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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, August 13, 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. [map]

 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.

 9 a.m.-noon 

Mostly Music Camp: Ann Arbor Area Piano Teachers Guild.

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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. [map]

 9 a.m.-noon 

Mostly Music Camp: Ann Arbor Area Piano Teachers Guild is the sponsor.

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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. [map]

 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Kids' Camp: Taste of Summer.

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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
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $225/child. 734-645-1030. [map]

 9:30-11 a.m. 

Art Fair For Kids: Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor.

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Join us at Lamaze for a one-day opportunity for your budding young Picasso or Monet to create and display their works of art. We will have multiple art projects available to work on as well as an opportunity for free play and snacks. At the end of the session, there will be an art gallery set up so everyone can appreciate the work that has been done.
This event is geared for children ages 1-4 years and their caregivers.
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk. $15. 734-973-1014. [map]

 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. [map]

 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]

 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]

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Straw Bridge Engineering": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All youth in grades 3-8 invited to see what sort of bridge they can make using straws and other household materials.
2-3 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [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]

 3:45 & 7:15 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]

 4 & 7 p.m. 

"Before You Know It": Michigan Theater.

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(PJ Raval, 2013). Three gay seniors navigate adventures, challenges, and surprises in their golden years.
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]

 5:30 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 south of the BP gas station on Jeffords St. between Alpine St & Forest St. overlooking the start of the B2B trail, Dexter. Free. 426-5116. [map]

 6-7:30 p.m. 

Aerial Sampler: A2 Aviary.

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Curious about aerial, but don't know where to start? Try a bit of everything at this 1.5 hour semi-private aerial sampler! With a maximum class size of four students per instructor, participants will get an overview of the basics of Aerial Silks, Lyra (Aerial Hoop), and Static Trapeze, as well as ample time to play on each apparatus. Who wants to try it all?
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. $35. 734-726-0353. [map]

 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]

 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, 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]

 6:45 p.m.  Free! 

"From Farmstead to Homesetead": Wild Ones.

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Larry and Michelle Sanford give a tour of their garden they created by transforming part of a lake bottom farm near Macon Creek into a field with increasing numbers of native plants.
6:45 p.m., 19505 Redman Rd., Milan. Free. 604-4674. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Evening Primrose Garden Club.

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Discussions and activities.

June 11 (7 p.m.): "Tulip Tree Gardens Tour." Tour of this commercial gardening center at 15200 Roepke Rd. in Gregory.

July 9 (7 p.m.): Tour of the garden at Sunset Cove Bed & Breakfast on Bass Lake, 10201 Kress Rd. in Pinckney.

Aug. 13 (7 p.m.): Tour of the garden at club member Wendy Chiodo's home in Grass Lake.

Sept. 10 (6:30 p.m.): Potluck & planning meeting at the Chelsea Train Depot.

Various times & locations, Chelsea. Free (except as noted). For information on carpooling or to register for any of the tours, call Diane at 475-8091. 634-1954.

 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

J.A. Jance: Aunt Agatha's/Ann Arbor District Library.

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This prolific Arizona mystery and horror novelist discusses Remains of Innocence, the latest in her series featuring the small-town Arizona sheriff Joanna Brady.
7-8 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 769-1114, 327-4555. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Michigan's Drive-In Theaters": Nicola's Books.

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Fox Theatre (Detroit) senior engineer Harry Skrdla discusses his new photo-illustrated history of drive-ins. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

History Readers Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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EMU history professor emeritus Jiu-Hwa Upshur leads a discussion of Cokie Roberts's Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation.
7:30 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 369-2499. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"The Sound of Music with a Twist": Children's Creative Center.

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Aug. 13-17. Local kids present a musical inspired by The Sound of Music.
7:30 p.m. (Aug. 13-16) & 2 p.m. (Aug. 17), Children's Creative Center, 1600 Pauline (at Kay Pkwy. east of Stadium). Tickets $50 for Aug. 15 benefit show that includes a twilight reception & $15 (students & seniors, $10) for all other dates in advance and at the door. 769-0019. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Andy Irvine & Donal Lunny: The Ark.

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Traditional Irish music by the duo of the great former Planxty vocalist and bouzouki player Irvine and multi-instrumental string player Lunny, a cofounder of several influential contemporary Irish bands, including Planxty and the Bothy Band.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office ( and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 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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