Youth Basketball League Registration

The Basketball Under the Stars League, sponsored by the Department of Recreation and Parks, will begin Monday. Registration is available at any of the 77 neighborhood recreation centers.

The league, for 9- to 18-year-olds, is a competitive series that plays weekdays from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Teams are grouped according to age. The league championship will be held in August at MCI Center.

More than 3,000 youths have participated since the league was founded four years ago.

For more information, call the Sports Office at 202-645-3940.

Ward 5 Plans Community Family Day

The Ward 5 seventh annual community family day will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Church of Our Savior, 16th and Irving streets NE.

The day includes food, entertainment and children's activities such as pony rides, a moon bounce and face painting. The family day, which is free, is underwritten by community donations.

Grants for Teen Pregnancy Prevention

The Department of Human Services will award several grants of $120,000 each for development and implementation of a pilot project that provides social, recreational and educational services and activities to assist teenagers in avoiding pregnancy.

Successful applicants will provide services during the next school year in Ward 7 or 8 at neighborhood-based facilities that are easily accessible to sixth-grades enrolled at Evans, Hart, Roper or Sousa middle schools.

Private entities, community development corporations, community action agencies, community-based and faith-based organizations, public and private colleges and universities, small businesses and nonprofit or for-profit organizations are eligible to apply.

The Request for Applications will be released tomorrow, and the deadline for submissions is 6 p.m. July 19. Applications are available at 717 14th St. NW, 12th floor, Washington, D.C. 20005. For more information, call the Office of Grants Management and Development at 202-727-6537.

Grant Focuses on Foster Care

The Freddie Mac Foundation has made a two-year, $405,000 grant to the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law to improve the quality of the court process for children facing stays in foster care.

The grant will help the Bar Association address the needs of 500,000 children nationwide but also will provide direct assistance to the District, Maryland and Virginia to address shortcomings of the court process in abuse and neglect cases.