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Calendar of Events

Thursday, September 10, 2020

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 12 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Future Language: The Dimensions of Von LMO": Ann Arbor Film Festival.

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Online screening of Lori Felker's 2018 documentary portrait of this post-punk artist and self-proclaimed alien hybrid.
Online anytime between Sept. 9-Oct. 13 at Free.

 6 a.m.-midnight 

"Inspire All Virtual 5k": Pittsfield Township Parks and Recreation/mParks Foundation.

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All invited to run, walk, treadmill, skateboard, bike, surf, handcycle, or swim a 5k from any location. Medals and t-shirts.
Anytime & anywhere in Sept. $33, preregister at

 6 a.m.-midnight  Online 

"Virtual Movie Palace": Michigan Theater.

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More than 40 select films to watch from your home. Movie rental and purchases directly support the Michigan Theater Foundation and staff. For full schedule, see
Various prices per film. Available all Sept. online at for 2-10 days after patrons start watching each film.

 8 a.m.-11 p.m.  Free!  Online 

United Way of Washtenaw County 21 Day Equity Challenge: United Way of Washtenaw County.

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Equity in Michigan
21 Day Equity Challenge: Michigan Edition
United Way of Washtenaw County (UWWC), has a vision that by 2030 your zip code will no longer determine your opportunity in life. At present-- in Washtenaw County and our State-- it does.
In response to newly available data on the wellbeing of households in our State who are Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, and Employed (ALICE), United Ways across Michigan are launching a special State Edition of the 21 Day Equity Challenge.
This version of the Equity Challenge is designed to take participants through a state-level exploration of the history and impacts of racism and how it has shaped the lives of people in Michigan. Along the way, participants will be equipped with resources and tools to take action for racial equity in their work and lives. Join us! Free. Online. 734-971-8200.

 10-11:30 a.m.  Online 

"Poverty, Inequity, and Disparity": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Thursday Morning Lecture Series.

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Every Thurs., Sept. 10-Oct. 15. Talks by various speakers.

Sept. 10: MSU economics professor Charles Ballard on "Poverty: Causes, Consequences, and Cures."

Sept. 17: U-M public policy and social work professor H. Luke Shaefer on "The Questions We Don't Know to Ask: Studying Poverty in 21st Century America."

Sept. 24: U-M instructional design for seminars and special programs director Simona Goldin on "Access and Equity in U.S. School Systems."

Oct. 1: U-M public policy professor Sarah Miller on "The Short-Term and Long-Term Impacts of Health Care Access for Low Income Americans."

Oct. 8: U-M urban and regional planning professor Lan Deng on "Building and Preserving Affordable Housing in the United States: Federal Resources and Local Efforts."

Oct. 15: U-M sociology, Afroamerican & African studies, and public policy professor Alford Young Jr. on "From the Edge of the Ghetto: The Quest of Small City African Americans to Survive Post-Industrialism."
For online meeting URL preregister at $35 per lecture (for 6-lecture series, $60); for members, $10 per lecture and $35 for 6-lecture series; $25 annual membership fee. 998-9351.

 10:30 a.m.  Online 

"Short Course in Mindful Self-Compassion": Mindfulness with Paulette.

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Learn how mindful self-compassion can help in daily life with managing stress and anxiety and improving our emotional stability during these chronic uncertain times. to register or for more info.
The 6 week 90 minute online class meets Thursdays, 10:30-Noon EDT.
Free introductory session is Sept 3, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Class is the following 6 Thursdays, Sept 10-Oct 15.
Course cost is $150 (Compassionately discounted during COVID-19).
Online. Online. $150.

 Noon-5 p.m.  Free! 

2020 U.S. Census Mobile Questionnaire Assistance (MQA).

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MQA is a nationwide operation in low- responding areas to promote and assist with responding to the 2020 Census. The event will be located outside of the library with local U.S. Census Bureau staff members available to help residents answer questions and directly access the census questionnaire on Census Bureau mobile devices in English, or in one of twelve non-English languages, or call for assistance.
September 30th is the deadline to complete the census questionnaire.
Ann Arbor Downtown District Library, 343 South Fifth Avenue. Free. 618-525-3596. [map]

 Noon  Free!  Online 

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

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Please join us for a discussion of A Course in Miracles. Details at Free, but donations appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 734-327-0270.

 Noon  Free!  Online 

Kathrhn Cosper: First Presbyterian Church Lunch & Learn.

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This Charlotte, North Carolina-based writer discusses her new memoir The Defense Rests: Lessons Learned Through Illness and Grief. For age 60 & up.
For online meeting URL, preregister at 662-4466.

 1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Learn-In With Chef Ji Hye Kim": Miss Kim.

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Every Thurs. Chef Kim discusses topics related to cooking TBA.
1 p.m. Online at Free. [map]

 5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Livestream 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.

The schedule (subject to change): children's shows by San & Emily (Mon.), "grown-ups" shows by Laz (Tues.), children's shows by Laz (Thurs.) and "grown-ups" shows by San & Emily (Fri.).
5 p.m., Free; donations for various causes accepted during each performance.

 5:30-6:30 p.m.  Online 

"Meet Red Table Meats": Zingerman's Delicatessen.

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Minnesota-based farmer Mike Phillips, founder of Red Table Meat Co., discusses salami and other cured meats, paired with bread. Tickets include a tasting sample, available for pick up or delivery.
For online meeting URL preregister at $35 (extra samples, $15 per person) includes samples to pick up from Zingerman's Deli, 422 Detroit St. (delivery to Ann Arbor locations only, $5.99 extra). 663-3354.

 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Live Music: Robin Hills Farm.

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Live music TBA at this local farm operation.
20390 N. M-52, Chelsea. [map]

 6-7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Flow Yoga": Ann Arbor Community Recreation & Education.

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Livestream drop-in session of Flow Yoga, a meditative form of yoga that smoothly flows from one position to another. Beginners welcome, no experience necessary. Led by an experienced Rec & Ed instructor.
6-7 p.m. For meeting URL preregister at Free. [map]

 6:30-7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Music Together Online Demo Class: First Steps Ann Arbor Community Education and Recreation.

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Music Together Online classes allow families with babies, toddlers and preschoolers access to the same Music Together® early childhood curriculum right in your home. You are invited to sample a live, online classes with instructor Stephanie Urban. Music Together® Mixed Age classes encourage children and families to experience the joy of making music together! The time-tested, research-based curriculum supports the idea all children are musical and learn best through play. Join us for tons of musical fun! Class is designed for birth through 5 years old with an adult (parents, grandparents, caregivers, etc).
Please complete this brief registration form:
We will send you a Zoom link prior to class.
Virtual Class via Zoom. Free. Online.

 7-9 p.m.  Online 

"Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe - Foundations of Buddhist Philosophy": Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Center.

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Geshe Thabkhe's teachings, recorded in India and translated by Geshe Yeshe Lhudrup, will be posted weekly over 8 Thursdays listed below. Once registered, we invite you to visit your registrant webpage weekly for each new post, or stream posted recordings later as your schedule permits.
Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe is a genuine contemplative master and a member of the last generation extensively trained in old Tibet. He received his monastic education at Drepung Loseling Monastery and, in 1969, was awarded the Geshe Lharampa, the highest degree of scholarship conferred within the Geluk School of Tibetan Buddhism. He is Professor Emeritus of Buddhist Philosophy at the Central University of Tibetan Studies, the only Tibetan university in India.
Jewel Heart (online). Online. Donation. $150. (734) 994-3387.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Singing for Comfort": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us for music and song via Zoom. Details at Interfaith.Org. Free, but donations appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 734 327 0270.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Sumita Chakraborty: At Home with Literati.

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This U-M Helen Zell visiting poetry professor reads from Arrow, her brand-new debut collection of poems which focus on gender, race-based violence, and environmental destruction. Also, poetry readings by Purdue University English professor Kaveh Akbar, U-M creative writing alum Franny Choi, and DC-based poet Taylor Johnson. Q&A.
7 p.m., for online meeting URL see Free. 585-5567.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Virtual Comhaltas.

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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.
For meeting URL email Free.

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Singing for Comfort": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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All invited to join a sing-along of soothing songs that are easy to learn. No experience necessary.
For online meeting URL see Free, but donations appreciated. 327-0270.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"To Coach a Killer": Nicola's Books.

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Mystery writer Victoria Laurie reads from her brand-new novel about a life coach-turned-detective solving murder cases in the Hamptons.
7 p.m., for livestream URL see Free.

 9 p.m. or so-12:30 a.m.  Free! 

Burnout Society Film Club.

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Every Thurs. or so. Double features TBA, preceded on Thurs. at 8:30 p.m. by a trivia contest. Face masks required. Age 21 & up only. For complete schedule, see
8 Ball Saloon outdoor patio, 208 S. First St. [map]

Canceled and Postponed Events:

 8-10 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: 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]

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