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Calendar of Events

Monday, June 9, 2014

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 8 a.m.  Free! 

"Back Roads Ramble": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon. Slow-paced ride, 15-35 miles, along dirt and gravel roads to Independence Lake and other low traffic destinations.
8 a.m. (June-Aug.) & 9 a.m. (Apr., May, & Sept.-Nov.), meet at 960 Forest Rd. off Country Club Dr., Barton Hills. Free. 761-2885, 663-5060.
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

Community Class - Stroller Strides: FIT4MOM Ann Arbor.

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WE BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF MOMS! WE BELIEVE IN YOU! Stroller Strides® is a stroller-based fitness program designed for moms with little ones in stollers. Each 60-minute, total body workout incorporates cardio, strength, toning, songs and activities. Certified fitness instructors offer a variety of fun class formats at Briarwood for this MONTHLY FREE Community class. Stroller Strides® also meets 6-days a week at Briarwood Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays and varied locations on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Briarwood Mall inside-- meet in front of SEARS seating area, 100 Briarwood Circle, Ann Arbor, MI. Free. 734.726.4075. [map]
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 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Horse Riding Summer Camp: Cedar Ridge Equestrian Center.

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Cedar Ridge Equestrian Center's summer camp programs provide the safest and most enjoyable experience and plenty of individual attention for each participant. All camp participants will have fun learning about riding and horse care. There is mounted instruction twice a day.
Carolyne Wheeler -- instructor, designer and supervisor -- is an accredited district commissioner of the United States Pony Club. Carolyne is also certified in CPR and first aid.
The summer horse camp is a 4-day program. Camp is in session from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday thru Thursday. Extended hours are available. Camp is open to all children between the ages of 5 and 17. Ability will be evaluated the first day of camp so that children are grouped accordingly.
2014 Summer Camp Dates are: June 9-12, June 16-19, June 23-26, July 7-10, July 14-17, July 28-31, August 4-7, August 11-14, August 18-21, and August 25-28.
To register, please contact Carolyne Wheeler at or at 734-476-8346
Cedar Ridge Equestrian Center, 5415 Waters Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. 734-476-8346. [map]
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Chelsea Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 35-45 or 55-65 miles, to either Stockbridge, Grass Lake, Napoleon, Munith, or Pleasant Lake.
9 a.m., meet at Aberdeen Bike & Fitness, 1175 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. (517) 285-6830. [map]
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 9 a.m. 

"Chip-In Fore Children": Catholic Social Services Fundraiser.

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Golf scramble tournament. After a shotgun start, each player hits every shot from the spot of the best ball of their foursome. Contests & raffles. Followed by lunch.
9 a.m. (8 a.m. check-in & breakfast), Travis Pointe Country Club, 2829 Travis Pointe Rd. (off Maple south of Ellsworth). $135 per golfer; lunch only, $40. Sign up as a foursome or be assigned to one. Preregistration required.; 971-9781, ext. 313. [map]
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden Bloom Season: University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum.

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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:
university of Michigan Nichols Arboretum, 1610 Washington Hts. Free. 734-647-7600. [map]
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 10 a.m. 

"Summer Story Hour": Temple Beth Emeth.

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June 2, 9, 16, & 23. TBE librarian Clare Kinberg reads stories for kids ages 3-5, accompanied by a caregiver.
10 a.m., 2309 Packard. Free., 665-4744. [map]
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 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon. & Fri. All seniors invited to play bridge. Some experience necessary.
12:30-4:30 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]
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 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Writing Group: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon. All seniors invited to read and discuss poetry, essays, fiction, and reminiscences they have written.
1-3 p.m., Turner, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]
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 1:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Affordable Care Act 1:1": Chelsea District Library.

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Center for Family & Health regional lead ACA navigator Danielle Carpenter is on hand to offer personalized assistance understanding and applying for insurance under the new health care law.
1:30-4:30 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732, ext. 219. [map]
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 4:30-6:30 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Kids': Make-and-Take Mondays -- Diner Favorites!.

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New this Spring! Make-and-Take Mondays! Jump start your week with a meal made by your junior chef. We introduce students to a variety of cuisine, basic cooking skills, kitchen safety, recipe reading, and best of all, we'll package it all up in ready-for-the-oven containers so you can enjoy it with your family for dinner! Diner Favorites! - Get ready to feed your family of 4 with some Diner Favorites for dinner! We'll begin with a traditional Cobb Salad with Homemade Buttermilk Ranch. Next we'll whip up some Creamy Tomato Soup. We will finish off the meal with a lip-smacking Blueberry Pie. You supply the beverage and you have a fantastic full dinner for your family! This class is for kids ages 8 and up. Full participation. Register online 48 hours in advance at
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $75/child. 734-645-1030. [map]
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 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Paved Country Roads Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon. Fast-, moderate-, and slow-paced training ride, 18-24 miles, along country roads west of town.
5 p.m. (Apr. & Oct.), 5:30 p.m. (May), & 6 p.m. (June-Sept.), meet at Pine Cross Ln. east off Parker Rd. (between Jackson & Liberty), Scio Twp. Free. 426-5116. [map]
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 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

Zumba (Ladies only): Peachy Fitness.

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Every Mon. in June. Zumba a fun workout!!!
Peachy Fitness, 2385 S. Huron Parkway. $35/5 classes. 734-681-0477. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Friends of McKune Memorial Library Mystery Book Club: Chelsea District Library.

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Discussion of several books in different mystery series.

Oct. 13: Jane Casey's Maeve Kerrigan mysteries.

Nov. 10: William Kent Krueger's Cork O'Connor mysteries.

Jan. 12: Peter Robinson's Alan Banks mysteries.

Feb. 9: Daniel Silva's Gabriel Allon mysteries.

Mar. 9: Elly Griffiths' Ruth Galloway mysteries.

7 p.m., Breakaway Restaurant, Arctic Coliseum, 501 Coliseum Dr., Chelsea. Free. 475-7035. [map]
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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Helping the Humble Butterfly": Evening Herb Study Group.

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Southeast Michigan Butterfly Association president Brenda Dziedzic gives a slide-illustrated talk on butterfly decline and what gardeners can plant to help increase the butterfly population.
7-9 p.m., Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Civilized Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon. Slow-paced "no-drop" ride, 12-18 miles, to Dexter, with a possible stop for ice cream. A good rise for beginners. Basic repair tips offered at 6:30 p.m.
7 p.m. sharp, 610 Brierwood Ct. (off Arborview east of Westwood from Dexter). Free. 945-4133. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Three You Know, One You Don't": Ann Arbor Civil War Round Table.

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Romeo, MI, Civil War historian Bill Grandstaff discusses 3 famous Civil War-era writers (Mark Twain, Louisa Mae Alcott, and Nathaniel Hawthorne) and one TBA who is less well known.
7 p.m., St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Administrative Bldg. meeting room near the auditorium, 5305 Elliott Dr. (off McAuley Dr. from Huron River Dr.). Free. (517) 750-2741. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Cocktail Class: Summer Cocktails: Tammy's Tastings.

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Mojitos, Margaritas and More! Get ready for summer as you learn how to make the best versions of several classic and modern summer cocktails with real juice and and other fresh ingredients. Class is hands-on with lots of tasting opportunities.
The Last Word, 301 W Huron St. $35. 734-276-3215. [map]
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 7:30-9:30 p.m. 

Tartan & Thistle Scottish Country Dancers.

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Every Mon. Jigs, reels, and strathspeys. Usually with live music. All dances taught; beginners welcome.
7:30-9:30 p.m., location TBA. $5. 395-7782, 769-1052, 426-0241.
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 8 p.m. 

Chuck Prophet: The Ark.

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This former Green on Red guitarist is a veteran San Francisco-based Americana singer-songwriter who has cowritten a number of hit songs with Dan Penn and has worked with everyone from Bebe Neuwirth and Kelly Willis to the late Warren Zevon. His brand-new Temple Beautiful is a collection of songs reflecting on his hometown, San Francisco. "Not since Lou Reed paid homage to the city and era that forged him with New York has there been a song cycle dedicated to a place and reality that offers the core immediacy with the thump, churn and ferocity of Chuck Prophet's Temple Beautiful," says Paste magazine. Prophet is accompanied tonight by his band, The Mission Express.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $35 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office ( & at and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 8:30-11:30 p.m. 

Pub Quiz: Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub.

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Every Mon. Local high school English teacher Barry Aherne throws out questions for anyone to answer at this popular weekly trivia fest. Come with a team (up to 6 people) or join one. Prizes.
8:30-11:30 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $5 team fee. 665-2968. [map]
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 9-10:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Viewing Night": U-M Detroit Observatory.

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June 3 & 9. All invited to peer at the night sky through antique telescopes. The Observatory dome can be opened only during mild, dry weather, so check after 5 p.m. to see if the event has been canceled due to weather conditions.
9-10:30 p.m., U-M Detroit Observatory, 1398 E. Ann at Observatory. Free. 764-3482. [map]
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 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Super Special Summer Storytime": Chelsea District Library.

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Kids invited to dress as their favorite fairy or knight.

Storytelling programs for toddlers and preschoolers (accompanied by an adult).

June 19: "Weird Science." Stories with hands-on science activities.

July 17: "Fairy Tales." Kids invited to dress as their favorite fairy to listed to stories told by the fairy queen Tatiana.

July 24: "Robots!" Reading of Sue Fleiss's Robots, Robots Everywhere, and robot-related activities.

10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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Top of the Lamp, Ann Arbor's locally owned lighting specialty store.