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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


February 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


February 2013
 7-9:30 p.m. 

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

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Feb. 5, 12, & 19. 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). $8 (students, $4; kids age 13 & under with a parent, free). 665-7704. [map]
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 9 p.m. 

U-M Men's Basketball vs. Ohio State.

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9 p.m., Crisler Center. $5-$22. 764-0247.
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Wednesday


February 2013
 9-11 p.m. 

Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.

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Every Wed. Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner needed. Bring casual or nicer shoes that stay on your feet when you're active. The Feb. 13 dance is a "Vintage Valentine Dance" with live music by Alex Belhaj's Crescent City Quartet.
9-11 p.m., Michigan Union U-Club (Feb. 6), Michigan League Ballroom (Feb. 13), Michigan League Vandenberg Room (Feb. 20), & Michigan Union Pendleton Room (Feb. 27). $5 (students, $4; $1 discount for members). 945-8428. [map]
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Thursday


February 2013
 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Chelsea Winter Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon., Dec.-Mar. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 35-45 or 55-65 miles, to various destinations.
9 a.m., meet at Aberdeen Bike & Fitness, 1175 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. (517) 285-6830. [map]
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Friday


February 2013
 7 p.m. 

Fusion Dance Lesson Series: Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association.

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Join us for an all levels fusion dance series. Fusion Dance is a mixture of blues, lindy, west coast swing, tango, and other dances. Rather than creating a specific style of movement, it focuses on building a dynamic partner connection and adapting the style of movement to whatever music is playing.
If you have never partner danced before, the series will provide an accelerated introduction to the fundamentals that allow you to dance with a partner to any music.
If you have danced a partner dance before, this series will challenge you to think about how your dance style can restrict what it is possible to do with a partner. It will also help you to appreciate from a different perspective the fundamentals of what it means to connect with a partner and just dance.
We will be collecting recommendations for music from attendees and incorporating that music into the lessons so that everyone can dance to their favorite songs (we will focus on music under around 125 beats per minut
Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main St. (Above Elmo's). $20. mrkwht@umich.edu http://www.facebook.com/events/515029001875812 [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Friday Night Out": Waterloo Recreation Area.

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Nature programs presented by WRA park interpreter Katie McGlashen leads a night hike with some owl calling. Warm drinks.
7-8:30 p.m., Eddy Discovery Center, Bush Rd. (west from Pierce Rd. off I-94 exit 157), Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. Free. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.
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 8-11 p.m. 

Advanced English Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Caller and band TBA. For experienced English country dancers.
8-11 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $10. (248) 288-4737. [map]
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 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

Angell Hall Observatory Open House: U-M Student Astronomical Society.

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Feb. 8 & 22. All invited to peer through the telescopes in the observatory and on the Angell Hall roof and to view shows in the planetarium. Also, short astronomy presentations by club members.
8-10 p.m., 5th floor rooftop observatory, Angell Hall (enter through Haven Hall on the Diag side of the building). Free. 764-3440. [map]
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 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. 

"Friday Night Swing (& Blues)": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, blues, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. Followed at 11:30 p.m. by blues dancing. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by beginning lessons.
9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $5 (students with ID, $3; $1 discount for AACTMAD members) includes lessons. 417-9857. [map]
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Saturday


February 2013
 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 

13th Annual Michigan Ballroom Dance Competition: University of Michigan Ballroom Dance Team.

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Come meet and support University of Michigan's ballroom dance team as we compete against over 300 dancers from schools across the Midwest. Dances of all levels continue throughout the day, from first-year dancers to national collegiate finalists. To conclude the evening, we are thrilled to feature PROFESSIONAL LATIN WORLD CHAMPIONS, Andre and Natalie Paramonov, as they perform their Latin routine. The showcase will begin between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.
$10 for Adults,
Free for students and children
Saline Middle School, 7265 N Ann Arbor St., Saline. $10. 734-512-3849. rschmaem@umich.edu www.uofmballroom.com [map]
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 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

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

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Feb. 9 & 16. 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 (Feb. 9), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (Feb. 16), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration requested. 647-8528. [map]
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 7-10 p.m. 

International Folk Dancing: Ann Arbor Folk Dancers.

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Open Balkan and Israeli line dancing to live music by the Ethnic Connection. The program begins with a lesson.
7-10 p.m., the barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $10 (students, $5). 709-8748. [map]
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 8-11 p.m. 

2nd Saturday Contra Dance: Sharon Hollow String Band.

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Don Theyken calls contras to music by the Sharon Hollow String Band. Also, some waltz and swing. No partner needed. Bring flat, smooth-sole shoes. Preceded at 7:30 p.m. by a beginner session.
8-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. $10 (students, $5). 408-1829. [map]
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 8-11 p.m. 

"Best of Irving Berlin Ball": Grand Traditions Vintage Dance Academy.

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Various dances that were popular from 1910 to the 1930s, with period music highlighted by Irving Berlin favorites. With live music by the Huron Valley Serenaders. Period attire encouraged. Preceded at 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. by dance lessons.
8-11 p.m., Crossroads Community Center, 5501 Webster Church Rd., Dexter. $30 (includes lessons). Preregistration requested at vintagedance.com. 769-0041. [map]
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Sunday


February 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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 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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 2 p.m.  Free! 

"From Woods to Wetland Walk": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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A WCPRC staffer leads a hike through an oak hickory forest and wetlands. Dress warmly.
2-4 p.m., DeVine Preserve, 5720 W. Liberty (near Zeeb). Free. 971-6337, ext. 334. [map]
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