Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in July 2022
July 24, 2022
Museum Highlight Tours: U-M Museum of Natural History.
Every Sat. & Sun. 30–minute tour of the museum’s exhibits and galleries, as well as an introduction to some current U-M Biological Sciences research projects. Noon & 2 p.m., MNH, 1105 North University. Check ummnh.org for the latest Covid protocols. Free. Limited capacity. Sign up at the welcome desk. 764–0478.
U-M Museum of Natural History Planetarium & Dome Theater.
Daily, except July 4. 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.
Youth Show: Washtenaw County 4-H.
July 24-29. Six days of farm animal shows and auctions, plus crafts, exhibits, all-day equestrian competitions, and assorted contests from animal decorating to a goat milk-out. Highlights include the popular “Llama Leaping Contest” (July 27, 2 p.m.), the livestock auction (July 28, 6:30 p.m.), an archery contest (July 29, 1 p.m.), the “Animal Decorator Contest” (July 29, 1:30 p.m.), and the “Ag Olympics” (July 29, 2:30 p.m.) in which 4-H youth compete in Olympic-style games involving water, mud, and agricultural products. For complete daily schedule, see bit.ly/4hwashtenaw2022. 8 a.m.-evening, Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor–Saline Rd. Free. 222-3877.
“Butterfly Walk Sunday”: Washtenaw Audubon Society.
All invited to join WAS members and local butterfly experts to catch butterflies and display them in jars, releasing them after a discussion and photos. Bring a clean plastic jar and a butterfly net if you have one, as well as binoculars for birding this fantastic spot, the largest natural area in the county’s system of natural area preserves. 10 a.m.–noon, Leonard Preserve, 375 N. Union St., Manchester. Free. Washtenawaudubon.org.
“Rescue Reading”: Humane Society of Huron Valley.
Every Sun. Kids read to adoptable animals to work on reading skills, using their own or provided books. Also, a group read-aloud and a dog meet-and-greet. For kids ages 6–11. No adults. HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $15. Preregistration required at tickettailor.com/events/hshv, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interfaith Sunday Service: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth
Please join us for Sunday service via Zoom
“Ancient Wisdom. Modern Times”: Jewel Heart Buddhist Center Sunday Talks.
Every Sun. Livestream talks by Jewel Heart resident spiritual advisor Demo Rinpoche, followed by a discussion facilitated by Jewel Heart staffers. Once a month, Demo Rinpoche presents a story from Jakata Tales, the Indian canon of 547 poems, dated 300 BC-400 AD, that concern the previous births of Gautama Buddha in both human and animal form. The July 10 topic is “The Hare,” a tale about generosity in the lower realms. 11 a.m., for URL preregister at bit.ly/jeweldharmatalk. Free. 994–3387.
Annual Festival at St. Joseph Church.
July 22–24. Festival that features games, kids activities, a cakewalk, dramatic vignettes by Encore Musical Theatre (Fri., 7–9 p.m.), a classic car show (Sat., noon–3:30 p.m.), a showing of animals by Wildlife Safari (Sat., 1–4 p.m.), craft sale, free throw & soccer goal contests, a raffle, food, beer & wine. Also, live music by the high energy Celtic-inspired Chelsea House Orchestra (Sat., 1–3 p.m.), rock bands from Buzztop Studios Music School (Sat. 3:30–4:30 p.m.), and the Beatles tribute band Toppermost (donations encouraged, Sat. 7–10 p.m.). 1–9 p.m. (Fri.), Noon–10 p.m. (Sat.), & 11 a.m.–6 p.m. (Sun.), St. Joseph Catholic Church grounds, Mast at Territorial, Dexter. Free admission. stjos.com/festival, 426–8483.
Sunday Artisan Market.
Every Sun. Juried market of local handmade arts and crafts, now in its 31st year. 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Farmers Market Pavilion, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913–9622.
Every Sun. All invited to a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Note: 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. HAC-UltimateList@GoogleGroups.com, 846–9418.
“Chapatti”: Michigan Irish Repertory Theatre.
July 15-17, 23, & 24. David Kiley directs this local company in Irish playwright Christian O’Reilly’s 2014 one-act play, set in Dublin, about a depressed dog-owning man who meets an amiable and funny woman who has 19 cats. The Chicago Critic called it a “gentle, sublime and honest script that drills home the need for and the power of human companionship.” Adult themes. Stars David Kiley and Sarah Burcon. 7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sun.), Saline Black Box, 109 Michigan Ave., Saline. Masks & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test) required. Tickets $25. Preregistration encouraged at bit.ly/mirt-chapatti; limited seating. 276–7183.
“Mary Poppins”: Dexter Community Players.
July 15-17 & 22-24. Connor Thomas Rhoades directs local actors in the 1993 Disney musical based on the 1964 film and P.L. Travers’ book about the “practically perfect” magical nanny who transforms the lives of the Banks children in 1910 London. The score includes such favorites as “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “A Spoonful of Sugar,” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” 7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 1 p.m. (Sun.), Dexter High School, 2200 N. Parker Rd., Dexter. Mask required. Tickets $20 (students & seniors, $15) in advance at dextercommunityplayers.com and at the door.
“Sharon Mills Open House Tour”: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.
July 24 & 31. Docent-led tour of historic building and grounds along the River Raisin, which includes a hydroelectric generator that was one of the small-scale facilities throughout southeast Michigan that comprised Henry Ford’s Village Industry project. 1–4 p.m., Sharon Mills County Park, 5701 Sharon Hollow Rd., Manchester. Free. 971–6337.
Interfaith Youthful Spirits Class for Young People: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth
Spiritual class for young people via Zoom. Free, but donations appreciated.
“Dr. Strangelove”: Michigan Theater.
(Stanley Kubrick, 1964). Painfully hilarious Cold War satire. Considered by many to be a masterpiece. Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden. 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.
“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. 8 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed., 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.
Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild.
All invited to listen to guild members swap stories or bring their own to tell. 2–3:30 p.m., for URL preregister at annarborstorytelling.org. Free.
Game Playtesting: Michigame Design Lab.
July 10 & 24. All invited to try out new games from local board and card game designers and provide feedback. 2–6 p.m. Bløm Meadworks, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Proof of vaccination required to sit indoors; outdoor seating available. Free, but purchase of food and drink encouraged. 548–9729.
Union Base Ball Club of Dexter.
This 11-year-old club plays baseball using 1860s-era rules against the Lumber City Base Ball Club of Flint. 2 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church grounds, 6805 Mast at Territorial, Dexter. Free. unionbbc.com.
“How To Become a Fossil”: U-M Natural History Museum Science Forum Demos.
Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demo exploring how fossils form, what parts of animals can become fossilized, and many other fossil-related things. For age 5+. 3 p.m., Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764–0478.
Lezread Book Club.
All queer women invited to discuss Alison Bechdel’s influential and critically acclaimed 2006 memoir in graphic form, Fun Home, as well as Rachel Sharona Lewis’s 2021 Jewish lesbian mystery The Rabbi Who Prayed with Fire. 4–5 p.m. or so, for URL and book see a2LezRead.tumblr.com. Free. 686–4956.
Ann Arbor Go Club.
Every Sun. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game in person. Game materials provided. 5 p.m. until whenever, Bill’s Beer Garden, 218 S. Ashley St., or Conor O’Neill’s, 318 Main St. Check facebook page bit.ly/annarborgo or email Drew at email@example.com before coming. Free.
Lawn Concert: Calvary Presbyterian Church.
Outdoor performance featuring Ukulele Party, a local folk ensemble that, in addition to ukuleles, plays a variety of stringed instruments including banjo, hammered dulcimer, and bass. Followed by classic folk and rock covers by the PJS Vocal Trio. Bring a blanket or chair. 5:30 p.m., Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2727 Fernwood Ave. Free. 249-2854.
Ann Arbor Morris.
Every Sun. All invited to try this boisterous, jingly English ceremonial dance thought to be descended from the 15th-century Spanish moresca. Wear athletic shoes. 6–8 p.m., Ann Arbor Farmers Market, 315 Detroit Street. Free. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or check annarbormorris.org in advance to confirm. 717–1569.
“Sunday Evening Game Night”: Ann Arbor Adventure Club.
Every Sun. An evening of playing popular board games online. You help decide which game to play at the beginning of the night. Have a pencil and paper handy. 7 p.m., for URL email email@example.com. Free.
“The UnClub'': The Theater Shop.
Every Sun. Performances by aspiring and experienced comics from former Tonight Show staff writer Chili Challis’s comedy dojo. Emcee is Mark Sweetman. 8 p.m. The Ypsi Alehouse, 124 Pearl St. #100, Ypsilanti. Mask and vaccination encouraged. Free. facebook.com/thetheatershop.
July 10 & 24. Barn concerts by local groups. BYOB and a small folding chair. Dancing. No tobacco or pets. Tonight: Djangophonique, a local quartet led by guitarist Andrew Brown that plays vintage jazz in the style of gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt’s 1930s Parisian swing by. 7:30 p.m. (doors 7 p.m.), 11300 Island Lake Rd., Dexter. Parking is in neighboring Ruhlig’s Country Market driveway. Full vaccination (or negative Covid test within 72 hours) required. $30 in advance only (space limited), payable via Square at square.link/u/4KZKRR61. firstname.lastname@example.org, 223–2321.