March Madness, Baseball Style

Agoura Shetland Giants uniform

Put me in, coach!

Today was the opening day of Agoura Pony Youth Baseball. There are 700 kids playing in this league across 6 divisions, and when they lined up along the track at Agoura Hills High School this morning, they were like a rainbow of little boy energy just waiting to burst through the ballon arch. Agoura Hills Dad took a picture of each team as the children marched in their little parade. Is your kid here?

Our younger son is in the youngest division – Shetland, in which they play what is referred to as “instructional baseball.” The second part of the slideshow above depicts his team’s first game, which was less a game than an exercise in futility as 18 four- and five-year-olds scampered about with varying degrees of paying attention to the action. The upside to this loosely organized sporting event was that each kid got to have his at-bat twice, and everybody hits. They get 5 pitches, and if the bat doesn’t connect that way, they get a chance to hit the ball off the tee.

I don’t know what the score was, but these kids had a great time, and everyone in the stands was laughing. Here’s to spring!

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Students, faculty, parents, and even LVUSD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Donald Zimring joined together at Yerba Buena Elementary Thursday evening for a reading celebration and birthday cake in honor of the beloved late children’s author, Theodore Geisel, a/k/a Dr. Seuss. The crowd gathered in the multi-purpose room for a charming musical number from the middle school’s cast of “Seussical the Musical.” Children were then separated into groups and then went on a round robin journey of three classrooms to listen to adults read stories by the famed writer. Afterwards, everyone met again to sing “Happy Birthday” and eat cake and run around screeching like mad.

Hopefully lots of YB students are sleeping soundly already, to be rested and alert on the actual birthday of Dr. Seuss, which is March 2.

*Yes, that IS a petition for a safer sidewalk you see in that there photo. And yes, oh yes, I will comment on this further at a later date.

Life Coach Asks “What’s Your Deal?” at Hugo’s Feb. 7

Superfab restaurant Hugo’s at the Whizin Center isn’t just a restaurant.  It’s a philanthropic organization and a meeting center, too.  Happy to serve as a hub for the Agoura Hills community, Hugo’s will host a book signing for Lisa Coffey’s new title “What’s Your Dharma?” on February 7 from 4:30 to 6:00 PM.

The book is Coffey’s offering to those who are looking for their true purpose in life.

From the press release:

“Coffey, cHT, Ph.D, is a refreshing radio and TV guest known for her inspiring blend of ancient wisdom and modern style. She also hosts various TV shows and media tours.  With warmth and authenticity she helps people unveil the boundless possibilities and pragmatic wisdom that dwells within them. She is a lifestyle expert, and the media’s go-to person for dating and relationship advice. As a life coach, she taps into her vast knowledge of Ayurveda, Feng Shui, Aromatherapy, Hypnotherapy and other ancient philosophies to come up with positive solutions for contemporary challenges. Engaging and media-friendly, Coffey is a fixture on many national and local television shows.”

Since I’m usually shutting kids back and forth between preschool, football practice, and karate during that Tuesday evening time slot, my head will be spinning and I will welcome some dharma-related direction.  If you come to the signing and stay for dinner, 20% of the proceeds of your meal will be donated  to the Boys and Girls Club.