Kiosks, shoes, dogs, and focus groups – just a typical day at Hometown!

Countdown to Tour de Livingston!
Sunday, October 6th
There are only THREE weeks until the 2019 Tour de Livingston! The excitement is building!

Tour de Livingston kiosk

As the major bike sponsor, Hometown is very invested in the success of this event! To make things convenient, we have set up a Tour de Livingston Kiosk in the shop for any and all of you to register for this scenic ride!

This fully supported ride includes hospitality tents, a full breakfast, snacks along the route, and a hearty meal prepared by the chef at Mt. Brighton. 

All proceeds from this event help to: bridge the gap for local hardworking families struggling to meet their most basic needs; prepare every child to be ready for success; and build a healthy community for all residents via the Livingston County United Way Basic Needs Programs. Since its start in 2008, the Tour de Livingston has raised over $400,000 to address the community’s most critical needs. The Tour de Livingston is organized and run by the Howell Rotary Club.

Click HERE to register or raise funds!

Tour de Livington

LMB Awards: Get Your Nominations In!

LMB Awards

The League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB) is gearing up to recognize the best of Michigan cycling at their annual awards to take place October 19, 2019 at the Lexus Velodrome in Detroit. The 64,000 square foot, $4 million Lexus Velodrome is the most talked-about venue in the U.S. cycling world – and it’s right here in Michigan!

But first things first — get those nominations in by September 16th by clicking HERE!

Check out the categories and nominate the worthy folks who are making Michigan bicycling better:

  • Changemaker of the Year
  • Shop of the Year – with your help, this could be Hometown Bicycles!
  • Club/Team of the Year – with your help, this could be Team Hometown!
  • Business Champion of the Year
  • LMB Volunteer of the Year
  • Outstanding Infrastructure Award
  • And more!

Ignite the Spirit
Let’s help our friends at the Brighton Area Fire Authority!

On September 14, 2019, Ignite the Spirit will begin a week-long bicycle ride from Chicago to Toronto, averaging close to 80 miles of biking each day!  All proceeds will benefit the Ignite the Spirit Cancer Fund.

The Chicago Fire Department spearheads Ignite the Spirit. Because of the inherent dangers that firefighters and paramedics face on a daily basis, they are exposed to known and unknown carcinogens. While many of their Brothers and Sisters are surviving in remission and leading normal productive lives, the fact remains that this calling to serve has taken the lives of far too many First Responders. The Ignite the Spirit Fund was created with the idea of providing financial help when they are faced with battling cancer.  

Ignite the Spirit

The cyclists will be hosted by the Brighton Area Fire Authority for dinner on September 16th, as they pass through Livingston County. If you would like to ride in and out of Brighton with these cycling warriors, contact the fire station at (810) 588-7845.


This is what community is all about!

It is quite an honor that Hometown’s own Shaun Bhajan has been invited to participate in the Pathways & Parks Focus Group as part of Brighton Township’s Master Plan Update. The purpose of the group is to discuss ways to better connect the community and enhance recreational opportunities, and we have so many ideas to share on this subject! Read more about the Master Plan HERE.

“Thank you Brighton Township for investing in our community. I am proud to be part of this group to look at infrastructure, business development and recreation in our area. They are embracing the core values of the township. I’m really excited for the good work that is being done for the direct benefit of the residents,” states Shaun.

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Brighton Area Schools therapy dogs

In other community news, we are a drop-off site for the Brighton Area Schools fundraiser to support Brighton’s Pack of Therapy Dogs and less fortunate people around the world. Simply donate your gently used (or new) shoes, cleats, slippers and boots. Over 2800 pairs of shoes have been collected community-wide so far and there is still time to help! 

Place shoes in a bag (with laces tied where applicable) and place in the collection bin near our front counter. Spread the word and help make a difference to the social-emotional learning dogs who make such a difference in our schools.


FITNESS CLASSES AT HOMETOWN BICYCLES

Cardio Drumming | Wednesdays 6 PM and Saturdays 9:45 AM$5 drop-in / $5 equipment rental – With Martha Soraruf |Click to learn more

Power 30 | Wednesdays 7 PM
$5 drop in – With Martha Soraruf  |  Click to learn more

Zumba | Mondays 6 PM and Thursdays 9:30 AM 
$8 drop in or “10 classes for $60” punch card – With Leslie Barrett  |  Click to learn more

Zumba GOLD | Mondays 9:30 AM and Sundays 10:30 AM
$8 drop in or “10 classes for $50” punch card – With Tresa O’Rourke  |  Click to learn more


We enjoyed being part of the annual Kem Krest Employee Wellness Fair on September 12th.

Our handy Les Cook is shown making some adjustments to this jogging stroller for disabled adults — it’s being prepped for the Detroit Free Press 5K!

Visit us downtown this Friday & Saturday at Taste of Brighton

Vote 4 the BEST!
Through Sunday at 11 PM

Click on Detroit Vote 4 the Best

Hometown Bicycles is on the list! AND CURRENTLY IN FIRST PLACE thanks to you!

Continue to show Southeast Michigan that we are the BEST BIKE SHOP by voting in the Click on Detroit Vote 4 the Best Contest

Voting runs through Sunday, July 14 at 11 PM. You can vote often and much… every hour, in fact… we know that’s a heck-of-a-lot of voting, but anything you can do to help is so appreciated!

To vote:

  1. Visit the Click on Detroit website HERE
  2. Choose the Sports & Recreation category
  3. Select Hometown Bicycles

It’s that simple! Add it to your bookmarks to make it even easier.

(PSSST!!! Dawn here, sneaking in a quick message! DID YOU KNOW that your Hometown Events Coordinator AND newsletter correspondent is also the best Zumba instructor in SE Michigan, and teaches right here at Hometown!? Please VOTE FOR ‘ZUMBA WITH LESLIE BARRETT’, too!!! (She’s in the Fitness category, under Zumba!)
Let’s rock this, Hometownies!


Visit Hometown at A Taste of Brighton
TOMORROW & SATURDAY!

July 12-13, 10 AM-10 PM

Taste of Brighton

Hometown’s headed downtown for the annual A Taste of Brighton summer festival and we want to see you there! On Friday and Saturday, we’ll give festival-goers a flavor of what makes our shop and our sport so darn special. Our tent will be crankin’ with our Service Crew demo-ing what we’re famous for – the best bike repair in Southeast Michigan!

A Taste of Brighton is one of Michigan’s top-rated festivals. Highlighting the best of what Brighton has to offer, stop by for outdoor shopping, dining, entertainment and more along Brighton’s Main Street! 

Be sure to stop by our booth for a chance to win THIS Jamis Trail X A2 bicycle!!!

Jamis Trail X A2 mountain bike

Tour de Livingston Kick Off Ride was an absolute BLAST!

Tour de Livingston

Bright and early on Sunday, June 30th, the front lawn of the historic Howell Courthouse was overtaken with cycling enthusiasts. It was a beautiful day for the Tour de Livingston Kick Off Ride! In conjunction with the Michigan Challenge Balloonfest, riders enjoyed watching the balloons fly in as they completed 5, 10 or 25-mile loops. 

Tour de Livingston

Hometown is stoked to be the Bike Shop Sponsor for Tour de Livingston, to take place on Sunday, October 6, 2019. Rides of all ages and abilities can enjoy the gorgeous fall colors on this fully supported ride.

Tour de Livingston

Proceeds from the event go to the Livingston County United Way to help our county’s most vulnerable with basic needs. Now in its 12th year, the Tour de Livingston, run by the Howell Rotary Club, has raised over $400,000 — amazing! We are so proud to be part of it!
THANK YOU, HOWELL ROTARY CLUB for all you do!

To register for Tour de Livington, click HERE.


Bicycles, Bicycles & more Bicycles PARADED down Main Street! 

Brighton Optimist Club 4th of July Parade

The Brighton Optimist Club and Hometown Bicycles made a red, white, blue and ORANGE splash at the 4th of July parade! It was a happy sight to see so many children and their parents decked out with their awesomely decorated bicycles riding down Main Street accompanied by Team Hometown members in their bright orange kits! 

Brighton Optimist Club 4th of July Parade

The mission of the Brighton Optimist Club is “Bringing out the best in children, our members, and the community” — and they did just that and more at this year’s parade. We had a fantastic turnout and great fun! Thank you to everyone who participated in the bike decorating contest and to those who rode, walked and rolled with us. See you next year!

Brighton Optimist Club 4th of July Parade

Intro to Mountain Biking: Wednesday, July 17th from 6-8 PM

Island Lake Rec Area, Spring Mill Pond

Island Lake Rec Area

Calling all beginners! Looking for a new biking experience that goes beyond paved paths? Maybe you are new to Mountain Biking and want to fine-tune your skills?

Join Island Lake Explorer Guide, Becca, and Hometown Bicycles to gain the basics of this exciting sport/recreation activity! This FREE event will focus on mountain biking parts, safety, and lingo and a guided ride. Please come prepared with helmet, closed-toed shoes and your own bike (nothing fancy, but knobby tires will be necessary). Ages 12 and up. All children under 18 must have an adult present.

Don’t have a bike? Inquire about Hometown’s Bike Rental program! We have a variety of bikes and sizes to meet your cycling needs.


FITNESS CLASSES AT HOMETOWN BICYCLES




Cardio Drumming | Wednesdays 6 PM and Saturdays 9:45 AM$5 drop-in / $5 equipment rental – With Martha Soraruf |Click to learn more
Power 30 | Wednesdays 7 PM
$5 drop in – With Martha Soraruf  |  Click to learn more

Zumba | Mondays 6 PM and Thursdays 9:30 AM
$8 drop in or “10 classes for $60” punch card – With Leslie Barrett  |  Click to learn more

Zumba GOLD | Fridays 9:30 AM and Sundays 10:30 AM
$8 drop in or “10 classes for $50” punch card – With Tresa O’Rourke  |  Click to learn more

Tour Kick-Off THIS WEEKEND + Ride in the Parade NEXT WEEK

**THIS SUNDAY!! 6:45 AM!**
Tour de Livingston Kick Off Ride
Join Hometown Bicycles and the Rotary Club of Howell bright and early at this Sunday’s annual Tour de Livingston Kick Off Ride

Tour de Livingston Kickoff Ride

Cyclists will meet at the Livingston County Courthouse in downtown Howell, with the ride starting at 6:45 AM. There will be 5, 10 and 25 mile loops available. All riders will have the opportunity to watch the balloons fly in to the Michigan Challenge Balloonfest and will also receive a commemorative water bottle. Helmets required, please. FREE event!

Mark your calendars for the Tour de Livingston on Sunday, October 6th! Since its inception in 2008, this event offers riders enjoyment of outstanding fall colors during the peak color season in southeast Michigan. This fully supported ride includes hospitality tents, a full breakfast, snacks along the route, and a hearty meal prepared by the chef at Mt. Brighton. All proceeds from this event help to: bridge the gap for local hardworking families struggling to meet their most basic needs; prepare every child to be ready for success; and build a healthy community for all residents via the Livingston County United Way Basic Needs Programs
Team Hometown will be there, loud and proud! 


Ride with Hometown in the 4th of July Parade!
Downtown Brighton, NEXT Thursday at 8 AM

Brighton Optimist Club 4th of July Parade

Each summer, we really look forward to the Brighton 4th of July Parade — in a collaboration with Brighton Optimist Club, Hometown Bicycles leads a family-friendly ride down Main Street for all ages! It’s a fantastic red, white and blue display of awesomeness to see so many people on bikes, enjoying this tradition with their children and grandchildren.

You have two great options for participating:

  1. Decorate your bike at home and meet us at the contest site at 8 AM. Judging of decorated bicycles will take place at Lynch & Sons, located at 600 E. Main Street in downtown Brighton. Then join our procession in the parade at 10 AM!
  2. Bring your bike and decorations to Hometown Bicycles between Saturday 6/29 and Wednesday 7/3. Decorate your bike at the shop and leave it with us — we will deliver it to the contest site on the 4th! This is a super convenient option so that you can park and easily make your way over to Lynch & Sons without needing to lug your bikes with you. We will also transport your bikes back to Hometown, allowing you to stay downtown and enjoy the festivities.

Click HERE for all details and to sign up!
You’ll be riding in the Parade with Hometown’s own Shaun, Dawn and kids!  Bring YOUR kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews, and join them for a ride down Main Street!

Brighton Optimist Club 4th of July Parade

Hometown Bicycles is nominated: Vote 4 the BEST! 

Click on Detroit Vote 4 the Best

Hometown Bicycles has been nominated for the BEST bike shop in the Click on Detroit Vote 4 the Best Contest

Please show us your Hometown LOVE by voting for us!

Voting begins on Tuesday, June 18th at 11 AM and runs through Sunday, July 14 at 11 PM. You can vote often and much… every hour, in fact… we know that’s a heck-of-a-lot of voting, but anything you can do to help is so appreciated!

To vote:

  1. Visit the Click on Detroit website HERE
  2. Choose the Sports & Recreation category
  3. Select Hometown Bicycles

It’s that simple! Add it to your bookmarks to make it even easier.
Let’s rock this, Hometownies!


Helping our future generations be safe at Safety Town!

Brighton Safety Town

Hometown loves Safety Town!

Each summer, we spend several hours with 4-5 year old children at Hilton Elementary School in Brighton. We cannot say enough about this wonderful program!

Above: Shaun preps the tires for a participant

Safety Town is an early childhood safety education program designed to introduce all types of safety conditions to children preparing to enter Kindergarten. Kids role play in simulated and actual life situations under the guidance of the Safety Town staff, volunteers, and daily presenters from within the community. 

Brighton Safety Town

Our Hometown crew teaches bicycle safety. The children use big wheel bikes and other bicycles to practice driving through the streets of a mock town; they also learn how to use crosswalks. It’s super fun for the kids AND for us! 

Above: Les helping the kids out on the course

Thank you Safety Town for inviting us to again be part of your amazing community program!


Coast 2 Coast: The challenge with THE MOST!

Coast 2 Coast Gravel Grinder

Imagine yourself crossing the mighty Mitten on your bike, from coast to coast, and you may have a glimpse into what it was like to do the Coast 2 Coast Gravel Grinder on Saturday, June 22nd. We’re talking rugged adventure and heart-pumping challenges in the form of 100 or 210 miles!  

Coast 2 Coast Gravel Grinder

Team Hometown members Erik Frazier, Brad Allen, Tom Hermann, Jay Mingis, Andy Showerman and Jacob Henriksen, as well as Brad Allen’s brother-in-law Tony Vega, took it on and SMASHED it!

From Team Co-Captain Mike Dyer:“To all you Homies who finished the Coast 2 Coast race (or even attempted it, for that matter), my hat goes off to you. That is a hell of an accomplishment. I personally can’t imagine being in the saddle for that long. You all make this captain very proud to call you teammates.”


YAY, NEIGHBORS!!
To thank you for shopping locally:


Hometown Bicycles


Intro to Mountain Biking: Wednesday, July 17th from 6-8 PM

Island Lake Rec Area, Spring Mill Pond

Island Lake Rec Area

Calling all beginners! Looking for a new biking experience that goes beyond paved paths? Maybe you are new to Mountain Biking and want to fine-tune your skills?

Join Island Lake Explorer Guide, Becca, and Hometown Bicycles to gain the basics of this exciting sport/recreation activity! This FREE event will focus on mountain biking parts, safety, and lingo and a guided ride. Please come prepared with helmet, closed-toed shoes and your own bike (nothing fancy, but knobby tires will be necessary). Ages 12 and up. All children under 18 must have an adult present.

Don’t have a bike? Inquire about Hometown’s Bike Rental program! We have a variety of bikes and sizes to meet your cycling needs.


FITNESS CLASSES AT HOMETOWN BICYCLES



Cardio Drumming | Wednesdays 6 PM and Saturdays 9:45 AM
$5 drop-in / $5 equipment rental – With Martha Soraruf |Click to learn more

Power 30 | Wednesdays 7 PM
$5 drop in – With Martha Soraruf  |  Click to learn more

Zumba | Mondays 6 PM and Thursdays 9:30 AM
$8 drop in or “10 classes for $60” punch card – With Leslie Barrett  |  Click to learn more

Zumba GOLD | Fridays 9:30 AM and Sundays 10:30 AM
$8 drop in or “10 classes for $50” punch card – With Tresa O’Rourke  |  Click to learn more

Sati Yoga/intenSati Combo | Sundays 9 AM – July 21
$10 drop in – With Dawn Gaden  |  Click to learn more


The elephant in the room, Ladies Night Out countdown, and we smell chili in the air…

Many of you are familiar with the newly installed trade tariffs that are already shaking the cycling industry, which imports much of its products – bikes, parts, and accessories – from overseas. We’re seeing the repercussions deluge down from the manufacturers, to the suppliers, to us local dealers. Last Monday, Jamis instituted a 10% tariff-induced increase across the board… and they’re just one of thousands forced to do the same.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU?  We have always been and will always be a service-focused bicycle shop – with a mission of making our value always exceed our price – but we do understand that our customers rely on us to also offer bicycles, parts, and accessories. Prices on these will necessarily be impacted industry-wide, and that includes here at Hometown.

We’ll continue to make decisions that help us provide you with the best value at the best price. In the meantime, we so appreciate your support and understanding. Bear with us – there continue to be exciting things afoot here at Hometown (there always are!), and we won’t let a tariff interfere with the important work we’re doing for you!

To read up on the bicycle tariffs, CLICK HERE.


DON’T MISS OUT ON LADIES NIGHT OUT!

Guest speakers include local super-women who saved their life with cycling, lost 125 lbs. to sign up for a first Ironman, and competed in the Olympic trials!!!

Ladies! You are in for a fantastic evening… this motivational, inspiring and wine-filled event has been planned for you by your Hometown gals! We are closing the shop early on Tuesday, October 16th because this time with you is so important to us.

Unwind from your day with a 30-minute yoga class with Stacy Mulka and chair massagewith Shannon Rau. Feast on some yummo munchies and sample some wine while THE LONE MAN, Shaun, will educate and entertain you during his mini-clinics on bicycle trainers and fat bikes.

You will haveChristine Addy the opportunity to meet with and shop from some of our talented vendors, such as Christine Addy with Drip ‘n Splatter… be sure to check out her fabulous clocks!

And then sit back and get ready to be wowed by personal stories shared by some amazing Hometown women… stories of struggles and triumphs. Thank you to Robin Fry, Cindy Housel, Leslie Barrett and Sarah Boyle for your willingness and enthusiasm to share your journeys with us!

Not only will you leave with a goodie bag chuck full of awesome, we hope you will carry with you feelings of support, friendship, camaraderie and all-around good vibes!

$30 pre-registration

REGISTER NOW or in person at the shop!


Optimist Club
Brighton Optimist Club honors Hometown!

We couldn’t be more proud to have received an invitation to the Brighton Optimist ClubPresident’s Dinner and Annual Banquet on September 27th.  Hometown Bicycles was awarded for our participation in the Brighton 4th of July Parade and Bike Decorating Contest. Over the years, we have helped the Optimist Club’s presence in the parade grow from one entrant to, this year, a whopping 50 children and parents riding their bikes down Main Street in the best parade around! 

Shaun, Dawn and their beautiful award are pictured above, alongside Lt. Governor William Hampton, 2018 Governor Theresa Jarrett and Gary London, President of the Brighton Optimist Club.

Thank you, Brighton Optimist Club, for all of the awesome work you do in our Community!


Tour De Livingston 2018: What a stellar October day!

Tour de Livingston
Tour de Livingston
Wow, what a Hometown-pride-filled day of awesomeness at last weekend’s sensational Tour de Livingston!

Our Team was sure representin’ at this must-ride event of October and top notch Howell Rotary fundraiser for Livingston County United Way. We are so proud of you for your efforts, your positive attitudes and your overall spirit and soul as you trekked up to 100 miles to support a great cause!

Hometown gave away a beautiful Jamis Renegade, there were smiles galore, and if you take a close look at the top left photo, you may even see a Shaun on a Stick… they were everywhere!

Tour de LivingstonTour de Livingston

Thank you, HOWELL ROTARY & LIVINGSTON COUNTY UNITED WAY, for another chance to support our Community through cycling!

Team News: Settlers Park Trail Cleanup and Michigan Mountain Mayhem!Thanks to everyone who came out to help work on the new Settlers Park mountain bike trail! A whole slew of volunteers, led by Tom Hermann, gathered on September 29th to beautify and make improvements to the trail located behind Meijer in Hartland.

Team members Mike Dyer, Les Cook, Jim Thompson, Keith Cowgar, Laura Faunce and Scooter Gates put their backs into it alongside Tom. They were also joined by Gage Thompson, Dan Whitman, Matt Mascot, and Elliott Klein and his family.

“We put in 36 hours of work!! It was really fun. We built some really cool features.” – Mike Dyer

The Pathways at Settlers Park consist of a paved 1.2-mile loop and a brand new 2-mile mountain bike path. The Motor City Mountain Biking Association (MCMBA) installed the bike path, which is open to two-way, non-motorized traffic.

Team Hometown Bicycles' Jim Thompson and Mike Dyer muddy buddies at Custers Last Stand Against Human Trafficking Mountain Bike Race in Augusta, MichiganIn other team news, congratulations to Brad Allen and Erik Frazier for competing in the 60-mile Michigan Mountain Mayhem Gravel Road Race at Rotary Park in Boyne City on September 29th. The race is described as “sadistic”, if that tells you anything! Five monster climbs, lots of fast gravel roads, multiple sections of tough seasonal roads which have sand, mud and rocks, plus a white knuckle descent. Whew!

Then, Mike Dyer and Jim Thompson were muddy buddies at Custer’s Last Stand Against Human Trafficking MTB Race in Augusta, MI on Oct. 6th, rocking 2nd and 3rd respectively in their age groups. Way to take a stand, guys!

Great job, Team!


Chili Aficionados: Save the Date!

Chili Cook-OffWhen: Saturday, November 10th
Where: Your Favorite Bicycle Shop
What: Chili Cook-Off
Why: To consume copious amounts of chili and vote for your winner
How: Spoon it in, people! 

Are you a chili connoisseur? Do you think you make the baddest chili around? Are you competitive and IN NEED OF THIS TROPHY?! (You know you want it…)

Mark your calendars now and get those recipes simmering!


Hometown Bicycles Fat Bike Friendly Shop Ride
HOMETOWN BICYCLES SHOP RIDES
Our Shop Rides are open to the public, and span the cycling spectrum from beginner to advanced, road to trail, and everything in between. FOR ALL RIDES, please arrive 15 minutes early! Don’t miss one moment of fun! (Always confirm rides in advance on our Facebook events page. Rides, times, and locations may sometimes vary!)

Iceman Training Ride  |  Level: Intermediate/Advanced
*** RUNNING 10/13, 10/20 & 10/27 TO PREP FOR ICEMAN (11/3) ***
SATURDAYS, 9:00AM  |  VARIES  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!
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Gravel Grinding 101  |  Level: Novice & Up

WEDNESDAYS, 5:45PM  |  FROM HOMETOWN  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!

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Ladies Only Fat Bike Friendly Ride  |  Level: Novice & Up

COMING SOON – STAY TUNED!  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!
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Friday Night Lights Trail Ride  |  Level: Intermediate/Advanced

FRIDAYS, 8:30PM  |  FROM HOMETOWN  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!

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Sunday Gravel Grinder  |  Level: Intermediate/Advanced
SUNDAYS, 9AM  |  VARIES  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!

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Fat Bike Friendly Ride  |  Level: Novice & Up
*** KICKING OFF 11/10 (THE WEEKEND AFTER ICEMAN)! ***
SATURDAYS, TIME TBD  |  VARIES  |  Find ride details and updates HERE!
*** Fun fact: WE RENT BIKES! ***

Fitness classes at Hometown Bicycles, including Cardio Drumming, Yoga, and Zumba
FITNESS CLASSES AT HOMETOWN BICYCLES
Cardio Drumming | Wendesdays at 6:00PM
$5 drop-in / $5 equipment rental – With Martha Soraruf  |  Click to learn more

Hatha Yoga | Thursdays at 10:45AM
$8 drop in per class – With Stacy Mulka  |  Click to learn more

Zumba | Mondays at 6:00PM & Thursdays at 9:30AM
$8 drop in or “10 classes for $50” punch card – With Leslie Barrett  |  Click to learn more

Zumba GOLD | Fridays at 9:30AM
$8 drop in or “10 classes for $50” punch card – With Tresa O’Rourke  |  Click to learn more


Little girls with dreams become women with vision. 

(Hi Aria! You are the perfect example.)

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