Best Bets: Aunt Agatha's Book Shop to celebrate 20 years and Real Seafood brings back its oyster and beer dinner this week
It's "German-American Day" on Monday at the EMU Student Center. 7:30 p.m. Enjoy a free authentic German dinner and listen to lectures and stories from Eastern professors and students of German. Free. Open to the public. 900 Oakwood St., Ypsilanti. 734-487-3045.
Take a "Classic Martini Lab" as part of Tammy's Tastings Cocktail Classes on Monday at Live/The Last Word (formerly Live at Pj's/Goodnite Gracie's). 7:30 p.m. Real martinis are made with gin Âand vermouth. You'll taste examples of each and test out proportions. Then you'll have some time to play, mixing and matching to build your perfect martini. Class is hands-on, with lots of tasting opportunities. $45 in advance, $55 at the door. Reserve your space at http://www.tammystastings.com/shop or by calling 734-276-3215.
Mystery lovers, be sure to attend Aunt Agatha's Book Shop "20th Anniversary Open House Celebration" on Wednesday. 4-7 p.m. They'll have several authors scheduled for signing and chatting each hour, along with cake and other refreshments available. It's a great author line up including some Michigan superstars, including Loren D. Estleman. Free. 213 S. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor. 734-769-1114.
It's time again for "Oyster Fest: Oyster & Beer Dinner" at the Real Seafood Co. on Wednesday. Enjoy a salad, entree and dessert included with unlimited, fresh, cold-water oysters and select micro-brewed beer from Short's Brewing Co., from Bellaire. The menu will include an autumn harvest salad; baked cod topped with wild mushroom ragu served over roasted vegetables and a pumpkin torte. $64.95 per person. Tax and gratuity included. Reservations required by calling 888-456-3463. 341 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. 734-769-7738.
The Ecology Center’s "Annual Fall Event" featuring Richard Jackson will be held at the Michigan Union on Thursday. General reception at 6 p.m. Dinner and presentation at 7 p.m. Jackson, one of the country’s most influential scholars on environmental health and its role in the design of sustainable communities whose work has reached a national audience through his role as author, host and narrator of the PBS series "Designing Healthy Communities." $90 for 2012 donors/members. $125 for non-members (ticket purchase includes membership). Get tickets at www.ecocenter.org/donate/fall-event/. 530 S. State Street, Ann Arbor. 734-763-5786.