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Lectures, Readings, Discussions, & Forums - Week of May 13, 2019

Ann Arbor is an educated and educational community, providing an ample selection of brown bag lectures, seminars, and other colloquia. The Calendar covers events from authors on book signing tours to politicians on the stump.





 
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Monday


May 2019
 6 p.m. 

"Working in Hollywood, Teaching Screenwriting at U-M": Ann Arbor City Club Dine & Discover.

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U-M screenwriting professor Jim Burnstein discusses his career. Dinner. Preceded at 5 p.m. by a reception.
6 p.m., City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $33 (members, $28). Reservations required by May 10. annarborcityclub.org; 662-3279, ext. 1. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"A Voyage to Sweden: Swedish Weaves, Weavers, Traditions, Looms, and the Beginning of Glimakra USA": Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild.

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Helena (MT) weaver Joanne Hall discusses Swedish weaving and Glimakra USA, the Swedish weaving supplies business she used to own. The program begins with socializing and displays of members' work.
6:30 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church Piper Hall (lower level, enter on the east side of the building and take elevator down), 1501 W. Liberty. Free. annarborfiberarts@gmail.com. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Friends of McKune Memorial Library Mystery Book Club.

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All invited to discuss the books in different mystery series.

Mar. 11 David Handler's Berger & Mitry mysteries.

Apr. 8: Alan Hunter's George Gently mysteries.

May 13:Robert Dugoni's Tracy Crosswhite mysteries.

June 10: Ann Cleeves' George & Molly Palmer-Jones mysteries.

July 8: Martha Grimes's Richard Jury mysteries.

Aug. 12: Jean-Luc Bannalec's Commissaire Georges Dupin mysteries.
7 p.m., Breakaway Restaurant, Arctic Coliseum, 501 Coliseum Dr., Chelsea. Free. 475-7035. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Lifetree Café.

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Every Mon. All invited to join conversations led by St. Paul Lutheran Church members. Each session begins with a video introduction. Snacks provided. May 6: "Love Ya, Mom: Celebrating Mothers." May 13: "Low-Cost No-Cost Adventures." May 20: "An Immigrant in the Sanctuary: When Faith and Politics Collide." May 27: "An Encounter with God: A Prime Minister's Supernatural Experience."
7-8 p.m., 500 W. Liberty. Free. 665-7912. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Fun with Fruit": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Lakehouse Bakery (Chelsea) owner Keegan Rodgers discusses and demonstrates several different ways to prepare fresh fruit for both sweet and savory dishes.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Magical Negro": Ann Arbor District Library.

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L.A.-based poet Morgan Parker reads from her new book, which juxtaposes stereotypes of black womanhood with personal narratives. It was recently named one of the spring's top poetry publications by Publisher's Weekly.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown lobby, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Somewhere in Time" Book Discussion Group: Dexter District Library.

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All invited to discuss a history, nonfiction, biography, or fiction book TBA.
7 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477, ext. 119. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"VR Adventure": Chelsea District Library.

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All adults invited to try out the library's virtual reality headsets, including Lenovo Mirage and Sony Playstation.
7-8:30 p.m., CDL learning lab, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required; session limited to 8 people. 475-8732. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Women in the Civil War": Ann Arbor Civil War Round Table.

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Romeo (MI) Civil War historian Bill Grandstaff discusses women on the "home front" of the Civil War.
7 p.m., St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Administrative Bldg. Education Center Exhibition Rm., 5305 Elliott Dr. (off McAuley Dr. from Huron River Dr.). Free. (517) 750-2741. [map]


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Tuesday


May 2019
 9:45 a.m. & 1:15 p.m. 

Coffee Break: Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church.

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Every Tues. (when Ann Arbor Public Schools are in session), Sept. 11-May 14. All women invited to study the Bible with other American and international women in small, informal groups. Also, Bible stories and fun activities for preschoolers, and child care provided for babies.
9:30-11:15 a.m. & 1:15-2:45 p.m., Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church, 1717 Broadway. $25 for the year. 665-0105. [map]


 10-11:30 a.m. 

"The Fall and Rise of Income Inequality in the United States": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Distinguished Lecture Series.

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Talk by MSU economics professor Charles Ballard.
10-11:30 a.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $50 for the 10-lecture series. Memberships are $20 a year. $10 per lecture for members. 998-9351. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Identification and Management of Africanized Honey Bee Genetics": Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers.

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Talk by local nursery owner Vince St. Marie.
6:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. A2B2club@gmail.com. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Managing Menopause: Improving Your Sexual Health": IHA.

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Presentations by MOVE Wellness Studios cofounder Elaine Economou and area physicians Jody Jones, G. Bridget Long, and Lisa Morris. Preceded by wine & hors d'oeuvres.
6:30 p.m., MOVE, 3780 Jackson Rd. Free. Preregistration required at IHAcares.com/womenshealthseries or by phone. 712-3967. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Dan Wetzel: Nicola's Books.

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This Yahoo! Sports columnist discusses the first 2 books of his Epic Athletes series of YA biographies, which cover NBA star Stephen Curry and World Cup champion Alex Morgan. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Franny Choi: Literati Bookstore.

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This Korean American poet from Rhode Island reads from Soft Science, her new collection that revolves around queer, Asian American femininity and explores how to be tender and feeling while surviving in a violent world filled with AI and automation. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Gardening Talks: Dexter Garden Club.

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Apr. 9: Rock Garden Society vice president Don LaFond on "A Michigan Rock Garden." May 14: "Container Planting." Speaker TBA. The club also sponsors a garden tour (May 28) followed by Russian high tea (contact janetlvecchio@gmail.com for details).
7 p.m., Dexter Senior Center (Apr. 9), 7720 Ann Arbor St., Dexter, and Hilltop Nursery (May 14), 8996 W. Liberty, Ann Arbor. Free. 253-2727. [map]


 7 p.m. 

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

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All age 21 & over invited to discuss Larry Marder's 2018 comic book series set in a fantasy realm with unique rules and lingo.
7-9 p.m., 3154 Angell Hall. Free. 764-2553. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Why Trade Matters": U-M Ford Presidential Library.

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Ambassador Carla A. Hills, former U.S. Trade Representative under George H.W. Bush, discusses tariffs, mounting uncertainty regarding the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, and plans to negotiate trade deals with the EU, the UK, Japan, and China. Reception follows.
7 p.m., Ford Library, 1000 Beal. Free. 205-0555. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy": Sierra Club Book Club.

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All invited to discuss Anne Clark's book.
7:30 p.m., Nicola's Books, Westgate shopping center. Free. 971-1157.


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Wednesday


May 2019
 11 a.m.  Free! 

Lab Chats: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Short all-ages lecture-demos led by museum educators in the museum atriums. "Biodiversity Lab Chat" (3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) shows how and why scientists process DNA samples from plants and animals. "Paleo Prep Lab Chat" (Sat. & Sun. times TBA) shows the tools and skills needed to prepare and cast fossils for research and display.
3:30 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

Gardening Talks: Dexter District Library.

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Talks by English Gardens representatives. May 1: Herbs. May 15: "Container Gardening Made Easy." June 6: "Success with Perennials."
6 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 6-8 p.m. 

"Why Women Stopped Baking": BAKE! with Zing.

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Yale University Women and Gender Studies lecturer Maria Trumpler discusses the history of home bread baking and how changes in flour, leavening, ovens, and uses for bread contributed to its decline. A light meal is served.
6-8 p.m., ZingTrain, 3728 Plaza Dr. $40. 761-7255. [map]


 6:30-8:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Smell and Tell: Fleurs Hypnotique et Fleurs Exotique": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local flavor and fragrance expert Michelle Krell Kydd, creator of the award-winning flavor and fragrance blog Glass Petal Smoke, discusses and offers smell samples of gardenia, jasmine, orange blossom, tuberose, and ylang ylang.
6:30-8:45 p.m., AADL Downtown 4th fl. meeting rm. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m. 

"Girls Group: Changing the Destiny of Young Women in Our Community": OLLI after 5 (U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute).

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Talk by Sue Schooner, executive director of the local leadership nonprofit Girls Group.
7-8:30 p.m., Kellogg Eye Center, 1000 Wall St. $10. 998-9351. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Inspired Blending": People's Food Co-op.

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Talk by local aromatherapist Margo Hertzfeld.
7-8:30 p.m., PFC Café, 216 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 994-4589. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Social Work and Other Myths"

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Local poet Douglas Smith reads from his new chapbook that explores his time as a community organizer in Detroit in the 1980s. "These poems beseech us to identify with the humanity in the desperate, the afflicted, the abandoned, the evicted and the exiled," says Michigan playwright Brian Cox. "Smith is a poet who creates an awareness that burrows into you and changes how you see." Signing. The program begins with an open mic for poets.
7 p.m., Ypsi Alehouse, 124 Pearl St., Ypsilanti. Free. 487-1555. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Seaweed Chronicles: A World at the Water's Edge": Literati Bookstore Eco Book Club.

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All invited to join a discussion, led by local poet Alison Swan, of Susan Hand Shetterly's 2018 book.
7 p.m., Literati Coffee (upstairs), 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Culinary History Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to discuss Ritz and Escoffier, Luke Barr's 2018 book about the partnership between hotelier César Ritz and chef Auguste Escoffier, who created the luxurious Savoy hotel and restaurant in London at the turn of the 20th century.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Saving the Endangered Manatee": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Talk by U-M biology lecturer Katherine LaCommare.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry.

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Every Wed. Members read and discuss poems around various themes. Followed by collaborative writing games and exercises. Nonmembers also invited to read their poems. Snacks & socializing.
8-10 p.m., Argus Farm Stop greenhouse, 325 W. Liberty. $5 suggested donation. onepausepoetry.org, 707-1284. [map]


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Thursday


May 2019
 10-11:30 a.m. 

"The Future of Work: How Will Your Grandkids Make a Living?": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Rescheduled from January. May 16: WCC president & CEO Rose Bellanca on "Preparing Students for the Future of Work." May 30: Menlo Innovations CEO Rich Sheridan on "Build a Workplace People Love: Just Add Joy."
10-11:30 a.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $50 (members, $30) for the 6-lecture series, $10 per lecture for members. Memberships are $20 a year. 998-9351. [map]


 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Trouble Sleeping? Don't Assume It's a Normal Part of Aging": Jewish Community Center 3rd Thursday @ the J.

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Talk by U-M psychiatry professor Donovan Maust and National Poll on Healthy Aging associate director Erica Solway.
Noon-1 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. Free. Preregistration required. 971-0990. [map]


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

Older Adults Thursday: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Thurs.. All invited to join a current events discussion group led by Heather Dombey.
1-2 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free, except as noted. 971-0990. [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior's Life and Legacy": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Crazy Horse's great nephew Floyd Clown is joined by South Dakota-based writer William Matson to discuss the 2016 book dictated to Matson by Clown and other Crazy Horse family representatives, a series of oral family histories which refute the historical consensus on the famous Lakota warrior.
6:30-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown lobby, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Adam Giannelli & Tommye Blount: Literati Bookstore.

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Salt Lake City poet Gianelli and Novi poet Blount read from their debut collections. Giannelli's Tremulous Hinge imagines a constantly shifting, metaphoric world where words are forms of consolation. Blount's What We Are Not For blends biography, fairy tale, and history to explore masculinity. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


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Friday


May 2019
 Noon  Free! 

"Lunch & Learn": Temple Beth Emeth.

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Every Fri. TBE rabbi Josh Whinston leads informal discussions on religion. Bring a bag lunch, if you wish.
Noon, TBE Adult Lounge, 2309 Packard. Free. 665-4744. [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Cider & Cheese": Zingerman's Creamery.

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May 5 & 17. Zingerman's cheesemakers discuss and offer taste samples of several pairings of cheese-friendly hard ciders with delicious artisan cheeses. Bread and additional accompaniments provided.
3-5 p.m. (May 5) & 6:30-8:30 p.m. (May 17), Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $45. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Scientist Spotlight": U-M Natural History Museum.

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May 5 & 17. U-M research scientists in a range of fields from anthropology and psychology to chemistry and sustainability lead various activities based on their current work. For example, visitors might look at miniature versions of an archaeological site to draw conclusions about the people who lived there. For grade 2-adult.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (May 5) & 7-9 p.m. (May 17), U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


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Saturday


May 2019
 8:15 a.m. 

"Do It for the Process": Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild.

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Michigan quilter Lynn Carson Harris shows and discusses her work. The program begins with a brief business meeting and usually ends with a member show-and-tell and sale of quilting supplies.
8:15 a.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $10 (members, free). programs@gaaqg.com. [map]


 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Online Safety": MacTechnics.

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Michigan Attorney General consumer protection instructor Justine Bykowski discusses how to protect your devices, money, and personal info while online. The program includes a Q&A (9-10 a.m. & 11 a.m.-1 p.m.) for Mac questions of any kind.
9 a.m.-1 p.m., NEW Center, 1100 N. Main. Free. Contact@mactechnics.org. [map]


 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Death Café.

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All invited to join a frank conversation about death led by participants. Hosted by After Death Home Care founder Merilynne Rush and Diana Cramer. Tea & cake available for purchase.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Tearoom, 114 S. Main. Free. 395-9660. [map]



 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Purple Rose Concert Reading Series": Chelsea District Library.

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Purple Rose Theatre artistic director Guy Sanville directs Purple Rose actors in readings, usually from new scripts being considered for production. Apr. 20: Paint, Purple Rose resident artist Carey Crim's new dramedy about 5 moms whose carefully cultivated facades crumble at a "paint and sip" event. May 18: TBA. Followed by a discussion.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]


 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

Science Forum Demos: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demos. "Fantastic Fluids" (11 a.m.) explores the basics of fluid dynamics. Participants learn how wind creates waves and test the surface tension of different liquids. The cow's eye dissection (3 p.m.) explores how a cow's eye works and its similarities and differences from human eyes. For ages 5+.
11 a.m. & 3 p.m., U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 11:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

Lab Chats: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Short all-ages lecture-demos led by museum educators in the museum atriums. "Biodiversity Lab Chat" (3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) shows how and why scientists process DNA samples from plants and animals. "Paleo Prep Lab Chat" (Sat. & Sun. times TBA) shows the tools and skills needed to prepare and cast fossils for research and display.
3:30 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


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Sunday


May 2019
 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

Science Forum Demos: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demos. "Fantastic Fluids" (11 a.m.) explores the basics of fluid dynamics. Participants learn how wind creates waves and test the surface tension of different liquids. The cow's eye dissection (3 p.m.) explores how a cow's eye works and its similarities and differences from human eyes. For ages 5+.
11 a.m. & 3 p.m., U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 11:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

Lab Chats: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Short all-ages lecture-demos led by museum educators in the museum atriums. "Biodiversity Lab Chat" (3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) shows how and why scientists process DNA samples from plants and animals. "Paleo Prep Lab Chat" (Sat. & Sun. times TBA) shows the tools and skills needed to prepare and cast fossils for research and display.
3:30 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Building a Shared Society: Hand in Hand Center for Jewish-Arab Education in Israel": Michigan Friends of Hand in Hand.

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Talk by Hand in Hand Haifa School founder Merav Ben-Nun.
2 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw. Free. dredding58@yahoo.com. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Orchid Viruses: What You Need to Know": Ann Arbor Orchid Society.

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Talk by Indiana plant pathogen expert Janet Lamborn.
2 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]


 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Journalist Elaine Weiss reads from her 2018 book about a tense 6 weeks in the summer of 1920 as suffragettes fought to get Tennessee to become the crucial 40th state to ratify the 19th Amendment.
4-5:30 p.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Booked for Murder Mystery Book Club.

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All invited to discuss 2 murder mysteries: Jane Harper's Force of Nature and Garry Disher's The Dragon Man.
4:30 p.m., Nicola's Books, Westgate shopping center. Free. 769-2149.





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