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March 4 – The Importance of Children Serving as Volunteers: A Friday Enrichment Opportunity
On Fridays, we see our children getting tutored, participating in sports, training for Knowledge Bowl, writing poetry, learning a foreign language, and going on field trips. Another great option for Friday enrichment is service learning. Children are typically seen as recipients of service, but the reality is, they are givers as well.
This month, I highlight a Salida youth who “gives back”.
Iain Stewart, a Salida sixth grader, volunteers at the Sunshine Shelter. Iain was encouraged to volunteer by his parents. “We both believe that living in a community is a social contract. When we moved here 8 years ago we wanted to be involved and contribute our time to this special place we could now call home. We agreed at the beginning that Steve would give of his time to civic and cycling opportunities (city council and SRC board) and I [Francelia] would give time to the schools. Although we’ve never really had a conversation with Iain about the importance of volunteerism, I believe our actions are noticed and he now is volunteering and hopefully will someday just come to see this as just something ‘you do’.”
I asked Iain a few questions about his experience…
Why did you choose to volunteer at the cat shelter?
Because I like cats and it’s fun to play with them.
What was expected of you?
I had to attend training before I could volunteer. I learned how to take proper care of the cats, how to handle them, how to groom them and I have to sign in\out whenever I volunteer at the shelter.
Was Friday a good day to volunteer?
Yes, except on the days when there is great powder at Monarch.
Why is volunteering important to you?
Volunteering is not really important to me, I just like playing with the cats. (Love the honesty of an 11 year old)
Anything else to share?
The cats must be getting adopted pretty quickly because there are new cats about every week at the shelter.
It is interesting that as adults we see a child “giving back” but the child focuses on the enjoyment of the experience. Volunteerism is like a language—we learn the concept at a young age but its full impact is acquired from immersion over a period of time.
If Iain’s story has inspired you, here are some ideas to get you started! There is the Sunshine Shelter, the Humane Society and 4H for animal lovers, or tutoring opportunities through Boys and Girls Club for kids who love school. One can spend time in intergenerational situations, perhaps at a nursing home or church organization. Community events like the Run Through Time Marathon always need help, and organizations like Southwest Conservation Corps and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado will fulfill the outdoor oriented child.
Another opportunity through the Salida Recreation Department is KORE—Kid’s Opportunity for Recreation Experience. This program introduces kids to a job-like experience in the fun setting of summer recreation programs. From an application and interview process to first aid and job skills training, KORE kids receive valuable experiences before the summer even starts. Once summer recreation programs begin, kids will discover hot to contribute to positive and creative programming. They will be introduced to job skills such as communicating with peers and supervisors, scheduling time, and receiving feedback. To find out more about this great program, please visit www.salidarec.com/kore.
Volunteerism promotes healthy lifestyle choices, enhances social development, teaches life skills, improves the community and encourages a lifelong service ethic. A well-executed volunteer opportunity will also get kids out of their comfort zones in order to have a truly transformational experience.
If you have ideas for service learning projects , please contact Salida Recreation, Boys and Girls Club, or school guidance counselors, and share your ideas. Help build the self-esteem of our youth and show them how to be stewards of our community.
February 24, 2014 – Recreation Advisory Board Seeks Members
The Salida Recreation Advisory Board has openings for one new member and two alternates who are committed to promoting parks and recreation in our community.
The Salida Recreation Advisory Board serves as a link between City Council, City Staff and the citizens of Salida. It assists City Council and City Staff in evaluating and prioritizing parks, trails, recreation, and open-space projects and assists the city in evaluating funding sources for parks, trails, recreation and open space projects in the community.
Please send letters of interest or a Board or Commission Application by March 12, to:
410 W Rainbow Blvd Salida, CO 81201
February 12, 2014 – We’re hiring Front Desk Clerks and Swim Instructors!
The Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center is now hiring swim instructors to teach Longfellow swim lessons from March 31 – May 1. Classes run Monday – Thursday from 9 am – 3 pm. If you have a teaching/swimming background, this might be the perfect fit for you! Starting salary is $9 an hour; please apply at the pool.
City of Salida Recreation seeks a friendly and dependable individual for a part time position as Front Desk Clerk. Hours/shifts vary and include mornings, evenings and weekends. Duties include customer service and light cleaning; good computer skills are required. Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs, stand for periods of time and work in an indoor environment. Minimum starting salary is $9/hour. Job description and applications are available at Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center.
January 28, 2014 – Let’s Go Broncos!
Come share your Broncos spirit and get ready to rumble with the Seattle Seahawks at Salida’s own Denver Broncos Super Bowl rally!
The rally will gather at Riverside Park at 1:30 pm on Super Bowl Sunday for music, trivia, face-painting, bike decorating and a football toss. At 2:15 pm, we’ll get as loud as possible as we take to the streets of downtown for a community parade.
Awards will be given to the most spirited participants– wear your blue and orange, bring drums, noisemakers, pots and pans…
This event will also be a food drive, so bring some non-perishable food to donate and you’ll receive a door prize!
Please call 539-6738 with questions.
January 23, 2014 – Pickleball comes to Salida!
Salida Recreation and the Salida Tennis Club are excited to announce that pickleball has come to Salida. What’s “pickleball”? Pickleball is sweeping the country, a game similar to tennis but easier to learn and enjoy. It’s played on a smaller court using wooden paddles and a whiffle ball. Great fun and good exercise!
The Chaffee County Commissioners just approved the use of the Exhibition Hall at the County Fairgrounds for a trial period to determine community interest in this new sport. Pickleball will be available Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30 am until 11:30 am on a drop-in basis until mid-May. Equipment provided; just wear tennis shoes, bring some “energy,” and be prepared to have fun! The fee is $5. We hope to see you there.
January 16, 2014 – Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center swim team to swim to HAWAII!
The Salida Recreation department recently formed a swim team called the Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Swim Team, or SHSAC Swim Team for short. The goal of the swim team is to make a collaborative effort in swimming 2,500 miles, the distance from the California coast to Hawaii. When we reach our goal we will be celebrating with a luau! On route of the goal may be a few seafood potlucks. As of January 16th the swim team has swum over 380 miles!
Anyone that can swim, paddleboard, dog paddle, etc. ¼ mile (equivalent to 8 laps or 16 lengths of the pool) is encouraged to log in miles. There is a log in binder at the pool front desk and if you want to be kept posted on the team’s progress through e-mails you can write down your e-mail address.
Any team member that contributes at least 25 miles by February 28th will be given a swim team t-shirt. All other team members will be able to purchase a t-shirt at cost.
For those participating in the Fitness Challenge, this is also an awesome way to rack up those points.
January 7, 2014 – You guys, Alaska is ridiculously beautiful!!
Need a little escape, or some wild inspiration? Join Mark Weidman at next Wednesday’s Salida Recreation Travelogue presentation.
Mark is a professional photographer who received a special permit from the National Park Service to go deep into Alaska’s Denali National Park. Over the course of a month he photographed wildlife and expansive vistas as well as some of Alaska’s more interesting human inhabitants (and really, all of Alaska’s human inhabitants probably have a few good stories to tell).
Mark will share his photos and his travel stories from Denali as well as the Kenai Peninsula on Wednesday, January 15, at 7:00 pm in the SteamPlant Annex. The cost is $5 and beverages will be available for purchase.
January 2, 2014 – Over 100 Turn Out for New Year’s Day 5K – Results here!
From the Mountain Mail, by James Redmond:
Showing an increase in participants from previous years, Salida Recreation Department’s fourth annual New Year’s Day 5K Fun Run/Walk got more than 100 people out and moving in the new year.
Both the male and female first-place titles went to 15-year-old Salida athletes.
Taylor Stack, 15, finished the Fun Run first of all the participants with an official time of 18 minutes, 9 seconds.
Stack said he felt good about finishing first. “I am kind of out of shape though,” he said, explaining he had felt that way since the high school cross-country season ended. The Salida High School sophomore took second in state for the 3A Cross-Country Championship.
He had never participated in the Fun Run before but said he plans to do so again in the future.
Sydney Fesenmeyer, 15, finished first among the female participants with an official time of 22 minutes, 26 seconds.
Fesenmeyer said it was her first year participating in the Fun Run, although she had considered it in previous years but did not feel like getting up early enough on New Year’s Day to run. She added that she felt out of running shape after cross-country season, as she has been playing basketball.
A member of the state champion girls’ cross-country team, the Salida High School sophomore finished third in the state 3A Cross-Country Championship.
The event started in front of the Scout Hut in Riverside Park and followed the same course it has every year, to the Monarch Spur Trail to the intersection of Holman Avenue and Poncha Boulevard and back the same way to the Scout Hut, Kristy Falcon, Salida Rec special events coordinator, said.
The goal of the New Year’s Day 5K Fun Run/Walk “is to get people moving and start the new year,” Falcon said. It also serves as the start of the 2014 Fitness Challenge.
The Fitness Challenge helps people who want to start the year in a healthy way and allows them to learn about fitness options through several free and reduced-price classes, Falcon said.
For more information about the 2014 Fitness Challenge, visit salidarec.com/fitnesschallenge.
December 23, 2013 – Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center responds to recent survey results
The Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center (SHSAC) and Recreation Department recently conducted a community survey requesting input on the current facility, recreation offerings and general questions about staff, prices and opportunities for growth.
125 surveys were returned within the two-week period. Surveys were available at the pool and could also be completed online during that time.
SHSAC would like to thank everyone who did take the time to complete our survey. We’d like to take this opportunity to let respondents know that we have truly taken your comments and input to heart. Our staff is working to improve several of the areas that were determined to be weaknesses within the facility. We’ve also taken note of the areas where we are having success and will continue to build on those programs and services.
Areas that received the most negative feedback included; training staff properly so that information is readily available when requested, admission prices to the swimming pool and how to better support all user groups.
While we do provide training for all staff and do our best to keep them abreast of upcoming events and classes, all employees work on a part-time basis which presents a challenge with our ever-changing pool and recreation schedules. Management is working diligently to provide staff with resources that will help reduce confusion and frustration for all patrons and staff.
The cost of admission at SHSAC has been brought up repeatedly over the years. While the prices have not changed since June of 2008, we understand that locals would appreciate a discount and we have several ways to help make that possible. Our budget punch passes make prices much more affordable for all ages. For example, a 15-punch pass for an adult would make each visit $5 instead of $11. The same pass for youth would equate to $2.50 per visit as opposed to $5. We also offer passes for yearly and six-month memberships, budget passes for our private soaking pools and seniors, and more. We have a printable discount coupon on our website that can be used for any regular admission, a break on price for anyone presenting with a Monarch lift ticket, free admission on birthdays, deeply discounted rates every Thursday evening from 5-8 p.m. for families and parent-tot swim daily from 10 a.m. to noon, and our current food drive discount which saves you half off of the regular, daily admission price when you donate two, non-perishable items. We are also in the process of implementing an automatic deduction program for people who would like a long-term membership but cannot afford the entire cost upfront.
We have a diverse group of customers at SHSAC. We are utilized by Salida high school’s Salida Cyclones swim team, SilverSneakers™ users, kayak clinics, lap swimmers, tourists and our general public, just to name a few. That means that we have to be flexible with our scheduling to ensure that all groups are able to use the pool. We do our best to be sure that the needs of all groups are being met and adjust as needed if they are not.
The SHSAC is a valuable resource for the city. We appreciate the support and encouragement of our community and will continue to work hard to deliver quality programming while maintaining our aging facility. If you have comments or suggestions, please feel free to call us at 539-6738, stop by the pool and fill out a comment card, or send them through our contact page.
December 16, 2013 – Welcome to the 2014 Fitness Challenge!
One way to fight back when you are trying to set and keep goals or resolutions is to shrink them down to a tiny, minute size, a size so small that they may seem absolutely inconsequential.
An example: let’s say your goal is to exercise 30 minutes a day. When you think about changing your established routine to find those 30 minutes, let alone work up the willpower to get moving and break a sweat, that willpower reserve can get taxed heavily. But what if you break that goal down, and set as your daily goal to exercise just 5 minutes, or even 1 minute?
That’s an easy goal to manage. One minute? Walk up the block, or do a handful of sit-ups and pull-ups. Do it and feel good that you achieved your goal for the day.
And here’s where the magic can happen: you might feel so good getting your heart rate up, your blood pumping and your spirits lifting that you just keep doing it, for the sheer joy of exercising—not on willpower alone.
So when you are making you resolutions or health goals at the end of the holiday season (or the beginning, there’s no better time than now to start, right?), dream big but scale small.
Maybe you want to invite calmness and mindfulness into your life and set the goal of meditating 15 minutes a day. But you have never had a meditation practice before. So start with one measly minute. See where it takes you. Just sit still for one minute, notice your thoughts but do not give them any more importance than they deserve, and breathe. Set a timer, or not. And then give your self permission to get up and continue about your day if you so choose.
Here at Salida Recreation, we want to support your health and fitness goals. During the months of January and February, we dedicate much of our programming to our annual Fitness Challenge. The idea behind the Challenge is to provide lots of free classes from around the community for you to try. We work with gyms, dance studios and other wellness providers to build a schedule of introductory classes. So set a goal of just showing up. See what Salida’s health community has to offer. Spend some will power getting to a class and then just let the good feelings take over.
The Fitness Challenge also includes the New Year’s Day 5K (a fun community event to celebrate the start of something new in 2014), prizes for people who log their participation, and for the first time, a kid’s fitness challenge.
Information about the 5K and fitness logging can be found on our 2014 Fitness Challenge page, with more details to come about free classes and the kid’s challenge soon! This page also host a great collection of fitness information, motivation and advice. Forms and information are also available at the Hot Springs Pool.