Ann Arbor Weather:
Friday July 03, 2020
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed

Calendar of Events

Clubs, Social Groups, Games, Crafts, & Hobbies - Week of December 2, 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.





 
Who wrote this?   Ann Arbor Observer tree logo Observer editors    community member community members
2

Monday


December 2019
 9-10 a.m. 

Zumba: Jewish Community Center.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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]


 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Weekly Meeting: The U-M Club of Ann Arbor.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Mon. All invited to talk sports with other enthusiasts, and listen to featured U-M sports coaches recap the season. Also, a Weber's catered lunch available ($10.75; seniors, $10.25).
Weber's Inn, 3050 Jackson Rd. $5 for nonmembers, up to 2 weeks; free for members ($60 annual membership dues). 239-3428. [map]


 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Seasonal Decorating": Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

All invited to decorate the lobby of Veterans Memorial Park Indoor Ice Arena with lights and snowflakes. Materials provided.
3-5, Veterans Ice Arena, 2150 Jackson Rd. Free. 761-7240. [map]


 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

Lifetree Café.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

All invited to join conversations led by St. Paul Lutheran Church members. Each week begins with a video introduction. Snacks provided. Dec. 2: "Angels Among Us: Stories of Miraculous Encounters." Dec. 9: "Stuck in a Rut? Get Unstuck One Step at a Time." Dec. 16: "Conquering Conflict: Healthy Ways to Handle Disagreements." Dec. 30: "Why God? When Personal Tragedy Doesn't Make Sense."
7-8 p.m., 500 W. Liberty. Free. 665-7912. [map]


3

Tuesday


December 2019
 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Tummy Times": Ann Arbor District Library.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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]


 5-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Introduction to Linoleum Carving": Ann Arbor District Library.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

All invited to carve an image onto a 3x4 linoleum block and use it to print on a coaster or card. Bring an idea or example of your intended imagery. No experience necessary.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200.


 5:30-7 p.m. 

"Cheers to Michigan!": Zingerman's Roadhouse.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Michigan Radio Cheers hosts Lester Graham and Tammy Coxen discuss their new book about the regional craft cocktail scene, Cheers to Michigan: A Celebration of Cocktail Culture and Craft Distillers. Also, tastings of a whisky sour, French 75, and tequila old-fashioned, paired with artisan cheeses.
Zingerman's Roadhouse, 2501 Jackson. $50, preregistration required. 663-3663. [map]


 5:30 p.m. 

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

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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]


 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Holiday Light Bracelets": Ann Arbor District Library.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

All invited to make a festive illuminated bracelet. Basic experience with round-nose pliers and beading suggested. Materials provided.
AADL Pittsfield. Free. 327-4200.


 6-9 p.m. 

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

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

All knitters invited to work on their projects and swap tips.
Call for location and holiday hours. $2 monthly dues. meetup.com/ann-arbor-StitchNBitch/, 945-3035.


 7 p.m. 

Eastside Weekly Euchre Tournament.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Open to ages 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]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

English Language Speakers Meetup: Sound Expressions.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Certified ESL instructor Linda Stegmeyer leads a conversational meetup for speakers of English as a second language.
7-9 p.m., Sweetwaters Plymouth Green, 3393 Plymouth Rd. Free. 369-4568. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Spanish Readers Group: Nicola's Books.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

All invited to join a discussion, in Spanish, of Los ingrávidos, Valeria Luiselli's novel about an expatriate Mexican novelist who emotionally bonds with a long-dead poet.
7:30 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.


4

Wednesday


December 2019
 9-10 a.m. 

Zumba: Jewish Community Center.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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]


 Noon-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Board Game Fun": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Color Away": Sweetwaters Plymouth Green.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Wed., except Dec. 25. All adults invited to color. Supplies provided.
7-9 p.m., Sweetwaters, 3393 Plymouth Rd. Free. 369-4568. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Mindfulness and Meditation for Adults": Ann Arbor District Library.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Meditation guided by local meditation leader Amy Tarrant. Bring a blanket or pillow, if you like.
AADL Pittsfield. Free. 327-4200.


 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

History of Books & Printing Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

All invited to join a discussion of Michael Rosenthal's 2017 book Barney: Grove Press and Barney Rosset, America's Maverick Publisher and his Battle Against Censorship.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]


 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Members, and interested nonmembers, read and discuss poems on various themes. Followed by collaborative writing games and exercises. Snacks & socializing.
8-10 p.m., Argus Farm Stop greenhouse, 325 W. Liberty. $5 suggested donation. OnePausePoetry.org, 707-1284. [map]


5

Thursday


December 2019
 5-9 p.m.  Free! 

Board Game Night: The Loaded Die.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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). 548-9729. [map]


 6-11 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided. 6-11 p.m., Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Free. umich.edu/~goclub
6-11 p.m., Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Free. umich.edu/~goclub. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Knitting Group: Brewed Awakenings Cafe.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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! 

Annual Show-and-Tell & Holiday Party: Huron Hills Lapidary & Mineral Society.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

All invited to bring rocks, minerals, or jewelry to show off. Refreshments.
7 p.m., West Side United Methodist Church social hall, 900 S. 7th St. Free. 665-5574. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Gingerbread": Literati Bookstore Feminist Book Club.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

All invited to join a discussion of Helen Oyeyemi's fairy tale inspired novel about a woman who believes she is from a mysterious far-off land.
7 p.m., Literati Coffee (upstairs), 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7:30-10:30 p.m. 

Christmas Dance: Ann Arbor Ski Club.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

With live music by local pop-rock cover band Spark. Food and drink included in price of admission.
7:30-10:30 p.m., Cobblestone Farm, 2781 Packard. $10 (members, $5) or bring a new unwrapped gift for a child. A2skiclub.org. [map]


6

Friday


December 2019
 9-10 a.m. 

Zumba: Jewish Community Center.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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]


 4-7 p.m. 

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

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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. [06fri]. [map]


 5:30-10 p.m. 

"Parents' Night Out": Leslie Science & Nature Center.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

All kids invited to engage with different science-based activities with LSNC and AAHOM staffers. Late night popcorn. Preregistration by Dec. 3 includes a Panera sandwich dinner box.
Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, 220 E. Ann. $35 (members, $30). 997-1553. [map]


 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Brush Lettering Basics": Ann Arbor District Library.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

All invited to learn the basics of this modern calligraphy style.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200.


 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Decorative Magnet Board Gift": Ann Arbor District Library.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Local crafter Dawn Henry shows how to personalize a magnet board. Bring your own small trinkets, including your initials, flowers, ribbons, photos, and small rocks.
AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200.


 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

Angell Hall Observatory Open House: U-M Student Astronomical Society.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

All invited to peer through the telescopes in the observatory and on the Angell Hall roof and to view shows in the planetarium. Also, short astronomy presentations by club members.
8-10 p.m., 5th floor rooftop observatory, Angell Hall (enter through Haven Hall on the Diag side of the building). Free. 764-3440. [map]


7

Saturday


December 2019
 10 a.m.-Noon 

Holiday Greens Workshop: Ann Arbor Garden Club.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

A club member shows how to make a holiday wreath or decoration. Bring your own garden shears; materials provided.
10 a.m.-noon, U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. $15, metered parking. RSVP requested at nHartGreen@aol.com. 761-8281. [map]


 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Advent Happening Arts & Crafts": First Presbyterian Church.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

All ages invited to decorate cookies and make gifts, cards, and ornaments. Childcare available for babies age 2 & under (reservations required).
First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw. Free. 662-4466 ext. 342. [map]


 10 a.m.-Noon 

"Small Woodland Wonders": U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Families invited to learn about winter and create miniature winter scenes using natural materials.
10 a.m.-noon, Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. $12; metered parking, preregistration recommended. 647-7600. [map]


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Ecology Center of Ann Arbor.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

All invited to create an ornament with shells, beads, buttons, and more to use as winter decorations in the Ann Arbor Senior Center. Materials provided.
Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. Free, preregistration requested at Education@EcoCenter.org. 369-9277. [map]


 4-7 p.m. 

"Icebreakers ^2": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Love in Catalina Cove": In Good Company African American Book Club.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

All invited to join a discussion of Brenda Jackson's 2018 romance novel.
4 p.m., Nicola's Books, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

Euchre Night: Temple Beth Emeth.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

All invited to play. No partner necessary.
8 p.m., TBA Adult Lounge, 2309 Packard. Free. djostrei@umich.edu, 665-4744. [map]


8

Sunday


December 2019
 Noon-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Washtenaw Area Pickup Robotics Exhibition Day": Ann Arbor District Library.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

All invited to watch as robots, built in mere weeks by area high school robotics teams, compete in 2 vs. 2 volleyball matches. Finals start around 5 p.m.
U-M Sports Coliseum, 721 S. Fifth Ave. Free admission. 327-4200. [map]


 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

Chess Learn & Play: Sweetwaters Plymouth Green.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

All invited to play chess, with instructions for beginners. Boards provided, or bring your own.
2-4 p.m., Sweetwaters, 3393 Plymouth Rd. Free admission. 369-4568. [map]


 2-4 p.m. 

Monthly Euchre Tournament: The Loaded Die.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Individuals & 2-player teams welcome. Prizes.
2-4 p.m., Bløm Meadworks, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Tickets $8 (league members, free) in advance at Facebook.com/DrinkBlom and at the door. 548-9729. [map]


 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Holiday Nature Crafts": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

WCPARC naturalists Kelsey Dehring and Shawn Severance teach family-friendly crafts using natural materials. Hot cocoa provided; Michigan-grown chestnuts on hand for roasting.
2-4 p.m., Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings. Free, preregistration required at ParksOnline.eWashtenaw.org. $6 vehicle entry fee. 971-6337. [map]


 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Piano Party!": King's Keyboard House.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Pianists of all levels invited to play 1-2 pieces at this open mike.
2-4 p.m., King's Keyboard House, 2363 E. Stadium. Free, RSVP requested. 663-3381. [map]


 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

Beer & Board Games: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

All invited to play board games. Some games provided (or you can 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]


 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"A Necessary Evil": Booked for Murder Mystery Book Club.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

All invited to join a discussion of Abir Mukherjee's 2018 novel about the assassination of the prince of a wealthy kingdom.
4:30 p.m., Nicola's Books, Westgate shopping center. Free. 769-2149.


 5:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Game Night: Sweetwaters Plymouth Green.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

All invited to play card and board games. Also, a Dungeon Master on hand to lead a game of Dungeons and 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.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided. 6-11 p.m., Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Free. umich.edu/~goclub
6-11 p.m., Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Free. umich.edu/~goclub. [map]



Canceled and Postponed Events:

2

Monday


December 2019
 8:30-11:30 p.m. 

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

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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.
Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $5 team fee. 665-2968. [map]


3

Tuesday


December 2019
 7 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: Huron Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Tues. Men invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local barbershop harmony chorus.
Stony Creek United Methodist Church, 8635 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. Free to visitors ($214 annual dues). Newcomers should call in advance, 796-7467. [map]


4

Wednesday


December 2019
 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: Letterpress Open Lab: Ann Arbor District Library.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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.

  community member   < less

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]


 7-8:30 p.m. 

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

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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]


 7:30-10 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: Visitors Night: Ann Arbor Model Railroad Club.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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]


 9-11:30 p.m. 

Canceled: Music Trivia: Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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]


5

Thursday


December 2019
 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

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

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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]






You might also like:

Restaurants with Senior Discounts
A clickable zoomable map
Restaurants with Diapering Facilities
A clickable zoomable map
The Reinvention of a Therapist
Jo Benson promises to help women struggling during the pandemic. But clients have reason to be wary.
Michael Betzold
Special Services
Susan Ringler-Cerniglia
Tracking the Covid-19 pandemic
Eve Silberman
Covid Campaigning
With door-knocking out, candidates look for alternatives.
James Leonard
Mexican, Latin and Southwestern Restaurants
Riverside Arts Center turns to online art to bring people together
Artistic livestreams and an online photo gallery show the diverse culture of Ypsi artists.
Stephanie Sorter
Out: Art Van
In: Loves Furniture
Trilby MacDonald
Subscribe to the Ann Arbor Observer
The Bob Ufer Memorial Scholarship Fund 2020. Originated in 1983.
Van Boven
One of the finest university art museums in the country, UMMA holds collections representing 150 yea