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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


December 2013
 7:30-9:30 p.m. 

Tartan & Thistle Scottish Country Dancers.

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Dec. 2, 9, & 16. 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


December 2013
 6 p.m.  Free! 

Tuesday Dinner Ride: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Tues., Dec.-Mar. 10- to 20-mile ride, at various paces, along the well maintained Border-to-Border Trail, to a restaurant in either Ann Arbor or Ypsilanti. Front & back lights required, reflective clothing strongly recommended
6 p.m., meet at Wheels in Motion, 3400 Washtenaw. Free. 678-8297, 971-2121. [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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Thursday


December 2013
 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor East & West Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Thurs. through Dec. 19. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes. Snacks provided. Rain/show or shine.
6:30 p.m., Running Fit, 3010 Washtenaw (548-6299) or 5700 Jackson (929-9022). Free. [map]
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 7:30-10 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Ski Club.

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Dec. 5 & 19. All invited to learn about the club's downhill and cross-country ski and snowboarding outings and other social activities. Refreshments. Must be 21 or older. The Dec. 19 meeting is followed by a holiday dance with a DJ. Bring an unwrapped toy to donate.
7:30-10 p.m., Cobblestone Farm barn, 2781 Packard. $5 (members, free). 786-2237. [map]
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Friday


December 2013
 7:15-8:45 p.m. 

"Disco Skate": Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation.

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All invited to skate to 70s Disco music. Prizes for best costume.
7:15-8:45 p.m., Buhr Park Ice Rink, 2751 Packard. $6 (youths age 17 & under and seniors age 60 & over, $5). $1 discount for city residents. Skate rentals available ($3). 794-6235. [map]
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 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

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

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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.
8-10 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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Dec. 6, 13, & 20. 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


December 2013
 8 a.m. 

Interpretive Nature Programs: Hudson Mills Metropark.

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Programs presented by Hudson Mills naturalist Mark Irish.

Jan. 25 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.): "Chillin' at the Mills." A variety of winter activities, including (weather permitting) cross-country skiing, Klondike racing and dog sledding demos, and more. Afterward, an indoor craft activity and hot chocolate. $3 ($7.50 includes lunch).

Feb. 1 (noon): "Kids Craft Day." All kids invited to bring a T-shirt or canvas shopping bag to stamp or paint with nature-themed designs. $3 per item.

Feb. 8 (1 p.m.): "Winter Ecology Walk." A hike to see how animal life is weathering the winter.

Feb. 15 & Apr. 5 (11 a.m.): "Live! Birds of Prey." Howell Nature Center representatives present a program on birds of prey that includes displays of live hawks, owls, falcons, and vultures.

Apr. 19 (noon): "West River Trail Bike Hike." All invited to join a leisurely ride from Hudson Mills to the Dexter Library, examining various habitats along the way, on this new trail. Helmets required.

Apr. 26 (10 a.m.): "Vernal Pond Day." All invited to explore life teeming in one of the short-lived vernal ponds that dries up in the summer heat.

May 10: "Explore Dexter-Huron." All invited to hike around this little known gem of a park, a favorite among wildflower enthusiasts. Meet at the East Shelter parking lot, 6535 Huron River Dr.

May 11 (9 & 11 a.m.): "Mother's Day Wildflower Walk." A hike to look for spring wildflowers. Also, brunch ($8; kids under 2, free) available at 10 a.m.

May 17 (noon): "Bike Hike." All invited to join a leisurely bike hike to explore different parts of the park. Helmets required.

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Various times, Hudson Mills activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (kids, $3) except as noted. Preregistration required. $7 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]
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 8 a.m. 

Nature Programs: Hudson Mills Metropark.

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Presented by park naturalists Jennifer Hollenbeck or Raejean Uehline.

Dec. 7: (8 a.m.): "Winter Hike." A hike for the woods to what animal life is sticking around for the winter.

Dec. 15 (10 a.m. and 12:30 & 2:30 p.m.): "Santa Central." Kids invited to visit with Santa, play reindeer games, and enjoy a hayride. Snack. $6 per child (adults, $3; kids under age 1, free) in advance only.

Dec. 26: (8 a.m.): "Day after Christmas Hike." A hike to explore winter animal life in the park.

Jan. 25 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.): "Chillin' at the Mills." A variety of winter activities, including (weather permitting) cross-country skiing, Klondike racing and dog sledding demos, and more. Afterward, an indoor craft activity and hot chocolate. $2 ($6 includes lunch).

Feb. 1: (noon): "Kids Craft Day." All kids invited to bring a T-shirt or canvas shopping bag to stamp or paint with a nature-themed designs. $3 per item.

Feb. 8: (1 p.m.): "Day after Christmas Hike." A hike to see how animal life is weathering the winter.

Feb. 15 (11 a.m.): "Live! Birds of Prey." Howell Nature Center representatives present a program on birds of prey that includes displays of live hawks, owls, falcons, and vultures. $5 (kids, $3).

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Various times, Hudson Mills activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (kids, $3) unless otherwise noted. Preregistration required. $5 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]
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 10 a. m.  Free! 

Saturday Morning Border to Border Ride: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sat. 22-mile ride, at various paces along the Border-to-Border Trail, from Ann Arbor Ypsilanti to decide where to eat lunch.
10 a.m., meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 545-0541. [map]
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 4:15 p.m. 

Holiday Hustle 5K/1M: Running Fit.

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Naughty or nice, walker or runner, come breathe in the December night air, BURN A FEW HOLIDAY CALORIES and give back to others. A silly, hilly out and back course that will take in the neighborhood light displays and give you a chance to see the flashing gang ahead or behind you!
Flashing gang? Yes! Register early and the first 500 get a choice of some flashing or jingling flare (to be picked up at packet pick up).
This charity event donates $5 of your entry fee to local Dexter charities. Bring canned or non perishable food items for the needy and get a raffle ticket for each item! Raffle items from Running Fit to include 2 $50 gift cards, 4 $25 gift cards, gloves, hats, bags and more!
Monument Park, Baker Road at Main Street, Dexter. Early registration begins at $24/$15 through 11/29/13 relative to event entered. 734-929-9027. events@runningfit.com http://www.runholiday5k.com/
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 7-10 p.m. 

International Folk Dancing: Ann Arbor Folkdancers.

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Dancing to live music by Veselba. No partner needed; beginners welcome.
7-10 p.m., the barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $10 (students, $5). 709-8748. [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. December, February, and March callers TBA. Jan. 4: Drake Meadow calls to music by 'Twas Brillig and the Mazel Toves. Preceded at 5:30 p.m. by a potluck (bring a dish to pass), silent auction, and an hour of international dancing.
8-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. Dec. & Feb.: $10 (members, $9; students, $5). Jan. & Mar.: $11 (members, $10; students, $5). 662-9290, 769-1052. [map]
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 8-11 p.m. 

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

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Mark Hillegonds calls to music by the Sharon Hollow String Band. 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.), Saline. $10 (members, $9; students, $5). 662-9290, 769-1052. [map]
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 8 p.m.-midnight 

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

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


December 2013
 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., Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot. Free. hac-ultimatelist@googlegroups.com, 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). 764-3482. [map]
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 2-5:30 p.m. 

Advanced English Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Mady Newfield of St. Charles, IL, calls to live music by fiddler Susie Lorand & friends. For experienced dancers.
2-5:30 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $10. (248) 288-4737. [map]
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 2-4 p.m. 

Youth Tennis Clinic at the University of Michigan: U-Meet the Athlete.

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Meet and play tennis with the University of Michigan Men's & Women's Tennis Team! U-Meet the Athlete gives children grades K-8 the opportunity to participate in sport clinics with University of Michigan varsity student-athletes. The goal is to have fun while stressing the importance of mastering sport-specific fundamentals, doing well in school, and living a healthy lifestyle. Please visit our website for more information and to download a registration form.
Varsity Tennis Center, 2250 South State St. $20. 734-764-1342. kidsport@umich.edu www.kines.umich.edu/umove/u-meet-the-athlete [map]
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 2-4 p.m. 

Youth Tennis Clinic at the University of Michigan: U-Meet the Athlete.

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Meet and play tennis with the University of Michigan Men's & Women's Tennis Team! U-Meet the Athlete gives children grades K-8 the opportunity to participate in sport clinics with University of Michigan varsity student-athletes. The goal is to have fun while stressing the importance of mastering sport-specific fundamentals, doing well in school, and living a healthy lifestyle. Please visit our website for more information and to download a registration form.
Varsity Tennis Center, 2250 South State St. $20. 734-764-1342. kidsport@umich.edu www.kines.umich.edu/umove/u-meet-the-athlete [map]
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 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Exploring the Squiers Preserve": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Faye Stoner leads a hike through open field, mature woods, and the edge of wetlands to identify plants and look for signs of wildlife. Wear shoes or boots that can get muddy.
2-4 p.m., Sylvan Twp., call for directions. Free. 971-6337, ext. 334.
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Science camp for kids ages 6-14
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Top of the Lamp, Ann Arbor's locally owned lighting specialty store.