Though a wintery mix is coming down outside as I write this, city staff is already thinking about spring and summer -- more specifically the spring/summer issue of the Activity Guide, our most popular publication.
In the off chance that you're not one of the Activity Guide's customers, this 72- to 80-page publication is published three times year (spring/summer, fall and winter). More than 30,000 copies are delivered to an audience of youth, teens, adults and seniors, offering everything from programs in horseback riding and yoga to jewelry making and cooking classes.
Our goal is to provide great value for our customers so that they keep coming back to enjoy programs like these. We are always looking for new ways to keep prices affordable, while also offsetting the costs associated with our programming. We believe that we've hit upon an opportunity that the local business community will find hard to resist.
For the first time, we're inviting retail and professional sales businesses to invest in advertising sponsorships within the Activity Guide. Considering the amount of copies produced and distributed for each seasonal publication, this is a great value that will provide results for our community partners. The Activity Guide is also published online in a flipbook version. Limited space is available, and we will be accepting advertising contracts on a first-come, first-served basis.
I invite you to be among the first of UA's businesses to not only show your support for recreational programming in UA, but to gain welcome exposure for your business.
If you are interested in learning more about advertising opportunities in the Activity Guide, contact Bob Lamb at 614-583-5046 or James Gant, 614-584-5309.
Civic Association's UA Stage
Recognizing that there is strength in numbers, representatives of various community entities have begun scheduling regular gatherings at which they are sharing news of upcoming events and projects, as well as brainstorming ways to support each other's efforts.
From just one initial meeting and a few quick emails, our Parks & Recreation Department recently seized upon the opportunity to assist the Civic Association with a new event for older adults -- UA Stage.
The first UA Stage event offered by the Civic Association -- in conjunction with Upper Arlington High School's Vocal Music Program -- will take place Feb. 20, and includes dinner and an advance preview of Les Miserables, held at the Upper Arlington High School.
Dinner is from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m., with the musical beginning at 6 p.m. Transportation is also available upon request.
Anne Hathaway may not be the one singing I Dreamed a Dream, but I'm sure seniors will enjoy the chance to support our high school students in their artistic endeavors while experiencing this classic in the way it was originally intended, as a live performance.
As a result of the partnership with Parks & Recreation, the community's seniors can register online for this free evening. So what are you waiting for? Visit uaoh.net then click on "Online Registration" immediately below the Activity Guide icon.
Theodore J. Staton is Upper Arlington's city manager.