Ann Arbor parks offer plenty to do this weekend

Free FootGolf Friday at Huron Hills Golf Course
Tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 20, we invite everyone to try FootGolf. This is a fun sport for groups or families! The course opens at 1 p.m. Tee times are recommended. Call Huron Hills, 734.794.6246 or visit http://www.a2golf.org

Learn-to-Skate/Beginner Hockey
Have you signed up for the next session of learn-to-skate and/or beginnign hockey lessons at Veterans Memorial Ice Arena? Session #2 runs Nov. 2-Jan. 20 (8 classes). $72 resident/$90 nonresident. No classes Nov. 23-25 and Dec. 23-Jan. 6. All ages and skill levels welcome. To sign up visit http://www.a2gov.org/parksregister. 2150 Jackson Ave.

Season coming to an end
The City of Ann Arbor canoe liveries close for the season on Sunday, Oct. 22. Last chance to paddle is this weekend from the Gallup Canoe Livery. Hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. with the river trip offered every hour between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and stillwater paddling on 2.5 mile Gallup Pond up to 5 p.m. with all boats due back by 7 p.m. See you on the river next year! http://www.a2gov.org/canoe

It’s Harvest Week at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market
Celebrate Halloween and autumn with us. We have a cooking demo with chef Nic Sims from the Jefferson Market on Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m.-noon or, join us Saturday Oct. 28 for our Halloween Bash with GIVE365 from noon-2 p.m. Enjoy trick-or-treating and pumpkin painting. Wear a costume! The market is full of colorful fall produce like pumpkins, romanesco, Mutsu apples, brussel sprouts, bok choy, pesto, cider, fresh baked bread, prepared salad mix, purple cauliflower, and so much more. As usual, we are here 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Wednesdays and Saturdays. (Free customer parking on Wednesdays).

Natural Area Preservation (NAP) Stewardship Workdays
Saturday, Oct. 21

  • Bluffs Nature Area, 9 a.m.-noon. Tucked away within Bluffs’ 39 acres is an open field filled with native prairie species. Come out and help us preserve this beautiful habitat by removing invasive shrubs, such as buckthorn and honeysuckle, which are encroaching on the prairie. Meet at the entrance on Sunset Road near Wildt 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.
  • Kuebler Langford Nature Area, 1-4 p.m. Despite some parts of the park being used as a staging area for the construction of M-14, the majority of Kuebler Langford was fortunately left in good ecological condition. The north side of the wooded ravine hosts the park’s greatest biological diversity with wild ginger, maiden-hair fern and doll’s-eyes decorating the slopes. The park also features a prairie remnant, but invasive shrubs are encroaching on this beautiful habitat. Come out to collect native seeds and remove harmful species to help this prairie thrive! Meet at the park entrance on Beechwood Drive, north of Sunset Road. 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.

Sunday, Oct. 22
Oakwoods Nature Area, 1-4 p.m. This oak-hickory woodland includes a small pond and wetland, which are great spots for bird watching or listening for frog calls. We’ll be cutting and removing invasive shrubs such as buckthorn and honeysuckle to improve the habitat. Meet us at the park entrance off of Dunwoodie. 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.

Ucoming presentations at the Kempf House Museum
The Kempf House Museum will have a special presentation on Sunday, Oct. 22: At 2 p.m. Detroit Paranormal Expeditions, a group striving to better understand the unknown, will present their findings from a visit to the Kempf House and/or other locations. And then Wednesday, Oct. 25, will be your last chance this year to catch a noon lecture at the Kempf House: In this 500th anniversary year, Pastor Walt Schmidt will present an overview of Martin Luther and the Reformation. Admission free for both presentations, donations appreciated. Kempf House Museum, 312 S. Division St. For details about these lectures visit http://www.kempfhousemuseum.org

Natural Area Preservation Volunteer Appreciation Potluck
Join us Wednesday, Oct. 25, Cobblestone Farm, 2781 Packard Road, 6:30-9:30 p.m. All volunteers, past, present, and future, are invited to our annual appreciation event! Let’s celebrate our collective accomplishments while sharing food and community. Games, door prizes, and fun activities for all. Please bring a dish to pass and friends or family. Costumes are encouraged. RSVPs appreciated. Call us at 734.794.6627 or email us at NAP@a2gov.org by Oct. 23.

Olson Dog Park annual Howl-o-ween Party
Join GIVE 365 on Monday, Oct. 30, 5-6 p.m. for this annual event for dogs and their owners. We’ll host a costume contest, photo station and your dog can enjoy treats. 1551 Dhu Varren Road.

Veterans Memorial Ice Arena Halloween Skate
Saturday, Oct. 28, 1-2:30 p.m. Skate to the spooky sounds of Halloween. Best costume prizes awarded! All ages welcome, general admission rates apply. 2150 Jackson Ave.

Swim Lessons at Mack Indoor Pool
Group lessons are offered for children from the age of 6 months up. Class size is limited. Ability requirements must be honored unless prior instructor approval is granted. Registration will be accepted at any of the city pools during public swim time, by phone or online. 715 Brooks St. http://www.a2gov.org/parksregister

Saturday Sessions
Session 3, Nov. 11-Jan. 13 (no classes Dec. 23 and Dec. 30)

Sunday Sessions
Session 4, Nov. 12-Jan. 14 (no classes Dec. 24 and Dec. 31)

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.

Carol Morris Art Opening
Friday, Nov. 10, 6-8 p.m. at the Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. “Creating is my Path. I want to die with a red broken crayon in my hand.” Join us for an artist reception and discussion by Carol Morris. Don’t miss Carol’s show, “Blue Demon Dogs and Jesters” with live music by Ashe Wednesday, a Detroit keyboardist who is presently in the band The Flipsters. The artist’s work will be on display Nov. 3-Dec. 29. Admission is free and open to the public. Suggested donation of $5. Light refreshments. For information visit http://www.a2gov.org/CulturalArts

 

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