All invited to join a discussion of remnant prairies and oak savannas in the area.
7:30-8:30 a.m., Bruegger's Bagels, 709 North University. Free. 996-3190. [map]
Every Tues., Apr.-Nov. Moderate-paced ride, 36-40 miles, to Chelsea for breakfast.
10 a.m. (Apr. & Nov.) & 9 a.m. (May, June, Sept., & Oct.), 8 a.m. (July & Aug.), Bird Hills Park parking lot, 1900 Newport Rd. Free. 996-8440. [map]
The Mostly Music Camp is a week long fun and educational adventure designed to give the campers a variety of activities.
Date: August 11-15, 2014 9:00 a.m. to noon
Two camps are offered. The Adventures in Music Camp is for children who are age four by the start of camp to entering Grade 1. These students will learn folk dances, create related craft projects, learn about various instruments of the orchestra, develop vocal, rhythmic, listening and social skills, play rhythm instruments, and more.
The Mostly Music Camp is for those students entering Grades 2 -7. Their activities will also be varied, and may include playing the recorder, experimenting with sounds, recorder (basic) composing with hand percussion instruments, learning how to make and use puppets, creating dance movements and learning various dance styles.
Some partial scholarships are available.
Grace Bible Church, 1500 S. Maple Road. $150 Fee. 734-428-8687. firstname.lastname@example.org aaaptgf.org [map]
The Mostly Music Camp is a week-long fun and educational adventure designed to give the campers a variety of activities. Two camps are offered with the purposes of exploring music through singing and instruments, various styles of dance and craft activities such as puppet making, to name a few. Age of the campers is from four to entering grade seven (7) in the fall of 2014. Adventures in Music Camps 1 & 2 are for students age 4 to entering Grade 1. Mostly Music Camp is for students entering Grades 2 - 7. Partial scholarships are available.
Grace Bible Church, 1300 S. Maple Road. $150/week. 734-428-8687. email@example.com aaaptgf.org [map]
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]
Once upon a sunny, summer morning we found a surplus of garden vegetables bursting with flavor and just waiting to be eaten. This final camp of the summer will focus on the abundance of peak season tomatoes, corn, zucchini, cucumbers, and more. From savory to sweet we'll grill, bake, and cook our way through the week. 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]
Every Tues. & Wed. Stories and songs for kids age 2 & up (accompanied by an adult). Note: These storytimes are also offered at 3 AADL branches: Malletts Creek (Wed. 10-10:30 a.m.), 3090 E. Eisenhower between Stone School & Packard; Traverwood (Tues. 11-11:30 a.m.; Wed., 6-6:30 p.m.; & Thurs., 10-10:30 a.m.), 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy.; and Pittsfield (Thurs. 7-7:30 p.m. & Fri. except July 4, 10-10:30 a.m.), 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.
10-10:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 11-11:30 a.m. (Wed.), AADL youth department story room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
Every Tues. All ages invited to play this popular word game. Lunch available for $5.50 (age 60 & over, $3) at 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; reservations required.
10 a.m.-1 p.m., Burns Park shelter (Aug.), Wells at Baldwin, & Senior Center (Sept.), 1320 Baldwin. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]
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]
Every Tues. Activities begin at 11 a.m. with "Energy Exercise" ($4), a 60-minute exercise program led by Maria Farquhar, followed at 1 p.m. by mahjongg, quilting, and other games & activities. Also, at 1:30 p.m., Yiddish Tish, a Yiddish conversation group that also includes readings of Yiddish stories. Homemade buffet luncheon ($3) available at noon. All invited.
11 a.m.-3 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free (except as noted). 971-0990. [map]
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.
Various times, Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
Craft activity for kids in grades K-5.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard), & AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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]
(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, michtheater.org. [map]
Every Tues., May 20-Nov. 4. With a variety of children's activities and/or musical entertainment each week.
Sept. 23: Kids craft activity (4-4:30 p.m.), a kids activity TBA (4:30-5 p.m.), West African drummer Melody Manding (5-5:45 & 6-6:45 p.m.), and community education programs TBA (5-5:45 & 6-6:45 p.m.).
Sept. 30: Kids craft activity (4-4:30 p.m.), a kids activity TBA (4:30-5 p.m.), music by saxophonist Lucas Hopkins (5-5:45 & 6-6:45 p.m.), and community education programs TBA (5-5:45 & 6-6:45 p.m.).
Oct. 7: Kids craft activity (4-4:30 p.m.), a kids activity TBA (4:30-5 p.m.), a puppet play by Nealia Fil (5-5:45 p.m.), guitarist Rollie Tussing (5-5:45 & 6-6:45 p.m.), and community education programs TBA (5-5:45 & 6-6:45 p.m.).
Oct. 14: Kids craft activity (4-4:30 p.m.), a kids activity TBA (4:30-5 p.m.), music TBA (5-5:45 & 6-6:45 p.m.), and community education programs TBA (5-5:45 & 6-6:45 p.m.).
Oct. 21: Kids craft activity (4-4:30 p.m.), storytelling with Beverly Black (4:30-5 p.m.), performances by the Huron Valley Harmonizers barbershop chorus (5-5:45 & 6-6:45 p.m.), and community education programs TBA (5-5:45 & 6-6:45 p.m.).
Oct. 28: Kids craft activity (4-4:30 p.m.), a kids activity TBA (4:30-5 p.m.), guitarist Rollie Tussing (5-5:45 & 6-6:45 p.m.), and community education programs TBA (5-5:45 & 6-6:45 p.m.).
4-7 p.m., Cobblestone Farm, 2781 Packard. Free admission. 971-5870. [map]
Village Harmony teaches and performs, in the U.S. and abroad, the distinctive sounds of world music traditions ranging from Appalachian to American shape-note songs to music from Corsica, Sardinia and Caucasus Georgia, South African dance-songs and Renaissance music from Italy and France. Directors Mollie Stone, Emily Miller and Gideon Crevoshay will offer a hands-on singing workshop teaching wonderful songs from these traditions. (All are welcome!) $10. Pre-register by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org /734-395-2140.
Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $10. 734-395-2140. email@example.com www.villageharmony.org [map]
Every Tues. Apr.-Oct. Fast/moderate-paced ride, 25-30 miles, to the west or north.
6 p.m., Aberdeen Bike & Fitness, 1101 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 678-8297. [map]
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]
Every Tues. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 18-30 miles, to Dexter and back. Geared especially, but not exclusively, for women new to riding.
6 p.m. (Apr.-Sept.) & 5:30 p.m. (Oct.), meet at Barton Park on Huron River Dr. 276-0240.
All adults and youth in grade 3 & up invited to make a keychain that spells your name using colored beads arranged in binary code.
6:30-8 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]
Every Tues. except Aug. 26. Historical and traditional English dancing to live music. All dances taught. No partner or experience needed. Bring flat, nonslip shoes (running shoes OK). First-timers are asked to arrive at 7 p.m.
7-9:30 p.m., Chapel Hill Condominium clubhouse, 3350 Green Rd. (park on Burbank). $8 (students, $4; kids age 13 & under with a parent, free). 665-7704. [map]
Every Mon., Tues. Wed., & Fri. except Oct. 13. All levels of English speakers invited for conversation.
1-2:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch (Mon.), 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.; 7-8:30 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch (Tues. & Wed.), 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy; & 1-2:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch (Fri.), 3090 E. Eisenhower between Stone School & Packard. Free. 327-4555. [map]
All age 21 & over invited to discuss The Magicians, Lev Grossman's fantasy about a high school senior who's inducted into an exclusive college of magic.
7-9 p.m., 3184 Angell Hall. Free. 764-2553. [map]
June 22 & 24: The Muppets Take Manhattan (Frank Oz, 1984). Musical comedy in which Kermit discovers why they say there's a broken heart for every light on Broadway. Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy.
June 29 & July 1: All about Eve (Joseph Mankiewicz, 1950). This multi-Oscar-winning film features Bette Davis in her greatest role as an aging Broadway diva who's clawed her way to the top, only to be threatened by a fan-turned-parasite. With Anne Baxter, George Sanders, and Celeste Holm, and a cameo by Marilyn Monroe.
July 6 & 8: A Hard Day's Night (Richard Lester, 1964). The Beatles' joyously exuberant film debut, a visually arresting, slapstick version of two typical days in their life. Features "Can't Buy Me Love," "And I Love Her," and other early Beatles songs.
July 13 & 15: A Day at the Races (Sam Wood, 1937). The Marx Brothers enter a horse in a steeplechase to win enough money to save from financial ruin a sanitarium where Groucho, a horse doctor illicitly employed as the director, has his eyes on one of the patients, a wealthy hypochondriac.
July 20 & 22: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Steven Spielberg, 1977). Spellbinding classic about alien contact. Richard Dreyfuss.
July 27 & 29: Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, 1939). The classic film musical based on L. Frank Baum's beloved children's fantasy. Judy Garland.
Aug. 3 & 5: Rebel Without a Cause (Nicholas Ray, 1955). Classic drama of teen alienation. James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Jim Backus.
Aug. 10 & 12: Godzilla (Ishiro Honda, 1954). The original Japanese version of this sci-fi horror classic about a mutant dinosaur resurrected by repeated nuclear tests in the Pacific.
Aug. 17 & 19: Lolita (Stanley Kubrick, 1962). Adaptation of Nabokov's unsettlingly comic novel about a middle-age professor smitten by a sexually precocious 14-year-old girl. James Mason, Sue Lyon, Shelley Winters, Peter Sellers.
Aug. 24 & 26: Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa, 1954). Classic film about a 16th-century village that hires professional tough guys to stave off marauding bandits. The inspiration for The Magnificent Seven. Japanese, subtitles.
Aug. 31 & Sept. 2: Life of Brian (Terry Jones, 1979). Classic satire about a man whose life parallels that of Jesus.
Sept. 1: Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942). Enduring sentimental favorite about a pair of star-crossed lovers in Nazi-occupied North Africa during WW II. Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman.
Sept. 7 & 9: Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994). Cult noir comedy about a couple of hit men. John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman.
1:30 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m. ( Mon. & Tues.), Michigan Theater. $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50). [map]
Every Tues. All women invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local 70-member a cappella barbershop harmony chorus.
7-9:30 p.m., UAW Local 898 Hall, 8975 Textile Rd. (west of Rawsonville Rd. off I-94), Ypsilanti. Free to visitors ($26 monthly dues for those who join). singwithus.org 612-7580. [map]
Dec. 14 is the chorus Holiday party. Catered meal at union hall. Entertainment as well.
Every Tues. All male singers invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local barbershop harmony chorus.
7:30 p.m., Stony Creek United Methodist Church, 8635 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. Free to visitors ($130 annual dues for those who join). Newcomers should call in advance: Greg Humbel at 445-1925. [map]
Mollie Stone, Emily Miller, and Gideon Crevoshay direct this touring ensemble of talented teens from New England and the Midwest in an energetic performance of world music traditions ranging from Appalachian music and American shape-note songs, to music from Corsica, Sardinia, and Caucasus Georgia to South African dance-songs and Renaissance music from Italy and France.
7:30 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $8 at the door only. www.villageharmony.org firstname.lastname@example.org. 395-2140. [map]
Traditional Irish music by this young all-star sextet that Irish Music Magazine compared to earlier supergroups Such as Danu and Altan. Members are vocalist and flutist Teresa Horgan, accordionist Janine Redmond, fiddler Michael Harrison, piper Sean McCarthy, guitarist Andy Meaney, and bodhran player Eamonn Moloney. The band has an acclaimed new CD, Notes after Dark.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]