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BYU

A 12-week "Gymnastics for Children" workshop will begin Saturday at noon in Room 149 of Brigham Young University's Smith Fieldhouse

Classes will be held on Saturdays through April.

Young athletes will learn body-control skills of balance, agility and coordination. The courses are for children who have already taken gymnastics and beginners.

Cost is $70 per child. For information, call BYU Conferences and Workshops at 1-801-378-4851 or go on-line to sportscamps.byu.edu.

Orem

Children at Scera Park Elementary School will miss a grandmotherly figure who has helped them learn to read and write for 15 years.

Flora Mathews, 94, decided last month that she will hang up her volunteer hat. She's moving to Gunnison to live with family.

School leaders have awarded a plaque to Mathews to thank her for her years of service.

Provo

The City Council wants to increase homeownership in the city.

Last year, the council launched a program that allows the city to buy old homes, remodel them and resell them at a low price. The council received nearly $1 million last year for the program and will request that much for the program again this year.

Only 40 percent of Provo's residents are homeowners, and some council members believe that unless that changes, densely populated areas will continue to deteriorate.

Santaquin

New and returning members of the City Council will be sworn in tonight, rather than Monday as previously announced.

City Recorder Susan Farnsworth will swear in Mayor Ladue Scovill and councilmen Shayne Durrant, Frank Staheli and Wesley B. Morgan at 6 p.m. in the council chamber at City Hall, 45 W. 100 South. All but Durrant will serve four-year terms. Durrant's term is for two years.

Utah County

Elder Quest, a self-directed group for people over 55, will hold its spring semester from Monday through April 26. Membership is $20 for the semester and allows members to attend any or all of the classes offered.

Classes being offered this semester include:

Monday: literature; theater appreciation.

Tuesday: becoming our better selves; writing our personal history; arm chair travel.

Wednesday: I have something to say; Shakespeare for beginners.

Thursdays: The world and I.

Friday: financial management in retirement.

Special one-day classes and day trips will be offered throughout the semester.

To register or for more information, call Bob Peterson, 229-1327 or Phyllis Hansen, 224-3556. Elder Quest is sponsored by Utah Valley State College through the Center of Lifelong Learning.

Woodland Hills

A special City Council meeting has been called for Wednesday to award the contract for a new booster station for the city's water service and to acquire land for it.

Mayor Nile Jensen had already said the contract will go to H.E. Davis and Sons of Spanish Fork. The city had hoped to acquire enough land for the new booster station next to an existing station midway up Loafer Mountain before awarding the $349,000 contract. The town needs the booster station to more rapidly fill its water tanks on the mountain. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Woodland Hills fire station, 690 S. Woodland Hills Drive.