Every Tues. & Sat. through Aug. 24. Indoor and outdoor activities--including bubbles, a garden, a tire mountain and slide, art, music, a mudpie kitchen, sand pit, animals, and more--and refreshments for toddlers and preschool-aged kids, accompanied by an adult. Siblings and friends welcome.
10:30 a.m.-noon, Acorn Glen Cooperative Preschool, 1547 Miller. Free. 585-5555. [map]
Library staff read stories for kids age 2 & up accompanied by a caregiver. Topics include "How Does Your Garden Grow?" (July 2), "Shiver Me Timbers!" (July 9), "Dinosaur Dig" (July 16), "Dirt Movers" (July 23), and "Tunnels, Burrows, & More" (July 30).
11 a.m. and 2 & 6:30 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]
For kids in grades 5-12. July 2: "Sharpie Tie-Dye." Bring a pre-washed white T-shirt. July 5: Bookmarks using charms, ribbon, and other materials. July 9: "Ninja Crafts & More." A chance to make ninja key chains and sleep masks while watching episodes of the anime series Ranma ½. Best ninja costume wins a gift card. Candy sushi & other snacks. July 15 (1-2 p.m.): "Grass and Dirt: It's Not Just to Walk on!" A chance to make a chia grass head to take home. "Dirt" parfaits.
11 a.m. (except July 15, 1 p.m.), DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]
Daily (except July 4), June 30-Aug. 31. Various different audiovisual planetarium shows.
The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. and 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. Sat., 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. Sun., and 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.) is an exploration of the current night sky.
Larry Cat in Space ((12:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.) is a playful cartoon about an inquisitive cat that learns more than it wanted to know about life in space when it stows away on a shuttle to be with its owner, a scientist on her way to the Moon.
Stars to Starfish ((12:30 p.m. Sat.) is an animated show that compares the exploration of outer space with the exploration of the Earth's oceans.
Light Years from Andromeda (2:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.) is an audiovisual show narrated by Star Trek actor Michael Dorn that shows the changes that occurred on Earth during the 2.8 million years it took a light beam to travel from Andromeda.
Hubble Vision (2:30 p.m. Sat.) is an audiovisual show about the discoveries made by the Hubble Space Telescope.
Various times, Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
Every Tues. All seniors invited to chat (in Spanish) and make friends with other Spanish-speaking seniors. Lunch available at 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. ($5.50; age 60 & over, $3; reservations required).
1-2 p.m., Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. Free. 794-6250. [map]
Learn to massage your baby with infant massage! Infant massage is a great way for you to spend some quality time bonding with your baby and learning your baby's cues. Infant massage is a valuable bonding tool for both mom and dad and is beneficial for both parent and baby. Such benefits can include:
>Parent-child bonding and attachment.
>Learning to communicate with your
>Improved sleep patterns
>Development of neural connections.
>Improved circulation, respiration and digestion.
>Relief from gas, constipation and colic.
>Assist mothers experiencing postpartum depression work through the depression
Infant massage is ideal for infants who are not yet mobile, typically newborn up to 6 months. At 6 months, most infants begin to want to explore their environment and would prefer to move around instead of lay still for a massage. If your baby is older than 6 months but is not yet demonstrating mobility, please join us!
Lamaze Family Center, 2855 Boardwalk. $125. 734-973-1014. firstname.lastname@example.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
This Livonia-based troupe presents a program of comedy and circus arts, including audience participation, for kids in grades K-5.
2-2:45 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]
All adults & teens in grade 6 & up invite to repurpose pages from discarded books into paper flowers and embellish them with buttons & beads. Materials provided.
3-4 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
(Joss Whedon, 2012). A contemporary retelling of Shakespeare's sharp-tongued comedy.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7). 668-TIME, michtheater.org. [map]
Fourth of July Cookie Class
Tuesday July 2nd 2013 5:30-8 p.m.
We invite you to come decorate some all American cookies. All the red, white and blue you could want! You will learn your new go-to sugar cookie recipe, how to decorate with royal icing and you will have time in class to practice recently learned techniques. You will leave with the recipe and skills to re-create these cookies at home, as well as cookies to share.
All Sweet Heather Anne classes are hands-on, so come ready to work in comfortable clothes. Class fees include all materials. If you would like to bring your own tools that's fine, but not necessary. We will not provide meals, so plan ahead if you think you'll need a snack. Payment in full is required to reserve your spot. Bring a friend and receive 15% off their tuition.
$75.00 per person
Contact us to reserve your spot.
Sweet Heather Anne, 920 N Main Street. $75. 734-913-2025. email@example.com www.sweetheatheranne.com [map]
July 2-6. Midway rides, carnival games, concessions, tractor pulls, a petting zoo, a rodeo (July 4 & 5 at 7:30 p.m.), an opening parade (July 2, 6:30 p.m.), Battle of the Bands (July 6, 6 p.m.), livestock shows, and more. For complete schedule, see manchesterfair.org.
5-10 p.m. (July 2), 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m. (July 3; rides open at 3 p.m.), 2-10 p.m. (July 4; rides open at 2 p.m.), 1-10 p.m. (July 5), & 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. (July 6; rides open at 1 p.m.), Alumni Memorial Field, Vernon & Wolverine, Manchester. $5 admission. 428-8429. [map]
Every Tues.-Sun., June 14-July 7. A beloved summer tradition continues this year on Ingalls Mall and features live music, followed at 10 p.m. (Sun. & Tues.-Thurs.) by free movies and at 11 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) by dancing to DJs. Also, a KidZone activity tent. Food concessions from area restaurants. Tonight: The Detroit blues and rock 'n' soul quartet Measured Chaos (8:30 p.m.). Opening acts are local alt-country band Corndaddy (5 p.m.), the popular local Native American singer-songwriter Joe Reilly (6 p.m.), and The Terraplanes (7 p.m.), a local band led by singer-guitarist Jerry Mack that plays a mix of house-rocking blues, uptown swing, soulful R&B, and roots rock. The musicians are followed at 10 p.m. by Big, Penny Marshall's 1988 comedy about a young boy whose wish to be big turns him into an adult. Stars Tom Hanks. Also, "Tasting Tuesday" beer tasting (5 p.m., $15) of brews by Saugatuck Brewing. The Summer Festival also includes a series of shows on July 2 & 4-6 at the Power Center.
5 p.m.-midnight, Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free. 994-5999.
AACC faculty members Martin Torch-Ishii, Daniel Thomas, Ken Ishii, and Andrea Yun are joined by 12 cello students ages 10-65 to present a program of ensemble music ranging from Classical to pop.
5:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor, 2230 Pontiac Trail. Free. 219-5222. [map]
Every Tues. & Thurs. Rides of 35-45 miles (Tues.) with distance and pace (usually fast) determined by the assembled riders and of 40-60 miles (Thurs.) for serious cyclists and those new to bicycle racing.
6-8 p.m., meet at Forsythe Middle School, 1655 Newport. Free. aavc.org. [map]
Every Sun. & Tues.-Fri. All invited to compete in tournaments of this popular collectible card game using standard constructed (Sun. & Thurs.), Elder Dragon Highlander (Tues.), Legacy (Wed.), and booster draft (Fri.) decks. Prizes. Bring your own cards (except Fri.).
6 p.m. (Tues.-Fri.) & 1 p.m. (Sun.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (Tues., free; Fri., $15 includes cards). 786-3746. [map]
All adults & teens in grade 6 & up propose ideas, share gaming program techniques, and make games using Scratch and GameMaker.
6-8:45 p.m., AADL training center, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
Join us for an evening with Francesca Giarraffa where she transports us to Italy to celebrate the summer vegetable harvest! Francesca will demonstrate all of the many techniques that go into all of these fabulous dishes while you relax and interact with this ever-entertaining chef, and sample generous tastings of all of authentic and delicious dishes! DEMONSTRATION. Menu: Eggplant Parmigiana - Layers of Fried Sliced Eggplant, Mozzarella & Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheeses, baked in a Fresh Tomato-Basil Sauce; Peperonata - a Southern-style Vegetable Stew made
with Olives, Capers, Bell Peppers & Fresh Herbs; Frittata. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $60/person. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
Every Tues. Historical and traditional English dancing to live music. All dances taught. No partner or experience needed. Bring flat, nonslip shoes (running shoes OK). First-timers are asked to arrive at 7 p.m.
7-9:30 p.m., Chapel Hill Condominium clubhouse, 3350 Green Rd. (park on Burbank). $8 (students, $4; kids age 13 & under with a parent, free). 665-7704. [map]
Talk by a Detroit Historical Society member.
7 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]
All invited to join a discussion, in Spanish, of El Prisionero del Cielo, Carlos Ruiz Zafon's novel set in a Barcelona antiquarian bookshop in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War. A mysterious stranger's visit to the shop causes one character to relive his painful experiences as a political prisoner 2 decades before.
7:30 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.
This world music superstar husband-and-wife duo of vocalist Mariam Doumbia and guitarist-vocalist Amadou Bagayoko is known for its smooth, restrained vocals and an expansive stylistic openness that has led it to fuse Malian blues with everything from rock, pop, hip-hop, and reggae to Cuban son and traditional West African music. Affectionately known as the "blind couple from Mali," they began collaborating together in 1975 after meeting at Mali's Institute for Young Blind People, and gained worldwide fame with Dimanche a Bamako, their effervescent 2005 album produced by Manu Chao. Their 2012 album Folila features Amadou's skillful guitar playing--reflecting influences ranging from Robert Johnson to Saharan guitar and oud music--and collaborations with a range of artists, including TV on the Radio, Santigold, Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Theophilus London, and members of Antibalas.
8 p.m., Power Center. $20-$35 in advance at the Michigan League, a2sf.org, and by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]
(Noah Baumbach, 2012). Comedy about a quirky aspiring dancer living in New York City without an apartment or a real job.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]