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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

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 6 a.m.-7 p.m.  Online 

"Rockin' for the Hungry 2021": Food Gatherers.

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Save the date! Food Gatherers is joining with ann arbor's 107one and Kroger to host Rockin' for the Hungry, Tuesday, November 30th - Saturday, December 4th from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. This annual food and fund drive will feature live interviews, matching funds for financial gifts, and a food drive. An in-person food and fund drive will also take place on Saturday, December 4th at select Kroger stores. Help us raise 1 million meals for our community! For the latest details, visit
Virtual. Online. Donation. 734-761-2796.

 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Bake Sale: Reinhart Charitable Foundation.

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The Reinhart Charitable Foundation is having a fantastic Bake Sale to benefit Saline Area Social Services. Only $20 for a dozen fresh baked cookies. Selections include sugar cookies, chocolate chip, and lots of holiday-themed cookies.
We will bring cookies out curbside for those that prefer not to come in. Bushes Fresh Food Market will also be donating pre-packaged cookies for those donors that prefer prepackaged.
For local businesses wanting to schedule pickup cookies for their employees please call the Reinhart Saline Office: (734)429-9449. Come get your cookies!!!!!
Reinhart Saline Sales Office, 1020 E Michigan Ave. Saline, 48176., Saline. $20 per dozen. (734) 429-9449. [map]

 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

New Coat Drive: Reinhart Charitable Foundation.

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The Reinhart Charitable Foundation is having a New Coat Drive for Michigan Ability Partners to help homeless veterans and people with disabilities stay warm this winter.
We are accepting donations of men's and women's new coats. Please include a receipt for the donated coat. Larger-sized coats are in high demand. If you wish to make a monetary donation, make checks payable to: Michigan Ability Partners
Coats may be delivered between 9am - 5pm.
Refreshments will be provided for people dropping off coats that day.
Reinhart West Office, 2275 W. Stadium Blvd. Ann Arbor, 48103. Free. Donation. Contact Laurie Buys (734)658-7158.. [map]

 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Reinhart Annual Coat Drive: Reinhart Charitable Foundation.

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Reinhart Realtors has teamed up with our agents and the people of Washtenaw County to collect winter coat donations throughout the month of November.
From November 1st through November 30th, you can bring new and gently used coats to any of our Charles Reinhart Sales Offices to donate. Reinhart Office hours are 9am-5pm.
Any Charles Reinhart Sales Office, Any Charles Reinhart Sales Office. Free. Donation.

 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Free! 

Reinhart Charitable Foundation Shoe Drive: Reinhart Charitable Foundation (RCF).

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The Reinhart Charitable Foundation is honoring life through shoe at a time!
The Reinhart Charitable Foundation is having a Shoe Drive. Do you have too many shoes (you know who you are)?
Throughout the month of November, we are accepting new or gently used sneakers and shoes. We will take men, women and children's shoes, all sizes. Unfortunately, we cannot accept shoes with holes, broken heels, athletic cleats, or single shoes.
Drop boxes for shoe collection will be located at all Reinhart Offices & the Gift of Life Office located at 3861 Research Park Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48108.
Any Charles Reinhart Co. Realtor Office. Free. Donation. Maria (734) 845-6122 or Laurie (734) 658-7158.

 9:30 a.m. 

Bridge Class: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Bridge Class titled: 2/1 Game Force Bidding System
Text: 2 Over 1 Game Force by Audrey Grant and Eric Rodwell
The class is for those who have a good knowledge of the Std. Amer. Bidding system and are ready to learn a system similar to that with extra gadgets added to improve bidding accuracy. The first 60-75 minutes will be used for lecture with the remaining time left for students to play hands with analysis provided. The 2/1 system is becoming more popular today in the USA. Students are to pre-pay or pay on first day of class. For more info, contact the Senior Center at 794-6250 or the instructor at
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Avenue. $100 members/ $120 non-members. 7347693994. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon (canceled) 

Scrabble: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Tues. All ages invited to play this popular word game.
Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]

 10-11:30 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Ongoing Meditation, Teachings, and Practice.": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Tues. Bilha Birman Rivlin of Still Mountain Meditation gives talks(via Zoom) on mindfulness practice for older adults.
For URL, email or call 998-9353.

 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!  Online 

Noon Lecture Series: U-M Center for Chinese Studies.

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Every Tues., Sept. 21-Dec. 7. Weekly talks on Zoom. Nov. 2: University of Chicago anthropology professor Alice Yao on "An Inquiry into Environmental Knowledge Production During the Han Dynasty." Nov. 9: Tsinghua University (Beijing) public policy professor Zhilin Liu on "When Campaign-Style Enforcement Meets Local Strategic Compliance: The Case of National Affordable Housing." Nov. 16: Albion College East Asian history professor Joseph Ho on "Visual Technologies, Missionary Modernity, and Transnational Visions in Sino-US Encounters." Nov. 23: London School of Economics social science professor Blake Miller on "The Logic of Social Media Repression in China." Nov. 30: University of Western Ontario economics professor Terry Sicular on "Catching up with the West: Chinese Households Join the Global Middle Class."
For URL preregister at Free., 764-6308.

 Noon-8 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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Nov. 26-Dec. 24. All kids invited to sit with Santa or visit from a distance; photos available for purchase. Note: Santa takes breaks 3-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat. only.
Mon.-Sat. noon-8 p.m. and Sun. noon-6 p.m., Briarwood Von Maur court. Appointments encouraged at 769-9610. [map]

 Noon  Free!  Online 

Washtenaw County Info Session: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County.

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Being a part of our School Based Mentoring program allows Bigs and Littles to create a friendship participating in activities located at a local School. Bigs and Littles meet at the same day and time each week, and commit to a year match together. Bigs work with BBBS staff to plan activities and BBBS plans group gatherings during the summer months to help stay connected. BBBS is currently enrolling for our Lunch Buddies program at Estabrook Elementary in Ypsilanti. To learn more, attend one of our weekly virtual Information Sessions.
Online, 11 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Free. Online. 7349750933. [map]

 12:30 p.m. 

Bridge Class: R.G. Enterprises via City of Ann Arbor at Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Bridge class on Bridge for Beginners begins 9/14 and runs 13 weeks with no class on 11/2. Time is 12:30pm-2:00pm. Students need to buy the text "Bidding in the 21st Century" by Audrey Grant. Register via phone or in person or online at Ann Arbor Senior Center. For questions, call the Center at 734-794-6250 or email instructor at Masks required.
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. $130 members, $156 non-members. 7347693994. [map]

 1-3:30 p.m.  Online 

"John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath": Novel and Film": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Instructor Mary Engelhardt will facilitate a discussion of John Steinbeck's novel and John Ford's 1940 film adaptation, with ample time to discuss both. Steinbeck's masterpiece, The "Grapes of Wrath", is a story of human unity and love, confirming the need for cooperation rather than individualism during hard times.
Please secure and read the 455-page novel. First published in 1939, the novel takes place during America's Great Depression, from the Stock Market Crash of October 1929 to the start of World War II. A long drought and high winds impacted large parts of the American Midwest, creating what was called the Dust Bowl. Many people in the lower Midwest moved elsewhere, hoping to find fertile land on which to make a living.
This study group will meet on Tuesday, November 30 and Wednesday, December 1. 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. $10. 734-998-9351.

 1 & 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

34th Annual Jewish Book Festival: Jewish Community Center.

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Nov. 21-Dec. 16. This annual festival features 23 Jewish authors giving livestream talks on their books, ranging from cookbooks, expensive gift books, children's books, and reference books to books by local authors and new titles hot off the presses. (Publishers plan their releases for November, which is Jewish Book Month.) Today: Jerusalem-based writer Naomi Ragen discusses her new romance novel An Observant Wife, and U-M history professor Jeffrey Veidlinger on his recently released historical fiction, In the Midst of Civilized Europe.
Online at Free. 971-0990.

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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

 1-4 p.m. or so. 

Duplicate Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.

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Every Tues., Thurs., & Fri. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. Partners required on Fridays only. If you plan to come without a partner on Tuesday or Thursday, email beforehand. Refreshments available.
Games start at 1-4 p.m. or so (arrive by 12:50 p.m.), City Club, 1830 Washtenaw Ave. $6 per person. Masks required. [map]

 3:30-6 p.m. 

"Cat Kid Comic Club: Perspectives": Booksweet Bookshop.

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Afternoon of frog-themed activities to celebrate the latest release in Dave Pilkey's popular series, with themed games and crafts, as well as a frog show-and-tell by Leslie Science & Nature Center staffers.
Booksweet, Courtyard Shops, 1729 Plymouth Rd. Free; preregistration recommended at 929-4112. [map]

 4:30-5:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Total Institutions and Reinvented Identities: Elite Sport as a Microcosm of K-society": U-M Center for Korean Studies.

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Talk (via Zoom) by Loughborough (UK) University sport, exercise, and health sciences professor Minhyeok Tak.
For URL preregister at Free. 764-1825.

 5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Volunteer Info Session: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County.

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Volunteer Info Session to learn more about becoming a Big in our community based program, attend one of our weekly virtual Information Sessions.
Online. Free. Online.

 6-9 p.m. or so.  Online 

"Knit Happens": Ann Arbor Stitch 'n' Bitch.

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Every Tues. All knitters invited to work on their projects and swap tips.
Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea, 123 W. Washington. $2 monthly dues. (search "Ann Arbor Stitch 'n Bitch"), [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

Tree Lighting Ceremony: Saline Area Chamber of Commerce.

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All invited to help decorate the giant Christmas tree in downtown Saline. Cocoa, cookies, & music.
6 p.m., KeyBank, Michigan Ave. & N. Ann Arbor St., Saline. Free. 429-4494.

 6:30-7:45 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Demystifying Grants and Crowdfunding": WCC Entrepreneurship Center.

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Demystifying Grants and Crowdfunding with Leslie Sobel, Environmental Artist
So you've got a great creative idea for a business or a project and you need to figure out how to fund it. This presentation will give an overview of the world of grants and crowdfunding. These options are not the answer for every need but they can be great tools to expand a creative business, fund a specific project or access training or a residency. Artist/grantwriter Leslie Sobel will share the wealth of options out there to fund projects for creative entrepreneurs. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of what the options are and how to assess which ones might fit their needs.
Register Here:
Zoom. Free. Online.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

A2SF GivingTuesday Concert - Gwenyth Hayes: Leon Loft.

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Celebrate GivingTuesday with a free concert! Join soul singer and bassist Gwenyth Hayes virtually from Leon Loft and help us raise $25,000 for a beloved community tradition.
Throughout the day, we'll be raising funds to strengthen and sustain A2SF as we plan for a much-anticipated return to Top of the Park next year. Tune in at 7:00pm EST Tuesday, November 30 on our social media channels to enjoy the show.
Last year, you helped us blow the roof off GivingTuesday with virtual concerts. Your support helped A2SF navigate a global pandemic, and produce a summer of neighborhood pop-up concerts throughout Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.
Want to get started early? Donate anytime before December 1 and your gift will be counted towards our GivingTuesday goal. You can make your gift by visiting
About GivingTuesday
GivingTuesday is an annual movement that unleashes the power of radical generosity around the world. GivingTuesday reimagine
Virtual. Free. Online. Donation.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Huron Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

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Every Tues. All male singers invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local barbershop harmony chorus.
Stony Creek United Methodist Church, pavilion in the backyard, 8635 Stony Creek Rd, Ypsilanti. Free to visitors (annual dues for those who join). 796-7467, [map]

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Virtual Trivia Night: Ann Arbor Adventure Club.

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Every Tues. All invited to form teams of 4 or so persons to compete in a 2-round family-friendly trivia contest on Zoom featuring a range of questions from entertainment and history to pop culture and geography. Solo competitors are matched up together.
For URL email Free.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Castaway Mountain: Love and Loss Among the Wastepickers of Mumbai": Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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Indian social entrepreneur, journalist, and activist Saumya Roy discusses (via Zoom) her new book, a look at the people who make their living picking trash on the outskirts of Mumbai. At turns warming and heartbreaking, Roy crafts a modern parable exploring the consequences of urban overconsumption.
For URL see Free. 585-5567.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Cross-Cultural Clarinet Concerts": Northside Community Church.

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Nov. 29 & 30 (different programs). U-M clarinet students are accompanied by local musicians including pianists and others to perform a variety of works from outside of the traditional Western canon.
NCC, 929 Barton Dr. Free. Masks required. 649-7948, 649-2751. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Practical Buddhism": Jewel Heart Buddhist Center Sunday Talks.

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Every Tues. Recorded talks by the late Jewel Heart founder Gelek Rimpoche. Followed by livestream discussion.
For URL preregister at Free. 994-3387.

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

German Conversation.

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Every Tues. All German speakers, native or non-native, invited for conversation with the long-running group German Speakers Round Table.
7-10 p.m., Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington. Free admission. 453-2394. [map]

 8:30-9:30 p.m. 

Social Dance: The Dance Pavilion.

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Every Tues. & Fri. Ballroom dancing to recorded music. No partner or experience necessary. Preceded from 8-8:30 p.m. by an optional lesson. Drinks & snacks.
8:30-9:30 p.m. (Tues.) & 8:30-10:30 p.m. (Fri.), 1918 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti. $12 (Tues.) & $15 (Fri.)., 369-9700. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Blue LLama: Re'Monda

Ensemble led by this Detroit jazz vocalist known for her sultry, soulful voice and a richly elegant style that blends elements of jazz, soul, blues, and gospel. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: John Remmers

Local ragtime pianist. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Easy Street Jazz Band

Dixieland and swing by this veteran local ensemble led by trombonist Terry Kimura. [venue info]


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