October falls into busy category for Ann Arbor parks


NEW Fall Canoe Livery Hours

  • Argo Canoe Livery, Sept. 5-Oct. 8: Weekends, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Weekdays go to Gallup Livery for boat rentals.
  • 9-Oct. 22: Argo closed for the season. Go to Gallup Livery for all boat rentals
  • Gallup Canoe Livery Schedule, Sept. 5 -Oct. 22: Every day, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • The Argo to Gallup river trip is available every day 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and stillwater boat rentals are available every day 10 a.m.-5 p.m. with all boats due back by 7 p.m. http://www.a2gov.org/canoefor locations, pricing, directions, etc.

What’s Fresh at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market?
Shop local tomorrow from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. for bagels, roasted red pepper chevre and pesto croissants, heirloom tomatoes, winter squash, beets, cabbage, sweet corn, peaches, jewelry, wooden furniture, grass fed beef, a huge variety of apples and plenty more! Join us Wednesday, Sept. 13 for a live theater performance “10 Blocks on the Camino Royal – National Theater of Ghana” offered through the University of Michigan Center for World Performance Studies. Performance will begin at noon and is meant to be performed in a market setting. 315 Detroit St. See the facebook event for more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/479810495710953/

Seeking Volunteers: Skate Park Clean-Up
Drop-in to help GIVE 365 on Saturday, Sept. 9 from noon-1:30 p.m. Lend a hand and help keep our wonderful Skatepark at Veteran’s Memorial Park clean and trash-free for all of its patrons! Meet at the Jackson road parking lot and we provide the trash picker and bag. If you can’t make this one, we are almost always here on the first Saturday’s of the month. Email us for more info or RVSP volunteer@a2gov.org.

Community Sing
Sunday, Sept. 10, 7-8;45 p.m. at the Ann Arbor Senior Center. Come out to meet song leader David Carlson. All are welcome at this intergenerational event which meets every 2nd Sunday of the month. Join us in a campfire sing-a-long circle as members of the community play instruments and sing from the “Rise Up Singing Song Book” and the “Rise Again Song Book.. Sing songs that are special to you with the whole community at this fun event. Fee: $5 drop in. Visit the Rise up Singing Website and listen to some of the songs at http://www.riseupandsing.org. For more information visit http://www.a2gov.org/CulturalArts

2017 Monarch Butterfly Mitigation Festival
Sunday, Sept. 10 from 1-3 p.m. at Leslie Science and Nature Center (LSNC). Join international conservation efforts and celebrate the incredible Monarch butterfly at the 2017 Monarch Migration Festival! Register ahead of time to release a tagged butterfly in LSNC’s pollinator garden and sponsor the migration of additional butterflies to maximize the impact of this exciting project.

Bird Walk with Natural Area Preservation
Saturday, Sept. 9, Mary Beth Doyle Park, 5-6:30 p.m. Join NAP’s Ornithologist, Juliet Berger, on a walk around this diverse park, which includes a storm water retention pond often frequented by migrating shorebirds. If there is mud around the pond, we may see Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper and other more exotic species. There may be migrating waterfowl on the pond as well. We’ll also search for fall migrating songbirds in the woods. Bring binoculars if you have them, and be prepared for walking in potentially muddy areas. Meet us in the parking lot at the end of Birch Hollow Drive.

Stewardship Workday – Day of Service and Remembrance
Sunday, Sept. 10, Mary Beth Doyle Park, 1 -4 p.m. Unite in service and help us improve wildlife habitat during this national event that honors the lives and service of those impacted by the 9/11 attacks. The 81 acres of Mary Beth Doyle Park include a nature area, disc golf course, playground and a stormwater retention pond that are enjoyed by many in our community. Meet us at the parking lot off Packard Road, across from Easy 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.

Veterans Memorial Indoor Ice Arena Opens
Join us Monday, Sept. 11 as we open for the 2017-18 season. The complex includes a regulation-size rink of 85 feet by 200 feet with spectator seating for 800. A concession stand and vending are available in the main lobby, along with coin-operated lockers and storage units. A standard line of hockey and skating accessories are available in the pro shop, and we have four hockey locker rooms. To register for learn-to-skate and hockey lessons, special events and more visit http://www.a2gov.org/parksregister. 2150 Jackson Ave. http://www.a2gov.org/vets

Love a Park Day: Wednesday, Sept. 13, 10 a.m.-noon
Clinton Park, located at 3300 Stone School Road. This playground needs some TLC and a lot of muscle to help us spread fresh woodchips on the playground. With 159 parks in the park system, there are lots of ways our volunteers help to support park maintenance and beautification efforts. As with all of our Love a Park Days, we bring the music, refreshments, and tools; you bring the energy and desire to make a difference and together we make a beautiful parknership. Join us!

Let’s go to the Movies at the Ann Arbor Senior Center
Every Wednesday from noon-3 p.m. at the Senior Center! From our favorite classics to new releases, the movie matinee is fun for all. 1320 Baldwin Ave.

  • Sept. 13 HickokPG-13. Known as the “fastest draw in the West”, gunslinger Wild Bill Hickok agrees to become the Marshall of Abilene, Kansas. Determined to bring the lawlessness back to this city, Hickok must put his reputation to the test and deliver his own type of justice. A movie is not complete without a snack! Bring a little something to share with your friends at the Ann Arbor Senior Center. Free event for seniors. For more information on upcoming movies in October and dates visit http://www.a2gov.org/senior.

Universal access playground grand opening
City of Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Services, together with the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor, are inviting the community to the grand opening of the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor Centennial Playground on Sunday, Sept. 17, 3–6 p.m. at Gallup Park, 3000 Fuller Road. The Universal Access Playground (UAP) offers children with disabilities opportunities to gain self-confidence and greater independence. Children of all ages and abilities will be able to develop and play together. Grand opening festivities begin at 3 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the playground site and guest speakers. Other activities will include live music, animals from Leslie Science & Nature Center, Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum educational activities, a fishing area for kids and more! Attendees are welcome to take the AAATA #22 bus to Pierpont Commons. From there, a free, accessible shuttle will take guests to Gallup Park for the UAP grand opening. Complimentary shuttle service will be picking up and dropping off guests from 2–7 p.m. There are several locations an accessible shuttle will be available (see map on http://www.a2gov.org/UAP). Guests can bring a picnic dinner and a blanket/chairs, or purchase refreshments from one of several food truck vendors.

Register today: Fall Scramble Sept. 17 at Leslie Park Golf Course
Cost is $165 per team for the three-person Big $ Skins Game. Groups will go off in groups of six to compete for what is hopefully a $1,000 skins pot. Call LPGC 734.794.6245 for information or sign up at http://www.a2gov.org/parksregister.

Don’t miss out on our football twilight special all weekend long! Twilight rates at Huron Hills and Leslie Park begin at 2 p.m. http://www.a2golf.org

Bridge for Beginners Class
Tuesdays, Sept. 19-Dec. 12, 1-3 p.m. at the Ann Arbor Senior Center. Did you know that playing Bridge can improve your memory, boost your immune system, and keep your brain healthy? This course focuses on basic aspects of bridge and features lessons on bidding, scoring, defense, and much more by using the book “Bidding in the 21st Century,” by Audrey Grant. This class focuses on the first five to six chapters of this great text. Each class consists of 90 minutes of presentation including a brief break. The last 30 minutes will be for students to play pre-dealt hands that deal with the material from the lecture. This class is open to all ages. Come and learn this fun and challenging game. Class is instructed by Ray Gentz. Fee: $130 member; $156 nonmember. Call 734.794.6250 for details. 1320 Baldwin Ave.

Fall registration underway
You can now register for our fall/winter classes in the Ann Arbor parks. This includes ice skating and hockey lessons, golf outings, cultural arts activities, river programs at the canoe liveries, swim lessons and more. To view the 64-page guide visit http://www.a2gov.org/parks. You can register online at http://www.a2gov.org/parksregister or stop in any parks facility.The printed guide is available at various locations throughout the city (parks facilities, Larcom City Hall, district libraries).

Swimming this weekend
For the first time, Fuller Park Pool will remain open through Sunday, Sept. 17. Mack Indoor Pool is also open. Learn more about swimming in the city at http://www.a2gov.org/pools.


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