Plenty to do this weekend in Ann Arbor outside the Big House


Did you know?
Between 60% and 80% of the annual millage funds support city park maintenance activities. Park maintenance activities include forestry and horticulture, natural area preservation, park operations, park equipment repairs, park volunteer programs and recreation facility maintenance. Between 20% and 40% of the annual millage funds are designated for City park capital improvements in the following areas: active parks; forestry and horticulture; historic preservation; neighborhood parks and urban plazas; pathways, trails, boardwalks, greenways and the Huron River watershed; recreation facilities; and park equipment acquisitions. For more detailed information about the millage visit

Buy a 2019 Season Golf Pass now and get the rest of 2018 for free
Yes, that right, come out to Huron Hills (HH) or Leslie Park (LP) Golf Courses and purchase a 2019 season golf pass for next year and the rest of this year is on us. This could be over a $300 savings depending on how often you play! Season passes start as low as $395. for details.

Stewardship Workday with Natural Area Preservation
Sunday, Oct. 7, Mary Beth Doyle Park, 1-4 p.m. The woodland at Mary Beth Doyle Park contains an exceptional diversity of native trees and shrubs. Help us protect the native plants by cutting invasive shrubs such as honeysuckle and buckthorn. There will be opportunity to collect native seeds in the prairie as well. Meet at the parking lot off Packard Road, across from Easy Street. Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. All participants must complete a release form, and all minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided.

Shop local tomorrow at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market
Now is the time of year to find the greatest diversity of produce at the market — you name it, we’ve likely got it! Start with a hot cup of RoosRoast Coffee, grab a fresh baked croissant and shop for your favorite fall goodies. You’ll find truckloads of farm fresh produce, orchard fruit, local meats and eggs, unique handcrafted artisan goods and plenty of ready-to-eat treats. There is FREE parking in the Ann/Ashley parking structure during market hours and wagons or carts to help you with your loads. Come and support your local farmers and take a stroll through Kerrytown — we’re open 7 a.m.-3 p.m. both Wednesdays and Saturdays. 315 Detroit St.

Fall livery hours
The Gallup Canoe Livery is open every day 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., weather dependent, until Sunday Oct. 21. The Gallup Livery offers boat rentals for the 3.7 mile Argo to Gallup river trip on the hour, every hour, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and for the 2 mile stillwater paddling anytime between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. The Argo Canoe Livery closes for the season on Sunday, Oct. 7.

Kempf House Museum Events
Admission is free to both sets of events, donations are appreciated. 312 S. Division St.

The Kempf House is hosting open houses with guided tours every Sunday through Nov. 11. Visit the charming 1853 Greek Revival home of German-American musicians Reuben and Pauline Kempf. See Victorian period furnishings, including an 1877 Steinway piano (the first concert grand in Ann Arbor). The open houses run every Sunday through Nov. 11, 1-4 p.m.

The History of Cobblestone Farm
As recently shown by his inclusion in a recent “Hidden in Plain Sight” feature on WEMU radio
discovered), George Taylor has a wealth of knowledge about Cobblestone Farm. He will also tell us about some of the early settlers from that area and the “Burns Park Pioneer Planks Committee.” Wednesday, Oct. 10, noon-1 p.m. Seating may be limited for late arrivals.

No Knead Bread
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. The class is being offered by Marcella Trautmann and Calin Sferdean, Project Grow board members and passionate gardeners. The fee for the class is $20, which includes all materials and bread/soup lunch cooked by students. Enrollment is limited at 15. To register visit

Trick or Treat on the River
Sunday, Oct. 14, between noon and 5 p.m. at the Gallup Canoe Livery, fee: $20/boat, no preregistration required, all ages welcome (children must be one year or older). Spend the afternoon enjoying the haunting fall beauty of the Huron River and trick or treating by canoe or kayak. As you paddle up and down Gallup Pond, you will encounter creatures handing out treats and candy. Feel free to join in and dress up. Bring a bag for your candy, and keep an eye out for swamp monsters and pirates! Rain date Oct. 21, check website for updates

Volunteers Needed with GIVE 365
Trick or Treat Paddle. Sunday, Oct. 14. We are looking for volunteers who love to dress up for Halloween, love to canoe or be by the water. If that is you, come help hand out candy during our Trick-or-Treat Paddle around the Huron River! We will supply the costumes for the fun and spooky volunteer experience. Volunteers will meet at Gallup Canoe Livery and will be assigned to different trick or treat stations along the river. There will be two shifts for volunteers: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 2-5:30 p.m. In case of excessive rain, back up is Sunday, Oct. 21. To sign up for a time slot, fill out this form!

Life Line Screening
Sign up for an appointment at the Ann Arbor Senior Center (1320 Baldwin Ave.) on Friday, Nov. 2. To be more proactive about your health and to live longer for yourself, your family and your community, please register for these potentially life-saving tests today. Three ways to register: Call 866.229.0469. Online: Text: the word circle to 797979

Swim lessons at Mack Indoor Pool
Have you signed up for group swim lessons at Mack Indoor Pool? We offer lessons for children ages 6 months and up. Registration will be accepted at any of the city pools during public swim time, by phone or online at Unless noted, swim lessons are 30 minutes. The fee is $45, resident; $55, nonresident. Call for session dates/times 734.794.6237 or visit 715 Brooks St. inside Ann Arbor Open School.

Understanding Hospice
Planning ahead and understanding the human experience of Hospice is a choice and a benefit for you and your loved ones. Sometimes the uncomfortable discussions we have today, make end of life decisions easier to manage during difficult times. This workshop explores various facts and clarifies benefits of hospice care and early decision making. Register today for this informative workshop. Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2:30-3:30 p.m., free at the Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave.

Play 9 or 18 this weekend
Sign up using our NEW A2golf tee time reservation system and receive special 2018 pricing. We have open spots at both courses for groups who want to start a new or move a current league. Email Doug for details Remember twilight starts at 3 p.m. at both courses.

Leslie Park Golf Course Tee Times

Huron Hills Golf Course Tee Times

Public Meeting – Controlled Ecological Burn Program
Monday, Oct. 8, Natural Area Preservation Office, 3875 East Huron River Drive, 7-8:30 p.m. Fire is used as a restoration tool in many of Ann Arbor’s natural areas. 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:; 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.

Stewards’ Circle
Tuesday, Oct. 9, 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 This month’s topic: Partnering with UM SEAS. Learn how the UM School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) engages with local stewards, practitioners, and educators involved in conservation and restoration. SEAS has many partnerships from student research on the avian use of Ann Arbor rain gardens, to an educational tool on Phragmites control in the Detroit International Wildlife Refuge to public stewardship opportunities in university-owned properties. How can SEAS partner with you?



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