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Calendar of Events

Saturday, June 10, 2017

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 7:00 PM 

Jazz at Zal Gaz Grotto: Rick Roe Trio - Die Fledermaus.

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Jazz at Zal Gaz Grotto: Rick Roe Trio
Jazz piano virtuoso Rick Roe leads his trio with string bassist Paul Keller and drummer Rob Avsharian through Rick's incredible compositions, Thelonious Monk tunes, and familiar standards re-imagined. The centerpiece of tonight's performance will be Rick's tour-de-force arrangement of Johann Strauss' Overture too the 1874 operetta Die Fledermaus.
Showtime is 7 till 10 PM.
Good food and drinks at Zal Gaz Grotto. All reasonably priced. Free parking. $10 at the door. Under 18 enter free!
Zal Gaz Grotto is located at 2070 W. Stadium Boulevard (between Liberty and Pauline on the west side of Ann Arbor).
Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium Boulevard. $10 at the door. Under 18 enter FREE. 734/663-1202. [map]

 7:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Wheeler Service Center Bird Walk": Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation.

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City ornithologist Juliet Berger leads a 2-hour bird walk amid the tall grasses atop the capped areas of the old landfill site, now a great habitat meadowlarks, bobolinks, and other for grassland birds. Bring your own binoculars, if you have them.
7:30 a.m. sharp, meet in the small parking lot on the right at the main entrance to the Materials Recovery Facility, Platt Rd. just south of Ellsworth. Free. Preregistration required. 794-6627. [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.

 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

Auditions! for 2017-2018 Ann Arbor Youth Chorale: Ann Arbor Youth Chorale.

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The Ann Arbor Youth Chorale (AAYC) invites boys (with unchanged voices) and girls, ages 9-16, to audition for membership in their outstanding choirs! Auditions are being held on Saturday, May 13, and Saturday, June 10, at the NEW Center, 1100 N. Main St., Ann Arbor. Sign up for an easy 10-minute audition appointment held privately between the singer and conductor; no advanced preparation required.
Learn more about us and auditions at, or contact our main office at: / 734-996-4404. Scholarships are available. Youth Chorale has provided excellent vocal training, performance opportunities, and FUN for 30 years - perfect for children who love to sing! Drop in auditions are available from 930-1130am as space permits, but are NOT guaranteed - sign up is recommended.
AAYC is a local non-profit that exists to enrich artistically the lives of children, their families, and the community through choral music performance.
NEW Center, 1100 N. MAIN ST, STE 111. Free. 734-996-4404. [map]

 9 a.m.  Free! 

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

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June 10 & 17. 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 (June 10), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (June 17), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration required by phone or email., 647-8528. [map]

 9 a.m.-noon & 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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All invited to help maintain the natural areas in various city parks. Also, city staffers lead a short nature walk at the end of each workday. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance.

Aug. 5: Olson Park (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the entrance on Dhu Varren at Pontiac Trail) to remove invasive weeds overrunning it open meadows, and Black Pond Woods Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the Tibbits Ct. entrance, from Brookside east off Pontiac Tr.) to remove Japanese hedge parsley and other invasives.

Aug. 19: Bird Hills Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, Bird Rd. entrance west off Huron River Dr.) Japanese hedge parsley and other invasives.

Aug. 20: Mary Beth Doyle Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the end of Verle Rd. off Platt south of Packard) to help remove bittercress, Canada thistle, and other invasives.

Aug. 26: Bandemer Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the parking area off Barton Dr.) to help remove exotic weeds from the patch of dry prairie that lines the Border-to-Border Trail in this park along the Huron River.

Sept. 10: Mary Beth Doyle Park (1-4 p.m., meet in the parking lot off the south side of Packard, just east of Cobblestone Farm) to help remove invasive plants during this national day of service to commemorate 9-11.

Sept. 16: Onder Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the entrance on Brookside west from Pontiac Trail north of Barton Dr.) to remove invasive buckthorn to restore the small oak savanna.

Sept. 17: Redbud Nature Area (1-4 p.m., Meet at the park entrance at the intersection of Parkwood & Jeanne) to remove honeysuckle and other invasive plants.

Sept. 23: Furstenberg (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the parking lot off Fuller across from Huron High) to remove invasive plants to improve the ecosystem of this 38-acre park.

Sept. 23: Ruthven Nature Area 1-4 p.m., meet at the Gallup Park boat dock parking lot at the corner of Parkway and Geddes) to remove invasive plants threatening the native wildflowers.

Sept. 30: Argo Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the parking lot north of the Argo Canoe Livery off Longshore Dr.) to learn how to identify and cut buckthorn and honeysuckle from this 22-acre riverside park.

Various times & locations. Free. 794-6627.

 9 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Jackson Road Cruise": West Washtenaw Business Association.

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The program includes a parade of classic cars (noon) along Jackson between Wagner and Baker rds., followed by a classic car show with judging at 2:30 p.m. Also, for a $10 donation to Alpha House, all invited to compete for prize drawings in a Prize Drive (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) by driving to several checkpoints along Jackson Road. Musical entertainment (under a tent in the Bel-Mark Lanes parking lot) by an ensemble of local School of Rock students (12:45-3 p.m.) and the Detroitl classic rock band Love Junkies (3-7 p.m.).Also, kids activities, musical entertainment, and food concessions at a variety of Jackson Road businesses; detailed schedule available at
9 a.m.-6 p.m., Bel-Mark Lanes, 3530 Jackson Rd. Free. 864-6095. [map]

 9 a.m.-7 p.m. 

"Women on Target": Tri-County Sportsman's League.

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All women invited to try out archery and shoot rifles, pistols, and shotguns. Weapons and ammunition provided. This event usually sells out.
9 a.m.-7 p.m., TCSL, 8640 Moon (between E. Michigan Ave. & Willis Rd.), Saline. Cost TBA. Preregistration required. 429-9561. [map]

 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Bats, Bees & Beneficial Insects": English Gardens.

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Learn about bats and beneficial insects that
you'll want in your garden to keep pests away.
English Gardens, Maple Village shopping center. Free.

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

27th Annual Ann Arbor Garden Walk: Woman's National Farm & Garden Association.

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A chance to visit 6 private gardens that feature waterfalls and ponds, a Japanese teahouse garden, rare specimens, and more. New this year, home tours at two of the garden stops, including a Victorian "painted lady" with many antiques and an artist's home where the garden was designed to maximize the view from indoors. Proceeds benefit local organizations. Also, a Garden Walk Marketplace in Kerrytown with sales of plants and garden art.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., various locations. Tickets & maps $15 in advance by June 1 at and by June 9 at Downtown Home & Garden, Mast Shoes, and U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens; $20 on the day of the show.

 10 a.m.-noon 

Bag of Books Sale: Friends of the Saline District Library.

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

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Kingsley & 1st Rain Garden Workday.

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All invited to help with garden maintenance. Master gardeners are on hand to answer questions and discuss rain gardens in general. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes that can get dirty. Tools, gloves, and water provided.
10 a.m.-noon, Kingsley & 1st. Free. 222-6813.

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

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

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June 10 & 11. Leslie Science & Nature Center staff show live animals. Also, animal-oriented hands-on activities. This month's featured critters are turtles. 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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KinderRock (Saline) teacher Melissa Hudson leads infants through 5-year-olds (accompanied by an adult) in a dancing program.
10-10:40 a.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 

"Flow in Color"

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All invited to join an outdoor color yoga class, in which participants are sprinkled with colored powder. Preceded 10 a.m.-noon by 30-minute workshops on yoga postures and philosophies. Also, live music by Mara Chaben and others TBA and an AcroYoga Jam (a partner-centric practice in which participants teach each other tricks). Food vendors and sales of yoga stuff.
10 a.m.-3 p.m. (check-in begins at 9 a.m.), West Park. $60 (kids age 12 & under, $20; mat rental, $5) in advance at (248) 224-2575.

 10 & 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Free Fishing Weekend": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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June 10 & 11 (different locations). All invited to try fishing. Kids (accompanied by an adult) welcome. Poles, bait, & instruction provided. No fishing license necessary. Bring sunscreen and a water bottle.
10 & 11 a.m., Rolling Hills County Park (June 10), 7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti, and Independence Lake County Park (June 11), meet at the fishing dock near the Beach Center, 3200 Jennings, north off North Territorial, Dexter. Free; preregistration required at (registration #841001, section C for 10 a.m. & section D for 11 a.m.). $6 vehicle entry fee (or $30 annual pass) required. 971-6337. [map]

 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Yoga on the Lawn": Chelsea District Library/Chelsea Wellness Center.

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Every Sat., June 16-Aug. 18. All adults invited to joining yoga session; weather permitting. Bring your own yoga mat; arrive early to sign in.
10-11 a.m., CDL library lawn, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 10:30 a.m. 

BeSMART Training: Moms Demand Action Washtenaw County.

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BeSMART: A conversation about kids, guns, and safety
This training is for adults/parents about how to keep children safe from guns in their own homes and in friends' homes.
Every year, at least 100 children age 17 and under die in unintentional shootings, and over 400 die by suicide with a gun. Many of these deaths are entirely preventable with responsible gun storage. We know we can keep our kids safer by introducing these five easy steps to parenting and everyday life: Secure guns in homes and vehicles; Model responsible behavior; Ask about unsecured guns in other homes; Recognize the risks of teen suicide; Tell your peers to be SMART.
Sponsored by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a non-partisan grassroots movement to mobilize moms, families, and everyday Americans to advocate for stronger gun laws.
Part of Wear Orange, National Gun Violence Awareness Day (June 2), to honor all affected by gun violence.
Ann Arbor District Library, main branch, 343 S. Fifth. [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.-midnight 

11th Annual Ya'ssoo Greek Festival: St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.

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June 9-11. This popular lively festival features lots of Greek food from pastitsio to souvlaki and pastries, including loukoumathes (honey-dipped doughnut puffs), karithopita (walnut cakes), and other delicacies. Also, a kids corner (Fri. 5-10 p.m., Sat. noon-10 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m.), live Greek music by the local Greek party band Kefi and the Detroit band Enigma, performances by the St. Nicholas Dancers, and open dancing (Fri. 9 p.m.-midnight & Sat. 8 p.m.-midnight). Also, popular church tours, raffles with a grand prize trip to Greece, and a sale of Greek souvenirs, jewelry, ceramics, books, and more.
11 a.m.-midnight (Fri. & Sat.) & noon-6 p.m. (Sun.), St. Nicholas, 3109 Scio Church Rd. (park at nearby Knox Presbyterian Church on Wagner to get a shuttle to the festival). $3 (Sun., $2; free admission for kids age 12 & under and for anyone arriving before 4 p.m. on Fri. and before 1 p.m. on Sat.)., 332-8200. [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.-12:30 p.m. 

Homemade Fruit Leather: Robin Hills Farm.

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In this hands-on, family-geared workshop, professional cook and mom Emily van der Waard will teach students how to make homemade fruit leather with fresh-picked organic strawberries. Starting with a brief tour of Robin Hills Farm's organic veggie garden, participants will then harvest their own strawberries and learn how to prepare this healthy, all-natural snack.
Robin Hills Farm, 20390 M-52, Chelsea. $15, or $25 family ticket. 7348348496. [map]

 11 a.m. 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Superior Day: Superior Township.

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Community Picnic with Food, Games, Township Information, Conservation Information, Farm Animals, Face Painting, Free Books & More
Oakbrook Park, Berkshire Dr. (off Prospect south of Geddes Rd.), Ypsilanti. Free. (734) 480-5502.

 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Life: How Do We Find It?": U-M Museum of Natural History.

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Every Sat. & Sun.. Hands-on 20-minute demo about the aims and procedures of astrobiology. Participants recreate an experiment from the Mars Viking Lander's spacecraft expedition of 1976.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), U-M Exhibit Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]

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

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Various audiovisual planetarium shows.

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

Did An Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs? (Sat. 12:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show examining the theory that 66 million years ago a 6-mile-wide rock from space slammed into Earth, wiping out 75% of all living species, including the dinosaurs.

Eclipse (Sat. & Sun. 2:30 p.m.) looks at the history and the astronomy of total solar eclipses.

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

 12:45 p.m.  Free! 

Jackson Road Car Cruise: School of Rock Ann Arbor.

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School of Rock's own Summer Show Band will get the cruise started. Look for us under the big tent!
Bel-Mark Lanes, 3530 Jackson Rd. Ann Arbor, MI. 48103. Free. 734-686-3333. [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]

 1-5 p.m. 

Creature Encounters - Crested Porcupines!: The Creature Conservancy.

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The Creature Conservancy is featuring Bedhead and Lady Gaga, our Crested Porcupines, during the month of June! See them for a special presentation on our Stone Stage each Saturday and Sunday - at 2:00pm and again at 4:00pm.

Our other animal ambassadors are also on display! Indoors and/or outdoors, you can see many species of animal, including kangaroos, prairie dogs, alligators, turkey vultures, macaws, snapping turtles, muntjac, giant tortoises, arctic foxes, and many more. Bring a snack and take a break at our indoor or outdoor picnic areas.

The main building is accessed by parking in the lot immediately off Ann Arbor-Saline Rd and following the guided signs to the entrance. The Creature Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located at 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.

Cost: $6/child (ages 2-12), $8/adult (age 13+), free/children under 2; for a self-guided tour of the outdoor animals only: $2/person (ages 2+).

More details:
The Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $8 adult (13+), $6 child (2-12), free (under 2). [map]

 1 & 6:30 p.m. 

Encore Dance Studio.

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Encore Dance Studio, Inc. presents their annual dance performances, showcasing the talents of local students. Join us as these talented dancers demonstrate the strength and creativity of dance in their "20th Anniversary Showcase."
Thursday, June 8 | 6:30 pm
Friday, June 9 | 6:30 pm
Saturday, June 10 | 1:00 pm
Saturday, June 10 | 6:30 pm
Tecumseh Center for the Arts, 400 N. Maumee St., Tecumseh, MI 49286, Tecumseh. $11-$16. 517.423.6617. [map]

 1-5 p.m. 

Guided Tours: Waterloo Farm Museum.

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Costumed guides lead tours of the 10-room artifact-filled farmhouse and its outbuildings, including a recently refurbished blacksmith's workshop. The last tour begins at 4:15 p.m.
1-5 p.m., Waterloo Farm Museum, 13493 Waterloo-Munith Rd. (left off Clear Lake Rd. 5 miles north from I-94 exit 153), Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. $5 (kids ages 5-12, $2). (517) 596-2254.

 1 p.m.  Free! 

Monitor Base Ball Club of Chelsea.

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This 6-year-old club plays baseball using 1860s-era rules against similar teams from around the state.

May 20 (1 p.m.): Royal Oak.

June 10 (1 p.m.): Dexter Union.

July 29 (1 p.m.): Wyandotte Stars.

Aug. 26 (time TBA): Benton Harbor and South Haven. The Monitors' sister team, the Chelsea Merries all-women vintage baseball club, also plays games today against women's teams from Benton Harbor and South Haven.

Various times, Timbertown Park, Sibley Rd. (west off Main St. north of downtown), Chelsea. Free. 476-8905, 930-6130.

 1-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Building Blocks of Picture Book Art": Saline District Library.

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Exhibit of original artwork from children's book illustrations from the Findlay University (OH) Mazza Museum.
9 a.m.-9 p.m. (Mon.-Thurs.), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 1-5 p.m. (Sun.), SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]

 1-4 p.m. 

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

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June 9 & 10. Leslie Science & Nature Center staff show live animals. Also, animal-oriented hands-on activities. This month's featured critters are turtles. Note: Saturday's program includes a midday "Animal Naptime" break when the animals get tired of human interaction.
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]

 2-3:30 p.m. 

Spring Nature Programs: Waterloo Natural History Association.

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Mar. 5 (2-3 p.m.): "Bee Hotels and Bee-Friendly Flowersr." MSU entomologist Julia Brokaw discusses the world of bees and shows how to attract them to your yard with nest boxes and bee-friendly gardening.

Mar. 19 (2-3 p.m.): "Wildlife from Near and Far." Naturalist Endeavors (Columbiaville) owner Randy Baker shows a variety of animals and discusses their lifestyles and habitats.

Apr. 2 (2-3 p.m.): "Creatures of the Night." Howell Nature Center staff display several live nocturnal birds & mammals and discuss their habits and adaptations to the dark.

Apr. 8 (8-9:30 p.m.): "Night of the Amphibians." WNHA naturalist Tom Hodgson discusses and displays live frogs, toads, and salamanders and leads a night walk to a nearby spring pond to look and listen for them. Bring a flashlight, dress for the weather, and be prepared to get your feet wet.

Apr. 23 (2-3 p.m.): "Helping Nature in Your Own Back Yard." WNHA naturalist Gary Siegrist discusses how to choose native native alternatives to invasive plants, how and where to plant them, and where to buy them in order to make your birds, butterflies, native pollinators, and other wildlife.

Apr. 30 (2-3 p.m.): "Strange Creatures of the Spring Pond." WNHA naturalist Tom Hodgson leads a hike to a nearby spring pond to look for and learn about some of the to many fascinating and little-known creatures--from delicate damselflies to ferocious diving beetles-it harbors. Participants also learn how to find these creatures yourself and to "Pour-a-Pond" of their own.

May 7 (2-3 p.m.): "A World of Animals" World Wide Zoo (Jackson) owner Brendan Finerty presents a hands-on introduction to some live animals from around the globe.

May 21 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Edible, Medicinal, or Poisonous?" Nature Learning Community Founder Rowena Conahan leads a hike to look for and learn how to recognize useful and edible plants.

June 3 (1 & 3 p.m.): "Turtlemania." WNHA naturalist Paul McCormack displays and discusses some live turtles, both large and small and land-dwelling and water-loving.

June 10 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Rockhound Basics." Geologist Larry Bean leads rockhounds to a closed gravel pit to learn about rocks and minerals you can find there and what they reveal about ancient Michigan.

Various times, Eddy Discovery Center lower parking lot (except as noted), Bush Rd. (west off Pierce Rd. from I-94 exit 157), Chelsea. $2 (families, $5) except as noted. Space limited; preregistration required. $11 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Funky Monster Art": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades K-5 invited to use mixed media to make a monster mini sculpture and make up a story to go with it.
2-3 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School &. [map]

 2 p.m. 

"Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse": EMU Theatre Department.

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June 2-4 & 9-11. EMU drama professor Pam Cardell Cato directs EMU drama students in Kevin Kling's comedy adapted from Kevin Henkes' children's book about a high-spirited young mouse and self-proclaimed queen who likes everything--except her baby brother-who learns a lesson of patience, sharing, and forgiveness when her fabulous purple purse taken away. For audiences age 5 & up.
7 p.m. (Fri.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), EMU Sponberg Theatre, Ford St. (off Lowell at Jarvis), Ypsilanti. Tickets $15 (seniors age 60 & older, $12; youth age 12 & under, $7) in advance at the Convocation Center, the Student Center ticket office, the Quirk box office, and; and at the door. 487-1221.

 2:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to practice their juggling skills. Beginners welcome. Attendees asked to call ahead if there's inclement weather. The club hosts a Juggling Arts Festival on May 13 (see listing).
2:30-5 p.m., U-M Diag. Free.,, 761-1115.

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: Chelsea Chess Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to join club members for blitz (5-minute) and untimed games. Some sets and clocks available; bring your own if possible.
3-5 p.m., Wendy's, 1640 Commerce Park, Chelsea. The meetings are held in the Pierce Park picnic shelter during the summer, usually from late May until after Labor Day. Free. 475-1583. [map]

 3 & 8 p.m. 

"Camelot": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., June 8-July 2. This professional theater company performs Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's 1960 Broadway musical based on the King Arthur legend, with particular emphasis on his courtship with and marriage to Guenevere and her love affair with his chief knight, Lancelot. The show has inspired everyone from John F. Kennedy to Lin-Manuel Miranda (creator of Hamilton), who says the song "Guenevere" first attracted him to musicals. The score also includes "C'est Moi," "What Do the Simple Folk Do?," and the beloved "If Ever I Would Leave You."
7 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $26 (seniors, $24; youth & groups of 10 or more, $22) on Thurs.; $32 (seniors, $30; youth & groups of 10 or more, $28) on Fri. & Sat. eve. $28 (seniors, $26; youth & groups of 10 or more, $24) for all matinees in advance at and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]

 3 p.m. 

"True Stories of 4 in 1": Dreamland Theater.

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June 10, 11, 17, & 18. Naia Venturi directs the popular Dreamland Puppet Troupe in 4 short puppet plays, using marionettes, shadow and hand puppets and video projection, to depict the stories of 4 members of Full Circle Community Center, the downtown Ypsilanti drop-in center for people living with mental illness. Note: These shows are also presented for free at 3 p.m. on June 3 & 4 at Full Circle, 750 Towner, Ypsilanti.
3 p.m., Dreamland Theater, 26 N. Washington St., Ypsilanti. $7 at the door only. 657-2337. [map]

 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

Adult Crafters Guild Woven Map Notebook: Ypsilanti District Library.

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Create a cover for a notebook by weaving strips of road maps and personalize it for your style. Registration is required. Space is limited.
YDL-Whittaker, 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-482-4110 ext1377. [map]

 4-7 p.m. 

"Icebreakers ^2": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sat. All invited to play low-key parlor games.
4-7 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 4:15, 7:15, & 9:45 p.m. 

"My Cousin Rachel": Michigan Theater.

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(Roger Michell, 2017). Period drama about a young Englishman who plots revenge against his mysterious cousin, but then starts to fall for her. Rachel Weisz.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4:30, 7:30, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Churchill": Michigan Theater.

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(Jonathan Teplitzky, 2017). Thrilling biopic about Winston Churchill in the days leading up to D-Day.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [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: immensely popular self-styled "disco bebop" jam band The Macpodz (8:30 p.m.) and Magic Giant (10:30 p.m.), a Los Angeles Americana pop band that plays infectious sing-alongs and tunes that blend folk instruments with big drums and dance rhythms. Also, nationally known guitar virtuoso Rollie Tussing (5 p.m.), San Diego-based singer-songwriter (and former Ann Arborite) Abigail Stauffer (6 p.m.), and a Grand Rapids honky-tonk and rockabilly trio led by singer and double bassist Delilah DeWylde (7 p.m.).
5 p.m.-midnight, Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free, but donations accepted., 994-5999. [map]

 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]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Shakespeare in the Park - As You Like It: Pinckney Players.

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"Pinckney Players proudly presents As You Like It, part of its Shakespeare in the Park series
A hilarious romantic comedy with a 50's twist
This is a free event at Pinckney Town Square Park
As You Like It turns the traditional rules of romance on their heads. Gender roles, nature, and politics are confused in a play that reflects on how bewildering yet utterly pleasurable life can be.
Rosalind, the daughter of a banished duke, falls in love with Orlando at a wrestling match. Her usurping uncle, jealous of her popularity, banishes her from court. Disguised as a boy, she leaves with her cousin Celia and the jester Touchstone to seek out her father in the Forest of Arden. Here she meets Orlando again and, under the guise of a young man, counsels him in the art of love and wooing.
A firm favorite among Shakespeare's comedies it includes some of his best loved characters. Come to the gazebo on a beautiful June day, bring chairs or a blanket, and maybe even have a picnic!
Pinckney Town Square Park, E Main St, Pinckney, MI 48169, Pinckney. Free. 734-878-1368.

 6:30 p.m. 

"The Tempest": U-M Residential College/Nichols Arboretum.

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Every Thurs-Sun., June 8-25. U-M Residential College drama lecturer Kate Mendeloff directs students and local actors an alfresco production of Shakespeare's culminating work, a visionary romance set on a magical island ruled by the enigmatic but benevolent sorcerer Prospero and his beautiful daughter Miranda. Prospero is in fact the exiled duke of Milan, who conjures a storm that shipwrecks his old enemies upon his island. He takes the opportunity to teach them a lesson before bestowing forgiveness, abandoning his magical powers, and preparing to return to the world. The Tempest is filled with verse and song (including the famous "Full fathom five") and contains some of Shakespeare's most gorgeously haunting poetry. The RC's annual Shakespeare in the Arb productions have become a hugely popular local summer tradition. Director Mendeloff takes special care to make the shifting Arb environments an active force in the performance. Bring a blanket or portable chair to sit on; dress for the weather.
6:30 p.m., meet at the Peony Garden entrance at 1610 Washington Heights. $20 (Friends of Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum, $15; students, $15; seniors age 62 & over, $17; youth under age 18, $10; kids under 5, free) at the gate only. Tickets go on sale at 5:30 p.m. Space limited; come early. 998-9540.

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"In a Fractured, Divisive World, The Poets of All the Nations Guide the Way Toward Peace": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room Book Discussion.

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Veteran poet Frederick Glaysher, a U-M grad who was tutored by Robert Hayden, reads from and discusses his The Parliament of Poets, an epic poem set partially on he moon, at the Apollo 11 landing site, the Sea of Tranquility, where Apollo, the Geek god of poetry summons the poets of all nations, ancient and modern, to fashion a new vision of universal life.
7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]

 7 & 9:15 p.m. 

"The Wedding Plan": Michigan Theater.

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(Rama Burshtein, 2016). When her fiancé bows out on the eve of her wedding, an Orthodox Jew refuses to cancel the event and instead relies on God to supply her with a husband. Hebrew, subtitles.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]

 7:30-10:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Full Moon Campfire": Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy.

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All invited to enjoy a family-oriented campfire in one of the largest conservancy-owned nature preserves in southeast Michigan. Bring campfire refreshments and lawn chairs; locally cut firewood appreciated. No pets. Gates open at 5 p.m.
Various evening times, LeFurge Woods, 2252 N. Prospect Rd. ( 1/2 mile north of Geddes), Superior Twp. Free; donations accepted. 484-6565. [map]

 7:30-10:30 p.m. 

2nd Saturday Contra Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Drake Meadow calls to live music by the Stout Hearted String Band. Beginners welcome; all dances taught. Wear loose fitting clothing and flat non-slip shoes (running shoes OK). Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lesson for beginners.
7:30-10:30 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). $11 (members, $10; age 29 & under, $5)., 945-1343. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Chamber Music Concert: Chelsea Chamber Players.

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Local musicians, Nathan Peters (violin), Ian Cumming (violin and viola), Sara Cumming (cello) and Renée Robbins (piano), members of the Chelsea Chambers Players, will perform a concert of classical and contemporary chamber works to raise money for refugees in Washtenaw County. All proceeds will benefit Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County. Donations will be accepted at the door. Saturday, June 10, 7:30 pm, First United Methodist Churchy of Chelsea., 128 Park St., Chelsea
First United Methodist Church of Chelsea, 128 Park St., Chelsea. Donation. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Sold out: Cowboy Junkies: The Ark.

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Sold out.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Sold out. [map]

 8-10 p.m. 

David Mosher: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth Cafe 704 Coffeehouse.

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Veteran local singer-songwriter and multi-instrumental string virtuoso who plays bluegrass, jazz, folk-rock, and original tunes.
8-10 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $8 ($15 for 2). 327-0270. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Duo Mosaic: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This local duo of violinist Henrik Karapetyan and cellist Martin Torch-Ishii is joined by local vocalist, guitarist, and percussionist San Slomovits-best known as half of the popular local folk duo Gemini-and his daughter, violinist, guitarist, and vocalist Emily Slomovits. The duo's richly varied repertoire of traditional dance music ranges from tangos, waltzes, and jigs to klezmer, Gypsy, and American folk music.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $10-$25 (students, $5). Reservations recommended., 769-2999. [map]

 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

John Heffron: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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June 9 & 10. A South Lyon native and EMU grad who now lives in L.A., Heffron specializes in observations about the indignities and absurdities of life from the point of view of children and parents. A frequent guest on network and cable TV shows, Heffron won the 2nd season of NBC's Last Comic Standing. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $25 reserved seating in advance & general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Olivia Millerschin: Acoustic Routes.

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Trio led by this young ethereal-voiced Detroit pop-folk singer-songwriter whose music is known for its blend of clever lyrics with haunting melodies. She has released 2 CDs, including the recent Look Both Ways.
8 p.m., Stony Lake Brewing, 447 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. $15 at the door only. 316-7919. [map]

 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. & Sat. Comedic improv by experienced local performers. The 10 p.m. Friday show, "A Pointless Display of Improvised Feats," is devoted to long-form improv.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Tickets $12 (8 p.m.) & $10 (10 p.m.)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"The Legend of Georgia McBride": Theatre Nova.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., June 9-July 9. Brandy Joe Plambeck directs Matthew Lopez's comedy about a down-on-his-luck Elvis impersonator with a pregnant wife who stumbles into a wildly successful new career as a drag queen. Stars Nick Yocum, Vince Kelley, Richard Payton, Meredith Deighton, and Joe Bailey.
8 p.m. (Thurs.- Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) are $20 or pay what you can afford, in advance at and at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Blind Pig: "Let's Go Crazy: Prince's Birthday Party."

DJ dance party with DJ Psycho, Scotty, and Dante LaSalle. [venue info]

Bona Sera: "Ypsi Prom."

Dance party featuring several Ypsilanti performers, including the Ypsilanti fuzz-toned powerpop trio Minihorse, pop-folk singer-songwriter Anne Palmer, hip-hop MC Drew Denton, and DJs Qween Louie, Amber Fellowes, and Autumn. Proceeds benefit SOS Community Services. 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. [venue info]

Club Above: Drew Denton

Local hip-hop MC. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: John Churchville

Local tabla player, accompanied by several musician friends, who plays Indian classical, light classical, fusion, and folk music. [venue info]

Earle: Rick Burgess Trio

Jazz ensemble, named after the late jazz pianist and Earle cofounder Burgess, featuring pianist Gil Scott Chapman, bassist Russell Tessier, and drummer Robert Warren. [venue info]

Guy Hollerin's: The Terraplanes The Terraplanes

Local band led by singer-guitarist Jerry Mack that plays a mix of houserocking blues, uptown swing, soulful R&B, and roots rock. [venue info]

Mash: Matt Boylan

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

Mash: The Chris Canas Band

Detroit blues band fronted by blues vocalist and virtuoso guitarist Canas. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Rick Roe Trio Rick Roe

Local jazz trio led by Roe, a pianist whose repertoire includes Disney songs, Star Wars themes, TV themes, classical pieces, and Thelonious Monk classics, along with wildly inventive originals. With bassist Paul Keller and drummer Rob Avsharian. No cover. 7-10 p.m. [venue info]


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