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Calendar of Events

Saturday, May 8, 2021

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 12:01 a.m.-midnight 

12th Annual Ride for Recovery: Dawn Farm Fundraiser.

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Apr. 25-May 25. Ride, run, walk, or roll from any location. Entry fee includes a race bib, event shirt, and a finisher medal.
All day, anywhere. $25 registration required at, 485-8725.

 12:01 a.m.-midnight  Free! 

Annual International Migratory Bird Count: Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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All invited-from novices to experienced birders-to help take a census of birds in Washtenaw County. Part of a 24-hour worldwide snapshot of populations of resident and migrant birds. Similar in structure to the WAS Christmas Bird Count: groups of volunteers are assigned specific areas to count. Feeder watchers also invited.
All day, throughout Washtenaw County. Free. To volunteer or for information, visit

 All day  Online 

Kathryn Goodson and Randall Hawes: Stone Chalet.

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Local pianist Godson and DSO bass trombonist Hawes present an eclectic mix of works from the classic bass trombone and piano repertoire. Composers include David Gillingham, Alexey Lebedev, Florence Price, Ellen Rowe, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, W. Gregory Turner, and more.Replays an be viewed anytime through May 8.
4 p.m., for URL preregister ($20-$100 donation) at

 All day  Free!  Online 

Tunde Olaniran: University Musical Society Digital Presentation.

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Apr. 30-May 10. Detroit video artist Oren Goldenberg directs a multimedia performance by Flint singer-songwriter Olaniran, a current UMS artist-in-residence, who describes their electronic pop music as "the lovechild of Prince, Kanye West, and Kraftwerk."
Available online all day April 30 through May 10 at Free. 764-2538.

 12:01 a.m.-midnight  Online 

"Bookin' It For Kids": Family Learning Institute.

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May 2-9. At-home fundraiser encouraging participants to read 20 minutes a day and walk or run 20 minutes a day for a week. Fee includes T-shirt and medal.
All day May 2 through May 9, any location. Preregistration required at by May 9.

 12:01 a.m.-midnight  Free!  Online 

"Dance Despite Covid": U-M Dance Department.

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May 5-12. U-M dance department faculty members Shannon Gillen, Fangfei Miao, and Charli Brissey and alumna Nicki Reehorst lead dance students in original group works. Also, Miao performs her own solo work. Prerecorded in the Power Center and other local stages in early March.
On-demand viewing starts at 8 p.m., available through May 12 online at (search "School of Music, Theatre & Dance"). Free.

 12:01 a.m.-midnight  Free!  Online 

"Romeo & Juliet": U-M Theatre & Drama Department.

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Shakespeare in Detroit founder Sam White directs U-M theater students in a modern adaptation of Shakespeare's romantic tragedy.
On-demand viewing starts at 8 p.m., available through May 17 online at (search "School of Music, Theatre & Dance"). Free.

 All day  Online 

"Virtual Movie Palace": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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New titles available all month online at for 48 after you start watching. Remainder May schedule online. $12 per film (for members, $10).

"Oscar Shorts" Screening of Oscar-nominated animated, documentary, and live action short films.

"This is Not a Burial, It's A Resurrection" (Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese, 2020). Drama about an old woman in a small Lesotho village who prepares for her death, drawing from the respect of her community, traditions of her ancestors, and courage of her convictions. Southern Sotho, subtitles.

"The Man Who Sold His Skin" (Freida Lee Mock, 2021). (Kaouther Ben Hania, 2020). Drama about a young Syrian refugee who agrees to have his back tattooed by a sulfurous artist. Arabic, French, and Flemish; subtitles.

"The Mole Agent" (Maite Alberdi, 2020). Documentary, filmed with a hidden camera in decoy glasses, about a recent Chilean widower who responds to an ad to pose as a resident of a nursing home to see if he can find signs of suspected neglect. Spanish, subtitles.

"Slalom" (Charlène Favier, 2021). Drama about a young girl training as a professional skier under the guidance of a strict ex-champion. French, subtitles.
$6-$12 per film. Online at for 2-10 days after you start watching.

 8-10 a.m.  Free! 

Spring Birding: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Guided hike to look for birds that live in grasslands and wooded areas. Bring binoculars. Limited to 10 beginner birders.
Meet at Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. Free, but $6 vehicle entry fee. Preregistration required at [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 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]

 9 & 11 a.m. 

"Mother's Day Wildflower Walk and Brunch": Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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A Hudson Mills park interpreter leads a leisurely hike through the park to look for spring wildflowers. To-go "Brunch Box" ($8) available; it includes hard-boiled eggs, yogurt, granola, pastries, cheese, and fruit. Masks required.
Park activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (kids, $3). Preregistration required by Apr. 30, 4 p.m.. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon  Online 

"Fruit Tart Fun: Family Bake-Along Online": Rec & Ed.

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Baking can be fun for the whole family or a way to do something special for Mother's Day! In this class, you and your child will work step-by-step with Chef Natalie, creating a delicious fruit tart for your entire family to enjoy. After making the dough for the crust and whisking up the creamy filling, you'll finish by cutting and arranging the fresh fruit toppings. This is a virtual bake-along class, which means you are baking along with Chef Natalie, and will be able to have questions answered in real time. Ingredient lists will be emailed out one week before the class. Natalie Marble is a chef and culinary instructor celebrating 20 years of experience. She attended culinary school in Washington D.C., worked for a James Beard Award winning chef, and was the founder of Ann Arbor Cooks. Go to to register.
Online. Online. $45. 734-994-2300.

 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.-4 p.m.  Free! 

35th Annual Winter Fleece Fair: Spinner's Flock.

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Outdoor sale of Michigan-grown fibers for spinning, felting, and handspun yarns. Also, supplies for spinning, weaving, knitting, & felting, and finished goods. The 20 or so vendors offer demos throughout the day. Rain date: May 15.
HillTop Greenhouse & Farms, 8830 W. Liberty, west of Parker Rd. Free admission., 769-1657. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

Museum Day: Waterloo Farm Museum.

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All invited to tour the grounds at Waterloo Farm. Docents are on hand in the 10-room farmhouse to answer questions. Part of a regional event featuring free admission at several Jackson-area museums.
Waterloo Farm Museum, 13493 Waterloo-Munith Rd., Chelsea. Free. (517) 596-2254. [map]

 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Native Plant Sale: Hudson Mills Metropark.

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May 8 & 9. Native flowers, grasses, trees, and shrubs, all with Michigan native genotypes. Masks required.
Park activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. Free admission; $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]

 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Junior Naturalist: Vernal Pools": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Elle Bogle leads a hike for kids ages 7-11 to explore the seasonal wetlands called vernal pools, using dip nets to sample mud and dark water. Wear waterproof boots that can get muddy. Program limited to 5 kids per section with one caregiver; no unregistered siblings. Masks required.
Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings Rd., Whitmore Lake. Preregistration required at (search Activity #831004). Free. 971-6337. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Metal": Ecology Center of Ann Arbor Craft & Chat.

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Ecology Center staffers discuss how metals are recycled at the city's Materials Recovery Facility, then demonstrate how to make an embossed metal magnet for Mother's Day.
On-demand viewing starts at 10 a.m., online at (search "Ecology Center of Ann Arbor"). Free.

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

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

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WCPARC stewardship coordinator Katie Carlisle goes over the basics of common plant identification, what makes a plant invasive, and what to do about it. Then, help remove invasive plants (be prepared for off-trail work). Masks required.
Parker Mill County Park, 4650 Geddes. Free, but preregistration required at [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 on this 17-bell chime.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. [map]

 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]

 1-2:30 & 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 Tulip the kangaroo, dingoes, blue tongued skink, and a bearded dragon. Guests invited to view other animals on display, including an 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]

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

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

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All invited to help remove invasive species in the Parker Mill floodplain to improve the habitat for native plants and animals. No prior experience is needed; social distancing and face coverings required.
Parker Mill County Park, 4650 Geddes. Free, but preregistration required at [map]

 1-3:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Systemic Racism: Social Justice": U-M Turner Geriartric Center African American Services Council.

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

 2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Monthly Chapter Meeting: Ann Arbor 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 (, a fair and effective policy to reduce GHG emissions. Our meetings are currently hosted on Zoom to accomodate COVID restrictions and consist of action team check-ins and local discussion of actions.
Online on Zoom, Email for Zoom Link. Free. Online.

 2 & 7 p.m.  Online 

"Peter and the Starcatchers": Pioneer High Theatre Guild.

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May 7-9. U-M theater major Sevon Askew directs Pioneer students in a prerecorded production of Rick Elice's whimsical 2011 Tony-winning adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson's popular children's novel that creates a backstory for Peter Pan. A resourceful preteen saves an orphan after his ship is attacked by pirates while on a secret mission to convey a trunk full of starstuff to the imaginary Kingdom of Rundoon. Stars Miriam Wyllie-Scholz, Sarah Stansfield, Ethan Steiner, Henry Conner, Matthew Neal, Alexis Evans, Sinan Glutekin, Isabel Nuñez-Regueiro, Audrey Hill, Conner Casey, Renata Schmult, Josiah Jones, Arissa Tucker, Molly Reiser, Nora VanDorn-Greer, Eliana Adler, Alexandria Miller, and Rebekah Scrivens.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) and 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), online at $12 (students, seniors, and pioneer staff, $8; households, $20)., (248) 330-4902. [map]

 2-3 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Saturday Sampler": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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May 1, 8, 15, & 22. Livestream docent-led themed tours. Q&A.

May 1: "Egyptian Burial Practices and the Afterlife."

May 8: "Animals in the Ancient World."

May 15: "Goddesses of the Kelsey Museum."

May 22: "A Brief History of Ancient Egypt in 6 Objects."

For URL see Free. 764-9304.

 3:30 p.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 URL see Free. 662-8283.

 4:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Saturday Slam!/Open Mic!": Northside Community Church.

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Every Sat., except May 29 Socially distanced performances by various local musicians, featuring U-M music, theater, and dance students, NCC resident musicians, and others TBA. Open windows for cross ventilation, so dress warmly. Masks required.
4:30 p.m. (doors open at 4:20 p.m.), Northside Community Church, 929 Barton Dr. Free, but preregistration required by leaving a voice or text message at 649-7948 or emailing [map]

 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.

 7-7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

TriviaTime!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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

 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. 

Connie Ettinger: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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May 7 & 8. This Detroit-based self-styled "recovering lawyer" delivers fast-paced observations on an array of annoyances from slow bureaucracy to people who take hair dryers into the shower with them. 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.  Online 

"Working": Community Ensemble Theatre.

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Quinn Strassel directs Community High students in a prerecorded production of Gordon Greenberg's 2012 reworking of Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso's 1977 Broadway musical, adapted from Studs Terkel's book, a chronicle of a day in the life of 26 typical American workers. Cast: Sadie Barber, Dé Barney, Cecelia Brush, Oliver Campeau, Mali Chappell-Lakin, Henry Connor, Lucas Connor, Lila Fetter, Matthew Gallego-Strasma, Leyla Gultekin, Eliahna Heimann, Bruno Hohn, Jeremy Klooster, Ebie Lamb, Jasmine Lowenstein, Nadya Matish, Ana Morgan, Matthew Neal, Evan Rago, John Reed, Gabe Semrau, Lily Sickman-Garner, Rin Simmons, Claire Steigelman, Ethan Steiner, Sadie Todd, and Jasmine Williams.
For URL and tickets (adults, $10; students, $8; households, $20), see

 8-9:30 p.m.  Online 

Laz Slomovits: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth Cafe 704 Coffeehouse.

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Livestreamed performance by this veteran local folk musician, who is joined by several musician friends to perform the annual concert dedicated to the memory of his late wife, flutist Helen Slomovits. The program includes Helen's songs, along with original and traditional music in both folk and classical styles. With Laz's twin brother San on guitar and vocals and his niece Emily on fiddle, along with harmonica wiz peter Madcat Ruth, harpist Laurel Federbush, singer-guitarist Jeanne Mackey, and the trio of Lori Fithian, Mary Wilson, and Eric Fithian.
8-9:30 p.m., for URL & tickets ($10) see 327-0270.

 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.

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