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Calendar of Events

Saturday, September 21, 2019






 
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 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.-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Adult Open- Adult Figure Skating Competition": Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club.

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We're very excited to be hosting our first event as part of the 2019-2020 Adult Competition Series! The Ann Arbor FSC Adult Open will be held at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube on Saturday, September 21st.
Adult skaters of all ages, skill levels, and skating backgrounds are invited to participate in our 1st Annual Ann Arbor FSC Adult Open!
Proudly offering: Freestyle, Compulsory Moves, Jumps, Spins, Dramatic Showcase, Light Entertainment Showcase, Solo Free Dance, Open Solo Pattern Dance, Open Partnered Pattern Dance, & Social Dance
Levels available: Adult 1 - 6, Pre Bronze - Gold, Young Adult (Ages 17-20), Masters (Intermediate/Novice), & Masters (Junior/Senior)
Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley Dr. Free. 734-213-6768. aafsc@annarborfsc.org www.annarborfsc.org [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]


 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 a.m.  Free! 

"Free Shredding": Pittsfield Charter Township.

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Stop by the Pittsfield Township Administration Building parking lot on Saturday, September 21st from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM to shred up to 5 banker boxes full of paper! No hanging folders or 3-ring binders please. This event is free for residents only, and proof of residency (drivers license, utility bill, etc.) is required.
Township Administration Bldg., 6201 W. Michigan Ave. Free. 734.822.3130. htt;://www.pittsfield-mi.gov/DocumentCenter/View/3975 [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. tgriffit@umich.edu, 647-8528. [map]


 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Indian Art & Frontier Antique Show: Frontier Antique Collectors.

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Display and sale of 18th- and 19th-century furs, beadwork, frontier weapons, burl bowls, effigy ladles, pipes, and more. 7 a.m. admission available ($20).
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $5 (kids, free). (248) 840-7070. [map]


 9, 10, & 11 a.m. 

Music Classes for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers: Eastern Michigan University Community Music Academy.

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These weekly classes will immerse young children (ages birth through 5 years) in a rich musical environment and provide a variety of experiences designed to expand musical understanding and skills in an active and playful way. Class activities include singing and chanting, moving to music (including use of props such as bean bags, scarves, and streamers), playing assorted small percussion instruments, pattern instruction, and imaginative musical play. Children attend with a parent/caregiver, who participates alongside the child.
Fall session begins September 21.
Classes for infants/toddlers are held on Saturdays at 9am (birth-18 mo.) and 10am (18 mo.-3 yr.).
Classes for preschool/kindergarten (3-5 yr.) are held on Saturdays at 11am.
Cost is $115 for 8 classes. Register by September 13 for an Early Bird Discount of $10 off!
See our website for more info and registration: https://www.emich.edu/music-dance/music/community-music-academy
EMU Alexander Music Building (Rm. 213), Corner of Lowell and E Circle Dr, Ypsilanti. $115 for 8 classes. 734-657-6825. amysierzega@gmail.com https://www.emich.edu/music-dance/music/community-music-academy


 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!
https://files.constantcontact.com/a8dc887f001/5d479f59-13f7-4c40-b018-30e03a7fb7ab.pdf
Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County, 2245 South State Street, Ste 200. Free. 9895339357. jbjarvi@jfsannarbor.org [map]



 9:30-11:30 a.m. 

"Trike-a-Thon Fall Festival": First Steps PTO.

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Trike-a-Thon Fall Festival is a First Steps PTO sponsored family event to raise scholarship funds for First Steps. Children ride bikes, trikes, wagons or strollers and supporters pledge to raise money. Kids and adults ride around cones, test their bike skills and, if it's warm enough, head through the bike wash. All kids get a ribbon and a t-shirt.
We don't just have bike and stroller fun though. We have lots of other activities too.
HVA is bringing an ambulance so kids can see what one is like.
The AAFD is bringing a firetruck. Super cool!
We'll have people from Safe Kids to fit your child's bike helmet
LongSnouts Dog Training helps with dog safety information from Hannah Ashmore.
Goody Ice Cream Truck is back and so are Renecia and Lemare with free treats.
Plus Black Diesel coffee + bananas, bagels and water.
Fit4Mom is having a playdate with us too.
Glitter Tattoos, chalk drawing, ribbons for all the racers, duck pond prizes and t-shirts from IHA ChildHealth West
Westerman Preschool & Family Center, 2775 Boardwalk Dr. Donation. $5 - $50. 734-994-4949. hyde@aaps.k12.mi.us http://bit.ly/Trike-a-ThonFallFestival2019 [map]



 9:30-11:30 a.m. 

"Trike-a-Thon Fall Festival": First Steps/Ann Arbor PTO Fundraiser.

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All kids invited to ride a stroller, scooter, trike, or bike around an empty parking lot. Participant ribbons. Also, a fire truck, an ambulance, an ice cream truck, a duck challenge, chalk drawing, glitter tattoos, a dog training demo, and helmet sales and fittings.
Westerman Preschool & Family Center, 2775 Boardwalk. $5 minimum donation. 994-4949. [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. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]


 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

"Celebrating Community and Confronting Oppression: InterPlay & Theatre of the Oppressed': InterPlay SE Michigan.

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Delve into this workshop where we will use the creative tools of InterPlay and Theatre of the Oppressed to celebrate and honor our efforts in showing up for ourselves and each other in the face of oppression.
We will also spend time looking into the complexities of oppressive systems, and collectively imagine ways we can refrain from being complicit in them.
Join us for an active, easeful, fun and poignant space, celebrating and exploring through stories, songs, stillness and dances.
No previous experience needed. Only an open mind and willingness to grow as a community and individually. This will be a joyous yet real experience celebrating each other and acknowledging the hardships
Anyone who is most effected by oppressive systems can come for free or discounted fee. Please contact organizers for more information.
Please note: You can come for the whole day, or just the morning (10:00-1:00) or afternoon (2:00-5:00). Shared potluck lunch from 1:00-2:00.
Turner Senior Resource Center (in the exercise room), 2401 Plymouth Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. $30-$60 sliding scale. 231-774-6146. Leeriver@umich.edu https://www.facebook.com/InterPlaySEMichigan/ [map]



 10 a.m.-11 p.m.  Free! 

15th Annual Oktoberfest: Saline Main Street.

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Sept. 20 & 21. This old-fashioned Oktoberfest kicks off with the annual "Tapping of the Golden Keg" and features a beer garden with German brews and traditional German food. Bake sale. Note: No pets after 5 p.m. Today: a "Kinderplatz" play area for kids, a cornhole tournament, wiener dog races, a Hammerspiel (German nail game) tournament, and live music culminating in a performance by the Detroit 70s & 80s classic rock band 50 Amp Fuse (8-11 p.m.).
5-11 p.m. (Fri.) & 10 a.m.-11 p.m. (Sat.), downtown Saline. Free ($5 admission after 5 p.m. for those age 21 & over). salineoktoberfest.com, 316-2119. [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. office@betterlivingfitness.com betterlivingfitness.com [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.-4 p.m. 

"Harvest Art Market": Silver Maples of Chelsea.

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Display and sale of watercolors, fiber art, acrylics, jewelry, and pottery by several Michigan artists. Also, demos & a bake sale.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Silver Maples, 100 Silver Maples Dr., Chelsea. Free admission. 475-4111. [map]


 10 a.m.  Free! 

"KinderConcert": Dexter District Library.

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Music for Little Folks director Gari Stein, Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra flutist Alaina Bercilla, and pianist Kathryn Goodson lead kids age 5 & under (accompanied by an adult) in a 30-minute program that includes storytelling and dancing to live music. Participants also learn about the instruments.
10 a.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 10 a.m.-noon 

"Military Rifle Match": Tri-County Sportsmen's League.

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All invited to participate in this marksmanship competition using any military-style rifle. Bring your own gun and ammunition.
10 a.m.-noon (registration begins at 9 a.m.), TCSL, 8640 Moon, Saline. $15 (members, $10). marks@comcast.net, 276-2514. [map]


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Nature Explorers: Bird Beak Buffet": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Elle Bogle leads kids ages 5 & 6 (with caregiver) on a hike to look for birds. Also, a chance to learn about different types of bird beaks.
Meet at the County Farm Park perennial garden, 2230 Platt. Free. Preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org. 971-6337. [map]


 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Pop-Up Makerspace": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Sept. 21 & 22. Hands-on engineering activity. This month's challenge: "Make It Float!"
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sept. 21) & noon-4 p.m. (Sept. 22), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 10-10:45 a.m.  Free! 

"Spanish Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local writer & teacher Consuelo Digón tells stories and sings songs in Spanish. For babies & preschoolers (siblings welcome).
AADL Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 971-6337. [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 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Death Café.

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All invited to join a frank conversation about death led by participants. Hosted by After Death Home Care founder Merilynne Rush and Diana Cramer. Tea & cake available for purchase.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Tearoom, 114 S. Main. Free. 395-9660. [map]



 10:30 & 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

Meet Hikonyan, Ann Arbor City Mascot": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to meet Hikonyan, the samurai-helmeted white cat that serves as the mascot for Hikone, Japan, Ann Arbor's sister city. Also, Hikonyan-themed activities.
10:30 & 11:15 a.m., , AADL Downtown lobby, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [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.

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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.

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

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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.

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


 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Chinese Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Sept. 7 & 21. An AADL storyteller tells stories and sings songs in Mandarin. Also, a Chinese-themed craft. For babies & preschoolers (siblings welcome).
AADL Downtown (Sept. 7) & Westgate (Sept. 21). Free. 327-4200.


 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.  Free! 

"BMR Kids Club- YDL Superior": Black Men Read.

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Join us on the third Saturday of each month at YDL Superior for storytelling and crafts!
Black Men Read is an homage to the history of storytelling among African people. All families are invited and encouraged to attend. Stories and activities will be geared for children K-5
Ypsilanti District Library- Superior Branch, 8795 Macarthur Rd, Ypsilanti. Free. bmrprogram@gmail.com [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. info@motathaiyoga.com motathaiyoga.com [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.  Free! 

Live Audition Party: Community Music School of Ann Arbor.

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The Community Music School of Ann Arbor would like to invite young musicians to audition for its 2020 season.
PLEASE PREPARE THE FOLLOWING:
I. A 2-3 minute solo of your choice.
II. Scales or exercise for your instrument (found on website)
III. Sight-Reading: Be prepared to receive a piece of music to sight-read either at the live audition, or download your PDF from our website.
Auditions will take place during our Live Audition Party or may be submitted via email to programs@cmsa2.org. Scholarship options are available. For more information on CMSA2 and the audition process, please visit our website.
Rudolf Steiner High School, 2230 Pontiac Trail, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Free. 734-213-2000. programs@cmsa2.org www.cmsa2.org [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! 

Story Time: Nicola's Books.

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Local children's writers Lisa Wheeler and Jody McKay read their picture books. Wheeler's People Share with People is a humorous, instructive rhyming book for preschoolers. McKay's Pencil's Perfect Picture is about a pencil trying to draw a picture for his dad.
11 a.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.


 11:15 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Storytime at the Museum": UMMA.

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Story & crafts related to current exhibits. For ages 3-6 (with caregiver); siblings welcome.
Meet at the UMMA store, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [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]


 Noon 

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]


 Noon  Free! 

"KinderConcert": Chelsea District Library.

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Music for Little Folks director Gari Stein, Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra flutist Alaina Bercilla, and pianist Kathryn Goodson lead kids age 5 & under (accompanied by an adult) in a 30-minute program that includes storytelling and dancing to live music. Participants also learn about the instruments.
Noon-12:30 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [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. cga2@champgymaa.com https://www.champgymaa.com/open-gym [map]



 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Various times & locations. Free. 794-6627.


 1-5 p.m. 

West Cross Cider Festival.

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Tastings of Michigan-made ciders. Games. Food available. Live music: Ypsilanti ska-punk band Dirty Notion (1:10 p.m.), Detroit MC Lucy Lujah (2 p.m.), popular Ypsilanti punk, old-time, and bluegrass band Black Jake & the Carnies (2:45 p.m.), and DJ Mona Black (4 p.m.).
1-5 p.m., College Place, Ypsilanti. Free admission; $25 for cider tasting wristband (age 21 & over only) in advance at westcrossciderfest.com.


 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]


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Gaming Tournaments": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Sept. 21 & 22. Video game tournaments. Sept. 21: "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate." For adults and teens grade 6 & up. Sept. 22: "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe." For all ages.
1-4 p.m., AADL Downtown meeting rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. . [map]


 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"This Book of Mine": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Caldecott-winning southwest Michigan children's writers Sarah Stewart and David Small read their latest picture book, a celebration of the power of reading. For kids in grades preK-3.
AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.


 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 washtenaw.org/2243/Independence-Lake-Family-Campout. pahlj@ewashtenaw.org; 449-4437. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"A Honey Bee Presentation": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Honeybee-themed games, crafts, and activities for kids in grades K-5, led by Bee Present Honey owner/beekeeper Rebecca Wittekindt.
AADL Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley. 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 theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Never Alone: How Spiritual Ideas Work in Us": First Church of Christ, Scientist.

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Christian Science practitioner Melanie Wahlberg discusses how she prayed for her suicidal teen daughter, who eventually stopped having suicidal thoughts.
2 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Community Rm., 114 S. Main. Free. 662-1694. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Saturday Sampler": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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Every Sat. Docent-led tours of the museum, including "Back to School" (Sept. 7), a kid-friendly tour (Sept. 14), "University of Michigan Excavations" (Sept. 21), and a tour of the current exhibit Graffiti as Devotion along the Nile (Sept. 28).
2-3 p.m., Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304.


 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. juggling.info@umich.edu, umich.edu/~juggle, 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.  Free! 

Irish Traditional Jam Session: Seitz's Tavern.

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All acoustic musicians invited to play traditional Irish music. Spectators welcome.
3-5 p.m., 110 W. Middle St., Chelsea. Free. 475-7475. [map]


 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

Pittsfield Open Band: Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.

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Sept. 7 & 21. All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. Bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book if you have them. The band hosts a similar jam at the Ypsi Alehouse (124 Pearl St., Ypsilanti) on Sept. 17, 7-9 p.m.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 994-9307. [map]


 3 p.m. 

U-M Men's Soccer.

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Aug. 30: Florida Gulf Coast. Exhibition. 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 2: Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. 1 p.m.

Sept. 6: Cornell. 5 p.m.

Sept. 8: Washington. 6 p.m.

Sept. 17: Oakland. 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 21: Rutgers. 3 p.m.

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


 3-10 p.m. 

"Backyard Beer Garden": Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Michigan craft beers, craft cocktails, food trucks, German pretzels, live music, a Cornhole Tournament, and oversized outdoor games, such as giant beer pong and snookball (a soccer-pool hybrid in which players kick oversized pool balls into pockets on an outdoor pitch).
3-10 p.m., Palmer Commons Park, downtown Chelsea. $5 admission. 475-1145.



 3-5 p.m. 

"Cheese & Charcuterie": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Staffers host a tasting of cured meats paired with artisan cheeses. Bread and additional accompaniments.
3-5 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $45. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]


 3 & 8 p.m. 

"Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Fallen Soufflé": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Sept. 19-Dec. 21. Michelle Mountain directs the world premiere of Livonia playwright David MacGregor's 2nd Sherlock Holmes play, which features the Victorian super sleuth solving a case for the playboy Prince of Wales on the eve of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. Coincidentally, the master chef Auguste Escoffier needs the detective's help as well. Cast: Mark Colson, Paul Stroili, Sarab Kamoo, Caitlin Cavannaugh, Tom Whalen, and David Bendena.
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. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]


 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Soapmaking 101": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local soapmaker Stephanie Hawkes demonstrates how to make soap at home and offers tips on safety and fixing mistakes. Attendees receive soap to take home.
3-5 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [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). pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 5-7 p.m.  Free! 

"How Home Happens": Ann Arbor Real Estate Associates.

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THINKING OF MAKING THAT NEXT HOUSING MOVE, BUT NOT REALLY SURE WHERE TO BEGIN?
PLEASE JOIN US WHILE WE HAVE A WORKSHOP-STYLE SEMINAR, TO GET YOU ORGANIZED AND MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. WE WILL BE OFFERING VALUE ADDED PLANNING TOOLS, ACCESS TO OUR VENDOR NETWORK, HOUSE HUNTING TIPS, FINANCING, THE LOCAL CONTRACT AND SO MUCH MORE TO GET YOU PLANNING ALL OF YOUR NEXT MOVES.
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LET US MOVE YOU
ANN ARBOR SENIOR CENTER, 1320 Baldwin Ann Arbor MI 48104. Free. 7343954990. a2realestatelady@gmail.com www.AnnArborRealEstateAssociates.com [map]



 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"A Concert for a Cause": First Presbyterian Church.

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18-year-old Filipina violin prodigy Kristine Clair (KayCee) Galano performs Bach's Sonata no. 1 in G minor and Sonata no. 2 in A minor. She's making her Carnegie Hall debut in October with a performance of all 6 Bach solo sonatas. Reception follows. Proceeds benefit CIRCLES of Friends in Deed, an area nonprofit that pairs disadvantaged "leaders" with volunteer "allies."
5:30 p.m., First Presbyterian, 1432 Washtenaw. Free; donations appreciated. 662-4466. [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. 

"Candlelight Dinner Concert with Ben Sharkey": Lone Oak Vineyard.

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We are excited to welcome Ben Sharkey to the Lone Oak stage for the first time! Perfectly fusing vintage old school cool and contemporary jazz, soul and pop energy and swagger, Ben Sharkey has enjoyed an extraordinary dual career over the past ten years. Since the charismatic vocalist posted his first raw home videos of himself singing Michael Buble and Frank Sinatra classics to YouTube in 2007, he has amassed over 5 million views worldwide for over 70 clips - including the professionally shot, James Bond themed original "What You've Given" (over 150,000 views alone!) The Michigan native has also become one of the Motor City's premiere live entertainers, with hundreds of performances at jazz hotspots like Cliff Bell's and a five year and counting residency at the Axis Lounge at the MGM Grand Detroit. Ben will be accompanied by two world-class musicians on this special night. Reservations required. Check him out on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sE
Lone Oak Vineyard Estate, 8400 Ann Arbor Rd., Grass Lake. $45. 5175228167. dlbarber1@aol.com www.bensharkey.com [map]



 7-10 p.m.  Free! 

"Beatles Night, Come Together": Unity Vibration.

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Join us for Beatles Trivia, music and giveaways. A yellow submarine and a Ferrari will be given away (you can fit them in your pocket). We will also have live music from Alice Oakes.
Unity Vibration Tasting Room, 93 Ecorse Rd, Ypsilanti. Free. danni@uvkbeer.com https://www.facebook.com/events/416832822511035/ [map]


 7-10 p.m.  Free! 

"UMMA After Hours": UMMA.

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The museum is open late tonight with live music, gallery talks, art activities, and more. Highlights include a talk by NYU painter and printmaker Meleko Mokgosi on his newly commissioned work, Pan-African Pulp, and a chance to vote on photos to be added to the UMMA permanent collection.
7-10 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Amy Fedel Memorial Concert: Amy and Lisa Fund.

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Performances by local musicians, including folk-rock quartet The Bonfire Poets, jazz ensemble Five Miles More, jazz vocalist Patti Jarosz, and eclectic ensemble Jeff & the Deck Chairs. Also, a Singalong Jukebox, in which the audience performs songs they select from a list. Held in memory of Amy Fedel, an 8-year-old who was killed in 1998 when the family's van was hit by a drunk driver. Proceeds benefit MADD, the Brain Injury Association of Michigan, and the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan.
7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $15 (kids, $3) suggested donation. Fedel.com/amyandlisa, 998-0360. [map]


 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

Sean Patton: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Sept. 20 & 21. This New Orleans-bred actor-comedian is known for his irreverent, politically incorrect, but affectionate stories exploring the incorrigible comedy of human behavior. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
7:30 & 10 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $14 reserved seating in advance, $16 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

University Lowbrow Astronomers.

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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.


 8 p.m. 

Amy Petty and Adam Plomaritas: Stony Lake Brewing Acoustic Routes Concert.

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Double bill. Petty is a Saginaw-based pop-folk singer-songwriter whose style is described as "a cross between Sarach McLachlan's airy balladry and Sade's smouldering soul" by a MetroWest Daily News (Framingham, MA) reviewer. Ypsilanti Americana rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter Plomaritas, who cites Elvis as his biggest influence, plays songs from his latest as-yet-untitled album.
8 p.m., Stony Lake Brewing, 447 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. $15 at the door only. 316-7919. [map]


 8 p.m. 

RFD Boys: The Ark.

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Authentic bluegrass by these longtime local favorites who have appeared in numerous festivals and on the cover of Bluegrass Unlimited magazine. Their shows blend top-notch musicianship with funny between-songs dialogue. They have several recordings, including the brand-new Still Delivering.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $11 at the door only. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]



 8 p.m. 

"Admissions": Theatre Nova.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Sept. 20-Oct. 13. David Wolber directs the Michigan premiere of NYC playwright Joshua Harmon's 2018 satire about a progressive white couple whose proud legacy of diversifying the mostly white boarding school at which they work is challenged when their high-achieving son doesn't get in to Yale, while his quarter-black best friend, with worse grades, does. An exploration of the hypocrisy of liberals who want to promote diversity without giving up any power or privilege, the play is praised by a New York Times critic as "an extraordinarily useful and excruciating satire-of the left, by the left, for the left-for today." Cast: Joe Bailey, Sarah Burcon, Diane Hill, Jeremy Kucharek, and Cynthia Szczesny.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) are $22 or pay what you can afford, in advance at theatrenova.org and at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]


 8-10 p.m. 

"Calling All Owls": Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Illustrated indoor talk followed by a hike through the woods to call owls.
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 pointlessbrew.com & at the door. (989) 455-4484. [map]


 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 

Latin Dance Party: Dance Revolution.

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Sept. 7 & 21. High-energy dance party with salsa, merengue, bachata, and cha-cha dancing to music spun by a DJ. No partner necessary. Preceded by beginner (7 p.m.) and intermediate/advanced (8 p.m.) salsa lessons.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $12 (students with ID, $8) includes lesson; $5 for dance only. facebook.com/A2DanceRevolution. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: James Cherewick

Veteran Ypsilanti postpunk rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter. [venue info]

Blue Llama: "Ann Arbor Jazz Festival."

A 3-day showcase with a focus on Michigan-based jazz. Tonight: Headliner (9:45 p.m.): Theo Croker, (a nationally acclaimed experimental jazz trumpeter whose music incorporates elements of hip-hop, funk, soul, R&B, and pop. Openers: Sean Dobbins Trio (8:30 p.m.), an ensemble led by local drummer Jesse Kramer (7 p.m.), Trunino Lowe Quartet (5:45 p.m.). Also on Sept. 21, a 4:30 p.m. performance by students from jazz workshops earlier in the day. [venue info]

Club Above: "Hip-Hop Showcase."

With performers TBA. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: The Pajamas Band

Local pop-rock jam trio. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Meg Braun / Andy Baker

Double bill. Braun is a Nashville-based, Toledo-bred pop-folk singer- songwriter whose 2016 CD, Restless Moon, is a collection of story songs about women molded by the choices they made and/or the choices that the world made for them, and West Michigan veterinarian Baker is an Americana pop-folk singer-songwriter whose repertoire mixes poignant story songs with humorous ones. [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: Fabulous Soul Shakers

Pop dance band. [venue info]

Mash: Michael May & the Messarounds

Jazz-inflected blues and blues-rock by this veteran local quartet led by vocalist and blues harpist May. [venue info]

Mash: Robert Johnson

Solo acoustic folk and blues by this Northville singer-guitarist. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Rumpus Room: Deadicated

Grateful Dead tribute band. [venue info]

Session Room: Groove Plexus

Local electro-funk band. [venue info]

Session Room: Groove Plexus

Local electro-funk band. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: K Michael Joseph

This local singer-guitarist performs an eclectic array of covers from Badfinger to Cowboy Junkies and Smashing Pumpkins, along with a few originals. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: The Randaliers

A diverse mix of familiar and lesser-known rock, blues, alt- country and R&B covers by this local trio of chanteuse Vicki Dischler and guitarists C. Russell and Phil Campbell. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: The Terraplanes

Local band led by singer-guitarist Jerry Mack that plays a mix of houserocking blues, uptown swing, soulful R&B, and roots rock. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Jay Stielstra

Folk-country originals by this veteran local singer-songwriter, a mainstay of the local folk scene since the early 70s who is most widely known as the author of Tittabawassee Jane and other Michigan-based folk musicals. Tonight he is joined by several musical friends to celebrate his birthday. [venue info]

 
 


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