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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


June 2013
 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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 9:30-11 p.m.  Free! 

"Viewing Night": U-M Detroit Observatory.

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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.
9:30-11 p.m., U-M Detroit Observatory, 1398 E. Ann at Observatory. Free. 763-3482. [map]
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Tuesday


June 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


June 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 Union Pendleton Room, $5 (students, $4; $1 discount for members). 945-8428. [map]
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Thursday


June 2013
 3-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Arrows Away": Waterloo Recreation Area.

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Every Thurs. & Sat. through Aug. 23. 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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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Take a Hike!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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A city natural area preservation staff naturalist leads a hike through the Mary Beth Doyle Nature Area to look for and discuss its native plants and learn about restoration efforts that have taken place in it.
7-8:30 p.m., meet in the parking lot off Packard between Stone School and Platt. Free. 327-8301.
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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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 6 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Every Sat through Aug. 23. A WRA park interpreter helps beginners learn how to fish. Tackle (including poles) & bait provided. Adults age 17 & older need a valid fishing license.
9-10:30 a.m., Portage Lake Day Use Area fishing pier, Seymour Rd. north off Mt. Hope Rd. (north from I-94 exit 150), Chelsea. Free. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.
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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
 8 a.m. 

Tri Kids Tri: Epic Races.

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Kids ages 7-14 invited to complete a triathlon. Ages 7-10 swim 150 meters, bike 3 miles, and run one mile. Ages 11-14 swim 300 meters, bike 6 miles, and run 1.5 miles. Awards.
8 a.m., Portage Lake Beach, List Rd. at Seymour Rd., west off Mount Hope Rd. north from I-94 exit 150, Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. $40 in advance before June 1; $45 June 1-13; $55 race day; $10 discount for USAT members. epicraces.com, 531-8747.
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 8:30-10 a.m. 

Open Water Swim: Epic Races.

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Get out there! We're ready, the lake is ready, and you are ready. Come and experience open water swimming in a race setting without the pressure of the race. Whether you're training for your first triathlon or 10th iron distance race you will find this non-competitive open water swim at Portage Lake in Waterloo Recreation Area helpful in your training. We will have a quarter mile and a half mile course set up. If you wish to swim more than a half mile you may do multiple laps. A time clock will be running during the swim for you to check your splits and pace. After the swim hang out and enjoy a light brunch with fellow swimmers and with the Epic race team.
Portage Lake - Waterloo Recreation Area, Pickney MI, 11500 Seymour Road, Grass Lake, MI 49240. $25-$35. info@epicraces.com www.epicraces.com [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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 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Arrows Away": Waterloo Recreation Area.

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Every Thurs. & Sat. through Aug. 23. 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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 7-10 p.m. 

International Folk Dancing: Ann Arbor Folkdancers.

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Dancing to recorded music. The program begins with a lesson.
7-10 p.m., the barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $5 (students, $3). 709-8748. [map]
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 7:15-9 p.m. 

"DJ Skate".

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Skating to Top 40 music.
7:15-9 p.m. (6-8:50 p.m. on Dec. 31), Arctic Coliseum, 501 Coliseum Dr. (off Manchester Rd., 1/2 mile south of the intersection of Old US-12 & M-52), Chelsea. $5 (children 14 & under, $3) admission, $3 skate rental. 433-4444. [map]
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 8-11 p.m. 

3rd Saturday Contra Dance: Pittsfield Union Grange.

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Peter Baker and Martha Vander Kolk call to music by Nutshell. No partner needed; beginners welcome. Bring flat, smooth-sole shoes. Preceded at 7:30 p.m. by a lesson.
8 p.m.-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). $10 (members, $7; students, $5). 426-0241. [map]
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 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 

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

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June 1 & 15. Tango dancing to music spun by a DJ. Note: People not affiliated with the U-M must arrive before 9 p.m.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Michigan Union Anderson Room. $10 (members, $5). umich.edu/~umtango. [map]
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Sunday


June 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. hac_ultimate@ameritech.net, 846-9418.
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 5 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

"Top of the Park": Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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Every Tues.-Sun., June 14-July 7. A beloved summer tradition continues this year on Ingalls Mall and features live music, followed at 10 p.m. (Sun. & Tues.-Thurs.) by free movies and at 11 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) by dancing to DJs. Also, a KidZone activity tent, "Body Masterpiece" face painting (5-8 p.m., June 14-16, $5, reservations required by calling 994-5999), and Tangle, a giant, interactive web of elastic bands wrapped around vertical poles that is part playground, part art installation (4-6 & 7:30-9:30 p.m., June 19-23, $5 admission per child for 40 min. play sessions). Food concessions from area restaurants. Tonight: The Macpodz (8:30 p.m.), the immensely popular local jam band that play an invigorating mix of R&B, soul, rock, and hard jazz it calls "disco bebop." Openings acts are local pop-folk singer-songwriter Matt Jones (5 p.m.), Lansing singer-songwriter Kate Peterson (6 p.m.), and Ice Cream Vendors (7 p.m.), an Illinois kiddie-pop band whose fun, wacky song topics range from high school janitors to bacon men. The musicians are followed at 10 p.m. by the 2012 James Bond adventure, Skyfall. Stars Daniel Craig, Judi Dench. Also, aikido lessons (5 p.m., Alumni Center lawn) led by experienced practitioners. The Summer Festival also includes a series of shows on June 1, 18, 19, 22, 23, 25, 29, & 30 (see listings) and into July at the Power Center and Hill Auditorium.
5 p.m.-midnight, Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free. 994-5999.
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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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