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Calendar of Events

Friday, December 17, 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.

 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]

 10-11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Readings That Have Influenced Clements Staff": U-M Clements Library Bookworm.

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Clements staffers share (via Zoom) early American historical books and articles that have shaped their approaches to primary sources.
For URL preregister at Free. 649-3370.

 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]

 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. [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-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 or call 998-9353. [map]

 Noon-2 p.m. 

"Artists Open Studio": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Fri. All invited to bring your own crafty projects and work on them with others. Or, work from the materials provided. Call to reserve space.
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. $5 (members, $2). Masks required. 794-6250. [map]

 Noon-1:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Protecting Our Watershed: Keeping Our Rivers Clean and Healthy": Ann Arbor Area League of Women Voters Lunch & Learn.

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Huron River Watershed Council staffers Kris Olsson and Janet Kahan are joined by Legacy Land Conservancy executive director Diana Kern to provide an overview (via Zoom) on how the watershed benefits us and what educational outreach programs are available.
For URL see (click "Calendar"). Free.

 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 or call 998-9353. [map]

 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, [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 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]

 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Holiday Hangout": The Neutral Zone.

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All high school-age teens are invited to listen to music, make holiday decorations, enjoy free food, and take pictures in a photobooth.
The Neutral Zone, 310 E. Washington. Free. Masks required. 214-9995. [map]

 6-7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Capture The Flag Fridays": All Hands Active.

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Every Fri. All invited to try to capture a virtual flag by solving a computer security problem (or series of problems), ranging from basic computer usage to some programing. Led by AHA members; beginners welcome.
For URL preregister at Free, but donations required.

 6-9:30 p.m. 

Improv Jam & Show: Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Civic Improv.

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All invited to play improv games, then watch performances in various styles by area improv groups.
Civic Theatre, 322 W. Ann St. For the participatory jam, pay what you can; for the show, $15 at the door only. Proof of vaccinations and masks required., [map]

 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Living Nativity: Dexter United Methodist Church.

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Dec. 17 & 18. Outdoor drive-thru nativity scene with sheep, donkeys, and other live animals. Take-home kids activities available.
DUMC, 7643 Huron River Dr., Dexter. Free. 426-8480. [map]

 6:15 p.m. 

Slow Flow Yoga: Mota Thai Yoga.

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This yoga class will help you find the space between poses while still retaining the gentle rhythm of a flow yoga class. Slow Flow classes are a combination of Vinyasa Flow and Hatha yoga, with fewer transitions than a typical Vinyasa yoga class. 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!
Pre-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. $15 drop in (or package prices). [map]

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Peace Generator: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us in creating Peace for our planet. Meditate, chant, set intentions Held at The Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth. Free, but donations appreciated.
Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. Free. Online. 734-327-0270. [map]

 7 p.m.  Online 

"Poetry Reading with Ginny Bentz.": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Online poetry sharing session hosted by this local editor.
Free for members. $25 annual membership. For more information and to register, see or call 998-9351.

 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]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Holiday Concert": Women's Chamber Chorus.

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Ben Gaughran directs this independent 30-member local women's chorus in an eclectic program of holiday favorites and upbeat contemporary tunes, as well as love ballads and gospel songs. With pianist Joshua Marzan.
First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw. Free, donations accepted. Masks required. 665-9271. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Most Wonderful Time of the Year": Washtenaw Community Concert Band.

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Chris Heidenreich conducts this 80-member volunteer ensemble in seasonal works.
Ypsilanti Community High School, 2095 Packard St., Ypsilanti. Free. Masks & proof of vaccination required. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Katie Geddes & Friends: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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An evening of acoustic music hosted by Geddes, a local folksinger with a clear, strong voice. Her repertoire includes songs by everyone from Buffy Sainte-Marie and John Prine to Michael Nesmith and Lennon & McCartney. The lineup also includes All About Eve, the vocal trio of Geddes, Deb Wood, and David Vaughn, who specializes in close-harmony pop, folk, and gospel tunes, some performed a cappella. Also, Sam Cooke's youngest daughter Carla Cooke, a composer-vocalist whose style, like her father's, ranges across gospel, R&B, soul, and pop genres, and veteran area folksinger-guitarist Matt Watroba.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.), FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $20 in advance at or phone 665-8558 (leave a message with your name, performance date, & # of tickets), and at the door. [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]

 8 p.m. 

"Tidings of Joy: A Classical Christmas": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Detroit-based soprano Angela Theis, an original member of Michigan Opera Theatre Studio, and U-M piano professor Timothy Cheek perform a program of Christmas classics, including "O Holy Night," Pietro Yon's "Gesu Bambino," and other seasonal favorites. 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]

 8:30-10:30 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.)., 369-9700. [map]

 10 p.m. 

"Harold and Maude": Michigan Theater.

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Hal Ashby's 1972 dark comedy about the love affair between a death-obsessed young man and a spry octogenarian, with music by Cat Stevens.
Michigan Theater. Tickets $10.50 (children under 12, students, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8:50; MTF members, $8) in advance online (recommended) & at the door. Proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required for all patrons over the age of 12; masks required when not seated in theater. For updated schedule, see [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ark: Mick Gavin's Crossroads Ceili

An evening of Celtic music, song, and dance hosted by veteran Detroit Irish fiddler (and County Clare native) Gavin, with an assortment of guest performers TBA. $20. [venue info]

Blind Pig: "Super Fly Toy Drive."

A benefit for toys for Tots with area hip-hop acts Flight Team, DJ Nitro, Nadim Azzam, Case Move, J Classic, London Beck, Cain Perez, and Rico Jeep. $10. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Kurt Elling

Dec. 17 & 18. Elling is a celebrated jazz vocalist from Chicago with a rich, octave-leaping baritone who possesses awesome command of rhythm, texture, phrasing, and dynamics, often sounding more like a virtuoso jazz musician than a mere singer, and his idiosyncratic blend of soulful crooning, scat, vocalese, and spoken- word improvisations provoked Artie Shaw to call him "the most interesting and innovative jazz singer to come along in years." Tonight he showcases material from his recent OKeh Records debut, The Beautiful Day: Kurt Elling Sings Christmas, a collection mixing freshly arranged traditional carols with reimagined seasonal standards. $110. 6 & 8:30 p.m. [venue info]

Club Above: Latin Night

DJ dance party. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Eventjazz

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

Live: Spark Spark

Local quintet fronted by vocalist Robin Grant that plays mostly uptempo, danceable covers. With guitarists John Rasmussen & Joshua Killom, bassist Cy Klone, and drummer Jim Weyman. [venue info]

Mash: Dave Menzo Band

Ensemble led by local pop-rock singer-songwriter Menzo. [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]

Ypsi Alehouse: 42 North

Acoustic trio from Clinton that plays vintage pop, country, folk, and rock covers and some originals. With vocalist Joyce Lancaster, bassist John Freeland, and David Kass on guitar and harmonica. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Jill & Wolf

Classic covers and originals by the husband-and-wife acoustic duo of Jill and Wolf Reuter. 5-7 p.m. [venue info]


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