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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

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 12:01 a.m.-midnight  Free!  Online 

"Playfest": U-M Voice Department/University Symphony Orchestra.

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U-M theater professor José Casas's playwriting students direct fellow students in their original works.
On-demand viewing starts at 8 p.m., available through May 26 online at (search "School of Music, Theatre & Dance"). Free.

 10-11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Mind Matters": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Wed. AASC rec supervisor Brittany Ruthven leads various mental exercises(via Zoom) from Nancy Linde's 2012 book 399 Games, Puzzles & Trivia Challenges Specifically Designed to Keep Your Brain Young.
Online at Free., 794-6250.

 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-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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U-M carillon students Kevin Lieberman, Deanna Shih, Abigail Findley, and Jenna Moon play a variety of tunes on this 17-bell chime. Preceded by a brief introduction.
Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. [map]

 Noon-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Noontime Exercise" U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Fri. All ages invited to follow basic prerecorded movements. No equipment necessary. Tai Chi (noon-12:30 p.m.) and "Walking Off the Pounds," guided steps to walk in place (12:30-1 p.m.).
Various times, for online meeting URL email or call 998-9353. Free.

 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]

 3 & 8 p.m.  Online 

Darlingside: The Ark.

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Boston-area acoustic folk-rock quartet whose music uses a mix of classical, bluegrass, and rock instrumentation to support enchanting 4-part vocal arrangements that draw on the vocabularies of folk, retro-pop, barbershop, and chamber music. "There are notes of CSNY and Simon & Garfunkel evident, but Darlingside's lyrics are goofier, their harmonies fuller and more joyful, and their instrumentation more adventurous-containing splashes of baroque folk, indie rock and Americana," says No Depression critic Mike Seely in his review of the band's acclaimed 2016 CD, Birds Say.
3 & 8 p.m. For URL and tickets ($15-$50), see 761-1451. [map]

 3-5 p.m. 

Park Clean-Up: Ann Arbor Parks Department.

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May 13 & 26. All invited to join the Parks Department's GIVE 365 volunteers to help clean up litter from Island Park (May 13, 1 p.m.) and Gallup Park (May 26, 3 p.m.). Masks & social distancing required.
Various times & park locations. Free., 794-6230.

 4:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Lydia Qiu & Friends, 2.0 Musical Concert: Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County Wellness Wednesday.

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"We are pleased to welcome back, Lydia Qiu, for another wonderful musical performance. Lydia will bring some of her talented friends with her to perform a Wellness Wednesday concert for all to enjoy.
Born into a musical family in Chengdu, China, Lydia Qiu began piano lessons at age four. In her home city, she entered music school and received formal musical training for six years. Qiu came to study in the United States in 1996. She received degrees from Capital University and College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati. She then entered the University of Michigan to further her studies. Post-graduation, Qiu participated in summer programs and festivals. From Europe to the U.S., Qiu has received rave reviews for her artistry and musicality. Today, Qiu works for the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance as a vocal coach, staff accompanist, and the coordinator of accompanying services, overseeing the accompanying needs for all vocal, wind, and string studios, classes,
Online at Free. Online. 734-769-0209.

 5:30 p.m.  Online 

Olive Oil Tasting: Fustini's Oils & Vinegars.

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Every Mon. Fustini's staffers sample and discuss various olive oils.
For URL call 213-1110. $60, includes samples available for curbside pickup or delivery.

 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.

 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. 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.

 7-8:45 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"An Evening of Poetry and Written Word": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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Reading by Seattle poet Carolyne Wright, author of 10 poetry collections and 5 volumes of translations of Spanish and Bengali poetry. The title poem of her 2017 collection, This Dream the World: New and Selected Poems received the Pushcart Prize and was included in The Best Poetry of 2009. "Carolyne Wright's poems connect the personal and political and walk the difficult edge of poetic lyricism and social engagement," says poet Robert Cording. Followed by an open mic.
For meeting URL email Free.

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Book of Joy": Interfaith Round Table of Washtenaw County.

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May 12, 19, & 26. All invited to discuss archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama's 2016 guide to experiencing joy in the midst of pain and confusion. Facilitated by IRTWC former codirector Dwight L. Wilson.
For URL preregister at Free.

 7-8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Vesak Day: How Buddha Defeated a Swarm of Demons": Jewel Heart Buddhist Center.

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Talk by Jewel Heart resident spiritual advisor Demo Rinpoche in honor of Buddha's birthday, the most festive occasion of the Buddhist year.
For URL preregister at Free., 994-3387.

 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Godspell": U-M Musical Theatre Department.

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May 21-27. Broadway actor Telly Leung directs U-M musical theater students in a modern adaptation of John Michael Telebak's perennially popular 1971 musical based on the Gospel of Matthew. Telebak's Jesus is a clownlike character who inspires his followers, a band of downtrodden homeless characters, through entertaining parables that show them how God works in everyday life.
8 p.m., for URL, preregistration required at Free.

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