The third Brainerd Lakes Downhill Drags Soap Box Derby race will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Brainerd Area Civic Center parking lot.
Age categories are Class A (6 years old), Class B (7-8), Class C (9-10) and Class D (11-up).
Any child wishing to race a loaner car may call the Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department (828-2320) before Friday. Children will be assigned a car at the race.
New racers must be at the civic center track at 8:30 a.m. and take two practice runs from the starting gate. The reason for practice runs is to make sure drivers get the feel of the starting gate and can drive the car. All racers must be at least age 6.
Participants must be pre-registered by noon Friday. You may call the parks and recreation office to pre-register. Registration fee is $5 for each participant.
12-U fast-pitch softball team forming
A 12-U fast-pitch softball team is forming to play in the spring and summer of 2009.
Any girl 12 years old on or before Dec. 31, 2008, is eligible to play 12-U fast-pitch in 2009.
For more information e-mail Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grants available for female athletes
"Let Me Play" grants are available for Minnesota girls ages 5-19 to be used toward participation fees for sport or organized fitness activities and/or toward the cost of the equipment required to participate in a sport or organized fitness activity.
"Let Me Play" grants are designed for girls who would not normally be able to afford to pay for an activity.
Applications are due by Sept. 26. More information may be found at www.foundationix.org.
Founder/president of Foundation IX is Brainerd High School graduate Shelly Boyum-Breen.
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