Bagels and coffee, followed by a fun, informative walk led by local naturalist and birder Juliet Berger to look for warblers and other returning migrants, along with nonmigratory native birds. Bing binoculars, and leave your cell phone behind.
8 a.m., meet at the Riverview Ct. entrance off Geddes. $10. Space limited; preregistration required. 971-0990.
Every Sun. Round-trip rides with various paces, distances, and destinations.
Aug. 4 (9 a.m.): "Lakes Ride." Fast-paced 95-mile ride (646-9015) along a route that passes 5 lakes west and north of Manchester.
Aug. 11 (10 a.m., meet at the municipal parking lot, Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., 1 block south of Michigan Ave., Saline): "Adrian Mural Ride." Fast-paced 60-mile ride (476-4944) to Adrian for brunch, along with a chance to view 4 Mexican-flavored murals on the route home.
Aug. 18 (9 a.m.): "Strawberry Lake Ride." Fast/moderate-paced 80-mile and 60-mile (944-0730) and slow-paced 37-mile (996-9461) rides to hunt for strawberries with a lunch stop in Dexter.
Aug. 25 (8 a.m.): "Jackson Parlour Ride." Fast/moderate-paced 100 mile ride (995-2944) to Jackson to visit one of the most popular ice cream parlors in southeastern Michigan. The return includes a ride through the Civil War Muster in Cascades Park.
Sept. 1 (9 a.m.): "Democratic Ride." A ride whose pace and destination are determined by the assembled riders.
Sept. 8 (9 a.m.): "Hathaway House Ride." Fast-paced 90-mile ride (426-4989) to Blissfield for brunch at the historic Hathaway House restaurant.
Sept. 15 (9 a.m.): "Zukey Lake Tavern Brunch Ride." Fast/moderate-paced 69-mile ride (476-4944) to Zukey Lake Tavern in Pinckney for brunch.
Sept. 22 & 29: TBA.
Various times, meet at Wheeler Park (except as noted), N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 904-6431. [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.
Sept. 14 & 15. 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. $6 (children age 12 & under accompanied by an adult, free). firstname.lastname@example.org, (937) 875-0808. [map]
All ages invited to race trails through Rolling Hills park. Medals for top-3 finishers in 8 age groups.
10 a.m., Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. $40 (kids age 17 & under, $30) in advance by Sept. 8; $45 (kids, $35) on race day. See parksonline.ewashtenaw.org for registration forms. email@example.com, 484-9676, ext. 202. [map]
Every Sat. & Sun., Sept. 14-Oct. 27 and Sept. 27. A carnival atmosphere with a variety of family-oriented fall activities on this 6th-generation family farm. Hayrides, the Hippity Hop Holler, a petting farm, a Noah's Ark inflatable, the Spine Chilling MindShaft, a corn maze, a giant slide, a bungee run, and more. Pony rides, face painting, and other activities available on Sat. & Sun. for an extra charge.
11 a.m.-6 p.m., Wiard's Orchards, 5565 Merritt Rd. (east of Carpenter), Ypsilanti. $14.25 admission (babies 23 months & under, free; group rates available). 390-9211. [map]
Come and see what the Ring of Steel Action Theater and Stunt Troupe is all about! We're one of the oldest stage combat salles in the country, now in our 24th year of entertaining audiences with professional level sword fights and stunts.
Join us for an afternoon filled with swashbuckling and derring-do as we demonstrate a series of choreographed fight sequences. Maestro Christopher Barbeau, our fight master and founder, illuminates the "magic" behind stage combat- how we stay safe in the face of what only looks like certain danger. Bodies will fly as we demo high falls and mini trampoline. Children and adults alike will be amazed as they behold the many wonders of our weapons display table, loaded down with dozens of swords spanning thousands of years. And when the show is over, take to the floor with us and try your hand at a little bit of swordplay yourself!
(Please note: this show will include some loud noises, including sword clashes and whip cracks.)
Ringstar Studio, 3907 Varsity Dr. Free. 734-320-1147. firstname.lastname@example.org http://ringofsteel.org [map]
Every Sun. All invited to a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Note: Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
11:15 a.m., Mitchell Field (Fuller Rd.) or just west of Fuller pool. Free. email@example.com, 846-9418.
Half-mile, 1.5-mile, and 2.5-mile walks. Also, kids activities, live entertainment, games, and more. Lunch, snacks, & refreshments.
Noon (registration & activities start at 10:30 a.m.), Lillie Park, 4365 Platt. $10 minimum donation (kids age 2 & under, free). kidneywalk.org, 222-9800. [map]
Join us for this 6-week introductory course designed for modern-day mystics. Classes include teachings on the inner spiritual path, meditation, soul, light, prayer and blessing. Classes offered on an ongoing rolling basis, join us when you can.
Ann Arbor Center of Light, 200 Huronview Blvd. (N. Main just before Hwy, on left). Free. 734-330-5048. firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.centersoflight.org/annarbor.html [map]
Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play what's regarded as the world's most difficult board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
1-6 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m.-midnight (Thurs.), Espresso Royale, 322 S. State. Free. umich.edu/~goclub. [map]
A chance to get first crack at a wide variety of new inventory in the Book Shop and adjacent multipurpose room, including used books, DVDs, CDs, and books on CD. Items in the Book Shop are double the usual price to raise money for AADL programs. Early entry (Sept. 14, 9-11 a.m.) available for $15. Beginning September 21, the Book Shop is open every Saturday (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) and Sunday (1-4 p.m.) through next April.
11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sept. 14) & 1-4 p.m. (Sept. 15), AADL (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free admission. 302-7774. [map]
Cabaret-style performance by this mother-and-son duo from Columbia City, Indiana. Susie Duncan Sexton reads from her memoir of small-town life, Secrets of an Old Typewriter: Stories from a Smart and Sassy Small Town Girl, and Roy Sexton, cofounder of the local Penny Seats Theater Company, sings some of his mom's favorite show tunes.
1-2:30 p.m., Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $5 (seniors age 60 & older, $4; members & kids under 12 with adult, free). 794-6250. [map]
Sept. 8 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Dragonflies: Acrobats of the Sky." Jackson naturalist Don Henise presents a short indoor program about dragonflies, followed by a hike to Mill Lake to view them in their natural habitat. Bring your binoculars or borrow a pair from the Eddy Discovery Center.
Sept. 15 (1:30-3 p.m.): "Incredible Edibles Walk." WNHA wild foods expert Tom Jameson leads a 90-minute hike to learn about edible wild plants available locally and then prepares some wild food dishes (with recipes) to sample.
Sept. 22 (2-3 p.m.): "Sensing Animals." Science Alive representatives bring a variety of live animals for a hands-on presentation on some amazing ways they use their senses to learn about and survive in their environments.
Sept. 29 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Fall Mushroom Search." Mushroom expert Phil Tedeschi leads a search for mushrooms and helps participants identify what they have collected. Bring waxed paper and a basket or paper bag.
Oct. 6 (1-2:30 p.m.): "Survival Skills You Can Use." Artemis Eyster shows adults and kids age 10 & up how to make a shelter and a bed, build a fire, find water, make your own string, and avoid getting lost.
Oct. 20 (2-3 p.m.): "Animal Interactions." Interactive Animal Education owner Chris Oesterling displays a variety of live animals and discusses their habits and adaptations.
Oct. 27 (2 p.m.): "Sandhill Crane Tour." Local sandhill crane expert Bill Wells leads an auto tour that goes from the fields of Portage Lake campground, where many cranes spend the day, to the marshes of the Audubon Society's Haehnle Sanctuary, where hundreds of cranes return to roost at dusk. Expect to see large flocks of these magnificent birds at close range. Bring binoculars and cameras. Maps for self-guided tours and on-request showings of The Sandhill Crane Story available at the Discovery Center beginning Oct. 5.
Nov. 10 (2-3 p.m.): "Rapteriffic." Leslie Science & Nature Center staff show off some of the center's raptors and display the amazing eyesight of hawks and remarkable hearing of owls.
Various times, meet in the Eddy Discovery Center lower parking lot (except as noted), Bush Rd. (west off Pierce Rd. from I-94 exit 157), Chelsea. $. $2 (families, $5); additional materials fee for "Sketching Nature" programs. Space limited; preregistration required. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.
(Jerusha Hess, 2013). Obsessed with the BBC production of Pride and Prejudice, a woman travels to a Jane Austen theme park in search for her perfect gentleman. Keri Russell.
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]
Carole will take information from Pat Love and Steven Stosny's book, How to Improve Your Marriage Without Talking About It. The authors' contention is that a style of "relationship talk" just does not help. Their emphasis for relationship happiness is on learning to connect without words. Carole will present some of the ideas and insights from the book; however she will stress the importance of commkunicating with and without words. She will demonstrate a way of talking and listening that can be very helpful for couples.
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 South Main. Free. 734-424-2797. email@example.com www.therapy4couples.com [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]
Panel discussion with the Gershwins' nephew Marc Gershwin, as well as U-M professors and representatives from the Library of Congress and the Ira Gershwin Archive.
2 p.m., Rackham Assembly Hall (4th floor). Free. 764-0594.
Sept. 13-15. James Pinard directs this new local theater company in Marsha Norman's Tony-winning musical about an orphaned girl sent to live with her widowed uncle and his bedridden son. When the girl discovers her late aunt's tangled, overgrown mess of a garden, she begins a reclamation project that revives her similarly neglected and needy uncle and cousin. Based on the popular 1909 Frances Burnett novel.
7 p.m. (Sept. 13 & 14) & 2 p.m. (Sept. 14 & 15), Michigan League, Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $15 (students & seniors, $12) in advance at mutotix.com; $18 at the door. 637-8212. [map]
Every Sun., except Sept. 1. Guided tours of the 1873 Parker Mill, where members of the Parker family ground pancake mix, feed, and flour until 1968, when the mill was purchased by the Matthaei family and sold to WCPARC.
2 & 3 p.m., Parker Mill County Park, Geddes Rd. (just east of US-23). Free. 971-6337, ext. 334.
This local writer reads from Sapiens' Shadow, his new futuristic novel set in a world where artificial intelligence is catching up to human intelligence, and a nuclear holocaust is on the horizon. The story concerns a group of teens who try to protect an advanced robot that the authorities want to destroy. Signing.
3 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
Every Sat. & Sun. beginning Sept. 7. Hands-on 20-minute interactive demo exploring how scientists search for life on other planets.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
This breathtakingly glamorous actress, a Juilliard-trained jazz singer, has won 2 Grammies and a record-tying 5 Tonys, her most recent for her leading role in The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess. "McDonald can fill the largest of spaces with her vocal and acting talents," writes an Oneida Dispatch reviewer. "But what makes her concerts so engaging is her ability to achieve an intimacy with an audience." Her repertoire includes standards, newer Broadway numbers, and pop music by diverse artists from Elvis Costello to John Mayer and Rufus Wainwright, all delivered with polish and verve. Today's concert also features Gershwin arrangements, with accompaniment by pianist Andy Einhorn, and the University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kenneth Kiesler.
4 p.m., Hill Auditorium. $10-$60 in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]
Recital by this Huntington University and Manchester University (Indiana) piano instructor. Program TBA.
4 p.m., FUMC, 128 Park, Chelsea. Free. 475-8119. [map]
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. firstname.lastname@example.org youristpottery.com [map]
"Detroit's Delectable Past: Two Centuries of Frog Legs, Pigeon Pie, and Drugstore Whiskey": Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor.more >
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Michigan writer Bill Loomis discusses his new book about the history of eating in Detroit, from its earliest days as a French village to the start of the 20th century.
4-6 p.m., Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. Free. 794-6250. [map]
Opens Sept. 13. (Ziad Doueiri, 2012). An Arab surgeon living in Tel Aviv discovers a dark secret about his wife in the aftermath of a suicide bombing. Arabic & Hebrew, 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]
Every Sun. All invited to try this boisterous, jingly English ceremonial dance thought to be descended from the 15th-century Spanish moresca. Wear athletic shoes.
6-8 p.m., outside at the U-M campus between Rackham and North Quad. Free. Email email@example.com to confirm. 717-1569.
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]
This class will drill your dance fundamentals and teaches choreography to music from traditional to Macklemore. Coral Rose of Unveiled Bellydance and Lunatic Vagabonds will teach you to bellydance to anything on your playlist!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $15. (734) 726-0353. email@example.com http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belly_dance [map]
Nashville-based Americana folk-rock quintet fronted by Mayfield, a bluegrass-bred singer-songwriter known for his lively, sometimes comical live performances. "This is a gorgeously arranged work, full of passion, energy and humor," says Atlanta Music Guide writer Al Kaufman in his review of Mayfield's new CD Good man Down. "It is a rare thing; fully-realized and mature, but also fun and great to listen to."
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and the ark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]