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Calendar of Events

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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March 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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 5 p.m.  Free! 

"Paved Country Roads Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon. Fast-, moderate-, and slow-paced training ride, 18-24 miles, along country roads west of town.
5 p.m. (Apr. & Oct.), 5:30 p.m. (May), & 6 p.m. (June-Sept.), meet at Pine Cross Ln. east off Parker Rd. (between Jackson & Liberty), Scio Twp. Free. 426-5116. [map]
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 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
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). [map]
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 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

Line Dancing: Saline American Legion.

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Every Mon., Mar. 11-May 20 (except Mar. 18). Saline dance instructor Mary Jane Ormsby leads beginning (6:30 p.m.) and experienced (7:30 p.m.) dancers. With recorded oldies, Latin, and country music. First-timers are asked to call ahead.
6:30-8:30 p.m., American Legion Hall, 320 W. Michigan Ave., Saline. $7. 429-4840. [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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March 2013
 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). $8 (students, $4; kids age 13 & under with a parent, free). 665-7704. [map]
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March 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. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson.
9-11 p.m., Michigan Union Pendleton Room (Mar. 6 & 27) & Michigan League Vandenberg Room (Mar. 13 & 20). $5 (students, $4; $1 discount for members). 945-8428. [map]
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March 2013
 4:30-5:45 p.m. 

Drop-In Ringette: Buhr Park Arena/Ann Arbor Ringette.

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Ringette Drop-in is happening at Buhr Park Arena starting in January!
Drop-in dates/times are as follows:
Friday, January 25, 4:30 - 5:45 pm
Friday, February 15, 4:30 - 5:45 pm
Friday, March 8, 4:30 - 5:45 pm
Friday, March 15, 4:30 - 5:45 pm
Friday, March 22, 4:30 - 5:45 pm
Friday, March 29, 4:30 - 5:45 pm
FULL HOCKEY/RINGETTE EQUIPMENT IS REQUIRED! We should have a few Ringette sticks available but bring one if you have one. A hockey shaft with no blade would work (but isn't ideal). This is an all ages drop-in for both girls/women and boys/men. The cost will be $6 for adults and $5 for kids.
There will be no formal instruction at these drop-in sessions. Ann Arbor Ringette will be there to go over rules for new people and to make sure players understand how to play, answer questions, etc. You can always join Ann Arbor Ringette if you want more instruction.
Questions? Email
What is Ringette you ask? Find out here:
Buhr Park Ice Arena, 2751 Packard. $5 Kids / $6 Adults. [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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March 2013
 9-11 a.m.  Free! 

Nature Programs: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Mar. 10, 23, & 30. Hikes led by naturalist Faye Stoner. Mar. 10 (2-4 p.m.): "Green Things in Late Winter" (Scio Woods Preserve, north side of Scio Church Rd. west of Wagner). Dress warmly. Mar. 23 (7:30-9:30 p.m.): "Almost the Worm Moon" (Park Lyndon, north parking lot, North Territorial Rd., 15 miles west of US-23, Dexter), a night walk through wetlands, followed by hot drinks around a fire. Dress warmly. Mar. 30 (9-11 a.m.): "Dabblers and Divers: Migrating Waterfowl" (Independence Lake County Park Beach Center, 3200 Jennings, north off North Territorial, Webster Twp.). A slide presentation on ducks, geese, grebes, and loons, followed by a hike to view them on the lake. Bring binoculars if you can.
Various times & locations. Free. $5 vehicle entry fee at Independence Lake. 971-6337, ext. 334.
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 7-10 p.m. 

International Folk Dancing.

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Balkan and Scandinavian dancing to live music by Veselba. 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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March 2013
 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., 846-9418.
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Science camp for kids ages 6-14
Motawi Tileworks
Esquire Interiors Ann Arbor MI
Top of the Lamp, Ann Arbor's locally owned lighting specialty store.