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Calendar of Events

Saturday, September 14, 2019

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 7-9 a.m.  Free! 

"Hagerty Cars & Caffeine - Ann Arbor": Hagerty.

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If you have a fun-to-drive car, break it out of the garage and get some miles on it. No car? No problem. Join us for the fun of looking at them, talking with fellow enthusiasts and celebrating our love for driving!
Cars & Caffeine will be held the first Saturday of the month from 7 - 9am now until October 5th, then resume next year in May…rain or shine. Yes, even snow.
So, Set the alarm clock. Bundle up and cruise on over for coffee from Zingerman's and donuts from Washtenaw Dairy!
Hagerty Office, 1250 N MAIN ST. ANN ARBOR MI 48104. Free. 2314935786. [map]

 7:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Cars & Coffee": Brewed Awakenings Cafe.

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Every Sat. All invited to drive their classic or interesting car to the cafe and discuss it with other car enthusiasts.
7:30-9:30 a.m., Brewed Awakenings, 7025 E. Michigan Ave., ste. M, Saline. Free. 681-0078. [map]

 8 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Farmers Market.

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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]

 8 a.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon., Wed., Thurs., & Sat., except Sept. 2. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Snacks. Rain or shine.
6:30 p.m. (8 a.m. Sat.), 123 E. Liberty (Mon.), 3010 Washtenaw (Wed.), the Session Room, 3685 Jackson (Thurs.), & 5700 Jackson (Sat.). Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 548-6299 (Wed.), & 929-9022 (Thurs. & Sat.). [map]

 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Dressage at Waterloo": Waterloo Hunt Club.

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June 16-18, July 14-16, and Aug. 4-6 & 17-20. Competitive equine ballet by skilled regional horses and riders, highlighted by graceful freestyle routines set to music. Bring your own lawn chairs; no pets. Concessions.
8 a.m.-5 p.m., Waterloo Hunt Club, Glenn at Katz (west off Mount Hope Rd. from I-94 exit 150), Grass Lake. Free admission. 426-2111. [map]

 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Senior Living Week Expo": Housing Bureau for Seniors.

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The 20th annual Senior Living & Housing Awareness Week begins with a day of talks exploring a variety of housing issues for seniors. Also, more than 60 exhibits by senior housing and care providers. For a complete schedule of workshops (preregistration required) and open houses at senior housing communities around the county, see
8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. 998-9339. [map]

 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"A Day of Silence and Meditation Practice, led by Carol Blotter": Michigan Friends Center.

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Each retreat is an opportunity to enjoy the quiet of the country while practicing sitting and walking meditation. This day is appropriate for anyone interested in meditation: beginners will have break-out instruction; experienced meditators can be in silence all day; those in-between can practice and have their questions answered. These retreats are fundraisers for the benefit of Michigan Friends Center.
Contact Carol at (734)475-0942 or to register.
Carol Blotter's meditation practice draws from dual roots in the Quaker and Buddhist traditions. Since 1999, she has led more than 40 retreats across the United States and has taught over 50 classes in meditation to spiritual seekers, schools, universities and medical groups. She teaches for The Forest Way which is dedicated to providing retreat opportunities conducive to balanced and integrated spiritual growth.
Suggested donation $30 or as able. Pre-registration requested; contact Carol Blotter at 475-0942.
Michigan Friends Center, 7748 Clark Lake Road, Chelsea, Michigan 48118, Chelsea. Donation. $30 or as able. 734.475.1892. http// [map]

 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Dexter Breakfast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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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]

 9-11 a.m. 

"Low Cost Pet Vaccine Clinic": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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It's important to provide regular, basic wellness services for your pets to protect them from unnecessary illnesses. That's why the Humane Society of Huron Valley Veterinary Clinic offers low-cost vaccinations, wellness testing, and prevention products for all public cats and dogs at our Low Cost Vaccination Clinics.*
Pricing for Low Cost Clinics:
Rabies & Distemper Combo - $25
Rabies ONLY - $15
Distemper ONLY - $15
Bordetella - $20 (dogs only)
Canine influenza - $15 (dogs only)
Feline Leukemia Vaccine - $20 (cats only - must provide proof of a negative test within the past month.)
FeLV/FIV Test - $30 (cats only)
Heartworm Test - $20 (dogs only)
24PetWatch Microchip ID - $25 (dogs) and $15 (cats)
Heartworm, flea and tick preventative offered at very low prices!
Please bring your dogs on a non-retractable leash and all cats must be in a carrier.
*Please call for appointment if your pet has had adverse reaction to previous vaccinations.
Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. 734-662-4365. [map]

 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

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

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Sept. 14 & 21. 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; ages 16-18 must submit a permission form.
9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Arb Reader Center (Sept. 14), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (Sept. 21), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration required by phone or email., 647-8528. [map]

 9 a.m.-noon 

Fall Mom-2-Mom Sale: Huron Valley Parents of Multiples.

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Department store-style sale of used kids clothing and shoes, toys, books, videos, strollers, high chairs, baby gear, winter gear, boots, Halloween costumes, and more. Also, a bake sale.
9 a.m.-noon, Woodland Meadows Elementary School, 350 Woodland Dr., Saline. $2 admission. [map]

 9 a.m. 

Fall Yoga Teacher Training: Verapose Yoga House.

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At Verapose Yoga, we believe that all of our students are beautifully unique. We believe in treating everyone as such, and trust that each person inherently has what they need to be happy and vibrant already inside.
We believe in treating all of our students as equals and admire the differences within all. We opened in the Fall of 2015 in quaint downtown Dexter, MI, and have built a business around being a community for people interested in mindfulness and yoga to come together as one.
Overall Learning Objectives RYT-200:
Philosophy: Learn and understand the foundational texts of Yoga
Hatha Yoga:including Vinyasa, Restorative, Basic and Yin
Asanas:Learn over 80 asanas
Pranayama:Explore the basics of yogic breathing
Develop and build your own personal yoga practice
Learn to teach to a variety of populations with clarity and confidence.
Receive: Support, Experience & Confidence
For more info:
Verapose Yoga & Meditation House, 3173 Baker Rd, Dexter. $3000 early bird;$3200 reg & payment plan. 7344747361. [map]

 9 a.m.-noon & 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Sept. 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, & 29. All invited to help maintain the natural areas in various city parks. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance.


Sept. 8: Stapp Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at entrance at the corner of Huron Pkwy. & Tuebingen, just west of the Ann Arbor District Library Traverwood branch) to help remove invasives from this rare remnant forest in honor of the 9/11 Day of Service.


Sept. 14: Arbor Hills Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the entrance on Ashburnam off Kilburn Park Circle from Green Rd.) to remove invasive shrubs disrupting the wetland.


Sept. 14: Oakwoods Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the entrance off Dunwoodie off Kilburn Park Cir. from Green Rd. east of Nixon Rd.) to remove invasive buckthorn from this newly expanded park.


Sept. 15: Dhu Varren Woods Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the intersection of Birchwood Dr. & Dhu Varren) to remove invasive shrubs from the park's border with Foxfire South Nature Area.


Sept. 21: Cedar Bend Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet in the Island Park parking lot, 1450 Island Dr. off Maiden Ln.) to remove invasive shrubs from this 20-acre woodland.


Sept. 22: Ruthven Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Gallup Park boat dock parking lot at the corner of Huron Pkwy. and Geddes) to remove invasive shrubs from the park's open oak woodlands and prairie.


Sept. 22: Furstenberg Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet in the parking lot off Fuller Rd. across from Huron High School) to remove invasive honeysuckle to preserve native wildflowers such as goldenrod and white snakeroot.


Sept. 28: Bluffs Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the park entrance on Sunset near Wildt) to use handsaws and loppers to remove invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle in honor of Public Lands Day.


Sept. 29: Argo Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet in the parking lot north of the Argo Canoe Livery off Longshore Dr.) to remove invasive shrubs blocking views of the Huron River.

Various times & locations. Free. 794-6627.

 9 a.m.  Free! 

Welcoming Week 2019: Jewish Family Services.

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During this annual series of events, Washtenaw County as a Welcoming Community become part of a global movement to recognize the economic, social and cultural advantage of welcoming all people, regardless of origin of birth.
By participating in Welcoming Week, the following businesses recognize that being a welcoming community for all makes everyone stronger economically, socially, and culturally.
Please patronize these Welcoming Week businesses by downloading your own "I'm A Welcomer" packet and showing it to the staff!
Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County, 2245 South State Street, Ste 200. Free. 9895339357. [map]

 9 a.m.-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Austerity and Anti-Austerity Beyond Capitalism": U-M Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies.

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Sept. 13 & 14. Talks by U-M and visiting scholars on the history of opposition to austerity economics in capitalist and socialist economies.
9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. (Fri.) & 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (Sat.), Michigan League Hussey Rm. Free. 615-7400. [map]

 9:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Auditions for "A Fairytale Christmas Carol": Saline Area Players.

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Auditions are being held for our family favorite holiday show!
Saturday, September 14, 2019
9:30-11:30 AM
(registration begins at 9)
A Fairytale Christmas Carol is a heartwarming twist on the old Dickens' classic with numerous speaking parts available. Adults and children ages 6 and older are welcome to audition.
More information can be found at
The Fifth Corner, 211 Willis Rd., Saline. Free. [map]

 9:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Mindfulness Meditation": Dexter District Library.

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Guided meditation followed by discussion.
9:30 a.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]

 10-11 a.m. 

"Aerial Boot Camp": A2 Aviary.

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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. [map]

 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Family Fun & Public Safety Day": Van Buren Township Downtown Development Authority.

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Join us for fun family-friendly activities, food, entertainment and meet and greets with the HEROES dedicated to protecting our community at the Annual Public Safety Day!
Menards, 10010 Belleville Road, Belleville. Free. [map]

 10 a.m.-9 p.m. 

"Home & Lifestyle Show": Briarwood Mall.

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Sept. 13-15. Info on products and services for interior and exterior home improvements, new home construction, landscaping, and more.
10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sun.), Briarwood. Free admission. 769-9610. [map]

 10 a.m. 

"Introduction to Meditation": Deep Spring Center.

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Saturday | Sept., 14; Oct., 19; Nov., 16
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Teacher: Kathleen Ivanoff
Contact teacher with questions:
This class is designed for those new to meditation with a little or no experience at all with the practice. Basic detailed instructions for the practice of Vipassana Meditation (also called Insight Meditation or Mindfulness) will be offered.
You are not expected to learn everything in one class and we encourage you to attend more than one class to build on your meditation skills and create sangha.
Suggested donation: $30 - $85 per session
Sept. 14, 2019
October 19, 2019
November 16, 2019

Classes held at:
Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth
704 Airport Blvd.Ann Arbor, MI 48106
More information and registration:
Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 407 Airport Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI. Donation. 7344775848. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

Antique Appraisal Day: Schmidt's Antiques Inc.

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APPRAISAL DAY Saturday September 14th, 10-4 pm. Bring in your Art and Antiques for no cost verbal appraisals. Fine Art, Clocks & Watches, Art Glass and Pottery, Modern Art, Silver and Accessory items. Bring photos of furniture or larger items please.
Schmidt's Antiques Inc., 5138 West Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti. Free. 7344342660. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon 

Bag Sale: Friends of the Saline District Library.

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

 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 

Exotic Plant Show & Sale: Michigan Cactus & Succulent Society/Southeast Michigan Bromeliad Society.

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Sept. 14 & 15. Show and sale of bromeliads, cacti, succulents, and air plants. Also, a sale of growing supplies, books, art prints, and note cards.
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free admission; metered parking. (248) 380-7359. [map]

 10 a.m. 

Full Body Fit: Better Living Fitness.

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Small-Group Personal Training. A full body strength training, cardio and flexibility routine with customization to your fitness level.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48108. $20. 834B Phoenix Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48108. [map]

 10 a.m., noon, 2, & 4 p.m.  Free! 

Public Tours: U-M Natural History Museum.

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

 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Used Book Sale: Friends of the Chelsea District Library.

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Sale of gently used paperback and hard-cover books. Also, CDs, DVDs, audio books, and more. Fill a bag for $5.
10 a.m.-1 p.m., CDL basement, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free admission. 475-8732. [map]

 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Free! 

Washtenaw County Clean Up Day: Washtenaw County Public Works.

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Washtenaw County is hosting a County Clean Up Day on September 14th from 10am-2pm at Thomson Reuters (6300 Interfirst Drive, Ann Arbor), located in Pittsfield Township between Ann Arbor and Saline.
All Washtenaw County residents are welcome to bring old electronics, paints, oils, and cleaning/garden chemicals, and much more for responsible and safe disposal by our waste specialists.
Note: no waste from out-of-county residents or generated by a business can be accepted.
Please see the flyer image attached to this event or visit for complete details of materials we accept.
Thomson Reuters Office Complex, 6300 Interfirst Drive. Free. Donation. (734) 222-3950. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

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

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Sept. 14 & 15. Leslie Science & Nature Center staff show live snakes. Also, animal-oriented hands-on activities. Note: On Saturday, a midday "Animal Naptime" lets the animals take a break.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 1-4 p.m. (Sun.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. All events free (except as noted) with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Grand Re-Opening": Ann Arbor Arms.

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This shooting range kicks off its reopening with lawn games, fire trucks, a chance to try out shooting sports products, food trucks, an ice cream truck, pickleball demos, a DJ, a raffle, prizes, and more. Free ice cream for kids.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., 45 Metty Dr. Free admission. 531-6650. [map]

 10-10:45 a.m.  Free! 

"Japanese Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local music teacher Momo Kajiwara tells stories and sings songs in Japanese. For babies & preschoolers (siblings welcome).
AADL Malletts Creek, 3090 E. Eisenhower. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Sensory Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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A "sensory friendly" event for kids ages 3-7 with developmental disabilities. Includes 20 minutes of interactive stories & movement, followed by 40 minutes of free play.
10-11 a.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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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]

 10:30 & 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Thurs., Sat., & Sun., except Sept. 26 & 28. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows.


The Sky Tonight (5:30 & 6:30 p.m. Thurs., 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an exploration of the current night sky.


Molecularium (10:30 a.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an animated exploration of the atoms and molecules that comprise the universe.


Black Holes (3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) details new developments in the study of supermassive black holes, including the one at the center of our galaxy.

Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. $8. 764-0478. [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.
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]

 11 a.m. 

"Donation YinYasa Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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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. [map]

 11 a.m.-8 p.m. 

7th Annual Ann Arbor Russian Festival: St. Vladimir Russian Orthodox Church.

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Sept. 14 & 15. Slavic food and drinks, including blini, shashlik (kebab), pelmeni (dumplings), Russian potato salad, and more. Live entertainment by the Russian Ballet Academy of Michigan, the NYC Russian song-and-dance ensemble Barynya, the St. Petersburg male vocal ensemble Konevets Quartet, the St. Vladimir Dance Group, and others. Also, Russian beer, a tearoom with Russian sweets, infused vodka tastings, church tours, a sale of Russian souvenirs, and a kids corner with a bounce house, games & crafts, and more.
11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sat.) & 1-7 p.m. (Sun.), St. Vladimir Church, 9900 Jackson, Dexter. Free admission. 475-4590, [map]

 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

8th Annual Taste Of Health: Grass Lake Sanctuary.

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Let food transform how you feel!
*Taste & discover gourmet plant-based recipes.
*Enjoy inspiring Talks & Demos in a peaceful nature setting.
*Experience Feng Shui with food!
*Learn how to make delicious non-dairy milk & cheese.
*Find out how coffee & chocolate can cool inflammation.
*Raffles for healthy gift baskets, body care & cooking items!
*And Much More!
Register Online (tickets are limited): $30 before Aug 15th // $40 after Aug 15th
To register or for more info:
All proceeds benefit Grass Lake Sanctuary.
Grass Lake Sanctuary, 18580 Grass Lake Road, Manchester. $30 before Aug 15th or $40 after Aug 15th. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Children's Storytime: Barnes & Noble.

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Every Sat. Storytelling programs and occasional craft activities for kids age 3 & up.
11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]

 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

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Every Sat. & Sun., Sept. 7-Oct. 28, and every Wed.-Fri. beginning Sept. 27. A carnival atmosphere with a variety of family-oriented fall activities on this 6th-generation family farm. Wagon rides, a petting farm, a corn maze, a Corn Queen Combine playground, and much more. Weekends only: a Noah's Ark inflatable, a giant slide, a bungee run, and more. Pony rides, paintball, apple picking, and other activities available Sat. & Sun. for an extra charge. Cider and donuts available. 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. Weekend admission: $18.75 (babies under 2, free). Weekday admission: $14.49 (babies, free). 390-9211. [map]

 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

Science Forum Demos: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute demos. In "Counting Cells" (11 a.m.) participants learn about cell structure and division. In "How to Become a Fossil" (3 p.m.), participants handle real fossils while learning how fossils form and how fossil casts are made. For ages 5+.
U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Storytime: Literati Bookstore.

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Pirate-themed stories and coloring sheets.
Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"8th Annual Taste of Health": Grass Lake Sanctuary Fundraiser.

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Talks and demos on food-related issues, plant-based food samples & recipes, raffles, and more.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Grass Lake Sanctuary, 18580 Grass Lake Rd., Manchester. $40 in advance at (search "taste of health")., [map]

 11 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Song Fest": Chelsea District Library.

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This daylong festival is highlighted by a performance by Grant-Lee Phillips (7:30-10 p.m., Chelsea First Congregational Church, 121 E. Middle, Chelsea), an acclaimed Nashville-based, L.A.-bred singer-songwriter, Rolling Stone's "best male vocalist of 1994" who was the frontman for Grant Lee Buffalo, a garage-folk trio that reveled in the weird and dark corners of American history. More recently, Phillips played the town troubadour on the popular TV series The Gilmore Girls. The program begins with a conversation with 107.1 FM morning host Martin Bandyke and concludes with a post-show "meet & mingle" with Phillips (Zou Zou's Café, 101 N. Main, Chelsea). Also, a family concert by beloved Chelsea-bred rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter Frank Allison (noon-1 p.m.), songwriting sessions (1-3 p.m.), and an outdoor variety show (3-5 p.m., Reading Garden) with local amateur musicians TBA.
11 a.m.-5 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required for workshops. 475-8732. [map]

 11:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

Lab Chats: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Wed., Sat., & Sun. Short all-ages lecture-demos by museum educators in the museum atriums. "Paleo Prep Lab Chat" (11:30 a.m. Sat. & Sun.) shows the tools and skills needed to prepare and cast fossils for research and display. "Biodiversity Lab Chat" (3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) shows how and why scientists process DNA samples from plants and animals.
11 a.m. (Wed.) & 11:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


Draw Doubles: Local 101 Disc Golf Club.

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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]


Michigan Rugby Football Club vs. Toledo.

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The U-M city team (which includes townies as well as U-M grad students, faculty, and staff) plays its Midwest Rugby Union rival. On Sept. 14 (time TBA at U-M Mitchell Field on Fuller Rd.) they play against U-M rugby alumni in the annual Olde Blue Alumni Match.
1 p.m., Lillie Park South (except as noted), 4365 Platt. Free. [map]

 12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Teen Advisory Group: Dexter District Library.

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All youth in grades 7-12 invited to brainstorm about new programs, book selections, and volunteer opportunities. Pizza.
DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]

 12:45-2:45 p.m.  Free! 

Monthly Meeting: Ann Arbor chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby.

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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. We are working to build support for the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (, a fair and effective policy to reduce GHG emissions. Our meetings consist of dialing in to a national conference call (featuring different guest speakers each month), followed by local discussion of actions. Newcomers are welcome to come at 12:30 for a brief overview.
Ann Arbor District Library - 3rd floor Freespace room, 343 S. 5th Ave. Free. [map]

 1-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Annual Anniversary Open House: Celebrating 41 Years in Ann Arbor": Ann Arbor KTC Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center.

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The Ann Arbor KTC will open its doors to the community in our annual anniversary open house. Food and drinks, activities, friendly conversation, and shrine tours will make this an excellent opportunity to catch up with the community or to visit for the first time. Make a "Mind Jar" to see what happens to your mind when you meditate! Friends and family are welcome! Please come and help us celebrate the 41st anniversary of our founding.
Ann Arbor KTC Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center, 614 Miner St. Free. 734-678-7549. [map]

 1 p.m. 

Open Gym: Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor.

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Come join the FLIPS, TWISTS & FUN at Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor during Open Gym every Saturday from 1pm-2:30pm! Cost is $10 for 1.5 hours of uninstructed play time. Must have a signed consent form to participate, provided at the office if you are new to the gym! Children under 5 years old must be accompanied by a parent. Children 18 months or younger are FREE!
(Cash ONLY please if paying less than $14)
Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor, 7240 Jackson Rd. $10. 734-222-1810. [map]

 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off the warthogs (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, alligator feeding (3 p.m.) and a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including a pancake tortoise, a tenrec, an African bullfrog, a chameleon, 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]

 1-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Role-Playing Game Fest": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to try tabletop role-playing games, including Dungeons & Dragons, Night Witches, and more. Also, a drop-in workshop to paint your own miniature.
1-5 p.m., AADL Downtown lobby, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Stewardship Saturday & Preserve Challenge Hike": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC stewardship coordinator Katie Carlisle leads a 2-mile hike through the preserve, with stops along the way to weed out invasives. No experience necessary.
1-4 p.m., Draper-Houston Preserve, 578 Mooreville Rd., Milan. Free. 971-6337. [map]

 2 p.m. 

8th Anniversary Open House: Maker Works.

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Demonstrations of workshop tools, including 3-D printers, a CNC plasma cutter, a ShopBot CNC router, and lasers. Also, a display of items made by members.
2-5 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. Free. 222-4911. [map]

 2 p.m. 

Family Campout: Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission.

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Sept. 14 & 21. Families invited to bring tents, sleeping bags, and lawn chairs for this overnight campout that includes fishing, hiking, crafts, stargazing, a bonfire, marshmallow roasting, and more. Pancake breakfast. This event usually sells out.
2 p.m. until Sunday morning, Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, Whitmore Lake. $9 per person camping fee. $6 vehicle entry fee. Preregistration required at; 449-4437. [map]

 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"An Afternoon of Improv": Ann Arbor District Library.

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The local improv group Work Friends performs short-form improv games and a long-form set.
2-4 p.m., AADL Downtown 4th-fl. meeting rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 2 & 7:30 p.m. 

"Fun Home": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Sept. 12-Oct. 13. This local professional theater company performs Jeanine Tesori and (Ann Arbor native) Lisa Kron's 2013 Broadway musical based on Alison Bechdel's poignant graphic memoir about growing up in a funeral home, the discovery of her sexuality, and her relationship with her closeted gay father. The music "has the interrogative restlessness of thought in pursuit of certainty, and the ambivalent mix of anger and affection that pervades our relationships with our nearest and dearest," says New York Times critic Ben Brantley. "There's a delicate dissonance in the multiple-part songs, which are all the more affecting for their implicit yearning for harmony."
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $32 (seniors, $30; youth & groups of 10 or more, $28) on Thurs.; $36 (seniors, $34; youth & groups of 10 or more, $32) on Fri. & Sat. eve.; $34 (seniors, $32; youth & groups of 10 or more, $30) for all matinees in advance at and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Read and Look": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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A reading of the picture book G is for Gladiator. Followed by a chance to tour the museum to find artifacts featured in the book. Games and activities to take home. For kids ages 4-7 (with caregiver).
Kelsey, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304. [map]

 2:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to practice juggling. Beginners welcome. Attendees advised to call ahead if there's inclement weather.
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]

 3-5 p.m. 

"Honey & Cheese": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Zingerman's Creamery retail manager Tessie Ives-Wilson discusses and offers taste samples of several different artisan cheeses paired with a variety of honeys. Bread and additional accompaniments provided.
3-5 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $40. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]

 3 p.m. 

"I, Too, Sing America": Michigan Opera Theatre.

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Sept. 14 & 15. Members of this professional opera company perform this multimedia work that combines opera with poetry, narrative, and video to tell the stories of legendary African American artists and athletes. Proceeds benefit the George Shirley Vocal Competition. With soprano Nicole Joseph, mezzo-soprano Olivia Johnson, tenor Edward Graves, narrator and bass Allen Michael Jones, and pianist Michael Sherman.
3 p.m. (Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), First Presbyterian Church, 300 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. Tickets $17 (seniors & students, $10) in advance at $5 tickets at the door for those with a Bridge Card. [map]

 3 p.m.  Free! 

"The Light in the Lake": Nicola's Books.

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Michigan writer Sarah Baughman discusses her debut young adult novel about a 12-year-old who copes with her twin brother's drowning by joining a young scientist program to study water pollution and investigate the mysterious lake creature her brother journaled about. Signing.
3 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.

 4 & 9:40 p.m. 

"Brittany Runs a Marathon": State Theatre.

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(Paul Downs Colaizzo, 2019). Comedy about a woman who takes control of her life by training for a marathon.
Various times, Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Icebreakers ^2": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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

 4:05, 7, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Official Secrets": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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(Gavin Hood, 2019). Thriller, based on the true story of a British whistleblower who exposed an illegal US wiretapping operation designed to force the UN Security Council into sanctioning the 2003 Iraq invasion. Keira Knightley,
Various times, Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4:10, 6:45, & 9:30 p.m. 

"The Goldfinch": State Theatre.

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(John Crowley, 2019). Adaptation of the Donna Tarot novel about a boy is taken in by a wealthy Upper East Side family after his mother is killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Various times, Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4:30 p.m. 

"David Crosby: Remember My Name": State Theatre.

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A.J. Eaton's 2019 documentary about the late career renaissance of the iconic folk-rock singer-songwriter.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME.

 4:30, 6:30, & 9:20 p.m. 

"Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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(Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman, 2019). Documentary about the iconic pop-rock singer.
Various times, Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME. [map]

 5-6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Kombucha Brew 101: with Rachel": Unity Vibration.

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Healthy Kombucha Brew 101 Class every second Saturday
Come learn how to brew and the tricks to carbonating and flavoring this healthy elixir....
$20 gets you brew instructions, industry knowledge and a SCOBY! Pay when you come. Please bring your own jar.
Unity Vibration Tasting Room, 93 Ecorse Rd, Ypsilanti. Free. [map]

 6 p.m. 

"An Evening With Ozone House": Ozone House.

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Join us for our 11th annual fall fundraiser and special 50th anniversary celebration. The evening will include youth speakers, a live and silent auction, wine pull, and family-style, seated dinner.
Domino's World Resource Center, 30 Frank Lloyd Wright Drive. Donation. $175. 7346622265. [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 p.m. 

"An Evening with Ozone House": Ozone House Fundraiser.

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Performances by area youth, music, dinner, cocktails, silent & live auctions, and more.
6 p.m., Domino's World Resource Center, 30 Frank Lloyd Wright Dr. Tickets $175 in advance at 662-2265. [map]

 6-7:50 p.m. 

"DJ Skate": Arctic Coliseum.

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Skating to Top 40 music.
6-7:50 p.m., Arctic Coliseum, 501 Coliseum Dr. (off Manchester Rd., 1/2 mile south of the intersection of Old US-12 & M-52), Chelsea. $5 (children 14 & under, $3) admission, $3 skate rental. 433-4444. [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

"Concert Season Opener with Doug Decker & Tony Fields!": Lone Oak Vineyard.

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Who better to kick off the season than Doug Decker and Tony Fields! The will be here to get the place rocking and we guarantee a good time for all! Blues, jazz, Motown, love songs - they can do it all. They are a favorite here at Lone Oak!
Just 42 seats in this intimate venue, so reservations are a must. $35 per person includes dinner and show. Menu TBA
Lone Oak Vineyard Estate, 8400 Ann Arbor Rd., Grass Lake. $35. 5175228167. [map]

 6:30 & 9:50 p.m. 

"IT Chapter Two": State Theatre.

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(Andy Muschetti, 2019). Horror sequel set 27 years after the original, where a group of misfit kids battle a killer supernatural clown.
Various times, Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME. [map]

 7-10 p.m.  Free! 

"SCRAP Craft + Drink at The Tasting Room": Unity Vibration.

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Join SCRAP and Unity Vibration for the marriage of two great things: crafting and drinking!
Love crafty art? Care about the environment? Enjoy spending time at your local tasting room? If you answered yes to these questions, join us for SCRAP Craft + Drink with Unity Vibration! SCRAP will be bringing tons of creative reuse crafting goodies and tools for you to use, or you can bring your own. Make a reuse collage, a flower crown, craft a diorama, let your alcohol-assisted creativity soar. Whether you are a craft-pro or a glue gun novice, we invite everyone to socialize, craft, and have a great time at Craft + Drink!
Unity Vibration Tasting Room, 93 Ecorse Rd, Ypsilanti. Free. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Dexter Community Orchestra Gala.

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Live music by orchestra members, a wine pull, and a chance to meet the new DCO music director, David Schultz. Refreshments.
7-9 p.m., LaFontaine Chevrolet of Dexter, 7120 Dexter-AnnArbor Rd., Dexter. Free; donations accepted for the orchestra. [map]

 7:20 p.m. 

"The Farewell": State Theatre.

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(Lulu Wang, 2019). Awkwafina stars in this dramatic comedy about a woman who returns to China after her grandmother's terminal cancer diagnosis.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME.

 7:30-10 p.m. 

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

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Maeve Devlin calls to music by Hotline Strings. No experience or partner needed. Wear loose-fitting clothing and flat non-slip shoes. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lesson.
7:30-10 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse. Pay what you can; $10 suggested. 945-1343. [map]

 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

Grant Lyon: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Sept. 13 & 14. Local debut of this Santa Cruz-based observational comic who peppers his act with facts and highbrow concepts. 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]

 7:30 p.m. 

Keb' Mo': The Ark.

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This legendary L.A. singer-guitarist plays original contemporary blues with a strong traditional feel, along with covers of Robert Johnson and other country blues classics. He also played Robert Johnson in Can't You Hear the Wind Howl, a 1996 docudrama about Johnson's life. Opener: Georgia-born country blues singer-songwriter and guitarist Jontavious Willis.
7:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $35-$65 (VIP meet-and-greet, $149) in advance at, MUTO Underground (at the Michigan League), and (if available) at the door. 761-1451. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Reflecting on the Past … Reaching Toward the Future, II": U-M School of Music African American Music Conference.

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Sept. 12-14 (different locations). This conference, which runs Sept. 12-15, features 3 performances that highlight music of the African diaspora. To register for the conference, see Tonight: "400: An African Epic," a performance by the Mark Lomax Quartet, led by Columbus jazz drummer Lomax, of the suite from 400, their forthcoming 12-album cycle tracing the history of Black America.
7:30 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Josh White Jr: The Ark.

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Known for his powerful, intense singing and his virtuosity on 6-string and 12-string guitars, White sings in a more modern style than his famous folksinger father. His blues, gospel, and folk repertoire includes many of his father's best-known songs as well as several upbeat, inspirational originals.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office (relocated to the Michigan League during the Union's renovation) and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 p.m. 

NTG's Season 5 Kickoff Fundraiser: Neighborhood Theatre Group.

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Join Neighborhood Theatre Group as we kickoff our 5th Season of original theatre. Featuring live music from The NTG House Band, a raffle, High 5 Booth, Instagram Photo Wall, refreshments, and more!
This is a family friendly event. Free parking in downtown Ypsilanti.
Riverside Arts Center Art Gallery, 76 N. Huron St, Ypsilanti. Donation. $5. (734) 480-2787. [map]

 8 p.m. 

The Curtis Taylor Quartet: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This Southern California-based jazz trumpeter, a graduate of the MSU jazz program, performs his original works, including those from #Hashtagged, his 2017 debut album that combines elements of jazz, R&B, soul, and spoken word to create songs inspired by popular hashtags, including #blessed, #blacklivesmatter, and #blackgirlmagic.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20-$40 (students, $10) in advance at Reservations recommended., 769-2999. [map]

 8-10 p.m. 

Tumbao Bravo: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth Cafe 704 Coffeehouse.

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This award-winning local Cuban jazz sextet, led by saxophonist and flutist Paul VornHagen, performs originals that blend authentic Cuban polyrhythms from mambo to danzón with jazz harmonies. With conga player Gregory "Greco" Freeman, pianist Brian Di Blassio, bassist Pat Prouty, trumpeter Paul Finkbeiner, and Michael Gutierrez on timbales.
8-10 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $8 ($15 for 2). 327-0270. [map]

 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Forte Factory": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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The Pointless musical improv team performs 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 & at the door. (989) 455-4484. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Full Moon Campfire": Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy.

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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 7:50 p.m.
8 p.m., LeFurge Woods, 2252 N. Prospect Rd. (1/2 mile north of Geddes), Superior Twp. Free. 484-6565. [map]

 8-10 p.m. 

"Full Moon Walk": Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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A brief talk on moon facts & folklore before an evening hike to watch the sunset and the rise of the Harvest Moon.
8-10 p.m., park activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5. Preregistration required. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]

 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. & Sat. Comedic improv by experienced local groups, including Pointless's resident company the League of Pointless Improvisers. The Sept. 13, 20, & 27 shows feature sets by This Is a Quiz.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.) in advance at & at the door. (989) 455-4484. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Urinetown": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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Sept. 12-15. Rob Roy directs local actors in Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis's Tony-winning musical comedy about a city in the midst of a drought so devastating that a malevolent corporation has been able to take control of all the toilet facilities. Romance and chaos intertwine in this sharp satire that takes aim not only at environmental degradation, the sophistries of the legal system, and corporate piracy but at the form of the Broadway musical. Newsday critic Linda Winer calls it "elevated silliness of the highest order that makes a gratifying case for the restorative return to knowing foolishness and the smartly absurd." Cast: Kathleen Beardmore, Sophia Cannella, Neil Clennan, Trisha Fountain, Rachel Francisco, Lily Gechter, Rebecca Pratt Glover, Chris Grimm, Hannah Knowlton, Alexander Maranville, Matt Praschan, Joseph Pryor, Keith Rikli, Sarah Johnson Risch, Kennedy Shuck, Jeff Steinhauer, Sarah Sweeter, John Tramp, Zoe Van Slooten, and Tim Ziegler.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $28 (seniors, $25; students, 15) in advance at Thurs. tickets purchased at the box office are pay what you can. 971-2228. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Matt Gabriel

Grand Rapids singer-songwriter whose music draws on an eclectic mix of genres, from pop and rock to folk and country. [venue info]

Blue Llama: Allan Harris Band

Ensemble led by the acclaimed NYC jazz singer, guitarist, and composer. The Miami Herald described his singing as a blend of "the warmth of Tony Bennett, the bite and rhythmic sense of Sinatra, and the sly elegance of Nat 'King' Cole." $15-$25. 7 & 9:30 p.m. [venue info]

Bona Sera: "Pop + Art."

Queer variety show. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Bird into Bear

Highly regarded local acoustic roots-music folk-rock sextet, formerly known as Dragon Wagon, that calls its music "bluegrass folk-rock with a touch of Irish whiskey." [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: John Churchville 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 drummer Robert Warren and a rotating roster of bassists and pianists. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Soulstice

Hard-driving horn-fueled funk dance band from East Lansing. [venue info]

Mash: Chris Canas Band

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

Mash: Mia Green

Young Detroit-area pop-folk singer-songwriter. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Lisa Pappas

Local singer-songwriter who sings twangy pop-folk and country originals. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: BDI Blues Band

Ypsilanti quintet, sometimes known as Blues Dog Inquisition, that plays hard-driving classic Chicago blues. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]

Ziggy's: 734 Saturdays

Open mike, along with a featured performer TBA. Sign-up starts at 7 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: The Cloudbuilders

Energetic folk-rock & soul band fronted by former Ragbirds guitarist Adam Labeaux. [venue info]


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From eyeglasses to resale
Shelley Daily
New Owners at Jefferson Market
Ed Green and Angie May met at a Berkeley diner.
Sabine Bickford
Morgan No More
York makes its debut as a "hip communal oasis."
Sabine Bickford
Hands On The Harvest
Restaurants with Birthday Discount
A clickable zoomable map
Business in Chelsea
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Agrarian Impact
"We have added $7.5 million in sales into the local food economy," Kathy Sample says.
Mary Beth Lewis
Health Care - Urgent Care Clinics
Senior Living & Services
Senior photos. Family photos. Wedding photos. John Shultz does it all!
A visitor's guide to Ann Arbor