Boys and girls ages 6 to 15 can compete locally for NFL Punt, Pass & Kick, a national skills competition, beginning at 4:30 p.m. today at North Lakes Park, 2001 W. Windsor Drive. The top finisher from each age group will advance to the sectional competition, with the chance to advance to the team championship at a Dallas Cowboys halftime event, then to the national finals at an NFL playoff game. Entry is free, but participants must follow the rules and regulations, available at www.dentonparks.com . For more information, call 940-349-7275.
It’s your last chance to register for the following sports programs:
- Soccer Sparks Skills Academy on Mondays, starting next week through Oct. 29, from 5 to 5:45 p.m. for ages 4 and 5 and from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. for ages 4 to 9, at Denia Recreation Center, 1001 Parvin St.
- Red Tiger Karate for new students ages 5 to adult from 6 to 7 p.m. on Fridays, this week through Nov. 16, at North Lakes Recreation Center, 2001 W. Windsor Drive.
- Red Tiger Karate for returning students ages 5 to adult from 7 to 8 p.m. Fridays, this week through Nov. 16, at North Lakes Recreation Center.
- “Intro to Skateboarding” for ages 6 and older, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, at the skate park, 2400 Long Road.
- “Half-Marathon Training” for adults, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and at 8 a.m. on Saturdays. The session starts Monday and runs through Dec. 5 at North Lakes Recreation Center.
For program details and to register, visit www.dentonparks.com or call 940-349-7275.
Youths ages 5 to 14 can show off their art skills in North Lakes Recreation Center’s free sidewalk chalk contest from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Kids can compete separately in age groups or in teams of four. The top three finishers in each category will receive a ribbon and be featured with their artwork in a photo display inside the center. Chalk will be provided. For more information, call 940-349-8287. The center is at 2001 W. Windsor Drive.
Reserve your spot now for “Raccoons: Rural Rascals to Urban Bandits,” a free Clear Creek Nature Series presentation, from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Clear Creek Natural Heritage Area, 3310 Collins Road. The presentation includes simple yet effective solutions for a wide variety of raccoon problems and amazing, little-known facts about these masked hoodlums. If weather permits, attendees will hike to see six-month-old rescued raccoons released back into the wild. Because of space limitations, reservations are required. Call 940-349-8285.