Kids can bat, putt, swim their way through summer
by Mary Moore
There is no shortage of activities for the kids of Parachute/Battlement Mesa this summer. The only problem I can see is keeping track of all the schedules.
I attended my grandson’s baseball game the other evening at the Callahan Ball Fields in Parachute and was surprised at all the activity. In addition to the boys game, there was a girls softball game in progress and another waiting to begin. Mary Anderson of the Parachute/Battlement Mesa Park and Recreation District reports that there are more than 100 children participating in baseball and softball.
The fields are busy with practices or games or both at least five days per week this summer. There are two 8-10-year-old baseball teams, two 11-12-year-old baseball teams, one 13-15-year-old baseball team, one 8-10-year old girls softball team; one 11-12-year-old girls softball team and one 13-14-year-old girls softball team. Wow! For a complete list of home games, call the district at 285-0388, but there is a game almost every Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday beginning at 6 p.m. Remember to bring bug spray.
Youth golf began on Monday, with about 50 kids participating. They were just a little cold and wet Monday, but the weather should improve for some good golf rounds. Jason Franke is the instructor this year and reports from the kids are that he is just wonderful.
The Activity Center is hosting a “Dive-In” from 5:30-8:30 p.m. every Friday. This activity is for third- through sixth-graders, and they love it! Jordanne Williams, a soon-to-be fourth-grader at Bea Underwood Elementary, told me that they all swim for about an hour, then they get out of the pool and get dressed and eat dinner and watch a movie. She says the food is great ” they have had macaroni and cheese with little hot dogs, sloppy joes, Mexican rice with beef, and bologna sandwiches. The movies are an extra incentive; but what Jordanne really likes is that she gets to see her friends whom she would not normally get to see in the summer, and they TALK. This sounds pretty good to me (it’s also two hours without the kids). The cost is $5.50, and a signed permission slip must accompany the child. Call the Activity Center at 285-9480 to reserve your spot.
One of my favorite activities is the Independence Day “Kids” Parade. The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, July 3. Fran Storm does a great job of organizing this annual event. Kids: Wear your red, white and blue, bring your parents, your pets on a leash, ride your bike, bring a wagon, etc. The parade starts at Mesa Ridge and ends at Mesa Vista, where a ceremony will take place. After the ceremony, Mesa Vista invites all of us to have some punch and cookies. Kids: Remember, there will prizes and surprises at the parade.
The annual Fourth of July Celebration will again be sponsored by the Parachute/Battlement Mesa Area Chamber of Commerce. The popular band Exit 42 will perform, and there will be fireworks at dark. This is a very popular, family-oriented event that you really do not want to miss. Bring bug spray.
Mary Moore’s column, “Grand Valley News,” appears every other Thursday. To contact Mary with a news tip, call her at 945-8525, ext. 108, or e-mail Mary at MooreMOMOF7@aol.com.
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