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Calendar of Events

Saturday, January 9, 2021

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 12:01 a.m.-11:59 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Proving Up": U-M Opera Theatre.

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U-M opera lecturer Abbigail Cote directs U-M students in the acclaimed NYC-based composer Missy Mazzoli and her librettist Royce Vavrek's atmospheric 2018 chamber opera based on Karen Russell's short story. It's about an American family struggling to meet the overwhelming challenges of homesteading during the westward movement of settlers in the late 19th-century. A small chamber orchestra conducted by U-M voice professor Kirk Severtson accompanies. Prerecorded in November in the Power Center.
Online at (search "umich smtd"), available until Jan. 16, 2021. Free.

 12:01 a.m.-midnight  Online 

"Virtual Movie Palace": Michigan Theater.

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New titles available all month online for 2-10 days after you start watching. Full January schedule online.
$6-$12 per film. Online at for 2-10 days after you start watching.

 8 a.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon. & Sat. Runners of all abilities invited to join a 3-8 mile run along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Also, a speed-training session (every Tues. 6 p.m., 5700 Jackson Rd.). Snacks. Rain or shine.
6 p.m. (Mon.), 123 E. Liberty & 8 a.m. (Sat.), 5700 Jackson Rd; call for holiday hours. Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 929-9022 (Tues., Thurs. & Jackson Rd, Sat. run). [map]

 9:30 a.m.-noon or so  Free!  Online 

"Lessons Learned from the November 3rd Election": Washtenaw County Democratic Party.

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Updates from Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, Michigan attorney general Dana Nessel, and Michigan Democratic Party chair Lavora Barnes. The meeting starts with an update on measures the state has taken in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
For online URL see Free. 883-8250.

 10 and 11 a.m. & 1 and 2 p.m. 

"Creating Winter Habitat": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Drop off your spent Christmas tree to be eligible to take this hike led by a WCPARC naturalist to learn how they'll repurpose your tree into habitats for birds and other park wildlife. Masks required.
Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings Rd. $5 per group of 4 people or less. Capacity limited to 5 groups per hour; preregistration required at (search Activity #IL461100). [map]

 10:30 a.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. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Snowman Competition: Northfield Township Area Library.

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Starting Monday, January 4, Northfield Township Area Library will be having their very first snowman competition. Take a picture of your snowman and send it in an e-mail along with your snowman's name and contact info to
You will then be entered into a raffle; winners will be announced on February 26. If you build your snowman in the Library yard, you will be entered into the raffle with 5 raffle entries. For more fun library events, visit
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 7344490066. [map]

 1-4 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Shakespeare in Performance": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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A2CT actor-director Kat Walsh and actor Stebert Davenport discuss how to perform Shakespearean monologues. Followed by an interactive demo on the elements and meaning of a Shakespeare monologue TBA. Wear clothes that you can move in & have pen and paper handy. This is a participatory event. For age 18 & up.
For online URL preregister at Free. 971-2228,

 1 p.m.  Free! 

Community Wellness Kits: Northfield Township Area Library.

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Stop by the Library to pick up a wellness kit. Our goal is to bring a little positivity to the community during these trying times. Some items in the wellness kits may include, a free mask, a recipe, an affirmation card, a breathing technique, pre-package skin care, and/or pre-package tea. These items are subject to change based on availability. No registration is necessary for more library information visit
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 7344490066. [map]

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Stewardship Saturday and Nature Hike": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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All invited to help remove invasive shrubs for an hour or so, then hike along the river to look for signs of beavers and other wildlife. Followed by a bonfire and hot cocoa. Masks required.
Sharon Mills County Park, 5701 Sharon Hollow Rd. Free, preregistration required at (capacity limited to 20). [map]

 1-3 p.m. 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Jan. 9, 18, & 31. 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. Jan. 9: Fritz Park. Jan. 18: Buttonbush Nature Area. Jan. 31: Foxfire West Park.
Various locations. Free, but preregistration required at (click on "NAP Workdays"). 794-6627.

 1-2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Fiber Arts Social Hour": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Jan. 9 & 19. All invited to work on their fiber and textile arts and socialize with AADL staffers.
For online URL see an hour before event starts. Free. 327-4200.

 2-3 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Saturday Sampler": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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Jan. 9 & 23. Virtual docent-led themed tours.
For online URL see Free. 764-9304.

 7-7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

TriviaTime!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local sisters Katie and Abbie throw out themed questions for anyone to answer in the YouTube chat box.
online at Free. 327-4200.

 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Jill Jack: The Ark Family Room Series.

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Sultry-voiced Detroit folk-rock singer-songwriter whose music also draws freely on jazz and country flavors. Her annual birthday shows have amassed a strong following. Jack's 2005 CD Moon and the Morning After won a Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Folk Recording.
8 p.m., for livestream URL see Free, donations appreciated. 761-1451.

 8 p.m.  Online 

Peter Madcat Ruth: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth Cafe 704.

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World-renowned veteran local harmonica wiz whom Dave Brubeck once praised as one of the world's "great jazz soloists." He has a massive repertoire of blues, jazz, folk, and rock tunes, along with several fine originals and songs by other contemporary composers.
For livestream preregister at $8. 327-0270.

Canceled and Postponed Events:

 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

Canceled: Derek Richards: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Jan. 8-9. A Detroit native who now lives in Florida, Richards is known for his fast-paced stream of sarcastic observations about everything from phone solicitors and computers to Taco Bell and the experience of dating an exotic dancer. Masks required, except when eating or drinking.
12 S. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15 in advance, $17 at the door (capacity reduced to 20%)., 996-9080. [map]

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