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.
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.
Get fired up! This isn't your dad's BBQ, it's your turn to learn how to safely grill. This is one of the simplest ways to put dinner on the table during the summer and we're rolling out the jumbo gas grill for these two classes. Everything from romaine to bananas will go on the grill in these classes. First we'll mix up some classic dry rubs for you to take home and use later this summer. After that we'll learn about grill safety and cleaning. Next we'll gather up the ingredients, tongs, spatulas, oven mitts, and hopefully sunglasses as we grill up a meal to enjoy. Day 1-Grilled Caesar & Chicken Salad; Pizza Margherita; Cinnamon Grilled Peaches with Vanilla Ice Cream; All-Purpose Dry Rub. Day 2-Philly Cheese Brats; Sweet Potato Planks with a Yogurt-Herb Dip; Banana Splits with Chocolate Ice Cream, Caramel Sauce, and a Cherry on Top; Memphis Dry Rub. This summer workshop is for kids ages 8 and up. Full participation. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $120/child. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
Local music teacher "Mrs. Beth" Battey, co-organizer of the Cumberland Dance Week family dance camp, leads a program of songs, dances, and musical games for kids age 2 & up. Followed by open playtime.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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. email@example.com www.Facebook.com/PowerThroughNetworking [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]
There are few things more heart breaking than when family member dies leaving behind young children. Together, we can offer families support, guidance and a place for their kids to begin healing.
We would like to offer you the opportunity to see a behind the scenes snapshot of the important services that Ele's Places offers to grieving families in our community. Please join us for our Tour of the Heart. This is not a fundraiser; attendees are asked for nothing at a tour. It is simply a one hour inspirational and educational tour of the work and mission of Ele's Place.
Ele's Place is a healing center for grieving children and teens. Each week, peer support group programs help hundreds of children, ages 3-18, learn how to cope and begin to heal after the death of a parent, sibling, or close family friend.
Please RSVP to Kate at (734) 929-6640 or firstname.lastname@example.org
First Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 4001 Ann Arbor - Saline Road, Ann Arbor MI. Free. 734-929-6640. email@example.com www.elesplace.org [map]
The Chelsea High School robotics team demonstrates its newest robot and discuss how to make and operate robots. Also, a chance to try out some small robots. For kids age 6-11 and their families.
2-3 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
Every Wed.-Sun. (except June 26), June 12-Aug. 30. Michelle Mountain directs professional actors in Tony-winning playwright Joe DiPietro's heartwarming 2008 comedy about an opera-loving widower named Ralph who falls for a woman at a dog park and pursues her in spite of her reluctance to start a relationship. As Ralph's romance blossoms, his acerbic sister (and roommate) gets in the way. Cast: Andrew Buckshaw, Ryan Dooley, Franette Liebow, Priscilla Lindsay, and Will Young. Note: The July 11 & Aug. 8 performances include a talkback.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. June 12-19 preview tickets: $22 (Wed. & Thurs.), $27 (Sat. & Sun. matinees & Fri. eve.), & 28 (Sat. eve.). After June 19: Tickets $18.50 (July 11 & Aug. 8 only), $27 (Wed. & Thurs.), $37 (Sat. & Sun. matinees & Fri. eve.), & $42 (Sat. eve.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
June 25-29. Carnival games and rides. Concessions.
5-11 p.m. (June 25), noon-11 p.m. (June 26-29), Pioneer High School parking lot, 601 W. Stadium at S. Main. Free admission (small charge for individual game & ride tickets); $5 minimum purchase for admittance after 9 p.m.; no admittance after 10 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org. [map]
Every Tues.-Sun., June 13-July 6. A beloved summer tradition continues this year on Ingalls Mall and features live music, followed at 10 p.m. (Sun. & Tues.-Thurs.) by free movies and at 11 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) by dancing to DJs. Also, a KidZone activity tent and other activities TBA. Food concessions from area restaurants. Tonight: La Santa Cecilia (8:30 p.m.), the L.A. world fusion quartet that won the 2014 Grammy for Best Latin Rock Album. The L.A. Times describes frontwoman La Marisoul as "the love child of Janis Joplin and Celia Cruz." Opening acts are Chicago blues, soul, jazz, and pop songwriter and chanteuse Elle Casazza (5 p.m.), local singer-songwriter Spencer Michaud (6 p.m.), and the Latin jazz trio Sean Blackman's In Transit (7 p.m.). Also, a performance by Spontaneous Art (6 p.m., south end of Ingalls Mall), the local street art group-self-described "urban intervention specialists"-whose interactive works range from talking flowers that tell surrealist stories to game-playing alien robots. The musicians are followed at 10 p.m. by a screening of Gravity, the acclaimed 2013 sci-fi thriller starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.
5 p.m.-midnight, Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free, but donations accepted. 994-5999.
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.
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]
The Adoptive & Foster Parent Retention and Recruitment program is here to support you through the rewarding journey of fostering and adopting. AFPRR provides supportive services to families interested in becoming licensed foster and/or adoptive parents and to current foster and adoptive families. Please RSVP if you are interested in attending one of our orientations. Reservations are recommended as orientations may be cancelled if there are no participants registered. Feel free to contact us for more information on fostering and/or adopting!
Orchards Children's Services, 1995 Highland Drive, Suite F. Free. (734)474-5538. AFPRR@orchards.org [map]
5ive Restaurant presents a dinner pairing with Valentine Distillery. Enjoy a five course menu expertly paired with hand-crafted cocktails from Valentine Distillery.
5ive Restaurant, 44045 Five Mile Rd, Plymouth. $50. (734) 357-5700. email@example.com http://www.stjohnsgolfconference.com/dining/ [map]
Finca Pascualete (Trujillo, Spain) cheesemaker Juan Figueroa and Monte Verde Imports (Oakland, CA) owner John Cancilla discuss and offer taste samples of Figueroa's cheeses paired with wines from the Extremadura region in western Spain.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Zingerman's Events on Fourth, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $40. Space limited; reservations required. 663-3400. [map]
Nightfire director Irena Nagler leads participants in a session of movement and meditation in response to elements in the environment--trees,
grasses, running water, wind, clouds, or anything in its dynamic, multilevel composition. No experience necessary; children must be accompanied by an adult. Bring drinking water and whatever protection you need from the elements.
6:30 p.m., outdoor location TBA. $5-$25 sliding scale. 996-1772.
(Fred Schepisi, 2013). Rom-com about a flamboyant English teacher and a stoic art teacher whose rivalry at an upscale prep school culminates in a competition decided by the students. Clive Owen, Juliette Binoche.
Michigan Theater. Tickets (unless otherwise noted): $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7). 668-TIME, michtheater.org. [map]
(John Turturro, 2013). Turturro stars as a New York City flower seller who becomes a prostitute to help his cash-strapped friend, played by Woody Allen.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]
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]
Every Mon., Tues. Wed., & Fri. except Sept. 1. All levels of English speakers invited for conversation.
1-2:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch (Mon.), 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.; 7-8:30 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch (Tues. & Wed.), 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy; & 1-2:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch (Fri.), 3090 E. Eisenhower between Stone School & Packard. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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. firstname.lastname@example.org [map]
All invited to discuss Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel, Rebecca Goldstein's biography of the mathematician whose Incompleteness Theorem proved that no formal mathematical system could demonstrate every mathematical truth.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]
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]
Buckwheat Zydeco is the stage name of Stanley Dural, a celebrated zydeco accordionist who, legend has it, took up the instrument in response to a challenge from zydeco king Clifton Chenier, in whose band Dural was playing keyboards. Dural's brand of this joyous Creole music with the distinctive zigzag beat has a very strong blues bias, with a large dose of New Orleans R&B.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 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]
This Grammy-nominated, NYC-based Cuban pianist and composer is known for his melding of Afro-Cuban rhythms with the sounds of contemporary jazz and post-bop. "He leaves no doubt that he's destined to play a role in the future of jazz. Valera shows a keen jazz vocabulary, a gift for creating grooves that invite stellar solo flights from his collaborators and the nerve to romance a melody when it suits him," writes a Billboard reviewer.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
June 18-July 23. A popular local outdoor summer tradition, the 74-year-old Civic Band is led by director Bob Gourley. Bring a picnic and blanket and relax on the grass. Lemonade and popcorn available.
June 18: "World on the March." Program of popular marches from around the world, including Strauss's "Radetsky March," Wagner's "Under the Double Eagle," David Delle Cese's "Inglesina," F. J. Ricketts' "Colonel Bogey," and more. The program concludes with Sousa's "Stars & Stripes Forever" and "Hands Across the Sea."
June 25: "Big Band Swing." A tribute to the Big Band Era, with music by Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, and others.
July 2: Fourth of July Celebration." A program of patriotic tunes.
July 9: Children's Concert. A program of music picked for kid appeal, including music from Fantasia, Pirates of the Caribbean, Lion King, a Disney medley, and the annual Teddy Bear Grand March (bring your bear).
July 16: "Broadway." A program of music from popular Broadway shows, including "Mame," "Luck Be a Lady," "Cabaret," music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, and more.
July 23: "Movie Heroes." The program includes music written to accompany movie heroes, including Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca, Peter O'Toole in Lawrence of Arabia, Harrison Ford in Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark, various Pixar heroes, and various James Bonds.
8 p.m., West Park Band Shell. Free. 429-5301.
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]