Harlem Wizards will perform at Todd Beamer

The Harlem Wizards will perform at 7 p.m. May 1 at Todd Beamer High School, 35999 16th Ave. S. The show will benefit the school’s basketball program as well as local parent-teacher associations in the Federal Way School District. Tickets are $10 for students and $12 for adults. To learn more, call Jane Ruston at (253) 945-2570.

The Harlem Wizards will perform at 7 p.m. May 1 at Todd Beamer High School, 35999 16th Ave. S. The show will benefit the school’s basketball program as well as local parent-teacher associations in the Federal Way School District. Tickets are $10 for students and $12 for adults. To learn more, call Jane Ruston at (253) 945-2570.

• High school football players trying to get noticed by NCAA Division II, III or NAIA programs will get the opportunity May 17 at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner.

Coaches from Central Washington University, Western Washington University, Linfield College, Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Puget Sound will attend the combine, event organizers said. NCAA rules prohibit Football Bowl Subdivision and Football Championship Subdivision coaches from attending high school football combines.

Registration is $50 before May 5 and $65 after. For more information, visit www.gottheedge.com.

• Apolo Anton Ohno, Olympic Gold Medalist and 2007 “Dancing with the Stars” champion, will host the first annual “A Night with Apolo” benefit gala on April 19 from 5 to 11 p.m. at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel. The high-profile event will benefit internationally-known Nikkei Concerns, a non-profit organization comprised of senior-care facilities and continuing education programs for Japanese and Asian Americans of all ages.

“A Night with Apolo” will feature a Hollywood-style red carpet, complete with local and national celebrities, media, paparazzi, fans and autograph seekers. Ohno, a native of Federal Way, will act as the Master of Ceremonies. The night will include a formal celebration and dinner with a mix of music and other entertainment, a live and silent auction and dancing complimented by professional dancers from ABC’s hit show “Dancing with the Stars.”

“As a Japanese American, I feel very strongly about the mission of Nikkei Concerns and am excited to host this first annual event,” said Ohno. “It is important that we continue the 30-year legacy of Nikkei Concerns, by continuing to provide valuable services and programs for the Asian American community.”

Nikkei Concerns, established in 1972, is a non-profit organization serving the Japanese and Asian American community. Nikkei Concerns provides a wide range of services, from cultural programs to skilled nursing care, which benefit Asian Americans of all ages. For more information, call (206) 323-7100 or visit www.nikkeiconcerns.org.

“A Night with Apolo” hopes to draw 1,000+ attendees and 40+ local and national sponsors with an interest in community giving. Individual tickets will be $250.

For more information or to become a sponsor, call (425) 401-1200 or visit www.ANightWithApolo.com.

• Former Seattle Seahawk and University of Washington quarterback, Brock Huard, along with NASA astronaut and current President and CEO of the Museum of Flight, Dr. Bonnie Dunbar, will be featured as special guest speakers at the Federal Way and Auburn Boys and Girls Club’s and EX3 Teen Center Annual “Breakfast for Kids” fundraiser. The fundraiser begins at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday at Emerald Downs in Auburn.

“We at the Boys and Girls Club are truly excited to have two incredible role-models supporting our organization and speaking at our event,” said Shelley Puariea. “Brock and Bonnie will not only serve as shining examples of hard work, integrity and success to all of our children, but they will also significantly assist us in our efforts to raise funds at this event .”

Funds raised at the “Breakfast for Kids” event will be used for student scholarships as well as educational, cultural and sports programs that benefit more than 3,500 deserving youth in South King County.

Huard enjoyed a successful football career at Puyallup High School and the University of Washington. Huard was named an Academic All-American in both of his final two seasons at UW. After six seasons in the NFL, Huard has spent the last three years in local sports broadcasting.

A native of the small, south-central Washington rural community of Outlook, Dunbar earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in ceramic engineering from the University of Washington and a doctorate in mechanical/biomedical engineering from the University of Houston.

She held research and engineering positions with the Boeing Co., Harwell Laboratories and Rockwell International until 1978, when she joined NASA as a flight controller. Two years later, in 1980, she was selected as a NASA mission specialist astronaut. A veteran of five space missions, Dunbar has logged 1,208 hours — more than 50 days — in orbit aboard the shuttles Atlantis, Challenger, Columbia and Endeavour. Dunbar has led the Museum of Flight as president and CEO since September 2005.

For more information, call (253) 941-2722 or email spuariea@positiveplace.org.

• The Federal Way Boys and Girls Club is currently enrolling youth for its 2008 spring baseball and softball leagues. The deadline for registration is April 18. Late registration will be accepted on a space-available basis.

The leagues are programs for boys and girls in kindergarten through seventh grade. Grades 1 and 2 will be a co-ed, coach-pitch baseball league. Grades 3 and 4 and 5/6/7 will be separate baseball and softball leagues for boys and girls. Teams are formed from local elementary and middle schools, area and grade. The season runs from April 21 to June 14. Games are played in the surrounding Federal Way-area school ball fields.

The club is also offering a Kindergarten Clinic for 4 and 5 year olds, held on Saturdays from 10 to 11 a.m. The clinic runs from May 3 to June 14. The program costs $60 for 1st-7th grade and $55 for the kindergarten clinic (plus $20 club membership fee).

Registration can be done online at www.fw-bgc.org or in person at the club, 30815 8th Ave. S.

• Teams are now forming for the upcoming softball league with the Federal Way Girls Fastpitch Association. No experience is necessary.

• Federal Way Public Schools is establishing an Athletic Hall of Fame to honor past employees who have made a major impact on the district’s athletic programs. Nominees to the Hall of Fame will be evaluated based on the following criteria — has served the district for a minimum of 10 years, has been retired for at least five years or deceased and has made a significant impact on the district’s or a school’s athletic program.

The Hall of Fame inductees will be honored at a regular-season football game in the fall of 2008. Each Hall of Fame member will receive a certificate and have his or her name inscribed on a special banner placed at Federal Way Memorial Field.

A renovated Memorial Stadium will serve as the backdrop for the ceremony and Hall of Fame football game. The stadium’s turf and track are due to be renovated this summer with the use of state match funds the district received as a result of the passage of the bond measure.

In addition, the new electronic scoreboard purchased as a result of a donation by Federal Way’s Del Taco will be installed and operational. The district will dedicate the stadium’s new turf, track, and scoreboard during the Hall of Fame ceremony.

Send nominees to Greg Flynn, 1300 S. 308th St., Federal Way, Wash. 98003. Nominations can also be faxed to (253) 945-5577 or emailed to gflynn@fwps.org.

The deadline for nominations to be received is April 1. A 15-member committee of present and former district coaches and administrators will select the first class of inductees.

• The 73rd running of the $300,000 Longacres Mile is set for Sunday, Aug. 17, the centerpiece of a 35-race stakes schedule at Emerald Downs in 2008.

A total of $2,310,00 will be offered in stakes purses, including a record $50,000 minimum for every stakes race. The 91-day meeting begins April 18, with the first stakes race the $50,000 Seattle Handicap for older sprinters on May 4.

The Grade III Longacres Mile tops a stakes doubleheader with the $100,000 Emerald Distaff. This year’s Longacres Mile champion automatically qualifies for the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita Park on Oct. 25.

Longacres Mile weekend also features the $100,000 Washington Oaks for 3-year-old fillies on Aug. 16.

Other leading stakes races are the $100,000 Emerald Downs Derby for 3-year-olds on Labor Day, Sept. 1, and the $100,000 Gottstein Futurity for 2-year-olds on Sept. 27.

The season concludes Sept. 28 with the Stanislaw Ashbaugh Claiming Challenge, a series of six starter handicaps ranging in distance from 6 furlongs to 2 miles.

• USSSA softball is looking for umpires for King County and the south end. Umpires are paid monthly and set their own schedules. For more information, contact Paul at (425) 870-1043 or Dale at (425) 481-2005.

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