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Lectures, Readings, Discussions, & Forums - Week of July 8, 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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July 2019
 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. July 1: "Blowing the Whistle on Abuse." July 8: "When He Becomes She." July 15: "Declutter Your Life." July 22: "Where's the Justice? What to Do When Life Seems Unfair." July 29: "Life's Myths: What Really Leads to Happiness?"
7-8 p.m., 500 W. Liberty. Free. 665-7912. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Natalie Ruth Joynton, Lisa Lenzo, and Elizabeth Schmuhl: Literati Bookstore.

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Readings by these 3 Michigan writers. Joynton's Welcome to Replica Dodge is a memoir about moving to a Northern Michigan farm that includes a life-size tribute to the Old West. Lenzo's Unblinking is a new collection of short stories that take place in or circle back to Detroit, portraying the beauty and grit of the city and its people. Schmuhl's Premonitions is a 2018 poetry collection, drawing on her experience as the daughter of a fruit farmer, that revolves around the emotional and physical isolation of a woman on a secluded farm. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]



July 2019
 4 p.m. 

Senior Supper Club: St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea LiveWell.

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Age 55 & over invited for a program followed at 5 p.m. by supper. Preceded at 2:30 p.m. by cards. Apr. 9: Naturalist Gary Siegrist discusses "Identifying Spring Birds and Their Songs." May 7: "Facts & Myths About Aging," a discussion with physicians TBA. June 11: Jeanette Brooks discusses "3 Simple Mindfulness Techniques to Help You Live with Peace and Purpose." July 9: "The Appalachian Trail: My Journey," a talk by Philadelphia-based hiker Maureen "Momentum" Tait about her experiences hiking the entirety of the 2,178-mi Appalachian Trail. Aug. 13: Tips & Tricks for Preventing Diabetes, a talk by St. Joseph Mercy diabetes program coordinator Janine Staudinger.
4 p.m., St. Joe Mercy Chelsea dining room, 775 S. Main, Chelsea. $6 (cards & talk, free). Preregistration required. 593-5793. [map]

 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Densest Matter in the Universe": Chelsea District Library.

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MSU physics and astronomy professor Edward Brown discusses the latest developments in light, neutrino, and gravitational wave astronomy. Part of CDL's summer reading theme, "A Universe of Stories."
6:30-7:30 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"America's Classiest Cars": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Presentation by automotive history writer Russell Doré.
7-8 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Beekeeping 101": Saline District Library.

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A&H Lawn Service founder Brandon Hertel, an MSU certified pollinator champion, discusses how to care for bees and attract them to your area.
7-8:30 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration requested., 429-5450. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Book of Ann Arbor: An Extremely Serious History Book": Literati Bookstore.

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Ann Arbor District Library communications & marketing manager Richard Retyi discusses and reads from his 2017 book, a collection of 41 stories highlighting colorful moments in local history. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

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

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All age 21 & over invited to discuss N.K. Jemisin's Hugo-winning 2015 novel about a woman coping with the end of the world.
7-9 p.m., 3154 Angell Hall. Free. 764-2553. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Spanish Readers Group: Nicola's Books.

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All invited to join a discussion, in Spanish, of Que Nadie Duerma, by Spanish novelist Juan José Millás, about a computer programmer who loses her job and then, gradually, her mind.
7:30 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.

 7:30-9 p.m. 

Zen Buddhist Temple Summer Lecture Series.

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July 9, 15, & 23. A series of 3 talks by members. July 9: Gagbul Vanessa Thoburn on "Parenting Very Young Children." July 15: Joann Kelleher and Kusun Ztaise Bradley on "Parenting Teenagers." July 23: Mosamsam Lisa Inoue and Robert Martin on "Parenting Ourselves." Followed by a discussion of the issues raised by the lecture series.
7:30-9 p.m., 1214 Packard. $5 suggested donation. 761-6520. [map]



July 2019
 12:30-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Place That Face": Chelsea District Library.

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All seniors invited to help identify faces in the collection of photos local photographer Ralph Guenther donated to the CDL when he retired.
12:30-2 p.m., Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Brain Changes and Interaction Skills Pt2": Holy Faith Church.

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This talk discusses how care partners can work together with someone with dementia: What can we do differently that will lower stress level, foster cooperation rather than conflict, and communicate empathy and understanding to those who need it most? Learn from a professional dementia caregiver and trainer about the Positive Physical Approach™(PPA) technique and be introduced to ways to address potential environmental stressors to foster positive relationships and build rapport. 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 information see www.holy-faith-church-org. Holy Faith's Social Hall has lots of parking, no steps, wide doors, plenty of seats, and cookies. All are welcome
Holy Faith Church Social Hall, 6299 Ann Arbor Saline Rd Saline 48176, Saline. Free. 703-395-3824. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Mary Miller, Juliet Escoria, & Elizabeth Ellen: Bookbound.

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These 3 writers read from their work. Mississippi-born Miller's Biloxi is her new novel about a recently retired man whose closest friend is a dog he brought home on a whim. West Virginia-based Escoria's debut novel Juliet the Maniac fictionalizes her teen experiences of self-harm and suicide attempts during the onset of bipolar disorder. Saul Stories is local writer Ellen's 2017 collection of linked stories that explore the relationships between a 40-year-old artist, her teen daughter, and the daughter's friends. Signing.
7 p.m., Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth Rd. Free. 369-4345. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Investing 101": Saline District Library.

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Edward Jones financial advisor Mark Mazur gives investment advice. Themes: "Rules of the Road" (July 10), "Fixed Income Investing" (July 24), "The Nuts and Bolts of Stocks" (Aug. 7), & "Mutual Funds" (Aug. 21).
7 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration requested., 429-5450. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Hippie Food": History Readers.

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All invited to join a discussion, led by local public health nurse Ann Garvin, of Jonathan Kauffman's 2018 book, subtitled How Back-to-the-Landers, Longhairs, and Revolutionaries Changed the Way We Eat.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey Booksellers, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 484-3613. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry.

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Every Wed. Members read and discuss poems on 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., 707-1284. [map]



July 2019
 10-11:30 a.m. 

"A Celebration of Local Authors": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Summer Lectures.

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June 13 & 27 and July 11. A series of 3 weekly lectures by various speakers. June 13: "A Novel Path to a Second Career." Local writer Barbara Stark-Nemon discusses how she switched careers from speech therapy to novel writing. June 27: Bestselling Southeast Michigan writer Tom Grace discusses his work in "The Thriller Alchemist." July 11: Retired U-M law school librarian (and Observer contributor) Margaret Leary reads from William W. Cook and His Michigan Law Quadrangle, her 2011 book about the problems that jeopardized Cook's 1930 gift that financed the U-M law quad.
10-11:30 a.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $15 for the 3-lecture series ($10/lecture at the door). 998-9351. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

"Flamethrowers": UMMA Book Club.

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All invited to join a discussion, led by Literati Bookstore creative program manager Gina Balibrera, of Rachel Kushner's acclaimed 2013 novel about a young woman intent on turning her fascination with motorcycles into art.
Noon, UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [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]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled--Douglas Brinkley: Literati Bookstore.

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This event has been canceled.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Open Mic & Share": Bookbound.

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Readings by local poets Karen Holman and Josephine Rood. Signing. The program begins with an open mike for poets to read their own work or a favorite poem by another writer.
7 p.m., Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth. Free. 369-4345. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"We Hunt the Flame": Barnes & Noble YA Book Club.

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All invited to discuss Hafsah Faizal's YA fantasy novel about a young woman tasked with restoring magic to a fictitious world inspired by ancient Arabia and its mythology. Food & drink samples.
7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-0846. [map]



July 2019
 9:35 a.m.  Free! 

"Wise Living is Well Being"

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A meeting for individuals who are living or would like to live a life free from external chemical inputs of sugar, gluten, wheat, alcohol, or other chemical substances. The focus is on healthy lifestyle choices such as exercising, hydrating, meditating, stretching, breathing, eating well, interacting socially, creative expression, reading, and being in the natural world.
Westside United Methodist Church, Lounge, 700 S Seventh Street. Free. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Wealth Knowledge": C&D Wealth Advisors.

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Please join us each Friday for a presentation/discussion covering various financial topics of interest. We will open with a 15-20 minute presentation, then take as much time as needed to cover questions.
Upcoming topics:
June 28th - maximizing Social Security
Although the event is free, please call (734) 635-2652 to pre-register. Space is limited to 12 persons/event.
C&D Wealth Advisors, 3011 Miller Rd. Free. 7346352652. [map]

 7:30-9 p.m. 

"How to Use a Crystal": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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All invited to discuss Richard Webster's 2018 guide offering 50 ways for beginners to use a single crystal. Hosted by Crazy Wisdom staff member Deb Flint, who also discusses ways to select, clean, and "energize" crystals.
7:30-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]



July 2019
 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Loving Day": In Good Company African American Book Club.

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All invited to discuss Mat Johnson's acclaimed 2015 novel about a mixed-race man who takes possession of his deceased father's roofless, half-renovated mansion in the heart of black Philadelphia.
4 p.m., Nicola's Books, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.



July 2019
 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"A Radical Guide for Women with ADHD - Book Launch Celebration": Sari Solden and Michelle Frank.

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Chat with authors Dr.Michelle Frank and Sari Solden, MS for light refreshments as they sign copies of their new book, A Radical Guide for Women with ADHD.
Barnes and Noble, 3235 Washtenaw Avenue. Free. 734-645-4274. [map]

 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"A Radical Guide for Women with ADHD": Barnes & Noble.

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Clinical psychologist Michelle Frank and psychotherapist Sari Solden discuss their new book, a resource guide for neurodiverse women. Refreshments.
2-4 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-0846. [map]

 3 p.m.  Free! 

"The World to Come & Food: Feed Lots and Our Industrialized Food System": UMMA.

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Argus Farm Stop cofounder Kathy Sample and local Steinhauser Farm owner Dave Steinhauser discuss small-scale farming, food processing, and innovative models for farmers markets. UMMA curator Jennifer Friess frames the discussion in the context of works in the current exhibit, The World to Come: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene.
3 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free; preregistration required at 764-0395. [map]

 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Booked for Murder Mystery Book Club.

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All invited to discuss 2 murder mysteries set in France: Martin Walker's The Crowded Grave and Fred Vargas's Wash This Blood Clean from My Hand.
4:30 p.m., Nicola's Books, Westgate shopping center. Free. 769-2149.

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