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Carmen Policy, Keena Turner on hand for Aug. 15 event

A special event on Aug. 15 to raise money for “Brother Can You Spare a Dime” will feature special guests Carmen Policy and Keena Turner talking sports, championships and the San Francisco 49ers’ upcoming season.

The event will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 15 at the Westin Verasa, 1314 McKinstry St., Napa.

There is a 5:30 p.m. reception, which will be followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. by La Toque’s Chef, Ken Frank. The event will conclude at 9 p.m.

Tickets are $150 per person.

The event will benefit “Brother Can You Spare a Dime,” a kids baseball outings program of the Kiwanis Club of Napa. The program, which began in 1958, takes groups of kids, senior citizens and the general public to see San Francisco Giants games. A number of tickets are donated free of charge each game to a local youth organization and the remaining tickets are sold to Napa seniors and local Giants fans.

Policy is a former 49ers President and Chief Executive Officer. His work in football administration spans four decades. He joined the 49ers as vice president and counsel in 1979 and played a key role in San Francisco’s Super Bowl victories in 1982, 1985, 1989, 1990 and 1995. He worked in the organization’s front office through 1998, rising from vice president and legal counsel while helping shape the 49ers into a championship team with his day to day management.

Turner played for the 49ers from 1980 to 1990 as a linebacker, and was a four-time Super Bowl champion. He is now Vice President of Football Affairs for the 49ers.

Tickets for the event can be purchased at For more information, contact Ryan Gregory at or 337-4962.

‘Ball Kids’ needed for Oct. 6-14 pro tennis tourney in Fairfield

Organizers of the $100,000 NorthBay Healthcare Men’s Pro Tennis Championship need volunteering “ball kids,” ages 11 and older, to chase down balls at the Oct. 6-14 professional tournament at Solano Community College.

“Ball kids can make or break the tournament,” said Rafael “Raf” Rovira, assistant director of the tournament and the head men’s and women’s tennis coach at the college. “In the last few years we’ve had some good ones who have really been into it. Ball kids get the best seat in the house and get to watch some of the best players in the world up close.”

They will receive training, a tournament shirt, and meals. There are two shifts each day, one beginning at 9:30 a.m. and the other starting at 2 p.m. Each shift lasts slightly more than four hours and there are frequent breaks. They must remain focused and alert and have the ability to keep score in tennis, including tiebreakers, so they can stay aware of what is happening on the court. They must also wear dark shorts and shoes with non-marking soles.

The Fairfield tournament is the final leg of the men’s worldwide ATP Challenger Tour swing through Northern California. It benefits the Dr. Chris Cammisa Tennis and Educational Foundation, an organization that supports the women’s and men’s teams at Solano College and also introduces tennis and a related educational program to underserved youths in Solano County.

There will be 32 players in singles and 16 teams in doubles once the draw is set after the opening weekend qualifying tournament. There is also a Pro-Am in which local players can team up with professionals in friendly competition against each other. “Ball Kids” are needed for all the tournament action on the courts.

Visit and click on “Ball Kids” to sign up. For more information on this and other volunteer opportunities, or sponsorships, contact tournament director Phil Cello at or 853-0915, or Rovira at or 246-0990, or search for “Chris Cammisa Tennis and Education Foundation” on Facebook.

St. Helena High Athletic Hall of Fame dinner Oct. 13

Ceremonies honoring the newest inductees for the St. Helena High School Athletic Hall of Fame will be on Oct. 13 at Native Sons Hall in St. Helena.

Four standout athletes, whose graduating years span six decades, and a longtime coach who was recognized as one of California’s 10 CIF Section Honor Coaches in 1971 for track and field, comprise the 2018 class of inductees for the St. Helena High School Athletic Hall of Fame, organizers announced.

The newest inductees are Harold “Toppa” Rutherford, from the Class of 1941; Brian Smith, from the Class of 1971; Lisa Carston Lyon, from the Class of 1988; Cliff Little, from the Class of 1999; and coach Roger Snipe, who was St. Helena’s track and field coach from 1961-1971.

This is the sixth year of the St. Helena High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

A cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m. and is followed by a dinner at 7 p.m.

The cost is $55 per person. Checks are to be made payable to “SHHS Hall of Fame” and mailed to 1075 Crinella Ct., St. Helena, CA 94574.

Please include the names of all people attending on your reservation.

For more information, contact Mike Werle at (707) 963-2420 or, or Tom Hoppe at (707) 963-0500 or

Casual Tennis Napa plays Saturdays and Tuesdays

Connect with other tennis players, casually and just for the fun of it.

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

Skyline Swimmers meet Mondays, Wednesdays at NVC

The Napa Valley Swim Team offers a program for adult swimmers and triathletes, the NVST Skyline Swimmers.

The group 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. It convenes from 6 to 7:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the Napa Valley College pool.

Skyline Swimmers are coached by experienced swim coach and professional triathlete Emily Cocks. Each workout has a drop-in fee of $10, or a monthly fee of $60. All attending swimmers must be registered with US Masters swimming.

Email Cocks at for more information on the Skyline Swimmers. For information on any NVST program, email or call 257-7946, visit or find NVST on various social media sites.