This downtown festival features a large craft show, live music, kids activities, contests, a blackjack tournament, the large "Saline Street Machines" car show, a teen block party (Aug. 9), trike races, a 5-km race with cash prizes, food, a beer and wine tent, and more. The Aug. 9 headliner is the versatile Ohio rock cover band 56 Daze. The Aug. 10 headliner is Phoenix Theory, a Detroit rock cover band made up of members of Scoot Magoo, Fifty Amp Fuse, and the Uncle Kracker band. Updated schedule available at salinesummerfest.org.
Times TBA, downtown Saline. Free admission. 604-0051.
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. except July 12 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. 8 a.m., meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 996-9461 (June 7), 665-3961 (June 14), 994-6340 (June 21), 426-4989 (June 28), 663-5060 (July 5), 274-6350 (July 19), 546-1047 (July 26). 649-9762. 649-9762. [map]
Competitive equine ballet by skilled regional horses and riders, highlighted by graceful freestyle routines set to music. Bring your own lawn chairs; no pets. Concessions.
8 a.m.-5 p.m., Waterloo Hunt Club, Glenn at Katz (west off Mount Hope Rd. from I-94 exit 150), Grass Lake. Free. 426-2088.
Aug. 10 & 17. All invited to help Matthaei staff members remove invasive plants. Dress for outdoor work. Snacks and tools provided, or bring your own. Note: Kids age 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Youth ages 16-18 must submit a permission form.
9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Arb Reader Center (Aug. 10), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (Aug. 17), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration requested. 647-8528. [map]
Friends of the Dexter District Library Used Book Sale
Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013
9 am to 3 pm
Dexter District Library
3255 Alpine Street
Dexter, MI 48130
Prices range from 25 cents to $2.00 with a special selection of various priced gift books. Everyone is welcome. All proceeds directly benefit the library.
Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine Street, Dexter. Free admission. 734-426-4477. www.dexter.lib.mi.us [map]
All invited to help city staff maintain the natural areas in various city parks. Also, staffers lead a short nature walk at the end of each workday. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance.
Sept. 8: Marshall Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the parking lot on Dixboro just north of Plymouth) and Sugarbush Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the entrance near the tennis courts on Rumsey St. at the north end of Georgetown Blvd. off Plymouth) to remove invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle. Also a walk through Sugarbush to look for its special features, including blue ash and pawpaw trees.
Sept. 15: Hannah Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the entrance at the end of Bath St., west of Seventh between Huron and Miller) to remove invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle.
Sept. 21 : Sunset-Brooks Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, Sunset Rd. at the end of Brooks St.) to clear trails and spread woodchips in this oak-hickory woodland, and Hollywood Park (9 a.m.-noon, Sequoia Pkwy. near the intersection of Archwood Dr.) and Miller Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the entrance on Westwood north of Arborview) to remove invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle.
Sept. 28: Greenview Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, across from Barnard Rd. on Greenview Rd. off Scio Church Rd. west of S. Seventh St.) to remove invasive shrubs and spread woodchips on the trails and Argo Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the parking lot north of the Argo Canoe Livery off Longshore Dr.) to remove invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle.
Oct. 6: Mary Beth Doyle Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the end of Verle west off Platt south of Packard) to remove invasive shrubs and help improve the trails, and Bird Hills Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the Bird Rd. entrance) to remove invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle.
Oct. 12: Wurster Park (9 a.m.-noon, entrance at the cul-de-sac on Edgewood Pl. off W. Davis between Third St. & Fifth St.) to remove invasive shrubs and spread woodchips on the trails, and Miller Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the Arborview entrance, just east of Wildwood) to help clear trails and spread woodchips.
Oct. 13: Kuebler Langford Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the Beechwood entrance off Sunset just north of M-14) to collect seeds and learn how to identify native plants in the seed-bearing stage of their growth cycle.
Oct. 26: Dicken Woods Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, Dicken Dr. off S. Maple) to help remove invasive buckthorn, plant perennials, and work on trail maintenance, and Molin Nature Area (1-4 p.m., Powell Rd. from Columbia Ave. east of Kimberly from Packard just west of Eisenhower) to remove invasive shrubs.
Various times & locations. Free. 996-3266.
Aug. 9 & 10. This yard sale is part of a state-wide event with various sales along the road between Detroit and New Buffalo.
9 a.m.-5 p.m., Rentschler Farm Museum, 1265 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. Free admission. 944-0442. [map]
Sale of used books.
10 a.m.-2 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. $5 per bag (2nd bag free). 429-5450. [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 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]
Area nonprofit rescue groups display pets for adoption. Also, local vendors, a pet psychic, and other entertainment TBA.
10 a.m.-6 p.m., Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. $5 admission (kids age 10 & under, free). annarborpetfest.com, 929-6533. [map]
All invited to form a team to compete in this spirited sport using flying discs. Also, gummy bears, bananas, bagels, and water.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Lillie Park, Platt at Ellsworth (entrance on Platt, 1/2 mile south of Ellsworth). $120 per team. Preregistration required online or by email. email@example.com, bit.ly/treetown13.
A celebration of the evolution of farming in Michigan, with displays of everything from horse-drawn plows and steam-powered machines to modern farm equipment. Also, tours of the 10-room farmhouse ($3).
10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Aug. 10) & noon-5 p.m. (Aug. 11), Waterloo Area Farm Museum, 9998 Waterloo-Munith Rd. (left off Clear Lake Rd. 5 miles north from I-94 exit 153), Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. Free. (517) 596-2254. [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]
WCPARC naturalist Ron Gamble discusses butterflies that can be found in the area. Followed by a chance to catch (and release) butterflies. Hat and water recommended.
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Leonard Preserve, meet at the dead end of Union St. north off Main west of M-52, Manchester. Free. 971-6337, ext. 334.
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]
Edinboro (PA) University film and animation professor Brad Pattullo, a professional animator, offers hands-on introduction to the animation-style used by Terry Gilliam for Monty Python's Flying Circus for teens in grades 6-12 (Aug. 10) and adults (Aug. 11).
11 a.m.-4 p.m. (Aug. 10) & 12:30-5:30 p.m. (Aug. 11), AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [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]
National Federation of the Blind of Michigan Washtenaw County Chapter support group Meeting: National Federation of the Blind of Michigan.more >
National Federation of the Blind of Michigan Washtenaw County Chapter support group Meeting: National Federation of the Blind of Michigan.< less
The local Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind promotes the security, equality and opportunity of all blind persons. With the right training and opportunity blind people can compete on equal terms with their sighted peers. It is respectable to be blind. Blindness is just another physical characteristic or nuisance. Blind people speak for themselves and serve as mentors for each other. Blind people of any age are welcome from children through seniors. The primary focus of the National Federation of the Blind, both on the national and local level is to change what it means to be blind through advocacy. We are not primarily a social organization, although social events occur in the context of our advocacy work. Examples of our advocacy might include assisting a blind student to receive Braille instruction or assisting a blind person who is experiencing discrimination in regards to employment due to blindness. Lunch is from 12:00 to 1:00 with the Business Meeting at 1:00.
Pizza Pinos Restaurant, 221 W. Liberty 48104. Donation. Terri Wilcox (734) 663-4050. email@example.com [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. firstname.lastname@example.org 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]
Aug. 10, 11, 24, & 25. Museum staff give family-friendly science demos. Aug. 10 & 11: "Mind Over Matter" features experiments with extreme states of solids, liquids, and gases. Aug. 24 & 25: "Good Vibes" features sound experiments, including the chance to see a flame extinguished by sound.
1 & 3 p.m., AAHOM Legacy Gallery, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
All invited for a hike on hilly trails to identify trees, shrubs, and herbs. Wear sturdy shoes & bring a water bottle.
1-3 p.m., Sharon Hills Preserve, Sharon Hollow Rd. between Walker and Washburn (off Grass Lake Rd. from M-52 south of I-94), Manchester. Free; preregistration required. email@example.com, 302-5263.
The Arduino Microcontroller allows one to easily create devices that interact with the world. From something as simple as a door alarm, to complex line following robots and hovering quad-copters.
We'll be covering the basics in this class, from installing the software and connecting the hardware, to putting together a simple circuit and playing with different electrical components. For the most part, we will be following tutorials on arduino.cc & ladyada.net.
What you absolutely have to bring:
- A laptop
Optional, but helpful:
- Install the software: http://arduino.cc/en/Main/Software
- Bring some supplies (not necessary, but helpful if you have it already)
- - Arduino
- - Breadboard + Wire
- - Resistors, photocells, Switches, etc.
This class assumes you know absolutely nothing about electronics, microcontrollers, etc.
Cost: $10 Members, $15 Non Members. If you can't swing that, but think you can help out with setup / takedown / promotions, let us know and we'll wo
All Hands Active, 525 E. Liberty St. $10 to $15. 734-252-9595. firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.allhandsactive.com/events/ [map]
A secret fairy wonderland...a dinosaur jungle...use your imagination to create an imaginary land of your own! Tuition cost is $10/student, students ages 6 to adult are welcome! Classes will be at the new FLY Studio, 40 N. Huron in downtown Ypsilanti. Register at flyartcenter.org to secure your space!
FLY Children's Art Center Studio, 40 N Huron Street, Ypsilanti. $10. email@example.com flyartcenter.org [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]
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]
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.
Aug. 10 & 17. Families invited to bring tents, sleeping bags, and lawn chairs for this overnight campout. Evening activities include crafts, fishing, games, a campfire with s'mores, and stargazing. Pancake breakfast ($1) available Sunday morning.
6 p.m. until Sunday morning (tent setup begins at 2 p.m.), Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. Preregistration required. $7 (per person) camping fee.. $5 vehicle entry fee. 484-9676, ext. 0. [map]
Local singer-songwriter Massaro is joined by several local musicians for an eclectic program of originals, covers, and improvisation on a wide range of instruments, including piano, guitar, flute, Native American flute, pennywhistle, percussion, and didgeridoos. Performers are Massaro's pop-folk trio Bliss, the barbershop quartet Algorithm, and singer-musicians Jeanne Adwani, Cindy Reedy, and Laurel Emrys.
8-10 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $8 ($15 for 2). 665-0409. [map]
Aug. 9 & 10. Stand-up comic from L.A. known for his edgy observational humor about contemporary culture and politics. 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]
This local father-and-daughter acoustic duo celebrates the release of their debut CD, Innocent When You Dream, a varied collection of traditional and contemporary folk, jazz, and classical music. They are joined tonight by bassist Jacob Warren, pianist Brian Brill, and multi-instrumentalist Laz Slomovits, San's twin brother and partner in the veteran local duo Gemini.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and the ark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 performancenetwork.org & 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]