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Posted on: August 18, 2020

City announces delayed program registration and event modification/cancellation for fall activities

In accordance with recommendations by federal, state and county health agencies, the city of Sterling Heights announces delayed registration for many Parks & Recreation programs to Sept. 21 and modification or cancellation of events and activities.

Programs, events and services still being held with modifications for safety (e.g. outdoors, virtual or a combination) include:

  • Sept. 11 – Nature Center Mother/Son Outdoor Adventure – will be held with several modifications for safety.
  • Sept. 15 – Diversity Distinction Awards – in lieu of a live banquet, this year five individuals and organizations will be recognized at the City Council meeting in the Community Center.
  • Sept. 25 – State of the City – in lieu of a live event, this year’s State of the City will be comprised of videotaped moderated panels featuring Sterling Heights Mayor Michael Taylor and local leaders.
  • Oct. 1 – Nature Center will open showroom on this date or when state guidelines permit, whichever comes later.
  • Oct. 13 – Volunteer Banquet – in lieu of a live banquet, this year volunteers will be recognized for their special achievements and years of service in a virtual way through video highlights and more.
  • Nov. 4 – Community Center Walking track open to limited capacity. This date will be amended if we enter Phase 5 of Governor Whitmer’s Safe Start plan prior to this date, or delayed if we have not.
  • Nov. 11 – Veteran’s Day – if we progress to Phase 5 of Governor Whitmer’s Safe Start plan, we will hold this event with several modifications. If we do not progress to Phase 5 by Oct. 1, a decision will be made to transition to a virtual format featuring video and virtual events honoring our community’s veterans.
  • Nov. 20 – Puttin’ On The Ritz – if we progress to Phase 5 of Governor Whitmer’s Safe Start plan, we will hold this event with several modifications. If we do not progress to Phase 5 by Oct. 20, a decision will be made to postpone or transition to a virtual event with video highlights and more.
  • Dec. 1 – Ice Rink will open and comply with state safety distancing and capacity guidelines.
  • Existing baseball field rentals will be permitted; no additional dates or extended times will be approved.
  • Family Scavenger Hunts
  • Trivia and Bingo
  • E-Gaming Tournaments
  • Fitness Classes (Session 1)
  • Art for All Classes (Sept. – Dec.)
  • Home Alone
  • Sterling Stars Dance (Fall Session)
  • Teen Programs
  • Little Learners (Session 1)
  • Karate
  • Adaptive Recreation Kickball, Cooking Classes, Dances and Dance Exercise
  • Nature Center Archery
  • Nature Center Programs and Educational Opportunities
  • Senior Center Programs and Educational Opportunities -- Halloween and Christmas events will be replaced with COVID-compliant activities in lieu of in-person events.
  • Senior Center Transportation (one rider per vehicle; medical appointments and shopping only)
  • Sterling Football Club (no-contact skills clinic; practices only)
  • AYSO Skills Clinics – these clinics will not be held on City fields but will continue to take place at other locations.

Program Registration for the following programs has been delayed until Sept. 21. A decision to move forward or cancel these programs will be made prior to the opening of registration:

  • Grand Connections
  • Little Learners (Session 2)
  • Gymnastics
  • Indoor Tennis, Karate (Session 2)
  • Indoor Adult Athletic Leagues (volleyball, basketball, veteran dodgeball)
  • Fitness Classes (Session 2)
  • Stained Glass (Session 2)
  • Art Classes (Nov. – Dec.)
  • Adaptive Recreation Dances (Oct. – Nov.) and Dance Exercise (Session 2)
  • Adaptive Recreation Basketball (registration delayed until at least Nov. 2)
  • Sterling Heights Basketball Club (registration delayed until at least Nov. 2)
  • 50+ Demystifying the Internet
  • Nature Center Scavenger Hunt (Oct.) and Animal Feast Program (Nov.) 

The following events, activities and facilities have been cancelled or closed through Dec. 31, 2020:

  • Aug. – Dec. – All Senior Center special events are cancelled through the end of 2020. Halloween and Christmas events will be replaced with COVID-compliant activities in lieu of in-person events.
  • Aug. – Dec. – all drop-in programs at the Senior Center and Community Center have been cancelled through the end of the year. This date may be amended if we enter Phase 5 of Governor Whitmer’s Safe Start plan prior to Jan. 1, 2021.
  • Aug. – Dec. – soccer fields will remain closed through the end of the year.
  • Aug. – Dec. – pavilion rentals will remain cancelled through the end of the year. If we progress to Phase 5 of Governor Whitmer’s Safe Start plan, pavilions will be opened for general park use only, not individual rentals.
  • Sept. – Oct. – 50+ Stained Glass
  • Sept. – Nov. – 50+ Low Impact Fat Burner Fitness Class
  • Sept. – Nov. – 50+ Matter of Balance
  • Sept. 19 – Treasure Hunter’s Market
  • Dec. 17 – Adaptive Recreation Christmas Party
  • Oct. 13 and 15 – Babysitter Training
  • Oct. 24 – Sterling Frights Halloween – if we progress to Phase 5 of Governor Whitmer’s Safe Start plan, we will hold this event with several modifications. If we do not progress to Phase 5 by Sept. 24, a decision will be made to cancel for 2020.
  • Nov. 7 – Daddy Daughter Dance – cancelled for 2020.
  • Dec. 4 and 5 – A Sterling Christmas – if we progress to Phase 5 of Governor Whitmer’s Safe Start plan, we will hold this event with several modifications. If we do not progress to Phase 5 by Nov. 1, a decision will be made to cancel for 2020.

Sterling Heights Public Library Events and Activities

Given the remaining COVID-19 threat and the library’s ongoing building renovations, the library has prepared a flexible schedule of events for September through December. While the library hoped to provide in-person programming through Parks and Recreation facilities this fall, alternate plans were created in case indoor programming proved unworkable. Presentations, performances and discussions will be hosted outside if at all possible. If an outside venue is not feasible, the program will move to a virtual format. Similarly, the library’s craft program will either be hosted outside or converted into ready-to-go craft kits full of supplies and instructions that can be acquired through the library’s curbside pickup service. For a schedule of library events, visit www.shpl.net/610.

 

The City continues to monitor conditions and may further modify or cancel additional events or activities. Please contact the Community Relations Department at cityhall@sterling-heights.net for updates.

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