Every Tues., Apr.-Nov. Moderate-paced ride, 36-40 miles, to Chelsea for breakfast.
9 a.m. (May, June, Sept., & Oct.), 8 a.m. (July & Aug.), 10 a.m. (Nov.), Bird Hills Park parking lot, 1900 Newport Rd. Free. 996-8440. [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]
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]
August 26 - 10am to 12:30pm
Teamaking with Lolly Mindell
Come and share a delightful time with tasty tea sandwiches and sweet teacakes. Learn about the history of tea, proper brewing, and medicinal properties. You'll even make your own teabags from scratch and a pretty package to put them in. It's a perfect day for you; the perfect gift for a friend.
$35 includes all materials.
USArtQuest, 18650 West Old US 12, Chelsea. $35. 734-562-2662. AskAnything@usartquest.com usartquest.com [map]
Beginner-to-expert genealogists invited to share their findings and get help from experienced volunteers about online resources and family history questions.
10 a.m.-noon, CDL Learning Lab, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [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]
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]
All kids invited for a program of games and other Minecraft-related activities to celebrate the release of the latest edition of this popular computer game that involves building things with virtual blocks.
4 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]
Led by Coral Rose of Unveiled Belly Dance and the Lunatic Vagabonds, this class combines belly dance movements with traditional fitness training to build your strength, stability, and balance. Class begins with conditioning and cardio, then continues on to the fundamental muscle isolations used in belly dance. The goal of this series is to build confident body posture and presentation as a foundation for movement though deep core strengthening, joint mobility, and isometrics.
The class is an excellent warm up for Belly Dance Technique and choreography, which immediately follows.
$12 for a single class
$75 for a seven week series
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. $12-$75. 734-726-0353. email@example.com http:
Every Tues. Apr.-Oct. Fast/moderate-paced ride, 25-30 miles, to the west or north.
6 p.m. (Apr.-Sept.) & 5:30 p.m. (Oct.), 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.
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]
Sold out, but you can call to add your name to a wait list.
Zingerman's Roadhouse chef Alex Young hosts a dinner with a tomato bar showcasing numerous tomato varieties from his multi-acre garden, along with fresh mozzarella and basil, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar. The menu also includes Cornman Farms beef and pork. Space limited; this dinner usually sells out quickly.
7 p.m., Zingerman's Roadhouse, 2501 Jackson. $75, plus beverage. Reservations required. 663-3663. [map]
All invited to join a discussion of chapters 4-6 of Ian Haney López's book about how racism has evolved in America since the Civil Rights Era.
7-9 p.m., Northside Presbyterian/St. Aidan's Episcopal Church lounge, 1679 Broadway. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, 663-1870.
Yoga teacher Victoria Duranona leads a yoga workout for adults & teens in grade 6 & up. Bring a towel or mat and dress comfortably.
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]
All invited to discuss books by contemporary writers, including quirky fiction and strange but true nonfiction. Copies of the books available at the CDL.
Jan. 27: Life after Life, Kate Atkinson's novel whose multiple narratives explore alternate possible lives for an upper middle class British woman born in 1910.
Feb. 24: Carter Beats the Devil, Glen David Gold's novel about a master magician, a contemporary of Houdini, whose art is challenged by 20th-century technological innovations.
Mar. 31: Bird Box, area singer-songriter Josh Malerman's debut novel, a thriller about an unknown terror that drives people to deadly violence when it is seen.
Apr. 28: Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, Robin Sloan's novel about an out-of-work web designer who takes a job in an odd bookstore that's full of secrets.
May 26: The Martian, Andy Weir's sci-fi novel about an American astronaut stranded on Mars who must improvise in order to survive. .
7:30-9 p.m., Chelsea Alehouse, 420 N. Main, suite 100, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
Pop-folk duo of Chuck E. Costa and Mira Stanley known for a mix of catchy melodies, and intricately silken harmonies that has provoked comparisons to Simon and Garfunkel. They have a brand-new debut CD, Love We Are We Love.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Free. All encouraged to bring nonperishable food or money to donate to Food Gatherers. 761-1451. [map]