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Calendar of Events

Saturday, February 27, 2021

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 12:01 a.m.-midnight  Online 

"Virtual Movie Palace": Michigan Theater.

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New titles available all month online for 2-10 days after you start watching. Full January schedule online.
$6-$12 per film. Online at for 2-10 days after you start watching.

 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, snow, 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]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

Remote-Controlled Car Racing: Washtenaw RC Speedway.

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One of the largest regular gatherings of RC racers in the country features off-road dirt-track racing for stock and modified model electric trucks and buggies. Each racer can bring one guest spectator only. Masks required, Covid-19 screening at entrance, social distancing enforced. Onsite Nankin Hobby shop.
Racing starts at 10 a.m. (speedway opens at 8 a.m.), and goes until everyone is done. Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Free admission. $15 to race (additional entries, $10).

 10 a.m.  Free! 

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

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Naturalist Kelsey Dehring leads a 3.5-mile hike. Bring a mask and water.
Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek Rd, Ypsilanti. Free. Capacity limited; preregistration required by emailing [map]

 10 & 11 a.m. 

"Snow Play": Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Ages 3-4 invited to paint the snow, look for animal signs, and more, led by Hudson Mills naturalists. Masks required. Alternate activities if no snow. Masks required.
Park activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (2 & under, free), preregistration required by 4 p.m. a day prior to event (capacity limited); $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]

 11 a.m. 

"Nature Kids in Eberwhite Woods: Winter Workshop": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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Ages 2 - 5 years & Adult. Join Naturalist Chris Colaner in an innovative class entirely outside in Eberwhite Woods! We explore a new STEAM concept in each workshop while enjoying the wintry natural wonders of the woods. Each class is loosely guided by a science theme and/or activity, and includes exploration, free-play, art and music. Register for one or all three. Class meets rain, snow or shine so dress for the weather and bring a change of clothing just in case! Meet at the entrance of Eberwhite Woods next to the west parking lot of Eberwhite School, 800 Soule, 48103. If weather conditions are unsafe, make-up dates are listed below. All adults and children are expected to wear masks. The First Steps Early Childhood PTO will help to provide winter outerwear for families in need who otherwise would not be able to participate. Instructor: Chris Colaner. Scholarship recipients pay $5.
Eberwhite Woods, 800 Soule. $19. 734 994 2300 X 0. [map]

 1-3 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Education and Black History": U-M Turner African American Services Council Systematic Racism Lecture Series.

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Talk by speaker(s) TBA.
For URL call 998-9353 or email Free.

 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Feb. 6, 15, 21, & 27. 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. Minors should be accompanied by a caregiver.

Feb. 6: Furstenberg Nature Area.

Feb. 15: Leslie Park.

Feb. 21: Foxfire South Nature Area.

Feb. 27: Mary Beth Doyle Park.
Various times and locations. Free, but preregistration required at (click on "NAP Workdays"). 794-6627.

 1-2:30 p.m. & 3-4:30 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off animals native to the African continent, including Bed Head the African crested porcupine, a spurred tortoise, and the tenrec. Guests invited to view other animals on display, including a kangaroo, albino alligator, and binturongs. Masks required.
Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 2 & under, free) in advance only at (capacity limited). 929-9324. [map]

 2 p.m.  Online 

"Cured Meats 101": Zingerman's Delicatessen.

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The Deli counter at Zingerman's offers a wide variety of sliced meat, including sandwich cuts as well as cured meats. Perhaps you have curious about the selection or maybe overwhelmed and not sure what you might enjoy. This class will explore the topic of cured meats-we'll go in depth into the process of preserving and flavoring meats. You will learn and also TASTE! $35 TICKET to taste and learn, only $15 if you just want to listen without tasting. All attendees also get a 20% coupon to use online at after the event.
Virtual on Zoom. Online. $35. SIGN UP HERE>

 3:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Kids Open Mic": Oz's Music Environment.

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All kids invited to join a Zoom gathering to sing songs, make music, tell jokes, and more.
For URL see (meeting ID, 933 1925 5392; password, 362147). Free. 662-8283.

 5 p.m.  Free! 

DJ Fresh Myint & Basil Babe in YORK's Yard: YORK Food + Drink.

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She's DJ-ed for some of the biggest crowds in Ann Arbor in the Big House, spins incredible tunes for UM sports, and has made countless weddings a night to remember. We're so lucky to host DJ Fresh Myint in the Yard on 2/27! Complementing this live DJ event will be Basil Babe: a local chef specializing in hand-wrapped dumplings, highlighting flavors from all over Asia.
York Food + Drink, 1928 Packard. Free. 7346620798. [map]

 6-8 p.m.  Online 

"Cook Like a Chef...Eat Like a King": Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels Benefit.

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Zingerman's chef Kieron Hales demonstrates via Zoom how to make a 3-course vegetarian meal, highlighted by fresh mozzarella made from cheese curds and a gnocchi entrée. Participants are encouraged to follow along at home using ingredients available for curbside pickup and delivery.
For URL preregister at $150, includes food for 2 at curbside (for delivery, additional $15). 217-4770,

 6:30 & 8:30 p.m. 

Zach Martina: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Feb. 26 & 27. Local comic known for his fast-talking, enthusiastic style and his love of the Detroit Lions, his two daughters, and more. Masks required, except when eating or drinking.
212 S. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15 in advance, $17 at the door (capacity reduced to 20%)., 996-9080. [map]

 7 p.m. 

Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Feb. 6, 13, & 27. Programs led by Hudson Mills naturalist Kim Sherwin. Masks required.

Feb. 6 (9 & 11 a.m.): "Tracks, Scats, and Signs." One-mile hike to look for prints and patterns left behind by animals. Ages 6 & up only. $5.

Feb. 13 (9 & 11 a.m.): "Science of Sledding." Ages 8 & up invited to test out how fast or slow different materials travel downhill on snow. Bring a sled to use after the program, if you wish; $6.

Feb. 27 (7 p.m.): "Full Snow Moon Walk" Guided one-mile hike for all ages 10 & up. $5.
Various times, park activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. Various fees, preregistration required by 4 p.m. a day prior to respective event (capacity limited); $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]

 7 p.m.  Online 

Sean Dobbins Trio: Blue Llama Jazz Club.

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Livestreamed 75-minute performance by a jazz ensemble led by this widely acclaimed drummer, a longtime stalwart of the local music scene who is now also an Indiana University music professor. With organ virtuoso Gerard Gibbs and saxophonist Diego Rivera.
7 p.m., for URL and tickets ($20/individual, $30/group) see

 7-7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

TriviaTime!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local sisters Katie and Abbie throw out themed questions for anyone to answer in the YouTube chat box.
online at Free. 327-4200.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

U-M Ice Hockey.

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Livestream only from Yost Ice Arena.

Postponed Feb. 3 & 4 : Penn State.

Feb. 9: Michigan State.

Feb. 13 & 14: Wisconsin.

Feb. 26 & 27: Arizona State.
Online at Free. 764-0247.

 7:30 & 9 p.m.  Online 

"Scott Silven's The Journey (Virtual)": Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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In this live, virtual theater experience, travel from your living room to Silven's home in rural Scotland through beautiful cinematic imagery and high-definition immersive sound. Hear a long-forgotten story, interact directly with Silven in a cutting-edge digital space, and help shape the evening's extraordinary illusions and mesmerizing events.
With a maximum of 30 guests per show, each intimate, interactive event is constructed by you, your own sense of home and connection, and your fellow travelers inhabiting the same digital space from across the world.
Through the power of storytelling and the work of a masterful illusionist, discover the path that connects you to Silven's past, your own present, and a collective future. The Journey awaits.
The Journey is generously supported by Erin McKean & Steve Sullivan.
Virtual. Online. $46.

 7:30 p.m.  Online 

Pan-African Youth Orchestra: Riverfolk Music and Arts Organization Blacksmith Shop Concerts.

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Performance by this acclaimed ensemble, founded in Ghana, whose repertoire features works by its creator and director Nana Danso Abiam.
For URL and tickets ($0-$100 sliding scale), see

 7:30 & 9 p.m.  Online 

"The Journey": Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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Feb. 23-28. Renowned Scottish mentalist and storyteller Scott Silven hosts an evening of mesmerizing illusions and sounds, interspersed with tales live from his home in rural Scotland. Silven's shows are known for their sophistication, intelligence, and immersiveness.
7:30 p.m. (Fri.-Sun.), 9 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), and 5 p.m. (Sun. only); no late entry. For URL & tickets ($51 per person per device), see 994-5999. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

The RFD Boys: The Ark Family Room Series.

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Authentic bluegrass by these longtime local favorites who have appeared in numerous festivals and on the cover of Bluegrass Unlimited magazine. Their shows blend top-notch musicianship with funny between-songs dialogue. They have a new guitarist-mandolinist, Dan Roehrig.
Online at Free, donations appreciated. 761-1451.

  9 p.m.  Online 

Holly Near: The Ark Livestream Series.

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Rare club appearance by this veteran feminist singer-songwriter, a longtime Ark favorite who sings in a rich, controlled soprano and with a commanding presence that recalls Joan Baez at her peak. Her feminism is the cornerstone of a wide-ranging social and political intelligence, and her provocative lyrics also usually display an engagingly unpredictable humor.
For URL and tickets (price TBA), see

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