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‘Alice@Wonderland, the play, at Concord Opera House

Concord Area Players summer youth choir in conjunction with Pioneer Drama Services will present the play Alice@Wonderland. Performances are scheduled for Aug. 3, 4 and 5 at 7 p.m.; and Sunday the 6 at 3 p.m. in the Opera House at Concord Library located at 108 S. Main St. in Concord.

This show, written by Jonathan Yukich, is a modern adaptation of the well-loved Lewis Carroll tale. All the well-known characters will be present such as Alice, the Queen of Hearts, Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, and many more.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Concord Library during regular business hours: Monday and Friday 1-6 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, email at concordareaplays@gmail.com or call 517-905-1379.

The Michigan Theatre presents . . . 

The Brooklyn and Jackson Kiwanis Clubs are sponsoring the Michigan Theatre Summer Kids Film Series. The next scheduled film is Trolls, which runs Aug. 1-3. The doors open at 9:30 a.m. and the film is shown at 10 a.m., and at 1:30 p.m. and the film is shown at 2 p.m.

For more information, call 783-0811. The Michigan Theatre is located at 124 N. Mechanic Street, Jackson.



Big Boy Cruise in

Brooklyn Big Boy will host its cruise night Wednesday, July 26 at the restaurant, which is located at 329 S. Main St. in Brooklyn from 5 to around 8 p.m.


Cruise in July in downtown Jackson

This family oriented event will be held Friday, July 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Michigan Avenue in downtown Jackson. Activities will include a variety of vendors, food trucks and cars. For more information or to participate in this event, visit www.jacksonDDA.org/forms or call 788-4355.


Classic car show returns to

Walker Tavern Historic Site Aug. 6

Since the first decades of the 20th century, automobile travelers have enjoyed touring Michigan’s Irish Hills region, often stopping at Walker Tavern Historic Site near Brooklyn. Now, Walker Tavern Historic Site celebrates the cars of the great era of automobile travel with its annual classic car show, “Walker On Wheels,” taking place Sunday, Aug. 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free for those not showing a vintage vehicle.

“The car show is one of our most anticipated events,” said Walker Tavern Historic Site historian Laurie Perkins. “Visitors admire the classic cars and enjoy hearing about the vehicles from the owners, there are tours of our historic buildings, and our farmers market is open. It’s quite a fun-filled day for the entire family.”

Owners of cars or trucks older than 1967 can show off their vintage vehicles and compete for prizes at Walker On Wheels. Registration is $20 and begins at 9 a.m.; the first 50 vehicles receive commemorative dash plaques. A registration form is available on the Walker On Wheels webpage.

Walker On Wheels is sponsored by the Friends of Walker Tavern and Oh These Irish Hills!

Walker Tavern Historic Site is a nationally accredited museum located at the junction of U.S. 12 and M-50 in Cambridge Junction Historic State Park. A Recreation Passport is required for park entry. Walker Tavern Historic Site is part of the MotorCities National Heritage Area. For more information, call 517-241-0731 or visit michigan.gov/walkertavern.


Free walking tour, picnic, and concert at Mann House

Summer fun stretches from afternoon into evening at the Mann House, a Victorian home located in Concord, Mich. On Saturday, July 22, the Mann House is the starting point of a downtown walking tour and, afterward, hosts a musical concert on its grounds. All activities are free of charge.

From 4 to 5 p.m., staff at the Mann House will lead a walking tour of downtown Concord, a historic district listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

“Mann House is part of a vibrant community,” said site historian Laurie Perkins. “The walking tour allows us to introduce our visitors to the history and architecture of some of our neighbors.”

The walking tour includes 10 points of interest and lasts approximately one hour.

Local gospel and bluegrass artists Acoustic Strings will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. in the west yard of the Mann House. Historically, the Mann House was no stranger to midsummer celebrations with music and friends.

“The Mann sisters, Mary Ida and Jessie, often entertained their friends with evening musicals around the home’s upright piano,” said Perkins. “Now, we invite our visitors to bring a picnic lunch, a lawn chair and a friend to enjoy music under the shade of our magnificent walnut trees.”

The walking tour and concert will take place weather permitting.

During the 2017 summer season, visitors can tour the Mann House Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Sept. 3. Admission is free.

The Mann House is a nationally accredited museum located at 205 Hanover St. in the village of Concord, 12 miles west of Jackson via M-60. For more information, call 517-241-0731 or visit www.michigan.gov/mannhouse.



Sheep dog splash and dash obstacle course

 The Sheep Dog Splash and Dash will be held Saturday, July 29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event is an innovative obstacle course that allows kids to run, jump, and get muddy while conquering challenging obstacles. All proceeds will benefit the Sheep Dog Impact Assistance, a non-profit organization that exists to engage, assist and empower our nation’s military, law enforcement, fire and rescue, and EMS professions.

Sheep Dog Splash and Dash aims to provide an adventurous obstacle course for kids in Jackson County and surrounding areas. Registration is for 1-8 grade. The 2,000 foot obstacle course will cover the grounds of Westwinds Community Church and Paragon Charter Academy. The 15 plus obstacles included are designed by local fitness professionals, teachers, military, and community volunteers.

“We expect police, fire and rescue workers to be joining us at Sheep Dog Splash and Dash, since the event honors the work they do,” says Corey Elder, the Michigan Team Leader with Sheep Dog Impact Assistance. Sheep Dog Impact Assistance program serves our nation’s military, police, fire and rescue workers that are in need of assistance. Additionally, they mobilize forces to provide disaster relief. “Having an obstacle course that challenges the kids helps them to tap into their own heroism,” says Terri McGarry, the Kids Journey Designer at Westwinds. “Taking the proceeds from that event and using them to benefit the heroes that serve us every day is a perfect fit. We believe in inspiring kids to acts of heroism and generosity.”

Families can cheer their kids on and may attend the event at no charge. Athletes will compete in grades in designated heats. There is an opportunity for a parent/guardian run and a puppy run, where you can bring your dog to try the obstacles. Vendors will be onsite with concessions.

For more information, visit www.sheepdogsplash.com. Westwinds Community Church is located at 1000 Robinson Road, Jackson.


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