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Appearance by Lightning coach slated for benefit

John Tortorella, head coach of Stanley Cup Champions the Tampa Bay Lightning, will make a special appearance at the Child Abuse Council's Second Annual Champions for Children Breakfast.

Tortorella along with emcee Gayle Sierens, news anchor for WFLA-Ch. 8, host the fundraising event from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. Tuesday at Raymond James Stadium-Club Level.

Sponsored by more than 60 local businesses and individuals, the breakfast raises money for Child Abuse Council programs to help prevent, stop and treat the problems of child abuse and neglect in Hillsborough County.

Attendance is free, but donations are critical to the success of the event. Last year's breakfast raised almost $200,000 in donations, and the council is hoping to exceed this amount this year.

For information, call Jennifer McGeorge at 673-4646, ext. 225.

Live production displays life of icon Pasty Cline

YBOR CITY _ The music of Patsy Cline comes to life at Centro Ybor, with the live production of There Will Never Be Another Patsy Cline, starring Shelly Trocolli and the Hoss Posse Band at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Muvico theaters.

Combining her influences from both rock and country, late 1950s and early 60s star Cline emerged as an icon in the budding rock 'n' roll genre.

Songs from Cline's short-lived recording career, including Crazy, Fall to Pieces and Come On In and Sit Right Down and scenes from her life comprise this two-hour stage presentation.

Tickets are $14 and are available at the Muvico box office, 1600 E Eighth Ave. For reservations, call toll-free at 1-888-563-8687 or 727-518-8686.

Tampa Museum of Art seeks best local artists

TAMPA _ The Tampa Museum of Art's Avant Garde is searching for Tampa Bay's best local artists at its 4th annual Call to Emerging Artists. Qualifying artists will present their art at Avant Garde events throughout the 2004/2006 season.

Avant Garde offers artists early in their careers the opportunity to showcase their works to the public. On the third Thursday of each month, Avant Garde hosts social, educational and fundraising events aimed at promoting awareness of local artists, who sell their works at affordable prices.

Auditions will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Tampa Museum of Art Lecture Room, 600 N Ashley Drive. Artists with little or no gallery experience should bring three to five artworks and an artist bio or resume to the audition. Advance registration is not required.

For information, e-mail infotampa-avantgarde.org.

_ ANNE ARSENAULT and STEFANIE GREEN

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