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Festivals, Fairs, Shows, & Sales - Week of April 22, 2019

There's plenty of art and art fairs in Ann Arbor those other 361 days a year. A busy museum and gallery circuit provides many openings and shows to choose from. Each month you'll find antique shows, charity sales, and community festivals.

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April 2019
 6-9 p.m. 

Dexter Quartermania: Columbus Ladies Auxiliary.

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A cross between a live auction and a raffle in which participants bid 1-4 quarters on items in order to be eligible to win them in a raffle. Proceeds benefit the St. Louis Center (Chelsea) for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The first hour is a sale with 20 vendors. Auction begins at 7 p.m. This month's themes are gardening and local farmers markets.
6-9 p.m., Columbus Hall & Banquet Center, 8265 Dexter-Chelsea Rd., Dexter. Free admission. 426-5558. [map]



April 2019
 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Mother's Day Book Signing and Scarf Sale at Teaspressa: Teaspressa and Lauren Friedman.

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Your Mother's Day shopping is secured!
A copy, or the whole set, of Lauren Friedman's "50 Ways to Wear" (Chronicle Books) series is the perfect gift for all the important mother figures in your life, particularly when paired with a luxurious scarf. Join Lauren and Ellen of Scarves by Ellen at Teaspressa in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Friday, April 26th from 6 - 8pm for a book signing of 50 Ways to Wear a Scarf, 50 Ways to Wear Denim, and 50 Ways to Wear Accessories, and shop a gorgeous selection of silk scarves.
Teaspressa, 414 South Main Street #115b. Free. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Game Night at the Museum": Michigan Firehouse Museum.

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Bingo, trivia, and a battle of the sexes. Casual dinner & cash bar. 50/50 raffle & door prize.
7-10 p.m., Michigan Firehouse Museum, 110 Cross, Ypsilanti. Tickets $30 ($50 per couple) in advance at 547-0663. [map]



April 2019
 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Friends at the Front Porch Spring Sale.

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Apr. 27 & 28. Juried show and sale of works by Michigan artists and crafters, including handwoven textiles, jewelry, ceramics, book arts, and more. Also, a chance to explore a weaving studio.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-5 p.m. (Sun.), 1219 Traver. Free admission. 662-7134. [map]

 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

Use Bike Sale: Common Cycle.

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Common Cycle, Ann Arbor's non-profit bicycle co-op, will hold a spring used bicycle sale at their workshop at 416 W. Huron St. #11 in Ann Arbor.
The sale will include operating used bikes, some incomplete bike projects, bike parts and bike accessories including a few bicycle utility trailers.
Bicycles are available from $20 to $200. All have been evaluated and repaired, as needed, by Common Cycle volunteer mechanics.
Proceeds will go to fund Common Cycle's education and refugee bicycle programs.
Common Cycle is an all volunteer, non-profit that has been in operating since 2010. Now operating at their physical location Common Cycle offers classes, open workshops, Women/Trans/Femme events and other events throughout the year. Common Cycle supplies bicycles to established social service agencies for their clients in need.
Common Cycle workshop, 416 W. Huron St. #11. Free. [map]

 1-5 p.m.  Free! 

"11th Annual Midwest Literary Walk": Chelsea District Library.

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Readings by 3 writers at different Chelsea locations. The lineup includes celebrated L.A.-based Chicano writer Luis Rodriguez (2:30 p.m., Chelsea Depot), this year's Chelsea District Library Artist-in-Residence, National Book Award finalist Min Jin Lee (1 p.m., First Congregational Church, 121 E. Middle), whose sprawling family epic Pachinko an NPR reviewer calls "the kind of book that can open your eyes and fill them with tears at the same time," and Anissa Gray, whose debut novel, The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls, is a family drama about 3 sisters, one of whom is arrested along with her socially prominent husband.
1-5 p.m., various downtown locations, Chelsea. Free.

 4 p.m. 

"The Amazing Race": Cancer Support Community Fundraiser.

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All invited to form (or join) teams of 4 to compete in this scavenger hunt throughout town. Followed at 7 p.m. by a post-race party with refreshments, entertainment, and prizes.
4 p.m., Atria Park Business Center, 2008 Hogback. $50 per person in advance at, 975-2500. [map]



April 2019
 8 a.m.-3 p.m. 

39th Annual Classic Bicycle Show & Swap Meet.

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Show, swap, and sale featuring more than 10,000 classic, vintage, and collectible bikes. Awards for numerous categories, including the best bike from each decade 1930-1970. More than 250 vendors with bicycle parts, accessories, and memorabilia from every era. Door prizes, including at least 4 new collector bikes.
8 a.m.-3 p.m., Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $5 (kids age 9 & under, free). (248) 642-6639. [map]

 Noon-4 p.m.  Free! 

Earth Day Festival: City of Ann Arbor.

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Family-oriented festival with live raptors and amphibians & reptiles, hands-on craft activities, guided hikes to Black Pond, green building and commuting displays, a children's storytime (12:45-1:45 p.m.) with readings by local writer Meg Gower from her nature books, a performance of environmental songs and stories by local singer-songwriter Joe Reilly (2:45 p.m.), and more. Also, exhibits by more than 40 local environmental, nonprofit, and governmental organizations, and educational presentations on a variety of sustainability topics. Also, all invited to come dressed as their favorite animal to join an "All Species Parade" (2:15 p.m.). Face painting. Light concessions from Cosa Sabrosa, Ray's Red Hots, and Hero or Villain food trucks. All encouraged to ride bikes to the festival.
Noon-4 p.m., Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. Free. 794-6627. [map]

 Noon-5 p.m. 

Friends at the Front Porch Spring Sale.

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Apr. 27 & 28. Juried show and sale of works by Michigan artists and crafters, including handwoven textiles, jewelry, ceramics, book arts, and more. Also, a chance to explore a weaving studio.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-5 p.m. (Sun.), 1219 Traver. Free admission. 662-7134. [map]

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Stone School Heritage Celebration": Stone School Cooperative Preschool.

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Family-friendly festival with lawn games, an Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra instrument petting zoo, make-and-take art projects, West African dance class (1 p.m.), a "Fun with Theatre" class (2 p.m.), tours of the historic Ticknor House, and more. Raffle with more than 30 prizes. Cocoa and treats from Bearclaw Coffee Co. available.
1-4 p.m., Cobblestone Farm, 2781 Packard. Free admission. 794-6230. [map]

 2 p.m. 

Celtic 'n Folk Fest.

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Celtic'n Folk Fest in support Doctors without Borders of will be held on Sunday, April 28th from 2pm until 10pm at Conor O'Neill's traditional Irish pub and restaurant located at 318 S. Main Street in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
There will be two stages of music and dance. Performers who have donated their time and talent are:
Kitty Donohue, Siobhan and Terence McKinney,The RFD Boys, Eddie McGlinchey, The Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic, The Ardan School of Irish Dance, Finvarra's Wren, The Motor City Dance Company, El Alma Espanola, Kenneth and Marion MacCloud, Cameron Rankin, The MacNeil family, John Freeman and the Codgers, Aaron Jonah Lewis and friends, The Scottish Pipers, Marty Somberg and the Conor O'Neill's session group,Michael Gavin, Rachel Pearson, Sean Gavin and Mick Gavin. Donations accepted at the event. All proceeds to Doctors without Borders. Checks payable to Doctors without borders
Conor O'Neill's, 318 S Main Street. Donation. 3135373489. [map]

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