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Every Wed. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 19 miles or more along gravel country roads.
9 a.m. (Apr.-June) & 8 a.m. (July), Trinity Presbyterian Church parking lot, Gotfredson Rd. at Ann Arbor-Plymouth Rd. Free. 248-437-5067, 663-5060, 663-8980, 482-5103.
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Moderate-paced 40-mile ride to Chelsea or Whitmore Lake and beyond.
10 a.m. (Apr.), 9 a.m. (May-July), Bird Hills Park parking lot, Newport Rd. Free. 649-9762.
Aug. 13-15 (different programs). Three evenings of chamber music concerts, in conjunction with the PhoenixPhest! music student workshops. Program TBA.
8 p.m. (Aug. 13 & 14) & 9:30 a.m. (Aug. 15), KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15. Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
Stories and songs in Spanish and English for kids ages 2-5.
11–11:30 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475–8732. [map]
Daily (except July 4) beginning July 1. Five different audiovisual planetarium shows. The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. Sat., 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun., and 11:30 & 3:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.) is an exploration of the current night sky. The Little Star That Could (12:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.) is about an average yellow star on a search for a planet of its own to warm who meets other stars on the way and learns about the Solar System. Larry Cat in Space (12:30 p.m. Sat.) is a playful cartoon about an inquisitive cat that learns more than it wanted to know about life in space when it stows away on a shuttle to be with its owner, a scientist on her way to the Moon. Sun, Earth, and Moon (2:30 p.m. Sat. in July) explores the reasons the constellations in the night sky change throughout the year and the moon changes its phase and place in the sky. MarsQuest (2:30 p.m. Sat. in Aug.), narrated by Star Trek star Patrick Stewart, is about the history of the Red Planet and the reasons for our interest in it. Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope (2:30 Sun. in July) explores how telescopes work and what they can do. Light Years from Andromeda (2:30 Sun. in Aug.) is an audiovisual show narrated by Star Trek actor Michael Dorn that shows the changes that occurred on Earth during the 2.8 million years it took a light beam to travel from Andromeda..
Various times, Exhibit Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764–0478. [map]
Daily, except Thurs., through Oct. 31. A variety of local performers. Today: band TBA
Noon-2 p.m., Liberty Plaza, E. Liberty at S. Division. Free. 665-8001.
All ages invited to join a discussion of a book at a2gov.org/senior. Oct. 17: The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera’s novel of ideas set among Czech artists and intellectuals in the wake of the suppression of the 1968 Prague Spring by the Soviet army.Nov. 21: State of Wonder, Ann Patchett’s novel about a pharmaceutical research scientist’s search for her former mentor who disappeared developing a valuable new drug in the Amazon jungle. Dec. 19: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander's influential book about ways in which our system of mass incarceration has come to resemble systems of racial control from a different era. Jan. 16: TBA..
12:30-2 p.m., Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]
Programs presented by Hudson Mills naturalists Jennifer Hollenbeck and Raejean Uehline. June 17: “Fishing with Dad” (1-3 p.m.). Kids invited to meet at the park’s Rapids View Area to go fishing with their dads. License required for those 18 & over. June 23: "Amazing Amphibians” (11 a.m.). Display and discussion of live specimens of frogs, toads, and salamanders, followed by a hike to a pond to look for amphibians in their natural habitat. July 7 (7:30 a.m.): “Bird Hike.” Bring binoculars and a field guide. July 14 (11 a.m.): “Kids Insect Hunt.” All kids age 2-10 invited to look for and learn about some of the insects that inhabit Hudson Mills. July 15 (1-3 p.m.): “Fishing Fun.” All kids invited to try fishing.July 28 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.): “A Dog Day of Summer.” All invited to bring their dog for training clinics, herding demos, doggie contests, tips from local vets, and more. $2 (dogs free). Aug. 4 (7:30 a.m.): “Bird Hike.” Bring binoculars and a field guide. Aug. 5 (1-3 p.m.): “Fishing Fun.” All kids invited to try fishing.Aug. 11 (7:45 a.m.): “Huron River Clean-Up.” All invited to help clean up the Huron River by canoe. Those under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Lunch provided. FREE. Aug. 12 (1 p.m.): “Kids in the Creek .” All kids invited to collect and observe some of the large and small inhabitants of the Huron River ecosystem. Wear boots and be prepared to get your feet wet. Sept. 1 (7:30 a.m.): “Bird Hike.” Bring binoculars and a field guide. .
Various times, park activity center (for fishing events, meet at the Rapids View Area), 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. The Huron River Clean-Up begins and ends at Dexter-Huron Metropark parking lot (near the tollbooth), Huron River Dr. (about 1/2 mile east of Mast Rd.), Dexter. $3 unless other wise noted. Preregistration required. For all fishing events, tackle (including poles) and bait provided, or bring your own. $5 vehicle entrance fee. 426–8211. [map]
Leslie Science & Nature Center staff show how to observe physical structure, feather type, and wing shape to determine various ways predators fly, soar, and drive to survive.
1-2 & 3-4 p.m., AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
Every Wed.-Sun., June 21-Sept. 1. Michelle Mountain directs Ernest Thompson’s drama about a crabby retired professor and his touchy grown daughter who struggle to come to terms with their frayed relationship on the occasion of his 80th birthday at the family cabin in Maine. Cast: Ian Bejster, David Daoust, Richard Henzel, John Peakes, Jan Radcliff, Rhiannon Ragland, Milo Tucker-Meyer, Tom Whalen.
8 p.m. (Aug. 28 and every Wed.-Sat. except July 11 & 25 and Aug. 8 & 22), 3 p.m. ( July 5 & 26 and Aug. 9 & 23 and every Wed., & Sat. except July 4, and), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. June 21-28 previews: $20 (Wed. & Thurs.), $25 (Fri. eves. & weekend matinees), & $40 (Sat. eve.). After June 28: Tickets $25 (Wed. & Thurs.), $35 (Fri. eves. & weekend matinees), & $40 (Sat. eves.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
(Olivier Nakache & Eric Toledano, 2011). Comedic drama about an aristocratic quadriplegic hires a young man from the projects to be his caretaker. French, subtitles.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7). 668-TIME. michtheater.org. [map]
(Benh Zeitlin, 2012). Apocalyptic drama about a young girl who goes in search of her mother in the midst of a crumbling world in which the polar ice caps have melted and released prehistoric creatures.
Michigan Theater. Tickets $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7). 668-TIME, michtheater.org. [map]
Aug. 1, 8, & 15. All invited for a yoga session. Bring water, a yoga mat or beach towel, and bug spray.
5:15 p.m., meet at the Arb Reader Center, 1610 Washington Hts. Free. Preregistration requested at mbgna.umich.edu. 647-7600. [map]
Every Tues. Apr. 3-Oct. 29. Fast/moderate-paced 30-mile ide through Milan to the area around Britton-Macon.
5:30 p.m., meet at Saline municipal parking lot, Ann Arbor Rd. south of US-12, Saline. Free. 747-1862.
Every Wed. Moderate/fast-paced 25-mile ride and slow-paced ride, 13-18 miles, to the Dexter Dairy Queen and back. Now in its 36th year, this ride is a favorite with newcomers and casual riders.
6 p.m. (May-Sept.) & 5:30 p.m. (Apr. & Oct.) sharp, meet at at Paladin (formerly Sweepster) parking lot, 2800 N. Zeeb Rd. Free. 426-5116 (longer ride), 665-4552 & 761-2659 (shorter ride). [map]
Every Sun. & Tues.-Fri. All invited to compete in tournaments of this popular collectible card game using standard constructed (Sun. & Thurs.), Elder Dragon Highlander (Tues.), Legacy (Wed.), and booster draft (Fri.) decks. Prizes. Bring your own cards (except Fri.).
6 p.m. (Tues.-Fri.) & 1 p.m. (Sun.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (Tues., free; Fri., $15 includes cards). 786-3746. [map]
Every Wed., July 11-Aug. 15. Comics artist Jerzy Drozd, a contributing editor to the online comics anthology sugaryserials.com, leads adults and teens in grade 9 & up in a series of 6 weekly programs exploring illustration and storytelling strategies used by professional cartoonists to create graphic novels, manga and comics.
6-8 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
Local magician Ming Louie presents a kid-friendly magic show to celebrate the end of the library’s summer programs.
6:30 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]
Kerrie Ferrell, daughter of Hall of Fame catcher Rick Ferrell, gives a humorous slide-illustrated lecture about her father’s long career as coach, scout, general manager and vice president of the Detroit Tigers from 1950 to 1982.
6:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]
All invited to discuss 97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement, Jane Ziegelman’s book about the eating habits of early-20th-century immigrants living in New York City’s Lower East Side.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]
Aug. 15-19. Local kids present an abridged version of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s campy musical black comedy about a carnivorous plant that grows to ferocious proportions.
7:30 p.m. (Aug. 15-18) & 2 p.m. (Aug. 19), Children’s Creative Center, 1600 Pauline (at Kay Pkwy. east of Stadium). Tickets $50 for Aug. 15 benefit show & $15 (students & seniors, $10) for Aug. 16-19 in advance and at the door. 769-0019. [map]
Veteran local folksinger with a clear, strong voice who sings traditional and contemporary folk-rock, country-folk, and gospel tunes.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $13.50 in advance at Herb David Guitar Studio, the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com), and theark.org; and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
This Detroit-based jazz ensemble, led by saxophonist Elliot, blends contemporary jazz idioms with hip-hop and R&B influences.
8 p.m., UMMA Forum, 525 S. State. Free. 763-UMMA. [map]
Every Wed. Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner needed. Bring casual or nicer shoes that stay on your feet when you’re active. Preceded by beginning Lindy hop (7 p.m.) and beginning swing (8 p.m.) lessons.
9-11 p.m., Michigan League Vandenburg Room (Aug. 1, 8, & 15) & Ballroom (Aug. 22), & U-M Mason Hall Rooms 3437 & 3330 (Aug. 29). $5 (students, $4) includes lessons. 945-8428. [map]
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