Every Sat., Apr.-Oct. Fast/moderate-paced ride, 40-100 miles, on low-traffic roads in Washtenaw, Jackson, Livingston, and Ingham counties. Brunch stop.
9 a.m., meet in front of Zou Zou's, 101 N. Main at Middle, Chelsea. Free. 645-1205, 645-5696, 478-0424, 646-1507, 678-8297. [map]
Every Sat. Beginner-friendly slow-paced (22 miles) and moderate/fast-paced (30-100 miles) round-trip rides to Dexter, Chelsea, and beyond, with stops at the Dexter Bakery or Zou Zou's and Pierce's in Chelsea. A very popular ride. Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.
9 a.m. (Apr., May, Sept., & Oct.), 8 a.m. (June-Aug.), & 10 a.m. (Nov.), meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St.. Free. 604-0696 (Apr. 5 & 12 rides), 996-9461 (Apr. 19), 663-5060 (Apr. 26), 546-1047 (May 3), 996-4985 (May 10), 274-6350 (May 17), 604-0696 (May 24), 994-6340 (May 31). [map]
Cooking demo on the store's 1935 Magic Chef stove by DH&G owner Mark Hodesh, who founded the Fleetwood Diner in 1972 and cooked some 500,000 eggs there in three years. Includes over easy, straight up, scrambled, soft-boiled, and poached.
8:30 a.m.-10 a.m., DH&G, 210 S. Ashley. Free. Downtownhomeandgarden.com. 662-8122. [map]
The Bodhi-Flow is a slow, strong, and smooth vinyasa class that will allow you to flow between four-tiers of poses. Beginning with centering activites and moving into a warm up, you will be gently guided through a four-tier practice that moves through poses with a deep and steady intention, ending with a traditional shavasana. The BodhiFlow Vinyasa series was created by Syl Carson of the Bodhi Yoga Studio.
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. Fifth Ave. Free. 734-769-6100. email@example.com www.hygeiacenter.org [map]
Baby Care Basics - Ann Arbor - July 27
This class, offered by the U-M Health System's MHealthy Health Education Resource Center, is designed to give you a complete head-to-toe look at how to care for your newborn. Topics include bathing, diapering, safety, and much more. We recommend taking this class at the beginning of your third trimester. Class meets 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 27 at the East Ann Arbor Health & Geriatric Center; 4260 Plymouth Rd. Cost is $15 per person. For more information call 734-647-5645 or toll free at 1-800-433-6348. Registration is required at: http://hr.umich.edu/mhealthy/tools/education/herc/events.html
East Ann Arbor Health & Geriatric Center, 4260 Plymouth Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2700. $15. 734/647-5645. firstname.lastname@example.org http://hr.umich.edu/mhealthy/tools/education/herc/ [map]
All invited to shoot around barricades at targets in a simulated self-defense scenario. Bring your own gun and ammunition.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., TCSL, 8640 Moon (between E. Michigan Ave. & Willis Rd.), Saline. $20 per round ($10 per additional round). 429-9561. [map]
July 27 & 28. Hands-on space activities.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (July 27) & noon-4 p.m. (July 28), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & infants, free). 995-5439. [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]
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]
Every Sat. & Sun. except Nov. 24 & 25. Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demo exploring how a cow's eye works and its similarities and differences from human eyes.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), U-M Exhibit Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [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]
July 26 & 27. Around 3,000 people are expected at this festival that offers a chance to taste-test any of more than 600 different beers from more than 65 different Michigan breweries. Food available. Also, live music
July 26: DJ Lewis spins at various times (4-9 p.m.). Also, Belleville country singer-songwriter Jen Lawson (6-8 p.m.), Detroit rock quartet Reggie Smith & the After Party (5-7 p.m.), and Dragon Wagon (7-9 p.m.), the highly regarded local acoustic roots-music sextet that calls its music "bluegrass folk-rock with a touch of Irish whiskey."
July 27: DJ Danny Boy spins at various times (noon-6 p.m.). Also, local pop-folk singer-songwriter Abigail Stauffer (3-5 p.m.), Detroit classic country group Austin Scott Band (1-3 p.m.), and The Sax Maniacs (4-6 p.m.), a Detroit quintet that plays upbeat sax-driven blues.
5-9 p.m. (July 26) & 1-6 p.m. (July 27). Riverside Park, Cross St. at Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $30 (July 26) & $35 (July 27) in advance at michiganbrewersguild.org, $35 (July 26) & $40 (July 27) at the gate (if available). The price of admission includes 15 beer sample tokens. Designated driver tickets, $5. michiganbrewersguild.org.
Video game tournaments with prizes.
July 27: "Double Dash Duo Derby." For 2-person teams of 6th graders through adults. Pizza.
July 28: "Wii Sports Resort Team Tourney." For all ages. Prizes.
Aug. 24: "GT Smash Kart." Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart Double Dash individual and team tournaments for 6th graders through adults. Also, trivia and outrageous outfits contests with prizes. Pizza.
Aug. 25: "Pokemania!" Pokeman tournament for all ages. Bring your own Nintendo DS game console and a pre-2010 Pokemon video game (no black or white) with Pokemon under 30 for qualifying rounds.
1-4 p.m. (July) & 1-5 p.m. (Aug.), AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [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]
Guided tour of Chelsea's historic downtown. Wear comfortable shoes.
1-3 p.m., meet at the Chelsea Depot, 125 Jackson, Chelsea. $5 suggested donation. 476-2010. [map]
Learn how to cut & etch with a LASER this Saturday!
Cost: We ask for $10 to $15 for this class.
What does all this wonderful time and money get you?
- Basic instruction on how to use the laser cutter
- 1 hour (in addition / after class time) of use on the laser cutter, with the ability to pay for more time ($10 p/hour for members, $12 p/hour for non members)
- Satisfaction in helping create a fund to maintain, repair, upgrade the laser cutter!
Basic class plans:
- Basic image editing and generation
- Difference between raster and vector
- Pre cut flight check
- How to size your document
- Laser cutter set up and lock/unlock
- Power settings and configurations
- Cleaning the bed
- Basic trouble shooting
- Acceptable materials
- Post cut flight check
FYI: This class is limited to just 8 people. PREREGISTER at http://www.allhandsactive.com/events/ now to guarantee your spot!
This class repeats every fourth Saturday of the month!
All Hands Active, 525 E. Liberty St. Donation. $10 to $15. (734) 707-8242. email@example.com http://www.allhandsactive.com/events/ [map]
Staged readings of 3 one-act plays by Glen Modell. Al Sjoerdsma directs Zach Damon, Laura Tanner, and Liam Weeks in As We Liked It, a play that reveals the true author of Shakespeare's works. Susan Morris directs Laurie Atwood and Steve White in The Bucket Under the Sink, which documents a 50-year-long marital dispute over faulty bathroom plumbing. Joe York directs The Doctor's Office, which depicts Death lurking in the corner of an emergency room, waiting for patients with no health insurance. Cast TBA.
2 & 8 p.m., Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Studio, 322 W. Ann. $5 donation. 996-1887. [map]
All kids in grades K-5 invited to learn about polymers by using materials like borax and glue to make slime, bouncy balls, and mock snow.
2-3 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [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]
2 roller derby bouts, including Ann Arbor Brawlstars vs. Chicago Outfit's Shade Brigade and Ann Arbor Bruising Co. vs. Chicago Outfit's Shakedown. Hot dogs available.
5:30 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.), Buhr Park Ice Rink, 2751 Packard. $12 suggested donation. A2derbydimes.org. [map]
Every Thurs. & Sat. WRA park interpreter Katie McGlashen helps adults and kids age 8 & up learn to target shoot with a bow & arrow. Equipment provided.
3-4:30 p.m. (Thurs.), Eddy Discovery Center lower parking lot, Bush Rd. (west off Pierce Rd. from I-94 exit 157), and 6-7:30 p.m. (Sat.), Portage Lake Day Use Area, Seymour Rd. north off Mt. Hope Rd. north from I-94 exit 150, Chelsea. Free. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee.
July 26-28. Local actors present David Shire and Richard Maltby Jr.'s musical, based on the endearing 1988 comedy-fantasy, about a 13-year-old who suddenly finds himself inhabiting an adult's body.
7 p.m. (July 26 & 27) & 3 p.m. (July 28), Dexter Center for the Performing Arts, Dexter High School, 2200 N. Parker at Shield, Dexter. Ticket price TBA. 726-0355, dextercommunityplayers.com. [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.
Reuven AnafShalom, Ed Vincent, and Marlin Whitaker call to live music by a band TBA. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a beginner lesson.
7:30-10:30 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $10 (members, $9; students, $5). 786-8380. [map]
July 26 & 27. Local debut of this charismatic Baltimore-bred actor-comedian best known for his autobiographical storytelling that alternately (and sometimes simultaneously) self-deprecating and self-aggrandizing. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 314 E. Liberty (below Seva restaurant). $13 reserved seating in advance, $15 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
July 19-21 & 26-28. EMU grad student John Vesbit directs adaptation of Titus Andronicus, Shakespeare's tragedy about a Roman general whose capture of the queen of the Goths ignites a cycle of bloody retribution and barbarism. Vesbit's adaptation repositions Titus' daughter Lavinia, merely a tragic victim of in Shakespeare, as a regenerative force who raises the possibility of breaking out of the blood feud and bringing forgiveness into a world devoid of it. Stars Jonathann West, Luna Alexander, Chris Jakob, and Sarah Lucas.
8 p.m., Mix Performance Space, 130 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. $18 (students & seniors, $15) in advance at threefoldproductions.org and at the door. 778-0627. [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]
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]
"Moth Madness and Firefly Frolics: Insects of the Night": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.more >
"Moth Madness and Firefly Frolics: Insects of the Night": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.< less
WCPARC naturalists Faye Stoner and Ron Gamble discuss nocturnal insects. Followed by a chance to catch various firefly species and look at moths drawn to bait that's been painted on trees. Bring a flashlight. All ages welcome.
9 p.m.-midnight, Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, north off North Territorial, Dexter. Free. $5 park entry fee. 971-6337, ext. 334. [map]