The Sacramento area is surrounded by beautiful rivers, lakes and waterways. As serene and inviting as they are, the cold hard truth is that these waterways are very dangerous, as evidenced by the spike in the number of drownings in the Sacramento area in 2015. Enter the brave souls from the Sacramento Drowning Accident Rescue Team (or DART for short), an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that saves lives and educates the public on the dangers of our waterways. Because DART runs entirely on donations and grants, the importance of fundraiser events like the upcoming “Paddle 4 DART” stand-up paddleboard race and relay cannot be understated. Taking place June 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Sacramento River, Paddle 4 DART will be centered on two exciting stand up paddleboard events, a solo race and a team relay. It’s open to novice and expert paddlers, so if you’d like to sign up to compete in the event, visit Paddle4dart.com and register by Friday, June 3. The cost is $30 per participant for the solo race (you’ll need to provide your own board) or $140 per team of four (one board will be provided for each team and there will be different heats depending on experience levels). If nothing else, simply show up to watch the exciting races and to give a big high-five to the organizers—Riverbank Marina, Crawdads on the River, and FLOW Stand Up Paddle—who hope to raise $20,000 for DART! Learn more about the organization at Dartsac.com.