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Calendar of Events

Saturday, February 20, 2021

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 10 and 11 a.m. & noon 

"Colors": Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Ages 3-6 invited to search for and play with color found in nature, led by Hudson Mills naturalists. Masks required.
Park activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (2 & under, free), preregistration required by 4 p.m. a day prior to event (capacity limited); $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]

 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Family Adventures: Winter Birds": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Feb. 10 & 20. WCPARC naturalists lead a hike to look for black-capped chickadees, juncos, finches and other birds that winter in the area. Also, learn how to make an edible snack for the birds. Masks required.
Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings. Free. Capacity limited; preregister for all age 2 & over at (search Activity #821002). [map]

 10:30 a.m.-noon  Free!  Online 

Death Cafe.

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All invited to join a frank conversation (via Zoom) about death. Hosted by The Dying Year owner Merilynne Rush, Diana Cramer and Rachel Briggs.
For URL email Merilynne at Free.

 10:30 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Weighing and Counting Giants in the Sky": U-M Physics Department Saturday Morning Physics.

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U-M physics research fellow Maria Elidaiana da Silva Pereira discusses galaxy clusters and what they tell us about the evolution of the universe in this popular series of talks, aimed at general audiences.
For URL see Free. 763-2588,

 11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Adult Online Self-Defense Class: The 3 Self-Defense Techniques Everybody Should Know": Keith Hafner's Karate.

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Easy to learn self-defense techniques for beginners. Finally - the peace of mind you deserve! Saturday, 2/20 from 11:00-11:30 on Zoom. Ages 18+. Admission: FREE! Register at: and a Zoom signup link will be emailed to you.
Keith Hafner's Karate. Free. Online. 734-994-0333.

 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]

 12:01-midnight  Free!  Online 

James Ehnes and Orion Weiss: University Musical Society Digital Presentation.

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Feb. 14-24. Performance by these world-renowned recitalists who perform together frequently, prerecorded in Ehnes' home. Florida-based Canadian violinist Ehnes, a former protégé of Francis Chaplin, won a 2019 Grammy for best classical instrumental solo for his live recording of Aaron Jay Kernis's violin Concerto with the Seattle Symphony and Ludovic Morlot. American pianist Weiss, named Classical Recording Foundation's Young Artist of 2010, performs regularly with some of the country's most prominent symphony orchestras. Program: Schubert's Sonatina in G minor and Saint-SaŽns' Sonata no. 1.
Available from 4 p.m. Feb. 14 through Feb. 24, online at Free. 764-2538.

 12:01-midnight  Free!  Online 

"When Love Goes Wrong": Academy of Early Music.

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Feb. 14-21. Performance by The Four Nations Ensemble, a New York-based early-music ensemble, led by harpsichordist Andrew Appel, that plays on period instruments. Program: Giuseppe Tartini's Sonata in G minor, Louis-Nicolas Clérambault's Medea cantata, Vivaldi's Sonata for cello and continuo, and a selection of love songs by Barbara Strozzi and Henry Purcell.
Available from 8 p.m. Feb. 14 through 9 p.m. Feb. 17, online at Free. 228-4338.

 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

A2ParkWalk: Ann Arbor Parks Department.

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Feb. 6, 14, 20, & 20. City Natural Area Preservation (Feb. 6 & 20) and GIVE365 (Feb. 14 & 28) volunteers lead hikes through city parks. Downloadable maps available at

Feb. 6: Hansen Nature Area.

Feb. 14: Olson Park.

Feb. 20: Sugarbush Park.

Feb.286: Southeast Park.

Various times & locations. Free. 794-6000.

 5 p.m.  Free! 

Live DJ and Food Truck Pop Up in YORK's Yard: YORK Food + Drink.

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We're so excited to announce YORK Food + Drink will be hosting Chef G on 2/20/21! Chef G will be making his famous Cubano Sandwiches for your enjoyment in the Yard! This truly is a culinary experience! We're excited to share that DJ Batz will be spinning that night in the Yard - keeping those tunes and positive vibes f l o w i n g! Treat yourself to a YORK cocktail, glass of wine, or pint of beer list and boom! Nirvana achieved.
York Food + Drink, 1928 Packard, Ann Arbor 48104. Free. 734-662-0798. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free!  Online 

U-M Volleyball.

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Livestream only from Cliff Keen Arena.

Feb. 13 & 14: Perdue.

Feb. 19 & 20: Maryland.

Mar. 12 & 13: Indiana.

Mar. 26 & 27: Nebraska (time TBA).

Online at Free. 764-0247.

 6:30 & 8:30 p.m. 

Keith Ruff: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Feb. 19 & 20. This Detroit-area comic is known for his crisp, clever, slightly twisted topical commentary and his high-spirited, often whimsical performing style. Masks required, except when eating or drinking.
7:30 and 10 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15 in advance, $17 at the door (capacity reduced to 20%)., 996-9080. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"South Pacific": University Musical Society.

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A spectacular theatrical concert performance of Rodgers & Hammerstein's blockbuster pairs University of Michigan Theatre students with a Broadway cast and creative team.
Hill Auditorium, 825 North University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. $12-80. 734-764-2538. [map]

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