Adventure briefs for July 4


Proceeds will fund trips for disabled youth

Youth Outdoors Unlimited, which provides hunting or fishing trips to youth diagnosed with a life threatening illness or physical disability, will host an auction July 31 in Fife

Based in Moses Lake, this is the first fundraiser the group has held in Western Washington.

Money from the event will provide fully funded and guided trips for youths across the state.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. at the Emerald Queen Casino, 5700 Pacific Highway E., Fife.

Tickets are $70 each, $1,280 for a corporate table of up to eight attendees.

To purchase tickets or donate an item for this fundraiser, contact:

Kelli Worthen, the Western Washington auction coordinator, at 253-315-2046 or wilsonandkelli@comcast.net.

Melissa Espinosa, Y.O.U. disability coordinator and Western Washington representative, at 360-791-9848 or mellisa@youthoutdoorsu.org.

Fly fishing

Guide shares tips for Central Oregon waters

Marc Williamson of Fall River Fly Fishing in Scappoose, Oregon, will give a program on Central Oregon fishing opportunities at Thursday’s meeting of the Puget Sound Fly Fishers.

Williamson has spent the last 30 years in the fly fishing industry, developing a deep understanding of the sport. His program also is helped by the experience he gained in a 45-year education career.

In the program, Williamson will talk about reading and fishing Central Oregon lakes and rivers, including the Crooked and Fall rivers.

Williamson also has been involved for the last 20 years as co-founder and director of Northwest Christian Fly Fishing Inc. The organization holds an annual Christian Fly Fishing Roundup involving up to 90 men.

Thursday’s meeting is free and open to the public. It will take place at Tower Lanes Entertainment Center, 6323 Sixth Ave., Tacoma. The meeting begins at 6 p.m., with the presentation at 8 p.m. There is an optional $15 dinner before the presentation, as well as a no-host bar.

Key Pen Parks

District wants your ideas for playground

The Key Peninsula Park District is looking for ideas for designing a playground for the new Gateway Park.

Parks District executive director Scott Gallacher said the agency is creating a new playground committee to help design the playground. Anyone can participate, parents, grandparents or kids, Gallacher said.

The first meeting will be held in August.

The Park District purchased the 39-acre property in June 2012. In April, the district’s board of commissioners approved a master plan for the park’s development, including sports fields, a splash pad, a playground and a trailhead to connect with nearby 360 Trails Park.

The property is at 10215 state Route 302, Gig Harbor.

If you are interested in serving on the committee, contact Gallacher at 253-884-9240 or ScottG@keypenparks.com.

Compiled by Jeffrey P. Mayor, jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com