Sixth-grade girls in Smith County are invited to learn more about positive self-esteem, a healthy lifestyle, volunteerism and leadership skills through a free event this weekend.

The Junior League of Tyler will hold its Seventh Annual Girl Power event from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at The University of Texas at Tyler University Center.

The theme is "Fit and Fab" and the event will emphasize healthy eating habits, good snack choices, strong bodies, inner beauty and superior self-esteem, according to a news release.

The girls also will learn about the importance of volunteerism through a service project – making blankets for Project Linus, a nonprofit organization that makes and donates blankets for traumatized children.

"With the Girl Power program, we hope to have a positive impact on every girl involved, educating them that every single girl is unique in her own way, has value and can make a difference in the community," Girl Power co-chairwoman Elizabeth Iskander said. "We also hope to inspire them that beauty is not just an outward appearance, it is the quality of the young lady inside that shines through and touches each person they meet."

A second Girl Power event, "Time for Tea and Making a Difference," is scheduled for Feb. 7, 2015.

At that event girls will practice good manners and conversation skills while enjoying brunch together. Discussion topics will include issues such as bullying, intimidation and respect for self and others.

Girl Power is free and open to all sixth-grade girls in Smith County. Visit http://www.juniorleague oftyler.org/?nd=gp for more information or to pre-register. Registration deadline for Saturday's event is today.

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