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Calendar of Events

Sunday, September 24, 2017

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 8 a.m.  Free! 

Food Allergy Heroes Walk 2017: FARE (Food Allergy Research Education).

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Ann Arbor, Mi September 24, 2017-FARE's Food Allergy Heroes Walk
Ann Arbor's Food Allergy Heroes Walk is a community and family-friendly event with a determined and passionate group of participants. At the Walk, hundreds of people will come together in a welcoming environment, unite behind their commitment to FARE's mission, and raise funds. All Walk proceeds support FARE programs that improve food allergy outcomes through research, education, advocacy and awareness.
University of Michigan Diag, U of M diag. Free. 1-800-929-4040.

 9 a.m. 

"Hathaway House Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Moderate-paced 60-mile ride to Blissfield for brunch at the historic Hathaway House restaurant.
9 a.m., municipal parking lot, Ann Arbor Rd (just south of Michigan Ave.), Saline. Free. 476-4944.

 10 a.m. 

A2QUA Sunday Morning Swim: Ann Arbor Queer Aquatics.

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A2QUA, Ann Arbor Queer Aquatics, is MI's first gay & lesbian swim team. For over 20 years, we've been swimming in MI and providing a safe, friendly place for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, & questioning swimmers (and their friends!) to meet, socialize, & exercise.
The team is made up of gay, lesbian, & straight competitive and recreational swimmers at all levels, from state champions to dog paddlers, from their 20s to their 70s. We welcome gays, lesbians, bisexuals, & their friends of all ages & abilities. Our team includes all levels of swimmers, from beginning fitness swimmers to very competitive. Swimmers from all over Michigan, not just Ann Arbor, swim with us.
Our practices are organized so that everyone can find a comfortable or challenging place to
swim. If you can swim a single length without calling 911, there's a place for you in practice.
Our practices are written to accommodate all levels of swimmers - very fast to just beginning.
1st Swim Free, $8 t
Winter - Mack Indoor Pool, Summer - Fuller Pool, 715 Brooks St. or 1519 Fuller Rd. Donation. $8. 7346579960. or [map]

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Play Days at Elements Preschool: Elements Preschool for Natural Learning.

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Grab your boots and come play at Elements! Check out the monarch butterflies in our wildflower prairie, play in our natural play ground, and explore our cozy preschool.
Elements Preschool for Natural Learning, 5141 Platt Rd. Free. 734-369-3357. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

Tractor Pull: Michigan Tractor Pullers Association.

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Sept. 1, 2, & 24. A day of old-time tractor-pullin' fun, with farm stock, classic, and antique classes, as well as 4WD pick-ups. The vehicles pull against a weight transfer machine that makes the weight heavier as the pull progresses. Particularly exciting is the rowdy farm stock class (Sept. 1 & 24 only), which has no speed limit out of the gate. "We go as fast as our horsepower allows," says an organizer. Concessions.
7 p.m. (Sept. 1), 9 a.m. (Sept. 2), & 10 a.m. (Sept. 24), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free admission. 429-3145. [map]

 10:30 a.m.-noon & 2-4 p.m. 

Interconnected: Weekend seminar with Lama Tsultrim Gyaltsen: Ann Arbor KTC Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center.

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Lama Tsultrim will base his seminar on the book "Interconnected" by the Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje. The book is not strictly about Buddhism, but incorporates Buddhist principles to explore how we can go beyond a mere intellectual understanding of our connections to one another and to the earth. By first seeing, then feeling, and finally living these connections, we can become more effective agents of social change. The seminar will include talks and meditation exercises to enhance our experience of these connections through deeper emotional awareness.
Lama Tsultrim Gyaltsen has been a student of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoch since 1984, and has completed four (4) three-year meditation retreats. He is now a retreat master at Karme Ling Retreat Center in Delhi, NY.
Ann Arbor KTC Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center, 614 Miner St. Donation. $40/day suggested. 734-678-7549. [map]

 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Worship Service: Episcopal Church of the Incarnation.

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The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation is an open and inclusive community within the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan. We're rooted in the Anglican tradition, nourished by contemplative practice, and committed to service and advocacy.
Come as you are. Whoever you are. Wherever you are on your journey. We don't have a dress code. And we don't have any expectations or requirements about what you need to believe in order to be welcome here.
Our church community is a diverse one - in age, race, and family structure. We welcome non-traditional families, including single parent, adoptive, multi-racial, and families headed by same-sex couples.
Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, 3257 Lohr Rd. Free. 734-769-7900. [map]

 11 a.m.-8 p.m. 

Blast Corn Maze.

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Every Fri.-Sun., Sept. 23-Nov. 4. A large corn maze with 3.5 miles of trails and 3 exits to allow for routes of various lengths. Also, a U-Pick Pumpkin Patch, duck races, pedal cars, a kids play area with a mountain of straw and a corn box, and more. Hayrides ($3) available. Flashlights required at dusk (bring your own, or purchase one at the maze).
5-10 p.m. (Fri.), 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sat.), & 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sun.), 6175 Daly Rd. (half mile west of Zeeb), Dexter. $8 (kids ages 5-12, $5; age 4 & under, free). [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. 

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]

 11 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

Open House: Washtenaw Community College.

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Washtenaw Community College's fall Open House combines two popular on-campus events - Free College Day and Cars & Bikes on Campus - and includes additional free events that give the community an opportunity to experience the college.
Free College Day is a popular biannual event that offers a variety of free classes led by WCC faculty and staff during three sessions. A full schedule of classes and registration information can be found at
Cars & Bikes on Campus features cool cars, amazing motorcycles and revved up competitions. The WCC Advanced Transportation division also opens the doors to its labs and classrooms, where you can check out a motorcycle dyno shootout, welding competitions, plasma cutting demonstrations, and more. For more information, visit
Additional Open House activities include: Party in the Park (cider and donuts, carnival treats, photo booth, face painting and activities), campus tours and more lab open house event
Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River Drive. Free. 734-973-3300. [map]

 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Sunday Artisan Market.

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Every Sun., except Sept. 10. Juried market that features local handmade arts and crafts, usually with a different theme each week.

Sept. 3: Janice Novachcoff demonstrates painting on quilted fabric (noon-3 p.m.).

Sept. 17: a birdhouse demonstration (noon-3 p.m.) and American Red Cross information on CPR and how to make emergency kits.

Sept. 24: a cut-glass mosaic demonstration (noon-3 p.m.) and first-aid info from the Red Cross (see above).

11 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers Market, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913-9622. [map]

 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

"14th Annual Cars & Bikes on Campus": WCC.

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Display of hundreds of classic cars, trucks, hot rods, and custom motorcycles. Also, motorcycle competitions, kids activities, live music, and open houses in WCC's automotive, motorcycle, welding, and HVAC departments. Food and beverages available. No dogs.
11 a.m.-3 p.m., WCC north lot, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free to spectators. Register at to show a car. 973-3550. [map]

 11 a.m.-2 p.m.  Free! 

"32nd Annual Fiesta de España: Paella Throwdown": Zingerman's Deli.

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Sept. 17 & 24 and Oct. 1. Zingerman's Deli chef Rodger Bowser demonstrates how to prepare 3 versions of this popular Valencian dish: chicken/chorizo, seafood, and vegetarian. Also, a dessert table with torta de Santiago (Galecian almond cake), chocolate miguelitos (cream-filled pastry), and tiger nut horchata.
Zingerman's patio, 422 Detroit St. Free. 663-3400. [map]

 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

H.A.C. Ultimate.

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Every Sun. All invited to a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Note: Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
11:15 a.m., Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot. Free., 846-9418.

 Noon-5 p.m.  Free! 

"In Transit": Ann Arbor Art Center/Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority.

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Through Sept. 30. 70 works by current WCC students and alums. In conjunction with a mobile exhibit of artwork by WCC students on the interiors of TheRide's 100 buses and the exterior of 4 buses.
Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W. Liberty. Free. 994-8004. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

3rd Annual Ypsilanti Fall River Day: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Hikes, kids crafts and fishing, and a "Raptors of the River" program. Kayak rentals available.
Noon-3 p.m., Riverside Park, Ypsilanti. Free. 971-6337.

 Noon-4 p.m. 

"ScienceFest: Mixin' a Mess": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Sept. 23 & 24. Hands-on activities with slime, oobleck, goop, and dough.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-4 p.m. (Sun.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]

 Noon-3 p.m. 

"Trap Shoot": Tri-County Sportsmen's League.

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All invited to shoot at launched targets. Bring your own gun and ammunition.
Noon-3 p.m., TCSL, 8640 Moon (between E. Michigan Ave. & Willis Rd.), Saline. $4.50 (members, $4) for a 25-target round. 429-9561. [map]

 12:55 p.m. 

"Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind": Ann Arbor 20 + IMAX.

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(Hayao Miyazaki, 1984). Dubbed (Sept. 24) and subtitled (Sept. 25) screenings of this classic anime about a young princess trying to save her country from war and environmental devastation.
12:55 p.m. (Sept. 24) & 7 p.m. (Sept. 25), 4100 Carpenter. Cost TBA. 973-8424. [map]

 1 p.m. 

"The Rebel in the Rye": Michigan Theater.

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(Danny Strong, 2017). Biopic of reclusive J.D. Salinger, author of The Catcher in the Rye.
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]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

Hypertufa Trough Demo: North American Rock Garden Society.

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Club members demonstrate how to use this lightweight variation of concrete to make organic-looking pots for growing rock garden plants or succulents. Display of finished examples.
1 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Sharon Mills Tours: Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission.

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All invited to tour this park on the River Raisin that features an operational hydroelectric generator, a beautiful multicolored stone house, a wooden mill, and a former winery, plus spots for fishing, canoeing, and picnicking. The tour focuses on Henry Ford's influence.
1-4 p.m., Sharon Mills Park, 5701 Sharon Hollow Rd. (between Pleasant Lake & Sharon Valley rds.), Manchester. Free. 971-6337. [map]

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Together We Are Stronger: Elizabeth Otto & American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

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This first of its kind event will be in a fun environment with lots of activities to get-up, move, laugh, make memories and gather strategies for a healthier lifestyle.
This events goal is to have every attendee leave with at least one concrete option of what they can do in a weak moment where stress, anxiety, being "down" is large and hope seems small.
The event will have the following on the main stage: motivational speaker, a video showcasing how vast mental illness is but how it connects each of us.
There will be centers where attendees learn coping strategies for stress, anxiety, "feeling down," which include meditation, exercise drumming, positive-self body art station, creative writing station, art(coloring station), "giving back" station where attendees write letters of support to the individuals at the psychiatric hospital.
There will be live music, photo-booths, grief support stations, counselors, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and more.
Pioneer High School, 601 W. Stadium Blvd. Free. 734.239-2776. [map]

 1 p.m. 

U-M Men's Soccer.

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Aug. 19: Wisconsin-Green Bay. Exhibition. 2 p.m.

Aug. 25: William & Mary. 7 p.m.

Aug. 28: Valparaiso. 7 p.m.

Sept. 1: Cleveland State. 7 p.m.

Sept. 4: Dartmouth. 1 p.m.

Sept. 8: Wisconsin. 7 p.m.

Sept. 17: MSU. 3 p.m.

Sept. 24: Northwestern. 1 p.m.

Sept. 27: Oakland. 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 6: Rutgers. 7 p.m.

Oct. 14: Nebraska-Omaha. 4 p.m.

Oct. 25: Detroit. 7:30 p.m.

Various times, U-M Soccer Field, 2250 S. State. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 each). 764-0247. [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]

 1-1:40 p.m.  Free! 

"Dancing Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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First Steps Washtenaw instructor Monica Higman leads infants through 5-year-olds (accompanied by an adult) in a program of music and movement.
1-1:40 p.m., AADL Westgate Branch West Side Room, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Drawing for Youth": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Ann Arbor Art Center artists host a different directed drawing activity each week for kids in grades 1-5.

1-2 p.m., 4th-floor meeting room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Engaging with Art": UMMA.

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Sept. 10, 17, & 24. Docent-led tour of the UMMA collection, with themes based on the docent's interests.
1-2 p.m., UMMA, meet at the Museum Store, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

 1:15 p.m. 

"Menashe": Michigan Theater.

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(Joshua Z. Weinstein, 2017). Within Brooklyn's ultra-orthodox Jewish community, a widower battles for custody of his son. Yiddish, 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]

 1:30, 3:30, & 5:30 p.m. 

"Art House Theater Day": Michigan Theater.

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1:30 p.m.: "Fantastic Mr. Fox": Wes Anderson's 2009 stop-motion animated family film based on Roald Dahl's classic tale about the clever Mr. Fox who outwits lumpish chicken farmers Boggis, Bunce, and Bean. Free for kids 12 & under.

3:30 p.m.: "Martha & Niki": (Tora Mkandawire Mårtens, 2015). Documentary about 2 Swedish friends--Martha Nabwire and Niki Tsappos--who were the first-ever female hip-hop dance duo to win the most important international street-dance competition, Paris's Juste Debout. Cracks appear in the friendship after they begin losing competitions.

5:30 p.m.: "Lucky": (John Carroll Lynch, 2017). A 90-year-old atheist has outlived and out-smoked his contemporaries, and as he comes to terms with his own mortality, he searches for ever-elusive enlightenment. Starring Harry Dean Stanton in his final film role.

5:45 & 8 p.m.: Double Feature: "The Zodiac Killer"(Tom Hanson, 1971). The San Francisco area is beset by a series of seemingly random murders without motive or pattern. The police are taunted by phone calls and letters. "The Dragon Lives Again" (Kei Law, 1977). Martial arts fantasy comedy in which the soul of Bruce Lee (played by Bruce Leung Siu-lung) goes to the Underworld. The deceased Lee meets a number of pop-culture icons.

8:15 p.m.:"The Re-Animator" (Stuart Gordon, 1985). The cult classic schlock-horror tale (based on an H.P. Lovecraft story) of a medical student run amok.
Various times, Michigan Theater. Most 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). Double feature tickets: $14 (MTF members, $11)., 668-TIME. [map]

 1:30 p.m. 

Google Earth and Genealogy": Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County.

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Talk by Doug Willett, president of LunaTech 3D, a Livonia-based firm that's affiliated with both the Google Certified Geo 3D Developer and Google Trusted Photographer programs. Followed by a presentation by Michigan Genealogical Council president Katherine Willson on "Exploring and Evaluating a Website: The Family History Guide."
1:30 p.m., St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center auditorium, 5305 Elliott Dr. (off E. Huron River Dr. at Clark Rd.). Use parking lot P and look for the club's signs. Free. 483-2799. [map]

 1:30-4 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.

 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]

 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild.

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All invited to listen to guild members swap stories or bring their own to tell.
2-4 p.m., Ann Arbor District Library Freespace (3rd floor), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 971-5763. [map]

 2-3:30 p.m. 

Fall Programs: Waterloo Natural History Association.

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Sept. 17: "Habitats of the World." Binder Park Zoomobile displays live animals from deserts, rainforests, grasslands, and mountains to show how animals adapt to survive in diverse environments. 2-3 p.m.

Sept. 24: "Fall Mushroom Search." Mushroom expert Phil Tedeschi leads a search for mushrooms and helps participants identify what they have collected. Bring waxed paper and a basket or paper bag. 2-3:30 p.m.

Oct. 1: "Seven Outdoor Skills Everyone Should Know!" Naturalists Meg Gower and Ryan Dibble show adults and kids age 10 & up how to make a shelter and a bed, build a fire, find water, signal, and more. 2-3:30 p.m.

Oct. 15: "Make Your Own Bird or Bat House." Naturalist Jeff Porter helps participants build houses using pre-cut wood. Participants have the choice of 3 house templates and must choose one when registering. Houses include wren ($10), bluebird ($12), or bat ($16). 1-4 p.m.

Oct. 22: "Alligators and Their Kin." Representatives from the Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary (Athens, MI) give a hands-on presentation on the characteristics, abilities, and habitats of various reptiles and amphibians. 1 & 3:30 p.m.

Oct. 29: "Sandhill Crane Tour." Local sandhill crane expert Bill Wells leads an auto tour that goes from the fields of Portage Lake campground, where many cranes spend the day, to the marshes of the Audubon Society's Haehnle Sanctuary, where hundreds of cranes return to roost at dusk. Expect to see large flocks of these magnificent birds at close range. Bring binoculars and cameras. 2 p.m.

Maps for self-guided tours and on-request showings of The Sandhill Crane Story available at the Discovery Center beginning Oct. 8.
Various times, Eddy Discovery Center lower parking lot, Bush Rd. (west off Pierce Rd. from I-94 exit 157), Chelsea. $2 (families, $5). Space limited; preregistration required. $11 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Crafternoon": Saline District Library.

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Salt Valley Arts (Saline) instructors lead craft activities for adults.
2-4 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Modern Geometric Mobile": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to make a mobile for their home or office. Materials provided.
2-3 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Victors for Art: Michigan's Alumni Collectors-Part II: Abstraction": UMMA.

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Docent-led tour of the current exhibit commemorating the U-M's bicentennial that includes abstract works by Picasso, Alberto Giacometti, Louise Nevelson, Lorna Simpson, and others.
2-3 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

 3 p.m.  Free! 

"HealthTalk: Be Healthier Tomorrow!": FitPoint.

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Come join Registered Dietician, Nick Pomante, to discover simple and easy strategies you can employ to be healthier TOMORROW!
Sunday, September 24th, 2017, 3:00-4:30 PM
FREE! and open to the public
Nick will present "the five best strategies to improve your diet, tomorrow" including:
- Whole foods
- Making the best grocery list
- Mindful eating
- Sleep health
- Setting Goals
#1 Combine 1 personal training session
+1 nutrition consultation with Nick.
Promotional price to attendants: $120
#2 Get 20% off membership (either new or existing client for next month). Valid only on event day.
*** PLUS great raffle prizes! ***
FitPoint, 250 W. Eisenhower Pkwy, Suite 130 Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. 734.531.9958. [map]

 3 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Camerata: First United Methodist Church.

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New conductor Jotaro Nakano, a U-M conducting grad student, directs this local chamber orchestra in Mozart's Prague Symphony, 3 dances from Smetana's The Bartered Bride, and Dvořák's Symphony no. 7.
3 p.m., FUMC, 120 S. State. Donation. 662-4536. [map]

 3 p.m. 

The Rasa Dance Festival: Akshara.

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Sept. 23 & 24 (different programs). Two days of Indian classical and contemporary dance performances by area dancers and companies from Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia. In conjunction with the Rasa Festival (see 1 Friday for full list of events). Today: Spilling Ink (Washington, D.C.) codirectors Vijay Palaparty and Nalini Prakash perform Vishala: Expanse in the Bharatanatyam style, which is noted for a fixed upper torso, bent legs, spectacular footwork, and a sign language based on hand gestures and facial expressions. Local classical Indian dancer Sreyashi Dey leads Akshara in PanchaChitra, her contemporary reinterpretation of Tagore's classic dance drama about a warrior princess who struggles with concepts of beauty, acceptance, self-esteem, dignity, and a quest for truth. Sattriya Dance Company (Philadelphia) codirectors Madhusmita Bora and Prerona Bhuyan perform Dancing the Divine in the Sattriya style, which is traditionally performed by celibate monks and was inaccessible to women for centuries.
3-5 p.m., Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $25 (students & seniors, $15; 2-day pass, $40) in advance at 223-5615. [map]

 3-6 p.m. 

"A Musical Taste of Dexter" Dexter Community Orchestra Fundraiser.

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Performances by DCO chamber ensembles, including a Baroque chamber ensemble, a piano trio, a string trio, a brass quintet, a string quartet, an Alp hornist, and more. Also, a variety of food dishes catered by Simply Scrumptious. Silent auction of donated goods and services, including spice baskets, quilted table runners, tickets to the Purple Rose Theater or a NASCAR race at Michigan Speedway, and a 3-month membership to Dexter Wellness Center.
3-6 p.m., Dexter Knights of Columbus Hall, 8265 Dexter-Chelsea Rd., Dexter. Admission: $30 in advance at Busch's on Dexter-Ann Arbor Rd., Fresh Food Market in Dexter, & at; Kids 10 & under admitted free. 248-310-9241. [map]

 3-5 p.m. 

"Drawing for Adults": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Ann Arbor Art Center artists host a directed drawing activity for adults, exploring different tasks, techniques, and mediums each week.
3-5 p.m., AADL 4th floor meeting room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. 327-8301. [map]

 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]

 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Sunday Afternoon Poetry with Jill Darling, Stephanie Helt, and Petra Kuppers": Nicola's Books.

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Readings by these 3 Ypsilanti poets. Darling's 2016 collection, a geography of syntax, explores landscape and contemporary culture with both energetic wordplay and reflective, meditative language. Helt's 2017 collection, The Color She Gave Gravity, traces the longing for connection between women. Kuppers' 2016 collection, PearlStitch, is about disability culture, the history of feminist poetics, love and transformation, and the collaborative practices of mourning, celebration, and engagement. Signing.
3 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]

 4-7 p.m. 

Beer & Board Games: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sun. All invited to play board games. Some games provided (or you can bring your own, if you wish).
4-7 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Scholarship Showcase": U-M School of Music.

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Music, theater, and dance performances by U-M scholarship recipients.
4 p.m., Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Free, but tickets required in advance at or by phone. 764-2538. [map]

 5-7:30 p.m. 

"Reiki Share with Bruce Fagan and Amy Feger": Ann Arbor Reiki Share Meetup & Crystal Bowls Meditation.

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From 5pm to 6:30pm in the Yoga room we are offering a Reiki share that is love offering based. Experienced and non-experienced are welcome. We are open to the many methods used to work with others energy. It is the good intentions and varied array of experiences that we can share with each other at this time to help each other grow. If you have no experience prepare to experience and those with experience we welcome to learn from you.
* Bruce Fagan has been doing energy work for over twenty years, with Nine Reiki Master attunments and the calling of being a Shaman teacher. From Holly MI
* Amy Feger is a Reiki Master, LMT and shaman student of life and works out of Ann Arbor offering Reiki and Massage Therapy.
In the Yoga Room, 1945 pauline Blvd. suite D, Ann Arbor MI. Donation. (313)854-8846. [map]

 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Morris.

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Every Sun. All invited to try this boisterous, jingly English ceremonial dance thought to be descended from the 15th-century Spanish moresca. Wear athletic shoes. Note: fall indoor location begins Sept. 3.
6-8 p.m., Gretchen's House, 1580 Dhu Varren. Free. Email to confirm. 717-1569. [map]

 6 p.m. 

National Alliance on Mental Illness Fundraiser: Chinese American Society of Ann Arbor.

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Chinese buffet dinner, Chinese cultural performances, and a talk by National Alliance on Mental Illness representatives.
6 p.m., Asia City Restaurant, 2905 Washtenaw. $30 (kids age 9 & under, $15). Reservations required. 332-0390, 214-5328, 883-5595. [map]

 6 p.m. 

Restorative Yin Yoga: Better Living Fitness Center.

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Restorative, and stress relieving to improve your flexibility and help you sleep better. $20 walk in; included with some Better Living Fitness Center memberships.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. $20. (734) 442-2419. [map]

 6 p.m. 

"Angels in America": University Musical Society.

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Sept. 24 & Oct. 1. Taped broadcast of the National Theatre (London) production of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1991 2-play series that can fairly be said to have redefined modern American theater. Subtitled "A Gay Fantasia on National Themes," Angels in America is an ambitious, sprawling, fantastic spectacle examining Reagan-era politics, religion, the AIDS plague, and the timeless questions of love, courage, and death. The drama centers around one HIV-positive man, his friends and loved ones, and the various presences who haunt him, including angelic messengers and the ghost of Ethel Rosenberg. Part One: Millennium Approaches is shown Sept. 24, and Part Two: Perestroika is shown Oct. 1. Stars Andrew Garfield, Denise Gough, Nathan Lane, James McArdle, and Russell Tovey.
6 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $20-$25 in advance at, the Michigan League, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

Spinning Dot Theatre presents "This Girl Laughs...": Spinning Dot Theatre.

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"This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing" is back for an exciting arts venue and coffee house tour!
A wondrous play by award winning playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer. This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing, directed by Jenny Koppera, brings to life through word, music and movement the heart-felt and glorious adventures of three girls - who were sisters - who were triplets.
"We may be great out here. Or freeze out here. We may fall down to our knees out here. The only thing we cannot do…Is go back. And that's okay - life is not for going back."
This Girl Laughs... tour stops!
Friday, Sept. 22 @ Riverside Arts Center | Ypsilanti, MI, 7pm
Saturday, Sept. 23 @ Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse, 10:30am
Argus Farm Stop, 325 W Liberty St., Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Donation. $10 for adults, $5 for children. 7345855134. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
7 p.m. (Thurs.) & 5 p.m. (Sun.), Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Free. [map]

 7 p.m. 

David Lagercrantz: Literati Bookstore.

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This acclaimed writer and journalist reads from The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye, the latest novel in his continuation of Stieg Larsson's immensely popular Millennium series about Lisbeth Salander, the dragon-tattooed hacker, outsider, and vigilant. In this new book she confronts a sinister pseudoscientific experiment known as The Registry. Signing.
7 p.m., Zingerman's Greyline, 100 N. Ashley. Tickets $31.66 ($42.39 for two; both ticket types include one hardcover copy of the book) in advance at 585-5567. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Fall Concert: Chelsea Chamber Players.

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This local ensemble performs Schumann's Quartet no. 3 in A Minor, Philip Glass's The Company, and Haydn's Quartet in G Major no. 5. Members are violinists Paula Elliott and Nathan Peters, violist Ian Cumming, and cellist Sara Cumming.
7 p.m., Chelsea Depot, 125 Jackson, Chelsea. Free. 433-1622. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Great Lakes Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America Michaelmas Festival.

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All invited for a group reading of a Rudolf Steiner lecture appropriate to the occasion, and other activities TBA. Followed by refreshments & socializing.
7 p.m., Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes. Free; donations welcome. Wheelchair accessible. 678-5497, (517) 927-3696. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m. 

Quartz Crystal Bowls Blue Sky Sundays: Amy Feger LMT, Reiki Master.

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Float away in a dream state following the playing of an indian made drum, shamanic rattling and your basic cleansing rain stick sounds. Enjoying a pure hour of quartz crystal bowls played by Amy Feger. (The basic 7 chakra tuned bowls.) Check out our meetup: Please, RSVP on the meetup for this is a fairly new Event and we welcome all to come and check it out. Space limited to 25/30 people so please RSVP and claim your spot! Bring a yoga mat or small blanket. If you forget we have some extras...
1945 Pauline Blvd. Suite D Ann Arbor, MI, 1945 pauline Blvd. suite D, Ann Arbor MI. $20. (313)854-8846. [map]

On August 2, 2017, Amy wrote:
Quartz Crystal Bowls Sound Vibration.
Restorative yoga and bowls are every other thursday night and once a month we have a Reiki share as well. This information is also on our meetup listed above.

On August 12, 2017, Amy wrote: Also called Crystal Heart Initiate on meetup. you could also just text to rsvp.

 7-9 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Jam"

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An open jam for musicians of all ages & levels of ability to sing and play anything from classic rock, Motown, & blues to bluegrass, folk, and country. Singers and players of all acoustic instruments (strings, horns, and woodwinds) welcome. Led by Ann Arbor veteran musicians Bill Connors and Phil McMillion. The 2nd Sunday features a focus song, followed by jamming. The 3rd Sunday is for songwriters to try out new songs and get critiques as desired. The 4th Sunday features an open mike for solo, duo, and trio performers, followed by jamming.
7-9 p.m., U-M Turner Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. $5 for participants, spectators free. Preregistration required at 998-9353. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Trevor Hall: The Ark.

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Acoustic singer-songwriter from L.A. whose spiritual songs blend reggae, roots-rock, and folk influences with Sanskrit chanting.
7:30 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. $25. 761-1451. [map]

 8-10 p.m. 

Ballroom Dance Club at the U-M.

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Ballroom dancing to recorded music, including fox-trots, waltzes, cha-chas, rumbas, tangos, swing, and more. No partner necessary. Preceded at 7 p.m. by beginning lessons and practice.
8-10 p.m., Michigan Union Rogel Ballroom (Nov. 19 & Dec. 3 & 17), and Pendleton Ballroom (Dec. 10). $5 ($10 includes lessons). 763-6984. [map]


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Bel-Mark Lanes: II-V-I Orchestra

Veteran local big band, led by saxophonist David Swain, that plays late 1930s swing and 1940s R&B. 6-8 p.m. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Modern Lady Fitness

Ypsilanti psych-rock quartet. Opening acts are North by North, a Chicago rock 'n' roll duo that plays an infectious mix of garage pop and prog rock, and Gruesome Twosome, an Ypsilanti roots music garage duo. [venue info]

Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: The Wes Fritzemeier Jazz Experience

With the Chelsea ensemble of pianist Brian Brill, bassist Jed Fritzemeier, and drummer Wes Fritzemeier. 6-8 p.m. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Traditional Irish Session

All invited to join or listen to an instrumental jam session. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Weber's Jazz Collective

Jazz originals and standards by different piano-based trios and quartets each show. [venue info]

Old Town: Jen Sygit

Lansing singer-songwriter and guitarist known for her bluesy lyrics, down-home music, and sultry vocals. [venue info]

Ravens Club: Heather Black Project

Vintage jazz and blues by an ensemble led by Heather Schwartz, a talented local singer whose vocal style also reflects gospel, R&B, soul, and hip-hop influences. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings

This local 10-piece big band is one of the few to specialize in the old-time big-band music of the late 1920s and early 1930s associated with Jelly Roll Morton and King Oliver. Arrangements by the renowned early-jazz pianist James Dapogny and tubaist Chris Smith. [venue info]


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