The National Corvette Museum will give women and girls the chance to learn about cars with the first Powder Puff Mechanics seminar.

"Initially we put it together for the Girl Scouts, but because of an overwhelming amount of interest, we decided to open it up for a community event," said Jackie Utzler, coordinator of museum education.

The program will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the museum. Registration - $12 for adults and $10 for students - includes seminars, lunch and museum admission. Registrations are required by Friday.

Girl Scouts can register through the local office at 842-6137 to receive a Powder Puff Mechanics patch. Parents who accompany a scout will receive the $10 student rate through the local office.

The course is designed specifically for females, Utzler said. The class currently has somewhere between 20 to 50 participants and can have no more than 100.

"I think women can feel overwhelmed when they bring their vehicles in for servicing. This helps you learn," she said. "You learn how to save money and do your own basic car repairs."

Seminars will cover a variety of topics, including "Under the Hood," discussing filters and fluids; "Controls and Warning Lights"; "Electrical and Owner's Manual Review," which covers jump starting and the fuse box; "Tires," which talks about changing a flat, tire pressure, wear and purchasing; "Driving Simulations: Emergency Situations"; "What to Carry in Your Car"; and "Body," which includes information about changing lights, wiper blades, brake pads and cleaning.

Adam Boca, an insurance agent at the museum, will teach the "Tires" seminar.

"We'll cover tread patterns and wear, how to inspect brakes and tires and make sure they're road worthy," he said.

Boca thinks seminars that teach women about cars are important.

"Women are wanting to become more independent. This gives them the opportunity to learn in a comfortable environment," he said. "This insures that they're getting correct information. We want to be able to familiarize them with the cars and make them work."

- For more information and to register, visit www.corvettemuseum.org.

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