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Sports, Dancing, Nature, & Recreation - Week of December 6, 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


December 2021
 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

Tai Chi: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon. 30 min. online lesson on gentle Tai Chi for older adults. Beginners welcome.
2401 Plymouth Road. For more information and URL, email info.tswp@umich.edu or call 998-9353. [map]


 12:30-1 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

"Walking Off the Pounds.": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Fri. Guided steps to walk in place. Online and in person (beginning Sept. 8).
2401 Plymouth Road. For more information and URL, email info.tswp@umich.edu or call 998-9353. [map]


 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 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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Wednesday


December 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(via Zoom) from Nancy Linde's 2012 book 399 Games, Puzzles & Trivia Challenges Specifically Designed to Keep Your Brain Young.
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. Masks required. For more information email bpatton@a2gov.org or call 794-6250. [map]


 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

Tai Chi: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon. 30 min. online lesson on gentle Tai Chi for older adults. Beginners welcome.
2401 Plymouth Road. For more information and URL, email info.tswp@umich.edu or call 998-9353. [map]


 12:30-1 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

"Walking Off the Pounds.": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Fri. Guided steps to walk in place. Online and in person (beginning Sept. 8).
2401 Plymouth Road. For more information and URL, email info.tswp@umich.edu or call 998-9353. [map]


 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]


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Fishing Paint Creek and the Clinton River": Trout Unlimited Ann Arbor Chapter.

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Club vice president Ethan Cramer gives a livestream presentation on the Clinton River watershed, with a particular focus on Paint Creek, a cold-water tributary that supports trout year-round.
For URL see annarborTU.org. Free. 975-0234.


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Zero Waste and the Future of Recycling": Ann Arbor Area League of Women Voters Brews & Views.

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Livestream talk by Ecology Center executive director Mike Garfield.
For URL see LWVwashtenaw.org (click "Calendar"). Free. 272-3634.


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Thursday


December 2021
 7 p.m.  Free! 

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


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Friday


December 2021
 11 a.m. & 12:30,1:30 & 2:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Fri.-Sun. Four different audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages. Did an Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs? (Fri.-Sun., 11:30 a.m.) explores the impact of an asteroid 66 million years ago, with footage from the first iridium layer found in Gubbio, Italy. Includes a brief star talk. The Sky Tonight (Fri.-Sun., 12:30 & 2:30 p.m.) is an exploration of the current night sky. Suitable for all ages 3-8. Includes a brief star talk. Big Astronomy (Fri.-Sun., 1:30 p.m.) focuses on 3 of the world's largest observatories in Chile's rugged Andes Mountains and arid Atacama Desert. Includes an abbreviated star talk.
U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. $8. Masks required. 764-0478. [map]


 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

Tai Chi: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon. 30 min. online lesson on gentle Tai Chi for older adults. Beginners welcome.
2401 Plymouth Road. For more information and URL, email info.tswp@umich.edu or call 998-9353. [map]


 12:30-1 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

"Walking Off the Pounds.": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Fri. Guided steps to walk in place. Online and in person (beginning Sept. 8).
2401 Plymouth Road. For more information and URL, email info.tswp@umich.edu or call 998-9353. [map]


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Saturday


December 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 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]


 9 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. [map]


 10 a.m.-noon.  Free! 

"Family Nature Adventures: Holiday Nature Craft": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalists Kelsey Dehring, Shawn Severance, and Elle Bogle lead a hands-on introduction to doing various crafts using found natural materials. Bonfire and hot cocoa.
Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings Rd. (north off North Territorial), Whitmore Lake. Free. Space limited; preregistration required at ParksOnline.eWashtenaw.org (registration #821002). [map]


 11 a.m. & 12:30,1:30 & 2:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Fri.-Sun. Four different audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages. Did an Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs? (Fri.-Sun., 11:30 a.m.) explores the impact of an asteroid 66 million years ago, with footage from the first iridium layer found in Gubbio, Italy. Includes a brief star talk. The Sky Tonight (Fri.-Sun., 12:30 & 2:30 p.m.) is an exploration of the current night sky. Suitable for all ages 3-8. Includes a brief star talk. Big Astronomy (Fri.-Sun., 1:30 p.m.) focuses on 3 of the world's largest observatories in Chile's rugged Andes Mountains and arid Atacama Desert. Includes an abbreviated star talk.
U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. $8. Masks required. 764-0478. [map]


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

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

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All invited to help remove invasive shrubs to improve an old gravel pit created by glacial retreat. Wear long pants & closed-toe shoes.
Fox Science Preserve, 2228 Peters Road. Free. Preregistration required at carlislec@washtenaw.org. [map]


 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Junior Naturalist: Solstice Celebration": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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All ages 7-11 invited to join WCPARC naturalists Kelsey Dehring, Shawn Severance, and Elle Bogle on a brief walk, followed by a bonfire and chance to share favorite nature moments. Holiday-themed treats and hot drinks.
Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings Rd. (north off North Territorial), Whitmore Lake. Free. Space limited; preregistration required at ParksOnline.eWashtenaw.org (registration #821004). [map]


 2:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

End of Year Celebration: Common Cycle.

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Join us for a celebration of a unique year! Mingle with other Common Cycle users, volunteers, and patrons, and learn about our plans for the future.
We'll provide pizza, hot beverages, and other refreshments around the Bandemer Park fire pit.
Bring yourselves, your warm gear, and stories from a fun year at Common Cycle. All are invited to attend, including friends and family!
Meet us at Bandemer Park starting at 2:30PM, or join our bike train from the Kerrytown Farmer's Market at 2:00PM.
See. You. There!
Bandemer Park, 1352 Lake Shore Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Free. jessie@commoncycle.org commoncycle.org [map]



 4:30 p.m. 

"Holiday Hustle": Running Fit Events.

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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. Preceded 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. 9; $45 (fun run, $35; fun run age 17 & under, $25) on race weekend. Preregistration available at RunHoliday5k.com. 929-9022.


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Sunday


December 2021
 11 a.m. & 12:30,1:30 & 2:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Fri.-Sun. Four different audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages. Did an Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs? (Fri.-Sun., 11:30 a.m.) explores the impact of an asteroid 66 million years ago, with footage from the first iridium layer found in Gubbio, Italy. Includes a brief star talk. The Sky Tonight (Fri.-Sun., 12:30 & 2:30 p.m.) is an exploration of the current night sky. Suitable for all ages 3-8. Includes a brief star talk. Big Astronomy (Fri.-Sun., 1:30 p.m.) focuses on 3 of the world's largest observatories in Chile's rugged Andes Mountains and arid Atacama Desert. Includes an abbreviated star talk.
U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. $8. Masks required. 764-0478. [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.



Canceled and Postponed Events:

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Saturday


December 2021
 8 a.m. 

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

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Tentative. WAS members Rob French and Mike Sefton lead a trip (in WAS vans) to the Arbor Hills Landfill in Salem Township to look for unusual species of gulls. Dress for the weather. For updates, see washtenawaudubon.org/event.
Meet at the Park-n-Ride lot, Plymouth Rd. at US-23. Price TBA. Space limited, preregistration required at WashtenawAudubon.org.






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