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Clubs, Social Groups, Games, Crafts, & Hobbies - Week of September 16, 2019

From singing groups to card clubs, bird watching, and amateur radio, there's plenty to do every week. The Calendar is the most complete listing of events in and around Ann Arbor.





 
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Monday


September 2019
 10-11:30 a.m. 

Weekly Rehearsal: Women's Chamber Chorus.

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Every Mon., Sept. 9-Dec. 9. All invited to join this independent 30-member local women's chorus to sing everything from Bach and Hungarian folk songs to madrigals and pop tunes. David Perample directs.
10-11:30 a.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw. Free to visitors ($125 per semester dues for those who join). womenschamberchorus.com; 665-9271. [map]


 Noon-3 p.m. 

Social Mah-Jongg: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon. All seniors invited to play this intricate game resembling gin rummy and poker that's played with colorful tiles instead of cards.
Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Stitches & Knots: Drop-In Knitting and Crochet": Saline District Library.

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All invited to bring a fiber art project to work on.
6:30-8:30 p.m., SDL Brecon Rm., 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Embroiderers' Guild of America.

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Stitchers of all abilities invited to work on their projects together and learn about guild activities. Preceded at 6:30 p.m. by socializing.
Pittsfield Village Community Bldg., 2220 Pittsfield Blvd. (park on the street, or in the south lot). Free to visitors (annual dues for those who join). 434-9450 or 330-5724. [map]


 7-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

New Members Night: Out Loud Chorus.

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Sept. 16 & 23. Beginning to advanced singers invited to join the weekly rehearsal of this chorus of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their friends. Snacks.
7-9:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 1400 W. Stadium. Free. outloudchorus@gmail.com. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Treasure Hunt": Ann Arbor Stamp Club.

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A chance to sift through a big grab box of foreign covers (envelopes with canceled stamps) purchased from the American Philatelic Society. Small charge for each cover you take home. Also, club members prepare for the annual stamp show, Nov. 2 & 3.
7:30 p.m., Salvation Army, 100 Arbana (park & enter at the rear of the building). Free admission. 761-5859. [map]


 8:30-11:30 p.m. 

Pub Quiz: Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub.

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Every Mon. Local high school English teacher Barry Aherne throws out questions for anyone to answer at this popular weekly trivia fest. Come with a team (up to 6 people) or join one. Prizes.
8:30-11:30 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $5 team fee. 665-2968. [map]


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Tuesday


September 2019
 9:30 a.m. & 1:15 p.m. 

Coffee Break: Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church.

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Every Tues. (when Ann Arbor Public Schools are in session), Sept. 10-May 13. All women invited to study the Bible with other American and international women in small, informal groups. Also, Bible stories and fun activities for preschoolers, and child care provided for babies.
9:30-11:15 a.m. & 1:15-2:45 p.m., Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church, 1717 Broadway. $25 for the year. 665-0105. [map]


 10 a.m.-noon 

Scrabble: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Tues. All ages invited to play this popular word game. Lunch available for $5.50 (age 60 & over, $3) at 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; reservations required.
10 a.m.-1 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]


 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Tummy Times": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Tues. New and expecting parents encouraged to bring their babies and share new baby experiences.
10-11 a.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 5:30 p.m. 

"KnITTY Cats": Tiny Lions Lounge and Adoption Center.

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Every Tues. All invited to work on knitting projects and hang with adoptable cats. A knitting expert is on hand. Coffee.
5:30 p.m., Tiny Lions, 5245 Jackson Rd. $7 ($24 per month). 661-3575. [map]


 6-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Knit Happens": Ann Arbor Stitch 'n' Bitch.

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Every Tues. All knitters invited to work on their current projects and swap knitting tips.
6-9 p.m., call for location. Free, $2 monthly dues. meetup.com/ann-arbor-StitchNBitch/, 945-3035.


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Knitting Group: Brewed Awakenings Cafe.

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Tentative. All invited to bring knitting projects to work on.
6:30 p.m., Brewed Awakenings, 7025 E. Michigan Ave., ste. M, Saline. Free. 681-0078. [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Colorful Sculptures and Garlands": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Paper-folding craft for all grade 6-adult.
6:30-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7 p.m. 

Eastside Weekly Euchre Tournament.

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Every Tues. Open to all age 18 & over. No partner needed. Cash prizes for 1st-3rd places.
7 p.m., Banfield's Bar & Grill, 3140 Packard. $5. kari.thurman@gmail.com. [map]


 7 p.m. 

Pinball Tournament: $2 Tuesdays at Pinball Pete's.

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$2 for Entry into tournament ($1 dollar goes into the payout pool $1 goes to IFPA)
Tournament information:
Tournament starts at 7pm. We will play until 9:30 (no new rounds will start after 9:30)
1 round (1 Game) final for top 3 if 7 players or less, top 4 if more than 7 players.
3 Player Final Payout
1st- 50%
2nd- 30%
3rd- 20%
Pinball Pete's, 1214 S University Ave. $2 + Coin Drop for Games. AnnArborPinball@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/2-Tuesdays-at-Pinball-Petes-Ann-Arbor-1369228379891817 [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Polka Jam Session.

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All accordion players and other musicians invited to play polkas and waltzes and other ethnic and old-time music.
7-9 p.m., American Legion Hall, 44 Wabash St. (south off Main), Milan. Free. 529-3903. [map]


 7-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Voices in Harmony Sweet Adelines.

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Every Tues. All women invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local 70-member a cappella barbershop harmony chorus.
7-9:30 p.m., UAW Local 898 Hall, 8975 Textile Rd. (west of Rawsonville Rd. off I-94), Ypsilanti. Free to visitors ($26 monthly dues for those who join). singwithus.org 612-7580. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Camera Club.

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Sept. 3 & 17. Club members show their projected images (Sept. 3) and prints (Sept. 17) on various topics, including this month's assignment, "Street Scenes." Presentations include "Ecuador" (Sept. 3), by member Dietmar Haenchen, an experienced nature and travel photographer who presents images taken on both the mainland and Galapagos Islands, and Clarkston-based professional photographer Bob Ratcliff on "Basic Video on Modern DSLRs and Mirrorless Cameras" (Sept. 17).
7:30 p.m., Forsythe Middle School media center, 1655 Newport. Free. 327-4781. [map]


 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

German Conversation.

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Every Tues & Thurs. All German speakers, native or non-native, invited for conversation with either or both of 2 long-running groups, the German Speakers Round Table (Tues.) and the Stammtisch (Thurs.).
8-10 p.m., Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington. Free admission. 453-2394 (Tues.) & 678-1017 (Thurs.). [map]


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Wednesday


September 2019
 Noon-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Board Game Fun": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Wed. All invited to play board games from the Senior Center's collection.
Noon-3 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. 794-6250. [map]


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Wed. All seniors invited to play chess. Refreshments.
1-4 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Letterpress Lab: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Wed. & Aug. 31. All invited to learn the basics of letterpress printing using vintage handset type. The program begins promptly at 6 p.m. with a safety & equipment orientation.
6 p.m. sharp (except Aug. 31, 1-5 p.m.), AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

Michigan Robot Club.

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Robot enthusiasts invited to bring their current projects to discuss with club members.
6-8:30 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. Free. mirobotclub.com. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

Saline Woodcarvers.

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Every Wed. Carvers of all abilities invited to work on projects, with help from club members. Knives and block-out & rough-cut patterns for sale.
6-8 p.m., Saline Area Senior Center, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-9274. [map]


 6:30-8:30 or 9 p.m.  Free! 

Kerrytown Crafters.

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Every Wed. All crocheters, knitters, cross stitchers, hand quilters, and other handiworkers invite to work on their projects with other crafters. Questions welcome, help available.
6:30-8:30 or 9 p.m., Sweetwaters in Kerrytown, 407 N. Fifth Ave. Free. Facebook.com/groups/KTCrafters. 926-8863. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Drummunity!"

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Local drummer & drum teacher Lori Fithian leads a drum circle. Instruments provided, or bring your own. Kids welcome. Preceded at 6:45 p.m. by a brief drum lesson.
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S. Main. Free. 426-7818. [map]


 7-11 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Bridge Club.

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Every Wed. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. If you plan to come without a partner, call in advance or arrive 20 minutes early.
7-11 p.m., Walden Hills clubhouse, 2114 Pauline east of Maple. (Park on the north side of Pauline.) $6 per person. http://bridgeclubs.org/index.php?id=289. 769-3994. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Color Away": Sweetwaters Plymouth Green.

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Every Wed. All adults invited to color. Supplies provided.
7-9 p.m., Sweetwaters, 3393 Plymouth Rd. Free. 369-4568. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"What's New with AAUW?": American Association of University Women.

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Members discuss the club's various interest groups. Also, a chance for new and returning members to sign up for groups and projects. Refreshments.
7-8:30 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. Free. (844) 973-6287. [map]


 9-11:30 p.m. 

"Juke Box Jungle": Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub.

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Every Wed. Conor O'Neill's staff member Ryan Halsey hosts a music trivia quiz. Prizes.
9-11:30 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $3 team fee. 665-2968. [map]


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Thursday


September 2019
 8-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Fall Migration in Nichols Arboretum": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Every Thurs., Aug. 29-Oct. 31. WAS members lead a hike through the Arb to look for fall warblers and other southbound migrants, many of which are in their first-year plumage.
8-11 a.m., meet in the cul-de-sac at the end of Riverview (off Geddes near the east end of Dow Field). Free. Washtenawaudubon.org.


 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Mah-Jongg: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Thurs. All seniors invited to play this intricate game resembling gin rummy that's played with colorful tiles instead of cards. Beginners welcome.
10 a.m.-noon, Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 332-1874. [map]


 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

Fall Open House: International Neighbors.

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Area women invited to join women from more than 60 countries to learn about and to sign up for various activities throughout the year, including beginning and intermediate English conversation, foreign language discussion groups, tea groups, and special interest groups such as hiking, quilting, and cooking. International Neighbors is a 61-year-old group of local women who welcome women from other countries during their stays in Ann Arbor. Child care (free) available for kids 5 & under.
1-2:30 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Liberty. Free. vp@international-neighbors.org. [map]


 1 p.m. 

Ikebana International.

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An ikebana instructor leads a session of this Japanese style of flower arranging.
1-2:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. $20; metered parking. Preregistration required by Sept. 5 at a2ikebana@gmail.com. 647-7600. [map]


 5-9 p.m.  Free! 

Board Game Night: The Loaded Die.

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Every Thurs. All invited to play popular board games (list available at theloadeddie.com). "Board Game Guru" on hand to answer questions. Raffle.
5-9 p.m., Bløm Meadworks, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free (buy your own food & drink). facebook.com/drinkblom. [map]


 6-11 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. No partner necessary. Game materials provided.
6-11 p.m., Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Free. dwright8182@hotmail.com. [map]


 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Eco Printing with Solstice Handmade": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Solstice Handmade owner Dayna Walton shows all grade 6-adult how to make a series of postcards printed with plant-based inks.
6-8 p.m., AADL Traverwood, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

German Conversation.

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Every Tues & Thurs. All German speakers, native or non-native, invited for conversation with either or both of 2 long-running groups, the German Speakers Round Table (Tues.) and the Stammtisch (Thurs.).
8-10 p.m., Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington. Free admission. 453-2394 (Tues.) & 678-1017 (Thurs.). [map]


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Friday


September 2019
 1 p.m. 

Crafts: Saline District Library.

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All adults invited. Supplies provided. Crafts include "Hello Gourd-geous" wooden pumpkins (Sept. 20) & "Looking Glass" Halloween crystal balls (Oct. 7 & 18). The Oct. 18 craft is geared toward seniors.
7-8:30 p.m. (Mon. & Wed.) & 1-2:30 p.m. (Fri.), SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Drink & Draw/Imbibe & Inscribe": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. All invited to draw or write. Supplies and writing and drawing prompts provided.
4-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer). pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [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, whatever. Maker Works members and staff on hand to help and offer advice. Repairs not guaranteed.
4-6 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. Free. 222-4911. [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Meditative Drawing": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to learn drawing patterns and techniques for mindful doodling.
6:30-8:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. Free. 327-4200. [map]


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September 2019
 7:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Cars & Coffee": Brewed Awakenings Cafe.

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Every Sat. All invited to drive their classic or interesting car to the cafe and discuss it with other car enthusiasts.
7:30-9:30 a.m., Brewed Awakenings, 7025 E. Michigan Ave., ste. M, Saline. Free. 681-0078. [map]


 10:30 & 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

Meet Hikonyan, Ann Arbor City Mascot": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to meet Hikonyan, the samurai-helmeted white cat that serves as the mascot for Hikone, Japan, Ann Arbor's sister city. Also, Hikonyan-themed activities.
10:30 & 11:15 a.m., , AADL Downtown lobby, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Gaming Tournaments": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Sept. 21 & 22. Video game tournaments. Sept. 21: "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate." For adults and teens grade 6 & up. Sept. 22: "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe." For all ages.
1-4 p.m., AADL Downtown meeting rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. . [map]


 2:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to practice juggling. Beginners welcome. Attendees advised to call ahead if there's inclement weather.
2:30-5 p.m., U-M Diag. Free. juggling.info@umich.edu, umich.edu/~juggle, 761-1115.


 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: Chelsea Chess Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to join club members for blitz (5-minute) and untimed games. Some sets and clocks available; bring your own if possible.
3-5 p.m., Wendy's, 1640 Commerce Park, Chelsea. The meetings are held in the Pierce Park picnic shelter during the summer, usually from late May until after Labor Day. Free. 475-1583. [map]


 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Soapmaking 101": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local soapmaker Stephanie Hawkes demonstrates how to make soap at home and offers tips on safety and fixing mistakes. Attendees receive soap to take home.
3-5 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Icebreakers ^2": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sat. All invited to play low-key parlor games.
4-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer). pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


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Sunday


September 2019
 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Gaming Tournaments": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Sept. 21 & 22. Video game tournaments. Sept. 21: "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate." For adults and teens grade 6 & up. Sept. 22: "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe." For all ages.
1-4 p.m., AADL Downtown meeting rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. . [map]


 1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Genealogy Resources at the Western Michigan University Archives and Regional History Collections": Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County.

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New location. Talk by WMU archivist Sharon Carlson. Followed by "Local Archive Opportunities," a talk by club members TBA.
1:30 p.m., Dixboro United Methodist Church, 5221 Church Rd. Free. 483-2799. [map]


 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Block Printing on Fabric": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Lansing artist Regina Pericini shows all grade 6-adult how to carve stamps for block printing on fabric. Participants then choose a design to stamp on a tote bag or tea towel.
2-4 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

Beer & Board Games: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sun. All invited to play board games. Some games provided (or bring your own, if you wish).
4-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer). pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Game Night: Sweetwaters Plymouth Green.

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Every Sun. All invited to play card and board games. Also, a Dungeon Master on hand to lead a game of Dungeons & Dragons. Bring your own game, or use one provided.
5:30-8:30 p.m., Sweetwaters, 3393 Plymouth Rd. Free admission. 369-4568. [map]


 6-11 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. No partner necessary. Game materials provided.
6-11 p.m., Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Free. dwright8182@hotmail.com. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Jam."

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Sept. 8 & 22. Musicians of all ability levels invited to sing and play anything from classic rock, Motown, and blues to bluegrass, folk, and country. Singers and players of all acoustic instruments (strings, horns, and woodwinds) welcome. Led by veteran local musicians Bill Connors and Phil McMillion. The 2nd Sunday of each month features a focus song, followed by jamming. If bringing music for the group to play, bring 27 copies. The 4th Sunday features an open mike for solo, duo, and trio performers, followed by jamming. Also, on Sept. 15, a session for songwriters to try out their new work and get critiques (Great Oak Cohousing common area, 500 Little Lake Dr.).
7-9 p.m., U-M Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. $5 for participants, spectators free. Preregistration required at Meetup.com/Ann-Arbor-Acoustic-Jam. 973-7791. [map]





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