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Lectures, Readings, Discussions, & Forums - Week of January 13, 2020

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


January 2020
 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.

Colin Cotterill's Jimm Juree mysteries..

Jan.-Mar. TBA.
7 p.m., Breakaway Restaurant, Arctic Coliseum, 501 Coliseum Dr., Chelsea. Free. 475-7035. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Kiley Reid: Literati Bookstore.

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This Iowa Writers Workshop alum reads from Such a Fun Age, her new novel about a young black babysitter falsely accused of kidnapping her white employer's child, a situation only made worse when the employer attempts to set the record straight. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Civil War Letters & Correspondences": Ann Arbor Civil War Round Table.

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Talk by Illinois College history professor emeritus Jim Davis.
7 p.m., St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Administrative Bldg. rm. 2B45 (2nd floor), 5305 Elliott Dr. Free. (517) 750-2741.


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Emerging Writers: Unforgettable Characters": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local short story writer Alex Kourvo discusses how to create fictional characters that seem as real as the people we know. Also, Kourvo and middle school writer Merrie Haskell host an open house for writers to connect with one another and/or work on their projects (Jan. 13, 7-8:30 p.m.)
AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200.


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Textile Traditions of Mexico: Textiles and Dress as a Cultural Expression": Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild.

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Talk by local Mexican tour company founder Stephanie Schneiderman. Preceded at 6:30 p.m. by socializing.
7 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Liberty. Free. AnnArborFiberArts@gmail.com. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Huntington West Virginia Story": Washtenaw Families Against Narcotics.

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Cabell County (WV) EMS nurse Connie Priddy talks about how this town reduced opioid overdoses by 40%.
7-8:30 p.m., 242 Church, 648 S. Wagner. Free. WashtenawFan.com. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Town Hall on the Implementation of the 2020 Census, the Citizens Redistricting Commission, and MI's New Voter Rights": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to join a discussion led by League of Women Voters members.
AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Stamp Club.

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All invited to a panel discussion by club members of how to assemble a stamp or postal history exhibit. Also, a mini stamp auction.
7:30 p.m., Salvation Army, 100 Arbana (park & enter at the rear of the building). Free. arbor@provide.net, 761-5859. [map]


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Tuesday


January 2020
 9:30 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. 10-May 13. 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 a.m.  Free! 

"Thyme to Learn about the Bird Center of Washtenaw County": Good Thyme Garden Club.

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Talk by Bird Center clinic manager Andrea Aiuto.
10 a.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Liberty. Free. 730-2947. [map]


 12:30-1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Cognitive Theory and Science as Frameworks for the Understanding of Roman Public Commemoration": U-M History of Art Department.

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Talk by U-M art history professor Diana Ng.
12:30-1:30 p.m., 1022 Osterman Common Rm., 202 S. Thayer. Free. 764-5400. [map]


 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"How Yiddish Tales Are Told": U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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Talk by Jewish Theological Seminary professor David Roskies.
4-5:30 p.m., 202 S. Thayer rm. 2022. Free. 763-9047. [map]


 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Simple Steps for Starting Your Business": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local SCORE business management counselor Kathryn Myers discusses myths & realities of entrepreneurship, funding & cash management, and other critical issues in starting a business.
ADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Parenting Toolkit Lecture Series": Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor.

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This series of lectures will offer information and helpful approaches to some of today's most pressing parenting questions. Series topics: Jan 14 Recreational Marijuana Legalization-What Parents Need to Know, Feb 4 Your Developing Child Grades 1-8, Feb 11 The Teenage Brain, April 14 Understanding Cyber Safety. Talks held at both the Rudolf Steiner Lower School and High School. Please view our flyer for speakers and LOCATION OF EACH TALK. https://www.steinerschool.org/ourpages/auto/2019/9/30/48886964/Parenting%20toolkit.pdf
Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor. Free. 7349954141. kbrown@steinerschool.org https://www.steinerschool.org



 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Mindfulness Workshop": Chelsea District Library.

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Dianna Kause discusses how to clear your energy field and leads attendees through a guided meditation session.
6:30-7:30 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 6:30-8:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Swarm Biology and Swarm Control": Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers.

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Beekeeper Meghan Milbrath discusses managing bee colonies.
6:30-8:45 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free, metered parking. A2B2club@gmail.com. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Bioethics Discussion: Others": The Bioethics Discussion Group.

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A discussion on us and them, but mostly them.
Readings to consider:
1. Neuroethics and the Problem of Other Minds: Implications of Neuroscience for the Moral Status of Brain-Damaged Patients and Nonhuman Animals
2. Undocumented Patients: Undocumented Immigrants and Access to Health Care
3. Bioethics and International Human Rights
4. Against culturally sensitive bioethics
For more information and/or to receive a copy of the readings contact Barry Belmont at belmont@umich.edu or visit http://belmont.bme.umich.edu/bioethics-discussion-group/discussions/038-others/.
I hear every one else is reading the blog: https://belmont.bme.umich.edu/incidental-art/
2185 Lurie Biomedical Engineering, 1101 Beal Avenue. Free. belmont@umich.edu https://belmont.bme.umich.edu/ [map]



 7 p.m.  Free! 

Astronomy on Tap: Astronomy on Tap Ann Arbor.

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Join AoT Ann Arbor for an evening of science and so much more!
Each month, we hear from two scientists about their astronomy related research, plus try some trivia, ask questions, and chat with other astronomy enthusiasts.
Doors open at 7pm - sit down, relax, and order something! The first talk will start at 7:15.
For more information and to keep up to date visit us on the facebook page and follow us on twitter @AoTAnnArbor.
Pizza House, 618 Church Street, Ann Arbor, MI. 48104. Free. astronomy.on.tap.ann.arbor@gmail.com http://astronomyontap.org/2019/12/astronomy-on-tap-ann-arbor-january-14-2020/ [map]



 7 p.m.  Free! 

Gardening Talks: Dexter Garden Club.

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Preceded at 6:30 p.m. by socializing.

Nov. 12: "Groundcovers." Talk by Michigan Gardening writer Julia Hofley.

Jan. 14: "Permaculture Gardens." Talk by Ann Arbor schools science teacher Matt Nolan.

Feb. 11: "The World of the Senses." Talk by local flavor and fragrance expert Michelle Krell Kydd.

Mar. 10: TBA.

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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]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Perfect Breakfast Pastries": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Lakehouse Bakery (Chelsea) owner Keegan Rodgers demonstrates how to make various pastries, highlighted by crepes, crescents, & Danishes. Tastings.
AADL Malletts Creek, 3090 E. Eisenhower. Free. 327-4200. [map]


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Wednesday


January 2020
 12:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Community Update on the Treeline Trail": AAUW-Ann Arbor.

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Treeline Conservancy board members Joe O'Neal and Greg Holcombe and City community engagement specialist Heather Seyfarth discuss this proposed urban trail along Allen Creek. Preceded at 11:30 a.m. by lunch ($15, reservations required).
12:30 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. Free. (844) 973-6287. [map]


 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Media, Information, & the U.S.-Russia Relationship": U-M Ford School Weiser Diplomacy Center.

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Conversation between noted Russian journalist and political scientist Yevgenia Albats and recently retired U.S. diplomat Susan Elliott. U-M international policy professor Melvyn Levitsky moderates.
Weill Hall Annenberg Auditorium, 735 S. State. Free. 998-9351. [map]


 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Open House: City of Ann Arbor.

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All invited to drop in and input thoughts about the Center of the City Commons, a proposed urban central park.
Ann Arbor Spark, 330 E. Liberty. Free. a2gov.org/CityCenter. 794-6430 ext. 42590. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"AfterHours Book Club": Serendipity Books.

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All invited to discuss books.

Sept. 18: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Ken Kesey's 1962 novel about an iconoclastic free spirit who incites his fellow asylum inmates to rebellion against an iron-willed nurse.

Oct. 6: Michigan true-crime writer and memoirist Mardi Jo Link discusses her work. Q&A.

Nov. 13: Dear America: Notes of An Undocumented Citizen, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas's memoir.

Dec 11: The Library Book, Susan Orlean's exploration of the social and cultural importance of libraries.

Jan. 15: Reading Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nafisi's memoir about a study group she started in 1995 to discuss great works of Western Literature banned by the Iranian government. Feb. 19 & Mar. 11: TBA.

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7-8:30 p.m., Serendipity Books, 113 Middle, Chelsea. Free. 475-7148. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Downstream from Here: A Big Life in a Small Place": Literati Bookstore.

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Former Time correspondent and U-M journalism professor Charles R. Eisendrath reads from his new collection of essays about his personal and professional experiences and the fleeting moments that shape a person permanently. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

Culinary History Reading Group: Motte & Bailey Booksellers.

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All invited to discuss Port, Rupert Croft-Cooke's 1957 book about port wine.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Birding Ecuador": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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WAS member April Campbell discusses this popular bird-rich destination. Preceded at 7:10 p.m. by snacks & socializing.
U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free, metered parking. WashtenawAudubon.org. [map]


 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

"What is 'Socialism' & 'Fascism'?": Ann Arbor Area League of Women Voters Brews & Views.

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All invited to join this discussion (set in the context of the 2020 election) led by EMU political science professor Judith Kullberg. Preceded at 7 p.m. by socializing.
Pointless Brewery, 2014 Packard. Free, food & drink for sale. 272-3634. [map]


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Thursday


January 2020
 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Social Media": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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6 weekly talks about the impact of social media.

Jan. 9: U-M information professor Clifford Lampe on "What We Know Now."

Jan. 16:U-M pediatrics professor Jenny Radesky on "Mobile Media and Parenting."

Jan. 23:U-M psychology professor Ethan Kross on "How Do Online Social Media Networks Influence People's Emotional Lives."

Jan. 30:U-M information professor Sarita Schoenebeck on "Restoring Justice to Targets of Online Harassment."

Feb. 6:MSU neuroscience professor Dar Meshi on "Why We Use Social Media: Evolution, Neuroscience, and Problematic Use."

Feb 13:U-M information professor Florian Schaub on "Is Technology Killing Privacy?"
WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $55 (members, $10). Memberships $25/year. 998-9351. [map]


 Noon  Free! 

Noon Lecture Series: U-M Center for Japanese Studies.

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Jan. 9, 16, 23, & 30. Jan. 9: North Carolina State University Japanese studies visiting professor Levi McLaughlin on "Religion and Politics in Japan: Mapping a Shifting Terrain." Jan. 16: Boston University music professor Marié Abe on "Hired to Be Overheard: Resonances of Chindon-ya in Contemporary Japan." Chindon-ya are ostentatiously costumed Japanese street musicians who publicize a business by parading through neighborhood streets. Jan. 23: University of Tokyo international relations professor Ryo Sahashi on "China-Japan-US Trilateral Relationship on East Asia Order: History and Prospects." Jan. 30: Keio University (Tokyo) international politics professor Yuichi Hosoya on "Japan's Indo-Pacific Strategy in the US-China Rivalry."
Noon, 110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church St. Free. 764-6307. [map]


 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Kibitz & Nosh: NYC's Vanished Cafeterias": U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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Talk by photographer Marcia Bricker Halperin about her photo exhibit exploring the waning days of these self-service NYC eateries. Halperin also makes remarks at the exhibit opening (4:30 p.m., Lane Hall, 204 S. State).
1 p.m., 202 S. Thayer rm. 2022. Free. 763-9047. [map]


 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

"Penny Stamps Speaker Series": U-M School of Art & Design.

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Jan. 16, 23, & 30. Talks by visiting artists. Today: "Theater and Democracy." Talk by artistic director of NYC's The Public Theater Oskar Eustis, who has produced award-winning productions such as Hamilton and Fun Home.
5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 668-8463. [map]


 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Music Tools Lab: Intro to DAWs & Recording": Ann Arbor District Library.

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AADL staffers offer a hands-on introduction on how to use the AudioBox iTwo to record music with a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW).
AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Carmen Bugan: Literati Bookstore.

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This acclaimed poet, known for writing about her life in Communist-era Romania, reads from Lilies from America, her 2019 collection of new & selected poems that explore childhood in Romania, traditional rural worlds, state surveillance, incarceration, urban life, the passage of time, and more. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Quarterly Member Meeting: Maker Works.

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Want to learn more about what's going on at Maker Works?
Join us for our quarterly Member Meeting, led by Maker Works co-founders Tom Root and Dale Grover. In it, they'll cover:
- Maker Works Business Scoreboard and Profit & Loss
- Membership Options
- Announcements & Upcoming Changes
If you are or have ever been a member, we would love to see you there! Stop by the shop to stay up to date on Maker Works news.
Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Drive. Free. 7342224911. frontdesk@maker-works.com https://www.maker-works.com/ [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Literatim: Essays at the Intersection of Medicine and Culture": Nicola's Books.

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U-M Center for the History of Medicine director Howard Markel, author of the bestselling An Anatomy of Addiction, discusses his brand-new collection of new and old essays about how both literature and medicine record and interpret narratives. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's Books, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.


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Friday


January 2020
 Noon  Free! 

"Lunch & Learn": Temple Beth Emeth.

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Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31. 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]


 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Earth & Environmental Sciences Department Smith Lecture Series.

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Jan. 10, 17, & 31. Talks by visiting scholars. Jan. 10: University of Massachusetts geology professor Michele Cooke, "What Can Little Faults Tell Us About Big Earthquakes?" Jan. 17: Michigan State geology professor Allen McNamara, "Understanding Large-Scale Mantle Convection." Jan. 31: Purdue planetary sciences professor Brandon Johnson, "Formation of Multiring Basins." These basins are the most common type of impact crater on the moon.
3:30 p.m., 1100 North University Building rm. 1528. Free. 764-1435. [map]


 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Black, Deaf, and Disabled: Navigating the Institutional, Ideological, and Linguistic Barriers with Intersectional Identities in the United States": U-M Department of Linguistics MLK Symposium.

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Talk by National Technical Institute for the Deaf American Sign Language professor Joseph Hill. Presented in ASL, with spoken English interpretation.
4-5:30 p.m., 4448 East Hall, 530 Church. Free. 764-0353. [map]


 4:30-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Managing Migrants: Class and Emigration from India": U-M Center for South Asian Studies.

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Talk by Johns Hopkins sociology professor Rina Agarwala.
4:30-6 p.m., 110 Weiser Hall. Free. 615-4059. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Kate Wisel: Literati Bookstore.

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This Chicago-based poet and fiction writer reads from Driving in Cars with Homeless Men, her 2019 book of short stories about the daily lives of a group of working-class women in Boston.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Herman Miller: A Way of Living": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Herman Miller archivist Amy Auscherman discusses her new book chronicling the innovative Michigan-based furniture company founded in 1905.
AADL Downtown multipurpose rm, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Writings of Nature and Spirit": Michigan Friends Center.

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All invited to discuss literary characterizations of the restorative power of nature with local writer Dwight Wilson.
7:30 p.m., Michigan Friends Center, 7748 Clark Lake Rd., Chelsea. Free, but donations appreciated. 475-1892. [map]


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Saturday


January 2020
 9:30 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Speaking the Language of Heaven": Ann Arbor Aglow Lighthouse.

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Talk by members of this trans-denominational Christian ministry. Refreshments.
9:30 a.m.-noon, 340 WCC Liberal Arts Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. (248) 613-7974. [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 served.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Tearoom, 114 S. Main. Free. 395-9660. [map]



 5-7 p.m. 

"Cheese & Beverage Pairings": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Zingerman's staffers discuss and offer taste samples of non-alcoholic beverages paired with artisan cheeses. Bread & other accompaniments.
Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $45, reservations required. 929-0500. [map]


 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Letters to a Dead Friend About Zen": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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All invited to join a discussion, led by Crazy Wisdom staffer Deb Flint, of Ohio-based writer & Soto Zen priest Brad Warner's 2019 book.
Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]


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Sunday


January 2020
 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Introductory Dharma Talk: Jewel Heart Buddhist Center.

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Talks by Jewel Heart's resident spiritual advisor Demo Rinpoche on various aspects of Tibetan Buddhism.
Jewel Heart Buddhist Center, 1129 Oak Valley Drive. Free; donations accepted. 994-3387. [map]


 2-3 p.m. 

"Cuellar's Critters": Waterloo Natural History Association.

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Cuellar's Critters (SE MI) owner Joby Cuellar shows various live animals from around the world in this educational and entertaining program.
Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Rd., Chelsea. $2 (families, $5), preregistration required; recreation passport required ($16 if purchased at the gate). 475-3170. [map]


 2-5 p.m.  Free! 

"The S Word": Temple Beth Emeth.

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Screening of this documentary about suicide. Followed by a Q&A with mental health professionals.
2-5 p.m., TBE, 2309 Packard. Free. TBE@ypsimedical.com. [map]


 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Threat Modeling": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Cryptoparty Ann Arbor representatives discuss this digital security concept.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Defining Cups & Saucers": Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor.

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Local International Museum of Dinnerware Design director Margaret Carney discusses the lively collection of mixed- era and medium cups & saucers on display at the Albion College Munro gallery.
AADL Malletts Creek, 3090 E. Eisenhower. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"The Right to Be Cold: One Woman's Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic and the Whole Planet": UMMA Book Club.

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All invited to join a discussion of Sheila Watt-Cloutier's 2015 book, led by Detroit-based Powhatan storyteller and U-M AfroAmerican and African Studies program manager Elizabeth James.
3-4 p.m., UMMA Eleanor Noyes Crumpacker Gallery, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]






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