Popular items on the town parks and recreation agenda include the middle school basketball league, the Turkey Trot 5K, fishing at GVP and ongoing registration for men's and women's volleyball.
Sign up for men's and women's volleyball will continue through Wednesday, Nov. 24. Games begin the week of Dec. 6. The registration fee is $175 per team.
Town recreation specialist Charlene Hunt says competitive and recreational divisions will be offered if a minimum of four teams sign up for each.
Those who have not yet signed up for the Turkey Trot might not receive a T-shirt if they choose to participate. The deadline for preregistration and a guaranteed run shirt was Nov. 11. Registration on Nov. 20 race day is $20. During preregistration it was $15.
The race at Green Valley Park starts at 10 a.m. Entrants will compete in one of 16 age/sex divisions for a variety of prizes and awards.
Action in the seventh- and eighth-grade basketball league begins Saturday and continues through December. All games will be played on Saturday except Nov. 19 when some will be held in the afternoon hours.
Six teams are entered in the league.
Because only six girls registered for play, a girls division could not be formed.
"We made the league coed and put those girls on teams," Hunt said.
At Green Valley Park, Arizona Game and Fish officers began stocking the lake with trout the week of Oct. 11. Its most recent stocking occurred Nov. 5. The lakes will continue to be stocked every three weeks through mid-May. AGF officials do not reveal the exact date of the stockings but they are usually at the end of the week.
Fore more information on fishing or any recreation offering, call Hunt at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.
Lots of Hardt
Former Rim Country Middle School running sensation Kari Hardt, now a student at Queen Creek High School, turned in the fastest time among the four division winners at the Arizona State Cross Country championships last week at Anthem.
Hardt, who represents a small 3A school, was clocked at 18:12. The 5A champion, Kristen Phillips of Tempe Mountain Pointe, was timed over the same course in 18:31. The winner of the 4A meet, Kelsey Greathouse of Bradshaw Mountain, posted an ET of 19:01.
Often athletes from 4A and 5A schools in metropolitan Phoenix believe they are superior to teens in smaller, rural schools.
Hardt proved that theory wrong, as did her older sister, Whitney, who was a state champ and Round Valley and Payson.
Fossil Creek closed
The Arizona Game and Fish Department has issued a notice of closures planned for segments of Fossil Creek.
Anglers and outdoor recreationalists should avoid contact with the water in certain stretches of the creek during some periods of November because stream renovations will be occurring.
Until Nov. 15, no contact with creek water will be allowed downstream from the Irving Power Plant to the Verde River.
From Nov. 28 to Dec. 6, no contact with creek water will be allowed downstream from Sally Mae Wash.
The closures are necessary because of work to renovate segments of Fossil Creek in anticipation of the stream being restored to its historic stream bed during the de-commissioning process for the Irving and Childs power plants. A short-lived chemical (Antimycin) will be added to stretches of the stream to remove any exotic fish remaining after efforts to capture and remove them. Efforts are under way to restore native fishing populations in the creek.