Park and Recreation Month

Park-Rec-month-Vertical-Tower-160x600pxJuly is park and Recreation Month.

The City is celebrating Park and Recreation Month, an initiative of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), and all the ways parks and recreation has the power to transform our daily lives.

From providing us places to get fit and stay healthy to fostering new relationships and forging a connection with nature, our close-to-home community park and recreation facilities provide essential services and improve quality of life.

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About The National Recreation and Park Association

The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its network of more than 50,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit

Fall Clean-Up

Fall Clean upThe Fall Cleanup for Kerman residents* begins on Saturday, November 7 and runs through November 14 (closed Sunday, November 8). Bins are available at Mid Valley Disposal located at 15300 W. Jensen Avenue, Monday-Friday from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm and on Saturday 7:00 am to 2:00 pm.

There is a one-truck or small trailer load per household limit and you must unload the items. Waste should be sorted by Green, Trash, Metal or E-waste.

Senior Citizens and handicapped individuals who are not able to take items to Mid Valley Disposal can have them picked up on Friday, November 13. Call Jeanna Burdine-Slaven at the Senior Center (559) 846-9329 before November 10 to make an appointment.

For more information contact Mid Valley Disposal at (559) 843-2467 or the City of Kerman at (559) 846-9384.

*Must present photo ID and water/utility bill.

Senior Thanksgiving Dinner-Dance

2015 Thanksgiving Flyer topThe Kerman Senior Center and the Salvation Army have organized the Senior Citizen Thanksgiving Dinner-Dance. This bountiful occasion will be held on Friday, November 20th.

The dinner-dance will take place at the Kerman Community Center, 15100 W. Kearney Plaza. Dance will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 pm with the dinner following at 3:00 to 5:00 pm.

Call (559) 846-9329 to make your reservation.

Thanksgiving Flyer – English                   Thanksgiving Flyer – Spanish


Healthy thru the Holidays

Holiday ChallengeThe holidays are just around the corner so why not get ready by signing up for the “Healthy thru the Holidays” fitness challenge.

This 8-week challenge begins Monday, October 26. Weigh ins and measurements will be taken at the morning and evening Zumba classes which also mark the first week of the challenge. If you just want to just maintain for the holidays, there is a category for you too!

Earn points in the weight loss category by weight and inches lost. In the maintenance category earn points by staying at starting weight or below.  Both categories participate in Zumba classes and Bingo challenges. Prizes include cash, Zumba punch card and Zumba swag.

For more information call Recreation Coordinator Theresa Johnson at 846-9383 .


Call for Volunteers – Playground & Park Community Build Day

The City of Kerman Department of Parks & Recreation, along with Sebastian, will be organizing a KaBOOM! playground and park community build on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at Katey’s Kids Park. Kerman received a $15,000 grant from KaBOOM! and the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group after being selected as a 2013 Playful City USA community and is using the grant to build a new, much-needed play equipment with community involvement.

We are seeking 100+ volunteers to assist in a community build day beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 14th at Katey’s Kids Park, located at 245 Park Ave. Kerman, CA. Volunteers will build a new playground, log picnic shelters and other park items. What does a “community build” entail? In simple terms, it’s an old fashioned “barn raising” that calls on everyone in the community to pitch in, building lasting relationships in addition to building the playspace and log picnic shelter.

The new playground will provide hundreds of children in the community with a safe place to play. The nature theme of the park will bring amazing play structures, log cabin picnic areas and a climbing wall with a hill slide.  This will be a one-of-a-kind park in Kerman. The community has been greatly involved in the building process and has done a tremendous job. We expect this event to be a culmination of all the community’s hard work and a wonderful welcoming to Katey’s Kids Park.

This playground is one of more than 16,300 playgrounds that KaBOOM! has helped build, open, or improve across the country, in an effort to fulfill its vision of a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. Children need a place to play every day in order to be active and healthy. The City of Kerman has a plan to fulfill this vison by placing parks within a ½ mile walking distance for the majority of our residents. This new park will keep the City of Kerman playful and active!

Anyone interested in volunteering can please contact Arlene Villarreal at 559-846-9324 or via email at The Department  is  also  accepting  donations  from  local  businesses  to  use  towards  build  day  supplies,  and  all sponsors will be recognized in press materials, event signs and announcements.

Informational Flyer

Strength Training

Strength3The City is offering strength training for seniors. Sessions will be held every Monday and Wednesday beginning October 5th from 9:30 to 10:30 am at the Senior Center, 720 S. Eighth Street.

This activity is presented free of charge. If you have light weight dumbbells, please bring them, but they are not necessary to exercise. For more information contact Jeanna Burdine-Slaven, Senior Services Coordinator at 559-846-9329

Spring Semester Classes Offered in Kerman

Reedley CollegeIn conjunction with Reedley College the following college classes will be offered at Kerman for the 2016 Spring Semester:

Child Development 39-–Child Growth and Development; Wednesdays 6:00 – 8:50 p.m. Enterprise High School

Health 1–Contemporary Health Issues; Mondays 6 – 8:50 p.m. Enterprise High School

Spanish 1–Beginning Spanish; Mondays and Wednesdays 6 – 7:50 p.m. Enterprise High School

Music 12–Music Appreciation; Mondays 6:00 – 8:50 Kerman High School

Classes begin January 11, 2016. More information is available on the College’s website at

Take Back Our Water Rally

Join Central Valley Farmers and Families at a Rally to “Take Back Our Water” – Tomando Conrol De Nuestra Agua: Viernes. 2 De Octubre A Las 11:00 am; Rojas-Pierce Park. Mendota

Please join The California Water for Food and People Movement, My Job Depends on Ag, and Assemblyman Jim Patterson, at a rally in support of farmers and families who want to send a message to Sacramento and Washington D.C. that our voices must be heard. The fight for more dam storage and the decisions that put fish over families will be discussed as we amass numbers that cannot be ignored in preparation for a march on Sacramento in January, 2016

When: Friday, October 2 at 11:00 am Where: Rojas-Pierce Park, Mendota, CA RSVP: Call 559-446-2029 or email Kristen Freber.

Take Back Our Water Flier          Take Back Our Water Flier – Spanish

Harvest Festival and Annual Parade

Kerman H FestKerman Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Harvest Festival beginning on Thursday September 17th at 5:00 pm. The Grand Marshal Presentation – Dr. Les Buhr, Grand Marshal, will start at 7:15 pm .

Festival Hours:

Thursday, September 17th 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm (Free Admission)
Friday, September 18th 5:00 pm – Midnight ($5.00 Adult / $3.00 Child (4-10)
Saturday, September 19th 11:00 am – Midnight ($5.00 Adult / $3.00 Child (4-10)
Sunday, September 20th 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm ($5.00 Adult / $3.00 Child (4-10)

Parade: 71st Annual Parade starts at 10:00 am Saturday September 19th

Carnival Rides Presale:

Ride Coupons (20 coupons) – $10.00 a book, Wristband (good for one day) ($20.00), and Gold Wristband (good for all four days – $75.00 are be available at the following places: Reno’s Hardware, Reno’s Place, Westamerica Bank, Sebastian, Kerman Food Market, Lucero Market, United Health Center, Valley Food Super Center and Tia Vero’s Shop.

Rebate Offers

RebaiteTo help strengthen our efforts to reduce water usage, the Kerman City Council has approved funding for a limited number of rebates. They will be on a first come – first served basis until the allocated funds are depleted.

Toilet Rebate – If you replace a high water use toilet that was manufactured before 1992 and uses more than 1.6 gpf with a new HET toilet of 1.28 gpf or less you may qualify for a $100 rebate!

High Efficiency Clothes Washer –  Replacing a high use clothes washer with an HE clothes washer from the PG&E “Most Efficient 2015″ listing attached to the application may qualify you for a rebate of $100.

To apply for either rebate, you must meet the terms and conditions as outlined in the rebate applications. The program term is August 1, 2015 through March 30, 2016. Items ordered, purchased, and installed before August 1, 2015 or after March 30, 2016 do not qualify.

Toilet Rebate Application
Washer Rebate Application

Completed applications must be submitted for review before the rebates can be approved.

For more information on water conservation, contact Lydia Madruga, Water Conservation at 559-846-9372.