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Calendar of Events

Friday, August 23, 2019






 
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 7 a.m. 

Morning Tai-Chi: Sun Shen.

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Happiness is not a circumstance, it is a cultivation. When you practice Tai-Chi, you get to know a part of you that was hidden and you have been looking for all of your life: the power and potential that your mind and body are really capable of. Classes are held Monday through Friday, 7am to 8:30am. See if it is a right fit for you--enjoy your first week of class for free. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
Sun Shen, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Joe's Breakfast Club": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Fri. Slow-paced rides, Slow-paced rides, 20 miles or more, to Dexter and beyond. Breakfast at Riverview Café in Dexter.
9 a.m., Barton Nature Area parking lot, W. Huron River Dr. near Bird Rd. Free. 476-4944.


 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 

"Fabric By The Pound Sale": SCRAP Box.

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Join us every fourth weekend of the month for a select Fabric by-the-pound sale! $2 per pound for all kinds of choice material. New fabric will be added each month and each day of the sale!
Sale runs Friday through Sunday 10am-6pm.
Join us and get your SCRAP fabric crafting on!
SCRAP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our mission is to inspire creative reuse and environmentally sustainable behavior by providing educational programs and affordable materials to the community.
SCRAP Box, 581 State Circle. Free admission. 7342185620. claire@scrapbox.org scrapbox.org [map]



 10 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. Half hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver).

Mon. 11 a.m. Westgate.

Tue. 10 a.m. Downtown & 11 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11 a.m. Downtown, & 1 p.m. Westgate & 6 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10 a.m. Traverwood & 7 p.m. Pittsfield.

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


 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. For kids up to 24 months (with caregiver). No older siblings.

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

Tues. 10-11 a.m. Malletts Creek.

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

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek.

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


 Noon & 2 p.m.  Free! 

Public Tours: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Daily. 30-minute tours showcasing some of the museum's beloved and new exhibits. "Museum Highlights Tour" (Noon Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. & 2 p.m., Sat. and Sun.) shows a mastodon couple, the Majungasaurus, and some of the new research labs. "Wonderful World of Whales Tour" (2 p.m. Mon.-Fri., noon & 4 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) shows how whales and dolphins made the transition from land back to water.
Noon & 2 p.m. (daily) and 10 a.m. & 4 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [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]


 1-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Drop-In Craft: Sun Prints": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Kids in grades K-8 invited to make prints by exposing treated paper to sunlight, one of the earliest forms of photography. Bring a small flat object to use for an outline print, or use leaves gathered outside.
1-5 p.m., AADL Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Simple Instrument Craft": Ann Arbor District Library.

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For kids in grades K-5.
2-3 p.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center, 2305 Jackson. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 3-5 p.m. 

"Rosé & Cheese": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Zingerman's cheesemakers discuss and offer tastings of rosés paired with artisan cheeses. Bread and additional accompaniments.
3-5 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $45. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Summer Concert Series: Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Every Friday (except July 5 & Aug. 9), June 14-Aug. 30.

June 14: Dexter Community Orchestra. Pops concert.

June 21: Local roots-rock quartet Billy Mack & the Juke Joint Johnnies.

June 28: The Jazz Bums. Dexter jazz sextet whose repertoire includes covers of Coltrane, Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Charlie Parker.

July 5: Popular, nationally-known acoustic duo Gemini.

July 12: Redford British Invasion cover quartet The Invasion.

July 19: Detroit blues trio the Randy Brock Band.

July 26: Vintage Ventures-style instrumental guitar band Surf Zup.

Aug. 2: Ann Arbor classic rock band Ransom Jones.

Aug. 16: Members of the Dexter Community Orchestra perform as the Orchestra Jazz Ensemble.

Aug. 23: Ann Arbor R&B band Men in Black.

Aug. 30: Salmagundi. Memphis-style rock 'n' roll.

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6:30-8:30 p.m., Monument Park gazebo, downtown Dexter. Free. 426-0887.


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Cardio Drumming in the Park": Saline Parks & Recreation.

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All invited to join a group workout. Bring a water bottle and your own ball and sticks if you have them (some equipment available to borrow).
6:30 p.m., Tefft Park behind the Rec Center, 1866 Woodland, Saline. Free. 429-3502. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Gong Paradise-Gong Bath": Verapose Yoga & Meditation House.

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Beautiful, hand-crafted and timeless, gongs for generations have offered a unique sound journey through their powerful yet subtle tones. The power of the gong in sound therapy is associated with many healing modalities. As we listen, it helps calm the mind and body, assists in the management of pain, and healing is promoted as we enter a more relaxed state of being.
Equally, a gong sound bath helps to cut through mental chatter. Through sympathetic resonance, the sound frequencies quickly bring the brain waves into alpha and theta states where meditation and deep relaxation are experienced. In this state of awareness, with intervals of silence, one is able to enjoy a more relaxed perspective, gain deep insights and healing, and increased creativity.
Gong bath is 75 minutes.
3173 Baker Road, Dexter. $28. victoria@veraposeyoga.com www.veraposeyoga.com [map]



 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"An Evening with the Creature Conservancy": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Conservancy staffers show all grade 6-adult Egyptian fruit bats, an armadillo, Burmese python, giant cane toad, sloth, and Gila monster. A program for younger kids happens on Aug. 21.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Astral City: A Spiritual Journey": Jewel Heart Buddhist Center.

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(Wagner de Assis, 2011). Film adaptation of the 1944 classic of spiritualist literature about a physician who dies and is brought to a spiritual city where he can do good works while awaiting reincarnation. Portuguese, subtitles. Discussion follows.
7 p.m., Jewel Heart (1129 Oak Valley Dr. between Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. & Ellsworth). Free. 994-3387.


 7:30 p.m. 

"Mary Poppins- The Musical": FGRHS Dramalums.

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This musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film will delight audiences with amazing dance numbers and a little magic just for fun. Performances are Thursday, August 22 - Sunday, August 25, 2019 at WCC - Towsley Auditorium.
Tickets are $15/adult $10/student/child
OPENING NIGHT GALA - Thursday, August 22, 2019 5:30 PM - Join us for a strolling dinner, open bar, reserved seating to the show and an after-glow party with the cast! Tickets for the Gala are $100/person
Washetaw Comminuty College - Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. $15. 7346620496. jfrank@fgrhs.org www.fgrhs.org/dramalums [map]



 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

Tracey MacDonald: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Aug. 23 & 24. This L.A.-based Canadian comic is known for her alternatingly acerbic and self-deprecating observational humor. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
7:30 & 10 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $13 reserved seating in advance, $15 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

DJ Silas Green: Unity Vibration.

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Born and raised in Ypsilanti, Silas Green, aka Kyle Hunter, is an emcee, lyricist, DJ and audio tech, with a particular love for hip hop, rap, soul and electronic music. Uniting his skills as a former WCBN radio DJ together with his experience working at such establishments as Ann Arbor's Encore Records and Austin's storied Waterloo Records, Silas Green has mastered a wide library spanning genres and decades. The resulting sets are comprised of unpredictable, yet always satisfying selections, flowing together into a smooth audio landscape. As a member of the legendary Ann Arbor hip hop group Tree City, Silas Green has rapped on stages across the country. Renowned electronic and hip hop artist Shigeto featured verses from Silas Green on two tracks from his 2017 album The New Monday. Most recently, SIlas Green appeared on Dabrye's 2018 album alongside guest appearances from Ghostface Killah and Danny Brown.
Unity Vibration Tasting Room, 93 Ecorse Rd, Ypsilanti. Free. (734) 277-4063. danni@uvkbeer.com https://www.facebook.com/events/335231480762933/ [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

Movie in the Park - Night Under the Stars: Pittsfield Township Parks & Recreation.

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Enjoy a movie in the park with the whole family on August 8 from 8:00 to 11:00 PM at Lillie Park South. Before the movie begins there will be craft and game stations set up for the kids. Food trucks will be on site for snacks and dinner. Pre-registration is required by August 19.
Lillie Park South, 4365 Platt Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48108-9725. Free. recreation@pittsfield-mi.gov https://recreation.pittsfield-mi.gov/CourseActivities.aspx?id=2 [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Night Under the Stars": Pittsfield Twp. Parks & Recreation.

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All invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to an outdoor screening of The Lego Movie 2, the 2019 sequel about the citizens of a Lego town who battle Duplo invaders. Preceded at 7:30 p.m. by crafts & activities. Popcorn and desserts available.
8 p.m., Lillie Park South, 4365 Platt. Free; preregistration required by Aug. 19. 822-2120. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Live: Al Hill & the Love Butlers

Revamped version of this veteran local band, led by Nashville- based Ann Arbor native Hill's wailing vocals and pumping piano, that plays various forms of roots rock and soul music. 6:30-9 p.m. [venue info]

Live: The Stomp Rockets The Stomp Rockets

Garage-rock quartet led by vocalist Dan Mulholland, the former leader of the Watusis, the Vibratrons, and several other great local rock 'n' roll bands. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: The Bluescasters

Veteran local quartet that plays intense, low-down blues and blues- rock. [venue info]

Mash: The George and Laura Duo The George and Laura Duo

Funky soul and R&B by the duo of vocalist Laura Rain and her husband, guitarist George Friend. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

 
 


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