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Calendar of Events

Saturday, May 11, 2013






 
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 All day  Free! 

Annual International Migratory Bird Count: Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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All invited--from novices to experienced birders--to help take a census of birds in Washtenaw County. Part of a 24-hour worldwide snapshot of populations of resident and migrant birds. Similar in structure to the WAS Christmas Bird Count: groups of volunteers are assigned specific areas to count. Feeder watchers also invited.
All day. Free. To volunteer or for information, call Roger Wykes at 769-6482.
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 8am - 2pm 

Heirloom Plant Sale: Project Grow.

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Every year Project Grow holds a plant sale offering hard to find heirloom tomatoes, peppers and basil. This year we are offering 60 different tomatoes, 20 varieties of peppers and 5 different basil. The plants are grown organically in organic soil mix using only organic fertilizer. Whenever possible, the plants are grown from organically grown seeds saved by local gardeners. To see what is available, check our 2013 Catalog on the website at http://projectgrowgardens.org/uploads/media_items/2013-catalog.original.pdf
The People's Food Coop, 216 N. 4th Ave. Free admission. 7342234089. lucas@projectgrowgardens.org www.projectgrowgardens.org [map]
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 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Horse Shows: Hunter Jumper Association of Michigan.

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May 1-5, 8-12, & 15-19. English riding and jumping competitions at the state level. The shows culminate on May 19 with the exciting "Hunter Derby" finals (updated schedule at hjam.net). Spectators welcome to bring picnics.
8 a.m.-5 p.m., Waterloo Hunt Club, corner of Glenn at Katz (west off Mount Hope Rd. from I-94 exit 150), Grass Lake. Free. (561) 723-6287.
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 8 a.m.-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Spring Round-Up Horse Show": 4-H.

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Club members and other area riders demonstrate horsemanship, equitation, pleasure riding, and more. Concessions.
8 a.m.-about 7 p.m., Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Free. 997-1678. [map]
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 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

38th Annual Allbreed Cat Show: Anthony Wayne Cat Fanciers.

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Hundreds of beautiful cats, ranging from local house pets to exotic and rare purebreds representing over 25 breeds, compete for awards or regional and national points.
9 a.m.-5 p.m., U-M Sports Coliseum, Hill at Fifth Ave. Spectators $6 (students & seniors, $5; kids, $4; families, $15) at the door. 434-8588.
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

Goddess Flow: Yoga in Honor of the Divine Feminine: Hygeia Center for Healing Arts.

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Hygeia Center for Healing Arts invites you to honor your divine female energy in this vinyasa style yoga class that celebrates the Goddess within and around us. Each week, we will move through six posture flows accompanied by music dedicated to the Goddess. Posture flows will be repeated throughout the session so that each yogini can increase her awareness of breath, movement, and body thus moving deeper into her core essence which is divine in nature. Class is held in a warm, supportive environment with inspirational readings, meditation, relaxation and time for reflection incorporated. Some previous yoga experience is recommended. Come celebrate, share and delight in yourself and the Goddess through yoga!
Goddess Flow Yoga class meets on the second Saturday of the month from 9:00-10:15 am.
Class is limited to 10 participants. Please register to reserve your space.
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. 5th Ave. Free. 734-769-6100. welcome@hygeiacenter.org www.hygeiacenter.org [map]
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 9-10:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Nature Programs: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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May 5, 11, & 19. Hikes led by WCPRC naturalists. May 5 (8-10 a.m.): "Sunday Morning Bird Walk" (Leonard Preserve, meet at the dead end of Union St. north off Main west of M-52, Manchester). Bring binoculars and a field guide if you can. May 5 (1-4 p.m.): "Wildflowers or Bust!" (Sharon Mills Park, 5701 Sharon Hollow Rd. between Pleasant Lake & Sharon Valley rds., Manchester). Hike to the Nan Weston Preserve. Wear boots that can get wet and bring water and a snack. May 11 (9-10:30 a.m.): "Take a Child Birdwatching!" (County Farm Park, Platt Rd. entrance). Kids of all ages invited to learn about birds passing through Michigan. Bring binoculars if you can. May 11 (10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.): "Wildflowers along the Saline River" (Draper-Houston Meadows Preserve, Mooreville Rd., Milan. From US-23, exit Carpenter Rd., turn right on County St., continue onto Main which becomes Mooreville). Wear boots that can get wet. May 19 (2-4 p.m.): "Botany of Ladyslipper Fen" (Park Lyndon). Wear boots that can get wet.
Various times & locations. Free. 971-6337, ext. 334.
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 9-10 a.m.  Free! 

The Benefits of Aquatic Therapy: UMHS Housing Bureau for Seniors.

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Through the use of our salt-water pool, our aquatic therapy program utilizes activities that are tailored individually to enhance, restore, and maintain a person's functional abilities. Learn more about how aquatic therapy can benefit you.
- The 5 components of aquatic therapy
- The healing properties and advantages of aquatic therapy
- Unique traits about our program
- Who can benefit from this type of treatment
Speakers - Steve Hopkins and Annie Dust
Brecon Village, Evangelical Homes of Michigan, 200 Brecon Drive, Saline. Free. 734-998-9336. housingbureauseniors@med.umich.edu www.med.umich.edu/seniors [map]
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 9-11 a.m. 

"Go Go Geocaching Fun": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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All invited to use a LSNC handheld GPS unit to search for buried caches. The program begins with a short introductory instruction.
9-11 a.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. $6 (family, $21). 997-1533. [map]
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 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 

Antique Appraisal Clinic: Dexter Area Museum & Heritage Guild.

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The annual spring Antique Appraisal Clinic will be held Saturday, May 11th, 10 - 3:30 p.m. at the Dexter Area Museum, 3443 Inverness St., Dexter. The appraisers are from
DuMouchelles Art Gallery in Detroit and have knowledge covering many categories.
Admission is free. Appointments are 15-minutes for the verbal appraisal with an
asking donation of $7.00 per item appraised. Proceeds and donations benefit the
operation and preservation of the Dexter Area Museum. Due to stairs entering the
Museum, hand-carried items are best.
To schedule an appointment and for additional information, please call 734-424-9998.
The morning of Saturday, May 11th, please call the Museum: 734-426-2519.
The Museum website is: www.dextermuseum.org
Dexter Area Museum, 3443 Inverness Street, Dexter. Donation. Free Admission. 734-426-2519. www.dextermuseum.org [map]
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 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Dollhouse & Miniatures Show: Three Blind Mice.

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May 10 & 11. Show and sale of dollhouses and the miniature furniture, books, plants, and accessories used to decorate them.
4-8 p.m. (May 10) & 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (May 11), Holiday Inn, 3600 Plymouth Rd. $5 (kids ages 5-15, $2). (513) 861-0704. [map]
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

May Monthly Meetup at Crazy Wisdom "The Source": Michigan Meditation Meetup.

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Connect with your spirit through self-realization exercise. Easy steps and support for home practice. Bring a friend. RSVP at http://meetup.meditatewith.us/events/qjgwpfyrhbpb/
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore: Meeting Room, 114 S. Main St. Free. 734-363-8423. vic@meditatewith.us http://meetup.meditatewith.us [map]
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 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 

Plant Sales: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens Fundraiser.

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May 11, 12, 18, & 19. Two weekend plant sales, including a "Mother's Day Weekend Sale" (May 11 & 12) with container plants and hanging baskets and a "Kitchen Favorites Sale" (May 18 & 19) with herbs and hard-to-find heirloom vegetables. Also, herbal samples and recipes and info on worm castings and gardening with worms.
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free admission; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]
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 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Rhododendron Plant Sale: American Rhododendron Society.

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Sale of rhododendrons. Also, club members are on hand to give advice on growing rhododendrons and azaleas. New members receive a free rhododendron.
10 a.m.-2 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. $40 admission (members, free admission), includes an 18-month club membership. 276-7617. [map]
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 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"ScienceFest: Robotics": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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May 11 & 12. Hands-on activities for kids.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (May 11) & noon-4 p.m. (May 12), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

11th Annual Physics Olympiad: U-M Physics Department.

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Area high school teams battle in this fun, creative competition that involves a variety of physics contests, such as catapulting water balloons and making bridges out of pasta.
10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Randall (450 Church) & Dennison (500 Church). Free. graithel@umich.edu, kjojones@umich.edu.
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 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Smarter Home Seminar: Meadowlark Energy.

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Your home should be comfortable year-round, keep you supplied with high-quality air, and waste as little energy and water as possible. Attend this free, fun, and informative seminar to discover just how well your home is currently performing, and what you can do to make it even smarter. You'll learn:
Common home performance deficiencies and how they can contribute to your discomfort, high energy bills, and poor health.
Smart home upgrades - what people are doing right here in Southeast Michigan to make their homes smarter, safer, and more comfortable.
Taking the first step to living in a smarter home.
RSVP at 734-619-8024 or at
www.meadowlarkenergy.com/seminars
Register now - Space is limited.
Meadowlark Energy, 3250 W. Liberty Road. Free. 734-619-8024. info@meadowlarkenergy.com http://www.meadowlarkenergy.com/seminars [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.-3 p.m. 

Community Wide Bicycle Sale: Huron High School Band Fundraiser.

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Sale of donated bikes on May 11, 11-3:00pm, Huron High School Cafeteria. Proceeds benefit the Huron High School Band's upcoming trip to France. If you'd like to donate a bicycle, drop-off days are Monday, April 29 (3-5 p.m.), May 6 (5-7 p.m.), and May 8 (noon-2 p.m.) at the Huron High band wing. Your bicycle can be a donation or for consignment sale (30% donation). You may also bring in bikes for assessment by volunteers assisted by Common Cycle and AA Bicycle Touring Society. Map and more information is at http://huronbandfrancetrip2014.org/blog/styled-16/index.html
Huron High School Cafeteria, 2727 Fuller Rd. Free admission. a2bikesale@gmail.com http://huronbandfrancetrip2014.org/blog/styled-16/index.html [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Storytime: Literati Bookstore.

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Every Sat. All kids invited.
11 a.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [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! 

"Evolution of Whales": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute interactive demo exploring how whales have adapted to thrive underwater by comparing archaic to modern whales. 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 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Make Mom Special": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades K-5 invited to make a Mother's Day card and paper flowers. Supplies provided.
11 a.m.-noon, AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Teens DIY": Dexter District Library.

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All youth grades 5-12 invited to make crafts. Mar. 29: Egg decorating. Apr. 4: "Duct Tape Redux." Apr. 20: Repurposed pins. May 11: Mother's Day card and homemade hand scrub. June 8: Father's Day card and candy dish.
11 a.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [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. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows. The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. Sat. and 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an exploration of the current night sky. Cosmic Colors (Sat. 12:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual journey across the entire electromagnetic spectrum that explores the reasons for color, the nature of X-rays, and more. Stars to Starfish (Sat. & Sun. 2:30 p.m.) is an animated show that compares the exploration of the universe of outer space with the exploration of the Earth's oceans.
11:30 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m., Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
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 Noon-4 p.m.  Free! 

Horse Show: Great Escape Stables.

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Join us for a fun afternoon as our riders show off their skills at the walk, trot, canter & over jumps! Meet our trainer and see what it is like to spend some time at a horse show.
Great Escape Stables, 8250 S. Rushton Rd. Free. 248-361-7922. robyn@greatescapestables.com www,greatescapestables.com [map]
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 Noon 

U-M Baseball vs. Ohio State.

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May 9 & 11 (single games) & May 10 (doubleheader.)
6 p.m. (May 9), 2 p.m. (May 10), & noon (May 11), Ray Fisher Stadium. Tickets $7 & $8 (youth & seniors, $5; U-M students, faculty, & staff and kids under age 5, free). 764-0247.
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 Noon (dubbed) & 8:30 p.m. (subtitled) 

"From up on Poppy Hill": Michigan Theater.

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(Goro Miyazaki, 2011). Hand-drawn animated Japanese film about a group of teens who try to save their school's clubhouse from being demolished before the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
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). For complete, updated schedules, see michtheater.org or call 668-TIME. [map]
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 Noon-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Inside|Out Art Tours": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. through June 23. Docents lead 30-minute walking tours of public art, with special emphasis on the reproductions of famous artworks that have been temporarily installed by the Detroit Institute of Arts. See http://www.dia.org/assets/pdf/insideout/spring2013/AnnArbor.pdf for a map of all the installations in town.
Noon-2:30 p.m., begin at AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free. 995-5439. [map]
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 1-3 p.m. 

Bridge Defense Class Part III: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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This class is designed for beginners and low intermediate players who wish to improve their defensive play, learn advanced bidding conventions and do play practice with analysis. The class will run with lecture and discussion from the text for the first hour. Students will then shuffle, deal and play hands during the last hour. Hands will be analyzed after completion to review the bidding, play and defense. We will be working on chapters 8-9 in the text which may be purchased online or ordered from your local bookstore if you didn't take Part I or II. The conventions will be done by handout. Students must register in advance and pre-pay or pay at the first class for all 10 weeks. The class is not designed for drop-ins. It is highly recommended that students have some type of previous bidding class or experience. Text: Defense in the 21st Century by Audrey Grant. For more details, contact instructor Ray Gentz or the Senior Center office.
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Avenue. $100 AASC member; $120 non-member. 734.794.6250. [map]
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 1-4 p.m. 

Mother's Day: Mom and Me Tea: Ann Arbor Cooks!.

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*This class is for children 8 years and older
Celebrate Mother's Day this year by Cooking with Your Kids! Create a proper 'High Tea' menu with your little one as your partner. Walk away with bellies full of delicious food and hearts full of fun, love, and laughter! Full participation. Menu: Mini Blueberry Lemon Scones; Petite Spinach, Bacon, and Gouda Quiche; Open-Face Cucumber Sandwiches with Herbed Cream Cheese; Apricot Glazed Fresh Fruit Tartlets; and of course- an assortment of Kid-Friendly TeaHaus Teas. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $65/parent + 1 child; $85/parent + 2 children. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Interrupting Racism: Practicing the Skills of Creative Intervention": U-M Natural History Museum Understanding Race Project Community Conversation.

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All invited to join a discussion led by U-M Education School Study of Black Youth in Context research fellow Shalya Griffin and Allies for Change director Melanie Morrison.
1-4 p.m., Zing Train, 3728 Plaza Dr., off Ellsworth between Oak Valley & State. Free. Reservations requested. 764-0478. [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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 2-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Dance and Storytelling with the Ann Arbor Civic Ballet": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Young AACB dancers present a program interweaving stories and movement for kids in grades K-5.
2-2:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Spring Festival": Community Farm of Ann Arbor.

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A maypole dance, live music, fresh bread from the brick oven, and hay rides. Also, all invited to help spruce up the farm.
2-4 p.m., Community Farm of Ann Arbor, 1525 S. Fletcher (south off Dexter-Chelsea Rd.), Chelsea. Free. 433-0261. [map]
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 2, 6:45, & 9:45 p.m.( 3D) and 5 p.m. (2D) 

"The Great Gatsby": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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Screening of Baz Luhrmann's 2013 2D and 3D adaptations of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic novel. Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan. Joel Edgerton. Note: The May 10 6:45 screening is preceded at 6:15 by a performance by the Appleseed Collective, a popular young local acoustic quintet whose enchanting music is a flexible blend of lyric-based folk-rock with Dixieland, jug band, western Swing, bluegrass and gypsy jazz rhythms and harmonies, and the screening itself begins with a Betty Boop cartoon.
Various times, Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50). 3D screening tickets $13 (discounts available). 668-TIME. [map]
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 2-4 p.m. 

2014 Weekend Seminars (2-Day): Ema Stefanova, M.A. E-RYT500, Experienced Yoga Therapist.

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September 6-7 Safe and Healthful Yoga for Everyone
October 25-26 Deep Relaxation, Yoga Nidra and Meditation
Cost: $179 up to a week early/$199 after that
For best results attend both Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning through afternoon workshops and classes. However registering for one day is an option, as well. No drop-ins sorry. For details please, visit www.YogaAndMeditation.com. Yoga Teachers get continuing education credit for attending. Pre-registration with payment is required. All programs and practices are tailored to meet participants' needs, goals, abilities and level of understanding. Beginners through advanced practitioners are welcome.
AIKIDO studio, 1904 Federal Blvd. $59 (Sat.)/$135 (Sun). 734-665-7801. EmaStefanova@cs.com www.YogaAndMeditation.com [map]
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On May 9, 2013, Ema Stefanova wrote:
Ema Stefanova is one of the most highly and uniquely trained and experienced yoga and meditation teachers in the nation. Her gentle style comes from her living and training in the world-renowned holistic and therapeutic Satyananda Yoga lineage and a lifetime of teaching. Ema has taught yoga since 1979 to over a hundred thousand students of all ages, including patients and staff in hospitals, businesses, schools, universities and U.S. government agencies. Ema has also trained and mentored yoga teachers of all levels worldwide, authored teacher manuals, yoga and meditation CDs/DVDs, and articles. She has been a University of Michigan Integrative Medicine Referral Practitioner for many years.


 2:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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Every Sat., except May 18. Jugglers of all skill levels invited for informal practice. Indoor location TBA in case of inclement weather. On May 18, the club hosts a Juggling Arts Festival (see listing).
2:30-5 p.m., U-M Diag. Free. 761-1115.
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 3 p.m. 

Youth Orchestra Concert: Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts.

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Michael Hopkins and Jared Rawlings conduct this ensemble of young local musicians in a program highlighted by music from Lord of the Rings. Reception follows.
3 p.m., Michigan Theater. $5. 213-2000. [map]
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 3 & 8 p.m. 

"33 Variations": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Mar. 28-June 1. See review. Guy Sanville directs Moisés Kaufman's drama that shifts between Beethoven in 19th-century Austria, obsessing over a commission he can't complete, and a present-day musicologist who struggles to understand both her daughter and the mystery behind Beethoven's oft overlooked Diabelli Variations. Cast: Michelle Mountain, Melanie Reihing, Michael Brian Ogden, Richard McWilliams, David Bendena, Daniel Britt, Rhiannon Ragland.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed., Sat., & May 30), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Mar. 28-Apr. 4 previews: Tickets $22 (Wed. & Thurs.), $27 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $32 (Sat. eve.). After Apr. 4: Tickets $27 (Wed. & Thurs.), $37 (Fri. eves. & weekend matinees), & $42 (Sat. eves.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
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 3 & 8 p.m. 

"The Mountaintop": Performance Network Professional Season.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Apr. 25-June 2. Carla Milarch directs the Michigan premiere of Katori Hall's 2010 Olivier Award-winning drama, set in Martin Luther King's Memphis hotel on the eve of his assassination, about the relationship that develops between King and a talkative motel maid who shows up on his doorstep and begins to challenge the efficacy of his leadership. Stars Brian Marable and Carollette Phillips.

The May 19 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.

The June 2 performance is followed by a talk by veteran local storyteller LaRon Williams, a specialist in African and African American folktales, on how the play's complex characters and unusual plot devices affect the depiction of MLK's last night.

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7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.), & 3 p.m. (May 11 & 25), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (Apr. 25), $22 (Apr. 26 & 28 & May 2), and $30 (Apr. 27). May 3 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After May 3: $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 p.m.  Free! 

Treetown Community Chorus.

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David Perample directs this independent local mixed chorus in a varied program TBA. Piano accompanist is Corky Landes. Followed by a potluck.
4 p.m., Gladwin barn, 4105 W. Liberty. Free; donations accepted. 355-7738. [map]
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 4 p.m. 

U-M Baseball vs. Purdue.

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May 10 & 12 (single games) & May 11 (doubleheader.)
6 p.m. (May 10), 2 p.m. (May 11), & 1 p.m. (May 12), Alumni Field (behind Ray Fisher Stadium), S. State at Hoover. $4 (youths age 12 & under, $2; U-M students, free). 764-0247.
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 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Cultural Show: Children's Russian Club of Ann Arbor.

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Local Russian children present (in Russian) their original dramatization of La Perruche et le Poulet, Robert Thomas's play about a woman who discovers her employer's been murdered, and has just enough time to call the police before she faints. The body disappears before the police arrive. English synopses provided.
4:30 p.m., WCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Bldg. Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. 741-1953. [map]
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"May Madness": Michigan Argentine Tango Club.

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May 10-13. Four nights of tango dance parties. Preceded by tango workshops.
Time & location TBA. $15 (students, $10). umich.edu/~umtango.
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 6 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor Scottish Ball": Tartan and Thistle Scottish Country Dancers.

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Catered dinner and Scottish dancing to live music by a trio of local fiddler Susie Lorand, local pianist Debbie Jackson, and Philadelphia violinist Josh Burdick.
6 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $50. Reservations required. 769-1052, 426-0241. [map]
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 6:30 p.m. 

Hometown Concert: Fiddlers ReStrung.

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This year's headliner is award-winning fiddler Hanneke Cassel. The Boston Globe says "her musical ideas are savvy and sophisticated, but her throaty, gusting style is deeply banked in the Scottish and Cape Breton traditions." Opening act is the Fiddlers ReStrung, an ensemble of Saline High School fiddlers that performs American folk, bluegrass, and Celtic music.
6:30 p.m., Saline High School, 1300 Campus Pkwy., Saline. $15 (students & seniors, $10) at fiddlersrestrung.com. 429-8000, ext. 2338. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Alex Levine Quintet: Canterbury House.

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Guitarist Alex Levine-a recent U-M jazz studies grad-leads his quintet in jazz originals and standards. Members include saxophonists Marcus Elliot and Pat Booth, bassist Ben Ralston, and a drummer TBA.
7 p.m., Canterbury House, 721 E. Huron. $10 (students, $5). 764-3162. [map]
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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Evening Primrose Garden Club.

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.Discussions and activities.

Mar. 13 (6 p.m.): Discussion of summer gardening and garden tour plans.

Apr. 17 (7 p.m.): A trip to Hilltop Greenhouse (8896 W. Liberty, Ann Arbor), where Hilltop co-owner Denise Prielipp discusses her plants and soils and previews her open house in May.

May 8 (6 p.m.): "Planting around the Depot Gardens." All invited to bring gardening tools to help club members plant flowers around the Chelsea Depot. Followed by pizza and socializing.

May 11 (8 a.m.-5 p.m.): "Garage Sale." Club fundraiser. Drop off items to donate for the sale May 9, 5-7 p.m., or May 10, 3-7 p.m.

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7 p.m., Chelsea Depot (unless otherwise noted), 125 Jackson St., Chelsea. Free. 634-1954. [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. 

"A Midsummer Night's Dream": St. Augustine's Homeschool Enrichment Program Campion Players.

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May 10-12. Henry Russell directs a cast of area homeschooled teens in Shakespeare's delightful comic fantasy, set in an enchanted forest, about a jealous tiff between the king and queen of the fairies, and the mortals snared in their mischief.
7 p.m. (May 10 & 11) & 3 p.m. (May 12), Whitmore Lake High School, 8877 Whitmore Lake Rd. $5 (family, $20) in advance via email to campionplayers@gmail.com and at the door. 239-3476. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"Dance in the Mitten": People Dancing.

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May 10 & 11 (different programs). This local modern dance company presents a pair programs highlighted by 4 new works by its artistic director, Christina Sears-Etter. The duet Tarnish is an abstract exploration of superficial change set to Dave Brubeck's "Unsquare Dance" and John Zorn's "Lonely Woman," and Strive is a group work inspired by the biology of empathy that's set to Zorn's "Uzziel" and "Ahahaj." Latin Tap is a solo with a vibrant Latin aesthetic set to local musician Ken Kozora's live performance on bass of his "Latin Groove," and the group work Matrices features local guitarist and electronic musician Robert Spaulding Newcomb's live performance of his eponymous score. Also, works by 16 guest choreographers from around Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. For detailed nightly schedule, see mittendanceworks.com.
7:30 p.m., Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $17 (youth 12 & under, $12; both nights, $30) in advance at mittendanceworks.com and at the door. 368-7573. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"With a Hey and a Ho!": Vocal Arts Ensemble.

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Ben Cohen directs this local 24-voice chamber choir in songs inspired by Elizabethan writers from Shakespeare to Ben Jonson to John Dunne. The eclectic program includes Irving Fine's The Hour-Glass Suite as well as works by Vaughan Williams, Fanny Mendelssohn, Matthew Harris, and others.
7:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, 608 E. William. Tickets $20 (students & seniors, $15) in advance at vocalartsannarbor.org. 998-0115. [map]
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 7:45 p.m. 

Spring Swing: Back to the Roots.

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SPRING SWING
Ticketed Non-Profit Fundraising Event
Supporting Asha House, a Children's Rescue Center
New Projects in Haiti and Nicaragua
SATURDAY MAY 11th 7:45pm
Option 1:
Sam Genson Swing Ensemble/ Dancing
Swing Dance Lesson
with professional Cruise Dancer Jessica Campbell
Hors d'oeuvres
$15 ADVANCE/ $20 DOOR
Option 2:
Include a Three-Course Meal/Wine with Option 1
$30 / DOORS AT 6:45 PM
Alcoholic drinks available for purchase
Tickets available for purchase at Back to the Roots and Jets Pizza
Back to the Roots, 115 South Main Street, Chelsea. $15/ $30 with meal/wine. (734)475-2700. jessicalieghcampbell@gmail.com www.backtotheroots.org [map]
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 8-11 p.m. 

2nd Saturday Contra Dance.

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

2nd Saturday Contra Dance.

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

Ben Jansson: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Farewell concert by this talented Ann Arbor-bred jazz tenor saxophonist, who is soon moving to Japan. With pianist Glenn Tucker, bassist Paul Keller, drummer Pete Siers, and vocalist Sarah D'Angelo.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. 

Jackie Kashian: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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May 9-11. This veteran stand-up comic is a frequent performer on cable TV who has also had her own Comedy Central special. Her act blends storytelling with sharp commentary on a mix of momentous and trivial topics. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 314 E. Liberty (below Seva restaurant). $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $12 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Maria Bamford: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Highly regarded young comic who specializes in slapstick stories with an acerbic edge told in a deceptively soft, almost mousy voice that accentuates her rapid-fire mimicry of the characters in her stories. A frequent guest on cable and network TV, she's also been featured in several films. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m., 314 E. Liberty. $20 reserved seating in advance, $22 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

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

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An eclectic mix of musical styles by local vocalist Shekinah Errington with musicians from her various ensembles. Also, a local poetry-and-music ensemble featuring poet Hosain Mosavat.
8 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. Concert: $8 ($15 for 2). 665-0409. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"The Lion in Winter": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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May 9-12. Thom Johnson directs local actors in James Goldman's popular black comedy, a fictionalization of the historical strife between England's 12th-century King Henry II, his estranged wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and their three sons. Reunited for the Christmas holidays, Eleanor and Henry quarrel over who should be heir to the throne--Eleanor's choice is Richard (the Lionhearted), while Henry favors his weakling youngest, Jeffrey. The resentful middle son, Geoffrey, meanwhile plots revenge on the whole family. The play is unabashedly modern, viciously funny, and fraught with Freudian overtones; the dialogue is bitingly satirical, the plot an intricate chess game of strategy, countermoves, and intrigue.
8 p.m. (May 9-11) & 2 p.m. (May 12), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $22 (seniors age 60 & over, $20; students, $11; Thurs., $17) in advance at a2ct.org & by phone. 971-2228. [map]
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