Click for Ann Arbor, Michigan Forecast
Monday July 28, 2014
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed

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.





 
Who wrote this?   Ann Arbor Observer tree logo Observer editors    community member community members
15

Monday


July 2013
 8 a.m.  Free! 

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

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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.
Bookmark and Share

 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Chelsea Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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]
Bookmark and Share

 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Paved Country Roads Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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]
Bookmark and Share

 7 p.m.  Free! 

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

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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]
Bookmark and Share

 7:30-9:30 p.m. 

Tartan & Thistle Scottish Country Dancers.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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.
Bookmark and Share

16

Tuesday


July 2013
 8 a.m.  Free! 

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

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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]
Bookmark and Share

 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Doug & Suds Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Tues. Apr.-Oct. Fast/moderate-paced ride, 25-30 miles, to the west or north.
6 p.m., Aberdeen Bike & Fitness, 1175 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 678-8297. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 6-8 p.m. 

Group Ride: Velo Club.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Tues. & Thurs. Rides of 35-45 miles (Tues.) with distance and pace (usually fast) determined by the assembled riders and of 40-60 miles (Thurs.) for serious cyclists and those new to bicycle racing.
6-8 p.m., meet at Forsythe Middle School, 1655 Newport. Free. aavc.org. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 6 p.m.  Free! 

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

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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.
Bookmark and Share

 7-9:30 p.m. 

English Country Dancing: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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]
Bookmark and Share

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The North Country Trail, A Well-Kept Secret": Huron Valley Sierra Club.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Talk by North Country Trail Chief Baw Beese Chapter president Mike Dundas about this immense national scenic trail being constructed to run from New York to North Dakota.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free (metered parking). 647-7600. [map]
Bookmark and Share

17

Wednesday


July 2013
 8 a.m.  Free! 

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

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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.
Bookmark and Share

 9 a.m.  Free! 

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

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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.
Bookmark and Share

 10 a.m.-noon 

"Wetland Explorers": U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

All kids accompanied by a guardian invited to explore wetlands and streams, and search for animals and plants. Wear waterproof shoes or boots.
10 a.m.-noon, Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. $5 (metered parking). 647-7600. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Bike & Brew Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Tues. Apr.-Oct. 20-mile ride, at various paces, through Milan to the area around Britton-Macon.
5:30 p.m., meet at Saline municipal parking lot, Ann Arbor Rd. south of US-12, Saline. Free. 747-1862.
Bookmark and Share

 6 p.m. sharp  Free! 

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

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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]
Bookmark and Share

 6-7 p.m. 

Kids summer camp!!!!: Peachy Fitness.

  community member   < less

Peachy Fitness Kids Summer Camp!!!
Have your kids come dance and stretch their way to fitness!!!
June 19, 2013 to July 19, 2013
(No class 7/03 & 7/05)
Zumbatomic and Yoga (30 mins each)
Ages: 4-12 years (Boys and Girls)
Wednesdays & Fridays
6:00pm-7:00pm
Kids Summer Camp costs $69 for 8 classes. There is a $10 early bird discount ($59/8 classes) for registrations by June 7, 2013
A parent can join the session with the child for $20.00/session.
Enter to WIN an 8 class package by emailing to: info@peachyfitness.com or commenting on www.Facebook.com/PeachyFitness
More details on: www.PeachyFitness.com
Ann Arbor Taekwondo, 2739 Plymouth Rd. $69. 734-681-0477. info@peachyfitness.com www.PeachyFitness.com [map]
Bookmark and Share


On June 10, 2013, Zaini Lateef wrote:
Kids summer camp, kids zumba, yoga for kids, Zumba for kids, kids fitness, kids and fitness
Kids summer camp, kids Zumba, kids Yoga, kids and Fitness


 9-11 p.m. 

Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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]
Bookmark and Share

18

Thursday


July 2013
 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Jackson County Brunch Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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]
Bookmark and Share

 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Nature Fun on Thursday!": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

July 11, 18, & 25. WCPARC naturalists lead programs for kids. Geared toward ages 5-8. July 11: "Fun in the Field." Talk about plants and animals that live in fields, and a chance to search for insects. Wear long pants. July 18: "Geocache Mini-Adventure." Talk about about geocaching, a treasure hunting game in which participants use GPS devices to find hidden containers outdoors, and the chance to find and hide trinkets. July 25: "Flowers and Pollinators." Talk about how flowers attract insects, and a chance to gather and take home flowers.
10:30-11:30 a.m., County Farm Park (July 11 & 25), off Medford Rd. via Manchester south off E. Stadium, & Rolling Hills County Park lodge (July 18), 7660 Stony Creek Rd. between Merritt & Bemis rds., east of Carpenter, Ypsilanti. Free. Preregistration required. 971-6337, ext. 334.
Bookmark and Share

 3-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Arrows Away": Waterloo Recreation Area.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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.
Bookmark and Share

 6-8 p.m. 

Group Ride: Velo Club.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Tues. & Thurs. Rides of 35-45 miles (Tues.) with distance and pace (usually fast) determined by the assembled riders and of 40-60 miles (Thurs.) for serious cyclists and those new to bicycle racing.
6-8 p.m., meet at Forsythe Middle School, 1655 Newport. Free. aavc.org. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 6 p.m.  Free! 

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

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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]
Bookmark and Share

 7 p.m.  Free! 

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

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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.
Bookmark and Share

19

Friday


July 2013
 9 a.m.  Free! 

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

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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.
Bookmark and Share

 6-7 p.m. 

Kids summer camp!!!!: Peachy Fitness.

  community member   < less

Peachy Fitness Kids Summer Camp!!!
Have your kids come dance and stretch their way to fitness!!!
June 19, 2013 to July 19, 2013
(No class 7/03 & 7/05)
Zumbatomic and Yoga (30 mins each)
Ages: 4-12 years (Boys and Girls)
Wednesdays & Fridays
6:00pm-7:00pm
Kids Summer Camp costs $69 for 8 classes. There is a $10 early bird discount ($59/8 classes) for registrations by June 7, 2013
A parent can join the session with the child for $20.00/session.
Enter to WIN an 8 class package by emailing to: info@peachyfitness.com or commenting on www.Facebook.com/PeachyFitness
More details on: www.PeachyFitness.com
Ann Arbor Taekwondo, 2739 Plymouth Rd. $69. 734-681-0477. info@peachyfitness.com www.PeachyFitness.com [map]
Bookmark and Share


On June 10, 2013, Zaini Lateef wrote:
Kids summer camp, kids zumba, yoga for kids, Zumba for kids, kids fitness, kids and fitness
Kids summer camp, kids Zumba, kids Yoga, kids and Fitness


 6 p.m.  Free! 

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

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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]
Bookmark and Share

 7 p.m.  Free! 

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

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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]
Bookmark and Share

 8 p.m.-midnight 

"KissMe in Ann Arbor 2013": Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance/Swing Ann Arbor.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

July 20-22 (different locations). Swing dancing to live and recorded music spread out over 3 days. The July 20 & 21 dances are followed (12:30-5 a.m.) by late-night swing dancing to music spun by DJs ($10; students & members, $9) at Concourse Hall (4531 Concourse Dr., off S. State across from the airport).

July 19: Swing dancing ($20; members & students, $18) to live music by The Careless Lovers, 8 p.m.-midnight, Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse off S. State across from the airport. The Careless Lovers is a Seattle quartet that plays an irresistibly danceable mix of traditional jazz, blues, and swing era tunes in a carefree, energetic style.

July 20: Afternoon dance ($5) to music spun by DJs, 2-5 p.m. at a location TBA, and evening dance ($25; members & students, $20) to live music by The Careless Lover, 8 p.m.-midnight, the Michigan Union Ballroom.

July 21: BBQ and outdoor dancing to live music by the local Alex Belhaj's New Orleans Jazz Quartet ($10; students & members, $9), 1-5 p.m. at Island Park, 1450 Island Dr. off Maiden Lane. Followed by an evening dance with music, time, & location TBA.

.
Various times & locations. (847) 757-0942.
Bookmark and Share

 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. 

"Friday Night Swing (& Blues)": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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]
Bookmark and Share

 10 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

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

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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]
Bookmark and Share

20

Saturday


July 2013
 7 a.m.  Free! 

"Far West Quad County Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Sat., Apr.-Oct. Fast/moderate-paced ride, 40-100 miles, on low-traffic roads in Washtenaw, Jackson, Livingston, and Ingham counties. Brunch stop.
9 a.m., meet in front of Zou Zou's, 101 N. Main at Middle, Chelsea. Free. 645-1205, 645-5696, 478-0424, 646-1507, 678-8297. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 8 a.m.  Free! 

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

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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]
Bookmark and Share

 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Democratic Ride: Ann Arbor Velo Club.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Sat. & Sun. Assembled riders determine the pace and destination, but the ride is usually 50-70 miles long.
9 a.m.-noon, meet at Wheeler Park, N. 4th Ave. at Depot. Free. aavc.org. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

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

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

July 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 (July 13), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (July 20), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration requested. 647-8528. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 9:30 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Butterfly Bonanza": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Three WAS members with a knack for finding a variety of butterflies--Roger Kuhlman, John Swales, and Roger Wykes--lead a hike through the spacious Leonard Preserve.
9:30 a.m.-noon, Leonard Preserve, meet in the parking lot off at the dead end of Union Street north off Main west of M-52, Manchester. Free. 994-3569.
Bookmark and Share

 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 

3rd Annual Single Fly Tournament: Ann Arbor Trout Unlimited/Huron River Watershed Council.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

All invited to compete to see who can catch the most fish using only one fly. Prizes. Proceeds benefit HRWC. Followed by an afterparty at the Sidetrack Bar & Grill ($20). Note: This event was originally scheduled for June 15, but was postponed until July 20, due to weather.
10 a.m.-8 p.m. (10 a.m. registration), Schultz Outfitters, 4 E. Cross, Ypsilanti. $50. Preregistration required by June 13 at hrwc.org/events/single-fly/. 769-5123, ext. 612. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Great Lakes Judging.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Presentation on the Neofinetia falcata orchid by new club member R.J. D'Alessio.
11 a.m., Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free (metered parking). 647-7600. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 2-5 & 8 p.m.-midnight 

"KissMe in Ann Arbor 2013": Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance/Swing Ann Arbor.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

July 20-22 (different locations). Swing dancing to live and recorded music spread out over 3 days. The July 20 & 21 dances are followed (12:30-5 a.m.) by late-night swing dancing to music spun by DJs ($10; students & members, $9) at Concourse Hall (4531 Concourse Dr., off S. State across from the airport).

July 19: Swing dancing ($20; members & students, $18) to live music by The Careless Lovers, 8 p.m.-midnight, Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse off S. State across from the airport. The Careless Lovers is a Seattle quartet that plays an irresistibly danceable mix of traditional jazz, blues, and swing era tunes in a carefree, energetic style.

July 20: Afternoon dance ($5) to music spun by DJs, 2-5 p.m. at a location TBA, and evening dance ($25; members & students, $20) to live music by The Careless Lover, 8 p.m.-midnight, the Michigan Union Ballroom.

July 21: BBQ and outdoor dancing to live music by the local Alex Belhaj's New Orleans Jazz Quartet ($10; students & members, $9), 1-5 p.m. at Island Park, 1450 Island Dr. off Maiden Lane. Followed by an evening dance with music, time, & location TBA.

.
Various times & locations. (847) 757-0942.
Bookmark and Share

 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Arrows Away": Waterloo Recreation Area.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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.
Bookmark and Share

 7-10:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Full Moon Campfire": Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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]
Bookmark and Share

 7-10 p.m. 

International Folk Dancing: Ann Arbor Folkdancers.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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]
Bookmark and Share

 7:30-11:30 p.m. 

"Swing Dance for Life": Ann Arbor Young Professionals for Life Fundraiser.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Swing dancing to music spun by a DJ. The program begins with a beginner lesson. Also, a short talk by an Arbor Vitae Women's Center representative.
7:30-11:30 p.m., St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church Parish Hall, 530 Elizabeth. $5 in advance by July 10; $10 at the door. Reservations requested via email to v.elise@hotmail.com. 845-7895. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 8-11 p.m. 

3rd Saturday Contra Dance: Pittsfield Union Grange.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

With callers and live music TBA. No partner needed; beginners welcome. Bring flat, smooth-sole shoes.
8 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). $10 (students, $5). 426-0241. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 

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

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

July 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]
Bookmark and Share

21

Sunday


July 2013
 7:30 a.m. 

"He Tried/She Tried…We Tried": Epic Races.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

2-person teams (in any gender combination) invited to compete in a sprint triathlon (half-mile swim, 10.7-mile bike ride, 3-mile run) or sprint duathlon (10.7-mile bike ride sandwiched between 1.5- and 3-mile runs). Each team's ages and times are combined. Awards. Sign up as a team or get paired with someone.
7:30 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. $85 (discount for USAT members) in advance by July 19; $95 on the day of the race. $10 annual park pass required. 678-5045.
Bookmark and Share

 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Democratic Ride: Ann Arbor Velo Club.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Sat. & Sun. Assembled riders determine the pace and destination, but the ride is usually 50-70 miles long.
9 a.m.-noon, meet at Wheeler Park, N. 4th Ave. at Depot. Free. aavc.org. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Jewish Hikers of Michigan.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

All invited to join an easy hike of 1.5-2 hours. Bring a backpack, munchies, and drinks. No pets.
11 a.m., Parker Mill County Park, Geddes Rd. (just east of US-23). Free. jewish.hikers@gmail.com, 883-9522, 665-4744.
Bookmark and Share

 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

H.A.C. Ultimate.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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.
Bookmark and Share

 Noon-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Mussel Foray: An Introduction to Mussel Ecology & Identification": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Biologists Joe Rathbun and Renee Mulcrone discuss mussels found in southern Michigan rivers. Followed by a chance to look for mussels in the River Raisin. Waders and water snoops provided.
Noon-3 p.m., Sharon Mills Park, 5701 Sharon Hollow Rd., between Pleasant Lake & Sharon Valley rds., Manchester. Free. 971-6337, ext. 334. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 Noon-5 p.m. 

"Pin & Plate Shoots": Tri-County Sportsman's League.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

All invited to shoot handguns at bowling pins and steel plates. Bring your own gun and ammunition. TCSL also sponsors military rifle shoots ($15, 10 a.m.-noon) on June 15 & July 20.
Noon-5 p.m., TCSL, 8640 Moon (between E. Michigan & Willis Rd.), Saline. $5 per 20-shot round (tentative). 429-9561. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 1-5 p.m. & evening time TBA. 

"KissMe in Ann Arbor 2013": Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance/Swing Ann Arbor.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

July 20-22 (different locations). Swing dancing to live and recorded music spread out over 3 days. The July 20 & 21 dances are followed (12:30-5 a.m.) by late-night swing dancing to music spun by DJs ($10; students & members, $9) at Concourse Hall (4531 Concourse Dr., off S. State across from the airport).

July 19: Swing dancing ($20; members & students, $18) to live music by The Careless Lovers, 8 p.m.-midnight, Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse off S. State across from the airport. The Careless Lovers is a Seattle quartet that plays an irresistibly danceable mix of traditional jazz, blues, and swing era tunes in a carefree, energetic style.

July 20: Afternoon dance ($5) to music spun by DJs, 2-5 p.m. at a location TBA, and evening dance ($25; members & students, $20) to live music by The Careless Lover, 8 p.m.-midnight, the Michigan Union Ballroom.

July 21: BBQ and outdoor dancing to live music by the local Alex Belhaj's New Orleans Jazz Quartet ($10; students & members, $9), 1-5 p.m. at Island Park, 1450 Island Dr. off Maiden Lane. Followed by an evening dance with music, time, & location TBA.

.
Various times & locations. (847) 757-0942.
Bookmark and Share

 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Morris.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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.
Bookmark and Share




Science camp for kids ages 6-14
Esquire Interiors Ann Arbor MI
Top of the Lamp, Ann Arbor's locally owned lighting specialty store.