Several activities taking place this weekend and on Monday in Ann Arbor parks

The Ann Arbor Farmers Market, 315 Detroit St., is open all winter on Saturdays, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. for those who still want to shop local and fresh year round. Grab a hot cup of fresh coffee or cider and shop for greens salad mixes, apples, root vegetables, garlic, Polish and Mediterranean food, candles, jewelry, chicken, baked goods and so much more. Please take advantage of free parking in the market lot.

Veterans Memorial Park Indoor Ice Arena, 2150 Jackson Ave., will host a Martin Luther King Jr. Day skate and tribute event​, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. to mark the 25th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the life and legacy of the civil rights leader. GIVE 365 volunteers are hosting the MLK Jr. Day skate and community celebration which will feature games on the ice, hot chocolate and s’mores. Refreshments and activities are included with regular skating admission rates: adult resident, $5, nonresident, $6; youth/senior resident, $4, nonresident, $5. Skate rental rate: $3.

Mack Indoor Pool has open swimming and lap swimming available, located at 715 Brooks St. inside Ann Arbor Open School.

  • Noon–4 p.m. (five lanes available).
  • 4–6:30 p.m. (one lane available).
  • 8–9 p.m. (five lanes available).

Buhr Park Outdoor Ice Arena, 2751 Packard Road, has public skating in its open-air rink, noon-2 p.m.; women’s only drop-in hockey, 7:45-8:45 p.m.; and all ages drop-in, 9-10 p.m. Skate rentals are available in the (heated) lobby.

Natural Area Preservation is offering a stewardship workday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Barton Nature Area, 1-3 p.m. Help improve the wetlands in this park and create a habitat for turtles. Meet at the Barton Dam parking lot off 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.

Also note these coming attractions

Public Meeting for Huron Hills Golf Course Stormwater and Eco Design Project Set for Thursday, Jan. 23
The City of Ann Arbor and the Washtenaw County Water Resources Commission are partnering on a streambank stabilization project for Huron Hills Golf Course. The project will focus on a tributary to the Huron River to address stormwater management and ecological design on the golf course.

County and city staff will hold a public meeting to explain the project, present preliminary designs for discussion, answer questions and receive feedback. Meeting details:
• Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020
• 7–8:30 p.m.
• At the Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave.

The streambank is exhibiting bank erosion with high volumes of sediment being removed and deposited downstream. The creek (approximately 2,000 feet in total length along the channel) will be regraded, stabilized and naturalized. This proposed project will alleviate golf course flooding, address bank erosion as well as produce a reduction of the phosphorus load in the Huron River. In addition, there are opportunities to recreate the natural flow path of water, potentially creating wetlands and habitat on the golf course. Constructed wetlands are one of the best methods for removing pollutants, mitigation of peak flow rates, can reduce runoff volumes all while also creating other considerable aesthetic and wildlife benefits.

Public input is important to the city. For more information or to provide feedback, contact City of Ann Arbor Water Quality Manager Jennifer Lawson at 734.794.6000, ext. 43735 or jlawson@a2gov.org.

Register today for Learn-to-Skate, Beginner Hockey Lessons
Veterans Memorial Park Indoor Ice Arena, 2150 Jackson Ave., hosts learn-to-skate and beginner hockey lessons for all ages and skill levels. Visit the website to sign up for session 3: Jan. 2-March 15 ($72, resident; $90, nonresident) and session 4: March 16-April 25 ($55, resident; $67, nonresident) or call 734.794.5235.

New Theater on Ice class
Also taking place at Veterans Memorial Park Indoor Ice Arena, don’t miss the new Theater on Ice class that encompasses all aspects of figure skating including skating to music and ultimately performing a themed routine. Skaters need to have passed Basic Level 3 to qualify. Sign up online for session 3 and 4: 6-6:45 p.m. every Friday, Jan. 24-March 13 and March 20-April 24. $72, resident; $90, nonresident.

Parks and Crafts event
Register today for the next Parks and Crafts event, Saturday, Jan. 25, 1-3 p.m. The Ecology Center staff will have the supplies to make an art project at Mack Indoor Pool, 715 Brooks St. Please preregister by emailing: education@ecocenter.org by Tuesday, Jan. 21 to receive free family admittance to open swim, 2-5 p.m.