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Events in June 2023
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June 8, 2023
“Learning and Teaching by Gardening”: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission
Every Thurs. All invited to join WCPARC horticulturalist Mary Robinson to learn gardening skills by doing some gardening in the park. Bring a water bottle. Snacks, water, and gloves provided. 9:30–11:30 a.m., County Farm Park, 2230 Platt Rd. Free. Preregistration required at bit.ly/wcprc-vol-2023 (activity #VOL852400). email@example.com.
Flower Arranging: Pittsfield Township Senior Center
Pittsfield Township Senior Center (701 W. Ellsworth, 822–2120). Weekly activities. Free (except as noted). Check meeting status before coming. bit.ly/pittsfield-senior. Rise and Shine Exercise (Mon. & Fri. 9–10 a.m.). Coffee & Conversation (Mon. 9–10 a.m.). Open Cards and Games (Mon. 1–3 p.m.). Mah-jongg (Tues. 10–11:45 a.m.). Euchre (Tues. 1–3:30 p.m.). Watercolor Painting (Wed. 10–11:30 a.m.). Book Club (Wed., June 7, 10:30–11:30 a.m.). Investment Club (Wed., June 7 & 21, 2:30 p.m.). Flower Arranging (Thurs. 9:30–11:30 a.m.). Crafting Crew (Fri. 10-11:30 a.m.). Bridge (Fri. 12:30-3:30 p.m., except June 30).
“Breathing New Life Into Old Buildings”: U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Summer Lecture Series
June 1, 8, & 15. A series of talks by architects from the local design collective Quinn Evans. June 1: Elisabeth Knibbe on “Detroit: From Ruins to Riches.” June 8: “Why Do I Like this Place? Creating Great Urban Spaces,” a talk by Ilene Tyler on the 5 key design elements that demonstrate how a city’s open spaces relate to its buildings. June 15 (via Zoom at bit.ly/ollisummerlecture2023): Carl Elefante on “ZERO Is a Positive Number: Building Greater Good Through Climate Action.” 10–11:30 a.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Preregistration required at olli-umich.org. $40 (members, $15) for the 6-lecture series. $5 per lecture for members. Membership, $25 a year. 998–9351.
“Little Trees, Big Impact: 10th Anniversary Celebration”: Ann Arbor Bonsai Society
June 1–30. Month-long celebration of the Matthaei Bonsai Garden’s 10th year, with themed weeks, pop-up pruning demos in the garden, family-friendly activities, and workshops for all levels (June 17 & 18, see website for information). June 17 (1–4 p.m.): Bonsai Expert Demonstrations. Well-known Japanese Satsuki experts Hiroharu Kobayashi and Yoichi Fukudan demonstrate their work with hearty Satsuki azaleas on the Matthaei commons. June 24 (10 a.m.–noon): Basics of Bonsai for Families. Kids ages 7–14 invited with their families to explore the bonsai collection, learn about the art, and practice some simple techniques themselves. Preregistration required. June 25 (12:30–2 p.m.): Bonsai Stories for Families. Kids ages 7–14 invited with their families to write and illustrate stories inspired by the bonsai collection. $8/kid, preregistration required. Various dates and times, U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free; metered parking. mbgna.umich.edu/little-trees-big-impact-event.
“Little Paws Story Time”: HSHV
“Investigate Labs”: U-M Museum of Natural History
Preschool Storytimes: AADL
Every Mon.–Fri. (different times). Half-hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2–5 (with caregiver). Pittsfield (Mon. 10:30 a.m. & Thurs. 11 a.m.), Downtown (Tues. 11 a.m.), Malletts Creek (Tues. 11 a.m. & Wed. 10:30 a.m.), Traverwood & Pittsfield (Thurs. 11 a.m.), and Westgate (Fri. 1 p.m.).
“Sonic Lunch”: Bank of Ann Arbor
See 1 Thursday. Today: Phillip-Michael Scales, a Chicago-based musician (and B.B. King’s nephew) known for his soulful, literate songwriting. Opener: Dave & Kristi, the local husband-and-wife duo of singer Kristi Davis & singer-guitarist Dave Boutette, a veteran local folk-rock songwriter whose genial songs about the small ups and downs of ordinary life draw on a range of influences from Chuck Berry to Bob Dylan to Paul Westerberg. 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
“Our Own Thing Chorale”: First Presbyterian Church Lunch & Learn Series
Willis Patterson discusses this popular 50-year-old local choir he founded that is dedicated to the preservation and performance of traditional African American spirituals and contemporary choral music by African American composers. Q&A. Noon, First Presbyterian, 1432 Washtenaw. $8 includes lunch. Preregistration required at firstpresbyterian.org/mature-ministries or 662–4466.
“Wildflower Rangers”: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission
Every Thurs. (except June 22), Apr. 27–June 29, & Sat. June 10. All invited to train to identify and protect ephemeral spring wildflowers and wildflower habitats in various county parks & preserves. June 1: Park Lyndon South (18801 North Territorial Rd., Chelsea). June 8: Parker Mill County Park (4650 Geddes Rd.). June 10: Scio Woods Preserve (4000 Scio Church Rd.). June 15: Miller-Smith Preserve (8560 Dexter-Chelsea Rd., Dexter). June 29: Baker Woods Preserve (11914 Trinkle Rd., Dexter). 1–4 p.m., various locations. Preregistration required by emailing Matthew Bertrand at firstname.lastname@example.org, or via bit.ly/wildflower-ranger.
U-M Clements Library Tour
Hour-long docent-led tour of the Clements’ early American history collection featuring Benjamin West’s iconic painting The Death of General Wolfe, a new exhibit celebrating the library’s centennial anniversary, and more. 4 p.m., Clements Library, 909 South University. Free, preregistration required at myumi.ch/Aw9Zb. 649–3370.
“Get to Know Your Wild Neighbors”: City of Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability and Innovations A2Zero Week/Humane Society of Huron Valley
“Letterpress Open Lab”: Ann Arbor District Library
June 3, 8, 13 & 18. All adults invited to learn the basics of letterpress printing using moveable type. Participants will be able to use wood type, handset lead type & ornaments, and learn how to hand ink and print on a Vandercook cylinder press. 2–4 p.m. (June 3 & 18), 5:30–7:30 p.m. (June 8 & 13), AADL Downtown. Free. 327–4200.
“Repairsday Thursday”: All Hands Active
Every Thurs. All invited to drop in with broken electronics, furniture, toys, and any other item for AHA members to try to repair and offer advice. Repairs not guaranteed. Extended hours (5:30–9 p.m.) on June 8 during A2Zero Week. 6–8 p.m., All Hands Active, basement of 255 E. Liberty, ste. 225. Livestream available at MeetUp.com/AllHandsActive/events. Free; donations welcome. Mask recommended. info@AllHandsActive.org.
“D & D Adventures”: Sylvan Factory
“Daring Dressings”: The Farm at Trinity Health (formerly St. Joe’s) Ann Arbor
Trinity Health education coordinator Laura Meisler demonstrates recipes to elevate salads, sandwiches, and other dishes. 6–7:30 p.m., The Farm at Trinity Health, 5557 McAuley Dr., Ypsilanti. $10 (financial assistance available). Preregistration required at bit.ly/trinityfarm06-2023. email@example.com.
Group Runs: Ann Arbor Running Company
Every Thurs., Sat., Mon., & Tues. (different AARC locations). Runners of all abilities invited to join a 5km mapped route (Mon. & Thurs.), an advanced or beginner group run (Sat.), or an interval-based training run (Tues.). 6 p.m. (Mon., Tues., & Thurs.) & 7 a.m. (Sat.), AARC Colonnade (Thurs.), 901 W. Eisenhower; AARC Downtown (Sat. & Tues.), 209 S. Ashley; AARC Traver Village (Mon.), 2621 Plymouth Rd.; Free. Annarborrunningcompany.com.
Pete Siers & the Kerrytown Stompers: Blue
Holding traditional jazz deep in their hearts, these musicians have a deep passion for the early formation of jazz in all of its aspects: culture, structure, improvisation, and virtuosity. Pete brings with him a stellar line-up to get the “stomping” underway: Dave Kosmyna (cornet); Chris Tabaczynski (clarinet); Alex Belhaj (guitar); and Shannon Wade (bass). Pete will be hitting it on the drums, of course, but also…the washboard!314 S. Main St. ,Ann Arbor. opentable.com/Walk-ins welcome $15 cover. firstname.lastname@example.org https://bluellamaclub.com/event/pete-siers-the-kerrytown-stompers/ 7343723200.
“Much Ado About Nothing”: U-M Residential College/Nichols Arboretum
June 1–4, 8–11, 15–18, & 22–25. Carol Gray, Rob Sulewski, & Graham Atkin direct students and local actors in an alfresco production of Shakespeare’s sharp-tongued comedy that begins in the valley and moves across the Arb to conclude in the peony garden. The high-spirited plot involves 2 pairs of young lovers. One couple, both disdainful of love, are tricked into acknowledging each other, while the other couple’s love is nearly ruined by a deception that, abetted by the paranoia of returning military heroes, leads to trumped-up charges of infidelity. The play is best known for its charged sexual banter and for the penetrating wit and often dark cast of its humor. This year’s production is the first not under the supervision of Shakespeare in the Arb founder Kate Mendeloff, who passed away from cancer this April. Audience members should be prepared for light weather conditions, periods of sitting, standing and walking. 6:30 p.m., meet at the Peony Garden entrance at 1610 Washington Heights. $25 (Matthaei-Nichols members, $20; students, $15) in advance only. Tickets go on sale May 22 (May 15 for members) at mutotix.umich.edu & the Michigan Union Ticket Office and are held at will call at the Arboretum Visitor Center. 998–9540.
“Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights”: Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce
“Stormé: The Lady of the Jewel Box Screening & Director Q&A”: Ann Arbor District Library
Documentary (Michelle Parkinson, 1991) about Stormé DeLarverie, a premier NYC 1950s male impersonator who performed at the Jewel Box Revue, the first integrated gender impersonation show. Followed by a Q&A with director Parkinson. In partnership with The Big Gay Read 2023. 6:30-7:30 p.m, AADL Downtown. Free. 327–4200.
“The Wellness Trap: Break Free from Diet Culture, Disinformation, and Dubious Diagnoses, and Find Your True Well-Being”: Literati Bookstore
Nutritionist & journalist Christy Harrison joins Minneapolis-based children’s writer Eliza Wheeler to discuss her new book about the troubling pattern of disinformation and cultural appropriation in the global wellness industry. 6:30 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Mask encouraged. Free. 585–5567.
Beginning Birders: Washtenaw Audubon Society
The last four weeks of June, will take our time to observe and discuss identification of some of the more common birds of Ann Arbor. This is a great series of walks for folks that would like to learn more about bird identification. Of course, all are welcome to attend any of our bird walks, but this one will be geared toward those with little or no experience. We will have extra binoculars on hand for anyone that needs them.
Directions: Meet at the Lower Entrance to Nichols Arboretum - Can park in the lot after 5pm without a permit.
Leader: Matthew Spoorhttps://goo.gl/maps/RrcwRh1ndkYBL5qk8 ,Ann Arbor. Free. Matthew Spoor www.washtenawaudubon.org 701-610-1203.
Connecting with Spirit Class with Intuitive Medium Nikki Wisniewski: Enlightened Soul Center & Shop
Messages are all around us — a light pops on or off unexpectedly, the phone rings just as you were thinking of someone, that dream that keeps recurring, you are seeing repeating numbers everywhere, or maybe you are just feeling more aware and connected! We all have natural gifts and abilities, but are often unaware of them. This class helps you open up to your connection, discover and develop your natural abilities, explore what these messages are, where they come from, and the many ways we can connect to receive our messages. Come demystify your magic!
Sources of guidance and messages
The many ways messages come through
Protection and boundaries
Receiving & interpreting messages
Engaging intentionally with spirit
Exercises for your development2711 Carpenter Road ,Ann Arbor. https://nmwunveiled.com/spirit-class $33. email@example.com https://www.enlightenedsoulcenter.com/connecting-with-spirit 313-506-4844.
“Singing for Comfort”: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth
Piano Bar Thursday : Mr. B & Julian Van Slyke: N/A
Blues and boogie-woogie pianist Mark Lincoln Braun has become one of the premiere purveyors of a vanishing art. Having learned his craft first-hand from the early masters, he is a rare living link to the first generation of blues and boogie pianists. Steeped in the rich legacy of this tremendously exciting music, Mr. B learned directly from blues and boogie legends like Little Brother Montgomery, Boogie Woogie Red, and Blind John Davis.
In demand for both educational programs and concert performances, he has performed coast to coast and throughout Europe, Canada, Mexico, and South America. In 2002 and 2016, he was a guest artist at the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival. He is also the organizer of the annual Mr. Bʼs Blues and Boogie Piano Celebration that attracts major figures in the blues and jazz piano world to Ann Arbor for collaborative performances with Mr. B. $10 Cover.301 North 5th Avenue ,Ann Arbor. $10. firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday Night Music Series: A2 Summer Streets (Main Street Area Association)
Every Thurs., June 1–Aug. 31 (except June 22) & Sat., June 17. Local musicians perform throughout the Main St. area. Tonight: big band swing by the Depot Town Big Band, acoustic Americana covers and originals by singer-guitarist Brett Maynard, Brazilian and Cuban music by Félix and Ángel Benkí, and a few performers from the renowned touring student fiddle ensemble Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic. Alcoholic beverages may be carried in designated containers within district boundaries. Portable food available from local restaurants. Rain cancels. 7–9 p.m., Main St. area. Free. For specific locations, go to mainstreetannarbor.org.
Thursday Night Music Series: A2 Summer Streets (Main Street Area Association)
See 1 Thursday. Tonight: the versatile local country-to-swing-to-blues-to-funk ensemble Brennan Andes and Friends, local pop-oriented hip-hop singer-songwriter Nadim Azzam, young pop singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Isaac Roughton, and the Brazilian and Cuban music duo Félix and Ángel Benkí. 7–9 p.m.
Weekly Trivia: Bløm Meadworks
Free live trivia every Thursday with Sporcle Live! Two one-hour-long games, every Thursday (7pm & 8pm) with a $15 gift card for first place and a $10 gift card for second place. No limit to group size - come by yourself or with a team! Great tunes, awesome host + lots of seasonal meads, ciders and beers.Bløm, 100 S. Fourth Ave. ,Ann Arbor. Free admission. 734-548-9729.
“42nd Street”: The Encore Musical Theatre Company
Every Thurs.–Sun., June 1–25. This local professional theater company performs the 1980 Broadway musical adapted from the 1933 Busby Berkeley film musical about a talented young performer who gets her big break on Broadway. The vintage score, which features lyrics by Al Dubin and Johnny Mercer and music by Harry Warren, includes such favorites as “You’re Getting to Be a Habit with Me,” “We’re in the Money,” and “I Only Have Eyes for You.” 7:30 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $57.50 (seniors 62 and over $55.50, youth 12 and under $28) in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. 268–6200.
Yoga with Cats: Humane Society of Huron Valley
Every Thurs. & Sun. (except June 11). Humane Society education reps introduce all ages to the basics of hatha-style yoga. Also, interact with adoptable cats. Dress prepared to work out. Suitable for age 12 & up, all 16 & under must be accompanied by adult. 7:30–8:30 p.m. (Thurs.), & 9–10 a.m. (Sun.), Tiny Lions, ste. A1, 5245 Jackson Rd., $10. Preregistration required at tickettailor.com/events/hshv, email@example.com, 661–3575.
“Arabic to English”: Theatre Nova
Every Thurs.-Sun., June 2–25. Sarab Kamoo directs the pandemic-delayed premiere of David Wells’ 2020 drama about a high-stakes immigration case in which an Arab American interpreter, engaged to a White American lawyer, falls in love with her fiancé’s Arab American client. Escalating emotions and her need to choose between the prospect of a storybook American life and her desire to define her own identity complicate the already ticklish task of translation. 8 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron St. Tickets $22 in advance at theatrenova.org & at the door. Mask strongly recommended. 635–8450.
Every Thurs. and 2nd & 4th Tues. All German speakers, native or non-native, invited for conversation with either or both of 2 long-running groups, the A2 Stammtisch (8 p.m. Thurs.) and the German Speakers Round Table (7:30 p.m. June 13 & 27). Various times, Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington. Free admission. Preregistration for Thurs. A2 Stammtisch requested at firstname.lastname@example.org. 812–6375 (Tues.).