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Family, Teens, & Kids' Stuff

Ann Arbor is a family town, and the area provides a host of activities for kids of all ages. Let The Calendar help plan an after-school or weekend excursion.

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Friday


November 2019
 8 a.m. 

Ann Arbor Scavenger Hunt: Ann Arbor Adventure.

  community member   < less Let's Roam Scavenger Hunt

Explore Michigan's most charming city and learn a thing or two at the state university on this loop around Ann Arbor! Tourist, local, or new to town, this is a lively small group activity that anyone can enjoy. Lace up your walking shoes and get ready to experience the city like you never have before. Snap pics, race against the clock, and put your navigation skills to the test as you wander at your own pace. No reservations, no tour guides, and fun for all ages.
Let's Roam Scavenger Hunts, 313 E Huron St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, USA. $11. support@letsroam.com https://www.letsroam.com/scavenger_hunt/Ann_Arbor_Scavenger_Hunt?utm_source=partner&utm_medium=annarborobv [map]



 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. For kids up to 24 months (with caregiver). No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield. (No playgroups at Pittsfield during the month of October due to site construction)

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Drop-in Preschool Makerspace": Dexter District Library.

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Kids age 5 and under (with caregiver) invited to do crafts and building challenges. Materials provided.
Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 11:20 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

"1/2 Day Pizza Cafe": Saline District Library.

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All teens invited for pizza and games.
SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]


 Noon  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. 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. Kids welcome.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 5-6 p.m. 

Youth Aerial (Ages 8-17): A2 Aviary.

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This all levels class is designed for active young people to explore the aerial arts, known as "flying". Students will warm up and cool down together, then will split into two groups based on experience and ability level.
Beginning students will work with instructor Rachel to learn the basic poses and sequences on the aerial apparatus. Once they have the basics down, they will work on building the endurance needed to spend several minutes in the air, as well as sequencing poses into mini routines.
Intermediate students will be with instructor Sara, focusing on technique, form, and choreography while learning more complex sequences and developing their personal style.
PREREQ: Students new to the Aviary must have a parent or legal guardian present on their first day. The guardian does not have to stay for the duration of the lesson but must be present to meet the instructor on the first day. Youth aerial classes are offered in monthly sessions, please click link for info!
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk St, Suite A. $70-$90. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 5:30-10 p.m. 

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

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All kids invited to engage with different science-based activities with LSNC and AAHOM staffers. Late night popcorn. Register by Nov. 12th to receive a Panera sandwich dinner box.
Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, 220 E. Ann. $35 (members, $30). 997-1553. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

Magic: The Gathering: Dexter District Library.

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Grades 6-12 invited to play this popular collectible card game. Basic knowledge of the rules required. Pizza & prizes.
6-8:30pm (prompt arrival requested), DDL. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Teen After Hours: 90s Night": Chelsea District Library.

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All teens invited to play 90s board games, eat 90's snacks, and sing 90s music at karaoke.
CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Friday Night Stories": Ann Arbor District Library.

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AADL storytellers present an all ages program of songs and stories.
AADL Downtown lobby. Free. 327-4200.


 7 p.m. 

"The Hunchback of Notre Dame": Young People's Theater.

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Nov. 14-17. Caroline Huntoon directs young local actors in the Disney musical by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz based on Victor Hugo's novel about the deformed bell-ringer Quasimodo who's held prisoner in Notre Dame cathedral. When he escapes for a day, he's treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda. The score includes songs from the 1996 animated film, including "Out There."
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 1 p.m. (Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University, Tickets $15 (seniors age 65 & over and youth age 18 & under, $10) in advance at muto.umich.edu & the Michigan League, and (if available) at the door. 763-TKTS. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"The Snowy Day and Other Stories": EMU Theater Department Theatre of the Young.

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Nov. 15 & 16. EMU drama professor Emily Levickas directs EMU students in Jerome Hariston's stage adaptation of Ezra Jack Keats's popular picture books about the simple pleasures in a young boy's life, like playing in the fresh fallen snow and whistling for the first time. For ages 4 and up.
EMU Sponberg Theatre, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (seniors, $14; students, $12; kids 12 & under, $7) in advance at emutix and at the door. 487-1221.


 7:30 p.m. 

"The Secret Garden": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Nov. 28), Nov. 14-Dec. 22. This local professional theater company performs Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman's 1989 musical adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's beloved children's novel set in Victorian England. Sent to live in the cheerless house of her reclusive, widowed uncle and his invalid son, an orphan girl discovers a hidden garden that reintroduces joy to her life and that of her relatives. The songs, with many lyrics drawn from the original text, have been described as "fetching" by the New York Times.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $32 (seniors, $30; youth & groups of 10 or more, $28) on Thurs.; $36 (seniors, $34; youth & groups of 10 or more, $32) on Fri. & Sat. eve.; $34 (seniors, $32; youth & groups of 10 or more, $30) for all matinees in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]


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Saturday


November 2019
 8 a.m. 

Ann Arbor Scavenger Hunt: Ann Arbor Adventure.

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Explore Michigan's most charming city and learn a thing or two at the state university on this loop around Ann Arbor! Tourist, local, or new to town, this is a lively small group activity that anyone can enjoy. Lace up your walking shoes and get ready to experience the city like you never have before. Snap pics, race against the clock, and put your navigation skills to the test as you wander at your own pace. No reservations, no tour guides, and fun for all ages.
Let's Roam Scavenger Hunts, 313 E Huron St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, USA. $11. support@letsroam.com https://www.letsroam.com/scavenger_hunt/Ann_Arbor_Scavenger_Hunt?utm_source=partner&utm_medium=annarborobv [map]



 9 a.m.  Free! 

Nature Programs: Waterloo Recreation Area.

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


 10 a.m., noon, and 2 & 4 p.m  Free! 

U-M Natural History Museum Tours.

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Every Sat. & Sun. 30-minute guided tours showcasing some of the museum's beloved and new exhibits. "Museum Highlights Tour" (10 a.m. & 2 p.m.) shows a mastodon couple, the Majungasaurus, and some of the new research labs. "Wonderful World of Whales Tour" (Noon & 4 p.m.) shows how whales and dolphins made the transition from land back to water.
Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Critters Up Close!": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Nov. 16 & 17. Leslie Science & Nature Center staff show live owls. Also, animal-oriented hands-on activities. Note: On Saturday, a midday "Animal Naptime" lets the animals take a break.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 1-4 p.m. (Sun.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. All events free (except as noted) with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Chinese Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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An AADL storyteller tells stories and sings songs in Mandarin. Also, a Chinese-themed craft. On Oct. 19, a Halloween costume party (AADL Traverwood Branch). For babies & preschoolers (siblings welcome).
AADL Downtown Youth Story Corner (Nov. 2), AADL Traverwood (Nov. 9), and AADL Traverwood (Nov. 16). Free. 327-4200.


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. 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. Kids welcome.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. (postponed to Jan. 25)  Free! 

"Bixby Marionettes Workshop": Saline District Library.

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Postponed: Saline Arts and Culture Committee vice chair John Anderson discusses this legacy of beloved late Saline puppeteer Meredith Bixby, then shows kids in grades 3-5 (10:30 a.m.) and 6-8 (1 p.m.) how to make their own marionette.
SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 10:30 a.m. 

"The Little Scientist Club": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Every Tues. & Sat. Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
9:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Sat.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

"BMR Kids Club- YDL Superior": Black Men Read.

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Join us on the third Saturday of each month at YDL Superior for storytelling and crafts!
Black Men Read is an homage to the history of storytelling among African people. All families are invited and encouraged to attend. Stories and activities will be geared for children K-5
Ypsilanti District Library- Superior Branch, 8795 Macarthur Rd, Ypsilanti. Free. bmrprogram@gmail.com [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

Children's Storytime: Barnes & Noble.

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Every Sat. Storytelling programs and occasional craft activities for kids age 3 & up.
11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]



 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

Science Forum Demos: U-M Natural History Museum.

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


 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Arabic Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local Arabic teacher and storyteller Heba Abdelaal tells stories and sings songs in Arabic. For babies & preschoolers (siblings welcome).
AADL Malletts Creek, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-4200. [map]


 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

S.T.E.A.M Workshop for Parents and Kids: Northfield Township Area Library.

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Take your weekends full steam ahead with our weekly workshop where kids collaborate with peers and parents to problem solve, experiment, and create! For ages 6 to 14 (children aged 6 to 8 need a parent with them). Space is limited, so registration is required for this event.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Rd, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/events [map]



 12:30-2 p.m.  Free! 

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

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All grade 4-adult invited to learn about traditional Inuit carving and inuksuk, stone landmarks or cairns that are central images in Inuit culture. Also, make your own Inuit-inspired artwork. Drawing, watercolor, and collage materials provided.
AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200.


 1 p.m. 

Open Gym: Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor.

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Come join the FLIPS, TWISTS & FUN at Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor during Open Gym every Saturday from 1pm-2:30pm! Cost is $10 for 1.5 hours of uninstructed play time. Must have a signed consent form to participate, provided at the office if you are new to the gym! Children under 5 years old must be accompanied by a parent. Children 18 months or younger are FREE!
(Cash ONLY please if paying less than $14)
Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor, 7240 Jackson Rd. $10. 734-222-1810. cga2@champgymaa.com https://www.champgymaa.com/open-gym [map]



 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off a cougar (2 p.m.) and a skunk (4 p.m.). Also, a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including a pancake tortoise, a tenrec, an African bullfrog, a chameleon, and more.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Screen Printing Lab": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Modati Studios representatives offer a hands-on intro to screen printing. Materials provided; you can bring old clothes to print on, if you like.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200.


 1 & 7 p.m. 

"The Hunchback of Notre Dame": Young People's Theater.

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Nov. 14-17. Caroline Huntoon directs young local actors in the Disney musical by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz based on Victor Hugo's novel about the deformed bell-ringer Quasimodo who's held prisoner in Notre Dame cathedral. When he escapes for a day, he's treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda. The score includes songs from the 1996 animated film, including "Out There."
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 1 p.m. (Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University, Tickets $15 (seniors age 65 & over and youth age 18 & under, $10) in advance at muto.umich.edu & the Michigan League, and (if available) at the door. 763-TKTS. [map]


 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Learn Calligraphy: Rustic Alphabet": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local calligraphy instructor Scott Wettlaufer shows how to make Roman rustic capitals, a shorthand also known as "Roman graffiti." No experience necessary; materials provided.
AADL Malletts Creek. Free. 327-4200.


 2 & 7:30 p.m. 

"The Secret Garden": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Nov. 28), Nov. 14-Dec. 22. This local professional theater company performs Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman's 1989 musical adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's beloved children's novel set in Victorian England. Sent to live in the cheerless house of her reclusive, widowed uncle and his invalid son, an orphan girl discovers a hidden garden that reintroduces joy to her life and that of her relatives. The songs, with many lyrics drawn from the original text, have been described as "fetching" by the New York Times.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $32 (seniors, $30; youth & groups of 10 or more, $28) on Thurs.; $36 (seniors, $34; youth & groups of 10 or more, $32) on Fri. & Sat. eve.; $34 (seniors, $32; youth & groups of 10 or more, $30) for all matinees in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]


 2 p.m. 

"The Snowy Day and Other Stories": EMU Theater Department Theatre of the Young.

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Nov. 15 & 16. EMU drama professor Emily Levickas directs EMU students in Jerome Hariston's stage adaptation of Ezra Jack Keats's popular picture books about the simple pleasures in a young boy's life, like playing in the fresh fallen snow and whistling for the first time. For ages 4 and up.
EMU Sponberg Theatre, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (seniors, $14; students, $12; kids 12 & under, $7) in advance at emutix and at the door. 487-1221.


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Sunday


November 2019
 10 a.m., noon, and 2 & 4 p.m  Free! 

U-M Natural History Museum Tours.

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Every Sat. & Sun. 30-minute guided tours showcasing some of the museum's beloved and new exhibits. "Museum Highlights Tour" (10 a.m. & 2 p.m.) shows a mastodon couple, the Majungasaurus, and some of the new research labs. "Wonderful World of Whales Tour" (Noon & 4 p.m.) shows how whales and dolphins made the transition from land back to water.
Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

Science Forum Demos: U-M Natural History Museum.

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


 1 p.m. 

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo: The Ark.

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This Grammy-winning Asheville-based kid-friendly hip-hop ensemble performs songs about love, struggle, dreams, fear, and learning to become oneself--with lyrics that "employ a larger vocabulary than what is currently heard on mainstream radio for grown ups."
1 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 (age 12 & under, $12) in advance at theark.org, MUTO Underground (at the Michigan League), and (if available) at the door. 761-1451. [map]


 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off a cougar (2 p.m.) and a skunk (4 p.m.). Also, a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including a pancake tortoise, a tenrec, an African bullfrog, a chameleon, and more.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]


 1-4 p.m. 

"Critters Up Close!": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Nov. 16 & 17. Leslie Science & Nature Center staff show live owls. Also, animal-oriented hands-on activities. Note: On Saturday, a midday "Animal Naptime" lets the animals take a break.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 1-4 p.m. (Sun.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. All events free (except as noted) with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 1-1:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Dancing Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Robinsongs for Kids director Robin Robinson leads infants through 5-year-olds (accompanied by an adult) in a program of music and movement.
AADL Westgate Branch, Westgate shopping center. Free. 327-4200.


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Drawing for Kids": Ann Arbor District Library.

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

Oct. 6: "Inktober Illustrations"

Oct. 13: "Wildly Creative Monsters"

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


 2-4 p.m. 

Family Dance: Pittsfield Union Grange.

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Callers lead contras and square dances to live music. For kids, accompanied by an adult. Followed by Grange-baked cookies and cocoa.

Nov. 17: Caller Drake Meadow with music by Paul Winder and Betsy Beckerman.

Dec. 15: Caller TBA, music by Donna Baird, Fred & Nora Karsch, Jim Horton.

Jan. 19: Caller Drake Meadow, music by Donna Baird & Dawn Swartz.

Feb 16: Caller Drake Meadow, music TBA.

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2-4 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $12 per family (members, free). 769-1052. [map]


 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Intro to Improv for Teens": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Members of the local long-form improv group Work Friends show kids in grades 6-12 the basics of improv comedy.
AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4200.


 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Read-Along Dog": Saline District Library.

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Kids in grades 1-4 invited to read to Vedder and Summer, registered Therapaws reading dogs.
6:30-7:30 p.m. (Wed.) & 2-3 p.m. (Sun.), SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 2 p.m. 

"The Hunchback of Notre Dame": Young People's Theater.

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Nov. 14-17. Caroline Huntoon directs young local actors in the Disney musical by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz based on Victor Hugo's novel about the deformed bell-ringer Quasimodo who's held prisoner in Notre Dame cathedral. When he escapes for a day, he's treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda. The score includes songs from the 1996 animated film, including "Out There."
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 1 p.m. (Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University, Tickets $15 (seniors age 65 & over and youth age 18 & under, $10) in advance at muto.umich.edu & the Michigan League, and (if available) at the door. 763-TKTS. [map]


 2 p.m. 

"The Secret Garden": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Nov. 28), Nov. 14-Dec. 22. This local professional theater company performs Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman's 1989 musical adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's beloved children's novel set in Victorian England. Sent to live in the cheerless house of her reclusive, widowed uncle and his invalid son, an orphan girl discovers a hidden garden that reintroduces joy to her life and that of her relatives. The songs, with many lyrics drawn from the original text, have been described as "fetching" by the New York Times.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $32 (seniors, $30; youth & groups of 10 or more, $28) on Thurs.; $36 (seniors, $34; youth & groups of 10 or more, $32) on Fri. & Sat. eve.; $34 (seniors, $32; youth & groups of 10 or more, $30) for all matinees in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]


 3:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Mickey Mouse's Birthday Craft": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to make a pair of mouse ears in honor of Mickey's 91st birthday.
AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200.


 4:30 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Kids": Sun Shen.

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From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves, and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children from 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30 - 5:30pm.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70 / month, $21 / drop in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



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Monday


November 2019
 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool ArtStart": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft activity for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult). Siblings welcome.
AADL Traverwood, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. For kids up to 24 months (with caregiver). No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield. (No playgroups at Pittsfield during the month of October due to site construction)

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 11 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. Half hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver).

Mon. 11 a.m. Malletts Creek & Westgate.

Tue. 10 a.m. Downtown & 11 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11 a.m. Downtown, & 1 p.m. Westgate & 6 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10 a.m. Traverwood & 7 p.m. Downtown.

Fri. 10 a.m. Westgate.
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 4:15 p.m.  Free! 

Kids Book Clubs: Saline District Library.

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Book discussion groups for kids, including Chapter Champs (Nov. 11 & Dec. 9) for kids in grades 1-4, the Caldecott Club (Nov. 18 & Dec. 16) for kids in kindergarten and 1st grade, and Pageturners (Dec. 2) for kids in grade 4 & up.
4:15 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required at Salinelibrary.org. 429-5450. [map]


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Tuesday


November 2019
 10 & 11 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. Half hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver).

Mon. 11 a.m. Malletts Creek & Westgate.

Tue. 10 a.m. Downtown & 11 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11 a.m. Downtown, & 1 p.m. Westgate & 6 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10 a.m. Traverwood & 7 p.m. Downtown.

Fri. 10 a.m. Westgate.
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. For kids up to 24 months (with caregiver). No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield. (No playgroups at Pittsfield during the month of October due to site construction)

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 10-10:45 a.m. 

"Tiny Tails Storytime": Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center.

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Nov. 12, 19, & 26. Songs, stories, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats. For kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver).
Tiny Lions, 5245 Jackson, ste. A1. $5 per child (babies under age 1, free). hshv.org, 661-3575. [map]


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Tummy Times": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Tues. New and expecting parents encouraged to bring their babies and share new baby experiences.
10-11 a.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 10:30 a.m.-noon 

Late Fall Moms Group: Ann Arbor Baby Beginnings, LLC.

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Our award winning Mothers Group is a great opportunity to meet other new moms and get support and advice after your baby is born. The group is facilitated by two experienced moms, a Social Worker and an MPH and Certified Lactation Consultant. Together they have years of experience on infant development and postpartum adjustment. The six week series begins each class with group discussion on a topic pertinent to early parenthood such as getting enough sleep, feeding, changes to relationships, and places to go with your baby. If you will be going back to work during the six weeks, please contact our office for a prorated rate. You may also join any time during the session for a discounted rate. This group is designed from babies from newborn to crawling.
The Fall Moms Group meets on Tuesday mornings from 10:30-noon from November 5th through December 17th. (The group skips the week of Thanksgiving)
Save $5 by registering before November 3rd and using the promo code SUPPORT
Ann Arbor Baby Beginnings, 2311 East Stadium Suite 202-2. $100/six weeks. 734-221-0158. info@annarborbabybeginnings.com www.annarborbabybeginnings.com [map]


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Babytime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Tues. Staff present a program of songs, stories, and rhymes for kids under age 2 (accompanied by a caregiver). No siblings.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. 475-8732. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Pizza and Pages": Saline District Library.

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Teens invited to discuss popular books. Pizza.

Nov. 19: Internment, Samira Ahmed's new YA novel about a Muslim teen whose life is turned upside down when an Islamophobic president is elected and Muslims are interned in the California desert.

Dec. 17: Stepsister, Jennifer Donnelly's new YA feminist rendition of the Cinderella story from the point of view of the "ugly" stepsister.

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3-4 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required at Salinelibrary.org. 429-5450. [map]


 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

Tween Book Club: Chelsea District Library.

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All kids ages 9-13 invited to discuss a book. Also, a related activity. Snacks.

Nov. 19: Amina's Voice, Hena Khan's 2017 novel about an 11 year-old Pakistani American girl who struggles with reconciling her dream of becoming a soul singer with her Muslim faith.

Jan. 14: Circus Mirandus, Cassie Beasley's debut novel about a young boy who discovers that his grandfather's wild stories about a magical circus are true.

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3:30-4:30 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-7832. [map]


 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Holiday Yarn Trees": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to make a table topper with yarn and glittery items. Materials provided.
AADL Malletts Creek. Free. 327-4200.


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Wednesday


November 2019
 9:30 a.m. 

"The Little Scientist Club": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Every Tues. & Sat. Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
9:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Sat.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 10 & 11 a.m. and 1 & 6 p.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. Half hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver).

Mon. 11 a.m. Malletts Creek & Westgate.

Tue. 10 a.m. Downtown & 11 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11 a.m. Downtown, & 1 p.m. Westgate & 6 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10 a.m. Traverwood & 7 p.m. Downtown.

Fri. 10 a.m. Westgate.
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Chelsea District Library.

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Every Wed., except June 12. Stories for kids ages 3-5 (with caregiver).
10:30-11 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Sensation Stations": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All toddlers ages 18 months-3 years invited to drop in to engage their senses by scooping, pouring, squeezing, and shaking a variety of materials.
10:30-11:15 a.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Little Listeners": Northfield Township Area Library.

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Join us at the Library every Wednesday at 11 a.m. for a half-hour of fun stories, silly songs, and age-appropriate hands-on activities. Storytime is designed to promote early literacy. Registration is not required.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/events [map]



 11 a.m.  Free! 

Little Listeners Storytime: Northfield Township Area Library.

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Join us at Northfield Township Area Library every Wednesday at 11 a.m. for a half-hour of fun stories, silly songs, and age-appropriate hands-on activities. Storytime is designed to promote early literacy. Registration is not required.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/events [map]



 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. For kids up to 24 months (with caregiver). No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield. (No playgroups at Pittsfield during the month of October due to site construction)

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Story Time": Nicola's Books.

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Every Wed. Stories, songs, and crafts for preschoolers. Themes: "Pets"(Nov. 6), "Friendship" (Nov. 13), "Llama Llama" (Nov. 20), and "Thanksgiving" (Nov. 27).
Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.


 Noon  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. 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. Kids welcome.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Art with Keith!": Saline District Library.

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Local art teacher Keith McGuire introduces teens to various art techniques and media, including comic strips (Nov. 20), still lifes (Dec. 4), and collage and found poems (Dec. 18).
3-4:15 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. Salinelibrary.org, 429-5450. [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]


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Thursday


November 2019
 9:15-11:15 a.m. 

MOPS of GBC: Grace Bible Church.

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MOPS(Mother's of Preschoolers) is for any woman who has a child from birth to kindergarten. We meet together to laugh, cry and embrace the journey of motherhood. Childcare is provided. To assure quality childcare, space is limited. Confidential scholarships are also available.
We meet every 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month starting September 19th-May. We meet from 9:15am-11:15am. You must register to attend.
For more information and to register contact Jess Richer at J_mcclarren9@hotmail.com
Grace Bible Church, 1300 S. Maple Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $50. ehumphrey1836@gmail.com. J_mcclarren9@hotmail.com http://gracea2.org/mops/ [map]



 10-10:40 a.m.  Free! 

"Yoga for Kids!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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A Super Fun Yoga Time (Pinckney) instructor leads kids in grades preK-2 in some introductory poses.
AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center. Free. 327-4200.


 10:30 a.m. 

"Little Paws Story Time": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Every Thurs. Stories, crafts, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats. Also, a chance to make a toy or treat for the animals. For kids ages 2-5, accompanied by an adult.
10:30 a.m., HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $5 per child (babies under age 1, free). hshv.org, 661-3575. [map]


 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Thurs., except Mar. 14, May 2, & June 13. CDL staff present a program for toddlers about letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.
10:30-11 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 2-3 & 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. For kids up to 24 months (with caregiver). No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield. (No playgroups at Pittsfield during the month of October due to site construction)

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"LEGOs at the Library": Northfield Township Area Library.

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Calling all LEGO lovers, it's time to show off your skills and flex your creative muscles. All ages are welcome to come to the Library for some hands-on fun and build a masterpiece at our LEGO club. Register online at www.ntal.org/events.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/events [map]



 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Makerspace": Dexter District Library.

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Drop-in hands-on activity for kids in grades K-8.
4-5 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 5-6 p.m. 

Youth Aerial (Ages 8-17): A2 Aviary.

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This all levels class is designed for active young people to explore the aerial arts, known as "flying". Students will warm up and cool down together, then will split into two groups based on experience and ability level.
Beginning students will work with instructor Rachel to learn the basic poses and sequences on the aerial apparatus. Once they have the basics down, they will work on building the endurance needed to spend several minutes in the air, as well as sequencing poses into mini routines.
Intermediate students will be with instructor Sara, focusing on technique, form, and choreography while learning more complex sequences and developing their personal style.
PREREQ: Students new to the Aviary must have a parent or legal guardian present on their first day. The guardian does not have to stay for the duration of the lesson but must be present to meet the instructor on the first day. Youth aerial classes are offered in monthly sessions, please click link for info!
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk St, Suite A. $70-$90. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 7 p.m.  Free! 

"That Thursday Thing": Chelsea District Library.

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Crafts and activities for teens.

Nov. 7: "Shrinky Dinks." Make a keychain or earrings out of Shrinky Dink plastic.

Nov. 21: "Brush Pen Calligraphy." Practice tracing and lettering a favorite quote or saying and then decorate and frame it.

Dec. 5: "Touchscreen Gloves." Make gloves touchscreen-friendly with either conductive thread or thermal paste.

Dec. 19: "Crafty Chocolate Christmas." Make a variety of chocolate truffles and a simple origami box to put them in.

Jan. 2: "UV Jewelry and Keychains." Make a keychain or some jewelry out of UV-cured resin.

Jan. 16: "Taco Thursday." Make and eat tacos and burritos and play taco-themed games.

Feb. 6 : "Chainmail Chill." Using colorful aluminum rings, make a small chainmail star, flower, or other shape.

Feb. 20 and Mar. 5 & 19: TBA.

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7-9 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"The Secret Garden": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Nov. 28), Nov. 14-Dec. 22. This local professional theater company performs Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman's 1989 musical adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's beloved children's novel set in Victorian England. Sent to live in the cheerless house of her reclusive, widowed uncle and his invalid son, an orphan girl discovers a hidden garden that reintroduces joy to her life and that of her relatives. The songs, with many lyrics drawn from the original text, have been described as "fetching" by the New York Times.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $32 (seniors, $30; youth & groups of 10 or more, $28) on Thurs.; $36 (seniors, $34; youth & groups of 10 or more, $32) on Fri. & Sat. eve.; $34 (seniors, $32; youth & groups of 10 or more, $30) for all matinees in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]


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Friday


November 2019
 8 a.m.  Free! 

High School Visit Day: Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor.

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A chance for high school students to experience a day at the Rudolf Steiner High School and see all that our education - which consciously balances academics, arts, music and practical skills - has to offer. Registration is required: jhuber@steinerschool.org
Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor, 2230 Pontiac Trail. Free. 7346699394. admissions@steinerschool.org www.steinerschool.org [map]



 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. For kids up to 24 months (with caregiver). No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield. (No playgroups at Pittsfield during the month of October due to site construction)

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Drop-in Thanksgiving Storytime and Craft": Dexter District Library.

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Thanksgiving-themed story and craft for kids age 6 and under.
Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 Noon  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. 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. Kids welcome.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 5-6 p.m. 

Youth Aerial (Ages 8-17): A2 Aviary.

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This all levels class is designed for active young people to explore the aerial arts, known as "flying". Students will warm up and cool down together, then will split into two groups based on experience and ability level.
Beginning students will work with instructor Rachel to learn the basic poses and sequences on the aerial apparatus. Once they have the basics down, they will work on building the endurance needed to spend several minutes in the air, as well as sequencing poses into mini routines.
Intermediate students will be with instructor Sara, focusing on technique, form, and choreography while learning more complex sequences and developing their personal style.
PREREQ: Students new to the Aviary must have a parent or legal guardian present on their first day. The guardian does not have to stay for the duration of the lesson but must be present to meet the instructor on the first day. Youth aerial classes are offered in monthly sessions, please click link for info!
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk St, Suite A. $70-$90. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 5 p.m.  Free! 

"After Hours Magic: The Gathering": Saline District Library.

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All teens invited to play this popular collectible card game. Food.
5-6:30 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. Salinelibrary.org, 429-5450. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"The Secret Garden": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Nov. 28), Nov. 14-Dec. 22. This local professional theater company performs Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman's 1989 musical adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's beloved children's novel set in Victorian England. Sent to live in the cheerless house of her reclusive, widowed uncle and his invalid son, an orphan girl discovers a hidden garden that reintroduces joy to her life and that of her relatives. The songs, with many lyrics drawn from the original text, have been described as "fetching" by the New York Times.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $32 (seniors, $30; youth & groups of 10 or more, $28) on Thurs.; $36 (seniors, $34; youth & groups of 10 or more, $32) on Fri. & Sat. eve.; $34 (seniors, $32; youth & groups of 10 or more, $30) for all matinees in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]


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Saturday


November 2019
 10 a.m., noon, and 2 & 4 p.m  Free! 

U-M Natural History Museum Tours.

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Every Sat. & Sun. 30-minute guided tours showcasing some of the museum's beloved and new exhibits. "Museum Highlights Tour" (10 a.m. & 2 p.m.) shows a mastodon couple, the Majungasaurus, and some of the new research labs. "Wonderful World of Whales Tour" (Noon & 4 p.m.) shows how whales and dolphins made the transition from land back to water.
Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. 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. Kids welcome.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 10:30 a.m. 

"The Little Scientist Club": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Every Tues. & Sat. Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
9:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Sat.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

"BMR Kids Club- Blackstone Bookstore": Black Men Read.

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The BMR Kids Club is back at Black Stone Bookstore!! We are hosting our children's story hour on the fourth Saturday, every other month, at 11am, stop by Black Stone Bookstore and Cultural Center in Ypsilanti, MI with your K-5 grade youth for our Kids Club!
BMR (Black Men Read) is an homage to the history of the storytelling among African people. We have gathered a group of committed men who are available to read to children in school and at area bookstores. Black Men Read is a bridge- a tool for community connection between our beloved children and the pillars of our communites. All families are invited and encouraged to attend
Blackstone Bookstore & Cultural Center, 214 Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Free. bmrprogram@gmail.com [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Ninja Obstacle Course for Kids!": Keith Hafner's Karate.

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Ninja Obstacle Course. Big fun, FREE, open to 3, 4, & 5 yr. olds. Includes age appropriate training in agility and body balance.
'Keith Hafner's Karate,' 214 S. Main, Ann Arbor. Saturday, November 23, 11:00 - 11:45. Register in advance at: https://member-site.net/VIP/default.aspx?FE--PPXPX
Keith Hafner's Karate, 214 S. Main. Free. 734-994-0333. khafner@provide.net www.karateisgoodforyou.com [map]



 11 a.m.  Free! 

Children's Storytime: Barnes & Noble.

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Every Sat. Storytelling programs and occasional craft activities for kids age 3 & up.
11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]



 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

Science Forum Demos: U-M Natural History Museum.

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


 11:15 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Storytime at the Museum": UMMA.

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A U-M student docent reads a story related to art on display. Followed by a short craft activity. This month's theme: Netherlands. For kids ages 3-6 accompanied by a parent. Siblings welcome.
UMMA, meet at the store, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]


 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

S.T.E.A.M Workshop for Parents and Kids: Northfield Township Area Library.

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Take your weekends full steam ahead with our weekly workshop where kids collaborate with peers and parents to problem solve, experiment, and create! For ages 6 to 14 (children aged 6 to 8 need a parent with them). Space is limited, so registration is required for this event.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Rd, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/events [map]



 1 p.m. 

Open Gym: Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor.

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Come join the FLIPS, TWISTS & FUN at Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor during Open Gym every Saturday from 1pm-2:30pm! Cost is $10 for 1.5 hours of uninstructed play time. Must have a signed consent form to participate, provided at the office if you are new to the gym! Children under 5 years old must be accompanied by a parent. Children 18 months or younger are FREE!
(Cash ONLY please if paying less than $14)
Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor, 7240 Jackson Rd. $10. 734-222-1810. cga2@champgymaa.com https://www.champgymaa.com/open-gym [map]



 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off a cougar (2 p.m.) and a skunk (4 p.m.). Also, a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including a pancake tortoise, a tenrec, an African bullfrog, a chameleon, and more.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Frozen Party!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades K-5 invited to celebrate the release of Disney's Frozen 2 with themed crafts and activities.
AADL Downtown Branch, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Gaming Tournaments": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Nov. 23 & 24. Video game tournaments. Nov. 23: "Splatoon 2: Hyper Local Splatfest." For grade 6-adult. Nov. 24: "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe."
AADL Downtown 4th-fl. meeting rm. Free. 327-4200.


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Paper Bag Stars": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited for this craft activity using paper bags and hot glue to make folded stars.
AADL Malletts Creek. Free. 327-4200.


 2 & 7:30 p.m. 

"The Secret Garden": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Nov. 28), Nov. 14-Dec. 22. This local professional theater company performs Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman's 1989 musical adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's beloved children's novel set in Victorian England. Sent to live in the cheerless house of her reclusive, widowed uncle and his invalid son, an orphan girl discovers a hidden garden that reintroduces joy to her life and that of her relatives. The songs, with many lyrics drawn from the original text, have been described as "fetching" by the New York Times.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $32 (seniors, $30; youth & groups of 10 or more, $28) on Thurs.; $36 (seniors, $34; youth & groups of 10 or more, $32) on Fri. & Sat. eve.; $34 (seniors, $32; youth & groups of 10 or more, $30) for all matinees in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Family Mew-Vie Night": Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center.

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Screening of Ferdinand, the 2017 animation based on the classic children's book about a lovable bull. Also, snuggles with adoptable cats. Popcorn, juice, and water. Kids must be accompanied by an adult (at least 1 for every 3 kids). Bring pillows, sleeping bags, and blankets, if you wish. This event usually sells out.
7:30 p.m., Tiny Lions, 5245 Jackson, ste. A1. $10 in advance at tinylions.org/events. hshv.org, 661-3575. [map]


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Sunday


November 2019
 9 a.m. 

Fall 2019 5K: Girls on the Run.

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Noncompetitive 5-km run for girls age 6 & up and their coaches, families, and friends. Also, a kids dash for kids age 5 & under.
9 a.m. (registration begins at 7:15 a.m.), St. Joseph Hospital Ellen Thompson Women's Health Center, 5320 Elliott Dr., Ypsilanti. $28 (kids dash, $12) in advance by Nov. 16 at girlsontherunsemi.org; $30 (kids dash, $15) after Nov. 16. angie@girlsontherunsemi.org, 712-5640. [map]


 10 a.m., noon, and 2 & 4 p.m  Free! 

U-M Natural History Museum Tours.

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Every Sat. & Sun. 30-minute guided tours showcasing some of the museum's beloved and new exhibits. "Museum Highlights Tour" (10 a.m. & 2 p.m.) shows a mastodon couple, the Majungasaurus, and some of the new research labs. "Wonderful World of Whales Tour" (Noon & 4 p.m.) shows how whales and dolphins made the transition from land back to water.
Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

Science Forum Demos: U-M Natural History Museum.

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


 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off a cougar (2 p.m.) and a skunk (4 p.m.). Also, a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including a pancake tortoise, a tenrec, an African bullfrog, a chameleon, and more.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Fantasy Pocket Map": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All teens & adults invited to make a self-folding miniature map of an imaginary geography.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200.


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Frozen Coloring Party!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades K-5 invited to color characters from the popular Disney franchise.
AADL Malletts Creek, 3090 E. Eisenhower. 327-4200. Free. [map]


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Gaming Tournaments": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Nov. 23 & 24. Video game tournaments. Nov. 23: "Splatoon 2: Hyper Local Splatfest." For grade 6-adult. Nov. 24: "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe."
AADL Downtown 4th-fl. meeting rm. Free. 327-4200.


 1-1:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Spanish Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local writer & teacher Consuelo Digón tells stories and sings songs in Spanish. For babies & preschoolers (siblings welcome).
AADL Downtown Youth Story Corner. Free. 327-4200.


 2 p.m. 

"The Secret Garden": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Nov. 28), Nov. 14-Dec. 22. This local professional theater company performs Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman's 1989 musical adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's beloved children's novel set in Victorian England. Sent to live in the cheerless house of her reclusive, widowed uncle and his invalid son, an orphan girl discovers a hidden garden that reintroduces joy to her life and that of her relatives. The songs, with many lyrics drawn from the original text, have been described as "fetching" by the New York Times.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $32 (seniors, $30; youth & groups of 10 or more, $28) on Thurs.; $36 (seniors, $34; youth & groups of 10 or more, $32) on Fri. & Sat. eve.; $34 (seniors, $32; youth & groups of 10 or more, $30) for all matinees in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]


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Monday


November 2019
 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. For kids up to 24 months (with caregiver). No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield. (No playgroups at Pittsfield during the month of October due to site construction)

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Turkey Trek Storybook Trail": Chelsea District Library.

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Kids (with caregiver) invited to read sections of a seasonal story at stations along the trail. Families can start the trail any time during the program hours.
CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea.Free. 475-8732. [map]


 10:30-11:30 a.m. 

"Turkey Trek": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission/CDL.

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Guided trail walk with a reading of Julie Markes's picture book Thanks for Thanksgiving, along with a chance for kids to do some of the activities included on each page.
10:30-11:30 a.m., Baker Woods Preserve Storybook Trail, 11914 Trinkle Rd, Dexter. Free. 971-6337. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. Half hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver).

Mon. 11 a.m. Malletts Creek & Westgate.

Tue. 10 a.m. Downtown & 11 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11 a.m. Downtown, & 1 p.m. Westgate & 6 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10 a.m. Traverwood & 7 p.m. Downtown.

Fri. 10 a.m. Westgate.
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 6:30-7:15 p.m.  Free! 

"MonkeyPlay": Chelsea District Library.

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Animal-themed physical activity stations for kids ages 2-6.
6:30-7:15 p.m., CD, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Folk Song Jam-Along."

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All invited to join a family-oriented recreational sing-along of familiar folk, pop, rock, Broadway tunes, and more. Bring your instruments if you'd like to jam along as well. Led by Lori Fithian and Jean Chorazyczewski.
Ann Arbor District Library Malletts Creek Branch. Free. 426-7818.


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Tuesday


November 2019
 10 & 11 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. Half hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver).

Mon. 11 a.m. Malletts Creek & Westgate.

Tue. 10 a.m. Downtown & 11 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11 a.m. Downtown, & 1 p.m. Westgate & 6 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10 a.m. Traverwood & 7 p.m. Downtown.

Fri. 10 a.m. Westgate.
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. For kids up to 24 months (with caregiver). No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield. (No playgroups at Pittsfield during the month of October due to site construction)

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 10-10:45 a.m. 

"Tiny Tails Storytime": Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center.

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Nov. 12, 19, & 26. Songs, stories, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats. For kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver).
Tiny Lions, 5245 Jackson, ste. A1. $5 per child (babies under age 1, free). hshv.org, 661-3575. [map]


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Tummy Times": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Tues. New and expecting parents encouraged to bring their babies and share new baby experiences.
10-11 a.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-4200. [map]


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Wednesday


November 2019
 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 

"Day Off Outdoors: Thankful for Nature": Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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All kids grades K-5 invited to learn how to reduce waste, conserve pollinator habitats, play games, and make art. Drop-off begins at 8:30 a.m. Cobblestone Farm, 2781 Packard.
LSNC, programs temporarily offsite at Olson Park, 1515 Dhu Varren. $75. 997-1553. [map]


 9:30 a.m. 

"The Little Scientist Club": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Every Tues. & Sat. Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
9:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Sat.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Little Listeners": Northfield Township Area Library.

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Join us at the Library every Wednesday at 11 a.m. for a half-hour of fun stories, silly songs, and age-appropriate hands-on activities. Storytime is designed to promote early literacy. Registration is not required.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/events [map]



 11 a.m.  Free! 

Little Listeners Storytime: Northfield Township Area Library.

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Join us at Northfield Township Area Library every Wednesday at 11 a.m. for a half-hour of fun stories, silly songs, and age-appropriate hands-on activities. Storytime is designed to promote early literacy. Registration is not required.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/events [map]



 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Story Time": Nicola's Books.

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Every Wed. Stories, songs, and crafts for preschoolers. Themes: "Pets"(Nov. 6), "Friendship" (Nov. 13), "Llama Llama" (Nov. 20), and "Thanksgiving" (Nov. 27).
Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.


 Noon  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. 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. Kids welcome.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Family Movie & Popcorn": Dexter District Library.

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Screening of the 2019 live-action remake of Disney's Aladdin, starring Will Smith as the Genie. 1
Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 2-3 & 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. For kids up to 24 months (with caregiver). No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield. (No playgroups at Pittsfield during the month of October due to site construction)

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


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Friday


November 2019
 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. For kids up to 24 months (with caregiver). No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield. (No playgroups at Pittsfield during the month of October due to site construction)

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 Noon  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. 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. Kids welcome.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"DIY Pet Toys": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All in grades K-8 invited to make fleece toys for dogs and feather toys for cats.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Woven Star Ornament": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to make a woven star-shaped Christmas ornament.
AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200.


 7:30 p.m. 

"DJ Whittington's Kool Kat: A Hip-Hop Panto": Theatre Nova.

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Every Fri.-Sun., Nov. 29-Dec. 29. A popular holiday tradition, this year director Carla Milarch's annual musical panto is based on the comedic TV puppet DJ Kat, a record spinning, leather jacketed cat. A panto is a British pantomime genre that blends children's stories with a bit of vaudeville sensibility to create a raucous family entertainment. Candy is provided. Stars: Asia Marie Hicks, Alaina Kerr, and Mike Sandusky.
7:30 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) $25 (kids 16 & under, $10). Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [aw]. [map]



 7:30 p.m. 

"The Secret Garden": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Nov. 28), Nov. 14-Dec. 22. This local professional theater company performs Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman's 1989 musical adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's beloved children's novel set in Victorian England. Sent to live in the cheerless house of her reclusive, widowed uncle and his invalid son, an orphan girl discovers a hidden garden that reintroduces joy to her life and that of her relatives. The songs, with many lyrics drawn from the original text, have been described as "fetching" by the New York Times.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $32 (seniors, $30; youth & groups of 10 or more, $28) on Thurs.; $36 (seniors, $34; youth & groups of 10 or more, $32) on Fri. & Sat. eve.; $34 (seniors, $32; youth & groups of 10 or more, $30) for all matinees in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]


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Saturday


November 2019
 10 a.m., noon, and 2 & 4 p.m  Free! 

U-M Natural History Museum Tours.

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Every Sat. & Sun. 30-minute guided tours showcasing some of the museum's beloved and new exhibits. "Museum Highlights Tour" (10 a.m. & 2 p.m.) shows a mastodon couple, the Majungasaurus, and some of the new research labs. "Wonderful World of Whales Tour" (Noon & 4 p.m.) shows how whales and dolphins made the transition from land back to water.
Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. 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. Kids welcome.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 10:30 a.m. 

"The Little Scientist Club": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Every Tues. & Sat. Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
9:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Sat.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

Children's Storytime: Barnes & Noble.

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Every Sat. Storytelling programs and occasional craft activities for kids age 3 & up.
11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]



 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

Science Forum Demos: U-M Natural History Museum.

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


 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off a cougar (2 p.m.) and a skunk (4 p.m.). Also, a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including a pancake tortoise, a tenrec, an African bullfrog, a chameleon, and more.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]


 2 & 7:30 p.m. 

"The Secret Garden": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Nov. 28), Nov. 14-Dec. 22. This local professional theater company performs Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman's 1989 musical adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's beloved children's novel set in Victorian England. Sent to live in the cheerless house of her reclusive, widowed uncle and his invalid son, an orphan girl discovers a hidden garden that reintroduces joy to her life and that of her relatives. The songs, with many lyrics drawn from the original text, have been described as "fetching" by the New York Times.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $32 (seniors, $30; youth & groups of 10 or more, $28) on Thurs.; $36 (seniors, $34; youth & groups of 10 or more, $32) on Fri. & Sat. eve.; $34 (seniors, $32; youth & groups of 10 or more, $30) for all matinees in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]


 3 & 7:30 p.m. 

"DJ Whittington's Kool Kat: A Hip-Hop Panto": Theatre Nova.

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Every Fri.-Sun., Nov. 29-Dec. 29. A popular holiday tradition, this year director Carla Milarch's annual musical panto is based on the comedic TV puppet DJ Kat, a record spinning, leather jacketed cat. A panto is a British pantomime genre that blends children's stories with a bit of vaudeville sensibility to create a raucous family entertainment. Candy is provided. Stars: Asia Marie Hicks, Alaina Kerr, and Mike Sandusky.
7:30 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) $25 (kids 16 & under, $10). Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [aw]. [map]



 6:30 p.m. 

"Finding Dory": Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation Dive-In Movie.

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All Invited to bring an inner tube and float in Mack Pool for a family-oriented screening of the 2016 animated underwater adventure, a sequel to Finding Nemo.
Mack Indoor Pool, 715 Brooks. $4 (families up to 2 adults & 3 kids, $15). 794-6237. [map]


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Sunday


December 2019
 8-10 a.m. 

Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Programs presented by Hudson Mills naturalist Kim Sherwin. Oct. 6 (8 a.m.): "Fall Birding." A guided walk to look for migrating birds, which includes an informal game of "Name that Warbler." For beginning and experienced birders.

Oct. 12 (4 p.m.): "Trick or Treat Along the Trail." Families invited to visit with Halloween and nature characters on the trail and then return to the Activity Center for cider, doughnuts, and craft activities. Costumes encouraged.

Oct. 13 (1 p.m.): "Pumpkin Carving Party." All invited to carve a pumpkin. Designs available. Cider & doughnuts. $6.

Oct. 13 (8-10 p.m.): "Full Moon Walk." A brief talk on moon facts & folklore before an evening hike to watch the sunset and the rise of the Hunter's Moon.

Oct. 20 (1-3 p.m.): "Zombie Apocalypse Survival." All invited to learn the basics of survival in nature, including shelter building and fire making.

Dec. 1 (8-10 a.m.): "Winter Birding." Guided walk to find birds. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. $5.

Jan. 4 (10-11 a.m.): "Cardboard Sled Creations." Build and test out your own. Materials provided. Hot chocolate, if you like. $5.

Jan. 11 (9-10 a.m.): "Bird Feeder Fun." Make a simple bird feeder, while learning about which seeds attract birds. $5.

Jan. 25 (10-11 a.m.): "Animal Signs." All ages 3-6 invited to search for homes, tracks, & other signs of animals. $5.

Feb. 1 (10 a.m.-noon): "Neat-ure Crafts 101." All ages 16 & up invited to make a decorative coat hanger made with gathered twigs. Bring other homemade crafts for inspiration. $8.

Feb. 5 (10-11 a.m.): "Snow Day." All ages 3-4 (accompanied by adult) invited to paint the snow, look for animal signs, and have other snowy adventures. $5.

Feb 8: (10 a.m.-noon):
"Winter Birding." Guided walk to find some of the hardier winter birds. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. $5.

Feb. 15 (10-11:30 a.m.): "Tracking a Snowman." All ages 6 & up invited on a walk in search of a snowman and signs of other animals. Afterward, build and decorate your own snowman. $5.

Feb. 29 (10-11 a.m.): "Codes of Nature." All ages 3-6 invited to learn how color is used in nature. $5.

Mar. 7 & 8 (10 & 11 a.m., and noon): "Journey to the Sugarbush." All ages invited to tap into a maple tree. Followed by an all-you-can-eat pancake & sausage breakfast ($6; kids, $4). $5 (kids, $3).

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Various times, park activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (except as noted). Preregistration required. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]


 1 p.m. 

Gemini: The Ark.

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Annual family concert by this popular acoustic duo that has built a strong following among kids and adults throughout the Great Lakes area. Twin brothers Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits offer sing-alongs, folk songs from around the world, and upbeat originals about life's simple pleasures, performed on more than a dozen instruments. The twins are joined by their Good Mischief Band-pianist Brian Brill, percussionist Aron Kauffman, and San's daughter, fiddler Emily Rose Slomovits. A portion of the proceeds go to the neonatal intensive care unit at the U-M Mott Children's Hospital, where Emily was born.
1 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $10 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (muto.umich.edu) and theark.org, and at the door. 761-1451. [map]


 2 p.m. 

"DJ Whittington's Kool Kat: A Hip-Hop Panto": Theatre Nova.

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Every Fri.-Sun., Nov. 29-Dec. 29. A popular holiday tradition, this year director Carla Milarch's annual musical panto is based on the comedic TV puppet DJ Kat, a record spinning, leather jacketed cat. A panto is a British pantomime genre that blends children's stories with a bit of vaudeville sensibility to create a raucous family entertainment. Candy is provided. Stars: Asia Marie Hicks, Alaina Kerr, and Mike Sandusky.
7:30 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) $25 (kids 16 & under, $10). Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [aw]. [map]



 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Family Movie Day": Saline District Library.

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Family-friendly movie screenings with snacks and drinks.

Dec. 1: A Muppet Christmas Carol, a spirited 1992 version of the Dickens Christmas classic, a live-action musical that features Michael Caine as Scrooge.

Dec. 15: A Christmas Story, the 1983 classic about Ralphie, a 9-year-old in the 1940s who desperately wants a Red Ryder BB gun.

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SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Read-Along Dog": Saline District Library.

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Kids in grades 1-4 invited to read to Vedder and Summer, registered Therapaws reading dogs.
6:30-7:30 p.m. (Wed.) & 2-3 p.m. (Sun.), SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 2 p.m. 

"The Secret Garden": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Nov. 28), Nov. 14-Dec. 22. This local professional theater company performs Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman's 1989 musical adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's beloved children's novel set in Victorian England. Sent to live in the cheerless house of her reclusive, widowed uncle and his invalid son, an orphan girl discovers a hidden garden that reintroduces joy to her life and that of her relatives. The songs, with many lyrics drawn from the original text, have been described as "fetching" by the New York Times.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $32 (seniors, $30; youth & groups of 10 or more, $28) on Thurs.; $36 (seniors, $34; youth & groups of 10 or more, $32) on Fri. & Sat. eve.; $34 (seniors, $32; youth & groups of 10 or more, $30) for all matinees in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]


 3-4:30p.m.  Free! 

"The Nightmare Before Christmas": Saline District Library.

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All teens invited to eat Oogie Boogie ice cream sundaes while watching Tim Burton's 1993 animated classic about a skeleton from a Halloween world who discovers a joyous Christmas land.
SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 4:30 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Kids": Sun Shen.

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From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves, and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children from 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30 - 5:30pm.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70 / month, $21 / drop in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



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Monday


December 2019
 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Nutcracker Storytime": Chelsea District Library.

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Kids ages 2-5 and their families invited to hear the story of Tchaikovsky's popular ballet and watch Ballet Chelsea perform an excerpt from its upcoming production (see Dec. 7 & 8 listings) of The Nutcracker.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 4:15 p.m.  Free! 

Kids Book Clubs: Saline District Library.

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Book discussion groups for kids, including Chapter Champs (Nov. 11 & Dec. 9) for kids in grades 1-4, the Caldecott Club (Nov. 18 & Dec. 16) for kids in kindergarten and 1st grade, and Pageturners (Dec. 2) for kids in grade 4 & up.
4:15 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required at Salinelibrary.org. 429-5450. [map]


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Tuesday


December 2019
 10:30 a.m.-noon 

Late Fall Moms Group: Ann Arbor Baby Beginnings, LLC.

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Our award winning Mothers Group is a great opportunity to meet other new moms and get support and advice after your baby is born. The group is facilitated by two experienced moms, a Social Worker and an MPH and Certified Lactation Consultant. Together they have years of experience on infant development and postpartum adjustment. The six week series begins each class with group discussion on a topic pertinent to early parenthood such as getting enough sleep, feeding, changes to relationships, and places to go with your baby. If you will be going back to work during the six weeks, please contact our office for a prorated rate. You may also join any time during the session for a discounted rate. This group is designed from babies from newborn to crawling.
The Fall Moms Group meets on Tuesday mornings from 10:30-noon from November 5th through December 17th. (The group skips the week of Thanksgiving)
Save $5 by registering before November 3rd and using the promo code SUPPORT
Ann Arbor Baby Beginnings, 2311 East Stadium Suite 202-2. $100/six weeks. 734-221-0158. info@annarborbabybeginnings.com www.annarborbabybeginnings.com [map]


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Babytime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Tues. Staff present a program of songs, stories, and rhymes for kids under age 2 (accompanied by a caregiver). No siblings.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. 475-8732. [map]


 4-5 p.m.  Free! 

"First Tuesday Lego Club": Dexter District Library.

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All kids in grades K-8 invited to make Lego creations.
4-5 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 4:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Bingo for Books": Saline District Library.

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All kids in grades 1-6 invited to play bingo to win books.
4:15-5 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. Salinelibrary.org, 429-5450. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

Tree Lighting Ceremony: Saline Area Chamber of Commerce.

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All invited to help decorate the giant Christmas tree in downtown Saline. Cocoa, cookies, & music.
6 p.m., KeyBank, Michigan Ave. & N. Ann Arbor St., Saline. Free. 429-4494.


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Wednesday


December 2019
 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Chelsea District Library.

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Every Wed., except June 12. Stories for kids ages 3-5 (with caregiver).
10:30-11 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. 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.
10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.) & noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Art with Keith!": Saline District Library.

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Local art teacher Keith McGuire introduces teens to various art techniques and media, including comic strips (Nov. 20), still lifes (Dec. 4), and collage and found poems (Dec. 18).
3-4:15 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. Salinelibrary.org, 429-5450. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Read-Along Dog": Saline District Library.

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Kids in grades 1-4 invited to read to Vedder and Summer, registered Therapaws reading dogs.
6:30-7:30 p.m. (Wed.) & 2-3 p.m. (Sun.), SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


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Thursday


December 2019
 9:15-11:15 a.m. 

MOPS of GBC: Grace Bible Church.

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MOPS(Mother's of Preschoolers) is for any woman who has a child from birth to kindergarten. We meet together to laugh, cry and embrace the journey of motherhood. Childcare is provided. To assure quality childcare, space is limited. Confidential scholarships are also available.
We meet every 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month starting September 19th-May. We meet from 9:15am-11:15am. You must register to attend.
For more information and to register contact Jess Richer at J_mcclarren9@hotmail.com
Grace Bible Church, 1300 S. Maple Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $50. ehumphrey1836@gmail.com. J_mcclarren9@hotmail.com http://gracea2.org/mops/ [map]



 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Thurs., except Mar. 14, May 2, & June 13. CDL staff present a program for toddlers about letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.
10:30-11 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 4:30-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Holiday Card Making": Dexter District Library.

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For kids in grades K-4. Snacks.
Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 5-6 p.m. 

Youth Aerial (Ages 8-17): A2 Aviary.

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This all levels class is designed for active young people to explore the aerial arts, known as "flying". Students will warm up and cool down together, then will split into two groups based on experience and ability level.
Beginning students will work with instructor Rachel to learn the basic poses and sequences on the aerial apparatus. Once they have the basics down, they will work on building the endurance needed to spend several minutes in the air, as well as sequencing poses into mini routines.
Intermediate students will be with instructor Sara, focusing on technique, form, and choreography while learning more complex sequences and developing their personal style.
PREREQ: Students new to the Aviary must have a parent or legal guardian present on their first day. The guardian does not have to stay for the duration of the lesson but must be present to meet the instructor on the first day. Youth aerial classes are offered in monthly sessions, please click link for info!
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk St, Suite A. $70-$90. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 7 p.m.  Free! 

"That Thursday Thing": Chelsea District Library.

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Crafts and activities for teens.

Nov. 7: "Shrinky Dinks." Make a keychain or earrings out of Shrinky Dink plastic.

Nov. 21: "Brush Pen Calligraphy." Practice tracing and lettering a favorite quote or saying and then decorate and frame it.

Dec. 5: "Touchscreen Gloves." Make gloves touchscreen-friendly with either conductive thread or thermal paste.

Dec. 19: "Crafty Chocolate Christmas." Make a variety of chocolate truffles and a simple origami box to put them in.

Jan. 2: "UV Jewelry and Keychains." Make a keychain or some jewelry out of UV-cured resin.

Jan. 16: "Taco Thursday." Make and eat tacos and burritos and play taco-themed games.

Feb. 6 : "Chainmail Chill." Using colorful aluminum rings, make a small chainmail star, flower, or other shape.

Feb. 20 and Mar. 5 & 19: TBA.

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7-9 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol": Saline Area Players.

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Dec. 5-8. Barbara Day directs local actors in Flip Kobler & Cindy Marcus's twist on the Dickens classic. In this version, Scrooge is the Big Bad Wolf, 2 of the Cratchit children are Hansel and Gretel, the Ghost of Christmas Future is the Queen of Hearts, and Mother Goose narrates.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Fri.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun), The 5th Corner, 211 Willis Rd., Saline. $6 in advance & at the door. SalineAreaPlayers.org. 755-6983. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"The Secret Garden": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Nov. 28), Nov. 14-Dec. 22. This local professional theater company performs Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman's 1989 musical adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's beloved children's novel set in Victorian England. Sent to live in the cheerless house of her reclusive, widowed uncle and his invalid son, an orphan girl discovers a hidden garden that reintroduces joy to her life and that of her relatives. The songs, with many lyrics drawn from the original text, have been described as "fetching" by the New York Times.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $32 (seniors, $30; youth & groups of 10 or more, $28) on Thurs.; $36 (seniors, $34; youth & groups of 10 or more, $32) on Fri. & Sat. eve.; $34 (seniors, $32; youth & groups of 10 or more, $30) for all matinees in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]


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Friday


December 2019
 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. 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.
10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.) & noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 5-6 p.m. 

Youth Aerial (Ages 8-17): A2 Aviary.

  community member   < less the instructor helps a child invert on a trapeze

This all levels class is designed for active young people to explore the aerial arts, known as "flying". Students will warm up and cool down together, then will split into two groups based on experience and ability level.
Beginning students will work with instructor Rachel to learn the basic poses and sequences on the aerial apparatus. Once they have the basics down, they will work on building the endurance needed to spend several minutes in the air, as well as sequencing poses into mini routines.
Intermediate students will be with instructor Sara, focusing on technique, form, and choreography while learning more complex sequences and developing their personal style.
PREREQ: Students new to the Aviary must have a parent or legal guardian present on their first day. The guardian does not have to stay for the duration of the lesson but must be present to meet the instructor on the first day. Youth aerial classes are offered in monthly sessions, please click link for info!
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk St, Suite A. $70-$90. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Magic: The Gathering: Dexter District Library.

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Grades 6-12 invited to play this popular collectible card game. Basic knowledge of the rules required. Pizza & prizes.
6-8:30pm (prompt arrival requested), DDL. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 6-8 p.m. 

"Daddy Daughter Luau": Pittsfield Township Parks & Recreation.

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Girls ages 5-12, accompanied by a dad, grandfather, uncle, or other man, invited for dancing to recorded music. Light refreshments and a souvenir.
6-8 p.m., Pittsfield Twp. Community Center, 701 Ellsworth. $40 (Pittsfield Twp. residents, $35); $10 per additional girl. Preregistration required at recreation.pittsfield-mi.gov or at 822-2120. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol": Saline Area Players.

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Dec. 5-8. Barbara Day directs local actors in Flip Kobler & Cindy Marcus's twist on the Dickens classic. In this version, Scrooge is the Big Bad Wolf, 2 of the Cratchit children are Hansel and Gretel, the Ghost of Christmas Future is the Queen of Hearts, and Mother Goose narrates.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Fri.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun), The 5th Corner, 211 Willis Rd., Saline. $6 in advance & at the door. SalineAreaPlayers.org. 755-6983. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"DJ Whittington's Kool Kat: A Hip-Hop Panto": Theatre Nova.

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Every Fri.-Sun., Nov. 29-Dec. 29. A popular holiday tradition, this year director Carla Milarch's annual musical panto is based on the comedic TV puppet DJ Kat, a record spinning, leather jacketed cat. A panto is a British pantomime genre that blends children's stories with a bit of vaudeville sensibility to create a raucous family entertainment. Candy is provided. Stars: Asia Marie Hicks, Alaina Kerr, and Mike Sandusky.
7:30 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) $25 (kids 16 & under, $10). Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [aw]. [map]



 7:30 p.m. 

"The Secret Garden": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Nov. 28), Nov. 14-Dec. 22. This local professional theater company performs Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman's 1989 musical adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's beloved children's novel set in Victorian England. Sent to live in the cheerless house of her reclusive, widowed uncle and his invalid son, an orphan girl discovers a hidden garden that reintroduces joy to her life and that of her relatives. The songs, with many lyrics drawn from the original text, have been described as "fetching" by the New York Times.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $32 (seniors, $30; youth & groups of 10 or more, $28) on Thurs.; $36 (seniors, $34; youth & groups of 10 or more, $32) on Fri. & Sat. eve.; $34 (seniors, $32; youth & groups of 10 or more, $30) for all matinees in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]


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Saturday


December 2019
 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Christmas at the Mansion - a Family Tradition at Gordon Hall: Dexter Area Historical Society.

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Visit this wonderful historic home, beautifully decorated for the holidays. This year featuring the Christmas Village Collection, a magical display of Milt Campbell's huge collection of Department 56 villages. This collection was traditionally seen in the windows of Huron Camera in downtown Dexter throughout the holiday season, and was a favorite destination for families. After a visit with Santa (9am-3pm), children can make a gingerbread house to take home. Be sure to see the virtual walk-through showing what the interior of Gordon Hall will look like after our restoration plans are complete.
Gordon Hall, 8311 Island Lake Road, at the corner of Dexter-Pinckney Rd, Dexter. Donation. Suggested donation $5. 7344262519. dexmuseum@aol.com www.dexterhistory.org [map]



 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Follow the Star: Christmas Crèche Exhibit": Holy Faith Church.

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Start your holiday season off right and join the members of Holy Faith Church for their third annual crèche exhibit. Over 300 nativities from around the world will be on display. There will also be a room devoted to nativity sets for children to explore, as well as activities for them to participate in. The exhibit is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. For more information, call (734) 429-2991.
Holy Faith Church, 6299 ANN ARBOR SALINE RD,, Saline. Free. 7344292991. office@holy-faith-church.org www.holy-faith-church.org [map]



 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Christmas on the Farm": Waterloo Farm Museum.

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Dec. 7 & 8. This German immigrant pioneer homestead comes alive with the sights, sounds, and smells of a rural 1880s Michigan Christmas as costumed guides lead tours of the 2-story brick farmhouse, 1840s log house, outbuildings (with a blacksmith at work at the forge), and the one-room Dewey School (a short drive away on Territorial). Also, sales of baked goods, holiday greens, and gifts. Reading of The Night Before Christmas (Sat. only, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.). Live music TBA. Concessions.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-4 p.m. (Sun.), Waterloo Farm Museum, 13493 Waterloo-Munith Rd. (left off Clear Lake Rd. 5 miles north from I-94 exit 153), Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. $5 admission (kids ages 5-12, $2; age 4 & under, free). (517) 596-2254.


 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. 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.
10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.) & noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Teen Advisory Group: Dexter District Library.

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All youth in grades 7-12 invited to brainstorm about new programs, book selections, and volunteer opportunities. Pizza.
DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

Ukulele Club: Dexter District Library.

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Youth in grades 4-12 invited to try out ukuleles. Light refreshments. Instruments provided, or bring your own.
11 a.m.-noon, DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 1 p.m. 

Open Gym: Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor.

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Come join the FLIPS, TWISTS & FUN at Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor during Open Gym every Saturday from 1pm-2:30pm! Cost is $10 for 1.5 hours of uninstructed play time. Must have a signed consent form to participate, provided at the office if you are new to the gym! Children under 5 years old must be accompanied by a parent. Children 18 months or younger are FREE!
(Cash ONLY please if paying less than $14)
Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor, 7240 Jackson Rd. $10. 734-222-1810. cga2@champgymaa.com https://www.champgymaa.com/open-gym [map]



 1 & 3 p.m. 

"A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol": Saline Area Players.

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Dec. 5-8. Barbara Day directs local actors in Flip Kobler & Cindy Marcus's twist on the Dickens classic. In this version, Scrooge is the Big Bad Wolf, 2 of the Cratchit children are Hansel and Gretel, the Ghost of Christmas Future is the Queen of Hearts, and Mother Goose narrates.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Fri.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun), The 5th Corner, 211 Willis Rd., Saline. $6 in advance & at the door. SalineAreaPlayers.org. 755-6983. [map]


 1:30-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Tween and Teen Homemade Gifts for the Holidaysl": Chelsea District Library.

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All youth ages 10-17 invited to make and wrap a surprise holiday gift. Materials provided.
CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea.Free. 475-8732. [map]


 2 & 7:30 p.m. 

"The Secret Garden": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Nov. 28), Nov. 14-Dec. 22. This local professional theater company performs Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman's 1989 musical adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's beloved children's novel set in Victorian England. Sent to live in the cheerless house of her reclusive, widowed uncle and his invalid son, an orphan girl discovers a hidden garden that reintroduces joy to her life and that of her relatives. The songs, with many lyrics drawn from the original text, have been described as "fetching" by the New York Times.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $32 (seniors, $30; youth & groups of 10 or more, $28) on Thurs.; $36 (seniors, $34; youth & groups of 10 or more, $32) on Fri. & Sat. eve.; $34 (seniors, $32; youth & groups of 10 or more, $30) for all matinees in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]


 3 & 7:30 p.m. 

"DJ Whittington's Kool Kat: A Hip-Hop Panto": Theatre Nova.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less “DJ Whittington’s Kool Kat: A Hip-Hop Panto”

Every Fri.-Sun., Nov. 29-Dec. 29. A popular holiday tradition, this year director Carla Milarch's annual musical panto is based on the comedic TV puppet DJ Kat, a record spinning, leather jacketed cat. A panto is a British pantomime genre that blends children's stories with a bit of vaudeville sensibility to create a raucous family entertainment. Candy is provided. Stars: Asia Marie Hicks, Alaina Kerr, and Mike Sandusky.
7:30 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) $25 (kids 16 & under, $10). Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [aw]. [map]



 9-10:30 & 10:45-12:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Pancakes with Santa": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Families invited to a pancake breakfast, followed by hot cocoa and a chance to meet Santa. Take-home craft & goody bag.
9-10:30 & 10:45-12:15 p.m., Pierce Lake Golf Course, 1175 S Main, Chelsea. $10 per person; preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org. 971-6337. [map]


 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Annual Christmas Parade: Saline Area Chamber of Commerce.

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The 44th annual parade features floats, bands, baton twirlers, dancers, animals, a hot air balloon, and Santa in his sleigh.
5:30-7:30 p.m., downtown Saline. Free shuttle available from Busch's shopping center, 565 E. Michigan Ave. Free. 429-4494.


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Sunday


December 2019
 Noon-4 p.m. 

"Christmas on the Farm": Waterloo Farm Museum.

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Dec. 7 & 8. This German immigrant pioneer homestead comes alive with the sights, sounds, and smells of a rural 1880s Michigan Christmas as costumed guides lead tours of the 2-story brick farmhouse, 1840s log house, outbuildings (with a blacksmith at work at the forge), and the one-room Dewey School (a short drive away on Territorial). Also, sales of baked goods, holiday greens, and gifts. Reading of The Night Before Christmas (Sat. only, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.). Live music TBA. Concessions.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-4 p.m. (Sun.), Waterloo Farm Museum, 13493 Waterloo-Munith Rd. (left off Clear Lake Rd. 5 miles north from I-94 exit 153), Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. $5 admission (kids ages 5-12, $2; age 4 & under, free). (517) 596-2254.


 1-4 p.m. 

"Visit with Santa": Brewed Awakenings Café.

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All kids invited to enjoy milk & cookies and get their photo taken with Santa in his cozy chair by the fireplace.
11 a.m.-2 p.m., Brewed Awakenings, 7025 E. Michigan Ave., ste. M, Saline. $10. A portion of the proceeds go to to Chadtough for pediatric brain tumor research. 681-0078. [map]


 2 p.m. 

"DJ Whittington's Kool Kat: A Hip-Hop Panto": Theatre Nova.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less “DJ Whittington’s Kool Kat: A Hip-Hop Panto”

Every Fri.-Sun., Nov. 29-Dec. 29. A popular holiday tradition, this year director Carla Milarch's annual musical panto is based on the comedic TV puppet DJ Kat, a record spinning, leather jacketed cat. A panto is a British pantomime genre that blends children's stories with a bit of vaudeville sensibility to create a raucous family entertainment. Candy is provided. Stars: Asia Marie Hicks, Alaina Kerr, and Mike Sandusky.
7:30 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) $25 (kids 16 & under, $10). Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [aw]. [map]



 2 p.m.  Free! 

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

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WCPARC naturalists Kelsey Dehring and Shawn Severance lead family-friendly crafts, including pinecone trees, grapevine wreaths, and more. Hot cocoa. Michigan-grown chestnuts on hand for roasting.
2-4 p.m., Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, Dexter. Free; preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org. $6 vehicle entry fee. 971-6337. [map]


 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Live Reindeer and Holiday Crafts": Dexter District Library.

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All invited to visit a live reindeer outside the library and do a holiday craft inside.
2-4 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 2 p.m. 

"The Secret Garden": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Nov. 28), Nov. 14-Dec. 22. This local professional theater company performs Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman's 1989 musical adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's beloved children's novel set in Victorian England. Sent to live in the cheerless house of her reclusive, widowed uncle and his invalid son, an orphan girl discovers a hidden garden that reintroduces joy to her life and that of her relatives. The songs, with many lyrics drawn from the original text, have been described as "fetching" by the New York Times.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $32 (seniors, $30; youth & groups of 10 or more, $28) on Thurs.; $36 (seniors, $34; youth & groups of 10 or more, $32) on Fri. & Sat. eve.; $34 (seniors, $32; youth & groups of 10 or more, $30) for all matinees in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]


 3 p.m. 

"A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol": Saline Area Players.

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Dec. 5-8. Barbara Day directs local actors in Flip Kobler & Cindy Marcus's twist on the Dickens classic. In this version, Scrooge is the Big Bad Wolf, 2 of the Cratchit children are Hansel and Gretel, the Ghost of Christmas Future is the Queen of Hearts, and Mother Goose narrates.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Fri.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun), The 5th Corner, 211 Willis Rd., Saline. $6 in advance & at the door. SalineAreaPlayers.org. 755-6983. [map]


 4:30 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Kids": Sun Shen.

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From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves, and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children from 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30 - 5:30pm.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70 / month, $21 / drop in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



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Monday


December 2019
 3:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Minecraft Monday": Chelsea District Library.

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All kids ages 8-12 invited to try out this computer game that involves building things with virtual blocks to work as a team to build and landscape, solve puzzles, battle monsters, and create a new virtual world. New & experienced players welcome.
3:30-4:30 p.m., CDL learning lab, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]


 4:15 p.m.  Free! 

Kids Book Clubs: Saline District Library.

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Book discussion groups for kids, including Chapter Champs (Nov. 11 & Dec. 9) for kids in grades 1-4, the Caldecott Club (Nov. 18 & Dec. 16) for kids in kindergarten and 1st grade, and Pageturners (Dec. 2) for kids in grade 4 & up.
4:15 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required at Salinelibrary.org. 429-5450. [map]


 6:30-7:15 p.m.  Free! 

"MonkeyPlay": Chelsea District Library.

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Animal-themed physical activity stations for kids ages 2-6.
6:30-7:15 p.m., CD, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]


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Tuesday


December 2019
 10:30 a.m.-noon 

Late Fall Moms Group: Ann Arbor Baby Beginnings, LLC.

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Our award winning Mothers Group is a great opportunity to meet other new moms and get support and advice after your baby is born. The group is facilitated by two experienced moms, a Social Worker and an MPH and Certified Lactation Consultant. Together they have years of experience on infant development and postpartum adjustment. The six week series begins each class with group discussion on a topic pertinent to early parenthood such as getting enough sleep, feeding, changes to relationships, and places to go with your baby. If you will be going back to work during the six weeks, please contact our office for a prorated rate. You may also join any time during the session for a discounted rate. This group is designed from babies from newborn to crawling.
The Fall Moms Group meets on Tuesday mornings from 10:30-noon from November 5th through December 17th. (The group skips the week of Thanksgiving)
Save $5 by registering before November 3rd and using the promo code SUPPORT
Ann Arbor Baby Beginnings, 2311 East Stadium Suite 202-2. $100/six weeks. 734-221-0158. info@annarborbabybeginnings.com www.annarborbabybeginnings.com [map]


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Babytime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Tues. Staff present a program of songs, stories, and rhymes for kids under age 2 (accompanied by a caregiver). No siblings.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. 475-8732. [map]


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Wednesday


December 2019
 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Chelsea District Library.

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Every Wed., except June 12. Stories for kids ages 3-5 (with caregiver).
10:30-11 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 11 a.m..  Free! 

Little Listeners Storytime: Northfield Township Area Library.

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Join us at Northfield Township Area Library every Wednesday at 11 a.m. for a half-hour of fun stories, silly songs, and age-appropriate hands-on activities. Storytime is designed to promote early literacy. Registration is not required.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/events [map]



 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. 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.
10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.) & noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Star Wars Crafts": Dexter District Library.

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Youth in grades 5-12 invited to decorate Star Wars-themed T-shirts, buttons, and magnets in celebration of the release of the latest film in the franchise.
DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Open Art for Teens": Saline District Library.

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Teens invited to use watercolors, slime, clay, markers, and other supplies.
3-4 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]


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Thursday


December 2019
 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Thurs., except Mar. 14, May 2, & June 13. CDL staff present a program for toddlers about letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.
10:30-11 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Super Stories Book Club: Dexter District Library.

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Kids in grades K-2 invited for story time, crafts, and snacks. Theme: Pets.
4:30-6:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]


 4:30, 6, & 7:30 p.m. 

"PJs & Stories with Santa": Saline Parks and Recreation.

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A Saline District Library storyteller reads holiday stories for kids accompanied by a parent. Also, a chance to meet Santa, a sing-along, crafts, and treats. Wear pajamas. Parents are encouraged to bring a camera.
4:30, 6, & 7:30 p.m. Saline Recreation Center, 1866 Woodland Dr. E., Saline. $10 in advance at cityofsaline.org/parks, $12 (if available) at the door. 429-3502. [map]


 5-6 p.m. 

Youth Aerial (Ages 8-17): A2 Aviary.

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This all levels class is designed for active young people to explore the aerial arts, known as "flying". Students will warm up and cool down together, then will split into two groups based on experience and ability level.
Beginning students will work with instructor Rachel to learn the basic poses and sequences on the aerial apparatus. Once they have the basics down, they will work on building the endurance needed to spend several minutes in the air, as well as sequencing poses into mini routines.
Intermediate students will be with instructor Sara, focusing on technique, form, and choreography while learning more complex sequences and developing their personal style.
PREREQ: Students new to the Aviary must have a parent or legal guardian present on their first day. The guardian does not have to stay for the duration of the lesson but must be present to meet the instructor on the first day. Youth aerial classes are offered in monthly sessions, please click link for info!
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk St, Suite A. $70-$90. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 7:30 p.m. 

"The Secret Garden": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Nov. 28), Nov. 14-Dec. 22. This local professional theater company performs Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman's 1989 musical adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's beloved children's novel set in Victorian England. Sent to live in the cheerless house of her reclusive, widowed uncle and his invalid son, an orphan girl discovers a hidden garden that reintroduces joy to her life and that of her relatives. The songs, with many lyrics drawn from the original text, have been described as "fetching" by the New York Times.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $32 (seniors, $30; youth & groups of 10 or more, $28) on Thurs.; $36 (seniors, $34; youth & groups of 10 or more, $32) on Fri. & Sat. eve.; $34 (seniors, $32; youth & groups of 10 or more, $30) for all matinees in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]


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Friday


December 2019
 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. 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.
10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.) & noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Teen VR Adventure": Chelsea District Library.

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All youth ages 10-17 invited to make and wrap a surprise holiday gift. Materials provided.
CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea.Free. 475-8732. [map]


 5 p.m. 

Kids Night Out: Saline Parks & Recreation.

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Crafts, movies, games, and swimming for kids ages 5-12. Pizza dinner.
5-10 p.m., Saline Recreation Center, 1866 Woodland Dr. E., Saline. $25-$35 per child in advance at cityofsaline.org/parks. 429-3502. [map]


 5-6 p.m. 

Youth Aerial (Ages 8-17): A2 Aviary.

  community member   < less the instructor helps a child invert on a trapeze

This all levels class is designed for active young people to explore the aerial arts, known as "flying". Students will warm up and cool down together, then will split into two groups based on experience and ability level.
Beginning students will work with instructor Rachel to learn the basic poses and sequences on the aerial apparatus. Once they have the basics down, they will work on building the endurance needed to spend several minutes in the air, as well as sequencing poses into mini routines.
Intermediate students will be with instructor Sara, focusing on technique, form, and choreography while learning more complex sequences and developing their personal style.
PREREQ: Students new to the Aviary must have a parent or legal guardian present on their first day. The guardian does not have to stay for the duration of the lesson but must be present to meet the instructor on the first day. Youth aerial classes are offered in monthly sessions, please click link for info!
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk St, Suite A. $70-$90. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 7:30 p.m. 

"DJ Whittington's Kool Kat: A Hip-Hop Panto": Theatre Nova.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less “DJ Whittington’s Kool Kat: A Hip-Hop Panto”

Every Fri.-Sun., Nov. 29-Dec. 29. A popular holiday tradition, this year director Carla Milarch's annual musical panto is based on the comedic TV puppet DJ Kat, a record spinning, leather jacketed cat. A panto is a British pantomime genre that blends children's stories with a bit of vaudeville sensibility to create a raucous family entertainment. Candy is provided. Stars: Asia Marie Hicks, Alaina Kerr, and Mike Sandusky.
7:30 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) $25 (kids 16 & under, $10). Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [aw]. [map]



 7:30 p.m. 

"The Secret Garden": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Nov. 28), Nov. 14-Dec. 22. This local professional theater company performs Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman's 1989 musical adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's beloved children's novel set in Victorian England. Sent to live in the cheerless house of her reclusive, widowed uncle and his invalid son, an orphan girl discovers a hidden garden that reintroduces joy to her life and that of her relatives. The songs, with many lyrics drawn from the original text, have been described as "fetching" by the New York Times.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $32 (seniors, $30; youth & groups of 10 or more, $28) on Thurs.; $36 (seniors, $34; youth & groups of 10 or more, $32) on Fri. & Sat. eve.; $34 (seniors, $32; youth & groups of 10 or more, $30) for all matinees in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]


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Saturday


December 2019
 9-10 a.m.  Free! 

"Happy Pawlidays": Saline Parks & Recreation.

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All invited to bring their dogs to the park for a photo with Santa.
9-10 a.m., Mill Pond Park, end of W. Bennett St., west of Ann Arbor St., Saline. Free. 429-3502.


 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Treasure Trail to Santa": Saline Chamber of Commerce.

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All kids age 12 & under invited to pick up a "treasure map," visit Saline-Busch's shopping center merchants to receive goodies, and find Santa. Also, carriage rides.
10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., start at the UPS Store, 525 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. Free. 429-4494. [map]


 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. 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.
10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.) & noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 1 p.m. 

Open Gym: Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor.

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Come join the FLIPS, TWISTS & FUN at Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor during Open Gym every Saturday from 1pm-2:30pm! Cost is $10 for 1.5 hours of uninstructed play time. Must have a signed consent form to participate, provided at the office if you are new to the gym! Children under 5 years old must be accompanied by a parent. Children 18 months or younger are FREE!
(Cash ONLY please if paying less than $14)
Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor, 7240 Jackson Rd. $10. 734-222-1810. cga2@champgymaa.com https://www.champgymaa.com/open-gym [map]



 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Nature Explorers: Signs of Winter": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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A chance to look for and learn about winter in the forest. For ages 5 & 6.
1-2 p.m., Burns-Stokes Preserve, Zeeb Rd. at the Huron River just south of Huron River Dr., Dexter. Free, preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org. 971-6337.


 2 & 7:30 p.m. 

"The Secret Garden": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Nov. 28), Nov. 14-Dec. 22. This local professional theater company performs Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman's 1989 musical adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's beloved children's novel set in Victorian England. Sent to live in the cheerless house of her reclusive, widowed uncle and his invalid son, an orphan girl discovers a hidden garden that reintroduces joy to her life and that of her relatives. The songs, with many lyrics drawn from the original text, have been described as "fetching" by the New York Times.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $32 (seniors, $30; youth & groups of 10 or more, $28) on Thurs.; $36 (seniors, $34; youth & groups of 10 or more, $32) on Fri. & Sat. eve.; $34 (seniors, $32; youth & groups of 10 or more, $30) for all matinees in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]


 3 & 7:30 p.m. 

"DJ Whittington's Kool Kat: A Hip-Hop Panto": Theatre Nova.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less “DJ Whittington’s Kool Kat: A Hip-Hop Panto”

Every Fri.-Sun., Nov. 29-Dec. 29. A popular holiday tradition, this year director Carla Milarch's annual musical panto is based on the comedic TV puppet DJ Kat, a record spinning, leather jacketed cat. A panto is a British pantomime genre that blends children's stories with a bit of vaudeville sensibility to create a raucous family entertainment. Candy is provided. Stars: Asia Marie Hicks, Alaina Kerr, and Mike Sandusky.
7:30 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) $25 (kids 16 & under, $10). Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [aw]. [map]



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Sunday


December 2019
 1-2:30 p.m. 

"Santa Central": Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Kids invited to visit with Santa, make seasonal crafts, and enjoy a hayride. Snack. Photos with Santa available (bring your own camera). Also, all invited to enjoy a spaghetti dinner preceded by carols and crafts (4-6 p.m., $12, students, $9).
1-2:30 p.m., Hudson Mills Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $6 per person. Preregistration required. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]


 1:30-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Birthday Party for Jesus & Free Skating": Treasuring Christ Church.

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Kids of all ages and backgrounds are invited to join us as we throw a super fun birthday party for Jesus.
We will celebrate as any good birthday does with a lot of fun, games, and activities (and birthday cake!); however, woven throughout will be the story of the birth of Jesus Christ as told by the Bible. It is a great opportunity for families of different religious backgrounds and cultures to expose their children to this story and help them understand the history of Christmas.
What to expect:
1:30-2:30 pm: Free skating at Vets Park Ice Arena (admission & skate rental included). Parents are welcome to skate with their children, but their cost will not be covered.
2:30-3:00 pm: Snacks and refreshments (healthy and allergy-friendly options will be available)
3:00-4:00 pm: Crafts, games and stories teaching the Biblical story of Christmas in the Vets party room next to the ice arena. The activities will be open to all ages but specifically tailored to ages 5-11 years old
Veterans Memorial Park Ice Arena, 2150 Jackson Ave. Free. 919-671-0707. michael@tccannarbor.com https://www.eventbrite.com/e/birthday-party-for-jesus-kids-christmas-party-tickets-53142280993 [map]



 2-4 p.m. 

Family Dance: Pittsfield Union Grange.

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Callers lead contras and square dances to live music. For kids, accompanied by an adult. Followed by Grange-baked cookies and cocoa.

Nov. 17: Caller Drake Meadow with music by Paul Winder and Betsy Beckerman.

Dec. 15: Caller TBA, music by Donna Baird, Fred & Nora Karsch, Jim Horton.

Jan. 19: Caller Drake Meadow, music by Donna Baird & Dawn Swartz.

Feb 16: Caller Drake Meadow, music TBA.

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2-4 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $12 per family (members, free). 769-1052. [map]


 2 p.m. 

"DJ Whittington's Kool Kat: A Hip-Hop Panto": Theatre Nova.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less “DJ Whittington’s Kool Kat: A Hip-Hop Panto”

Every Fri.-Sun., Nov. 29-Dec. 29. A popular holiday tradition, this year director Carla Milarch's annual musical panto is based on the comedic TV puppet DJ Kat, a record spinning, leather jacketed cat. A panto is a British pantomime genre that blends children's stories with a bit of vaudeville sensibility to create a raucous family entertainment. Candy is provided. Stars: Asia Marie Hicks, Alaina Kerr, and Mike Sandusky.
7:30 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) $25 (kids 16 & under, $10). Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [aw]. [map]



 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Family Movie Day": Saline District Library.

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Family-friendly movie screenings with snacks and drinks.

Dec. 1: A Muppet Christmas Carol, a spirited 1992 version of the Dickens Christmas classic, a live-action musical that features Michael Caine as Scrooge.

Dec. 15: A Christmas Story, the 1983 classic about Ralphie, a 9-year-old in the 1940s who desperately wants a Red Ryder BB gun.

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SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 2 p.m. 

"The Secret Garden": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Nov. 28), Nov. 14-Dec. 22. This local professional theater company performs Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman's 1989 musical adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's beloved children's novel set in Victorian England. Sent to live in the cheerless house of her reclusive, widowed uncle and his invalid son, an orphan girl discovers a hidden garden that reintroduces joy to her life and that of her relatives. The songs, with many lyrics drawn from the original text, have been described as "fetching" by the New York Times.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $32 (seniors, $30; youth & groups of 10 or more, $28) on Thurs.; $36 (seniors, $34; youth & groups of 10 or more, $32) on Fri. & Sat. eve.; $34 (seniors, $32; youth & groups of 10 or more, $30) for all matinees in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]


 4:30 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Kids": Sun Shen.

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From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves, and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children from 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30 - 5:30pm.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70 / month, $21 / drop in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



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Monday


December 2019
 4:15 p.m.  Free! 

Kids Book Clubs: Saline District Library.

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Book discussion groups for kids, including Chapter Champs (Nov. 11 & Dec. 9) for kids in grades 1-4, the Caldecott Club (Nov. 18 & Dec. 16) for kids in kindergarten and 1st grade, and Pageturners (Dec. 2) for kids in grade 4 & up.
4:15 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required at Salinelibrary.org. 429-5450. [map]


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Tuesday


December 2019
 10:30 a.m.-noon 

Late Fall Moms Group: Ann Arbor Baby Beginnings, LLC.

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Our award winning Mothers Group is a great opportunity to meet other new moms and get support and advice after your baby is born. The group is facilitated by two experienced moms, a Social Worker and an MPH and Certified Lactation Consultant. Together they have years of experience on infant development and postpartum adjustment. The six week series begins each class with group discussion on a topic pertinent to early parenthood such as getting enough sleep, feeding, changes to relationships, and places to go with your baby. If you will be going back to work during the six weeks, please contact our office for a prorated rate. You may also join any time during the session for a discounted rate. This group is designed from babies from newborn to crawling.
The Fall Moms Group meets on Tuesday mornings from 10:30-noon from November 5th through December 17th. (The group skips the week of Thanksgiving)
Save $5 by registering before November 3rd and using the promo code SUPPORT
Ann Arbor Baby Beginnings, 2311 East Stadium Suite 202-2. $100/six weeks. 734-221-0158. info@annarborbabybeginnings.com www.annarborbabybeginnings.com [map]


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Babytime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Tues. Staff present a program of songs, stories, and rhymes for kids under age 2 (accompanied by a caregiver). No siblings.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. 475-8732. [map]


 11-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Drop-in Holiday Storytime": Dexter District Library.

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Holiday story and snacks for kids age 6 and under
DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Pizza and Pages": Saline District Library.

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Teens invited to discuss popular books. Pizza.

Nov. 19: Internment, Samira Ahmed's new YA novel about a Muslim teen whose life is turned upside down when an Islamophobic president is elected and Muslims are interned in the California desert.

Dec. 17: Stepsister, Jennifer Donnelly's new YA feminist rendition of the Cinderella story from the point of view of the "ugly" stepsister.

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3-4 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required at Salinelibrary.org. 429-5450. [map]


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Wednesday


December 2019
 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Chelsea District Library.

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Every Wed., except June 12. Stories for kids ages 3-5 (with caregiver).
10:30-11 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

Little Listeners Storytime: Northfield Township Area Library.

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Join us at Northfield Township Area Library every Wednesday at 11 a.m. for a half-hour of fun stories, silly songs, and age-appropriate hands-on activities. Storytime is designed to promote early literacy. Registration is not required.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/events [map]



 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. 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.
10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.) & noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Art with Keith!": Saline District Library.

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Local art teacher Keith McGuire introduces teens to various art techniques and media, including comic strips (Nov. 20), still lifes (Dec. 4), and collage and found poems (Dec. 18).
3-4:15 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. Salinelibrary.org, 429-5450. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Read-Along Dog": Saline District Library.

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Kids in grades 1-4 invited to read to Vedder and Summer, registered Therapaws reading dogs.
6:30-7:30 p.m. (Wed.) & 2-3 p.m. (Sun.), SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


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Thursday


December 2019
 9:15-11:15 a.m. 

MOPS of GBC: Grace Bible Church.

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MOPS(Mother's of Preschoolers) is for any woman who has a child from birth to kindergarten. We meet together to laugh, cry and embrace the journey of motherhood. Childcare is provided. To assure quality childcare, space is limited. Confidential scholarships are also available.
We meet every 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month starting September 19th-May. We meet from 9:15am-11:15am. You must register to attend.
For more information and to register contact Jess Richer at J_mcclarren9@hotmail.com
Grace Bible Church, 1300 S. Maple Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $50. ehumphrey1836@gmail.com. J_mcclarren9@hotmail.com http://gracea2.org/mops/ [map]



 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Thurs., except Mar. 14, May 2, & June 13. CDL staff present a program for toddlers about letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.
10:30-11 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 3-4:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Beaded and Baked Snowflakes": Saline District Library.

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Teens invited to bake and decorate ornamental gingerbread stars, trees, and moons.
SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free.429-5450. [map]


 3:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Read to the Library Dogs": Chelsea District Library.

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All beginning readers ages 6-11 invited to read one-on-one for 10 minutes to a dog trained to act as if it's listening.
3:30-5 p.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]


 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

All Star Readers: Dexter District Library.

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Book discussion group for kids in grades 3 & 4. Snacks & activities.

Nov. 14: Lights, Camera, Cook!, Charise Mericle Harper's novel about 4 tweens who enter a televised cooking contest.

Dec. 19: Stick Dog, Tom Watson's book about a group of stray dogs (illustrated as stick figures) perpetually in search of hamburgers.

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4:30-5:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]


 5-6 p.m. 

Youth Aerial (Ages 8-17): A2 Aviary.

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This all levels class is designed for active young people to explore the aerial arts, known as "flying". Students will warm up and cool down together, then will split into two groups based on experience and ability level.
Beginning students will work with instructor Rachel to learn the basic poses and sequences on the aerial apparatus. Once they have the basics down, they will work on building the endurance needed to spend several minutes in the air, as well as sequencing poses into mini routines.
Intermediate students will be with instructor Sara, focusing on technique, form, and choreography while learning more complex sequences and developing their personal style.
PREREQ: Students new to the Aviary must have a parent or legal guardian present on their first day. The guardian does not have to stay for the duration of the lesson but must be present to meet the instructor on the first day. Youth aerial classes are offered in monthly sessions, please click link for info!
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk St, Suite A. $70-$90. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 7 p.m.  Free! 

"That Thursday Thing": Chelsea District Library.

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Crafts and activities for teens.

Nov. 7: "Shrinky Dinks." Make a keychain or earrings out of Shrinky Dink plastic.

Nov. 21: "Brush Pen Calligraphy." Practice tracing and lettering a favorite quote or saying and then decorate and frame it.

Dec. 5: "Touchscreen Gloves." Make gloves touchscreen-friendly with either conductive thread or thermal paste.

Dec. 19: "Crafty Chocolate Christmas." Make a variety of chocolate truffles and a simple origami box to put them in.

Jan. 2: "UV Jewelry and Keychains." Make a keychain or some jewelry out of UV-cured resin.

Jan. 16: "Taco Thursday." Make and eat tacos and burritos and play taco-themed games.

Feb. 6 : "Chainmail Chill." Using colorful aluminum rings, make a small chainmail star, flower, or other shape.

Feb. 20 and Mar. 5 & 19: TBA.

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7-9 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"The Secret Garden": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Nov. 28), Nov. 14-Dec. 22. This local professional theater company performs Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman's 1989 musical adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's beloved children's novel set in Victorian England. Sent to live in the cheerless house of her reclusive, widowed uncle and his invalid son, an orphan girl discovers a hidden garden that reintroduces joy to her life and that of her relatives. The songs, with many lyrics drawn from the original text, have been described as "fetching" by the New York Times.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $32 (seniors, $30; youth & groups of 10 or more, $28) on Thurs.; $36 (seniors, $34; youth & groups of 10 or more, $32) on Fri. & Sat. eve.; $34 (seniors, $32; youth & groups of 10 or more, $30) for all matinees in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]


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Friday


December 2019
 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. 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.
10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.) & noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 5-6 p.m. 

Youth Aerial (Ages 8-17): A2 Aviary.

  community member   < less the instructor helps a child invert on a trapeze

This all levels class is designed for active young people to explore the aerial arts, known as "flying". Students will warm up and cool down together, then will split into two groups based on experience and ability level.
Beginning students will work with instructor Rachel to learn the basic poses and sequences on the aerial apparatus. Once they have the basics down, they will work on building the endurance needed to spend several minutes in the air, as well as sequencing poses into mini routines.
Intermediate students will be with instructor Sara, focusing on technique, form, and choreography while learning more complex sequences and developing their personal style.
PREREQ: Students new to the Aviary must have a parent or legal guardian present on their first day. The guardian does not have to stay for the duration of the lesson but must be present to meet the instructor on the first day. Youth aerial classes are offered in monthly sessions, please click link for info!
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk St, Suite A. $70-$90. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 7:30 p.m. 

"DJ Whittington's Kool Kat: A Hip-Hop Panto": Theatre Nova.

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Every Fri.-Sun., Nov. 29-Dec. 29. A popular holiday tradition, this year director Carla Milarch's annual musical panto is based on the comedic TV puppet DJ Kat, a record spinning, leather jacketed cat. A panto is a British pantomime genre that blends children's stories with a bit of vaudeville sensibility to create a raucous family entertainment. Candy is provided. Stars: Asia Marie Hicks, Alaina Kerr, and Mike Sandusky.
7:30 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) $25 (kids 16 & under, $10). Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [aw]. [map]



 7:30 p.m. 

"The Secret Garden": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Nov. 28), Nov. 14-Dec. 22. This local professional theater company performs Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman's 1989 musical adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's beloved children's novel set in Victorian England. Sent to live in the cheerless house of her reclusive, widowed uncle and his invalid son, an orphan girl discovers a hidden garden that reintroduces joy to her life and that of her relatives. The songs, with many lyrics drawn from the original text, have been described as "fetching" by the New York Times.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $32 (seniors, $30; youth & groups of 10 or more, $28) on Thurs.; $36 (seniors, $34; youth & groups of 10 or more, $32) on Fri. & Sat. eve.; $34 (seniors, $32; youth & groups of 10 or more, $30) for all matinees in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]


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Saturday


December 2019
 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. 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.
10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.) & noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

"BMR Kids Club- YDL Superior": Black Men Read.

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Join us on the third Saturday of each month at YDL Superior for storytelling and crafts!
Black Men Read is an homage to the history of storytelling among African people. All families are invited and encouraged to attend. Stories and activities will be geared for children K-5
Ypsilanti District Library- Superior Branch, 8795 Macarthur Rd, Ypsilanti. Free. bmrprogram@gmail.com [map]


 1 p.m. 

Open Gym: Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor.

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Come join the FLIPS, TWISTS & FUN at Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor during Open Gym every Saturday from 1pm-2:30pm! Cost is $10 for 1.5 hours of uninstructed play time. Must have a signed consent form to participate, provided at the office if you are new to the gym! Children under 5 years old must be accompanied by a parent. Children 18 months or younger are FREE!
(Cash ONLY please if paying less than $14)
Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor, 7240 Jackson Rd. $10. 734-222-1810. cga2@champgymaa.com https://www.champgymaa.com/open-gym [map]



 2 & 7:30 p.m. 

"The Secret Garden": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Nov. 28), Nov. 14-Dec. 22. This local professional theater company performs Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman's 1989 musical adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's beloved children's novel set in Victorian England. Sent to live in the cheerless house of her reclusive, widowed uncle and his invalid son, an orphan girl discovers a hidden garden that reintroduces joy to her life and that of her relatives. The songs, with many lyrics drawn from the original text, have been described as "fetching" by the New York Times.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $32 (seniors, $30; youth & groups of 10 or more, $28) on Thurs.; $36 (seniors, $34; youth & groups of 10 or more, $32) on Fri. & Sat. eve.; $34 (seniors, $32; youth & groups of 10 or more, $30) for all matinees in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]


 3 & 7:30 p.m. 

"DJ Whittington's Kool Kat: A Hip-Hop Panto": Theatre Nova.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less “DJ Whittington’s Kool Kat: A Hip-Hop Panto”

Every Fri.-Sun., Nov. 29-Dec. 29. A popular holiday tradition, this year director Carla Milarch's annual musical panto is based on the comedic TV puppet DJ Kat, a record spinning, leather jacketed cat. A panto is a British pantomime genre that blends children's stories with a bit of vaudeville sensibility to create a raucous family entertainment. Candy is provided. Stars: Asia Marie Hicks, Alaina Kerr, and Mike Sandusky.
7:30 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) $25 (kids 16 & under, $10). Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [aw]. [map]



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Sunday


December 2019
 2 p.m. 

"DJ Whittington's Kool Kat: A Hip-Hop Panto": Theatre Nova.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less “DJ Whittington’s Kool Kat: A Hip-Hop Panto”

Every Fri.-Sun., Nov. 29-Dec. 29. A popular holiday tradition, this year director Carla Milarch's annual musical panto is based on the comedic TV puppet DJ Kat, a record spinning, leather jacketed cat. A panto is a British pantomime genre that blends children's stories with a bit of vaudeville sensibility to create a raucous family entertainment. Candy is provided. Stars: Asia Marie Hicks, Alaina Kerr, and Mike Sandusky.
7:30 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) $25 (kids 16 & under, $10). Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [aw]. [map]



 2 p.m. 

"The Secret Garden": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Nov. 28), Nov. 14-Dec. 22. This local professional theater company performs Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman's 1989 musical adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's beloved children's novel set in Victorian England. Sent to live in the cheerless house of her reclusive, widowed uncle and his invalid son, an orphan girl discovers a hidden garden that reintroduces joy to her life and that of her relatives. The songs, with many lyrics drawn from the original text, have been described as "fetching" by the New York Times.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $32 (seniors, $30; youth & groups of 10 or more, $28) on Thurs.; $36 (seniors, $34; youth & groups of 10 or more, $32) on Fri. & Sat. eve.; $34 (seniors, $32; youth & groups of 10 or more, $30) for all matinees in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]