All invited--from novices to experienced birders--to help take a census of birds in Washtenaw County. Part of a 24-hour worldwide snapshot of populations of resident and migrant birds. Similar in structure to the WAS Christmas Bird Count: groups of volunteers are assigned specific areas to count. Feeder watchers also invited.
All day, throughout Washtenaw County. Free. To volunteer or for information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every Sat., May-Oct. Live entertainment June-Sept., along with kids activities, 9:30-11 a.m. on 2nd Sat. each month, and , and occasional food demos and market basket giveaway. Also, every Wed. The Bushel Basket Market: The Farmers Market at the Chelsea Community Hospital (2:30-6 p.m., CCH overflow parking area adjacent to the U-M Family Practice building, near the South Campus Entrance off Old US-12), which focuses on healthy produce from local farmers.
June 7: Hum & Strum. Chelsea pop-folk trio. Also, "Connect with More Vegetable Varieties," a cooking demo with taste tests, kids recipes, and pottery painting.
June 14: Keith Parmentier. Local singer-songwriter known for his folk- and country-style ballads.
June 21: Bill Personke. Chelsea guitarist who plays acoustic, folk, and rock 'n' roll.
June 28: Bob Skon. Local folk-rock singer-songwriter known for his wry songs about love and loss.
July 5: Ed Sugar. Veteran local R&B and blues saxophonist.
July 12: Dave Boutette. Veteran Ann Arbor American roots music singer-songwriter.
July 19: Bliss. The local trio of singer-songwriter Laura Massaro, guitarist Craig Brann, and percussionist Don Allen performs an eclectic mix of pop, folk, and world music, including originals, covers, and improvisations.
July 26: John Latini. Acoustic rock-based originals by this popular veteran local rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter, winner of the 2008 Detroit Blues Challenge. Also, "Eat Better Basics: Fruit Reboot," a cooking demo with diabetic-friendly summer fruit recipes, tips for low-sugar lifestyles, and blood sugar testing.
Aug. 2: Hum & Strum. Chelsea pop-folk trio.
Aug. 9: Brad Stect. Acoustic pop covers by this Chelsea singer-guitarist.
Aug. 16: Dorkestra. Local folk-rock swing quintet whose music blends jazz, African, Middle Eastern, funk, and pop influences.
Aug. 23: Keith Parmentier. Local singer-songwriter known for his folk- and country-style ballads. Also, "Eat Better Basics: Healthy Heart," a cooking demo with samples of foods that promote heart health and blood pressure testing.
Aug. 30: Bliss. The local trio of singer-songwriter Laura Massaro, guitarist Craig Brann, and percussionist Don Allen performs an eclectic mix of pop, folk, and world music, including originals, covers, and improvisations.
Sept. 6: John Latini. Acoustic rock-based originals by this popular veteran local rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter, winner of the 2008 Detroit Blues Challenge.
Sept. 13: Bob Skon. Local folk-rock singer-songwriter known for his wry songs about love and loss.
Sept. 20: Dave Boutette. Veteran Ann Arbor American roots music singer-songwriter.
Sept. 27: Dorkestra. Local folk-rock swing quintet whose music blends jazz, African, Middle Eastern, funk, and pop influences.
Oct. 4: "Eat better Basics: Healing Foods," a cooking demo with samples of antioxidants and other healing foods and info on eating healthy to prevent cancer.
8 a.m.-noon, Chelsea Farmers Market, Palmer Auto lot (across from the police station), Main St., Chelsea. Free admission. 475-6402.
Perennials, annuals, wildflowers, herbs, ornamental grasses, ferns, and more from members' gardens. Most plants are under $5. Enthusiastic expert gardeners on hand to answer questions. Proceeds go towards civic beautification and club scholarships and grants.
8 a.m.-noon, Chelsea Fairgrounds, 20501 W. Old U.S. Highway 12, Chelsea. Free admission. chelseagardenclub.com. 426-9112. [map]
5- and 10-km and 2-mile runs, a 5-km and 2-mile walks and a 13-mile bike race to benefit the CCH Grace Clinic, a free health care clinic for the uninsured or underinsured in the Chelsea area. Awards.
8:15 a.m. (bike race) & 9:30 a.m. (runs & walks), Chelsea Community Hospital, 775 S. Main, Chelsea. $25 (kids age 13 & under, $15; bike & run combo, $45) in advance by May 7 at chelseaheartandsole.com; $28 (kids age 13 & under, $15; bike & run combo, $50) on race day. The bike races are open to riders age 14 & older. 475-4157. [map]
Noncompetitive walk and timed 5-km runs to raise funds for heart disease research and education. Also, a kids' zone, health screenings, music, refreshments, and more. Dogs welcome. Super hero costumes encouraged.
8:30 a.m., EMU, Ypsilanti. Free to walk; $35 to run. washtenawheartwalk.org, (248) 936-5813.
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]
Hundreds of beautiful cats, ranging from local house pets to exotic and rare purebreds representing over 25 breeds, compete for awards or regional and national points.
9 a.m.-5 p.m., U-M Sports Coliseum, Hill at Fifth Ave. Spectators $6 (students & seniors, $5; kids, $4; families, $15) at the door. 434-8588.
Antiques, furniture, clothing, tools, toys, books and much more. NO early sales. Proceeds go for a Youth Group mission trip.
King of Kings Lutheran Church, 2685 Packard at Eisenhower. Free admission. (734) 971-1417. [map]
Every Sat. Teens ages 14-18 invited for a 20-mile ride to Dexter and back. Also, a mountain bike ride of 1-2 hours on dirt roads. Riders age 15 & under must be accompanied by a parent. All riders need a parent to sign a waiver at the first ride and wear a helmet. Bring a water bottle.
9 a.m., Forsythe Middle School, 1655 Newport. Free. Preregistration required via email to email@example.com. aavc.org. [map]
All invited to help maintain the natural areas in various city parks. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes; tools, snascks, & know-how provided. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance.
May 3: 16th Annual Garlic Mustard Weed-Out Day, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., in several parks, including Argo Nature Area (meet at Argo Canoe Livery, 1055 Longshore), Bird Hills Nature Area (meet at the Bird Rd. entrance), Cedar Bend (meet at the Island Park parking lot, Island Dr., off Maiden Ln.), Hannah Nature Area (meet at the end of Bath St., west of Seventh between Huron and Miller), Huron Parkway Nature Area (meet in front of 3470 Woodland off E. Huron River Dr.), Miller Nature Area (meet at the Arborview entrance just east of Wildwood), & Leslie Woods (meet at the entrance at the end of Upland north off Plymouth).
May 10: Barton Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the Barton Dam parking lot, Huron River Dr. from Bird Rd. via Newport Rd.) to help remove spotted knapweed, bittercress and other invasive species, or Greenview Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, across from Barnard Rd. on Greenview Rd. off Scio Church Rd. west of S. Seventh St.) to remove invasive shrubs and spread woodchips on the trails, and Black Pond Woods (1-4 p.m., meet in the Leslie Science Center parking lot, 1831 Traver Rd.) to help remove invasive shrubs.
May 17: Furstenberg Nature Area Native Plant Garden (noon-3 p.m., meet in the parking lot off Fuller Rd. across from Huron High School) to join master gardener Aunita Erskine for her annual spring cleanup and botanical walk.
May 18: Bluffs Nature Area (noon-3 p.m., meet in front of 220 Sunset) to remove garlic mustard, dame's rocket, and other spring invasives.
June 7: "National Trails Day." Help maintain trails at Mary Beth Doyle Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the end of Verle Rd. off Platt south of Packard), Argo Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the parking lot north of the Argo Canoe Livery off Longshore Dr.), Oakwoods Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the entrance off Dunwoodie off Kilburn Park Cir. from Green Rd. east of Nixon Rd.), and Marshall Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet in the parking lot on Dixboro just north of Plymouth).
June 14: Furstenberg Nature Area Native Plant Garden (noon-3 p.m., meet in the parking lot off Fuller across from Huron High) to help weed it. Also, the park steward, master gardener Aunita Erskine, talks about the native plants, including many prairie plants, it contains.
June 22: Sunset Brooks Nature Area (1-4 p.m., Sunset Rd. at the end of Brooks St.) to remove buckthorn, honeysuckle, and other invasive plants.
July 12: Barton Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the Barton Dam parking lot, Huron River Dr. from Bird Rd. via Newport Rd.) to help remove spotted knapweed, bittercress, and other invasive species, or Kuebler Langford Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the Beechwood entrance off Sunset just north of M-14) to remove invasive plants such as bittercress, dame's rocket, and spotted knapweed.
July 26: Mary Beth Doyle Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the end of Verle Rd. off Platt south of Packard) to help remove bittercress, Canada thistle, and other invasives.
July 27: Furstenberg Nature Area Native Plant Garden (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the parking lot off Fuller across from Huron High) to help remove invasive plants.
Various times & locations. Free. 996-3266.
All kids invited to view and touch trucks, including a fire engine, a school bus, a tractor, and more. Also, information booths on early childhood programs. Last year's event included 25 vehicles. Also, information booths on early childhood programs.
9 a.m.-noon, Ypsilanti Community High School, 2095 Packard, Ypsilanti. Free. 994-8100, ext. 2178. [map]
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]
May 9 & 10. With a large array of donated items. A fundraiser for programs serving benefit school children in Kanpon, Ghana.
9 a.m.-3 p.m., Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church, 1717 Broadway. Free. 665-0105. [map]
Celebrate Mother's Day by attending our Mommy and Me Tea. This is a truly memorable day for our moms and their children. It's an opportunity to dress up and spend a morning sipping tea & juice, munching on treats, and having quality time together. The children will have time for free play and will also get a chance to make a special gift to present to their moms.
In conjunction with this event, we will have Julie Morrison of Julie Morrison Photography on site to take pictures of the families. For $30 each family will have the opportunity to have their picture taken by Julie mark this special occasion and make it a wonderful memory for all. Families who opt for photos will receive 2 free prints and the opportunity to purchase additional prints. All proceeds from the photo sessions will be donated to Lamaze Family Center. You can see examples of Julie's work at her website: www.juliemorrisonphotography.com.
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk. $10 per child. 734-973-1014. firstname.lastname@example.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
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.
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]
Jugglers of all ability levels invited to join jugglers from around Michigan and beyond for free-form juggling and workshops. Events include games, open juggling, lessons, a sale of juggling items, and more. Note: Attendees age 17 & under must be accompanied by a parent.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wide World Sports Center, 2140 Oak Valley Dr. $2 (age 11 & under, free with an adult). (248) 990-8084. [map]
KinderConcert is a free, 30 minute concert designed especially for children 6 years and younger. Members of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra join child movement expert Gari Stein and pianist Kathryn Goodson for a guided introduction to the instruments of the orchestra. This fun, interactive learning environment allows children the opportunity to enjoy music while encouraging learning and creativity. Registration is not required, everyone is welcome!
Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine Street, Dexter. Free. 734-426-4477. email@example.com www.dexter.lib.mi.us [map]
Get outside with your kids, and enjoy nature in the beautiful springtime! One of our environmental educators will lead a hike through the inspiring Bird Hills Nature Area. Caregivers should plan to attend with kids. This will be geared toward kids ages 1-5, but all are welcome. Parents, be sure your kids are dressed appropriately, and have any water or snacks they might need on the hike.
Bird Hills Nature Area, Newport Rd. Free. 7343698248. firstname.lastname@example.org www.greenapplegarden.weebly.com
May 10, 11, 17, & 18. Two weekend plant sales, including a "Mother's Day Plant Sale" (May 10 & 11) with container plants and hanging baskets and a "Kitchen Favorites Sale" (May 17 & 18) with herbs and heirloom vegetables. Also, members of the Herb Study Group and the Michigan Gourd Society are on hand to offer tips on growing herbs and gourds.
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free admission; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]
A U Play Pop-Up is a mobile play-lab experience that pops up around the Ann Arbor area for families with children in early childhood. This play-lab experience aims to foster creativity, imagination, and inquiry for children through happy, healthy, and inspired play.
This Pop-Up at the Ann Arbor Art Center will focus on play through visual art exploration. Activities include a light box exploration, a clay play sensory table, a collaborative drawing, and a cardboard engineering activity. Families can explore as little or as much as they want!
More info: http://www.theuschool.info/u-play-pop-up
Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W. Liberty St. $5. (734) 926-4128. email@example.com www.theubuntuschool.com [map]
The first of a two part series of classes This explores water conservation in home (backyard and indoor) and community gardens. Specific goals include:
Awareness of community/municipal garden rules regarding water use.
Understanding the ecology of how much saturation is needed to support plant life.
Understanding how much water you really use and how much it costs.
Appropriate times to water and most efficient method for each time.
Plant selection and gardening methods that save water
Efficient times to water versus good times for plants to be watered
The benefit and dynamics of rain gardening
Ingenuous ideas of some small-space and water-wise gardening.
The class is free but registration is required.
Leslie Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org http://projectgrowgardens.org/classes-events/classes [map]
"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.
Grades 3 - 8.
Grades 5 - 8.
Grades 3 - 8.
Grades 3 - 8.
Game Mechanics and Design
Grades 3 - 8.
For more information visit our webpage:
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. email@example.com www.GameStartSchool.org [map]
Local exhibitors demonstrate electronic vehicles, robot building, amateur radio, electronic music, and other DIY science, tech, and engineering projects. Also, hands-on activities. "It's like science fair meets the county fair," says an organizer.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. 417-8677. [map]
All moms and their kids invited for tea, juice, and sandwiches. Also, an opportunity for kids to make a Mother's Day gift. Family photos available ($30). Proceeds benefit the Lamaze Family Center. Geared toward kids ages 2-5. Dressy attire encouraged.
10 a.m., Lamaze Family Center, 2855 Boardwalk. $10 for mom plus one child (additional children, $5 each); preregistration required at lamazefamilycenter.org. 973-1014. [map]
Stories and various nature activities for kids ages 1-5 (accompanied by a caregiver).
Sept. 20: Reading of Lois Elhert's Nuts to You! After the reading, the kids learn about different ways to watch squirrels and other animals that visit their yard.
10-11 a.m., Leslie Science Center, 1831 Traver Rd. $3 per child. 997-1553. [map]
All invited to turn an old newspaper into a seedling pot to plant in your garden. 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]
All parents invited for a group discussion. Indoor and outdoor activities 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]
Area high school teams battle in this fun, creative competition that involves a variety of physics contests, such as electric car drag racing and making bridges out of pasta.
10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Randall (450 Church) & Dennison (500 Church). Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, 764-5539, 647-9031.
Your kitchen should be comforting, welcoming, functional and beautiful. Attend this free, informative, and fun seminar to discover just how to get the most out of the most-used room in your home.
Meadowlark Schoolroom, 3250 W. Liberty Road. Free. 734-332-2500. email@example.com http://meadowlarkbuilders.com/events/ [map]
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. firstname.lastname@example.org sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
Games, activities, and a chance to brush and pet horses and ponies. Also, a silent auction and a workshop on "Owning Your Own Horse." Snacks & prizes. Rain date: May 17.
11 a.m.-3 p.m., Starry Skies Equine Rescue & Sanctuary, 8133 W. Liberty (2 miles west of Zeeb). Free, but donations welcome. 845-6542. [map]
Every Sat. An experienced storyteller spins yarns for kids age 7 & under. Also, on May 10 only, the Huron Valley Humane Society brings adoptable pets to a storytime that includes activities and crafts. The May 10 storytime is geared toward kids ages 2-5.
11 a.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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]
All kids in grades K-5 invited to make a Mother's Day card and paper flowers. Supplies provided.
11 a.m.-noon, AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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.
Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
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]
Live broadcast (May 10) & taped rebroadcast (May 14) of the Metropolitan Opera production of Rossini's 2-act comic opera, a version of the Cinderella story that dispenses with the magical elements of the traditional fairy tale. "The lighthearted situations are frivolous, the dialogues whimsical, and above all the score bubbles, pops, and fizzes," says opera critic T. LeRoy Perreira. Performed in Italian, with English supertitles. Stars Joyce Didonato, Juan Diego Florez, Alessandro Corbelli, & Luca Pisaroni.
12:55-4:35 p.m. (May 10) & 6:30-10:10 p.m., Quality 16, 3686 Jackson. Tickets $23 (seniors, $20; kids age 12 & under & students, $13.50) in advance at gqti.com/met.aspx and at the door. 623-7469. [map]
Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, Happy Mother's Day Mom, From Me to You! Spend some time in the kitchen with us and whip up a fancy dinner to take home to Mom! We'll even concoct a handmade spa treatment gift so your mom can have a night off and relax! Menu: Tomato, Basil, and Ricotta Tart; Spinach Salad with Strawberries, Goat Cheese, Candies Pepitas, and Lemon Poppy Seed Vinaigrette; Flower Pot Cupcakes; Citrus Salt Body Scrub Gift. This class is for kids ages 8 and up. Full participation. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $75/child. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
Kids show hosted by Erin Zindle, the frontwoman of the classy local progressive country-rock band The Ragbirds. She is joined by several luminaries of the local music scene, including the renowned folk, blues, & jazz harmonica wizard Peter Madcat Ruth, singer-songwriters Chris Good and Yorg Kerasiotis, members of the local bebop jam band The Macpodz, Moxie Strings fiddler Diane Ladio, and others TBA. MC is local improv comic Shelly Smith.
1 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $10 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com), the ark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
Mar. 8 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.): "Maple Sugar Festival." Following a screening of the film Maple Sugar Farmer, WNHA naturalists explains do-it-yourself maple syrup-making techniques and lead a short walk to show how to identify maple syrup trees and demonstrate tree-tapping techniques. Also a pancake breakfast with maple syrup ($6), 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the American Legion Post 31, 1700 Ridge Rd.
Mar. 16 (2-3 p.m.): "Michigan's Rattler." DNR wildlife biologist Kristin Bissell displays a live massasauga rattlesnake and discusses its biology, habitat, and behaviors.
Mar. 23 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Build Your Own Telescope." Local astronomy buff Meg Gower helps participants make their own telescope. Materials fee: $8.
Mar. 30 (2-3 p.m.): "Live from Australia." Representatives from the local Creature Conservancy display and discuss some of their collection of wild animals from Australia, including a kangaroo, a wallaby, and a kookaburra.
Apr. 6 (2-3 p.m.): "Life in a Beehive." Beekeeper Jane Levy presents a hands-on introduction to how bees work together to build a hive and make honey. Kids have a chance to wear a beekeeper's suit. Aimed at adults & youth age 6 & up.
Apr. 12 (8-9:30 p.m.): "Night of the Amphibians." WNHA naturalist Tom Hodgson discusses and displays live frogs, toads, and salamanders and leads a night walk to a nearby spring pond to look and listen for them. Bring a flashlight, dress for the weather, and be prepared to get your feet wet.
May 3 (10 a.m. and 12:30 & 2:30 p.m.): "Faerie House." All invited to design and construct a fairie or gnome home using a large array of natural materials. Kids must be accompanied by a parent. Space limited; preregistration required. $10.
May 11 (1:30-3 p.m.): "Incredible Edibles." WNHA wild foods expert Tom Jameson leads a 90-minute hike to learn about edible wild plants available locally and then prepares some wild food dishes (with recipes) to sample.
May 18 (2-3 p.m.): "Michigan Mammals." Howell Nature Center Wild Wonders Wildlife Park staff display and discuss the characteristics of several of its Michigan wild mammals.
June 1 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Rockhound Basics." Geologist Larry Bean leads rockhounds to a closed gravel pit to learn about rocks and minerals you can find there and what they reveal about ancient Michigan.
June 8 (2-3 p.m.): "Nature's Tank: The Turtle." WNHA naturalist Tom Hodgson shows some live turtles and discusses their biology and life cycles, and what to do when you encounter them in the wild.
Various times, Eddy Discovery Center lower parking lot (except as noted), Bush Rd. (west off Pierce Rd. from I-94 exit 157), Chelsea. $2 (families, $5) except as noted. The Maple Sugar Festival is free. Space limited; preregistration required. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.
This young adult fiction writer, who published her debut novel 45 Pounds last summer, discusses the craft of writing and announces the winners of the annual AADL teen short story contest. Refreshments.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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.
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.
WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance leads kids ages 4-7 on a hike to look with magnifying glasses at the forest floor.
2-3:30 p.m., County Farm Park Medford Rd. entrance. Free; preregistration required. email@example.com, 971-6337, ext. 335.
Local writer (and Observer contributor) Wang reads children's books and tells stories about growing up Asian in America. In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. All ages welcome.
2 p.m., Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]
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]
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]
Michael Hopkins directs the Youth Symphony Orchestra, Sarah Lenhart directs the Sterling String Orchestra, and Kasia Bielak-Hoops directs 2 chamber music groups, the Brandenburg Project and the Sterling String Quartet. Program TBA.
3 p.m., Michigan Theater. $5. 213-2000. [map]
Washington": The Neutral Zone. 2nd annual outdoor teen music and arts festival, curated and planned by teens, with two stages, street art, food vendors, and more. Headliner is the nationally known Ann Arbor-born neo-soul singer-songwriter Mayer Hawthorne (9 p.m.)
Mainstage lineup: rock band Psychedelic Engine (3:30 p.m.), rapper The King (4 p.m.), the Saline High rock band Chasing Red (4:30 p.m.), rapper Fernando Rojo (5 p.m.), Erez Dressel's Band (5:30 p.m.), introspective folk-rock singer-songwriter Dan Henig (6 p.m.), Chelsea folk-pop band Lottie and the Manatee (6:30 p.m.), hip-hop MC Schematic (7 p.m.), acoustic pop duo Isaac & Oren with drummer Erez Levin (7:30 p.m.), the Skyline High alternative funk-rock band Creal (8 p.m.), and electronic-house band Flashbulb Iris (8:30 p.m.).
Acoustic stage lineup: singer-songwriter Sam Torres (3:45 p.m.), Monica Nedeltchev (4:15 p.m.), Average Johnson (4:45 p.m.), fingerstyle guitarist Ali Shahin (5:10 p.m.), indie pop singer-songwriter and ukulele player Katherine Hepburn (5:15 p.m.), Sam Watson (5:45 p.m.), and guitarist Aly Reynolds (6:15 p.m.).
3-10 p.m., E. Washington between 5th Ave. & Division. Free admission. 214-9995.
Every Sat. 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]
All adults invited to bring an item in their possession that bears some personal or historical significance and tell its story for a 1-minute video to be included in an aadl.org online archive. Organized by local Association for Personal Historians members Janet Ogle-Mater, Chuck Newman, and Stephanie Kadel Taras, who also host similar events at the Old German below Grizzly Peak (May 7, 6-7:30 p.m.) and the Jewish Community Center (May 10, 7-9 p.m.).
3-5 p.m., AADL 4th-floor meeting room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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]
The Lyra (also known as the aerial hoop, aerial ring or cerceau) is a circular steel apparatus, resembling a hula hoop. It is suspended from the ceiling and can be used static, spinning, or swinging. This class is designed for beginning aerialists to gain confidence and strength in the fundamentals of Lyra. You will learn to get on and off the apparatus unassisted, as well as seated and under the bar poses. This is also an excellent conditioning class for established aerialists looking to hone their transitions and perfect their technique, without focusing on choreography. Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination - not to mention bruises in unusual places…!
$12 for a single class
$75 for a seven week series
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. $25-$150. 734-726-0353. firstname.lastname@example.org http://a2aviary.com/offerings/lyra-1/ [map]
Join Kogi Jennifer Ratliff as she leads an exploration on how to develop a mindfulness practice and work toward making it "second nature" to apply it to your work and home life.
Kogi has participated in several Mindfulness retreats with Thich Nhat Hahn, and is pursuing studies as a Dharma Guardian. She has been a member of the Ann Arbor Zen Buddhist temple for years and has developed a wonderful, active personal mindfulness practice that informs all aspects of her daily life.
A donation of $10 is requested for participation.
Zen Buddhist Temple, 1214 Packard Street. Donation. (734) 761-6520. AnnArbor@ZenBuddhistTemple.org www.zenbuddhisttemple.org [map]
May 10 & 11. The most festive occasion of the Buddhist year.
May 10: Panel discussion on "Mindfulness in Everyday Life" (3:30 p.m.), with Zen Buddhist Temple members TBA. 11th Annual Buddha's Evening Celebration (6 p.m.) includes a buffet with vegetarian hors d'oeuvres, entrees, and dessert, followed by a program of musical entertainment TBA.
May 11: The program begins at 9:30 a.m. with meditation and a dharmatalk by resident priest Haju Murray and the traditional "Bathing of Baby Buddha" with sweet tea. Also at 3 p.m., an "An Introduction to Meditation" and at 7:30 p.m., chanting and lighting of traditional lotus lanterns, along with scriptural readings by representatives from other area Buddhist groups.
3:30-8:30 p.m. (Sat.) & 9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (Sun.), Zen Buddhist Temple, 1214 Packard at Wells. All events are free, except Evening Celebration (adults, $12; students, $6; small children, $5; families, $30). Tickets available in advance and at the door. 761-6520. [map]
(Jim Jarmusch, 2013). Romantic vampire drama about a vampire musician whose centuries-old love affair is tested by the arrival of his lover's impulsive younger sister. Tilda Swinton.
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]
Join Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley in celebrating 25 years of changing lives in Washtenaw County! This year we are completing our 150th home and assisting more families than ever. The Bid to Build: Gala & Auction is being held on May 10 at the UofM Ross School of Business from 6-8:30pm. The event will feature unique items and amazing experiences for the highest bidder. All proceeds support Habitat in their mission to enrich our whole community through a legacy of affordable home ownership for low income families. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit h4h.org or email email@example.com.
Ross School of Business, 701 Tappan Ave. $60/person $500/team of 10. 734-677-1558. firstname.lastname@example.org www.h4h.org [map]
(Emmanuelle Bercot, 2013). Unable to face her failing relationship and her failing business, a restaurateur takes her grandson on a road trip. Catherine Deneuve. French, 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). 668-TIME, michtheater.org. [map]
May 9-11. Ron Miller directs Kristin Beckett in Will Eno's extended monologue that takes as its starting point a painful grade school show-and-tell incident. Followed by Eno's Thom Pain (see listing below).
7 p.m., Mix Studio Theatre, 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. $10 in advance at brownpapertickets.com and at the door. emergentarts.com. [map]
May 9 & 10. Showing of Allison Kuznia's educational film about the work of a homebirth midwife. Followed by discussion.
7 p.m., 722 Brooks. $15. 660-9785. [map]
May 9-11. Carrie Jay Sayer directs Chelsea High students in Robert Harlings drama (the basis for the 1989 film) that centers on a small-town Louisiana hair salon and its regulars. The story begins on the morning of a young woman's wedding and proceeds through the next three years, chronicling the friendships that develop between 6 Southern women. Cast: Alex Duncan, Kelly Stephens, Meghan O'Neill, Allie Reynolds, Brigitte Demelo, and Audrey Timberlake.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat) & 3 p.m. (Sun.), Washington Street Education Center George Prinzing Auditorium, 500 Washington, Chelsea. $10 (students & seniors, $8) in advance at Chelsea Pharmacy and at the door. 475-2932. [map]
Mark Hillegonds calls to music by the Sharon Hollow String Band. No partner needed. Bring flat, smooth-sole shoes. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a swing dance workshop ($5).
8-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. $10. 408-1829. [map]
Ballroom dancing to recorded music from the last several decades. Singles and couples invited. Refreshments. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lesson.
8-10:30 p.m., Pittsfield Twp. Recreation Hall, S. State at Ellsworth. $10. 822-2120.
Brooklyn-based 12-piece band that plays a New Orleans-inspired mix of soul, classic rock, and feel-good gospel.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com), theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
This veteran local folk musician is joined by several musician friends to perform a concert dedicated to the memory of his late wife, flutist Helen Slomovits. With his brother, singer-guitarist San Slomovits, and San's daughter, singer-violinist Emily Slomovits, along with harmonica wiz Peter Madcat Ruth, percussionists Lori Fithian and Jean Chorazyczewski, and Laura Massaro, harpist Laurel Federbush, cellists Ken Ishii and Martin Torch-Ishii, and bassist Eric Fithian. The program includes Helen's songs, Laz's settings of the medieval Sufi poetry of Rumi and Hafiz, and pieces by each of the guest musicians. Proceeds to benefit the local family-oriented homeless shelter, Alpha House.
8-10 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $8 ($15 for 2). 665-0409. [map]
All singles invited for an evening of socializing and dancing to recorded 70s to contemporary dance music played by a DJ. Cash bar. Preceded at 6:30 p.m. by a potluck (bring a dish to pass, or pay $5).
8 p.m.-midnight, Grotto Club, 2070 W. Stadium. $8 (PWP members, $6). 973-1933. 994-0587, 214-6449. [map]
May 8-10. Local debut of this L.A.-based Canadian comic known for her alternatingly acerbic and self-deprecating observational humor. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 314 E. Liberty. $9 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
May 8-11. Jason Smith directs local actors in Michael Frayn's popular comedy, which the New York Post called "the funniest farce ever written," about the hilarious misadventures of an acting troupe on tour with an awful British sex farce called Nothing On. The action features a backstage view of rehearsals and performances sabotaged by bloated egos, petty jealousies, furtive romances, and other distractions. Cast: Jimmy Dee Arnold, Laurie Atwood, Nick Boyer, Neil Clennan, Thom Johnson, Chris Manna, Kate Papachristou, Alexandria Strother, and Laura Tanner.
8 p.m. (May 8-10) & 2 p.m. (May 11), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $22 (seniors age 60 & over, $20; students, $11; Thurs., $17) in advance at a2ct.org & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 971-2228. [map]
May 9-11. Ron Miller directs Peter Knox in Will Eno's darkly comical one-man show about a guy who suffers from a mundane life. The New York Times calls Eno "a Samuel Beckett for the Jon Stewart generation." Preceded by Eno's Lady Grey (see listing above).
9 p.m. (May 9 & 10) & 4 p.m. (May 11), Mix Studio Theatre, 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. $10 in advance at brownpapertickets.com and at the door. emergentarts.com. [map]
(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]