Ann Arbor parks offering plenty to do this weekend

Shop local Saturday at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market
It’s November and the market is still jumpin’ Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Start off with a hot cup of coffee from RoosRoast Coffee. Christmas wreaths and decorations here, along with homemade pasta, apples and cider, romanesco, vegan grape leaves, cabbage, delicata squash, broccoli, Bosc pears, black beauty eggplant, honey, artisan chocolate, knife sharpening and so much more. Wednesdays join us for lunch and try our new food truck, Mi Compadre. Free parking on Wednesdays in the market lot. 315 Detroit St.

Buhr Park Outdoor Ice Arena Opens this Weekend
Yes it’s true – Buhr Park open-air Ice Arena opens this weekend for the season. Drop-in hockey, broomball, open skating and more. To learn more about hours and location visit


Natural Area Preservation Stewardship Workday, Sunday, Nov. 5

  • Sunset Brooks Nature Area, 9 a.m.-noon. Sunset Brooks is truly a gem among our nature areas. It features 7.8 acres of beautiful wetlands and rolling woods dotted with oaks and hickories, which are further decorated by dogwood groves and wildflowers in the spring. To ensure the health of these vibrant ecological communities, the Park Stewards here need your help! Come learn how to identify and remove the invasive species threatening this much loved park. Meet us at the park entrance on Sunset Road, at the end of Brooks 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.
  • Bird Hills Nature Area, 1-4 p.m. Bird Hills is our largest nature area and is home to a wide array of plant and animal species. Some of these species are invasive and serve little benefit to the other species that call Bird Hills home. Come out and help us collect native seeds and remove invasives like buckthorn and honeysuckle to help provide more natural habitat for all of the park’s great wildlife. Join us at the Beechwood entrance off 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.

Open House with Guided Tours at the Kempf House Museum
Visit the 1853 Greek Revival home of German-American musicians Reuben and Pauline Kempf. See Victorian period furnishings, including an 1877 Steinway piano, the first concert grand in Ann Arbor. In the garden that Pauline Kempf started in the 1800s, view the roses and see if our newly planted magnolia is budding. Admission free, donations appreciated. Sunday, Nov. 5, 1-4 p.m. Kempf House Museum, 312 S. Division, 734.994.4898

November Golf Specials at Huron Hills (HH) and Leslie Park (LP)
Huron Hills (HH) will be offering these rates in November:
$20 for 18-holes with a cart. $18 for 9-holes with a cart. This rate is good anytime seven days a week! Don’t forget $1 bottomless fountain drinks and $1 snacks.

LPGC will be offering these deals until Nov. 19:
$24 for 18-holes with a cart or $21 for 9-holes with a cart.
$1 bottomless fountain drinks, $1 snacks and $2 select domestic beers (Leslie Park only).

Call for a tee time: LPGC, 734.794.6245 and HHGC, 734.794.6246

Ann Arbor’s “Original Chili Open” at Leslie Park Golf Course
Come out on Sunday Nov. 13 to say goodbye to fall in this fun, 2-person scramble event, all while battling the cold gales of November. This event includes a continental breakfast, prizes, chili dogs, chili chips and delicious chili! $50 per team. Visit to sign up or call 734.794.6245.

Learn-to-Skate/Beginner Hockey
Have you signed up for the next session of learn-to-skate and/or beginner 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 2150 Jackson Ave.

Community Cultural Arts Programs held at the Ann Arbor Senior Center (1320 Baldwin Ave.)
• Carol Morris art opening, Friday, Nov. 10, 6-8 p.m. “Creating is my Path. I want to die with a red broken crayon in my hand.” The Ann Arbor Senior Center is excited to host an exciting and fun artist reception and talk by Morris. Come enjoy the 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. Visit

• The Art of Altered Books Workshop, Thursday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m. Artist Carol Morris will lead you through the design, page preparation, altering/painting techniques, and theme inspiration of your own discarded book. We will have many crafting supplies and a selection of discarded books for you to use at the center but please feel free to bring your own. Consider bringing scrapbooking supplies, printed poems and photographs. To register call 734.794.6250 or Fee: $15 member; $20 nonmember.

• Community Sing, Sunday, Nov. 12, 7-8:45 p.m. All are welcome to the monthly intergenerational Community Sing. We meet the second Sunday of the month (except December when we will meet the first Sunday for a community sing party and caroling). Join us in a campfire sing-a-long circle as members of the community play instruments and we all sing from the “Rise Up Singing Song Book” and the “Rise Again Song Book.” Fee: $5 drop-in. You can check out the songs in the songbooks at Our instrumental and song leaders this month include: Jeff Barnett, accompanist playing the trumpet, accordion and the melodica (similar to a pump organ and harmonica) ; David Carlson, Song leader and accompanist on guitar; Emily Slomovits, Song leader, accompanist on violin, performs locally with Gemini and various local bands; Dawn Swartz, Song leader, choir director, suzuki violin teacher and plays contra dance music with the band, Dawn’s Early Light.

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.

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 Community Action Network (CAN)
Donate your dime now 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.


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