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Calendar of Events

Saturday, January 30, 2021

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 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 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Groove": Ann Arbor Public Schools Community Rec. & Ed.

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Local psychologist Hsiao-Wen Lo leads an hour-long program for adults that combines music with simple movements. Followed at 10:30 a.m. by "Family Groove," featuring family-friendly music and movements that encourage group interaction. Suitable for age 14 & up.
For online URL preregister at Free. 994-2300.

 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.  Free! 

Animal Tracks and Signs": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance leads a 30-minute nature program for all ages.
Fox Science Preserve, 2280 Peters Rd. Free. Capacity limited; preregistration required at (search Activity #821002). [map]

 10 a.m.  Online 

Healing and the Ever-Perfect Workshop: Deep Spring Center for Meditation and Spiritual Inquiry.

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Healing and the Ever-Healed Workshop via Zoom
Barbara Brodsky, Aaron, and The Mother, with Tavis Taylor and John Orr
and likely Yeshua, Love, Father John, and other spirit entities.
Aaron and the other spirit entities are channeled through Barbara Brodsky.
Spirit and human join together for a week to meditate, to remember we are already radiant and whole, and to remember we must still invite that wholeness to express. Please join us - for yourself and for all beings everywhere.
online - Zoom. Online. Donation. $200-$400. 737-477-5848.

 10 a.m.  Free! 

Remote-Controlled Car Racing: Washtenaw RC Speedway.

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One of the largest regular gatherings of RC racers in the country features off-road dirt-track racing for stock and modified model electric trucks and buggies. Each racer can bring one guest spectator only. Masks required, Covid-19 screening at entrance, social distancing enforced. Onsite Nankin Hobby shop.
Racing starts at 10 a.m. (speedway opens at 8 a.m.), and goes until everyone is done. Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Free admission. $15 to race (additional entries, $10).

 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. 

"Nature Kids in Eberwhite Woods: Winter Workshop": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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Ages 2 - 5 years & Adult. Join Naturalist Chris Colaner in an innovative class entirely outside in Eberwhite Woods! We explore a new STEAM concept in each workshop while enjoying the wintry natural wonders of the woods. Each class is loosely guided by a science theme and/or activity, and includes exploration, free-play, art and music. Register for one or all three. Class meets rain, snow or shine so dress for the weather and bring a change of clothing just in case! Meet at the entrance of Eberwhite Woods next to the west parking lot of Eberwhite School, 800 Soule, 48103. If weather conditions are unsafe, make-up dates are listed below. All adults and children are expected to wear masks. The First Steps Early Childhood PTO will help to provide winter outerwear for families in need who otherwise would not be able to participate. Instructor: Chris Colaner. Scholarship recipients pay $5.
Eberwhite Woods, 800 Soule. $19. 734 994 2300 X 0. [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]

 2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

MLK Day Doves with Daria: Jeremy Wheeler.

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Join us one and all as we take time to honor the memory of Dr. King.
Swing by the Art Center to pick-up this FREE family "Take & Make" project and sculpt your own peace dove using air-dry clay.
Free Dove-Making Kits are available for in-person or curbside pick-up on the following days and times, while supplies last:
Monday, January 18 from 10am-2pm
Tuesday, January 19 from 10am-6pm
Wednesday, January 20 from 10am-6pm
Participants are encouraged to join instructor Daria White Paik on Saturday, January 30th at 2pm for a FREE online dove-making class. A set of written instructions will also accompany the project.
Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W Liberty. Free. Online. 734-994-8004. [map]

 7 p.m.  Online 

44th Annual Ann Arbor Folk Festival: The Ark Livestream Series.

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Jan. 29 & 30 (different programs). Livestreamed this year, this is a major highlight of the local musical year, with established and rising stars representing a wide spectrum of vernacular musical idioms. Tonight's headliner is Bruce Cockburn, an acclaimed veteran Toronto-based singer-songwriter known for his riveting, rhythmically varied folk-to-rock guitar stylings and for his articulate, imaginatively impressionistic songs that blend leftist politics, Christian mysticism, and a barbed erotic intensity. Also, legendary veteran folkie David Bromberg, pop-folk singer-songwriter Dar Williams, Memphis folk-rock singer-songwriter Todd Snider, New Age pianist George Winston, African American singer-songwriter Vance Gilbert, old-time music songster Dom Flemons, New Brunswick blues singer-guitarist Matt Anderson, singer-songwriter Crys Matthews, Nebraska pop-folk singer-songwriter Andrea von Kampen, and the veteran local bluegrass outfit RFD Boys. Emcee is the renowned movie actor, singer-songwriter, and Purple Rose Theatre founder Jeff Daniels.
7 p.m., for URL and tickets ($20 per night, $37.50 for both nights), see

 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.

 7 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor Folk Festival Watch Party": Stony Lake Brewing Acoustic Routes Concerts.

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Jan. 29 & 30. All invited to view the Ark's annual festival on a big screen with professional sound. Food and drink available for purchase, or bring your own if you like. Masks required when not seated.
Stony Lake Brewing, 447 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. $25 cover charge per night, preregistration required at (parties of 2, 4, and 6 can be accommodated only). 316-7919. [map]

 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

Andy Beningo: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Michigan stand-up comic known for his observational humor. Masks required, except when eating or drinking.
212 S. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15 in advance, $17 at the door (capacity reduced to 20%)., 996-9080. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Gavriel Savit: Ann Arbor Orthodox Minyan.

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This Illinois-based writer discusses his new historical fantasy, The Way Back.
For online URL preregister at Free.

 7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Wine, Women, and Song: Does Anybody Have a Map?": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Video compilation of archival performances from this KCH tradition, featuring jazz, classical, and cabaret songs that showcase noted local singers.
Online at Free. [map]

 8 p.m.  Online 

Diego Rivera Quartet: Blue Llama Jazz Club.

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Livestreamed performance by a jazz ensemble led by this MSU music professor, a saxophonist-composer known for his muscular tone and blending of straight-ahead jazz with music inspired by his Latino heritage.
8-9:15 p.m., for tickets ($15) and URL, see VIP tickets ($40) that include a pre-show meet-and-greet available at, 945-6926.


Nightspots Listings:


Habitat Lounge: Rob Crozier Jazz Ensemble

A danceable mix of jazz styles from swing to funk by this local ensemble led by bassist Crozier, with also sings standards. With a rotating cast the often includes drummer Pete Siers, pianist Adam Moseley, and saxophonist Steve Wood. 9-11:30 p.m. [venue info]


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