Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix hits bookstores at midnight on June 21, but kids can get caught up in the Harry hype early with the Harry Potter Children's Art Contest, taking place at Borders stores throughout the area. "We want them to draw their favorite scenes from past Harry Potter books or create a scene they'd like to see in a future book," says Pam Georgiana, Borders' marketing manager. On June 20, a winner will be randomly chosen at each store. Top prize: The coveted first spot in line for a free copy of the book, as well as a DVD player and the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets DVD.
Since Borders began accepting preorders for Order of the Phoenix on April 23, more than 1,000 copies have been requested at each store. "This book is a huge deal," Georgiana says of the book, which reveals the secrets of the young wizard's life. "People are clamoring to find out what happens next." The Harry Potter Children's Art Contest runs until June 14 at all Cleveland- and Akron-area Borders stores; children ages 7-13 are eligible to enter. For more information, call the individual stores. -- Cris Glaser
Junior golfers test their skills.
Little linkers hit the course today for the Junior Golf Skills Competition, the Metroparks' chipping, putting, driving, and pitching contest for kids ages 6 to 14. Up for grabs is the lofty title of "Overall Skill Champion." A brief pre-competition clinic, with tips and hints, is offered to prime contestants, but organizers discourage beginners from entering. (Another competition is slated for August, so there's plenty of time to get in shape.) The Junior Golf Skills Competition takes place at 2 p.m. Saturday at Shawnee Hills Golf Course (18753 Egbert Road in Bedford Reservation in Bedford). It costs $5 to enter, and advance registration is required; call 440-232-7184 for more information. -- Michael Gallucci