Summer Recreation Day Camp!

Are your kids looking for something fun to do this summer? Well if so, we are still accepting registration for our Summer Recreation Day Camp for those entering grades 1-6 in the Fall of 2016.

The camp will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. starting Monday, June 20th through Friday, August 12th at Duncan and Monfort Elementary.

Cost per family is $250.00 for the 1st child, $150.00 for the 2nd, and $85.00 for each additional. Non-residents must add $25.00 per family to the above rates.

For further information, please contact the Parks and Recreation Office at (586)-731-0300 or visit our website at http://www.shelbytwp.org

Learn How to Make Maple Syrup at the Nature Center

The Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center is hosting their annual Maple Syrup Program in 4 separate sessions on Saturday, April 9 at 11:00am, Noon, 1:30pm, and 2:30pm.

This hands-on educational program will teach you and your family about the natural maple-making process. You will learn how the sugar “gets into” the tree, how to recognize a maple tree, and about the tapping process; there will also be an maplesyrup02opportunity to use an old fashioned brace and bit, but, out of respect to the local nature, the exercise will not be done using a real tree.

At the end of the program, participants will gather around a fire to experience the “boiling down” process which makes the syrup. Then, visitors will be served a bowl of ice cream with a warm maple syrup topping.

Pre-registration is required for this event and must be done in person. The cost is $3 per person age 4 and up.  Due to the popularity of this event, early registration and payment is recommended!

Easter Fun in Shelby

mascot-easter-bunny-costumeThe Easter Bunny is on his way to Shelby Township! Come meet the floppy-eared hare at any one of our “egg-citing” events planned for the weekend before Easter.

Easter Bunny Lunch at the Shelby Community Center: Saturday, March 19 at 11:00 am. Join the Easter Bunny and a surprise entertainer for a pizza/salad lunch. Remember to bring your cameras and register for this event! Fee, per person, for ages 2 & up: $7 for residents and $12 for non-residents.

Easter Egg Scramble at River Bends Park: Saturday, March 19 at 1:00 pm for ages 3-5 and 2:00 pm for ages 6-10. A truly festive afternoon will start with an egg hunt, kids will “scramble” to find all the goodie-filled eggs, as well as special “Golden Eggs” that will have a token for a special gift courtesy of Genisys Credit Union. Bring your own basket for egg collection! This is an outdoor, rain or shine, event with no registration and no payment required.

“Egg”citing Easter at Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center: Sunday, March 20 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. This event will feature an egg hunt, Easter bag and egg decorating activities, and a chance to take a picture with the Easter Bunny. Remember to register for this event and bring 6 hard-boiled eggs for decorating! Fee is $4 per participating child.

Seeking Artists and Vendors for Art Fair!

artfair_logo2The Shelby Township Art Fair Committee is seeking artists and vendors for its 33rd annual juried show to be held on August 13 and 14.

The event will be held outdoors on the Shelby Township Municipal Grounds with the majority of the booths on grass, many with shade trees.  All booths measure approximately 15’ x 15’ with some double booths available.

Four exhibitor categories have been chosen for this event:

  • ART MEDIA: Original, hand-made, one of a kind pieces (with the exception of prints), created and produced by the artist including, but not limited to:

Clay • Digital • Fiber • Glass • Jewelry • Metal • Mixed Media • Painting • Photography • Printmaking • Drawing • Sculpture • Stone • Wood • Multi-Media

  • EMERGING ARTISTS – Artists just starting to exhibit in any of the ART mediums listed above that don’t have enough work for a full booth. Each accepted artist may rent no more than one 6 foot table under the Emerging Artists Tent.
  • CRAFT MEDIA – Items created by the crafter and produced in small quantities including, but not limited to: home décor • clothing and accessories • jewelry that is not one of a kind
  • MICHIGAN MADE MARKET – Items created in batches by Michigan based businesses, including, but not limited to: food items • bath and body products • candles • toys and games • books • pet products

HOW TO APPLY: Applications are available at the Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department or online at http://shelbyartfair.wix.com/shelbyartfair, on the “Applications” page.  The application deadline is April 1, and jury results will be mailed on or around May 1, 2016. NO resale products, services, home improvement companies, or distributors permitted.

For more information, please contact the Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department at 586-731-0300, email marshallp@shelbytwp.org, or visit the website above.

 

“Backpacking 101” at the Nature Center

hikingExperienced hiker Ken Cazabon will give a basic introduction to backpacking on Saturday, February 27 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm at the Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center.

This free, walk-in only program will cover the best practices for hiking and backpacking, including: clothing, footwear, food types and preparation, various styles of packs in terms of weight capacity and proper loading, and much more.

Ken Cazabon is an experienced hiker who has done extensive backpacking in areas such as Hocking Hills, Manistee National Forest, Porcupine Mountains/Lake of the Clouds, as well as multiple trips to Isle Royale National Park.

A Question and Answer session will follow the presentation.

Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center
4101 River Bends Drive
Shelby Twp, MI 48317

Daddy-Daughter Dance at Cherry Creek Banquet Center

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Dinner and dancing for dads and their daughters promises a night to remember and a memory to cherish.  A delicious buffet style dinner will be served at 6:30pm and a DJ will provide music for your enjoyment and, of course, dancing. The evening will conclude at 8:30pm, but the memories will last a lifetime.

Each lovely lady will receive a beautiful flower from our Gardener’s Club, along with a small gift from the Parks and Recreation department. Keepsake photos will be available, payable by cash or check at the event.

This annual event is set to take place next Thursday, February 11 from 6:00pm until 8:30pm and will be held at the Cherry Creek Banquet Center at 52000 Cherry Creek Boulevard on the north side of 24 Mile Road. Arrive early for parties of 4 or more as this event will not have reserved seating.

Pre-registration and refunds for this event ended on February 2nd, but feel free to call the Shelby Parks and Recreation office at 586-731-0300 for a reservation or other questions. Tickets will continue be sold until they are gone.

Ticket prices:

Per couple (Shelby residents) $40
Per additional daughter $16
Non-residents add $10 per family

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Winter Fest and Cookout at the Nature Center

Looking for a way to enjoy the great outdoors this winter season?

Head down to the River Bends Park at the Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center for a variety of winter festivities designed for families with children ages 4 and up this Saturday, January 30 (11:00am-4:00pm). A plethora of activities will be offered for your enjoyment: a winter wildwinterfestlife walk, wildlife programs, crafts, and games. Programs will showcase mammals in winter, as well as skulls, skins, scat, and live animals.

For the lunchtime cookout (11:00am-12:30pm), please bring hot dogs, drinks, chips, and other snacks to enjoy. The cookout will be followed by a marshmallow roast over a roaring bonfire.

Some games and activities will be snow dependent, and it certainly will be cold, so dress accordingly!

Cross country skis are welcome, but be cautioned that the trails are not groomed.

No registration is required, this is a walk-in only event. However, if you are part of a large group, or plan to bring a large group (such as scouts or other youth organizations), we do ask that you call in advance.

BURGESS-SHADBUSH NATURE CENTER
4101 River Bends Drive
Shelby Township, Michigan, 48317
In RIVER BENDS PARK
At Ryan Rd. & Hamlin Rd. Entrance

For more information, please contact the Nature Center at (586)-323-2478.