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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, December 1, 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 www.foodgatherers.org/rockin.
Virtual. Online. Donation. 734-761-2796. susy.newman@foodgatherers.org www.foodgatherers.org


 10 a.m.-noon  Online 

"Cuba and Venezuela: Contemporary Crises": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This Study Group will be online.
Under Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro both countries formed a formidable alliance that was economic, political, and military. It particularly involved Cuba sending around 35,000 doctors to work in Venezuela in exchange for Venezuela sending around 90,000 barrels of oil a day. Both countries are now in a deep-seated state of crisis. This lecture explores the sources of the crises in both countries and their ongoing alliance.
Silvia Pedraza leads this course on Wednesday December 1 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. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org



 10 a.m.-noon  Online 

"Linguistic Justice": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This Study Group will be online.
Despite many discussions of social justice issues, little attention is being paid to Linguistic Justice. This phrase refers to the ways bias and discrimination play out in spoken and written language.
This course will offer brief readings on linguistic bias in the schools (cf. the Ann Arbor case from years ago), in language policy and planning (cf. English only), in the workplace and in housing, and open discussion of how linguistic justice might support key social justice goals.
Alice Horning leads this course on Wednesdays December 1 through December 22 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. $25. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org



 10 a.m.-noon 

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 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 bpatton@a2gov.org or call 794-6250. [map]


 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Holiday Artist Market: The Guild of Artists & Artisans.

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Every Tues.-Sat., Nov. 26-Dec. 23. Holiday sale of works in various media and styles by over 60 jury-selected artists.
11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Tues.-Thurs.) & 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.). Free admission. 662-3382, elizabeth@TheGuild.org. [map]


 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. ofGlobal@aol.com. [map]


 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 simon.com/santa. 769-9610. [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 info.tswp@umich.edu 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 info.tswp@umich.edu or call 998-9353. [map]


 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, info.tswp@umich.edu. [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 olli-umich.org/olli-commons. Free. 734-998-9351.


 1-2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Trivia!": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Nov. 3 & 17. All invited to form teams of 4 or 5 persons to compete (via Zoom) in a 2-round trivia contest. Solo competitors are matched up together. Questions are geared towards ages 55 & up, but all ages welcome. Prizes (curbside pickup only).
For URL email bpatton@a2gov.org or call 794-6250. Free.


 3 & 7 p.m. 

"West Side Story": Fathom Events.

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(Jerome Robbins &Robert Wise, 1961). Big screen adaptation of the Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim musical about star-crossed lovers and rival street gangs.
Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline, 316-5500). Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door.


 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). DrinkBlom.com/events. 548-9729. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free!  Online 

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

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JOIN US FOR WEE-BOTS
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: https://sites.google.com/826michigan.org/distance-learning/fall-programs/wee-bots-drop-in-writing
826michigan inspires school-aged students to write with skill and confidence in collaboration with adult volunteers in their communities.
Virtual. Free. Online. caitlin@826michigan.org https://sites.google.com/826michigan.org/distance-learning/fall-programs



 6 p.m. 

"Understanding Our Natural Capacity for Empathy and Altruism": Ann Arbor City Club Dine & Discover.

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Talk by U-M psychology professor Stephanie Preston. Dinner. Preceded at 5 p.m. by a reception.
City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $33 (members, $28); preregistration required. 662-3279. [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 Facebook.com/groups/KTCrafters. 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, AnnArborKTC.org. [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 www.motathaiyoga.com
(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 info@motathaiyoga.com if you have any questions.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $15 drop in (or package prices). info@motathaiyoga.com www.motathaiyoga.com [map]


 7-8:45 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"An Evening of Poetry and Written Word over Zoom": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore.

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Readings by 2 poets. Maryland-based Judith McCombs, whose work ranges through childhood memories, war, love, and nature in a voice that is steady and clear, lyrical and grieving, but not polemical, and U-M Ford School writing instructor Molly Spencer, whose 2019 debut poetry collection, If the House, has been praised for seamlessly connecting the everyday with the metaphoric. Followed by a poetry and short fiction open mic.
7-8:45 p.m. (sign-up for new participants begins at 6:45 p.m.), for URL email cwPoetryCircle@gmail.com. Free. cwcircle.poetry.blog. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Christmas with The Chosen: The Messengers": Fathom Events.

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(Dallas Jenkins, 2021) Latest episode in the Chosen series focusing on the birth of Jesus, seen through the eyes of Mary and Joseph. Also, a diverse lineup of Christian rock and gospel musicians perform new and classic Christmas songs from the set of the show.
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 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Great Stork Derby": Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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Local writer Ann S. Epstein joins Danielle LaVaque-Manty of Fiction Writers Review to discuss (via Zoom) her latest novel, based on true events, about a man who in Depression-era Canada pressures his wife to have as many children as possible as part of a nation-wide fertility contest. Fifty years later, widowed, infirm, and estranged from his many children, he embarks on a journey to visit each one and make amends.
For URL see literatibookstore.com/event/2021-12. Free. 585-5567.


 7:30-10 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. info@aamrc.org. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

Student Chamber Music Series: U-M Music School.

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Dec. 1, 2, 4, 5, & 8. Music student chamber ensembles in various combinations perform a series of concerts of old to new music for strings, woodwinds, brass, and piano. Livestream available: see myumi.ch/StampsWatch.
U-M Walgreen Drama Center, 1226 Murfin & U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall (Dec. 8 only), 1100 Baits. Free. Masks required. 615-3204. [map]


 10 p.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 AADL.tv (a YouTube channel). Free. 327-4200.



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Blind Pig: Chris Webby

All ages admitted. (Rescheduled from Nov 6). Connecticut rapper whose 2014 album Chemically Imbalanced peaked at #2 on the Billboard R&B chart. Openers: Dizzy Wright, a Las Vegas hip-hop rapper, and Ekoh, a Las Vegas underground hip-hop MC. $28-$278. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Chris Webby

All ages admitted. Connecticut rapper whose 2014 album Chemically Imbalanced peaked at #2 on the Billboard R&B chart. Openers: Dizzy Wright, a Las Vegas hip-hop rapper, and Ekoh, a Las Vegas underground hip-hop MC. $28-$278. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Cuarteto Escobar

Latin dance music drawn from the cultural history of Latin America by this ensemble of members of the Detroit-based Cuban salsa outfit Grupo Escobar. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Mary Ann Kirt

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

 
 


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