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Posted on Thu, Aug 30, 2012 : 8:33 a.m.

Ann Arbor food & drink calendar for the week of Aug. 30 - Sept. 6

By AnnArbor.com Staff

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Today
Brew for the River Event. 5-7:30 p.m. Arbor Brewing, 114 E. Washington, Ann Arbor. Back by popular demand, five Ann Arbor microbreweries are teaming up with Huron River Watershed Council (HRWC) to sponsor a night dedicated to water, beer, and the people who love both. Wolverine, Jolly Pumpkin, Grizzly Peak, Arbor Brewing and Blue Tractor are hosting the second annual BREW FOR THE RIVER event every Thursday night from Aug. 9 to Sept. 6. All of the Brew Events are Free and open to the public. The brewers are donating a portion of proceeds from sales to the Huron River Watershed Council. The only cost is to participate in the optional passport activity at the first event at Wolverine on Aug. 9 for $5. Attend all five events and get five stamps on the passport to be eligible for a grand prize drawing at the Blue Tractor on Sept. 6. (The Grand Prize is a growler a month for 10 months, from the participating microbreweries). Aug 30: Arbor Brewing: Matt and Rene of ABC are premiering Silver Creek for your enjoyment in their completed Green Brewery. No cover charge. http://www.hrwc.org/events/brew-for-the-river.

Thursday Night Rush Hour Relief at the Wine Bar. 5-8:30 p.m. Cranbrook Whole Foods, 990 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor, at the wine bar. Each Thursday evening, experts lead an exploration of wine, cheese and appetizers. This week’s topic: Michigan wines. 734-997-7500.

Friday
Dixboro Farmers Market. 3:30-7:30 p.m. Dixboro United Methodist Church, 5221 Church Road, Ann Arbor. We have a wide variety of food only vendors as well as ready-to-eat meals for a village green picnic. No admission; price of purchases. 734-665-5632.

Saturday
Legion Riders Steak Dinner. 5-7:30 p.m. American Legion Post #419, 9807 Whitewood Road, Pinckney. The Legion Riders Steak Dinner, sponsored by the Pinckney American Legion Riders Chapter #419. $10. 734-878-9522 or 734-341-4249.

Saline Farmers Market. 8 a.m.-noon. On Ann Arbor Street just south of Michigan Avenue in Saline. Fresh local produce and fruit are on offer, as well as local cheese, butter, honey, maple syrup, jams, eggs, meat, coffee and baked goods. Also available are flowers, plants, hanging baskets, planters, annuals, perennials, and vegetable and herb plants. There are a variety of hand-crafted items such as wood bowls and pens, jewelry, garden art, soap and more, all created by local artisans. Master Gardeners from the Michigan State University Master Gardener program are available to answer questions at the market during May, June and September. Bridge Cards, Senior Project Fresh and WIC (Women with Infant Children) Project Fresh coupons can be redeemed to buy fresh produce and fruit at our Market. Patrons can visit the Bridge Card booth at the Saturday Saline Farmers Market and obtain wooden tokens in $1 increments for the amount requested to be added to their Bridge Card. Tokens can be redeemed at the Tuesday Saline Farmers Market but can only be purchased at the Saturday Market. For more information, call Nancy Crisp at 734 429-3518, email salinefarmersmarket@comcast.net or visit cityofsaline.org/farmersmarket.

Sunday
Labor Day Weekend Country Style Breakfast. 8:30-11 a.m. St. Mary's Catholic Parish, 10601 Dexter Pinckney Road, Pinckney. St. Mary’s Men’s Club in Pinckney is sponsoring our annual “Labor Day Weekend Country Style Breakfast” at the Parish located south of M-36 at 10601 Dexter Pinckney Road in Putnam Township. The cost for breakfast is a free-will donation. Proceeds will be used to help support the maintenance of our Parish Kitchen. We have the best menu in the area which includes: fried or scrambled eggs, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, French toast, pancakes, quiche, ham, pork sausage, and of course our renowned “waffle station”. We are proud to welcome the talented Tony Giamanco, as our musical guest. Multi-chance raffles add to the fun. 734-878-3161.

Monday
Labor Day Picnic: Ann Arbor Democratic Party. 3-7 p.m. Elks Lodge, 220 Sunset, Ann Arbor. Picnic includes barbecued ribs, chicken, catfish and veggie burgers. All encouraged to bring a salad (last names A-M) or dessert (N-Z) to share, Nonalcoholic beverages provided; cash bar. All invited. $10 for adults; kids 10 and younger eat for free. 829-8920, 945-1639 or 559-5558.

Milan Senior Nutrition Program. 11:45 a.m. Milan Senior & Community Activity Center, 45 Neckel Court, Milan. In partnership with the Washtenaw County Senior Nutrition Program, they offer a nutritionally balanced meal three afternoons a week: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. There is a suggested donation of $2.50 for anyone who is 60 years or older and a fee of $5 for anyone under the age of 60. They do ask for 48 hour advanced reservations. Call or stop by the office. 734-439-1549.

Tuesday
Phil’s Wine Discoveries. 4-6 p.m. Cranbrook Whole Foods, 990 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor, at the wine bar. A Whole Foods wine specialist leads tastings of three wines.  Free. 734-997-7500.

Cobblestone Farm farmer's market. 4-7 p.m. Located at the historic Cobblestone Farm, this market will feature local, organically grown produce every Tuesday evening beginning June 19. No admission charge; price of purchases. www.cobblestonefarmmarket.com.

Saline Farmers Market. 3-7 p.m. Saline District Library, 555 N. Maple Road, Saline. Fresh local produce and fruit are on offer, as well as local cheese, butter, honey, maple syrup, jams, eggs, meat, coffee and baked goods. Also available are flowers, plants, hanging baskets, planters, annuals, perennials, and vegetable and herb plants. There are a variety of hand-crafted items such as wood bowls and pens, jewelry, garden art, soap and more, all created by local artisans. Master Gardeners from the Michigan State University Master Gardener program are available to answer questions at the market during May, June and September. Bridge Cards, Senior Project Fresh and WIC (Women with Infant Children) Project Fresh coupons can be redeemed to buy fresh produce and fruit at our Market. Patrons can visit the Bridge Card booth at the Saturday Saline Farmers Market and obtain wooden tokens in $1 increments for the amount requested to be added to their Bridge Card. Tokens can be redeemed at the Tuesday Saline Farmers Market but can only be purchased at the Saturday Market. For more information, call Nancy Crisp at 734 429-3518, email salinefarmersmarket@comcast.net or visit cityofsaline.org/farmersmarket.

Lunch is Served. Noon-1 p.m. Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor. Repeats every Tuesday and Friday. Reservations are required with two days prior notice. Suggested donation for those over 60 years of age is $2.50, for all others, $5. Call 734-998-9353 for reservations.

Wednesday
Wednesday Evening Farmers Market. 4:30-8:30 p.m. Ann Arbor Farmers Market, 315 Detroit St., Ann Arbor. At the Wednesday Evening Farmers Market, you'll find local produce and food from some of your favorite farmers and vendors from the Saturday and Wednesday markets, plus many innovative new vendors. There will be live music, food carts, and throughout the season a non-profit sponsored beer and wine garden, as well as educational food demos and more. Free admission. Visit www.a2gov.org/market for more information.

Wednesday Wine Tasting. 6 p.m. Paesano's Italian Restaurant, 3411 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. This informal wine tasting allows patrons to sample five up and coming wines from Italy. Joined by one of Paesano's knowledgeable wine purveyors, the staff creates tasty appetizers to accompany the bold flavors. $25. www.paesanosannarbor.com.

Thursday, Aug. 30
Brew for the River Event. 5-7:30 p.m. Blue Tractor, 205 E. Washington, Ann Arbor. Back by popular demand, five Ann Arbor microbreweries have teamed up with Huron River Watershed Council to sponsor a night dedicated to water, beer, and the people who love both. Wolverine, Jolly Pumpkin, Grizzly Peak, Arbor Brewing and Blue Tractor host the second annual BREW FOR THE RIVER event every Thursday nights from Aug. 9 to Sept. 6. All of the Brew Events are Free and open to the public. The brewers are donating a portion of proceeds from sales to the Huron River Watershed Council. The only cost is to participate in the optional passport activity at the first event at Wolverine on Aug. 9 for $5. (The Grand Prize is a growler a month for 10 months, from the participating microbreweries). Sept. 6: Rounding out the set of awesome beers and brewers, Tim Schmidt will be brewing Hay Creek at the last (but certainly not least) event. Passports with five stamps will be submitted here, and the winners will be announced though they must be present to win. No cover charge. http://www.hrwc.org/events/brew-for-the-river.

Coney Dog and Root Beer Float Night. 5-8 p.m. American Legion Post #419, 9807 Whitewood Road, Pinckney. $1.25 per Coney dog. For more information call 734- 878-9522 or 734-341-4249.

Thursday Night Rush Hour Relief at the Wine Bar. 5-8:30 p.m. Cranbrook Whole Foods, 990 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor, at the wine bar. Each Thursday evening, experts lead an exploration of wine, cheese and appetizers. This week’s topic: TBA. 734-997-7500.

To submit events for this calendar, e-mail calendar@annarbor.com.