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Olympic hopefuls take to the ice

Who knows? Maybe the Tampa Bay area will host the 2012 Olympics. That's a long time from now, but this weekend residents have a chance to watch some Olympic hopefuls for the 1998 Winter Games. About 400 ice skaters from 20 states will compete at the 1998 Qualifying South Atlantic Regional Championships at the Tampa Bay Skating Academy, 251 Lakeview Drive, Oldsmar. The top four winners in the singles, pairs and dance divisions will advance to the Eastern Sectional Competition in December, and possibly go on to the Nationals. Spectators can watch from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $8 a day. Call 854-4010.

Musicians to play music of Mozart

If you're a fan of Mozart, you may want to attend a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St. Violinists Kate Ransom and Michael McClelland, cellist Johanna Perron, flutist Laura Gilbert and oboist John Dee, all faculty members of the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, will play a selection of duos and quartets. Tickets are $12. Call 942-5605.

Acting troupe to debut this weekend

The Stage Agenda, a new acting troupe in Clearwater, will make its debut with one of Henrik Ibsen's most popular plays, A Doll's House. Ibsen, a 19th century Norwegian playwright, was a major influence on the development of modern drama through his realistic themes. A Doll's House, which was written in 1879, deals with the subjugation of women. The curtain opens at 8 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Memorial Civic Center, 40 Causeway Blvd., Clearwater Beach. Tickets are $9 at the door. Call 562-4809.

Teens will kick off concert season

A group of talented teenagers will kick off Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church's 1997-98 concert season, "A Music and Arts Celebration." The teens will give a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at the church, 110 S Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater.

Performers will include cellist Yves Dharamraj, who has been playing the cello since age 4; pianist Billy Overton, winner of the 1996 Scholarship Piano Competition; the Madrigal Singers of Largo High School, who have appeared in concerts in Europe; and five dancers from the Steps School of Dance: Tiffany Rippley, Heather Metcalf, Shannon Crossman, Ashley Christman and Natalie Easley. There will be a reception after the concert. Call 446-3001.