Weekend Highlights: Plenty of things to do in Ann Arbor parks

Spend your weekend at the pool
Join us at Buhr, Fuller and Veterans Memorial Park Pools this weekend. For location information, hours of operation, pricing and more visit https://www.a2gov.org/departments/Parks-Recreation/play/Pages/Swimming.aspx

Natural Area Preservation Stewardship Workday
Saturday, July 7, Bandemer Park, 9 a.m.-noon. A patch of dry prairie can be found along the railroad tracks at Bandemer Park, where sparks from passing trains occasionally ignited wildfires that maintained this open habitat. It is now home to tall grasses and goldenrod. Help us pull exotic weeds to maintain the quality of this special habitat. We will meet at the south end of the park, in the parking lot off Lake Shore Drive (via Main Street). Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. All participants must complete a release form, and all minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided.

Shop local
Shop and eat local tomorrow, Saturday, July 7 at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market. Plants, berries, coffee, honey, herbs, bread, pastries, cheese, veggies and more. There’s construction around the market so be sure to take advantage of the free parking at the Ann-Ashley lot. For project details visit http://www.a2gov.org/FifthAvenue. 315 Detroit St.

Splash Day tomorrow
Join us July 7 from 2-4 p.m. for fun-filled games and activities for kids both in and out of the water at Buhr Park Pool (included in the price of admission). If you’re interested in volunteering to help lead activities, and with set up and take down, contact GIVE 365 at volunteer@a2gov.org or 734.794.6445. Volunteers will need to be there from 1:30-4:30 p.m. 2751 Packard Road.

Sign up today for swim lessons
Join us for swim lessons at Buhr Park and Veterans Memorial Park Pools during session #2, July 9-19. Sign up at http://www.a2gov.org/parksregister. Group lessons are for children ages 6 months up. Ability requirements must be honored unless prior instructor approval is granted. Register at any city pool during public swim time, by phone or online. Fees: $45 resident/$55 nonresident. Buhr Park Pool, 734.794.6234 and Veterans Memorial Park Pool, 734.794.6235.

GIVE 365 Volunteers Needed
Love a Park Day: Monday, July 9, 3-5 p.m. at Belize Park. 742 Fountain St. Lend a hand, give your time and join us to help beautify and clean up a park that needs a little love and attention. At this playground, we will be hand pulling weeds and spreading wood chips to bring surface levels to proper amounts. Please wear close-toed shoes and get ready to make a difference! Contact us to reserve your spot: volunteer@a2gov.org or 734.794.6445.

Love the River Day: Tuesday, July 10, 1-3 p.m. at Gallup Park Canoe Livery. Want to canoe around the river and enjoy nature while cleaning up trash and taking care of our beautiful Huron River? We have two “Love The River Days” planned to give individual volunteers and pairs of volunteers the chance to come help out. We supply trash pickers, trash bags, and free boat rentals for river volunteers. There is a limit of 20 people per event so reserve your spot quickly (via email, volunteer@a2gov.org).

Summer Games Spectacular: Saturday, July 14, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park. The Ann Arbor District Library is hosting their annual Summer Game Spectacular! This event will feature a high-flying circus, face painting, food trucks, a metal detector-using treasure hunt, and heaps and heaps of lawn games from their collection. Volunteers (ages 14+, please) are needed from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. to set up lawn games and other event materials throughout the park prior to the event. If you are available, please RSVP to volunteer@a2gov.org or 734-794-6445. Bring a water bottle and a sun hat.

Stewards’ Circle
Tuesday, July 10, Bruegger’s Bagels, 709 N. University Ave., 7:30-8:30 a.m. Are you interested in learning more about how to care for our natural areas? Then join the Stewardship Network’s Huron Arbor cluster for an informal discussion on a monthly topic with volunteer and professional land stewards, plus others interested in nature. Free! For more information go to http://www.stewardshipnetwork.org. This month’s topic: Building management plans. Do you have a natural area that you want to manage but don’t know here to start? How do you prioritize stewardship activities? Come learn about building management plans so you can get the most out of your restoration work.

Canoe Liveries are open
Argo and Gallup Canoe Liveries are open for stillwater paddles, kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddleboard and more. For details on river trips visit http://www.a2gov.org/canoe or call 734.794.6240. Argo Canoe Livery and Gallup Canoe Livery are now open every day 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Golf Championships
The 2018 registration forms for our golf championships are now online. View and download the Men’s Championship form for the July 13-15 event at: https://www.a2gov.org/departments/Parks-Recreation/parks-places/leslie-park/Documents/Mens%202018.pdf. You can also register online at http://www.a2gov.org/parksregister.

Rent the Ann Arbor Senior Center
It’s the perfect place to connect; convenient, accessible and available for rent! Located in beautiful Burns Park, the Ann Arbor Senior Center offers a variety of amenities for your family celebrations, club meetings, and public classes. For additional information, or to schedule a tour of the facility (1320 Baldwin Ave.) please call 734.794.6250.

It’s the Ann Arbor Civic Band’s 83rd season
Free concerts are held on Wednesdays at the West Park Band Shell in West Park (7th Street), 8-9 p.m. West Park will provide a golf cart to help shuttle concert goers with mobility needs to the band shell. If you are someone who needs assistance getting to the band shell from the street, you may be dropped off at the park entrance and driven to the band shell. Join us Wednesday, July 11: Children’s Concert.

Personal Action Toward Health (PATH)/Chronic Disease Self-Management
Designed to provide you with techniques and skills needed for the day-to-day management of conditions such as arthritis, heart disease, COPD and stroke. Improve your own self-management and learn new skills such as: techniques to deal with symptoms, nutrition tips, communication skills and decision making skills. Register by calling 800.852.7795. Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. Friday, July 13-Aug. 17, 9-11:30 a.m., free. 1320 Baldwin Ave.

 

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