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Tennis festival for youth March 28 in Hamburg

Throughout March, the United States Tennis Association is hosting thousands of Tennis Festivals, designed to showcase the fun and excitement of playing tennis, as well as sharing with parents the benefits of involving their children in the sport. A variety of organizers including clubs, after-school programs, parks and recreation, Community Tennis Associations and others will host Tennis Festivals as part of the USTA’s effort to introduce tennis to parents and children throughout the country. The Town of Hamburg Recreation Department will host one of these Tennis Festivals on March 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. at 2982 Lakeview Rd. in Hamburg. To find more information about Tennis Festivals, please visit YouthTennis.com. E-mail Tim Jerome at tjerome@townofhamburgny.com with any questions.

Buffalo Raceway to begin season April 4

Buffalo Raceway will begin racing four days week in April. Thursdays will be added with a first post of 5 p.m. starting April 4. This is in addition to the Wednesday, Friday and Saturday schedule. This is one week earlier than originally scheduled, to make up for a cancellation due to winter weather. A complete calendar can be found at www.buffaloraceway.com. Patrons can earn double Buffalo Raceway Reward points every Thursday in April on all eligible wagers including Buffalo Raceway and simulcast tracks. For more on the Player Rewards program visit www.buffaloraceway.com/player-rewards. The 71st year of racing at the Hamburg oval continues with racing on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Sunday afternoons will be added in June and July. In addition to live racing, simulcast wagering from across North America is available Wednesday through Sunday.

Town of Hamburg to host Spring Meltdown April 1-5

The Town of Hamburg Recreation Department will run its eighth annual “Spring Meltdown” program during spring break Monday through Friday April 1-5. The program, which will be held at the HUB at the Hamburg Wesleyan Church, will feature a variety of supervised and free play gym and game room activities for youth ages 7-14. The program runs from 9:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. Program cost is $8/day per child for Town of Hamburg residents and $10/day per child for non-residents. Weekly and family rates are available. Pre-registration at the Town of Hamburg Recreation Office is required (no on-site registration available). Call the Town of Hamburg Recreation Office at 646-5145 for more information. Other activities during spring break include public skates at the Hamburg Town Arena on Tuesday through Friday, April 2-5 from 11 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. Call 646-5145 for more information. Also, the Town of Hamburg Fitness center is offering a spring break week special for youth ages 17-and-under. A Town of Hamburg resident discount card may be obtained to workout between Monday through Friday, April 1-5. The discount card is good for one year, and provides daily discounts at the Hamburg Town Arena and 18 Mile Creek Golf Course. Call 646-5145 for more information.

WNY PGA Pee Wee Tour accepting registration

The Western New York PGA Section is excited to announce that registration for the Pee Wee Tour has begun. The Pee Wee Tour is for kids ages 5 to 9 who are just learning the game of golf. The tour is designed to be a fun and non-competitive way to introduce junior golfers to the game of golf. The tour consist of seminars and non-competitive golf tournaments where the players play 5 holes from modified tees and have their parents/grandparents caddie for them. Visit the Western New York PGA website at www.westernnewyork.pga.com to learn more information and sign up today.

Buffalo Lacrosse Academy Youth Spring League

The Buffalo Lacrosse Academy has opened registration for both its boys and girls spring lacrosse league, which starts Sunday afternoons on April 14 and runs through June 9 for players in grades one through seven. The BLA co-ed First Stick program is also available for players ages 3 to 5. The Rising Stars Spring League will meet once a week with practices scheduled prior to the game. The teams for each location travel as a group to play and there will be no mandatory volunteering and other challenges for parents. The location coordinators will be on-site to offer assistance each week. The league will put an emphasis on learning and fun. Boys teams include the Southtowns United, Northtowns Express, Niagara Power and the Buffalo Blast. The four locations include ECC South and North, Grand Island and Nichols High School. The girls league includes all of the teams except the Buffalo Blast. Register for BLA programs online at www.buffalolacrosse.com. New Players must create an account to register.

Running the Buffalo Marathon for Baby Brady

Two business administration majors at Hilbert College are partnering with “Team Brady” to find participants to run, sponsor or volunteer at the Buffalo Marathon. Project manager Brandi Williams and Suzette Colangelo of Hamburg are promoting this event to both build awareness of six-month-old Brady’s medical conditions and also raise money for medical expenses. Currently, Brady is suffering from two rare diseases called “Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia” and “Giant Cell Hepatitis.” In Brady’s short life he has undergone several surgeries, countless procedures and weekly blood transfusions. They ask that the community makes an effort to assist on Sunday, May 26 and support Baby Brady in his continuous fight for life by taking part in the Buffalo Marathon. If you have any questions about how to get involved, call Brandi Williams at 220-4584 or Mark Williams at 510-6967.

Men’s Golf Club prepares for 2013 season

The Hamburg Men’s Golf Club has just completed its tournament schedule for the upcoming 2013 campaign, announced club president Mike Zelaski. The club’s annual spring meeting will be held Monday, April 8 in the Hamburg American Legion Post 527 at 7 p.m. Dave Reeves, the club’s secretary/treasurer, will be present to accept club dues and tournament committee members Don Buckley and Joe Barbic will be available to provide information on the 2013 schedule.

Kyle Reid Challenger League readies for its 14th baseball season

The Hamburg Junior Baseball League’s Kyle Reid Memorial Challenger League is ready to begin its 14th season and it’s not too late to still sign up. The league is accepting participants as a player, coach, or “buddy” for the 2013 season. The registration forms and fees will be handled through the Village of Hamburg Recreation Department at 200 Prospect Ave. at Hawkins in the Village of Hamburg. Call 649-6170 for more information. The registration fee is $25 per family. The league will hold winter clinics March 15 and April 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Union Pleasant School.
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