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Sports, Dancing, Nature, & Recreation - Week of October 16, 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


October 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.


 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]


 7:30-10 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]


 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. The 6 weekly dances beginning Sept. 12 are particularly beginner-friendly.
7:30-9:30 p.m., the Barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $5. 395-7782, 769-1052, 426-0241. [map]


 9 p.m. 

West Coast Swing Party: Footnotes Ballroom Company.

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Oct. 2 & 16. 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


October 2017
 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]


 7-9:30 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


October 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.


 10-11 a.m. 

"Nature Tales": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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Oct. 15 & 18. All kids ages 1-5 (accompanied by a caregiver) invited for a program of stories and nature-based activities exploring the world of "Rockin' Reptiles."
10-11 a.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. $4 per child (members' children, $3). 997-1553. [map]


 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]


 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]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Spain": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Livonia high school teacher Bryn Martin, an avid world-traveling birder, presents a slide-illustrated talk about his most recent field trip, including viewings of the elusive wallcreeper of northeastern Spain.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. [map]


 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.
9-11 p.m., Michigan League Vandenburg Rm. $5 (students, $3; $1 discount for members; free for those who attend the lesson). 945-8428. [map]


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Thursday


October 2017
 8-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Fall Migration in Nichols Arboretum": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Every Thursday, Aug. 31-Oct. 26. All invited to join WAS members for a leaderless hike through the Arb to look for fall warblers and other southbound migrants, many of which are in their first-year plumage.
8-11 a.m., meet in the cul-de-sac at the end of Riverview (off Geddes near the east end of Dow Field). Free. washtenawaudubon.org.


 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]


 6:30 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]


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Friday


October 2017
 10 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.


 4 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Field Hockey.

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Sept. 1: Liberty. 7 p.m.

Sept. 3: Connecticut. 1 p.m.

Sept. 8: William & Mary. 6 p.m.

Sept. 10: University of California-Davis. 2 p.m.

Sept. 15: MSU. 7 p.m.

Sept. 29: Maryland. 6 p.m.

Oct. 1: Ball State. 1 p.m.

Oct. 6: Rutgers. 6 p.m.

Oct. 8: Stanford. 2 p.m.

Oct. 20: Northwestern. 4 p.m.

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Various times, Ocker Field, 1202 S. State. Free. 764-0247. [map]


 6-10 p.m. 

Barn Party: Ann Arbor Active Against ALS (A2A3).

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Square dancing with a live caller. Also, a DJ with dance music. Food & beverage for sale. Silent auction, kids raffle. Proceeds benefit ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) research.
6-10 p.m., Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $30 (kids, $15) in advance, $35 (kids, $20) at the door. annegilbert@comcast.net. 657-7121. [map]


 6-8 p.m. 

"Animal Haunts Halloween Walk": Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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Oct. 20 & 21. Guided hikes through the Black Pond woods to meet a variety of costumed animals who perform entertaining, educational skits and songs. Followed by a hay jump, pumpkin carving, face painting, cider, and more. All encouraged to come in costume. Note: The Oct. 20 walk is for adults age 21 & up, and includes beer, hard cider, live music, and more. The Oct. 21 walk is geared toward kids.
6-8 p.m., Leslie Science Center, 1831 Traver Rd. Oct. 20: $25 (members, $20). Oct. 21: $10 (families, $35) in advance at lesliesnc.org and at the door. 997-1553. [map]


 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.
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


October 2017
 9 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]


 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Eco-Restoration Workday: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.

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Oct. 14 & 21. All invited to help Matthaei staff members remove invasive plants. Dress for outdoor work. Tools provided, or bring your own. Note: Kids age 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Youth ages 16-18 must submit a permission form.
9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Arb Reader Center (Oct. 14), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (Oct. 21), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration required by phone or email. tgriffit@umich.edu, 647-8528. [map]


 9-11 a.m. 

Nature Programs: Waterloo Recreation Area.

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Sept. 16: "Hike Around Mill Lake." A 3-mile hike through oak-hickory forest, wetlands, and the historic Mill Lake camp. 1-3:30 p.m.

Sept. 23 & 30 and Oct. 7, 14, & 28: "Arrows Away." All adults and youth age 8 & up invited to learn the basics of archery. 3-4:30 p.m.

Oct. 14 & 28: "Apple Cider Pressing." All invited to make cider. Apples provided. Noon-2 p.m.

Oct. 21: "Hike to Hickory Hills." A 5-mile hike over rugged terrain that follows glacial topography through an old golf course, beside Crooked Lake, and along the Waterloo-Pinckney Trail. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. 9-11 a.m.

Nov. 11: "Call of the Wild." Talk on how animals communicate. Also, participants practice talking to Michigan wildlife with yelps, grunts, rattles, and squeals. 11 a.m.-noon.

Nov. 11: "Camouflage Games." All invited to bring their favorite camo gear prepared to compete for prizes. 1-2 p.m.
Eddy Discovery Center (except as noted), Bush Rd. (west from Pierce Rd. off I-94 exit 157), Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. Free. $11 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.


 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. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance.

Oct. 1: Miller Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at Arborview Blvd. entrance, just east of Wildwood) to help remove invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle.

Oct. 8: Huron Parkway Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the park steward's house, 3470 Woodland, off of East Huron River Dr.) to enjoy early fall colors while removing invasive species.

Oct. 15: Scarlett Mitchell Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at Scarlett Middle School parking lot, 3300 Lorraine off Platt south of Packard) to remove honeysuckle and buckthorn to preserve the mature oak-hickory woodland.

Oct. 21: Bluffs Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the entrance on Sunset near Wildt) to remove invasive plants to improve the prairie ecosystem of this 39-acre park.

Oct. 21: Kuebler Langford Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at entrance on Beechwood, north of Sunset) to collect native seeds and remove harmful species from a prairie remnant.

Oct. 22: Oakwoods Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the entrance off Dunwoodie) to remove invasive shrubs to improve the pond and wetland habitats.

Oct. 29: Black Pond Woods (1-4 p.m., meet at entrance on Tibbits Court, off Pontiac Tr.) to celebrate Make a Difference Day by using handsaws and loppers to remove invasive shrubs and collect native seeds.
Various times & locations. Free. 794-6627.


 9 a.m. 

"The Purple 5K Run/Walk": U-M Police Department/Washtenaw County Prosecutor's Office.

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Family-friendly 5-km run/walk. Also, a chance for kids to explore Andy the Ambulance, an appearance by the Washtenaw County Mounted Sheriff's Division & K-9 units, and live music by the Soul Practitioners, an ensemble of local attorneys that play Motown and R&B classics. Breakfast bars & fruit available. No dogs, strollers okay. Proceeds benefit SafeHouse.
9 a.m., Duderstat Center, 2281 Bonisteel. $20 (students), $30 (adults), & $35 (day of). 973-0242, ext. 273. [map]


 11:30 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows.

The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. Sat., 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. both days) is an exploration of the current night sky.

8 Scoops of Milky Way (2:30 p.m. both days) shows never-before-seen footage of the solar system.

Stars to Starfish (Sat. 12:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show comparing the exploration of the universe with that of Earth's oceans.
Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [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]


 1 p.m. 

"Ecology Series": Robin Hills Farm.

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Two-hour educational hikes.

Sept. 15 (6 p.m.): "Birding 101, Session 1." Local birder Jessica Adamczyk leads a hike to look for birds. Bring water and binoculars (if you have them).

Sept. 30 (1 p.m.): "Fall Flora." Botanist Mike Penskar leads a hike to identify various plants and discuss their traditional uses.

Oct. 14 (10 a.m.): "Birding 101: Session 2." See above.

Oct. 21 (1 p.m.): "Animal Skulls!" Wildlife biologist Sean Zera shows how to identify animal skulls and leads a hike to look for animal tracks.

Nov. 11 (10 a.m.): "Birding 101: Session 3." See above.

Dec. 9 (10 a.m.): "Birding 101: Session 4." See above.

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Various times, Robin Hills Farm, 20390 M-52, Chelsea. $15 (family, $25) in advance at eventbrite.com. 834-8496. [map]


 1-4 p.m.  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. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance.

Oct. 1: Miller Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at Arborview Blvd. entrance, just east of Wildwood) to help remove invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle.

Oct. 8: Huron Parkway Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the park steward's house, 3470 Woodland, off of East Huron River Dr.) to enjoy early fall colors while removing invasive species.

Oct. 15: Scarlett Mitchell Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at Scarlett Middle School parking lot, 3300 Lorraine off Platt south of Packard) to remove honeysuckle and buckthorn to preserve the mature oak-hickory woodland.

Oct. 21: Bluffs Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the entrance on Sunset near Wildt) to remove invasive plants to improve the prairie ecosystem of this 39-acre park.

Oct. 21: Kuebler Langford Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at entrance on Beechwood, north of Sunset) to collect native seeds and remove harmful species from a prairie remnant.

Oct. 22: Oakwoods Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the entrance off Dunwoodie) to remove invasive shrubs to improve the pond and wetland habitats.

Oct. 29: Black Pond Woods (1-4 p.m., meet at entrance on Tibbits Court, off Pontiac Tr.) to celebrate Make a Difference Day by using handsaws and loppers to remove invasive shrubs and collect native seeds.
Various times & locations. Free. 794-6627.


 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters: Kangaroos!": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. All invited to view the red kangaroos Tulip and Mabelline on the conservancy's Stone Stage (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including porcupines, muntjacs, macaws, kangaroos, giant tortoises, arctic foxes, and others. Bring a snack to eat in the picnic areas, if you wish.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $8 (kids ages 2-12, $6; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]


 6-8 p.m. 

"Animal Haunts Halloween Walk": Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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Oct. 20 & 21. Guided hikes through the Black Pond woods to meet a variety of costumed animals who perform entertaining, educational skits and songs. Followed by a hay jump, pumpkin carving, face painting, cider, and more. All encouraged to come in costume. Note: The Oct. 20 walk is for adults age 21 & up, and includes beer, hard cider, live music, and more. The Oct. 21 walk is geared toward kids.
6-8 p.m., Leslie Science Center, 1831 Traver Rd. Oct. 20: $25 (members, $20). Oct. 21: $10 (families, $35) in advance at lesliesnc.org and at the door. 997-1553. [map]


 7-10 p.m. 

International Folk Dancing: Ann Arbor Folkdancers.

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Dancing to recorded music. No partner needed; beginners welcome. The program begins with a lesson.
7-10 p.m., the barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $5 (students, $3). 709-8748. [map]


 7 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!


 7:30-10:30 p.m. 

3rd Saturday Contra Dance: Pittsfield Grange.

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Peter Baker and Martha Vander Kolk call to live music by Debbie Jackson and Brad Battey. No partner needed; beginners welcome. Bring flat, smooth-soled shoes. Preceded at 7:30 p.m. by a lesson.
7:30-10:30 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., just south of Oak Valley Dr. $10 (members, $7; students, $5). 476-4650. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Milonga: Michigan Argentine Tango Club.

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Oct. 7 & 21. Tango dancing to music spun by a DJ.
8 p.m.-midnight, Michigan Union Anderson Rm. $10 (members, $5). umich.edu/~matc. [map]


 9 p.m. 

Latin Dance Party: Dance Revolution.

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Oct. 7 & 21. 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 intermediate/advanced (8 p.m.) salsa lessons.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $12 (students with ID, $8). Facebook.com/A2DanceRevolution. [map]


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Sunday


October 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 (or occasionally across the street). Free. hac-ultimatelist@googlegroups.com, 846-9418.


 Noon-3 p.m. 

"Trap Shoot": Tri-County Sportsmen's League.

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All invited to shoot at launched targets. Bring your own gun and ammunition.
Noon-3 p.m., TCSL, 8640 Moon (between E. Michigan Ave. & Willis Rd.), Saline. $4.50 (members, $4) for a 25-target round. 429-9561. [map]


 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows.

The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. Sat., 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. both days) is an exploration of the current night sky.

8 Scoops of Milky Way (2:30 p.m. both days) shows never-before-seen footage of the solar system.

Stars to Starfish (Sat. 12:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show comparing the exploration of the universe with that of Earth's oceans.
Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]


 1-4 p.m.  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. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance.

Oct. 1: Miller Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at Arborview Blvd. entrance, just east of Wildwood) to help remove invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle.

Oct. 8: Huron Parkway Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the park steward's house, 3470 Woodland, off of East Huron River Dr.) to enjoy early fall colors while removing invasive species.

Oct. 15: Scarlett Mitchell Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at Scarlett Middle School parking lot, 3300 Lorraine off Platt south of Packard) to remove honeysuckle and buckthorn to preserve the mature oak-hickory woodland.

Oct. 21: Bluffs Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the entrance on Sunset near Wildt) to remove invasive plants to improve the prairie ecosystem of this 39-acre park.

Oct. 21: Kuebler Langford Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at entrance on Beechwood, north of Sunset) to collect native seeds and remove harmful species from a prairie remnant.

Oct. 22: Oakwoods Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the entrance off Dunwoodie) to remove invasive shrubs to improve the pond and wetland habitats.

Oct. 29: Black Pond Woods (1-4 p.m., meet at entrance on Tibbits Court, off Pontiac Tr.) to celebrate Make a Difference Day by using handsaws and loppers to remove invasive shrubs and collect native seeds.
Various times & locations. Free. 794-6627.


 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters: Kangaroos!": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. All invited to view the red kangaroos Tulip and Mabelline on the conservancy's Stone Stage (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including porcupines, muntjacs, macaws, kangaroos, giant tortoises, arctic foxes, and others. Bring a snack to eat in the picnic areas, if you wish.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $8 (kids ages 2-12, $6; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]


 1:15-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Autumn Spectacular": Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy.

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90-minute docent-led walk through the preserve. The program begins with conversation and refreshments.
1:15-3:30 p.m., LeFurge Woods Nature Preserve, 2376 N. Prospect (1/2 mile north of Geddes), Superior Twp. Free; donations welcome. 484-0074, 484-6565. [map]


 1:30 p.m. 

U-M Women's Rugby.

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Sept. 30: Oakland University & Traverse City. 11 a.m. (B Side)

Oct. 8: Ohio State University. 11 a.m.

Oct. 14: Clemson University. 11 a.m. (A & B Sides)

Oct. 22: Penn State. 1:30 p.m.

Oct. 28: Rutgers. 9 a.m.

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Various times, Mitchell Field, south side of Fuller. www.umwrfc.com. Free.


 2 p.m. 

Fall Programs: Waterloo Natural History Association.

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Sept. 17: "Habitats of the World." Binder Park Zoomobile displays live animals from deserts, rainforests, grasslands, and mountains to show how animals adapt to survive in diverse environments. 2-3 p.m.

Sept. 24: "Fall Mushroom Search." Mushroom expert Phil Tedeschi leads a search for mushrooms and helps participants identify what they have collected. Bring waxed paper and a basket or paper bag. 2-3:30 p.m.

Oct. 1: "Seven Outdoor Skills Everyone Should Know!" Naturalists Meg Gower and Ryan Dibble show adults and kids age 10 & up how to make a shelter and a bed, build a fire, find water, signal, and more. 2-3:30 p.m.

Oct. 15: "Make Your Own Bird or Bat House." Naturalist Jeff Porter helps participants build houses using pre-cut wood. Participants have the choice of 3 house templates and must choose one when registering. Houses include wren ($10), bluebird ($12), or bat ($16). 1-4 p.m.

Oct. 22: "Alligators and Their Kin." Representatives from the Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary (Athens, MI) give a hands-on presentation on the characteristics, abilities, and habitats of various reptiles and amphibians. 1 & 3:30 p.m.

Oct. 29: "Sandhill Crane Tour." Local sandhill crane expert Bill Wells leads an auto tour that goes from the fields of Portage Lake campground, where many cranes spend the day, to the marshes of the Audubon Society's Haehnle Sanctuary, where hundreds of cranes return to roost at dusk. Expect to see large flocks of these magnificent birds at close range. Bring binoculars and cameras. 2 p.m.

Maps for self-guided tours and on-request showings of The Sandhill Crane Story available at the Discovery Center beginning Oct. 8.
Various times, Eddy Discovery Center lower parking lot, Bush Rd. (west off Pierce Rd. from I-94 exit 157), Chelsea. $2 (families, $5). Space limited; preregistration required. $11 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.


 2 p.m. 

"5th Annual Superhero 5K": Girls on the Run.

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Noncompetitive 5-km and 1-mi runs for girls age 6 & up and their coaches, families, and friends. Also, a kids' dash for kids age 5 & under. Medals for 5-km and 1-mi participants. Superhero costumes encouraged.
2 p.m., Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $27 (1-mi, $17; kids' dash, $12) in advance by Oct. 20 at girlsontherunsemi.org; $30 (1-mi, $20; kids' dash, $15) day of race. $10 vehicle entry fee. info@girlsontherunsemi.org, 712-5640. [map]


 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Fall Colors Hike": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Kelsey Dehring leads a hike through beech-maple forests.
2-4 p.m., Scio Woods Preserve, north side of Scio Church Rd. (west of Wagner). Free. 971-6337.


 3 p.m. 

FitPoint and Footnotes Ballroom Company Thriller Dance Workshop!.

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Footnotes Ballroom Company is taking over FitPoint with Thriller! Learn a portion of this iconic dance just in time for Halloween! Join our Facebook Event, and invite your friends!
Reserve your spot by October 20th!
FitPoint, 250 W Eisenhower Pkwy Suite 130. $20. 734.531.9958. fitpointa2@gmail.com FitPointA2.com [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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