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Saturday, May 3, 2014






 
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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. 426-4989 (Apr. 4 ride), 604-0696 (Apr. 11), 996-9461 (Apr. 18), 995-0144 (Apr. 25), 665-3961 (May 2 ride), 604-0696 (May 9), 994-6340 (May 16), 426-4989 (May 23), 223-6042 (May 30). [map]

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 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

"Spring Awakening": Overeaters Anonymous.

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Lectures, panel discussions, activities, and more. Bring a bag lunch, if you wish.
9 a.m.-3 p.m., Covenant Community Church, 5171 Jackson. $5 in advance by Apr. 25; $7 suggested donation at the door. 819-1943, 995-1835. [map]

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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.
7 a.m. (June-Aug.), 8:30 a.m. (Sept.), 9 a.m. (Apr., May, Oct., & Nov.) & 10 a.m. (Dec.-Mar.), meet at parking lot next to Chelsea Fire Station,, Chelsea. Free. 846-0604. [map]

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 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Spring Antiques Appraisal Day: Dexter Heritage Guild.

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The spring Antiques Appraisal Day will be Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Dexter Area Museum, 3443 Inverness Street, Dexter. The certified appraisers from DuMouchelles Art Gallery in Detroit, will give a verbal appraisal during a 15-minute appointment for 1-2 items with a fee of $7.00 per item. For an appointment, please call: Sue at 734-424-9998. On May 3rd, please call the Museum for additional information: 734-426-2519. Proceeds benefit the preservation and operation of the Museum. Learn about future Museum events at this website: www.dextermuseum.org.
Dexter Area Museum, 3443 Inverness Street, Dexter. $7/item appraised. 734-424-9998 or 734-426-2519. www.dextermuseum.org [map]

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 9:45 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"School to Prison Pipeline: What Needs to be Done?": Gray Panthers of Huron Valley.

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Panel discussion with Dispute Resolution Center executive director Belinda Dulin, Washtenaw County sheriff Jerry Clayton, and Ann Arbor Concerned Citizens for Justice member Shirley Beckley. Discussion follows.
9:45 a.m.-noon, U-M Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 973-5593. [map]

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 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Tips and Techniques 2: Planting Your Vegetable Garden": Project Grow Community Gardens.

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Inge Ferguson, Jesse Raudenbush, Joet Reoma and Marcella Trautmann, experienced Project Grow gardeners, many of them master gardeners and composters, will share tips and techniques that have helped them to garden successfully. If you are a novice gardener, or even an experienced one, attend this class to learn how to garden more effectively and efficiently in 2014. Topics will range widely, to cover problems often encountered by gardeners at the start of the season, and will include, but are not limited to, the following: preparing beds for planting, choosing the right tool for the task at hand, amending the soil, decoding seeding and planting instructions, selecting appropriate staking methods and materials, using row covers effectively, watering wisely, preventing weeds, and the like. Class will be open to questions and individual problems. It is free, but pre-registration is required. Please visit www.projectgrowgardens.org to get signed up!
Leslie House and the Discovery Garden 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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 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

7th Annual Farm Festival: Braun & Helmer.

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A tractor & engine show, toy show, large flea market, petting farm, kids pedal pull, tractor pull, trade show, live auction, and more. Lunch available. Bake sale.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free admission; donations accepted. 368-1733. [map]

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 10 a.m.  Free! 

Free Introductory Class: Fun and Learning Music Studio.

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Fun and Learning Music Studio is providing a free group music lesson once a month on Saturday mornings. It will be approximately 1 hour, starting promptly at 10am. This class is appropriate for 4 1/2 year olds to 7 year olds. One parent must be in attendance for the entire session.
Snacks and drinks will be provided, questions about our curriculum, group and private lessons will be answered! We provide private instruction for piano and voice from age 5 to adult. Group lessons are a general music course with concentration on piano skills.
Please RSVP to reserve a space for you and your child(ren). Email or call sandrat@childrensmusicacademy.org or call 734-417-1167
Fun and Learning Music Studio, 4115 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. 734-417-1167. sandratracey@funandlearningmusicstudio.com www.childrensmusicacademy.org [map]

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 10 a.m. 

Horseback trail rides: Horse 'N Around Stables.

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We are excited to open for the season May 2nd and Waterloo recreation. We offer horseback trail rides for ages 6 to 106 on weekends/ Fridays and Saturdays 10 am till dusk and Sundays 10 am till 4:00.
Come see Michigan like nature intended, from the back of a horse. Nothing will be more relaxing this season.
Please call or email for reservations.
Waterloo Recreation Stables, 12891 Trist Road, Grass Lake, 49240. $35 per one hour ride.. 734-637-4457. srichardson@horsenaroundstablesatwaterloo.com www.horsenaroundstablesatwaterloo.com [map]

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 10 a.m. 

Realities of Parenthood - Ann Arbor - May 3: MHealthy.

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Realities of Parenthood - Ann Arbor - May 3
Becoming a parent is a wonderful, exciting, and beautiful thing! The reality is that having a baby is also stressful, confusing, and exhausting. A baby changes everything! Learn how to keep your relationship strong, how to take care of yourself, handle the stress that a baby brings, how to build support, and much more. Class meets 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 3 at the East Ann Arbor Health & Geriatric Center; 4260 Plymouth Rd. Cost is $15 per person. For more information call 734-647-5645 or toll free at 1-800-433-6348. Registration is required: http://hr.umich.edu/mhealthy/tools/education/herc/events.html
East Ann Arbor Health Center, 4260 Plymouth Road. $15. 734/647-5645. herc1@umich.edu http://hr.umich.edu/mhealthy/tools/education/herc/ [map]

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 10 a.m.  Free! 

Tips and Techniques 2: Planting Your Vegetable Garden: Project Grow Gardens.

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Inge Ferguson, Jesse Raudenbush, Joet Reoma and Marcella Trautmann, experienced Project Grow gardeners, many of them master gardeners and composters, will share tips and techniques that have helped them to garden successfully. If you are a novice gardener, or even an experienced one, attend this class to learn how to garden more effectively and efficiently in 2014. Topics will range widely, to cover problems often encountered by gardeners at the start of the season, and will include, but are not limited to, the following: preparing beds for planting, choosing the right tool for the task at hand, amending the soil, decoding seeding and planting instructions, selecting appropriate staking methods and materials, using row covers effectively, watering wisely, preventing weeds, and the like. Class will be open to questions and individual problems.
The class is free but registration is required.
Leslie Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Free. education@projectgrowgardens.org http://projectgrowgardens.org/classes-events/classes [map]

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 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 

Weekend Tech Courses for 1st to 8th Grade Students: GameStart.

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"Through game-play we inspire interest in art, math, science, and programming. We create an environment where cutting edge technologies are accessible. We educate by giving learners the tools to explore their interests."
Minecraft Visual Programming
Grades 1 - 3.
Minecraft Programming
Grades 3 - 8.
Minecraft Modding
Grades 5 - 8.
Video Editing
Grades 3 - 8.
Computer Animation
Grades 3 - 8.
Game Mechanics and Design
Grades 3 - 8.
For more information visit our webpage:
www.GameStartSchool.org
or call us at 734-926-9213
GameStart (hosted by Menlo Innovations), 505 E Liberty St LL500. $180 - $225 per six week course. 734-926-9213. info@gamestartschool.org www.GameStartSchool.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.  Free! 

Fiesta de la Familia: Manzanitas Spanish Immersion Preschool.

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Come and join us for a celebration of Hispanic culture. Children will enjoy traditional stories, crafts and a pinata!
Manzanitas Spanish Immersion Preschool, 511 Miller. Free. 7343696563. manzanitas@appleplayschools.org www.manzanitas.org [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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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. 

The Lincoln Trio: Kerrytown Concert House/Great Lakes Performing Artist Associates.

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This talented Chicago-based trio of violinist Desirée Ruhstrat, cellist David Cunliffe, and pianist Marta Aznavoorian performs a program of chamber music for kids and young musicians.
11 a.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15 general admission (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]

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 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

Used Bike Sale Huron High School: Huron High School Band.

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Ann Arbor Community-wide used Bicycle Sale at AA Huron High School cafeteria, 2727 Fuller Rd., Ann Arbor May 3, 11-3:00 pm
Ann Arbor Huron High School Bike Sale Fundraiser will be held May 3 from 11-3:00pm at the Huron High School cafeteria, 2727 Fuller Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105. On sale will be donated bicycles as well as bicycles for sale on consignment. The sale is a fundraiser for the award winning Huron High School Bands. People wanting to donate or sell a bicycle on consignment can drop off their bicycle at the school at one of the designated drop off times of Wednesday, April 23, 12-2pm; Tuesday, April 29, 2:30-6:00pm, Thursday, May 1, 2:30-5:30pm at the Huron High School Music department. Bicycles are being repaired and tuned up by members of local non-profit groups Common Cycle and AA Bicycle Touring Society. Full details at http://huronbandfrancetrip2014.org/blog/index.html.
Ann Arbor Huron High School Cafeteria, 2727 Fuller Rd., Ann Arbor, 48105. Free. a2bikesale@gmail.com http://huronbandfrancetrip2014.org/blog/styled-19/index.html [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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 11:30 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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 1 & 3 p.m. 

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

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May 3, 4, 17, & 18. Museum staff give family-friendly science demos. May 3 & 4: "Mind Over Matter" includes experiments with extreme states of solids, liquids, and gases. May 17 & 18: "ChemMystery" includes experiments using everyday items to create chemical reactions.
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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 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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 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Cute Clay Charms": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft activity for kids in grades K-5.
2-4 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]

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 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"The Dream of Inclusion": Ann Arbor Unitarian Universalist Church.

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Congregation members with disabilities tell stories of overcoming barriers and offer suggestions to strengthen accessibility and inclusion.
2-4 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 769-0903. [map]

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 2 p.m. 

"The Wizard of Oz": Wild Swan Theater.

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May 1-4. This award-winning local children's theater presents local playwright Jeff Duncan's nonmusical adaptation of Frank Baum's classic tale of Dorothy's journey to the Emerald City. Geared toward kids in grades K-5. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available for blind audience members by prearrangement. Note: The 10 a.m. performances are sold out.
10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. (May 1 & 2) & 2 p.m. (May 3 & 4), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $15 (kids, $10; lap pass for kids age 2 & under, $3) in advance and at the door. 995-0530. [map]

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 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Wildflower Walk": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Faye Stoner leads a hike to look for common and rare spring wildflowers.
2-4 p.m., Scio Woods Preserve, north side of Scio Church Rd. west of Wagner. Free. 971-6337, ext. 334.

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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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 2:30-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Improv & Theater Games: Fairy Tale Vacation Improvisation": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades K-5 invited to join in fairy tale improvisations with director Katherine Altman and the cast of the upcoming Junior Theater production of Emilio Rodriguez's comedy Fairy Tale Family Vacation (see May 15 listing).
2:30-3:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]

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 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

Pittsfield Open Band: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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May 3 & 17. All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. Bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book if you have them.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. Free. 994-9307. [map]

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 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Raptor Feeding": Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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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 & 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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 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Storytelling & Computer Animation": Ann Arbor District Library.

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GameStart staff show youth in grade 5 & up how to design and animate their own video game character.
3-5 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [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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 4 p.m.  Free! 

In Good Company African American Book Club.

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All invited to join a discussion of Half of a Yellow Sun, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's epic novel set during the 1960s Nigerian civil war about 2 Igbo sisters whose genteel lifestyle is disrupted by the conflict.
4 p.m., Nicola's Books, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]

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 4 p.m.  Free! 

Organic Farming :: Selling to Institutions: Tilian Farm Development Center.

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Working with larger institutions can present challenges for both buyers and sellers of farm products. Many times there are regulatory hurdles, as well as production challenges that stand in the way of selling to institutions. At the same time, large buyers may open new markets and profit centers. This workshop will help producers assess and determine whether working with an institutional buyer is beneficial.
Washtenaw Food Hub, 4400 Pontiac Trail. Free. $5. 734.222.3817. tilianfdc@gmail.com http://www.tiliancenter.org [map]

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 4 p.m. 

Spring Concert: Ann Arbor Youth Chorale.

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Performances by the 2 choirs of this ensemble of talented local youth singers. Program TBA.
4 p.m., Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 423 S. Fourth Ave. Tickets $10 (tentative) at the door. 996-4404. [map]

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 5 & 7:20 p.m. 

"Nymphomaniac": Michigan Theater.

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Screening of volumes 1 (5 p.m.) & 2 (7:20 p.m.) of Lars von Trier's 2013 film. A self-diagnosed nymphomaniac recounts her erotic experiences to the man who saved her after a beating. Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard.
5 p.m. (vol. I) & 7:20 p.m. (vol. II), Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7). 668-TIME, michtheater.org. [map]

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 5:15 & 7:45 p.m. 

"The Lunchbox": The Michigan Theater.

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(Ritesh Batra, 2013). A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunch delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man. Irrfan Khan. Hindi & English, subtitles.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org; 668-TIME. [map]

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 6 p.m. 

Fly Away IV: Bird Center of Washtenaw County.

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We invite you to enjoy an evening of good food and conversation at our 4th annual dinner & silent auction to benefit the birds at the Bird Center of Washtenaw County. Price includes a free cocktail, hors d'oeuvres,dinner and dessert. Our silent auction features art work, bird related items and much more. To purchase tickets visit birdcenterwashtenaw.org or contact Stephanie @ (734)668-6059 or huntersofa2@aol.com
Weber's Inn, 3050 Jackson Rd. $55 per person. 734-668-6059. huntersofa2@aol.com birdcenterwashtenaw.org [map]

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 7 p.m. 

"The Tempest": Campion Players of St. Augustine's HEP.

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High school students perform Shakespeare's the Tempest--amazing sets and costumes. Dr. Russell has done a fantastic job with his students over many years of performing Shakespeare.
Whitmore Lake high school. $5 (families, $25). 810-225-8741. campionplayers@gmail.com

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 7 p.m. 

"The Tempest": St. Augustine's Homeschool Enrichment Program Campion Players.

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May 2-4. Henry Russell directs a cast of area homeschooled teens in Shakespeare's culminating work, a visionary romance set on a magical island ruled by the enigmatic but benevolent sorcerer Prospero and his beautiful daughter Miranda. Prospero is in fact the exiled duke of Milan, who conjures a storm that shipwrecks his old enemies upon his island. The Tempest is filled with verse and song (including the famous "Full fathom five") and contains some of Shakespeare's most gorgeously haunting poetry. With original incidental music by Dan Heffernan.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sun.), Whitmore Lake High School, 8877 Whitmore Lake Rd. $5 (family, $25) in advance via email to campionplayers@gmail.com and at the door. 239-3476. [map]

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 8-11 p.m. 

1st Saturday Contra: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Martha vander Kolk calls to live music by Debbie Jackson, Paul Winder, and friends. All dances taught; no partner needed. Wear flat, smooth-sole shoes.
8-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. $10 (members, $9; students, $5). 769-1052. [map]

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 8 p.m. 

Canceled: "Richard III": Performance Network Professional Season.

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Remainder of run canceled as of May 22. Julia Glander directs Shakespeare's history play, a masterful portrait of evil whose fratricidal protagonist savagely hacks his way to the throne, in a radically re-imagined production that explores themes of gender, power, and governance in the setting of a distant yet ominous future. Performance Network artistic director Carla Milarch stars as Richard. The cast also includes Brian Sage, John Seibert, Lynnae Lehfeldt, Drew Parker, Joanna Bronson, Terry Heck, Logan Ricket, Justin Dietzel, and Alysia Kolascz.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.), & 3 p.m. (May 10 & 24), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (Apr. 24), $22 (Apr. 25 & 27 and May 1), and $30 (Apr. 26). May 2 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After May 2: $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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 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

David Dyer: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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May 1-3. This polished Grand Rapids comic, a contributing writer to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, features his unexpected takes on everything from marriage and raising kids to current events and ear hair. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 314 E. Liberty. $7 (Thurs.) & $10 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $9 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [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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May 3 & 17. Tango dancing to music spun by a DJ.
8 p.m.-midnight, Michigan Union Pendleton Room (May 3) & Michigan League Vandenburg Room (May 17). $10 (members, $5). umich.edu/~matc. [map]

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 8 p.m. 

"Suspicions: An Investigation of Monologues": From Around Here Productions.

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May 1-3. Brian Cox directs local actors in this collection of 12 monologues, each written by different local writer, that revolve around 2 alarming incidents in the history of a small town: the disappearance of a baby and a deadly fire. Cast: David Galido, Pat Collins, Mary Elizabeth Parker, David Angus, Margie Bovie, Peter Knox, Ann Stofflet, Holly Kreag, Linnae Caurdy, Kelly Rose Voigt, Marc Holland, Denene Pollock, Bob Galardi.
8 p.m., The Mix Studio Theater, 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. Tickets $12 in advance at fromaroundhereproductions.org; $15 at the door. 944-2787. [map]

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 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 

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

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May 3 & 17. 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.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main (above Elmo's). $12 (students with ID, $8). Facebook.com/A2DanceRevolution/info. [map]

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Food Gatherers Grillin' for the hungry June 14. Click for details and tickets.
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