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OF, BY AND FOR THE CHILDREN : Not soap--but kids clean up at 'The All American Soap Box Derby' on Nick

November 04, 1990|LAUREN LIPTON | TIMES STAFF WRITER

What has four wheels, goes really fast, and leaves behind a trail of I suds?

Actually, nothing. But soap box racers probably come closest to that description. See for yourself with Nickelodeon's Special Delivery: The All American Soap Box Derby, in which contestants ages 11 to 17 gather in Akron, Ohio, to race for scholarships and prizes.

This year's winner was Sami Jones of Salem, Ore., with Danny Groth of Flint, Mich. taking second.

The high-speed sports spectacular was taped Aug. 11-13 and shows that even though soap-box derbies have been going on from time immemorial, the sport is far from being all washed up.

"Special Delivery: The All American Soap Box Derby" Sunday at 3 p.m., Nickelodeon. For all ages.

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Where's the party, you ask? A better question might be who's The Party? They're a quintet of teen-age performers who met on "The New Mickey Mouse Club" set. In true Hollywood fashion, they put together a pop band, released an album ("The Party," in September), and embarked on a whirlwind nationwide tour called "Tilyadrop." Now you can check them out in a Disney Channel special featuring concert footage, interviews with group members, and a behind-the-scenes visit to the recording studio. It's "The Party" in Concert (Tuesday at 8 p.m., the Disney Channel). For ages 10 and up.

In an episode of Long Ago and Far Away called "Oh, Mr. Toad!S(8 a.m. Sunday on KCET), the famous amphibious aristocrat from "The Wind and the Willows" gets humbled when a gang of weasels steals his mansion. For 7- to 12-year-olds.

The Day My Kid Went Punk (7 a.m. Sunday on Showtime) is about a model student who adopts spiky hair and an attitude over a summer vacation-and finds out that what's on the outside sometimes counts, after all. For 13- to 17-year-olds.

If you lived in The Great Swamp, who would you vote for in an election for swamp president? I Go Pogo (Sunday at 8 a.m.; Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. Thursday, Showtime) is an animated feature about the electoral race between Pogo Possum and his wimpy candidate, Freemont the Beetle. For 4- to 12-year-olds.

KNBC News anchor Linda Alvarez hosts Kids First: A Parents' Revolution (Sunday at 3:30 p.m. KNBC), a special examining parent organizations demanding reform in California's public schools. For parents.

Walt Disney presents The American Teacher Awards (7 p.m. Sunday on the Disney Channel) is a special ceremony showcasing the talents of 36 of the country's best teachers. For all ages.

KNBC's Young People's Special, "Cajun Cousins" (6 a.m. Saturday on KNBC) invites viewers to peek at the lives of a Cajun boy and an Acadian girl. For families; 8- to 14-year-olds.

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