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Vulcan recreation facilities closed for group, team activities for now

Members of the Vulcan Skating Club had one last session Nov. 25 at the Vulcan District Arena before the arena closed Friday for group and team activities. Until further notice, all Town of Vulcan recreation facilities are now closed for all group and team activities. The Town’s recreation facilities will be open for single family and one-on-one coaching, reads the Facebook page of the Town of Vulcan’s recreation department. All bookings must be made by noon the day before, during business hours from Monday to Friday. Phone 403-485-6659 or email [email protected] for inquiries and bookings.

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Until further notice, all Town of Vulcan recreation facilities are now closed for all group and team activities.

The Town closed the facilities starting Friday, following the Alberta government’s Nov. 24 announcement of public health measures to protect the health-care system and slow the spread of COVID-19.

The Vulcan District Arena was open last Wednesday and Thursday, allowing Vulcan Skating Club members and Vulcan Minor Hockey teams to use the facility.

While Vulcan’s recreation’s recreation facilities are currently closed for group and team activities, the recreation facilities are for single family and one-on-one coaching, reads the Facebook page of the Town of Vulcan’s recreation department.

All bookings must be made by noon the day before, during business hours from Monday to Friday. Phone 403-485-6659 or email [email protected] for inquiries and bookings.

Bonnie Ellis, the Town’s community services manager, said the recreation department’s programming has stopped for the time being.

“We’re still going to look for ways to keep the community active,” she said.

Derek Sager, president of the Vulcan Minor Hockey Association, said the league in which Vulcan teams play, the Central Alberta Hockey League (CAHL), is still running.

But that’s only for teams based in communities classified as being “open,” and there are not many communities within the CAHL classified as open, said Sager.

Vulcan County is not one of them, instead falling into the province’s “enhanced” category. As of end of day Nov. 24, there were 100 active cases of COVID-19 in Vulcan County, according to Alberta government data.

Vulcan Minor Hockey teams could resume practising and playing games once Vulcan County is classified as “open,” said Sager.

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Dept. of recreation to present children’s Christmas activities | Local News

Children from all across Greene County will be able to enjoy two upcoming Christmas-themed events being coordinated by the county’s department of recreation.

Santa Claus will be the focus of the upcoming activities, as he will serve as the special guest at “Breakfast with Santa” from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Dec. 5. He will also be receiving letters from local youths who write to him through the department’s “Letters to Santa” initiative.

The breakfast starts at 9 a.m. in the lower level of the 4-H Building at the Greene County Fairgrounds. Admission is $7 per person and includes a breakfast catered by Dan Wagner, culinary arts instructor at Greene County Career and Technology Center.

To follow CDC guidelines put in place because of COVID-19, the current plan is for the department to offer three time frames with a 35-person occupancy per time frame, and masks must be worn by attendees unless they are seated.

Also, Santa will be seated behind a Plexiglas frame in the upper level of the 4-H Building and available for a picture. Children will also receive that picture with Santa and a special treat.

A mailbox for the North Pole will be available for children to write and deposit their letters into, along with “Dear Santa” templates to compose their wish list on.

The event is sponsored by Direct Results and Waynesburg VFW Post 4793.

Recreation department director Bret Moore said all steps are being taken to ensure the event will follow all CDC mandates and guidelines.

“We haven’t made a final decision yet as to whether we will allow people to come inside and eat breakfast, or if this will become a ‘to-go’ event,” Moore said. “We will make the decision based on what is best for those coming, and what is mandated.

“As for Santa, unfortunately children will not be able to sit on his lap this year because of COVID-19, but he will be there, greeting and waving, and he will be situated behind a safety glass that will resemble a wonderful Christmas card.”

Moore said tickets for the breakfast are now available at the recreation office, located at the county fairgrounds, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Also, now through Dec. 15, area children wishing to receive a personalized letter from Santa can simply send their letter with a completed request form to Greene County Department of Recreation, ATTN: Santa Claus, 107 Fairgrounds Road, Waynesburg, PA 15370.

Letter request forms include the child’s contact and basic information, including gender, age and any gifts requested from Santa, and must be completed by a parent or guardian.

A completed form must accompany each letter, and parents are asked to limit one request per child. There is no cost for a letter from Santa, as funding has been provided through various sponsors and fundraising efforts the department of recreation holds throughout the year.

Children should receive the letters before Christmas.

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Top 3 Fun Activities You Can Do On A Vacation [Video]

Vacations are the best times of the year as they provide us with a much-needed break from a stressful life.
Apart from packing all the clothes and important things, another thing you need to do is plan a few sporty activities that can add fun to your trip.
Whether you are traveling with friends, kids, or solo, these activities can keep you occupied and make your vacation memorable.

This is now you know and today in this video we will tell you Top 3 Fun Activities You Can Do On A Vacation

  1. Picnic in the park

One of the easiest and peaceful things to do on a vacation is to sit in a park and enjoying a nice picnic with the family.
You can carry along the food, a few games, or even a book to read and spend a peaceful day under the sun.

  1. Hiking

Another fun activity that could be done alone, or with family and friends is hiking. When you are on foot, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery more and re-connect with nature.
Hiking spurs creative problem solving and provides a feeling of peace and calmness that makes you feel happy and content.
Hiking also keeps you away from the technology, and hence lets you have mental peace and keeps you away from all the worries and stress.

  1. Water sports

The point of going on vacation is not only taking a break but experiencing a full and diverse world and so what better way to have the most fun than engaging in water sports?
Sailing, fishing, rafting, surfing, or jet skiing, all these activities will let you explore the magical marine life and have a memorable experience that you will never forget.
Just make sure you have a guide along with you to ensure your safety and well being.

So, do these activities on your next vacation and enjoy to the fullest.

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Egypt’s Tourism Minister, CDWS discuss cooperation in marine recreation activities

(MENAFN – Daily News Egypt) Egypt’s Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled Al-Anani met with Chamber of Diving and Water Sports (CDWS) members, to discuss methods of joint cooperation during the coming period.

The cooperation will look to develop Egypt’s diving and marine activities, in a way that preserves the environment and achieves the development of sustainable tourism.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed a number of topics that would contribute to the improvement of diving and marine activities, and the controls needed to regulate this sector’s work. At the same time, it would ensure the safety of Egypt’s marine environment.

The meeting also touched on preventing incorrect practices regarding tourists and marine life, especially in light of Egypt’s global excellence in this field.

Al-Anani stressed the importance of diving centres and marine activities at the various tourist destinations in Egypt, and their adherence to the requirements and controls of the established licences.

This comes in addition to the commitment to implement all precautionary and preventive measures, and health and safety controls, to protect workers and visitors.

For their part, the Chamber members gave a presentation on the efforts made by the CDWS to facilitate work procedures in this field. They reviewed the ways to reach tourists who prefer to practice these activities, especially through what is provided by the Chamber’s website, which will be officially launched soon.

The site provides all information on marine activities in Egypt, and where they can be accessed. The chamber also provides an opportunity to train tourists to dive through a group of skilled and highly experienced divers.

In addition, the two sides reviewed the number of diving awards the country has been awarded for its facilities in the Red Sea area, and the distinguished diving sites in this area.

In 2008, 2009, and 2010, opinion polls conducted in the UK showed that Red Sea beaches were the most popular for diving and marine activities, with Egypt winning second place in 2015, Meanwhile, Egypt also won second place in 2020 for marine and diving activities.


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‘Paterson Village’ Announces $2 Million Grant to Academic Support, Counseling Services, Recreation Activities at Two City Schools

PATERSON, NJ  – A $2 million, five year, federal grant awarded to the Paterson Education Fund (PEF) will benefit students at two Paterson public schools, officials announced Thursday at Senator Frank R. Lautenberg School.

The funding, provided through the U.S. Department of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Center grant program, will be used primarily to provide academic support services, youth recreation activities, and counseling services for students both at the Lautenberg School and at Public Schools No. 15. 

“The announcement we are making today is the embodiment of the phrase, ‘It takes a village,’” said Superintendent of Schools Eileen Shafer. “People from all over our village, the City of Paterson, have come together to secure this federal funding and implement programs to help our students academically succeed during these challenging times of the pandemic. This funding provides resources for the dynamic educators and organizations involved to do all they can for our students. I am deeply grateful to everyone who helped secure this funding, and all who will see to its good use.” 

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Shafer’s comments were backed up by no only the presence of U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-9) and representatives of the Paterson Education Fund, the Paterson Alliance, the New Destiny Family Success Center, and St. Paul’s Community Development Corporation, but also by the fact that those same non-profits will join together to help implement the grant funded initiatives. 

“As a former educator, I know well that our education system is the cornerstone of society. Wherever we go as a community, as a state, as a country, and as a civilization depends on our commitment to education,” said Rep. Pascrell. “As this virus has upended our communities, protecting an equal playing field for our students is essential. The resources provided by this federal investment will change countless lives and be the start of something of special in Paterson school hallways. There’s nothing more important than that.” 

PEF Executive Director Rosie Grant said that the effort to secure the funding has been collaborative from the start and that all the partners worked together for the past year to build a sustainability plan. “It’s wonderful that this first fruit of our labor will benefit the children and families of Senator Frank Lautenberg and School 15!”

“Everyone wins when we put children at the center,” she added. 

The grant funding will be used to provide students at the two schools with academic supports such as STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) enrichment, an afterschool program that will run Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and a summer program that will run for approximately four weeks in July.  

“This shows the strength of the Paterson Alliance, with support from the Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation. We bring together partners – in this case the Paterson Education Fund, New Destiny Family Success Center, St.

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This Is What Matters As Florida Allows Reopening Of Youth Sports, Summer Camps And Recreation Activities

By Arthur L. Caplan & Lee H. Igel

Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida says it is time for kids to have some summer fun playing sports and going to camp together again. After two months of shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic, sports leagues, summer camps and organized recreation activities across the state are now being allowed to reopen. Beyond the symptom screening, sanitizing and social distancing, what needs to be done to help ensure that kids can go running, jumping, swimming, kicking and screaming in a safe way?

Florida has had something of an early lead when it comes to managing sports in coronavirus times. In mid-April, with professional sports suspended, WWE was cleared to stage wrestlers-only television events after DeSantis designated “professional sports and media production with a national audience” at a location “closed to the general public” as essential services. And throughout the pandemic, the NBA and MLB have been among the major leagues exploring plans for restarting their seasons at sites in Florida, including Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. But those decisions have concerned paid adults—not kids—getting back in the game.

The decision to lift restrictions on youth sports and recreation activities, according to an announcement from DeSantis, was based on a few key factors. One is the low COVID-19 infection rate among children. Another is concern for children’s physical and emotional health. A third is what youth sports and recreation programs could contribute to local communities and economies.

Florida has recorded just over 50,000 of the more than 1.6 million COVID-19 cases in the United States to date, according to Johns Hopkins data tracking. The state has also recorded about 2,200 of the more than 100,000 deaths across the country. There are all sorts of suggestions as to what is leading to those relatively low rates in Florida—from public response to social distancing measures and disaster response from experience with hurricanes to early orders banning outside visitors from entering nursing homes and restricting COVID-positive patients from returning to nursing homes after they were sent to hospitals. Meanwhile, like many places around the nation and the world, Florida hasn’t been without its share of people missing the point. Crowding at popular public places, especially beaches and bars, has made headlines. So, too, have questions about officials manipulating data to make the coronavirus case numbers appear better than they might actually be.

In any case, Florida appears to be weathering the pandemic in good enough condition to begin reopening many services. One of the last states to issue a “safer-at-home” order, it is one of the first states to go ahead with opening up organized sports and recreation activities.

Sports and recreation are an important part of healthy childhood. Sports and recreation promote lifelong physical, cognitive, social, and emotional growth

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25 Most Popular Recreational Activities For First Time Participants

Most health enthusiasts agree, living an active lifestyle is crucial to a healthy life. The problem with most people however is that first, crucial step into an activity that promotes a non sedentary lifestyle. Some activities may require some knowledge and skills that may not be easy for most to acquire. So what’s a person to do? The answer is to face it head on but to help you out, I’ve compiled a list of activities most popular among first time users. Based on research by the Outdoor foundation, these are 25 most popular recreational activities For First Time Participants.

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As the title indicates, salt water fishing takes place out at sea giving fishermen the opportunity to catch large and exotic fishes such as the Marlin. The big draw back to this activity is that you have to have access to a boat (either own, know someone who does, or rent), and own special fishing gear that can handle large catches.


With about 10,000 species of birds and only a handful of people who can claim having seen over 7000 of them, bird watching is become a popular recreation activity. It’s believed that bird watching is an expression of the male hunting instinct while others links it with the male tendency for “systemizing”. Either way, bird watching is a great, safe way to enjoy nature.


Also known as downhill skiing, Alpine skiing began as a club sport in 1861 at Kiandra in Australia. Today, most alpine skiing occurs at ski resorts with ski lifts that transport skiers up the mountain.


An American born sport that is getting world wide attention, snowboarding was developed in the 1960’s and became part of the Olympics in 1998. Like any other extreme sport, snowboarding does present risks of injury (especially for new participants), in fact, you are twice as likely to get injured while snowboarding than Alpine skiing.


Not to be confused with backpacking for traveling purposes, overnight backpacking describes a multi-day hike that involves camping. Aside from the health benefits, backpacking allows adventurers to enjoy remote places that are usually un-accessible by any other means.

The Importance and Impact of Recreational Activities in the Educational Curriculum | Ms. Rituparna Devi

“All Work and no Play make Jack a dull boy” goes a popular saying.

The significance of this saying has increased manifold in today’s fast-paced and competitive world where students are forced by both their guardians and the conglomerate of society and situations as a whole to devote increasing hours in academic learning , whether theoretical or practical and knowledge enhancing activities so that they can stay ahead in the rat race. Add to that the present way of life where people mostly stay in small nuclear families and with parents working, the viability of our own home as a place where we can have recreational time has diminished.

What is recreation?

Recreation consists of activities or experiences carried on within leisure, usually chosen voluntarily by the participant – either because of satisfaction, pleasure or creative enrichment derived, or because he perceives certain personal or social values to be gained from them. It may, also be perceived as the process of participation, or as the emotional state derived from involvement.

Students, especially in higher education, now spend most of their time with college friends and outside of home for various purposes and work. Hence, in the current scenario, the best place to include recreational activities in one’s life is one’s place of education rather than at home. This not only provides a chance to include recreations in one’s life, but also helps students to socialize and become less dependent on one’s parents.

Before analyzing the effect of recreations in educational curriculum, it is important to know the impacts and necessity of recreations in one’s life as a whole. Due to the intricacies in present day society and the way of living, students nowadays are weaker than their older generations, both physically and emotionally. This gets reflected in their physical, emotional and mental health as well as their behavior and development which all the more calls for bestowing on recreations the importance that it deserves. Various studies have shown the importance of recreations on one’s life specifically in three aspects- physical health, mental health and improving quality of life.

  • Physical Health: Recreational activities, especially outdoor ones improve one’s health like maintaining lower body fat percentages, lowering blood and cholesterol levels, increasing muscular strength, flexibility, muscular endurance, body composition and cardiovascular endurance. Overall it increases one’s stamina and energy level resulting in more focus for academic activities besides also having an impact on one’s class attendance and attention thus leading to more learning. And as we all know “health is wealth”.
  • Mental Health: Mental health is essential for overall physical health. Recreational activities help manage stress. It provides a chance to nurture oneself and provides a sense of balance and self-esteem, which can directly reduce anxiety and depression. There is also an increased motivation to learn as it can serve as a laboratory for application of contents learnt in classrooms teaching. It provides a channel for releasing tension and anxiety thus facilitating emotional stability and resilience. Such activities help students
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What Are Examples of Recreational Activities?

Water sports, cycling and hiking are examples outdoor recreational activities. Many sports centers offer indoor activities such as ball games, dancing and gymnastics for members and guests to participate.

Recreational activities tend to be done with other people, and they can be a means of socializing and keeping fit. Recreation is often used as family time as an event for the family to participate in a group. There are seasonal trends to some of the activities, such as football season or tennis season. Weather can be a barrier for outdoor activities such as swimming. How much activity a person can perform depends upon their fitness level.

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What Are Recreational Activities? | Reference.com

Recreational activities are activities that are mostly done for pleasure. They may help improve mental and physical health, as well as relieve stress and help you rest. Recreational activities are typically done away from work, school and day-to-day life duties and by people of all ages. They can be as passive as reading a book or as active as swimming or hiking.

Mental Benefits of Recreational Activities 

Not only are recreational activities usually fun, but they can benefit your mental health. They reduce stress, remove anxiety, build self-esteem and improve general mood and happiness. Studies show that people who participate in recreational activities regularly are more satisfied with their lives. 

Physical Benefits of Recreational Activities 

Both active and passive recreational activities can help improve physical health too. Active recreational activities double as exercise. This can help you lose weight and stay in shape. Any type of recreational activity that’s relaxing or reduces stress may help lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Those who participate in recreational activities tend to enjoy higher quality sleep as well. 

Social Benefits of Recreational Activities 

Recreational activities have social benefits too. Participating in activities that need more than one person can help build relationships and improve interpersonal skills. Even solo recreational activities provide you with a passion that you can share with others. Families can grow closer while participating in such activities together. And recreation can bring communities together through activities like team sports or gardening.  

Other Benefits of Recreational Activities 

Recreational activities may break down barriers by bringing people from different cultures together. They can help reduce crime rates in communities by providing children and young people with a healthy alternative. Because people who participate in recreational activities are healthier physically and mentally, these activities can help lower health care costs. They can even be good for the economy. Communities that provide parks and other places where people can participate in their favorite activities may attract visitors and new residents to towns.  

Indoor Recreational Activities

There are many ways to divide recreational activities into groups, but many people choose to split them between indoor and outdoor activities. Many activities, like reading, skating, walking, listening to music and playing basketball, can be done both indoors and outdoors. Some other popular activities that are often performed indoors include chess, table tennis, cards, boxing, bowling, board games and squash.  

Outdoor Recreational Activities 

Many recreational activities are performed outdoors. Studies suggest that spending time outdoors is good for mental and physical health. So, taking part in such an activity can provide an extra health boost. Some of the most popular outdoor recreational activities include:

  • Horseback riding
  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Camping
  • Kayaking
  • Skiing
  • Surfing
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Team sports 

Most Popular Recreational Activities in the United States 

In the United States, people who participate in recreational activities tend to prefer outdoor activities. According to a 2019 poll conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association, getting together with friends at parks for games, barbecues

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