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Classes, Seminars, and Workshops - Week of October 16, 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]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Meet the Doulas": Center for the Childbearing Year.

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Have you been considering hiring a doula? Join us for a Q&A about the role of the doula followed by an opportunity to meet and chat with several area birth and postpartum doulas. You may meet one whom you want to hire on the spot or collect several business cards to set up more in-depth interviews later. Light snacks will be provided. RSVP to (requested but not required).
Center for the Childbearing Year, 722 Brooks St. Free. [map]



October 2017
 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 

"Discovering Pastel Techniques": USArtQuest.

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Learn new skills and techniques using both pastels and pastel pencils on a variety of surfaces. All materials provided. Bring your own photos or use my examples!
Class #1 (10/17): Experiment with pastel on medium toned paper, establishing the darks and adding medium and light values. Let the paper become a part of your composition, emphasizing the center of interest with more value contrast.
Class #2 (10/24): Using sanded paper, we'll establish lean darks and add contrasts with medium tones, adding lighter highlights at the end.
Class #3 (10/31): Textured watercolor paper will be the surface for the third painting. We'll establish a foundation with pastel over the top, using concepts we learned the first two weeks. Begining with these techniques and start creating your subject using your own photos, the instructor's photos, or Plein Air!
Sue Craig teaches this three part class.
Fee includes all materials.
USArtQuest, Chelsea. $90. 734.562.2662.

 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! 

"Tobacco Recovery": Dawn Farm.

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Tobacco Recovery will be presented by Anna Byberg, LMSW, CAADC; Program Coordinator, Dawn Farm Spera Recovery Center. Despite downward trends in the prevalence of tobacco use in the general population, tobacco use remains a significant problem among people with alcohol/other drug addiction. The conventional wisdom that tobacco use should not be addressed during treatment or in early recovery has been shown to be false. Studies have demonstrated that tobacco cessation has positive effects on recovery and relapse rates, and a smoke-free policy does not adversely affect treatment retention. This program will describe the prevalence of tobacco addiction among people with alcohol and other drug addictions, the relationship between tobacco use and recovery, information on tobacco cessation techniques targeted to people with alcohol/other drug addiction, and suggestions for implementation of tobacco cessation support by addiction treatment programs/professionals.
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center Auditorium, 5305 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-485-8725. [map]



October 2017
 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m.  Free! 

50th Celebration: U-M Residential College.

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Oct. 19-22. A 4-day program of lectures, performances, and exhibitions in honor of RC's 50th anniversary. Ongoing events in East Quad (start Thursday morning unless otherwise noted): "Impermanent Poetry," with RC alum Jean Mandeberg, offers participants a chance to create a poem in the grass written in rice flour poured from 26 purpose-built boxes, each designed to dispense a different letter of the alphabet. Also, Tours of East Quad by current RC students and an Alumni Art Show (beginning Friday) curated by RC photography lecturer Isaac Wingfield. Today's talks (at Keene Theater unless otherwise noted): RC lecturer emerita Helen Fox on "How Race and Racism Work in Liberal Spaces: An Interactive Discussion" (10-11:30 a.m.), RC women's studies professor emerita Ann Evans Larimore on "Participatory Politics" (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.), RC arts & humanities lecturer Frederick Peters on "'I am Dynamite' Nietzsche: The Bad Boy of Western Philosophy?" (1:30-2:30 p.m.), RC drama program director Martin Walsh, former RC director Charlie Bright, and former RC drama program director Peter Ferran on "The RC Brecht Theater Company" (3-4 p.m.), RC social theory lecturer Henry Greenspan on "Dark Improv: Play and Social Death" (4-5:30 p.m.), RC drama lecturer Kate Mendeloff and RC drama program director Martin Walsh on "A Drama Program Retrospective" (6-8 p.m.), and RC Intensive German Program director Janet Hegman Shier on "Durch die Jahre: The RC Deutsches Theater Continuum, 1985-Present" (8:15-10:30 p.m.). Also, RC creative writing faculty read from their works at Literati (see listing), and Pulitzer prize-winning U-M photography professor David Turnley discusses Rise Again, his new book of photographs that chronicle the highs and lows of a U-M football season (6:30-7:30 p.m., 1405 East Quad).
Various times, East Quad (except as noted), 701 East University. Free. 763-0176. [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]

 6:30 p.m. 

"Ready for Birth: Condensed Childbirth Class": Center for the Childbearing Year.

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This interactive, hands-on class is designed to accommodate the schedules of busy first-time parents who simply can't make it to the full six-week series. Perfect for couples seeking a Refresher Class for a second (or more!) baby as well. We'll review the process of labor and birth from start to finish. Emphasis is placed on natural approaches to pain management, support techniques and comfort measures (how partners can help), and tips for smoothing your recovery in the early weeks postpartum.
Center for the Childbearing Year, 722 Brooks St. $175 per couple. 734-663-1523. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"A Different Way: Living Simply in a Complex World": Michigan Friends Center.

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In this six-session course we will:
• Explore the many personal and global issues we face that a simple lifestyle can help to address.
• Determine which of your values leads you to an interest in simple living, and how simple living will help you live more in line with your values.
• Commit to action to create bigger impact in our world..
Each session is based on a set of readings from the NWEI course book, with rotating facilitation by course participants. This course is hosted by Michigan Friends Center and offered in partnership with Transition Town Chelsea. Registration required.
For further course information (including cost) contact Michigan Friends Center at
Michigan Friends Center, 7748 Clark Lake Road. There will be a sliding-scale fee of $30, $45, or $60 (as able) to cover course costs; pre-registration required.. (734)475-1892. [map]



October 2017
 10 a.m.-noon 

Secrets for Maintaining a Clean & Organized Home: Ann Arbor Public Schools Community Education & Recreation (Rec & Ed).

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Are you tired of the vicious cycle of marathon cleaning for guests and stashing piles of clutter? Do you want your home to feel peaceful and welcoming? Maintaining a tidy home does not need to take a lot of time or effort. Learn how to set your household up for positive daily routines to keep clutter and dirt at a minimum, while still having time to enjoy life. Instructor: Carolyn Anderson-Fermann, Simply Organized Life.
Community Education & Recreation, 1515 S. 7th St. $25. 734-994-2300 ext. 53234. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

Community Cats Training Class: Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Be an advocate for feral cats!
In this FREE class, you will learn why HSHV believes that Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) helps reduce the number of free roaming cats, lowers stray intake and euthanasia and creates better, less hostile environments for our community cats. You'll also learn how you can help -- and we need you! RSVP requested.
Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. Free. [map]

 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

Fix-It Friday: Maker Works.

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All invited to bring anything that needs fixing-chairs, sweaters, radios, and more. Maker Works members and staff will be on hand to help fix things and offer advice. (Note: Repairs are not guaranteed.)
4-6 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. (off Airport Blvd. north of Ellsworth).
Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. Free. 734-222-4911. [map]



October 2017
 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

"Nuno Felting 101: Fine Wool and Silk Scarf": Robin Hills Farm.

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In this hands-on workshop, fibre artist Char Sobieski will lead participants of all skill levels in designing and creating a scarf using nuno felting, a technique that bonds loose wool and silk fibers to a silk gauze fabric base. Char will discuss the principles behind this technique, including which fibres work best and how to make a sturdy, wearable finished product. Participants will leave with their own handmade scarf which they designed themselves.
Robin Hills Farm, 20390 M-52, Chelsea. $75. 7348348496. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Free Seminar: Holiday Decorating Tips": English Gardens.

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Holidays are just around the corner. Start planning now. Learn about this season's hottest colors and decorating trends.
English Gardens, 155 N. Maple Rd. Free. [map]

 11:30 a.m. 

Make It & Take It Workshop: Seasonal Miniature Garden: English Gardens.

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FEE: $24.99; Value: $44.99
Create a seasonal miniature garden to take home and enjoy. We'll supply everything you need to create your whimsical garden. Plants, container and accessories may vary.
English Gardens, 155 N. Maple Rd. $24.99. [map]

 1 p.m. 

"Ecology Series: Animal Skulls!": Robin Hills Farm.

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Get a jump-start on Halloween by learning to identify the skulls of some common native animals with wildlife biologist Sean Zera. Weather permitting, we will also take a short hike to identify animal tracks.
Robin Hills Farm, 20390 M-52, Chelsea. $15, or $25 family ticket. 7348348496. [map]

 1-4 p.m. 

Scavenger Hunt Collage Art Experience: Ann Arbor Public Schools Community Education & Recreation (Rec & Ed).

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Hunt for items in downtown Ann Arbor and turn your collection into a cool collage. Begin at Flipside Art Studio where you pick up the list of clues, whoever finds all the items and returns back to Flipside first receives a gift certificate worth $35. Everyone creates a beautiful collage of your very own under the guidance of Flipside Art Studio staff. Pre-registration is required.
Flipside Art Studio, 255 E Liberty St, Ste #213B. $19/individual, $49/family. 734-994-2300 ext. 53234. [map]



October 2017
 1-3 p.m. 

"Feldenkrais Method: Foam Roller": Ann Arbor Public Schools Community Education & Recreation (Rec & Ed).

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Use a foam roller to align your spine, engage your core and reduce tension work in your back, neck, hips and shoulders. We use foam rollers to reduce tension, increase proprioception, engage your core and improve balance. Fee: $45. 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]

 1-2 p.m. 

Introduction to Tap Dance: Ann Arbor Public Schools Community Education & Recreation (Rec & Ed).

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Have you always wanted to learn how to tap dance? Learn the basic time steps and skills. Wear comfortable clothing and sneakers and get ready to move. No tap shoes or experience required, just a willingness to have fun! Drop-in registration available as space allows. Instructor: Dancer's Edge Staff.
Eberbach Cultural Arts Building, 1220 S. Forest. $12. 734-994-2300 ext. 53234. [map]

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