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The Event Experience: Everything You Need To Know When Planning Events
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When: Friday, March 9, 2018
9:30 AM
Where: Garden Home Recreation Center - Gym
7475 SW Oleson Road
Portland, Oregon  97223
United States
Contact: Cydny Fletcher

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Join us for a comprehensive workshop designed to cover the A to Z of successful event presentation including planning, inclusivity, and promotion.  Workshop will feature 3 sessions, a program-share lunch, and the opportunity to network with fellow Parks & Recreation peers. 

This workshop is co-presented by the Section for Programming Interests (SPRINT) and the Section for Older Adult Resources (SOAR).

Learning Objectives

  • Get an "A to Z" run through of presenting small and large scale events from inception of an event idea, to planning, implementation, and recaps.  
  • Learn how to make your events more inclusive to your entire community including older audiences or differently-abled individuals.
  • Finally, get tips on how to promote your event effectively to ensure maximum attendance.


Who Should Attend?

  • Recreation professionals
  • Front line and part time staff
  • Anyone wishing to build skills in marketing programs and events



9:30 - 10:00 AM Registration
10:00 - 10:15 AM


10:15 - 11:15 AM Kim Lyddane
11:15 - 12:00 PM

Program Share Lunch

Sponsored by SOAR

12:00 - 1:00 PM T. Andy Fernandez
1:00 - 2:00 PM

Benjamin Klipfel & Sarah-Kate Sharkey



Kim Lyddane

Program Manager for Special Events & Outdoor Recreation  |  Willamalane Park and Recreation District

Born and raised on the east coast, Kim Lyddane fell in love with festivals and events growing up outside of Washington D.C.  Kim made the exciting journey to the Northwest to attend graduate school and study Arts Administration at the University of Oregon.  She got her start in Parks and Recreation interning for Albany.  Kim has worked on events everywhere from Baltimore, MD to Cambridge, MA and from Williamsburg, VA to Springfield, OR.

T. Andy Fernandez, CTRS, CPRP

Section Manager, Senior/Adult & Adaptive Recreation Services | City of Eugene - Library, Recreation & Cultural Services

Andy Fernandez is currently the Senior/Adult & Adaptive Recreation Services section manager with the City of Eugene.  An advocate for the inclusion of people of all abilities, Andy served on the steering committee and as local host committee chair for the 2008 National Institute on Recreation Inclusion held in Eugene.  Andy was also the co-chair for the Eugene08 and TrackTown12 Accessibility and Equity Committees at the US Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene.  And finally, he is the Past President of the Pacific Northwest Therapeutic Recreation Association.  He has served in a variety of leadership roles on a number of other local/state/and national boards and committees and continues to say "yes" before thinking.

Benjamin J. Klipfel

Senior Marketing and Public Information Manager, Recreation and Cultural Services, City of Eugene, Oregon

Ben oversees the marketing team whose portfolio includes Recreation, Cultural Services, Community Events, Public Art and the Hult Center for the Performing Arts.  Prior to working with the City of Eugene, Ben spent 15 years working in nonprofit management and collaborative marketing.  He has served as a frequent facilitator for various marketing and nonprofit management workshops, and was a lecturer in nonprofit marketing, strategic planning, and arts management at the University of North Dakota.

Sarah-Kate Sharkey

Community Engagement Manager, City of Eugene, Oregon

Sarah-Kate Sharkey has served as the Community Engagement Manager for the City of Eugene Recreation & Cultural Services Division since 2015, where she leads fundraising, community engagement and public relations.  Prior to working for the City, Sarah-Kate spent a decade fundraising and marketing for nonprofit organizations as a staff member, board member, and volunteer.  Sarah-Kate also served as an adjunct instructor of Resource Development for Nonprofit Organizations at the University of Oregon.



Member Price: $40.00 (Must be logged in to receive member pricing)

Non-Member Price: $50.00

Deadline for Registration is March 6th.


Additional Information

If you would like to take notes during the workshop, please bring a notebook and writing utensil.  

Light morning refreshments and lunch are provided.


Refund Policy

Please take a moment to review the ORPA Refund Policy.

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