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Clubs, Social Groups, Games, Crafts, & Hobbies - Week of February 10, 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


February 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]


 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Weekly Rehearsal: Women's Chamber Chorus.

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Every Mon., Jan. 13-Apr. 20 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]


 12:30-3:30 p.m. 

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]


 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

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]


 12:30-1 p.m.  Free! 

Walking Group: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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All seniors invited to join a group walk. Canceled for inclement weather.
Turner, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Closed Dec. 24-31. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 6-8 p.m. 

Euchre: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon. All invited to play.
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $3 (members, $2). 794-6250. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon. & Sat. Runners of all abilities invited to join a 3-8 mile run along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Also, a speed-training session (every Tues. 6:30 p.m., 5700 Jackson Rd.). Snacks. Snow or shine.
6:30 p.m. (Mon.), 123 E. Liberty & 8 a.m. (Sat.), 5700 Jackson Rd; call for holiday hours. Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 929-9022 (Tues., Thurs. & Jackson Rd, Sat. run). [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Triumphs and Dilemmas": Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild.

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All invited to join group discussions, organized by fiber technique. The program begins with socializing and displays of members' work.
6:30 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church Piper Hall, 1501 W. Liberty. Free. AnnArborFiberArts@gmail.com. [map]


 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

Mediterranean Cooking Class: HumusFalafil.

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Ferial Rewoldt, chef and owner of this local Mediterranean food business, demonstrates how do make a spinach cheese pie.
7-8 p.m., Argus Farm Stop, 1200 Packard. Free, RSVP required at https://bit.ly/2Gep7L5. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sewing Lab": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Feb. 10 & 24 All invited to get basic sewing help with their unfinished projects or learn how to use the AADL sewing machines. Bring your own sewing machine, if you wish. No experience necessary. Also, local crafter Amber Adams-Fall shows how to hem (Feb. 10) and make a flat-felled seam (Feb. 24).
AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Southern Leaders Speak Out on Secession: Proclamations to the Southern People and the World": Ann Arbor Civil War Round Table.

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former Michigan Regimental Round Table president Don Garlit.
7 p.m., St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Administrative Bldg. rm. 2B45, 5305 Elliott Dr. Free. (517) 750-2741.


 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Scandinavian Music Jam.

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Bruce Sagan and Brad Battey lead an acoustic jam session devoted to traditional music from Sweden and Norway. All instruments welcome.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Great Oak Cohousing common area, 500 Little Lake Dr. Free. (908) 721-2599. [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.
Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $5 team fee. 665-2968. [map]


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Tuesday


February 2020
 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 

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 a.m.  Free! 

"Thyme to Talk About Garden Cleanup!": Good Thyme Garden Club.

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Talk about garden maintenance and its effect on insects by Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission naturalist Shawn Severance.
10 a.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Liberty. Free. 730-2947. [map]


 10 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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Every Tues. All invited to work on knitting projects and hangout 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. 

"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! 

"Bookbinding: Long Stitch": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to learn this simple method of bookbinding. No experience required.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Pollinator Preservation Strategies for the Home Garden: Native Plants and Their Unique Relationships with Beneficial Insects.": Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers.

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Talk by Detroit-based master gardener Cheryl English.
6:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free, metered parking. A2B2club@gmail.com. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"ARDF: Ready To Takeoff!": Chelsea Amateur Radio Club.

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Chelsea resident Joseph Burkhead (KE8MKR), a World ARDF Championship medalist, ARRL ARDF Committee member, military officer, professional pilot, and ELT beacon hunter with over 25 years of DF'ing experience will come talk about new and exciting foxhunting opportunities locally, nationally and internationally. He'll discuss the glories of "foxhunting" and some innovative initiatives in Michigan to include details of upcoming local foxhunts; collaboration with outdoors, scouts and search and rescue groups; and school adoption of ARDF as a STEM curriculum for youth. Whether you're interested in radio sport, sharpening your DF skills, growing the HAM community, promoting radio among youth, connecting with foxhunters across the world, or just finding out how you can get more involved in combining the thrill of a transmitter hunt with the serenity of the great outdoors, you won't want to miss this discussion!
Chelsea Police Station, 305 S. Main Street, Chelsea. Free. 3139192287. lawrence.works@gmail.com http://wd8iel.com/ [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.  Free! 

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! 

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. 

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]


 7-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Voices in Harmony Chorus.

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Every Tues. All women invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local 70-member a cappella barbershop harmony chorus.
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]


 7-9 p.m. 

"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]


 7-10 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. Food & drinks available.
7-10 p.m., Wolverine State Brewing Co., 2019 W. Stadium. Free. (908) 721-2599. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"The Vampire Tapestry": Fantasy and Science Fiction/Theory Reading Group: U-M English Department.

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Ages 21 & over invited to discuss Suzy McKee Charnas's 1980 novel about the moral struggles of a respected anthropology professor who is also a vampire.
7-9 p.m., 3154 Angell Hall. Free. 764-2553. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Washer Necklaces": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to make a decorative pendant using metal washers, paint, beads, and more. Led by local crafter Dawn Henry.
AADL Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain": Sierra Club Book Club.

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All invited to discuss renowned psychologist Lisa Barrett's 2017 book.
7:30 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 971-1157.


 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.).
Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington. Free. 453-2394 (Tues.) & 678-1017 (Thurs.). [map]


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Wednesday


February 2020
 Noon-3 p.m 

American Mah-Jongg: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Wed. All invited to play.
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $3 (members, $2). 794-6250. [map]


 Noon 

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]


 12:30-1 p.m.  Free! 

Walking Group: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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All seniors invited to join a group walk. Canceled for inclement weather.
Turner, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Closed Dec. 24-31. Free. 998-9353. [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 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 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 so, Sweetwaters in Kerrytown, 407 N. Fifth Ave. Free. Facebook.com/groups/KTCrafters. 926-8863. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

The Open Organization Of Lockpickers: TOOOL-Ann Arbor Locksport.

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The mission of The Open Organization Of Lockpickers is to advance the general public knowledge about locks and lockpicking. By examining locks, safes, and other such hardware and publicly discussing our findings, we hope to strip away the mystery with which so many of these products are imbued.
All are welcome. If you have any locks or tools, feel free to bring them. If not, there are plenty to go around. Meetings generally consist of people picking locks while we talk about physical or cyber security, or just about anything else.
(Second Wednesday of each month.)
Ann Arbor Locksport - https://a2-locksport.org/
Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. Free. 734-222-4911. frontdesk@maker-works.com https://www.maker-works.com/events/toool-the-open-organization-of-lockpickers [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! 

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]


 7-8:45 p.m.  Free! 

"An Evening of Poetry and Written Word": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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All invited to read and discuss their poetry or short stories. Bring about 6 copies of your work to share.
Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]


  7-9 p.m. 

"Valentine's Chocolates & Cocktails": Zingerman's Delicatessen.

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The Bar owner Eric Farrell makes cocktails and Zingerman's staffers offer sweet taste samples. Geared towards groups of 2, ages 21 & up.
Zingerman's Greyline, 100 N. Ashley. $45, preregistration required. 663-3400. [map]


 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

History Readers Book Club: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to join a discussion, led by historian Judith Elkin, of Howard Markel's 2017 book The Kelloggs: The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 484-3613. [map]


 9-11:30 p.m. 

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


February 2020
 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.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 332-1874. [map]


 Noon 

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]


 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

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]


 4:30-6 p.m. 

"Coding Playground": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Grades 3-8 invited to build apps using BitsBox, or work on their own project in their preferred coding language. No experience required.
AADL Downtown Training Center.


 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, food & drink for sale. 548-9729. [map]


 5-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Repairsday Thursday": All Hands Active.

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Every Thurs. All invited to bring broken electronics, furniture, toys, etc. Members and volunteers will perform repairs and offer advice. Repairs not guaranteed.
5-7 p.m., All Hands Active, 225 E. Liberty ste. 225. Free. AllHandsActive.org. [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. Boards and stones provided.
6-11 p.m., Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Free. umich.edu/~GoClub. [map]


 6-9 p.m. 

Game Night: Vault of Midnight.

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All invited to play board games. "Game guru" on hand to answer questions.
6-9 p.m., Vault of Midnight, 219 S. Main. $5. 998-1413. [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! 

"Intro to Guitar Pedals": Ann Arbor District Library.

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AADL staffers lead a hands-on demonstration of guitar pedals in the AADL collection.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7-8 p.m. 

"What's in Store? Eating and Cooking With the Seasons": Argus Farm Stop.

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Talk by Registered Dietitian and Argus employee Mary Balog. Plus a tour of winter produce available at Argus and a cooking demo.
7-8 p.m., Argus Farm Stop, 325 W. Liberty. Tickets $25 (students, buy one get one free) at the door. 997-5448. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

English Language Speakers Meetup: Sound Expressions.

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Every Thurs. 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 p.m.  Free! 

Southeast Michigan Woodworkers Meeting: Maker Works.

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Gather, share, learn, and enjoy with other woodworkers. More info at http://semiww.org/
Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. Free. 734-222-4911. frontdesk@maker-works.com https://www.maker-works.com/events/southeast-michigan-woodworkers-meeting [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Toastmaster International Club Meeting: SpeakOUT!.

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Better your interpersonal & public communication skills, plus polish your leadership proficiency in a small and supportive group setting. SpeakOUT! is an LGBTQ+Allies club - all are truly welcome. Come see what Toastmasters can do for you. Meetings are 1.5 hours. Free for visitors - visitors are always welcome.
Jim Toy Community Center, 319 Braun Ct. Free. lawrencemoebs@gmail.com speakout.toastmastersclubs.org [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.).
Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington. Free. 453-2394 (Tues.) & 678-1017 (Thurs.). [map]


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Friday


February 2020
 10:30-11 a.m. 

"Valentine's Storytime Tasting": Zingerman's Delicatessen Just for Younger Kids.

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Ages 2-5 invited to listen to Zingerman's staffers read Lillian Hoban's 1998 picture book Silly Tilly's Valentine and learn how to taste Valentine sweet treats like an expert.
418 Detroit St. $10 per kid includes tastings; parents welcome to lurk for free. Preregistration required. 663-3354. [map]


 12:30-1 p.m.  Free! 

Walking Group: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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All seniors invited to join a group walk. Canceled for inclement weather.
Turner, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Closed Dec. 24-31. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Douglass Day Celebration": U-M Library.

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All invited to view Frederick Douglass works on display from U-M Special Collections Library and help electronically transcribe selected work by civil rights pioneer Mary Church Terrell. Also, a panel discussion with 3 experts TBA on black women's activism. Snacks & birthday cake.
2-4 p.m., U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 764-0400.


 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, beer for sale. (989) 455-4484. [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Danish Hygge Cozy Winter": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults invited to sit by a virtual fireplace with warm drinks, sweet treats, & mellow music and work on jigsaw puzzles or do whatever else gets you in the spirit of hygge, a Danish term for cozy contentment. Also, a local crafter Beth Battey is on hand to help with crochet or knitting projects.
AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Monthly Meet & Greet: Professional Volunteer Corps.

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The Professional Volunteer Corps holds its monthly meeting, social, and orientation for new members on the second Friday of every month. PVC welcomes singles 25 or older who would like to help out local non-profits and have some fun while you're at it. We schedule 2-3 volunteer opportunities and 2-3 social events each month. Participation is flexible. You are welcome to attend and check us out! Check out our web site for directions or more information.
NEW Center, 1100 North Main St. Free. pvc_a2@email.com a2pvc.org [map]


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Saturday


February 2020
 8 a.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon. & Sat. Runners of all abilities invited to join a 3-8 mile run along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Also, a speed-training session (every Tues. 6:30 p.m., 5700 Jackson Rd.). Snacks. Snow or shine.
6:30 p.m. (Mon.), 123 E. Liberty & 8 a.m. (Sat.), 5700 Jackson Rd; call for holiday hours. Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 929-9022 (Tues., Thurs. & Jackson Rd, Sat. run). [map]


 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Toy Hackathon": Maker Works.

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All invited to modify toys for kids with special needs. Bring a battery-operated toy to modify. Instructions and adaptation materials provided.
10 a.m.-2 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. Free, preregistration requested at Maker-Works.com. 222-4911. [map]


 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off animals native to the African continent, including the African crested porcupine (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, presentations every half hour of animals TBA and a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including a sloth, a kangaroo, bald eagle, an Arctic fox, and more.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (ages 2-12, $8; ages 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Nalbinding": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local crafter Beth Battey leads a hands-on demo of this durable & flexible ancient fabric binding technique known in English as knotless knitting.
AADL Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 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]


 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

Pittsfield Open Band: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every 1st & 3rd Sat. All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. If you have them, bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). Free. 994-9307. [map]


 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, beer for sale. (989) 455-4484. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

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

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Ages 18 & older invited to play trivia and cuddle with adoptable cats. Drinks & popcorn. Admission includes 2 beer and wine tickets (ages 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]


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Sunday


February 2020
 9 a.m.  Free! 

Weekend Walk: Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Feb. 2, 16, & 23. All invited to join WAS members on a leisurely winter walk in search of birds. Feb. 2: Ford Lake, meet at the parking lot off of S. Grove St. at the northeast corner of the lake. Feb. 16: Gallup Park, meet at the park parking lot at the east terminus of Gallup Park Rd. Feb. 23: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, meet at the parking lot in front of the conservatory.
9 a.m., various locations. Free. WashtenawAudubon.org.


 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off animals native to the African continent, including the African crested porcupine (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, presentations every half hour of animals TBA and a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including a sloth, a kangaroo, bald eagle, an Arctic fox, and more.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (ages 2-12, $8; ages 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Lego Connection": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Lego open play for kids in grades K-5 (with caregiver). Legos supplied.
AADL Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 1:30-6 p.m.  Free! 

Game Playtesting: Michigame Design Lab.

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Feb. 2 & 16. 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 p.m.  Free! 

"Game Day at Ypsi Alehouse": Ann Arbor Adventure Club.

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Game Day at Ypsi Alehouse. Codenames, Scrabble, Pictionary, Trivial Pursuit, whatever. 3 pm to ? Look for the table sign that says "Game Group".
Ypsi Alehouse, 124 Pearl Street, Ypsilanti. Free. 734 487 1555. [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! 

"House Made of Dawn": UMMA Book Club.

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All invited to join a discussion of N. Scott Momaday's 1968 novel about a young Native American man returning home from WW II. Led by U-M Afroamerican and African Studies program manager Elizabeth James, a Detroit-based Powhatan storyteller. Please bring the 50th anniversary edition.
3-4 p.m., UMMA Eleanor Noyes Crumpacker Gallery, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]


 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

Beer & Board Games: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sun. All invited to play board games. Games provided, or you can bring your own, if you wish.
4-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free, beer for sale. (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, 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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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]


 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]


 7-9 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Jam."

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Feb. 9 & 23 Musicians of all ability levels invited to sing and play anything from classic rock, Motown, and blues to bluegrass, folk, and country. 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. The 4th Sunday features an open mic for solo, duo, and trio performers, followed by jamming. Also, a session for songwriters (Feb. 16, Great Oak Cohousing common area, 500 Little Lake Dr.) to try out their new work and get critiques.
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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