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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, December 14, 2021






 
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 8:30-10 a.m.  Free! 

"Sunrise Hike": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Elle Bogle leads a hike to explore how the woods, marsh, and prairie are preparing for the cold months ahead. Bring binoculars if you own them.
Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings Rd. (north off North Territorial), Whitmore Lake. Free. Space limited; to preregister email boglee@washtenaw.org. [map]


 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.


 10-11:30 a.m.  Online 

"Time Horizons and Politics": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Distinguished Lecture Series.

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WSU political science professor Kevin Deegan-Kraus discusses (via Zoom) the challenges of long-term policy making. Fourth in a series of 10 monthly lectures.
For URL preregister at olli-umich.org. $80 (members, $55) for the 10-lecture series. $10 per lecture for members. Membership, $25 a year. 998-9351.


 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. Interfaithspirit.org


 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]


 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. Israel-based writer Jonathan Dunsky is joined by EMU Jewish Studies director Marty Shichtman to discuss his new novel The Auschwitz Detective (1 p.m.), the 6th book in his Adam Lapid series about a retired Hungarian police detective and Holocaust survivor. And Heather Dune Macadam, a writer who splits her time between the Hamptons and England, talks about her new nonfiction, the haunting 999: The Extraordinary Young Women of the First Official Jewish Transport to Auschwitz (7 p.m.).
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]


 4-5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Open the Prison Doors! Selections from the Joseph A. Labadie Collection": U-M Library Special Collections After Hours.

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Curator Julie Herrada leads a virtual tour of library materials relating to prison abolition, prisoner support, and political prisoners. A related U-M Hatcher Library exhibit opens next month.
For URL preregister at umlib.us/opendoors. Free. 936-2314.


 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


 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.


 7-9 p.m. or so  Online 

"Bluegrass Jam Circle": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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All musicians invited to bring their acoustic instruments to play bluegrass-style music. Vocalists welcome. Masks required. For updates, see a2bluGrass.com.
Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $5. Masks required. For updates, see a2bluGrass.com. [map]


 7-8:15 p.m.  Online 

"Cheers for the Holidays! Craft Cocktail Evening": Michigan Radio.

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Michigan Radio Cheers! hosts Lester Graham and Tammy Coxen discuss (via Zoom) the regional craft cocktail scene and some unique cocktail recipes from their recent book Cheers to Michigan: A Celebration of Cocktail Culture and Craft Distillers.
For URL preregister at bit.ly/holidaycheersonline. $20 (for admission plus a copy of Cheers to Michigan, $35).


 7 p.m. 

"Macross Plus Movie Edition": Fathom Events.

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Subtitled screening of Shinichirō Watanabe & Shōji Kawamori's 1995 Japanese sci-fi anime about a pair of childhood friends pitted against each other piloting giant fighting robots.
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.


 7-9 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Movie Night": Fantasy and Science Fiction/Theory Reading Group: U-M English Department.

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All age 21 & over invited to discuss (via Zoom) 2 films, John McPhail's 2019 horror comedy Anna and the Apocalypse and Jake Schreier's 2012 sci-fi comedy Robot & Frank.
For URL email esrabkin@umich.edu. Free.


 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.


 7-9 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

"Pub Sing": Ann Arbor Morris.

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Local Morris dancers lead participants in an evening of rousing choruses, drinking songs, sea shanties, and English folk songs, all sung via Zoom. No set program; all participants welcome to lead a song with a singable, reasonably easy-to-learn chorus.
For URL email bsagan@msu.edu. Free.


 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]


 7:30-9:30 p.m. 

The Moth StorySLAM: Michigan Radio.

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Open mic storytelling competition sponsored by The Moth, the NYC-based nonprofit storytelling organization that also produces a weekly public radio show. Ten storytellers are selected at random from among those who sign up to tell a 5-minute story on "Beginnings"-judged by a 3-person team recruited from the audience. Seating limited; arrive early.
7:30-9:30 p.m. (doors open and sign-up begins at 6:30 p.m.), Blind Pig, 208 S. First St. General admission tickets $15 in advance at TheMoth.org beginning a week before each event. (212) 742-0551. [map]


 7:30-9 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Tales and Travels": Huron Valley Sierra Club.

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Club members and others invited to share (via Zoom) memories and photos from their most adventurous trips. 5-10 minutes per presenter. Also, award ceremony for local citizens and officials for their actions and advocacy on behalf of planet Earth.
Online at bit.ly/adventurersonline. Free. MeetUp.com/Sierra-Club-Huron-Valley.


 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:

 

Blue LLama: Kanola

New Orleans-style jazz ensemble from Kalamazoo. [venue info]

Oz's Music Environment: "Anything Goes Open Stage."

All acoustic musicians invited for an online version of this popular open mike. 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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