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Coast Guard Auxiliary
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Des Moines Flotilla No. 32 regularly offers Boating Safety and Seamanship courses at Mount Rainier High School.
They cover the full range of boating safety subjects, including federal requirements, basic piloting, marlin spike, seamanship and boat handling.
The instruction is free, although there is a nominal fee for the student text and work books.
Mount Rainier is located at 22450 19th Ave. So. in Des Moines.
For further information regarding this and other Coast Guard Auxiliary public education services, contact flotilla public education officer Howard Yarborough at (253) 939-3074.
The United States Power Squadrons have a toll free number for anyone interested in locating a boating course near them at 1-888-FOR-USPS or 1-888-367-8777. They also offer an internet home page at http://www.usps.org.
The squadron has been teaching safe boating courses since 1914. They are taught by experienced volunteer instructors who are commended by state and national agencies including the U.S. Coast Guard. Many insurance agencies recognize this course for personal and boat discounts.
The Western Washington Walleye Club meets the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. behind and below the Green Acres Learning Center located at 1826 So. 240th St. in Des Moines just past Highline Community College. There is a large lighted parking area.
Guests are welcome. Each meeting includes lots of fish stories, some refreshments and a very special program. A group outing is also usually held every other month, including potlucks.
If you are interested in fishing for walleye and other warm water species, some good friendships and fun, the club would enjoy seeing you at its meetings.
For information, call (253) 852-3296 or (206) 243-8058, or visit the club web site at http://www.prostar.com/web/walleye. The e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org and the mailing address is P.O. Box 4204, Kent, WA 98032.
The Bass Club meets the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at The Reel Thing store located at 30819 Pacific Highway So. in Federal Way.
Blackhawk Mountain Baseball of Highline continues to offer coaching clinics, baseball camps, one-on-one instruction, team practices and parent/child camps.
Former professional minor league players Steve Goucher and Troy Rusk serve as instructors.
Call (206) 244-3062 for more information. A scholarship fund is available and donations are accepted, including through 20 percent of regular fees.
Federal Way Center
A variety of athletic programs and other activities are being offered year-round at the Federal Way Norman Center YMCA located at 33250 21st Street SW.
Call the center at 838-4708 for more information.
The Highline YMCA offers year-round sports, programs and activities.
The facility is located at 17874 Des Moines Memorial Drive. Call (206) 244-5880 for more information.
Seattle Sounders Specialized Professional Soccer Clinic registration is now underway. Clinics are on site and customized to each player and/or team's needs. The fee is $10 per player, per hour.
To register, call 1-800-796-KICK.
Federal Way National
Federal Way National Little League meets the first Thursday of every month in a portable located behind Our Savior's Baptist Church at 701 So. 320th in Federal Way.
Contact Phil Herrera at 874-9484 for more information.
Federal Way American
Federal Way American Little League meets the second Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. at Silver Lake Elementary.
Call Doug Terrien at 874-5276 for more information.
PacWest Little League
The PacWest Little League combines the old Burien and Highline East charters. Call (206) 243-9229 for more information.
City of Federal Way
The City of Federal Way Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services department offers a wide variety of athletic programs year-round, as well as outdoor excursions.
For more information, call the department at (253) 661-4050.
Three local clubs have set up year-round volksmarches in Federal Way and Des Moines.
The Sea-Tac Volkssports Club has a course open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas starting at the Redondo Community Store and Post Office located at 28200 9th Ave. So.
The 10K (6.2-mile) course follows road shoulders and sidewalks along the Redondo beach sea wall and public pier. It has some steps and a short, steep hill to views of Puget Sound, the Cascade and Olympic mountains, Poverty Bay and the Seattle skyline. Participants are advised not to park at the store itself.
The club meets the fourth Tuesday of every month at Coco's Restaurant in Federal Way. Call (253) 922-9147 or 874-2887 for more information.
The Over-the-Hill Gang has an 11K course that starts at Jim's Market Deli located at 4612 SW 320th St. in Federal Way. The course is open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Call (253) 927-4580 for more information.
The Star Walkers Volksport Club in Des Moines has a course open from dawn to dusk starting at the Masonic Home of Washington located at 23660 Marine View Dr. So. in Des Moines. It covers 10K. Call (253) 927-5185 or 564-1825 for information.