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Sports, Dancing, Nature, & Recreation - Week of December 9, 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


December 2019
 7:30-9:30 

Tartan & Thistle Scottish Country Dancers.

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Jigs, reels, and strathspeys. Usually with live music by Susie Lorand & friends. 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]


 9-10 a.m. 

Zumba: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Fri., except Oct. 21., through Dec. 20Local dance instructor Karen Silverman leads this high intensity, low-impact aerobic dance workout.
JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. $5 (students, free). 971-0990. [map]


 Noon  Free! 

"Dexter B2B Trail Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon. A 13-22 mile ride on the B2B trail from Dexter to Hudson Mills Metropark, with pace and destination determined by the riders.
Noon, meet at the B2B trail head by the Forest Lawn Cemetery, corner of Broad & Grand, Dexter. Free. 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]


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Tuesday


December 2019
 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]


 7 p.m. 

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

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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. Dec. 3: Arlene Kindel & Julie Esch lead, music by the Time Travelers. Dec. 10: Louise Siddons (OK) leads, music by Debbie Jackson, Brad Battey, and Steve Schneider. Dec. 17: Winter Solstice Party. Ray Bantle & Drake Meadow lead, music by Childgrove. Festive attire encouraged; bring a treat to share.
7 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


December 2019
 9-10 a.m. 

Zumba: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Fri., except Oct. 21., through Dec. 20Local dance instructor Karen Silverman leads this high intensity, low-impact aerobic dance workout.
JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. $5 (students, free). 971-0990. [map]


 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.) & noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 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]


 9-11 p.m. 

Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.

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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. Note: Dec. 7 is a holiday dance.
9-11 p.m., Michigan League Vandenberg Rm. (Wed.) & Concourse Hall (Dec. 7), 4531 Concourse Dr. $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


December 2019
 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]



 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Comhaltas.

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All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments. Lessons offered.
7:30-9:30 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Free. Facebook.com/DetroitIMA. [map]


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Friday


December 2019
 9-10 a.m. 

Zumba: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Fri., except Oct. 21., through Dec. 20Local dance instructor Karen Silverman leads this high intensity, low-impact aerobic dance workout.
JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. $5 (students, free). 971-0990. [map]


 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.) & noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 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]


 9 p.m. 

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

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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.
9 p.m., Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. $5 (students with ID and AACTMAD members, $4). (847) 757-0942. [map]


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Saturday


December 2019
 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 

"Gulls Galore at Salem Landfill": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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WAS members Rob French and Mike Sefton led a trip (in WAS vans) to the Arbor Hills Landfill in Salem Township to look for unusual species of gulls. Dress for the weather.
8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. or so, meet at the Park-n-Ride lot, Plymouth Rd. at US-23. $5 minimum donation for van rental & fuel. Space limited to 22 seats, preregistration required at WashtenawAudubon.org. [map]


 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

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

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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 (Dec. 7), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (Dec. 14), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration required online at mbgna.umich.edu. [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. 834B Phoenix Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48108. office@betterlivingfitness.com betterlivingfitness.com [map]


 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.) & noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Stewardship Saturday": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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All invited to help remove invasive plants from the Britton Woods Nature Area. Wear long pants & closed-toe shoes.
1-3 p.m., County Farm Park Medford Pavilion. Free. 971-6337. [map]


 2-3 p.m. 

Argentine Tango Practice: Sophia & El Kronox.

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Tango dancing to recorded music. No partner or experience necessary. Preceded at 1 p.m. by a lesson ($10).
2-3 p.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $5 (free with lesson). SophiaTango.com, 634-9629. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Holiday Hustle": Running Fit.

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Competitive 5-km run/walk (4:30 p.m.) with awards for the top 3 finishers in various age categories, and a 1-mile fun run (4 p.m.).
4 p.m., Monument Park, downtown Dexter. $39 (fun run, $29; fun run age 17 & under, $19) before Dec. 12; $45 (fun run, $35; fun run age 17 & under, $25) in person on race weekend; preregistration available at RunHoliday5k.com. 426-1175.


 4:30 p.m. 

"Holiday Hustle": Running Fit.

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Competitive 5-km run/walk with awards for the top 3 finishers in various age categories. Medals for all finishers. Knit beanies for all participants. Proceeded at 4 p.m. by a 1-mile fun run.
Monument Park, downtown Dexter. $39 (fun run, $29; fun run age 17 & under, $19) through noon on Dec. 12; $45 (fun run, $35; fun run age 17 & under, $25) on race weekend. Preregistration available at RunHoliday5k.com. 929-9022.


 6-7:50 p.m. 

Canceled: "DJ Skate": Arctic Coliseum.

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Skating to Top 40 music.
6-7:50 p.m., Arctic Coliseum, 501 Coliseum Dr. (off Manchester Rd., 1/2 mile south of the intersection of Old US-12 & M-52), Chelsea. $8 (includes skate & rental). 433-4444. [map]


 7-9:30 p.m. 

"Holiday Ballroom Dance": Pittsfield Township Parks & Recreation.

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Ballroom dancing to recorded music led by local dance instructor Sue Bareis. No partner necessary.
7-9:30 p.m., Pittsfield Twp. Community Center, 701 Ellsworth. $5 at the door only. 822-2120. [map]


 7:30-10:30 p.m. 

2nd Saturday Contra Dance Party: Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.

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Megan Wilson leads contras to live music by the Time Travelers. All dances taught; no partner needed. Wear loose fitting clothing and flat non-slip shoes. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a beginner lesson.
7:30-10:30 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse. Pay what you can, $10 suggested. 945-1343. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Dance Manchester: Riverfolk Music and Arts Organization.

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Various styles of dancing with live music.

Dec. 14: Corn Potato String Band. Contra & square dancing to live music by this Detroit trio whose repertoire of traditional Appalachian folk music ranges from ballads and Southern gospel to "hoe-downs" and country rags.

Feb. 8: Creole du Nord. Mardi Gras dance with live music by this popular Manchester quartet that plays traditional Creole & Cajun music.

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7:30 p.m., Blacksmith Shop, 324 E. Main, Manchester. $10 suggested donation. 223-6876. [map]


 7:45 p.m. 

"19th-Century Time Travelers Ball": Grand Traditions Vintage Dance Academy.

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Various 19th-century dances, including those from Old Vienna, Paris, Prague, the Orient, or Scotland. With live music by the veteran local trio Childgrove. Period costumes of all sorts encouraged. All dance levels welcome. Preceded at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. by dance lessons.
7:45-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. $30 (includes lessons). Preregistration requested (& tips on 19th-century ball etiquette available) at vintagedance.com/vict-ball.htm. 769-0041. [map]


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Sunday


December 2019
 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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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.
Every Sun., 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. [map]


 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Winter Trees": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance leads a hike to learn how to identify Michigan tree species in the winter.
2-4 p.m., meet in north parking lot of Sharon Mills County Park, 5701 Sharon Hollow Rd. Free. 971-6337. [map]


 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Winter Trees": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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A WCPARC naturalist leads a hike to learn how to identify Michigan tree species in the winter.
2-4 p.m., north parking lot of Sharon Mills County Park, 5701 Sharon Hollow Rd., Manchester. Free. 971-6337. [map]


 3-5 p.m. 

Contact Improv.

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All invited to try this interactive, free-form dance style that involves a rolling point of contact between two or more people through which dancers give and share weight. It is somewhere between tango, modern dance, aikido, wrestling, gymnastics, and none of the above, and usually takes place without music. People do contact improv in any combination of genders, and there are no steps. No partner required; beginners welcome. Followed by discussion and socializing.
124 W. Summit, ste. F. $5-$10, or pay what you can. (248) 505-4674, (313) 585-2598. [map]


 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Morris.

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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]


 7-9 p.m. 

Canceled: 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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