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The meanest prank pulled on Jerry on Parks and Rec

In the season 3 episode, “Time Capsule,” the folks at the Parks and Rec office try to figure out what to put in the town’s time capsule. It’s a big responsibility, and the whole thing soon erupts into chaos as everyone in the town fights over what’s going to be preserved. 

The only person who has a legitimately good idea for what to put in the time capsule is Jerry. He suggests putting in his mother’s diaries. Since she lived in Pawnee all her life, the diaries basically provide a record of everything that happened in the town. It’s a sweet moment, and Jerry managed to get through the entire meeting with mispronouncing a single word. 

It’s at this point April takes one of the diaries and reads a segment describing how Jerry played Tinkerbell in his school’s production of Peter Pan. Naturally, everyone in the office proceeds to laugh at him as he tries to explain that he went to an all-boys school.

This moment just seems particularly devastating because for once, Jerry was the big man in the office. He had something genuinely great to put in the time capsule that no one (not even Tom) could make fun of while everyone else submitted silly drawings and restaurant menus. April could’ve just let Jerry have this one, but she had to use the moment to turn Jerry into a big joke. She even translates for her new boyfriend, Eduardo, who points and laughs as well. 

There are a lot of pranks at Jerry’s expense throughout the show, but this one definitely seems the most mean-spirited. There was nothing for April or anyone else to gain by taking away Jerry’s big moment.

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Howell Chamber, Parks and Rec Authority partner to ‘Light Up Howell’


While the traditional Fantasy of Lights parade is canceled this year, Livingston County residents have a new way to get into the holiday spirit

Organizers from the Howell Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Howell Area Parks and Recreation Authority are working together to host a drive-thru holiday event in Scofield Park, Light Up Howell. 

“Both organizations wanted to make sure to keep spirits up,” said Tim Church, director for the recreation authority. “This was our way of making sure a holiday event would stay in town.”

In years past HAPRA kicked off the Holiday in the Park events the first weekend in December, after the Fantasy of Lights Parade, with activities continuing until Christmas. 

Janelle Best, president of the Howell Chamber. said the COVID-19 outbreak caused the chamber to reflect on what the community looks like without the traditional events such as Melon Fest and the Fantasy of Lights parade. 

“We really wanted to be able to offer a community event. With all of 2020 being canceled we thought it was really important to provide something family-friendly, and draw people downtown,” she said.

The groups decided to combine resources this year to create the Light Up Howell event featuring thousands of strands of lights, an animated display set to music from Santa’s Light Crew, fun inflatables, and a reverse parade, Church said. 

He said the theme this year is “Around the World,” with displays portraying “other traditional holidays that may not be prominent in Livingston County.”

Similar to this year’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow event, residents can purchase tickets for the drive-thru event taking place over 16 days. Each vehicle will need one ticket and will receive a special ornament commemorating the event. 

Community-built floats will be on display for the duration of the event, built by those who usually participate in the Fantasy of Lights Parade. 

The cost of $15 per vehicle will go to support the two organizations and downtown Howell. 

The kickoff weekend will focus on the Fantasy of Lights Parade traditions and will feature four grand marshals. Santa will also be on-site for the opening weekend. 

The event will take place Nov. 27-29, Dec. 4-6, Dec. 11-13 and Dec. 18-24. 

There will are also three special event days: Nov. 27, Dec. 4 and Dec. 11, where participants will receive a bag with coupons or merchandise from local businesses and author Denise Brennan-Nelson.

To register visit: https://bit.ly/36tWohR.

Contact Kayla Daugherty at 517-552-2848 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @KayDaugherty92

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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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Parma Recreation Department delays fall/winter basketball rec program signups

PARMA, Ohio — Parma is currently employing a four corners or stall offense regarding its fall/winter basketball rec program.

“We haven’t officially opened up the registration yet,” Parma Parks & Recreation Director Mickey Vittardi said. “In a normal year, we generally have registration closed by the end of October.

“I met with the mayor earlier (last) week and also had conversations with the Parma City Schools, because we’re just a tenant at the schools. Wanting to have as much normalcy as possible for students, the school district said we could take our time to make sure we have safety protocols in place.”

In a normal year, Parma’s fall/winter basketball rec program includes more than 1,000 participants, including first through eighth graders, as well as a high school basketball program and a men’s league.

“Assuming everything improves or as least doesn’t get worse, we plan to have registration by mid-December, which allows us enough time to form teams and order uniforms,” Vittardi said.

“That way we can begin the program in the first of the year. The last thing we want to do is what we encountered with soccer earlier this year where we had to issue refunds.”

The city’s approach for its basketball rec program is basically the same Vittardi used last spring when he delayed a decision on the boys and girls youth baseball/softball programs, which ended up taking place over the summer without much of a hitch.

That included the rec director putting into place numerous safety protocols. The result was a successful season without any COVID-related team quarantines or forfeits.

“We hired what we called game managers to oversee all of the safety protocols that needed to be followed by the teams, the players and even the spectators,” Vittardi said.

“While we had concerns, the safety involved made us feel confident that we would have a successful season, which we did.”

Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter commended the rec department for its summer season, which also included the opening of the splash pad.

“Obviously, the first thing is the safety of our residents and the children participating,” DeGeeter said. “If we can do it and we can do it safely, we want to offer these activities — especially for the kids.

“Not only is this pandemic tough on adults, but even more so you can see it with the children. So anything we can give them and they can do it safely, we want to be able to do that. Our rec department has a great track record managing through unmanageable times.”

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Seven Hills voters asked to approve tax-reducing parks and rec levy Issue 41 on fall ballot

SEVEN HILLS, Ohio — A tax-increase ballot issue that if approved actually costs residents less money sounds like an oxymoron. However, that’s exactly what Seven Hills voters will be deciding with Issue 41 — the city’s first parks and recreation levy — on Election Day.

a sign on a dirt road: Valleywood Park in Seven Hills.

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Valleywood Park in Seven Hills.

“Being fiscally responsible while protecting our investment in the recreation center, Issue 41 is a way to meet all of these needs without impacting our general fund,” Mayor Anthony D. Biasiotta said.


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“At the same time, coupled with the expiring (community recreation center) construction levy, it will actually have a net lower tax to all residents of Seven Hills. It’s as close to a win-win situation as I’ve come across in my elected career.”

The timing of Issue 41 is tied to a 1.65-mill recreation bond issue that voters approved 20 years ago for the construction of the community recreation center. The expiring levy brings in $577,783 a year. It currently costs a $100,000 homeowner $50.53 annually.

The proposed new levy — if passed — will cost the same homeowner $49 annually and bring in $490,240 a year that will be used to cover both rec center needs, as well as park upgrades.

“Issue 41 is important in two regards,” Biasiotta said. “First, we need to protect our investment in the rec center. It’s 20 years old, and like any 20-year-old building we’re beginning to see issues impacting the performance, maintenance and even the safety of the facility.

a large lawn in front of a house: Seven Hills Community Rec Center is located at 7777 Summit View Dr.

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Seven Hills Community Rec Center is located at 7777 Summit View Dr.

“Being proactive, the city of Seven Hills earlier this year contracted with Quality Control Inspection Company to review our recreation facility and determine what a long-term cost of maintenance and repairs would look like.”

The city paid the Bedford-based company $15,000 for the building condition report, which determined a reasonable annual operations budget for the community rec center would be $241,000. Currently, the facility doesn’t have a dedicated operations fund.

“Our intent with this levy is to provide relief to the general fund for the ongoing maintenance and updates that will protect our multimillion-dollar investment,” Biasiotta said.

The mayor noted the Summit View Drive facility is facing numerous looming projects — maintaining the pool bottom ($100,000), replacing seven HVAC units ($50,000 to $100,000 each) and making mechanical repairs ($130,000) — over the next decade. In addition, the Nautilus equipment is nearing 20 years old.

“The second part of Issue 41 is very intriguing,” Biasiotta said. “While the original levy was only for the construction of the rec center, this allows the use of funds to include our six city parks. Many residents of the city utilize our parks, but may not utilize our rec center.

“We have a unique opportunity here to provide a recreation amenity to those residents without having to pay a membership due.”

If Issue 41 is passed, the mayor said the plan includes adding ADA-compliant restrooms to North

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After School Program to being at rec centers in Greensboro

Lindley Recreation Center will open Tuesday, October 20. A few others will open on November 9.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department is planning to hold an After School program for kids ages 5-12 next week.

Kristen Herndon, Facilities and aquatics coordinator, said safety is top of mind.

“We are definitely taking the safety of all of our participants to the extreme,” Herndon said.

Beginning Tuesday, October 20th, the program at the Lindley Recreation Center is set to begin. The program will run Monday-Fridays from 2-6 p.m.
Only 8-15 students will be accepted at a site each week. It costs $30 per student.

“We miss the community just as much as the community misses there being something for kids to do. And I know that kids need a space for their kids to go where they can trust that they are not only having fun and doing their homework but they are safe,” Herndon said.

Brown, Leonard, Lewis, and Griffin recreation centers will also serve as sites beginning November 9th. Herndon said students will be screened before entering the building. Everyone will be required to wear a mask, and social distancing is a must.

“There will be handwashing and sanitizing times for the participants and staff as well,” Herndon said.

Herndon said transportation won’t be provided by parks and rec so it’s up to parents to arrange that. She suggests reaching out to your child’s school.
Parents are also asked to send the following with their kids.

“We are asking them to send you know maybe they’re own jacket and then any supplies for homework, also a pre-packaged snack and also a water bottle with their name on it,” Herndon said.

The After School Program will only start when Guilford County Schools return to in-person instruction. So if GCS pushes their October 20th start date back, the start of the After School program would be pushed back as well.

For more information and to register head to the city of Greensboro’s website.

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Salt City Splash | Hutch Rec

Salt City Splash Aquatic Center is located at 1601 South Plum, inside beautiful Carey Park in Hutchinson.

Directions: (if you are in Hutchinson)
1. Follow either Main Street or Plum Street south into Carey Park. If you follow Main Street, you will run into Carey Park. Once you’re in Carey Park, simply follow the road to Emerson Loop until you see the colorful awnings and shade structures of the aquatic center.
2. If you follow Plum Street, you will go directly into Carey Park. Look to your right, and you’ll see the aquatic center’s colorful awnings and shade structures.

(Out of town visitors coming from the north)
1. Follow K-61 south through the main portion of town to Blanchard Avenue. This is a small access road just before US-50 Highway.
2. Turn right on Blanchard and follow it west – it winds and curves at first, and then heads due west. As you enter Carey Park, you’ll see ball fields, the zoo, the golf course clubhouse, and then the colorful awnings and shade structures of the aquatic center.

(Out of town visitors coming from the Wichita area)
1. Follow K-96 west to the Yoder Road exit. Follow Yoder Road north for about six miles.
2. At the intersection of Yoder Road and US-50 (a stop light), turn left and go west. Follow US-50 west for about two miles to the intersection of US-50 and K-61 (a stop light).
3. Take the right hand turn lane and go north on K-61 for only a few hundred feet. Turn on the very first available left – an access road called Blanchard. This road takes you into Carey Park. As you enter Carey Park, you’ll see ball fields, the zoo, the golf course clubhouse, and then the colorful awnings and shade structures of the aquatic center.

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Portland State Campus Rec | Outdoor Program

Outdoor Trips | Equipment Rental | Climbing Center | Become a Trip Leader | FAQs

Decorative Text: "Portland State Outdoor Program - 1966-2016. 50 years of student-led adventure.

Since 1966, the Outdoor Program has been helping PSU students access and enjoy the outdoors. Whether you want a day of exploration and adventure or to learn a new outdoor skill, come join the ODP in exploring the wild side of Oregon.


505 SW Harrison Street 
Portland, Oregon 97201
(SW 5th and Harrison) 

Hours : Winter Term
M – F | 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Phone : 503.725.5668
Email : [email protected]

Upcoming Closures

  • The Rec Center facility is closed until further notice. This includes the Climbing Center, Outdoor Program office, and Equipment Rental Center.

Upcoming Events

All Campus Rec programs and events are canceled until further notice. 


Equipment Rental Center

Need gear to get outside? We’ve got it ready for you at prices you can afford.  Take advantage of your student fees and come down to the Outdoor Program Equipment Center and get just the right gear for your own adventure.

Camping and Backpacking | Climbing and Mountaineering | Skiing and Snowshoes | Raft Packages & Accessories | Kayak/SUP Packages & Accessories | Water Sports Clothing

ODP trip participants paddle in a boat.Visit the Rental Center page for upcoming gear rental specials, equipment rental price information, and our rental policies. 




Climbing Center

The Climbing Center wall is a Nicros traversing, bouldering and climbing wall. The wall is 32 feet high and bouldering is allowed up to 14 feet. The floor surface is a Surface America PlayBound Surface, which is made of 100% post-consumer recycled tire rubber. The Climbing Center is open for bouldering during all building hours. The use of ropes is allowed during staffed hours only.



A member climbs our climbing wall.Bouldering is climbing without ropes. We offer fourteen feet of bouldering along the entire length of our wall and the wall is open for bouldering during all open Rec Center hours.

In order to boulder:

  • See Member Services to watch the Climbing orientation video or watch it on YouTube.
  • Pass the climbing quiz, taken at Member Services
  • Use your PSU photo ID or government-issued ID to check out a climbing wristband and any other climbing gear from Equipment Checkout.
  • Return your wristband and gear to Equipment Checkout when you are finished climbing. Equipment rentals are FREE.

Every time you decide to climb:

Please check out a Bouldering wristband, available at the Equipment Checkout Window. Shoes are also available to check out for free.


Top-RopingA pair of hands tie a rope at the climbing wall.

Top-roping is a style in climbing which utilizes a harness and a rope as well as a climbing partner to manage the rope. While on a rope, climbers can reach the very top of our wall. Top-rope is only allowed during staffed hours.

How to top-rope?

We have many different classes to suit all skill levels. View our scheduled classes and activities.


Belay Class

Belaying is the act of managing the rope while a climber is climbing. Belaying is an essential component of safe climbing practices, and learning how to belay correctly opens many

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Island Rec | San Juan Island Park and Recreation District, Friday Harbor

An update from the Island Rec board

April 7, 2020: All Island Rec in-person programs for April and May remain cancelled in order to prevent community spread of COVID-19. Have you tried one of our adult fitness LIVE Zoom classes with Jacquelyn Reiff or Katerina Wen? It is a great way to stay moving while staying at home. The following special events are also cancelled for May:

May 2—Children’s Festival
May 9—Pickleball Tournament
May 9—Mother’s Day Yellow Island Kayak Trip
May 10—3v3 Soccer Tournament
May 17—Hill of Thrills Soap Box Race
May 31- Tour de Family

Summer Programs: Island Rec’s recreation and administrative staff continue to work remotely on an optimistic plan for summer programs, with the knowledge that we may have to push some programs to a later date, or adapt to a different type of summer this year. Instead of opening summer program registration on May 1st, we are tentatively planning to open registration on June 1st. Like you, we are waiting to see what the summer will hold and will keep the community informed as our plans unfold. Our primary focus will always be participant safety.

Parks: Our parks maintenance team has been diligently continuing to maintain our parks with safety precautions in place. Lafarge Open Space, Eddie & Friends Dog Park, the Skate Park, and John O. Linde Community Park remain open for public use with mandatory social distancing guidelines in place. The playgrounds at the Family Park and Linde Park are closed per the San Juan County health officer’s order. Spring is an especially critical time for staff to continue maintaining the fields at Linde Park to avoid future deterioration and critical loss to the facility. This ensures that the fields will be in quality playing condition when our school sports teams and community can fully enjoy them again.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Island Rec staff via their email, or leave a voicemail at 360-378-4953.

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Campus Rec | USU


Workout with us virtually! Visit our Fitness at Home page for workouts designed by our 
Personal Trainers and Fitness Instructors!

Campus Recreation facilities will be closed beginning Tuesday March 17, 2020 until further notice in order to minimize the potential risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus. This closure will include the Aggie Rec Center (ARC), USU Fieldhouse and the HPER Building recreational spaces. We apologize for the inconvenience.


Lockers in the Aggie Recreation Center, Fieldhouse and HPER Buildings need to be cleaned out by March 18th at 5:00pm. Lockers not cleared out by March 19th will be cleaned out, bagged and stored until the USU recreational facilities are able to reopen. You will be contacted about being issued a prorated refund as soon as possible.


Please continue to check USU Campus Recreation website and social media for updates.


We recognize that this is creating additional stress and anxiety for many of us, here is a helpful link to navigate anxiety during this time.


Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Campus Recreation Staff


You can find up-to-date information on USU’s response to COVID-19 here





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