Every Sat., Apr.-Nov. Beginner-friendly slow-paced (22 miles) and moderate/fast-paced (30-100 miles) round-trip rides to Dexter, Chelsea, and beyond, with stops at the Dexter Bakery or Zou Zou's in Chelsea. A very popular ride. Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.
8 a.m. (9 a.m. in Sept.), meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 347-1259. 347-1259. [map]
Kids activities, 9:30-11 a.m. on 2nd Sat. each month and market basket giveaway on last Sat. each month, along with live entertainment TBA every Sat., June-Sept. Also, every Wed., May-Oct., Wednesday Farmers Market (2-6 p.m., in the Chelsea State Bank parking lot, 1010 S. Main), with 18 local vendors.
8 a.m.-1 p.m., Chelsea Farmers Market, parking lot on Park St. (east off Main St. between the library and the Methodist church), Chelsea. Free admission. 475-6402. [map]
Every Mon., Wed., Thurs., & Sat. 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]
This old-fashioned community fair features agricultural and craft exhibits, rides, and a variety of special events, including a talent show (Aug. 30, 7 p.m.), the USA Auto Cross Championship Derby (Sept. 1, 7 p.m., $5 additional admission), livestock auctions, live music, and more. Updated schedule available at salinefair.org.
9 a.m.-11 p.m., Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $5 (Wed.), $7 (Thurs.-Sun.), & free (Mon.) admission. Ride armbands available. 668-0776. [map]
Every Sat. All invited to walk through downtown to Eberwhite Woods and back. Hikes may go as far as the Huron River or the Arb. Followed at 10 a.m. by family-friendly art projects. Coffee & donuts.
9 a.m., Fjällräven, 213 S. Main. Free. 585-5628. [map]
Are you one of the many folks who don't feel "strong enough" to start aerial training? This class is the preparation you've been looking for!
This all levels conditioning class is perfect for new aerialists, or for experienced flyers as a supplement to your current training. We will focus on building strength, alignment, flexibility, and technique with progressive training in the air and on the floor. Students will develop the core and upper body muscle groups needed for all aerial apparatuses and will learn exercises and spotting techniques to practice on their own.
Get ripped and have fun doing it! Crazy spandex, legwarmers, and workout-video exercise attire welcomed but not required. Absolute beginners of any (or no) athletic background highly encouraged! Please register via website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $12. firstname.lastname@example.org http:
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]
Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Kids welcome.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]
Aug. 10 & 31. Nature programs for kids ages 7-12. Themes: "Archery" (Aug. 10; Staebler Farm County Park, 7734 Plymouth Rd.) and "Fields of Late Summer" (Aug. 31; Westlake Preserve, 21598 Waterloo Rd., Chelsea).
10:30 a.m.-noon, different locations. Free. Preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org. 971-6337.
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.
9:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Sat.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]
Saturdays from 11am-12pm, join Mota Thai Yoga for a Donation YinYasa Yoga class (suggested donation $5-$20)
This class is a combination of Yin and Vinyasa Yoga. Some postures are held for longer periods of time than a typical yoga class. This allows the muscles to relax, and the deep connective tissues to be gently stretched. In between these postures, movement and flowing between postures will be done to create internal heat. Appropriate for all levels. This class is heated between 80-90 degrees.
Mota Thai Yoga is located on Huron Street across from the YMCA. You can park in the parking lot in front of the studio. We share a parking lot with several businesses including the Yellow Barn. Look for door #22 with the red buddha on it.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Donation. email@example.com motathaiyoga.com [map]
Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute demos. In "Counting Cells" (11 a.m.) participants learn about cell structure and division. The cow's eye dissection (3 p.m.) explores how a cow's eye works and its similarities and differences from human eyes. For ages 5+.
11 a.m. & 3 p.m., U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
Every Sat. All invited to play disc golf at one of Hudson Mills Metropark's 24-hole courses. Beginners are paired with advanced players to create parity. Prizes. Discs can be borrowed at the park office.
Noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per player; free for spectators. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]
Every Wed. & Aug. 31. All invited to learn the basics of letterpress printing using vintage handset type. The program begins promptly at 6 p.m. with a safety & equipment orientation.
6 p.m. sharp (except Aug. 31, 1-5 p.m.), AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200. [map]
Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off the kangaroo (2 & 4 p.m.) and emu (3 p.m.). Also, alligator feeding (1:30 p.m.) and a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including a coyote, a gila monster, a skunk, and more.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]
This 7-year-old club plays baseball using 1860s-era rules against similar teams from around the state.
June 15: Northville Eclipse. 2 p.m.
July 21: Detroit Early Risers. 2 p.m.
Aug. 4: Royal Oak Wahoos. 2 p.m.
Aug. 10: Chelsea Monitors. 2 p.m.
Aug. 17: Flint Lumber City BBC.. 1 p.m.
Aug. 31: Canton Cornshuckers. 2 p.m.
2 p.m. (except as noted), St. Joseph Catholic Church grounds, 6805 Mast at Territorial, Dexter. Free. Facebook.com
Nature program for kids ages 7-12, led by WCPARC naturalists.
July 14 (2-4 p.m.): "Fire and Shelter Building." Elle Bogle shows how to build a campfire with materials found in nature and how to build a primitive hut using debris.
July 27 (10:30 a.m.-noon): "Marsh Madness." Kelsey Dehring discusses marsh ecosystems. Also, a chance to look for creatures using a dip net.
Aug. 31 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Fields of Late Summer" (West Lake Preserve, 21598 Waterloo Rd., Chelsea). A hike to identify flowers and grasses and look for insects and birds.
Various times, Independence Lake County Park (except as noted), 3200 Jennings, Webster Twp. Free ($6 vehicle entry fee at Independence Lake). Preregiatration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org. 971-6337. [map]
Every Sat. Docent-led tours of the museum, including "Read and Look: In Egyptian Times" (Aug. 3; see Kids Calendar, p. 000), "Ancient Writing" (Aug. 10), "Rome Through the Eyes of Its Emperors" (Aug. 17), "Animals in the Kelsey Museum" (Aug. 24), and "Work in the Ancient World" (Aug. 31).
2-3 p.m., Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304.
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]
All invited to meet other players in the AADL Summer Game and enjoy a variety of activities, including a building-wide scavenger hunt, badge coloring, and a free photo booth. Light refreshments.
3-5 p.m., AADL Downtown lobby, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]
Every Wed.-Sun., June 20-Aug. 31. Michelle Mountain directs the world premiere of NYC playwright Julie Marino's comedy about an aging woman on a solo trip to her Caribbean beach house who befriends a young vagabond and offers him a place to stay. When her son and his family show up, her tropical tranquility is upended. Cast: Ruth Crawford, Ryan Black, Paul Stroili, Rhiannon Ragland, and Meghan VanArsdalen.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $30 (Wed.), $27 (Thurs.), $41 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $46 (Sat. eve.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. [map]
Every Sat. & Sun. Short all-ages lecture-demos led by museum educators in the museum atriums. "Biodiversity Lab Chat" (3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) shows how and why scientists process DNA samples from plants and animals. "Paleo Prep Lab Chat" (Sat. & Sun. times TBA) shows the tools and skills needed to prepare and cast fossils for research and display.
3:30 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
Old-fashioned German dinner served a la carte (approximately $8-$12) with wine, beer, pop, water, and coffee for sale. Dancing to German polkas and other European dance music by Jay Fox & the Bavarian Showtime Band (June 29), Tommy Schober & the Sorgenbrecher (July 27), and Enzian aus Detroit (Aug. 31).
4-11 p.m. (no admission after 9 p.m.), German Park, 5549 Pontiac Trail. $5 cash only (children 12 & under, free). No one under 21 admitted without parent or legal guardian. 769-0048 (weekdays). [map]
With a goal of raising $10,000. All proceeds will benefit Riverfolk programming-which includes Blacksmith Shop Concerts, Gazebo Concerts, the Cultural Art Strings program, and the newly-formed Dance Manchester series.Live performances by Cultural Art Strings, Westbound Situation, Steamboat, and Louisiana-based band Joe Hall and the Cane Cutters. Food and drink will be provided by Fresh Forage, a local Ann Arbor restaurant that uses locally-sourced and foraged ingredients to craft healthy bowls, lunch, dinner, and brunch on the weekends. Movable Feast will provide Beer and Wine for sale. A Silent Auction will take place until 7 pm. Local artists Nancy Feldkamp, Margaret Shaw, David Nelson Pottery, and Bob Miller-woodworker, have each committed to donating a piece to the auction. Volunteers and donations are still needed! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 734.223.6876. More info at riverfolkmusicandarts.org
Alber Orchard and Cider Mill, 13011 Bethel Church Rd, Manchester, MI 48158, Manchester. Donation. 734.223.6876. email@example.com https:
We're continuing our summer music on the deck series every Saturdaysfrom 4 to 7!
Enjoy a glass of wine, a pint of beer, some delicious food and great music! Wine is available by the glass or bottle, beer by the pint or 10 oz. "shortie". We have several deliciously unique flatbread pizzas too!
No reservations needed. Seating is first come, first served.
***BEAT THE HEAT - IF THE TEMPERATURE IS OPPRESSIVE, WE WILL BRING IT INSIDE TO THE A/C!***
This event is rain or shine. If the weather doesn't cooperate, we'll move it inside!
July 6th - Larry Sumner and Brianna Jennett
July 13th - Simon Sundberg and Tangerine Park (Logan Schatz & Brianna Jennett)
July 20th - The Bluebirds and Robbie Janz
July 27th - Dan Bickel and The Feisty Leprechauns
August 3,10, 17 and 24 TBA
August 31 - Dan Bickel
Lone Oak Vineyard Estate, 8400 Ann Arbor Rd., Grass Lake. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org. email@example.com www.loneoakvineyards.com [map]
Dan Bickel has performed all over the world working on Princess Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Lines. He also worked with "Groove Party" and "The Vintage" along with a Kiss Tribute band "Dressed To Kill. Dan continues to play music on the local scene and teaches music at Jackson College.
Come out and enjoy a glass of wine, a pint of beer, some delicious food and great music! Wine is available by the glass or bottle, beer by the pint or 10 oz. "shortie". We have several deliciously unique flatbread pizzas too!
No reservations needed. Seating is first come, first served.
This event is rain or shine. If the weather doesn't cooperate, we'll move it inside!
Lone Oak Vineyard Estate, 8400 Ann Arbor Rd., Grass Lake. Free. 5175228167. firstname.lastname@example.org www.loneoakvineyards.com [map]
Every Sat. Group ride for youth ages 9-18. Practice, exercises, and games for those new to cycling. The club also sponsors a Tuesday ride from Saline (6 p.m., meet at Mickey's Dairy Twist, 751 W. Michigan Ave.) for riders age 17 & under who can ride 12 miles in an hour (faster riders go 16 miles).
5 p.m., Forsythe Middle School south parking lot, 1655 Newport. Free. 328-1735. [map]
We've set a date for the death of summer and the funeral will be held at Aviary After Dark: Goth Beach Party! Wear your blackest black and join us for a gloriously goth circus celebration of the end of the season. Featuring aerial performances on the silks, trapeze, and lyra, this 18 and up only event will explore themes of sensuality, experimentation, and empowerment.
18+ only, please bring ID
Strong language, partial/implied nudity, adult themes
$15 in advance via Brown Paper Tickets at https:
$1 raffle - prizes include two tickets to the next Aviary performance, free group aerial classes, and free private lessons!
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk, Suite A. $10 in adv, $15 at door (cash only). email@example.com a2aviary.com [map]
Aug. 30 & 31. This Pontiac comedian has performed with comics such as Kevin Hart and Bobby Slayton. His witty shows draw on the trials and tribulations of fatherhood and marriage as well as his upbringing in a family of 17 kids. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
7:30 & 10 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $12 reserved seating in advance, $14 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
The flagship production of Brevity Shakespeare is William Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' This version of the world's most famous play is set in the postcolonial years of an unnamed Caribbean island nation: lush and decaying greenery, crashing waves on rocky cliffs, and thick, heavy heat. Running time is approximately ninety minutes. The production features Macallan Winning, Emily Wilson-Tobin, and Glen Thomas Rideout. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and $50 for Founding Patrons (includes a Caribbean dinner and a ticket to 'Act VI', a brief, original play about the fate of the six surviving characters). Karl Sikkenga, Artistic Director of Brevity Shakespeare, directs. For further information, call (734) 985-0315, or go to brevityshakespeare.wordpress.com.
First Baptist Church of Ypsilanti, 1110 W Cross St, Ypsilanti MI 48197, Ypsilanti. $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and $50 for Founding Patrons (includes a Caribbean dinner and a ticket to 'Act VI', a brief, original play about the fate of the six surviving characters).. (734) 478-2512. firstname.lastname@example.org [map]
Aug. 29-31. Karl Sikkenga directs this new local acting company in a 90-minute version of Shakespeare's tragedy set on a postcolonial Caribbean island. Stars Macallan Winning, Emily Wilson-Tobin, and Glen Thomas Rideout.
8 p.m., First Baptist Church of Ypsilanti, 1110 W. Cross. Tickets $15 (students & seniors, $10). Reservations available at brevityshakespeare.wordpress.com & by phone. 985-0315. [map]
Aug. 22-25 & 28-31. Laura Bird directs local actors in Noel Coward's hilarious 1925 comedy of manners about a mismatch between bohemianism and bourgeois convention. When the offbeat Bliss family invites houseguests to their English countryside home for the weekend, their outlandish self-absorption leaves their hapless guests desperate to escape.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Wed. & Sun.), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $20.73 (students, seniors, & military personnel, $14.33) in advance at a2tix.com
Every Fri. & Sat. Comedic improv by This Is a Quiz (Aug. 2, 16, & 30), the League of Pointless Improvisers (every Fri. & Sat.), and other troupes. The Aug. 3 shows are "Forte Factory," an improvised one-act musical inspired by a conversation with the audience.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.) in advance at pointlessbrew.com & at the door. (989) 455-4484. [map]
A chance to join local astronomy buffs for a look at the sky through instruments. Participants encouraged to bring their own telescopes. Visitors must turn off all electronic equipment (car radios, transmitters, phones, etc.) at the observatory entrance. Canceled if sky is overcast at sunset or if the weather is extremely inclement. If in doubt, call 975-3248 after 4 p.m. day of event.
Sunset-12:30 a.m. or as long as the sky remains clear, Peach Mountain Observatory, North Territorial Rd. (about 1 1⁄4 miles west of Hudson Mills Metropark), Dexter. Free. 975-3248.
All invited for stargazing. Naturalist Ron Gamble points out constellations. Campfire & s'mores.
8:30-10:30 p.m., Watkins Lake State Park, 14801 Arnold Rd., Brooklyn. Free; $11 recreation passport required ($16 at the gate). 971-6337. [map]
Aug. 3: "Keanu" (Peter Atencio, 2016). Buddy comedy about 2 men on a mission to find a lost kitten named Keanu. Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele. 10 p.m.
Aug. 17: "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" (Stephen Herek, 1989). Dudetastic teen classic. 10 p.m.
Aug. 31: "John Wick" (Chad Stahelski, 2014). Thriller about an ex-assassin seeking revenge on the kingpin who steals the car and dog given to him by his beloved dead wife. 10 p.m.
10 p.m., State Theatre. $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8.) statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.
Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Harrington Quartet
Jazz ensemble led by guitarist Harrington.
Blue Llama: Sofia Rei & JC Maillard
NYC-based duo of Rei, an acclaimed Argentinian songwriter-vocalist whose music explores the connections between South American folklore, jazz, flamenco, and electronic sounds, and Maillard, a French multi-instrumentalist who provides at times a nearly orchestral setting with electronics and the saz bass, a 8-steel string instrument of Turkish origin that he had made in 2002. $20-$30. 7 & 9:30 p.m.
Bona Sera: Scritch Detroit
Dance party with DJs.
Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Kyleen Downes / Paige Beller
Double bill of singer-songwriters from Dayton. Downes' pop-rock tunes are known for their sunny, infectious melodies, and Beller sings emotionally direct alt-country tunes in an affectively plaintive voice.
Earle: Rick Burgess Trio
Jazz ensemble, named after the late jazz pianist and Earle cofounder Burgess, featuring drummer Robert Warren and a rotating roster of bassists and pianists.
Habitat Lounge: 50 Amp Fuse
Popular Detroit 70s and 80s classic rock band.
Mash: Mia Green
Young Detroit-area pop-folk singer-songwriter. 6-9 p.m.
Mash: Weekend Comeback
Pop-rock, Motown, and country party band.
Zal Gaz Grotto: Planet D
Ypsilanti rock cover band.
Zou Zou's Cafe: Chef Chris & Lou Simon
An evening of postpunk downhome blues by a duo led by veteran local vocalist and blues harpist Chef Chris Sirvinskis.
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