The Johnstown Youth Athletic Association (JYAA) is currently looking for a football commissioner to assist in fall of 2009 and take over by summer of 2010.

The Johnstown Youth Athletic Association (JYAA) is currently looking for a football commissioner to assist in fall of 2009 and take over by summer of 2010.

The JYAA is also currently looking for baseball commissioner to assist in the summer of 2009 and take over by the spring of 2010.

All inquires can be sent to shawna.gerhart@jyaa.org.

The Northridge Music Boosters Spring Fling Dance Fundraiser will be held from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at the Northridge High School Auditorium, 6066 Johnstown-Utica Road.

The dance will feature Bryan Lewis, Rebel Wind, Mojo Kings, Michael Allen and Friends and other special guests.

A concession stand will be available with Bev's famous chicken and noodles and a 50-50 drawing will be held.

The fundraiser is open to all ages. Tickets cost $5 for adults and $3 for students. All proceeds go to the Northridge Music Boosters.

Some of the community's best educators were recognized for inspiring future generations of citizens with the Licking County Foundation's annual Leaders for Learning Award.

Thirteen area teachers were surprised in their classrooms recently by representatives of the Licking County Foundation, who presented them with an art-glass apple symbolizing the knowledge and inspiration they impart to their students and the community's appreciation for their efforts.

Local 2009 Leaders for Learning Award recipients were Marie Fleming, sixth-grade science teacher at Johnstown Willis C. Adams Middle School, and Chelsea Diehl, art teacher at Northridge Middle School.

The Leaders for Learning Award was created by the foundation in 1993 to honor and recognize public school teachers who exemplify excellence in their fields. The Leaders for Learning Award is a lifetime recognition award: recipients can apply for $500 grants to further their professional development or purchase materials for their classrooms.

This award is made possible through the support of the Lindorf-Warner Memorial Donor Advised Fund of the Licking County Foundation.

Licking County Master Gardener Volunteers are accepting applications from youth interested in learning about gardening.

The theme for 2009 is "Color your World."

The participants will gather on Saturday mornings at 9:30 a.m. at the Junior Garden beside the OSU Extension office on 771 E. Main St. There is a $10 fee for the program.

Participants will have their own plot, grow vegetables they can take home at harvest time, tie dye their own T-shirts, crafts and hear speakers address Recycling, Butterfly Gardening, Understanding Soil and more.

A parent and junior gardener meeting will be held at 1 p.m. on May 9 at the Junior Garden beside the Extension office to meet Master Gardener mentors and instructors and discuss the program.

For information, call Lori Swihart, Licking County Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator, at 740-670-5315 or e-mail her at swihart.33@cfaes.osu.edu to sign up.