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Posted on Thu, Oct 4, 2012 : 10:22 a.m.

Big names Dave Eggers and Doug Benson will be in town this weekend, and you can get the 'World in a Basket' at the Washtenaw Literacy fundraiser

By Ann Dwyer


The Ypsilanti Township 50 and Beyond Program presents a "Health Bazaar / Family Fun Day and Craft Fair" at the Ypsilanti Township Community Center. Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday will be the Health Bazaar and Craft Fair. Saturday is Family Fun Day (including games, prizes, crafts, face painting and more) and Craft Fair. Free. 2025 E. Clark Road, Ypsilanti. 734-544-3800.


Dave Eggers


Get some great gift baskets and help a great cause at the "World in a Basket Washtenaw Literacy Fundraiser" at the Morris Lawrence Building on the WCC campus on Friday. 5:30 p.m. The popular gala evening of live and silent auctions plus strolling dinner raises 20 percent of the group’s annual budget. Guests enjoy a ‘strolling supper’ and top-shelf microbrews and wine. $85. All tickets include beer, wine and strolling supper. For ticket information, call 734-879-1320. 4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor.


Bundle up for "Sweater Weather: An Autumn Orchard Picnic featuring Dave Eggers" on Friday at The Orchard. 7 p.m.Enjoy elegant food provided by the Produce Station and prepared by Chef Brad Greenhill of Righteous Rojo along with fine wine from Morgan & York. Dave Eggers, author and founder of publishing house McSweeney’s and nonprofit 826 National, will speak about 826michigan’s free programs, which reach nearly 2,500 Washtenaw County youth each year. $75, includes dinner and wine. Advance reservations are required. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit 312 Glendale, Ann Arbor.


Find unique items at the "Annual Indian Art And Frontier Antiques Show" at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds on Saturday. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. They will have dealers from across the country with Indian beadwork, historic early Michigan fur trade items, Indian and Colonial weapons and tools, burl bowls and effigy wooden ladles, plus many other related frontier and military antiques for sale and display. Adult admission is $5; children get in free. 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Ann Arbor. 734-429-3145.


Have fun at the "Run Scream Run 5K & 10K Race" at Wiard's Orchards & Country Fair on Saturday. 8:30 a.m.-noon. See website for exact start time for various events. Run in costume in the Freaky 5K or the Terrorizing 10K. There’s even a Cider Mill Mile for the kids. Walkers are welcome on this stroller-friendly course. $35 for the 5K and 10K, $14 for the kids mile.Register at 5565 Merritt Road, Ypsilanti. 734-482-7744.


The Dexter Lions Club "Apple Daze Festival" returns to Monument Park on Saturday. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a classic car show, craft booths, kids games with prizes, hay rides to the Dexter Cider Mill, live entertainment, pony rides, food, drinks and a pie eating contest. Free admission. Baker Road at Main St., Dexter.


Comedian Doug Benson will bring his stand up to the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase on Saturday. 4:20 p.m. (of course). Stoner comedian and creator of "The Marijuana-logues" was a finalist on "Last Comic Standing," and is a regular on "Best Week Ever" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live." $17 / $19. Downstairs at 314 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. 734-996-9080.