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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


April 2013
 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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 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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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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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
 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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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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 9-11 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Apr. 12 & 19. 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.
9-11 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, 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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 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

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

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Apr. 13 & 20. 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 (Apr. 13), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (Apr. 20), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration requested. 647-8528. [map]
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 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. & 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"River Roundup": Huron River Watershed Council.

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All invited to learn about and help collect macroinvertebrates--including insect larvae and other small creatures like crayfish--from Huron River tributaries as part of this popular annual Adopt-a-Stream event for measuring the river's health. Bring a bag lunch. Kids welcome if accompanied by an adult. Rain or shine.
9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. & 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (pick one session), meeting location TBA. Free. Preregistration required at hrwc.org/volunteer/roundup by April 17. jfrenzel@hrwc.org, 769-5123.
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 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Garlic Mustard Pull": Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Faye Stoner leads a search-and-destroy mission against this aggressive invasive plant.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Scio Woods Preserve (Apr. 20), north side of Scio Church Rd. west of Wagner; Miller-Smith Preserve (Apr. 27), Parker Rd. dead-end at Dexter-Chelsea Rd., Dexter; Park Lyndon south (Apr. 28), east parking lot, North Territorial Rd., 15 miles west of US-23, Dexter; County Farm Park (May 4), Platt Rd. entrance. Free. 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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 8-11 p.m. 

3rd Saturday Contra Dance: Pittsfield Union Grange.

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Contras to live music. No partner needed; beginners welcome. Bring flat, smooth-sole shoes. Preceded by a lesson at 7:30 p.m. Mar. 16: Martha Vander Kolk and Robin Warner call to music by Picks and Sticks. Apr. 20: Peter Baker and Mark Hillegonds call to music by the Pittsfield Open Band. May 18: Gaye Fifer calls to music by Alex Belhaj, Brad Battey, Debbie Jackson, and Susie Lorand. Preceded by an advanced contra dance (3-6 p.m.) and potluck.
8 p.m.-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. $10 (members, $7; students, $5). 426-0241. [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
 8 a.m. 

"Sky Tri Sprint Triathlon": Epic Races.

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All invited to compete in a triathlon including a 400-yard swim, a 12.4-mile bike ride, and a 3-mile run. Also, a mini-sprint triathlon including a 200-yard swim, a 6.2-mile bike ride, and a 1.5-mile run. Awards. Proceeds benefit the Skyline swim program.
8 a.m., Skyline High School, 2552 N. Maple. $72 (USAT members, $60) in advance at epicraces.com by Apr. 19; $82 (USAT members, $70) on race day. 531-8747. [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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 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Beckwith Preserve Stewardship Workday: Legacy Land Conservancy.

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Earth Day at Beckwith Preserve! Garlic mustard and dame's rocket are invasive species that can take over a woodland. Help us remove them from this preserve to give the recently replanted native spring ephemerals a chance to thrive.
Beckwith Preserve, E. Main St. on north side just east of the Maple intersection, Stockbridge. Free. info@legacylandconservancy.org legacylandconservancy.org
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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. Grange-baked cookies.
2-4 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. $12 per family. 769-1052. [map]
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 2-3 p.m. 

Nature Programs: Waterloo Natural History Association.

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Sept. 8 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Dragonflies: Acrobats of the Sky." Jackson naturalist Don Henise presents a short indoor program about dragonflies, followed by a hike to Mill Lake to view them in their natural habitat. Bring your binoculars or borrow a pair from the Eddy Discovery Center.

Sept. 15 (1:30-3 p.m.): "Incredible Edibles Walk." WNHA wild foods expert Tom Jameson leads a 90-minute hike to learn about edible wild plants available locally and then prepares some wild food dishes (with recipes) to sample.

Sept. 22 (2-3 p.m.): "Sensing Animals." Science Alive representatives bring a variety of live animals for a hands-on presentation on some amazing ways they use their senses to learn about and survive in their environments.

Sept. 29 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Fall Mushroom Search." Mushroom expert Phil Tedeschi leads a search for mushrooms and helps participants identify what they have collected. Bring waxed paper and a basket or paper bag.

Oct. 6 (1-2:30 p.m.): "Survival Skills You Can Use." Artemis Eyster shows adults and kids age 10 & up how to make a shelter and a bed, build a fire, find water, make your own string, and avoid getting lost.

Oct. 20 (2-3 p.m.): "Animal Interactions." Interactive Animal Education owner Chris Oesterling displays a variety of live animals and discusses their habits and adaptations.

Oct. 27 (2 p.m.): "Sandhill Crane Tour." Local sandhill crane expert Bill Wells leads an auto tour that goes from the fields of Portage Lake campground, where many cranes spend the day, to the marshes of the Audubon Society's Haehnle Sanctuary, where hundreds of cranes return to roost at dusk. Expect to see large flocks of these magnificent birds at close range. Bring binoculars and cameras. Maps for self-guided tours and on-request showings of The Sandhill Crane Story available at the Discovery Center beginning Oct. 5.

Nov. 10 (2-3 p.m.): "Rapteriffic." Leslie Science & Nature Center staff show off some of the center's raptors and display the amazing eyesight of hawks and remarkable hearing of owls.

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Various times, meet in the Eddy Discovery Center lower parking lot (except as noted), Bush Rd. (west off Pierce Rd. from I-94 exit 157), Chelsea. $. $2 (families, $5); additional materials fee for "Sketching Nature" programs. Space limited; preregistration required. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.
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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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