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Wednesday, June 28, 2017






 
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 6:30-8:30 or 9 p.m.  Free! 

Kerrytown Crafters.

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Every Wed. All crocheters, knitters, cross stitchers, hand quilters, and other handiworkers invite to work on their projects with other crafters. Questions welcome, help available.
6:30-8:30 or 9 p.m., Sweetwaters in Kerrytown, 407 N. Fifth Ave. Free. Facebook.com/groups/KTCrafters. 926-8863. [map]


 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Hunter/Jumper Horse Shows: Waterloo Hunt Club.

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June 27-30 and July 1 & 2. English riding and jumping competitions at the state level. Spectators welcome to bring picnics.
8 a.m.-5 p.m., Waterloo Hunt Club, corner of Glenn at Katz (west off Mount Hope Rd. from I-94 exit 150), Grass Lake. Free. info@hjam.net, (248) 892-6806.


 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. dguidot@charter.net http://www.commoncupcoffee.com/ [map]



 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Superior Salem Dirt Road": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Wed. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 19 miles or more along gravel country roads.
9 a.m., Trinity Presbyterian Church parking lot, 10101 Gotfredson Rd. at Ann Arbor-Plymouth Rd. Free. 248-437-5067, 663-5060, 663-8980. [map]


 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

A2CT Technical Theatre Camp: Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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Come learn about what goes on BEHIND the scenes in this very hands-on camp, led by Brice O'Neal, of Community High School's Community Ensemble Theatre (CET). Each day of the one-week, full day camp will focus on accomplishing a specific goal or project. Each full day session will include hands-on work in the A2CT scene shop (building set pieces, painting flats, etc.) and studio work (lighting, sound, etc.). In addition, participants will create a notebook with all the information they learn, and will participate in an end-of-camp showcase.
June 26-30, 2017
Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm
For those in grades 4-12 (in the fall of 2017)
Campers will need to bring lunch each day
A2CT Studio Theatre, 322 West Ann Street. $300 (members, $280). 734-971-2228. manager@a2ct.org http://www.a2ct.org/junior-theatre/2017-summer-camps [map]


 9 a.m. 

Arduino Robotics - A Make-n-Take Camp: Brain Monkeys.

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In this camp students will be using a low-cost, simple, robust, fully programmable, expandable, open source robot kit that best of all, you get to keep!
Join us for this fun and educational summer camp and introduce your child to the world of Arduino Robotics.
For more information, go to: http://www.brainmonkeys.com/node/327
Brain Monkeys, 3808 Plaza Dr. $489. info@brainmonkeys.com http://www.brainmonkeys.com/node/327 [map]


 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Domino's Farms Marks 150th Birthday of Frank Lloyd Wright with Private Collection Exhibit.

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The legacy of America's greatest architect endures to this day in the over 600 buildings and special designs he created, and his influence on architecture and design continues to resonate worldwide. As part of the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright's birth on June 8, 1867, Domino's Farms welcomes visitors to the Thomas S. Monaghan Frank Lloyd Wright Collection exhibition for the month of June.
Located within the Wright-inspired Prairie-style building at Domino's Farms, the exhibition includes original drawings, blueprints, and models of some of Wright's most celebrated designs including the world-famous Fallingwater, cantilevered over a mountain stream in southwest Pennsylvania, as well as windows from several Wright-built homes-or as he called his exquisite designs in glass, "light screens." Michigan is well represented with models of two Detroit-area houses and Wright's original colorful design drawings for a house in Ann Arbor.
Highlights of the exhibition include stained g
Domino's Farms Corporation, 24 Frank Lloyd Wright Ann Arbor, MI 48106. Free. 734-930-3220. ldroze@avemariafoundation.org [map]



 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Early Morning Ride from Ann Arbor West Side": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Moderate-paced 40-mile ride to Chelsea or Whitmore Lake and beyond.
Various times, Bird Hills Park parking lot, Newport Rd. Free. 649-9762.


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Nature Tales": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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All kids ages 1-5 (accompanied by a caregiver) invited for a program of stories and nature-based activities exploring "Explore Outside!"
10-11 a.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. $4 per child. 997-1533. [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]


 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Dance Along, Sing Along": Chelsea District Library.

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Local music teacher "Mrs. Beth" Battey, co-organizer of the Cumberland Dance Week family dance camp, leads a program of songs, dances, and musical games for preschoolers age 2 & up. Followed by open playtime. Siblings welcome.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]


 11 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Drop-In Family Storytime: Saline District Library.

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Half-hour story time for kids age 2 & up, accompanied by a caregiver. Also, "Drop-In Book Babies" (10 a.m. on July 3, 17, & 31) for kids under 2, accompanied by a caregiver (each baby needs an adult lap).
11 a.m. (Tues. & Wed.) and 3 & 6:30 p.m. (Tues. only), SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]


 11-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Tues. & Wed. Stories and songs for kids age 2 & up (accompanied by an adult). Note: These storytimes are also offered at the Traverwood (Tues., 11-11:30 a.m.; Wed., 6-6:30 p.m.; & Thurs., 10-10:30 a.m.), Malletts Creek (Wed. 10-10:30 a.m.), Pittsfield (Thurs. 7-7:30 p.m. & Fri. 10-10:30 a.m.), and Westgate (Mon. 11-11:30 a.m., Wed. 1-1:30 p.m., & Fri. 10.-10:30 a.m.) branches.
10-10:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 11-11:30 a.m. (Wed.), AADL youth department story room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 Noon-3:45 p.m. 

Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. All ages invited to play non-sanctioned (Mon.) & ACBL-sanctioned (Wed. & Thurs.) duplicate bridge. Bring a partner. Refreshments.
12:30-4 p.m. (Mon.) & Noon-3:45 p.m. (Wed. & Thurs.), Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $3 (members, $2) on Mon., $7 (members, $6) on Wed. & Thurs., 794-6250. [map]


 Noon 

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]


 12:30 p.m. 

Animal Presentation: Domino's Petting Farm.

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June 14 & 28. Farm staffers show and discuss animals and their contributions to the farm. This month's animal: cows.
12:30 p.m., Domino's Petting Farm Pole Barn, 3001 Earhart Rd. (north off Plymouth). $6 regular admission (seniors, $5.40; kids age 23 months & under, free). 998-0182. [map]


 1 p.m.  Free! 

All Star Readers: Dexter District Library.

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Book discussion group for kids entering grades 3-5. Crafts & snacks. June 28: Billy Sure Kid Entrepreneur, Luke Sharpe's middle grade novel about a 12-year-old inventor. July 26: The Sasquatch Escape, Suzanne Selfors' middle grade novel about 2 kids on summer vacation who discover a secret hospital for imaginary creatures.
1 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Wed. All seniors invited to play chess. Refreshments.
1-4 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Wed. All seniors invited to play chess. Refreshments.
1-4 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Fish in a Bag Slime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Kids in grades K-5 invited to make some slime from liquid starch and Elmer's glue to put in a treat bag to make an aquarium for a plastic toy fish.
2-3 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Guessing Jars": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades 1-5 invited to look at several jars and guess how many items are in each one, and then make their own guessing jar to take home to use on family & friends.
2-3 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Make a Fairy Doll": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft activity for kids in grades K-5.
2-3 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 2-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Wild Wednesdays": Chelsea District Library.

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Musical and craft programs for youths.

June 21 (2-3 p.m.): "The Storytellers." Family-oriented interactive program blending storytelling with music from around the world.

June 28 (2-5 p.m.): "Pixilation Animation." All youth invited to help make a stop-motion animated video starring themselves as the puppets.

July 5 (1-3 p.m.): "Beginning Crochet." Local crafter Beth Battey introduces kids ages 8-12 to the basics of crochet and helps them make a simple project to take home.

July 19 (2-2:45 p.m.): "Baffling Bill's Magic Show." Popular local magician Bill Schulert and his sidekick Gus the Bunny present a family-oriented program of magic and comedy, with lots of audience participation.

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Various time., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]


 3-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

DIY Beauty Masks: Saline District Library.

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Fashion expert Hannah Butler shows teens how to make a facial mask.
3-4:30 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration requested. 429-5450. [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 Ann Arbor-Grand Rapids grunge-inflected folk-rock quintet Big Dudee Roo (6:45 p.m.) and May Erlewine & the Motivations (8:30 p.m.), a country-folk octet led by Erlewine, a big-voiced singer-songwriter from Big Rapids who writes thoughtful, richly emotional country-flavored songs. Also, veteran local country singer-songwriter Bill Edwards (5 p.m.) and "Tall Tales of the High Seas" (5:55 & 7:55 p.m.), the wildly popular Australian performance art troupe Strange Fruit's otherworldly acrobatics show performed atop long, flexible poles. In conjunction with a performance on the Burton Tower carillon by U-M carillonneur Tiffany Ng, whose program of maritime songs was co-curated with Strange Fruit's artistic director (time TBA). The music is followed at 10 p.m. by Star Wars: The Force Awakens, J.J. Abrams' 2015 Star Wars sequel.
5 p.m.-midnight, Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free, but donations accepted. a2sf.org, 994-5999. [map]


 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"West Side Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Wed. Moderate/fast-paced 25-mile ride and slow-paced ride, 13-18 miles, to the Dexter Dairy Queen and back. Now in its 39th year, this ride is a favorite with newcomers and casual riders.
Various times, meet south of the BP gas station on Jeffords St. between Alpine St & Forest St. overlooking the start of the B2B trail, Dexter. Free. 426-5116 (longer ride), 665-4552 & 761-2659 (shorter ride).


 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Bike & Brew Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Wed. Apr.-Oct. 20-mile ride, at various paces, through Milan to the area around Britton-Macon.
5:30 p.m., Saline municipal parking lot, 104 S. Ann Arbor, Saline. Free. 747-1862. [map]


 5:45-6:45 p.m. 

Beginning Aerial Hammock: A2 Aviary.

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Aerial Hammock (also known as aerial sling), is a single loop of fabric hung from above that is climbed, wrapped around the body, and/or tied to create dramatic drops, poses and movements in the air. This course is designed for beginning aerialists to gain confidence and strength in the fundamentals of the Aerial Hammock. You will learn basic climbs and descents, how to apply foot locks, and work towards inversions, as well as dynamic warm up methods and cool down stretching. Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination - and gain a few bruises in unusual places…! Please register via the included link before arriving to class.
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/this-weeks-schedule/ [map]


 5:45-6:45 p.m. 

Beginning Aerial Silks: A2 Aviary.

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Aerial Silks (also known as tissue, fabric, or ribbons) are a fabric apparatus hung from above that is climbed, wrapped around the body, and/or tied to create dramatic drops, poses and movements in the air. This course is designed for beginning aerialists to gain confidence and strength in the fundamentals of Aerial Silks. You will learn basic climbs and descents, how to apply foot locks, and work towards inversions, as well as dynamic warm up methods and cool down stretching. Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination - and gain a few bruises in unusual places…! Please register via the class schedule link before arriving to class.
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/this-weeks-schedule/ [map]


 5:45-6:45 p.m. 

Beginning Static Trapeze: A2 Aviary.

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Static trapeze (also known as fixed trapeze) is a circus art performed on the bar and ropes of a trapeze hung from two points in the ceiling. This course is designed for beginning aerialists to gain confidence and strength in the fundamentals of Static Trapeze. Students will build the strength to mount and dismount the trapeze unassisted, and gain mastery of fundamental trapeze vocabulary, technique, and sequences. Each class also includes dynamic warm ups, stretching, and conditioning exercises designed to target specific strength and mobility for aerial arts. Please register via the included link before arriving for class.
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/this-weeks-schedule/ [map]


 6-8:30 p.m. 

"U Family Mindful Parents & Educators (Intro Course)": The U School.

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The goal of this program is to help grown-ups become more mindfully aware especially when in the presence of children (who learn a lot from the subtleties about us). There are two bottom lines: 1: A solid mindfulness practice makes us happier. 2: When we are happier, our children tend to be happier and healthier too. In this eight session course, we will begin with core practices and focus on how to get your practice off to the best possible start. We will learn specific applications geared towards parenting and teaching challenges, and how you can share mindfulness practice with your family and in your classroom. By the end of eight sessions, you will focus and adjust your attention in real time to adapt and respond to life in a more optimal way. This class is for beginners, but people with previous mindfulness practice are welcome and will also benefit! SUMMER MP&E INTRO DATES & TIMES: 6:30pm-8pm on 6/28, 7/5, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9, 8/16
The U School, 3630 Plaza Dr. 5A and 6A. $104/indiv, $156/couple. 734-368-9551. ryan@theubuntuschool.org www.theubuntuschool.org [map]



 6-7:15 p.m.  Free! 

Family Matters: Dawn Farm.

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Dawn Farm Family Matters is a free, six-session education, skill-building and support group for family members, loved ones and friends of people with alcohol and other drug addiction (including family/friends of people struggling with addiction, in treatment, or in recovery from addiction, and people who are concerned about another person's substance use.) Topics repeat every six weeks and include, "Addiction 101," "Treatment and Twelve Steps," "Relapse and Recovery," "Communication," "Family dynamics," and "Boundaries." People can join the group at any phase in the cycle. The group provides an opportunity to learn about addiction and family dynamics, and share your experiences with others who understand. You are not alone!
Wednesdays, 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm. Does not meet on the day of or day before Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year's.
Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 West Liberty Street. Free. 734-821-0216. info@dawnfarm.org http://www.dawnfarm.org/programs/family-support [map]



 6 & 6:30 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Mon.-Wed. & Fri. All invited to compete in competitive and casual tournaments of this popular collectible card game using various decks, including modern (Mon., competitive), Elder Dragon Highlander (Tues., casual), standard (Wed. 6 p.m., casual), Legacy (Wed. 6:30 p.m., competitive), booster draft (Fri. 6 p.m.), and modern (Fri. 6:30 p.m., competitive) decks. Prizes. Bring your own cards.
6 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 6:30 p.m. (all dates), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 & $7.50 (casual), $10 & $15 (competitive), & $10 (booster draft). 786-3746. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

Teal Sisters Support Network meeting: MIOCA.

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New support group for Ovarian Cancer survivors
Regent Hotel & Suites - (State Room - 2nd floor), 2455 Carpenter Road. Free. 734-971-9405. Schulerjm2@gmail.com [map]


 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Letterpress Lab": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to learn the basics of letterpress printing using vintage handset type. The program begins promptly at 6 p.m. with a safety & equipment orientation.
6-8:30 p.m., AADL Secret Lab (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Tropical Bonsai": Ann Arbor Bonsai Society.

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Club member Jerry Meislik, an expert on ficus bonsai, discusses exposed-root tropical bonsai. Followed on June 29 by a workshop with Meislik ($45, registration required).
6 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. aabonsaisociety@gmail.com. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Caregiver Support Group: Alzheimer's Association.

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You're invited to join a caregiver support group to talk with others who are experiencing the challenges of Alzheimer's disease or another dementia firsthand. The group offers support, education, problem solving, and guest speakers. The group meets every 4th Wednesday monthly and is confidential, free, and open to the public.
Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital | Towsley Health Building, Community Services Entrance, 5361 McAuley Dr. Free. 800-272-3900. kmpeil@alz.org http://goo.gl/MuUGDi [map]



 6:30 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor West Group Run": Running Fit.

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Every Wed. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes. Snacks provided. Rain/snow or shine.
6:30 p.m., Running Fit, 5700 Jackson. Free. 929-9022. [map]


 6:45 p.m. 

"Dancing for Birth": Center for the Childbearing Year.

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This six-week series of classes teaches a "language of movement" inspired by world dance forms like Belly dance, African dance and Latin dance. Each 90-minute weekly class fuses dance fitness with birth preparation. Women often come to class for fun and fitness and gain more than they expected!
Center for the Childbearing Year, 722 Brooks Street. $127. 734-663-1523. patty@center4cby.com http://center4cby.com/ [map]


 6:45-8 p.m. 

"Flexitortion": A2 Aviary.

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This 75 minute class can take your flexibility from basic warming up stretching to beginning contortion poses. All levels are welcome, as students train at their own pace with instructor guidance. We will focus on safely exploring your limits through proper warming techniques and mat exercises to take home. Please bring your own yoga mat, if possible. Come increase your bendy power, learn to prevent injuries through safe stretching, breathe, and stretch in a supportive environment. It is strongly recommended that this class be taken as your final physical activity of the day, and not as a warm up for other activities. Please register via the included link before arriving to class.
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $12. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/this-weeks-schedule/ [map]


 6:45-7:45 p.m. 

Beginning Tumbling: A2 Aviary.

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With an emphasis on body control, safe spotting, and proper conditioning exercises, safe spotting, conditioning, this beginner level class will explore the fundamentals of tumbling. This class will teach you basic skills such as forward rolls, cartwheels, and round offs. Gain confidence, strength, and control, and find the playful side of your ground game! Please register via the included link before arriving to class.
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $12. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/this-weeks-schedule/ [map]


 6:45 p.m. 

Dancing for Birth, Six-Week Series: Center for the Childbearing Year.

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Dancing For Birth classes teach a "language of movement" inspired by world dance forms like Belly dance, African dance and Latin dance. Each 90-minute weekly class fuses dance fitness with birth preparation. Women often come to class for fun and fitness and gain more than they expected!
Please note, this class will run from 10/24-12/12, there is no class on 10/31.
Course runs for seven weeks, includes one week free!
Center for the Childbearing Year, 722 Brooks Street. $127.00. 734-663-1523. patty@center4cby.com http://center4cby.com/ [map]


 7-11 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Bridge Club.

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Every Wed. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. If you plan to come without a partner, call in advance or arrive 20 minutes early.
7-11 p.m., Walden Hills clubhouse, 2114 Pauline east of Maple. (Park on the north side of Pauline.) $6 per person. http://bridgeclubs.org/index.php?id=289. 769-3994. [map]


 7-8 p.m. 

Burlesque: A2 Aviary.

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Luna will teach you the burly basics and so much more in this intro to burlesque technique and group choreography class! Dance for fun, dance for exercise. This class will include a jazz-based warmup to get your body ready to move and exercises to teach you the theory and technique of burlesque. We will then work on choreographed routines to build confidence and style for stage and for life!
The Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $15. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/this-weeks-schedule/ [map]



 7-10 p.m. 

Vivant Beer Dinner: Brewery Vivant and The Session Room.

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Join us on June 28th for our monthly Beer Dinner. Chef Lucas will create an off course menu and our friends from Brewery Vivant will talk about the paired beers for the event.
The Session Room, 3685 Jackson Rd. $45. 734-585-7300. dana@thesessionroom.com http://bit.ly/vivantbeerdinnertickets [map]



 7-9 p.m. 

"An Evening of Poetry and Written Word": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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May 24: Readings by Joliet Junior College English professor Bill Yarrow,, a widely published poet who edits the Blue Fifth Review, and Zilka Joseph,, a local poet known for her vividly figured explorations of the natural world whose latest collection is Sharp Blue Search of Flame. Followed by a poetry and short fiction open mike.

June 14: All invited to read and discuss their poetry or short stories. Bring about 6 copies of your work to share. Hosted by local poets and former college English teachers Joe Kelty and Ed Morin.

June 28: Reading by Siena Heights University English professor Saleem Peeradina, a Chelsea-based poet who recently published Final Cut and Heart's Beast: New and Selected Poems.

July 12: All invited to read and discuss their poetry or short stories. Bring about 6 copies of your work to share.

July 26: Reading by Richard Solomon, a prominent local developmental pediatrician who is also a widely published, prize-winning poet. Followed by a poetry and short fiction open mike.

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7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Expiration Date": Ann Arbor District Library Summer Teas Reading Series.

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Award-winning local sci-fi writer David Erik Nelson> reads from his "till death do we part" sci-fi love story about a young couple in a relationship on fast-forward. Discussion follows.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 7-8:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Smell and Tell: Musk, the Essence of Seduction": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local flavor and fragrance expert Michelle Krell Kydd, creator of the award-winning smell and taste blog Glass Petal Smoke, introduces adults and teens in grade 6 & up to a range of musk perfumes and discusses the history of musk as an ingredient that traveled along the Silk Road.
7-8:45 p.m., AADL 4th-floor meeting room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Solar Energy: What's Happening Now and Projections for the Future": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Talk by Mark Cryderman, market development & education manager for the Brighton solar design & installation firm The Green Panel.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]


 7:15 p.m. 

Ashtanga Yoga Short Form: Anytime Fitness.

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This dynamic, physically demanding pracatice synchronizes breath and movement to produce an internal heat designed to purify the body. Ashtanga yoga, with its many vinyasas, is great for building core strength and toning the body. Prepare to sweat as you move through this set sequence. While ashtanga can be challenging, this practice is available to all. Membership not necessary.
Anytime Fitness, 2744 Jackson Rd. $7. 734-222-0955. laura@weshapeyou.com anytimefitness.com [map]



 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Open rehearsal: The Arbor Consort.

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All interested singers in all voice parts are invited to attend our open rehearsal from 7:30-9:30 pm. Nonmembers may attend up to two rehearsals before they are required to audition to continue as a member. It is not necessary to prepare a piece. The Arbor Consort is a semi-professional, nonprofit organization that performs a cappella Renaissance and Victorian era vocal music in period costumes. We are the official madrigal group of the Michigan Renaissance Festival. For more information contact president@thearborconsort.org, visit our website www.thearborconsort.org, or see our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheArborConsort/
Cavalry United Methodist Church, 1415 Miller Ave. Free. president@thearborconsort.org www.arborconsort.org [map]



 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Introduction to Steiner's Thought": Great Lakes Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America.

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Every Wed. All invited to join a discussion of Rudolf Steiner's The Karma of Vocation, a cycle of ten 1916 lectures given in Dornach, Switzerland.
7:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Ave. Free. 678-5497. [map]


 7:45-8:45 p.m. 

Beginning Lyra (Aerial Hoop): A2 Aviary.

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The Lyra (also known as the aerial hoop, aerial ring, or cerceau) is a circular steel apparatus, resembling a hula hoop. It is suspended from the ceiling and can be used static, spinning, or swinging. Students will build the strength to mount and dismount the lyra unassisted, and gain mastery of fundamental lyra vocabulary, technique, and sequences. Each class also includes dynamic warm ups, stretching, and conditioning exercises designed to target specific strength and mobility for aerial arts. Please register via the included link before arriving to class.
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/this-weeks-schedule/ [map]


 8 p.m. 

Darrin Bradbury: The Ark.

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East Nashville-based singer-songwriter who specializes in darkly humorous story songs about various modes of heartbreak that No Depression has dubbed "redneck noir."
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. 

The Church: The Ark.

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Veteran Australian psychedelic rock quartet whose "dense, shimmering, exquisite guitar pop," as the Los Angeles Times calls it, music also draws on elements of dream pop and postrock.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $40 (VIP: $99) 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. 

The Dave Sharp Worlds Trio: Old Town Tavern.

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Wednesdays from 8 to 10 p.m., a rotation of wonderful Ann Arbor and wider Michigan musicians provide your mid-week pick-me-up.
The Dave Sharp Worlds Trio featuring Igor (oud), Carolyn Koebel (percussion) and Dave Sharp (bass).
Old Town Tavern, 122 West Liberty Street (Corner of Liberty and South Ashley). Free admission. 734-662-9291. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Music in the Park": Ann Arbor Civic Band Summer Concert Series.

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Every Wed., June 21-July 26. A popular local outdoor summer tradition, the 81-year-old Civic Band is led by director Bob Gourley. Bring a picnic and blanket and relax on the grass. Lemonade and popcorn available.

June 21: "It's Summertime." A celebration of the solstice with music by the Beatles, Neil Diamond, Elvis, and more.

June 28: "Fourth of July Celebration." A program of patriotic tunes.

July 5: Children's Concert. A program of music picked for kid appeal, including music from The Hobbit, Harry Potter, and other films, along with the annual Teddy Bear Grand March (bring your bear).

July 12: "Salute to Film and TV." The program includes movie and TV music from The Lion King to works by John Williams and Henry Mancini.

July 19: "Swingin' with Miller and Friends." A tribute to the Big Band Era, with music by Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman and Tin Pan Alley.

July 26: "Movie Heroes." A tribute to movie heroes including Indiana Jones, James Bond, Captain Sparrow, Hans Solo and more.

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8 p.m., West Park Band Shell. Free. 429-5301.


 9-11:30 p.m. 

"Juke Box Jungle": Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub.

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Every Wed. Conor O'Neill's staff member Ryan Halsey hosts a music trivia quiz. Prizes.
9-11:30 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $3 team fee. 665-2968. [map]


 9 p.m. 

Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.

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Every Wed. Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner needed. Bring casual or nicer shoes that stay on your feet when you're active. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson.
9-11 p.m., location TBA at swingannarbor.com/calendar. $5 (students, $3; $1 discount for members; free for those who attend the lesson). 945-8428.


 10 p.m. 

"Fireworks at Hudson Mills": Hudson Mills Metropark.

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Easily visible from any point in the park. Also, DJ Tony Vasquez spins pop dance records outdoors by the Activity Center (7-11 p.m.). Bring a picnic and come early: gates are usually closed by 9:30 p.m. because the parking lots fill up.
10 p.m., Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. Free. $11 special event vehicle entrance fee; free with annual permit. 426-8211. [map]





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