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Calendar of Events

Saturday, July 31, 2021

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 7:30 PM 

"Spike Lee Joints: A Retrospective": Michigan Theater.

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Every Sat. in July & Aug. Films by the acclaimed director, who's known for challenging race relations and other controversial topics.

July 3: "Do The Right Thing" (1989). Racial inequality drives neighborhood conflict on the hottest day of the summer.

July 10: "Da 5 Bloods" (2020). Four agin Vietnam War veterans return to Vietnam in search of their fallen squad leader, as well as the buried treasure they stashed.

July 17: "BlacKKKlansman" (2018). An African American cop manages to successfully infiltrate the local KKK chapter so well he becomes its leader.

July 24: "Jungle Fever" (1991). Drama about the beginning and end of an extramarital interracial relationship in NYC.

July 31: "Inside Man" (2006). A bank robber, detective, and elusive power broker enter into high stakes negotiations after an elaborate heist.

$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.

 7:45 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Michigan Club Invitational Regatta: Ann Arbor Rowing Club.

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All invited to watch teams from across the state skim along the river with amazing speed in 1-km races. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and refreshments. Note: no parking in the Bandemer Park lot near the dock.
7:45 a.m.-5 p.m., races starting every 5 minutes or so. Argo Pond, Bandemer Park. Free. [map]

 8 a.m.  Free! 

parkrun USA.

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Every Sat. All invited to join a timed 5-km run/walk.
Lillie Park South, 4365 Platt Rd. Free, but first-timers are requested to preregister 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 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Cavalry Rifle Match: Tri-County Sportsmen's League.

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Public welcome. Shooting as it might have been done by a cavalry trooper in the late 1800s. Please see details and firearm requirements at For more information contact, contact Dave Vandermark,
Tri-County Sportsmen's League, 8640 Moon Road, Saline. $10 members, $15 nonmembers. [map]

 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

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

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Have you done some cleaning and ended up with stuff you don't know where to take? Bring our waste specialists your old TVs, tires, paint, oils, garden chemicals and more for responsible and safe disposal! Wait times expected, all vehicles in line by 1pm will be served.
Please consider a donation of $15 to help support this effort. Please only bring materials you can unload within 20 minutes or less. Limit of 10 tires.
• Appliances (a/c unit, dehumidifier, etc.)
• Bulky Household Waste (furniture, mattresses, scrap wood, etc.)
• Electronics (TV, computer, entertainment and communication devices, etc.)
• Foam packaging and containers (clean and dry, no packing peanuts)
• Household Hazardous Waste (paint, pesticides, cleaning supplies, oil, batteries, etc.)
• Scrap Metal
• Tires (limit 10, no semi or agricultural tires)
Find more information and an event map at
Saline High School, 1300 Campus Parkway, Saline. Free. Donation. suggested donation: $15. 7342223950. [map]

 9 a.m.-noon 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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July 11, 17, 24, 25 & 31. 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.

July 11: Olson Park.

July 17: Kuebler Landford.

July 24: Furstenberg Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon), Furstenberg Native Plant Garden, and Ruthven Nature Area.

July 25: Bird Hills.

July 31: Bluffs Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon).

1-4 p.m. (except as noted). Preregister at for various meeting location. Free. 794-6627. [map]

 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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U-M carillon students Kevin Lieberman, Deanna Shih, Abigail Findley, and Jenna Moon play a variety of tunes on this 17-bell chime. Preceded by a brief introduction.
Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. [map]

 Noon-7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"VoM Con": Vault of Midnight.

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A day of livestreamed family-friendly activities to celebrate Vault of Midnight's 25th anniversary. With trivia, drawing with local artists, and a cosplay contest, where kids (1-2 p.m.) and adults (4-5 p.m.) dress up as their favorite anime, manga, or videogame character and compete with other so-called cosplayers before a panel of judges. Also, panel discussions with Vault of Midnight owners (noon-1 p.m.) on the highlights of their years in business, as well as various artists, writers, and publishers TBA (3-4 p.m.) on their work in the comic industry. For complete schedule, see
Livestreamed at,, and (search "Vault of Midnight"). Free. 998-1413.

 12:15 p.m. 

"Suspension-Extension Coyopa Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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Yoga--unlike other yoga class you've taken before. This high intensity class uses straps (similar to TRX) to stretch muscles that can be difficult to stretch in other exercises. Class starts with stretching, moving to a flow sequence that will get the heart rate up. The straps are used to help balance and stretch deeper (and safely) into yoga postures. Usually you will feel the stretches in your tighter/weakest muscles first. Your first couple classes may be intense, but if you continue to come to this class, you will notice big changes! This class can help build strength, relieve pain, release tension, increase flexibility, and prevent injury. The studio will be heated between 90-95 degrees for this class, so bring a water bottle. Your first class at the studio is free!
You can park in the studio's parking lot for free. Same parking lot as the Yellow Barn. Look for the #22 blue door with a red buddha on it. Pre-register on our website ( or on Mindbody.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22. $15 drop in (or package prices). [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

Union Base Ball Club of Dexter.

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July 10, 18, 24, & 31. This 10-year-old club plays baseball using 1860s-era rules against the Early Risers (July 10), Detroit Club (July 18), the Northville Eclipse (July 24) and the Wyandotte Stars (July 31).
St. Joseph Catholic Church grounds, 6805 Mast at Territorial, Dexter. Free. [map]

 2-2:30 p.m. & 4-4:30 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]

 4 p.m. 

"Summer of Ghibli": Michigan Theater.

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Every Sat. in July & Aug. Screenings of films from the renowned Japanese animation film studio Studio Ghibli.

July 3: "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya" (Isao Takahata, 2013). Drama about a tiny girl found inside a stalk of bamboo who grows rapidly into an enthralling young princess.

July 10: "Kiki's Delivery Service" (Hayao Miyazaki, 1989). Coming-of-age story about a teen witch trying to find her place in the world.

July 17: "Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind" (Hayao Miyazaki, 1984). A gentle young girl in a post-apocalyptic world leads a project to restore the bond between humanity and the earth.

July 24: "The Cat Returns" (Hiroyuki Morita, 2002). A schoolgirl befriends a cat that turns out to be a magical prince who wants her to marry him and live in the Kingdom of Cats.

July 24: "The Cat Returns" (Hiroyuki Morita, 1997). Epic fantasy adventure, set in Japan's Iron Age, detailing the siege by samurai and forest gods of a remote village populated by society's outcasts.

$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.

 4-11 p.m. 

German Park Picnic.

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Old-fashioned German dinner served a la carte (approximately $8-$12) with wine, beer, pop, water, and coffee for sale. Dancing to German polkas and other European dance music by Tommy Schober & the Sorgenbrecher.
4-11 p.m. (no admission after 9 p.m.), German Park, 5549 Pontiac Trl. $5 cash only (children 12 & under, free). Age 20 & under must be accompanied by an adult. 769-0048 (weekdays). [map]

 6 p.m. 

"Sacred Cacao Ceremony": Verapose Yoga & Meditation House.

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Drinking ceremonial cacao is considered spiritual medicine by many indigenous cultures around the world. As we sit together in a small group and consume this sacred beverage, practice mindfulness, participate in guided meditation with intention in a backdrop of sacred sound, our soul is nourished, our heart opens and we experience greater spaciousness. It is a time for deeper reflection and connection.
Group size limited to 10 participants. Pre-registration required.
Please arrive 10 minutes early. Bring a yoga mat, meditation cushion and optional shawl/blanket. Facilitated by Victoria.
Verapose Yoga & Meditation House, 3173 Baker Road, Dexter. $35. [map]

 6:30-9 p.m. 

Murder Mystery Dinner Show: The Dinner Detective Ann Arbor.

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Dinner while actors masquerading as fellow diners enact a hilarious murder mystery in which actual audience members may find themselves a prime suspect.
6:30 p.m., Ann Arbor Marriott, 1275 S. Huron, Ypsilanti. $65 includes gratuity. (866) 496-0535. [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Broken Branch Summer Series.

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July 3, 17, & 31. Outdoor concert series. Bring a chair or blankets to sit on. Gas grill on site. No pets. Capacity limited to 100 people; preregistration available. Tonight: James Henes and the Head Full of Ghosts. Ypsilanti alternative rock trio led by singer-songwriter and guitarist Henes.
6090 Plymouth Rd. (park across the street or on the shoulder of Plymouth Rd.). Free admission, but donations accepted., [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Parliament of Poets": Apollo's Troupe.

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Every Sat. & Sun. through Aug. 8. Rochester-based veteran poet Frederick Glaysher performs a stage adaptation of his 2012 epic poem, a combination of poetry reading, protest play, and performance art piece that emphasizes the transformative nature of poetry and art. It's set partially on the moon at the Apollo 11 landing site and the Sea of Tranquility, where the Greek god of poetry Apollo summons the ancient and modern poets of all nations to fashion a new vision of universal life. Glaysher performs multiple roles, including Don Quixote, Merlin, Jane Austen, the late Detroit poet Robert Hayden, Tolstoy, Job, and others. Post-performance talkback. In the case of inclement weather, check
7 p.m. (Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), West Park Band Shell patio, 215 Chapin St. Free, but donations appreciated. 660-4037, [map]

 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

"A Traffic Island Comedy Evening": Mind the gap Lux.

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Outdoor show with Monty Python-style sketch & musical comedy by a troupe led by Mind the Gap founder Adrian Diffey. Refreshments available beginning at 6:30 p.m.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Briar Meadow Ct. Saline. (In use of rain, the show may adjourn to an adjacent pole barn.) Free; space limited, reservations required via (specify # of seats needed).

 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. 

Frank Roche: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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July 30 & 31. Animated Detroit observational comic with a distinctive point of view who mixes celebrity impressions into his act. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
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]


Nightspots Listings:


Habitat Lounge: Eventjazz

Jazz originals and standards by a local ensemble led by singer- bassist Rob Crozier. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Medicine Men

This local quartet plays danceable 60s-80s rock, R&B, and soul. They are fronted by the local Westside Girls vocal group. [venue info]


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