Friday October 28, 2011

The Community is Invited

On Nov. 17, attend a preview presentation for three NEW international trips with Collette Tours that benefit the Tallahassee Senior Center & Foundation. Presentations are scheduled from 12 p.m. at Capital City Christian Church, 6115 Mahan Dr., and from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the Senior Center, 1400 N. Monroe St.

Learn about the tours to Scotland (April 18-27, 2012); the Canadian Rockies and Glacier National Park (Sept. 15-22, 2012); and the Galapagos Islands & Machu Picchu (Feb. 16 March 3, 2013). Special discounts are available for presentation attendees. For information, call 891-4004.

Deck The Halls
Senior Games

Deck the Halls, a Celebration of Wreaths is arriving early via a preview event, "Wreaths & Sweets," on Friday, Nov. 4, from 6 8 p.m. (held in conjunction with the Insider's Art Reception). The main event will be held Friday, Dec. 2, beginning at 6:30 p.m. This year's event will include:
-Deborah Lawson Band on stage,
-Food & beverages,
-Wreath and silent auctions,
-Wine tree,
-Martini bar,
-Complimentary valet parking
-And more!

ASC Howl at the Moon
Senior Games
Come visit the Tallahassee-Leon Community Animal Service Center (ASC) for some spook-tacular fun! The ASC will be hosting the third annual Howl At The Moon event on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 6-9 p.m. Guests are encouraged to come in costume for photo opportunities, face painting, a spooky walk, a not-so-spooky walk, hayrides, lots of trick-or-treating with our adoptable animals and so much more! As an extra special treat, the Tallahassee Fire Department will have an engine on display. This event is free for all ages.
Winter Sports Registrations
Animal Service Center
As the fall team sports season comes to a close, we turn our attention to the winter sports. For the youth, we offer soccer and basketball, and for the adults, we offer basketball.

Youth Soccer
Registration will be open through Saturday, Nov. 5, when we host on-site registration from 9-11 a.m. at the following locations: Winthrop Park, Lee Park, Levy Park, Meridian Park, Roberts Elementary, Springwood Elementary, Jack McLean Park, Conley Elementary and Buck Lake Elementary. The registration fee is $30.50 and includes a jersey with socks. The coed leagues are for ages 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-13 and 14-18. The all-girls' division leagues are for ages 7-8, 9-10, 11-13.
Games are played at several locations throughout the city. The all-girls divisions will more than likely play all their games at Tom Brown Park while the coed leagues are spread throughout the city. Games and locations are subject to change and will start Saturday, January 7 through February 19. For more information, contact the program supervisor Brian Smatt at 891-3837.

Youth Basketball
The following leagues are offered through the basketball program: junior boys (ages 9-10), intermediate boys (ages 11-12), senior boys (ages 13-15), junior girls (ages 9-10), intermediate girls (ages 11-13) and senior girls (ages 14-16). The registration fee is $38.
Register at the most convenient location. Most practices and games will be held at or near the site where you register. Registration will be held on-site from 6-8 p.m. for the following locations on Tuesday, Nov. 1: Walker Ford Community Center; Jack McLean Community Center; Lawrence-Gregory Community Center at Dade Street; and from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Swift Creek Middle School and Deerlake Middle School. All players will be evaluated at registration. A second player evaluation date is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 5, from noon to 2 p.m. at Jack McLean and Lawrence-Gregory community centers. Players who register online or via mail should attend one of the two player evaluation sessions. Practices will begin the week of Nov. 28, and games will start Jan. 9, 2012, and run through late February. Games will be played Monday through Friday at or near your registration site along with various middle schools and community centers. For more information, contact the program supervisor, Wayne Simmons, at 891-3825.

Adult Basketball
Information on the adult basketball league has been posted at Talgov.com. Online and walk-in team registration will be available through Friday, Dec. 2. Team registration accepted past this date is subject to a $10 late fee. There will be a New Team Manager Meeting held Thursday, Dec. 1, at 6:30 p.m. in the PRNA Community Room, 912 Myers Park. There will be a variety of leagues to choose from, but there must be four teams to form a league. The season will begin the week of Jan. 9, 2012, with games to be played in City community centers. The cost per team is $521.75.
For more information, contact Janet Riva, Athletic Supervisor, at 891-3835.
Welcome to New Staff at PRNA-Athletics Division

The PRNA Department is fortunate to have a thriving and growing Athletics Division, which incorporates sports and activities as diverse as baseball, softball, basketball, swimming, gymnastics, skateboarding, and more. To keep all these sports and activities organized, the PRNA Department welcomes some new staff to fill long-established positions.

At the Trousdell Gymnastics Center (TGC), Marsha Gillespie has taken on the position of Assistant Supervisor for the recreational class program, assuming the role previously held by Judy Kuhnle. Judy was promoted to Center Supervisor when Katy Johnston retired from that position after 30 years at the helm of this very popular facility. Marsha is responsible for the supervision of the numerous part-time gymnastics and dance coaches who teach 250 recreational classes per week. Prior to working at TGC, she worked as a recreational program director at two other gymnastic facilities and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from the University of Maryland. Marsha was born and raised in Tallahassee. She graduated from Lincoln High and attended FSU, where she met her husband. Two daughters and 20 years of military service later, Marsha's husband retired, and they both returned to Tallahassee. "I have a passion for children and the sport of gymnastics and count it a blessing to be able to work in a field I love," she said.

Zack Wetzel is the new Trousdell Aquatics Center Supervisor, responsible for managing all day-to-day operations including supervising, training and recruiting lifeguards. He is also responsible for scheduling 150-plus lifeguards during the summer season at all seven of the pools run by the City of Tallahassee. Zack grew up in New Jersey and earned a bachelor's degree in Commercial Recreation and Tourism from Montclair State University in 2004. In 2005, he moved to Tallahassee to pursue a graduate degree in Recreation Administration from Florida State University. Upon completing his degree in 2006, he worked as an Outdoor Recreation Planner for Florida State Parks. He is a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP). "I am excited for the opportunity and responsibility of working at one of Tallahassee's premier recreational assets," he said.

Wayne Simmons is the new Athletic Supervisor for the youth sports of girls' volleyball, flag football, basketball and softball. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management of Recreational Facilities and Services from East Carolina University and a Master of Science degree in Recreation Administration from Florida State University. Before returning to Tallahassee, Wayne was a coordinator with the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department where he supervised their instructional swim program and their iconic aquatic facility Barton Springs Pool. During his free time, Wayne enjoys photography, cooking and spending time at the beach.

Congratulations to PRNA's Employee of the Quarter

On a slightly different note, the PRNA Department is pleased to announce that Brian Smatt was recently awarded Employee of the Quarter. Brian oversees tackle football, cheerleading, flag football, baseball and soccer for the department. He started with PRNA in 2006, after moving to Tallahassee from south Florida where he was a high school athletic director. Along with his duties as an athletic supervisor, Brian also oversees the department's Marketing Committee. This committee has been instrumental over the last 18 months in marketing and promoting the department's programs and events (including starting this quarterly newsletter and the department's online presence with Facebook and Twitter).

"It is an honor to receive this award, and I want to thank my colleagues for their nomination. I am very fortunate to work with dedicated and committed staff members who continue to meet the needs of our community. Our department has some great employees who go the 'extra mile,' and I'm just happy to work with some of them on a daily basis. I especially want to thank the rest of our athletic division and the marketing committee - it's because of them my work is a lot easier," he said.

Fun and the Holiday Break
Are you looking for something fun for your kids to do during the holiday break?

This holiday season, the Sue McCollum Community Center will be offering a special holiday camp for kids. Starting Dec. 8, you can register for any of the three sessions that take place before and after Christmas. Each camp day runs from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and is filled with games and activities for kids aged from kindergarten to 12 years old.

The session dates available and their costs are Dec. 22-23 ($20), Dec. 27-30 ($40) and Jan. 3 ($10). Campers should bring a packed lunch and a drink.

For more information, call 891-3946 or follow PRNA (COTparks) or Sue McCollum (AtTheSue) on Facebook.

Lincoln Neighborhood Services Events
The Lincoln Neighborhood Services Center would like announce the following events:

  1. Senior Indoor Games Senior participants can now shoot pool, play ping pong, chess, checkers, Wii sports and card games at the Lincoln Center.
  2. Senior Book Club Bonanza Senior participants can join the Lincoln Center Book Club every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. The first two books for discussion are the Shack by William P. Young and the Shofar Blew by Francine Rivers. Coffee and pastries served.
  3. Senior Exercise Class Silver Steppers every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
  4. Congregate Meals & Sewing - Class at the Lincoln Center every Monday from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

    For more information, call 891-3946 or follow PRNA (COTparks) or Sue McCollum (AtTheSue) on Facebook.

City of Tallahassee's 25th Annual Winter Festival
Do you enjoy the winter holiday lights and sights in Tallahassee? The City's Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Affairs Department certainly does. Come join the fun on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 3-10 p.m. and experience 25 years of holiday memories!

Bring the family early to experience all that the festival has to offer. Exhibits, vendors and live entertainment start at 3 p.m. The crowds really begin to swell as the time gets closer to the Lighting Ceremony and Jingle Bell Run. Both events take place simultaneously at 6:15 p.m. The Nighttime Holiday Parade steps off at 7:15 p.m. Not only can you look forward to the parade, but downtown Tallahassee will be full of arts & crafts, food vendors galore, five stages of entertainment, a FREE children's activity area, Candy Cane Lane (a magical display of lights and attractions in McCarty Park on Park Ave.) and the synthetic ice skating rink at Kleman Plaza!

There are numerous activities for the whole family to enjoy, and we hope that you will join us for the 25th annual Winter Festival in downtown Tallahassee. For more information on the event, visit Talgov.com/parks/winter or contact PRNA's Special Events Division at 891-3887. Make sure you follow us on Twitter @COTparks for LIVE updates from the festival and parade!

Ice Skating Returns to Tallahassee
Grab your gloves and scarf and head downtown to Kleman Plaza for hours of winter fun. The City of Tallahassee Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs Department presents Tallahassee on Ice. Beginning Dec. 3 and continuing through Jan. 2012, ice skating will be available at Kleman Plaza. A one-hour session, including skates, is only $6.

Want to have a party at the ice rink? No problem! Private rentals will be available. Parking for the ice rink is available in the Kleman Plaza parking garage. Check out our website at Talgov.com/parks for a full list of operating hours.

Tallahassee on Ice will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. While you're at Kleman Plaza, be sure to take the opportunity to see all the beautiful lights decorating downtown. For further information, contact Special Events at 891-3879.

Keep Your Pets Happy & Safe This Holiday Season
The holidays are fast approaching, and of course you want to include your furry family members in the festivities. As you celebrate this holiday season, keep the following tips in mind so that your pets have a fun and safe time this season.

Watch the Leftovers and Extra Treats
Fatty, spicy and other people foods should not be fed to your furry family members. These can lead to upset stomachs and in some cases, more severe (sometimes deadly) problems. For a list of off-limits people foods, visit http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/poison-control/people-foods.html. Also, make sure to keep your pets away from the table and unattended plates of food, and be sure to secure the lids on garbage cans. If your celebration includes adult holiday beverages, be sure to place your unattended alcoholic drinks where pets cannot get to them. Pets can join the festivities in other fun ways that won't lead to costly medical bills.

Decorating Your Tree
Securely anchor your Christmas tree so it does not tip and fall, possibly injuring your pet. Place a cover over the base of your tree to prevent your pet from drinking the tree water. It may contain fertilizers and bacteria that could cause stomach upset for your pet. Select your decorations carefully. Many pets, and cats in particular, are drawn to sparkly ornaments and tinsel. They will be tempted to play with, chew on and swallow ornaments and tinsel. These objects can obstruct the digestive tract and cause major problems for your pet. It is also important to keep wires and batteries out of paws' reach. A wire can deliver a potentially lethal electric shock and a punctured battery can cause burns to the mouth and stomach.

Decorating Your Home
Avoid using real mistletoe and holly. Both can be toxic to pets. Artificial versions are just as jolly and safer for your pet if they accidentally ingest them.

Candles create a lovely holiday mood and can be quite enticing to pets, however our pets do not always know to stay away. Make sure to use appropriate candleholders and place on a stable surface. Do not leave lighted candles unattended; pets may burn themselves or cause a fire if they knock candles over. If you leave the room, put the candle out.

A Special Retreat
Make sure your pet has a quiet place to retreat to when holiday guests arrive. Shy pups and cats might want to hide out under a piece of furniture, in their pet kennel or in a separate room away from the hubbub.

With a little planning, you and your pet can have a safe and joyful holiday season.

Project Updates
The PRNA Department has been busy working on various projects throughout the City. Here are a few updates that you might find interesting:

1. New walkway and handrails along with reinforcing structure, approximately 65 percent of deck and rails replaced at the San Luis boardwalk by the construction crew;
San Luis

2. BB&T Bank donation and volunteer work along with the site development crew provided new horse shoe pits, picnic table, 2 barbecue grills, water spigot and landscaping at Jack McLean Park.
Jack McLean

3. New stamped sidewalks and landscaping at the Senior Center.
Senior Center

Calendar of Events
Date Event Information/Contact
October 29, 2011 Howl at the Moon TASC
November 1, 2011 Youth basketball registration - call for details Wayne Simmons/891-3825
November 4, 2011 Deck the Halls - preview event Senior Center
November 17, 2011 Preview Presentation of New international tours Senior Center/891-4004
December 2, 2011 Deck the Halls - a celebration of wreaths Senior Center
January 7-February 19, 2012 Youth soccer - registration open until November 5 Brian Smatt/891-3837
December 1, 2011 New adult basketball team manager meeting Janet Riva/891-3835
Through December 2, 2011 Adult basketball registration - talgov.com Janet Riva/891-3835
December 3, 2011 25th Annual Winter Festival 3-10 p.m. - talgov.com/parks 891-3887 - Special Events
December 8, 2011 Start of registration for holiday camp - talgov.com 891-3946 or Facebook COTparks
December 10 - January 2012 Ice skating at Kleman Plaza 891-3879 - Special Events

By The Numbers

$15,196,682: economic impact for Tallahassee from events taking place at PRNA facilities.
2,000+: number of friends on PRNA's Facebook site after first year.
3,000+: participants and 200+ teams involved with PRNA fall youth sports.
70+: miles of trails in PRNA parks
50+: number of park restrooms cleaned daily


Winter Festival Fun Facts Southeast Tourism Society ranks it was one of the top 20 events.in the S.E.
2011 is the 25th Anniversary
2300+ participate in the Jingle Bell Run each year
5 stages of entertainment.

Click here for Events Calendar

October 29, 2011
Howl at the Moon

November 1, 2011
Youth basketball registration - call for details

November 4, 2011
Deck the Halls - preview event

November 17, 2011
Preview Presentation of New international tours

December 2, 2011
Deck the Halls - a celebration of wreaths

January 7-February 19, 2012
Youth soccer - registration open until November 5

December 1, 2011
New adult basketball team manager meeting

Through December 2, 2011
Adult basketball registration - talgov.com

December 3, 2011
25th Annual Winter Festival 3-10 p.m. - talgov.com/parks

December 8, 2011
Start of registration for holiday camp - talgov.com

December 10 - January 2012
Ice skating at Kleman Plaza

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