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Learning in Retirement series focuses on Turkey

Turkey, a Moslem country with a secular government, has drawn attention as it attempts to align itself politically and economically with Europe.The Geriatrics Center’s Learning in Retirement Program (LIR) will present a seven-lecture series on Turkey, from 10-11:30 a.m. on Thursdays from Oct. 27-Dec. 8, at the Best Western Conference Center, 2900 Jackson Road in Ann Arbor.

Members of LIR pay a $15 registration fee for the year plus $30 for each six-week thematic series. Headsets are available for hearing-impaired people at no charge. All sites are barrier free.

LIR’s mission is to provide mind-stimulating opportunities for seniors, ages 55 and older, through lectures, small study groups and cultural activities.

For more information, call (734) 998-9351, e-mail or visit:

Celebrate Native American Heritage Day

The Exhibit Museum of Natural History offers a chance to experience Michigan Native American cultural traditions through Native artists and storytellers from noon-5 p.m. Nov. 6 during the annual Native American Heritage Day.

The importance of handing down traditions from one generation to the next is a focus of the free event, open to the public. Storyteller Larry Plamondon will tell stories at noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Teacher and artist Eva Kennedy (Oneida Nation) of Dearborn Heights will present a variety of traditional Native art works and discuss their cultural significance and the materials and techniques used to make them. She also will lead a hands-on activity for children, making friendship bracelets out of leather and beads. Other family activities are also scheduled.

For more information, visit

8th annual Family Halloween Party Oct. 30

The Exhibit Museum of Natural History’s Family Halloween Party has become of the most popular Halloween activities in the area, by combining entertaining activities with informal science learning.

From noon-5 p.m. Oct. 30, partygoers will journey through the museum, discovering special stations and displays full of hands-on activities, including the Snake Pit with live snakes and other reptiles.

Participants are encouraged to come in costume (not required) and to bring a goodie bag. The free party is suitable for all ages and is sponsored by the U-M Credit Union. No reservations or tickets are necessary.

For more information, call (734) 764-0478.

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