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Calendar of Events

Saturday, July 26, 2014

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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 [map]

 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Celebrating the Quilt: Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild.

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The Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild presents its biennial quilt show! Our members share with you their quilts ranging from traditional pieced quilts to art quilts to the new modern quilts, from small wall hangings to large bed-sized quilts. You will see quilts that are hand-quilted, machine-quilted and embellished. Some quilts represent a first attempt at quilting or a new technique, and some quilts represent the work of more experienced quilters. Be prepared to be amazed at the wide varieties of quilts and inspired by the hard work and artistry on display.
Morris J Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College, 4800 East Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor. $6. [map]

 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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All invited to help maintain the natural areas in various city parks. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes; tools, snascks, & know-how provided. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance.

Nov. 8: Argo Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet in the parking lot north of the Argo Canoe Livery off Longshore Dr.) to remove invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle.

Nov. 9: Bird Hills Nature Area (1-4 p.m., Bird Rd. entrance west off Huron River Dr.) to collect native plant seeds.

Nov. 15: Barton Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the Barton Dam parking lot, Huron River Dr. near Bird Rd.) to help collect native plant seeds, and Black Pond Woods Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet in the Leslie Science Center parking lot, 1831 Traver Rd.) to learn about its native plants and help collect their seeds.

Dec. 6: Scarlett Mitchell Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at Scarlett Middle School parking lot, 3300 Lorraine off Platt south of Packard) to remove invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle.

Dec. 7: Oakridge Nature Area (1-4 p.m., U-M parking lot, Glazier Way at Huron Pkwy.) to remove invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle from this oak-hickory woods that harbors more than 100 native plant species. 1-4 p.m., various locations. Free.

Various times & locations. Free. 996-3266.

 9-10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Hook, Line, & Sinker": Waterloo Recreation Area.

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Every Sat through Aug. 23. A WRA park interpreter helps beginners learn how to fish. Tackle (including poles) & bait provided. Adults age 17 & older need a valid fishing license.
9-10:30 a.m., Portage Lake Day Use Area fishing pier, Seymour Rd. north off Mt. Hope Rd. (north from I-94 exit 150), Chelsea. Free. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.

 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., 474-6430. [map]

 10 a.m.-11 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Sounds & Sights Festival: Chelsea Area Festivals & Events.

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July 24-26. The festival features a food court on W. Middle Street (Thurs. & Fri. 5-10 p.m. & Sat. noon-10 p.m.) with food from several Chelsea restaurants and a social tent ($5 cover after 6 p.m.) behind the Common Grill (1-5 & 6-11 p.m.) with beer & wine and live music (7-11 p.m. all 3 nights & 2-5 p.m. on July 26 only). On July 25 & 26 only, a KidZone (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) with a variety of activities behind the Clocktower, a juried art market (noon-8 p.m.).

Also, live music and other entertainment on July 24 at the regular weekly Sights & Sounds on Thursday Nights stages (see listing), a classic car show (3-8 p.m.) on July 25, and a pet parade (10 a.m.) and a guided historic downtown walking tour (1-3 p.m.; $5 suggested donation) on July 26.

Social tent evening music schedule: Ben Daniels Band (July 24), a Americana folk-rock quintet led by Chelsea singer-songwriter and guitarist Daniels, whose influences range from Robert Johnson to Dylan to Jack White, with opening sets by the local pop-jazz groove trio Jake Prince Trio, and the Chelsea folk-rock and pop-soul sextet Lottie & the Manatee. Whitey Morgan & the 78s (July 25), a Detroit classic country, honky-tonk, and retro rock band, with an opening set by Bill Bynum & Co., a bluegrass-based quartet led by award-winning Downriver singer-songwriter and guitarist Bynum, whose songs also draw on old-time, early country, gospel, and contemporary folk music. Mega 80's, (July 26), a popular Detroit-area 80s retro party band, with an opening set by The Joe Band, a Joe Cocker Tribute Band fronted by FUBAR singer-guitarist and Kingpins bassist Randy Tessier. July 26 afternoon music schedule TBA.

Complete schedule available at

5-11 p.m. (July 24) & 10 a.m.-11 p.m. (July 25 & 26), Main, Middle, & Park Sts., downtown Chelsea. Free, except for social tent, which is $5 (ages 13-20, $3; age 12 & under, free). No one under age 21 admitted to the social tent after 9 p.m. 475-1145, 433-2787.

 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Guided Tours: Waterloo Area Farm Museum.

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Costumed guides lead tours of the 10-room artifact-filled farmhouse and its outbuildings, including a recently refurbished blacksmith's workshop. The last tour begins at 4:15 p.m.
1-5 p.m., 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 ages 5-12, $2). (517) 596-2254.

 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 

How to Build a Website: HTML & CSS for Beginners (2-Day Workshop): Girl Develop It - Ann Arbor.

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Session #1: Saturday, July 26 @ 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Session #2: Sunday, July 27 @ 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Want to learn how to build your own website? Already have your own Tumblr / WordPress / etc. site, but want to have more control over it? Interested in learning to program, but want to start small? This class is for you!
We will guide you through the basics of HTML and CSS, give you some readily-applicable skills, and answer any questions you may have along the way.
Lunch will be provided by Pillar on both days.
MINIMUM ENROLLMENT: If fewer than 12 students register for this workshop, GDI Ann Arbor may postpone or cancel it. n that event a refund or class credit will be available to any students who have paid to attend.
The Teacher: Breanna Turcsanyi
Sponsor: Pillar Technology
The Forge by Pillar Technology, 1327 Jones Dr., Ann Arbor, MI. $60. [map]

 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

"International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) Match": Tri-County Sportsman's League.

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All invited to shoot around barricades at targets in a simulated self-defense scenario. Bring your own gun and ammunition.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., TCSL, 8640 Moon (between E. Michigan Ave. & Willis Rd.), Saline. $20 per round ($10 per additional round). 429-9561. [map]

 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., 369-8248. [map]

 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]

 10:30 a.m.-noon  Free! 

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

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July 12 & 26. WCPARC naturalists lead nature programs for kids ages 7-12, including "Michigan Trees" (July 12; Scio Woods Preserve, north side of Scio Church Rd. west of Wagner, Scio Twp.) and "Michigan Wildflowers" (July 26; County Farm Park, Platt Rd. entrance).
10:30 a.m.-noon, various locations. Free; preregistration required. $5 vehicle entry fee at Independence Lake. 971-6337, ext. 334.

 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]

 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Every Sat. & Sun. except May 23 & 24. 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]

 1-6 p.m. 

17th Annual Michigan Summer Beer Festival: Michigan Brewers Guild.

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July 25 & 26. Around 3,000 people are expected at this festival that features more than 600 different beers from more than 65 different Michigan craft breweries. Food available. Entertainment schedule TBA.
5-9 p.m. (July 25) & 1-6 p.m. (July 26). Riverside Park, Cross St. at Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $35 (July 25) & $40 (July 26) in advance at, cost TBA at the gate (if available). The price of admission includes 15 beer sample tokens. Designated driver tickets, $5. [map]

 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Painting Circuits with Conductive Paint": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited paint a robot with conductive paint to prep it for an LED network.
1-3 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

Monitor Base Ball Club of Chelsea.

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This 4-year-old club plays baseball using 1860s-era rules against similar teams from around the state.

June 20 (2 p.m.): Bay City Independents.

Aug. 29 (2:30 p.m.): Dexter Union.

Note: The club also hosts the inaugural Ironclad Vintage Base Ball Festival on July 18 (see listing).

Various times, Timbertown Park, Sibley Rd. (west off Main St. north of downtown), Chelsea. Free. 476-8905, 930-6130.

 2 & 8:30 p.m. 

"Spider Survey": Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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All ages (afternoon) and all adults and youth age 8 & up (evening) invited to hike through various habitats to find and identify some of the more common local species and to learn about their importance. Also, a chance to view some non-native arachnids in the lab.
2-4 & 8:30-10:30 p.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver. $8 (family, $30). Space limited; preregistration recommended. 997-1553. [map]

 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Wildflowers of Michigan": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Hike led by WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance.
2-4 p.m., County Farm Park. Free. 971-6337, ext. 335.

 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.

 3 & 8 p.m. 

"Carousel": Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., July 10-Aug. 10. Dan Walker directs this Dexter-based professional company in Rodgers & Hammerstein's classic musical about a Maine carny barker whose life ends in disgrace after he wins the love of a beautiful woman, but he gets a chance to redeem himself after death with one final good deed. The beloved score includes "If I Loved You," "June Is Bustin' Out All Over," and "You'll Never Walk Alone." Stars Joey DeBenedetto, with Darcy Link, Marlene Inman, Mahalia Greenway, Jess Alexander, and Peter Riopelle.
7 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 3 p.m. (Sat., Sun., & Aug. 7), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $32 (seniors & students, $30; youth & groups of 10 or more, $28) on Fri. & Sat. eve. $28 (seniors & students, $26; youth & groups of 10 or more, $24) on Thurs. & all matinees in advance at and at the door. 268-6200. [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]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

! Permaculture & Organic Farming !: Tilian Farm Development Center.

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Permaculture practice and ideas for organic farming systems. Hosted by Roots to Fruits
Washtenaw Food Hub, 4175 Whitmore Lake Road. Free. $5. 734.222.3817. [map]

 4, 6:45, & 9:15 p.m. 

"The Grand Seduction": Michigan Theater.

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(Don McKellar, 2013). A small harbor town does all it can to lure a doctor to relocate there so that it can land a contract for a large factory.
Michigan Theater. $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]

 4:15, 7, & 9 p.m. 

"Ida": Michigan Theater.

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(Pawel Pawlikowski, 2013). A young woman in 1960s Poland is on the verge of taking vows to become a nun when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the Nazi occupation. Polish, subtitles.
Michigan Theater. $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]

 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Arrows Away": Waterloo Recreation Area.

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May 9 & 23, June 6 & 20. WRA park interpreter Katie McGlashen helps adults and kids age 8 & up learn to target shoot with a bow & arrow. Equipment provided.
2-4 p.m., Eddy Discovery Center lower parking lot, Bush Rd. (west off Pierce Rd. from I-94 exit 157), and 6-7:30 p.m. (Sat.), Portage Lake Day Use Area, Seymour Rd. north off Mt. Hope Rd. (north from I-94 exit 150), Chelsea. Free. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee.

 6:30  Free! 

An Evening of Filipino Rondalla Music: U-M Center for Southeast Asian Studies/University of the Philippines Alumni Association of Michigan.

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Featuring Michael Dadap (New York-based classical guitarist) and the Tresates Rondalla (Boston)
6:30 Pre-Concert talk by UM Faculty Member Christi-Anne Castro "Reconsidering Music and the Performance of Ethnic Identity"
Concert begins at 7:00
FREE, but due to limited space, please contact for tickets
Keene Theater, East Quadrangle, 701 E. University Ave. Free. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Elektra": The Penny Seats Theatre Company.

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July 10-12, 17-19, & 24-26. Russ Schwartz directs this local company in its 4th annual outdoor production, the renowned Canadian poet (and U-M classics professor) Anne Carson's translation of Sophocles' classical Greek tragedy about the stunning ferocity with which a Greek princess refuses to accommodate--and eventually avenges--her father's betrayal and murder by her usurping mother. This production is on West Park's brick promenade, with the audience situated on the surrounding grass. Stars Emily Caffery, with Scott Wilding, Sonja Marquis, DeAnnah Kleitz-Singleton, Samer Ajluni, Kez Settle, Katherine Nelson, and Patrick Hanley. Picnic dinner packages catered by a La Rouge available in advance by calling 699-8230, or day of show beginning at 5:30 p.m.
7 p.m. (grounds open at 5:30 p.m.), West Park Band Shell. Tickets $10 in advance at and at the gate. 926-5346.

 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Andy Woodhull: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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June 25 & 26. (Note new location.) Local debut of this up-and-coming Chicago-bred comic who is known for his provokingly off-kilter perspectives on familiar realities. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $12 reserved seating in advance, $14 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 8 p.m. 

The Jesse Kramer Quintet: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Led by Ann Arbor-bred drummer Kramer, this jazz quintet celebrates the release of its debut album, Acacia, whose songs blend jazz with African, Afro-Cuban, and Afro-Brazilian sounds and rhythms. Cash bar. With guitarist Damon Warmack, pianist Glenn Tucker, saxophonist Marcus Elliot, and trumpeter Kris Johnson.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $10-$25 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Homesteaders": Carriage House Theatre.

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July 24-27 & 31 and Aug. 1 & 2. Forrest Hejkal directs local actors in Nina Shengold's 1983 drama, set on an island in Alaska, about a complicated household whose inhabitants spend an eventful summer trying to come to terms with themselves, each other, and the past.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Carriage House Theatre, 541 Third St. $10 suggested donation. 546-6441, [map]

 8 p.m. 

"School for Scandal": Brass Tacks Ensemble.

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Aug. 6-8. James Ingagiolla directs this local ensemble in Sheridan's Restoration classic. One of the greatest comedies of the English-speaking world, it weaves multiple plot lines around the rivalry of brothers for the same woman to create a deliciously withering satire of the sentimentality and shallowness of the English aristocracy. Cast: Nan Bauer, Isaac Ellis, James Ingagiola, Jean Leverich, Cydney Marie, Amanda Photenhauer, Anne S. Rhoades, Jan Romans, Sara Rose, Rachel Toon, and David Widmayer.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15 (students, $5). Reservations recommended via 769-2999. [map]

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