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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Superior Salem Dirt Road": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Wed. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 19 miles or more along gravel country roads.
9 a.m., Trinity Presbyterian Church parking lot, Gotfredson Rd. at Ann Arbor-Plymouth Rd. Free. 248-437-5067, 663-5060, 663-8980.
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 9 a.m. 

Introduction to Yoga Workshop: Chelsea Bird Yoga & Hoard Studios.

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A 4 day, one month long introduction to Yoga. We'll meet every Wednesday morning for one hour to relax and become more aware of your body & mind. Basic Pranayama (yogic breath), Asana (yoga postures), and Vinyasa (yoga flow sequences) will be covered. By the end of the month, you'll have the knowledge to start your own home yoga practice, and the confidence to attend classes at your local studio. This workshop is geared toward beginning yogis, but intermediate and advanced practitioners are also welcome.
Please bring your own yoga mat. Let me know if you'd like any recommendations!
Limited to 4 students, $25 drop-ins welcome if there is space.
Email Chelsea by May 20th to reserve your spot!
Hoard Studios, 8120 Main Street, Suite 201, Dexter. $100. 734-707-1186. [map]
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Early Morning Ride from Ann Arbor West Side": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Moderate-paced 40-mile ride to Chelsea or Whitmore Lake and beyond.
10 a.m. (Apr., Oct., & Nov.), 9 a.m. (May, June & Sept.), & 8 a.m. (July & Aug.) Bird Hills Park parking lot, Newport Rd. Free. 649-9762.
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 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. 

RUMMAGE SALE: St. Francis of Assisi Parish.

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St. Francis of Assisi Parish RUMMAGE SALE
2270 E. Stadium Blvd in the School Gymnasium
Wednesday June 11 9:30AM-6PM
Thursday June 12 9:30AM-6PM
Friday June 13 ($3 a bag) 9:30AM-11:30AM
Clothing, jewelry, toys, housewares, electronics, books and more.
St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 2270 E. Stadium Blvd. (734)769-2550. [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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 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

Business Networking: Power Through Networking.

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Power Through Networking: Ann Arbor Abundance Group
Power Through Networking invites you to free business networking every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at The Sports Bar Westside in Ann Arbor. You will build relationships and friendships that will grow your business. We are unique, totally positive, and will help you and your business get to the next level! Our Mission is to help people get the contacts they need to advance their business and achieve their dreams, and to create a cooperative and abundance based business world.
We welcome everyone and do not restrict the number of seats per profession or business.
The Sports Bar Westside, 5510 Jackson Road 48103. Free. 734.646.4419. [map]
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 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Poetry Energy in the Gallery": WCC.

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Poetry readings by WCC faculty members Maryam Barrie and Tom Zimmerman as well as WCC students.
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., WCC Gallery One, Student Center Bldg. first floor, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. [map]
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 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Marketing without Barriers: Considering Digital Accessibility for Customers and Prospects with Disabilities: LA2M - Marketing Education.

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There are 57 million Americans living with a disability, and many of these people need to use assistive technology to interact with websites and digital marketing materials. If your website isn't built properly, it won't be compatible with these devices, and you could be unintentionally excluding customers who would otherwise like to buy from you. You can also be at risk for legal liability if you're in an industry that is subject to accessibility compliance regulations.
In this talk, Marisa Smith of The Whole Brain Group, will illustrate why businesses and marketers should be thinking about this when they develop marketing plans and launch digital campaigns. From basic to complex, Marisa will discuss how to prevent your digital marketing from presenting obstacles for those with disabilities.
Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main Street. Donation. 734-272-4698. [map]
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 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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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]
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 12:30-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Place That Face": Chelsea District Library.

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All seniors invited to join CDL librarian Emily Meloche to help identify faces in the collection of photos local photographer Ralph Guenther donated to the CDL when he retired.
12:30-2 p.m., Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Wed. All seniors invited to play chess. Refreshments.
1-4 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]
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 5 p.m. 

David Sedaris: Literati Bookstore.

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Talk by this wildly popular essayist, who's known for his acidic humor, sharp-witted verbal elegance, and sardonically incisive social critiques. Note: To obtain a ticket, purchase a copy of Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls on June 3 at Literati (one book per person).
5 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. $17 plus tax for a copy of the book. 585-5567. [map]
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 5-8 p.m.  Free! 

Scrabble: Ann Arbor Scrabble Club.

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Every Wed. Word freaks of all abilities invited to drop in to play this popular word game, using an updated word list. Bring your own set, if you like. Note: On Nov. 5, the club celebrates its 10th anniversary with special prizes. Former regulars encouraged to return for the occasion.
5-8 p.m., Arbor Brewing, 114 E. Washington. Free. 994-0084, 277-7748. [map]
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 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Bike & Brew Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Tues. Apr.-Oct. 20-mile ride, at various paces, through Milan to the area around Britton-Macon.
5:30 p.m., meet at Saline municipal parking lot, Ann Arbor Rd. south of US-12, Saline. Free. 747-1862.
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 6 p.m. sharp  Free! 

"West Side Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Wed. Moderate/fast-paced 25-mile ride and slow-paced ride, 13-18 miles, to the Dexter Dairy Queen and back. Now in its 37th year, this ride is a favorite with newcomers and casual riders.
6 p.m. (May-July) & 5:30 p.m. (Apr. & Aug.-Oct.) sharp, meet at at Paladin (formerly Sweepster) parking lot, 2800 N. Zeeb Rd. Free. 426-5116 (longer ride), 665-4552 & 761-2659 (shorter ride). [map]
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 6:30-9:30 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Summer Salads on the Grill!.

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The grill isn't just for meats - learn how to make some fantastic summer salads on the grill. Menu: Watermelon Salad with Grilled Lemon Shrimp Skewers, Grilled Hearts of Palm, and Grilled Halumi Cheese atop Fresh Summer Field Greens, Fresh Basil, and Shallot, Champagne Vinegar, Honey, and Dijon Vinaigrette; Grilled Chicken Panzanella Salad with Grilled Sourdough Bread, Grilled Garden Tomatoes, Charred Red Onion, Fresh Cucumber, Fresh Herbs, and Garlic Red Wine Vinaigrette; Grilled Caesar Salad with Grilled Marinated Portabella Mushrooms, Grilled Romaine, Grilled Lemon, and Grill Roasted Garlic Caesar Dressing. Full participation. Register online 48 hours in advance at
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $75/person. 734-645-1030. [map]
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 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

Healthy Seasonal Cooking: Sur la Table.

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There's no better time to incorporate healthy cooking into your repertoire. In this hands-on class, our instructor will show you how to combine great nutrition with exceptional flavor in a variety of dishes that really pack a punch. You'll learn techniques for pickling, cooking grains, preparing homemade vinaigrettes and perfectly grilling chicken, fish and pork. Together, we'll incorporate seasonal vegetables, bright herbs and seasoning to create delicious, nutritious and satisfying dishes you and your family can enjoy anytime, without guilt.
Menu: Kale Salad with Pickled Watermelon and Feta - Grilled Citrus Chicken with Quinoa - Grilled Fish with Spiced Mango-Cilantro Salsa - Grilled Pork Chops with Tomato-Peach Relish
Sur la Table- Arbor Hills, 3050 Washtenaw Ave. $69pp. 734-531-0304. [map]
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 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

Heirloom Flowers-Colors & Scents of the Past: Lifelong Learning at Washtenaw Community College.

  community member   < less Heirloom flowers work well in today's gardens, too.

The old-fashioned flowers our great grandmothers loved to grow were colorful, fragrant, and hardy-and just as perfect for today's gardens as those of yesteryear. You'll discover some forgotten plants as well as rediscover some old favorites. Learn the history of flowers that would have been grown in southeastern Michigan over a hundred years ago and the modern equivalents for today's gardens. You'll find out everything you need to know to grow these plants in your own gardens, plus some fun facts besides, such as hidden Victorian flower meanings and medicinal and everyday uses. We'll also briefly touch on gadgets and plants popular in Midwestern seed catalogs of the late 1800s.
Instructor is a master gardener volunteer who researched, designed, and maintained the Cobblestone Farm 1860s fountain garden.
You do not need to be a WCC student to enroll in this one-time lifelong learning class. Free for Washtenaw County residents age 65+.
Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E Huron River Dr. $29. 734-975-6865. [map]
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 6:30 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor West Group Run": Running Fit.

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Every Wed. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes. Snacks provided. Rain/snow or shine.
6:30 p.m., Running Fit, 5700 Jackson. Free. 929-9022. [map]
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 6:30-8:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Smell and Tell: Cooking with Flavor": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local flavor and fragrance expert Michelle Krell Kydd, creator of the award-winning smell and taste blog Glass Petal Smoke, shows adults and teens in grade 6 & up how to use fresh herbs to transform plain dishes into multisensory experiences.
6:30-8:45 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 6:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Maurita Holland's Rain Garden": Ann Arbor Wild Ones.

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Guided tour of this pollinator-friendly half-acre rain garden that captures runoff from 15 acres and prevents flow into Newport Creek.
6:45 p.m., 2701 Lowell (east off Newport). Free. 604-4674. [map]
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 7-11 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Bridge Club.

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Every Wed. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. If you plan to come without a partner, call in advance or arrive 20 minutes early.
7-11 p.m., Walden Hills clubhouse, 2114 Pauline at Maple. (Park on the north side of Pauline.) $6 per person. 623-8050. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Evening Primrose Garden Club.

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Discussions and activities.

June 11 (7 p.m.): "Tulip Tree Gardens Tour." Tour of this commercial gardening center at 15200 Roepke Rd. in Gregory.

July 9 (7 p.m.): Tour of the garden at Sunset Cove Bed & Breakfast on Bass Lake, 10201 Kress Rd. in Pinckney.

Aug. 13 (7 p.m.): Tour of the garden at club member Wendy Chiodo's home in Grass Lake.

Sept. 10 (6:30 p.m.): Potluck & planning meeting at the Chelsea Train Depot.

Various times & locations, Chelsea. Free (except as noted). For information on carpooling or to register for any of the tours, call Diane at 475-8091. 634-1954.
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 7-9 p.m. 

Weekly Ecstatic Transformational Dance: Caryn Simon.

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SheddingSkins: Ecstatic Dance is a dynamic movement practice of being in your body that ignites creativity, connection, and community. This practice facilitates deep and unending explorations, moving the dancer beyond self-imposed limitations and isolation into new depths of creativity and connection. Each rhythm is interpreted by individuals in a uniquely personal way, opening them to a new sense of freedom and possibility that is both surprising and healing, exhilarating as well as deeply restorative. When we practice SheddingSkins: Ecstatic Dance, we learn to creatively express aggressiveness and vulnerability, emotions and anxieties, edges and ecstasies. It reconnects us to cycles of birth & death and hooks us into humanity and the spirit of all living things. Within the group context we create connection and community and hone our instincts and our intuitions. We are made up of all walks of life - every culture, religion, race, gender, age and sexual preference are welcome.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103, suite 22. $15. 734-646-1351. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

History Readers Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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EMU history professor Kathleen Chamberlain leads a discussion of A Land So Strange: The Epic Journey of Cabeza de Vaca, Andrés Reséndez's account of the adventures of the 4 lone survivors of a 1528 Spanish mission to colonize Florida.
7:30 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 369-2499. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Stark Raving MADrigal Singers.

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Every Wed., June-Aug. Singers of all abilities invited to join in singing madrigals and other Elizabethan part songs in a casual, sociable setting in a private home.
7:30 p.m., location TBA. Free. 973-3264, 994-3438.
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 7:30 p.m. 

"Into the Wind": Ann Arbor Dance Works.

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June 11 & 12. The U-M dance department's internationally acclaimed resident professional company's annual spring concert is a preview performance of a show inspired by the potential for harnessing the wind as a renewable energy source that it is scheduled to present in August at the Michigan Alternative & Renewable Energy Center (MAREC) in Muskegon. Conceived and directed by U-M dance professor Jessica Fogel, this interdisciplinary show is a collaborative effort created with Grand Valley State (GVSU) dance professor Shawn Bible, U-M music school composer Dave Biedenbender, U-M creative writing program poet Keith Taylor, costume designer Patty Branam, set designer Kasia Mrozewska, U-M School of Natural Resources research scientist and visual artist Sara Alderstein, GVSU natural resources management professor Erik Nordman, U-M urban & regional planning grad student Sarah Mills, and MAREC executive director Arn Boezaart.
7:30 p.m., U-M Dance Bldg. Betty Pease Dance Studio, 1310 North University Ct. (off Observatory). $5 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office ( and (if available) at the door. 763-TKTS. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Introduction to Steiner's Thought": Great Lakes Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America.

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Every Wed. All invited to join a discussion of Rudolf Steiner's How to Know Higher Worlds.
7:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Ave. Free. 485-3764. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

David Lindley: The Ark.

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This multi-instrumental virtuoso is a world music pioneer whose repertoire includes African, Arabic, Asian, Celtic, and Turkish traditions, as well as a wide array of traditional American forms and acoustic rock numbers by the likes of Warren Zevon. His performances also feature an amazingly wide array of acoustic and electric acoustic instruments, including Hawaiian lap steel guitar, Turkish saz and chumbus, Middle Eastern oud, Irish bouzouki, and more. In 1967 Lindley founded the first world music rock band, Kaleidoscope, and since then his career has been shaped by lengthy collaborations with Jackson Browne, Ry Cooder, guitarist Henry Kaiser (with whom he recorded 2 Grammy-nominated CDs of collaborations with Malagasy musicians), and Jordanian percussionist Hani Naser.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office (,, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 9-11:30 p.m. 

"Juke Box Jungle": Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub.

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Every Wed. Conor O'Neill's staff member Ryan Halsey hosts a music trivia quiz. Prizes.
9-11:30 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $3 team fee. 665-2968. [map]
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 9-11 p.m. 

Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.

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Every Wed. Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner needed. Bring casual or nicer shoes that stay on your feet when you're active. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson. Followed Apr. 9 & 23 at 11 p.m. by "Late Night @ Silvio's" swing dancing (see Nightspots).
9-11 p.m., Michigan Union Vandenburg Room (July) & Pendleton Room (all Aug. dates except Aug. 27, Anderson Room). $5 (students, $4; $1 discount for members). 945-8428. [map]
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Top of the Lamp, Ann Arbor's locally owned lighting specialty store.