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Lectures, Readings, Discussions, & Forums - Week of June 17, 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


June 2019
 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. June 3: "How to Live to 100." June 10: "A Father's Power: How Dads Shape Us, for Better or Worse." June 17: "Can God Love a Mess Like Me?," which begins with a filmed interview with the author of the bestselling Christian novel The Shack. June 24: "Concussions: A Former NFL Player Speaks Out."
7-8 p.m., 500 W. Liberty. Free. 665-7912. [map]


 7-8:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Emerging Writers: A Recipe for a Novel": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local short story writer Alex Kourvo and young adult novelist Bethany Neal are joined by Detroit Chief Storyteller and nonfiction writer Aaron Foley to discuss how to research and write different types of nonfiction. For adult and teen (grade 6 & up) fiction and nonfiction writers. Also, Kourvo and Neal host an open house for writers to connect with one another and/or work on their projects at 7 p.m. on June 17.
7-8:45 p.m., AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Grief 101": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Arbor Hospice representatives offer advice for coping with the loss of a loved one.
7 p.m., AADL Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. Free; registration requested. 794-5177. [map]


 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Keeping Current: LGBT Law": Chelsea District Library.

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ACLU of Michigan staff attorney Jay Kaplan discusses active court cases and legislation affecting LGBT individuals and families in Michigan and nationally.
7-8 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Notorious Ben Hecht: Iconoclastic Writer and Militant Zionist": Literati Bookstore.

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University of Hawaii communications professor Julien Gorbach discusses his new biography of "the Shakespeare of Hollywood" who wrote the 1932 Scarface but rebelled against his Jewish bosses when they refused to make films about the threat of Nazism. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


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Tuesday


June 2019
 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Sol Majestic": Literati Bookstore.

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Cleveland writer Ferrett Steinmetz discusses his new sci-fi novel about an aspiring teen guru wandering destitute across the galaxy as he tries to realize his parents' ambition to advise the celestial elite. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Building the Border-to-Border Trail": Sierra Club Huron Valley.

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Huron Waterloo Pathways Initiative members discuss trail progress, community partnerships, and future plans.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 272-5194. [map]


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Wednesday


June 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]


 12:30 p.m. 

Summer Cooking Series: Chelsea Senior Center.

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Cooking demos. June 19: "Vegan and gluten-free lunch ideas." July & Aug. dates TBA.
12:30 p.m. CSC, 512 Washington, Chelsea. $5suggested donation to benefit the CSC intergenerational garden. 475-9242. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Legal and Financial Planning in a Dementia Context": Holy Faith Church.

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How do you make sure that your loved one gets the care that you want them to have? What are the costs of care? What financial tools are available to cover those costs--Medicare, Medicaid, Long Term Care Insurance, personal savings? When is the right time to make a financial and legal plan? Do you need a Power of Attorney, a Trust or both? Please join Lisa Reifert of Flagstar Bank and Diana Gardner of Gardner & Associates and we will tackle these questions and more.
In partnership with the Alzheimer's Association, and with financial support from EHM Senior Solutions, this free class is offered as a community service by Saline's Holy Faith Church, and is part of Holy Faith's 11 week dementia awareness program, In This Together, featuring talks on dementia-related topics every Wednesday evening at 7 through July 17. For a full schedule and further information go to www.holy-faith-church-org. Holy Faith's Social Hall has plenty of parking, no steps, wide doors, plenty of seating, and cook
Holy Faith Church Social Hall, 6299 Ann Arbor Saline Rd Saline 48176, Saline. Free. 7344292992. office@holy-faith-church.org holy-faith-church.org [map]


 7-8:30 p.m. 

Jennifer Weiner: Jewish Community Center/Literati Bookstore.

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This popular bestselling women's fiction writer is joined by Michigan Radio Stateside host Cynthia Canty to discusses Mrs. Everything, her new novel that follows 2 very different sisters who grow up in 1950s Detroit. One becomes a proper Connecticut housewife, the other a hippie, but neither is content with her choice. Signing. Refreshments.
7-8:30 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. Tickets $30 at eventbrite.com. john@literatibookstore.com. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Culinary History Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to discuss Jane Ziegelman and Andrew Coe's 2016 book A Square Meal: A Culinary History of the Great Depression.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Introduction to Steiner's Thought": Great Lakes Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America.

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Every Wed. All invited to join a discussion of Steiner's 1904 introduction to anthroposophy, How to Know Higher Worlds.
7:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Ave. Free. 678-5497. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Birds of Pte. Mouillee": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Popular WAS speaker Don Chalfant discusses this popular birding spot on the western Lake Erie shoreline, where rare birds like the yellow-headed blackbird, king rail, glossy ibis, and tricolored heron are occasionally seen.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. [map]


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Thursday


June 2019
 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Alternative Movements in Judaism": Jewish Community Center 3rd Thursday @ the J.

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Panel discussion with Aleph Alliance for Jewish Renewal executive director SooJi Min-Maranda, Ann Arbor Reconstructionist Congregation Beit Sefer director Clare Kinberg, and a Jewish Cultural Society member TBA.
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]


 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Pine Ecosystems of Northern Michigan": Saline Area Senior Center.

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Talk by David Worel.
1 p.m., SASC, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-9274. [map]


 6 p.m. 

"How to Keep Stress from Ruining Your Summer": Lazar Spinal Care.

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Local chiropractors Jonathan Lazar, Joshua Durand, and Brent Reeve discuss ways to address physical, chemical, and emotional stressors.
6 p.m., Lazar Spinal Care Lobby, 203 S. Zeeb. $15. Preregistration required at lazarspinalcare.com/06-20-19-stress/. 274-5107. [map]



 7-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Nerd Nite Ann Arbor": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Popular monthly series of fun, informative talks on everything from nanoparticles to the science of the Simpsons and the genealogy of Godzilla. Speakers TBA at annarbor.nerdnite.com.

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7-9:30 p.m. or later (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), LIVE, 102 S. First. Free.. 327-4555. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Empty Chairs": Literati Bookstore Poetry Book Club.

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All invited to discuss Chinese poet Liu Xia's 2015 collection. Wife of imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize recipient Liu Xiaobo, Xia has been writing poetry for 30 years that addresses various aspects of a life lived under duress.
7 p.m., Literati Coffee (upstairs), 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Grown Folks Story Time": Bookbound.

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Local writer (and Observer contributor) Patti Smith hosts a "School's Out!" themed story time for adults, with storytellers Ken MacGregor, Callie Feyen, John Hritz, Morgan Hoeffel, and Kelly Rowland. Pajamas encouraged. For adults only.
7 p.m., Bookbound, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345.


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Friday


June 2019
 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

"8th Annual Mayor's Senior Conference": Saline Area Senior Center.

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Saline mayor Brian Marl leads a day of panel discussions and talks on self-defense, nutritious cooking, and Saline history. Continental breakfast & lunch.
8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., SASC, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-9274. [map]


 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]


 Noon-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Lunch & Learn": League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area.

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Washtenaw County treasurer Catherine McClary discusses her job responsibilities. Lunch available ($7 cash), or bring a bag lunch.
Noon-2 p.m., Cedars of Dexter Clubhouse, 411 Cedars Ln., Dexter. Reservations required. 792-9702. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Food Justice Session: Food & Intersectionality": People's Food Co-op.

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Talk by Our Kitchen Table (Grand Rapids) social justice nonprofit representative Stelle Slootmaker.
7-8:30 p.m., PFC Café, 216 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 994-4589. [map]


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Saturday


June 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]


 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Shockwaves from Stonewall: Gay Liberation in Michigan": Ann Arbor District Library.

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MSU history professor Tim Retzloff discusses the post-Stonewall surge in queer activism in metro Detroit.
6-7:30 p.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center. Free. 327-4200. [map]


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Sunday


June 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]






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