Indoor soccer program planned for winter months

Anyone interested in playing weekend indoor soccer through the winter months is welcome to attend organizational meetings and practice sessions scheduled for Nov. 29 and Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. to noon in the community center gymnasium.

This free “pick-up” style program for players age 5 and older will consist of informal scrimmages, practice and instruction. Non-marking athletic shoes are required; skating shoes are not recommended.

After the first of the year, sessions will be held Saturdays in the community center gym when space is available; the season is expected to run through late March or early April.

Indoor soccer balls and goals will be provided; outdoor balls will not be permitted. Shin guards are highly recommended for all participants.

For more information on this program, contact Matt Bowdridge at 903-8663, or call the recreation office at 264-4151, Ext. 232.

9-12 basketball registration

Registration for this year’s 9- and 10-year-old and 11- and 12-year-old youth basketball leagues will run through Wednesday, Dec. 17.

Children who will be 9, 10, 11 or 12 years old as of Jan. 1, 2009, are eligible to register. The seasons will not begin until early January.

Registrations are available at the recreation office in Town Hall and are also available online in Adobe format at www.townofpagosasprings.com (click on the town departments link, then the recreation link).

Registrations will also be supplied to local schools; parents are reminded to return completed registrations to the recreation office.

Cost is $25 per player and $15 for each additional child in the same, immediate family who participates. Checks and money orders should be made payable to Town of Pagosa Springs.

Coaches and team sponsors for these divisions are needed and appreciated. Cost for sponsorship is $150, which includes sponsor’s name on team uniforms, commemorative plaque with team picture and recognition in media articles.

For more information call 264-4151, Ext. 231 or 232.

7-8 basketball

Due to a heavy schedule of holiday events, there are no youth basketball games scheduled for the next two weeks. Games will resume Dec. 8 at the community center gymnasium.

Schedules for this year’s 7-8 season are available at the recreation office in Town Hall and are also available online in Adobe format through the recreation department link at www.townofpagosasprings.com.

For more information concerning youth basketball, call 264-4151, Ext. 231 or 232.

Pick-up Pagosa contests

As part of its continuing anti-litter campaign, the Town of Pagosa Springs is inviting local students in grades K-8 to enter the “Pick-up Pagosa Country” poster and essay contests.

Through Nov. 21, children in grades K-4 can submit entries in the poster contest, while children in grades 5-8 can get involved by entering the essay contest.

The theme for entries in the poster contest (grades K-4) is, naturally, “Pick-up Pagosa Country.” Entries should focus on the impacts of litter and/or recycling on our community and should be submitted according to the following general guidelines:

• All entries should be submitted on 8.5x11 paper.

• Any art supplies can be used.

• Neatness, legibility and creativity are essential.

• Artwork must be original and hand-drawn.

• Include student’s name, grade and phone number on the back of entry.

The theme for entries in the essay contest (grades 5-8) is also “Pick-up Pagosa Country.” Entries should explain why local litter prevention and/or recycling efforts are important and should follow these guidelines:

• All entries must be legibly handwritten on 8.5x11 paper.

• Entries are limited to a maximum of 250 words.

• Include student’s name, grade and phone number with entry.

Submissions can be dropped off at the front desk in Town Hall until 5 p.m. Oct. 31. Submissions can also be mailed to: Pick-up Pagosa Country Contest, Town Hall, P.O. Box 1849, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. Submissions will not be returned.

Prizes will be awarded for first-, second- and third-place entries in each grade. The first-place entries in each grade will be recognized in an upcoming issue of The SUN.

For more information, call 264-4151, Ext. 232, or e-mail tcarosello@centurytel.net.