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Calendar of Events

Saturday, September 8, 2012






 
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 7 a.m.  Free! 

All Breed Agility Trials: Ann Arbor Dog Training Club.

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Sept. 7-9. Dog trainers from throughout the Midwest and Canada lead their animals through an obstacle course and jumps of various heights. Spectators welcome.
7 a.m.-around 4 p.m., Ann Arbor Dog Training Club, 1575 E. North Territorial Rd. (1 1/2 miles east of US-23), Whitmore Lake. Free to spectators. 995-2801. [map]

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 8-10 a.m.  Free! 

"Late Summer Birding Hike": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Hike led by WCPARC naturalist Faye Stoner. Bring binoculars, if you have them.
8-10 a.m., Independence Lake County Park, meet in the main parking lot, 3200 Jennings, north off North Territorial. Free. $5 vehicle entry fee. 971-6337, ext. 334. [map]

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 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Eco-Restoration Workday: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.

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Sept. 8 & 15. All invited to help Matthaei staff members remove invasive plants. Dress for outdoor work. Snacks and tools provided, or bring your own. Note: Kids age 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Youth ages 16-18 must submit a permission form.
9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Arb Reader Center (Sept. 8), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (Sept. 15), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free. Preregistration requested. 647-8528. [map]

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 9 a.m.-sunset  Free! 

Open Weekend: U-M Sailing Club.

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Sept. 8 & 9. A chance to sample the various water sports the club offers, including sailing and windsurfing. Bring a bathing suit, change of clothes, towel, sunblock, and sunglasses.
9 a.m.-sunset (Sept. 8) & noon-sunset (Sept. 9), 8010 Strawberry Lake Road (left from Mast off North Territorial), Dexter. Free. 426-4299. [map]

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 9 a.m.  Free! 

Wellness Walk: Dexter Wellness Coalition.

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All invited to join a walk around town. Walks are usually 30-60 minutes. Maps available.
9 a.m., meet in front of the Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]

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 9:45 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"The Affordable Care Act": Gray Panthers of Huron Valley.

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Congressman John Dingell describes the features of the ACA in effect now and those that go into effect at future dates. Refreshments. The program begins with coffee & socializing. Note different location.
9:45 a.m.-noon, Pittsfield Twp. Administration Bldg. meeting hall, 6201 W. Michigan Ave. Free. 973-5593. [map]

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 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 

60th Annual Book Sale: American Association of University Women Fundraiser.

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Sept. 7-9. This community institution, one of the largest book sales in Michigan, offers CDs, DVDs, videos, and thousands of books sorted by subject and sold at feeding-frenzy prices starting at $1. Half price on Sept. 8 and $8 a bag (bags provided) on Sept. 9. Preceded at 8 a.m. on Sept. 7 by a preview sale ($15 admission).
10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sept. 7 & 8) & 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Sept. 9), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free admission. 973-6287. [map]

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 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Great Lakes Sporting Arts Show.

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Show and sale of works by local artists and crafters, including knives, fishing rods, engraved guns, fishing flies, and fishing- and hunting-themed art. Also, a sale of antique and rare books. Food from Pilar's Tamales.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Painted Trout, 12075 Island Lake Rd., Dexter. Free admission. greatlakessportingarts.com, 424-4822. [map]

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 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Honey Harvest Demonstration: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

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A hands-on family-friendly demonstration of how to extract honey from honeycombs. Also, a chance to see what freshly capped honey looks like in the hive and in the individual frames. With guidance from local beekeepers Richard Mendel and Colette Szabo. Honey samples.
10 a.m.-noon, Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free (metered parking); reservations required at mbgna.umich.edu. 647-7600. [map]

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 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Lamaze Family Center Fall Open House: Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor.

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Come play with us! Bring your little ones to sample our fall classes. We will have stations set up for infants through preschool age. There will be demos for our Parent Toddler Groups, Little Scientist Class, Touch, Feel and Get Messy Art Class and more. The kids will have a blast doing art and science, and the babies will love the music. Along with outstanding childbirth preparation classes, we offer a full range of classes for families from pregnancy through preschool. So don't miss this opportunity to learn all about the fantastic offerings we have for fall. We hope you can join us!
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk. Free. 734-973-1014. info@lamazefamilycenter.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]

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 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Michigan Marching Band Practice.

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Every Mon.-Fri. (except Oct. 15 & 16), Sept. 8 & 15, & Oct. 13 & 20. The U-M's highly disciplined 200-plus-member marching band or sections thereof can be seen and heard practicing on Elbel Field. All are welcome to find a spot in the bleachers and get a sneak preview of upcoming halftime shows.
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (Sept. 3), 4:45-6:15 p.m. (every Mon.-Fri. beginning Sept. 4), 10 a.m.-noon (Sept. 8 & 15), 9 a.m.-noon (Oct. 13), & 8 a.m.-noon (Oct. 20), Elbel Field, Hill at Division. Free. 764-0582. [map]

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 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Sensational Senses Event: Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum is hosting a Sensational Senses Event. Attendees will have the opportunity to:
• Put your five senses to work as you explore the world around you
• Learn all about how we hear, see, smell, taste and feel
• Explore how our senses work together constantly in all that we do
Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, 220 E. Ann St. $10 (members & kids under age 2, free). museum@aahom.org http://www.aahom.org/events/whats_new/ [map]

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 10 a.m. 

Shelter Building Class: Ann Arbor Nature School.

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All invited. We will be building a hogan together in the forest at Sunward Cohousing Community. The first session, Friday, September 7 at 7 PM, is a free slide show and discussion about shelter and the plan for how we'll build ours. This is followed by four Saturday sessions, September 8, 22, and 29, and October 6, from 10 AM until 4 PM, during which we'll work on all phases of construction, from blessing the land, through framing and covering the shelter with various materials. $25/session or $20/session if registered a week prior to class start. $65 for the whole series. Call in advance for directions to the buiding site.
The Forest at Sunward Cohousing Community, 424 Little Lake Drive. $20-$65. 734-665-2677. rowena@sunward.org [map]

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 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 

"Bag of Books Sale": Friends of Saline District Library.

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Fill a bag for $5. Second bag is free.
10 a.m.-2 p.m., SDL Brecon Room, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free admission. 944-0625. [map]

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 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Exotic Plant Sale: Michigan Cactus & Succulent Society/Southeast Michigan Bromeliad Society.

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Sept. 8 & 9. Show and sale of exotic, bizarre, and rare cacti and succulents and exotic bromeliad houseplants. Also, lectures on "The Wonderful World of Bromeliads" (Sept. 8, 1 p.m.) and "Growing Bromeliads in Michigan" (Sept. 9, 1 p.m.).
10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free admission. 647-7600. [map]

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 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Sign Language for Infants and Toddlers": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Kathy Brady presents a program of songs, games, and other activities for infants and toddler (accompanied by a parent) to introduce them to the Signing Smart method of American sign language.
10:30-11:15 a.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3334 Traver at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [map]

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 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Coffee Tour: Zingerman's Coffee Company.

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One of Zingerman's Coffee managing partners, Allen Leibowitz or Steve Mangigian, offers a free tour of the coffee company and talks about the intricate world of java.
11 a.m.-noon, Zingerman's Coffee Company, 3723 Plaza Dr.. Free. 929-6060. [map]

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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Storytime: Nicola's Books.

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Every Sat. An experienced storyteller spins yarns for kids age 7 & under.
11 a.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]

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 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Life: How Do We Find It?": U-M Exhibit Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Sept. 8-30. Hands-on 20-minute demo about the aims and procedures of astrobiology.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), U-M Exhibit Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]

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 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Draper-Houston Meadow Preserve Hike: Huron Valley Sierra Club.

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All invited to join club members on a moderately paced 3-mile hike along the Saline River. Canceled if raining.
11:30 a.m., meet at the trailhead at Draper-Houston Meadows Preserve (park at Milan High School, 200 Big Red Dr., North off Redman, south off S. Platt), Milan. Free. 677-0823.

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 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 

"Healthy School Lunches and Snacks": Washtenaw Whole Foods Market.

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Hands-on cooking demo. Proceeds benefit the Whole Kids Foundation.
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Whole Foods Cooking & Lifestyles Classroom, 3135 Washtenaw. $10. Preregistration required. 975-4500. [map]

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 1-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Celebrating Our Republic": Ann Arbor Garden Club Flower Show.

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Show of flowers grown by club members. Club members on hand to discuss the exhibit and answer questions.
1-5 p.m., Ann Arbor District Library Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 788-3298. [map]

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 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Fall Walk and Gather": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Faye Stoner leads a hike to gather plants to create a decorative fall bouquet. Bring gloves, pruners or heavy scissors, and a vase or container. Seasonal flowers and ribbon provided. For adults and kids age 6 & up.
1-3 p.m., County Farm Park, Platt Rd. entrance. Free. Preregistration required. 971-6337, ext. 334.

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 1:30, 2:30 & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows.

The Sky Tonight (1:30 & 3:30 p.m.) is an exploration of the current night sky.

Hubble Vision (Sat. 2:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show about the discoveries made by the Hubble Space Telescope.

Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope
(Sun. 2:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show the explores how telescopes work and what they can do.

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1:30, 2:30 & 3:30 p.m., U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]

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 1:30-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Johnson Preserve Boardwalk Dedication": Legacy Land Conservancy.

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All invited to hike through LLC's newest preserve to see the boardwalks built by volunteers last fall. Wear sturdy shoes & bring water.
1:30-2:30 p.m., Johnson Preserve, 4480 Platt Rd. (just south of Lillie Park). Free. 302-5263. [map]

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 2:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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Every Sat. Jugglers of all skill levels invited for informal practice. Indoor location TBA in case of inclement weather.
2:30-5 p.m., U-M Diag. Free. 761-1115.

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 3-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Self-Publishing: Going Indie in the Literary Industry": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Talk for adults and teens in grade 6 & up by Chris Profeta, a Macomb Community College writing teacher who has published several works in the Foliate Oak online literary magazine, including one nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
3-4:30 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [map]

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 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Football vs. Air Force.

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3:30 p.m., Michigan Stadium. $75. 764-0247. [map]

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 4 p.m.  Free! 

In Good Company African American Book Club: Nicola's Books.

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All invited to join a discussion of The Other Wes Moore, Wes Moore's book about his efforts to understand how he and a kid with the same name, who grew up in the same city, could have ended up with such different lives-the writer a Rhodes scholar and decorated combat veteran, the other a convicted murderer.
4 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]

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 5 p.m. 

11th Annual Harvest Party: Lone Oak Vineyard Estate.

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Celebrate the harvest season with us at Lone Oak Vineyard Estate's 11th Annual Harvest Party!
Great live music by Wynwood, great food by Bone Island Grille, great estate grown wines, hourly drawings for gift baskets, bonfire at 9 (weather permitting). Sound good? Don't miss it!
We're putting up a 3,200 square foot tent, so there's plenty of room for the party, rain or shine.
Admission of just $7 per person includes wine tasting, entertainment and a chance to win one of 4 great gift baskets.
Lone Oak Vineyard Estate, 8400 Ann Arbor Rd., Grass Lake. $7. 517-522-8167. dlbarber1@aol.com www.loneoakvineyards.com [map]

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 6-10 p.m.  Free! 

5th Annual HomeGrown Festival.

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Lots of food from local restaurants and farmers. Also, Michigan wine & beer, a chance to taste more than 50 varieties of heirloom tomatoes, demos by local chefs, kids activities, information about nonprofit organizations, a silent auction, and live music by local musicians, including hip-hop MC Lucas DiGia, the Detroit-area acoustic-rock duo the Duney Brothers (6-7 p.m.), the popular local acoustic quartet the Appleseed Collective (7:30-8 p.m.), and Universal Xpression (9-10 p.m.), a veteran Detroit-based band that plays reggae, soca, and calypso.
6-10 p.m., Farmers Market. Free admission. 619-0429.

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 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bluegrass Gospel Jam Session.

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Mark and Claudia Aills are joined by other local string musicians for a program of bluegrass and country gospel tunes.
6-8:30 p.m., Dexter Senior Center, 7720 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Free, but donations accepted for Dexter Senior Center. 878-1078. [map]

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 8-11 p.m. 

2nd Saturday Contra Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Don Theyken calls to music by the Sharon Hollow String Band. No partner needed. Bring flat, smooth-sole shoes. Preceded at 7:30 p.m. by a beginner session.
8-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). $10 (students, $5). 408-1829. [map]

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 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

John Fisch: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Sept. 7 & 8. Ann Arbor debut of this Boston-bred, NYC-based comic, the host of the popular podcast In the Tank whose humor focuses on the idiosyncrasies of city living. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 314 E. Liberty (below Seva restaurant). $10 reserved seating in advance, $12 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

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 8 p.m. 

Luke Jackson and Chris Dupont: Ann Street Music Room.

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Ann Street Music Room, Presents
Luke Jackson wsg Chris Dupont
Sept 8th 2012
812 Ann Street, Ypsilanti MI 48197
Doors open at 7:30pm, Showtime at 8:00pm
Cost is $5 at the door.
Luke Jackson: Luke brings a high energy, no holds barred show, in the genres of Pop/Folk/Alternative!
http://www.facebook.com/LukeJacksonlp?ref=ts
http://www.lukejacksonlp.com/
Chris Dupont: Chris recently opened for Wayward Roots at "The Ark" in A2, and is bringing his Northern Folk/Rock to our stage!
http://www.facebook.com/chrisanthonydupont
http://www.myspace.com/chrisdupont
Ann Street Music Room, 812 Ann St., Ypsilanti. $5. 734-341-1082. jeff@annstreetmusicroom.com www.annstreetmusicroom.com [map]

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 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 

"Serious about Salsa" Latin Dance Party: Dance Revolution.

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Sept. 8 & 22. High-energy dance party with salsa, merengue, bachata, and cha-cha dancing to music spun by a DJ. No partner necessary.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main (above Elmo's). $5. (313) 808-0358. [map]

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