Sidelines - Apr. 12-18


Fly-fishing lessons

Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort and Solitary Angler are offering casting instruction classes every Saturday, May 26-Sept. 1 (except June 23) during the summer season.

Taught by certified fly-fishing instructors from Solitary Angler, these hands-on lessons cover the fundamentals, including how the fly rod, reel and line work together; the three elements to a good cast, how to cast overhand and backhand, even in the wind; and how to shoot line out and strip line in.

Lessons occur every Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-noon.

This is a free program. However, a New Mexico fishing license is required and may be purchased at Sipapu's general store. Interested anglers are asked to meet at the Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort behind Sipapu's lodge on the patio.

Students are encouraged to bring their own equipment although doing so is not required. Fly rods and reels will be available at the clinics at no charge.

Following the casting clinic, a more in-depth, half-day small stream fly-fishing class on the Río Pueblo will be offered for those who sign up for a fee.

Reservations are required. For more information or to reserve a spot, call Van at (575) 758-5653.

Pitch, hit and run

The Town of Taos Community Events, Taos Youth & Family Center, Taos Little League and Taos Men’s Adult Baseball League  will host a free Scotts Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run Competition for area youth on Sunday, April 29 starting at 1 p.m.

The competition is free and open to boys and girls ages 7-14. It will be held at the Taos Little League Field at Kit Carson Park. Parents are asked to bring a copy of your child's birth certificate or religious document to show proof of age.

Pitch, Hit & Run is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball.  This grassroots program is designed to provide youngsters with an opportunity to compete, free of charge, in a competition that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball and softball skills.

For questions concerning the competition, please contact Judy Esquibel at 575-751-2037 or contact her via e-mail at

Get up, get movin', get fit!

New Mexico Senior Olympics will be hosting “Get Up, Get Movin’, Get Fit!” This is a free health promotion event for anyone 50 and over and will be held at the Sycamore Park Community Center (1051 Sycamore St.) in Farmington on today, April 12. 

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will include health workshops, sports clinics and free health screenings.

There is no preregistration required and attendees will be entered to win door prizes. Participants are encouraged to bring a sack lunch.

For more information, call Terry at  (888) 623-6676 or email at

Bike Rodeo planned

The town of Taos is planning a "Bike Rodeo" at Taos Eco Park May 20.

May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, and is celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling and encourage more folks to give biking a try.

The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For questions regarding the event, contact Judy Esquibel at (575) 751-2037 or via email at

2018 Angel Fire Resort ‘Demo Daze’

“Demo Daze” will take place May 26-27. This event is free for riders who are interested in DH, XC, Enduro or a mix of mountain bike terrain. Angel Fire Bike Park is bringing together bike vendors from all over the country for novice and expert riders to test ride the latest bikes and try out new biking gear.

Angel Fire Bike Park will open for the season May 18. For more information visit or call (575) 377-4369.

Angel Fire Adventure

Join the adventure for the 4th Annual Angel Fire Adventure marathon, half-marathon, 5K and Happy Feet Kids Run.

Enjoy breathtaking mountain scenery with a run through picturesque Angel Fire. The rolling course is great for  beginning runners and poses just enough of a challenge for those looking to test their endurance.

The elevation might also take your breath away, but the views are worth it. On event day in July, participants can expect an average high temperature of 80 degrees with a possible low of 40 degrees in the evenings, creating perfect running conditions for all.

Participants will receive a shirt, goodie bag and finisher medal. An aid station will be available every 1.5 to 2 miles, and this year's race will include professional chip timing.

This year's event is scheduled for July 1, and runners who register before May 11 get a discount.

For more information, visit