss Kim.

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Every Wed. Miss Kim chef Ji Hye Kim demonstrates how to make various Korean dishes TBA.
12:30 p.m. Free. [map]

 1-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Farmers Market.

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Area vendors, all from within 90 miles of Chelsea. Each month, kids activities TBA, market basket giveaway on the last Sat. & Wed., along with live entertainment every Sat. (10:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. or so) & last Wed. only (3-5 p.m. or so), June-Oct.
8 a.m.-1 p.m., Chelsea Farmers Market, parking lot on Park St. (east off Main St. between the library and the Methodist church), Chelsea. Free admission. 475-6402. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Read Aloud Together Virtually": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Wed. All invited to join a reading of Mark Twain's classic 1883 memoir Life on the Mississippi. Led by local writer Sharon Quiroz. Free. 998-9351.

 4 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Kidzone: Karate": Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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All kids invited to virtual karate demonstration.
See for meeting URL. Free.

 5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Livestreamed Concerts": Gemini.

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Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits of the nationally renowned local acoustic duo Gemini are joined by San's folk musician daughter Emily for short livestreamed concerts.

San & Emily perform at 5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on the Gemini Children's Music Facebook page.

Laz performs Tuesday and Thursday on the Gemini Children's Music Facebook page.
5 p.m., Free; donations for various causes accepted during each performance.

 5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Retreat: Zumba & Yoga": Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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Local Zumba instructor Damilare Adeyeri leads this easy-to-follow full-movement Zumba session.
See for livestream.

 6 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Learning Center: Waste Talk-Reducing our Footprints": Ann Arbor.

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A2SF programming & operations manager James Carter discusses the Fesitval's initiative to become a zero waste event. Representatives from A2SF partners, Toyota, the City of Ann Arbor, U-M, and Washtenaw County, will be a part of the discussion.
See for livestream.

 7-8:45 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Arnold Johnston Livestream: Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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Reading by this Kalamazoo-based poet, actor-singer, and award-winning playwright who writes about everything from the redemption of Grigorii Efimovich Rasputin-- the so-called Mad Monk who wielded influence in the court of Russia's last Tsar--to his experience walking along the shores of Lake Michigan.
email for meeting URL. Free.

 7 p.m. or so  Free!  Online 

Kerrytown Crafters.

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Every Wed. All crocheters, knitters, cross stitchers, hand quilters, and other handiworkers invite to work on their projects with other crafters. Questions welcome, help available.
7 p.m. or so, join for updates on virtual or in-person meeting location. Free. 926-8863. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Zachariah Malachi: The Ark Family Room Series.

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Classic-style honky-tonk from this Detroiter recently relocated to Nashville.
7:30 p.m., livestreamed on Facebook (no Facebook account required); for URL link, see Free. 761-1451.

 7:30-7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Tidying Up": Chelsea District Library.

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Simply Tidy owner Kate Sood discusses the benefits of decluttering. Sood is Michigan's only certified KonMari consultant--a Japanese organizational system created by Marie Kondo.
Preregister at for meeting URL. Free. 475-8732.

 8 p.m. 

"Kristin Chenoweth: For the Girls": Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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Fresh off a limited Broadway Run in 2019, Emmy and Tony Award winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth brings this concert of her latest album, For the Girls, a heartfelt tribute to the great female singers throughout history, particularly some of Kristin's heroes and friends. The album includes Chenoweth's personally charged interpretations of classic songs identified with such iconic artists as Barbra Streisand, Lesley Gore, Linda Ronstadt, Dinah Washington, Dolly Parton and more.
Chenoweth's career spans film, television, voiceover and stage. In 2015, she received a coveted star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2009, she received an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in Pushing Daisies. In 1999, she won a Tony Award for You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown and she was also nominated for her original role of Glinda the Good Witch in Wicked in 2004. Chenoweth has been nominated for two Emmy Awards and for a People's Choice Award for her role on
Hill Auditorium, 825 N University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. $30-$90 (plus fees). [map]

 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Respite with Ragtime": River Raisin Ragtime Revue.

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Livestream performances by musicians from around the country. Featuring old time, bluegrass, ragtime, classic country blues, and more.


May 13 Virtuoso banjo player and fiddler Aaron Jonah Lewis

May 20 Violist Leslie DeShazor

May 27 New Orleans-based jazz clarinetist Evan Christopher

June 3 New Orleans-based pianist and composer Tom McDermott

June 10 Chicago-based cellist Kelsee Vandervall

June 17 Finger-style guitarist Rollie Tussing

June 24 Ragtime, Old-Time, Blues, and Stride piano "Perfessor" Bill Edwards

July 1 Old-time piano player Adam Swanson

July 8 Flutist Shantanique Moore

July 15 Viola player Caleb Georges

July 22 TBA

July 29 Ann Arbor violinist Priscilla Johnson
8 p.m. Free, donations accepted for musicians. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Blind Pig: Riff Raff

All ages admitted. Self-styled "hip-pop" by this underground rapper from Houston who first gained attention through YouTube that showcased his slapstick and performance art as well as verbal talents. $20-$70. [venue info]


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