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Lake Jovita tennis tournament caters to kids

Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club invites young tennis players ages 5 to 11 to compete in the next Quickstart Tennis Tournament being held Sunday at Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club.

Quickstart Tennis is a new play format for learning tennis, designed to bring kids into the game by utilizing specialized equipment, shorter court dimensions and modified scoring, all tailored to age and size, with an emphasis on fun. Quickstart lessons are the starting point of the junior progressions at Lake Jovita.

For event information or details on tennis lessons at Lake Jovita, contact tennis director Bobby Gillespie at (813) 476-5787 or at

MORE TENNIS: The Land O'Lakes Recreation Complex will host tennis clinics beginning next week, taught by USPTA professional Karen Turman. Classes for ages 5 to 7 will take place from 4:45 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays, followed by a class for ages 8 to 11 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. On Tuesdays there will be hour-long sessions available between 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. for ages 8 to beginner adults. The cost is $36 per four-week session. Participants must sign up prior to each session. For information, call Turman at (813) 468-1047 or (813) 929-1220.

RUNNING: The Suncoast Arts Fest will host its first Run for the Arts onSunday. The 1-mile charity run and walk benefits Arts for Kids and will help supplement funding for arts education in local schools. The run will start at 9 a.m. followed by a pancake breakfast. The event is part of the Suncoast Arts Festival at the Shops at Wiregrass. For information visit

BELLY DANCING: The Land O'Lakes Recreation Complex hosts belly dancing classes from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays. The classes are taught by dance instructor Brenda Melendez Torres and cost $48 for eight weeks. The class is for ages 16 and up and is aimed at improving body awareness, self-esteem, coordination, posture and flexibility. Classes for ages 8 to 15 are held from 5 to 5:45 p.m. Wednesdays. For information, call (813) 929-1220.

BASKETBALL: The J. Ben Harrill Recreation Complex's girls youth basketball league is available to girls ages 10 to 14. The league will start play on Feb. 18 with an evaluation day on Feb. 11. The cost is $35 per participant. Proof of age is required. For information, call (727) 942-7439 or (727) 934-4198.

MINIPLANES: Radio-control flying enthusiasts can take their aerial maneuvers indoors from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays in the gymnasium at Veterans Memorial Park, 14333 Hicks Road in Hudson. Pilots may only bring electric planes. All ages are welcome, but children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Help will be available to new flyers. The class costs $1 per flyer. Hosted by the Full Throttle Radio Control Flyers. For information, call (727) 861-3033.

Lake Jovita tennis tournament caters to kids 01/19/12 [Last modified: Thursday, January 19, 2012 7:51pm]
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