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Calendar of Events

Saturday, May 18, 2013






 
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 7:30 a.m. 

Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Programs presented by Hudson Mills naturalist Mark Irish.

Apr. 27 (11 a.m.): "Live! Birds of Prey." Howell Nature Center representatives present a program on birds of prey that includes displays of live hawks, owls, falcons, and vultures. $5 (kids, $3).

May 12 (1 p.m.): "Mother's Day Wildflower Walk." A hike to look for spring wildflowers.

May 18 (7:30 a.m.): "Bird Hike." A hike to look for birds in a variety of habitats. Bring binoculars and a field guide.

June 22 (11 a.m.): "No Child Left Inside: Amazing Amphibians." Discussion and display of live specimens of frogs, toads, and salamanders, followed by a hike to a pond to look for amphibians in their natural habitat. Geared toward young audiences; parents welcome. $3 per child.

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Various times, park activity center (for fishing event, meet at the Rapids View Area), 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $3 (except as noted). Preregistration required. Moms free for Wildflower Walk. $5 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]
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 8 a.m.-10 p.m.  Free! 

29th Annual Ann Arbor Springtime Invitational Figure Skating Championship: Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club.

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May 16-19. More than 800 skaters ages 6 to adult compete in solo, pairs, couples, and ice dancing categories in this USFSA-sanctioned competition. Full schedule available at annarborfsc.com.
10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. (May 16), 8 a.m.-10 p.m. (May 17 & 18), & 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (May 19), Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley Dr. Free. 213-6768. [map]
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 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Antiques Market.

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Apr. 20 & 21 and May 18 & 19. Large show and sale of antiques in various styles from Americana to Art Deco. No reproductions are allowed, experts check every booth, and the items' authenticity is guaranteed. Deliveries available. Concessions. No pets.
8 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. $6 (children age 12 & under accompanied by an adult, free). (937) 875-0808 (before the show), 429-3145 (day of show). [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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 9 a.m. 

"Birth & the First Three Months: A Childbirth and Newborn Care Class": Hygeia Center for Healing Arts.

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In this highly rated childbirth and newborn class, you will learn:
*When to go to the hospital or call your midwife.
*What to do at home during early labor.
*How to help labor go well and decrease the necessity for C-section and other interventions, including tips for how to do this with or without an epidural.
*Many different techniques for coping with contractions.
*How to support and help laboring women.
*How to gather information from your doctor or midwife in order to make informed decisions about routine proceedures, interventions and pain control.
*Tips to prepare for and ease postpartum recovery.
*Women's health after birth.
*Early infant attachment.
* Understanding newborn cues and states of awareness; tips to reduce crying and better understand your baby.
Fee: $175.00.
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (there will be a 2 hour break for lunch)
Instructor: Deb Rhizal
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. 5th Ave. $175. 734-769-6100. welcome@hygeiacenter.org www.hygeiacenter.org [map]
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 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

29th Annual Ann Arbor Springtime Invitational Figure Skating Championship: Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club.

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May 16-19. More than 800 skaters ages 6 to adult compete in solo, pairs, couples, and ice dancing categories in this USFSA-sanctioned competition. Full schedule available at annarborfsc.com.
10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. (May 16), 8 a.m.-10 p.m. (May 17 & 18), & 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (May 19), Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley Dr. Free. 213-6768. [map]
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 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Annual Plant Sale: Dexter Garden Club.

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Members sell a wide variety of perennials from their gardens.
9 a.m.-2 p.m., Monument Park gazebo, downtown Dexter. Free admission. 424-2580.
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 9 a.m. 

Compassionate Touch Massage Workshop: Center for Compassionate Touch LLC.

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Hands-On Training For Massage Therapists, Eldercare or Hospice Professionals. Level One Workshop.
Please see website for detailed information and registration.
University Living Independent and Assisted Living, 2865 South Main Street. $450. 734-669-3030 ext. 233. mpawlak@univliving.com http://www.compassionate-touch.org/ [map]
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 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 

H2O Heroes Rain Barrel Sale: Huron River Watershed Council.

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The Huron River Watershed Council is offering rain barrels at a discounted rate! Save money now and later on your water bill!
Go on line to www.hrwc.org/rainbarrels for the promo code. Then shop for and order your barrel at www.greatlakesrainbarrel.com by May 13, 2013. Pick up is Saturday, May 18, 2013 9am-2pm at the Washtenaw County Road Commission
Washtenaw County Road Commission, 555 N. Zeeb Rd., Ann Arbor. $75 & $85.. 734-769-5123. hrwc.org [map]
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 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 

Victorian Society of Michigan.

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Social hour followed at 10 a.m. by a talk by retired Saline High School English and history teacher Susan Nenadic, who discusses her experience researching the women in A Purse of Her Own, her book about 19th-century working women. Followed by a tour of the U-M Bentley Historical Library, lunch at Argiero's, and a presentation on lithopanes by Dinnerware Museum founding director Margaret Carney. The day concludes at 4:30 p.m. with high tea at TeaHaus.
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Bentley Library, 1150 Beal. Cost TBA. 604-2467. [map]
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 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Isamu Noguchi and Qi Baishi: And Other Inspiring Encounters in and Beyond Modern Asian Art": UMMA.

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Daylong series of talks by visiting scholars on the current exhibit (see Galleries) that highlights the creative relationship between Japanese American sculptor Noguchi and Chinese ink painter Baishi.
9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. 

"34th Annual Walk & Wag & Run": Huron Valley Humane Society Benefit.

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About 300 local dogs usually attend this fundraising 1-mile walk and dog activity and game fest. Also, a 5-km run, a raffle ($1,000 first prize), kids' activities, giveaways, and more. Food available.
9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek Rd. between Merritt & Bemis rds., east of Carpenter, Ypsilanti. $50 minimum donation (or pledges) plus $35 (walk) or $50 (run) registration fee. Registration required at hshv.org. 662-5585. [map]
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 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Human Trafficking: Looking Beneath the Surface": First United Methodist Church Green Wood.

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Panel discussion with Ave Maria School of Law Community Development Law Clinic director Elizabeth Donovan as well as a law enforcement representative and a social worker TBA. Also, information about how to help fight human trafficking. Light lunch.
9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., FUMC Green Wood, 1001 Green Rd. Free. 662-4536. [map]
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 9:45 a.m. 

Nancy Prince: Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild.

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Talk by this award-winning Orlando quilt artist who is an expert on thread painting. Followed at 11 a.m. by a member show & tell.
9:45 a.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $10 (members, free). (248) 349-7322. [map]
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 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 

"The Divine Feminine: She Who Dwells Within": Center of Light.

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Many cultures and philosophies have embraced the divine feminine as part of their spiritual tradition. How is it that Christianity has not retained this aspect of the divine? What importance does it have in a balanced approach to spirituality and to God? Come and learn of the history of the divine feminine within Christianity and within you.
Center of Light, 200 Huronview Blvd. Donation. $40 (Lunch Included). 734-330-5048. revselena@centersoflight.org annarbor.centersoflight.org [map]
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 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Festival 2013: Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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Jugglers of all ability levels invited to join jugglers from around Michigan and beyond for free-form juggling and workshops. Events include games, open juggling, lessons, a sale of juggling items, and more. Note: Attendees age 17 & under must be accompanied by a parent.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wide World Sports Center, 2140 Oak Valley Dr. $2. (248) 990-8084. [map]
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 10 a.m.-10 p.m. 

BOOK-A-PALOOZA: THIRD ANNUAL USED BOOK SALE: Common Language Bookstore.

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Common Language, loved by Ann Arborites since 1991, is determined to survive and thrive in an era of frequent independent bookseller closures. Avid supporters have organized the third annual 3-day Book-A-Palooza.
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The Book-a-Palooza will be held May 17, 18, and 19 at Braun Court in Ann Arbor. Used books from good to like-new condition will be available. There will be 2 tents: LGBT Favorites and Best Bargains.
Hundreds of books have already been collected!
Common Language Bookstore, 317 Braun Ct across from the Farmers Market. Free admission. 734-663-0036. glbtstaff@gmail.com www.glbtbooks.com, https://www.facebook.com/events/510624195668309/ [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Grange Junior Makers: Pittsfield Grange.

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Kids, accompanied by an adult, invited to work on electronics, robotics, and woodworking projects TBA.
10 a.m.-noon, Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. Free. 926-5079. [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Grange Junior Makers: Pittsfield Grange.

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Kids, accompanied by an adult, invited to work on electronics, robotics, and woodworking projects. This month: a chance to make a miniature kayak to learn techniques required for building a full-size boat.
10 a.m.-noon, Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). Free. 926-5079. [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.-noon  Free! 

"A Strategic Hour: Understanding the Times in which We Live": Ann Arbor Aglow Lighthouse.

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Talk by club member Jennifer Kuehn. Preceded at 9:30 a.m. by continental breakfast. Aglow is an international Christian organization devoted to meeting people's spiritual needs.
10 a.m.-noon, 340 WCC Liberal Arts Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. 971-4545. [map]
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 10 a.m. and 1 & 4 p.m. 

"Anne of Green Gables": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Junior Theatre.

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Jacqueline Courteau directs young local actors in an outdoor production of her theatrical adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery's beloved 1908 novel about a spirited, redheaded orphan who gets adopted by a middle-age brother and sister living on a farm on Prince Edward Island.
10 a.m. (May 18) & 1 & 4 p.m. (May 18 & 19), U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Tickets $8 (kids, $5). 971-2228. [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon 

"How Does Your Garden Grow?": U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

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All kids, accompanied by a parent, invited to learn how to make a vegetable garden. Also, a chance to decorate a small pot and transfer seedlings to take home.
10 a.m.-noon, Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. $8. Preregistration recommended. 647-7600. [map]
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Larry Martin: WWII in Their Own Words": Dexter District Library.

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Oral historian Larry Martin presents his two-part taped interview with WWII veteran and Bataan Death March survivor Eugene Bleil. Followed by a Q&A with Martin. Also, a display of WWII photos, letters, and weapons. May 18: Bleil's experiences beginning with the attack on Pearl Harbor through the end of the April 1942 death march. June 8: Bleil's three years as a POW in the Philippines and Japan.
10 a.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]
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 10 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Picnic Pops": Pioneer High School.

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An all-day outdoor musical bonanza of performances by local middle and high school bands and orchestras. Games, an obstacle course, and prizes. Hot dogs, pizza, and ice cream available. Rain or shine (it's under a big tent).
10 a.m.-6 p.m., PHS, 601 W. Stadium at S. Main. Free admission. 996-3210. [map]
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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.-12:30 p.m. 

Playgroup: Manzanitas Spanish Immersion Preschool.

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May 4 & 18. Stories and songs geared toward kids ages 6 months-5 years, accompanied by a parent. Siblings welcome.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Manzanitas, 511 Miller. $2 suggested donation per child ($5 per family). (Park in the church lot off Chapin.) 369-6563. [map]
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 11 a.m.-2 p.m.  Free! 

2013 German-American Gaming League International Championship: Ann Arbor District Library.

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A series of videogame contests between 3 top local gamers in grades 6-12 with 3 winners of German Library Gaming League.
11 a.m-2 p.m., AADL 4th-floor meeting room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [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 with Curious George: Nicola's Books.

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Every Sat. An experienced storyteller spins yarns for kids age 7 & under. Today only, storytime is followed by an appearance by Curious George.
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. 

"The Verve Pipe Kids Show": The Ark.

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Family concert by this veteran dance-rock band, led by West Michigan singer-songwriter Brian Vander Ark, that recently released its debut family album, the helpfully titled A Family Album, which features energetic guitar-based tunes on such topics as breakfast cereal and getting up in the morning.
11 a.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $10 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Storytime at the Museum": UMMA.

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U-M student docents read stories related to the art on display. Followed by an art activity. For kids ages 4-7 accompanied by a parent. Siblings welcome.
11:15 a.m., UMMA (meet at the information desk), 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [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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 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Made in Michigan Writers Mad Lib Poetry Workshop": Ann Arbor District Library.

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See review. All adults and youth in grade 4 & up invited to work with a group of WSU Press poets to create finished poems by incorporating randomly generated elements into partially written works. Also, the WSU poets--Jack Ridl, Chris Dombrowski, M.L. Liebler, Keith Taylor, and francine j. harris-read from their own work. Also 826michigan student poets ages 6-18 read their work.
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 Noon-2 p.m. 

Beer Tasting and Silent Auction Fundraiser: Team Tour de Wishes/Arbor Brewing Company.

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A chance to sample 7-12 locally brewed beers, with an appetizer buffet. Silent auction. A fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Michigan.
Noon-2 p.m., Arbor Brewing Company, 114 E. Washington. Tickets $35 in advance only by May 11. 930-6935. [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 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Sun. & Tues.-Fri. All invited to compete in tournaments of this popular collectible card game using standard constructed (Fri.), modern constructed (Thurs.), Elder Dragon Highlander (Tues.), Legacy (Wed.), and booster draft (Sun.) decks. Prizes. Bring your own cards (except Sun.).
6 p.m. (Tues.-Fri.) & 1 p.m. (Sun.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (Tues., free; Sun., $15 includes cards). 786-3746. [map]
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 1 & 3 p.m. 

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

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May 4, 5, 18, & 19. Museum staff give family-friendly science demos. May 4 & 5: "Mind Over Matter" includes experiments with extreme states of solids, liquids, and gases. May 18 & 19: "Good Vibes" features sound experiments, including the chance to see a flame extinguished by sound.
1 & 3 p.m., AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
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 2-3:30 p.m. 

The Nature of Sand Art: FLY Children's Art Center.

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Join guest teacher Lisa Johnson of Anchors Unlimited Science Fun to explore creating art using sand! Students will learn the history of traditional sand painting, and will explore various ways of creating art using colored sand in this fun class. Register at flyartcenter.org to secure your space!
Fly Children's Art Center Studio, 40 N. Huron Street, Ypsilanti. Donation. $5. info@flyartcenter.org flyartcenter.org [map]
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 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

Pittsfield Open Band: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. Bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book, if you have them.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. Free. 994-9307. [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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 4 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Grail Singers.

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Carmen Cavallaro directs this 16-member women's early-music choir in a program that illustrates the evolution of sacred music from 1150 to the present, including the 12th-century St. James Mass-first recorded example of 3-part polyphony-a rarely-heard Renaissance work by Francisco de Montanos, Pergolesi's moving "Stabat Mater," various Baroque and classical works, and modern works, such as Cavallaro's motet based on the Alma Redemptoris Mater chant. Accompanists are chamber organist Anne Crawford and viola da gambist Janet Cannon.
4 p.m., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division. $15 (seniors, $12; students, $5). AcademyofEarlyMusic.org, 662-0631.
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 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Oboe Studio Recital: Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts.

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Performances by oboe students of Kaycee Ware-Thomas.
5:30 p.m., AASPA, 637 S. Main. Free. 213-2000. [map]
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 6 p.m. 

Bid to Build our Community with Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley at Ross School of Business!: Habitat for Humanity.

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Live Music, Good Food, Great Cause!
The energy is building at the beautiful Ross School of Business.
Join us for an evening filled with amazing auction packages, fine arts, travel, sports and more!
Enjoy great food and great fun while mingling with local supporters…all while raising money for Habitat for Humanity!
May 18th, 6:00 - 8:30 pm
Ross School of Business
Tickets on sale now! $50 each ($35 tax deductible)
Free Parking at the Hill Structure
More information and to purchase tickets:
www.h4h.org
734-677-1558
Ross School of Business, 701 Tappan Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. $50. 734-677-1558. carmen@h4h.org www.h4h.org [map]
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 6-11 p.m. 

May Dinner/Dance: Greater Beneficial Union.

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Chicken cordon bleu, German potato salad, green beans, tossed salad, bread and butter, and homemade cakes. Coffee, beer, wine, and pop. Followed by dancing to German music by the Rheinlanders. Pretzels are served late in the evening. Raffles and crowning of a "May Queen."
6-11 p.m., Grotto Club, 2070 W. Stadium. $25. Reservations required by May 16. 913-9371, 954-0057. [map]
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 6 p.m.  Free! 

Mitch O'Connell Book Signing: Vault of Midnight.

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This Chicago-based Ann Arbor-bred illustrator is on hand to sign his works. Also, burlesque performances by Dolly Dagger and Gala Delish, a display of O'Connell's artwork, giveaways, and more. Age 21 & older only.
6 p.m., Vault of Midnight, 219 S. Main. Free. 998-1413. [map]
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 6-8:30 p.m. 

"Bid to Build": Habitat for Humanity Annual Fundraiser.

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Families who have been helped by Habitat tell their stories. Also, live music by young Detroit singer-songwriter Olivia Millerschin, live and silent auctions, and hors d'oeuvres. Emcee is 107.1 DJ John Bommarito.
6-8:30 p.m., U-M Ross Business School, 701 Tappan. Tickets $50 in advance at h4h.org. 677-1558. [map]
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 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Dvhani: Sound".

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Indian tabla player (and U-M visiting scholar) Nawal Singh is joined by local Odissi-style Indian classical dancer Sreyashi Dey, Hindustani classical vocalist Vineet Kshirsagar, and Rabindra Sangeet (Tagore songs) singer Mousumi Banerjee in a program of dance and music that blends various Indian styles.
6-8 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. sreyashi@umich.edu. [map]
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 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Folk-Song-Jam-Along.

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All invited to join a fun, recreational sing-along of folk/pop songs, chants, rounds and more, led by Lori Fithian and Jean Chorazyczewski. Since it's just past Pete Seeger's 94th birthday, we'll sing a bunch of his favorite stuff! Bring your instruments if you'd like to jam along - we put the chords and lyrics up on a screen for everyone to see.
Held at the First Unitarian-Universalist Church, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. For info: Lori 734-426-7818.. lorifithian@mac.com [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Student Productions: Pioneer High School Theater Guild.

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May 17 & 18. Pioneer High School students who have worked with award-winning local playwright Joe Zettelmaier perform several of their original short plays.
7:30 p.m., Pioneer High School Little Theater, 601 W. Stadium at Main. $7. 994-2120. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"25th Annual Spring Concert": Measure for Measure.

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Pioneer High School vocal music director Steve Lorenz conducts this lively 90-member local men's chorus in an eclectic program TBA.
7:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $15 in advance at measure4measure.org and at the door. 649-7664. [map]
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 8-11 p.m. 

3rd Saturday Contra Dance: Pittsfield Union Grange.

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Contras to live music. No partner needed; beginners welcome. Bring flat, smooth-sole shoes. Preceded by a lesson at 7:30 p.m. Mar. 16: Martha Vander Kolk and Robin Warner call to music by Picks and Sticks. Apr. 20: Peter Baker and Mark Hillegonds call to music by the Pittsfield Open Band. May 18: Gaye Fifer calls to music by Alex Belhaj, Brad Battey, Debbie Jackson, and Susie Lorand. Preceded by an advanced contra dance (3-6 p.m.) and potluck.
8 p.m.-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. $10 (members, $7; students, $5). 426-0241. [map]
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 8 p.m.-11 p.m. 

3rd Saturday Contra Dance: Pittsfield Union Grange.

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A graduation celebration dance with Pittsburgh caller Gaye Fifer and live music by Debbie Jackson, Susie Lorand, Brad Battey, and Alex Belhaj. No partner needed; beginners welcome. Bring flat, smooth-sole shoes. Lesson begins at 7:30 p.m. Preceded from 3-6 p.m. by an advanced contra dance followed by a potluck (bring a dish to pass).
8 p.m.-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). $10 per dance ($15 for both afternoon & evening dances). 756-8441. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Pierrot Lunaire & L'histoire du Soldat: Kerrytown Concert House.

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See review. Local musicians perform these two 20th century chamber masterpieces. Arnold Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, an atonal song setting of 21 poems by Albert Giraud, stars the hero-fool Pierrot, portrayed by soprano Jennifer Goltz-Taylor. Mezzo-soprano Deanna Relyea sings Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat, a challenging, expressionistic musical version of a Faustian Russian folktale. With pianist Kathryn Goodson, cellist Andrea Yun, violinist/violist David Ormai, flutist Erica Boysen, violinist Gabe Bolkosky, trombonist Michael Steiger, trumpeter Ben Thauland, bassoonist Jeff Lyman, bassist Cody Takacs, clarinetist Gregory Oakes, and percussionist Matthew Geiger.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Crystal Moon Cone: Canterbury House.

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This trio of New York-based musicians Chris Peck and Jon Moniaci and U-M music professor Stephen Rush performs on laptops, guitars, accordions, balloons, organs, pianos, and children's toys.
8 p.m., Canterbury House, 721 E. Huron. $10 (students, $5). 764-3162. [map]
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 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. 

Dave Landau: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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May 17 & 18. Young Detroit stand-up comic with a laid-back performing style who's known for smart, edgy observational humor that's often spiked with improvised riffs. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. & 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.-midnight 

"Milonga Picante": U-M Michigan Argentine Tango Club.

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Tango dancing to music spun by a DJ. Note: People not affiliated with the U-M must arrive before 9 p.m.
8 p.m.-midnight, Michigan Union Anderson Room. $10 (members, $5). umich.edu/~umtango. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Ragtime": Ann Arbor in Concert.

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This new local theater company performs a concert version of Terrence McNally, Stephen Flaherty, and Lynn Ahrens' celebrated 1998 musical adaptation of E. L. Doctorow's historical fantasy, a portrait of early 20th-century America, set mostly in NYC, through the lives of a Harlem musician, a WASP matriarch, and a Latvian Jewish immigrant. The score includes marches, cakewalks, gospel, and ragtime.
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. $25 (students with ID & seniors, $15; VIP seats, $50) in advance at a2ic.org. 786-3868. [map]
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 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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 8 p.m. 

"Unframed": Michigan Dance Project.

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May 17 & 18. This Brighton-based group of professional dancers perform their contemporary, jazz, and hip-hop works.
8 p.m., Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $10 in advance at michigandanceproject.com; $15 at the door. (810) 229-5678. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Viva Verdi!": Arbor Opera Theater.

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Arbor Opera workshop participants perform a tribute to Verdi.
8 p.m., Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1500 Scio Church Rd. Free. 332-9063. [map]
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