Saturday, Nov 10 2012 05:41 PM

Parks and Rec gears up for Holiday season and Brite Lake fishing

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The California Department of Fish and game stocking Brite Lake for the second time last week.

Co-Ed softball season comes to a close
The Tehachapi Parks & Rec co-ed softball season, which began in early September, ended at the end of October. More than 130 people participated, comprising seven competitive teams.
Vet Threat, a seasoned team that has participated in the Parks & Rec program for close to a decade, came out on top, having lost only one game to the Legends.

“With co-ed softball, it gives you the excuse to stay active, no matter what age,” said assistant manager Kim Smith. “All in all, this was a very fun experience for the team.”

Vet Threat is sponsored by the Tehachapi Veterinarian Hospital. Team members included: Derrik Silva (manager); Kim Smith (assistant manager); Nathan Smith; Emily Travis; Ross Redding; Ryan Backes; Elizabeth Komin; Steve Anderson; Kearstyn Gilbert; Mckenzie Eberle; Desiree Meza; Phillip Grisham; Joshua Strauss; Jordon Beardsley; and Audinava Auderava.

Youth Competitive Basketball
Skills evaluations for the Winter Youth Basketball competitive program began Tuesday, Nov. 6. Participants are evaluated to provide coaches with an idea of each child’s skill level so that players can be distributed among all teams to assure an evenly competitive season. Players are evaluated on shooting, layups, dribbling, and jumping.

Upon completion of skill evaluations, coaches undertake a “player draft” to choose their players. Coaches then contact their team members directly to communicate their schedule.

More than 150 players are participating in this season’s program. There’s still time to get your child involved; call Sandy Chavez at the Parks & Rec office (822-3228) immediately to enroll your child.
Games are at the West Park Activity Center and Jacobson Middle School begining Jan. 5 and run through March 9. The public is welcome to watch Saturday games at either location between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Tehachapi Parks & Rec appreciates this year’s Youth Basketball sponsors: Albertson's, RST Cranes, McDonald's Alta One Federal Credit Union, Cal Portland, City of Tehachapi, and California Correctional Officers Peace Association. These sponsors have their logo branded on our basketballs and have banners hanging in the West Park gym this season acknowledging their support.

Holiday Events
This year’s Breakfast with Santa is Saturday, Dec. 1, at the West Park Activity Center.

Last year approximately 300 children and adults enjoyed a pancake-and-sausage breakfast with Saint Nicholas himself. Photo opportunities with Santa will be available and vendors will be displaying their wares for holiday shopping. Spaces are still available for vendors for $25 per 10x10 space.

Breakfast with Santa is $5 for children 14 and under; $7 for everyone over the age of 14. All sales are at the door.

This year’s Reindeer 5K Run begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, at Monroe High School. Event-day registration begins at 7 a.m. or register by calling the Parks & Rec office up to the event date at 822-3228. Participants who register before Nov. 23 receive a T shirt. Early registration is $25; registration at the event is $30.
This year’s event will not include a 10K race due to anticipated construction on Alta Vista, which will interrupt the 10K course.

Something’s Fishy at Brite Lake
The California Department of Fish & Game stocked Brite Lake for the second time last week. Daily fishing fees are $5 (free for ages 16 and under). Limit is five trout per person per day or five catfish per person per day. Daily passes can be purchased at the Tehachapi Parks & Rec office (490 West D Street) or at the kiosk at the entrance to Brite Lake.

DEBBIE WILLIAMS is Interim Director of the Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Parks District.

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