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Elks Hoop Shoot set for Saturday

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The 2013 Elks Club Hoop Shoot for participants from Pagosa Springs, Durango, Bayfield and Ignacio will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Escalante Middle School gym in Durango.

All Pagosa residents who wish to participate this year should attend the Durango event since there will be no local contest. The gym will be open at 9 a.m. for registration and warm-up.

The Hoop Shoot is a free-throw shooting contest sponsored by the Durango Elks Club for boys and girls ages 8-13. All participants may sign up the day of the event; registration is free.

Over 3,000,000 of America’s youth participate in the Hoop Shoot each year, with winners in local contests earning the right to advance to district, state, regional and national contests. National winners’ names are inscribed on a plaque at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

Qualification and category assignments are determined by a participant’s age as of April 1, 2013.

Boys and girls compete separately in the following age categories: 8/9, 10/11, and 12/13. Youngsters are too old to participate if they will be 14 before April 1, 2013.

All age groups will shoot free throws on regulation, 10-foot rims.

For more information, call Vic or Gina at (970) 903-2125.

Tree recycling

The Town of Pagosa Springs is again conducting a Christmas tree recycling program.

Trees to be recycled can be dropped off at a newly-designated site at the south end of South Fifth Street (entrance to sewer lagoons) any time between now and the end of March. The parks department asks that recyclers remove all lights, tinsel and ornaments before leaving trees.

For more information, call the parks office at 264-4151, Ext. 233.

Youth basketball

Youth basketball registration has closed and teams are being finalized.

Practices will begin next week and will continue through Jan. 21. Games are tentatively scheduled to begin Jan. 23. All games will be played in the Ross Aragon Community Center; games in the 9-10 division will be played Tuesdays and Thursdays, while games in the 11-12 division will be played Mondays and Wednesdays. The seasons will run through early March.

Schedules for both divisions will be available at the recreation office by the middle of next week, and will also be posted in Adobe format on the recreation department page at www.townofpagosasprings.com.

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

Gymnastics

Through Feb. 12, classes will be held in the elementary school gym Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-4:50 p.m. for participants in grades 1-2. Participants in grades 3-4 will practice the same evenings from 5-5:50 p.m.

For more information call Lindsey Kurt-Mason at 903-4255, or the recreation office at 264-4151, Ext. 231 or 232.

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.

This story was posted on January 10, 2013.