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When the Forbes Recreation Center started an adult basketball league a couple of months ago, surly players put a quick end to the program.

But the game goes on.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, the center will hold a basketball skills competition for boys and girls ages 10 to 16. Categories will include shooting, dribbling, rebounding and free throws.

The cost is $2 per child, and participants need not be Pinellas Park residents. Everyone gets a certificate, and Michael Jordans-in-the-making can win ribbons, medals, posters and basketballs.

"The kids are the ones who really started asking for a competition," said program coordinator Bonnie Fennell. The center, at 6401 94th Ave. N., hopes to hold the contest annually.

As for the adults, whose league was brought to an end by foul mouths and swinging fists, Fennell said the center may consider re-starting that program in the fall.

"We haven't really thought about it," she said. "My motto is:It's better to build children than repair adults."

MUSIC FOR EASTER: The Pinellas Park Wesleyan Church also is preparing an Easter celebration. Last year, about 8,000 people came to the church's Easter musical, He Loved Me With a Cross.

This year's shows begins at 7:30 tonight. Shows will also be performed at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Easter Sunday. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.

Call 526-3674 for more information.

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