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Calendar of Events

Thursday, June 13, 2013

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Mothers Group: Lamaze Family Center of Ann Arbor.

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For babies born March-May 2013
Meet other new moms and get support and advice after your baby is born. In addition to a weekly topic and circle time, you'll learn songs, simple baby games, and basic infant movement. This series begins each session with group discussion on topics such as getting your baby to sleep, life with a newborn, how to survive the challenges of being a mom, places to go around town with your baby, changes to your relationships, and then later, introducing solids and more. Many mothers find support and friendship here and continue these relationships outside of group time, as well. Moms are encouraged to feed their baby during group, and all you need to bring is a blanket for your baby to lay on.
You can join the group at any time if the session has already begun, and if you are heading back to work, we can prorate the group so you can attend as many sessions as your schedule allows.
Lamaze Family Center, 2855 Boardwalk. $96. 734-973-1014. [map]
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"Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's".

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(Matthew Miele, 2013). Documentary about the Manhattan department store.
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. [map]
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"The Reluctant Fundamentalist": Michigan Theater.

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(Mira Nair, 2012). Thriller about a Pakistani Wall Street up-and-comer who finds himself conflicted between his pursuit of the American dream, a hostage crisis, and his homeland. Kate Hudson, Liev Schreiber, Kiefer Sutherland.
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. [map]
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 8:30-10:30 a.m. 

Key Emerging Trends That Are Shaping The Nonprofit World: Implications For Nonprofit Leaders.

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This session has been a hit with audiences! In this workshop participants will review key trends that board members need to know, including changes in the national nonprofit landscape, the latest trends on giving, and how to capitalize on internet trends. Additionally, this workshop will cover best practices for boards in the areas of board roles, structure, operations, policies, diversity and inclusion, and recruitment. This session is fun, informational and great for both nonprofit executives and board members.
NEW Center, 1100 North Main Street. $50. (734)988-0160. [map]
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 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

Storytime: Chelsea District Library.

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CDL youth librarians read stories, sing funny songs, and make it all come alive with puppets, fingerplays, and movement. Each week features a different theme. For toddlers ages 2 & 3 accompanied by a parent.

June 13: "Duplos."

June 20: "Circus Fun."

July 11: "Fairy Tales." Kids invited to dress up as their favorite fairy.

July 18: "Superhero."

10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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 11-11:45 a.m.  Free! 

Signing Smart baby sign language: The Little Seedling.

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Join us to sign, sing, and play, and help your child to communicate frustration-free! Certified instructor Kathy Brady of Signing Smart will teach you how to sprinkle family-friendly American Sign Language signs into songs and activities with your little one. Bring your infant or toddler (6 months-2 years) and learn how to start signing with your hearing child in a way that's easy, fun, and successful!
The Little Seedling, 355 S. Zeeb Road, Suite C. Free. (734) 389-3459. [map]
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 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art: U-M Hospitals.

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June 6: Electric blues by the Bluescasters. June 13: "Shakespeare in the Courtyard" by Shakespeare in the Arb players. June 20: High-energy fiddling, singing, and dancing by the Saline Fiddlers. June 27: U-M Kappa Kappa Psi/Tau Beta Sigma a cappella ensemble and Kappa Kappa Psi band.
12:10 p.m., U-M Hospital Courtyard, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]
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 2-7 p.m. 

Pittsfield Farmers Market: Pittsfield Township.

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Pittsfield Township Farmers Market opens on June 13th (2:00 - 7:00) and is located at the Township Hall (corner of Platt and Michigan, with East-West access from Bemis).

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Events include:
June 13th - Make a kite to fly with your Dad and musical entertainer Kevin DeVine.
June 20th - Pittsfield Fire Safety, including fireworks safety.
June 27th - Healthy Cooking Demonstration
No Market on July 4th
July 11th - Pittsfield DPS Bike Safety
July 18th - Ann Arbor District Library Story Time
July 25th - Pittsfield Parks and Rec "Fun with Beans" and musical entertainer Kevin Devine.
August 1st - Saline Fiddlers.
August 8th - Pittsfield Park and Rec Scavenger Hunt.
August 15th - Saline District Library Story Time
Pittsfield Township Hall, 6201 W. Michigan Avenue. Free admission. 734-822-3135. www.pittsfield-mi-gov [map]
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 3-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Arrows Away": Waterloo Recreation Area.

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Every Thurs. & Sat. through Aug. 23. WRA park interpreter Katie McGlashen helps adults and kids age 8 & up learn to target shoot with a bow & arrow. Equipment provided.
3-4:30 p.m. (Thurs.), Eddy Discovery Center lower parking lot, Bush Rd. (west off Pierce Rd. from I-94 exit 157), and 6-7:30 p.m. (Sat.), Portage Lake Day Use Area, Seymour Rd. north off Mt. Hope Rd. (north from I-94 exit 150), Chelsea. Free. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee.
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 5-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Free HIV Testing: S3 Safe Sex Store and HIV/AIDS Resource Center.

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Free HIV testing is available at S3 Safe Sex Store every Thursday until 8:00 p.m.
Testing is performed by HARC staff.
Walk-ins welcome, or call to schedule an appointment. Test takes approximately 20 minutes.
S3 Safe Sex Store, 1209 South University. Free. 734-741-1434. [map]
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 6:30-10 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks: Date Night! All American Diner.

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Back by popular demand! Bring your special someone and have some fun in the kitchen cooking up this fun AMERICAN DINER menu! And please feel free to bring a bottle of wine to enjoy with your meal. Full participation. Menu: Cobb Salad with Grilled Chicken, Bacon, Gorgonzola, Hard-Boiled Egg, Avocado, Fresh Tomato & Homemade Buttermilk Ranch; Grilled Patty Melt with Grilled Rye, Melty Gruyere & Caramelized Onions; Hand-cut French Fries served with Homemade Ketchup; Last, but not least, a Build-Your-Own Sundae Bar (homemade everything of course - vanilla bean ice cream, hot fudge & caramel sauce, toffee pieces and macerated fruit!) to please the kid in you! Register online 48 hours in advance at *SPECIAL JUNE PRICING*
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $120/pair. 734-645-1030. [map]
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 6:30 p.m. 

"Much Ado about Nothing": U-M Residential College/Nichols Arboretum.

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June 6-9, 13-16, & 20-23. U-M Residential College drama lecturer Kate Mendeloff directs students and local actors in an alfresco production of Shakespeare's sharp-tongued comedy that begins in the prairie and moves across the Arb to conclude in the peony garden. The high-spirited plot involves 2 pairs of young lovers. One couple, both disdainful of love, are tricked into acknowledging each other, while the other couple's love is nearly ruined by a deception that, abetted by the paranoia of returning military heroes, leads to trumped-up charges of infidelity. The play is best known for its charged sexual banter and for the penetrating wit and often dark cast of its humor. The action moves from spot to spot within the Arb, and director Mendeloff takes special care to make the shifting environments an active force in the performance. Bring a blanket or portable chair to sit on; dress for the weather. Note: Space limited; come early. Tickets go on sale at 5:30 p.m., but the line for tickets starts forming at 4:30 p.m.
. 6:30 p.m., meet at the Peony Garden entrance at 1610 Washington Heights. $20 (students with ID & youth age 18 & under, $10; seniors age 62 & older, $17; Friends of Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum, $15; kids under age 5, free) at the gate only. Limited number of golf carts available; first come, first served. 647-7600.
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 7 p.m. 

ACBL Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.

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Every Thurs. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. No partner required.
7 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $5. 761-6691. [map]
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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Summer Music Series": Saline Main Street.

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Every Thurs. except July 4, through Aug. 22 Downtown concerts by area bands. June 6: Beatles tribute band Toppermost. June 13: Bluegrass and high-energy American folk student fiddle ensemble the Saline Fiddlers. June 20: Detroit acoustic country-pop singer-songwriter Kari Holmes. June 27: the Saline Big Band. July 11: the Manchester Cajun & Creole quintet Creole du Nord. July 18: Tim McGraw tribute artist Allen as Tim. July 25: William Shadrick & the Modern Day Drifters. Howell country quartet led by singer-songwriter Shadrick, whose influences range from Hank Williams and Merle Haggard to Brad Paisley and Alan Jackson. Aug. 1: Detroit Elvis impersonator Greg Jaqua. Aug. 15: Area bluegrass-based quartet Bill Bynum & Co. Aug. 22: the young Saline fiddle ensemble the Fiddlers ReStrung.

7-9 p.m., downtown Saline. Free. 429-4907.
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Take a Hike!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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A city natural area preservation staff naturalist leads a hike through the Mary Beth Doyle Nature Area to look for and discuss its native plants and learn about restoration efforts that have taken place in it.
7-8:30 p.m., meet in the parking lot off Packard between Stone School and Platt. Free. 327-8301.
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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Townie Trivia": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to test their knowledge of all things Ann Arbor, with questions about everything from old theaters and record shops to once famous local figures based on information based on the AADL archive of old local newspapers. Show up with a team of 4-5 players or join a team at the event. Prizes.
7-9 p.m., Live, 102 S. First. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

AHA - Raspberry Pi Meetup!: All Hands Active.

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Second Thursday Build Nights have a special emphasis involving the Raspberry Pi! Bring one if you have one, or try out one of ours!
Makers gather here at the AHA! Shop. We take our world and play with it like legos. Mixing and matching recipes of life like a top chef with a picky client. A dash of electronics, a pinch of art, a scoop of biology and a MONSTER amount of awesome.
Have a project? Bring it down! We can provide:
- Basic Hand Tools (Screwdrivers, hammers, files, wrenches, scissors, knives)
- Safety Equipment (Goggles, Gloves, Masks)
- Power Tools* (Drill, Reciprocating Saw, Dremel, Drill Press, Lathe)
- XYZ Tools** (3D Printer, Laser Cutter, CNC Mill)
- Awesome (Sewing Machines, Needles, Thread, Glue Guns)
- And a whole lot more.
Don't have a project? Come down and WATCH AMAZING THINGS HAPPEN. You'll learn something, and maybe help someone else out!
All Hands Active, 525 E. Liberty St. Free. Donation. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Summer Gazebo Concerts: Village of Manchester.

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Area musicians perform a series of outdoor concerts in Manchester's downtown gazebo. Bring picnics, chairs, and blankets. Rain or shine.

June 13: Family-friendly concert by Pinckney musician Guy Louis.

June 20: Moxie Strings. Local Celtic and Americana fiddle/cello duo.

June 27: Sister Wilene. Michigan old-time country quintet.

July 11: Patriotic marches and swing by the Manchester Brass Band.

July 25: Los Gatos. Local Latin jazz band led by drummer Pete Siers that specializes in the music of Cal Tjader, the late San Francisco vibes player who ignited the 1950s mambo craze.

Aug. 1: The Raisin Pickers. Veteran Manchester-based string ensemble that plays old-time jug band dance music, western swing, and newgrass.

Aug. 8: The Billy King Band. Local blues-flavored rock 'n' roll band led by singer-songwriter-guitarist King.

7:30 p.m., Wurster Park gazebo (Main St. just west of M-52), Manchester. Rain location: Emanuel Church hall, 324 W. Main, Manchester. Free; donations appreciated. 428-0159.
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 7:30 p.m. 

"A Midsummer Night's Dream": Rudolf Steiner High School of Ann Arbor.

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June 13 & 14. Rudolf Steiner seniors present Shakespeare's delightful comic fantasia, set in an enchanted forest, about a jealous tiff between the king and queen of the fairies, and the more or less unfortunate mortals ensnared in their mischief.
7:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner High School, 2230 Pontiac Trail. $5 (students, $3; family, $12). 669-9394. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"The Marriage of Figaro": Arbor Opera Theater.

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June 13-16. This polished local opera company performs Mozart's popular comic opera noted for its stirring, lovely melodies. Bored by his wife, Count Almaviva eyes her maid Susanna, who is engaged to his valet Figaro. When the count decides to exercise his feudal rights, Figaro, Susanna, and others are thrown into frenzied attempts to thwart his lecherous scheme. Italian, supertitles.
7:30 p.m. (June 13-15) & 2 p.m. (June 16), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $22-$50 (students & seniors, $15) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and Tickets: 763-8587. Info: 332-9063. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Landlocked": Carriage House Theatre.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., May 30-June 15. Emily Caffery directs local actors in the Midwest premiere of Cusi Cram's poignant comedy about a Swiss collage artist who starts dating an American trash collector and begins a correspondence with a Bolivian man she meets at a gallery opening where he notices his dentures are a part of one of her pieces.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Carriage House Theatre, 541 Third St. $10 suggested donation. 546-6441. [map]
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 8-9:30 p.m. 

"SKETCH": Kip Barry's Performing Arts Center.

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Every Thurs. Sketch comedy by U-M students.
8-9:30 p.m., Kip Barry's Performing Arts Center, 325 Braun Ct. Cost TBA. 769-2787. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"The Sunshine Boys": PTD Productions.

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June 13-16 & 20-22. Carl Ellison directs local actors in Neil Simon's poignant 1972 comedy about an aging vaudeville team who grudgingly reunite to do a TV special. New York Times critic Ben Brantley says it "celebrates the clown's classic gift for turning anger into art." Stars Dennis Platte and Rick Katon.
8 p.m. (except June 16, 2 p.m.), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (students & seniors, $12) in advance at & by phone, and at the door. 483-7345. [map]
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