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Calendar of Events

Saturday, March 9, 2013






 
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 9 a.m.-2 p.m.  Free! 

Caregiver Fair: Washtenaw County Consortium on Aging.

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Second annual Washtenaw County Caregiver Fair on Saturday March 9 at the Kensington Court Hotel on Hilton Boulevard in Ann Arbor. The fair will run from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.

This free event is open to the public and is specially designed for those caring for aging or disabled family members, neighbors or friends. There will be several expert presentations on topics such as "The Caregiver Tsunami", understanding and dealing with dementia, phone and email scams, and sorting through insurance options.

Fairgoers will have the opportunity to visit more than 50 exhibitors, participate in giveaways and even enjoy limited complimentary massage services. All proceeds will benefit local senior charities.

Contact: Elizabeth 734-657-8176

This event is sponsored by the Washtenaw County Consortium on Aging, a non profit collaborative of public agencies, private local businesses, and individuals interested in networking and advocating for senior issues in Washtenaw County.
Kensington Court Hotel, 610 Hilton Boulevard. Free. 734-657-8176. [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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Mar. 9 & 16. 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 (Mar. 9), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (Mar. 16), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration requested. 647-8528. [map]
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 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Fiber Expo.

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Mar. 9 & 10. Show and sale of a variety of yarns, rug hooking kits, felted items, roving, and fiber art products and craft items. Demonstration classes. Also, breeders on hand with alpacas, goats, Angora rabbits, and other animals. Concessions.
9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Mar. 9) & 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Mar. 10), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Tickets $4 ($6 for both days); kids age 11 & under, free. 546-0032. [map]
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 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Huron Gun Collectors.

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About 100 dealers and collectors offer guns, knives, ammunition, and other hunting equipment for sale, including antiques and collectibles. Concessions.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Oct. 27) & 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Oct. 28), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Admission $4. (517) 605-0624. [map]
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 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Mom-2-Mom Sale: Huron Valley Parents of Multiples.

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Huron Valley Parents of Multiples presents its bi-annual Mom-2-Mom Sale
Saturday, March 9
9am - 1pm
Woodland Meadows Elementary School
350 Woodland Dr.
Saline, MI 48176
Admission is $2, strollers welcome
Visit http://www.hvpom.org for more details.
Woodland Meadows Elementary School, 350 Woodland Dr., Saline. $2. sale@hvpom.org www.hvpom.org [map]
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 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Time To Make The Donuts!: Ann Arbor Cooks!.

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There is really nothing better than biting into a fresh, hot from the fryer, sweet and soft doughnut! In this class, learn how to make doughnuts at home for the perfect weekend treat. Menu: Jam-filled Doughnuts with Citrus Glaze; "Krispy-Kreme" style Glazed Doughnuts; Cinnamon-Spice Cider Mill Doughnuts; Vanilla Poppy Seed Cake Doughnuts with Vanilla Bean-Lemon Glaze. Full participation. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $75/person. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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 9 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

Volunteer Training: SafeHouse Center.

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SafeHouse Center has a rich history of providing exemplary services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Washtenaw County, and are in the forefront of efforts to create a violence-free society. We cannot do this important work without the support of community members. We invite you to join us.
SafeHouse Center has four volutneer programs in which you can work with survivors or their children. They are the Children and Youth program, Shelter/Helpine Program, Sexual Assault Response Team and Domestic Violence Response Team.
To participate in one of these programs, we require the completion of a 40-hour training, and a six-month commitment to volunteering at SafeHouse Center. We are currently accepting applications for our March 2013 40-hour training.
Please see the Volunteer Information section of our website (www.safehousecenter.org) for more information, or contact me at carlyc@safehousecenter.org.
SafeHouse Center, 4100 Clark Rd. Free. (734) 973-0242, ext 252. carlyc@safehousecenter.org www.safehousecenter.org [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Terrific Tile Making": Ann Arbor Solid Waste Department.

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All invited to make a mosaic tile with found art, recycled glass pieces, and other durable items. Guided tours of the city's recycling and trash disposal center.
10 a.m.-noon, Materials Recovery Facility, 4150 Platt Rd. Free. 994-2807. [map]
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 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Nature Programs: Waterloo Natural History Association.

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Sept. 8 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Dragonflies: Acrobats of the Sky." Jackson naturalist Don Henise presents a short indoor program about dragonflies, followed by a hike to Mill Lake to view them in their natural habitat. Bring your binoculars or borrow a pair from the Eddy Discovery Center.

Sept. 15 (1:30-3 p.m.): "Incredible Edibles Walk." WNHA wild foods expert Tom Jameson leads a 90-minute hike to learn about edible wild plants available locally and then prepares some wild food dishes (with recipes) to sample.

Sept. 22 (2-3 p.m.): "Sensing Animals." Science Alive representatives bring a variety of live animals for a hands-on presentation on some amazing ways they use their senses to learn about and survive in their environments.

Sept. 29 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Fall Mushroom Search." Mushroom expert Phil Tedeschi leads a search for mushrooms and helps participants identify what they have collected. Bring waxed paper and a basket or paper bag.

Oct. 6 (1-2:30 p.m.): "Survival Skills You Can Use." Artemis Eyster shows adults and kids age 10 & up how to make a shelter and a bed, build a fire, find water, make your own string, and avoid getting lost.

Oct. 20 (2-3 p.m.): "Animal Interactions." Interactive Animal Education owner Chris Oesterling displays a variety of live animals and discusses their habits and adaptations.

Oct. 27 (2 p.m.): "Sandhill Crane Tour." Local sandhill crane expert Bill Wells leads an auto tour that goes from the fields of Portage Lake campground, where many cranes spend the day, to the marshes of the Audubon Society's Haehnle Sanctuary, where hundreds of cranes return to roost at dusk. Expect to see large flocks of these magnificent birds at close range. Bring binoculars and cameras. Maps for self-guided tours and on-request showings of The Sandhill Crane Story available at the Discovery Center beginning Oct. 5.

Nov. 10 (2-3 p.m.): "Rapteriffic." Leslie Science & Nature Center staff show off some of the center's raptors and display the amazing eyesight of hawks and remarkable hearing of owls.

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Various times, meet in the Eddy Discovery Center lower parking lot (except as noted), Bush Rd. (west off Pierce Rd. from I-94 exit 157), Chelsea. $. $2 (families, $5); additional materials fee for "Sketching Nature" programs. Space limited; preregistration required. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.
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 10 a.m. 

"Bag of Books Sale": Friends of the 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 a.m.-noon 

"Fairy Gardens and Doors": U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

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Mar. 9 & 23. All kids, accompanied by a parent, invited to make a fairy and troll gardens and doors to take home.
10 a.m.-noon, Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. $10 per child (includes materials). Preregistration recommended. 647-7600. [map]
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 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Museum Favorites": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Mar. 9 & 10. AAHOM staff highlight their favorite activities at the museum. Also, various science demonstrations.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
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 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Spring into Summer Camp Expo": Briarwood Mall.

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Info on summer camps for kids. Also, a performance and storytime by Colors the Clown (noon-3 p.m.) and an appearance by the Easter Bunny.
10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Briarwood Sears seating area. Free. 769-9610. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Play Group: Acorn Glen Cooperative Preschool.

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Mar. 9 & 23. Indoor and outdoor activities, storytime, and refreshments for toddlers and preschool-aged kids, accompanied by a parent. Siblings and friends welcome.
10:30 a.m.-noon, Acorn Glen Cooperative Preschool, 1547 Miller. Free. 585-5555. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.-midnight 

Remote-Controlled Car Racing: Washtenaw RC Raceway.

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One of the largest regular gatherings of RC racers in the country features off-road dirt-track racing for stock and modified model electric trucks and buggies. Awards for the top three finishers in each class. Spectators welcome. Food concessions.
10:30 a.m.-midnight, Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Doors open at 8 a.m. Free admission. $16 to race. (517) 960-5252. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Saturday Morning Physics": U-M Physics Department.

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Mar. 9, 16, & 23. Popular series of talks, aimed at general audiences, by U-M scholars. Mar. 9: Nuclear engineering professor John E. Foster on "Into the Future with Plasma Rocketry: The Intriguing World of Electric Propulsion." Mar. 16: Atmospheric sciences professor Nilton Renno on "Exploring Mars with the Curiosity Rover." Mar. 23: Physics professor Christine Aidala on "Peering into the Proton."
10:30 a.m., 170 Dennison, 500 Church. Free. 764-4437. [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.-1 p.m. & 1:30-4:30 p.m. & 5:15-8 p.m.  Free! 

Easter Bunny: Briarwood Mall.

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Daily, Mar. 8-30. A chance to visit the Easter Bunny. Pet photos with the bunny Mar. 10 (6-8 p.m.). Pets must be on a leash or in a carrier and weigh less than 60 pounds.
11 a.m.-1 p.m. & 1:30-4:30 & 5:15-8 p.m. (except Sun., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. & 3-6 p.m.) Briarwood Sears seating area. Free. 769-9610. [map]
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 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Knitting: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon. All ages invited to bring knitting projects to work on. Lunch available at 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. ($5.50; age 60 & over, $3; reservations required).
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. Free. 794-6250. [map]
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 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Saturday Satsang with Aura Glaser: Inner Sky.

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Satsang is a space for exploring and realizing our true nature, for coming home to ourselves. It is a meeting in support of Awakening. These gatherings include guided meditation, spontaneous sharing of dharma, spiritual storytelling, and time for inquiry. The word "satsang" comes from the Sanskrit "sat" meaning "truth," and "sang" or "sangha" meaning community or company of spiritual friends. Satsangs are offered free of charge. Participants are encouraged, however, to offer a teacher donation.
Aura Glaser, Ph.D. is a dharma teacher and clinical psychologist who integrates spiritual, psychological, and embodiment work. She is a co-founder of Jewel Heart and the creator and original owner of Crazy Wisdom Bookstore. In 2012, she founded Inner Sky.
Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Boulevard, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. Donation. inquiry@innersky.net http://www.innersky.net [map]
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 11 a.m. 

Storytime: Nicola's Books.

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Every Sat. An experienced storyteller spins yarns for kids age 7 & under. The Mar. 30 program only is followed by a visit from Peter Rabbit.
11 a.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. 

"DNA and Race": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute interactive demo exploring the relationship between DNA and the concept of race. Geared toward adults and kids age 5 & up.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
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 11:30 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium Shows.

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

The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. Sat. & 1:30 p.m. both days) is an exploration of the current night sky.

Flight Adventures (Sat. 12:30 p.m & Sun. 2:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show examining the science of flight through the eyes of a young girl and her grandfather as they explore how birds, kites, planes, and models fly and learn about the history and future of human flight.
Various times, Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
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 Noon-4 p.m.  Free! 

55th Annual Southeast Michigan Science Fair.

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Display of around 400 science projects by area middle and high school students. The winners go to the Intel International Science Fair.
Noon-4 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. 615-4455. [map]
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 Noon-5 p.m.  Free! 

Carol Evert Art Exhibit - Ephemeral Spaces: Common Cup Coffeehouse.

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Carol Evert's vibrant watercolors examine the environment though closely viewed botanicals and still lifes. Her paintings focus on the flat and pattern-like shapes of leaves and plants and the voluptuous blooms of flowers to communicate the wonder of nature. Within this composition she sometimes adds reflective and decorative man-made objects. The resulting paintings are boldly intimate and slightly abstract works of art. Her work has been in many group exhibitions, including Art Prize in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The Common Cup Coffeehouse, 1511 Washtenaw. Free. 734-327-6914. www.commoncupcoffee.com [map]
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 Noon-1 p.m. 

Noon Lecture Series: Kempf House Center for Local History.

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Mar. 19: Retired FBI agent Greg Stejskal on "Adventures and Misadventures of a G-Man in Ann Arbor."

Mar. 26: Local historian Susan Nenadic presents "Seeing the Elephants," a talk on the surprising roles of women in the Civil War-as soldiers and as spies.

Apr. 2: "The Melodies of the Mind," a talk by Local psychoanalyst and classical pianist Julie Jaffee on the similarities between music and psychoanalysis.

Apr. 9: Retired Ann Arbor Public Schools music teacher Dan Long discusses "Conductor Elizabeth A.H. Green: A Woman in a Man's World."

Apr. 16: Nawal Motawi presents an autobiographical talk on "The Story Behind Motawi Tileworks."

Apr. 23: "Motown on the Menominee," a talk by Ford Presidential Library audiovisual archivist Kenneth Hafeli on how Ford Motor Co. became an important presence in the UP.

Apr. 30: "Living the American Dream," a talk by linguist and Vietnam vet Paulo Juarez Pereira about his decision to leave his native Brazil and his circuitous journey to become an American citizen.

May 7 (postponed from March 12): U-M Stearns Collection acting curator Chris Dempsey and educational outreach coordinator Carol Stepanchuk discuss "The Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments: A U-M Treasure."

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Noon-1 p.m., Kempf House, 312 S. Division. Admission $2 (Kempf House members, $1). 994-4898. [map]
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 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Just Like Me: Exploring Culture, Biology, and Diversity": Chelsea District Library Science Saturday.

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Jan. 12, Feb. 9, Mar. 9. U-M Natural History Museum staff present a series of programs exploring the roles biology, anthropology, and physics play in shaping race and culture. For kids ages 6-12 accompanied by an adult.
1-2 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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 1 & 3 p.m. 

"Professor Ray's Everyday Science": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Mar. 9, 10, 23, & 24. Museum staff give family-friendly science demos. Mar. 9 & 10: "Mighty Motion" offers gravity, inertia, and air resistance experiments, including the chance to see a tray of eggs launched with a broom. Mar. 23 & 24: "Luminosity" features experiments with light, such as making a dill pickle light up.
1 & 3 p.m., AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
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 1 p.m.  Free! 

"The Music of Ireland": Dexter District Library.

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Performances by the Ann Arbor Celtic Harpers and the Cleary's Pub Session Band.
1 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]
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 1:45, 4:30, & 7:30 p.m. 

"A Place at the Table": Michigan Theater.

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(Kristi Jacobson & Lori Silverbush, 2012). Documentary about the millions of Americans who go hungry. With Jeff Bridges & Tom Colicchio.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org. 668-TIME. [map]
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 2 p.m. 

Intro to Arduino Microcontroller!: All Hands Active.

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The Arduino Microcontroller allows one to easily create devices that interact with the world. From something as simple as a door alarm, to complex line following robots and hovering quad-copters.
We'll be covering the basics in this class, from installing the software and connecting the hardware, to putting together a simple circuit and playing with different electrical components. For the most part, we will be following tutorials on arduino.cc & ladyada.net.
What you absolutely have to bring:
- A laptop
Optional, but helpful:
- Install the software: http://arduino.cc/en/Main/Software
- Bring some supplies (not necessary, but helpful if you have it already)
- - Arduino
- - Breadboard + Wire
- - Resistors, photocells, Switches, etc.
This class assumes you know absolutely nothing about electronics, microcontrollers, etc.
Cost: $10 Members, $15 Non Members. If you can't swing that, but think you can help out with setup / takedown / promotions, let us know and we'll wo
All Hands Active, 525 E. Liberty St. $10 to $15. 734-252-9595. joshdont@gmail.com http://www.allhandsactive.com/events/ [map]
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 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"3-D Printing": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All Hands Active staff show how to a 3-D printer works and how to experiment designing objects with the freely available Google Sketchup. Participants submit simple designs to be printed and picked up at a later date.
2-4 p.m., AADL training center, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Eat, Meet, & Be Cherry!": Cherry Republic.

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Every Sat., Feb. 9-Mar. 30. Cooking demos by chefs from local restaurants, including Grizzly Peak (Feb. 9), Melange (Feb. 16), Lena (Feb. 23), Tios (Mar. 2), The Melting Pot (Mar. 9), Gratzi (Mar. 16), Habana Cellar Lounge (Mar. 23), and Conor O'Neill's (Mar. 30). Tastings.
2-4 p.m., Cherry Republic, 223 S. Main. Free. 585-5231. [map]
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Glove": U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies.

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Screening of Kang Woo-suk's 2011 film about a hot-tempered former pro baseball player who is sent to the country to coach a team of deaf players to avoid media coverage of his recent involvement in an assault case. Korean, subtitles.
2 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 764-1825. [map]
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 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Knot Your Average Bracelet": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades K-5 invited to make a bracelet to wear home by tying knots in some rope.
2-3 p.m., AADL training center, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. Arrive early; space limited. 327-8301. [map]
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 2 & 7 p.m. 

"The Hound of the Baskervilles": Young Actors Guild.

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Mar. 8 & 9. Anna Valaskova directs young local actors in Kent Brown's adaptation of Tim Kelly's drama based on Arthur Conan Doyle's classic Sherlock Holmes novel in which the brilliant, enigmatic sleuth and his loyal sidekick Dr. Watson travel to the English countryside, where the locals believe a mythic hound is fulfilling an ancient family curse.
7 p.m. (Mar. 8 & 9) & 2 p.m. (Mar. 9), Scarlett Middle School, 3300 Lorraine. $10 (students, $5). 913-9800. [map]
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 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Windsock Craft": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to make a windscock for your yard.
2-4 p.m., AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Windsock Craft": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to make a windcock for your yard.
2-4 p.m., AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [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 & 8 p.m. 

"Good People": Performance Network Professional Season.

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Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Apr. 5), Feb. 21-Apr. 7. David Wolber directs the Michigan premiere David Lindsay-Abaire's Tony-nominated 2011 comic drama, a touching and funny look at America's large and growing economic divide. A dollar store employee in working-class Boston who loses her job and faces eviction from her apartment. In desperation, she reaches out to a high school boyfriend who had made it out of the neighborhood and invites herself to a chic cocktail party in his home. Stars Suzy Regan and Logan Ricket. The Mar. 17 performance is preceded at 6:30 p.m. by a "Cultural Conversation" ($10; reservations suggested) hosted by Performance Network artistic director Carla Milarch with the director, designers, and cast.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) 2 p.m. (Sun.), & 3 p.m. (Mar. 9 & 23 and Apr. 6), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (Feb. 21), $22 (Feb. 22, 24, & 28), and $30 (Feb. 12). Mar. 1 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After Mar. 1: $27 & $29 (Thurs.), $32 & $34 (Fri. & Sun.), $25 & $27 (Sat. matinee), $39 & $41 (Sat. eve.). $3 discount for seniors age 60 & over. Tickets available in advance at performancenetwork.org & by phone, and at the door. $10 student discount in advance, half-price student tickets at the door only. For reservations, call 663-0681; to charge by phone, call 663-0696. [map]
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 4:15 & 7:15 p.m. 

"Amour": Michigan Theater.

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(Michael Haneke, 2012). Drama set in Paris about 2 retired music teachers whose marriage is tested when the woman has an attack. French, subtitles.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: 10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7). 668-TIME. michtheater.org. [map]
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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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 7-10 p.m. 

International Folk Dancing.

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Balkan and Israeli dancing to live music by the Ethnic Connection.
7-10 p.m., the barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $10 (students, $5). 709-8748. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

U-M Men's Gymnastics vs. Oklahoma.

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7 p.m., Cliff Keen Arena, 616 E. Hoover. $3 (youths age 12 & under, $1; U-M students, free). 764-0247. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Franc D'Ambrosio: Tecumseh Center for the Arts.

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Franc D'Ambrosio's Hollywood: Songs from the Silver Screen
Star of stage and screen, the Award-Winning, best voice of Broadway returns to the TCA to share his vibrant voice. Featuring hit songs from Hollywood's finest movies and selections from Phantom of the Opera. A performance you'll never forget!
Tecumseh Center for the Arts, 400 N.Maumee St., Tecumseh. $26 (seniors & youth, $24). 517.423.6617. jgall@tecumseh.mi.us www.thetca.org [map]
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 8-11 p.m. 

2nd Saturday Contra Dance: Sharon Hollow String Band.

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Don Theyken calls contras to music by the Sharon Hollow String Band. Also, some waltz and swing. 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.), Saline. $10 (students, $5). 408-1829. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Edward the Second": New Theatre Project.

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Every Fri.-Sun. in March. Keith Paul Medelis directs this local company in the premiere of Jason Sebacher's adaptation of Edward II, Marlowe's tragic history play about a na´ve young king whose reign is sabotaged by his obsession with his banished lover.In this version, Edward is an incorrigible party boy, not ready for the call of adulthood, who crashes in his late father's basement with his disreputable boyfriend, pushing to the breaking point the patience of his ambitious wife. Stars John Denyer, Chris Jakob, Artun Kircali, and Andrew Papa. Adult language and themes; audience members under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
8 p.m., Mix Performance Space, 130 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. $15 (students & seniors, $10) in advance at thenewtheatreproject.org and at the door. Mar. 1-3 are pay-what-you-can previews. 645-9776. [map]
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 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

Rob Crozier & Friends: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth Cafe 704 Coffeehouse.

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Improvised world music with a mystical edge by this local ensemble led by bassist Crozier, who also plays banjo, percussion, and electronics. With flutist Kelly McDermott, trumpeter Mark Kirschenmann, and percussionists Michael G. Nastos and Will Osler.
8-10 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $8 ($15 for 2). 665-0409. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Wisaal & Sumkali: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Double bill. Wisaal performs contemporary fusion pieces and original compositions that combine traditional Arabic instruments, including percussion, bass, and oud--played by bandleader Igor Houwat--with Klezmer-influenced clarinet, American folk mandolin, and tabla. Sumkali, led by tabla player John Churchville, blends classical Indian music with jazz and funk idioms. The bands will perform separate sets followed by a joint improvisation.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $10-$25 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Alice in Wonder": Concordia University.

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Mar. 7-10. Concordia students perform EMU theater professor emerita Virginia Koste's 1976 adaptation of Lewis Carroll's Alice stories. Koste's script focuses on Alice as a wonderer, stretching her mind to meet the Cheshire Cat, the loud Duchess, the Twin Tweedles, and other characters of her own invention. Appropriate for kids and adults.
8 p.m. (Mar. 7-9) & 2:30 p.m. (Mar. 10), Concordia University Kreft Center Black Box Theater, 4090 Geddes at Earhart. $10 (students & seniors, $5). 995-4612. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Talk Radio": PTD Productions.

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Mar. 7-10 & 14-16. Joseph York directs local actors in Eric Bogosian's searing drama about a popular "shock jock" radio personality whose regular abuse of his listeners leads to tragic consequences. An examination of free speech, hypocrisy, and Americans' susceptibility to the cult of personality, the play was adapted into a film by Oliver Stone. Cast: Paddy Ash, Mark Batell, Joshua R. Brown, Nicholas Craig, Zach Damon, Debbie Ederer, Carl Ellison, Chris Gimm, Rick Katon, Elisha Kranz, Angelicia Morton, Dennis Platte, Bob Wittersheim, and Janet Rich.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Mar. 10), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (students & seniors, $12). in advance at showtix4u.com, and at the door. 483-7345. [map]
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 9 p.m.-midnight 

"Pirate Swing": Swing Ann Arbor.

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Mar. 8-10. 3 nights of swing dancing to live music by sought-after lindy hop pianist Gordon Webster and vocalist Naomi Uyama (Mar. 8 & 9) and to recorded music spun by a DJ (Mar. 10). For experienced swing dancers. Pirate costumes encouraged. Dances are preceded each day by swing workshops.
9 p.m.-midnight (Mar. 8 & 9) & 8 p.m.-late evening (Mar. 10); 4531 Concourse Dr. (Mar. 8), off S. State across from the airport; Michigan Union Ballroom (Mar. 9); Pittsfield Grange (Mar. 10), 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., just south of Oak Valley Dr. $25 (Mar. 8 & 9) & $3 suggested donation (Mar. 10). pirateswing.com. [map]
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