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Calendar of Events

Saturday, June 24, 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., meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 347-1259. 347-1259 (May 5), 347-1259 (May 12), 994-6340 (May 19), 223-6042 (May 26). [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.

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 a.m. 

"Dream World Tour": The Color Run.

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5-km run in which runners are showered with colored powder. New this year: a purple color zone and giant unicorns. Also, music, dancing, and photo opportunities.
8 a.m., Riverside Park, Ypsilanti. $40 (teams, $35 per member; kids age 5 & under, $15) in advance at

 8-10 a.m.  Free! 

"Saturday Morning Bird Walk": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Faye Stoner leads a hike to look for yellowthroats, great crested flycatchers, indigo buntings, and other birds. Long pants and insect repellent recommended.
8-10 a.m., Kosch Headwaters Preserve, 3268 N. Prospect (1/4 mile south of Ford Rd.), Ypsilanti. Free. 971-6337. [map]

 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Watercolor, mixed media, pen and ink: The Common Cup.

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This summer, our walls will feature the artwork Deb Guidot.
Deb Guidot's work reflects a love of transparency and a fascination with light dancing across surfaces. It vacillates between showing the beauty that surrounds us and a satirical look at humanity's interactions with it. Her fascination with surfaces combined with a tongue-in-cheek look at the world has produced works that are not necessarily what they appear to be. Utilizing a variety of media including watercolor, pencil, ink, forged steel, stone and clay she creates both two and three-dimensional works. Deb states, "Using layers, transparency and negative space, combined with intent takes you beyond the surface of objects."
The Common Cup, 1511 Washtenaw Ave. [map]

 9-11 a.m. 

"Ecology Series: Birding 101": Robin Hills Farm.

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Robin Hills Farm will be offering two-hour educational hikes as part of our Ecology Series. Topics will range from plant identification, to animal calls, to mammal skulls, and more! Great for families and groups. (Hiking is involved: please bring water and appropriate attire.)
This bird walk, led by avid birder and Washtenaw Audubon Society board member Jessica Adamczyk, will explore the various habitat zones of Robin Hills Farm in order to find and identify common avian species. Focusing on visual and auditory identification, as well as discussion of bird behaviors and life cycles, this class will follow a leisurely pace and is suitable for all ages and experience levels.
RHF will provide binoculars, but participants are invited to bring their own. Meet in the parking lot, and we will continue to the nature trails during the class.
Robin Hills Farm, 20390 M-52, Chelsea. $15, or $25 family ticket. 7348348496. [map]

 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 

"Serving Spirit: A Hands-On/How-To Course in Evidence-Based Mediumship": Suzanne Giesemann.

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Suzanne holds nothing back in this practical, hands-on course for students at all levels. She will teach you a step-by-step process for connecting with those on the other side. You will have ample opportunities to improve your abilities and experience new levels of connection across the veil.
The only prerequisites for students are the belief that spirit communication is possible and the desire and intention to make the connection. Not all students intend to become mediums-over half are in the class to improve their connection with higher consciousness for their own spiritual growth. Come prepared to immediately apply what you learn, practicing with fellow students and with the cooperation of those on the other side.
While you will follow a syllabus, the program will be flexible enough to flow in response to the needs and questions of the group and the guidance of Spirit.
More information about Suzanne and her work may also be found at:
Weber's Inn, 3050 Jackson Road Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $250. 888-692-0781 x1. [map]

 9-11 a.m. 

Autism Spectrum Disorder Swim Day: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Rolling Hills County Park is hosting its annual Autism Spectrum Disorder Swim Day at their water park in partnership with EMU'S Autism Collaborative Center!
This event provides families living with Autism Spectrum Disorder an opportunity to enjoy access to the water park in a safe and judgement free environment.
Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. $10/Resident, $13/Nonresident. (734)484-9676 x 0. [map]

 9 a.m. 

Marathon Running School (full and half): Ann Arbor Running Company.

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Running School is a 16-week program designed to get you ready for a 10k, half-marathon or full-marathon. Ann Arbor Running Company and Run Ann Arbor will provide the support along the way to make sure you are ready for the run of your life come race day.
SAT 6/24/17 - 9am Pre-School Meeting & Late Registration @ AARC Oak Valley
TUE 6/27/17 - 6pm First day of class @ AARC Kerrytown
Program levels: 10k, 13.1 Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced; 26.2 Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced.
Training days:
Tuesdays @ 6pm. AARC Kerrytown (200 N Fourth, Ann Arbor)
Saturdays @ 7am. AARC Oak Valley (2755 Oak Valley, Ann Arbor) - with "pace" leaders for 8:00, 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, and 12:00 + pace groups.
Runners receive…
A 16-week training plan for the level they have signed up for.
Educational clinics throughout the program.
A $10-off shoe coupon to AARC.
Post-season party to celebrate all your hard work.
As much run fun as you can handle.
Ann Arbor Running Company, 2755 Oak Valley Drive. $75. (734) 662-2400. [map]

 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Day of Mindfulness: Mindfulness with Paulette.

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This day retreat, led by Paulette Grotrian, Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Instructor, is modeled after one developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph. D., who created the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course for the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1979. The day will include sitting meditation, walking meditation, the body scan, mindful movement, mindful eating, and mindfulness in nature, along with instruction and inspiration. This is a day of self care, rest, and renewal.
Register with Paulette at or 734-276-7707. Space is limited.
Bring your own sack lunch. Tea and water provided.
Naturopathic School of Healing Arts, 7920 Jackson Road, 48103. $30. 734-276-7707. [map]

 10-11am  Free! 

"Free Seminar: Create a Garden to Attract Pollinators": English Gardens.

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Our experts will share tips on creating a garden
that pollinators will love to call home.
English Gardens, Maple Village shopping center. Free.

 10 a.m.-noon 

Darn It All!.

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Have you ever lost a sock to wear and tear? Do you have a sweater with worn elbows languishing in your drawer? Or maybe a favorite scarf that a mouse found and gave 4/5 stars on Yelp, saying that the scarf was tasty, but the atmosphere of your closet was a bit stuffy.
In this class, we will evaluate three basic methods for mending holes in knitwear and look at samples that need mending provided by the teacher. We will cover the pros and cons of each method, and look into which one to use for the sock, the sweater elbow, and the scarf. Students are asked to bring any questions they have and one project that requires mending. Together we'll consider the best approach to mend the garments brought to class.
Materials: Students should bring a pen and paper for notes.
Maximum number of students: 7
To reserve your spot, stop by the shop or call 734.780.7867!
Spun Ann Arbor, 407 N. 5th Ave. $30. 7347807867. [map]

 10 a.m-1 p.m. 

International Mud Day Celebration: Apple Playschools.

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International Mud Day is a day for children around the world to connect with the earth through mud play and exploration. At Apple Playschools, everyday is mud day, but on this particular day, we get messy to the extreme! Dive into the wonders of mud in our mud pit, make mud pies, explore mud paint, build mud sculptures, nibble on mud pudding and explore the many uses of mud throughout the world.
Come prepared to get muddy! Mud Day t-shirts and wet bags for muddy clothes will be available for sale.
Please register through the Leslie Science & Nature Center:
We can't wait to see you!
Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Road. $5/child; free for adults. [map]

 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

"Blacksmiths, Soldiers, and Log Cabin Weekend": Waterloo Farm Museum.

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June 24 & 25. A weekend of historical reenactments, featuring a blacksmith festival, a Civil War encampment, and more. Also, guided tours of the 10-room farmhouse. On Sunday, activities to celebrate Log Cabin Day.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-5 p.m. (Sun.), 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 5-12, $2; kids age 4 & under and members, free). (517) 596-2254.

 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

"International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) Match": Tri-County Sportsman's League.

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All invited to shoot around barricades at targets in a simulated self-defense scenario. Bring your own gun and ammunition.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., TCSL, 8640 Moon (between E. Michigan Ave. & Willis Rd.), Saline. $20 per round ($10 per additional round). 429-9561. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Wonder of Learning: Shifting Forms": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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June 23-30. Hands-on activities related to structure, color, and shadow, including a chance to design and build model structures and landscapes.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (except Sun., noon-4 p.m.), 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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Every Sat., June 16-Aug. 18. 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. 

"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. 

Ann Arbor Japan Week: U-M Center for Japanese Studies.

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June 18-24. This week-long celebration of Japanese culture kicks off with a screening of Kenji Kamiyama's 2017 anime film Ancien and the Magic Tablet (Michigan Theater, time TBA). June 19: shibori dyeing (see June 19 listing) and sashiko embroidery (AADL downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth, 7 p.m.). June 20: Ikebana Japanese flower arranging workshop (3 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, registration required at and an anime screening (5:30-7:30 p.m., U-M Palmer Commons Forum Hall, 100 Washtenaw). June 21: Gyotaku fish printing (see June 21 listing), Japanese games at the Top of the Park KidZone tent (5-8 p.m., Ingalls Mall), a karate demo (5 p.m., Power Center lawn), and a taiko drumming performance by Godaiko Drummers at Top of the Park (8 p.m., Ingalls Mall). June 22: A "Family Japanese Art Studio" (11 a.m. & 2 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State, preregistration required at and a temaki-sushi workshop (see June 22 listing). June 23: U-M carillonneur Tiffany Ng performs the premier of a new carillon arrangement of Jeffrey Treviño's "Sakura" and music from Studio Ghibli films (Burton Tower, noon). Also, Japanese video games (4 p.m., U-M Duderstadt Center Rm. B474, 2281 Bonisteel). June 24: "Storytime at the Museum" (see June 24 listing). See for updated schedule.
Various times & locations. Free. 764-6307.

 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. & 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]

 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Japan Week 2017.

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The Center for Japanese Studies proudly presents the third annual Ann Arbor Japan Week. Ann Arbor Japan Week will return in summer 2017 with special free kickoff movie screening events on June 11th and 18th at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor. Last year's kickoff screening of the animated film Only Yesterday offered in partnership with the Cinetopia International Film Festival attracted over 400 people. This year, we are delighted to screen Hirune Hime, also known as Ancien and the Magic Tablet, for Ann Arbor Japan Week kickoff events.
Ann Arbor Japan Week 2017 will bring back some of the most successful events from previous years, including a taiko drumming performance, storytime and crafts at the University of Michigan Museum of Art, a martial arts demonstration, a sushi making lesson, and a shibori dyeing workshop.
Ann Arbor (locations vary), N/A. Free. N/A.

 11:15 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Storytime at the Museum": UMMA.

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A U-M student docent reads a story related to the Japanese art on display. Followed by a short craft activity. For kids ages 4-7 accompanied by a parent. Siblings welcome.
11:15 a.m.-noon, meet at the UMMA store, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [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.

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


66th Annual Summer Carnival: Ann Arbor Jaycees.

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June 21-25. Carnival games and rides. Concessions. Note: Entry closes one hour earlier.
4-11 p.m. (June 21 & 22), 4 p.m.-midnight (June 23), noon-midnight (June 24), & noon-9 p.m. (June 25), Pioneer High School parking lot, 601 W. Stadium at S. Main. Free admission (small charge for individual game & ride tickets; wristbands TBA in advance at; $5 minimum purchase required for admission after 9 p.m.). [map]


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-5 p.m. 

"Parade of Homes": Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor.

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June 23-25. Tour of 12 new homes in Washtenaw and Livingston counties.
Noon-7 p.m. (Fri.) & noon-5 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), 3200 Tessmer (south off Waters Rd. west of Wagner) & other locations (see for full list). $10 (kids age 16 & under, free). 996-0100. [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:
The Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $8 adult (13+), $6 child (2-12), free (under 2). [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.

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Crocheted Beaded Bracelets": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local crafter Beth Battey shows adults and youth in grade 6 & up how to crochet a beaded bracelet to take home. Supplies provided.
1-4 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 1:30 p.m.  Free! 

Connections Pet Assisted Therapy: Glacier Hills.

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Connections is a group for caregivers and their loved ones who are dealing with memory care issues. Members of the general public are invited to attend these free events.
Pet Assisted Therapy with Kate Z.: Kate will bring in her three therapy dogs and show the group several modalities of pet assisted therapy.
The Pavilion at Glacier Hills, 1200 Earhart Road. Free. 734-929-6779. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

Amateur Radio Field Day: ARROW Communications Association.

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All invited to participate in (or just watch) this annual 24-hour national event that helps amateur radio operators prepare for emergencies and develop radio communication skills. A chance to meet experts, ask questions, and even operate the station, under supervision.
2 p.m. June 24-2 p.m. June 25, Ann Arbor Airport soccer field, W. Ellsworth at Airport Blvd. Free., (732) 666-3843. [map]

 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.

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

 2-4 p.m. 

Yoga Nidra Certification Course: Ann Arbor Yoga and Meditation RYS200, RYS300.

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Program is designed by Ema Stefanova, E-RYT500,seasoned Yoga Therapist and Teacher Trainer since 1979, Member IAYT,
Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider Since 2002.
Mastering Yoga Nidra will make your meditation (Dyana Yoga) effortless. Satyananda Style Yoga Nidra is excellent for deep work on oneself and helping others heal.
Yoga Certification includes the weekend seminar plus additional hours by appointment.
AIKIDO studio, 1904 Federal Blvd. $1,450. [map]

 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Fabric-Covered Flower Pots": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to use a terra cotta pot and fabric to make a customized home for your window plants. Materials provided.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL Secret Lab (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 2-4 p.m. 

"Summer Splash Day": Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation.

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A family-oriented afternoon of special activities, including water balloon events, water baseball, raft races and a hula hoop relay.
2-4 p.m., Veterans Park Pool, 2150 Jackson Rd. $5 (youths age 17 & under and seniors age 60 & older, $4). 794-6234. [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.,, 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 & 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 and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]

 3-7 p.m. 

"Drink & Draw/Imbibe & Inscribe": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. All invited to draw or write. Supplies and writing and drawing prompts provided.
3-7 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 3-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Fanfiction for Teens": Ann Arbor District Library.

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AADL staff introduce youth in grades 7-12 to the basics of writing fan fiction.
3-4:30 p.m., AADL Westgate Branch West Side Room, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-8301. [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 and by phone, and (if available) at the door. $5-$10 discounts available for the first week of previews. 433-7673. [map]

 4-11 p.m. 

German Park Picnic.

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Old-fashioned German dinner served a la carte (approximately $8-$12) with wine, beer, pop, water, and coffee for sale. Dancing to German and American music by Jay Fox & the Bavarian Showtime Band (June 24 & July 29) and Enzian aus Detroit (Aug. 26).
4-11 p.m. (no admission after 9 p.m.), German Park, 5549 Pontiac Trail (7 miles north of Ann Arbor; look for the banners and signs marking the entrance). $5 (children 12 & under, free). No one under 21 admitted without parent or legal guardian. 769-0048 (weekdays). [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)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 4 p.m.-10 a.m. 

"National Wildlife Federation Great American Backyard Campout: Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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Overnight camping with a family-oriented program featuring campfires, sing-alongs, storytelling, and nature hikes, including a night hike and an early morning bird walk. Hot dog & veggie dog dinner, pancake breakfast. Bring your own tent and sleeping bags if you have them; some available to borrow.
4 p.m.-10 a.m.., Leslie, 1831 Traver Rd. $50 per family. Preregistration required. 997-1553. [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 popular local Latin jazz quintet Los Gatos (8:45 p.m.) and the energetic Detroit Cuban ensemble Descarga Ranga (10:30 p.m.). Also, Lansing singer-songwriter Kate Peterson (5 p.m.), the husband-and-wife duo of roots music acoustic guitar virtuosos Shari Kane & Dave Steele (6 p.m.), and Tumbao Bravo (7 p.m.), the Cuban jazz quintet led by local saxophonist and flutist Paul VornHagen and percussionist Alberto Nacif. Also, salsa lessons (8:15 & 10 p.m.).
5 p.m.-midnight, Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free, but donations accepted., 994-5999. [map]

 5:30 p.m. 

Roller Derby Doubleheader: Ann Arbor Derby Dimes.

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Two roller derby bouts featuring local teams, including the Brawlstars vs. the Buffalo Lake Effect Furies and the Ypsilanti Vigilantes vs. the East Lansing Mitten Mavens.
5:30 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.), Buhr Park Ice Rink, 2751 Packard. $12 in advance at; $15 at the door (kids age 11 & under, free with paying adult). [map]

 6 p.m. 

Annual Solstice Party & Fundraiser for Growing Hope: Growing Hope & Everyday Wines.

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Yep, it's that time of year again. The time that we love…the beginning of summer and raising money for one of our favorite organizations, Growing Hope. As usual, we'll be outside in the Kerrytown Market & Shops Courtyard. We'll have delicious light appetizers made by some of our neighbors, fabulous drinks (of course), good conversation, and some excellent jazz by Dave Sharp.
We've never been rained out (this is our 11th year) but we do have an indoor plan just in case the magic ends this year. Tickets are $25/person and must be purchased in advance as we usually sell out in advance. All profits go to Growing Hope. Purchase tickets online or call us at 734.827.9463. 21+ please
Growing Hope is a nonprofit organization that works toward helping people improve their lives and communities through gardening and increasing access to healthy food through youth empowerment, farmers markets, mobile farmstands, and a community at-home garden install
Kerrytown's Courtyard. $25/person. [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. 

AFC Ann Arbor.

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This local minor league soccer team--nicknamed the Mighty Oaks--is in its 3rd season, and its 2nd as a member of Great Lakes West Conference of the National Premier Soccer League. Home schedule:

May 14 (3 p.m.): Kalamazoo.

May 21 (1 p.m.): Detroit City.

May 29 (1 p.m.): Grand Rapids.

June 16 (7 p.m.): Milwaukee.

June 24 (7 p.m.): Indiana.

July 1 (7 p.m.): Lansing United.

July 17 (7 p.m.): Michigan Stars of Pontiac.

Various times, Pioneer High School Hollway Field, 601 W. Stadium at Main. $8 (kids, $5) at and at the gate. Group discounts available. 408-1627. [map]

 7 p.m. 

CPC Comedy Show with Rik Roberts.

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​Care Pregnancy Center (CPC) of Lenawee will be hosting a Comedy Show, Saturday, June 24, 2017. The event will be held at Tecumseh Center for the Arts (TCA). This year's show will feature nationally renowned comedian Rik Roberts. Rik has appeared on CMT's "20 Greatest Redneck Moments", Sirius XM Radio, "Bananas Family Comedy", and is a favorite on Blue Collar Radio. ​
​Care Pregnancy Center (CPC) of Lenawee has been serving Lenawee and surrounding areas for more than 30 years. CPC offers a variety of services from: free pregnancy tests, parenting classes, male mentoring programs, community referrals, and material assistance. Click here to visit the CPC of Lenawee webpage.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door the day of the event.
Tecumseh Center for the Arts, 400 N. Maumee St., Tecumseh, MI 49286, Tecumseh. $20 in advanced/ $25 at door day of the show. 517.423.6617. [map]

 7 p.m. 

Voices in Harmony.

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Tecumseh Center for the Arts brings Pure Michigan to its stage this summer with their Black Box Summer Series scheduled for the fourth Thursday of June, July, and August at 7:00 PM. June 22 will feature Voices in Harmony, an award-winning chapter of Sweet Adelines International, a world-wide singing organization for women. Come kick off our summer series with this all female a cappella group plus TCA ice-cream social!
Tecumseh Center for the Arts, 400 N. Maumee St., Tecumseh, MI 49286, Tecumseh. $10. 517.423.6617. [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, $15 at the gate. 926-5346.

 7:30 p.m. 

"Game Night with Cats": Tiny Lions Lounge and Adoption Center.

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All invited to play board games while interacting with adoptable cats. Snacks & soft drinks. For age 12 & up. Board games provided, or bring your own if you wish.
7:30 p.m., Tiny Lions, 5245 Jackson Rd. $10. Preregistration required at 661-3530. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood: Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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These two improv comedians, both cast members of the immensely popular improv show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, perform hilarious scenes based on audience suggestions. With audience participation, such as audience members creating all of the sound effects for a scene. For all ages.
8 p.m., Power Center. Tickets $45 & $50 in advance at & by phone. 764-2538.

 8 p.m. 

Gwilym Simcock: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This virtuosic young British pianist and composer blurs the boundaries between jazz and classical music in original works praised for their soaring lyricism, technical brilliance, and mesmerizing improvisation. His critically acclaimed 2011 album, Good Days at Schloss Elmau, earned him comparisons to Keith Jarrett, thanks to its cool and elegant improvisation. "The whole album is fluid, with Gwilym's deft finger work sounding like a bubbling mountain stream," writes a BBC Music reviewer.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended., 769-2999. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Jim Lauderdale: The Ark.

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Acclaimed country singer-songwriter whose songs typically offer an intoxicating blend of Bakersfield backbeat, mountain ache, and edgy romanticism. His songs have provided hits for the likes of George Strait and Vince Gill. His new CD, This Changes Everything, is a collection of Texas-themed originals--most of them co-written with various colleagues from Bruce Robison to Hayes Carll--that re-inhabit a range of classic country styles to make what Lauderdale calls "a country record you could hear in a Texas dance hall or club."
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office ( and; and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Mike Lebovitz: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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June 23 & 24. Chicago-bred stand-up comic known for his engaging, if slightly disheveled stage manner and his well-paced blend of jokes, droll stories, and snappy observational humor. 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 & 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.)., (989) 455-4484. [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 and at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]

 8:30 p.m. 

45th Anniversary Gala: Saline Area Players.

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Performances from past SAP shows, an open mike, appetizers, and cake. Cash bar.
8:30 p.m., Mac's Acadian Seafood Shack, 104 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. Tickets $18 in advance at or by phone. 730-1055. [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!

 9:30-3 p.m. 

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Intensive Course: Mindfulness with Paulette.

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First time offered in Ann Arbor. This 5-Day MBSR Intensive (June 21-25) is designed for those who can't easily take the 8-week course and want to learn how to stress less and live with more ease. Participants learn how to practice mindfulness through guided meditations and discussion, daily mindfulness practice, and a day-long retreat (June 24). Based on the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn, University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Paulette is a trained MBSR teacher by Jon Kabat-Zinn and colleagues, University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Naturopathy School of Healing Arts, 7920 Jackson Road, 48103. $400 ($200 for repeat participants. 7342767707. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Club Above: Last Act of Defiance

Detroit hip-hop collective. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Randy Brock Group

Detroit blues trio. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: John Finan & Sharon Tse

Singer-songwriter duo. Finan is a Canton singer-songwriter who writes country-tinged folk-pop, and Tse a young singer-songwriter whose repertoire ranges from confessional folk-pop to jazz- inflected songs. [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: Bobby Murray Band

R&B band led by singer-guitarist Murray, who was the regular guitarist in Etta James' band. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Atomic Radio

Detroit quartet that plays 70s-90s rock and pop favorites. [venue info]

Mash: Dan Orcutt

Veteran local folk-rock singer-songwriter. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Joel Rydecki Band

Soulful pop-rock by this Detroit duo. [venue info]


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