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Calendar of Events

Thursday, July 8, 2021

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 8 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Climate, Coffee, & Conversation": City of Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability and Innovations.

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All invited to chat about anything related to sustainability in the city and elsewhere.
Online at Free.

 8-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Leaderless Walks in Nichols Arboretum": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Every Thurs., June 10-Sept. 30. All invited to join a walk through the Arb to look for resident flora and fauna.
Meet at the cul-de-sac at the end of Riverview off Geddes; preregistration required at Free.

 10 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. A different local storyteller reads a story TBA to kids ages 2-5.
Online at Free. 327-4200.

 Noon  Free!  Online 

"A Course in Miracles Study Group": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us for a discussion of A Course in Miracles on Zoom. Details at Interfaithspirit.Org. Free, but donations appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 734-327-0270.

 4 p.m.  Free!  Online 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Thurs. (different programs) A 30-minute audiovisual planetarium shows (via Zoom), followed by a brief Q&A.

The Solar System (Aug. 5 & 19) is an exploration of our solar system's history culminating in the current night sky.The Sky Tonight (Aug. 12 & 26) explores the current night sky, including the constellations, visible planets, and other astronomical events.

For URL preregister at Free. 764-0478.

 5 - 6:15 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Summer Writing Club: Writing a New World": 826michigan.

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826michigan is a nonprofit organization that inspires school-aged students to write confidently and skillfully with the help of adult volunteers in their communities. This summer writing club serves students age 10-14. Join a community of writers on zoom this summer as we write new worlds-- real or imagined.
During each session we'll gather, share writing skills, and write our own stories, poems, memoirs, realistic fiction, science fiction, historical fiction or fantasy. At the end of the summer, we'll publish our work. What kind of world do you want to write? It's up to you. We ask that you commit to as many of the 8 sessions as possible this summer.
Virtual. Free. Online.

 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Beginning Birders": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Every Thurs., June 10-Aug. 26. WAS members lead a hike and discuss the basic tricks to identifying birds based on habitat, markings, and sounds. Binoculars provided, but bring yours if you have them.
Meet at Argo Park Livery, 1055 Longshore; preregistration required at Free. [map]

 6-6:10 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Biblio Files": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Thurs. Three AADL staffers each answer their own questions relating to books in 5 minutes or less, such as "What is the prettiest book on your bookshelf?"
Online at Free. 327-4200.

 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Repairsday Thursday": All Hands Active.

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Every Thurs. beginning July 8. All invited to drop in with broken electronics, furniture, toys, and any other odd item for AHA members to try to repair and offer advice. Repairs not guaranteed. Livestream available at for homebound participants.
All Hands Active, basement of 255 E. Liberty suite 225. Free.

 6:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Demystifying the Business Plan for Microenterprises": Entrepreneurship Center at WCC/Michigan Women Forward.

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Creating a business plan can be overwhelming. Are you unsure about what should be included in your business plan? Join this free workshop. Subject matter experts will provide information regarding the purpose of a business plan, what should be included, and the information lenders are interested in reviewing about your business.
- Cheranissa Roach, EC Entrepreneur-in-Residence
- Jennifer Moon, MWF Loan Officer
MWF's Washtenaw County microloan program is made possible by an investment from the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation -
Register Here:
Zoom. Free. Online.

 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights": Chelsea Area Festivals & Events.

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Every Thurs., July 1-Aug. 12. Concurrent musical entertainment on 7 stages downtown, as well as children's activities and a "How to Chalk" series with local street artists. Also, street performers, a juried sculpture walk, and food vendors. There is no 2021 Sounds & Sights Festival Weekend. Tonight: Alexander the Magician, Americana-Celtic string band Railcar Graffiti, the veteran local country band Cadillac Cowboys, Napoleon blues-rock band TC & the Roadmasters, the experimental chamber rock quintet Joanna & the Jaywalkers, the local blues-flavored folk-rock swing quintet Dorkestra, and acoustic rock & blues-rock originals by Al Jacquez, the former Savage Grace singer-guitarist.
Downtown Chelsea. Free. 474-9178.

 7 p.m. (Canceled)  Free!  Online 


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Canceled in June & July All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments. Lessons offered.
For URL email Free.

 7-8:30 p.m. 

"Be Our Guest: Music From Disney": The Encore Musical Theatre Company Summer Concert Series.

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July 8-10. This local professional theater company performs songs from popular family musicals in their new home in the Copeland Building. With tunes from Frozen, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Lion King, Newsies, and more. Cabaret-style seating; capacity limited.
Encore, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Tickets $35 ($3.70 online processing fees) in advance (recommended) at and at the door. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Online 

"Dharma Gaze": Jewel Heart Buddhist Center.

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Post-Beat poet Anne Waldman, cofounder (with Allen Ginsberg) of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, discusses the presence of dharma in her own life, then leads an exercise on memory and visualization. Q&A and discussion.
For URL preregister at $25 (members, $20). 994-3387,

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Salty Summer Sounds": Saline Main Street.

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Every Thurs., June 10-Aug. 26. Downtown family-friendly concerts by area bands. Tonight: Popular Detroit 70s and 80s classic rock band Fifty Amp Fuse Lite. Bring your own lawn chairs to sit on, and there's a separate area for people who want to wear masks. Also, outdoor seating at some restaurants. Dancing.
Downtown Saline. Free., 717-7406. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Singing for Comfort": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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All invited to join a sing-along (via Zoom) of soothing songs that are easy to learn. No experience necessary.
For URL see Free, but donations appreciated. 327-0270.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Vault of Knowledge": Vault of Midnight.

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Every Thurs. Vault of Midnight events head Caleb Wimbrow hosts a live Instagram trivia quiz in which participants post their answers in the comments section. Prizes.
Online at Free. 998-1413.

 7:30 p.m. or so 

Pub Quiz: Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub.

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Every Thurs. Local high school English teacher Barry Aherne throws out questions for anyone to answer at this popular outdoor weekly trivia fest. Come with a team (up to 6 people). Prizes.
7:30 p.m. or so, Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $5 team fee that goes to the winning team. 665-2968. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Summer Gazebo Concerts: Riverfolk Music & Arts.

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Every Thurs., June 10-Aug. 5. Area musicians perform a series of outdoor concerts in Manchester's downtown gazebo. Bring picnics, chairs, and blankets. Rain date is the following Friday. Tonight: Rousing 19th-century music by Dodworth Saxhorn Band, an award-winning local ensemble that plays period instruments to recreate the American brass band, a mainstay of 19th-century pop culture.
Manchester gazebo, Wurster Park (Main St. just west of M-52). Free, but donations appreciated.

 7:30 p.m. 

"Open Mic Comedy Jamm": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Performances by up to 15 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $5 in advance at (recommended) and at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Water Circus Gold": Cirque Italia.

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July 8-11. Circus show of international contortionists, aerialists, jugglers, and acrobats who perform an array of acts, many of which involve tight ropes, planks, nets, and other aids to executing twists and flips over a 35,000 gallon tank of water. Also, face painting and other kids activities. Concessions (cash only). No pets.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs. & Fri.); 1:30, 4:30, & 7:30 p.m. (Sat.); and 1:30 & 4:30 p.m. (Sun.). Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Tickets $25-$50 (kids ages 2-12, $10-$45) in advance (recommended) at and at the gate. (941) 704-8572. [map]

 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m.  Free!  Online 

Burnout Society Film Club.

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Every Thurs. Online double feature screening of obscure cult films via Twitch. Preceded from 8-9 p.m. by pre-show movie clip compilation.
For URL see (search "8 Ball Movie Night").

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