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Sports, Dancing, Nature, & Recreation - Week of April 19, 2021

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 2021
 Noon-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Noontime Exercise" U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Fri. All ages invited to follow basic prerecorded movements. No equipment necessary. Tai Chi (noon-12:30 p.m.) and "Walking off the Pounds," walking in place (12:30-1 p.m.).
Various times, for online meeting URL email info.tswp@umich.edu or call 998-9353. Free.


 6 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 p.m., 5700 Jackson Rd.). Snacks. Rain, snow, or shine.
6 p.m. (Mon.), 123 E. Liberty & 8 a.m. (Sat.), 5700 Jackson Rd; call for holiday hours. Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 929-9022 (Tues., Thurs. & Jackson Rd, Sat. run). [map]


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Wednesday


April 2021
 10-11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Mind Matters": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Wed. AASC rec supervisor Brittany Ruthven leads various mental exercises from Nancy Linde's 2012 book 399 Games, Puzzles & Trivia Challenges Specifically Designed to Keep Your Brain Young.
Online at bit.ly/mindmattersapril. Free. bpatton@a2gov.org, 794-6250.


 Noon-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Noontime Exercise" U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Fri. All ages invited to follow basic prerecorded movements. No equipment necessary. Tai Chi (noon-12:30 p.m.) and "Walking off the Pounds," walking in place (12:30-1 p.m.).
Various times, for online meeting URL email info.tswp@umich.edu or call 998-9353. Free.


 2-3:30 & 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Intro to Archery": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Hands-on demo for beginners age 8 & up led by WCPARC staffers. Masks required.
Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings Rd., Whitmore Lake. Free, but preregistration required at ParksOnline.eWashtenaw.org (search Activity #831007). [map]


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Thursday


April 2021
 1-3 p.m. 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Apr. 11, 17, 18, 22, 24, & 25. All invited to help remove invasive plants in city parks. Wear a mask, long pants, closed-toe shoes, & work gloves, and maintain a 6-foot distance from others at all times; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. All minors should be accompanied by a caregiver.

Apr. 11 (1-4 p.m.): Folkstone Park.

Apr. 17 (9 a.m.-noon): Berkshire Creek Nature Area.

Apr. 18 (9 a.m.-noon): Lakewood Nature Area.

Apr. 22 (1-3 p.m.): Celebrate Earth Day at Furstenberg Nature Area.

Apr. 24 (various times): Scarlett Mitchell Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon), Bluffs Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon), and Sunset Brooks Nature Area (1-4 p.m.).

Apr. 25 (1-5 p.m.): Celebrate Global Youth Service Day at Marshall Nature Area.

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Various locations. Free, but preregistration required at Secure.Rec1.com/MI/city-of-ann-arbor/catalog (click on "NAP Workdays"). 794-6627.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Comhaltas.

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Every Thurs. 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.
For URL email Contact@DetroitIrishMusic.org. Free. Facebook.com/DetroitIMA.


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Friday


April 2021
 Noon-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Noontime Exercise" U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Fri. All ages invited to follow basic prerecorded movements. No equipment necessary. Tai Chi (noon-12:30 p.m.) and "Walking off the Pounds," walking in place (12:30-1 p.m.).
Various times, for online meeting URL email info.tswp@umich.edu or call 998-9353. Free.


 9-11 p.m. 

"Frog Calling Night Hike": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalists lead a hike to identify frogs and toads by their calls. Social distancing and masks required.
Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, Whitmore Lake. $5 per household of 4 people or less, preregistration required at ParksOnline@eWashtenaw.org (search activity #IL461100). shonerj@washtenaw.org or sigdaj@washtenaw.org. [map]


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Saturday


April 2021
 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 p.m., 5700 Jackson Rd.). Snacks. Rain, snow, or shine.
6 p.m. (Mon.), 123 E. Liberty & 8 a.m. (Sat.), 5700 Jackson Rd; call for holiday hours. Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 929-9022 (Tues., Thurs. & Jackson Rd, Sat. run). [map]


 9 a.m.-noon & 1-4 p.m. 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Apr. 11, 17, 18, 22, 24, & 25. All invited to help remove invasive plants in city parks. Wear a mask, long pants, closed-toe shoes, & work gloves, and maintain a 6-foot distance from others at all times; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. All minors should be accompanied by a caregiver.

Apr. 11 (1-4 p.m.): Folkstone Park.

Apr. 17 (9 a.m.-noon): Berkshire Creek Nature Area.

Apr. 18 (9 a.m.-noon): Lakewood Nature Area.

Apr. 22 (1-3 p.m.): Celebrate Earth Day at Furstenberg Nature Area.

Apr. 24 (various times): Scarlett Mitchell Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon), Bluffs Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon), and Sunset Brooks Nature Area (1-4 p.m.).

Apr. 25 (1-5 p.m.): Celebrate Global Youth Service Day at Marshall Nature Area.

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Various locations. Free, but preregistration required at Secure.Rec1.com/MI/city-of-ann-arbor/catalog (click on "NAP Workdays"). 794-6627.


 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. 

"Junior Naturalist: Salamander Shenanigans": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Elle Bogle leads kids ages 7-11 on a hike through the woods to the vernal pond in search of salamanders and other species. One adult may accompany each kid. Masks required.
Scio Woods Preserve, north side of Scio Church Rd. west of Wagner, Scio Twp. Free, but preregistration required on ParksOnline.eWashtenaw.org. 971-6337.


 10 & 11 a.m. 

"Play Series: Stick Play": Hudson Mills Metropark.

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A park naturalist discusses what animals use different types of sticks for and leads a matching game involving sticks. Suitable for ages 2-3.
$5 per person, Hudson Mills activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. Preregistration required by Apr. 23, 4 p.m online at MetroParks.com. 426-8211.


 1-2:30 p.m. & 3-4:30 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off animals native to the African continent, including Tulip the kangaroo, dingoes, blue tongued skink, and a bearded dragon. Guests invited to view other animals on display, including an albino alligator, and binturongs. Masks required.
Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 2 & under, free) in advance only at TheCreatureConservancy.org (capacity limited). 929-9324. [map]


 1:30-3:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Breeding Bird Survey Kickoff/Turtle Steward Kickoff: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation.

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A chance to learn about the city's upcoming annual survey of breeding bird populations in town. There are also training sessions (preregistration required by Apr. 13) for volunteers to help with the survey. Also, on Apr. 24, a similar kickoff for the "Turtle Stewards" program (1:30-3:30 p.m.) to learn how to monitor and help maintain the 6 turtle species that live and nest in the city. Preregistration required for that training session by Apr. 21.
Online at a2gov.org/NAPevents. Free. nap@a2gov.org.


 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Mindful Dexter: Frog Songs Hike": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalists lead a hike through an oak forest with vernal ponds, stopping to listen and look for signs of spring. Social distancing and masks required.
Miller-Smith Preserve, Parker Rd. dead-end at Dexter-Chelsea Rd., Lima Twp. Free, but preregistration required by emailing jeanette.m.brooks@gmail.com. 971-6337.


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Sunday


April 2021
 12:01 a.m.-midnight 

12th Annual Ride for Recovery: Dawn Farm Fundraiser.

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Apr. 25-May 25. Ride, run, walk, or roll from any location. Entry fee includes a race bib, event shirt, and a finisher medal.
All day, anywhere. $25 registration required at DawnFarmRideForRecovery.org. RideForRecovery@dawnfarm.org, 485-8725.


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

Self-Guided Walk: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Individuals & families invited to take a walk through Mary Beth Doyle Park. Participats are greeted by a NAP naturalist, who offers tips to enrich your walk.
10-11 a.m., Mary Beth Doyle Park, 3500 Birch Hollow Dr. (meet the naturalist at the parking lot off Packard across from Easy St.). Free. 794-6627. [map]


 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

H.A.C. Ultimate.

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Every Sun. All invited to join a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. 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. 846-9418, hac-UltimateList@GoogleGroups.com.


 1-5 p.m. 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Apr. 11, 17, 18, 22, 24, & 25. All invited to help remove invasive plants in city parks. Wear a mask, long pants, closed-toe shoes, & work gloves, and maintain a 6-foot distance from others at all times; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. All minors should be accompanied by a caregiver.

Apr. 11 (1-4 p.m.): Folkstone Park.

Apr. 17 (9 a.m.-noon): Berkshire Creek Nature Area.

Apr. 18 (9 a.m.-noon): Lakewood Nature Area.

Apr. 22 (1-3 p.m.): Celebrate Earth Day at Furstenberg Nature Area.

Apr. 24 (various times): Scarlett Mitchell Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon), Bluffs Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon), and Sunset Brooks Nature Area (1-4 p.m.).

Apr. 25 (1-5 p.m.): Celebrate Global Youth Service Day at Marshall Nature Area.

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Various locations. Free, but preregistration required at Secure.Rec1.com/MI/city-of-ann-arbor/catalog (click on "NAP Workdays"). 794-6627.


 1-2:30 p.m. & 3-4:30 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off animals native to the African continent, including Tulip the kangaroo, dingoes, blue tongued skink, and a bearded dragon. Guests invited to view other animals on display, including an albino alligator, and binturongs. Masks required.
Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 2 & under, free) in advance only at TheCreatureConservancy.org (capacity limited). 929-9324. [map]



Canceled and Postponed Events:

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Saturday


April 2021
 2-4 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "Citizen Science: PawPaw Pollinator Watch": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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A hands-on chance to learn about this new survey of pawpaw pollinators led by Torreya Guardians founder Connie Barlow and WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance. Social distancing and masks required.
Draper-Houston Meadows Preserve, 578 Mooreville Rd., Milan. Free, but preregistration required by emailing severances@washtenaw.org. 971-6337. [map]






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