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Calendar of Events

Saturday, December 4, 2021

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 All Day.  Free! 

35th Annual Hometown Holiday: Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Dec. 3-5, 9, 10, 12, 15, 17, 22, & 24. Family activities, including Santa visits and crafts. Merchant sales with entertainment and refreshments at many stores. For complete schedule, see Dec. 3: Tree lighting ceremony (4-6:30 p.m., Pierce Park), and a Live Nativity Scene (6:30-7:30 p.m., Palmer Commons). Dec. 4: Holiday Homemade Gift workshop for teens & tweens (time TBA, Chelsea District Library), a parade through downtown Chelsea (6-6:30 p.m.) featuring dozens of lighted floats and vehicles, marching bands, Santa, and more, and drop-in to a holiday pet photo booth (12:30-4 p.m., Lane Animal Hospital, 701 N. Main). Dec. 5: Waterloo Farm Museum's "Christmas on the Farm" (see 4 Saturday listing), the chance to visit with Santa at "Donuts & Selfies with Santa" (10 a.m.-noon, Smokehouse 52 BBQ, 125 S. Main), and Hometown Holiday Concert (3 & 7 p.m., First Methodist Church, 128 Park St.) by the Chelsea Chamber Players and members of the Chelsea High School orchestra. The program includes works by Emilie Mayer, Florence Prince, and Christmas selections. Dec. 9: Reading by local writer Jan Brett (time TBA, Chelsea District Library) and an outdoor performance by the Arbor Consort Carolers (4-5 p.m., Chelsea District Library lawn) while dressed in Victorian holiday costumes. Dec. 10: A raffle (5-6 p.m., Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce, 222 S. Main) with a portion of the proceeds going to Chelsea High School graduates. Dec. 17: The chance to visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus, as well as Chelsea fire & police department staffers (6-9 p.m., Ugly Dog Distillery, 218 S. Main). Hot cocoa available for kids. Dec. 19: Pick up gingerbread-making kits (noon-2 p.m., Chelsea Palmer Commons, 304 S. Main) to assemble and decorate at home. Dec. 22: "Holiday Spirit" program TBA (time TBA, Chelsea District Library). Dec. 24: Livestream storytime with Santa (1:30-2 p.m., for URL see
Various times and locations, Chelsea. Free. 475-1145.

 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.

 8 a.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon. & Sat. Runners of all abilities invited to join a run of 3-5 miles along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Also, a speed-training session every Tues. 6 p.m., at 5700 Jackson Rd. Rain or shine.
8 a.m. (Sat.), 5700 Jackson Rd. and 6:30 p.m. (Mon.), 123 E. Liberty. Free. 929-9022 (Sat.) & 769-5016 (Mon.). [map]

 8-10 a.m.  Free! 

"Winter Birding": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Kelsey Dehring leads a walk in search of birds.
DeVine Preserve, 6110 W. Liberty. Free. Space limited; preregistration required by emailing [map]

 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Annual Holiday Sale: Kiwanis Center.

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Every Fri. & Sat. through Dec. 18. Sale of used seasonal gifts and decorations, sporting goods, kitchen items, collectables, books, jewelry, office supplies, furniture, and more.
Kiwanis Center West, 102 N. Staebler. Free admission. 368-9738. [map]

 9 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

Holiday Bazaar: Dexter Heritage Guild.

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Sale of handcrafted gifts, holiday decorations, winter apparel, scrubbies, baked treats for pets, and more. Raffle of a handmade fabric Santa figurine, and drawings of other seasonal gifts TBA. The Museum gift shop is open. Proceeds benefit the museum. Cash/check only.
Dexter Area Historical Museum, 3443 Inverness, Dexter. Free admission. 426-2519. [map]

 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Holiday Bazaar & Christmas Cookies: St. Joseph Catholic Church/Dexter Area Girl Scouts.

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Market with cookies by the pound, scout-made arts & crafts, and Girl Scouts nuts and candy.
St. Joseph Parish Center, 3430 Dover, Dexter. Free admission. 426-8483. [map]

 9 a.m.  Free! 

parkrun USA.

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Every Sat. All invited to join a timed 5-km run/walk.
Lillie Park South, 4365 Platt Rd. Free, but first-timers are requested to preregister at, [map]

 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

Winter Marketplace.

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Dec. 4 & 18. Featuring arts & crafts, bread & baked goods, jewelry, fresh produce, and more.
Dexter United Methodist Church, 7643 Huron River Dr., Dexter. Free admission. 834-3229, [map]

 9 a.m.-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Christmas in the Village": Manchester Chamber of Commerce.

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Dec. 3 & 4. Downtown Manchester bustles with holiday activities, including several craft shows and artisan markets, a luncheon with Santa, blacksmithing demonstrations, chili cookoff, games and a scavenger hunt for kids, cocktail crawl for adults, and more. Festivities kick off with a parade (Dec. 3, 6:30 p.m.) that brings Santa down Main St. to the mill where he lights the Christmas tree and greets children.
Downtown Manchester. Free admission. 476-4565.

 9:40 a.m. 

Donation Morning Yoga: Mota Thai Yoga.

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This class is a great way to begin your day. Wake up your body and mind with slow flow and gentle stretches.
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.
Choose an option to donate from $10-$20, or use a class package. Register on Eventbrite. on our website, or on Mindbody.
(Mota Thai Yoga is located at 416 W. Huron Street, across from the YMCA. Mota Thai Yoga shares a parking lot with several businesses including the Yellow Barn. You can park in the parking lot in front of the studio. Look for blue door #22 with a red buddha on it.)
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 West Huron Street, #22. Donation. $10-20 Donation. 7347577213. [map]

 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Free! 

"2021 All the Trimmings Holiday Show": Marlene Dusbiber.

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14th annual artisan show featuring rug hooking, bears, vintage collectables and antiques, wood carvings, jewelry, artwork, fiber arts and Christmas greens. Free admission, parking and refreshments.
Chelsea Community Fairgrounds, 20501 Old US-12 Hwy, Chelsea. Free. 734.475.2159. [map]

 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

9th Annual Holiday Sale: Huron Valley Woodturners.

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Dec. 4 & 5. Nine local woodturners show and sell their bowls, pens, vases, lamps, candlesticks, ornaments, rolling pins, crochet sets, ice cream scoops, and more. Also, display of work by local watercolor painters and jewelers. Cider & cookies. Partial proceeds benefit the Webster Historical Society and the Virtual Dialysis Support Center.
Crossroads Community Center, 5501 Webster Church Rd., Dexter. Free admission., 915-4915. [map]

 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Holiday Art Fair.

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Dec. 4 & 5. Display of paintings, ceramics, prints, functional art, books, speciality food and more by over 100 artists and writers. Also, art activities & food vendors.
Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free admission, but canned or boxed food donations accepted for $2 shopping credit. [map]

 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Winter Sale: Ann Arbor Potters Guild.

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Dec. 4 & 5. Popular annual sale held in a heated tent outdoors. Large selection of functional and decorative ceramics by local artists. Includes a kids' area with gifts priced for their budgets.
Potters Guild Studio, 201 Hill. Free admission. 663-4970. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Christmas on the Farm": Waterloo Farm Museum.

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Dec. 4 & 5. This German immigrant pioneer homestead comes alive with the sights, sounds, and smells of a rural 1880s Michigan Christmas as costumed guides lead tours of the 2-story brick farmhouse, 1840s log house, and outbuildings (with a blacksmith at work at the forge). Also, lace and other fiber craft demonstrations, sales of holiday greens and baked goods, and a "Christmas Market" with handcrafted gifts. Reading of The Night Before Christmas on Sun. only at an afternoon time TBA. Carolers and live music. Concessions.
Waterloo Farm Museum, 13493 Waterloo-Munith Rd., Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. $5 admission (seniors, $4; kids ages 5-12, $2; age 4 & under & members, free). (517) 648-3676.

 10:30-11 a.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]

 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"How Ultrasound May Be Ultra Useful for You!": U-M Physics Department Saturday Morning Physics.

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Livestream talk by U-M applied physics, biomedical engineering, and radiology professor Oliver Kripfgans.
For URL see Free. 764-4437.

 11 a.m. 

"Donation YinYasa Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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Yinyasa Yoga is a combination of Yin and Vinyasa Yoga. The Vinyasa postures flow from one to the next to create internal heat. The Yin postures are held for longer periods of time to allow the muscles to relax and the connective tissues to be gently stretched. Appropriate for all levels.
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.
Choose an option to donate from $10-$20, or use a class package. Register on our website (, or on Mindbody.
(Mota Thai Yoga is located at 416 W. Huron Street, across from the YMCA. Mota Thai Yoga shares a parking lot with several businesses including the Yellow Barn. You can park in the parking lot in front of the studio. Look for blue door #22 with a red buddha on it.)
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Donation. $10-20 Donation. [map]

 11 a.m.-8 p.m.  Free! 

Artisan Market: York Food & Drink.

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Dec. 4 & 5. Show and sale of handcrafted goods by more than 30 local artisans, featuring jewelry, pottery, paintings, vintage clothing, specialty food items, and more. Music spun by DJs.
York Yard, 1928 Packard. Free admission. 662-0798. [map]

 11 a.m.-7 p.m.  Free! 

Grand Opening: Enlightened Soul Center.

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Drop in for psychic, channeled, tarot, and angel card readings, intuitive drawings, astrological charts, & more. Samples.
Enlightened Soul Center, 2711 Carpenter Rd. (between Washtenaw Ave. & Packard Rd.). Free admission. [map]

 11 a.m.-7 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, [map]

 11 a.m. & 12:30,1:30 & 2:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Fri.-Sun. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows. Expedition Reef (11 a.m.) explores the life cycle of coral reefs and what scientists are doing to keep coral bleaching events at bay. Sky Tonight (12:30 & 2:30 p.m.) shows off of the current night sky. Sea Monsters (1:30 p.m.) follows an animated Late Cretaceous water creature though the great inland sea that divided North America in 2.
U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. $8. Masks required. 764-0478. [map]

 11 a.m.-7 p.m.  Free! 

Winter Market: StudioStudio.

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Dec. 4 & 5. Show & sale of work in various media & styles.
11 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sat.) & 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sun.), StudioStudio, 1946 Packard. Free admission. [map]

 11 a.m. 

"Annual Croissant Concert": Kerrytown Concert House.

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A popular holiday tradition featuring Today's Brass Quintet, an ensemble of area professional musicians that performs pop, classical, and holiday tunes. With trumpeters Mitchell Wechsler and Jean Moorehead Libs, tuba player Joseph DeMarsh, trombonist Brian Robson, and French horn player Alan Taplin. Take-home croissants & coffee. Livestream available at
KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $13-$50 in advance online and at the door. Mask & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required. 769-2999. [map]

 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 

"Art on Adare": Local Ann Arbor Artists Open House and Sale.

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Show and sale of works by 3 local artists: fine art jewelry by Idelle Hammond-Sass, carved porcelain pottery by Patricia Cowan, and Carol Furtado, a fiber artist who makes woven, felted, and dyed hats & scarves and silk wearables.
1510 Kearney Rd. Free admission. Masks required., 741-4441. [map]

 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 

"Pet Photos with Santa": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Dec. 4 & 5. All invited to bring pets to meet Santa. Bring cats in carriers and dogs on leashes.
Huron Pet Supply, 5060 Jackson Rd. $10-$15 donation (includes a digital or printed photo). 747-7575. [map]

 noon-5 p.m.  Free! 

Sandra Osip Exhibition "There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in": U of M North Campus Research Complex Galleries.

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This one person exhibition features new work by the artist.Sandra Osip was born in Detroit, Michigan and earned Bachelor of
Science from Wayne State University, and Master of Fine Arts
from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She has received two Michigan
Council of Arts awards and a public art commission titled
"Progression" for the Detroit People Mover "Art in the Stations"
project, in the Fort/Cass Station.

Osip's artwork has been included in exhibitions at the Hill Galleryin Birmingham, Michigan, Wasserman Project, Detroit, Michigan and Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, Illinois; and it can be found in many permanent art collections including the Detroit Institute of Art, Robert and Karen Duncan, Ray-O-Vac, Cranbrook Art Museum, and 1st National Bank of Chicago.
Sandra moved to New York 1990. She received a McDonald
residency in Peterboro, New Hampshire in 1992, and was the
recipient of the prestigious New York Foundation of Arts award.
U of M North Campus Research Complex Gallery, 2800 Plymouth Road, Building 18. Free. 734 936 3326. [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 769-9610. [map]

 noon - 5 p.m.  Free! 

Stephanie Sarris Exhibition "Rhythmic Patterns": U of M North Campus Research Complex Galleries.

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Sarris' paintings are acrylic and mixed media on paper and canvas. The theme of her work is genre based environments/objects that she has experienced. The spaces and objects reflect images that have affected her emotionally. They constantly incorporate the balance of structure vs. gesture. The selection of the grid structure is used as a digest to view ideas drawn from a spectrum of personal/cultural sources. The compositions reflect interior spaces that contain various objects and/or spatial viewpoints. The placement of images, colors and brushstrokes connection to rhythm/movement is essential. The element of rhythm is passionate and spiritual through every mark and stroke. Intense hues of color are used to create an all over pattern that is both gesture and calligraphic. The touch is expressive through its vigorous application.
U of M North Campus Research Complex Galleries, 2800 Plymouth Road, Building 18. Free. 734 963 3326. [map]

 Noon-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Scientist Spotlight": U-M Natural History Museum.

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U-M research scientists in a range of fields from anthropology and psychology to chemistry and sustainability lead various activities based on their current work. For example, visitors might look at miniature versions of an archaeological site to draw conclusions about the people who lived there. For kids in upper elementary-adults.
Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. Masks required. 764-0478. [map]

 Noon-2 p.m. 

"Winter Wreath Making": Bløm Meadworks.

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Wildscape Floral Co. owner Chelsea Hohn leads a hands-on demo on using green foliage to make a festive wreath to take home.
Bløm Meadworks, 100 S. Fourth Ave. $75 includes materials and a 12-oz. beverage. Proof of vaccination required. 548-9729. [map]

 12:15 p.m. 

"Suspension-Extension Coyopa Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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Yoga--unlike other yoga class you've taken before. This high intensity class uses straps (similar to TRX) to stretch muscles that can be difficult to stretch in other exercises. Class starts with stretching, moving to a flow sequence that will get the heart rate up. The straps are used to help balance and stretch deeper (and safely) into yoga postures. Usually you will feel the stretches in your tighter/weakest muscles first. Your first couple classes may be intense, but if you continue to come to this class, you will notice big changes! This class can help build strength, relieve pain, release tension, increase flexibility, and prevent injury. The studio will be heated between 90-95 degrees for this class, so bring a water bottle. Your first class at the studio is free!
You can park in the studio's parking lot for free. Same parking lot as the Yellow Barn. Look for the #22 blue door with a red buddha on it. Pre-register on our website ( or on Mindbody.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22. $15 drop in (or package prices). [map]

 1 p.m. 

U-M Men's Basketball.

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The U-M has home games this month vs. San Diego State (Dec. 4, 1 p.m.), Minnesota (Dec. 11, 6:30 p.m.), Southern Utah (Dec. 18, 7 p.m.), and Purdue-Fort Wayne (Dec. 21, 7 p.m.).
Crisler Center. Tickets $20 at Masks required. 764-0247. [map]

 1-4 p.m. 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Dec. 4 & 5. All invited to help remove invasive plants from Buttonbush (Dec. 4) and Brokaw (Dec. 5) Nature Areas. Wear long pants, closed-toe shoes, & work gloves. Tools, snacks, & know-how provided. All minors should be accompanied by a caregiver.
Buttonbush (Dec. 4), meet at 3098 Hickory Point Dr., & Brokaw (Dec. 5), meet at 3013 W. Huron River. Free; preregistration required at 794-6627.

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Christmas at the Mansion": Dexter Area Historical Society.

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Dec. 3 & 4. Two days of seasonal happenings on the lavishly decorated grounds of Gordon Hall, the 19th-century mansion, built by Dexter founder Judge Samuel Dexter. Santa is on hand to talk with kids. Also, on Fri. only, a tree lighting ceremony.
6-8 p.m. (Fri.) & 1-4 p.m. (Sat.), Gordon Hall, 8347 Island Lake Rd., Dexter. Free admission, but donations matched. 426-2519. [map]

 1 p.m. 

"Eurydice": Fathom Events.

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Live broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera production of Matthew Aucoin's evocative 2020 opera. With a libretto by Sarah Ruhl, adapted from her acclaimed 2003 play, the opera reimagines the Orpheus myth from Eurydice's point of view.
12:55 p.m. (Sat.), 1 p.m. (Ann Arbor 20 only), & 6:30 p.m. (Wed.). 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]

 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Family Duck Walk": Washtenaw Audubon Society/Ypsilanti District Library.

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WAS education chair Victor Chen leads all ages on a walk to look for migratory and resident waterfowl. Dress warmly and bring binoculars, if you have them.
Ford Lake Boardwalk Access, 526 S. Grove St., Ypsilanti. Free. Masks required. [map]

 2 p.m. 

"H.M.S. Pinafore": U-M Gilbert & Sullivan Society.

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Dec. 2-5. This town-and-gown company performs one of Gilbert and Sullivan's best-known comic operettas, also known as "The Lass Who Loved a Sailor." Aboard the Pinafore, the captain's daughter moons for a poor but honest sailor. Her father won't abide a marriage with a common deckhand, but in time, through a series of absurd plot twists that tweak class barriers, the two lovers predictably find bliss. The score contains many of Sullivan's most memorable works, among them "We Sail the Ocean Blue" and "I'm Called Little Buttercup." Stars Catherine Moss, Lee Vahlsing, Richard Harper, Mario Melone, Drake Meadow, Leslie Naeve, and Caitlin Glimco.
8 p.m. (Thurs. & Fri.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $20 (seniors age 65 & over, $18; students with ID, $10) in advance at and at the door. Masks required. [map]

 2-3 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Saturday Sampler": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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Dec. 4 & 18. Docent-led tours of the museum. Dec. 4: "Tales of Survivors." In-person look at how ancient objects survived to the present day. Dec. 18: Virtual tour of the museum's "Egyptian Collection."
Kelsey Museum (Dec. 4), 434 S. State, & for URL (Dec. 18) see Free. Masks required. 764-9304.

 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Winter Wander": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Leisurely hike led by WCPARC naturalist Kelsey Dehring.
Scio Woods Preserve, 4000 Scio Church Rd. Free. Space limited; preregistration required by emailing [map]

 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. 

"An Almost British Christmas": Theatre Nova.

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Every Fri.-Sun., except Dec. 25 & 31, Dec. 3-Jan. 2, and Dec. 22 & 23. Carla Milarch directs the premiere of her and R. MacKenzie Lewis's seasonal comedy about what happens when 2 unsophisticated Americans attempt a Panto, a British pantomime that blends children's stories with a bit of vaudeville sensibility to create a raucous family entertainment. Cast: Bryana Hall, Dan Morrison, and Monica Spencer.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat. and Dec. 22 & 23), 3 p.m. (Sat. only), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron St. Tickets $25 (kids age 16 & under, $10). Masks & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 48 hours). 635-8450. [map]

 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Home for the Holidays": Saline Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Christmas Parade.

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The 46th annual parade features floats, bands, baton twirlers, dancers, animals, a hot air balloon, and Santa in his sleigh. Kids invited to meet with Santa after the parade.
Downtown Saline. Free shuttle available from Busch's shopping center, 565 E. Michigan Ave. Free. 429-4494.

 6 p.m. 

"An Experimental Evening of Improv": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Civic Improv.

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All invited to play short-form improv with other audience members. Followed by the "Experimental Show," which includes the chance to try out long-form improv with others. No experience necessary.
Civic Theatre, 322 W. Ann. Pay what you can. Proof of vaccination and masks required., [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

Art Auction: U-M Prison Creative Arts Project.

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Live auction of artwork by incarcerated artists, PCAP curators, U-M faculty members, and other Michigan artists. The program begins with a cocktail reception. Also, a virtual silent auction starting Dec. 2 at 7 p.m., online at ​​
Michigan League Hussey Rm. Free admission. 647-6771. [map]

 6:30-9 p.m. 

Murder Mystery Dinner Show: The Dinner Detective Ann Arbor.

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Dinner while actors masquerading as fellow diners enact a hilarious murder mystery in which actual audience members may find themselves a prime suspect.
Ann Arbor Marriott, 1275 S. Huron, Ypsilanti. $65 includes gratuity; preregistration required at (866) 496-0535. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Meals on Heels: a Roaring Holiday Event": Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels.

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Join Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels (YMOW) as we celebrate the launch of the holiday season at Meals on Heels: a Roaring Holiday Event.
This virtual event combines our traditional December fundraiser with our annual tribute to 1920s glamour, all in the safety and comfort of your home.
The evening will include:
-Music by local artists
-Heavy appetizers by for 2 by Simply Scrumptious (delivered to your home). Choose between meat and vegetarian.
-Cocktail/mocktail demonstration by The Bar at 327 Braun Court (kit for 2 drinks delivered to your home)
-Prizes for best 1920s outfit/costume and best shoes
-Silent Auction
Individual tickets on sale now for $125 and $150. The higher ticket price includes a bottle of wine or spirits from our donated collection.
Sponsorships also available! Contact Madison at
Our $100,000 fundraising goal will provide 22,000 hot meals for our medically homebound neighbors.
online, Ypsilanti. $125/$150. 734-487-9669.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

For Good Measure: First Presbyterian Church.

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This local a cappella group performs music TBA.
First Presbyterian Church Sanctuary, 1432 Washtenaw Ave. Free. Masks & vaccines required. 662-4466. [map]

 7 p.m. 

U-M Ice Hockey.

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This month's schedule includes home games vs. Minnesota (Dec. 3, 6:30 p.m. & Dec. 4, 7 p.m.), Ohio State (Dec. 10, 7 p.m. & Dec. 11, 8 p.m.), Michigan Tech (Dec. 29, 7 p.m.), and WMU (Dec. 30, 7 p.m.).
Yost Ice Arena, 1016 S. State. Tickets $10 and up. Mask required., 764-0247. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"A Year With Frog and Toad": EMU Theatre Department.

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Dec. 3-5, 11, & 12. EMU theater lecturer Jennifer Felts directs EMU students in Willie and Robert Reale's bubbly Tony Award-winning musical adaptation of Arnold Lobel's warmly comic stories about these animal friends who stick together through thick and thin. The musical follows them as they awake in the spring from a long sleep to plant gardens, swim their way through summer, rake leaves in the fall, and go sledding as the weather turns colder. Along the way, they encounter a variety of colorful characters as they learn about life and friendship. Aimed at theatergoers age 5 & older. On Dec. 5 only, a "sensory friendly" performance for audience members with autism or other sensory sensitivities.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), EMU Sponberg Theatre, Ford St. (off Lowell at Jarvis), Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (seniors age 60 & over, $12; students, $12; kids ages 6-12, $7) in advance at, by phone (487-2282), and at the door. Masks required. 487-1220,

 7 p.m. 

"Frozen": Saline Varsity Blues.

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Dec. 3 & 4. Singers ages 7-18 perform a stage musical performance of the popular animated Disney adventure fantasy loosely adapted from Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen.
Saline Middle School, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Tickets $15 in advance online at and at the door. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m. 

"Meals on Heels: A Roaring Holiday Event": Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels Fundraiser.

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Livestream program features music by the Burlington (VT) funk-rock band Funkwagon, cocktail demos by Bar at 327 Braun Court staff, prizes for best 1920s outfit and best shoes, a silent auction, and more. Appetizers for 2 from Simply Scrumptious delivered to the homes of ticketholders. Proceed help provide hot meals for medically homebound Ypsilanti residents.
For tickets ($125 & $150) and URL preregister at, 487-9669.

 7 p.m. & 11 p.m.  Free! 

"The Normal Heart": U-M Basement Arts.

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Dec. 3 & 4. Mark Mitrano directs this student theater ensemble in a production of Larry Kramer's largely autobiographical 1985 play on the rise of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in NYC in the early 1980s, seen through the eyes of a prominent gay activist.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 11 p.m. (Fri. only), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Studio 1, 1226 Murfin. Free. Masks required. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

44th Annual Boar's Head Festival: Concordia University.

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Dec. 3-5. Elegantly elaborate medieval English pageant celebrating Christ's birth with a blend of religious pageantry and secular pomp. Maggie Rhodes directs a large cast of Concordia students, faculty, and staff as Beefeaters, hunters, jesters, and other court characters, as well as traditional Christmas shepherds and Magi. With musical narration, congregational singing, and a full orchestra. This hugely popular event sells out in advance every year.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 4 p.m. (Sun.), Concordia University Chapel of the Holy Trinity, 4090 Geddes at Earhart. Tickets $10-$16 in advance at the Kreft Center Box Office and online at 995-7537. [map]

 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. 

Zach Martina: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Dec. 3 & 4. Local comic known for his fast-talking, enthusiastic style and for his love of the Detroit Lions, his 2 daughters, and more. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) and 9:30 p.m. (Sat. only), 212 S. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15 reserved seating in advance, $17 general admission at the door (capacity reduced). 996-9080, [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"143rd Annual Handel's Messiah": University Choral Union (University Musical Society).

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Dec. 4 & 5. Scott Hanoian directs the 175-voice Choral Union and members of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra in Handel's beloved oratorio. The soloists, all established professionals with national or international reputations, are soprano Joélle Harvey, mezzo-soprano Meg Bragle, tenor Nicholas Phan, and bass-baritone Dashon Burton. With harpsichordist Joseph Gascho. The Choral Union Messiah, featuring a thunderous sing-along of the "Hallelujah" Chorus, has been an Ann Arbor tradition ever since organist (and U-M president) Henry Frieze led an impromptu community chorus in the spring of 1879, a performance that led to the formation of both the Choral Union and the UMS.
7:30 p.m. (Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Hill Auditorium. Tickets $17-$43 (students, $12-$20) in advance at, at Michigan League, by phone, and (if available) at the door. Mask and proof of vaccination (or a negative Covid PCR test within 72 hours of performance time) required. 764-2538. [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
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]

 8 p.m. 

"A Midsummer Night's Dream": U-M Musical Theatre Department.

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Dec. 2-5. Vincent J. Cardinal directs U-M musical theater students in Shakespeare's delightful comic fantasy, set in an enchanted forest, about a jealous tiff between the king and queen of the fairies, and the mortals snared in their mischief.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Arthur Miller Theater, 1226 Murfin. Tickets $24 (students, $13) in advance at and at the door. Masks required. 764-2538. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"also known as": U-M Dance Department BFA Concert.

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Dec. 2-4. New solo and group works choreographed by U-M dance seniors Alexa Guidotti, Kristin Hanson, and Alexa Miller.
U-M Dance Building, 1000 Baits Dr (adjacent to the Moore Music Building). Tickets $10 (cash or check only) at the door. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Junk: The Golden Age of Debt": U-M Theatre Department.

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Dec 2-5. Geoff Packard directs theater students in Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar's fast-paced 2016 Shakespearean-style history play, set in 1985, about a high-flying financier who sets out to take over a distressed steel conglomerate. With double-dealing lawyers and corporate backstabbers standing in for earls and barons jockeying for a throne, the play exposes the moral bankruptcy of a culture that prizes the power of money above all else.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Power Center. Tickets $28-$34 (students, $13) in advance at and at the door. Masks required. 764-2538.

 8 p.m. 

"Much Ado About Nothing": U-M Residential College Players.

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Dec. 3 & 4. RC junior Will McClelland directs fellow students in Shakespeare's high-spirited, sharp-tongued comedy, set in a modern-day office, about 2 pairs of young lovers. One couple, both disdainful of love, are tricked into acknowledging each other, while the other couple's love is nearly ruined by a deception that, abetted by the paranoia of returning military heroes, leads to trumped-up charges of infidelity. The play is best known for its charged sexual banter and for the penetrating wit and often dark cast of its humor.
East Quad Keene Theater, 701 E. University. Pay-as-you-can at the door. Masks required. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"The Winter Wolf": The Penny Seats Theatre.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Dec. 3-18. Julia Glander directs veteran local playwright Joseph Zettelmaier's fantasy about a young girl who, in an effort to save her beloved grandfather, traps the Winter Wolf, a legendary creature that serves Time by hunting people in their old age. Cast: Amanda Buchalter, Julia Garlotte, Allyson Miko, Jeremy Salvatori, and Robert Schorr. Suitable for ages 10 & up.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Stone Chalet Inn, 1917 Washtenaw Ave. Tickets $15 (seniors, $12; kids age 12 & under, $10), in advance at and (if available) at the door. Mask & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required. 926-5346. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Blind Pig: Jackamo, Josie Palmer, and Lucas Powell

Triple bill of Detroit pop-folk singer-songwriters. (Jackamo is a duo.) $10. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Aguanko

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

Club Above: "Bridging the Gap."

Hip-Hop showcase with several local acts TBA. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Eventjazz

Jazz originals and standards by a local ensemble led by singer- bassist Rob Crozier. [venue info]

Mash: Matt Gabriel

Grand Rapids singer-songwriter whose music draws on an eclectic mix of genres, from pop and rock to folk and country. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: The Machine

Veteran local quartet, formerly known as the Bluescasters, that plays intense, low-down blues and blues-rock. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Malty Taskers Jug Band

Old-time music from blues and country to hokum. 5-7 p.m.. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Milan Seth

This Cool Birds singer-guitarist hosts a song circle with Kate Steih and other singer-songwriters TBA. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Singer-Songwriters in the Round

With Brian Kingsly, Kat Seith, Ray Hough, Celia Van den Bogert, and Milan Seth. [venue info]


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