Everyone from novices to experienced birders is invited to volunteer for all or part of the day, either as a field observer or (if you have a bird feeder) as a feeder watcher. The count area is a 15-mile-diameter circle centered on Ann Arbor; its 8 regions must be counted in a single day. This makeshift census may be off by thousands, but much useful information is gained by comparing the results from year to year. Some count regions also conduct predawn searches for owls. The results are tallied at a potluck dinner at U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens this evening at 5:30 p.m.
Visit WashtenawAudubon.org for contact numbers and event updates.
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 Rd.). Snacks. Snow or shine.
6:30 p.m. (Mon.), 123 E. Liberty & 8 a.m. (Sat.), 5700 Jackson Rd; call for holiday hours. Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 929-9022 (Tues., Thurs. & Jackson Rd, Sat. run). [map]
Lillie parkrun is a free, weekly 5k event. We are very welcoming to walkers and joggers of all speeds! One of over 1500 parkruns worldwide, we are entirely volunteer-organized and strive to build a strong communitry of all who enjoy the outdoors.
The event takes place at Lillie Park, 4365 Platt Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. We run every Saturday at 8am (May-Sept), 9am (Oct-April).
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parkrun is free, forever, for everyone. But please register before your first run! You only ever have to register with parkrun once and once you print off your barcode you have free entry to all parkruns worldwide. If you choose not to register or forget to bring your barcode, you can still run but do not get an official time.
We all run for our own enjoyment. Please come along and join in whatever your pace!
Lillie park, Ann Arbor, 4365 Platt Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org https:
Every Fri. & Sat. through Dec. 21. Sale of used seasonal gifts and decorations, sporting goods, kitchen items, collectables, books, jewelry, office supplies, furniture, and more. Also, 2-day Toy Sale (Dec. 6 & 7).
9 a.m.-1 p.m., Kiwanis Center West, 102 N. Staebler. Free admission. 665-0450. [map]
Schmidt's Antiques is pleased to announce a public presentation & sale of works by Gerome Kamrowski (1914-2004), an artist world-renowned as a pioneer of the American Abstract Surrealism Movement.
Entitled "Kamrowski: Ann Arbor's Own Surrealist", the public sale and exhibition will continue each Saturday through January 4th.
To learn more about this exhibition of Gerome Kamrowski, please contact:
Schmidt's Antiques Inc. 5138 W. Michigan Avenue Ypsilanti, MI 48197 (T) 734-434-2660 (E) email@example.com
Schmidt's Antiques Inc., 5138 West Michigan Ave. Free. 7344342660. firstname.lastname@example.org https:
All kids invited to visit with Santa; photos available for purchase. Dec. 8 is "Pet Photo Night" (6-8 p.m.) for 4-legged, leashed, friendly pets that weigh less than 60 lbs. A session for kids with special needs is held before the mall opens on Dec. 1, 9-10:30 a.m.; preregistration required at Eventbrite.com (look for "Caring Santa".) Note: Santa takes breaks 1-2 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. & 2-2:45 p.m. Sun.
10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. (Dec. 1), 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Dec. 2-6), 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (Dec. 7 & 9-12); 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Dec. 8), 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Dec. 13), 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Dec. 15), 9 a.m.-9 p.m. (Dec. 14 & 16-23), 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (Dec. 24), Briarwood Von Maur court. Free ("fast passes" to avoid lines available with photo package purchase at bit.ly/36DqizF). 769-9610. [map]
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]
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. email@example.com betterlivingfitness.com [map]
Family-friendly hands-on activities and demonstrations about biology and the human body. With live entertainment each day, including music, storytelling, and theater from performers TBA.
Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun. noon-4 p.m. Hands-On Museum, 220 E. Ann St., $15 (members, $10). 995-5439. [map]
All kids invited to visit with Santa.
10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-3 p.m. (Sun.), Kerrytown Market & Shops upstairs. Free, nonperishable food donations for Food Gatherers are welcome. 662-5008. [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. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.) & noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]
Every Thurs., Sat., & Sun., & Dec. 27 & 30 Four 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.
Sea Monsters (10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. every hour on the half hour, Dec. 26-30) is an animated exploration of the sea life 80 million years ago.
Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. $8. 764-0478. [map]
Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
Every Tues. (9:30 a.m.) & Sat. (10:30 a.m.), except Dec. 24., Hands-On Museum, 220 E Ann St., $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439.
Join us on the third Saturday of each month at YDL Superior for storytelling and crafts!
Black Men Read is an homage to the history of storytelling among African people. All families are invited and encouraged to attend. Stories and activities will be geared for children K-5
Ypsilanti District Library- Superior Branch, 8795 Macarthur Rd, Ypsilanti. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org [map]
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. email@example.com motathaiyoga.com [map]
All invited to a potluck, orchid-related auction, and orchid judging.
11 a.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free admission, metered parking. 647-7600. [map]
Take your weekends full steam ahead with our weekly workshop where kids collaborate with peers and parents to problem solve, experiment, and create! For ages 6 to 14 (children aged 6 to 8 need a parent with them). Space is limited, so registration is required for this event.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Rd, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. firstname.lastname@example.org www.ntal.org
Nov. 1: Saginaw Valley State. 7 p.m. Exhibition game.
Nov. 5: Appalachian State. 7 p.m.
Nov. 12: Creighton. 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 15: Elon. 7 p.m.
Nov. 22: Houston Baptist. 7 p.m.
Dec. 6: Iowa. 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 14: Oregon. Noon.
Dec. 21: Presbyterian College. Noon.
Dec. 29: UMass Lowell. 2 p.m.
Jan. 9: Purdue. 7 p.m.
Jan. 22: Penn State. 7 p.m.
Jan. 25: Illinois. Noon.
Feb. 4: Ohio State. 7 p.m.
Feb. 8: MSU. Noon.
Feb. 16: Indiana. 1 p.m.
Feb. 27: Wisconsin. 7 p.m.
Mar. 5: Nebraska. 6:30 p.m.
Various times (see listing), Crisler Center. Ticket prices $15-$60. 764-0247. [map]
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. email@example.com https:
Docent-led tours of the museum, including one of the current exhibit Graffiti as Devotion along the Nile (Dec. 14).
2-3 p.m., Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304.
51st annual production of Tchaikovsky's Christmas ballet by this local company of nearly 100 local dancers, with guest dancers from the Boston Ballet. Directed by Sara Randazzo, Roya Panahi, and Christine Sampier.
2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.) & 7 p.m. (Sat.), Power Center. Tickets $10-$25 in advance at a2tix.com and at the door. Discounts available for groups of 10 or more. rdcTicketSales@gmail.com.
Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Nov. 28), Nov. 14-Dec. 22. This local professional theater company performs Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman's 1989 musical adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's beloved children's novel set in Victorian England. Sent to live in the cheerless house of her reclusive, widowed uncle and his invalid son, an orphan girl discovers a hidden garden that reintroduces joy to her life and that of her relatives. The songs, with many lyrics drawn from the original text, have been described as "fetching" by the New York Times.
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]
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]
Every 1st & 3rd Sat. All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. If you have them, bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). Free. 994-9307. [map]
Every Fri.-Sun., Nov. 29-Dec. 29. A popular holiday tradition, this year director Carla Milarch's annual musical panto is based on the comedic TV puppet DJ Kat, a record spinning, leather jacketed cat. A panto is a British pantomime genre that blends children's stories with a bit of vaudeville sensibility to create a raucous family entertainment. Candy is provided. Stars: Asia Marie Hicks, Alaina Kerr, and Mike Sandusky.
7:30 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) $25 (kids 16 & under, $10). Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [aw]. [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 $32 (Wed.), $28 (Thurs.), $42 (Fri. eve.), $43 (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]
Lynn Lammers directs Yianni Papadimos in actor Joe Mantello's one-man show, an adaptation of David Sedaris' popular comedic essay about the commercial excesses of the holiday season. A wannabe actor is stuck working as "Crumpet the elf" in Macy's department store for the holiday season. Cash bar. Ages 21 & up.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 3 p.m. (Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Bobcat Bonnie's, 200 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. Tickets $30 (early bird price for first 20 tickets sold, $15; VIP, $50) in advance at a2tix.com & at the door. 203-0556. [map]
Dec. 7 & 8. Two days of seasonal events at Gordon Hall, the 19th-century mansion built by Dexter founder Judge Samuel Dexter, whose many rooms have all been lavishly decorated for the holidays. On Sat., display of the museum's Christmas Vintage Collection, Milt Campbell's huge collection of Department 56 collectible holiday houses, buildings, and figures that was once traditionally seen in the windows of Huron Camera in downtown Dexter throughout the holiday season. On Sat., Santa is on hand to talk with kids, who also can make their own gingerbread house to take home. On Sun: Christmas Tea." Light lunch with tea sandwiches and desserts and tour of Gordon Hall. This year's tea is a celebration of early women's rights pioneer Katharine Dexter McCormick, who was born at Gordon Hall, and the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage. Also, the museum hosts an open house ($5 per adult) to view the Christmas Vintage Collection, 5:30-7 p.m. on Dec. 13, 14, 21, & 28.
9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.) and 1 & 4 p.m. seatings (Sun.), Gordon Hall, 8347 Island Lake Rd., Dexter. $5 on Sat., $30 on Sun. Reservations required for Sun. by calling 395-4106. [map]
The labyrinth began as an intricate maze meant to trap the monstrous Minotaur on the island of Crete. After many centuries of evolution, it has become a spiritual and meditative tool, with a single path in and out of the center. The journey to the center represents going deep within the self on the way to revelation or enlightenment. Join us for a self-guided walk through a labyrinth formed out of candles, complete with quiet music and incense. Cushions will be available outside the labyrinth for seated meditation. This is a donation-based event, with no one turned away for lack of funds.
Ringstar Studio, 3907 Varsity Dr. Free. Donation. firstname.lastname@example.org http:
All adults and older children invited to join an outdoor circle to learn and sing seasonal songs, rounds, and chants.
7-9 p.m., Michigan Friends Center, 7748 Clark Lake Rd., Chelsea. Free, but donations appreciated; preregistration requested. 475-1892. [map]
Benjamin Cohen directs this 24-voice local chamber choir in a program of English music, including assorted traditional English carols, Celia McDowell's Ave Maria, and 2 works featuring a string ensemble and guest baritone Robert Peavler, Vaughan Williams' jubilant Fantasia on Christmas Carols and Gerald Finzi's In Terra Pax, a setting of Robert Bridges' "Noel: Christmas Eve, 1913."
7:30 p.m., Genesis of Ann Arbor, 2309 Packard. Tickets $20 (student & senior discounts available; kids 12 & under, free) in advance at a2tix.com. VocalArtsAnnArbor@gmail.com. [map]
Peter Baker and Martha Vander Kolk call to music by Brad Battey and Kendall Rogers No partner needed; beginners welcome. Bring clean shoes for dancing. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lesson.
7:30-10:30 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Pay what you can; $10 suggested. 476-4650. [16sat]. [map]
Dec. 19-21. This polished Grand Rapids comic, a contributing writer to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, features unexpected takes on everything from marriage and raising kids to current events and ear hair. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $9 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) in advance before 5 p.m. the night of the show; $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
Screening of 2002 comedy Ice Age. Also, a chance to snuggle with adoptable cats. Popcorn, juice, and water. Kids must be accompanied by an adult (at least 1 for every 3 kids). Bring snacks, pillows, sleeping bags, and blankets, if you wish. Note: This event usually sells out.
7:30-9:30 p.m. Tiny Lions Center, 5245 Jackson Rd. (ste. A1). $10. Preregistration recommended at TinyLions.org
All age 18 & older invited to play trivia and cuddle with adoptable cats. Drinks & popcorn. Admission includes 2 beer and wine tickets (age 21 & over only). Bring your own nonalcoholic beverages, if you wish.
7:30 p.m., Tiny Lions, 5245 Jackson Rd. (ste. A1). $15. Preregistration available at tinylions.org
This veteran Royal Oak quartet plays a wide range of Celtic music, from contemporary Irish songs and traditional songs of emigration to sea shanties, lively jigs and reels, and haunting ancient airs.
8 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at theark.org, and at the door. 761-1451. [map]
Candlelit performance by local soprano Norma Gentile, who begins with sacred chants by Hildegard von Bingen, then improvises chants inspired by the energies in the room.
Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $20 suggested donation. 327-0270. [map]
High-energy dance party with salsa, merengue, bachata, and cha-cha dancing to music spun by a DJ. No partner necessary. Preceded by beginner (7 p.m.) and intermediate/advanced (8 p.m.) salsa lessons.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $12 (students with ID, $8) includes lesson; $5 for dance only. Facebook.com
Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Acoustic Ash
Stage name of Utica-based folk singer-songwriter Ash Harris, who cites Tracy Chapman, k.d. lang, and Sarah McLachlan as influences.
Blind Pig: Trembling Earth
Manchester-based blues-inflected folk-rock jam band. Openers: Thunderbuck Ram, an Ypsilanti rock 'n' roll trio, and Scotty Karate, a one-man postpunk honky-tonk rock 'n' roll band from Chelsea whose Get It in the Teepee won acclaim from one critic for its "intricately written songs and lyrics [that] pour from the heart with poetic sarcasm and leave a delicious aftertaste." $7-$12.
Blue Llama: Andy Milne & Unison
Jazz trio led by composer-pianist Milne, a former student of Oscar Peterson whose 2018 CD The Seasons of Being won the Juno for Jazz Album of the Year. With vocalist La Tanya Hill. $15-$35. 7 & 9:30 p.m.
Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Bill Edwards
Veteran local country singer-songwriter whose songs have been covered by the likes of Lee Roy Parnell and T. Graham Brown. His collaboration with former Ann Arborite Whit Hill, "What'd I Do," was featured in the HBO series True Blood.
Detroit St. Filling Station: Douglas & Andrew Brown
A mix of Americana and jazz by this local piano-and-guitar father-son duo.
Detroit St. Filling Station: Douglas & Andrew Brown
A mix of Americana and jazz by this local piano-and-guitar father-son duo.
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.
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.
Inverness Inn: Billy Mack & the Juke Joint Johnnies
Roots-rock quartet, led by former Starlight Drifters singer-guitarist Mack, whose repertoire includes originals and rockabilly, early rock 'n' roll, western swing, and hillbilly bop covers. 8 p.m.
Mash: Mike Vial
Local pop-rock singer-songwriter. 6-9 p.m.
Mash: The Invasion
British Invasion cover quartet from Redford led by singer-guitarist David Roof.
Rumpus Room: Cosmic Knot
West Michigan indie rock band. 7 p.m.-midnight.
Silvio's Organic Pizza: Agenda 21
Detroit activist reggae-rock trio, fronted by singer-songwriters Sherry Lutz and Leslie Glapa Panzica, featuring songs about radioactive leaks, Monsanto, the war racket, government lies, and more.
Local pop-rock quartet fronted by vocalist Robin Grant. With guitarist John Rasmussen, bassist Cy Clone, and drummer Jim Weyman.
Zou Zou's Cafe: Dave Boutette
Veteran local folk-rock singer-guitarist whose genial songs about the small ups and downs of ordinary life draw on a range of influences from Chuck Berry to Bob Dylan to Paul Westerberg. He performs with his wife, singer Kristi Davis, a former Radio City Rockette.
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