Recreation programs underway for summer

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published June 26, 2014


LATHRUP VILLAGE — If you’re looking for something to do this summer, look no further than your own backyard.

The Lathrup Village Recreation Department is offering a wide variety of activities for children and adults alike, and their summer programs are now underway.

The village’s largest event, Summer in the Village, took place June 14 and drew in thousands of people, boasting the largest ameteur rib cook-off in Michigan. The winner of this year’s cook-off was Shady’s BBQ of Clinton Township.

For the foodies, the Lathrup Village farmers market returned for its fourth year June 4. The market will feature all-Michigan vendors 2-7 p.m. every Wednesday through Oct. 23 at the Lathrup Village Municipal Building.

“This year, we have everything from produce to honey, breads, lotions and soaps,” said Recreation Coordinator Maralee Rosemond. “Don’t go down to Eastern Market and grab it from the distributors there who got it from wherever. We’re all Michigan.”

In addition to cash, the vendors at the farmers market also accept credit and debit cards, as well as the Michigan Bridge Card.

Following the farmers market on Wednesdays are free concerts sponsored by the Lathrup Village Community Foundation at the Lathrup Village Municipal Park. The concerts take place at 7 p.m.

Rosemond said the village used to allow people to sell food to raise money for their different groups and organizations, but participation dropped off because of the amount of work involved.

“It’s a community event, but it’s more neighborly now,” Rosemond said. “Now we have neighbors who get together and have dinner. That’s what we wanted. We wanted neighbors to come together and have a meal and enjoy each other.”

Along with the events going on this summer, residents young and old can participate in classes to improve their skills and fitness level.

For the fitness classes, Lathrup Village works with OneLife Fitness to teach Heart Smart Fitness, Zumba and yoga classes.

LeReina Wheeler, owner of OneLife Fitness, said the instructors try their best to accommodate each participant’s skill level.

“Participants see great results. New participants start feeling better and seeing results,” Wheeler said. “Our motto is that you only have one life and you need to take care of yourself.”

“This is a way to connect,” Rosemond said. “I think it allows people to explore different things and gives ownership. Residents are very proud of where they live.”

To sign up for classes or to find out more about events in Lathrup Village this summer, call (248) 557-2602.