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Rev up for extreme motocross Family members can share some extreme entertainment on Saturday as Extreme Freestyle Motocross comes to MetraPark Arena.

Twisting, roaring action is all part of the display of skills. The competition includes best trick, high jump, and head-to-head battle. The winner will be determined by crowd applause.

X Games champion Kenny Bartram will be among those performing.

Those with sensitive ears will want to bring ear plugs, since the noise can really be ratcheted up.

Fans caught plenty of air action when the motocross stars were in Metra last June to show off their acrobatics.

Tickets are $14.50 for general admission, $19.50 for reserved seating and $29.50 for "Extreme Seats." Kids' seats are $11.25 for reserved and $6.25 for general admission. A four-pack of general-admission seats costs $45.

Postal workers collect food Saturday People in the Heights and around the nation will be leaving more than mail for postal carriers on Saturday.

The day is the annual Letter Carriers and Postal Food Drive Across America, and you can get involved by leaving bags or boxes of nonperishable foods at your mail box.

The National Association of Letter Carriers, in conjunction with the U.S. Postal Service and the AFL-CIO, will collect the food for distribution to the Billings Food Bank.

A letter carriers' association release said last year's drive in Billings gathered more than 120,000 pounds of food. That was up from 110,000 in 2001.

Statewide, last year's drive gathered 438,000 pounds of food for the hungry in Montana. And Montana residents have given 2 million pounds of food to the drive in the last six years, according to a release from the Postal Service.

Nationally, the carriers collected 62.7 million pounds of food in the effort last year, according to an Associated Press story.

This marks the 11th year for the one-day drive. Since it started, more than 500 million pounds of food has been gathered nationwide. National union president William H. Young stressed that the donations are given to local food banks, thus keeping the donations in the community.

Items frequently requested by the Billings Food Bank needed are peanut butter, canned fruits and vegetables, pork and beans and one-can meals. But any nonperishable items will help area families.