Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in August 2022
August 24, 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.
“The Right Care at the Right Time”: Ann Arbor Senior Center.
Aug. 24 (9:30–11 a.m.): “The Right Care at the Right Time”: Ann Arbor Senior Center. Trinity Health at Home account manager Jadwiga Refit discusses skilled homecare services and palliative & hospice care. Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. Free. Preregistration required at firstname.lastname@example.org or 794–6250.
Annual Chelsea Community Fair: Chelsea Fairgrounds.
Aug. 21–27. Fair rides and concessions (Wed. & Thurs. 3–10 p.m., Fri. noon.–10 p.m., Sat. 1–10 p.m.), a bingo tent, livestock shows, truck and tractor pulls, demolition derbies (Tues. & Wed. 7:30 p.m.), Lost Nations Rodeo (Thurs. 7:30 p.m.), a fair queen contest, exhibits of baking, canning, floriculture, arts and hobbies, and “Nature’s Creation of Life,” an exhibit of calves, piglets, lambs, and chicks, some likely to be born during the fair. The fair opens on Sunday with a youth horse show, but officially kicks off with a Children’s Parade (Tues. 5:30 p.m.) for ages 3—12 on decorated bikes & wagons or on foot from the municipal lot behind Common Grill to the fairgrounds, and ends with the Chelsea Fair Parade (Sat. 1 p.m.). Complete schedule available at chelseafair.org. 10 a.m.—10 p.m., Chelsea Fairgrounds, Old US-12 at Old Manchester Rd., Chelsea. $10 daily admission; $30 5-day pass (middle and high school students & seniors 65 & older, $20; kids age 10 & under, free). Free admission for seniors age 65 & over on Thurs. before 5 p.m., for active or inactive U.S. service members with I.D. on Fri., and for families on Fri. from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $5 day pass for women on Fri. before 11 a.m. 475–1270 email@example.com, chelseafair.org.
Mind Matters Brain Games: Ann Arbor Senior Center.
Every Wednesday Via Zoom at bit.ly/a2braingame, passcode: 739714. Free. Check meeting status before coming. 794–6250
“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.
“Tiny Tails Story Time”: Humane Society of Huron Valley.
Aug. 10, 17, & 24 (10:30–11:30 a.m.): “Tiny Tails Story Time”: Humane Society of Huron Valley. Stories, crafts, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats. For kids ages 2–5, accompanied by an adult. Tiny Lions Lounge, 5245 Jackson Rd. $7 per kid (babies under age 1, free). Preregistration required at tickettailor.com/events/hshv, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Chime Concert: Kerrytown Market & Shops.
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. (Fri. & Wed.) & 10:30–11 a.m. (Sat.). Kerrytown Market. Free. ofGlobal@aol.com.
Tai Chi: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
Every Mon., Wed., & Fri. 30 min. online lesson on gentle Tai Chi for older adults. Beginners welcome. 2401 Plymouth Road. For URL, go to bit.ly/UMTurnerCal. For more information, email email@example.com or call 998-9353.
Walking Group: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
(Mon., Wed., & Fri. 12:30–1 p.m.) via Zoom. For URL, go to bit.ly/UMTurnerCal. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 998-9353.
“Tie Dye with Dawn Henry”: Ann Arbor District Library.
Aug. 24 (1, 4, & 6:30 p.m.) “Tie Dye with Dawn Henry”: Ann Arbor District Library. Hour-long outdoor workshops, led by local crafter Henry, offer kids age 3 and up and their families the chance to make unique, tie-dyed creations. Bring a 100% cotton T-shirt or other similarly sized cotton item. AADL Malletts Creek. Free. 327-4200.
Chess: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
Every Wednesday 1-4 p.m. In person, all levels welcome, call if interested. 2401 Plymouth Road. Free. 998-9353, email@example.com.
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.
OLLI Commons: U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
OLLI Commons: U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Ongoing social and discussion groups (via Zoom), free for members ($25 annual membership fee). For more information and to register, see olli-umich.org or call 998–9351. “The Schmoozery: At Our Age, In This Age” (Wed. 1–2 p.m.). Group conversation about aging, generations, and related topics, facilitated by local playwright and oral historian Hank Greenspan, a retired U-M psychology professor.
“One Slight Hitch”: PTD Productions.
Every Wed.-Sun., Aug. 18-27. Laura Bird directs local actors in comedian Lewis Black’s wry 2013 romantic farce about a young bride-to-be whose ne’er-do-well ex-boyfriend shows up on her parent’s doorstep on her wedding day. Unaware of her engagement, his clothes dirty from a hiking adventure, the unwanted guest avails himself of the family’s laundry and wanders the house in his underwear, running into various family members with increasingly awkward, and hilarious, results. 8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun. & Wed.), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (students & seniors, $12; Thurs., pay what you can) in advance at ptdproductions.com and at the door. 483-7345.
“Transparent Inks & Letterpress Printing”: Ann Arbor District Library Letterpress Lab.
Aug. 17 & 27. All adults age 18 & up invited to learn the basics of mixing transparent ink (the sort of ink used in highlighters). Also, the chance to blend a rainbow of transparent tones to print on a Vandercook cylinder press. The program begins with a safety & equipment orientation. 5:30–7:30 p.m. (Aug. 17) & 2–4 p.m. (Aug. 27), AADL Downtown. Free. 327-4200.
“Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Ghost Machine”: Purple Rose Theatre Company.
Every Wed.–Sun., Apr. 15–Aug. 27. Angie Kane directs the world premiere of Livonia playwright David MacGregor’s drama that imagines the Victorian sleuth, aided by Dr. Watson and Irene Adler, solving the disappearance of world-changing inventions by clients Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison. Cast: David Bendena, Caitlin Cavannaugh, Mark Colson, Sarab Kamoo, Rusty Mewha, and Paul Strobili. 3 p.m. (Wed., Thurs., & Sat.), 8 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.). Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Mask and proof of vaccination required. Tickets $25–51 in advance at PurpleRoseTheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433–7673.
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.
“Casual Commander”: Sylvan Factory.
Every Wed. All invited to play the most popular format of collectible card game Magic: The Gathering. Prizes paid in store credit. 5–8 p.m., Sylvan Factory, 2459 W. Stadium Blvd. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, 929–5877.
“West Side Nite Ride”: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.
Every Wed. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 10 to 30 miles, along the B2B Trail to Hudson Mills Metropark and/or Dexter Huron Metropark with a possible visit to the Dexter Dairy Queen. This ride is a favorite with newcomers and casual riders. 5 p.m. sharp, meet at Forest Lawn Cemetery parking lot, corner of Broad & Grand, Dexter. Free. 426-5116.
Board Game Night: Bløm Meadworks.
Every Wed. All invited to play popular board games. “Board Game Guru” on hand to answer questions. 5–8 p.m., Bløm, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Proof of vaccination required to sit indoors; outdoor seating available. Free, 548–9729.
Depot Town Cruise Nights: Ypsilanti Auto Museum.
Every Wed., Aug. 3-24. Old car cruise, hula hoop contest for kids (7 p.m.), and free ice cream. Artwork, crafts, & antiques for sale. 6-9 p.m., E. Cross St. between Rice St. and N. River St., Ypsilanti. Free. facebook.com/depot-town-cruise-nights, email@example.com
Monthly Meeting: Ann Arbor Bonsai Society.
Bonsai expert Jim Doyle of Nature’s Way Nursery (Harrisburg, PA) discusses the techniques and ethics of collecting wild trees for bonsai. 6:30–9 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. AABonsaiSociety@gmail.com.
Every Wed. All crocheters, knitters, spinners, weavers, felters, sewers, and other crafters invited to work on their own projects with others. Questions welcome, help available. 7 p.m. or so, for URL join facebook.com/groups/KTCrafters. Free. 926–8863.
Latin-Jazz Wednesday: Armando Vega & 313 Orchestra: Blue LLama Jazz Club
Sonero y Conguero Armando Vega grew up immersed in Latin music and culture in Detroit, Michigan and has since established an enthusiastic following in and beyond Detroit. He received early mentoring from Herman Olivera, famed Grammy nominated singer, and later performed with Olivera before a crowd of 30,000 at the Cleveland Puerto Rican Festival.314 S. Main St , Ann Arbor. Pre-Pay Cover at opentable.com. $10. firstname.lastname@example.org. bluellamaclub.com. 734-372-3200.
Meditation & Discussion: Ann Arbor Karma Thegsum Chöling.
Every Wed. All are invited for a dharma discussion. The program begins with a group meditation. 7-8 p.m., 614 Miner (enter through back door). Also livestream; for URL see annarborktc.org. Free. 678-7549.
Summer Sight Reading Nights: Dexter Community Orchestra.
July 13 & Aug. 24. All musicians invited to sight read and play orchestral music with the DCO in an open air setting. Participants are asked to download the music ahead of time and bring their own music stand. Chairs provided. 7–9 p.m., Dexter American Legion Picnic Pavilion, 8225 Dexter-Chelsea Rd., Dexter. Free. Preregistration (includes music to download) required at dextercommunityorchestra.org.
Swami Shankarananda: Lighthouse Center
August 24. Monk of the Swami Sivananda Saraswati lineage speaks. He walked a peace pilgrimage for two and a half years. 7 p.m., 740 East Shore Drive, Whitmore Lake. Free. lighthousecenterinc.org, 808–1335.https://lighthousecenterinc.org/index.html. 808–1335.
Open Rehearsal: The Arbor Consort.
Every Wed. All singers invited to rehearse with this semi-professional a cappella ensemble that performs Renaissance and Victorian-era music in period dress. The official madrigal group of the Michigan Renaissance Festival. 7:30–9:30 p.m., Dixboro United Methodist Church, 5221 Church Rd. Free. TheArborConsort.org.
Latin Social Practice Party: The Dance Pavilion.
Every Wed. Latin dancing to recorded music. No partner or experience necessary. 9–9:45 p.m., Dance Pavilion Studio, 1918 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti. $5. TheDancePavilion.com, 369–9700.
Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.
Every Wed. Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner or experience needed. Wear comfortable low grip/tread shoes. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson. 9–11 p.m., Vandenberg Rm., 2nd fl., Michigan League, 911 North University. Mask and proof of vaccination (with booster) required. $5 (free for members and those who attend the lesson). swingannarbor.com.