Saturday, September 6, 2014

Simple pleasures in Ann Arbor

I was happy to read the recent article in the NYTimes about affixing more value to the ordinary experiences of life.  It is great to read about studies that prove that experiences are more likely to make one happy than possessions, and how even ordinary experiences can make you happy.

Ann Arbor is one of the best small cities to find interesting and inexpensive speakers and activities, and this is the time of the year to sign up and mark your calendars!

Some of my favorites include:

OLLI  (Osher Lifelong Learning program)-- Join for $20/year, and check out the great opportunities for learning and social events

Margaret Waterman celebrity lectures-- Includes lunch at the beautiful Michigan Union ballroom

Ann Arbor City Club Lunch and Learn sessions-- At the Ann Arbor City Club, which is a destination in itself.  Check out their history, here

Science cafe', presented by the University Museum of Natural History-- At Conor O'Neal's.  Free and very fun, with snacks provided by the sponsor.  Science and beer..... what could be better?  Starts Oct 22.  Want to know what it is like?  Read about the first time I went, here.

Penny Stamps Distinguished Lecture Series-- Paradigm breakers, presented by the School of Art and Design.  Free, Thursdays at 5:10 during the school year.  Michigan Theater.  Includes a short organ concert before the lecture begins.  One of my first blog posts was about my visit to this lecture.  Read about why it is still one of my favorites!

I can't wait to see you there!