This Weekend: Plenty of events, activities in Ann Arbor parks 


The Ann Arbor parks have several activities planned on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 18
* Join Natural Area Preservation (NAP) for a stewardship workday 1–3 p.m. A wet meadow lies on the border of Leslie Park and Black Pond Woods, but it is threatened by invasive shrubs. Clearing shrubs from this wetland will benefit both frogs and butterflies. Meet at the parking lot at the end of Leslie Park Circle, off Dhu Varren Road. 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.

* Swim indoors! Nothing puts you in the frame of mind for summer than swimming. Mack Indoor Pool is offering general swimming noon–9:30 p.m. Mack is located at 715 Brooks St. inside Ann Arbor Open School. Ask staff while you’re there about private swim lessons or the mermaid and merman classes.​

* Grab your skates! Public ice skating will be available at Buhr Park Outdoor Ice Arena (2751 Packard Road) noon–2 p.m. Bring your skates or rent from Buhr in the heated lobby. Or skate at Veterans Memorial Indoor Ice Arena (2150 Jackson Ave.) 11:10 a.m.–1:10 p.m. Sign up for the last session of Learn-to-skate and beginner hockey offered at Veterans while you’re there.

Day Camps/Summer Registration is Underway
So many great classes and activities are offered in the Ann Arbor parks system. Golf lessons and tournaments, mermaid and merman classes, learn-to-swim lessons, canoe/kayak and stand-up paddle board sessions and more. You’ll find all of these listed in the new 72-page parks guide available online or in person at any parks facility. We also are taking registrations for our summer day camps at Argo and Gallup Canoe Liveries, Buhr and Fuller Park pools and Huron Hills Golf Course ( The new parks activity guide is online at

We’re here year-round at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market
Come visit the Ann Arbor Farmers Market on Saturday mornings. Our loyal vendors are here with loads of market goodies – fresh micro greens, farm fresh produce, apples, cider, polish food, croissants, fresh baked bread, soy candles, locally-raised meats, eggs and more. Grab a hot RoosRoast coffee or hot Nemeth Orchard deluxe hot cider to warm up your day. You’ll find free parking in the market lot, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Natural Area Preservation Stewardship Workdays
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.
* Sunday, Feb. 17, Foxfire West Park, 1-3 p.m. Meet us at the park entrance on Birchwood Drive, between Hickory Point Drive and Timbercrest Court.

* Public Meeting: Controlled Burn Program, Tuesday, Feb. 19, Northside Community Center, 815 Taylor St., 7-8:30 p.m. Fire is used as a restoration tool in many of Ann Arbor’s natural areas. This meeting will be a discussion about our Controlled Ecological Burn Program. Ask questions and learn more about the benefits of effectively and safely using fire as a restoration tool. 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.

* Volunteer Burn Crew Training
Wednesday, Feb. 20, DTE Energy Nature House, Leslie Science and Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd., noon-5 p.m. Become a part of NAP’s Volunteer Burn Crew! This is the required training session for anyone interested in assisting with NAP’s controlled burns. Burns typically take place Monday through Friday between noon and 7 p.m. Registration is required by Feb. 18, as enrollment is limited. Call 734.794.6627 or email to register or for more information. Some portion of training may be outdoors.

NEW Drop-in Hockey Opportunity
Starting Feb. 25 Buhr Park Outdoor Ice Arena will begin offering all-ages drop-in hockey from 9-10 p.m. every Monday night. We hope to see you and a friend there! 2751 Packard Road.

Take private learn-to-swim lessons
Did you know Mack Indoor Pool offers private swim lessons (one participant only) for swimmers ages 3 to adult? We have fantastic instructors at great prices. Each private lesson is 30-minutes long and customized to meet the needs of the swimming participant. Half hour; $15 resident/$18 nonresident. Register for five lessons, get one free or register for 10 lessons, get three free. (All lessons must be registered for at the same time and must be paid in full to be eligible for the free lessons.)

Private Lesson Schedule
• Saturdays, Now-May 12 | 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (no lessons on April 20).
• Sundays, Now-May 13 | 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (no lessons on April 21).
• Monday-Thursday, Now-May 17 | 4-8 p.m.

Register for Learn-to-Skate/Beginner Hockey at Veterans Memorial Ice Arena
Sign up now for Session #4, March 18-April 27 (6 classes). $55 resident/$67 nonresident. Call 734.794.6235, visit or stop by 2150 Jackson Ave.

Rental Opportunities
The Ann Arbor Senior Center is a great venue option for meetings, service club organizations, showers, graduations, birthdays, anniversaries, concert and jam groups, cultural arts clubs, retirements, fundraisers and more. To inquire about rental opportunities call 734.794.6250 or visit 1320 Baldwin Ave.


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