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• Tennessee Smokies, Class AA minor league affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, announce single-game tickets for the 2009 season now are on sale. Fans can purchase tickets online at www.smokiesbaseball.com or by phone or at the stadium ticket office at 865-286-2306. 2009 ticket pricing will remain the same as last season. Fans will again be able to take advantage of an advanced-sale discount of $1 if they order tickets at least four hours in advance of game time. Opening Day is Wednesday, April 15.

• Humana’s The First Tee of Knoxville Open, a fund-raising golf tournament, will be hosted by Fox Den Country Club Monday, April 27. Registration at 10:30 a.m. Shotgun Start 1 p.m. (four-player scramble). To register your team, complete and send a registration form found at ----- by April 15, to: The First Tee of Knoxville, 5311 Beverly Park Circle, Knoxville, TN 37918. Or fax form to 865-689-6425. For more information, call Samuel B. Newgent, The First Tee executive director, at 865-689-6445.

• The First Tee of Knoxville, a non-profit, tax-exempt initiative of the World Golf Foundation to promote benefits of youth golf, will host a youth clinic at Fox Den Country Club Sunday, April 26, for children ages 6 to 14. Participants include economically disadvantaged children who otherwise might not be exposed to the sport. For more information, call Samuel B. Newgent, The First Tee executive director, at 865-689-6445.

• Harvey Broome Group of Tennessee’s Sierra Club chapter has upcoming outings that include a March 15 day-hike, Virgin Falls Pocket Wilderness, near Sparta; pre-register with Ron Shrieves, 865-922-3518 or ronaldshrieves@comcast.net (e-mail preferred). March 22, day-hike, Rich Mountain Loop, GSMNP; pre-register with Linda Smithyman at lsmithymanhbg@yahoo.com or 865-335-3559. March 28, day-hike, Kirkland Creek Trail, Upper Bald River Wilderness Study Area, with Jeff Hunter, Tennessee Field Organizer for the Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition. Pre-register with Shrieves.

• CBFO football, ages 7-to-14, is seeking a cheerleading commissioner and cheerleading coaches for the upcoming season. If interested, call CBFO football commissioner Brad Burkett at 865-936-1111.

• CBFO football sign-ups are underway for ages 7 to 14. For more information, call commissioner Brad Burkett at 865-936-1111.

• Champions For A Cause, a non-profit (501(c)-3) organization with the mission to raise money for breast cancer research, education and outreach, is kicking off this year with a long haul motorcycle event, Cruisin’ for a Cause, starting Sunday, May 3. Led by Tennessee Lady Vols basketball assistant coach Holly Warlick and Nikki Caldwell, UCLA head coach, the Cruisin’ Crew and an entourage of supporters will begin a 1,500-mile round-trip along the Natchez Trace. It ends with a welcome home party in Knoxville’s Market Square Sunday, May 9. Includes special guests and live music. For more information, log onto www.championsforacause.org.

• Town of Farragut is now accepting registrations for Coed and Men’s recreational softball teams to participate in the spring leagues that begin the week of April 6 in Mayor Bob Leonard Park, 301 Watt Road. All leagues are ASA sanctioned, for participants 18 and older, and includes a single elimination post-season tourney. Deadline to register and pay is 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 24. Registration forms available at Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive across from post office, on the Town’s Web site at www.townoffarragut.org or by calling Ben Darnell, athletic and park coordinator, at 865-966-7057.

• FC Alliance taking registrations for its 10 week (March - May) Pre Academy Soccer Skills Program for 5-8 year olds. For more info, contact program director Mike Kelleher at mikekelleherusa@hotmail.com or 865-235-4850.

• Town of Farragut is now accepting registrations for spring sand volleyball leagues at Mayor Bob Leonard Park, 301 Watt Road, to include a Competitive Coed League, Recreational Coed League and Intermediate Coed League, with teams consisting of four to six players. Registration also open for a new Open Competitive Two-Person League. Registrations also are being accepted now for the summer and fall leagues. Teams may play in only one league. Registration forms are available at the Farragut Town Hall located at 11408 Municipal Center Drive, on the Town’s Web site at www.townoffarragut.org or by calling Ben Darnell, athletic and park coordinator, at 865-966-7057.

• Town of Farragut’s second annual “Break the Chill” Sand Volleyball Tournament is Saturday, March 28, at Mayor Bob Leonard Park off Watt Road. Play will begin at 8:30 a.m. Tournament will feature two divisions – co-ed competitive and co-ed recreational. Registration limited to the first eight teams in each division; registration and payment deadline is 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 24. For details and entry form: www.townoffarragut.org or athletic & park coordinator Ben Darnell at 865-966-7057 or ben.darnell@townoffarragut.org. Entry forms and payment may be returned in person or by mail to Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive, Farragut.

• Farragut Flames 10 and Under Baseball Travel Team is looking for two players for its spring roster. Travel out of town limited. Players cannot have their 11th birthday before May 1. Team began practicing Jan. 10. For more information, call Roger Freeman at 865-414-2476 or Brent Chambers at 865-607-0197 to schedule a workout.

• Inaugural Smoky Mountain Left Turn Marathon begins in Oak Ridge March 15 and running through Clinton with only left turns. Registration and other information is available at www.roadkillrunningclub.com.

 

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