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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, August 20, 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.

 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]

 12:30 p.m. 

German Star paper folding: USArtQuest.

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August 20 - 12:30pm to 3:00pm
German Star with David Larwa
Learn to fold a German star (Advent star, Danish star, Froebel star, Polish star, Swedish star, Christmas star). This traditional Christmas decoration, common in many countries is made of paper. In this session you will learn to fold the German star and to create a Christmas wreath with your stars. A great activity before the busy holiday season.
$35 includes all materials.
USArtQuest, 18650 W. Old US 12, Chelsea, MI 48118, Chelsea. $35. 734-562-2662. [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]

 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]

 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]

 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

Ballet 1: A2 Aviary.

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Are you an adult looking for a ballet class for beginners? Or a budding aerialist who needs little help with your form? Perhaps you have heard phrases bandied about such as, "Point your feet.", "Put energy in your arms.", or "Straighten those legs for a long line." If so then Ballet Conditioning is for you! Strengthening feet, cultivating grace, and improving balance are just some of the aspects that will be explored in this class. There will be a ballet barre followed by easy center work. All levels are welcome!
$12 for a single class
$75 for a seven week series
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $12-$75. 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]

 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

Ballet 2: A2 Aviary.

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Look no further for that chill adult ballet class you've been seeking! Ballet 2 is a great class for bringing ballet back into your life in a relaxed fashion. This class is aimed at those who have some previous ballet experience and would like to continue their technique. There is a full barre followed by center work and choreography such as classical ballet variations adjusted to be in slippers. Please join us for a fun dance experience!
$15 for a single class
$90 for a seven week session
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $15-$90. (734) 726-0353. [map]

 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Italian Wine & Cheese": Zingerman's Delicatessen.

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Zingerman's staff discuss and offer taste samples of a variety of judiciously paired Italian wines & cheeses.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Zingerman's Events on Fourth, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $35. 663-3400. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good": Nicola's Books.

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The best-selling writer Kathleen Finn, best known for her 2007 memoir The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry, discusses her new memoir about her love of food and her experience growing up in the Midwest. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Map Madness with Decoupage": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to use colorful old maps and decoupage techniques to create small, decorative keepsake boxes. Materials provided.
7-8:30 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 p.m.  Free! 

Culinary History Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to discuss The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food, well-known cookbook editor Judith Jones's memoir.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]

 7:30-8:30 p.m. 

Modern Dance: A2 Aviary.

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Modern dance can be anything from bouncing across floor emulating frying bacon to executing the perfect triple pirouette. This class will draw from both ends of the spectrum to meet in the middle by exploring such concepts in modern dance techniques as breath, fall and recover, and spirals. So come roll on the floor, jump like a stag, or simply find beauty in stillness! This class will focus on fun as we learn technique and small phrases over the seven week session. All ability levels are welcome as the class will be structured to accommodate those new to dance as well as the more experienced.
$15 for a single class
$90 for a seven week session
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $15-$90. (734) 726-0353. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Les Misérables": Father Gabriel Richard High School Dramalums.

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Aug. 20-22 & 24. Anne Kolaczkowski-Magee directs recent Gabriel Richard grads in Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg, and Herbert Kretzmer's adaptation of Victor Hugo's sweeping epic of 19th century Parisian life, a large-canvas tale of human fallibility centered on a petty criminal who reinvents himself as a model citizen and becomes a town mayor and then, after another stint in jail, befriends an unfortunate single mother whom he attempts to rescue from her grim circumstances.
7:30 p.m. (Aug. 20-22) & 2 p.m. (Aug. 24), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $10 at the door only. 662-0496, ext. 200. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Katie Geddes: The Ark.

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Folk, country-folk, and gospel tunes, along with songs by such contemporary songwriters as John Prine, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Michael Nesmith, and Lennon & McCartney, by this popular local folksinger who sings in a clear, strong voice. Her 2013 CD We Are Each Other's Angels has been getting airplay around the world.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office ( and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8:30-9:30 p.m. 

Burlesque 1: A2 Aviary.

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Have you ever wanted to be a mermaid? How about a unicorn? Luna will teach you how, and so much more in this intro to burlesque technique and group choreography class! Dance for fun, dance for exercise. This class will include a jazz-based warmup to get your body ready to move and exercises to teach you the theory and technique of burlesque. We will then work on choreographed routines to build confidence and style for stage and for life! All students enrolled in the full seven week session will have the opportunity to perform their group routine at LIFT OFF, our student showcase.
$12 for a single class
$75 for a 7 week session
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. $12-$75. 734-726-0353. [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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