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Calendar of Events

Sunday, June 4, 2017






 
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 7:50 a.m. 

44th Annual Dexter-Ann Arbor Run: Ann Arbor Track Club.

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Since 1974, the area's biggest running event, this race typically draws thousands of runners from throughout southeast Michigan. Includes a half-marathon, 10-km run, and 5-km run and fitness walk. Awards to the overall winners and top finishers in each age group. All races conclude on Main Street between Miller and Ann. Postrace entertainment. Preceded on June 3 by a Kids Run (3-4 p.m., Skyline High School) for kids ages 12 & under that includes 70m and 100m dashes, 400m and 1-mile runs, and a long jump. Also, refreshments and entertainment.
7:50 a.m. (10-km run & fitness walk) & 8 a.m. (5-km run & fitness walk), Kingsley at N. Main; 8:30 a.m. (half-marathon), Creekside Intermediate School, 2615 Baker Rd., Dexter; & 9 a.m. (5-km run & fitness walk), Forsythe Middle School, 1655 Newport Rd. Entry fees for individuals: $50 (5-km), $60 (10-km) & $65 (half-marathon) at dexterannarborrun.com by June 3. Entry forms available at local sporting goods stores. 663-9740.


 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Dressage at Waterloo Spring Classic: Waterloo Hunt Club.

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June 2-4. Competitive equine ballet by skilled 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. (908) 326-1155, 426-2088.


 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Dressage at Waterloo Spring Classic: Waterloo Hunt Club.

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June 2-4. Competitive equine ballet by skilled 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. (908) 326-1155, 426-2088.


 8 a.m.-noon 

Swap 'n' Shop: Chelsea Amateur Radio Club.

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Sale and swap of shortwave and ham radio antennas and parts, used radios, radio-related software and tools, and other items.
8 a.m.-noon, Chelsea Fairgrounds, W. Old US-12, Chelsea. $4 in advance, $5 at the gate. Kids under 12, free. michelle.roderick@redcross.org. 475-7938.


 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. 

End-of-Life Doula Training: Lifespan Doula Association.

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End-of-Life Doulas accompany the dying person and their loved ones through the final months, weeks and days of life by providing support, resources, education and companionship for those who accept and embrace dying as a period of life, not just an abrupt ending. Learn about the dying process, the needs of the dying, biopsychosocial, spiritual and cultural aspects, how to hold a vigil, facing fears and grief, active listening, hands-on comfort measures, self-care, and working with the hospice and palliative care team.
Merilynne Rush RN, BSN, former home birth midwife, owner of After Death Home Care, holds a graduate certificate in Hospice and Palliative Studies and has provided care to families experiencing major life transitions for over 30 years. Patty Brennan is the owner of the Center for the Childbearing Year, Michigan's premier doula training and childbirth education organization, is also a retired home birth midwife, and has founded two community-based doula programs.
Center for the Childbearing Year, 722 Brooks St. $535 ($485 before May 5). 734-395-9660. support@lifespandoulas.com http://www.lifespandoulas.com [map]



 8:30-9:30 a.m. 

Yoga with Cats: Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Practice hatha-style yoga with furry feline yoga masters! Come check out Washtenaw County's first cat cafe: The Tiny Lions lounge and adoption Center, bring peace to your mind and body, and fill your heart with joy as you help support the animals in our community. Your fee helps homeless animals!
Ages 12 and over welcomed (Those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult 21+). A changing area, storage cubbies and a limited number of mats are available for your use.
Doors open approximately 20 minutes prior to class. Space is limited; pre-registration and advance payment required at http://www.tinylions.org/yoga
Tiny Lions lounge and adoption Center, 5245 Jackson Rd Ste A1. $10/person. 734-661-3575. humaneed@hshv.org http://www.tinylions.org/yoga [map]



 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Sunday Democratic Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Pace and destination are determined by the assembled riders.
9 a.m., meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 997-7484. [map]


 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

44th Annual Art Fair: Chelsea Painters.

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June 3 & 4. Sale of watercolor, acrylic, pastel, monotype, oil, encaustic, colored pencil, and mixed-media works by 25-30 members of this group of area artists. Rain or shine.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Silver Maples of Chelsea courtyard, 100 Silver Maples Dr., Chelsea. Free admission. chelseapainters.com, 478-5416. [map]



 10 a.m. 

A2QUA Sunday Morning Swim: Ann Arbor Queer Aquatics.

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A2QUA, Ann Arbor Queer Aquatics, is MI's first gay & lesbian swim team. For over 20 years, we've been swimming in MI and providing a safe, friendly place for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, & questioning swimmers (and their friends!) to meet, socialize, & exercise.
The team is made up of gay, lesbian, & straight competitive and recreational swimmers at all levels, from state champions to dog paddlers, from their 20s to their 70s. We welcome gays, lesbians, bisexuals, & their friends of all ages & abilities. Our team includes all levels of swimmers, from beginning fitness swimmers to very competitive. Swimmers from all over Michigan, not just Ann Arbor, swim with us.
Our practices are organized so that everyone can find a comfortable or challenging place to
swim. If you can swim a single length without calling 911, there's a place for you in practice.
Our practices are written to accommodate all levels of swimmers - very fast to just beginning.
1st Swim Free, $8 t
Winter - Mack Indoor Pool, Summer - Fuller Pool, 715 Brooks St. or 1519 Fuller Rd. Donation. $8. 7346579960. emailme0617@Yahoo.com www.a2qua.com or www.facebook.com/groups/A2QUA/ [map]


 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Annual Spring Sale: Ann Arbor Potters Guild.

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June 3 & 4. A very popular annual sale held outdoors under a big tent. Includes a wide variety of functional and decorative ceramics made by more than 30 guild members. Also, a "Kids Clay Area" for kids to try making pottery and pottery demos (both weather dependent).
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Potters Guild parking lot, 201 Hill. Free admission. 663-4970. [map]


 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Sunday Artisan Market.

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Every Sun. Juried market that features local handmade arts and crafts, usually with a different theme each week. June 4: Performance by local singer-songwriter Ed Dupas (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) and demonstration of techniques using Copic products, such as markers and inks (noon-3 p.m.). Also, Common Cycle representatives discuss "Inspecting a Used Bicycle" (noon-2 p.m.). June 11: a birdhouse making demonstration (noon-3 p.m.) and information from Gift of Life Michigan representatives. June 18: an Adirondack chair making demonstration (noon-3 p.m.), and information from the nonprofit Let's Ban Fracking (11 a.m.-4 p.m.). June 25: a wind chime making demonstration (noon-3 p.m.) and information from SafeHouse representatives (11 a.m.-4 p.m.).
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers Market, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913-9622. [map]


 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 

"32nd Annual Taste of Ann Arbor": Main Street Area Association.

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A chance to taste entrées and desserts from downtown restaurants and cafés. Also, mindfulness sessions (noon and 12:45, 1:30, 2:15, & 3 p.m.) at Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and a preview of the annual Ann Arbor District Library Summer Game on E. Liberty, with kids activities, hula hooping with expert Erin Mann (1-3 p.m.), and sidewalk art. The live music schedule begins at 11 a.m. with versatile local singer-songwriter and guitarist Spencer Michaud, Lansing singer-songwriter Kate Peterson, Toledo folk-rock singer-songwriter Jacob Sigman, the local acoustic string quartet Wire in the Wood, and the local progressive jam-rock quartet Stormy Chromer.
11 a.m.-5 p.m., Main St. between William and Washington sts. Free admission; food tickets $1 each (items range from 1-4 tickets each). 668-7112.


 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.  Free! 

"The Soul in Depression": First United Methodist Church Conversations About Science and Religion.

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Local psychiatrist Lindsey Young Mortenson leads a discussion of this chapter of Krista Tippet's Einstein's God: Conversations about Science and the Human Spirit.
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., FUMC Calkins Hall, 120 S. State. Free. 662-4536. [map]


 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

H.A.C. Ultimate.

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Every Sun. All invited to a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Note: Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
11:15 a.m., Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot. Free. hac-ultimatelist@googlegroups.com, 846-9418.


 Noon-2 p.m. 

"Brewing Methods": Zingerman's Coffee Company.

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Zingerman's Coffee Co. staff demonstrate and discuss 6-8 different ways to brew coffee, from filter drip to syphon pot.
Noon-2 p.m., Zingerman's Coffee Company, 3723 Plaza Dr. $30. 929-6060. [map]


 12:15-9 p.m. 

Cinetopia International Film Festival.

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June 1-7. This 5th annual Michigan Theater film festival features dozens of films-many of which are Michigan premieres-screened over 7 days at 3 local venues (Michigan Theater, U-M Lorch Hall, and Zingerman's Cornman Farms). The festival also includes several Detroit venues (see cinetopiafestival.org for info about screenings in Detroit, which run June 2-11). The films include narrative feature-length films and documentaries that recently premiered at international festivals such as Sundance and Berlin.

June 1:

At the Michigan Theater: "The Hero" (Brett Haley, 2017). Comedy that stars Sam Elliott as an aging Western star and Nick Offerman as his drug dealer buddy. 7:30 p.m. "Quest" (Jonathan Olshefski, 2017). Documentary that follows the daily struggles and successes of a working-class Philadelphia family over the course of 8 years. Also screens June 3 & 6 (see below). 9:45 p.m.

June 2:

At the Michigan Theater: "White Colour Black" (Joseph Adesunloye, 2016). Supermodel Dudley O'Shaughnessy stars as a hedonistic young photographer who travels to Senegal to bury his estranged father. 12:45 p.m. "In Between" (Maysaloun Hamoud, 2016). Drama, set in Tel-Aviv, about 3 Palestinian roommates: a stylish lawyer, a lesbian DJ and bartender, and a devout Muslim. Also screens June 3 (see below). Hebrew & Aramaic, subtitles. 1 p.m. "Bugs" (Andreas Johnsen, 2016). Documentary that follows researchers at a Copenhagen lab and their chef partners who are exploring the viability of insects as a primary food source. 1:15 p.m. "Afterimage" (Andrzej Wajda, 2016). Biopic about mid-20th-century Polish artist Wladyslaw Strzeminski, whose art and livelihood were threatened by Stalinism. Also screens June 3 (see below). Polish, subtitles. 3:45 p.m. "I Am Not Madame Bovary" (Xiaogang Feng, 2016). Insightful drama about a woman who fights the Chinese bureaucracy after being swindled by her ex-husband. Mandarin, subtitles. 4 p.m. "Free and Easy" (Jun Geng, 2017). Dark comedy about a traveling soap salesman who arrives in a desolate town where a crime sets the strange residents against each other. Chinese, subtitles. 4:15 p.m. "Golden Exits" (Alex Ross Perry, 2017). Drama about a young foreign assistant who disrupts the lives of an unhappily married couple in Brooklyn. 6:45 p.m. "Columbus" (Kogonada, 2017). Comic drama about a man who finds himself stuck in a small Midwestern town where his estranged father is in a coma. He befriends a woman who's reluctant to leave the town because she wants to stay with her mother, a recovering drug addict. 7 p.m. "Sami Blood" (Amanda Kernell, 2016). A teenage Sami girl growing up in 1930s Sweden struggles to reconcile her reindeer-breeding culture with the opportunities and freedoms her Swedish peers enjoy. Swedish & Sami, subtitles. 7:15 p.m. "Check It" (Dana Flor & Toby Oppenheimer, 2016). Documentary that follows a Washington, D.C., LGBT gang. 9:30 p.m. "School Life" (Neasa Ní Chianáin & David Rane, 2016). Documentary about an Irish boarding school that teaches rock 'n' roll as well as a traditional curriculum. Also screens June 4 (see below). 9:45 p.m. "Band Aid" (Zoe Lister-Jones, 2017). Comedy about a couple who tries to save their marriage by starting a punk band and turning their fights into songs. 10 p.m.

At U-M Lorch Hall: "Pop Aye" (Kirsten Tan, 2017). Poignant and humorous drama about a down-on-his luck architect who bumps into an elephant from his childhood. The duo embarks on a journey to the village where the architect grew up. Thai, subtitles. Also screens June 5 (see below). 6 p.m. "The Wound" (John Trengove, 2017). Drama about a South African factory worker who travels to the rural mountains with the men of his community to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood. Xhosa, subtitles. Also screens June 5 (see below). 9 p.m.

June 3:

At the Michigan Theater: "Rage" (Yohei Maki, 2016). A grisly murder links 3 seemingly unrelated stories in 3 different Japanese cities. Japanese, subtitles. Also screens June 7 (see below). 1 p.m. "CCS Showcase." Screening of short films by College for Creative Studies students. 1:15 p.m. "Fanny's Journey" (Lola Doillon, 2016). Coming-of-age drama about a 13-year-old who attempts to lead a group of children out of Nazi-occupied France. French, subtitles. 1:30 p.m. "Tribal Justice" (Anne Makepeace, 2017). Documentary that focuses on 2 Native American judges who attempt to rehabilitate rather than incarcerate offenders. Also screens June 7 (see below). 4 p.m. "Clash" (Mohamed Diab, 2016). Drama, set entirely in the back of a police truck, about detainees from different political and social backgrounds who are brought together following the ousting of Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi in 2013. Arabic, subtitles. 4:30 p.m. "Step" (Amanda Lipitz, 2017). Documentary about the step dance team at the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women. 6:45 p.m. "In Between." See June 2 listing above. 7 p.m. "12th and Clairmount" (Brian Kaufman, 2017). Documentary about the 1967 Detroit riot that draws on more than 400 reels of home movies shot by Detroiters. 7:15 p.m. "Patti Cake$" (Geremy Jasper, 2017). Drama about an aspiring hip-hop MC who's desperate to escape her downtrodden New Jersey home town. 9 p.m. "Destined" (Qasim Basir, 2016). Drama-fantasy filmed in Detroit that imagines 2 life courses for a young man: as an up-and-coming architect being used by cynical real estate developers to gentrify his old neighborhood and as a powerful drug lord. 9:15 p.m. "Whose Streets?" (Sabaah Folayan & Damon Davis, 2017). Documentary about how the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown sparked a global movement. Also screens June 6 (see below), 9:30 p.m. "Fraud" (Dean Fleischer-Camp, 2016). Documentary that pieces together an average family's seemingly banal iPhone home movies into a dark tale of criminal activity. 11:15 p.m.

At U-M Lorch Hall: "Quest." See June 1 listing above. 4 p.m. "Afterimage." See June 2 listing above. 6:45 p.m. "Rat Film" (Theo Anthony, 2016). Documentary about the history of Baltimore, told through a kaleidoscopic array of viewpoints about rats, from those who keep them as pets to exterminators. 9:30 p.m.

June 4:

At the Michigan Theater: "The Legacies Project." Screening of short films made by area high school and college students based on their interviews with local senior citizens. FREE, 12:15 p.m. "Detroit Voices Retrospective." Screening of short films curated and introduced by Sultan Sharrief. 3:15 p.m. "Uncle Jessie White: Portrait of a Delta Bluesman in Detroit" (Stashu Kybartas & Doug Drummond, 2017). Documentary about the life and career of the beloved blues musician who left the Jim Crow South in 1950 and helped shape Detroit's blues scene. 3:30 p.m. "44 Pages" (Tony Shaff, 2017). Charming documentary about the beloved Highlights children's magazine. 3:45 p.m. "Dina" (Antonio Santini & Dan Sickles, 2017). Documentary about the unconventional relationship between a suburban autistic woman and her fiancé, a Walmart greeter with Asperger syndrome. 5:45 p.m. "School Life." See June 2 listing above. 6 p.m. "I Dream in Another Language" (Ernesto Contreras, 2017). Drama-fantasy about a philologist searching for a dying indigenous language in Mexico when he uncovers a supernatural love story. Spanish & English, subtitles. Also screens June 6 (see below). 6:15 p.m. "Menashe" (Joshua Weinstein, 2017). Yiddish drama, set in Brooklyn's Hasidic Jewish community, about a widower who fights for custody of his son. Subtitles. 8 p.m. "The Wailing" (Hong-jin Na, 2016). Horror-fantasy about a remote Korean mountain town where a mysterious disease that causes viciousness is spreading. Korean & Japanese, subtitles. 8:30 p.m.

June 5:

At the Michigan Theater: "Pop Aye." See June 2 listing above. 6:45 p.m. "Sex, Lies and Videotape" (Stephen Soderbergh, 1989). Drama about four 30-somethings with dysfunctional sex lives. Andie MacDowell, Peter Gallagher, James Spader. 7 p.m. "Solitaire" (Sophie Boutros, 2016). Comic drama, set in a small Lebanese village, about a woman excitedly preparing to meet her daughter's new suitor and his family, all the while carrying on a one-sided conversation with framed photos of her brother who was killed 20 years prior by a Syrian bomb. Then she discovers her soon-to-be in-laws are Syrian. Arabic, subtitles. 9:30 p.m. "The Wound." See June 2 listing above. 9:45 p.m.

June 6:

At the Michigan Theater: "Metropolitan" (Whit Stillman, 1990). Young upper-class Manhattanites are blithely enjoying the gala debutante season, when an outsider joins them and stirs things up. 4:45 p.m. "I Dream in Another Language." See June 4 listing above. 6:45 p.m. "Whose Streets?" See June 3 listing above. 7:15 p.m. "Hoop Dreams" (Steve James, 1994). Stark documentary about the struggles of 2 inner city teens to pursue their dreams of professional basketball. FREE, 7:30 p.m. "Quest." See June 1 listing above. 9:30 p.m.

June 7:

At the Michigan Theater: "Tribal Justice." See June 3 listing above. 6:30 p.m. "Rage" See June 3 listing above. 9:15 p.m.

At Zingerman's Cornman Farms (8540 Island Lake Rd., Dexter): "Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry" (Laura Dunn & Jef Sewell, 2016). Documentary about farmer, writer, and activist Berry. 8 p.m.

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Various times & locations. Tickets $12 (Michigan Theater members, $9; 4-pack, $42; festival passes, $50-$150) in advance at cinetopiafestival.org and the Michigan Theater, and at the door. 668-TIME. [map]


 1-5 p.m. 

Creature Encounters - Crested Porcupines!: The Creature Conservancy.

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The Creature Conservancy is featuring Bedhead and Lady Gaga, our Crested Porcupines, during the month of June! See them 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, 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.

Cost: $6/child (ages 2-12), $8/adult (age 13+), free/children under 2; for a self-guided tour of the outdoor animals only: $2/person (ages 2+).

More details: http://thecreatureconservancy.org/vis
The Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $8 adult (13+), $6 child (2-12), free (under 2). info@thecreatureconservancy.org http://thecreatureconservancy.org/visit-hours.html [map]



 1-5 p.m. 

Pranayama and Meditation Half-Day Retreat: Ann Arbor Yoga and Meditation RYS200, RYS300.

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Program is designed and taught by Ema Stefanova, E-RYT500, Member IAYT,
Experienced Yoga Therapist and Teacher Trainer www.YogaAndMeditation.com
You will learn how to perform correctly Pranayama (breathing techniques) and a variety of meditation techniques from the yoga tradition with a holistic common-sense approach.
Topics include theory and practice in:
- Complete Yoga Breathing and Physiology of Breathing
- Traditional Pranic Healing
- Balancing, Tranquilizing and Vitalizing Pranayama
- Concentration and Relaxation to induce Meditation
- Meditations on Sound and more.
To reserve your seat, please register with payment ahead of time at www.YogaAndMeditation.com
AIKIDO studio, 1904 Federal Blvd. $125. EmaStefanova@cs.com www.YogaAndMeditation.com [map]



 1-5 p.m.  Free! 

Teen Writing Festival: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Panel discussion with young adult writers TBA, and a teen writing workshop hosted by the Neutral Zone. Also, announcement of the winners of the annual AADL "It's All Write" teen short story writing contest, which features $1,500 in prizes.
1-5 p.m., AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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All invited to help maintain the natural areas in various city parks. Also, city staffers lead a short nature walk at the end of each workday. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance.

June 3: "National Trails Day." Help maintain trails at Bird Hills Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, Bird Rd. entrance west off Huron River Dr.) and The Ponds Nature Area (1-4 p.m., Emerald Ave. off Independence from Packard).

June 4: Leslie Woods Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the entrance at the end of Upland north off Plymouth) to remove invasive garlic mustard and other spring invasives.

June 10: Ruthven Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, Gallup Park boat launch, southeast corner of Huron Pkwy. at Geddes) to help maintain the trails.

June 10: Furstenberg Nature Area Native Plant Garden (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the parking lot off Fuller across from Huron High) to help weed it. Also, the park steward, master gardener Aunita Erskine, talks about the native plants, including many prairie plants, it contains.

June 10: Argo Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet in the parking lot north of the Argo Canoe Livery off Longshore Dr.) to help remove invasive weeds and do some trail work.

June 11: Redbud Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the entrance on the northern end of Parkwood at Jeanne St. off Packard 2 blocks west of Pittsfield Blvd.) to remove garlic mustard and other invasives.

June 24: Bluffs Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in front of 220 Sunset) to remove buckthorn, honeysuckle, and other invasive shrubs.

July 9: Barton Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the Barton Dam parking lot, Huron River Dr. from Bird Rd. via Newport Rd.) to help remove spotted knapweed and other invasive species.

July 15: Furstenberg Nature Area Native Plant Garden (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the parking lot off Fuller across from Huron High) to help weed it and learn about the native plants it contains from the park steward, master gardener Aunita Erskine.

July 29: Bluffs Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the entrance on Sunset near Wildt) to remove buckthorn, honeysuckle, and other invasive shrubs.

July 30: Marshall Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet in the Marshall Nature Area parking lot off Dixboro Rd. north of Plymouth Rd.) to remove nonnative species plant species that are invading its open woodlands and meadows.

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Various times & locations. Free. 794-6627.


 1 & 3 p.m. 

"Professor Ray's Everyday Science: Luminosity": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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June 3 & 4. Science demonstrations and experiments that explore how energy and electricity transform into light.
1 & 3 p.m., AAHOM Legacy Gallery, 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]


 1:30 & 2:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Various audiovisual planetarium shows.

The Sky Tonight ((11:30 a.m. Sat., 1:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun., ) is an exploration of the current night sky.

Did An Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs? (Sat. 12:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show examining the theory that 66 million years ago a 6-mile-wide rock from space slammed into Earth, wiping out 75% of all living species, including the dinosaurs.

Eclipse (Sat. & Sun. 2:30 p.m.) looks at the history and the astronomy of total solar eclipses.

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


 2 & 7 p.m. 

"The Godfather": Rave.

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June 4 & 7. (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972). Quintessential Mafia drama. Al Pacino, Marlon Brando. With commentary by Turner Classic Movies hosts.
2 & 7 p.m., 4100 Carpenter. $5.75-$10.50. 973-8424. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

Annual Dance Concert: Community School of Ballet.

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CSB students perform excerpts from the syllabus of London's Royal Academy of Dance.
2 p.m., Ypsilanti High School, 2095 Packard. Free. 996-8515. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

Dinosaur Tours: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. 30-minute docent-led tour of the museum's dinosaur exhibits.
2 p.m., U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free, but limited to the first 15 people to sign up for each tour. 764-0478. [map]


 2-3:30 p.m. 

Spring Nature Programs: Waterloo Natural History Association.

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Mar. 5 (2-3 p.m.): "Bee Hotels and Bee-Friendly Flowersr." MSU entomologist Julia Brokaw discusses the world of bees and shows how to attract them to your yard with nest boxes and bee-friendly gardening.

Mar. 19 (2-3 p.m.): "Wildlife from Near and Far." Naturalist Endeavors (Columbiaville) owner Randy Baker shows a variety of animals and discusses their lifestyles and habitats.

Apr. 2 (2-3 p.m.): "Creatures of the Night." Howell Nature Center staff display several live nocturnal birds & mammals and discuss their habits and adaptations to the dark.

Apr. 8 (8-9:30 p.m.): "Night of the Amphibians." WNHA naturalist Tom Hodgson discusses and displays live frogs, toads, and salamanders and leads a night walk to a nearby spring pond to look and listen for them. Bring a flashlight, dress for the weather, and be prepared to get your feet wet.

Apr. 23 (2-3 p.m.): "Helping Nature in Your Own Back Yard." WNHA naturalist Gary Siegrist discusses how to choose native native alternatives to invasive plants, how and where to plant them, and where to buy them in order to make your birds, butterflies, native pollinators, and other wildlife.

Apr. 30 (2-3 p.m.): "Strange Creatures of the Spring Pond." WNHA naturalist Tom Hodgson leads a hike to a nearby spring pond to look for and learn about some of the to many fascinating and little-known creatures--from delicate damselflies to ferocious diving beetles-it harbors. Participants also learn how to find these creatures yourself and to "Pour-a-Pond" of their own.

May 7 (2-3 p.m.): "A World of Animals" World Wide Zoo (Jackson) owner Brendan Finerty presents a hands-on introduction to some live animals from around the globe.

May 21 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Edible, Medicinal, or Poisonous?" Nature Learning Community Founder Rowena Conahan leads a hike to look for and learn how to recognize useful and edible plants.

June 4 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Rockhound Basics." Geologist Larry Bean leads rockhounds to a closed gravel pit to learn about rocks and minerals you can find there and what they reveal about ancient Michigan.

June 11 (2-3 p.m.): "Turtlemania." WNHA naturalist Paul McCormack displays and discusses some live turtles, both large and small and land-dwelling and water-loving.

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Various times, Eddy Discovery Center lower parking lot (except as noted), Bush Rd. (west off Pierce Rd. from I-94 exit 157), Chelsea. $2 (families, $5) except as noted. Space limited; preregistration required. $11 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.


 2 p.m.  Free! 

Union Base Ball Club of Dexter.

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This 5-year-old club plays baseball using 1860s-era rules against similar teams from around the state.

May 13: Canton Cornhuskers.

June 4: Detroit Early Risers.

June 24: Northville Eclipse.

July 30: Royal Oak Wahoos.

Aug. 12: Chelsea Monitors.

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2 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church (except as noted), 6805 Mast at North Territorial, Dexter. Free. Facebook.com/unionbbc; unionbbc.com. [map]


 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Computer Skills": Ann Arbor District Library.

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GameStart staff present hands-on introductions to various computer skills. For kids in grades 3-8 (except as noted).

June 4: "Minecraft Python Programming." Learn the fundamentals of programming Minecraft using the Python programming language.

June 11: "Unity 2D." Learn to design a platformer video game with animated sprites and other characters.

June 18: "Minecraft Python Programming." Learn the fundamentals of programming Minecraft using the Python programming language.

June 25: "3-D Video Game Design." Learn to design your own video game using the Unity Development Kit.

July 9: "CodeMage Beginnings." Learn how use Python coding techniques to code a "spell" for Minecraft.

July 16: "Roblox Studio." Learn how to combine elements of art, design, math, and physics to make your own video game.

July 23: ""Minecraft Resource Pack Creation." Learn how to change Minecraft visuals and alter the textures of mobs, blocks, and your game character.

July 30: "Minecraft Python Programming." Learn the fundamentals of programming Minecraft using the Python programming language.

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2-3:30 p.m. (except as noted), AADL training center, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 2 p.m. 

"Dispatches from the Dumb Decade": Neighborhood Theatre Group.

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June 2-4. Kristin Anne Danko directs a workshop production of company playwright A.M. Dean's new play, a fast-paced pop-rock musical following a student journalist at the start of a new millennium, a new president, a new war, and a new media. The actors, who also play all the instruments, are Eric Hohnke, Tom Hett, Maegan Murphy, Alice Duhon, Aaron Dean, Marisa Linski, and Kristina Fitzgerald. With Charles Worth on piano. Recommended for theatergoers age 13 & up.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Bona Sera Underground, 200 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. $10 (students, $5) in advance at dispatches.brownpapertickets.com/ and at the door. 491-4631. [map]



 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Ernestine Ruben at Willow Run: Mobilizing Memory": UMMA.

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Docent-led tour of the current exhibit of Ruben's 2013 photographs of the dormant Willow Run industrial complex that was designed and built during WWII by her grandfather, Albert Kahn.
2-3 p.m., UMMA Photography Gallery, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]



 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Junior Naturalist: In the Garden": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance shows kids ages 7-12 how to make a vegetable garden. Snacks. Bring gloves and a water bottle.
2-4 p.m., County Farm Park, meet at the Platt Rd. pavilion. Free, but preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org (registration #841004, section A). 971-6337.


 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Kerry Tales: Make Music with Mother Goose": Kerrytown Shops.

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30-minute family-oriented program of rhymes, riddles, and stories with local storyteller Trudy Bulkley as Mother Goose.
2 p.m., Hollander's, 410 N. Fourth Ave. (Kerrytown). Free. 769-3115. [map]


 2 p.m. 

"Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse": EMU Theatre Department.

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June 2-4 & 9-11. EMU drama professor Pam Cardell Cato directs EMU drama students in Kevin Kling's comedy adapted from Kevin Henkes' children's book about a high-spirited young mouse and self-proclaimed queen who likes everything--except her baby brother-who learns a lesson of patience, sharing, and forgiveness when her fabulous purple purse taken away. For audiences age 5 & up.
7 p.m. (Fri.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), EMU Sponberg Theatre, Ford St. (off Lowell at Jarvis), Ypsilanti. Tickets $15 (seniors age 60 & older, $12; youth age 12 & under, $7) in advance at the Convocation Center, the Student Center ticket office, the Quirk box office, and emutix.com; and at the door. 487-1221.


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Peony Blossoms and Pure Melodies": U-M Confucius Institute.

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Postponed from June 5. The CIUM Singers, an ensemble of U-M students, faculty, and staff and community members, perform (in Chinese) a selection of Chinese flower songs, folk songs that range from intimate thoughts about ordinary people's romantic and daily lives to jokes and satires on current social-political topics. Bring a lawn chair, if you like.
2-3 p.m., U-M Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden, 1610 Washington Hts. Free. 764-8888. [map]


 2 p.m. 

"The Mystery of Edwin Drood": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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June 1-4. Ron Baumanis directs local actors in Rupert Holmes's 1985 musical adaptation of Charles Dickens's last, unfinished novel, a murder mystery that draws on a variety of familiar Dickensian themes. More light-hearted in its humor than the novel, Bird's musical is staged in the style of a Victorian music-hall entertainment, with a delightfully tuneful score and lots of audience participation. In fact, the audience gets to choose how the mystery is resolved-there are eight different possible endings. Cast: Jared Hoffert, Roy Sexton, Vanessa Bannister, Kimberly Elliott, Alisa Mutchler Bauer, Becca Nowak, Brandon Cave, Brodie Brockie, Michael Cicirelli, Jimmy Dee Arnold, Peter Dannug, Sarah Sweeter, Heather Wing, and Brady Cesaro.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $26 (seniors age 60 & over, $23; Thurs., $20; students, $14 on any day) in advance at a2ct.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 971-2228. [map]


 3-9 p.m. 

Scandinavian Music Workshop & Jam: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Members of the Washington, D.C.-based contra dance quartet Polka Pants lead a Scandinavian music workshop. Followed at 5 p.m. by a potluck (bring a dish to pass) and 6:30-9 p.m. by a Scandinavian music jam ($5 suggested donation). Attendees encouraged to dance.
3-9 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). $8 (members, $7). (908) 721-2599. [map]


 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Breaching Artistic Barriers": UMMA.

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Western art curator Lehti Mairike Keelmann discusses the ways artists featured in the current exhibit, Victors for Art, interpreted and challenged established art categories and subjects. Keelmann also discusses how curators approached the layout of the exhibit, which includes disparate works by artists such as Alfred Sisley, Tom Friedman, Jean-Baptiste Greuze, Andy Warhol, Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, and others.
3-4 p.m., UMMA Taubman Gallery, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Daughter of Dawn and Darkness": Nicola's Books.

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Local writer Carey Whitepigeon, a member of the Potawatomi tribe, discusses her the first novel in her new fantasy series about a 17-year-old orphan living with her father's people, the Anishnabeh, who learns her mother was from another world. Invited to the planet, she discovers a society of magic and deadly intrigue. Signing.
3 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Life: How Do We Find It?": U-M Exhibit Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun.. Hands-on 20-minute demo about the aims and procedures of astrobiology. Participants recreate an experiment from the Mars Viking Lander's spacecraft expedition of 1976.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), U-M Exhibit Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 3 p.m. 

"True Stories of 4 in 1": Dreamland Theater.

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June 10, 11, 17, & 18. Naia Venturi directs the popular Dreamland Puppet Troupe in 4 short puppet plays, using marionettes, shadow and hand puppets and video projection, to depict the stories of 4 members of Full Circle Community Center, the downtown Ypsilanti drop-in center for people living with mental illness. Note: These shows are also presented for free at 3 p.m. on June 3 & 4 at Full Circle, 750 Towner, Ypsilanti.
3 p.m., Dreamland Theater, 26 N. Washington St., Ypsilanti. $7 at the door only. 657-2337. [map]



 4-7 p.m. 

Beer & Board Games: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sun. All invited to play board games. Some games provided (or you can bring your own, if you wish).
4-7 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

David Heinze: Ypsilanti Pipe Organ Festival.

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This Hope College organ student and Interlochen alum performs Bach's Prelude and Fugue in E-flat Major ("St. Anne"), Frank Bridge's Adagio in E from Three Pieces, William Albright's Jig for the Feet (Totentanz), Aivars Kalejs's Through Hardships to the Stars, Schumann's Six Studies in Canonic Form, Dupré's Choral Variations on "Veni Creator Spiritus."
4 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 300 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. Free. 482-1525. [map]


 4:30 p.m. 

Tai-Chi for Kids: SUN SHEN.

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From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves, and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children from 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30 - 5:30pm.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70 / month, $21 / drop in. 734-845-9786. alexis@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 5 p.m.  Free! 

"Finale": Boychoir of Ann Arbor Spring Concert.

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Boychoir founder Tom Strode, who is retiring after 30 years, directs the Boychoir's talented, well-schooled Performing Choir (ages 8-18) in a season finale highlighted by a performance of significant portions of Fauré's Requiem, a piece featured in the debut Boychoir concert in May 1987. It is accompanied by harpist Brittany Young, organist Naki Sung Kripfgans, and a string ensemble. An additional highlight is a performance of the Korean folksong "Arirang" in an arrangement by Hyowon Woo, a renowned Korean composer currently living in town who is working with the Boychoir on this piece. Also, additional works by the Performing Choir, along with pieces by the Preparatory Choir (ages 8-10) and Young Men's Ensemble (ages 13-18).
5 p.m., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 301 N. Division. Free; donations welcome. 663-5377. [map]


 6-8 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Morris.

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Every Sun. All invited to try this boisterous, jingly English ceremonial dance thought to be descended from the 15th-century Spanish moresca. Wear athletic shoes. Note: held under the arches at the U-M Dental School (Fletcher at North University) if raining.
6-8 p.m., outdoors between Rackham and North Quad (may move to Ingalls Mall). Free. Email a2morris@umich.edu to confirm. 717-1569.


 6-9 p.m. 

Sunday Evening Rhythm Club: Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings (P.O.R.K.).

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During the 1920s and early 1930s, early jazz veteran Jelly Roll Morton and younger modernist Duke Ellington both used this band's 10-piece instrumentation, keeping the free-wheeling rhythm of New Orleans jazz and mixing it with smooth, pre-Swing big-band arranging. PORK offers this early big-band music and many period pop standards by songwriters Irving Berlin and George Gershwin and others, evoking a particularly rich musical era. Pianist James Dapogny and tubaist/trombonist Chris Smith lead this dance-friendly jazz band.
Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium Blvd. $10 ($7 for seniors 65+ and students). 734/663-1202. cdsmith68@gmail.com or jdapogny@umich.edu [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
7 p.m.-close (usually midnight), Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Free. umich.edu/~goclub. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Poetry.

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Every 1st & 3rd Sun. Readings by featured poets, preceded by a poetry open mike.

May 7: Ting Gou, a U-M medical student and award-winning poet who recently published her debut chapbook, The Other House.

May 21: Reading by John Buckley, a recent U-M creative writing MFA.

June-Aug. schedules TBA.

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7-9 p.m. (sign-up begins at 6:30 p.m.), Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. $5 suggested donation. facebook.com/AnnArborPoetry. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor Community Sing": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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All invited to join this monthly gathering to sing songs from the various branches of American folk music.
7-9 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $5. 794-6250. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

The Slocan Ramblers: The Ark.

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Highly regarded young Candian bluegrass quartet known for their blend of lightning fast, devilishly intricate ensemble playing and fiercely driving vocals racing ahead of the music. Its repertoire blends originals with vintage material from traditional song like "Groundhog" and "Rambling Sailor" to Woody Guthrie's "Pastures of Plenty" and the Delmore Brothers' "Mississippi Shore."
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and theark.org; and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Arcade: Improv Jam": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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June 4 & 18. All invited to play short-form improv games. No experience necessary. Spectators welcome.
7:30 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Free (pay-what-you-can for spectators). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 8-10 p.m. 

Ballroom Dance Club at the U-M.

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Ballroom dancing to recorded music, including fox-trots, waltzes, cha-chas, rumbas, tangos, swing, and more. No partner necessary. Preceded at 7 p.m. by beginning lessons and practice.
8-10 p.m., Michigan Union Ballroom (May 14) & Pendleton Room (May 21, June 11 & 18, July 9, 16, & 23) and Michigan League Ballroom (June 4 & 25). $5 ($10 includes lessons). ballroomclubum.com. 763-6984. [map]





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