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]
A judged amateur riding event featuring kids and adults riding English, western, and halter styles. Concessions.
8 a.m.-about 7 p.m., Woodbine Farms, 9976 W. Liberty (east of M-52 between Parker & Guenther), Lima Twp. Free admission. spurhorseshow.com. [map]
Every Sun. Round-trip rides with various paces, distances, and destinations.
Aug. 4 (9 a.m.): "Lakes Ride." Fast-paced 95-mile ride (646-9015) along a route that passes 5 lakes west and north of Manchester.
Aug. 11 (10 a.m., meet at the municipal parking lot, Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., 1 block south of Michigan Ave., Saline): "Adrian Mural Ride." Fast-paced 60-mile ride (476-4944) to Adrian for brunch, along with a chance to view 4 Mexican-flavored murals on the route home.
Aug. 18 (9 a.m.): "Strawberry Lake Ride." Fast/moderate-paced 80-mile and 60-mile (944-0730) and slow-paced 37-mile (996-9461) rides to hunt for strawberries with a lunch stop in Dexter.
Aug. 25 (8 a.m.): "Jackson Parlour Ride." Fast/moderate-paced 100 mile ride (995-2944) to Jackson to visit one of the most popular ice cream parlors in southeastern Michigan. The return includes a ride through the Civil War Muster in Cascades Park.
Sept. 1 (9 a.m.): "Democratic Ride." A ride whose pace and destination are determined by the assembled riders.
Sept. 8 (9 a.m.): "Hathaway House Ride." Fast-paced 90-mile ride (426-4989) to Blissfield for brunch at the historic Hathaway House restaurant.
Sept. 15 (9 a.m.): "Zukey Lake Tavern Brunch Ride." Fast/moderate-paced 69-mile ride (476-4944) to Zukey Lake Tavern in Pinckney for brunch.
Sept. 22 & 29: TBA.
Various times, meet at Wheeler Park (except as noted), N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 904-6431. [map]
Display of live exotic birds from around the world, with sales of birds and bird-related items. Veterinarians and other experts are on hand to answer questions. Also, bird talks TBA. Informational displays by representatives from various national avian organizations. Raffles
10 a.m.-3 p.m., Clarion Hotel, 2900 Jackson Rd. Admission $3 (children under age 12, free). 545-5282. [map]
1st Annual Paint Dexter-A Plein Air Festival, August 13-17, 2013. Jurored Awards. Cash prizes. 1-4 entries. For Prospectus and Application, www.dextermi.gov/arts, or visit www.facebook.com/PaintDexter
Village of Dexter, 8140 Main Street, Dexter. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.facebook.com/PaintDexter [map]
Every Sun. All invited to a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Note: Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
10:15 a.m., Mitchell Field (Fuller Rd.) or just west of Fuller pool. Free. email@example.com, 846-9418.
Every Sun. Juried market that features local handmade arts and crafts, with emphasis on a particular medium or theme each week. Aug. 4: "Urban Fairies of Ann Arbor" features a Q&A with fairy door creator Jonathan Wright (1:30 p.m.), crafts (noon-3 p.m.), dancing to live music by an Irish band, and a fairy costume contest. Aug. 11: Artisanal foods. Aug. 18: Ceramics and pottery. Aug. 25: Sculpture and assemblage.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers Market, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913-9622. [map]
Join us for this 6-week introductory course designed for modern-day mystics. Classes include teachings on the inner spiritual path, meditation, soul, light, prayer and blessing. Classes offered on an ongoing rolling basis, join us when you can.
Ann Arbor Center of Light, 200 Huronview Blvd. (N. Main just before Hwy, on left). Free. 734-330-5048. firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.centersoflight.org/annarbor.html [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]
Every Sun. A variety of local performers.
Aug. 4: Gemini, the nationally acclaimed local acoustic duo of twin brothers Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits.
Aug. 11: Joe Reilly, a local singer-songwriter whose songs draw on blues, Native American, and other traditional American idioms and address ecological and spiritual themes.
Aug. 18: Royal Garden Trio, a local trio led by guitarist Brian Delaney that plays early jazz standards and Hot Club-style gypsy jazz.
Aug. 25: Dave Sharp Trio, a jazz trio led by veteran local bassist Sharp.
1-3 p.m., Kerrytown courtyard. Free. 369-3107. [map]
June 22 & 24: The Muppets Take Manhattan (Frank Oz, 1984). Musical comedy in which Kermit discovers why they say there's a broken heart for every light on Broadway. Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy.
June 29 & July 1: All about Eve (Joseph Mankiewicz, 1950). This multi-Oscar-winning film features Bette Davis in her greatest role as an aging Broadway diva who's clawed her way to the top, only to be threatened by a fan-turned-parasite. With Anne Baxter, George Sanders, and Celeste Holm, and a cameo by Marilyn Monroe.
July 6 & 8: A Hard Day's Night (Richard Lester, 1964). The Beatles' joyously exuberant film debut, a visually arresting, slapstick version of two typical days in their life. Features "Can't Buy Me Love," "And I Love Her," and other early Beatles songs.
July 13 & 15: A Day at the Races (Sam Wood, 1937). The Marx Brothers enter a horse in a steeplechase to win enough money to save from financial ruin a sanitarium where Groucho, a horse doctor illicitly employed as the director, has his eyes on one of the patients, a wealthy hypochondriac.
July 20 & 22: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Steven Spielberg, 1977). Spellbinding classic about alien contact. Richard Dreyfuss.
July 27 & 29: Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, 1939). The classic film musical based on L. Frank Baum's beloved children's fantasy. Judy Garland.
1:30 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m. (Tues.), Michigan Theater. $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50). [map]
Join us Sunday, Aug. 4 from 2 to 5 p.m. as we celebrate the new ball fields at Veterans Memorial Park. This free, family friendly event will include a ribbon cutting ceremony (2 p.m.), food (2:30 p.m. first come, first served) and carnival style activities/games, crafts and an exhibition kickball and baseball game (2:30 to 5 p.m.) 2150 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor.
Veterans Memorial Park, 2150 Jackson Road. Free. 734.794.6235. email@example.com www.a2gov.org/parks [map]
WCPARC naturalist Faye Stoner leads a hike through remnant prairie and along and over wetlands. Hat and water recommended.
2-4 p.m., Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, north off North Territorial. Free. $5 park entry fee. 971-6337, ext. 334. [map]
Aug. 4 & 18. Docent-led tour of the current exhibit that highlights the creative relationship between Japanese American sculptor Noguchi and Chinese ink painter Baishi. The Aug. 4 tour is followed at 3 p.m. by a lecture on the exhibit by UMMA Asian art curator Natsu Oyobe (preregistration required at firstname.lastname@example.org).
2 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to learn how to make a 3D scan of themselves using freely available software ad off-the-shelf parts. Space limited; arrive early.
2-4 p.m., AADL training center), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [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]
Every Sat. & Sun. except July 5 & 6. 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]
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 Sun. All invited to try this boisterous, jingly English ceremonial dance thought to be descended from the 15th-century Spanish moresca. Wear athletic shoes.
6-8 p.m., outside at the U-M campus between Rackham and North Quad. Free. Email email@example.com to confirm. 717-1569.
This class combines bellydance movements with traditional fitness training to build your strength, stability and balance. Don't worry, the burning is normal.
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $12. (734) 726-0353. firstname.lastname@example.org http://a2aviary.com/offerings/hurts-so-good-bellydance-conditioning/ [map]
Vision Community Ministries is hosting a VBX in August. What's a VBX you may ask? It's not the "typical" Vacation Bible School that's for sure! It's a Colossal Coaster World of fun all wrapped up in one week! Games, Skits, Crafts, Music, Food and Fun….oh yeah did we mention Goo, Slime, Water and more on this roller coaster of a week?!!!!
Please consider announcing on your community calendar our event. Here's the details:
Sunday August 4th-Thursday August 8th from 6:30-8pm at 1292 North Zeeb Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Ages K-5th (kids entering Kindergarten and up to entering 5th).
Visit www.visioncommunity.org for more information or contact email@example.com
Vision Community Ministries, 1292 North Zeeb. Free. 734-546-9200. firstname.lastname@example.org www.visioncommunity.org [map]
Screening of a travel video about Kathmandu and a 12-day trek to the Mt. Everest base camp. Also, information about upcoming trips to Nepal and Tibet.
6:30 p.m., Himalayan Bazaar, 218 S. Main. Free. 997-7229. [map]
This class will drill your dance fundamentals and teaches choreography to music from traditional to Macklemore. Coral Rose of Unveiled Bellydance and Lunatic Vagabonds will teach you to bellydance to anything on your playlist!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $15. (734) 726-0353. email@example.com http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belly_dance [map]
This popular Django Reinhardt-style jazz ensemble, led by fast-fingered Reinhardt disciple Evan Perri, is known for its fresh spin on Gypsy jazz. They often veer from the Reinhardt repertoire with intriguing originals and Gypsy-style covers of big band tunes and other genres. Musicians include accordionist Julien Labro, guitarist Paul Brady, saxophonist Andrew Bishop, and bassist Jordan Schug.
7 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $20-$35 (students, $10). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
The Running Institute Mile
Sunday, August 4, 8 p.m.
A world-class field, including eight sub-four-minute milers, will be attempting to run the fastest mile in the state of Michigan. The current record is 3 minutes, 55 seconds, held by former Michigan Wolverine and two-time Olympian, Kevin Sullivan.
The elite invitational is sponsored by Michigan Rehabilitation Specialists' The Running Institute, located in Ann Arbor and Northville, and organized by 2008 Olympic silver medalist in the 1500 meters and Ann Arbor resident Nick Willis. Willis will be using this race as his final tune-up for the International Associates of Athletic Federations (IAAF) World Championships in Moscow, Russia. Nick currently trains at The Running Institute with the legendary University of Michigan Ron Warhurst.
It's rare that a field of this caliber is assembled in Michigan. All are invited to witness world-class competition.
Saline High School, 1300 Campus Parkway, Saline. Free. 734-926-4710. https://www.facebook.com/events/132706860271088/ [map]