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Calendar of Events

Monday, June 24, 2019

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 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

"L.O.L Dolls Camp": Dancer's Edge.

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Join us for a doll filled week of fun! We will be getting out dolls ready for a fun doll sleepover party on Friday! Join us as we make furniture, clothes, sleepover gear for our dolls, and much more!
Dancer's Edge, 3115 Broad Street, Dexter. $245/Week. 734-424-2626. [map]

 9 & 10:30 a.m. 

"This Summer: Conquer Boredom & Delight your Creative Child at the Doodles Academy Art Camp"

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Art Camp Week 1: 6/24-6/28: Artist, Explorer, Scientist
This week, students learn about how artists, explorers, and scientists use observation drawing in their work. Throughout the week they have the chance to 'become' all three, studying and drawing animals of their choice. They end the week by creating prints that they can exchange with their classmates.
Class Size: Classes are very small, and space is offered on a first-come first-serve basis. Time & Ages: Younger students (5-8) are invited to attend from 9-10am each day, and older students (8-11) are invited to attend from 10:30-11:30 each day. Discounts available for siblings/multiple week sign-ups.
Each week, your artist will dive into a topic. They'll be inspired by history, motivated by other artists, and encouraged to connect all of this to their own lives in creative ways. Each week, students will work towards completing a final project that will be as unique as they are.
AAWA Workshop and Studio Space, 4844 Jackson Road, Suite 100 Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $60. [map]

 9 a.m.-8 p.m. 

Champion Gymnastics Session 6: Champion Gymnastics.

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Champion Gymnastics offers a year-round recreational program comprised of six 8-week long sessions. We take enrollment daily, so there is never a need to wait until the next session begins to enroll in all the fun! With a variety of age appropriate classes, we're sure to find the perfect day and time to suit your busy schedule. We are also happy to offer one, no-obligation trial class to new students so your child can be sure to find the right fit for their age and skill level. Be sure to register for your trial to ensure class space and availability.
Champion Gymnastics, 7240 Jackson Road. $100 - $354.. 734-222-1810. [map]

 9 a.m. 

Summer Camp SCRAP: SCRAP Box.

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Camp SCRAP is excited to announce five summer sessions for children in 1st-6th grade and a three-day workshop for teens. Camp SCRAP is an art camp centered on themes of creative reuse and skill development. This camp is for children who LOVE inventing, making, and bringing their creative ideas to life while taking care of our planet! Each day there is a fun mix of staff-led projects and time for children to access to the wide variety of materials in the SCRAP store to create a project of their choice.
Each camp is held from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm in SCRAP Box's Education Studio located inside the SCRAP store at 581 State Circle Ann Arbor, MI. Camp dates and themes are as follows: June 17-20 Outer Space, June 24-28 Under the Sea, July 8-12 Art in Nature, July 15-18 Inventor's Imagination, July 31-August 2 Superheroes. Tuition ranges from $150-$275 depending on the length of the session. Substantial sibling discounts are available as well as scholarship opportunities.
SCRAP Box, 581 State Circle. $155.00 to $275.00--depending on Camp duration/sibling discount etc. 7342185620. [map]

 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Back Roads Ramble": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon. Slow-paced ride, 15-35 miles, along dirt and gravel roads to Independence Lake and other low traffic destinations.

Call if temperatures are below 45 degrees.
9 a.m., meet at Old St. Patrick's Church, 5671 Whitmore Lake Rd. Free. 663-5060.

 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Chelsea Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 35-45 or 55-65 miles, to either Stockbridge, Grass Lake, Napoleon, Munith, or Pleasant Lake.
9 a.m., meet at Aberdeen Bike & Outdoors, 1101 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. (517) 285-6830. [map]

 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

"Let's Laugh! Camp': Wild Swan Theater.

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Wild Swan Theater drama camps are fun experiences where kids can feel safe and comfortable exploring the imaginative world of theater. Our main goal is that every camper has a great time cultivating their creativity and leaves camp feeling successful. With a new theme every week, activities will include warm-ups, theater games, and improvisations that bring people together in a nurturing, memorable way. This week's theme: Who doesn't love to be silly? This week we will work on the basics of comedy by playing improvisational games, writing jokes and crafting a comedic play to perform. We will read classic funny stories and discuss what makes them funny. We will also play an abundance of energetic theater games. Having the giggles here will never be a problem! (For students ages 6 - 10)
Wild Swan Theater Studio, 6175 Jackson Rd. $175. 734-995-0530. [map]

 10 a.m. 

"Weekday Morning Movies": Quality 16.

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June 10-14: "Paddington 2" (Paul King, 2017). Live action sequel about the beloved talking bear who lives with a London family.

June 17-21: "Smallfoot" (Karey Kirkpatrick & Jason Reisig, 2018). Animated musical about a yeti looking for some elusive creatures called humans.

June 24-28: "The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part" (Mike Mitchell, 2019). Citizens of a Lego town battle Duplo invaders.

10 a.m., 3686 Jackson. $1 (Frequent Moviegoer Club members, free). 623-7469. [map]

 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. (except June 4) Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. (except June 6) Malletts Creek.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri. (except June 4 & 6), various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.

 11-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. (except June 3) Malletts Creek.

Tue. 10-10:30 a.m., Downtown & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. (except June 5) Malletts Creek, 11-11:30 a.m. Downtown, & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m. Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.

 Noon-4 p.m. 

"Circus Camp for Ages 8-17": A2 Aviary.

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Four days of circus fun for ages 8-17! This camp is for active young people who wish to explore the aerial and circus arts. From flying on the aerial silks, sling, lyra, and trapeze to juggling, acrobatics, clowning, contortion, and developing their very own act, your kids don't need to run away to join the circus! Sessions run Mon-Thurs, 12-4pm. Dates listed are only the first day of each session, please visit our website to see the full schedule and to register.
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $250. [map]

 Noon-3 p.m. 

Social Mah-Jongg: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon. All seniors invited to play this intricate game resembling gin rummy that's played with colorful tiles instead of cards. Lunch (reservations required) available at 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. for $5.50 (age 60 & over, $3).
Noon-3 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]

 noon  Free! 

"Dexter B2B Trail Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon. A 13-22 mile ride on the B2B trail from Dexter to Hudson Mills Metropark, with pace and destination determined by the riders.
Noon, meet at the B2B trail head by the Forest Lawn Cemetery, corner of Broad & Grand, Dexter. Free. 426-5116.

 12:30-4 p.m. 

Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs., except July 4. All ages invited to play non-sanctioned (Mon.) & ACBL-sanctioned (Wed. & Thurs.) duplicate bridge. Bring a partner. Refreshments.
12:30-4 p.m. (Mon.) & Noon-3:45 p.m. (Wed. & Thurs.), Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $3 (members, $2) on Mon., $7 (members, $6) on Wed. & Thurs., 794-6250. [map]

 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon. & Fri. All seniors invited to play bridge. Some experience necessary.
12:30-4:30 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]

 1pm  Free! 

"Sand Art & Sundaes": Dexter District Library.

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Craft & ice cream for youth entering grades 5-12.
1pm, DDL. Free. [Preregistration required.] 426-4477. [map]

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Paper Airplanes": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All grade 3-adult invited to make and fly a variety of paper airplanes. Prize awarded to the person whose plane flies the farthest.
2-3 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

Music and Dancing Demo and Preschool Open House: Ypsilanti Cooperative Preschool.

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Join Ypsilanti Cooperative Preschool for a music and dancing workshop geared towards babies and preschoolers. Older siblings welcome! Also we will have an open house of our new school, a chance to meet our teacher and other YCP families, and play on the outdoor playground. We have moved! Our new location is 111 S. Wallace Blvd, Ypsilanti.
Ypsilanti Cooperative Preschool, 111 S. Wallace Blvd, Ypsilanti. Free. [map]

 5:45 p.m. 

"Suspension-Extension Coyopa Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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Yoga, unlike other yoga class you've taken before. This class uses straps (similar to TRX) to stretch muscles that can be difficult to stretch in other exercises. The straps are used to help balance and stretch deeper (and safely) into yoga postures. Usually you will feel the stretches in your tighter/weakest muscles first. Your first couple classes may be intense, but if you continue to come to this class, you will notice big changes! This class can help build strength, relieve pain, release tension, increase flexibility, and prevent injury. Come join us Monday nights at 5:45pm. The studio will be heated between 85-95 degrees, so bring a water bottle. Your first class at the studio is free!
We are located on Huron Street across from the YMCA. Look for blue door #22 with a red buddha on it. You are allowed to park in the lot in front of the studio. We share a parking lot with several businesses including the Yellow Barn.
More information at
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22. $20 drop in (or package prices). [map]

 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

"The Iditarod Sled Dog Race Experience": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Husky Haven Sled Dogs (New Jersey) owner Kim Darst discusses how to train for the annual sled dog race from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska. Also, the chance to meet Cotton, the dog who caught hypothermia 600 miles into the race, prompting Darst to choose between finishing the race or saving Cotton's life. Copies of Darst's children's book, Cotton's Tale, available for purchase.
6-8 p.m., AADL Downtown lobby, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

Knits & Crochets.

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All invited for informal socializing and to share tips while working on their projects.
6:30-8 p.m., CDL McKune Room (if available), 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. To confirm location, contact Mary Budzinski at or 846-3826. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon., Wed., Thurs., & Sat., except July 4. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Snacks provided. Rain or shine.
6:30 p.m. (8 a.m., Sat.), 123 E. Liberty (Mon.), 3010 Washtenaw (Wed.), The Session Room, 3685 Jackson (Thurs), and 5700 Jackson (Sat.). Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 548-6299 (Wed.), 929-9022 (Thurs. & Sat). [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Michigan's Haunted Lighthouses": Dexter District Library.

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Promote Michigan founder Dianna Stampfler reads from her book of stories about Michigan ghosts, from a cigar-smoking captain at Seul Choix Point to a mysterious young girl at the Marquette Harbor Lighthouse. Book sale.
6:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration requested. 426-4477. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Washtenaw Climate Reality": Mary Garton.

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Our mission is to support action to combat the climate crisis so we can make the transition to a clean energy economy and protect the welfare of the planet and its citizens. Members can network with other climate activists, recruit additional volunteers, take local action, and become a force for climate solutions in their community. The Climate Reality Project and this local group will offer resources, materials, and training to help you become a better advocate and climate educator.
meetings are held the last Monday of each month
Ann Arbor District Libary, Downtown, 3rd floor meeting space,, 343 S 5th Avenue. Free. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Lifetree Café.

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Every Mon. All invited to join conversations led by St. Paul Lutheran Church members. Each session begins with a video introduction. Snacks provided. June 3: "How to Live to 100." June 10: "A Father's Power: How Dads Shape Us, for Better or Worse." June 17: "Can God Love a Mess Like Me?," which begins with a filmed interview with the author of the bestselling Christian novel The Shack. June 24: "Concussions: A Former NFL Player Speaks Out."
7-8 p.m., 500 W. Liberty. Free. 665-7912. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"26th Annual Summer Sings": UMS Choral Union.

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June 24, July 15, & Aug. 5. All singers welcome to join this venerable local chorus and guest conductors for read-throughs of favorite choral works. Participants practice the more difficult parts of each night's piece and, after a break, sing it in its entirety, with regional professionals singing the solos. No auditions required; music provided (or bring your own, if you have it). Refreshments.


June 24: UMS Choral Union music director Scott Hanoian conducts Duruflé's Requiem.


July 25: Oakland University choral activities director Michael Mitchell conducts Haydn's Mass in C Major ("Paukenmesse").

7 p.m., Hill Auditorium (June 24) and U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin (July 15). $5 at the door only. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. 763-8997. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"A Perfect Picnic Lunch": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Lakehouse Bakery (Chelsea) owner Keegan Rodgers shares tips and recipes for alfresco dining.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Trump Sky Alpha": Literati Book Club.

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All invited to discuss Mark Doten's new futuristic novel that imagines a US plunged into nuclear war. As a journalist documents internet humor at the end of the world she uncovers references to an enigmatic figure who may hold the key to a better future.
7 p.m., Literati Coffee (upstairs), 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Tartan & Thistle Scottish Country Dancers.

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Every Mon., except May 27. Jigs, reels, and strathspeys. Usually with live music. All dances taught; beginners welcome.
7:30-9:30 p.m., the Barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $5. 395-7782, 274-0773. [map]

 8:30-11:30 p.m. 

Pub Quiz: Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub.

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Every Mon. Local high school English teacher Barry Aherne throws out questions for anyone to answer at this popular weekly trivia fest. Come with a team (up to 6 people) or join one. Prizes.
8:30-11:30 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $5 team fee. 665-2968. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Habitat Lounge: Cat Canyon

Veteran Detroit roots-rock singer-songwriter. [venue info]

Ravens Club: Roe Bickley Trio

Mainstream jazz by the local trio of bassist Rob Bickley, drummer Jesse Kramer, and keyboardist Rick Roe. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Paul Keller Orchestra Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings

Award-winning 15-piece big band led by bassist Keller and featuring vocalist Sarah D'Angelo and occasional guest vocalists. Also, each week features a middle set by a guest student ensemble. [venue info]


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