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Calendar of Events

Saturday, September 11, 2021

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 8 a.m.  Free! 

Bright Forest, an exhibition of sculpture by Michael Whiting: Creal Microgallery.

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Creal Microgallery presents "Bright Forest," an exhibition of small-scale steel sculptures by Michael Whiting. Whiting is best known for his monumental sculptures referencing Minimalism and early video games. Early video gaming imagery depicted objects using a minimal number of pixels as a way of limiting the computer memory space needed to express it. But while these sculptures use this 8-bit visual language, they are constructed using the rigid lines and materials common to Minimalist art, which seeks to simplify forms and materials to only their essentials.
The title for this show, 'Bright Forest' is a reference to Dark Forest Theory, which proposes that our galaxy has many civilizations, but they choose not to communicate with others out of fear the other civilizations might destroy them. In this exhibition, Whiting's UFOs descend upon a gathering of 8-bit creatures in the forest. In doing so, Whiting lays out a playful scene that is both simple in nature and complex in concept.
Creal Microgallery, 1215 Creal Cres. Free. 7187837837. [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 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]

 8 a.m.-5 p.m. or so.  Free! 

"Dressage at Waterloo": Waterloo Hunt Club.

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Aug. 6-8, 19-22 & Sept. 10-12. Competitive equine ballet by skilled regional horses and riders, highlighted by graceful freestyle routines set to music. No pets. Concessions.
8 a.m.-5 p.m. or so, Waterloo Hunt Club, 11500 Glenn, Grass Lake. Free admission. 426-2111, [map]

 8-10 a.m.  Free! 

"Late Summer Birding": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Kelsey Dehring leads a leisurely walk along rivers and through woodlands, and fields in search of warblers, red-headed woodpeckers, wood ducks, and other birds. Bring your own binoculars. Masks strongly recommended.
Leonard Preserve, 375 N. Union St., Manchester. Free, but preregistration required by emailing [map]

 8:40 a.m.  Free! 

"9/11 Ceremony of Remembrance": EMU.

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Public ceremony and a moment of silence.
EMU 9/11 memorial behind Pease Auditorium, Cross & Perrin, Ypsilanti. Free.

 9 a.m.  Free!  Online 

Groove: Rec & Ed.

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Ages: 14 - Adult. Level 1 - 3. Nurture your heart, mind, body and soul! Exercise for fun while uniting rhythms and simple movements so you can dance in your own unique way. There is no right or wrong. GROOVE is liberating and for all body shapes, sizes, abilities and fitness levels. No prior dance experience required. Certified GROOVE Facilitator: Hsiao-Wen Lo. 1 class.
Online. Free. Online. 734-994-2300.

 9 a.m.-noon & 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Sept. 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, & 26. 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. Sept. 11: Oakwoods Nature Area, meet at 3217 Dunwoodie Rd., and Dhu Varren Naturea Area (1-4 p.m.), meet at 2100 Birchwood Dr. Sept. 12: Folkstone Park, meet at 1498 N. Folkstone Ct. Sept. 18: The 7-acre Foxfire West Park, meet at 3133 Birchwood Dr. Sept. 19: Leslie Woods Nature Area, meet at 1998 Upland Dr. Sept. 25: Cedar Bend Park, meet at 1450 Island Dr. Sept. 26: Argo Nature Area (1-4 p.m.), meet at 700 Amherst Ave.
9 a.m.-noon (except as noted), various locations. Preregistration required at Free. 794-6627. [map]

 9 a.m. 

Women's Health Day: St Paul Lutheran Church.

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September is Women's Health Month. It is so important to take care of our overall health in order to help others. St Paul Lutheran Church is hosting a Women's Health Day on September 11th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer's Association as well as the St Paul Scholarship Fund. Details and registration are now available. Check out the link and come join us for the fun!
St Paul Lutheran School, 495 Earhart Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. $25. [map]

 9 a.m.-noon or so  Free!  Online 

"Ann Arbor and Climate Change, Ranked Choice Voting, Single Payer Health Insurance, Ypsi Can I Share?": Washtenaw County Democratic Party.

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Panel discussion.
Online at Free. 883-8250.

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Gordon Hall Days": Dexter Area Historical Society.

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This year is the Dexter Area Historical Society's 50th birthday! Help us celebrate 50 years of bringing Dexter's history to life! Enjoy demonstrations, tours of historic Gordon Hall, antique and classic car show, craft displays, blacksmithing, beekeeping, and more. Visit the newly renovated milk house, the only surviving original outbuilding on the property. The Ann Arbor Model Railroad Club will bring a fascinating model train display. See the website for specific times for each event. All proceeds support the Dexter Area Historical Society.
Gordon Hall, 8311 Island Lake Road, Dexter. Donation. $5/person or $20/car. 734-426-2519. [map]

 10 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Earth Mandalas": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Elle Bogle leads a walk for families (10 a.m.) and, with Mindful City Ann Arbor cofounder Julie Woodward as co-leader, for all (1:30 a.m.) to search for natural materials to fashion into a mandala to take home. Masks strongly recommended.
0 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. (different programs), County Farm Park Medford Pavilion, 2230 Platt Rd. Free, but preregistration required. For 10 a.m. family program, search Activity #841002 at; for 1:30 p.m. individual program, email [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Gordon Hall Days": Dexter Area Historical Society and Museum.

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Sept. 11 & 12. Guided tours of historic Gordon Hall; kids activities; beekeeping, knitting, lacemaking, spinning & weaving, blacksmithing, and other pre-industrialized craft demonstrations; a display of the Model Railroad Club's big, elaborate layout of model trains; and the chance to learn about the Dexter family in a self-guided exhibit. Live farm animals. Also, musical performances by the Dexter Dulcimers (time TBA) and other local groups. Sat. only: an antique and classic car show (11 a.m.-4 p.m.). Sun. only (tentative): a Porsche car show (check for confirmation & location).
Gordon Hall, 8341 Island Lake Rd. at Dexter-Pinckney Rd., Dexter. $5 per person or $20 per car suggested donation; free onsite parking. 426-2519, [map]

 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 200 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Kids welcome.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. [map]

 10:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Better For You" Tailgate: Amazon Prime Video.

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Amazon Prime Video is hitting the road and celebrating the college football season by participating in the largest and longest-running fan experience in college sports, The Tailgate Tour, alongside plant-based meat brand Beyond Meat and prebiotic soda company Poppi, to give fans in college towns across the country a one-of-a-kind, socially conscious tailgate experience that promotes better living-for both attendees and the planet.
Prime Video's tailgate will be coming by the University of Michigan on September 11, 2021 to celebrate their game against the University of Washington! Students will be able to enjoy themed activation spaces showcasing select Amazon Originals, charging stations, and food and refreshments from Poppi and Beyond Meat. There will be numerous photo opportunities available for attendees.
Stop By Pioneer High School, at 601 W Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103, from 10:30am - 7:30pm to celebrate with Amazon Prime Video!
Pioneer High School, 01 W Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. [map]

 11 a.m. 

"Donation YinYasa Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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Yinyasa Yoga is a combination of Yin and Vinyasa Yoga. The Vinyasa postures flow from one to the next to create internal heat. The Yin postures are held for longer periods of time to allow the muscles to relax and the connective tissues to be gently stretched. Appropriate for all levels.
When you come to the studio, remove your shoes at the door, and take your belongings to your yoga space. You will be checked in at the door.
Choose an option to donate from $10-$20, or use a class package. Register on our website (, or on Mindbody.
(Mota Thai Yoga is located at 416 W. Huron Street, across from the YMCA. Mota Thai Yoga shares a parking lot with several businesses including the Yellow Barn. You can park in the parking lot in front of the studio. Look for blue door #22 with a red buddha on it.)
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Donation. $10-20 Donation. [map]

 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

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Every Sat. & Sun., Sept. 11-Oct. 31, and every Wed.-Fri. beginning Sept. 15. A carnival atmosphere with a variety of family-oriented fall activities on this 6th-generation family farm. Wagon rides, a petting farm, a corn maze, a playground, and much more. Weekends only: a Noah's Ark inflatable, a giant slide, a bungee run, and more. Splattertown paintball shooting at targets, apple picking, and other activities available Sat. & Sun. for an extra charge. Cider and donuts available. No pets.
Wiard's Orchards, 5565 Merritt Rd. (east of Carpenter), Ypsilanti. Weekend admission: $22 (babies under 2, free). Weekday admission: $16 (babies, free). 390-9211. [map]

 Noon & 12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Together is Close Enough: U-M School of Dance.

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Sept. 8-11. A 25-minute outdoor performance by Vim Vigor, a 4 person physical dance company directed by U-M professor Shannon Gillen. With an original symphonic score by Scott Li, the performance offers an immersive experience leading to a cathartic closeness that contrasts our pandemic-induced isolation. Bring a smart phone with ear buds for the full experience.
Eda U. Gerstacker Grove (Behind the Duderstadt Center), 2281 Bonisteel. Free., 917-415-4033. [map]

 Noon-11 p.m. or so.  Free! 

"The Broken Branch Breakdown": Broken Branch Summer Series.

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Daylong festival of area musical acts, culminating in a bonfire and open jam, so bring your instruments if you like, as well as something to sit on like a chair or blanket, and things to eat. Gas grill on site. No pets. With performances by Labeaux & Co., a band led by singer-songwriter (and event co-organizer) Adam Labeaux that's known for its improvisational folk-rock and soul; the jazzy progressive funk-rock quartet Chirp; blues- and funk-inflected folk-rock quintet Anna Lee's Company; Detroit-based Americana pop-rock singer-songwriter Mark Jewett; singer-songwriter Allie Garland and her band Awesome Sauce; the Ypsilanti alt-rock band Head Full of Ghosts; the veteran local ska-jazz-funk collective Hullabaloo; Ohio singer-songwriter Mark Cantwil; the Murphatonians, a band made up of members of a Ypsilanti family that plays a diverse range of hits; the local country & blues band The Welcome Homes; and a kids-friendly set TBA. Festivities start with a songwriters circle facilitated by local singer-songwriters Gary Cimmerer and Matt DiMambro. Capacity limited to 100 people, so arrive early; preregistration available.
6090 Plymouth Rd.; park across the street or on the shoulder of Plymouth Rd. Free admission, but donations accepted., [map]

 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]

 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off animals native to Africa (2 & 4 p.m.), including the Nigerian pygmy goats, warthogs, giant bullfrogs, and more. Also, an alligator feeding (3 p.m., weather permitting) and the chance to see the conservancy's other animals. Masks required.
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]

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Hike a mile or more and help remove invasive species along the way. Be prepared for venturing off-trail. Masks strongly recommended.
Whitmore Lake Preserve, 1551 7 Mile Rd., Whitmore Lake. Free, but preregistration required by emailing [map]

 2 p.m. 

"Psychic Saturday Party": Enlightened Soul Center.

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Join us for a fun-filled day at the Enlightened Soul Center at our twice-monthly ESC Psychic Parties. WHAT A GREAT WAY TO EXPLORE A VARIETY of readings and healings at one time, under one roof!
Readers ~ Energy Healers ~ Holistic Vendor
$3 admission includes FREE gifts, snacks, & parking!
Sessions $2/minute (15-minute minimum or $30)
Credit/debit cards & cash accepted!
(Individual practitioners may also accept other forms of payment)
See photos and details for this week's participants at the Enlightened Soul Center website!
Enlightened Soul Center, 3820 Packard #280, Ann Arbor 48108. $3. 734-358-0218. [map]

 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.

 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. 

Bryan McCree: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Sept. 10 & 11. This Flint native is a veteran stand-up comic known for his unusual combination of an easygoing persona and a wildly extremist comic mind. 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]

 8 p.m. 

U-M Football vs. Washington.

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See for masking and vaccination guidelines.
8 p.m., Michigan Stadium. Tickets $145-$190.,, 764-0247. [map]

 8-9 p.m. 

"Calling All Owls": Hudson Mills Metropark.

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One-mile hike along nature trails to search for and call resident owls. Bring a flashlight and dress for the weather (masks required). Suitable for ages 10 & up, but all kids must be accompanied by an adult.
Hudson Mills Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 per person, preregistration required by Sept. 10, 3 p.m., 426-8211. [map]

Canceled and Postponed Events:

 8 p.m. 

Postponed to 2022: The Second City: The Ark.

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Sept. 10 & 11. One of the longest-running comedy improv groups in the country, Chicago's popular Second City troupe lampoons contemporary political, cultural, and social events in an evening of short sketches.
The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $36 (students with ID, $26) in advance at, and (if available) at the door. 761-1451. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Blind Pig: "Whip Jams Live in Concert."

Showcase of up-and-coming southeast Michigan musical acts hosted by local pop-oriented hip-hop singer-songwriter Nadim Azzam. With Ann Arbor-based singer-producer Kyler Wilkins (aka Ki5), the synth-pop duo Mirror Monster, Ann Arbor-based neo-soul singer Dani Darling, Flint-based rapper D. Vaughn the Illest, and Detroit hip-hop artist Pariis Noel. $10. 8 p.m.-midnight. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Brandon Rose & Soul Therapy

Ensemble led by the young Detroit jazz bassist Rose, a recent MSU grad. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Eventjazz

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

Mash: The Scott Martin Band

Canton alt-country-rock quartet led by singer-songwriter Martin. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Barker & Broski

Local proto-punk rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter duo of Michael Snyder-Barker and Chris Broski. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: BDI Blues Band

Ypsilanti quintet, sometimes known as Blues Dog Inquisition, that plays hard-driving classic Chicago blues. [venue info]


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