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ENRICHMENT CLASSES

Registration for Spring classes begins Monday, March 22

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All enrichment classes are online unless indicated otherwise.
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Please note: Adult seniors and scholarship recipients will need 
to call 734.994.2300 x0 for assistance with registration.
Splatter Paint
Acrylic Painting - Continuing

Mondays

4/12 - 6/14, 6:00PM-8:00PM

Ages: 15 - Adult. 

Review the basics but quickly jump into new painting concepts introduced through abstraction, impressionism, and realism. This is a virtual class that includes Quick Tips and short “how to” painting videos and live Zoom sessions. You receive videos bi-weekly, and on the opposite weeks there is a longer virtual class with live demo and instruction, where you are encouraged to paint along.

$265

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AA Civic Chorus 

Mondays

5/3 - 6/1, 7:00PM-9:00PM

Ages: 18 - Adult. 

Join Ann Arbor Civic Chorus for a virtual singing experience! While we can't replicate the in-person rehearsal experience, you will be able to sing at home and see the other singers singing at the same time. You will receive digital scores to use for this session. We will learn and sing choral repertoire easy to record (audio only) for a virtual concert on Sunday, June 6.

$55

Loving Couple
Purposeful Movement

Tuesday - 4/6

10:00AM-11:00AM

Ages: Adult. Level 1-2.

Come and have some fun with healthy aging activities for the brain & body! Improve your well-being, prevent falls, enhance cognitive skills and build self-confidence. In this Virtual Class you will keep your brain sharp, improve your balance, lower your stress level, and get the chance to play like a kid again! Open to all adults!

FREE

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UMS - Swing University
Jazz in Detroit (Pt 1)

Tuesday - 4/6

7:00PM-8:30PM

Ages: 16 - Adult. 

Early Jazz Through the Swing Era
Tonight we look at some of the early pioneers of Detroit's Jazz scene. We will explore the rise of some of the most iconic ensembles of the 1920s and 1930s, and look at how these bands shaped the Jazz landscape of Detroit and beyond.

$10

Crochet Hook
Learn to Crochet

Tuesdays

4/13 - 4/27, 6:00PM-7:30PM

Ages: 14 - Adult.

If you have always wanted to learn how to crochet or are looking for a refresher, this virtual class is for you! We start from the beginning, where you make a simple washcloth project. Learn how to first make a chain, then how to single crochet into your chain, as well as how to read a pattern. In the process of learning how to crochet, you can discover how relaxing and meditative crocheting can be!

$59

Jazz Saxophone Player
UMS - Swing University
Jazz in Detroit (Pt 2)

Tuesday - 4/13

 7:00PM-8:30PM

Ages: 16 - Adult.

BeBop and Hard Bop
The contributions of Detroit to the BeBop revolution and to subsequent styles like Hard Bop cannot be overstated. In our second class we'll look at a mix of artists, from world-renowned artists from Detroit whose impact was felt around the globe to local heroes whose impact remained closer to home, but was still crucially important.

$10

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Michigan's Warblers

Tuesdays

4/13 - 4/27, 7:00PM-8:30PM

Grades: 10th - Adult.

Their bright colors, vibrant songs and dazzling diversity make warblers the stars of the birding world. Learn how to find and identify the many warblers that both live and migrate through Michigan. This is virtual class, you will have an opportunity to ask questions in real time, and the instructor will provide handouts to refer back to when you're identifying birds on your own!

$85

Playing Piano
UMS - Swing University
Jazz in Detroit (Pt 3)

Tuesday - 4/20

7:00PM-8:30PM

Ages: 16 - Adult.

Experimental Sounds, Artist-Directed Action, and New Talents
Some of Detroit's most astonishing musical innovations in Jazz have never received the attention they so richly deserve. Iconic labels like Strata or Tribe Records represent self-directed moves by artists to control their economic and artistic destinies. The musical results were extraordinary boundary-breaking works that deserve a deep dive.

$10

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UMS - Swing University
Jazz in Detroit (Pt 4)

Tuesday - 4/27

7:00PM-8:30PM

Ages: 16 - Adult. 

Jazz in Detroit Today
Detroit's Jazz scene has rounded on a century of innovation and complete mastery of the music. We'll explore the more recent decades of the city's music scene and learn about contemporary artists in Jazz from Detroit

$10

Birds
Birding 101

Tuesdays

5/4 - 5/25, 7:00PM-8:30PM

Grades: 10th - Adult. 

Spring is the perfect time to learn about and view a variety of birds! And an activity that you can enjoy and maintain safe physical distance from others. Discover the basics of birding such as optics, using field guides, bird habitats, finding and attracting birds, and field identification in this virtual class. As your skill increases, so will your enjoyment.

$139

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French 1: Beginner
Explore the Regions of France

Wednesdays

4/14 - 5/5, 5:25PM-6:35PM

Grades: 10th - Adult. Level 1.

Bonjour tout le monde! In this virtual course, improve your French language and pronunciation while exploring the regions of France! Each week we take a look at the geography, wines, cheeses and famous landmarks that are home to the region. We will also try to understand its diversity and current cultural and economic challenges. Let's dream about French travel!

$139

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French 2: Int/Adv
Explore the Regions of France

Wednesdays

4/14 - 5/5, 6:40PM-7:45PM

Grades: 10th - Adult. Level 2.

Bonjour tout le monde! In this virtual course, improve your French language and pronunciation while exploring the regions of France! Each week we take a look at the geography, wines, cheeses and famous landmarks that are home to the region. We will also try to understand its diversity and current cultural and economic challenges. Let's dream about French travel!

$139

Food Photography
iPhone Photography

Wednesdays

4/21 - 4/28, 6:00PM-7:15PM

Grades: 10th - Adult. 

Learn all the photographic possibilities of your Apple iPhone and how to take creative images through this workshop. Learn about different camera settings on your phone, how to explore all angles and address different lighting, experiment with the programs provided, have in class and out of class exercises and lastly discuss additional tools that one can acquire in order to improve their images

$35

Countdown
Virtual Cinema Club

Wednesdays

4/21 - 5/19, 7:00PM-8:30PM

Ages: 18 - Adult. 

Love movies? Join our friendly film appreciation group and share your enthusiasm! Watch a range of classic and contemporary American and foreign dramas, comedies and documentaries, and participate in illuminating discussions led by your instructor. No need to be an expert, everyone is welcome! Explore story, technique and meaning.

$75

Photographer on Road
Photography Club

Wednesdays

5/5 - 5/12, 6:00PM-7:15PM

Grades: 10th - Adult. 

Are you passionate about photography or do you have questions about the art form? In this facilitated virtual photography club, meet others who are passionate about photography, who want to discuss what photography is now, have questions about the art form and for those who would like to show their work and have their artwork critiqued by one another in a small group. Come with questions and photographs to share for critique to help you take your photography to the next level

$45

Bon Appetite
French 1: Beginner
Explore the Regions of France

Wednesdays

5/12 - 5/26, 5:25PM-6:35PM

Grades: 10th - Adult. Level 1.

Bonjour tout le monde! In this virtual course, improve your French language and pronunciation while exploring the regions of France! Each week we take a look at the geography, wines, cheeses and famous landmarks that are home to the region. We will also try to understand its diversity and current cultural and economic challenges. Let's dream about French travel!

$105

France Map
French 2: Int/Adv
Explore the Regions of France

Wednesdays

5/12 - 5/26, 6:40PM-7:45PM

Grades: 10th - Adult. Level 2.

Bonjour tout le monde! In this virtual course, improve your French language and pronunciation while exploring the regions of France! Each week we take a look at the geography, wines, cheeses and famous landmarks that are home to the region. We will also try to understand its diversity and current cultural and economic challenges. Let's dream about French travel!

$105

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Genealogy:
'Brick Walls' Research Seminar

Wednesdays

5/19 - 6/23, 7:00PM-8:30PM

Ages: 18 - Adult. Intermediat/Advanced.

Are you an intermediate or advanced genealogy researcher who is coming up against “brick walls” in your research? If so, this virtual class is for you! Join experienced facilitator and researcher Eli Kirshner in a discussion-based genealogy research seminar. Each class session, two students share a specific family mystery or challenge they are facing in their research. As a group, we use a crowdsourced research method to brainstorm and identify innovative research strategies.

$139

Tomatoes
Tomatoes and Chilies
in the Organic Garden

Thursday - 4/15

7:00PM-9:00PM

Ages: 18 - Adult. 

Learn the secrets to growing healthy and productive tomato and pepper plants in this virtual class. From pruning, pinching, mulching and the use of proper vine support, to learning about common diseases and their control, gain the knowledge to help you succeed with growing tomatoes and peppers. The instructor also reviews new developments in the breeding of heirloom tomatoes and the vast array of chili varieties.

$15

Mobster
Virtual Cinema Club

Thursdays

4/22 - 5/20, 7:00PM-8:30PM

Ages: 18 - Adult. 

Love movies? Join our friendly film appreciation group and share your enthusiasm! Watch a range of classic and contemporary American and foreign dramas, comedies and documentaries, and participate in illuminating discussions led by your instructor. No need to be an expert, everyone is welcome! Explore story, technique and meaning.

$75

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Growing Raspberries & Blackberries

Thursday - 4/22

7:00PM-9:00pm

Ages: 18 - Adult. 

Learn how to plant and maintain a healthy and productive bed of raspberries or blackberries in this virtual class! Understand the different types of varieties, what you can do to improve your yields (hint, it doesn’t mean having more canes) and how to create an environment to fend off pests so that your plants stay healthy and productive. Proper mulching, fall care, and measures required to control unwanted spread of canes are also covered.

$15

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Ukulele - Continuing

Thursdays

4/29 - 6/3, 6:00PM-7:00PM

Grades: 9th - Adult.  

This virtual class is designed for those who completed the Beginning Ukulele class or those who have a knowledge of basic chords and simple strum patterns. We learn additional chords, barre chords and more complex strum patterns. Learn how to read tablature to play simple melody lines. Class includes handouts that will be emailed to you, lecture/demo, and practice. Come join people of all ages to play and sing familiar and fun songs from the comfort of your own home!

$119

Ukulele - Beginning

Thursdays

4/29 - 6/3, 7:30PM-8:30PM

Grades: 9th - Adult.  

This enjoyable virtual class is designed for the beginning ukulele player. No musical background is needed to learn this simple instrument. Learn strum patterns and chords and be playing songs at your first lesson. Must have your own ukulele. Handouts will be emailed to help you practice on your own, and this class will include a combination of lecture, demo, and practice in real time.

$119

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Ann Arbor Civic Chorus

Thursdays

5/6 - 6/3, 6:00PM-6:45PM

Ages: 18 - Adult. 

Small groups of 8-12 singers will sing outside, masked and physically distanced, for 45 minutes. Each assigned small group will sing its own a cappella repertoire and record it outside in preparation for a virtual concert on Sunday, June 6.

$55

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Ann Arbor Civic Chorus

Thursdays

5/6 - 6/3, 7:00PM-7:45PM

Ages: 18 - Adult. 

Small groups of 8-12 singers will sing outside, masked and physically distanced, for 45 minutes. Each assigned small group will sing its own a cappella repertoire and record it outside in preparation for a virtual concert on Sunday, June 6. On the first day, you will receive physical scores to use for this session.

$55

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Seed Potatoes, Potato Seed
Sweet Potato Slips

Thursday - 5/13

7:00PM-9:00PM

Ages: 18 - Adult. 

Learn all about the origins of potatoes and sweet potatoes and the different ways they can be grown in this virtual class. Special attention is paid to the cultivation of indigenous potato varieties from Bolivia, Peru, and Chile. Sweet potatoes are grown from slips, which are rooting shoots that start to grow from the tuber. Learn how to successfully start your slips and grow them in the  garden.

$15

Pollinators & Their Flowers

Thursday - 5/20

7:00PM-9:00PM

Ages: 18 - Adult. 

Honey bees are important pollinators, but they aren’t the only ones! Not only that, but they were introduced to America from Europe. Find out about all the other pollinators that are visiting your garden and how to keep them happy and well fed in this virtual class. We explore the relationship between flowers and pollinators, how it evolved and how native plants and pollinators depend on each other.

$15

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Trip to Thailand: Cook-Along

Thursday - 6/3

6:00PM-7:30PM

Grades: 10th - Adult. 

Go on a savory Asian adventure to learn the fine art of balancing the sweet, salty, spicy and tangy of your favorite Thai cuisine. Create a takeout feast, starting with a crunchy, fresh, tangy Som Tum (Green Papaya Salad), followed by Pad See Mao (Drunken Noodles), where you’ll focus on the skills of stir-frying noodles. This is a virtual cook-along class, which means you are cooking along with Chef Natalie, and will be able to have your questions answered in real time.

$45

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Traditional Argentine Tango - Intermediate

Fridays

4/9 - 5/28, 7:00PM-8:00PM

Ages: 15 - Adult. INTERMEDIATE.

Online based course for leader and follower that will focus on tango technique selected to improve balance, coordination, precision of movement and will be applied to a different, classic tango figure each session. No partner needed! Prerequisite: Must have completed at least 1 beginner series of Traditional Argentine Tango or have been dancing tango at least 3 months

$39

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Gnocchi 101: Cook-Along

Friday - 5/21

6:00PM-8:00PM

Grades: 10th - Adult. 

Transport yourself and your kitchen to “The Boot” of Europe for an authentic Italian experience! In this class, you will learn to craft classic potato gnocchi (little ‘pillow-y’ delicate potato dumplings) from scratch. Focus on making, rolling, and cutting the dough, forming and shaping the individual gnocchi, and dressing it with a delicious sauce that pays homage to the new flavors of Spring. This is a virtual cook-along class, which means you are cooking along with Chef Natalie, and will be able to have your questions answered in real time.

$49

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Classic French Macarons:
Bake-Along

Saturday - 4/17

10:00AM-NOON

Grades: 10th - Adult. 

Remove the mystery of one of the world’s most amazing pastries as Chef Natalie teaches you the skills and insider tips you need to make the best macarons at home. First, you will work on correct measurements, making the perfect meringue, folding and ‘macaronage’ techniques, as well as piping and baking. Then, you will make two simple, but delicious fillings to celebrate Spring. This is a virtual bake-along class, which means you are baking along with Chef Natalie, and will be able to have questions answered in real time.

$49

Fruit Tart Fun:
Family Bake-Along

Saturday - 5/8

10:00AM-Noon

Grades: 2nd and older w/Adult. 

Who thought baking could be so colorful and so fun! In this class, you and your child will work step-by-step with Chef Natalie, creating delicious fruit tarts for your entire family to enjoy. After making the dough for the crust and whisking up the creamy filling, you’ll finish by cutting and arranging the fresh fruit toppings. This is a virtual bake-along class, which means you are baking along with Chef Natalie, and will be able to have questions answered in real time.

$45

Pandemic Tech Check-up
Private Technology Lessons

Virtual Lessons

4/5 - 6/11

Ages: 18 - Adult. 

The pandemic has changed the role of technology in our lives. It has moved from a convenience to a necessity for maintaining safety and human connections. If you or a loved one is having difficulty making video calls, ordering goods/groceries/meals, banking from home, or performing other tasks online, James can help. Sessions held remotely from the safety of your home. Once registered, the instructor will contact you to set up a time for your virtual private lesson

$69