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Saturday, October 12, 2013






 
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 5 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

"The Big Sit": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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All invited to join WAS veterans Don Chalfant and Roger Sykes in this international competition whose goal is to see as many bird species as possible while remaining in a circle 17-feet in diameter. Also, a chance for novices to learn how to identify birds by eye and ear. If you plan to stay any length of time, bring food and a folding chair, along with your binoculars.
5 a.m.-4 p.m., Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings (north off North Territorial east of Webstter Church Rd.), Webster Twp. Free. 994-3569, 665-3120. [map]
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 8:30 a.m. 

Kick It Up A Notch: Gifted Education Conference: Michigan Association for Gifted Children.

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Come explore alternatives to "regular" education. We'll be talking about: Assessment & Testing, Perfectionism, Advocacy, Gifted Curriculum, Dual Enrollment, 2E, Social/Emotional Needs, Iowa Accelerated Scale and much more.
Keynote Speakers: Susan Winebrenner on Cluster Grouping and Pat LaPat on Testing & Assessment
Children's activities are planned throughout the day for students accompanied by an adult. Activities include: Clay Art Workshops, Lego Mindstorms Robot Programming, Amazing Balloon Sculptures and Cirque Amongus Circus Training
Baker College, 1500 University Drive, Auburn Hills, MI. $45-$65. 734-926-4617. martha@clonlara.org www.migiftedchild.org/conference [map]
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 8:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Paths to Recovery": National Alliance for the Mental Illness of Washtenaw County.

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A day of learning and working toward recovery for mental health consumers, their families, and others interested in mental illness. Keynote speech by the award-winning Toledo Blade deputy editorial page editor Jeff Gerritt, author of a series of columns and editorials about Michigan's mental health care system when he was a Detroit Free Press columnist. Also, workshops on various mental health issues. Breakfast and lunch provided.
8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Washtenaw Interkediate School District Teaching & Learning Center, 1819 Wagner. Free; donations accepted. Preregistration requested. 994-6611. [map]
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

Goddess Flow: Yoga in Honor of the Divine Feminine: Hygeia Center for Healing Arts.

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Hygeia Center for Healing Arts invites you to honor your divine female energy in this vinyasa style yoga class that celebrates the Goddess within and around us. Each week, we will move through six posture flows accompanied by music dedicated to the Goddess. Posture flows will be repeated throughout the session so that each yogini can increase her awareness of breath, movement, and body thus moving deeper into her core essence which is divine in nature. Class is held in a warm, supportive environment with inspirational readings, meditation, relaxation and time for reflection incorporated. Some previous yoga experience is recommended. Come celebrate, share and delight in yourself and the Goddess through yoga!
Goddess Flow Yoga class meets on the second Saturday of the month from 9:00-10:15 am.
Class is limited to 10 participants. Please register to reserve your space.
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. 5th Ave. Free. 734-769-6100. welcome@hygeiacenter.org www.hygeiacenter.org [map]
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 9 a.m.-noon & 1-4 p.m.  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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 9 a.m.  Free! 

Wellness Walk: Dexter Wellness Coalition.

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A 1-mile walk around downtown Dexter. Followed at 10 a.m. by a discussion of Bill Bryson's Appalachian Trail memoir A Walk in the Woods.
9 a.m., Dexter District Library (meet at the main entrance), 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]
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 9 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. (choose one)  Free! 

"Fall River Roundup": Huron River Watershed Council.

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All invited to learn about and help collect macroinvertebrates--including insect larvae and other small creatures like crayfish--from Huron River tributaries as part of the Adopt-a-Stream program for measuring the river's health. Children welcome if accompanied by an adult. Rain or shine.
9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. & 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (pick one session), location TBA. Free. Preregistration required by Oct. 8. 769-5123, ext. 600.
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 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

"One Stop Holiday Shop": Ann Arbor Jaycees.

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Show and sale of gifts from independently owned businesses. Items range from photography and jewelry to kitchenware and candles.
9 a.m.-1 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $1 admission (larger donations accepted). 646-9390. [map]
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 9:30 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"(Re)-Discovering Sport in Korea: Guts, Glory, and Geurimja": U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies.

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Oct. 11 & 12. Two-day conference with talks by visiting scholars on sports in Korea.
9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Oct. 11) & 9:30 a.m.-noon (Oct. 12), Palmer Commons Forum Hall, 100 Washtenaw. Free. 764-1825. [map]
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 9:30-10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"No-Meat Athlete: Run on Plants and Discover Your Fittest, Fastest, Happiest Self": Ann Arbor District Library/vegMichigan.

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Vegan ultramarathoner and blogger Matt Frazier, who recently ran the 100-mile Burning River Endurance Run in Ohio, discusses his new book. Also, all invited to join Frazier at Running Fit (123 E. Liberty) for group runs of 10 miles or more (7 a.m.) and 10 miles or less (7:30 a.m.), followed by breakfast and book signing at the Running Institute (5700 Jackson Rd.).
9:30-10:30 a.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 10 a.m. 

2013 Annual Celebration of Black Men: Ann Arbor Delta Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

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The Ann Arbor Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Delta Psi Omega Chapter, will hold the 11th Annual Celebration of Black Men, on Saturday, October 12th, 2013 at Weber's Inn, Ann Arbor, MI at 10:08 a.m. The cost of the brunch is $35.00. The annual brunch recognizes the contributions and accomplishments of local Black Men who have made significant contributions in our community in the arts, community service, education, economics and a Trailblazer. The event was created to recognize Black men whose achievements and work in Washtenaw County, have often gone unnoticed or unrecognized. There will also be awards presented to area high school Black male seniors as "Young Men of Promise".
The distinguished men being honored at the 2013 Celebration of Black Men Brunch are as follows:
Ronald E. Flowers
Dr. Derek M. Griffith
Jeffery Harrold
Michael Henry
Paul Jacob
Michael Kinloch
Rep. David Rutledge
For ticket information, contact Patricia Manley at 734-971-1898
Weber's Inn, Jackson Rd., Ann Arbor, MI. $35. 734-971-1898. pamanley@gmail.com
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 10 a.m-4 p.m.  Free! 

One Acre Ceramics Studio Open House: One Acre Ceramics.

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Visit a working pottery and tile studio for their second annual Studio Open House and Seconds Sale. Wheel-throwing demonstrations, a kids play-with-clay area, and a wide selection of pottery and tile seconds for sale. More information at www.oneacreceramics.com
One Acre Ceramics, 6375 Talladay Rd, Milan. Free. 734-904-6322. info@oneacreceramics.com www.oneacreceramics.com [map]
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 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Woodcarving Show: Saline Woodcarvers.

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Show and sale of carvings and supplies by more than 40 exhibitors. Also, carving competition and demonstrations. Concessions.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., UAW Hall, 601 Woodland Dr. E. at Maple, Saline. Admission $2. 944-1918. [map]
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 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 

"8th Annual Row-Along Regatta": Pioneer Crew.

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A chance to learn the fundamentals of rowing from Pioneer coaches and row in the river in an actual racing boat. Spectators welcome. Proceeds benefit the Pioneer crew.
10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Bandemer Park, 1325 Lake Shore (off N. Main). $50 ($40 for each additional seat; youth ages 13 & 14, $30). Free to spectators. Reservations required by emailing lehavy@comcast.net. [map]
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

"A Walk in the Woods": Dexter District Library.

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All invited to discuss historian Bill Bryson's hilarious book-part memoir, part essay-about the Appalachian Trail and his experiences as a gung-ho first-time backpacker. The Oct. 12 discussion is preceded at 9 a.m. by a wellness walk.
10 a.m. (Oct. 12), 7 p.m. (Oct. 14), & 2 p.m. (Oct. 17), DDL lower level meeting room, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]
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 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 

"Bag of Books Sale": Friends of the Saline District Library.

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Fill a bag for $5. Second bag is free.
10 a.m.-2 p.m., SDL Brecon Room, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free admission. 944-0625. [map]
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 10 & 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Nature Recycles": Ecology Center of Ann Arbor.

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All invited to learn about the role of the critters that live in compost and how to make a compost pile. Followed by guided tours of the city's recycling and trash disposal center; close-toed shoes and long pants required for the tour.
10 & 11:30 a.m., Materials Recovery Facility, 4120 Platt Rd. Free. Preregistration required for groups of 5 or more. 369-9272. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Come and Play The Acorn Way: Acorn Glen Cooperative Preschool.

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Free play group for children of all ages. Activity centers and a natural/upcycled playscape for children ages 2.5 - 6, but siblings are welcome. Refreshments provided. Come and see why we are the new 'best kept secret in Ann Arbor'.
Chickens, Mud Pie Kitchen, Sensory Table, Music and Art inside and out, and a full on preschool environment.
Free onsite parking for first few. In Miller Ave. construction zone; access us from Miller/Maple instead of from downtown.
See you there!
Acorn Glen Cooperative Preschool, 1547 Miller Ave. Free. 734-585-5555. danielle@acornglen.org www.acornglen.org [map]
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 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Saturday Morning Physics": U-M Physics Department.

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Oct. 12, 19, & 26. Popular series of talks, aimed at general audiences, by U-M scholars. Oct. 12: Physics professor Mark Newman on "Epidemics, Kevin Bacon, and the Internet: the Physics of Networks." Oct. 19: Engineering professor Brian Ellis on "Hydraulic Fracturing 101: Clearing the Waters on the Fracking Debate." Oct. 26: Physics professor emeritus J. Wehrley Chapman on "What It Takes to find the Elusive Sub-Nuclear Giant!"
10:30 a.m., 170 Dennison, 500 Church. Free. 764-4437. [map]
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 11 a.m. 

"Holiday Baking Basics": Sur La Table.

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Fill your house with delicious aroma and charm friends and family with homemade baked treats this holiday season. From soft, warm dinner rolls to perfect sweet treats that complete the feast, you'll learn all the techniques and recipes for memorable holiday baking. MENU: Flaky Potato Dinner Rolls - Parmesan Herb Popovers - Feta Roasted Red Pepper Muffins - Pumpkin Spice Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting. To register visit, www.surlatable.com
Sur La Table, 3050 Washtenaw Ave, Suite 109. $69 per person. 734-531-0304. www.surlatable.com [map]
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 11 a.m. and 1 & 3 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Teddy Bear Company.

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Group tours of the warehouse, with displays of both historical and CTBC bears. Also, display of antique toys in the Chelsea Toy Museum.
11 a.m. and 1 & 3 p.m., CTBC Warehouse, 400 N. Main, Chelsea. Free. 433-5499. [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 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.-noon  Free! 

The Garden Mill Autumn Harvest Series.

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Talks and demonstrations by various speakers.

Oct. 5: "Apple Tasting." An Alber Apple Orchard representative offers samples of several varieties of Michigan apples, along with recipes for various yummy apple treats.

Oct. 12: "Spring Bulbs." Garden Mill owner Jennifer Fairfield discusses how and when to plant bulbs for spring gardens and forcing bulbs for winter blooms.

Oct. 19: "Recipes from the Fall Garden." Former Garden Mill owner Trinh Pifer presents recipes for using squashes, kale, cauliflower, Swiss chard and other fall crops.

Oct, 26: "Overwinter Your Garden." Jennifer Fairfield offers tips for preparing your garden for winter, including cutting back perennials, mulching, which plants need protection from the elements, and more.

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11 a.m.-noon, Garden Mill, 110 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration recommended. 475-3539. [map]
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 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Make a Good Impression": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demo exploring how fossils are created and how museum fossil casts are made.
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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 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Chicken Broil: Dexter Knights of Columbus.

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Oct. 12 & 13. Dinner includes half a chicken, baked potato, cole slaw, roll, and a beverage.
11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. (or until sold out), Knights of Columbus Banquet Hall, 8265 Dexter-Chelsea Rd., Dexter. $9. 426-5558. [map]
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 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Family Crafts: Ophir Crafts.

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Family Crafts
Ophir Crafts features Family Crafts (clay miniatures, card-making and spinning demonstrations) each Saturday from 11:30-12:15 and 12:30-1:15 at our store, Westgate Shopping Center 2507 Jackson Ave.
October classes are free, minimal cost for materials.
Register at www.ophircrafts.com, or by emailing ophircrafts@gmail.com
Ophir Crafts, 2507 Jackson Avenue. Free. (734) 794-7777. ophircrafts@gmail.com ophircrafts.com [map]
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 11:30 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows.

The Sky Tonight (Sat. 11:30 a.m., Sat. & Sun. 1:30 & 3:30 p.m.) is an exploration of the current night sky.

Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope (Sat. 12:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show that explores how telescopes work and what they can do.

Impact Earth (Sat. & Sun. 2:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show, narrated by astronaut Tom Jones, about meteors, meteorites, asteroids, and comets, and the dangers they can pose to life on Earth.

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Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
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 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Zumba Time!": Dexter District Library.

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All teens, tweens, and adults invited to try this style of dance-inspired aerobic exercise.
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]
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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-3 p.m. 

National Federation of the Blind of Michigan Washtenaw County Chapter support group Meeting: National Federation of the Blind of Michigan.

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The local Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind promotes the security, equality and opportunity of all blind persons. With the right training and opportunity blind people can compete on equal terms with their sighted peers. It is respectable to be blind. Blindness is just another physical characteristic or nuisance. Blind people speak for themselves and serve as mentors for each other. Blind people of any age are welcome from children through seniors. The primary focus of the National Federation of the Blind, both on the national and local level is to change what it means to be blind through advocacy. We are not primarily a social organization, although social events occur in the context of our advocacy work. Examples of our advocacy might include assisting a blind student to receive Braille instruction or assisting a blind person who is experiencing discrimination in regards to employment due to blindness. Lunch is from 12:00 to 1:00 with the Business Meeting at 1:00.
Pizza Pinos Restaurant, 221 W. Liberty 48104. Donation. Terri Wilcox (734) 663-4050. trising@sbcglobal.net [map]
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 12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Family Crafts: Ophir Crafts.

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Family Crafts
Ophir Crafts features Family Crafts (clay miniatures, card-making and spinning demonstrations) each Saturday from 11:30-12:15 and 12:30-1:15 at our store, Westgate Shopping Center 2507 Jackson Ave.
October classes are free, minimal cost for materials.
Register at www.ophircrafts.com, or by emailing ophircrafts@gmail.com
Ophir Crafts, 2507 Jackson Avenue. Free. (734) 794-7777. ophircrafts@gmail.com ophircrafts.com [map]
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 1-4 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Basic Knife Skills.

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Sharpen your cutlery and your knife skills! This hands-on class will cover how to sharpen and care for your knives, as well as proper use. In-class exercises will include practice of the fundamental cuts for vegetables and fruit -- mince, dice, brunoise, battonet, julienne, etc. -- as well as breaking down a whole chicken. Full participation. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $70/person. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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 1-4 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Basic Knife Skills.

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Sharpen your cutlery and your knife skills! This hands-on class will cover how to sharpen and care for your knives, as well as proper use. In-class exercises will include practice of the fundamental cuts for vegetables and fruit -- mince, dice, brunoise, battonet, julienne, etc. -- as well as breaking down a whole chicken. Full participation. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $70/person. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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 1-10 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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 1-2 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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 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Food Photography: People's Food Co-op.

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PFC marketing manager (and CCS photography grad) Kevin Sharp shows how to take luscious photos of food.
1-3 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room, 114 S. Main. Free. Preregistration required at the co-op or at peoplesfood.coop/news_and_events/. 994-4589. [map]
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 1-4 p.m. 

"Critters Up Close!": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Oct. 12 & 13. Leslie Science and Nature Center staff show live animals. Also, animal-oriented hands-on activities.
1-4 p.m., AAHOM Michigan Nature Gallery, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
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 2 p.m. 

Intro to Arduino Microcontroller!: All Hands Active.

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The Arduino Microcontroller allows one to easily create devices that interact with the world. From something as simple as a door alarm, to complex line following robots and hovering quad-copters.
We'll be covering the basics in this class, from installing the software and connecting the hardware, to putting together a simple circuit and playing with different electrical components. For the most part, we will be following tutorials on arduino.cc & ladyada.net.
What you absolutely have to bring:
- A laptop
Optional, but helpful:
- Install the software: http://arduino.cc/en/Main/Software
- Bring some supplies (not necessary, but helpful if you have it already)
- - Arduino
- - Breadboard + Wire
- - Resistors, photocells, Switches, etc.
This class assumes you know absolutely nothing about electronics, microcontrollers, etc.
Cost: $10 Members, $15 Non Members. If you can't swing that, but think you can help out with setup / takedown / promotions, let us know and we'll wo
All Hands Active, 525 E. Liberty St. $10 to $15. 734-252-9595. joshdont@gmail.com http://www.allhandsactive.com/events/ [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 & 8 p.m. 

"An Iliad": Performance Network Professional Season.

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Oct. 8 & 15. John Manfredi presents a concert reading of Dennis O'Hare and Lisa Peterson's one-man drama, an adaptation of the Robert Fagles translation of Homer. The play spins the familiar tale of divine interventions, endless battles, and undying love through the eyes of an anonymous narrator whose enigmatic experiences of humanity's deep-seated attraction to violence, destruction, and chaos reverberate with contemporary wars and civil conflicts. Edge Boston calls it "haunting, poetic, mesmerizing, and ultimately, astonishing."
7:30 p.m., Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. $15 in advance at pntheatre.org and at the door. 663-0681. [map]
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 3 & 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Company": Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sat, Sept. 26-Oct. 20. Thalia Schramm directs this local professional company in George Furth and Stephen Sondheim's brassy, earthy 1970 musical comedy about an exorbitantly uncommitted Manhattan bachelor and his mostly married friends. The Tony-winning score includes such hit songs as "The Ladies Who Lunch," "Being Alive," "The Little Things You Do Together," and "Side by Side by Side." Cast: Steve DeBruyne, Wendy Katz Hiller, Katie Lietz, Sonja Marquis, Greg Bailey Pete Podolski, Tara Tomcsik-Husak, and other local actors.
7 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 3 p.m. (Sat., Sun., & Oct. 17), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Thurs. eve.: $26 (seniors age 545 & older and youth age 17 & under, $24; groups of 10 or more, $22); Fri. & Sat. eve.: $32 (seniors age 55 & older and youth age 17 & under, $29; groups of 10 or more, $26); Thurs., Sat., & Sun. matinee: $28 (seniors age 55 & older and youth age 17 & under, $25; groups of 10 or more, $24). Tickets available in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. 268-6200. [map]
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 3 & 8 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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 4:30, 6:45, & 9 p.m. 

"Inequality for All": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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Oct. 4-17. (Jacob Kornbluth, 2013). Documentary, presented by economist (and Secretary of Labor under President Clinton) Robert Reich, about the widening income disparity in the U.S. The Oct. 16 screening at 7 p.m. is followed by a video Q&A with Reich.
Various times, 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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 6:30 p.m. 

Date Night: Fall Chef's Table: Sur La Table.

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Bring someone special for an evening of romance, cooking and fun at the chef's table. You and your companion will work side by side as our instructor shares unique seasonal flavor combinations and demonstrates easy yet impressive techniques behind a menu of delicious autumn dishes designed to inspire warmth, enjoyment and sharing. MENU: Marinated Beets with Walnuts and Blue Cheese - Roasted Pork Loin with Orange and Sage Sauce - Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Shallots and Pine Nuts - Caramelized Pear Napoleons with Ginger Cream to register visit www.surlatbale.com
Sur La Table, 3050 Washtenaw Ave, Suite 109. $79 per person. 734-531-0304. www.surlatable.com [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Stand Up & Eliminate": Kiwanis Club Comedy Fundraiser to End MNT.

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Every six minutes, an infant dies from maternal neonatal tetanus (MNT), which is no laughing matter. However, on Saturday, October 12 eight local Kiwanis Clubs and four local comedians will come together for an all-ages show, "Stand Up & ELIMINATE," to benefit the Eliminate Project, an effort to end MNT.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased online at EMUTix.com on the Purchase Tickets page, by calling (734)487-2282, and at all EMU Ticket Office locations. Doors will open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm.
Not able to make the event but still want to donate to this wonderful cause to save the lives of babies and mothers around the world? Make a donation to the ELIMINATE Project here: http://ypsilantikiwanis.weebly.com/events--calendar.html
ELIMINATE:
To learn more about the Eliminate Project and what we've been working so hard to raise donations for, please visit: http://sites.kiwanis.org/Kiwanis/en/theELIMINATEproject/home.aspx
EMU Student Center Auditorium, 900 Oakwood St., Ypsilanti. $15. 734-223-4925. rwebste2@gmail.com http://www.ypsilantikiwanis.weebly.com [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Volleyball vs. Iowa.

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7 p.m., Cliff Keen Varsity Arena, S. State at Hoover. $7 & $8 (seniors & youth, $5). 764-0247.
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 7 p.m. 

"ACTivate the Cure": Greenhills School.

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Greenhills students and faculty present a variety show. Proceeds benefit breast cancer research.
7 p.m., Greenhills School Campbell Center for the Performing Arts, 850 Greenhills Dr. $10 (students & seniors, $7). 769-4010. [map]
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 7:15-11:30 p.m. 

"Night Terrors": Wiard's Orchards.

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Every Fri. & Sat. Sept. 28-Oct. 26, every Sun. in Oct., and Oct. 24, 30, & 31. Six different scary attractions--including a haunted hayride, alien clowns, the Asylum, and more--bristling with over 115 costumed monsters. Refreshments available.
7:15-11:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 7:15-10:30 p.m. (Sun. & Oct. 30 & 31), 5565 Merritt Rd., Ypsilanti. $18 (except Sun. & Oct. 24, 30, & 31, $17) for access to one area; $36 (except Sun. & Oct. 24, 30, & 31, $40) for all areas. 390-9208. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Family Square Dance: Jewish Community Center.

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With a caller TBA who also teaches the dances. Snacks.
7:30 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $5 ($15 per household). Reservations required. 971-0990. [map]
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 8-11 p.m. 

2nd Saturday Contra Danc.

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Mark Hillegonds calls to music by the Sharon Hollow String Band. Also, some swing dancing. No partner needed. Bring flat, smooth-sole shoes. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a swing dance lesson ($5).
8-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). $10 (students, $5). 408-1829, 649-6426. [map]
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 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Mark Sweeney: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Oct. 10-12. This Chicago native is a very funny monologist known for his fresh, sharp observational humor about various aspects of contemporary life and culture. A frequent performer on cable TV, he has also made guest appearances in several series, including Third Rock from the Sun and Boston Public. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 314 E. Liberty. $8 (Thurs.) & $11 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Takacs Quartet: University Musical Society.

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Founded in Hungary in 1975, this world-renowned, Boulder-based ensemble-and UMS crowd-favorite-is known for its warmth, eloquence, and discipline, and for the ease with which it masters demanding pieces. Violinists Edward Dusinberre and Karoly Schranz, violist Geraldine Walther, and cellist Andras Fejer are "four of the best string alchemists on the planet," writes a Chicago Tribune reviewer. Tonight they perform Beethoven's Quartet in C minor, Janacek's Quartet No. 2, and Smetana's Quartet No. 1 in E minor.
8 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Tickets $24-$50, in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Ursula Walker: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This veteran Detroit jazz vocalist, named 2011 Outstanding Jazz Vocalist at the Detroit Music Awards, is known for her improvisational approach to melody and swinging rhythmic prowess. She earned local renown as a versatile vocalist while fielding offers to tour nationally with Count Basie, Stan Kenton, and other luminary musicians, in order to raise her family. Tonight she celebrates the release of her debut album, Today and Yesterday, a collection of jazz standards including Chick Corea's "Spain," "You've Changed," "Never Will I Marry," and "My Foolish Heart." Walker is backed by her pianist-husband Buddy Budson, as well as trumpeter Dwight Adams, saxophonist Keith Kaminski, bassist Marion Hayden, and drummer Pete Siers.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Red Noses": U-M Theatre Departmen.

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Oct. 3-6 & 10-13. U-M theater professor Malcolm Tulip directs U-M drama students in British playwright Peter Barnes' Olivier-winning 1985 dark comedy, set in 14th-century France in the midst of the Black Death, that draws on Barnes' trademark blend of slapstick, surprise, and hectic comedy to celebrate the subversive power of laughter. When a sprightly monk thinks he has found his calling after he inadvertently causes laughter, founds a company of misfits who go about wearing red clown noses and offering bawdy, satirical entertainments for the amusement of the populace and the comic glory of God. But when the health crisis passes, the church hierarchy grows hostile toward the monk's disorderly new order.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $28 (students, $10) at the Michigan League Box Office in advance and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"The Miracle Worker": Concordia University.

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Oct. 10-13. Concordia students present William Gibson's compelling drama about the early life of writer Helen Keller and the teacher who helped her overcome the blindness and deafness that had trapped her in a world of isolation.
8 p.m. (Oct. 10-12) & 2 p.m. (Oct. 13), Concordia University Kreft Center Black Box Theater, 4090 Geddes. Tickets $10 (students & seniors, $5). 995-4612. [map]
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