Elks kick off new year with fun events
The Tahoe/Douglas Elks Lodge will sponsor the 38th annual Elks Hoop Shoot national basketball free throw contest on Wednesday, Jan. 12 from 3:30-6 p.m. at Meneley Elementary’s gymnasium. The competition is open to all girls and boys living in Douglas County, South Shore Lake Tahoe, Markleeville, Topaz, Coleville and Walker.
The contest is free and open to youngsters ages 8-13. The competition is broken down into three age categories (8-9, 10-11, 12-13) for both boys and girls. Each contestant has 25 free-throw shots at the hoop. All participants must wear tennis shoes and use provided basketballs.
Local winners compete for the Northern Nevada district Jan. 15 in Carson City. District winners travel to Hawthorne on Feb. 5 for the state of Nevada titles. Those winners compete in the West Coast regionals on Feb. 19 in Las Vegas, and the national finals take place in Springfield, Mass., from April 28-May 1. Travel expenses for the winners from the Northern Nevada District and their parents are paid for by the Elks.
Names of the national winners will be inscribed on the Elks National Hoop Shoot plaque, on permanent display at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield. Nationwide, more than 3.8 million youth participated in last year’s competition.
Meneley Elementary School is at 1446 Muir Drive in the Gardnerville Ranchos. For further information about the Hoop Shoot, call Gary Wendt at 265-6136.
Time to crack the crab
On Friday, Jan. 28, the Elks host their annual crab reed at the CVIC Hall in Minden. No-host cocktails kick off at 5 p.m., dinner follows at 6 p.m.
The menu includes all-you-can-eat Dungeness crab, New England-style clam chowder, peel-and-eat shrimp, green salad and garlic bread. Attendees can also opt for a 1-pound New York steak (medium or well-done only) with baked potato, clam chowder, peel-and-eat shrimp, green salad and garlic bread.
All the yumminess can be had for $30 per person. Advance reservations and payment, which must be made by Jan. 20, are required. The Elks are famous for their delicious feasts. This popular annual event will likely sell out and there will be no tickets available at the door.
Proceeds from the event help fund the charities and high school scholarships that the Elks support.
For reservations and ticket purchases, call Jim at 267-9205, Judy at (650) 759-3574, or the Elks Lodge at 265-4523. You may also e-mail Jim at JPlamenig@Gmail.com
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