Ann Arbor parks schedule of events for this weekend – and beyond

PARK(ing) day tomorrow​
The City of Ann Arbor, the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority and SmithGroupJJR are collaborating on a global event to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into public spaces. Known as PARK(ing) Day, this one-day initiative is part of an effort to foster collaborations among artists, community members, activists, designers and students to explore alternative uses for street space in our city. Designed and built by employees of SmithGroupJJR, a local planning and landscape architecture firm, the two metered parking spaces will be located on the 200 block of South Main Street near Fjallraven and Urban Jewelers on Friday, Sept. 15, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. To learn more about this global effort, visit http://parkingday.org/


What’s Fresh at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market?

Fall crops are here including apples, leeks, dahlias, fresh ginger, eggplant, leeks, and squash. Enjoy fresh mozzarella, homemade pasta, hummus, pastured pork chicken and beef, knife sharpening, and much much more. Get to know our featured vendors by visiting our new web app online or downloading it to your phone: http://www.a2farmersmarket.org. The market is open Wednesdays and Saturdays 7 a.m.-3 p.m., at 315 Detroit St.

Natural Area Preservation, Stewardship Workday
Saturday, Sept. 16, Onder Nature Area, 9 a.m.-noon. Onder Nature Area is a small neighborhood park and home to many black cherry and box elder trees with a few large oak trees. By connecting with other natural areas and features, it serves as a landscape corridor and provides convenient habitat and migration for birds, mammals, reptiles and insects. Help is needed to restore Onder’s small oak savanna by removing invasive shrubs such as buckthorn. Meet at the intersections of Hilldale Drive and Brookside Drive. Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Every participant must present a completed release form, and all minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided.

Universal access playground grand opening is this Sunday, Sept. 17
City of Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Services, together with the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor, are inviting the community to the grand opening of the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor Centennial Playground on Sunday, Sept. 17, 3–6 p.m. at Gallup Park, 3000 Fuller Road. The Universal Access Playground (UAP) offers children with disabilities opportunities to gain self-confidence and greater independence. Children of all ages and abilities will be able to develop and play together. Grand opening festivities begin at 3 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the playground site and guest speakers. Other activities will include live music, animals from Leslie Science & Nature Center, Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum educational activities, a fishing area for kids and more! Attendees are welcome to take the AAATA #22 bus to Pierpont Commons. From there, a free, accessible shuttle will take guests to Gallup Park for the UAP grand opening. Complimentary shuttle service will be picking up and dropping off guests from 2–7 p.m. There are several locations an accessible shuttle will be available (see map on http://www.a2gov.org/UAP). Guests can bring a picnic dinner and a blanket/chairs, or purchase refreshments from one of several food truck vendors.

Natural Area Preservation, Stewardship Workday
Sunday, Sept. 17, Redbud Nature Area, 1-4 p.m. Redbud Nature Area is a favorite place for many neighbors to enjoy a walk through the woods or a short hike with their dog. Help us remove invasive species like honeysuckle so more native plants can thrive. Meet at the park entrance at the intersection of Parkwood Avenue and Jeanne Street. Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Every participant must present a completed release form, and all minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided.

Veterans Memorial Indoor Ice Arena is Open
We are open for the 2017-18 season. The complex includes a regulation-size rink of 85 feet by 200 feet with spectator seating for 800. A concession stand and vending are available in the main lobby, along with coin-operated lockers and storage units. A standard line of hockey and skating accessories are available in the pro shop, and we have four hockey locker rooms. To register for learn-to-skate and hockey lessons, special events and more visit http://www.a2gov.org/parksregister. 2150 Jackson Ave. http://www.a2gov.org/vets

Last weekend to swim at Fuller Park Pool this season
Fuller Park Pool will remain open through Sunday, Sept. 17. Mack Indoor Pool is also open. Learn more about swimming in the city including learn-to-swim lessons, master and triathelete training, special events and more at http://www.a2gov.org/pools.

Canoe & Kayak Auction
Join us Saturday, Sept. 23 at noon Gallup Canoe Livery. We’ll be auctioning used and damaged aluminum canoes, 1 & 2 person kayaks. 3000 Fuller Rd.

Learn how to make Kimchi
Saturday, Sept. 23, 10 a.m.-noon, Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living, 3941 Research Park Dr. Learn how to make kimchi, a traditional fermented Korean side dish. Students will help prepare and mix the ingredients and take home some kimchi. The kitchen has generous space for students to observe the techniques involved in making this dish, to get up close and personal with the ingredients, and to ask lots of questions. The class is being offered by Dan Sferdean, passionate about kimchi and other fermented foods. Dan is a Romanian born scientist who loves gardening, cooking, baking and preserving foods. He is a Project Grow Board member and gardener and completed the master composting program offered by Project Grow. The fee for this class is $15, which includes all materials. Enrollment is limited to 10. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kimchi-tickets-36974982167

GIVE 365 is seeking volunteers
Love a Park Day on Sunday, Sept. 24, 1-3 p.m. Park TBD. We are leaving this park a mystery for the moment- we will let a resident choose a park that needs some love! We call it “Resident’s Choice”! Call us at 734.794.6445 to let us know about a park that needs weeding, cleaning up, or just some extra love and care. http://www.a2gov.org/volunteer

NEW Fall Canoe Livery Hours
Argo Canoe Livery, Sept. 5-Oct. 8: Weekends, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Weekdays go to Gallup Livery for boat rentals.
Oct. 9-Oct. 22: Argo closed for the season. Go to Gallup Livery for all boat rentals

Gallup Canoe Livery Schedule, Sept. 5 -Oct. 22: Every day, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
The Argo to Gallup river trip is available every day 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and stillwater boat rentals are available every day 10 a.m.-5 p.m. with all boats due back by 7 p.m. http://www.a2gov.org/canoe for locations, pricing, directions, etc.

Bridge for Beginners Class
Tuesdays, Sept. 19-Dec. 12, 1-3 p.m. at the Ann Arbor Senior Center. Did you know that playing Bridge can improve your memory, boost your immune system, and keep your brain healthy? This course focuses on basic aspects of bridge and features lessons on bidding, scoring, defense, and much more by using the book “Bidding in the 21st Century,” by Audrey Grant. This class focuses on the first five to six chapters of this great text. Each class consists of 90 minutes of presentation including a brief break. The last 30 minutes will be for students to play pre-dealt hands that deal with the material from the lecture. This class is open to all ages. Come and learn this fun and challenging game. Class is instructed by Ray Gentz. Fee: $130 member; $156 nonmember. Call 734.794.6250 for details. 1320 Baldwin Ave.

AARP Defensive Driving” Driver Safety Program
Saturday, Sept. 30, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. at the Ann Arbor Senior Center. A lot has changed in driving in the past 50 years. Many drivers are unaware of the traffic rules and driving conditions that have changed sense they got their first driver’s license. The AARP Defensive Driving” Driver Safety Program is here to help by giving a refresher class to Senior Drivers. Everyone can learn something new about safe driving and brush up on their driving skills. This class teaches the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques, and safe ways to operate your vehicle. You can register on line with the Parks and Recreation and when you arrive at the class you will pay the volunteer AARP instructor directly with a check. The cost for this class is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Register at http://www.a2gov.org/parksregister or call the Ann Arbor Senior Center for registration assistance at 734.794.6250.For more information on this AARP class visit: http://www.aarp.org/drive

Come Play at the Ann Arbor Senior Center!
Every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at the Ann Arbor Senior Center. The Ann Arbor Senior Center is the place to play! Come enjoy free games and events with other seniors every Monday-Wednesday. Stop in the Center at noon for Mahjongg Mondays. Play this fun four person game that is similar to rummy and poker. Tuesdays at 10 a.m. is the time for scrabble, a fun and easy game to learn with a little friendly competition. Both Mahjongg and Scrabble are free to Senior Center members and are a $2 charge for non-members. Enjoy a free movie on Wednesdays at noon. The center will have a newly released movie every Wednesday and a snack provided by some of our favorite sponsors. These games and events are fun for all! 1320 Baldwin Ave.

Fall registration underway
You can now register for our fall/winter classes in the Ann Arbor parks. This includes ice skating and hockey lessons, golf outings, cultural arts activities, river programs at the canoe liveries, swim lessons and more. To view the 64-page guide visit http://www.a2gov.org/parks. You can register online at http://www.a2gov.org/parksregister or stop in any parks facility.The printed guide is available at various locations throughout the city (parks facilities, Larcom City Hall, district libraries).

 

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