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Clubs, Social Groups, Games, Crafts, & Hobbies - Week of January 13, 2020

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


January 2020
 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]


 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]


 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon., & Fri. Seniors invited to play bridge. Some experience necessary.
Turner, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 6-8 p.m. 

Euchre: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Emerging Writers: Unforgettable Characters": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local short story writer Alex Kourvo discusses how to create fictional characters that seem as real as the people we know. Also, Kourvo and middle school writer Merrie Haskell host an open house for writers to connect with one another and/or work on their projects (Jan. 13, 7-8:30 p.m.)
AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200.


 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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Tuesday


January 2020
 10 a.m.-noon 

Canceled: Social 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) from 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; reservation required.
Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [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]


 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.


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Code Lab: Animation Using Processing": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to explore simple and advanced video animation techniques using the Processing coding language on a Raspberry Pi. Bring your own Pi, if you wish. No experience necessary.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

Canceled: "Bluegrass Jam Circle": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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All musicians invited to bring their acoustic instruments to play bluegrass-style music. Vocalists welcome.
1320 Baldwin Ave. $5 fee to cover building rental. a2bluegrass.com, 794-6250. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

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

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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]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: Monthly Go-Tech Meeting: Maker Works.

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Join us for this self-proclaimed "geek show-and-tell." Makers present their creations!
We have people interested in a wide scope of topics and endeavors. Programming, robots, machining, welding, artistic creations, metal casting, anything being built. Pretty much anything someone is "Making" is welcome at a Go-Tech meeting.
Also, if you have a problem with your project ask for help and the brain trust of Go-Tech will amaze you with solutions to difficulties you haven't even explored yet. This is an open group. All are welcome and especially young makers are encouraged to bring in a project to show off.
Second Tuesday of each month at 7pm.
Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. Free. 7342224911. frontdesk@maker-works https://www.maker-works.com/events/go-tech [map]



 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 p.m.  Free! 

Literati Bookstore Poetry Book Club.

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All invited to join a discussion of a book TBA at LiteratiBookstore.com.
7 p.m., Literati Coffee (upstairs), 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7 p.m. 

Pinball League: Pinball Pete's.

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Every Tues. & Sun. All invited to compete in a pinball tournament of 6 games, followed by a playoff between those in the top half. Prizes.
7 p.m., Pinball Pete's, 1214 South University. $2 entry fee plus the cost of games (75 cents to $1 per game). 213-2502. [map]


 7-10 p.m.  Free! 

"Pub Sing": Ann Arbor Morris.

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Local Morris dancers lead an evening of rousing choruses, drinking songs, sea shanties, and English folk songs.
7-10 p.m., Wolverine State Brewing Co., 2019 W. Stadium. Free, food & drinks for sale. (908) 721-2599. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Snow Crash": Fantasy and Science Fiction/Theory Reading Group: U-M English Department.

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All age 21 & over invited to discuss Neal Stephenson's 1992 cyberpunk novel about a fight to prevent a computer virus-triggered "infopocalypse".
7-9 p.m., 3154 Angell Hall. Free. 764-2553. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"A Wilder Time: Notes from a Geologist at the Edge of the Greenland Ice": Sierra Club Book Club.

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All invited to discuss this 2018 book by William E. Glassley.
7:30 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center, 2513 Jackson. Free. 971-1157. [map]


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Wednesday


January 2020
 Noon 

Canceled: Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. All ages invited to play non-sanctioned (Mon.) & ACBL-sanctioned (Wed. & Thurs.) duplicate bridge. Bring a partner. Refreshments.
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $3 (members, $2). 794-6250. [map]


 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat., except Jan. 1. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [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]


 6-9 p.m.  Free! 

Dexter Quartermania: Columbus Ladies Auxiliary.

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A cross between a live auction and a raffle in which participants bid 1-4 quarters on items in order to be eligible to win them in a raffle. Proceeds benefit the St. Louis Center (Chelsea) for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The first hour is a sale with 20 vendors. Auction begins at 7 p.m. This month's themes are gardening and local farmers markets.
Columbus Hall & Banquet Center, 8265 Dexter-Chelsea Rd., Dexter. Free admission. 426-5558. [map]


 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Letterpress Open Lab: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Wed. 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]


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: 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 so, Sweetwaters in Kerrytown, 407 N. Fifth Ave. Free. Facebook.com/groups/KTCrafters. 926-8863. [map]


 7-11 p.m. 

Canceled: 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! 

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]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Music Jam: Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.

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A session of reels and jigs in various genres, led by the Pittsfield Open Band. All acoustic musicians invited. Bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book if you have them.
7-9 p.m., Ypsi Alehouse, 124 Pearl St., Ypsilanti. Free. 355-9752. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Rainstick Instrument": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local crafter Dawn Henry demonstrates how to make a musical instrument that reproduces rain sounds using cardboard tubes, beans, rice, toothpicks, nails, fabric, feathers, & more.
AADL Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 8-10 p.m. 

Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry.

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Jan. 15, 22, & 29. 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


January 2020
 9:30-11:30 a.m. 

Social Watercolor: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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No prior experience necessary.
Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. Preregistration required. [map]


 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]


 Noon 

Canceled: Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. All ages invited to play non-sanctioned (Mon.) & ACBL-sanctioned (Wed. & Thurs.) duplicate bridge. Bring a partner. Refreshments.
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $3 (members, $2). 794-6250. [map]


 1-2:30 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. Preregistration required by Jan. 2 at a2ikebana@gmail.com. 647-7600. [map]


 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Belly Dance Fitness Workout": International Neighbors.

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Local Ta'amullat dance troupe co-director Pauline Costianes leads participants in this ancient and exhilarating form of dance. All area women invited.
Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Liberty. Free. International-Neighbors.org. [map]


 5-9 p.m.  Free! 

Board Game Night: The Loaded Die.

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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. 

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. Boards and stones provided.
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]


 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Music Tools Lab: Intro to DAWs & Recording": Ann Arbor District Library.

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AADL staffers offer a hands-on introduction on how to use the AudioBox iTwo to record music with a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW).
AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


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Friday


January 2020
 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat., except Jan. 1. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon., & Fri. Seniors invited to play bridge. Some experience necessary.
Turner, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [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). (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]


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Saturday


January 2020
 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Learn How to Use Your Holiday Gifts": MacTechnics.

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Club member Fred Seitz introduces apps that focus on WiFi reception (9 a.m.), and club members show how to use recently released Macintosh computers, tablets, and other gadgets (11 a.m.).
9 a.m.-1 p.m., NEW Center, 1100 N. Main. Free. Contact@MacTechnics.org. [map]


 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat., except Jan. 1. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

Measuring Difficult Orchids: Great Lakes Orchids Judging.

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Orchid judge Dave Miller explains how flower parts are measured and described in competition. Orchid judging.
11 a.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free admission, metered parking. 647-7600. [map]


 12:30-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Art from Around the World": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to make your own works of art inspired by well-known examples. Materials provided.
AADL Malletts Creek, 3090 E. Eisenhower. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 1 p.m.  Free! 

"The Marie Azary Rock Garden": North American Rock Garden Society.

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U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens horticulturist Mike Palmer discusses the history of this Matthaei rock garden and plans for its renovation.
1 p.m., Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Drag Bingo": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to join area Drag Queen Jadein Black in a session of Bingo with music & prizes.
AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Popsicle Stick Paper Dolls": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All ages craft.
AADL Westgate.


 4-7 p.m. 

"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). (989) 455-4484. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

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

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All 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]


 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Letters to a Dead Friend About Zen": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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All invited to join a discussion, led by Crazy Wisdom staffer Deb Flint, of Ohio-based writer & Soto Zen priest Brad Warner's 2019 book.
Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]


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Sunday


January 2020
 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Monster Ann Arbor Record & CD Collector's Show": Rerun Records.

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Popular fair with more than 50 dealers from a half-dozen states selling rare and collectible used records and CDs, as well as hard-to-find new releases. Includes every popular music genre, along with rock music books, rock videos, posters, and assorted pop culture memorabilia. Food and beverages for sale. Patrons may bring in a small number of records to sell.
Weber's Inn, 3050 Jackson Rd. $3 regular admission (children age 10 & under, free); $15 early bird admission. For information or to reserve a dealer table, contact Rod Branham at 604-2540. [map]


 Noon-1 p.m. 

"Hedgehog Day Craft": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Grades preK-3 invited to make pine cone hedgehogs.
AADL Westgate.


 1:30-6 p.m.  Free! 

Game Playtesting: Michigame Design Lab.

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Game Playtesting: Michigame Design Lab. All invited to try out new games from local board and card game designers and provide feedback.
1:30-6 p.m. Bløm Meadworks, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free. 548-9729. [map]


 3-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Drawing for Adults": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Sun., except Feb. 23 Ann Arbor Art Center artists host a different directed drawing activity each week.
AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4200.


 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"The Right to Be Cold: One Woman's Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic and the Whole Planet": UMMA Book Club.

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All invited to join a discussion of Sheila Watt-Cloutier's 2015 book, led by Detroit-based Powhatan storyteller and U-M AfroAmerican and African Studies program manager Elizabeth James.
3-4 p.m., UMMA Eleanor Noyes Crumpacker Gallery, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]


 4-7 p.m. 

Beer & Board Games: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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


 7 p.m. 

Pinball League: Pinball Pete's.

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Every Tues. & Sun. All invited to compete in a pinball tournament of 6 games, followed by a playoff between those in the top half. Prizes.
7 p.m., Pinball Pete's, 1214 South University. $2 entry fee plus the cost of games (75 cents to $1 per game). 213-2502. [map]






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