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Sports, Dancing, Nature, & Recreation - Week of May 3, 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


May 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.


 12:01 a.m.-midnight  Online 

"Bookin' It For Kids": Family Learning Institute.

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May 2-9. At-home fundraiser encouraging participants to read 20 minutes a day and walk or run 20 minutes a day for a week. Fee includes T-shirt and medal.
All day May 2 through May 9, any location. Preregistration required at RunSignUp.com/Race/MI/AnnArbor/BookinitfortheKids by May 9. info@FamilyLearningInstitute.org.


 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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Tuesday


May 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.


 12:01 a.m.-midnight  Online 

"Bookin' It For Kids": Family Learning Institute.

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May 2-9. At-home fundraiser encouraging participants to read 20 minutes a day and walk or run 20 minutes a day for a week. Fee includes T-shirt and medal.
All day May 2 through May 9, any location. Preregistration required at RunSignUp.com/Race/MI/AnnArbor/BookinitfortheKids by May 9. info@FamilyLearningInstitute.org.


 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.


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Wednesday


May 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.


 12:01 a.m.-midnight  Online 

"Bookin' It For Kids": Family Learning Institute.

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May 2-9. At-home fundraiser encouraging participants to read 20 minutes a day and walk or run 20 minutes a day for a week. Fee includes T-shirt and medal.
All day May 2 through May 9, any location. Preregistration required at RunSignUp.com/Race/MI/AnnArbor/BookinitfortheKids by May 9. info@FamilyLearningInstitute.org.


 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.


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Thursday


May 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.


 12:01 a.m.-midnight  Online 

"Bookin' It For Kids": Family Learning Institute.

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May 2-9. At-home fundraiser encouraging participants to read 20 minutes a day and walk or run 20 minutes a day for a week. Fee includes T-shirt and medal.
All day May 2 through May 9, any location. Preregistration required at RunSignUp.com/Race/MI/AnnArbor/BookinitfortheKids by May 9. info@FamilyLearningInstitute.org.


 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


May 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.


 12:01 a.m.-midnight  Online 

"Bookin' It For Kids": Family Learning Institute.

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May 2-9. At-home fundraiser encouraging participants to read 20 minutes a day and walk or run 20 minutes a day for a week. Fee includes T-shirt and medal.
All day May 2 through May 9, any location. Preregistration required at RunSignUp.com/Race/MI/AnnArbor/BookinitfortheKids by May 9. info@FamilyLearningInstitute.org.


 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.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Dances of Universal Peace (Sufi Dancing).

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All invited to join in song, chant, and virtual circle dances in joyous affirmation of the unity of the world's spiritual traditions.
For URL email DrakeMeadow@gmail.com. Free.


 7:30 p.m. 

"Trivia Night": The Creature Conservancy.

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May 7 & 14. Topics include unusual and humorous animal facts and feature live demos from an emu, sloth, and boa constrictor. Also, 7-7:30 p.m., guests can view an eagle, kangaroo, alligators, reindeer, and more. For age 21 & up only.
Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $20 or so in advance only at TheCreatureConservancy.org (capacity limited). 929-9324. [map]


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Saturday


May 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.


 12:01 a.m.-midnight  Free! 

Annual International Migratory Bird Count: Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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All invited-from novices to experienced birders-to help take a census of birds in Washtenaw County. Part of a 24-hour worldwide snapshot of populations of resident and migrant birds. Similar in structure to the WAS Christmas Bird Count: groups of volunteers are assigned specific areas to count. Feeder watchers also invited.
All day, throughout Washtenaw County. Free. To volunteer or for information, visit WashtenawAudubon.org.


 12:01 a.m.-midnight  Online 

"Bookin' It For Kids": Family Learning Institute.

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May 2-9. At-home fundraiser encouraging participants to read 20 minutes a day and walk or run 20 minutes a day for a week. Fee includes T-shirt and medal.
All day May 2 through May 9, any location. Preregistration required at RunSignUp.com/Race/MI/AnnArbor/BookinitfortheKids by May 9. info@FamilyLearningInstitute.org.


 8-10 a.m.  Free! 

Spring Birding: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Guided hike to look for birds that live in grasslands and wooded areas. Bring binoculars. Limited to 10 beginner birders.
Meet at Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. Free, but $6 vehicle entry fee. Preregistration required at dehringk@washtenaw.org. [map]


 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 & 11 a.m. 

"Mother's Day Wildflower Walk and Brunch": Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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A Hudson Mills park interpreter leads a leisurely hike through the park to look for spring wildflowers. To-go "Brunch Box" ($8) available; it includes hard-boiled eggs, yogurt, granola, pastries, cheese, and fruit. Masks required.
Park activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (kids, $3). Preregistration required by Apr. 30, 4 p.m.. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]


 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Junior Naturalist: Vernal Pools": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Elle Bogle leads a hike for kids ages 7-11 to explore the seasonal wetlands called vernal pools, using dip nets to sample mud and dark water. Wear waterproof boots that can get muddy. Program limited to 5 kids per section with one caregiver; no unregistered siblings. Masks required.
Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings Rd., Whitmore Lake. Preregistration required at ParksOnline.eWashtenaw.org (search Activity #831004). Free. 971-6337. [map]


 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

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

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WCPARC stewardship coordinator Katie Carlisle goes over the basics of common plant identification, what makes a plant invasive, and what to do about it. Then, help remove invasive plants (be prepared for off-trail work). Masks required.
Parker Mill County Park, 4650 Geddes. Free, but preregistration required at carlislec@washtenaw.org. [map]


 1-2:30 & 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]


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

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

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All invited to help remove invasive species in the Parker Mill floodplain to improve the habitat for native plants and animals. No prior experience is needed; social distancing and face coverings required.
Parker Mill County Park, 4650 Geddes. Free, but preregistration required at carlislec@washtenaw.org. [map]


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Sunday


May 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.


 12:01 a.m.-midnight  Online 

"Bookin' It For Kids": Family Learning Institute.

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May 2-9. At-home fundraiser encouraging participants to read 20 minutes a day and walk or run 20 minutes a day for a week. Fee includes T-shirt and medal.
All day May 2 through May 9, any location. Preregistration required at RunSignUp.com/Race/MI/AnnArbor/BookinitfortheKids by May 9. info@FamilyLearningInstitute.org.


 1-2:30 & 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]





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