The Southern Region USA Roller Sports organization will host its regional championships at Spinnations Skating Center in Port Richey from Saturday through Monday. The event is sponsored by the Pasco County Tourist Development Council. Nearly 200 skaters representing 19 clubs from the Southern Region will be arriving along with their coaches and families for this competition. The event is a qualifier for the U.S. Championships to be held in Peoria, Ill., in July. The Florida Skating Academy competitive club, based at Spinnations, also has 25 skaters entered in the competition.
Admission is $5 per segment with "in and out" privileges. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. with opening ceremonies and exhibitions by the 2008 national champions. Competitive events run until 11 p.m. Saturday's schedule includes World Class and Junior World Class events as well as some of the Standard Adult and Youth events.
On Sunday, doors open at 6 a.m. and events run till 4:30 p.m., and Monday there will be B and C events with the Super Skater nonqualifying events beginning at 5:30 p.m. For the complete schedule, visit www.soregskate.com.
For more information, call (727) 207-4071.
SOFTBALL: The Nature Coast Lodge 164 of the Fraternal Order of Police is preparing to take on past and present Tampa Bay Buccaneers players and other celebrities in a charity softball game. About 30 FOP members will play against the athletes at 7 p.m. June 20 at the Jerome Brown Community Center in Brooksville.
Celebrities include former Tampa Bay Ray Jason Romano, current and former Tampa Bay Bucs Chris Hovan and Mike Bennett, Bucs super fan Big Nasty and DJ Chad Brock. Tickets are $20 per family. All proceeds will benefit the lodge, which will disburse it to various charities, including Shop with a Cop and St. Jude's Hospital.
Steve Klapko, president of the Nature Coast Lodge, said the group has done events like this before, also playing the Miami Dolphins and the Jacksonville Jaguars.
For more information, call Klapko at (352) 279-1153.
HOCKEY: The Sunshine Shoot-out Indoor Ball Hockey Tournament will be June 26-28 at Sportszone2, 7716 Rutilio Court in New Port Richey.
Teams can register for $550 and the tournament is open division for all teams to compete.
Games will be filmed as well, and prizes will be awarded to the overall team winner, the runner-up and the most valuable player, defenseman and goalie. The event is sponsored by Matt Garry Inc.
For more information, call Matt Garry at (813) 818-1312 or (727) 809-0775.
YOGA: The New Port Richey Recreation Center, at 6630 Van Buren St., holds fitness yoga classes every Tuesday from 9 to 10 a.m.
Cost is $7 per class and participants must bring their own mat.
For more information, call (727) 841-4560.
SHUFFLEBOARD: The Betmar Shuffleboard Club in Zephyrhills will host the World Singles International Shuffleboard Association Tournament from Oct. 14-18 at the Betmar Community shuffleboard courts.
The field will include 72 of the top tournament players from the United States, Canada, Germany, Japan, Australia, Portugal, Norway, Brazil and England. Spectators can attend at no cost.
For more information, e-mail Terry Rainwater at [email protected] or visit www.theshuffler.org.
POKER: The Alzheimer's Family Organization will host its Texas hold'em competition at 6 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Aripeka Elks Lodge No. 2520, at 9135 Denton Ave. in Hudson.
The event is co-sponsored by WJQB 106.3-FM and tickets cost $30 or two for $50. The overall winner takes home "bragging rights" for Pasco County, since no monetary prize can be given.
For more information, call (727) 848-8888.
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