MIS detour: Plenty to do this weekend right here in Ann Arbor


Here is a tip to live by: Stay into this weekend and avoid all the traffic – especially down in and around Brooklyn. If you want to travel a few miles west, Dexter is hosting its annual Dexter Daze.

And the good news is there is plenty to do right here in Ann Arbor.

Here a few of the highlights:


Ann Arbor Farmers Market
Enjoy the taste of summer by shopping at the farmers market this week. Seasonal produce includes heirloom tomatoes, peaches and blackberries, basil, corn on the cob and so much more. Some of our new favorites to check out are Fluffy Bottom’s new frozen yogurt machine, Evie’s Tamales, grass fed beef from Baseline Farm, as well as the old standbys like Roos Roast Coffee, Grandma’s Kitchen, Native Plant Nursery, and 120+ other vendors. Visit us Wednesdays and Saturdays 7 a.m.-3 p.m. at 315 Detroit St.

Register today for the Senior Golf Championship
Don’t forget to sign up for the Ann Arbor Senior Championship. Compete against some of the best men and women from around the area in this last championship of the season. This 36-hole event will be at Leslie Park Golf Course (2120 Traver Road) on Aug. 19-20. The event is open to all golfers 50 years and older. Call Leslie Park Golf Course for more details. 734.794.6245 or visit our website to sign up http://www.a2gov.org/parksregister.
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. 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! 1519 Fuller Rd. GIVE 365 has a host of individual and group volunteer opportunities in the parks starting this month and beyond. To learn more visit http://www.a2gov.org/volunteer.

All Girls Skate Sunday, Aug. 13
Join us at the Ann Arbor Skatepark on Sunday, Aug. 13 for the SAC: All Girls Skate! 9-11 a.m., every 2nd and 4th Sunday. Instruction, fun, and friendship for girls and women of all abilities. Equipment is available to borrow for beginners. Adjacent to Veterans Memorial Park, 350 N. Maple.

Concerts in the Park (Burns Park) Cultural Arts Program
Join us for two upcoming concerts played in Burns Park at the park shelter (corner of Wells and Baldwin Ave.). 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: http://www.a2gov.org/ParkConcerts.

  • 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. To watch an interview and see a performance by John visit https://youtu.be/F_byi1flqPE.
  • 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).

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: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/pickling-and-fermenting-tickets-36594171151.

Fall-Winter Registration begins Monday, Aug. 21
It’s nearly that time to register for fall-winter classes and events offered in the Ann Arbor parks and at our facilities. Swim, ice skating and hockey lessons, golf outings and leagues, cultural events, volunteer opportunities and so much more. To view the 64-page parks activity guide visit http://www.a2gov.org/parks. Paper copies of the guide will be available throughout the city starting the week of Aug. 21 when registration opens.

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, info@canannarbor.org or call 734.994.2985. http://www.canwashtenaw.org/golf-event-details


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