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August 7, 2013

Parks and Rec prepares for seasoned fall events

By Eric Czarnik
C & G Staff Writer

STERLING HEIGHTS — As with the changing of the seasons and the changing of the leaves, so too will the Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation Department bring an updated calendar of events for the fall.

Parks and Recreation Manager Kyle Langlois said the full calendar has not been unveiled to the public yet, and while he said the fall doesn’t have as many special events as the summer, he offered an advanced glimpse of some classes and events that will resonate with residents.

Langlois said many of the upcoming classes in fitness, gymnastics and dance are approximately timed with the duration of the school year.

“As we kick into the fall, that’s really a time when we spend most of our time doing school year-type projects and special events,” he said. “We kind of hit that world a little bit, and once we start ramping up to the Christmas season, that’s when we’ll hit it hard with Sterling Christmas.”

On Oct. 26, Dodge Park will be the scene of a children’s Halloween party, Langlois said. Kids will be encouraged to wear costumes, and they will be invited to play on rides and inflatables, and to take part in games. Free doughnuts and cider will be served; all the organizers ask is that guests bring a nonperishable food or toiletry item to donate.

“This year, Great Clips is also sponsoring hayrides for this,” he added. “That will be a new touch this year.”

On Sept. 19, Parks and Recreation will sponsor a Senior Expo at the Sterling Heights Senior Center 9 a.m.-2 p.m. According to Langlois, visitors will have a chance to win free giveaways and receive information from vendors on everything from hospital services to senior living complexes.

“It’s kind of morphed into what they call a special day for seniors,” Langlois said.

The expo event is also affiliated with the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Patty LeDuc, the chamber’s membership retention and communications coordinator, said the chamber takes the lead in promoting the senior expo. She said the event puts seniors in contact with people offering services for heart and vascular issues, and diabetes, among others. It previously has also connected seniors to stroke screenings, balance testing, eyeglass adjustments and even exercise ideas. “We collect old medication so they have a way of properly disposing it,” LeDuc added.

LeDuc invited prospective exhibitors to call the chamber, adding that there is still space left among the more-than 90 exhibits that make up the expo every year.

Learn more about the Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation Department at www.myshpr.net or by calling (586) 446-2700. The Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry can be reached at www.suscc.com or by calling (586) 731-5400.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Eric Czarnik at eczarnik@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1058.