Jan. 12 community briefs
Child hula classes offered in January at McMinnville campus
McMINNVILLE — The Linfield University Hui O Lokahi Club will hold hula classes this January for children ages 5 to 13 as a fundraiser for its annual Lau & Hike.
Classes began Jan. 8 and will continue on Saturday and Jan. 22 and 29 in the school's HHPA multi-purpose room located at 48 S.E. Linfield Ave. Sessions for kids between 5 and 9 years old will begin at 10 a.m., while kids between 10 and 13 will begin their sessions at 11:30 a.m. Members of the Hui O Lokahi Club will teach students two dances, which the children will perform at a showcase performance on Jan. 30. The cost is $60 per student.
While only one adult per child may attend classes, performance footage will be available for families.
The club's annual Lau & Hike, occurring on April 30, presents traditional dance performances from the Hawaiian Islands, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Tahiti and Samoa. An authentic Hawaiian dinner will also be served.
Linfield offers two softball clinics in January for girls
McMINNVILLE — Girls can start the new year off right by improving their softball game.
Linfield University's softball program is hosting two educational All-Skills Fastpitch clinics on Saturday and Jan. 22 for girls between the ages of 8 and 18. Linfield coaches and players will provide all the instruction.
The Wildcats have one of the nation's most successful softball programs. The program has garnered 14 Northwest Conference championships, 16 NCAA playoff trips and 14 national team finishes since 2004, with a record of 667-154-2.
Both clinics will emphasize honing fundamental skills and techniques that will help players succeed at any level. Instruction will cover hitting, bunting, baserunning and defense for infielders and outfielders. Coaches and pitching staff will also provide instruction to catchers and pitchers.
Additionally, girls between the ages of 13 to 18 can attend a post-clinic talk about skill development on and off the field as well as a question-and-answer session about college and the softball recruiting process.
All clinic attendants must show proof of COVID vaccination or a negative COVID test taken within 48 hours of arrival at the event. Masks are also required unless outside where attendees and instructors can give each other the appropriate space. Proof of vaccination can be submitted along with clinic registration forms or shown on the day of the clinic.
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