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Calendar of Events

Saturday, September 25, 2021






 
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 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 parkrun.us/Lillie. lillie@parkrun.com, facebook.com/LillieParkRun. [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]


 9 a.m.-noon  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 vhub.at/NAP. Free. 794-6627. [map]


 9:30 a.m.  Free! 

Webster Fall Festival: Webster Township Historical Society & Webster United Church of Christ.

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The 39th annual Webster Fall Festival offers good old-fashioned country fun for the whole family!
This year's event begins at 9:30am with a live auction of antiques and collectables hosted by auctioneer, Brian Braun, of Braun & Helmer Auction Service.
Following the auction, the festival's many attractions and activities are open from 10:30am to 5pm. These include historic buildings and displays, vintage cars and farm machinery, hay rides, a petting zoo, children's activities, a rummage sale, farmer's market, artisans, crafts, an old-time base ball game, and live music on the Corncrib stage.
The Church Luncheon offers soups and sandwiches from 11am to 2pm, and the festival's traditional Pulled Pork Sandwiches with sides are served from 1 to 5pm. Baked goods, hot dogs, ice cream and beverages are available throughout the day
At 5pm, the festival will conclude with a grand finale fire show featuring Amelia.
Historic Webster Village & Webster United Church of Christ, 5484 Webster Church Rd, Dexter. Free. 734-368-0887. bafelma@gmail.com Websterfallfestival.org [map]



 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Harold Neal and Detroit African American Art: 1945 through the Black Arts Movement": University Art Gallery, Eastern Michigan University.

  community member   < less Harold Neal, Title Unknown [Man with Balance], n.d.

The University Gallery, School of Art and Design, at Eastern Michigan University is pleased to announce the exhibition Harold Neal and Detroit African American Artists: 1945 through the Black Arts Movement. The exhibition will be shown at the EMU Art Gallery from Monday, September 13 through Wednesday, October 20, 2021. A closing reception will take place on Sunday, October 17 from 1:30-4:30 pm. Harold Neal was an aficionado of jazz, especially Detroit jazz, and the Detroit Marion Hayden Trio will play at the opening. Hayden is one of the nation's finest performers of the acoustic bass. In 2016, she received the prestigious Kresge Artist fellowship.
A panel discussion will follow the reception from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. Participants on the panel will be Allie McGhee, well-known Detroit artist, and Shirley Woodson, the 2021 Kresge Eminent Artist, both of whom are represented in the exhibition. Additional participants are Dr. Samantha Noel, Associate Professor of Art History at Wayne State
Univeristy Gallery, EMU Student Center, 900 Oakwood St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197, Ypsilanti. Free. 917-975-0146. gtom@emich.edu https://www.emugalleries.org [map]



 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Free! 

Fall Fest: Ladies' Literary Club of Ypsilanti.

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With baked goods, fall mums, and handcrafted items for sale. Also, kids activities and live music. Rain or shine.
218 N. Washington St., Ypsilanti. Free admission. MarybStrassel@gmail.com. [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. ofGlobal@aol.com. [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 (www.motathaiyoga.com), 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. info@motathaiyoga.com motathaiyoga.com [map]



 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 

Blast Corn Maze.

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Every Fri.-Sun., Sept. 26-Nov. 7. A large corn maze with 3.5 miles of trails and 3 exits to allow for routes of various lengths. Also, a U-pick pumpkin patch, produce, craft sale, hayrides, duck races, pedal cars, a kids play area with a mountain of straw and a corn box, and more. Maps ($1) & food available.
5-10 p.m. (Fri.), 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sat.), & 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sun.), 6175 Daly Rd. (half mile west of Zeeb), Dexter. $12 (kids ages 5-12, $9; age 4 & under, free) online only at BlastCornMaze.com/hours-pricing. [map]


 11 a.m.  Hybrid 

Charity Workout Heart Fit to benefit Ozone House: The Mix Studios.

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Heart-Fit classes are an excellent choice for improving your cardio health. Enjoy the same joint-safe, accessible movement with an emphasis on cardio, and contemporary Latin, African and Caribbean beats.
Ozone House is a community-based, nonprofit agency that helps young people lead safe, healthy, and productive lives through intensive intervention and prevention services.
The Mix Studios, 511 W Cross St., Suite 102, Ypsilanti. Hybrid. Donation. 7348459105. a2mixstudios@gmail.com https://the-mix-studios.com/benefit/ [map]



 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less Wiardís Orchards Country Fair

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- 6 p.m and on.  Free! 

Peace Week: Megiddo Peace Project.

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Sept. 19-25. Games, peace-themed exhibits and art, live music, open mics, group discussions, and more. Sat. only: Dancing to music TBA (6 p.m. into the evening).
Most activities take place between noon-3 p.m. (except as noted), Center of the City Commons, S. Fifth Ave. next to the library. 657-8083.


 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 (www.motathaiyoga.com) or on Mindbody.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22. $15 drop in (or package prices). info@motathaiyoga.com www.motathaiyoga.com [map]



 12:30-1 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

"Walking Off the Pounds.": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Fri. Guided steps to walk in place. Online and in person (beginning Sept. 8).
2401 Plymouth Road. For more information and URL, email info.tswp@umich.edu or call 998-9353. [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 TheCreatureConservancy.org; at the door, $11 (kids ages 2-12, $9; under age 2, free). 929-9324. [map]


 2 & 7:30 p.m. 

"Smokey Joe's Cafe": Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Sept. 23-Oct. 10. This local professional company performs this hit 1996 Broadway musical revue that features 39 Lieber & Stoller songs, from "Charlie Brown" and "Poison Ivy" to "Hound Dog" and "Jailhouse Rock" to "There Goes My Baby" and "Stand by Me."
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun. matinee), Encore, 7714 Ann Arbor St, Dexter. Tickets (price TBA) in advance at TheEncoreTheatre.org. 268-6200. [map]


 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Football vs. Rutgers.

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See mgoblue.com for masking and vaccination guidelines.
Michigan Stadium. Tickets $70-$110. mgoblue.com, mtickets@umich.edu, 764-0247. [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

Sacred Sound Journey: Verapose Yoga & Meditation House.

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Join Victoria for this 75-minute sound journey of crystal singing bowls, Tibetan singing bowls, gongs, drumming and other sacred sound instruments at Verapose Yoga & Meditation House in Dexter, Michigan. She begins with guided meditation and relaxation techniques to expand your ability to find equilibrium and harmony, thus opening a portal of creativity and connection during her sound journey.
Sacred sound vibration therapy is a powerful non-invasive healing modality and beneficial to restoring our total wellbeing at the cellular level--heart, mind and body. Some may even experience spontaneous physical healing. The effects can be a more harmonious sense of wellbeing in resonance with higher vibratory frequencies that can last for a few hours, days or longer.
Space is limited. Bring a yoga mat, blanket, pillow, bolsters and optional eye mask.
Sign up at https://veraposeyoga.com/events/
Verapose Yoga & Meditation House, 3173 Baker Road, Dexter. $40. victoria@victoriaschon.com www.veraposeyoga.com/events [map]



 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. 

Nathan Timmel: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Sept. 24 & 25. Stand-up comic from L.A. known for his edgy observational humor about marriage and family life. 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, aaComedy.com. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Night Terrors": Wiard's Orchards.

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Every Fri.-Sun. Six different recently refurbished scary attractions-a haunted hayride, alien clowns, the Asylum, and more-bristling with over 115 costumed monsters. Refreshments available. Recommended for age 12 & up.
Wiard's Orchards, Inc., 5565 Merritt Rd, Ypsilanti. $18 for access to one attraction (multi-area passes, $39.99 & $49.99) in advance only. HauntedHouseMichigan.com. 734-482-7744. thill@wiards.com hauntedhousemichigan.com [map]


 8 p.m. 

Disaster Relief Album Release Show with Scotty Karate: Ravine Records.

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Ravine Records, the indie label of local musician and producer, Darrin James, celebrates two new releases on the label. Disaster Relief, the horn-driven jazz-funk group led by James, releases their second LP, "Back Into It," which expands their eclectic sonic palette of tight grooves and soulful improvisation with more flavors from around the globe. Scotty Karate opens the show with his unique brand of swagger-filled honky-tonk in support of his new record, "Always Honey."
The Blind Pig, 208 S. 1st Street. $10. 734-996-8555. blindpigmusic.com [map]



 8 p.m. 

"The Lifespan of a Fact": Theatre Nova.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Sept. 17-Oct. 10. Carla Milarch directs the Michigan premiere of NYC playwrights Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell, and Gordon Farrell's 2019 briskly entertaining comedy about a fact-checker for a renowned essayist who finds himself in an all-out battle with the writer pitting factual truth vs. creative license. Based on a book by the same name that documents years of dickering over intentional and unintentional inaccuracies in John D'Agata's 2010 essay, "What Happens There," the play is praised by a Variety critic to have "terrifically funny dialogue...The debate at the heart of this play," the critics adds, "transcends comedy and demands serious attention." Cast: Andrew Huff, Justin Montgomery, and Diane Hill. Proof of vaccination required.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) are $22 in advance at TheatreNova.org and at the door. 635-8450, a2theatreNova@gmail.com. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ark: Susan Werner

A talented singer-songwriter known for a jazz-inspired, classically trained vocal style she describes as "pop illiterate," Werner writes incisive, vividly imagined songs in a variety of moods. $25-$50. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Disaster Relief

CD release party for Back Into It by this all-star ensemble led by guitarist-organist Darrin James whose music mixes elements of funk, jazz, afrobeat, rock, and blues. "Delicious soul-funk, innovative and brisk…played with fervent passion and oodles of sonic heat," says Blogcritics.com writer Randall Radik. With trumpeter Ross Huff, saxophonists Dan Bennett & Tim Haldeman, keyboardist Josef Deas, and percussionist Randall Moore fronting a rhythm section of bassist Brennan Andes and drummer Rob Avsharian. Openers: Scotty Karate, one-man postpunk honky-tonk rock 'n' roll band from Chelsea who also has a new CD (Always Honey), and Disaster Relief frontman Darrin James. $10. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Diego Rivera Quartet

Ensemble led by this MSU music professor, a saxophonist-composer known for his muscular tone and blending of straight-ahead jazz with music inspired by his Latino heritage. [venue info]

Club Above: Local Artist Showcase

Performers TBA. Hosted by Meechie Loc. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Eventjazz

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

Mash: Pajamas

Local pop-rock jam trio. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: The Cool Birds

Ypsilanti old-time country, roots rock, and Americana band led by singer-guitarist Milan Seth. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: The Cellar Cats

An eclectic mix of rock 'n' roll, Motown, blues, soul, R&B, progressive rock, and swing by this ensemble of veteran local musicians fronted by singer-flutist Patty O'Connor. With guitarist and harmonica player Myron Grant, guitarist Kip Godwin, keyboardist Mark Wight, bassist Terry Gordinier, drummer John Marion, and Charles Dayringer on congas, clarinet, and sax. . [venue info]

 
 


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