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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, September 23, 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 aafilmfest.org/aaffpresents. Free.


 12 a.m. 

"Keep Your Distance 5k": Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission.

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All invited to run or walk a 5k on a marked course. Medals and t-shirts.
Anytime from Sept. 19-Oct. 18, Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. $15, preregistration required at ParksOnline.eWashtenaw.org.


 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 bit.ly/inspire5k.


 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 www.MichTheater.org/Screenings.
Various prices per film. Available all Sept. online at MichTheater.org/Screenings for 2-10 days after patrons start watching each film. BoxOffice@MichTheater.org.


 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!
https://www.uwwashtenaw.org/equity-michigan. Free. Online. 734-971-8200. media@uwwashtenaw.org



 9:15 am  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. Interfaithspirit.org


 10-11:30 a.m.  Online 

"Finding Meaning, the Sixth Stage of Grief": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This study group will be online. Through reading and discussion we will explore Finding Meaning, the Sixth Stage of Grief by David Kessler. This is a perfect book for 2020 and any time for anyone who's experienced a loss. "In the sixth stage we acknowledged that although for most of us grief will lessen in its intensity over time, it will never end. But if we allow ourselves to move fully into this crucial and profound sixth stage - meaning - it will allow us to transform grief into something else, something rich and fulfilling." Read the Introduction and Chapters 1-3 for the first class. Instructor Abby Wilson is retired clergy and loves to dance with ideas. The study group will be held on Wednesdays from September 23 through October 28. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session.
Online. Online. $40. 734-998-9351. Olli.info@umich.edu https://www.olli-umich.org



 10-11:30 a.m.  Online 

"Understanding Current Issues through Heroines of the Past: Women and Words 1880-1930": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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A look back to the period 1880-1930 is quite instructive to understand the present moment. Then as now, there was a pandemic, more than one serious economic downturn, sanctioned segregation and assorted other issues. This study group will introduce you to some real heroines such as Jane Addams, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Sarah Winnemucca and Ida Tarbell, who did amazing feats with literacy, attempting to address these matters in the Modern period, using their literacy abilities as exemplars and sponsors of literacy to address social justice issues. Important lessons for contemporary problems arise from the work of these women. Instructor Alice Horning, professor emerita Oakland University has been studying and teaching about literacy >30 years. The Study Group meets on Wednesdays Sept. 23 to Oct. 14 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access this Study Group will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session.
virtual event. Online. $30. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org



 10-11:30 a.m.  Online 

"You're Not Listening, But It's Never Too Late to Learn": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This study group will be online.
In her new book, "You're Not Listening - What You're Missing and Why It Matters", Kate Murphy, Times columnist, says we don't know how to listen and it's harming us. When was the last time you really listened to someone without thinking about what you wanted to say next, glancing down at your phone, or jumping in to offer your opinion? And when was the last time someone really listened to you? The author spent hundreds of hours interviewing people whose job is listening intensively, such as spies, priests, and hostage negotiators, and then studied the academic research on listening. She also presents ways that we can improve our listening and offers assurance that it's never too late to learn.
Instructor Mike Murray will lead the group on Wednesdays from Sept. 23 through Nov. 11.
Pre-registration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session
Online. Online. $45. 734-998-9351. Olli.info@umich.edu https://www.olli-umich.org



 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

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Every Sat. & Sun., Sept. 12-Oct. 31, and every Wed.-Fri. Sept. 16-Oct. 30. A carnival atmosphere with a variety of family-oriented fall activities on this 6th-generation family farm. Wagon rides, a petting farm, a corn maze, a Corn Queen Combine playground, and much more. Weekends only: a Noah's Ark inflatable, a giant slide, a bungee run, and more. Apple cannon & paintball shooting gallery available Sat. & Sun. for an extra charge. Cider and donuts available. No pets.
11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Wiard's Orchards, 5565 Merritt Rd., Ypsilanti. Weekend admission: $20; weekday admission: $15; kids age 2 & under, free. 390-9211. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Storytime": Nicola's Books.

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Livestream picture book readings by Nicola's booksellers and guests TBA.
11 a.m., or livestream URL see Facebook.com/NicolasBooksA2. Free. NicolasBooks.com.


 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed. & Sat. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal plays tunes TBA on this 17-bell chime.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 Noon-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Noontime Exercise" U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Fri. All ages invited to follow basic prerecorded movements. No equipment necessary. Tai Chi (noon-12:30 p.m.) and "Walking off the Pounds," walking in place (12:30-1 p.m.).
Various times, for online meeting URL call 998-9353. Free.


 Noon-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Women in Tech": a2Tech360.

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Women in tech fields TBA discuss gender bias, pay inequality, and overcoming adversity in rooms full of doubters.
For online meeting URL preregister at EventBrite.com (search "a2Tech360"). Free.


 1-3 p.m.  Online 

"American Democracy After the Pandemic": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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The future of American democracy will be profoundly reshaped by the experiences of a national crisis for which no state or federal authority was prepared. The group will examine the dynamics of relations between states and the federal government; the issues of states' rights versus federal responsibilities; constitutional reforms versus political reforms; localism versus centralization; and the new utopia versus the old order.
Instructors John Rowntree and Larry Berlin will guide the discussions.
For the first session read numbers 14-17 of the Federalist Papers and the Constitution of the United States and the Amendments, all available online. Other course materials will be on-line or distributed in advance of classes. The Study Group meets on Wednesdays Sept. 23 to Oct. 28 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access this Study Group will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session.
virtual event. Online. $40. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org



 1-3 p.m.  Online 

"Caravans, Cultures, and Chinggis Khan along the Silk Route": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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The Silk Route is a collection of pathways that, together, link China to Vienna, Istanbul, Baghdad, and India across the Inner Asian steppe and desert. During our meetings participants will discuss the Silk Route as a cultural conduit, on the one hand, as the source of empire and technologies, on the other, and look at specific examples of cultural dissemination.
The Silk Route has provided some of the most engaging and best written volumes of travel literature. There will be no required readings, but students may enjoy Owen Lattimore's The Desert Road to Turkestan, from 1928, or the Franciscan William of Rubruck's account of his journey to Karakorum in 1255. Rudi Lindner leads the discussion.
The Study Group meets on Wednesdays Sep. 23 to Oct. 21 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access this Study Group will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session.
virtual event. Online. $35. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org



 1-3 p.m.  Online 

"Chaos": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This study group will be online. The course will cover chaos, introducing the core concepts and discussing ideas such as the 3-body problem, butterfly effect, and fractals, using 24 DVD lectures from the Teaching Company by Cornell University Professor Steven Strogatz. We'll view two 30 minute lectures per class, each followed by 20 minutes for questions and discussion. The study group leader, Richard Chase, worked 27 years as a research physicist for Ford and taught physics at several levels, including graduate level at Wayne State University. At OLLI, he has taught 17 physics-related classes and led 5 book discussion groups. The study group will beheld on Wednesdays from September 23 through December 16 (no class on November 25). Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session.
On-line. Online. $50. 734-998-9351. Olli.info@umich.edu https://www.olli-umich.org



 1-3 p.m.  Online 

"The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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You are invited to take part in a discussion about the 2020 presidential election with fellow OLLI members. We will talk about a different question on each of the four meetings, including:
1. What are the most important challenges the nation faces?
2. What presidential qualifications are most needed to meet these challenges?
3. What national policies should be given the highest priority by the next president?
4. How should voters best choose who to support for president?
Instructor Thomas Murray will serve as a neutral moderator for the group discussions. The Study Group meets on Wednesdays Sept. 23 to Oct. 14 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access this Study Group will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session.
virtual event. Online. $30. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org



 1-3 p.m.  Online 

"The Theban Plays of Sophocles": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This study group will be online. This study group will read aloud and discuss the three Theban plays of Sophocles: OEDIPUS REX, OEDIPUS AT COLONUS, and ANTIGONE. We will get to know something about the Sophoclean hero, who demonstrates, as Bernard Knox has put it, "that man's keenest insight is blindness, his highest knowledge ignorance, his soaring confidence and hope an illusion." In addition to reading, we will view independently The Gospel at Colonus, plus excerpts from film treatments of Oedipus Rex and Antigone.
Required text: Robert Fagles, Sophocles: The Three Theban Plays. Instructor Marilyn Scott will lead the study group on Wednesdays from September 23 through October 28.
Pre-registration is required via the OLLI
website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session.
Online. Online. $40. 734-998-9351. Olli.info@umich.edu https://www.olli-umich.org



 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]


 1-3 p.m. 

"Bicycling for Fun & Fitness on Paved Trails": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Shared Interest Groups.

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Every Wed. Slow-paced group ride. Beginners welcome.
Various locations, preregistration required at OLLI-umich.org. $70 for fall season (members, $45); $25 annual membership fee. 998-9351.


 1-2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Brain Gym Classes": U-M Turner Senior Resource Center.

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Every Mon. & Wed. Learning from the Heart founder Katy Held leads a series of movements that help reduce stress and enhance brain function. Suitable for all ages.
For online meeting URL call 998-9353 or email TSWP.info@umich.edu. Free.


 4 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Virtual Discover Series: Women's History in the Archives": U-M Clements Library.

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Sept. 23 & 30 and Oct. 7. 3-part discussion series hosted by Clements assistant curator of manuscripts Jayne Ptolemy and panelists TBA. Sept. 23: In Plain Sight: Looking for Women's History in the Archives. Sept. 30: A Taste of History: Cookbooks in the Archives. Oct. 7: Building the Archives: Women's Influence as Librarians, Curators and Collectors.
4 p.m., for meeting URL preregister at myumi.ch/wlnQw. Free. 649-3370.


 6 p.m. 

"Summer Sunset Yoga at the Park": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Every Wed. Drop-in guided outdoor "slow flow" yoga sessions. All levels welcome, no experience necessary. Please bring your own mat and wear a mask.
7 p.m. (Aug. 12) & 6 p.m. (Aug. 19 & 26). Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, Dexter. $10. Check Washtenaw.org/Parks for weather-related cancelations. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Online 

Virtual Youth theatre Auditions: Professional Youth Theatre of MI.

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We are so excited to announce our fall production will be... drumroll please... A MUSICAL THEATRE MASTERCLASS! Our 8 week acting, singing, and dancing workshop will help both seasoned and unseasoned actors train to be that triple threat! We will have 2 separate casts, a grades K-5 cast as well as a cast for grades 6-12. The experience will culminate in a BROADWAY MUSICAL THEATRE SHOWCASE, where young artists will have the opportunity to perform a song and/or monologue live on ZOOM! Spots are limited, so sign up now! Visit www.PYTMI.com
Zoom virtual show, N/A. Online. $150.. 734-660-2966. pytmichigan@gmail.com www.pyti.com



 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Woman Suffrage Movement in the U.S.": Ypsilanti District Library.

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Join EMU Professor and scholar expert on Woman Suffrage for the Centennial Commission at the Library of Congress Mary-Elizabeth Murphy for a brief overview, highlighting some of the women of color in the movement. Join this Zoom Meeting:
https://zoom.us/j/97904105069?pwd=aVF1TkZZdkJSZ29MMjBzdy9zazZJUT09
Meeting ID: 979 0410 5069
Passcode: 202299
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+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

Meeting ID: 979 0410 5069
Passcode: 202299
Online, Online, Ypsilanti. Free. Online. 734-482-4110 ext1377. skonen@ypsilibrary.org www.ypsilibrary.org/events



 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Aimee Nezhukumatathil: At Home with Literati.

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This University of Mississippi creative writing professor reads from her debut work of nonfiction World of Wonders, a brand-new collection of essays about the natural world and the ways its inhabitants can teach, support, and inspire us. Questions & commentary throughout by Ann Arbor-based WSU creative writing professor Natalie Bakopoulos. Q&A.
7 p.m., for online meeting URL see LiteratiBookstore.com. Free. 585-5567.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Huron Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

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Every Wed. All male singers invited to join the weekly online rehearsals of this local barbershop harmony chorus.
For online meeting URL email info@HVharmonizers.org. Free to visitors (annual dues for those who join). 796-7467.


 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.
For in-person or online location updates join Facebook.com/groups/KTCrafters. Free. 926-8863.


 7-8:45 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"An Evening of Poetry and Written Word": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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Reading by Oakland University Arabic language professor Dunya Mikhail, an Iraqi American whose poetry addresses themes of war, exile, and loss. She has received the Guggenheim and Kresge fellowships, the Arab American Book Award, and the U.N. Human Rights Award. Followed by a poetry and short fiction open mic.
For meeting URL email cwPoetryCircle@gmail.com. Free.


 7-9 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Evenings with Aaron": Deep Spring Discussion Center.

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All invited to discuss their metaphysical questions with others with similar interests. The evening is led by Aaron, a "being of light" channeled by Barbara Brodsky, who offers a talk on a variety of spiritual practices including Vipassana and Pure Awareness meditation. Q&A.
For online meeting URL preregister at DeepSpring.org/Evenings-With-Aaron-Fall2020. $10-$30 suggested donations. DeepSpring9@gmail.com, 477-5848.





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