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Calendar of Events

Saturday, October 10, 2020






 
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 12 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"What We Left Unfinished": Ann Arbor Film Festival.

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Online screening of Mariam Ghani's 2019 documentary, which features newly restored footage from lost fiction films shot during Afghanistan's Communist era (1978-1991).
Online anytime between Oct. 7-Nov. 3 at aafilmfest.org/aaffpresents. Free.


 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 aafilmfest.org/aaffpresents. 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 ParksOnline.eWashtenaw.org.


 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 www.MichTheater.org/Screenings.
Various prices per film. Available all Sept. online at MichTheater.org/Screenings for 2-10 days after patrons start watching each film. BoxOffice@MichTheater.org.


 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.  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. Rain 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]


 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 wolf-pac.com/stepup 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. augustinedeb@gmail.com wolf-pac.com/stepup



 9 a.m.-noon & 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Volunteer Stewardship Day": Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Oct. 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, & 25. All invited to help remove invasive plants in city parks. Wear a mask, long pants, closed-toe shoes, & work gloves, and maintain a 6-foot distance from others at all times; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. All minors should be accompanied by a caregiver.

Oct. 4 (1-4 p.m.): Marshall Nature Area.

Oct. 10 (9 a.m.-noon): Scarlett Mitchell Nature Area.

Oct. 10 (1-4 p.m.): Mary Beth Doyle Park.

Oct. 11 (1-4 p.m.): Huron Parkway Nature Area.

Oct. 17 (9 a.m.-noon): Stapp Nature Area.

Oct. 17 (1-4 p.m.): Leslie Woods Nature Area.

Oct. 18 (1-4 p.m.): Black Pond Woods Nature Area.

Oct. 25 (1-4 p.m.): Narrow Gauge Way Nature Area.
9 a.m.-noon (except as noted), various locations. Free, preregistration required at Secure.Rec1.com/MI/city-of-ann-arbor/catalog (click on NAP Workdays). 794-6627.


 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 www.ntal.org/fall.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/fall [map]



 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"You Can Dance - Outside!": University Musical Society.

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All invited to learn the basics of tap dance with Creative Expressions Dance Studio (Flint) cofounder Bruce Bradley.
10:30 a.m. (check-in begins at 10 a.m.), Wheeler Park, 200 Depot St. Free, but preregistration required (limited capacity) at UMS.org/Education/Community-Program. 668-8463. [map]


 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed. & Sat. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal plays tunes TBA on this 17-bell chime.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 10:30 a.m.  Free!  Online 

Know Obstacles: Oz's Music Environment.

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All invited to play instruments, sing songs, and tell jokes with members of this band for kids and adults with special needs. Spectators welcome.
For online meeting URL see bit.ly/ozkidsopenmic (meeting ID, 933 1925 5392; password, 362147). Free. 662-8283.


 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Saturday Morning Physics": U-M Physics Department.

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Oct. 3, 10, 17, & Nov. 14. Popular series of talks, aimed at general audiences. Q&A.

Oct. 3: NASA astrophysicist and U-M astrophysics prfessor Ann Parsons on the latest NASA mission to explore Saturn's largest moon, Titan, set to launch in 2026.

Oct. 10: U-M physics professor Fred Adams on the fundamental constraints necessary for the universe to support life.

Oct. 17: U-M naval architecture and marine engineering professor Julie Young on "Smart Maritime Propulsion and Energy Harvesting Concepts."

Nov. 14: U-M physics professor Alec Thomas on the power of pulses of intense light.
For livestream URL see SaturdayMorningPhysics.org. Free. 763-2588, crabuck@umich.edu.


 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). BlastCornMaze.com. [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 Facebook.com/AksharaArtsOrg for more information.
11 a.m.-noon, Facebook.com/AksharaArtsOrg. Free. RasaFestival.org. [map]


 1-3 p.m. 

"Trick-or-Treat Along the Trail": Hudson Mills Metropark. .

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Oct. 10 & 11. 30-45-minute family-oriented guided tours to meet a variety of costumed animals. The nonscary walks are recommended for all ages. Sweets and treats. Bring a bucket, if you wish.
Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $5 per person (kids 2 & under, free). Preregistration required by Oct. 9. 426-8211. [map]


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Stewardship Saturday": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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All invited to help remove invasive shrubs. Be prepared for hiking and off-trail work; bring a mask and water.
1-4 p.m., Northfield Woods Preserve, 150 E. Northfield Church Rd. Free, preregistration required by emailing carlislec@washtenaw.org. Washtenaw.org/Parks. [map]


 2 & 4 p.m. 

Craft Outings by appointment: SCRAP Creative Reuse.

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SCRAP is excited to re-open our Education studio to offer craft outings by appointment! We have missed engaging with our community through our education programs and want to bring them back in the safest way possible. Our craft outings can be booked by families and groups of up to 5 individuals. Groups will have the option to choose from 3 projects. Each session runs 90 mins. This includes all materials needed to complete projects, project introduction from SCRAP staff, examples of past projects, and multiple check ins from staff. Get reuse crafty and let us clean up the mess! We will have 2 sessions available to book each Saturday in October. The first starting at 2pm and the second at 4pm.

This month's projects:
Open crafting ($25) - access to tons of reuse materials and craft examples. Dive in, explore, and create whatever you dream up! (Reuse Robots, sculpture building, collaging, and more)
Fabric portraits - ($35) Grab a favorite photo or craft from memory! Create a re
SCRAP Creative Reuse, 4567 Washtenaw Ave. $25-$35. 7348004137. claire.t@scrapcreativereuse.org https://annarbor.scrapcreativereuse.org/craft-outing-appointments [map]



 7 p.m. 

"StoryFest": Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild.

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This online storytelling program, formerly known as "Tellabration," features area storytellers performing for adults and youth age 14 & older. Program: Beverly Black's personal camping story "Lost," Mike Cox's imaginative tall tale "How I Got Big Feet," David Keren's suspenseful personal story "Not Bait," Lorella Otis's humorous personal tale "Leaf Blower," Tom Isaacs's Irish folk tale "Irish Tale," Rich Swanson's childhood remembrance "Fido the Fish," and Judy Sima's folk tale "Scheherezade." Emcee is Lansing storyteller Jennifer Otto, who's known for her original whimsical tales. All-ages StoryFest program tomorrow.
For livestream URL preregister at AnnArborStorytelling.org. Free, but donations welcome.


 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 HauntedHouseMichigan.com. 390-9212. [map]


 8-10 p.m.  Online 

Paul Vornhagen and Aron Kaufman: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth Cafe 704.

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Local veterans Vornhagen, a saxophone, flute, & congas multi-instrumentalist, and Kaufman, a composer-percussionist, play original compositions and improvised beats inspired by South American, Caribbean, African, and other world rhythms.
Online at InterfaithSpirit.org. Tickets $8. 327-0270.


 8 p.m. 

The Verve Pipe: The Ark.

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Acoustic performance by this veteran dance-rock band led by West Michigan singer-songwriter Brian Vander Ark whose richly textured songs are known for their inventive arrangements, layered vocals, and searching lyrics.
The Ark, 316 S. Main. for livestream URL see TheArk.org/Shows-Events. $20 (family, $30) at boxoffice.mandolin.com/products/the-verve-pipe. 761-1451. [map]


 8-8:45 p.m.  Online 

Zoom Play Series: Theatre Nova.

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Oct. 7-11. Fifteen juried virtual-themed very short plays-3 each night-written specifically to be performed live over Zoom. Tonight: Carla Milarch directs 3 plays. Isabella Waldron's drama Matching is about a mother and daughter catching up and trying to help out with life over Zoom. Cary Gitter's comedy Go, Seniors is about 2 high school seniors lamenting the loss of their last year together to the new coronavirus. Rachel Keown Burke's drama Dutch Baby is about former roommates reconnecting in a sardonic yet sincere way.
For livestream URL see Theatre-Nova.TicketLeap.com. Tickets $5 per night. a2TheatreNova@gmail.com.



Canceled and Postponed Events:

 9 a.m.  Free! 

Canceled: "River Roundup": Huron River Watershed Council.

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Join a small team of your friends, family, and other interesting volunteers. Collect samples of bugs and other creatures that live in our streams. These insects tell us how healthy the river system is, where the healthier areas are, and where we need to focus our restoration efforts.
Start at the NEW Center, 1100 N. Main Street, Ann Arbor, and then go out to 2 stream sites somewhere in Livingston, Oakland, and Washtenaw Counties., 1100 N. Main Street, Ann Arbor. Free. jfrenzel@hrwc.org https://www.hrwc.org/volunteer/roundup/ [map]


 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 (energyinnovationact.org), 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. annarbor@citizensclimatelobby.org http://annarborccl.org, https://citizensclimatelobby.org/ [map]




 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

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]

 
 


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