What exciting news I have to share this week, so we’ll just keep musing right along.

The most exciting news of the week is that our recreation department is going to collaborate with the Leavenworth High School girls’ basketball staff and players for our bitty ball program this winter.
Coach Derek Zeck and his staff will be conducting the Saturday morning program for our children. This will be an absolutely awesome opportunity for all of the children years 3-5 in the Leavenworth community and surrounding area to begin developing proper basketball skills at a very young age.
It will also give the bitty ballers an opportunity to begin developing relationships with high school age students and to learn life examples of some fantastic young women in our community.
On the other hand, this can be a great learning experience for the high school students to understand the drills that their coaches are teaching them and how it impacts their own game and skills.

That being said, winter basketball registration is quickly drawing to a close. Flyers have been distributed to every school in Leavenworth, public and parochial. Every child from three-year-olds through sixth grade should have received a copy of our flyer.
If you have not or know of anyone who has not received a flyer, they can come to the Riverfront Community Center to sign-up. The sign-up deadline is Monday at 8 p.m.

If you know of any men’s basketball teams wanting to sign-up, the deadline is the same.

Mark Monday on your calendar — the championship for our adult coed softball division I is literally coming down to the last game of the season.
At 7 p.m., the Criminal Justice team (10-1) will take on Stepp Painting (9-2). The teams have split their first two games this season. The first game was the epic 10-inning game early in the season when Stepp defeated Criminal Justice 12-11.  This is the last game of  softball for 2012 in Leavenworth — how could it get any better?
Best of luck to both teams. By the way, just to add to the excitement of the evening, should Stepp Painting defeat Criminal Justice that evening, the two teams have agreed to have the championship game immediately following the first contest.

With only three weeks remaining, the Applebee’s adult coed kickball league is getting even closer. The standings show Sacks and Racks (5-2), Ball Busters (4-3), Citizens Savings and Loan (3-4) and Kickalob Ultra (2-5). I see a showdown coming with every game impacting the standings for every team the rest of the season. At this point of the year, every team is still alive in the chase.

Women’s volleyball is now in full swing. The Drillers (3-0) continue to drill, the Boom (3-1) continues booming, the Dominators (2-1) continue to dominate and the Six Pack (0-3) and the Misfits (0-3) continue to have a blast. It is so enjoyable to sit In the stands and watch the women play the game and have so much fun.

The last of our performance concert series is rapidly drawing near. On Nov. 17, Bobby Watson, a famed Jazz musician, will be performing live at the Performing Arts Theatre on 5th Street and Delaware in downtown Leavenworth.
The City of Leavenworth Parks and Recreation Department offers a scholarship program for families, who are residents of the City of Leavenworth. The funds from the concert series assist in the funding of the scholarship program.  Tickets are selling for $25 — get yours before it sells out.

It is time to start getting ready for our Fourth Annual High Noon Saloon Rudolph’s Red-Nosed Run on Dec. 1. This is described as 7.2 tough miles.
The run is sponsored by several of our local businesses. High Noon Saloon is our corporate sponsor and will be providing a spaghetti feed for all of the participants. Our other sponsors at this time are —  Lanterne Rouge, Passantino Family Markets (Leavenworth Country Mart), and Tom & Ann’s Haircolorists.
Early Registration ends on Nov. 28 at midnight. Register on-line at www.Enter2run.com, by mail or come by the Riverfront Community Center and register in person.
Also I am seeking 15 volunteers to assist with the race. Early registration only costs $30 while late registration is $35.