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Calendar of Events

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Who wrote this?   Ann Arbor Observer tree logo Observer editors    community member community members
 9:40 a.m. 

Donation Morning Yoga: Mota Thai Yoga.

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This class is a great way to begin your day. Wake up your body and mind with slow flow and gentle stretches.
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 Eventbrite. 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 West Huron Street, #22. Donation. $10-20 Donation. 7347577213. [map]

 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

"Bark for Life": American Cancer Society Fundraiser.

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New date: All invited to bring their dogs for 5-km and 1-mile fun runs (or walks). Followed by dog activities, including costume contests and more. T-shirts.
The Farm at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, 5557 McAuley Dr. $20 without a dog (with a dog, $25; with 2 dogs, $30; family up to 3 dogs, $50) in advance at [map]

 11 a.m.-8 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 [map]

 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Sept. 11-Oct. 31. 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]

 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Polish Heritage & Harvest Festival: Quintessential Event Company.

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Oct. 30 & 31. Polish food from area restaurants, caterers, and food trucks as well as Polish and American beer. Also, an "Autumn Crafter & Artisan Market" with some 50 vendors, dancing to live polkas, activities-including trick-or-treating on Sunday-for kids 12 & under, and more. Masks strongly encouraged.
Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Tickets $11 (seniors age 65 & over & active military personnel and veterans, $10) in advance at; $12 (seniors & military personnel, $10) at the gate. Kids 12 & under free. (888) 504-8103. [map]

 11 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

Sunday Artisan Market.

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Every Sun. Juried market of local handmade arts and crafts, now in its 30th year.
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 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Halloween Treat Parade": Main Street Area Association.

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All costumed kids, accompanied by a caregiver, invited to stroll through downtown and pick up treats from businesses displaying black & orange balloons.
Main, Liberty, Fourth, and Washington area. Free. For complete map and updates, see

 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,

 TBA  Free!  Online 

"Annual AADL Halloween Contests": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Award ceremony for all-ages contests. For more about how to participate in the contests, and other AADL Halloween activities, see
Day times TBA, online at (a YouTube channel). Free. 327-4200.

 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off some animals native to Michigan (2 & 4 p.m.), including the cougar, opossum, black rat, and snapping turtle. Also, the chance to see the conservancy's other animals.
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). Masks required. 929-9324. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Book of the Month Club: Vault of Midnight.

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Vault of Midnight staffers lead a virtual discussion on writer James Tynion IV's new fantasy comic, Something Is Killing the Children, illustrated by Werther Dell'Edera. Anyone can join the conversation using the online chatbox.
Online at & (search "Vault of Midnight"). Free. 998-1413.

 2 p.m. 

"Sing Happy!": Theatre Nova Fundraiser.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Oct. 28-Nov. 7. Diane Hill directs area singer-actors in local composer R. MacKenzie Lewis's cabaret-style revue showcasing the songs of the Broadway team of Kander and Ebb. The show is a sequence of songs and medleys from Chicago, Cabaret, and many other Kander and Ebb musicals, both famous and obscure, arranged to throw into relief their exploration of the mysteries of life and love. Performers are Jason Briggs, Kristin Clark, John DeMerell, K. Edmonds, Diane Hill, Elizabeth Jaffe, Sarah Stevens, Connor Thomas Rhoades, and Roy Sexton.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron. Tickets $30 in advance at and (if available) at the door. Masks and proof of vaccination required. 635-8450, [map]

 2 p.m. 

"The Bride Elect": Comic Opera Guild.

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Oct. 28-31; postponed from May 2020. St. Clare of Montefalco Parish (Grosse Pointe Park) music director David Troiano directs this local company in John Philip Sousa's 1897 comic operetta, a satire of politics set in a fictitious country. Although it was last performed in 1923, Sousa pieced together an enduringly popular march-he reportedly considered it the best march he's ever written-from various sections of it. Stars Angela Hench, Zoe Zdrojewsky, Dorothy Duensing, Thomas Petiet, Matthew Cook, Chris Grapentine, and Robert Douglas.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron St., Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (seniors, $15; students, $10) in advance at and at the door. 973-3264. [map]

 3 p.m.  Free! 

Halloween Concert: Dexter Community Orchestra.

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Livingston Symphony Orchestra director David Schultz conducts this volunteer ensemble in a program of such goulish works as Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain, Saint-SaŽns's Danse Macabre, and more. The audience is invited to come in costume.
Dexter High School, 2200 N. Parker (south off Shield from Baker Rd.), Dexter. Free. Masks required 355-0725. [map]

 4-5:15 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"German-American Foodways": Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor.

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Talk by University of Wisconsin Max Kade Institute assistant director Antje Petty.
For URL preregister at Free.

 4:00 p.m. 

Halloween Concert: U-M School of Music.

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A rowdy affair, this annual tradition features the University Symphony Orchestra and the University Philharmonia Orchestra hamming it up in costume while performing such ghoulish works as Saint-SaŽns' Danse Macabre or Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain. Graduate conducting students direct. A large portion of the audience comes in costume. Note: Tickets usually sell out well in advance.
Hill Auditorium. Tickets $8 & $12 in advance at the Michigan League &, and (if available) at the door. Masks required. 764-2538. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Puffs, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic": Concordia University Theatre Department.

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Oct. 28-31. Amanda Williams directs students in Matt Cox's 2015 affectionate parody of the Harry Potter world that revolves around the daily happenings of a nerdy Hogwarts student navigating the schoolyard.
Concordia University Kreft Center Black Box Theater, 4090 Geddes. Tickets $15 (students & seniors, $10) in advance at, by phone, & (if available) at the door. Masks required. 995-7537. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m. 

"Spooky Species": The Creature Conservancy.

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Oct. 22, 23, & 29-31. Annual Halloween-themed live animal presentations. Also, a "bat flight" at 9 p.m., where bats fly around indoors, freely overhead. Cider & donuts.
5-6:30 p.m. (Fri. only all ages show) and 7-8:30 p.m. (18 & up only), Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Tickets $20 (kids ages 6-13, $15) in advance only at Masks required. 929-9324. [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. 734-482-7744. [map]

 10 p.m.  Free! 

Burnout Society Film Club: 8 Ball Movie Night.

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Patio screening of 2 films each night, with trivia at intermission. 21 & up only. Tonight: "The Beyond" (Lucio Fulci, 1981). Southern gothic supernatural horror film. "The Evil Dead" (Sam Raimi, 1981). Low-budget supernatural horror about 5 college students who take a trip to an isolated house in the Tennessee hills.
8 Ball Saloon, 208 S. First. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ark: Dustbowl Revival

Venice (CA) Americana ensemble whose music started out as a blend of bluegrass, jug band music, and Western swing that has evolved in a roots rock direction. American Songwriter finds their latest CD, Is It You, Is It Me, "ensconced in a cleaner and expanded, if still slightly retro, pop sound that recalls early Buckingham/Nicks Fleetwood Mac, especially through the vocals of front people/co- founders Zach Lupetin and Liz Beebe." Opener: Smooth Hound Smith, the East Nashville-based duo of Zack Smith and Caitlin Doyle that uses foot percussion, complex finger-picked guitar patterns, harmonicas, tasty harmonies and a lot of tambourine to create a brand of Americana roots music that No Depression calls "a raucous clash of backwoods folk, raw blues, and underground rock." $25. [venue info]

Bel-Mark Lanes: II-V-I Orchestra

Veteran local big band, led by saxophonist David Swain, that plays late 1930s swing and 1940s R&B. 6-8 p.m. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Bizarre

This rapper from the Detroit hip-hop ensemble B12 celebrates the release of his new CD. $12-$15. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Traditional Irish Session

All invited to join or listen to an instrumental jam session. [venue info]

Ravens Club:

Local jazz ensemble TBA. [venue info]


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