Life in Ann Arbor

Every Wednesday October-May – Nature Storytime at Gallup Park

Nature Storytime has many opportunities for you and your little one to explore and appreciate the outdoors, such as live animal visits, hikes, stories, and hands-on activities. Nature Storytime takes place Wednesday mornings from 10-11:00 am. Each session includes indoor and outdoor activities – so make sure to dress for the weather!   For more…

Now – 03/14/20 – Roadsigns by Jeff Daniels at the Purple Rose Theatre

Roadsigns is a beautiful, lyrical new play by Jeff Daniels. The play follows Lanny, a young poet, as he embarks on a journey to find the way to himself. This nostalgic tale is filled with rich characters who dwell on the outskirts of life, each following a dream or hoping to bump into one. Original music by…

Now – 05/14/20 – 826MI Tutoring (Ages 8-18) At YDL-Michigan

Mondays-Thursdays 4:00 PM 826michigan offers free tutoring for students ages 8 to 18. Tutoring includes homework help as well as dedicated time for reading and writing. Students must bring homework assignments and study materials, and parents or guardians must accompany students and complete registration paperwork either on or before a student’s first day.

Now – 02/23/20 – “Apple Season” by E. M. Lewis at Theatre NOVA

Theatre NOVA, Ann Arbor’s professional theatre with an exclusive focus on new plays and playwrights, presents the Michigan premiere of “Apple Season” by E. M. Lewis. When her father dies, Lissie returns to her family’s apple orchard after escaping from there with her brother Roger many years before. But a chance encounter with an old…

Now – 04/14/20 – AARP Tax-Aide Program at all YDL locations

This service helps people with low to moderate income get ready for tax season at all YDL locations. AARP tax help is for low- and moderate-income taxpayers of all ages, especially for those over 50 years of age. Our Whittaker and Michigan Ave. locations will have in-person tax meetings scheduled throughout the season. In partnership with…

02/14/20 – 02/27/20 – Amor: Looking Through the Eyes of Love, Valentine’s Day Gallery Exhibition and Grand Opening of the Guttman Gallery

Opening night, February 14th, 6-9 pm, The Exhibition runs February 14-27, 2020 Gutman Gallery: 118 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104, Tuesday – Friday, 11am – 5pm & Saturdays 9am – 4pm For more information: https://www.theguild.org/gutman_gallery/aboutgutmangallery/ Link to media assets, images, news release, logo: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1GnKHuH1SdigeAI-TKkrvxECL2iMb5j0Z?usp=sharing  Visitors can shop for unique works of art featured in…

Wednesdays – Nature Storytime – at Gallup Park

Most Wednesdays 10-11 am, Ages 1-5. Caregiver required and free! $5/child for non-members, $4/child for LSNC members. See lesliesnc.org for dates and themes Outdoor environments are a great way to engage all of your toddler’s developing senses, and get a bit of exercise!  Explore and appreciate the outdoors, such as live animal visits, hikes, stories,…

Now – 05/27/20 – ESL Book Group at YDL-Michigan

Read and discuss books for fun and to learn about vocabulary, pronunciation, and American culture. Learners with intermediate or advanced ESL reading levels are welcome. For more information or to register, contact Washtenaw Literacy at info@washtenawliteracy.org or call 734-482-4110 x1325.

02/19/20 – Volunteer Burn Crew Training

Become a part of NAP’s volunteer burn crew! This is the required training session for anyone interested in assisting with NAP’s controlled burns. Burns typically take place Monday through Friday between noon and 7 p.m. Registration is required by Tuesday, Feb. 18, as enrollment is limited. Call 734.794.6627 or email NAP@a2gov.org to register or for more information. Some portion of training may…

02/19/20 – Guest Musicology Lecture: Prof. Andrea Moore, Smith College at the Earl V. Moore Building, Glenn E. Watkins Lecture Hall

“Composing the Millennial Catastrophic: Two Musical Approaches” In 1989, composer/singer Diamanda Galás began performing her piece Plague Mass, a virtuosic eruption of rage and grief about the AIDS crisis and the political silence that attended it. Marking an entirely different catastrophe twenty years later, the Kronos Quartet premiered Steve Reich’s WTC 9/11, written to mark…

02/19/20 – Letterpress Open Lab at the Downtown Library: Secret Lab

Our weekly Letterpress Open Lab introduces the process and materials for printing by hand with wood type on a selection of antique cylinder presses.  Never printed before? Don’t worry, we’ll show you the basics on composing a wood type project, choosing paper, hand inking with a brayer, and finally using a printing press. Due to the presence…

02/19/20 – Brew How-To With Literati Coffee: V60 At Literati

Learn how to brew the cup of coffee you want to drink at home in a hands-on workshop where we’ll discuss which variables to focus on to make coffee to your liking using Hario’s v60 brewer. Each participant will walk away with a bag of beans to use at home and the ability to brew…

02/19/20 – Author Event | Anna Krushelnitskaya: Cold War Casual at the Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Join local author Anna Krushelnitskaya for a discussion of her new book Cold War Casual – a collection of transcribed oral testimonies and interviews gathered from American and Russian citizens who lived during the Cold War.  Cold War Casual delves into the impact of the conflict—including the government propaganda—on the attitudes of regular citizens on both sides of the Iron…

02/19/20 – University Philharmonia Orchestra at the Hill Auditorium

“New Music Concert” This annual concert of new works by student composers, led by student conductors, and played by student musicians is often one of the most inspiring concerts of the year. This program provides an important and singular opportunity for composers and conductors to learn by working with one another and the musicians of…

01/23/20 – 04/09/20 – ESL Drop-in Tutoring at YDL-Michigan

Learn English as a Second Language at free drop-in tutoring sessions. All levels of English are welcome and learners may attend as many times as they wish. Please arrive 5 minutes before the start time for each session. Sponsored by Washtenaw Literacy and Eastern Michigan University.

02/20/20 – Nerd Nite Ann Arbor at LIVE 102 S First Street

Nerd Nite A2 is a gathering of, well, nerds, who meet up in a bar (Live on First St.) for informal, entertaining, but really informative talks by 3 different experts on 3 different subjects. Talks are about 20 minutes in length, and topics that have been featured include: Time Traveling Vikings: the many-layered subgenres of romance…

02/20/20 – 02/23/20 – Yerma (Barren) at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre

Thursday 7:30 PM, Friday & Saturday 8:00 PM, and Sunday 2:00 PM By Frederico García Lorca Translated by Jo Clifford Directed by Malcolm Tulip Written by Frederico García Lorca, considered to be Spain’s greatest poet of the twentieth century, Yerma is the tragic story of a woman living in rural Spain who is immersed in…

02/21/20 – Preschool Circus Camp At YDL-Whittaker

Join movement experts from Cirque Amongus for a special circus workshop just for little ones. Experience walking a tight wire, rolling in a German wheel, juggling, acrobatics, balancing on a wooden globe, and rolling in a barrel.

02/07/20 – 05/22/20 – Parents As Teachers At YDL-Michigan

Parents are their child’s most influential teachers! Join early childhood professionals to build a support network, tackle challenging problems, let your children interact with others, and have fun. Designed for parents-to-be, and parents who have children up to 5 years old, RSVP at 734-484-9944. Led by trained SOS Community Services staff.

02/21/20 – Distinguished Music Theory Speaker Series: Prof. Brian Hyer, University of Wisconsin-Madison at the Earl V. Moore Building, Glenn E. Watkins Lecture Hall

Brian Hyer’s research involves the construction (and reconstruction) of historical modes of cognition for the music of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries, an initiative that blurs boundaries between music theory, music history, and music criticism. Since arriving in Madison, his main concern in the classroom has been to situate the study of music within…

02/21/20 – Parents’ Night Out – Night at the Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum

Ages: Youth currently enrolled in K-6th grades $30 per child ($25 per child for LSNC Enhanced Members) It’s a night out for grown-ups while the kids enjoy an exciting evening at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. Every Night at the Museum we’ll do exciting activities that will explore different science concepts plus we’ll spend plenty…

02/14/20 – 02/29/20 – Scout Camp-Ins at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

A limited number of overnight “Camp In” adventures are available at The Museum for groups of 60 or more. Whether you are getting all the Pack families together, or organizing a retreat for all the Girl Scouts in your area, our custom Camp In programs will fill your night with fun, play, and plenty of…

02/21/20 – 03/01/20 – ‘It’s Only a Play’ at The Croswell Opera House

02/21/20 – 03/01/20 – ‘It’s On A wealthy Broadway producer, a nervous playwright, a pill-popping leading lady and other memorable characters combine for a hilarious evening of entertainment in “It’s Only a Play,” a comedy that opens Feb. 21 at the Croswell Opera House in Adrian. The show takes place in the bedroom of a…

Saturdays – The Little Scientist Club at the Ann Arbor Hands On Museum

Encourage your child’s natural drive for discovery through our Little Scientist Club. Our youngest visitors will explore their sense of wonder about the world through observation and hands-on activities, science-themed stories, and much more. Older siblings are welcome, too. No registration necessary. Check out our events calendar for each week’s theme!

02/15/20 – 03/31/20- Write Stuff (Ages 14-26) At YDL-Michigan

In partnership with the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living, these workshops will highlight and support projects by writers with disabilities. Writers who are looking to expand their skills or who are new to the craft are welcome to join any session.

02/22/20 – Retro Computing at the Downtown Library: Secret Lab

Program like it’s 1980! You don’t need a DeLorean to travel back in time. Instead, spend a couple of hours learning how to program in the most popular programming language of the 80s: BASIC! We’ll start at the beginning by learning how to operate an 8-bit computer and culminate in making a small game. You’ll…

02/22/20 – The Roots of Hip Hop Music at the Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Join Victoria Shields for a presentation celebrating Black History Month by examining the evolution of Hip Hop music from its roots in West Africa to the international music phenomena of the present. Learn about the historical and cultural elements of hip hop, how it has given voices to youth and urban communities, and leave with…

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