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Final Babe Ruth and Little League sign-ups are being held March 1 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. at Alder Creek Middle School. New players need to bring an original birth certificate.Little League serves players ages 5-12 and Babe Ruth serves players ages 13-15. Fees for Little League range from $55 to $75. Scholarships are available for all families unable to pay the fees. Both leagues are looking for sponsors, managers, coaches, and other volunteers. If you can help, please attend the registration. For more information, go to http://www.truckeelittleleague.com.

The traditional eagle race on March 5, 2005 begins with registration at the Village Lodge and Judah Lodge decks at 8:30 a.m. The race will start at 10 a.m. on the Christmas Tree Race Arena. Eagle Pins will be awarded at the Village Hall at 4 p.m. at the Fondue Party and race results will be posted on the club web site.The Race & Fondue Party is free to all members. There will be a charge for guests of $30 for adults & $15 for kids (for race only, $15 and $10). For more information, visit http://www.SugarBowlSkiClub.com

Squaw Valley central park is gearing up for the second concert in the resorts new 180 Sundays in the Park concert series. These on-snow concerts feature live bands performing on a special snow stage at the base of the riviera terrain park and halfpipe.The second concert of the series is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 27 with a live performance by the Orange County-based band Over It. Inspired by alternative bands like Jimmy Eat World and NOFX, Over Its style has been described as intense, yet melodic punk-style rock. In this special venue, the band is sure to play one of the most uniqe and entertaining concerts of its career.The riviera halfpipe and the terrain park will both be open during the concert for an informal pipe and park jam, offering skiers and snowboarders a chance to show off their favorite tricks to concert goers while the music roars. Additional concerts are scheduled for March 20 with Throw Rug, and April 17 (weather permitting). All concerts are free to Squaw Valley guests and the concerts take place from noon to 3 p.m. each day. Skiers and snowboarders will need a lift ticket and walkers will need a Funitel ticket to access the park and concert area. For more information and details about upcoming bands, please check out the online event calendar at http://www.squaw.com or call (530) 583-6985.

Its time again for The Great Ski Race. This is the 29th year of the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Teams major fundraiser. Sunday, March 6 is the event, which follows its historical 30K (18-mile) course through the mountains from Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area in Tahoe City to Cottonwoods Restaurant at Hilltop in Truckee. The Great Ski Race this year coincides with the opening of the week-long Junior Olympics event at the Auburn Ski Club on Donner Summit. To help launch festivities, The Great Ski Race cheerleaders will be carrying the Olympic flame, which will be brought from Squaw Valley, across the finish line. Afterward, local skiers will run the flame into historic downtown Truckee for the Junior Olympics opening ceremony at the train station from 4-5:30 p.m.The cost of the race is $38, $20 for participants younger than 18, and $50 if registering on race day. The entry fee buys a pre-race package, a five-color T-shirt, refreshments and hot lunch at the finish, and a chance to win one of numerous prizes plus live music and dancing at the finish.Register in person at Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area http://www.tahoexc.org/ and bibs and t-shirts can be picked up at Tahoe Cross Country starting at noon on March 4. To register online, go to http://www.thegreatskirace.com, or get entry forms at Alpenglow in Tahoe City or Pacos in Truckee. The race starts at 9 a.m. sharp on March 6.

Alpine Meadows Ski Resort and Tough Guy Productions will host the Alpine Meadows Telemark Freeskiing Championships Feb. 25 through Feb. 27. Open to all telemark skiers, this championship event will host some of the world’s most talented athletes and biggest names in telemark freeskiing. The three-day event will include all aspects of telemark skiing, including Friday’s superpipe jam, and Saturday’s big-mountain qualifying run and Sunday’s big-mountain finals. Saturday’s qualifier will be held on Keyhole slope (an expert run on Alpine’s upper mountain) and Sunday’s finals will be held on the Buttress. Both slopes offer challenging chutes, mandatory airs, and steep technical lines, all of which will be skied during the competition. Because of their “arena-like” finish areas, both Keyhole and Buttress slopes offer an opportunity for spectators to enjoy the event. For more information about registration costs, event times, and mountain venues, call (530) 581-8321 or (970) 476-0159. Details are also available at http://www.skialpine.com or http://www.toughguyproductions.com.Skate bowl opens March 5 Boreal’s new indoor skate bowl, located in the east end of the parking lot, opens March 5. Vertical Productions Industries built the Boreal Indoor Skate Bowl. They are the same crew that designed and created the DC ramp for Danny Way and the Big Air ramp in last summer’s X Games. While taking a break from skate sessions, check out the big screen TV, giant beanbags, frisbee disc net and cushy leather couches in the Skate Bowl lounge. Grand Opening party will host free food, music and jam contest, all starting at 11 a.m.For more information call (530) 426-3666 or visit http://www.rideboreal.com.


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