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.
Discussions and activities.
Mar. 12 (7 p.m.): Garden Mill owner Jennifer Fairfield discusses and offers tips on "Growing from Seeds."
Apr. 9 (7 p.m.): Lodi Farms Nursery owner Jane Riddle discusses "Garden & Flower Folklore."
May 10 (8 a.m.-4 p.m.): Garage Sale." Club fundraiser. Donated items accepted.
June 11 (7 p.m., location TBA): "Container Potting Party." Bring your own pots and plants, or purchase them onsite.
7 p.m. (8 a.m.-4 p.m. on May 10), Chelsea Depot (except as noted), 125 Jackson St., Chelsea. Free. 634-1954. [map]
Every Sat., May-Oct. Live entertainment TBA June-Sept., along with kids activities, 9:30-11 a.m. on 2nd Sat. each month, and market basket giveaway on 3rd Sat. each month. 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.
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]
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. 545-0541. [map]
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, (734) 971-7047. [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]
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. email@example.com 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]
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]
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]
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 4 (2-3 p.m.): "Strange Creatures of the Spring Pond." WNHA naturalist Tom Hodgson discusses little-known pond creatures like the delicate fairy shrimp and fierce diving beetles and shows how to "pour a pond" for yourself.
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). The Maple Sugar Festival is free. Space limited; preregistration required. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.
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.
Static trapeze, or fixed trapeze, is a circus art performed on the bars and ropes of a mainly stationary trapeze. This class is designed for beginning aerialists to gain confidence and strength in the fundamentals of Static Trapeze. You will learn to get on and off the trapeze unassisted, as well as seated and under the bar poses. Strength makes it seamless! 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. email@example.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/static-trapeze-basics-conditioning/ [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. Free. 475-1583. [map]
Group meets at the Pierce Park picnic shelter in the summer months.
Every Thurs.-Sun., Apr. 24-June 1. 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 are Richard. The cast also includes Brian Sage, John Seibert, Lynnae Lehfeldt, Drew Parker, Joanna Bronson, Terry Heck, Logan Ricket, Justin Diietzel, 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 Wed.-Sun., Apr. 3-May 24, except Apr. 20. 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]
Aerial Silks, also known as Tissu or Ribbons, are a fabric apparatus hung from above that is climbed, wrapped around the body, and/or tied to create dramatic drops, poses and movements in the air. This class is designed for beginning aerialists to gain confidence and strength in the fundamentals of Aerial Silks. You will learn basic climbs and descents, how to apply foot locks, and work towards inversions. This is also an excellent conditioning class for established aerialists looking to hone their transitions and perfect their technique, without focusing on choreography.
$25 for a single class
$150 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/aerial-silks-basics-conditioning/ [map]
May 9-11. Carrie Jay Sayer directs Chelsea High students in Robert Harling's 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 TBA.
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]
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.