SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1 Bird Hike – 8am. Bring your binoculars and a field guide to observe bird species seen in the park and record dates, locations, and trends from year to year. You will explore a variety of habitats throughout the park. $3/person. Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center. Pre-registration required: 426-8211. Metroparks.com. Used Book Sale: Friends of the Dexter District Library – 9am-3pm. Most books sell for 25 cents to $2. There will also be a special selection of various priced gift books for your Christmas shopping needs. All proceeds directly benefit the library. Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine St, Dexter. 426-4477. Dexter.Lib.MI.us/Friends/friends.html. Realities of Parenthood – 10am-12pm. Learn how to keep your relationship strong, how to take care of yourself, handle the stress that a baby brings, how to build support, and much more. $10. East Ann Arbor Health & Geriatric Center, 4260 Plymouth Rd. 647-5645. Registration required: HR.UMich. edu/MHealthy/Tools/Education/HERC/Events.html. Giving Birth to the Light Workshop – 10am-2pm, lunch included. Light is a real substance that lives inside of you and works in you to wake you up and change you. But how is it that something within you is so unrecognizable and difficult to access? Be introduced to light and how the Season of Advent is your doorway to this being your reality. $40/person, bring a friend for free. Ann Arbor Center of Light, 200 Huronview Blvd. 330-5048. AnnArbor@CentersOfLight.org. Storytime at the Museum – 11:15am. Children ages 4-7 are invited to hear a story in the galleries. Student docents and UMMA staff will bring art to life as they read stories related to the art on display and invite responses from our youngest patrons. Followed by a short art activity. Parents must accompany children. UMMA, 525 S State St. 763-UMMA. UMMA.UMich.edu. Dreamcatchers Craft Workshop – 2-4pm. For adults and teens (grade 6 & up). Make your own dreamcatcher. According to Native American culture, dreamcatchers catch your bad dreams while you sleep. If you have a treasured object to put in your dreamcatcher, bring it with you. Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. 327-8301. AADL.org. Yellow Room Gang Concert – 7-8pm. The Yellow Room Gang includes acclaimed local musicians David Barrett, Jim Bizer, Annie Capps, Kitty Donohoe, Michael Hough, Jan Krist, David Tamulevich and Matt Watroba. Downtown Library, 343 S Fifth Ave. 327-4555. AADL.org. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2 Whole Body Holiday Kick-Off – 12-4pm. Many great gift-giving and holiday ideas. Team members on hand to help with seasonal gift ideas. An Aura Cacia representative will show how easy it is to make your own holiday air fresheners and aromas featuring pure essential oils. A representative from Gabriel Cosmetics will demonstrate their line of products, and more. Free. Whole Foods Market, 990 W Eisenhower Pkwy. 997-7500. Conversations at the Memorial Garden – 1:30- 3pm. Presented by Woman Safe Health the first Sunday of each month. Open to all. Will discuss the Guiding Principles of the Memorial Garden; Dec topic: Planning for 2013 Conversations. Free. 2340 E Stadium Blvd, Ste 8. MemGarden.org. African Art and the Shape of Time – 2pm. Explores how African art gives material form to diverse concepts of temporality, history, and memory. Docents will discuss the five themes that explore the multiplicity of time in Africa. UMMA, 525 S State St. 763-UMMA. UMMA.UMich.edu. Ann Arbor Docu Fest: It Happened on Fifth Avenue – 2pm. Elmo’s Hideaway Holiday Special. A homeless New Yorker moves into a mansion and along the way he gathers friends to live in the house with him. Before he knows it, he is living with the actual home owners. A family classic comedy. Free. Lower level of Elmo’s Main St T-Shirts, 220 S Main. WTStudios.blogspot.com. Sedge Meadow Visit near the River – 2-4pm. We’ll hike from the new parking lot to this lovely wetland on the banks of the Huron River. We’ll do some plant ID, look for birds and other animals and more. Wear shoes or boots that can get muddy. Osborne Mill, Scio Twp. Pre-registration required: 971-6337 x 334. StonerF@EWashtenaw.org. Parks.EWashtenaw.org. A Taste of Hanukkah – 2-6pm. Sample favorite dishes from our Hanukkah-prepared foods menu. Our Holiday Table team members will be on hand to assist shoppers both in placing holiday orders and offering menu suggestions. Whole Foods Market, 990 W Eisenhower Pkwy. 997-7500. Free Raw Food Holiday Potluck – 5-7pm. Ann Arbor. Call for details: 734-645-3217. Living YogaNow.com. Un-Plug and Lighten Up – 7-9pm. Kathryn will demonstrate the “Wowy! Zowy!” Technique, an effective deep tissue personal massage and postural technique to bring the shoulders down and back so the weight of the world will just slide right off. Marie will present “Body Tech 101.” Learn how to “tuneup” body’s energies to feel better emotionally and physically. $12/person, $20/couple (can be you and a friend). 2350 Washtenaw Ave, Lower Level, Ste 14. Space is limited, Kathryn: 332-3800 or Marie: Marie.GoodVibrations@gmail.com. Ari Hest – 7:30pm. Mesmerizing guitar licks and smoky vocals. The album is a superb piece of work whose subject matter ranges from politics to existential reflection, and it makes clear that Ari Hest has ascended to the top rank of today’s singer-songwriters. $17.50. The Ark, 316 S Main St. 761-1800. TheArk.org. MONDAY, DECEMBER 3 Seven Top Questions about Becoming a Doula Teleseminar – 8-9pm. Doula business expert and author of The Doula Business Guide: Creating a Successful MotherBaby Business, Patty Brennan will host a Question & Answer session for anyone wanting to learn about doula training, career paths, the “on-call” lifestyle, blending doula work and family life, the viability of doula businesses, and more. Is becoming a doula right for you? Free. Center for the Childbearing Year, 722 Brooks St. 663-1523. To register: Patty@ Center4CBY.com or Center4CBY.com. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4 Volunteer Opportunity: 2013 Docent Training Information Session – Dec 4 & 6. 2-3pm. Now accepting applications for the 2013 docent class (8 wks beginning Jan 28, 9am-12pm). Docents work in small teams to lead interpretive programs for school groups and also lead evening and weekend activities for scout, youth, and family events. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd. Pre-registration required: 647-7600. Mbgna.UMich.edu. Massage Therapy at the Ypsilanti Winter Farmers’ Market – 3-7pm. Retreatments with Gail Castle and Noella Hobson from A Transformation Station LLC. 15 minutes for $10. Discussions. Gift certificates. The Corner Brewery, 720 Norris St, Ypsilanti. Info: A TransformationStation.net or GrowingHope.net. Becoming a Social Activist – 6-9pm. In anticipation of the Feb-May 2013 display of the traveling exhibit RACE: Are we so different?, the U-M Museum of Natural History is offering a continuing series of monthly community conversations. This month’s conversation focuses on history of activism, and current activism around racial and social justice. Rudolph Steiner High School, 2230 Pontiac Trail. Please RSVP to Zarinah El-Amin Naeem, ZarinahN@UMich.edu. UnderstandingRaceProject.org. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry – 7pm. Ai Weiwei is China’s most famous international artist. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is the inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. Helmut Stern Auditorium, UMMA, 525 S State St. 763-UMMA. UMMA.UMich.edu. Bill Kirchen – 8pm. The Honky-Tonk Holiday Show. He is an Ann Arbor-bred guitar god, a Telecaster titan who whirls through a whole gallery of country and rock styles over the course of an evening. $20. The Ark, 316 S Main St. 761-1800. TheArk.org. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5 Health Starts Here: Health Promoting Strategies for the Holiday Season – 5pm. Join Susan for recipe demonstrations, great food, health promoting tips, a holiday-survival goodie bag and more. $5. Whole Foods Market, 990 W Eisenhower Pkwy. Space limited; register: 997-7500. Breastfeeding Basics – 2 Wednesdays, 6:30-8:45pm. Breastfeeding combines instincts and learned skills. Most expectant parents express surprise after attending this class in that they did not expect to learn so much nor realize the extent to which misinformation abounds. Our goal is to help you get it right from the start. $65/couple. Center for the Childbearing Year, 722 Brooks St. 663-1523. Center4CBY.com. Ann Arbor Docu Fest: Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives – 7pm. In exposing the bullying and deceit of the biotech industry, Jeffrey Smith’s mesmerizing film shines a bright light of hope that we can reclaim our health and our food systems. Free. Lower level of Elmo’s Main St T-Shirts, 220 S Main. WTStudios.blogspot.com. Cherish the Ladies – 8pm. A Celtic Christmas. Seasonal sounds from North America’s great ladies of Celtic music. Under the leadership of the dynamic and irrepressible Joanie Madden on flutes and whistles. $30. The Ark, 316 S Main St. 761-1800. TheArk.org. THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6 Tykes: Nature Crafts & Recycled Art – Dec 6, 13 Call for Tickets: 734-763-8587 w Online at TheArk.org & 20. 1-2:30pm. Materials from nature and a variety of household cast-offs will be transformed by your child’s hands into beautiful art and crafts. Hands-on experience. Ages 4-5, caregiver not required. $33/3 classes. Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. Registration required: 997-1553or LesliesNC.org. Volunteer Opportunity: 2013 Docent Training Information Session – 2-3pm. See Dec4 listing. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd. Preregistration required: 647-7600. Mbgna.UMich.edu. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7 Fun Friday Night – 5-9pm. Experience the Museum at night. Free story time in our Planetarium at 6pm & 7 pm, featuring Dinosaur Roar! By Henrieta Stickland and Paul Stickland. Limited to 36; children must be accompanied by an adult. “Cow Eye Dissection” demonstration at 6pm. Free dinosaur tour at 7pm & 8 pm; limited to 15 people. Planetarium shows ($3) at 5:30, 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30pm. U-M Exhibit Museum of Natural History, 1109 Geddes Ave. 764-0478. LSA.UMich.edu/ExhibitMuseum. 12th Annual Holiday Party and Birth Professionals Networking Celebration – 7-11pm. Potluck (bring a yummy dish to share), adults only (in-arms nursing babes welcome, of course). Anyone who provides goods and/or services to childbearing families is welcome. New and old friends welcome. Center for the Childbearing Year, 722 Brooks St. 663-1523. Center4CBY.com. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8 Dinosaur Discovery Day – 9am-5pm. The whole day is devoted to digging into dinosaurs and learning the newest discoveries in paleontology. Activities for the whole family. Joe Kchodl, a.k.a. Paleo Joe, will present, Digging Dinosaurs, highlighting how dinosaur fossils form and the stories they can tell at 11am, 1pm & 3pm. U-M Exhibit Museum of Natural History, 1109 Geddes Ave. 764-0478. LSA.UMich.edu/ExhibitMuseum. Nature Tales: Winter Tales – 10-11am. Ages 1-5, caregiver required. We accompany a story with a selection of hands-on, nature-themed activities, including live animal visits, games, and exploration through the outdoors. Registration not required. $2/ child. Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. 997-1553. LesliesNC.org. Holiday Greens Workshop – 10am-12pm. Create your own wreath or bring a vase to make a greens arrangement at this annual greens workshop. Materials for a wreath or arrangement provided. Bring own clippers to trim greens. Potluck follows. $15/person. Presented by the Ann Arbor Garden Club. Space limited; reservations recommended. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd. Info & reservations: 255-7912. Winter Wonders, Solstice Celebration – 10am- 12pm. Celebrate the winter solstice—even if it’s a bit early. Learn about the change of seasons, decorate with native plants and other evergreens, and make a holiday card and decorations to take home. $10/ child includes activities and materials. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd. 647-7600. Painting Inspired by the Collections Workshop – 1-4pm. Explore a different artist, artifact, or art movement from the permanent collection. Guided by an Ann Arbor Art Center instructor, learn color theory and mixing, composition, and shading techniques. All levels welcome. $28/UMMA, AAAC & UM students, $35/nonmembers; lab fee $15, materials included. Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W Liberty St. Advance registration required by Dec 5: AnnArborArtCenter.org. Childbirth Class: Focus on Labor & Birth – 2 Saturdays, 1-4:30pm. Join us for a one-day workshop focused on the process of labor and birth, coping with pain, support techniques and comfort measures, and postpartum recovery/adjustment tips. This class is suitable for couples seeking a refresher class for a second (or more) baby, couples planning a homebirth, or first-time parents with busy schedules who cannot accommodate a longer series. $175/couple. Center for the Childbearing Year, 722 Brooks St. 663-1523. Center4CBY.com. Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop – 2pm. For many, gingerbread houses epitomize family togetherness during the holidays. We’ll provide the frosted gingerbread house, candy and some help from our bakery pros, you bring the creativity. All ages welcome. $19.99/house. Whole Foods Market, 990 W Eisenhower Pkwy. Pre-registration required: 997-7500. Body Conscious Grand Re-Opening Party – 4-7pm. Join us to celebrate the move and expansion of our therapeutic massage practice. Come check out what Body Conscious has to offer. Stop by for drinks and appetizers and put your name in a raffle for free massage. 2454 E Stadium Blvd, Ste B. 657-3218. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9 Santa Central – 10am, 12:30pm & 2:30pm. Children can visit Santa Central to play reindeer games, make crafts, enjoy a hayride and snack, and share their wish list with Santa. $6/child, free/under age 1; includes all activities and hayride; $3/adult, includes refreshments and hayride. Bring your camera or purchase a photo for $2, or bring a new toy for Toys for Tots and receive a free photo. Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center. Admission by advance ticket purchase only: 426-8211. Metroparks.com. Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries – 2pm. Join docents as they explore a new UMMA-commissioned installation by the Seoul-based art collaborative. This collaborative is known for innovative video works that exist at the nexus of visual art and digital literature. UMMA, 525 S State St. 763- UMMA. UMMA.UMich.edu. Crafting With Copper Leaf – 2-3:30pm. For adults and teens (grade 6 & up). Using simple materials, we’ll walk you through creating a decorative vase or candle holder with shimmery geometric copper designs. Great for gifts. Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. 327-8301. AADL.org. MONDAY, DECEMBER 10 Tired of Being Tired? – 7-9pm. Free talk by Paul Hess, PhD, on chronic fatigue and how to get your energy back through nutrition and detoxification. How to know what is working and stay motivated until you succeed. Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S Main St. PrimalRejuvenation.com. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11 Free Quit Tobacco Support Group for Older Adults – 1:30-3pm. A free support group led by Mhealthy Tobacco Consultation Service and open to any adult over age 50 who has quit or is thinking about quitting tobacco. Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd, Ste C. Registration required: 998-6222 or Mhealthy.UMich.edu/Tobacco. Alternative Hives and Beekeeping: Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers – 7pm. A show and tell about the different shapes and construction of alternate hives, the pros and cons associated with them, and a discussion about the differences between organic and biodynamic beekeeping and the advantages and challenges of both. Presented by Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers (A2B2). Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd. 647-7600. Art Lecture: DIA’s Faberge Exhibit – 7-8pm. More than 200 precious objects made under the direction of Karl Faberge provide a glimpse into a bygone era of Russian imperial glory in the exhibition Faberge. Travel inside this amazing exhibit with DIA docent Ken Szmigiel. Downtown Library, 343 S Fifth Ave. 327-4555. AADL.org. Vegetarian Cooking 101 with VegMichigan – 7-8:15pm. VegMichigan is the state’s largest vegetarian organization. This month, join Paul and Susan as they demonstrate a variety of Vegan Finger Foods and Vegan Desserts. $5. Whole Foods Market, 990 W Eisenhower Pkwy. Space limited, register: 997-7500. VegMichigan.org. Navigating Winter with Raw Foods – 7-8:30pm.With Ellen Livingston. Discover great tips for keeping your health all winter long. Free. Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S Main St. Info, Ellen Livingston: 645-3217. LivingYogaNow.com. Register: PeoplesFood.coop. Lee Murdock – 8pm. The Christmas Ship Concert. Seasonal lore of the Great Lakes. Lee Murdock has uncovered a boundless body of music and stories of the Great Lakes, songs made of hard work and hard living, of ships that come in and ships that have gone down. $15. The Ark, 316 S Main St. 761-1800. TheArk.org. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12 Ann Arbor Docu Fest: Imagine: John Lennon – 7pm. Taken from nearly 240 hrs of film and videotape fortuitously taken by Lennon of his life. The archive footage is transformed into a fascinating life story of one of the most complex and fascinating men of the modern music era. Free. Lower level of Elmo’s Main St T-Shirts, 220 S Main. WTStudios.blogspot.com. Green Wrapping For Youth – 7-8pm. Grade 3 & up, teens and adults. Learn how to make bags, bows, and other gift packaging from re-purposed paper. Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E Eisenhower Pkwy. 327-8301. AADL.org. 12/12/12 Celebration Event – 7-10pm. David Winfree, Rheisa K. Barres and Tammy Braswell invite the community to participate in a “Sacred Celebration and Dedication to the New Age of Human Consciousness.” Cross the threshold to healing, heightened consciousness and transformation for the Earth. Donation $30 or what you are guided to share. Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. Info, Rheisa: 248-212-8801 or Facebook.com/Events/300017710109240. Shawn Colvin – 8pm. Just about every young singersongwriter has imitated Shawn Colvin musically at one time or another. She comes to town with All Fall Down, her first new album of original material in six years. $42.50. The Ark, 316 S Main St. 761-1800. TheArk.org. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14 Tiny Tots: Winter Wonderland – 10-11:30am. Recommended for ages 1-3, caregiver required. Make a snowflake catcher to take home, enjoy a super snowy story, and engage in a variety of wintertime activities. Registration not required. $7/child; purchase a Tiny Tot Pass to enjoy a discount; all 15 sessions for $85. Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. 997-1553. LesliesNC.org. Michigan Beer Tasting: Bells’ Brewing Company – 5-7pm. A representative from the brewery will be on hand to answer your questions. Price varies. Whole Foods Market, 990 W Eisenhower Pkwy. 997-7500. The Inner Meaning of Christmas Seminar – 7:30pm. Learn how each being in the Christmas miracle is also reflected inside of you, and how this is a guide to growing on the spiritual path. Free. Ann Arbor Center of Light, 200 Huronview Blvd. 330-5048. AnnArbor@CentersOfLight.org. Celebrate Hanukkah with The Klezmatics – 8pm. World-renowned and Grammy Award-winning superstars of the klezmer world. Steeped in Eastern European Jewish tradition and spirituality, while incorporating contemporary themes. $30. The Ark, 316 S Main St. 761-1800. TheArk.org. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15 Chinese Paphiopedilums – 11am. A presentation by Katie Payeur. Presented by Great Lakes Judging (Orchids). Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd. Info: 517-546-8303. West Side Neighborhood Art Hop – 12-5pm. Artists on Ann Arbor’s West Side are opening their homes and studios to the public, for viewing and sale of arts and crafts items. Bring your family and friends, or come solo. Live music at some venues. Free. More info: 996-0702. Venues & a map can be found at Facebook: WestsideNeighborhoodArtHop. Classical Bells Concert – 1-2pm. For all ages. Classical Bells handbell artistry has received national. The group’s primary instrument consists of 68 bronze plus 6 aluminum English handbells, a range of more than six octaves. Downtown Library, 343 S Fifth Ave. 327-4555. AADL.org. Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop – 2pm. For many, gingerbread houses epitomize family togetherness during the holidays. We’ll provide the frosted gingerbread house, candy and some help from our bakery pros, you bring the creativity. All ages welcome. $19.99/house. Whole Foods Market, 990 W Eisenhower Pkwy. Pre-registration required: 997-7500. Quantum-Touch® Healing Circle – 3-5pm. For people who have taken or are interested in the official live courses. Study, practice, games, support. Contributions appreciated. A Transformation Station LLC, 301 W Michigan Ave, Ste 321, Ypsilanti. Register: 480-1191 or AtransformationStation.net. All About Owls – 7-9pm. Program includes a slide presentation inside, followed by a hike to try our luck at calling owls. Bonfire and hot drinks offered after the hike. Dress for the weather, including wearing footwear that will keep your feet warm for our hiking time. Children welcome but please explain to little ones that we will be trying to be very quiet while on the hike. Independence Lake, Beach Center. Preregistration required: 971-6337 x 334. StonerF@Ewashtenaw.org. Parks.EWashtenaw.org. Erin Zindle & Friends Holiday Show – 8pm. A holiday show from some of Michigan’s fastest-rising young musicians. With comedienne Shelly Smith as the MC for the night, this rare show has a charm that you don’t want to miss. $16. The Ark, 316 S Main St. 761-1800. For specific artists: TheArk.org. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16 Fireside Fun: A Good Ol’ Fashioned Campfire Circle – 6:30-8pm. There’s nothing quite as relaxing as sitting around a campfire, roasting marshmallows and swapping stories. We’ll provide the campfire and marshmallows so all you need to do is grab the family, camp chairs, and the rest of your s’mores fixings. Free. Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. 997-1553. LesliesNC.org. Riders in the Sky – 7:30pm. Christmas the cowboy way. A mix of Western song classics and zany cowpoke send-ups. A one-of-a-kind program of cowboy Christmas music. $25. The Ark, 316 S Main St. 761-1800. TheArk.org. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18 Film: Becoming Santa – 7-8:45pm. Award-winning documentary. Did you know that there are actually Professional Santa Claus Schools, and the one in Denver is run by Susen Mesco, Master Santa Claus Trainer since 1983? Downtown Library, 343 S Fifth Ave. 327-4555. AADL.org. Great Adventures from Around the Globe – 7:30pm. Share your travels and inspire us with your pictures and stories. Send a Powerpoint presentation or 10-15 digital photos to LightHawkPilot@gmail.com and tell us about your adventures, near and far. Presented by Sierra Club Huron Valley Group. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd. 647-7600. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19 Ann Arbor Docu Fest: The Greenest Building – 7pm. This documentary poses the question “Is demolition in the name of sustainability really the best use of natural, social, and economic resources?” Free. Lower level of Elmo’s Main St T-Shirts, 220 S Main. WTStudios.blogspot.com. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21 The Shift of Ages Meditation – 11am. With SANDYA. Suggested donation $20 or less. At Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth. More info: 206-1945 or Sandya-SandraShears.com. Solstice – 8pm. Join us for this sacred time of year as the Christ light enters into the Earth again to begin the cycle of rebirth. Free. Ann Arbor Center of Light, 200 Huronview Blvd. 330-5048. AnnArbor@CentersOfLight.org. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22 Earth Birthday Celebration – 10am-4pm. A day of dynamic stillness to celebrate the birth of a new era of Oneness in conjunction with the Birth 2012 global event. Free event sponsored by Seventh Fire, donations welcome. Held at Jewel Heart, 1129 Oak Valley Dr. SeventhFire.org. MONDAY, DECEMBER 24 Mystical Christmas Service – 11:30pm. Buffet following the celebration. Ann Arbor Center of Light, 200 Huronview Blvd. 330-5048. AnnArbor@CentersOfLight.org. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 25 Christmas Satsanga and Meditation Gathering – Arrive by 10:15am for 10:30am start. With Mata Yogananda’s Christmas Message and Blessing. All are warmly welcomed. No charge. Self Realization Meditation Healing Centre, 7187 Drumheller, Bath. RSVP by Dec 24: 517-641-6201. SelfRealizationCentreMichigan.org. THURSDAY, DECEMBER 27 Season of Light – Dec 27-28; Jan 2-4. 2:30pm. An elegant and sophisticated program about the coldest and darkest of seasons, a time which holds some of the warmest and brightest celebrations of the year. $5. U-M Exhibit Museum of Natural History, 1109 Geddes Ave. 764-0478. LSA.UMich.edu/ExhibitMuseum. Rush Hour Relief – 5-8:30pm. Sparkling Wines, Champagnes, Oysters and Cheese to Ring in 2013. Join us this evening as we begin to celebrate the coming New Year. $19. Whole Foods Market, 990 W Eisenhower Pkwy. 997-7500. Rain Cloud Mobile Workshop – 7-8:30pm. For adults and teens (grade 6 & up). Make your own special stormy rain cloud mobile for a special spot near a window. Supplies provided. Downtown Library, 343 S Fifth Ave. 327-8301. AADL.org. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28 Lantern-Lit Full Moon Walk – 6-7:30pm. Join us for an enchanting self-led lantern-lit walk through Black Pond Woods. Afterwards, we’ll warm up around the fire with hot cocoa and stories. $6/person; $21/family, free/LSNC members. Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. 997-1553. LesliesNC.org. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30 Joe Reilly Concert – 2-2:45pm. Performs environmental songs for kids for preschool-age 3. Joe invites people of all ages to deepen their relationship with their natural environment. Downtown Library, 343 S Fifth Ave. 327-8301. AADL.org. In Search of the Blue Ash – 2-4pm. On this hike, we’ll explore the woods in the southwest corner of the preserve, looking for our native ash tree with foursided twigs, the blue ash. Dress to be comfortable for a few hours in the cold. Kosch Headwaters Preserve. Pre-registration required: 971-6337 x 334. StonerF@ Ewashtenaw.org. Parks.EWashtenaw.org. PLAN AHEAD WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9 Mhealthy’s Zumba Dance Fitness Class Starts – Wednesdays, Jan 3-Apr 17. 12-12:45pm. Zumba is a dance fitness class based on Latin dance and using international rhythms. If Zumba is not your thing, Mhealthy offers over 100 other exercise classes open to the general public, and held at various campus locations and the Ann Arbor Ice Cube. $50. Wolverine Tower, 3003 S State St. 647-7888. Mhealthy.UMich.edu/Exercise. SATURDAY, JANUARY 19 Winter Tea for the Kidneys and Root Soup – 11:00am- 3pm. In this class participants will learn about supporting the kidneys with a winter tea and to take home a dry tea mixture made in class. Each student will learn how to a make a root soup to help support the kidneys over the winter months. Root soup will be provided for lunch. Please call or email for place of meeting. $58.00. Tahnahga Myers. 734-730-9950. Tahnahga@gmail.com. SUNDAY, JANUARY 20 The Grail Quest: A Spiritual Approach to Healing – 2-4:30pm. Enjoy this introduction to one of the greatest spiritual legacies in Western tradition. Through reflective and inter-active exercises participants will explore key concepts of the Grail legend that parallel psychological and spiritual states of development. With Marijo Grogan. $10-$15. The Aprill Wellness Center, 107 Aprill Dr, Ste 4. 433-4213. MarijoGroganTherapy@gmail.com MarijoGrogan.com.
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