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Calendar of Events

Saturday, February 29, 2020

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 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 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]

 8:50 a.m.  Free! 

"Lillie Parkrun 5k": Lillie Parkrun.

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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).
More Info:
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. [map]

 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

39th Annual Great Lakes Shipwreck Festival: Ford Seahorses & Sea Lancers Scuba Diving Club.

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A daylong series of 1-hour presentations on Great Lakes maritime history and shipwrecks, along with diving topics. Complete schedule at
WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River. Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the door (ages 12 & under with caregiver, free). (248) 444-9876. [map]

 9:40 a.m. 

"Donation Morning Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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This class is a great way to begin your day. These classes are combining a little slow flow with more holding and stretching postures. The temperature of the studio is usually between 80-85 degrees.

We are located on Huron Street, across from the YMCA. Mota Thai Yoga shares a parking lot with several businesses including the Yellow Barn. You can park in the parking lot in front of the studio. Look for blue door #22 with a red buddha on it.

There is a donation jar at the front of studio next to the sign in sheet. Please donate what you are able. Suggested donations $5-20.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 West Huron Street, #22. Donation. 7347577213. [map]

 10-11 a.m. 

"Aerial Boot Camp": A2 Aviary.

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This an all-levels instructor-guided conditioning circuit class is perfect for new aerialists, experienced flyers as a supplement to their current training, or for any folx who are interested in a new and exciting way to exercise. 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. Absolute beginners of any (or no) athletic background highly encouraged! Please register via website, class size is limited. =)
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $12-$105. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

4th Annual 24-Hour Film Challenge: The Neutral Zone.

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Feb. 29 & Mar. 1. All high schoolers invited to write, shoot, and edit a short film within 24 hours. Local filmmakers offer workshops for guidance. $500 grand prize. T-shirts, food.
10 a.m. Feb. 29-noon Mar. 1, Neutral Zone, 310 E. Washington. Free, preregistration required at 214-9995. [map]

 10-11 a.m. 

Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Programs presented by Hudson Mills naturalist Kim Sherwin. Oct. 6 (8 a.m.): "Fall Birding." A guided walk to look for migrating birds, which includes an informal game of "Name that Warbler." For beginning and experienced birders.

Oct. 12 (4 p.m.): "Trick or Treat Along the Trail." Families invited to visit with Halloween and nature characters on the trail and then return to the Activity Center for cider, doughnuts, and craft activities. Costumes encouraged.

Oct. 13 (1 p.m.): "Pumpkin Carving Party." All invited to carve a pumpkin. Designs available. Cider & doughnuts. $6.

Oct. 13 (8-10 p.m.): "Full Moon Walk." A brief talk on moon facts & folklore before an evening hike to watch the sunset and the rise of the Hunter's Moon.

Oct. 20 (1-3 p.m.): "Zombie Apocalypse Survival." All invited to learn the basics of survival in nature, including shelter building and fire making.

Dec. 1 (8-10 a.m.): "Winter Birding." Guided walk to find birds. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. $5.

Jan. 4 (10-11 a.m.): "Cardboard Sled Creations." Build and test out your own. Materials provided. Hot chocolate, if you like. $5.

Jan. 11 (9-10 a.m.): "Bird Feeder Fun." Make a simple bird feeder, while learning about which seeds attract birds. $5.

Jan. 25 (10-11 a.m.): "Animal Signs." All ages 3-6 invited to search for homes, tracks, & other signs of animals. $5.

Feb. 1 (10 a.m.-noon): "Neat-ure Crafts 101." All ages 16 & up invited to make a decorative coat hanger made with gathered twigs. Bring other homemade crafts for inspiration. $8.

Feb. 5 (10-11 a.m.): "Snow Day." All ages 3-4 (accompanied by adult) invited to paint the snow, look for animal signs, and have other snowy adventures. $5.

Feb 8: (10 a.m.-noon): "Winter Birding." Guided walk to find some of the hardier winter birds. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. $5.

Feb. 15 (10-11:30 a.m.): "Tracking a Snowman." All ages 6 & up invited on a walk in search of a snowman and signs of other animals. Afterward, build and decorate your own snowman. $5.

Feb. 29 (10-11 a.m.): "Codes of Nature." All ages 3-6 invited to learn how color is used in nature. $5.

Mar. 7 & 8 (10 & 11 a.m., and noon): "Journey to the Sugarbush." All ages invited to tap into a maple tree. Followed by an all-you-can-eat pancake & sausage breakfast ($6; kids, $4). $5 (kids, $3).

Various times, park activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (except as noted). Preregistration required. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

Remote-Controlled Car Racing: Washtenaw RC Speedway.

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Nov. 9 & 23. 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.-noon  Free! 

"Leap Year Celebration": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Grades K-5 invited to make seasonal crafts.
AADL Malletts Creek, 3090 E. Eisenhower. 327-4200. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"ScienceFest: Coding to the Moon": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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All invited to learn about Margaret Hamilton, a scientist who worked on the Apollo space program. Math & coding activities. With the Wild Swan Theater.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-4 p.m. (Sun), Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under ages 2, free). 995-9439. [map]

 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Winter Dexter Breakfast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sat. A winter version of this very popular ride, where attendees decide on the destination based on weather conditions. Call ahead to confirm ride. A similar ride takes place at 1 p.m. 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.
Meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 347-1259. [map]

 10:30-11 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. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
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. (9:30 a.m.) & Sat. (10:30 a.m.):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.), Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under ages 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. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

Science Forum Demos: U-M Museum of Natural History.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Short hands-on demos for ages 5 & up. "Out of the Water & Back Again: A Whale's Tale" (11 a.m.). Handle real fossils while learning about the evolutionary process. Also, make a fossil casts of an ancient tooth. "Home Sweet H.O.M.E.S.: Exploring the Great Lakes" (3 p.m.). Learn about the past, present, and future of Michigan's water source.
Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]

 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Special Storytime: Nicola's Books.

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Picture book author-illustrators Deb Pilutti and Deborah Marcero read from their picture books Old Rock (is not boring) and In a Jar.
11 a.m.-noon, Nicola's, Westgate Shopping Mall. Free. 662-0600.

 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 Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley (Feb. 29) & AADL Malletts Creek, 3090 E. Eisenhower (Mar. 28). Free. 327-4200. [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.) shows the tools and skills needed to prepare and cast fossils for research and display. "Biodiversity Lab Chat" (3:30 p.m.) 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]

 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

STEAM Workshop for Parents and Kids: Northfield Township Area Library.

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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 Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. [map]

 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Thurs., Sat., Sun., Jan. 20. & Feb. 18 Three audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages.


The Sky Tonight (Thurs. 5:30 & 6:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.; Jan. 20, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m.; Feb. 18, 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.), is an exploration of the current night sky.


Cosmic Colors (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 10:30 a.m.), details the spectrum of energy we call light. Preceded by a brief star talk.


Two Small Pieces of Glass (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 3:30 p.m.) shows how telescopes big & little, simple & complex, use light to work.

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


"Bløm Makers Series: Manual Coffee Methods with Vertex": Bløm Meadworks.

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Are you interested in learning more about coffee and manual brewing methods? Are you trying to decide what method you'd like to use at home? Join Kara, owner of Vertex Coffee Roasters, to learn the basics of brewing and try brewing on multiple manual methods. Price includes instruction, all the coffee you want to taste, and a 4oz pour of a Bløm Meadworks beverage.
Bløm Meadworks, 100 S 4th Ave Suite 110. $20. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

Preschool Resource Fair: Ypsilanti District Library.

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Trying to decide where to send your little one to preschool?Chat with representatives from local schools while your child explores hands-on learning activities nearby.
YDL-Whittaker, 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti. Free. 734 482-4110 x1340. [map]

 noon, 2 & 4 p.m  Free! 

U-M Natural History Museum Tours.

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Every Sat. & Sun., except Mar. 22 Thirty-minute guided tours showcasing some of the museum's beloved and new exhibits. "Museum Highlights Tour" (noon & 4 p.m.) shows a mastodon couple, the Majungasaurus, and some of the new research labs. "Wonderful World of Whales Tour" (2 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]


U-M Women's Lacrosse.

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Feb. 21: Louisville. 3 p.m.

Feb. 23: Colorado. Noon.

Feb. 29: Albany. Noon.

Mar. 15: Denver. 1 p.m.

Mar. 22: San Diego State. Noon.

Mar. 27: Ohio State. 6 p.m.

Apr. 9: Northwestern. 7 p.m.

Apr. 25: Maryland. Noon.
Various times (see listing), U-M Lacrosse Stadium, 2500 S. State. $6. 764-0247. [map]

 Noon-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Raspberry Pi Open Lab": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Two hours of open access to the AADL small, single-board computers.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 1 p.m., 2 p.m., & 3 p.m. 

"Egg-Pollo Moon Lander": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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"Egg drop challenge"-style workshop. All invited to build a "moon lander" and see if it protects an egg from a long fall.
1, 2, & 3 p.m., Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, 220 E. Ann. $6 (members, $4) plus $12.50 regular admission (members & kids under ages 2, free). 995-9439. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

Pilates Class: Club Pilates Washtenaw.

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Come join us this month for a FREE Intro class. Have you heard from your friends about Pilates, maybe you have read about it or just looking for a new fitness routine. Our intro class is a 30 minute session that will jump start your fitness journey and get you back on track to tone and strengthen your body!
We have a few different times you can pick from this month! Looking for something during the afternoon? Join us Tuesday at 12:30 pm, Wednesday at 11:30 am, Friday at 12 pm or Saturday at 1 pm. Maybe you are a night person? Join us on Tuesday at 7:30 pm.
Give a call to the studio today at 734-887-1938 and we can help you find the perfect time and day for you! But hurry now, $0 enrollment is going on and it wont last long!!
Club Pilates Washtenaw, 3370 Washtenaw Ave. Free. 734-887-1938. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Men's Gymnastics vs. Illinois-Chicago & Northern Illinois.

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This month's schedule also includes meets vs. Oklahoma (Feb. 15, 1 p.m.) and Minnesota (Feb. 29, 1 p.m.).
Cliff Keen Arena, S. State at Hoover. Free. 764-0247.

 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Hotel by the River": U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies.

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Feb. 29: (Hong Sangsoo, 2019). Black-and-white drama about an aging poet saying his final goodbyes to his 2 bickering sons. Korean, subtitles.
1 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 764-1825. [map]

 1 & 3:30 p.m. 

"The Wizard of Oz": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Jr. Theatre.

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Feb. 28 & 29, Mar. 1. Brice O'Neal directs young local actors in an original A2CT musical adaptation of L. Frank Baum's classic tale about Dorothy's journey to the Emerald City.
7:30 p.m. (Fri.) and 1 & 3:30 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Scarlett Middle School, 3300 Lorraine. Tickets $10 (youth, $8) in advance at, by phone, and at the door. 971-2228. [map]

 2-3 p.m. 

Argentine Tango Practice: Sophia & El Kronox.

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Every Sat. Tango dancing to recorded music. No partner or experience necessary. Preceded at 1 p.m. by a lesson ($10).
2-3 p.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $5 (with lesson, free)., 634-9629. [map]

 2-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Crocheted Beaded Bracelets": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Experienced crocheters invited to this craft project led by local crafter Beth Battey.
AADL Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. 

"James & the Giant Peach, Jr.": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Fri.-Sun., Feb. 28-Mar. 8. Matthew Brennan directs a cast of young local actors in a junior version of U-M grads Benj Pasek & Justin Paul's 2010 musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's fantasy novel. The story follows an orphaned boy rescued from the care of 2 cruel aunts who finds himself drifting across the Atlantic in a giant peach in the company of a variety of engaging anthropomorphized insects.
7 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $24 (ages 17 & under, $19) in advance at and at the door. 268-6200. [map]

 2 p.m. 

"Mary Poppins": Burns Park Players.

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Feb. 27-29 & Mar. 1. Burns Park elementary students, parents, and friends perform this Disney musical, based on the 1964 film adaptation of P.L. Travers' book about the "practically perfect" magical nanny who transforms the lives of the Banks children in 1910 London. The score includes such favorites as "Chim Chim Cher-ee," and "A Spoonful of Sugar."
7:30 p.m. (Thurs. & Fri.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Power Center. Tickets $20-$25 (students, $15) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office,, & at the door. 763-8587. [map]

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Paper Dragonfly, Bumble Bee, and Butterfly Puppets": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft for grades preK-3.
AADL Westgate. 327-4200.

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Every Sat. Docent-led themed tours of the museum. Feb. 1: "Ancient Writing." Feb. 8: "Read and Look: Tickle Tut's Toes," suitable for all ages. Feb. 15: "Rome Through the Eyes of Its Emperors." Feb. 22: "Graffiti as Devotion Along the Nile." Feb. 29: "Fakes, Forgeries, and Really Good Replicas."
2-3 p.m., Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304.

 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 Westgate (Jan. 25) & AADL Malletts Creek, 3090 E. Eisenhower (Feb. 29). Free. 327-4200. [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 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Men's Lacrosse.

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Feb. 18: Canisius. 4 p.m.

Feb. 22: Merrimack. 1 p.m.

Feb. 29: St. Johns. 3 p.m..

Mar. 11: Marquette. 4 p.m.

Apr. 5: Maryland. Noon.

Apr. 10: Rutgers. 7 p.m.
Various times (see listing), U-M Lacrosse Stadium, 2500 S. State. $6. 764-0247. [map]

 3-5 p.m. 

"Cheese Tasting: Fondue & Raclette": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Zingerman's cheesemakers discuss and offer taste samples of these Swiss melted cheese dishes.
Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $45-$50, preregistration required. 929-0500. [map]

 3 & 8 p.m. 

"Roadsigns": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Jan. 16-Mar. 14. Guy Sanville directs the world premiere of Purple Rose founder Jeff Daniels' new play, a lyrical drama about a young poet who, as he embarks on his own life's journey, encounters a rich gallery of characters on the margins of life who are each following a dream, or hoping to bump into one. Cast: David Bendena, Tom Whalen, Richard McWilliams, Rusty Mewha, Ruth Crawford, K. Edmonds, Kristin Shields, and Caitlin Cavanaugh.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat. & Nov. 29), & 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 (beginning Dec. 9) at and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]

 4-7 p.m. 

"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, beer for sale. (989) 455-4484. [map]

 5 p.m. 

Annual Fundraising Banquet: Washtenaw County Pheasants Forever.

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Buffet dinner. Live & silent auctions, raffles.
5 p.m., Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Tickets $90 (tentative; includes 1-year membership); preregistration required at 646-5710. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Music Program: Chelsea High School.

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Performances by various student ensembles.

Oct. 17: Fall Festival of Choirs. With choirs of kids in grades 5-12.

Oct. 19: Orchestra & Fiddle Club 23rd Annual Hometown Show.

Oct. 23: Echoes Concert with performances by the 6th-8th grade bands and the CHS Marching Band and color guard flag corps.

Oct. 29: Orchestra Halloween Concert.

Dec. 11 & Feb. 19: Music Program. The Feb. program features music they performed at a district-wide festival.

Feb. 29: Co.C Showcase. Performance by the CHS Co.C show choir, along with choirs from several other Michigan high schools ($15; students, $10).

7 p.m., CHS auditorium, 740 N. Freer, Chelsea. Free. 475-4524. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"One Day More Play Reading Festival": Penny Seats Theatre Company.

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Feb. 29 & Mar. 1 (different programs). Two days of informally staged readings featuring the work of 3 local playwrights. Sat.: Jigsaw Bridge, Joseph Zettelmaier's gothic drama about the peculiar discovery of a medieval woman frozen in time, and The Mummy Queen, Michael Alan Herman's mystery about an ostentatious Victorian homeowner who's discovered in a prolonged trance. Sun.: Spaceling, Michael Alan Herman & Josie Lapczynski's farce about a struggling Midwestern painter hoarding a valuable alien life form, and The Known Limits, Zettelmaier's drama about an astronomer & lab technician stumped by an unexplainable discovery.
Stone Chalet Bed & Breakfast Inn event center, 1917 Washtenaw Ave. Pay what you can. 276-2732. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Sober Speakeasy": Argus Farm Stop Packard.

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Acoustic music by folk-pop singer Kid Cooper Levy and other artists TBA.
7 p.m., Argus Farm Stop, 1200 Packard. Free, food & drink for sale 997-5448. [map]

 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Contra Dance: Rudolf Steiner School.

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Dancing to live music by Nutshell with caller Drake Meadow. No partner necessary; dancers of all levels welcome. Preceded at 6:30 p.m. by an hour of dancing for kids. Refreshments.
Rudolf Steiner, 2230 Pontiac Tr. Free. 669-9394. [map]

 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

Joe List: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Feb. 27-29. Known for his worrywart persona and cerebral, self-deprecating observational humor, this NYC-based comic has twice appeared on Conan and opened for Louis C.K. during his 2016 international tour. He has a special on the Netflix series The Standups. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $10 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance at before 6 p.m. the night of the show; $12 (Thurs.) & $16 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Blue Sky Playwright Festival": Skyline High School.

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Skyline High School assistant theater director Brodie Brockie directs Skyline students in 5-6 original plays by their peers in various genres.
Skyline, 2552 N. Maple. Ticket price TBA at the door only. 994-6515. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Gosford Park": Michigan Theater.

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(Robert Altman, 2001). Murder mystery about a shooting party gone awry, in an English manor home whose gulf between family and servants is acidly portrayed. Kelly Macdonald, Clive Owen, Ryan Phillippe.
Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME.

 7:30 p.m. 

"Newsies": Saline High School Drama Club.

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Feb. 28-Mar. 1. Rebecca Groeb directs Saline High students in Alan Menken, Jack Feldman, and Harvey Fierstein's Broadway show based on the 1992 musical film, which was inspired by the New York City Newsboys Strike of 1899. The Tony-winning score includes "Seize the Day" and "King of New York."
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Saline High School, 1300 Campus Pkwy., Saline. Tickets $10-$15 in advance starting Feb. 1 at and at the door. Pre-show dinner with menu TBA ($25, including show admission; students & seniors, $20) available on Sat. in the Afterglow area outside of the theater. 401-4644. [map]

 7:30-10:30 p.m. 

"Ruth's Birthday Dance Fundraiser": Ann Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.

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A variety of callers lead contra, English, and Scottish dances to live music by Susie Lorand, Josh Burdick, and Debbie Jackson. For dancers with basic familiarity with one of these styles. Preceded at 6 p.m. by a potluck supper.
7:30-10:30 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free, donations to Back Door Food Pantry are encouraged (money, tea, or nondairy milk). 761-6172. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Mountain Heart.

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Winner of the 1999 International Bluegrass Association Emerging Artist of the Year Award, this bluegrass-based Americana ensemble blends traditional and progressive styles with the energy of Southern rock. The band's 2010 CD, Road That Never Ends, was recorded live at the Ark. They're big local favorites.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $30 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office &, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Liederabend": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Vocalists TBA perform a program of German art songs. Piano accompanist is Toledo Opera coach and conductor Kevin Bylsma.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20-$40 (students, $10) in advance at & at the door. 769-2999. [map]

 8-9:30 p.m. 

"Lungs": Kickshaw Theatre.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Feb. 27-Mar. 15. Paige Conway directs local actors in British playwright Duncan Macmillan's smart and funny drama, which follows a modern couple through the surprising lifecycle of their relationship. Stars Claire Joliffe and Nick Yocum.
8-9:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2-3:30 p.m. (Sun.), trustArt Studios, 7885 Jackson Rd. Tickets $15-$30 in advance at & at the door. 203-0556. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"The Real Inspector Hound": PTD Productions.

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Feb. 27-29, Mar. 1, & Mar. 4-7. Tim Henning directs local actors in Tom Stoppard's play-within-a-play farce in which two critics go to see the premiere of an extravagantly stereotypical murder mystery. One of the critics becomes so involved that he ends up in the play he's supposedly watching.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Wed. & Sun.), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (students & seniors, $12; Thurs. only, pay what you can) in advance at, by phone, & at the door. 483-7345. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Thoughts and Prayers": Neighborhood Theatre Group.

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Every Fri.-Sun., Feb. 28-Mar. 8. Marisa Dluge directs the premiere of local playwright A.M. Dean's drama about a botched school shooting that inspires the U.S. Department of Education to militarize all teachers. Cast: Mimi Blackford, Eric Hohnke, Mike Sandusky, Debbie Secord, Kate Umstatter, and Craig Van Kempen.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Riverside Arts Center studio 1, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $12 (student, $7) in advance at & $15 at the door. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Andrew Brown's Djangophonique

Local ensemble led by guitarist Brown that plays music inspired by the legendary gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. [venue info]

B-Side: "Get LOWkey: Leap Year Edition"

Acoustic music by local teens. Proceeds benefit LIVE on Washington, the Neutral Zone's annual outdoor teen music & arts festival, which returns in June. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Alexis Lombre Trio

Jazz ensemble led by the soulful young Chicago-bred pianist Lombre. 11 p.m. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Gerard Gibbs & Organized Crim

Funk-inflected jazz by this Detroit trio led by veteran Hammond B-3 organist Gibbs. With guitarist Perry Hughes and drummer Jabari Kersey. 8 p.m. [venue info]

Canterbury House: Improv Jam

Jazz jam session. 8:30 p.m. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Spark Spark

Local quintet fronted by vocalist Robin Grant that plays mostly uptempo, danceable covers. With guitarists John Rasmussen & Joshua Killom, bassist Cy Klone, and drummer Jim Weyman. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Rochelle Clark Rochelle Clark

Chelsea singer-songwriter who's half of the Americana duo The Potter's Field. [venue info]

Detroit St. Filling Station: Jay Frydenlund

Chirp singer-guitarist who plays rock 'n' roll, blues, and folk covers and originals. [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: Jedi Mind Trip

Mid-Michigan quartet that plays 70s & 80s dance rock covers. [venue info]

Mash: JD & the Salingers

Postmodern pop with strains of country, soul, and punk by this local band fronted by singer-songwriter Jason Dean. [venue info]

Mash: Mike Vial

Local folk-rock singer-songwriter. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: The Randaliers The Randaliers

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

Zal Gaz Grotto: The Extrusions

Local vintage rock and Motown band. Opener: Six-Foot Poles, a veteran local classic rock band. 8-11 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Adam Labeaux & Sara Gibson

Improvisational soul-flavored folk-rock by this duo from the Cloudbuilders, singer-guitarist Labeaux and cellist Gibson. [venue info]


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