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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, October 7, 2020






 
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 12 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"What We Left Unfinished": Ann Arbor Film Festival.

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Online screening of Mariam Ghani's 2019 documentary, which features newly restored footage from lost fiction films shot during Afghanistan's Communist era (1978-1991).
Online anytime between Oct. 7-Nov. 3 at aafilmfest.org/aaffpresents. Free.


 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.


 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 via Zoom. Details at Interfaithspirit.org. Free, but donations appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 7343270270. Interfaithspirit.org


 10-11:30 a.m.  Online 

"Free Writing": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This study group will be online. The perfect way to begin writing is to write. Writing to memoir prompts, we will practice turning off our text editors. Free writing is about exploring ideas and memories. It is about first drafts not finished products. Writers will have the opportunity to share what is written in workshop. We will not share or critique work written outside. Have a notebook and a comfortable pen handy. Be ready to write. Instructor Diane Nash will lead the study group on Wednesdays from October 7 through November 11.
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 a.m.-noon  Online 

"Mass Incarceration and How Criminal Justice Authorities Can Help End It": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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During these three weeks we will examine the role of criminal justice authorities, such as prosecutors, judges, police, parole board and legislators in setting up policies and practices that promote a "tough on crime" culture that promotes incarceration and increases recidivism. We welcome all community members interested in understanding how the criminal justice system could change for the better to provide healing, equity and reduction in incarceration.
Carolyn Madden, MA, Graduate Center, NY & JD, Wayne State. Kathie Gourlay, MBA, Michigan, and retired Washtenaw Community College instructor. The Study Group meets on Wednesdays Oct. 7 to Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to 12:00 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. $20. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org



 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Memoir Writing": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This study group will be online. Participants will learn how to tell the stories of their lives and those of their ancestors. We will meet weekly, and each participant should be prepared to read a story they have written (including the first class). Instructor Jan Price calls herself a "very amateur memoirist" who has written her story after being motivated by an OLLI class. Jan will lead the study group on Fridays from September 18 through December 18 (no class on November 27).
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. $40. 734-998-9351. Olli.info@umich.edu https://www.olli-umich.org



 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  Free! 

U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Election 2020.

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Oct. 7, 12, & 26. Three out of 6 talks in a series concerning the upcoming general election.

Oct. 7: Michigan secretary of state Jocelyn Benson on "Safe, Secure, and Accessible Elections For All."

Oct. 12: Panel discussion with Bridge Magazine capitol reporter Riley Beggin and Politico political correspondent Tim Alberta on "Michigan and Other Battleground States." Detroit-based Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Stephen Henderson moderates.

Oct. 26: U-M politics and journalism lecturer Robert Yoon on "A Survivor's Guide to Elections 2020."
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.


 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Family Nature Adventures: Nature's Recyclers: The FBI": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Naturalist Elle Bogle teaches children & adults about fungi, bacteria, and invertebrates. Masks required, social distancing enforced.
Scio Woods Preserve, 4000 Scio Church Rd. Free, preregistration required at ParksOnline.eWashtenaw.org. [map]


 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.  Free!  Online 

"Little Listeners Storytime": Northfield Township Area Library.

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Join us on Facebook every Wednesday at 11 a.m. for fun stories, silly songs, and age appropriate hands-on activities. Storytime is designed to promote early literacy. Register for your Little Listener craft at www.ntal.org/events.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. Online. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/events [map]



 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]


 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.


 1-3 p.m.  Online 

"A Review of the Modern History of Iran": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This class is intended to foster a better understanding of Iran and its history. The topics include: a review of Iranian history from the 16th century to today; the rise of Safavid Empire; conversion of the Iranians from Islam to Islam-Shia; the Qajar dynasty and European powers; modernization of Iran; the Constitutional Revolution at the turn of the twentieth century; and Iran during WWI.
Moe Bidgoli leads the discussion. The Study Group meets on Wednesdays Oct. 7 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. $30. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu 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]


 2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Recycling and Me: What's Trash Got to Do With It?": Ypsilanti District Library.

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U-M graduate students studying plastic engineering examine the impacts of plastic waste. Take a deep dive into the messy life cycle of plastic products. Join us for a discussion on environmental and social impacts, and the role recycling plays in our community.
Ypsilanti District Library, Online, Ypsilanti. Free. Online. 734-482-4110 x2411. skillian@ypsilibrary.org https://www.ypsilibrary.org/event/recycling-and-me-whats-trash-got-to-do-with-it/



 4-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Policy Talks": U-M Ford School of Public Policy.

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Oct. 7, 12, 15, 20, & 21. A series of talks by U-M faculty and visiting scholars. Participants encouraged to join the conversation by using #policytalks.

Oct. 7 (4-5 p.m.): Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget president Maya MacGuineas and Lawrence Summers, National Economic Council director under Obama, on "Is the Federal Deficit Unsustainable?"

Oct. 12 (11:30-12:30 p.m.): Two senior political reporters, Vox's Jane Coaston and The Guardian's Daniel Strauss, discuss what it's like to cover the presidential 2020 campaign trail. U-M Ford School associate dean Paula Lantz and U-M health policy professor James Hudak moderate.

Oct. 15 (4-5 p.m.): International Rescue Committee president David Miliband discusses "International Politics, Humanitarian Needs, and the Global Significance of the U.S. Election." U-M Weiser Diplomacy Center director John Ciorciari moderates.

Oct. 20 (10-11 a.m.): Panel discussion on "U.S.-China Relations During Covid-19: Finding a Path Forward." With U-M political science professor Mary Gallagher, U-M public policy professor Ann Lin, and Brookings Institute foreign policy fellow emeritus Ken Lieberthal, also a U-M political science professor emeritus who served as senior director for Asia on the National security Council under President Clinton. U-M public policy faculty moderate.

Oct. 21 (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.): Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics director Len Nichols on "U.S. Health Policy Directions: Two Roads Diverged in a Yellow Wood."
Various times, for online meeting URL see FordSchool.umich.edu/events. Free. 764-3490.


 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.


 6-7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Wang Qingsong: U-M Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies.

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Virtual tours of this renowned Beijing-based photographer's studio and his latest exhibition, On the Field of Hope, on display at Tang Contemporary (Beijing). His large-format photographs use staged sets and postmodern elements, mixing painting, theater, and cinematography to capture the tension of cultural shifts and global change. China Institute (NYC) programming vice president Dorinda Elliott moderates.
6-7 p.m., for online meeting URL preregister at bit.ly/wangquigsong. Free. 764-6308. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Science of Mind Study Group: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us for a discussion of Science of Mind via Zoom. Details at Interfaithspirit.org. Free, but donations appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 7343270270. Interfaithspirit.org


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"'And There I Take My Stand': Women's Suffrage in Michigan": Ypsilanti District Library.

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We celebrate the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage as Genealogist Katherine R. Willson gives an overview of historical contributions from Michigan's passionate and determined citizens. Sponsored by the Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County. Join this Zoom Meeting:
https://zoom.us/j/94892506021?pwd=Uy9pa2ZwalBNajdaWURqMEFZUFVZQT09
Meeting ID: 948 9250 6021
Passcode: 128057
Dial by your location
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
Meeting ID: 948 9250 6021
Passcode: 128057
Online, Online, Ypsilanti. Free. Online. 734-482-4110 ext1377. skonen@ypsilibrary.org www.ypsilibrary.org/events



 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Aaron Nathans and Michael G. Ronstadt: On the Tracks Singer-Songwriter Showcase.

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Alt-folk singer-songwriter duo of Philadelphia-based guitarist Nathans and Cincinnati cellist Ronstadt (Linda's nephew). Their 2020 release, Shadow of the Cyclone, reflects on current events with understanding and humor.
Online at OnTheTracksChelsea.com. Free, but donations appreciated. 330-5226.


 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.  Free!  Online 

Kathleen Rooney: At Home with Literati.

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This DePaul University (Chicago) English professor reads from Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey, her new WWI novel about an army officer and a messenger pigeon. Questions and commentary throughout by Colombia-born, Las Vegas-based novelist Juan Martinez. Q&A.
7 p.m., for online meeting URL see LiteratiBookstore.com. Free. 585-5567.


 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 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: Kristin Anne Danko directs Last Train, Brian Cox's existential drama based on The Monkees' "Last Train to Clarksville." An unsatisfied middle-aged woman meets a younger woman who reminds her much of herself, but with all her dreams still ahead of her. 7 p.m.
Online via YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, & Patreon (search "Neighborhood Theatre Group"). Free; donations appreciated. (219) 201-6979.


 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Nic Gareiss: The Ark Family Room Series.

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This renowned step dancer, a leading figure in traditional dance, performs dances that weave together improvisation and traditional clog and step dance footwork.
8 p.m., for livestream URL see TheArk.org/Shows-Events. Free. 761-1451.


 8-10 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry.

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Every Wed. All invited to discuss poetry. Bring something you wrote or something you love; musical instruments & visual art welcome. Followed by collaborative writing games and exercises.
8-10 p.m., for location (meetings alternate between in-person and online) email andersong@gmail.com. OnePausePoetry.org. [map]


 8-8:45 p.m.  Online 

Zoom Play Series: Theatre Nova.

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Oct. 7-11. Fifteen juried virtual-themed very short plays-3 each night-written specifically to be performed live over Zoom. Tonight: Michelle Resnick directs 3 plays. Werewolves of London (Arkansas) is Marilyn Zerlak's drama about a husband who finds out his wife isn't as she seemed when he accidentally joins her Zoom meeting with her friends. All in the Family Tree is Laura Ratto's fantastical comedy about a granddaughter who assembles a family tree online. Done is Done is Hank Greenspan's fantasy about a deceased father who, showing up in a Zoom room 2 days after his burial, wants a second opinion on his post-mortem fate.
For livestream URL see Theatre-Nova.TicketLeap.com. Tickets $5 per night. a2TheatreNova@gmail.com.


 9 p.m.  Online 

Suzanne Vega: The Ark.

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This gifted avant-folk New York City singer-songwriter is best known for her 1987 pop hit "Luka" and the oft-sampled "Tom's Diner." Tonight's concert, a livestream from the iconic Blue Note Jazz Club in Greenwich Village, is in support of her brand-new career-spanning album, An Evening of New York Songs and Stories.
9 p.m., for livestream URL see TheArk.org. Tickets $24 in advance at bit.ly/suzannevegatheark. 761-1451.



Canceled and Postponed Events:

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: S.E. Michigan CNC Enthusiast Group: Maker Works.

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For folks who want to get started with CNC as well as veterans to share information. Focus of the group is anything CNC-related: projects, additive machines like the Makerbot or subtractive mills, CAD, CAM, and the holy war of issues like Servos vs. Steppers, NURBS vs. Meshes, and EMC2 vs. Mach3.
Meetings are normally on the first Wednesday of the month (except when they land on a holiday and Maker Works is closed), free and open to everyone and you don't have to be a member of Maker Works to attend.
With the approach of winter, if the weather is too inclement for safe travel, the meeting may be cancelled if conditions warrant it.
Any CNC-related topic is game and if you have something to show off, please bring it.
For more info, visit: SEMICNC Yahoo! Group https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/semicnc/info
Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. Free. 734-222-4911. frontdesk@maker-works.com https://www.maker-works.com/events/se-michigan-cnc-enthusiast-group [map]





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