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Sports, Dancing, Nature, & Recreation - Week of October 11, 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


October 2021
 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 run of 3-5 miles along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Also, a speed-training session every Tues. 6 p.m., at 5700 Jackson Rd. Rain or shine.
8 a.m. (Sat.), 5700 Jackson Rd. and 6:30 p.m. (Mon.), 123 E. Liberty. Free. 929-9022 (Sat.) & 769-5016 (Mon.). [map]


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Tuesday


October 2021
 8:30-10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Sunrise Nature Hike: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Naturalist Elle Bogle leads a leisurely hike to explore the many ecosystems of the River Raisin. Bring binoculars if you have them.
Leonard Preserve, meet at the dead end of Union St. north off Main west of M-52, Manchester. Free, but preregistration required by emailing boglee@washtenaw.org. Masks strongly recommended.


 2:30-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Move and Groove.": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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In-person exercise led by local fitness instructor Megan Simms.
2401 Plymouth Road. Free. 998-9353, info.tswp@umich.edu. [map]


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Wednesday


October 2021
 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Gun Safety Seminar & Cleaning Clinic: Tri-County Sportsmen's League.

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Open to TCSL members and guests. See details at TCSL.org (calendar).
Tri-County Sportsmen's League, 8640 Moon Road, Saline. Free. newsletter@tcsl.org tscl.org [map]


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Thursday


October 2021
 8-11 a.m.  Free! 

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

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Every Thurs. WAS president Juliet Berger leads a hike through the Arb to look for fall warblers and other southbound migrants, many of which are in their first-year plumage.
Meet in the cul-de-sac at the end of Riverview (off Geddes near the east end of Dow Field). Free. WashtenawAudubon.org.


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Hike: Falling Leaves": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance leads kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by a caregiver) on a hike to gather fallen leaves to use in a craft activity.
Meet at the County Farm Park perennial garden, 2230 Platt Rd. Free. Space limited; preregistration required at ParksOnline.eWashtenaw.org (Activity # 811003). Masks strongly recommended. severances@washtenaw.org. [map]


 7-9:30 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.
FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Free. Masks and vaccinations required. facebook.com/DetroitIMA. [map]


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Friday


October 2021
 5-10 p.m. 

Blast Corn Maze.

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Every Fri.-Sun., Sept. 26-Nov. 7. A large corn maze with 3.5 miles of trails and 3 exits to allow for routes of various lengths. Also, a U-pick pumpkin patch, produce, craft sale, hayrides, duck races, pedal cars, a kids play area with a mountain of straw and a corn box, and more. Maps ($1) & food available.
5-10 p.m. (Fri.), 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sat.), & 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sun.), 6175 Daly Rd. (half mile west of Zeeb), Dexter. $12 (kids ages 5-12, $9; age 4 & under, free) online only at BlastCornMaze.com/hours-pricing. [map]


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Saturday


October 2021
 8-10 a.m.  Free! 

Fall Birding: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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All invited to look for migrating birds with WCPARC naturalist Kelsey Dehring. Bring your own binoculars. Also, from 1-3 p.m., Dehring leads a program for beginning birders, discussing how to identify our flying friends based on habitat, markings, and sounds, and what to look for in binoculars.
Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings Rd., Whitmore Lake. Free; $6 vehicle entry fee required. Space limited; preregistration required by emailing dehringk@washtenaw.org, and make sure to specify which program you want to join. Masks strongly recommended. [map]


 8 a.m.  Free! 

parkrun USA.

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Every Sat. All invited to join a timed 5-km run/walk.
Lillie Park South, 4365 Platt Rd. Free, but first-timers are requested to preregister at parkrun.us/Lillie. lillie@parkrun.com, facebook.com/LillieParkRun. [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 run of 3-5 miles along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Also, a speed-training session every Tues. 6 p.m., at 5700 Jackson Rd. Rain or shine.
8 a.m. (Sat.), 5700 Jackson Rd. and 6:30 p.m. (Mon.), 123 E. Liberty. Free. 929-9022 (Sat.) & 769-5016 (Mon.). [map]


 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 

"Fall Campfire Cooking": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Elle Bogle leads a hands-on demo on how to properly identify, gather, and sort materials to build a fire and cook a rustic meal. Tools provided. Bring your own ingredients; a suggested menu is sent out in advance.
Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings Rd. (check in at the Beach Center Pavilion), Whitmore Lake. $5 per group of up to 5 people; $6 vehicle entry fee required. Space limited; preregistration required at ParksOnline.eWashtenaw.org (Activity # IL461100). Masks strongly recommended. boglee@wahstenaw.org. [map]


 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 

Blast Corn Maze.

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Every Fri.-Sun., Sept. 26-Nov. 7. A large corn maze with 3.5 miles of trails and 3 exits to allow for routes of various lengths. Also, a U-pick pumpkin patch, produce, craft sale, hayrides, duck races, pedal cars, a kids play area with a mountain of straw and a corn box, and more. Maps ($1) & food available.
5-10 p.m. (Fri.), 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sat.), & 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sun.), 6175 Daly Rd. (half mile west of Zeeb), Dexter. $12 (kids ages 5-12, $9; age 4 & under, free) online only at BlastCornMaze.com/hours-pricing. [map]


 1-4 p.m. 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Every Sat. & Sun. All invited to help remove invasive plants in city parks. Wear long pants, closed-toe shoes, & work gloves; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. All minors should be accompanied by a caregiver. Oct. 2: Dolph Park (9 a.m.-noon), meet at 475 South Wagner, and Fritz Park (1-4 p.m.), meet at 1407 Russell Rd. Oct. 3: Braun Park (9 a.m.-noon), meet at 1400 Chalmers. Oct. 9: Mary Beth Doyle Park (1-4 p.m.), meet at 2800 Verle Rd. Oct. 10: Stapp Nature Area (1-4 p.m.), meet at 2518 Traverwood Dr. Oct. 16: Marshall Nature Area (1-4 p.m.), meet at 3330 N. Dixboro Rd. Oct. 17: Bird Hills Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon), meet at 1866 Newport Rd. Oct. 23: Kuebler Langford Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon), meet at 650 Beechwood Dr., and Miller Park (1-4 p.m.), meet at 1518 Arborview Blvd. Oct. 24: Botsford Park (1-4 p.m.), meet at 3015 Miller. Oct. 30: Gallup Park (1-4 p.m.), meet at 3225 Gallup Park Rd.
Various times & locations; preregistration required at vhub.at/NAP. Free. 794-6627.


 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off some animals native to Michigan (2 & 4 p.m.), including the cougar, opossum, black rat, and snapping turtle. Also, the chance to see the conservancy's other animals.
Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; under age 2, free) in advance at TheCreatureConservancy.org; at the door, $11 (kids ages 2-12, $9; under age 2, free). Masks required. 929-9324. [map]


 3-4:30 p.m. 

"Arrows Away": Waterloo Recreation Area.

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Adults and youth age 8 & up invited to learn the basics of archery.
Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Rd., Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. Free; $17 vehicle entry fee required. 475-3170.


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Sunday


October 2021
 9 a.m.-noon. 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Every Sat. & Sun. All invited to help remove invasive plants in city parks. Wear long pants, closed-toe shoes, & work gloves; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. All minors should be accompanied by a caregiver. Oct. 2: Dolph Park (9 a.m.-noon), meet at 475 South Wagner, and Fritz Park (1-4 p.m.), meet at 1407 Russell Rd. Oct. 3: Braun Park (9 a.m.-noon), meet at 1400 Chalmers. Oct. 9: Mary Beth Doyle Park (1-4 p.m.), meet at 2800 Verle Rd. Oct. 10: Stapp Nature Area (1-4 p.m.), meet at 2518 Traverwood Dr. Oct. 16: Marshall Nature Area (1-4 p.m.), meet at 3330 N. Dixboro Rd. Oct. 17: Bird Hills Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon), meet at 1866 Newport Rd. Oct. 23: Kuebler Langford Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon), meet at 650 Beechwood Dr., and Miller Park (1-4 p.m.), meet at 1518 Arborview Blvd. Oct. 24: Botsford Park (1-4 p.m.), meet at 3015 Miller. Oct. 30: Gallup Park (1-4 p.m.), meet at 3225 Gallup Park Rd.
Various times & locations; preregistration required at vhub.at/NAP. Free. 794-6627.


 10-11:30 a.m. & 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Hands-on demo, suitable for beginners age 8 & up, led by WCPARC staffer Kelsey Dehring.
Staebler Farm Park, 7734 Plymouth Rd. Free. Space limited; preregistration required at ParksOnline.eWashtenaw.org (search Activity #811007). Masks strongly recommended. dehringk@washtenaw.org. [map]


 11 a.m.-8 p.m. 

Blast Corn Maze.

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Every Fri.-Sun., Sept. 26-Nov. 7. A large corn maze with 3.5 miles of trails and 3 exits to allow for routes of various lengths. Also, a U-pick pumpkin patch, produce, craft sale, hayrides, duck races, pedal cars, a kids play area with a mountain of straw and a corn box, and more. Maps ($1) & food available.
5-10 p.m. (Fri.), 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sat.), & 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sun.), 6175 Daly Rd. (half mile west of Zeeb), Dexter. $12 (kids ages 5-12, $9; age 4 & under, free) online only at BlastCornMaze.com/hours-pricing. [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. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off some animals native to Michigan (2 & 4 p.m.), including the cougar, opossum, black rat, and snapping turtle. Also, the chance to see the conservancy's other animals.
Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; under age 2, free) in advance at TheCreatureConservancy.org; at the door, $11 (kids ages 2-12, $9; under age 2, free). Masks required. 929-9324. [map]


 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Autumn Spectacular Nature Walk": Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy.

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All invited to hike about a mile through woodland and meadow in this SMLC preserve that was opened to the public last month. Preceded at 1:30 p.m. by refreshments & socialization. No pets. Be prepared for muddy trails.
Secrest Nature Preserve, Berry Rd. about a half mile north of Ford Rd., Superior Township. Free. 482-5957, BakerPartin@aol.com.


 2-3 p.m. 

"Michigan Birds of Prey": Waterloo Natural History Association.

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Interactive presentation by Michigan Avian Experience (Brooklyn, MI) founder Francie Krawcke.
Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Rd., Chelsea. $2 (families, $5) and $17 vehicle entry fee required. Space limited; preregistration required. 475-3170. [map]





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