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Calendar of Events

Sunday, February 21, 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.

 8-8:10 a.m.  Free!  Online 

Black History Month Mini-Concerts: Northside Community Church.

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Every Sun. in Feb. 10-minute virtual concerts featuring art songs by Undine Smith Moore, Florence Price, William Grant Still, Moses Hogan, and other African American composers.
8-8:10 a.m., for URL see Free.

 8 a.m.  Free!  Online 

Virtual Mini-Festival of African American Vocal Music: Northside Community Church.

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Feb. 7, 14, 21, & 28. A series of Sunday concerts celebrating Black History Month.

Feb. 7: NCC choir director Paul Clark, a jazz tenor & handbell soloist, performs Thomas Dorsey's "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" and Duke Ellington's "Come Sunday."

Feb. 14: U-M music student soprano Taylor Adams performs Undine smith Moore's arrangement of "Watch & Pray" and Florence Price's setting of Paul Laurence Dunbar's "Sympathy."

Feb. 21: U-M music student baritone Jack Wiliams III performs Henry Thacker Burleigh's arrangement of "Nobody Knows de Trouble I've Seen" and Hall Johnson's "Ride On, King Jesus."

Feb. 28: U-M music student soprano Chase Warren performs Dave Ragland's setting of Gwendolyn Brooks's "Martin Luther King" and Moses Hogan's arrangement of "Give Me Jesus."

8 a.m., for URL see After its premiere, each program is available at under "online services." Free. 663-0677.

 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.
Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill. $10. Preregistration required at 661-3575. [map]

 10:45 a.m.  Free!  Online 

Interfaith Sunday Service: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us for Sunday service via Zoom. Details at Interfaithspirit.Org. Free, but donations appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 7343270270.

 11 a.m. 

"Outdoor Adventures with Andrea in the Mitchell-Scarlett Nature Area": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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Ages 2-5 years & Adult. Is your family ready to embrace the outdoors this winter and play outside in this newly-designed class full of surprises? Andrea, teacher of Little Tykes Sports City, will lead families in a COVID-safe fashion with a different focus and theme each week. Trek through the woods (and hopefully some snow!) completing scavenger hunts, creating winter-based art or learning new sports and games all while being in the company of other children and parents during this socially-isolated time. Meet in the grass at the entrance to the Mitchell Scarlett Woods Nature Area at the end of the bus loop. All adults and children are expected to wear masks. If weather conditions are unsafe, make-up class(es) will be offered on March 14th and/or 21st. 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: Andrea Nance. 6 classes.
Scarlett-Mitchell Nature Area, 3300 Lorraine. $85. 734 994 2300 X 0. [map]

 11 a.m.-noon.  Free!  Online 

"Sunday Talks: Jataka Tales": Jewel Heart Buddhist Center.

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Every Sun. Jewel Heart resident spiritual advisor Demo Rinpoche discusses tales from this ancient collection of parables about the Buddha's previous lives.
For livestream URL preregister at Free. 994-3387.

 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,

 Noon  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]

 Noon  Free!  Online 

U-M Women's Basketball.

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Postponed Feb. 4: Minnesota. 6 p.m.

Postponed Feb. 7: Maryland. 2 p.m.

Feb. 21: Ohio State. 2 p.m.

Mar. 6: Northwestern. 3 p.m.
Online at Free. 764-0247.

 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.

 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 via Zoom. Free, but donations are appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 734-327-0270.

 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Feb. 6, 15, 21, & 27. 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. Minors should be accompanied by a caregiver.

Feb. 6: Furstenberg Nature Area.

Feb. 15: Leslie Park.

Feb. 21: Foxfire South Nature Area.

Feb. 27: Mary Beth Doyle Park.
Various times and locations. Free, but preregistration required at (click on "NAP Workdays"). 794-6627.

 1-2:30 p.m. & 3-4:30 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off animals native to the African continent, including Bed Head the African crested porcupine, a spurred tortoise, and the tenrec. Guests invited to view other animals on display, including a kangaroo, albino alligator, and binturongs. Masks required.
Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 2 & under, free) in advance only at (capacity limited). 929-9324. [map]

 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
Online at (search "Kerrytales by Mother Goose"). Free. [map]

 3 & 4:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Kids Book Clubs: Literati Bookstore At Home With Literati.

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Youths ages 8-12 invited to discuss The Parker Inheritance (3 p.m.), Varian Johnson's engaging mystery novel a pair of smart, likable preteen African American whose sleuthing uncovers the effects of its past on a Southern town, and youths ages 3 & up invited to discuss Legendborn (4:30 p..m.), Tracy Deonn's mystery-fantasy that interweaves the King Arthur legend with Black Southern folklore.

3 & 4:30 p.m., Online at Free, donations accepted. 585-5567.

 3 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Washtenaw County Rank MI Vote Chapter Meeting: Rank MI Vote Washtenaw County.

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Tired of the same two choices every election season? Do you wish political discourse were more civil and less divisive? Join our grassroots movement as we discuss how we can work towards a more representative and more civil democracy by ranking our choices at the ballot box!
Email for virtual meeting invitation. Visit to sign up for our newsletter, volunteer or donate!
Virtual -- Google Meet. Free. Online.

 4 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Formula 734": Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation.

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Premiere of Fred Culpepper's documentary film, produced by the Washtenaw chapter of My Brother's Keeper, exploring the experiences of young Black men in Washtenaw County.
4 p.m., for URL see Free.

 4 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]

 4-5:15 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Baking Powder Wars: The Cutthroat Food Fight That Revolutionized Cooking": Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor.

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California food historian Linda Civitello discusses her 2017 book.
For URL preregister at Free.

 4:30 p.m.  Online 

"Last Bite Sized: Single Topic Cooking Classes": Last Bite Chef.

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Chef Allison of Last Bite Chef has a weekly online cooking class series every Sunday evening at 4:30-5:30pm EST. Each class covers one topic and is approx one hour, for $20 per screen. People have been having so much fun meeting together & learning a new technique! Best of all at the end of the class you have a warm Sunday dinner on your table for yourself and/or your family. Recipes are emailed one week prior for simple shopping. Join as an individual, family, or get a work or friend group to join as a team building event! More info at Email me for more info
online. Online. $20.

 5:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Kazimierz Brzozowski: Kerrytown Concert House Live @ The 415 Steinway Sessions.

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Program TBA, livestreamed from KCH, by this pianist, a Chopin Academy of Music (Warsaw, Poland) and U-M music school grad who has won several national and international awards.
Online at Free, donations accepted. [map]

 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Online 

"Virtual Cabaret": Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor Fundraiser.

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Veteran Tony-winning Broadway star Tovah Feldshuh and NYC-based cabaret performer Ari Axelrod, an Ann Arbor native, sing show tunes.
For URL preregister at Tickets $36 ($54 includes a copy of Feldshuh's new book Lilyville: Mother, Daughter, and Other Roles I've Played; $136 includes book and a post-performance Q&A with Feldshuh and Axelrod); additional donations of $100 or more strongly encouraged.

 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.  Online 

Anne Rutherford and Norm Brecke: Ann Arbor Storytellers' Guild Living Room Live!.

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Storytelling by this veteran duo from the Pacific Northwest whose repertoires include a wide assortment of folktales and lots of humor. Their light, silly style is fun for adults and kids alike.
For URL preregister at Pay what you can ($10 or more suggested donation).

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