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CPRS Job Highlight
The CPRS Job Center currently has over 40 job announcements; here is a current job announcement that may interest you.
Therapeutic Recreation Coordinator, San Francisco, California Click here for details.

CPRS Forum Highlight
Recreation Cooking Class Instructor Requirements
I am looking to expand the variety of classes we offer through the Recreation Department. I placed an ad in our Activity Guide that if anyone had a special skill, and would like to share it in a class setting to contact me. I was contacted by someone who would like to do a cooking class, but has never taught a cooking class before.
My question is, do they need a ServSafe or any other specific certificates to teach this class? Click here to leave your response.

Contractual Theater Staff
The city of Gilroy would like any information on contracting with Theater Directors for city-sponsored theater productions/programs. Click here to leave your response.

Member Highlights
PlayCore acquires Power Systems
Power Systems, founded in 1986, provides a wide selection of fitness, strength training and sports conditioning products. The acquisition will continue PlayCore's growth in the fitness market. Day-to-day operations will continue from Power Systems' facility in Knoxville, Tennessee, and will be supported by the management team in PlayCore's Chatanooga, Tennessee, office.

"Our growth story continues to evolve with strategic acquisitions that extend our reach and add value to our customers, and we are excited about this opportunity to increase our presence in the fitness market. The company aligns greatly with PlayCore's mission and values based culture, is an important new opportunity for us, and supports our mission of building communities through play and recreation," said Bob Farnsworth, President and CEO of PlayCore.




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Oakland residents hoping to win contest for community garden funding
KGO-TV
A project for the Lowell Park Family Market Farm got off the ground last year. Laverne Bell said the idea was to grow crops for her neighborhood in West Oakland, which has limited access to fresh, affordable produce. That goal could become a reality if Oakland wins a $40,000 grant from Miracle-Gro.
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La Jolla Rec Center prepares to celebrate centennial
La Jolla Light
2015 will be an exciting year of upgrades at the La Jolla Rec Center — all leading to its centennial celebration Saturday, July 25. At the celebration, local leaders will speak about the center's significance to the community and historical photos will be posted to offer a glimpse of the Rec Center through the ages.
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Santa Ana armed rangers program in doubt
Orange County Register
Sahta Ana's park ranger program has been operating since the 1980s to help maintain order in the city's parks. About a decade later, when parks were deemed a haven for drugs, gangs, alcohol and graffiti, park rangers began carrying guns — making Santa Ana the first Orange County city with an armed park patrol. For about two years, the city has been re-examining its part-time park ranger program after getting notice that it can no longer staff a program with CalPERS retirees.
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Interior upgrades coming to Quinlan Community Center
San Jose Mercury News
Improvements are coming to the Quinlan Community Center. The Cupertino City Council voted unanimously to award a contract to CRW Industries, Inc. to bring new life to the popular community center's interior.
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New equipment trends lead to more inclusive playgrounds
Playground Professionals
Inclusion occurs when children with disabilities unconditionally participate in regular recreation opportunities in their own community. In terms of playgrounds this means that a family who is raising a child with disabilities should be able to go to the park where the neighborhood children are playing.
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HCD releases Notice of Funding Availability
The Department of Housing and Community Development has released a Notice of Funding Availability for nearly $35 million in Housing-Related Parks program funding for the 2014 Designated Program Year. Click here to learn more.


EDUCATION



Free prep rally training webinar
Save the Children, aimed at community leaders who want to help kids get ready for disasters, is offering a free webinar to learn about Save the Children's new emergency preparedness program. Click here to learn more.

CPRS training opportunities
Playground Safety Certification in Sacramento, March 10-12, 2015
http://www.cprs.org/user_media/pdfs/Education/sacramento%202015.pdf .


 

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