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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, August 7, 2013






 
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 8 a.m.  Free! 

"Early Morning Ride from Ann Arbor West Side": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Moderate-paced 40-mile ride to Chelsea or Whitmore Lake and beyond.
10 a.m. (Apr., Oct., & Nov.), 9 a.m. (May, June & Sept.), & 8 a.m. (July & Aug.) Bird Hills Park parking lot, Newport Rd. Free. 649-9762.
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Superior Salem Dirt Road": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Wed. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 19 miles or more along gravel country roads.
9 a.m., Trinity Presbyterian Church parking lot, Gotfredson Rd. at Ann Arbor-Plymouth Rd. Free. 248-437-5067, 663-5060, 663-8980.
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 9-10 a.m.  Free! 

Ele's Place "Tour of the Heart": Ele's Place.

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Join us for one hour non-denominaltion Ele's Place "Tour of the Heart" to learn first-hand how our weekly activity based peer support groups for grieving children,teens and families help to heal broken hearts. To register for the Tour, to inquire about Traveling Tour of the Heart to bring to your place of education, work, worship or fellowship, or for further information or questions about our resources and services, please email: ggreenspan@elesplace. org or call: 734 929-6640
Firstr Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. 734 929-6640. ggreenspan@elesplace.org www.elesplace.org [map]
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 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Babytime iPads": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All parents invited to bring their infants through 2-year-olds to explore baby-proofed iPads.
10-11 a.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 11-11:45 a.m.  Free! 

Fiddlers ReStrung: Saline District Library.

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Performance by this high-energy young local fiddling ensemble, who also discuss their instruments. Recommended for kids ages 4 & up.
11-11:45 a.m., SDL Brecon Room, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free, but preregistration required, beginning July 21, in the Youth Department. 429-5450. [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

"LeapFrog LeapReader": Barnes & Noble.

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All kids ages 3-7 invited for a storytelling program using this device designed to help them learn to read. Cookie treat.
11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. Preregistration required. 973-0846. [map]
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 Noon-2 p.m.  Free! 

Beat the Heat Lunch Time Concert Series: Espresso Royale and University of Michigan Credit Union.

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Each Wednesday in August, enjoy an outdoor acoustic show outside Espresso Royale on South University. From noon until 2pm, there will be deals, giveaways and samples, along with our local artist.
Espresso Royale, South University, 1101 S University Ave. Free. sdouglas@espressoroyale.com www.espressoroyale.com [map]
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 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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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]
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 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Mini Clay Figures: Kerbal Edition": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades K-5 invited to make a miniature figure for the Kerbal Space Program game.
2-4 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). 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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 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Bike & Brew Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Tues. Apr.-Oct. 20-mile ride, at various paces, through Milan to the area around Britton-Macon.
5:30 p.m., meet at Saline municipal parking lot, Ann Arbor Rd. south of US-12, Saline. Free. 747-1862.
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 6 p.m. sharp  Free! 

"West Side Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Wed. Moderate/fast-paced 25-mile ride and slow-paced ride, 13-18 miles, to the Dexter Dairy Queen and back. Now in its 37th year, this ride is a favorite with newcomers and casual riders.
6 p.m. (May-Sept.) & 5:30 p.m. (Apr. & Oct.) sharp, meet at at Paladin (formerly Sweepster) parking lot, 2800 N. Zeeb Rd. Free. 426-5116 (longer ride), 665-4552 & 761-2659 (shorter ride). [map]
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 6:30-9:30 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks: Eat the Season - Summer Feast!.

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The beautiful thing about Summer is the bounty and fantastic fresh flavors. In this technique-focused hands-on class, we will celebrate Michigan's seasonal produce at its nutritional best. You'll learn how to choose, clean, blanch, saute, fry, bake and dress a veritable feast, then we'll gather to enjoy every sun-kissed bite! Full participation. Menu: Fried Green Tomato BLT; Charred-Corn Succotash; Eggplant, Zucchini & Tomato Tian; Sauteed Fennel and Red Onion with Arugula; Raspberry and Blueberry with Vanilla Ice Cream with Balsamic and Honey Reduction. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $75/person. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

Static Trapeze - Basics and Conditioning: A2 Aviary.

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Static trapeze, or fixed trapeze, is a circus art performed on the bars and ropes of a mainly stationary trapeze. This class is designed for beginning aerialists to gain confidence and strength in the fundamentals of Static Trapeze. You will learn to get on and off the trapeze unassisted, as well as seated and under the bar poses.
Strength makes it seamless! This is also an excellent conditioning class for established aerialists looking to hone their transitions and perfect their technique, without focusing on choreography.
Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination - not to mention bruises in unusual places…!
$25 per single class
Six student limit
Drop students are welcome, but registering online will guarantee you a spot in class!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $25. (734) 726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/static-trapeze-basics-conditioning/ [map]
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 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

VBX Colossal Coaster: Vision Community.

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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 info@visioncommunity.org
Vision Community Ministries, 1292 North Zeeb. Free. 734-546-9200. info@visioncommunity.org www.visioncommunity.org [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Health Lectures: Nutritional Healing Center.

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Aug. 14: Nutritionist Kerry Cradit on "Arteries & the Truth About Cholesterol." Aug. 24: Chiropractor Amanda Childress on "The Truth About Fats." Aug. 28: Chiropractor Denise Acton on "Weight Loss."
7 p.m., NHC, 3610 W. Liberty. Free. 302-7575. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Map Madness with Decoupage": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited use colorful old maps and decoupage techniques to create small, decorative keepsake boxes. Materials provided.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"UMjobs.org": Ann Arbor District Library.

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U-M Human Resources Office business systems analyst Kathleen McCollum discusses how to search and apply for U-M jobs.
7-9 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

History of Books & Printing Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to discuss Removable Type: Histories of the Book in Indian Country, Phillip Round's book about the relationship between Native Americans and printed books from 1663 to 1880.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]
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 7:30-10 p.m.  Free! 

Visitors Night: Ann Arbor Model Railroad Club.

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All invited to check out the trains whizzing around on the club's big, elaborate layout, housed in a depot restored by the club.
7:30-10 p.m., Michigan Central depot, 3487 Broad, Dexter. Free. 426-5100. [map]
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 7:30-10 p.m.  Free! 

Visitors Night: Ann Arbor Model Railroad Club.

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All invited to check out the trains whizzing around on the club's big, elaborate layout, housed in a depot restored by the club.
7:30-10 p.m., Michigan Central depot, 3487 Broad, Dexter. Free. 426-5100. [map]
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 7:45-8:45 p.m. 

Static Trapeze - Intro to Routine: A2 Aviary.

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Static trapeze, or fixed trapeze, is a circus art performed on the bars and ropes of a mainly stationary trapeze. This class will be an introduction to basic assents, poses, and other foundational skills needed for this very athletic art form. Each class will build skills to culminate in a routine.
Beginner students will work to develop skills, more advanced students will layer personal style, choreography and refinement over the basics. While it is recommended that students be comfortable with getting on and off the trapeze unassisted, this course is suitable for both beginners and established aerialists.
Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination - not to mention bruises in unusual places…!
$25 per single class
Six student maximum
Drop in students are welcome, but registering online guarantees you a spot in class!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $25. (734) 726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/static-trapeze-intro-to-routine/ [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Open Stage: The Ark.

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All acoustic performers invited. Fifteen acts are selected randomly from those who sign up to perform 8 minutes (or 2 songs) each. The most talented and popular Open Stage performers are offered their own evenings at the Ark.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $3 (students & members, $2). 761-1451. [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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