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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

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 10 a.m.-noon  Online 

"Legal Issues as You Age": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This Study Group will be online.
We will discuss basic estate planning issues, such as powers of attorney, will and trusts, and why concepts of "mental capacity" or lack thereof are so important in these areas, as well as so difficult to understand or measure. We will also discuss the role of the Probate Court in such issues, including guardianships and conservatorships and settlement of matters after someone dies.
Constance Jones leads this course on Wednesday November 17 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. 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.
Online. Online. $10. 734-998-9351.

 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.
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. Masks required. For more information email or call 794-6250. [map]

 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Self-Guided Fall Color & Sandhill Crane Tour": Waterloo Natural History Association.

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Oct. 10-Nov. 24. Maps for fall color routes and crane viewing areas are available at the Discovery Center desk. Also, on-request showings of The Sandhill Crane Story.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Tues.-Sat.) & noon-5 p.m. (Sun.), Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Rd., Chelsea. Free; Michigan recreation passport ($17 at the gate) required. 475-3170. [map]

 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Senior Naturalist: Bodacious Beavers": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalists Elle Bogle and Shawn Severance lead a hike to look for signs of beavers and learn about this industrious keystone species of rodents. For seniors age 55 & up.
Sharon Mills County Park, 5701 Sharon Hollow Rd. Free. Space limited; preregistration required by emailing Masks strongly recommended. [map]

 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.

 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Wednesday Morning Dirt Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Wed. Slow/moderate-paced ride of 20 miles or less.
Meet at Trinity Church parking lot, 10101 Ann Arbor Rd. Free. (412) 302-9960. [map]

 10:30 a.m. 

John Madison: Society for Musical Arts.

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This Michigan Opera Theater principal violist, accompanied by violinist Joseph Deller, performs works by Alessandro Rolla, Bohuslav Martinu, John Williams, and Handel. Madison teaches both violin and viola at WSU and regularly performs with the DSO. Followed by a meet-the-artists lunch ($15).
Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $17 (accompanying friend, $15; groups of 5 or more, $10 each; students with ID, $5) in advance and at the door. Lunch reservations required by calling Debbie Ash at 995-4417. [map]

 Noon  Free!  Online 

"Heal Those Pesky Patterns Webinar": Best Self with Jen Sprague.

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Free webinar with Jen Sprague, Transformational Health Coach. Frustrated by the recurring pattern that keeps messing up your life? In this webinar, we will work to understand the root cause of this pattern, become crystal clear about what is important to you, and discover your next step toward breaking the cycle and claiming the experiences you want in your life.
More info and free registration:
online. Free. Online. 313-550-4714.

 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Native American Heritage Month: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Nov. 1-30. AADL staffers read quotes, recommend books, highlight local artists, and more to celebrate the lives of Native Americans.
Online at (a YouTube channel). Free. 327-4200.

 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Cobbler-Gobbler Drive-Thru": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Pick up themed goodie bags, snacks, and beverages to take home.
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. Free. For more information email or call 794-6250. Masks required. [map]


"Dune": Michigan Theater.

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Denis Villeneuve's latest sci-fi epic about a young man destined to ensure the future of his people.
Michigan Theater, tickets $10.50 (children under 12, students, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8:50; MTF members, $8) in advance online (recommended) & at the door. Proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required for all patrons over the age of 12; masks required when not seated in theater. For updated schedule, see [map]

 12:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology Virtual Tour: American Association of University Women-Ann Arbor.

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Led by Kelsey Museum community and youth educator Mallory Genauer.
For URL see Free. (844) 973-6287.

 12:30-2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Acts of Resilience: Poetry Open Mic": WCC Bailey Library/WCC Poetry Club.

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All invited to read (via Zoom) a poem by a Native American to celebrate Native American Heritage Month. Pick a poem from a virtual basket during the event or bring your own. Listeners welcome.
For URL see Free. 973-3429.

 1 - 2:30 p.m.  Online 

"Seeing the American City": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This Study Group will be online.
Join Randolph G. Adams, Director of the Clements Library, and Paul Erickson for an online presentation of the Clements collection of birds'-eye views of America. Erickson will discuss the significance of these unique nineteenth-century depictions of communities throughout the United States and what we can learn about time and place.
Paul Erickson leads this course on Wednesday November 17 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm. 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.
Online. Online. $10. 734-998-9351.

 1-3 p.m.  Online 

"Some Perspectives on Cleopatra": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Through a combination of informal lectures, assigned readings, films (to be viewed outside of class), and discussions, we will explore one of the world's most memorable and powerful women.
This study group will meet on Wednesdays for six weeks beginning on November 17. 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. $50. 734-998-9351.

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Wednesday if there is sufficient interest; call ahead.
2401 Plymouth Road. Free. 998-9353, [map]

 1-2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

The Schmoozery: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Wed. Group conversation about aging, generations, and related topics, facilitated by local playwright and oral historian Hank Greenspan, a retired U-M psychology professor.
Register online at Free. 734-998-9351.

 2-4 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Public Health and Pandemics": U-M Center for Middle Eastern & North African Studies.

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Every Wed. Oct. 6-Nov. 17. Virtual series of talks by scholars of Arab history, international development, public health, and psychology. Nov. 3: Zayed University (UAE) psychology professor Justin Thomas on "Panic, Pestilence and Religious Coping," and director of Center for Cumulative Trauma Studies (Stone, GA) Ibrahim A. Kira on "Public Health and Pandemics across the MENA: A Psychological Perspective on Arab Countries." Nov. 10: Arizona State human evolution post-doctoral fellow Sarah Trainer on "Weight and Body Image in the Middle East: Perspectives from 2021," and Hashemite University (Jordan) clinical nutrition professor Huda Al Houranion on "Obesity in Schoolchildren and Its Link to Chronic Diseases." Nov. 17: American University of Beirut (Lebanon) epidemiology professor Lilian Ghandour on "Alcohol Harm Reduction in Lebanon: The Context, The Industry and the Young Consumer," and UK independent researcher Peter Wolton on "The Role of Islam in Public Health Policy on Smoking Cessation."
For URL preregister at Free.

 3:30-5 p.m.  Online 

"Forbidden Fruit: Traveling Through Cuba by Motorcycle": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Afternoons with OLLI.

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Talk (via Zoom) by retired psychologist John Deikis. Third of 4 monthly lectures on a variety of subjects.
For URL preregister at $60 for the series ($35 for members). $10 per lecture for members. Memberships are $25 a year. 998-9351.

 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.

 6-7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Brown Girl Dreaming": Ann Arbor District Library.

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AADL staffers discuss Jacqueline Woodson's 2014 powerful young adult verse memoir about growing up during the 60s & 70s in both South Carolina and New York.
Online at (a YouTube channel). Free. 327-4200.

 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 

Sarah Nisbett: Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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This NYC-based writer & illustrator, an Ann Arbor native, leads a Zoom drawing workshop. Nisbett is the founder of Drawn On The Way, a website featuring sketches from everyday life. Bring a pencil, paper, and a small, meaningful object for inspiration.
For URL see Free. 585-5567.

 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]

 7-9 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"A2 Retro Tech Meetup": All Hands Active.

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All invited to bring your old tech to show off via Zoom-anything from older computers from the 70s-90s to phones and telegraph equipment, or even a typewriter that hasn't worked for years. Also, members go over what other retro computer events there are to attend throughout the year.
For URL see Free, but donations welcome.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Access to the Arts for All: The Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in Arts Education": U-M School of Music.

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Talk by Ball State University music professor Ryan Hourigan.
U-M Moore Bldg. Watkins Lecture Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Journey with Jesus": Fathom Events.

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(Tony Evans, 2021). Documentary about a family's travels in the Holy Land.
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.

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Birding in Costa Rica": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Slide-illustrated talk by Michigan birder Dave C. Dister, author of The Birds of Mason County field guide.
7:30 p.m. (members start gathering at 7:10 p.m.), U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free; metered parking. Masks required. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Arts Chorale: U-M School of Music.

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This student vocal ensemble performs works by Schubert, Mozart, English Renaissance composer Thomas Tallis, and others.
U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin. North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Blue LLama: Aguanko

Local Afro-Cuban jazz ensemble led by composer-percussionist Alberto Nacif. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Keller/Kocher & Co.

Straight-ahead jazz by this top-notch local ensemble led by vibes player Kocher and bassist Keller. 6-8 p.m. [venue info]


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