Sign-ups are now being accepted for the local Elks National Free Throw andquot;Hoop Shootandquot; Contest, sponsored by Elks Lodge 1689. The contest is open to boys and girls from 8 to 13 years old. The event will be held on Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Crescent Elk Gym. The top local winners in each category will advance to the district championships in Ukiah, with the chance to make it to the state finals in Sacramento, up to the national finals in Massachusetts. Contestant's age groups will be determined by their age as of April 1, 2008. For more information, call Ron Fleshman at 218-7802, or go to