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Fall 2019 Newsletter

Upcoming Events/General Information
Youth Programs
Adult Programs
Senior Programs

Upcoming Events / General Information

Pte. Mouillee Waterfowl Festival 2019

72nd Michigan Duck Hunters Tournament
Midwest Decoy Contest/Wildlife Art Show
September 21st & 22nd, 2019
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Pointe Mouillee State Game Area

Michigan Duck Hunters Tournament
Wildlife Art & Craft Show
Huge Outdoor Trading Post
Hunting & Fishing Equipment & Supplies
Hip Boot Race
Midwest Goose Calling Championship
World/Midwest Duck Calling Contest
Jr/Sr Archery & BB Gun Shoot
Great Lakes Sling Shot Contest
Kids Activities and Contests

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The Brownstown Community Center, located at 21311 Telegraph Road, and the Event Center located at 23345 King Road are now booking group rentals through 2020.  The Community Center halls can accommodate up to 325 people and has a full kitchen.  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 (734) 675-0920


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 gallons 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.


Brownstown Township will host its 3rd annual 'Holiday Night in Brownstown' on Friday, December 6th from 6-8pm. The family-oriented evening will take place at the Brownstown Recreation Campus to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season.

The tradition will continue this year as Santa arrives with a parade down King Road to the Clock Tower entrance where the tree lighting ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. During the evening, Santa will hear children’s wishes. Visitors strolling along DuChene Drive toward the Historical Museum and Event Center will enjoy entertainment from the stage, the taste of holiday food, carolers, ice sculptures, live reindeer, a petting farm and more. Step into Christmases past at the Historical Museum and shop in the Holiday Market. Raffle tickets will be provided to every child for an opportunity to win a girls and boys bicycle, along with other prizes for adults.

Visit displays and show your support for Brownstown Community service organizations such as Downriver West Kiwanis, Brownstown Woodhaven Rotary, Brownstown Goodfellows, Salvation Army, Brownstown Professional Fire Fighters Union and Brownstown Police Department.

More details of the campus-wide event will be announced as the season approaches. In the meantime, mark your calendar and plan to celebrate this magical time of year at “Holiday Night in Brownstown!”


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, Brownstown Mon-Fri from 8 am to 4:30 pm.
Annual Fees: $25 for residents, $35 for non-residents Replacement cost is $25 for all lost cards.

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 Lepto)


The Brownstown Beautification Commission is pleased to announce the return of its annual tree sale.  This program allows Brownstown Residents the opportunity to purchase trees at half the normal retail price.  All trees are 10-gallon size and approximately 5’-7’ height. 

Due to the nature of the sale, trees are not guaranteed.  Transportation of trees and proper planting is the responsibility of the purchaser.

Trees may be purchased at the Community Center starting September 3, 2019.  Cost of $50 per tree is due with each order.  Trees will be available for pick up on October 26

The tree sale is limited to 50 trees, sold on a first-come, first-served basis.  Trees are limited to one per household, Brownstown Residents only!

Cleveland Pear, Red Maple, and Pink Flowering Crabapple


Trunk or Treat is a family event and all are welcome to attend.

Come dressed in your costume and be greeted by local businesses and organization handing out goodies.

It will be held on Wednesday, October 23rd from 6 pm to 8 pm in the Event Center parking lot.








FLAT ROCK MUSEUM (Museum Office is in Lower Level of Munger Store)

25486 GIBRALTAR, FLAT ROCK 734.782.5220




A 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 22nd 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 21st 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


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:  Brownstown Event Center, 23445 King Road

Schedule:  Friday, October 18              

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.  
Instructor:  Bill Barker, Progressive Tactics Martial Arts
Location:  Community Center

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, teamwork, 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: 6:00-6:45PM
Cost:  $45.00/month

Basic Karate  -  This program is a traditional martial arts program teaching self-defense through balance, focus, teamwork, and discipline.  Certified instructors teach and evaluate students using the traditional testing and belt system.
Ages 7-12: Mon & Weds, 6:00-7:00 PM
Cost:  $60.00/month
Ages 13-Adult: Mon & Weds 7:00-9:00 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.
Weds 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 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

Call to register (734) 675-0920

Wednesdays at 10 a.m. or 11 a.m.  

September 18           October 16           November 13          December 18



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                  

Session I Starts September 17         Session II Starts October 8

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 2019.  The 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:        $130.00 with MI Rush Staff Coach, includes Adidas game jersey & Rush t-shirt

Game Days:  Saturdays or Sundays Sept 7 –Oct 20, times TBA

Registration Information:  Online at

Email Questions to Johnny McIntyre at


Come celebrate the holidays with the jolly old man himself.  The 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 14, 2019   @  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!


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 3 and ending February 14, 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 in Grosse Ile, we plan to offer a bus pickup at 2:45 PM at the Grosse Ile middle school.       

On Friday, February 21, 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 4 OR December 11 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:  August Varady (734-732-2072,

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 Center
Thursdays 6:15-7:15 PM @ Community Center
Session 1 - 5 weeks starts September 17 or 19
Session 2 - 5 weeks starts October 22 or 24 

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

NEW Latin and Ballroom Dance

Love Dancing with the Stars? Come learn Latin and Ballroom Dance! You will learn basic lead and follow techniques and become comfortable enough to enjoy social dancing. No partner is required as we will match students up together. Not only is dancing fun, but it is also great exercise!

Beginner Class - Tuesdays 7:30-8:30pm@ Comm Ctr
Intermediate Class - Tuesdays 8:30-9:30pm @ Comm Ctr
8 weeks September 17 to November 5

$76.00/Non-residents add $5.00
Registrations received after class starts subject to $5 late fee

Instructor: Jennifer Hammond


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, 7:15-8:15 PM @ Community Center
Session 1 - 5 weeks starts September 16
Session 2 - 5 weeks starts October 21

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 Thursday nights. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the Season.

The best of 3 games each night. A point system will be used to determine overall League Winner. Rules will be provided on the first night of competition! Failure to abide by rules will result in elimination without refund.

Location: Community Center

Schedule: Thursdays 7:00 PM starting January 16

Cost: $80.00/2-person team


Connect with your rhythm in life by combining music rhythm and movement. Drumsticks, fitness balls, and large buckets are all you need to put the fun in fitness. Release stress and aggression, sweat, sing and have a blast beating to the sound of your own drum. Anyone can do this high energy workout, no right or wrong way, Cardio Drumming will keep up on the BEAT!

Schedule:  Mondays 6-7pm or Thursday 7:30-8:30pm@ Community Center
Session 1 - 5 weeks starts September 16 or 19
Session 2 - 5 weeks starts October 21 or 24

Cost:      $26.00 Per Session/Non-residents add $5.00
Registrations received after class starts subject to $5 late fee

Instructor:  Mondays:  Malissa Mates Thursdays:  Nicole Brizuela
Note:  Students should bring their own fitness ball, 65 cm for average height, 75 cm for those over 5’6’, a 17-gallon rope handled bucket. Sticks are available for purchase from the instructor at class for $5.00.


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. Completion of beginning class required for advanced class. 

Instructor: Pat Shulaw
Location:  Community Center
Schedule: Tuesdays Starting June 17 

8 Weeks - Two Sessions of Beginning Classes 7:00-8:00 PM or Advanced 8:00-9:00 PM
Cost: $51.00 Resident, $56.00 Non-resident


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

Cost:  FREE

Instructor:  Bill Barker, Progressive Tactics Martial Arts


Brownstown Recreation is accepting applications for team entries for our Fall 2019 Adult Softball Leagues through September 6, 2019.  All leagues will follow USSSA rules, playing a 10 game season plus double elimination playoffs.  Games are played at Thorn Park and Fort-Gib Park.

Entry Fee:  $380/team(includes $80 refundable forfeit deposit)


       Men:          Monday Doubleheaders       Thursday Doubleheaders          Sun. Doubleheaders (3 Divisions)

       Co-ed:       Tuesday Doubleheaders       Wednesday Doubleheaders        Friday Doubleheaders

Start Date:  Games start the week of September 8th

For more information call Athletic Coordinator Rodney Skarzynski 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 - 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 Assistant Recreation Director Amy Thomas at 734-675-0920

Senior Program Schedule

Blood Pressure Clinic - 1st Thurs at Noon

Beginning Crochet-Every Wed at 1:30 PM

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 Last 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

The Watson Intelligence - Oct 5                                                   

Young Frankenstein - Oct 19                                        

Toledo Glass Art - Oct 24                              

Destination Unknown - Nov 6                        

Toledo Walleye Hockey - Nov 9                     

Charles Dickens Christmas - Nov 13-15

Hawaii Cruise - Nov 7-14, 2020      

Holly Jolly Christmas - Nov 15-16                 

South Pacific - Nov 16      

Rum Runners - Nov 18                                   

 Christmas Rhythm & Blues - Nov 18-23

Emerald Isle Christmas - Dec 1      

MIS Holiday Lights - Dec 4

Winter Festival of Lights-Dec 9-10

Turkeyville - Dec 17

It’s a Wonderful Life - Dec 21

New Years Eve - Dec 31   

Bandstand - Jan 10

Little River Casino - March 24-25   

Cruising Kentucky - May 19-20

Many additional local trips are available including show trips, shopping, cruises and much more. Call 734-675-0920 for info.

Senior Travel Club
The Brownstown Senior Travel Club meets on the 1st Monday of the month at 11 AM in the Community Center. Residents (55 yrs. & up) can join for $10.00 and receive discounts on trips. Call the Recreation Department at 734-675-0920 for details.


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 meal. Reservations are due one day in advance and can be made by calling the Recreation Department at 734-675-0920. Monthly menus are available for pick-up at the Recreation Offices in the Senior Newsletter.

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 Office of Nutrition Services 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 and for scheduled activities.
Downriver Cab Service - available for transportation to Doctor appointments, banking, pharmacy, etc... There is a $4 co-pay each way.
Authorization is required, so interested participants should contact the Recreation Department at 734-675-0920.


Brownstown Recreation maintains a Senior Loan Closet for durable medical supplies such as walkers, wheelchairs, shower benches etc available to Brownstown
residents at no charge! If you are in need please call 734-675-0920 or stop by the Community Center to check availability.


The Pleasure Seekers, Brownstown’s Senior Club, meets the 1st & 3rd Thursday of every month at 1 PM in the Community Center. Join the club for lots of fun activities. Annual dues are $10.

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, or by completing the form below and submitting with full payment to:

Brownstown Recreation
21311 Telegraph Road
Brownstown, MI 48183

All Program fees 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 be 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 by the Recreation Department, fill out a refund request form, 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.

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