Weekend update: Another busy time at Ann Arbor parks


TONIGHT – David H. Frankel Art Opening
Friday, Jan. 12, 6-8 p.m. at the Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. “The beauty of nature inspires me to take photographs and make paintings. I especially like the majestic, rugged, mountainous landscapes of the West.” The senior center is excited to host an exciting and fun artist reception and talk by David H. Frankel. The artist’s work will be on display Jan. 8- March 1. Admission is free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of $5. Light refreshments will be served. For more information visit http://www.a2gov.org/CulturalArts

Shop local at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market
Take a break from the daily grind to invest in your local community by shopping at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market. You will be surprised by the variety of offerings at the market during the winter, including greens and root vegetables, apples and cider, naturally raised meats, farm fresh eggs, local artisan products, fresh baked goods and more. Visit us Saturday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Located at 315 Detroit St.

Special events at Mack Pool include Splash Day, Saturday, Jan. 13 from 1:30-3:30 p.m.
An afternoon of special games, activities and prizes both in and out of the pool and don’t miss our dive-in movie the same day at 7:30 p.m. Bring your own inner tube, and float in the pool as you enjoy a family-friendly movie. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for children and seniors. We’ll be showing Wonder Woman. 715 Brooks St.

Winter Wonderland at Veterans Memorial Indoor Ice Arena
Join GIVE 365 as they host a winter wonderland event at Veterans Ice Arena on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 15 from 11:10-1:10 p.m. GIVE 365 volunteers will be hosting games on and off the ice. Plus s’mores and hot chocolate! Regular admission rates apply but all the extra fun is included! 2150 Jackson Ave.

Natural Area Preservation Stewardship Workday – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
Monday, Jan. 15, Barton Nature Area, 1-3 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is an opportunity to make your “day off” a “day on” for community service. Help improve Barton Nature Area and protect biodiversity by removing invasive shrubs. Meet at the Barton Dam parking lot on Huron River Drive. Please dress in layers and wear shoes suitable for snow or wet ground. All participants must complete a release form and all minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided. If you would like to learn more about the MLK Day of Service mission, please visit the organization’s website at http://www.mlkday.gov.

Open skating at Veterans Memorial Indoor Ice Arena
All ages Tuesday: 1:20-2:45 p.m. Thursday: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and Saturday: 1-2:30 p.m. Sunday: 1-2:30 p.m. Don’t forget we offer an adult skate Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 11:10 a.m.-1:10 p.m. 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 Street. http://www.a2gov.org/parksregister.

Community Sing
Sunday, Jan. 14, 7-8:45 p.m. at the Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. 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. $5 drop-in fee. 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

Free fitness for adults age 65 and older at the Ann Arbor Senior Center

  • Tuesday, Jan. 16-March 20, 1-2 p.m. Register now and join Mark Harris in this 10-week free class offered in partnership with Washtenaw Community College (WCC). Learn to improve five components of fitness: strength, conditioning, flexibility, balance and cognitive skills.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 24-March 28, 9-10:30 a.m. Tai Chi is offered in partnership with WCC. Join instructor Karla Groesbeck as she leads you through martial art movements combined with Qi (energy) circulation, breathing and stretching techniques to improve balance and overall health.

Both programs are free and offered at the Ann Arbor Senior Center. Call to pre-register 734.794.6250. 1320 Baldwin Ave.

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.

No-Knead Bread and Soup Workshop
Saturday, Jan. 27, 10 a.m.-noon, Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living, 3941 Research Park Dr. Learn how to bake bread and cook a delicious potato leek soup. The kitchen has a generous space for students to observe the techniques involved in making bread and during the waiting steps, cooking a potato leek soup. The bread making will involve an adaptation of a no-knead, bread-in-the-pot technique described in a November 2006 New York Times article authored by Mark Bittman. The method was developed by Jim Lahey at Sullivan Street bakery.


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