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Recreation department offers a variety of sport options

Tomorrow is Huck Finn Fishing Day

Tomorrow is the annual Huck Finn Fishing Day, a free event for youths ages 5-11, which will be held from 1:30-5:30 p.m. at the River Center ponds.

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 Parks and 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 tennis

The Pagosa Springs Recreation Department is offering youth tennis instruction this summer, thanks again to cooperation on behalf of Wyndham Resorts.

The program, which is in its fifth year, is open to youth ages 8-13. The program will consist of two monthly sessions, one in June and one in July, and will be conducted at the Wyndham tennis courts. The tentative plan is to have players ages 8-10 meet Mondays and Thursdays 1-2 p.m.; players ages 11-12 will meet Mondays and Thursdays 2-3 p.m., and 13-year-olds will meet Wednesdays 10-11 a.m.

Registrations are available at the recreation office and will be accepted through June 1 for the June session. Registrations are also available through a link on the recreation department page at www.townofpagosasprings.com.

Cost to participate is $30 per monthly session. Participants must have no marking-soled athletic or tennis shoes. The recreation department may have some racquets available, but participants are encouraged to purchase and use their own equipment.

For more information, call Dale Schwicker, program instructor, at 903-3119 or the recreation office at 264-4151, Ext. 232.

Adult softball

The Pagosa Springs Recreation Department is accepting team registrations for the 2012 adult men’s and coed softball leagues through June 4.

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 264-4151, Ext. 231 or 232.

Youth baseball

Rosters for all divisions have been finalized and teams have begun to practice.

Game schedules have been posted on the recreation department page at www.townofpagosasprings.com. Parents who have not yet heard from a head coach should call the recreation office at 264-4151, Ext. 231 or 232 to obtain roster information.

Games in all divisions are tentatively scheduled to begin in early June; the season will run through early July.

Tee-ball

Tee-ball schedules are available at the recreation office and have also been posted on the recreation department page at www.townofpagosasprings.com.

Games will not be canceled due to cold weather, so parents are reminded to dress children accordingly. Games will be canceled due to rain or poor field conditions caused by heavy rain or snow.

For more information regarding this year’s tee-ball season, call the recreation office 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. For any questions, concerns or additional information about any of the Pagosa Springs Recreation Department adult or youth sports programs, call 264-4151, Ext. 231 or 232.

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