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Calendar of Events

Saturday, August 8, 2020

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 1 a.m.-midnight  Online 

"A Thousand Cuts": Michigan Theater Virtual Cinema.

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(Ramona S. Diaz, 2020). Stream online this documentary about the social media disinformation campaigns that fuel the authoritarian regime of Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte.
Seven-day rental $12.

 8 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Farmers Market.

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Area vendors, all from within 90 miles of Chelsea. Each month, kids activities TBA, market basket giveaway on the last Sat. & Wed., along with live entertainment every Sat. (10:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. or so) & last Wed. only (3-5 p.m. or so), June-Oct.
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.-1 p.m.  Free! 

Dexter Farmers Market.

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Every Sat., May-Oct. Sale of produce, eggs, honey, baked goods, and more from local vendors. Also, performances by local musicians.
8 a.m.-1 p.m., 3233 Alpine St., Dexter. Free admission. 426-8303. [map]

 8 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Virtual Auditions for the 2020-2021 Ann Arbor Youth Chorale.

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The Ann Arbor Youth Chorale invites girls and boys, ages 9-16, to audition for membership in their outstanding choirs! Virtual auditions will be held on Saturday, August 8, 2020 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm via Zoom.
Auditions are by appointment only. Sign up for an easy and relaxed 10-minute audition slot held privately between singer and conductor. Visit for more information or contact our office at: / 734-996-4404. Need-based scholarships are available.
Ann Arbor Youth Chorale has provided excellent vocal training, exciting performance opportunities, and FUN for 33 years - perfect for children who love to sing! Highlights from recent seasons include concerts with the Detroit, Ann Arbor and Flint Symphony Orchestras, and performance tours of Chicago and Milwaukee.
Virtual. Free. Online. 7349964404.

 8 a.m.-8 p.m.  Online 

"A Cantor's Head": Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival.

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Online screening of Erik Greenberg Anjou's 2019 documentary about renowned cantor Jack Mendelson and this centuries-long art form that combines spiritual exploration, communal bonding, and showmanship. Part of an annual festival of documentary and feature films on Jewish themes. For complete festival schedule, see
Online anytime between Aug. 7-31 at $12 per film. 971-0990.

 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Washtenaw County Clean Up Day @ EMU: Washtenaw County Public Works.

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This Washtenaw County Clean-up Day will be held on Saturday, August 8th, from 9am-1pm at 799 N. Hewitt Road, Ypsilanti (in the parking lots across from Rynearson Statdium).
• Household Hazardous Waste (paint, pesticides, cleaning supplies, oil, batteries, etc.) (no containers larger than 6 gal, no oxygen or refrigerant tanks, containers can not be returned)
• Tires (on or off rims, no semi or agricultural tires)
• Electronics (TV, computer, entertainment and communication devices, etc.)
• Scrap Metal
• Appliances (refrigerator, dryer, a/c unit, etc.)
• Bulky Waste (mattress, furniture, etc.)
• Household Trash
• Recyclable Materials (glass, cardboard, plastic, paper)
• Styrofoam
• Concrete, Brick, Asphalt, or Shingles
These events are for WASHTENAW COUNTY residents. Sorry, but we can't accept materials from businesses or out-of-county residents.
Call 734-222-3950 or visit for more
Rynearson Stadium Parking Lot, 799 N Hewitt Street, Ypsilanti. suggested donation: $15. 7342223950. [map]

 10 a.m. 

Donation Morning Yoga: Mota Thai Yoga.

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This class is a great way to begin your day. Wake up your body and mind with slow flow and gentle stretches.
When you come to the studio, remove your shoes at the door, and take your belongings to your yoga space. You will be checked in at the door.
Choose an option to donate from $10-$20, or use a class package. Register on Eventbrite. on our website, or on Mindbody.
(Mota Thai Yoga is located at 416 W. 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.)
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 West Huron Street, #22. Donation. $10-20 Donation. 7347577213. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Heckuva Hike": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Naturalist Kelsey Dehring leads a 3.5-mile hike along the forests and open fields of the River Raisin. Bring a mask, sunscreen, bug spray, and water.
10 a.m., Leonard Preserve, 375 N Union St., Manchester. Free, preregistration required by emailing [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

"In The Open": Ann Arbor Camerata.

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Open to change, open to artistic flexibility, open to new experiences in post-pandemic life. In our new performance series, In the Open, the Ann Arbor Camerata invites our audiences to engage in innovative presentations in the open air. Join us for a series of socially-distanced performances featuring a collective of citizen artists at venues such as the Kerrytown Farmers Market and Ann Arbor's West Park.
Kerrytown Farmers Market, 315 Detroit St. Free. Donation. 805-750-8947. [map]

 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"In the Open": Ann Arbor Camerata.

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Outdoor concert featuring a local saxophone quartet with Kate von Bernthal, Philip Kleutgens, Erik Anundson, and Jason Frazier.
Kerrytown Farmers Market, Kerrytown. Free. [map]

 11 a.m.  Online 

Slow Burn Vinyasa Flow: Mota Thai Yoga.

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Integrate breath and movement with this Slow Burn Vinyasa class. During this class, there will be a focus on alignment, strength and flexibility. Flow sequences involve holding certain postures to create internal heat, as you build muscle and stamina.
When you come to the studio, remove your shoes at the door, and place your belongings in the cubbies. You will be checked in at the door. Masks are not required, however if you feel more comfortable wearing one during class, feel free.
Register on our website or on Mindbody.
(Mota Thai Yoga is located at 416 W. 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.)
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22. Online. Donation. [map]

 7-8 p.m.  Online 

"Living Room Live! Online": Ann Arbor Storytellers' Guild.

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Storytelling by Lyn Ford, a nationally recognized Columbus-based storyteller with a repertoire of stories from various African American traditions. Host is Chelsea-based fiction writer & playwright Steve Daut.
For livestream URL preregister at Pay what you can ($10 or more suggested donation).

 8 p.m.  Free! 

8 Ball Patio Series: The Blind Pig.

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Every Fri. & Sat. A variety of artists TBA performing from the rooftop for patrons seated on the 8 Ball patio.
8-9 p.m. or later, patio adjacent to the 8 Ball Saloon entrance the Blind Pig, 208 S. First. No cover. 996-8555. [map]

Canceled and Postponed Events:

 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: Monthly Meeting: Ann Arbor chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby.

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Worried about climate change? Wondering how you can make a real difference? Come to the monthly meeting of the Ann Arbor chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL). CCL is a national, grassroots organization working to enact federal legislation to put a price on CO2. It is the most focused and influential organization working on national climate policy. We are working to build support for the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (, a fair and effective policy to reduce GHG emissions. Our meetings consist of dialing in to a national conference call (featuring different guest speakers each month), followed by local discussion of actions. Newcomers are welcome to come at 12:30 for a brief overview.
Ann Arbor District Library (downtown) - 3rd floor Freespace Room, 343 S. 5th Ave. Free., [map]

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