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Calendar of Events

Saturday, September 28, 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.-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]


 8:30 a.m.-noon 

Semiannual Rummage Sale: Dexter United Methodist Church.

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Sept. 27 & 28. Household items, furniture, clothing, and more. Donations accepted during office hours (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) from Sept. 22 at 1 p.m. to Sept. 25 at noon.
8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. (Fri.) & 8:30 a.m.-noon (Sat.), Dexter United Methodist Church, 7643 Huron River Dr., Dexter. Free admission. 426-8480. [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.-5 p.m. 

Just Between Friends Sale.

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Sept. 27-29. Sale of maternity items, baby and children's clothes, toys, and baby gear. Note: Times & admission tentative.
3-9 p.m. (Fri.), 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.), & 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. $5 admission on Fri. ($3 after 5 p.m.; free admission passes available in advance for Fri. 5-9 p.m. at jbfannarborfall19.eventbrite.com); free admission on Sat. & Sun. (with many items half price on Sun.). 926-5568, 649-5353. [map]


 9 a.m. 

One-Day Amateur Radio Class: ARROW, U-M Amateur Radio Club.

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Description: Get your Technician Class amateur radio license in a day! Sponsored by ARROW and the University of Michigan Amateur Radio Club (W8UM), you will learn everything that you need to get your Technician Class amateur (ham) radio license. The instructor is Dan Romanchik, KB6NU. Class will start promptly at 9:00 am and run until 3:30 pm, at which time the Technician Class license multiple choice exam will be given. Time is allotted for breaks; soda machine available, please bring your lunch or snacks. The class is open and free to all high school and college students with a valid student I.D. card. Registration fee for the general public is $25. Go to https://www.kb6nu.com/product/one-day-tech-class-ann-arbor-20190928/ to register, or send $25 via PayPal to: cwgeek@kb6nu.com. Class size is limited, early registration is advised.
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) Building, 1301 Beal Ave. $25. 734-930-6564. cwgeek@kb6nu.com https://www.kb6nu.com/product/one-day-tech-class-ann-arbor-20190928/ [map]



 9 a.m.-noon  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.


 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. 

38th Annual Webster Fall Festival: Webster Township Historical Society/Webster United Church of Christ.

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Popular country fair with hayrides, iron barrel train rides, a children's petting zoo, K9 police dog demos, kids crafts & games, exhibits of antique cars & farm equipment, a flea market/rummage sale, wool spinning & blacksmithing demos, a one-room schoolhouse (complete with marm and dunce cap), a baked and canned goods sale, a country craft fair, and a baseball game using 1860s-era rules between Dexter Union and the Chelsea Monitors (1:30 p.m.). Lunch available, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Also, a pulled pork sandwich dinner (1-5 p.m.), a quilt and art exhibit in the church (10 a.m.-4 p.m.), and acrobatics performed by local dancer/choreographer Amelia Chapman while hanging from fabric strips known as aerial silks and live music by the (noon), Irish ensemble Fiddler Pie (1:15 p.m.), Chelsea bluegrass and traditional American string quartet North Creek Fiddlers (2:30 p.m.), and the veteran Ann Arbor bluegrass band The RFD Boys (4 p.m.).
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Webster Community Hall, 5484 Webster Church Rd., Webster Twp. Free admission. Pulled pork sandwich dinner: $10 (sandwich, $5). 426-5115. [map]


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

Circles Volunteer Orientation: Friends In Deed.

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At our Volunteer Information Session you will:
-Learn about local poverty and how it affects our community
-Meet Allies and participants to hear how Circles has impacted them personally
-Find out how YOU can best use your time & talents in the Circles program
St. Luke - Ann Arbor, 4205 Washtenaw Ave. Free. 734-485-7658. suzanne@friendsindeedmi.org https://www.facebook.com/events/954711608193631/ [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.  Free! 

"Apple Day": Pittsfield Union Grange.

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A chance to press apple cider and make applesauce and apple butter. Also, an apple baked goods sale, apple tastings, an apple pie-making demo (tentative), and a solar cooker demonstration (weather dependent). Cider sorbet available. Apples available for purchase or bring your own (1 bushel or less) to make cider. Bring your own jugs, if you have them.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (or until apples run out), Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 769-1052, 274-0773. [map]


 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Tri-County Sportsmen Challenge (IDPA) Match": Tri-County Sportsmen's League.

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Sept. 27-29. Tournaments with squads of shooters competing against each other in this simulated self-defense scenario that involves shooting around barricades at targets. Bring your own gun and ammunition.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sept. 27 & 28) & noon-6 p.m. (Sept. 29), TCSL, 8640 Moon, Saline. $95 in advance at tcslidpa.org. 429-9561. [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. 

"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- Blackstone Bookstore": Black Men Read.

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The BMR Kids Club is back at Black Stone Bookstore!! We are hosting our children's story hour on the fourth Saturday, every other month, at 11am, stop by Black Stone Bookstore and Cultural Center in Ypsilanti, MI with your K-5 grade youth for our Kids Club!
BMR (Black Men Read) is an homage to the history of the storytelling among African people. We have gathered a group of committed men who are available to read to children in school and at area bookstores. Black Men Read is a bridge- a tool for community connection between our beloved children and the pillars of our communites. All families are invited and encouraged to attend
Blackstone Bookstore & Cultural Center, 214 Michigan Ave, 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.-10 p.m. 

Blast Corn Maze.

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A large corn maze with 3.5 miles of trails and 3 exits to allow for routes of various lengths. Also, a U-Pick Pumpkin Patch, produce, craft sale, hayrides, duck races, pedal cars, a kids play area with a mountain of straw and a corn box, and more. Maps available ($1). Food available.
5-10 p.m. (Fri.), 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sat.), & 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sun.), 6175 Daly Rd. (half mile west of Zeeb), Dexter. $10 (kids ages 5-12, $7; age 4 & under, free). Blastcornmaze.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. & 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.-noon  Free! 

"Arabic Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local Arabic teacher and storyteller Heba Abdelaal tells stories and sings songs in Arabic. For babies & preschoolers (siblings welcome).
AADL Malletts Creek, 3090 E. Eisenhower. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Polish Cooking": Dexter District Library.

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Taste: A Cook's Place (Northville) cooking instructor Mary Spencer demonstrates how to make pierogi and other Polish favorites. Tastings & a raffle. For youth in grade 5 & up and adults.
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [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-midnight 

Oktoberfest Block Party: Arbor Brewing Company.

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Sept. 27 & 28. Under 3 big street tents, an old-fashioned Oktoberfest with Arbor Brewing's own beers, along with bratwurst and other food, wine, and soft drinks. Live music TBA.
5 p.m.-midnight (Fri.) & noon-midnight (Sat.), Washington between S. Ashley & S. Fourth Ave. (Access to the Fourth & Washington parking structure available off Main.) Free admission. 213-1393. [map]


 TBA 

U-M Football vs. Rutgers.

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Time TBA, Michigan Stadium. Tickets $65-$105 at (866) 296-MTIX and stubhub.com/michigan-football-tickets. 764-0247. [map]


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Community Dahlia Competition: Michigan Dahlia Association.

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All dahlia growers who will not be competing in an American Dahlia Society-sanctioned show are invited to exhibit a single flower in a vase (vases supplied). Also, a dahlia storing demonstration. Spectators welcome.
1-4 p.m. (entries accepted 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.), U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 647-7600. [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]



 1-5 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]


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Downton Abbey Party": Chelsea District Library.

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A celebration of the upcoming movie based on the PBS hit series. English teatime treats, tea, Downton Abbey trivia, and raffles. Costumes encouraged.
1-3 p.m., Chelsea Depot, 125 Jackson, Chelsea. 475-8732. [map]


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Drag Bingo": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local drag queen Jadein Black hosts an all-ages bingo game. Prizes.
1-2 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Pompom Avalanche": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All grade 3-adult invited to learn how to make pompom eyes, hearts, snowballs, and more.
1-2:20 p.m., AADL Traverwood, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. 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]


 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Intro to Improv for Teens": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Members of the local long-form improv group Work Friends show all in grades 9-12 the basics of improv comedy.
2-4 p.m., AADL Downtown 4th-fl. meeting rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200.


 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.


 2:30-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Board Game Afternoon": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to play board games in the AADL collection, including Oregon Trail, Ticket to Ride, Yeti in My Spaghetti, Dominion, Sushi Go, Stratego, Grand Austria Hotel, Space Team, & more. Bring your own, if you wish.
2:30-5:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 3-8 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Family Expo: Meghan Endahl.

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The inaugural Ann Arbor Family expo is an event where family-centered vendors from the communities of Ann Arbor, Saline, Dexter, Chelsea, Milan and Ypsilanti can come together to create an atmosphere of love and fun for the families of Ann Arbor and surrounding areas.
We will feature the Ann Arbor Hands On Museum, Leslie Science & Nature Center, a 'Touch a Truck' area with Scio Fire, Police and HVA Ambulance, and a free Car Seat Safety Check by U of M.
2|42 Community Center of Ann Arbor, 648 S. Wagner Rd., Ann Arbor 48103. Free. Donation. 7347303099. annarborfamilyexpo@gmail.com www.annarborfamilyexpo.com [map]



 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 & 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]


 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"The Frog Prince": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Actors from Detroit-based Black and Brown Theatre perform their adaptation of the fairy tale, told in rhyming couplets. For grades 2-6.
AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center. Free. 327-4200.


 4 p.m.  Free! 

59th U-M Organ Conference.

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Sept. 28-Oct. 1 (various locations). This annual festival kicks off with a performance by finalists in the Annual Organ Improvisation Competition. This year's theme is "Building Bach: His Foundations and Futures."
4 p.m., First Congregational Church, 608 E. William. Free. 615-3204. [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]


 5-6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Kombucha Brew 102: Advanced Brew Techniques": Unity Vibration.

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Advanced Brew Techniques in flavoring and trouble shooting issues with Kombucha. Bring your ideas for a brew and get help formulating a custom tea.
You will have the opportunity to pick from several ingredients and flavor a 22 ounce bottle to take home ready for a bottle condition. Opportunity to buy a new SCOBY for $10.
Cost of class is $25.
RSVP to rachel@unityvibrationkombucha.com or walk in.
Unity Vibration Tasting Room, 93 Ecorse Rd, Ypsilanti. Free. danni@uvkbeer.com https://www.facebook.com/events/2710304935862925/ [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. 

"An Intimate Evening with Laith Al-Saadi!": Lone Oak Vineyard.

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We're thrilled to host Laith Al-Saadi at Lone Oak again.
In 2016, Laith Al-Saadi won America's hearts and a spot in the finale of NBC's "The Voice." Now he's poised to bring his authentic blend of blues, soul and classic rock to audiences around the nation and the world.
Laith Al-Saadi has always had the perfect combination of Midwestern hustle and incredible musical chops - honed at the University of Michigan school of music in his hometown of Ann Arbor, and on stages across the country working with legends like Taj Mahal, Luther Allison, Buddy Guy, Son Seals, Gregg Allman and B.B. King.
Don't miss this opportunity to spend an up close and personal evening with Laith Al-Saadi in this intimate, 42 seat venue. Just you, and Laith, and his guitar... Just 42 seats - reservations are a must.
Menu TBA. $90 per person includes dinner and show.
www.laithalsaadi.com
Lone Oak Vineyard Estate, 8400 Ann Arbor Rd., Grass Lake. 5175228167. dlbarber1@aol.com www.laithalsaadi.com [map]



 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Cheese & Non-Alcoholic Pairings": Zingerman's Creamery.

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


 7-10 p.m.  Free! 

"Broadway Karaoke with CSP": Unity Vibration.

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Join us for a night in support of Center Stage Productions. Learn more about the amazing camp experiences this local theater company offers our community kids, and enjoy live performances from the CSP Community
Unity Vibration Tasting Room, 93 Ecorse Rd, Ypsilanti. Free. danni@uvkbeer.com https://www.facebook.com/events/409912992961762/ [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Friends 25th": Fathom Events.

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Sept. 23 & 28 and Oct. 2. 25th anniversary celebration of this beloved sitcom, with screenings of about a dozen popular episodes, including the pilot, "The One With the Black Out," "The One Where Ross Finds Out," "The One With the Embryos," and others.
Quality 16 (3686 Jackson), Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter), & Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline). Tickets $11.50 & $12.50 in advance at fathomevents.com/events and at the door. 623-7469 (Quality 16), 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20), 316-5500 (Emagine).


 7:20 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.


 7:30 p.m. 

Blacksmith Shop Concerts: Riverfolk Music and Arts Organization.

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Acoustic shows by local musicians. Sept. 28: The Smoking Dandies. Quartet that plays 1920s-40s jazz and swing, including music by Django Reinhardt, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Hoagy Carmichael, and others. Oct. 26: Chelsea Chamber Players. Classical music ensemble of violinist & violist Ian Cumming, violinist Nathan Peters, violist David Schultz, cellist Sara Cumming, and bassist Jed Fritzemeier.
7:30 p.m., Blacksmith Shop, 324 E. Main, Manchester. $18. 223-6876. [map]


 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

The Sklar Brothers: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Fast-paced tag-team stand-up comedy by twin brothers Randy and Jason Sklar, U-M grads now based in L.A. who rose to fame with their ESPN show Cheap Seats, heckling old sports footage la Mystery Science Theater 3000. Their material ranges from topical humor to parodies of commercials and other contemporary cultural phenomena. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
7:30 & 10 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $20 reserved seating in advance & at the door. 996-9080. [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 p.m. 

"Parisian Soirée": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Popular annual concert with an elegant Parisian cabaret ambience. The lineup includes KCH's new executive director and mezzo-soprano Monica Swartout-Bebow, mezzo-soprano Deanna Relyea, sopranos Jane Schoonmaker Rodgers and Jennifer Judd, tenor Camron Gray, pianist Kevin Bylsma, and violinists Gabe and Steffani Kitayama-Bolkosky.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $25-$50 (students, $10) in advance at a2tix.com/organizations/kerrytown-concert-house. Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [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]


 8 p.m. 

"The Odd Couple": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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Sept. 27-29 & Oct. 4-6. Kristen Miller directs Neil Simon's vintage comedy about 2 men-one a fussy neatnik, the other a free-spirited slob-who find themselves living together after their wives throw them out. Within 2 weeks, the tension between fastidiousness and slovenliness builds to a perilous peak. This production casts the duo as 2 women on Sept. 28 and Oct. 4 & 6.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), A2CT Studio, 322 W. Ann. Tickets $15. 971-2228. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Tessa & Jordan Duo

South Lyon duo whose eclectic repertoire includes 1930s blues, classic rock, and Americana covers. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Ian Noe

All ages admitted. Acclaimed country-folk singer-songwriter from rural Kentucky who writes about lost love, poverty, and death. Opener: Jeremy Ivey, a stylistically versatile Nashville-based singer-songwriter. $10 ($12 at the door). 8 p.m.-midnight. [venue info]

Blue Llama: Diego Rivera

Ensemble led by this MSU music professor, a saxophonist-composer known for his muscular tone and blending of straight-ahead jazz with music inspired by his Latino heritage. $15-$25. 7 & 9:30 p.m. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Randy Brock Group

Detroit blues trio. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Bob Young

Soulful folk-rock by this Detroit-area singer-songwriter and multi- instrumentalist. [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: FreeLance

Local dance rock cover band whose repertoire ranges from Earth, Wind & Fire and Stevie Wonder to AC/DC and Guns & Roses to Maroon 5 and Bruno Mars. [venue info]

Mash: Matt Boylan

Covers and originals by this local pop-folk singer-guitarist. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: The Invasion

British Invasion cover quartet from Redford led by singer- guitarist David Roof. [venue info]

Rumpus Room: Harper & the Midwest Kind

Blues-rock band led by Peter Harper, a blues singer-songwriter from Australia, now transplanted to Grass Lake, who plays blues harp and didgeridoo. The band has an acclaimed CD on the Blind Pig label, Down to the Rhythm. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: The Good Things

Rock 'n' roll covers & originals by this local band. 5-7 p.m. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: The Sociables

Local acoustic alternative rock husband-and-wife duo of Mark and Jennifer Judge Hensel. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Drew Nelson

This Grand Rapids-based Americana roots-rock singer-songwriter recently released Tilt-a-Whirl, a CD that drew praise from AllMusic reviewer James Allen for its thoughtful lyrics. [venue info]

 
 


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