Aug. 2-4. 3 days of quilting workshops, highlighted by a fashion show and buffet dinner (Friday evening; $15), and a plated dinner and lecture by local quilting expert Sue Nickels (Saturday evening; cost TBA). Door prizes.
Times TBA, WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $20 participation fee for nonmembers plus $45-$65 per workshop in advance at gaaqg.com. 459-1326. [map]
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. 545-0541. [map]
EMU biology professor Cara Shillington leads a hike to look for and identify a large variety of spiders. If you have any local spiders you'd like identified, bring them in a container or bring a photo.
9 a.m., meet in front of the U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens gift shop, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free. 994-3569. [map]
Whether we know it or not, we are acting as agents for some kind of change - be it creative or damaging. However, as we infuse more and more consciousness into our hearts and mind, we become conscious agents for good. This seminar will bring to your awareness the level of consciousness you live in and the how to develop into becoming an agent for positive change. Suggested donation $40 (lunch included), bring a friend for free.
Center of Light, 200 Huronview Blvd. 734-330-5048. email@example.com annarbor.centersoflight.org [map]
Community fair with a popular petting zoo, a moonwalk, a space swing, kids games, homemade cakes and pies, live music, and more. Also, the annual "Artisans on the Green," a juried arts and crafts show of works by Michigan artisans, including paintings, jewelry, woodworking, dolls, and more.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Dixboro Village Green, Plymouth Rd. at Cherry Hill Rd. (2 miles east of US-23). Free admission. 665-5632.
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]
Fun and Learning Music Studio is providing a free group music lesson once a month on Saturday mornings. It will be approximately 1 hour, starting promptly at 10am. This class is appropriate for 4 1/2 year olds to 7 year olds. One parent must be in attendance for the entire session.
Snacks and drinks will be provided, questions about our curriculum, group and private lessons will be answered! We provide private instruction for piano and voice from age 5 to adult. Group lessons are a general music course with concentration on piano skills.
Please RSVP to reserve a space for you and your child(ren). Email or call firstname.lastname@example.org or call 734-417-1167
Fun and Learning Music Studio, 4115 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. 734-417-1167. email@example.com www.childrensmusicacademy.org [map]
Aug. 3 & 17. Stories and songs geared toward kids ages 6 months-5 years, accompanied by a parent. Siblings welcome.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Manzanitas, 511 Miller. $2 suggested donation per child ($5 per family). (Park in the church lot off Chapin.) 369-6563. [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]
On Saturday August 3, Jack Eaton will hold a Meet & Greet event at Allmendinger Park.
We encourage you to join the conversation with your 4th Ward neighbors.
When: Saturday, August 3
Time: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Place: Allmendinger Park on Pauline at Hutchins.
Spot: Grilling area (we'll have hot dogs and all the 'fixins')
We sincerely hope you will stop by and be part of the conversation!
Allmendinger Park. Free. 734-662-6083.
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]
Every Sat. All invited to play disc golf at one of Hudson Mills Metropark's 24-hole courses. Beginners are paired with advanced players to create parity. Prizes. Discs can be borrowed at the park office.
Noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per player; free for spectators. $5 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]
This class will work on the basic steps to this popular inversion. Never before balanced on your hands? Got some handstand know-how but want some tips and tricks? This class works with beginner-level students on building the courage and strategies for inversions on the hands. Focuses on alignment, flexibility, and strength. Will also cover spotting, falling, breath, and subtle adjustment. Each class includes 15-20 minutes of warm-up and stretching, followed by demonstration of handstand tips and tricks, and practice with spotters.
$15 per student
Drop in students welcome, but registering online will guarantee you a spot in class!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $15. (734) 726-0353. firstname.lastname@example.org http://a2aviary.com/offerings/hand-balance/ [map]
This class can take your flexibility from basic warm up stretching to beginning contortion poses, all levels are welcome to train at your own pace. We will focus on safely exploring your limits through proper warm up and mat exercises to take home. Come increase your bendy power, learn to prevent injuries through safe stretching, breathe, and stretch in a supportive environment.
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $12. (734) 726-0353. email@example.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/flexibility/ [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]
Programs presented by Hudson Mills naturalist Mark Irish.
June 22 (11 a.m.): "No Child Left Inside: Amazing Amphibians." Display and discussion of live specimens of frogs, toads, and salamanders, followed by a hike to a pond to look for amphibians in their natural habitat. Geared toward young audiences; parents welcome.
July 13 (11 a.m.): "Kids Insect Hunt." Kids ages 2-10 invited to look for and learn about some of the insects that inhabit Hudson Mills. July 14 (1-3 p.m.): "Fishing Fun." All kids invited to try their hand at fishing.
July 28 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.): "A Dog Day of Summer." All invited to bring their dog for training clinics, herding demos, doggie contests, tips from local vets, and more. $3 (dogs free).
Aug. 3 (1 p.m.): "Kids in the Creek." Kids invited to collect and observe some of the large and small inhabitants of the Huron River ecosystem. Wear boots and be prepared to get wet feet.
Aug. 10 (7:45 a.m., meet at the Dexter-Huron Metropark parking lot near the tollbooth, Huron River Dr. about 1/2 mile east of Mast Rd.): "Huron River Clean-Up." All invited to help clean up the Huron River by canoe. Those under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Lunch provided. FREE.
Aug. 24 (8 p.m.): "Bats in the Night Sky." Indoor talk about bats followed by a trek outside to look for bats living in the park.
Various times, park activity center (for fishing events, meet at the Rapids View area), 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $3 unless otherwise noted. Preregistration required. For all fishing events, tackle (including poles) and bait provided, or bring your own. $5 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]
All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to bring a game you've developed or make a game using Scratch and GameMaker. Prizes for best game made in advance and for best game made during the event.
1-5 p.m., AADL training center), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
Every Sat. LSNC volunteers feed and answer questions about the center's red-tailed hawk, peregrine falcon, and other resident raptors, who may come out of their enclosures to eat.
3-4 p.m. Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. Free. 997-1553. [map]
Treasure your vacation memories forever by transforming them into a work of art! Bring your favorite photos, ticket stubs, and souvenirs, and we will help you collage them into a 3D work of art! Tuition cost is $10/student, students ages 6 to adult are welcome! Register at flyartcenter.org to secure your space!
FLY Children's Art Center Studio, 40 N Huron Street, Ypsilanti. $10. firstname.lastname@example.org flyartcenter.org [map]
All kids in grades 3-8 invited to see what kind of and how strong a bridge they can build using straws and other household materials.
2-3 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [map]
Every Sat.All invited to join club members for blitz (5-minute) and untimed games. Some sets and clocks available; bring your own if possible.
3-5 p.m., Wendy's, 1640 Commerce Park, Chelsea. Free. 475-1583. [map]
Group meets at the Pierce Park picnic shelter in the summer months.
Aug. 3 & 17. All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. Bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book if you have them.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). Free. Call to confirm. 994-9307. [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]
All invited to join a discussion of Home, Toni Morrison's new novel about an African American Korean War vet who returns home to Georgia to find his younger sister in need of help.
4 p.m., Nicola's Books, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
Catered BBQ dinner, silent and live auctions, and a performance by the Mosaic Singers from the Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit.
5 p.m., Purple Rose Theatre parking lot, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $60 ($100 ticket includes the 8 p.m. performance of Miles & Ellie) in advance by email or phone. email@example.com, 433-7782, ext. 14. [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.
May 19: Creole du Nord. Manchester-based Cajun & Creole dance quintet.
June 23: Rev. Robert Jones. The host of WDET's Blues from the Lowlands and an ordained Baptist minister, Jones is an excellent singer and guitarist, with a huge repertoire that draws on Delta, Texas, Chicago, and other blues traditions. His band includes his wife, vocalist Sis Bernice Jones.
July 28: Bill Bynum & Co. Bluegrass-based quartet led by award-winning Downriver singer-songwriter and guitarist Bynum, whose songs also draw on old-time, early country, gospel, and contemporary folk music. His band includes fiddler Mary Seelhorst, dobro player Dave Keeney, and bassist Chuck Anderson.
Aug. 3: Luke Winslow-King. Cadillac-bred Americana singer-songwriter and guitarist who currently lives in New Orleans. His Old/New Baby was named a Top 10 Album of 2009 in the American Songwriter magazine editors poll, and OffBeat magazine says it "captures the allure of a speakeasy, the swagger of old Dixie, and the simple good-time charm of Western swing." He has a brand-new CD, The Coming Tide.
Aug. 25: The Moxie Strings. Local duo of Dragon Wagon fiddler Diana Ladio and electric cellist Alison Lynn, formerly known as String Cheese, who play a foot-stomping, rock-influenced fusion of traditional Celtic and Americana music.
7:30 p.m., Mangiamo, 107 W. Michigan Ave, Saline. $10. 429-0060. [map]
Ed Vincent calls to live music by Joyous Noise. All dances taught; no partner needed. Bring flat, smooth-sole shoes.
8-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). $10 (members, $9; students, $5). 662-9290, 769-1052. [map]
Bluegrass-based acoustic music by this duo of pioneering country-rockers. Mandolinist-guitarist Hillman is a founding member of both the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers, banjoist-guitarist Pedersen fronts the L.A. bluegrass band Laurel Canyon Ramblers, and they both spearheaded the late 80s country-rock outfit Desert Rose Band. Their current repertoire includes both bluegrass classics and material from their various bands.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $22.50 in advance at Herb David Guitar Studio and the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com), and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
Aug. 2 & 3. Veteran stand-up comic know for his hysterically oddball perspective on all manner of seemingly banal topics, from fishing, scuba diving, and female body builders to marriage, kids, and how we choose the animals we eat. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 314 E. Liberty (below Seva restaurant). $10 reserved seating in advance, $12 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
Aug. 1-3. This local ensemble presents Chekhov's classic tragedy of the plight of the artist, the irrevocable passage of time, and hopelessly misguided love that evokes both humor and pathos. This production, which uses Tom Stoppard's 1997 translation, emphasizes the often overlooked humor in Chekhov's script, especially in the way the characters simultaneously overdramatize and evade their emotional lives. Cast: Amanda Barnett, Nan Bauer, Isaac Ellis, Cydney Heed, Lauren Hoag, Allan Guilpain, Robin Kalellis, Greg Kovas, Joseph McDonald, Jeffrey Miller, Jahmeel Powers, Rob Sulewski, Anne S. Rhoades, and Rachel Robbins Toon.
8 p.m., Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
High-energy dance party with salsa, merengue, bachata, and cha-cha dancing to music spun by a DJ. No partner necessary. Preceded by beginner (7 p.m.) and advanced (8 p.m.) salsa lessons.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main (above Elmo's). $5 ($8 includes lesson). (313) 808-0358. [map]