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Feb 15

Ollie

Posted to Animal Services Successful Adoptions by Regina Ryan

We adopted Maverick, now "Ollie" on Dec. 22, 2016 - our first sweet dog having passed a year prior. We'd gone to the shelter to look at two (under 2 yrs of age) dogs I'd seen online. This VIP 4 year old wasn't even being considered, but managed to get my husband's attention with some persistent barking! It's now been 2 months, and Ollie hasn't put up so much as a peep! The quietest dog ever, but an independent little fellow. It's been a slow but steady process getting him to trust us, but we're in this for the long run! He's crazy about car rides and will get his fill of them with two long road trips this year. Meanwhile, our Fitbit's are getting a real workout with all of the walks. He's not interested in bones, but keeps us laughing by taking just one of each pair of shoes he finds, and moving them to different parts of the house. Fortunately, they haven't become chew toys. Ollie is a keeper for sure!

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Mar 01

Lose the Senior Center Stereotype in Plano

Posted to Parks and Recreation by City of Plano Parks and Recreation

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What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Plano Senior Recreation Center? Bingo? Bridge? While these are certainly activities that seniors continue to enjoy, the truth is that baby boomers are searching for many more active opportunities. Many are not content with the status quo.

American writer and activist Betty Friedan inspired us to embrace the seasons of life when she said, "Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength."  Thanks in part to advances in health care and a cultural emphasis on staying mentally and physically fit, these individuals have the same basic needs as people of any age—to laugh, explore, socialize and  learn. Like all of us, they want to live life to the fullest, and many of these active adults are showing no signs of slowing down!

Our Senior Recreation Center staff strives to offer an assortment of activities and classes based on patron feedback. The result is a variety of stimulating programs to serve Plano’s growing and diverse 50 population. One way Plano Parks and Recreation is responding to these trends is by adding a new and larger fitness room to its Senior Recreation Center. The expansion project, which is expected to begin later this year, also includes a larger dining area as well as additional classroom space.

Here are a few ways the Plano Senior Recreation Center help its patrons broaden their horizons:

Fine arts
Involvement in the creative arts can be very therapeutic and beneficial. Our opportunities range from piano lessons and singing to watercolor, oil, pen and pencil art.

Studies confirm the effects of art are positive by inducing mental and physical wellbeing, which enhances the quality of life and overall well-being.

Dancing
Dancing is not only fun, but it also keeps our guests fit. Not to mention it’s an excellent social opportunity. Whether you are a novice looking to have some fun or a professional in a past life, dancing remains ever popular at our center. Men and women enjoy challenging their coordination with lessons in ballroom dancing and line dancing, as well as tap and ballet.

The center also hosts a weekly dance every Tuesday evening from 7-9:15 p.m. for just a $5 cover charge. Residents are invited to come out for a county music-themed dance every first and third Tuesday or cut a rug on the second and fourth Tuesday for a variety mix including ballroom dancing.

Fitness
Fitness at the Plano Senior Recreation Center involves a lot more than “the morning stretch.” From circuit training to Zumba and low-impact cardio classes to gentler workouts like yoga, Pilates and tai chi, our facility plays host to numerous variations of physical fitness classes provided by experienced instructors. The center also offers classes for strengthening one’s core, balance and flexibility.

Exercises for the mind
The Plano Senior Recreation Center is also a place to get help when it comes to business matters, such as legal advice, planning for long-term care, retirement planning, driver safety classes and more. Our computer classes have also gained in popularity among citizens who want to keep up with and benefit from the latest technology.

Classes offered included lessons on creating photo books, photo editing and restoration, using Gmail, intros to Facebook, and budgeting using Microsoft Excel.

Day trips
Need to get away? Grab some friends and hit the road with us to places like the Sky Theater at the University of North Texas or the Dallas Arboretum. Sign-ups are currently available to attend a tour of the Star in Frisco, home to the Dallas Cowboys training facility, on April 24. Look for a day trip this summer to Magnolia Market in Waco as well. Prices are affordable and the ride there is included!

Want to learn more? Stop by and see for yourself what the Plano Senior Recreation Center has to offer. For more information, call 972-941-7155 or visit planoseniorcenter.org. We hope to see you there!


Mar 23

I’M BACK! Even though I never left….. ;)

Posted to The Bug Blog by Regina Ryan

A new mosquito season is upon us. We have been active here in the Environmental Health Department working on mosquito related activities. We are now essentially operating year round to review, plan and act at a moment’s notice to keep mosquito populations at bay and keep Plano safe from West Nile virus, as well as new emerging diseases such as Dengue and Chikungunya. We are prepared to trap for the mosquitos that could transmit these viruses, but we need your help! This year we have already begun larviciding as well as seeding areas in Plano with Gambusia minnows (mosquitofish) to combat mosquito larvae before they can emerge as adults.

Habitat reduction is a major key to controlling mosquito populations. It is much easier too because mosquitoes spend nearly 10 days in stagnant water before maturing into adults. By eliminating (DRAIN) areas of stagnant water around your home you can have a great impact in not only making your yard safer this summer, but your neighbors as well.

Repellent is another major key to keeping yourself healthy this summer. During the summer of 2012 when West Nile was the worst that the Dallas-Ft. Worth area had seen, most of the people interviewed that contracted the West Nile virus stated that they had not been wearing repellent. Always make sure to DEFEND yourself while you are outdoors in the evening/early (DUSK/DAWN) morning and DRESS to minimize skin exposure to potential mosquito activity.

Always remember your 4 D’s: DEFEND, DRESS, DUSK/DAWN, DRAIN

If you have any questions about the City of Plano’s integrated mosquito management plan, concerns for mosquitoes in your area or would like to know more, please check out www.plano.gov .