Each year, Agoura Hills promotes the joy of reading through inspiring books and celebrated authors. The book selected for the 2016 One City One Book (OCOB) community read is Keep Moving, by show-business legend Dick Van Dyke with co-author Todd Gold. Now 90 years old, Van Dyke, a New York Times bestselling author, shares in his latest book his approach for enjoying a lifetime of youth and vitality. In April, the public will have the opportunity to meet Van Dyke and enjoy entertainment featuring his song and dance career.
“I’m delighted to be involved with a program that encourages reading for all ages,” said Dick Van Dyke. “I believe an energetic life comes from reading books and getting excited about new ideas.“
With upbeat titled chapters like “Dancing With Your Inner Child” and “Sit or Get Off the Pot Roast,” Keep Moving offers sage yet down-to-earth advice to which seniors will relate. In a recent interview with CV Happening, Van Dyke was asked which of his tips stand out. He replied, “Don’t ever go down the stairs sideways; it throws off the hips and back and that’s the beginning of real trouble.”
The free, city-sponsored programs for all ages taking place during the One City One Book program are:
Friday, April 15 ; 6 p.m. One City, One Book – “Vantastix Night To Remember with Dick Van Dyke” for all ages. Agoura Hills Recreation and Event Center, 29900 Ladyface Court, Agoura Hills. Show-business legend Dick Van Dyke performs with The Vanastix and discusses his latest book, Keep Moving, co-authored by Todd Gold. Families can also enjoy kids crafts, drum circle, parachute, class demos for tots through seniors, live DJ & karaoke fun, a local theatre performance, Agoura High School Comedy Sports and other live performances. On view are paintings by Wes Van Dyke who will be demonstrating his painting technique. Refreshments by Jersey Dogs and Hugo, a raffle and giveaways. The event is free. Space is limited. To RSVP, go to 91301.org/events/ocobdvd/ and sign up at the RSVP link. Entry at the door without an RSVP will be based on availability. For updated information on all One City One Book events, call 818-597-7361 or visit 91301.org. The One City, One Book program is sponsored by Agoura Hills, Friends of the Library and 91301.org. Call (818) 597-7361 or visit www.91301.org.
Saturday, April 16, 2 p.m. & 2:30 p.m; One City One Book Youth Library programs. Agoura Hills Library, 29901 Ladyface Court, Agoura Hills. At 2pm for children, the library presents “Let’s Move!” with the mayor reading Get Up & Go by Nancy Larsen followed by activities, prizes and healthy refreshments. At 2:30pm for teens, the library will host a movie musical featuring Dick Van Dyke. Call 818-597-7361or visit 91301.org
Keep Moving was selected by Agoura Hills Mayor Harry Schwarz for OCOB for its healthy message and positive outlook. “Dick Van Dyke exemplifies what we all should be doing and thinking as we get older. Frequent activity of body and mind is a positive, healthy formula to keeping in physical and mental shape. His book is a positive affirmation that getting older doesn’t have to be a debilitating experience if we put some effort into it,” said Schwarz.
Van Dyke was encouraged to write the memoir by book publisher Weinstein Books because of his optimistic outlook and youthful spirit. The book offers anecdotes and advice to remind readers that they should embrace the moment and never lose their inner child. Van Dyke believes, “You don’t have to act your age. You don’t even have to feel it. And if it does attempt to elbow its way into your life, you do not have to pay attention. If I am out shopping and hear music playing in a store, I start to dance. If I want to sing, I sing. When people ask my secret to staying youthful at an age when getting up and down from your chair on your own is considered an accomplishment, you know what I tell them? ‘Keep moving.’”
Each year, Agoura Hills participates in the One City One Book national literacy program designed to stimulate reading through group book discussions and other related activities. The community read is sponsored by City of Agoura Hills, Friends of the Library and the Agoura Hills Cultural Arts Council. For more information about the One City, One Book literary program, contact Donna Conlin at call (818) 597-7361 or email [email protected]