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Backpacking/Hiking/Climbing

Feb. 28: Trekking K-2, free slide show by Spokane adventurer Dick Byrd, recounting trip to advanced base camp of world’s second-highest peak, 7 p.m., Corbin Senior Activity Center, 827 W. Cleveland Ave. Sponsored by Spokane Canoe and Kayak Club.

Baseball/Softball

Sign up: The Olympic Softball Clinic, March 12 in the Whitworth College Fieldhouse and featuring gold medal winners Stacey Nuveman, Amanda Freed and Jessica Mendoza, is accepting registrations. Advance registration for players 10 and older is $50 (includes T-shirt and autograph/picture session) or $60 at the door. Info: Fuzzy Buckenberger, 993-8888 (daytime), 328-2131 (evening) or e-mail fuzzybuck@msn.com. Sign up: Spokane Youth Sports Baseball is accepting applications for its summer baseball program. Play will begin May 31 to June 13 and be completed the week of July 18, with a season-ending tournament July 23-30. Fees: $80 for ages 5-8, $90 for ages 9-12 and $100 for ages 13-20 if received before May 3; includes hat, shirt, pants and socks. Info: 536-1800. Sign up: Spokane Youth Sports Softball is accepting application for its summer softball program. Play will begin May 31 to June 13 and be completed the week of July 15, with a season-ending tournament July 16 and 17. Fees: $80 for ages 5-8, $90 for ages 9-12 and $100 for ages 13-20 if received before May 3; includes hat, shirt, pants and socks. Info: 536-1800. Sign up: Spokane Pony Baseball is looking for those interested in umpiring organized youth baseball. Season starts mid-April and ends mid-July. Players divided into age groups from 9-14. Training and some gear provided. Info: Gary Broadbent, 216-9456 or 483-4653.

Sign up: Spokane North Little League is seeking umpires for paid positions in ages 9-14. Season begins early April and ends early August. Info: Dan Peck, 465-0724.

Golf

March 15: Join the Downriver 9-Hole Ladies for their kick-off brunch at Perkins, 5903 N. Division. Brunch starts at 9:30 a.m. New members welcome. RSVP: Bette, 467-3723. Info: Kathy Eaton, 534-4227.

April 30: Second Annual Nick Holt Golf Tournament at University of Idaho Golf Course in Moscow. Five-person teams will take part in a best-ball scramble. Registration at 9 a.m., followed by shotgun start at 10. Dinner and auction held by Moscow Elks Club at 5 p.m. Proceeds will help fund summer school for UI football student-athletes. Registration: $100, includes tee prize, lunch, dinner and greens fees. Info: (208) 885-0232.

Multievent sports

April 10 and May 15: Spring Thaw Duathlons at Sontag Park in Nine Mile Falls. Course is 2-mile run, 10-mile bike, 3-mile run. Individuals are divided into men’s and women’s age groups; relay teams are also accepted. Registration at Sontag Park at 7 a.m., followed by race at 9. Helmets required for all cyclists. Registration available online at www.signmeupsports.com/31606 (April race) or www.signmeupsports.com/31612 (May race). Info: Michael Emde, (509) 326-6983.

Nature

March 18-20: Othello Sandhill Crane Festival, featuring field trips to view migrating cranes plus numerous other nature experiences and presentations at the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge and beyond. Early registration advised. Info: (866) 726-3445, or www.othellosandhillcranefestival.org.

Orienteering

Eastern Washington Orienteering Club: Fees: $3 for novice course, members $4 for advanced courses, non-members $5 for advanced courses (unless noted). Info: John Harbuck (Idaho), (208) 263-9894 or John Beck (Washington), 838-7078. Upcoming events: Feb. 26, Manito Park, 18th and Grand; registration 10 a.m. to noon. March 19, Finch Arboretum; registration 11 a.m. to noon.

March 19: Spokane Parks & Recreation courses at Finch Arboretum. “Introduction to Orienteering” course introduces students to sport of orienteering. Classroom instruction from 9:30 to 11 a.m., immediately followed by outdoor course until noon. “Orienteering Skills” class includes classroom instruction and outdoor practice of map and compass skills for intermediate and advanced orienteering courses. Class from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Register with Spokane Parks & Recreation Department on 7th floor of City Hall or call 625-6200. Fees: $12 per person each class. Registration deadline: March 14.

Running

March 13: Twenty-fourth annual St. Paddy’s Five at Spokane Community College. Five-mile race begins at 10 a.m. There will also be a 300-meter fun run for boys and girls 6 or younger at 11:30. Fees: $10 with shirt, $5 without before March 4; $15 with shirt, $8 without from March 5-12; $15 without shirt on race day. Info: Lori, 448-8642 or Joan, 624-4297. Presented by Bloomsday Road Runners Club. March 20: Bob White Memorial Run for Sight. Five-kilometer walk/run begins with check-in at 8 a.m. at Airway Heights Community Center, 13120 W. 13th Ave.; race starts at 9. Fees: $16 for long-sleeve shirt, $11 for T-shirt, $6 without shirt if postmarked before March 11; $21 for long-sleeve shirt, $16 for T-shirt, $9 without shirt after March 12. Info: Melinda Hoekema, 226-1234.

Soccer

Feb. 26: USSF official 2005 re-certification testing. Plantes Ferry Park, Upriver Drive. Testing begins at noon. Info: Tandie Dahnke, tld3160@aol.com.Sign up: Registration open for SYSA U-5 spring league. Players must be age 4 on or before Aug. 1, 2004. Games on Saturdays April 2-May 7. Registration online at www.sysa.com. Fees: $50 online or in-person, $55 by mail or fax. Info: 536-1800.

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