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Resolution No 2020-09

The City Council approves the Engineering Reports for Amending Landscapes and Lighting Districts. See document for details.

Exeter Water Tower Jigsaw

Distract Yourself with Puzzles

Puzzles can be quite nurturing when we’re going through challenging times. These relaxing, challenging, solution-focused and inexpensive (or free) puzzles never lose their appeal. By focusing our minds on solving problems, and asking us to think outside the box, puzzles can paradoxically be the solution to enduring scary and uncertain times.

Below are links to some puzzles we have fun. To share your favorite resources, please submit yours on our Virtual Recreation Center page.

Many people get their daily fix of crossword puzzles from newspapers. The Los Angeles Times, USA Today and Washington Post daily puzzles have almost two weeks of archived daily crosswords. You can access them for free.

Board with Crosswords? Why not try an Acrostic Puzzle. You find crossword style clues but you need to reveal a hidden quote. Try your luck at acrostics.puzzlebaron.com where you can print out your puzzle or play online.

To share your favorite resources, please submit yours on our Virtual Recreation Center page.

Home fitness

How to Workout at Home

That couch might seem inviting, but nothing can jumpstart your day or infuse your afternoon with some energy like a good workout. Regular exercise is one component of a healthy lifestyle that can help reduce stress and prevent illness. Here are some resources and advice on getting started.

An Exercise Space

It doesn’t really matter where you exercise, but if you’re fortunate enough to have an empty room you can use it to add weights and any equipment you may have gathered. Otherwise, find a space where there’s enough floorspace to move around. You may have to move your coffee table. It doesn’t have to be fancy or large. It helps, though, if you have a specific spot you keep going back to so your brain and body get the message that its time to work out.

Find a Program

If you try to force yourself through something you don’t enjoy, you’ll find a hard time sticking to it. So find something that you enjoy doing so you’re more likely to want to come back every day. If you like moving with others, you can find some virtual classes or get a workout app. If you prefer cardio and have a bike or treadmill, use those. If you like dancing, maybe its time to learn some new moves and play an online video tutorial.

Routine

It is more likely that you will stick to a workout if it becomes a habit. You build habits by doing them on a schedule. Pick the time that is best for you. Don’t wait until the end of the day because you’ll find all kinds of excuses why you’re too tired to exercise and trying to sleep after exercising is also difficult. But, you don’t have to exercise in the morning if you are not a morning person. Maybe you want to split up your day with a workout in the afternoon.

Equipment

Many of you probably have gathered some equipment, but if you haven’t there’s plenty of household items that can be used.

Even if you choose to skip equipment, there are lots of exercises you can do at home without equipment. Focus on the basics: pushups, squats, leg lifts, planks and burpees. Repetition of those items is enough to get your heart rate up and build strength.

Set Goals and Push Yourself

Setting yourself up for success will keep you accountable. The goals should be achievable but something you have to push yourself to accomplishing. Sure, it’s OK to picture yourself returning to work when this is all over with a svelte body, and we’re sure you’ll get there. It’s better to be specific. For instance, say you’re comfortable doing 10 pushups during a workout. Set a goal to increasing it to 25 pushups and by the end of the month you’ll eventually hit 50.

Online Programs

There are quite a few online programs out there. If you previously had a gym membership, you’ll be glad to hear that they are offering some good online-only programs.

Gyms

In-Shape is also offering free or low-cost online options to many other services through its connections. Go to their website to get special the special codes for access.

Dance

Videos

Kids

Group Fitness

There are many Facebook Groups that are offering Live Fitness workouts. You can do a search on Facebook for Live Workouts. Or you can check out some of the ones we found:

  • Jaysa’s Live Quarantine Pound Fitness Classes
  • Balanz Gym: Live Workouts of HIIT, Yoga, and Pilates Facebook at 7 am, 7:30; noon; 6 and 6:30 p.m.
  • Blink Fitness hopes that they’ll inspire you to incorporate a routine into your daily life.

Nature and Virtual Travel

As part of our new Virtual Recreational Center page we thought you’d like to visit the world! Below are some links to allow you to take virtual walks through nature’s most beautiful spaces and the world’s most incredible museums.

Nature

  • Explore Yellowstone’s natural wonders and you visit the parks hottest spots.
  • Think you’ve already been to Yosemite National Park. Take a gander and see it as you have never seen it before.
  • Visit the beautiful sea life at Monterey Bay Aquarium.
  • Zoo Lover?  Spaces like the San Diego Zoo, and the Georgia Aquarium are offering live webcam viewings of pandas, penguins and beluga whales.
  • Ready for the ultimate walk?  Great Wall of China.
  • Still want more? Lets go to Mars. NASA has provided us with the opportunity to drive the Rover on the planet mars. Let’s Go!

Museums

  • Google has provided us with more than 2,000 360-degee virtual tours of the world’s greatest museums.
  • Are you a fan of Van Gogh? Would you like to visit Australia’s Surfing Museum?
  • Can you believe that you can actually walk through the Louvre? Go ahead, see the Mona Lisa for yourself or visit one of the four virtual tour areas available.
  • Get a rare glimpse of the view from the rooftop of the Grand Palais on the Champs-Elysees and admire the building’s glass roof from every angle.
  • Ever wish you could go back in time and catch an exhibition you never got around to seeing? Months before it was raised to the ground, the Tour Paris 13 was the largest street gallery ever assembled. Take a look at the exhibit and six other, now-closed, exhibitions.

Exercise Virtually

  • Ever wish you could do the Tour de France? We got you covered.
  • Just want to ride on a Los Angeles beach at sunset? Get ready, set. Go!

Let us know where you are going, virtually. So we can share it with others.

 

Take a ride, virtually

As part of our new Virtual Recreational Center, we thought we’d share some videos that make you feel like you are at Walt Disney World Theme Park on famous rides such as: Frozen Ever After ride, It’s a Small World, Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!, and Pirates of the Caribbean.

Frozen Ever After:

It’s a Small World

Monsters, Inc

And the personal favorite Pirates of the Caribbean

Easter Activities and Arts and Crafts

The Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency said that family get togethers are discouraged while we are all sheltering in place to avoid infecting others. Instead, they suggest having get togethers via phone, virtually, using FaceTime or video conferencing software, like Zoom.

We’ve gathered some fun activities and arts and crafts to help you to Spring into the Easter Spirit

Arts and Crafts

Easter Activities

Young kids will enjoy doing the bunny hop and get a lot of exercise at the same time.

Do you have an idea to add to our Virtual Recreation Center? Please use the form found at the bottom of the posts page.

Woman doing a leg flex

Daily Recommended Physical Activities

Everyone knows that its important for your health to stay active. The Center for Disease Control recommends that adults get 150 minutes per week of physical activity. That’s about 30 minutes a day for 5 days per week. And, kids ages 5 to 17 should accumulate even more—at least 60 minutes daily.

We are all, however, faced with staying at home to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Getting enough exercise is easier said than done. However, we want to come together and provide you with resources and creative ideas so that we can all come out of this healthy and vibrant.

We’re going to be sharing some resources we’ve found that will help to keep you active. Come back often for updates.

Adults Exercises

Pets

Don’t forget that your pets are also under quarantine.

Do you have an idea to include? Please use the form at the bottom of the Visual Recreation Center page.

Exeter Unified School District

At-home learning

The Exeter Unified School District has sent home packets for their students with information on how to connect online to continue their education. For details visit the district’s website.

You can also stay up-to-date by subscribing to the District’s Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Tulare County Office of Education has also released resources for students and parents online.

We will also be sharing links to fun educational resources as we come across them. Come back and visit often for updates.

Do you have an idea to include? Please use the form at the bottom of the Visual Recreation Center page.