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Calendar of Events

Saturday, September 9, 2017

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 6 a.m. 

Run Woodstock: RF Events.

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An event filled week end but lots of time to mel low and meditate. Entry into any Sat urday morn ing run/​walk event or week end pass gets you entry into all the week end laid back runs, hip pie hikes, music, yoga and non sense! A cel e bra tion of free dom and fit ness: join us as we trip back to a bygone age of nature and love, cen tered around a mantra of miles on beau ti ful trails in Michi gan wilderness.
NEW FOR 2017! Sign up for any Saturday race and you are eligible to participate in the Funky Bus 5k on Friday night! Please see our website for more details!
Friday races include: 100 Mile Ultra & 100k Ultra
Saturday races include: 50 Mile Ultra, 50k Ultra, Marathon, Half Marathon & 5 Mile
Hell Creek Ranch, 10866 Cedar Lake Rd., Pinckney. $44 - $225. (734) 929-9027. [map]

 7 a.m.  Free! 

Michigan Marching Band Practice.

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Every Mon.-Thurs. and Sept. 9 & 16. The U-M's highly disciplined 200-plus-member marching band or sections thereof can be seen and heard practicing on Elbel Field. All are welcome to find a spot in the bleachers and get a sneak preview of upcoming halftime shows. Rehearsals usually last 1-2 hours. Also, on Sept. 9 & 16 (game days), a Drumline Step Show on the front steps of Revelli Hall (10:30 a.m., 350 E. Hoover).
10:30 a.m. (Sept. 4), 4:45 (all other Mon.-Thurs. dates), 7 a.m. (Sept. 9 & 16 game days), Elbel Field, Hill at Division. Free. 764-0582. [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.

 8-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Fall Migrants at Hudson Mills Metropark": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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WAS member Karen Markey leads a hike to look for fall warblers and other southbound migrants, many of which are in their first-year plumage. No pets or strollers allowed. If thunderstorms are predicted, the hike will be rescheduled for the following day at the same time.
8-11 a.m., meet in the Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. Free. $10 vehicle entrance fee. [map]

 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Free! 

"Exhibition on View: A Place in the Shade: Selected Projects by Charles Correa": The University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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Charles Correa (1930-2015) is arguably the most influential architect to have worked in modern India. Born in India and educated in the U.S., Correa earned a B. Arch. at the University of Michigan in 1953 and went on to receive his M.Arch. at MIT.
Over a prolific career spanning six decades, Charles Correa's architecture, urban design, planning, and writings inspired generations, adapting the international language of modernism to the Indian context.. This exhibition, organized by Nondita Correa Mehrotra, the director of the Charles Correa Foundation, explores the breadth of his built work, through highlighting thirteen selected projects. Professor Craig Borum designed the exhibition. The exhibition accompanies the inaugural Charles Correa International Lecture, an annual lecture by an emerging architect engaged with global architecture and activism. The lecture will promote cultural understanding through design practice and discourse.
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. 734-764-1300. [map]


"How to Develop, Market & Sell Cutting-Edge eLearning Programs": National Speakers Association, Michigan Chapter.

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Would you like to create a fun and valuable e-Learning program for your clients? Are you interested in a passive income model? Are you ready to learn the essential elements to make it happen?
If you answered yes to these questions, make sure you don't miss our upcoming chapter event with New York City based image consultant, trainer, author and e-Learning aficionado Sylvie di Giusto.In this session, Sylvie will showcase several ways how she incorporates e-Learning in her coaching and speaking business, from small and easy solutions for her individual clients to online trainings that she produces for her corporate clients.
Sylvie will take you behind the scenes and share all the tools, techniques and methods that have helped her to develop high-quality content in an affordable way. Because successful e-Learning requires so much more than just copying and pasting your existing materials online.
Lunch served
Weber's Inn, 3050 Jackson Road. $45 NSA-MI Member, $65 Non-Member Early Bird, $75 Non-Member. 734-707-8985. [map]

 9-11 a.m. 

"Low Cost Pet Vaccine Clinic": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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It's important to provide regular, basic wellness services for your pets to protect them from unnecessary illnesses.That's why the Humane Society of Huron Valley Veterinary Clinic offers low-cost vaccinations, wellness testing, and prevention products for all public cats and dogs at our Low Cost Vaccination Clinics.*
Pricing for Low Cost Clinics:
Rabies & Distemper Combo - $25
Rabies ONLY - $15
Distemper ONLY - $15
Bordetella - $20 (dogs only)
Feline Leukemia Vaccine - $20 (cats only - must provide proof of a negative test within the past month.)
FeLV/FIV Test - $30 (cats only)
Heartworm Test - $20 (dogs only)
24PetWatch Microchip ID - $25 (dogs) and $15 (cats)
Heartworm, flea and tick preventative offered at very low prices!
You do not need an appointment to attend the HSHV Low Cost Vaccination Clinic. Please bring your dogs on a non-retractable leash and all cats must be in a carrier.
*Though our Low Cost Vaccination Clinics are appropriate for most dogs and cats,
Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. 734-662-4365. [map]

 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

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

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Sept. 9 & 16. 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 (Sept. 9), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (Sept. 16), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration required by phone or email., 647-8528. [map]

 9:30 a.m. 

"Ready for Birth: Condensed Childbirth Class": Center for the Childbearing Year.

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This interactive, hands-on class is designed to accommodate the schedules of busy first-time parents who simply can't make it to the full six-week series. Perfect for couples seeking a Refresher Class for a second (or more!) baby as well. We'll review the process of labor and birth from start to finish. Emphasis is placed on natural approaches to pain management, support techniques and comfort measures (how partners can help), and tips for smoothing your recovery in the early weeks postpartum.
Center for the Childbearing Year, 722 Brooks St. $175 per couple. 734-663-1523. [map]

 9:45 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Current Initiative Petition Drives Underway for the 2018 Michigan Ballot": Public Citizens of Washtenaw (formerly Gray Panthers of Washtenaw).

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All invited to join a discussion on upcoming election issues, including nonpartisan congressional redistricting; raising the minimum wage; the Great Lakes Pipeline Safety Act; legalizing marijuana; and the attempts to repeal prevailing wage laws. Refreshments. The program begins with coffee & socializing.
9:45 a.m.-noon, U-M Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 484-1628. [map]

 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 

65th Annual Book Sale: AAUW-Ann Arbor Scholarship Fundraiser.

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Sept. 8-10. This community institution, one of the largest book sales in the country, offers CDs, DVDs, sheet music and printed scores, and thousands of books sorted by subject and sold at feeding-frenzy prices starting at $1. Half price on Sept. 9 and $8 a bag or $15 for two bags (bags provided) on Sept. 10. Early bird sale, 8-10 a.m. Sept. 8 ($15 admission).
10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Sun.), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free admission; only cash & checks accepted. (844) 973-6287. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon 

Book Sale: Friends of the Saline District Library.

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Sale of used books & other items.
10 a.m.-noon, SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. $5 for a bag of books; 2nd bag free. 429-5450. [map]

 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Charity Beer Garden: Cancer Support Community.

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Game days just got better with food truck rallies & craft drafts at the Charity Beer Garden benefiting the Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor
Held every University of Michigan home football game day at Stadium Club, Ann Arbor (327 East Hoover). The comfortable garden atmosphere just 450 feet from the University of Michigan Stadium features local food trucks (including Slows To Go), craft beers, and lawn games.
All craft drafts will be $6/pint, with 100% of beer sales and tips supporting Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor's free services for people affected by cancer in our community.
- Free Admission
- Credit Cards Accepted
- $6 Beers
- Sheltered Seating
- Bathrooms
- TVs broadcasting UofM game and pre game coverage
- WiFi
- Family-Friendly
- Yard Games
We are currently looking for volunteers!
Email Erin at
Stadium Club, Ann Arbor, 327 E. Hoover. Free. 734-975-2500. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

Free Seminar: Fall Lawn Care: English Gardens.

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Fall's an important season to make sure the lawn survives Michigan's tough winters. An English Gardens expert will share tips on keeping your lawn healthy through the winter and into next spring.
English Gardens, 155 N Maple Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. [map]

 10 a.m. 

Full-Body Fit: Better Living Fitness Center.

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Energetic strength-training session including cardio subsets and work on balance and posture. $15 walk-in; included with most Better Living memberships. For all ages, and customized to suit your abilities.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. $15. (734) 442-2419. [map]

 10 a.m. 

Rolling Hills Dog Swim: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Rolling Hills County Park is proud to host our 12th Annual Dog Swim, September 9&10, 2017.Get ready for a pup-tacular time as dogs frolic, swim and make new friends at the water park!
We have different time-frames for dogs of various sizes.
Limit 2 dogs/person
Saturday, September 9, 2017
-35 lbs. and under, 10am-10:45am
-35-59 lbs., 11am-11:45am
-60 lbs. or more, 12pm-12:45pm
Sunday, September 10, 2017
-35 lbs. and under, Not available
-35-59 lbs.,11am-11:45am
-60 lbs. or more, 12pm-12:45pm
Questions? Contact Rhonda,
Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. $5 per dog. (734)484-9676 x 0. [map]

 10 a.m. 

Trampoline Fitness Class - Total Body Jump.

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Enjoy a FUN cardio workout without all the harmful impact on your joints and muscles. This high intensity low impact workout delivers all over muscle tone working every cell in your body. Trampoline fitness is unique in the fact that it detoxes the lymph system through the G-forces of jumping. I addition it strengthens the core like no other workout and improves posture and balance. All this while having fun and torching calories. Classes designed for beginners and fitness enthusiast alike.
Balance bars available on select trampolines.
New Students -$5 for 5 classes
Saturday mornings park on the south side of the studio due to tailgating. Arrive 5 minutes early.
The Mix Studio, 2007 S State Street. $5 for 5 classes. 734-786-1260. [map]

 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Used Book Sale: Friends of the Chelsea District Library.

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Sale of gently used paperback and hardcover books. Also, CDs, DVDs, audio books, and more. Fill a bag for $5.
10 a.m.-1 p.m., CDL basement, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free admission. 475-8732. [map]

 10 & 11 a.m. and noon 

"12th Annual Dog Swim": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Sept. 9 & 10. All dog owners invited to bring their dogs to the water park for a swim. Limit 2 dogs per owner.
10 a.m. (dogs 35 lbs. & under; this swim is on Sat. only), 11 a.m. (dogs 35-59 lbs.), & noon (dogs 60 lbs. & up), Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. $5 per dog (owners, free) in advance at 484-9676. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Critters Up Close!": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Sept. 9 & 10. Leslie Science & Nature Center staff show live animals. Also, animal-oriented hands-on activities. This month's featured critters are arachnids. Note: Saturday's program includes a midday "Animal Naptime" break.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 1-4 p.m. (Sun.), AAHOM Michigan Nature Gallery, 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]

 10-10:40 a.m.  Free! 

"Dancing Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Kindermusik teacher Denise Owens leads infants through 5-year-olds (accompanied by an adult) in a program of music and movement.
10-10:40 a.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower between Stone School & Packard Free. 327-4200. [map]

 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 

Yoga Workshop with Joseph Encinia: Bikram Yoga Ann Arbor.

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Saturday Workshop - $65
Designed to help you see your body and the postures as your teachers do. Learn to see your body in a new way so you can self-correct your alignment and achieve your wellness goals.
Expand your knowledge to lay the foundation for self-awareness. This multi-media, interactive workshop will include photo and live demonstrations, lecture on anatomy and alignment, posture break down, correct demonstrations and more while we help you understand the why and the how of each of the 26 poses. Please bring mat, towel, water and light snack (ie fruit or protein bar)
Open to all students -sign up at studio by phone or in person.
Sunday Intermediate Class - $35
This class offers students techniques for moving into further expressions of new postures and develop new abilities. Perfect whether you are a brand new student or an experienced practitioner. Attending this workshop will give you breakthrough in your practice immediately.
Bikram Yoga Ann Arbor, 3227 Washtenaw Ave.,. $65. 734-975-2922. [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. 

Cardio & Core: Better Living Fitness Center.

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If you've always wanted a flat stomach, 6-pack abs or just a stronger core, this is the class for you. This class combines high-energy music with a core-sculpting routine to give you a toned midsection. Get me some abs! $15 walk-in; included with some Better Living memberships.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. $15. (734) 442-2419. [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.  Free! 

Children's Storytime: Barnes & Noble.

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Every Sat. Storytelling programs and occasional craft activities for kids age 3 & up.
11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]

 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

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Every Sat. & Sun., Sept. 9-Oct. 29, and every Wed.-Fri. beginning Sept. 29. A carnival atmosphere with a variety of family-oriented fall activities on this 6th-generation family farm. Hayrides, a petting farm, a corn maze, and much more. Weekends only: a Noah's Ark inflatable, a giant slide, a bungee run, and more. Pony rides, face painting, paintball, and other activities available on Sat. & Sun. for an extra charge. No pets.
11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.) and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Wed.-Fri.), Wiard's Orchards, 5565 Merritt Rd. (east of Carpenter), Ypsilanti. Admission: $13.75 (Wed.-Fri.); $17.75 (Sat. & Sun.); babies age 23 months & under, free. 390-9211. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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

 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Fantastic Fluids": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. beginning Sept. 9. Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demo exploring the basics of fluid dynamics. Participants learn how wind creates waves and test the surface tension of different liquids.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]

 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Social Action Committee Discussion: Temple Beth Emeth.

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Immigrant rights attorney Margo Schlanger and TBE members discuss the Trump administration's stance on immigrants, how it's hurting Chaldeans in Detroit, and how the legal community is fighting back.
11:30 a.m., TBE Adult Lounge, 2309 Packard. Free. 665-4744. [map]

 11:30 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows.

The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. Sat. & 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. both days) is an exploration of the current night sky.

Sunstruck (Sat. 12:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show exploring the sun's composition and comparing its life-cycle with that of other stars.

8 Scoops of Milky Way (Sat. & Sun. 2:30 p.m.) shows never before seen footage of the solar system.

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

 Noon-10 p.m.  Free! 

A2 Jazz Fest.

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Sept. 8 & 9. A 2-day showcase of some of the city's top jazz ensembles, including both veteran and up-and-coming stars. Today: The Andrew Bishop Quintet (9 p.m.), led by veteran local reeds player Bishop, the Sean Dobbins Organ Quartet (8 p.m.), led by local drummer Dobbins, the straight-ahead jazz ensemble the Dan Bennett Quintet (7 p.m.), led by tenor saxophonist-composer Bennett, the Ann Arbor Guitar Trio (6 p.m.), a duo of local bassist Ron Brooks and local trumpeter Paul Finkbeiner (5 p.m.), the Kurt Krahnke Trio (4 p.m.), led by local bassist Krahnke, the Janelle Reichman Quartet (3 p.m.), led by tenor saxophonist Reichman, saxophonist Kenji Lee's Déją Vu (2 p.m.), the award-winning Community High Jazz Ensemble (1:20 p.m.), and the WCC Jazz Ensemble (noon).
Noon-10 p.m., LIVE, 102 S. First St. Free. [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]


U-M Football.

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Sept. 9: Cincinnati. Noon.

Sept. 16: Air Force. Noon.

Oct. 7: MSU. 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 28: Rutgers. Noon.

Nov. 4: Minnesota. Time TBA.

Nov. 25: Ohio State. Noon.

Various times, Michigan Stadium. Ticket price TBA at (866) 296-MTIX and 764-0247. [map]

 Noon-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Sewing Lab": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local sewing expert Amber Adams-Fall helps adults and teens in grade 6 & up sew a cuddly hedgehog, complete with acorn accessories.
Noon- 3 p.m., AADL Secret Lab (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 12:45-2:45 p.m.  Free! 

Monthly Meeting: Citizens' Climate Lobby Ann Arbor chapter.

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Worried about climate change? Wondering how you can make a real difference? Come to the monthly meeting of the Ann Arbor chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL). CCL is a national, grassroots organization working to enact federal legislation to put a price on CO2. It is the most focused and influential organization working on national climate policy. Our meetings consist of dialing in to a national conference call (featuring different guest speakers each month), followed by local discussion of actions.
Ann Arbor District Library - Freespace (3rd Floor), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Men's Rugby.

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The U-M city team (which includes townies as well as U-M grad students, faculty, and staff) plays Midwest Rugby Union rivals.

Sept. 9: Traverse City.

Sept. 16: Tri City.

Sept. 23 (U-M Mitchell Field, Fuller Rd.): Old Boys Weekend. The current team plays a team of U-M rugby alumni in the annual Olde Blue Alumni Match.

Oct. 21: Anchormen.

1 p.m., Lillie Park (except as noted), 4365 Platt. Free. 417-4534. [map]

 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters: Warthog!": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. All invited to view the African warthogs Sophia and Piki Piki on the conservancy's Stone Stage (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including porcupines, muntjac, macaws, kangaroos, giant tortoises, arctic foxes, and others. Bring a snack to eat in the picnic areas, if you wish.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $8 (kids ages 2-12, $6; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]

 2 p.m. 

Family Campout: Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission.

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Families invited to bring tents, sleeping bags, and lawn chairs for this overnight campout that includes fishing, crafts, nature programs, a bonfire, marshmallow roasting, and more.
2 p.m. until Sunday morning, Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings (north off North Territorial), Dexter. $8 per person camping fee. $6 vehicle entry fee. Preregistration required.; 449-4437, ext. 201. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Saturday Sampler": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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Every Sat. Docent-led tours of the museum that revolve around themes TBA..
2-3 p.m., Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304.

 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.  Free! 

RASA Festival Visual Arts Exhibition.

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Rasa is a festival centered on the theme of South Asia to take place in Ann Arbor, Michigan in the Fall of 2017. This exhibit will partner with that event and display works by artists from South Asia, or works that have been inspired by the subcontinent.
First Friday Opening Reception at Riverside Arts Center Gallery
Rasa Exhibition from 5-8PM
This special evening will include a reception for our artists who explore the theme of "Rasa" and there will be a ritual floor painting demonstration by Meena Khasnabis at 7 pm
-Free Henna Painting
-Special India inspired flavor at Go Ice Cream & Ma Lou's Chicken
-For more info on featured artists and other Rasa Festival events in Ann Arbor and Ypsi, visit
Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti. Free.

 4 p.m.  Free! 

In Good Company African American Book Club.

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All invited to discuss God Help the Child, Toni Morrison's 2015 novel about a young woman whose blue-black skin is both an element of her beauty, boldness, and success in life as well as a stumbling block in her relationship with her light-skinned mother, who denied her even simple forms of love as a child.
4 p.m., Nicola's Books, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]

 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

"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]

 5-6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bird Walk: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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City ornithologist Juliet Berger leads a walk through the Mary Beth Doyle Park's diverse habitats, beginning with the pond (be prepared for mud) to look for migrating shorebirds and waterfowl, and concluding with the wooded areas to search for migrating songbirds. Bring binoculars, if you have them.
5:30-6:30 p.m., Mary Beth Doyle Park, meet at the parking lot at the end of Birch Hollow Dr., east off Stone School Rd. Free. 794-6627.

 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bluegrass Gospel Jam Session.

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Mark and Claudia Aills are joined by other local string musicians for a program of bluegrass and country gospel tunes.
6-8:30 p.m., Dexter Senior Center, 7720 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Free, but donations accepted for Dexter Senior Center. 878-1078. [map]

 7 p.m. 

USA Demolition Derby State Championship: Saline Community Fair.

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Drivers compete for a $6,000 cash prize.
7 p.m., Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $12 (age 5 & under, free). 483-0574. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Exploring the Ancient Science of Life: Ayurveda": People's Food Co-op.

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Talk by local Ayurvedic lifestyle counselor Aparna Khanolkar.
7 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room, 114 S. Main. $10-$15 suggested donation. Preregistration required by phone or email., 994-4589. [map]

 7:15-9 p.m. 

"DJ Skate"

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Skating to Top 40 music.
6-7:50 p.m., Arctic Coliseum, 501 Coliseum Dr. (off Manchester Rd., 1/2 mile south of the intersection of Old US-12 & M-52), Chelsea. $5 (children 14 & under, $3) admission, $3 skate rental. 433-4444. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Amy Fedel Memorial Concert: Amy and Lisa Fund.

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Performances by the local folk-rock quartet The Bonfire Poets and the local jazz ensemble Five Miles More. Also, a Singalong Jukebox, in which the audience performs songs they select from a list. Held in memory of Amy Fedel, an 8-year-old who was killed in 1998 when the family's van was hit by a drunk driver. Proceeds benefit MADD and the Brain Injury Association of Michigan.
First United Methodist Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $10 (kids, $3) suggested donation., 478-7207. [map]

 8-10 p.m. 

PATH: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth Cafe 704 Coffeehouse.

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Veteran local singer-songwriter Scott McWhinney, who accompanies himself on acoustic guitar and harmonica, is joined by guitarists Chris Hedly and Jose Diaz and mandolinist Tim Prosser to perform his well-crafted soul-inflected pop-folk songs.
8-10 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $8 ($15 for 2). 327-0270. [map]

 8 p.m. 

The Second City: The Ark.

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Sept. 8 & 9. One of the longest-running comedy improv groups in the country, Chicago's popular Second City troupe lampoons contemporary political, cultural, and social events in an evening of short sketches. Its current show, "The Best of The Second City," features improvisations as well as the best sketches and songs from the troupe's 55-year history, made famous by stars like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, and others.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $36 (students with ID, $26) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and, and (if available) at the door. 761-1451. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Faculty/Guest Recital": U-M Dance Department.

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Sept. 9-10. . U-M dance professor Amy Chavasse is joined by current and former U-M colleagues to present works blending movement, text, and theater. The evening begins with Chavasse's Emi, Amy and Mimi, the Celebrated Love Partners, and their Bicycle, Emi Nomo, a new trio featuring Chavasse and NYC-based U-M grads Sarah Konner & Austin Selden. It invokes Victorian-era social constraints to imagine 3 characters bound together in ecstatic proximity. deux dogtooth is an improvisational duet for Chavasse and the versatile U-M theater professor Malcolm Tulip as two sisters creating their own reality as they gyrate and groove on the path they forge while re-enacting from the Greek movie Dogtooth. The program concludes with U-M dance professor Tzveta Kassabova's To Scale, an 18-minute duet she performs with Austrian visual artist Heimo Wallner, who laconically describes the piece as "A ladder. A woman. A trumpet. A man."
8 p.m. (Sat.) and 2 p.m. (Sun.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. 763-5461. [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. 

"Seussical": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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Sept. 7-10. Denyse Clayton directs local actors in Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's Tony-winning musical adaptation of Dr. Seuss stories. When chaos erupts in the Jungle of Nool, it takes the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, and a gaggle of other characters to bring harmony back to the world. The engagingly eclectic score includes pop, gospel, blues, Latin, and R&B tunes. Cast: Rob Roy, Kat David, Eric VanWasshnova, Stacy Buck, Mary Ridder, Keshia Oliver, Jason Matley, Ellen Kettler, Isolte Beal, Kimberly Lock, Aaron Greunke, Brittany Davenport, Lily Gechter, Matthew Praschan, Gabrielle Vuylsteke, Alaina Pellar-Kosbar, Jada Green, Naomi Cotner, Maura Doyle, Kathryn McIntyre, and John Tramp.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $26 (seniors age 60 & over, $23; Thurs., $20; students, $14) in advance at & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 971-2228. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"The Revolutionists": Theatre Nova.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Aug. 25-Sept. 17. David Wolber directs the award-winning and popular young Atlanta-bred playwright Lauren Gunderson's irreverent comedy, a political fantasia set during the French Revolution. At the height of the Reign of Terror, 4 women--feminist playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, Caribbean freedom fighter Marianne Angelle and deposed queen Marie Antoinette--hang out, plot murder and try to beat back extremist insanity in Paris. Stars Diane Hill, Melissa Beckwith, Sara Rose, and K Edmonds.
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]


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Avalon Cafe & Kitchen: Kevin Brown

Veteran local singer-songwriter, one of the frontmen of the alt-country band Corndaddy. [venue info]

Blind Pig: The Timbre of Cedar

Suburban Detroit indie rock quintet. Opening acts are Grand Rapids progressive post-rock quintet All Is Well, Michigan pop-rock band True Blue, and The Lowercase, a local alternative hard-rock band. [venue info]

Blue Nile: Louis Johnson

Jazz standards and New Ethiopian jazz by this local pianist and saxophonist. On Saturdays he is joined by bassist Will Austin and other friends TBA. [venue info]

Bona Sera: Guilty Pleasures Burlesque

Local burlesque and comedy troupe. Followed by dance music with DJ Selina Style. Age 21 & over. $15. 9 p.m. [venue info]

Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: Blarney Castle

Traditional Irish favorites by this new Kalamazoo ensemble. [venue info]

Club Above: Dreamers Delight & Cloudchord

Double bill. Dreamers Delight is a Southern California EDM producer, and Cloudchord is an EDM producer from Austin. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Taller Than They Appear

Quartet of veteran area singer-songwriters who accompany each other with soulful vocal harmonies and on an eclectic array of instruments, from bells, bongos, woodblocks, washboards and whistles to guitars, violins, and ukuleles. Members are Jere Stormer, Bobby Pennock, Sigrid Christiansen, and Lauren Crane. [venue info]

Earle: Rick Burgess Trio

Jazz ensemble, named after the late jazz pianist and Earle cofounder Burgess, featuring drummer Robert Warren and a rotating roster of bassists and pianists. [venue info]

Guy Hollerin's: Luthern "Badman" Keith Blues Band

R&B-inflected Detroit blues band led by singer-songwriter and guitarist (and journalist) Keith. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: SpaceCat

Detroit-area pop dance band. [venue info]

Mash: Big Love Band

Kalamazoo quintet that plays a mix of funk, soul, and Motown covers, along with some originals. [venue info]

Mash: Matt Boylan

Covers and originals by this local pop-folk singer-guitarist. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]


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