Calendar of Events
Sports, Dancing, Nature, & Recreation
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]
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]
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]
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm. 717-1659.
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.
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 email@example.com) form to participate. 668-2513.
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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]
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. 426-4989 (Apr. 4 ride), 604-0696 (Apr. 11), 996-9461 (Apr. 18), 995-0144 (Apr. 25), 665-3961 (May 2 ride), 604-0696 (May 9), 994-6340 (May 16), 426-4989 (May 23), 223-6042 (May 30). [map]
Every Sat., Apr.-Oct. Fast/moderate-paced ride, 40-100 miles, on low-traffic roads in Washtenaw, Jackson, Livingston, and Ingham counties. Brunch stop.
7 a.m. (June-Aug.), 8:30 a.m. (Sept.), 9 a.m. (Apr., May, Oct., & Nov.) & 10 a.m. (Dec.-Mar.), meet at parking lot next to Chelsea Fire Station,, Chelsea. Free. 846-0604. [map]
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.
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.
LSNC volunteers feed and answer questions about the center's red-tailed hawk, peregrine falcon, and other resident raptors, who may come out of their enclosures to eat.
3-4 p.m. Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. Free. 997-1553. [map]
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]
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). Facebook.com
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.
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 burnsparkrun.org by May 2 (late registration, $27). firstname.lastname@example.org. [map]
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]
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. bike.ypsi.org, 634-5593. [map]
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. email@example.com, 846-9418.
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 hrwc.org. firstname.lastname@example.org; 769-5123, ext. 600. [map]
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 email@example.com to confirm. 717-1569.
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 Union Ballroom. $5 ($10 includes lessons). 763-6984. [map]