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Classes, Seminars, and Workshops - Week of June 18, 2018

Classes, Seminars, and Workshops

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June 2018
 2-4 p.m. 

"The Love, Lure, and Lore of the Clothesline: OLLI Study Group": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Anne Lawrence, a clothesline historian and hobbyist for over 30 years, will share laundry poetry, personal stories, and the opportunity to consider the clothesline in ways never before appreciated.
Session One will discuss clothesline nostalgia, helping to revive memories of the days when folks routinely went "online" without the Internet. There will be washday history, sociological issues of ethnic stereotypes in the laundry industry, as well as the role of feminism, industrialization, culture, and ecology.
Session Two seeks to answer what it is about hanging laundry out to dry that sets minds free to create in wonderful ways, and deals with how the simple act of line-drying has found its way into various forms of art and photography.
This study group for those 50 and over will be held on June 18 and June 25.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road. $15. (734) 998-9351. [map]

 7-8 p.m. 

"Intro to Aerial Silks": A2 Aviary.

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Aerial Silks, also known as Tissu or Ribbons, is a fabric apparatus hung from above that is climbed, wrapped around the body, and/or tied to create dramatic drops, pose, and movements in the air.
If you have never "flown" on the aerial silks before, this is the class for you! It is designed for absolute beginners and will introduce you to the flexibility, leverage, and balance used while on the apparatus, as well as how to engage the muscles needed to stay safe in the air. This class will repeat the same curriculum each week, focusing on basic climb, foot lock, and hollow body position, so you can join at any time. Once you've mastered the basics, you'll be ready to move on to the next class level. Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. Use promo code firstflight for $5 off your first class! =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. [map]



June 2018
 6:30 p.m. 

Hand in Hand Parenting Starter Class.

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This six-week class led by Certified Instructor Catherine Fischer will help you to reduce stress in your family and help you better understand how children's emotions work. You will learn new ways to respond to tantrums, how to set limits effectively with both warmth and firmness and new ways to connect with your children through play. Parents have found these tools helpful with aggression, whining, power struggles, bedwetting, sleep problems, shyness and helping children with specific fears, as well as increasing the parents' own confidence and enjoyment of their children and of parenting.
At each meeting, you will have an opportunity to learn a new listening tool and talk about your experiences trying them at home. Each parent will also have an opportunity to be listened to by other members of the group.
This class is for parents only and will focus on the needs and challenges of parents of young children ages 0 - 10 years.
Space is limited to seven participants.
Great Oak Cohousing, 503 Little Lake Drive. $210 per person or $335 per couple. 734-395-5244. [map]



June 2018
 7 p.m. 

Fun with Fiber ART!: Flipside Art Studio.

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The imagination can do amazing things when working with textiles, where fiber art techniques can be adapted from global traditions. Join us in this beginners class as we explore various types of materials to create all while you have fun expanding your skills with textiles. This is a 5 week class that runs every Wednesday from June 13 to July 18. No class on July 4.
Flipside Art Studio, 255 East Liberty Street. $150. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Your Vegan Kitchen: Ypsilanti District Library.

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Learn about the health benefits of a vegan lifestyle,
as well as important "whys" and easy "hows" to begin adding more whole-food, plant-based choices to your menu at home.
Chef and educator Vicki Brett-Gach will discuss how to select plant-based ingredients, make healthy substitutions, and build your vegan pantry. She'll also demonstrate a recipe or two to get you started.
Ypsilanti District Library - Whittaker, 5577 Whittaker Road. Free. [map]



June 2018
 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Starting Your Own Business" Workshop at WCC: Ann Arbor SPARK & The Entrepreneurship Center at WCC.

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*FEE: $25 (FREE for WCC students. If you are a current WCC student, EMAIL: to get FREE entry.)
Looking to start a business? Join Ann Arbor SPARK and our community partners to learn about personality traits of entrepreneurs, marketing plans, legal, accounting, and risk considerations, product development, business plans and financing options.
Register here:
Gunder Myran Bldg at WCC, Room 320, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $25. 7342495880. [map]



June 2018
 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Grassland Nesting Bird Hike": Legacy Land Conservancy.

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A Legacy expert will help you identify the grassland birds of Watkins Lake during their nesting season. Grassland birds observed at Watkins Lake include: Henslow's Sparrow (endangered in MI), Grasshopper Sparrow and Dickcissel (species of special concern, meaning they are rare or declining in number), Bobolink, and Northern Mockingbird. Grasslands are no longer a common habitat in our area and many birds depend on it, so Legacy is proud to have helped in protecting this land forever. For more information or to register, email or call 734-302-5263. Park at the main parking lot off of Arnold Road.
Watkins Lake State Park and Washtenaw County Preserve, Watkins Lake State Park Parking Area Arnold Road, Brooklyn, MI, Manchester. Free. 734-302-5263.



June 2018
 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

Mobile Repair Stand: Common Cycle.

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Common Cycle's main activity from April-October is our Mobile Repair Stand. The MRS is a portable bike workshop that we haul to the Farmers Market in Kerrytown alongside the Sunday Artisan Market. The Mobile Repair Stand is open from 11 AM-3PM each Sunday, and is volunteer-run.
Volunteers at the MRS range from experienced mechanics to interested newbies, and we help all kinds of cyclists fix all kinds of bikes. The only requirement for getting help at the Repair Stand is that you be willing to get your hands dirty; assistance from the Mobile Repair Stand is free, but donations are welcome.
Ann Arbor Farmers Market, 315 Detroit St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Free. Donation. [map]

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