Derby workshop

slated in Aurora

Ever hear of Soap Box Derby racing? It's been around since 1934. Thousands of children have participated in this racing sport over the decades.

Students age 7 to 20 have the chance to learn about Soap Box racing at a free workshop March 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2629, 1033 N. Aurora Road.

Attendees will learn about the power of gravity racing, derby race divisions, rally racing, parts and components of a car, simple tools needed, disassembling and reassembling a car, and how to tune a car to make it go fast.

Logan Jancsurak, a fifth-year racer from Aurora, will be on hand to share his experiences, race tips and answer questions. He is in the masters division. His car looks like a torpedo on wheels. When racing, he's completely encapsulated as an integral part of the race machine. He looks through a slot 3/8ths of an inch wide.

At the end the presentation, there will be a discussion about the Portage Derby's availability of free corporate race cars. There also will be information available about how to get started in Soap Box Derby racing and the costs involved.

For more information, visit www.portagecounty.soapboxderby.org or call 330-351-3035.

Cookies arriving

at local locations

Truckloads of Girl Scout cookies are rolling into Northeast Ohio this week. Nearly 2.5 million packages will be delivered to Girl Scouts of North East Ohio through March 9 in cities such as Akron, Lorain, Mentor and Canton.

Beginning March 10, Girl Scout cookies will be sold at 6,000 troop-run cookie booths at grocery stores, retailers and other businesses. Net proceeds stay in Northeast Ohio and support troop-chosen activities, community service projects and adventures at camp.

"With every box of Girl Scout cookies you purchase, you are doing a world of good for girls and our communities," said GSNEO Chief Executive Officer Jane Christyson.

"When girls participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, they get more than new adventures. They develop important life skills--goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics that will set them up for success beyond anything they can imagine."

Girl Scout cookies can be donated to Operation: Sweet Appreciation. Each year, the Council's Gift of Caring program ships donated Girl Scout cookies to members of the military serving overseas. Last year, Girl Scout Cookie customers were very generous, donating 58,313 boxes!

Cookie booths will be set up in the Aurora area at Heinen's in Barrington Town Square and Walmart and Big Lots in the Marketplace at Four Corners in Bainbridge. There also will be one March 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church.

To find out further details about Girl Scout cookie booths in the area, download the free cookie finder mobile app or visit www.girlscouts.org/en/cookies/

Cookie booths will be set up in the Aurora area at Heinen's in Barrington Town Square and Walmart and Big Lots in the Marketplace at Four Corners in Bainbridge. There also will be one March 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church.

City meetings set

City government meetings coming up are: tonight (March 8 ) -- board of zoning appeals at 6:30 p.m.; March 13 -- City Council's committee of the whole at 6 p.m. and regular meeting at 7; March 14 -- master plan review commission at 4 p.m.; March 15 -- planning commission at 6:30 p.m.; March 16 -- landmark commission at 6:30 p.m. All meetings are in City Council chambers at Town Hall.

Bands list nearing

The list of bands which will perform at this summer's concerts at Veterans Memorial Park on Route 82 near Barrington Town Square is being finalized and will be announced soon. City parks and recreation department officials are in charge of selecting the bands for the two-a-month concerts, which run from June to August.