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  • Juggler stresses lifelong learning

  • Learning is a life-long venture, according to professional juggler Brian Wendling, who visited Pittsburg Friday and kept a roomful of children and parents mesmerized.

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  • Learning is a life-long venture, according to professional juggler Brian Wendling, who visited Pittsburg Friday and kept a roomful of children and parents mesmerized.
    Wendling began the event, which took place at St. John Lutheran Church in order to accommodate the crowd, with some warm-ups as the crowd continued arriving and showed off some tricks he hadn’t yet completely mastered, including keeping a spinning top going on his head.
    However, after an introduction by Pittsburg Public Library director Bev Clarkson, Wendling began looking for his books in the chest of items he brought with him, but found object after object with which to do other tricks.
    Wendling also quickly discovered his crowd was eager to learn. He only had to mention that his juggling clubs could be useful in the event people forgot to clap during his program before finding applause at each transition.
    Children and parents cheered as Wendling moved from three clubs to four to five, and showed that he could juggle one-handed while hula-hooping and twirling a lariat.
    Wendling said part of what helps him in his performance is a commitment to continue learning new tricks.
    “I’m always learning something new,” he said. “You’re never too old.”
    He encouraged the children there, telling them that they are at an age where they can learn anything they decide to.
    Each child who attended the event seemed to have a different favorite part of the show.
    “When he did the hula hoop,” said six-year old Anasofia Moss of her favorite part.
    Shane Baeza, age nine, had the opportunity to be a volunteer during one of the segments in which Wendling had five children join him inside a twirling lariat one by one, and then leave the same way.
    “When he made us go into the lasso,” Baeza said was his favorite part.
    Baeza said he wants to apply the lesson to keep learning as he pursues a different goal.
    “I really want to be a professional soccer player,” Baeza said.
    Parents also enjoyed the event and the opportunity for an indoor activity on a warm summer day.
    “It was very entertaining for both me and the kids,” said Amanda Aikin, who brought her son Zane to see Wendling perform.
    Baeza’s mother, Debbie Baeza, said the library is a great source for summer entertainment.
    “We always try to participate in the library’s summer reading program,” she said, adding that said she was reminded Thursday that the juggler would be there Friday, and was excited to attend.

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