Every Sat., Apr.-Oct. Fast/moderate-paced ride, 40-100 miles, on low-traffic roads in Washtenaw, Jackson, Livingston, and Ingham counties. Brunch stop.
7 a.m. (June-Aug.), 8:30 a.m. (Sept.), 9 a.m. (Apr., May, Oct., & Nov.) & 10 a.m. (Dec.-Mar.), meet at parking lot next to Chelsea Fire Station,, Chelsea. Free. 846-0604. [map]
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. 994-6340 (Oct. 4), 663-6401 (Oct. 11), 761-1147 (Oct. 18), 429-4989 (Oct. 25), 274-6350 (Nov. 1), 996-9461 (Nov. 8), 761-9894 (Nov. 15), 761-1147 (Nov. 22), 223-6042 (Nov. 29). [map]
Every Sat., May-Oct. Live entertainment June-Sept., along with kids activities, 9:30-11 a.m. on 2nd Sat. each month, and , and occasional food demos and market basket giveaway. Also, every Wed. The Bushel Basket Market: The Farmers Market at the Chelsea Community Hospital (2:30-6 p.m., CCH overflow parking area adjacent to the U-M Family Practice building, near the South Campus Entrance off Old US-12), which focuses on healthy produce from local farmers.
June 7: Hum & Strum. Chelsea pop-folk trio. Also, "Connect with More Vegetable Varieties," a cooking demo with taste tests, kids recipes, and pottery painting.
June 14: Keith Parmentier. Local singer-songwriter known for his folk- and country-style ballads.
June 21: Bill Personke. Chelsea guitarist who plays acoustic, folk, and rock 'n' roll.
June 28: Bob Skon. Local folk-rock singer-songwriter known for his wry songs about love and loss.
July 5: Ed Sugar. Veteran local R&B and blues saxophonist.
July 12: Dave Boutette. Veteran Ann Arbor American roots music singer-songwriter.
July 19: Bliss. The local trio of singer-songwriter Laura Massaro, guitarist Craig Brann, and percussionist Don Allen performs an eclectic mix of pop, folk, and world music, including originals, covers, and improvisations.
July 26: John Latini. Acoustic rock-based originals by this popular veteran local rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter, winner of the 2008 Detroit Blues Challenge. Also, "Eat Better Basics: Fruit Reboot," a cooking demo with diabetic-friendly summer fruit recipes, tips for low-sugar lifestyles, and blood sugar testing.
Aug. 2: Hum & Strum. Chelsea pop-folk trio.
Aug. 9: Brad Stect. Acoustic pop covers by this Chelsea singer-guitarist.
Aug. 16: Dorkestra. Local folk-rock swing quintet whose music blends jazz, African, Middle Eastern, funk, and pop influences.
Aug. 23: Keith Parmentier. Local singer-songwriter known for his folk- and country-style ballads. Also, "Eat Better Basics: Healthy Heart," a cooking demo with samples of foods that promote heart health and blood pressure testing.
Aug. 30: Bliss. The local trio of singer-songwriter Laura Massaro, guitarist Craig Brann, and percussionist Don Allen performs an eclectic mix of pop, folk, and world music, including originals, covers, and improvisations.
Sept. 6: John Latini. Acoustic rock-based originals by this popular veteran local rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter, winner of the 2008 Detroit Blues Challenge.
Sept. 13: Bob Skon. Local folk-rock singer-songwriter known for his wry songs about love and loss.
Sept. 20: Dave Boutette. Veteran Ann Arbor American roots music singer-songwriter.
Sept. 27: Dorkestra. Local folk-rock swing quintet whose music blends jazz, African, Middle Eastern, funk, and pop influences.
Oct. 4: "Eat better Basics: Healing Foods," a cooking demo with samples of antioxidants and other healing foods and info on eating healthy to prevent cancer.
8 a.m.-noon, Chelsea Farmers Market, Palmer Auto lot (across from the police station), Main St., Chelsea. Free admission. 475-6402.
Silent auction items on display at the Powerhouse Gym!
Come in and bid on gift certificates and fabulous items!
DRAWING IS AT 1:00 ON SATURDAY, JUNE 7 so make sure you sign up for the things you would like.
All proceeds benefit leukemia and lymphoma research!
Powerhouse Gym Ypsilanti (at I94/Huron), 1326 Anna J Stepp, Ypsilanti, MI 48197, Ypsilanti. Donation. email@example.com [map]
Every Sat. Teens ages 14-18 invited for a 20-mile ride to Dexter and back. Also, a mountain bike ride of 1-2 hours on dirt roads. Riders age 15 & under must be accompanied by a parent. All riders need a parent to sign a waiver at the first ride and wear a helmet. Bring a water bottle.
9 a.m., Forsythe Middle School, 1655 Newport. Free. Preregistration required via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. aavc.org. [map]
Craig Toepfer, author of The Hybrid Electric Home, and friends host a solar energy workshop for home, business, farm, and community. Participants will learn all aspects of producing their own electricity using solar energy. Workshop handouts with helpful local resources and refreshments provided. Free and open to all. Visit www.hybridelectrichome.com to register.
Historic Chelsea Train Depot, 125 Jackson Street, Chelsea, MI 48118, Chelsea. Free. 734 417 5500. email@example.com www.hybridelectrichome.com [map]
May 31 & June 1. Pit bulls are judged on their conformity to breed standards.
9 a.m.-6 p.m., Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 728-6585, (248) 830-4789; (615) 893-4067. [map]
Bring your bike, scooter or walking shoes and traverse the solar system from the Sun to Neptune! This event features a model of the solar system, scaled to size and distance, along with awesome images and information at each station. The amazing voyage begins at Mitchell Field and stops near Dixboro Dam, but does not end. A cosmic perspective will be gained along the way and further exploration is inevitable. This is a great opportunity to truly appreciate and understand the incredible distances of our tiny corner of the Universe. Rain dates are June 7-8.
Continue the journey by checking out the website of the Planetarium at the Museum of Natural History for solar system-related programming coming in June: http:
Gallup Park. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org
May 31 & June 1. Self-guided tour of this scale model of the solar system, with papier-m-é sculptures of planets and other cosmic bodies, spread out on a path that stretches from Mitchell Field to an end point near the Dixboro Dam. Info and images of the solar system at stations along the way.
9 a.m.-7 p.m., Gallup Park, 3000 Fuller. Free. email@example.com. [map]
Our first fermentation workshop of the year will be held on Saturday, May 31st in our snazzy new location at the Washtenaw County Food Hub! The cost is $50/person and will include a Brinery product tasting, a hands-on kraut making session & a local-licious lunch made specific for the event by Chef Dan Vernia! All participants will also head home with a recipe pamphlet, a jar of kraut & and a fermentation know-how that can't be found anywhere else. Space is limited- get your tickets here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/fermentation-101-tickets-6466127361?aff=eorg
Fementation Basics, Brinery Kraut Tasting and Making Sauerkraut (hands-on)
The menu will be tailored to the event by Chef Dan (previously chef at The Raven's Club, Ann Arbor), using locally sourced ingredients, and of course, showcasing Brinery product!
NOTE: This is a workshop aimed at beginner fermentors; David will be holding an advanced workshop as a follow-up to this one.
Washtenaw County Food Hub, 4175 Whitmore Lake Road. $50. firstname.lastname@example.org thebrinery.com [map]
"Through game-play we inspire interest in art, math, science, and programming. We create an environment where cutting edge technologies are accessible. We educate by giving learners the tools to explore their interests."
Minecraft Visual Programming
Grades 1 - 3.
Grades 3 - 8.
Grades 5 - 8.
Grades 3 - 8.
Grades 3 - 8.
Game Mechanics and Design
Grades 3 - 8.
For more information visit our webpage:
or call us at 734-926-9213
GameStart (hosted by Menlo Innovations), 505 E Liberty St LL500. $180 - $225 per six week course. 734-926-9213. email@example.com www.GameStartSchool.org [map]
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All invited to join a discussion about K-12 education and the new AGCSDL for kids ages 5-18. Kids welcome. Refreshments.
10 a.m.-noon, AGCSDL inside Calvary United Methodist Church, 1415 Miller. Free. (310) 748-7442. [map]
Unfortunately, this event has been canceled. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions or comments. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Preschoolers and caregivers are invited to attend and discover new ways to incorporate kindness into their daily routines.
The special event, aimed at teaching kids the importance of being kind, will feature a variety of activity stations, including; having the opportunity for kids to express what kindness means to them and share their vision as part of a collage wall, attendees will take home a calendar to track daily kind acts, and kids will be invited to pick a flower and share it with someone in their life.
The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, 220 E. Ann St. Admission is free for those under 2 years old, and $11 for children and adults.. (212) 616-3006 x208. email@example.com http:
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]
U-M student docents and UMMA staffers read stories related to the Native American art in the current exhibit Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation. Followed by an art activity. For kids ages 4-7 accompanied by a parent. Siblings welcome.
11:15 a.m., UMMA (meet at the information desk), 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
Every Sat. & Sun. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows.
The Sky Tonight (Sat. 11:30 a.m., Sat. & Sun. 1:30 & 3:30 p.m., and Apr. 7-11 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.) is an exploration of the current night sky.
The Little Star That Could (Sat. and Apr. 7-11, 12:30 p.m.) is about an average yellow star on a search for a planet of its own to warm who meets other stars on the way and learns about the solar system.
MarsQuest (Sat. & Sun. 2:30 p.m.), narrated by Star Trek star Patrick Stewart, is about the history of the Red Planet and the reasons for our interest in it.
Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
Every Sat. All invited to play disc golf at one of Hudson Mills Metropark's 24-hole courses. Beginners are paired with advanced players to create parity. Prizes. Discs can be borrowed at the park office.
Noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per player; free for spectators. $5 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]
Cedar Ridge Equestrian Center is hosting a fundraiser on Saturday, May 31 from 1-4 pm to raise money for Cedar Ridge Pony Club (CRPC) members. The day will include pony rides and a silent auction on site. The Center will also offer a sign-up for four one-hour lessons with a Pony Club member for $60, with all proceeds going directly to Club Members.
The event will be held at the Center at 5415 Waters Road. For more information or to sign up for lessons, you can also contact Carolyne Wheeler on firstname.lastname@example.org or at 734-476-8346.
Money raised will be used to send CRPC members to the national United States Pony Club Festival this July, and will be used to offset the significant travel, registration and stabling costs. The Festival is a week-long training event where young equestrians have the unique opportunity to get instruction from world-recognized riders and trainers. Held at the National Horse Park in Lexington, KY, it only takes place every three years.
Cedar Ridge Equestrian Center, 5415 Waters Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Donation. $60. 734-476-8346. email@example.com [map]
Scientists from the U-M and other local institutions with expertise in the Big Bang, particle physics, climate change, biomedical research, nuclear power, and exploring Mars are on hand to explain scientific concepts, answer questions, and/or discuss their own research. For adults & teens in grade 6 & up.
1-3 p.m., AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
This family-friendly musical tells the story of the Ugly Duckling. Ugly, rejected by others in the farm yard, looses his way and must use his wits -and a little help from his new friends - to find his way home. His homecoming celebrates individuality and self-worth.
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 N. University. $10/$8 (seniors and under 12)/$35 family tickets. firstname.lastname@example.org Tickets available at muto.umich.edu [map]
An all-ages fair with a treasure hunt and hikes through the woods on the church grounds, rides in a classic sports car, a bounce house, a silent auction, games, a labyrinth walk, face painting, a piñata, grilled food, and build-your-own sundaes. Also, a chance to learn about the church's rain garden, retreat center, and lakefront property. Rain or shine. Full schedule at staidan.org.
3-7 p.m., St. Aidan's Episcopal Church/Northside Presbyterian Church, 1679 Broadway (at Baits). Free admission; nominal charge for food. 663-5503. [map]
Every Sat. All invited to join club members for blitz (5-minute) and untimed games. Some sets and clocks available; bring your own if possible.
3-5 p.m., Wendy's, 1640 Commerce Park, Chelsea. The meetings are held in the Pierce Park picnic shelter during the summer, usually from late May until after Labor Day. Free. 475-1583. [map]
May 29-31. This local professional company presents this musical revue of works by Maltby and Shire, a nonstop exploration of the struggles of everyday life, especially those surrounding love. The May 30 gala fundraiser show includes a 6 p.m. wine & hors d'oeuvres reception with live & silent auctions.
7 p.m. (May 29), 8 p.m. (May 30 & 31), & 3 p.m. (May 31), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $25 (May 29 & 31) & $50 (May 30) in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. 268-6200. [map]
All lesbians who self-identify as "older" are welcome to join us for a potluck dinner, followed by an evening of board games, card games, and free-wheeling (alcohol-free) socializing. We will meet at 6:30pm on Saturday, May 31. We pass the hat to collect the $20 rental for the clubhouse.
Pittsfield Village Clubhouse, 2220 Pittsfield Blvd. Carol @517.789.8089 or Mary Lou @ 734.677.8696. [map]
Bulgarian and Balkan dancing to live music by Veselba. No partner needed; beginners welcome.
7-10 p.m., the barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $10 (students, $5). 709-8748. [map]
Local comics writer Shaun Manning and Comic Book Resources staff writer Dave Richards discuss Manning's new graphic novel, a sci-fi thriller about an addictive drug that allows people to travel back in time to any point in their lives. Signing. Followed by a reception with music spun by DJ Happenstance.
7 p.m., Vault of Midnight, 219 S. Main. Free. 998-1413. [map]
May 30 & 31. Jodie Randolph directs this professional dance company as well as preprofessional young dance company X2 in eight of her works and a dance choreographed by founding member Megan Scheppelman. The dances explore themes of transition, phases, dependency, and security. Reception follows.
7 p.m., Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $10 in advance; $15 at the door. pureexistencedance.com. [map]
Community High students present a series of 10-minute scenes, monologues, songs, and dances.
7:30 p.m., Community High School Craft Theater, 401 N. Division. (Parking available in the lot behind the school, N. Fifth Ave. at Detroit St.) $15 (students, $10) in advance at ShowTix4U.com and at the door. 994-2021. [map]
Remainder of run canceled as of May 22. Julia Glander directs Shakespeare's history play, a masterful portrait of evil whose fratricidal protagonist savagely hacks his way to the throne, in a radically re-imagined production that explores themes of gender, power, and governance in the setting of a distant yet ominous future. Performance Network artistic director Carla Milarch stars as Richard. The cast also includes Brian Sage, John Seibert, Lynnae Lehfeldt, Drew Parker, Joanna Bronson, Terry Heck, Logan Ricket, Justin Dietzel, and Alysia Kolascz.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.), & 3 p.m. (May 10 & 24), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (Apr. 24), $22 (Apr. 25 & 27 and May 1), and $30 (Apr. 26). May 2 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After May 2: $27 & $29 (Thurs.), $32 & $34 (Fri. & Sun.), $25 & $27 (Sat. matinee), $39 & $41 (Sat. eve.). $3 discount for seniors age 60 & over. Tickets available in advance at performancenetwork.org & by phone, and at the door. $10 student discount in advance, half-price student tickets at the door only. For reservations, call 663-0681; to charge by phone, call 663-0696. [map]
Scottish country dancing to live music by Washington, D.C.-area band Terpsichore. For experienced Scottish dancers. Preceded at 6 p.m. by dinner (reservations required by May 20).
8 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $30 (dinner); $20 (dance). 769-1052. [map]
Mark Hillegonds calls to live music by Debbie Jackson and Brad Battey. People of any sexual orientation welcome. All dances taught. Bring flat, smooth-sole shoes for dancing. Preceded at 7:30 p.m. by a lesson.
8-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. $10 (students, $5). 756-8441. [map]
This event is cancelled. I hope to schedule another Gender-Free contra dance soon, but no date has been set. Please see www.aactmad.org for contra dances in Ann Arbor and other locations.
Roots-rock band from New Orleans whose gospel-flavored vocal harmonies, limber rhythmic verve, and blues- and country-inspired lyrical sensibility often provoke comparisons to Little Feat and the Band. Led by the songwriting duo of guitarist Tommy Malone and accordionist John Magnie, the band returns to the Ark for the 1st time in nearly 4 years with its complete original lineup. Note: The band's Ark shows usually sell out in advance.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $30 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 emergentarts.com, and at the door. 985-0875. [map]
May 29-31. Loretta Grimes directs local actors in the Michigan premiere of award-winning playwright Amy Herzog's haunting, intimate play in which the dark recesses of one man's memory threaten to engulf his life. When an up-and-coming journalist is visited by a childhood friend with a disturbing revelation, his life begins to unravel, including his relationship with his pregnant girlfriend. Herzog "writes with a keen sensitivity to the complex wave of feelings embedded in all human relationships, with particular attention to the way we tiptoe around the areas of radioactive emotion," writes a New York Times reviewer. Cast: Dave Barker, Katie Whitney, Janet Rich, Siamak Davarani, Sophia Fall, Mary Franceschi, Tim Grimes.
8 p.m., Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $20-$25 (students, $15). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
Vaudeville-style variety show featuring musicians, jugglers, stand-up comics, acrobats, burlesque performers, and more. Also, games with prizes. Raffle. The show is followed by dancing to music by a DJ until 2 a.m.
8:30-11 p.m., Maidstone Theatre, 1425 Ecorse Rd., Ypsilanti. $10 (ages 18-20, $12). Fancypantsa2.com. 926-9629. [map]
A chance to join local astronomy buffs for a look at the sky through instruments, including the Peach Mountain Observatory's huge, 24-inch McMath telescope. Participants encouraged to bring their own telescopes. Visitors must turn off all electronic equipment (car radios, transmitters, phones, etc.) at the observatory entrance. Program canceled if sky is overcast at sunset or if the weather is extremely inclement. If in doubt, call 975-3248 after 4 p.m. day of event.
Sunset-11 p.m. or later (as long as the sky remains clear), Peach Mountain Observatory, North Territorial Rd. (about 1 1⁄4 miles west of Hudson Mills Metropark), Dexter. Free. 975-3248.
I've always wondered what was hidden behind that mysterious gate on North Territorial. I learned a lot last night from all of the hobbyist and professional astronomers who brought out their big telescopes to look at the "double-double" (two double stars of Lyra), Saturn (with the ring and all), globular and open clusters, and three other galaxies. Thank you to everyone for being so willing to share what you know and to show off your technology!