Huck Finn Fishing Day to be held May 22

This year’s Huck Finn Fishing Day is set for Friday, May 22, from 1:30-5:30 p.m. at the River Center ponds.

Youths ages 5-11 are eligible to participate; parents and guardians are welcome to attend. Costumes are not required, but prizes will be awarded to the young male entrant who best resembles Huckleberry Finn, and the young female entrant who bears the closest likeness to Becky Thatcher. Prizes will also be awarded for first fish, smallest fish and biggest fish.

The event will again be coordinated and supervised through the joint efforts of local law enforcement, the Colorado Division of Wildlife, the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Town of Pagosa Springs Recreation Department.

Youngsters are welcome to bring their own fishing gear, and a few loaner rods and plenty of bait will be available for those in need. (A Colorado state fishing license is not required for children ages 5-11, but state bag and possession limits will apply.)

While supplies last, a hot-dog dinner will be served during the last two hours of the event, courtesy of the Pagosa Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.

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

The Pagosa Springs Recreation Department will accept team registrations for the 2009 adult men’s and coed softball leagues beginning Monday, May 18. Deadline for registration is Wednesday, June 3.

Registration forms will be available at the department office, which is located upstairs in Town Hall. Anyone who is 16 years of age or older is eligible to participate in the leagues. Team registration fees are $250, plus a $30 fee per player. Checks and money orders should be made payable to the Town of Pagosa Springs.

The leagues are tentatively scheduled to begin in late June. For more information call Andy Rice, recreation supervisor, at 264-4151, Ext. 231.

Youth tennis

Registration for youth tennis for ages 7-13 will run through May 28.

Registrations are available at Town Hall and are also available on the recreation department page at www.townofpagosasprings.com. There will be a June session and a July session; the cost for each session is $30.

The number of participants per session will be capped at eight in order to offer as much individual instruction as possible. If participation is greater than anticipated, sessions may be added on the same days from 10-11 a.m.

Participants must have a tennis racquet and non-marking athletic or tennis shoes. Running shoes can cause injuries as they are not designed for lateral movement. All necessary equipment may be ordered from Dale Schwicker at very reasonable costs; he can be contacted at 731-3363.

For more information contact Andy Rice, recreation supervisor at 264-4151, Ext. 231.

Youth baseball

Rosters for the coach-pitch division (ages 6-8) have been finalized and drafts for this year’s 9-10 and 11-12 divisions will be held tonight. Rosters for the 9-10 and 11-12 divisions will be ready by early next week.

Parents who have not heard from a head coach as of Monday, May 19 can call the recreation office to obtain roster information. Games in all divisions will not begin until after Memorial Day; the season will run through early July. For more information on this year’s program, call 264-4151, Ext. 231 or 232.

Fireworks donations

The recreation department is accepting donations for this year’s Fourth of July fireworks show.

Donations in any amount will be accepted; checks and money orders should be made payable to Town of Pagosa Springs.

Donations should be addressed “Attention: Fireworks” and mailed to P.O. Box 1859, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. If you would like to make a cash donation, please do so in person at the front desk in Town Hall.

Sports hotline

General information concerning the Pagosa Springs Recreation Department can be obtained by calling the Pagosa Springs Sports Hotline at 264-4151, Ext. 301, or logging on to townofpagosasprings.com and going to the parks and recreation link.

All schedules and upcoming events are updated on a regular basis.

If you have questions or concerns, or need additional information about any of the Pagosa Springs Recreation Department adult or youth sports programs, call 264-4151, Ext. 231 or 232.