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Sunday, September 22, 2013






 
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"Dirty Wars": Michigan Theater.

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(Rick Rowley, 2013). An investigative journalist is pulled into an unexpected journey as he chases down the hidden truth behind America's expanding covert wars.
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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 Morning time TBA  Free! 

Sunday Rides: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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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.

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Various times, meet at Wheeler Park (except as noted), N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 904-6431. [map]
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 8:30 a.m. 

TEAM VHL 5K FUN RUN/WALK.

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TEAM VHL 5K Fun Run/Walk
September 22, 2013 8:30am
Gallup Park, Ann Arbor
$25 Registration (100% goes directly to the VHL Family Alliance)
This is a "no frills" event. No expo, no goodie bags, no timing...but all participants ...will receive a VHL Warrior Shirt!
Pre registrants will receive a VHL Warrior Shirt. Race Day registrants will receive a shirt on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last.
Race Day Registration starts at 7:30am.
Raising money and awareness for VHL Cancer Research and Patient Services.
REGISTER HERE: http://www.vhl.org/wordpress/patients-caregivers/get-involved/calendar-of-events-and-meetings/2013-team-vhl-5k-runwalk/
Join us and help us find a cure!!
http://www.vhl.org
GALLUP PARK, 3000 Fuller Road. $25. 661.236.6818. Team.VHL5K@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/TEAMVHL5k [map]
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 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

Event Derby Horse Show: Cobblestone Farms.

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Each horse and rider compete in dressage, stadium jumping, and cross country riding.
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Cobblestone Farms, 6301 Gregory Rd. (east off Huron River Dr.), Dexter. Free. 369-2633. [map]
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Chelsea Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 35-45 or 55-65 miles, to either Stockbridge, Grass Lake, Napoleon, Munith, or Pleasant Lake.
9 a.m., meet at Aberdeen Bike & Fitness, 1175 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. (517) 285-6830. [map]
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 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 

17th Annual Orphan Car Show: Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Collection.

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A display of extremely rare "orphan cars" whose parent companies are long out of business. At 10:30 a.m., cars drive by with narration by several automotive historians. This year's show features unrestored orphan cars. Also, cars, trucks, roadsters, utility vehicles, and motor scooters dating from nearly every decade of the 20th century, as well as choice rarities like propeller-driven amphibious cars. Proceeds benefit the collection.
9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Riverside Park, Ypsilanti. $5 (kids age 11 & under accompanied by an adult, free). 482-5200.
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 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

Tractor Pull: Michigan Tractor Pullers Association.

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A day of old-time tractor-pullin' fun, with farm stock, classic, and antique classes, as well as 4WD pick-ups. The vehicles pull against the weight transfer machine, a device that makes the weight heavier as the pull progresses. Particularly exciting is the rowdy farm stock class, which has no speed limit out of the gate. "We go as fast as our horsepower allows," says an organizer. Concessions.
10 a.m.-around 4 p.m., Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Free admission. 429-3145. [map]
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Bidder 70": Ann Arbor Unitarian Fellowship.

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Screening of Beth & George Gage's 2012 documentary young man who derailed an illegal BLM oil and gas auction in a courageous act of civil disobedience.
10 a.m., Burns Park Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. Free. 971-8638. [map]
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 10:15 a.m.  Free! 

Free Hatha Vinyasa Flow Class: Samsara Wellness Center.

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Free Hatha Vinyasa Flow class
PLease reserve spot by calling 734-369-8361 or go to the following link to schedule online by clicking the "CLASSES" tab
https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ASP/adm/home.asp?studioid=40534
Free Parking
Samsara Wellness Center, 1945 Pauline Suite D. Free. 734-369-8361. wellnessannarbor@gmail.com www.samsaracenter.massagetherapy.com [map]
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 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

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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]
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 11-11:40 a.m. 

Sunday Meditation at 11AM: Ann Arbor College of Martial Arts.

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Start your Sunday morning with gentle yoga & meditation. Sura will guide you through stretches to warm up the body for sitting meditation. Meditation is 20 minutes with some guidance.
Ann Arbor College of Martial Arts, 1952 S. Industrial. $64 for 8 weeks. 310.663.1662. suraflow@gmail.com a2cma.com [map]
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 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

H.A.C. Ultimate.

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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. hac-ultimatelist@googlegroups.com, 846-9418.
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 Noon-5 p.m. 

"Pin & Plate Shoots": Tri-County Sportsman's League.

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All invited to shoot handguns at bowling pins and steel plates. Bring your own gun and ammunition. TCSL also sponsors military rifle shoots ($15, 10 a.m.-noon) on Sept. 21 & Oct. 19.
Noon-5 p.m., TCSL, 8640 Moon (between E. Michigan & Willis Rd.), Saline. $5 per 20-shot round (tentative). 429-9561. [map]
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 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Introduction to Meditation and Christian Mysticism": Center of Light.

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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. revselena@centersoflight.org http://www.centersoflight.org/annarbor.html [map]
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 1-7 p.m. 

1st Annual Ann Arbor Russian Festival: St. Vladimir Russian Orthodox Church.

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Sept. 21 & 22. This new festival features Russian food and drinks, including borscht, blini, Russian beer, a vodka infusion competition, and more. Live folk music and other performances. Also, a tearoom with Russian sweets, church tours, sale of Russian souvenirs, and a kids corner with a puppet show, bounce house, hair braiding, games, and crafts. On Sat. evening only, dancing to music spun by a DJ.
11 a.m.-11 p.m. (Sept. 21) & 1-7 p.m. (Sept. 22), St. Vladimir Church, 9900 Jackson. Free admission. (440) 785-6131. [map]
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 1-6 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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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]
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 1-6 p.m. 

Corn Maze: Talladay Farms.

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Every Fri.-Sun., Sept. 20-Nov. 3. Possibly Washtenaw County's most baffling corn maze, this vegetable labyrinth features over 8 miles of paths that form 2 intricate designs precision-cut with Farm Works software and a GPS unit. This year's "farmyard" theme features a maze shaped like a tractor and one shaped like a barn. New this year, a "Kidz CORNer," with barrel train rides, straw mounds, pumpkin bowling, and more. Also, beginning Oct. 4, an all-ages haunted corn maze every Fri. & Sat. (dark-10 p.m.). Take a flashlight if coming after dark. Adjacent to Wasem's Orchards.
6-10 p.m. (Fri.), 1-10 p.m. (Sat.), & 1-6 p.m. (Sun.), 6270 Judd Rd. (left off McCrone/Stoney Creek east off the US-23 Willis Rd. exit). $7 (kids ages 5-11, $6) per maze; $12 (kids, $10) for both. talladayfarms.com 645-1791. [map]
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 1-4 p.m. 

Introduction to Carriage Driving Clinic: Odyssey Training Stable.

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Learn how to get a safe start in the fun sport of Carriage Driving!
We will introduce you to the correct equipment, harness, vehicle, and proper fit to the horse. There will be several carriages on display.
We will go over what to look for in a good driving horse and finish with harnessing and putting to a carriage for a driving demonstration.
Bring all your questions for a great afternoon!
$40 at the door or call and register before the 20th and save $5.00
Odyssey Training Stable, 6105 Walsh Road, Whitmore Lake. $40. 248-872-7668. Odysseyts@yahoo.com www.OdysseyTrainingStable.com [map]
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 1 p.m. 

Lifeguard Certification Class at Mack Indoor Pool: Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation.

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The Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation American Red Cross lifeguard certification program is open to all ages (minimum age is 15 years old) at Mack Indoor Pool. Participants gain valuable experience to prepare them to be lifeguards when they turn 16. Fifteen year olds who complete this course will be eligible for the city's Lifeguard in Training Volunteer Program and receive the following American Red Cross certifications: Lifeguarding, First Aid, CPR and AED. Each class meeting will include classroom (taught at Buhr Park Pool) and pool time (taught at Mack Indoor Pool). Register by calling 734.794.6237 or go in person to Mack Indoor Pool (715 Brooks St., inside Ann Arbor Open School). Fee: $175.
Session 1
Buhr Park Pool, 2781 Packard Road
Fridays, Sept. 19 and 27, 5 to 9 p.m.
Mack Indoor Pool, 715 Brooks St.
Saturdays, Sept. 21 and 28, 1 to 6 p.m.
Sundays, Sept. 22 and 29, 1 to 6 p.m.
Mack Indoor Pool, 715. 734.794.6237. a2parks@a2gov.org www.a2gov.org/mack
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 1-1:40 p.m.  Free! 

"Dancing Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local composer-percussionist Aron Kaufman leads infants through 5-year-olds (accompanied by an adult) in a program of music and dancing.
1-1:40 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Engaging with Art": UMMA.

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Every Sun. Docents lead tours of the UMMA collection, with themes based on their interests.
1 p.m. UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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 1 & 3 p.m. 

"Professor Ray's Everyday Science": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Sept. 21, 22, 28, & 29. Museum staff give family-friendly science demos. Sept. 21 & 22: "Mighty Motion" features gravity, inertia, and air resistance experiments, including the chance to see a tray of eggs launched with a broom. Sept. 28 & 29: "Luminosity" features experiments with light, such as making a dill pickle light up.
1 & 3 p.m., AAHOM Legacy Gallery, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
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 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Sharon Mills Sunday": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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A docent demonstrates the operational hydroelectric generator and offers information about the park that includes a beautiful multicolored stone house, a wooden mill, and a former winery, plus spots for fishing, canoeing, and picnicking.
1-4 p.m., Sharon Mills Park, 5701 Sharon Hollow Rd. (between Pleasant Lake & Sharon Valley rds.), Manchester. Free. 971-6337. [map]
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 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

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

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City natural area preservation volunteer and master gardener Aunita Erskine leads a nature walk through the Furstenberg Native Garden to identify many of the autumn prairie plants and learn about the ecology of the park and how people have historically used some of the plants for food and medicine.
1-3 p.m., meet in the parking lot off Fuller Rd. across from Huron High School. Free. 327-8301.
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 1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Allen County Public Library Genealogical Center": Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County.

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Allen Country Public Library librarian Cynthia Theusch discusses this genealogical center in Fort Wayne, the 2nd largest in the country. Followed by a panel with club members on their experiences at the recent "Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference."
1:30 p.m., St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center auditorium, 5305 Elliott Dr. (off E. Huron River Dr. at Clark Rd.). Use parking lot P and look for the club's signs. Free. 483-2799. [map]
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 2-5 p.m.  Free! 

10th Anniversary Celebration: Rudulf Steiner Health Center.

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This anthroposophic inpatient care facility celebrates its 10th anniversary with tours of the facility, nursing and movement therapy demos, display of patient art, and musical entertainment. Tea and lemonade in the garden and a chance to meet the founding physicians.
2-5 p.m., 1422 W. Liberty. Free. 663-4365. [map]
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 2-5 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Family Dining: All You Can Eat Sushi!.

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Welcome to Sunday Family Dining! This is our attempt to get you to slow down a little and gather around the table to enjoy a meal with your junior chef! In just a couple of hours, your child will prepare a three-course meal that you get to come back and enjoy. No shopping, no chopping, no clean up for you! We'll talk about kitchen safety, favorite foods, family pets, and other important things while we cook. We'll pack up any leftovers (feel free to bring a container) and we'll send you home with a recipe packet. What a great way to end the weekend! You'll be impressed by this healthy, delicious meal made specially for you by your own family chef! This class is loaded with technique and flavor. We want kids to succeed in the kitchen, so it's practice, practice, and practice some more. All you have to do is sit back, eat, and enjoy! Menu: Egg Drop Soup, Handmade Sushi, Chocolate Soymilk Pudding. Children ages 10 and up. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $75/per 1 child participant and up to 2 family members. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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 2-5 p.m. 

Annual Harvest Festival: Pittsfield Township Historical Society/Pittsfield Township Historic District Commission.

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Live music by the Saline fiddle ensemble Fiddlers ReStrung, hay rides, old-time lawn games, a petting farm, tours, photo displays, pumpkin picking, and more. Also, a bake sale and sale of handmade items. Ray's Red Hots hot dogs available. Proceeds benefit the restoration of the Sutherland-Wilson Farm Museum.
2-5 p.m., Sutherland-Wilson Farm Museum, 797 Textile. Free admission. 434-4074, 971-2384. [map]
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 2-5 p.m.  Free! 

Fall Equinox Ritual: Shining Lakes Grove.

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All invited to join local Druids as they honor Ana, the goddess of the Huron River. Potluck (bring a dish to pass and table service) and raffle. Preceded by a Sept. 21 overnight fire watch.
2-5 p.m., Cavallo Farms, 2185 N. Harris, Ypsilanti. Free. 277-1897. [map]
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 2 p.m. 

Insight Meditation: Non-Dual Awareness and the Open Heart: Hygeia Center for Healing Arts.

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In this series we balance learning insight meditation practice with other forms of meditation that nurture non-dual awareness and open the heart - including pure awareness, sound and breath, as well as a deepening awareness of our true nature.
Five session class meets from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm every other Sunday beginning 9/22/2013 (9/22, 10/6, 10/20, 11/3, 11/17).
Instructor Amy Koch is an experienced sound healer, energy worker, and insight meditation practitioner. Guiding this class combines many of Amy's lifelong passions.
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. Fifth Ave. $110. 734-769-6100. welcome@hygeiacenter.org www.hygeiacenter.org [map]
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 2-3 p.m. 

Nature Programs: Waterloo Natural History Association.

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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.

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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.
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 2 p.m. 

"A Century of Music, Friendship. And Harmony": Ann Arbor Alumni Chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon International Professional Music Fraternity.

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The local chapter celebrates its 100th anniversary with a gala luncheon followed by a performance by Bolcom & Morris, the local husband-and-wife duo of pianist (and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer) Bill Bolcom and mezzo-soprano Joan Morris who are celebrated exponents of early American popular song, which they perform with the sparkle and enthusiasm of true aficionados. Their repertoire ranges from 19th-century parlor songs to Bolcom's collaborations with lyricist Arnold Weinstein, and today's program includes several songs from 1913. The program also includes a brief talk on the history of the chapter by former chapter president Nancy Murphy, along with scrapbook memorabilia and other artifacts on display.
2 p.m., Kensington Court Hotel, 610 Hilton Blvd. (off S. State just north of I-94). $25 in advance and at the door. 665-2008. [map]
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On August 2, 2013, Nancy Murphy wrote:
Photo credit: Betsy Finn, Betsy's Photography ( http://bphotoart.com )

Photo Caption: Former and current Presidents of the Ann Arbor Alumni Chapter (rear row, from left) Susan Owen-Bissiri, Karen Madsen, Michele Derr, Nancy Murphy, Deborah Rebeck Ash; (front row) Carolyn Austin, left, and Chloris Patrick.

On August 8, 2013, Nancy Murphy wrote:
For those interested in an advance reservation, please visit the link at:

http://www.muphiepsilon.org/annarbordocs/Invitation%20to%20the%20100th%20Anniversary%20Gala.pdf

Please note . . . ADMISSION BY THE PUBLIC WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR, at $25 / person.


 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Australian Didge-ucation": Ann Arbor District Library.

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The husband-and-wife team of renowned Australian didgeridoo player Peter Harper, a blues harpist and bandleader who now lives in Grass Lake, and Australian singer-actress and music educator Bobbi Llewellyn show kids in grades K-5 how to design, make, and play their own didgeridoo.
2-4 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Brett Weston Landscapes": UMMA.

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Sept. 8 & 22. Docent-led tour of the current exhibit of works by this iconic 20th-century photographer.
2 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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 2-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Growing Orchids to Their Potential": Ann Arbor Orchid Society.

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Talk by Clown Alley Orchids (Texas) owner John Stubbings. Also, a sale of orchids and supplies, a member show and tell, and a raffle.
2-5 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]
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 2-5 p.m. 

"Harvest Festival": Jewish Community Center.

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All invited to help decorate the JCC sukkah, a temporary shelter built for the weeklong Jewish festival of Sukkot. Also, farm animals to pet, musical entertainment, canning demos, fresh produce from local farmers, and more. Snacks.
2-5 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $5 (household, $15). Reservations required. 971-0990. [map]
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 2 p.m. 

"Lend Me a Tenor": PTD Productions.

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Sept. 19-22 & 25-28. Laura Bird directs local actors in Ken Ludwig's comedy of errors about opening night at the fictitious Cleveland Grand Opera Company. The star, a world-famous tenor known as "Il Stupendo," arrives too late to rehearse and then passes out and is taken for dead. Another singer is persuaded to pose as him, but trouble starts when Il Stupendo comes to and tries to reclaim his role. Stars Brooks Hoste, Dennis Platte, Dick Ward, Marie Jones, Drew Benson, Mary Hopper, and Mary Francheschi.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sept. 22 & 25), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (students & seniors, $12; Thurs., pay what you can) in advance at showtix4u.com & by phone, and at the door. 483-7345. [map]
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 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"The African-American Cultural & Historical Museum Of Washtenaw County Living Oral History Project": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Premiere showing of excerpts from the filmed interviews, for an oral history project undertaken last month, of 5 local African Americans: Rosemarion Blake, Russell Calvert, Lydia Morton, Willis Patterson, and Johnnie Mae Seeley. Also, a chance to talk with the interviewees.
2-4 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 2 p.m. 

"The Vast Difference": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Sept. 19-Dec. 14, except Nov. 28. Local actors present a revival of Jeff Daniels' acclaimed 1993 comedy about a Midwestern flight attendant who is having a midlife crisis complicated by memories of his dead father and the fact that his wife wants him to have a vasectomy. Cast: Richard McWilliams, Stephanie Buck, David Bendena, Michael Brian Ogden, Drew Parker, Rusty Mewha, Nathan Eyde, and Rhiannon Ragland.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Sept. 19-25 previews: Tickets $22 (Wed. & Thurs.), $27 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $32 (Sat. eve.). After Sept. 25: 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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 2 & 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Tours of a Pioneer Grist Mill": Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission.

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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.
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Yours, Anne Frank": U-M Basement Arts.

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Sept. 20-22. Elisabeth Frankel directs U-M theater student Samantha Rehr in their theatrical adaptation of Frank's diary.
7:30 p.m. (Sept. 20 & 21), 11 p.m. (Sept. 21), & 2 p.m. (Sept. 22), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Studio 1, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. basementarts.org. [map]
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 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Life: How Do We Find It?": U-M Natural History Museum.

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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]
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 3 p.m.  Free! 

"What's the Purpose of Design?": UMMA.

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Curator Katherine Brion discusses the museum's new Design Gallery and the goals of design from the early-20th to the 21st century.
3 p.m., UMMA Design Gallery, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

2013-14 Auditions: The Comic Opera Guild.

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People are invited to audition for the Guild's
2013-2014 season.
FALL SHOW
Leslie Stuart's 1899 Broadway Hit
Florodora
Saturday, November 9, 2 pm and 8 pm.
COG productions of early Broadway shows are distributed worldwide. Audition to star in the first production of this show to be recorded complete!
REHEARSES: Sun.-Wed. Eves, Oct. 6-Nov. 8
SPRING SHOW
Her Highness the Prince
Music by Jacques Offenbach
Saturday, April 5, 8 pm; Sunday, April 6, 3 pm
An uproarious spoof of sexual orientations and expectations, the lead tenor and soprano must be brave enough to cross-dress.
REHEARSES: Eves, Feb.-Mar, 2014
TO AUDITION: You will sing, then read with other performers. Please bring your sheet music.
Accompanist provided. Auditions will have six singers per half hour, and are fun.
Find the time slot you prefer from the list below & sign up by replying to: constu@comcast.net
4 pm, 4:30 pm, 5 pm, 5:30 pm, 6 pm, 6:30 pm
Student Theater Arts Complex, 1202 Kipke Dr. Free. 734-973-3264. constu@comcast.net comicoperaguild.org [map]
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 4-8 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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"A Place for Us": Cantus (Concordia University).

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This acclaimed all-male vocal ensemble from Minneapolis performs traditional American folk songs and spirituals, as well as works by Bernstein, Dvorak, and Sibelius.
4 p.m., Concordia University Chapel of the Holy Trinity, 3090 Geddes. Tickets $15 (students & seniors, $10). 995-4612. [map]
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 5-8 p.m. 

Chefs in the Garden: Growing Hope.

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Join us for our third of four monthly dinners as talented local chefs dish up seasonal fare during these delicious dinner parties at the Growing Hope Center's urban farm in the heart of Ypsilanti! September's chef: Chef Benjamin Meyer of Iridescence at Motor City Casino.
Dates for other dinners: August 25, September 22, and October 20.

Our three dinners last year all sold out - we've added a fourth, but space is still limited, so reserve your spots early!
Proceeds benefit Growing Hope's work to help people improve their lives and communities through gardening and healthy food access.
Growing Hope Urban Farm, 922 W. Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti. Donation. $65 (table of eight, $500). 734-786-8401. getintouch@growinghope.net http://www.growinghope.net/chefs_garden [map]
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Chefs in the Garden Dinner Series: Growing Hope Fundraiser.

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Dinner prepared by Iridescence (Detroit) chef Benjamin Meyer and a guest chef TBA.
5-8 p.m., Growing Hope, 922 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. Tickets $65 in advance at chefsinthegardenseptember.eventbrite.com. 786-8401. [map]
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 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Morris.

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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 a2morris@umich.edu to confirm. 717-1569.
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 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Music in the Arb": U-M Nichols Arboretum.

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Classical music performance by the local professional chamber ensemble Arborata. The program includes music by Handel, Tchaikovsky, and Appert. Bring a picnic dinner and a chair or blanket to sit on. No alcohol.
6-7:30 p.m., the Arb amphitheater, 1610 Washington Hts. Free. 647-7600. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

California Guitar Trio: The Ark.

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The trio of Bert Lams, Paul Richards, and Hideyo Moriya first got together as members of Robert Fripp's League of Crafty Guitarists and struck out on their own in 1991, when they began playing in California clubs and coffeehouses. Known for its stunning virtuosity and sly sense of humor, the trio plays a brand of progressive acoustic music that fuses classical, jazz, blues, country, rock, and even surf styles. In addition to several originals, its repertoire ranges from an adaptation of a Bach lute prelude and a virtuoso cover of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" to a medley of the Western standard "Ghost Riders in the Sky" and the Doors' "Riders on the Storm."
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 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]
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"Lend Me a Tenor": PTD Productions.

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Sept. 19-22 & 25-28. Laura Bird directs local actors in Ken Ludwig's comedy of errors about opening night at the fictitious Cleveland Grand Opera Company. The star, a world-famous tenor known as "Il Stupendo," arrives too late to rehearse and then passes out and is taken for dead. Another singer is persuaded to pose as him, but trouble starts when Il Stupendo comes to and tries to reclaim his role. Stars Brooks Hoste, Dennis Platte, Dick Ward, Marie Jones, Drew Benson, Mary Hopper, and Mary Francheschi.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sept. 22 & 25), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (students & seniors, $12; Thurs., pay what you can) in advance at showtix4u.com & by phone, and at the door. 483-7345. [map]
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