Skate Rising

A skateboarding tour directed at young skaters will make a stop Sunday morning in Napa, with the twin goals of service and empowering girls in the sport.

Skate Rising will bring its Feed the Need tour to the Napa Skate Park at Kennedy Park in a program that runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is the fourth of five stops during the tour, which began July Fourth in Scotts Valley and concludes July 14 in Eugene, Oregon.

On Sunday, the focus at Napa’s free event will be on girls ages 4 to 18, although women skateboarders will be on hand for advice and mentoring and others are invited to attend, according to program founder Calli Kelsay. Free learn-to-skate clinics and board and equipment rentals will be available.

Participants will build care kits to be donated to homeless people on the West Coast, with a goal of creating 1,000 such kits during the tour, Kelsay said Tuesday. Visitors can enter by signing a “commitment to kindness” contract, which organizers describe as part of a larger anti-bullying initiative.

Feed the Need is a traveling version of monthly skating events Skate Rising sponsors in its home city of Encinitas, a San Diego suburb, as well as in Phoenix. The program is a part of the nonprofit group Exposure Skate, which is devoted to the empowerment of women in skateboarding.

For more information, visit exposureskate.org/feed-the-need/ or email Kelsay at calli@exposureskate.org.

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City of Napa/Town of Yountville Reporter

Howard Yune covers the city of Napa and the town of Yountville. He has been a reporter and photographer for the Register since 2011, and previously wrote for the Marysville Appeal-Democrat, Anaheim Bulletin and Coos Bay (Oregon) World.