Parks and Recreation Department plans for winter

With cold months drawing near, the Mount Pleasant Parks and Recreation Department has a range of events scheduled for winter weather.

International Games’ Day

Mount Pleasant Parks is partnering with the Chippewa River District Library to host games including life-sized games of Checkers, Life, Chutes and Ladders. The day of games is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Veterans Memorial Library. The event is free.

Candy Cane Lane

Carnival style games, ornament crafts and a candy cane hunt with prizes will be offered from 9 a.m. to 11:30 Dec. 3 at the Veterans Memorial Library. This free event will take place in the Annex Room of the library.

Daddy Daughter Date Night

Since 1985, the parks and recreation department has hosted an annual father daughter dance. All fathers and other parent figures are welcomed. This event will take place at the Comfort Inn ballroom. There will be two time slots, from 2 a.m. to 4p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8p.m. CFX radio will be providing music. The cost is $20 per family.

Man Vs. Mountain 5K Run

On Feb. 4, Mount Pleasant Parks and Recreation Department will be holding a 5K run with obstacles for anyone 12 and older. The cost for the first 50 people to register is $50. Registration on the day of the race will cost $80. The first group will run at 9 a.m. in Nelson Park and races will start in 10 minute increments. Awards will be given for the top male and female times in different age categories.

Anyone interested in volunteering to host events by the department can contact Mount Pleasant Recreation special events coordinator Carol Moody by phone (989)779-5331 or email

“I think it is a great opportunity for students to feel more a part of the community,” Moody said. “It is a chance [for them] to venture off campus, make new friends, learn new skills, and to share some of their knowledge through these events.”