News briefs, May 29

  • Memorial Day is Monday! In a tradition practiced by communities across the country, Ypsilanti will be having its very own Memorial Day Procession. According to, the parade will have its staging area on Catherine Street and will run down Huron Street to Cross Street, then go past the south side of campus to the cemetery.
  • Depot Town Restraints Bombers will be having a special Memorial Day Breakfast starting at 7:00 a.m. The breakfast will only last until closing time at 3:00 p.m.
  • Food accessibility is closer to Eastern than you think. The Ypsilanti Farmers Market sets up on Washington Street, downtown, every Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The fresh food is locally grown and contributes to the local economy.
  • Sarah Jackson is organizing a pick-up game of volleyball at the Lake House Volleyball Courts Tuesday, May 31. It starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • The Christian group Tuesday Life is having its meeting in the United Christian Fellowship House on St. John Street at 7:00 p.m., May 31. Attendance is free.
  • The Mark-Jefferson Planetarium sphere is going to be exploring Saturn, Tuesday night, May 31. Starting at 7:15 p.m., the hour long show will cost $5.
  • EMU’s Astronomy Club will be meeting at the top of Sherzer Hall at 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 31. This is weather permitting, and anyone is welcome to attend for free and see the heavens close up.
  • The Summer Science Research Initiative is going to be hosting Dr. Jeff Guthrie at noon, Wednesday, June 1. Guthrie’s lecture on “Analytical Methods for the Determination of Microcystin Toxin from the Cyanobacteria Microcystis” is free and LBC approved.
  • Thursdays are Life Jazz Nights at the Captivate Coffee House. This is in Depot Town, south of the Thompson Block. Live dancing on River Street begins at 7:00 p.m.
  • The Rec/IM’s Friday Walking Program will be begin in front of the Lake House at 12:00 noon, Friday, June 3. Attendance is free.
  • The Last Five Years is going to premiere at the Quirk/Spongberg Theater, Friday, June 3. Starting at 7:00 p.m., this play is “an intimate and powerful musical with book, music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown,” according to the theater program. The story centers around two New Yorkers over the course of five years, displaying their process of falling into and out of love in “unconventional story telling.” Tickets are $15 and LBC approved.
  • Coffee with Creative’s is a social and business networking opportunity for writers, painters, sculptors, film makers and musicians – anyone creative – in the Ypsilanti Area. People will starting showing up at 10:00 a.m. at Cultivate Coffee and Taphouse, in Depot Town.
  • The United States is one of the most diverse countries in the world and the Culture Roundtable Discussion wants everyone to remember that with its Culture Roundtable Discussion at 1:00 p.m. May 5. According to, “the goal of this group is to create a friendly environment of individuals to share their cultures, traditions, beliefs without judgment. It is also a chance to open up and learn about how people are similar, despite differences of cultures, background, appearances.” Attendance to this meeting at Cultivate Coffee are part of a weekly schedule of activities that range from French Conversation to Math and Physics Tutoring to Knitting.
  • Depot Town has Bike Night every Tuesday night. Beginning at 5:30 p.m. June 5, contemporary and classic bikes will line Cross Street for anyone to admire.
  • Opera is going to bursting out of the windows of Sidetracks, Tuesday, June 7. According to Visit Ypsi, live food will be served over arias and art songs. Reservations for the 8:30 p.m. show must be made in advance with Sidetracks. They can be contacted at 734.483.5230.

  • More than 50 restaurants will be Grillin’ for Food Gatherers on Sunday, June 12, according to This is a fund raiser for healthy food access and is a non-profit founded by Ypsilanti Mayor Amanda Edmonds. This event will feature live music, kid’s games and a silent auction. This will be at the Washtenaw Farm Council at 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Road starting at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $75 in advance and $85 on site. Children under 13 enter free. 

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