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Classes, Seminars, and Workshops - Week of October 18, 2021

Classes, Seminars, and Workshops





 
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Monday


October 2021
 10:00 a.m. 

Bridge Class: R.G. Enterprises via City of Ann Arbor at Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Bridge class on Bridge Defense begins 9/20 and runs 13 weeks. Time is 10:00am-11:30am Students need to buy the text "Defense in the 21st Century" by Audrey Grant. Register via phone or in person or online at Ann Arbor Senior Center. For questions, call the Center at 734-794-6250 or email instructor at ray62856@gmail.com. Masks required.
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. $130 members, $156 non-members. 7347693994. ray62856@gmail.com [map]


 1 - 2:30 p.m.  Online 

"Only Hope: A Survivor's Stories of the Holocaust": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This Study Group will be online.
Before she passed away in 1974, Felicia B. Lubliner wrote about her internment in Polish ghettos and two Nazi concentration camps, Auschwitz and Gross-Rosen. Her powerful stories have recently been published by her son, Irv Lubliner, an emeritus Southern Oregon professor and OLLI instructor.
He will share excerpts from her book, shedding light on his mother's experiences and indomitable spirit as well as his experiences as a child of Holocaust survivors and his process of bringing the book to fruition. This will be followed by a question and answer session.
Irv Lubliner leads this course on Monday October 18 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed prior to the first session.
Online. Online. $10. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org



 3:30-5 p.m.  Online 

"A Brief Literary History of Romance Novels": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Although romance novels have long been derided as "bodice-rippers" and "chick lit," the genre is having a big cultural moment right now, thanks in part to the smash success of Netflix's "Bridgerton", adapted from Julia Quinn's book series. What's more, some critics have even begun to argue that romance novels are an actually important feminist genre.
How did we reach this point? How did romance novels develop into the genre we recognize today? At each meeting, we'll discuss a notable romance novel and explore its contribution to the genre as a whole. No prior experience with the subject is necessary.
Molly Keran is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Michigan, where she studies genre and popular literature.
This study group will meet on Mondays for ten weeks beginning on October 18. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed prior to the first session.
This Study Group will be online. Online. $50. 734-998-9351. Olli.info@umich.edu https://www.olli-umich.org



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Tuesday


October 2021
 9:30 a.m. 

Bridge Class: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Bridge Class titled: 2/1 Game Force Bidding System
Text: 2 Over 1 Game Force by Audrey Grant and Eric Rodwell
The class is for those who have a good knowledge of the Std. Amer. Bidding system and are ready to learn a system similar to that with extra gadgets added to improve bidding accuracy. The first 60-75 minutes will be used for lecture with the remaining time left for students to play hands with analysis provided. The 2/1 system is becoming more popular today in the USA. Students are to pre-pay or pay on first day of class. For more info, contact the Senior Center at 794-6250 or the instructor at ray62856@gmail.com.
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Avenue. $100 members/ $120 non-members. 7347693994. ray62856@gmail.com [map]


 12:30 p.m. 

Bridge Class: R.G. Enterprises via City of Ann Arbor at Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Bridge class on Bridge for Beginners begins 9/14 and runs 13 weeks with no class on 11/2. Time is 12:30pm-2:00pm. Students need to buy the text "Bidding in the 21st Century" by Audrey Grant. Register via phone or in person or online at Ann Arbor Senior Center. For questions, call the Center at 734-794-6250 or email instructor at ray62856@gmail.com. Masks required.
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. $130 members, $156 non-members. 7347693994. ray62856@gmail.com [map]


 1-3 p.m.  Online 

"Plastic Man: the Artful Life of Jerry Ross Barrish": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This Study Group will be online.
Meet the artist and the makers from the film: "PLASTIC MAN: the artful life of Jerry Ross Barrish". A fifth generation San Franciscan, Barrish was the product of an environment with little appreciation for the arts. His parents were boxing enthusiasts vaguely connected to the mob. It was this situation that got him started in the bail bonds business. Then he broke the mold, stepping-up to become the bailout guy for 1960's protestors. Inspired by the times, he changed course in mid-life launching himself as a sculptor and filmmaker.
Participants will be given a link to the film a week ahead of the class to view. Film director, William Farley and producer Janis Plotkin will join Barrish in his art studio for a post-screening conversation.
Janis Plotkin leads this course on Tuesday October 19 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed prior to the first session.
Online. Online. $10. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org



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Wednesday


October 2021
 6 p.m. 

"Dwelling Place- Memory and Celebration at Agricole"

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Please join us for a community art project remembering those people, things, and experiences we have lost.
The past 20 months of the pandemic have resulted in tremendous social and personal changes combined for many of us with complicated and storied feelings of loss, grief, and solitude. This workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to join with others in-person to construct a "dwelling place" or memory niche to honor, celebrate, and remember important people and events in our lives. This in-person building event can be combined with the online planning session. Please register for the online planning session separately at https://tinyurl.com/vr6rf6e3. Because of space constraints, in-person building workshop will be capped at 20 participants.
Agricole, 118 N Main St, Chelsea, MI 48118, Chelsea. Donation. $15. 734-272-8615. curiouserexperiences@gmail.com https://tinyurl.com/nzk9fc8a [map]



 6-7 p.m. 

Intro to Aerial Fabrics Workshop: A2 Aviary.

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Curious about the aerial arts, but don't know where to start? Take your first flight on the aerial fabrics in this 60-minute workshop for absolute beginners! Each class begins with a heart-pumping warm-up and a brief overview of aerial safety, then we fly the friendly skies of The Ann Arbor Aviary. Come ready to sweat, smile, and be supported as you challenge both mind and body!
18+ only. No drop-ins, please enroll to reserve your spot here: https://circusdb.org/aviary/index.php and click on "Purchase"
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. contact@a2aviary.com a2aviary.com [map]



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Thursday


October 2021
 1-2:15 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"4 Vital Areas for Creating a Thriving Social Impact Business": WCC Entrepreneurship Center.

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Whether you want to help your community, country, or make the world a better place, creating a social impact business is rewarding, yet challenging. For the good of people, pets, or the planet, this introductory webinar will reveal 4 areas to improve your chances of success with solutions, information, systems, and leveraging resources to have a better understanding so your social impact business can launch and thrive.
Presented by Millie Chu of Global Entrepreneurship Business Lab
Register Here: https://servewebinar1.eventbrite.com
Zoom. Free. Online. entrepreneurship@wccnet.edu https://www.wccnet.edu/succeed/entrepreneurship-center/events-workshops/serve-social-impact-program.php


 1:30-3 p.m.  Online 

"Writing a 'Legacy Letter'": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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life lessons, express your values and transmit your blessings to future generations. This course includes discussion and weekly brief writing exercises; it offers advice, encouragement and a model structure to help you draft and complete your own legacy letter.
Study group leader Jay Sherwin has practiced law, given away money for five different charitable foundations and served as a hospital chaplain. He has taught this course online for more than a dozen OLLI programs nationwide.
This study group will meet on Thursdays for four weeks beginning on October 21. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed prior to the first session.
This Study Group will be online. Online. $25. 734-998-9351. Olli.info@umich.edu https://www.olli-umich.org



 2-4 p.m.  Online 

"Families in Film: What Can Films Tell Us About Ourselves and Others?": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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The class will use segments of films as a starting point for stimulating discussions about families. During each of 5 sessions we will discuss one of these films: "The Great Santini" (1979); "Ordinary People" (1980); "Crooklyn" (1994); "The Wedding Banquet" (1993); and "When a Man Loves a Woman" (1994).
Participants can view the whole film at home before class if they wish, and will receive discussion questions to ponder before each session.
We will look at: the films' portrayals of communication, handling of feelings and conflict, family structure, gender roles, and the family's culture and environment.
Instructor Arlene Weisz is a retired social worker and social work professor who enjoyed using films as part of teaching about families for about 20 years.
This study group will meet on Thursdays for five weeks beginning on October 21. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed prior to the first session.
This Study Group will be online. Online. $30. 734-998-9351. Olli.info@umich.edu https://www.olli-umich.org



 3-5 p.m.  Online 

"Shakespeare's "Tempest" Over Time": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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The first play to appear in Shakespeare's Folio, but thought to be one of his final plays written, "The Tempest" has become a touchstone in Shakespeare Studies for discussions about genre, authorship, feminism, and postcolonial theory. Yet not long after its first performances, Shakespeare's play vanished from the stage, appearing only in adapted forms for the next 170 years.
Each meeting we'll discuss an iteration of "The Tempest," beginning with Shakespeare's play up through Margaret Atwood's 2016 novel "Hag-Seed" considering how approaches to the play have shifted over time.
Instructor Becky Hixon is a PhD Candidate in English Language & Literature at the UofM where she studies Shakespeare, adaptation, and gender and sexuality studies.
This study group will meet on Thursdays (except Thanksgiving) for eight weeks beginning on October 21. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed prior to the first session
This Study Group will be online. Online. $50. 734-998-9351. Olli.info@umich.edu https://www.olli-umich.org



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Friday


October 2021
 1-3 p.m.  Online 

"King Lear: Shakespeare's Apocalyptic Drama": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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This course will provide a deep dive into William Shakespeare's King Lear. We will split a reading of the play over five weeks: each week we will begin by reading one act of the play and then spend the rest of our session in discussion (no outside reading is required).
Active participation will be encouraged, but if you are more of a listener, you can still join in on the discussion at the end without taking on an "acting" role. As we will discuss, there are significant textual variations in editions of the play; please purchase the Norton Critical Edition (edited by Grace Ioppolo, 2008).
Our study group instructor, Margo Kolenda-Mason, is a PhD Candidate in the English Language and Literature Department at UM, where she studies medieval and renaissance literature.
This study group will meet on Fridays for five weeks beginning on October 22. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed prior to the first session.
This Study Group will be online. Online. $30. 734-998-9351. Olli.info@umich.edu https://www.olli-umich.org



 1-2:30 p.m.  Online 

""Compassionate Conversations" Book Study": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Do you ever struggle with conversations about controversial or delicate subjects? This 200 page book should provide plenty of stimulating conversation in how to speak and listen from the heart. The three diverse authors have much rich experience to share in this realm, and OLLI facilitator Beth Spencer, MSW, will assist in facilitation.
Among the 20 short chapters are such topics as: the conversation essentials, growing through conflict, hidden biases, talking about social privilege, atonement & forgiveness, and becoming wholehearted. This could be a platform for individuals to begin to heal the many divides within our relationships, community and country.
Instructor Barb Cherem is a skilled professor and facilitator who has led other OLLI groups.
This study group will meet on Fridays for five weeks beginning on October 22. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed prior to the first session.
This Study Group will be online. Online. $10. 734-998-9351. Olli.info@umich.edu https://www.olli-umich.org



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Saturday


October 2021
 7 p.m.  Online 

"Dwelling Places- Online Reflection and Design"

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Join us online as we plan and design small display boxes to honor, celebrate, and remember important people and events in our lives.
The past 20 months of the pandemic have resulted in tremendous social and personal changes combined for many of us with complicated and storied feelings of loss, grief, and solitude. This workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to attend an online reflection session to plan and design a "dwelling place" or memory niche to honor, celebrate, and remember important people and events in our lives. This online workshop can be a full experience on its own or, for those who are local to Chelsea, MI can be followed by an in-person workshop at Agricole in Chelsea, MI.
Online, Chelsea. Online. $25. 734-272-8615. curiouserexperiences@gmail.com https://tinyurl.com/vr6rf6e3






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