Ann Arbor Happenings: Plenty to do this weekend in A2 parks

Buhr Park and Veterans Memorial Park Ice Arenas Helping Those in Need
Buhr and Veterans Memorial parks are holding canned-food drives. Come skating at either rink with a donation of a non-perishable food item Dec. 22–Jan. 7, and receive $1 off admission for public ice skating (one discount per person). http://www.a2gov.org/parks for location information.

Shop local Saturday at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market
Join us at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market Saturdays all year! We’re done with Wednesdays until May but Saturdays run year round, 8 am – 3 pm. Our last Saturday in December will be our usual hours, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. There are plenty of veggies, apples, cider, artisan gifts, hot coffee, pierogis, grass fed beef and tons more. Happy holidays. 315 Detroit St.

Supervised Bridge Play at the Ann Arbor Senior Center
Tuesdays, Dec. 26-Jan. 16, 1-3p.m. and Mondays, Jan. 1-15, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Looking to improve on your bidding, declarer, and defensive Bridge play? Join other beginners and low intermediate players in this flexible session. The program will run with students playing 7-9 hands per session. Hands will be analyzed after completion to review the bidding, play, and defense. No book or partner needed. It is highly recommended that students have some type of previous bidding class or experience. Drop-in fee: $10 members; $12 nonmembers. Please note that this is not a duplicate game, just practice. 1320 Baldwin Ave.

Bridge at the Ann Arbor Senior Center
Games every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday at the Ann Arbor Senior Center (No Bridge on Dec. 25). Join other bridge lovers in this exciting game of competition and strategy. A non-sanctioned game is held every Monday at 12:30 p.m. for anyone who may want a little extra practice. ACBL games are held every Wednesday and Thursday at noon. There are so many opportunities to join in on the fun. For information visit http://www.a2gov.org/senior. 1320 Baldwin Ave.

Canned Food Drive, now through–Jan. 7
Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation would like to help the Emergency Food Pantry at Bryant Community Center in collecting non-perishable food items for those in our community that need a little extra help this year. Suggested items: canned fruit in juice, canned vegetables, low sodium soup, dry beans, canned tuna, brown rice, unsalted nuts, honey, whole grain pasta, olive/canola oil, dried fruit, and popcorn. Donation boxes are located in the Ann Arbor Senior Center lobby, 1320 Baldwin Ave. The center is open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Sign up for Session 3 Learn-to-Skate and Beginner Hockey
Veterans Memorial Indoor Ice Arena offers learn-to-skate and beginner hockey for all skill levels. The next session is Jan. 22-March 17 (8 classes). $72 resident/$90 nonresident. Visit http://www.a2gov.org/parksregister to sign up.

Swim at a Discount and Do Something Good
Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation is helping the Emergency Food Pantry at Bryant Community Center collect nonperishable food items for those in our community that need a little extra help this year. Come swimming at Mack Indoor Pool with the donation of a non-perishable food item now–Jan. 7, and receive $1 off admission for public swimming (one discount per person). 715 Brooks St.

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 Street. http://www.a2gov.org/parksregister.

Extended holiday open skating hours
Join us over the holiday break as our two ice arenas offer extended open skating opportunities for individuals, families and groups!

  • 26, 27 and 28 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and Dec. 29, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Veterans Memorial Indoor Ice Arena, 2150 Jackson Ave.
  • 26, 27, 28, 29 from noon-2 p.m. Buhr Park Outdoor Ice Arena, 2751 Packard Rd.

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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