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Spinnations Skating Center in Port Richey to host Presidents Day Invitationals

The 10th annual Presidents Day Invitational will be held Feb. 18 and 19 at Spinnations Skating Center in Port Richey. The two-day skating competition is packed with official USA Roller Sports events as well as many beginner events. From Tiny Tot to World Class, more than 150 competitors will arrive from artistic clubs around Florida as well as Georgia and Indiana.

The event is a prelude to the regional championships held later in the summer and an opportunity to test out the venue, which boasts a spacious coated maple floor. For others, it is a yearly getaway to enjoy Florida's warmer climate and to do something they love and can enjoy at any age.

Adult events include figure, solo and team dance. Youth events include figures, singles, pairs and dance events. World Class events include figures, singles and dance. Competitors range in age from 4 to 80.

The public is welcome to attend. Door admission is $5 with all day in and out privileges. For more information, call (727) 207-4071. The event schedule will be available online after Feb. 1 at

YOUTH BASKETBALL: The Land O'Lakes Basketball Association will hold tryouts March 3 for boy's competitive AAU travel basketball at the Land O'Lakes High School gym. The session for current sixth-grade boys and younger will take place from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Grades 7 to 9 will be go from noon to 2:30 p.m., and grades 10 and 11 will go from 2:30 to 5 p.m. For information, contact Steve Thomopalos at (813) 833-7465.

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

RECREATION: The Pasco Parks and Recreation Department offers an afterschool recreation program at the James Irvin Civic Center in Dade City that is set-up to be affordable, safe and accentuate the importance of recreation to the social fabric. There are volunteers on site to help to help students with homework and instructed sport programs. The cost is $15 per week and the calendar runs in line with the school calendar. For information, call (352) 521-4166.

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.

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