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Calendar of Events

Saturday, August 9, 2014

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 7:30 a.m.-10 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.

 8 a.m.  Free! 

"Dexter Breakfast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sat. (except July 11), Apr.-Nov. 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 (May 16), 426-4989 (May 23), 223-6042 (May 30), 604-0696 (June 6), 546-1047 (June 13), 994-6340 (June 20), 483-0448 (June 27), 647-4409 (July 4), 604-0696 (July 18), 426-4989 (July 25). [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 a.m.  Free! 

Dexter Wellness Walk: Dexter Wellness Coalition.

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Join us for a moderately paced, one hour walk around the beautiful village of Dexter or B2B trail. Walks begin at 9:00 a.m., usually at the Dexter Library. First time participants receive a water bottle and tee shirt. Strollers and dogs welcome! Walks occur year round, weather permitting. Current information available at our website or FB page.
Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine Street, Dexter. Free. 734-846-2791. [map]

 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Eco-Restoration Workday: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.

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Aug. 9 & 16. All invited to help Matthaei staff members remove invasive plants. Dress for outdoor work. Tools provided, or bring your own. Note: Kids age 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Youth ages 16-18 must submit a permission form.
9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Arb Reader Center (Aug. 9), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (Aug. 16), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration required by phone or email., 647-8528. [map]

 9 a.m.-4:30 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]

 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.-2:30 p.m. 

Sunset Flavor Tour: SUNSET®.

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Stop by our FLAVOR mobile food truck to try delicious, chef-prepared recipes featuring SUNSET® products, receive coupons to use towards SUNSET® products, meet the chefs-on-board, win great prizes, and more!
Whole Foods, 990 W Eisenhower Pkwy. [map]

 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Bag of Books Sale: Friends of Saline District Library.

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Sale of books.
10 a.m.-2 p.m., SDL Brecon Room, 555 N. Maple, Saline. $5 per bag (2nd bag free). 429-5450. [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 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Antique Tractor & Equipment Show": Waterloo Area Farm Museum.

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Aug. 9 & 10. Displays of everything from horse-drawn plows and steam-powered machines to modern farm equipment. Also, wagon rides, a pie-eating contest, a log-sawing contest, a "slow" race (to see which tractor is the slowest), and tours of the 10-room farmhouse ($3).
10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Aug. 9) & 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Aug. 10), 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. Free. (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]

 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 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Lights, Camera, Action: Talk Up Your Favorite Library Item": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to drop by to record a video interview extolling their favorite AADL book, movie, magazine, science tool, etc., for posting on the AADL website.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., AADL 4th floor, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 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, 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]

 12:45, 3:45, & 7 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. 

"Critters Up Close!": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Aug. 9 & 10. Leslie Science and Nature Center staff show live animals. Also, animal-oriented hands-on activities.
1-4 p.m., AAHOM Michigan Nature Gallery, 220 E. Ann. $11 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Mother to the Motherless": Barnes & Noble.

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Huruma Children's Home (Nairobi) director Mama Zipporah discusses her memoir about her rise from the depths of poverty to found one of the most successful children's shelters in Kenya. Signing.
1 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Ancient/Modern Gallery Conversation": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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Aug. 3 & 9. U-M museum studies professor Carla Sinopoli (Aug. 3) and art & design professor Franc Nunoo-Quarcoo (Aug. 9) lead discussions of the current exhibit of everyday objects that have remained relatively unchanged for millennia.
2 p.m., Kelsey Museum Upjohn entrance, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304.

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Magnet Crafts": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades K-8 invited to use a variety of craft supplies to transform a bottle cap and clothespin magnets into critters, monsters, people, or anything else you like.
2-3 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [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 & 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]

 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 p.m. 

"Family Campout": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Aug. 9 & 16. Families invited to bring tents, sleeping bags, and lawn chairs for this overnight campout. Evening activities include crafts, fishing, games, a campfire with s'mores, and more. Pancake breakfast ($1) available Sunday morning.
6 p.m. until Sun. morning (tent setup begins at 2 p.m.), Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. Preregistration required. $7 (per person) camping fee. $5 vehicle entry fee. 484-9676, ext. 0. [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. 

Beausoleil: The Ark.

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Led by fiddler Michael Doucet, Beausoleil is one of the most influential bands in the revival of interest in the Cajun music of French Louisiana. Its repertoire includes everything from Cajun, Creole, and medieval French music to zydeco, New Orleans jazz, island rhythms, and southern boogie. The band's new CD, From Bamako to Carencro, explores the largely neglected African roots of Cajun music. A big favorite with local audiences.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office ( and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Jim Cooney & Friends: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth Cafe 704 Coffeehouse.

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Local guitarist Cooney is joined by pianist Andrew Song and multi-instrumentalist Laurel Emrys for performances of works by Debussy and Bach. Also Cooney performs with 2 of his regular ensembles, the versatile jazz, country, pop, and folk trio Isosceles and the Latin, jazz, and pop dance band West Park Music Society.
8-10 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $8 ($15 for 2). 327-0270. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Lyle Lovett & His Large Band: The Ark.

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Texas singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett has established himself as one of the most inventive and original voices in country music since Willie Nelson. His lyrics are distinguished by their emotionally powerful down-home imagery, acidic epigrammatic wit, and subversively ironic playfulness, and his music and song forms draw imaginatively on several traditions, from jump blues, western swing, honky-tonk, and country waltzes to folk balladry and hipster jazz. He's backed tonight by his Large Band, an agile neo-Western swing ensemble that's inflected with strong doses of gospel, R&B, bluegrass, and jazz.
8 p.m., Michigan Theater, 316 S. Main. Tickets $49.50 & $75 in advance at all Ticketmaster outlets &, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Paddle Trips: Huron River Watershed Council.

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Experience the quiet waters of the Huron River with expert paddlers Ron Sell, Barry Lonik, and the HRWC staff. Each trip includes discussion regarding the river's water ecology, history, and unique features. Shuttle transportation is provided. Bring your own watercraft, gear, food, drinking water and appropriate clothing for the weather. Every paddler must wear a flotation device - bring your own.
Saturday, May 17
Bruin Lake Chain, birding focus
Saturday, June 21
Summer Solstice Paddle Island Park to Peninsular Dam
Thursday, July 24
Oakwoods Metropark
Saturday, August 9
Full Moon Paddle Pickerel Lake to Crooked Lake
Sunday, September 21
Paddle/Pedal trip
Hudson Mills to Dexter-Huron Metropark (and biking back)
Multiple. $35 (members, $25). (734) 769-5123.

 8 p.m. 

"Floorplay Dance Competition": Footnotes.

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All invited to compete in dance competitions in several categories, including reverse role tango, same sex rumba, 3-person salsa, and others. Also, professional dance performances. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.
8 p.m., Footnotes, 4531 Concourse (off S. State across from the airport). $25 donation, plus $10 per couple to compete in each category., 926-0107. [map]

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