August has arrived and there is something for everyone here in Ann Arbor. Take a look at a few of the events happening around town this month!
August 02, 2012
The Ann Arbor District Library once again holds this wildly popular LEGO making contest. All are invited to come and view the entries. These creations may surprise you with their intricacy and creativeness!
LEGO creations are judged by local LEGO enthusiasts in seven age groups: Preschool, Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, and Adults. A variety of prizes are awarded in each age group including such categories as Best Architectural/Engineering, Coolest Robot, Best Vehicle, Most Creative, Most Sophisticated, and an award for AADL LEGO® Master Builder.
When: 9am – 8:30pm
Cost: This is a free event.
Aug. 05, 2012 – Aug. 07, 2012
Bell’s Summer Classic Film Series at the Michigan Theater Presents:
Jaws, based on Peter Benchley’s best-selling novel, Steven Spielberg’s 1975 shark saga set the standard for the New Hollywood popcorn blockbuster while frightening millions of moviegoers out of the water. Winner of 3 Oscars!
When: Sunday at 1:30 p.m; Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
Cost: Buy tickets at ticketweb.com or charge by phone at 866-777-8932
August 05, 2012
The Underground Railroad was a network of secret routes, hidden places, determined citizens and self-liberated people of color seeking freedom. Two essential routes to Detroit and ultimate safety in Canada crossed in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. Discover the role Washtenaw County played on this docent guided tour by the exteriors of local and nationally-known Underground Railroad landmarks, sites and homes.
The tour season runs April-October, we also offer talks and presentations. Those without transportation are encouraged to call at least three weeks before the scheduled dates.
When: Sunday August 05, 2012 from 2 – 5pm
Cost: $20 per person / without transportation
August 07, 2012
The Persuasions began singing together in Brooklyn in the mid-1960s, and two of their original members, Joe Russell and Jimmy Hayes, are still part of the group. They’ve applied their trademark harmonies to songs by everyone from Sam Cooke to Frank Zappa, who helped their early career along. Ambient musician Brian Eno, whom you might not expect to be a fan, summed up their appeal this way: “Afro-American music—the great fusion that gave us jazz, blues and rock and roll—is captured in its purest form by the Persuasions. For decades they have been taking a-cappella music to ever-new heights, reminding generations of musicians that the human voice is the subtlest and most powerful of all instruments. I feel honoured to have been able to invite them to play here in England, and to watch yet another generation fall under their spell.” And critic Greil Marcus once called their style “a perfect marriage of passion and intelligence.” Come into the house of a cappella!
When: Tuesday August 07, 2012; Show starts at 8:00pm, doors open at 7:30pm
Aug. 11, 2012 – Aug. 12, 2012
We’ll have a great time experimenting with vibrations, the sources of sounds. We’ll hear strange sounds made with common objects and learn how to make cool sounds at home. Ever seen sound extinguish a flame? You will here! Interactive demos at 1:00 and 3:00 in the Legacy Gallery..
When: Aug. 11, 2012 – Aug. 12, 2012; 1pm and 3pm
Cost: Museum admission $10
August 13, 2012
Join us on August 13, 2012 for the UA Plumbers & Pipe Fitters 5K and Pub Crawl!
All proceeds from the race will go to the Semper Fi Fund. Retired Major General Matt Caulfield and Retired Colonel Nick Marano, both of the U.S. Marines, will start and lead the race.
When: Monday August 13, 2012 at 6:30pm
Cost: 5k only: $26; pub crawl only: $12; both: $36
August 15, 2012
Enjoy an awesome day of 18 holes of golf with friends, colleagues and acquaintances, snacks and beverages on the course, prizes, a chance at the Hole-in-One sponsored by Randy Wise Chevrolet-Buick and the fun Awards Banquet to include a delicious steak dinner following!
The day begins with 8:00 a.m. registration, Shotgun starts at 9:00 a.m. Sponsorships on many levels are available. Come join the chamber for the day away and play this fun annual outing that benefits the Milan Area Chamber. Dues are the main source of revenue for the chamber and this annual “fun” draiser helps with our operating expenses, as well as helping the board reach annual goals.
When: Wednesday August 15, 2012; 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $90 per player
Aug. 18, 2012 – Aug. 19, 2012
An intensive weekend of baking some of Zingerman’s favorite (famous) breads: hand-rolled french baguettes, paesano, french country bread made with flour from local Westwind Mill, porter rye, braided challah, German soft pretzels, flat bread, and our famous Jewish rye. Includes breakfast and lunch each day too! You’ll leave BAKE! with several tested recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, a full stomach and loads of bread you made in class.
When: Aug. 18, 2012 – Aug. 19, 2012; 8:00am – 5:00pm
Cost: $500. Spaces fill up quickly, so register now!
August 24, 2012
In a nutshell, Craft Party is a celebration of meeting and making, of creativity and community. It’s a time to meet your neighbors and share a creative skill. It’s a time to have fun and party down with scissors in your hand (carefully, that is). Everyone is welcome and anyone can participate.
This year’s theme is “Wish You Were Here”.
When: Friday August 24, 2012 at 7pm
Cost: This is a free event.
August 25, 2012
An Ann Arbor area summer tradition! German food and libations for sale, with special dance performances by the German Dancers. Dance band begins at 4:00 p.m. This is the last German Picnic of the Summer!
NO ONE UNDER 21 ADMITTED without parent/guardian; photo ID required. No credit/debit cards or checks accepted; no ATM available.
Please: picnic baskets, coolers, food or beverages MAY NOT be brought into the park.
When: Admission gate open 4-9 p.m. Park closes at 11 p.m.
August 31, 2012
Bill Kirchen is an Ann Arbor-bred guitar god, a Telecaster titan who whirls through a whole gallery of country and rock styles over the course of an evening. After a stint as lead guitarist with Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, he’s gone on to an acclaimed solo career, and when he returns to town at the holidays his concerts turn into joyous reunions celebrating the glory days of the Ann Arbor honky-tonk scene, with special guests often on hand. Some things haven’t changed–the Austin American-Statesman recently praised his “no-nonsense diesel guitar attack, powered by great booming, bottom-heavy licks still covered with axle grease.” But Bill has evolved into a very skillful rockabilly and country songwriter as well, one who praised his trademark Telecaster guitar as “born at the junction of form and function.” His live shows are not to be missed!
When: Show starts at 8:00pm, doors open at 7:30pm
Kathy Toth and Team
Keller Williams Realty