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Calendar of Events

Saturday, October 3, 2020

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 12 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Future Language: The Dimensions of Von LMO": Ann Arbor Film Festival.

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Online screening of Lori Felker's 2018 documentary portrait of this post-punk artist and self-proclaimed alien hybrid.
Online anytime between Sept. 9-Oct. 13 at Free.

 12 a.m. 

"Keep Your Distance 5k": Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission.

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All invited to run or walk a 5k on a marked course. Medals and t-shirts.
Anytime from Sept. 19-Oct. 18, Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. $15, preregistration required at

 6 a.m.-midnight  Online 

"Virtual Movie Palace": Michigan Theater.

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More than 20 new releases to watch from your home. Movie rental and purchases directly support the Michigan Theater Foundation and staff. For full schedule, see
Various prices per film. Available all Sept. online at for 2-10 days after patrons start watching each film.

 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.  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 p.m., 5700 Jackson Rd.). Snacks. Rain or shine.
6 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]

 9 a.m.-noon or so  Free!  Online 

"Housing Access and Affordability in Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County": Washtenaw County Democratic Party.

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Roundtable discussion on the proposed millage on the November ballot to fund housing affordable to low-income residents. With Ann Arbor mayor Christopher Taylor, Washtenaw Housing Alliance director Amanda Carlisle, Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development interim director Teresa Gillotti, 14A-1 District Court judge J. Cedric Simpson, Avalon Housing director Aubrey Patiño, and City of Ypsilanti housing, affordability, and accessibility subcommittee member Desiraé Simmons. The meeting starts with a chance to meet Democratic candidates running for various local offices and ends with an update on measures the state has taken in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
For online meeting URL see; webinar password, 810011. Free. 883-8250.

 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Step Up" to End Corruption in DC: Now - Oct 31: Wolf-PAC.

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Walk, run or bike to help save the future of America!
Wolf-PAC, a non-partisan, grassroots organization working to end corruption in DC, invites you join the 28 Million Steps Challenge. From now until October 31st, you can walk, run or bike to help raise awareness about the crucial need to end "pay to play politics" in Washington.

Why 28 Million Steps? Wolf-PAC is working to attain a 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to fix our broken campaign finance system and restore a government that represents the people.

Registration is free. Visit for more info, to register, or start/join a team. "Step up" in the fight to end corruption -- and get some good exercise while you're at it!
Ann Arbor, Anywhere. Free.

 10:00 a.m.  Free! 

Scarecrow Contest: Northfield Township Area Library.

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Build a scarecrow and we will display it at the library. All participating scarecrows are due by Monday, October 26 at 11 am. The scarecrows will be judged throughout the week and winners will be announced on Halloween, Saturday, October 31. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. View the contest rules at
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. [map]

 10:30 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Saturday Morning Physics: Exploring Titan with Dragonfly!": University of Michigan Physics Department.

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Speaker: Ann Parsons - Astrophysicist (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)
YouTube talk link:
"Live" remote lecture followed by "live" Q&A. This talk link will be active only during each talk's specific date and time.
The lecture will be followed by our traditional live Question and Answer session with the speaker.
We begin the series with Astrophysicist Ann Parsons giving a live remote lecture on October 3rd. During the lecture, you may submit your questions for the lecturer by email to Your questions will be presented to the speaker and the audience by a moderator.
NASA has recently selected the Dragonfly Mission to study the surface chemistry of Saturn's largest moon, Titan! Dragonfly will land on Titan and then fly to dozens of different locations over its surface to study its prebiotic chemistry and to look for potential biosignatures.
We celebrate the James Robert Walker Lecture on this occasion
Virtual, Virtual. Free. Online. 7346491132.

 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 

Blast Corn Maze.

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Every Fri.-Sun., Sept. 26-Nov. 7. 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, a kids play area, and more. Maps available ($1).
5-10 p.m. (Fri.), 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sat.), & 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sun.), 6175 Daly Rd., Dexter. $10 (ages 5-12, $7; age 4 & under, free). [map]

 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

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Every Sat. & Sun., Sept. 12-Oct. 31, and every Wed.-Fri. Sept. 16-Oct. 30. 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. Apple cannon & paintball shooting gallery available Sat. & Sun. for an extra charge. Cider and donuts available. No pets.
11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Wiard's Orchards, 5565 Merritt Rd., Ypsilanti. Weekend admission: $20; weekday admission: $15; kids age 2 & under, free. 390-9211. [map]

 11 a.m.-noon  Free!  Online 

Rasa Festival: Akshara.

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Oct. 1 & every Sat. & Sun. This online festival celebrates traditional and contemporary South Asian music and art. Program includes livestream dances, music, films, spoken word poetry, and lectures on fashion design, craft traditions, and art history. Also, online photography and multimedia art exhibits. Details TBA, check for more information.
11 a.m.-noon, Free. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Virtual Wildlife Rehab Program: Howell Nature Center.

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As Michigan's largest wildlife rehabilitator, the Howell Nature Center treats thousands of wild animals every year, from common species to endangered species, with the hope of returning these animals to their homes in the wild. But what does wildlife rehabilitation entail? Find out by registering online, we will send you an email with the Zoom webinar information to attend. Register with your email at
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. Online. 734-449-0066. [map]

 2:30-4:30 p.m. 

"Therapeutic Breathing Techniques (Pranayama & Meditation)"

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Learn therapeutic breathing techniques and meditation to improve physical and mental health and well-being.
Ann Arbor Yoga and Meditation (AIKIDO studio), 1904 Federal Blvd. see website for price. 7346657801. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free!  Online 

The Black Feathers: The Ark Family Room Series.

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Americana, folk, and acoustic indie rock by this UK-based duo of vocalist Sian Chandler and guitarist and vocalist Ray Hughes.
4 p.m., for livestream URL see Free. 761-1451.

 5 p.m. 

"Grotto Outback Music": Zal Gaz Grotto Club.

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Motown and Soul Music by Salmagundi, Modern Mexican Cuisine from Cosa Sabrosa, Grotto bar is open for drinks.
In the back parking lot of the Zal Gaz Grotto Club.
Masks required, social distancing enforced, capacity is limited.
Zal Gaz Grotto Club, 2070 W Stadium Blvd. $10. (734) 663-1202. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Online 

The Moth StorySLAM: Michigan Radio.

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Virtual storytelling competition sponsored by The Moth, the NYC-based nonprofit that also produces a weekly public radio show. Storytellers are selected at random to tell a 3-5 minute story-this month's theme is "Disguises"-and judged by an audience poll at the end of the show. Wear your fake mustaches, heel lifts, cloaks, or a giant hotdog costume, if you like.
For online meeting URL preregister at Tickets $10 per household. 764-5118.

 7:30-11:30 p.m. 

"Night Terrors": Wiard's Orchards.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Four scary attractions-the haunted hayride, the haunted barn, the Asylum, and the MindShaft-featuring costumed monsters. Refreshments available. Age 10 & under must be with an adult. Social distancing enforced, masks required.
7:30-11:30 p.m., 5565 Merritt Rd., Ypsilanti. Tickets prices TBA at 390-9212. [map]

 8 p.m.  Online 

The Infamous Stringdusters: The Ark.

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Oct. 2-4. Highly regarded young bluegrass band from Nashville that blends traditional instrumentation and vocal styling with a penchant for jam-style improvisation. It was the first band ever to win the International Bluegrass Music Association awards for Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Emerging Artist in a single year.
10 p.m. (Fri.), 8 p.m. (Sat.), & 3 p.m. (Sun.). Online at Ticket prices TBA. 761-1451. [map]

Canceled and Postponed Events:

 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Canceled: Book Sale: Friends of the Dexter District Library.

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Sale of used books. Prices range from 25 cents to $2.
9 a.m.-3 p.m., Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine St., Dexter. Free admission. 426-4477. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Blue LLama: Straight Ahead Trio

Jazz ensemble led by Aline Moore, a Detroit jazz pianist who specializes in blending genres of jazz, Latin, and contemporary music. 7-10 p.m. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: "Jazz After Dark"

Every Fri. & Sat. Jazz originals and standards by a trio (Fri.) or quartet (Sat.) led by veteran local bassist Rob Crozier. On the outdoor terrace. 9-11 p.m. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Salmagundi Salmagundi

Local horn-powered Motown/Memphis soul tribute band. Modern Mexican food by Cosa Sabrosa and adult beverages available. Masks required. Social distancing maintained, capacity limited. 5-8 p.m. in the back parking lot. [venue info]


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