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Sports, Dancing, Nature, & Recreation

Despite Ann Arbor's "four seasons a day" weather, its numerous parks and sports venues provide ample opportunity to work up a sweat, or just get out and about. The Calendar covers them all.





 
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Monday


January 2013
 5:30-7 p.m. 

Field Hockey Training Sessions.

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Weekly indoor winter (January-March) training sessions for high school aged and YOUNGER field hockey athletes. All skill levels welcome, even first timers. For more details check our website www.ferdelanchc.com
U of M Sport Coliseum, 721 S. Fifth St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. $38 per session ($35 per session, if you register for all 10). maren.langford@me.com. maren.langford@me.com www.ferdelancehc.com [map]
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 7:30-9:30 p.m. 

Tartan & Thistle Scottish Country Dancers.

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Every Mon. Jigs, reels, and strathspeys. Usually with live music. All dances taught; dances this month are particularly beginner-friendly.
7:30-9:30 p.m., the Barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $5. 395-7782, 769-1052, 426-0241. [map]
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Tuesday


January 2013
 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Chelsea Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 35-45 or 55-65 miles, to either Stockbridge, Grass Lake, Napoleon, Munith, or Pleasant Lake.
9 a.m., meet at Aberdeen Bike & Fitness, 1175 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. (517) 285-6830. [map]
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 7-9:30 p.m. 

English Country Dancing: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Tues. Historical and traditional English dancing to live music. All dances taught. No partner or experience needed. Bring flat, nonslip shoes (running shoes OK). First-timers are asked to arrive at 7 p.m.
7-9:30 p.m., Chapel Hill Condominium clubhouse, 3350 Green Rd. (park on Burbank). $7 (students, $4; kids age 13 & under with a parent, free). 665-7704. [map]
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Wednesday


January 2013
 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Birding in Colombia": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Slide-illustrated talk by WAS member Kevin Sharp, a former professional photographer.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free. 677-3275. [map]
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 9-11 p.m. 

Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.

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Every Wed., except Jan. 2. Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner needed. Bring casual or nicer shoes that stay on your feet when you're active. Preceded by beginning Lindy hop (7 p.m.) and beginning swing (8 p.m.) lessons.
9-11 p.m., Michigan Union Pendleton Room (Jan. 9 & 16), Michigan League Vandenberg Room (Jan. 23), & Michigan League Ballroom (Jan. 30). $5 (students, $4), includes lessons. 945-8428. [map]
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Saturday


January 2013
 8:30 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Winter Birds of Washtenaw": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Fraleigh's Landscape Nursery (Dexter) nursery manager Dan Sparks-Jackson leads a hike through the Arb to look for birds wintering in the county, including snow buntings, Lapland longspurs, red- and white-wing crossbills, pine siskins, redpolls, and more.
8:30 a.m.-noon, meet in the park-n-ride lot just northeast of the I-94 and M-52 interchange, Chelsea. Free. 677-3275.
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 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Eco-Restoration Workday: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.

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Jan. 12 & 19. All invited to help Matthaei staff members remove invasive plants. Dress for outdoor work. Snacks and tools provided, or bring your own. Note: Kids age 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Youth ages 16-18 must submit a permission form.
9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Arb Reader Center (Jan. 12), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (Jan. 19), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration requested. 647-8528. [map]
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 9-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Birding the Open Fields": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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A hike through new parkland to look for birds of prey, wintering sparrows and bluebirds, pheasants, and more. Followed by hot drinks. Note: the group will drive to some of the bird watching locations.
9-11 a.m., Rolling Hills County Park, meet at the lodge, 7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti Twp. Free; $5 vehicle entry fee. 971-6337, ext. 334. [map]
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 11:30 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium Shows.

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Every Sat. & Sun. and Jan. 2-4. Four different audiovisual planetarium shows. The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. Sat. & Jan. 2-4, 1:30 Sat. & Sun, & Jan. 2-4, & 3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an exploration of the current night sky. Season of Light (2:30 p.m. Jan. 2-4) is an audiovisual show about various ancient and modern solstice celebrations, including Christmas and Hanukkah. Light Years from Andromeda (Sat. 12:30 & 2:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show narrated by Star Trek actor Michael Dorn that shows the changes that occurred on Earth during the 2.8 million years it took a light beam to travel from Andromeda. Black Holes (Sun. 2:30 p.m.) is an animated show that begins with the formation of the early Universe and the birth and death of stars and concludes with a simulated flight to a supermassive black hole lurking at the center of the Milky Way. Note: There is a different planetarium show on MLK Day (see Jan. 21 listing).

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Various times, Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
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 7-10 p.m. 

International Folk Dancing: Ann Arbor Folk Dancers.

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Open European and Middle Eastern folk dancing to recorded music. The program begins with a lesson.
7-10 p.m., the barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $5 (students, $3) donation. 709-8748. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

3rd Saturday Contra Dance: Pittsfield Grange.

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With callers Robin Warner & Peter Baker. Preceded at 7:30 p.m. by a beginner lesson. Bring flat, smooth-sole shoes.

Jan. 19: the Stouthearted String Band.

Feb. 16: Live music by Big Fun.

Mar. 16: band TBA.

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8 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. $10 (members, $7). 426-0241. [map]
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Sunday


January 2013
 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Jackson County Brunch Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. Moderate-paced ride, 25-50 miles, along the less traveled roads of scenic Jackson County.
9 a.m., meet at Cavanaugh Lake Park, Cavanaugh Lake Rd., Waterloo Recreation Area, 3.2 miles west of Chelsea. Free. 994-5908. [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon 

Youth Softball Clinic at the University of Michigan: U-Meet the Athlete.

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Meet and play softball with the University of Michigan Softball Team! U-Meet the Athlete gives children grades K-8 the opportunity to participate in sport clinics with University of Michigan varsity student-athletes. The goal is to have fun while stressing the importance of mastering sport-specific fundamentals, doing well in school, and living a healthy lifestyle. Please visit our website for more information and to download a registration form!
Intramural Sports Building, 606 E Hoover Ave. $20. 734-764-1342. kidsport@umich.edu www.kines.umich.edu/umove/u-meet-the-athlete [map]
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 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

H.A.C. Ultimate.

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Every Sun. All invited to a very relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Note: Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
11:15 a.m., Mitchell Field, Fuller Rd. Free. hac_ultimate@ameritech.net, 846-9418.
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 Noon-3 p.m.  Free! 

"7th Annual Worst Day of the Year Ride": Wheels in Motion Cycle and Fitness.

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All invited to join rides of 40 miles, 20 miles, 12 miles, and 6 miles around Ann Arbor. Also, an "Abominable Snow Man" mountain bike ride, dependent on trail conditions. All rides end up at Arbor Brewing Company. Snacks, prizes, and giveaways.
Noon (40-mile ride), 1 p.m. (20-mile ride & mountain bike ride), 2 p.m. (12-mile ride), & 2:30 p.m. (6-mile ride), meet at the Farmers' Market, Detroit St. at N. Fifth Ave. Reservations requested at wheelsinmotion.us. Free. 971-2121.
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 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium Shows.

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Every Sat. & Sun. and Jan. 2-4. Four different audiovisual planetarium shows. The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. Sat. & Jan. 2-4, 1:30 Sat. & Sun, & Jan. 2-4, & 3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an exploration of the current night sky. Season of Light (2:30 p.m. Jan. 2-4) is an audiovisual show about various ancient and modern solstice celebrations, including Christmas and Hanukkah. Light Years from Andromeda (Sat. 12:30 & 2:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show narrated by Star Trek actor Michael Dorn that shows the changes that occurred on Earth during the 2.8 million years it took a light beam to travel from Andromeda. Black Holes (Sun. 2:30 p.m.) is an animated show that begins with the formation of the early Universe and the birth and death of stars and concludes with a simulated flight to a supermassive black hole lurking at the center of the Milky Way. Note: There is a different planetarium show on MLK Day (see Jan. 21 listing).

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Various times, Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
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 2-4 p.m. 

Family Dance: Pittsfield Union Grange.

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All kids, accompanied by an adult, invited for contra and square dancing with live music by David West and Donna Baird. Followed by Grange-baked cookies.
2-4 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). $12 per family. 769-1052. [map]
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