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Clubs, Social Groups, Games, Crafts, & Hobbies - Week of November 4, 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


November 2019
 9-10 a.m. 

Zumba: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Fri., except Oct. 21., through Dec. 20Local dance instructor Karen Silverman leads this high intensity, low-impact aerobic dance workout.
JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. $5 (students, free). 971-0990. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"A Holistic Approach to Better Gardens": Herb Study Group.

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Club president Madolyn Kaminski discusses how to improve soil, choose plants, and more.
7 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Treasures I Found at AAPEX": Ann Arbor Stamp Club.

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Club members show and discuss their finds from the club's annual show (see 2 Saturday).
7:30 p.m., Salvation Army, 100 Arbana (park & enter at the rear of the building). Free. arbor@provide.net, 761-5859. [map]


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Tuesday


November 2019
 9 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. 

"Day Off at the Museum: Build It!": Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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All kids grades K-5 invited to play games, make art, and experience science hands-on with LSNC and AAHOM staffers. Drop-off begins at 8:30 a.m.
Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, 220 E. Ann. $75. 997-1553. [map]


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Tummy Times": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Tues., except Dec. 24. New and expecting parents invited to discuss new baby experiences. Babies welcome.
10-11 a.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Paper Toys: Flextangles and Spinning Tops": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Kids in grades K-8 invited to make polygonal origami sculptures and tops using paper, beads, and skewers.
AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood. 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]


 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]


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Wednesday


November 2019
 9-10 a.m. 

Zumba: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Fri., except Oct. 21., through Dec. 20Local dance instructor Karen Silverman leads this high intensity, low-impact aerobic dance workout.
JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. $5 (students, free). 971-0990. [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. Closed Dec. 24-31. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 6-7:30 p.m. 

"Traveling the Silk Road Through the Heart of Central Asia": Evenings with Olli (U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute).

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Photo-illustrated travelogue by Olli members Van Harrison and Bill Roberts of their recent trip to 6 UNESCO world heritage sites.
Kellogg Eye Center, 1000 Wall St. $5. 998-9351. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Southeastern Michigan CNC Makers Club.

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Local hobbyists discuss how to make devices such as 3-D printers and laser cutters. Visitors welcome.
7-9 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. Free. 222-4911. [map]


 7 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! 

"Primulas": Ann Arbor Garden Club.

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Local garden enthusiast Susan Haddock discusses cultivating the many varieties of primrose.
7 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 761-8281. [map]


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Thursday


November 2019
 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. Game materials provided.
6-11 p.m., Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Free. dwright8182@hotmail.com. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Knitting Group: Brewed Awakenings Cafe.

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Every Thurs.. 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]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Fantastic Rocks from Around the World": Huron Hills Lapidary & Mineral Society.

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Presentation by club members Stan and Priscilla Woollams.
7 p.m., West Side United Methodist Church social hall, 900 S. Seventh St. Free. 665-5574. [map]


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Friday


November 2019
 9-10 a.m. 

Zumba: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Fri., except Oct. 21., through Dec. 20Local dance instructor Karen Silverman leads this high intensity, low-impact aerobic dance workout.
JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. $5 (students, free). 971-0990. [map]


 4 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]


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Saturday


November 2019
 8 a.m.  Free! 

Weekend Walk for Birds at Matthaei Botanical Gardens: Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Join us as we explore one of Washtenaw county's top birding hotspots with nearly 150 species reported this year. We will enjoy the autumn scenery and fall birds with the beautiful backdrop of the gardens at Matthaei. Meet in the parking lot in front of the gift shop. There is no fee to enter the gardens, but parking is $1.80 per hour with $5.00 maximum.
We strongly encourage those that are curious about or new to birding to attend our walks and other events. All that is required is some walking shoes and a desire to see some birds. Binoculars are important, but don't let that stop you as we will have extra if needed.
Leader: Matthew Spoor
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Free. fieldtrips@washtenawaudubon.com www.washtenawaudubon.org [map]



 8 a.m.  Free! 

"Weekend Walk for Birds": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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WAS member Matthew Spoor leads a hike through Matthaei Botanical Gardens to spot any of the nearly 150 bird species reported there this year.
U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Free; metered parking. Washtenawaudubon.org.


 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Nature Programs: Waterloo Recreation Area.

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Nov. 9 & 16. Nature programs led by WRA park interpreter Katie McGlashen. Nov. 9: "Call of the Wild" (11 a.m.-noon), a talk on how Michigan wildlife communicates with yelps, grunts, rattles, and squeals, and "Camouflage Games" (1-2 p.m.), a talk on how animals adapt camouflage; participants encouraged to wear camo gear and compete for prizes. Nov. 16: "Hike a 1000-foot Esker in Waterloo" (9 a.m.), a 1.5 mile uphill hike over an esker, which is rugged glacial topography caused by meltwater and colloquially known as a "hogback." Wear sturdy shoes & bring water.
Various times, Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Rd., Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. Free. $11 State Recreation Pass required ($16 at the gate). 475-3170.


 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

Science Forum Demos: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Hands-on 20-minute demos. In "Counting Cells" (11 a.m.) participants learn about cell structure and division. In "How to Become a Fossil" (3 p.m.), participants handle real fossils while learning how fossils form and how fossil casts are made. For ages 5+.
Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 Noon-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Synth Expo": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Synthesizer performances, hands-on activities, and a chance to try one of the synths from the AADL's Music Tools collection. Synth makers and sellers on hand for consultations.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200.


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

Nature Programs: Waterloo Recreation Area.

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Nov. 9 & 16. Nature programs led by WRA park interpreter Katie McGlashen. Nov. 9: "Call of the Wild" (11 a.m.-noon), a talk on how Michigan wildlife communicates with yelps, grunts, rattles, and squeals, and "Camouflage Games" (1-2 p.m.), a talk on how animals adapt camouflage; participants encouraged to wear camo gear and compete for prizes. Nov. 16: "Hike a 1000-foot Esker in Waterloo" (9 a.m.), a 1.5 mile uphill hike over an esker, which is rugged glacial topography caused by meltwater and colloquially known as a "hogback." Wear sturdy shoes & bring water.
Various times, Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Rd., Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. Free. $11 State Recreation Pass required ($16 at the gate). 475-3170.


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"NaNoWriMo Free Write Session": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Nov. 9 & 23. All invited to work on their novel for this nonprofit promotion (also known as National Novel Writing Month) challenging teens and adults to write a 50,000-word novel by the end of November.
AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200.


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Recycled Bird Feeder": Ecology Center of Ann Arbor.

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All invited to build a simple feeder to take home. Materials provided.
Veterans Memorial Park, 2150 Jackson. Free, email education@ecocenter.org to register (register a week or more in advance to receive a free open skate admission & rental skates) 369-9277. [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


November 2019
 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

Science Forum Demos: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Hands-on 20-minute demos. In "Counting Cells" (11 a.m.) participants learn about cell structure and division. In "How to Become a Fossil" (3 p.m.), participants handle real fossils while learning how fossils form and how fossil casts are made. For ages 5+.
Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Shape Note Singing: Ann Arbor Sacred Harp.

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All invited to join an afternoon of shape note, or sacred harp, singing, a form of communal hymn singing that has its roots in colonial America. Songbooks available, but singers encouraged to bring their own.

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1-4 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Free, but donations accepted for music scholarships. cawolfe@umich.edu. 678-7549, 663-0262. [map]


 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Countdown Calendars": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to make a calendar that has a small perforated pocket for a small treat or note for each day prior to special event. Paper and decorations supplied, but you'll have to add the treats and glue it together at home.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200.


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Drawing for Kids": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Ann Arbor Art Center artists host a different directed drawing activity each week for kids in grades 1-5:

Oct. 6: "Inktober Illustrations"

Oct. 13: "Wildly Creative Monsters"

Oct. 20: "Spooky Haunted Houses"
AADL Downtown 4th-fl. meeting rm.


 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Chess for All Ages": Sweetwaters Plymouth Green.

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All invited to play chess. A tournament-winning player is on hand to assist. Bring your own board, if you have one (some provided).
2-4 p.m., Sweetwaters, 3393 Plymouth Rd. Free admission. 369-4568. [map]


 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Drawing for Adults": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Sun., except Nov. 24. Ann Arbor Art Center artists host a different directed drawing activity each week.
AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4200.


 3-5p.m.  Free! 

"Drop-in Fiber Lab": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to bring fiber art projects to work on.
AADL Malletts Creek. Free. 327-4200.


 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]


 5:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Game Night: Sweetwaters Plymouth Green.

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Every Sun. All invited to play card and board games. Also, 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. Game materials provided.
6-11 p.m., Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Free. dwright8182@hotmail.com. [map]


 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Morris.

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Every Sun. All invited to try this boisterous, jingly English ceremonial dance thought to be descended from the 15th-century Spanish moresca. Wear athletic shoes.
6-8 p.m., outdoors in Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse. Free. Email a2morris@umich.edu to confirm or check meetup.com/Ann-Arbor-Morris-Dancing. 717-1569. [map]



Canceled and Postponed Events:

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Tuesday


November 2019
 10 a.m.  Free! 

Canceled: "A2 Early Morning Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Cyclists invited to join club members on this easy-paced ride of 20-30 miles.
Meet at Bird Hills Park parking lot, 1951 Newport Rd. Free. 996-8440. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m. 

Canceled: "Ann Arbor Community Sing": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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All invited to join this monthly gathering to sing songs from the various branches of American folk music.
Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $5. 794-6250. [map]


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Wednesday


November 2019
 6-9 p.m. 

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

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Every Tues. All knitters invited to work on their current projects and swap tips.
Call for location. $2 monthly dues. MeetUp.com/Ann-Arbor-StitchNBitch, 945-3035.


 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: Letterpress Open Lab: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Wed., except Apr. 1 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, AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: S.E. Michigan CNC Enthusiast Group: Maker Works.

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For folks who want to get started with CNC as well as veterans to share information. Focus of the group is anything CNC-related: projects, additive machines like the Makerbot or subtractive mills, CAD, CAM, and the holy war of issues like Servos vs. Steppers, NURBS vs. Meshes, and EMC2 vs. Mach3.
Meetings are normally on the first Wednesday of the month (except when they land on a holiday and Maker Works is closed), free and open to everyone and you don't have to be a member of Maker Works to attend.
With the approach of winter, if the weather is too inclement for safe travel, the meeting may be cancelled if conditions warrant it.
Any CNC-related topic is game and if you have something to show off, please bring it.
For more info, visit: SEMICNC Yahoo! Group https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/semicnc/info
Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. Free. 734-222-4911. frontdesk@maker-works.com https://www.maker-works.com/events/se-michigan-cnc-enthusiast-group [map]


 7:30-10 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: Visitors Night: Ann Arbor Model Railroad Club.

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All invited to check out the trains whizzing around on the club's big, elaborate layout, housed in a depot restored by the club.
7:30-10 p.m., Michigan Central depot, 3487 Broad, Dexter. Free. 426-5100. [map]


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Thursday


November 2019
 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Canceled: 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.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 332-1874. [map]






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