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Winter 2019 Newsletter

Upcoming Events/General Information
Youth Programs
Adult Programs
Senior Programs

Upcoming Events / General Information


23451 King Road Museum Hours:  2nd & 4th Sundays 1-4pm or by Appt.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Debbie Galik at 248.318.5297 for more information. You can also support Brownstown Historical Society by becoming a member in 2019. Annual society dues are:
$10 Regular
$15 Family
$5 Senior (age 60 and over)


The Brownstown Community Center, located at 21311 Telegraph Road, and the Event Center located at 23345 King Road will beginning booking group rentals for 2020 on January 2nd.  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

Community Garden Plots Available

For 2019 gardeners will have two choices of Community Garden Plots.  10’x10’ raised bed garden plots are located behind the Police Department on King Road or next to the Event Center/Historical Museum, plots prices are $20 for a 10’x 10’ plot behind the Police Dept. and, $25 for a raised bed at the Event Center.  Raised beds are raised with crushed stone walkways for easier access.  Plots will be available for planting no later than June 1.  Gardeners are responsible for providing all needed plants and tools for their plot.  Water is available on site.

To purchase your plot please contact the Recreation Department or stop in the Community Center during regular business hours, Monday-Friday 8:00 AM-6:00 PM starting January 2.

Youth Programs


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
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


A great opportunity for fathers and daughters to spend a fun evening out together.  Featuring dancing, punch and cookies and a beautiful corsage for the daughters.  Open to children ages three & up accompanied by an adult.
Location:  Community Center, 21311 Telegraph Road
Schedule:  Friday, February 15, 2019
Session I - 6:00 to 7:15 PM
Session II - 7:45 to 9:00 PM
Cost:      $15.00 per Couple/Additional Daughters $3.00


Open to all downriver middle and high school students.   Every Friday afternoon, January through February, the DSSC will take middle and high school students skiing to one of several south east Michigan ski resorts. There they will get the opportunity to hang out with new friends around the fireplace and learn to ski or snowboard.  Regardless of the student's ability level at the start of the season, the DSSC will work to help beginners reach the advanced level and help the advanced reach the expert level.  Over 25 adult chaperones will be participating in the club to ensure students have a safe and fun experience.  Trips will start and end at the Brownstown Community Center on the corner of Telegraph Road and King Road in Brownstown.  

Mandatory Parents Meetings are scheduled for Wednesday, December 5th or Wednesday December 12th at 7:00PM in the Community Center.  Parents must attend one of these meeting where you will receive information on club operations, mandatory lessons and patch qualifying, chaperones, ski aides, weekly trip pricing and much more.  Annual membership fee will be $25 and although negotiations are currently underway, weekly trip prices are expected to be approximately $40 for transportation and lift tickets.  Qualification lessons and rental equipment will be available for an additional fee.

Trip Dates:  
Friday January 4, 2019    Friday January 11, 2019
Friday January 18, 2019    Friday January 25, 2019
Friday February 1, 2019    Friday February 8, 2019
Friday February 15, 2019    Friday, February 22, 2019
All trips are weather permitting - If a trip is cancelled due to weather your student’s payment will be refunded or applied to the following week’s trip.  Parents wishing to ride along may do so at a cost of $40.

Students should be dropped off at the community center no later than 3:15 PM.  We will depart for ski resorts by 3:45 PM and return to the community center by 11:00 PM.  Transportation provided by chartered Motorcoach.

Register online at or at the Community Center.  The students who already have heard about the club can't wait for snow.  I hope you'll join us for a great season shredding up the hills.  


In cooperation with the Gibraltar Schools, Brownstown Recreation the Winter/Spring 2019 Swim Lessons.  
Group Swim Lessons
$61/session - space is limited in these classes.  All swimmers need to be potty-trained and ready to participate in the program.  No water wings, lifejackets, or other water toys permitted.  Parents are not allowed in the pool or on deck with the children but may watch from the stands. Dates pending school use approval.
All Lessons are Tuesdays & Thursdays

Group A Beginners - Ages 3-7yrs   6:15-7:00 PM or 7:15-8:00 PM- Swimmers who are hesitant about entering the water.  Class focus:  Comfort in sitting in pool on submerged bench - Entry into water - Floating on back - Kicking - Forward movement in pool - Recovery from jump into pool

Group B Intermediates - Ages 4-8yrs   6:15pm-7:00 PM or 7:15-8:00 PM- Swimmers who are comfortable in the pool and ready to start learning basic freestyle and backstroke:  forward movement - arm and leg movement for freestyle - arm and leg movement for backstroke - streamline position recovery from diving board - treading water

Group C Advanced - Ages 5-9yrs  6:15-7:00 PM or 7:15-8:00 PM- Swimmers are competent in freestyle and backstroke and are ready for more stroke refinement and additional strokes:  improvement on stroke technique building on endurance 1-2 laps - introducing breast stroke/butterfly - beginning flip turns    
Session I - February 19-March 14    
Session II - March 19-April 18 NO CLASS 4/2 & 4/4)    
Session III - April 23-May 16             
Cost  $61.00/Session
Registration:  Brownstown Recreation Dept., 21311 Telegraph or Online at
Location:  Carlson High School, 20550 W. Jefferson
Aquatic Supervisor:  Lindsey Plohg


Registration for boys and girls ages 5 to 14 years interested in playing t-ball or softball this summer.  Practices begin in May with games played during June and July.  Players ages as of September 1, 2019 determines players age for the season.  All participants receive a t-shirt and cap(fast pitch and baseball receive game jersey).  The following programs are available:
T-Ball (Boys & Girls) Ages 5-6
Coach-Pitch(Boys & Girls) Ages 7-8
Junior Boys Softball Ages 9-12
Junior Girls Softball Ages 9-11
Intermediate Girls Softball Ages 12-14
Girls Fast Pitch Ages U12, U14 & U16
Boys Baseball Ages U12 & U14
Cost:  T-Ball/Coach-Pitch - $45.00
Softball - $45.00
Fast Pitch/Baseball - $70.00
Registration:  Starting Monday February 4th at the Community Center               
Registrations accepted at the Recreation Office on a space available basis until May 1st.
NEW for this year, we will be running our youth T-Ball(Ages 5-6) and Coach-Pitch(Ages 7-8) programs jointly with the City of Woodhaven.  For T-Ball, parents should register their child in the community where they live.  Working together, the two Recreation Departments will then create a combined schedule with teams from both Brownstown and Woodhaven playing games together.  T-Ball will play 2 games per week.   
For 2019 there will be two programs available for ages 7-8.  Brownstown’s Coach-Pitch will be teaching players softball in preparation for youth fast pitch softball while Woodhaven’s I-League program will teach baseball in preparation for youth baseball leagues.  Parents should register for softball with Brownstown and Woodhaven for baseball.  Both leagues will play 2 games per week.
All new players must present a birth certificate to register!
Fee Waivers are available for those unable to pay registration fees.
Volunteer Coaches needed - call 675-0920 or sign up at registration.


Has your child wanted to try dance but wasn’t sure what style?  This is the class for you!  Over the course of 6 weeks your child can sample many different styles of dance and find what fits them best, all with no long term commitment.  Open to girls and boys.
Location:  Community Center
Schedule:  Wednesday starting January 9  Ages 3-5  4:30-5:30 PM  Ages  6-8 5:30-6:30PM    
Each weeks class include dance instruction, a small themed gift each week and a healthy snack!
Week 1- Ballet
Week 2- Tap
Week 3- Jazz/Hop-Hop
Week 4- Hula
Week 5- Musical Theatre and review
Cost:  $81.00
Instructor:  Studio G Performing Arts


The Woodhaven-Brownstown Schools, in cooperation with Brownstown Recreation and Woodhaven Recreation is offering pre-school music & reading programs this winter.  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 we can do for you and your child. This 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 AM or 11 AM
January 16
February 13                                      
March 13
April 17
May 15
June 12

Adult Programs


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, it also great exercise!
Schedule:  Tuesdays 7:30-8:30pm@ Comm Ctr
8 weeks starts, January 22 to March 12
Cost:  $76.00/Non-residents add $5.00
Registrations received after class starts subject to $5 late fee
Instructor:  Jennifer Hammond


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@ Comm Ctr
Session 1 - 5 weeks starts January 14 or January 17
Session 2 - 5 weeks starts February 25 or February 28
Cost:      $26.00 Per Session/Non-residents add $5.00
Registrations received after class starts subject to $5 late fee
Instructor:  Mondays:  Malissa Mates, Certified Personal Trainer & Group Exercise Instructor
Thursdays:  Theresa Reddick, Group Exercise Instructor
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.


Come and learn to save a life!  CPR AED is a course that teaches adults CPR & AED  use, as well as how to relieve choking on an adult.  This course also teaches optional sections in child CPR & AED use and infant CPR, including child and infant choking.  First Aid is an instructor led course that teaches students critical skills to react, respond  and manage an emergency in the first few minutes until Emergency Medical Services (EMS) arrives. Student learns First Aid basics, Injury Emergencies, Medical Emergencies & Environmental Emergencies.  
Schedule:  Thursday 5:30-8:30pm @ Comm Ctr
1st Aid - February 21st
AED/CPR - February 28
Cost:  $61.00/Class Non-residents add $5.00


Brownstown Recreation is now accepting applications for team entries for our Summer 2019 Adult Softball Leagues.  All leagues will follow USSSA rules, playing an 18 game season plus double elimination playoffs.  Games are played at Thorn Park and Fort-Gib Park.
Entry Fee:  $430/team includes $80 refundable forfeit deposit
Men’s Double Headers:  Mondays, Thursdays or Sundays
Co-ed Double Headers:  Wednesdays or Fridays
Start Date:  Games start the week of May 5th


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 1st Monday of each month starting January 7th.  Come whenever you can!
Cost:      FREE
Instructor:  Bill Barker, Progressive Tactics Martial Arts


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 hours before class.
Schedule:  Mondays, 7:00-8:00 PM @ Community Center
Session 1 - 5 weeks starts January 14
Session 2 - 5 weeks starts February 25
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


Have fun while you learn the gentle postures (asanas) and restorative breathing techniques.  For centuries, yoga has been practiced to naturally relax and calm the mind while keeping the body young and vital as we age.  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 & Thursdays, 6:15-7:15 PM @ Community Center
Session 1 - 5 weeks starts January  15 or 17
Session 2 - 5 weeks starts February 26 or February 28
Cost:      Per Session $26.00 One day/week $52.00 Two days/week Non-residents add $5.00                 
Instructor:  Dr. Tracey Williamson, D.C., D.I.C.C.P.,  American Heart Association Certification, Board Certified Diplomate in International Chiropractic Council on Pediatrics


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 January 15
7:00-8:00 PM  Beginner
8:00-9:00 PM  Advanced
8 weeks
Cost: $51.00 Resident, $56.00 Non-resident
Registrations received after class starts subject to $5 late fee


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. 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:  Thursdays 7:00 PM Starting January 10
Cost: $80/per team or $40/person

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 Assistant Recreation Director Amy Thomas at (734) 675-0920
Senior Program Schedule
Blood Pressure Clinic - 1st Thurs at Noon
Quilting - Every Wednesday at 9:00 AM
Chair Exercise - Every Thurs at 10 AM
Senior Exercise - Every Tues, Wed, and Fri at 10:00 AM
Sr Tai Chi - Every Fri  at 9:00 AM
Senior Bowling - Every Fri at 1:00 PM @ Flat Rock Lanes
Travel Club - Every 1st Mon at 11:00 AM
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

“Dinner” Dances

Sr Prom Dance - TBA - 6/27
Dinner Dance tickets may be purchased at the Recreation Dept.  For $13 each. Diner Dance time 1:30-4:30pm.

Scheduled Trips for 2019

Late Night Cathecism - Vegas - Jan 19
DSO with Rat Pack - Jan 20
Texas - Jan 13-22
Florida Getaway - Feb 2-17
Toledo Glass & Art Museum - Feb 28
Caesars Windsor - March 5
Firekeepers - March 25-26
Out For Tea - March 27
Zehenders Show - April 12
Alaska - June 10-20

More trips (local, day & extended) trips are constantly being added.  Please contact   Assistant Recreation Director Amy Thomas about new trips or if you have ideas for trips.  

Senior Travel Club

The Brownstown Senior Travel Club meets on the first Monday of the month at 11 AM in the Community Center.  Seniors can join for $10.00 and receive discounts on trips.  Call Assistant Recreation Director Amy Thomas at 675-0920 for more info.


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 Noon in the Brownstown Community Center.  Suggested donation is $3.00 per day.  Reservations are due one day in advance, before Noon,  and can be made by calling the Recreation Department at (734) 675-0920.  Monthly menus are also available for pick-up at the Community Center.  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 1-800-851-1454.


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 required so interested parties should contact Assistant Recreation Director Amy Thomas at (734) 675-0920.


Join us for some gentle Tai Chi.  For Relaxation, Balance, and Body Toning.  Comfortable cloths and shoes.  Suggested donation just $0.25.    Call Assistant Recreation Director Amy   Thomas at 675-0920 for more info. Your participation helps us grow!


Senior, drop-in, exercise classes are available at the Community Center Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays at 10AM.  Senior exercise to a Prime Time Exercise Video with a suggested donation of  just $0.25.  Call (734) 675-0920 for more information.


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 travels, hosts dinner dances and more.  Annual dues are $10.  Bring a Friend or meet new ones...


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 willing to volunteer one or more days per week, please contact Joan Yuhas at (734) 675-0920 between 9:30 AM and 1PM.


The Brownstown Recreation Department relies upon program sponsorships from local businesses to keep many of our programs running and to keep program participation costs low.  Those businesses and individuals listed below have participated as sponsors during 2018.  Be sure to visit them and let them know you appreciate their support.

DTE Energy
Woodhaven-Brownstown Rotary Club
Downriver West Kiwanis
Brownstown Police Command Officers
Law Offices of Bryan Yaldou
Brownstown Pleasure Seekers
The Market
Drinks Saloon
Big Bear Lodge
Salon Envy
General RV Center
Jimmy’s Auto Body Repair
J&B Auto Sales
Systrand Manufacturing
Eye Clinics of Michigan
Miller-Strawn VFW Post 9363
Olympic Coney Island
John Molnar Funeral Homes
Meadowbank Schools
Bentley Environmental Services
Dr Susan Abed Orthodontics
Nail Garden
Temperature Control
Gibraltar Quick Lube
Lakeshore Utility Trailer
Owens Fence
Ultimate Dental, Sammi Hadad DDS
Southshore Oral Surgery
Ford Brownstown PRC Complex
Community Focus Credit Union
GV Cement Company
King Kurb Asphalt
Wallace’s Superior Outdoor Services
Dakkota Integrated Systems
Country Printing
Emerald Rich Lawns
Tiffany’s Pizza
Advantage One Credit Union
Southland Motor Lodge
C-Mac Transportation
Waddles Tire Service
Budget Tire Company
Tiffany’s Pizza
Alfonsi Railroad
Huzzy’s Car Wash
Greater Detroit Auto Auction
Michigan CAT
Fritz Enterprises
Huron Valley Steel
Michigan First Credit Union
Fountain Chiropractic
Progressive Tactics
Fraza Forklift
Sportway of Brownstown
Reino Linen
UAW Local 387
Car City Complete
Jets Pizza
Brownstown Police Officers Association
Michael & Sons Auto Repair
Darnell & Meyering PC

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 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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