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Calendar of Events

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Who wrote this?   Ann Arbor Observer tree logo Observer editors    community member community members
 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 [map]

 9 a.m.  Free! 

Waterloo Recreation Area.

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Programs presented by WRA park interpreter Katie McGlashen (except as noted).

Feb. 23 (2-3 p.m.): "Michigan Wolves: Past, Present, and Future." Naturalist and wolf advocate Dorothy McLeer presents a program on the comeback of wolves in Michigan, the issues that arise when people live near wolves, and what the future holds for wolves. Preregistration requested.

Mar. 22 (2-4 p.m.): "Spring Terrarium." Participants make a small, display-worthy ecosystem. Bring a glass container with a lid, between a quart and a gallon in size.

Mar. 29 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Harbinger Hike." A hike along Discovery Center trails to look signs of awakening animals, early sprouts, and perhaps a few unorthodox blooms.

Apr. 8 (10 a.m. & 2 p.m.): "Spring Break: Animal Tracks." All kids in grades K-6 invited to learn about animal track patterns, practice the art of tracking, and make a plaster cast track to take home.

Apr. 9 (10 a.m. & 2 p.m.): "Geocaching & Orienteering" All kids in grades K-6 invited to learn the basics of using a GPS unit and reading a compass, then try it on the trail. Participants should bring a few cheap trinkets to trade in geocaches.

Apr. 10 (10 a.m. & 2 p.m.): "Spring Break: Pizza Plant Magic." All kids in grades K-6 invited to learn what plant parts we eat, and start a pizza garden to take home.

Apr. 19 (noon and 1, 2, & 3 p.m.): "Geocache Egg Hunt." All invited to learn to use a GPS unit and follow clues to hunt for prizes. GPS units provided, or bring your own.

Apr. 25 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.): "Arbor Day Treats." All invited to learn how to measure tree height, figure out how old a tree is, and identify some trees without their leaves. Also, treats made from trees. Prizes.

May 3 (2-4 p.m.): "Arrows Away." All age 7 & up invited to learn basic archery skills. Equipment provided.

May 10: (2-4 p.m.): "Seed Paper Cards for Mom." Using recycled paper and wildflower seeds, participants make a Mother's Day card that can be planted to grow wildflowers.

May 24 (9 a.m.): "Birding and Breakfast." All invited for a light breakfast followed by a birding hike in celebration of International Migratory Bird Day.

June 7 (10 a.m.-noon, Green Lake Campground Trail parking lot, west off M-52 between Waterloo Rd. & N. Territorial): "National Trails Day 3 Park Hike." All invited to join a 2.5-mile hike along the Waterloo-Pinckney Trail that connects 2 State Recreation Areas to Washtenaw County's Park Lyndon North.

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.

 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. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

Water Conservation 2: Perennials for the Water Gardens: Project Grow Gardens.

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In this hands-on workshop, participants will be able to see various water conservation measures that have been installed at the Discovery Garden. Then, under the direction of Joet Reoma, Master Rain Gardener, they will be able to help transplant water garden perennials that have been grown on site into their final water-conserving location. Participants will be able to take home perennials to start off their own water garden. Dress for the weather and outdoor work. Class is free, but registration is required.
Leslie Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Free. [map]

 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:
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. [map]

 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]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Storytime: Nicola's Books.

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Every Sat. An experienced storyteller spins yarns for kids age 7 & under.
11 a.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]

 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]

 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.

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

 Afternoon time TBA 

"Belle": Michigan Theater.

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(Amma Asante, 2013). The late 18th-century illegitimate mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is raised by her aristocratic great uncle and ends up influencing the decision to abolish slavery in England.
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, [map]

 Afternoon time TBA 

"Locke": Michigan Theater.

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(Steven Knight, 2013). A construction foreman drives to London while trying to settle personal and profession problems on his cell phone and having imaginary conversations with his long-deceased father.
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, [map]

 Afternoon time TBA  Free! 

"The Hip Girl's Guide to the Kitchen": Literati Bookstore.

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The Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking website founder Kate Payne demonstrates techniques from her new book. Signing.
Time TBA, Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 Noon-3 p.m.  Free! 

6th Annual Classic Car Show: Ann Arbor City Club.

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A show of more than 65 classic, sporty, unusual, and rare cars. Concessions. Rain or shine.
Noon-3 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. Free. Small fee to show a car. 662-3279, ext. 1. [map]

 1-4 p.m. 

International Festival: Community Action Network Fundraiser.

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International food and family-friendly activities.
1-4 p.m., Pioneer High School, 601 W. Stadium. Admission TBA. [map]

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Sharon Hills Preserve Stewardship Workday: Legacy Land Conservancy.

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Ann Arbor Wild Ones members give a short presentation on native landscaping for your backyard. Followed by a workday to remove invasive garlic mustard. Wear sturdy shoes, and bring a water bottle.
1-4 p.m., Sharon Hills Preserve, Sharon Hollow Rd. between Walker and Washburn, Sharon Twp. Free; preregistration required by email or phone., 302-5263.

 1-3 p.m. 

The Women of Greek Tragedy-OLLI Study Group (50+): Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M.

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Class meets Thursdays, April 24 - May 29
This course provides a look at women in the various roles they play in Greek tragedies: sacrificial virgin, devoted wife, faithless wife, mother, daughter and slave. Our focus will be on plays dealing with the Trojan War. We may do some reading out loud and watch one or two productions of plays. Select any translation you find enjoyable of the following plays: Aeschylus' "Oresteia Trilogy"; Sophocles' "Electra"; or Euripides' "Iphigenia in Aulus", "The Trojan Women", "Hecuba", "Electra", or "Helen". Marilyn Scott has led a number of OLLI study groups and has studied many of these plays in Greek.
Genesis of Ann Arbor (Temple Beth Emeth/St. Clare's Church), 2309 Packard Street. $35. 734-998-9351. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

Who Am I Living With?!?! (Adult ADHD and relationships): Ann Arbor Area ADHD/ADD SUPPORT GROUP.

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The impact of ADHD on relationships can show up in dozens of different ways. The non-ADHD partner often feels they are being ignored or taken for granted. The ADHD partner feels controlled and stifled. This can become a vicious cycle, the partners misunderstanding each other, their differences pushing them farther and farther apart. Come and explore this subject in a performance and discussion. We'll show and then talk about some relationship problems that can have an ADHD component. We'll share some coping strategies, though sometimes it's just enough to know "oh! He's not the only one!" Share your stories and listen to others.
Barnes and Noble Bookstore, 3235 Washtenaw Ave. Free. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra.

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Adam Riccinto directs this volunteer community orchestra in a program of popular patriotic tunes, along with some new jazz charts featuring 2 guests, veteran bassist Paul Keller and the renowned boogie-woogie & blues pianist Mark "Mr. B" Braun. Bring a blanket and lawn chair. Rain date: May 25.
2 p.m., Riverside Park Pavilion, E. Cross at N. Huron St., Ypsilanti. Free. 507-1451.

 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.

 3 & 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 & 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]

 3-5:45 p.m.  Free! 

Gaming Tournaments: Ann Arbor District Library.

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May 24 & 25. Video game tournaments. Prizes. May 24: "Project M/Super Smash Brothers "Not So" Regulation Throwdown." For adults and teens in grade 6 & up. May 25: "Mario Kart." For all ages.
3-5:45 p.m. (May 24) & 1-4 p.m. (May 25), AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Raptor Feeding": Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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LSNC volunteers feed and answer questions about the center's red-tailed hawk, peregrine falcon, and other resident raptors, who may come out of their enclosures to eat.
3-4 p.m. Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. Free. 997-1553. [map]

 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, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]

 3:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Huron River Watershed Walks: HRWC.

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Saturday, May 24, 3:30 - 4:30 PM
Frog Island Park to Waterworks Park Ypsilanti, MI

Ann Arbor City Hall tour - Green Infrastructure Ann Arbor, MI
Thursday, June 26, 6 - 8 PM
Beckwith Preserve Stockbridge, MI
Multiple. Free. (734) 769-5123.

 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

Watershed Walk: Huron River Watershed Council.

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Ypsilanti city planner Teresa Gillotti and HRWC representative Elizabeth Riggs lead a hike from Frog Island Park to Waterworks Park as they discuss HRWC's RiverUp! efforts to maintain those areas for recreational use.
3:30 p.m., Frog Island Park, Depot Town, Ypsilanti. Free. 769-5123, ext. 612.

 4 p.m.  Free! 

Organic Farming :: Hoophouses & Season Extension for Vegetables: Tilian Farm Development Center.

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Greenhouse and Hightunnel Basics: A Primer for Beginning Farmers - covering seed starting, climate controls, and season extension techniques.
Washtenaw Food Hub, 4400 Pontiac Trail. Free. $5. 734.222.3817. [map]

 5-7 p.m. 

4th Saturday Scandinavian Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Swedish and Norwegian dancing to recorded and live music. No partner necessary. Wear flat shoes with smooth, hard soles. The program begins with a lesson by Bruce Sagan and Suzanne Schluederberg.
5-7 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $5 (students, $3). (908) 721-2599. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

Winners Recital: George Shirley African American Art Song and Operatic Aria Competition/Kerrytown Concert House.

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Winners of the 2014 competition-including students ages 16-22 from all over the Midwest-perform spirituals, art songs, and operatic arias by African American composers.
6 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Free. Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]

 7 p.m. 

Erin Morris & Her Ragdolls: Down by the Riverside: Erin Morris & Her Ragdolls.

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Michigan's only vintage chorus girls bring you their fresh take on the female dance aesthetic of the Jazz Age, blending the influences of Josephine Baker, Mabel Lee, Eleanor Powell, and more. This one hour program spans every mood and tempo from slow & sultry to fast & furious. Live music by the hard swinging James Dapogny Quartet. Followed by an afterglow in the dance studio loft, featuring refreshments, special performances, and a silent auction.
7pm, Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron St, Ypsilanti, Tickets $15 at the door or email for advance tickets.
Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. $15. 269-377-9033. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Chamber Music Festival: PhoenixPhest.

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Chamber music by members of the award-winning ensembles the Cleveland Quartet and the Cavani String Quartet as well as local violinist Gabe Bolkosky and other members of the PhoenixPhest faculty.
7:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 1400 W. Stadium. Tickets $20 (students, $10). 546-5032. [map]

 8-10 p.m. 

4th Saturday Scandinavian Music Jam.

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Local fiddler Bruce Sagan hosts a jam for all musicians interested in playing Swedish and Norwegian tunes.
8-10 p.m., Sagan residence, 2059 Georgetown Blvd. Free. (908) 721-2599, [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Appointment with a Highwire Lady": Emergent Arts.

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May 21 & every Thurs.-Sat. through June 8. Paul Bianchi directs local actors in Russell Davis's drama about a young man in a state mental hospital who's gradually drawn back into life by a friend from his past. "Subtle and unsentimental…the play has a sensitive awareness of the renewable vitality within an interrupted relationship," says a New York Times review. Cast: Zach Damon, Megan Shiplett, and Susan Morris.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), The Mix Studio Theatre, 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. Tickets $12 (seniors & students with ID, $10; $4 discount for dining at Haab's on the day of the show) in advance at, and at the door. 985-0875. [map]

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