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Sports, Dancing, Nature, & Recreation - Week of June 19, 2017

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


June 2017
 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.

Call if temperatures are below 50 degrees.
9 a.m., meet at Old St. Patrick's Church, 5671 Whitmore Lake Rd. Free. 717-7567 , 663-5060.


 Noon  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.
Noon (Mar.-Nov.), meet at Pine Cross Ln. east off Parker Rd. (between Jackson & Liberty), Scio Twp. Free. 426-5116.


 6 p.m.  Free! 

"No-Drop Ride": Ann Arbor Velo Club.

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Every Mon. All invited to join club members on a moderate-paced 20-mile ride to Dexter and back. Helmet, road bike, and lights required. Beginners welcome. The ride picks up additional riders at 6:15 p.m. at Forsythe Middle School (1655 Newport).
6 p.m., Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot. Free. (248) 658-6369. [map]


 6:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Downtown Group Run": Running Fit.

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Every Mon. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes. Snacks provided. Rain/show or shine.
6:15 p.m., Running Fit, 123 E. Liberty. Free. 769-5016. [map]


 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]


 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., location TBA, just west of Dexter. $5. 395-7782, 769-1052, 426-0241.


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Tuesday


June 2017
 8 a.m.  Free! 

"A2 Early Morning Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Pace & destination TBA.
Various times, meet at Bird Hills Park parking lot, 1900 Newport Rd Free. 545-0541. [map]


 1 p.m. 

Womens Golf Club at University of Michigan: University Womens Golf Club.

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Please join us every Tues and/or Thurs for either 9 or 18 hole golf at our new clubhouse! No upfront green fees! Call for information on how to join us!
University of Michigan Blue Golf Course, 500 E Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. see website. (734) 615-GOLF (615-4653). https://sites.google.com/site/universitywomensgolfclub/ [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Dog & 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. (Apr.-Sept.) & 5:30 p.m. (Oct.), Aberdeen Bike & Outdoors, 1101 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 678-8297. [map]


 6 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.), & 6 p.m. (Nov.), meet at Barton Park on Huron River Dr. 276-0240. [map]


 6:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Tuesday Evening Dirt Road Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Tues., Moderate-paced ride, 25-55 miles, on dirt roads for cross, mountain, and hybrid bikes.
6:15 p.m., meet at Aberdeen Bike & Outdoors, 1101 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. (517) 285-6830. [map]


 7 p.m. 

English Country Dance: 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


June 2017
 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, 10101 Gotfredson Rd. at Ann Arbor-Plymouth Rd. Free. 248-437-5067, 663-5060, 663-8980. [map]


 9 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.
Various times, Bird Hills Park parking lot, Newport Rd. Free. 649-9762.


 5:30 p.m.  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 40th year, this ride is a favorite with newcomers and casual riders.
5:30 p.m. sharp, meet at Paladin parking lot, 2800 N. Zeeb Rd. Free. 426-5116 (longer ride), 665-4552 & 761-2659 (shorter ride). [map]


 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Every Wed. Apr.-Oct. 20-mile ride, at various paces, through Milan to the area around Britton-Macon.
5:30 p.m., Saline municipal parking lot, 104 S. Ann Arbor, Saline. Free. 747-1862. [map]


 9 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.
9-11 p.m., location TBA at swingannarbor.com/calendar. $5 (students, $3; $1 discount for members; free for those who attend the lesson). 945-8428.


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Thursday


June 2017
 8 a.m. 

Womens Golf Club at University of Michigan: University Womens Golf Club.

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Please join us every Tues and/or Thurs for either 9 or 18 hole golf at our new clubhouse! No upfront green fees! Call for information on how to join us!
University of Michigan Blue Golf Course, 500 E Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. see website. (734) 615-GOLF (615-4653). https://sites.google.com/site/universitywomensgolfclub/ [map]


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Junior Naturalist": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Nature program for kids ages 7-12, led by WCPARC naturalist Kelsey Bolda. June 22: "Solar System Exploration." July 8: "Marsh Madness." July 23: "Adventure Requirements."
10:30 a.m.-noon (except July 23, 2-4 p.m.), Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings (north off North Territorial), Dexter. Free, but preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org (registration #841004; section B for June; section C for July 8; section D for July 23). $6 vehicle entry fee. 971-6337. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Downtown Group Run": Running Fit.

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Every Mon. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes. Snacks provided. Rain/show or shine.
6:15 p.m., Running Fit, 123 E. Liberty. Free. 769-5016. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Frank Lloyd Wright Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. Slow-paced 15-mile ride on mountain or wide-tired road bikes over the lightly traveled, hard dirt roads behind Domino's Farms.
7 p.m., meet at 2722 Georgetown Blvd. north off Plymouth Rd. Free. 663-5060, 717-7567.


 7:30-10 p.m. 

Israeli Dancing: Jewish Community Center.

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Dance instructor Cheryl Felt and DJ Amnon Steiner lead a variety of Israeli dancing to recorded music. Easy dances and oldies the first hour, followed by intermediate dances and requests. Beginners welcome. New dances taught each week.
7:30-10 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $5 (students, free). 395-4223. [map]


 8:30-10 p.m. 

Ballroom Social: Footnotes Ballroom Company.

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June 8 & 22. Ballroom dancing to recorded music.
8:30-10 p.m., 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $5. 926-0107. [map]


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Friday


June 2017
 9 a.m.  Free! 

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

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Every Fri. Slow-paced rides, Slow-paced rides, 20 miles or more, to Dexter and beyond. Breakfast at Riverview Café in Dexter.
10 a.m., Barton Nature Area parking lot, W. Huron River Dr. near Bird Rd. Free. 476-4944.


 9 p.m. 

"Friday Night Swing": 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. 11:30 p.m.-1 a.m. is blues dancing. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a free beginner lesson. Note: New location.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Campus Chapel, 1236 Washtenaw Ct. $5 (students with ID, $4; $1 discount for AACTMAD members). 417-9857. [map]


 10 p.m.-midnight  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.
10 p.m.-midnight, 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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Saturday


June 2017
 8 a.m.  Free! 

"Dexter Breakfast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sat., Apr.-Nov. 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 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. (Oct.) & 10 a.m. (Nov.), meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 649-9762 (Oct.), 996-9461 (Nov. 4), 645-8084 (Nov. 11), 274-6350 (Nov. 18), 604-0696 (Nov. 25). [map]


 8 a.m. 

"Dream World Tour": The Color Run.

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5-km run in which runners are showered with colored powder. New this year: a purple color zone and giant unicorns. Also, music, dancing, and photo opportunities.
8 a.m., Riverside Park, Ypsilanti. $40 (teams, $35 per member; kids age 5 & under, $15) in advance at thecolorrun.com/locations/ypsilanti. press@thecolorrun.com.


 8-10 a.m.  Free! 

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

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WCPARC naturalist Faye Stoner leads a hike to look for yellowthroats, great crested flycatchers, indigo buntings, and other birds. Long pants and insect repellent recommended.
8-10 a.m., Kosch Headwaters Preserve, 3268 N. Prospect (1/4 mile south of Ford Rd.), Ypsilanti. Free. 971-6337. [map]


 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

"International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) Match": Tri-County Sportsman's League.

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All invited to shoot around barricades at targets in a simulated self-defense scenario. Bring your own gun and ammunition.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., TCSL, 8640 Moon (between E. Michigan Ave. & Willis Rd.), Saline. $20 per round ($10 per additional round). 429-9561. [map]


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Yoga on the Lawn": Chelsea District Library/Chelsea Wellness Center.

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All adults invited to joining yoga session; weather permitting. Bring your own yoga mat; arrive early to sign in.
10-11 a.m., CDL library lawn, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 Noon 

Draw Doubles: Local 101 Disc Golf Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to play disc golf at one of Hudson Mills Metropark's 24-hole courses. Beginners are paired with advanced players to create parity. Prizes. Discs can be borrowed at the park office.
Noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per player; free for spectators. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]


 2-4 p.m. 

"Summer Splash Day": Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation.

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A family-oriented afternoon of special activities, including water balloon events, water baseball, raft races and a hula hoop relay.
2-4 p.m., Veterans Park Pool, 2150 Jackson Rd. $5 (youths age 17 & under and seniors age 60 & older, $4). 794-6234. [map]


 4 p.m.-10 a.m. 

"National Wildlife Federation Great American Backyard Campout: Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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Overnight camping with a family-oriented program featuring campfires, sing-alongs, storytelling, and nature hikes, including a night hike and an early morning bird walk. Hot dog & veggie dog dinner, pancake breakfast. Bring your own tent and sleeping bags if you have them; some available to borrow.
4 p.m.-10 a.m.., Leslie, 1831 Traver Rd. $50 per family. Preregistration required. 997-1553. [map]


 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m.  Free! 

University Lowbrow Astronomers.

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A chance to join local astronomy buffs for a look at the sky through instruments, including the Peach Mountain Observatory's huge, 24-inch McMath telescope. Participants encouraged to bring their own telescopes. Visitors must turn off all electronic equipment (car radios, transmitters, phones, etc.) at the observatory entrance. Program canceled if sky is overcast at sunset or if the weather is extremely inclement. If in doubt, call 975-3248 after 4 p.m. day of event.
Various evening times, Peach Mountain Observatory, North Territorial Rd. (about 1 1⁄4 miles west of Hudson Mills Metropark), Dexter. Free. 975-3248.



On August 4, 2013, Christie wrote:
I've always wondered what was hidden behind that mysterious gate on North Territorial. I learned a lot last night from all of the hobbyist and professional astronomers who brought out their big telescopes to look at the "double-double" (two double stars of Lyra), Saturn (with the ring and all), globular and open clusters, and three other galaxies. Thank you to everyone for being so willing to share what you know and to show off your technology!


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Sunday


June 2017
 7:30 a.m. 

"Tri Goddess Tri": Epic Races.

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All women invited to compete in a mini-sprint (quarter-mile swim, 10.7-mile bike ride, and 1.5-mile run) or sprint (half-mile swim, 10.7-mile bike ride, and 3-mile run) triathlon, a duathlon (10.7-mile bike ride sandwiched between 1.5- and 3-mile runs), or an aquabike (half-mile swim and 10.7-mile bike ride). Also, a relay sprint triathlon. Awards, medals for finishers, a post-race beer garden (age 21 & over only), T-shirts, and more.
7:30 a.m. (packet pick up begins at 5:45 a.m.), Portage Lake Beach, 11500 Seymour Rd., west off Mount Hope Rd. north from I-94 exit 150, Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. $88 (team, $160) in advance by June 23 at epicraces.com; $100 (team, $180) on race weekend. $11 annual park pass required. info@epicraces.com, 585-7101.


 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Sunday Democratic Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Pace and destination are determined by the assembled riders.
9 a.m., meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 997-7484. [map]


 10 a.m.. 

A2QUA Sunday Morning Swim: Ann Arbor Queer Aquatics.

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A2QUA, Ann Arbor Queer Aquatics, is MI's first gay & lesbian swim team. For over 20 years, we've been swimming in MI and providing a safe, friendly place for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, & questioning swimmers (and their friends!) to meet, socialize, & exercise.
The team is made up of gay, lesbian, & straight competitive and recreational swimmers at all levels, from state champions to dog paddlers, from their 20s to their 70s. We welcome gays, lesbians, bisexuals, & their friends of all ages & abilities. Our team includes all levels of swimmers, from beginning fitness swimmers to very competitive. Swimmers from all over Michigan, not just Ann Arbor, swim with us.
Our practices are organized so that everyone can find a comfortable or challenging place to
swim. If you can swim a single length without calling 911, there's a place for you in practice.
Our practices are written to accommodate all levels of swimmers - very fast to just beginning.
1st Swim Free, $8 t
Winter - Mack Indoor Pool, Summer - Fuller Pool, 715 Brooks St. or 1519 Fuller Rd. Donation. $8. 7346579960. emailme0617@Yahoo.com www.a2qua.com or www.facebook.com/groups/A2QUA/ [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. hac-ultimatelist@googlegroups.com, 846-9418.


 Noon-4 p.m. 

"Bowling Pin Shoot": Tri-County Sportsman's League.

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All invited to shoot handguns at bowling pins and steel plates. Bring your own gun and ammunition.
Noon-4 p.m., TCSL, 8640 Moon (between E. Michigan Ave. & Willis Rd.), Saline. $5 per 20-shot round. car64mc1@peoplepc.com, (313) 530-7789. [map]


 6-8 p.m. 

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. Note: held under the arches at the U-M Dental School (Fletcher at North University) if raining.
6-8 p.m., outdoors between Rackham and North Quad (may move to Ingalls Mall). Free. Email a2morris@umich.edu 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 Union Rogel Ballroom (Nov. 19 & Dec. 3 & 17), and Pendleton Ballroom (Dec. 10). $5 ($10 includes lessons). 763-6984. [map]






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