Clara Parker, seven years old, from Dartmouth, is gearing up for her second summer playing with The Canadian Girls Baseball League (formerly the Nova Scotia Girls Baseball League). We’ve got a profile on this little slugger and why she loves the program so much. Pssst…until March 31 get your code in the blog post for a 10% discount for each child you register!
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When Dana Bookman's daughter was the only girl playing baseball in her league, she decided to take it into her own hands to create a team for girls. A team that had strong female baseball role models leading it, had jerseys designed to fit girls’ bodies, and even a necklace with the inspiring phrase “She believed she could so she did” on one side, and the logo on the other. The league started with the hope that five girls would come out to play baseball in the park, and within a year saw 350 girls on the roster eager to play.
This summer Dana is bringing her wildly popular all-girls baseball league (for ages 4-12) to Halifax.
I know the official first day of summer was technically a couple weeks ago but now that school is out it feels like it finally is really summer!
Every year our family creates, what we call, our Summer Fun List, also known as a Summer Bucket List. This year we were driven by our plans for a simple, retro-inspired summer (along with a few new favourite places to visit) that also celebrates our region.
Here are thirty ideas to get started!
Librarian: Have you given any thought to how many books you'd like to read this summer?
Miss M: Yes. One thousand.
Mr M: Eighteen.
We compromised on one hundred each but I have no doubt they'll do that and more in the library's summer reading club program.
Today the libraries across Halifax have their summer kick off parties for their free reading club. We're always eager to hear about ways to entertain the kids all summer and, you know me, if it's free, fun and educational ("edutainment!") I'm all over it. Our first stop in this quest for summer fun, as it often is, was to the library to sign up for the summer reading club and to grab a copy of their free (yes, it's free, all free! wheee!) programming for the summer.
Here are all the details on the summer reading program...
This is a true family project that we all contribute ideas too. The kids love seeing their suggestions and activities up on the wall and enjoy crossing them off as much as we do.
Sewing with my oldest granddaughter started when she was 3 and now at 4 1/2, she loves to do her part. This project is quick, easy and perfect for little helpers.
I've always said if I forget to feed something and it doesn't bark, meow or cry, well, it's gonna die. The evidence is in many sad green things that have entered my house alive and thriving and exited my house to rest in peace in the forest behind our backyard. I'm not proud and I want to change.
I've been trying my hand at container gardening a few vegetables because food is motivating for me - I'm just more likely to remember to care for food than a flower. Mind you, it doesn't mean I've had a lot of success with it. Last year I had the kids help me plant some vegetables but then I didn't move them to shelter during some torrential downpours and basically drowned everything. Whoops.
This year I used the guise of my Family Matters column to seek the advice of a local Master Gardener and got some great tips. I also found out about an awesome free seed exchange program at the Halifax library branches and picked up our free packets. Score! We're all set now and are going to get planting this weekend. Wish those poor little seedlings luck . . .
One of the great things about living in the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) is that you are never far from a beach. Even better is that the HRM offers free swimming lessons at all municipal beaches and the Halifax Common outdoor pool each summer; and provides lifeguards at all municipal beaches, outdoor pools, and spray pools starting June 30.