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Berkley’s summer event series to bring concert to park

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published June 11, 2019

 Clarc Brown admires the butterfly painted on her face during last year’s Jaycee Jamboree at Jaycee Park in Berkley.

Clarc Brown admires the butterfly painted on her face during last year’s Jaycee Jamboree at Jaycee Park in Berkley.

File photo by Donna Dalziel

BERKLEY — Berkley’s slate of summer events is scheduled to kick off this week, and events will continue into August.

The Berkley Parks and Recreation Department’s annual SummerFest event series will begin Thursday, June 13, with seven events over the next three months.

“The events — with the exception of one new thing — they’re all the same events we’ve had in years past, but as we do each year, we try to add new elements and change them just a little bit,” Parks and Recreation Director Theresa McArleton said. “They’ll offer a lot of the same activities at the events.”

SummerFest will begin with a senior picnic from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 13 at Jaycee Park, followed the next week with Tot Lot Night from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, at Tot Lot Park.

McArleton said that if there is bad weather, the senior picnic will be held in the Community Center, 2400 Robina Ave.

The “new thing” that McArleton alluded to will be a concert in the park featuring the Royal Oak Concert Band. It will start at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, at Community Park, which is near the Community Center.

“It was an event that we wanted. We had been looking to bring music into one of our parks,” McArleton said. “It just kind of fits into the summer schedule. Just trying to add new ways to get people out and about, and we don’t have anything that happens at Community Park.”

The Friends of Berkley Parks and Recreation partnered with the city to present the event. The president, Adriane Bitel, said the band was something the Friends really wanted to help bring to the community.

“We’re all community members ourselves, and we thought it’d be a really great thing to add to Berkley during the summer,” she said. “A lot of neighboring communities have concerts in the park, and they’re always well-attended, and we thought this would be a great opportunity for Berkley residents to walk on down to the park and have a fun evening with their family.”

Later in the same week, the city will hold its Community Garage Sale June 21-22. Residents can pick up a list of participating homes at the Community Center. They also can register their home to be a part of the garage sale by calling the Parks and Recreation Department at (248) 658-3470.

SummerFest will continue into July with the Jaycee Jamboree from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at Jaycee Park. The last two events will take place in August, with the Movie in the Park starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, at Merchants Park, and the Ice Cream Social starting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, at the Community Center.