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Bragging Rights: Ken Drake

BRAGGING RIGHTS: Napa's Ken Drake shows off the 23-pound, 37-inch striped bass he caught on Capt. Bill Hogberg's boat, the Reel-Er-In.

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Baseball umpires needed

Baseball umpires are needed for the 2018 Napa Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken, Joe DiMaggio Baseball, St. Helena Senior Little League and the Napa Valley Baseball Club American Legion seasons. Games begin in April.

Umpires will receive training both in the classroom and on the field. These are paid positions. Umpires need to be age 15 or older and have baseball knowledge.

Those interested should contact Steve Meyer at coachmeyer@sbcglobal.net or 312-0188.

NVGFA softball signups under way, volunteers and umpires needed

The Napa Valley Girls Fastpitch Association is taking online signups and is also looking for volunteers to help with coaching, keeping score, or in other ways behind the scenes. Visit at nfgfa.com for more information.

Paid umpires are also needed. Email Cathy Sapata at cathy.sapata@gmail.com or qltyump@aol.com or call 486-9945 for more information.

First ’Brother Can You Spare a Dime’ Giants outing April 29

“Brother Can You Spare a Dime” community baseball outings is back for its 60th year.

For the 60th year, the “Brother Can You Spare a Dime” community baseball outings program is taking groups of special and deserving youngsters, senior citizens and the general public to San Francisco Giants baseball games on Sundays.

A group of tickets each game are donated free of charge to a local youth organization and the remaining tickets are sold to Napa seniors and local Giants fans.

Motor-coach transportation is provided for the entire group along with refreshments and entertainment on the road.

The games being attended this year are April 29 against the Los Angeles Dodgers, May 20 against the Colorado Rockies, June 24 against the San Diego Padres, July 15 against the Oakland Athletics, Aug. 26 against the Texas Rangers, Sept. 16 against the Colorado Rockies, and Sept. 30 against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

For more information or to request tickets, visit baseballoutings.com or call (707) 337-4962.

Shannon Lemieux Aquatics Day April 14

The 14th annual Shannon Nicole Lemieux Memorial Aquatics Day will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 14 at the Vintage High Aquatics Center.

“The Shannon” is a fundraiser, mainly for high school aquatics athletes from American Canyon, Calistoga, Justin Siena, Napa, St. Helena and Vintage who have been invited to compete against each other for fun. There will be a synchronized swimming performance, water polo and diving exhibitions, a cannonball contest, and fun coed swimming relays such as the hilarious costume, T-shirt and “floatie” relays.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for kids age 12 and younger. There will be a silent auction and a snack shack with lunch items.

All proceeds benefit the Shannon Lemieux Memorial Scholarship Fund, which to date has awarded $104,000 in scholarships to deserving graduates from all participating schools.

Call Dan or Lori Lemieux at 255-7818 for more information.

Silverado Resort and Spa’s Golf Demo Days April 14-15

Silverado Resort and Spa’s Golf Demo Days are April 14 and 15.

Participants will be able to hit, for free, the latest golf equipment from top brands, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., each day on Silverado’s driving range.

It’s open to the public.

There will be equipment to test from TaylorMade, Titleist, PXG and Scotty Cameron on April 14, and Callaway, Cobra, Mizuno, Nakashima and U.S. Kids Golf on April 15.

For more information, visit silverado.resort.com or call 257-5460.

Kids 4 Soccer clinics start April 26

Parent Advocates 4 Youth Sports, a 501©3 nonprofit working to better youth experience in sports in Napa and Solano counties that has offered Kids 4 Golf since 2016, will offer Kids 4 Soccer skills clinics at American Canyon High School from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. April 26, May 26 and June 23.

The clinics will be coached and instructed by local high school and junior college coaches, including American Canyon girls head coach Travis Behn and Vanden High School head coach Dan Blankenship. Visit pa4ys.org to register or for more information.

Tennis camp at Silverado Resort and Spa starts April 27-29

Silverado Resort and Spa will host 2 ½-day adult tennis camps on the following dates: April 27-29, June 22-24, July 20-22, and Oct. 19-21.

Participants will receive tennis instruction, combined with wine education and tastings.

The camps include a first evening round robin and three-course dinner, paired with Napa wines, half-day tennis instruction on both subsequent days, two-for-one winery tasting passes, and two nights of accommodations at the resort’s recently renovated rooms.

The camp also includes a free copy of Peter Burwash’s book, “Tennis for Life,” and complimentary court time.

Instruction is provided by Silverado’s professionals, Katie Dellich and Quinn Saine. Both Silverado pros are veterans of Peter Burwash International, a tennis management company.

For more information, visit silveradoresort.com or call (505) 257-0200.

Sonoma County cycling event May 19

The annual Sonoma County Backroad Challenge on May 19 is a fundraising event with three scenic routes of varying distances and difficulty to appeal to cyclists of every skill level, all starting in Penngrove.

The 100- and 66-mile routes eventually run along Tomales Bay before coming back, and the 37-mile route turns around near Fallon. All three routes are supported with mobile support and gear vehicles and crews. There are also five fully staffed rest stops along the routes for participants to rest, rehydrate and eat. After the ride, participants get to enjoy a festival featuring live music, barbecue and beer.

The Sonoma County Backroad Challenge is administered by the Rotary Club of Petaluma Sunrise. The proceeds from the ride support community groups helping with the ride and the club’s humanitarian projects. Recent and ongoing local projects supported include providing dictionaries to every third-grade student in Petaluma, providing school grants for projects and field trips, and providing nutritious meals to families in need. Recent international projects include building classrooms and providing water sanitation solutions to communities in the Dominican Republic.

Visit backroadchallenge.com for more information.

Napa Valley Swim Team has introductory special

The Napa Valley Swim Team is offering an introductory special for new members. From April through July 2018, all new swimmers joining its year-around team will enjoy percent of their monthly dues with no fundraising commitment. This offer excludes its Tadpole program.

The club is looking for all levels of swimmers who can swim 25 yards of freestyle with side breathing. New swimmers must arrange a placement evaluation. It is Napa’s oldest, largest and most successful swim team, with a staff of experienced and fully certified professional coaches.

Those who wish to arrange a placement assessment or have questions can call 257-7946, email napavalleyswim@yahoo.com or follow the club on Facebook, Instagram and napavalleyswim.com.

Casual Tennis Napa plays Tuesdays and Saturdays

Connect with other tennis players – casual, non-competitive, rally, volley, scoreless, just for the fun of it.

Casual Tennis Napa meets Tuesday and Saturday mornings, weather permitting. For the current meeting time and location, check Casual Tennis Napa’s Facebook page or send a message directly to casualtennisnapa@comcast.net.

Skyline Swimmers train Sundays at NVC

The Napa Valley Swim Team has a new program for adult swimmers and triathletes, Skyline Swimmers, that meets from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Sundays at the Napa Valley College pool.

It is for adult swimmers of all ability levels, whether they want to improve overall fitness, swim just for fun, develop better technique, or train for triathlons or swimming competitions.

The Skyline Swimmers are coached by experienced swim coach and professional triathlete Emily Cocks.

Each workout costs a drop-in fee of $15 (discounts available for multiple sessions) with no monthly fees, ongoing charges, or other commitment.

All attending swimmers must be registered with US Masters swimming or USA Triathlon. Members of masters’ teams and other training groups are very welcome to drop in.

For more information, contact Cocks at emilycocks@gmail.com. For information on any of the NVST youth programs, call 257-7946, email napavalleyswim@yahoo.com or visit napavalleyswim.com.

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