The City of Sunrise will host its tenth annual Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 7, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Sawgrass Sanctuary Park (237 North New River Circle, Sunrise 33326). Admission is FREE, and the first 1,500 attendees will receive a reusable shopping tote and a BPA-free water bottle. The bottles can be refilled throughout the day at the City’s complimentary water station.The event will feature a Kids’ Korner with children’s activities, bounce houses, face painting, arts and crafts and more; handcrafted goods; a variety of food and beverage vendors; and non-profit exhibitors and educational displays.The Festival kicks off with an 11:15 a.m. Tree Planting Ceremony in observance of Arbor Day, followed by plenty of live music: 11:30 a.m. – The Crossthread Band – Rock, country, funk, and rhythm and blues. 1:30 p.m. – KooKooz – Rock from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90sThe Earth Day Festival is sponsored by the City of Sunrise Utilities Department, Republic Services, and Baptist Health Urgent Care-Sawgrass. No coolers, glass bottles, pets or bicycles will be allowed in the park during the Festival. (A bicycle parking area will be available.) \For more information, please call the City of Sunrise Leisure Services Department: (954) 747-4600.
Roberts said that “three or four” NLDS roster spots are still to be determined, independent of anything the Washington Nationals might or might not do with their 25-man roster. The best-of-five division series begins Friday in Washington D.C.The number of position players and pitchers on the roster are still to be determined too, Roberts said. In any event, Ethier is one of the 25 for the fourth straight year.“The leg feels good,” Roberts said. “With the value that he can give us off the bench late in the game against a quality relief pitcher, I like it.”Down timeWith four days off before Game 1, the Dodgers will keep busy after a day off Monday. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error SAN FRANCISCO >> Andre Ethier will be a reserve on the Dodgers’ National League Division Series roster, manager Dave Roberts said Sunday. After breaking his leg in spring training, Ethier didn’t make his regular-season debut until Game 141. The 34-year-old outfielder entered Game 162 having collected only four hits in 23 at-bats, but he’s 3 for 10 as a pinch hitter with one home run, a walk and two runs batted in. “I told him from the very beginning that I don’t care how many hits he gets,” Roberts said, “I just want him to have the at-bat quality that I’ve seen over the course of his 10-year major league career, and I’ve seen that.” Ethier will join left-handed hitters Andrew Toles, Josh Reddick and Joc Pederson, and right-handed hitters Yasiel Puig and Howie Kendrick in the Dodgers’ outfield rotation. He’s made four appearances in left field this season after spending the majority of his career in right. “There will be an intrasquad game, but there might be some simulated (at-bats) with bullpen guys pitching against some of our guys,” Roberts said. “It’s more of a personal (choice). A guy in the ‘pen wants some work and wants competition against a major league hitter, and if our guy conversely wants to hit against a pitcher to stay sharp, we’ll do that.”Roberts said the Dodgers will work out later in the day Tuesday in Los Angeles before flying to D.C. for a late Wednesday workout.
By Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsThe Nelson Leafs remember all too well how last season the Beaver Valley Nitehawks came within a whisker of knocking off the heavily favoured Murdoch Division champs.The Leafs had owned the Hawks through the 2009-10 KIJHL season. But when the playoffs arrived it was surprising Beaver Valley the better team before Nelson rallied to win in seven games.Beginning Tuesday in Fruitvale, the teams renew their rivalry in the Murdoch Division semi final. Nelson is looking to surprise the Hawks much like Beaver Valley surprised the Leafs one year ago.Only this time the Leafs hope the underdog gets that last laugh.“Last year we took it to them the whole year but playoffs they were a different team,” said Leaf sniper Gavin Currie, back after spending six weeks on the injury list. “We have to do the same thing to them this year. To do that we need everyone going . . . all four lines.”Beaver Valley owned the Leafs this season. In eight games the Hawks lost only once — at 6-2 setback in the NDCC Arena — and out scored Nelson 33-22. However, it was the final three games of the series Nelson wants to focus on — three games that could have gone either way as Beaver Valley prevailed by scores of 2-1 in overtime, 3-2 and 6-5.“It’s always a good battle with BV,” said Leafs captain Taylor O’Neil. “They were able to get the better of us a few more times but like I said before this is a new season.”BV coach Terry Jones realizes how dangerous the Leafs will be when the series begins Tuesday. Nelson is a totally different team from the squad the Hawks owned early in the season — winning four of the five games by a 20-8 scoring margin.The last three games, Beaver Valley won, but each contest was decided by a goal.“I don’t know if there’s any secret, I think we’ve been fortunate in some games,” said Jones. “We’ve had great goaltending in some games . . . some games our power play has been good and their goaltending hasn’t been that good.““I think (Nelson) is a good team that has added some good players so I feel it’s going to be a close series when the playoffs start,” Jones adds.It will be interesting to see if the return of Currie can spark the Leafs. The Fraser Valley native has been slotted on a line with the speedy Dustin Johnson, formerly a sniper in the BCHL. Johnson started the stint with Nelson on fire, scoring 10 points five games.However, Johnson, still finishing with 21 points in 15 games, tailed off down the stretch.“It was a treat our first game together,” Currie, combined with Johnson for five points Saturday against Creston, confessed. “Hopefully during the playoffs we can keep doing more of that.”On the other side of the ice, Nelson Minor Hockey grad Ryon Sookro and Chris Derochie provide the lion’s share of the offence for the Hawks.In goal Marcus Beesley is the main man for Nelson now that Darren Hogg has been officially listed as out for the season. For Beaver Valley, Mike Vlanich, a Leaf killer all season, gives the Hawks the edge with his 21 wins this season.But as Taylor O’Neil sees the upcoming series, it’s the Leafs that control their own destiny. “I wouldn’t point fingers are any one player (on the Hawks) we need to stop, we just need to play as a team and play them as a team.”OVERTIME: Game two is Wednesday in Fruitvale. Both games in Fruitvale start at 7 p.m. The series shifts to Nelson for games three and four Friday and Saturday at the NDCC Arena. Game time is 7 p.m. If necessary, game five is Monday, Feb. 21 in Fruitvale. Game six is Tuesday, Feb. 22 in Nelson with a seventh and deciding game set for Fruitvale, Wednesday, Feb. [email protected]
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Kick off is 2.30pm at Ruskin Drive in St Helens with entry priced at £2 for adults and under 16s free.