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April 2014                                                                                                                                       Issue 4
 In This Issue
Adults 50 & Better
Community Events
Cultural Arts
Gift Shop
Health & Fitness
Ice Arena
Nature Center
Special Services Spotlight
Summer Camps
Tell Us Your Story
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The goal of this program is to introduce your child to the sport of soccer. The focus will be on learning the game of soccer in a pressure-free environment. Each child will receive a T-shirt. Rainouts will be made up. Limit 30 per class.
Costick Center Fields
Ages: 3 - 5
Wednesdays (May 7 - June 4)
3:30 - 4:20 pm 
Class #211006 - 01
4:30 - 5:20 pm
Class #211007 - 01
5:30 - 6:20 pm
Class #211008 - 01
  Fee: $70 ($60 for Residents)
Nature Center
Second Annual
Earth Day Celebration  
Farmington Hills will celebrate Earth day with activities, food, and education for adults and kids! Activities include guided excursions, rock painting, face painting, stories by the fire with Genot Picor, make your own potted plant, nature twister, earth ball, and fun with Peace, Love, and Planet. Plus, stroll the exhibitor area and learn how to save money, save energy, and reduce your impact on the environment. You can also purchase dinner that includes a variety of grilled cheese sandwiches hot off the grill!
All ages welcome! Free event!
Click here to view the flyer!
Nature Center
Tuesday, April 22
(5 - 7 pm)
Earth Day Afterglow
After the Earth Day celebration, enjoy the Earth Day Afterglow at the Longacre House! The evening starts with a strolling dinner of organic appetizers, followed by local food, beer, and sustainability experts who will share their take on the latest environmental/sustainability trends in Michigan. Leave feeling in tune with Michigan's environmental movement and how it impacts you! The fee for this event is $15. Registration deadline: April 20.
Longacre House
Ages 21+
Tuesday, April 22
(7:30 - 9:30 pm)
Class #311240 - 01

Stay up to date on all the Nature Center programs and events. Click here to read the Nature Center Newsletter!
Red Cross Lifeguard Training

 Recertification $120

(Valid for two years)

New Certification $250


Students must be at least 15 years old and able to pass swimming prerequisites.
For more information and details,
contact Aquatic Supervisor
Matt Gale at (248) 473 - 1834.


Session 4

 April 8, 9, 10

 (10 am - 7 pm)

  Class #214114 - 04


Session 5

April 25, May 2

(4 - 9 pm)

April 25, May 3

(4 - 9 pm)



 Registration for Session 2

 of Swim Lessons has begun.  


  Session 2 (8 Weeks)

 March 1 - April 25

Fee: $61 ($56 for Residents) 
Session 3 (7 Weeks)
April 26 - June 16
Fee: $54 ( $49 for Residents)
(No Class May 24 - 26)   
 The Adults 50 & Better operate a charming gift shop in the Costick Center, which is open most mornings and afternoons Monday - Friday. We return 100% of the proceeds to the community through our outreach program. We welcome all like-new donations such as boutique items, jewelry, glassware, antiques, and seasonal items. Stop by to see what wonderful treasures await you! 
Special Services Spotlight
Afterschool Programs
 Each month, Special Services will highlight a participant or program that showcases the community. This month, we shine a light on Veena Thamilselvan, a talented member of the After School Program.
A student at East Middle School,
Veena Thamilselvan 
participates in various Special Services activities.
From the creative writing program Youthful of Stories and The Nature Club to helping out with bake sales, Veena does a great job of being active and involved in her community. When asked how the After School Youth Center has affected her, Veena said that the programs have made her better and have given her a chance to meet different people and begin new experiences.
Veena also excels in her student life,
and recently won five medals when she participated in a Science Olympiad. She showed skill and knowledge in numerous areas including Meteorology and Experimental Design. Veena plans on becoming a doctor and joining Doctors Without Borders, an organization that works to help people worldwide where the need is greatest, by delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters or exclusion from health care. Special Services is happy to highlight Veena's achievements.
Community Events
Why should the kids have all the fun? Join us for our ADULT egg hunt! A fun-filled evening with friends, including a cash bar for beer and wine. Enjoy salad, pizza, and breadsticks for dinner. You could also win golf outings, dinner at local restaurants, and more! Don't get left in the dark, bring your flashlight! This event sells out!
  Longacre House
                          Ages: 21+
                      Friday, April 11
                         (7 - 9 pm)
              Fee: $17 ($12 for Residents)
              Class Number: #211238 - 01   
  Registration Deadline: April 4 or until full

This is not your ordinary egg hunt! First we will eat pizza and then head out to the "egg patch" to search for eggs. A bag will be provided for the search and all children will receive a goody bag! Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Costick Center
Saturday, April 12
(12 - 1:30 pm)
Fee: $12 ($7 for Residents)
Registration Deadline: April 4 or until full
This FREE health-inspired program is in partnership with Botsford Hospital. Health care professionals will be available for discussions, questions, blood pressure monitoring, and more! The walk begins at the Nature Center and continues on a variety of trails in Heritage Park. Walks are open to everyone who wants to improve or maintain their health.
Visit for more information. All ages welcome!
"Living Long, Aging Better"
Thursday, April 17
(12 - 1 pm)
"Planning Your Future Medical Care"
Thursday, May 15
(12 - 1 pm)
Adults 50 & Better
  Project Healthy Living  
Free and low cost test services!
Blood pressure screening
Stroke awareness questionnaire
Balance testing
Foot checks
Hearing screening
Memory screening
 Blood testing
Information booths and handouts!
For more information, call (248) 473 - 1830.
Costick Center
Friday, April 4, 2014
(9am - 2pm)
  Sponsored by:
Farmington Area Commission on Aging
Botsford Hospital
Get Ready Now
Walk away with your own personal action plan! Join the Farmington Hills/Farmington Emergency Preparedness Commission (EPC) and the Farmington Hills Fire Department for a seminar on communication tips before, during and after disasters. Learn how to reach friends, loved ones and emergency services, how to prepare your home, car and mobile devices. All participants will receive a complimentary lunch after the program.
Costick Center
Thursday, May 8
(9:30 am - 12 noon)
Sign up in Conway Hall. Space is limited.
Sponsored by:
Stay updated on all the Adults 50+ programs and events. Click here to read the Messenger Newsletter!
Register now for Summer Camps!
Online, by mail, or in person at the Costick Center!
Click here to view all of our
Summer 2014 Camps and Programs!
For a full list of programs and events, click on the 2014
Spring/Summer Activities Guide below!
Register Now!
Click the link below for online program/event registration.
 Have you or a family member experienced a special program, service, or event that you especially enjoyed or that had a positive effect on your life?
 If so, we would love to hear your story!
Email comments to
If you have a related photo, please feel free to send it also.
Click here to view this month's story winner!
Farmington Hills Special Services may share stories/photos for promotional purposes and you may be selected to win a $50 Special Services gift certificate!
Cultural Arts


 Spend a day with the Arts!

A wonderful celebration of the arts in our community! Interactive art and fun for families - see over 200 pieces of artwork, hands-on activities for children, ongoing entertainment, including dance, instrumental groups, and more, plus engaging artist demonstrations. 

Enjoy a FREE family festival day!

Costick Center

Saturday, May 3

(10 am - 4 pm)





 The Farmington Hills Youth Theatre presents 140 children and youth in two casts, in this full-fledged Broadway version of Camp Rock! Great music, dancing, and a classic, entertaining story of two rival camps vying to be stars. 

Tickets are $10; Ages 3 and under free. Tickets are available online, at the Costick Center or at the door. Special group rates are available. For more information,

call (248) 473 - 1857. Click here to order your tickets online!  


 Costick Center Stage  

 Two Weekends! Fun for All Ages!



 Friday, April 25, 7 pm

Saturday, April 26, 2 pm

Sunday, April 27, 2 pm 



 Saturday, May 3, 7 pm

Sunday, May 4, 1 pm & 5pm 

Ice Arena
Upcoming Skate
Classes and Events!
The Farmington Hills Ice Arena will offer a seven-week Learn-to-Skate session starting on Sunday, April 27 and continuing through Sunday, June 15. Classes are offered on Tuesdays and Sundays for ages 3 through Adult.  All levels for Learn-to-Skate and hockey skating skills are welcome.  We have also started a new class "Intro to Ice Dance". No matter the age or skill level, there is always something for
everyone to enjoy!
We are also excited to let you know about our annual ice show "SKATING TO WSK8 RADIO." Show dates are Friday, May 9 at 7 pm and Saturday, May 10 at 4 pm. Tickets will be available at the Ice Arena starting April 9. For more information,call (248) 478 - 8800, or click here to visit the website.
Health & Fitness
This class is designed for fast and serious weight loss and suitable for all fitness levels. It offers a realistic program of exercise aimed at achieving individual physical fitness goals, cardiovascular endurance, muscle strength, and excess body fat loss. Please note: Heavy and light hand weights, mats, and jump ropes must be provided by the student. Register now!
Costick Center Gym
Ages: 12+
Thursdays, May 8 - June 19
(6:30 - 7:30 pm)
Class #315703 - 01
Fee: $52 ($47 for Residents)
City of Farmington Hills | | (248) 473-1800 
The Costick Center is open Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Wednesdays open until 7 pm
Register Here!
Click the link below for online program/event registration.

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