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Calendar of Events

Saturday, October 17, 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.-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]

 9 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

Remodelers Home Tour: Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor.

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Oct. 16-18. Guided tours of several newly remodeled local homes, online and in-person. Limited capacity for in-person viewings; social distancing enforced, masks required.
9 a.m.-6 p.m., various locations and online at Free. 996-0100.

 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 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Christmas in October": Northside Community Church.

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Holiday bazaar with handmade crafts and vendors, including Thistle Blossom Herbals, Hoola Jewelry, Peace by Piece quilts, and more. Refreshments available.
For livestream see Free. 662-6351.

 10:30 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Under Ceege": Purple Rose Theatre/Chelsea District Library.

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Lynch Travis directs a virtual staged reading of award-winning Inkster playwright Jeffry Chastang's new drama, set in Inkster, that explores the relationship between a mother and son as they face the challenge of the sale, by the son of her recently deceased long-term landlord, of the rented home the mother has lived in most of her life.Cast: Madelyn Porter and Monrico Ward
10:30 a.m., for URL, preregister at Free. 433-7782.

 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]

 11 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Apple Showcase": MacTechnics Video Conference.

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Apple systems trainer Chris Anderson discusses the latest Apple products, including AirPods headphones, AirTags tracking tags, new versions of the iPhone, iPad Pro, and Apple Watch, and more. Q&A.
11 a.m.-1 p.m., for meeting URL email Free. [map]

 Noon-6 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Showcase of New and Remodeled Homes": Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor An Arbor.

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Oct. 16-18. Virtual guided tour of 12 area homes, 4 of which are open for in-person tours.
Noon-6 p.m., for URL see Free.

 Noon-6 p.m.  Free! 

Scrapbooking Takeover: SCRAP Creative Reuse.

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SCRAPBOOKING enthusiasts!
Saturday October 17th 12pm-6pm @ SCRAP!
Do not miss this Saturday Scrapbooking Takeover!
We've received some really amazing scrapbooking materials over the last few weeks and we are finally making them available THIS SATURDAY ONLY!
All week long our social media feed will be full of exclusive materials.
Tune in for sneak peeks and get here early this Saturday ONLY!
SCRAP Creative Reuse, 4567 Washtenaw Ave. Free. 7348004137. [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 & 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. [map]

 2-3:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Kayla Cieslak Senior Recital: EMU Music Department.

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EMU senior flute major Cieslak performs a program that includes J.S. Bach's Partita in A-minor, the acclaimed contemporary American composer-flutist Valerie Coleman's Danza de la Mariposa, and works by two 20th-century French composers, Cécile Chaminade's Flute Concertino and André Jolivet's Chant de Linos.
For livestream URL see Free.

 2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Changing Seasons Mindfulness Hike": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Slow-paced, contemplative hike led by WCPARC naturalist Elle Bogle and Mindful City Ann Arbor co-founder Julie Woodward. Bring a water bottle and mask.
2 p.m., Scio Woods Preserve, 4000 Scio Church Rd. Free, but preregistration required at [map]

 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Family Nature Adventures: Geology Rocks": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Naturalist Shawn Severance teaches children & adults about geology, fossils, & Michigan's glacial history and leads a hike through this old gravel quarry. Masks required, social distancing enforced.
2-3:30 p.m., Fox Science Preserve, 2280 Peters Rd. Free, preregistration required at [map]

 2-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Getting Real About Race in Washtenaw County": Survivors Speak Community Forum,.

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Talks on various related topics by a host of speakers, including congresswoman Debbie Dingell, Democratic Washtenaw County prosecutor nominee Eli Savitt, and many others.
2-6 p.m., Lillie Park, 4365 Platt Road. Free. 252-6075. [map]

 2:30-4:30 p.m. 

"The Complete Yoga & Meditation Management Course": Ann Arbor Yoga and Meditation School.

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Learn classical yoga and meditation from the tantra and yoga to improve and maintain good physical and mental health. Beginners and pros are welcome. Teachers earn continuing education credit.
Ann Arbor Yoga and Meditation (AIKIDO studio), 1904 Federal Blvd. See website or price. [map]

 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Live Music at YORK Food + Drink: York Food + Drink.

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Sade, Parliament, Curtis Mayfield, and the smoothest house track you've never heard of spun one after another on vinyl.
On Saturday, October 17th, DJ Aaron Batzdorfer will be live from YORK's Yard from 6-8 PM! Come experience DJ Aaron Batzdorfer's record collection with us! Also popping up in the Yard that evening at 5:30pm will be Truckshuka! Truckshuka serve authentic Israeli street food: fresh, exotic dishes blanket a menu that's big on savory delights. Bowls, platters, artisan Jerusalem pita sandwiches and much more are on the slab and ready to wow you every time you step up.
Masks required, social distancing enforced.
York Food + Drink, 1928 Packard, Ann Arbor 48104. Free. 734-662-0798. [map]

 5:30 p.m.  Online 

"The Music of Brahms": Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

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Online performance, prerecorded at Kerrytown Concert House, of Brahms' Cello Sonata in E minor and Clarinet Trio, a work that prompted a friend of the composer to say, "it is as though the instruments are in love with each other."
5:30 p.m., online at Tickets $50 in advance only at 994-4801.

 7 p.m. 

"Spooktacular Drive-In: A Socially Distanced Event": Michigan Ability Partners.

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The movie event fundraiser will be a family friendly film (movie selection will be announced 10/17). Bring your family along (even your pets!) and wear comfy clothes! Attendees can watch the movie from the comfort of their car or outside their car. Included in this fun night is a best costume contest - the winners will be eligible for some great prizes!
Gates will open at 7:00pm. MAP will start off with a mini program, and the film will start right at 8:30pm! One car per ticket, only. USA Hockey Drive-In offers concessions on-site. MAP and it's guests must adhere to the Drive-In's COVID-19 rules and regulations
USA Hockey Drive-In., 14900 Beck Rd. Plymouth, MI, 48170, Plymouth. $40. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"#Matter" & "Black Flag": EMU Theater Department.

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Oct. 16-18. Virtual productions of 2 semi-staged dramas by Idris Goodwin, an award-winning Colorado-based playwright known for his plays designed to spark conversation about race in America. EMU grad student Tayler Jones directs #Matter, a story about 2 former high school students reconnecting over their divergent views on life and race. Fraser High School drama teacher & EMU grad Randy Stewart directs Black Flag, a story about college freshman roommates attempting to navigate their obvious cultural differences.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) and 2 p.m. (Sun.). For online URL, see Tickets prices TBA at 487-1220. [map]

 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 

Carrie Newcomer: The Ark.

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Acclaimed singer-songwriter and dynamic performer from northern Indiana whose songs explore everyday life with a gritty realism and soft-spoken charm. No Depression calls her music "delicate yet strong, with a voice rich with warmth and deep with soul."
8 p.m., online at Tickets $20 ("family pass," $30) in advance only at 761-1451.


Nightspots Listings:


Blue LLama: DThree Plus Two

Detroit jazz trio led by drummer David Alvarez III. With keyboardistt Corey Kendrick & bassist Brian Juarez. 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]


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