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Calendar of Events

Saturday, December 18, 2021

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 All Day.  Free! 

76th Annual Christmas Bird Count: Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Everyone from novices to experienced birders is invited to volunteer for all or part of the day, either as a field observer or (if you have a bird feeder) as a feeder watcher. The count area is a 15-mile-diameter circle centered on Ann Arbor; its 8 regions must be counted in a single day. This makeshift census may be off by thousands, but much useful information is gained by comparing the results from year to year. Some count regions also conduct predawn searches for owls. The results are tallied via Zoom this evening after sundown.
All day, visit for contact numbers and event updates.

 8 a.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon. & Sat. Runners of all abilities invited to join a run of 3-5 miles along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Also, a speed-training session every Tues. 6 p.m., at 5700 Jackson Rd. Rain or shine.
8 a.m. (Sat.), 5700 Jackson Rd. and 6:30 p.m. (Mon.), 123 E. Liberty. Free. 929-9022 (Sat.) & 769-5016 (Mon.). [map]

 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]

 9 a.m.-2 p.m.  Free! 

Christmas Bake Sale: St. Vladimir Russian Orthodox Church.

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Traditional Russian and American holiday sweets and some favorites from around the world.
St. Vladimir, 9900 Jackson Rd., Dexter. Free admission. 475-4590. [map]

 9 a.m.  Free! 

parkrun USA.

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Every Sat. All invited to join a timed 5-km run/walk.
Lillie Park South, 4365 Platt Rd. Free, but first-timers are requested to preregister at, [map]

 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

Winter Marketplace.

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Dec. 4 & 18. Featuring arts & crafts, bread & baked goods, jewelry, fresh produce, and more.
Dexter United Methodist Church, 7643 Huron River Dr., Dexter. Free admission. 834-3229, [map]

 10:30-11 a.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]

 10:30 a.m.-noon  Free!  Online 

Death Cafe.

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All invited to join a frank conversation (via Zoom) about death. Hosted by The Dying Year owner Merilynne Rush, Diana Cramer and Rachel Briggs.
For URL email Free.

 11 a.m. 

"Donation YinYasa Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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Yinyasa Yoga is a combination of Yin and Vinyasa Yoga. The Vinyasa postures flow from one to the next to create internal heat. The Yin postures are held for longer periods of time to allow the muscles to relax and the connective tissues to be gently stretched. Appropriate for all levels.
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.
Choose an option to donate from $10-$20, or use a class package. 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, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Donation. $10-20 Donation. [map]

 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]

 11 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

"1st Annual Ypsilanti Holiday Extravaganza."

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Dec. 18. & 19. Holiday sale of works homemade crafts by 40 Ypsilanti-based artisans. Also, the Ypsilanti High School choir performs traditional holiday music along with multicultural folk songs, the youth band Holmes Blue Grizzlies performs a set TBA, and local guitarist-vocalist Eric Moore plays traditional folk and Irish music. The Michigan Firehouse Museum is open. Food vendors.

11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-4 p.m. (Sun.), Ypsilanti Freight House, 100 Market Pl., Ypsilanti. Free admission. [map]

 11:15 a.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

Family Nativity: First Presbyterian Church.

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Family-oriented exhibit includes crèches (Nativity scenes) by church members. Livestream available: see
First Presbyterian Church Sanctuary, 1432 Washtenaw Ave. Free. Masks & vaccines required. 662-4466. [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]

 12:15 p.m. 

"Suspension-Extension Coyopa Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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Yoga--unlike other yoga class you've taken before. This high intensity class uses straps (similar to TRX) to stretch muscles that can be difficult to stretch in other exercises. Class starts with stretching, moving to a flow sequence that will get the heart rate up. The straps are used to help balance and stretch deeper (and safely) into yoga postures. Usually you will feel the stretches in your tighter/weakest muscles first. Your first couple classes may be intense, but if you continue to come to this class, you will notice big changes! This class can help build strength, relieve pain, release tension, increase flexibility, and prevent injury. The studio will be heated between 90-95 degrees for this class, so bring a water bottle. Your first class at the studio is free!
You can park in the studio's parking lot for free. Same parking lot as the Yellow Barn. Look for the #22 blue door with a red buddha on it. Pre-register on our website ( or on Mindbody.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22. $15 drop in (or package prices). [map]

 1-3 p.m. 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Apr. 11, 17, 18, 22, 24, & 25. All invited to help remove invasive plants in city parks. Wear a mask, long pants, closed-toe shoes, & work gloves, and maintain a 6-foot distance from others at all times; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. All minors should be accompanied by a caregiver.

Apr. 11 (1-4 p.m.): Folkstone Park.

Apr. 17 (9 a.m.-noon): Berkshire Creek Nature Area.

Apr. 18 (9 a.m.-noon): Lakewood Nature Area.

Apr. 22 (1-3 p.m.): Celebrate Earth Day at Furstenberg Nature Area.

Apr. 24 (various times): Scarlett Mitchell Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon), Bluffs Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon), and Sunset Brooks Nature Area (1-4 p.m.).

Apr. 25 (1-5 p.m.): Celebrate Global Youth Service Day at Marshall Nature Area.

Various locations. Free, but preregistration required at (click on "NAP Workdays"). 794-6627.

 1-6 p.m. 

"Mini Art Fair & Bazaar": Dreamland Theater.

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Dec. 3, 11, & 18. With works in various media by local artists.
4-9 p.m. (Fri.) & 1-6 p.m. (Sat.), Dreamland Theater, 26 N. Washington St., Ypsilanti. Donation optional. Masks required. [map]

 2-3 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Saturday Sampler": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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Dec. 4 & 18. Docent-led tours of the museum. Dec. 4: "Tales of Survivors." In-person look at how ancient objects survived to the present day. Dec. 18: Virtual tour of the museum's "Egyptian Collection."
Kelsey Museum (Dec. 4), 434 S. State, & for URL (Dec. 18) see Free. Masks required. 764-9304.

 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Winter Healing Teas": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance shows examples of and discusses wild plants that can be steeped in hot water and drunk. Tastings.
Burns-Stokes Preserve, Zeeb Rd. at the Huron River just south of Huron River Dr. Free. Space limited; to preregister email

 3 p.m. & 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]

 4 & 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Christmas Celebration": The Willis Patterson Our Own Thing Chorale.

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Dec. 18 & 21. Broadcast of prerecorded performances of this local choir, led by Darnell Ishmel, singing Christmas favorites and spirituals by African American composers and arrangers. First in a series of concerts through fall 2022 celebrating the group's 50th anniversary.
7 p.m. (Sat.) and 7 & 8 p.m. (Tues.), for URL see Free, donations welcome. 769-4437. [map]

 4:30 p.m. 

"Amaruq's Journey": Spinning Dot Theatre.

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This local children's theater company presents an outdoor production of artist-in-residence Monica Kozakiewicz's short play about rekindling our light and finding our way. Set at sunset around a glowing outdoor igloo, the play is aimed at audience members ages 3-5 and their families. Preceded at 4:30 p.m. by various kids activities.
Wurster Park, 525 W. Madison. $10 suggested donation. Preregister at 585-5134. [map]

 5-6:30 p.m. 

"Nature Hike in the Cold Full Moon Light": Pittsfield Township Parks & Recreation.

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Leisurely hike led by Parks & Rec staff, followed by a bonfire. Tea Haus's "hot cocoa bomb" available to take home. Wear sturdy boots and dress for the cold.
Lillie Park, 4365 Platt Rd. $10 for Pittsfield-residents (non-residents, $15); preregistration required by Dec. 15 at 822-2120. [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 p.m. 

Sacred Cacao Ceremony: Verapose Yoga & Meditation House.

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Sacred Cacao Ceremony
$35 (Pre-Registration required)
Drinking ceremonial cacao is considered spiritual medicine by many indigenous cultures around the world. As we sit together in a small group and consume this sacred beverage, practice mindfulness, participate in guided meditation with intention in a backdrop of sacred sound, our soul is nourished, our heart opens and we experience greater spaciousness. It is a time for deeper reflection and connection.
Group size limited.
Sign up at
Please arrive 10 minutes early. Bring a yoga mat, meditation cushion and optional shawl/blanket. Facilitated by Victoria.
Verapose Yoga & Meditation House, 3173 Baker Road, Dexter. $35. 7343581744. [map]

 6:30-9 p.m. 

Murder Mystery Dinner Show: The Dinner Detective Ann Arbor.

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Dinner while actors masquerading as fellow diners enact a hilarious murder mystery in which actual audience members may find themselves a prime suspect.
Ann Arbor Marriott, 1275 S. Huron, Ypsilanti. $65 includes gratuity; preregistration required at (866) 496-0535. [map]

 7 p.m. 

U-M Men's Basketball.

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The U-M has home games this month vs. San Diego State (Dec. 4, 1 p.m.), Minnesota (Dec. 11, 6:30 p.m.), Southern Utah (Dec. 18, 7 p.m.), and Purdue-Fort Wayne (Dec. 21, 7 p.m.).
Crisler Center. Tickets $20 at Masks required. 764-0247. [map]

 7-7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"TriviaTime! Holiday Special": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local sisters Katie and Abbie throw out themed questions for all ages to answer in the YouTube chat box.
Online at (a YouTube channel). Free. 327-4200.

 8 p.m. 

Jason Dennie & Friends: Stony Lake Brewing Acoustic Routes Concert.

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Acoustic ensemble led by singer-songwriter Dennie, a highly regarded local acoustic fingerstyle guitarist and mandolinist who plays an eclectic brand of folk-based music in the tradition of John Fahey, Leo Kottke, and Michael Hedges.
Stony Lake Brewing, 447 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. Tickets $15 in advance at; call ahead for day-of-show availability. 316-7919. [map]

 8 p.m.  Hybrid 

"The Lounge Lizard Bingo Holiday Hour: A Mistle-Toast to the Season!": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Local composer R. Mackenzie Lewis is joined by vocalist Curt Waugh to host a lively program encouraging audience participation, in which a variety of popular songs are paired with games that can be accessed on smartphones. Saxophonist Kenji Lee and bassist Aidan Cafferty accompany. 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 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]

 10-11:30 p.m. 

Comedy Night: Bløm Meadworks.

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Stand-up showcase featuring sets by Andrew Yang & other area comics, with jokes about everything from dating to mortality.
Bløm, 100 S. Fourth Ave. $25 preregistration fee for parties of 2-6 (which can be used towards drinks during the event), required in advance at Masks & proof of vaccination required. 548-9729. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ark: Blackthorn

This veteran Royal Oak quartet plays a wide range of Celtic music, from contemporary Irish songs and traditional songs of emigration to sea shanties, lively jigs and reels, and haunting ancient airs. $20. [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]

Habitat Lounge: Eventjazz

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

Mash: Chris Canas Band

Detroit blues band fronted by blues vocalist and virtuoso guitarist Canas. [venue info]

Mash: Nick Orr

Local singer-songwriter & guitarist, a member of the funk-rock jam quartet Pajamas. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Bark's Tales & Friends

Local Americana rock 'n' roll ensemble led by singer-songwriter & percussionist Mike Snyder-Barker. 5-7 p.m. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Eric Moore

Local singer-songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist whose music draws on blues, folk balladry, and folk-rock. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: She-Bop

Local girl-group-style trio of singer-guitarist Laurie Lounsbury, singer-French hornist Morgan Lamonica, and a new lead vocalist TBA. With guitarist Johnny Rasmussen, bassist Al Kalaf, and drummer T. Kinks Heiss. [venue info]


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