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Young Athletes spring sessions start April 1

Young Athletes is an innovative sports play program for youth ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities; sponsored by Special Olympics and designed to introduce children to the world of sports.

The program is supported locally by the Windmill Project and District 206 Early Education Center. The goal of Young Athletes is to welcome family members of children with and without intellectual disabilities to the Special Olympics network of support and raise awareness about the abilities of children with intellectual disabilities through inclusive peer participation and demonstrations.

The program also aims to develop skills for success as future athletes by developing skills such as balancing and jumping, trapping and catching, kicking, walking, running, throwing and striking.

There is no fee for the sessions, which will start on April 1 and run for eight Tuesdays through May 20. The sessions will run from 6-7 p.m. at the District 206 Early Education Center at 1410 South McKay, Suite 102 in Alexandria.

Registration is required. To do so, contact the Windmill Project at (320) 760-3301 or email

Annual Ice Review for AFSC

The Alexandria Figure Skating Club is inviting the public to celebrate 35 years at the Runestone Community Center with the 2014 Annual Ice Review at the RCC that will feature guest skater Abby Richardson.

The public will have an opportunity to attend on two dates. The first one is April 5 at 7 p.m. at the RCC with another program being held April 6 at 2 p.m.

Chain of Lakes Triathlon registrations

Registrations are coming in fast for the annual Chain of Lakes Triathlon in Alexandria.

The 2014 race is set to take place May 3. All Alexandria area residents are urged to sign up as soon as possible because the event fills to capacity after approximately 200 entries.

To sign up, go to Any area businesses that want to become an advertising sponsor should contact Lakes Area Recreation at (320) 762-2868.

United Way golf classic

The United Way’s Golf Classic is scheduled for Monday, June 9 at the Geneva Golf Club.

A shotgun start is scheduled for noon that day with prize drawings and a barbecue following at 5 p.m. Registration is available online at or by calling United Way at (320) 834-7800.

Cap Paciotti Memorial Golf Tournament

The Cardinal Athletic Foundation’s Cap Paciotti Memorial Golf Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, June 14 at the Alexandria Golf Club.

This year’s honoree is former Jefferson High School health and physical education teacher and varsity basketball and baseball coach Roger Johnson.

A shotgun start will begin at 1 p.m. that day with a dinner and awards presentation to follow at 5. The tournament will feature a four-person handicapped scramble, field events, hole-in-one contests and skins and mulligans available at registration.

The entry fee is $500 for a four-person team. That includes green fees, cart, range balls, field events and dinner. Extra dinner tickets are $25. Proceeds from the fundraiser go to the Cardinal Athletic Foundation, which since its inception has provided more than $125,000 to support Alexandria Cardinals athletics.

For more information or to register, go to

Lake Miltona Golf Club league meetings

The Lake Miltona Golf Club will hold a league meeting for Tuesday and Thursday Men’s leagues in early April with new members encouraged to join.

The Tuesday Men’s Partner League meeting is Tuesday, April 8 at 7 p.m. at the clubhouse. Those who are interested in playing but cannot attend the meeting should contact Gary Miller at (320) 760-3650.

The Thursday Men’s League meeting is April 10 at 7 p.m. at the clubhouse. Those interested in playing but cannot attend the meeting should contact Tom Blank at (320) 852-7078.

AABA meeting

The Alexandria Area Baseball Association (AABA) will have a parent meeting on Monday, March 31 at the Jefferson High School media center at 7 p.m.

The meeting is for those who are new to the AABA or have questions concerning the league. Registration information can be found at or at the UPS store at 1210 Broadway Street in Alexandria.

Alex fastpitch bingo fundraiser

The Alexandria Girls Fastpitch Association is having a bingo fundraiser on Friday, March 28 at the Broadway Ballroom.

A social with appetizers will begin at 6 p.m. with bingo starting an hour later at 7. Tickets are $50. The price includes two bingo cards, which are good to use for 20 games. A total of $3,000 in prizes will be given away.

Tickets are available at Garden Center Lanes, from any high school softball player and at the door the night of the event. Proceeds raised will be used to support the summer softball league, as well as the high school and middle school softball programs.

AASA soccer registration

The Alexandria Area Soccer Association has summer soccer registration open with an early sign-up deadline of April 1.

The AASA offers summer recreational leagues for U10 (3rd and 4th grade) players and all tournament play for U11 through U19 soccer players.

The U10 boys and girls recreational league will have players participate in practice and play in four one-day jamborees. This league focuses on basic skills and player development.

The U11-U19 boys’ and girls’ teams will participate in three tournaments in addition to team practice.

Registrations are only being accepted online at Teams are filled based on eligibility and order of paid registration. After April 1, only open roster positions will be filled. A late fee will also be assessed after that date.

Peak performance spring junior golf

The Peak Performance Spring Junior Golf Program runs from April 14 through May 21 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:45-5:15 p.m. at the Geneva Golf Club.

The program is designed for golfers in grades 6-8 who are looking to improve their overall game. The focus will be on improving all areas of the golf game as well as physical fitness.

The program is led by Heartland Orthopedic Specialists’ Scott Scholl and Scott Dirck of Scott Dirck’s Golf Academy. Call (320) 219-7677 or e-mail for more information or to register.