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Kayaking for beginners offered

AREAWIDE — Women are invited to take part in the Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources basic kayaking class on Saturday, May 21. The program, part of the DNRs Becoming an Outdoors- Woman program takes place from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Proud Lake Recreation Area in conjunction with Heavener Canoe Livery.

Introduction to Kayaking is a two-segments program, one on land and one on the water. During the land segment, participants will learn kayaking safety, tips on comfortable clothing and shoes, types of kayaks and paddles, weather awareness and other potential hazards. During the water segment, participants will be taught how to get into and out of a kayak, proper paddle grip, the “total body kayak stroke” concept and a full set of strokes suitable for beginners. Time and weather permitting, the class will take a relaxing paddle around the lake.

Meet at 2775 Garden Rd. in Milford. Participants should bring their own lunch, sun protection, dry clothing to wear home and insect repellent. Beverages will be provided.

Early registration is recommended and class is limited to 10 women. Registration deadline is May 12 and the cost is $100 per person. Details: www.michigan. gov/ bow, call 517-241- 2225 or email dnr- outdoorswoman@ michigan. gov. — L.P.

Detroit Lions’ youth football camp on tap

GRAND BLANC — The Detroit Lions annual youth football camp is slated to take place at Grand Blanc High School June 20-23. Camp is open to boys and girls and runs 8:30 a.m.-noon. Each year a Detroit Lions’ player attends camp going through the drills and skills with the kids that they learned in their sessions. Autograph sessions follow for the kids and the Lions’ player speaks to the kids about good grades, leadership, teamwork and football fundamentals. Details: 313-262-2248. — L.P.

Warrior Dash coming to Genesee County

MT. MORRIS TWP. — The nation’s premiere extreme running event that includes fire leping, mud crawling, a 5K race and festival is coming to Genesee County Parks and Recreation.

A total of 16,000 runners is expected to compete on Saturday, July 30, at the Parks and Recreation Commission’s E.A. Cummings Center. Runners will take on 12 intense obstacles over 3.3 miles of extreme terrain followed by an all-day festival with live music, food and beer.

Warrior Dash features participants jumping through fire, crawling through mud pits, climbing over vehicles and working their way through nine additional grueling obstacles. The first wave of the race starts at 9 a.m., followed by waves of 500 racers taking off to battle the course every half hour until the last group at 4:30 p.m.

Participants are encouraged to wear their best Warrior attire and are crowned with fuzzy Warrior helmets prior to racing. Turkey legs and other Warrior grub are available for purchase. Spectators enjoy the live music playing throughout the day, watch the Warriors tackle the obstacles near the finish line, and take part in the other activities on site.

Details:, Alex Yount at 1-630-881-7439, or — L.P.

The shoes are getting pitched

BURTON — Grand Blanc Moose Lodge number 2344 on Howe Rd. will host a round-robin horseshoe tournament featuring two-man teams with Area 13 Special Olympians, many of whom will compete in Mt. Pleasant at the State Special Olympic Summer Games on June 2-4. Grand Blanc American Legion chapter 413 is sponsoring the event, as well. Details: — M.S.

Saddle up to support Flint River

FLINT — The Friends of the Flint River Trail announce that the regular Sunday rides started on May 1 and continue every Sunday through October. The group ride starts at 2 p.m. sharp from the Flint Farmers’ Market. Rides are typically about 13-15 miles in length, leisurely in pace, and travel to Blue Bell Beach or Stepping Stone Falls and back.

Also on tap are the mid-Michigan Trail rides on the second Saturday of each month. The first “Second Saturday Ride” is May 14 on the Southern Links Trail, starting at the Columbiaville trail head in Columbiaville, Michigan. This is a 20-mile ride with lunch after on your own, optional. Details: — L.P.

18 & over women’s fast pitch league

FLINT — Greater Flint area softball is currently searching for players for an 18 & over womens’ fast pitch softball league for this summer. The season starts on July 11, and wraps up on August 15. Games will be played at Whaley Park. The fee to play is $300 per team, and $20 per game to pay the umpires. Balls will be provided. Each team must provide their own T-shirts. Details: Rachel Martinez at 810-265- 0080. — B.P.

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