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Calendar of Events

Saturday, June 7, 2014

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 10am-12pm  Free! 

Community Health and Safety Day: Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission.

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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,, (734)449-4437 ex 201 or Brian Machemer,, (734)449-4437 ex 203
Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings Road, Whitmore Lake, Mi 48189, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-4437. [map]
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 6 a.m. 

2014 Michigan Tour de Cure: American Diabetes Association: American Diabetes Association.

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Enjoy a beautiful day of riding on Saturday, June 7, 2014 by participating in the American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure. This well-supported bike tour includes rest stops, a catered lunch, entertainment at the finish, on-course bike and medical support, and over 200 volunteers. We offer great ride options for every skill level. A minimum of $200 in fundraising is required per rider. Funds go to support diabetes research, education and advocacy. If you have diabetes be sure to register online as a RED RIDER! Ride for an excellent cause and help to STOP DIABETES in Michigan!
We are still finalizing our new routes, but will offer distances close to 10, 25, 62 and 100 miles. We also hope to add a 40-mile route this year.
For more information about Tour de Cure, contact Nicki Gabel at or 248-433-3830 ext 6694
WCC, 4800 E Huron River Dr. $15. 2484333830 ext 6694. [map]
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 7 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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 7:30-9 a.m.  Free! 

Bird Walk: Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation/Huron River Watershed Council.

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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]
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 8 a.m.-10 p.m.  Free! 

23rd Annual Tractor and Engine Show: Hudson Mills Old Power Club.

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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]
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 8 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Chelsea Farmers Market.

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Every Sat., May-Oct. Live entertainment TBA June-Sept., along with kids activities, 9:30-11 a.m. on 2nd Sat. each month, and market basket giveaway on 3rd Sat. each month. Also, every Wed. The Bushel Basket Market: The Farmers Market at the Chelsea Community Hospital (2:30-6 p.m., CCH overflow parking area adjacent to the U-M Family Practice building, near the South Campus Entrance off Old US-12), which focuses on healthy produce from local farmers.

8 a.m.-noon, Chelsea Farmers Market, Palmer Auto lot (across from the police station), Main St., Chelsea. Free admission. 475-6402.
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 8:30 am 

Paws in the Park: Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County.

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Fetch your sneakers and your furry friend and join us at Gallup Park for the first annual CSSW Paws in the Park!
Participants will enjoy:
A 1.65 mile Fun Run/Walk
Animal Costume Contest
Food Cart (for fee)
Live Music
Activities for Kids
Where: Gallup Park
Date: June 7, 2014
Time: Registration @ 8:30 am, event begins @ 9 am
Cost: $20/individual, $75/team
For every team member that raises $100, receive a free t-shirt!
Your team has the opportunity to raise money for a specific program or the entire agency, so don't forget to select who your pet will represent!
For more information:
email: | phone: 734.971.9781 ext. 323
Costumes Encouraged!
Gallup Park. 20. 734.971.9781 ext 323.
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 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 

"Civil War Days at Gordon Hall": Dexter Area Historical Society and Museum.

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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. 426-2519.
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 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Painters Art Fair 2014: Chelsea Painters.

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A two-day outdoor art fair exhibiting the original work of 25-30 mid-Michigan artists. The event and parking are free. Come rain or shine. This is our 41st year!
Silver Maples of Chelsea, 100 Silver Maples Dr., Chelsea. Free. 734-478-5416. [map]
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

Free Introductory Class: Fun and Learning Music Studio.

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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 or call 734-417-1167
Fun and Learning Music Studio, 4115 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. 734-417-1167. [map]
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 10 a.m.-1 p.m.. 

Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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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]
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 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Potters Guild Spring Sale: Potters Guild of Ann Arbor.

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The Potters Guild of Ann Arbor holds its Spring Sale this Saturday and Sunday, June 7 & 8, from 10 am to 5 pm at the Guild Studio, 201 Hill Street - just east of Main and North of Stadium.
The sale, includes both functional and decorative ceramics made by more than 30 Potters Guild artists ,as well as a selection of specially-priced ceramics for kids under 12. Kids can play with clay in a supervised area while Mom and Dad take in the displays. Treat yourself and your friends to functional and decorative ceramics made by Ann Arbor's finest ceramic artists. Free Admission.
Call 734-663-4970 for more information.
Potters Guild Studio, 201 Hill Street. Free. 734-663-4970. [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon  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.
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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.  Free! 

Children's Storytime: Barnes & Noble.

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Every Sat. Storytelling programs and occasional craft activities for kids age 3 & up.
11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]
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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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 2 p.m.  Free! 

Dinosaur Tours: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. 30-minute docent-led tour of the museum's dinosaur exhibits.
2 p.m., U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free, but limited to the first 15 people to sign up for each tour. 764-0478. [map]
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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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 3-4 & 4-5 p.m. 

"Strum & Drum": Oz's Music Environment.

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Every Sat. Families invited to get on stage to sing and make music on a variety of instruments. Also, at 4 p.m. on the 1st Sat. of the month only, a free Kids Open Stage.
3-4 p.m., Oz's, 1920 Packard. $15 per family. 662-8283. [map]
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 4:30-5:30 p.m. 

Aerial Silks Level 1: A2 Aviary.

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Aerial Silks, also known as Tissu or Ribbons, are a fabric apparatus hung from above that is climbed, wrapped around the body, and/or tied to create dramatic drops, poses and movements in the air. This class is designed for beginning aerialists to gain confidence and strength in the fundamentals of Aerial Silks. You will learn basic climbs and descents, how to apply foot locks, and work towards inversions. This is also an excellent conditioning class for established aerialists looking to hone their transitions and perfect their technique, without focusing on choreography.
$25 for a single class
$150 for a seven week series
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. $25 - $150. 734-726-0353. [map]
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 5 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Derby Dimes 2014 season: Ann Arbor Derby Dimes.

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Save these dates to see fast paced, full contact roller derby action from your local league!
4/5: Arbor Bruising Company (ABC) v. Fort Wayne Derby Girls
Wave 7 Friends & Family Mini-Bout
Ann Arbor Brawlstars v. Fort Wayne Derby Girls
at Total Roller Hockey, Novi
5/3: A2D2 Ypsilanti Vigilantes (Vigis) v. Battle Creek Cereal Killers B Team
ABC v. BCCK A Team
6/7: ABC v. Killamazoo Killa Krew
Brawlstars v. Killamazoo Derby Darlins
7/12: ABC v. Black-n-Bluegrass B Team
Brawlstars v. B-n-B A Team
8/2: ABC v. Grand Raggidy G-Rap Attack!
Brawlstars v. GR All Stars
8/23: Vigis v. Mitten Mavens
Brawlstars v. Misfit Militia
9/13: ABC v. Traverse City Toxic Cherries
Vigis s. TC Cherry Bombs
10/18: Vigis v. Keweenaw Roller Girls
Brawlstars v. Border City Brawlers
Doors 5, 1st bout 5:30
Kids under 12 FREE w/ paid admission (2/paying adult)
Buhr Park, 2751 Packard. $12-15. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Motown Reflections": Tree of Life Dance Studio Annual Showcase.

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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]
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 7 p.m. 

"Sylvia": EMU Theatre Department.

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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; and at the door. 487-1221.
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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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 7:30-9 p.m. 

"Drum 4 Wellness Circle": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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All invited to join a facilitated drum circle. Bring a drum or use one provided.
Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $5 suggested donation. 480-1219. . [map]
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