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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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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]

 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]

 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]

 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]

 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]

 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]

 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]

 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]

 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Smart Plates": Chelsea District Library.

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Cooking demos (with taste samples) by Chelsea Wellness Coalition consultant nutritionist Courtney Stinson.

Apr. 8: "Simple Meals for Busy People." Ideas for simple freezer meals and other make-ahead foods.

May 13: "Mix & Match Flavors." Ideas for coming up with new dinner menus.

July 8: "Nutrition Solutions." Ideas for setting and maintaining food goals for weight management and nutritional balance.

Aug. 12: "Building Blocks for Maintaining Healthy Habits." Ideas for establishing good eating habits and breaking bad ones, including ideas for quick meals and snacks and menu planning for tight budgets.

7-8:30 p.m. (May) & 6:30-8 p.m. (June-Aug.), CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]

 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]

 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]

 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.

 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]

 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]

 8 p.m. 

Drew De Four & Friends: The Ark.

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Ensemble led by U-M music school grad De Four, a singer-songwriter and pianist whose music is a combination of piano bar potpourri, New Orleans jazz, Waitsian ballads, and beat-box-piano pop.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office ( and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 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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