Car Show in Agoura Hills April 26

This Sunday, April 26, is the day of an exciting new car show in Agoura Hills! It will feature classic and exotic cars, hot rods, motorcycles and an interactive NASCAR Experience. Plus live entertainment, silent auction, vendor marketplace and activities for the kids.

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YB Cruisin’ Car Show
Sunday, April 26, 2015
10 am – 3 pm
Yerba Buena Elementary School
6098 Reyes Adobe Rd.

Agoura Hills, California 91301

Admission is free and all proceeds benefit Yerba Buena Elementary School. For more details contact Cheryl Ross at yerbabuenafundraising@gmail.com.

Summer Camp at Catalina Island

Summer camp can be a luxury for some families, a necessity for others, and a legend for the rest of us. When we first moved to Agoura Hills and took a look at some of the offerings around us, I was jealous. Archery, daily swimming, movies, crafts, games, and delicious homemade meals? Sign ME up, never mind the kids!

Now I am a work-at-home parent, and the kids’ schedule takes priority over everything else. Translate that into: I’m not working much, so there’s no need to send my kids to summer camp, aside from the sanity break I will need after a week of two little boys arguing with each other about everything from who gets the blue cup to who gets to press the cross walk button on the street corner.

Last year a friend of mine sent her kids – all three of them – to sleepover camp for seven weeks. 

I know!  When she told me this, my head swam with all of the wonderful things I could do in seven weeks at home with no kids around. I could take a bath! I could reorganize everything! I could go see movies, or paint the bedroom, or sleep in more than one morning in a row!

I dream of this happening someday when my kids are old enough to stay away from home for longer than a sleepover. Catalina Island Camps is close enough to us that it’s easy to bring the kids and pick them up at the end of their term, but far enough away – a ferry ride, even – that it feels exotic and oh-so-grownup. A chance to be independent while also bonding with their cabin mates from all over the country and counselors would be an enriching experience for my boys. Plus, they would have the chance to snorkel, ride a zip line, learn how to sail or rock climb, and participate in a community that has nothing to do with their parents.

Since CIC is priced accordingly, affording the best facilities and staff – and safety – for now it’s just a dream. Meanwhile, my kids will attend the half day camp at the Reyes Adobe Mission which is run by the Agoura Hills Park and Recreation department. The boys know and love the counselors there, and the cost is reasonable. We all get a break from each other, and the kids get physical activity and they learn something, too.

What are your summer camp plans for your children?

This post is an entry into a raffle for a 2-week camper stay at CIC. If I win, I will give the session to a lucky reader in a future giveaway.

A Day Out With Thomas Is a Lovely Day, Indeed

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A few years ago I hauled the husband and kids up to the Fillmore and Western Railway for the first time. It was a special occasion, you see – Thomas the Tank Engine, live and in person, was making a stop at this local attraction. My boys were on the later edge of their Thomas fandom, so it was really just in the nick of time for our family to do this activity then.

Thomas is rolling into Fillmore again this spring for its 18th year, April 19-21 and April 26-28. I’m giving away a set of four tickets for a 25-minute ride on Thomas on April 19 at 2:40 pm. (Entry rules below.)

The event is worth the drive, which in itself is a lovely excursion, getting you off your beaten path and into some local scenery. There is plenty to do while you’re waiting for your train ride and after you’ve seen even more of the surrounding lands from your perch aboard the train.

Waiting For the Train

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The Train Ride

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The Activities

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The Giveaway

To enter to win the 4-pack of tickets, simply leave a comment here by 11:59 PM on Thursday, April 11. I will choose a random winner from qualified entries and notify you via email. Remember, these tickets are for Friday April 19 at 2:40 pm. If you can’t make that day and time but know someone who would love these tickets, please let them know about this giveaway!