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CPRS Job Highlight
The CPRS Job Center currently has more than 20 job announcements, here is a current job announcement that may interest you.
Recreation Coordinator, McKinleyvilleclick here for details.

CPRS Forum Highlight
Touch Screen Check In?
Lydie Gutfeld asks, "We are looking into programs that help identify the participant usage at Senior Centers across the state. Has anyone purchased programs such as My Senior Center? Are there other programs that have a touch screen option where your participants can walk in, access their information through a key tag (similar to supermarkets) and then simply click what programs they are attending that day? Any pros and cons are appreciated as we are looking to find ways to show how much usage our buildings really get!"
Please answer her question here.

CPRS Member Highlight
Santa Barbara based architecture firm merges with RRM Design Group
San Luis Obispo design firm, RRM Design Group recently announced they will be joining forces with Peikert Group Architects, a Santa Barbara based architecture firm. PGA is a recognized leader in the design of high quality market-rate and affordable multi-family housing, senior housing, mixed use, and commercial projects along the South Coast of California. The firm has received over sixty local, state and national design awards.
Read the full article here.

CPRS District Highlight
CPRS Aging Section Roadmap to Resources, Oct. 1, 2013. Click here for more details.




NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW

Prevention Magazine gives high marks to 4 California cities
CPRS
Hats off to #1 San Jose in Prevention's magazine list of the 25 Happiest, Healthiest Cities in the U.S. Others mentioned include No. 4 Anaheim; No. 5 San Diego; and No. 7 San Francisco. Further down the list came Los Angeles and Oakland. They evaluated 100 of the nation's largest cities on 48 measures of health, happiness, and well-being to find the healthiest, happiest cities in America.
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25 happiest, healthiest cities in America
Prevention
People who live on the Greek island of Ikaria are three times more likely to reach age 90 than the rest of us — they work hard, eat well, nap, have plenty of sex, and "just forget to die," as one resident told a researcher. They're living proof that where you call home can predict how healthy and happy you'll be. There are pockets of good health and contentment on our shores, too.
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Play is not important
PGP
Like a doctor that prescribes an ointment for a rash instead of treating the patient's allergy, when we think about play as a specific behavior, we are looking at the symptom rather than the cause. If we look for the first principles behind play behavior, we see that what is being expressed in play is really the physical manifestation of intelligence. This is the key idea; it is the brain-in-action that is "important" not specific play behaviors.
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Berkeley's Tuolumne Camp burns in Sierras Wildfire
Berkeley Patch
The Berkeley Tuolumne Family Camp in Groveland, a city-owned camp that has operated since 1922, burned in the Rim Fire, a U.S. Forest Service spokesman confirmed. The wild fire, which has grown to 143,980 acres and is still only 7 percent contained, has burned through the camp. Howver, firefighters have not had a chance to go in and assess the damage, so it is unknown if any structures survived.
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Tehama County's parks ADA compliant
Red Bluff Daily News
In a review of Tehama County's parks and facilities for their compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the 2012-2013 grand jury found that the county has been proactive in its attempt to meet accessibility guidelines. The grand jury noted that voter approved propositions in 2000 and 2002 that allocated money to go toward park improvements, have led to those improvements.
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Glendale ramps up park oversight
Los Angeles Times
An internal audit that found oversight of parks employees and a contractor that maintains park sites was lacking has prompted several changes in the Glendale Community Services & Parks Department, according to a city report. The changes include requiring the contractor to submit weekly schedules outlining work performed, provide a work checklist to staff, implement a regular schedule of playground safety checks and log all public park complaints in one system for follow-up.
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Irvine most bicycle friendly city in Southern California
Melissa Fox, Irvine Community Services Commissioner
Melissa Fox, an Irvine Community Services Commissioner, writes "As an Irvine Community Services Commissioner — and even more as an Irvine mom who enjoys riding our city's bicycle trails with her teenage son — I am happy that Irvine has been recognized as a "Silver" Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists, the oldest and largest membership organization of cyclists in the United States."
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Eau Claire, Wisc., looks to merge parks, public works departments
Leader-Telegram
Winter road plowing and other city maintenance jobs could improve under a proposal to combine two Eau Claire, Wisc., city departments under one leader. The Public Works and Parks, Recreation and Forestry departments would combine into a new city Community Maintenance Services Department under a plan the City Council will consider.
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BRANDING CAMPAIGN IMPLEMENTATION



Send any samples of how you or your agency is incorporating the brand promise and key messages in your summer programming — We want photos! Send to Jane H. Adams, jane@cprs.org.



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

    Best cities for recreational activities (Nerd Wallet)
Green space, parks and recreation strengthen local communities (Times of Northwestern Indiana)
Carbondale council woman proposes alcohol tax for recreation (WSIL-TV)

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RESOURCES


Great source for Federal funding information
Sometimes it is hard to find all the information you need in the same place. Hats off to the Trust for Public Land for compiling this resource page of federal funding opportunities. Bookmark this page for future reference.


EDUCATION


  • Oct. 23-25, CPRS Aquatic Section California Aquatic Management School, click here to download brochure
  • Nov. 20-23, Academy for Youth Sports Administrators, CPRS members can attend at a reduced rate. This Academy will be held concurrently with NAYS' annual Youth Sports Congress and the Athletic Business Conference and Expo.
  • Dec. 10-12, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam (San Clemente), click here to register

  • California Association of Senior Service Centers Annual Training Conference
    Oct. 20-23
    Fairfield, Calif.
    Subjects include: "I'm not the Person I Used to Be — Managing Life Transitions," "Tech Tools," "Marketing to Your Audience," and "Fraud Prevention"
    Click here for details


     

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