Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in November 2022
November 30, 2022
“Pickleball”: Purple Rose Theatre Company.
Every Wed.–Sun., Sept. 30–Dec. 17. Rhiannon Ragland directs the world premiere of actor-playwright (and Purple Rose founder) Jeff Daniels’ comedy about America’s fastest growing sport. Four below-average players try to overcome their own limitations to achieve greatness in a game that has nothing to do with pickles. Cast: Ryan Carlson, Kate Thomsen, Lynch Travis, Jonathan West, and Caitlin Cavannaugh. 3 p.m. (Wed., Thurs., & Sat.), 8 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.). Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $34–$52 in advance at PurpleRoseTheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433–7673.
“Playgroups for Babies”: Ann Arbor District Library.
Every Mon.–Wed. For kids up to 24 months (with caregiver). No older siblings. Mon. 10:30–11:30 a.m. (Malletts Creek), Tues. 11 a.m.–noon (Traverwood), Wed. 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. (Westgate). Free. 327–4200.
Guided Walks: Matthaei Botanical Gardens.
Nov. 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, & 30. Walks organized around a theme. People of all ages (children must be accompanied by an adult) invited to explore the natural wonder of the grounds as the seasons change. Closed-toed shoes required. Severe weather cancels. Arrival 15 minutes before start time is recommended. Nov. 2 (5:30–6 p.m.): Animals and the Earth prepare for winter. Nov. 6 (1–2 p.m.): Plants and animals prepare for winter. Nov. 9 (5:30–6:30 p.m.): Aquatic organisms prepare for winter. Nov. 13 (1–2 p.m.): Where do aquatic animals go in winter? Nov. 16 (5:30–6:30 p.m.): Sounds of twilight. Nov. 30 (5:30–6:30 p.m.): Flashlight scavenger hunt. Free; metered parking. Front steps, Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. 647–7600.
Magic: The Gathering: Sylvan Factory.
Every Tues., Wed., Fri., Sat., & Mon. All invited to play various forms of the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering. MTG Pauper, a fun and fast format for all skill levels (Tues. 6–9 p.m.), $5. Casual Commander, the most popular form of the game (Wed. 5–8 p.m.), free. Friday Night Magic rotating draft (Fri. 6–10 p.m.), cost varies. Intro to Magic: The Gathering (Sat. noon–3 p.m.), free. Commander Pods, casual groups of 4 players (Sat. 6–10 p.m.), free. Just Another Modern Monday power cards (Mon. 6–9 p.m.), $10. Prizes paid in store credit. Various times. Sylvan Factory, 2459 W. Stadium. email@example.com, 929–5877.
Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.
Every Mon.–Fri. (except Nov. 7 & 24). Half hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2–5 (with caregiver). Mon. 10:30 a.m. (Pittsfield), Tues. 11 a.m. (Downtown), Wed. 10:30 a.m. (Malletts Creek), Thurs. 11 a.m. (Traverwood), Fri. 1 p.m. (Westgate). Free. 327–4200.
U-M Museum of Natural History Planetarium & Dome Theater.
Daily. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages. Sea Monsters (11:30 a.m.) follows a curious dolichorhynchops (an extinct species of marine reptile) as she travels through the most dangerous oceans in history, meeting long-necked plesiosaurs, giant turtles and fish, sharks, and the most dangerous sea monster of all, the mosasaur. The Sky Tonight (12:30 & 2:30 p.m.) is an exploration of the current night sky, with tips on how to find the cardinal directions, constellations, and planets on your own. Mars: One Thousand One (1:30 p.m.) tells the story of what humans might face with the first manned journey to Mars. Various times, MNH, 1105 North University. $8. Limited capacity. 764–0478.
“Meet The Only Man in Town”: Ann Arbor Senior Center.
Playwright and local attorney Jason Eyster discusses and offers a preview of his new musical, premiering in June 2023, about manufacturer Frank Porter Glazier, a leading citizen of Chelsea who served as Michigan state treasurer until an embezzlement conviction landed him in Jackson State Prison in 1908. 9:30–10:30 a.m., Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. Free. Preregistration required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 794–6250.
Mind Matters Brain Games: Ann Arbor Senior Center.
Via Zoom at bit.ly/a2braingame, passcode: 739714. Ann Arbor Senior Center (1320 Baldwin Ave., 794–6250). Free.
Painting Salon: Pittsfield Township Community Center.
Painting Salon, no instructor, bring your own materials (Wed. 10-11:30 a.m.). Pittsfield Township Community Center (701 W. Ellsworth, 822-2120, recreation.pittsfield-mi.gov). Free. Check meeting status before coming.
“Tiny Tails Story Time”: Humane Society of Huron Valley.
Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30 (10:30–11:30 a.m.). Stories, crafts, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats. For kids ages 2–5, accompanied by an adult. Tiny Lions Lounge, 5245 Jackson Rd., ste. A1. $7 per kid (babies under age 1, free). Preregistration required at tickettailor.com/events/hshv, email@example.com, 661–3575.
“Investigate Labs”: U-M Natural History Museum.
Every Tues.–Sun. All age 6 & up invited into the museum’s Nature Lab and Micro Worlds Lab to use scientific tools and museum specimens to answer questions and solve problems. Schedule subject to change. 11 a.m.–3 p.m., MNH, 1105 North University. Free. 764–0478.
“Scholars Seeking Refuge and the Future of Ukrainian Academia”: U-M Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia.
Panel discussion with Ukrainian recipients of the WCEE Scholars at Risk Fellowships, including Kharkiv National University architecture professor Oksana Chabanyuk and law professor Kseniya Yurtayeva, National Academy of Legal Sciences of Ukraine law professor Daryna Dvornichenko, Kherson State University law professor Yurii Kaparulin, Zaporizhzhia National University journalism professor Katerina Sirinyok-Dolgaryova, and National University of Kyiv international relations lecturer Anna Taranenko. Noon–2 p.m., Rm. 1010, Weiser Hall, 500 Church St. Also available via livestream at myumi.ch/Z6nb3. Free. 764–0351.
Chime Concert: Kerrytown Market & Shops.
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. Free. ofGlobal@aol.com.
U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
Free. Events are either in person at 2401 Plymouth Rd., or via Zoom. For Zoom links see calendar at bit.ly/UMTurnerCal. 998–9353. No meetings Nov. 24 & 25.
Tai Chi (Mon., Wed., & Fri., noon–12:30 p.m.) via Zoom.
Walking Group: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
Events are either in person at 2401 Plymouth Rd., or via Zoom. For Zoom links see calendar at bit.ly/UMTurnerCal. 998–9353. No meetings Nov. 24 & 25.
Walking Group (Mon., Wed., & Fri. 12:30–1 p.m.) via Zoom.
Bingo: Pittsfield Township Community Center.
Bingo, $1 per card (Wed. 1-2:30 p.m.). Pittsfield Township Community Center (701 W. Ellsworth, 822-2120, recreation.pittsfield-mi.gov). Free. Check meeting status before coming.
Chess: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
Free. Events are either in person at 2401 Plymouth Rd., or via Zoom. For Zoom links see calendar at bit.ly/UMTurnerCal. 998–9353. No meetings Nov. 24 & 25.
Chess (Wed. 1–4 p.m.) in person, all levels welcome, call if interested.
“All About Nuts”: Pittsfield Township Parks & Recreation.
Nov. 30 (2–3:30 p.m.). Kids ages 5–12 and their families invited on a walk to learn about nuts as a valuable food source for humans and other animals. Pittsfield Preserve West Entrance, Thomas Rd. at Marton Rd., Ann Arbor. $15 (Pittsfield residents, $10). recreation.pittsfield-mi.gov, 822–2120.
“The 2023 Elections and the Future of Human Rights and Democracy in Nigeria”: U-M Donia Human Rights Center.
Panel discussion (with panelists TBA) moderated by U-M African Studies Center director Omolade Adunbi. 4–5:30 p.m., 1010 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 615–8482.
"Lead in the water: What are the educational impacts on Flint students?": The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the Education Policy Initiative
In early 2016, the Flint Water Crisis captured national attention - major news outlets reported that the city’s tap water had been contaminated with lead since April of 2014. Given the well-documented detrimental effects of lead exposure in early childhood on cognitive development, many worried that the academic progress of Flint's youngest residents may have been impacted. Over the past few years, important data has become available, allowing researchers to rigorously study and measure effects of the lead water crisis on children in Flint.
Earlier this year, the University of Michigan’s Education Policy Initiative (EPI) produced a working report that linked household water pipe data to educational outcomes. Join the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and EPI on November 30 to hear key findings on the academic impacts of the Flint Water Crisis 7-8 years later, followed by a conversation to discuss the big picture implications for young people in the community. Facilitated by Ford School Professor Brian Jacob, the conversation features Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha - recognized as one of USA Today’s Women of the Century for her role in uncovering the Flint water crisis and leading recovery effort - alongside Dr. Sam Trejo, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Princeton University.Weill Hall, Betty Ford Auditorium (room 1110), 735 S. State St., Ann Arbor, MI. This event is free and open to the public.. firstname.lastname@example.org. https://fordschool.umich.edu/event/2022/lead-water-what-are-educational-impacts-flint-students.
Board Game Night: Bløm Meadworks.
Every Wed. All invited to play popular board games. “Board Game Guru” on hand to answer questions. 5–8 p.m., Bløm, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free. 548–9729.
Kids Gaming Meetup: Sylvan Factory.
Every Wed. (6–8 p.m.). Kids age 8 & up invited to drop in for casual games of Magic: The Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons, King of Tokyo, and more. Sylvan Factory, 2459 W. Stadium Blvd. $10. email@example.com, 929–5877.
First Rehearsal: The Regenerate Orchestra.
All (even non-musicians) invited to join this community orchestra that plays “experimental-ambient-folk-noise” music for three rehearsals (Nov. 30, Dec. 7 & 14) and one performance (Dec. 17), all accompanied by free vegetarian dinners made of food from local farms. Kids under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult. 6:30–9:30, Ann Arbor location TBA. Preregistration required at theregenerateorchestra.com.
“An Evening of Poetry and Written Word”: Crazy Wisdom Poetry Circle.
Readings, via Zoom, by 2 poets. Minneapolis poet Richard Terrill has written 7 books of poetry and prose that explore the essential truths and contradictions of a range subjects ranging from his work as a jazz saxophonist to walking the dog. Also, Wyandotte poet Patricia Barnes, whose debut collection Cup of Home observes the pleasures and pathos of family life with clarity and wit. Followed by open mic. For guidelines, see cwcircle.poetry.blog/poetry-workshop-guidelines. 7–8:45 p.m. (sign-up for new participants begins at 6:45 p.m.), for URL email firstname.lastname@example.org. Free. 668–7523.
"Approved, and now voted on - what we’ve learned after the first election under Michigan’s new redistricting process": This webinar is sponsored by the Center for Local, State and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) at the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy, Voters Not Politicians (VNP), and Michigan State University’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR). Co-sponsors: University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Program in Practical Policy Engagement, League of Women Voters of Michigan, and Detroit Public Television.
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
7:00pm – 8:30pm EST (a virtual event -- register below to receive the viewing link via email)
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Please join us virtually from 7:00-8:30 PM on Wednesday, November 30.
Michigan's new approach to redistricting by an independent citizens commission has now come full circle, from signature gathering for the statewide ballot initiative in 2018, to strong statewide support in that fall's election, creation of the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, their work drawing new districts with extraordinary input from Michigan citizens, and now the new districts being used for the first time in the 2022 elections.
Join us for a final webinar in our redistricting series, to look back at this consequential change in state policy and to review how this new approach played out this fall, including its impacts on races and election outcomes, and how it compares to experiences in other states. We'll hear from an expert panel covering these and related issues, including their reactions to audience questions.
Matt Grossmann, Director, Institute for Public Policy and Social Research and Professor of Political Science at Michigan State University.
Moon Duchin, MGGG Redistricting Lab
Zach Gorchow, Executive Editor and Publisher at Gongwer News Service Michigan
Nancy Wang, Executive Director, Voters Not Politicians
This webinar is sponsored by the Center for Local, State and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) at the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy, Voters Not Politicians (VNP), and Michigan State University’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR).
Co-sponsors: University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Program in Practical Policy Engagement, League of Women Voters of Michigan, and Detroit Public Television.
For more information contact email@example.com webinar. This virtual event is free and open to the public.. firstname.lastname@example.org. closup.umich.edu. 734-647-4091.
Ann Arbor Bridge Club.
Every Wed., except Nov. 23. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. Bring a partner if you can, or call in advance or arrive 20 minutes early if you can’t. 7–10:30 p.m., Walden Hills clubhouse, 2114 Pauline east of Maple. (Park in the designated spaces in the lot on the north side of Pauline.) $6 per person. 945–6021.
Every Wed. All crocheters, knitters, spinners, weavers, felters, sewers, and other crafters invited to work on their own projects with others. Questions welcome, help available. 7 p.m. or so, for URL join facebook.com/groups/KTCrafters. Free. 926–8863.
Latin-Jazz Wednesday: Aguanko: Blue LLama Jazz Club
Conga player and composer Alberto Nacif was born in the isthmus state of Oaxaca on Mexico’s west coast where Cuban derived rhythms were part of everyday music. Nacif and the superlative musicians who make up the sizzling Latin Jazz septet AGUANKO now have a new, all original Latin Jazz recording titled “Pattern Recognition”, produced by Jose “Pepe” Espinosa, and released in July 2018.314 S. Main St , Ann Arbor. Pre-Pay Cover at opentable.com. $15. email@example.com. bluellamaclub.com. 734-372-3200.
Meditation & Discussion: Ann Arbor Karma Thegsum Chöling.
Every Wed. All are invited for a dharma discussion. The program begins with a group meditation. 7–8 p.m., 614 Miner (enter through back door). Mask required. Also livestream; for URL see annarborktc.org. Free. 678–7549.
“Bombay: Our City”: U-M Center for South Asian Studies Film Series.
Screenings every Wed. (except Nov. 23) of films by the renowned Indian documentary filmmaker Anand Patwardhan. 7:30 p.m., 2nd fl. MLB. Free. 764-0448.
(Anand Patwardhan, 1985). Documentary on the daily battle for survival in the slums of Bombay (now known as Mumbai).
Open Rehearsal: The Arbor Consort.
Every Wed. All singers invited to rehearse with this semi-professional a cappella ensemble that performs Renaissance and Victorian-era music in period dress. 7:30–9:30 p.m., Dixboro United Methodist Church, 5221 Church Rd. Free. TheArborConsort.org.
Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.
Every Wed. Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner or experience needed. Wear comfortable low grip/tread shoes. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lesson. 8–10 p.m., check facebook.com/groups/swingannarbor for U-M campus location. Mask and proof of vaccination (with booster) required. $5 (free for members and those who attend the lesson). swingannarbor.com.