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Calendar of Events

Sunday, August 15, 2021

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Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival.

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May 22-Aug. 21. Annual festival of documentary and feature films on Jewish themes.

July 31, 8 p.m.-Aug. 3, 8 p.m.: "They Ain't Ready For Me" (Brad Rothschild, 2020). Documentary about a black rabbinical student who's leading a fight against gun violence on the south side of Chicago.

July 3, 8 p.m.-Aug. 6, 6 p.m.: "Holy Silence" (Steven Pressman, 2020). Documentary on how the Vatican was aided in its response to Nazism by the influence of American priests during WWII.

Aug. 7, 11 p.m.-Aug. 9, 8 p.m.: "Maverick Modigliani" (Valeria Parisi, 2020). Documentary about the short-lived but influential Italian-Jewish expressionist painter and sculptor. Italian, subtitles.

Aug. 10, 8 p.m.-Aug. 13, 6 p.m.: "Crossings" (Itzik Lerner, 2020). Intimate portrait of the Israeli soldiers who stand guard at the checkpoints surrounding Jerusalem. Hebrew, subtitles. Also, a director Q&A on Aug. 15 at 1 p.m.

Aug. 14, 11 p.m.-Aug. 17, 8 p.m.: "Here We Are" (Nir Bergman, 2020). Drama about a father who takes his autistic son's care into his own hands. Hebrew, subtitles.

Aug. 21, 11 p.m.-Aug. 24, 8 p.m.: "Soul Exodus" (Csaba Bereczki, 2016). Documentary following 5 klezmer musicians searching for their roots. Yiddish & Romanian, subtitles.

Online this year at $12 per film (Michigan Theater Foundation members, $10). 971-0990.

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"August Play Showcase": Neighborhood Theatre Group.

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Aug. 1-31. Three new shows available online. Marisa Dluge directs Red Velvet, Ypsilanti playwright Isaac Ellis's sentimental one-act drama, prerecorded at the Back Office Studio, about a gay grandson who's visited by his grandma in her 1940s housewife form while preparing for a neighborhood block party. Maegan Murphy directs Ypsilanti playwright Ken MacGregor's Finding Joy, a one-act drama, prerecorded in the Back Office Studio, about a grieving widow who finds inspiration in a coffee shop. And Kristin Anne Danko directs her and A.M. Dean's Annie Ypsi and the Case of the Missing Smeet, a family-friendly mystery film about a 6th grader who goes on a mission to find the missing Smeet frog, an Ypsilanti cryptid.
On-demand streaming starts at noon Aug. 1 through midnight Aug. 31, online at Free. (219) 201-6979.

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"Get Up And Go For ALS": Active

Against ALS Fundraiser.

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Aug. 1-15. Ride,run, walk, swim, roll, or perform any other form of physical activity from any location. Prizes for top fundraisers; T-shirts & running bibs for all participants. All proceeds donated to ALS research.
All day, any location. Preregistration required at Free, but donations encouraged.

 6:45 a.m. 

47th Annual Dexter-Ann Arbor Run: Ann Arbor Track Club.

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Since 1974, this race, the area's biggest running event, has typically drawn thousands of runners from throughout southeast Michigan. With a 5-km run, 10-km run, and half-marathon on predetermined routes, as well as "virtual" versions from any location. Awards. All in-person races conclude at the corner of N. Main and W. Ann. Post-race refreshments. Preceded on Aug. 14 by a Kids Run (see Kids Calendar). No pets.
6:45 a.m. recommended arrival time; 7:15 a.m. (10-km run) & 8:30 a.m. (5-km run and half-marathon). Start at 1655 Newport Rd., north of Forsythe Middle School (5-km), downtown Ann Arbor near 220 N. Main (10-km), and Creekside Intermediate School, 2615 Baker Rd., Dexter (half-marathon). Entry fees for individuals: $35 (5-km), $50 (10-km), & $85 (half-marathon) at by Aug. 14 at 3:59 p.m. [map]

 8 a.m.  Free! 

"Small Windows Onto a Distant World- Photos by Andrew Stamm": Creal Microgallery.

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Creal Microgallery is pleased to present "Small Windows Onto a Distant World," an exhibition of photography by Andrew Stamm, a photographer currently living in St. Louis. When Stamm was invited to exhibit some of his work, he thought of these photos from Bruny Island, Tasmania. Stamm is a frequent traveler, and usually focused on street photography. But he explains that these were some of his first successful attempts with panoramic photography, and with landscape photography in general.
Even in this small scale, these panoramic vistas capture a uniquely striking landscape. The juxtaposition of land, sea, and sky offers a dramatic view of a scene nearly 10,000 miles away. And at a time with so many restrictions on travel, these photos also present a unique window onto a destination most travelers can not currently access.
Creal Microgallery, Creal Crescent. Free.

 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

County Clean Up Day - EMU: 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
Rynearson Stadium Parking Lot, 799 N Hewitt Street, Ypsilanti. Free. Donation. suggested donation: $15. 7342223950. [map]

 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"US-12 Heritage Trail Sale": Saline Area Historical Society Fundraiser.

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Aug. 13-15. Part of a string of yard sales along US-12 between Detroit and New Buffalo that's been dubbed "Michigan's Longest Garage Sale." For map, see Rentschler Farm gift shop is also open (Sat. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. only).
Rentschler Farm Museum, 1265 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. Free admission. 944-0442. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Ypsilanti Vintage Flea Market.

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Show and sale of vintage items ranging from the early 1930s to the 1990s, featuring everything from clothing, jewelry, furniture, records, and more.
Outside Riverside Arts Center 76 N. Huron St., Ypsilanti. Free admission.

 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Antique Tractor & Equipment Show": Waterloo Farm Museum.

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Aug. 14 & 15. Displays of everything from horse-drawn plows and steam-powered machines to modern farm equipment. Also, wagon rides, tours of the 10-room farmhouse ($3), a Grandma's Attic rummage sale, & more. Concessions.
Waterloo Farm Museum, 13493 Waterloo-Munith Rd., Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. Free. (517) 596-2254.

 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Intro to Archery": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Hands-on demo, led by a WCPARC staffer, for families or households of up to 4 members. Suitable for beginners age 8 & up; masks strongly recommended.
6 & 7 p.m., check in at the Independence Lake County Park Beach Center parking lot, 3200 Jennings, Whitmore Lake. $10 per family/household (additional vehicle entry fee required); preregistration required at (search Activity #IL461100)., [map]

 10-11:30 a.m.  Online 

"Rescue Reading": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Every Sun. All ages 6-11 invited to read to adoptable animals. Also, a group read-aloud, and a talk on humane education. Masks required, social distancing enforced.
Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill. $10. Preregistration required at 661-3575. [map]

 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Sunday Artisan Market.

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Every Sun. Juried market of local handmade arts and crafts, now in its 30th year. Masks required.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers Market Pavilion, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913-9622. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Ancient Wisdom. Modern Times": Jewel Heart Buddhist Center Sunday Talks.

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Every Sun. Talk by Jewel Heart resident spiritual advisor Demo Rinpoche, followed by a discussion facilitated by Jewel Heart staffers.
For URL preregister at Free. 994-3387.

 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

H.A.C. Ultimate.

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Every Sun. All invited to join a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
11:15 a.m., Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot (or occasionally across the street). Free. 846-9418,

 11:30 a.m. 

Bowling Pin Shoot: Tri-County Sportsmen's League.

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Tri-County Sportsmen's League, 8640 Moon Road, Saline. $5 per relay. [map]

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"The Green Knight": Michigan Theater.

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(David Lowery, 2021). Fantasy re-telling of the medieval romance about a guileless Arthurian knight. Dev Patel.
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. Schedule online at

 1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Youthful Spirits Class for Young People": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Spiritual Classes for Young People via Zoom. Free, but donations are appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 734-327-0270.

 1 p.m.  Free! 

Union Base Ball Club of Dexter.

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Aug. 7 & 15. This 10-year-old club that plays baseball using 1860s-era rules takes on the Royal Oak Wahoo BBC (Aug. 7) and the Flint Lumber City BBC (Aug. 15).
St. Joseph Catholic Church grounds, 6805 Mast at Territorial, Dexter. Free. [map]

 1p.m.-4p.m.  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Aug. 1, 7, 8, 15, 21, & 29. All invited to help remove invasive plants in city parks. Wear long pants, closed-toe shoes, & work gloves; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. All minors should be accompanied by a caregiver. Aug. 1 (9 a.m.-noon): Botsford Preserve, 3003 Miller Rd. Aug. 7 (9 a.m.-noon): Black Pond Woods, 2080 Tibbits Court. Aug. 8 (1-4 p.m.): Brokaw Nature Area, 3013 W. Huron River Dr. Aug. 15 (1-4 p.m.): Barton Nature Area, 1010 W. Huron River Dr. Aug. 21: Furstenberg Native Plant Garden (9 a.m.-noon), 2475 Fuller Rd., and Buttonbush Nature Area (1-4 p.m.), 3098 Hickory Point Dr. Aug. 29 (9 a.m.-noon): Bandemer Park, 1352 Lakeshore Dr.
Various times & locations. Preregistration required at Free. 794-6627.


"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off animals native to Australia (2 & 4 p.m.), including the dingo, carpet python, emu, and more. Also, an alligator feeding (3 p.m., weather permitting) and the chance to see the conservancy's other animals. Masks required for unvaccinated guests.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; under age 2, free) in advance at; at the door, $11 (kids ages 2-12, $9; under age 2, free). 929-9324. [map]

 1-2 p.m. 

"The Man Who Lived Underground": Beth Israel Congregation Social Justice Book Series.

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ll invited to discuss (via Zoom) Richard Wright's recently published 1940s novel about a black man framed by police for a double murder he did not commit. Forced to confess, he escapes into the city's sewer system on a journey into the dark heart of American culture.
For URL preregister at Free, but donations up to $10 accepted.

 1:30 p.m. 

"Casablanca": Michigan Theater.

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(Michael Curtiz, 1942). Classic drama about a pair of star-crossed lovers during WWII. Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman.
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.

 1:30 p.m. 

"Something Rotten!": Father Gabriel Richard High School Dramalums.

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Aug. 12-15. Anne Kolaczkowski-Magee directs Gabriel Richard students and alums in John O'Farrell and Karey Kirkpatrick's 2015 musical comedy, a kooky tale about 2 English brothers who are playwrights naively competing against the wild popularity of their contemporary William Shakespeare.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 1:30 p.m. (Sun.), Whitmore Lake High School Auditorium, 7430 Whitmore Lake Rd. Tickets $15 (kids, $10). 662-0496. [map]

 2-6 p.m.  Free! 

Game Playtesting: Michigame Design Lab.

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All invited to try out new games from local board and card game designers and provide feedback. Proof of vaccination required.
Bløm Meadworks, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free. 548-9729. [map]

 2-6 p.m.  Free! 

Local Music Showcase: Dreamland Theater.

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Soothing guitar-and-electronic music by 2 Ypsilanti bands, Craig Johnson's one-man-band Slim to None and Confusion Reactor, a band led by Thomas Barton that plays experimental psychedelic music drawing on influences ranging from Captain Beefheart to Brian Eno and Tangerine Dream.
Dreamland Theater, 26 N. Washington St., Ypsilanti. Free admission. [map]

 4 p.m. 

U-M Men's Soccer.

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This month's schedule includes three exhibition matches against Bowling Green (Aug. 13, 7 p.m.), University of Illinois Chicago (Aug 13, 7 p.m.)& Saginaw Valley State University (Aug 20, 2 p.m.), and one regular season match against Detroit Mercy (Aug. 26, 4 p.m.).
U-M Soccer Stadium, 2250 S. State. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 per person). 764-0247. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Interfaith Sunday Service: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us for Sunday service via Zoom. Details at Interfaithspirit.Org. Free, but donations appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 7343270270.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Sunday Evening Game Night": Ann Arbor Adventure Club.

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Every Sun. An evening of playing popular games online. You help decide which game to play at the beginning of the night. Have a pencil and paper ready to use.
For URL email Free.

 7 p.m. 

"Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory": Fathom Events.

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(Mel Staurt, 1971). 50th anniversary showing of this delightfully unsettling musical fantasy about a little boy who visits a magical candy factory.
Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door. Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter, 973-8424).

 7:30 p.m. 

Flea Circus: Kerrytown Concert House Lot Lounge.

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This duo of 2 veteran stars of the local music scene, boogie-woogie & blues pianist Mark "Mr. B" Braun and drummer Pete Siers, presents an outdoor program of traditional blues. Cash bar.
KCH back lot, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20-$30, in advance at and at the door. 769-2999. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Swift Nights Out": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Aug. 13-15.. All invited to view chimney swifts gathering at dusk and count them as they enter chimneys. Sometimes they drop so fast, you have to count by 5's, 10's and 20's, all in a swirling tornado of birds. Participants choose a known roosting location and report back to WAS organizers. If you know of an active roost that's not listed, email Juliet Berger (, and she will add it to the sign up. Part of a national effort to monitor the migration of this bird and learn its favorite chimneys for overnight roosting.
8 p.m. until the last swift descends into its chimney, For locations, preregister at Free. [map]

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