Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in August 2022
August 9, 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.
“Sunrise Nature Hike”: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.
Naturalist Elle Bogle leads a nature walk to explore the forests, wetlands, and grasslands of WCPARC’s newest preserve. 8:30–10 a.m., Dominican Meadows Preserve, 4701 Dixboro Rd. Free. Preregistration required by emailing email@example.com, 971–6337.
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.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com beforehand.
77th Manchester Community Fair.
Aug. 9–13. Carnival midway rides and games (beginning Aug. 10), concessions, tractor pulls, livestock shows, live music, and more. Rides & games open at 3 p.m. (Wed.-Fri.) & 1 p.m. (Sat.); on Friday, “Toddler Time” rides (1-3 p.m.) suitable for age 7 & under. Also, an opening parade (Aug. 9, 6:30 p.m.), an International Demolition Derby (Aug. 10, 7 p.m.), Drag Races (Aug 11, 7 p.m.), a Rodeo (Aug 12, 7 p.m.), Side by Side and Pit Bike Races (Aug 13, 7 p.m.). For complete schedule, see ManchesterFair.org. 5–10 p.m. (Tues.), 2–10 p.m. (Wed. & Thurs.), noon–10 p.m. (Fri.), & 9 a.m.–10 p.m. (Sat.), Alumni Memorial Field, E. Vernon & Wolverine, Manchester. Admission: $7 (kids age 5 & under, free; fair pass, $30). Sat. before 3 p.m., $5. Wristbands for rides, price TBA. 428–8429 (fair week only), ManchesterFair@yahoo.com.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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. email@example.com, 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. firstname.lastname@example.org.
“What to Do about Angry Bees”: Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers.
Seasoned beekeeper and chicken-keeping consultant Melissa Caughey, author of How to Speak Chicken, discusses why and when bees become aggressive and how to deal with them when they do. The program begins with a Q&A. 6:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. email@example.com, A2b2club.org.
“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.
“The Listeners”: Fantasy and Science Fiction/Theory Reading Group: U-M English Department.
All ages 21 & over invited to discuss (via Zoom) James Gunn’s 1968 sci-fi classic about a group of scientists who receive a cryptic message from a distant star system. 7–9 p.m., for URL email firstname.lastname@example.org. Free.
“When We Were Bright and Beautiful”: Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.
Bestselling New Jersey fiction writer Jillian Medoff joins fellow novelist Lacy Crawford to discuss (via Zoom) her new novel, the story of a young woman trying to clear the name of a younger brother accused by his ex-girlfriend of sexual assault in a high profile case. 7 p.m., for URL see literatibookstore.com/event/2022-08. Free. 585–5567.
Bluegrass Jam Circle: Ann Arbor Senior Center.
Aug. 9 & 23. 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. Mask recommended. $5. Depending on the weather, time and venue may change, so please check updates at a2blugrass.com.
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.
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., UAW Local 898, 8975 Textile Rd., Ypsilanti. Mask optional. Free to visitors ($26 monthly dues for those who join). email@example.com, 765–3611.
“Sister Act": Michigan Theater.
Aug. 7 & 9: “Sister Act” (Emile Ardolino, 1992). Whoopi Goldberg stars in this comedy as a Reno lounge singer disguising herself as a nun after witnessing a mob hit. 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.