El Verano’s Faces of Change golf tourney Monday; youth grid, cheer sign-ups underway
THE SEVENTH ANNUAL Faces of Change Golf Tournament, benefiting El Verano Elementary School and hosted by the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Sonoma Golf Club, will take place at Sonoma Golf Club this Monday, April 11. Registration starts at 11 a.m., along with the putting contest and driving-range opening, and the tourney gets underway at 1 p.m. with a shotgun start, followed by a 6 p.m. champagne reception, dinner and raffle. Cost is $175 a person and includes golf, cart, boxed lunch, prizes and dinner. There will be awards for first-place men, first-place women and first-place mixed team, as well as closest-to-the-hole and long drive. For those that just want to attend the awards dinner, cost is $50. The field is limited to 140 players. For more information and to register online, visit www.elveranoschool.org, or contact Maite Iturri at 935-6050.
SONOMA VALLEY YOUTH Football and Cheer Junior Dragons are looking for coaches. Anyone interested in coaching can mail a letter of intent by the April 10 deadline to Sonoma Jr. Dragons, P.O. Box 2105, Sonoma, CA 95476. The Junior Dragons continue their sign-up sessions for the 2011 at Arnold Field from 11 a.m, to 3 p.m. on Saturdays, April 16 and May 21, and from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22. Forms required to register include the player/parent contract and code of ethics, and the NBYFC medical release. The next 6:30 p.m. board meeting takes place at the Moose Lodge on Monday, April 18. For more details, visit sonomajrdragons.net.
INFINEON RACEWAY’S WEDNESDAY Night Drags, featuring its “Top the Cops” program – designed to help take illegal racing off the streets and bring it to a safe, legal and controlled environment – will run every Wednesday evening through Nov. 16. Infineon’s 2011 Big O Tires majors events schedule starts May 13, and ends Oct. 2, and will feature the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR weekend from June 24 to 26; the FRAM Autolite NHRA Nationals from July 29 to 31; and the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma the weekend of Aug. 26 to 28. To purchase individual or weekend tickets, the Track Pass, or other special ticket packages, for details on the Wednesday Night Drags and Top the Cops, or for more Infineon information, visit www.infineonraceway.com, www.ticketmaster.com, or call 800-870-RACE (7223).
THE FOURTH ANNUAL Sonoma Valley High School Dragon Hall of Fame ceremony is slated to take place on Saturday, May 7, at the Lodge at Sonoma, starting with no-host cocktails at 6 p.m., followed by the dinner and induction ceremonies at 7 p.m. Tickets for the event – which are $85 each and tax deductible – can be ordered by sending a check and self-addressed stamped return envelope to: Dragon Hall of Fame, c/o Vicky Mulas, P.O. Box 1524, Sonoma, CA 95476.
BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS of Sonoma Valley, together with Professional Climbers International are offering rock climbing for adults, with the “Introduction to Climbing” classes taking place at the club’s Maxwell gym, Maxwell Farms Regional Park, 100 Verano Ave., every Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon through June. Pro intruction will be provided by both Professional Climbers International and Santa Rosa’s Vertex Climbing Center. Classes cost $20 an adult. A parent/child climbing class is also being offered at the club from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 7. Cost for parents and children ages 6-to-12 are $30 a pair. Participants must pre-register for classes by contacting Margie at 938-8544, ext. 105, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SONOMA VALLEY YOUTH Soccer Association starts registration is currently being held online, with four walk-in sign-up sessions slated from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, at Sassarini Elementary School, and from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 30, at El Verano Elementary School, and on Saturday, May 7, at La Luz’s Booker Hall. Boys and girls who didn’t play during the 2009 and 2010 seasons need to provide a birth certificate to register. Scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis with proof of income, and must be applied for in person. Sibling discounts are offered to families with more than one player. Registration deadline is May 15. To register on-line, for costs and scholarship requirements, for for more details, visit www.sonomasoccer.org, or call 256-0544. Para mas informacion en espanol, visite www.sonomasoccer.org, o llame al 548-9838, o 326-7596. Also, gear exchange – cleats, shin guards, practice jerseys and socks, all in clean condition – will take place during sign-ups at the different registration sites, or anytime after April 1, at Picazo Café and Deli on Arnold Drive at Grove St.
THE LADY DRAGONS Spring Volleyball Camps for girls in high school grades ninth and 10th, and middle school grades seventh and eighth, is taking place on Mondays and Wednesdays through May 4, at Sonoma Valley High School’s Pfeiffer Gym. For ninth- and 10th-graders, the high school camp will run from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and is for advanced players to gain more detailed skill experience. The middle school camp for seventh- and eighth-graders takes place from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. and provides intermediate skills instruction for girls who have played organized volleyball and wish to prepare for high school and improve their skills. To register for the camps, or for costs and more details, contact Sonoma head varsity coach Mindy Neves at email@example.com.
THE VALLEY OF the Moon Trap Club will hold its seventh annual Jim Meehan Memorial Trap Shoot and Barbecue at the club’s South Burndale Road site (27000 Burndale Road) on Saturday, April 30, with competition for men, women and juniors. The trap benefit event starts at 9 a.m. and the barbecue lunch, silent auction and raffle prizes and the awards presentation – including a commemorative silver belt buckle awarded to the winner of each event by class and high overall – begins at 11 a.m., with no-host beer and wine. All the proceeds will be donated to the the Sonoma Valley Girls Softball Association and Sonoma Valley 4-H. Entry fees for the shoot and lunch are $50 for adults and $35 for juniors (ages 16-and-under) – lunch only is $20 and children under-12-years-old are admitted free. Eyes and ears protection is mandatory. Donation tickets can be purchased at Steiners Tavern, 465 First St. W.; and Town Square, 482 First St. E. For more details, call Lynette Meehan at 484-1654, or Fred Mertens at 481-9525.
SONOMA VALLEY TENNIS Association will hold its Spring QuickStart program – under the direction of USPTA Pro Sam Levy – for ages 6-to-8 from 10 to 11 a.m., and 9-to-12-year-olds from 11 a.m. to noon, at the Maxwell Farms Regional Park courts (weather permitting) from Saturday, March 26, through Saturday, April 30. To register, or for more details, call Lisa Biddle at 803-1707. Also, STVA will hold a free adult tennis clinic, with beginning and re-entry instruction, directed by Levy, at the Maxwell Park courts from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. every Saturday in April – tennis shoes are required, while rackets and balls will be provided. SVTA will hold its Rally For The Cure Round Robin Doubles Tennis Tournament to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research – under the direction of USPTA pro Christi Hays – from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, at the Maxwell Park courts. A lunch and auction will follow the tourney at the George Ranch Clubhouse. Tournament registration begins in April. For more details, or to donate auction items, contact Kathy Kennett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SONOMA BOCCE BALL Association, with more than 180 members, will start league play this Wednesday, April 13, at the bocce courts south of the gazebo in Depot Park, with three nine-week sessions ending on Wednesday, Nov. 2. New members are welcome to sign up for league play, with the annual membership cost being $20 a person. The SBBA is looking to establish a Saturday league. Anyone who wants to learn more about the game of bocce can participate in open play on Friday and Saturday mornings, weather permitting, at 10 a.m. Anyone interested in joining the bocce club, or for more details, call (John) 938-2101, (Ken) 938-2626 or (Ginette) 935-3337.
VALLEY OF THE Moon Pétanque Club will again be holding monthly tournament and picnic events, and is currently offering free lessons in the sport at the Henri Maysonnave Memorial Courts in Sonoma’s Depot Park on Wednesday mornings (weather permitting) at 10 a.m. Anyone interested in joining the VOMPC, or for more details, can call 343-9465 or visit www.vompc.org.
SONOMA VALLEY SLOWPITCH Softball will start its spring season for the coed league on Tuesdays, and the men’s leagues on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, in the beginning of May. For more details, team managers can call Kevin Dwelly at 815-3536.