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Calendar of Events

Saturday, May 17, 2014






 
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 8 a.m.-9 p.m.  Free! 

30th Annual Ann Arbor Springtime Invitational Figure Skating Championship: Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club.

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May 15-18. More than 800 skaters ages 6 to adult compete in solo, pairs, couples, and ice dancing categories in this USFSA-sanctioned competition. Full schedule available at annarborfsc.com.
10 a.m.-9 p.m. (May 15), 8 a.m.-9 p.m. (May 16 & 17), & 8 a.m.-3 p.m. (May 18), Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley Dr. Free. 213-6768. [map]
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 8 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

7th Annual Car Show: Varsity Ford.

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Classic car owners invited to show up in their rides and put them on display. Trophies for winners in various categories; dash plaques for first 300 cars on display. All invited to cruise through the exhibit or view it on foot. Proceeds benefit U-M Mott Children's Hospital.
8 a.m.-4 p.m. (swap setup, 7 a.m.), Varsity Ford, 3480 Jackson Rd. Free admission; donations accepted. 996-2300. [map]
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 8 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Chelsea Farmers Market.

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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.

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8 a.m.-noon, Chelsea Farmers Market, Palmer Auto lot (across from the police station), Main St., Chelsea. Free admission. 475-6402.
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 8 a.m. 

Paddle Trips: Huron River Watershed Council.

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Experience the quiet waters of the Huron River with expert paddlers Ron Sell, Barry Lonik, and the HRWC staff. Each trip includes discussion regarding the river's water ecology, history, and unique features. Shuttle transportation is provided. Bring your own watercraft, gear, food, drinking water and appropriate clothing for the weather. Every paddler must wear a flotation device - bring your own.
Saturday, May 17
Bruin Lake Chain, birding focus
Saturday, June 21
Summer Solstice Paddle Island Park to Peninsular Dam
Thursday, July 24
Oakwoods Metropark
Saturday, August 9
Full Moon Paddle Pickerel Lake to Crooked Lake
Sunday, September 21
Paddle/Pedal trip
Hudson Mills to Dexter-Huron Metropark (and biking back)
Multiple. $35 (members, $25). (734) 769-5123. recreation@hrwc.org http://www.hrwc.org/events/summer-events-2014/
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 8 a.m. 

Positive Business Conference: University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

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The Positive Business Conference will bring together nearly 500 business professionals, academics, students, and industry luminaries to collaborate and partner on the latest positive business thinking, best practices, and practical implementation tools. Sessions will delve into how participants can integrate positive business into different industries and job functions, ranging from legal strategies, entrepreneurship, supply chain management, and more. Confirmed speakers include executives from companies such as Whole Foods Market, Ford Motor Company, and Procter & Gamble.
University of Michigan Blau Auditorium, 701 Tappan St. $750. pbconference@umich.edu positivebusinessconference.com [map]
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 8 a.m. 

Positive Business Conference: University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

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The Positive Business Conference will bring together nearly 500 business professionals, academics, students, and industry luminaries to collaborate and partner on the latest positive business thinking, best practices, and practical implementation tools. Sessions will delve into how participants can integrate positive business into different industries and job functions, ranging from legal strategies, entrepreneurship, supply chain management, and more. Confirmed speakers include executives from companies such as Whole Foods Market, Ford Motor Company, and Procter & Gamble.
University of Michigan Blau Auditorium, 701 Tappan St. $750. pbconference@umich.edu positivebusinessconference.com [map]
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 8 a.m.-1 p.m. 

"35th Annual Walk & Wag & Run": Huron Valley Humane Society Benefit.

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About 300 local dogs usually attend this fundraising 1-mile walk and dog activity and game fest. Also, a 5-km run, kids' activities, contests, giveaways, and more. Food available.
8 a.m.-1 p.m., Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek Rd. between Merritt & Bemis rds., east of Carpenter, Ypsilanti. $30 (walk) or $50 (run) registration fee (family of 4 or more, $120). Registration required at hshv.org. 662-5585. [map]
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 8-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Spring Migration Walk in Nichols Arboretum": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Every Thurs., Apr. 3-May 29. All invited to join club members for a walk through the Arb to look for resident birds and early migrants, which begin arriving in earnest toward the end of April.
8-11 a.m., meet at the cul-de-sac at the end of Riverview off Geddes. Free. 994-3569.
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 8:45 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Daylong Meditation Retreat w/Chas DiCapua of Insight Meditation Society: Insight Medtitation Ann Arbor.

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Cultivating A Kind Attention
Although the basic nature of our mind is to be naturally aware, we as humans have gotten into the habit of not being aware. Meditation practice can be seen as training the heart and mind so that the default shifts from being lost in a thought created world, to being aware of the present moment. As we undertake meditation practice, it is of utmost importance that we do it with an attitude of care and kindness towards ourselves. It is very common to bring a critical, result oriented approach to meditation practice, leading to frustration, self -criticism and eventually giving up the practice. In this day long retreat, through meditation, and discussion, we will explore how to engage in training the heart and mind in a caring way. We'll be learning how to cultivate a kind attention.
Chas DiCapua, a graduate of the IMS/Spirit Rock Teacher Training, has offered meditation teaching since 2001. Currently the IMS Resident Teacher, he teaches throughout the US.
Interfaith Center, 704 Airport Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. Donation. info@insightmeditationannarbor.org insightmeditationannarbor.org [map]
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 9 a.m. 

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

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

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

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

5K Fun Run & Family Walk: The Kite Network.

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Noncompetitive 5-km run and a 1-mile walk. Proceeds benefit the Kite Network, a peer-to-peer grief counseling organization.
9 a.m. (registration begins at 7 a.m.), Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $30 for 5-km run & $15 for 1-mile walk in advance by May 14 at thekitenetwork.com, $35 for 5-km run & $20 for 1-mile walk day of race. $5 vehicle entry fee. 975-0238. [map]
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 9 a.m. 

Bicycle Training Rides for Teens: Ann Arbor Velo Club.

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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 rvb@umich.edu. aavc.org. [map]
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 9 a.m.-noon 

Blue Ocean Summit 2014: Ann Arbor Vineyard.

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We're delighted to announce that we are hosting the Blue Ocean National Summit 2014 at the Ann Arbor Vineyard, co-hosted with St Clares Episcopal. The Summit will take place from May 15-17, that is Thursday evening, all day and evening Friday and Saturday until 4:30. Blue Ocean is a network of churches promoting faith in the context of secular environments.
The Summit theme is "The Holy Spirit for Everyone, Everywhere, All the Time." Featured main sessions speakers include Phyllis Tickle (compiler of The Divine Hours), Dave Schmelzer (director of Blue Ocean), Charles Park (pastor of The River church in Lower Manhattan) and Bert Waggoner, former National Director of Vineyard USA. The Summit will also feature TED talks, workshops, worship and great time to connect with others. For more info, see the event page on eventbrite.com.
Ann Arbor Vineyard, 2275 Platt Road. $99. shonagh.chimbira@annarborvineyard.org annarborvineyard.org [map]
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 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Family Day Hike: Potawatomi Trail Committee.

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Come enjoy the great outdoors on our 50th Anniversary Hike of the Potawatomi Trail!
On May 17th and 18th the Potawatomi Trail Committee will be hosting a family hiking event, with a cost of $5. Included in the cost is a special, limited edition, Potawatomi Trail Anniversary Hike Patch.
Visit www.potawatomitrail.com for more information
Camp Munhacke, Camp Munhacke 20120 Bartell Road, Dexter. $5 per person. 734-449-8678. potawatomitrail@gmail.com www.potawatomitrail.com
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 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

Parenting Across Race and Culture: Parenting Fair.

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This workshop will help you to identify assumptions, provide you with tools and resources and create a sense of confidence as you explore the topic of parenting across cultural and racial lines. Book signing and discussion by Rhonda Roorda, national speaker and coauthor of the highly acclaimed trilogy of books on transracial adoption. "In Their Own Words, In Their Parent's Voices, and In Their Sibling's Voices," Additional event features include: information on nutrition, hair and skin care tutorials, movie screening,"Somewhere Between,"( a documentary on four teenage girls living in different parts of the US and united by one thing: all four were adopted from China), youth and parent panel from interracial/intercultural homes and foster youth raised in transracial homes. Raffles, door prizes free haircuts/haircare supplies for youth and free gift bags to 1st 50 participants.
Eastern Michigan University Student Center, 900 Oakwood St., Ypsilanti. Free. M. Connolly 734-635-6933 or N. Ficklen 734-635-1639. Connollym1@michigan.gov [map]
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 9 a.m. 

"2014 Run for Hope": Washtenaw International High School.

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5-km run and walk along unpaved paths in the Arb. Awards. A fundraiser for an art installation in the U-M Mott Children's Hospital perioperative floor.
9 a.m. (registration begins at 7:30 a.m.), U-M Nichols Arboretum, 1610 Washington Hts. $25 in advance at http://wihicharity5k.webs.com/registration by May 11 and day of race. 994-8145. [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.
9 a.m., meet in front of Zou Zou's, 101 N. Main at Middle, Chelsea. Free. 645-1205, 645-5696, 478-0424, 646-1507, 678-8297. [map]
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 9:30 a.m.  Free! 

Rouge Rescue in Superior Township: Superior Land Conservancy Chapter of Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy with Friends of the Rouge.

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Join us at the Washtenaw County Parks Kosch-Headwaters Preserve, at the headwaters of the Rouge and Huron Rivers, as we mark the 28th annual observance of this river stewardship day. We will remove garlic mustard and other invasive species, and provide any other help needed at the preserve. Come prepared for wet, muddy conditions underfoot. No pets, please.
Kosch-Headwaters Preserve, Prospect Road, south of Ford Road, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-484-0074. ckbisaro@comcast.net www.smlcland.org
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 9:30 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Anchored: Rooted in His Love-Grounded in His Word": Ann Arbor Aglow Lighthouse.

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Talk by Desert Voice Ministries director Jen Lombardo. Refreshments.
9:30 a.m.-noon, 340 WCC Liberal Arts Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. 971-4545. [map]
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 9:45 a.m. 

Sue Holdaway-Heys: Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild.

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Talk by this local quilter, who makes gorgeous, intricate art quilts. Followed at 11 a.m. by a member show & tell.
9:45 a.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $10 (members, free). (248) 349-7322. [map]
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Exploring Bees! 4: Splitting Hives and Preventing Swarma": Project Grow Community Gardens.

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At the Apiary in the Discovery Garden at Leslie, we will discuss swarm biology and behavior and examine hives for signs of swarm preparation. We will discuss and possibly perform splits or other types of swarm management, as well as options for preventing, catching, and dealing with swarms. Rain date: Sunday, May 18. Class is limited to those who have already paid for the full course, though drop-ins are permitted, with fees of $10.00 ($15.00 per couple), payable in cash at the door.
Apiary, Leslie Science and Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd.. Ann Arbor. Free. $10. 734-996-3169. info@projectgrowgardens.org www.projectgrowgardens.org [map]
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Growing Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes Organically": Project Grow Community Gardens.

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Growing potatoes and sweet potatoes is easy and fun. They taste better than store-bought ones, too! Learn the history and characteristics of different potato varieties and how to raise them from seed or tuber. Then learn about sweet potatoes, a totally different plant, and how to grow them in Michigan. Instructor is Royer Held, potato and sweet potato grower, extraordinaire. Class is free, but pre-registration is required. Please visit www.projectgrowgardens.org to get signed up!
Leslie House at Leslie Science and Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd., Ann Arbor, 1831 Traver Rd.. Ann Arbor. Free. 734-996-3169. info@projectgrowgardens.org www.projectgrowgardens.org [map]
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

Adults with ADHD Coffee Chat: Ann Arbor Area ADHD/ADD Support Group.

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A get together for adults with ADHD and those who live with us. We talk about our experiences, trade information about how we're using our gifts and dealing with the challenges, and what it's like to interact with neuro-typicals. Low key and informal.
No pre-registration required, come down and have coffee with us.
Espresso Royale South Main, 2264 South Main Street, Ann Arbor, MI. Free. 734 478 7207. mfedela2@gmail.com http://www.meetup.com/AnnArbor-ADHD-ADD-Support/ [map]
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 10 a.m. 

Baby Care Basics - Ann Arbor - May 17: MHealthy.

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Baby Care Basics - Ann Arbor - May 17
This class, offered by the U-M Health System's MHealthy Health Education Resource Center, is designed to give you a complete head-to-toe look at how to care for your newborn. Topics include bathing, diapering, safety, and much more. We recommend taking this class at the beginning of your third trimester. Class meets 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 17 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 at: 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.-2 p.m.  Free! 

Butterfly Festival: U-M Natural History Museum.

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A variety of family-oriented activities, including displays of live Monarch butterflies and of their life cycle and a chance to examine butterfly and moth wings through a microscope and to make yourself a pair of butterfly wings. Also, weather permitting, a visit to the museum's butterfly garden to plant new perennials.
10 a.m.-2 p.m., Exhibit Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
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 10 a.m. 

Children's Resale Tent Event and Sidewalk Sale: Children's Orchard and Style Trader.

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The weekend of May 17-18, Ann Arbor-based Children's Orchard, the upscale children's clothing resale boutique, is hosting a massive Tent Sale, where they will be selling thousands of pieces of children's clothing--and nothing will cost more than $5! Meanwhile, its neighbor, Style Trader, who offers gently used, brand name apparel and accessories for women, teens and men, is hosting a Sidewalk Sale with $2 tops and $4 bottoms. There are deals for the entire family between the two events.
Colonnade Shopping Center, 887 West Eisenhower Pkwy. Free admission. (734) 995-8889. annarbor@childrensorchard.com http://www.childrensorchard.com/ [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Death Cafe.

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

Exploring Bees! 4: Splitting Hives and Preventing Swarms: Project Grow Gardens.

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At the Apiary in the Discovery Garden at Leslie, we will discuss swarm biology and behavior and examine hives for signs of swarm preparation. We will discuss and possibly perform splits or other types of swarm management, as well as options for preventing, catching, and dealing with swarms. Rain date: Sunday, May 18.
Class is limited to those who have already paid for the full course, though drop-ins are permitted, with fees of $10.00 ($15.00 per couple), payable in cash at the door.
Leslie Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. $10. education@projectgrowgardens.org http://projectgrowgardens.org/classes-events/classes [map]
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 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

Family Expo-Birth, Baby, & Beyond!: Family Expo Allied Agengies.

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Family Expo-Birth Baby & Beyond! Interactive & fun activities for kids & parents! Freebies, Give-Away's & Food! Baby & Motherhood Products. Early Learning & Care Info. Learn about: Doulas & Midwives, Fitness & Stress Management, Home Safety & Poisons, Breastfeeding & Nutrition, Summer Programs for children, Community Resources, And so much More! Free & Fun for friends, parents, kids, and grandparents. Cooking demos. Activities. Child & Family related agencies share information galore! Saturday, May 17, 2014 10:00 am-1:00 p.m.
Ellen Thompson Women's Health Center on the campus of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital
5320 Elliott Dr, Ypsilanti, MI 48197 Presented by the Family Expo Allied Agencies. Questions? Call Shannon Duffany at 734-975-1840 ext.19
Ellen Thompson Women's Health Center of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, 5320 Elliott Dr, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-975-1840 ext.19. [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Grange Junior Makers: Pittsfield Grange.

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

Growing Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes Organically: Project Grow Gardens.

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Growing potatoes and sweet potatoes is easy and fun. They taste better than store-bought ones, too! Learn the history and characteristics of different potato varieties and how to raise them from seed or tuber. Then learn about sweet potatoes, a totally different plant, and how to grow them in Michigan. Instructor is Royer Held, potato and sweet potato grower, extraordinaire. 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. 

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.-4:30 p.m. 

Plant Sales: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens Fundraiser.

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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]
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Taste Gluten-free, whole grain cookies at Costco-Ann Arbor: Among Friends Baking Mixes.

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Gluten-free, whole grain cookies and chocolate cake you can bake at home with a few simple ingredients will be ready for your tasting from Among Friends, an Ann Arbor-based company, at the Ann Arbor Costco this Thursday through Sunday, May 15-18, at 771 Airport Blvd., just north of South State and Ellsworth Road, just across from Among Friends' headquarters.
Co-founders Suzie Miller and Lizann Anderson, of Ann Arbor, will hand out free samples all weekend to demonstrate that kids and adults will love the taste of their healthy products. All Among Friends' products are free of the bad stuff®, with no white starches, gums or fillers, verified by the Non-GMO Project and the Whole Grains Council, and five mixes are produced in a facility that is certified gluten-free.
Their cookie mixes were named "Best New Products" by Progressive Grocer and its chocolate cake mix was awarded a top gluten-free find at Natural Products Expo West, a leading trade show for natural, healthy products.
Costco-Ann Arbor, 771 Airport Blvd. Free. 734-997-9720. danielle@amongfriendsbakingmixes.com http://amongfriendsbakingmixes.com/ [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 a.m. 

"2014 Relay for Life of Chelsea": American Cancer Society.

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Members of teams take turns walking or running around a track in this 24-hour fundraising relay for cancer research and education. Saturday: a survivors lap and luminaria and fight back ceremonies.
10 a.m. Sat.-10 a.m. Sun., Pierce Lake Elementary School, 275 N. Freer (between Old US-12 and Washington St.),, Chelsea. $150 team registration fee. Preregistration required. 971-4300. [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon 

"How Does Your Garden Grow?": U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

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All kids, accompanied by a parent, invited to learn how to grow a vegetable garden anywhere, to decorate a small pot, and to transfer seedlings to take home.
10 a.m.-noon, Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. $8 per child; preregistration recommended. Metered parking. 647-7600. [map]
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 10 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Picnic Pops": Pioneer High School.

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An all-day outdoor musical bonanza of performances by local middle and high school bands and orchestras. Games and prizes. Hot dogs, pizza, popcorn, and ice cream available. Rain or shine. Limited seating provided; bring something to sit on if you wish.
10 a.m.-6 p.m., PHS, 601 W. Stadium at S. Main. Free admission. 996-3210. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Purple Rose Concert Reading Series": Chelsea District Library.

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Purple Rose Theatre artistic director Guy Sanville directs Purple Rose actors in readings from new scripts being considered for production.

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10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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 10:45 a.m. 

Basic Yoga.

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This balanced practice uses traditional yoga posture and breath techniques to cultivate a balance of strength without tension, and calm clarity of mind and supports the immune, digestive and cardio-vascular systems, promotes healthy joints, and slows the aging process. Open to all experience levels.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. webguru@annarboryoga.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
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 11 a.m. and 1 & 3 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Teddy Bear Company.

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Group tours of the warehouse, with displays of both historical and CTBC bears. Also, display of antique toys in the Chelsea Toy Museum.
11 a.m. and 1 & 3 p.m., CTBC Warehouse, 400 N. Main, Chelsea. Free. 433-5499. [map]
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 11 a.m. 

Storytime: Literati Bookstore.

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Every Sat. 15-minute storytime geared toward very young children.
11 a.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]
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 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. 

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

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Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute interactive demo exploring how scientists use DNA to aid in conservation of species and to find information about evolutionary history. Participants extract DNA from a whole banana. Geared toward adults and kids age 5 & up.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Indies First Storytime Day": Nicola's Books.

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Local children's writers Shutta Crum and Shandra Trent read from some of their favorite books. Part of a nationwide storytime event.
11 a.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 

"West Side Neighborhood Art Hop".

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The homes and studios of several westside artists are open for a show and sale of their art and craft items. Live music at some venues.
Noon-5 p.m., venues and map available at facebook.com/WestsideNeighborhoodArtHop and westsidearthop.wordpress.com. Free admission. 996-0702.
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 11:30 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows.

The Sky Tonight (Sat. 11:30 a.m., Sat. & Sun. 1:30 & 3:30 p.m., and Apr. 7-11 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.) is an exploration of the current night sky.

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

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

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

Interpretive Nature Programs: Hudson Mills Metropark.

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Programs presented by Hudson Mills naturalist Mark Irish.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Draw Doubles: Local 101 Disc Golf Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to play disc golf at one of Hudson Mills Metropark's 24-hole courses. Beginners are paired with advanced players to create parity. Prizes. Discs can be borrowed at the park office.
Noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per player; free for spectators. $5 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]
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 Noon-2 p.m. 

Learn to Solder!: All Hands Active.

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Have a desire to solder, but don't know how?
We can help!
We've got the soldering irons, staff, and experience to teach you the good stuff.
You will leave All Hands Active with proof of your new found ability to accurately melt metal, an official MakeShed Badge (Easy!), or a PenguiCon Badge (Difficult!). Yours to keep! It changes colors! It pulses!
**We also have Holiday kits to solder for $10 more. Not hard, but will make sure that you leave this class knowing how to solder well**
You are more than welcome to stick around after class to practice more, ask questions, etc. If you have something you would like to solder, bring it along!
All Hands Active, 525 E. Liberty. Donation. $10 (MakeShed Badge) or $25 (PenguiCon Badge). (734) 707-8242. AllHandsActive@gmail.com AllHandsActive.com [map]
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 Noon-3 p.m.  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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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.

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Various times & locations. Free. 996-3266.
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 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Inequality for All": Social Justice Council/Challenging Racism/League of Women Voters/Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice.

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Screening of Jacob Kornbluth's 2013 documentary about the widening income disparity in the U.S. Followed by facilitated small group discussions on various topics in the film.
1-4 p.m., First Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 663-1870. [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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 1 & 7 p.m. 

"The Wizard of Oz": Young People's Theater.

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May 16-18. Jayme Kelmigian and Jake McClory direct young local actors in the classic Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg musical adaptation of Frank Baum's ever popular fantasy about a young girl's roundabout journey to her heart's desire. The score features "Over the Rainbow," "Follow the Yellow Brick Road," "We're Off to See the Wizard," and more.
7 p.m. (May 16 & 17), 1 p.m. (May 17), & 2 p.m. (May 18), Power Center. Tickets $15 (youth age 18 & under and seniors age 65 and over, $10) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office, mutotix.umich.edu, & by phone. 763-TKTS. [map]
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 2-4 p.m. 

Parenting Seminar: Aggression in Early Childhood: Green Apple Garden Playschool.

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In this seminar "When Push Comes to Shove: How to Help Young Children With Aggression" Catherine will share information and listening strategies which will help parents to:
Understand children's emotions.
Know what to do when children act aggressively.
Learn how to prevent aggressive behavior.
Learn why the "consequences" we use with children might not be effective.
Reduce your own exhaustion, confusion and guilt.
Nurture yourself and your connection to your children.
Each parent will have an opportunity to be listened to by members of the group. We will meet without our children in order to talk honestly about the challenges of parenting and teaching.
Visit Catherine's Website supportforgrowingfamilies.com for more information about our presenter.
Green Apple Garden Playschool, 2664 Miller Rd. $15 per person/$20 per couple. 7343698248. greenapplegarden@appleplayschools.org www.greenapplegarden.weebly.com [map]
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 2 p.m. 

U-M Baseball vs. Kansas.

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2 p.m. (May 17), & 1 p.m. (May 18), Ray Fisher Stadium. Tickets $7 & $8 (youth & seniors, $5; U-M students, faculty, & staff and kids under age 5, free). 764-0247.
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 2-4 p.m. 

When Push Comes to Shove: Helping Young Children With Aggression: Green Apple Garden Playschool.

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A 2 hour seminar for parents of young children on helping young children with aggression. Listening tools and information about how children's emotions work will give parents of young children a boost! Understand what underlies aggressive behavior, how to respond and help it to stop. Strategies presented are supported by brain research, attachment research and are in line with a positive parenting philosophy.
We will meet without our children in order to honestly discuss some of the challenges of parenting.
Presenter Catherine Fischer has been using and teaching these tools for over 10 years and brings experience as a mother, elementary teacher and birth and postpartum doula. You can learn more about her approach at www.supportforgrowingfamilies.com.
To register for the seminar, email GreenAppleGarden@ApplePlayschools.org
Green Apple Garden Playschool, 2664 Miller Rd. $15/person, $20/couples. 734-369-8248. director@greenapplegarden.org www.supportforgrowingfamilies.com [map]
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 2 & 7:30 p.m. 

"Macbeth": Young Actors Guild.

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May 16-18. Young local actors perform Shakespeare's bloody tale of a Scottish lord and his ambitious wife. Note: Special school rate available for the Saturday matinee, including a discussion with the cast after the show. To register, email contact@aayag.org.
7:30 p.m. (May 16 & 17) & 2 p.m. (May 17 & 18), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $10 (seniors age 55 & over and kids age 11 & under, $5) in advance at aayag.org, & at the door. 926-5629. [map]
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 2:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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Every Sat. except May 10 All invited to practice their juggling skills. Beginners welcome. Indoor location TBA in case of inclement weather. The club hosts a Juggling Arts Festival on May 10 (see listing).
2:30-5 p.m., U-M Diag. Free. 761-1115.
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 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: Chelsea Chess Club.

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

Doing The Most Good Week Donation Drive: The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Center.

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The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) is hosting a neighborhood donation drive for the City of Ann Arbor and its surrounding communities in conjunction with the organization's 9th annual Doing the Most Good Week, May 10 - 18, 2014.
Contributors are invited to drop off their gently used clothing, accessories, housewares, furniture and more on May 17 at the Salvation Army truck located at Huron Hills Church beginning at 3 p.m. Walk-up and drive-up item drop offs are welcome.
For more information, visit www.salarmythrift.com or call 313.965.7760.
Huron Hills Church, 3150 Glazier Way. Free admission. ferlito@franco.com www.salarmythrift.com [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 & 7 p.m. 

Spring Concert: Dance Alliance Repertory Company.

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May 17 & 18. Company dancers and students perform ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, hip-hop, and other dance styles.
3 & 7 p.m. (May 17) and 1 & 4 p.m. (May 18), Ellen Ewing Performing Arts Center, Saline High School, 1300 Campus Pkwy., Saline. Tickets $13 in advance at Dance Alliance (811 W. Michigan, Saline), and at the door. 429-9599. [map]
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 3 p.m. 

Voices Valiant Adult Choir: U-M Music School Special Programs.

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Voices Valiant is a vocal music ensemble at the University of Michigan for adults over the age of 50. This chorus is designed for adults who: love to sing, enjoy learning through music, enjoy the social community that music can provide, want to improve their mental and physical health through music. There is no audition necessary.
Voices Valiant will rehearse in two cycles in 2014: Winter Cycle and Spring Cycle. Each cycle consists of 10 rehearsals and a performance. Whether you have experience reading music and singing in a choir, or if this is your first choral experience, you will enjoy being a member of this unique group.
Season Dates
Winter Cycle: January 7 - March 8, 2014 (Concert on March 8)
Spring Cycle: March 18 - May 17, 2014 (Concert on May 17)
Trinity Lutheran Church, 1400 W. Stadium Blvd. $100/cycle plus $25 music. 734-936-2660. smtd-youthandadult@umich.edu http://www.music.umich.edu/special_programs/adult/voices-valiant.htm [map]
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 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Duct Tape Balls": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades K-8 invited to use duct tape to make a lightweight playground ball that can stand lots of kicking.
3-4 p.m AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Raptor Feeding": Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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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]
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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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 4 p.m.  Free! 

Greenway Community Design Charrette: Allen Creek Greenway Conservancy.

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Calling Ann Arbor Artists, Walkers, and Pizza-Eaters! The Allen Creek Greenway Conservancy is ramping up on a project to create a master-plan for a greenway trail along the flood-way of the subterranean Allen Creek in downtown Ann Arbor. Working with UM students, this master-plan needs
a bunch of input and help from average Ann Arborites. Come support the vision by attending the Greenway Community Design Charrette on Saturday May 17th from 4-6 PM at Pizza Pino 221 W. Liberty. Join us for some family fun: free pizza and garlic knots and learn more about the plan, the vision, while adding your own thoughts, images, and designs to the greenway trail. Art supplies will be provided and we encourage you to send images of your favorite bits of Ann Arbor (who knows what could be incorporated in the design and master-plan!) For more information, a copy of our flier, or to send images for the greenway, talk to Evan, evan@allencreekgreenway.org. Like us on Facebook!
>> See you on the 17th
Pizza Pino, 221 W. Liberty. Free. 734-358-3169. evan@allencreekgreenway.org allencreekgreenway.org [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

Joshua Ferris: Nicola's Books.

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This National Book Award finalist, author of Then We Came to the End, reads from To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, his new novel about a guy, plagued by the contradictions of his personality, who watches in outrage as his identity is stolen online and then in horror as the thief becomes a better version of the real thing. Signing. Preceded by a book club discussion with Ferris (preregistration required).
4 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

"A2 Family Potluck Backyard Bash": Acorn Glen Cooperative Preschool.

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Live music and indoor and outdoor kids activities. Bring a dish to pass, if you wish.
4-7 p.m., Acorn Glen, 1547 Miller. Free. 585-5555. [map]
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 4:30, 6:45, & 9 p.m. 

"Finding Vivian Maier": Michigan Theater.

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(John Maloof & Charlie Siskel, 2013). Documentary about the late nanny whose cache of 100,000 photographs, discovered posthumously, has earned her a reputation as one of the most accomplished street photographers.
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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 6-11 p.m. 

May Dinner/Dance: Greater Beneficial Union.

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Prime rib, baked potato, mixed vegetables, rolls and butter, and torte. Coffee, beer, wine, champagne, and pop. Followed by dancing to German music by the Rheinlanders. Raffles and crowning of a "May Queen." In celebration of the club's 90th anniversary.
6-11 p.m., Grotto Club, 2070 W. Stadium. $35. Reservations required by May 15. 913-9371, 954-0057. [map]
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 7-10 p.m. 

International Folk Dancing: Ann Arbor Folkdancers.

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

"Disney's Little Mermaid Jr.": Chelsea Area Players Youth Theater.

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May 16-18. Alex Moore and Christine Landis direct young local actors in Howard Ashman, Glenn Slater, and Alan Menken's musical, based on the 1989 Disney film and the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale about a mermaid who gets a chance to be human. The popular score includes "Under the Sea," "Part of Your World," and "She's in Love."
7 p.m. (May 16 & 17) & 8 p.m. (May 18), Washington Street Education Center Auditorium, 500 Washington, Chelsea. $10. chelseaareaplayers.org. [map]
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 7-9:30 p.m. 

"One Voice: Across the Pond": Chelsea High School Company C.

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May 16 & 17. Steve Hinz directs this Chelsea High School show choir in a cabaret-style song & dance revue featuring solo, small group, and ensemble performances of an all-British repertoire.
7-9:30 p.m., CHS auditorium, 740 N. Freer (between Old US-12 and Washington St.), Chelsea. $10 reserved seating in advance at Chelsea Pharmacy and at the door. 475-4524. [map]
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 7:15-9 p.m. 

"DJ Skate".

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

Bowling with the Hines Pink Panthers: Hines Pink Panthers for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day.

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Come join us for bowling and tons of fun and help us raise money for the
Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure.
Super Bowl, 45100 Ford Road, Canton. $20 per person (includes 2 games of bowling, shoes, pizza, door prizes). (313) 909-6758. shore1129@yahoo.com [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Student Productions: Pioneer High School Theater Guild.

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May 16 & 17. Pioneer High School students perform several of their original short plays.
7:30 p.m., Pioneer High School Little Theater, 601 W. Stadium at Main. $10. 994-2120. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"26th Annual Spring Concert": Measure for Measure.

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Pioneer High School vocal music director Steve Lorenz conducts this lively 90-member local men's chorus in an eclectic program highlighted by the world premiere of Michael Cox's "A Beautiful Thing," a work commissioned by chorus member Robert Pierce. Also, a performance by the Dearborn High School Men's Ensemble.
7:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $15 (students & seniors, $12) in advance at measure-for-measure.org & by phone, and at the door. 649-7664. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"Fairytale Family Vacation": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Junior Theatre.

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May 15-18. Katherine Altman directs young local actors in local playwright Emilio Rodriguez's comedy that lampoons road-trip movies and classic fairytales.
7:30 p.m. (May 15-17) & 1 p.m. (May 18), WCC College Theatre (room 175 in the Liberal Arts Bldg.), 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $8 (kids, $5) in advance and at the door. 971-2228. [map]
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 8-11 p.m. 

3rd Saturday Contra Dance: Pittsfield Union Grange.

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

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. 

Postponed indefinitely: Jef Brannan: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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May 16 & 17. The club is closed beginning May 11 until it reopens on May 30 (see listing) at its new location. This Detroit comic is known for a fast-paced, good-natured show that mixes song parodies with lots of raunchy one-liners, jokes, and jabs at his audience. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 314 E. Liberty. $10 reserved seating in advance, $12 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Jesse Blumberg & Martin Katz: Kerrytown Concert House.

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See review. The widely acclaimed baritone Blumberg and pianist Katz-dubbed "the gold standard of accompanists" by a New York Times reviewer-perform Franz Schubert's tragic song cycle Winterreise, whose libretto by Wilhelm Muller relates the heartbreak of a solitary traveler through a cruel winter landscape.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $20-$35 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"42nd Street": Ann Arbor in Concert.

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This local theater company performs a concert version of Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble's 30s-style song-and-dance extravaganza adapted from the 1933 Busby Berkeley movie with a classic backstage plot. The show features a variety of dance styles, with a heavy emphasis on tap, and the score is comprised of vintage Broadway songs, from "Shuffle Off to Buffalo" and "You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me" to "Lullaby of Broadway" and the title tune.
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $26.50 (students with ID & seniors, $16.50; VIP seats, $50; Gala reception, $100) in advance at a2ic.org. 786-3868. [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.  Free! 

"Spiritual Cinema": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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

"We Are the Dreamers of Dreams": Out Loud Chorus.

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May 16 & 17. Paul Haebig directs this chorus for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their friends in a program of songs celebrating aspirations for a better world for everyone. With accompaniment by bassist Edie Herrold, percussionist Tamara Perkuhn, and pianist Annie Jeng.
8 p.m., Michigan Union Anderson Room. $15 (students, $12; kids under 4, free) in advance at Common Language Books, olconline.org, & from Out Loud members; $18 at the door. 265-0740. [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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