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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


May 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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 Evening time TBA 

"May Madness": Michigan Argentine Tango Club.

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May 10-13. Four nights of tango dance parties. Preceded by tango workshops.
Time & location TBA. $15 (students, $10). umich.edu/~umtango.
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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. except Memorial Day. 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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May 13 & 28. 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.
9-10:30 p.m. (May 13) & 9:30-11 p.m. (May 28), U-M Detroit Observatory, 1398 E. Ann at Observatory. Free. 763-3482. [map]
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Tuesday


May 2013
 6-7:30 p.m. 

Fer de Lance Field Hockey Spring Training Session.

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Spring training sessions for U19, U16, U14, & U12 field hockey players.
U19 & U16 6-7:30 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays April 23-May 23.
U14 & U12 6-7 pm on Tuesdays April 23-May 23.
Pre-registation fee are cheaper than drop in rates. Space is limited. Please see our website for more details.
University of Michigan Ocker Field, 1202 S. State St. Ann Arbor, MI 48109. $35-$40. 5704284171. maren.langford@me.com www.ferdelancehc.com [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). $8 (students, $4; kids age 13 & under with a parent, free). 665-7704. [map]
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Wednesday


May 2013
 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Recovery Ride": Velo Club.

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Every Mon. Racers and new riders invited to join club members on this easy-paced ride of 20-30 miles.
6-7:30 p.m., meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. aavc.org. [map]
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 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 Union Ballroom (May 1) & Pendleton Room (May 8, 15, 22, & 29), $5 (students, $4; $1 discount for members). 945-8428. [map]
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Thursday


May 2013
 6-7:30 p.m. 

Fer de Lance Field Hockey Spring Training Session.

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Spring training sessions for U19, U16, U14, & U12 field hockey players.
U19 & U16 6-7:30 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays April 23-May 23.
U14 & U12 6-7 pm on Tuesdays April 23-May 23.
Pre-registation fee are cheaper than drop in rates. Space is limited. Please see our website for more details.
University of Michigan Ocker Field, 1202 S. State St. Ann Arbor, MI 48109. $35-$40. 5704284171. maren.langford@me.com www.ferdelancehc.com [map]
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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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Friday


May 2013
 9 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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May 3 & 17. Open dancing to recorded music. Preceded at 7 p.m. by merengue lessons ($5). The May 17 dance is jungle-themed; Tarzan, Lion King, and Jungle Book costumes encouraged.
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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 10 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

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

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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.
10 p.m.-midnight. 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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Saturday


May 2013
 7:30 a.m. 

Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Programs presented by Hudson Mills naturalist Mark Irish.

Apr. 27 (11 a.m.): "Live! Birds of Prey." Howell Nature Center representatives present a program on birds of prey that includes displays of live hawks, owls, falcons, and vultures. $5 (kids, $3).

May 12 (1 p.m.): "Mother's Day Wildflower Walk." A hike to look for spring wildflowers.

May 18 (7:30 a.m.): "Bird Hike." A hike to look for birds in a variety of habitats. Bring binoculars and a field guide.

June 22 (11 a.m.): "No Child Left Inside: Amazing Amphibians." Discussion and display of live specimens of frogs, toads, and salamanders, followed by a hike to a pond to look for amphibians in their natural habitat. Geared toward young audiences; parents welcome. $3 per child.

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Various times, park activity center (for fishing event, meet at the Rapids View Area), 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $3 (except as noted). Preregistration required. Moms free for Wildflower Walk. $5 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]
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 6-11 p.m. 

May Dinner/Dance: Greater Beneficial Union.

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Chicken cordon bleu, German potato salad, green beans, tossed salad, bread and butter, and homemade cakes. Coffee, beer, wine, and pop. Followed by dancing to German music by the Rheinlanders. Pretzels are served late in the evening. Raffles and crowning of a "May Queen."
6-11 p.m., Grotto Club, 2070 W. Stadium. $25. Reservations required by May 16. 913-9371, 954-0057. [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.-11 p.m. 

3rd Saturday Contra Dance: Pittsfield Union Grange.

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A graduation celebration dance with Pittsburgh caller Gaye Fifer and live music by Debbie Jackson, Susie Lorand, Brad Battey, and Alex Belhaj. No partner needed; beginners welcome. Bring flat, smooth-sole shoes. Lesson begins at 7:30 p.m. Preceded from 3-6 p.m. by an advanced contra dance followed by a potluck (bring a dish to pass).
8 p.m.-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). $10 per dance ($15 for both afternoon & evening dances). 756-8441. [map]
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 8 p.m.-midnight 

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

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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, Michigan Union Anderson Room. $10 (members, $5). umich.edu/~umtango. [map]
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Sunday


May 2013
 9:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Heart Walk": American Heart Association Fundraiser.

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1.5- and 3-mile noncompetitive walks to raise funds for heart disease research and education.
9:30 a.m., WCC campus, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free, but donations & pledges accepted. Preregistration available at washtenawheartwalk.org. 635-5748. [map]
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 9:45 a.m. 

"Girls on the Run in Southeastern Michigan 5K".

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Noncompetitive 5-km run for girls ages 8-14 and parents, family members, teachers, and anyone else who wants to run with them. All finishers receive a medal. Followed by a "Celebration Expo" (9-11:30 a.m.) with live music, a bounce house, face painting, and other family-oriented activities. Food concessions.
9:45 a.m. (registration begins at 8 a.m.), EMU Rynearson Stadium, 799 Hewitt, Ypsilanti. $25 (kids dash, free) in advance by May 20 at girlsontherunsemi.org/events/GOTR-events.php; $30 day of race. 712-5640. [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Walk for Israel": Jewish Hikers of Michigan.

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All invited to join an easy hike of 1.5-2 hours in honor of Israel's 65th birthday. Bring a backpack, munchies, and drinks. No pets.
11 a.m., location TBA. Free. jewish.hikers@gmail.com, 883-9522, 665-4744.
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 Noon  Free! 

"Sugarloaf Hill Secret Hike": Huron Valley Sierra Club.

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Guest hike leader Barry Lonik leads a 5-mile hike through mature woods and wetlands with views of 2 lakes.
Noon, meet at Zingerman's Roadhouse (2501 Jackson) to carpool. Free. 677-0823.
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 2-5 p.m.  Free! 

Bonsai & Penjing Garden Opening: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

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Tours of Matthaei's new garden space. Also, traditional Japanese music by the koto (Japanese zither) ensemble Miyabi, a chance to make a Zentangle drawing, and more.
2-5 p.m., Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 647-7600. [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. 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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 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

Nature Programs: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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May 5, 11, & 19. Hikes led by WCPRC naturalists. May 5 (8-10 a.m.): "Sunday Morning Bird Walk" (Leonard Preserve, meet at the dead end of Union St. north off Main west of M-52, Manchester). Bring binoculars and a field guide if you can. May 5 (1-4 p.m.): "Wildflowers or Bust!" (Sharon Mills Park, 5701 Sharon Hollow Rd. between Pleasant Lake & Sharon Valley rds., Manchester). Hike to the Nan Weston Preserve. Wear boots that can get wet and bring water and a snack. May 11 (9-10:30 a.m.): "Take a Child Birdwatching!" (County Farm Park, Platt Rd. entrance). Kids of all ages invited to learn about birds passing through Michigan. Bring binoculars if you can. May 11 (10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.): "Wildflowers along the Saline River" (Draper-Houston Meadows Preserve, Mooreville Rd., Milan. From US-23, exit Carpenter Rd., turn right on County St., continue onto Main which becomes Mooreville). Wear boots that can get wet. May 19 (2-4 p.m.): "Botany of Ladyslipper Fen" (Park Lyndon). Wear boots that can get wet.
Various times & locations. Free. 971-6337, ext. 334.
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