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7th Annual Elvisfest: Ypsilanti Depot Town Association. July 13 & 14. Thousands annually celebrate the memory of the Man from Memphis at this festival highlighted by a performance by Motown superstar Martha Reeves. Also, performances by 12 professional Elvis tribute artists from around the nation and Canada. They are backed by an Elvis tribute band, the Change of Habit Tribute Band. Also, Ray Charles, Roy Orbison, and Buddy Holly imitators. Friday is "Blue Hawaiian Nite": dress in Hawaiian attire.
Frog Island, Riverside Park, and Depot Town, Ypsilanti.
5 p.m.-midnight (July 13. & noon-midnight (July 14). 483-4444, 544-3800 for ticket information.

Celebrate the 4th in Detroit

Looking for something to do on Wednesday? Check out the 2007 Comerica CityFest in Detroit’s New Center. The celebration starts July 4 and continues through Sunday, July 8th. The events are free and include activities for kids, food from area restaurants and a street market. There will be live performances by Femi Kuti and the Positive Force (son of Fela Kuti), The Wailers, Weird Al Yankovic, The Detroit Cobras and many more. The festival will also host featured artists, rock climbing for kids, Modern Skate and Surf and the Detroit Derby Girls.

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"Death of a Salesman": U-M Turner Geriatrics Center.
Every Wednesday (except July 4) until July 18 seniors are invited to take a part in a group reading of this classic Arthur Miller play. Participants get a copy of the script to take home. Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. $4. Preregistration required. 998-9353.
10 a.m.-noon.

Ann Arbor Civic Band March Mania

Were you like me and spent your formative years in various bands? Not the kind with kids with cool haircuts and loud guitars, rather the kind with uncomfortable uniforms and instruments with spit valves. If you can relate then you should check out the Ann Arbor Civic Band as they kick off their summer season with March Mania, June 27th at 8pm in the West Park Band Shell. Concerts will run weekly through July.

If you are eager to get in the marching spirit listen to The World's Greatest Marches, the United States Marine Band, and the Boston Pops Orchestra. And just for giggles, check out the picture book, Olivia Forms a Band.

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Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States. Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a time marked with celebrations, picnics and family gatherings.
The Ann Arbor Branch of the NAACP is hosting its 13th Annual Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom. The family-oriented program includes performances by church choirs and other entertainment, a cakewalk, children's activities, and other fun. Food available. All invited. Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 769-5976 Noon-5 p.m.

Goin' to the Green Fair

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Downtown Tree Town will be transformed Friday night, June 15th, from 5 to 10 p.m., into the 7th Annual Green Fair. Stroll exhibits on rain barrels, green roofs, green cars, green bikes ... The Leslie Science Center and the Hands-On Museum will provide plenty of activities for kids. Plan a neighborhood lets-walk-to-the-fair group and stop by the Downtown Library to register for the Figure It Out summer reading program.

Happy Anniversary, Happy Anniversary

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Join in the Sesquincentennial celebration of the Washtenaw County Historical Society on Saturday, June 16th, 2-4 p.m. at the Museum on Main Street. They’ll be dedicating a 1857 American flag and hosting a garden party so come stroll through the beautiful grounds and take a tour of the Sesquincentennial Exhibit inside the Museum.

Make Tracks to the Tractors

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Fun for everyone at the Antique Gas Engine and Tractor Show at Hudson Mills Metropark beginning Friday, June 1 at 6 p.m. through Sunday, June 3rd. They’ll be pulling and showing tractors all weekend and there’s even a tractor pull for the little ones on Saturday.

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Summer is as good a time for a tearjerker as any and Redbud Productions has a doozy for you. Steel Magnolias is a comedy-drama about the bond among a group of southern women in northwest Louisiana. Although the main storyline involves Shelby, her mother, and Shelby's medical battles, the underlying group-friendship among all six women is prominent throughout the play. And at Truvy's beauty salon all the ladies who are anybody come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager but clumsy new assistant, the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice. May 31 - June 3 Riverside Arts Center, 76 North Huron Street, Ypsilanti, MI 734-663-7167

Dinosaur Jr. at the Blind Pig

Did you wear flannel shirts and Doc Martens in the early 90's? Do you strongly identify as a Generation Xer? Then, you'll be happy to know that Dinosaur Jr., the indie rock band from the 90's, will be in Ann Arbor June 3rd and 4th at the Blind Pig. The original members recently reunited for a new album, their first since 1988, and are now on the road. However, if you're expecting a greatest hits set, you'll be a bit disapointed. The band is said to be primarily performing from their latest album, Beyond. So leave your flannel at home and discover something new. Doors open at 9:30 pm starting with Michigan band, Awesome Color.

Meanwhile check out their last album before they dissolved the name Dinosaur Jr. in 1997 as well as the book, Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground. Dinosaur Jr. is just one of the many bands chronicled in the book.

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