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Calendar of Events

Thursday, January 6, 2022

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 10 a.m.-noon.  Free! 

Chinese Mah Jongg: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Thursday if there is sufficient interest; call ahead.
2401 Plymouth Road. Free. 998-9353, [map]

 10:30-11:30 a.m. 

"Little Paws Story Time": HSHV.

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Every Thurs. Stories, crafts, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats and dogs. Also, a chance to make a toy or treat for the animals. For kids ages 2-5, accompanied by an adult.
Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. Events also hosted at Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center (5245 Jackson, ste. A1). Tickets $5 (babies under age 1, free).

Preregistration required at, 661-3575.

 11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Virtual Baby Time": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Thurs. All infants through 2-year-olds (accompanied by caregiver) invited to this program of songs, rhymes, movements, stories, and other activities.
Online at (a YouTube channel). Free. 327-4200.

 5:30-end time TBA.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Thurs. & Sun. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. Game materials provided.
5:30-9 p.m. (Sun.) & 5:30-10:30 p.m. (Thurs.), Bill's Beer Garden, 210 S. Ashley. Free. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

"A Matter of Balance: Workshop to Prevent Falls in older adults": National Kidney Foundation of Michigan.

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No-Cost Online Workshops to Prevent Falls in older adults
Join A Matter of Balance!
Don't restrict your activities because you're afraid of falling! The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM) is hosting 2 no-cost "A Matter of Balance" Zoom workshops to help older adults reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels. Requires internet access and camera. We will send URL by email. Open to those 65+. If you need special assistance to attend, please let us 10 days in advance.

#1 - Information Session - Wednesday, January 5, 2022, 10:00 to 11:00 am
Eight sessions - Every Wednesday from 10:00 to 12:00 pm on January 12 to 26; February 2 to 23; March 2
#2 - Information Session - Thursday, January 6, 2022, 1:00 to 2:00 pm
Eight sessions - Every Thursday from 1:00 to 3:00 pm on January 13 to 27; February 3 to 24; March 3

To register or for more information, call LaShawn Griffin at 800-482-1455, email, or visit
Online/Virtual. Free. 8004821455.

 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]

 1-2:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Wise Guys: Conversations for Men.": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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For URL, email or call 998-9353.

 6-8 p.m.  Hybrid 

"Repairsday Thursday": All Hands Active.

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Every Thurs. All invited to drop in with broken electronics, furniture, toys, and any other odd item for AHA members to try to repair and offer advice. Repairs not guaranteed. Livestream available at
All Hands Active, basement of 255 E. Liberty ste. 225. Free, but donations welcome.

 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Online 

"Balsamic 101": Zingerman's Delicatessen.

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Online discussion of a flight of 4 balsamic vinegars, with cheese and other accompaniments. At-home tasting kit for 1-2 people ($40) available for pickup, or for an extra charge, via delivery or shipping.
Preregistration required. For URL see $15. 663-3354.

 7-8:30 p.m. 

7 Notes Book Club: 7 Notes Natural Health.

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7 Notes Book Club is open to anyone who likes to read and discuss the books they read. The purpose of the 7 Notes Book Club is to meet together with other like-minded people to read books about holistic practices, health, meditation, and spirituality. The group will be facilitated by Rob Meyer-Kukan, LMT, NHE, STCP; but all participants will be given equal voice and have ample opportunity to contribute to the discussion.
Please visit the event page on Facebook to learn more about the books we will be reading and sharing throughout the year.
7 Notes Natural Health, 3830 Packard Road, Suite 120. Donation. 248-962-5475. [map]

 7-9:30 p.m.  Free! 


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All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments. Lessons offered.
FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Free. Masks and vaccinations required. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Huron Hills Lapidary & Mineral Society.

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Presentation of a video about Michigan's Copper Country and the A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum.
West Side United Methodist Church social hall, 900 S. 7th St. Free. 665-5574. [map]

 7 p.m. 

U-M Women's Gymnastics.

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The U-M team vs. Georgia (Jan. 6, 7 p.m.), Arizona State (Jan. 15, 4 p.m.) and MSU (Jan. 30, 2 p.m.).
Crisler Center. Ticket prices $1 and up at 764-0247. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Silence and Silences": Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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Poet and essayist Wallis Wilde-Menozzi discusses (via Zoom) her latest book, a lyric meditation, covering subjects ranging from a snowstorm to Dante's poetry, that highlights the importance of paying attention to both the tranquil and unsettling aspects of silence.
For URL see Free. 585-5567.

 7:30 p.m. 

Comedy Jamm: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Every Thurs. Performances by up to 12 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $5 in advance at (recommended) and at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 7:30-8:30 p.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]

 8-10 p.m. 

Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry.

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Every Thurs. Members, and interested nonmembers, read and discuss poems on various themes. Followed by collaborative writing games and exercises. Snacks & socializing.
Argus Farm Stop greenhouse, 325 W. Liberty. $5 suggested donation. 213-2200. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"8th Annual Ann Arbor 50 First Jokes": The Ark.

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Fifty comics from around Michigan, both veterans and upstarts, take turns telling the 1st joke they've written in 2022. Similar events, which began at the Bell House in Brooklyn more than a decade ago, now also take place in New Orleans and L.A.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $10 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office ( and, & at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Blind Pig: General 11

Taylor alternative rock band. Openers: the Detroit-area Christian hard-rock metal band Revelation Rain, Detroit area indie rock singer-songwriter Lee Cleaveland, the experimental Alma (MI) alt-rock band Monsters in Spade, the folk-rock quintet Tink & the Lost Boys, the Redford blues-roc trio Finders Fee, the southeast Michigan metalcore quintet Acronical, the Alma (MI) hard-rock band Venom of Virtue, and the southeast Michigan emo-punk band Remnants. $10 ($12 at the door). 8 p.m.-1 a.m. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Gerard Gibbs & Organized Crim

Funk-inflected jazz by this Detroit trio led by veteran Hammond B-3 organist Gibbs. With guitarist Perry Hughes and drummer Jabari Kersey. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

Solo jazz guitarist. Solo jazz pianists TBA occasionally substitute. [venue info]

Last Word: The Pherotones

A wide range of jazz and jazzed-up popular music, from the 1920s to the present, by this all-star local quartet. With trumpeter Ross Huff, pianist Giancarlo Aversa, bassist Brennan Andes, and drummer Wes Fritzemeier. [venue info]

Mash: Pajamas

Local pop-rock jam trio. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Billy Mack & the Juke Joint Johnnies

Roots-rock quartet, led by former Starlight Drifters singer-guitarist Mack, whose repertoire includes originals and rockabilly, early rock 'n' roll, western swing, and hillbilly bop covers. [venue info]


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