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Calendar of Events

Saturday, February 13, 2021

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 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, snow, 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 & 11 a.m. 

Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Feb. 6, 13, & 27. Programs led by Hudson Mills naturalist Kim Sherwin. Masks required.

Feb. 6 (9 & 11 a.m.): "Tracks, Scats, and Signs." One-mile hike to look for prints and patterns left behind by animals. Ages 6 & up only. $5.

Feb. 13 (9 & 11 a.m.): "Science of Sledding." Ages 8 & up invited to test out how fast or slow different materials travel downhill on snow. Bring a sled to use after the program, if you wish; $6.

Feb. 27 (7 p.m.): "Full Snow Moon Walk" Guided one-mile hike for all ages 10 & up. $5.
Various times, park activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. Various fees, preregistration required by 4 p.m. a day prior to respective event (capacity limited); $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]

 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 featuring off-road dirt-track racing for stock and modified model electric trucks and buggies. Today is the season closer. Awards. Only one guest spectator per racer. Masks required and social distancing enforced.
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).

 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"COVID-19 Vaccines: Science Close to Home": U-M Museum of Natural History William Farrand Memorial Lecture.

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Washtenaw County Health Department Community Health Promotion supervisor Charles Wilson moderates a discussion with U-M School of Public Health molecular epidemiologist Emily T. Martin, recent U-M epidemiology Ph.D. Nina Masters, and U-M Michigan Medicine CEO T. Anthony Denton.
10 a.m., for URL preregister at Free. 764-0478.

 10 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Rolled Paper Valentines": Ecology Center of Ann Arbor.

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Prerecorded talk by Ecology Center staffers to introduce the waste stream of paper and cardboard and discuss sustainable paper options. Followed by a demo on how to make a card and picture frame using magazines.
Online at (search "Ecology Center of Ann Arbor"). Free.

 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! 

"Stewardship Saturday": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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All invited to help remove invasive plants. Be prepared for hiking and off-trail work; bring a mask and water.
Draper-Houston Preserve, 578 Mooreville Rd., Milan. Free. Capacity limited to 10, preregistration required by emailing [map]

 2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

U-M Ice Hockey.

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Livestream only from Yost Ice Arena.

Postponed Feb. 3 & 4 : Penn State.

Feb. 9: Michigan State.

Feb. 13 & 14: Wisconsin.

Feb. 26 & 27: Arizona State.
Online at Free. 764-0247.

 3:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Know Obstacles: Oz's Music Environment.

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All invited to play instruments, sing songs, and tell jokes with members of this band for kids and adults with special needs. Spectators welcome.
For online meeting URL see Free. 662-8283.

 6 p.m.  Online 

"Flavors of Hope: The Cancer Support Community's Gourmet Cooking and Wine Event": Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor.

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Our original plans for this charity benefit included strolling wine and food sampling in a gorgeous country setting. As with most things this year, we had to make adjustments in an effort to keep our community safe.
This year, Flavors of Hope will be held on February 13, 2021 from 6 - 8 pm and will feature a cooking demonstration by Mainstreet Ventures Executive Chef Brent Courson. Easy-to-use video platform will create a feeling of being at an event together while enjoying the comforts and safety of home. Guests will be broken into "virtual tables."
Meal kits include supplies for a four-course gourmet meal (vegetarian option available) and a signature cocktail mix and bottle of a 2017 Ketcham Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir.
In accordance with Michigan liquor law, kits must be purchased directly through Mainstreet Ventures as directed at check out. Kit pick up will be at Carson's Bistro in Ann Arbor. Shipping of meal kits and wine is also available.
Virtual. Online. $150. 734-975-2500.

 6:30 & 8:30 p.m. 

Tracey MacDonald: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Feb. 12 & 13. This L.A.-based Canadian comic is known for her alternatingly acerbic and self-deprecating observational humor. Masks required, except when eating or drinking.
212 S. Fourth Ave. Tickets $17 in advance, $19 at the door (capacity reduced to 20%)., 996-9080. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

"9th Annual Creature Courtship: Love is in the Air": The Creature Conservancy.

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Feb. 12 & 13. Frank but fun presentation with live animals on methods of seduction and reproduction in the animal kingdom, featuring black swans, kangaroo, Burmese python, and more. Masks required. For adults only.
Creature Conservancy, 4940 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $35; capacity limited, preregistration required at 929-9324. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Ray": Fathom Events.

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(Taylor Hackford, 2004). Biopic about the legendary R&B, blues, and soul pianist-composer Ray Charles. Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Regina King.
Ticket prices TBA in advance online (recommended) & at the door. Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter, 973-8424) and Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline, 316-5500).

 7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Mr. B's Annual Birthday Bounce": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Popular annual concert by world-renowned local blues pianist Mark "Mr. B" Braun, an exuberant, powerful performer whose repertoire includes both boogie-woogie and blues classics, along with some originals in the same vein. Live from KCH.
Online at Free, donations accepted. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Swing Out" :Caleb Teicher Swing Company: (University Musical Society).

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Acclaimed choreographer Caleb Teicher brings 12 dance champions and the very best of the swing dance world to the concert stage, accompanied by Eyal Vilner's Big Band.
Power Center, 121 Fletcher Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. $12-52. 734-764-2538. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Mariinsky Orchestra: University Musical Society.

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Prize-winning young French pianist Alexandre Kantorow makes his UMS debut with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra, one of the grandest ensembles in the world.
Hill Auditorium, 825 North University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. $12-$85. 734-764-2538. [map]

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Marlena Studer and Steve Ragsland: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth Cafe 704 Coffeehouse.

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Veteran local jazz vocalist Studer is accompanied by guitarist Ragsdale, a U-M biochemistry professor, in the program "Secrets of Love: Songs to Open Your Heart."
8 p.m., for livestream preregister at $8. 327-0270.

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