Aggie brings Food Safety 101 tour to College Station

Aggie brings Food Safety 101 tour to College Station

Older adults can be more susceptible to foodborne sicknesses and related illnesses, which can have serious complications. The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is hosting a free Food Safety 101 for Older Adults program in College Station on Wednesday, June 8 at 10 a.m. at the Southwood Community Center. Join us to learn some great food safety information just in time for summer! Continue reading Aggie brings Food Safety 101 tour to College Station

Our after-school programs offer activities, responsible supervision

Our after-school programs offer activities, responsible supervision

By Kelli Nesbitt, Parks & Recreation Marketing Coordinator

6261843642_834254905f_oAs parents, caregivers and students across the Brazos Valley gear up to start a new school year, they should also consider enrolling in the City of College Station’s after-school programs.

High-quality after-school programs help keep kids safe, inspire them to learn and serve as a source of support and comfort to working families.

According to the Afterschool Alliance, the number of kids unsupervised after 3 p.m. has declined, but 20 percent still don’t have someone to care for them after school. In many cases, cost and a lack of transportation keep families from enrolling in a program.

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Traveling South Koreans to teach senior fitness class

institutelogoeng-1The monumental success of the Brazos Valley Senior Games in February opened a lot of eyes in the Brazos Valley. With more than 400 athletes above the age of 50 participating, the College Station Parks and Recreation Department also needed plenty of volunteer help to make the event succeed.

Among the dozens of enthusiastic volunteers were Dr. Jinmoo Heo and many of his students from Texas A&M’s Recreation, Parks and Tourism Sciences Department. The games’ participation numbers prompted Dr. Heo to approach the city about a traveling fitness program sponsored by South Korea’s Global Senior Health Promotion Institute.

With Dr. Heo’s assistance, we reached out to the institute and it graciously added a stop in College Station to its busy schedule. A four-member team will lead a free one-hour senior fitness class on Tuesday, April 22 at 10 a.m. at Southwood Community Center, focusing on grace, balance and control.

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Come & Skate It: They came, they skated … and we still have t-shirts!

Come & Skate It Slideshow

Growing up in a small town with a Class 3A high school, I had plenty of opportunities to participate in traditional sports. We didn’t have to try out, we just told the coach — who usually doubled as the science, history or government teacher — that we wanted to be on the team.

In College Station, the sheer size of the school district requires kids to try out for sports teams and some kids don’t make the cut. That’s why the Parks and Recreation Department works hard to encourage alternatives such as skateboarding. The G. Hysmith Skate Park, which opened in 2011, is one of the nation’s premiere skate parks and integrates street, bowl and pool elements, forming a perfect combination for skaters of all skill levels. 

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Southwood Center: One of CS’s Best-Kept Secrets

Here’s a typical conversation I have just about every day:

“Kelly, where do you work?”

“I work at Southwood Community Center.”

“What’s that? Isn’t that a place for kids?”

Yes, it is a youth center, but it’s also a senior center and a rental facility.  Southwood has so much to offer that it’s quickly losing its status as one of College Station’s best-kept secrets.

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