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While Southeastern Conference athletics may be better known in these parts for its football, men’s and women’s basketball, track and baseball, the SEC’s women’s gymnastics teams are among the best in the country and send athletes on to the U.S. Olympic teams. The best of the SEC gymnastics teams will convene Saturday, March 31, at Alltel Arena for the conference championships.

This marks the 27th year that the SEC will crown a team champion in gymnastics. Georgia, the 2006 NCAA champion, will look to defend its SEC title and take home its seventh SEC crown in the past eight years, Alabama will be aiming at winning its sixth conference title and Arkansas, which finished sixth in the SEC and 18th in the nation, will vie for the title along with Florida, Auburn and LSU.

The event begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $13.75 through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com, 975-7575) or at the door, while groups of 15 or more can buy tickets at $10 each through the arena box office’s group sales, 975-9231.

Theater watch

The Weekend Theater continues its production of “Visiting Mr. Green” on Friday and Saturday for the next two weekends.

Alan Douglas, a Weekend regular, directs the play about a young man and an elderly retired dry cleaner who strike up a close relationship after the younger man nearly runs over the older one. The younger man is given community service after the accident and must visit the recent widower once a week for six months. Where they begin not wanting to share their time together, they soon come to know more and more about each other’s lives.

“Visiting Mr. Green” has won numerous awards throughout the world and has been translated into 22 languages, with more than 200 productions in large and small theaters.

Admission is $14 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Call 374-3761 for reservations or more information.

Meanwhile, “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” continues through April 7 at Murry’s Dinner Playhouse (562-3131), and the touring show “Tyler Perry’s ‘What’s Done In the Dark’” plays two nights, April 2-3, at Robinson Center Music Hall. The musical comedy concerns suspense and infidelity in a hospital emergency room. Tickets are $35.50 through Ticketmaster (975-7575).

Rock, paper, scissors

The Hot Springs Convention Center will play host to Arkansas’s first USA Rock Paper Scissors League sanctioned tournament on Saturday, March 31.

Sixteen “open division” slots in the tournament finals will be chosen beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday to join the 48 predetermined finalists. At 7:30 p.m. the finals will begin to determine the Arkansas champion who will win $1,000 and advance to the national tournament in Las Vegas, to be televised by ESPN. The state second-place finisher wins $500.

Already, 48 state finalists are being determined through contests in Hot Springs area entertainment venues. The public is invited to enter Saturday to pick the 16 open division competitors. Competitors pay a $3 entry fee that will be donated to Garland County Relay for Life.

Registration for the open division will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Convention Center. There is no admission charge to watch. Competitors must be 21 or older, but all ages may watch. Call 501-321-2027.

Early egg hunt at Clinton Center

The Clinton Presidential Center’s second annual Easter Family Festival and Egg Hunt will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the center grounds.

Two areas are designated for egg hunting: one for children ages 5 and under, and the other for children ages 6-11. Plus, kids can enjoy a petting zoo, pony rides, crafts and more.

For more information, visit www.clintonfoundation.org or call 370-8000.

Quick hits

April’s “Legacies and Lunch” program at the Main Library will feature Burr and Diann Fancher presenting “The Mountain Meadows Massacre and Its Aftermath” on Wednesday, April 4. The Butler Center-sponsored series runs from noon to 1 p.m. in the Darragh Center and admission is free. Bring a sack lunch, drinks are provided … James Cone, a theologian and interpreter of the African-American experience, will discuss Little Rock’s moral and theological significance in civil rights history for the Ira Sanders Distinguished Lecture on Wednesday, April 4, at the Main Library. The lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. and admission is free. Call 918-3032 for reservations … Arkansas State University in Jonesboro holds its annual Delta Blues Symposium through the weekend with concerts and seminars. Blues man Alvin Youngblood Hart gets the Symposium started today (March 29) with a free concert at 8 p.m. in the ASU Student Union. For more information on weekend events, call 870-972-3043 ... Christian modern rock bands Mercy Me and Audio Adrenaline will co-headline a concert Wednesday, April 4, at Robinson Center Music Hall. Tickets range from $22 to $47 through Ticketmaster … The youngsters are going to want to see the next show at Alltel Arena, featuring rappers Young Jeezy and Lil Wayne in the Street Dreamz Tour on Thursday, April 5. Tickets range from $36.50 to $75 through Ticketmaster.

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