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Winter 2017 Newsletter

Upcoming Events/General Information
Youth Programs
Adult Programs
Senior Programs

Upcoming Events / General Information

Pointe Mouillee Waterfowl Festival 2016

69th Michigan Duck Hunters Tournament
Midwest Decoy Contest/Wildlife Art Show
September 17th & 18th, 2016 - 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Pointe Mouillee State Game Area, Brownstown MI

  • Dog Retriever Events
  • Kids Games
  • Lots of Good Food

Michigan Duck Hunters Tournament - (734) 587-3221
Midwest Duck Decoy Contest - (734) 231-7407
Wildlife Art & Craft Show - (734) 625-1996
Huron River Distance "Jump Dogs" - (734) 625-1996
Huge Outdoor Trading Post - (734) 384-3915
Hunting & Fishing Equipment, Clothing & Supplies
Dog Retriever Demonstrations - (734) 799-6070
Hip Boot Race - (734) 231-1441
Midwest Goose Calling Championship - (313) 414-1001
World/Midwest Duck Calling Contest - (734) 497-2747

In cooperation with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Pointe Mouillee State Game Area, Brownstown, MI (734) 379-9692 For more information:

Recreation Plan Update Survey

Every five years the Parks and Recreation Commission updates the Recreation Plan, which detail existing conditions and proposed improvements. In an effort to gain insight on residents desires and opinions for park development and recreation programming the Commission is conducting a survey. Please take a few minutes to complete the brief online survey at the link below by September 15th. Any resident who would prefer a paper copy of the survey may request one from the Recreation Department or by calling (734) 675-0920. Thank you in advance for your participation and the update plan should be available early this winter.

Fall Clean Up Weeks - October 3-14

During Fall Clean Up, Waste Management will accept, on your regular trash pick-up days, unlimited household rubbish and many items normally not accepted. Items accepted include small car parts, unlimited household rubbish, yard waste and bulky items. All must be properly bagged, boxed and/or bundled.

Due to Michigan law, tires can no longer go to the landfill. Therefore tires will not be collected curbside during Fall Clean Up Weeks. Residents can recycle tires at the Township Hall during these Clean Up Weeks only, at no cost.

Freon items will not be picked-up during the Fall Clean Up Weeks. Residents may call for a Freon item to be removed for a fee of $40 each. Payment & scheduling may be made through WM’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-796-9696. Note payment & scheduling must be done 24 hours prior to their collection day.

During any Clean Up Weeks please make sure all items are placed at the curb in 32 gallon or smaller containers weighing no more than 40lbs. Carpet must be bundled 4’ or less and branches must be bundled 3’ or less and small enough for 1 person to pick up (no more than 50lbs). Working together we can help “Clean Up” Brownstown starting at home.

Community Center & Event Center Now Accepting Bookings for 2017 Rentals

The Brownstown Community Center, located at 21311 Telegraph Road, and the Event Center located at 23345 King Road are now booking group rentals through 2017. The Community Center halls can accommodate up to 325 people and a full kitchen is available. The Event Center can accommodate up to 180 people and has a caterers kitchen.

Community Center rental rates range from $75.00 for groups of 50 or less on a weeknight to $525.00 for groups of up to 325 on a weekend. Halls are dividable to accommodate any size party and rental rates vary with party size. Kitchen facilities are available for a $50.00 charge. Event Center rates range from $425.00 on a weekday to $625.00 on a weekend day and include use of a caterers kitchen. White table linens and clean-up services are also available for an additional charge at both locations.

A security deposit is required to reserve a date at either location. To check date availability please call the Recreation Dept. at 675-0920

Dog Park Passes Available

Bring your dog to enjoy a great day at the new Brownstown Dog Park. Located next to the Brownstown Animal Shelter, 23700 Lillian, the Dog park provides a safe fenced area for well behaved canine citizens to exercise and play off leash. All dogs must be registered through the Brownstown Water Dept.

Register at: Brownstown Water Department, 21313 Telegraph, @ King Road
Mon-Fri from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Annual Fees: $25 for residents, $35 for non-residents
Replacement cost is $25 for all lost cards.0

The annual pass includes up to 3 dogs and is renewable on an annual basis.
To Register, the following must be provided:
A Signed Dog Park Waiver, Current license (from Brownstown or other community)
Proof of current vaccinations for each dog: Rabies, Bordetella & DHLP-P (Distemper Parvo)

Annual Shred Day

Date: Saturday, September 17, 2016
Time: 8 am - 12 pm
Place: Brownstown Township Hall
21313 Telegraph Rd

  • Limit 3‐4 small (15"L X 12"D X 10"H) boxes per person.
  • On‐Site for complete security.
  • Shredded materials are recycled.

Prevent identity theft - what should be shredded?

  • Any document that contains confidential material.
  • Any document that could be used for the purpose of identity theft.
  • Any document that could cause harm in the hands of criminals.

White ledger paper
Envelopes (with or without windows)
Manila folders
Hanging file folders
*No need to remove staples, 3‐ring binders paper clips or rubber bands

VHS tapes
Bleached paper in bright colors


Beautification Commission Halloween Home Decoration Contest

strange noise in the dark, a hint of a ghostly figure, a sudden chill the air of your closed door room. Spooky, scary stuff! But we think you can create an atmosphere even scarier! We think you have an amazingly “ghoulish” imagination and are just “dying” to bring your
ideas to life.

To that end the Brownstown Beautification/Historical Commission will be judging “Halloweenscapes” created by Brownstown residents from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, Tuesday October 25th so be sure your lights are on! Homes (exteriors only) will be reviewed for “spookiness” and judged by the Commissioners.

Contest entrants are required to submit nominations with your name, address, phone number and email by Monday, October 24th to the Recreation Department either in person at the Community Center, by calling (734) 675-0920, or via email to The will
be some “ghastly” prizes for the winners!

Youth Programs


Come to the Township’s official start of the holiday season. Santa will arrive to turn on the Township lights and listen to wishes from all the good little girls and boys. In addition, the Downriver Community Band will be playing carols, there will be light refreshments, LIVE REINDEER! and Santa will have a small gift for each child
Location: Community Center
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 6th 6:00 PM
Cost: FREE!


This annual dance provides a great opportunity for mothers and sons to spend a fun night out together. The evening features dancing, refreshments and a cowboy hat for the boys. Open to mothers and sons ages 3 and up.
Location: Community Center
Schedule: Friday, October 14
7:00-8:15 PM
Cost: $15.00 per couple
Additional son $2.00 each


Come and learn both Korean and Japanese Karate. This comprehensive Martial Arts Program features classes for ages 4 to adult, including weapons work at higher levels with top quality instructors at all levels.
Instructor: Bill Barker, Progressive Tactics Martial Arts
Location: Community Center

Schedule: Little Dragons - The Little Dragons program teaches the younger age group the skills needed for martial arts training at a later age. The program includes proper stretch, exercise and games to promote balance, focus, team work and discipline. Basic martial arts
skills are then incorporated. Students have their own belt system based on class attendance and performance. Additionally life skill teaching occurs in all classes.
Boys & Girls Ages 4-6/Mons 6:00-6:45 PM
Cost: $45.00/month

Basic Karate - This program is a traditional martial arts program teaching self defense through balance, focus, team work and discipline. Certified instructors teach and evaluate students using the traditional testing and belt system.
Ages 7-12 Mon & Wed 6:00-7:00 PM
Cost: $60.00/month
Ages 13-Adult Mon & Wed 7:00-8:00 PM
Cost: $60.00/month

Modern Arnis - This program features a Filipino style of martial arts known for its knife, stick and sword work. Open to instructor approved advanced students.
Instructor Approved Adults Wed 8:00-9:00 PM
Cost: $50.00/month


The Woodhaven-Brownstown Schools, in cooperation with Brownstown Recreation and Woodhaven Recreation is offering FREE preschool music programs this fall. Make music a part of your child’s daily life. It improves their ability to move, think, create, reason, and express themselves. Come and see what music can do for you and your child. Instructor Tamara Walter will take kids on a musical adventure is designed to promote language, social, gross motor and early literacy skills for preschool children ages 0-5 years. A parent or guardian must attend with the child.
Brownstown Community Center
21311 Telegraph Rd.
Brownstown, MI 48134
Call to register (734) 675-0920
Wednesdays at 10 a.m. or 11 a.m.
September 28 October 26
November 30 December 21


Come check out the new Thorn Park Tennis Courts and learn a life long sport! Tennis is a great game for all ages and can be enjoyed your entire life. Open to boys and girls, participants will learn the basics of the forehand, backhand, serve and volley. Enough to get you started playing tennis! Participants should bring their own racquet and water bottle, tennis balls provided.
Location: Thorn Park Tennis Courts, 23700 Lillian Street
Schedule: Tuesdays & Thursdays for 3 weeks
Ages 8 to 11 5:30-6:30 PM
Ages 12 to 16 6:30-7:30 PM
Starts October 4
Cost: $41.00
Instructor: Mike Weatherhead


Brownstown Recreation and MI Rush Soccer Club have come together to form the Brownstown Rush Recreational Soccer Program. This exciting new soccer program, open to boys and girls of all skill levels, ages 4-10 years, will begin in the Fall of 2015. Program will consist of one team training session per week, as well as one game per weekend. A great program to start your child in soccer.
Location: Germania Hall, 23156 King Road
Cost: $75.00 with Parent Volunteer Coach includes Adidas game jersey & Rush t-shirt
$110 with MI Rush Staff Coach, includes Adidas game jersey & Rush t-shirt
Game Days: Saturdays or Sundays Sept 10 –Oct 23, times TBA
Registration: Online at :
Questions? Contact Johnny McIntyre at


Come celebrate the holidays with the jolly old man himself. Program includes an all you can eat pancake breakfast, a visit from Santa, and a small gift for each child. Entertainment provided after breakfast.
Location: Community Center
Cost: $4.00 Children
$5.00 Adults
Schedule: Saturday, December 10, 2016
9:00 AM
All children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
This program tends to fill quickly so don’t wait to buy tickets!


Dance Brownstown! In cooperation with Dance Grosse Ile, Brownstown Recreation is once again offering a complete dance program for ages 3 & up. Taught by professional dance instructors, the program is tailored for both beginning and intermediate dancers in the disciplines of Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop and Theater plus a special Pre-Dance program for youngsters ages 3-4. Program runs September through May. Students must attend entire session to participate in the recital in late May. Costume and shoes additional.
Instructors: Gina Dudash, Director, Dance Grosse Ile Location: Community Center

Wednesdays, starting Sept. 14
Ages 3-4 years
Princess Pre-Dance 4:45-5:15 PM
Ages 4-6 years
Hip Hop/Gymnastics 4:45-5:15 PM
Jazz/Hip Hop 5:45-6:15 PM
Ages 7-10 years
Hip Hop/Gymnastics 6:15-7 PM
Ages 11 & Up
Teen Lyrical 7-7:45 PM
Teen Hip Hop 7:45-8:30 PM
Teen Tap 8:30-9:00 PM

Fridays, starting Sept. 16
Ages 3-4 years
Princess Pre-Dance 4:30-5 PM
Princess Ballet 5:00-5:30 PM
Ages 4-6 years
Tap/Tumble 5:30-6 PM
Jazz/Hip Hop 6-6:30 PM
Ages 7-10 years
Ballet 6:30-7 PM
Tap 7:15-8:00 PM
Jazz/Hip Hop 8:00-8:45 PM

Cost: $135/semester 45 Minutes Classes or $150/semester 1 hour classes
Payment Plans Available.
Registration and Shoe Fitting - Friday, September 9th, 5-9PM or Saturday, September 10th 11AM-3PM @ Community Center.

Princess Predance: (3 & 4 year olds) Be a different princess every week at dance. Learn the basics of the 3 main genres of dance: Ballet, Tap (no tap shoes), and Jazz. This class will dance in the recital. Sticker book with princess stickers will be given each week!

Princess Ballet: (4-6 year olds) Same description as above, except these dancers will learn classical ballet technique. You will start with traditional pliés and tendus and move on to more fast paced jumps and across the floor fun! Of course Ballet performs in the recital. Stickers and sticker books each week!

Jazz/Hip Hop: (4-6 year olds) This fast-paced, energetic class is sure to please! Learn the basics of traditional jazz while implementing Hip Hop fusion into it. This class performs a high-energy Hip Hop in the annual recital! Stickers and sticker books each week!

Hip Hop/Gymnastics: (4-6 year olds) This class starts with high-energy Hip Hop and ends with basic tumbling, such as summersaults and cartwheels.Sticker books and stickers will be given out each week!

Ballet: (7-10 year olds) Learn the classical steps of Ballet in this class. This is a traditional Ballet class that moves through the various exercises beginning at the barre and moving to the center and across the floor. This class performs in the recital. Stickers and sticker books given each week!

Jazz/Hip Hop: (7-10 year olds) This fun-filled class is formatted as the 4-6 year olds’ class but incorporates more advanced movement geared for the 7- 10 age group. This class performs in the recital. Sticker books and stickers will be given each week!


Downriver Ski Club

Is anyone thinking about snow yet?
I’ll bet the Downriver Ski and Snowboard Club members are!

Please join us this winter for our fifth season of skiing and riding. The club is open to middle and high school students in the Downriver and surrounding communities, as well as their families.

Starting January 6 and ending February 17, we will travel by motorcoach from the Brownstown Community Center to the Mt. Holly Ski Resort. We will depart from the community center at 3:45 PM and return at roughly 11:30 PM. For students living on Grosse Ile, we plan to offer a bus pickup at 2:45 PM at the Grosse Ile middle school.

On Friday, February 24, all members reaching the intermediate-advanced proficiency level will have the opportunity to attend our weekend trip, where they will get a chance to test their skills at one of the more advanced resorts in northern Michigan.

Never skied or snowboarded? No problem! We will provide beginner through advanced lessons each week taught by the certified instructors at the resort. Weekly lessons are required for all students until they receive their black patch.

Please join us on December 7 OR December 14 at 7 PM at the Brownstown Community Center for one of our general information meetings. You will be able to meet the club directors and learn all about the program.

Please like us on to see photos from last season, read club news and find dates for upcoming meetings. And feel free to contact the club directors with any questions: Robert Sawitski (734-250-5290, robsawitski@ and Paula Sawitski


Adult Programs


Have fun while you learn the gentle postures (asanas) and restorative breathing techniques. Let this class help you to remove all the damaging effects of our stressful lives and improve your overall strength, balance and stamina. All ages and levels welcome. Wear comfortable,
stretchable clothing and bring a mat, rug or blanket. Please refrain from eating an hour before class.
Schedule: Tuesdays 6:15-7:15 PM @ Community Ctr or
Thursdays 6:15-7:15 PM @ Community Ctr
Session 1 - 5 weeks starts September 13 or 15
Session 2 - 5 weeks starts October 18 or 20
Cost: Per Session $26.00 Per Session. Non-residents add $5.00.
Registrations received after class starts subject to $5 late fee
Instructor: Dr. Tracey Williamson, D.C., D.I.C.C.P., American Heart Association Certification, Board Certified Diplomate in International Chiropractic Council on Pediatrics


Power Yoga is a dynamic, energizing form of exercise that sculpts, hones and tones every muscle in the body. Power Yoga empowers you to purposefully use and train your body for everyday activities in life – bending, stretching lifting, reaching, twisting – so you can move through your everyday motions with more ease. Participants must bring a yoga mat, blocks, water bottle and a towel. Please refrain from eating 1 ½ hours before class.
Schedule: Mondays 7:00-8:00 PM @ Community Center
Session 1 - 5 weeks starts September 12
Session 2 - 5 weeks starts October 17
Cost: Per Session $26.00. Non-residents add $5.00. Registrations received after class starts subject to $5 late fee
Instructor: Dr. Tracey Williamson, D.C., D.I.C.C.P., American Heart Association Certification, Board Certified Diplomate in International Chiropractic Council on Pediatrics


Brownstown Corn Hole League covers 12 weeks of competition on Tuesday nights. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the Season.
The best of 3 games each night. Point system will be used to determine overall League Winner. Rules will be provided at the first night of competition! Failure to abide by rules will result in elimination without refund.
Location: Community Center
Schedule: Tuesday 7:30 PM Starting January 10
Cost: $80/ 2 person team


Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Bring your old dog or new puppy to our dog obedience training class where they will learn to sit, stay, heel, and come when called. All dogs must be at least 6 months of age and have proof of vaccinations.
Location: Community Center
Schedule: Tuesdays starting September 27
7:00-8:00 PM Beginning Class
8:00-9:00 PM Advanced Class
8 weeks
Cost: $51.00 Resident
$56.00 Non-resident
Registrations received after class starts subject to $5 late fee


FREE ladies (12 and up) self defense class- ON GOING.
Each month, there will be instruction and practice in different techniques covering kicking, striking, escaping, self defense and fighting from the ground. Psychology and strategies will be discussed as well. "Self defense is best done when practiced regularly. Don't rely on ideas you think about, or what you believe you would do. Practice so it becomes automatic." Wear work out clothes.
Location: Community Center
Schedule: Mondays 8:00-9:00 PM
Class meets first Monday of each month - Oct 3, Nov 7, Dec 5. Come whenever you can!
Cost: FREE
Instructor: Bill Barker, Progressive Tactics Martial Arts


Brownstown Recreation is will be accepting applications for team entries for our Fall 2016 Adult Softball Leagues through September 9, 2016. All leagues will follow USSSA rules, playing an 10 game season plus double elimination playoffs. Games are played at Thorn Park and Fort-Gib Park.
Entry Fee: $300/team plus $80 refundable deposit
Monday Doubleheaders
Tuesday Doubleheaders
Thursday Doubleheaders
Sun. Doubleheaders (4 Divisions)

Wednesday Doubleheaders
Friday Doubleheaders
Start Date: Games start the week of September 11th
For more information call Athletic Coordinator Butch Coffee at (734) 675-0920


Once again this winter the Recreation Department will be offing youth swim lessons at Carlson High School. Lessons will begin early February with dates to be announced in early November pending school use approval. Lessons will be available for beginners through advanced swimmer and the Downriver Minnows competitive swim team.
Check our website for more information later this fall.


Senior Programs


The Brownstown Senior Community Center offers a wide variety of activities for seniors on a daily basis. The Senior Nutrition Program, Health, Education and Enrichment Programs are conducted at the Center on an ongoing basis. The Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Below is a listing of the dates and times of ongoing programs. For more information contact the Recreation Department at (734) 675-0920.

Senior Program Schedule

Blood Pressure Clinic - 1st Thurs at Noon
Quilting - Every Wed at 9:00 AM
Chair Exercise - Every Thurs at 10 AM
Senior Exercise - Every Tues, Wed, and Fri at 10:00 AM
Senior Bowling - Every Fri at 1:00 PM @ Flat Rock Lanes
Travel Club - Every *1st Mon at 11:00 AM (*September’s meeting on 1st Tuesday)
Evening Pot Luck - Every 4th Mon at 5 PM
Meijer - 1st & 3rd Tues at 11:00 AM
Kroger - 2nd & 4th Weds at 11:00 AM
Aldi - Last Tuesday at 11:00 AM
Walmart - 2nd Friday at 11:00 AM
Sr Tai Chi - Every Fri at 9:00 AM

Scheduled Trips

Toledo Zoo - Sept. 20
Johnny Cash Tribute - Sept 21
Fall Resale Shopping - Sept 29
Yooperland – Oct. 2-6
Grand Ledge Color Tour - Oct. 7
HFCC & Henry Ford Movie - Oct. 26
Under the Sea - Nov. 1
Memphis & Branson - Nov 27-Dec 2
Oak Ridge Boys @ Soaring Eagle - Dec 5
Holiday Traditions - Dec 14
New Years Eve Traverse City - Dec 30-Jan 2
Hawaii - May 13-23, 2017
Alaska - May 31-June 10, 2017

Receive discount on trips by joining the Senior Travel Club! Annual dues are $10. New trips announced at the monthly meetings held at 11:00 AM at the Community Center on Sept. 6(Tuesday), Oct 3, Nov 7,& Dec 5.
Many more trips are available. Call (734) 675-0920 or stop by the Community Center for more information.


In cooperation with the Wayne County Office of Nutrition Services, hot lunches are available to seniors age 60 and over. Lunch is served Monday through Friday at 12:00 Noon in the Brownstown Community Center. Suggested donation is $3.00 per day. Reservations are due one day in advance and can be made by calling the Recreation Department at (734) 675- 0920. Monthly menus are also available for pick-up at the Recreation Offices.

Hot lunches are also delivered to qualified homebound seniors. Lunches are delivered Monday through Friday with frozen meals for emergency use. Any senior needing delivery should contact Wayne County at (800) 851-1454.


Through the use of a SMART Specialized Services Grant, the Township of Brownstown is pleased to offer transportation for seniors and disabled residents. For a $1.00 co-pay, seniors and the disabled may ride the Senior Bus to the Community Center for scheduled activities.
Downriver Cab - available for transportation to Dr. appointments, banking, pharmacy, etc. $4.00 co-pay each way Authorization is required so interested parties should contact the Recreation Department at (734) 675-0920.


Oct 27 - Halloween Party
Caterer Veronicas/Band: Mike Zelenak

Dec 8 - Christmas Party
Caterer Veronica/Band: The Varitones

Dinner at 1:30PM, Dancing 2:30-4PM

Dinner Dance tickets may be purchased at the Recreation Dept. $13.00 per person, tickets must be purchase at least one week prior to the dance.


The Pleasure Seekers, Brownstown’s Senior Club, meets the 1st & 3rd Thursday of every month at 1 PM in the Community Center. The club regularly hosts dances and more. Annual dues are $10.


Volunteers are needed to help deliver hot lunches to area homebound seniors. Meals are delivered daily at about 11:30 AM and the route takes about an hour to complete. If you are able to volunteer one or more days per week please contact Joan Yuhas at (734) 675-0920.

General Information

Registration Information

Registration for all programs may be made in person at the Recreation Department, 21311 Telegraph, Brownstown, by phone with full payment on a credit card, online at or by completing the form below and submitting with full payment to:

Brownstown Recreation
21311 Telegraph Road
Brownstown, MI 48183

All program fees already include a $1.00 per participant administration fee. This fee is used to help offset the costs of running the Recreation Department and help the Department remain self sufficient.

Non-residents are welcome in most programs and will be charged an additional $5.00 non-resident fee.

Fee Waivers Available

It is the policy of the Brownstown Recreation Commission that no Brownstown resident child will be turned away from a program due to the inability to pay a program registration fee.

If your child wishes to participate in any program, and you are unable to pay the registration fee, please request a fee waiver application from Parks & Recreation Director Mark W. Maxe at (734) 675-0920. All requests are handled confidentially.

Satisfaction Guaranteed

If, for any reason, you are not fully satisfied with any program, a full refund of the program registration fee will be issued upon request. Just stop in the Recreation Department and tell us why you were dissatisfied with the program, and a full refund will be issued.

Program Suggestions

Ideas and suggestions for new programs are always welcome. If you have a particular program or event you would like to see offered by Brownstown Recreation, please contact Parks & Recreation Director Mark Maxe at (734) 675-0920.

Registration Form