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Digest: Former SF Giant Dravecky to speak at LifePoint church

LifePoint Church will host former World Series pitcher and San Francisco Giants legend Dave Dravecky at three of its services from Oct. 22 to 23.

In 1987, Dravecky had arrived as a Major League Baseball Pitcher.  His career with the San Francisco Giants was soaring - until cancer struck his pitching arm.

After a year of treatments and recovering, Dravecky returned to MLB with much anticipation. Only one game after winning in his highly-publicized return to baseball, while pitching against the Expos, Dravecky's pitching arm snapped mid-pitch.  Before long, the cancer had returned, and with no option left, Dravecky announced his retirement from Major League Baseball.

After multiple failed attempts to treat the cancer, his pitching arm was amputated.

"Everything familiar had been washed away, and I was face to face with what I had really lost," Dravecky said. "So much of my identity and worth was wrapped up in that arm and what it had been capable of doing. It had brought me joy. It had brought me financial security. It had brought me the fulfillment of my boyhood dream."

With his lifelong dreams gone, Dravecky and his wife, Jan, found themselves learning to overcome depression.  Their real-life struggles are a testimony to overcoming difficult circumstances and finding hope.  

"As a fan, I was aware of Dave's story when it happened," LifePoint pastor Bill McCready said. "But later, as a cancer survivor myself, I was inspired by his ability to endure and find hope in his relationship with Jesus Christ through some very dark times.

"Whether or not you're a baseball fan, hearing Dave tell about his journey in his own words will be powerful, and we are glad to invite everyone to hear this real life hero share his story."

Dravecky will speak at LifePoint on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 22 at 9:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. with childcare available from birth through fourth grade.

For more information visit or call 775-267-0151.

The Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department's Adult Winter Volleyball League will accept sign-ups through Nov. 18.

Leagues available are Women's 6-on-6 (Monday), Open A 4-on-4 (Tuesday), Coed C 6-n-6 (Wednesday) and Coed B 6-on-6 (Thursday). All matches are at Carson Valley Middle School.

The season runs from Non. 28 to Feb. 23.

Cost is $200 per team before Nov. 10 and $225 after.

For more information, or to register, contact the recreation department at 782-9828.

The Carson Valley Basketball Association and the Douglas High basketball program are teaming up to present Dribble Camp through Nov. 5.

The camp, which focuses on ball-handling skills, will be 8 to 9:30 a.m. every Saturday in the Douglas High gym.

It is open to boys and girls in first through 12th grade and costs $5 per week.

Clinicians will be Douglas High basketball coaches.

For more information, call Mike Downs at 351-5729.

The Sierra Inline Hockey League is conducting sign-ups through Nov. 5 for its 2011-12 season.

Leagues are available starting at age 7 an up through adult. All games and practices are at the Pony Express Pavilion in Mills Park in Carson City.

Seasons run though mid-May for adult divisions and mid-March for youth leagues.

The 8-and-under leagues are considered instructional leagues and are free of charge.

Youth leagues run through age 17 and a competitive high school league is also available.

Youth leagues cost $100 for the season.

Adult leagues are $145.

To register, visit

Silver Strike Lanes in the Gardnerville Ranchos has committed to offer "Kids Bowl Free," a national summer program featured at 950 bowling centers across the county.

It provides children ages 15 and under with two free games of bowling every day all summer through Oct. 15. Shoe rental is not included in the offer.

Participants must be registered by a parent online at The Web site will then send coupons weekly via e-mail that can be redeemed at the bowling center.

Silver Strike is one of only two bowling centers in Nevada (the other is in Fernley) to offer the program.

For more information, visit or call 265-5454.

The Fullout Gymnastics Booster Club, which supports the Tumbleweeds competitive gymnastics teams, will host a poker night fundraiser Nov. 19 at the Plaza Hotel's conference center.

A spaghetti buffet will start at 4:30 while poker starts at 5:30.

Cost is $25 for non-poker players.

For poker players, cost is $60 before Nov. 15 (includes $2,000 worth of chips and dinner) with a $40 for $3,000 in chips.

Full table purchases are available for $540 (10 players).

Tickets purchased at the door will be $80 ($2,000 worth of chips).

Payout is $500 for first place, $250 for second place, $100 for third and $60 for fourth through eighth.

The event is for ages 21 and over.

For more information, or to register, call Scott Albin at 720-3560.

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