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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

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 7:30 a.m. 

Building Business Relationships Breakfast: Saline Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Great Networking Opportunity! Come meet and hear from members about their businesses and about what is going on in our community.
Brecon Village, 200 Brecon Drive, Saline. $12 pre registered Saline Chamber Members/ $15 all others. 734-429-4494. [map]
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 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 a.m.-noon  Free! 

MarioKart Tournament: Dexter District Library.

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Kids ages 6-12 invited to compete in a video game contest on the library's 16-foot projection screen. Snacks & prizes.
10 a.m.-noon, DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Come and Play the Acorn Way!": Acorn Glen Cooperative Preschool.

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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]
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 11 a.m. & 2 & 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Drop-in Family Storytime: Saline District Library.

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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]
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 11:00 a.m.  Free! 

Quit Tobacco Program-Starts July 23: MHealthy.

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Quit Tobacco Program-Starts July 23
This six-week tobacco treatment group offered by the U-M Health System's MHealthy Tobacco Consultation Service starts Tuesday, July 23, from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon at 2025 Traverwood Drive, Suite A3, Ann Arbor. Program covers preparing to quit, how quitting affects your body, tobacco treatment medications, setting a quit date, how to live free of tobacco, and relapse prevention. FREE to U-M employees, U-M retirees, patients with U-M physician referral and community members. Pre-registration is required. Call 734-998-6222 to sign up, or for more information visit
Traverwood, 2025 Traverwood Drive, Suite A3, Ann Arbor, MI. Free. 734-764-0396. [map]
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 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

Casa Latina: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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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]
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 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Building with Straws": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades K-5 invited to see what they can construct out of straws and fasteners.
2-3 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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 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Wild Wednesdays": Chelsea District Library.

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Musical and craft programs for youths.

July 2 (2-3 p.m.): "Gone Fishin' Preschool Party." All kids ages 3-6 invited for a program of fish-related stories, crafts, and games.

July 16 (2-3 p.m.): "Squishy Circuits." All youth ages 10-14 invited to make working electrical circuits using conductive homemade play dough, LED lights, motors, and battery packs.

2-3 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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 3 p.m.  Free! 

Quit tobacco support group for older adults - July 23: MHealthy.

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Quit tobacco support group for older adults - July 23
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd, Suite C, in Ann Arbor 48105. Free. 734-998-6222. [map]
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 6-8 p.m. 

Group Ride: Velo Club.

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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. [map]
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 6 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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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]
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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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 6:30 p.m. 

"Dreaming a Place: Environmental Dance and Movement Meditation": Nightfire Dance Theater.

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Nightfire director Irena Nagler leads participants in a session of movement and meditation in response to elements in the environment--trees, 
grasses, running water, wind, clouds, or anything in its dynamic, multilevel composition. No experience necessary; children must be accompanied by an adult. Bring drinking water and whatever protection you need from the elements.
6:30 p.m., outdoor location TBA. $5-$25 sliding scale. 996-1772.
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 7-9:30 p.m. 

English Country Dancing: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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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]
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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! 

Jessica Brockmole: Nicola's Books.

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This Indiana writer reads from Letters from Skye, her debut historical novel spanning both world wars and two generations of a Scottish family. Told entirely in letters, the novel is about a young Scottish woman poet who falls in love with an American fan, a relationship she later hides from their daughter. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 7 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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 7-9 p.m. 

"Eating Your Values": Tammy's Tastings.

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Tammy's Tastings owner Tammy Coxen leads a discussion of whether organic foods taste better than conventional and whether or not you should buy organic regardless of taste and price. Tastings.
7-9 p.m., Bona Sera Café, 200 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. $20 in advance, and (if available) at the door. [map]
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 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Family Camp-In": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Family-oriented program of campfire songs, crafts, and s'mores.
7-8 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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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Tie-Dye Bandanas & T-Shirts": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All teens in grades 6-12 invited for this craft activity. Bandanas provided; bring a T-shirt if you like.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). 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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 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Buddhism in America in 2013": Zen Buddhist Temple Summer Lecture Series.

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July 16 & 23. Panel discussion with University of Detroit Mercy religious studies professor Hsiao Lan Hu, EMU philosophy professor Andrew Antis, Blue Water Community of Mindful Living (Port Huron) teacher Sam Ewalt, Still Point Zen Buddhst Temple (Detroit) guiding teacher Koho Vince Anila, Ann Arbor Zen Buddhist Temple priest Haju Sunim, and students of Buddhism.
7:30-9 p.m., 1214 Packard. Free. 761-6520. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

The Leftover Cuties: The Ark.

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Acoustic classic American pop by this Venice (CA) quartet whose influences range from Billie Holiday to Doris Day and from Bing Crosby to Bob Dylan. Fronted by the sultry, silken-voiced vocals of singer-songwriter and ukulele player Shirli McAllen, the lineup also includes bassist Austin Nicholsen, drummer Stuart Johnson, and pianist Mike Bolger, who also plays trumpet and accordion.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Free. All encouraged to bring nonperishable food or money to donate to Food Gatherers. 761-1451. [map]
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