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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, December 7, 2021






 
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 9-10 a.m.  Online 

"Coffee with Marta.": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Biweekly social hour with local retired psychologist Marta Skiba.
Free for members. $25 annual membership. For more information and to register, see olli-umich.org or call 998-9351.


 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 ray62856@gmail.com.
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Avenue. $100 members/ $120 non-members. 7347693994. ray62856@gmail.com [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 info.tswp@umich.edu or call 998-9353.


 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]


 11:30 a.m.  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. Rachel.Sulkowski@BBBSWashtenaw.org www.wcbbbs.org/big [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-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"A Vineyard Garden in the Afterlife": U-M Center for Chinese Studies Noon Lecture Series.

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Vassar College art history & Asian studies professor Jin Xu discusses visual representations of vineyard gardens in 6th-century China.
For URL preregister at myumi.ch/Gk4pp. Free. chinese.studies@umich.edu, 764-6308.


 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 ray62856@gmail.com. Masks required.
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. $130 members, $156 non-members. 7347693994. ray62856@gmail.com [map]


 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 livestream talks by 24 Jewish authors 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: Two Zoom talks. Tel Aviv writer Einat Nathan is joined by local psychotherapist Ruth Moscow-Cohen to discuss her new memoir My Everything: The Parent I Want to Be, The Children I Hope to Raise (1 p.m.). And Sydney-based writers Lisa Goldberg, Merelyn Chalmers, and Natanya Eskin share recipes from their cookbook Now for Something Sweet (7 p.m.).
Various times, online at book.jccannarbor.org. 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, info.tswp@umich.edu. [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 ronmeade@comcast.net 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. ronmeade@comcast.net. [map]


 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Una Tertulia.": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Socializing group for Spanish speakers.
2401 Plymouth Road. Free. 998-9353, info.tswp@umich.edu. [map]


 6-8 p.m.  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. Facebook.com (search "Ann Arbor Stitch 'n Bitch"), momofpipi@gmail.com. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Online 

Sufi Class with Imam Kamau Ayubbi: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us for a Sufi class via Zoom. Details at Interfaithspirit.org. Donation $5-10 per class.
Zoom. Online. Donation. 7343270270. Interfaithspirit.org


 6:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Death Cafe": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Interfaith Center Minister Annie Kopko leads a frank conversation about death via Zoom.
For URL see InterfaithSpirit.org. Free, but donations appreciated. 327-0270.


 7-8 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, info@HVharmonizers.org. [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 burrbarr7@hotmail.com. Free.


 7-9:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Voices in Harmony Chorus.

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Every Tues. Female singers invited to join the weekly virtual rehearsals of this local 40-member a cappella barbershop harmony chorus.
For URL email Info@VoicesInHarmonyChorus.org. Free to visitors ($26 monthly dues for those who join). 612-7580.


 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 bit.ly/practicalbuddhism. Free. 994-3387.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"What Just Happened: Notes on a Long Year": Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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Literary critic, novelist, and essayist Charles Finch discusses (via Zoom) his new book, a candid and often funny commentary on the year 2020, reflecting on the Covid-19 pandemic, racial justice protests, the U.S presidential election, and more.
For URL see literatibookstore.com/event/2021-12. Free. 585-5567.


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Camera Club.

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Nov. 2 & 16. Club members show their projected digital images (Nov. 2) and prints (Nov. 16) on various topics, including this month's assignment, "Night Photography."
Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 Liberty. Free. Masks and proof of vaccination required. 327-4781. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

David Sedaris: Live Nation.

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Known for his acidic humor, sharp-witted verbal elegance, and sardonically incisive social critiques, this popular satirist made his comic debut in 1992 on NPR Morning Edition recounting his strange-but-true experiences as a Macy's elf clad in green tights, later recorded in his SantaLand Diaries. Today, Sedaris offers recollections of some highlights of his career and reads from recent work, which includes a collection of diary entries (A Carnival of Snackery) and a compendium of his best stories (The Best of Me).
Michigan Theater. Tickets $56-$66 in advance at TicketMaster.com & all Ticketmaster outlets, and (if available) at the door. Masks & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required for all patrons over the age of 12. (800) 745-3000. [map]


 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]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Imaginative Thinking: A Process of the Heart": Great Lakes Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America.

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Freelance eurythmist Claudia Fontana discusses aspects of Rudolf Steiner's epistemology.
Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Ave. Free. Masks required for the unvaccinated. 276-5294. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"La Liste: Everything or Nothing": Fathom Events.

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Guido Perrini's 2016 documentary about a pair of backcountry skiers taking on the tallest peaks in the world.
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.


 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.). TheDancePavilion.com, 369-9700. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ark: Nefesh Mountain

Bluegrass-based Americana quartet fronted by the husband-and- wife duo of vocalist Doni Zasloff and banjoist & guitarist Eric Lindberg. The band is best known for its incorporation of Jewish musical styles into a traditional bluegrass idiom, and they often sing in Hebrew. $20. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Hannah Baiardi & Friends

Jazz ensemble led by Baiardi, a recent U-M music school grad is a pop-jazz composer-pianist whose music blends elements of soul, R&B, and film music. [venue info]

Oz's Music Environment: "Songwriters Open Mike"

All songwriters invited for an online version of this popular open mike, now in its 25th year. Hosted by Jim Novak. For online info, and to reserve a performing slot, see meetup.com/Ozs-Music-Songwriters-Open-Mic [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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