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Sports, Dancing, Nature, & Recreation - Week of May 10, 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.


 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.


 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m.  Free! 

"Sunrise Nature Hike": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Elle Bogle leads a guided morning ramble through a native woodland ecosystem. Limited to 10 people; masks required.
Park Lyndon South, North Territorial 15 miles west of US-23. Free, but preregistration required at boglee@washtenaw.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.


 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 p.m.  Free! 

"Family Nature Adventures: Water in Our World": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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May 12 & 15. WCPARC naturalists lead a family-oriented hike through a marsh and discuss how plants and animals (even humans) benefit from water and show how to make a mini watershed system in the sand. Limited to 10 people; masks required.
Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings Rd., Whitmore Lake. Free, but preregistration required for all age 2 & over at ParksOnline.eWashtenaw.org. [map]


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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.


 1-2:30 p.m. 

Park Clean-Up: Ann Arbor Parks Department.

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May 13 & 26. All invited to join the Parks Department's GIVE 365 volunteers to help clean up litter from Island Park (May 13, 1 p.m.) and Gallup Park (May 26, 3 p.m.). Masks & social distancing required.
Various times & park locations. Free. a2parks@a2gov.org, 794-6230.


 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.


 7-8:30 p.m.  Online 

"Sustainable Resiliency: Tend and Befriend": Jewel Heart Buddhist Center.

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Virginia-based yoga instructor Cyndi Lee, founder of world-renowned OM Yoga Center (NYC), leads a session to reset the nervous system. Lee is known for integrating Tibetan Buddhism in her practice.
For URL preregister at bit.ly/sustainableresiliency. $25 (members, $20). Registration@JewelHeart.org, 994-3387.


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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.


 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.


 7:30 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  Online 

"Heart Walk & 5K Run": American Heart Association Fundraiser.

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Noncompetitive walks of 1 and 3 miles to raise funds for heart disease research and education.
All day, any location. Fee TBA; for updates, see bit.ly/heartwalkrun. (586) 214-5124.


 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]


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Hike: Explore the Forest Floor": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Sean Severance leads a hike for kids ages 2-5 to learn about and collect many of the 6-legged, 8-legged, and no-legged critters that shred and decompose our woods. Program limited to 10 hikers; social distancing and masks required.
County Farm Park, 2230 Platt Rd. Preregistration required for all age 2 & over at ParksOnline.eWashtenaw.org (search Activity #831003). Free. severances@washtenaw.org. [map]


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

River Walk: Ann Arbor Parks Department.

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Self-guided 1.4-mile hike with 2 river crossings along a bend in the Huron River through Island Park, Cedar Bend Naturerea, and Fuller Park. Masks & social distancing required.
Meet at welcome table in Island Park (1450 Island Dr. off Maiden Lane) anytime between 10 & 11 a.m. Free. a2parks@a2gov.org, 794-6230.


 10-10:45 a.m.  Online 

"42nd Annual Walk & Wag": Humane Society of Huron Valley Benefit.

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Closing ceremony for this year's virtual program which encourages people to run or walk a 5k anywhere, anytime before May 15. Includes a short performance by Erin Zindle, the fiery fiddling frontwoman of the classy local progressive country-rock band the Ragbirds, along with a meet-and-greet with celebrity spokesdog and the chance to hear shelter stories from Humane Society staffers. Prizes.
For URL preregister by May 15 online at hshv.org/events. $39 fundraising minimum (enter code "Observer" to get 25 percent off); kids age 16 & under, free. 662-5585.


 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Family Nature Adventures: Water in Our World": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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May 12 & 15. WCPARC naturalists lead a family-oriented hike through a marsh and discuss how plants and animals (even humans) benefit from water and show how to make a mini watershed system in the sand. Limited to 10 people; masks required.
Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings Rd., Whitmore Lake. Free, but preregistration required for all age 2 & over at ParksOnline.eWashtenaw.org. [map]


 10 & 11 a.m. and noon 

"Young Outdoor Explorers: Stream Search": Hudson Mills Metropark.

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Ages 3-6 invited to explore the teeming life in a small stream using nets and magnifiers. Water shoes and masks required, and a towel and spare change of clothes recommended.
Park rapids view picnic area, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 per kid; preregistration required by May 14, 4 p.m. 426-8211. [map]


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

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

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WCPARC naturalist Kelsey Dehring offers a hands-on intro to the basics of identifying birds based on habitat, markings, and sounds. She also discusses what to look for in a good pair of binoculars, which are provided. 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]


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

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

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All invited to help remove invasive species to improve the habitat for native plants and animals. Be prepared for light hiking and off-trail working; no prior experience or tools necessary. Social distancing and face coverings required.
Weatherbee Woods Preserve, 8740 Warren Rd., Superior Twp. 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 Africa, including a warthog, savannah monitor, hedgehog, and chameleon. Guests invited to view other animals on display, including an albino alligator, macaws, sloths, and more. 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]


 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"The Power of Flowers Mindfulness Hike": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Mindful City Ann Arbor cofounder Julie Woodward leads a walking-meditation hike while WCPARC naturalist Elle Bogle discusses a bit of the surrounding botany. Limited to 10 people; masks required.
Park Lyndon South, North Territorial 15 miles west of US-23. Free, but preregistration required at boglee@washtenaw.org.


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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.


 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 Africa, including a warthog, savannah monitor, hedgehog, and chameleon. Guests invited to view other animals on display, including an albino alligator, macaws, sloths, and more. 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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