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Calendar of Events

Thursday, August 8, 2013

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 10 a.m.  Free! 

Call For Artists: Dexter Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee.

  community member   < less Paint Dexter-A Plein Air Festival

1st Annual Paint Dexter-A Plein Air Festival, August 13-17, 2013. Jurored Awards. Cash prizes. 1-4 entries. For Prospectus and Application,, or visit
Village of Dexter, 8140 Main Street, Dexter. Free. [map]
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 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Nature Fun on Thursday!": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalists lead programs for kids. Geared toward ages 5-8. Aug. 1: "Exploring the Creek" (Parker Mill County Park, Geddes Rd. just east of US-23). A chance to wade in the creek to look for fish, frogs, and insects. Wear closed-toe shoes or boots. Meet at the pavilion near the restrooms. Aug. 8: "Creatures of the Night!" (County Farm Park, Platt Rd. entrance). A chance to learn about bats, moths, fireflies, owls, and other creatures. Games, a story, and a craft. Aug. 15: "Fun and Fishing" (Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, north off North Territorial). Fishing instruction and a chance to fish. Poles and bait provided. Aug. 22: "Spiders Are Spectacular" (County Farm Park, Platt Rd. entrance). A spider craft, followed by a hike to catch (and release) spiders.
10:30-11:30 a.m., Free. $5 vehicle entry fee required on Aug. 15. Preregistration required. 971-6337, ext. 334.
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 1:30 p.m. 

"Camp Nicola's Books for Kids!": Nicola's Books.

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Every Thurs. through Aug. 22. Nicola's staffers lead craft activities for kids ages 7-12. Crafts come from books which must be purchased and read in advance. Aug. 1: The Kids' Paper Airplane Book. Aug. 8: Fun with Papertoy Monsters. Aug. 15: Star Wars Origami. Aug. 22: Fun with Recycled Robots.
1:30 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free with book purchase. Preregistration required. 662-0600. [map]
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 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"From Pages to Art: Recycled Books Paper Crafts": Chelsea District Library.

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Crafter Melanie Bell shows how to make handmade flowers and other paper crafts using the pages of recycled books. Bring scissors.
3-4 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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 3 & 7 p.m. 

"Les Miserables": Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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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 and at the door. 268-6200, 253-2375. [map]
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 5-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Free HIV Testing: S3 Safe Sex Store and HIV/AIDS Resource Center.

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Free HIV testing is available at S3 Safe Sex Store every Thursday until 8:00 p.m.
Testing is performed by HARC staff.
Walk-ins welcome, or call to schedule an appointment. Test takes approximately 20 minutes.
S3 Safe Sex Store, 1209 South University. Free. 734-741-1434. [map]
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 6:30-10 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks: Homemade Ravioli.

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Join us for a hands-on evening with Francesca Giarraffa where you will roll up your sleeves and get up close and personal with the ravioli-making process! Master the dough, the fillings, and the sauces. This one is all about practice, practice, practice - and the best part - you get to learn from a native Italian chef! Come hungry! Full participation. Menu: Ravioli filled with Sauteed Mushrooms topped with a Tomato-Basil Sauce; Butternut Squash Ravioli topped with a White, Cream & Sage Sauce. Register online 48 hours in advance at
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $75/person. 734-645-1030. [map]
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 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

Hula Hoop: A2 Aviary.

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Hoop Dance is a cardio based workout that uses many different muscles of the body. It challenges both the mind and body while you learn moves that require skill, balance, and technique. "Hooping" is fun and challenging and will leave you wanting more.
Please wear comfortable clothing and of course bring your hoop. There will be a limited number of hoops available for those who don't have one.
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $12. (734) 726-0353. [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 for more information or contact
Vision Community Ministries, 1292 North Zeeb. Free. 734-546-9200. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

ACBL Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.

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Every Thurs. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. No partner required.
7 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $7. 761-6691. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Lori Nelson Spielman: Nicola's Books.

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This Michigan writer reads from The Life List, her charming debut novel about a woman who sets out to complete an old list of childhood goals and ends up on a path she never expected. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Self Defense Classes.

  community member   < less Knife Defense at the Level 6 Instructor's Bootcamp, Toronto 2013

On-going self defense classes using Commando Krav Maga (CKM) tactical techniques. CKM is a reality-based self-defense system utilized by Israeli Special Forces. Students learn the techniques needed to survive violent or aggressive encounters. The primary goal is survival.
The techniques are simple to learn and easy to remember during times of stress:
- Gun disarming
- Knife attacks
- Knife hold-ups
- Chokes & Grabs
- Ground survival
- Hand-to-hand combat
- Attack Psychology
Multiple classes are offered each week and private lessons are available.
Every Mon 730-9pm, Tue 7-8:30pm and Thur 7-830pm. Check our website calendar for class updates!
The instructor, Mike Trester, is a level 6 certified Commando Krav Maga instructor with 23-plus years of law enforcement experience, including over 18 years on the Special Weapons And Tactical team. He is one of 9 CKM instructors holding a level 6 or higher in the United States.
Commando Krav Maga Chelsea, 14495 N Territorial Rd, Chelsea. Monthly fee $60. 734-904-5003. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Chinese Egg Rolls with Chef Ming": Dexter District Library.

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All age 18 & over invited to try making egg rolls. Note: Register early; this is a very popular program.
7 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Roots of Rural Music": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Lecture-demo by Illinois folksinger Chris Vallillo. Performing on an array of vintage instruments, Vallillo traces the evolution of American roots music from the steamboat era to early radio.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

AHA - Raspberry Pi Meetup!: All Hands Active.

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Second Thursday Build Nights have a special emphasis involving the Raspberry Pi! Bring one if you have one, or try out one of ours!
Makers gather here at the AHA! Shop. We take our world and play with it like legos. Mixing and matching recipes of life like a top chef with a picky client. A dash of electronics, a pinch of art, a scoop of biology and a MONSTER amount of awesome.
Have a project? Bring it down! We can provide:
- Basic Hand Tools (Screwdrivers, hammers, files, wrenches, scissors, knives)
- Safety Equipment (Goggles, Gloves, Masks)
- Power Tools* (Drill, Reciprocating Saw, Dremel, Drill Press, Lathe)
- XYZ Tools** (3D Printer, Laser Cutter, CNC Mill)
- Awesome (Sewing Machines, Needles, Thread, Glue Guns)
- And a whole lot more.
Don't have a project? Come down and WATCH AMAZING THINGS HAPPEN. You'll learn something, and maybe help someone else out!
All Hands Active, 525 E. Liberty St. Free. Donation. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Summer Gazebo Concerts: Village of Manchester.

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Area musicians perform a series of outdoor concerts in Manchester's downtown gazebo. Bring picnics, chairs, and blankets. Rain or shine.

June 13: Family-friendly concert by Pinckney musician Guy Louis.

June 20: Moxie Strings. Local Celtic and Americana fiddle/cello duo.

June 27: Sister Wilene. Michigan old-time country quintet.

July 11: Patriotic marches and swing by the Manchester Brass Band.

July 25: Los Gatos. Local Latin jazz band led by drummer Pete Siers that specializes in the music of Cal Tjader, the late San Francisco vibes player who ignited the 1950s mambo craze.

Aug. 1: The Raisin Pickers. Veteran Manchester-based string ensemble that plays old-time jug band dance music, western swing, and newgrass.

Aug. 8: The Billy King Band. Local blues-flavored rock 'n' roll band led by singer-songwriter-guitarist King.

7:30 p.m., Wurster Park gazebo (Main St. just west of M-52), Manchester. Rain location: Emanuel Church hall, 324 W. Main, Manchester. Free; donations appreciated. 428-0159.
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 7:30 p.m. 

"My Name Is Asher Lev": Performance Network Professional Season.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Aug. 8-Sept. 8, and Sept. 14 & 15. David Magidson directs the Michigan premiere of Aaron Posner's drama adapted from Chaim Potok's 1972 novel about a boy growing up in a sheltered Hasidic community in 1950s Brooklyn, who discovers he has a prodigious talent as an artist. Immersing himself in an art form steeped in Christian imagery, he produces a masterwork, The Brooklyn Crucifixions, that he hesitates to exhibit since it may bring shame on his family and community. Stars Mitchell Koory, Naz Edwards, & Loren Bass. The Sept. 1 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. (Aug. 24 & Sept. 7), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (Aug. 8), $22 (Aug. 9, 11, & 15), and $30 (Aug. 10). Aug. 16 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After Aug. 16: $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 & 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]
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 7:45- 8:45 p.m. 

Lyra (Aerial Hoop): A2 Aviary.

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The Lyra (also known as the aerial hoop, aerial ring or cerceau) is a circular steel apparatus, resembling a hula hoop. It is suspended from the ceiling and can be used static, spinning, or swinging. This class is designed for beginning aerialists to gain confidence and strength in the fundamentals of Lyra. You will learn to get on and off the apparatus 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 student
Six student maximum
Drop in students are welcome, but registering online will guarantee you a spot in the class!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $25. (734) 726-0353. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

PhoenixPhest Grande Faculty Concert Series: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Aug. 5, 6, & 8 (different programs). Three evenings of chamber music concerts, in conjunction with the PhoenixPhest! music student workshops. Program TBA.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15. Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 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, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"The UFO Show": Emergent Arts.

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A variety show that features standup comics, musicians, storytellers, and others. Emcee is comic (and retired Ann Arbor police detective) Khurum Sheikh.
8 p.m., Mix Performance Space, 130 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. Tickets $8., 985-0875. [map]
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