Your Ann Arbor-area guide to Easter egg hunts and other seasonal festivities

Children race to collect as many eggs as possible during the Jaycees' Easter Egg Scramble at Frog Island Park in Ypsilanti, Saturday, April 12, 2014. Courtney Sacco | The Ann Arbor News

Children race to collect as many eggs as possible during the Jaycees’ Easter Egg Scramble at Frog Island Park in Ypsilanti, Saturday, April 12, 2014. Courtney Sacco | The Ann Arbor News

From egg hunts to marshmallow drops, here’s a guide to what’s going on around the Ann Arbor area this Easter weekend. If you have any other suggestions, feel free to add them in the comments section at the end of this post.

FRIDAY – April 18

Connection Church’s Good Friday Easter egg hunt will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. Children ages 2-11 can collect eggs while winning lots of cool prizes. Free. Connection Church is located at 3855 S. Sheldon Rd. in Canton.

Read the rest of my article at [The Ann Arbor News].

5 things to do around Ann Arbor this week: Comedian Mark Knope, Easter Egg Scramble and more

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin performs tonight at the Hill Auditorium. (Kristof Fischer)

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin performs tonight at the Hill Auditorium. (Kristof Fischer)

Stand-up comedy, live music and an Eastern Egg Scramble for the little ones are among the local event opportunities on the Ann Arbor entertainment calendar this week. See full details below.

Easter Egg Scramble at Hudson Hills Metropark. Children ages 12 and under can enjoy the Farmer John and the Barnyard Express animal show, participate in fun activities, hunt for eggs and meet the Easter Bunny himself. Today at noon at Hudson Hills Metropark, 8801 N. Territorial Rd. in Dexter. Tickets cost $4-6 ($7 vehicle entrance fee), available in advance at 734-426-8211.

Read the rest of my article at [The Ann Arbor News].

Giant dance party set to take place in front of U-M’s iconic Angell Hall

U-M's iconic Angell Hall

U-M’s iconic Angell Hall

Imagine this: You’re standing in front of Angell Hall, one of architect Albert Kahn’s most well-known University of Michigan buildings. It’s dark, chilly and windy when all of a sudden, lasers beams are everywhere, including the eight massive Doric columns that frame the front portico of Angell Hall. Then, blaring dance music fills the air while the eight-student K-Pop dance troupe, K-Motion, takes the stage, showing off their slick moves in between the columns.

To top it all off, a DJ who goes by the name Scout is hoisted 15 feet above the crowd, while hundreds of students and community members dance the night away. Sounds crazy, right? Well, that’s exactly what’s happening on Tuesday, April 22 from 9-10:30 p.m. on the lawn of U-M’s Angell Hall (435 S. State St., Ann Arbor).

Read the rest of my article [The Ann Arbor News].

Encore Musical Theatre presents ‘The Foreigner’ starting this weekend

Adrian Diffey (Charlie), Fran Potasnik (Froggy, dressed in camouflage) and Kathryn Mahard (Catherine, sitting in the chair) rehearsing for opening night. (Thalia Schramm)

Adrian Diffey (Charlie), Fran Potasnik (Froggy, dressed in camouflage) and Kathryn Mahard (Catherine, sitting in the chair) rehearsing for opening night. (Thalia Schramm)

This weekend, the Encore Musical Theatre will present Larry Shue’s production of “The Foreigner,” directed by Paul Hopper in Dexter.

Winning two Obie Awards and two Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best New American Play and Best Off-Broadway Production, “The Foreigner” is a hilarious farce about a stranger in a strange land.

Read the rest of my article at [The Ann Arbor News].

Meryl White and Charlie White continue to wow judges on ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Meryl Davis, left, of Canton, and Charlie White, of Bloomfield Hills, skate together at the US Figure Skating Championships in Boston on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. The Michigan skaters are heading to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi Russia to compete for Team USA. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/AP Images for Puffs)

Meryl Davis, left, of Canton, and Charlie White, of Bloomfield Hills, skate together at the US Figure Skating Championships in Boston on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. The Michigan skaters are heading to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi Russia to compete for Team USA. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/AP Images for Puffs)

University of Michigan students and Olympic gold medalist ice dancers Charlie White and Meryl Davis continue to remind everyone week after week precisely why they’re the ones to beat on this season’s “Dancing with the Stars.”

Only a few weeks in, and these local favorites have already established themselves as frontrunners. Not even last night’s big switch up could throw them for a loop.

Read the rest of my article at [The Ann Arbor News].

A2Y Chamber’s first Fashion Forward event will showcase designs from Ann Arbor-area retailers

Brianne Bowen | MLive file photo

Brianne Bowen | MLive file photo

A2Y Converge, the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Chamber’s organization for young professionals, will be hosting its first-ever FASHION FORWARD event on Friday, April 4 from 8-10 p.m. at the Ann Arbor City Club.

This upcoming spring fashion show will feature nearly 30 Ann Arbor-area students and businessmen and women modeling the latest spring/summer trends from local retailers, including Trish’s Garage, Today Clothing and Bivouac. There will also be a cash bar and raffle with gift certificates from Silpada Jewelry Designs and Lewis Jewelers up for grabs.

Read the rest of my article at [The Ann Arbor News].

10 things to know about UMS Choral Union and Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra ahead of Hill Auditorium concert

Jerry Blackstone will conduct the UMS Choral Union and the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra during their "Brahms' German Requiem" performance on Friday, April 4 at 8 p.m. at the Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor. (Courtesy of Mark Gjukich Photography)

Jerry Blackstone will conduct the UMS Choral Union and the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra during their “Brahms’ German Requiem” performance on Friday, April 4 at 8 p.m. at the Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor. (Courtesy of Mark Gjukich Photography)

The UMS Choral Union and the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra are scheduled to play at the Hill Auditorium on Friday, April 4 at 8 p.m. With a combined history spanning more than 200 years, they’ll perform German composer and pianist Johannes Brahms’ German Requiem in Ann Arbor for the first time in more than a decade, but before they do, here are 10 things you should know about the performers and performance itself.

Read the rest of my article at [The Ann Arbor News].