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Sports, Dancing, Nature, & Recreation - Week of October 14, 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


October 2019
 10 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. (except in Oct., 10 a.m.), meet at Old St. Patrick's Church, 5671 Whitmore Lake Rd. Free. 663-5060.


 Noon  Free! 

"Paved Roads Country Roads Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon. A fast-, moderate-, and slow-paced training ride, 18-24 miles, along country roads west of town.
Meet in the parking lot at the northwest corner of Broad and Grand, Dexter. 426-5116.


 5:30 p.m. 

Full Body Fit: Better Living Fitness.

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Small-Group Personal Training. A full body strength training, cardio and flexibility routine with customization to your fitness level
Better Living Fitness Center, 2960 Washtenaw Ave. Ann Arbor, MI 48104. $20. (734) 747-0123. betterlivingfitness.com [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon. & Sat. Runners of all abilities invited to join a 3-8 mile run along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Also, a speed-training session (every Tues., 6:30 p.m., 5700 Jackson.).
6:30 p.m. (Mon.), 123 E. Liberty & 8 a.m. (Sat.), 5700 Jackson. Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 929-9022 (Tues. & Jackson Sat. run). [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


October 2019
 9 a.m.  Free! 

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

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A moderate-paced ride with destination determined by the riders.
Meet at Bird Hills Park parking lot, 1900 Newport. 996-8440. [map]


 10 a.m. 

Full Body Fit: Better Living Fitness.

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Small-Group Personal Training. A full body strength training, cardio and flexibility routine with customization to your fitness level.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48108. $20. (734) 747-0123. office@betterlivingfitness.com betterlivingfitness.com [map]


 1:15 p.m.  Free! 

Walking Group: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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All seniors invited to join a group walk. Canceled for inclement weather.
Turner, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

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

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A slow/moderate-paced ride for women, about 15 miles, towards Dexter and back.
Meet at Barton Nature Area parking lot, W. Huron River Dr. near Bird Rd. Free. 755-0884.


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon. & Sat. Runners of all abilities invited to join a 3-8 mile run along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Also, a speed-training session (every Tues., 6:30 p.m., 5700 Jackson.).
6:30 p.m. (Mon.), 123 E. Liberty & 8 a.m. (Sat.), 5700 Jackson. Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 929-9022 (Tues. & Jackson Sat. run). [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. Pay what you can; $8 suggested donation (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


October 2019
 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Early Morning Ride from Ann Arbor West Side": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Wed. Moderate-paced 40-mile ride to Chelsea or Whitmore Lake and beyond.
Bird Hills Park parking lot, Newport Rd. Free. 649-9762.


 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Superior Salem Dirt Road": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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A slow/moderate-paced ride, 19 miles or more, along gravel country roads.
Trinity Presbyterian Church parking lot, Gotfredson Rd. at Plymouth-Ann Arbor Rd., 663-5060. [map]


 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 in the parking lot at the northwest corner of Broad and Grand, Dexter. 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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A 40-mile ride, at various paces, though Milan to the area around Britton-Macon.
Saline municipal parking lot, 104 S. Ann Arbor, Saline, 747-1862. [map]


 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

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

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A slow/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.
Meet in the parking lot at the northwest corner of Broad and Grand, Dexter. Longer ride: 426-5116. Shorter ride: 665-4552.


 6 p.m. 

Full Body Fit: Better Living Fitness.

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Small-Group Personal Training. A full body strength training, cardio and flexibility routine with customization to your fitness level.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48108. $20. (734) 747-0123. office@betterlivingfitness.com betterlivingfitness.com [map]


 7:30-9:30 p.m. 

Israeli Dancing: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Wed. Dance instructor Cheryl Feit 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]


 7:30-9:30 p.m. 

Zumba: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Mon., Wed. & Fri. except Oct. 21.Local dance instructor Karen Silverman leads this high intensity, low-impact aerobic dance workout.
JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. $5 (students, free). 971-0990. [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 flying around the room. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson. Oct. 30 is a Halloween dance (costumes encouraged).
9-11 p.m., location TBA (Oct. 2, 9, & 16) & Michigan League Vandenberg Rm. (Oct. 23 & 30). $5 (students, $3; $1 discount for members; free for those who attend the lesson). swingannarbor.com/calendar, 945-8428. [map]


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Thursday


October 2019
 8-11 a.m.  Free! 

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

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Every Thurs., Aug. 29-Oct. 31. WAS members lead a 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.


 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Nov. 2-3, 9-10, 17, & 23All invited to help remove non-native shrub 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. Nov. 2: Kuebler Langford (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the park entrance, 1500 Beechwood Dr..Nov. 3: Berkshire Creek Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the end of Warwick Rd. off Glenwood). Nov. 9: Bird Hills Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the park entrance, 650 Beechwood Dr.). Nov. 10: Foxfire West Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the park entrance, 3120 Birchwood Dr.). Nov. 17: Sunset Brooks (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the park entrance, 800 Sunset Rd.). Nov. 23: Barton Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at Barton Dam parking lot, 1010 W. Huron River Dr.).
Various times & locations. Free. 794-6627.


 9 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.(Oct.) & 10 a.m. (Nov.), meet at Barton Park off Huron River Dr. 996-8440.


 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Halloween Dance & Yoga Party": International Neighbors.

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Local yoga instructor Pen Pen leads a yoga session for area women. Also, dancing and games. Costumes encouraged. International Neighbors is a 60-year-old group of local women who welcome women from other countries during their stays in Ann Arbor. Child care (free) available for kids 5 & under.
Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Liberty. Free. vp@international-neighbors.org. [map]


 5 p.m. 

Full Body Fit: Better Living Fitness.

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Small-Group Personal Training. A full body strength training, cardio and flexibility routine with customization to your fitness level.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48108. $20. (734) 747-0123. office@betterlivingfitness.com betterlivingfitness.com [map]


 5:15-6:15 p.m. 

"Hand Balance": A2 Aviary.

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Would you like to turn the world upside down while remaining on the ground? Or perhaps you have some handstand experience but want to learn new tips and tricks? This class works with all level students on building the courage and strategies for inversions on the hands, head, and arms. We will focus on alignment, flexibility, and strength, as well as covering spotting, falling, breath, and subtle adjustment. More experienced students will be working on progressively more challenging poses and transitions. Each class includes 15-20 minutes of warm-up and stretching, followed by demonstration of handstand tips and tricks, and practice with spotters. Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $15-$125. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 6:15-7:15 p.m. 

"Flexitortion": A2 Aviary.

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This 75 minute class can take your flexibility from basic warming up stretching to beginning contortion poses. All levels are welcome, as students train at their own pace with instructor guidance. We will focus on safely exploring your limits through proper warming techniques and mat exercises to take home. Please bring your own yoga mat, if possible. Come increase your bendy power, learn to prevent injuries through safe stretching, breathe, and stretch in a supportive environment. It is strongly recommended that this class be taken as your final physical activity of the day, and not as a warm up for other activities. Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $15. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 7 p.m.  Free! 

Contra Dance: International House Ann Arbor.

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Dancing to live music by the Corn Potato String Band. No partner or experience necessary.
7 p.m., IHAA, 921 Church. Free. 662-5529. [map]


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Friday


October 2019
 10 a.m.  Free! 

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

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Every Fri. A slow-paced ride, 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.


 12:30 p.m. 

Full Body Fit: Better Living Fitness.

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Small-Group Personal Training. A full body strength training, cardio and flexibility routine with customization to your fitness level
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48108. $20. (734) 747-0123. office@betterlivingfitness.com betterlivingfitness.com [map]


 6-9 p.m. 

"Hike 'n' Hootenanny": Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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All adults age 21 & up are invited for a night of mostly nature-related activities, beginning with a beer garden and catered dinner by Ray's Red Hots. Followed by guided hikes through the woodlands and along the Huron River, square dancing, a birds of prey show-and-tell, and more.
Furstenberg Nature Area, 2626 Fuller Rd. $21 (members, $20) includes 1 drink ticket, preregistration in advance at lesliesnc.org. 997-1553. [map]


 7:30-9:30 p.m. 

Zumba: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Mon., Wed. & Fri. except Oct. 21.Local dance instructor Karen Silverman leads this high intensity, low-impact aerobic dance workout.
JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. $5 (students, free). 971-0990. [map]


 9 p.m.-midnight 

"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, blues, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a free beginner lesson.
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


October 2019
 8 a.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon. & Sat. Runners of all abilities invited to join a 3-8 mile run along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Also, a speed-training session (every Tues., 6:30 p.m., 5700 Jackson.).
6:30 p.m. (Mon.), 123 E. Liberty & 8 a.m. (Sat.), 5700 Jackson. Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 929-9022 (Tues. & Jackson Sat. run). [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.
10 a.m. (9 a.m. in Sept. & Oct.), meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 347-1259. 347-1259. [map]


 9-11 a.m.  Free! 

Nature Programs: Waterloo Recreation Area.

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Oct. 5 & 12 (noon-2 p.m.): "Apple Cider Pressing." All invited to make cider. Apples provided. Oct. 5 & 26 (3-4:30 p.m.): "Arrows Away." All adults and youth age 8 & up invited to learn the basics of archery. Oct. 19 (9-11 a.m.): "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. Oct. 26 (10 & 11 a.m.): "Geocaching 101." All invited to learn how to use a handheld GPS unit to navigate park trails on a treasure hunt
Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Rd., Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. Free. $11 recreation passport required for vehicle entry ($16 at the gate). 475-3170.


 10 a.m. 

Full Body Fit: Better Living Fitness.

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Small-Group Personal Training. A full body strength training, cardio and flexibility routine with customization to your fitness level.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48108. $20. 834B Phoenix Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48108. office@betterlivingfitness.com betterlivingfitness.com [map]


 10 a.m.-noon 

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

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All invited to participate in this marksmanship competition using any military-style rifle. Bring your own gun and ammunition.
10 a.m.-noon (registration begins at 9 a.m.), TCSL, 8640 Moon, Saline. $15 (members, $10). marks@comcast.net, 276-2514. [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.  Free! 

"Foraged Food & Fibers": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Forager Rachel Mifsud leads a 1-hour hike to look for wild edibles and plants that can be used to weave baskets. Followed 2-4 p.m. by a Cattail Basket Weaving workshop ($20 materials fee; preregistration for the workshop required via email to rhmifsud@gmail.com).
Park Lyndon, meet in the south parking lot, 18801 N. Territorial, Chelsea. [map]


 6 p.m. 

"Cruisin' the 50s": Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Fundraiser.

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Swing dance lessons and dancing to live music by the local band Jeff & the Deck Chairs. Also, a hula hooping contest, a Twist competition, a DJ spinning 50s tunes, a photo booth, a silent auction, and more. Prize for best 50s attire. Hamburgers, milkshakes, French fries, and other 50s drive-in staples.
6 p.m., Holiday Inn, 3600 Plymouth. Tickets $60. pegwindsor55@aol.com, 358-5581. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

3rd Saturday Contra Dance: Pittsfield Union Grange.

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Peter Baker and Martha Vander Kolk call to music by the Stout Hearted String Band. Bring clean shoes for dancing. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a beginner lesson.
7:30-10:30 p.m., Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Pay what you can; $10 suggested. 476-4650. [map]


 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 

Latin Dance Party: Dance Revolution.

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Oct. 5 & 19. 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


October 2019
 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Dexter and Points West Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sun. Moderate/fast-paced round-trip rides to Chelsea, the Waterloo Recreation Area, Mt. Hope Rd., and Munith, with destination determined by riders.
9 a.m. (Oct.) & 10 a.m. (Nov.), meet at the B2B trail head by the Forest Lawn Cemetery, corner of Broad & Grand, Dexter. Free. 347-1259.


 10:30 a.m. 

"18th Annual Bone Chiller Regatta": U-M Sailing Club.

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All invited to watch club members race each other. No alcohol or pets.
10:30 a.m., Baseline Lake, 8010 Strawberry Lake Rd., Dexter. Free. 426-4299. [map]


 11 a.m. 

Full Body Fit: Better Living Fitness.

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Small-Group Personal Training. A full body strength training, cardio and flexibility routine with customization to your fitness level.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48108. $20. office@betterlivingfitness.com betterlivingfitness.com [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 -4 p.m.  Free! 

Insect ID Day: Huron River Watershed Council.

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Identifying insects from the water ways can help us figure out what the water quality is within different sections of the Huron River Watershed.
Find out what kinds of bugs are in the Huron River. At ID day we separate bugs into groups that look-alike and then an expert will help you identify them. Once bugs are identified you can record the data and compare the results to last years and others. This identification process takes about two hours. (Each child must be accompanied by an adult.)
HRWC Office, New Center Second Floor, 1100 N. Main Street, Ann Arbor, MI. Free. jfrenzel@hrwc.org https://www.hrwc.org/volunteer/id-day/ [map]


 Noon & 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Insect ID Day": Huron River Watershed Council.

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All invited to help identify the macroinvertebrates gleaned during the Oct. 12 "River Roundup" (see listing). Each child must be accompanied by an adult.
Noon-2 p.m. & 2-4 p.m. (choose one session), NEW Center, 1100 N. Main. Free. Preregistration required by Oct. 17 at hrwc.org/volunteer/id-day/. jfrenzel@hrwc.org; 769-5123. [map]


 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]


 1-3 p.m. 

Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Programs presented by Hudson Mills naturalist Kim Sherwin. Oct. 6 (8 a.m.): "Fall Birding." A guided walk to look for migrating birds, which includes an informal game of "Name that Warbler." For beginning and experienced birders.

Oct. 12 (4 p.m.): "Trick or Treat Along the Trail." Families invited to visit with Halloween and nature characters on the trail and then return to the Activity Center for cider, doughnuts, and craft activities. Costumes encouraged.

Oct. 13 (1 p.m.): "Pumpkin Carving Party." All invited to carve a pumpkin. Designs available. Cider & doughnuts. $6.

Oct. 13 (8-10 p.m.): "Full Moon Walk." A brief talk on moon facts & folklore before an evening hike to watch the sunset and the rise of the Hunter's Moon.

Oct. 20 (1-3 p.m.): "Zombie Apocalypse Survival." All invited to learn the basics of survival in nature, including shelter building and fire making.

Dec. 1 (8-10 a.m.): "Winter Birding." Guided walk to find birds. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. $5.

Jan. 4 (10-11 a.m.): "Cardboard Sled Creations." Build and test out your own. Materials provided. Hot chocolate, if you like. $5.

Jan. 11 (9-10 a.m.): "Bird Feeder Fun." Make a simple bird feeder, while learning about which seeds attract birds. $5.

Jan. 25 (10-11 a.m.): "Animal Signs." All ages 3-6 invited to search for homes, tracks, & other signs of animals. $5.

Feb. 1 (10 a.m.-noon): "Neat-ure Crafts 101." All ages 16 & up invited to make a decorative coat hanger made with gathered twigs. Bring other homemade crafts for inspiration. $8.

Feb. 5 (10-11 a.m.): "Snow Day." All ages 3-4 (accompanied by adult) invited to paint the snow, look for animal signs, and have other snowy adventures. $5.

Feb 8: (10 a.m.-noon): "Winter Birding." Guided walk to find some of the hardier winter birds. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. $5.

Feb. 15 (10-11:30 a.m.): "Tracking a Snowman." All ages 6 & up invited on a walk in search of a snowman and signs of other animals. Afterward, build and decorate your own snowman. $5.

Feb. 29 (10-11 a.m.): "Codes of Nature." All ages 3-6 invited to learn how color is used in nature. $5.

Mar. 7 & 8 (10 & 11 a.m., and noon): "Journey to the Sugarbush." All ages invited to tap into a maple tree. Followed by an all-you-can-eat pancake & sausage breakfast ($6; kids, $4). $5 (kids, $3).

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Various times, park activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (except as noted). Preregistration required. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Parker Mill Tours: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Oct. 6 & 20. WCPARC naturalists lead tours of this working 1870s grist mill.
Parker Mill County Park, Geddes Rd. (just east of US-23). Free. 971-6337.


 1-1:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Dancing Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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First Steps Washtenaw instructor Monica Higman leads infants through 5-year-olds (with caregiver) in a program of music and movement.
AADL Malletts Creek Branch. Free. 327-4200.


 1-3 p.m. 

"Zombie Apocalypse Survival": Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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All invited to learn the basics of survival in nature, including shelter building and fire making.
1-3 p.m., park activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5. Preregistration required. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]


 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Autumn Spectacular Hike": Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy.

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All invited to hike about 1.5 miles through wetlands, prairie, and woodland. Preceded at 1:30 p.m. by socialization. Refreshments. No pets. Be prepared for muddy trails.
Jack R. Smiley Nature Preserve, meet at the preserve parking lot on the corner of Cherry Hill Rd. and Prospect Rd., Superior Township. Free. 484-6565.


 2-3 p.m. 

"Michigan's Exotic Zoo": Waterloo Natural History Association.

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Exotic Zoo (Belleville) owner Javon Stacks presents an interactive program with live animals, including a kangaroo, monkey, and eagle owl.
2-3 p.m., Eddy Discovery Center lower parking lot, 17030 Bush Rd., Chelsea. $2 (families, $5). Space limited; preregistration required. $11 recreation passport required ($16 if purchased at the gate). 475-3170. [map]


 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Tree Mythology": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Elle Bogle leads a peaceful hike to learn about ancient indigenous people and the tree symbolism and spirituality they practiced.
Baker Woods Preserve, 11914 Trinkle, Dexter. Free. 971-6337. [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., outdoors in Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse. Free. Email a2morris@umich.edu to confirm or check meetup.com/Ann-Arbor-Morris-Dancing. 717-1569. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

Ballroom Dance Club at the U-M.

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Every Sun. Ballroom dancing to recorded music, including fox-trots, waltzes, cha-chas, rumbas, tangos, swing, and more. No partner necessary.
Michigan League Vandenberg Rm., 1236 Washtenaw. $5. 763-6984. [map]






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