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Sports, Dancing, Nature, & Recreation - Week of April 15, 2019

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


April 2019
 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 45 degrees.
9 a.m., meet at Old St. Patrick's Church, 5671 Whitmore Lake Rd. Free. 663-5060.


 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"West Side Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Wed. Moderate-paced 25-mile ride and a slow-paced ride, 13-16 miles, both on the B2B Trail. Now in its 42nd year, this ride is a favorite with newcomers and casual riders.
5:30 p.m. sharp, meet at B2B Trailhead at Mill Creek Park on Jeffords St. between Alpine & Forrest, Dexter. Free. 426-5116 (longer ride), 665-4552 & 761-2659 (shorter ride). [map]


 6-7:15 p.m. 

"Intro to Aerial Arts": A2 Aviary.

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If you are new to the aerial arts, this is the class for you!
Take your first flight on the aerial fabrics, static trapeze, and lyra, all in this 75 minute class for absolute beginners! Each class begins with a heart pumping warm up and a brief overview of aerial safety, then we fly the friendly skies of The Ann Arbor Aviary. It is designed for absolute beginners and will introduce you to the flexibility, leverage, and balance used while on the apparatus, as well as how to engage the muscles needed to stay safe in the air. Come ready to sweat, smile, and be supported as you challenge both mind and body!
This intro level class will repeat the same curriculum each week, focusing on basic skill on all apparatus, including ascent/descent, mount/dismount, foot locks, coming to seated and standing on the bar, and hollow body position. It should be repeated until your instructor clears you for beginning level classes.
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]



 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Snacks provided. Rain or shine.
6:30 p.m., 123 E. Liberty (Mon.), 3010 Washtenaw (Wed.), and The Session Room, 3685 Jackson (Thurs.). Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 548-6299 (Wed.), 929-9022 (Thurs.). [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, 274-0773. [map]


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Tuesday


April 2019
 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]


 7 p.m. 

English Country Dance: Ann Arbor Community for 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 6:45 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]


 10:30 p.m. 

Tango Tuesdays: Sophia & El Kronox.

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Every Tues. Tango dancing to recorded music. No partner or experience necessary. Preceded at 9:30 p.m. by a lesson ($10).
10:30-11:30 p.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $5 (free with lesson). sophiatango.com, 634-9629. [map]


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Wednesday


April 2019
 10-11 a.m. 

"Nature Storytime": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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All kids ages 1-5 (accompanied by a caregiver) invited for a program of stories and nature-based activities on different themes. Apr. 3: "Eggstravagant Eggs." Apr. 10: "Sensing Spring." Apr. 17: "Windy Weather." Apr. 21 & 24: "Garden Playtime."
LSNC, 1831 Traver. $5 per child ($4 per member), adults and children under 1 year old are free. 997-1553. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Snacks provided. Rain or shine.
6:30 p.m., 123 E. Liberty (Mon.), 3010 Washtenaw (Wed.), and The Session Room, 3685 Jackson (Thurs.). Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 548-6299 (Wed.), 929-9022 (Thurs.). [map]


 7:30-9:30 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 dances to recorded music. Easy dances and oldies the first hour, followed by intermediate dances and requests. Beginners welcome. New dances taught each week. Wear soft-soled shoes.
7:30-9:30 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $5 (students, free). 971-0990. [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 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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Thursday


April 2019
 8 a.m.  Free! 

"Gravel Roads Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. A slow/moderate-paced ride, with destinations determined by the riders.
9 a.m., meet at Barton Park off Huron River Dr., 996-8440. [map]


 8-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Spring Migration Walk in Nichols Arboretum": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Every Thurs., Mar. 28-May 30. 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.


 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Performances by local entertainers.

Apr. 4: Chamber music by the U-M Blue Flute Choir.

Apr. 11: U-M Dance students from the first-year touring company.

Apr. 18: Broadway showtunes by San, Emily & Brian, a local trio of singer-songwriter San Slomovits, violinist-singer Emily Slomovits, and pianist Brian Brill.

Apr. 25: Singer-songwriter Camila Ballario.

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12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. Free. 936-ARTS. [map]


 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Nia": International Neighbors.

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All area women invited to try this sensory-based movement practice that draws on martial arts and dance. Child care available for kids age 5 & under.
1-2:30 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Liberty. Free. 662-5723. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Snacks provided. Rain or shine.
6:30 p.m., 123 E. Liberty (Mon.), 3010 Washtenaw (Wed.), and The Session Room, 3685 Jackson (Thurs.). Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 548-6299 (Wed.), 929-9022 (Thurs.). [map]


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Friday


April 2019
 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.
9 a.m., Barton Nature Area parking lot, W. Huron River Dr. near Bird Rd. Free. 476-4944.


 5:45-7 p.m. 

"Intro to Aerial Arts": A2 Aviary.

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If you are new to the aerial arts, this is the class for you!
Take your first flight on the aerial fabrics, static trapeze, and lyra, all in this 75 minute class for absolute beginners! Each class begins with a heart pumping warm up and a brief overview of aerial safety, then we fly the friendly skies of The Ann Arbor Aviary. It is designed for absolute beginners and will introduce you to the flexibility, leverage, and balance used while on the apparatus, as well as how to engage the muscles needed to stay safe in the air. Come ready to sweat, smile, and be supported as you challenge both mind and body!
This intro level class will repeat the same curriculum each week, focusing on basic skill on all apparatus, including ascent/descent, mount/dismount, foot locks, coming to seated and standing on the bar, and hollow body position. It should be repeated until your instructor clears you for beginning level classes.
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]



 6-7:15 p.m. 

"Intro to Aerial Arts": A2 Aviary.

  community member   < less an instructor coaches multiple students on the aerial silks

If you are new to the aerial arts, this is the class for you!
Take your first flight on the aerial fabrics, static trapeze, and lyra, all in this 75 minute class for absolute beginners! Each class begins with a heart pumping warm up and a brief overview of aerial safety, then we fly the friendly skies of The Ann Arbor Aviary. It is designed for absolute beginners and will introduce you to the flexibility, leverage, and balance used while on the apparatus, as well as how to engage the muscles needed to stay safe in the air. Come ready to sweat, smile, and be supported as you challenge both mind and body!
This intro level class will repeat the same curriculum each week, focusing on basic skill on all apparatus, including ascent/descent, mount/dismount, foot locks, coming to seated and standing on the bar, and hollow body position. It should be repeated until your instructor clears you for beginning level classes.
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]



 9-11 p.m.  Free! 

Angell Hall Observatory Open House: U-M Student Astronomical Society.

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Apr. 5 & 19. 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.
9-11 p.m., 5th floor rooftop observatory, Angell Hall (enter through Haven Hall on the Diag side of the building). Free. 764-3440. [map]


 9 p.m. 

"Friday Night Swing": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a free beginner lesson and occasionally followed at midnight by blues dancing.
9 p.m.-midnight, Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. $5 (students with ID, $4; $1 discount for AACTMAD members). (847) 757-0942. [map]


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Saturday


April 2019
 8-10 a.m.  Free! 

"Birding at Koenn": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalists Kelsey Dehring and Faye Stoner lead a hike to look for early spring birds. Bring binoculars and a field guide, if you have them.
8-10 a.m., Herman Koenn Preserve, 2200 Hayes, Chelsea. Free. 971-6337. [map]


 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., meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 347-1259. 347-1259. [map]


 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

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

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Apr. 13 & 20. 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; ages 16-18 must submit a permission form.
9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Arb Reader Center (Apr. 13), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (Apr. 20), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration required by phone or email. tgriffit@umich.edu, 647-8528. [map]


 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Urban Hike & Sustainable Art": Fjallraven.

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Every Sat. All invited to walk through downtown to Eberwhite Woods and back. In warmer weather, hikes may go to the Huron River or the Arb. Followed at 10 a.m. by family-friendly art projects. Coffee & donuts.
9 a.m., Fjallraven, 213 S. Main. Free. 585-5628. [map]


 10 a.m. 

"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.
10 a.m.-noon (registration begins at 9 a.m.), TCSL, 8640 Moon, Saline. $15 (members, $10). dave@littlegreenmentoys.com, 883-1655. [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]


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Apr. 13, 14, 20, 27, & 28. All invited to help maintain 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.

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Apr. 13: Berkshire Creek Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the entrance on Warwick off Glenwood) to remove garlic mustard from the mature oak-hickory forest, whose native plant communities protect the waters of Malletts Creek.

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Apr. 14: Folkstone Park (1-4 p.m., meet at the entrance at the north end of Folkstone Ct. off Larchmont from Green Rd., north of Glazier Way) to remove invasives from this small 3-acre park.

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Apr. 20: Cedar Bend Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet in the Island Park parking lot, 1450 Island Dr.)to remove dame's rocket while enjoying the migratory birds at this popular bird habitat.

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Apr. 27: Mary Beth Doyle Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the parking lot off the south side of Packard, just east of Cobblestone Farm) to plant shrubs along Malletts Creek.

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Apr. 27: The Ponds Park (1-4 p.m., meet at the park entrance at the intersection of Emerald & Candlewick) to remove non-native plants from this small family-friendly park.

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Apr. 28: White Oak Park (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the White Oak Dr. entrance, west off Newport) to remove garlic mustard, dame's rocket, and bittercress to make room for spring wildflowers.

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Apr. 28: Molin Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the park entrance at the intersection of Powell & Columbia) to remove invasives from this 7-acre linear park popular with beginning hikers.

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Various times & locations. Free. 794-6627.


 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off a sloth (2 & 4 p.m.) and a cougar (4 p.m.). Also, presentations every half hour with a cane toad, red-tailed boa, armadillo, and tegu, and a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including an emu, bald eagle, an Arctic fox, and more.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]


 4 p.m. 

"Zumba for Kids & Parents": FitPoint.

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Let's move and get some energy out with awesome music. Learn new Zumba moves while having fun! Laurel, our certified Zumba teacher, makes this class super fun and exciting for both kids and parents!
FitPoint, 250 W.Eisenhower Pkwy, Suite 130. First class free. 5412219652. info@fitpointa2.com FitPointA2.com [map]


 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Yoga for Beginners": Isha Foundation.

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All invited to try simple yoga postures.
4:30-6 p.m., AADL Downtown Branch freespace, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. (313) 451-4742. [map]


 6 p.m. 

"Dancing Downtown": Satchel's BBQ.

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Every Sat. All invited to dance to recorded music. Families welcome.
6-9 p.m., Satchel's, 221 W. Liberty. Free. 929-4240. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

3rd Saturday Contra Dance: Pittsfield Union Grange.

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Megan Wilson calls to music by Golden Griffon Stringtet. No partner needed; beginners welcome. Bring clean, 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 (Grange members, $7; students with ID, $5). 476-4650. [map]


 9 p.m. 

Latin Dance Party: Dance Revolution.

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Apr. 6 & 20. 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) includes lesson; $5 for dance only. facebook.com/A2DanceRevolution. [map]


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Sunday


April 2019
 10-11 a.m. 

"Nature Storytime": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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All kids ages 1-5 (accompanied by a caregiver) invited for a program of stories and nature-based activities on different themes. Apr. 3: "Eggstravagant Eggs." Apr. 10: "Sensing Spring." Apr. 17: "Windy Weather." Apr. 21 & 24: "Garden Playtime."
LSNC, 1831 Traver. $5 per child ($4 per member), adults and children under 1 year old are free. 997-1553. [map]


 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Yoga Sundays": Fjallraven.

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Every Sun. All invited to do gentle flow yoga with a certified instructor. Bring a mat.
10-11 a.m., Fjallraven, 213 S. Main. Free. 585-5628. [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. $5 (members, $4) for a 25-target round. 429-9561. [map]


 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off a sloth (2 & 4 p.m.) and a cougar (4 p.m.). Also, presentations every half hour with a cane toad, red-tailed boa, armadillo, and tegu, and a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including an emu, bald eagle, an Arctic fox, and more.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]


 6 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.
6-8 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse. Free. Email a2morris@umich.edu to confirm or check meetup.com/Ann-Arbor-Morris-Dancing. 717-1569. [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]






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