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Calendar of Events

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Who wrote this?   Ann Arbor Observer tree logo Observer editors    community member community members
 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. & Sat. Runners of all abilities invited to join a 3-8 mile run along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Also, a speed-training session (every Tues., 6:30 p.m., 5700 Jackson.).
6:30 p.m. (Mon.), 123 E. Liberty & 8 a.m. (Sat.), 5700 Jackson. Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 929-9022 (Tues. & Jackson Sat. run). [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. & Oct.), meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 347-1259. 347-1259. [map]

 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Financial Aid Info: Ann Arbor Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

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Representatives from area colleges give info on financial aid and scholarships and discuss how to write an admissions essay. Lunch. For all middle and high school students and their parents.
9 a.m.-noon, Washtenaw County Learning Resource Center, 4135 Washtenaw. Free. Preregistration required at [map]

 9 a.m.  Free! 

Hawk Watch at Lake Erie Metropark: Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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During the autumn months, the lower Detroit River becomes a corridor for the passage of migratory birds, and has gained international recognition for the annual volume of birds of prey. Hundreds of thousands of migrating hawks, eagles, falcons, and vultures are concentrated at this location where it is possible to systematically count them each year. A standardized monitoring program is conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and others. Join us and witness spectacular flights of Red-tailed Hawks, Rough-legged Hawks, Northern Goshawks, Sharp-shinned Hawks, Bald Eagles, Golden Eagles and more!
Carpool from the Park & Ride at exit 175 on I-94 and Ann Arbor-Saline Road where we will depart at 9:00 a.m. sharp. Alternatively, you can navigate directly to the boat launch at Lake Erie Metropark where we will meet at 10:00 a.m.
Leader: Matthew Spoor
Park & Ride at I-94 Exit 175 on Ann Arbor Saline Road, 2690 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. [map]

 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Huron Gun Collectors.

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Oct. 26 & 27. About 100 dealers and collectors offer guns, knives, ammunition, and other hunting equipment for sale, including antiques and collectibles. Concessions. Youth age 17 & under must be accompanied by an adult.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Admission $5 (kids age 12 & under, free). (517) 605-0624. [map]

 10-11 a.m. 

"Aerial Boot Camp": A2 Aviary.

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Are you one of the many folks who don't feel "strong enough" to start aerial training? This class is the preparation you've been looking for!
This all levels conditioning class is perfect for new aerialists, or for experienced flyers as a supplement to your current training. We will focus on building strength, alignment, flexibility, and technique with progressive training in the air and on the floor. Students will develop the core and upper body muscle groups needed for all aerial apparatuses and will learn exercises and spotting techniques to practice on their own.
Get ripped and have fun doing it! Crazy spandex, legwarmers, and workout-video exercise attire welcomed but not required. Absolute beginners of any (or no) athletic background highly encouraged! Please register via website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $12. [map]

 10 a.m. 

Full Body Fit: Better Living Fitness.

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

 10 & 11 a.m., & 3-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Nature Programs: Waterloo Recreation Area.

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Oct. 5 & 12 (noon-2 p.m.): "Apple Cider Pressing." All invited to make cider. Apples provided. Oct. 5 & 26 (3-4:30 p.m.): "Arrows Away." All adults and youth age 8 & up invited to learn the basics of archery. Oct. 19 (9-11 a.m.): "Hike to Hickory Hills." A 5-mile hike over rugged terrain that follows glacial topography through an old golf course, beside Crooked Lake, and along the Waterloo-Pinckney Trail. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Oct. 26 (10 & 11 a.m.): "Geocaching 101." All invited to learn how to use a handheld GPS unit to navigate park trails on a treasure hunt
Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Rd., Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. Free. $11 recreation passport required for vehicle entry ($16 at the gate). 475-3170.

 10 a.m. 

Remote-Controlled Car Racing: Washtenaw RC Speedway.

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Oct. 5 & 26. One of the largest regular gatherings of RC racers in the country features off-road dirt-track racing for stock and modified model electric trucks and buggies. Spectators welcome. Food concessions.
10 a.m. (registration 8-9:30 a.m.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free admission. $15 to race ($25 with a rental car). (517) 290-7128. [map]

 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Tree Town Stomp: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Oct. 25-27. A weekend of contras and waltzes with caller George Marshall and live music by bands TBA.
8-11:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.), & 12:30-3:30 p.m. (Sun.), Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $30 per session (age 24 & under, $20); weekend pass $80 (members, $75; age 24 & under, $30). 677-0212. [map]

 10 a.m., noon, and 2 & 4 p.m  Free! 

U-M Natural History Museum Tours.

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

 10 a.m. 

"Fall Morning Movies": Quality 16.

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Oct. 4-6: "Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse" (Bob Persichetti & Peter Ramsey, 2018). Animation about spidermen from various dimensions.

Oct. 10-13: "A Dog's Journey" (Gail Mancuso, 2019). A dog finds the meaning of his own existence in the lives of the humans he meets.

Oct. 18-20: "The Grinch" (Yarrow Cheney & Scott Mosier, 2018). Animated adaptation of Dr. Seuss's Christmas classic.

Oct. 25-27: "Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween" (Ari Sandel, 2018). Adventure-comedy about a ventriloquist's dummy come to life.

10 a.m., 3686 Jackson. $1 (GQT Rewards members, free). 623-7469. [map]

 10 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Halloween at the Market": Ann Arbor Farmers Market.

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Halloween-oriented program with face-painting, pumpkin decorating, and other festivities.
Farmers Market, Kerrytown. Free. 794-6255. [map]

 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Kids Read Comics": Chelsea District Library.

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All kids in grade 4 & up (with caregiver) invited to meet several top cartoonists from around Michigan and beyond and participate in an array of comics workshops, interactive games, and other activities. Also, at 5 p.m., a pizza party with some of the visiting artists at Secret Crisis Comics (1161 S. Main, Chelsea).
10 a.m.-5 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Science Fest: Monster Mash": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Oct. 26 & 27. Halloween-themed hands-on activities, including a chance to make your own mummy, become Dr. Frankenstein, make monster tracks, and more.
220 E. Ann. Free with regular museum admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]

 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

"The Legacy of Meredith Bixby": Saline District Library.

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Exhibit of sketches, posters, photos, and awards from the papers of the late beloved Saline puppeteer.
9 a.m.-9 p.m. (Mon.-Thurs.), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 1-5 p.m. (Sun.), SDL Circulation Gallery, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]

 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"The Birth and Amazing Life of Nonlinear Optics": U-M Department of Physics Saturday Morning Physics.

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Herbert Winful - Joseph E. and Anne P. Rowe Professor of Electrical Engineering and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor (U-M EECS)
The birth of the field of nonlinear optics occurred in Randall Laboratory at the University of Michigan in 1961 when Franken, Hill, Peters, and Weinreich observed for the first time the generation of optical harmonics. This discovery was rapidly followed by the observation of numerous other nonlinear effects such as optical rectification, frequency mixing, self-focusing, and parametric oscillation. In this talk we review the physics, birth, growth, and modern day applications of nonlinear optics.
170 & 182 Weiser Hall, 500 Church St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. [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.-3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Thurs., Sat., & Sun., Three different audiovisual planetarium shows.


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


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


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

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

 10:30 a.m. 

"The Little Scientist Club": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Every Tues. & Sat. Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
9:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Sat.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]

 11 a.m. 

"Donation YinYasa Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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Saturdays from 11am-12pm, join Mota Thai Yoga for a Donation YinYasa Yoga class (suggested donation $5-$20)
This class is a combination of Yin and Vinyasa Yoga. Some postures are held for longer periods of time than a typical yoga class. This allows the muscles to relax, and the deep connective tissues to be gently stretched. In between these postures, movement and flowing between postures will be done to create internal heat. Appropriate for all levels. This class is heated between 80-90 degrees.
Mota Thai Yoga is located on Huron Street across from the YMCA. You can park in the parking lot in front of the studio. We share a parking lot with several businesses including the Yellow Barn. Look for door #22 with the red buddha on it.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Donation. [map]

 11 a.m. 

"Strega Nona and the Magic Pasta Pot": Wild Swan Theater.

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Strega Nona is a story that will satisfy your appetite for laughter and fun. Strega Nona has a magical pasta pot which only she can control. Come see what silliness ensues when Big Anthony does not listen to her, causing the streets of their small village to fill with pasta. Nationally renowned artist Chris Roberts-Antieau designed the sets, costumes and props for this not-to-be missed production.
Towsley Auditorium - Morris Lawrence Building - Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $10 - $12. 734-995-0530. [map]

 11 a.m.-8 p.m. 

2019 Ann Arbor Area PolkatoberFest: Quintessential Event Company.

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Oct. 26 & 27. Polish food from local restaurants, caterers, and food trucks as well as Polish and American beer. Also, an "Autumn Crafter & Artisan Market" with some 100 vendors, live polka and contemporary music, Polish dance troupes, kids activities, and more.
11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-6 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Tickets $10 (seniors age 65 & over and kids ages 6-12, $8; 2-day passes $8 more) in advance at; $12 (seniors & kids, $10) at the gate. (888) 504-8103. [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.
6175 Daly Rd. (half mile west of Zeeb), Dexter. $10 (kids ages 5-12, $7; age 4 & under, free). [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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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+.
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 (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-4200. [map]

 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Ha Ha Halloween Show": Dexter District Library.

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All-ages non-scary show by ventriloquist Richard Paul. With life-size puppets, magic, music, and special effects. Audience participation.
11 a.m.-noon, DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]

 11 a.m. 

"Strega Nona and the Magic Pasta Pot": Wild Swan Theater.

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Oct. 24-26. This award-winning local children's theater company presents local playwright Jeff Duncan's adaptation of an Italian folktale. When the village healer's clumsy assistant refuses to follow her instructions, Strega Nona's magical cooking pot goes out of control, inundating their small Italian village with pasta. With set and costumes designed by nationally renowned local artist Chris Roberts-Antieau. Geared toward ages 3-8. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available by prearrangement for blind audience members.
10 a.m. (Thurs. & Fri.), 12:30 p.m. (Fri.), & 11 a.m. (Sat.), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (seniors age 60 & over and kids, $10; lap passes for kids age 2 & under, $3) in advance at and at the door. 995-0530. [map]

 11:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

Lab Chats: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every 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.
11:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m., U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


Draw Doubles: Local 101 Disc Golf Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to play disc golf at one of Hudson Mills Metropark's 24-hole courses. Beginners are paired with advanced players to create parity. Prizes. Discs can be borrowed at the park office.
Noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per player; free for spectators. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]

 Noon-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Pond Music XVII: Brian Eno's Music for Airports": U-M Digital Music Ensemble.

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Oct. 24-27. Stephen Rush oversees his "interactive floating labyrinth," now in its 17th incarnation, that amplifies, combines, and manipulates sounds in and around the pond. This year's installation is a version of Brian Eno's seminal 1978 ambient album re-created with reel-to-reel tape recorders and loops and airplane propellers revolving on the surface of the pond.
U-M Moore Bldg. Pond, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


U-M Football vs. Notre Dame.

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Michigan Stadium. Ticket price TBA at (866) 296-MTIX and 764-0247. [map]

 12:55 p.m. 

"Manon": Fathom Events.

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Oct. 26 & 30. Broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera production of Massenet's opera adapted from Abbe Prevost's novel about a young provincial woman courted by 2 Parisian noblemen who is ruined by her taste for luxury. French, subtitles. Note: The Oct. 30 show is at Quality 16 & Ann Arbor 20 only.
12:55 p.m. (Oct. 26) and 1 & 6:30 p.m. (Oct. 30), Quality 16 (3686 Jackson), Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter), & Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline). Tickets $20-$27 in advance at and at the door. 623-7469 (Quality 16), 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20), 316-5500 (Emagine). [map]

 1-2:30 p.m. 

Halloween Skate: Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation.

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Skating to spooky music spun by a DJ. Costume contest with prizes.
Veterans Ice Arena, 2150 Jackson Rd. $5 (youths age 18 & under and seniors age 60 & over, $4). Skate rentals available ($3). 761-7240. [map]

 1 p.m. 

Open Gym: Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor.

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

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Gaming Tournaments": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Oct. 26 & 27. Video game tournaments. Oct. 26: "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate." For grade 6-adult. Oct. 27: "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe." For all ages.
1-4 p.m., AADL Downtown 4th-fl. meeting rm. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Murder at Gallagher's Alley": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to play this murder mystery game. Staffers playing the murder suspects are on hand to answer questions, and participants can submit their answers for a chance at a prize. Part of a self-directed game that starts Oct. 17. Case files and evidence are available at all AADL branches and online on Oct. 11.
AADL Downtown 1st-floor meeting rm. Free. 327-4200.

 2 & 7 p.m. 

"Cabaret": EMU Theatre Department.

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Oct. 18-20 & 24-27. EMU drama professor Phil Simmons directs EMU students in the popular Fred Ebb & John Kander Broadway musical, based on Christopher Isherwood's Berlin Diaries, about encroaching repression in prewar Nazi Germany. Beneath its glittery, entertaining surface, the story of the romance between an American writer and a British cabaret performer is a darkly unsettling drama.
EMU Quirk Theater, Ford St. (off of Lowell at Jarvis), Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (seniors, $14; students, $12) in advance at, by phone (487-2282), and at the door. 487-1220. [map]

 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Glove Monsters": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All grade 3-adult invited to repurpose odd gloves into stuffed monsters with a few simple stitches. Materials provided, but bring leftover gloves if you have them.
AADL Malletts Creek. Free. 327-4200.

 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Reading Behind Bars: A True Story of Literature, Law, and Life as a Prison Librarian": Ann Arbor District Library.

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OverDrive ebook/audiobook app marketer Jill Grunenwald discusses her memoir about her experiences as a librarian in an all-male minimum security prison in Cleveland.
AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200.

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Every Sat. Docent-led tours of the museum, including "Mythology" (Oct. 5), a kid-friendly tour (Oct. 12), a tour of the current exhibit Graffiti as Devotion along the Nile (Oct. 19), and "Archaeology" (Oct. 26).
Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304.

 2:15-3:15 p.m. 

Yoga Nidra and Meditation Course: Ann Arbor Yoga and Meditation School.

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Learn potent Yoga Nidra and Meditation for your health, well-being and personal growth. Total beginners are most welcome.
40 years experience in the field.
Ann Arbor Yoga and Meditation School, 1904 Federal Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $98. [map]

 2:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to practice juggling. Beginners welcome. Attendees advised to call ahead if there's inclement weather.
2:30-5 p.m., U-M Diag. Free.,, 761-1115.

 2:30-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Board Game Afternoon": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to play board games, 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.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200.

 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 and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]

 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Fall Festival: Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor.

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Family-oriented program with games, bounce houses, balloon animals, a fire truck, candy, and more. Non-scary costumes encouraged.
Vineyard Church, 2275 Platt. Free. 707-9037. [map]

 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Icebreakers ^2": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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

 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Jennifer Lane: U-M School of Music.

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This Texas-based mezzo-soprano, known for her interpretations of everything from Baroque to contemporary repertoire, performs a program of works by Handel. With Baroque cello professor Richard Aaron and harpsichord professor Joseph Gascho.
U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 Evening time TBA 

"Spooky Species": The Creature Conservancy.

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Oct. 25-27 & 31. Annual Halloween parties with live animal presentations. Cider & donuts.
Times TBA, Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Tickets TBA in advance only., 929-9324. [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]

 6-8 p.m. 

"Muttster Mash Bash": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Family-friendly games, crafts, and activities, including trick-or-treating throughout the shelter and interacting with adoptable pets. This event usually sells out.
HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. Tickets $10 per kid (babies under age 1, free) in advance at 661-3575. [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

"Halloween Bash": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Put on your Halloween garb, and join us as the gymnasium is transformed into a Halloween haven! Get ready for some tricks, some treats and everything in between. Don't miss out on a festive night of family fun and prizes - and we'll top the night off with an amazing balloon drop!
Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center, 2960 Washtenaw Ave. $6/person, $22/Family of 4, +$3 per additional person. 734-971-6355. [map]

 6:30 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.

 7-10 p.m.  Free! 

"Karaoke Night!": Unity Vibration.

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Join us for a night of sing-a-longs, laughs and fun! Everyone loves Karaoke!
Unity Vibration, 93 Ecorse rd, Ypsilanti. Free. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"The Wizard of Oz": Dexter High School Drama Club.

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Oct. 24-27. Erin Palmer directs students in the classic Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg musical adaptation of Frank Baum's ever popular fantasy about a young girl's roundabout journey to her heart's desire. The score features "Over the Rainbow," "Follow the Yellow Brick Road," "We're Off to See the Wizard," and more.
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Dexter High School Center for the Performing Arts, 2200 N. Parker at Shield, Dexter. Tickets $15 (students & seniors, $10) at the door only., 424-4240. [map]

 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. 

Sal Demilio: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Oct. 24-26. Detroit actor-comic who blends observational humor with self-deprecating commentary about family relationships, cars, technology and more. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $9 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri.-Sat.) reserved seating in advance at, $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri.-Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 7:30-11:30 p.m. 

"Night Terrors": Wiard's Orchards.

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Sept. 22, 28, & 29; every Fri.-Sun. in Oct.; & Oct. 31. Six different scary attractions--a haunted hayride, alien clowns, the Asylum, and more--bristling with over 115 costumed monsters. Also, Splattertown paintball shooting at costumed monsters. Refreshments available. Kids age 10 & under must be accompanied by an adult.
7:30-11:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 7:30-10:30 p.m. (Sun.), 5565 Merritt Rd., Ypsilanti. Tickets: $18 for access to one area (multi-area passes, $39.99 & $49.99)., 390-9212. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Horn Studio Recital: U-M School of Music.

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Students of Adam Unsworth and Bryan Kennedy perform solo and chamber works.
U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8 p.m. 

The Michigan Playwrights Festival: Theatre NOVA.

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Four new plays by Michigan playwrights will be given readings Oct 24-27, 2019 at Theatre NOVA, 410 W. Huron in Ann Arbor.
Schedule of the FALL 2019 Michigan Playwrights Festival:
Thursday, Oct. 24 at 8pm:THE LION'S SHARE by Catherine Zudak
Friday, Oct. 25 at 8pm: DEAR CAMP by Lisa MacDonald
Saturday, Oct. 26 at 8pm: SILO TREE by Sam Collier
Sunday, Oct. 27 at 2pm: BLIGHT by R.D. Wakeman

Tickets are $10 for each reading, while festival passes, good for all four readings, are $30. Theatre NOVA continues its commitment to making theatre accessible by offering pay-what-you-can tickets for those who need them for all readings, available at the door only. For tickets or more info, visit, or buy them in person at the box office one hour before show time.
Theatre NOVA, 410 W Huron St. $10. 734-635-8450. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Tom Paxton & the Don Juans: The Ark.

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One of the first singer-songwriters to emerge from the 60s folk revival, Paxton, although he claims to be in "semi-retirement," is still as prolific and popular, as pertinent and impertinent, as ever. Tonight he's joined on stage by the Grammy-winning Nashville singer-songwriter duo the Don Juans. Collectively, Paxton and the Don Juans' songs have been covered by John Mellencamp, Bob Dylan, Faith Hill, Ray Charles, and many others.
The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $30 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (relocated to the Michigan League during the Union's renovation) and, and at the door. 761-1451. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Dr. Seward's Dracula": Penny Seats Theatre.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Oct. 24-Nov. 3. Popular local playwright Joseph Zettelmaier directs his suspenseful adaptation of the Dracula legend. An asylum administrator, driven mad by the loss of his lover and friends to Dracula, must face demons real and imagined as he investigates a string of murders occurring around him.
Stone Chalet Inn, 1917 Washtenaw Ave. Tickets $15 ($20 on Oct. 31 includes Halloween party with cast & crew), in advance at and (if available) at the door. 926-5346. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Evil Dead: The Musical": Dexter Community Players.

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Oct. 25 & 26 and Nov. 1 & 2. Jason Smith directs local actors in this musical gore-fest, an amalgam of elements from Sam Raimi's cult classic 1980s low-budget film trilogy about 5 MSU students camping in the Tennessee woods who set free an evil spirit that possesses them. Songs include the doo-wop ballad "All the Men in My Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons" and "Do the Necronomicon," which the New York Times says "cheerfully evokes 'The Time Warp' from 'Rocky Horror.'"
8 p.m., Copeland Auditorium, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Tickets $20 (seniors & students, $15; splatter zone, $25) in advance at & at the door. 726-0355. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Meguri: Teeming Sea, Tranquil Land": Sankai Juku (University Musical Society).

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Oct. 25 & 26. Eight members of this internationally acclaimed Japanese butoh-inspired dance company perform director Ushio Amagatsu's 2015 work, a poetic meditation on the passage of time symbolized by the circulation of water and seasonal transformations. The action is set on a sand-dusted stage against a backdrop depicting a stone wall embedded with sea lily fossils. Created in the 1960s as a deliberate break with the rigid, stylized movement traditions of Noh and Kabuki theater, butoh is a highly expressionistic form defined by its grotesque imagery, taboo topics, and attention to abject human suffering. Ghostlike in a head-to-toe coating of white paint, the nearly naked dancers move with slow, deliberate movements that Amagatsu calls a "dialogue with gravity."
Power Center. Tickets $27-$51 (discounts available for students & seniors) in advance at, at the Michigan League, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538, (800) 221-1229. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"My Three Angels": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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Oct. 24-27. Barbara Mackey King directs local actors in Samuel and Bella Spewack's warmhearted 1953 comedy, set at Christmastime in French Guiana, about 3 convicts, out of prison to do work on the warden's house, who come to the rescue of a shopkeeper. Cast: Paul Bianchi, Ellen Finch, Chelsea Kearns, Dillon Roseen, Molly Wallace, Theo Polley, Jim Sullivan, TJ Johnson, and 2 actors TBA.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin. Tickets $25 (seniors, $22; students, $12) in advance at & by phone; Pay what you can for Thurs. tickets remaining at the box office. 971-2228. [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 Oct. 11 & 18 shows feature sets by This Is a Quiz; the Oct. 25 show features "Spooky Campfire Stories."
Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.) in advance at & at the door. (989) 455-4484. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Rollie Tussing

Nationally known local guitar virtuoso who specializes in prewar blues and jazz. [venue info]

Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti Eagle Crest: The Saints

Detroit pop-rock band that specializes in classic Motown. Tonight's show is a Halloween costume party. [venue info]

B-Side: The Left Lanes

Upbeat local teen pop-rock quintet. [venue info]

B-Side: The Left Lanes

Upbeat local teen pop-rock quintet. [venue info]

Blind Pig: The Last Bang!

Final installment of the 18-year-old quasi-monthly dance party with this local DJ collective that plays garage and 70s rock. [venue info]

Club Above: Antighost

Grand Rapids punk-rock trio. Openers: the Big Rapids post-hardcore rock trio Common Nonsense, the Jackson pop-punk trios Something Missing andPaper Lanterns, and the Chesterfield (MI) emo-flavored pop-punk quartet Former Critics. 7:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Bird into Bear

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

CoOp: Parnell

Hip-hop rapper. Openers: Ridgio, a hip-hop rapper, and Kamryn Thomas, a U-M music student hip-hop/pop singer- songwriter. [venue info]

Detroit St. Filling Station: "Bluegrass & Beer Thursday."

The local Pontiac Trailblazers, a bluegrass quartet led by bassist Ryan O'Shea, performs a set and then hosts a jam session during a 2nd set. Bring your instrument. [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: Pajamas

Local pop-rock jam trio. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Bob Skon

Folk-rock covers and originals by this local singer-songwriter known for his wry songs about love and loss. [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: Bodacious Bellydancers

Local bellydance troupe. [venue info]

Ziggy's: Funkwagon

Burlington (VT) funk-rock band. Openers: The Scapes, a Hamtramck self-styled "psycho-funk" band, and Sabbatical Bob, a versatile local horn-fired funk sextet. [venue info]


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