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Calendar of Events

Thursday, December 9, 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.

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Chinese Mah Jongg: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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

 10-11:30 a.m.  Online 

"Our Changing Economics Landscape: Wealth Redistribution, Innovations, and Sustainability": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Thursday Morning Lecture Series.

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Every Thurs. (except Nov. 25), Nov. 4-Dec. 16. Series of 6 weekly talks (via Zoom) on a variety of economic topics. Nov. 4: U-M economics professor Jim Adams on "Whither Capitalism?" Nov. 11 (11 a.m.): NYU business professor Robert Seamans on "The Economic Impact of Harnessing Artificial Intelligence." Nov. 18: Corporate tax consultant Reuven Avi-Yonah on "Tax Policy and Wealth Inequality in the US: Trends and Remedies." Dec. 2: U-M economics professor Dean Yang on "The Economics of Migration." Dec. 9: U-M finance professor Bob Dittmar on "Cryptocurrency: Economic and Environmental Impacts and U.S. Policy." Dec. 16: University of Chicago history professor Gabriel Winant on "How American Health Care Became So Chaotic."
10-11:30 a.m. (unless otherwise noted), for URL preregister at $60 for the 6-lecture series ($35 for members). $10 per lecture for members. Memberships are $25 a year. 998-9351.

 10:30-11:30 a.m. 

"Little Paws Story Time": HSHV.

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Every Thurs. Stories, crafts, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats and dogs. Also, a chance to make a toy or treat for the animals. For kids ages 2-5, accompanied by an adult.
Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. Events also hosted at Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center (5245 Jackson, ste. A1). Tickets $5 (babies under age 1, free).

Preregistration required at, 661-3575.

 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, [map]

 11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Virtual Baby Time": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Thurs. All infants through 2-year-olds (accompanied by caregiver) invited to this program of songs, rhymes, movements, stories, and other activities.
Online at (a YouTube channel). Free. 327-4200.

 Noon  Free!  Online 

"A Course in Miracles Study Group": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us for a discussion of A Course in Miracles on Zoom. Details at Interfaithspirit.Org. Free, but donations appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 734-327-0270.

 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 

"Music without Musicians: A Visit to the Music House Museum": First Presbyterian Church Mature Ministries.

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A Music House Museum (Williamsburg) rep gives a slide-illustrated presentation (via Zoom) about its collection of antique automated instruments.
For URL see Free. 662-4466.

 Noon-2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Queer Jews and Muslims: A Roundtable on Race, Religion, Gender, and Sexuality": U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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Livestream panel discussion with University of Wisconsin African cultural studies professor Katrina Daly Thompson, Ball State University anthropology professor Robert Phillips, Bryn Mawr (PA) Francophone literature professor Edwige Crucifix, King's College London interfaith relations professor Shanon Shah, and U-M romance languages professor Adi Saleem Bharat.
For URL preregister at Free. 763-9047.

 5:30-end time TBA.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Thurs. & Sun. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. Game materials provided.
5:30-9 p.m. (Sun.) & 5:30-10:30 p.m. (Thurs.), Bill's Beer Garden, 210 S. Ashley. Free. [map]

 1-2:30 p.m.  Online 

"MyUofMHealth/ Patient Portal ": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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The MyUofMHealth Patient Portal is a secure way to manage your health information, offering a round-the-clock connection to Michigan Medicine providers.. Instructor Ryan Lutter,moser will lead a discussion about how to:
- Register
- Request appointments
- Pay your bill
- Message your care team
- Request prescription refills
- View parts of your health records
- Video visits
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.

 1-4 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]

 1-2:30 p.m  Free!  Online 

"Wise Guys: Conversations for Men.": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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For URL, email or call 998-9353.

 5-5:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Biblio Files": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Dec. 2 & 9. Three AADL staffers each answer in 5 minutes or less their own book-related questions, such as "What book didn't live up to the hype?" or "What's your favorite classic?"
Online at (a YouTube channel). Free. 327-4200.

 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Color and Moods of the Season"

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The works of local artists, T. Rosenbaum, Cheryl Chidester, Sophie Grillet, Kath Frajbis, Lidia Kaku and Sibel Ozer, are featured in "Color and Moods of the Season", an art exhibition and sale at the Kerrytown Concert House (415 N 4th Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104). The exhibition is on view M-F, 9:30-5 p.m. through January 4. (Art can be taken when purchased - no need to wait to give a gift of art!) All are welcomed to join us Thursday, December 9, 6-8 p.m. for the artists' reception. (Proof of vaccination and masks are required.) We hope to see you then!
Kerrytown Concert House. Free. 734-395-3305. [map]

 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Community Workshop: U-M Prison Creative Arts Program.

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All are invited to join students, transformative justice advocates, and formerly incarcerated individuals in writing and drawing exercises, including working from prompts, with an emphasis on supportive group interaction. Also, livestream workshops (Dec. 2 & 9) available at
East Quad rm. 1807, 701 East University. Free. Masks required.

 6-8 p.m.  Hybrid 

"Repairsday Thursday": All Hands Active.

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Every Thurs. All invited to drop in with broken electronics, furniture, toys, and any other odd item for AHA members to try to repair and offer advice. Repairs not guaranteed. Livestream available at
All Hands Active, basement of 255 E. Liberty ste. 225. Free, but donations welcome.

 6:30-8 p.m.  Online 

"Ari's Best of 2021": Zingerman's Delicatessen.

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Zingerman's cofounder Ari Weinzweig discusses some of his favorite Zingerman's products. At-home tasting kits available for an additional $35. Ari also gives an in-person "Best of" talk on 15 Wednesday (see listing).
For URL see $15. 395-1696.

 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: NYC-based psychotherapist Ian Kerner, author of She Comes First, discusses (via Zoom) his new guidebook So Tell Me About the Last Time You Had Sex: Laying Bare and Learning to Repair Our Love Lives.
Online at Free. 971-0990.

 7 p.m.  Free! 


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All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments. Lessons offered.
FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Free. Masks and vaccinations required. [map]

 7 p.m. or so 

Pub Quiz: Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub.

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Every Thurs. Local high school English teacher Barry Aherne throws out questions for anyone to answer at this popular outdoor weekly trivia fest. Come with a team (up to 6 people). Prizes.
Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $5 team fee that goes to the winning team. 665-2968. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Thursday Lecture Series: U-M Center for Japanese Studies.

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Dec. 2 & 9. Talks (via Zoom) by global scholars. Dec. 2: Temple University Japan former president Kirk R. Patterson on "Japan as a Marine Tourism Mecca." Dec. 9: Sophia University (Japan) Japanese history professor Bettina Gramlich-Oka on "Creation of and Participation in Networks: Visiting the Japan Biographical Database" about the gendered history of Japanese demographic research.
For URL preregister at Free., 764-6307.

 7 p.m. 

U-M Women's Gymnastics.

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This perennial national power opens its season with an exhibition match vs. CMU.
Crisler Center. Tickets TBA at Masks required. 764-0247. [map]

 7 p.m.  Hybrid 

"Ballet Through the Eras": EMU Music & Dance Department.

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EMU dance professor Sherry Jerome-Wilkinson directs EMU dance students, accompanied by members of the EMU orchestra, in works by new and celebrated choreographers, with music by Ludwig Minkus, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Ravel, Cesare Pugni, and Stravinsky. Livestream available on (search "EMU School of Music & Dance").
EMU Pease Auditorium, 494 College Pl., Ypsilanti. Tickets TBA. Masks required. 546-7115.

 7 p.m. 

"My Neighbor Totoro": Fathom Events.

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Dubbed (Dec. 5 & 9) and subtitled (Dec. 6) screenings of Hayao Miyazaki's classic Studio Ghibli anime tale about 2 girls who move to the Japanese countryside and befriend strange and delightful nature spirits.
3 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m. (Mon. & Thurs.). Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter, 973-8424). Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Sing to the Colors": Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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Former Detroit News reporter James Tobin discusses (via Zoom) his new history of the U-M. Some of the book's 23 essays detail major milestones, from the enrollment of the first female students in the 1870s to the 1970 Black Action Movement strike, and others illuminate the relationship between the university and the city, revisiting former town-gown mainstays like the Pretzel Bell and Drake's Sandwich Shop.
For URL see Free. 585-5567.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Singing for Comfort": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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All invited to join a virtual sing-along of soothing songs that are easy to learn. No experience necessary.
For URL see Free, but donations appreciated. 327-0270.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

"Squirrel Hill, The Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting, and the Soul of a Neighborhood": Temple Beth Emeth.

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Yale Journalism Initiative director Mark Oppenheimer, host of the podcast Unorthodox, discusses his new book about the 2018 mass shooting in a predominantly Jewish area of Pittsburgh. Q&A. Livestream available at
TBE Sanctuary, 2309 Packard. Free, but preregistration required. Masks required. 665-4744. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Treasure Island": Father Gabriel Richard High School Drama Club.

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Dec. 9-12. Elizabeth Champion directs this student theater ensemble in a production of Ken Ludwig's 2018 adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson novel about a boy who gets swept up in a swashbuckling high seas adventure with the charismatic pirate Long John Silver. 7 p.m.
(Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Ypsilanti Community High School Auditorium, Packard & Hewitt. Tickets $10 (kids, $5; families, $30). Masks required.

 7:30-10:30 p.m. 

Christmas Dance: Ann Arbor Ski Club.

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With dancing to Salmagundi, a local horn-powered Memphis-style rock 'n' roll band featuring vocalist Sheila Rhodes. Also, a gorgeous sweater contest. Must be 21 or older. The night starts off with the chance to learn about the club's downhill and cross-country ski and snowboarding outings, and other social activities.
UA Local 190 Hall, 7920 Jackson Rd. $5 (members, free). Proof of Covid vaccination required. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Comedy Jamm: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Every Thurs. Performances by up to 12 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $5 in advance at (recommended) and at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 7:30-8:30 p.m. 

Yoga with Cats: Tiny Lions Lounge and Adoption Center.

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Every Thurs. & Sun. (except Nov. 25). Huron Valley Humane Society humane education reps introduce all ages to the basics of hatha-style yoga, which integrates breath with movement. Also, interact with adoptable cats. Dress prepared to work out. Suitable for age 12 & up (all 16 & under must be accompanied by adult).
7:30-8:30 p.m. (Thurs.) & 8:30-9:30 a.m. (Sun.), Tiny Lions, 5245 Jackson, ste. A1. $10. 661-3575. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Give 'Em Hell Harry": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Dec. 8-12. Iowa-based actor Fred Grandy, a talk-show host and former U.S. congressman, presents Samuel Gallu's 1975 one-man show about the feisty 33rd president-and onetime haberdashery entrepreneur-Harry "The Buck Stops Here" Truman.
7:30-9:30 p.m. (Wed., Thurs., & Fri.) & 2-4 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Tickets $46 (ages 62 & up and 17 & under, $44) in advance at Masks required. 268-6200. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Home for Christmas": Ypsilanti Community Choir.

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Ariel Toews-Ricotta directs the choir in

an eclectic program of seasonal choral music and big-band favorites. Accompanist is Maria Cimarelli.
First Presbyterian Church of Ypsilanti, 300 N. Huron St. Free. 481-9285, [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Jazz Lab and Jazz Ensemble: U-M Music School.

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Ellen Rowe directs the Jazz Ensemble and Dennis Wilson directs the Jazz Lab Ensemble. Features guest trumpeter Terrell Stafford. Programs TBA.
Rackham Auditorium. Masks required. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Considering Matthew Shepard": U-M School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Speaker Series.

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Virtual screening of a recent performance by the U-M Chamber Choir of this Grammy-nom i nated Craig Hella John son ora to rio, an evoca tive, com pas sion ate musi cal response to the noto ri ous anti-gay murder that incorporates a variety of musical styles and interweaves poetry by Hildegard of Bingen, Lesléa Newman, Michael Dennis Browne, and Rumi. Followed by a discussion with the composer and conductor Eugene Rogers.
For URL see Free.

 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: The Buzztop Studios Music School Concert

All ages admitted. Performance by rock bands comprised of students at this Lakeland music school. $5. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Anthony Stanco Quintet

Local jazz ensemble led by trumpeter Stanco. [venue info]

Last Word: The Pherotones The Pherotones

A wide range of jazz and jazzed-up popular music, from the 1920s to the present, by this all-star local quartet. With trumpeter Ross Huff, pianist Giancarlo Aversa, bassist Brennan Andes, and drummer Wes Fritzemeier. [venue info]

Mash: Pajamas

Local pop-rock jam trio. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Norm Andresen & Friends

Toe-tapping rock 'n' roll ensemble led by local singer-guitarist Andresen. [venue info]


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