Reds and kids: It's the perfect combination - just take a look at the statistics for the Reds Rookie Success League. Last year, 100 kids and 40 coaches participated in the league, which is sponsored by the Cincinnati Reds Community Fund. This year, the league triples to 360 youngsters, so more coaches will be needed. Organizers need 120 people to help teach values and ethics along with baseball skills.
Games and practices take place Tuesdays and Thursdays at Schmidt Field. There will be three sessions each day: 10 a.m.- noon; 12:30-2:30 p.m. (both for 8- and 9-year-olds) and 3-5 p.m. (for 10- and 11-year-olds). Coaches can volunteer for any or all of the sessions.
Participants get a free initial health screening and free bus transportation from participating Cincinnati Recreation Centers. Information: 352-4020.
ID saves lives
Tagging: Whose Shoes ID has launched the Child ID Challenge, a nationwide campaign urging parents to equip kids with Velcro identification tags that attach to a child's shoes; you use permanent ink to write in child's name and your contact numbers in case he or she is ever lost. The tags, in blue or pink, are $7.99, at www.whosshoesid.com
Save lives: Memorial Day weekend is a great one for boating,
but it's also a good time to remind folks about the need for life jackets. According
to Coast Guard statistics, 750 boaters died in 2002; 85 percent of those who
drowned were not wearing life jackets. Information:www.safeboatingcampaign.com
Had enough of cicadas? Switch to termites. This weekend, the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal will host a 20-foot high, 60-foot inflatable termite and other attractions. It's part of the Towering Termite Tour, a traveling exhibit sponsored by Termidor Termite Control, a termite control product. The oversized termite will be in the parking lot through Sunday. The attraction is free, but parking is $4. Museum admission is $6.75 adults, $4.75 children 3-12. Information: 287-7000.
Drink up: Summer has been a great time for iced tea ever since it was invented at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis. Now the folks at McAlister's Deli are celebrating their own brew. Tell your own Sweet Tea Tale explaining why you love to drink iced tea, and you could win a trip to World Expo 2005 in Japan. Nine other winners will get $100 in tea gift certificates. Entries accepted Monday-July 4; drawing will take place in mid-July. Stop by the Cincinnati locations at 7720 Montgomery Road and 4560 Cornell Road for details.
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