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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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April 2014
 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; 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]



April 2014
 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]



April 2014
 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 Apr. 9 & 23 at 11 p.m. by "Late Night @ Silvio's" swing dancing (see Nightspots).
9-11 p.m., Michigan Union Vandenburg Room (July) & Pendleton Room (all Aug. dates except Aug. 27, Anderson Room). $5 (students, $4; $1 discount for members). 945-8428. [map]



May 2014
 6 a.m.  Free! 

37th Annual May Day Celebration: Ann Arbor Morris.

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All invited to celebrate this traditional holiday with outdoor singing and boisterous traditional English dances.
6-7 a.m., U-M Nichols Arboretum (meet at the lookout above the main valley near Geddes Rd. gate). Free. Email to confirm. 717-1659.

 8-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Spring Migration Walk in Nichols Arboretum": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Every Thurs., Apr. 2-May 28. All invited to join club members for a walk through the Arb to look for resident birds and early migrants, which begin arriving in earnest toward the end of April.
8-11 a.m., meet at the cul-de-sac at the end of Riverview off Geddes. Free. 994-3569.

 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Tuesday Evening Birders": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Every Tues. in May. City ornithologist Dea Armstrong and other WAS members lead evening walks at various local birding sites. Bring binoculars and (if you have one) a scope.
6 p.m., meet at the Miller Rd. Park & Ride off M-14. Free. Anyone under 18 not accompanied by an adult relative or legal guardian needs to have a completed parental consent (available from form to participate. 668-2513.



May 2014
 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]



May 2014
 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

Waterloo Recreation Area.

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Programs presented by WRA park interpreter Katie McGlashen (except as noted).

Feb. 23 (2-3 p.m.): "Michigan Wolves: Past, Present, and Future." Naturalist and wolf advocate Dorothy McLeer presents a program on the comeback of wolves in Michigan, the issues that arise when people live near wolves, and what the future holds for wolves. Preregistration requested.

Mar. 22 (2-4 p.m.): "Spring Terrarium." Participants make a small, display-worthy ecosystem. Bring a glass container with a lid, between a quart and a gallon in size.

Mar. 29 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Harbinger Hike." A hike along Discovery Center trails to look signs of awakening animals, early sprouts, and perhaps a few unorthodox blooms.

Apr. 8 (10 a.m. & 2 p.m.): "Spring Break: Animal Tracks." All kids in grades K-6 invited to learn about animal track patterns, practice the art of tracking, and make a plaster cast track to take home.

Apr. 9 (10 a.m. & 2 p.m.): "Geocaching & Orienteering" All kids in grades K-6 invited to learn the basics of using a GPS unit and reading a compass, then try it on the trail. Participants should bring a few cheap trinkets to trade in geocaches.

Apr. 10 (10 a.m. & 2 p.m.): "Spring Break: Pizza Plant Magic." All kids in grades K-6 invited to learn what plant parts we eat, and start a pizza garden to take home.

Apr. 19 (noon and 1, 2, & 3 p.m.): "Geocache Egg Hunt." All invited to learn to use a GPS unit and follow clues to hunt for prizes. GPS units provided, or bring your own.

Apr. 25 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.): "Arbor Day Treats." All invited to learn how to measure tree height, figure out how old a tree is, and identify some trees without their leaves. Also, treats made from trees. Prizes.

May 3 (2-4 p.m.): "Arrows Away." All age 7 & up invited to learn basic archery skills. Equipment provided.

May 10: (2-4 p.m.): "Seed Paper Cards for Mom." Using recycled paper and wildflower seeds, participants make a Mother's Day card that can be planted to grow wildflowers.

May 24 (9 a.m.): "Birding and Breakfast." All invited for a light breakfast followed by a birding hike in celebration of International Migratory Bird Day.

June 7 (10 a.m.-noon, Green Lake Campground Trail parking lot, west off M-52 between Waterloo Rd. & N. Territorial): "National Trails Day 3 Park Hike." All invited to join a 2.5-mile hike along the Waterloo-Pinckney Trail that connects 2 State Recreation Areas to Washtenaw County's Park Lyndon North.

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

 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Wildflower Walk": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Faye Stoner leads a hike to look for common and rare spring wildflowers.
2-4 p.m., Scio Woods Preserve, north side of Scio Church Rd. west of Wagner. Free. 971-6337, ext. 334.

 8-11 p.m. 

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

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Martha vander Kolk calls to live music by Debbie Jackson, Paul Winder, and friends. All dances taught; no partner needed. Wear 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). 769-1052. [map]

 8 p.m.-midnight 

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

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May 3 & 17. Tango dancing to music spun by a DJ.
8 p.m.-midnight, Michigan Union Pendleton Room (May 3) & Michigan League Vandenburg Room (May 17). $10 (members, $5). [map]

 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 

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

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May 3 & 17. 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). $12 (students with ID, $8). [map]



May 2014
 8-11 a.m.  Free! 

"May Morning Bird Walk": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Naturalist Dan Sparks-Jackson leads a hike to look for birds. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them.
8-11 a.m., Trinkle Marsh at Easton Farm Preserve, Dancer Rd. just north of Trinkle Rd., Lima Twp. Free. 971-6337, ext. 334.

 8:30 a.m. 

36th Annual Burns Park Run: Burns Park Elementary School PTO.

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Around 1,000 people ages 5-90 attend this popular family affair. This year's event offers 5-km and 10-km chip-timed races along beautiful tree-lined streets, and a half-mile kid-popular "fun run" ($5) around the park. Medals for overall male & female winners in both races, male & female masters, male & female grand masters, male & female top 3 per age group, all finishers in kindergarten, grade school, and the fun run. Proceeds benefit Burns Park PTO programs.
8:30 a.m. (5-km run), 8:40 a.m. (10-km run), & 10 a.m. (fun run), Burns Park, 1414 Wells. $22 for the 5-km & 10-km events in advance at by May 2 (late registration, $27). [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Chakra Gardening Party".

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Apr. 27, May 4, June 1, Aug. 3, Sept. 7, & Oct. 12. Longtime local gardener Kathy Squiers gives tours of her 7 gardens inspired by the chakras. Attendees are invited to help develop the gardens, including work on site preparation, planting, and transplanting. Also, discussion of chakras. Refreshments.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., 1280 Sylvan Rd., Chelsea. Donation; reservations required. 475-3408. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

7th Annual Spring Ride & Festival: Bike Ypsi.

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30-, 15-, and 5-mile guided bike rides. Followed by a festival with food from local businesses. Helmets required. Free tune-ups and ride registration begin at 9 a.m.
10 a.m., Recreation Park, 1015 Congress, Ypsilanti. Free., 634-5593. [map]

 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., 846-9418.

 Noon-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Insect ID Day": Huron River Watershed Council.

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All invited to help identify the macroinvertebrates found in last month's "River Roundup." Each child must be accompanied by an adult.
Noon-4 p.m., NEW Center, 1100 N. Main. Free. Preregistration required at; 769-5123, ext. 600. [map]

 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 to confirm. 717-1569.

 8-10 p.m. 

Ballroom Dance Club at the U-M.

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Ballroom dancing to recorded music, including fox-trots, waltzes, cha-chas, rumbas, tangos, swing, and more. No partner necessary. Preceded at 7 p.m. by beginning lessons and practice.
8-10 p.m., Michigan League Ballroom (June 21 & 28; Aug. 9) and Michigan Union Ballroom (July 19; Aug. 2, 16, 23, & 30) and Pendleton Room (July 12). $5 ($10 includes lessons). 763-6984. [map]

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