Sidelines - April 19-25

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Taos Little League volunteers sought

Little League of Taos is looking for volunteers to help with the 2018 season which begins Monday (April 23).

Minor baseball coaches and umpires (for all divisions) are needed.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact league president Chris Baca via e-mail at cpbaca@tecoenergy.cm or vice president Valerie Fresquez at fresquezv@gmail.com.

Spring BioBlitz

Make Earth Day count and come be a part of this free, family-friendly even. Learn how to become a citizen scientist, how to identify local plants and animals using iNaturalist and teach others what you learn.

BioBlitz is a collaborative effort between FITaos, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service to discover as many species of plants and animals as possible withing a set location over a defined time.

The fun and exploration will take place at the Taos Valley Overlook Trailhead at the end of County Road 110 (top of Slide Trail; past UNM-Taos and Taos Country Club) Saturday (April 21) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Participants should bring plenty of water, hiking boots, sunscreen, hat, lunch and layers of clothing. Also, a device with the iNaturalist app loaded and ready to go is encouraged if possible.

For more information contact Susie Fiore via e-mail at info@fitaos.org or visit fitaos.org.

Bike swap

Celebrate getting outside together by visiting the Field Institute of Taos (FITaos) base camp at 9 D Romero Road (former Waldorf School location) for its upcoming "Bike Swap" slated for Sunday, April 29.

Buy and sell bikes, bike accessories and outdoor gear, and sign up for Team FITaos.

The event will run from noon to 5 p.m. and proceeds go to the Taos Area High School Mountain Bike Team and Team FITaos.

For more information contact Susie Fiore via e-mail at info@fitaos.org or visit fitaos.org.

Pitch, hit and run

The Town of Taos Community Events, Taos Youth & Family Center, Taos Little League and Taos Men’s Adult Baseball League  will host a free Scotts Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run Competition for area youth on Sunday, April 29 starting at 1 p.m.

The competition is free and open to boys and girls ages 7-14. It will be held at the Taos Little League Field at Kit Carson Park. Parents are asked to bring a copy of your child's birth certificate or religious document to show proof of age.

Pitch, Hit & Run is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball.  This grassroots program is designed to provide youngsters with an opportunity to compete, free of charge, in a competition that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball and softball skills.

For questions concerning the competition, please contact Judy Esquibel at (575)751-2037 or contact her via e-mail at jesquibel@taosgov.com.

Bike Rodeo planned

The town of Taos is planning a "Bike Rodeo" at Taos Eco Park May 20.

May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, and is celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling and encourage more folks to give biking a try.

The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For questions regarding the event, contact Judy Esquibel at (575) 751-2037 or via email at jesquibel@taosgov.com.

Fly-fishing lessons

Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort and Solitary Angler are offering casting instruction classes every Saturday, May 26-Sept. 1 (except June 23) during the summer season.

Taught by certified fly-fishing instructors from Solitary Angler, these hands-on lessons cover the fundamentals, including how the fly rod, reel and line work together; the three elements to a good cast, how to cast overhand and backhand, even in the wind; and how to shoot line out and strip line in.

Lessons occur every Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-noon.

This is a free program. However, a New Mexico fishing license is required and may be purchased at Sipapu's general store. Interested anglers are asked to meet at the Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort behind Sipapu's lodge on the patio.

Students are encouraged to bring their own equipment although doing so is not required. Fly rods and reels will be available at the clinics at no charge.

Following the casting clinic, a more in-depth, half-day small stream fly-fishing class on the Río Pueblo will be offered for those who sign up for a fee.

Reservations are required. For more information or to reserve a spot, call Van at (575) 758-5653.

2018 Angel Fire Resort ‘Demo Daze’

“Demo Daze” will take place May 26-27. This event is free for riders who are interested in DH, XC, Enduro or a mix of mountain bike terrain. Angel Fire Bike Park is bringing together bike vendors from all over the country for novice and expert riders to test ride the latest bikes and try out new biking gear.

Angel Fire Bike Park will open for the season May 18. For more information visit angelfireresort.com or call (575) 377-4369.

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