With temperatures warming, two events this weekend will encourage people to get outside and take in the Auburn area's parks.
• First, the CNY Folksmarch group will hold walks on the east side of the city from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 19, and 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 20. The walks will start at St. Alphonsus Church, 10 S. Lewis St., where participants can register at any time. The walking routes, which include Hoopes Park, are 5K or 10K, though participants can walk shorter distances if they wish. The routes are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. The event costs $4 per adult and $1 per child age 5 to 18; it is free to children younger than 5 and first-time walkers. CNY Folksmarch passports, which keep track of distances walked with the group, are $2.
• Also taking place is the annual Best Scavenger Hunt Ever! on Saturday, May 19, with a theme of parks and trails. The event takes teams throughout the Auburn area, answering questions, gathering collectibles and taking selfies as instructed. Awards and prizes from local businesses will go to the first-, second- and third-place teams. There will also be awards for best costume, and other surprises. Teams must have at least two members, and no more than a vehicle can safely hold. The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m. at the Ward W. O'Hara Agricultural & Country Living Museum and Dr. Joseph F. Karpinski Sr. Educational Center in Owasco. Proceeds from the event support Leadership Cayuga's scholarship fund. For more information, visit cayugacountychamber.com or facebook.com/bestscavengerhuntever.