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Calendar of Events

Saturday, April 24, 2021

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 12:01 a.m.-midnight  Online 

"Michigan Trees: A Guide to the Trees of Michigan and the Great Lakes Region": Fifth Wall Performing Arts.

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Apr. 20-27. Recording of the 2019 premiere of Grey Gant's opera, directed by Karl Ronneburg, about a trans woman grappling with self-acceptance as she travels to Northern Michigan, guided by the Mother of Trees, to transform herself into a white pine overlooking Lake Superior. Also, post-production talkback with the cast and crew on April 20, 7 p.m. With the Converge String Quartet. Cast: Allison Prost, Grey Gant, Kate Moss, Kara Huckabone, and Samantha Kao.
On-demand viewing starts Apr. 20 7 p.m. and is available through April 27. For URL and tickets ($5-$20 pay-what-you-can) preregister at

 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Free! 

County Clean Up Day - Chelsea: Washtenaw County Public Works.

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Have you done some spring cleaning and ended up with stuff you don't know where to take? Bring our waste specialists your old TVs, paint, oils, garden chemicals and more for responsible and safe disposal!
This Washtenaw County Clean-up Day will be held on Saturday, April 24th, from 8am-1pm at the Washington Street Education Center Complex in Chelsea (500 Washington Street, Chelsea).
Wait times are expected, all vehicles in line by 1pm will be served. Please only bring materials you can unload within 20 minutes or less. Only 10 tires or less per vehicle can be accepted.
• Household Hazardous Waste (home toxics)
• Electronics
• Scrap Metal
• Appliances
Please view the flyer at for a full list of accepted and not accepted materials, a map of the event flow, and suggested donation amounts.
Washington Street Education Center Complex, 500 Washington Street, Chelsea. Free. Donation. 734 222-3950. [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 run of 3-5 miles along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Also, a speed-training session every Tues. 6 p.m., at 5700 Jackson Rd. Rain or shine.
8 a.m. (Sat.), 5700 Jackson Rd. and 6:30 p.m. (Mon.), 123 E. Liberty. Free. 929-9022 (Sat.) & 769-5016 (Mon.). [map]

 9 a.m.-noon & 1-4 p.m. 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Apr. 11, 17, 18, 22, 24, & 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.

Apr. 11 (1-4 p.m.): Folkstone Park.

Apr. 17 (9 a.m.-noon): Berkshire Creek Nature Area.

Apr. 18 (9 a.m.-noon): Lakewood Nature Area.

Apr. 22 (1-3 p.m.): Celebrate Earth Day at Furstenberg Nature Area.

Apr. 24 (various times): Scarlett Mitchell Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon), Bluffs Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon), and Sunset Brooks Nature Area (1-4 p.m.).

Apr. 25 (1-5 p.m.): Celebrate Global Youth Service Day at Marshall Nature Area.

Various locations. Free, but preregistration required at (click on "NAP Workdays"). 794-6627.

 9-10:30 a.m.  Free! 

WCCD 2021 Tree & Shrub Sale: Washtenaw County Conservation District.

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Each spring and fall the Conservation District sells a variety of trees, shrubs, wildflowers and prairie grasses which are intended for conservation uses, such as:
- Reforestation
- Soil erosion control
- Windbreaks and screens
- Wildlife habitat improvements
- Landscaping naturalizing
Sale Distribution/Pickup:
Friday, April 23rd, 1-6pm
Saturday April 24th, 9-10:30am
The pickup location will be the
Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds,
5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd
Ann Arbor 48103.
Pre-order by mail or on:
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Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 7343028713. [map]

 10 a.m. 

"Sign Language for Families": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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Empower your baby or toddler to communicate more effectively, expressing their joys and needs more clearly and with decreased frustration. Limited only by the comparatively slower development of speech, babies have the cognitive-memory capacity to communicate language as early as 6 months of age, and the gross-motor skills and hand-eye coordination to sign. Giving your child a means to communicate reduces misunderstandings and crying, prevents tantrums and eliminates the need to guess what your child is trying to tell you. Baby signers reap the benefits from signing beyond babyhood, including advanced language development, higher self-esteem, feeling confident in their ability to communicate and the comfort of forming deep familial bonds. In this outdoor class, learn a library of baby signs as well as methods for teaching and encouraging communication with your baby through sign discussions, observations, songs and play alongside other families.
Windemere Park, 3725 Windemere Dr. Ann Arbor 48105. $99. 734 994 2300 X 0. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

Open House: Ann Arbor School of Massage, Herbal & Natural Medicine.

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Show and sale of apothecary items and immune-boosting herbal products. Also, students of this school give 15-minute walk-in massages. Hot chai and cookies.
AASM, 3684 W. Liberty, ste. B. Free. 769-7794. [map]

 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. 

"Junior Naturalist: Salamander Shenanigans": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Elle Bogle leads kids ages 7-11 on a hike through the woods to the vernal pond in search of salamanders and other species. One adult may accompany each kid. Masks required.
Scio Woods Preserve, north side of Scio Church Rd. west of Wagner, Scio Twp. Free, but preregistration required on 971-6337.

 10 & 11 a.m. 

"Play Series: Stick Play": Hudson Mills Metropark.

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A park naturalist discusses what animals use different types of sticks for and leads a matching game involving sticks. Suitable for ages 2-3.
$5 per person, Hudson Mills activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. Preregistration required by Apr. 23, 4 p.m online at 426-8211.

 11 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Steph Joy Hogan: The Guild of Artists & Artisans.

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Show and sale of works by this Lansing mixed-media painter.
Gutman Gallery, 118 N. 4th Ave. Free. [map]

 Noon-afternoon time TBA  Free! 

"Green Brick Road to Restoring the Earth: 7th Annual Earth Day Downtown": Megiddo Peace Project.

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Apr. 22-25. A range of Washtenaw County environment-oriented organizations show and discuss their work to mitigate climate change, from instruments that purify water and trap solar energy to educational materials that promote conversation. Masks required.
Noon-afternoon time TBA, Center of the City Commons, Fifth Ave. at Library Ln. Free., 657-8083.

 12:30 p.m.  Online 

"Yoga Sticks and Clicks": Mota Thai Yoga.

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Now that the weather is starting to warm up, join Mota Thai Yoga outside at West Park for Yoga Sticks and Clicks every Saturday from 12:30-1:30pm (weather permitting). This hybrid class is a combination of yoga, cardio drumming, and pound. Bring a yoga mat and a water bottle and (optional) ball and bucket and/or drum sticks.
There is a parking lot at 215 Chapin St, or street parking is available on N 7th St between Miller Ave and Huron St. The class will take place next to the amphitheater.
Hope to see you there! Pre-register at Questions? Email us at
West Park, 215 Chapin St. Online. Donation. $10-$20. [map]

 1 & 3 p.m.  Free!  Online 

U-M Softball.

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April's home schedule includes 4-game series livestream only from Alumni Field.

Apr. 16-18: Maryland, 4 p.m. (Fri.), 1 & 3 p.m. (Sat.), & 1 p.m. (Sun.)

Apr. 23-25: Northwestern, 6 p.m. (Fri.), 1 & 3 p.m. (Sat.), & noon (Sun.).

May 14 & 16: Rutgers. 4 p.m. (Fri.), 2:30 & 5 p.m. (Sat.), and 12:30 p.m. (Sun.).

Online at 764-0247.

 1-5 p.m. or so  Free!  Online 

"13th Annual Midwest Literary Walk": Chelsea District Library.

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Prerecorded readings by 3 writers. The lineup includes celebrated young adult writer Laurie Halse Anderson (1 p.m.); Indiana University creative writing professor Ross Gay (2:30 p.m.), an acclaimed poet whose collection Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award for Poetry; and Washington, D.C.-based Iranian literary historian Azar Nafisi (4 p.m.), whose acclaimed memoir Reading Lolita in Tehran a New York Times reviewer calls "an eloquent brief on the transformative powers of fiction." Q&A following each author talk.
For URL preregister at Free.

 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 Africa (June) and North America (July). Guests invited to view other animals on display, including macaws, sloths, and more. Also, an alligator feeding demo at 3 p.m.
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]

 1:30-3:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Breeding Bird Survey Kickoff/Turtle Steward Kickoff: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation.

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A chance to learn about the city's upcoming annual survey of breeding bird populations in town. There are also training sessions (preregistration required by Apr. 13) for volunteers to help with the survey. Also, on Apr. 24, a similar kickoff for the "Turtle Stewards" program (1:30-3:30 p.m.) to learn how to monitor and help maintain the 6 turtle species that live and nest in the city. Preregistration required for that training session by Apr. 21.
Online at Free.

 2-3 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Cicada 101": Leslie Science and Nature Center/City of Ann Arbor.

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LSNC and city reps TBA discuss the anticipated re-emergence of native 17-year periodical cicadas.
Online at Free.

 2 p.m.  Free! 

Fred Thomas: Hyperion Coffee Co.

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Outdoor concert by local sing-songwriter and frontman of the indie punk band Saturday Looks Good to Me, whose influences range from the Beach Boys to Guided by Voices. Masks required.
306 N. River St., Ypsilanti. Free. 547-5329. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Molly Mendoza: Vault of Midnight.

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This Portland (OR)-based illustrator discusses her life and artwork. Mendoza also talks at Vault of Midnight's book club tomorrow.
Online at Free. 998-1413.

 3:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

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

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All kids invited to sing songs, make music, tell jokes, and more via Zoom.
For URL see Free. 662-8283.

 5:30 p.m.  Online 

Tchaikovsky & Sibelius: Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

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Earl Lee conducts the orchestra in a program that includes Sibelius's Violin Concerto, Christopher Theofanidis's Rainbow Body, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony no. 4. Prerecorded in the Michigan Theater.
On-demand viewing starts at 8 p.m., for URL and tickets ($50) see 994-4801.

 Evening times TBA 

Films at the Michigan Theater Foundation.

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In-person screenings every Sat., Sun., and Tues. at the Michigan Theater and every Fri.-Sun. at the State Theatre. For complete, updated schedule, see Masks required; reduced capacity. Concessions closed during screenings, but a small take-home popcorn is available post-film.
Movie tickets $10.50 (children under 12, students, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8:50; MTF members, $8) in advance online (recommended) & at the door.

 7 p.m.  Online 

"Ties That Bind: A Trio of One-Acts": EMU Theatre Department.

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Apr. 23-25 & 30 and May 1 & 2. EMU theatre arts professor Pirooz Aghssa directs EMU students in recorded productions of 3 short dramas by playwrights from marginalized communities. Maria Irene Fornes's Drowning (1980s) is an adaptation of the Chekhov story on rejection, Doug Wright's On Facebook (2013) is about a politicized online conversation on gay marriage, and Matthew Lopez's The Sentinels (2020) is about 3 widows of men who died in the 9/11 attacks.
For URL & tickets ($10) see 487-1220.

 7:30 p.m. 

"The Sweet Delilah Swim Club (formerly Dixie Swim Club)": Pinckney Players Theatre Group.

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The Sweet Delilah Swim Club
(formerly Dixie Swim Club)
Written by Jesse Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten
Everyone involved in The Sweet Delilah Swim Club cares deeply about the health and safety of our audience, cast, and crew. We will follow all restrictions currently in effect for the performances, and our ticket purchasing system is configured to assign seats following social distance guidelines. Rest assured your return to the theater will be stress-free and fun!
Return to the theater with this hilarious and touching show featuring five southern women whose friendships began on their college swim team and who meet every summer for a reunion at the same beach cottage in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The show focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of thirty-three years.
Ticket Info
Purchase socially distanced tickets online at Seat Yourself:
Jane Tasch Theater for the Performing Arts, 2130 E M-36 Pinckney, MI 48169, Pinckney. $12-$14. 734-702-7722. [map]

 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. 

Matt McClowry: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Apr. 23 & 24. This Dearborn native is known for his self-deprecating autobiographical observational humor made piquant by an undercurrent of Jobian bewilderment. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Masks required, except when eating or drinking.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) and 9:30 p.m. (Sat. only), 212 S. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15 reserved seating in advance, $17 general admission at the door (capacity reduced)., 996-9080. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Mr. B's 24th Annual Blues & Boogie Piano Celebration: The Ark Family Room Series.

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Ann Arbor's Mark "Mr. B" Braun has established an international reputation as one of the most exciting interpreters of traditional boogie-woogie and blues piano. He has mastered the classics from Meade Lux Lewis and Jimmy Yancey to Brother Montgomery and Professor Longhair, and he has added several dynamic originals to the long tradition he works in. He is joined tonight by veteran local jazz pianist Rick Roe and Detroit gospel singer and pianist Elder Robert Moore.
7:30 p.m., for livestream URL see Free. 761-1451.

 7:30 p.m.  Online 

Rollie Tussing & The Midwest Territory Band: Riverfolk Music and Arts Organization Blacksmith Shop Concerts.

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Performance by this local self-styled "jug-band jazz" trio led by blues-oriented vocalist and guitar virtuoso Tussing. With bassist Serge van der Voo and percussionist Jim Carey.
For URL and tickets ($0-$100 sliding scale), see

 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Mindful Dexter: Frog Songs Hike": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalists lead a hike through an oak forest with vernal ponds, stopping to listen and look for signs of spring. Social distancing and masks required.
Miller-Smith Preserve, Parker Rd. dead-end at Dexter-Chelsea Rd., Lima Twp. Free, but preregistration required by emailing 971-6337.

 8 p.m. 

Jerusalem Quartet with Pinchas Zukerman and Amanda Forsyth: University Musical Society.

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The Jerusalem Quartet returns to Ann Arbor for a special concert featuring renowned violinist Pinchas Zukerman and cellist Amanda Forsyth.
Rackham Auditorium, 915 East Washington Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. $12-$60. 734-764-2538. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Bright Star": U-M Musket.

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Apr. 23-25. U-M BFA student Jules Garber directs fellow students in a recorded virtual production of Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's award-winning musical. Set in the mountains of North Carolina in the 1940s, it's a sweeping tale of love and redemption involving a successful literary editor and a WWII veteran.
For URL preregister at Free.

Canceled and Postponed Events:

 2-4 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "Citizen Science: PawPaw Pollinator Watch": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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A hands-on chance to learn about this new survey of pawpaw pollinators led by Torreya Guardians founder Connie Barlow and WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance. Social distancing and masks required.
Draper-Houston Meadows Preserve, 578 Mooreville Rd., Milan. Free, but preregistration required by emailing 971-6337. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Blue LLama: Roger Jones & Trioisms

Detroit-area jazz ensemble led by pianist Jones. Local quartet guitarist Kurzawa that plays jazz, soul, and avant-funk covers and originals. $125 (in advance only at includes a 7-course dinner. 6-10 p.m. [venue info]


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