Front Porch: Help pair kids and cops through baseball

The Everett Police Department is partnering with the Boys &Girls Clubs of Snohomish County and the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation to hold the 2013 Badges for Baseball &Softball camp next week.

Badges for Baseball was created in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice as a juvenile crime prevention initiative. It’s a simple concept: Pair cops and kids to play baseball.

The goal is to break down barriers between law enforcement and kids in communities across the country using baseball as the hook.

Camp begins Tuesday and runs through Aug. 9. The camp is at maximum capacity and will not accept additional players this year.

More than 230 youth have registered — including 70 girls who will play softball — for the camp, which will be held at Kasch Park in Everett, 8811 Airport Road.

The camp opens at 9 a.m. each day with kids working on skills and being taught the Healthy Choices-Healthy Children program by Everett Police officers.

Go to a concert: Singer-song writer Mary Lambert, who is a Mariner High School graduate whose voice is featured in the Macklemore &Ryan Lewis single “Same Love,” and who recently released a full-length version of her part of the song, is playing upcoming shows in the Seattle area tonight and Saturday.

For more show dates and times go to marylambertsings.com.

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