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Calendar of Events

Sunday, January 2, 2022

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 All day. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Fri.-Sun.(except Jan. 1) & Jan. 17. Four different audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages. The Sky Tonight (Fri.-Sun., 12:30 & 2:30 p.m.; Jan 17, 11:15 a.m. and 12:45 & 2:15 p.m.) is an exploration of the current night sky. Did an Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs? (Fri.-Sun., 11:30 a.m.; Jan. 17, noon and 1:30 & 3 p.m.) explores the impact of an asteroid 66 million years ago, with footage from the first iridium layer found in Gubbio, Italy. Includes a brief star talk. Little Star that Could (Jan. 17, noon, 10:30 a.m.) tells the story of an average yellow star in search of planets of his own to protect and warm. Suitable for all ages 3-8. Includes a brief star talk. Big Astronomy (Fri.-Sun., 1:30 p.m.) focuses on 3 of the world's largest observatories in Chile's rugged Andes Mountains and arid Atacama Desert. Includes an abbreviated star talk.
U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. $8. Masks required. 764-0478. [map]

 8:30-9:30 a.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]

 11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Ancient Wisdom. Modern Times": Jewel Heart Buddhist Center Sunday Talks.

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Every Sun. Livestream talk by Jewel Heart resident spiritual advisor Demo Rinpoche, followed by a discussion facilitated by Jewel Heart staffers. The Jan. 9 topic is "Jakata Tales," the Indian canon of 547 poems, dated 300 BC-400 AD, that concern the previous births of Gautama Buddha in both human and animal form.
For URL preregister at Free. 994-3387.

 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

H.A.C. Ultimate.

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Every Sun. All invited to join a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
11:15 a.m., Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot (or occasionally across the street). Free. 846-9418,

 12:30-4:30 p.m. 

Lionel Train Exhibit: Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Display of these classic model trains, produced since 1900, known for their solid construction and authentic detail.
Purchase or reserve tickets in advance

 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. (except Jan. 1). Conservancy staffers show off some animals native to South America (2 & 4 p.m.), including the sloth, tegu, and macaw. Also, a zookeeper talk with a surprise animal (3 p.m.) and a chance to see the conservancy's other animals.
Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; under age 2, free) in advance at; at the door, $11 (kids ages 2-12, $9; under age 2, free). Masks required. 929-9324. [map]

 1 p.m. 

"Historic Earhart Manor Tour": Concordia University Ann Arbor Guild.

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Docent-led tour of this 1935 English-style country manor, currently home to Concordia administration, built by local gasoline baron Harry Earhart. It features secret panels and hidden passageways linking rooms and floors, a room once used solely for arranging flowers, and rooms so spacious that a former closet is now a Concordia administrator's office.
Concordia University Earhart Manor, 4090 Geddes Rd. $10; preregistration required. Masks required., 995-7509. [map]

 1:30-2:30 p.m. 

"Gnome-Making Workshop": Booksweet Bookshop.

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Clever Creations (Ypsilanti) owner Amy Balzer-Pemberton shows all ages how to make gnome dolls. Supplies provided.
Booksweet, Courtyard Shops, 1729 Plymouth Rd. $15. preregistration required at Masks & proof of vaccination required. 929-4112. [map]

 2 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]

 2:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"All Peoples Planet Parade": All Peoples Planet Parade & Action Network.

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A free monthly outdoor family-friendly public event celebrating the beauty and wonder of our planet and coalescing a collective call for action to protect her and defend ourselves from the consequences of inaction toward climate change. COME AS YOU ARE! Join the joy-filled dance procession / parade up and down Main Street. If so inspired, make a thought provoking sign, or costume, or "sidewalk float" to express yourself in this fun and safe (masks requested) opportunity for people to come together as a community to celebrate and defend our planet. FREE PARKING every Sunday in Ann Arbor.
2:30 Gather-n-Create - sign making / musical "street jam" improv dance party
3:00 PLANET SIDEWALK PARADE toward Kingsley, to Main, down to William, back up Main to Ann, then over to Fourth and back to Sculpture Plaza
3:45 Musical guests MARY FITHIAN & FRIENDS will bring depth, upliftment, and good vibrations to warm our hearts and move our feet. Guest speaker: TBD
Sculpture Plaza near People's Food Co-op, 4th & Catherine, Ann Arbor. Free. Megan: 734 417-7020. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"The Great Gatsby": Bløm Meadworks "Sunday Meads + Movies"

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Baz Luhrmann's 2013 critically criticized-and praised-version of the 1925 F. Scott Fitzgerald novel starring Leonardo DiCaprio. All ages welcome, but minors encouraged to be accompanied by adult.
Bløm, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free. Proof of vaccination required. 548-9729. [map]

 5-8 p.m. 

Sunday Pinball Tournament: Pinball Pete's.

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Every Sun. All invited to compete in a 6-game tournament, followed by a playoff among the top scorers. Cash prizes for top 3 or 4 players.
Pinball Pete's, 1214 South University. $1 entry fee plus 75 cents to $1 per game., 213-2502. [map]

Canceled and Postponed Events:

 2 p.m. 

Event Cancelled. "The Comically Incorrect Holiday": Mind the Gap/The Theater Shop (formerly Emergent Arts).

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This short comic theater event about Christmas Eve has been cancelled.
Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. info@TheTheaterShop. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Conor O'Neill's: Traditional Irish Session

All invited to join or listen to an instrumental jam session. [venue info]

Ravens Club: Tim Haldeman Quartet

Blues- and bebop-based jazz in a variety of styles and forms by this local ensemble led by saxophonist Haldeman. [venue info]


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