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Calendar of Events

Saturday, August 2, 2014






 
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 7 a.m. 

Walk Like MADD: MADD Michigan.

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What: Walk Like MADD is your chance to prevent other families from experiencing the pain and lifelong emptiness that results from a drunk driving crash. By coming together to eliminate drunk driving, Walk Like MADD allows participants to turn tragedy into triumph. - See more at: http://support.madd.org/site/TR?sid=4930&type=fr_informational&pg=informational&fr_id=3631#sthash.Xx6nWOkh.dpuf
When: August 2nd, 2014
Registration begins at 7:00, the walk begins at 8:30
Where: Detroit Zoo
8450 W 10 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067
Why: Walk like MADD is your chance to do something about drunk driving in our community. This year, thousands of people in over 60 cities around the nation will participate in 5K events to eliminate drunk driving from our roadways. Will you join us? - See more at: http://support.madd.org/site/TR/WalkLikeMADD/WalkLikeMADDwlm_?pg=entry&fr_id=3631#sthash.s5XqDc1Q.dpuf
Detroit Zoo, 8450 W 10 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067. Donation. $25. 248-528-1745. sue.strong@madd.org http://support.madd.org/site/TR/WalkLikeMADD/WalkLikeMADDwlm_?pg=entry&fr_id=3631 [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.  Free! 

"Dressage at Waterloo": Waterloo Hunt Club.

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Aug. 1-3 & 21-24. Competitive equine ballet by skilled regional horses and riders, highlighted by graceful freestyle routines set to music. Bring your own lawn chairs; no pets. Concessions.
8 a.m.-5 p.m., Waterloo Hunt Club, Glenn at Katz (west off Mount Hope Rd. from I-94 exit 150), Grass Lake. Free admission. 426-2088.
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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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 9-10:30 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.
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 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 

Childbirth Preparation Classes: Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor.

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Our one-time class offers pregnant women and their partners the basics of childbirth preparation in an all-day, condensed format. Several topics are covered, including the various stages of labor, an introduction to relaxation and breathing techniques, comfort measures and positions for labor and delivery, pain management options, cesarean birth, and early postpartum.
This class does not offer instruction on breastfeeding. We highly recommend registering for our Breastfeeding 101 and Transition to Work class to prepare yourself for the adventure.
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk. $190. 734-973-1014. info@lamazefamilycenter.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
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 9:30 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Butterfly Bonanza": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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WAS members with a knack for finding a variety of butterflies--John Swales, Roger Wykes, and (perhaps) Roger Kuhlman--lead a hike through the spacious Leonard Preserve.
9:30 a.m.-noon, Leonard Preserve, meet in the parking lot off at the dead end of Union Street north off Main west of M-52, Manchester. Free. 994-3569.
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 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

36th Annual Dixboro Fair: Dixboro United Methodist Church.

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Community fair with a popular petting zoo, kids games, hot dogs, homemade pies, live music, and more. Also, Dale Leslie gives a talk on life in Dixboro (1 p.m.) and a live auction (2 p.m.).
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Dixboro Village Green, Plymouth Rd. at Cherry Hill Rd. (2 miles east of US-23). Free admission. 665-5632.
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 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. [map]
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 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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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]
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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.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Spanish Playgroup: Manzanitas Spanish Immersion Preschool.

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Spanish stories and songs geared toward kids ages 6 months to 5 years, accompanied by a parent. Siblings welcome.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Manzanitas, 511 Miller. Free. (Park in the church lot off Chapin.) 369-6563. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Health and Wellness: Community Vinyasa Yoga": Ann Arbor District Library.

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A2 Yoga instructor Raina LaGrand introduces adults and teens in grade 6 & up to the basics of this yoga style which integrates breath with movement. Dress prepared to work out and bring a mat if you have one.
10:30 a.m.-noon, AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Nature Explorers": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Aug. 2 & 16. WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance leads nature programs for kids ages 4-6. Aug. 2: "Hiking with Henry" includes a reading of the Thoreau-inspired children's story Henry Hikes to Fitchburg. Followed by a hike. Aug. 16: "Animals of the Night" includes a chance to learn about nocturnal animals.
10:30-11:30 a.m., County Farm Park, Platt Rd. entrance. Free; preregistration required. 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! 

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! 

"Hunting Mastodons": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute interactive demo exploring how scientists study the evidence of mastodon hunting by people living in Michigan during the last Ice Age. Geared toward adults and kids age 5 & up.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Natural History 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 art on display in the permanent collections. Followed by an art activity. For kids ages 4-7 accompanied by a parent. Siblings welcome.
11:15 a.m., UMMA (meet in front of the museum store), 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 Museum of Natural History Planetarium.

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Daily (except July 4), June 30-Aug. 31. Various different audiovisual planetarium shows.

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

Larry Cat in Space (12:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. in July) is a playful cartoon about an inquisitive cat that learns more than it wanted to know about life in space when it stows away on a shuttle to be with its owner, a scientist on her way to the Moon.

The Little Star That Could (12:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. in Aug.) is about an average yellow star on a search for a planet of its own to warm who meets other stars on the way and learns about the solar system. Stars to Starfish ((12:30 p.m. Sat.) is an animated show that compares the exploration of outer space with the exploration of the Earth's oceans.

Light Years from Andromeda (2:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.) is an audiovisual show narrated by Star Trek actor Michael Dorn that shows the changes that occurred on Earth during the 2.8 million years it took a light beam to travel from Andromeda.

Hubble Vision (2:30 p.m. Sat.) is an audiovisual show about the discoveries made by the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Various times, Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [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, 4:30, 7, & 8 p.m. 

"Boyhood": Michigan Theater.

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Aug. 1-7. (Richard Linklater, 2014). Groundbreaking story about a boy growing up that was filmed with the same cast over the course of 12 years. Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette.
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]
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 1-4 p.m. 

Fundraiser for Loca Para-Equestrian: Cedar Ridge Equestrian Center.

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Cedar Ridge Equestrian Center is hosting a fundraiser with pony rides and a silent auction on Saturday and Sunday, August 2-3 from 1-4pm each day. In addition, the Center will offer a sign-up for four one-hour lessons with a CREC instructor for $60.
All proceeds from the fundraiser and lessons will be donated to Sydney Collier, who is representing the US Para-Equestrian Dressage Team in the 2014 AllTech FEI World Equestrian Games in France this August-September.
Cedar Ridge Equestrian Center, 5415 Waters Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $10 donation. 734-476-8346. pony4carol@att.net [map]
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 1 p.m. 

Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Programs presented by Hudson Mills naturalist Mark Irish.

June 7 (10 a.m.-1 p.m., Rapids View picnic area): "First Casts in Fishing." All invited to try their hand at fishing. Pole rentals and bait available, or bring your own. No fishing license required this weekend only. $3.

June 21 (10 a.m.): "Amazing Amphibians." Display and discussion of live specimens of frogs, toads, and salamanders, followed by a hike to a pond to look for amphibians in their natural habitat. Geared toward young audiences; parents welcome. $3 per child.

July 12 (11 a.m.): "Kids Bug Hunt." Kids ages 2-10 invited to look for and learn about some of the insects that inhabit Hudson Mills. $5 (kids, $3).

July 13 (10 a.m.): "West River Trail Bike Hike." All invited to ride their bike on a trail along the Huron River, with stops to relax and learn about the park's varied habitats. $5 (kids, $3).

July 27 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.): "A Dog Day of Summer." All invited to bring their dog for training clinics, herding demos, doggie contests, tips from local vets, and more. $3 (dogs free).

Aug. 2 (1 p.m.): "Kids in the Creek." Kids invited to collect and observe some of the large and small inhabitants of the Huron River ecosystem. Wear boots and be prepared to get wet feet. $3 per child.

Aug. 9 (7:45 a.m., meet at the Dexter-Huron Metropark parking lot near the tollbooth, Huron River Dr. about 1/2 mile east of Mast Rd.): "Huron River Clean-Up." All invited to help clean up the Huron River by canoe. Those under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Lunch provided. FREE.

Aug. 16 (8 p.m.): "Bats in the Night Sky." Indoor talk about bats followed by a trek outside to look for bats living in the park. $5 (kids, $3).

Aug. 23 (10 a.m.-2 p.m., meet at the Dexter-Huron Metropark parking lot near the tollbooth, Huron River Dr. about 1/2 mile east of Mast Rd.): "Huron River Fly Fishing Festival." Representatives of Schultz Outfitters and Baliwicks Outdoors offer fly fishing demos and casting tips and discuss why the Huron River is great for fly fishing. Casting and tying contests. $3.

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Various times, park activity center (except as noted), 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. Various fees. Preregistration required. $7 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]
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 1:15 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, michtheater.org. [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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 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

Pittsfield Open Band: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Aug. 2 & 16. All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. Bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book if you have them. Note: The Aug. 16 jam is a practice for that evening's contra dance (see 16 Saturday listing).
3-6 p.m. (Aug. 2) & 4-6 p.m. (Aug. 16), Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. Free. 994-9307. [map]
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 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 theencoretheatre.org and at the door. 268-6200. [map]
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 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Raptor Feeding": Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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Every Sat. LSNC volunteers feed and answer questions about the center's red-tailed hawk, peregrine falcon, and other resident raptors, who may come out of their enclosures to eat.
3-4 p.m. Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. Free. 997-1553. [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 p.m. 

Guiness International Champions Cup.

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Soccer game between Manchester United and Real Madrid. Preceded on Aug. 1 by Manchester United open training ($67 for spectators).
4 p.m., U-M Stadium. $141 & up in advance at vividseats.com. 995-7281.
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

In Good Company African American Book Club.

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All invited to join a discussion of The Last Warner Woman, Kei Miller's novel about a Jamaican prophet who is sent to live in England where she's eventually locked away in a mental hospital.
4 p.m., Nicola's Books, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 4:45 p.m. 

"A Summer's Tale": Michigan Theater.

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(Eric Rohmer, 1996). Recently released in the U.S. for the first time, this romantic comedy concerns a young mathematician who, much to his surprise, ends up juggling relationships with 3 women on his vacation in Brittany. French, subtitles.
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]
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 5 p.m. 

Dinner at Green Things Farm: Green Things Farm.

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Join us out at Green Things Farm this us Saturday August 2, for a Mediterranean-themed meal on the farm prepared by Rachel Johnson of Relish! The summer harvest is here! We will be featuring our heirloom tomatoes, eggplants, and so much more. There will be meat and vegetarian dinner options. Suggested donation $35-55. Learn more and reserve your spot at https://sites.google.com/site/greenthingsfarm/farm-dinners
Farm tours start at 5pm; dinner around 5:30.
Green Things Farm is located in NE Ann Arbor, 3835 Nixon Rd.
Green Things Farm, 3825 Nixon. $35-$55 donation. 734-604-9643. acsweetman@gmail.com www.greenthingsfarm.com [map]
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 5:30 p.m. 

Roller Derby Doubleheader: Ann Arbor Derby Dimes.

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Two roller derby bouts, including the local Arbor Bruising Company vs. the Grand Raggidy G-Rap Attack (Grand Rapids) and the local Brawlstars vs. the Grand Raggidy All Stars.
5:30 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.), Buhr Park Ice Rink, 2751 Packard. $12 in advance at brownpapertickets.com/event/683318; $15 at the door (kids age 11 & under, free with paying adult). A2derbydimes.org. [map]
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 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Arrows Away": Waterloo Recreation Area.

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Every Thurs. & Sat. through Aug. 23. WRA park interpreter Katie McGlashen helps adults and kids age 8 & up learn to target shoot with a bow & arrow. Equipment provided.
3-4:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 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.
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 7:30-9 p.m. 

"Drum 4 Wellness Circle": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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All invited to join a facilitated drum circle. Bring a drum or use one provided.
Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $5 suggested donation. 480-1219. . [map]
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 8-11 p.m. 

1st Saturday Contra: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Glen Morningstar calls to live music by Aunt Lu and the Oakland County All Stars. All dances taught; no partner needed. Wear flat, smooth-sole shoes.
8-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. $10 (members, $9; students, $5). 769-1052. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

A Midsummmer Night's Dream": Brass Tacks Ensemble.

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July 25 & 26 and Aug. 1, 2, & 7-9. This local ensemble presents Shakespeare's delightful comic fantasy, set in an enchanted forest, about a jealous tiff between the king and queen of the fairies, and the more or less unfortunate mortal lovers snared in their mischief. Cast: Mary Conley, Christina D'Amato, Liane Golightly, Jenna Hinton, Greg Kovas, Jeffrey Miller, Laura Tanner, & David Widmayer.
8 p.m., Ann Arbor Civic Theater Studio Space (July 25 & 26 and Aug. 1 & 2), 322 W. Ann, & Kerrytown Concert House (Aug. 7-9), 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15 (students, $5). Reservations recommended via BTEreservations@gmail.com. 769-2999. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Mustard's Retreat: The Ark.

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Longtime local favorites Michael Hough and David Tamulevich perform both traditional songs and original pieces that alternate between Hough's sometimes spellbinding, sometimes humorous narrative ballads, and Tamulevich's poignant lyrical songs. According to songwriter Garnet Rogers, Mustard's Retreat "represents everything that is best about folk music. Their songs have entered the lexicon of anonymous folk songs." Both Hough and Tamulevich are accomplished guitarists, and they also play banjo, mandolin, flute, autoharp, harmonica, and tin whistle.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 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, contact@carriagehousetheatre.org. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Milonga Picante": U-M Michigan Argentine Tango Club.

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June 7 & 21. Tango dancing to music spun by a DJ.
8 p.m.-midnight, Michigan Union Pendleton Room. $10 (members, $5). umich.edu/~matc. [map]
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