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Huck Finn Fishing Day is Friday

This year’s Huck Finn Fishing Day is set for tomorrow 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 the event, which is free. 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.

Youth baseball

Rosters for the coach-pitch division (ages 6-8) are available to head coaches; the draft for the 9-10 division will take place tonight at 6 p.m. in Town Hall.

On a related note, formal play in the 11-12 division has been canceled due to a lack of participation. However, staff and coaches are evaluating the possibility of conducting “clinic style” sessions with participants of this division. A decision on this alternative will be made before the end of next week.

Games in all divisions are tentatively scheduled to begin in late May; the season will run through early July. Schedules for all divisions will be available next week.

For more information on this year’s program, call 264-4151, Ext. 231 or 232.

Youth tennis

The program, which is in its fourth year, is open to youths ages 7-12. Registrations are available at the recreation office and are also available through a link on the recreation department page at www.townofpagosasprings.com. Registrations will be accepted at the recreation office until Thursday, May 27.

The program will consist of two monthly sessions, one in June and one in July. Each session will be comprised of two, hourly practices per week. Players with previous experience will be separated from beginners, and the tentative plan is to hold staggered practice sessions Monday through Thursday beginning at 10 a.m.

A minimum of four participants will be required to conduct a session; the maximum number of participants per session will be limited to 16. The program will again use the U.S.T.A. “Quick Start” Tennis Instructional Program. This program adheres to a “play to learn” rather than “learn to play” motto.

Cost to participate is $30 per monthly session. Participants must have nonmarking-soled athletic or tennis shoes. The recreation department has some racquets available, but participants are welcome to use their own equipment.

For more information, call Andy Rice at 264-4151, Ext. 231, or Dale Schwicker, Wyndam Resorts tennis professional, at 731-3363.

Softball

The Pagosa Springs Recreation Department is accepting team registrations for the 2010 adult men’s and coed softball leagues through June 1.

Registration forms are 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 mid-June. For more information, call Andy Rice, recreation supervisor, at 264-4151, Ext. 231.

Fireworks donations

The Town of Pagosa Springs 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 need additional information, call 264-4151, Ext. 231 or 232.