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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

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 12:01 a.m.-midnight  Online 

"Michigan Trees: A Guide to the Trees of Michigan and the Great Lakes Region": Fifth Wall Performing Arts.

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Apr. 20-27. Recording of the 2019 premiere of Grey Gant's opera, directed by Karl Ronneburg, about a trans woman grappling with self-acceptance as she travels to Northern Michigan, guided by the Mother of Trees, to transform herself into a white pine overlooking Lake Superior. Also, post-production talkback with the cast and crew on April 20, 7 p.m. With the Converge String Quartet. Cast: Allison Prost, Grey Gant, Kate Moss, Kara Huckabone, and Samantha Kao.
On-demand viewing starts Apr. 20 7 p.m. and is available through April 27. For URL and tickets ($5-$20 pay-what-you-can) preregister at

 10 a.m.-noon  Online 

"Beyond Zoom: Deep Learning in Early Childhood": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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This Study Group will be online.
Deep learning in early childhood takes place through nurturing interactions with caregivers and meaningful engagement with real-life problems.
This presentation will examine the roots of deep learning by exploring early learning in indigenous forager communities in Cameroon and in the Americas. We will redefine "education" away from "schooling" and towards developing independence. We will explore play-based learning, adult roles in facilitating it, and individual versus collective orientations of education through a cross-cultural lens.
Participants will gain understanding of diverse learning pathways in early childhood and strategies to support deep learning at home.
This study group led by Sarah Strader will meet Wednesday April 21.
Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session.
virtual event. Online. $10. 734-998-9351.

 10 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Wildlife Encounters: Wonders of the Rainforest": Dexter District Library.

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Meet animal ambassadors native to rainforest regions including a ring tailed lemur, crocodilian, boa constrictor, macaw, armadillo and a honey bear. Everyone is invited to join us for this live, virtual, interactive event. Presenters will be able to respond to your questions and comments. Registration is required on the Dexter District Library website ( A link to our Zoom meeting room will be sent to you prior to April 21.
Dexter District Library, Virtual, Dexter. Free. Online. 734-426-4477.

 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Senior Naturalist: Vernal Pools": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Age 55 & up invited to explore an ephemeral vernal pond that is home to plentiful frogs, fairy shrimp, and other creatures. Wear waterproof shoes, if you have them. Led by WCPARC naturalist Elle Bogle. Masks required.
Scio Woods Preserve, north side of Scio Church Rd. west of Wagner, Scio Twp. Free, but preregistration required on 971-6337.

 11:30 a.m. 

"Babies and Parents Together": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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We will gather outside in the grassy area of Las Vegas Park each week to sing, dance, play and socialize (keeping Covid safety perimeters in mind). At the beginning of class, Bonnie leads circle time in a routine of lap songs, nursery rhymes, movement and stories. After the isolation of winter and covid, the babies will be thrilled to see other little ones on the laps of their friendly caregivers! The second half of class moves on to adult discussions focusing on parenting topics. While the babies play on their blankets or eat, the adults will have a chance to discuss topics related to this age group including sleeping, eating, developmental milestones, and the unique challenges of having babies during a pandemic. Sharing the joys and challenges of parenthood while enjoying the fresh air and sunshine of early spring will be good for the soul. Families bring a picnic blanket and lunch (optional) and are expected to wear masks except while eating. Participants will physical/social dist
Las Vegas Park, 1501 Las Vegas Dr. Ann Arbor 48103. $105. 734 994 2300 X 0. [map]

 Noon-1:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Defining Antisemitism and Islamophobia: Lessons from UK Universities": U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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Talk by University College London Jewish-Miuslim Relations professor Seth Anziska.
Noon-1:30 p.m., for URL preregister at Free. 763-9047.

 1-2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Downsizing Made Easy": Glacier Hills Senior Living Community.

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Don't let downsizing stress you out - learn the basics and how to make the process successful from relocation expert, Sharon McRill.
Learn how to start the downsizing process during Glacier Hills' April complimentary virtual lecture, featuring organization expert Sharon McRill. Sharon is the owner and founder of The Betty Brigade®, a relocation and organizing company. She will discuss what she's learned about downsizing, tips for organizing, and her book Downsizing The Silver Tsunami: Who to Call and Where does the Stuff Go? Fifteen book copies will be raffled off during the event.
RSVPs will close when 90 households RSVP or by April 19 at 4:30 pm, whichever comes first. To RSVP, fill out the form online, email or call 734-913-0730.
Online - Zoom Event. Free. Online.

 1-3 p.m.  Online 

"Rescue Reading": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Every Sun. All ages 6-11 invited to read to adoptable animals. Also, a group read-aloud, and a talk on humane education. Masks required, social distancing enforced.
Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill. $10. Preregistration required at 661-3575. [map]

 2-3:30 & 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Intro to Archery": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Hands-on demo for beginners age 8 & up led by WCPARC staffers. Masks required.
Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings Rd., Whitmore Lake. Free, but preregistration required at (search Activity #831007). [map]

 3 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Who Ya Callin' Crazy? Mental Health Attitudes Through the Ages": Ypsilanti District Library.

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Oakland Community College Professor Dennis Fiems traces the attitudes and treatment of mental health problems from ancient times through the Enlightenment, when treatment improved to a degree. He will also discuss the development of humane treatment programs begun in the 1700s and 1800s, with a focus on reform in the United States, concluding with a brief look at the deinstitutionalization movement.
This program will be uploaded to the library's YouTube channel following the presentation.
Ypsilanti District Library, Online, Ypsilanti. Free. Online. 734-482-4110 x2411.

 3 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Craft Chat": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Apr. 7 & 21. AADL staffers discuss their current crafting projects, plans for future projects, and the inspiration they find online and in books.
Online at Free. 327-4200.

 3:30-5 p.m.  Online 

"102 Years of Local Food: The Past, Present, and Future of the Ann Arbor Farmers Market": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Afternoons with OLLI.

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Talk by market manager Stefanie T. Stauffer.
For URL preregister at $30 (members, $5); $25 annual membership fee. 998-9351.

 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"What's the Best Way to Eat? (The answer may surprise you) ": Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County.

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What's the best way to eat? It seems like everyone has something to say on the topic, from your doctor to your best friend, from your mother to your newly-vegan teenager, from the latest guru du jour to that celebrity who discovered the. way. to. eat. And somehow, their advice is usually hard to follow and they all disagree…. What gives? Come untangle the knots of this tricky topic with health coach Liza Baker. The answer may surprise you!
For more information and to register, please visit:
Online. Free. 734-769-0209.

 5:45-7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Audio Techniques: The Neutral Zone.

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Every Wed. A local music professional TBA demonstrates to teens the basics of music production, mixing, and mastering. Beginners welcome.
For URL and updates see Free.

 6-7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to discuss Economic Policy Institute fellow Richard Rothstein's acclaimed 2017 book.
For URL see Free. 327-4200.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Huron Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

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Every Tues. All male singers invited to join the weekly outdoor rehearsals of this local barbershop harmony chorus.
For location see Free to visitors (annual dues for those who join). 796-7467,

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

In Conversation with Peter Ho Davies: Chelsea District Library.

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Join Michelle Tuplin from Serendipity Books for a virtual conversation with former Midwest Literary Walk author Peter Ho Davies. Tuplin and Davies will discuss his book titled A Lie Someone Told You About Yourself. Registration for this event is through Eventbrite. Visit to register.
Chelsea District Library, 221 South Main Street, Chelsea. Free. Online. 734-475-8732. [map]

 7 p.m. or so  Free!  Online 

Kerrytown Crafters.

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Every Wed. All crocheters, knitters, spinners, weavers, felters, sewers, and other crafters invited to work on their own projects with others. Questions welcome.
For URL join Free. 926-8863.

 7 p.m. 

"La Bamba": Fathom Events.

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(Luis Valdez, 1987). Biopic about the rise to stardom of the 1950s L.A. teenage rock 'n' roll singer Richie Valens. Masks required at all times except when eating concessions.
Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door. Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter, 973-8424) and Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline, 316-5500).

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The House of Deep Water": Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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Fiction writer Jeni McFarland is joined on Zoom by Literati event director John Ganiard to discuss McFarland's debut novel, set in a small Michigan town, about 3 women who learn what it means to come home--and to make peace with the family, love affairs, and memories they'd once left behind. Q&A.
Online at Free, but donations accepted. 585-5567.

 7:10 p.m  Free!  Online 

The Kirtland's Warbler: From the Brink of Extinction to a New Model for Endangered Species Conservation": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Kirtland's Warbler Alliance (Okemos) executive director Bill Rapai discusses this bird that was removed from the Endangered Species List in 2019.
Online at Free.

 7:45 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"In Our Prime: How Older Women Area Reinventing the Road Ahead": AAUW-Ann Arbor.

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Talk by U-M communication and media professor Susan J. Douglas, a feminist columnist best known for her 1994 book Where the Girls Are: Growing Up Female with the Mass Media.
For URL see Free.

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