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Calendar of Events

Saturday, March 22, 2014






 
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Music Program: Chelsea High School.

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Performances by various student ensembles.

Oct. 21: Fall Festival of Choirs.

Oct. 28: Orchestra Halloween Concert.

Nov. 3: Echoes Concert Band.

Dec. 9: Band and Orchestra Concert.

Dec. 10: Band and Choirs Concert.

Dec. 12: Orchestra Concert.

Dec. 19: Band and Orchestra Pre-Festival Ensemble Concert.

Feb 8: District Solo & Ensemble Vocal Festival. 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

Feb. 27: Band & Orchestra Pre-Festival Concert.

Mar. 1: "Showcase of Michigan Show Choirs." Performances by CHS Company C and choirs from several other Michigan high schools. $10 in advance at Chelsea Pharmacy and at the door.

Mar. 18: Choir Festival Concert.

Mar. 22 (time TBA): State Band and Orchestra Solo/Ensemble Festival.

Apr. 3: Jazz Band Concert.

Apr. 30: Band & Choir Concerto Concert.

May 22: Band & Orchestra Concert.

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7 p.m. (except as noted), CHS auditorium, 740 N. Freer (between Old US-12 and Washington St.), Chelsea. Free unless otherwise noted. 475-4524. [map]
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 9-10:30 a.m. & 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Build A Birdhouse: Wild Birds Unlimted.

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Build a birdhouse from kit design with the help of Frank Papp, Bluebird expert and all-around knowledgeable MI birder.
Two class times available with a limit of 10 participants in each. Great project for children but must be accompanied by an adult. First class starts at 9:00- 10:30 and second class begins at 11:00-12:30. Refreshments after birdhouses are done.
Call if you have questions or want to sign up for a class. Space is limited so register early.
Wild Birds Unlimited, 2208 S MAIN ST. $5. 734-665-7427. wildbirdsa2@sbcglobal.net [map]
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 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Fiber Expo.

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Mar. 22 & 23. Show and sale of a variety of yarns, rug hooking kits, felted items, roving, and fiber art products and craft items. Sheep, goat, and alpaca shearing demonstrations. Classes. Also, breeders on hand with alpacas, goats, Angora rabbits, and other animals. Concessions.
9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Mar. 22) & 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Mar. 23), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Tickets $4 ($6 for both days); kids age 11 & under, free. 546-0032. [map]
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 9 a.m.-2 p.m.  Free! 

Third Annual Caregiver Fair: Washtenaw County Consortium on Aging.

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This free public event is specially designed for caregivers of aging or disabled family members, neighbors or friends. Attendees will have the opportunity to listen to 4 expert presentations, visit more than 50 exhibitors and participate in giveaways. More details TBD.
Kensington Court Hotel, 610 Hilton Blvd. Free. Theresa Likert 734-320-7386. [map]
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 9 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

"10th Anniversary Community Celebration for Malletts Creek Branch": Ann Arbor District Library.

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With souvenir giveaways and activities through out the day. Highlights include a "Happy Birthday Celebration Craft" (10-11 am.), a chance for kids age 3 & up to help make and decorate a 3-tiered paper birthday cake and enjoy a birthday treat, and a performance by the Paul Keller At Sundown Quartet (3-5:30 p.m.), a local mainstream jazz ensemble led by bassist Keller. Also, at 4:15 p.m., remarks on the history of the branch by AADL director Josie Parker and others. Refreshments.
9 a.m.-6 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Predators & Prey Discovery Day": U-M Natural History Museum.

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This family-oriented interactive program exploring the interactions of predatory animals and their prey from prehistory to today.
9 a.m.-5 p.m., U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon 

Sweet & Savory Crepes: Sur la Table.

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There's nothing more French than the crepe; its versatility satisfies as a main dish and equally tempts as dessert. In this class, you'll learn how to make a light and thin crepe, prepared for discerning palates with delicious savory and sweet fillings. First you'll start with a smooth batter and learn techniques for cooking each crepe to perfection.
Menu:Herbed Crepes with Creamy Smoked Trout and Pickled Onion - Buckwheat Crepes with Spinach, Brie and Crispy Prosciutto - Ricotta and Brown-Butter Pear Filled Crepes with Caramel Sauce - Chocolate-Crepes filled with Vanilla-Mascarpone Cheese and Strawberries
Sur la Table, 3050 Washtenaw Ave. $69. 734-531-0304. cooking125@surlatable.com www.surlatable.com [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon 

Breastfeeding 101: Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor.

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Our two-hour class, to be taken before your baby arrives, covers the basics of breastfeeding plus information on life with a breastfeeding baby, nutrition, proper latch and how fathers/partners can help. Each couple will have an opportunity to practice various breastfeeding positions. This class is designed to get you off to a great start with breastfeeding.
Dads/partners are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk. $40. 734-973-1014. info@lamazefamilycenter.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
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 10 a.m. 

Children's Vision Day: Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Come learn all about eye health at Children's Vision Day, with the Michigan Optometric Association.
Ann Arbor Hands-On Musuem, 220 E. Ann St. Event activities are included with Museum admission at no additional charge. Admission to the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum is free for members and children under 2 years old, and $11 for ages two and up.. nschmidt@aahom.org. nschmidt@aahom.org http://www.aahom.org/experience/event-calendar [map]
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 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

CSA-Shareholder Matching Fair: Slow Food Huron Valley.

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Speed Dating for Seasonal Food! The fair provides a forum to visit and compare 20-30 local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farms and producers, each offering shares with unique products, options and prices, allowing households to find the best match and sign up then or later.
Liberty School, 7265 Ann Arbor Street, Saline. Free. leadership@slowfoodhuronvalley.com www.slowfoodhuronvalley.com [map]
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 10 a.m. 

Donovan Hohn: Chelsea Writers' Workshop.

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Chelsea Writers' Workshop is hosting award-winning Donovan Hohn as its guest author on Sat. March 22, from 10 am to 12:30 pm. He will lead a Q&A on writing and then a critique of the work of two of our workshop members. Hohn is author of Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea. The book was a finalist for the Helen Bernstein Prize for Excellence in Journalism, and runner-up for both the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award and the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction. A former features editor of GQ and contributing editor of Harper's, Hohn teaches creative writing at Wayne State University in Detroit.
Boardroom, Washington St. Education Center, 500 Washington Street, Chelsea. $10 at door. 734-707-5825. xenakis1@earthlink.net http://groupspaces.com/ChelseaWritersWorkshop/ [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon 

Infant Massage: Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor.

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Learn to massage your baby with infant massage! Infant massage is a great way for you to spend some quality time bonding with your baby and learning your baby's cues. Infant massage is a valuable bonding tool for both mom and dad and is beneficial for both parent and baby. Such benefits can include:
>Parent-child bonding and attachment.
>Learning to communicate with your
>Stress reduction.
>Improved sleep patterns
>Development of neural connections.
>Improved circulation, respiration and digestion.
>Relief from gas, constipation and colic.
>Assist mothers experiencing postpartum depression work through the depression
In Part 1, you will learn massage strokes for the legs, feet, stomach, and chest.
In Part 2, you will learn massage strokes for the arms, hands, face, and back.

Questions are welcomed throughout the class. The learning atmosphere is relaxed and will allow for practice and review of strokes as needed.

Infant massage is ideal for infants who are n
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk. $125. 734-973-1014. info@lamazefamilycenter.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
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 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

Mars Madness: Yankee Air Museum.

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March 2014 is Mars Madness at the Yankee Air Museum. Admission is FREE!
Come join us from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM March 1st, March 8th, March 15th, March 22nd.
10 years and 3 missions later, the Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity Rovers continue to amaze us as they transmit the latest photographs, videos, and data they have collected from the Red Planet.
Bring your family and friends and delve into our new Exploration Station Exhibit featuring the Planet Mars! Challenge yourself and see if you can master our robotics course and build a mars habitat or try and land a Mars Rover on the bull's-eye without running out of fuel! Themed activities will also take place during scheduled times throughout the day. Admission is FREE! We hope to see you on the Red Planet.
To Find Out More About The Mars Exhibit call 734-483-4030
Yankee Air Museum, 47884 D Street, Belleville, MI 48111, Canton. Free. 7344834030. suzanne.bosarge@yankeeairmuseum.org http://www.yankeeairmuseum.org/mars-exhibit/ [map]
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 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 

Orchid Festival: Ann Arbor Orchid Society.

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Mar. 22 & 23. Show (noon-4:30 p.m. Mar. 22 & 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mar. 23) and sales (10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. both days) of thousands of breathtaking orchids. Also, talks and demos by orchid growers (1, 2, & 3 p.m. on Mar. 22 and noon, 1, & 2 p.m. Mar. 23). Note: the show is open 9-10 a.m. each day to photographers only.
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free admission. annarbororchids@aol.com, 647-7600. [map]
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 10 a. m.  Free! 

Saturday Morning Border to Border Ride: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sat. 22-mile ride, at various paces along the Border-to-Border Trail, from Ann Arbor Ypsilanti to decide where to eat lunch.
10 a.m., meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 545-0541. [map]
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 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 

Spring Holistic Psychic Fair: Intuitives Interactive.

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Presentations by local intuitive readers, mediums, astrologers, psychic artists, energy workers, and more. Talk by intuitive astrologer and former phenomeNews columnist Dennis Fairchild on "Feng Shui and 2014 Astrology Forecast." Interactive presentations includes crystal bowl tuning with chakra-tuned bowls by Rachel Eckenrod, past-life regression with Constance Hart & Jude Shepard, and messages from the departed with Wendy Powers. Vendors with holistic and metaphysical products. Light snacks for sale.
10 a.m.-8 p.m., Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 2900 Jackson Rd. $5 admission. Additional costs for sessions with practitioners. 358-0218. [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon 

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

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Indoor and outdoor activities, storytime, and refreshments for toddlers and preschool-aged kids, accompanied by an adult. Siblings and friends welcome.
10 a.m.-noon, Acorn Glen Cooperative Preschool, 1547 Miller. Free. 585-5555. [map]
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 10 & 11 a.m. and noon 

"Maple Sugaring: A Journey to the Sugar Bush": Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Every Sat. & Sun., Mar. 8-Apr. 6. Naturalist Mark Irish discusses the history of maple sugaring and lead a hike to a stand of maple trees to see how they are tapped, followed by a trip to an evaporator to learn how sap is turned into syrup. Also, a pancake and sausage breakfast ($5; kids, $3.50), 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Note: Programs originally scheduled for the last weekend in Feb. and the 1st weekend in March had to be scheduled because the weather was too cold for the sap to run.
10 & 11 a.m. and noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (kids, $3). Preregistration required. $5 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]
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 10 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Voices of the Middle West: A Celebration of Writers and Independent Presses": Midwestern Gothic/U-M Residential College.

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A book fair and festival featuring writers and presses from all over the Midwest. Keynote address (5 p.m., Keene Theater) by Curtis Sittenfeld, author of the bestselling novels Sisterland, American Wife, Prep, and Man of My Dreams. Also, an open mike (3:45-4:45 p.m.) and panel discussions with writers (11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.), publishers (1:15-2:15 p.m.), and representatives of campus student literary publications (2:30-3:30 p.m.). The day concludes with a reception and book signing with refreshments. Raffle.
10 a.m.-6 p.m., East Quad, 701 East University. Free. http://midwestgothic.com/voices. 763-0176. [map]
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 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords.
10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.) & noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

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

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Mar. 15, 22, & 29. Popular series of talks, aimed at general audiences, by U-M and visiting scholars. Mar. 15: U-M physics professor Sarah Veatch on "Cell Membranes: Using Physics to Function." Mar. 22: U-M chemistry and biophysics professor Nils Walter on "The Origin of Life: Chemistry as the Driver of Our Evolution." Mar. 29: Johns Hopkins University physics and astronomy professor David E. Kaplan on "Particles and the Nature of All Things."
10:30 a.m., 170 Dennison, 500 Church. Free. 764-4437. [map]
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 10:45 a.m. 

Basic Yoga.

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This balanced practice uses traditional yoga posture and breath techniques to cultivate a balance of strength without tension, and calm clarity of mind and supports the immune, digestive and cardio-vascular systems, promotes healthy joints, and slows the aging process. Open to all experience levels.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. webguru@annarboryoga.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

2014 Ann Arbor Sharing Summit: A2Share and A2TimeBank.

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Mark your calendars! The 2014 Ann Arbor Sharing Summit will be held on Saturday, March 22nd, running from 11-3 at the Samuel T. Dana Building. The event is FREE, all ages, and open to the public.
Hosted by the University of Michigan chapter of A2Share, the Summit will feature skillshares, seed, clothing, and book swaps, and representation from several area organizations that help make up our sharing economy. Our goal is to provide a venue for members of the UM and greater Ann Arbor community to come together to share ideas, resources, and opportunities. If you're interested in sharing and sustainable community building, this is not to be missed!
The A2TimeBank will make its public debut! We will be gathering information and sharing our vision of skills sharing in Ann Arbor.
WHERE: Dana Building, 440 Church St., Ann Arbor
WHEN: Saturday, March 22nd. Join us anytime between 11 AM-3PM
Dana Building, 440 Church St., Ann Arbor, 440 Church St., Ann Arbor, MI. Free. 617-306-1722. info@a2share.org a2share.org [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.  Free! 

Children's Storytime: Barnes & Noble.

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Every Sat. Storytelling programs and occasional craft activities for kids age 3 & up.
11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Storytime: Literati Bookstore.

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Every Sat. 15-minute story time 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 with the Humane Society: 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.-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Celebrate Spring in the Garden": The Garden Mill Green Thumb Series.

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Talks and demonstrations on garden-related themes by Garden Mill staff and local master gardeners.

Mar. 1: "Tree Pruning." Tips on proper pruning techniques and when (& when not) and how much to prune.

Mar. 8: "Adventurous Vegetable Gardening." Tips on how to grow tomatillos, parsnips, rutabagas, and other unusual garden vegetables and herbs.

Mar. 15: "Rain Gardens." Discussion of the benefits of rain gardens, how to design your own, and what plants are best to use in them.

Mar. 22: "Michigan Wildflowers." Tips on where to findbeautiful plants in the wild and when to look for them.

Mar. 29: "Divide and Conquer (or Transplant)." Tips on what to do with plants that have outgrown their current homes.

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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! 

"SSSSSSSSnakes!": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. 20-minute interactive demo exploring the biology and behavior of snakes, including sanajeh, the 11-foot snake that lived during the Cretaceous and ate baby dinosaurs.
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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 11 a.m.-2 p.m.  Free! 

"YouTuber Party": Saline District Library.

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All teens invited to watch popular YouTube videos, make a craft, and film a video. Snacks.
11 a.m.-2 p.m., SDL Brecon Room, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [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.

Cosmic Colors (Sat. 12:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual journey across the entire electromagnetic spectrum that explores the reasons for color, the nature of X-rays, and more.

The Cowboy Astronomer (Sat. & Sun. 2:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show about a cowboy who has spent a lifetime studying the night sky and listening to star legends.

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Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
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 Noon 

Draw Doubles: Local 101 Disc Golf Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to play disc golf at one of Hudson Mills Metropark's 24-hole courses. Beginners are paired with advanced players to create parity. Prizes. Discs can be borrowed at the park office.
Noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per player; free for spectators. $5 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]
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 Noon-3 p.m.  Free! 

Open Houses: St. Paul Lutheran School Ann Arbor.

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Join us at St. Paul Lutheran School for our spring OPEN HOUSES on Saturday, February 8, 12:00 - 3:00 pm and Saturday, March 22, 12:00 - 3:00 pm. Come tour our beautiful campus, meet our caring and highly qualified teachers, speak with parents, and learn what St. Paul School has to offer. No appointment is necessary.
St. Paul is a preschool through 8th grade Christian school that offers an outstanding academic experience and a solid foundation for faith learning. We pride ourselves on providing an extraordinary education while being one of the most affordable private schools in the Ann Arbor area. Our programs include fine arts, athletics, technology education, and foreign language study. We hold MANS and NLSA accreditations, and our students receive top scores on state and national assessments. St. Paul offers half- and full-day kindergarten, international admissions, and extended care to fit the needs of your child and family. We want your family to become part of our family!
St. Paul Lutheran School, 495 Earhart. Free. 734-665-0604. rpotts@stpaulannarbor.org school.stpaulannarbor.org [map]
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 1 p.m.  Free! 

Free College Day: Washtenaw Community College.

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Description:
• Free College Day is a new opportunity for Washtenaw Community College to reach out and engage the community in a unique learning experience
• This is the first event of its kind WCC has offered to the community
• Presenters that day are WCC faculty experts in their field
• Sign up for one or more of the four presentation options
• Light refreshments will be provided
• Seating is limited, registration is required, www.wccnet.edu/freecollegeday
For more detailed information please e-mail freecollegeday@wccnet.edu

More than a Wicked Witch: The Wizard of Oz and the Populist Revolt
Time: 1 p.m. to 1:55 p.m.
Location: Morris J. Lawrence Building/Towsley Auditorium
A Journey From WCC to Timbuktu
Time: 2 p.m. to 2:55 p.m.
Location: Morris J. Lawrence Auditorium
The Great Lakes Today
Time: 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Morris J. Lawrence Building/Towsley Auditorium
Detailing & Personalizing Your Vehicle
Time: 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Occupational
Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E Huron River Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Free. freecollegeday@wccnet.edu [map]
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 1 & 4 p.m.  Free! 

Jazz Combos: EMU Music Department.

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Mark Pappas conducts music student jazz combos in programs of standard and contemporary charts.
1 & 4 p.m., EMU Alexander Recital Hall, Lowell at E. Circle Dr., Ypsilanti. Free. 487-2255.
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 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Free College Day": WCC.

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Presentations by WCC instructors on various topics. Historian David Fitzpatrick discusses "More Than a Wicked Witch: The Wizard of Oz and the Populist Revolt" (1-1:55 p.m.). Art historian and world traveler Elisabeth Thoburn discusses "A Journey from WCC to Timbuktu" (2-2:55 p.m.). Great Lakes policy and conservation expert Karen Vigmostad discusses "The Great Lakes Today" (3-4 p.m.). Automotive instructor Scott Malnar discusses "Detailing & Personalizing Your Vehicle" (3-4 p.m.).
1-4 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium (except "Detailing & Personalizing Your Vehicle," Occupational Education Bldg., Rm. 151), 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free; preregistration required at wccnet.edu/freecollegeday. 922-5568. [map]
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 1 & 3 p.m. 

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

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Mar. 15, 16, 22, & 23. Museum staff give family-friendly science demos. Mar. 15 & 16: "Air Apparent" includes experiments with air pressure, from crushing a can to levitating objects. Mar. 22 & 23: "Good Vibes" features sound experiments, including the chance to see a flame extinguished by sound.
1 & 3 p.m., AAHOM Legacy Gallery, 220 E. Ann. $11 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
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 1 & 7:30 p.m. 

"Urinetown": Community High School Ensemble Theater.

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Mar. 20-23. Quinn Strassel directs Community High students in Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis's Tony-winning musical comedy about a city in the midst of a drought so devastating that a malevolent corporation has been able to take control of all the toilet facilities. Romance and chaos intertwine in this sharp satire that takes aim not only at environmental degradation, the sophistries of the legal system, and corporate piracy but at the form of the Broadway musical. Newsday critic Linda Winer calls it "elevated silliness of the highest order that makes a gratifying case for the restorative return to knowing foolishness and the smartly absurd." Cast: Ben Wier, Alexandra Cubero-Matos, Isaac Scobey-Thal, Morgan Harvey, Oren Levin, Oren Steiner, Jacob Johnson, Louis Hochster, Hannah Hesseltine, James Harkey, Ruby Lowenstein, Sofia Kromis, Milo Tucker-Meyer, Briana O'Neal, Eleanor Olson, Liz Roy, and Simon Rutkowski.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 1 p.m. (Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Community High School Craft Theater, 401 N. Division. (Parking available in the lot behind the school, N. Fifth Ave. at Detroit St.) Tickets $12 (students, $8) in advance at showtix4u.com and at the door. 994-2025. [map]
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 1 p.m. 

"Wolverine Will": Performance Network Children's Theater Network.

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Phil Powers stars in Carla Milarch's educational theater work takes kids in grades K-6 on a whirlwind tour of Michigan history, from lumberjacks to lug nuts. Milk & cookies.
1 p.m., Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Tickets $10 (youth under age 16, $7; family, $20) in advance at performancenetwork.org & by phone, and at the door. For reservations or to charge by phone, call 663-0681. [map]
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 2:00 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Derby Dimes present Puzzle Thunder: Ann Arbor Derby Dimes.

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Ann Arbor Derby Dimes present Puzzle Thunder
at Wurst Bar, 705 W. Cross St., Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
Puzzles go to the next level in A2D2's upcoming fundraiser, Puzzle Thunder! Twenty teams of four will race to finish a 500-piece jigsaw puzzle and complete other brain-bending mini-challenges! Get ready for action Saturday, March 22 at Wurst Bar.
Can you handle the thunder? Registration opens March 8 and is $20 per team. Teams must consist of four members age 18+.
- Official website listing (http://a2derbydimes.org/events-calendar/ann-arbor-derby-dimes-present-puzzle-thunder)
- Download and share flier (http://a2derbydimes.org/s/A2D2_PuzzleThunder_Flier.png)
Wurst Bar, 705 W. Cross St., Ypsilanti. $20. webmasters@a2derbydimes.org http://www.a2derbydimes.org [map]
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 2 p.m. 

U-M Softball vs. Indiana.

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Mar. 21-23. Home opening series.
4 p.m. (Mar. 21), 2 p.m. (Mar. 22), & 1 p.m. (Mar. 23), Alumni Field, S. State at Hoover. Ticket Prices TBA. 764-0247.
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 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

Waterloo Recreation Area.

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Programs presented by WRA park interpreter Katie McGlashen (except as noted).

Feb. 23 (2-3 p.m.): "Michigan Wolves: Past, Present, and Future." Naturalist and wolf advocate Dorothy McLeer presents a program on the comeback of wolves in Michigan, the issues that arise when people live near wolves, and what the future holds for wolves. Preregistration requested.

Mar. 22 (2-4 p.m.): "Spring Terrarium." Participants make a small, display-worthy ecosystem. Bring a glass container with a lid, between a quart and a gallon in size.

Mar. 29 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Harbinger Hike." A hike along Discovery Center trails to look signs of awakening animals, early sprouts, and perhaps a few unorthodox blooms.

Apr. 8 (10 a.m. & 2 p.m.): "Spring Break: Animal Tracks." All kids in grades K-6 invited to learn about animal track patterns, practice the art of tracking, and make a plaster cast track to take home.

Apr. 9 (10 a.m. & 2 p.m.): "Geocaching & Orienteering" All kids in grades K-6 invited to learn the basics of using a GPS unit and reading a compass, then try it on the trail. Participants should bring a few cheap trinkets to trade in geocaches.

Apr. 10 (10 a.m. & 2 p.m.): "Spring Break: Pizza Plant Magic." All kids in grades K-6 invited to learn what plant parts we eat, and start a pizza garden to take home.

Apr. 19 (noon and 1, 2, & 3 p.m.): "Geocache Egg Hunt." All invited to learn to use a GPS unit and follow clues to hunt for prizes. GPS units provided, or bring your own.

Apr. 25 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.): "Arbor Day Treats." All invited to learn how to measure tree height, figure out how old a tree is, and identify some trees without their leaves. Also, treats made from trees. Prizes.

May 3 (2-4 p.m.): "Arrows Away." All age 7 & up invited to learn basic archery skills. Equipment provided.

May 10: (2-4 p.m.): "Seed Paper Cards for Mom." Using recycled paper and wildflower seeds, participants make a Mother's Day card that can be planted to grow wildflowers.

May 24 (9 a.m.): "Birding and Breakfast." All invited for a light breakfast followed by a birding hike in celebration of International Migratory Bird Day.

June 7 (10 a.m.-noon, Green Lake Campground Trail parking lot, west off M-52 between Waterloo Rd. & N. Territorial): "National Trails Day 3 Park Hike." All invited to join a 2.5-mile hike along the Waterloo-Pinckney Trail that connects 2 State Recreation Areas to Washtenaw County's Park Lyndon North.

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Various times, Eddy Discovery Center (except as noted), Bush Rd. (west from Pierce Rd. off I-94 exit 157), Waterloo Recreation Area. Free. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.
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 2 & 7 p.m. 

"Around the World": Arbor Figure Skating Club 72nd Annual Melody on Ice.

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Mar. 21 & 22. Performances by more than 200 talented area skaters from tots to seniors. Also, performances by 2010 Olympian Emily Samuelson and the Hockettes synchronized skating teams.
7 p.m. (Mar. 21) & 2 & 7 p.m. (Mar. 22), Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley Dr. Tickets $10-$35 (kids age 9 & under and seniors age 65 & over, $5) in advance and at the door. 213-6768. [map]
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 2 & 7 p.m. 

"Around the World": Arbor Figure Skating Club 72nd Annual Melody on Ice.

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Mar. 21 & 22. Performances by more than 200 talented area skaters from tots to seniors. Also, performances by 2010 Olympian Emily Samuelson and the Hockettes synchronized skating teams.
7 p.m. (Mar. 21) & 2 & 7 p.m. (Mar. 22), Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley Dr. Tickets $10-$35 (kids age 9 & under and seniors age 65 & over, $5) in advance and at the door. 213-6768. [map]
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 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Family Art Studio": UMMA/Ann Arbor Art Center.

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Mar. 15 & 22. Families with kids ages 6-12 invited to make art projects inspired by the geometric patterns and colors found in the current exhibit, Doris Duke's Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art.
2-4 p.m., UMMA Multipurpose Room, 525 S. State. Free; preregistration required at annarborartcenter.org. 764-0395. [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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 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: Chelsea Chess Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to join club members for blitz (5-minute) and untimed games. Some sets and clocks available; bring your own if possible.
3-5 p.m., Wendy's, 1640 Commerce Park, Chelsea. The meetings are held in the Pierce Park picnic shelter during the summer, usually from late May until after Labor Day. Free. 475-1583. [map]
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 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Raptor Feeding": Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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Every Sat. except May 31. LSNC volunteers feed and answer questions about the center's red-tailed hawk, peregrine falcon, and other resident raptors, who may come out of their enclosures to eat.
3-4 p.m. Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. Free. 997-1553. [map]
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 3-4 p.m. 

"Strum & Drum": Oz's Music Environment.

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Every Sat. Families invited to get on stage to sing and make music on a variety of instruments. Also, at 4 p.m. on the 1st Sat. of the month only, a free Kids Open Stage.
3-4 p.m., Oz's, 1920 Packard. $15 per family. 662-8283. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

Owen Laukkanen: Nicola's Books.

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This Toronto writer reads from Kill Fee, his new novel about a state investigator and FBI special agent who witness an assassination and eventually track it back to a high-tech murder-for-hire social media website. Signing. Preceded by a book club discussion with Laukkanen of his novel Criminal Enterprise (preregistration required).
4 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 5-7 p.m. 

4th Saturday Scandinavian Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Swedish and Norwegian dancing to recorded and live music. No partner necessary. Wear flat shoes with smooth, hard soles. The program begins with a lesson by Bruce Sagan and Suzanne Schluederberg.
5-7 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $5 (students, $3). (908) 721-2599. [map]
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 5:30 p.m. 

"Win Big for Kids": Saline Kiwanis Club.

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Dinner, silent auction, and raffles. Cash prizes. Proceeds benefit local youth programs.
5:30 p.m., Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Tickets $100 per couple (includes a raffle ticket) in advance at kiwanisclubofsaline.com. 662-2522. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Art Explorer Saturdays!: Fly Children's Art Center.

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When: Saturdays, 6-7pm Feb-March Who: ALL FOLKS ages 6 and up welcome...adults, too! ;) Come play!! (students under 10 should be accompanied by an adult) What: Exploratory drop-in art class featuring a new medium each week Cost: $7 drop-in/class* (*plus material fee, depending upon medium) or $50 pre-registered for entire semester (includes all material fees) 2/1: Drawing 2/8: Wire Sculpture* (add $5 material fee) 2/15: Sharpie Art* (add $3 material fee) 2/22: Wax resist watercolors 3/1: Collage/Stamp Art 3/8: Oil pastels 3/15: Tissue paper art* (add $2 material fee) 3/22: Painting Groups of 4 or more must pre-register to be ensured a space! Have a party of 15 or more? Ask us about hosting a private class just for your group!
$7/student
Fly Children's Art Center, 40 N. Huron St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197, Ypsilanti. $7. info@flyartcenter.org. info@flyartcenter.org http://www.flyartcenter.org/#!studio-classes/c20by [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Art Explorer Saturdays! | Feb 1 - March 22, 7pm: Fly Children's Art Center.

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When: Saturdays, 6-7pm Feb-March Who: ALL FOLKS ages 6 and up welcome...adults, too! ;) Come play!! (students under 10 should be accompanied by an adult) What: Exploratory drop-in art class featuring a new medium each week Cost: $7 drop-in/class* (*plus material fee, depending upon medium) or $50 pre-registered for entire semester (includes all material fees) 2/1: Drawing 2/8: Wire Sculpture* (add $5 material fee) 2/15: Wax resist watercolors 2/22: Sharpie Art* (add $3 material fee) 3/1: Collage/Stamp Art 3/8: Oil pastels 3/15: Tissue paper art* (add $2 material fee) 3/22: Painting Groups of 4 or more must pre-register to be ensured a space! Have a party of 15 or more? Ask us about hosting a private class just for your group!
Fly Children's Art Center, 40 N. Huron St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197, Ypsilanti. $7/student. 734-218-2145. katie@flyartcenter.com http://www.flyartcenter.org/#!studio-classes/c20by [map]
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 7-10 p.m. 

International Folk Dancing: Ann Arbor Folkdancers.

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Dancing to recorded music. No partner needed; beginners welcome. The program begins with a lesson.
7-10 p.m., the barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $5 (students, $3). 709-8748. [map]
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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Orchid Ensemble: U-M Confucius Institute.

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This acclaimed Vancouver trio offers "Asian Tradition Meets World Fusion," a program of traditional and contemporary Chinese instrumental music and works that blend Chinese and Western elements, on erhu (Chinese violin), zheng (Chinese zither), and percussion.
7-9 p.m., UMMA Apse, 525 S. State, Free. 764-8888. [map]
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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

U-M J. Edgar Edwards Reading Series.

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Readings by 1st-year MFA students, including fiction writer Nora Byrnes and poet Stephen Rodriguez.
7-9 p.m., Michigan League Henderson Room. Free. 764-6330. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

U-M Men's Gymnastics vs. Illinois-Chicago.

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3:30 p.m., Crisler Center. Ticket prices TBA. 764-0247.
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 7 p.m. 

"64th Annual Bands in Review": Ann Arbor Public Schools.

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Mar. 18 & 22 (different programs and locations). More than 800 public school students perform in these lively concerts. Preceded at 6 p.m. by jazz in the lobby by the Community High Jazz Combo. Tonight: The Tappan, Forsythe, Slauson, and Ann Arbor Open @ Mack middle school bands, the Skyline varsity and symphony bands, and the Pioneer varsity, concert, and symphony bands.
7 p.m., Pioneer High School Schreiber Auditorium, 601 W. Stadium at S. Main. Tickets $5 (family of 4, $10) in advance from band members and at the door. 996-3210. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

4th Saturday Contra and Square Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Reuven AnafShalom and Ed Vincent call to live music by Picks & Sticks. Bring a snack to share, if you wish. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lesson.
7:30 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $10 (members, $9; students, $5). 786-8380. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"Into the Woods": Greenhills School.

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Mar. 21-23. Emily Wilson-Tobin and Benjamin Cohen direct upper school students in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Tony Award-winning musical, a darkly comic reworking of several Grimm fairy tales. The show features one of Sondheim's most eclectic scores, ranging in style from jazz to vaudeville to rhapsodic ballads and operatic duets and trios.
7:30 p.m. (Mar. 21 & 22) & 2 p.m. (Mar. 23), Greenhills School Campbell Center for the Performing Arts, 850 Greenhills Dr. (off Earhart). Tickets $14 (students & seniors, $12). 769-4010. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"Suite Pairings: All Live Music and Dance": People Dancing.

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Mar. 21 & 22. This accomplished local modern dance company presents a program of works by company and guest choreographers highlighted by Cedar's Edge, a work by People Dancing artistic director Christina Sears-Etter inspired by a visit to Zion National Park that incorporates visual projections and music, and Sensory Integration, U-M dance grad Jillian Hopper's new solo inspired by a personal ritual that features a Joshua Harrison score. Also, other works TBA. All the dances feature live scores performed by local multi-instrumentalist Ken Kozora & friends.
7:30 p.m., The Stone Chalet, 1917 Washtenaw. $18 (students, $13; kids age 13 & under, $10) in advance at brownpapertickets.com/event/558026 and at the door. 368-7573. [map]
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 7:45 p.m.-12:30 a.m.  Free! 

University Lowbrow Astronomers.

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A chance to join local astronomy buffs for a look at the sky through instruments, including the Peach Mountain Observatory's huge, 24-inch McMath telescope. Participants encouraged to bring their own telescopes. Visitors must turn off all electronic equipment (car radios, transmitters, phones, etc.) at the observatory entrance. Program canceled if sky is overcast at sunset or if the weather is extremely inclement. If in doubt, call 975-3248 after 4 p.m. day of event.
Sunset-11 p.m. or later (as long as the sky remains clear), Peach Mountain Observatory, North Territorial Rd. (about 1 1⁄4 miles west of Hudson Mills Metropark), Dexter. Free. 975-3248.
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On August 4, 2013, Christie wrote:
I've always wondered what was hidden behind that mysterious gate on North Territorial. I learned a lot last night from all of the hobbyist and professional astronomers who brought out their big telescopes to look at the "double-double" (two double stars of Lyra), Saturn (with the ring and all), globular and open clusters, and three other galaxies. Thank you to everyone for being so willing to share what you know and to show off your technology!


 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

4th Saturday Scandinavian Music Jam.

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Local fiddler Bruce Sagan hosts a jam for all musicians interested in playing Swedish and Norwegian tunes.
8-10 p.m., Sagan residence, 2059 Georgetown Blvd. Free. (908) 721-2599, sagan@math.msu.edu. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Finer, Michael Spain, and The Techtonix: The Yellow Barn.

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Triple bill. Finer is the acclaimed Indianapolis-based husband-and-wife rock-pop duo of vocalist-guitarist Stacy Basner and bassist Ethan James. Michael Spain is a Michigan singer-songwriter whose music combines elements of jazz, rock, and classical music. The Techtonix are a local rock duo.
8 p.m., Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. $10 (Yellow Card or Pink Punch Card holders, free). ouryellowbarn.com. [map]
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 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Nick Gaza: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Mar. 20-22. A veteran guest performer in TV sitcoms, Gaza is a very funny and playfully irreverent stand-up comic who bills himself as "The Laziest Working Man in Show Business," sometimes even performing in PJs. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 314 E. Liberty. $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $12 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Performing Arts Technology Showcase: U-M School of Music.

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Performances and presentations by U-M performing arts technology students.
8 p.m., U-M Music School Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

The Ben Daniels Band: The Ark.

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Chelsea Americana folk-rock quintet led by singer-songwriter and guitarist Daniels, whose influences range from Robert Johnson to Dylan to Jack White.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at Herb David Guitar Studio and the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com), and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Beethoven and Beyond": Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

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Arie Lipsky conducts the orchestra in a program highlighted by Beethoven's dramatic and playful Concerto no. 2 in B-flat major, with Adam Golka, the internationally acclaimed young pianist noted in the Washington Post for his "brilliant technique and real emotional depth." The program also includes Strauss's symphonic poem Also Sprach Zarathustra (the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey)-which makes use of the theater's Barton organ-and John Adams' Short Ride in a Fast Machine.
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $12-$60 (discounts for students & seniors; 1st-time season subscribers, buy 1 get 1 free) in advance at the AASO office (220 E. Huron, suite 470), at a2so.com, and at the door. 994-4801. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying": U-M MUSKET.

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Mar. 21-23. Students present Frank Loesser's 1961 musical farce about an ambitious young man who sets out to climb the corporate ladder and quickly rises to the top, taking his faithful secretary along with him. The score includes "A Secretary Is Not a Toy," "I Believe in You," and "Brotherhood of Man."
8 p.m. (Mar. 21 & 22) & 2 p.m. (Mar. 23), Power Center. Tickets $13 (students with ID, $7) in advance at the Michigan League Ticket Office, and at the door. 764-2538. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Songs of a Young Man": Boychoir of Ann Arbor.

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Boychoir assistant director Alex Sutton the Boychoir's Young Men's Ensemble, a choir of boys ages 13-18, in a program showcasing the colorful and multifaceted nature of the male singing voice, from the solemnity of Felix Mendelssohn's "Beati mortui" to the light-heartedness of Gene Chandler's too-wop standard "Duke of Earl". The varied program also includes solos, barbershop quartets, and opera arias.
8 p.m., location Free; donations accepted. 663-5377.
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 8 p.m. 

"Venus in Fur": Performance Network Professional Season.

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Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Apr. 11), Feb. 27-Apr. 13. See review. Jennifer Graham directs Maggie Meyer & Sebastian Gerstner in David Ives' 2011 Tony-nominated 2-person comic drama about a writer grumbling about the caliber of actresses who have auditioned for his adaptation of Sacher-Masoch's 1870 novel Venus in Furs, when he is waylaid by a latecomer who seems even less promising than her predecessors. But when she convinces him to read through his play with her, she exhibits a strange mastery of the material, and the lines between art and reality gradually dissolve as she engages him in an increasingly serious battle for domination.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.), & 3 p.m. (Mar. 15 & 29), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (Feb. 27), $22 (Feb. 28 and Mar. 2 & 6), and $30 (Mar. 1). Mar. 7 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After Mar. 7: $27 & $29 (Thurs.), $32 & $34 (Fri. & Sun.), $25 & $27 (Sat. matinee), $39 & $41 (Sat. eve.). $3 discount for seniors age 60 & over. Tickets available in advance at performancenetwork.org & by phone, and at the door. $10 student discount in advance, half-price student tickets at the door only. For reservations, call 663-0681; to charge by phone, call 663-0696. [map]
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Science camp for kids ages 6-14
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Top of the Lamp, Ann Arbor's locally owned lighting specialty store.