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Places to Go, Things to Do

August 17, 2012

Summer is drawing to a close, and while this promises exciting new changes, such as the beginning of another semester of learning, the weather cooling down, and football, it is also a time when many of us begin to panic because we have not had enough summer fun.

So, for those who want to try something new, or cram as much activity as possible, or see what is available in and around Ann Arbor at the end of summer, here is a listing of some of the events rounding out the month of August:

This weekend:

  • Go to Whole Foods to meet local vendors and try local products.
  • Check out the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre’s matinee presentation of four original short plays.
  • Try some new foods prepared by local chefs Emil Boch and Kim Nichols at the Growing Hope Center’s Chefs in the Garden series event.
  • Enjoy screen printing at the Ann Arbor District Library (this event includes the chance to make a glow-in-the-dark dinosaur poster).

Some Interesting Exhibits at the local museums:

An interactive exhibit at the Museum of Natural History that examines how evolution has helped human survival, but was not necessarily beneficial to our health.

An American photographer whose work is on display at the UMMA until September 2.

An exhibit regarding lost and almost lost villages surrounding Ypsilanti, at the Ypsilanti Historical Museum (on display until September 2).

Enjoying the Outdoors:

  • Go for a walk, or enjoy a picnic at one of the local parks.
  • Go to the Matthaei Botanical Gardens, which offers free guided tours, and has seasonal exhibits.
  • Go to Gallup Park, where you can rent a canoe, kayak, or rowboat.
  • Go swimming (you can go to the Fuller Park Pool if you do not have easy access to a pool).
  • Have you eaten at Mark’s Carts yet? Try to check them out on Friday, between 7-9, when there is also live music!

In general:

  • Buy tickets for a musical experience at The Ark.
  • Go to the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market for fresh fruit and veggies every Wednesday (4:30-8:30) and Saturday (7-3).
  • Friday Night Swing – every friday night at the Phoenix Center, this event is preceded by a free beginner class from 8-9, and the dancing continues until midnight.
  • View the work of local artists at the Sunday Artisan Market.
  • Go to a show at the Planetarium.
  • Silvio’s Organic Ristorante sometimes hosts live music – a check of their website shows that there will be live piano this Saturday, as well as live jazz this Thursday.
  • The last Saturday of every month, the Blind Pig throws a dance party called the Bang! (This month’s Bang! is August 25)

Also, make sure to come to the Michigan Theater on Sunday, August 26th (1:30) or Tuesday, August 28 (7:00), when Barre Bee Fit is sponsoring a showing of “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes!”

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