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Calendar of Events

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


December 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]


 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

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

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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]


 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]


 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

Lifetree Café.

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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]


 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"MakerChelsea: Holiday Greens Centerpiece": Chelsea District Library.

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All adults invited to make a holiday centerpiece with fresh greenery. Materials provided.
7-8 p.m., CDL McKune rm., 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free, preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]


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Tuesday


December 2019
 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]


 5:30 p.m. 

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

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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! 

"Art From Around the World: Optical Art": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to learn the basic principles of geometric art and make your own designs.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200.


 6-9 p.m. 

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

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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.

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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.

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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]


 7-9 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!  Online 

Voices in Harmony Chorus.

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Every Tues. All female singers invited to join the weekly online rehearsals of this local 40-member a cappella barbershop harmony chorus.
For online meeting URL email Info@VoicesInHarmonyChorus.org. Free to visitors ($26 monthly dues for those who join). 612-7580.


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Tales and Travels": Huron Valley Sierra Club.

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Club members and others invited to share photos from their most adventurous trips. 10 minutes per presenter.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free, but metered parking. jaime@jaime4a2.org. [map]


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Wednesday


December 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]


 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. Closed Dec. 24-31. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

Culinary History Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to discuss The Shape of Water, Andrea Camilleri and Stephen Sartarelli's 1994 detective mystery about the murder of a Sicilian politician.
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.

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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]


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Thursday


December 2019
 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

Homemade Treats Exchange: International Neighbors.

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All area women invited to bring a batch of 20 or more homemade cookies or treats. Socializing, refreshments. Child care available for kids age 5 & under.
Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Liberty. Free. International-Neighbors.org. [map]


 6-11 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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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.

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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]


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Friday


December 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]


 Noon 

"Christmas Meal": Chelsea Senior Center.

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All seniors invited for a Christmas feast. Followed by a sing-along of favorite Christmas carols.
Noon, CSC, 512 E. Washington, Chelsea. $5 suggested donation, reservations required by Dec. 13. 475-9242. [map]


 4-7 p.m. 

"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. [06fri]. [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]


 4:30-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Decorate A Nutcracker": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Grades K-5 invited to decorate your own wooden nutcracker ornament. Materials provided.
AADL Pittsfield Branch. Free. 327-4200.


 6-10 p.m. 

Holiday Party: Pittsfield Union Grange.

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Potluck dinner followed by carols and small gift exchange (under $10 or homemade). Bring a dish to pass.
6-10 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. Free. 274-0773. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Chocolate Cake Sutra: Ingredients for a Sweet Life": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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All invited to join a discussion, led by Crazy Wisdom owner Bill Zirinsky, of Oregon-based Zen Buddhist dharma teacher (and former Ann Arborite) Geri Larkin's book.
Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]


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Saturday


December 2019
 12:01 a.m.  Free! 

74th Annual Christmas Bird Count: Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Everyone from novices to experienced birders is invited to volunteer for all or part of the day, either as a field observer or (if you have a bird feeder) as a feeder watcher. The count area is a 15-mile-diameter circle centered on Ann Arbor; its 8 regions must be counted in a single day. This makeshift census may be off by thousands, but much useful information is gained by comparing the results from year to year. Some count regions also conduct predawn searches for owls. The results are tallied at a potluck dinner at U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens this evening at 5:30 p.m.
Visit WashtenawAudubon.org for contact numbers and event updates.


 11 a.m.  Free! 

Annual Christmas Get-Together: Great Lakes Orchids Judging.

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All invited to a potluck, orchid-related auction, and orchid judging.
11 a.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free admission, metered parking. 647-7600. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Star War Crafts": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Grades K-5 invited to make some stellar crafts to celebrate the release of Star Wars Episode IX.
AADL Malletts Creek. Free. 327-4200.


 4-7 p.m. 

"Icebreakers ^2": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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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]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Trivia with Cats": Tiny Lions Lounge and Adoption Center.

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All age 18 & older invited to play trivia and cuddle with adoptable cats. Drinks & popcorn. Admission includes 2 beer and wine tickets (age 21 & over only). Bring your own nonalcoholic beverages, if you wish.
7:30 p.m., Tiny Lions, 5245 Jackson Rd. (ste. A1). $15. Preregistration available at tinylions.org/trivia. 661-3575. [map]


 8-9:30 p.m. 

"Winter Solstice Meditation Concert": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth Cafe 704 Coffeehouse.

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Candlelit performance by local soprano Norma Gentile, who begins with sacred chants by Hildegard von Bingen, then improvises chants inspired by the energies in the room.
Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $20 suggested donation. 327-0270. [map]


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Sunday


December 2019
 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Felt Paw Print Ornaments": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All ages craft. Basic stitching knowledge required
AADL Malletts Creek. Free. 327-4200.


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Penguin Awareness Day Craft": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Grades K-3 invited to make a penguin craft to celebrate these aquatic birds.
AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200.


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Button Lab": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to make button pins. Materials provided, or bring your own image, 1.25-2.25 inches, to use.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200.


 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Electronics Lab: Introduction to Soldering": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to make a simple soldered flashlight.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200.


 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

Beer & Board Games: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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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]


 5:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Game Night: Sweetwaters Plymouth Green.

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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.

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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:

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Monday


December 2019
 Noon-3 p.m. 

Canceled: 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]


 8:30-11:30 p.m. 

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


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Wednesday


December 2019
 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]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: "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]


 9-11:30 p.m. 

Canceled: Music Trivia: 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


December 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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