Every Wed. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 19 miles or more along gravel country roads. Call if it's raining or the temperatures are below 50.
9 a.m., Trinity Presbyterian Church parking lot, 10101 Gotfredson Rd. at Ann Arbor-Plymouth Rd. Free. 663-5060. [map]
Join us for Toddler Time
Tuesday: 9:00-10:00am & 1:00-2:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am-12:00pm * your ONE hour begins when you arrive*
Thursday: 9:00-10:00am & 1:00-2:00pm
Have fun exploring and playing in our fun pits, bouncing on our 50' trampoline, play games and learn hand eye coordination, balance and more! There's always something to do at CGAA! Children 18 months or younger are FREE! All ages are welcome!
Champion Gymnastics, 7240 Jackson Rd. $7/ child. 7342221810. email@example.com https:
Every Wed. Moderate-paced 40-mile ride to Chelsea or Whitmore Lake and beyond.
8 a.m., (9 a.m. in Sept.), Bird Hills Park parking lot, Newport Rd. Free. 649-9762.
This study group will read one memoir/month written by women. Several will focus on aging and old age, some on grief and loss, some on childhood or the middle years. Each month there will be group discussion of the selected memoir followed by a short reflective writing experience related to the issues raised by the memoir. This is not a memoir-writing class.
It's an opportunity to use other women's reflections on their lives to examine our own. Beth Spencer, instructor, a mostly-retired geriatric social worker, developed and facilitated Women & Aging through Literature & Reflective Writing for several years. This Study Group will meet Wednesdays, 10:00 am-12:00 pm on September 25, October 23, November 20, December 18, March 25, April 22, May 20.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road. $45. 734-998-9351. firstname.lastname@example.org www.olli-umich.org [map]
Every Mon.-Fri. Half hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver).
Mon. 11 a.m. Westgate.
Tue. 10 a.m. Downtown & 11 a.m. Traverwood.
Wed. 10 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11 a.m. Downtown, & 1 p.m. Westgate & 6 p.m. Traverwood.
Thurs. 10 a.m. Traverwood & 7 p.m. Pittsfield.
Fri. 10 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.
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]
Join us at Northfield Township Area Library every Wednesday at 11 a.m. for a half-hour of fun stories, silly songs, and age-appropriate hands-on activities. Storytime is designed to promote early literacy. Registration is not required.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. email@example.com www.ntal.org
Sept. 11, 18, & 25. All invited to accompany Gratzi chef John Somerville to the Farmers Market to get ingredients for the restaurant's special that night. Followed at 6 p.m. at the restaurant by a chance to see Somerville prepare the dish. Small appetizers.
11 a.m., meet at the Sweetwaters entrance to Kerrytown. Free. 663-6387. [map]
Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs., except Sept. 2. All ages invited to play non-sanctioned (Mon.) & ACBL-sanctioned (Wed. & Thurs.) duplicate bridge. Bring a partner. Refreshments.
12:30-4 p.m. (Mon.) & Noon-3:45 p.m. (Wed. & Thurs.), Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $3 (members, $2) on Mon., $7 (members, $6) on Wed. & Thurs., 794-6250. [map]
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]
Yoga instructor Jo Ann Yates shows how to use stretch yoga to increase flexibility and improve memory. Bring a mat, if you have one; some available to borrow.
Noon-1:15 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]
This study group will discuss the ideas in "American Dialogue: The Founders and Us", by Joseph J. Ellis. Ellis positions our contemporary debates on race, income inequality, jurisprudence, and foreign policy in their historical context through dialogue with four founders-Jefferson, Adams, Madison, and Washington. Following Ellis, the study group will engage in its own American dialogue between then and now, enabling an interactive process through which we can frame current issues in light of their historical origins and see our founders through a modern lens. The book will be available at Literati Bookstore. Additional readings to be supplied.
This study group for those 50 and over will be led by instructors John Roundtree and Larry Berlin and will meet for two hours on Wednesdays, from September 25 through November 6, (no class on October 9).
Church of the Good Shepherd, 2145 Independence Blvd. $35. 734-998-9351. firstname.lastname@example.org https:
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]
Local art teacher Keith McGuire introduces teens to various art techniques and media, including abstract art (Sept. 25, outdoors if weather permits), charcoals (Oct. 9), illustrating on black paper (Oct. 23), and comic strips (Nov. 6).
3-4:15 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. Salinelibrary.org, 429-5450. [map]
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]
"Beyond the Frame: American History through Artworks from the Smithsonian": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.more >
"Beyond the Frame: American History through Artworks from the Smithsonian": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.< less
This course will connect, engage, and inspire adult learners at OLLI by exploring America's stories through highly interactive, artwork-driven videoconferences. Leveraging the Museum's tremendous digitized collection, online assets, and strong scholarship, OLLI participants and Smithsonian American Art Museum study group leaders will work together to uncover and discuss a variety of topics explored by artists throughout American history.
American Art Museum study group leaders are a corps of seasoned volunteer videoconference presenters deeply familiar with the Museum's collections and how to facilitate conversations about artworks. Their professional experiences, paired with Museum-provided training, have prepared them to be responsive to participants' interests and facile leaders of artwork-based discussions. Meetings will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-5pm (September 9th, 16th, 25th, and 30th).
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road. $30. 734-998-9351. email@example.com www.olli-umich.org [map]
This Ohio-based Christian writer and Concordia alum reads from and discusses Shadow Among Sheaves, her debut novel, a retelling of the Biblical story of Boaz and Ruth set during the 19th-century British occupation of India.
4 p.m., Concordia Earhart Manor Living Rm., 4090 Geddes. Free. 995-7389. [map]
The University of Toledo Rocket Marching Band and the CHS marching band close a show that includes 15 other area high school marching bands. The Beach Middle School band (with director Katy Steklac) opens the program with the National Anthem.
4:20-9 p.m., CHS football field, 740 N. Freer, Chelsea. $5 (students & seniors, $3). 433-2201, ext. 1404. [map]
Every Mon.-Thurs. beginning Sept. 4. The U-M's highly disciplined 200-plus-member marching band or sections thereof can be seen and heard practicing on Elbel Field. All are welcome to find a spot in the bleachers and get a sneak preview of upcoming halftime shows. Rehearsals usually last 1-2 hours.
4:45 p.m., Elbel Field, Hill at Division. Free. 764-0582.
Grr, argh! Stiff joints and tight muscles got you feeling like a zombie? Join us for this gentle, introductory class for absolute beginners! This class is especially for desk bound folks who know they should stretch more, but just aren't finding the motivation to do so on their own. Discover your inner bendiness with poses to increase flexibility, especially in the hips and legs, and spend time cultivating core strength and playing with balance. Perfect to help reduce recovery time and prevent injury, this class is appropriate for all levels. Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $15-$125. firstname.lastname@example.org a2aviary.com [map]
Every Wed. Moderate-paced 25-mile ride and a slow-paced ride, 13-16 miles, both on the B2B Trail. Now in its 42nd year, this ride is a favorite with newcomers and casual riders.
5:30 p.m. sharp, meet in the parking lot at the northwest corner of Broad and Grand, Dexter. Free. 426-5116 (longer ride), 665-4552 & 761-2659 (shorter ride). [map]
Every Wed. 30-40-mile ride to the southwest of Saline, with pace and post-ride restaurant determined by riders.
5:30 p.m., Saline municipal parking lot, 104 S. Ann Arbor, Saline. Free. 747-1862. [map]
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. (734) 747-0123. email@example.com betterlivingfitness.com [map]
Designed for absolute beginners, each class begins with a heart pumping warm up and a brief overview of aerial safety, then we fly the friendly skies of The Ann Arbor Aviary!
We'll introduce you to the flexibility, leverage, and balance used while on the apparatus, as well as how to engage the muscles needed to stay safe in the air. Come ready to sweat, smile, and be supported as you challenge both mind and body!
Class size is limited. All students must be signed up for class before arriving to the studio, please register via website.
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25-$215. firstname.lastname@example.org a2aviary.com [map]
Designed for absolute beginners, each class begins with a heart pumping warm up and a brief overview of aerial safety, then we fly the friendly skies of The Ann Arbor Aviary! We'll introduce you to the flexibility, leverage, and balance used while on the aerial apparatus, as well as how to engage the muscles needed to stay safe in the air. Come ready to sweat, smile, and be supported as you challenge both mind and body! Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. email@example.com a2aviary.com [map]
Every Wed. & Aug. 31. All invited to learn the basics of letterpress printing using vintage handset type. The program begins promptly at 6 p.m. with a safety & equipment orientation.
6 p.m. sharp (except Aug. 31, 1-5 p.m.), AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200. [map]
Ann Arbor Art Center artists host a directed painting activity learning how to paint acrylic portraits.
6-8 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]
You're invited to join a caregiver support group in your community and talk with others who are experiencing the challenges of caring for a person living with memory loss. All groups meet monthly and are confidential, free, and open to the public. Anyone involved in caring for or loving someone with memory loss is welcome to join. Please call the chapter office if you have any questions or to confirm meeting date and location at 800-272-3900. Cancellation policy: If local adult education classes have canceled due to dangerous weather conditions, the support group will be cancelled.
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, 5361 McAuley Dr. Free. 800-272-3900. alz.org
Every Wed. All crocheters, knitters, cross stitchers, hand quilters, and other handiworkers invite to work on their projects with other crafters. Questions welcome, help available.
6:30-8:30 or 9 p.m., Sweetwaters in Kerrytown, 407 N. Fifth Ave. Free. Facebook.com
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]
Featured Reader: Jenifer DeBellis, M.F.A., is author of the poetry collection Blood Sisters, founding director of aRIFT Warrior Project, and editor of Pink Panther Magazine. She directs the Detroit Writers' Guild. A former Meadow Brook Writing Project fellow, she teaches writing for Saginaw Valley State University and Macomb Community College.
All writers welcome to read their own or other favorite poetry or short fiction afterward at open mic. Hosted by Joe Kelty, Ed Morin, and Dave Jibson. see our blog at https:
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room, 114 S. Main St. Free. 7346652757. firstname.lastname@example.org www.crazywisdom.net [map]
It All Began In Southwest Ohio, Where Trump Voters And Clinton Voters Gathered In Our Red/Blue Workshops In The Weeks And Months After The 2016 Election.
Now, the second workshop and its aftermath have been captured in Better Angels: Reuniting America, a one-hour documentary film by Emmy-winning director Jim Brown and produced by Peter Yarrow of the legendary Peter, Paul, and Mary trio.
Better Angels: Reuniting America shows 8 Democratic-leaning voters and 7 Republican-leaning voters moving through a Better Angels signature Red/Blue workshop, from initial skepticism to more profound understanding and empathy.
You'll get an inside look at how a Democratic voter went from threatening to cut off relationships with Trump voters to becoming dear friends with one-and how a Republican voter moved from disdaining progressives to taking co-leadership with one in a movement that now spans the country.
This event is FREE. See link for registration and more info.
ZingTrain, 3728 Plaza Dr Suite #5. Free. AnnArborBA@gmail.com https:
Join us for a half-hour of silent sitting meditation every Wednesday at 7:00 pm, followed by a discussion of Buddhist concepts. Meditation instructions are provided. Donations are welcome.
KTC Ann Arbor, 614 Miner St. Ann Arbor MI 48103. Free. Donations accepted. 734-678-7549. annarborktc.org [map]
The 3 Self-Defense Techniques Everybody Should Know.
Easy to learn self-defense techniques for beginners. Finally - the peace of mind you deserve! Wednesday, Sept 25, 7:00-7:45 p.m. at 'Keith Hafner's Karate,' 214 S. Main, Ann Arbor. Ages 14+. Admission: FREE!
Sign up at: http:
Keith Hafner's Karate, 214 S. Main Street. Free. 734-994-0333. email@example.com www.karateisgoodforyou.com [map]
Every Wed. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. If you plan to come without a partner, call in advance or arrive 20 minutes early.
7-11 p.m., Walden Hills clubhouse, 2114 Pauline east of Maple. (Park on the north side of Pauline.) $6 per person. http:
This Northern California writer reads from A Girl Goes Into the Forest, her new collection of 78 mysterious and wise short stories and fables. Writer Marisa Silver praises her "precise and gorgeously riveting images … her sentences shimmer with the spaciousness and lyricism of poetry." Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]
Talks by local resident Jim Mangi, a longtime caregiver for a spouse with early-onset Alzheimer's. Q&A. Sept. 25: "Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia." Oct. 9: "Effective Communication Strategies." Oct. 30: "Conversations About Dementia." Nov. 6: "Envisioning a Dementia Friendly Community."
7 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration requested. 426-4477. [map]
Reading by Detroit Writers Guild director Jenifer DeBellis, whose debut poetry chapbook, Blood Sisters, is an emotionally complex collection about the physical and erotic changes of the pubescent female body. "Her carnal and spiritual truths [are] as hard-hitting as they are tender, as rebellious as they are revelatory," writes poet Dzvinia Orlowsky. Her new collection is Warrior Sister, Cut Yourself Free from Your Assault. Followed by a poetry and short fiction open mike.
7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]
Local writer Michelle Tuplin leads this series of 8 monthly workshops (Sept.-Apr.) for creative writers. Topics: "What Is Show Don't Tell, Anyway?" (Sept. 25) and "Why Does Point of View Rule All?" (Oct. 23).
7-8:30 p.m., Serendipity Books, 113 Middle, Chelsea. $20; $140 for the series. Preregistration required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. 475-7148. [map]
Lakehouse Bakery (Chelsea) owner Keegan Rodgers shares some popular dessert recipes from the 1930s and local writer/historian Patti Smith serves up some 1930s history.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200. [map]
Edward Jones financial advisor Mark Mazur gives investment advice. Themes: "Rules of the Road" (Sept. 25), "Fixed Income Investing" (Oct. 9), "The Nuts and Bolts of Stocks" (Oct. 23), & "Mutual Funds" (Nov. 6).
7 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration requested. 429-5450. [map]
(Frank Darabont, 1994). 25th anniversary screening of this grim, ultimately uplifting parable, set in a Maine prison, about the struggle to retain human dignity amid almost intolerable hardship. Tim Robbins & Morgan Freeman.
Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter) & Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline). Tickets $11.50-$12.50 in advance at fathomevents.com
All invited to discuss A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age, Jimmy Soni and Rob Goodman's 2017 biography of the influential 20th-century polymath.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]
Every Wed. Dance instructor Cheryl Feit and DJ Amnon Steiner lead a variety of Israeli dances to recorded music. Easy dances and oldies the first hour, followed by intermediate dances and requests. Beginners welcome. New dances taught each week. Wear soft-soled shoes.
7:30-9:30 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $5 (students, free). 971-0990. [map]
Every Wed. Members read and discuss poems on various themes. Followed by collaborative writing games and exercises. Nonmembers also invited to read their poems. Snacks & socializing.
8-10 p.m., Argus Farm Stop greenhouse, 325 W. Liberty. $5 suggested donation. onepausepoetry.org, 707-1284. [map]
All-star storytelling showdown featuring the last 10 winners of the Ann Arbor StorySLAMs, the semi-monthly open mike storytelling competitions sponsored by The Moth, the NYC-based nonprofit storytelling organization that also produces a weekly public radio show. Note: Usually sells out.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $25 in advance at themoth.org and at the door. 761-1451. [map]
Every Wed. Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner needed. Bring casual or nicer shoes that stay on your feet when you're flying around the room. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson.
9-11 p.m., location TBA (Sept. 4 & 11) & Michigan League Ballroom (Sept. 18 & 25). $5 (students, $3; $1 discount for members; free for those who attend the lesson). swingannarbor.com
Blue Llama: Chico Freeman Quartet
Ensemble led by this widely heralded veteran modern jazz tenor saxophonist $20-$30. 7 & 9:30 p.m.
Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: Thunderwüde
Bluegrass and related roots music by the Chelsea trio of guitarists Jason Dennie and Tommy Reifel and multi-instrumentalist Wes Fritzemeier.
CoOp: Open Mike
All musicians invited. First come, first served. 8 p.m.
Detroit St. Filling Station: Andrew Brown's Djangophonique
Vintage jazz in the style of Django Reinhardt's 1930s Parisian swing by a local quartet led by guitarist Andrew Brown.
Earle: Jake Reichbart
Solo jazz guitarist. Solo jazz pianists TBA occasionally substitute.
Habitat Lounge: Wych Elm
Local string sextet that plays a stylishly pungent, soul-infused mix of folk, rock, jazz, and old-time music.
Mash: Reeds & Steel
Acoustic jazz-inflected blues and blues-rock by the duo of duo of singer and harmomica player Michael May and guitarist Jimmy Alter.
Old Town: Paul VornHagen Trio.
Jazz standards by this local trio led by veteran saxophonist and flutist VornHagen.
Ypsi Alehouse: "Open Mike"
All acoustic musicians invited. 7-9 p.m.
Zou Zou's Cafe: Rollie Tussing & Friends
Local blues-oriented vocalist and guitar virtuoso is joined by bassist Todd Perkins and drummer Dave Bendena. 8-10 p.m.
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