Every Tues., Apr.-Nov. Moderate-paced ride, 36-40 miles, to Chelsea for breakfast.
9 a.m., 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]
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 26-Nov. 3. With a variety of children's activities and/or musical entertainment each week.
May 26: Kids craft activity (4-4:30 p.m.), Kids African dance with Jaclyn Dawn Morrow (4:30-5 p.m.), and performances by the West African Drummers.
June 2:: Kids craft activity (4-4:30 p.m.), kids yoga (4:30-5 p.m.), and live music by the local blues-flavored acoustic folk-rock band Dorkestra (5:30-6:30 p.m.).
June 9: Kids craft activity (4-4:30 p.m.), kids hula-hoop instruction (4:30-5 p.m.), family yoga with drumming accompaniment (5-6 p.m.), and live music by violinist Bonnie Lyn Page (5:30-6 p.m.).
June 16:: Face painting (4-4:30 p.m.), kids yoga (4:30-5 p.m.), and live music by the versatile local acoustic trio Isosceles (5:30-6:30 p.m.).
June 23: Mural drawing (4-5 p.m.) and kids Suzuki violin instruction (5:30-6 p.m.).
June 30: Mural painting (4-5:30 p.m.) and kids Suzuki violin instruction (5:30-6 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. 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 21 & 23: The Godfather (Frank Oz, 1984). (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972). Iconic epic portrait of a Mafia patriarch and his family. Based on the Mario Puzo novel. Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton.
June 28 & 30: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Mike Nichols, 1966). Film Adaptation of Edward Albee's classic drama about the cruelty spouses are capable of inflicting on each other. Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal, Sandy Dennis.
1:30 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m. (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.
June 30: Lost at Sea, Welch journalist Jon Ronson's collection of his magazine articles about his encounters with various colorfully eccentric and dysfunctional people.
July 28: The Dinner, Dutch fiction writer Herman Koch's best-selling novel about 2 brothers-- an attorney and a pediatrician--and their respective wives who convene in a fashionable restaurant for their regular monthly dinner together to discuss how to handle a crime committed by their teenage sons.
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]