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Calendar of Events

Saturday, June 17, 2017






 
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 8 a.m.  Free! 

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

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Every Sat., Apr.-Nov. 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 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. (Oct.) & 10 a.m. (Nov.), meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 649-9762 (Oct.), 996-9461 (Nov. 4), 645-8084 (Nov. 11), 274-6350 (Nov. 18), 604-0696 (Nov. 25). [map]


 8 a.m. 

Canton Liberty Run: RF Events.

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5k Run, 10k Run, Uncle Sam Slam (Run both 5k & 10k!), and 1 Mile. New theme for 2017! Stars, Stripes & Sparkle! Celebrate your freedom at the Liberty Festival 5K, 10K, Uncle Sam Slam (Run Both the 5k & 10k!) and one mile, and be a part of something … BIG! Run, walk or stroll the beautiful 3.1 mile or 6.2 mile flat, fast and accurate courses through neighborhood streets and the natural beauty of the Lower Rouge Trail. Liberty Run entry includes a shirt, finisher's medals for all distances, and theme awards! A portion of your entry fee will help fund recreation and trail improvement in Canton Township!
Heritage Park Canton, 46202 Heritage Park Rd., Canton. $19-$70. (734)929-9027. info@rfevents.com http://www.cantonlibertyrun.com [map]



 8 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Farmers Market.

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Every Sat., Apr. 30-Oct. 29 Kids activities, 9:30-11 a.m. on 2nd Sat. each month and market basket giveaway on 4th Sat. each month, along with live entertainment TBA every Sat., June 4-Sept. 24. Also, every Wed., May 4-Oct. 26, The Bushel Basket Market: The Farmers Market at the Chelsea Community Hospital (2-6 p.m.,), which focuses on healthy produce from local farmers.

June 3: Dorkestra. Local folk-rock swing quintet whose music blends jazz, African, Middle Eastern, funk, and pop influences.

June 10: John Latini. Acoustic rock-based originals by this popular veteran local rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter, winner of the 2008 Detroit Blues Challenge.

June 17: Keith Parmentier. Local singer-songwriter known for his folk- and country-style ballads.

June 24: TBA.

July 1: TBA.

July 8: Bill Personke. Chelsea guitarist who plays acoustic, folk, and rock 'n' roll.

July 15: "A Taste of Music." Musical performance by an ensemble from the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. Also, an instrument petting zoo for kids and adults, with a chance to try out your favorite instrument.

July 22: Annie & Rod Capps. Local husband-and-wife folk-rock singer-songwriter duo.

July 29: Mixed Nuts. Acoustic Americana covers and originals by this Chelsea trio.

Aug. 5: McDonald Brothers. Local Americana country quartet.

Aug. 12: Keith Parmentier. Local singer-songwriter known for his folk- and country-style ballads.

Aug. 19: McDonald Brothers. Local Americana country quartet.

Aug. 26: Bill Personke. Chelsea guitarist who plays acoustic, folk, and rock 'n' roll.

Sept. 2 Loyse Huffman. Folksinger.

Sept. 9: Dorkestra. Local folk-rock swing quintet whose music blends jazz, African, Middle Eastern, funk, and pop influences.

Sept. 16: John Latini. Acoustic rock-based originals by this popular veteran local rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter, winner of the 2008 Detroit Blues Challenge.

Sept. 23: Dave Boutette. Veteran Ann Arbor American roots music singer-songwriter.

Sept. 30: Mixed Nuts. Acoustic Americana covers and originals by this Chelsea trio.



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8 a.m.-1 p.m., Chelsea Farmers Market, Palmer Auto lot (across from the police station), S. Main St., Chelsea. Free admission. 475-6402.


 8-11 a.m. 

Rummage Sale: St. Francis of Assisi Parish.

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Ann Arbor - DON'T MISS THIS SALE! GOING STRONG FOR DECADES!! NEW DAYS AND TIMES! Clothing/shoes, jewelry, toys, housewares, collectibles, Holiday decor, electronics, books
& SO MUCH MORE! Saturday $5 a bag! Call some friends and come uncover some treasures!
St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 2250 E. Stadium Blvd. 48104. Free admission. (734)769-2550. [map]


 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Dressage at Waterloo": Waterloo Hunt Club.

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June 16-18, July 14-16, and Aug. 4-6 & 17-20. 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. 426-2111. [map]


 9 a.m.  Free! 

Eco-Restoration Workday: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.

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June 10 & 17. All invited to help Matthaei staff members remove invasive plants. Dress for outdoor work. Tools provided, or bring your own. Note: Kids age 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Youth ages 16-18 must submit a permission form.
9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Arb Reader Center (June 10), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (June 17), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration required by phone or email. tgriffit@umich.edu, 647-8528. [map]


 9:30 a.m. 

Breastfeeding Basics: Center for the Childbearing Year.

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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. patty@center4cby.com www.center4cby.com [map]



 9:30 a.m. 

Ready for Baby Class: Center for the Childbearing Year.

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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. 734-663-1523. patty@center4cby.com http://center4cby.com/ [map]



 9:30 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Your True Identity: Who You Are in Christ": Ann Arbor Aglow Lighthouse.

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Talk by Harvest Christian Church (Detroit) staff member Suzi Armstrong. Armstrong also gives attendees prophecies from God. Refreshments.
9:30 a.m.-noon, 340 WCC Liberal Arts Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. (248) 437-9277. [map]


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Free Seminar: Cool Plants for Shade": English Gardens.

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Create a beautiful garden is possible even in the shade. This program will cover basic information on planning, planting and maintaining flowers and plants in the shade. Special emphasis will be given on perennials.
English Gardens, Maple Village shopping center. Free. ewinger@englishgardens.com http://www.englishgardens.com/events/cool-plants-for-shade/



 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Big Green Egg Cookout": Downtown Home & Garden Spring Lecture Series.

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DH&G staffer Matt Banks shows how to cook a selection of vegetables and meats on a Big Green Egg smoker and offers taste samples interesting condiments and pairings.
10 a.m.-noon, DH&G, 210 S. Ashley. Free. 662-8122. [map]


 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

"Gordon Hall Days: A Country Fair": Dexter Area Historical Society and Museum/Ann Arbor Model Railroad Club.

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June 17 & 18. Guided tours of historic Gordon Hall, with photo ops in vintage costumes and an antique car, midway games for kids of all ages, Little Conductors train rides. Food available from the Dexter Lions, snack area with popcorn, cotton candy, & sno cones.

Sat. only: Mini-tractor pulls, a walk-in-balloon, and a performance by the Dexter Dulcimers. Also, at 1 p.m., "Tea with Style" ($10; reservations required), an old-fashioned tea with accompanied by re-enactors costumed as survivors of the Titanic in fashionable period dress, and at 7 p.m., "A Country Dance" ($50/person, $125/family with kids age 12 & older; reservations required), with vintage dances called by Robin Warner to live music by the Country Fair Players. The price of admission includes appetizers, desserts, & beverages.

Sun. only: animal-based magic show with Colors the Clown, a kids music emporium, a performance by the North Creek Fiddlers, and a pie auction.

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10 a.m.-5 p.m., Gordon Hall, 8341 Island Lake Rd. at Dexter-Pinckney Rd., Dexter. $5 per person or $15 per car suggested donation; Free onsite parking. Tea & dance reservations: 395-4106; Info: 426-2519. [map]


 10 a.m.-noon 

"Military Rifle Match": Tri-County Sportsman's League.

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All invited to participate in this marksmanship competition using any military-style rifle. Bring your own gun and ammunition.
10 a.m.-noon (registration begins at 9 a.m.), TCSL, 8640 Moon (between E. Michigan Ave. & Willis Rd.), Saline. $15 (members, $10). marks@comcast.net, 276-2514. [map]


 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Pop-Up Makerspace": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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June 17 & 18. All invited to try a hands-on engineering activity. This month's challenge: paper engineering.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-4 p.m. (Sun.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Yoga on the Lawn": Chelsea District Library/Chelsea Wellness Center.

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All adults invited to joining yoga session; weather permitting. Bring your own yoga mat; arrive early to sign in.
10-11 a.m., CDL library lawn, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 10:30 a.m. 

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. 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]


 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Death Café.

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All invited to join a frank conversation about death led by participants. Hosted by After Death Home Care founder Merilynne Rush and Diana Cramer. Tea & cake available for purchase.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Tearoom, 114 S. Main. Free. 395-9660. [map]



 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Zentangle Essentials: USArtQuest.

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Your journey into the Zentangle Method starts here: you'll learn exactly what the enjoyable Zentangle Method is, how it's different from doodling, and how it can benefit you as far as a method to relax, boost creativity and focus. In the end, you also create some fantastic art!! The journey is yours to take - let me be your guide.
Class taught by Heather Hartwick-Gladden, Certified Zentangle Teacher.
Class fee includes all materials.
USArtQuest, 18650 W. Old US 12, Chelsea. $35. (800) 766-0728. AskAnything@USArtQuest.com USArtQuest.com [map]



 10:30 a.m. 

"The Little Scientist Club": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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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.
10:30-11:30 a.m. (Sat.) & 9:30-10:30 a.m. (Tues.), AAHOM Green Room (lower level), 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]


 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Canceled--"Summer Block Party": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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This event has been canceled.
11 a.m.-2 p.m., Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek, Ypsilanti. $6 per person; $6 vehicle entry fee. 484-9676, ext. 205. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

Children's Story Time: Literati Bookstore.

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Every Sat. A Literati staffer reads stories for kids of all ages.
11 a.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 11 a.m. 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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Every Tues. & Sat. Linda Zimmer reads seasonal stories for kids age 6 & under.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 6 p.m. (Tues.), Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]


 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival": Ann Arbor District Library.

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June 17 & 18. Adults & kids of all ages invited to meet more than 40 top area cartoonists and participate in workshops on making web comics, writing and drawing minicomics, creating video games, and much more. Kids can also vote in the 5th annual Kids' Comics Awards. Winners announced during a ceremony featuring puppets, super villains, and more. Also, on June 17, a day-long series talks and workshops at the U-M Hatcher Grad Library for librarians, educators, and cartoonists. (see a2caf.com/programming for full schedule).
11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (Sat.) & 12:30-5:30 p.m. (Sun.), AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Life: How Do We Find It?": U-M Museum of Natural History.

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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]


 11:30 a.m. and 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 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]


 Noon-5 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Book Festival Street Fair.

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Sale of a wide variety of books, readings and spoken word performances, and more. Food available. The festival also includes 3 book crawls (see listings on June 15 & 16).
Noon-5 p.m., Washington between 4th & 5th aves. Free admission. info@aabookfestival.org.


 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. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]


 Noon-6 p.m.  Free! 

"23rd Annual Juneteenth": Ann Arbor Branch of the NAACP.

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Celebration of the anniversary of the first reading in Texas of the Emancipation Proclamation, on June 19, 1865--more than 2 years after it was signed by President Lincoln. Entertainment TBA. Also, kids activities.
Noon-6 p.m., Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. A2naacp.org, 761-9084. [map]


 1 p.m. 

"Ecology Series: Insects!": Robin Hills Farm.

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During this two-hour hike, we will learn how to find and identify common insects including butterflies, beetles, and bees, with wildlife biologist Sean Zera. We will also dip-net for aquatic insects and their larvae, so be prepared to get a little bit muddy.
Robin Hills Farm, 20390 M-52, Chelsea. $15, or $25 family ticket. 7348348496. education@robinhillsfarm.com https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ecology-series-insects-tickets-32892763140 [map]



 1 p.m. 

"Tea With Style: Fashions From the Titanic": Dexter Area Historical Society.

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Bring your mom or your best friends, or plan to pass the afternoon with a new acquaintance while you sip hot or iced tea and enjoy dessert. Our models will sport daywear featured in the best French fashion magazines of the time and evening wear that might have been seen on the great ship. The fashions are from the extensive and historically accurate collection of Helen Welford. Reservations are required as space is limited; please call 734-395-4106. Free onsite parking. For more information visit the website.
Gordon Hall, 8341 Island Lake Rd, at the corner of Dexter-Pinckney Rd, Dexter. $10. 734-426-2519. dexmuseum@aol.com www.dexterhistory.org/upcoming-events [map]



 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

1st Annual Kite Festival: GrieveWell.

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Professional kite flying demonstrations, lessons from professionals on how to fly a kite, a kids zone, and a chance to build and decorate kites ($5 each, preregistration recommended). Also, a display of memorial kites (available for a $20 donation).
1-4 p.m., Pioneer High School front lawn, 601 W. Stadium. Free admission; preregistration available at grievewell.com/kite. 975-0238. [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. 

Guided Tours: Waterloo 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 Farm Museum, 13493 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.


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Make a Father's Day Card": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades K-5 invited to make a Father's Day card. Supplies provided.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]


 1:30 p.m. 

Newborn Care Class: Center for the Childbearing Year.

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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. patty@center4cby.com http://center4cby.com/ [map]



 2 p.m.  Free! 

My Turn: A Sensory Friendly Performance of Frog and Toad by Wild Swan Theater: My Turn.

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Award winning Wild Swan Theater is pleased to present a free performance for families affected by sensory sensitivities. The show will last approximately 2:00-2:45pm and will include 6 stories.
Audience members are welcome to enter the theater at 1:40pm, (twenty minutes prior to showtime) to find seats and accilmate to the environment.
A limited number of noise reducing headphones and sunglasses will be available to borrow during the performance.
During this show, the theater will not go dark and the audience is free to move about and talk if needed.
A quiet room will also be available near the theater, should your family need to take a break.
A touch-tour will be available at 1:20pm for audience members who are blind or have low vision.
After the show, families are invited to meet the cast in the lobby.
Towsley Auditorium, 4800 East Huron River Drive. Free. (734)995-0530. myturn@aahom.org myturncommunity.org [map]


 2:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to practice their juggling skills. Beginners welcome. Attendees asked to call ahead if there's inclement weather. The club hosts a Juggling Arts Festival on May 13 (see listing).
2:30-5 p.m., U-M Diag. Free. juggling.info@umich.edu, umich.edu/~juggle, 761-1115.


 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]


 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

Pittsfield Open Band: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Aug. 5 & 19. All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. Bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book if you have them.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). Free. 994-9307. [map]


 3 & 8 p.m. 

"Camelot": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., June 8-July 2. This professional theater company performs Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's 1960 Broadway musical based on the King Arthur legend, with particular emphasis on his courtship with and marriage to Guenevere and her love affair with his chief knight, Lancelot. The show has inspired everyone from John F. Kennedy to Lin-Manuel Miranda (creator of Hamilton), who says the song "Guenevere" first attracted him to musicals. The score also includes "C'est Moi," "What Do the Simple Folk Do?," and the beloved "If Ever I Would Leave You."
7 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $26 (seniors, $24; youth & groups of 10 or more, $22) on Thurs.; $32 (seniors, $30; youth & groups of 10 or more, $28) on Fri. & Sat. eve. $28 (seniors, $26; youth & groups of 10 or more, $24) for all matinees in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]


 3 & 8 p.m. 

"Harvey": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., June 15-Aug. 26. Guy Sanville directs local actors in Mary Chase's beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning play, best known from the 1950 Jimmy Stewart film, about a gentle tippler and his imaginary friend Harvey, an invisible six-foot-tall rabbit.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & 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]


 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. 

"Icebreakers ^2": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sat. All invited to play low-key parlor games.
4-7 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 4, 6:45, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Paris Can Wait": Michigan Theater.

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(Eleanor Coppola, 2017). A long-married woman unexpectedly takes a 2-day car trip from Cannes to Paris with one of her husband's business associates. Diane Lane & Alec Baldwin.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4:15 p.m. 

"Disturbing the Peace": Michigan Theater.

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(Stephen Apkon & Andrew Young, 2016). Documentary about former enemy combatants-Israeli soldiers and Palestinian fighters-who have joined together to challenge the status quo.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 5 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

"Top of the Park": Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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Every Tues.-Sun., June 9-July 2. A beloved summer tradition continues this year with live music, followed at 10 p.m. (Sun. & Tues.-Thurs.) by free movies. Also, a KidZone activity tent, yoga and other fitness activities (5 p.m. on the Power Center lawn), food concessions from area restaurants, beer tastings (Tues., 5 p.m.), wine tastings (Wed., 5 p.m.), and more. Tonight: The Chris Canas Band (8:30 p.m.), a Detroit blues band fronted by young blues vocalist and virtuoso guitarist Canas, and The Sun Messengers (10:15 p.m.), a popular, versatile 10-piece ensemble from Detroit that plays everything from Latin and African dance music to blues and rock. Also, young local folk singer-songwriter Mary Collins (5 p.m.), singer-songwriter duo Jan Krist & Jim Bizer (6 p.m.), and Detroit psychedelic rock band Nina & the Buffalo Riders (7 p.m.).
5 p.m.-midnight, Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free, but donations accepted. a2sf.org, 994-5999. [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

"The Tempest": U-M Residential College/Nichols Arboretum.

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Every Thurs-Sun., June 8-25. U-M Residential College drama lecturer Kate Mendeloff directs students and local actors an alfresco production of Shakespeare's culminating work, a visionary romance set on a magical island ruled by the enigmatic but benevolent sorcerer Prospero and his beautiful daughter Miranda. Prospero is in fact the exiled duke of Milan, who conjures a storm that shipwrecks his old enemies upon his island. He takes the opportunity to teach them a lesson before bestowing forgiveness, abandoning his magical powers, and preparing to return to the world. The Tempest is filled with verse and song (including the famous "Full fathom five") and contains some of Shakespeare's most gorgeously haunting poetry. The RC's annual Shakespeare in the Arb productions have become a hugely popular local summer tradition. Director Mendeloff takes special care to make the shifting Arb environments an active force in the performance. Bring a blanket or portable chair to sit on; dress for the weather.
6:30 p.m., meet at the Peony Garden entrance at 1610 Washington Heights. $20 (Friends of Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum, $15; students, $15; seniors age 62 & over, $17; youth under age 18, $10; kids under 5, free) at the gate only. Tickets go on sale at 5:30 p.m. Space limited; come early. 998-9540.


 7 p.m. 

"A Country Dance": Dexter Area Historical Society.

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Local favorite caller Robin Warner will lead us in dances that are beginner/family friendly, interesting, and fun and that were popular at the turn of the 19th to 20th century. The "Country Fair Players" will provide live music. Hearty appetizers, desserts, and drinks will complete the experience. Tickets for this fundraiser to support the Dexter Area Historical Society are $50 per person or $125 per family with children ages 12 and older. Reservations are necessary as space is limited; call Ina Germain at 734-395-4106.
Gordon Hall, 8341 Island Lake Rd, at the corner of Dexter-Pinckney Rd, Dexter. $50 per person or $125 per family with children ages 12 and older. 734-426-2519. dexmuseum@aol.com www.dexterhistory.org/upcoming-events [map]



 7-10 p.m. 

International Folk Dancing: Ann Arbor Folkdancers.

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Dancing to recorded music. No partner needed; beginners welcome. The program begins with a lesson.
7-10 p.m., the barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $5 (students, $3). 709-8748. [map]


 7 & 9:45 p.m. 

"My Cousin Rachel": Michigan Theater.

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(Roger Michell, 2017). Period drama about a young Englishman who plots revenge against his mysterious cousin, but then starts to fall for her. Rachel Weisz.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"The Renaissance Man": The Penny Seats Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sat., June 15-July 1. Veteran local playwright Joseph Zettelmaier directs this local company in the world premiere of his farcical take on Macbeth as refracted through the workers at a Renaissance Faire. A hard-working Knight dreams of transforming his beloved fair, but his ambition meets resistance among his coworkers. Cast: Julia Garlotte, Annie Dilworth, Kelly Rose Voigt, Pat Loos, David Galido, Robert Schorr. This is the first of 2 outdoor productions scheduled for the company's 7th summer season.
7 p.m., West Park Band Shell. Tickets $12 (kids 12 & under, $7) in advance at pennyseats.org, $15 at the gate. 926-5346.


 7:30 p.m. 

Chamber Music Concert: Chelsea Chamber Players.

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Local musicians Graham Emberton (violin), Ian Cumming (violin and viola), Sara Cumming (cello) and Renée Robbins (piano), members of the Chelsea Chamber Players, will perform, a concert of classical and contemporary chamber works to raise money for refugees in Washtenaw County. All proceeds will benefit Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County. Donations will be accepted at the door.
St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division. Donation. reneerobbins60@gmail.com. chelseachamberplayers.com [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Chelsea Chamber Players.

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Members of this Chelsea ensemble--violinist Graham Emberton, violist & violinist Ian Cumming, cellist Sara Cumming, and pianist Renee Robbins--present a program of classical and contemporary chamber works TBA. Proceeds go to Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County for services to refugees living in the county.
7:30 p.m., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division. Free. Reneerobbins60@gmail.com. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Big Cats' Night Out": Huron Valley Humane Society.

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All age 18 & older invited to watch The Truth about Cats and Dogs, Michael Lehmann's 1996 rom-com starring Janeane Garofalo as a frumpy vet and Uma Thurman as her beautiful rival for the affections of a charming British photographer. Also, drinks, popcorn, and a chance to cuddle with adoptable cats. Admission includes 2 tickets for beer and wine (age 21 & over only). Bring your own nonalcoholic beverages and pillows and blankets, if you wish.
7:30-9:30 p.m. (doors open at 7:15 p.m.), Tiny Lions Lounge and Adoption Center, 5245 Jackson Rd. $15. Preregistration available at hshv.org. 661-3575. [map]


 8 p.m. 

3rd Saturday Contra Dance: Pittsfield Union Grange.

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Martha Vander Kolk calls to music by the Stout Hearted String Band. Wear cool, casual clothes and bring flat, smooth-soled shoes for dancing. Beginners welcome. Preceded at 7:30 p.m. by a lesson.
8-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). $10 (members, $7; students with ID, $5). 769-1052, 274-0773. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Alberto Nacif & Aguanko: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Conga and bongo player Nacif leads this Afro-Cuban jazz band. With timbales player Olman Piedra, pianist Rick Roe, saxophonist Russ Miller, bassist Pat Prouty, trombonist Chris Smith, and trumpeter Anthony Stanco.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. Kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769-2999. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Amanda Anne Platt & the Honeycutters: The Ark.

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Country roots music with a sharp-witted contemporary edginess by this Asheville-based band led by Platt, a singer-songwriter who cites Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty as major influences. "I can see a day when her name is mentioned alongside Lucinda Williams, Mary Gauthier and Gillian Welch," says The Real Southern "She's just that good."
8 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]


 8 p.m. 

Joe Jackson: Live Nation.

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Jackson has run the gamut from new wave rock 'n' roll to jazz, jump blues, Latin dance music, and cabaret in the course of the musical odyssey that began in 1979 with the hit single "Is She Really Going Out with Him?" His diversity of styles--he's even composed a Grammy-winning pop symphony--is one of the British-born singer's strengths, as is the unusual blend of soulfulness and acerbic wit in his music. THe is currently showcasing material from his new CD, Fast Forward, a collection of 14 originals in an array of moods and styles, along with the vintage German cabaret song "Good Bye Johnny" and a revelatory cover of Television's "See No Evil."
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $30-$45 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & all other Ticketmaster outlets, and at the door. To charge by phone, call (248) 645-6666. [map]


 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Mark Sweetman: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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June 16 & 17. Veteran Detroit-bred observational comic, a cross between a court jester and a philosophical humorist known for his dry wit and acerbic delivery. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $12 reserved seating in advance, $14 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 8 p.m.-midnight 

Milonga: Michigan Argentine Tango Club.

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June 3 & 17. Tango dancing to music spun by a DJ.
8 p.m.-midnight, Michigan Union Anderson Rm. $10 (members, $5). umich.edu/~matc. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Criminal Hearts": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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June 16-18. Cami Fussey directs local actors in Jane Martin's dark comedy about an agoraphobic romantic who faces down a burglar in her apartment, with unusual results. Elisha Kranz, Tomi Dres, Christopher Ankney, and David Widmayer.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), AACT Studio, 322 W. Ann. Tickets $12 in advance at the studio & by phone, and at the door. 971-2228. [map]


 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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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.). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Spiritual Cinema": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Screening of a feature film or several shorts with spiritual themes. Followed by discussion.
8 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $5 suggested donation. 327-0270. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"The Legend of Georgia McBride": Theatre Nova.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., June 9-July 9. Brandy Joe Plambeck directs Matthew Lopez's comedy about a down-on-his-luck Elvis impersonator with a pregnant wife who stumbles into a wildly successful new career as a drag queen. Stars Nick Yocum, Vince Kelley, Richard Payton, Meredith Deighton, and Joe Bailey.
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 afford, in advance at theatrenova.org and at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]



 8:30 p.m.-1 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.
Various evening times, Peach Mountain Observatory, North Territorial Rd. (about 1 1⁄4 miles west of Hudson Mills Metropark), Dexter. Free. 975-3248.



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!



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Bona Sera: "Ypsiarboroo."

With the Ypsilanti rock band Corridors (9 p.m.), the local psychedelic pop-punk one-man garage band Telementals (10 p.m.), the Detroit experimental psychedelic rock trio Mellified Man(11 p.m.), the Livonia futuristic electropop band East of Awake (midnight), and the Ypsilanti rock band Unicorn/Battery Acid (1 a.m.). Also, in the main floor restaurant, the self-styled Detroit "Gov't Mule meets Alison Krauss Funkgrass" Mercury Salad Sandwich (7 p.m.) and the local jazz-rock trio Honey Monsoon (8 p.m.). [venue info]

Club Above: Kid Humphrey

Local hip-hop MC. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Reggaeloution

Kalamazoo roots-reggae quartet. [venue info]

Earle: Rick Burgess Trio

Jazz ensemble, named after the late jazz pianist and Earle cofounder Burgess, featuring pianist Gil Scott Chapman, bassist Russell Tessier, and drummer Robert Warren. [venue info]

Guy Hollerin's: The Switchbacks The Switchbacks

Local hard-rocking country and blues quintet fronted by vocalist Janet Benson. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: The Rhythm Kings

Horn-fired jazz-rock dance band. [venue info]

Mash: The Hi-Views

Detroit rockabilly and roots music trio. [venue info]

Mash: Zander Michigan

The stage name of Detroit pop-folk singer-songwriter Zander Melidis. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

 
 


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