Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in May 2022
May 10, 2022
“May the 4th Run with You: A Virtual 4K”: Epic Races.
May 1-31. This Star Wars themed event allows participants to complete a self-timed 4-km run/walk anytime and anywhere during the month. Mailed race packets include a T-shirt, medal, bib, and sticker decal. A portion of the proceeds is donated to the American Association for Cancer Research. Anytime in May. $50. Preregistration required at bit.ly/maythe4thrun2022. firstname.lastname@example.org, 531-8747.
"Portable Disaster Proof House: Take It With You!!!” an exhibition by Tracey Snelling
Creal Microgallery presents "Portable Disaster Proof House: Take It With You!!!," a small-scale installation work by Tracey Snelling, echoing several other installations by the artist, that are concurrently on view in Ann Arbor. This installation pulls together pop cultural elements to create a "safe space" filled with tropical sunset wallpaper, movie posters, and Keanu Reeves. Snelling's installations often take on multiple scales at once-- existing in life size and miniature simultaneously. This exhibition conjures a space that is at once comforting and overwhelming, centering and disorienting.
Creal Microgallery is a breadbox-sized exhibition space on Creal Crescent in Ann Arbor, visible from the sidewalk and lit up most nights until 11pm.
“Sunrise Nature Hike”: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.
WCPARC naturalist Elle Bogle leads a hike through lowland and upland habitats near the river to explore the botany and wildlife of early spring. Dress for mud and the weather. 8:30–10:30 a.m., Draper Houston Meadows Preserve, 569 Mooreville Rd., Milan. Free, preregistration required by emailing email@example.com. 971–6337.
“Volunteer Ann Arbor”: OLLI Commons.
A chance to learn about interesting new ways to help in the community, or to share volunteer opportunities with others. Free for members. $25 annual membership. For more information and to register, see olli-umich.org or call 998-9351.
“Immigration, Redistribution, and Right-Wing Populi in Europe”: U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Distinguished Lecture Series.
Talk (via Zoom) by U-M public policy professor Charlotte Cavaillé. Fourth in a series of 5 monthly lectures. 10–11:30 a.m., for URL preregister at olli-umich.org. $55 (members, $30) for the 5-lecture series. $10 per lecture for members. Membership, $25 a year. 998–9351.
Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
Every Tues. & Fri. Some experience necessary.2401 Plymouth Road. Free. 998-9353, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Duplicate Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.
Every Tues., Thurs., & Fri. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge (Tues., Fri.), or a 499er game (Thurs.). If you plan to come without a partner, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org beforehand. 1–4 p.m. or so (arrive by 12:50 p.m.), City Club, 1830 Washtenaw Ave. $6 per person.
“Autonomous Vehicle Impacts on Travel-Based Activity & Activity-Based Travel”: U-M Center for Connected and Automated Transportation.
University of Texas engineering professors Chandra Bhat and Joe J. King discuss the kinds of activities people are likely to pursue when freed from the task of driving, including an examination of what is “productive” use of time. 2-3 p.m., Transportation Research Institute, 2901 Baxter Rd., Rm. 139. Livestream available, for URL see events.umich.edu/event/94198. Free.
“Ann Arbor in State and Regional Context”: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division Stewards’ Circle.
All invited to join a discussion about how local efforts fit with what others are doing. Followed by a happy hour at Homes Brewery. 5:30–6:30 p.m., Veterans Memorial Park Meeting Room, 2150 Jackson Rd. Free. StewardshipNetwork.org.
“Ann Arbor Group Runs”: Running Fit.
Every Sat. & Tues. Runners of all abilities invited to join a run of 3–5 miles along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Rain or shine. 8 a.m. (Sat.), 5700 Jackson Rd. & 6 p.m. (Tues.), 123 E. Liberty. Free. 929–9022 (Sat.) & 769–5016 (Tues.).
“Knit Happens”: Ann Arbor Stitch ’n’ Bitch.
Every Tues. All knitters invited to work on their projects and swap tips. 6–9 p.m. or so, Panera Bread, 903 W. Eisenhower. $2 monthly dues. email@example.com.
“Tuesday Evening Birders”: Washtenaw Audubon Society.
Every Tues. WAS members lead evening walks at various local birding sites. Bring binoculars and (if you have one) a scope. 6 p.m., usually carpool from the Miller Rd. Park & Ride off M-14, but check facebook.com/washtenawaudubon before each trip to confirm location. Free. Anyone under 18 not accompanied by an adult relative or legal guardian must have a completed parental consent form (available at washtenawaudubon.org).
This month’s home schedule includes a game against Youngstown State (May3, 6 p.m.), a 3-game series vs. Indiana (May 6, 6 p.m., May 7, 2 p.m., and May 8, 1 p.m.) and Rutgers (May 19, 6 p.m., May 20, 2 p.m., May 21, 1 p.m.), a single game vs. MSU (May 17, 6 p.m.), and nonconference games vs. Xavier (May 10, 6 p.m.) and Wright State (May 11, 6 p.m., dollar day), 6 p.m., Ray Fisher Stadium, 1114 S. State St. $6 ($8 in advance). mGOblue.com, 764–0247.
Sufi Class: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth
Please join us for a Sufi class taught by Imam Kamau Ayub via Zoom. $5-$10 per class
“Sufi Chanting, Movement, & Meditations”: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.
Every Tues. Talk (via Zoom) by Imam Kamau Ayubbi. All ages welcome. 6:45–8:15 p.m., for URL see interfaithspirit.org/events/featured-event. $5–10 suggested donation. 327–0270.
“Capture the Flag”: All Hands Active.
Every Tues. All invited to try to capture a virtual flag by solving a computer security problem (or series of problems), ranging from basic computer usage to some programming. Led by AHA members. Beginners welcome. 7 p.m., for URL preregister at meetup.com/AllHandsActive/events. Free, but donations welcome. info@AllHandsActive.org.
“Metaphysical Animals: How Four Women Brought Philosophy Back to Life”: Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.
Durham (UK) University philosophy professor Clare Mac Cumhaill and Liverpool (UK) University philosophy professor Rachel Wiseman discuss (via Zoom) their new book about four college friends–Iris Murdoch, Philippa Foot, Elizabeth Anscombe, and Mary Midgley–who formed a new philosophical tradition while Oxford's men were away fighting World War II. The authors are co-directors of (women) In Parenthesis, a scholarly project to illuminate the work of this first all-female philosophical school. 6 p.m., for URL see literatibookstore.com/event/2022-05. Free. 585–5567.
“Michigan Natives in the Landscape”: Dexter Garden Club.
Talk by professional master gardener Janet Macunovich, author of nine gardening books, including Caring for Perennials. Meet at 6:30 p.m. 7 p.m., St. Andrew's Church, 7610 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Also, via Zoom; for URL (and to confirm in-person status) see dextergardenclub.org/programs. Free. 673–9100.
“The Raven Tower”: Fantasy and Science Fiction/Theory Reading Group: U-M English Department.
All ages 21 & over invited to discuss (via Zoom) Ann Leckie’s 2020 epic fantasy about a god ruling a kingdom through magic that is sustained by blood sacrifice. 7–9 p.m., for URL email firstname.lastname@example.org. Free.
“The Struggle for Environmental, Racial, & Human Rights in Honduras”: U-M Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies/Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice Latin America Caucus Speaker Series.
Virtual talk by Washtenaw Congregational Sanctuary co-founder Mary Anne Perrone. 7–8 p.m., for URL preregister at bit.ly/icpj2022series Free. 763–0553.
Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers.
Speaker and topic TBA. Preceded by a beginners’ Q&A session at 6:30 p.m. 7 p.m., URL at a2b2club.org. A2B2club@gmail.com.
Bluegrass Jam Circle: Ann Arbor Senior Center.
May 10 & 24. All musicians invited to bring their acoustic instruments to play bluegrass-style music. Vocalists welcome. 7–9 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. Mask required. $5. For updates see a2blugrass.com.
Huron Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.
Every Tues. All singers invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local barbershop harmony chorus. All singers, male and female, invited to join as members or visitors. 7–9:30 p.m., Interfaith Center, 704 Airport Blvd. Free to visitors (annual dues for those who join), info@HVharmonizers.org, 796–7467.
Pub Sing: Ann Arbor Morris.
Local Morris dancers lead participants in an evening of rousing choruses, drinking songs, sea shanties, and English folk songs. No set program; all welcome to lead any song with a singable, reasonably easy-to-learn chorus. 7–9 p.m., location TBA. For information, email email@example.com. Free. (908) 721–2599.
Virtual Trivia Night: Ann Arbor Adventure Club.
Every Tues. All invited to form teams of 4 or so persons to compete (via Zoom) in a family-friendly 2-round trivia contest featuring questions in a range of fields from entertainment and history to pop culture and geography. Solo competitors are matched up together. 7 p.m., for URL email firstname.lastname@example.org. Free.
Voices in Harmony.
Every Tues. Female singers invited to join the weekly virtual rehearsals of this local 40-member a cappella barbershop harmony chorus. 7–9:30 p.m., for URL email Info@VoicesInHarmonyChorus.org. Free to visitors ($26 monthly dues for those who join). 765–3611.
“A (Very) Short History of Life on Earth: 4.6 Billion Years in 12 Pithy Chapters”: Sierra Club Book Club.
All invited to discuss paleontologist and Nature editor Henry Gee’s 2021 book. 7:30–9:30 p.m., for URL, preregister at meetup.com/Sierra-Club-Huron-Valley. Free. 971–1157.
“Greek Mythology and Modern Imagination”: Great Lakes Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America.
Talk by Branch member and Ferndale Christian Community priest Michael Brewer. 7:30 p.m., for URL email email@example.com. Free.
Every Tues. & Thurs. All German speakers, native or non-native, invited for conversation with either or both of 2 long-running groups, the German Speakers Round Table (Tues.) and the Stammtisch (Thurs.). 7:30 p.m., Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington. Free admission. 812–6375 (Tues.) & firstname.lastname@example.org (Thurs.).
“Comedy Experiment”: Beer Grotto.
Every Tues. Stand-up showcase featuring sets by local comics TBA. 8 p.m., The Beer Grotto, 8059 Main, Dexter. Free. bit.ly/comedybeergrotto.