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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


July 2013
 8 a.m. 

Fall Softball/Kickball/Baseball League: Ann Arbor Rec & Ed.

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Register for Adult Fall leagues. Registration opens the week of July 22, and the deadline to register is August 2. Seasons start the week of September 3 and run through October. 10 game seasons for all sports. Go to aareced.com for more information.
Community Education & Recreation, 1515 S. 7th Street. Different prices for each sport. 734-994-2300 x 53214. williams@aaps.k12.mi.us aareced.com [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


July 2013
 8 a.m. 

Fall Softball/Kickball/Baseball League: Ann Arbor Rec & Ed.

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Register for Adult Fall leagues. Registration opens the week of July 22, and the deadline to register is August 2. Seasons start the week of September 3 and run through October. 10 game seasons for all sports. Go to aareced.com for more information.
Community Education & Recreation, 1515 S. 7th Street. Different prices for each sport. 734-994-2300 x 53214. williams@aaps.k12.mi.us aareced.com [map]
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 6-8 p.m. 

Group Ride: Velo Club.

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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]
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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


July 2013
 8 a.m. 

Fall Softball/Kickball/Baseball League: Ann Arbor Rec & Ed.

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Register for Adult Fall leagues. Registration opens the week of July 22, and the deadline to register is August 2. Seasons start the week of September 3 and run through October. 10 game seasons for all sports. Go to aareced.com for more information.
Community Education & Recreation, 1515 S. 7th Street. Different prices for each sport. 734-994-2300 x 53214. williams@aaps.k12.mi.us aareced.com [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


August 2013
 8 a.m. 

Fall Softball/Kickball/Baseball League: Ann Arbor Rec & Ed.

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Register for Adult Fall leagues. Registration opens the week of July 22, and the deadline to register is August 2. Seasons start the week of September 3 and run through October. 10 game seasons for all sports. Go to aareced.com for more information.
Community Education & Recreation, 1515 S. 7th Street. Different prices for each sport. 734-994-2300 x 53214. williams@aaps.k12.mi.us aareced.com [map]
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Friday


August 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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 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


August 2013
 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Spider Search": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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EMU biology professor Cara Shillington leads a hike to look for and identify a large variety of spiders. If you have any local spiders you'd like identified, bring them in a container or bring a photo.
9 a.m., meet in front of the U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens gift shop, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free. 994-3569. [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. (7-8:50 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. 

1st Saturday Contra: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Ed Vincent calls to live music by Joyous Noise. All dances taught; no partner needed. Bring flat, smooth-sole shoes.
8-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). $10 (members, $9; students, $5). 662-9290, 769-1052. [map]
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 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 

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

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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


August 2013
 9 a.m.  Free! 

Sunday Rides: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sun. Round-trip rides with various paces, distances, and destinations.

Aug. 4 (9 a.m.): "Lakes Ride." Fast-paced 95-mile ride (646-9015) along a route that passes 5 lakes west and north of Manchester.

Aug. 11 (10 a.m., meet at the municipal parking lot, Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., 1 block south of Michigan Ave., Saline): "Adrian Mural Ride." Fast-paced 60-mile ride (476-4944) to Adrian for brunch, along with a chance to view 4 Mexican-flavored murals on the route home.

Aug. 18 (9 a.m.): "Strawberry Lake Ride." Fast/moderate-paced 80-mile and 60-mile (944-0730) and slow-paced 37-mile (996-9461) rides to hunt for strawberries with a lunch stop in Dexter.

Aug. 25 (8 a.m.): "Jackson Parlour Ride." Fast/moderate-paced 100 mile ride (995-2944) to Jackson to visit one of the most popular ice cream parlors in southeastern Michigan. The return includes a ride through the Civil War Muster in Cascades Park.

Sept. 1 (9 a.m.): "Democratic Ride." A ride whose pace and destination are determined by the assembled riders.

Sept. 8 (9 a.m.): "Hathaway House Ride." Fast-paced 90-mile ride (426-4989) to Blissfield for brunch at the historic Hathaway House restaurant.

Sept. 15 (9 a.m.): "Zukey Lake Tavern Brunch Ride." Fast/moderate-paced 69-mile ride (476-4944) to Zukey Lake Tavern in Pinckney for brunch.

Sept. 22 & 29: TBA.

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Various times, meet at Wheeler Park (except as noted), N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 904-6431. [map]
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 10:15 a.m.  Free! 

H.A.C. Ultimate.

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Every Sun. All invited to a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Note: Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
10:15 a.m., Mitchell Field (Fuller Rd.) or just west of Fuller pool. Free. hac-ultimatelist@googlegroups.com, 846-9418.
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 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"August Wildflowers of Wetland and Prairie": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Faye Stoner leads a hike through remnant prairie and along and over wetlands. Hat and water recommended.
2-4 p.m., Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, north off North Territorial. Free. $5 park entry fee. 971-6337, ext. 334. [map]
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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.
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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