Upcoming whitewater center events

The U.S. National Whitewater Center will host the fourth annual March Slalom Race Saturday and Sunday, March 19 and 20.

Come watch Olympic hopefuls compete for supremacy as the U.S. National Whitewater Slalom Team Trials get underway to prepare for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Competitors who wish to race must sign up in person at the whitewater center by Friday, March 18. The entry fee is $30.

The trials will not interrupt other activities at the center, except whitewater rafting or kayaking between 10 a.m. and approximately 12:30 p.m., the time for the races. Other upcoming events include:

• On March 30, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour visits to celebrate the outdoor lifestyle. The annual film festival will take viewers to exotic landscapes and remote cultures and show audiences adrenaline-packed action sports. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the screening. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Buy tickets in advance at the whitewater center website, www.usnwc.org.

• From April 15 to 17, the whitewater center will host the USA Canoe/Kayak National Team Trails, where Olympic hopefuls will compete for a place on the U.S. National Team. Athletes who wish to register must do so by April 1. Registration is $99. Register online at www.usnwc.org.

As the sunsets on the first two days of the trials, visitors can jam to concerts. JJ Grey & Mofro will perform April 15, and Lucero will rock the Belmont Abbey Island April 16. Both shows start at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 and get visitors into both shows.

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