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SACRAMENTO - Programs for youth, teens and seniors that had been cut are coming back to Sacramento community centers, a city spokesperson said Tuesday.

The restoration of the no-fee programs and activities offered by the parks and recreation department is due to increased revenue from Measure U, a one-half cent sales tax increase passed by voters last November,Linda Tucker said.

The seven programs were chopped over the last five years due to the economic downturn. Now, some of the projected $4.73 million a year the parks and recreation departmentis projected toreceive will allow it to offer the programs again.

According to the City of Sacramento Parks and Recreation website, the restored programs and activities are:

Intramural Youth Sports Program Community-based, co-ed competitive sports including: basketball, flag football, ultimate Frisbee, Hacky-sack, and hockey.
- Age/grade of participants: 4th-6th graders
- Locations: George Sim, Oak Park, Mims/Hagginwood, Pannell/Meadowview, and South Natomas community centers.

Intramural Middle School Sports Program
Community-based co-ed football and basketball for middle-school students.
- Age/grade of participants: 6th, 7th, & 8th graders.
- Locations: George Sim, Oak Park, Mims/Hagginwood, Pannell/Meadowview, and South Natomas community centers.

Prime Time Teen Program
Work readiness training for teens ages 13-17. Providing job skills development, financial literacy, communication, leadership, professional etiquette, and community service. Participants meeting program goals receive $200 stipend upon program completion.
- Locations: George Sim, Oak Park, Mims/Hagginwood, Pannell/Meadowview, and South Natomas community centers.

D Hot Spot Program Friday Late Nite
Program for teens providing structured and supervised indoor basketball, volleyball, dance, recreational activities, and much more. Registration handled upon entrance at program site.*
- Age/grade of participants: 13-19 yrs.
- Locations: George Sim Community, Oak Park and Pannell/Meadowview Community Centers, Martin Luther King Jr. High School, Rio Tierra Middle School.

Tweener Program Afterschool
Enrichment program for youth providing structured homework assistance, indoor & outdoor recreational activities, life skills workshops, and much more.
- Age/grade of participants: 12-17 yrs (6th grade - qualifies)
- Location: George Sim Community Center.

Older Adult Services ARMS Program
City-wide program providing one-on-one assistance to elderly residents trying to cope with and locate resources for aging related challenges including deteriorating health, changes in housing needs, inadequate income, transportation and mobility problems, and loss of family members and friends.

Caring Neighborhoods Program Outreach
Program to encourage and provide technical assistance to teams of neighbors who work to support their elderly neighbors in living safely and independently in their homes.

The programs and activities are offered at various community centers: George Sim Community Center (916-808-3760), Oak Park Community Center (916-808-6151), Mims/Hagginwood Community Center (916-808-6439), Pannell/Meadowview Community Center (916-808-6680), South Natomas Community Center (916-808-1571), and Ethel Hart Senior Center (916-808-5462).

For additional information and to register, go to this website, http://bit.ly/1dpHpVv

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