Sunday, July 5, 2015

PARS FOR PUPS golf tourney scheduled August 15

The first annual Pars for Pups Golf Tournament is scheduled for August 15 at the Taylor Meadows Golf Course. It will benefit Pound Pals of Taylor and the campaign to create the City's first dog park.
The tourney is $65 per player in a four-person scramble format. Included in the ticket will be golf, lunch at the turn, dinner at the end of the day and plenty of prizes.Shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.

Those interested in sponsoring can do so in many ways:
  • Platinum: $500 (two hole sponsorships, event banner and social media recognition, four-person team entry)
  • Gold: $400 (one hole sponsorship, Event banner and social media recognition. Four-person team entry)
  • Silver: $300 (two hole sponsorships, event banner and social media recognition)
  • Bronze: $200 (one hole sponsorship, event banner and social media recognition)
  • Copper: $100 (one hole sponsorship)
  • Friend of the Event: $50 (Recognition on social media)
To sponsor or participate for the Pound Pals, call (313) 702-2929. To sponsor or participate for the dog park, call (734) 341-3591.

PARK IT and watch a free movie August 11

Park It Family Fun Nights has scheduled another FREE outdoor movie night in Heritage Park, starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, August 11.
The event will begin at 6 with live music by the George Brothers at 6:30 and the movie -- "Night at the Museum" -- beginning at 8:20.

Included will be activities for children, giveways and much more.

Community sponsors include Tim Horton's and Meijer, 

For more information, click on

FEELING THE HEAT: Northwest Park pool is open for the summer

Northwest Pool, located in Northwest Park off of Van Born Road, is open for the 2015 season. The pool is the only outdoor pool in the City of Taylor. It was reopened last year after being closed for three seasons.

The 2015 rates are as follows:
  • Family Passes (in same household) -- Residents $50; Non-residents $70
  • One Day Pass -- $4 for adults; $3 for children; $2 for seniors (non-residents are $1 more)
  • Individual Summer Pass -- $20 resident ($30 non-resident)
Pool passes can be purchased at the Taylor Recreation Center or they can be purchased at the pool. If you purchase passes at the TRC, you can use a credit or debit card. If passes are purchased at the pool, only cash or checks will be accepted.

The pool will be open on the following schedule:
  • Noon -6 p.m. Mondays
  • Closed Tuesdays
  • Noon - 6 p.m.Wednesdays
  • Closed Thursdays
  • Noon-6 p.m. Fridays
  • 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays
  • Noon - 6 p.m. Sundays
For more information, call the TRC at (734) 374-8900.

TAYLOR FARMER'S MARKET: Check back in on Friday, July 10

The all-new Taylor Farmer’s Market presented by Oakwood Healthcare is off and running, and will be open against this Friday, July 10. 

The market is open from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. inside the Sheridan Center Open Air Pavilion at Heritage Park. It will be open every Friday through September 25.

In addition, each Friday there will be an “Eat Better! Move More!” walk around Heritage Park scheduled for 10:30 a.m., beginning at the market. The walks will each have a featured leader that will be announced in advance. The opening June 5 walk will feature Mayor Rick Sollars and last week's week featured U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell.

This week's featured walker is City Clerk Cindy Bower. The walks are free and open to the public. Everyone is encouraged to attend and receives a free pedometer from Oakwood – bring your children along, too. It’s a great way to help get in shape – remember, 10,000 steps a day keeps the doctors away!
As presenting sponsor of the market, Oakwood Healthcare is joined by presenters Mayor Sollars, Treasurer Edward Bourassa, City Clerk Cindy Bower, City Council Chairperson Linda Parker-Craig, Council Pro-Tem Angela Croft, Councilman Alex Garza, Councilman Tim Woolley and Councilman Dan Bzura, along with 23rd District Court Judges Geno Salomone and Joseph Slaven, and Wayne County Commissioner Ray Basham.

This year’s market also welcomes sponsors A to Z Total Heating and Cooling, Al’s Asphalt, Dentistry Calm, JS Vig, Medilodge of Taylor, MI Custom Signs, Comfort Inn and Suites, Taylor Dance, Taylor Recycling, Wade Trim, Seaway Pharmacy, Howe Peterson Funeral Homes, Shwedel Dental and Bellissimo Tan-Hair-CafĂ©.

Here are some of the vendors in the marketplace:
  • Pico de Gallo (food)
  • William’s Garden (food & produce)
  • Flying Otter (food & wine)
  • Juanita’s Gourmet Salsa LLC (food)
  • Happy Harvest (food)
  • Evie’s Tamales (food)
  • King Honey Farm (food)
  • Asian Sun Tea (food & drink)
  • Wild Hog Sausage (food & produce)
  • Mr. Greens (food & produce)
  • Kettle Corn of Michigan (food & produce)
  • Organo Gold (food & drink)
  • Suzanne’s Sweet Treats (food)
  • Uncle Calvin’s Sweet Potato Pies (food)
  • Schact’s Produce (food & produce)
  • Serendipity Cakery LLC (food)
  • Chapman Sheep Farms (food & produce)
  • Sunbear’s Just Bones (pet food specialist)
  • Bonnie’s Royal Oils (artisan)
  • Barbara Stewart (Tupperware)
  • Farm House Crafts (artisan & crafts)
  • From Us To You (artisan)
  • Candle Coated Wicks (artisan)
  • Marie Belton Crafts (artisan & crafts)
  • The Fat Cat (artisan)
  • Heart to Heart (artisan).
This year’s market is run by an all-volunteer force. 
Oakwood in partnership with the City of Taylor, the Taylor School District, and area leaders launched “Healthy Taylor” in November 2014. The campaign’s goals are to promote and mobilize community members and stakeholders; benefit from cross-sector partnerships; encourage systematic change; foster widespread dedication toward the goal of better health; and bring together resources to accomplish the goal.

To learn more and/or to become a Healthy Communities partner, please call Oakwood’s Ruth Sebaly (313) 412-0567.

Vendors are attracted by its central location Downriver, the high traffic volume of people at Heritage Park and the shelter that the Sheridan Center offers. Most farmer’s markets are held outdoors, where rain or hot sun can take its toll.

Market planners have also decided on “theme days” scheduled throughout the season, including:
  • July 10: Healthy Taylor Day including health screens and demonstrations.
  • July 17: Celebrate Baseball Day including raffles and baseball wares.
  • July 24: Celebrate Christmas in July! May include a car show!
  • July 31: Celebrate Reading and feed your imagination.
  • August 7: Clowning Around will feature clowns, balloons and a magician.
  • August 14: Safety Matters with emergency responders featured.
  • August 21: Taste of Taylor to feature local restaurants.
  • August 28: All About the Arts featuring art, music and dance.
  • September 4: Labor Day Celebration.
  • September 11: Back to School featuring education and school giveaways.
  • September 18: Celebrate Fall with square dancing, fiddlers and apple cider.
  • September 25: Market Appreciation Day!
The Taylor Farmer’s Market presented by Oakwood Healthcare is still accepting vendors and other ideas for this year’s events list, if you have them, are always more than welcome. If you are interested, need more information or want to share a thought, contact Kimber Dorton ( or Karl Ziomek ( or call (734) 374-1450.

MUSIC AND ARTS IN THE GARDENS: Series continues this week with Marcus Elliot Quartet

The Taylor Conservatory Foundation and the Wayne County Community College Downriver District's Prechter Educational and Performing Arts Center has announced its 2015 Music and Arts in the Gardens concert slate.

This is the popular Wednesdays summer concert program at the Taylor Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. Each Wednesday from June 10, through August 26, the event celebrates music and art. Tickets are $5, seating is limited and those attending should bring lawn chairs. 
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the concert from 6:30-8:30. Food and drink is offered by Silvershores Waterfront Banquet & Catering.

This year's lineup includes:
  • This week, Wednesday, July 8: Marcus Elliot Quartet
  • July 15: Chris Codish & the Brothers Groove
  • July 22: Saxopyhonist Deon Yates
  • July 29: Don Middlebrook & the Pearl Divers
  • August 5: Metro Jazz Voices
  • August 12: Dummer Sean Dobbins Trio
  • August 19: Girls Night Out Date Night
  • August 26 Grand Finale: Dave Bennett Quartet ($10 per person)
For more information, click on or For general information for weather alerts during the concert season, call (888) 383-4108.

FOOD DRIVE: At the Taylor Police Department

The Taylor Police Department is holding a food drive through the end of the month.
Suggested drop off items are peanut butter, canned fruits, canned veggies, canned meat, fish or stews, baby food, formula, fruit juices, rice, pasta, chili, evaporated milk, powdered milk, breakfast foods and household paper products.

The drive is to aid the Fish & Loaves Community Food Pantry.
Drop items off at the Taylor Police Station, 23515 Goddard Road.
For more information, call the TPD at (734) 374-1444.