Concerts in the Park among this weekend’s highlights


Shop local tomorrow
Once again the Ann Arbor Farmers Market is teaming up with Food Gatherers – the food bank in Washtenaw County to fight hunger where we live – on Saturday, Aug. 5. Visit the Food Gatherers booth to learn more about food security in our community and donate fresh food for the emergency pantries and meal programs they support! Summer is here and with it an abundance of Summer produce. We have corn, heirloom and cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, along with our usual baked goods, cheese, coffee and tea, meat, and more. The Ann Arbor Farmers Market is open Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7 a.m.-3p.m.

Splash days … are fun family days
Join GIVE 365 this summer from 2-4 p.m. for fun and games in and out of the pool! Saturday, Aug. 5, 2-4 p.m., Buhr Park and Saturday, Aug. 12, Fuller Park. Join us and see what it’s all about! Pool admission rates apply, but the added fun is free! Prizes too – great for all ages!

Natural Area Preservation Stewardship Workdays

  • Saturday, Aug. 5, Olson Park, 9 a.m.-noon. This park has come a long way from its past as a gravel quarry. Now bicyclists, dog owners, soccer players and hikers all use it. Volunteers are needed to hand-pull invasive weeds where they are invading open meadows. Meet in the parking lot off of Dhu Varren Road, just east of Pontiac Trail. 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.
  • Saturday, Aug. 5, Black Pond Woods Nature Area, 1-4 p.m. Come on out to experience a woods filled with oak, hickory, maple and dogwood. Volunteers will work on removing summer invasive plant species, like Japanese hedge parsley, which have a negative impact on wildlife habitat. This is a great park to bring families out to enjoy a day outdoors. Meet us on Tibbits Ct., off Pontiac Trail. 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.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 8, Stewards’ Circle – Prairie Restoration at Bruegger’s Bagels, 709 N University Ave., 7:30 to 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 This month’s topic: Prairie Restoration. Taking on restoration of a prairie is not an easy task. Join us to learn about management techniques and which plants to target.

Concerts in the Park (Burns Park) Cultural Arts Program
Join us for three upcoming concerts played in Burns Park at the park shelter (corner of Wells and Granger). You’re welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets. If it rains come inside of the Ann Arbor Senior Center! We will also be holding our annual food drive and would love your support. Our food drive is in partnership with Community Action Network (CAN) and Food Gatherers for Families in Ann Arbor. Drop off nonperishable food at each summer Sunday concert in Burns Park or to the Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave, Monday through Thursday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. until Aug. 20. For more information on the concerts or the food drive visit:

  • Sunday, Aug. 6, 3–4:30 p.m. Playin’ Chicken Band. Myron Grant, Bill Connors, and Mike Knight to perform the sounds of folk, bluegrass, and swing with instruments including the guitar, banjo, mandolin, and many more.
  • Sunday, Aug. 13, 3–4:30 p.m. John E Lawrence and the Power Band plays Motown Jazz. In the mood for Motown? John E. Lawrence leads the Power Band Motown Jazz concert and as one of Michigan’s most respected guitarist. They will be performing music by some of their favorite Motown artists including The Temptations, Four Tops, Smokey and the Miracles and many more. Don’t miss this wonderful performance perfect for people of all ages. The best part about Jazz music is that it has an intergenerational quality making it perfect for all.
  • Sunday, Aug. 20, 3–4:30 p.m.Cadillac Cowboys. The Cadillac Cowboys will be playing a mix of Western Swing, Classic Country, Boogie Woogie, and Rock n’ Roll. Their style of music has even been referred to as “Swing and Roll”. These Cowboys have been playing music for over 40 years and tour around Michigan entertaining all. You’re sure to be in for a treat listening to Michael Smith and his Cadillac Cowboys (Pete, Gary, Hugh, Kelly, and Alan).

GIVE 365 is looking for volunteers

  • Sunday, Aug. 6, 1-3p.m. at Bandemer Disc Golf Course. Come help clean litter with the “Bandemer Glow Bandits” disc golf league. Afterwards, join them for a round on the clean course and learn a new sport! Bring your own discs or they will have some to loan out. Meet at picnic table on Hole #1.
  • Love A Park Day: Wednesday, Aug. 9, 10 a.m.-noon Rose Park located at 2760 Packard St needs playground maintenance. The weeds will be pulled and cleared from this area and we need your help! Contact us to sign up, 734.794.6445 or We bring the music, refreshments, and tools; you bring the energy and desire to make a difference and together we make a beautiful parknership!
  • Splash Day, Saturday, Aug. 12, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Join GIVE 365 at Fuller Pool for a fun-filled volunteer opportunity leading games and activities for kids both in and out of the water. Fuller is located at 1519 Fuller Rd. Set-up and take-down times are included, and not all volunteers will need to know how to swim. We are looking for people who are comfortable interacting with children and the public. Bring a bathing suit for water activities (one-piece suits preferred). Contact us to sign up, 734.794.6445 or

Sign up for a fermentation class
Join us Saturday, Aug. 12, 10 a.m.-noon. Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living, 3941 Research Park Drive. Fermentation is a great way to preserve the harvest. Fermentation is popular because it is an energy efficient way to preserve food; produces fermented foods that have health benefits such as: improvement of digestive function; may help diabetics; offers an array of possibilities; tastes better than commercially produced. This class will be taught by Project Grow Board member and gardener Calin Sferdean. Calin is a Romanian born scientist who loves gardening, cooking, baking and preserving foods. His nonprofessional interests include sustainable living and natural resources conservation. He successfully completed last year the master composting program offered by Project Grow. Calin will share his family recipe that traveled with his family from unknown regions of Russia to Transylvania. The preparation involves combining simple ingredients such as: cucumbers, horseradish, garlic, hot peppers, thyme, carrots, parsley root, tarragon, thyme, salt and water to create crispy fresh tasting fermented cucumbers. This is a demonstration class. Fee: $5. Walk-ins are welcome. To register:

Community Action Network Golf Outing: Aug. 26 at Leslie Golf Course
Register today for this four-person scramble that includes continental breakfast, goodie bag and voucher for lunch per golfer, option to purchase additional food/drink throughout the day and the chance to win many great prizes! Questions? Contact Community Action Network, or call 734.994.2985.



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