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Calendar of Events

Thursday, October 1, 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  Online 

"Virtual Movie Palace": Michigan Theater.

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More than 20 new releases 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.


 8:30 a.m.-midnight  Free!  Online 

"Senior Living Week Expo": Housing Bureau for Seniors.

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Sept. 28-Oct. 2. The 21st annual Senior Living & Housing Awareness Week, online this year, features talks exploring a variety of housing issues for seniors. For a complete schedule of workshops (preregistration required) and resources, see med.umich.edu/seniors.
Times and locations TBA; for updates, see med.umich.edu/seniors. Free. 998-9339.


 10:00 a.m.  Free! 

Scarecrow Contest: Northfield Township Area Library.

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Build a scarecrow and we will display it at the library. All participating scarecrows are due by Monday, October 26 at 11 am. The scarecrows will be judged throughout the week and winners will be announced on Halloween, Saturday, October 31. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. View the contest rules at www.ntal.org/fall.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/fall [map]



 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 OLLI-umich.org. $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 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every weekday. A different local storyteller reads a story TBA to kids ages 2-5.
Online at AADL.tv. Free.


 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.-noon  Free!  Online 

Rasa Festival: Akshara.

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Oct. 1 & every Sat. & Sun. This online festival celebrates traditional and contemporary South Asian music and art. Program includes livestream dances, music, films, spoken word poetry, and lectures on fashion design, craft traditions, and art history. Also, online photography and multimedia art exhibits. Details TBA, check Facebook.com/AksharaArtsOrg for more information.
11 a.m.-noon, Facebook.com/AksharaArtsOrg. Free. RasaFestival.org. [map]


 11 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"WordPress Website Workshop": MacTechnics.

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All invited to learn how to use WordPress to create a website. Step-by-step instructions provided by a club member.
11 a.m.-1 p.m., for meeting URL email Contact@mactechnics.org. Free. MacTechnics.org. [map]


 1-3 p.m. 

"Rescue Reading": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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All ages 6-11 invited to read to adoptable animals. Also, a group read-aloud, humane education lesson, and dog meet-and-greet. Masks required, social distancing enforced.
Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill. $10 per kid. Preregistration required. hshv.org, 661-3575. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Virtual Kerry Tales with Mother Goose."

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Every Sun. 5-10 minute long program of rhymes, riddles, & stories with local storyteller Trudy Bulkley as Mother Goose. Archived performances available at bit.ly/kerrytales.
2 p.m. For livestream URL, see Facebook.com/Kerrytown. Free. [map]


 3-5 p.m.  Online 

"The Underfunding of Mental Health Services in Washtenaw County: Systemic Origins and Possible Reforms": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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Washtenaw County Community Mental Health (WCCMH) had a deficit of $10.3 million in 2019. This study group will start with a discussion of local mental health services and funding issues and then broaden to current and proposed state and federal policies as the actions of each level of government affect the others. A County Commissioner and an expert from WCCMH will each lead one session. The format will be brief presentations followed by discussions. Instructor Glenn Nelson's past positions include the President's Council of Economic Advisers and Chief Economist of the State of Minnesota. He and the study group's assistant, Alice Carter, are co-chairs of Citizens for Mental Health & Public Safety. The Study Group meets on Thursdays Oct. 1 to Oct. 22 from 3:00 to 5:00 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



 3-4:30 p.m.  Online 

"Understanding Oppression, Intolerance, and Injustice Through Music": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This study group will be online.
Music can be a powerful mental antidote for emotional turmoil. This is particularly true in our current social, political, and cultural environment. This course will bring awareness and deeper understanding about the power of music. Musical examples offered by Instructors Julie and Louis Nagel and by class participants will be a basis for discussions about coping with the powerful feelings that have been evoked during COVID-19, the murder of George Floyd, and simmering racial, social, and political tensions. We will share poignant music and video clips that explore these and discuss ways music can motivate people to try turning loss, grief, and violence into positive action. West Side Story will begin our explorations. Study groups will be held on Thursdays throughout
October.
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. $35. 734-998-9351. Olli.info@umich.edu https://www.olli-umich.org



 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., facebook.com/GeminiChildrensMusic. Free; donations for various causes accepted during each performance.


 5-6 p.m.  Online 

"Lunchtime at Home": Zingerman's Delicatessen Just for Kids.

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Zingerman's staffers demonstrate how to prepare some simple, quick, and tasty lunch options. For ages 6-12.
For online meeting URL, see ZingermansDeli.com. $15 (parents welcome to lurk for free), preregistration required. 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]


 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. registration@jewelheart.org https://www.jewelheart.org/events/geshe-yeshe-thabkhe-foundations-of-buddhist-philosophy/


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Edward D. Melillo: At Home with Literati.

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This Amherst College history professor reads from The Butterfly Effect, his new book about the bonds between humans and insects. It draws on research in laboratory science, agriculture, fashion, and international cuisine. Questions and commentary throughout by U-M history professor Ian Shin. Q&A.
7 p.m., for online meeting URL see LiteratiBookstore.com. Free. 585-5567.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Inspired By…": Neighborhood Theatre Group.

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Every Thurs. Five original 10-minute virtual staged readings by local playwrights of plays inspired by different songs. Readings include light props and costumes. Tonight: Marisa Dluge directs Letting Go, Crysta Coburn's drama based on Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You," about trying to let go of the past while finding new footing.
Online via YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, & Patreon (search "Neighborhood Theatre Group"). Free; donations appreciated. (219) 201-6979.


 9 p.m.  Online 

Kevin Morby: The Ark.

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Oct. 1, 8, & 15. Indie rock singer-songwriter from Lubbock, TX. In advance of the release of his 6th album Sundowner, Morby plays songs from each of his albums in separate virtual concerts. Oct. 1: City Music (2017), which has earned Morby comparisons to Lou Reed. Oct. 8: Oh My God (2019), which a Pitchfork reviewer says "conjures memories of Bob Dylan's gospel-phase." Oct. 15: Premiere of Sundowner, which Morby calls "a depiction of isolation."
9 p.m., online at TheArk.org. Tickets $15 at NoonChorus.com/TheArkAnnArbor-Morby. 761-1451.





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