The Friday 5 — March 13-15

Your guide to this weekend's events

C&G Newspapers | Published March 11, 2020

To help slow the spread of the coronavirus, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has recommended community mitigation strategies such as social distancing and avoiding large gatherings. Here are some activities that will keep you away from crowds this weekend. 

1. Hit the trails

Local metroparks offer miles upon miles of trails for hiking and biking, as well as nature paths where you can try to catch a few early glimpses of spring. Visit the Huron-Clinton Metroparks website for trail maps and more information about park activities.

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2. Start working on your garden

It’s Michigan, so we all know that winter weather might not be over just yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a jump-start on spring gardening. Now is a good time to work on your spring cleanup or start seeds indoors. 

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3. Visit your library — virtually

Thousands of books, movies and TV shows are available at local libraries, and you don’t even need to leave home to access them. Through services like OverDrive and Hoopla, library patrons can use their personal devices to check out a wide array of ebooks, audiobooks and other digital media. Some libraries even offer access to online courses, so this might be a great time to learn a new skill. Check your local library’s website for details. 

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4. Get cooking 

Try out a new recipe, learn a new cooking technique or prep meals for the coming week. 

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5. Play a game
Stay in and have a game day. Dig out those old board games or jigsaw puzzles from your closet or pick up something new. Today’s games have something for everyone, ranging from simple to complex. Jigsaw puzzles can make for a relaxing afternoon too. 

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