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Calendar of Events

Monday, July 15, 2013






 
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Drop-in Storytime: Dexter District Library.

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Library staff read stories for kids age 5 & under. Also, songs, crafts, and other activites.
11 a.m., DDL lower level meeting room, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]
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 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Art on the Go": Saline District Library.

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Arts & crafts projects for kids ages 6-12.
11 a.m.-noon & 1-2 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saine. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]
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 11:30 a.m., and 12:30 & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Museum of Natural History Planetarium.

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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]
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 Noon-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Introduction Python": Ann Arbor District Library.

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July 8 & 15 and July 29 & 31. All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited for one of these 2-part hands-on introductions to this high-level general purpose programming language.
Noon-3 p.m., AADL training center, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 Noon  Free! 

"Issues Facing the State Judiciary": Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor.

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Talk by Republican state senator Rick Jones, a former Eaton County sheriff who heads the Judiciary Committee. Lunch available ($10).
Noon, Kiwanis Activities Center, 200 S. First. Free. 660-1023. [map]
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 1 p.m.  Free! 

Teen Crafts: Dexter District Library.

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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 . 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]
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 1-5 p.m. 

"PokeMonday Tournament": Ann Arbor District Library.

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July 15, 22, & 29 and Aug. 5 (different branch locations). All kids in grades K-5 invited to bring a Nintendo DS, DSi, or 3DS and a copy of Pokemon, level 30 or under, to compete for prizes in a tournament.
1-5 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch (July 15 & 22), 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.; downtown library multipurpose room (July 29), 343 S. Fifth Ave.; Traverwood Branch (Aug. 5), 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 1 & 3 p.m. 

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

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July 13, 15, 20, & 21. Museum staff give family-friendly science demos on topics TBA.
1 & 3 p.m., AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
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 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"S'More Solar Fun": Ann Arbor District Library.

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AADL staff show kids in grades K-5 how to make a s'more oven out of a cardboard box and aluminum foil. Weather permitting, the program concludes by testing the ovens outside. Materials provided.
2-3 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 4:30, 6:45, & 9:15 p.m. 

"Twenty Feet from Stardom": Michigan Theater.

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(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]
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 5-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

2013 Annual Townie Street Party: Ann Arbor Street Art Fair.

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Dance party with The MacPodz (8-9:15 p.m.), an immensely popular local jam band that plays an invigorating mix of R&B, soul, rock, and hard jazz it calls "disco bebop." Other musicians include Seth Bernard & May Erlewine (5:30-6:30 p.m.), the mid-Michigan singer-songwriter duo of Bernard, a Lake City native who writes clever, funny, and candidly insightful folk-, rock-, and jazz-based songs about his life, and Erlewine, a big-voiced singer-songwriter from Big Rapids who writes thoughtful, richly emotional country-flavored songs., and Dragon Wagon (6:45-7:45 p.m.), a highly regarded local acoustic roots-music sextet that calls its music "bluegrass folk-rock with a touch of Irish whiskey." Also, a kids art fair, with some 40 local kids in grades 3-8 showing and selling their art under a big tent, a family-oriented art activity zone, and a "townie hall" featuring information about the organizations that help support the fair. The party also features kids activities and face painting. Food available.
5-9:30 p.m., Washington between Thayer & Fletcher. Free. 994-5260.
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 5, 7, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Much Ado About Nothing": Michigan Theater.

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(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]
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 6-8 p.m. 

"Super Comics Challenge": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon., July 8-Aug. 12. Comics artist Jerzy Drozd, a contributing editor to the online comics anthology sugaryserials.com, leads adults teens in grade 6 & up in a series of 6 weekly drop-in programs during which they design dangerous fortresses, awesome heroes, lugubrious villains, and unlock achievements of the comics-storytelling masters.
6-8 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower between Stone School & Packard. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks: Wine Tasting - Refreshment Italian Styl.

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Often times, when the sun shines and I need to be refreshed illegally by the lake, I like to take a bottle of Gatorade (or such horrifying drink) and dump it down the drain. Once the unnatural stuff is properly discarded, I fill the container with some of my favorite white wine perfect for such an occasion: Italian whites. There are so many obscure grapes (not named Jude) in the US market from this land of plenty, that I have a hard time making the choice. For this tasting I will bring wines made with grapes which are grown in relative proximity to the oceans around the boot, and not one Pinot Grigio will make the cut. I will pick between some of these extraordinary fruits: Verdicchio, Vernaccia, Vermentino, Trebbiano, Greco, Fiano, Falanghina, Malvasia, and maybe, just maybe, Arneis. Come join
me in this crash course of illicit Italian fun! Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $45/person. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Free Bootcamp: Nutrition By Choice.

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24Fit Camp is free group fitness open to the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti community.
24Fit Camp's goals are:
1.HAVE FUN!
2.Get a good sweat on!
3.Promote health and fitness education and resources to enact a healthy active lifestyle.
We meet M/W/Fs from 6:30 - 7:30pm at Buhr Park. Exercises vary each event and range from strength training, cardio, circuit training and more!
We look forward to seeing you at our next event, and bring your friends!
Buhr Park, 2751 Packard Rd. Free. 7347077697. kim@nutritionbychoice.com nutritionbychoice.com [map]
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 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Michigan Connections Academy offers FREE Information Session!: Michigan Connections Academy.

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Parents of students who are looking for a new and groundbreaking
educational route are invited to learn more about Michigan Connections
Academy (MICA), the state's K-12 tuition-free, highly accountable
virtual public school that enrolls hundreds of students across the
state, at an upcoming Information Session.
Have one-on-one time
with teachers, a chance to view the curriculum and see some of sample
lessons on Monday, July 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express Ann
Arbor.
The combination of flexible at-home learning and a
rigorous curriculum gives students the option to pursue their individual
interests while never sacrificing a quality education.
Holiday Inn Express Ann Arbor, 600 Briarwood Circle. Free. MichiganCA2013@gmail.com [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

George "Animal" Steele: Barnes & Noble.

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This former professional wrestler, a Madison Heights native (and former Madison High football coach), talks about his career (1967-1989) in the ring as a wild man villain. Q&A.
7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Nonfiction Book Club: Barnes & Noble.

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All invited to join a discussion of Jai Pausch's memoir Dream New Dreams: Reimagining My Life after Loss.
7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m. 

"Know the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Presentation by Alzheimer's Association Michigan Great Lakes Chapter staff.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 7:30-9:30 p.m. 

Tartan & Thistle Scottish Country Dancers.

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Every Mon. Jigs, reels, and strathspeys. Usually with live music. All dances taught; dances this month are particularly beginner-friendly.
7:30-9:30 p.m., location TBA. $5. 395-7782, 769-1052, 426-0241.
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Printing Process for Stamps in Catalogues": Ann Arbor Stamp Club.

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Talk by Steve Heaney, who owns a Toledo-area printing business. Also, a mini-auction and a chance to buy stamps from the American Philatelic Society sales circuit book.
7:30 p.m., Salvation Army, 100 Arbana (park & enter at the rear of the building). Free admission. 761-5859. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Sacred Candy": Jawbone Puppet Theatre/Poncili Company.

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Jawbone Puppet Theatre, the Brooklyn-based troupe of Adam Ende and his 5-yer-old son Corn Snake, and Poncili Company, a 4-person troupe from Puerto Rico, present a program of short works with large mask puppets and lots of physical theater. Highlights include Fire Hydrant Woman Gets Tooken Away, a short piece by Corn Snake that culminates with a disemboweled T-Rex spewing guts and candies, and the title work, about a clueless girl who meets the world through the eyes of Candywoot, a schizophrenic clown obsessed with the imminence of a bizarre dystopian future, while a man with a bad leg tries to make his way home, and everybody prays to the holy mutant cow in hopes of ending their addiction to candy.
8-9 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m., Dreamland Theater, 26 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. $10 (or what you can afford) at the door only. 657-2337.
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 8:30-11:30 p.m. 

"Fireworks on the Floor": U-M Argentine Tango Club.

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July 13-15 (different locations). Tango dance parties with recorded music spun by a DJ. Preceded by tango workshops. The July 14 dance is preceded at 6 p.m. by a barbecue.
9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (July 13), 5-8:30 p.m. (July 14), & 8:30-11:30 p.m. (July 15). Phoenix Center (July 13), 220 S. Main; Island Park (July 14), 1450 Island Dr. (off Maiden Ln. north of Fuller); Pittsfield Grange (July 15), 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). $10 (students, $5). umich.edu/~umtango. [map]
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