The United States Tennis Association is scheduled to host a meeting for area players interested in league play at various age and ability levels Saturday, Jan. 27. The meeting will take place at noon at the Yavapai College Tennis Center near the covered patio. Jack Blackman, northern Arizona’s USTA League Coordinator, and Jana Perpich, a member of the Southwest USTA Executive Committee, will be on hand to talk with interested players. There are a few USTA league events of note for 2018 in Prescott, including the Prescott Area Tennis Association Memorial Day NTRP Tennis Tournament on May 26-28, the PATA Mile High Sanctioned Senior/Junior Tennis Tournament on July 13-15 and the PATA Yavapai County NTRP Tennis Tournament on Sept. 21-23. Also, the PATA Park of Tennis Fame Clinic and Induction Ceremony is set for Oct. 7. All events are scheduled to take place at the Yavapai College Tennis Center. For more information, log online to pataonline.org.
Arizona bald eagle event set for Jan. 27 in Flagstaff
For those interested in learning more about the migration of over 200 bald eagles during the Arizona winter, the annual Bald Eagle Celebration is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Willow Bend Environmental Educational Center at 703 E. Sawmill Road in Flagstaff. Hosted by the Arizona Game and Fish Department, several programs are offered at this year’s event including an “Early Birds” field trip, a “Eaglets” family presentation, a “First Flight” community presentation, and a “Full Fledged” community presentation, which includes learning about the bald eagle from a Game and Fish biologist with live eagles up close. Each presentation takes place throughout the day. It is $10 per participant for each program. Those interested can register at willowbendcenter.org.
Flight operations to observe Mexican wolf population begin Jan. 22
A multi-agency effort between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arizona Game and Fish Department, U.S Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Service Inspection and the White Mountain Apache Tribe will begin low-flying helicopter operations beginning Monday, Jan. 22, as biologists conduct their annual Mexican wolf population survey and capture in parts of eastern Arizona. Weather permitting, the aerial operation is scheduled to run through Saturday, Feb. 3, and survey the Fort Apache Indian Reservation, the Apache-Sitgreaves, Gila and Cibola National Forests in eastern Arizona and Western New Mexico. There were a minimum of 113 wolves in the wild in Arizona and New Mexico at the end of 2016, which represented a more than doubling of the population since 2009.
Prescott FlyFishers and Trout Unlimited’s annual meeting set for Feb. 6
The Prescott FlyFishers and Trout Unlimited organization is scheduled to hold its next meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, at Lamb Chevrolet on 400 Prescott Lakes Parkway. Fly Fishing Guide manager Cole Glenn at the San Juan Angler in Durango, Colorado, will speak to the club about the miles of miles of back-country creeks and tributaries in the Durango area, as well as fishing in the Animas River. The meeting is open to the public and no membership is required. For more information, contact Neil Warner at 928-499-2434.
American Ninja Warrior Experience set for Feb. 10-11 in Phoenix
Do you have what it takes to complete one of the most difficult obstacle courses known to man? From NBC’s Emmy-Award-nominated series, the new American Ninja Warrior Experience is a touring obstacle course that will make a stop in Phoenix on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 10 and 11. The experience opens up the course to all that want to give it their best shot, or just want to watch the action in person. The even offers adult, amateur and youth courses where participants can both get on the obstacles and be coached by some of the best American Ninja Warriors. There’s also a top ninja competition, allowing fans to watch some of the best at work. For more information, or to purchase tickets, log online to anwexperience.com.
Rough Rider 100 coming to Prescott Valley Feb. 16
With $10,000 in cash prizes, a $4,000 bronze statue and ability to claim the U.S. Army Rough Rider Champion title on the line, dozens of off-road motorcycle racers from across the country are scheduled to attend the U.S. Army Rough Rider 100: The Race of Champions during President’s Day weekend, Friday through Sunday, Feb. 16 to 18, in Prescott Valley. World-class competitors Gary Sutherlin, Max Gerston, Mitch Carvolth and Taylor Robert are scheduled to attend along with Shelby Turner, a back-to-back AMA No. 1 Enduro Cross Champion and three-time Canadian Motocross Champion. The race will take place at the rocky, sandy ravines of Lynx Creek. For more information, go to roughrider100.com or contact Mike Johns via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Leprechaun Charity Open at Antelope Hills set for March 17
The ninth annual Leprechaun Charity Open golf tournament is scheduled to take place Saturday, March 17, at Antelope Hills Golf Course in Prescott. The tournament is sponsored by the men’s golf club and benefits Prescott Area Shelter Services. Last year, 156 total golfers participated and raised $3,100. The club hopes to exceed that mark this spring. The event is a four-person scramble format at $55 per golfer, which includes green fees, cart, range balls and a buffet lunch. There are $2,200 in total prizes for multiple categories and a hole-in-one contest for a new car and raffle prizes. Scheduled tee time March 17 is 9 a.m. Deadline to enter is Friday, March 11. For more information go to leprechauncharityopen.ahmgc.com or contact Joe Gouveia at 928-830-0625.
D-backs to host race against cancer on March 31
The Arizona Diamondbacks are scheduled to host their sixth annual D-backs Race Against Cancer on Saturday, March 31, in Phoenix. Proceeds will benefit the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. The 5K/1-mile walk will head through downtown Phoenix streets and participants will be able to end with a victory lap around the outfield wall at Chase Field. The 5K is set to begin at 7:15 a.m. and the 1-mile Family Fund Walk will start at 8:30 a.m. Partipants will receive a D-backs racing shirt, unique finisher medal, a drawstring bag and a ticket to a game. Cost is $40 for the 5K and $20 for the 1-mile race. To register, log online to dbacks.com/race.
D-backs spring training tickets now available
Individual tickets for all Arizona Diamondbacks 2018 spring training games at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale are online at dbacks.com/spring and at the box office at home plate gate. Tickets for all games at Salt River Fields are priced from $13 to $40. General admission to lawn seating starts at $13 and tickets for the 7,000 reserve seats within the bowl of the stadium start at $24. More than 300,000 fans are estimated to attend spring training games at Salt River Fields, which is also home to the Colorado Rockies. Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report for their first workout Wednesday, Feb. 14, and the first full-squad workout is set for Monday, Feb. 19. The D-backs open their 21st spring training Wednesday, Feb. 21, with an exhibition game against Arizona State at 1:10 p.m. Arizona official starts Cactus League play Friday, Feb. 23, with a road game against the Rockies and will host the Cleveland Indians on Saturday, Feb. 24.
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