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Calendar of Events

Saturday, June 28, 2014






 
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Annual Barn Sale and Festival: Dixboro General Store.

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June 27-29. This charming country store housed in an old farmhouse opens its historic barns for this festival, which includes daily performances by a band TBA. Refreshments.
Times TBA, Dixboro General Store, 5206 Plymouth Rd., just east of Dixboro Rd. Free admission. 663-5558. [map]
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 7 a.m.  Free! 

"Far West Quad County Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sat., Apr.-Oct. Fast/moderate-paced ride, 40-100 miles, on low-traffic roads in Washtenaw, Jackson, Livingston, and Ingham counties. Brunch stop.
9 a.m., meet at parking lot next to Chelsea Fire Station,, Chelsea. Free. 846-0604.
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 8 a.m.  Free! 

"Dexter Breakfast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sat. Beginner-friendly slow-paced (22 miles) and moderate/fast-paced (30-100 miles) round-trip rides to Dexter, Chelsea, and beyond, with stops at the Dexter Bakery or Zou Zou's and Pierce's in Chelsea. A very popular ride. Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.
9 a.m. (Apr., May, Sept., & Oct.), 8 a.m. (June-Aug.), & 10 a.m. (Nov.), meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St.. Free. 994-6340 (Oct. 4), 663-6401 (Oct. 11), 761-1147 (Oct. 18), 429-4989 (Oct. 25), 274-6350 (Nov. 1), 996-9461 (Nov. 8), 761-9894 (Nov. 15), 761-1147 (Nov. 22), 223-6042 (Nov. 29). [map]
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 8 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Chelsea Farmers Market.

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Every Sat., May-Oct. Live entertainment June-Sept., along with kids activities, 9:30-11 a.m. on 2nd Sat. each month, and , and occasional food demos and market basket giveaway. Also, every Wed. The Bushel Basket Market: The Farmers Market at the Chelsea Community Hospital (2:30-6 p.m., CCH overflow parking area adjacent to the U-M Family Practice building, near the South Campus Entrance off Old US-12), which focuses on healthy produce from local farmers.

June 7: Hum & Strum. Chelsea pop-folk trio. Also, "Connect with More Vegetable Varieties," a cooking demo with taste tests, kids recipes, and pottery painting.

June 14: Keith Parmentier. Local singer-songwriter known for his folk- and country-style ballads.

June 21: Bill Personke. Chelsea guitarist who plays acoustic, folk, and rock 'n' roll.

June 28: Bob Skon. Local folk-rock singer-songwriter known for his wry songs about love and loss.

July 5: Ed Sugar. Veteran local R&B and blues saxophonist.

July 12: Dave Boutette. Veteran Ann Arbor American roots music singer-songwriter.

July 19: Bliss. The local trio of singer-songwriter Laura Massaro, guitarist Craig Brann, and percussionist Don Allen performs an eclectic mix of pop, folk, and world music, including originals, covers, and improvisations.

July 26: John Latini. Acoustic rock-based originals by this popular veteran local rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter, winner of the 2008 Detroit Blues Challenge. Also, "Eat Better Basics: Fruit Reboot," a cooking demo with diabetic-friendly summer fruit recipes, tips for low-sugar lifestyles, and blood sugar testing.

Aug. 2: Hum & Strum. Chelsea pop-folk trio.

Aug. 9: Brad Stect. Acoustic pop covers by this Chelsea singer-guitarist.

Aug. 16: Dorkestra. Local folk-rock swing quintet whose music blends jazz, African, Middle Eastern, funk, and pop influences.

Aug. 23: Keith Parmentier. Local singer-songwriter known for his folk- and country-style ballads. Also, "Eat Better Basics: Healthy Heart," a cooking demo with samples of foods that promote heart health and blood pressure testing.

Aug. 30: Bliss. The local trio of singer-songwriter Laura Massaro, guitarist Craig Brann, and percussionist Don Allen performs an eclectic mix of pop, folk, and world music, including originals, covers, and improvisations.

Sept. 6: John Latini. Acoustic rock-based originals by this popular veteran local rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter, winner of the 2008 Detroit Blues Challenge.

Sept. 13: Bob Skon. Local folk-rock singer-songwriter known for his wry songs about love and loss.

Sept. 20: Dave Boutette. Veteran Ann Arbor American roots music singer-songwriter.

Sept. 27: Dorkestra. Local folk-rock swing quintet whose music blends jazz, African, Middle Eastern, funk, and pop influences.

Oct. 4: "Eat better Basics: Healing Foods," a cooking demo with samples of antioxidants and other healing foods and info on eating healthy to prevent cancer.

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8 a.m.-noon, Chelsea Farmers Market, Palmer Auto lot (across from the police station), Main St., Chelsea. Free admission. 475-6402.
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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.
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 8 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

SUMMER GALLERY SALE 2014 - June 27-28: METAL.

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METAL's Summer Gallery Sale: June 27-28, 2014
40% OFF ALL IN-STORE MERCHANDISE
Vintage, Salvaged Goods, Fine Art, and Tables Made by METAL!
Friday, June 27 @ 10 am - 7 pm
Saturday, June 28 @ 8 am - 4 pm
All sales final. Two days only. Dealers Welcome.
METAL LLC
220 Felch St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
http://metaloffmain.com
info[at]metaloffmain[dot]com
METAL is a full-service design and fabrication studio. We provide architects, designers, businesses, and their clients with quality designs and metalwork. We produce beautiful, long-lived, and exceptionally made objects through traditional and digital processes. These pieces are created for commercial, hospitality, public, residential, and retail venues.
METAL LLC, 220 Felch St. Free. 800-613-6385. metaloffmain@gmail.com metaloffmain.com [map]
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 9 a.m. 

Bicycle Training Rides for Teens: Ann Arbor Velo Club.

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Every Sat. Teens ages 14-18 invited for a 20-mile ride to Dexter and back. Also, a mountain bike ride of 1-2 hours on dirt roads. Riders age 15 & under must be accompanied by a parent. All riders need a parent to sign a waiver at the first ride and wear a helmet. Bring a water bottle.
9 a.m., Forsythe Middle School, 1655 Newport. Free. Preregistration required via email to rvb@umich.edu. aavc.org. [map]
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 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Summer Arts Celebration: USArtQuest.

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1st annual Summer Arts Celebration at USArtQuest!
About 20 artists, both indoor & outdoor: Paper Art, Jewelry, Mosaics, Water Media, Collage, Gourd Art, Art Quilts, Spray Paint Art, Bookbinding, Wood, Origami, Glass, Polymer Clay, Mixed Media, Needlework, Painting, Garden Art. Large enough to be interesting & small enough to see everything without huge crowds.
USArtQuest is located just east of exit #157 (Pierce Rd.) off I-94, at 18650 W. Old US 12 in Chelsea.
Easy, free parking.
Awsome Dogs will have food & refreshments for purchase.
Plus a fun, free community art project created by all visitors.
USArtQuest, 18650 West Old US 12, Chelsea. No admission fee. 800.776.0728. askanything@USArtQuest.com http://www.usartquest.com/ [map]
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 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

Kids Day: White Lotus Farms.

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Live music, face painting, and milking demonstrations. Kids must be accompanied by a parent.
9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., White Lotus Farms, 7217 W. Liberty. Free. kat@whitelotusfarms.com, 474-6430. [map]
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 10 a.m. 

Building a Birdhouse: Project Grow Gardens.

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Have you wished to develop an interest in birds in your child? One way is to have a feeder where birds can congregate in your backyard. Another is to build a home where a family of birds might live. This workshop is designed for children and parents with a desire to build a birdhouse for their home garden. These birdhouses will be constructed out of pre-cut pieces of wood, prepared by instructor, Joet Reoma, and will need only assembly by your child (with parental help).
The fee for this class is $10.00. Please visit Eventbrite to register.
Leslie Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. $10. education@projectgrowgardens.org http://projectgrowgardens.org/classes-events/classes [map]
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

Daylilies!: Project Grow Gardens.

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Rebecca Hutchins, expert daylily grower, hybridizer, and owner of Miss Becky's Lily Farm in Carleton, Michigan, will again teach a class on daylilies. Topics to be covered are the biology of daylilies, best cultivation practices, methods of hybridizing new cultivars, saving and growing out seeds. Examples of blooming daylilies from her farm will also be shown. If you have ever had questions about daylilies, this class is for you! Class is free, but registration is required.
Leslie Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Free. education@projectgrowgardens.org http://projectgrowgardens.org/classes-events/classes [map]
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 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Fermentation 101: The Brinery.

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WHAT: A hands-on fermentation workshop for beginners
WHERE: In our snazzy new location at the Washtenaw County Food Hub (4175 Whitmore Lake Road, Ann Arbor MI)
WHEN: Saturday, June 28th and August 23rd from 10am-1pm
HOW MUCH: $50/person
IMPORTANT DETAILS: The cost will include a Brinery product tasting, a hands-on kraut making session & a local-licious lunch made specific for the event! All participants will also head home with a recipe pamphlet, a jar of kraut & and a fermentation know-how that can't be found anywhere else. Space is limited and our last event sold out, so get your tickets quickly: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/fermentation-101-tickets-11617756021?aff=eorg
Washtenaw County Food Hub, 4175 Whitmore Lake Road, Ann Arbor MI. $50. orders@thebrinery.com thebrinery.com [map]
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 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Gearapalooza: The Ultimate Baby Gear and Registry Event: Bump Club and Beyond.

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Gearapalooza is the ultimate baby gear and registry event for expectant and new parents. The event features a presentation by TheBabyGuy Jamie Grayson, q&a, giveaways, in store discounts and goody bags for all attendees.
Elephant Ears, 415 North 5th Avenue. $50-$100. 773/383-8461. caitlin@2momsmedia.com https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gearapalooza-ann-arbor-mi-the-ultimate-baby-gear-and-registry-event-elephant-ears-tickets-10643351551 [map]
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 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

"Blacksmiths, Soldiers, and Log Cabin Weekend": Waterloo Area Farm Museum.

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June 28 & 29. A weekend of historical reenactments, featuring a blacksmith festival, a Civil War encampment, and more. Also, guided tours of the 10-room farmhouse. On Sunday, activities to celebrate Log Cabin Day.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. (June 28) & noon-5 p.m. (June 29), Waterloo Area Farm Museum, 9998 Waterloo-Munith Rd. (left off Clear Lake Rd. 5 miles north from I-94 exit 153), Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. $5 (kids 5-12, $2; kids age 4 & under and members, free). (517) 596-2254. [map]
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Natural Family Playgroup": Green Apple Garden Playschool.

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Playgroup for kids ages 1-5, accompanied by a parent.
10 a.m., Green Apple Garden Playschool, 2664 Miller. Free. greenapplegarden.org, 369-8248. [map]
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 10:30-11:30 a.m. 

Preschool Story Time: Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Every Tues. & Sat. All preschoolers, accompanied by an adult, invited for stories. Followed by a science activity.
9-10 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30-11:30 a.m. (Sat.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $11 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Junior Naturalists": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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June 7, 14, & 28. WCPARC naturalists lead nature programs for kids ages 7-12, including "Nature Hiking & Safety" (June 7, Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, north off North Territorial), "Monarchs and Milkweeds" (June 14; County Farm Park, Platt Rd. entrance), and "Birds & Birdwatching" (June 28; Independence Lake County Park, see above).
10:30 a.m.-noon, various locations. Free; preregistration required. $5 vehicle entry fee at Independence Lake. 971-6337, ext. 334.
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 11 a.m. and 1 & 3 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Teddy Bear Company.

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Group tours of the warehouse, with displays of both historical and CTBC bears. Also, display of antique toys in the Chelsea Toy Museum.
11 a.m. and 1 & 3 p.m., CTBC Warehouse, 400 N. Main, Chelsea. Free. 433-5499. [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Children's Storytime: Barnes & Noble.

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Every Sat. Storytelling programs and occasional craft activities for kids age 3 & up.
11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]
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 11 a.m. 

Fairy Garden Make & Take Workshop: The Garden Mill.

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Explore the beautiful world of the magical woodland creatures.
Our workshop will provide a container, soil, a plant, and a selection of fairy accessories. Everything you need to construct a garden that any fairy would be proud to call home.
Space is limited, reservations are recommended. Call 734.475.3539
The Garden Mill, 110 S. Main St, Chelsea. $25. 734.475.3539. maureen@thegardenmill.com www.thegardenmill.com [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Storytime: Nicola's Books.

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Every Tues. & Sat. An experienced storyteller spins yarns for preschoolers (Tues.) and kids age 7 & under (Sat.). The Tues. storytime includes a craft activity.
10 a.m. (Tues.) & 11 a.m. (Sat.), Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Storytime: Literati Bookstore.

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Every Sat. 15-minute storytime geared toward very young children.
11 a.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]
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 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Cow's Eye Dissection": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. except July 5 & 6. Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demo exploring how a cow's eye works and its similarities and differences from human eyes.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), U-M Exhibit Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
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 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Storytime at the Museum": UMMA.

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U-M student docents and UMMA staffers read stories related to the Native American art in the current exhibit Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation. Followed by an art activity. For kids ages 4-7 accompanied by a parent. Siblings welcome.
11:15 a.m., UMMA (meet at the information desk), 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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 11:30 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Sat. & Sun. in June. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows.

The Sky Tonight (Sat. 11:30 a.m., Sat. & Sun. 1:30 & 3:30 p.m.) is an exploration of the current night sky.

Solar System Live (Sat. 12:30 p.m.) is an exploration of the planets in our solar system (including dwarf planet Pluto), along with a short star talk to point out where the currently visible planets are found in the night sky.

Stars to Starfish (Sat. & Sun. 2:30 p.m.), is an animated show that compares the exploration of outer space with the exploration of the Earth's oceans.

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Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
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 Noon-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. carnival@a2jaycees.org. [map]
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 Noon-3:45 p.m. 

Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. All ages invited to play non-sanctioned (Mon.) & ACBL-sanctioned (Wed. & Thurs.) duplicate bridge. Bring a partner. Refreshments.
12:30-4 p.m. (Mon.) & Noon-3:45 p.m. (Wed. & Thurs.), Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $3 (members, $2) on Mon., $7 (members, $6) on Wed. & Thurs., 794-6250. [map]
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 Noon 

Draw Doubles: Local 101 Disc Golf Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to play disc golf at one of Hudson Mills Metropark's 24-hole courses. Beginners are paired with advanced players to create parity. Prizes. Discs can be borrowed at the park office.
Noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per player; free for spectators. $5 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]
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 1 p.m. 

Forage and Feast: Nature Learning Community.

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Learning to forage is only half the battle! You also need to know what to do with your harvest when you get home. Forage and Feast gives members an opportunity to learn what to do from the field to the plate. In this class we focus on just a few plants- learning to identify, harvest, clean, and prepare them. Forage and Feast culminates in a shared meal using the plants we harvest along with items supplied by the instructor. 1-6 pm.
Sunward Cohousing Community Common House, 424 Little Lake Drive. $45/person, 12 and under half-priced with a paid adult, 6 and under free. 734-531-8330. naturelearningcommunity.org [map]
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 1-4 p.m. 

Pondless Waterfall Gardening: BLOOM! Garden Center.

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Get Wet and Wild!
No better place to garden in the heat of summer than your own water garden! Come learn how to install a Pondless Waterfall in your yard. We will get you started in time to set up this cool feature to enjoy all summer long.
$25/person. Space is limited. Pre-registration required. Call: (734)426-6600
BLOOM! Garden Center, 1885 Baker Rd, Dexter, MI 48130, Dexter. $25. events@bloom-gardens.com bloom-gardens.com [map]
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 1-4 p.m. 

Pony Rides and Silent Auction: Cedar Ridge Equestrian Center.

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Cedar Ridge Equestrian Center is hosting a fundraiser to raise money for Cedar Ridge Pony Club (CRPC) members. The day will include pony rides and a silent auction on site. In addition, the Center will offer a sign-up for four one-hour lessons with a Pony Club member for $60, with all proceeds going directly to Club Members. Money raised will be used to send CRPC members to the national United States Pony Club Festival this July, and will used to offset the significant travel, registration and stabling costs.
Cedar Ridge Equestrian Center, 5415 Waters Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $60 per hour. 734-476-8346. pony4carol@att.net www.cedarridgeequestriancenter.com [map]
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

Dinosaur Tours: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. 30-minute docent-led tour of the museum's dinosaur exhibits.
2 p.m., U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free, but limited to the first 15 people to sign up for each tour. 764-0478. [map]
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

Field Day: ARROW Communications Association.

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All invited to participate in (or just watch) this annual 24-hour contest that helps amateur radio operators prepare for emergencies and develop radio communication skills. A chance to meet experts, ask questions, and even operate the station, under supervision.
2 p.m. June 28-2 p.m. June 29, location TBA. Free. w8pgw.org.
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

Maker Works Open House: Maker Works.

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See what we're making at Maker Works!
Come join us for cool tool demonstrations, refreshments, and tour our 4 shops. Which include 3D printers, laser cutters, woodworking tools, metalworking tools and much more.
This year we will be testing our Nerdy Derby track so bring the family for some high octane ridiculousness!
Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. Free. (734) 222-4911. membership@maker-works.com www.maker-works.com [map]
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 2-4 p.m. 

"Summer Splash Day": Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation.

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A family-oriented afternoon of special activities, including water balloon events, water baseball, raft races and a hula hoop relay.
2-4 p.m., Veterans Park Pool, 2150 Jackson Rd. $5 (youths age 17 & under and seniors age 60 & older, $4). 794-6234. [map]
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 2:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to practice their juggling skills. Beginners welcome. Indoor location TBA in case of inclement weather.
2:30-5 p.m., U-M Diag. Free. 761-1115.
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 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: Chelsea Chess Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to join club members for blitz (5-minute) and untimed games. Some sets and clocks available; bring your own if possible.
3-5 p.m., Wendy's, 1640 Commerce Park, Chelsea. The meetings are held in the Pierce Park picnic shelter during the summer, usually from late May until after Labor Day. Free. 475-1583. [map]
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 3-4 p.m. 

"Strum & Drum": Oz's Music Environment.

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Every Sat. Families invited to get on stage to sing and make music on a variety of instruments. Also, at 4 p.m. on the 1st Sat. of the month only, a free Kids Open Stage.
3-4 p.m., Oz's, 1920 Packard. $15 per family. 662-8283. [map]
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 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 purplerosetheatre.org, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
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 4-11 p.m. 

German Park Picnic.

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Old-fashioned German dinner served a la carte (approximately $8-$12) with wine, beer, pop, water, and coffee for sale. Dancing to German and American music by Linda Lee Brown & the Golden-Aires (June 28), Sorgenbrecher (July 26), and Enzian aus Detroit (Aug. 30).
4-11 p.m. (no admission after 9 p.m.), German Park, 5549 Pontiac Trail (7 miles north of Ann Arbor; look for the banners and signs marking the entrance). $5 (children 12 & under, free). No one under 21 admitted without parent or legal guardian. germanpark.org. 769-0048 (weekdays). [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

Organic Farming :: Field Production Systems :: Tools :: Weed Management: Tilian Farm Development Center.

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Mechanical Advantage for vegetable growers: How to keep the weeds at bay, setup production systems that work, and identify the right tools you need to do the job well.
This workshop is geared towards scaled vegetable production, and eliminating hand labor/increasing efficiencies in farming systems.
Washtenaw Food Hub & Tilian Farm, 4400 Pontiac Trail. Free. $5. 734.222.3817. tilianfdc@gmail.com http://www.tiliancenter.org [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Interesting Drug": Barnes & Noble.

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Local graphic novelist Shaun Manning discusses his new book about a troubled man who invents a time traveling drug. Signing.
4 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]
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 4 p.m.-10 a.m. 

"National Wildlife Federation Great American Backyard Campout: Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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Overnight camping with a family-oriented program featuring campfires, sing-alongs, storytelling, and nature hikes, including a night hike and an early morning bird walk. Hot dog & veggie dog dinner, pancake breakfast. Bring your own tent and sleeping bags if you have them; some available to borrow.
4 p.m.-10 a.m.., Leslie, 1831 Traver Rd. $50 per family. Preregistration required. 997-1553. [map]
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 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: Orquesta Ritmo (9:30 p.m.), a Michigan-based 11-piece salsa orchestra formed in the 1970s by Cuban band leader Mike Eyia. Opening acts are the local husband-and-wife duo of acoustic guitar virtuosos Shari Kane & Dave Steele (5 p.m.), the high-energy French interactive parading brass-and-percussion ensemble Transe Express: Les Tambours (6 & 8:30 p.m.), and the acclaimed Chicago-based world music ensemble Chicago Afrobeat Project (7 p.m.). The musicians are followed at 11 p.m. by dancing to music spun by DJ Ayinde Audio.
5 p.m.-midnight, Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free, but donations accepted. 994-5999.
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 6:30 p.m. 

A Night of Italian Arias and 4-Course Dinner: MSV.

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Please join us for a 4-course dinner
and an evening performance by
baritone Jason Duika
Saturday, June 28th
Info at: http://gratzirestaurant.com/events/

(888) 456-3463 (DINE)
Reservations Required
Gratzi, 326 S. Main St. $125/$150/$175. (888) 456-3463. info@msventures.net [map]
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 7:15-9 p.m. 

"DJ Skate".

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Skating to Top 40 music.
7:15-9 p.m. (7-8:50 p.m. on Dec. 31), Arctic Coliseum, 501 Coliseum Dr. (off Manchester Rd., 1/2 mile south of the intersection of Old US-12 & M-52), Chelsea. $5 (children 14 & under, $3) admission, $3 skate rental. 433-4444. [map]
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 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Dan Grueter: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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June 27 & 28. (Note new location.) Fast-rising young Ohio-bred comic, a frequent guest on late-night TV who's known for his wry, quick-witted, and very funny observational humor. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $11 reserved seating in advance, $13 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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 8 p.m. (sold out) 

Delta Rae: The Ark.

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Sold Out.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Sold out. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Robert Cray and Mavis Staples: Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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Double bill. Cray is a perennial Grammy winner who performs a soulful mix of R&B, blues, and rock. He and his band played a major role in the resurgence of roots music, especially blues, and Cray originals like "Bad Influence" have been covered by artists from Albert King to Eric Clapton. Mavis Staples is a legendary gospel, soul, and R&B diva who first came to prominence with her father and sisters as a member of--and the most riveting voice in--the Staple Singers gospel and soul vocal quartet. Her subsequent career as an R&B and pop-soul vocalist has been buoyed by the resources of her gospel voice with its trademark blend of awesome power and shimmering grace, punctuated here and there with a startling growl.
8 p.m., Power Center. Tickets $45 & $55 in advance at tickets.a2sf.org, the Michigan Ticket Office, & by phone. 764-2538.
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 8 p.m. 

State of Fifths: Mangiamo Italian Grill Acoustic Routes Concert.

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This 16-member coed a cappella chorus from MSU performs original arrangements of hits by U2, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Wonder, Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, Delta Rae and many others.
8 p.m., Mangiamo, 107 W. Michigan Ave, Saline. $15 by reservation and at the door. Preferred seating for dinner customers. 429-0060. [map]
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 9:15 p.m.-12:30 a.m.  Free! 

University Lowbrow Astronomers.

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A chance to join local astronomy buffs for a look at the sky through instruments, including the Peach Mountain Observatory's huge, 24-inch McMath telescope. Participants encouraged to bring their own telescopes. Visitors must turn off all electronic equipment (car radios, transmitters, phones, etc.) at the observatory entrance. Program canceled if sky is overcast at sunset or if the weather is extremely inclement. If in doubt, call 975-3248 after 4 p.m. day of event.
Sunset-11 p.m. or later (as long as the sky remains clear), Peach Mountain Observatory, North Territorial Rd. (about 1 1⁄4 miles west of Hudson Mills Metropark), Dexter. Free. 975-3248.
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On August 4, 2013, Christie wrote:
I've always wondered what was hidden behind that mysterious gate on North Territorial. I learned a lot last night from all of the hobbyist and professional astronomers who brought out their big telescopes to look at the "double-double" (two double stars of Lyra), Saturn (with the ring and all), globular and open clusters, and three other galaxies. Thank you to everyone for being so willing to share what you know and to show off your technology!




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