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Calendar of Events

Saturday, August 17, 2013






 
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"Storm Surfers 3D": Michigan Theater.

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(Justin McMillan & Christopher Nelius, 2012). Adventure documentary about the world of big wave surfing. With footage of Aussie tow-surfing legend Ross Clarke-Jones and 2-time world surfing champion Tom Carroll.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]
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"A Hijacking": Michigan Theater.

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(Tobias Lindholm, 2012). Drama about a Danish freighter that's captured by Somali pirates. Danish, subtitles.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]
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 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Saline Antiques & Vintage Market.

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Aug. 17 & 18. Show and sale of antiques and vintage items in various styles, including Americana Art Deco, mission, mid-century modern, industrial, shabby chic, continental, and more. Deliveries available. Concessions.
8 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. $6 (children age 12 & under accompanied by an adult, free). salinemarket@gmail.com, (937) 875-0808. [map]
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 9 a.m. 

"Birth & the First Three Months: A Childbirth and Newborn Care Class": Hygeia Center for Healing Arts.

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In this highly rated childbirth and newborn class, you will learn:
*When to go to the hospital or call your midwife.
*What to do at home during early labor.
*How to help labor go well and decrease the necessity for C-section and other interventions, including tips for how to do this with or without an epidural.
*Many different techniques for coping with contractions.
*How to support and help laboring women.
*How to gather information from your doctor or midwife in order to make informed decisions about routine proceedures, interventions and pain control.
*Tips to prepare for and ease postpartum recovery.
*Women's health after birth.
*Early infant attachment.
* Understanding newborn cues and states of awareness; tips to reduce crying and better understand your baby.
Fee: $175.00.
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (there will be a 2 hour break for lunch)
Instructor: Deb Rhizal
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. 5th Ave. $175. 734-769-6100. welcome@hygeiacenter.org www.hygeiacenter.org [map]
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 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Eco-Restoration Workday: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.

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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]
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 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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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.

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Various times & locations. Free. 996-3266.
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 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks: Back-to-School Kids' Lunch Plan.

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Save time and prepare nutritious lunches that your kids will eat. This hands-on class about children's lunches has 2 focuses: One, streamlining menu planning, shopping and preparation; Two, providing a variety of textures so kids will enjoy and eat what you've prepared. You will leave this class with a laid-out strategy and week-long lunch menu, as well as some fun ideas to keep your kids interested in their lunch and healthy. Full participation. Menu: Un-sandwiched Grain and Carb variety. Fun-to-Crunch Raw Vegetables Preparations. Dip of the Day; Power Lunch-packed Proteins; Fresh Fruit Fantasy. 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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 10 a.m.-noon  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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 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"ScienceFest: Build, Tinker, Invent!": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Aug. 17 & 18. Hands-on building activities.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Aug. 17) & noon-4 p.m. (Aug. 18), AAHOM Concourse and Legacy Gallery, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & infants, free). 995-5439. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Playgroup: Manzanitas Spanish Immersion Preschool.

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Aug. 3 & 17. Stories and songs geared toward kids ages 6 months-5 years, accompanied by a parent. Siblings welcome.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Manzanitas, 511 Miller. $2 suggested donation per child ($5 per family). (Park in the church lot off Chapin.) 369-6563. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Come and Play the Acorn Way!": Acorn Glen Cooperative Preschool.

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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]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Storytime: Literati Bookstore.

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Every Sat. 15-minute storytime geared toward very young children.
11 a.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Storytime: Nicola's Books.

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Every Sat. An experienced storyteller spins yarns for kids age 7 & under.
11 a.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Cow's Eye Dissection": U-M Natural History Museum.

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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]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Restrepia Orchids": Great Lakes Judging (Orchids).

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Dave Miller discusses this showy orchid found in higher altitudes.
11 a.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free (metered parking). 647-7600. [map]
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 11:30 a.m.-midnight  Free! 

34th Annual Ypsilanti Heritage Festival.

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Aug. 16-18. 100,000 people usually visit this award-winning cultural heritage showcase of historical exhibits, tours, live entertainment (see below), kids activities, contests, and much more in Riverside Park, Frog Island Park, and Depot Town. Also, open houses at several museums and historic buildings, an arts & crafts fair, a Living History Native American Powwow and Encampment, and the "Riverside Beer Garden" with a casino. Lots of food and drinks available. Related events include the Ypsilanti Garden Club 15th Annual Garden Walk (Aug. 17, noon-5 p.m., $10 in advance at various Ypsilanti locations listed at ypsilantigardenclub.org) and "Chautauqua at the Riverside" (see August 17 listing). For updated entertainment schedule see ypsilantiheritagefestival.com. Today:

At the Riverside Beer Garden Main Stage: The punk-rockabilly Elvis tribute band The Devil Elvis Show (2-3 p.m.), the Ypsilanti Robert Plant tribute band Tall Cool One (3:25-4:25 p.m.), Grand Rapids honky-tonk and rockabilly band Delilah DeWylde & the Lost Boys (4:50-5:50 p.m.), the local soul band NoteWorthy (6:15-7:15 p.m.), Ypsilanti punk-bluegrass octet Black Jake & the Carnies (7:40-8:40 p.m.), the local experimental acoustic roots-music sextet Dragon Wagon (9:05-10:15 p.m.), and the Joplin (MO) self-styled "Ozark stomp" trio the Ben Miller Band (10:40 p.m.-midnight).

At the EMU Community Stage: Detroit-area rapper Jah Connery (2:15-3 p.m.), the local French Dukes Drill Team (3:15-4 p.m.), WCC dance students (4:15-5 p.m.), the U-M Gospel Chorale, aka MGC (5:15-6 p.m.), Native Immigrants (6:30-7:15 p.m.), and the local blues-rock band Blues Infusion (7:45-8:30 p.m.).

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11:30 a.m.-midnight, Depot Town/Riverside Park, Ypsilanti. Free admission (nominal charge for some special events). 483-6071.
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 Noon-1 p.m. 

Hand Balance (Hand & Headstands): A2 Aviary.

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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. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/hand-balance/ [map]
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 Noon-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Chautauqua at the Riverside": Ypsilanti Heritage Festival.

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Aug. 17 & 18. Series of talks and musical performances that celebrate Ypsilanti history. Also, an exhibit of vintage wedding dresses in the lobby and an exhibit of map-related art in the gallery. In conjunction with the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival (see Aug. 16 listing). Today: "How Detroit Saved the World" (noon), a slide-illustrated talk by Yankee Air Museum board member Randy Hotton on the Willow Run plant that made the WWII B-24 "Liberator." Janet Rich and Dennis Platte present "Voices of Conflict" (1 p.m.), a recitation of quotations from people who lived during the Civil War. The Ypsilanti Community Choir (2 p.m.) performs a program highlighted by "Liberator," a new commissioned work inspired by the B-24 "Liberator." Former Madonna University health sciences professor Ellen Oliver Smith discusses "Civil War Nurse Nellie Noye" (3 p.m.). EMU American Indian history professor Kathleen Chamberlain discusses "Newcomers on the Huron: Native Americans and Fur Traders in Michigan" (4 p.m.). The Saline-based high school fiddle ensemble Fiddlers ReStrung performs 19th-century music (5 p.m.).
Noon-6 p.m., Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Free, but donations accepted. 481-9285. [map]
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 1-2 p.m. 

Flexibility (Intro to Contortion): A2 Aviary.

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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. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/flexibility/ [map]
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 1-5 p.m. 

Guided Tours: Waterloo Area Farm Museum.

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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]
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 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Drawing Lab: Perspective": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Royal Oak comic artist Joe Foo, creator of the online Desmond's Comic, presents a hands-on introduction to the secrets of drawing accurate perspective For adults and teens in grade 6 & up. Drawing supplies provided.
1-4 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 2-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

RainSong: Aglow International.

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This Arizona-based Nammy- and Grammy-winning husband-and-wife duo of Terry and Darlene Wildman performs Biblical stories in a Native American style, with flute and other instrumental accompaniment. Refreshments.
2-4:30 p.m., 101 WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. 971-4545. [map]
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 2:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to practice their juggling skills. Beginners welcome. Indoor location TBA in case of inclement weather.
2:30-5 p.m., U-M Diag. Free. 761-1115.
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 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

Pittsfield Open Band: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Aug. 3 & 17. All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. Bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book if you have them.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). Free. Call to confirm. 994-9307. [map]
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 3 & 8 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 theencoretheatre.org and at the door. 268-6200, 253-2375. [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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 5-10 p.m. 

Barn Dance & BBQ: Church of the Good Shepherd/West Side United Methodist Church.

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Square dancing and barbecue. Also, a silent auction and sale of handmade quilts and Native American crafts and jewelry. Proceeds benefit a Re-Member potable water project at Pine Ridge Oglala Lakota Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
5-10 p.m., 14108 E. Austin, Manchester. Tickets $50 in advance & at the door. 260-9711. re-member.org. [map]
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 5:30 p.m. 

Roller Derby Double Header: Ann Arbor Derby Dimes.

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Two roller derby bouts, including the local Arbor Bruising Co. vs. Small Town Outlaws from Kalkaska, and the Ypsilanti Vigilantes vs. a team TBA.
5:30 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.), Buhr Park Ice Rink, 2751 Packard. $12 suggested donation. annarborrollerderby.com. [map]
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 6 p.m. 

"Family Campout": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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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]
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 7-10 p.m. 

International Folk Dancing: Ann Arbor Folkdancers.

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Dancing to recorded music. The program begins with a lesson.
7-10 p.m., the barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $5 (students, $3). 709-8748. [map]
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 7-10 p.m. 

International Folk Dancing: Ann Arbor Folkdancers.

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Dancing to recorded music. The program begins with a lesson.
7-10 p.m., the barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $5 (students, $3). 709-8748. [map]
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 7:15-9 p.m. 

"DJ Skate".

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Skating to Top 40 music.
7:15-9 p.m. (7-8:50 p.m. on Dec. 31), Arctic Coliseum, 501 Coliseum Dr. (off Manchester Rd., 1/2 mile south of the intersection of Old US-12 & M-52), Chelsea. $5 (children 14 & under, $3) admission, $3 skate rental. 433-4444. [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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 8 p.m. 

3rd Saturday Contra Dance: Pittsfield Union Grange.

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Robin Warner and Peter Baker call to live music by the Pittsfield Open Band. No partner needed; beginners welcome. Bring flat, smooth-sole shoes. Preceded at 7:30 p.m. by a lesson.
8 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). $10 (students, $5). 756-8441. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

American Mars: The Ark.

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Classy Detroit Americana quartet led by singer-songwriter and guitarist Thomas Trimble. With multi-instrumentalist David Feeny, bassist Garth Girard, and drummer Alex Trajano. Opening act is Lac La Belle, a Detroit acoustic Americana trio led by singer-songwriter Jennie Knaggs.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at Herb David Guitar Studio and the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com), and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 8 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 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]
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 8 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 myothervoice.org, and at the door. (614) 832-8304. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Spiritual Cinema": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Screening of a feature film or several shorts with spiritual themes. Followed by discussion.
8 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $5 suggested donation. 327-0270. [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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