Life in Ann Arbor

10/01/18 – 10/20/18 – Halloween Costume Drop-Off · all AADL locations

Starting October 1st, drop off your gently used, clean Halloween costumes to any Library location. Then, on Sunday, October 21 from 3:00–4:30 pm in the Downtown Multi-Purpose Room, come pick out a new costume for the year at our Halloween Costume Swap. This is a wonderful chance to save money, clear your closet, and pick…

10/07/18 – 10/31/18 – Nature Storytime at the Leslie Science & Nature Center

Outdoor environments are a great way to engage all of your toddler’s developing senses, and get a bit of exercise!  Join our expert staff as we explore and appreciate the outdoors, including live animal visits, hikes, stories, and age-appropriate hands-on activities. Each session includes indoor and outdoor activities – so make sure to dress for…

10/16/18 – Tummy Times at the Westgate Branch

Parents and babies up to 12 months · Are you a new or expecting parent? Do you want to get out of the house and meet other parents sharing the same new baby experiences? Come meet other new parents, enjoy a drink from Sweetwaters at Westgate and relax while your child has fun engaging with…

10/16/18 – Wool Gathering at the Westgate Branch

Grade 6–Adult · Bring your knit and crochet projects for an afternoon of fiber-inspired companionship. Wool gathering is a place to learn a new art form, troubleshoot your latest tangles, enjoy the camaraderie of crafting with your neighbors, get to the next step on that lingering project or share your expertise with the uninitiated!  Spinners…

10/16/18 – 10/20/18 – Edgefest 22 at the Kerrytown Concert House

Chicago-Out Kind of Town is the 22nd edition of this annual internationally acclaimed creative avant/jazz music festival presented by Kerrytown Concert House (KCH) each October. The four-day festival will have a unifying purpose: to celebrate and explore new music created by musicians whose artistry developed within the complex urban space of Chicago. A roster of…

10/17/18 – Rounding Out Your Portfolio Heading to College at the Westgate Branch

Grade 9-Adult.   Whitney Keenes, Counselor, Earlham College, Indiana presents this topic as part of the College Comes to You series. The Ann Arbor Public Schools present College Comes to You, an outreach program on timely topics for high school juniors, seniors and their parents. At each event, a college administrator will speak on a different…

10/17/18 – Letterpress Lab at the Downtown Library Secret Lab

This weekly lab will introduce you to the process and the materials for printing by hand on a cylinder proof press and small platen press. AADL staff will show you the basics and we’ll explore more advanced printing techniques with special guests. No prior experience necessary. Supplies are provided. You can return every Wednesday to…

10/18/18 – Richard Moss – Lecture and Book Signing – Author of Nixon’s Back Channel to Moscow: Confidential Diplomacy and Détente at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library

Richard A. Moss’s penetrating book documents and analyzes US-Soviet back channels from Nixon’s inauguration through what has widely been heralded as the apex of détente, the May 1972 Moscow Summit. Employing newly declassified documents as well as the Nixon tapes, Moss reveals behind-the-scenes deliberations of Nixon, his advisors, and their Soviet counterparts. Nixon’s Back Channel to…

10/19/18 – Pumpkins, Lanterns & Leaves at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens

We’re offering this event on two days, Oct. 19 & 20. When registering, please select your preferred date.  Join us for our annual Halloween celebration: Pumpkins, Lanterns & Leaves. This year, we’re offering “Pumpkins” on two days, October 19 & 20. The event begins at 6 pm and lasts approximately one and a half hours. Night…

10/19/18 – 11/11/18 – The Michigan premiere of “The Stone Witch” at Theatre NOVA

Theatre NOVA, Ann Arbor’s professional theatre with an exclusive focus on new plays and playwrights, presents the Michigan premiere of “The Stone Witch” by Shem Bitterman. “Extraordinary art must be tamed,” says reclusive genius Simon Grindberg, the world’s most illustrious children’s book writer. But, holed up in a remote cabin with his next masterpiece a…

10/20/18 – Washtenaw County Environmental Clean-up Day at Eastern Michigan University

The Washtenaw County Board of Public Works, the Office of the Water Resources Commissioner, and community partners will be sponsoring an Environmental Clean-up Day on Saturday, October 20, 2018 in the Ypsilanti area. This event will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Eastern Michigan University, across from Rynearson Stadium located at 799…

10/20/18 – Nature on the Go! at the Tecumseh Center For the Arts

Expand your knowledge of the animals living in your own home state of Michigan with Nature on the Go! Through their interactive program, “Chemistry in the Animal Kingdom,” participants will learn all about how animals in Michigan survive using foams, sprays, poisons, and bioluminescence. This one-hour program is guaranteed to be an educational extravaganza. Please…

10/21/18 – Fireside Fun: A Good Old-fashioned Campfire Circle at the Leslie Science & Nature Center

There’s nothing quite as relaxing as sitting around a campfire, roasting marshmallows and swapping stories. Bring your family, friends, camp chairs, outdoor games, and s’mores fixings. We’ll provide a blazing outdoor campfire and plenty of marshmallows. No registration required. Free for all ages!   Leslie Science & Nature Center  –  734-997-1553  –  http://www.lesliesnc.org 1831 Traver Road, Ann…

Every Sunday – Critter House Open Hours

Free and open to the public most Sundays, 10 am – 1 pm, see our website for closures. Observe frogs, turtles, snakes, and more as they hop, crawl, and slither in their homes! Our knowledgeable staff will be on hand to answer your questions, and have activities or specimens out for you to explore. Leslie…

10/25/18 – Anne Lamott at Literati

Literati is thrilled to announce that this October 25th, 7pm, we welcome Anne Lamott to First United Methodist Church of Ann Arbor as she reads from her latest book, Almost Everything: Notes on Hope. Tickets are on sale now, are general admission and include a hardcover copy of Almost Everything, to be picked up at First United Methodist Church the evening…

10/25/18 – Penny Stamps Speaker Series: Alice Rawsthorn at the Michigan Theater

The Penny Stamps Speaker Series presents Alice Rawsthorn, an award-winning design critic and the author of the critically acclaimed books Design as an Attitude and Hello World: Where Design Meets Life. Her weekly design column for The New York Times was syndicated worldwide for more than a decade. Rawsthorn speaks about design at major global…

10/26/18 – ypsiGLOW in Downtown Ypsilanti

Wow, Ypsilanti! You’ve already upped your glow-game in so many ways and we’re still one month out from the biggest and best street party yet. This year’s festivities include a procession march from Depot Town, almost twice as many community partners, new sponsors and fresh artists. All events are free! Check ypsiGLOW.org during the month…

10/26/18 – Animal Haunts: Adults Only at the Leslie Science & Nature Center

LSNC’s favorite fall event grows up! Bring a friend (or two) for a fun evening with beer and hard cider, dessert, and a live show. While you’re here, visit creepy crawlies in our Critter House, meet some of our resident owls up close, take a twilight hike through Black Pond Woods, and enjoy an autumn…

10/27/18 – Animal Haunts for Kids! At the Leslie Science and Nature Center

Ages: Youth 12 and younger, and their families $10 person, or $35 per family Join us for a beloved autumnal celebration at LSNC’s non-scary Animal Haunts! Take a guided hike through Black Pond Woods, where you can watch skits about things that crawl, slither, tunnel, and grow underground. We’ll have festive fun with harvest crafts,…

Every Sunday – Critter House Open Hours

Free and open to the public most Sundays, 10 am – 1 pm, see our website for closures. Observe frogs, turtles, snakes, and more as they hop, crawl, and slither in their homes! Our knowledgeable staff will be on hand to answer your questions, and have activities or specimens out for you to explore. Leslie…

11/02/18 – Rocky Horror Show at the Copeland Auditorium

Lets do the Time Warp again!! Since Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show first appeared at the Royal Court Theatre in June 1973, audiences of both the stage show and the movie have been following sweethearts Brad and Janet on their journey from innocence to decadence for 4 decades. The show is funny, energetic, and…

11/04/18 – Stewardship Workday at the Braun Nature Area

Malletts Creek runs through Braun Nature Area and wetland plants thrive along its banks. However, exotic shrubs, such as honeysuckle, are threatening the biodiversity here. Join us to remove these invasive species, allowing the native plants to flourish. Meet at the park entrance on Chalmers Road. City of Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation (NAP) works…

11/04/18 – Stewardship Workday at the Huron Parkway Nature Area

Huron Parkway Nature Area contains a pond and wetlands encircled by woodlands and meadow. These diverse communities are home to everything from fox to owls. NAP needs your help maintaining the quality of this habitat by removing invasive shrubs. We’ll also be collecting native seeds. You might even catch a glimpse of a white feathered…

Every Sunday – Critter House Open Hours

Free and open to the public most Sundays, 10 am – 1 pm, see our website for closures. Observe frogs, turtles, snakes, and more as they hop, crawl, and slither in their homes! Our knowledgeable staff will be on hand to answer your questions, and have activities or specimens out for you to explore. Leslie…

11/06/18 – Day Off Outdoors Camps At the Leslie Science and Nature Center

When Ann Arbor Public Schools are closed for the day, we offer fun, educational day camps for children in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Rain, snow, or sunny skies—we go outside! Camps run 8:30 am – 5:30 pm, $70/child  Fall Fun! Spend this day off from school exploring Black Pond Woods, learn about how animals are preparing…

11/7/18 Framing The Future at Weber’s Inn

Join Habitat for Humanity for a complimentary breakfast at Weber’s Inn.  Discover how Habitat For Humanity is enriching our community through much more than just affordable homeownership. Program begins promptly at 7:30 am and concludes at 8:30 am.   Seating is limited.  Please RSVP by Oct 24 to kchubb@h4h.org or 734-882-2001.

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