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Sports, Dancing, Nature, & Recreation - Week of August 21, 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


August 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.


 1-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Solar Eclipse Viewing Party!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to view a solar eclipse visible across North America. Viewing glasses provided.
1-3:30 p.m., outside AADL front entrance, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [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 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.


 9 p.m. 

West Coast Swing Party: Footnotes Ballroom Company.

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Aug. 7 & 21. Dancing to recorded music. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson ($10).
9-10:30 p.m., 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $5 (free with lesson). 926-0107. [map]


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Tuesday


August 2017
 10 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]


 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., meet at Barton Park on Huron River Dr. 276-0240.


 6:15 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor East Group Run": Running Fit.

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Every Thurs. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes. Snacks provided. Rain/snow or shine.
6:15 p.m., Running Fit, 3010 Washtenaw. Free. 548-6299. [map]


 7 p.m. 

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

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Every Tues., except Aug. 29. 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


August 2017
 8 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.


 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]


 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]


 6:30 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor West Group Run": Running Fit.

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Every Wed. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes. Snacks provided. Rain/snow or shine.
6:30 p.m., Running Fit, 5700 Jackson. Free. 929-9022. [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


August 2017
 5:45 p.m. 

"CXpreX": Ann Arbor Velo Club.

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Aug. 17, 24, & 31 and Sept. 7. Training rides for those interested in cyclo-cross (CX) bicycle racing. CX races typically involve several laps on a short course of pavement, wooded trails, grass, steep hills, and obstacles that require the rider to dismount quickly and carry the bike while navigating obstructions. Raffles.
5:45 p.m., Hunt Park (Aug. 17 & 24), corner of Spring & Sunset, and Leslie Park (Aug. 31 & Sept. 7), Leslie Park Cir. off Dhu Varren. $20. cxprex.blogspot.com.


 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Waterloo Ride": Ann Arbor Velo Club.

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Every Thurs. Fast-paced ride of 35-60 miles, depending on weather and daylight. Helmet, road bike, and lights required. 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) 568-6369. [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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Aug. 10 & 24. 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


August 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.-1 a.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.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Campus Chapel, 1236 Washtenaw Ct. $5 (students with ID, $4; $1 discount for AACTMAD members). 417-9857. [map]


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Saturday


August 2017
 7:30 a.m. 

"Bark for Life": American Cancer Society Fundraiser.

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5-km and 1-mile fun runs (or walks). Bring your dog, if you wish. Followed by dog activities, including costume contests, a doggie photo booth, "Musical Sit," lure chasing, and more.
7:30 a.m., The Farm at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, 5557 McAuley Dr. $20 ($25 with 1 dog; $30 with 2 dogs) in advance at relayforlife.org/barkannarbormi. 834-3454. [map]


 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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All invited to help maintain the natural areas in various city parks. Also, city 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.

Aug. 5: Olson Park (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the entrance on Dhu Varren at Pontiac Trail) to remove invasive weeds overrunning it open meadows, and Black Pond Woods Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the Tibbits Ct. entrance, from Brookside east off Pontiac Tr.) to remove Japanese hedge parsley and other invasives.

Aug. 19: Bird Hills Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, Bird Rd. entrance west off Huron River Dr.) Japanese hedge parsley and other invasives.

Aug. 20: Mary Beth Doyle Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the end of Verle Rd. off Platt south of Packard) to help remove bittercress, Canada thistle, and other invasives.

Aug. 26: Bandemer Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the parking area off Barton Dr.) to help remove exotic weeds from the patch of dry prairie that lines the Border-to-Border Trail in this park along the Huron River.

Sept. 10: Mary Beth Doyle Park (1-4 p.m., meet in the parking lot off the south side of Packard, just east of Cobblestone Farm) to help remove invasive plants during this national day of service to commemorate 9-11.

Sept. 16: Onder Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the entrance on Brookside west from Pontiac Trail north of Barton Dr.) to remove invasive buckthorn to restore the small oak savanna.

Sept. 17: Redbud Nature Area (1-4 p.m., Meet at the park entrance at the intersection of Parkwood & Jeanne) to remove honeysuckle and other invasive plants.

Sept. 23: Furstenberg (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the parking lot off Fuller across from Huron High) to remove invasive plants to improve the ecosystem of this 38-acre park.

Sept. 23: Ruthven Nature Area 1-4 p.m., meet at the Gallup Park boat dock parking lot at the corner of Parkway and Geddes) to remove invasive plants threatening the native wildflowers.

Sept. 30: Argo Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the parking lot north of the Argo Canoe Livery off Longshore Dr.) to learn how to identify and cut buckthorn and honeysuckle from this 22-acre riverside park.

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Various times & locations. Free. 794-6627.


 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]


 7:30 p.m.-midnight  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


August 2017
 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.


 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Exploring a Summer Field": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Faye Stoner leads an all-ages hike to identify plants and animals that live in the field. Long pants and insect repellent recommended.
2-4 p.m., West Lake Preserve, meet on the north side of Waterloo Rd. between Werkner and McKinley, east of M-52, Chelsea. Free. 971-6337.


 2:30 p.m. 

Family Golf Scramble: Saline Parks & Recreation.

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9-hole scramble. In this format, each player hits every shot from the spot of the best ball of their foursome. Followed by a hot dog cookout.
2:30 p.m., Brookside Golf Course, 6451 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. $30 for a 2-person team (4-person teams, $55). Golf carts included. Preregistration required by Aug. 25 at salinerec.com or by phone. 429-3502. [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. Note: fall indoor location begins Sept. 3.
6-8 p.m., Gretchen's House, 1580 Dhu Varren. Free. Email a2morris@umich.edu to confirm. 717-1569. [map]


 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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