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Calendar of Events

Thursday, October 8, 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 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 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]

 10-11:30 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. 

"Little Paws Story Time": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Stories, crafts, finger plays, a tour of the adoptable cat area, and a dog meet and greet. For ages 2-5 (with caregiver); kids age 5 & up must wear a face mask. Social distancing enforced.
10:30 a.m., Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill. $5 per kid (babies 11 months & under, free), preregistration required., 661-3575. [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  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 via Zoom. Details at Free, but donations appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 7343270270.

 Noon-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"School Safety During Covid-19": First Presbyterian Church Lunch & Learn Series.

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Wayne Regional Educational Service Agencies administrator Leonard Rezmierski discusses the dilemmas, challenges, and successes of keeping schools safe.
For online meeting URL see Free. 662-4466.

 1-2:30 p.m.  Online 

"Unsung Heroes: Everyday Women and Politics": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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Before women had the right to vote in America, how did they engage with politics in their everyday lives? From cookbooks and sheet music to letters and diaries, join Clements staff for a virtual session exploring a range of historical materials for clues about how politics infiltrated women's everyday experiences.
Instructor Jayne Ptolemy is Clements Library Assistant Curator of Manuscripts. The Study Group meets on Thursday October 8 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. $10. 734-998-9351.

 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., 661-3575. [map]

 1-2:30 p.m.  Online 

"Unsung Heroes: Everyday Women and Politics": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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U-M Clements Library manuscripts curator Jayne Ptolemy discusses how women have historically engaged in politics in their everyday lives.
For online meeting URL preregister at $35 (members, $10); $25 annual membership fee. 998-9351.

 2-4 p.m.  Online 

"Democratic to Authoritarian Rule": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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Democracy is undergoing an "alarming" decline across the world as a growing number of countries move towards authoritarian rule, according to Freedom House. In the U.S., there is much controversy relating to our degree of democracy and trends. This course will help us to understand how and why democracies evolve and potentially fail, the tools of authoritarianism, and ways to build (or re-build) a stable democracy.
The course will consist of 2 sessions that include discussions with two national experts:
• Session 1: The Surge in Populism and Implications for Democracy/Autocracy. Pauline Jones, Professor at UM & Director UM International Institute
• Session 2: Building & Re-Building Stable Democracies (or How to Survive Autocracy). Sheri Berman, Professor at Barnard College
Session 1 meets on Tuesday Oct. 8. Session 2 TBD. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access this Study Group will be e-mailed to you approximately 1 week prior to first session.
virtual event. Online. $15. 734-998-9351.

 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
2 p.m. For livestream URL, see Free. [map]

 3-4:30 p.m.  Online 

"Online Self-Defense: How to protect your privacy, identity and security when using technology": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This study group will be online. Online services, smartphones, and other new technologies offer many benefits but also pose many privacy and security risks, such as tracking, identity theft, fraud, ransomware, and account hacking. Each week, we will explore a specific security/privacy topic chosen by study group participants, including associated risks and what you can do to protect yourself with hands-on activities. Topics might include: targeted advertising, email phishing scams, anonymity online, location tracking, social media privacy, strong passwords and account security. Dr. Florian Schaub, Assistant Professor in the U of M School of Information and College of Engineering, and Allison McDonald, PhD Candidate in Computer Science and Engineering will lead the study group on Thursdays from Oct 8 through Nov 19.
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.

 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 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Louis Nagel: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Livestream performance by popular local pianist Nagel, a retired U-M music professor. Program TBA.
5:30 p.m., online at Free, but donations accepted. [map]

 6-7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Album Discussion: Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to discuss Solange's 2016 pop R&B album A Seat at the Table. Pitchfork critic Julianne Escobedo Shepherd calls it a "document of historical significance, not just for its formidable musical achievements but for the way it encapsulates black culture and social history with such richness, generosity, and truth."
For online meeting URL see on the day of the event. Free. 327-4200.

 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.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Maggie Smith: At Home with Literati.

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This Ohio-based poet reads from Keep Moving, her new book of inspirational quotes and essays about life's new beginnings and the transformations we undergo. Questions and commentary throughout by U-M writing professor Molly Spencer. Q&A.
7 p.m., for online meeting URL see Free. 585-5567.

 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.

 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Judith Banker: The Ark Family Room Series.

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A Michigan songwriter known for frequent appearances with folk stalwart Jay Stielstra, Banker writes songs that explore love, heartbreak, and renewal. Her 3rd album Buffalo Motel, released this year, features blues-rock instrumentation and driving percussion.
8 p.m., for livestream URL see Free. 761-1451.

 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: Shelby Seeley directs 3 plays. Death to the Zombies is Laurie Tanner's drama about a theater company grappling with their relationships behind the scenes and current events. Catherine Zudak's The Big Day is a drama about a series of unexpected events at a virtual bachelorette party. Stephanie Buckley's Graven Images is a horror story about an online class that steals a bit of each of its students' souls, forcing them to spend eternity together on Zoom.
For livestream URL see Tickets $5 per night.

 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 Tickets $15 at 761-1451.

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