Hot Theater Date: Impossible Marriage

A quirky comedy written by award-winning playwright Beth Henley is coming up Dec. 4-12 in the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Studio Series. The play "Impossible Marriage" tells the story of an eccentric family as they try to prepare for the wedding of an unlikely couple. The show will play in A2CT¹s 40-seat Studio Theater at 322 W. Ann St. Ticket information is here. Henley's other works include Crimes of the Heart and The Miss Firecracker Contest.

Christmas in Vienna at The Hill

Christmas carols have arrived, whether we want them to or not. A different way to experience Christmas music, and perhaps more moving, is live with the famous Vienna Boys’ Choir. The choir will be performing Christmas in Vienna at the Hill Auditorium on Sunday, November 29 at 4 pm. (See here for ticket information.) To get yourself ready, check out some of their CDs.

The Vienna Boys’ choir, one of the best known boys’ choirs in the world, has been around since the 13th century but was officially founded in 1924. For touring purposes the choir is divided into four sub-groups, each named after a famous Austrian composer, and all with equal standing.

Prior to the concert will be Caroling on the Steps of Hill, from 3-4 pm, where local choral groups will perform on the steps of the Hill Auditorium and then invite the public to join them. Joy!

Motawi Tileworks: Tile Making Workshop

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Karim and Nawal Motawi, co-owners of Ann Arbor-based Motawi Tileworks, will share their expertise about art tile. Make your own art tile at this workshop; it will then be fired, glazed and available for pick up at Motawi Tileworks from December 17 to January 31. Tiles make great gifts! There is no charge for this event.

Tuesday, December 1 | 7-8:30 PM | Downtown Multi-Purpose Room

Canned Food Drive

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The Washtenaw Youth Mentoring Coalition and the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living are hosting a canned food drive to benefit Food Gatherers November 30 through December 12. Please bring non-perishable items that have not passed their expiration date, and avoid bringing items in glass containers. Food Gatherers also accepts toothbrushes, toothpaste, diapers, soap, and shampoo. Bring the items to the Ann Arbor CIL, 3941 Research Park Drive, Ann Arbor. The CIL is open Mondays through Fridays 9 am to 5 pm.

Everyone's favorite orphan on stage starting Friday

The popular musical "Annie" will be presented by Encore Musical Theatre Company in Dexter at 8 p.m. Nov. 27-29 and Dec. 3-6, 10-13, & 17-19. This highly peppy, Tony Award-winning 1976 musical comedy was inspired by the Little Orphan Annie comic strip. Set in New York in the Great Depression, the story follows feisty Annie and her puppy Sandy as they escape from an orphanage and find a home with millionaire Daddy Warbucks. Popular songs from the show include "Tomorrow," "Hard-Knock Life," and "Easy Street." Buy tickets here.

Calling All Knitters: Knitter & Author Jillian Moreno

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Jillian Moreno, author of Big Girl Knits will demo some cool projects this Saturday at the Traverwood branch, from 2:00-4:00 pm. You bring the needles; we'll bring the yarn!

Maybe you're looking for some projects to finish up before the holidays? We'll have ideas for easy patterns and samples of finished projects. Did you know that AADL carries several magazines with tips and tricks for every level of knitter? Try, Creative Knitting, Vogue Knitting, or Interweave Knits and a couple websites you might try are, www.knitty.com or www.magknits.com Hope to see you Saturday.

Hot Holiday Meals for the Hungry

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St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Ann Arbor will serve its daily hot breakfast on Thanksgiving from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. as it does every day of the year. The Original Cottage Inn will offer its annual Thanksgiving meal for the needy and homeless, a tradition that dates back almost 30 years. The dinner is served on Thanksgiving between 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vineyard Church will have hourly shuttles from Liberty Plaza to its Thanksgiving Meal, the first one leaves downtown at 11:00 am. There are also two churches in Ypsi providing meals: Holy Trinity Church, 511 W. Forest will serve food from 11:00 am till the food is gone & New Testament Church will serve a meal from noon-1:00, 1230 West Michigan Ave.

Feast for eye and mind

If you haven't yet visited The Future of Our Past: The Evolution of Multicultural Children's Literature, do it before this magical exhibit closes Nov. 29. Among books on display are In the Beginning: Creation Stories From Around The World and More More More Said The Baby: 3 Love Stories. This joint exhibit of AADL and the University of Michigan Special Collections Library includes books from the UM Children's Literature Collections and material highlighting world cultures. The exhibit is in the glass cases on the lower level of the downtown library. Don't miss it!

Washtenaw County Public Health H1N1 Clinic

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Washtenaw County Public Health Department will provide H1N1 vaccinations to priority groups at a mass clinic on Sunday, Nov. 22 at Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center. Vaccinations will begin at 10:00am and continue until 7:00pm, or until the last person with a wristband is served. Wristbands will be provided to eligible persons starting at 9:00am, one hour prior to the clinic opening. Wristbands are first come, first served, while supplies last. Priority groups for H1N1 vaccine include pregnant women, caregiver contacts of infants younger than 6 months of age, health care personnel with direct patient care, individuals from 6 months to 24 years of age, and individuals 25 to 64 years old with medical conditions that put them at a higher risk of influenza-related complications. For updates to the H1N1 vaccination clinic schedule, click here. Public health nurses and heath educators are available to answer more detailed questions at 734-544-6700.

Doulas Care

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Who uses a Doula? Thankfully, women with limited resources from all over Southeastern Michigan can have a Doula guide and support them during pregnancy and delivery. Studies show that women who use a doula in childbirth minimize both the need for medication and risk of getting postpartum depression. You can read up on the subject AND attend an event Friday November 20th at 7pm to raise funds for this worthy cause at Cobblestone Farm. Call 734-332-8070 for more information.

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