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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, December 15, 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 chelseamich.com/hometown-holiday. 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 chelseamich.com/events/hth-virtual-storytime).
Various times and locations, Chelsea. Free. 475-1145.


 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]


 10 a.m.-noon. 

"Senior Naturalist: Solstice Celebration": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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All age 55 & up invited to join WCPARC naturalist Elle Bogle on a brief walk, followed by a bonfire and a chance to share favorite nature moments. Holiday-themed treats and hot drinks.
Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings Rd. (north off North Territorial), Whitmore Lake. Free. Space limited; preregister by emailing boglee@washtenaw.org. [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 & 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. California-based Girl Security board member Tracy Walder, a former undercover spy, discusses her new memoir The Unex pect ed Spy: From the CIA to the FBI, My Secret Life Tak ing Down Some of the World's Most Noto ri ous Terrorists (1 p.m.). Nobel Prize-winning Duke University chemistry professor Robert J. Lefkowitz shares his memoir A Fun ny Thing Hap pened on the Way to Stock holm: The Adren a line-Fueled Adven tures of an Acci den tal Scientist (7 p.m.).
Online at book.jccannarbor.org. Free. 971-0990.


 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.


 2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Volunteer Info Session: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County.

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Volunteer Info Session to learn more about becoming a Big in our community based program, attend one of our weekly virtual Information Sessions.
Online. Free. Online. Jasmine.Edwards@bbbswashtenaw.org www.wcbbbs.org/big


 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



 6:30-8 p.m. 

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

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Zingerman's cofounder Ari Weinzweig discusses and offers taste samples of some of his favorite Zingerman's products. This extremely popular annual event usually sells out.
Zingerman's Deli, 422 Detroit St. $65 in advance only at ZingermansDeli.com/events by Dec. 12. 395-1696. [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]


 7-9 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"A2 Retro Tech Meetup": All Hands Active.

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All invited to bring your old tech to show off via Zoom-anything from older computers from the 70s-90s to phones and telegraph equipment, or even a typewriter that hasn't worked for years. Also, members go over what other retro computer events there are to attend throughout the year.
For URL see MeetUp.com/AllHandsActive/events. Free, but donations welcome. info@AllHandsActive.org.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Hypergraphia and Other Failed Attempts at Paradise": Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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U-M Stamps School of Art & Design lecturer & poet Jennifer Metsker is joined (via Zoom) by fellow local poet Ellen Stone to discuss her latest collection, which uses manic lyric and prose forms to explore the ecstasy and tragedy of mental illness.
For URL see literatibookstore.com/event/2021-12. Free. 585-5567.


 7 p.m. 

"On Golden Pond": Fathom Events.

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Mark Rydell's 1981 drama about a crabby retired professor and his touchy grown daughter who struggle to come to terms with their frayed relationship on the occasion of his 80th birthday. Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda, Katharine Hepburn.
3 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m. (Sun. at Emagine only & Wed. at both theaters). 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]


 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:

 

Blue LLama: Aguanko

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