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Calendar of Events

Friday, August 8, 2014

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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Joe's Breakfast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Fri. Slow-paced rides, 20 miles or more, to the Coney Island in Whitmore Lake for a 10:30 a.m. breakfast or early lunch.
10 a.m. (Apr. & Nov.) & 9 a.m. (May-Oct.), meet in the back parking lot across the wooden bridge, Bandemer Park, Barton Dr. at Whitmore Lake Dr. Free. 476-4944.

 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

"US-12 Heritage Trail Sale": Saline Area Historical Society Fundraiser.

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Aug. 8 & 9. This yard sale is part of a statewide event with various sales along the road between Detroit and New Buffalo.
9 a.m.-5 p.m., Rentschler Farm Museum, 1265 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. Free admission. 944-0442. [map]

 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.

 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Creekin' for Crayfish." Waterloo Recreation Area.

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WRA park interpreters lead a walk along the creek bed in search of crayfish and other aquatic invertebrates. Wear shoes and clothes that can get wet. Buckets & nets provided.
10-11 a.m., Mill Lake Outdooor Center, Bush Rd. (follow the signs from the north end of Pierce Rd. off I-94 exit 157), Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. Free. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.

 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, July & Aug. . 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.

The Little Star That Could (12:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.) 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.

Waiting Far Away (12:30 p.m. Sat.) is an exploration about far away places both in the universe and in our imagination.

Exploring New Horizons (2:30 p.m. daily) is an audiovisual show about the mission of the New Horizons spacecraft to a dwarf planet that also explores the history and importance of the scientific method.

Various times, Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]

 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]

 Noon-6 p.m. 

Used Book Sale: Friends of the Dexter District Library.

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The Friends of the Dexter District Library
Dexter Daze Used Book Sale
Friday, August 8, 2014, 12 noon to 6 pm
Saturday, August 9, 2014, 9 am to 3 pm
$5.00 fill-a-bag sale: August 9 from 3:15 pm to 4:30 pm
Dexter District Library
3255 Alpine Street
Dexter, MI 48130
As the Friends of the Dexter Library prepare for the Dexter Daze sale in August, they would like to announce that the sale will run for two days. It will begin on Friday, August 8, from 12 noon to 6 pm. On Saturday, August 9, the sale will run from 9 am to 3 pm, followed by a $5.00 fill-a-bag-sale from 3:15 pm until 4:30 pm. During the sale, thousands of titles will be available with selections in many categories, children through adults.
Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine St., Dexter, MI 48130, 3255 Alpine Street, Dexter. Free admission. 734-426-5191. [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]

 1:15 & 4:15 p.m. 

"Venus in Fur": Michigan Theater.

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(Roman Polanski, 2013). Adaptation of David Ives' 2011 play about a writer grumbling about the caliber of actresses who have auditioned for his adaptation of Sacher-Masoch's 1870 novel Venus in Furs, when he is waylaid by a latecomer who exhibits a strange mastery of the material. 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]

 5-11 p.m.  Free! 

Summerfest: Saline Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Aug. 8 & 9. This downtown festival features a large craft show, live music, kids activities, contests, a casino night (Aug. 8, 7-11 p.m.), an electric car show (Aug. 9, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.), a teen block party, trike races, a trolley tour of historic homes and other sites (Aug. 9, noon), a 5-km race with cash prizes (Aug. 9, 8:30 a.m., preregistration available at, food, a beer and wine tent, and more. The Aug. 8 headliner is the versatile Ohio rock cover band 56 Daze. The Aug. 9 headliner is Phoenix Theory, a Detroit rock cover band made up of members of Scoot Magoo, Fifty Amp Fuse, and Uncle Kracker. Updated schedule available at
5-11 p.m. (Aug. 8) & 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. (Aug. 9), downtown Saline. Free admission. 604-0051.

 5 p.m. 

Women's Wellness Retreat for Breast Cancer Survivors: Grass Lake Sanctuary.

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Grass Lake Sanctuary (GLS) is proud to announce it's 4th annual season of Life-Balancing Women's Wellness Retreats for breast cancer survivors!
For the past four years, GLS has been recognized for their trans-formative wellness retreats for breast cancer survivors. Each Life-Balancing Women's Wellness Retreat provides 3-days of exploration and renewal and takes place on the 145-acre Grass Lake Sanctuary Nature Preserve. Participants will rejuvenate and de-stress in the company of powerful peer relationships and participate in heart-opening experiences of yoga, art, Nia, healing massage, and healthy food, all amidst the beauty of nature.
Christine Morgan, a lymphatic drainage specialist who works with women recovering from breast cancer and co-coordinator of the retreats, says, "Research on the past four years of GLS Women's Wellness Retreats has shown that bonding and sharing stories with other survivors, and receiving the heartfelt compassion and nurturing touch of our Women'
Grass Lake Sanctuary, 18580 Grass Lake Road, Manchester MI 48158, Manchester. Scholarships Available. 734-408-1552. [map]

 6-9 p.m. 

Infant CPR and First Aid: Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor.

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Knowing how to administer infant CPR and pediatric first aid is important in any type of situation, whether it's a life-threatening choking situation or just a simple scratch on the arm.
Participants learn infant CPR through classroom work and skills demonstrations in this one-time class taught by an American Heart Association-trained instructor. Class is not limited to expectant parents only - many grandparents and caregivers have benefited from the instruction, as well. Our three-hour class focuses solely on infant CPR and pediatric first aid.
Class fee includes mom and partner also babies in arms (non-crawlers) are welcome. If an additional caregiver would like to attend, the cost is $25/ additional person. Please call the office at 734.973.1014 before registering to add the additional family members.
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk. $85. 734-973-1014. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

Laughter Yoga Circle: Ann Arbor Laughs.

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Join us for a 1/2 hour of laughing for no reason except to your health. Laughter yoga uses exercises to simply laugh, stretch and breathe for positive well-being. Laughter circle plays off everyone attending so we need your joyous spirit. Set yourself in a positive happy state and laugh the stresses of the week away.
Here is a link to the Medford Pavilion.
The park driveway appears on Mapquest to be around 2225 Medford Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. Basically turn south at the Manchester light on Washtenaw (just east of the Washtenaw/Stadium fork). Follow it around and turn left on Medford Rd and follow the signs to the parking lot.
Medford Pavilion in County Farm Park, 2225 Medford Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. Free. 734-368-5237. [map]

 6:30-7 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers.

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Local beekeepers discuss beekeeping strategies. Also, a Q&A for beginning beekeepers.
6:30-7 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Writers Read": Brewed Awakenings Café.

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Local writers TBA read from their books.
6:30 p.m., Brewed Awakenings, 7025 E. Michigan Ave., suite M, Saline. Free. 681-0078. [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Fantasy and Science Fiction/Theory Reading Group: U-M English Department.

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All age 21 & over invited to discuss Superman: Red Son, Mark Millar's graphic novel based on the premise that Superman crashed on the other side of the Iron Curtain and grew up to become Stalin's right-hand man.
7-9 p.m., 3184 Angell Hall. Free. 764-2553. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Jason Bredle & Marc McKee: Literati Bookstore.

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Readings by these 2 poets. Bredle, a U-M creative writing grad, is an award-winning Chicago-based poet whose work is often fantastical and adventurous. "Bredle's gift as a poet is to traverse and re-traverse one looking glass in ten different moods. When he goes through it, we are taken," says poet Melissa Broder. Award-winning Missouri-based poet McKee's 2014 collection, Bewilderness, is full of observations that render the ordinary extraordinary. "These poems sizzle with energy, intelligence, and the kind of humane beauty that struggles to hold off the dark," says poet Kevin Prufer.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Pajama Jam": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades preK-3 (accompanied by an adult) invited come in their PJs and bring their favorite stuffed animal and blanket for a program of bedtime stories and songs.
7-7:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Kirtan.

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All invited to join a group performance of this traditional devotional call-and-response music based on Hindu Vaishnava texts and the writings of poet-saints. Accompanied by live music based on rhythmic Indian ragas on bass guitar, tabla, and drums.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill St. Free, but donations accepted. 761-7435. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Rudolf Steiner Study Circle of Ann Arbor.

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Aug. 8 & 22. Sept. 5 & 19. All invited to join an ongoing discussion of the Steiner's 1908 lecture cycle The Gospel of Saint John. Familiarity with Rudolf Steiner's basic ideas is helpful.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes. Free. 944-4903. [map]

 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 769-2999. [map]

 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]

 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]

 9 p.m.  Free! 

Free Outdoor Movie: "God's Not Dead": Ann Arbor Free Methodist Church.

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Old style outdoor movie on church lawn. Free showing of "God's Not Dead". Free popcorn. BYO chair, blanket, etc. All welcome. 9pm-11pm.
Ann Arbor Free Methodist Church, 1951 Newport Rd. 1 mile N of Miller. Free. 517/930-1040. [map]

 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. 

"Friday Night Swing (& Blues)": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Fri. except July 18 Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. Followed at 11:30 p.m. by blues dancing. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by beginning lessons.
9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $5 (students with ID, $3; $1 discount for AACTMAD members) includes lessons. 417-9857. [map]

 10 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

Angell Hall Observatory Open House: U-M Student Astronomical Society.

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All invited to peer through the telescopes in the observatory and on the Angell Hall roof and to view shows in the planetarium. Also, short astronomy presentations by club members.
10 p.m.-midnight, 5th floor rooftop observatory, Angell Hall (enter through Haven Hall on the Diag side of the building). Free. 764-3440. [map]

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