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Calendar of Events

Sunday, November 8, 2020

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 6 a.m.-midnight  Online 

27th Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival.

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Three days of Polish films. Polish, subtitles. This year's festival features virtual screenings ($12 each) hosted by the Michigan Theater. Schedule TBA at

 6 a.m.-midnight  Free!  Online 

"Les Caractères de la Danse": Les Délices (Academy of Early Music).

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Daily in Nov. Founded by Handel & Haydn Society (Boston) baroque oboist Debra Nagy, this acclaimed Cleveland-based quartet is known for programs the New York Times calls "thematically concise, richly expressive, and featuring composers few people have heard of." Tonight's prerecorded program of French Baroque music written for dancing includes Rebel's Les Caractères de la Danse, a scene from Rameau's Pigmalion, solo suites for oboe and viol by Philidor and Marais, and the earthy, rollicking dances of Boismortier's Ballets de Village.
Available online anytime from 7 a.m. Nov. 1 through 11 p.m. Nov. 30 at Free. 228-4338.

 10 a.m.-noon  Online 

"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.
$10. Preregistration required at, 661-3575.

 10:45 a.m.  Free! 

Interfaith Sunday Service: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Interfaith Sunday Service: Please join us for Sunday service on Zoom. Details at Free, but donations appreciated.
Zoom. Free. 734-327-0270.

 11 a.m. 

"SoccerTots (Cubs)": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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Ages 2-3.5 years & an Adult. Cubs classes focus on gross motor skills and body control along with building self confidence in an outdoor, active environment alongside same-age peers and their parents. We teach the soccer basics through games and activities so young children begin to develop hand/foot-eye coordination, balance, speed and agility. Instructor-to-student ratio is kept small to maximize individual development, and above all else we promote fun, fun, fun! Parent involvement is an important part of this program to ensure safe distancing and maximum participation for all. Instructors: Skyhawks staff. 3 classes. Scholarship recipient pay $10. Learning soccer has never been more fun! Skyhawks SoccerTots classes focus on gross motor skills as well as body control. We teach all the soccer basics: kicking, throwing, balancing and running control. We are excited to help your little ones develop a love of soccer!
Buhr Park, 2751 Packard Rd. Ann Arbor, Mi 48108. $55. 734 994 2300 X 0. [map]

 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Sunday Artisan Market.

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Every Sun. Juried market of local handmade arts and crafts. Safety and social distancing measures enforced.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers Market, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913-9622. [map]

 11 a.m.-noon.  Free!  Online 

Sunday Talks: Jewel Heart Buddhist Center.

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Every Sun.Jewel Heart resident spiritual advisor Demo Rinpoche reflects on Tibetan Buddhist teachings on such matters as wisdom, generosity, patience, and enthusiasm, and discusses how to implement them in ordinary life.
For livestream URL preregister at Free. 994-3387.

 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Confronting Deep Moral Disagreement: Bioethics, Moral Status, and Human Embryos": First United Methodist Church Conversations About Science and Religion.

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All invited to join a discussion led by U-M biomedical engineering lecturer Barry Belmont.
For online URL email debbie@fumc-a2 or call. Free. 662-4536,

 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

H.A.C. Ultimate.

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Every Sun. All invited to join a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
11:15 a.m., Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot (or occasionally across the street). Free. 846-9418,


"SoccerTots (Bears)": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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Ages 3.5-4.5 years & an Adult. In our Bears program, more challenging skills and new concepts are introduced. The emphasis is on individual soccer skill development and fitness. Fun, skill-building games are played as well more in-depth introduction to soccer and team concepts. Some are modified to limit contact. Parent involvement is an important part of this program to ensure safe distancing and maximum participation for all. Instructors: Skyhawks staff. 3 classes. Scholarship recipients pay $10.
Buhr Park, 2751 Packard Rd. Ann Arbor, Mi 48108. $55. 734 994 2300 X 0. [map]

 1 p.m. 

"SoccerTots (Grizzlies)": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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Age 4.5-5 & an Adult. Grizzlies further develop important soccer skills like kicking, balancing, dribbling, foot-eye coordination and running control by playing fun games with their parents. More challenging skill development activities are practiced week to week. Parent involvement is an important part of this program to ensure safe distancing and maximum participation for all. Instructors: Skyhawks staff. 3 classes. Scholarship recipients pay $10.
Buhr Park, 2751 Packard Rd. Ann Arbor, Mi 48108. $55. 734 994 2300 X 0. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Youthful Spirits Class for Young People": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Spiritual classes for young people on Zoom. Details at Free, but donations appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 734-327-0270.

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Nov. 1, 8, 14, 15, 22, & 25. All invited to help remove invasive plants in city parks. Wear a mask, long pants, closed-toe shoes, & work gloves, and maintain a 6-foot distance from others at all times; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. All minors should be accompanied by a caregiver.

Nov. 1 (1-4 p.m.): Berkshire Creek Nature Area.

Nov. 8 (1-4 p.m.): Barton Nature Area.

Nov. 14 (9 a.m.-noon): Bird Hills Nature Area.

Nov. 14 (1-4 p.m.): Sunset Brooks Nature Area.

Nov. 15 (1-4 p.m.): Foxfire West Nature Area.

Nov. 22 (1-4 p.m.): Kuebler Langford Nature Area.
Various times and locations. Free, but preregistration required at (click on "NAP Workdays"). 794-6627.

 1-2:30 p.m. and 3-4:30 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off their cougar, opossum, and black rat snake. Also, a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including a kangaroo, albino alligator, and African crested porcupines.
Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 2 & under, free) in advance only at (limited capacity). 929-9324. [map]

 1 & 5 p.m. 

"One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest": Fathom Events.

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(Milos Forman, 1975). A feisty rebel faking mental illness in order to get off a prison work detail enters a mental hospital, where he galvanizes the beaten-down residents.
Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter, 973-8424) and Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline, 316-5500 ).

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Adam LaBeaux and Eric Moore perform outdoors!": Ann Arbor Adventure Club.

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(Sunday November 8th starting at 2 pm. Sunday afternoon is supposed to be sunny and 68 degrees. This may be our last chance for civilized outdoor music until spring 2021!)
Outdoor concert by Adam LaBeaux and Eric Moore. Adam and Eric are both known around town for being compelling and entertaining solo performers. We are very lucky that they have both agreed to play for us! Bring your own folding chair. Face coverings and proper social distancing are required. (There will be a tip jar, so put the ducats in the bucket if you can. If you are having temporary cash flow problems during covid, do not worry about it.)
Park on the street, and bring your folding chair around back!
143 Payeur Road, Ann Arbor, 143 Payeur Road, Ann Arbor. Free. [map]

 2 p.m.  Online 

"History & Lore: Food on Your Thanksgiving Table"

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The fruits and veggies on your Thanksgiving table have an interesting history and related lore. Join in on-line: (ID: 812 9108 0124 Passcode 830421). For example, carrots originated in Afghanistan. When first brought to England, ladies loved the feathery leaves and used them as decoration in their hair. Europeans brought them to the New World.
comfort of your home, Your home via Zoom. Online. Donation.

 2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"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
For livestream URL, see Free. [map]

 2-4 p.m. 

"Wandering Whitmore": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Casual hike through woods and wetlands led by a WCPARC naturalist. Bring binoculars, if you wish. Mask required.
Whitmore Lake Preserve, 1551 7 Mile Rd., Whitmore Lake. Free. Capacity limited; email to reserve a spot. [map]

 3 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Middle Grade Book Club: Literati Bookstore.

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All ages 8-12 invited to discuss Victoria Schwab's 2018 supernatural thriller City of Ghosts.
For online meeting URL, preregister at Free.

 3 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Together, Apart": Nicola's Books.

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Young adult writers Erin Craig, Erin Hahn, Rachael Lippincott, Sajni Parel, and Auriane Desombre read from their contributions to this new collection of love stories set during life in lockdown.
For livestream URL see Free.

 4:15 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"All About The Trio: Music That Makes Us Feel Good": Kerrytown Concert House Live @ the 415 Series.

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U-M jazz piano professor Ellen Rowe leads her trio in a lecture-concert on specific chord progressions and melodies have an ability to elicit strong emotional responses. With bassist Paul Keller and drummer Pete Siers.
Online at Free, but donations accepted. [map]

 4:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Young Adult Book Club: Literati Bookstore.

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All ages 13 & older invited to discuss The Gilded Wolves, Roshani Chokshi's 2018 sumptuous mystery set in 1889 Paris.
For online URL preregister at Free. 585-5567.

 7-9 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Open Mic.

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Musicians of all ability levels and ages invited to sing and play anything from classic rock, Motown, and blues to bluegrass, folk, and country. All acoustic instruments (strings, horns, and woodwinds) welcome. Led by veteran local musicians Bill Connors and Phil McMillion.
For online meeting URL preregister at 973-7791.

 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 Free. 926-8863.


Nightspots Listings:


Blue LLama: Trio Escobar

Detroit-based ensemble led by guitarist Steve Jarosz specializing in Cuban salsa. With congas player Owl DiBlassio and bassist Eddie Caraballo. The show is also streamed live at 6:30-9 p.m. [venue info]


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