Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in August 2022
August 2, 2022
U-M Museum of Natural History Planetarium & Dome Theater.
Daily. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages. Expedition Reef (12:30 p.m.) reveals the secrets of the “rainforests of the sea,” the world’s most vibrant and endangered marine ecosystems. The Sky Tonight (1:30 & 3:30 p.m.) is an exploration of the current night sky, with tips on how to find the cardinal directions, constellations, and planets on your own. Tales of the Maya Skies (2:30 p.m.) immerses viewers in the wonders of Mayan science, examining how Maya scholars developed a sophisticated understanding of astronomy, architecture, and mathematics that enabled them to predict solstices, solar eclipses, weather patterns, and planetary movements. Various times, U-M MNH, 1105 North University. Check ummnh.org for the latest Covid protocols. $8. Limited capacity. 764–0478.
Nurture in Reverse- a drawing installation by Emily Considine: Creal Microgallery
Creal Microgallery presents "Nurture in Reverse," an installation of drawings by New York-based artist Emily Considine. These pieces draw inspiration from subway car advertisements hawking wellness and self-improvement products, with promises of magical cures and brighter futures.1215 Creal Cres, Ann Arbor. FREE. email@example.com. https://www.instagram.com/creal_microgallery/.
“Preschool Hike: Coyote Pulls Down the Stars”: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.
Kids ages 2–5 invited to listen to WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance recount the myth of how trickster Coyote worked with First Woman to put the constellations in the sky, and learn about the real coyotes that come out after dark at Rolling Hills. Caregiver must be present. Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek Rd. Free, but vehicle entrance fee of $6 ($10 nonresidents) required. Preregistration required at bit.ly/wcprc2022 (activity #841003), firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online Meditation Drop-In: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
Online Meditation Drop-In (Tues. 10–11:30 a.m.) via Zoom. U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program. Free. Events are either in person at 2401 Plymouth Rd., or via Zoom. For Zoom links see calendar at bit.ly/UMTurnerCal. 998–9353.
“Playgroups for Babies”: Ann Arbor District Library.
Every Mon.–Wed. For kids up to 24 months (with caregiver). No older siblings. Mon. 10:30–11:30 a.m. (Malletts Creek), Tues. 11 a.m.–noon (Traverwood), Wed. 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. (Westgate). Free. 327–4200.
Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.
Every Mon.–Fri. (except Aug. 1): Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library. Half hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2—5 (with caregiver). Mon. 10:30 a.m. (Pittsfield), Tues. 11 a.m. (Downtown), Wed. 10:30 a.m. (Malletts Creek), Thurs. 11 a.m. (Traverwood), Fri. 1 p.m. (Westgate). Free. 327–4200.
25th Annual Milan Bluegrass Festival.
Aug. 2-6. Four days of bluegrass music performed by leading regional and national performers. Today: The venerable acoustic bluegrass group The Special Consensus (6:30 p.m.) and Grammy-nominated Nashville-based modern bluegrass band The Grascals (8:15 p.m.). Noon-11 p.m., KC Campground, 14048 Sherman Rd., Milan. Daily passes $40 in advance, $45 at the gate ($35 after 5 p.m., $25 on Tues.). 3-day (Thurs., Fri., & Sat.) pass, $90 in advance; $105 at the gate. Festival pass $120 in advance by July 20, $140 at the gate. Advance tickets available by calling 439-1076. milanbluegrassfestival.com.
Farm Tours: Raindance Organic Farm.
Aug. 2 & 9. Raindance co-owner Kristen Muehlhauser leads tours focused on the over 35 kinds of fruits and vegetables (Aug. 2) or the 50 kinds of annual and perennial flowers (Aug. 9) the farm produces year-round organically using caterpillar tunnels, trellising, and other tools and techniques. Bring sun & bug protection, as well as water. Tour involves about 1 mile of walking over uneven terrain. Noon-1 p.m., 2015 E. North Territorial Rd., Whitmore Lake. $8 (kids under 6, free). Preregistration required at raindanceorganic.com/tour-tickets-2022. email@example.com.
Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
Every Tues. & Fri. Some experience necessary. No partner needed. 2401 Plymouth Road. Free. Call 998-9353 if interested, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Duplicate Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.
Every Tues., Thurs., & Fri. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge (Fri., Tues.), or a 499er game (Thurs.). 1–4 p.m. or so (arrive by 12:50 p.m.), City Club, 1830 Washtenaw Ave. $6 per person. If you plan to come without a partner, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org beforehand.
Kids Crafts: Ann Arbor District Library.
Aug. 1–6, 8, 10, 15, 17–19, 21, 23, 24, & 27: Kids Crafts: Ann Arbor District Library. AADL staffers lead hour-long workshops for kids ages 5-10. Aug. 1 (2 p.m., Downtown): “Slime Time.” Aug. 2 (2 p.m., Traverwood): “Paper Robot Gliders and Balancing Paper Robots.” Aug. 2 (2 p.m., Malletts Creek): “Felt Chain Garlands.” Aug. 3 (2 p.m., Westgate): “Scratch-Off Art.” Aug. 4 (2 p.m., Traverwood) & Aug. 15 (2 p.m., Westgate): “Domino Days.” Aug. 5, (1 p.m., Downtown) & Aug. 21 (2 p.m., Traverwood): chance to build a “Tiny Window Greenhouse” and plant a seedling. Aug. 6 (noon, Westgate): “Paper Plate Flying Saucers.” Aug. 8 (2 p.m., Pittsfield): “Button Tree Painting.” Aug. 10 (2 p.m., Mallets Creek): “Craft-tastic!” Creative crafting using pipe cleaners, pom-poms, clothes pins, and more. Aug. 17 (2 p.m., Pittsfield): “Duct Tape Balls” to use on a playground. Aug. 18 (2 p.m., Downtown): “Paper Bag Astronaut Helmet.” Aug. 19 (2 p.m., Malletts Creek): chance to build and test a “Solar S’mores Oven.” Aug. 23 (2 p.m., Downtown): “Cabbage Juice Chemistry.” Aug. 24 (1 p.m., Malletts Creek): “Diorama-Ram.” Aug. 27 (1 p.m., Malletts Creek): “Crowns, Crowns, Crowns!” Free. 327–4200.
“Una Tertulia”: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
“Una Tertulia” (Aug. 2 & 16, 3–4 p.m.) Socialize with other Spanish speakers via Zoom. U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program. Free. Events are either in person at 2401 Plymouth Rd., or via Zoom. For Zoom links see calendar at bit.ly/UMTurnerCal. 998–9353.
U-M Clements Library Tour.
Aug. 2 & 24-26. Hour-long docent-led tour of the Clements’s early American history collection featuring Benjamin West’s iconic painting The Death of General Wolfe, a Revolutionary War-era trunk that once housed British commander-in-chief Thomas Gage’s papers, the student-curated exhibit Navigating Disability in 19th-Century America, and more. 4:15 p.m., Clements Library, 909 South University. Free, preregistration required at myumi.ch/Aw9Zb. 649–3370.
My Hero Academia League: Sylvan Factory.
Every Tues. All invited to play this role-playing game based on the popular Japanese manga in open play. 5–8 p.m., Sylvan Factory, 2459 W. Stadium Blvd. Free. email@example.com, 929–5877. sylvanfactory.com/event-schedule.
“Ann Arbor Group Runs”: Fleet Feet.
Every Tues. & Sat. Runners of all abilities invited to join a run of 3–5 miles along varying routes from different Fleet Feet (formerly Running Fit) locations. Rain or shine. 8 a.m. (Sat.), 5700 Jackson Rd. & 6 p.m. (Tues.), 123 E. Liberty. Free. 769–5016 (Tues.) & 929–9022 (Sat.).
“Dog and Suds Ride”: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.
Every Tues. Moderate-paced ride, 20 to 30 miles, along the less-traveled roads west and north of Chelsea. 6 p.m. sharp, meet at Aberdeen Bike and Outdoors, 1101 Main St., Chelsea. Start location occasionally changes; see aabts.org. Free. 678–8297.
“National Night Out”: Pittsfield Township.
Family-oriented series of info booths on crime & drug use prevention, cybersecurity, school safety tips, the OK2Say student safety program, the Department of Public Safety response to public and charter schools, and other safety topics. Giveaways, games, and firetrucks & police cars on display. 6—8 p.m., Montibeller Park, 4305 Ellsworth, Ypsilanti. Free. 822-4959.
Battletech: Classic: Sylvan Factory.
Every Tues. & Thurs. All invited to play this fast-paced tabletop miniatures war game. No experience or materials needed. 6–9 p.m., Sylvan Factory, 2459 W. Stadium Blvd. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, 929–5877. sylvanfactory.com/event-schedule.
“Tour de Dirt Tuesday Dirt Ride”: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.
Every Tues. 20- to 35-mile ride along Chelsea-area dirt roads. Email for upcoming week’s route. 6:15 p.m. sharp, meet at Aberdeen Bike and Outdoors, 1101 Main St., Chelsea. Free. email@example.com.
Death Café: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.
An ICSG facilitator leads a frank conversation (via Zoom) about death. 6:30–8:30 p.m., for URL see InterfaithSpirit.org. Free, but donations appreciated. 327–0270.
“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.
English Country Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.
Every Tues. (except Aug. 30). Historical and traditional English dancing to live music. All dances taught; no partner or experience needed. Bring flat, clean-soled, nonslip shoes (running shoes OK) and your own water bottle. First-timers are asked to arrive at 6:45 p.m. 7 p.m., Chapel Hill Condominium clubhouse, 3350 Green Rd. Mask, proof of vaccination, and release of liability required. Suggested donation $8 (students, $4; kids ages 13 & under with caregiver, free). 665-7704.
Huron Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.
Every Tues. All male and female singers invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local barbershop harmony chorus. 7–8:45 p.m., Interfaith Center, 704 Airport Blvd. Masks encouraged, vaccination required to join. Free to visitors (annual dues for those who join). bit.ly/hvharmonizers. info@HVharmonizers.org, 796–7467.
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., UAW Local 898, 8975 Textile Rd., Ypsilanti. Mask optional. Free to visitors ($26 monthly dues for those who join). email@example.com, 765–3611.
“A Hard Day’s Night”: Michigan Theater.
(Richard Lester, 1964). The Beatles send up their encounter with fame in this acclaimed mockumentary adventure. 1:30 p.m. (Sun.) & 7:30 p.m. (Tues.). Mask and proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within 72 hours) required for all patrons over the age of 12. Tickets $10.50 unless otherwise noted (children under 12, students, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8) in advance online (recommended) & at the door. For updated schedule, see MichTheater.org.
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 (7:30 p.m. Tues.), and the A2 Stammtisch (8 p.m. Thurs.). Various times, Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington. Free admission. 812–6375 (Tues.). Preregistration for Thurs. A2 Stammtisch requested at firstname.lastname@example.org.