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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, July 31, 2013






 
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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 aareced.com for more information.
Community Education & Recreation, 1515 S. 7th Street. Different prices for each sport. 734-994-2300 x 53214. williams@aaps.k12.mi.us aareced.com [map]
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 8 a.m.-evening  Free! 

Youth Show: Washtenaw County 4-H.

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July 28-Aug. 2. Six days of farm animal shows and auctions, plus crafts, exhibits, all-day equestrian competitions, and assorted contests from vegetable decorating to a goat milk-out. Highlights include the popular "Llama Leaping" (July 31, 2 p.m.), all-ages craft activities (Aug. 1, 9 a.m.-noon), the livestock auction (Aug. 1, 6:30 p.m.), an archery contest (Aug. 2, 1 p.m.), the "Animal Decorator Contest" (Aug. 2, 1:30 p.m.), and the "Ag Olympics" (Aug. 2, around 3:30 p.m.) in which 4-H youth compete in Olympic-style games involving water, mud, and agricultural products. For complete daily schedule, see extension.ewashtenaw.org.
3-6 p.m. (July 28) & 8 a.m.-evening (July 29-Aug. 2), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 222-3877. [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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 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Clothespin Puppets": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades K-5 to make pocket-sized puppets using clothespins and other bits.
2-3 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 3 & 8 p.m. 

"Miles & Ellie": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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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]
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 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Party Appetizers": Saline District Library.

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All kids in middle school and up invited to make appetizers.
3-4 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; Preregistration required. 429-5450. [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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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Roots of the Music: Origins of Motown Sound": Dexter District Library.

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Talk by Detroit Historical Society marketing and sales director Bob Sadler.
7 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]
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 7-10 p.m. 

"The Cattle Drive to Chicago": Zingerman's Roadhouse.

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Roadhouse chef Alex Young hosts a dinner featuring BBQ and other foods that would be found along the path of 19th-century cattle drives from Texas to Chicago.
7-10 p.m., Zingerman's Roadhouse, 2501 Jackson. $50 includes beer pairings. Reservations required. 663-3663. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Daniel Fernandes: The Ark Open Stage Showcase.

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Performance by this singer-songwriter who was selected by organizers from among the performers at the Ark's Open Stage nights during the past year. A Toronto native who works full-time at GM while attending U-M part-time, Fernandes is a classically trained pianist whose songs draw on classical, jazz, folk, and gospel idioms
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $10 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com), the ark, org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 9-11 p.m. 

Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.

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Every Wed. Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner needed. Bring casual or nicer shoes that stay on your feet when you're active. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson. Followed at 11 p.m. by "Late Night @ Silvio's" swing dancing (see Nightspots).
9-11 p.m., Michigan Union Pendleton Room, $5 (students, $4; $1 discount for members). 945-8428. [map]
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Science camp for kids ages 6-14
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Top of the Lamp, Ann Arbor's locally owned lighting specialty store.