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Calendar of Events

Monday, July 22, 2013

Who wrote this?   Ann Arbor Observer tree logo Observer editors    community member community members
 8 a.m. 

Fall Softball/Kickball/Baseball League: Ann Arbor Rec & Ed.

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Register for Adult Fall leagues. Registration opens the week of July 22, and the deadline to register is August 2. Seasons start the week of September 3 and run through October. 10 game seasons for all sports. Go to for more information.
Community Education & Recreation, 1515 S. 7th Street. Different prices for each sport. 734-994-2300 x 53214. [map]
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 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Better Living Through Database Design": U-M Library.

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Talk by U-M spatial and numeric data librarian Justin Joque. Followed by discussion.
10-11:30 a.m., 100 Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 764-3166. [map]
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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 a.m.  Free! 

"The Day the Crayons Quit": Barnes & Noble.

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All kids invited to listen to Drew Daywalt's charming children's story about a boy whose crayons are in revolt. Also, art activities.
11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [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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 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Life-Sized Angry Birds": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids invited to play a life-sized version of this popular video game using balls.
1-4 p.m., Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center, 2960 Washtenaw at Platt. Free. 327-8301. [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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 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Science Set Free": Ann Arbor Templetonians.

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Is science truly objective, or is it a belief system resting on some invalid assumptions? What aspects of science are trustworthy, and which ones are not? Join us for a discussion of Rupert Sheldrake's new book, "Science Set Free" (marketed as "The Science Delusion" in Britain to serve as a counter-point to Dawkins' "The God Delusion"). The ideas he presents, and the facts to support them, are very thought-provoking. Ann Arbor Templetonians are interested in the relationship between science and spirituality - come join the discussion!
Espresso Royale, 214 South Main Street. Free. 734-205-7339. [map]
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 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

UTransition Session 2: Empowering college-bound students with disabilities: Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living.

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UTransition is a series of college preparation workshops for high school juniors and seniors with any type of disability or chronic health condition. The workshops are intended to promote self-confidence and preparedness and will address topics such as living independently on campus, self-advocacy, registering for accommodations, and getting involved on campus. Portions of the workshop will be open to parents.
UTransition will be offered in two sessions, so participants may choose the session that best suits their schedules. Session 1 will be on Saturday, July 20 from 10 AM-6 PM, and Session 2 will be offered in four parts on Monday, July 22-Thursday, July 25, from 6-8:30 PM. Anyone interested in participating should complete this registration form:
We recognize that some students may have logistical concerns (e.g. transportation or need for personal assistants) that may affect their participation. Please contact us with any of these question
Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living, 3941 Research Park Dr, Ann Arbor, MI ‎. Free. [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, 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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 6:30-9:30 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks: Italian Seafood!.

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Join us for an evening with Francesca Giarraffa where she transports us to Italy to celebrate summer seafood! 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: Risotto with Shrimp; Calamari Salad with Olives & Lemon Vinaigrette; Asparagus with Jumbo Lump Crab tossed in a Butter Lemon Dressing. Register online 48 hours in advance at
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $60/person. 734-645-1030. [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:
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. [map]
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 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Weeping Wounds & Bloody Boils": Dexter District Library.

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Ring of Steel Action Theater members discuss special effects makeup and how it's used in movies. Followed by a chance to try some of the techniques.
6:30-8:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required beginning June 14. 426-4477. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Fireside Festival of New Works: Performance Network.

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July 21-24 (different programs). A different new play by a local playwright each night.

July 21: Petty Harbour, Martina Majok's drama about 3 banished sons who return to their Newfoundland home to discover their fisherman father has converted he house into a church.

July 22: The Bold Blend, Kirsten Knisely's comedy about 2 female undergrads whose plot to escape their day job from hell goes terribly awry.

July 23: Sis, Sean Christopher Lewis's comedy about 2 sisters-a staunch conservative and a zealous feminist-who use each other's values for target practice when they are reunited for the former's wedding.

July 24: 1300 Lafayette East, Brooke Berman's drama, set on the eve of the 1967 Detroit riots, about a young housewife pining for something new and an aspiring Motown singer struggle to understand their individual differences and forge a lasting friendship.

7 p.m., Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Tickets: whatever you can afford to pay. 663-0681. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Helene Wecker: Nicola's Books.

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This San Francisco-area writer reads from The Golem and the Jinni, her debut fantasy novel, combining elements of Jewish and Arab folk mythology, about 2 supernatural creatures who meet while working grueling jobs in turn-of-the-century NYC. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 7-9:30 p.m. 

"20th Annual Summer Sings": UMS Choral Union.

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May 14 and July 8 & 22. All singers welcome to join this venerable local chorus and guest conductors for read-throughs of favorite choral works. Participants practice the more difficult parts of each night's piece and, after a break, sing it in its entirety, with regional professionals singing the solos. No auditions required; music provided. Refreshments.

May 14: Verdi's Requiem.

July 8: EMU choral activities director Beth Everett conducts Rutter's Magnificat.

July 22: University of Louisville orchestral studies director Kimcherie Lloyd conducts Haydn's Creation,.

7-9:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium (May 14) & U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium (July 8 & 22), 1226 Murfin, North Campus $5 at the door only. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. 763-8997. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Felt Ball Fun": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults and kids grade K & up invited to make and play with a felt ball. Materials provided.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Performances.

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July 22-24.Performances by different Blue Lake student ensembles recently returned from 3-week European tours.

July 22: The International Jazz Orchestra, directed by David Jensen, and International Choir, directed by Kelli Falls, perform a program TBA.

July 23: Michael Klaue directs the International Choir and International Youth Symphony Orchestra, along with the Alumni Choir, in Haydn's Creation..

July 24: Michael Klauedirects the International Youth Symphony in Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 and Mozart's Overture to the Magic Flute.

7:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. (800) 221-3796. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Performances.

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July 22-24. Performances by different Blue Lake student ensembles. July 22: The Blue Lake Jazz Orchestra performs traditional and contemporary big band jazz by Count Basie, Woody Herman, Thad Jones, and others. The Blue Lake International Choir performs works from their European tour, including sacred and traditional American choral works. July 23: The Blue Lake International Choir performs Haydn's Creation. July 24: the Blue Lake International Youth Symphony Orchestra performs Mozart's Magic Flute Overture, arias by Mendelssohn and Mozart, and Beethoven's Symphony no. 5 in E minor.
7:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. (800) 221-3796. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Self Defense Classes.

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On-going self defense classes using Commando Krav Maga (CKM) tactical techniques. CKM is a reality-based self-defense system utilized by Israeli Special Forces. Students learn the techniques needed to survive violent or aggressive encounters. The primary goal is survival.
The techniques are simple to learn and easy to remember during times of stress:
- Gun disarming
- Knife attacks
- Knife hold-ups
- Chokes & Grabs
- Ground survival
- Hand-to-hand combat
- Attack Psychology
Multiple classes are offered each week and private lessons are available.
Every Mon 730-9pm, Tue 7-8:30pm and Thur 7-830pm. Check our website calendar for class updates!
The instructor, Mike Trester, is a level 6 certified Commando Krav Maga instructor with 23-plus years of law enforcement experience, including over 18 years on the Special Weapons And Tactical team. He is one of 9 CKM instructors holding a level 6 or higher in the United States.
Commando Krav Maga Chelsea, 14495 N Territorial Rd, Chelsea. Monthly fee $60. 734-904-5003. [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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 8 p.m. 

Bob Schneider: The Ark.

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An Ypsilanti native who was raised in Munich and is now based in Austin, this veteran husky-voiced roots-rock singer-songwriter is a former member of the Ugly Americans who mixes strains of folk, country, and pop into edgy but personable songs about alienation and loss. His 2010 CD, Lovely Creatures, won 8 Austin Music Awards, including Song of the Year for his hit single "40 Dogs (Like Romeo and Juliet)."
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office (, the ark, org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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