This weekend has plenty of fun offerings in A2 parks


Outdoor neighborhood rinks closed
Due to an increase in temperatures this weekend, all three neighborhood ice rinks will be closed. Please remember to stay off the surface until the temps drop and we remove the closed signs. This will help maintain the structure and surface quality. Thank you for understanding.

Shop local at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market
It’s cold outside but we still have greens at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market! And lots more delicious food like White Lotus Farm’s bread, Srodek’s pierogies, lamb, beef, chicken, cider, Mindo Chocolate Makers chocolate, pies, cookies, etc. Plus, free parking in the market lot all winter! Visit us Saturday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Located at 315 Detroit St.

Natural Area Preservation Events

  • Sunday, Jan, 21, Bird Hills Nature Area, 1-3 p.m. Love trees but mystified about how to recognize them without leaves? Join us for a winter walk through the woods to learn key characters for recognizing at least a dozen common Michigan species by twigs, bark, and habitat. You’ll also leave with skills for using plant keys. Please dress for spending the entire time outdoors including warm hiking boots suitable for potentially slippery trails. Meet us in the Barton Dam parking lot on Huron River Drive.
  • Citizen Pruner Training, Sunday, Jan. 27, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Looking for a new and unique way to volunteer in the community? Consider becoming a Citizen Pruner! Citizen Pruners volunteer at winter workdays to care for newly planted city trees. We’ll teach you everything you need to know. Training includes both indoor and outdoor time so come prepared to be comfortable in both settings. Please register by Jan.22, by emailing tstephens@a2gov.orgor calling 734.794.6627. Pre-registration is required to attend this training, as space is limited.

Open skating hours
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.

Buhr Park Outdoor Ice Arena:
Sunday, 3:15-5:30 p.m., Tuesday, 7:45-8:45 p.m. (half price and broomball), Wednesday, 4:45-5:45 p.m. (half price and broomball) and 7:15-8:45 p.m., Thursday and Friday, 7:15-8:45 p.m. and Saturday, 2:30-4:30 p.m. and 7:15-8:45 p.m.

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.

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. 1320 Baldwin Ave.

Bridge for Beginners Part II
Tuesday, Jan. 23-April 17, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Fee: center member, $130; nonmember, $156. This class will cover the last part of chapter 6 along with chapters 7-9 of the text “Bidding in the 21st Century,” by Audrey Grant. The format will include 90 minutes of instruction followed by 30 minutes of play practice. Prerequisite: Bridge for Beginners course or equivalent class or instructor approval. Class is instructed by Ray Gentz. Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave.

Tai Chi
Wednesday, Jan. 24-March 28, 9-10:30 a.m. 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 to sign up.

GIVE365 Volunteer & Outreach Program
We’re always looking for volunteers! Year-round opportunities. Check our web page at or call 734.794.6445. We offer individual and group experiences in the Ann Arbor parks.

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.

Spring/Summer registration
Registration for all City of Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Summer programming begins Monday, Feb. 5. Programs include the popular day camps at Argo, Gallup, Fuller and Buhr Parks. Register early as spots are limited. Stay tuned for details.


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