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Calendar of Events

Thursday, August 15, 2013

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 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

FLY Puppet Camp with Dreamland Theater!: FLY Children's Art Center & Dreamland Theater.

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Fly Children's Art Center and Dreamland Theater are teaming up for an awesome summer day camp! Ypsi Puppet Camp will introduce your child to the art of puppetry, storytelling and the joy of performance. Participants will work with FLY and Dreamland staff to create string, shadow and hand puppets, team up with other campers to write an original script, and then rehearse and perform their puppet show for a live audience on the Dreamland stage! Don't miss this summer blast at Ypsi Puppet Camp!
Camp cost: $80.00 per child
Ages 7-14 (10 student limit)
Dates: August 12th - 16th
Time: 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
**2 performance times will be set for the weekend 16th-18th once camp begins
** Morning drop off will be at FLY children's ART Center 40 N. Huron.
*All proceeds from Ypsi Puppet Camp go to fund FLY Children's Art Center after school programs and Dreamland Theater operations.
*Families will be asked to donate a food item for concession sales at the performances.
FLY Children's Art Center Studio, 40 N Huron Street, Ypsilanti. $80 per child. [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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 2-7 p.m. 

Pittsfield Farmers Market: Pittsfield Township.

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Pittsfield Township Farmers Market opens on June 13th (2:00 - 7:00) and is located at the Township Hall (corner of Platt and Michigan, with East-West access from Bemis).

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Events include:
June 13th - Make a kite to fly with your Dad and musical entertainer Kevin DeVine.
June 20th - Pittsfield Fire Safety, including fireworks safety.
June 27th - Healthy Cooking Demonstration
No Market on July 4th
July 11th - Pittsfield DPS Bike Safety
July 18th - Ann Arbor District Library Story Time
July 25th - Pittsfield Parks and Rec "Fun with Beans" and musical entertainer Kevin Devine.
August 1st - Saline Fiddlers.
August 8th - Pittsfield Park and Rec Scavenger Hunt.
August 15th - Saline District Library Story Time
Pittsfield Township Hall, 6201 W. Michigan Avenue. Free admission. 734-822-3135. www.pittsfield-mi-gov [map]
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Better Off Read" Book Discussion Group: Dexter District Library.

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All invited to discuss novels TBA.
2 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]
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 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Locker Makeover": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Kids in grades 6-12 make cool stuff to organize and fix up their lockers.
2-3 p.m., Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 2-2:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Pageturners": Saline District Library.

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Graduates of grades 4-7 invited to discuss a book TBA.
2-2:45 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required beginning July 14. 429-5450. [map]
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 5-9 p.m.  Free! 

7th Annual Nashbash: Kerrytown District Association.

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This mini country music festival is headlined by Doug & Telisha Williams, a husband-and-wife duo from Martinsville (VA) known for their neo-honky-tonk story songs about the struggles of ordinary people in contemporary small-town America. "Doug & Telisha Williams have the old-time, pre-70s country, mountain & honky-tonk roadhouse music all blended together into their own whiskey," says country singer Darrell Scott. Opening acts: Whit Hill & the Postcards, a former local mainstay now based in Nashville. Hill's richly imaginative country-folk originals are often spiked with her offbeat sense of humor. Also, the Nashville-based country duo The Haphazards, local singer-songwriter Matt Boylan, and a band fronted by Bill Edwards, the local country singer-songwriter whose songs have been covered by the likes of Lee Roy Parnell and T. Graham Brown. Also, an artisan market and Trunkapalooza trunk sales. Barbecue and drinks available. Followed by an after party at the aut bar (315 Braun Ct.).
5-9 p.m., Farmers Market. Free admission. 769-2999.
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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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 6:15 p.m.  Free! 

Free Community Zumba Fitness Class!: Maize and Move - Ann Arbor Community Zumba Fitness.

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Come join the party with Maize and Move, Ann Arbor Community Zumba!
Zumba Fitness is the Latin-inspired dance fitness program that has had millions feeling the joy of moving toward health!
Everyone is welcome - from Zumba Newbies to seasoned veterans! I structure my class so everyone can come, feel the music, and have a great time doing it! Can't dance? No problem! Just follow me!
Join us at Footnotes - A Dance Experience, on Thursday, August 15th for a free community Zumba class!
Footnotes - A Dance Experience, Concourse Hall 4531 Concourse Drive Ann Arbor, MI 48108. Free. Donations accepted.
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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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 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! 

Growing Hope Tour: Ann Arbor Garden Club.

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Growing Hope director Amanda Edmonds discusses Growing Hope and gives a tour of the hoop house, herb, and vegetable gardens.
7 p.m., Growing Hope, 922 Michigan Ave. Free. 788-3298. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Self Defense Classes.

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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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 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Duct Tape Fun": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades K-5 (accompanied by an adult) invited to use duct tape to make colorful and sturdy bookmarks, flip-flops, hats, or whatever you can imagine. Materials provided.
7-8 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 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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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Summer Music Series": Saline Main Street.

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Every Thurs. except July 4, through Aug. 22 Downtown concerts by area bands. June 6: Beatles tribute band Toppermost. June 13: Bluegrass and high-energy American folk student fiddle ensemble the Saline Fiddlers. June 20: Detroit acoustic country-pop singer-songwriter Kari Holmes. June 27: the Saline Big Band. July 11: the Manchester Cajun & Creole quintet Creole du Nord. July 18: Tim McGraw tribute artist Allen as Tim. July 25: William Shadrick & the Modern Day Drifters. Howell country quartet led by singer-songwriter Shadrick, whose influences range from Hank Williams and Merle Haggard to Brad Paisley and Alan Jackson. Aug. 1: Detroit Elvis impersonator Greg Jaqua. Aug. 15: Area bluegrass-based quartet Bill Bynum & Co. Aug. 22: the young Saline fiddle ensemble the Fiddlers ReStrung.

7-9 p.m., downtown Saline. Free. 429-4907.
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Take a Hike!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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A city natural area preservation staff naturalist leads a hike through Dolph and Lakewood nature areas to learn about native plants and trees, invasive plants, ecological restoration, and volunteer activities in city parks.
7-8:30 p.m., meet in the Dolph Nature Area parking lot off east side of Wagner Rd. between Jackson & Liberty. Free. 327-8301.
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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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 7:30 p.m. 

"My Other Voice": AKip Productions.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Aug. 15-Sept. 1. Ari Laura Kreith directs local actors in U-M grad Alex Kip's play, based on his own experience, about a U-M musical theater student who learns he has cancer just as he's planning to participate in a showcase for casting directors in NYC. Cast: Meg Aldridge, Jim Cavalcoli, Scott Crownover, Al Fallick, Alex Kip, Anne Miranda, Reilly Richardson, Ximone Rose, and Trevor St. John-Gilbert.
2 p.m. (Sun.), 7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), & 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $25 in advance at, and at the door. (614) 832-8304. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"The CCC Circle of Life": Children's Creative Center 20th Anniversary Production.

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Aug. 14-18. Local kids present a musical based on The Lion King, with excerpts of songs from all the musicals CCC has performed over the last 20 years.
7:30 p.m. (Aug. 14-17) & 2 p.m. (Aug. 18), Children's Creative Center, 1600 Pauline (at Kay Pkwy. east of Stadium). Tickets $50 for Aug. 15 benefit show that includes a twilight reception & $15 (students & seniors, $10) for Aug. 15-18 in advance and at the door. 769-0019. [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. 

"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. 

"Translations": Carriage House Theatre.

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Aug. 15-18, 22-25, & 29-31. Angie Feak directs local actors in Brian Friel's tender and funny drama, set in 1833 rural Ireland, about an English officer who comes to Anglicize a small town but ends up falling in love with it, its language, and a young woman who attends the local school.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Carriage House Theatre, 541 Third St. $10 suggested donation. 546-6441. [map]
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 9 p.m. 

"Moonshadow Ride": Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Slow-, moderate-, and fast-paced rides, 8-24 miles, along the Gallup Park pathway.
9 p.m., east end of Mitchell Field parking lot, Fuller Rd. Free. 424-2802.
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