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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, August 6, 2014






 
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 8 a.m.  Free! 

"Early Morning Ride from Ann Arbor West Side": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Moderate-paced 40-mile ride to Chelsea or Whitmore Lake and beyond.
10 a.m. (Apr., Oct., & Nov.), 9 a.m. (May, June & Sept.), & 8 a.m. (July & Aug.) Bird Hills Park parking lot, Newport Rd. Free. 649-9762.
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Superior Salem Dirt Road": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Wed. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 19 miles or more along gravel country roads.
9 a.m., Trinity Presbyterian Church parking lot, Gotfredson Rd. at Ann Arbor-Plymouth Rd. Free. 248-437-5067, 663-5060, 663-8980.
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 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Kids' Camp: Global Gourmet - AM.

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There's no shortage of interesting, international recipes out there and since we only have four days, here are some of our favorites. The yin & yang of Chinese flavors, incredible Indian spices, fresh ingredients in Mexican cooking, and Italian classics. This series will leave you not only with a full belly, but a tasty collection of recipes. We hope to broaden your palate by introducing bold flavors and textures from our featured countries. We'll teach knife skills, baking, frying, and grilling. This summer cooking camp is for kids ages 8 and up. Full participation. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $225/child. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Drop in Play: Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor.

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Drop in and enjoy playing with your little one(s) (ages 6 months - 4 years welcome) in our cheerful safe play space. We will have lots of toys for all ages to play with. There's a slide, kitchen, ride-on toys and tons of other options. We'll even be bringing in the swings and Jump-a-roo for the little ones.
This is an open play session. Parents/caregivers supervise and socialize. Bring a friend, bring the kids and let them play while you get a chance to chat or meet new friends while you are here. Coffee and snacks available for $1.You are welcome to bring your own snacks for your family (no peanuts/ peanut products please).
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk. $5 per child. 734-973-1014. info@lamazefamilycenter.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
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 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Open Studio: USArtQuest.

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Open Studio
All welcome to come with your projects & lunch. Share your day with other creatives.
USArtQuest, 18650 West Old US 12, Chelsea. $10. 800-766-0728. AskAnything@usartquest.com www.USArtQuest.com [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon 

"Nature's Detectives": U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

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All kids, accompanied by a parent, invited to participate in a guided "botanical whodunit" hike to look for clues along the Sam Graham Trees Trail.
10 a.m.-noon, Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. $5 per child; metered parking. Preregistration recommended. 647-7600. [map]
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 11:30 a.m., and 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 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-12:30 p.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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 1:30-4:30 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Kids' Camp: Global Gourmet - PM.

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There's no shortage of interesting, international recipes out there and since we only have four days, here are some of our favorites. The yin & yang of Chinese flavors, incredible Indian spices, fresh ingredients in Mexican cooking, and Italian classics. This series will leave you not only with a full belly, but a tasty collection of recipes. We hope to broaden your palate by introducing bold flavors and textures from our featured countries. We'll teach knife skills, baking, frying, and grilling. This summer cooking camp is for kids ages 8 and up. Full participation. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $225/child. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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 1:30-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Camp Nicola's Books for Kids!": Nicola's Books.

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Every Wed. Nicola's staffers lead craft activities for kids ages 7-12. This year's theme is "Fun with Science." Crafts come from books which must be purchased in advance (20% discount). Aug. 6: Pop Bottle Science. Aug. 13: The Klutz Guide to the Galaxy. Aug. 20: The Book of Totally Irresponsible Science. Aug. 27: Top Secret: A Handbook of Codes, Ciphers and Secret Writing.
1:30-3 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. $5 materials fee. Preregistration required. 662-0600. [map]
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 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Make a Wand": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft activity for kids in grades K-5.
2-3 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Steampunk Jewelry with Kelsey": Saline District Library.

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Crafter Kelsey Keyes leads a craft for teens.
3 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [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 & 7:30 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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 4:15 & 7 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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 5:30 p.m. sharp  Free! 

"West Side Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Wed. Moderate/fast-paced 25-mile ride and slow-paced ride, 13-18 miles, to the Dexter Dairy Queen and back. Now in its 37th year, this ride is a favorite with newcomers and casual riders.
6 p.m. (May-July) & 5:30 p.m. (Apr. & Aug.-Oct.) sharp, meet at at Paladin (formerly Sweepster) parking lot, 2800 N. Zeeb Rd. Free. 426-5116 (longer ride), 665-4552 & 761-2659 (shorter ride). [map]
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 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Bike & Brew Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Tues. Apr.-Oct. 20-mile ride, at various paces, through Milan to the area around Britton-Macon.
5:30 p.m., meet at Saline municipal parking lot, Ann Arbor Rd. south of US-12, Saline. Free. 747-1862.
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 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Structure Determines Function": Simpson Family Chiropractic.

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Attend our Free Community Workshop! Discover how to preserve your health before it is too late.
Simpson Family Chiropractic, 3219 Broad St. Suite 106, Dexter. Free. 734-253-2114. simpsonfamilychiropractic@gmail.com www.dexterchiro.com [map]
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 6 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Sun. & Tues.-Fri. All invited to compete in tournaments of this popular collectible card game using Elder Dragon Highlander (Tues.), Legacy (Wed.), modern constructed (Thurs.), standard constructed (Fri.), and booster draft (Sun.) decks. Prizes. Bring your own cards (except Sun.).
6 p.m. (Tues.-Fri.) & 1 p.m. (Sun.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (Tues., free; Sun., $15 includes cards). 786-3746. [map]
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 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Saline Woodcarvers.

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Carvers of all abilities invited to work on projects, with help from club members. Knives and block-out and rough-cut patterns for sale.
6-8 p.m., Saline Area Senior Center, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 944-1918. [map]
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 6-8 p.m. 

"Super Comics Challenge": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Wed., July 9-Aug. 13. Comics artist Jerzy Drozd, a contributing editor to the online comics anthology sugaryserials.com, leads adults teens in grade 6 & up in a series of 6 weekly drop-in programs during which they design dangerous fortresses, awesome heroes, lugubrious villains, and unlock achievements of the comics-storytelling masters.
6-8 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower between Stone School & Packard. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

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

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The Adoptive & Foster Parent Retention and Recruitment program is here to support you through the rewarding journey of fostering and adopting. AFPRR provides supportive services to families interested in becoming licensed foster and/or adoptive parents and to current foster and adoptive families. Please RSVP if you are interested in attending one of our orientations. Reservations are recommended as orientations may be cancelled if there are no participants registered. Feel free to contact us for more information on fostering and/or adopting!
Orchards Children's Services, 1995 Highland Drive, Suite F. Free. (734)474-5538. AFPRR@orchards.org [map]
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 7-9 p.m. 

Weekly Ecstatic Transformational Dance: Caryn Simon.

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SheddingSkins: Ecstatic Dance is a dynamic movement practice of being in your body that ignites creativity, connection, and community. This practice facilitates deep and unending explorations, moving the dancer beyond self-imposed limitations and isolation into new depths of creativity and connection. Each rhythm is interpreted by individuals in a uniquely personal way, opening them to a new sense of freedom and possibility that is both surprising and healing, exhilarating as well as deeply restorative. When we practice SheddingSkins: Ecstatic Dance, we learn to creatively express aggressiveness and vulnerability, emotions and anxieties, edges and ecstasies. It reconnects us to cycles of birth & death and hooks us into humanity and the spirit of all living things. Within the group context we create connection and community and hone our instincts and our intuitions. We are made up of all walks of life - every culture, religion, race, gender, age and sexual preference are welcome.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103, suite 22. $15. 734-646-1351. artemisia418@gmail.com [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Library Magic": Saline District Library.

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Performance by the popular, award-winning Ann Arbor magician Jeff Wawrzaszek.
7 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]
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 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

History of Books & Printing Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to discuss Nicholas Basbanes's On Paper: The Everything of Its Two-Thousand-Year History.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Stark Raving MADrigal Singers.

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Every Wed., June-Aug. Singers of all abilities invited to join in singing madrigals and other Elizabethan part songs in a casual, sociable setting in a private home.
7:30 p.m., location TBA. Free. 973-3264, 994-3438.
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 7:30-10 p.m.  Free! 

Visitors Night: Ann Arbor Model Railroad Club.

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All invited to check out the trains whizzing around on the club's big, elaborate layout, housed in a depot restored by the club.
7:30-10 p.m., Michigan Central depot, 3487 Broad, Dexter. Free. 426-5100. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Open Stage: The Ark.

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All acoustic performers invited. Fifteen acts are selected randomly from those who sign up to perform 8 minutes (or 2 songs) each. The most talented and popular Open Stage performers are offered their own evenings at the Ark.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $3 (students & members, $2). 761-1451. [map]
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 9-11 p.m. 

Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.

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Every Wed. Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner needed. Bring casual or nicer shoes that stay on your feet when you're active. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson. Followed Apr. 9 & 23 at 11 p.m. by "Late Night @ Silvio's" swing dancing (see Nightspots).
9-11 p.m., Michigan Union Vandenburg Room (July) & Pendleton Room (all Aug. dates except Aug. 27, Anderson Room). $5 (students, $4; $1 discount for members). 945-8428. [map]
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