Local Report

Pro basketball tryouts Sept. 21 at Armijo

The NoTime2Chill Basketball Skills Academy introduces Solano County’s first men’s professional basketball team, the Solano Stallions.

The Stallions are to compete in the American Basketball Association during their 2019-20 inaugural season, and their final tryout is at 10 a.m. Sept. 21 at Armijo High School in Fairfield. Players must be at least age 18 to try out. Players should visit bit.ly/2mb8Kbf to register beforehand.

The team’s goals is to create a fresh opportunity for local and Bay Area basketball talent to display their skills at the professional level in efforts to be scouted and promoted to other larger professional leagues both in the United States as well as in Europe, China, Philippines, etc. The Stallions will compete against teams from Sacramento, Oakland, Contra Costa County, San Francisco, San Jose and the Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Phoenix areas.

Visit SolanoStallions.com or Solano Stallions pages on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for updates, or email solanostallions@gmail.com with questions.

Diamond Mountain Stables exhibition Sept. 28

Diamond Mountain Stables invites the community to learn what horseback riders do in show-jumping competitions in an exhibition from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 at its Calistoga facility, 1296 Diamond Mountain Rd.

Tickets are $20 each and include drinks and hors d’oeuvres provided by Bellini. Children ages 13-7 will be admitted for free; the event is not considered suitable for children under age 7,

Those interested should RSVP by contacting Jen Gaster at jrgaster@gmail.com or (310) 272-6001.

Diamond Mountain Stables specializes in developing and helping horses and riders reach the height of their potential. For more information, visit diamond-mountain-stables.com or call 396-7860.

St. Helena High Hall of Fame ceremony Oct. 19

The St. Helena High School Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place Saturday, October 19 at the Native Sons Hall in St. Helena. A cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. with the induction ceremony to follow.

The cost is $60 per person. Make checks payable to the” SHHS Hall of Fame” and send them to 1075 Crinella Ct., St. Helena, 94574. There are no tickets per se, but your name(s) will be on a reservation list at the door, so please include the names of all people attending on your reservation.

No reservations can be accepted after Oct. 15.

For more information, contact Mike Werle at 707-963-2420 or michaelwerle@comcast.net, or Tom Hoppe 707-815-5535 or tomhoppe@comcast.net.

Mixed martial arts event at Expo Oct. 26

San Francisco Combat will hold its first martial arts event, SFC 1 Premier, on Saturday, Oct. 26 in Chardonnay Hall at the Napa Valley Expo.

It’s the fifth MMA event organized by Napa’s Steve Barnett, who promoted the first four events as Bay Area Combat before forming SFC with Ashanti Altovese Griffin.

Fighter weigh-ins and the event after-party will take place the same day at Billco’s Billiards and Darts in downtown Napa.

Competing for the 205-pound title belt will be Geoff Stovall and Sean Foster, two top-level amateur athletes looking to make their mark on the Bay Area combat sports scene.

To follow updates from the company, check out their Facebook page at SF Combat, Instagram page at @sfcombat, or Twitter page @SfCombat.

Special Olympics coaches needed

Napa Valley Special Olympics needs volunteer coaches and assistants. After having to postpone three sports due to a lack of volunteers, NVSO is recruiting for 2020 so all sports will be back on the calendar. It’s also an opportunity for students older than 14 to earn community hours. The program lasts eight weeks, with a 90-minute practice and weekend tournament each week.

Basketball runs January through March, swimming February through May, volleyball and bocce March through May, track and field March through June, softball June through August, soccer August through October, and bowling, flag football and floor hockey September through-November.

Email napavalleyso@gmail.com for more information.

Vintage Festival footraces in Sonoma Sept. 29

The Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival, set Sept. 27-29 in downtown Sonoma, will hold 5K and 12K runs and Tiny Tots races on Sunday, Sept 29, starting at 8 a.m. Sponsored by Sonoma Fit and Destination Races, the community fundraiser’s courses go through vineyards and downtown streets.

Each participant will receive a T-shirt and finisher’s medal. The races are open to individual runners, families, groups and those who prefer to walk. After the race, participants can join the festivities at Sonoma Plaza, trading water bottles for wine glasses, enjoy live music, an art festival, wine tastings, food trucks and the family-friendly grape stomp competition.

Registration is open, sign up online at valleyofthemoonvintagefestival.com/buy-tickets.

Napa Aerial Fitness offers scholarships

Napa Aerial Fitness, having seen its youth program grow, has decided to offer three scholarships to Napa and Sonoma residents. The facility is at 3377 Solano Ave., Napa.

“We are so excited and hope to help inspire our youth to have fitness goals and stay focused in school,” said Napa Aerial Fitness owner Kat Martucci.

Each scholarship is a 6 weeks long for one class per week, with a 15-percent discount after that, and is offered to low-income households.

Visit aerialartsstudio253.com/youth-scholarship for more information.

American Legion Combat Veterans’ Golf Tournament Oct. 8

The American Legion Combat Veterans’ Golf Tournament is scheduled Tuesday, Oct. 8 at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa with a 1 p.m. shotgun start.

Registration will be from 10 to 11 a.m. the day of the tournament. Advance registration can be done by phone at 252-0837, online at napalegion.org or in person at the American Legion Post 113 building, 1240 Pearl St., Napa.

Awards will go to the top three finishers. There will also be a putting contest, a hole-in-one contest sponsored by Napa Ford, and separate Closest to the Pin and Longest Drive contests for men and women. The awards ceremony and silent auction will be held at Silverado Resort Arbor, and appetizers and drinks will be served.

Tournament proceeds benefit American Legion Post 113 and its support for Napa County Veterans’ Mentis, which helps veterans by providing clinical and emotional support and teaching coping skills that are critical for achieving stability. Portions of each donation may be tax-deductible (mentis IRS code 501 C3). American Legion’s IRS tax code is 501 C19.

Napa Valley Swim Team taking signups

The Napa Valley Swim Team is accepting new members of all ages and ability levels for its year-round program. Whether parents are looking for a positive competitive experience or a wholesome fitness activity for their child, NVST has four experienced and fully certified professional coaches.

The nonprofit USA Swimming team and is the largest, oldest, and most successful swimming program in the Napa community. For more information or to arrange a placement evaluation, visit napavalleyswim.org or call 257-7946. The team also has Facebook and Instagram pages.

Big Game car raffle to benefit Vintage and Napa athletes

For the first time ever, the booster organizations at Vintage High and Napa High are joining forces to fundraise for their athletic programs, as Hanlee’s of Napa has donated a 2019 Volkswagen Jetta to be raffled off for a drawing at halftime of this year’s football Big Game on Nov. 1.

Tickets are $20 each and may be purchased from a student-athlete or parent or at the front office of each school from Sept. 1 until the week of the game. No online purchase option will be available.

The raffle is anyone age 18 and older who is a legal U.S. resident physically residing in the United States. There is no limit as to how many tickets a person can purchase.

Vintage and Napa thank Hanlee’s for its generous donation of the car, which is valued at $23,000 (including tax and license).

Casual Tennis Napa plays three days a week

Connect with other tennis players casually, just for the fun of it. Casual Tennis Napa meets Saturday mornings, Tuesday mornings and Thursday evenings, weather permitting. For the current meeting time and location, check Casual Tennis Napa on Facebook or email casualtennisnapa@comcast.net.

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