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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


June 2013
 8 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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 6 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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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Civilized Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon. Slow-paced "no-drop" ride, 12-18 miles, to Dexter, with a possible stop for ice cream. A good rise for beginners. Basic repair tips offered at 6:30 p.m.
7 p.m. sharp, 610 Brierwood Ct. (off Arborview east of Westwood from Dexter). Free. 945-4133. [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., location TBA. $5. 395-7782, 769-1052, 426-0241.
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Tuesday


June 2013
 8 a.m.  Free! 

"Tuesday Ride to Chelsea and Beyond": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Tues., Apr.-Nov. Moderate-paced ride, 36-40 miles, to Chelsea for breakfast.
10 a.m. (Apr. & Nov.) & 9 a.m. (May, Sept., & Oct.), 8 a.m. (June-Aug.), Bird Hills Park parking lot, 1900 Newport Rd. Free. 996-8440. [map]
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 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Focus on Women: Huron River Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Tues. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 18-30 miles, to Dexter and back. Geared especially, but not exclusively, for women new to riding.
6 p.m. (Apr.-Sept.) & 5:30 p.m. (Oct.), meet at Barton Park on Huron River Dr. 276-0240.
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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


June 2013
 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Superior Salem Dirt Road": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Wed. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 19 miles or more along gravel country roads.
9 a.m., Trinity Presbyterian Church parking lot, Gotfredson Rd. at Ann Arbor-Plymouth Rd. Free. 248-437-5067, 663-5060, 663-8980.
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Early Morning Ride from Ann Arbor West Side": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Moderate-paced 40-mile ride to Chelsea or Whitmore Lake and beyond.
10 a.m. (Apr., Oct., & Nov.), 9 a.m. (May, June & Sept.), & 8 a.m. (July & Aug.) Bird Hills Park parking lot, Newport Rd. Free. 649-9762.
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 6 p.m. sharp  Free! 

"West Side Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Wed. Moderate/fast-paced 25-mile ride and slow-paced ride, 13-18 miles, to the Dexter Dairy Queen and back. Now in its 37th year, this ride is a favorite with newcomers and casual riders.
6 p.m. (May-Sept.) & 5:30 p.m. (Apr. & Oct.) sharp, meet at at Paladin (formerly Sweepster) parking lot, 2800 N. Zeeb Rd. Free. 426-5116 (longer ride), 665-4552 & 761-2659 (shorter ride). [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 Pendleton Room, $5 (students, $4; $1 discount for members). 945-8428. [map]
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Thursday


June 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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 3-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Arrows Away": Waterloo Recreation Area.

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Every Thurs. & Sat. WRA park interpreter Katie McGlashen helps adults and kids age 8 & up learn to target shoot with a bow & arrow. Equipment provided.
3-4:30 p.m. (Thurs.), Eddy Discovery Center lower parking lot, Bush Rd. (west off Pierce Rd. from I-94 exit 157), and 6-7:30 p.m. (Sat.), Portage Lake Day Use Area, Seymour Rd. north off Mt. Hope Rd. north from I-94 exit 150, Chelsea. Free. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee.
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 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Chelsea Dirt Road Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Moderate-paced ride, 25-55 miles, on dirt roads.
6 p.m., meet at Aberdeen Bike & Fitness, 1175 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. (517) 285-6830. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Frank Lloyd Wright Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Slow-paced 15-mile ride on mountain or wide-tired road bikes over the lightly traveled, hard dirt roads behind Domino's Farms.
7 p.m., meet at 2722 Georgetown Blvd. north off Plymouth Rd. Free. 995-5017, 668-7706, 663-5060.
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Friday


June 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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 10 a. m. 

Saline Chamber Annual Golf Outing: Saline Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Join us for a day of great golf, fun, prizes, food, and networking!
Stonebridge Golf Club, 1825 Clubhouse Drive. $180 per golfer. 734-429-4494. Office@salinechamber.org https://www.salinechamber.org/?module=Events&class=Special&eventID=694 [map]
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 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Hook, Line, & Sinker": Waterloo Recreation Area.

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Every Fri. A WRA park interpreter helps beginners learn how to fish. Tackle (including poles) & bait provided. Adults age 17 & older need a valid fishing license.
6 p.m., Crooked Lake fishing pier, Green Rd., 2 miles north off Clear Lake Rd. from I-94 exit 153), Chelsea. Free. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Thursday Northeast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 15-25 miles, through some of the area's hillier terrain.
6:30 p.m., Wheels in Motion, 3400 Washtenaw. Free. 678-8297. [map]
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 8-10 p.m. 

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

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Open dancing to recorded music. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a merengue lesson.
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


June 2013
 7:30-9:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Early Morning Bird Walk": Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation/Huron River Watershed Council.

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City ornithologist Dea Armstrong leads a bird identification walk through Furstenberg Nature Area. Bring binoculars, if you have them.
7:30-9:30 a.m., meet at Gallup Park Canoe Livery dock, 3000 Fuller Rd. (west side of Huron Pkwy.). Free. 794-6240. [map]
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 8 a.m.  Free! 

"Dexter Breakfast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sat. Beginner-friendly slow-paced (22 miles) and moderate/fast-paced (30-100 miles) round-trip rides to Dexter, Chelsea, and beyond, with stops at the Dexter Bakery or Zou Zou's and Pierce's in Chelsea. A very popular ride. Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.
9 a.m. (Apr., May, Sept., & Oct.), 8 a.m. (June-Aug.), & 10 a.m. (Nov.), meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St.. Free. 604-0696 (Apr. 5 & 12 rides), 996-9461 (Apr. 19), 663-5060 (Apr. 26), 546-1047 (May 3), 996-4985 (May 10), 274-6350 (May 17), 604-0696 (May 24), 994-6340 (May 31). [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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June 8 & 15. 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 (June 8), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (June 15), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration requested. 647-8528. [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Free Fishing: Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission.

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This weekend only, no license is required to fish. WCPARC provides poles, bait, and instruction.
10 a.m.-noon, Rolling Hills County Park (meet at the pond near the lodge, 7660 Stony Creek Rd.) and 6-8 p.m., Independence Lake County Park (meet at the dock near the Beach Center, 3200 Jennings, north off North Territorial). Free. $5 vehicle entry fee. Preregistration required. 971-6337, ext. 334.
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 10 a.m.-noon & 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Nature Programs: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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June 2 (2-4 p.m.): "Late Spring Botany: A Hike Along the Huron" (Burns-Stokes Preserve, Zeeb Road at the Huron River just south of Huron River Drive). WCPRC naturalist Fay Stoner leads a walk through this floodplain forest. Wear boots that can get wet. June 8: "Free Fishing" (10 a.m.-noon, Rolling Hills Park, 7660 Stony Creek Rd. between Merritt & Bemis rds., east of Carpenter, Ypsilanti Twp.; 6-8 p.m., Independence Lake County Park Beach Center, 3200 Jennings, north off North Territorial, Webster Twp.). All invited to participate in Michigan's free fishing weekend. No license needed, and poles, bait, and instruction provided. Preregistration required.
Various times & locations. Free. $5 vehicle entry fee at Independence Lake & Rolling Hills. 971-6337, ext. 334.
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 2-10 p.m.  Free! 

"Don Theyken's 1st Annual Retirement from Calling Dance": Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Don Theyken calls English country (2-4:30 p.m.) and advanced contra (8-10 p.m.) dances to music by Debbie Jackson & Friends. Also, a potluck supper (5-7 p.m., bring a dish to pass), followed by a music performance TBA and a roast of Theyken.
2-10 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). Free. 426-0241. [map]
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 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Arrows Away": Waterloo Recreation Area.

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Every Thurs. & Sat. WRA park interpreter Katie McGlashen helps adults and kids age 8 & up learn to target shoot with a bow & arrow. Equipment provided.
3-4:30 p.m. (Thurs.), Eddy Discovery Center lower parking lot, Bush Rd. (west off Pierce Rd. from I-94 exit 157), and 6-7:30 p.m. (Sat.), Portage Lake Day Use Area, Seymour Rd. north off Mt. Hope Rd. north from I-94 exit 150, Chelsea. Free. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee.
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 7:30-11 p.m.  Free! 

"Full Moon Campfire": Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy.

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All invited to enjoy this monthly family-oriented campfire in one of the largest conservancy-owned nature preserves in southeast Michigan. Bring campfire refreshments, blankets, and chairs; firewood appreciated. Gates open at 5 p.m.
Various evening times, LeFurge Woods, 2252 N. Prospect Rd. ( 1/2 mile north of Geddes), Superior Twp. Free; donations accepted. 484-6565. [map]
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Sunday


June 2013
 6:30 a.m. 

Ann Arbor Marathon, Half-Marathon, 5k: Champions For Charity.

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26.2-mile (6:30 a.m.), 13.1-mile (7:30 a.m.), and 5-km (8 a.m.) races on circuitous courses through city streets. All courses start outside U-M Stadium and finish at Elbel Field; maps available at annarbormarathon.com. (The courses are open to runners-and closed to vehicular traffic-until 1 p.m.) Also, a 1.2-mile kids run (12:15 p.m.). Preceded on June 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. by a free Health and Wellness Expo at Briarwood mall. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Ann Arbor Public Schools Foundation.
6:30 a.m., Main St. at Keech just north of U-M Stadium. Entry fees: $100 (marathon), $80 (half-marathon), $32 (5-km), $18 (1.2-mile). Registration available in advance at annarbormarathon.com by June 7 and at the prerace Expo. Day-of-race registration available for the 5-km and kids runs only. Marathon and half-marathon limited to 2,500 and 5,000 participants, respectively. 213-1033.
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 9:30-11 a.m. 

"Red Fish Blue Fish Teach Kids to Fish": Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation.

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Kids of all ages (accompanied by a parent) invited to catch some fish. Poles and bait provided.
9:30-11 a.m., meet on the docks at the Gallup Park canoe livery, 3000 Fuller Rd. (west side of Huron Pkwy.). $5 per child. Preregistration required. 794-6240. [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. 

U-M Detroit Observatory.

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Half-hour docent-guided tours of photographs and artifacts in this restored 19th-century observatory museum. Also, a chance to pull the rope and rotate the telescope dome.
1-4 p.m., U-M Detroit Observatory, 1398 E. Ann at Observatory. $5 suggested donation (U-M students, free). 763-3482. [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 thought to be descended from the 15th-century Spanish moresca. Wear athletic shoes. Note: New location.
6-8 p.m., outside at the U-M campus between Rackham and North Quad. Free. Email a2morris@umich.edu to confirm. 717-1569.
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