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Classes, Seminars, and Workshops - Week of October 9, 2017

Classes, Seminars, and Workshops

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October 2017
 10 a.m.  Free! 

"A Matter of Balance Workshop": The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan.

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A Matter of Balance is the newest evidence-based program offered by the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan that is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of older adults who have concerns about falls. Learn more at
Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti. Free. 734-222-9800. [map]



October 2017
 1:15 p.m.  Free! 

ESL Tutoring: First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor.

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Intermediate and advanced conversation, writing practice, book study, and TOEFL prep groups for learners of English as a second language. No beginner groups available.
First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor, 1432 Washtenaw Avenue. Free. 734-662-4466. [map]

 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Teens Using Drugs: What To Know and What To Do": Dawn Farm.

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"Teens Using Drugs: What To Know and What To Do" is a FREE, ongoing 2-part series presented on the 1st (part 1) and 2nd (part 2) Tuesdays of October, November, and January - June. Part 1 provides information on how to understand and recognize adolescent substance use. Part 2 has break-out sessions for adults on effective strategies to help when adolescent substance use is suspected, and for teens to explore the personal effects of substance use. Part 2 ends for adults and teens with a talk by a young person in recovery. The series is presented by Dawn Farm Youth and Family Services, and co-sponsored by Dawn Farm, WISD/LESA Health Educators' Learning Network (supporting and advocating for Whole School, Whole Community, and the Whole Child Approach-WSCC,) St. Joseph Mercy Greenbrook Recovery Center and the Ann Arbor Public Schools. The series is inclusive of parents/guardians, teens, other family members, professionals and students - all are welcome. Registration is not required.
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center, Exhibition Room classroom, 5305 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-485-8725. [map]



October 2017
 6 p.m. 

Introduction to Programming and Interfacing with the Raspberry Pi: Maker Works.

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Learn how to use the Raspberry Pi, a popular, powerful, and inexpensive ($25-$35!) single-board computer. We'll cover the basics of programming the Raspberry Pi in Python, connecting simple switches, LEDs, and sensors, and creating web pages that provide remote sensing and control. We'll even do our programming right on the Raspberry Pi itself with a full-featured Linux operating system, graphical user interface, editors, and web browsers.
This is a beginner course, so no electronics or programming experience is necessary. We suggest ages 12 and up, but advanced younger people will probably do fine.
We supply a model B Raspberry Pi and all parts for use in the class. You'll take home a comprehensive set of class notes.
This is a 3 hour class. Please arrive 10 minutes early if this is your first time to Maker Works.
Call 734-222-4911 or visit our website to register.
Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. $90. 7342224911. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

Introduction to Salsa Dancing Workshop: Ann Arbor Public Schools Community Education & Recreation (Rec & Ed).

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Learn the basic steps, music and have fun as you and a partner dance salsa. No experience necessary, no partner required. Lesson is 1.5 hours with the last half hour as a guided practice. Instructor: Louise Tamres.
Forsythe Middle School Cafeteria, 1655 Newport Rd. $19/individual, $25/pair. 734-994-2300 ext. 53234. [map]



October 2017
 8:30 a.m. 

DONA Postpartum Doula Workshop: Center for the Childbearing Year.

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This 30-hour training, spread over 4 days, prepares you to create your own postpartum doula business offering excellent, skilled, in-home support services to families with newborns. The workshop fulfills two steps toward professional Postpartum Doula Certification through DONA International. Topics include: breastfeeding, babywearing, Postpartum Depression, infant care and baby calming techniques, and how doulas can help with multiples. We will also cover how to identify "red flags", limiting liability, and shaping a postpartum doula practice.
Center for the Childbearing Year, 722 Brooks Street. $595.00 / $535.00 Early Registration. 734-663-1523. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

Atrial Fibrillation Educational Classes: St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor.

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A four week series of free educational classes for atrial fibrillation patients, family and friends to learn about diagnosis, prevention and treatment.
Registration is recommended but not required.
Michigan Heart & Vascular Institute, 5325 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-712-3583. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

2017 Hanes Walton Jr. Memorial Lecture: U-M Center for Political Studies.

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The Hanes Walton Memorial Lecture is sponsored by the Center for Political Studies, Institute for Social Research in honor of Hanes Walton, Jr.
Presentesr: Cathy Cohen, University of Chicago & Michael Dawson, University of Chicago
Topics: Cathy Cohen: Black Death on Your Laptop: The Case for Rethinking What Counts as Political Knowledge; Michael Dawson: Support for Black Reparations in the Early 21st Century
Institute for Social Research, 426 Thompson St. Room 1430. Free. 734-647-5073. [map]

 7 p.m. 

Matcha Workshop with Arbor Teas.

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Join Arbor Teas as we dive into the wonderful world of matcha! Matcha, the powdered green tea hailing from Japan, has taken off in popularity due to its health benefits and vibrant green color. In this class, participants will learn about the history, tradition, health properties of matcha, how to prepare matcha at home and receive their very own matcha whisk and locally-made matcha bowl! The class is limited to 10 people, so don't wait to sign up!
Arbor Teas is an organic tea company based in Ann Arbor, steeped in a commitment to find the world's most fantastic organic teas and deliver them as sustainably as possible. Arbor Teas was started by Aubrey and Jeremy Lopatin in 2004, and now boasts over 100 varieties of organic loose leaf tea from around the globe. Jeremy, a Certified Tea Specialist through the Specialty Tea Institute, will be leading the workshop and sharing his insights into the growing, processing and preparation of matcha gained during his travels through Japan.
Arbor Teas, 1342 N. Main St. Suite 1. $30. (734) 994-7698. [map]



October 2017
 6:30-9:30 p.m. 

"Wine Down @ Flipside - Autumn Calls": Ann Arbor Public Schools Community Education & Recreation (Rec & Ed).

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Enjoy a relaxing evening as you create art under the guidance and instruction of Flipside Art Studio staff. Have fun while exploring the combination of acrylic paint and chalk pastel to create a magnificent piece of art that will scream fall. This class is perfect for anyone, including beginners and the more advanced. Ages 21+. Pre-registration is required and includes wine and fine art materials.
Flipside Art Studio, 255 E Liberty St, Ste #213B. $49. 734-994-2300 ext. 53234. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Seminar: Metaphysics, Emotional Intelligence and Personal Empowerment": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore.

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A re-educational experience devoted to discovering how to create our reality in a powerful way, reversing the commonly held view that we are little more than finders of our reality.
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S Main St. Donation. $1. [map]



October 2017
 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Permaculture: The Fermentable Harvest: Robin Hills Farm.

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In this hands-on workshop with certified Permaculture Designer Bridget O'Brien, participants will learn a variety of approaches to preserving fall veggie harvests with fermentation. After discussing several easy-to-grow, fermentation-friendly crops for our region, Bridget will lead the class in making their own jars of mixed-veggie kraut with organic Robin Hills Farm produce to take home, and prepare a batch of kombucha for the class to share.
Robin Hills Farm, 20390 Michigan 52, Chelsea. $65. 734-834-8496. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Free Seminar: Putting Your Garden To Bed": English Gardens.

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Michigan's harsh winters can wreak havoc with your garden if you're not prepared. We'll tell you exactly what needs to be done this fall so you'll be off to a blooming start next spring.
English Gardens, 155 N. Maple Rd. Free. [map]

 1:00 p.m.  Free! 

WWAAY READING OF ALL GENRES: Women Writers of Ann Arbor/Ypsi.

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You are invited to attend
A Reading of All Genres
OCTOBER 14, 2017, 1-3 p.m.
Angell Hall, University of Michigan 435 S. State St. Ann Arbor MI
Refreshments will be served.
Genres: Poetry, Fiction, Memoir, Essay
Building Access through main door only (big pillars)
Angell Hall, 435 S. State Street. Free. [map]



October 2017
 1-3 p.m. 

"Feldenkrais Method: Upper Back, Neck & Shoulders": Ann Arbor Public Schools Community Education & Recreation (Rec & Ed).

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Get rid of that pain in your neck and tension in your shoulders. Your neck, shoulders and upper back can become immobilized with tension. When you learn to move your body so its various parts work together rather than in opposition, the movement itself becomes the antidote to immobility. Leave class with relaxed neck and shoulders, a light and free head and a more upright and effortless posture. Receive an audio recording to help you with your home practice. Pre-registration is required. Instructor: Dale Jensen, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner.
Harmony Yoga, 1955 Pauline Blvd, Suite 100B Ann Arbor, MI, 48103. $45. 734-994-2300 ext. 53234. [map]

 3:30 p.m. 

"Tending the Wild Heart: A Weekly Mini-Retreat": Sun Shen.

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You've tasted delicious moments of feeling fulfilled, relaxed and happy. You yearn to live from that place of abundance all the time...but how? In this weekly mini-retreat, you'll immerse in creative arts, journaling, play and community! With the support of the group and a skilled facilitator, you'll learn how to move through challenges from a place of abundance and power, find out what's holding you back and unleash your full potential. Sundays 3:30-5:30 pm (3 weeks on, 1 week off). Try one week free!
Sun Shen, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $65/month. (734) 707-7477. [map]

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