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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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Monday


April 2013
 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Back Roads Ramble": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon. Slow-paced ride, 15-35 miles, along dirt and gravel roads to Independence Lake and other low traffic destinations.
9 a.m. (Apr., May, & Sept.-Nov) & 8 a.m. (June-Aug.), meet at 960 Forest Rd. off Country Club Dr., Barton Hills. Free. 761-2885, 663-5060.
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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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 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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Tuesday


April 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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 9-10:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Viewing Night": U-M Detroit Observatory.

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Apr. 2, 15, & 30. All invited to peer at the night sky through antique telescopes. The Observatory dome can be opened only during mild, dry weather, so check dept.astro.lsa.umich.edu/detroit.php to see if the event has been canceled due to weather conditions.
Late evening time TBA, U-M Detroit Observatory, 1398 E. Ann at Observatory. Free. 763-3482. [map]
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Wednesday


April 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. Followed at 11 p.m. by "Late Night @ Silvio's" swing dancing (see Nightspots).
9-11 p.m., Michigan League Vandenberg Room (Apr. 3) & Michigan Union Pendleton Room (Apr. 10, 17, & 24). $5 (students, $4; $1 discount for members). 945-8428. [map]
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Thursday


April 2013
 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Nature Programs: Waterloo Recreation Area.

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Programs presented by WRA park interpreter Katie McGlashen or other WRA park interpreters.

Sept. 2 (10 a.m.): "Labor Day Fitness Walk." All invited to join one of several walks through the park, from long, hilly hikes to a lass rugged 1.5-mile scavenger hunt trail. Snacks & drinks available. Preceded at 9:30 a.m. by warm-up games for kids. Registration begins at 9 a.m.

Sept. 7 & 21 (1 p.m.): "Geocaching 101." All invited to learn how to use a handheld GPS unit to navigate park trails on a treasure hunt. Bring a few small trinkets to trade, if you can.

Sept. 14 (9 a.m., meet at Mill Lake Campground entrance, Bush Rd., follow the signs from the north end of Pierce Rd. off I-94 exit 157): "Mushroom Hunt." Michigan Mushroom Hunters Club president Phil Tedeschi leads a mushroom hunt.

Sept. 14 & 28 (2-2:30 p.m.) and Oct. 5 & 19 (3-4:30 p.m.): "Arrows Away." All adults and youth age 8 & up invited to learn the basics of archery.

Oct. 5 & 12 (noon-2 p.m.): "Apple Cider Pressing." All invited to make cider. Apples provided.

Oct. 26 (1 p.m.): "Geocache Trick or Treating." Hikers of any age able to follow rugged hilly terrain invited to learn how to use a GPS unit to navigate trails in search of hidden treats.

Nov. 23 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Turkey Talk." Talk on how the North American wild turkey was brought back from the brink of extinction. McGlashen also dresses an audience volunteer in some props to represent turkey adaptations and behavior, and participants can make a turkey call to take home

Also, at 8:30 a.m. every Tues. & Thurs., Sept. 17-Nov. 20, a fast-paced morning fitness hike on the Discovery Center trails.

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Various times, Eddy Discovery Center (except as noted), 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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 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Thursday Evening C Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Slow-paced ride, 15-25 miles, through North Campus, Barton Hills, and scenic roads northeast of town.
6 p.m., Fuller Pool parking lot, Fuller Rd. east of Maiden Ln. Free. 717-9583.
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 7:30 p.m. 

"Aloha Party": Ann Arbor Ski Club.

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All age 21 & over invited to learn about the club's downhill and cross-country ski and snowboarding outings and other social activities. Refreshments. Followed by dancing to music spun by a DJ.
7:30 p.m., Cobblestone Farm barn, 2781 Packard. $5. 786-2237. [map]
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Friday


April 2013
 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Whitmore Lake Coffee Break": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Fri. Slow-paced rides, 19, 24, or 40+ miles, with a stop at the Coney Island in Whitmore Lake for a 10:30 a.m. breakfast or early lunch.
9 a.m. (May-Sept.) & 10 a.m. (Apr., Oct. & Nov.), Olson Park, Dhu Varren at Pontiac Trail. Free. 476-4944, 996-9461.
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 8-10 p.m. 

Ballroom Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Apr. 5 & 19. Open dancing to recorded music. Preceded at 7 p.m. by merengue (Apr. 5) and quickstep (Apr. 19) lessons ($5).
8-10 p.m., 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $10 ($15 includes lesson). 409-4480. [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, 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


April 2013
 8-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Spring Migration Walk in Nichols Arboretum": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Every Thurs., Apr. 3-May 29. All invited to join club members for a walk through the Arb to look for resident birds and early migrants, which begin arriving in earnest toward the end of April.
8-11 a.m., meet at the cul-de-sac at the end of Riverview off Geddes. Free. 994-3569.
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 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

Nature Programs: Waterloo Recreation Area.

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Programs presented by WRA park interpreter Katie McGlashen or other WRA park interpreters.

Sept. 2 (10 a.m.): "Labor Day Fitness Walk." All invited to join one of several walks through the park, from long, hilly hikes to a lass rugged 1.5-mile scavenger hunt trail. Snacks & drinks available. Preceded at 9:30 a.m. by warm-up games for kids. Registration begins at 9 a.m.

Sept. 7 & 21 (1 p.m.): "Geocaching 101." All invited to learn how to use a handheld GPS unit to navigate park trails on a treasure hunt. Bring a few small trinkets to trade, if you can.

Sept. 14 (9 a.m., meet at Mill Lake Campground entrance, Bush Rd., follow the signs from the north end of Pierce Rd. off I-94 exit 157): "Mushroom Hunt." Michigan Mushroom Hunters Club president Phil Tedeschi leads a mushroom hunt.

Sept. 14 & 28 (2-2:30 p.m.) and Oct. 5 & 19 (3-4:30 p.m.): "Arrows Away." All adults and youth age 8 & up invited to learn the basics of archery.

Oct. 5 & 12 (noon-2 p.m.): "Apple Cider Pressing." All invited to make cider. Apples provided.

Oct. 26 (1 p.m.): "Geocache Trick or Treating." Hikers of any age able to follow rugged hilly terrain invited to learn how to use a GPS unit to navigate trails in search of hidden treats.

Nov. 23 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Turkey Talk." Talk on how the North American wild turkey was brought back from the brink of extinction. McGlashen also dresses an audience volunteer in some props to represent turkey adaptations and behavior, and participants can make a turkey call to take home

Also, at 8:30 a.m. every Tues. & Thurs., Sept. 17-Nov. 20, a fast-paced morning fitness hike on the Discovery Center trails.

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Various times, Eddy Discovery Center (except as noted), 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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 10 a.m. & 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Nature Programs: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Apr. 6, 14, & 28. Hikes led by WCPRC naturalists. Apr. 6 (10 a.m.-noon): "Landscapes of the Raisin River" (Leonard Preserve, meet at the dead end of Union St. north off Main west of M-52, Manchester). Presentation on landscapes and plant and animals species of the River Raisin, followed by a hike. Apr. 6 (7:30-9 p.m.): "Dance of the Timberdoodle" (Independence Lake boat launch). Presentation about the mating "dance" of the woodcock. Apr. 14 (2-4 p.m.): "Wet Woods Walk" (Northfield Woods Preserve, E. Northfield Church Rd. just north of Joy Rd.). Wear boots. Apr. 28 (8-10 a.m.): "Sunday Morning Bird Walk" (Sharon Short Hills Preserve, Hashley Rd., Sharon Twp. From I-94, take M-52 south to Grass Lake Rd. west). Bring binoculars and a field guide if you can. Apr. 28 (2-4 p.m.): "Wildflowers along the River Raisin" (Leonard Preserve).
Various times & locations. Free. 971-6337, ext. 334.
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 8-11 p.m. 

1st Saturday Contra: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Contras to live music. All dances taught; no partner needed. Wear flat, smooth-sole shoes. Apr. 6: Marlin Whitaker calls to music by Confluence. May 4: Julie Levy-Weston calls to music by Root Cellar String Band. June 1: Glen Morningstar calls to music by the Pittsfield Open Band. July 6: Mark Hillegonds calls to music by Myron Grant & friends.
8-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. $11 Apr. 6 & May 4 (members, $10; students, $5), and $10 June 1 (members, $9). 769-1052. [map]
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 8 p.m.-midnight 

"Milonga Picante": U-M Michigan Argentine Tango Club.

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Apr. 6 & 20. Tango dancing to music spun by a DJ. Note: People not affiliated with the U-M must arrive before 9 p.m.
8 p.m.-midnight, location TBA. $10 (members, $5). umich.edu/~umtango.
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 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 

"Serious about Salsa" Latin Dance Party: Dance Revolution.

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Apr. 6 & 20. High-energy dance party with salsa, merengue, bachata, and cha-cha dancing to music spun by a DJ. No partner necessary. Preceded by beginner (7 p.m.) and advanced (8 p.m.) salsa lessons.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main (above Elmo's). $5 ($8 includes lesson). (313) 808-0358. [map]
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Sunday


April 2013
 9 a.m.  Free! 

Sunday Rides: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sun. Round-trip rides with various paces, distances, and destinations.

Aug. 4 (9 a.m.): "Lakes Ride." Fast-paced 95-mile ride (646-9015) along a route that passes 5 lakes west and north of Manchester.

Aug. 11 (10 a.m., meet at the municipal parking lot, Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., 1 block south of Michigan Ave., Saline): "Adrian Mural Ride." Fast-paced 60-mile ride (476-4944) to Adrian for brunch, along with a chance to view 4 Mexican-flavored murals on the route home.

Aug. 18 (9 a.m.): "Strawberry Lake Ride." Fast/moderate-paced 80-mile and 60-mile (944-0730) and slow-paced 37-mile (996-9461) rides to hunt for strawberries with a lunch stop in Dexter.

Aug. 25 (8 a.m.): "Jackson Parlour Ride." Fast/moderate-paced 100 mile ride (995-2944) to Jackson to visit one of the most popular ice cream parlors in southeastern Michigan. The return includes a ride through the Civil War Muster in Cascades Park.

Sept. 1 (9 a.m.): "Democratic Ride." A ride whose pace and destination are determined by the assembled riders.

Sept. 8 (9 a.m.): "Hathaway House Ride." Fast-paced 90-mile ride (426-4989) to Blissfield for brunch at the historic Hathaway House restaurant.

Sept. 15 (9 a.m.): "Zukey Lake Tavern Brunch Ride." Fast/moderate-paced 69-mile ride (476-4944) to Zukey Lake Tavern in Pinckney for brunch.

Sept. 22 & 29: TBA.

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Various times, meet at Wheeler Park (except as noted), N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 904-6431. [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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 2-5 p.m. 

Square Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Marlin Whitaker calls to music by a band TBA. Beginners welcome. No partner necessary. Wear clean, nonmarking shoes.
2-5 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $8 (students, $5; kids age 14 & under with a parent, free; $1 discount for members). 994-6494. [map]
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 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

15th Annual Wet Meadow Burn: Buhr Park Children's Wet Meadow.

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City natural area preservation staff conduct the annual prescribed burn of the wet meadow, and participants then scatter native plant seeds on the meadow. "It's quite a sight--my daughter has gone to prescribed burns since age 2 and loves them," says one parent. "I think it's quite safe for kids of any age if they're with a parent."If you'd like to help prepare for the burn, check the website for current info on seed collecting. If you'd like to help prepare for the burn, check the website (wetmeadow.org) for current info on seed supply. If sufficient, show up at 3:30 p.m. with a paper shopping bag to help with seed collecting. In case of rain or high humidity, the burn is postponed until Apr. 8 or later.
4:30 p.m., Buhr Park, 2751 Packard. Free. 971-5870. [map]
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 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Morris.

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Every Sun. All invited to try this boisterous, jingly English ceremonial dance based on the 15th-century Spanish moresca. Wear athletic shoes.
6-8 p.m., Gretchen's House VII barn, 1580 Dhu Varren Rd. Free. Email a2morris@umich.edu to confirm. 747-8138. [map]
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