Parks, Farmers Market prepare for harvest of fall activities

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published September 14, 2015

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Residents who take advantage of the Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation Department’s programs can look forward to an awesome autumn, according to city officials.

According to Parks and Recreation Department officials, several special events are drawing closer on the calendar in Sterling Heights:

• Recreation Manager Kyle Langlois said his department opened up registration for its seasonal fall programming at the end of August, and people are encouraged to register online for activities that aren’t booked. Some of the city’s offerings include classes in gymnastics, dance and fitness, he said.

“We have a huge catalog of school-year programs,” he said.

• The Sterling Heights Dodge Park Farmers Market, which opened in June, will continue to run 3-8 p.m. Thursdays until the end of October. Langlois mentioned that vendors are expected to start selling seasonal items such as cornstalks, pumpkins, cider and doughnuts.

“There is going to be a whole new variety of products that will be for sale at the Farmers Market over the next six or seven weeks,” he said.

According to Recreation Supervisor Troy Nowotny, the Farmers Market will host a Sept. 24 cooking demonstration by chef Frank Turner. A pie-baking competition will take place at the Farmers Market on Oct. 8, Nowotny said.

• Langlois said the Parks and Recreation Department will hold its 31st annual Daddy Daughter Dance at the Century Banquet Center in Sterling Heights on Oct. 15.

“It’s a great opportunity for dads and their daughters to get together,” he said. “We’ll have dancing, door prizes, (and) a great meal is served. … They all walk away with a souvenir photo.”

• Following the success of rebranding an annual Halloween party in 2014, the city will throw its second annual Sterling Frights Halloween party Oct. 24 at Dodge Park. Families can expect rides and onstage entertainment, Langlois said.

Nowotny said that while this will be the second time that the city celebrates Sterling Frights, the city has held a Halloween party of some sort for more than three decades.

“The first 400 participants are going to get a free pumpkin,” Nowotny said. “We’ll have rides. We’ll have free cider and doughnuts. … There will be games. They can play in a straw maze like last year.”

Langlois said the city’s Senior Activity Center and Nature Center will have their own programs going on.

“This is a busy time of year for us across the board,” he said. “We’ve got some great (Nature Center) classes for home-school students, for preschool students and for field trips.”

Learn more about the Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation Department by visiting www.myshpr.net or by calling (586) 446-2700.

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