Every 2nd Friday of the month we host a free community Stroller Strides class for any mamas and their little ones to come out and join us for a free workout.
Stroller Strides Ann Arbor is a total fitness program that moms can do with their babies. It includes intervals of cardio, strength and body toning exercises using exercise tubing, the stroller and the environment. Taught by certified and specially trained fitness instructors (who are also moms), it is a great workout for any level of exerciser. Stroller Strides instructors weave songs and activities into the routine designed to entertain and engage baby, while moms are led through a series of exercises specific to her role as mom. This unique program also provides moms with the opportunity to meet other moms, engage in playgroups with their babies, and to form lasting friendships. Stroller Strides is designed to give mothers the "Strength for Motherhood!"
Please email/enroll online to reserve a spot: http://annarbor.fit4mom.com
Briarwood Mall, 100 Briarwood Circle. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org http://annarbor.fit4mom.com/ [map]
Every Fri. Slow-paced rides, 19, 24, or 40+ miles, with a stop at the Coney Island in Whitmore Lake for a 10:30 a.m. breakfast or early lunch.
9 a.m. (May-Sept.) & 10 a.m. (Apr., Oct. & Nov.), Olson Park, Dhu Varren at Pontiac Trail. Free. 476-4944, 996-9461.
Talks by area health care professionals. July 12: Probility Therapy director Michele Skladzien on "What Is Physical Therapy?" July 19: An Interim Healthcare representative discusses "Glaucoma and Cataracts." Q&A.
10 a.m., SASC, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required a week in advance. 429-9274. [map]
July 5, 12, 19, & 26. Writing and art collide in this awesome series of classes which combines the two elements! Join guest writer Cassie Richard who will lead our young writers through engaging writing exercises designed to stimulate their creative energy! Once we've got their wheels turning, we will turn them loose an art exploration project that coordinates with writing theme, giving them a total right and left brain workout!
Classes will take place every Friday in July from 11am-12:30pm. Tuition is $10/student per class or $30/student for all 4 classes in the series!
FLY Children's Art Center Studio, 40 N Huron Street, Ypsilanti. $10 ($30 for al 4 classes).. email@example.com flyartcenter.org [map]
Little Creatures Co. owner Dan Briere, aka "Dan the Creature Man," shows and discusses spiders, cockroaches, centipedes, a scorpion, and other creatures. Geared toward kids age 4 & up, but all ages welcome.
11 a.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]
Daily (except July 4) beginning July 1. Four 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. & 12:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.) is an exploration of the current night sky.
The Little Star That Could (1:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.) is about an average yellow star on a search for a planet of its own to warm who meets other stars on the way and learns about the solar system.
Larry Cat in Space (12:30 p.m. Sat.) 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.
Sun, Earth, and Moon (2:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) explores the reasons the constellations in the night sky change throughout the year and the moon changes its phase and place in the sky.
Various times, Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
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]
This celebrated MIT linguist and philosopher-pundit discusses "The Corporatization of the University." Chomsky also gives a linguistics lecture on 11 Thursday (see listing).
Noon, Rackham Amphitheater. $5 in advance at http://geochomsky.eventbrite.com/. 995-0221. [map]
Every Fri-Sun. through Sept. 1. Costumed guides lead tours of the 10-room artifact-filled farmhouse and its outbuildings, including a recently refurbished blacksmith's workshop. The last tour begins at 4:16 p.m.
1-5 p.m., Waterloo Area Farm Museum, 9998 Waterloo-Munith Rd. (left off Clear Lake Rd. 5 miles north from I-94 exit 153), Waterloo Recreation Area. $5 (kids ages 5-12, $2). (517) 596-2254. [map]
A golf tournament with a shotgun start. Prizes. Followed at 6:30 p.m. by a dinner and comedy show. Also, a ceremony to honor Ann Arbor-born award-winning NBC news correspondent Mark Potter.
1 p.m., Polo Fields Golf and Country Club, 2955 Packard, Ypsilanti. Tickets $150 per player ($50 for dinner only) in advance only. 665-7374. [map]
Local car owners are invited to bring their antique, classic, concept, or exotic autos to this annual show of more than 400 cars in the Main Street area. Also, hot rod tunes spun by DJ Surfer Joe and educational and race car demos. An Ann Arbor District Library booth (2-8 p.m.) features activities related to its summer reading game, with prizes.
2-10 p.m., Main St. area between Huron & William. Free. Car registration: $20 in advance ($35 day of show). 663-1032 or 668-7112, ext. 22.
Area geocachers introduce adults and teens in grade 6 & up how to play this game that involdes using a GPS-enabled device to search for hidden treasures.
3-4 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]
July 12 & 13. Thousands annually celebrate the memory of the Man from Memphis at this festival highlighted by performances by 10 Elvis tribute artists from around the nation, including returning Canton singer Chris Ayotte, Honolulu singer Leo Days, and others. They are backed by the Chicago-based Change of Habit Tribute Band. Also, Roy Orbison and Blues Brothers impersonators and other performers. Sale of Elvis memorabilia, raffles, concessions, and a beer tent. Bring folding chairs. Friday only: an Elvisfest fundraiser (6-9 p.m. at the Ypsilanti Community Center; $15) with raffles, a costume contest, and more. Saturday only: kids activities, a gospel hour (2-3 p.m.), a candlelight vigil (evening time TBA, BYOC) commemorating the 36th anniversary of Elvis's death on Aug. 16, and a car show.
4 p.m.-midnight (July 12) & noon-midnight (July 13), Riverside Park near Depot Town, Ypsilanti. Tickets $13 (July 12) & $22.50 (July 13) in advance at mielvisfest.org; $15 (July 12) & $25 (July 13) at the gate ($30 for both days, in advance only). Kids age 12 & under, free. mielvisfest.com, 277-4547.
Yourist Studio Gallery
"Hot Stuff!" exhibit on display, July 1-August 9
Opening and reception, Friday, July 12, 5 to 7 pm
The new exhibit at Yourist Studio Gallery, which runs from July 1 to August 9, features fresh baked clay pots hot off the kiln shelf, the newest work from our Yourist Studio Gallery Resident Artists.
The opening celebration and artists' reception will be held on Friday, July 12, from 5 to 7 pm. Come join us and savor some spicy refreshments while you browse the gallery's latest sizzling fired art pieces.
Yourist Studio Gallery, 1133 Broadway. Free. 734-662-4914. firstname.lastname@example.org youristpottery.com [map]
July 12 & 13. This festival is highlighted by mixed martial arts fights (July 12 only) and live music by about 50 bands on 4 stages. July 13 headliners are the nationally touring local alt-rock band Taproot, the California rapcore band Hed PE, the Minneapolis rock band Blue Felix, and suburban Connecticut hip-hop MC Chris Webby. Other featured bands include the Arizona comedy rock band Psychostick, the comedy rock band Green Jelly, the Louisville nu metal band Primer 55, the Flint metal band It Lies Within, the Chicago experimental metal band Exotic Animal Petting Zoo, and Minneapolis alt-rock band Throw the Fight. Full schedule at a2fest.com.
5 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (July 12) & 11:30 a.m.-midnight (July 13), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $20 (July 12) & $30 (July 13). 799-1136. [map]
July 12 & 13. Saline's celebration of its sister city, Brecon, Wales, features food, beer and clan tents, kids activities, and Celtic music and dance on 3 stages by visiting and local performers. The festival kicks off July 12 (5:30 p.m.-late evening) with a Pub Night ($5 admission; kids age 12 & under and active military personnel, free), featuring a pub tent, food, live music, the popular Mr. Pretty Legs in a Kilt contest (8:30 p.m.), and limerick readings.
5:30 p.m.-late evening (July 12) & 9 a.m.-midnight (July 13), Mill Pond Park, end of W. Bennett St., west of Ann Arbor St., Saline. Tickets $10 in advance at salineceltic.org; $15 (seniors, $12; youth ages 13-17, $5; kids age 12 & under and active military personnel, free; $10 general admission after 8 p.m.) at the gate. 944-2810.
Peachy Fitness Kids Summer Camp!!!
Have your kids come dance and stretch their way to fitness!!!
June 19, 2013 to July 19, 2013
(No class 7/03 & 7/05)
Zumbatomic and Yoga (30 mins each)
Ages: 4-12 years (Boys and Girls)
Wednesdays & Fridays
Kids Summer Camp costs $69 for 8 classes. There is a $10 early bird discount ($59/8 classes) for registrations by June 7, 2013
A parent can join the session with the child for $20.00/session.
Enter to WIN an 8 class package by emailing to: email@example.com or commenting on www.Facebook.com/PeachyFitness
More details on: www.PeachyFitness.com
Ann Arbor Taekwondo, 2739 Plymouth Rd. $69. 734-681-0477. firstname.lastname@example.org www.PeachyFitness.com [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]
July 8-12 from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M.
Vacation Bible School is a week of fun activities where we learn how much God loves us through His word. We will provide crafts, snacks, music and lots of fun! Come and bring your friends as We go Tell It on the Mountain!
Freedom Childcare Center, 8753 Pleasant Lake Road. Free. 734-997-9116. email@example.com freedomchildcare.org [map]
Every Fri. A WRA park interpreter helps beginners learn how to fish. Tackle (including poles) & bait provided. Adults age 17 & older need a valid fishing license.
6 p.m., Crooked Lake fishing pier, Green Rd., 2 miles north off Clear Lake Rd. from I-94 exit 153), Chelsea. Free. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170. [map]
Every Fri. (except Aug. 9), June 14-Aug. 30.
June 14: Dexter Community Orchestra. Pops concert.
June 21: From Grace. Jazz-inflected Christian pop-folk ensemble Opening act is Ebb Tide, a local folksy Americana trio.
June 28: Men in Black. Ann Arbor classic rock band.
July 5: Gemini. Family concert by this popular acoustic duo.
July 12: The Invasion. British Invasion cover quartet from Redford.
July 19: The Chillbilly Band. Pinckney honky-tonk country quartet.
July 26: Delirious Love. Dearborn classic rock and pop quintet.
Aug. 2: Chef Chris & the Nairobi Trio. Blues band led by vocalist and blues harpist Chef Chris Sirvinskis.
Aug. 16: Most Wanted. Detroit indie rock band.
Aug. 23: TBA.
Aug. 30: Salmagundi. Memphis-style rock 'n' roll.
6:30-9:30 p.m., Monument Park gazebo, downtown Dexter. Free. 426-0887.
(Morgan Neville, 2012). Documentary about backup singers who never made it big but were part of songs that made others famous. Includes interviews with stars such as Bruce Springsteen and Bette Midler.
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]
Every Fri., July 2-Aug. 9. Outdoor stage in downtown Ypsilanti with a variety of dance bands. Also, food concessions and other vendors. (In case of rain, held indoors.)
July 12: Devil Elvis Show(7 p.m.), an Ypsilanti punk-rockabilly Elvis tribute band, and The Martindales an Ypsilanti blues and rock band led by singer-guitarist (and Tap Room owner) Brian Brickley.
July 19: John Smith & Daja (7 p.m.), a Latin jazz-funk group, and 40 Stitches Later (8:45 p.m.), a Jackson Americana alt-country quartet.
July 26: Strong Tower Ministries Gospel Fest. This Ypsilanti nondenominational full gospel church presents a gospel variety show featuring performers from its congregation, including the youth & adult choirs, the gospel band 4-Word, music from its hit musical Give Me 1 Reason by RonSher Brooks & other cast members, the Aria Musical Trio,Taco & Jac, gospel comedian MC Hollywood, and others TBA.
Aug. 2: The White Ravens (7 p.m.), the highly regarded local self-styled "pop-geek-cabaret" rock duo of siblings Amy and Will Bennett, and The Vibratrons (8:45 p.m.), an all-star band led by veteran local rocker Dan Mulholland, the charismatic former leader of the Watusis and several other great local rock 'n' roll bands.
Aug. 9: Foundation of Funk (7 p.m.), a top-notch Detroit soul-flavored R&B, blues, and 70s funk band led by guitarist Steve Somers and featuring vocalist Valerie Barrymore, and Lady Sunshine & the X Band (8:45 p.m.), a popular local gospel-flavored blues band led by Lady Sunshine, a fiery, rich-voiced singer whose style blends elements of Aretha Franklin, Koko Taylor, and Denise LaSalle. Also, a short performance by 17-year-old singer-songwriter Dymond Harding (8:20 p.m.), a Lincoln High School student who new single, Salvador Santana's "Me, Myself, and I," was produced by Salvador and his father, the legendary blues-rock guitarist Carlos Santana.
7-10 p.m., Washington St. between Michigan Ave. & Pearl. Free. 481-0140.
Every Thurs. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 15-25 miles, through some of the area's hillier terrain.
6:30 p.m., Wheels in Motion, 3400 Washtenaw. Free. 678-8297. [map]
July 11-13, 18-20, & 25-27. Shannon McNutt directs this local company in its 3rd annual outdoor production, Neil Simon, Cy Coleman, and Carolyn Leigh's 1962 musical adaptation of Patrick Dennis's novel, a prescient parody of the cult of celebrity that tells the story of a self-centered and self-deluding actress who runs through husbands like water through a sieve as she pursues her dream of stardom. Stars Lauren London, Sarah Faix, Roy Sexton, Kellly Cameron, Matt Cameron, Zach London, with Barbara Bruno, Debbie Dolney, Angela Elowsky, Nigel Turtle, and Selene Whalen.
7 p.m., West Park Band Shell. Tickets $10 (kids 12 & under, $7) in advance at pennyseats.org and by phone at (800) 838-3006, and at the gate. 276-2832.
(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]
All invited to join a group performance of this traditional devotional call-and-response music based on Hindu Vaishnava texts and the writings of poet-saints. Accompanied by live music based on rhythmic Indian ragas on bass guitar, tabla, and drums.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill St. Free, but donations accepted. 761-7435. [map]
July 12 & 26. All invited to join an discussion of a variety of Rudolf Steiner's short lectures. Familiarity with Steiner's basic ideas is helpful.
8-9:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes. Free. 944-4903. [map]
Once a year, MTango offers a 6-week series of beginner tango classes for FREE! Join us every Friday evening from July 12-August 16. More information is available on our website (umich.edu/~mtango).
Mason Hall. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.umich.edu/~mtango
July 12 & 13. Chicago-based observational comic, originally from the Detroit area, who is known for his snappy, energetic delivery and a sharp wit that's alternately impudent and poetically suggestive. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 314 E. Liberty (below Seva restaurant). $10 reserved seating in advance, $12 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
This veteran folk-rocker sings engagingly melodic, lushly arranged, moodily atmospheric music that has been described as something of a cross between Cat Stevens and Crosby, Stills, and Nash. He accompanies himself on acoustic guitar and his "infinity device," a complex synthesizer he invented that allows him to function as a one-man symphony orchestra.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com), the ark, org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
Every Thurs.-Sun., June 20-July 28. Phil Powers directs the Michigan premiere of Gina Gionfriddo's 2008 Off-Broadway hit comedy that blends sharp wit and humor with the taut suspense of a psychological thriller. When a high-strung newlywed fixes up her uptight stepbrother with her husband's sweet and sexy coworker, the blind date takes a dark turn. Stars Sarab Kamoo, David Wolber, Dorry Peltyn, Keith Kalinowski, and Maggie Meyer. The July 14 performance is followed at 6:30 p.m. by a "Cultural Conversation" ($10; reservations suggested), hosted by Performance Network artistic director Carla Milarch, with the director, designers, and cast.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.), & 3 p.m. (July 6 & 20), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (June 20), $22 (June 21, 23, & 27), and $30 (June 22). June 28 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After June 28: $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]
July 11-14, 18-21, & 25-28, and Aug. 1-4. 8-11 & 15-18. Daniel Cooney directs this Dexter-based professional company in Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg, and Herbert Kretzmer's adaptation of Victor Hugo's sweeping epic of 19th century Parisian life, a large-canvas tale of human fallibility centered on a petty criminal, who reinvents himself as a model citizen and becomes a town mayor and then, after another stint in jail, befriends an unfortunate single mother whom he attempts to rescue from her grim circumstances. Stars U-M voice professor Stephen West, with J. Michael Bailey, Darcy Link, Elias Wygodny, Zach Barnes, Erika Henningsen, Madison Deadman, Marlene Inman-Reilly, and Jeff Steinhauer.
7 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 3 p.m. (Sat., Sun., & Aug. 8), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $28 (seniors & students, $25; groups of 10 or more, $22) in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. 268-6200, 253-2375. [map]
Every Wed.-Sun., June 20-Aug. 31. Guy Sanville directs the world premiere of Don Zolidis's new comic drama about a divorced and disenchanted woman who returns to her hometown, where she discovers her high school sweetheart is still carrying a torch for her.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. June 20-26 previews: Tickets $22 (Wed. & Thurs.), $27 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $32 (Sat. eve.). June 27: Tickets $27 (Wed. & Thurs.), $37 (Fri. eves. & weekend matinees), & $42 (Sat. eves.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
Every Thurs.-Sun., July 11-27. Nathan Corliss directs local actors in American playwright Richard Dresser's funny, acerbic 2-man play about how parents teach kids to deal with athletic competition and success. It explores the odd-couple dynamics between 2 Little League coaches with opposing philosophies on the game of baseball as they form an uneasy alliance for the benefit of their sons' team.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Carriage House Theatre, 541 Third St. $10 suggested donation. 546-6441. [map]
"Friday Night Swing (& Blues)": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.more >
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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. Followed at 11:30 p.m. by blues dancing. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by beginning lessons.
9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $5 (students with ID, $3; $1 discount for AACTMAD members) includes lessons. 417-9857. [map]