Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in October 2022
October 5, 2022
“Holiday Observances”: Ann Arbor Jewish Cultural Society.
Sept. 25 & 26 and Oct. 4 & 5. All invited to this secular Rosh Hashanah observance (Sept. 25, 7 p.m., JCC) celebrating the Jewish New Year with readings, meditation, and music. Also, a free Tashlich observance (Sept. 26, 4 p.m., Island Park, off Maiden Ln. between Broadway and Fuller; reservations required) features a secular ceremony celebrating the Jewish New Year with participants encouraged to “let go of shortcomings” by tossing flower petals into the river. The Kol Nidre observance (Oct. 4, 7 p.m., JCC) includes time for reflection while listening to haunting melodies. Yom Kippur (Oct. 5, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.) brings the Jewish New Year to a close with a ceremony and final breaking of the fast. Various times, JCC (except as noted), 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. $25 (students, $10; family, $50) per observance, $50 (students, $25; family, $100) for all 3 observances. No one is turned away because of inability to pay. Registration required at jewishculturalsociety.org. 975–9872.
“Pickleball”: Purple Rose Theatre Company.
Every Wed.–Sun., Sept. 30–Dec. 17. Rhiannon Ragland directs the world premiere of actor-playwright (and Purple Rose founder) Jeff Daniels’ comedy about America’s fastest growing sport. Four below-average players try to overcome their own limitations to achieve greatness in a game that has nothing to do with pickles. Daniels’ wife became addicted to the game, which Daniels described in a 2021 interview as “half-court basketball for elderly people.” Cast: Ryan Carlson, Kate Thomsen, Lynch Travis, Jonathan West, and Caitlin Cavannaugh. 3 p.m. (Wed., Thurs., & Sat.), 8 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.). Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $34–$52 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.
“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.
Magic: The Gathering Game Play: Sylvan Factory.
Every Sat., Mon., Wed., & Fri. All invited to play various forms of the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering. Intro to Magic: The Gathering (Sat. noon–3 p.m.), free. Commander Pods, casual groups of 4 players (Sat. 6–10 p.m.), free. Just Another Modern Monday power cards (Mon. 6–9 p.m.), $10. Casual Commander, the most popular form of the game (Wed. 5–8 p.m.), free. Friday Night Magic rotating draft (Fri. 6–10 p.m.), cost varies. Prizes paid in store credit. Various times. Sylvan Factory, 2459 W. Stadium. email@example.com, 929–5877.
Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.
Every Mon.–Fri. 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. & Oct. 11, 7 p.m. (Westgate). Free. 327–4200.
U-M Museum of Natural History Planetarium & Dome Theater.
Daily. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages. Expedition Reef (11:30 a.m.) reveals the secrets of coral reefs, the “rainforests of the sea” that are the Earth’s most vibrant and endangered marine ecosystems. The Sky Tonight (12:30 & 2:30 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 (1:30 p.m.) immerses viewers in the wonders of Mayan science, examining how Mayan 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, MNH, 1105 North University. $8. Limited capacity. 764–0478.
Country Fair: Wiard’s Orchards.
Every Sat. & Sun., Sept. 10–Oct. 30 and Wed.–Fri., Sept. 23–Oct. 28. A carnival atmosphere with a variety of family-oriented fall activities on this family farm. Wagon rides, a petting farm, a corn maze, and more. On Sat. & Sun. for an extra charge, an apple cannon, paintball, apple or pumpkin picking, and other activities available. Cider and donuts available. No pets. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.) and 10 a.m.–6 p.m. (Wed.–Fri.), Wiard’s Orchards, 5565 Merritt Rd. (east of Carpenter), Ypsilanti. Weekend admission: $23.50 (babies under 2, free). Weekday admission: $17.50 (babies, free) online only at wiards.com. 390–9211.
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
Painting Salon: Pittsfield Township Community Center
Painting Salon, no instructor, bring your own materials (Wed. 10-11:30 a.m.). Pittsfield Township Community Center (701 W. Ellsworth, 822-2120, recreation.pittsfield-mi.gov). Free. Check meeting status before coming.Free.
“Tiny Tails Story Time”: Humane Society of Huron Valley.
Oct. 5, 12, 19, & 26 (10:30–11:30 a.m.). Stories, crafts, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats. For kids ages 2–5, accompanied by an adult. Tiny Lions Lounge, 5245 Jackson Rd., ste. A1. $7 per kid (babies under age 1, free). Preregistration required at tickettailor.com/events/hshv, firstname.lastname@example.org, 661–3575.
Book Club: Pittsfield Township Community Center
Book Club, call 822-2120 for book title (Wed., Oct. 5, 10:30-11:30 a.m.). Pittsfield Township Community Center (701 W. Ellsworth, 822-2120, recreation.pittsfield-mi.gov). Free. Check meeting status before coming.Free.
Chime Concert: Kerrytown Market & Shops.
Every Sat., Wed., & Fri. 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. 10:30–11 a.m. (Sat.) & Noon–12:30 p.m. (Fri. & Wed.). Kerrytown Market. Free. ofGlobal@aol.com.
Weekly Luncheon: Ann Arbor Rotary Club
Weekly Luncheon Meeting of the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor. Lunch if you wish is $11.50
We will be having a fellow colleague of ours from Canada, Bruce Ross, speak to the Rotary Club of AnnArbor on his inspiring story: Breaking Free From Depression’s Grip.
Bruce has been actively engaged in our Rotary District 6380 Mental Health Campaign: Stop The Stigma- Don’t Bottle It Up.
Join us on Zoom at 12:45 PM (Eastern Standard Time) on Wednesday, October 5th by clicking:
If you are near Ann Arbor, please join us at our meeting facility at the University of Michigan Student Union’s Anderson Room on 530 S State Street, Ann Arbor at 12:15 PM- and ask for Collyer Smith.
Bruce’s story is inspiring! It will help us better understand those that have anxiety and depression.
We hope to see email@example.com. a2rotary.org.
“A2SC Trivia Live!”: Ann Arbor Senior Center.
All invited to form (or join) a team of 4 or 5 persons to compete in a 2-round online trivia contest. Questions geared towards ages 55 & up, but all ages welcome. Prizes (pickup only). Online at bit.ly/a2seniortrivia, passcode: 194912. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, 794–6250.
Bingo: Pittsfield Township Community Center
Bingo, $1 per card (Wed. 1-2:30 p.m.). Pittsfield Township Community Center (701 W. Ellsworth, 822-2120, recreation.pittsfield-mi.gov). Free. Check meeting status before coming.$1 per card.
“The Horrors of Adana: Revolution and Violence in the Early Twentieth Century”: U-M Center for Armenian Studies.
University of Nebraska Middle East history professor Bedross Der Matossian discusses the 1909 massacres in Adana, now part of Turkey. 4–7 p.m., 555 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Also via livestream. For URL, see bit.ly/adana10-6. Free. 764–0622.
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.
“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. Free. 548–9729.
Ann Arbor Bridge Club.
Every Wed. (except Oct. 12). All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. Bring a partner if you can. If you plan to come without a partner, call in advance or arrive 20 minutes early. No refreshments. 7–10:30 p.m., Walden Hills clubhouse, 2114 Pauline east of Maple. (Park in the designated spaces in the lot on the north side of Pauline.) $6 per person. 945–6021.
Jim Bizer, Dan Bracken & Kyle Rasche: On the Tracks Singer-Songwriter Showcase.
Detroit-area urban folk singer-songwriter Bizer, songwriter and finger-style guitarist Bracken, and Michigan indie-folk songwriter Rasche perform together and separately. 7–9 p.m. (doors, 6:30), Chelsea Depot, 125 Jackson Rd., Chelsea. $20 suggested donation. Info: onthetrackschelsea.com, or call Annie Capps at 330–5226.
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: Tumbao Bravo: Blue LLama Jazz Club
Critically acclaimed Cuban jazz combo TUMBAO BRAVO “brings a high level of comfort and experience with Afro Cuban music…a colorful and exciting repertoire.” (Chip Boaz, Latin Jazz Corner). In addition to being a multi-time Detroit Music Award winner for Best Jazz Recording and Best World Music Band, this combo has performed at all the major Michigan jazz/music festivals, from Detroit to Lansing to Wheatland.314 S. Main St , Ann Arbor. Pre-Pay Cover at opentable.com. $10. email@example.com. 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). Mask required. Also livestream; for URL see annarborktc.org. Free. 678–7549.
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.
Visitors Night: Ann Arbor Model Railroad Club.
The chance to see club trains whizzing around on the club’s big, elaborate layout, housed in a depot restored by the club. 7:30–10 p.m., Michigan Central depot, 3487 Broad, Dexter. Free. Mask required. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictorial History of Aircraft That Served Willow Run”: Yankee Air Museum Historic Presentation Night.
Local commercial pilot Tom Livesey discusses the early history of the passenger flight at Willow Run Airport, as well as its automotive cargo era. 7:35 p.m., YAM, Willow Run Airport (off Ecorse from Beck Road via I-94 exit 190), Ypsilanti. $10 (members, free). 483-4030.
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 7 p.m. by a lesson. 8–10 p.m., check facebook.com/groups/swingannarbor for U-M campus location. Mask and proof of vaccination (with booster) required. $5 (free for members and those who attend the lesson). swingannarbor.com.