Plenty to do in Ann Arbor parks this weekend

Shop local tomorrow at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market
The heat has broken and it’s a great time to visit the Ann Arbor Farmers Market! Fall harvest is abundant, and we even have free parking available on Wednesdays in the market lot (entrance off of 4th). Start off with a cup of RoosRoast Coffee and shop around for Honey crisp apples, fresh garlic, Concord grapes, Japanese eggplant, fresh cut dahlias, raspberries, Asian purple long beans, daikon radish, fresh ginger, homemade grape leaves, Never Dull Sharpening and much more! The final Food Truck Rally is next week Wednesday, Oct. 4, 5-8 p.m. with 13 food trucks, live music and kids activities. Download our new vendor web app to your phone, or check it out online, at http://www.a2farmersmarket.org for vendor profiles, pictures and information. The market is open 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Canoe and kayak this weekend
Both Argo and Gallup Canoe Liveries are open. Please note, Argo closes Oct. 8, however, we still offer the 1.5 hour river trip and stillwater paddling out of the Gallup Livery until Oct. 22. http://www.a2gov.org/canoe

Supporting our local and global communities
Donate your dime from October through December to benefit Community Action Network (CAN). Reuse a bag and give back to your local community. Donate your 10 cent bag refund. For every bag you reuse while shopping with Whole Foods the proceeds will go to a local nonprofit or educational organization. CAN partners with children, youth, and families from under-resourced Washtenaw County neighborhoods to create better futures for themselves, and improve the communities in which they live. Please refer to the attached CAN/Whole Foods flyer.

Natural Area Preservation

  • Stewardship Workday – National Public Lands Day, Saturday, Sept. 30, 1-4 p.m. Argo Nature Area. Come enjoy a day by the river and learn how to identify and cut invasive species such as buckthorn and honeysuckle. Doing so will allow native species to thrive and provide natural habitat for wildlife. Meet in the parking lot north of the Argo Canoe Livery, off Longshore 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.
  • Stewardship Workday – Sunday, Oct. 1, 1-4 p.m. Miller Nature Area. Miller Nature Area has a unique history including logging, farming, and gravel mining, and now this park is enjoyed by many neighbors. Help us maintain the unique landscape that Miller has to offer by removing invasive shrubs such as buckthorn and honeysuckle. Meet us at the Arborview Boulevard entrance, just east of Wildwood Avenue. 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.

Project Grow – Fall Seed Share
Washtenaw County is hosting a seed share next month at County Farm. Sunday, Oct. 1, 1-4 p.m. County Farm Park – Meet at the Platt Road Pavilion. Network with other gardeners and obtain rare and unusual seeds and plants – all for free! Both native plant and heirloom vegetable seeds will be on offer. Who should attend? Anyone with extra seed, plants, tree seedlings, bulbs, or tubers to share, people with nothing to exchange who want to acquire seed and knowledge, or anyone knowledgeable or interested in seed saving.

Volunteers Needed
Veterans Memorial Park Ice Arena Rain Garden, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 10 a.m.-noon. Much like our Love a Park Days, we are seeking volunteers to help us provide care and maintenance for our rain gardens located in various City Parks. Meet at the entrance to the ice arena. Help weed a newly planted rain garden. This rain garden was replanted to have low-growing plants below tall sycamore trees and shorter redbud trees. We need your help in weeding around these new plants. Learn about rain gardens and how to identify weeds. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Bring a water bottle and dress for the weather. We will provide tools, gloves, water and expertise. https://www.a2gov.org/departments/Parks-Recreation/GIVE365/Pages/Raingardens.aspx

Trick-or-Treat on the Huron River
Trick-or-Treat on the River at Gallup Canoe Livery (3000 Fuller Road), Sunday, Oct. 15, anytime between noon and 5 p.m. Spend the afternoon enjoying the haunting fall beauty of the Huron River and trick-or-treating by canoe or kayak. Cost: $18 per boat. Feel free to dress up, and bring a bag. Keep an eye out for swamp monsters! In the event of inclement weather, please call 734.794.6240 to find out whether the event will be cancelled.

Longest Hardest Day of Golf (for adults) sign up today
Join us at Leslie Park Golf Course Sunday, Oct. 15, 9:30 a.m. Cost: $80/team. Golfers, are you up for a challenge? Tee off from the “tips,” and hit to pins that are placed in the hardest-possible locations — all while greens are sped up, and the weather could change the game! This two-person scramble includes greens fee, golf cart, continental breakfast, lunch and prizes. Preregistration required http://www.a2gov.org/parksregister. For more information, call 734.794.6245.

 

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