Best Bets: Support the Wild Swan Theater and enjoy a New Holland Brewery Dinner at The Grange
Attend a book signing and talk with Helen Pattskyn, author of "Ghosthunting Michigan," at Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tearoom on Tuesday. 7 p.m. Whether you believe in ghosts or other aspects of the paranormal, every culture has its folklore and many people have had an experience they simply cannot explain. Pattskyn decided to investigate for herself. Free. 114 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. 734-665-2757.
Winter doesn't have to be barren. Steven Nikkila will talk about creating "An Enchanting Winter Garden" at the First United Methodist Church of Chelsea as hosted by the Chelsea Area Garden Club on Tuesday. 7 p.m. Nikkila is a photographer and horticulturist. Admission is free, but donations are accepted and used for civic beautification, scholarship programs and community projects. 128 Park St., Chelsea. 734-475-8119.
There will be a "Wild Swan Theater Benefit" at The Ark on Tuesday. 7:30 p.m. Wild Swan Theater has been delighting family audiences since 1980 with performances that blend storytelling, movement, and music into magical, accessible experiences. Tickets are priced at $100 (includes a wine and appetizer reception and a $75 tax deductible donation to Wild Swan Theater) and $33 (includes a $15 tax deductible donation). Contact the theater at 734-995-0530 to purchase tickets and for more information on this event. 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. 734-761-1800.
It's time again for "The Moth: Live Storytelling" at Circus Bar & Billiards on Tuesday. Doors open at 6 p.m., stories begin at 7:30 p.m. Moth shows are renowned for the great range of human experience they showcase. Each show starts with a theme, and the storytellers explore it, often in unexpected ways. Each story is true. This week's theme is (appropriately) "Haunted." $5 at the door. 210 S. First St., Ann Arbor.
The Kempf House Museum will offer a lecture on "Restoring Antique Furniture; How to Judge What Should or Shouldn’t Be Done" on Wednesday. Noon-1 p.m. The president of Littlefield and Sons Furniture Service in Ann Arbor will talk about what he looks for when furniture is brought to him, and how he decides what restoration is needed. $2. 312 S. Division St., Ann Arbor. 734-994-4898.
Enjoy a "New Holland Beer Dinner" at Grange Kitchen and Bar on Wednesday. 6:30 p.m. Grange will partner with Holland, Michigan’s New Holland Brewing to feature a harvest themed dinner. The event will include a five-course meal prepared from the finest seasonal ingredients paired with New Holland libations. $55 per person, excluding tax and tip. 118 W. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. 734-995-2107.
Journalist Tim Skubick will discuss the 2012 election at WCC in the Towsley Auditorium at WCC on Wednesday. 6:30 p.m. Senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick will discuss the political landscape of the Presidential election in a special community forum hosted by WCC. The discussion will include an audience question-and-answer period. Free. 4800 E. Huron River Dr., Ann Arbor. 734-677-5033.