Plenty to do this weekend in Ann Arbor parks

GIVE 365 Volunteer Program
Jr. Volunteer Club Meeting will be Friday, Oct. 6, 4-5 p.m. It is our fall kick-off meeting! Join GIVE 365 to discuss upcoming volunteer opportunities that are great for youth ages 10 and up looking to gain volunteer experiences and have fun giving back! We provide the snacks and refreshments. The location of the meeting is Fuller Park Pool, 1519 Fuller Rd. Call 734.794.6445 or email volunteer@a2gov.org to RSVP!

Seeking Volunteers
Veterans Memorial Skatepark Clean-Up will be Saturday, Oct. 7, noon-1 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 Maple Road parking lot. Let GIVE 365 know if you can make it by emailing volunteer@a2gov.org or calling 734.794.6445.

Shop local Saturday at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market
It’s a great time to visit the Ann Arbor Farmers Market! Fall harvest is abundant, and we even have free parking available on Wednesdays in the market lot (entrance off of 4th). Start off with a cup of RoosRoast Coffee and shop around for Honeycrisp apples, Chinese broccoli, spinach cheese pie, buttercup squash, Hungarian sweet peppers, ground cherries, cider, fresh garlic, Concord grapes, fresh cut dahlias, raspberries, fresh ginger, Never Dull Sharpening and much more! Download our new vendor web app to your phone, or check it out online, at http://www.a2farmersmarket.org for vendor profiles, pictures and information. The market is open 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Wednesdays and Saturdays.

All Things Trains, Both Real and Model
Fabian Beltran, lifelong railroad enthusiast, will share his hobby with historical displays and model diorama construction. There will be opportunities for open discussion, and guests will be welcome to share their experiences with both real and model trains. Join us Wednesday, Oct. 11., noon-1 p.m. Admission is free, donations appreciated. Kempf House Museum, 312 S. Division St. http://www.kempfhousemuseum.org

Love a Park Day
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 10 a.m.-noon. Join GIVE 365 at The Ponds Park, located at 2680 Emerald Ave. A neighborhood park that needs some help spreading woodchips for the playground. We bring the music, refreshments, and tools; you bring the energy and desire to make a difference and together we make a beautiful parknership! Contact volunteer@a2gov.org or 734.794.6445 for more details and to RSVP.

Canoe and Kayak this Weekend
Both Argo and Gallup Canoe Liveries are open. Please note, Argo closes Oct. 8, however, we still offer the 1.5 hour river trip and stillwater paddling out of the Gallup Livery until Oct. 22. http://www.a2gov.org/canoe.

Supporting our Local and Global Communities
Donate your dime from October 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. Please refer to the attached CAN/Whole Foods flyer.

Trick-or-Treat on the Huron River
Trick-or-Treat on the River at Gallup Canoe Livery (3000 Fuller Road), Sunday, Oct. 15, anytime between noon and 5 p.m. Spend the afternoon enjoying the haunting fall beauty of the Huron River and trick-or-treating by canoe or kayak. Cost: $18 per boat. Feel free to dress up, and bring a bag. Keep an eye out for swamp monsters! In the event of inclement weather, please call 734.794.6240 to find out whether the event will be cancelled.

Interested in volunteering at this event? Please email the Ann Arbor GIVE 365 volunteer program volunteer@a2gov.org or call 734.794.6445.  You can also visit to sign up http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a44aeac2ca4f94-trick1

Longest Hardest Day of Golf (for adults) sign up today
Join us at Leslie Park Golf Course Sunday, Oct. 15, 9:30 a.m. Cost: $80/team. Golfers, are you up for a challenge? Tee off from the “tips,” and hit to pins that are placed in the hardest-possible locations — all while greens are sped up, and the weather could change the game! This two-person scramble includes greens fee, golf cart, continental breakfast, lunch and prizes. Preregistration required http://www.a2gov.org/parksregister. For more information, call 734.794.6245.

Natural Area Preservation (NAP)
Stewardship Workday, Sunday, Oct. 8, Huron Parkway Nature Area, 9 a.m.-noon. Join us to enjoy the autumn colors while removing invasive plants, which will allow more native plant species to become established. Meet at the Park Steward’s house (3470 Woodland Road, off East Huron River Drive). 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.

Stewards’ Circle
Tuesday, Oct. 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: Urban Trees: Ecosystem Services and Disservices.

Public Meeting – Controlled Ecological Burn Program
Wednesday, Oct. 11, NAP Office, 3875 East Huron River Drive, 7-8:30 p.m. This meeting provides information and an opportunity for discussion about NAP’s Controlled Ecological Burn Program. This is the perfect opportunity to ask questions, learn more about the ecological benefits of burning, and hear about the specifics of effectively and safely using fire as a restoration tool. Burns are conducted in city parks throughout the spring and fall. All persons are encouraged to participate in public meetings. Accommodations, including sign language interpreters, may be arranged by contacting the City Clerk’s office at 734.794.6140; via email to: cityclerk@a2gov.org; or by written request addressed and mailed or delivered to: City Clerk’s Office, 301 E. Huron St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Requests made with less than two business days notice may not be able to be accommodated.

Veterans Memorial Ice Arena Halloween Skate
Saturday, Oct. 28, 1-2:30 p.m. Skate to the spooky sounds of Halloween. Best costume prizes awarded! All ages welcome, general admission rates apply. 2150 Jackson Ave.

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

Saturday Sessions
Session 3, Nov. 11-Jan. 13 (no classes Dec. 23 and Dec. 30)

Sunday Sessions
Session 4, Nov. 12-Jan. 14 (no classes Dec. 24 and Dec. 31)

Carol Morris Art Opening
Friday, Nov. 10, 6-8 p.m. at the Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. “Creating is my Path. I want to die with a red broken crayon in my hand.” Join us for an artist reception and discussion by Carol Morris. Don’t miss Carol’s show, “Blue Demon Dogs and Jesters” with live music by Ashe Wednesday, a Detroit keyboardist who is presently in the band The Flipsters. The artist’s work will be on display Nov. 3-Dec. 29. Admission is free and open to the public. Suggested donation of $5. Light refreshments. For information visit http://www.a2gov.org/CulturalArts

 

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