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11 a.m.to 3 p.m., SeabeeMuseum. Learnabout construction mechanics,meet active duty Seabees, enjoy a scavenger hunt, hands-onactivities and arts and crafts. Freeparking, no base access required.Info: 982-5165.
9 p.m.Watch the ChannelIslands Fireworks by the Sea fireworksdisplay at NBVC Port Hueneme. Arecommended viewing area is thetrack next to the Bee-Hive Gymon Pacific Avenue. Restrooms areavailable in the gym. Parking isacross the street from the track.Enter through the Sunkist Gate; noguest sponsorships are allowed.Info: 989-8095.
HIRING OUR HEROES:
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.,Duke’s, NBVC PortHueneme. Free hiringfair for veterans, active duty,Guard and Reserve membersand spouses. Sponsored by U.S.Chamber of Commerce, U.S.Navy’s Shipmates to Workmatesprogram and local organizations.To register: www.uschamber.com/hiringourheroes/events; scroll toPort Hueneme, CA. Info: 202-463-3110. See Page 23.
BATTLE OF COMMANDS:
Watchcommands compete inboat races and a slip-n-slide at the NBVC Port HuenemeAquatics Center, then July 20 atNBVC Point Mugu Family Beach inan obstacle course, tug-o-war andother events. Info: 989-8098.
By Andrea Howry
Catch, aim, throw.It seems so simple, but as two-timeorldSerieschampionJayJohnstonecanell you, it’s not.Sothat’sexactlywhathedidWednesday,une 13, when he visited with about twodozen youngsters at Naval Base Venturaounty (NBVC) Port Hueneme.“Catch the ball, then throw it,” saidohnstone, who retired in 1985 after a 20-year career. “And pick your target beforeyou make your throw.”In the heat of the game, he told them,t’seasytotakeyoureyeoff theballbeforeyou complete the catch, ending up with adropped ball. It’s easy to instinctivelythrow the ball without really taking aim.And it’s easy to throw the ball incorrectly,causinglong-termdamagetomusclesandoints.Catch, aim, throw.This lesson in fundamentals — with afew lessons in life tossed in — was to cel-ebrate NBVC’s participation in “Wanna
Retired World Series champ visits base
PHOTO BY ANDREA HOWRY / LIGHTHOUSE
Former major league baseball player Jay Johnstone shows children in the after-schoolprogram at Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme, how to pitch without causing long-term damage to the arm. Johnstone visited Wednesday, June 13, to help the youngsterscelebrate their participation in the “Wanna Play?” program, which is sponsored by MajorLeague Baseball and Boys & Girls Clubs of America in an effort to get kids exercising.
Two Olympians who work atNaval Base Ventura County(NBVC)sharedtheirknowledgeof the sports that put them inrecordbooksduringthismonth’sOlympic Day at the Child andouthProgramsummercamps.Ramona Pagel, a shot putterand discus thrower who com-etedinthe1984,1988,1992and1996 Olympic Games, and Kimreiner,whothrewthejavelinin004and2008,talkedwithaboutwodozenyoungstersatthePointugu summer camp the morn-ingof June22,thenchattedwithabout60childrenintheafternoonatthePortHuenemecamp.Pagelisthedirectorof theBee-Fit Health and Wellness Centerat NBVC Port Hueneme, andKreinerisafitnessinstructorandersonaltrainerthere.KreinerwouldleaveafewdayslaterforEugene,Ore.,tocompetefor a spot on the 2012 Olympicteam.The athletes started by askingthechildrenwhatsportstheyen- joyed, and the answers were allovertheboard.“You are so far ahead of thecurve,” Pagel told them. “Youhave so much information onsports. When I was in school Ihadnoideawhatanyof thisstuff was.Ihadnoexposuretosportsatall.”Thatseguedintogoals.Stayinginshape,stayinginschool,gettinggoodgrades—they’reallimpor-tant,thewomenstressed.“Figure out what your goalsare and how you’ll meet them,”Pagel said. “Your dreams cancometrue.”Afterthepeptalk,theathletesshowed the youngsters how tothrowtheshot,javelinanddiscus.A softball substituted for the 9-poundshot—orcannonball,asPageldescribedit—aNerf-styleturbo javelin subbed for a real javelin and a Frisbee took theplaceof adiscus.But it gave the youngsters atasteof threesportslesserknownthanfootballandbaseball.“I think this is a great idea,”Kreinersaid.“Itgiveskidsexpe-rience in different events. Therearen’t many states that have jav-elin programs outside of highschool.Thisgivesthemsomeex-perience.”
2 Olympians who work at Bee-Fit share expertise
PHOTO BY ANDREA HOWRY / LIGHTHOUSE
Two-time Olympian Kim Kreiner, a fitness instructor and personaltrainer at Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) Port Hueneme, showsDevon Hernandez, 9, the right stance as he prepares to throw aturbo javelin. Devon is the son of George and Jane Forestelle, whoworks at the Child Development Center at NBVC Point Mugu.
Pagel, Kreinereach youngstersabout shot put,discus, javelin
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