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Saturday, May 17, 2003

- SAFETY-SEAT CHECK: Have trained inspectors check that your child safety seats are appropriate for the children who use them, used for maximum protection and installed correctly. A Child Safety Seat Check Point is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today in the parking lot of State Farm Insurance, 2173 Overland Drive.

- ANIMAL FUN: Celebrate the human-animal bond and help the Billings Animal Shelter from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today with an animal-awarness event in the Kmart parking lot, 24th Street West and Central Avenue.

Doll up your dog, cat or even rat for the 2-4 p.m. Dress a Pet competition.

- THROWING CLAY FOR A CAUSE: All ages can enjoy activities from pot throwing and clay activities to games, entertainment and the Shrine clowns from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Grandview Park, North 30th Street and Poly Drive.

Admission is free for the annual event, May Clay Day, which raises money for the HUB.

Book series helps with kids' firsts The list of a baby's "firsts" is a long one — the debut smile, word and step, among others — and keeping track of all these events means the world to parents.

For the infant, though, the more meaningful firsts might be recognizing letters, numbers and the daily routine.

And, of course, collecting one's first stickers is a monumental occasion.

DK Publishing expands its "My First" series with a new board book that introduces the concept of time, comparing day and night, explaining the four seasons, and outlining different time-specific activities, such as mealtime, bathtime and birthdays.

Other new "Firsts" include "My First Kitten Touch and Feel" and a companion puppy version, "My First Opposites Board Book" and "My First Farm Sticker Board Book."

DK also is reissuing updated versions of "My First ABC Book," a picture dictionary for beginning readers, and "My First Number Book," a counting book filled with modern photos of the things young children see in their everyday lives, such as toy trains, party hats and bananas.

— Associated Press

Know what's in child's name Want to know what your name means—or a name you may be considering for your child?

Visit and plug it in. In a matter of seconds, the site searches its catalog of more than 10,000 names and tells you the name's origin and meaning, as well as famous people who share the name.— Knight Ridder News

Families can grow their own pizzas This summer, consider growing a pizza garden in a sunny corner of your back yard, using this idea from Family Fun magazine:

Place a large flat stone over the drainage hole of a half-barrel planter. Add a 1- to 2-inch layer of gravel or stone, then fill the barrel to within 3 inches of the rim with a mixture of potting soil and compost.

Next, plant seedlings of your favorite herbal and veggie pizza toppings or sauce ingredients—basil, oregano, tomato, pepper or eggplant.

Water and weed the garden regularly, and it should start yielding pizza sauce ingredients in about six weeks. — Wichita Eagle

School-lunch menus Here are the school-lunch menus for the week of May 19-23. All lunches include canned and fresh fruit and milk.

- Billings Public Schools:

Monday: Sloppy Joe on a bun.

Tuesday: Soft pretzel with cheese.

Wednesday: Hot ham and cheese sub, birthday cupcake.

Thursday: Chicken-fried steak.

Friday: Beef and cheese on a kaiser.

- Billings Catholic Schools:

Monday: Chicken nuggets (P-2), chicken fried steak (3-12), potatoes and gravy, pears.

Tuesday: Macaroni and cheese (P-8), school picnic (9-12), Krisp Kreme cookie.

Wednesday: Hamburger, oven fries, peanut-butter cookie.

Thursday: Spaghetti with meat sauce, bread stick, fruit snack.

Friday: Chicken patty on a bun, tater tots, peach cobbler.

- Lockwood Schools:

Monday: Flame-broiled hamburger, oven fries, sugar cookie.

Tuesday: Stacked ham sandwich, tater tots.

Wednesday: Chicken strips, buttered noodles (K-2), potato wedges (3-8), veggies with dip.

Thursday: Turkey gravy, mashed or baked potato, hot roll.

Friday: Pizza, vegetables, cookie.