Leisure Link eNewsletter

So much is happening in Canton this summer! Check out some of the exciting events coming up this month as we celebrate National Parks & Recreation Month!

Important Registration Information

Canton Leisure Services has upgraded its registration system to make signing up for recreational and cultural programs, classes and events easier than ever. Most patrons will need to update their existing account prior to registering; or if you are taking a class for the first time, you will need to create a new account.  Find all the account registration details here. For further information or if you need support using the NEW Registration System, please contact us at leisure@canton-mi.org or at 734/394-5460. 

A Priority Message for Canton Park Visitors

Michigan's tick population is reportedly on the rise and the Canton Park Office is warning park guests that there have been several reported cases of ticks found on individuals who visited Patriot Park, located at Ridge Road north of Ford Road in Canton. Visitors are encouraged to exercise caution when hiking or taking part in other outdoor activities and implement the following strategies for preventing tick encounters:

  • Avoid wooded and bushy areas with high grass and leaf litter.
  • Stay in open spaces or trails when walking in the woods.
  • Wear long pants, long sleeves, and long socks if walking through wooded areas.
  • Light colored clothing may make ticks easier to spot.
  • Check your full body and head for ticks after being outdoors.
  • After time in wooded areas, shower to remove ticks before they become attached.
  • Remember to examine children and household pets for ticks after they have been outside.

For additional information, visit the Michigan Department of Community Health's website at www.michigan.gov/documents/emergingdiseases/5commonticks_282020_7.pdf

Family Camp Out participants prep some tasty treats over the camp fire

Family Movie & Camp Out Moves To
New Location at Independence Park

Area residents are invited to celebrate the great outdoors and ‘camp out’ during this popular summer event on July 12, which will also feature the animated movie “LEGO Movie 2” (Rated PG).  Due to park ground conditions, this year’s event has been relocated to Independence Park, located at 1898 Denton Road in Canton, MI  48188.  
Plenty of kids' activities will be available beginning at 6 p.m. including: inflatable bouncers; s'more making; family games and more!  Set-up of tents and campers will begin on Friday, July 12, at 2 p.m. No advance reservation is necessary, but online registration will be available starting July 8.  For those who do not register online, the $22 camping fee may also be paid on-site the day of the event; cash only please.

If you would like to take part in the activities and movie, but are not interested in camping-out, wristbands will be on sale at the event for $7 per participant (does not include face painting, refreshments, and concessions).  For more information, call 734/394-5460 or visit www.cantonfun.org

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Thursday Night LIVE Concert Series

Nothing says summer more than free outdoor concerts at the Heritage Park Amphitheater! This year’s Thursday Night Live Concert Series, sponsored by Canton Community Financial, has been revamped to include: a variety of weekly food trucks; a Beer and Wine Garden sponsored by Maraschino's Pub, with 100% of sales going to Second Chance At Life – a local non-profit group that helps Michigan families with medical transplant costs; and family lawn games.  In addition, special Paint and Pours will be held on July 18, and August 15, where a talented instructor will walk participants step by step through the painting process to create a unique take-home work of art for just $20 – cash only, please. NO concert will be held on July 4th. The rest of the summer schedule includes: July 11: The Groove Party; July 18: Killer Flamingos; July 25: Shiny Penny; August 1: Dueling Pianos; August 8: Alexandria N’ Transit; and August 15: Trilogy. All concerts are weather dependent. Find additional information here or call 734/394-5460.
Canton Farmers Market photo

Canton Farmers Market

Be sure to stop by the Canton Farmers Market and show your support for our local farmers and vendors!  Located at 500 N. Ridge Road, the Farmers Market takes place every Sunday from 9 am – 1 pm rain or shine, until October 13.  Please note: The Farmers Market will NOT be open on Sunday, July 7th. This family-friendly market offers a wide variety of produce, foods, handmade items, and more.  Stop by this popular Canton destination and discover something new!

Personal Safety for Your Teen & College-Bound Students

Canton’s Public Safety Department is partnering with Canton Leisure Services to present Personal Safety for Your Teen and College-Bound Student seminar on Saturday, July 20, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.  This special presentation will be held at the Summit on the Park, which is located at 46000 Summit Parkway in Canton, MI. 
This free seminar is open to participants 14 years of age and older, who will learn some basic life-skills that will help them make the transition into adulthood - be it in dorm life or as a high school student. Topics presented during this seminar include: dorm room safety; social media dangers; the importance of knowing your surroundings and how to be a good witness; as well as what to do if you fall victim to a crime. Again, there is no cost for this seminar, however registration is required. Sign up today online here. For additional information, call 734/394-5460. 

6th Annual Rally on Ridge at New Location
On Saturday, July 27, area residents are invited to attend the  Sixth Annual Rally or Ridge at Cherry Hill School, located at 50440 Cherry Hill Road, for a festive evening of food, fun, music, and more to benefit the Canton Farmers Market. Stop by from 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. to partake in local eats with friends, family, and neighbors and enjoy this special fundraiser that will feature several popular gourmet food trucks, live local musicians, and a 21 and over Beer Garden. Discounted Pre-Sale Beer Garden Tickets will be available online at www.cantonfun.org from July 12-26, 2019, where you can purchase 5 tickets for $15 just by entering Rally on Ridge 2019 under Register for Programs. Come out for a great night featuring tasty food and plenty of summer fun to support the Canton Farmers Market!

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Michigan Shakespeare Festival Returns to Canton's Village Theater

The Village Theater at Cherry Hill is teaming up with the Michigan Shakespeare Festival to bring several special performances to Canton this summer. The Michigan Shakespeare Festival will once again be performing in Canton this during their summer residency at the Village Theater at Cherry Hill.  From August 2nd through the 18th, the Michigan Shakespeare Festival will present its 2019 Season lineup at The Village Theater, located at 50400 Cherry Hill Road.

Performances will include: William Shakespeare's "King Lear" and "The Two Gentlement of Verona“, as well as Edmond Rostand's ”Cyrano de Bergerac"  Don’t miss these quality productions, featuring respected and professional Equity Actors. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at www.cantonvillagetheater.org, by calling 734/394-5300, or in person Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at The Village Theater. Get your tickets today!  For additional information, contact The Village Theater at 734/394-5300.

Canton Cardboard Boat Race photo

Cardboard Boat Races Return

Cast off and say "Anchors Aweigh" as you race toward victory in the 5th Annual Summit on the Park Cardboard Boat Race, which will be held on Friday, August 2, starting at 6 p.m.  Build your custom vessel no bigger than 5 1/2 feet wide by 10 feet long using only cardboard, duct tape and paint.  Then, line up your crew and enter to win!  Register online at www.summitonthepark.org  or at the Summit front desk. Cardboard Boat Race event fees per boat are:  $10 for Summit Members; $15 for Canton Residents; and $20 for Non-Residents. Oars will be provided for use during race.  Awards will be presented in the following categories:  Most Creative; Fastest Boat, and The Titanic Award. Each vessel will be timed individually.   For additional information and race rules, visit www.summitonthepark.org or call 734/394-5460. 

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