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Sports, Dancing, Nature, & Recreation - Week of March 12, 2018

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


March 2018
 7:30-10 p.m. 

Israeli Dancing: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Wed. 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.
7:30-9:30 p.m., the Barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $5. 395-7782, 769-1052. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Aqua Fitness": South Lyon Recreation Authority.

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Exercise in chest-high water to improve cardiovascular system, strength, flexibility, balance, and overall Heath. All fitness levels welcome. Every Mon and Wed evening 8 - 9 p.m at South Lyon High School pool on Pontiac Trail in South Lyon. Can pay as you go as "drop in" for $8. Best exercise one can do that addresses every muscle group and with minimal impact
South Lyon High School, Pontiac Trail, South Lyon. $8. katrina63@yahoo.com


 9 p.m.  Free! 

"Viewing Night": U-M Detroit Observatory.

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Mar. 12, 19, & 26. All invited to peer at the night sky through antique telescopes. The Observatory dome can be opened only during mild, dry weather, so check dept.astro.lsa.umich.edu/detroit.php after 5 p.m. to see if the event has been canceled.
9 p.m., U-M Detroit Observatory, 1398 E. Ann at Observatory. Free. 764-3482. [map]


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Tuesday


March 2018
 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Focus on Women": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Tues. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 18-30 miles, to Dexter and back.
6 p.m., meet at Barton Nature Area parking lot, W. Huron River Dr. near Bird Rd. Free. 276-0240.


 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


March 2018
 6:45-7:45 p.m. 

"Beginning Lyra (Aerial Hoop)": A2 Aviary.

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The Lyra (also known as the aerial hoop, aerial ring, or cerceau) is a circular steel apparatus, resembling a hula hoop. It is suspended from the ceiling and can be used static, spinning, or swinging. Students will build the strength to mount and dismount the lyra unassisted, and gain mastery of fundamental lyra vocabulary, technique, and sequences. Each class also includes dynamic warm ups, stretching, and conditioning exercises designed to target specific strength and mobility for aerial arts. Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 7 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Evening Primrose Garden Club.

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Discussions and activities.

Dec. 13 (6:30 p.m.): "Holiday Party." Bring a dish to pass and cookies to share for a potluck. Preregistration required.

Jan. 10: Lecture about landscaping by David Zenisek of Castle Lanscaping Services.

Feb. 14: TBA.

Mar. 14: Slide-illustrated talk about flower gardens in the Netherlands by Ann Arbor Garden Club member Betty Bishop.

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7 p.m. (except as noted), Chelsea Depot (except as noted), 125 Jackson St., Chelsea. Free. 358-3851. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Aqua Fitness": South Lyon Recreation Authority.

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Exercise in chest-high water to improve cardiovascular system, strength, flexibility, balance, and overall Heath. All fitness levels welcome. Every Mon and Wed evening 8 - 9 p.m at South Lyon High School pool on Pontiac Trail in South Lyon. Can pay as you go as "drop in" for $8. Best exercise one can do that addresses every muscle group and with minimal impact
South Lyon High School, Pontiac Trail, South Lyon. $8. katrina63@yahoo.com


 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 flying around the room. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson.
9-11 p.m., Michigan League Vandenberg Rm. $5 (students, $4; $1 discount for members; free for those who attend the lesson). 945-8428. [map]


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Friday


March 2018
 4 p.m. 

U-M Baseball.

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Mar. 16-18: Bowling Green. Home-opening 3-game series. 4 p.m. (Mar. 16), 2 p.m. (Mar. 17), & 1 p.m. (Mar. 18).

Mar. 21: WMU. 1 p.m.

MSU. 4 p.m. (Mar. 23) & 1 p.m. (Mar. 25).

Mar. 28: CMU. 4 p.m.

Mar. 30-Apr. 1: Delaware. (Mar. 30, 4 p.m.; Mar. 31 doubleheader, noon & 3 p.m.; & Apr. 1, 1 p.m. ).

Apr. 4: Toledo. 4 p.m.

Apr. 13-15: 3-game series vs. Maryland. Apr. 13, 4 p.m.; Apr. 14, 2 p.m.; & Apr. 15, 2:30 p.m.

Apr. 20-22 3-game series vs. Penn State. Apr. 20, 4 p.m.; Apr. 21, 2 p.m.; & Apr. 22, 1 p.m.

May 1: EMU. 6 p.m.

May 11-13: 3-game series vs. Illinois. May 11, 6 p.m.; May 12, 2 p.m.; May 13, noon.
Various times (see listing), Ray Fisher Stadium. Tickets TBA. 764-0247.


 8-11 p.m. 

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

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New Hampshire caller David Millstone leads to live music by Debbie Jackson, Earl Gaddis, and Matt McCoy. For experienced dancers. Part of the "Melt Into Spring" weekend (see Mar. 17).
8-11 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $12. (248) 288-4737. [map]


 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., Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. $5 (students with ID, $4; $1 discount for AACTMAD members). 417-9857. [map]


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Saturday


March 2018
 9 a.m.-noon 

"Military Rifle Match": Tri-County Sportsmen's League.

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All invited to compete in a 45-round match in various positions using slow and rapid fire. Bring your own military style rifle and ammunition.
9 a.m.-noon, TCSL, 8640 Moon, Saline. $15 (members, $10). marks@comcast.net, 276-2514. [map]


 10 & 11 a.m. and noon 

"Maple Sugaring: A Journey to the Sugar Bush": Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Every Sat. & Sun., Mar. 3-24. Naturalist Mark Irish discusses the history of maple sugaring and lead a hike to a stand of maple trees to see how they are tapped, followed by a trip to an evaporator to learn how sap is turned into syrup. Also, a pancake and sausage breakfast ($6; kids, $4), 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
10 & 11 a.m. and noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (kids, $3). Preregistration required. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]



 10 a.m.-noon 

"Vermiculture: The Art of Keeping Worms": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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All invited to learn how worms enrich soil, including tips on how to keep a healthy worm bin for backyard composting. Also, a hike to view some of the center's other animal recyclers.
10 a.m.-noon, LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. $10 (members, $8). 997-1533. [map]


 10 a.m. 

"Waterloo G & G Gravel Road Race": Epic Races.

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100-km and 50-km "gritting and grinding" bike races and a 10-mile noncompetitive ride that feature pristine forests, rolling glacial terrain, and lakes. Fat bikes and single-speed bikes welcome. Post-race snacks and a Wolverine State Brewing Co. biergarten for participants age 21 & up. Awards.
10 a.m. (registration begins at 8 a.m.), 11500 Seymour Rd. (near Portage Lake in the Waterloo Recreation Area), Chelsea. $50-$75 in advance at epicraces.com by Feb. 28; $55-$80 after Feb. 28. $11 recreation passport required for vehicle entry. 585-7101.


 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]


 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show Arthur the emu on the conservancy's Stone Stage (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, cougar feedings (1:30 & 4:30 p.m.) and a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including prairie dogs, kangaroos, giant tortoises, an Arctic fox, and more.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $8 (kids ages 2-12, $6; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]


 2 p.m. 

U-M Baseball.

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Mar. 16-18: Bowling Green. Home-opening 3-game series. 4 p.m. (Mar. 16), 2 p.m. (Mar. 17), & 1 p.m. (Mar. 18).

Mar. 21: WMU. 1 p.m.

MSU. 4 p.m. (Mar. 23) & 1 p.m. (Mar. 25).

Mar. 28: CMU. 4 p.m.

Mar. 30-Apr. 1: Delaware. (Mar. 30, 4 p.m.; Mar. 31 doubleheader, noon & 3 p.m.; & Apr. 1, 1 p.m. ).

Apr. 4: Toledo. 4 p.m.

Apr. 13-15: 3-game series vs. Maryland. Apr. 13, 4 p.m.; Apr. 14, 2 p.m.; & Apr. 15, 2:30 p.m.

Apr. 20-22 3-game series vs. Penn State. Apr. 20, 4 p.m.; Apr. 21, 2 p.m.; & Apr. 22, 1 p.m.

May 1: EMU. 6 p.m.

May 11-13: 3-game series vs. Illinois. May 11, 6 p.m.; May 12, 2 p.m.; May 13, noon.
Various times (see listing), Ray Fisher Stadium. Tickets TBA. 764-0247.


 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Scientist Spotlight": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Different location. Several U-M research scientists in a range of fields from anthropology and psychology to chemistry, natural resources, and the environment are stationed throughout the library with interactive activities focusing on their own current work. For example, visitors might look at miniature versions of an archaeological site to draw conclusions about people who lived there. For upper elementary school students through adults. In conjunction with YDL's STEMfest.
2-4 p.m., Ypsilanti District Library, 5557 Whittaker, Ypsilanti. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 3 p.m. 

U-M Men's Lacrosse.

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Mar. 3: Siena. Noon.

Mar. 9: Air Force. 7 p.m.

Mar. 17: Marquette. 3 p.m.

Mar. 31 Maryland. Noon.

Apr. 21: Johns Hopkins. Noon.
Various times (see listing above), U-M Lacrosse Stadium, 2500 S. State. $6. 764-0247. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

3rd Saturday Contra Dance: Pittsfield Grange.

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Martha Vander Kolk calls to live music by the Stout Hearted String Band. No partner needed; beginners welcome. Bring flat, smooth-soled shoes. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lesson.
7:30-10:30 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (members, $7; students, $5). 476-4650. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"7th Annual Melt into Spring English Country Dance Ball": Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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New Hampshire caller David Millstone leads dances to live music by Debbie Jackson, Earl Gaddis, and Matt McCoy. Most dances taught. Preceded 1-3:30 p.m. by a workshop led by Millstone ($10; free with ball admission). Also, a catered dinner (time TBA preceding the ball; $28; reservations required by Mar. 8).
8-11:30 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $35 in advance at aactmad.org; $40 at the door. 717-8253. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

"exit the space when you finish your task": U-M Dance Department MFA Thesis Concert.

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A concert of new works choreographed by U-M dance MFA candidate Sydney Schiff, the culmination of her research on Brazilian zouk, a nightclub dance characterized by undulating bodies and the girls' flowing hair. Audience members invited at 9 p.m. to zouk dance party.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.), U-M Campus Chapel, 1236 Washtenaw. Free. 763-5460. [map]


 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 

Latin Dance Party: Dance Revolution.

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Mar. 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 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


March 2018
 10 & 11 a.m. and noon 

"Maple Sugaring: A Journey to the Sugar Bush": Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Every Sat. & Sun., Mar. 3-24. Naturalist Mark Irish discusses the history of maple sugaring and lead a hike to a stand of maple trees to see how they are tapped, followed by a trip to an evaporator to learn how sap is turned into syrup. Also, a pancake and sausage breakfast ($6; kids, $4), 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
10 & 11 a.m. and noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (kids, $3). Preregistration required. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]



 1 p.m. 

U-M Baseball.

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Mar. 16-18: Bowling Green. Home-opening 3-game series. 4 p.m. (Mar. 16), 2 p.m. (Mar. 17), & 1 p.m. (Mar. 18).

Mar. 21: WMU. 1 p.m.

MSU. 4 p.m. (Mar. 23) & 1 p.m. (Mar. 25).

Mar. 28: CMU. 4 p.m.

Mar. 30-Apr. 1: Delaware. (Mar. 30, 4 p.m.; Mar. 31 doubleheader, noon & 3 p.m.; & Apr. 1, 1 p.m. ).

Apr. 4: Toledo. 4 p.m.

Apr. 13-15: 3-game series vs. Maryland. Apr. 13, 4 p.m.; Apr. 14, 2 p.m.; & Apr. 15, 2:30 p.m.

Apr. 20-22 3-game series vs. Penn State. Apr. 20, 4 p.m.; Apr. 21, 2 p.m.; & Apr. 22, 1 p.m.

May 1: EMU. 6 p.m.

May 11-13: 3-game series vs. Illinois. May 11, 6 p.m.; May 12, 2 p.m.; May 13, noon.
Various times (see listing), Ray Fisher Stadium. Tickets TBA. 764-0247.


 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show Arthur the emu on the conservancy's Stone Stage (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, cougar feedings (1:30 & 4:30 p.m.) and a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including prairie dogs, kangaroos, giant tortoises, an Arctic fox, and more.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $8 (kids ages 2-12, $6; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Sap to Syrup": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance demonstrates how to make maple syrup. Program is geared toward adults and older children.
2-4 p.m., County Farm Park Field Operations bldg., 2230 Platt. Free; preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org. 971-6337. [map]


 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Fireside Fun": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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All invited to sit around a campfire, roast marshmallows, and swap stories. If you like, bring camping chairs and the rest of the s'mores fixings (marshmallows provided).
6:30-8 p.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. Free. 997-1553. [map]


 7 p.m. 

Milonga: Sophia & El Kronox.

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Every Sun. Tango dance party. Preceded at 6 p.m. by a lesson ($5; free for dance attendees).
7-10 p.m., Agave Tequila Bar, 211 N. Main. $10. sophiatango.com, 634-9629. [map]






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