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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

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 8 a.m.  Free! 

Cowgirl Blues- an exhibition of prints by Marjorie Gaber: Creal Microgallery.

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Creal Microgallery is pleased to present "Cowgirl Blues," an exhibition of risograph prints by Michigan-based illustrator and comic artist Marjorie Gaber. The works in this exhibition feature a character pulled from the Mythological American West- a contemplative pioneer, a rugged independent, and a fixture in Gaber's psyche-- the cowgirl.
According to Gaber, "Cowgirls have this strange magical air to them; like cowboys they have this association with rugged individualism and a kind of charismatic folksiness to them, but there's something special about the cowgirl. Something untouchable and aspirational, but vulnerable too." These prints, based on Gaber's comic illustrations, explore a range of ideas on the cowgirl identity in ways that are both playful and philosophical-- who is this mythological character and how does she succeed or fail at, well... at being?
Creal Microgallery, Creal Crescent. Free. 7187837837.

 10 a.m..  Free! 

"Harold Neal and Detroit African American Art: 1945 through the Black Arts Movement": University Art Gallery, Eastern Michigan University.

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The University Gallery, School of Art and Design, at Eastern Michigan University is pleased to announce the exhibition Harold Neal and Detroit African American Artists: 1945 through the Black Arts Movement. The exhibition will be shown at the EMU Art Gallery from Monday, September 13 through Wednesday, October 20, 2021. A closing reception will take place on Sunday, October 17 from 1:30-4:30 pm. Harold Neal was an aficionado of jazz, especially Detroit jazz, and the Detroit Marion Hayden Trio will play at the opening. Hayden is one of the nation's finest performers of the acoustic bass. In 2016, she received the prestigious Kresge Artist fellowship.
A panel discussion will follow the reception from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. Participants on the panel will be Allie McGhee, well-known Detroit artist, and Shirley Woodson, the 2021 Kresge Eminent Artist, both of whom are represented in the exhibition. Additional participants are Dr. Samantha Noel, Associate Professor of Art History at Wayne State
Univeristy Gallery, EMU Student Center, 900 Oakwood St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197, Ypsilanti. Free. 917-975-0146. [map]

 10 a.m.- noon  Online 

"Religious Traditions of India": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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The primary Indian religious tradition, Hinduism, originated in the unknown antiquity of the past, evolved over thousands of years and remains as the major faith in India. Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism grew out of Hinduism and spread over Asia.
The lectures will discuss the concept of divinity (God), mortal life (karma and cycle of rebirth) and afterlife (moksha) within these traditions and how they differ from the Abrahamic faiths (Judaism, Christianity and Islam). The discussions will be on the philosophy and historic evolution along with the contemporary Indian religious and social landscape.
Instructor Venkat Lakshminarayanan identifies with the Hindu religion, was born in India and has lived in the United States for the last fifty years.
This study group will meet on Wednesdays for seven weeks beginning on October 6. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed prior to the first session.
This Study Group will be online. Online. $35. 734-998-9351.

 10 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Virtual Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Wed. An AADL staffer reads a story TBA to kids ages 2-5.
Online at (a YouTube channel). Free. 327-4200.

 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Sept. 11-Oct. 31. A carnival atmosphere with a variety of family-oriented fall activities on this 6th-generation family farm. Wagon rides, a petting farm, a corn maze, a playground, and much more. Weekends only: a Noah's Ark inflatable, a giant slide, a bungee run, and more. Splattertown paintball shooting at targets, apple picking, and other activities available Sat. & Sun. for an extra charge. Cider and donuts available. No pets.
Wiard's Orchards, 5565 Merritt Rd. (east of Carpenter), Ypsilanti. Weekend admission: $22 (babies under 2, free). Weekday admission: $16 (babies, free). 390-9211. [map]

 Noon-10 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

61st U-M Organ Conference.

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See 3 Sunday. Today: Talk by Michigan Theater resident organist David Hufford on "The Restored Barton Organ" (noon), talk by Norwegian carillonist Laura Marie Rueslåtten on "Using Cognitive Accessibility to Improve Clear Communication for All" (2 p.m.), Presbyterian Church organist and choirmaster Marijim Thoene on the "Organ Works of Jiří Teml" (4 p.m.), and U-M harpsichord professor Joseph Gascho performs "Solo and Chamber Works of Arne, Handel, and Purcell" (8 p.m.).
For URL see Free. 615-3204.

 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 200 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Kids welcome.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. [map]

 Noon-12:30 p.m  Free!  Hybrid 

Tai Chi: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Fri. 30 min. lesson (online and in-person) focusing on gentle Tai Chi for older adults. Beginners welcome.
2401 Plymouth Road. For more information and URL, email or call 998-9353. [map]

 12:30-1 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

"Walking Off the Pounds.": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Fri. Guided steps to walk in place. Online and in person (beginning Sept. 8).
2401 Plymouth Road. For more information and URL, email or call 998-9353. [map]

 1-3 p.m.  Online 

"Exploring Some of Shakespeare's Plays": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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This study session will be a mini survey of Shakespeare's canon. We will use Titus Andronicus, Much Ado about Nothing and The Winter's Tale to frame the discussion. These selections offer a view of his early, middle and late plays with an examination of the history, tragedy, comedy and romance categories. Both novices and scholars of Shakespeare will be able to enjoy his works more than before our discussions.
Our study group leader, Robert Lamphear, still teaches Shakespeare at Gulf Coast State College in Florida after retiring from colligate education in English and Humanities in Michigan.
This study group will meet on Wednesdays for four weeks beginning on October 6. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed prior to the first session.
This Study Group will be online. Online. $25. 734-998-9351.

 1-2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

The Schmoozery: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Wed. A facilitated conversation(via Zoom) in which participants are invited to share stories and reflections about aging, generations, hopes, and related topics in "uncertain times."
Register online at Free. 734-998-9351.

 3-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Tech on the Edge": a2Tech360.

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Showcase of technological innovations from area companies. Followed at 8 p.m. by an afterglow with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.
2|42 Community Center, 648 S. Wagner. Free; preregistration required at 436-8567. [map]

 5-8 p.m.  Free! 

Board Game Night: Bløm Meadworks.

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Every Wed. All invited to play popular board games. "Board Game Guru" on hand to answer questions. Proof of vaccination required to sit indoors; outdoor seating available.
Bløm, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free (buy your own food & drink). 548-9729. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Wee-bots Free Virtual Drop-in Creative Writing Program": 826michigan.

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Every Wednesday from 6pm-7pm
October 6 - December 15, 2021 (Program resumes in Winter 2022)
A weekly story time program for early writers ages 5-10-join us on Zoom whenever you can make it! Each week we read a story together and practice one aspect of the author's work in our own writing, ending with an opportunity to share. This is a drop-in program; come when you can!
Register here:
826michigan inspires school-aged students to write with skill and confidence in collaboration with adult volunteers in their communities.
Virtual. Free. Online.

 6 p.m. 

Octoberfest: Story Point Saline, Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels, Ann Arbor Meals on Wheels.

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This outdoor event is hosted by StoryPoint to benefit Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels.
Come and enjoy Octoberfest-themed food and drinks, and a movie for the kids. All proceeds will go to support both Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels.
Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels provide healthy, nutritious meals and other supportive services for members of our community who are homebound due to physical and/or mental health-related issues. Our goal is to raise funds so that AAMOW and YMOW can continue to provide our community members with nutritious meals and additional services that support them as they age in place.
6-9 p.m.; Rain date is Thursday, Oct. 7. Tickets are $15 online, $20 at the door, and $50 for a family deal (advance only, maximum of 2 adults). Tickets are non-refundable. Please bring chairs/blankets for your seating comfort.
StoryPoint, 6230 S. State St., Saline. $15 in advance, $20 at the door, $50 family pack (advance only, two-adult max). [map]

 6-9 p.m. 

"Octoberfest Fall Fundraiser": Meals on Wheels of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.

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Oktoberfest-themed food & drink. Also, screening of a kid-friendly movie TBA. Rain date: Oct. 7.
StoryPoint Saline, 6230 S. State, Saline. $15 in advance at; $20 at the door (family of 2 adults and kids, $50). [map]

 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Understanding Your Business Cash Flow 101": The Entrepreneurship Center at WCC and Michigan Women Forward.

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As a startup or existing business, cash flow is essential to business success and stability. Join us for this FREE virtual workshop with industry experts who will discuss what cash flow management means, and the importance of effectively and efficiently managing it for the life cycle of your business.
-Kory Scheiber, Michigan SBDC Business Consultant
-Jennifer Moon, MWF Loan Officer
MWF's Washtenaw County microloan program is made possible by an investment from the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation -
Register here:
Zoom. Free. Online.

 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.

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Meditation and Discussion: Karma Thegsum Choling.

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Every Wed. All invited for a silent group meditation with a focus on breathing, followed by a discussion on Dharma led by KTC resident Lama Nancy Burks.
KTC, 614 Miner St. (enter through the back door). Free. 678-7549, [map]

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Monthly Board Meeting: Washtenaw Bicycling and Walking Coalition (WBWC).

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Interested in promoting the many benefits of biking and walking in your community? Learn about and help advocate for improved active transportation in Washtenaw County. Board meetings are the first Wednesday of each month from 7pm to 9pm (currently via Zoom). Email for a meeting link and details.
All jurisdictions, Washtenaw County. Free. Online.

 7-9 p.m,  Free! 

Visitors Night: Ann Arbor Model Railroad Club.

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The chance to see club trains whizzing around on the club's big, elaborate layout, housed in a depot restored by the club.
7-9 p.m., Michigan Central depot, 3487 Broad, Dexter. Free. Masks required. [map]

 7 p.m. 

Yin/Restorative Yoga: Mota Thai Yoga.

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Reconnect with yourself-mind, body, and spirit! This slower paced style of yoga is a good compliment to our fast-paced lifestyles. Passive asanas (postures) are held for long periods of time, sometimes up to 3-5 minutes, allowing the deep connective tissue to stretch, the fascia to release, and an increase circulation in the joints. Learn to listen to your body and breath, how subtle movements can change the asana completely, and how to find peace in that which brings you discomfort.
When you come to the studio, remove your shoes at the door, and take your belongings to your yoga space. You will be checked in at the door.
Your first class is free. Otherwise, drop-in for $15 or use a class package. Register on Mindbody or
(The studio is located at 416 W. Huron Street, across from the YMCA. Look for blue door #22 with a red buddha on it.). Email if you have any questions.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $15 drop in (or package prices). [map]

 7 p.m. 

"God's Not Dead: We The People": Fathom Events.

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(Vance Null, 2021) Drama about a Christian pastor defending his values against the law.
Ann Arbor 20, 4100 Carpenter, 973-8424 & Emagine, 1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline, 316-5500. Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door. [map]

 8 p.m.  Hybrid 

Joseph Gascho: U-M School of Music.

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This U-M harpsichord professor performs "Solo and Chamber Works of Arne, Handel, and Purcell."
Livestream available at, Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. Masks Required. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ark: The Mersey Beatles

Beatles tribute band from Liverpool. $25-$35. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Walden

Atmospheric rock by this Athens (GA) quartet. Opener: ren Levin, a local pop-folk singer-songwriter. $8. [venue info]

Blue LLama: LL 7 Latin Jazz

Acclaimed veteran Detroit Latin jazz septet. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Mart Ann Kirt

Pop-folk and indie rock originals by this local singer- guitarist. 6-8 p.m. [venue info]


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