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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


September 2013
 9 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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 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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 5 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.except Labor Day. Jigs, reels, and strathspeys. Usually with live music. All dances taught; beginners welcome.
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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Tuesday


October 2013
 9 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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 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

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

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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]
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 5:30 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


October 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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 10 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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 5:30 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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 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

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

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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.
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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


October 2013
 8-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Fall Migration in Nichols Arboretum": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Every Thursday, Aug. 29-Oct. 24 and Sept. 8. All invited to join WAS members for a leaderless hike through the Arb to look for fall warblers and other southbound migrants, many of which are in their first-year plumage.
8-11 a.m. (Thurs.) & 3:30-6:30 p.m. (Sept. 8), meet in the cul-de-sac at the end of Riverview (off Geddes near the east end of Dow Field). Free. 677-3275.
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 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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 5:30 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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Friday


October 2013
 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Joe's Breakfast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Fri. Slow-paced rides, 20 miles or more, to the Coney Island in Whitmore Lake for a 10:30 a.m. breakfast or early lunch.
10 a.m. (Apr.) & 9 a.m.(May), Olson Park, Dhu Varren at Pontiac Trail. Free. 476-4944, 996-9461.
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 6 p.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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 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Dance Lab": Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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. Local callers call new dances to live music. Bring snacks to share, f you wish. Aspiring dance choreographers and callers are invited to arrive at 7 to share their ideas.
7:30-9:30 p.m., 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). Free (tips for musicians welcome). 786-8380. [map]
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 9-11 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Oct. 4 & 25. 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.
9-11 p.m., 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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 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


October 2013
 9 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.  Free! 

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

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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]
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 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Trees of Washtenaw County": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Sept. 7 & 21 and Oct. 5. WCPARC naturalist Faye Stoner leads a series of hikes to learn about trees found in the area, including honey locusts, tulip trees, black oaks, yellow birches, and others.
10 a.m.-noon, Park Lyndon North (Sept. 7), North Territorial Rd., east of M-52, Lyndon Twp.; Kosch Headwaters Preserve (Sept. 21), 3268 N. Prospect, mile south of Ford Rd., Ypsilanti; Burns-Stokes Preserve (Oct. 5), Zeeb Rd. at the Huron River, just south of Huron River Dr. Free, but preregistration required. stonerf@ewashtenaw.org, 971-6337, ext. 334. [map]
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 Noon-2 & 3-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Nature Programs: Waterloo Recreation Area.

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Programs presented by WRA park interpreter Katie McGlashen or other WRA park interpreters.

Sept. 2 (10 a.m.): "Labor Day Fitness Walk." All invited to join one of several walks through the park, from long, hilly hikes to a lass rugged 1.5-mile scavenger hunt trail. Snacks & drinks available. Preceded at 9:30 a.m. by warm-up games for kids. Registration begins at 9 a.m.

Sept. 7 & 21 (1 p.m.): "Geocaching 101." All invited to learn how to use a handheld GPS unit to navigate park trails on a treasure hunt. Bring a few small trinkets to trade, if you can.

Sept. 14 (9 a.m., meet at Mill Lake Campground entrance, Bush Rd., follow the signs from the north end of Pierce Rd. off I-94 exit 157): "Mushroom Hunt." Michigan Mushroom Hunters Club president Phil Tedeschi leads a mushroom hunt.

Sept. 14 & 28 (2-2:30 p.m.) and Oct. 5 & 19 (3-4:30 p.m.): "Arrows Away." All adults and youth age 8 & up invited to learn the basics of archery.

Oct. 5 & 12 (noon-2 p.m.): "Apple Cider Pressing." All invited to make cider. Apples provided.

Oct. 26 (1 p.m.): "Geocache Trick or Treating." Hikers of any age able to follow rugged hilly terrain invited to learn how to use a GPS unit to navigate trails in search of hidden treats.

Nov. 23 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Turkey Talk." Talk on how the North American wild turkey was brought back from the brink of extinction. McGlashen also dresses an audience volunteer in some props to represent turkey adaptations and behavior, and participants can make a turkey call to take home

Also, at 8:30 a.m. every Tues. & Thurs., Sept. 17-Nov. 20, a fast-paced morning fitness hike on the Discovery Center trails.

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Various times, Eddy Discovery Center (except as noted), Bush Rd. (west from Pierce Rd. off I-94 exit 157), Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. Free. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.
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 7-10 p.m. 

International Folk Dancing: Ann Arbor Folkdancers.

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Dancing to live Balkan and Scandinavian music by Veselba.
7-10 p.m., the barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $10 (students, $5). 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. 

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

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All dances taught; no partner needed. Bring flat, smooth-sole shoes. Oct. 5: Ray Bantle calls to live music by the Stout Hearted String Band. Nov. 2: Ohio caller Michael Hamilton & live music by the Oberlin band Gallimaufry.
8-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). Oct.: $10 (members, $9; students, $5). Nov.: $11 (members, $10; students, $5). 662-9290, 769-1052. [map]
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Sunday


October 2013
 9 a.m.-noon & 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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All invited to help city staff maintain the natural areas in various city parks. Also, staffers lead a short nature walk at the end of each workday. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance.

Sept. 8: Marshall Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the parking lot on Dixboro just north of Plymouth) and Sugarbush Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the entrance near the tennis courts on Rumsey St. at the north end of Georgetown Blvd. off Plymouth) to remove invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle. Also a walk through Sugarbush to look for its special features, including blue ash and pawpaw trees.

Sept. 15: Hannah Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the entrance at the end of Bath St., west of Seventh between Huron and Miller) to remove invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle.

Sept. 21 : Sunset-Brooks Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, Sunset Rd. at the end of Brooks St.) to clear trails and spread woodchips in this oak-hickory woodland, and Hollywood Park (9 a.m.-noon, Sequoia Pkwy. near the intersection of Archwood Dr.) and Miller Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the entrance on Westwood north of Arborview) to remove invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle.

Sept. 28: Greenview Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, across from Barnard Rd. on Greenview Rd. off Scio Church Rd. west of S. Seventh St.) to remove invasive shrubs and spread woodchips on the trails and Argo Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the parking lot north of the Argo Canoe Livery off Longshore Dr.) to remove invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle.

Oct. 6: Mary Beth Doyle Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the end of Verle west off Platt south of Packard) to remove invasive shrubs and help improve the trails, and Bird Hills Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the Bird Rd. entrance) to remove invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle.

Oct. 12: Wurster Park (9 a.m.-noon, entrance at the cul-de-sac on Edgewood Pl. off W. Davis between Third St. & Fifth St.) to remove invasive shrubs and spread woodchips on the trails, and Miller Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the Arborview entrance, just east of Wildwood) to help clear trails and spread woodchips.

Oct. 13: Kuebler Langford Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the Beechwood entrance off Sunset just north of M-14) to collect seeds and learn how to identify native plants in the seed-bearing stage of their growth cycle.

Oct. 26: Dicken Woods Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, Dicken Dr. off S. Maple) to help remove invasive buckthorn, plant perennials, and work on trail maintenance, and Molin Nature Area (1-4 p.m., Powell Rd. from Columbia Ave. east of Kimberly from Packard just west of Eisenhower) to remove invasive shrubs.

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Various times & locations. Free. 996-3266.
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 11:15 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.
11:15 a.m., Mitchell Field (Fuller Rd.) or just west of Fuller pool. Free. hac-ultimatelist@googlegroups.com, 846-9418.
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 Noon 

"Turkey Shoot": Tri-County Sportsman's League.

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Sept. 29, Oct. 6 & 20, Nov. All invited to compete in a shotgun blast or a running deer pistol shoot. Winners get a turkey or a pound of bacon. The Oct. 6 & Nov. 3 shoots are preceded from 8 a.m. to noon by breakfast ($6.50).
Noon, TCSL, 8640 Moon (between E. Michigan & Willis Rd.), Saline. $5 per round. 429-9561. [map]
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 1-2:30 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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 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Sharon Mills Sunday": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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A docent demonstrates the operational hydroelectric generator and offers information about the park that includes a beautiful multicolored stone house, a wooden mill, and a former winery, plus spots for fishing, canoeing, and picnicking.
1-4 p.m., Sharon Mills Park, 5701 Sharon Hollow Rd. (between Pleasant Lake & Sharon Valley rds.), Manchester. Free. 971-6337. [map]
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 1:15-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Autumn Spectacular": Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy.

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90-minute Docent-led walk of a nature preserve. The program begins with conversation and refreshments.
1:15-3:30 p.m., Springhill Nature Preserve, 3260 Berry Rd. Superior Twp. Free. 484-0074, 484-6565. [map]
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 1:30 p.m.  Free! 

Waterloo Sandhill Crane Ride: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Moderate-paced ride, 25-40 miles over quiet roads in and around the Waterloo Recreation Area to watch sandhill cranes gather for the evening at the Haehnle Nature Sanctuary. Bring a picnic supper.
1:30 p.m., meet at Haehnle Sanctuary, north side of Seymour Rd. (1 mile west of Race Rd. north from I-94 exit 147), Chelsea. Free. 424-2802.
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 1:50 p.m. 

Chelsea/Dexter CROP Hunger Walk: Church World Service.

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1- and 5-mile pledge walks to raise money for local and international hunger relief. Rest stops with water and snacks.
1:50 p.m. (registration at 1:30 p.m.), St. Paul's United Church of Christ, 14600 E. Old US-12, Chelsea. Pledges or donation. 475-9643. [map]
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 2 p.m. 

39th Annual Washtenaw/Ann Arbor CROP Hunger Walk: Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice.

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2-km and 10-km pledge walks to raise money for hunger relief.
2 p.m. (registration begins at 1 p.m.), St. Clare's Episcopal Church and Temple Beth Emeth, 2309 Packard. Pledges or donation. Preregistration available at icpj.net. 663-1870. [map]
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 2-5 p.m. 

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

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Marlin Whitaker and others call to music by the Root Cellar String Band. Beginners welcome. No partner necessary. Wear clean, nonmarking shoes.
2-5 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $8 (students, $5). 994-6494. [map]
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 3 p.m. 

"Fall Flight": Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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At least 3 of the LSNC resident raptors-a red-tailed hawk and immature and adult bald eagles-demonstrate their flight abilities and other adaptations.
3 p.m., Leslie Science Center, 1831 Traver Rd. $8 (family, $30). 997-1553. [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., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). Free. Email a2morris@umich.edu to confirm. 717-1569. [map]
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