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Sports News And Notes Around Polk County

Join the Masters swimming team at the Dallas Aquatic Center.

Safeway is offering an easy and painless way for people to help Dallas High School athletics through the current budget crunch

. The Dallas Booster Club is selling gift cards that can be used to make purchases at any Safeway in Oregon. Each gift card is $50 and is good for $50 worth of products at Safeway. The Dallas athletic department then will receive a five percent return on all purchases made with the gift card. There is no additional cost to the consumer. For more information or to obtain a gift card, call Janet Brunner at 503-623-3341 or Lu Ann Meyer at 503-623-2381.

Central fans can help support the school's athletic department through the Panther Scrip program

. Scrip is substitute money that can be used to make purchases at dozens of participating retailers, such as Applebee's, Best Buy, Pep Boys and Shell Gas. A specified portion of the purchase amount -- ranging from 2 percent to 25 percent, depending on the merchant -- then will be donated back to the Central athletic department. There is no additional charge to the consumer, but scrip must be purchased before shopping. For more information, call Beth Yliniemi at 503-838-9953, Kathy Heide at 503-838-6021, Jan Pratt at 503-409-5894 or Carol Harding at 503-838-2313.

Registration is underway for 2004-2005 Kids, Inc. basketball

. Kids, Inc. has leagues for boys and girls in grades 1-6. Register in the Kids, Inc. office, 187 SW Court St. in Dallas, Mondays and Wednesdays from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. or on Fridays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Register at LaCreole Middle School from 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2. Girls in grades 3-6 can register at LaCreole at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4. Boys in grades 3-6 can register at LaCreole at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4. The cost is $35 for grades 1-2, $45 for grades 3-6 recreational teams and $100 for grades 5-6 competitive teams. The registration deadline for grades 1-2 is Jan. 7, 2005. The registration deadline for grades 3-6 is Dec. 4. All players in grades 5-6 must attend a skills evaluation clinic at LaCreole. Girls clinics will be held Thursday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 4 at 9:30 a.m. Boys clinics will be held Thursday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 4 at 12:30 p.m.

The Dallas Kids, Inc. softball program is recruiting individuals for several positions

. Volunteer coordinators are needed for 10-under, 12-under and 14-under recreational leagues. A volunteer coach is needed for the 12-under Magic competitive team. Kids, Inc also is seeking a snack bar coordinator, which will be a paid position. For more information, call the Kids, Inc. office at 503-623-6419.

A Masters swimming team at the Dallas Aquatic Center is accepting new members

. The annual fee is $25 with a $6 discount for Aquatic Center members. The team is open to swimmers of all ability levels, 19-and-older. Participants are not required to swim competitively, but that option is available. Practices are set from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, but team members also can set their own practice times. The coach is Shelley Blain-Reimer. For more information, call the Aquatic Center at 503-623-9715.

Dallas Kids, Inc. will hold a meeting regarding the upcoming baseball season.

Those interested may attend at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9 at the Kids, Inc. office, 187 SW Court St. The organization is also looking for people to fill manager, coach, league coordinator and other positions. Call 503-623-6419 for more information. Kids, Inc. will also hold another meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 13 at its Dallas office to elect a new board of directors for 2005.

Falls City will host a series of youth basketball tournaments to raise funds for its athletic program.

These will be one-day, three games guarantee tournaments, each game running 20-minute halves. Grade 8 boys traveling teams will play Dec. 4 and Feb. 5. Grade 8 girls traveling teams will play Dec. 11 and Feb. 19. Grade 8 boys rec teams (Parks and Rec, Boys and Girls Club, 1A and 2A teams)

play Jan. 8. Grade 8 girls rec teams play Jan. 22. Tournament fee is $135 per team. For more information, call Jeff Kaiser at 503-787-3521.

Dallas Kids, Inc. is looking for a coordinator for individuals leagues for the 2005 baseball season

. Coordinators are needed for the 12-and-under league, the 13-15 league and the LaCreole Middle School League. Duties would include setting up teams, recruiting managers and coaches and assisting with scheduling. For more information call Kids, Inc. at 503-623-6419.

Central Youth Sports office hours are Wednesdays from 6 p.m.-8 p.m

. The CYS office is located at 169 S. Broad St. in Monmouth. The CYS phone number is 503-838-4013.

Dallas

Kids, Inc. office hours are Mondays and Wednesdays from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m

. Kids, Inc. is located at 187 SW Court St. The Kids Inc. phone number is 503-623-6419.

For additions to the Sports Briefs section, please contact Sam Scott at 503-623-2373 or by e-mail at sscott@eaglenewspapers.com

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