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Calendar of Events

Sunday, October 11, 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 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

 8 a.m.  Online 

Day of the Girl Virtual 5K: Girls on the Run of Southeastern Michigan.

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Join us virtually on October 11 to celebrate International Day of the Girl, which highlights and addresses challenges facing girls while promoting their empowerment. Your registration benefits Girls on the Run of Southeastern Michigan, ensuring that every girl has access to GOTR programming!
Check out more details at
Ypsilanti, 3075 Clark Rd, Suite 101, Ypsilanti. Online. $30. 7347125640. [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 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 a.m.-noon 

"Rescue Reading": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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All ages 6-11 invited to read to adoptable animals. Also, a group read-aloud, humane education lesson, and dog meet-and-greet. Masks required, social distancing enforced.
Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill. $10 per kid. Preregistration required., 661-3575. [map]

 11 a.m.-8 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]

 12:15 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Faith and Race": First Presbyterian Church Exploring The Faith Series.

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All invited to watch various prerecorded videos from the film series Covenantal Restoration: The Work of the People.
Oct. 4: "A Beloved Community with René August," about the history of South African apartheid.

Oct. 11: "Restoration of Relationship with Reggie Williams," about how the church has promoted white supremacy and idealism.

Oct. 18: "The Idol of Whiteness with Jim Wallis," about how multiculturalism is changing America for the better.
For online meeting URL see Free. 662-4466.

 12:45 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"History of Quakerism: Issues of Social Justice and Injustice": Ann Arbor Friends Meeting.

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Discussion of the long Quaker history of social activism, including its shortcomings. Speaker TBA.
12:45 p.m., for online meeting URL see Free.

 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]

 1-5 p.m.  Free! 

Sharon Mills Tours: Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission.

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Oct. 11 & 18. All invited to tour this park on the River Raisin that features an operational hydroelectric generator, a beautiful multicolored stone house, a wooden mill, and a former winery, plus spots for fishing, canoeing, and picnicking. Docents on hand to answer questions and demonstrate the generator.
1-5 p.m., Sharon Mills Park, 5701 Sharon Hollow Rd., Manchester. Free. 971-6337. [map]

 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 (click on NAP Workdays). 794-6627.

 2 p.m.  Free! 

Virtual CROP Hunger Walk.

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All invited to walk any distance in any location and share photos to CROP Hunger Walk's Facebook page. Local organizations benefiting from this year's proceeds are Hope Clinic, Peace Neighborhood Center, Avalon Housing, LOVE Thy Neighbor at First United Methodist Church Ann Arbor, Community Action Network (CAN) of Ann Arbor, Packard Health and Growing Hope.
2 p.m., choose your own location. Free, but participants are encouraged to raise donations. Preregistration required at

 3-4 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"StoryFest Family Fun Concert": Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild.

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Online storytelling program featuring guild members. Program: Laura Hayes' "Circus Story," Steve Daut's "Three Wishes," Judy Sima's "Big Turnip," and Jennifer Otto's "By and By Bunny." Emcee is Beverly Black. Suitable for kids age 4 & older.
For livestream, preregister at Free, but donations welcome.

 4:15 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Kerrytown Concert House Live at the 415 Series.

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Performer TBA. Today's program is a collaboration with the African American Cultural and Historical Museum of Washtenaw County.
4:15 p.m., online at Free, but donations accepted. [map]

 5-7 p.m. 

"A Harvest of Hope at Gordon Hall": Dexter Area Historical Society.

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Pick-up curbside dinner from Fillmore Bar and Grill to fundraise for the operation and ongoing renovation of Gordon Hall, the 19th-century mansion built by Dexter founder Judge Samuel Dexter. For menu options, see
Fillmore Bar and Grill, 7954 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. $75 per person, preregistration required at or by phone. 395-4106. [map]

 6 p.m.  Online 

Richard Thompson: The Ark.

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A former lead guitarist with the legendary English folk-rock group Fairport Convention, Thompson has long since established himself as one of England's most compelling and original singer-songwriters. He's also known for his biting, incisive guitar solos.
6 p.m., online at Tickets $20 & up in advance only at 761-1451.

 7-9 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Open Mic.

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Musicians of all ability levels and ages invited to sing and play anything from classic rock, Motown, and blues to bluegrass, folk, and country. All acoustic instruments (strings, horns, and woodwinds) welcome. Led by veteran local musicians Bill Connors and Phil McMillion.
For outdoor location preregister at $5. 973-7791.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Dave Boutette & Kristi Lynn Davis: The Ark Family Room Series.

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Husband-and-wife duo of veteran local folk-rock singer-guitarist Boutette, known for genial songs about the small ups and downs of ordinary life, and Davis, a singer, dancer, and former Radio City Rockette.
7 p.m., for livestream URL see Free. 761-1451.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Defense Rests: Lessons Through Illness and Grief": First Presbyterian Church.

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Charlotte (NC) based writer Kathryn P. Cosper discusses her new memoir about the joy and frustration of trying to care for her chronically ill husband.
For online meeting URL email Free. 662-4466.

 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]

 8-8:45 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: Terie Spencer directs Working Remotely, Cary Gitter's lighthearted comedy about a manager who makes a phone call intending to fire an employee but winds up turning the conversation on its head. Rachel Keown Burke directs River's Message, Conrad A. Panganiban's supernatural drama about a college student trying to communicate with her deceased mom through a new Facebook app. Joe Bailey directs We're Here Now, Jeffrey Lo's comedy about a long-distance young couple reinventing relationship milestones during the pandemic.
For livestream URL see Tickets $5 per night.

 11-12:15 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Judeo-Christian-Muslim and Scientific Understandings of Leadership": First United Methodist Church Conversations about Science and Religion.

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Virginia-based First United Methodist minister Larry Buxton and U-M radiology professor emeritus Paul Carson lead a discussion on how modern brain sciences can inform day-to-day professional life.
For online meeting URL email or call 662-4536. Free.

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