Parks & Rec: Plenty of things to do this weekend in Ann Arbor parks

Find out what volunteer opportunities are left before years end
GIVE 365 needs a helping hand! Go online for details!

Last minute holiday shopping: Visit the Ann Arbor Farmers Market
The Ann Arbor Farmers Market is open for onsite sales Saturdays and Wednesdays, 7 a.m.-3 p.m., at 315 Detroit St. December 22 is the last Wednesday market until May! You will find wreaths, centerpieces, holiday décor, gifts, apples, apple cider, winter squash, root vegetables, cabbage, herbs, bread, poultry, eggs, meat, cheese, baked goods, prepared food, beverages, artisan products and more! We accept cash, and tokens for credit cards and SNAP/EBT/P-EBT are available at our market office window. Preordering from select vendors continues with curbside or walk-in pickup, 8 a.m.-noon. For preorders, contact the vendor directly from our directory. Please follow all safety guidelines posted and communicated by market staff. Service Animals Welcome. More information at our website

Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation customer service center schedule
With the upcoming holiday the parks customer service center located at Cobblestone Farm with have a modified schedule:

* Monday, Dec. 20-Wednesday, Dec. 22 the office will be open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (closed Thursday and Friday).
* Monday, Dec. 27-Wednesday, Dec. 29 the office will be open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (closed Thursday and Friday).

Regular hours will resume Monday, Jan. 3, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Learn about Natural Area Preservation (NAP) in the Ann Arbor parks
There are many ways you can volunteer year round in parks and natural areas with NAP! If you’re looking for a chance to volunteer as an individual or with a couple of friends, you might be interested in our public workdays which we host nearly every weekend, check our our workday calendar​ for more details. To learn more about the program watch this new video.

Tis the season for giving
Please consider donating now through Dec. 30, a non-perishable food, soap or paper product to those experiencing food insecurity. Examples of items include unopened canned goods, dry mixes, packaged pasta, baking supplies, juice boxes, paper towel, toilet paper, dish and laundry soap and more. Donations will be given to Community Action Network’s Emergency Food Pantry Program. For other ways to donate visit If you have any questions please contact or 734.794.6250. Drop off at the Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ann arbor, MI 48104.

Supervised bridge play
Enjoy the flexibility of attending Supervised Bridge Play in the morning, afternoon or mix it up and come when your schedule permits!

Mondays, Dec. 20 and Jan. 3 and 10, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Tuesdays, Dec. 21 and Jan. 4 and 11, 1-3 p.m.

Supervised Bridge play is designed for beginners and low intermediate players who wish to improve their bidding, declarer and defensive play. The program will run with students playing seven to nine hands per session. Hands will be analyzed after completion to review the bidding, play and defense. No book or partner needed. It is highly recommended that students have some type of previous bidding class or experience. Drop-in fee: $15 members; $17 nonmembers. This is just practice. Contact Ray Gentz at or the senior center at 734.794.6250. No partner needed. All levels accepted. Masks are required and no food will be served.

Duplicate non-sanctioned Bridge games
Every Monday, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Non-sanctioned Duplicate Bridge, directed by Ray Gentz, attracts players of all ages with varied levels of expertise including life masters to beginners. Drop-in fee: $2 members; $3 nonmembers. Call 734.794.6250 for details.

buhrNYEUpdated ice skating activities
There’s still time to register for the New Years Eve countdown to noon at Buhr Park Outdoor Ice Arena. Go online to sign up. You can also enjoy open skating noon-2 p.m., Dec. 21-Dec. 24 and Dec. 27,29,30.

Additionally you’ll find our skating schedules for December at Veterans Memorial Indoor Ice Arena and January at Buhr Park. We hope to see you on the ice.