After taking a year off from in-person events due to the pandemic, the city of Lathrup Village is primed to welcome residents back to City Hall for community events all summer long.

After taking a year off from in-person events due to the pandemic, the city of Lathrup Village is primed to welcome residents back to City Hall for community events all summer long.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Lathrup Village primed to resume in-person events this summer

By: Jacob Herbert | Southfield Sun | Published June 24, 2021

 Events will take place at Municipal Park, located behind City Hall.

Events will take place at Municipal Park, located behind City Hall.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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LATHRUP VILLAGE — As COVID-19 cases continue to decline in Michigan and state restrictions are loosened, the city of Lathrup Village is ready to welcome residents back to in-person summer events.

After those events took a year off due to the pandemic, city officials are excited for that sense of community to come back to the village.

“We are so pleased to return to in-person events,” said Parks and Recreation Director Chris Clough. “This is a small town, and we value the relationships between neighbors. We greatly missed seeing each other at concerts and events last year. I’m so glad our residents have been safe and diligent over the past year so that we can all gather safely this summer.”

Highlighting the list of summer events in the Village this summer was a Juneteenth art fair and celebration June 19. It was a first-time event for Lathrup Village, and community members, organizations and local businesses were recognized for their commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion.

It included a discussion by a panel composed of prominent local leaders, such as Judge Shelia Johnson, state Reps. Tyrone Carter and Kyra Bolden, and social activist Yusef Shakur. The panel was formed to discuss topics related to unity in the community.

Bark in the Park will be held 6-8 p.m. July 16 at Municipal Park, behind City Hall, where residents can either bring their dog or come without one — all are welcome.

“The event will feature adoptable foster dogs, dog contests, K-9 demonstrations from the Southfield Police Department, free dog park trials, dog-related vendors and much more,” Clough said. “Dogs must be leashed and at least 6 feet away from other dogs at all times. The event will benefit the Lathrup Village Dog Park, and visitors can bring dog food donations for our friends at All About Animals.”

Other activities at Bark in the Park include fun dog contests, a puppy parade and a bounce house, along with other activities for kids, and food and ice cream trucks.

Another event to be on the lookout for this summer is the third annual Back2School Rally, to be held Aug. 27 at City Hall. Lathrup Village is partnering with Life of God Outreach Sons Global Ministries to provide families with free backpacks with school supplies, food and other resources. This event will feature an inflatable bounce house and a climbing tower, along with the food and ice cream trucks that will be available at all summer events.

Lathrup Village resident Elaine Mantinan and her family are most looking forward to the free concerts in the park that the city will host 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays starting June 23 and continuing weekly until Aug. 11. Performers include the Detroit Social Club, School of Rock Farmington, the KGB Motown Band, The Geris, Yaminah, and Gwen and Charles Scales.

Concerts include free parking and admission, and residents are expected to bring their own lawn chairs. Performers are subject to change, and the concerts will be held in rain or shine.

“We love attending those every Wednesday night and seeing free live music while the kids run around and play on the playground with their friends,” Mantinan said. “We always see many of our friends there too. Lots of people bring picnic dinners, and I’m excited that most concerts this year will have at least one food truck on-site.”

For more information on summer events in Lathrup Village, visit www.lathrupvillage.org or call Clough at (248) 557-2600.


RELATED: For more summer events, check out our Summertime Fun page, sponsored by Macomb Center for the Performing Arts.

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