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Swimming pools may pose hazard for people with heart devices
U.S. News & World Report
With summer approaching, researchers caution that swimming pools may pose a risk to patients with irregular heartbeats who've received implantable defibrillators. The issue: a danger that electrical currents linked to standard pool utilities such as lighting may "leak," causing a defibrillator to misread the status of a patient's heart.
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Fitness program gets results for students
South Bend Tribune
This year's students in St. Anthony de Padua Catholic School physical education classes worked to improve their health and strength and they did it for homework. Students in grades fifth through eighth used a home-based fitness program introduced to them by physical education teacher Chris Fowler designed to help each child on an individual basis get healthier and stronger.
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  • May 22, CPRS District 3 Therapeutic Section Roundtable Series, click here for registration flier
  • May 29, CPRS District 10 Adaptive Recreation Roundtable Meeting, click here for more information
  • June 1, CPRS District 1 Summer Leadership Workshop, click here for flier
  • June 1, CPRS District 1 TOTAL Guard Management, click here for flier
  • June 8, CPRS District 10 TOTAL Guard Training,click here for more information
  • June 8, CPRS District 13 Recreation Leader Training, click here for more information
  • Oct. 23-25, CPRS Aquatic Section California Aquatic Management School, click here to download brochure

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    Invitation from Kyla Brown, Chief - Parks and Recreation, Riverside County
    Is it May already? As the new fiscal year fast approaches, you may find you have training money available this year. Don't miss out! Register now for Maintenance Management School and put that money to good use. As budgets continue to be tight, make your investment in education for long-term success. What is Maintenance Management School? A school that teaches you how to account for the resources you need to maintain your parks and recreation spaces. Think about it as the school that teaches you to plan appropriately with the money you still have and make a case for money you need to keep. Sign up today and take the first step to securing your financial future.
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    July is 'Parks Make Life Better!' month
    The California state legislature is set to approve Assembly Concurrent Resolution, declaring July is Parks Make Life Better!® Month. This measure declares the Legislature's recognition of the importance of access to local parks, trails, open space, and facilities for the health and development of all Californians. This measure declares July 2013 as Parks Make Life Better! Month. Click here to download a sample resolution here.
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    $400,000 spending plan proposed
    U-T San Diego
    Oceanside City Manager Peter Weiss is recommending that the city spend nearly $400,000 to beef up programs for teens and younger children and improve security in city parks and elsewhere in response to a spate of violent incidents in gang-troubled neighborhoods. Among other things, Weiss is proposing the city keep recreation centers open later in the day, help North County Lifeline get a Crown Heights youth center up and running quickly, start a summer youth program at Libby Lake Park, expand the police Explorer program for youths, and provide funding to install cameras in city parks and other trouble spots.
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    The City of Huntington Beach is hosting its version of the Parks Make Life Better! photo contest. Other agencies have hosted similar contests with great success. Visit their site to see how they are running their contest and maybe you can host a similar contest in your agency.

    Send any samples of how you or your agency is incorporating the brand promise and key messages to Jane H. Adams,

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    Playgrounds are designed to meet age appropriate challenges. Playground safety is paramount and ReadyPlay can be part of your safety program. Installation services available.

    A day at the park: Cintas cleans park restrooms
    Complimentary service to help parks prepare for National Get Outdoors Day
    As the nation gears up for National Get Outdoors Day on June 9, Cintas Corporation is offering complimentary restroom cleanings for public parks nationwide. Nominations are currently being accepted through the end of June for parks to receive Cintas' Sanis UltraCleanSM services. To have a park considered for complimentary Cintas Deep Clean Service, please visit their website now through the end of June.

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    Soccer Camps & Seasonal Training Programs
    Are you looking for a quality week long soccer camp during spring or summer vacation, and/or an ongoing soccer training program during your spring or fall season? MORE
    Advertise here!

    To find out how to feature your company in the CPRS P&R Weekly and other advertising opportunities, Contact James DeBois at 469-420-2618.


    Call for Applications: Bikes Belong Community Partnership Grants (deadline May 24, 2013)
    • Fundable projects include paved bike paths, lanes, and rail-trails as well as mountain bike trails, bike parks, BMX facilities, and large-scale bicycle advocacy initiatives.
    • Proposals must come from a partnership that is minimally comprised of one government agency or office, one non-profit organization, and one business. Proposals may be for facility or advocacy projects but must be submitted on the Community Partnership Grant Application.
    • Bikes Belong (BB) will accept requests for funding of up to $10,000 for facility and advocacy projects. There is no specific percentage match, but BB considers leverage and funding partnerships very carefully and it does not consider grant requests in which BB funding is greater than 50 percent or more of the project budget.
    To view the grant application, click here.

    Apply for the 2013-2014 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Roadmaps to Health Prize
    The RWJF Roadmaps to Health Prize honors outstanding community partnerships that are helping people live healthier lives. Throughout the country, people are coming together with a shared vision, strong leadership, and commitment to making needed and lasting changes that are enabling individuals to live long and healthy lives. The invitation to apply for this prize is being extended to all U.S. communities working toward better health.

    RWJF is now accepting applications for the 2013-14 Prize. Up to six RWJF Roadmaps to Health Prize winning communities will be honored in 2014 and each will receive a no-strings-attached $25,000 cash prize. Entry deadline is May 23, 2013.

    Click here for more information.

    Matching up with volunteers
    Have your act together organizationally, but looking for volunteers? Check out Volunteer Match. This popular web-based service sees millions of visitors a year and has served more than 80,000 nonprofit organizations. That's a lot of good change agent work!

    Vendor opportunities for CPRS company members
    Consider exhibiting your products and services at The 2013 League of California Cities Annual Conference & Expo on September 18-20 at the Sacramento Convention Center. Corner and island booths still available. More than 1,800+ city officials from throughout California will be under one roof. Attendee demographics include: mayors, council members, city managers, public works and park & recreation professionals and many more are expected. Need more information? Click here, or contact Rebecca Inman, 916-658-8237.

    Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

        Checking out Death Valley's new visitor center (KCET-TV)
    Read about the Fiscal Sustainability Roadshow (CPRS)
    Disputed land now for sale (The Press-Enterprise)
    Read about the "We Share a Passion for Our Profession and Together We Are Better!" (CPRS)
    Water parks to reopen in May (Concord Patch)

    Don't be left behind. Click here to see what else you missed.

    The CPRS Forums are the place for members to exchange ideas and to ask questions. The forums area currently has 200-plus threads. The value of forums increases when you share your knowledge and resources. Increase the value of your membership by answering or posting a question in the forums. Visit CPRS Forums. You can also pose your own question.

    Field use policy and fees for club sports, traveling teams
    Randy Davis, City of Dixon, asks, "Many cities and districts reduce or eliminate field use fees for sports organizations that are open to all children in the community. However, I would like to know how your city or district deals with club sports organizations or traveling teams that limit participation to only the very skilled athletes. Do these types of organizations or teams pay reduced fees to use fields or do they pay the regular rate?"
    Please answer his question here.

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    Adult day care use of community center
    Alison Martinez, City of Claremont, asks, "Our community center is used primarily for meetings and contract classes. We often have Adult Day Care groups use our community space to play games, watch television, and use the computer lab. Recently the numbers of individuals and groups has grown significantly and we find large groups (10-20) hanging out in the hallways talking, sleeping or playing games. We want to be inclusive but find we are limited in space to accommodate the growing number of groups and individuals. Have other centers experienced this? How have you managed? Do you have policies or guidelines? Do you have activities or programs specifically designed for groups with special needs, on a drop in basis?"
    Please answer her question here.

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    Employee safety manual
    Sandi Kukkola, El Dorado Hills Community Services District, asks, "Do you have an employee safety handbook? We have tried several times to create one but always end up with a large document. We want something concise that can be quickly referenced. Thank you!"
    Please answer her question here, or post your documents in the CPRS Library for all to share.

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    Social media booth at special events
    Valerie Taylor, City of Yorba Linda, asks, "We are planning on hosting a social media booth at our 4th of July celebration. We are going to be encouraging our attendees to "Like" our Department's Facebook page and to check-in at the event. Has anyone else ever hosted a similar booth? Do you have any ideas for incentives for participation? How did you promote your booth? Thank you!"
    Please answer her question here.

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  • Aug. 5-7, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam (Elk Grove), click here to register
  • Sept. 9-11, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam (Ventura), click here to register
  • Dec. 10-12, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam (San Clemente), click here to register

  • The Children Learning with Nature Conference 2013
    Leading voices from around the world will come together to share and exchange ideas about creating spaces and places for children that are full of joy and wonder. It's about creating great environments whether in urban settings with tiny outdoor spaces, or large rural open spaces, as well as everything in between. Beyond environments there will be great emphasis about teaching methodologies and practices.
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