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Posted on Sun, Oct 14, 2012 : 5:58 a.m.

Celebrate the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museums' birthday; Paula Cole to perform at the Ark

By Ann Dwyer


The "Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum’s Birthday Party" ends today, so bring the kids for special activities. Noon - 4 p.m. Celebrate the 30th anniversary with Ann Arbor's premier kids' museum. Admission is free for members and children under 2 years old; $10 for ages 2 and up. 220 E. Ann St., Ann Arbor. 734-995-5439.


There will be a "Fall Festival at Hack House Museum." Noon to 4 p.m. See apple cider made just like in the old days, early laundry techniques, honey bees at work, fire trucks and classic cars on display and farm animals. Enjoy a hot dog and chips. Pick up some soaps, candles, pumpkins, apples, baked goods or homemade cider. Free admission. 775 County St., Milan.


Learn about one of Ann Arbor's most famous residents at a reading from "Living the Faith: A Life of Tom Monaghan" at the Michigan Theater. 2 p.m. "Living the Faith: A Life of Tom Monaghan" by Ann Arbor-based freelance writer James Leonard is a sympathetic but critical portrait of one of America's most fascinating and controversial business and religious figures. Advance tickets are available for $5 through 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. 734-668-8397.


Go "Around the World with the Ypsilanti Community Choir" for their community fundraiser at the Riverside Arts Center. 2 p.m. The afternoon will be filled with solos and small and large ensembles - all extolling the wonders of the fabulous places that make up this fabulous world of ours. At intermission, guests will enjoy desserts and sparkling beverages, provided by Haab’s Restaurant. $20. 76 N. Huron St., Ypsilanti. 734-480-2787.


See Paula Cole perform live The Ark. 7:30 p.m. Cole has broken boundaries with a searcher’s spirit. From her top ten hits of the 1990s to her more recent critically acclaimed albums, Cole continues to write, produce, record, and perform heartfelt, meaningful, lasting music that defies categorization. $25. 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. 734-761-1800.


Enjoy local cuisine at Growing Hope’s "Chefs in the Garden" dinner at the Growing Hope Center. 5-8 p.m. Chefs Brandon Johns (Grange) and Bona Sera. The theme is Economic Development in Ypsilanti. Gather with others who care about the vitality of our community & region, and see how food and agriculture are and can be a part of Ypsilanti's positive future. This dinner will support our Downtown Ypsilanti Farmers' Market and other community revitalization projects. Purchase tickets online at $45 ($25 is tax deductible). 922 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. 734-786-8401.