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American Truck Historical Society (Southeastern Michigan Chapter)


John Dresden III (248) 752-3830

Free meetings feature a speaker and discussion with antique truck owners about finding parts in the area, the history of trucking, and local historical events. Meets Jan., Mar., May, July, Sept. & Nov., 3rd Tues. 7 p.m., usually at Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline. National dues $37 (includes six issues of Wheels of Time), additional $15 for chapter. oldsemitrucks@att.net, aths.org


Ann Arbor Adventure Club


(734) 224-8519

Rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, biking, disc golf, rollerblading, volleyball, paintball, skiing and snowboarding, camping, and more. Check website for meetings and activities. meetup.com/a2adventurers


Ann Arbor Area Crappy Camera Club, A3C3


Members use a variety of film cameras to explore wet-plate photography, pinhole photos, or other methods such as combining film and scanning. Annual photo exhibit. See website for meetings and locations. hgardner76@yahoo.com, a2crappycameras.org


Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers

P.O. Box 1465, AA, 48106

Group holds discussions and presentations about beekeeping. Hosting Michigan Beekeepers Association fall conference, Oct. 19, 2019, Washtenaw Community College, Morris J. Lawrence Building, 4800 E. Huron River. Regular meetings 2nd Tues., 6:30 p.m., Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Attend a meeting for free but membership requires annual dues. a2b2club@gmail.com, a2b2club.org


Ann Arbor Brewers' Guild


Education about and appreciation of home-brewed beers, meads, and ciders. Meets 2nd Fri., 7:30 p.m. Dues $20. info@aabg.org, aabg.org


Ann Arbor Bridge Club


Ray Gentz, (734) 769-3994 (home), (734) 657-0549 (cell)

Affiliated with American Contract Bridge League; all skill levels welcome, however, players should have basic bidding and play knowledge and commit to playing the entire session, (about 24 hands). The games are sanctioned using a duplicate format. Snacks, coffee and soda provided. Having a partner is highly recommended but not necessary. Meets Wed. from 7-10:30 p.m. Walden Hills clubhouse, 2114 Pauline. Fee $6/meeting for regular games, $7/meeting for charity games. ray62856@gmail.com, bridgeclubs.org


Ann Arbor Camera Club


Beginners, pros, and visitors welcome. Meets usually Sept.-June, 1st & 3rd Tues., 7:30 p.m., Forsythe Middle School, 1655 Newport. Annual print and projected digital image competition plus displays and critiques of photos, speakers, and field trips throughout year. a2camclub@gmail.com, annarborcameraclub.org


Ann Arbor Classics Book Group


Members choose selections from Peter Boxall's book 1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. Meets 3 p.m. 2nd or 3rd Sun. at Nicola's Books, 2513 Jackson, in the Westgate shopping center. All welcome to join. meetup.com/Ann-Arbor-Classics-Book-Group/


Ann Arbor French Conversation Group


French language social group for those who speak French and have lived in or visited a French-speaking country. All proficiency levels welcome. Meets Wed. 7-9 p.m. at various locations around Ann Arbor. Attends French concerts, movies, restaurants, and more. Membership $1-$2/mo. ankitk@umich.edu, french.meetup.com/581


Ann Arbor Magic Club


Monthly meetings, lectures, and workshops on performing magic. Open to all ages. Visitors welcome. Meets 2nd Wed. 7 p.m., Senate Coney Island, 34359 Plymouth. Contact for dues information. aamagic.org


Ann Arbor Scrabblers


Steve Lawrence, (734) 994-0084

Players of all abilities welcome. Game sets are available. Wed. 5-8 p.m. at Arbor Brewing Company, 114 E. Washington. stevel800@mac.com


Ann Arbor Stammtisch


(734) 780-5788

German language social group meets Thurs. 8 p.m. in a bar, usually Grizzly Peak. All are welcome. Be ready to speak some serious German! a2stammtisch-owner@yahoogroups.com, groups.yahoo.com/group/a2stammtisch


Ann Arbor Stamp Club


(734) 761-5859

Beginning and experienced stamp collectors meet Jan. 2nd Mon., Feb.-Oct. 3rd Mon., Nov. 1st Mon., Salvation Army Citadel, 100 Arbana. Visitors welcome. Dues $5, families $7. harwin@umich.edu, annarborstampclub.org


Ann Arbor Tasters Guild / American Wine Society Chapter 37


(734) 995-1818

World's second-largest chapter of an international wine and food appreciation society. Ann Arbor Wine Club membership; 18 annual wine tastings and dinners; conventions, tours, and cruises; and subscriptions to biannual journal, a major online wine magazine, and the chapter's bimonthly newsletter. Dues $64. villagecorner.com


Ann Arbor Train and Trolley Watchers


Clark Charnetski (734) 761-3814, Steve Kindschy (517) 349-9163

Train lovers show slides and photographs and watch trains in action. Meets Jan.-May & Sept.-Nov., 3rd Fri. 7:30 p.m., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in the blue classroom on the lower level at rear, 306 N. Division. camcharnet@aol.com


Ann Arbor Wine Club


(734) 995-1818

A wine and food buyer's club with events every other month. Dues $6 for electronic bimonthly newsletter option; $12 for mailed version. winerat@villagecorner.com, villagecorner.com


Arrow Communication Association Amateur Radio Club


Dinesh Cyanam (732) 666-3843

Promotes amateur radio. Works with the Red Cross to provide emergency communications, operates an amateur radio station at the Hands-On Museum, supplies radio communications for local events, and offers license classes and testing. Meets 2nd Wed., see website for location. Visitors welcome. Dues $20. info@w8rp.org, w8rp.org


The Barony of Cynnabar (Society for Creative Anachronism)


Re-creates the Middle Ages and Renaissance (focusing on pre-seventeenth century) with a wide variety of activities. Holds classes, demonstrations, and more. Hands-on arts and crafts activities including sewing, metal arts, painting. Hosts annual musical event, St. Cecilia at the Tower, each summer and A Grand Day of Tournaments each Nov. cynnabar.chatelaine@midrealm.org, cynnabar.org

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Experimental Aircraft Association, (EAA), Chapter 333

4322 S. State [map]
Christopher Gordon (734) 845-4029

For those interested in innovative aircraft and sport aviation. Monthly program 2nd Thurs. 7 p.m., IMC Club flying scenario discussion 4th Tues. Ann Arbor Airport, 801 Airport Dr. Visitors welcome. Annual pancake breakfast Sun. before Father's Day, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Young Eagles and Eagle Flights intro airplane flights for youth and adults. Dues $40 national, $24 local chapter. eaa333president@gmail.com, eaa333.org

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Huron Hills Lapidary and Mineral Society


Jan Esch (734) 665-5574

Educational and recreational activities for all ages. Meets Sept.-May, 1st Thurs. 7 p.m., West Side United Methodist Church, 900 S. Seventh. Dues $15-$20. dandjesch@comcast.net


Rec&Ed (Ann Arbor Public Schools Community Education and Recreation)

1515 S. Seventh [map]
(734) 994-2300

Classes in cooking, languages, games, woodworking, technology, and photography. Quarterly brochures provide fees, times, and dates for classes. See website for more information. aareced.com S


Stilyagi Air Corps


Science fiction and fantasy fans host meetings, parties, events, and annual ConFusion convention every Jan. stilyagi.org


Toastmasters


International nonprofit organization focused on empowering individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Guests are welcomed at our weekly meetings at no cost. Membership dues vary on a (semi-)annual basis. Ann Arbor Toastmasters & Friends meets Wed. 6:15-8 p.m., Northside Community Center, 809 Taylor. Free for guests. Semiannual dues $54. Steven Cornell, president. annarbor.toastmastersclubs.org Michigan Toastmasters meets Sept.-April, Wed. 6-7:30 p.m., Pizza House, 618 Church. Semiannual dues $36; free for guests. President email: mattklee@umich.edu NSF Toastmasters meets Wed. noon-1 p.m., NSF International, 789 N. Dixboro. (734) 769-5357 to confirm meeting location. Semiannual dues $45; free for guests. swilliams@nsf.org, anjohnson@nsf.org, bills@nsf.org RSB Toastmasters meets weekly from Sept. 13th-April 23rd on Sundays noon-1 p.m. (tentatively), Ross School of Business, Room (TBD), 701 Tappan. atsilv@umich.edu SpeakOUT! LGBTQA club meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday 7-8:30 p.m., Jim Toy Community Center, 319 Braun Ct. Open to all & free for guests. Semiannual dues $42. lawrencemoebs@gmail.com, speakout.toastmastersclubs.org Washtenaw Toastmasters meets Thurs. 7-9 p.m., Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Check website for room number. Semi-annual dues $51. vppr@washtenawtoastmasters.org, washtenawtoastmasters.org

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University Lowbrow Astronomers


Events hotline (734) 975-3248

Public invited to free open house twice each month at the Peach Mountain Observatory on Sat. nights before and after the new moon (weather permitting, March through Nov.) Guests learn about astronomy and constellations, and look through the McMath 24-inch Cassegrain telescope and member's own instruments. Children welcome. Club meets 3rd Fri. 7:30 p.m., Angell Hall, 435 State, rm. G115. Dues $30, students and members age 55 & over $20, additional $18 for mailed newsletter. askthelowbrows@umich.edu, lowbrows.org, youngastronomer.org, facebook.com/universitylowbrowastronomers


Washtenaw Community College Digitizers


Focuses on the digital/software aspects of photography with some hands-on work sessions. Speakers and field trips throughout the year. Usually meets year-round, 2nd & 4th Tues. 7:00 p.m., Washtenaw Community College, Gunder Myron Building, ground floor; room changes by semester. Everyone welcome. Check website or Facebook page for current schedule and room. hosted.wccnet.edu/~digitize




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