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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Hunter/Jumper Horse Shows: Waterloo Hunt Club.

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English riding and jumping competitions at the state level. Spectators welcome to bring picnics.
8 a.m.-5 p.m., Waterloo Hunt Club, corner of Glenn at Katz (west off Mount Hope Rd. from I-94 exit 150), Grass Lake. Free. (561) 723-6287.

 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Kids' Workshop: Grill Master.

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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
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $120/child. 734-645-1030. [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]

 Noon  Free! 

Ele's Place Tour of the Heart: Ele's Place Ann Arbor.

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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
First Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 4001 Ann Arbor - Saline Road, Ann Arbor MI. Free. 734-929-6640. [map]

 2-3 p.m. 

"Robots!": Chelsea District Library.

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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]

 3 & 8 p.m. 

"The Last Romance": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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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, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]

 5-11 p.m. 

63rd Annual Summer Carnival: Ann Arbor Jaycees.

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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. [map]

 5 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

"Top of the Park": Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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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. [map]

 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Adoptive and Foster Parent Orientation: Orchards Children's Services.

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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. [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

Valentine Distillery Cocktail Dinner: 5ive Restaurant.

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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. [map]

 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Cheese and Wine of the Extremadura": Zingerman's Delicatessen.

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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]

 6:30 p.m. 

"Dreaming a Place: Environmental Dance and Movement Meditation": Nightfire Dance Theater.

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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.

 6:45 & 9:30 p.m. 

"Words and Pictures": Michigan Theater.

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(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, [map]

 7 & 9:15 p.m. 

"Fading Gigolo": Michigan Theater.

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(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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 


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All robotics hobbyists invited to work on and discuss robots.
7-9 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. (off Airport Blvd north of Ellsworth). Free. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"My Voyage in Bonsai": Ann Arbor Bonsai Society.

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Talk by nationally renowned bonsai artist Jerry Meislik.
7 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free. [map]

 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

History of Science Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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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]

 8 p.m. 

Buckwheat Zydeco: The Ark.

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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 ( & at and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Manuel Valera: Kerrytown Concert House.

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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]

 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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