Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in September 2022
September 6, 2022
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. For Zoom links see calendar at bit.ly/UMTurnerCal. 998–9353.Free.
“Little Paws Story Time”: Humane Society of Huron Valley.
Oct. 6, 13, 20, & 27 (10:30–11:30 a.m.). Stories, crafts, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats and dogs. For kids ages 2–5, accompanied by an adult. HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $5 per kid (babies under age 1, free). Preregistration required at tickettailor.com/events/hshv, email@example.com.
“Playgroups for Babies”: Ann Arbor District Library
Every Mon.–Wed. (except Sept. 5). 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.Free.
Lunch Bunch: Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild.
Bring a lunch and a story to tell. Dress for the weather. 11 a.m.–1 p.m., Island Park, Pavilion B, 1420 Island Dr. Questions/RSVP to Beverly at firstname.lastname@example.org. annarborstorytelling.org.
Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library
Half hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2–5 (with caregiver). Tues. 11 a.m. (Downtown). Free. 327–4200.Free.
Line Dancing: Ann Arbor Senior Center
Line Dancing (Tues. noon-1 p.m.), preregistration required at 794-6250. Ann Arbor Senior Center (1320 Baldwin Ave., 794–6250). Free. Check meeting status before coming.Free.
Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program
Bridge (Tues. & Fri. 1–4 p.m.) in person, no partner needed, call if interested. U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998–9353.Free.
Duplicate Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.
Every Thurs., Fri., & Tues. All invited to play a 499er game (Thurs.) or ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge (Fri. & Tues.). 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.
Euchre: Pittsfield Township Community Center
Euchre, canceled if Washtenaw County Covid levels are high (Tues. 1-3 p.m.). Pittsfield Township Community Center (701 W. Ellsworth, 822-2120, recreation.pittsfield-mi.gov). Free. Check meeting status before coming.Free.
“Una Tertulia”: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program
“Una Tertulia” (Sept. 6 & 20, 3–4 p.m.) Socialize with other Spanish speakers via Zoom. U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program. Free. For Zoom links see calendar at bit.ly/UMTurnerCal. 998–9353.Free.
Michigan Marching Band Practice.
Every Mon.–Thurs. The U-M’s highly disciplined 200-plus-member marching band or sections thereof can be seen and heard practicing on Elbel Field. All welcome to find a spot in the bleachers and get a sneak preview of upcoming halftime shows. Rehearsals usually last 1–2 hours. 4:45 p.m., Elbel Field, Hill at Division. Free. 764–0582.
My Hero Academia League: Sylvan Factory.
Every Tues. All invited to play this role-playing game based on the popular Japanese manga. 5–8 p.m., Sylvan Factory, 2459 W. Stadium Blvd. Free. email@example.com, 929–5877. sylvanfactory.com/event-schedule.
“Coding with the micro:bit”: Ann Arbor District Library.
All invited to learn how to use the micro:bit pocket-sized computing device to send Morse code messages. 6–7 p.m., AADL Downtown Training Center. Free. 327—4200.
“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.
Ann Arbor Group Runs: Fleet Feet.
Every Sat. & Tues. 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. 929–9022 (Sat.) & 769–5016 (Tues.).
BattleTech: Classic: Sylvan Factory.
Every Tues. 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 to some programming. Led by AHA usage members. Beginners welcome. 7 p.m., for URL preregister at meetup.com/AllHandsActive/events. Free, but donations welcome. info@AllHandsActive.org.
“Psych Murders”: Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.
Ypsilanti poet Stephanie Heit joins fellow poets Vindu Aggarwal and Meg Day to discuss (via Zoom) her new book, a hybrid memoir and poem that employs a variety of experimental forms to document her experience of shock treatment. 7 p.m., for URL see literatibookstore.com/event/2022-09. Free. 585–5567.
Ann Arbor Camera Club.
Sept. 6 & 20. Club members show their projected digital images (Sept. 6) and prints (Sept. 20) on various topics, including this month's assignment, “Abstracts”. On Sept. 6, Greg Czarnecki discusses media and techniques for printing large scale images. On Sept. 20, John Lloyd shares tips for photographing birds. 7–9 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Liberty, rear entrance, 2nd floor. Mask and proof of Covid-19 vaccination and booster required. Free. annarborcameraclub.org, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Auditions for The Pirates of Penzance: UMGASS
The University of Michigan Gilbert & Sullivan Society (UMGASS) is holding auditions for The Pirates of Penzance, or The Slave of Duty, on Monday, September 12th, Tuesday, September 13th, and Wednesday, September 14th, 2022, at the Student Theater Arts Complex (STAC), 1202 Kipke Drive in Ann Arbor (east of the U-M stadium) from 7– 10 pm. All roles are available for SATB principals and chorus; cast will be selected from the audition pool with no pre-casting. Affiliation with the University of Michigan is not required.
To sign up for an audition time please contact the UMGASS Executive Board by e-mail at email@example.com, or sign up in person at the UMGASS Mass Meeting on Sunday, September 11th at 7:00 pm at the Michigan League. Walk-ins are also welcome in the first two hours of the audition period each day. Callbacks may be held on the evening of Thursday, September 15th, 2022.
Prepare ~32-64 bars of a selection from musical theater, comic opera, or opera (in English), and provide two legible copies (one each for the auditors and the accompanist). Be prepared to read selections from the libretto if you are interested in a speaking role. There will be no dance audition; please indicate your dance experience on the audition form.
Rehearsals will begin on September 18th, 2022, and will be scheduled for Sundays at 2:00 pm and Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm. Principals and chorus members will each be called for two rehearsals per week for most of the rehearsal period. Production dates are December 8 – 11, 2022, at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theater in the Michigan League, with full staging and full orchestra.
Please note: COVID-19 vaccination is required prior to participation in this production, and masks may be required at rehearsals, depending on the evolving public health situation.
UMGASS is the oldest continuously operating student-run G&S Society in the country (and maybe the world). It was founded at the University of Michigan in 1947, and has produced at least two G&S comic operas every year since (except 2020), including productions of each of the 14 operas in the canon, as well as several other pieces by Gilbert or Sullivan, working alone or with other collaborators. The first UMGASS production debuted on December 10, 1947, and this production will be a part of the celebration of the 75th anniversary of The Society. UMGASS receives no funding from the University of Michigan; performers in these productions are not paid.1202 Kipke Drive, Ann Arbor. firstname.lastname@example.org. 734-754-4983.
English Country Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.
Every Tues. Historical and traditional English dancing to live music. All dances taught; no partner or experience needed. Bring flat, clean-soled, nonslip shoes (running shoes okay) 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). aactmad.org/english-country, 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 email@example.com. 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. 7–8:30 p.m., UAW Local 898, 8975 Textile Rd., Ypsilanti. Mask policy follows CDC guidelines; proof of vaccination required. Free to visitors ($26 monthly dues for those who join). firstname.lastname@example.org, 765–3611.
Every Thurs. & Tues. All German speakers, native or non-native, invited for conversation with either or both of 2 long-running groups, the A2 Stammtisch (8 p.m. Thurs.), and the German Speakers Round Table (7:30 p.m. Tues.). Various times, Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington. Free admission. Preregistration for Thurs. A2 Stammtisch requested at email@example.com. 812–6375 (Tues.).
“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.