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Calendar of Events

Saturday, August 23, 2014






 
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 7 a.m.  Free! 

"Far West Quad County Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sat., Apr.-Oct. Fast/moderate-paced ride, 40-100 miles, on low-traffic roads in Washtenaw, Jackson, Livingston, and Ingham counties. Brunch stop.
9 a.m., meet at parking lot next to Chelsea Fire Station,, Chelsea. Free. 846-0604.
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 8 a.m.  Free! 

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

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Every Sat. 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 (Oct. 4), 663-6401 (Oct. 11), 761-1147 (Oct. 18), 429-4989 (Oct. 25), 274-6350 (Nov. 1), 996-9461 (Nov. 8), 761-9894 (Nov. 15), 761-1147 (Nov. 22), 223-6042 (Nov. 29). [map]
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 8 a.m.-10 p.m. 

77th Annual Chelsea Community Fair: Chelsea Fairgrounds.

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Aug. 19-23. Fair rides and concessions (Aug. 19, 5-10 p.m., & Aug. 20-23, 1-10 p.m.) and a bingo tent, along with livestock shows, chainsaw wood-carving demos, truck and tractor pulls, demolition derbies, and "Nature's Creation of Life," an exhibit of calves, piglets, lambs, and chicks, some likely to be born during the fair. The Chelsea Fair Parade begins at 1 p.m. on Aug. 23. Also on Aug. 23 at 12:45 p.m., "Run for the Rolls" ($15 for individuals, $35 for families, at runfortherolls.com or by calling 475-0843), a 1-mile run/walk from the Chelsea Fire House (Taylor at Old US-12) to the fairgrounds. Awards; overall and age division winners also receive a dozen Common Grill rolls. Complete schedule available at chelseafair.org.
8 a.m.-10 p.m., Chelsea Fairgrounds, Old US-12 at Manchester, Chelsea. $7 (kids 10 & under, free) daily admission; $25 5-day pass. Free admission for seniors age 65 & over on Aug. 21. 323-7085 before fair; 475-1270 during fair week.
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 8 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Chelsea Farmers Market.

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Every Sat., May-Oct. Live entertainment June-Sept., along with kids activities, 9:30-11 a.m. on 2nd Sat. each month, and , and occasional food demos and market basket giveaway. Also, every Wed. The Bushel Basket Market: The Farmers Market at the Chelsea Community Hospital (2:30-6 p.m., CCH overflow parking area adjacent to the U-M Family Practice building, near the South Campus Entrance off Old US-12), which focuses on healthy produce from local farmers.

June 7: Hum & Strum. Chelsea pop-folk trio. Also, "Connect with More Vegetable Varieties," a cooking demo with taste tests, kids recipes, and pottery painting.

June 14: Keith Parmentier. Local singer-songwriter known for his folk- and country-style ballads.

June 21: Bill Personke. Chelsea guitarist who plays acoustic, folk, and rock 'n' roll.

June 28: Bob Skon. Local folk-rock singer-songwriter known for his wry songs about love and loss.

July 5: Ed Sugar. Veteran local R&B and blues saxophonist.

July 12: Dave Boutette. Veteran Ann Arbor American roots music singer-songwriter.

July 19: Bliss. The local trio of singer-songwriter Laura Massaro, guitarist Craig Brann, and percussionist Don Allen performs an eclectic mix of pop, folk, and world music, including originals, covers, and improvisations.

July 26: John Latini. Acoustic rock-based originals by this popular veteran local rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter, winner of the 2008 Detroit Blues Challenge. Also, "Eat Better Basics: Fruit Reboot," a cooking demo with diabetic-friendly summer fruit recipes, tips for low-sugar lifestyles, and blood sugar testing.

Aug. 2: Hum & Strum. Chelsea pop-folk trio.

Aug. 9: Brad Stect. Acoustic pop covers by this Chelsea singer-guitarist.

Aug. 16: Dorkestra. Local folk-rock swing quintet whose music blends jazz, African, Middle Eastern, funk, and pop influences.

Aug. 23: Keith Parmentier. Local singer-songwriter known for his folk- and country-style ballads. Also, "Eat Better Basics: Healthy Heart," a cooking demo with samples of foods that promote heart health and blood pressure testing.

Aug. 30: Bliss. The local trio of singer-songwriter Laura Massaro, guitarist Craig Brann, and percussionist Don Allen performs an eclectic mix of pop, folk, and world music, including originals, covers, and improvisations.

Sept. 6: John Latini. Acoustic rock-based originals by this popular veteran local rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter, winner of the 2008 Detroit Blues Challenge.

Sept. 13: Bob Skon. Local folk-rock singer-songwriter known for his wry songs about love and loss.

Sept. 20: Dave Boutette. Veteran Ann Arbor American roots music singer-songwriter.

Sept. 27: Dorkestra. Local folk-rock swing quintet whose music blends jazz, African, Middle Eastern, funk, and pop influences.

Oct. 4: "Eat better Basics: Healing Foods," a cooking demo with samples of antioxidants and other healing foods and info on eating healthy to prevent cancer.

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8 a.m.-noon, Chelsea Farmers Market, Palmer Auto lot (across from the police station), Main St., Chelsea. Free admission. 475-6402.
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 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Dressage at Waterloo": Waterloo Hunt Club.

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Aug. 1-3 & 21-24. Competitive equine ballet by skilled regional horses and riders, highlighted by graceful freestyle routines set to music. Bring your own lawn chairs; no pets. Concessions.
8 a.m.-5 p.m., Waterloo Hunt Club, Glenn at Katz (west off Mount Hope Rd. from I-94 exit 150), Grass Lake. Free admission. 426-2088.
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 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 rvb@umich.edu. aavc.org. [map]
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 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.
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 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

7th Annual Country Fair: Salem Area Historical Society.

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Show and sale of works by local artists and crafters. Also, craft demos, antique appraisals (noon-4 p.m., $10 for one item or $15 for two, reservations required via email to SAHSCountryFair@aol.com), a book sale, a bake sale, popcorn, cotton candy, self-guided tours of the one-room schoolhouse, and raffles.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Jarvis Stone School, 7991 North Territorial at Curtis, Salem Twp. Free admission. (248) 486-5515. [map]
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 10 a.m. 

Exploring Bees! 8: Honey Extraction: Project Grow Gardens.

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At the apiary, we will see learn what honey to extract from the hive, how much to take and the various options for extracting it. We will cover all types of extraction equipment and methods. Rain date: Sunday, August 24th. Class is limited to those who have already paid for the full course, though drop-ins are permitted, with fees of $10.00 ($15.00 per couple), payable in cash at the door.
Leslie Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. $10. education@projectgrowgardens.org http://projectgrowgardens.org/classes-events/classes [map]
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 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Fermentation 101: The Brinery.

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WHAT: A hands-on fermentation workshop for beginners
WHERE: In our snazzy new location at the Washtenaw County Food Hub (4175 Whitmore Lake Road, Ann Arbor MI)
WHEN: Saturday, June 28th and August 23rd from 10am-1pm
HOW MUCH: $50/person
IMPORTANT DETAILS: The cost will include a Brinery product tasting, a hands-on kraut making session & a local-licious lunch made specific for the event! All participants will also head home with a recipe pamphlet, a jar of kraut & and a fermentation know-how that can't be found anywhere else. Space is limited and our last event sold out, so get your tickets quickly: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/fermentation-101-tickets-11617756021?aff=eorg
Washtenaw County Food Hub, 4175 Whitmore Lake Road, Ann Arbor MI. $50. orders@thebrinery.com thebrinery.com [map]
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 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. [map]
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 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Programs presented by Hudson Mills naturalist Mark Irish.

June 7 (10 a.m.-1 p.m., Rapids View picnic area): "First Casts in Fishing." All invited to try their hand at fishing. Pole rentals and bait available, or bring your own. No fishing license required this weekend only. $3.

June 21 (10 a.m.): "Amazing Amphibians." Display and discussion of live specimens of frogs, toads, and salamanders, followed by a hike to a pond to look for amphibians in their natural habitat. Geared toward young audiences; parents welcome. $3 per child.

July 12 (11 a.m.): "Kids Bug Hunt." Kids ages 2-10 invited to look for and learn about some of the insects that inhabit Hudson Mills. $5 (kids, $3).

July 13 (10 a.m.): "West River Trail Bike Hike." All invited to ride their bike on a trail along the Huron River, with stops to relax and learn about the park's varied habitats. $5 (kids, $3).

July 27 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.): "A Dog Day of Summer." All invited to bring their dog for training clinics, herding demos, doggie contests, tips from local vets, and more. $3 (dogs free).

Aug. 2 (1 p.m.): "Kids in the Creek." Kids invited to collect and observe some of the large and small inhabitants of the Huron River ecosystem. Wear boots and be prepared to get wet feet. $3 per child.

Aug. 9 (7:45 a.m., meet at the Dexter-Huron Metropark parking lot near the tollbooth, Huron River Dr. about 1/2 mile east of Mast Rd.): "Huron River Clean-Up." All invited to help clean up the Huron River by canoe. Those under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Lunch provided. FREE.

Aug. 16 (8 p.m.): "Bats in the Night Sky." Indoor talk about bats followed by a trek outside to look for bats living in the park. $5 (kids, $3).

Aug. 23 (10 a.m.-2 p.m., meet at the Dexter-Huron Metropark parking lot near the tollbooth, Huron River Dr. about 1/2 mile east of Mast Rd.): "Huron River Fly Fishing Festival." Representatives of Schultz Outfitters and Baliwicks Outdoors offer fly fishing demos and casting tips and discuss why the Huron River is great for fly fishing. Casting and tying contests. $3.

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Various times, park activity center (except as noted), 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. Various fees. Preregistration required. $7 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]
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 10 a.m. 

Transitioning Back to Work: Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor.

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The transition from maternity leave back to work can be daunting. This workshop is designed to help make it easier. You will have the opportunity to explore time management, family and couple care and childcare solutions. In addition to those topics, families will have a full hour with one of our board certified lactation consultants to discuss and strategize how to successfully maintain breastfeeding when you return to work.
This class is recommended for, but not retricted to, moms/ families who have taken Breastfeeding 101 and whose baby has already arrived.
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk. $40. 734-973-1014. info@lamazefamilycenter.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

U Play Pop-Up: The U School & Allen Creek Preschool.

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A U Play Pop-Up is a mobile play-lab experience that "pops up" around the Ann Arbor area for families with children in early childhood. This play-lab experience aims to foster creativity, imagination, and inquiry for children through happy, healthy, and inspired play. This U Play Pop-Up in collaboration with Allen Creek Preschool will focus on outdoor and natural play explorations in the Franklin Natural Play Area! Designed for ages 3-6, however this family friendly event is welcoming to all ages. Families can explore as little or as much as they want! Cost? FREE! Help keep U Play Pop-Ups as a free and inclusive play option for families by giving a suggested $5. More info: http://www.theuschool.info/u-play-pop-up
Allen Creek Preschool, 2350 Miller Avenue. Free. Donation. info@theubuntuschool.com www.theubuntuschool.com [map]
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 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

"International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) Match": Tri-County Sportsman's League.

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All invited to shoot around barricades at targets in a simulated self-defense scenario. Bring your own gun and ammunition.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., TCSL, 8640 Moon (between E. Michigan Ave. & Willis Rd.), Saline. $20 per round ($10 per additional round). 429-9561. [map]
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 10 a.m. and 1 & 3 p.m. 

"The Ann Arbor Architectural Tour".

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Aug. 23 & 24. Michigan architectural history enthusiast Jacob Jabkiewicz leads an informative 75-minute walking tour highlighted by Burton Memorial Tower, Nickels Arcade, and the Michigan and State theaters. Weather permitting.
10 a.m. and 1 & 3 p.m. (Sat.) and 1 & 3 p.m. (Sun.), meet at the corner of E. Liberty and Maynard (across from Biggby Coffee). $12 (kids age 5 & under, free). Reservations requested. (517) 392-5113.
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 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]
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 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]
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 10:30 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Junior Naturalists": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance leads a nature program on "Michigan Habitats" for kids ages 7-12.
10:30 a.m.-noon, Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings (north off North Territorial), Dexter. Free; preregistration required. $5 vehicle entry fee. 971-6337, ext. 335. [map]
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 11 a.m. and 1 & 3 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Teddy Bear Company.

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Group tours of the warehouse, with displays of both historical and CTBC bears. Also, display of antique toys in the Chelsea Toy Museum.
11 a.m. and 1 & 3 p.m., CTBC Warehouse, 400 N. Main, Chelsea. Free. 433-5499. [map]
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 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]
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 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]
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 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]
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 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 (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.

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

Draw Doubles: Local 101 Disc Golf Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to play disc golf at one of Hudson Mills Metropark's 24-hole courses. Beginners are paired with advanced players to create parity. Prizes. Discs can be borrowed at the park office.
Noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per player; free for spectators. $5 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]
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 Noon-5 p.m.  Free! 

Grand Opening: Liberty Grand Apartments.

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Stop by and take a tour of our beautifully renovated apartment homes! Food and drink will be served!
Liberty Grand Apartments, 2845 Sagebrush Circle. Free. 7349970658. jordan.brandt@concordrents.com LibertyGrandApts.com [map]
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 12:30-2:30 p.m. 

Breastfeeding 101: Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor.

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Our two-hour class, to be taken before your baby arrives, covers the basics of breastfeeding plus information on life with a breastfeeding baby, nutrition, proper latch and how fathers/partners can help. Each couple will have an opportunity to practice various breastfeeding positions. This class is designed to get you off to a great start with breastfeeding.
Dads/partners are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk. $40. 734-973-1014. info@lamazefamilycenter.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

Monitor Base Ball Club of Chelsea.

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This 4-year-old club plays baseball using 1860s-era rules against similar teams from around the state.

May 18 (2 p.m.): Flint Lumber City BBC.

July 26 (2 p.m.): Royal Oak Wahoos.

Aug. 23 (2 p.m.): Detroit Early Risers.

Sept 14 (2 p.m.): Northville Eclipse.

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Various times, Timbertown Park, Sibley Rd. (west off Main St. north of downtown), Chelsea. Free. Facebook.com/ChelseaMonitors. 476-8905, 930-6130.
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 2-4 p.m. 

"Summer Splash Day": Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation.

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A family-oriented afternoon of special activities, including water balloon events, water baseball, raft races and a hula hoop relay.
2-4 p.m., Veterans Park Pool, 2150 Jackson Rd. $5 (youths age 17 & under and seniors age 60 & older, $4). 794-6234. [map]
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 2 p.m. 

"The Cat Who Ran": Carriage House Theatre/Spinning Dot Theatre.

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Aug. 14-17 & 21-24. Jenny Koppera directs local actors in Toyoko Nishida's family-friendly play based on a Japanese tale by Naoko Kudo. The action centers on the unlikely meeting of a cat and fish and the evolution of their joyful friendship. With puppetry, movement, and music. For all ages.
6 p.m. (Thurs. & Fri.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Carriage House Theatre, 541 Third St. $10 suggested donation. 546-6441, contact@carriagehousetheatre.org. [map]
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 2 p.m. 

"The Cat Who Ran": Carriage House Theatre/Spinning Dot Theatre.

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Aug. 14-17 & 21-24. Jenny Koppera directs local actors in Toyoko Nishida's family-friendly play based on a Japanese tale by Naoko Kudo. The action centers on the unlikely meeting of a cat and fish and the evolution of their joyful friendship. With puppetry, movement, and music. For all ages.
6 p.m. (Thurs. & Fri.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Carriage House Theatre, 541 Third St. $10 suggested donation. 546-6441, contact@carriagehousetheatre.org. [map]
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 2:15-3:15 p.m. 

Static Trapeze 2: A2 Aviary.

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This class will expand upon the skills learned in Static Trapeze 1 and is designed for advanced beginners to work on technique and form through static poses and more dynamic moves. Students will work at their own pace to string together tricks and build a routine, and all students registered for the full seven week session are invited to perform at LIFT OFF.
*Students must have completed at least one or more full sessions of Static Trapeze 1 (or have received similar training in another facility) and have instructor approval.*
$150 for a seven week series
$25 for a single class
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $25 - $150. (734) 726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/static-trapeze-2/ [map]
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 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.
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 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: Chelsea Chess Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to join club members for blitz (5-minute) and untimed games. Some sets and clocks available; bring your own if possible.
3-5 p.m., Wendy's, 1640 Commerce Park, Chelsea. The meetings are held in the Pierce Park picnic shelter during the summer, usually from late May until after Labor Day. Free. 475-1583. [map]
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 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Raptor Feeding": Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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Every Sat. LSNC volunteers feed and answer questions about the center's red-tailed hawk, peregrine falcon, and other resident raptors, who may come out of their enclosures to eat.
3-4 p.m. Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. Free. 997-1553. [map]
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 3 & 8 p.m. 

"The Big Bang": Performance Network Theatre/Williamston Theatre.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Aug. 21-31. Rob Roznowski directs this production, which ran at the Williamston Theater through Aug. 17, of Boyd Graham and Jed Feuer's outrageous musical comedy about 2 wanna-be tycoons who set up an audition for potential backers of their preposterously ambitious musical, a history of the world with a cast of hundreds.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. ( Fri. & Sat.), 3 p.m. (Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Tickets $27-$41 in advance by phone and at pntheatre.org, and at the door. 663-0696. [map]
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 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 purplerosetheatre.org, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
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 3:30-4:30 p.m. 

Aerial Silks Level 1: A2 Aviary.

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Aerial Silks, also known as Tissu or Ribbons, are a fabric apparatus hung from above that is climbed, wrapped around the body, and/or tied to create dramatic drops, poses and movements in the air. This class is designed for beginning aerialists to gain confidence and strength in the fundamentals of Aerial Silks. You will learn basic climbs and descents, how to apply foot locks, and work towards inversions. This is also an excellent conditioning class for established aerialists looking to hone their transitions and perfect their technique, without focusing on choreography.
$25 for a single class
$150 for a seven week series
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. $25-$150. 734-726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/aerial-silks-1/ [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

Organic Farming :: Disease and Pest Management: Tilian Farm Development Center.

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Learning to manage and deal with common disease and pest problems on organic farms.
Washtenaw Food Hub, 4400 Pontiac Trail. Free. $5. 734.222.3817. tilianfdc@gmail.com http://www.tiliancenter.org [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Men's Soccer vs. Louisville.

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Exhibition game.
4 p.m., U-M Soccer Stadium, 2250 S. State. Free. 764-0247. [map]
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 5:30 p.m. 

Roller Derby Doubleheader: Ann Arbor Derby Dimes.

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Two roller derby bouts, including the Ypsilanti Vigilantes vs. the Mitten Mavens (Lansing) and the local Brawlstars vs. the Misfit Militia (Ontario).
5:30 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.), Buhr Park Ice Rink, 2751 Packard. $12 in advance at brownpapertickets.com/event/683318; $15 at the door (kids age 11 & under, free with paying adult). A2derbydimes.org. [map]
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 6 p.m. 

A Night in Nicaragua/ Una Noche Nica: Nicaragua Project of Capital to Bridge the Divide.

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Experience a night in Nicaragua! Come join us on
August 23rd, bring your family and friends, and experience some of the
things that we love about Nicaragua (food, music, poetry, art, humor!
The time is 6pm-8:30pm, prices are $20 for adults and $15 for
students. Original Nicaraguan imports will be available to see and to
purchase. All proceeds go to the Nicaragua Project.
Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $20. 7434-846-0448. Lorrie@NicaraguaProject.org www.NicaraguaProject.org [map]
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 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Arrows Away": Waterloo Recreation Area.

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Every Thurs. & Sat. through Aug. 23. WRA park interpreter Katie McGlashen helps adults and kids age 8 & up learn to target shoot with a bow & arrow. Equipment provided.
3-4:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 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.
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 8 p.m. 

Barbara Morrison & Dobbins-Kranke-Weed Trio: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This local jazz trio--drummer Sean Dobbins, pianist Tad Weed, and bassist Kurt Krahnke--is joined by Morrison, a highly regarded Michigan-born L.A.-based vocalist who has performed with legends such as Ray Charles, Etta James, and Dizzy Gillespie.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Luke Winslow-King: Mangiamo Italian Grill Acoustic Routes Concert.

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Cadillac-bred Americana singer-songwriter and guitarist who currently lives in New Orleans. His Old/New Baby was named a Top 10 Album of 2009 in the American Songwriter magazine editors poll, and OffBeat magazine says it "captures the allure of a speakeasy, the swagger of old Dixie, and the simple good-time charm of Western swing."
8 p.m., Mangiamo, 107 W. Michigan Ave, Saline. $15 by reservation and at the door. Preferred seating for dinner customers. 429-0060. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Paul Thorn: The Ark.

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Dark, bluesy, sharp-witted, pungently idiomatic original songs and covers by this veteran Mississippi singer-songwriter, a former professional boxer who is the son of a tent revival minister. He's something of a more lowdown, blues- and soul-shaped Lyle Lovett, and his 2010 CD Pimps and Preachers is an engagingly ambitious collection of often trenchantly funny story songs. Allmusic writer Thom Jurek calls Thorn a "soul singer who can slip down into the murk and mess of human emotions with style and aplomb." He comes to town with a brand-new CD, Too Blessed to Be Stressed.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.  Free! 

University Lowbrow Astronomers.

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A chance to join local astronomy buffs for a look at the sky through instruments, including the Peach Mountain Observatory's huge, 24-inch McMath telescope. Participants encouraged to bring their own telescopes. Visitors must turn off all electronic equipment (car radios, transmitters, phones, etc.) at the observatory entrance. Program canceled if sky is overcast at sunset or if the weather is extremely inclement. If in doubt, call 975-3248 after 4 p.m. day of event.
Sunset-11 p.m. or later (as long as the sky remains clear), Peach Mountain Observatory, North Territorial Rd. (about 1 1⁄4 miles west of Hudson Mills Metropark), Dexter. Free. 975-3248.
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On August 4, 2013, Christie wrote:
I've always wondered what was hidden behind that mysterious gate on North Territorial. I learned a lot last night from all of the hobbyist and professional astronomers who brought out their big telescopes to look at the "double-double" (two double stars of Lyra), Saturn (with the ring and all), globular and open clusters, and three other galaxies. Thank you to everyone for being so willing to share what you know and to show off your technology!




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