The Iguanas Visit The Ark

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If you’re looking to see a fun band with Latin flair and bit of Cajun funk then why not check out The Iguanas at The Ark on Saturday August 23. They call their music "Chicano Rock with a greasy New Orleans second-line/mambo flavor." Talk about fun! The show starts at 8pm, see The Ark’s site for ticket information. Cha cha cha!

German Park Picnic

Festival lovers, fear not the end of July, for the German Park Picnic is back for the summer! Located at 5548 Pontiac Trail, the annual festival is held from 4-11pm on the last Saturday of June, July, and August. Like an Oktoberfest, but with warmer weather, the festival is best known for its authentic German fare, live music and dancing, large buckets of cold beverages, and abundance of lederhosen. Looking for some Volksmusik to get you in the spirit? Try Songs for Oktoberfest, or a Wagner opera available at the AADL. See you at the bratwurst stand!

Chelsea SummerFest!

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If Ann Arbor's Art Fairs and Summer Festival weren't enough, you'll have another chance to look at art, listen to music, and eat elephant ears this Friday and Saturday, July 25-26, at the Chelsea SummerFest. Now in its 30th year, the SummerFest includes ARTicipation, a juried art show and art activities for kids; a variety of musical events at three different stages; an antique car show; and plenty of activities for kids, including a Pet Parade and tours of the Teddy Bear Factory. On top of that, the Chelsea Toy Museum makes its debut this weekend.

Shadow Art Fair

The Shadow Art Fair is being held this Saturday, July 19 from noon to midnight at the Arbor Brewing Company's Corner Brewery, in Ypsilanti. Meant to focus less on the national scope of this week's big Ann Arbor Art Fairs and more on our rich local arts scene, it's always a quirky and rewarding event. The Shadow is refreshingly human-sized, and a great way to find out what's happening with homegrown creativity.

Celtic Festival

This weekend the Saline Celtic Festival will be taking place. Today and tomorrow (July 11th and 12th) the festival will be running from 8:30 am to 9 pm. If you are interested in celtic traditions and culture, the library offers a wide variety of books on the topic. Titles included are Twilight of the Celtic Gods, The Celtic Cross: An Illustrated Guide to Celtic Spirituality and Mythology, and Celtic Connections: The Ancient Celts, Their Tradition and Living Legacy.

Australian folk rock and family history

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My favorite song by the Waifs at their show during the Ann Arbor Summer Festival was The Bridal Train, which Wikipedia says made the Australian Top 50 list when it came out as a single. This amazing and moving song was written by Waif Vikki Thorn about her grandmother joining other young Australian girls after WWII, to eventually hook up with their American husbands.

The Play Ground

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The Reduced Shakespeare Company has perfomed several times at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival and we have gone to see them each time. They simply make us laugh out loud. A lot. The Boston Herald has described the company as "what the "Daily Show" might be like if it were hosted by the Marx Brothers." RSC's 6000 second, fast paced spoofs of the bible, great books, civilization and, lest we forget, Shakespeare, are creative but hit every nail on its head. This year RSC tackles The Complete History of America(abridged). Ditch your textbooks for the Power Center on Sunday night, June 29, 8:00 p.m.

The Play Ground

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I don't know. Maybe it is the sudden cold spell that is upon us that has me longing for summer-again. Maybe I am just longing for the old days of summer camp. At any rate, the Park and Rec program, "Summer Solstice Full Moon Paddle," at Gallup Park sounds very exciting and romantic. Rent a boat and paddle around Gallup Pond in the moonlight to observe birds and other animals as they prepare for their nocturnal lives. Canoes, kayaks, and equipment provided. Bring a flashlight. Meet at Gallup Park Canoe Livery, $18 per boat. 668-7411. Friday, 8-11 p.m. Sigh.

The Play Ground

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Each year The Residential College at the U puts on Shakespeare in the Arb. This has become a very popular tradition. The current production is Two Gentlemen of Verona. This is a delightful comedy of rivalries and full of subplots. A very nice evening when you include a stroll through the Arboretum. Bring your own chair or blanket, dress for the weather and wear good walking shoes. (You'll be traveling throughout the Arb to follow the performers.) If you will need mobility assistance during the performance, please call 734.647.7600 to make arrangements.
Meet at the Peony Garden entrance at 1610 Washington Heights. Tickets go on sale at 5:30 p.m. Space limited, 998-9540. June 12-15, & 19-22. All shows are at 6:30pm.

Ann Arbor Triathlon/Duathlon

Half mile swim? Easy. 14 mile bike ride? Name the day. 5 mile run? No problem. If these sound like your answers to these questions, then you're probably planning on competing in the Ann Arbor Triathlon/Duathlon on Sunday, June 8th, at Pinckney Recreation Area. But if your answers are -- like most reluctant athletes -- a laundry list of excuses, then consider the resources the Ann Arbor District Library has to offer to help you mentally and physically prepare for your first triathlon. Highlights from the Library's collection include: Triathlete Magazine's Essential Week-By-Week Training Guide, by Matt Fitzgerald; Triathloning for Ordinary Mortals, by Steven Jonas; Triathlon 101, by John Mora, and many more.

Why tri? Namely, because it's fun to swim, to bike, and to run! Training for a race is a great way to motivate yourself to get outdoors and to stay healthy. Also, you don't have to be Michael Phelps, Lance Armstrong, or Wilma Rudolph to participate; triatholons are for everyone. Competitors can choose between 4 distances based on their level of preparation and personal preference. The distances are The Sprint Tri: 700 yard swim, 12 mile bike ride, and 3 mile run; The Olympic Tri: 1760 yard swim, 25 mile bike ride, and 6.2 mile run; The Half-Ironman Tri: 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride, and 13 mile run; and The Ironman Tri: 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and 26.2 mile run. The only triathlon held in Ann Arbor this summer is June 8th, but there are many other races held in Michigan this summer, so sign up for your first tri today.

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