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Family, Teens, & Kids Stuff - Week of July 26, 2021

Ann Arbor is a family town, and the area provides a host of activities for kids of all ages. Let The Calendar help plan an after-school or weekend excursion.





 
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Monday


July 2021
 10 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. A different local storyteller reads a story TBA to kids ages 2-5.
Online at AADL.tv. Free. 327-4200.


 Time TBA 

20th Annual Golf Classic: Neutral Zone.

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For event updates, see neutral-zone.org/event-list/2021/7/26/nz-golf-classic-2021.
Time, location, & price TBA.


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Summer Carillon Concert Series: U-M School of Music.

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Every Mon., June 21-Aug. 9. Family-friendly concerts by guest musicians. Tonight: U-M School of Music sacred music graduate student Hyojin (Jenna) Moon.
7 p.m., Lurie Tower (July 5 & 12), 1230 Murfin, and Burton Memorial Tower (July 19), 230 N. Ingalls. Free, but preregistration requested at myumi.ch/ZQWvq. [map]


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Tuesday


July 2021
 10 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. A different local storyteller reads a story TBA to kids ages 2-5.
Online at AADL.tv. Free. 327-4200.


 5:30-7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Visual Art Collective/The Neutral Zone.

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Every Tues. Local teens lead a weekly program that features multimedia art shows, visiting artist talks, virtual gallery and museum tours, and more.
For URL see neutral-zone.org/events. Free.


 5:45-7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Zone Hack": The Neutral Zone.

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Every Tues. A local tech professional TBA demonstrates to high schoolers the basics of coding and how to make apps, games, and more. Beginners welcome.
For URL and updates see neutral-zone.org/events. Free.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Trivia Night: Ann Arbor Adventure Club.

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Every Tues. All invited to form teams of 4 or so persons to compete in a 2-round family-friendly trivia contest featuring a range of questions from entertainment and history to pop culture and geography. Solo competitors are matched up together.
For URL email burrbarr7@hotmail.com. Free.


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Wednesday


July 2021
 10 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. A different local storyteller reads a story TBA to kids ages 2-5.
Online at AADL.tv. Free. 327-4200.


 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Dig": Spinning Dot Theatre for the Very Young.

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Detroit-based Spinning Dot Theatre Repertory Company member Monica Kozakiewicz stars as a paleontologist in her one-woman show about a magical dig. Suitable for kids ages 1-5.
Ypsilanti District Library Whittaker, 5577 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti. Free. SpinningDot.org. [map]


 5:45-7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Music Production Basics: The Neutral Zone.

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Every Wed. All high schoolers invited to learn various elements of music. Beginners welcome; no equipment necessary. Topics: "Audio Techniques," (the basics of production, mixing, and mastering), "eMCee Workshop," (the basics of rap, how to compose a verse and match the lyric with the beats, and more), "Songwriting," (write songs and get feedback from peers.)
For URL see neutral-zone.org/events. Free.


 7-7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"A Taste of RPGs": Ann Arbor District Library.

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July 5 & 28 (different programs). AADL staffers demonstrate how to play various role-playing games, including the apocalyptic fantasy game Mörk Borg (July 5) and For the Queen (July 28).
Online at AADL.tv. Free. 327-4200.


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Thursday


July 2021
 8-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Leaderless Walks in Nichols Arboretum": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Every Thurs. All invited to join a walk through the Arb to look for resident flora and fauna.
Meet at the cul-de-sac at the end of Riverview off Geddes; preregistration required at WashtenawAudubon.org/events. Free.


 9 & 11 a.m. 

"Stories in the Shade: Frogs": Hudson Mills Metropark.

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A program of stories and nature-based activities on a frog's life for kids ages 3-5 (accompanied by an adult).
Hudson Mills Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 per kid, preregistration required by 4 p.m. July 27. [map]


 10 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. A different local storyteller reads a story TBA to kids ages 2-5.
Online at AADL.tv. Free. 327-4200.


 4 p.m.  Free!  Online 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Thurs. (different programs) A 30-minute audiovisual planetarium shows (via Zoom), followed by a brief Q&A.

The Solar System (Aug. 5 & 19) is an exploration of our solar system's history culminating in the current night sky.The Sky Tonight (Aug. 12 & 26) explores the current night sky, including the constellations, visible planets, and other astronomical events.

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For URL preregister at lsa.umich.edu/ummnh/visitors/planetarium-dome-theater.html. Free. 764-0478.


 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Beginning Birders": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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WAS members lead a hike and discuss the basic tricks to identifying birds based on habitat, markings, and sounds. Binoculars provided, but bring yours if you have them.
Meet at Argo Park Livery, 1055 Longshore; preregistration required at WashtenawAudubon.org/events. Free. WashtenawAudubon.org. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Vault of Knowledge": Vault of Midnight.

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Every Thurs. Vault of Midnight events head Caleb Wimbrow hosts a live Instagram trivia quiz in which participants post their answers in the comments section. Prizes.
Online at Instagram.com/VaultOfMidnight. Free. 998-1413.


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Friday


July 2021
 10 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. A different local storyteller reads a story TBA to kids ages 2-5.
Online at AADL.tv. Free. 327-4200.


 5:45-7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Loop Nation," "DJ & Turntablism," and "Music Production": The Neutral Zone.

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Every Fri. Local music professionals demonstrate to high schoolers how to loop and layer beats to make songs, work turntables and electronic software, and curate performances. Also, the chance to perform your own music and receive feedback. No equipment necessary.
For URL see neutral-zone.org/events. Free.


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Saturday


July 2021
 Noon-7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"VoM Con": Vault of Midnight.

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A day of livestreamed family-friendly activities to celebrate Vault of Midnight's 25th anniversary. With trivia, drawing with local artists, and a cosplay contest, where kids (1-2 p.m.) and adults (4-5 p.m.) dress up as their favorite anime, manga, or videogame character and compete with other so-called cosplayers before a panel of judges. Also, panel discussions with Vault of Midnight owners (noon-1 p.m.) on the highlights of their years in business, as well as various artists, writers, and publishers TBA (3-4 p.m.) on their work in the comic industry. For complete schedule, see VaultOfMidnight.com/events-add/vom-con.
Livestreamed at Instagram.com, Facebook.com, and YouTube.com (search "Vault of Midnight"). Free. 998-1413.


 2-2:30 p.m. & 4-4:30 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off animals native to Africa (June) and North America (July). Guests invited to view other animals on display, including macaws, sloths, and more. Also, an alligator feeding demo at 3 p.m.
Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 2 & under, free) in advance only at TheCreatureConservancy.org (capacity limited). 929-9324. [map]


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Sunday


August 2021
 All Day  Online 

Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival.

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May 22-Aug. 21. Annual festival of documentary and feature films on Jewish themes.

July 31, 8 p.m.-Aug. 3, 8 p.m.: "They Ain't Ready For Me" (Brad Rothschild, 2020). Documentary about a black rabbinical student who's leading a fight against gun violence on the south side of Chicago.

July 3, 8 p.m.-Aug. 6, 6 p.m.: "Holy Silence" (Steven Pressman, 2020). Documentary on how the Vatican was aided in its response to Nazism by the influence of American priests during WWII.

Aug. 7, 11 p.m.-Aug. 9, 8 p.m.: "Maverick Modigliani" (Valeria Parisi, 2020). Documentary about the short-lived but influential Italian-Jewish expressionist painter and sculptor. Italian, subtitles.

Aug. 10, 8 p.m.-Aug. 13, 6 p.m.: "Crossings" (Itzik Lerner, 2020). Intimate portrait of the Israeli soldiers who stand guard at the checkpoints surrounding Jerusalem. Hebrew, subtitles. Also, a director Q&A on Aug. 15 at 1 p.m.

Aug. 14, 11 p.m.-Aug. 17, 8 p.m.: "Here We Are" (Nir Bergman, 2020). Drama about a father who takes his autistic son's care into his own hands. Hebrew, subtitles.

Aug. 21, 11 p.m.-Aug. 24, 8 p.m.: "Soul Exodus" (Csaba Bereczki, 2016). Documentary following 5 klezmer musicians searching for their roots. Yiddish & Romanian, subtitles.


Online this year at film.jccAnnArbor.org. $12 per film (Michigan Theater Foundation members, $10). 971-0990.
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 10-11:30 a.m.  Online 

"Rescue Reading": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Every Sun. All ages 6-11 invited to read to adoptable animals. Also, a group read-aloud, and a talk on humane education. Masks required, social distancing enforced.
Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill. $10. Preregistration required at hshv.org. 661-3575. [map]


 1-5p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off animals native to Australia (2 & 4 p.m.), including the dingo, carpet python, emu, and more. Also, an alligator feeding (3 p.m., weather permitting) and the chance to see the conservancy's other animals. Masks required for unvaccinated guests.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; under age 2, free) in advance at TheCreatureConservancy.org; at the door, $11 (kids ages 2-12, $9; under age 2, free). 929-9324. [map]


 1:30 p.m. 

"Empire Strikes Back": Michigan Theater.

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(George Lucas, 1980). Amid a blossoming romance between Princess Leia and Han Solo, Luke meets Yoda, and Darth Vader reveals his identity.
Movie tickets $10.50 (children under 12, students, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8:50; MTF members, $8) in advance online (recommended) & at the door.


 2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Kerry Tales with Mother Goose."

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5-10 minute-long livestream program of rhymes, riddles, & stories with local storyteller Trudy Bulkley as Mother Goose.
Online at YouTube.com (search "Kerrytales by Mother Goose"). Free. Contact@Kerrytown.com. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Sunday Evening Game Night": Ann Arbor Adventure Club.

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Every Sun. An evening of playing popular games online. You help decide which game to play at the beginning of the night. Have a pencil and paper ready to use.
For URL email burrbarr7@hotmail.com. Free.



Canceled and Postponed Events:

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Monday


July 2021
 5-6:15 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Canceled in Aug. 2021: Spinning Dot Theatre: The Neutral Zone.

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Spinning Dot staffers lead teens in various theater games, short play readings, and more.
For URL see neutral-zone.org/events. Free.






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