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Calendar of Events

Thursday, August 29, 2013






 
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 9 a.m.-evening 

78th Annual Saline Community Fair.

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Aug. 27-Sept. 2. This old-fashioned community fair features agricultural and craft exhibits, rides, and a variety of special events, including the Miss Saline pageant (Aug. 27, 8 p.m.), a "Saline's Got Talent" show (Aug. 30, 6 p.m.), motocross racing (Aug. 30, 7 p.m., $5 admission), the circus troupe Cirque Amongus (Aug. 31, noon-4 p.m.), "Taste of Agriculture" (Sept. 1, Noon-3 p.m.), the USA Auto Enduro Derby (Sept. 1, 6 p.m.), and more. Rides open at 2 p.m. (Aug. 27-30) and 1 p.m. (Aug. 31-Sept. 2).
Noon-9 p.m. (Aug. 27) & 9 a.m.-evening (Aug. 28-Sept. 2), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. $7 admission ($5 for preschool kids on Aug. 29 and for women on Aug. 30; seniors age 65 & older admitted free on Aug. 28 till 1 p.m.). 668-0776. [map]
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 9-10:30 a.m. & 7:30-10 p.m.  Free! 

Michigan Marching Band Practice.

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Aug. 20-31, except Aug. 25. The U-M's highly disciplined 200-plus-member marching band or sections thereof can be seen and heard practicing on Elbel Field. All are welcome to find a spot in the bleachers and get a sneak preview of upcoming halftime shows.
3:30-5 p.m. & 7-9:30 p.m. (Aug. 20); 9-11:30 a.m., 3-5 p.m., & 7-9:30 p.m. (Aug. 21) 9-11:30 a.m. & 8-10 p.m. (Aug. 22); 7:30-10 p.m. (Aug. 23); 9-11:30 a.m. & 7-9 p.m. (Aug. 24); 10:30 a.m.-noon & 7-10 p.m. (Aug. 26); 10:30-11:40 a.m. & 6:30-8:40 p.m. (Aug. 27), 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. & 8-10 p.m. (Aug. 28), 9-10:30 a.m. & 7:30-10 p.m. (Aug. 29), 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Aug. 30); & 10 a.m.-noon (Aug. 31 game day), Elbel Field, Hill at Division. Free. 764-0582. [map]
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 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.  Free! 

Thom Bohnert: Exhibit of drawings and sculpture.

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An exhibit of Thom Bohnert's drawings and sculpture opens at Yourist Studio Gallery on Tuesday, August 27 and runs through Friday, October 4, 2013, with an artist's reception on Friday, September 13, 2013 from 5 to 8 pm.
Bohnert brings a unique blend of engineering, poetry, and whimsy to his art, often combining wire armature, wet-looking clay fragments, and surfaces that reflect his deep understanding of clay and glaze chemistry. His evocative, archaeological forms challenge viewers to expand their thinking about the possibilities of clay as medium. Bohnert received an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1971 and has taught drawing and ceramics at Mott Community College in Flint for the past 40 years. His work is widely exhibited and published. Please visit youristpottery.com for gallery hours.
The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.
Yourist Studio Gallery, 1133 Broadway. Free. 734-662-4914. kay@youristpottery.com youristpottery.com [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).

Please "Like" Pittsfield Township (www.facebook.com/pages/Pittsfield-Charter-Township/115908818493 ) on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (twitter.com/PittsfieldTwp).

More details at: http://www.pittsfield-mi.gov/
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. reillyt@pittsfield-mi.gov www.pittsfield-mi-gov [map]
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 3-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Arrows Away": Waterloo Recreation Area.

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Every Thurs. & Sat. through Aug. 23. 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.
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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. info@bak-inc.com www.s3safesexstore.com [map]
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 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Chelsea Dirt Road Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Moderate-paced ride, 25-55 miles, on dirt roads.
6 p.m., meet at Aberdeen Bike & Fitness, 1175 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. (517) 285-6830. [map]
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 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Friendship from Shakespeare to Dickinson to Milne": 5-6-7-8 Summer Players.

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Young local actors ages 5-20 read classic poetry, quotations, and passages around the theme of friendship.
6 p.m., Nicola's Books, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [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. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/hula-hoop/ [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. 

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. ckmchelsea@gmail.com www.commandokravmagachelsea.com [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Violin and Organ Concert: Community of Christ Church.

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19 year-old violinist Bernadette Stetz and organist Marijim Thoene present "Music for a Summer's Evening," music by Arcangelo Corelli, Heinrich Biber, C. Saint-Saens, J.S. Bach, and Jules Massenet.
Community of Christ Church, 520 W. Jefferson, Old West Side. Donation. 734-475-7134. Ron Harris (ronpiano@sbcglobal.net) [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Util Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Former U.S. Army captain Luis Montalvan, a much decorated veteran of multiple combat tours in Iraq, discusses his best-selling memoir about his redemptive relationship to a golden retriever trained to assist the disabled. Signing.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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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 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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 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 myothervoice.org, and at the door. (614) 832-8304. [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. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/lyra/ [map]
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 8-11 p.m.  Free! 

"Artscapade": UMMA.

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Art activities, live music, dance, poetry, film, games, and more. Geared toward new U-M students, but all are welcome.
8-11 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [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 purplerosetheatre.org, 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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 8 p.m. 

"You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown": Ann Arbor Musical Theater Works.

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Aug. 29-31. Ronald Baumanis directs local actors in Clark Gesner's 1967 musical comedy, an appealing blend of joy and pathos wrung from the familiar antics of Charles Schulz's Peanuts gang that concludes with the entire cast summarizing their ideas of what constitutes true happiness. The Aug. 29 performance is a fundraiser (with an afterglow) for a U-M Medical School professorship in global women's health. Cast: Andrew James Buckshaw, Allison Pearlman, Matthew Kurzyniec, Etan Klein, Hannah Pearlman, and Colby Spencer Cesaro.
8 p.m. (except Aug. 31, 8:30 p.m.), Children's Creative Center, 1600 Pauline. Tickets $20 (except Aug. 29 fundraiser performance, $25; $50 includes Aug. 29 afterglow) in advance at squareup.com/market/aa-musical-theater-works & by phone, and, if available, at the door. 546-5087. [map]
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