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8 Fun February Events

While the weather might be cold, there are many wonderful activities going on in the Ann Arbor area this February. Whether you are looking to enjoy sports, listen to a symphony, or participate in stewardship there is something for everyone.

Million Dollar Quartet
February 1 – 25

Million Dollar Quartet is a jukebox musical written by Floyd Mutrux and Colin Escott. It dramatizes the Million Dollar Quartet recording session of December 4, 1956, among early rock and roll stars Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins, and newcomer Jerry Lee Lewis.


Let’s Chill Winter Fest
February 2 – 3

The third annual Let’s Chill Winter Fest features activities for individuals of all ages. The winter festival spans the downtown shopping area, Wilson Park and Edgetown. Activities include a chili cook-off, the area’s only wine walk, indoor and outdoor winter games, ice carving, an Artisan tent, food, and more.

Free shuttle service will run between all major event areas and parking lots, making it easily accessible. Warming stations in the downtown area and a large bonfire in Wilson Park offer warmth and ambiance.


Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
February 3

Former Detroit Symphony Orchestra music director Neeme Järvi returns to Southeast Michigan with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra.

Järvi leads the ensemble in its UMS debut. The evening’s program is steeped in the music of Estonian composers, including the beautiful fifth symphony of Eduard Tubin. Tubin fled to Stockholm in 1944 when the Soviet Union occupied Estonia. Garrick Ohlsson, a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess, joins the orchestra for Brahms’s first piano concerto.


Artini
February 9

The 10th Annual “Artini”, a fundraiser benefiting the Ann Arbor Art Center! Once again, the finest downtown bars and restaurants in downtown Ann Arbor will compete to create the city’s most artful martini. From 6:30pm to 10:00 pm, Artini guests will visit participating establishments and taste carefully crafted and innovative cocktails designed by some of the city’s top mixologists.

Artini guests have the chance to crown the “People’s Choice Award” winner by texting to vote for their favorite drinks throughout the evening. The “Juror’s Choice Award” will be decided by a panel of jurors that are unaffiliated with the participating venues.

Participating venues:

• The Alley Bar
• Ann Arbor Distilling Company @ the Ann Arbor Art Center
• Aventura
• Bab’s Underground
• The Beer Grotto
• Black Pearl
• Melange
• Pretzel Bell
• Additional venues confirming daily!

Attendees must be 21 or older by 2/9/2018. Ticket prices are $55 and are non-refundable. The Ann Arbor Art Center is a 501©(3) organization, and $25 of each Artini ticket is tax deductible.


Curling Fest 2018
February 9 – 10

Curling Fest 2018 is a weekend of curling fun, for beginners and experienced competitors, with a tournament and learn-to-curl sessions.

Saturday, February 10 is for both experienced and novice competitors, with learn-to-curl ice time on February 9, 2018. Watch the bonspiel (term for curling tournament) free of charge or stop by Friday night for great winter fun. Enjoy music, beer, food, hot cocoa, and more in a heated tent on both days.


Chainsaw carving an ice sculpture

Third Annual Ice Carving Festival
February 10

Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission proudly presents our annual Ice Carving Festival! Watch students from colleges and universities across SE Michigan compete. Stand in awe as these carvers showcase their mastery with chainsaws and flamethrowers to create unique masterpieces to display at County Farm Park.


Volunteering

Stewardship Workday
February 11

Scarlett Mitchell Nature Area contains a mature oak hickory woodland as well as wetlands, which support several species of frogs and salamanders. Come help preserve this diverse nature area by cutting invasive shrubs such as buckthorn and honeysuckle. Meet at the park entrance on Turnberry Lane, off of Packard Road. Please dress in layers and wear shoes suitable for snow or wet ground. All participants must complete a release form, and all minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided.


Blooming YIES Dinner and Silent Auction
February 24

Join in the second annual Blooming YIES Dinner and Silent Auction hosted by the Ypsilanti International Elementary School PTO. Blooming YIES is a strolling dinner and silent auction that will raise money for the establishment of an “Educational Oasis” at Ypsilanti International Elementary School. The event will feature a night of fundraising, silent auction, and community building.

The event will be held at the Ypsilanti Freighthouse in Depot Town from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm. Reserved parking for the event is at the Rice Street Lot, AKA the Frog Island Parking lot – please look for signs. Tickets will cover the cost of the strolling dinner and two drink tickets. Please note this is an adult only event!

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Saline Area Senior Center : The Place to Be

The Saline Area Senior Center is so much more than just a run-of-the-mill center where people might go to play cards or chat about the weather. The SASC is a bustling multi-room recreation and arts center, with so many possibilities to learn, play, create, and have fun, that it’s tough to know where to begin!

The focus of the Saline Area Senior Center is on wellness, covering both physical and mental health and wellbeing through their classes and other offerings. At the Center, you can make appointments to work on reflexology, learn about foot care, or get a massage or a facial, or stop in to get your blood pressure checked for free on the third Wednesday of the month. You can also come use one of their NuStep machines – fitness equipment designed for seniors – which are available during all SASC business hours.

Group of seniors doing yoga with an instructor outdoors

The focus on wellness continues through their variety of fitness classes. You can dance into a Zumba class, release your inner Animal with a Drums Alive class (drumming on a large fitness ball to music), or take Tai Chi, strength training, or yoga, among others! You can also join in on a Pickleball game, try your hand (foot?) at Clogging, play some Bounce Volleyball, or join the walking group at Liberty School during the fall and winter.

Wellness isn’t just a physical practice, though – true wholeness means energizing the body and the mind. To that end, Megan Kenyon, Program Coordinator for the Senior Center, is working hard to add many art and music classes into the mix, to give members a variety of creative offerings to choose from.

Once a month, seniors can meet with Steve Wood to paint a landscape using acrylic paints. They can also learn how to paint in the style of famous artists like Wayne Thibaud or Henri Matisse with instructor Soyeon Kim. Local artist Katherine Downie (author of this article) teaches a variety of classes at SASC, including Watercolors, Intro to Oil Painting, Zendoodle, Abstract Art, Drawing Bootcamp, and Papercrafting. And later in September, you can take Intro to Pastels with Debra Groth, learning how to “use pastels and produce bright and beautiful work.”Seniors Enjoying Oil Painting Class Together

Whether you have any artistic experience or not, art classes at the SASC are a great place to give art a try. Most classes are for beginners, and as Kenyon says, “You’ve just gotta go for it…You don’t how well you’re gonna do until you try it.” Most of the classes include a small fee for supplies, too, so you don’t have to worry about picking up your own if you’re not sure you are going to stick with it.

SASC also has music offerings such as Evola Music Keyboarding with Patti Fry and Ukulele Lessons with Bill Militzer. Don’t have your own ukulele? They’ve got that covered – sign up to make your own cigar box ukulele or pie plate banjo with instructor Bill Militzer in a two-day workshop coming up in October! And if the visual or musical arts aren’t your cup of tea, try out language arts by learning beginning Spanish with Mayra Mendoza or Beginning French with instructor Fran Thornton.

So what makes SASC a good place to take arts classes? According to Kenyon, “They’re so inexpensive!” Kenyon and Program Manager Janie Colton also emphasize that art classes can be very therapeutic, allowing participants to focus on the task at hand, rather than the stresses involved in everyday life. And a big bonus is that the Senior Center offers members a chance to try their hand at art with little risk and low cost.

All of that said, many may wonder just what constitutes a “senior” exactly? At the Saline Area Senior Center, it has been a long-standing practice to provide services to the community on the continuum of all senior ages. Senior-In-Training (SIT) memberships include all those between the ages of 45-54, and offers a limited membership for $30/year ($40 for those living outside of the Saline Area School District). Those who are 55 and older and residents of the SAS District can become members for only $10 a year (Jan-Dec; $20 for non-residents). Give them a call or stop in to pick up a membership form and get a tour!Smiling senior male and female playing cards at table in

This membership allows you access to the classes as well as the facilities – a billiards room, computer room, library, and the aforementioned NuStep machines. SASC also has a variety of clubs (Bookworm, Woodcarvers), offers Tech lessons, holds discussion groups, euchre tournaments, craft groups, and of course, a senior center staple, Bingo! As if all of that wasn’t enough, they also offer travel opportunities both locally (Tigers game, ArtPrize, Toledo Zoo and more) and farther afield (Grand Canyon).

A few upcoming events include:

  • October 19, 5:30-7:00pm – Coffee with the Mayor, Brian Marl
  • October 30, 1:30-3pm – Halloween Party
  • November 27, 4:00-8:00pm – Euchre Tournament

Be sure to check out the Saline Area Senior Center website (link here) to find out more about all that they have to offer, including the details on the many art classes coming up this fall, or stop in and pick up a catalog. The Saline Area Senior Center is located at 7190 N. Maple Rd., Saline, MI 48176 734-429-9274.

(Courtesy of Katherine Downie)

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Rev Up Your Thursday

No matter your age, Thursdays in the Ann Arbor area are jam packed with events for everyone. Ann Arbor hosts a free concert every Thursday at Sonic Lunch; while in Saline, bands play at the Summer Music Series. Ypsilanti has classic cars at the Depot Town Cruise Night; and in Chelsea, enjoy music, art, and movies at the Sounds and Sights on Thursday Night.

Sonic Lunch – Ann Arbor
Sonice Lunch 2015
Started in 2008, Bank of Ann Arbor’s Sonic Lunch is a free summer outdoor concert series at the corner of Liberty and Division in downtown Ann Arbor. This free lunchtime music concert runs from 12:00pm to 1:30pm. Sonic Lunch runs June through August.

Sounds and Sights on Thursday Night – Chelsea
Chalk Art in Chelsea Photo by Amanda Presnell

Enjoy the sounds of some of the region’s best musicians while taking in the sights of vibrant downtown Chelsea, Michigan. Performances are held on nearly every street corner and grassy area in downtown each Thursday. It’s two hours of fun starting at 6:30 and lasting until 8:30 p.m. In addition to music festivities include including children’s entertainers, a juried sculpture walk, outdoor movies, plenty of great food, local brew and an assortment of unique retail shops. The fun lasts until the second Thursday in August.

Saline Summer Music – Saline
Saline Summer Series
Ten free concerts are held in downtown Saline every Thursday evening. They run from June through the middle of August. In addition to the music there are also art activities for children provided by the 212 Arts Center. Due to the level of fun for kids and adults alike the popularity of this event increases each year.

Depot Town Cruise Night – Ypsilanti
Chevrolet
Photo by Jakub Biernacki

Depot Town rocks on Thursday evenings during Cruise Nights when hundreds of visitors stroll the length of Cross Street to check out classic cars, hot rods, and customs. It’s also a perfect time to sit at one of the several sidewalk restaurants, grab a bit to eat and watch the cars roll in.

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12 Things to do in Saline – Get Fit at the Saline Recreation Center

Each week, for 12 weeks, we will feature something fun to do in Saline, Michigan. Located just 10 miles southwest of Ann Arbor, Saline is a lively community offering the charm of small town living combined with easy access to the vibrant cultural offerings of Ann Arbor.

  1. Watch a Movie in the Park
  2. Take a Trip to the Farmers Market
  3. Attend Saline’s Summerfest
  4. Enjoy the Sounds of the last Summer Music Series of the Season
  5. Dine Downtown
  6. Explore the Rentschler Farm Museum
  7. Spend the Day at Mill Pond Park
  8. Take a Class at the Two Twelve Arts Center
  9. Experience Oktoberfest
  10. Pick Apples at Lutz Orchard
  11. Go Shopping

 

#12. Get Fit at the Saline Recreation Center


The Saline Recreation Center promotes health and wellness by providing the community with a variety of recreational opportunities. A family-friendly community center, the Saline Rec Center welcomes both residents and non-residents to enjoy its facility and programs.

The Saline Rec Center facilities include:

  • Basketball Courts
  • Volleyball Courts
  • Racquetball Court
  • Wallyball Court
  • Indoor Track (1/16 mile)
  • Outdoor Fitness Trail (1 1/4 mile)
  • 25-yard Lap Pool with Diving Board
  • Leisure Pool 1 1/2-4 feet deep
  • Hot Tub – 7 person
  • Water Basketball and Tot Slide in Leisure Pool
  • Free Weight Room
  • Cardiovascular Equipment – treadmills, ellipticals
  • Nautilus Weight room
  • Outdoor Picnic Area
  • Lounge Area (vending machines)
  • Aerobics Studio
  • Child Care Facility
  • 4 Lighted Tennis Courts
  • Safe-Lighted Parking Lot
  • 4 Softball Fields
  • 2 Play Structures
  • Disc Golf – 5 hole course
  • Meeting space – available for rent
  • Pavilion
  • Sand Volleyball Courts

For more information about the Saline Recreation Center and the programs offered, visit their website.

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12 Things to do in Saline – Go Shopping

Each week, for 12 weeks, we will feature something fun to do in Saline, Michigan. Located just 10 miles southwest of Ann Arbor, Saline is a lively community offering the charm of small town living combined with easy access to the vibrant cultural offerings of Ann Arbor.

  1. Watch a Movie in the Park
  2. Take a Trip to the Farmers Market
  3. Attend Saline’s Summerfest
  4. Enjoy the Sounds of the last Summer Music Series of the Season
  5. Dine Downtown
  6. Explore the Rentschler Farm Museum
  7. Spend the Day at Mill Pond Park
  8. Take a Class at the Two Twelve Arts Center
  9. Experience Oktoberfest
  10. Pick Apples at Lutz Orchard

 

#11. Go Shopping


Spend the day shopping at the local retail stores in downtown Saline, Michigan.

Cobblestone Rose
This is a beautiful, quaint gift shop is located in the heart of Saline. The Cobblestone Rose offers a host of gifts and clothing.

 

Photo Credit: George Celmo

Maureen’s Designs
Maureen’s Designs is a family-owned and -operated floral design shop in downtown Saline. Greenery, floral arrangements, gifts and accessories are just some of the products sold at the retailer.

Photo Credit: Monica Ross-Wiliams

Pineapple House
A home décor and gift store that’s become an anchor for downtown Saline, Michigan, Pineapple House attracts a loyal group of customers. Inside, owner Joy Ely has a traditional, timeless style, offering eclectic products from antiques to pajamas. At this store, a distinct difference will be the thoughtful attention given to the customers’ experience.

Photo Credit: Monica Ross-Wiliams

Reincarnations Resale
Relatively new to Saline, Reincarnations Resale is a new antiques and vintage clothing store in downtown Saline. Reincarnations Resale offers a wide variety of items including furniture, retro treasures, kitchen items and vintage clothing for men and women.

The Resale Boutique
The Resale Boutique is a hip, chic, and eclectic consignment store in downtown Saline.

Saline Sports Shack
The Saline Sports Shack is the place to go for any sporting goods needs, from fishing to hunting and more. The staff members at the store are highly knowledgeable in a wide range of recreational sports and offer highly respected customer service. The store has equipment for baseball, football, hockey, basketball and more.

Photo Credit: William Fraser

 

After a day of shopping you will probably be hungry. Check out these local Saline restaurants.

 

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12 Things to do in Saline – Pick Apples at Lutz Orchard

Each week, for 12 weeks, we will feature something fun to do in Saline, Michigan. Located just 10 miles southwest of Ann Arbor, Saline is a lively community offering the charm of small town living combined with easy access to the vibrant cultural offerings of Ann Arbor.

  1. Watch a Movie in the Park
  2. Take a Trip to the Farmers Market
  3. Attend Saline’s Summerfest
  4. Enjoy the Sounds of the last Summer Music Series of the Season
  5. Dine Downtown
  6. Explore the Rentschler Farm Museum
  7. Spend the Day at Mill Pond Park
  8. Take a Class at the Two Twelve Arts Center
  9. Experience Oktoberfest

 

#10. Pick Apples at Lutz Orchard


Spend a beautiful fall afternoon picking apples at Lutz Orchard, between Saline and Tecumseh. On 12-acres, Lutz Orchard has a wide variety of apples including standard choices such as Northern Spy and Delicious apples as well as several seldom seen varieties including Snow Apple, Rhode Island Greening, and Wolf River. In addition to apples, the farm grows squash and pumpkins.

Lutz Orchard operates seasonally. It is best to call ahead to plan your visit. For more information, call 734-429-5145.

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12 Things to do in Saline – Experience Oktoberfest

Each week, for 12 weeks, we will feature something fun to do in Saline, Michigan. Located just 10 miles southwest of Ann Arbor, Saline is a lively community offering the charm of small town living combined with easy access to the vibrant cultural offerings of Ann Arbor.

  1. Watch a Movie in the Park
  2. Take a Trip to the Farmers Market
  3. Attend Saline’s Summerfest
  4. Enjoy the Sounds of the last Summer Music Series of the Season
  5. Dine Downtown
  6. Explore the Rentschler Farm Museum
  7. Spend the Day at Mill Pond Park
  8. Take a Class at the Two Twelve Arts Center

 

#9. Experience Oktoberfest

An annual celebration of art, culture, great food and music, Saline’s Octoberfest celebrates Saline’s sister city relationship with Lindenberg, Germany. This year, Oktoberfest will take place on Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29.

Visitors will enjoy a juried art show, a traditional Bier Garden and German food favorites, Fireman’s Chili Challenge, a delicious bake sale, and all-day live music on the Main Stage and Local stage. Enjoy true town hospitality and a safe, friendly event environment.

For more information about Oktoberfest, please visit their website.

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12 Things to do in Saline – Take a Class at the Two Twelve Arts Center

Each week, for 12 weeks, we will feature something fun to do in Saline, Michigan. Located just 10 miles southwest of Ann Arbor, Saline is a lively community offering the charm of small town living combined with easy access to the vibrant cultural offerings of Ann Arbor.

  1. Watch a Movie in the Park
  2. Take a Trip to the Farmers Market
  3. Attend Saline’s Summerfest
  4. Enjoy the Sounds of the last Summer Music Series of the Season
  5. Dine Downtown
  6. Explore the Rentschler Farm Museum
  7. Spend the Day at Mill Pond Park

 

#8. Take a Class at the Two Twelve Arts Center


Located on Michigan Avenue, the Two Twelve Arts Center provides a creative hub for the community. The Center offers visual and performing artists the opportunity and space to come together to work, create, and teach.

The Center contributes to the cultural life of the residents of Saline by supporting a full schedule of classes, programs, performances and exhibits.

For more information about the Two Twelve Arts Center, please visit their website.

 

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12 Things to do in Saline – Spend the Day at Mill Pond Park

Each week, for 12 weeks, we will feature something fun to do in Saline, Michigan. Located just 10 miles southwest of Ann Arbor, Saline is a lively community offering the charm of small town living combined with easy access to the vibrant cultural offerings of Ann Arbor.

  1. Watch a Movie in the Park
  2. Take a Trip to the Farmers Market
  3. Attend Saline’s Summerfest
  4. Enjoy the Sounds of the last Summer Music Series of the Season
  5. Dine Downtown
  6. Explore the Rentschler Farm Museum

 

#7. Spend the Day at Mill Pond Park


The largest of the Saline Community Parks, Mill Pond Park spans 54 acres. Mil Pond Park, located on the north side of Michigan Avenue with an entrance off Bennett Street, hosts a multitude of events, picnics, play dates and parties throughout the year.

Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy the many nature trails, soccer fields, and large play structure that Mill Pond Park has to offer. Mill Pond also has a spacious pavilion with electricity, which is available for rent, as well as public bathrooms, an on-site grill, picnic tables, and a plethora of benches.

Mill Pond Park provides ample opportunities for enjoyment. Take a stroll along the nature trails, fish the Saline River, go canoeing, have a picnic, host an event or party, go sledding and cross country skiing, let your dog play in the one-acre dog park, or bring the kids to the amazing play structure. There is something for everyone to enjoy at Mill Pond Park.

 

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Enjoy the 77th Annual Saline Community Fair

Celebrating its 75th year, the Saline Community Fair is Tuesday, August 28th through Monday, September 3rd at the Farm Council Grounds. Promising something for everyone, the 2012 Saline Community Fair will feature music, animals, exhibits, rides, food and the 2012 Miss Saline Pageant.

Schedule of Events:

Tuesday, August 28
Rides open at 2:00pm
Miss Saline Pageant at 8:00pm

Wednesday, August 29
Senior Citizens’ Day: People 65 and up will be admitted for free until 1:00pm

Thursday, August 30
Preschool Day: Admission is $5 (ages 2 and up) 9:00am – 2:00pm

Friday, August 31
Ladies’ Day: All women 11 and older will get in for $5 until 1:00pm
Saline’s Got Talent at 6:00pm

Saturday, September 1
Children’s Day: Admission for ages 11 and up is $7
Float building begins at 10:30am with a parade at noon through the fairgrounds.

Visit SalineFair.org for a complete schedule of events.

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