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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, October 6, 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.

 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

 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
Various prices per film. Available all Sept. online at for 2-10 days after patrons start watching each film.

 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
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free!  Online 

Virtual Alzheimer's educational conference.

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The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) is holding a free virtual conference on October 6th at 10:00 am to help Michigan residents affected by Alzheimer's during the COVID-19 crisis.

The conference will provide information regarding Alzheimer's disease, Medicaid asset protection planning, self care, caregiving tips and strategies, and updates on Alzheimer's research. Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of The Dr. Oz Show, will be a special guest speaker.
The free educational conference will be held virtually over the Internet and is open to everyone. For more information or to register, click here or call 866-232-8484.
Virtual, Over the Internet. Free. Online. 866-232-8484.

 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 Free.

 11 a.m.-noon.  Free!  Online 

"Coffee with a Cop": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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All invited to discuss home safety, scams, and other topics with city police officer Douglas Martelle.
For online meeting URL, email or call 998-9353. Free.

 Noon-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Noon Lectures: U-M Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies.

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Every Tues. Talks by U-M and visiting scholars.

Oct. 6: U-M sociology professor Xiaohong Xu on "The Great Separation: How the Cultural Revolution Has Shaped Contemporary China and Its Relationship to Global Capitalism."

Oct. 13: U-M Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies postdoctoral fellow Jundai Liu on "Civic Solidarity: Sustaining Contention and Building Democratic Institutions in Contemporary Village China."

Oct. 20: Reed College anthropology professor Charlene Makley on "Oral History and Fugitive (Non)presence: The Afterlives of the Tenth Panchen Lama in China's Tibet."

Oct. 27: UMMA Asian art curator Natsu Oyobe on "Monumental Friendship: Chinese Ceramics in the James Marshall Plumer Memorial Collection at the University of Michigan Museum of Art."
Noon, for online meeting URL see Free. 764-6308.

 1-2:30 p.m.  Online 

"Israel and Palestine - Ethical Issues": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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Israel and Palestine represent two dramatically competing narratives and the conflict between them is one of the most difficult and complicated in the world. It has significant implications for US foreign policy.
It evokes strong emotions from many Jews, Muslims (Arab and non-Arab), and Christians. This course will aim to explore the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a civil and open-minded way with a focus on philosophical issues of justice and human rights.
Strong opinions are welcome but only if accompanied by respect and openness to opposing views. Elias Baumgarten has published articles on this topic, spoken at University of Chicago and American University of Beirut. He has spent time in both Israel and Palestine. The Study Group meets on Tuesdays Oct. 6 to Nov. 17 from 1:00 to 2:30 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. $45. 734-998-9351.

 1-2:30 p.m.  Online 

"American Nations: The Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America": U-M Margaret Waterman Town Hall Lecture Series.

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Portland Press Herald (ME) state & national affairs journalist Colin Woodward discusses his popular 2011 book. The Waterman series also includes lectures in Nov., Apr., & May.
1-2:30 p.m., for meeting URL preregister at $100 in advance only for the 4-lecture series. Info: [map]

 2-6 p.m.  Free! 

Dexter Farmers Market.

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Every Sat., May-Oct. Sale of produce, eggs, honey, baked goods, and more from local vendors. Also, performances by local musicians.
8 a.m.-1 p.m., 3233 Alpine St., Dexter. Free admission. 426-8303. [map]

 5 p.m. 

"Grotto Outback": Zal Gaz Grotto Club.

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Easy Street is Back!
Join us in the back parking lot.
Masks required, social distancing enforced, capacity limited.
Food by Cosa Sabrosa, bar is open.
Zal Gaz Grotto Club, 2070 W Stadium Blvd. $10. 734) 663-1202. [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.

 6-8 p.m. 

"Knit Happens": Ann Arbor Stitch 'n' Bitch.

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All knitters invited to work on their current projects and swap tips.
For meeting location call or preregister at $2 monthly dues. 945-3035.

 6-7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Book Discussion: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Ann Arborite Will Jones III, a descendant of the first recorded African born on American soil, and AADL staffers lead a discussion of James Baldwin's 1963 bestseller The Fire Next Time, an impassioned plea to Americans to address the terrible legacy of racism.
For online meeting URL see the day of the event. Free. 327-4200.

 6:30 p.m.  Online 

Sufi Class with Imam Kamau Ayubbi: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us for a Sufi class via Zoom. Details at Donation $5-10 per class.
Zoom. Online. Donation. 7343270270.

 6:30-8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Death Café": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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All invited to join a frank conversation about death, hosted by Interfaith Center Minister Annie Kopko.
For online meeting location see Free, but donations appreciated. 327-0270.

 7-9:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Voices in Harmony Chorus.

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Every Tues. All female singers invited to join the weekly online rehearsals of this local 40-member a cappella barbershop harmony chorus.
For online meeting URL email Free to visitors ($26 monthly dues for those who join). 612-7580.

 7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Ann Arbor Camera Club.

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Oct. 6 & 20. Club members show their projected digital images (Oct. 6) and digitized prints (Oct. 20) on various topics, including this month's assignment, "At Home or in the Yard." Also, presentation by club member Awni Hafedh on a series of photos-mostly shot with an iPhone-taken around the world (Oct. 6), and members TBA on"How to Pick an Image Worth Editing, (Oct. 20).
For online meeting URL email Free. 327-4781,

Canceled and Postponed Events:

 6-8 p.m. (canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: National Night Out.

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The annual "National Night Out Safety Fair" event is designed to heighten crime & drug prevention awareness, and provide cybersecurity tips. We hope to generate support & participation in local anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit & police-community partnerships, and lastly send a message to criminals to let them know that Pittsfield Township neighborhoods and communities throughout the region are organized and fighting back. Target Stores (Carpenter Rd/Ann Arbor-Saline Rd) are sponsoring free raffle items, school supplies, senior safety items, snacks, treats, and more! Families, seniors, veterans, and faith communities are all welcome to attend this exciting event! Everyone will get access to free crime prevention resource materials, speak with providers, meet with law enforcement personnel, tour the emergency service vehicles, and learn how to make your home and community a tough target to crime!
Lillie Park South, 4365 Platt Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48108-9725. Free. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Blue LLama: Eliza Salem Trio

Local jazz ensemble led by drummer Salem. 7-8:30 p.m. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Easy Street

Dixieland and swing by this local ensemble founded by the late saxophonist and trumpeter Klinger. Modern Mexican food by Cosa Sabrosa and adult beverages available. Masks required. Social distancing maintained, capacity limited. 5-8 p.m. in the back parking lot. [venue info]


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