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Saturday, April 19, 2014






 
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 7 a.m. 

Music Sale: Salvation Army Thrift Store.

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The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) will roll out all the best in music-themed merchandise as the nonprofit prepares for its ninth annual Musical Extravaganza Sale at the Ann Arbor Salvation Army thrift store.
Shoppers will experience the harmony of great deals and music, as a variety of local musicians, including live bands and electronic performers, entertain patrons as they grab deals. Spot sales offering exclusive savings in a variety of departments will be announced throughout the day including great deals on music items, including:
-Pianos, organs and other instruments
-Amplifiers, sound systems and CD players
-Records, cassettes and CDs
-Sheet music
-Music-themed apparel and accessories
Also, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. customers will receive 50 percent off all clothing.
Salvation Army Thrift Store, 1621 S. State St. (734) 332-3474. [map]
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 8 a.m. 

Auditions for 2014-2015 Season: Ann Arbor Youth Chorale.

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Bonnie Kidd and Shayla Powell, Conductors.
Open auditions for boys with unchanged voices and girls (ages 9-16), interested in high quality choral training.
Audition Dates
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Saturday, May 31, 2014
For an easy, 10-minute appointment please visit us online at www.annarboryouthchorale.org
No preparation is required.
Scholarships are available based on need.
We are proud recipients of a Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor Foundation Inc. grant.
Train, Perform, and have fun with us!
Audition Location TBA. Free to audition. aaycadmin@annarboryouthchorale.org www.annarboryouthchorale.org
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 8 a.m. 

Bicycle Races: Ann Arbor Velo Club 30th Annual Spring Training Series.

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Apr. 6, 13, 19, & 27. Bike races for beginning and experienced racers-including new racers (9 a.m.), women (9:35 a.m.), and racers in categories 4 & 5 (10:20 a.m.), 3 & 4 (10:55 a.m.), and 1-4 (11:40 a.m.)-on a 1.4-mile loop on Varsity and Highland drives (just south of Ellsworth). Also, a race for youth ages 10-18 (1 p.m., $3). Preceded at 8 a.m. by a free clinic for new racers.
Various times, park behind Cayman Chemical Co., 1180 Ellsworth (just west of Stone School). $20 in advance; $25 on race day. Preregistration recommended at SpringTrainingSeries.com. 635-1341. [map]
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 9 a.m. 

"Birth & the First Three Months: A Childbirth and Newborn Care Class": Hygeia Center for Healing Arts.

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In this highly rated childbirth and newborn class, you will learn:
*When to go to the hospital or call your midwife.
*What to do at home during early labor.
*How to help labor go well and decrease the necessity for C-section and other interventions, including tips for how to do this with or without an epidural.
*Many different techniques for coping with contractions.
*How to support and help laboring women.
*How to gather information from your doctor or midwife in order to make informed decisions about routine proceedures, interventions and pain control.
*Tips to prepare for and ease postpartum recovery.
*Women's health after birth.
*Early infant attachment.
* Understanding newborn cues and states of awareness; tips to reduce crying and better understand your baby.
Fee: $175.00.
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (there will be a 2 hour break for lunch)
Instructor: Deb Rhizal
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. 5th Ave. $175. 734-769-6100. welcome@hygeiacenter.org www.hygeiacenter.org [map]
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Dexter Breakfast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sat. Beginner-friendly slow-paced (22 miles) and moderate/fast-paced (30-100 miles) round-trip rides to Dexter, Chelsea, and beyond, with stops at the Dexter Bakery or Zou Zou's and Pierce's in Chelsea. A very popular ride. Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.
9 a.m. (Apr., May, Sept., & Oct.), 8 a.m. (June-Aug.), & 10 a.m. (Nov.), meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St.. Free. 8 a.m., meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 996-9461 (June 7), 665-3961 (June 14), 994-6340 (June 21), 426-4989 (June 28), 663-5060 (July 5), 274-6350 (July 19), 546-1047 (July 26). 649-9762. 649-9762. [map]
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 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Eco-Restoration Workday: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.

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Apr. 12 & 19. All invited to help Matthaei staff members remove invasive plants. Dress for outdoor work. Tools provided, or bring your own. Note: Kids age 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Youth ages 16-18 must submit a permission form.
9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Arb Reader Center (Apr. 12), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (Apr. 19), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration required by phone or email. tgriffit@umich.edu, 647-8528. [map]
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 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Apr. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, & 26. All invited to help maintain the natural areas in various city parks. Also, city 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.

Apr. 5: Scarlett Mitchell Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Mitchell Middle school parking lot on Pittsview Dr. just off Lorraine) to help remove garlic mustard, dame's rock, and other invasive, or Dolph Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, parking lot on the east side of Wagner between Liberty & Jackson) to keep trails open by cutting back invasive shrubs.

Apr. 6: Black Pond Woods (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the Leslie Science Center parking lot, 1831 Traver Rd.) to help remove garlic mustard and cut back invasive shrubs.

Apr. 12: Stapp Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the AADL Traverwood Branch parking lot, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy.) to help improve the trails by removing garlic mustard, trimming back the overgrowth, and spreading wood chips, and Onder Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the entrance on Brookside west from Pontiac Trail north of Barton Dr.) to remove garlic mustard, dame's rocket, and other invasive plants.

Apr. 19: Wurster Park (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the entrance at the cul-de-sac on Edgewood Pl. off W. Davis between Third St. & Fifth St.) to remove garlic mustard and spread woodchips on the trails. Bring a plastic sled to help with the woodchip hauling.

Apr. 26: Dolph Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, parking lot on the east side of Wagner between Liberty & Jackson) to keep trails open by cutting back invasive shrubs, or Mary Beth Doyle Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the end of Verle Rd. off Platt south of Packard) to help plant native shrubs, and Barton Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet in the Barton Dam parking lot, Huron River Dr. from Bird Rd. via Newport Rd.) to help remove garlic mustard and other invasive species.

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Various times & locations. Free. 794-6627.
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Far West Quad County Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sat., Apr.-Oct. Fast/moderate-paced ride, 40-100 miles, on low-traffic roads in Washtenaw, Jackson, Livingston, and Ingham counties. Brunch stop.
9 a.m., meet in front of Zou Zou's, 101 N. Main at Middle, Chelsea. Free. 645-1205, 645-5696, 478-0424, 646-1507, 678-8297. [map]
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 9:45 a.m.  Free! 

20th Annual Easter Egg Hunt: Chelsea Kiwanis.

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With more than 2,500 hidden candy-filled plastic eggs. Prizes in 3 age divisions (age 3 & under, ages 4-7, age 8 & up). Also, photos with the Easter bunny.
9:45 a.m., Chelsea Retirement Community, 805 W. Middle (west of Main), Chelsea. Free. 475-9701. [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Death Cafe.

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All invited to join a frank conversation about death led by participants. Hosted by After Death Home Care founder Merilynne Rush. Tea & Cake served.
10 a.m.-noon, Crazy Wisdom Tearoom, 114 S. Main. Free. deathcafe.com, afterdeathhomecare.com. 395-9660. [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Grange Junior Makers: Pittsfield Grange.

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Kids, accompanied by a participating adult, invited to work on electronics, robotics, and woodworking projects. Today's project TBA.
10 a.m.-noon, Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). Free. 926-5079. [map]
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 10 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Chelsea Spring Expo": Chelsea Senior Center.

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This family-oriented event features a showcase of goods and services by over 140 vendors, crafters, and nonprofits, along with kids activities TBA. Bake sale. Samples, door prizes.
10 a.m.-3 p.m., Washington Street Education Center, 500 E. Washington, Chelsea. Free admission. 475-9242. [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon 

"Spring Eggstravaganza": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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All ages invited to bring a basket and set off on a scavenger egg hunt through LSNC trails. Prizes. Also, a chance to learn about the LSNC animals that lay eggs and what their eggs look like. Stories around a campfire, craft activities.
10-noon, LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. $8 (family, $30). Preregistration required. 997-1553. [map]
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 10 & 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"T-Shirt Bag": Ecology Center of Ann Arbor.

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All invited to bring a T-shirt to transform into a reusable bag. 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.-noon 

Weekend Drop In Play!: Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor.

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Drop In and Play with us on the weekend! Just like our normal drop-in play, our weekend play times give families a chance to get out of the house and play with their babies or toddlers in a safe environment. We will have a variety of toys out for babies/young toddlers ages 6 months to 4 years including ride on toys, a slide, puzzles, books and much more. Space permitting, we will bring out our bounce house so toddlers can enjoy bouncing in a safe environment.
Our playspace is a great place to meet up with your other parent friends, or to make new ones! Coffee and snacks available for $1.
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk. $5 per child. 734-973-1014. info@lamazefamilycenter.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
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 10:30 a.m. 

Workshop: Mindfulness in Relationships with John Amodeo: Zen Buddhist Temple.

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Buddhist psychotherapist John Amodeo will do a workshop based largely on his latest book "Dancing With Fire: A Mindful Way to Loving Relationships" Saturday, April 19 from 10:30am to 1pm, followed by lunch at the Temple. He will also have copies of the book available for purchase. Cost is $50 or sliding scale (deduct the $15 cost of the book if you buy it). Don't miss this rare opportunity to hear from a teacher who can approach this material from both a Buddhist and western psychological perspective.
Zen Buddhist Temple, 1214 Packard St. $50 or sliding scale (deduct the $15 cost of the book if you buy it).. (734) 761-6520. AnnArbor@ZenBuddhistTemple.org www.zenbuddhisttemple.org [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. 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. 

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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An experienced storyteller spins yarns for kids age 7 & under. Followed by an appearance by Peter Rabbit. Photos and jelly beans available that day.
11 a.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. 

"Dynamite DNA": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute interactive demo exploring how scientists use DNA to aid in conservation of species and to find information about evolutionary history. Participants extract DNA from a whole banana. Geared toward adults and kids age 5 & up.
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.-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Spring Eggstravaganza": Ann Arbor Jaycees.

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Easter egg hunts for kids age 12 & under accompanied by a parent. Also, a petting zoo, face painting, photos with the Easter Bunny, crafts, games, balloons, music, and more. More than a thousand kids attended last year's event.
11 a.m.-1 p.m., Buhr Park, 2751 Packard. Free, but donations accepted for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County. a2jaycees.org, 890-8560. [map]
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 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Storytime at the Museum": UMMA.

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U-M student docents and UMMA staffers read stories related to the art on display. Followed by an art activity. For kids ages 4-7 accompanied by a parent. Siblings welcome.
11:15 a.m., UMMA (meet at the information desk), 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [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., and Apr. 7-11 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.) is an exploration of the current night sky.

The Little Star That Could (Sat. and Apr. 7-11, 12:30 p.m.) is about an average yellow star on a search for a planet of its own to warm who meets other stars on the way and learns about the solar system.

MarsQuest (Sat. & Sun. 2:30 p.m.), narrated by Star Trek star Patrick Stewart, is about the history of the Red Planet and the reasons for our interest in it.

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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 

Interpretive Nature Programs: Hudson Mills Metropark.

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Programs presented by Hudson Mills naturalist Mark Irish.

Jan. 25 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.): "Chillin' at the Mills." A variety of winter activities, including (weather permitting) cross-country skiing, Klondike racing and dog sledding demos, and more. Afterward, an indoor craft activity and hot chocolate. $3 ($7.50 includes lunch).

Feb. 1 (noon): "Kids Craft Day." All kids invited to bring a T-shirt or canvas shopping bag to stamp or paint with nature-themed designs. $3 per item.

Feb. 8 (1 p.m.): "Winter Ecology Walk." A hike to see how animal life is weathering the winter.

Feb. 15 & Apr. 5 (11 a.m.): "Live! Birds of Prey." Howell Nature Center representatives present a program on birds of prey that includes displays of live hawks, owls, falcons, and vultures.

Apr. 19 (noon): "West River Trail Bike Hike." All invited to join a leisurely ride from Hudson Mills to the Dexter Library, examining various habitats along the way, on this new trail. Helmets required.

Apr. 26 (10 a.m.): "Vernal Pond Day." All invited to explore life teeming in one of the short-lived vernal ponds that dries up in the summer heat.

May 10: "Explore Dexter-Huron." All invited to hike around this little known gem of a park, a favorite among wildflower enthusiasts. Meet at the East Shelter parking lot, 6535 Huron River Dr.

May 11 (9 & 11 a.m.): "Mother's Day Wildflower Walk." A hike to look for spring wildflowers. Also, brunch ($8; kids under 2, free) available at 10 a.m.

May 17 (noon): "Bike Hike." All invited to join a leisurely bike hike to explore different parts of the park. Helmets required.

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Various times, Hudson Mills activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (kids, $3) except as noted. Preregistration required. $7 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [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-2 p.m. 

Learn to Solder!: All Hands Active.

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Have a desire to solder, but don't know how?
We can help!
We've got the soldering irons, staff, and experience to teach you the good stuff.
You will leave All Hands Active with proof of your new found ability to accurately melt metal, an official MakeShed Badge (Easy!), or a PenguiCon Badge (Difficult!). Yours to keep! It changes colors! It pulses!
**We also have Holiday kits to solder for $10 more. Not hard, but will make sure that you leave this class knowing how to solder well**
You are more than welcome to stick around after class to practice more, ask questions, etc. If you have something you would like to solder, bring it along!
All Hands Active, 525 E. Liberty. Donation. $10 (MakeShed Badge) or $25 (PenguiCon Badge). (734) 707-8242. AllHandsActive@gmail.com AllHandsActive.com [map]
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 Noon  Free! 

Volunteer Orientation & Workday Schedule For April: Project Grow Gardens.

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When: April 12th & 19th 12:00pm
Where: 1831 Traver Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Welcome to another exciting volunteer season with Project Grow! We are having our first orientation on Saturday and then another on the following Saturday. If you are new to Project Grow, please join us at noon. If you are a prior volunteer, please feel free to join us at 12:30pm for the first workday in our Discovery Gardens at The Leslie Science and Nature Center.

Please be prepared to get dirty, and bring gloves if you have them! We will start with an intro to Project Grow and a tour of our site at LSNC including the Compost Education Center. We have much work to do before The Earth Day Festival on April 27th, where thousands join LSNC for a day of education, entertainment, and outdoor fun. Project Grow will be performing beekeeping and composting demonstrations, so it is important that our gardens are clean and presentable.

We are using our new volunteer calendar for these events, once you vis
Leslie Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Free. volunteer@projectgrowgardens.com www.projectgrowgardens.org [map]
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 Noon and 1, 2, & 3 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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 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Growing Heirloom Tomatoes and Peppers Organically": Project Grow Community Gardens.

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Learn the secrets to selecting and growing exceptionally delicious tomatoes and peppers, using organic practices. Discover the best cultivars to grow, along with tips to ensure a bountiful harvest. Royer Held, tomato and pepper grower extraordinaire, will tell all in this class. Free, but pre-registration is required. Visit www.projectgrowgardens.org to get signed up!
Leslie House at Leslie Science and Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd.. Ann Arbor. Free. 734-996-3169. info@projectgrowgardens.org www.projectgrowgardens.org [map]
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 1 p.m.  Free! 

LaRon Williams: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Family-oriented storytelling program by this popular veteran local storyteller who specializes in African American stories presented with a wide range of dialects, gestures, and facial expressions to conjure all sorts of human, animal, and supernatural characters. He often accompanies his stories on African and African American folk instruments, and his repertoire includes folk, literary, historical, and musical tales.
1-2:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 1-2 p.m. 

"Recycled Glossy Paper Flowers": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft activity for kids in grades K-5.
1-2 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 1:30 & 5 p.m.  Free! 

"Opera Scenes": U-M Undergraduate Opera Studio Workshop.

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Kay Castaldo directs U-M undergrad opera students in staged arias from Handel's Nuovo Barroco and a scene both wildly romantic and hilarious from Verdi's comic opera Falstaff.
1:30 & 5 p.m., U-M School of Music McIntosh Theater, 1100 Baits (off Broadway). North Campus. Free. 764-2538. [map]
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

Earth Day: Climate Action: Prof. Gretchen Keppel-Aleks: Clean Water Action and Earth Day: Climate Action.

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Prof. Keppel-Aleks will speak on "The science of climate change". In the talk, she will examine the science behind the greenhouse effect and climate change. She will also explore the observational and modeling tools that scientists use to understand the climate system. Finally, she will discuss strategies to alleviate the human causes of climate change.
Prof. Keppel-Aleks is an assistant professor at the University of Michigan in the Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences department. Her research focuses on using observations of atmospheric CO2 to understand the global carbon cycle and, in particular, how climate variability affects the exchange of carbon between the atmosphere and terrestrial ecosystems. She did her PhD in environmental science and engineering at Caltech.
Ypsilanti District Library - Michigan Branch, 229 West Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti, MI 48197, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-330-0163. info@edca2014.org http://edca2014.org [map]
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 2 p.m. 

U-M Softball vs. Minnesota.

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Apr. 18-20.
6 p.m. (Fri.), 2 p.m. (Sat.), & 1 p.m. (Sat.), Alumni Field, S. State at Hoover. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 each; U-M students, faculty, & staff, free). 764-0247.
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 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Nature Fun for Kids: Make a Journey Stick": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance leads a hike to find objects that represent different experiences and tie them to a stick. For kids ages 4-7.
2-3:30 p.m., Scio Woods Preserve, north side of Scio Church Rd. west of Wagner. Free; preregistration required. severances@ewashtenaw.org; 971-6337, ext. 335.
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 2:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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Every Sat. except May 10 All invited to practice their juggling skills. Beginners welcome. Indoor location TBA in case of inclement weather. The club hosts a Juggling Arts Festival on May 10 (see listing).
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 p.m.  Free! 

Earth Day: Climate Action in Jackson: Earth Day: Climate Action and Clean Water Action.

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Climate Reality Project presenter Peggy Coyle will present, "Climate Change: Where are we now? A Call to Action"
In this talk we will look at the impacts of the changing climate in our world, the science behind the change, and innovations that people worldwide are making in order to turn the momentum toward energy sources that do not devastate our planet. We'll also discuss changes we can make personally.
Jackson District Library, Carnegie Branch, 244 W. Michigan Ave, Jackson. Free. 734-330-0163. erica.ackerman@gmail.com http://edca2014.org [map]
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 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Creating Video Games": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Apr. 19 & 26. All adults and youth in grade 4 & up invited to learn how to create and play different video game levels (Apr. 19) and program new games (Apr. 26) using Unity game development software.
3-5 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Fantastic Sports Stuff": Bookbound.

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Sterling Heights writer Bob Henige discusses his new book of Michigan professional and amateur sports trivia. Q&A. Signing.
3 p.m., Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]
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 3 & 8 p.m. 

"Spring Comedy Festival: Lovers, Liars, & Lunatics": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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See review. Every Wed.-Sun. (except Apr. 20), Apr. 3-May 24. Guy Sanville directs the world premiere of several short comedies that explore the nature of love, loss, revenge, and renewal. Includes plays by Jeff Daniels, David MacGregor, Carey Crim, and others. Note: adult language and content.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Apr. 3-10 preview tickets$22 (Wed. & Thurs.), $27 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $32 (Sat. eve.). After Apr. 10: 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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 3 & 8 p.m. 

"The Foreigner": Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Apr 10-May 4. Paul Hopper directs this local professional company in Larry Shue's witty Obie-winning farce about a shy Englishman who goes on a fishing vacation in rural Georgia and pretends to be from an exotic, unspecified foreign country and to speak no English. However, the locals all begin to confide in the mysterious stranger, unleashing a blackly hilarious series of events involving the devious local minister, his redneck associate, and even the Ku Klux Klan. Cast: Adrian Diffey, Fran Potasnik, Lori Pelham, Jess Alexander, Kathryn Mahard, Elliott Styles.
7 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 3 p.m. (Sat., Sun., & Apr. 17), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $32 (seniors age 60 & older, $30; youth age 17 & under and groups of 10 or more, $28) in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. Tickets are $6 less for Thurs. & all matinees. 268-6200. [map]
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 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

Earth Day: Climate Action in Saline: Clean Water Action and Earth Day: Climate Action.

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William Gittlen, MD, a speaker trained by the Climate Reality Project, will present on the science of climate change, its impacts, and ways it can be addressed.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Gittlen was educated at Cass Tech HS, Pomona College (BA), the London School of Economics (general course), the University of Michigan (special student), and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine (MD).
Saline District Library, 555 N Maple Rd Saline, MI 48176, Saline. Free. 734-330-0163. info@edca2014.org http://edca2014.org [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

Earth Day: Climate Action in Canton: Clean Water Action and Earth Day: Climate Action.

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William Richardson, a speaker trained by the Climate Reality Project, will present on the science of climate change, its impacts, and ways it can be addressed.
Bill attended the University of Michigan where he graduated with a BS in Civil/Environmental Engineering. He retired from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2002 after working as in environmental scientist/engineer for 39 years. His work primarily involved the development and application of mathematical models for the Great Lakes but also did a lot of other things to clean up the waters of the U.S.
Canton Public Library, 1200 S Canton Center RD Canton, MI 48188, Canton. Free. 734-330-0163. info@edca2014.org http://edca2014.org [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

Organic Farming :: Intro to Marketing: Tilian Farm Development Center.

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We will start the discussion on what markets are available for local farm products and what are the advantages and disadvantages of each. Developing a marketing plan will be included.
Washtenaw Food Hub. Free. $5. 734.222.3817. tilianfdc@gmail.com http://www.tiliancenter.org
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 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Hild": LezRead Book Club.

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All lesbians invited to discuss Nicola Griffith's historical novel about Hilda of Whitby, a Christian saint who was instrumental in the conversion of England to Christianity in the middle ages.
4-6 p.m., Jim Toy Community Center, 319 Braun Ct. Free. 663-0036. [map]
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 5 p.m.  Free! 

2014 Italian Film Festival USA.

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The U-M is one of several host sites for the Detroit-area sojourn of this annual festival. Italian, subtitles.

Apr. 18 (7 p.m.): Benvenuto Presidente (Welcome, Mr. President) (Riccardo Milani, 2013). Comedy about a man living quiet life in a small mountain village who is mistakenly elected president of Italy.

Apr. 19 (5 p.m.): Gli Equilibristi (Balancing Act (Ivano de Matteo, 2012). Comedy about a middle-age man whose apparently peaceful life falls apart when his wife leaves him after discovering his affair.

Apr. 20 (7:30 p.m.): The Women Workers' War (Massimo Ferrari, 2013). Documentary about a 550-day sit in by a group of women after they had been summarily laid off from their jobs in an Italian factory, with no sign of wages due, by telegram from a remote owner.

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Various times, Lorch Hall Askwith Auditorium 611 Tappan. Free. Italianfilmfests.org/detroit.html. (248) 917-2352.
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 6:30-10 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Date Night: Spring Mediterranean!.

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Back by popular demand! Bring your special someone and have some fun in the kitchen cooking up this fun Spring Mediterranean menu! And please feel free to bring a bottle of wine to enjoy with your meal. Menu: Radish and Fava Bean Salad with Pita and Green Tahini Sauce; Portobello Mushrooms with Pearled Barley and Preserved Lemon; Zucchini Wrapped Lamb Kofta Kebobs with Thick Garlic Yogurt Sauce and Spicy Basil Tomato Sauce; Lavender and Honey Tea Cakes with Lemon-Honey Glaze. Full participation. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $150/pair. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

23rd Annual Smithee Awards: Smith-ka-teers.

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Not even a polar vortex can stop our B Movie extravaganza! Watch our specially selected film clips on the Elements of Terrible Cinematic Style, including ludicrous premises, stupid looking monsters, terrible special effects and gratuitous violence and nudity, then cast your vote for the very Worst of the Worst. Unhealthy and improbable snacks and beverages will be provided; antacids will not.
The event is free, but may not be suitable for children.
University of Michigan Chemistry Building Room 1800, 930 North University Avenue. Free. AmyTheEvitable@gmail.com www.smitheeawards.com [map]
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 7-10 p.m. 

International Folk Dancing: Ann Arbor Folkdancers.

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Balkan and Israeli dancing to live music by The Ethnic Connection. No partner needed; beginners welcome.
7-10 p.m., the barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $10 (students, $5). 709-8748. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Stop Kiss": U-M Basement Arts.

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Apr. 17-19. Lindsay Wormser directs students in Diana Son's touching, critically acclaimed 1999 comic drama about shifting sexual identity. When 2 women--a New York City radio traffic announcer and a schoolteacher--fall in love in spite of themselves, their first tentative kiss provokes an act of violence that turns their worlds upside down.
7 p.m. (Apr. 17-19) & 11 p.m. (Apr. 18), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Studio 1, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. basementarts.org. [map]
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 7:15-9 p.m. 

"DJ Skate".

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Skating to Top 40 music.
7:15-9 p.m. (6-8:50 p.m. on Dec. 31), Arctic Coliseum, 501 Coliseum Dr. (off Manchester Rd., 1/2 mile south of the intersection of Old US-12 & M-52), Chelsea. $5 (children 14 & under, $3) admission, $3 skate rental. 433-4444. [map]
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 7:30-11 p.m. 

The Macpodz: The Yellow Barn.

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Performance by the immensely popular guitar-less local jam band that plays an invigorating mix of R&B, soul, rock, and hard jazz it calls "disco bebop." Opening act is local singer-songwriter Chris Good.
7:30-11 p.m., Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. $10. ouryellowbarn.com. [map]
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 8-11 p.m. 

3rd Saturday Contra Dance: Pittsfield Union Grange.

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Peter Baker and Martha vander Kolk call contras to music by the Pittsfield Open Band. No partner needed; beginners welcome. Bring flat, smooth-sole shoes. Preceded by a lesson at 7:30 p.m.
8-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. $10 (members, $7; students, $5). 426-0241. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

The Appleseed Collective: The Ark.

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Popular young local acoustic quartet whose music is an enchanting blend of lyric-based folk-rock with Dixieland and gypsy jazz rhythms and harmonies. "It's as if The Hot Club of Cowtown bumped into The Vagaband in a woodland clearing and battled off," says Americana UK critic Jeremy Searle in his review of the band's 2013 CD Young Love. "But even that doesn't really do justice to their sound, as there are bits of New Orleans, Roma, backwoods blues and a whole lot more in their melting pot."
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and the ark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Comedy Improv Mixer": Emergent Arts.

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Apr. 11, 12, 18, & 19. Area improv troupes perform scenes, games, and monologues inspired by audience suggestions. Troupes include Harem of Harlem and Gun Shot (Apr. 11), Handsome Babies and Jet Ski Wedding (Apr. 12), Hexagonal Knife Fight and No Country for Carl Sagan (Apr. 18), and One Quarter Bruce (Apr. 19).
8 p.m., Mix Studio Theater, 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. $8 in advance at emergentarts.com and at the door. 985-0875. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Emerging Dance Artist Show": U-M Dance Department.

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An evening of original choreography in a mix of styles, by several U-M dance majors.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.), U-M Dance Bldg. Studio A, 1310 North University Ct. (off Observatory). Free. 763-5460. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Les Miserables": U-M Musical Theatre Department.

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Apr. 17-20. U-M theater professor Catherine Walker Adams directs musical theater students in Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg, and Herbert Kretzmer's adaptation of Victor Hugo's sweeping epic of 19th century Parisian life, a large-canvas tale of human fallibility centered on a petty criminal, who reinvents himself as a model citizen and becomes a town mayor and then, after another stint in jail, befriends an unfortunate single mother whom he attempts to rescue from her grim circumstances.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Power Center. Tickets $20 & $28 (students, $10) at the Michigan League in advance and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Life Is a Dream": Brass Tacks Ensemble.

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Apr 17-20, 25, & 26 and May 2 & 3 (different locations). Isaac Ellis directs this local ensemble in his adaptation of Pedro Calderon de la Barca's 17th-century Spanish Baroque masterpiece, a philosophical allegory about the human condition. The action revolves around a fictional prince of Poland, who is imprisoned as an infant by his father, the king, in response to a dire astrological prophecy. When the king has a change of heart and frees his son, the prince goes on a rampage, and the king imprisons him again, persuading him that his short-lived freedom was all a dream. Jeff Miller, David Widmayer, Lauren Megan McCarthy, Joseph McDonald, Mouse Courtois, Stevert Davenport, Jessica Feathers, Cydney Heed, and Jenna Hinton.
8 p.m., Riverside Arts Center (Apr. 17-20), 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti, and Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Studio (Apr. 25 & 26 and May 2 & 3), 322 W. Ann. Tickets $15 (students, $5) in advance via email to BTEreservations@gmail.com and at the door. 904-7049. [map]
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 8 p.m.-midnight 

"Milonga Picante": U-M Michigan Argentine Tango Club.

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Apr. 5 & 19. Tango dancing to music spun by a DJ.
8 p.m.-midnight, Michigan League Anderson Room. $10 (members, $5). umich.edu/~matc. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Spiritual Cinema": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Screening of a feature film or several shorts with spiritual themes. Followed by discussion.
8 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $5 suggested donation. 327-0270. [map]
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 8-9:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Woodcock Walk": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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WAS member Ray Stocking leads a walk through the Barton Nature Area to look for the American woodcock (aka timberdoodle), a bird known for its unusual flying pattern during courtship.
8-9:15 p.m., meet on the dam side of the Barton footbridge. (Park in the Barton Dam lot on Huron River Dr. across from Bird Rd.) Free. 973-3155.
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 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 

"Serious about Salsa" Latin Dance Party: Dance Revolution.

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Apr. 5 & 19 (tentative). High-energy dance party with salsa, merengue, bachata, and cha-cha dancing to music spun by a DJ. No partner necessary. Preceded by beginner (7 p.m.) and advanced (8 p.m.) salsa lessons. See facebook.com/A2DanceRevolution for updated schedule.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main (above Elmo's). $12 (students with ID, $8). (313) 808-0358. [map]
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