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How to Photograph Kids' Soccer Games

September 1, 2009

There's good images to be had after the game, as wellMarin Mommies is pleased to present a guest post by photographer Norm Levin, owner of Natural Portraits: Family and event photography as nature intended. He offers some valuable tips on photographing your children's soccer games (and any other sports activity). Read on to learn how to capture that perfect sports photo. You can visit Norm online at


Where did the summer go?

It seems like yesterday that school was out and we were taking the little ones off on a family trip, or to camp, or swimming and baseball practices. As a parent with a camera, which eliminates practically no one, you’ve attempted with varying degrees of success to capture your child actively enjoying his or her outdoor pursuits.

Those cherished summer events are mostly behind us now, living on in our memories and stored on our digital devices.

If your refrigerator door is anything like ours, it’s already displaying your child’s fall soccer team assignment precariously held under a magnet. When the soccer season starts, which should be any minute now, you know you’ll be there digital camera in hand to get the photo goods. May the god of pixels be with you.

High Energy Birthday Parties at Cal-Star Gymnastics

June 16, 2009

My son recently celebrated his sixth birthday, and when we asked him what he wanted to do for his party, he was adamant on having it at Cal-Star Gymnastics, a gymnastics and sports facility in Novato. He'd been to another party there last fall and obviously it made an impression on him. The price seemed to fit our budget, so we made the reservation and got ready to invite his friends.

Although I'd been to Cal-Star before for their drop-in Power Play sessions, I wasn't too familiar with their birthday parties. I didn't quite know what to expect from them, but I was more than pleasantly surprised at how fun and well organized the party was. The best thing about it, of course, was that all the kids had a blast. We had a wide range of ages there, from 3 to 8, and everyone had a really good time. Of course it didn't hurt that they were getting some great exercise and physical activity while they were at it!

Help Save Novato Gymnastics

March 15, 2009

Novato Gymnastics CenterAs you all probably know, the city of Novato has been hit hard by the recent economic downturn, and substantial cuts are expected for all city services. Perhaps the city department most affected is Parks and Recreation, which is expected to eliminate up to 20% of their recreational programs. One of the services being considered for reduction and possible closure is the Novato Gymnastics Center.

Those of you who live in and around Novato are probably familiar with the Novato Gymnastics Center. It’s an amazing public facility that’s one of the best of its kind in the Bay Area, and it’s almost certain that you and your children have enjoyed and benefited from one of their many public tumbling and gymnastics programs. Both my children have taken numerous classes there. It’s the ideal physical activity program for the rainy months, too, since it’s an indoor facility.

Right now the city is strongly considering the entire elimination of the competitive gymnastics team program, as well as a severe reduction in recreational classes. The eventual closure of the Novato Gymnastics Center itself is also a possibility!

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