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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, October 14, 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. 

"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 a.m.-noon  Online 

"Religion and Violence": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This study group will be online. Violence is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. How can we resolve conflict and manage serious differences without assaulting and killing each other? What is the link between religion and violence? Does religion necessarily involve violence? Can religion help us to curb violence? Are some religions more violent than others? These are some of the questions we shall consider in this study group.
Instructor Kenneth E. Phifer is a retired Unitarian Universalist minister. He served 25 years as minister of the Ann Arbor congregation. He has degrees from Harvard College and the University of Chicago Divinity School. He is the author of numerous articles and books. He has 17 grandchildren. This study group will be held Wednesdays from October 14 through November 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. $35. 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!  Online 

"Effects of Weight Gain in Later Years and How to Make Positive Changes": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Talk by U-M family medicine clinical lecturer Shenbagam Dewar.
For online meeting URL, email info.twsp@umich.edu or call 998-9353. Free.


 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.


 12:30-2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Critical Conversations": U-M English Language and Literature Department.

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U-M faculty panelists discuss how their research relates to the theme "Politics." With American culture lecturer Sigrid Anderson, English professor Tung-Hui Hu, information professor Silvia Lindtner, and another TBA.
For online meeting URL preregister at bit.ly/criticalconversations1. Free. 764-6330.


 1-2:30 p.m. 

"The Power of Naming during Life Changing Events": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This study group will be online.
In this memoir workshop we will write about 4 periods of change: Preparing for Attack-from the Cold War to 9/11, the Space Race, the Vietnam War, and the COVID-19 Pandemic. We will discuss how global events generate their own vocabulary, a language we use to define and process our new reality. From new words such as N-95 masks to new realities such as toilet paper shortages, the vocabulary of change has power. The writing prompts will help us explore our memories of these life changing events.
Instructor Diane Nash will lead the study group om Wednesdays from October 14 through November 4.
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. $30. 734-998-9351. Olli.info@umich.edu https://www.olli-umich.org



 1-3 p.m.  Online 

"Today's Racial Divides: How Has Education Failed Us?": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This study group will be online. Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption and Exec. Dir. of the Equal Justice Initiative, says, "The greatest evil of American slavery was not involuntary servitude, but rather the narrative of racial differences we created to legitimate slavery." In this era, racial divisions are showing up in starker terms, some of that due to what happens or does not happen in education around race, class, culture, geographic differences, and economic realities. Instructor Judy Wenzel's high school students at the Milan federal prison provide wisdom and valuable lessons. This study group will focus on peoples' own educational experiences regarding racial issues, on ways education could be improved, and on ways to bridge our divides. The work group will be held on Wed., Oct 14. 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 session.
Online. Online. $10. 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.  Online 

"Today's Racial Divides: How Has Education Failed Us?": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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All invited to discuss personal educational experiences of racial issues and ways to bridge educational divides. Led by Federal Correctional Institution (Milan) high school teacher Judy Wenzel.
For online meeting URL preregister at OLLI-umich.org. $35 (members, $10); $25 annual membership fee. 998-9351.


 3:15-4:45 p.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]


 6:30-8 p.m.  Online 

"The Road to Home at Home": SOS Community Services Fundraiser.

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Livestream jazz, blues, and R&B by the Southfield-based Skye Island Band. Also, poetry readings by local youth. Also, an online auction of artisan bowls. Preceded at 5 p.m. by drive-through dinner pick-up at Sesi Lincoln (3990 Jackson Rd.).
6:30-8 p.m., online at soscs.org. Tickets $150 & up, includes dinner, in advance only. 485-8730. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

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

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All invited to read and discuss poetry or short fiction. Have your original work ready to share, if you wish.
7 p.m. (sign-up for new participants begins at 6:45 p.m.), for online meeting URL email cwPoetryCircle@gmail.com. Free.


 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 

Jihyun Yun & Megan Cummins: At Home with Literati.

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Ann Arbor-based Korean-American poet Yun reads from Some Are Always Hungry, her new collection that chronicles a family's wartime survival and immigration through the lens of food (or lack thereof). Also, writer Cummins reads from If The Body Allows It, her brand-new novel about a New Jersey woman suffering from a chronic autoimmune illness who meets and falls in love with a man whose grief mirrors her own. 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.


 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]



Canceled and Postponed Events:

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: The Open Organization Of Lockpickers: TOOOL-Ann Arbor Locksport.

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The mission of The Open Organization Of Lockpickers is to advance the general public knowledge about locks and lockpicking. By examining locks, safes, and other such hardware and publicly discussing our findings, we hope to strip away the mystery with which so many of these products are imbued.
All are welcome. If you have any locks or tools, feel free to bring them. If not, there are plenty to go around. Meetings generally consist of people picking locks while we talk about physical or cyber security, or just about anything else.
(Second Wednesday of each month.)
Ann Arbor Locksport - https://a2-locksport.org/
Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. Free. 734-222-4911. frontdesk@maker-works.com https://www.maker-works.com/events/toool-the-open-organization-of-lockpickers [map]





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