Grosse Pointe Farms Spring News 2011 by yaofenjin



                                                                                                       Spring 2011
                                                                                                  Volume 40, No. 1
                                                                                    90 Kerby Road • (313) 885-6600

Boat Wells Available At Pier Park Harbor
As of April, 2011, the City           vice and water are avail-            Residents interested in a boat
of Grosse Pointe Farms has            able at pedestals for moor-          well should either call the
a limited amount of boat              ing spaces 25-feet and longer.       Parks and Recreation Office or
wells available at Pier Park.                                              drop in during regular office
                                      Shared electrical service plugs      hours for more information.
Currently there are 20-foot,          and water are available for boat
30-foot, and 37-foot boat             wells under 25-feet. Wi-Fi and       Residents must complete a
wells available for residents.        24-hour security is available from   Harbor Mooring Application
                                      May 1st through October 31st.        and pay the required appli-
The Pier Park marina includes                                              cation fee to be considered
333 mooring spaces for boats          A boat lift is available to launch   for a boat well at Pier Park.
ranging from personal wa-             boats with trailers. The boat
tercraft  floating  platforms         lift has restrictions and physi-     Harbor facilities are only
to 55-foot mooring spaces.            cal limits as to what size of        available    to      residents
                                      trailers can be launched.            of    Grosse  Pointe    Farms.
Shore   power     electrical   ser-

Keep Informed About City                                                    Inside this
                                                                            Grosse Pointe Farms
Information With Nixle                                                      Informative Bulletin:
The Grosse Pointe Farms Depart-       Plans are in place to increase        General News
ment of Public Safety continues       the Community Message por-            Dog License Renewal            2
to provide the "NIXLE" system         tion of the system to allow           Building Material Exchange     2
                                                                            GP Farms Foundation            2
that allows residents to stay         residents to be informed of           Hazardous Waste Drop-off       3
instantly informed of trusted,        upcoming community events.            "Just The Facts" Safety Tips   3
neighborhood-level public safe-                                             Beautification Commission      3
ty and community information.         Sign up is easy. Please vis-          Keep Our City Beautiful      4-5
                                      it Residents           City Directory                18
You choose the information you        needing assistance may contact
want, all delivered at no cost, by
                                                                            Parks & Recreation
                                      Lt. Rogers at (313) 885-2100.         Registration Guidelines          6
text message,* e-mail and web.                                              Park Hours                       7
                                      *NOTE: Text message rates may         Program Info                  8-16
Messages are classified as            apply depending on your wireless      Regatta                         17
Alerts, Advisories, Commu-            plan.
nity Messages, and Traffic.

                 City News

Foundation Continues to Enhance City
For more than 30 years, the           The Foundation's most recent
Grosse Pointe Farms Foundation        projects include the installa-
has helped fund a number of           tion of a new playscape at Kerby
community-wide projects and           Field, facade improvements of
activities that the City cannot af-   the water department's boost-
ford to through its general fund      er station building at Pier Park,
budget.                               and restoration of the Joy Bells,
                                      which will soon begin chiming
These projects include the gate       once again.
house and front entrance at Pier
Park, the Community Building          To learn how you can make a tax-
at Pier Park and the James and        deductible contribution to this
Aline Orten Field House.              great cause, please call Shane
                                      Reeside at City Hall at 885-6600.

Building Materials Exchange Day Set for May 14th
The City's Annual Building Ma-        ing materials in good condition       store outlet that relies on dona-
terials Exchange Day will be          that tend to accumulate in our        tions of new and used building
held on Saturday, May 14th,           garages, attics and basements.        materials and home items from
from 9:00 a.m. to Noon at the                                               individuals, contractors, orga-
St. Paul School parking lot.          This event is organized in co-        nizations, and corporations.
                                      operation with Habitat for
Please use the entrance off           Humanity, which always has            Most      reusable      building
of Grosse Pointe Boulevard.           a need for certain materials.         materials     are      accepted.
                                      Habitat for Humanity will be on
Originally organized by Farms         site to accept donations and issue    For more information and
residents, the Exchange Day           receipts for income tax purposes.     more details, please contact
gives residents an opportunity to                                           the Habitat for Humanity De-
dispose, trade, and recycle build-    Habitat for Humanity has a Re-        troit Restore at 313-653-4890.

Safely Dispose of Your Household Hazardous
Waste on Saturday, May 14th at Pier Park
Do you have old cans of insec-        This year's collection will be        tanks, shock-sensitive mate-
ticides, weed killers or oven         held on Saturday, May 14th, from      rial such as chemical labs ma-
cleaner that are cluttering up        9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pier Park.    terials or Picric acid, motor
your household or garage?                                                   oil, batteries and latex paint.
                                      Most items can be dropped
Then dispose of these items           off, with the exception of            In addition, no commercially
properly and safely at the Grosse     smoke alarms, radioactive ma-         generated waste or unknown
Pointe Farms Household Haz-           terial, explosives,  propane          material will be accepted.
ardous Waste Collection Day.

2                               City of Grosse Pointe Farms Informative Bulletin
Safety Tips to Keep Us Safe and Sound
Well, spring has finally sprung!
With it comes continued con-
cerns for the safety and pro-
                                 Just The Facts
                                          By: Director Daniel Jensen, Chief of Police
tection  of  our   residents,
business owners and their
friends, and families alike.           Likewise, drivers also need to       The Grosse Pointe Farms De-
                                       be mindful of children, run-         partment of Public Safety
One of the first signs that spring     ners and bikers.     Make spe-       would like to again thank our
weather is here is the increase        cial precautions to stop before      families and businesses, and
of people outside enjoying it.         stop signs and not after them.       all who visit our beautiful city,
There are more joggers and                                                  for their continued vigilance
walkers than in the previous           Another concern brought out          in reporting unusual occur-
six months. Both need to re-           during last summer was the           rences to our dispatch center!
member that running/walk-              thefts from unlocked lockers left
ing in the street is prohibited        unattended at the Farms Pier         We simply could not be as suc-
when sidewalks are provided.           Park. This and unlocked bikes        cessful in our apprehension of
                                       in the bike racks are crimes of      criminals underfoot without
A common concern I hear from           opportunity. Even with the ar-       your “eyes and ears!" Keep up the
both is that they are leery of driv-   rests made in these cases, prop-     good work and have a safe and
ers backing out of driveways.          erty is not always recovered.        enjoyable spring and summer.
                                       Remember, “Leave it Locked!"

2011 Beautification Nominations Accepted
The    annual    Beautification        scaping must be clearly visible      tification Advisory Commission,
Awards competition is just             from the roadway.                    90 Kerby Road, Grosse Pointe
around the corner.                                                          Farms, MI 48236. Entries must
                                       Anyone may submit up to two          be postmarked no later than July
All businesses, churches, institu-     nominations, one of which may        12, 2011.
tions and residences in the city       be for their own property. All
are eligible for nomination. To        entries must be submitted to         For more information, call the
nominate a property, the land-         the Grosse Pointe Farms Beau-        City offices at 885-6600.

It's Time to Renew Annual Dog Licenses
Under City ordinance, all dogs         Monday through Friday from           against rabies for the period
over six months of age must be         8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.      Origi-   through May 1st of the licensing
licensed annually. Licenses ex-        nal dog licenses and renewals        year.
pire on April 30th of each year.       are $5.00. As of May 1st, renewal
On May 1st, the Police Depart-         dog licenses are $10.00.
ment begins to issue violations                                             Dog owners can also obtain a
to all owners of unlicensed dogs.      To obtain a dog license, you         Pass for the City's Dog Park by
                                       must produce a certificate by a      downloading an application at
Licenses may be obtained at City       licensed veterinarian showing
Hall during regular office hours:      the dog has been immunized

                Helpful Information

Let's Keep Grosse Pointe Farms Beautiful
Since spring has arrived, many of      cealment for small animals.         ment. That is why the City of
us are keeping busy with plenty        Keep ground in vegetable gar-       Grosse Pointe Farms has taken
of yard work. As a property own-       dens and around fruit bearing       steps to reduce and, in some
er there are several things you        trees cleared of any dropped        cases, eliminate reliance on
can do to help your home and           fruit and vegetables.               fertilizers and pesticides when
property, as well as your neigh-                                           caring for public property.
borhood, stay clean and safe.        • Other materials or debris,
                                       which may constitute a hazard       Working with Michigan State
The following are suggestions          or potential nuisance should        University’s    Extension  Ser-
from Rose Exterminators and            be cleared and maintained.          vices and the Grosse Pointe
are also requirements of the                                               Farms     Beautification  Advi-
City’s Property Maintenance          • To sanitize your disposal and       sory Commission, the City
Code regarding the control of          sewer lead; rinse kitchen sink      has developed a program
small, unwanted animals (i.e.          with one cup of bleach and          that includes practices home-
raccoons, possums, mice, etc.).        follow with boiling water (as       owners may consider incorporat-
                                       a bleach alternative, use one       ing into their lawn care habits.
• All firewood must be stored          cup of baking soda followed         For residents who hire lawn
  a minimum 12-inches above            by one cup of vinegar, then         services to maintain their
  grade, and the area beneath          rinse with boiling water). This     property, it is important to
  stored wood shall be kept            can be done at all sinks and        talk to your contractor to dis-
  clear.                               basement floor drains.              cuss whether healthy lawn
                                                                           practices are being used.
• Compost/bins/piles     should      Storage of Summer
  be turned regularly (mini-         Fun Equipment                         Consider       the     following:
  mum once per week) and             Boats and trailers are not to be
  food waste should never be         stored on the property, unless        • If pesticides are used, apply
  placed in compost, including       in a fully enclosed structure.          to targeted area only, as op-
  eggs shells, potato peels, etc.    However, there is a tempo-              posed to using broad-spec-
                                     rary 24-hour period for those           trum pesticides. Some pes-
• Holes, cracks and open joints      residents who are in the pro-           ticides reduce the biological
  as small as a one-half inch can    cess of mooring their boats.            activity in the upper layer of
  be accessed by small animals.                                              soil. As a result, the process of
  Closely inspect the founda-        Lawn Waste                              natural decomposition may be
  tion around your house, porch      Please be advised that regu-            slowed. Weeds and insects can
  and stairs for entry points that   lar maintenance of lawns is             be symptoms of basic soil and
  should be sealed.                  the responsibility of the resi-         lawn problems. Herbicides
                                     dent. Grass should be no taller         may kill the weed, but they
• Trash cans should be com-          than six inches. Also, please           do not get to the root of the
  pletely and securely covered.      advise your landscapers that            problem. A healthy lawn does.
                                     grass or leaves should not be
• Dogs or cats should not be fed     blown into the street. Use ap-        • Use mulch to control weeds
  outdoors and food should not       proved yard waste receptacles.          and, when necessary, weed by
  be stored outside.                                                         hand.
                                     Healthy Lawns
• Grass and weeds shall be cut to    Sound lawn care is an impor-          • Separate fertilizers from her-
  avoid potential areas of con-      tant part of a healthy environ-         bicides. “Weed and Feed”

4                              City of Grosse Pointe Farms Informative Bulletin
 combination products of-              Phosphorus:                                sible. Tall grass encourages
 ten add unnecessary her-              • Should not be applied without            deep roots and also shades out
 bicides to the landscape.               first performing a soil test to          crab grass and low-growing
                                         verify the necessity of its use.         weeds.
• Do not treat problems that are       • Should not exceed one-quar-          •   Remove no more than the top
  not there.                             ter pound per 1,000-square-              1/3 of the grass blade.
                                         feet.                                •   Use a sharp mower blade. A
Lawn Fertilization Tips                                                           dull blade tears grass, provid-
Fertilizer jeopardizes aquatic         Other Considerations:                      ing entry for disease.
life. Phosphorus from fertilizers      • If a commercial fertilizer is        •   Whenever possible, mow grass
can cause excessive weed and             used, select a slow-release fer-         when it is dry.
algae growth, and nitrates help          tilizer to promote steady, uni-      •   Keep the mower deck clean.
deplete the oxygen in water. Pes-        form growth — and to protect
ticides can be harmful to pets,          water quality. Slow release op-      Lawn Watering
fish, earthworms and birds, and          tions include: organic fertiliz-     According to Michigan State
some are known carcinogens.              ers, products with 25 percent        University researchers, light dai-
                                         or more WIN (water insoluble         ly watering (15-20 minutes per
To reduce the amount of                  nitrogen) and products with          day) is the optimum schedule.
storm water pollution when               synthetic coatings.                  Avoid excess waters which can
it    rains, residents        should   • Read the label carefully to iden-    cause lawn disease and wastes
consider         the      following:     tify the amount of slow-release      water. Light watering keeps
• Use organic slow-release fertil-       nitrogen. Higher percentages         both water and fertilizer on the
   izers.                                (50 percent or more) are bet-        lawn, preventing them from
• Reduce fertilizer and pesticide        ter for the environment.             running off into storm sewers,
   use.                                • Apply fertilizer when there is       lakes or ground water.
• Fertilizers should not be              little or no wind. Remove fer-
   placed within 25-feet of Lake         tilizer that falls on sidewalks or   Residents Should Also:
   St. Clair’s shoreline.                roadways.                            • Disconnect downspouts from
• Fertilizer should not be ap-         • Water to allow fertilizer to           sewer systems.
   plied, deposited or placed in         soak into the ground.                • Use porous paving materials.
   any manner that could allow it      • Do not fertilize and water           • Recycle hazardous waste prod-
   to enter directly into the City’s     when rain is predicted since it        ucts at the annual Hazardous
   sewer system.                         may cause fertilizers to enter         Household Waste event.
• Seek alternatives to insecti-          the lake or drains leading to        • Recycle oil.
   cides for pest control and her-       the lake.                            • Plant native plants around
   bicides for weed control.                                                    your house (native plants do
                                       Use Mulching Lawn Mowers                 not need as much fertilizer or
Manufactured fertilizers should        Feed your lawn grass clippings.          pesticides).
be applied at the lowest rate          Short clips quickly decompose,         • Start a compost with leaves,
necessary without exceeding            adding valuable nutrients to the         spent flowers and shrub and
the maximum weight per appli-          soil. By recycling grass, fertiliz-      grass clippings.
cation. For example:                   ers can be reduced by 30 per-
                                       cent or more.                          Remember, when it rains in
Nitrogen:                                                                     Grosse Pointe Farms, the storm-
• Should only be applied in a          Additional tips:                       water drains directly into Lake St.
  slow-release formula and at a        • Set the mower blade at the           Clair. Anything put into sewers
  maximum of four pounds per             highest setting, leaving grass       ends up in the lake. Let’s all do
  1,000- square-feet of turf area        blades 3-inches tall, if pos-        our part to keep our lake alive
  per year.                                                                   and healthy.

                Parks & Recreation Programs

2011 Summer Parks & Recreation Programs
Registration Guidelines                                • Requests must be made in writing and submit-
All Recreation Programs require pre-registration.        ted to the Parks and Recreation Office.
Please register by the deadline noted in each de-      • Full refunds will be made for any Program that is
scription in order to prevent the programs from          cancelled by the City.
being cancelled.
• Walk-in at the Parks and Recreation Office.          2011 Park Passes
• A Registration Form can be obtained online at        • 2011 Park Pass Applications are available at the or at the Parks and          City Offices, the Parks and Recreation Office or
  Recreation Office.                                     online at
• Make sure all information is complete, including     • Park Passes are issued to all residents, 8 and old-
  birthdates. Registrations will not be processed        er.
  without complete information.                        • All Park Passes expire on December 31st.
• Don’t forget to sign the Registration Form at the    • All information must be complete in order to
  bottom.                                                have your new passes processed.
• Use the “Check List” on each Registration Form       • All residents, 18 and older, must show ID when
  to verify that forms are complete.                     picking up Passes.
• The first day to register for all Parks &            • Husbands and wives may pick up each others’
  Recreation Programs, except for Youth                  Passes.
  Swim and Tennis Lessons, Swim Team and
  Synchronized Swim Team, is Tuesday,                  Pier Park Volunteer Opportunity
  May 17th.                                            The Pier Park offers many family events. These
                                                       events have grown greatly through the years. To
                                                       make every event a success, we are looking for vol-
Refund Policy
                                                       unteers from our community. If you are interested
• No refunds will be made after the start date of
                                                       in being added to our list of volunteers, please call
  each Program.

6                             City of Grosse Pointe Farms Informative Bulletin
         Parks and Recreation Office                      A Grand Experience
               Phone Number:                              Join us for a Grand Experience at the Grand Hotel
                 313- 343-2405                            on Mackinac Island Friday, October 21st – Monday,
                                                          October 24th! This opportunity is offered by The
Park Hours                                                Northeast Recreation and Park Association, which
   May 1st – October 31st                                 is a regional Parks and Recreation group consist-
      6:00 a.m. – Midnight                                ing of Parks and Recreation Departments in Ma-
   November 1st – April 30th                              comb, St. Clair and Northeast Wayne County. All
      8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.                               individuals 50 and older are invited to participate
                                                          in this all inclusive trip, complete with five-course
Pool Hours                                                dinners, wide variety of unique programs and
   Saturday, May 28th – Friday, June 17th                 activities such as golf, tournaments, crafts, danc-
      Large Pool
      Noon – 9:00 p.m.                                    ing and carriage tours that make your stay at this
      Wading Pool & Splash Playground                     world class destination a truly Grand Experience.
      Noon – 7:00 p.m.                                    For more details and Registration information,
                                                          call the Parks and Recreation Department at 343-
   Saturday, June 18th – Monday, Sept. 5th                2405. Registration deadline is June 28th.
      Large Pool
      10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
      Wading Pool & Splash Playground                     Let’s Walk Michigan!
      10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.                              Walking enthusiasts are encouraged to participate
                                                          in the Walk Michigan! program at Pier Park. For
   Tuesday, Sept. 6th – Friday, Sept. 9th                 every mile or more walked, you can complete an
      Large Pool                                          entry form to enter a grand prize drawing to win an
      4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
      Wading Pool & Splash Playground                     all-expense paid Labor Day Weekend trip for two
      Noon – 6:00 p.m.                                    to the 2011 Labor Day Bridge Walk. The four-day,
             (Weather Permitting)                         three-night stay includes hotel accommodations
                                                          and meals. The drawing for the trip will include
   Saturday, Sept. 10th & Sunday, Sept. 11th              entries from both the Pier Park and Grosse Pointe
      Large Pool                                          City’s Neff Park. Entry forms will be available
      Noon – 8:00 p.m.                                    starting May 20th, at the Front Gate. The last day
      Wading Pool & Splash Playground
      Noon – 6:00 p.m.                                    to walk for a chance to win the trip is tentatively
             (Weather Permitting)                         July 31st.

        (NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY)                                Parks and Recreation Office
Scheduled Pool Closings
                                                                     Office Hours
• Park and Pool hours are subject to weather
  conditions.                                                  May 1st – October 31st
• Pier Park programs take priority over open swim                8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  times and use of other Park facilities.
• The Large Pool will be closed for public swimming
  Sunday, July 24th at 3:00 p.m. for the Annual                November 1st – April 30th
  Synchronized Swimming Show.                                    8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
• The Large Pool will be closed June 29th, July 6th and
  July 20th for home Swim Meets at 3:00 p.m.
• The pool will reopen after cleanup of these              Please visit our website for more information
  events.                                                  at

               Parks & Recreation Programs

Adult Aquatic Programs
Adult Water Aerobics                                     #2002
This is an excellent way to improve or maintain          11 Weeks, June 21st – September 1st, $55.00
physical fitness whether you are a swimmer or            Tuesday/Thursday, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
                                                         Large Pool
a non-swimmer. It is recommended that you
                                                         Registration Deadline June 13, 2011
receive your doctor’s approval prior to any
exercise program.                                        #2003
                                                         11 Weeks, June 21st – September 1st, $55.00
Class size is limited – Attendance will be taken.        Tuesday/Thursday, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Participants must attend class time that they            Large Pool
are registered for.                                      Registration Deadline June 13, 2011

    #2000                                            Early Morning Swim
    11 Weeks, June 20th – August 31st, $55.00
                                                     Early Morning Swim is intended for serious lap
    Monday/Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Large Pool                                       swimmers only! Swimmers will have exclusive
    Registration Deadline June 13, 2011              use of lap lanes to swim laps. Attendance will be
                                                     taken daily. Please note, depending on how many
    #2001                                            people show up, lanes may need to be shared.
    11 Weeks, June 20th – August 31st, $55.00
    Monday/Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.              #2004
    No Class June 29th, July 6th & July 20th             11 Weeks, June 20th – September 2nd, $55.00
    Large Pool                                           Monday through Friday
    Registration Deadline June 13, 2011                  6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.
                                                         Registration Deadline is June 13, 2011

Adult Athletic & Recreation Programs
Adult Tennis Classes                                     #2005
Tennis is a lifetime and life-changing sport.            3 Weeks, June 14th – June 30th, $90.00
Get a great workout while learning the                   Tuesdays/Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
                                                         Tennis Courts
fundamentals of tennis. Classes will cover
                                                         Registration Deadline is June 7, 2011
stroke production, proper footwork, court
positioning, and rules of the game.                      #2006
                                                         3 Weeks, July 5th – July 21st, $90.00
                            Please wear tennis           Tuesdays/Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
                            shoes and bring              Tennis Courts
                            a    racquet    and          Registration Deadline is June 28, 2011
                            water         bottle.
                            Wilson      racquets         #2007
                            are available for            3 Weeks, July 26th – August 11th, $90.00
                            $45.00 from the              Tuesdays/Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
                            instructor.       All        Tennis Courts
                                                         Registration Deadline is July 19, 2011
                            tennis classes will
                            be conducted by

8                           City of Grosse Pointe Farms Informative Bulletin
It’s Your Back Yoga for Adults                       #2010
Take time for yourself! Nurture your mind            Kate Sarowski, ACE
and take care of your body in this challenging       10 Weeks, August 8th – October 14th, $110.00
yet relaxing yoga practice. A combination of
                                                     6:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.
postures and breathing techniques that help          No class on September 5th
prevent, as well as treat, back pain. Move           Great Room, Community Building
through flows that strengthen muscles which          Registration Deadline is August 1, 2011
support your posture and lengthen and relax
areas that are tense and tight. A great class        #2011
for beginning as well as experienced yoga            Cherylynn Pellegrino, MA, Personal Trainer
students.                                            10 Weeks, August 8th – October 14th, $110.00
                                                     Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 9:00 a.m. –
   #2026                                             10:00 a.m.
   Heidi George, Certified Yoga Instructor           No class on September 5th
   10 Weeks, June 23rd – August 25th, $120.00        Registration Deadline is August 1, 2011
   Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
   Great Room, Community Building                 America’s Boating Course
   Registration Deadline is June 16, 2011         America's Boating Course - 3rd Edition is all
                                                  new with a completely updated manual,
Low Impact Combo                                  outstanding graphics, and two bonus computer
This exercise class incorporates plenty of        disks. The course manual is divided into five
resistance equipment (body balls and elastics)    chapters. The course covers the required
as well as use of free weights. Plenty of         topics that all recreational boaters must know.
stretching finishes each hour. Please bring a     In addition to the rules of the water, the various
mat and a bottle of water to every class.         types of boats, required safety equipment,
                                                  navigation aids, lights and sounds, anchoring,
   #2008                                          communications afloat, adverse conditions,
   Kate Sarowski, ACE                             water sports safety, trailering, personal
   10 Weeks, June 1st – Aug. 5th, $110.00
                                                  water craft safety, and knots and lines will be
   6:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.                          discussed. Digital charts and GPS waypoint
   No Class July 4th                              navigation; a key skill for boating on larger
   Great Room, Community Building                 lakes and rivers and coastal waters will also be
   Registration Deadline is May 25, 2011          introduced. Background for more advanced
                                                  piloting courses will also be discussed.
   Cherylynn Pellegrino, MA, Personal Trainer        #2012
   10 Weeks, June 1st – Aug. 5th, $110.00            Grosse Pointe Power Squadron
   Monday/Wednesday/Friday                           5 Weeks, June 15th – July 13th
   9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.                            $50.00
   No Class July 4th                                 Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
   Great Room, Community Building                    Conference Room, Community Building
   Registration Deadline is May 25, 2011             Registration Deadline is June 8, 2011

                                                     Grosse Pointe Power Squadron
                                                     5 Weeks, July 27th – August 24th
                                                     Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
                                                     Conference Room, Community Building
                                                     Registration Deadline is July 20, 2011

               Parks & Recreation Programs

Youth Aquatic Programs
 Red Cross Swim Class Descriptions                     IMPORTANT NOTICE
 Parent and Child                                      FOR PARENTS OF SWIMMERS
 (ages 6 months to 3 years)
                                                       Parks and Recreation Staff WILL BE checking
     Parent and Infant For ages 6 months to            birth certificates this year of all 4 and 5-year-
     18 months. With the parent’s assistance,          olds who register for swim lessons this year.
     infants will learn water adjustment and
     basic water skills, which are introduced
                                                       Please bring your child's birth certificate. Par-
     through games, songs, and activities.
                                                       ents who do not bring their child's birth certifi-
     Parent and Tot: For ages 18 months to             cates will not be able to sign the child up for
     3 years. With the parent’s assistance,            swim lessons.
     toddlers will focus on water exploration,
     floating, basic locomotion, stroke
     readiness and stroke development.               Swim Lessons
     Skills will be introduced through games,        • On June 11th, you may sign up for either
     songs and activities.                             Session 1 or Session 2, not both.
                                                     • Registration for Parent/Tot and Parent/Child
 Learn to Swim Program                                 also begins on June 11th.
 (ages 4 years and up)
                                                     • Children interested in Level I must be at least
     Level 1 – Introduction to Water Skills:           4 years of age by the first day of the class and
     Begin developing positive attitudes,              must provide a copy of a Birth Certificate to
     good swimming habits and safe                     prove age.
     practices in and around the water.
                                                     • Parents may not register their children until
     Level 2 – Fundamental Aquatic                     they are able to show proof of age.
     Skills: Gives participants success with         • Swim lessons are open to Grosse Pointe
     fundamental skills, including learning            Farms children only.
     how to float without support and to
     recover to a vertical position.                 • Lessons run 45 minutes, Monday through
                                                       Friday, for two weeks.
     Level 3 – Stroke Development: Builds            • Levels I and II will be in the water for 30
     on the skills learned in Level 2 through          minutes and focus on water safety for the
     additional guided practice in deeper              remaining 15 minutes.
                                                     • The cost is $45.00 per child.
     Level 4 – Stroke Improvement: Develops          • Levels I & II are limited to six students per
     confidence in the skills learned and              class. All other Levels are limited to eight
     improves other aquatic skills.                    students per class.
     Level 5 – Stroke Refinement: Provides           • Please read all registration information to
     further coordination and refinement of            avoid any inconveniences.

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  First Session                                       Red Cross Lifeguard Training
  Registration: Saturday, June 11th                   Participants will become certified in American
  8:30 a.m.                                           Red Cross Lifeguard Training and First Aid,
  Pier Park Community Building
                                                      CPR for the Professional Rescuer, Automated
  Class Dates: June 20th – July 1st, M-F
  Class Times: 9:15 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m.,     External Defibrillator, and Preventing Disease
  and 12:15 p.m.                                      Transmission. The class is limited to ten
  Class Levels: Parent/Infant, Parent/Child,          students. Participants must be 15 years of age
  Level I, Level II, Level III, Level IV, Level V,    by the last day of class. There are no make-up
  and Level VI                                        sessions, please do not register if you do not
  **Not All Levels Are Available At All Times         intend to be present every day of class.

  Second Session                                         #2021
  Registration: Saturday, June 11th                      Kara Reynolds
  8:30 a.m.                                              5 Days, August 15th – 19th, $150.00
  Pier Park Community Building                           9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  Class Dates: July 11th – July 22nd, M-F
  Class Times: 9:15 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m.,
  and 12:15 p.m.
  Class Levels: Level I, Level II, Level III, Level
  IV, Level V, and Level VI
  **Not All Levels Are Available At All Times

  Third Session
  Registration: Saturday, July 23rd
  8:30 a.m.
  Pier Park Community Building
  Class Dates: August 1st – August 12th, M-F
  Class Times: 9:15 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m.,
  and 12:15 p.m.
  Class Levels**:Level I, Level II, Level III,
  Level IV, Level V, and Level VI
  **Not All Levels Are Available At All Times         Swim Chicks Synchronized Swim
                                                      Team (Ages 7-17)
                                                      The Synchronized Swim Team combines
Parent and Infant Swim                                swimming skills, ballet, and music to create
                                                      routines that will be performed in an Annual
  5 Weeks, June 21st – July 21st, $45.00
  Tuesdays/Thursdays, 5:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.           Show on Sunday, July 24th. Team fee includes
                                                      a t-shirt but does not include a team suit;
  #2015                                               which is a requirement for participation. All
  10 Weeks, June 18th – August 20th, $45.00           past swimmers have received a packet via
  Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.                   e-mail. If you are interested in receiving a
                                                      packet, please call the Parks and Recreation
Parent and Tot Swim                                   Office at 343-2405, or email meickhorst@
  5 Weeks, June 21st – July 21st, $45.00
  Tuesdays/Thursdays, 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.              #2018
                                                         Ages 7-17
  #2017                                                  June 20th – July 24th, $95.00
  10 Weeks, June 18th – August 20th, $45.00              Monday through Thursday
  Saturdays, 8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.                       10:00 a.m. – Noon
                                                         Registration Deadline is June 17, 2011

                Parks & Recreation Programs

Grosse Pointe Farms Barracudas
Swim Team (Ages 6-17)                                  2011 Swim Meet Schedule
The Barracuda’s compete against each of                Saturday, June 18th, at 10:00 a.m.
the Grosse Pointe’s and St. Clair Shores. All                Relay Meet @ GPP
past swimmers have received a packet via
e-mail. If you are interested in receiving a           Wednesday, June 22nd, at 5:30 p.m.
packet, please call the Parks and Recreation                GPF @ GPC
Office at 343-2405, or email meickhorst@                                 Wednesday, June 29th, at 5:30 p.m.
                                                            SCS@ GPF
                                                       Wednesday, July 6th, at 5:30 p.m.
     9 Weeks, June 1st – July 28th, $110                    GPS @ GPF
     ($80 per each additional swimmer)
     Monday through Saturday                           Wednesday, July 13th, at 5:30 p.m.
     Registration Deadline is May 27, 2011                  GPF @ GPW

                                                       Wednesday, July 20th, at 5:30 p.m.
                                                            GPP @ GPF

                                                       Tuesday, July 26th, TBD
                                                             Prelims Hosted by GPF @ GPW

                                                       Wednesday, July 27th, at 5:30 p.m.
                                                            Finals Hosted by GPF @ GPW

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Youth Recreation Programs
Ballet and Jazz
Children will learn the fundamentals of ballet
and jazz while having fun. They will learn
proper stretching techniques, and dance steps
to numerous popular songs. The program will
conclude with a Dance Recital on Thursday,
August 11th, from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., at the
Grosse Pointe War Memorial. Price includes
costumes and t-shirts.     The registration
deadline for all Ballet and Jazz classes is
June 20, 2011.
   #2077                                             Linda Paton
   Linda Paton                                       8 – 10 year olds
   3 – 5 year olds                                   Monday/Wednesday, 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
   Monday/Wednesday                                  June 27th – August 11th, $65.00
   10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.                           Activities Room, Community Building
   June 27th – August 11th, $65.00
   Activities Room, Community Building               #2083
                                                     Linda Paton
   #2078                                             11 years old & up
   Linda Paton                                       Monday/Wednesday, 4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
   3 – 5 year olds                                   June 27th – August 11th, $65.00
   Monday/Wednesday                                  Activities Room, Community Building
   11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
   June 27th – August 11th, $65.00                Yoga Ed
   Activities Room, Community Building            Yoga Ed is an educational program that
                                                  combines a science-based exploration of the
   Linda Paton
                                                  body, mind, and self with the exercise system of
   3 – 5 year olds                                yoga to support and enhance learning, health,
   Monday/Wednesday                               and personal responsibility. Yoga Ed serves
   12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.                        to help others, and to develop confidence
   June 27th – August 11th, $65.00                through postures, partner work, games, and
   Activities Room, Community Building            visualizations. Students will learn how to
                                                  move gracefully, breathe smoothly and deeply,
   #2080                                          and sustain their focus and concentration,
   Linda Paton                                    while developing strength, flexibility, balance,
   6 – 7 year olds                                mental clarity, and emotional stability.
   Monday/Wednesday, 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
   June 27th – August 11th, $65.00                   #2025
   Activities Room, Community Building               Heidi George
                                                     Grades 1 - 5
   #2081                                             6 Weeks, June 20th – August 1st, $72.00
   Linda Paton                                       Mondays, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
   6 – 7 year olds                                   No Class July 4th
   Monday/Wednesday, 2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.           Great Room, Community Building, 1st
   June 27th – August 11th, $65.00                   Floor
   Activities Room, Community Building               Registration Deadline is June 13, 2011

                 Parks & Recreation Programs

Youth Tennis Lessons                                   •   Lessons run 45 minutes, Monday through
The Pier Park Youth Tennis program will be led             Friday, for two weeks.
by some of the top teaching professionals in           •   The cost is $45.00 per child.
the area. The USTA Quick start format will be          •   Children interested in Pee Wee lessons
used which scales the game down for children               must be at least 4 years of age by the first
with lower nets, low compression balls and                 day of the class and must provide a copy of
rubber throw-down lines to reduce court                    a Birth Certificate to prove age.
size. Children are able to rally the ball within       •   Children eight and older must bring their
their first hour of stepping on the court. This            Park Pass to show proof of age.
program is designed to teach everything from           •   Parents may not register their children
the fundamentals of tennis for beginners to                until they are able to show proof of age.
strategy and match play for more advanced              •   Please read all registration information to
players. We will give young students the skills            avoid any inconveniences.
necessary for a lifetime of fun in tennis.
                                                           First Session Tennis Lessons
Racquets will be available for approximately               Registration: Saturday, June 11th, 8:30 a.m.,
$25.00. Classes will be held rain or shine.                at the Pier Park Community Building
Refunds will not be given due to poor weather.             Class Dates: June 20th – July 1st, M-F
                                                           Class Times: 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:00
In the event of poor weather, class will be held
                                                           a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.
under the gazebo for verbal instruction. If                Class Levels: Pee Wee (ages 4-6), Beginner,
weather is too extreme, a sign will be posted              Advanced Beginner, Intermediate
on the gazebo for instructions on where to                 **Not All Levels Are Available At All Times
proceed indoors.
                                                           Second Session Tennis Lessons
•    On June 11th, you may sign up for either              Registration: Saturday, June 11th, 8:30 a.m.,
     Session 1 or Session 2, not both.                     at the Pier Park Community Building
•    Tennis lessons are open to Grosse Pointe              Class Dates: July 11th - July 22nd, M-F
     Farms children only, ages 4 & older                   Class Times: 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:00
                                                           a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.
                                                           Class Levels: Pee Wee (Ages 4-6), Beginner,
    Tennis Class Descriptions                              Advanced Beginner, Intermediate
      Pee Wee: For pre-school/kindergarten                 **Not All Levels Are Available At All Times
      children ages 4 years old to 6 years.
                                                           Third Session Tennis Lessons
      Beginner: For children who have                      Registration: Saturday, July 23rd, 8:30 a.m.,
      never played tennis and/or have never                at the Pier Park Community Building
      participated in organized lessons.                   Class Dates: August 1st - August 12th, M-F
                                                           Class Times: 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:00
      Advanced Beginner: For children who                  a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.
      have limited tennis experience and                   Class Levels: Pee Wee (Ages 4-6), Beginner,
      understand the basic fundamentals of                 Advanced Beginner, Intermediate
      the game.                                            **Not All Levels Are Available At All Times

      Intermediate: For children that have
      previously participated in organized
      tennis instruction and can serve and rally
      the ball from the baseline. Intermediate
      players have a good understanding of
      the game of tennis.

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Youth Basketball Clinics
Youngsters can learn the fundamental skills
of basketball during this weeklong Clinic.
The cost includes a pizza party on the last
day of the camp, a t-shirt, refreshments, and
certificates of completion. In the event of
inclement weather, the Clinic will be held in
the Warming Building.

   Ray Trincia
   Ages 7-9
   1 Week, August 1st – August 5th, $50.00
   Monday – Friday, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
   Pier Park Basketball Court
   Registration Deadline is July 25, 2011

   Ray Trincia
   Ages 10-12
   1 Week, August 8th – August 12th, $50.00
   Monday – Friday, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
   Pier Park Basketball Court
   Registration Deadline is August 1, 2011

Special Family Programs & Events
Grosse Pointe Farms & City Annual                 Grosse Pointe Farms Boat Club
Fishing Rodeo                                     Thursday Night Sail Races
The Fishing Rodeo will again be held at Pier      The newly rejuvenated Grosse Pointe Farms
Park and is open to Farms and City residents      Boat Club will be sponsoring the Thursday
ages 17 and under. This is a free program for     Night Sailboat Races featuring a Triangular
all ages. There are prizes for all participants   Course off the Pier Park with the first race
and door prizes for the adults, too. There will   beginning at 7:00 p.m. The races are each
be refreshments for breakfast and lunch. All      Thursday for the months of June and August
fisher persons should be ready to cast their      and also the first Thursday in September. The
lines by 8:30 a.m. with the actual starting       races are open to all sailors. Come out and
time for fishing to start at 9:00 a.m. sharp.     enjoy the fun. The schedule is as follows:
This program is open to all residents of Grosse   June 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th and August 4th,
Pointe Farms and Grosse Pointe City. Everyone     11th, 18th, 25th and September 1st. If you are
should bring their own bait and fishing poles.    interested in entering please visit www.
This program is organized by Dick Graves

   August 13th, Free
   Saturday, 9:00 a.m.
   Pier Park

                  Parks & Recreation Programs

Annual Fireworks Display & Concert                    Family Campout
On Saturday, July 2nd, the City will have a free      You must register early to reserve a campsite
concert from 7:00 – 9:45 p.m., featuring the          for the “Family Campout Weekend”. This is
“Soul Provider Band”, and a fireworks show            a once a year opportunity for Grosse Pointe
immediately following the concert.          The       Farms families to sleep under the stars of Pier
Fireworks and Concert is part of the Annual           Park and Lake St. Clair. This program is limited
Regatta.                                              to the first sixty families and is only open
                                                      to Grosse Pointe Farms families. Camping
                                                      families are limited to one camp site (20’ x
                                                      20’) per family due to limited space.

                                                      Families must provide their own tent, dinner
                                                      and snacks. This is a family event, at least one
                                                      parent MUST be present for the full camp.
                                                      Special programs will be offered in the evening
                                                      including a family movie and campfire sing
                                                      along with s’mores. Campers will also be
                                                      treated to a pancake breakfast on Sunday
                                                      morning. Registrations will be accepted on a
                                                      first-come, first serve basis and must include
                                                      the camp reservation form and full payment.

Annual Ice Cream Social                                   September 10th & 11th, $10.00 per person
Save the date for this one! Grosse Pointe                 Saturday and Sunday
Farms residents and their guests are invited to
indulge in free ice cream and enjoy activities        2011 Summer Concerts
such as a Moonwalk, Dunk Tank, Train Rides,           Come and enjoy a warm summer evening on
Face Painting and Magic Shows. This day is            beautiful Lake St. Clair at Pier Park. Listen to
sponsored and hosted by the Grosse Pointe             some of your favorite music. Bring a friend, a
Farms Foundation. This is a day that all              blanket, a lounge chair and picnic. These are
families must mark on their summer calendar           free concerts.
as a “can’t miss day.”
                                                          Saturday, July 2nd
     August 6 , Free
             th                                           7:00 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.
     Saturday, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.                      Soul Provider Band, LLC
     Pier Park
                                                          Sunday, July 31st
                                                          4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
All Pointes Family Outdoor Movie                          Swing Shift Orchestra
This summer’s All Pointes Family Outdoor
Movie, "Despicable Me," will be held at Grosse
Pointe South’s Football Field. This movie night
is open to residents of all five Grosse Pointes.
Parks passes are required and will be checked
at the entrance on Fisher Rd.

     Saturday, August 20th
     Approximately 9:00 p.m. (At Dusk)

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Grosse Pointe Farms Boat Club is Fun for the Entire Family
For nearly sixty years, members of the            together at our beautiful Pier Park. Regatta is
Grosse Pointe Farms Boat Club have                our club’s only fundraiser and monies raised
worked to enhance the lives of residents          help us continue to thrive through service
in the community of Grosse Pointe Farms,          and social events throughout the year.
                                                  Membership in GPFBC is open to any
To that end, our members partner with             resident of Grosse Pointe Farms and we are
the Parks and Recreation Department               proud to boast over 150 families of all ages
to provide meaningful and memorable               and stages…there’s always room for YOU in
community events throughout the year.             Grosse Pointe Farms Boat Club!
Our biggest event coincides with the city’s
annual fireworks display – Regatta. This          To learn more about sponsorship or getting
weekend-long celebration of Independence          involved in the 2011 Regatta, please contact
Day brings families, neighbors, and friends       Cyndee Harrison at 313-410-2343 or

Annual Regatta
The 2011 Regatta will run all weekend with lots of fun activities for the whole family.
The tentative schedule is as follows:

   Saturday, July 2nd
   All Day                      Children’s Art in the Park Display
   11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.       50/50 Raffle Tickets will be sold (tent by shuffle board courts)
   11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.       Grand Prize Raffle Tickets will be sold (tent by shuffle board courts)
   11:00 a.m.                   Decorated Bicycle Parade
   11:30 a.m.                   Pie Eating Contest
   12:30 p.m.                   Inflatable Boat Races
   1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.        Face Painting
   1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.        The Barbershop Quartet – “In The Neighborhood” strolling
   2:30 p.m.                    Yellow Duckie Race
   3:00 p.m.              .     Sand Castle Building Contest (judged at 4:00 p.m.)
   4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.        Pie Baking Contest
   3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.        Picnic Table Decorating Contest
   4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.        Children’s Games
   6:00 p.m.                    Award’s Ceremony
   6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.        Glow Stick Sale

   Sunday, July 3rd
   1:00 p.m.                    Pet Parade
   2:00 p.m.                    Regatta Rendezvous

                City Directory

                                       City Directory
                                    City of Grosse Pointe Farms
                                            90 Kerby Road
                                 Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236
Administration                                                                                885-6600
 Elections and registrations, council meetings, ordinances, birth and death certificates, taxes and tax
 rates, assessments, collections and water bills, accounts and finance, recycling and refuse disposal.

Public Service                                                                                 885-4285
 Building permits, engineering, inspections, pest control, regulations, sidewalks, streets, tree service,
 sanitary and storm sewers and zoning.

Parks and Recreation Office                                                                 343-2405
 Pier Park, Pier Park Gate House, Kerby Field, marina, class schedules, Community Building rental and
 picnic and temporary park permits.

Municipal Court                                                                               885-2104

Public Safety (Police & Fire)                                                                 885-2100

Ambulance and Emergencies                                                                           911

Poison Control                                                                                745-5711

                                           Council Members
                                     James C. Farquhar, Mayor
                                   Therese Joseph, Mayor Pro Tem
                                      Charles S. “Terry” Davis
                                          Joseph Leonard
                                            Louis Theros
                                        Peter W. Waldmeir
                                           Martin F. West

                                             City Manager
                                             Shane Reeside

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