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Calendar of Events

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Who wrote this?   Ann Arbor Observer tree logo Observer editors    community member community members
 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:
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:
Detroit Zoo, 8450 W 10 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067. Donation. $25. 248-528-1745. [map]

 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. [map]

 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]

 9-10:30 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.-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. [map]

 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.

 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.

 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.

 10:30-11 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]

 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.-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]

 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.

 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.  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]

 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]

 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]

 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 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. [map]

 1 p.m. 

Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Programs presented by Hudson Mills naturalist Mark Irish.

July 11 (11 a.m., Hudson Mills Metropark Rapid View area): "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.

July 18 (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 25 (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. 8 (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. 13 (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 (19 a.m., Hudson Mills Metropark Rapid View area): ""Hudson Mills Canoe & Kayak Race." Approximately 5.5-mile single and tandem races with prizes for top 3 male and female finishers in each category. Categories organized by boat length. Bring your own boat. $25 entry fee.

Various times, park activity center (except as noted), 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. Various fees. Preregistration required. $7 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]

 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, [map]

 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.

 3-6 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]

 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]

 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Raptor Feeding": Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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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]

 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. 

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 995-7281.

 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]

 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 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
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. [map]

 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; $15 at the door (kids age 11 & under, free with paying adult). [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.

 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]

 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. 

"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). [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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