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City cancels some recreation programs as Hamilton enters COVID-19 red zone

All swimming lessons, gym drop-ins and general interest programs run by the city have been cancelled as Hamilton enters the red “control” zone of Ontario’s COVID-19 framework Monday.

The city announced the changes which are “effective immediately” in a media release Sunday night.

The cancellations include all fall registered programs, including fitness and sport, and all drop-ins such as pickleball, badminton, basketball, table tennis, Waterfit and open gym.

The maximum number of people allowed in a recreation facility at one time will also be capped at 50.

Credits will be issued for those missing out on their registered programs and refunds will be handed out by request, according to the city.

Residents are asked to email [email protected] to get a refund.

Some drop-in programs, such as open swim, length swim and seniors general interest, will continue with the following enhanced safety measures:

  • Reservations will be required for entry.
  • Stays will be limited to 90 minutes.
  • Contact information for all patrons and people playing a team sport will be required.
  • No spectators permitted (except for a parent or guardian to supervise children).
  • Programs, space and facility capacities will be further reduced.

The city says staff will be contacting facility renters and sports groups to let them know how their permits or agreements might be affected.

Hamilton entered the red zone as of 12:01 a.m. Monday, meaning residents are waking up to new restrictions.

In the red zone, gatherings are confined to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors. Religious services, weddings and funerals are confined to 30 per cent capacity indoors and 100 people outdoors. The maximum number of patrons permitted to be seated at a bar or restaurant indoors is 10. Outdoor dining, take out, drive thru, and delivery are all permitted. 

The measures will be in place for at least 28 days.

Residents are asked to restrict their close contacts to members of their households and essential supports.

Only essential activities outside the home such as work, school, fitness and getting groceries should be carried out in-person.

The city is urging people to limit their social interactions to people who live under the same roof, though those that live alone can join another household for support.

People are reminded to wash their hands often, stay home and get tested if they have any symptoms of COVID-19 and to wear a mask when around others, in public or outdoors in places where they can’t maintain physical distancing.

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Apple pies and holiday lights headline Peabody Rec programs

PEABODY — Despite the prospect of colder temperatures ahead, there are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors and gear up for the holidays, thanks to some exciting seasonal programs offered by the Peabody Recreation Department.

On Wednesday, the city will celebrate Veterans Day with a fun-filled day at Brooksby Farm from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The event is for children ages 7-12 and will feature games, fire pits, and, of course, s’mores for all. Participants are advised to dress warmly and bring a lunch, snacks and refillable water bottle. The cost of the event is $50 per person.

Herbalist Rebecca Ingalls is back for the “Herbs for the Holidays” program, which will be held at Tillie’s Farm, 189 Lynn St., on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 1-3 p.m. The event is designed for ages 12 and up and costs $20 per person. Participants will have the opportunity to design and create their own wreaths, potpourri and mulling spices.

Peabody Rec, in concert  with Danvers Recreation, is offering the “Easy as Apple Pie” workshop on Wednesday, Nov. 25, from 11 a.m.-12 p.m., just in time for Thanksgiving. The cost of the event, which will be held in the large greenhouse at Tillie’s Farm, is $25 per person and is limited to two members per family. Participants will have the opportunity to create a custom-made pie using Brooksby Farm home-grown apples while sipping Brooksby’s fresh-pressed apple cider.

The popular “Ooey Gluey Crafts” program for children from kindergarten through grade 5 is offering new sessions starting Dec. 3. Kids can tap into their inner creativity working on an assortment of craft projects, which they will then take home to share with friends and family. 

Sessions will be held at multiple locations. Tillie’s Farm sessions will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15-4:15 a.m. in the greenhouse. The Tuesday program runs from Dec. 8 through Feb. 2, while the Thursday program runs from Dec. 3 through Feb. 11.  Brown School students will be met after school by an instructor and walked across Lynn Street to the farm. 

Monday and Wednesday programs will be held in the clubhouse at The Meadow at Peabody golf course, 80 Granite St. The Monday program runs from Dec. 14 through Feb. 1, while the Wednesday program runs from Dec. 16 through Feb. 11.  Participants should bring water, a nut-free snack and a firm surface, such as a book, to write on.

The department is also offering several Christmas-themed programs. The department is teaming up with Peabody Main Streets once again for the wildly popular “Light the Night” holiday decorating contest. Residents can pay $10 to enter their homes and businesses in the contest. Decorations must be completed by Tuesday, Dec.15. Photos will be taken by the Rec department and shared on social media. Participants’ addresses will also be posted on Google Maps to encourage residents to drive by and vote for their favorites. From Dec. 18-23, viewers may cast

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Recreation Programs in Cedar Grove to Remain Outdoors Through Early Winter

CEDAR GROVE, NJ — With COVID-19 remaining a presence in Essex County, the Cedar Grove Recreation Department will be offering outdoor programs that would, normally in late fall and winter, be conducted indoors.

Winter basketball clinics will be offered for kids in grades 3-8 at the outdoor Bowden Basketball Courts from Nov. 21-Dec. 19. Clinics will be coached by the Suburban Travel Basketball coaching staff. It is an opportunity for kids to practice with their peers at a recreational level. 

Winter tennis clinics for kids ages 7-14 at the new courts on Little Falls Road from Nov. 23-Dec. 21.

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Winter soccer clinics for kids grades 3-8 at Panther Park Field will be running from Nov. 19-Dec. 19.

All these clinics will operate weather permitting. Register via Community Pass by clicking here.

o All children will keep 6-feet social distancing 

o If broken into groups, children will be placed in the same group each day

o Please send your child with a clearly marked water bottle 

o Personal items will be kept separated

o Outdoor bathroom facilities will not be available

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Study abroad programs are letting U.S. students travel again. But it’s not without challenges.

Last fall, Elon University in North Carolina had 550 students studying abroad. This fall, they have just 13. They are expecting that number to increase substantially as study abroad advisers are seeing an uptick of (virtual) appointment requests.

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“We’ve actually opened our cycle of applications for fall 2021 and we have loads and loads of applications already,” says Rhonda Waller, the university’s executive director of global engagement.

Americans are not allowed to enter many international borders, including the European Union, but there are exceptions for people traveling for work, emergencies and school. While the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak was chaotic for U.S. students abroad, as exchange programs were canceled and borders closed, students are taking the opportunity to study abroad again now that they have been given the green light.

When can Americans travel to Europe again? We asked 4 insiders.

“For a lot of families, it was a risk calculation,” Waller says. “You do have to get on an airplane and that’s definitely part of the calculus as part of their thinking. But once you get off that airplane, some of these locations are probably looking actually pretty favorable compared to the relative conditions and the positivity rates here in the United States.”

Before the pandemic, hundreds of thousands of U.S. students were studying abroad each year. In the 2017-2018 school year, more than 341,750 students studied abroad for academic credit, with the U.K., Italy, Spain, France and Germany as the most popular destinations, according to the most recent stats available from the Institute of International Education.

Waller says she advises students to be optimistic as well as cautious and flexible while they plan study abroad experiences since complications can arise. Students can even register for classes at Elon’s North Carolina campus in case their study abroad plans fall through at the last minute.

How much does a hotel’s ventilation system matter right now? We asked the experts.

Once students arrive overseas, they are in the hands of the local study abroad partners who are in charge of making adjustments for the coronavirus, from health screenings and quarantining upon arrival to adjustments to classroom settings. However, a travel abroad student’s experience will depend on where they are studying. Even if students choose destinations where coronavirus cases are currently low, it is impossible to know what the situation will be once they actually arrive.

At the American University of Paris, neurology student Morgan Phillips, 21, says class sizes are small and desks are socially distanced. However, students are given the option of choosing online learning if they are not comfortable coming to class in person. “Obviously everybody wears masks, but everything else seems pretty normal,” says Phillips, who moved from New York City.

In Florence, American graduate student Stef Ferrari, 36, has her temperature checked before entering any building of the Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici, where class sizes are small, masks are mandatory and hand sanitizer is readily available. While she’s overjoyed

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Measure 26-213 would prevent reductions to Portland parks services and recreation programs

A parks levy would restore parks services and expand access for low-income Portlanders.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland Parks & Recreation has long struggled financially. In 2019, the city had to make drastic cuts to the bureau’s budget after discovering a more than $6 million budget shortfall.

The pandemic has only worsened this dire financial situation with shuttered summer programs, community centers and swimming pools. The bureau now faces a $16 million deficit largely due to an over-reliance on recreation fees.

But Measure 26-213 aims to address the park’s reliance on user fees and fund recreation programs and park services through a levy on the Multnomah County ballot. 

The measure would prevent “ongoing reductions to park services and recreation programs, preserve and restore park and natural area health, and center equity and affordable access for all,” according to the measure filing.

RELATED: Voter Guide 2020: Measures on the ballot in Oregon

The parks levy is one of several tax measures on the ballot. If passed, it would enact a tax of $0.80 per $1,000 of assessed property value for five years beginning in 2021. 

The Portland City Council estimates that this levy will cost the average property owner about $13 per month, and would raise an average of $48 million each year for the five-year period. 

Rather than funding new projects, like the library bond and preschool-for-all measures, the park levy would largely help to preserve existing programs and services. It will keep facilities like Multnomah Arts Center open and ensure daily garbage and bathroom maintenance in Portland Parks.

RELATED: Measure 26-211 could increase Multnomah County library space by 50%

If the levy does not pass, Portland Parks & Recreation will struggle to restore recreation programs next summer and maintain parks, community centers and restrooms, according to Randy Gragg, executive director of Portland Parks Foundation.

“Although we haven’t been able to experience (park programs) because of the pandemic this year, next year we wouldn’t be able to experience them because of the (budget) deficit,” Gragg said.

In addition to maintaining existing services, funds could also help the parks bureau increase accessibility by canceling fees for low-income Portlanders. The bureau will use the funds to expand programs for people of color and children experiencing poverty.

If the measure is passed, park officials will conduct more community outreach to determine what services these groups need. A five-member community oversight committee will also be appointed by the Portland City Council to review levy expenditures and report annually to the council.

RELATED: Voter Guide 2020: Everything you need to know about voting in Oregon

Portlanders for Parks is the principal campaign in support of the measure. Supporters include organizations like the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), Sunrise Movement PDX and the Portland Business Association, along with both mayoral candidates — Mayor Ted Wheeler and challenger Sarah Iannarone. 

According to a recent DHM Research poll conducted on behalf of Oregon Public Broadcasting, the parks levy is in a strong position. That measure received 53%

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These are 6 of the hotel brands I wish would join or create loyalty programs

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One of the best things about collecting points and miles is that they provide the opportunity to stay in luxury hotels that would otherwise be laughably out of reach for the majority of people.

Thanks to points, I’ve had the chance to stay in some pretty amazing properties around the world: the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme, the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort in Puerto Rico, among others.

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However, there are so many hotels around the world that are just as — if not more — beautiful and exclusive — but you can’t use points to pay for them in the traditional sense.

When recent headlines began touting a new relationship between Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and The Oberoi Group of India, my heart skipped a beat, thinking that perhaps these brands were joining forces and launching their own loyalty program — or better yet joining one of the existing major loyalty programs.

However, upon further reading, I was disappointed to find out that — as it stands now — this partnership is little more than a symbolic one, and the only real change is that members of each chain’s loyalty programs — which extend their (limited) benefits to anyone who signs up — will receive reciprocal benefits at all Mandarin Oriental and Oberoi properties.

This relatively minor news got me thinking, however, about which hotel chains I’d love to see launch their own loyalty programs (with the ability to earn and redeem points) or — even better — join existing programs. I’m practically drooling over the thought of using World of Hyatt points to stay at a Four Seasons property!

Related: What your hotel stay will look like after coronavirus

Of course, many of the chains I’ll list below don’t have or participate in points programs by design. Part of their allure is their exclusivity, which is all but ensured by the room rates charged at most of these chains’ properties, not to mention the often far-flung locales of many of these high-end hotels.

This list is by no means exhaustive, but if 2020 somehow granted me three travel-industry-related wishes, these would be the brands I’d submit for further points proliferation.

Aman Resorts

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With just 32 properties in 20 countries, Aman is considered by many to be the finest luxury hotel brand on earth. Each property is obsessively designed to draw on — and then blend seamlessly with — their natural setting. Aman has hotels in some of the world’s most-incredible destinations, including Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Sveti Stefan, Montenegro; and Bhutan, among others.

While I haven’t had the chance to stay at an Aman yet, it’s very high on

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City of London recreation programs on hold to adapt to health unit measures

The City of London is putting recreation programs on hold as of Saturday while it adjusts to new measures announced by the Middlesex-London Health Unit to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Aquatic programs are exempt from the change, which impacts indoor sport, recreational and fitness facilities, as well as Learn to Skate programs.

This follows Wednesday’s announcement from the Middlesex-London Health Unit, which placed restrictions on the region’s fitness centres, bars, restaurants, salons and spas. The measures come into effect on Saturday, and include limiting the number of people in a fitness class to 10 and requiring instructors to wear face coverings.

Any businesses or facilities found guilty of breaking the new public health guidelines could be fined up to $25,000.  

Aquatic programs will continue as other city-run programs are put on hold. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

People registered for city-run programs at community centres or arenas will be directly notified and refunded, according to a press release from the city. Volunteer and sport organizations that use city arenas for programs will be contacted about ensuring the new requirements are met.

According to the release, the city is working with the health unit to modify programs to adhere to the new measures, and will share more information about the future of the programs as soon as possible.

More information about city-run programs is available here.

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Parks and Recreation Classes and Programs

Register for the FREE PHXPlays at Home Virtual Recreation Program​​​​​​
(The virtual recreation program provides live-streamed activity covering different themes)

Register for the FREE FitPHX Virtual Bootcamp, Fall Into Fitness and Morning Yoga series
(Sponsored by AARP Phoenix and supporting partners Valley of the Sun YMCA​, Energized by Exercise and Sutra Studios​)​

Participate in the FREE Pueblo Grande Museum Virtual Summer Storytelling series​
(Program runs July 18 to August 8, with access to storytelling videos until September 5)

Participate in the FREE Camp Colley Foundation Virtual Environmental Learning Program
(Features a series of nine activities and instructional videos designed for families to have fun, learn and connect with nature)

Participate in the FREE Daring Adventures – Virtual Adventures Program
(These virtual activities are designed for all ages and ability levels)​

Use FREE codePHX resources designed to help youth in grades K-12
(Learn about computer coding, robotics and 3D modeling)

*** Registration for in-person classes, programs and activities is postponed until further notice *** ​

Register online through the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department’s registration website 

or at one of the city’s in-person registration locations

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IMPORTANT NOTICE Several Parks amp Recreation Facilities and Amenities are Closed, and Recreation Programs and Events are Cancelled or Postponed Due to the COVID 19 virus, the City of Cedar Rapids has closed facilities and several amenities in the parks

Due to the COVID-19 virus, the City of Cedar Rapids has closed facilities and several amenities in the parks. Recreation programs have been cancelled or postponed. For a list of the affected facilities, amenities, events and programs, click on the link below. 

Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Updates

The Parks and Recreation Department manages over 4,171 acres of city-owned property. In addition to 96 areas formally named, there are hundreds of acres held in reserve as undeveloped green space for future park expansion and flood control. We operate and maintain facilities for public use including four municipal golf courses, six swimming pools, splash pads, 25 pavilions, Ushers Ferry Historic Village, Old MacDonald’s Farm in Bever Park, Tuma Sports Complex, Tait Cummins Sports Complex, Noelridge Park Greenhouse, and trails. The parks system receives countless visits each year.

We offer more than 1,500 recreation programs annually. There is something of interest for every age and ability level. Programs are listed in the Play! guide which appears in the March, August and November issues of Our CR magazine. Attendance for aquatic and recreation programs totals more than 300,000 annually.

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The City closed all recreation centers and pools beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, and all programming has been cancelled. Recreation centers are closed until further notice. All City parks will remain open to the public, and all public restrooms will be open and accessible during operating hours. Additional maintenance will be conducted to ensure park restroom facilities are clean and fully stocked.

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The City of San Diego Parks & Recreation Department offers a variety of recreational services and programs for both children and adults.

Most of these activities and programs take place at our recreation centers and pools but some of them take place in our regional parks.

View our specialty programs below to learn more.


AgeWell Services



These include centers, clubs, activities and services throughout the City. They cater to the recreational and social needs of seniors in our community. For more information, or to volunteer, please call AgeWell Services at 619-525-8247.

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Therapeutic Recreation Services

We provide sports, recreation, leisure and outreach services to San Diegans with physical, mental and emotional disabilities. For additional questions about Therapeutic Recreation Services, please call 619-525-8247.

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