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BGPR Fitness Facility

Looking to get in shape for the New Year? Wanting to make resolutions to improve your health? Trying to lose those extra “Holiday” pounds you gained? Then check out Bowling Green Parks and Rec Fitness Facility. B.G.P.R. Fitness is a fitness center that offers a variety of programs, classes, and activities to help you achieve your fitness goals and get you more physically active!

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Wanting to work out at your own pace? Then Individual Weight Lifting may be just the thing for you. Come in on YOUR schedule and work out in our 10,000 sq. ft. facility, offering the latest, top notch equipment to help you lose weight, tone, firm, or build your body.

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Needing a little more direction and motivation with your work outs? Then check out our Instructional Training Sessions, designed to provide you the know-how, personalization and one on one training to assist you in achieving your goals.
Prefer a “group” atmosphere when it comes to exercising? Then B.G.P.R. Fitness is the right place for you! We offer a variety of group exercise classes such as Yoga, Spinning, Zumba, Boot Camp, Total Abs, Sculpting, Pro Fit and many more.

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Fitness, Fun and Friends….you’ll find them at B.G.P.R. Fitness, in our At Your Pace Shape up class and SilverSneakers Fitness Program:

At Your Pace Shape Up is a program designed for the person who is interested in reclaiming the variety of movement and the strength that helps make living pleasurable. This class consists of stretching, cardio-vascular exercise and

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upper/lower body exercises to help you increase your range of motion and tone the body. It’s not your ordinary exercise class! Chairs are used as props and various games and activities along with exercise are done to promote movement. Each person is encouraged to work at their own level to achieve their fitness goals.

SilverSneakers is a fun, energizing program that helps older adults take greater control of their health by encouraging physical activity and offering social events to promote fellowship and exercise while meeting and making new friends. Those age 65 or older who receive Medicare benefits may qualify for a FREE membership, stop in and inquire today and start having fun while improving your health.

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Looking for a little faster paced action? Then Racquetball and Wallyball may be just the right thing for you! Work on your eye-hand coordination, improve your reactions and speed, challenge others to an exciting game of racquetball or bring a group down and try the good old feel of volleyball, with an indoor twist….Wallyball.

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Feeling the need to challenge yourself and push your limits when it comes to weights? Then come compete in our 12th Annual Powerlifting Competition, Saturday, December 13, 2014, 8:30 AM (CST)

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You will find all this and more at B.G.P.R. Fitness. Come enjoy the many opportunities awaiting for you, with no contracts, initiation or enrollment fees. Student rates and Senior citizen discounts are available.

B.G.P.R. Fitness Facility….Be Active, Get Fit, Stay Healthy!
225 East Third Ave, Bowling Green, KY, 42101
270-393-3582
www.bgky.org/bgpr/fitness

Toys for Tots

If you’re reading this blog it may be hard for you to imagine a five year old child with no gifts to open on Christmas day. For many of us the more common problem is trying to rein in the excess of toys coming from grandparents, aunts, uncles and all the other relatives.

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The reality is that right here in our city, for a lot of different reasons, many kids may not see Christmas Day as different from any other day. No gifts, no celebration, just another day.

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The Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program is designed to keep that from happening. Each year the local Marine Corps League teams up with Bowling Green Firefighters to provide Christmas toys for local children that might not otherwise receive a gift of any kind.

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This successful program would not be possible without the generous support of the community. You can be a part of the effort by delivering a new, unwrapped toy to Bowling Green City Fire Stations, which serve as drop of points for Toys for Tots. Toys are needed for boys and girls ages birth to 12.

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Last year was a great success with more than 400 local children having toys delivered to their door on Christmas morning by Bowling Green Firefighters…who play Santa in the effort.

Toys are still needed for this year’s Toys for Tots program. Again, new unwrapped toys may be delivered to any City Fire Station. For more information you may call the BGFD at 270 393-3702 or visit www.toysfortots.org.

Thanks for your continuing support,

Greg Johnson, Chief-BGFD

Each year in December City Hall opens its doors to the residents of Bowling Green and Warren County during our annual Christmas Open House. This year will be no exception as we will welcome guests on Friday, December 12th, 2014 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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The Swearing-In Ceremony for our City Commissioners will take place immediately before the Christmas Open House in the City Hall lobby at 1:30 p.m.

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Citizens are encouraged to attend the open house to meet the elected officials and City staff who work for the City of Bowling Green. As always, we will have great food, conversation, music and more during this event.

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Appetizers, punch and dessert will be provided by Cambridge Market which always gets rave revues from those who joins us.

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In addition to visiting with staff, be sure to pick up a copy of our 2015 Calendar and Annual Report. Each year, the City releases a 12-month calendar that features pictures of Bowling Green with a theme.  This year will highlight the “artistic side of Bowling Green”.  Along with beautiful photography comes information on our budget, past projects, future ideas and general information of what government has done for you over the past year.

Be sure to join us downtown for Holiday Cheer!

The City of Bowling Green Parks & Recreation Landscape Division is responsible for the planning, installation, and maintenance of all of the City’s landscaping and green spaces in a variety of locations around Bowling Green. The Landscape Division maintains trees, shrubs, turf, and annual and perennial plants in all of the City parks, golf courses, cemeteries and several City facilities such as City Hall and the Bowling Green Police Department.

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Aside from the typical responsibilities associated with the Department’s role in making Bowling Green a beautiful place to live and visit, the Landscape Division also provides a variety of other unique services for the residents of Bowling Green.

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One such service is the annual lighting ceremony held in Fountain Square Park, known as “Downtown Lights Up”! This lighting ceremony, sponsored by local business’s, is typically held on the first Friday of December and signals the beginning of the holiday season. This year the lighting ceremony will be held on Friday, December 5th and followed on Saturday the 6th by an outdoor Christmas Market at Fountain Square where several vendors will be gathered displaying holiday gifts and merchandise for sale.

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Several months of planning and preparation goes in to providing this beautiful display of holiday lights at Fountain Square Park.

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Starting in September the Landscape Division staff members begin taking all of the holiday lights and decorations including banners, pole mount and ground mount light displays out of storage.  Then the laborious task of checking each strand of lights and each fixture for broken lights that must be replaced begins. It typically takes up to a month for Landscape staff working around their everyday landscape maintenance duties to complete the job of preparing all of the lights to be installed.

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Beginning in November, once all of the repairs have been completed and all of the decorations are organized, installation begins at Fountain Square. Staff members work throughout the month of November lighting the trees, lamp posts, fountain and arches in the park. Banners, ground mount and pole mount displays are installed in the park and other areas throughout downtown Bowling Green. Several thousand lights are used each year to provide an incredible holiday light show which is left on display through the remainder of the holiday season until right after New Years Day.

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Once the holidays are over the Landscape Division staff members go back to work removing all of the lights and displays. It will take several weeks for the lights to be removed, organized, and returned to storage to be ready for next years “Downtown Lights Up” ceremony.

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The City of Bowling Green Parks & Recreation Landscape Division employees take great pride in their role of providing beautiful parks and green spaces and also put great effort and time into some very unique and popular programs for all of Bowling Green to enjoy.

Holiday Fire Safety Tips

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The cold weather and the holidays bring warm fires, good food, friends, family and great decorations. Unfortunately, the holidays can also bring a higher risk for fires.

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While you are celebrating this year, take time to make sure that you follow the guidelines below provided by the Bowling Green Fire Department:

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Only burn well-seasoned dry wood in your fireplace and never burn paper in a fireplace.
Never leave burning candles unattended or place them near anything combustible.
Always use power strips so that you don’t overload electrical outlets.
Inspect and replace lights and extension cords with exposed wires or damage.
Never run electrical cords through doorways or under rugs.
Unplug all of your lights before leaving your home or going to bed.
Never decorate metal trees with electric lights.
Keep Christmas trees away from all heat sources and exits.
Keep fresh cut Christmas trees sufficiently watered so the needles don’t dry out and shed.
Never leave your holiday cooking unattended.

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For additional fire safety tips on candles, cooking, fire place, or turkey frying, visit www.bgky.org/fire/safety. Please remember to be safe and have fun this holiday season!!!!!!

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But seriously, if you’re going to fry a turkey – make sure you follow ALL safety guidelines. The Bowling Green Fire Department has been tweeting for weeks on what to do and what NOT to do. Follow us on Twitter or email kim.lancaster@bgky.org for tips!

 

The deadline for the 2014 Coats for Kids campaign is December 1st. Watch this week’s Update BG for more information about this important program. Only with your help can we make an important difference in a child’s life this winter season.

The City of Bowling Green will be holding an online auction at www.govdeals.com beginning November 17, 2014 and closing on November 24, 2014.

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As always, there will be a wide variety of interesting and useful auction items including bicycles, office equipment, office furniture, vehicles, jewelry, cameras, DiVinci 22” wheels, exercise equipment, golf clubs and more.

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A complete list and description of all items along with photographs will be available at govdeals.com starting on the 17th. Multiple photos are currently posted on the City of Bowling Green Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/citybgky. Instructions on the auction process are also available on the govdeals website.

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The general public is encouraged to participate.

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To access Bowling Green’s auction, simply search for Bowling Green, KY and items will be listed with pictures. Again, items will not be available to view on govdeals until November 17th.

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If you are someone who often wonders where your tax dollars are going or what your local government has done lately then the 2014/2015 Annual Report and Calendar is something that you should keep an eye out for. If you are also someone who wants to have a yearly calendar but doesn’t want to go to the mall or a bookstore to buy one, then our calendar is REALLY for you!

Each year around November, the City releases a 12-month calendar that features pictures of Bowling Green with a theme.  This year will highlight community events that take place in our great City.  Along with beautiful photography comes information on our budget, past projects, future ideas and general information of what government has done for you over the past year.

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Approximately 4,500 copies of this calendar are produced each year and they can be picked up at a variety of local businesses including Cambridge Market, Sam 100.7, Warren County Library, Destiny Barber Shop, Tea Bayou, US Bank, and of course, City Hall and all other public city buildings. We will also have plenty of copies available at our Christmas Open House this year which will take place on Friday, December 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. at 1001 College Street.

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Want to make sure that you don’t miss out on a calendar this year?  Feel free to “pre-order” your copy by contacting us through Facebook or this blog to provide your contact information. We will take down your name and/or address and make sure that you receive your copy when they are hot off the presses.

Enjoy this sneak-peek at some of the pictures we will feature this year! We’re always open to future ideas and themes so feel free to contact us with feedback and ideas or to contribute photos!

 

Have you ever desired your very own set of aluminum bleachers for your backyard? While the kids play flag football, baseball, or soccer do you wish you had a convenient place to sit and watch? Does your business have a perfect location for aluminum stadium seating?

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If you answered yes to any of these questions then be sure to check out the City of Bowling Green online auction at www.govdeals.com  where we will be selling 18 sets of bleachers.  These bleachers have been used at a variety of our Parks and Recreation locations.

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Please note that the bleachers are non-compliant with current safety standards and will be sold intact and must be taken apart and removed by the buyer. Most of the bleachers are in fair to good condition.

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As always, the general public is encouraged to participate in this auction. The auction will begin on November 10th and will close on November 17th.

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For more information on our bleachers or any other auctions that we offer, please contact Marilyn Parrigin at 270-393-3679.   DSC02938

Veteran’s Day Parade

November 8th will mark the 2014 Veteran’s Day Parade in downtown Bowling Green hosted by the Bowling Green-Warren County Military Liaison Board. The parade is expected to feature more than 300 units honoring our past, present and future troops and their families. Veterans Day is a Federal holiday that recognizes those who have served in our armed forces and who have fought for our freedoms.

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The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at 6th Street and College Street near Circus Square Park and will wind its way through the streets of downtown Bowling Green by traveling up College Street towards WKU, then turning left onto 10th Avenue and then left on to State Street. The parade will end at 6th Street and State Street near Circus Square Park.

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Parade entries will include “Vets in Vettes,” the Bowling Green-Warren County All-Star Band featuring members from all local high schools, WKU’s Big Red, Floats, Broadway the Clown, Sparky the Fire Dog and so much more.

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Immediately following the parade there will be a flag-raising ceremony at the Warren County Courthouse Veterans Memorial Courtyard at 429 E. 10th Avenue with remarks from Judge Executive Mike Buchanon and Mayor Bruce Wilkerson.

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The Veterans Parade student essay winner will also be announced at the flag raising ceremony and will be awarded $100 from the American Legion and VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary. Student essays were solicited from 4th and 5th grade classes in Bowling Green and Warren County and the topic was “Why do Americans have the Freedom They Enjoy.”

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All events are entirely free and open to the public. For more information about the parade or other November 8th events, contact parade coordinator Bobbi Jo Sexton at (270) 393-3641 or email: bobbijo.sexton@bgky.org.

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