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May 28, 2024

“Community Keys”: Ann Arbor Summer Festival
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Every day, May 1–June 21. Three pianos painted by U-M students are available at different locations throughout Ann Arbor for anyone to play an impromptu concert. On May 1, world-renowned local boogie-woogie & blues pianist Mark “Mr. B” Braun plays a concert at each of the 3 locations. Also, scheduled concerts by local pianists TBA every Wednesday and Saturday (see a2sf.org). The project culminates with a grand finale piano trio performance on June 21 at Top of the Park. Scheduled concerts begin at noon, Ann Arbor Farmers Market; 2:30 p.m., Michigan Theater; 5 p.m., U-M Shapiro Undergrad Library, 919 South University. Free. (734) 994–5999. 

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Ann Arbor Group Runs: Fleet Feet
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Every Wed. & Tues. Runners of all abilities invited to join a run of 3–5 miles along varying routes from different Fleet Feet locations. Rain or shine. 6 p.m. (Wed.) Fleet Feet, 123 E. Liberty, & 8 a.m. (Tues.), Dozer Coffee, 112 Jackson Plaza. Free. (734) 769–5016 (Wed.) & (734) 929–9022 (Tues.). fleetfeet.com.

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"Meditation Drop-In": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program
10:00 am - 11:30 am Observer Editor, FreeFree, OnlineOnline
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U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Weekly activities. Free (except as noted). Preregistration required for some events. For Zoom links see calendar at bit.ly/a2-turner-cal-may2024. (734) 998–9353, michmed.org/tswp, tswp.info@umich.edu.

Meditation Drop-In (Tues. 10–11:30 a.m. via Zoom), some meditation experience required.

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“Tummy Time”: AADL Westgate
10:30 am - 11:30 am Observer Editor, FreeFree
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May 14 & 28. (10:30–11:30 a.m.): “Tummy Time”: AADL Westgate. New and expecting parents encouraged to bring their babies and discuss new baby experiences.

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“Investigate Labs”: U-M Museum of Natural History
11:00 am - 3:00 pm Observer Editor, FreeFree
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Every Tues.–Sun. All age 6 & up invited into the museum’s Nature Lab and Micro Worlds Lab to use scientific tools and museum specimens to answer questions and solve problems. Schedule subject to change. 11 a.m.3 p.m., U-M MNH, 1105 North University. Free. (734) 764–0478.

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Playgroups for Babies: AADL
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Every Mon.–Wed. & Fri. (different times): Playgroups for Babies: AADL. Fifteen minutes of stories, rhymes, and songs led by AADL staffers, followed by a short open playtime. For kids up to 24 months (with caregiver). No older siblings. Malletts Creek (Mon. 10:30 a.m., except May 27), Traverwood (Tues. 11 a.m.), Westgate (Wed. 10:30 a.m.), and Downtown (Fri. 10:30 a.m.). Free.

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Preschool Storytimes: AADL
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Every Mon.–Fri. (different times): Preschool Storytimes: AADL. Half-hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2–5 (with caregiver). Pittsfield (Mon. 10:30 a.m., except May 27 & Thurs. 11 a.m.), Downtown (Tues. 11 a.m.), Malletts Creek (Tues. 11 a.m. & Wed. 10:30 a.m.), Traverwood (Thurs. 11 a.m.), and Westgate (Fri. 1 p.m.). Free.

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Preschool Storytimes: AADL
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Every Mon.–Fri. (different times): Preschool Storytimes: AADL. Half-hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2–5 (with caregiver). Pittsfield (Mon. 10:30 a.m., except May 27 & Thurs. 11 a.m.), Downtown (Tues. 11 a.m.), Malletts Creek (Tues. 11 a.m. & Wed. 10:30 a.m.), Traverwood (Thurs. 11 a.m.), and Westgate (Fri. 1 p.m.). Free.

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Talks & Activities: Pittsfield Township Senior Center
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Observer Editor, FreeFree
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701 W. Ellsworth, bit.ly/pittsfield-seniors. Registration at recreation.pittsfield-mi.gov. (734) 8222120. Talks for seniors. Free (except as noted) in-person activities. Check meeting status before coming.

May 2 (11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.): “Hospice 101.” Talk by Heart to Heart Hospice community educator Don Hilliard, free.

May 3 (12:30–2:30 p.m.): “Memoir Writing 101.” Writing workshop, $27 ($25, residents).

May 9 (11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.): “AARP Ride @50+.” Transportation planning guidance, free.

May 17 (12:30–3:30 p.m.): “Senior Spring Fling.” Music, games, lunch, and old tv shows, $10 ($7 residents) at Pittsfield Park Pavilion.  

May 23 (11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.): “Get Connected.” Guidance in getting resources, free.

May 28 (noon–1:30 p.m.): “National Hamburger Day.” Lunch, music, and conversation, $10 ($7 residents).

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Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Observer Editor, FreeFree
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U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Weekly activities. Free (except as noted). Preregistration required for some events. For Zoom links see calendar at bit.ly/a2-turner-cal-may2024. (734) 998–9353, michmed.org/tswp, tswp.info@umich.edu.

Bridge (Tues. & Fri. 1–4 p.m.), call if interested.

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Duplicate Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Observer Editor
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Every Tues., Thurs., & Fri. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge (Fri. & Tues.) and a 499er game (Thurs.) for players with no more than 499 ACBL master points. 1–4 p.m. or so (arrive by 12:45 p.m.), City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $8 per person. If you plan to come without a partner, email ronmeade@comcast.net beforehand.

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“D&D Adventures”: Sylvan Factory
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm Observer Editor
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Every Tues. & Fri. All age 12 & up invited to play Dungeons & Dragons tabletop role-playing games. 6–10 p.m. (Tues.) & 6–9 p.m. (Fri.), Sylvan Factory, 2459 W. Stadium. $10. Preregistration recommended. info@sylvanfactory.com.

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“Tuesday Evening Birders”: Washtenaw Bird & Nature Alliance (formerly Washtenaw Audubon Society)
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm Observer Editor, FreeFree
“Tuesday Evening Birders”: Washtenaw Bird & Nature Alliance (formerly Washtenaw Audubon Society)
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Every Tues. Club members lead evening walks at various local birding sites. Bring binoculars and (if you have one) a scope. 6–10 p.m., usually carpool, with locations posted at least 24 hours in advance; preregistration required at tinyurl.com/3xd7etny. Free. washtenawaudubon.org.

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Bitcoin Meet-Up
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Observer Editor, FreeFree
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Enthusiasts of all knowledge levels invited to discuss all things bitcoin. 6–9 p.m., Zingerman’s Roadhouse, 2501 Jackson Ave. Free. meetup.com/ann-arbor-liberty-meetup-group.

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Drop-In Knitting: Spun
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Observer Editor, FreeFree
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Every Sun.–Thurs. (different times). All invited to work on their knitting, crochet, weaving, and embroidery projects. 6–8 p.m. (Mon.–Thurs.) & 1–3 p.m. (Sun.), Spun, 401 N. Fourth Ave. Free. (734) 780–7867.

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Group Runs: Ann Arbor Running Company (AARC)
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Every Mon., Tues., Thurs., & Sat. (different AARC locations). Runners of all abilities invited to join a 5K mapped route (Mon. & Thurs.), an interval-based training run (Tues.), or an advanced or beginner group run (Sat.). 6 p.m. (Thurs.), AARC Colonnade, 901 W. Eisenhower; 7 a.m. (Sat.) & 6 p.m. (Tues.), AARC Downtown, 209 S. Ashley; & 6 p.m. (Mon.), Corner Brewery, 720 Norris, Ypsilanti. Free. annarborrunningcompany.com.

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“Tour de Dirt”: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society
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Every Tues. 20- to 35-mile ride along Chelsea-area dirt roads. 6:15 p.m., meet at Aberdeen Bike and Outdoors, 1101 Main, Chelsea. Free. For each week’s route, email scimitargs@gmail.com.

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Magic: The Gathering: Sylvan Factory
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Every Mon.–Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play various forms of the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering (MTG). Mon. (6:30 p.m.): Power Cards. $10. Tues. (6:30): MTG Pauper. A fun and fast format for all skill levels. $5. Wed. (5–9 p.m.): Casual Commander. The most popular form of the game. Free. Wed. (6:30 p.m.): MTG Standard. Play with competitive tournament rules. $10. Fri. (6:30 p.m.): Magic rotating draft. Cost varies. Sat. (6 p.m.): Commander Pods. For casual groups of 4 players. Free. Various times, Sylvan Factory, 2459 W. Stadium. Various costs. info@sylvanfactory.com.

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“Capture the Flag”: All Hands Active
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Every Tues. All invited to try to solve a computer security problem (or series of problems). Led by AHA members. Beginners welcome. 7 p.m., for URL preregister at meetup.com/allhandsactive/events. Free; donations welcome. info@allhandsactive.org.

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Huron Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society
7:00 pm - 8:45 pm Observer Editor, FreeFree
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Every Tues. All male and female singers invited to join weekly rehearsals. 7–8:45 p.m., Interfaith Center, 704 Airport Blvd. Free to visitors (annual dues for those who join). bit.ly/hvharmonizers. info@hvharmonizers.org, (734) 796–7467.

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Skazat! Poetry Series
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Observer Editor, FreeFree, OnlineOnline
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Reading (via Zoom) by Grand Rapids poet Andrew Collard, a Detroit native. Sprawl, his collection of lyrical poems about Detroit, single parenting, and irrevocable change, won the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize. Preceded by open mic. 78:30 p.m., for URL preregister at facebook.com/skazat. Free. (734) 2233165.

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Tuesday English Country Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance
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Every Tues. Historical and traditional English dancing to live music. All dances taught and prompted; no partner or experience needed. Wear comfortable clothes and bring flat, nonslip shoes and your own water bottle. First-timers asked to arrive at 6:45 p.m. 7–9:30 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse. $8 (students, $4; kids age 13 & under with caregiver, free) suggested donation. aactmad.org/english-country, (734) 665–7704.

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Virtual Trivia Night: Ann Arbor Adventure Club
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Every Tues. All invited to form teams of 4 or so persons to compete (via Zoom) in a family-friendly 2-round trivia contest. Solo competitors are matched up. 7 p.m., for URL email burrbarr7@hotmail.com. Free.

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German Speakers Round Table
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May 14 & 28. All German speakers, native or non-native, invited for conversation. 7:30 p.m., Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington. Free admission. (734) 812–6375 (Tues.).

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