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Watch this week’s Update BG and learn about the Kummer/Little Recreation Center.

Are you Over 50? Are you interested in Bowling Green? Do you want to know more about your City’s form of government? Then the 3rd Annual Over Fifty Citizen’s Academy is perfect for you! The Academy will be held weekdays, Thursday, March 19 through Wednesday, March 25, 2015, for Bowling Green City residents age 50 and older.

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A portion of the sessions will include bus transportation and very light walking, with accommodations as needed. The Academy is provided at no cost to participants. The participant is expected to attend each session throughout the five days. Applicants are chosen solely on a first come, first serve basis, using receipt of application to determine order.

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Throughout this five-day course you will learn how we pay for City government, gather information about aging resources and services, be introduced to all of our City departments, find out about transportation needs and planning, and so much more.

For more information or to apply, please visit: http://www2.bgky.org/neighborhoods/pdf/Over_50_Citizens_Academy_Application_Form2015.pdf or contact Karen Foley at 270-393-3674. Application deadline is March 1, 2015.

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Previous Over Fifty Academies have been a huge success with attendees providing the following feedback to City staff on evaluation forms:

• “After living here since the mid-70s it was extremely informative and educational to be exposed to all of the key areas of our city. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the presentations and tours and feel a much greater sense of appreciation for our City employees.”
• “I felt every presenter was excellent. They really showed how much B.G. city government cares about the citizens and each showed great pride in their department and the work they do.”
• “Loved, loved, loved this program! It so opened my eyes to what makes BG run. I had no idea. Thank you so very much for all your efforts pulling this together!!”
• “I have really enjoyed this. This is the best learning experience I have attended.”

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If you think this week-long Academy may be something you are interested in, please don’t hesitate to contact the City or apply online. Space is limited and we’re looking forward to another great program in 2015!!

Renovations Update

Watch this week’s Update BG and learn about the progress of the renovations at City Hall and City Hall Annex.

Apply Online is Now…Online

After months (actually, years) of work, the City of Bowling Green Human Resources and Information Technology staff have accomplished a long-time goal: to have the City employment application process on-line where applicants can complete and submit an employment application electronically.

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This new software was tested in the fall and became operational January 1, 2015. Now, anyone wanting to apply for employment with the City will complete and submit their application on-line. This new process also applies to internal employees wishing to apply for a transfer or promotion, as well as folks who want to volunteer in City government.

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If you don’t have a personal computer, please feel free to visit the Human Resources Department at City Hall (1001 College Street) and use one of the two machines set up in the lobby for applicants. Staff will be more than happy to assist anyone who needs help.

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There are several benefits to this new software and process. Applicants will receive confirmation that their application was received; if someone wants to apply for multiple positions during the year, they can update and resubmit the same application; data entry by HR staff is significantly reduced; this software allows for review of the applicant’s qualifications based on established minimum standards from the job description; and once an applicant is deemed to meet the minimum qualifications and has passed the criminal history check, the hiring department can view the application online.

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The online application process is designed to be more efficient for staff and for those applying. Information on available jobs can be found at www.bgky.org/jobs by signing up for eNews at http://www.bgky.org/connect/newsletter or by calling 270-393-3667.

Text Message and Mobile App

Watch this week’s Update BG and learn more about the City’s text message and mobile app.

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Parker Bennett Community Center is one of two facilities with multiple services available through the City of Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department.

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The center not only serves as the location for a before and after school program, but can also be rented for birthday parties, baby showers, graduation parties, family reunions and more. Fall, Spring, and Summer camps are also held at the Parker Bennett Community Center.

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The before and after school programs are free and provide services to school aged students from 6:00 to 7:30 a.m. and from 2:45 to 6 p.m. on school days throughout the school year. The facility is equipped with two pool tables, an air hockey table, two foosball tables and a bumper pool. Staff takes pride in helping students with their homework and ensuring the safety of each child.

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The mission of Parker Bennett is to offer a comprehensive variety of quality recreational programs and facilities to the residents and guests of the Bowling Green community.

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For more information about the before or after school programs, camps, or renting the Parker Bennett Community Center, please call 270-393-3249.

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Watch this week’s Update BG and learn how you can get fit at Bowling Green’s Parks & Rec Fitness Facility.

The City’s 2015 calendars are now available. What this week’s Update BG to learn more.

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

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