By Ethel Yops
The season of football games, tailgating and the last of backyard barbecues is upon us. Terrific colors of the changing leaves on the trees are so amazing. Enjoy taking a walk in the brisk autumn air. Enjoy the wonders of a pumpkin patch, visit a farmer’s corn maze or a cider mill. Did you know that Michigan apples are the best in the world? Enjoy a McIntosh, Honeycrisp, Gala, Ginger Gold, Jonathan or others.
Below is just a brief preview of some of our happenings for October and don’t forget easy registration at grosseilerecreation.com.
Octoberfest Luncheon: Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 12:30 p.m. at Centennial Farm Activity Room. Live entertainment and great food. Advanced tickets only. Those 55 and up are encouraged to sign up.
Fall Festival: Saturday, Oct. 14, from 1-4 p.m. at Centennial Farm. Everyone is welcome. Petting farm animal shows, children’s crafts in the children’s garden, hayrides, cider and donuts, pumpkin patch and more are part of the fun.
Hooray for Halloween Costume Parade: Saturday, Oct. 28; line up at Grosse Ile High School at 10:15 a.m. and parade to start at 10:30 a.m. Costumed youngsters and oldsters will march down Lyons Drive to Macomb, then on to the VFW Hall. Please join us for this Macomb Street tradition. Put on your best costume and join in the parade or be a spectator.
Trick or Treating Macomb Street: Saturday, Oct. 28, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Island businesses on Macomb Street which have the orange pumpkin displayed in the window will host trick or treating. Don’t forget to visit Creepy Macomb Commons during Trick or Treat Macomb Street.
Pre-k Sports: Tuesdays, Oct. 3-24 from 4:15-5 p.m. for ages 3-5 at the Airport Soccer Fields at Commerce Park; an introduction to soccer skills in a structured environment.
Open Table tennis: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at Centennial Farm Activity Room. All adults are welcome.
Island Walkers: Monday-Friday from 6:45-7:45 a.m. at Centennial Farm Activity Room. Aerobic walking to music. Join us for three or four miles each weekday. Please come five minutes early to register your first day, which is free.
The Grosse Ile Recreation Department is pleased to provide transportation service for residents who are senior citizens, low income or disabled. This “essential errands” service is for those who do not own a vehicle or are unable to drive due to medical reasons. Transportation is available Monday through Friday from 1-5 p.m.
Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance, with two to four days preferable.
Fee: $5/on island, $6 off (Round Trip). For reservations and info call (734) 675-2364 or (734) 216-4905. The van service boundaries are from East to West Jefferson, West to Allen Road, North to Northline Road, South to Vreeland Road.
Water’s Edge Municipal Marina
Winter Storage Available: Water’s edge municipal marina is conveniently located and now accepting boats for winter storage 2017-18. Call the office at (734) 675-2364. The cost is $2 a square foot (Winter Store Only) Winter Season: Oct. 1-March 31 (six months).
2017 Fall Rates: Fall Green Fees beginning Tuesday, Sept. 5: regular golfer $10 – walking/$14 – with power cart, senior/junior golfer $8 – walking/$12 – with power cart, student special $5 – Walking – Monday-Friday after school with school ID, Senior Sundays $7 – Walking – Seniors 65 and over.
Looking Ahead: Tennis After School: at Meridian School starting Tuesdays, Nov. 14 for Grades 3-5 and Parke Lane School starting Monday, Nov. 13 for Grades K-2. All equipment is provided. Have fun while learning a great game.
Pickleball: Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting Oct. 3 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Meridian School Gym. Drop in for $3.
For details, information, registration, fees, on all recreation offerings go online at wwwgrosseilerecreation.com, 24 hours a day, seven days a week or in person at the recreation department, 25215 West River Road. Office hours are Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Call (734) 675-2364 during business hours.
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Watch for school buses as our young people head back to school. When you see the flashing lights: “STOP!” Do your best each day. Keep smiling, drive safely, be kind.