Bicyclists choose a route of 10, 25, 62, or 100 miles in this pledge outing to raise funds for diabetes research. Followed by entertainment TBA and a catered lunch.
6 a.m., WCC, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $15 entry fee plus $200 minimum pledge donation. firstname.lastname@example.org, (248) 433-3830, ext. 6694. [map]
Every Sat., Apr.-Oct. Fast/moderate-paced ride, 40-100 miles, on low-traffic roads in Washtenaw, Jackson, Livingston, and Ingham counties. Brunch stop.
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]
City ornithologist Dea Armstrong leads a bird identification walk through Gallup Park and Furstenberg Nature Area. Bring binoculars, if you have them.
6-7:30 p.m. (May 16) & 7:30-9 a.m. (June 7), meet at Gallup Park Canoe Livery paddle boat dock, 3000 Fuller Rd. (west side of Huron Pkwy.). Free. 794-6240. [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]
June 6 & 7. Exhibits and demonstrations of "old iron," including working steam and gas engines and antique tractors. Tractor pulls include junior, ladies, and show-sponsor pulls (Fri.), antique rubber tire tractor pull (Fri., 11 a.m.), and antique steel wheel tractor pull (Sat., noon). Kids activities include a pedal tractor pull (Sat., 1 p.m.) and hayrides and a petting farm (Sat., noon-4 p.m.). Also, an arts & crafts show on Sat. Concessions. Rain date: June 8.
8 a.m.-10 p.m., Hudson Mills Metropark, 8801 North Territorial (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. Free admission. $5 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211, (248) 804-8507. [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.
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Come to the Powerhouse Gym (Ypsilanti) and take a Group Fitness class on Saturday, June 7, 8:00 am - 6 pm!
No membership Required!
Try a class for just $10/class. To pre-register call the gym at 734-482-2405 starting May 17.
Classes include: Body Pump, RPM, Body Combat, Body Flow, Grit Cardio, Grit Strength, Zumba, and Step Aerobics.
All teachers donate their time to support our fundraiser!
Silent Auction & Powerhouse Membership Specials for New Enrollees Starting May 31.
For more information and/or to donate an item for the silent auction, please contact email@example.com.
Powerhouse Gym Ypsilanti (at I94/Huron), 1326 Anna J Stepp, Ypsilanti, MI 48197, Ypsilanti. Donation. $10. firstname.lastname@example.org [map]
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]
A celebration of the contributions of African Americans to the development of Ann Arbor, held in what was once the center of the city's African American business district. Features sale of food, art, beauty products, and collectibles by local African American businesses. Carnival Candyland (Detroit) kids activities include pony rides, interactive games, face painting and balloon twisting, a puppet show, story time, children's yoga class, inflatables, nature based crafting, coloring and more. Health & wellness screenings. Also, the Apple Playschool and other children-oriented businesses are on hand. Entertainment includes gospel music in the morning, along with theatrical performances, the Detroit-based Fem Fatale Dance Troupe, the local R&B band Elements of Sound, and other local jazz, rock, hip-hop, soul and R&B ensembles.
9 a.m.-9 p.m., Fourth Ave., and Fourth Ave. between Ann & Catherine. Free admission. firstname.lastname@example.org. 858-9121.
Every Sat. Teens ages 14-18 invited for a 20-mile ride to Dexter and back. Also, a mountain bike ride of 1-2 hours on dirt roads. Riders age 15 & under must be accompanied by a parent. All riders need a parent to sign a waiver at the first ride and wear a helmet. Bring a water bottle.
9 a.m., Forsythe Middle School, 1655 Newport. Free. Preregistration required via email to email@example.com. aavc.org. [map]
Talented artists transform Central Street along Monument Park into a beautiful gallery of chalk drawings. Official start time is 9:00am and judging begins at 3:00pm followed by awards. While you enjoy the artists also check out the Civil War Days at Gordon Hall, the Ice Cream Social, the Union Baseball Club vs. Chelsea Monitors, the Farmer's Market, the B2B 10K Race and all the great shopping and restaurants Dexter has to offer. Make it day and discover Dexter, MI (www.discoverdexter.com).
Monument Park, 8000 Main Street, Dexter. Free. 734-707-7005. firstname.lastname@example.org www.discoverdexter.com
The Water Hill neighborhood will be holding a neighborhood-wide yard sale on Saturday, June7, from 9am to 3pm.
Additionally, there will be a "Yard Exchange" held on Sunset Road at Brooks Street. Look for the "Yard Exchange" signs. The idea is that you brings items to contribute, and look around for items to take. The Yard Exchange is hosted by A2TimeBank (a2timebank.org).
Water Hill neighborhood, Ann Arbor, MI. Free. 734-369-4581. email@example.com http:
Master crafter Nick Dillingham will guide us through the process of making a fish trap from the gathering of willow shoots through creation of the finished basket. You'll learn how to use the bark as cordage to hold the basket together, different styles of baskets and how to use them. Participants will make their own basket traps. Please pay on a sliding scale between $60 and $45.* Ages 15 and older. 9am to 4pm.
Nick Dillingham specializes in traditional basketry and utility items, and also teaches indigenous Lifeways, traditional wild food preparation, and bushcraft. He's considered one of the top traditional basket weavers of his generation, and has worked alongside and taught with tribal elders and master craftsmen. His work has been featured in magazines, cultural museums, and the news media. He's taught all over the state of Michigan for historical institutes, schools, public venues, cultural centers and museums.
Parker Mill County Park, 4650 Geddes Road. $60 - $45 per person, sliding scale. 734-531-8330. firstname.lastname@example.org@ naturelearningcommunity.org [map]
June 6: A concert of Victorian-era choral and instrumental music by performers TBA. Hotel Hickman BBQ dinner available for purchase. Bring a blanket or chair to sit on.
June 7 & 8: A Civil War Encampment featuring both military and civilian reenactors, visits by Mr. & Mrs. Lincoln and other living history characters, period activities for kids, presentations and storytelling by leading historians, artillery demos, and a Civil War skirmish reenactment. Members of Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War are on hand to trace the Civil War connections of your ancestors. Period music by the duo of Tim Twiss on banjo and Las Slomovits on bones.
June 7 only: Period fashion show and tea, and an interactive introduction by historical cricket by noted Milwaukee-based cricket historian Tom Melville, author of The Tented Field: A History of Cricket in America. Hotel Hickman lunch available for purchase,
June 8 only: Pie auction (with some items reserved for kids 12 & under), Hotel Hickman pig roast dinner available for purchase, and a baseball game using 1860s rules featuring the Dexter Union old-time baseball team vs. the Chelsea Monitors. Festivities close with taps and with recognition of local Civil War veterans.
There is also a "White House Dinner Experience" fundraiser ($135) with Mr. & Mrs. Lincoln on June 7 at 6:30 p.m.
5-7 p.m. (June 6) & 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (June 7 & 8), Gordon Hall, Dexter-Pinckney Rd. at Island Lake Rd., Dexter. $10 (kids, $5) suggested donation; the June 7 concert is free. Free onsite parking. http:
1.65-mi fun run/walk. Dogs welcome. Live music, kids activities, an animal costume contest, and more. Food available.
9 a.m. (registration begins at 8:30 a.m.), Gallup Park, 3000 Fuller. $20 (team, $75). csswashtenaw.org
"Money and Politics: The Impact of Unlimited Corporate Spending on Elections": Gray Panthers of Huron Valley.more >
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National Gray Panthers board member Jan BenDor, a veteran local activist, and others report on the local conference in April on this topic and show footage posted at youtube.com
9:45 a.m.-noon, U-M Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 973-5593. [map]
Sale of cards, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, monotypes, oils, encaustics, and collages by 25-30 members of this group of area artists. Rain or shine.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Silver Maples of Chelsea courtyard, 100 Silver Maples Dr., Chelsea. Free admission. chelseapainters.com, 478-5416. [map]
June 7 & 8. A very popular annual sale held outdoors under a big tent. Includes a wide variety of functional and decorative ceramics made by more than 30 guild members. Also, a low-price kids sale table and a chance for kids to play with clay.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Potters Guild parking lot, 201 Hill. Free admission. 663-4970. [map]
Location: Independence Lake County Park (3200 Jennings Road, Whitmore Lake, MI 48189)
Description: Independence Lake County Park is hosting a Community Health and Safety Day on Saturday, June 7th from 10:00a-12:00p. We would like to invite all families to join us for a fun day while meeting local health and safety representatives in the community. Activities are geared toward ages 5 through 11. Come explore emergency vehicles, play games, and speak with trained professionals! After participating in our event, we'll treat you to a free day in our new spray play facility, Blue Heron Bay!
Fee: FREE admission and parking!
Contact: Lyla Ellens, email@example.com
Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings Road, Whitmore Lake, Mi 48189, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-4437. Ellensl@ewashtenaw.org Parksonline.ewashtenaw.org [map]
At the Apiary, we will discuss major nectar-bearing honey plants and honey flows and how to manage the hive to maximize honey production. We will discuss different supering strategies and hive arrangements, as well as possibly making "nucs" to manage queens and swarms. Rain date: Sunday, June 8. Instructor: Meghan Milbrath. Class 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. firstname.lastname@example.org http:
Fun and Learning Music Studio is providing a free group music lesson once a month on Saturday mornings. It will be approximately 1 hour, starting promptly at 10am. This class is appropriate for 4 1/2 year olds to 7 year olds. One parent must be in attendance for the entire session.
Snacks and drinks will be provided, questions about our curriculum, group and private lessons will be answered! We provide private instruction for piano and voice from age 5 to adult. Group lessons are a general music course with concentration on piano skills.
Please RSVP to reserve a space for you and your child(ren). Email or call email@example.com or call 734-417-1167
Fun and Learning Music Studio, 4115 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. 734-417-1167. firstname.lastname@example.org www.childrensmusicacademy.org [map]
Programs presented by Hudson Mills naturalist Mark Irish.
June 7 (10 a.m.-1 p.m., Rapids View picnic area): "First Casts in Fishing." All invited to try their hand at fishing. Pole rentals and bait available, or bring your own. No fishing license required this weekend only. $3.
June 21 (10 a.m.): "Amazing Amphibians." Display and discussion of live specimens of frogs, toads, and salamanders, followed by a hike to a pond to look for amphibians in their natural habitat. Geared toward young audiences; parents welcome. $3 per child.
July 12 (11 a.m.): "Kids Bug Hunt." Kids ages 2-10 invited to look for and learn about some of the insects that inhabit Hudson Mills. $5 (kids, $3).
July 13 (10 a.m.): "West River Trail Bike Hike." All invited to ride their bike on a trail along the Huron River, with stops to relax and learn about the park's varied habitats. $5 (kids, $3).
July 27 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.): "A Dog Day of Summer." All invited to bring their dog for training clinics, herding demos, doggie contests, tips from local vets, and more. $3 (dogs free).
Aug. 2 (1 p.m.): "Kids in the Creek." Kids invited to collect and observe some of the large and small inhabitants of the Huron River ecosystem. Wear boots and be prepared to get wet feet. $3 per child.
Aug. 9 (7:45 a.m., meet at the Dexter-Huron Metropark parking lot near the tollbooth, Huron River Dr. about 1/2 mile east of Mast Rd.): "Huron River Clean-Up." All invited to help clean up the Huron River by canoe. Those under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Lunch provided. FREE.
Aug. 16 (8 p.m.): "Bats in the Night Sky." Indoor talk about bats followed by a trek outside to look for bats living in the park. $5 (kids, $3).
Aug. 23 (10 a.m.-2 p.m., meet at the Dexter-Huron Metropark parking lot near the tollbooth, Huron River Dr. about 1/2 mile east of Mast Rd.): "Huron River Fly Fishing Festival." Representatives of Schultz Outfitters and Baliwicks Outdoors offer fly fishing demos and casting tips and discuss why the Huron River is great for fly fishing. Casting and tying contests. $3.
Various times, park activity center (except as noted), 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. Various fees. Preregistration required. $7 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]
Pests are an unhappy but realistic aspect of gardening. They cannot be eliminated, but they can be managed. The IPM approach to their management looks at the life cycles of pests and their impact on the environment and combines it with available pest control methods so as to manage the destruction they inflict in ways that are least costly and hazardous to people, their gardens and the environment. Inge Ferguson, Master Gardener, will walk you through this well-established method for identifying, monitoring, preventing, and controlling pests in your garden. Class is free but registration is required.
Leslie Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Free. email@example.com http:
Open House Sale at Motawi Tileworks!
Saturday June 7, 10am-3pm
Come to our Summer Open House Sale at Motawi Tileworks on Saturday, June 7th from 10:00am-3:00pm! For one day, in-store only, customers can get our perfectly imperfect art tiles for 25% off retail and field tile overruns will be offered at 85% off retail! We've also got lots of new designs and colorways this year, including our very popular Charley Harper by Motawi, based on the work by the beloved minimal realistic artist.
Family Fun All Day Long!
▪ Our popular make-a-tile workshop
▪ Exciting hand-pressing and bulb-glazing demonstrations
▪ Yummy free snacks
▪ New this year...food carts! Pilar's Tamales and Grand Dogs Hot Dogs will be available for purchase
▪ Fascinating presentations by Nawal Motawi
In preparation for the sale, the studio gallery will be closed on Friday June 6.
Motawi Tileworks, 170 Enterprise Drive. 734-213-0017. firstname.lastname@example.org www.motawi.com [map]
Make new friends and find out great resources for Natural Family Living!
Participating Local Natural Family businesses include:
Live Well Chiropractic
Dreamscapes Art Studio
Support for Growing Families with Catherine Fischer
Music for Little Folks with Gari Stein
A2 Mindful Parenting
Ann Arbor Doulas
Lazar Spinal Care
MOVE Fitness and Wellness
The Nutritional Healing Center of Ann Arbor
Thom Omar, Reinhart Realtor
Many Children's Activities for children of all ages including natural homemade toy making, fairy house building, and nature scavenger hunting!
Joe Reilly will play a FREE Children's Concert at 11am.
Green Apple Garden Playschool, 2664 Miller Road. Free. 734-369-8248. email@example.com appleplayschools.org [map]
Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden Bloom Season: University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum.more >
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The Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden is the largest collection of heirloom herbaceous peonies in North America, with thousands of blooms in shades of white, pink, and red. Free admission. Note: Peony bloom season is weather dependent. Please visit our dedicated peony website for regular bloom updates: mbgna.umich.edu
university of Michigan Nichols Arboretum, 1610 Washington Hts. Free. 734-647-7600. http:
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.
June 7 & 8. Casting and fishing demos, sale of fishing equipment, a used gear trade, fly fishing lessons (10 a.m. both days; reservations required), and more.
10 a.m.-6 p.m. (June 7) & 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (June 8), Riverside Park, Ypsilanti. Free admission. Team@SchultzOutfitters.com, 544-1761.
June 7 & 8. Bubble activities and performances by Ron Lloyd, aka "The Bubble Man" (1 & 3 p.m.).
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (June 7) & noon-4 p.m. (June 8), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $11 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]
Every Tues. & Sat. All preschoolers, accompanied by an adult, invited for stories. Followed by a science activity.
9-10 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30-11:30 a.m. (Sat.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $11 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
Spanish stories and songs geared toward kids ages 6 months to 5 years, accompanied by a parent. Siblings welcome.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Manzanitas, 511 Miller. Free. (Park in the church lot off Chapin.) 369-6563. [map]
June 7, 14, & 28. WCPARC naturalists lead nature programs for kids ages 7-12, including "Nature Hiking & Safety" (June 7, Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, north off North Territorial), "Monarchs and Milkweeds" (June 14; County Farm Park, Platt Rd. entrance), and "Birds & Birdwatching" (June 28; Independence Lake County Park, see above).
10:30 a.m.-noon, various locations. Free; preregistration required. $5 vehicle entry fee at Independence Lake. 971-6337, ext. 334.
June 7 & 21. WCPARC naturalists lead nature programs for kids ages 4-6, including "Nature Hiking and Safety" (June 7, Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, north off North Territorial) and "Creepy Crawlies" (June 21, County Farm Park, Medford Rd. entrance).
10:30-11:30 a.m., various locations. Free; preregistration required. $5 vehicle entry fee at Independence Lake. 971-6337, ext. 334.
June 6-8 (different times). This popular lively festival features Greek food and pastries, including insanely good loukoumathes (honey-dipped doughnut puffs), karithopita (walnut cakes), and other delicacies. Live Greek music and dancing. Also, popular church tours, a Hellenic cultural exhibit, raffles with a grand prize trip to Greece, and a sale of Greek souvenirs, jewelry, ceramics, and more.
11 a.m.-midnight (June 6 & 7) & noon-6 p.m. (June 8), St. Nicholas, 3109 Scio Church Rd. (park at nearby Knox Presbyterian Church on Wagner to get a shuttle to the festival). $3 (free for kids age 12 & under, for anyone arriving before 4 p.m. on Fri. and before 1 p.m. on Sat., & all day Sun.). annarborgreekfestival.org, 332-8200. [map]
Every Tues. & Sat. An experienced storyteller spins yarns for preschoolers (Tues.) and kids age 7 & under (Sat.). The Tues. storytime includes a craft activity.
10 a.m. (Tues.) & 11 a.m. (Sat.), Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
Every Sat. & Sun. except July 5 & 6. Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demo exploring how a cow's eye works and its similarities and differences from human eyes.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), U-M Exhibit Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
Every Sat. & Sun. in June. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows.
The Sky Tonight (Sat. 11:30 a.m., Sat. & Sun. 1:30 & 3:30 p.m.) is an exploration of the current night sky.
Solar System Live (Sat. 12:30 p.m.) is an exploration of the planets in our solar system (including dwarf planet Pluto), along with a short star talk to point out where the currently visible planets are found in the night sky.
Stars to Starfish (Sat. & Sun. 2:30 p.m.), is an animated show that compares the exploration of outer space with the exploration of the Earth's oceans.
Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to learn how to knit small pieces to spread on the AADL garden as a form of knit graffiti. Experienced knitters and crocheters also welcome. Materials provided, but bring size 8 or 10 needles if you have them.
11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
June 5-8. This 2nd annual Michigan Theater film festival features around 43 films screened over 4 days at 3 local venues (Michigan Theater, State Theater, the U-M Modern Languages Bldg.) and several Detroit venues (see cinetopiafestival.org for info about screenings in Detroit). The films include narrative feature-length films and documentaries that recently premiered at international festivals such as Sundance and Berlin as well as some older films.
At the Michigan Theater: An opening night party (5:30 p.m., $60 includes film screening) followed at 7:30 p.m. by 1982, Tommy Oliver's 2013 drama, set in 1980s Philadelphia, about a working-class father who's left to care for his young daughter when his drug addict wife disappears. Followed at 9:15 p.m. by a post-screening party in the foyer.
At the State Theater: "The Skeleton Twins" (Craig Johnson, 2013). SNL comedians Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader star as estranged twins who are reunited after one of them attempts suicide. 7:30 p.m.
At MLB: "Go for Sisters" (John Sayles, 2013). 2 high school friends meet twenty years later when one becomes the parole officer for the other.
At the Michigan Theater: "Northern Light" (Nick Bentgen, 2014). Documentary that follows 3 Sault Ste. Marie families as they prepare for the International 500, the largest and longest single-day snowmobile race in the world. 1 p.m. "Rich Hill" (Tracy Droz Tragos & Andrew Droz Palermo, 2014). Intimate documentary about 3 teen boys living in the impoverished town of Rich Hill, Missouri. 1:30 p.m. "Lilting" (Hong Khaou, 2013). When a young man dies, his Chinese mother and his English boyfriend try to overcome their inability to communicate and their dislike of each other in order to deal with their grief. English & Mandarin. 3:30 p.m. "Jingle Bell Rocks!" (Mitchell Kezin, 2013). Documentary about Christmas music and the director's passion for finding obscure Christmas tunes. 4 p.m. "Life Feels Good" (Maciej Pieprzyca, 2013). Drama about a kid with cerebral palsy who tries desperately to be understood, despite being labeled mentally disabled by experts. Polish, subtitles. 7 p.m. "Do the Right Thing." Private screening of Spike Lee's celebrated 1989 drama about race relations in a Brooklyn neighborhood. Danny Aiello, John Turturro, Spike Lee, Rosie Perez, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Samuel L. Jackson. With an appearance by Lee. Note: This is a private screening, but those with a $1000 festival pass get a pair of tickets. 6 p.m. "The Congress" (Ari Folman, 2013). Surreal sci-fi allegory, part live action and part animation, about a movie studio that buys the rights to actress Robin Wright's body, digitizing it and casting the digitized version in various films. Stars Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel, Jon Hamm, & Paul Giamatti. 9:30 p.m. "White Shadow" (Noaz Deshe, 2013). Drama about the "albino hunting" trade, set in Tanzania, told through the eyes of an Albino boy on the run from witch doctors who want to use his body parts in their cures. Swahili, subtitles. 9:45 p.m. White Shadow is also shown June 8 at MLB 4 (see below).
At the State Theater: "Attila Marcel" (Sylvain Chomet, 2013). Fantastical tale of a 33-year-old man who's been mute since his parents' mysterious deaths when he was a child. Compared to Amélie, this is the first live-action feature film by Chomet, who directed the Oscar-nominated animated films The Triplets of Belleville and The Illusionist. French, subtitles. 2 p.m. Attila Marcel is also shown at the Michigan Theater June 7 (see below). "Bad Hair" (Mariana Randˇn, 2013). Poignant drama about a 9-year-old boy who dreams of being a singer and is obsessed with straightening his curly hair. Spanish, subtitles. 4:30 p.m. "Buzzard" (Joel Potrykus, 2014). Horror-drama about a small-time scam artist whose paranoia forces him to flee his hometown of Grand Rapids and hide out in Detroit. 6:45 p.m. "Wetlands" (David Wnendt, 2013). Adaptation of a best-selling German erotic novel about a teenage schoolgirl who rebels against her germ-averse mother with various sexual antics meant to disgust. 9 p.m. "Tom at the Farm" (Xavier Dolan, 2013). Creepy and compelling drama about a hipster who leaves the city to attend the funeral of his closeted partner and ends up trapped on a farm with his partner's despondent mother and bestial brother. French, subtitles. 11:30 p.m.
At MLB: "The Great Flood" (Bill Morrison, 2012). Documentary, with no dialogue, about American roots music and the 1927 flood of the Mississippi River that contributed to the Great Migration of displaced workers fleeing north to Chicago and Detroit and bringing the Delta blues with them. 5 p.m. "Watchers of the Sky" (Edet Belzberg, 2014). Documentary about ethnic cleansing and Raphael Lemkin, the human rights activist who coined the term genocide. 5:15 p.m. "Silver City" (John Sayles, 2004). Political satire about a dim-witted gubernatorial candidate who reels in the dead body of an undocumented worker while filming a campaign ad meant to show off his fishing skills. Chris Cooper, Darryl Hannah, Kris Kristofferson, Thora Birch, Maria Bello, Richard Dreyfuss, and Danny Huston. 8 p.m. "The Better Angels" (A.J. Edwards, 2014). Stunning black-and-white Terrence Malick-esque drama that chronicles Abraham Lincoln's early years. 8 p.m.
At the Michigan Theater: "Finding Mr. Right" (Xiao Lu Xue, 2013). Rom-com about a young Chinese woman who comes to Seattle to deliver her wealthy lover's child in an illegal "maternity mansion" and must eventually choose between a lonely upscale life and a modest existence defined by love. Mandarin & English, subtitles. Noon. Finding Mr. Right is also shown at MLB June 8 (see below). "UMMAH Among Friends" (Cüneyt Kaya, 2013). A world-weary undercover cop in Berlin is welcomed into a Muslim community and witnesses the racial profiling of his new friends. German, Turkish, & Arabic; subtitles. 2 p.m. "Life Feels Good." See June 6 listing above. 2:30 p.m. "Deep City: The Birth of the Miami Sound" (Marlon Johnson, Denis Scholl, & Chad Tingle; 2014). Documentary about the burgeoning soul scene in Miami in the mid-1960s. 4:30 p.m. "The Case Against 8" (Ben Cotner & Ryan White, 2013). Documentary about California's case to overturn the ban on same-sex marriage. 4:45 p.m. "Hellion" (Kat Candler, 2014). Heartbreaking drama about a motocross-obsessed teen whose antics contribute to Child Protective Services taking his brother away to live with an aunt. Juliette Lewis. 7 p.m. "To Be Takei" (Jennifer Kroot & Bill Weber, 21014). Documentary about George Takei, the immensely popular 76-year-old actor-turned-activist who is best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek. 7:30 p.m. "Obvious Child" (Gillian Robespierre, 2014). Drama about a popular Brooklyn comedian whose perfect world goes topsy-turvy when her two-timing boyfriend dumps her. 9:30 p.m. "Attila Marcel." See June 6 listing above. 9:45 p.m.
At the State Theater: "OJ: The Musical" (Jeff Rosenberg, 2013). Comedy about an Ohio performer who makes it big in New York City and returns home to recruit friends and set up funds for his musical adaptation of Othello, based on the O.J. Simpson murder trial. 2 p.m. OJ: The Musical also shows June 8 (see below). "Paris or Perish" (Reem Kherici, 2014). Comedy about a Moroccan fashionista living in Paris who's deported back to North Africa to her less-than-glam family when her visa expires. French, subtitles. 4:30 p.m. Paris or Perish also shows June 8 (see below). "Coherence" (James Ward Byrkit, 2013). Cryptic sci-fi mystery about party guests who are discussing the significance of a comet that's passing near earth when Internet and phone service go out and glass begins to inexplicably shatter. 7:15 p.m. "The Dog" (Allison Berg & François Keraudren, 2013). Documentary about the late John Wojtowicz, whose attempted robbery of a Brooklyn bank to finance his lover's sex-reassignment surgery was the inspiration for Dog Day Afternoon. 9:30 p.m. "R100" (Hitoshi Matsumoto, 2013). Twisted dramatic comedy about a bored man who spices up his life at a bondage club. His world is threatened when sex workers start to insinuate themselves into his daily life. 11:30 p.m.
At MLB: "Lone Star" (John Sayles, 1996). Western film noir about a Texas sheriff trying to uncover a long-buried mystery in his small town. Chris Cooper, Kris Kristofferson, Matthew McConaughey. 2 p.m. "Borgman" (Alex van Warmerdam, 2013). Dark suburban fable about a vagrant who enters the lives of an arrogant aristocratic family and turns their lives into a psychological nightmare. Dutch & English, subtitles. 2:15 p.m. "The Sublime and Beautiful" (Blake Robbins, 2014). When tragedy strikes a family in suburban Kansas, the patriarch who once had it all has to reprioritize his life. The Sublime and Beautiful is also shown June 8 (see below). "A Touch of Sin" (Zhangke Jia, 2013). Drama inspired by 4 true stories of people who become victims of a society that regards them as little more than cogs in the capitalist wheel. 5 p.m. A Touch of Sin also plays June 8 (see below). "No Clue" (Carl Bessai, 2013). Inspired by the attention of a sexy femme fatale, a novelty salesman tries to help her find her brother but ends up stumbling from one life-or-death situation to another. 7:45 p.m. "The Congress." See June 6 listing above. 8 p.m.
At the Michigan Theater: "Borgman." See June 7 listing above. 1 p.m. "War Story" (Mark Jackson, 2014). Drama about a war photographer with PTSD who sequesters herself in a Sicilian hotel after her terrifying experiences in Libya. Catherine Keener, Ben Kingsley. 1:15 p.m. "Detroit Voices Contest Winners." Screening of the top entries from the festival's Detroit Voices Short Film Competition. 3:30 p.m. "Rock the Casbah" (Yariv Horowitz, 2012). Drama set in the Gaza Strip in 1989 about Israeli soldiers who watch over Arabs in the occupied territories. Hebrew, subtitles. 4 p.m.
At the State Theater: "Obvious Child." See June 7 listing above. 3:15 p.m. "A Touch of Sin." See June 7 listing above. 5:30 p.m. "Consideration" (Amy Butler, 2014). Drama about a struggling young lawyer with massive student loan debt who resorts to selling herself on a "sugar daddy" dating website to a wealthy retiree. 8 p.m.
At MLB: "A Story of Children and Film" (Mark Cousins, 2013). Cinematic odyssey that compiles clips from 53 films to create a portrait of childhood in cinema. 2 p.m. "The Sublime and the Beautiful." See June 7 listing above. 2:15 p.m. "Memphis" (Tim Sutton, 2014). Drama about a strange and talented singer who drifts through Memphis in an effort to ignite a creative spark that will get him back on track. 5 p.m. "UMMAH Among Friends." See June 7 listing above. 5:15 p.m. "Finding Mr. Right." See June 7 listing above. 7:45 p.m. "White Shadow." See June 6 listing above. 8 p.m.
Various locations. Tickets $12 (Michigan Theater members, $9; festival passes, $75-$1000); book of 4 tickets, $40 (members, $30) in advance at ticketweb.com and the Michigan Theater, and at the door. cinetopiafestival.org. [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]
Pollinator Meadow Planting: Superior Land Conservancy Chapter of Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy with Friends of the Rouge.more >
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Join the Superior Land Conservancy Chapter of Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy with Friends of the Rouge in our efforts to foster the Pollinator Meadow. With European honeybees facing serious challenges, native pollinators take on greater importance. We will plant, weed and mulch a small meadow at the Washtenaw County Kosch-Headwaters Preserve, 3268 N. Prospect Road, Superior Township.
Kosch-Headwaters Preserve, 3268 Prospect Road, Superior Township. Free. 734-484-0074. firstname.lastname@example.org [map]
Virginia Đuñonca, an indigenous farmer and community leader from Peru, discusses how she's adapted to the effects of climate change.
2-4 p.m., Growing Hope, 922 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. Free. email@example.com, 663-1870. [map]
Detroit freelance writer Robert Omilian discusses his memoir about the challenges of parenting. Signing.
2 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [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]
Ypsilanti writer Ken MacGregor discusses his new fantastical short story collection that includes everything from a werewolf who picks fights with sea creatures to a retired schoolteacher who takes on an elder god and his minion. Signing.
3 p.m., Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]
All-you-can-eat spaghetti with meat or vegetarian sauce, salad, garlic bread, and desserts.
4-7 p.m., Calvary United Methodist Church, 1415 Miller at Newport. $8 (seniors, $7; kids ages 5-12, $5; kids age 4 & under, free). A2calvary.org. [map]
Two roller derby bouts, including the local Arbor Bruising Company vs. Killamazoo Killa Krew, and the local Brawlstars vs. Killamazoo Derby Darlins.
5:30 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.), Buhr Park Ice Rink, 2751 Packard. $12 in advance at brownpapertickets.com
Every Thurs-Sun., June 5-22. U-M Residential College drama lecturer Kate Mendeloff directs students and local actors in an alfresco production of Shakespeare's pastoral comedy centered on a noblewoman who must disguise herself as a man in order to win the world's respect. Set in the Forest of Arden, where a duke and his court are living in exile, the play features deft counterpointing of multiple plots, a swirl of romances, an extravagance of wit, and a canny assault upon the various socially sanctioned ways in which people inflict themselves upon one another. The action moves from spot to spot within the Arb, and director Mendeloff takes special care to make the shifting environments an active force in the performance. Bring a blanket or portable chair to sit on; dress for the weather. Note: Space limited; come early. Tickets go on sale at 5:30 p.m., but the line for tickets starts forming at 4:30 p.m.
6:30 p.m., meet at the Peony Garden entrance at 1610 Washington Heights. $20 (students with ID & youth age 17 & under, $10; seniors age 62 & older, $17; Friends of Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum, $15; kids under age 5, free) at the gate only. Limited number of golf carts available; first come, first served. 647-7600.
Ann Street Music Room presents:
An Evening with Kelsey Rottiers and friends
a Benefit show for WAR "Women at Risk International"
812 Ann St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Doors open at 7 pm, show at 7:30 pm
Cost will be $5 at the door.
The purpose of this show is to raise awareness of the human trafficking tragedy that is happening around the world and even here at home, as well as raise funds for WAR Women at Risk International.
Kelsey is an ardent supporter of the organization and donates half of what she makes from the sale of her CD's to this cause.
We will also have on sale, items that have been made by the women who are living in the safe houses around the world. www.warinternational.org
Please consider coming to this show to support those who are suffering from human trafficking. Remember to invite your friends to come enjoy a great evening of entertainment with Kelsey Rottier and friends.
Ann Street Music Room, 812 Ann St., Ypsilanti. $5 at the door. 734-341-1082. firstname.lastname@example.org [map]
Tree of Life students and staff present an evening of music and dance showcasing Detroit soul.
7 p.m., Washington Street Education Center, 500 Washington, Chelsea. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. 433-0697. [map]
June 6-8 & 13-15. EMU drama professor Ken Stevens directs EMU drama students in A.R. Gurney's witty, endearing comedy about a couple whose 22-year-old marriage is in the doldrums when they adopt a stray dog that becomes the battleground for the tensions in their relationship. For audiences age 13 & up.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), EMU Sponberg Theater, Ford St. (off Lowell at Jarvis), Ypsilanti. Tickets $15 (seniors age 60 & older, $12) in advance at the Convocation Center, the Student Center ticket office, the Quirk box office, and emutix.com; and at the door. 487-1221.
Ed Vincent calls to live music by the Pittsfield Open Band. All dances taught; no partner needed. Wear flat, smooth-sole shoes.
8-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. $10 (members, $9; students, $5). 769-1052. [map]
Pittsburgh-bred acoustic folk-rock singer-songwriter whose songs have been featured on Grey's Anatomy and other TV soundtracks. Opening act is Leif Vollebekk, a Montreal-bred folk-rock singer-songwriter who describes his new CD North Americana as "a record from 1970something that no one's heard before."
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) & at 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]
June 5-8. Brodie Brockie directs local actors in Howard Ashman and Alan Menken's perennial favorite, a darkly funny mock-Faustian musical about a nerdy clerk toiling in a skid row flower shop who makes the fatal decision to adopt an ill-tempered carnivorous plant. Stars Dan Clair, Amanda Burch, Mark Bernstein, Jared Hoffert, Matthew Kurzyniec, Rob Roy, Charlotte Prenevost, Jennifer Burks, and Linzi Bokor.
8 p.m. (June 5-7) & 2 p.m. (June 8), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $25 (seniors age 60 & over, $22; students, $13; Thurs., $19) in advance at a2ct.org & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 971-2228. [map]