Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in September 2022
September 20, 2022
“Rain Garden and Wet Meadow Planting”: City of Ann Arbor Give 365 Volunteer and Outreach Program.
Sept. 21, 23, 24, & 28. All invited to plant native flowers and weed. Wear long pants, and sturdy closed-toed shoes; bring water; tools and gloves provided. Burns Park (Sept. 21, 10 a.m.–noon). Veterans Memorial Park (Sept. 23, 10 a.m.–noon). Buhr Park Wet Meadow (Sept. 24, 9–11 a.m.). Northside Community Center (Sept. 28, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.). Various times and locations. Free. Preregistration required at bit.ly/a2loveapark9-22, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 794–6445.
“Love a Park Days”: City of Ann Arbor Give 365 Volunteer and Outreach Program.
Sept. 2, 4, 9, 17, 20, & 22. All invited to plant native flowers, pick up trash, weed playgrounds, spread woodchips, and help city staffers with other minor beautification projects. Wear long pants, and sturdy closed-toed shoes; bring water; tools and gloves provided. Bromley Park (Sept. 2, 3–5 p.m.). Sylvan Park (Sept. 4, 1–3 p.m.). Windemere Park (Sept. 9, 3–5 p.m.). Sugarbush Park (Sept. 17, 3–5 p.m.). Bandemer Park (Sept. 20, 8:30–10 a.m.). Arbor Oaks Park (Sept. 22, 3–5 p.m.). Various locations. Free. Preregistration required at bit.ly/a2loveapark9-22, email@example.com, or 794–6445.
“Sensory Story Time”: Humane Society of Huron Valley
Sept. 20 (10–11 a.m.). Stories, sensory play, and a tour of the shelter. Also, a chance to make a toy or treat for the animals. For autistic and other neurodivergent kids ages 2–5 (but all children welcome), accompanied by an adult. $5 (babies under age 1, free). HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $5 per kid. Preregistration required at tickettailor.com/events/hshv, firstname.lastname@example.org, 661–3575.$5 per kid.
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.
Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library
Every Tues. Half hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2–5 (with caregiver). Tues. 11 a.m. (Downtown). Free. 327–4200.Free.
Journey of Self-Discovery (Artwork of Richard Moizio): Digital Media Commons
Gallery Event, September 19 through 30. To experience an interesting piece of art is to feel ALIVE. It propels one out of reality (for a moment) and transcends the spirit to a special place much like a spiritual awakening or an encounter with God.
I am interested in the creative process even more than the final product. The process of art making is therapeutic and one of self-discovery. It is a chance to play like a child and to allay fears/worries and to lose the confines of the world around you. It offers you a chance to dream, dance and explore unknown worlds.
This exhibit is mainly focused on this creative process which I call the ‘Journey of Self-Discovery. Each painting has been created according to this process. Mindfulness is the goal.
We all see things from different angles based on our own individual experiences. I encourage you to look at things from your own perspective – each piece invites you to consider your own viewpoint, a chance to let go and experience some unique personal other-worldly environments. Enjoy.
For more information, please visit: http://www.richmoizio.com/Duderstadt Center Gallery, 2281 Bonisteel Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48109. N/A. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org. https://www.dc.umich.edu/2022/08/08/journey-of-self-discovery/. 734-763-0606.
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.
U-M Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies Noon Lecture Series.
Sept. 20 & 27. Talks by national and global scholars. Sept. 20: U-M Chinese studies postdoc Peter Braden discusses different kinds of animal research in the 1950s in “Trips and Traps: How Rodents in China and America Experienced the Korean War.” Sept. 27: U-M Tibetan Buddhism professor Sangseraima Ujeed on the 17th-century Mongol assimilation of Tibetan Buddhism in “Reincarnations of Power Amongst the Mongols: From Möngke Tengri to the Śiditü Lama.” Noon–1 p.m., 1010 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. email@example.com, 764–6308.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com 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.
“Fall Friends”: Pittsfield Township Parks and Recreation
Sept. 20 (1:30–3 p.m.). A township naturalist leads a walk in the fall woods for kids ages 5–12 to look for migrating birds and signs of mammals and insects preparing for winter. Dress for the weather and bring water. Pavilion 3, Lillie Park South, 4365 Platt Rd. $15 (Pittsfield residents, $10). Preregistration required at recreation.pittsfield-mi.gov or 822–2120.$15 (Pittsfield residents, $10).
“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. firstname.lastname@example.org, 929–5877. sylvanfactory.com/event-schedule.
“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. 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.
National Voter Registration Day Reading: Literati Bookstore/Ann Arbor District Library.
Readings by Minneapolis-based novelist (and former U-M creative writing director) Charles Baxter, U-M creative writing professor Jacinda Townsend, and fellow U-M fiction professor Peter Ho Davies. Part of Book The Vote, a voter registration initiative by Writers for Democratic Action. 6:30 p.m., AADL Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 585–5567.
“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.
“Jeepers Creepers Reborn”: Fathom Events.
(Timo Vuorensola, 2022). Horror sequel about a young couple who encounter a supernatural stalker while attending a horror festival. 7 p.m. Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter, 973–8424), Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline, 316–5500). Different times. For updated schedule, see FathomEvents.com/events. $12.50 (unless otherwise noted) in advance online (recommended) & at the door.
Accidentally Hip: Blue LLama Jazz Club
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, email@example.com.
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., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Drive. 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.
Polka Jam Session: American Legion Hall.
All accordion players and other musicians invited to play polkas and waltzes and other ethnic and old-time music. 7–9 p.m., American Legion Hall, 44 Wabash St. (south off Main), Milan. Free. 529–3903.
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. 7–8:30 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). email@example.com, 765–3611.
“8000 Miles”: Huron Valley Sierra Club.
Bicyclist Suzette Wanninkhof talks about her bike ride, in memory of her brother, from the Arctic Ocean coast in Alaska to Key West. 7:30–9 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Also on Zoom at bit.ly/sierraclub092022. Free; metered parking. HVG@Michigan.SierraClub.org, 647–7600.
Blato Zlato: Kerrytown Concert House.
This New Orleans-based Balkan music collective performs traditional Bulgarian, Megrelian, and Macedonian folk songs and haunting, lively originals that weave traditional Eastern European folk music with Louisiana Cajun and zydeco influences. Intensely swirling 3-part vocal harmonies are backed by an ensemble of fiddle, accordion, upright bass, and tapan (a Balkan drum) playing in odd-metered rhythms and minor keys. 7:30 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Mask required. Livestream available. $29–$50 (students, $19) in advance online and at the door. kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769–2999.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.