All kids invited to bring an American Girl doll for a tea party with hors d'oeuvres. Crafts and games. Dressy clothes or an outfit to match your doll encouraged.
Times TBA, Saline Recreation Center, 1866 Woodland Dr. E., Saline. Cost TBA. 429-3502. [map]
Performances by various student ensembles.
Oct. 17: Fall Festival of Choirs. With choirs of kids in grades 5-12. 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 24: Orchestra Halloween Concert.
Nov. 1: Echoes Concert Band.
Dec. 5: Band and Choirs Concert.
Dec. 6: Orchestra Concert.
Dec. 8: Band and Orchestra Concert.
Jan. 28: District Solo & Ensemble Vocal Festival. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Feb. 21: Band & Orchestra Pre-Festival Concert.
Mar. 4: "Showcase of Michigan Show Choirs." Performances by CHS Company C and choirs from several other Michigan high schools. $10 in advance at Chelsea Pharmacy and at the door.
Mar. 1: Choir Concert.
Mar. 19 (7:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m.): State Band and Orchestra Solo/Ensemble Festival.
Mar. 31: Jazz Band Concert.
Apr, 16: Collage Concert.
May 4: Band, Orchestra, & Choir Concerto Concert.
May 25: Band & Orchestra Concert.
7 p.m. (except as noted), CHS auditorium, 740 N. Freer (between Old US-12 and Washington St.), Chelsea. Free unless otherwise noted. [map]
A farmers market with arts & crafts, jewelry, bread and baked goods, fresh produce, eggs, cheese, meats, and more. With live entertainment at 11 a.m. by the bluegrass and gospel band Southern Echoes (Nov. 26 & Jan. 28), the eclectic local duo Full Circles (Dec. 10 & Feb. 11), the longtime local band the MacDonald Brothers (Jan. 14), reunion of the early 80s Dexter rock band Nucleus (Dec. 31), area jazz-inflected Christian pop-folk ensemble From Grace (Feb. 25), and a duo of Bruce Sagan and Brad Battey (Mar. 11).
9 a.m.-1 p.m., Dexter Senior Center, 7720 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Free admission. email@example.com, 834-3229. [map]
These weekly classes will immerse young children (ages birth through 5 years) in a rich musical environment and provide a variety of experiences designed to expand musical understanding and skills in an active and playful way. Class activities include singing and chanting, moving to music (including use of props such as bean bags, scarves, and streamers), playing assorted small percussion instruments, pattern instruction, and imaginative musical play. Children attend with a parent/caregiver, who participates alongside the child.
Winter session begins on January 23.
Classes for infants/toddlers (birth-3 yr.) are held on Mondays at 5:15pm, Saturdays at 9am, and Saturdays at 11am.
Classes for preschool/kindergarten (3-5 yr.) are held on Mondays at 6:15pm and Saturdays at 10am.
Cost is $110 for 8 classes. A discount is offered for multiple siblings. Register by January 13 for an Early Bird Discount of $10 off your registration fee!
See our website for more info.
EMU Alexander Music Building, Rm. 213, corner of Lowell & Jarvis, Ypsilanti. $110 for 8 classes. 734-487-6935. firstname.lastname@example.org http:
Breastfeeding is the very best thing you can do nurture your baby. Learn all the basics to get off to a great start with breastfeeding. Partners are encouraged to attend with the mother. Topics include: reading your baby's hunger cues, how often and how long to nurse, latch and positioning, how to know baby is getting enough, and when (and where) to seek help for breastfeeding challenges.
Center for the Childbearing Year, 722 Brooks St. $60. 734-663-1523. email@example.com www.center4cby.com [map]
This is a full-day workshop with our Breastfeeding Basics Class in the morning, and our Newborn Care Class in the afternoon. Please note, these two classes may also be taken individually.
In the morning we will cover all the basics of getting off to a good start with breastfeeding, including: reading baby's hunger cues, latch and positioning, and how to know if baby is getting enough. We will also discuss when to seek help for breastfeeding challenges. The afternoon is a fun, hands-on class, focusing on enhancing your natural parenting instincts and learning the basics of caring for a newborn. Topics include: diapering, calming techniques for newborns, baths, baby wearing and car seat safety. Partners are encouraged to join!
Center for the Childbearing Year, 722 Brooks Street. $100.00. 734-663-1523. firstname.lastname@example.org http:
Looking for a fun and family-friendly way to combat the winter blues? Join us for our second annual Outdoor Board Game Olympics, coinciding with Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation's Winter Fun Fest. The Olympics will have you competing in a life-size board game competition & indoor board games, along with fun crafts, a scavenger hunt, and a hot cocoa tasting! Cost is $5/person or $18/family of 4 and $2 per additional member. Email email@example.com for more details.
Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings Rd., Whitmore Lake. $5 per person. 734-449-4437. firstname.lastname@example.org http:
Full-Body FIT workout is a full-body strength training, cardio and flexibility routine with customization to your fitness level. All ages & fitness levels welcome!
Walk-in rate: $15 for non-members. OR Join Better Living Fitness Center for as little as $39.99 a month for at least four Full Body Fits every month. Other memberships, classes, and packages available.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. 734-747-0123. email@example.com http:
Every Tues. & Wed. Stories and songs for kids age 2 & up (accompanied by an adult). Note: These storytimes are also offered at the Traverwood (Tues., 11-11:30 a.m.; Wed., 6-6:30 p.m.; & Thurs., 10-10:30 a.m.), Malletts Creek (Wed. 10-10:30 a.m.), Pittsfield (Thurs. 7-7:30 p.m. & Fri. 10-10:30 a.m.), and Westgate (Mon. 11-11:30 a.m., Wed. 1-1:30 p.m., & Fri. 10.-10:30 a.m.) branches.
10-10:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 11-11:30 a.m. (Wed.), AADL youth department story room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
Come join us at Winterfest 2017 in Downtown Saline! Why? Because we'll have indoor and outdoor activities; fun for the whole family, from kids to grandparents, from mild to wild! There will be something for everyone.
Family Activities galore will get started on Saturday morning and run throughout the day. Pick and choose from over 35 activities held throughout Downtown Saline. Enter into one of the Tournaments. Have fun! The evening brings activities perfectly suited for adults.
The Festival is Free, certain activities, classes, & Tournaments might have a fee.
Mark your calendar for Friday & Saturday, January 27 & 28 and join us for SALINE WINTERFEST 2017 for a weekend of fabulous fun in Downtown Saline! You'll be glad you did! See all the details at www.salinemainstreet.org!
Downtown Saline, Saline. Free. 7334-316-2119. firstname.lastname@example.org www.salinemainstreet.org
This annual festival of family-friendly indoor and outdoor winter activities includes broomball, an obstacle course, board games, outdoor euchre, darks, corn hole, warming fires, entertainment TBA, and more.
10 a.m.-evening, downtown Saline. Free admission. email@example.com. [map]
Every Sat., beginning Jan. 7. All invited to make art in various styles. Jan. activities TBA at facebook.com
10 a.m.-noon, U-M Art + Architecture Bldg. (rm. 2062), 2000 Bonisteel. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, 277-0544. [map]
Project Grow instructor Royer Held discusses the basics of organic gardening, from care of the soil to growing vegetables.
10 a.m.-noon, Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $5. Space limited; preregistration requested. 996-3169. [map]
Jan. 28 & 29. Math activities such as 3-D puzzles taller than an adult and information on how to walk through a single piece of paper.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., AAHOM Legacy Gallery, 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
All invited to bring in an unfinished craft or hobby project to work on. Also, bring materials you're ready to get rid of for a "Stash Swap." Light snacks provided; lunch break, 12:30-1 p.m.
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]
Every Tues. & Sat. Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
9:30-10:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30-11:30 a.m. (Sat.), AAHOM Green Room (lower level), 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
If you've always wanted a flat stomach, 6-pack abs or just a stronger core, this is the class for you. It combines high-energy music with a core-sculpting routine to give you a toned midsection. Get me some abs!
Non-member drop in rate just $15; Better Living Fitness Center member drop in rate: $10. Packages available.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. 734-747-0123. email@example.com http:
Every Sat. & Sun. through Dec. 11 and beginning again Jan. 7. Hands-on 20-minute interactive demo exploring exploring some of the evidence of mastodon and mammoth hunting by people who lived in Michigan between 10 and 15 thousand years ago. Also, info about the recent Bristle mammoth find on a Chelsea farm. Geared toward adults and kids age 5 & up.
3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.) & 11 a.m. (Sat.), Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
Every Sat. & Sun. beginning Jan. 7. Various audiovisual planetarium shows. The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. Sat., 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an exploration of the current night sky. Larry Cat in Space (12:30 p.m. Sat.) 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. Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope (2:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an audiovisual show that explores how telescopes work and what they can do.
Various times, Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
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. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]
In this class participants will assemble and sew one pocket-sized journal from start to finish. With hands-on instruction and guidance, they will learn a simple sewing technique which they will use to create a hard-covered, pocket-sized journal, perfect for carrying around in a purse or backpack and filling with favorite quotes, short missives, or even everyday lists.
Maker Works Ann Arbor, 3765 PLAZA DRIVE, ANN ARBOR, MI 48108. $45. 734.358.6198. firstname.lastname@example.org www.darkoakbindery.com [map]
(Seung-wan Ryoo, 2015). Comic action flick about a detective hunting down a spoiled young man who's been committing every crime he can think of. Korean, subtitles. Part of the U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies' Korean Cinema NOW series.
1 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 668-TIME. [map]
The Creature Conservancy is featuring Poco, our sloth, during the month of January! See him for a special presentation on our Stone Stage each Saturday and Sunday - at 2:00pm and again at 4:00pm.
Our other animal ambassadors are also on display! Indoors and/or outdoors, you can see many species of animal, including kangaroos, prairie dogs, alligators, turkey vultures, macaws, snapping turtles, porcupines, muntjac, giant tortoises, arctic foxes, and many more. Bring a snack and take a break at our indoor or outdoor picnic areas.
The main building is accessed by parking in the lot immediately off Ann Arbor-Saline Rd and following the guided signs to the entrance. The Creature Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located at 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.
The Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $6/child (2-12); $8/adult (13+); free (under 2). email@example.com http:
Enhance your natural parenting instincts and learn the basics of caring for a newborn in this fun, hands-on class. Class topics include: diapering, techniques to calm a newborn, bath time, baby wearing, and car seat safety.
Center for the Childbearing Year, 722 Brooks Street. $60.00. 734-663-1523. firstname.lastname@example.org http:
Join St. Joe's on Saturday, January 28 from 2-5 p.m. for our Healthy Kick-Off event, a free, fun-filled afternoon featuring classes, screenings, kids' activities and giveaways including Red Wings tickets.
Then, stick around for our Luminary Walk at The Farm from 4:30-7 p.m. The event will feature live music, candle-lit trails and more.
Women's Health Center, 5320 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-712-5164. www.stjoeshealth.org
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]
Every Wed.-Sun., Jan. 19-Mar. 4. Guy Sanville directs local actors in the world premiere of EMU football assistant coach (and U-M football player) Brian Letscher's dark comedy about a brilliant young man struggling with his father's sudden death and the revelation that his parents' marriage wasn't everything he was led to believe. The play explores the implications and possible ramifications of artificial intelligence and science in general. Cast: David Bendena, Sarab Kamoo, Wayne David Parker, Jim Porterfield.
3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), 8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $30 (Wed.), $27 (Thurs.), $41 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $46 (Sat. eve.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. $5-$10 discounts available for the first week of previews. 433-7673. [map]
Experience guided practices, hear about research in the field. Our audio will be available for purchase after the program for home practice. Satyananda Yoga Therapy and Meditation offers effective tools for managing both anxiety and depression.
AIKIDO building, 1904 Federal Blvd. $59 Early/$69. EmaStefanova@cs.com www.YogaAndMeditation.com [map]
Shawn Severance leads kids ages 7-12 on a nighttime hike. Followed by hot drinks around the campfire.
6-8 p.m., County Farm Park. Free. 971-6337, ext. 335.
Strolling supper, drinks, and dancing to live music. Also, live and silent auctions, games, and prizes. 1960s attire encouraged. Childcare provided.
6 p.m., Washtenaw Golf Club, 2955 Packard. Tickets $125. Reservations required. 665-4744. [map]
Jan. 28 & 29 (different programs). A major highlight of the local musical year, with established and rising stars representing a wide spectrum of vernacular musical idioms. Tonight's headliner is The Indigo Girls, the legendary folk-pop duo from Decatur, Georgia, that's known for their lean vocal harmonies, at once sweet and pungent, and for their friendly, affecting musical blend of folk simplicity, country grit, and pop charm. Also appearing: Margo Price is a hugely talented 33-year-old neo-honky-tonk singer-songwriter whose critically celebrated 2016 debut CD Midwest Farmer's Daughter has been praised for what Rolling Stone calls its "amazingly vivid songcraft." Kiefer Sutherland is a veteran movie actor who recently took up songwriting and released a debut CD, Down in a Hole, that he describes as "the closest thing I've ever had to a journal or diary." Over the Rhine is an acclaimed Cincinnati quartet, led by the husband-and-wife songwriter duo of vocalist Karin Bergquist and bassist Linford Detweiler, that plays energetic heartland rock 'n' roll, at once artful and urgent. We Banjo 3 is an all-star quartet from Galway whose music is a virtuosic, revelatory blend of traditional Irish music with American old-time music and bluegrass that foregrounds traditional melodies with modern rhythms. Davina & the Vagabonds is a Minneapolis Americana quintet, fronted by the powerful vocals of singer-songwriter Davina Sowers, that plays a brand of high-energy horn-based blues incorporating New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger, tender gospel passages, and dark theatrical moments that evoke Kurt Weill. Corn Potato String Band is a Detroit-based acoustic trio that plays Appalachian folk music from ballads and Southern gospel to "ho-downs" and country rags. Emcee both nights is Susan Werner, a popular veteran singer-songwriter known for a jazz-inspired, classically trained vocal style she describes as "pop illiterate" and for her incisive, vividly imagined songs in a variety of moods.
6:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $37.50-$200 per night and $67.50-$360 in advance at theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
Brian Vander Ark combines a smooth acoustic guitar with his inspiring lyrics to produce a sound that is highly unique. Brian may be best known as the lead singer and principal songwriter for The Verve Pipe. The band has sold more than 3 million albums worldwide and produced a string of hit singles, including the #1 song 'The Freshmen.' Since the success of 'The Freshmen', Brian has released 4 solo albums, 2 Verve Pipe children's album, and a 2 holiday CDs. The Verve Pipe released their 6th album "Overboard" in 2014. He has an additional album of songs written with actor/musician Jeff Daniels, recently released. This will be a wonderful night of great music, dinner and our estate grown wines and hand-crafted beer. This is an intimate, 42 seat venue, so reservations are required. Dinner menu: Chili Glazed Salmon or Grilled Chicken Pesto Pasta. $40 pp includes dinner and show. Call 517-522-8167 to reserve your seats.
Lone Oak Vineyard Estate, 8400 Ann Arbor Rd., Grass Lake. $40 includes dinner and show. 517-522-8167. email@example.com www.loneoakvineyards.com [map]
In celebration of the Lunar New Year of the Chinese Year of the Rooster, an evening of Chinese performance groups, musicians, singers, dancers, and comedians of various ages and cultural backgrounds. Emcees speaking in both English and Chinese. English surtitles provided throughout the evening.
7-8:45 p.m., Michigan Theater. $12-$16 in advance, $15 at the door. facebook.com
This touring ensemble of some 2 dozen Chelsea High School students plays traditional Scottish and Irish jigs and reels, along with other folk-inspired music and even some rock 'n' roll. Guest headliner is The Moxie Strings, the local duo of fiddler Diana Ladio and electric cellist
Alison Lynn, who play a foot-
stomping, rock-influenced fusion of traditional Celtic and
Americana music. Opening act is the Beach (Middle School) Fiddle Club. Also, an afterglow to visit with current and past CHO musicians.
7 p.m., Chelsea High School Auditorium, 740 N. Freer (between Old US-12 and Washington St.), Chelsea. Tickets $10 (students & seniors, $5) in advance at Chelsea Pharmacy & firstname.lastname@example.org, and at the door. 475-1957. [map]
The award winning BIG BOSS BAND from Kalamazoo will be performing roots blues, rock and R&B at the Ann Arbor Distilling Co. from 7pm to 11pm. Featuring Ann Arbor's own, Max Brown, on guitar.
Ann Arbor Distilling Co., 220 Felch Street. Free. 269-744-5293. email@example.com www.reverbnation.com
Every Sat., Jan. 14-Feb. 18. All invited to ski or snowshoe (snow conditions permitting) or walk half-mile lantern-lit loops. Fire available to warm up between laps. A few pairs of snowshoes available to borrow.
7-9 p.m., Eddy Discovery Center, Bush Rd. (west from Pierce Rd. off I-94 exit 157), Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. Free. $11 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.
Jan. 27 & 28. Greenhills students present comedy sketches they've written and produced.
7:30 p.m., Greenhills School Campbell Center for the Performing Arts, 850 Greenhills Dr. Tickets $5. 769-4010. [map]
Jan. 20, 21, & 28 (different programs). AAPS high school students perform 4 different talent shows. The judges and the audience determine the winners, who compete in the Jan. 28 finale. This is a very popular show. Note: The 9:30 p.m. shows are open only to students. Tonight: Finale.
7 & 9:30 p.m. (Jan. 20 & 21) & 7:30 p.m. (Jan. 28), PHS Schreiber Auditorium, 601 W. Stadium at Main. Tickets $10 on Jan. 20 & 21 & $15 (students, seniors age 65 & over, $10) on Jan. 28 in advance at showtix4u.com and at the door. ptguild.org, 994-2191. [map]
Pianist Kelly and tenor Olson-both U-M music professors-perform beloved Goethe-lieder by Schubert and Wolf as well as lesser known works by two 20th-century composers, Madeleine Dring and Elinor Remick Warren.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]
Jan. 26-28. Charismatic Baltimore-bred actor-comedian best known for autobiographical storytelling that is alternately (and sometimes simultaneously) self-deprecating and self-aggrandizing. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $12 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $14 (Thurs.) & $17 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
Jan. 27-29. This annual tango festival features evening dance parties. Preceded each day by afternoon workshops (see umich.edu
8 p.m.-midnight, Michigan Union Anderson Rm. (Jan. 27) & Ballroom (Jan. 28 & 29). $10 (tentative). umich.edu
Every Fri. & Sat. Comedic improv by experienced local performers. The 10 p.m. Friday show, "A Pointless Display of Improvised Feats" is devoted to long-form improv.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Tickets $12 (8 p.m.) & $10 (10 p.m.). firstname.lastname@example.org, (989) 455-4484. [map]
Every Thurs.-Sun., Jan. 20-Feb 12. Daniel Walker directs Michigan playwright James Hindman's new play, a wacky backstage comedy about the mishaps and mayhem of putting on a play. Set in Popcorn Falls, a small American town whose only claim to fame--its namesake waterfall--has dried up. Now bankrupt, its last chance is a large grant contingent on town producing a play in a week. Led by the Mayor and the local handyman, the enterprising townsfolk try to rise to the challenge. Stars Jeff Priskorn and Jonathan Jones, who play 15 roles between them.
8 p.m. (Thurs.- Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) are $20 or pay what you can, in advance at theatrenova.org and at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]
Jan. 20-22 & 27-29. Keshia Daisy Oliver directs local actors in Stephen Sater and Duncan Sheik's new musical based on Frank Wedekind's 1891 drama about a group of German adolescents whose sexual awakening is warped and thwarted by bourgeois adult society. The score is a mix of alt-rock and folk-rock. Cast: Matthew Wallace, Laura Chodoroff, Christopher Joseph, Jessica Miorelli, Emma Clayton, George Micah Woods, Elliot Berg, Joseph Straub, Julia Janda, Kyra Pazan, Brandon Cave, and Angela Elowsky.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sun.), Copeland Auditorium, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Tickets $20 in advance at dcp.yapsody.com. dextercommunityplayers.org, 726-0355. [map]
Jan. 27-29 and Feb. 3 & 4. An elegant evening of jazz, classical, and cabaret songs showcasing noted local women singers. With pianist Tyler Driskill. Singers include Linda Beaupre, Sue Booth, Carolyn Burnstein, Roxy Diederich, Shelley MacMillan, Deanna Relyea, Monica Swartout-Bebow, and Kathy Waugh. Founder Wendy Bloom directs. Wine is served. This popular event usually sells out.
8 p.m. (except Jan. 29, 4 p.m.), KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $20-$50. Reservations recommended. kerrytownconcerthouse, 769-2999. [map]