Leagues and more gear up in Tuolumne County

Every spring, the night sky east of Sonora begins to glow with ambient light from the Standard Park Sports Complex. The competitive adult softball program starts in April, with a Spring League for men, women and co-ed teams, followed by Summer and Fall leagues. Registration for the Spring League has started online with a deadline of March 22.

To register a team, you need to log on to the Tuolumne County Recreation Depart-ment (TCRD) website at tcrecreation.com. Click the “Online Registration” tab. Every player on each team is required to set up an individual account, so it takes time and advance planning to get your team ready to take part in the Spring League. The good news is you can register 24 hours a day, seven days a week and pay via a credit card. The cost for each team is $425.20.

TCRD also sponsors several other interesting activities during March, all of which can be registered for online. If you are looking for something for the kids to do during spring break, you should check out the HeadWinds Spring Adventure Camp. The camp focuses on introductory horsemanship and life skills, guided by certified horsemanship instructors. Through a method called equine assisted learning, the children do arts, crafts and nature activities while learning not only how to ride horses, but about equine anatomy, health, grooming and equipment, aka tack.

There are two sessions, and in each of them, the children are divided into age-appropriate groups.

Do you have a child who is fascinated by weapons? Consider enrolling him or her in the Fencing class, which takes place on four Saturdays, (March 16, 23, 30 and April 6).

According to instructor Gary Diamond, “Fencing is easy and fun, and it helps improve coordination, focus and fast decision making.”

The classes take place at the KASA building on the Sonora Historic Dome campus from 9 to 10 a.m. Students need to be age 7 or older.

You might also consider attending the TCRD 2019 Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction at the Tuolumne Veterans Memorial Hall in Tuolumne from 4 to 7 p.m. March 22. Proceeds from this dinner benefit the Tuolumne Youth Center. One of the neat aspects of this dinner is that organizers have a “take-out” option. You can buy dinner for a family of four for $25 and take it home. Of course, then you’d miss out on all the community spirit and auction options, but sometimes a quiet dinner at home is what’s most needed on a Friday night.

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