Enjoy a weekend indoors and out in the Ann Arbor parks


Buhr Funky Frosty Friday
The first Friday of each month during general skate from 7:15-8:45 p.m., skate to themed music/dress up. Wear the best costume! Join us Friday, Dec. 1 for Punk Music Night. Leave the squares at home and come skate like a rebel. 2751 Packard Road. General admission rates apply.

Ann Arbor Farmers Market
Do all of your holiday shopping at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market. It’s festive here with Christmas lights and unique artisan gifts, wreaths, decorations and evergreens for the winter season.  We’re here 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. You’ll also find delicious food products like hot coffee, Hubbard squash, kale flowers, romanesco, homemade pasta, apples and cider, fresh baked bread, knife & tool sharpening, potatoes, vegan grape leaves and more. Market canvas bags are half off, so stop in the office to purchase one! 315 Detroit St.

Natural Area Preservation Stewardship Workdays
Saturday, Dec. 2, The Ponds Park, 1-4 p.m. The Ponds is a small neighborhood park that was recently upgraded with a trail through the natural area. Help us extend the trail so this area can be enjoyed by more neighbors. Meet at the park entrance at the corner of Emerald Ave and Candlewick Drive. Please dress in layers and wear shoes suitable for wet ground. Every participant must complete a release form, and all minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided.

Sunday, Dec. 3, Barton Nature Area, 1-4 p.m.
Because of the many ecosystems found at Barton Nature Area, this park has a high diversity of native plants. However, encroaching invasive species can threaten native plants and animals. Learn to identify and remove honeysuckle and buckthorn while also collecting native seeds in the prairie. Meet at the Barton Dam parking lot on Huron River Drive. Please dress in layers and wear shoes suitable for wet ground. Every participant must complete a release form, and all minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided.

Kempf House Museum Holiday Event
Join us for a German Christmas Open House with guided tours on Saturday, Dec. 2 and Sunday, Dec. 3.  The 19th century Greek Revival Kempf House will be decorated to reflect a German-American musical family’s celebration of Christmas in the late 1800’s with a tree and holiday cookies. Admission free, donations appreciated. 312 S. Division St., 734.994.4898. http://www.kempfhousemuseum.org.

Community Cultural Arts Programs held at the Ann Arbor Senior Center (1320 Baldwin Ave.)
• Holiday Sing & Caroling Party, Sunday, Dec. 3, 7-9:30 p.m.
Our December special event will include sharing songs from around the globe that celebrate the holidays. Celebrate our friendship through song and good cheer and enjoy a spot of hot cider, holiday cookies and treats. Gather at the center for a short sing followed by caroling around the senior center neighborhood. Fee: $7 drop-in.

• Canned Food Drive, now through–Jan. 7
Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation would like to help the Emergency Food Pantry at Bryant Community Center in collecting non-perishable food items for those in our community that need a little extra help this year. Suggested items: canned fruit in juice, canned vegetables, low sodium soup, dry beans, canned tuna, brown rice, unsalted nuts, honey, whole grain pasta, olive/canola oil, dried fruit, and popcorn. Donation boxes are located in the Ann Arbor Senior Center lobby. The center is open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

  • Toys for Tots, now through-Dec. 18
    This year, the Ann Arbor Senior Center is enlisting your help together with the United States Marine Corps to collect and distribute new, unwrapped toys to needy children in our community. A donation box has been set up in the lobby of the senior center. Donations can be dropped off Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Sign up for Session 3 Learn-to-Skate and Beginner Hockey
Veterans Memorial Indoor Ice Arena offers learn-to-skate and beginner hockey for all skill levels. The next session is Jan. 22-March 17 (8 classes). $72 resident/$90 nonresident. Visit http://www.a2gov.org/parksregister to sign up.


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