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Lectures, Readings, Discussions, & Forums - Week of December 16, 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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December 2019
 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"What Is Hanukkah All About": Saline Area Senior Center.

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Talk by Beth Israel Congregation rabbi Rob Dobrusin.
10-11 a.m., SASC, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-9274. [map]

 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Zingerman's Southside Selects": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Zingerman's cofounder Ari Weinzweig and staffers from all 3 of its southside business-the Creamery, Bakehouse, and Coffee Company-discuss and offer taste samples of their products, tell favorite food production stories, and talk about their latest ideas.
Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $50, preregistration required. 929-0500. [map]



December 2019
 6 p.m. 

"Ukraine Today": American Business Women's Association.

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Ukrainian exchange student Varya Chekhovidova discusses differences in culture, education systems, women's occupations, and more between the U.S. and Ukraine.
6 p.m., Cottage Inn, 512 E. William. $25 (members, $20) on or before Dec. 12th or $30 (members, $25) after Dec. 12th. Preregistration required at [map]



December 2019
 6:30-8:45 p.m  Free! 

"Smell & Tell: Helen Keller's Smelling Session with Michel Pasquier": 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 single floral notes and finished fragrances that were used during a smelling session with a small group of women, Keller included, in 1950.
AADL Pittsfield. Free. 327-4200.

 6:45 p.m.  Free! 

Gardening Talks: Saline Stone & Thistle Garden Club.

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Nov. 18: Designs by Nature (Laingsburg, MI) owner Vern Stephens on "Native Plants."

Jan. 20: A2 Green Clean owner Kristi Ann Keith on "Green Clean for the Home."

Feb. 17: Saline Parks & Rec secretary Jody Roberts on "The Green Thumb Award Program."

6:45 p.m., Evangelical Homes of Michigan Community Room, 440 W. Russell, Saline. Free. 429-1107. [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Christmas Stories": Channeled Spiritual Discussion Group.

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All invited to discuss their spiritual and metaphysical questions with others with similar interests. The evening is led by Aaron, a "being of light" channeled by Barbara Brodsky, who offers a talk on a variety of spiritual practices. In this Christmas-themed program, Aaron tells stories of his time with Jesus.
7-9:30 p.m., Deep Spring Center, 704 Airport Blvd. Free, but donations accepted. 477-5848. [map]



December 2019
 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Better Off Read" Book Discussion Group: Dexter District Library.

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All invited to discuss fiction and nonfiction books TBA.
1 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477, ext. 119. [map]

 5:30-6:30 p.m 

"Family Food Tasting: Hanukkah Latkes & Author Reading": Zingerman's Delicatessen.

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Reading by local writer Lauren Ranalli, author of The Great Latke Cook Off. Also, Zingerman's staffer Jenny Hall and Zingerman's Deli chef Rodger Bowser discuss how to conduct latke tastings.
Zingerman's Deli Upstairs Next Door. 418 Detroit St. $10 per person, preregistration required. 663-3354.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Feisty Women Book Club": Saline District Library.

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All invited to discuss books by or about feisty women.

Nov. 21: Bad Feminist. Roxane Gay's essay collection exploring being a feminist while enjoying pop culture products at odds with feminism.

Dec. 19: Little Women. Louisa May Alcott's beloved 1869 novel about 4 sisters growing up in Concord (MA) during the Civil War.

7 p.m., Brewed Awakenings, 7025 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]

 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

History of Science Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to discuss Thomas Say: New World Naturalist, Patricia Tyson Stroud's 1992 biography of this major figure in American entomology.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]



December 2019
 Noon  Free! 

"Lunch & Learn": Temple Beth Emeth.

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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]

 6-10 p.m. 

Holiday Party: Pittsfield Union Grange.

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Potluck dinner followed by carols and small gift exchange (under $10 or homemade). Bring a dish to pass.
6-10 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. Free. 274-0773. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Chocolate Cake Sutra: Ingredients for a Sweet Life": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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All invited to join a discussion, led by Crazy Wisdom owner Bill Zirinsky, of Oregon-based Zen Buddhist dharma teacher (and former Ann Arborite) Geri Larkin's book.
Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]



December 2019
 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 served.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Tearoom, 114 S. Main. Free. 395-9660. [map]

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