AADL Presents Kids Rock Series @ TOP: Anna Banana Band

Sunday July 1, 2012: 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Top of the Park

The Anna Banana Band, from Brooklyn, NY, is the BEST new punky rock band for kids! Sing and dance away the evening at this Kids Rock @ TOP concert, presented by AADL and the Ann Arbor Summer Festival. This event is for all ages.

Star Party this Wednesday!

Wednesday, June 27: 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm -- Leslie Science & Nature Center (1831 Traver Rd. map)

Join the University Lowbrow Astronomers and AADL staff this Wednesday night at the Leslie Science & Nature Center for a star party and a chance to earn points for the Summer Game! Lowbrow members will be on hand to offer views through their large telescopes, but feel free to bring your own - or one you've checked out from the Library - for some tips and advice from these expert observers. The sun sets at 9:15 so there won't be much to see other than Saturn and Mars early on, but stick around for a few stellar delights as they pop out one by one. Note: This event will be cancelled if it's cloudy. Check back here for an update.

AADL Presents Kids Rock Series @ TOP: Ratboy Jr.

Sunday June 24, 2012: 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Top of the Park (Rackham Stage)

Ratboy Jr. is a rocking duo from upstate, NY and performs with high energy! Sing and dance to catchy tunes about robots, emus and garbage men. This band has the formula for a super fun show - a perfect mix of audience participation, hilarious onstage banter - - and a slide whistle!

This concert, presented by AADL and the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, is the second in the Kids Rock Series@TOP - a Sunday series of concerts at Top of the Park. This event is for all ages.

Ann Arbor Book Fest is this weekend: June 22-23

The annual Ann Arbor Book Fest will be held this weekend, June 22nd & 23rd, on the University of Michigan's campus. Visiting authors and poets include Newbery Award Winner Christopher Paul Curtis, Steve Amick, Scott Beal, Adam Mansbach, Kevin Coval, Jeff Kass, and Aaron McCollough - just to name a few!

Events throughout the weekend will consist of everything from workshops to the bookcrawl! For a full list of the weekend's events, visit the Bookfest's website to view the schedule. Enjoy!

Summer Game Kick-Off Concert @ TOP: The Royal Order of Chords and Keys (R.O.C.K.)

Sunday June 17, 2012: 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Top of the Park

Want to rock out this summer? Kids Rock @ TOP Concerts return!! Kick off the 2012 AADL Summer Game at this family-friendly concert with The Royal Order Of Chords And Keys (R.O.C.K.), on the Rackham stage! See why they call R.O.C.K. the "hardest rocking band for families in the world!"

Sign up for the AADL Summer Game at the concert, and be one of the leaders for great summer game prizes!

This event, for all ages, is presented by AADL and the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, and is also the first in the Kids Rock Series@TOP - a Sunday series of concerts at Top of the Park.

What's Happening in Ann Arbor This Summer?

If you've lived in Ann Arbor for at least one summer, then you're probably aware of the annual Summer Festival that starts on Friday, June 15, as well as the Art Fair that starts July 18. Additionally, Ann Arbor is host to dozens of other festivals and events throughout the summer, including the stacked lineup of events at the AADL. Here are some other highlights around Ann Arbor.

Shakespeare in the Arb is presented by the U-M Residential College and Matthaei-Nichols, performing an outdoor production of Shakespeare's comedy, The Merry Wives of Windsor that moves through various settings in the Arb. Show dates: June 10, 14, 15, 16, 17; June 21, 22, 23, 24.

At Minifest, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival presents concerts featuring internationally known artists and new chamber ensembles at the Kerrytown Concert House. Concert dates: June 15, 22, 24, 30.

The Rolling Sculpture Car Show features more than 400 antique, classic, and concept cars on display downtown for one day only, July 13, 2012.

Join the fun on Huron River Day, with river exhibits, discounted canoe and kayak rentals, 1-mile run, a 5K walk and run, live music, food vendors, and a children's activity tent on July 15, 2012.

One more gem, the Riverfolk Jam Camp takes place in Manchester from August 1-3, but its finale is in Ann Arbor, at The Ark on August 4.

Free MiniMaker Faire this Saturday, June 2


Saturday, June 2 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Saline Fairgrounds

The Ann Arbor MiniMaker Faire returns this Saturday! The fourth annual free event will be held this Saturday, June 2, at the Saline Fairgrounds. There will be exhibits and demonstrations by builders, artists, students, and Makers covering a range of subjects: robotics, learn to solder, and mechanical, electrical, pneumatic, wood, metal, glass, paper, microcontroller, and radio-controlled devices of all sorts.
More information is available at the a2makerfaire.com.

From Tiny To Mighty: The History, Uses, And Cultural Relevance Of The Strawberry

Tuesday, May 29 | 7:00-8:30 PM | Downtown Library | Multipurpose Room

It’s strawberry time! Join Ecology by Design owner William Kirst as he kicks off Strawberry Week with an exploration of one of the world's most amazing fruits.

With his unique sense of humor and palpable love of all things botanical, William will trace the strawberry from ancient Rome, through extensive breeding over 3 continents and hundreds of years, over wild berry patches to manicured gardens, bringing us to an understanding and appreciation of the strawberry in our own lives.

Ecology By Design's mission is to promote the growth of sustainable communities through ecological education and the design and installation of beautiful, functional, and highly productive perennial landscapes. The company provides landscape design, garden creation, ecological restoration and consultation focusing on building home landscapes that support the ecology of the Ann Arbor region.

EVENT CANCELLED - A Voyage To The Edge Of The Universe

Thursday May 24, 2012 | 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Due to unforeseen circumstances, author Terence Dickinson will be unable to attend this May event. He regretfully apologizes. The event has been cancelled for May, but will be re-scheduled for Fall 2012. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire: Call for contributors!

We are excited to announce the Call for Makers for the 4th Ann Arbor “Mini” Maker Faire, to be held Saturday June 2, 2012, at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Faire features exhibits and activities in robots, green tech, science, radio, rocketry, unusual tools/techniques, fixing and/or taking things apart, and other areas, all with an emphasis on “do it yourself.” Last year’s Faire drew over 1,400 people to engage in activities such as learning to solder and silk screening t-shirts, and saw exhibits such as hearing the neural activity of a cockroach leg, a giant “Simon Says” game, a DIY satellite to test an ion engine in space, pop-up books with a master of paper folding, gigantic vortex cannon, robots galore, computer vision, and much more.

Apply now to be an exhibitor! Additional information and an online application form are at http://www.a2makerfaire.com. The application deadline is May 13, 2012.

The Faire is free to exhibitors and visitors alike. It is organized by the group a2 geeks (http://www.a2geeks.org), a newly organized Ann Arbor area non-profit foundation promoting the informal technology cuA2 MMFA2 MMFlture in the greater Ann Arbor area. The Faire is a local, community version of the major Maker Faires in the Bay area and in New York City.

The mission of the Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire is to present interesting or unique exhibits, individuals, and demonstrations in DIY science, technology, engineering, and art that excite, motivate, and educate. The emphasis is on cool things, skills, and knowledge. As a shorthand, the exhibits should be the kind of thing you’d see in Make Magazine.

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