June / July / Aug / Sept 2022
bmx track reopening page 18
downtown redevelopment page 9
esports page 25
letter from the mayor DAN SARACKI
As your Mayor, it is my great honor to present this edition of the Experience Oldsmar magazine. In this edition, you will find an impressive collection of programs and events. City staff carefully curates a diverse collection of offerings, so you will surely find one that fits you, your family, and your guests.
This edition also features community highlights, including the Woman’s Club of Oldsmar (page 30), Becky Alfonso (page 14), and BikeSport (page 20). Take a little time to read about their amazing community contributions. Oldsmar is fortunate to have so many wonderful people, organizations, and businesses.
I am thrilled to present the grand reopening of the Oldsmar BMX Supercross Track. Bicycle Motorcross (BMX) is truly an activity for all ages. BMX racing is adrenaline-filled, exhilarating fun that your entire family can enjoy, whether as a racer or spectator. Our BMX related offerings include regular practices and races, camp programs, and beginners clinics. Come out to the grand opening, and you may even see your City Council race as well.
Don’t forget that June means the beginning of Hurricane Season. While we cherish our location on Tampa Bay, it also is vulnerable to storm events. Make sure you have a plan and are prepared. Thank you for learning about Oldsmar and being a part of our community.
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Mayor’s Letter City Of Oldsmar Oldsmar Events Meeting Dates Downtown Redevelopment Community Garden / Public Works Connected City Public Library Resident Spotlight Oldsmar Trail Map Instructor Spotlight BMX Camps BMX Supercross Business Spotlight Leisure Services Adult Programs Specialty Camps Sports Complex eSports Youth Programs Fitness Programs / Drop-ins Outdoor Programs Oldsmar in Orbit Community Spotlight Community Org Listings Arts & Culture Oldsmar Parks / Map
F R E E SH U T T LE SE RV ICE During designated Special Events hosted at R.E. Olds Park, the City of Oldsmar or the hosting organization will provide FREE Shuttle Service for attendees from the Oldsmar Public Library. Riders can park in the main parking lot and proceed to the main entrance area, where the Shuttle will pick up and return attendees. Service will begin one hour before the event starting time and end one hour following the event ending time.
SP ECIA L E V E N T PA R K IN G Street parking will be available in closed bike lanes along Bayview Blvd. and Park Blvd. during designated Special Events. Remember that parking in the medians along Shore Drive is illegal per Florida Statutes. For details, visit MyOldsmar.com/1162/Shuttle-Service.
Experience Oldsmar Magazine is created by & for those who love this special place.
editor-in-chief executive editor designer / photo graphic artist
Felicia Donnelly Debb Vitraelli Mark McGinley Emilee Pennington
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Cover (L to R) Andre LaCroix, Felicia Stancil, Spencer Cole, Joshua McLean
Oldsmar registered voters who reside north of Tampa Road have a new polling place, replacing the previous location of the Fire Station. The new polling place is at the Cypress Forest Recreation Center, located at 650 Pine Avenue North. This change of location is effective immediately and for the August Primary Election. For information, visit VotePinellas.com.
S PO N SORS & PARTNE RS Gain access to potential customers, increase your advertising exposure, and demonstrate your support and investment in your community by partnering with Leisure Services programs. For information, call (813) 749-1267.
S P EC I A L EVENT V E NDO RS We are always seeking vendors of all varieties for our special events. If interested, call (813) 749-1152. Food Trucks/Vendors Arts, Crafts, and Fine Art Farmers Market Vendors Clothing and Jewelry And many more
VOLU NT EER Park beautification, event assistance, community clean-ups – these are just a few of the many opportunities available if you would like to volunteer for the City as a group, business, or individual. Perfect for Bright Future hours! For information, call (813) 749-1267.
CO M MEMORAT I VE BRICKS Veterans Memorial Park Create a lasting memory to celebrate a veteran, family member, or special occasion. Each brick includes three lines of text for $100. For information, call (813) 749-1267.
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Veterans Memorial Park Oldsmar’s Veterans Memorial Wall recognizes Oldsmar residents (of at least one year) who were honorably discharged from service by having their name, rank, and years of service engraved for free. Applications are reviewed each September and those approved are recognized during a ‘roll call’ at the annual Veterans Day Celebration. For information, call (813) 749-1115.
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CIT Y O F O L DSMAR CI T Y HAL L
STAT E ST R E E T CE N T E R
COU N CIL CH A M B ER
100 State St. W. Oldsmar, FL 34677 (813) 749-1100 Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm General Information.
127 State St. W. (813) 749-1155
101 State St. W. (813) 749-1115 Work Sessions as scheduled. Council Meetings 1st & 3rd Tuesdays 7 pm
PU B LIC LIB RA RY
BUSINESS TAX RECEIPTS (813) 749-1142 (closes at 4:30 pm) Required to Conduct Business in Oldsmar.
CI T Y C LERK (813) 749-1115 Ordinances, Records, Liens, Citizens Academy, Veterans Wall, Assessments, Elections, Board and Committee Applications.
FIR E R ES CU E
COD E EN FO RCE ME NT (813) 749-1129 (closes at 4:30 pm) Regulation Enforcement, Zoning, Signage, and Parking.
HUMAN RESO U RCES (813) 749-1110 City Employment and Community Service Coordination.
PER MI TS (813) 749-1142 (closes at 4:30 pm) Signs, Building, Fences, Golf Cart, Tree Removal, and Demolition.
PUBLI C WO RKS (813) 749-1136 Streets, Stormwater, Wastewater, Reclaimed Water, Sustainability, and Technical Services.
UT I LI T Y BIL L ING (813) 855-5257 Monday - Friday 9 am - 4:30 pm Water, Solid Waste, and Recycling Accounts.
400 St. Petersburg Dr. E. (813) 749-1178 Monday – Tuesday 9 am – 8 pm Wednesday - Thursday 9 am - 6 pm Friday – Saturday 9 am – 5 pm Programs, Books, DVDs, WiFi, and Computers. 225 Pine Ave. N. (813) 749-1200 Non-Emergencies, Safety Inspections, and CPR Classes.
CYP R ES S FOR EST RECR EAT ION CE N T E R 650 Pine Ave. N. (813) 749-1152 Monday - Friday, 9 am - 9 pm Saturday 9 am - 4 pm Spray Park, Parking Permits, Field Rentals, Programs, Gymnasium, and Rec Cards.
MU N ICIPA L S E RV ICES 300 Commerce Blvd. (813) 749-1260 Park & Facility Rentals, Volunteers, Sponsorships, and Memorial Bricks.
O LD SM A R SPORTS COM P LEX 3120 Tampa Rd. (813) 749-1152 Softball, Baseball, Hockey, BMX, Futsal, Soccer, Football, and Cheerleading.
CIT Y COU N CIL Mayor Dan Saracki Vice-Mayor Council Member, Seat 2 Jarrod Buchman Council Member, Seat 1 Steve Graber Council Member, Seat 3 Andrew Knapp Council Member, Seat 4 Katie Gannon
CIT Y OF F ICIA LS City Manager Felicia Donnelly City Attorney Thomas Trask City Clerk Ann Nixon
D E PA RT M E N T D IR ECTORS Administrative Services Cindy Nenno Fire Rescue Jason Schwabe Human Resources Michelle Kutch Leisure Services Chip Potts Library Susan Hurley Planning & Redevelopment Tatiana Childress Public Works Daniel Simpson
Note: Face masks or coverings are recommended to enter all City facilities.
H OLIDAY CLO S U RES Independence Day Monday, July 4
Labor Day Monday, September 5
Thanksgiving Thursday, November 24 Friday, November 25 Saturday, November 26
Christmas Friday, December 23 Saturday, December 24 Monday, December 26 5
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JUNE F I R S T F R I D AY M O V I E
Friday, June 3, 1 pm Bring your own snacks and refreshments while enjoying a free movie. For show information, call (813) 749-1178. TECO Hall, Oldsmar Public Library
I N VA S I V E F I S H R O U N D U P
Saturday, June 4, 9 – 11 am Catch invasive fish in our coastal waters that are harmful to our natural resources and ecosystem health. Free to participate. Mobbly Bayou Wilderness Preserve
Thursday, June 9, 8 – 9:30 pm Bring your telescope out to take a glimpse into the great beyond. A limited number of telescopes will be available to share. Free activity open to all ages. Veterans Memorial Park
J U LY F I R S T F R I D AY M O V I E
Friday, July 1, 1 pm Bring your own snacks and refreshments while enjoying a free movie. For show information, call (813) 749-1178. TECO Hall, Oldsmar Public Library
S TA R G A Z E R S
Thursday, July 14, 8 – 9:30 pm Bring your telescope out to take a glimpse into the great beyond. A limited number of telescopes will be available to share. Free activity open to all ages. Veterans Memorial Park
F I R S T F R I D AY M O V I E
F IRST F R IDAY MOVI E
S TA R G A Z E R S
STA R G AZ E R S
Friday, August 5, 1 pm Bring your own snacks and refreshments while enjoying a free movie. For show information, call (813) 749-1178. TECO Hall, Oldsmar Public Library Thursday, August 11, 8 – 9:30 pm Bring your telescope out to take a glimpse into the great beyond. A limited number of telescopes will be available to share. Free activity open to all ages. Veterans Memorial Park
special events shuttle route
Friday, September 2, 1 pm Bring your own snacks and refreshments while enjoying a free movie. For show information, call (813) 749-1178. TECO Hall, Oldsmar Public Library Thursday, September 8, 7:30 – 9 pm Bring your telescope out to take a glimpse into the great beyond. A limited number of telescopes will be available to share. Free activity open to all ages. Veterans Memorial Park
2 N D F R I D AY D O W N TO W N
Friday, September 9, 6 – 9 pm Free family-friendly festival with food vendors, music, car shows, arts & craft vendors just east of City Hall on State Street West. Presented by the Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce. UTBchamber.com
DRIVE ELECTRIC TAMPA BAY* Shuttle route takes approximately 3 minutes from R.E. Olds Park to the Library. Drop off / Pick up at the rear doors to/from the R.E. Olds Park roundabout. Round trip is 10 minutes taking into account passenger loading and unloading.
Saturday, September 24, TBD OR Sunday, September 25, TBD Promoting the benefits of electric vehicle use. Featuring an electric vehicle exhibit, green market, and sustainable vendors at this familyfriendly annual event. Oldsmar Sports Complex DriveElectricTB.com
PARTY IN THE PARK
Friday, September 30, 6 - 9 pm Free fun for everyone! Inflatables for kids along with giant versions of well-known and interactive games for all ages. Enjoy live musical entertainment and savor the flavors of a Food Truck Rally. Shuttle Service Provided. RE Olds Park *Tentative ALL EVENTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. TO STAY CURRENT ON EVENTS, VISIT OLDSMAREVENTS.COM
city council & board meetings All City Council and Advisory Board meetings* are held in the Oldsmar Council Chamber, 101 State Street West, 2nd Floor. These meetings are also livestreamed on the City’s official YouTube Channel. You can subscribe to receive notifications of official meetings that interest you. Instructions are available by visiting MyOldsmar.com under government/mayor & city council/meeting notifications. For questions about subscriptions, call the City Clerk at (813) 749-1115.
Wednesday, June 1, 2 pm Fire Fighter Pension Board Thursday, June 2, 4 pm Code Enforcement Board Tuesday, June 7, 7 pm City Council Wednesday, June 8 6:30 pm Planning Board Tuesday, June 21, 7 pm City Council Wednesday, June 22, 6 pm Board of Adjustment
Tuesday, August 2, 7 pm City Council Thursday, August 4, 4 pm Code Enforcement Board Monday, August 8, 6 pm Leisure Services Advisory Board Wednesday, August 10, 6:30 pm Planning Board Tuesday, August 16, 7 pm City Council Wednesday, August 24, 6 pm Board of Adjustment
JULY Thursday, July 7, 4 pm Code Enforcement Board Wednesday, July 13, 6:30 pm Planning Board Tuesday, July 19, 7 pm City Council Monday, July 25, 2 pm Veterans Advisory Board Wednesday, July 27, 6 pm Board of Adjustment *Meetings are subject to change
S EP TE MB E R Thursday, September 1, 4 pm Code Enforcement Board Tuesday, September 6, 7 pm City Council Monday, September 12, 2 pm Fire Fighter Pension Board Wednesday, September 14, 6:30 pm Planning Board Tuesday, September 20, 7 pm City Council Monday, September 26, 2 pm Veterans Advisory Board Wednesday, September 28, 6 pm Board of Adjustment
ci ty council priori ties Each year, the City Council establishes City Council Priorities. These priorities help guide the City’s budget, programs and projects. For Fiscal Year 2021-2022, the Council Priorities are as follows: GOAL: ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OBJECTIVES Build the downtown corridor Execute economic development plan strategies as feasible GOAL: QUALITY OF PLACE OBJECTIVES Execute Oldsmar Sports Complex improvements Continue efforts to become a more automated and connected city Identify areas of need for beautification and potential grants – such as tree programs and public art GOAL: INFRASTRUCTURE OBJECTIVES Harbor Palms infrastructure renovation and upgrade Develop strategies for maintenance of existing infrastructure
downtown redevelopment DOWNTOWN REDEVELOPMENT Since the 1990s, the City of Oldsmar has desired to create an identifiable downtown. Recent efforts include changing the regulations to allow a density incentive and working with developers to build on cityowned properties next to the Oldsmar Public Library and City Hall.
LAND USE REGULATIONS On April 5, the City Council approved density amendments to the City’s Comprehensive Plan and Land Development code. These will incentivize the construction of vertically integrated, mixed-use buildings that promote residential dwelling units instead of commercial space along Tampa Road just in the downtown area. The amendments did not increase the height, size, or current uses already allowed.
LIBRARY SITE The City owns about 7 acres adjacent to the Oldsmar Public Library along St. Petersburg Drive, purchased to advance downtown efforts. In March, the City hosted three public open houses to present the Odeon Conceptual Plan consisting of a mixed-use development with 82 townhomes, including 18 live-work units, and the essential development terms. Of the 71 total participants, 82.46% agreed or strongly agreed the conceptual plan is an asset to Oldsmar. Before approval, the Development Agreement will be presented to the Planning Board and at two City Council public hearings.
CITY HALL SITE The City owns about 7 acres, including City Hall, along the Tampa Road corridor. On May 3, the City Council suspended negotiations with Woodfield Development, LLC. The City Council also directed the City Manager to engage the public and a professional consultant to create a request for development proposals for the city-owned property adjacent to City Hall. To learn more, visit DowntownOldsmar.com. 9
communi ty garden
public works SUMME R F E RT ILIZ E R BAN Pinellas County’s fertilizer ordinance bans the sale and use of any lawn or landscape fertilizer with nitrogen or phosphorous from June 1 to September 30 to protect our aquatic environment during the rainy season. Use Florida-Friendly yard products that contain iron and other micronutrients to ensure healthy lawns.
Luca Heil Membership with this non-profit includes gardening in raised bed plots and educational sessions on organic gardening year-round. Gardening is healthy, therapeutic exercise that’s good for the body, mind, and soul. It lowers stress and cultivates a more positive outlook. To join the Oldsmar Organic Community Garden or for information on its free programs, visit OOCG.org. Bicentennial Park
P ROG RA MS BATS IN FLO R IDA Representative with Tampa Bay Bats will bring live bats – one of the most misunderstood animals on Earth. Opportunity to visit the new bat houses at the Garden. Wednesday, June 22, 7 pm Organic Garden
MU L B E R RY H ARVEST Mulberry season is here. Learn how to start your own Mulberry Tree and savor its small, sweet fruit that resembles a blackberry. Wednesday, July 20, 6:30 pm Organic Garden
O L L A POTS Demonstration on conserving water by making DIY Olla Pots to place in gardens. Saturday, Aug 20, 10 am Organic Garden
WE E D FE RT ILIZER Learn how to turn weeds into nutrient-rich fertilizer. Saturday, Sept 10, 10 am Organic Garden 10
The following best management practices help keep a healthy landscape during the summer: • Reclaimed water can contain high amounts of nutrients; therefore, you may not need fertilizers. • Limit application to no more than 4 pounds of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet per year. • Avoid using phosphorous. Only use phosphorous if a soil test says it is needed. • Protect our watershed The Fertilizer-Free zone begins 10 feet back from the top of the slope towards any seawall or body of water. • Sweep it up. Whisk any fertilizer granules that fall onto sidewalks, streets, or driveways back into the landscape. • Watch the weather. Rainstorms don’t water in fertilizer; they wash it away – wasting your money and polluting the water. Remember – only rain down the drain! Streets and storm drains are part of the drainage system, which protects developed areas from flooding. Everything that enters the streets and storm drains flows directly into waterways without treatment and causes pollution. Find tips on landscape practices and fertilizer applications at PinellasCounty.org/fertilizer.
AN N UA L WAT E R QUA LITY R E PORT The City of Oldsmar publishes an annual Drinking Water Quality Report designed to inform all water customers about the quality of water and services delivered every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and dependable supply of drinking water. This report helps the user understand the efforts made to continually improve the water treatment process and protect our limited water resources. View the report by visiting MyOldsmar.com/1068/ Consumer-Confidence-Report.
ADOPT-A-ST R E ET Help keep City roads, waterways, and stormwater system clean by joining the Adopt-A-Street program. It’s a great opportunity for residents, businesses, and other organizations to play an important role in demonstrating community pride. Make positive statements with clean roadways and attractive neighborhoods, while understanding the environmental impacts of littering. Learn more at MyOldsmar.com/832/Adopt-A-Street.
connected ci ty Supporting the Fiscal Year 2021-2022 City Council Priority to continue efforts to become a more connected community, expanded communication of important announcements and events is provided through both traditional and digital platforms.
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DI G I TAL
Public Notices of City Council, Advisory Board meeting agendas in City Hall
ALERT Pinellas notifications via phone, email, text
Public Hearing Notices advertised in Tampa Bay Times General Information in the Annual Quick Guide (available at City Hall, Library) General Information in the Experience Oldsmar magazine
Website calendars for City, Library, Leisure Services Social Media Accounts established for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Nextdoor YouTube Channels for City, Library, Public Works, Experience Oldsmar City Council, Advisory Board meetings livestreamed on City YouTube Channel Facebook Live –Weekend Wake Up
Monthly E-Blasts from City Manager, Leisure Services, Library Podcasts featuring City staff and community stakeholders
@OldsmarFlorida S UBS CRI PT I O N
Interested parties can directly subscribe to receive monthly e-blasts, City Council and Advisory Board meeting agendas and packets, important City alerts, and current job openings. For instructions, visit MyOldsmar.com.
@OldsmarFlorida For podcasts visit: ExperienceOldsmar.com @City-of-Oldsmar 11
oldsmar public library PROGRAMS & SERVICES For the latest information regarding programs and services, please visit our website. OldsmarLibrary.org
ADDRESS 400 St. Petersburg Dr. E. Oldsmar, FL 34677
PHONE Main (813) 749-1178 Children’s (813) 749-1179 Reference Desk (813) 749-1181
NEW ! LIBRARY HOURS Monday and Tuesday, 9 am – 8 pm Wednesday and Thursday, 9 am - 6 pm Friday and Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm
SOCIAL MEDIA (Facebook) @OldsmarLibrary (Twitter) @OldsmarLibrary (Blog) OldsmarLibary.BlogSpot.com
ADULT PROGRAMS SUMMER READING BINGO Stop by the Library to pick up your Summer Reading Bingo Card. Return your completed card by Saturday, Aug 13 to enter drawing for great prizes. More information available on our website.
TAKE AND MAKE CRAFT KITS Pick up kits with all the supplies you need at the circulation desk. Beginning week of June 6 - Zentangle Beginning week of June 20 – Patriotic Stakes Beginning week of July 5 – Homemade Soap Beginning week of July 18 – Confetti Bowl
AVOIDING INTERNET SCAMS
I SURVIVED! AT THE OLDSMAR LIBRARY Tuesday, June 28, 2 pm, TECO Hall Do you love the I Survived! book series? Have you ever wondered how these events happened, or why protective measures didn’t work the way they were supposed to? Discover answers to some of these questions firsthand with activities and challenges based on the book’s historical events.
LE T YOUR CREATIVIT Y FLOW ACRYLIC POUR ART PROGRAM Tuesday, July 5, 2 pm, TECO Hall Be imaginative with acrylic pour painting and create unique canvas artwork to take home. Creations featured virtually online. All supplies provided.
BREATHING ROOM: YOGA AND SELF CARE Tuesday, July 19, 2 pm, TECO Hall Take some time to relax in a 30-minute introduction to yoga. To help you refocus when life feels overwhelming, create your own shimmering galaxy jar to take home. No yoga experience necessary to participate. Online registration required - OldsmarLibrary.org/teen. html
PAINTING IN VIRTUAL REALITY
Informative presentation on common internet scams, how to identify them, and tips for staying safe online. Saturday, June 11, 1 pm, TECO Hall
Tuesdays - June 29, July 13, July 27, 2 - 4 pm, TECO Hall Drop in and try out the Painting VR app on our Quest2 headset. Create virtual art on various surfaces in a variety of different sizes.
INFORMATION & MEDIA LITERACY ON THE INTERNET
Participant must be age 13 or older and waiver signed by a parent or guardian.
Learn how false information can spread quickly online and how to evaluate it. Discover what to check to feel confident that information you consume is accurate. Saturday, July 9, 1 pm, TECO Hall
YOUTH PROGRAMS TODDLER TIME (Ages 18 mos – 3) Mondays, 10 am, June 13 - July 18*, Story Time Room Tuesdays, 10am, June 14 – 28, Story Time Room Engaging series of stories and finger plays that reinforces early literacy skills, along with fun songs that encourage participation. Online registration required - OldsmarLibrary.org/ childrens.html
(Spots for program available at conclusion of previous weekly program)
MOVIE MONDAYS (All ages) Mondays, 2pm, June 13 – July 18*, Story Time Room Animated family-friendly movie that everyone will love! Bring snacks & drinks with cap/lid. To find out which film is shown, call (813) 749-1179 or stop by the Children’s Desk. Online registration required - OldsmarLibrary.org/ childrens.html
(Spots for program available at conclusion of previous weekly program)
CLUB LEGO® (Ages 12 and under) Wednesdays, 2 - 3 pm, 3:30 - 4:30pm, Story Time Room June 15 – July 20 Build something amazing within one hour to be featured in the new virtual LEGO Hall of Fame. Show us how creative you can be! Online registration required - OldsmarLibrary.org/ childrens.html
(Spots for program available at conclusion of previous weekly program)
PRESCHOOL STORY TIME (Ages 3-6) Thursdays, 10 am, Story Time Room June 16 – July 21 Program offers an entertaining lineup of children’s stories and an animated short film. A fun and easy craft project provided that children can take and make at home. Online registration required - OldsmarLibrary.org/ childrens.html
THE MOOGICIAN (All ages) Friday, June 10, 11 am, TECO Hall Fast-mooving show featuring magic, comedy, music, juggling… and lots of milk! Sign-up for Summer Reading Program immediately following the show. Online registration required - OldsmarLibrary.org/ childrens.html
DRUM CIRCLE PROGRAM BY GIVING TREE MUSIC (All ages) Thursday, June 30, 2pm, TECO Hall Unique, interactive experience featuring plenty of drums, bongos, tambourines, and more. It’s the most fun you’ll ever have making lots of noise! Online registration required - OldsmarLibrary.org/ childrens.html
MIKEY & JO KID SHOW (Ages 1-5) Tuesday, July 5, 11am, TECO Hall Tuesday, July 19, 11 am, TECO Hall Mr. Mikey and Miss Jo offer interactive fun for everyone with songs, dancing, musical instruments, and live guitar. Online registration required - OldsmarLibrary.org/ childrens.html
UP, UP AND AWAY! PRESENTED BY MAD SCIENCE (All ages) Thursday, July 7, 2 pm, TECO Hall High-flying special event introduces children to the principles of air pressure. Experience a whirl of vortex, make a hot air balloon, watch a beachball fly, and even get the chance to ride a hovercraft! Online registration required - OldsmarLibrary.org/ childrens.html
ZUMBINI WITH JOANNE (Ages 4 and under) Tuesday, July 12, 10 am, Story Time Room Created by Zumba® and BabyFirst™, Zumbini® combines music, dance, and educational tools for 45 minutes of can’tstop, won’t-stop bonding, learning, and fun! Online registration required - OldsmarLibrary.org/ childrens.html
DIDGERIDOO DOWN UNDER (All ages) Thursday, July 14, 2 pm, TECO Hall Energetic fusion of Australian music, culture, puppetry, comedy, character building, storytelling and audience participation. It’s interactive, educational, motivational, and super fun – perfect for kids and families! Online registration required - OldsmarLibrary.org/ childrens.html *No programs Mon, July 4
resident spotlight “Life is like riding a bicycle. In order to keep your balance, you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein
As a native Floridian, Becky Afonso has called Oldsmar home for almost 30 years. In the 1990s, her family’s business brought them to the city, where they built a home off Strathmore Avenue.
Over time, Becky’s love grew for a mode of transportation invented over 200 years ago – the bicycle. She is a passionate advocate for biking along the Oldsmar Trail, incorporating her errands to the grocery store or post office as part of her favorite routes. Her favorite segments are the scenic portion of the Oldsmar Sports Complex and the tranquil portion encompassing Cypress Forest. Her interest and love for recreational bicycle riding led her to be named Executive Director of the Florida Bicycle Association, Inc. Over the years, Becky’s involvement in the community has kept her active as a resident. She graduated from the Oldsmar Citizens Academy and, shortly afterward, served on the Leisure Services Advisory Board and Centennial Task Force. She currently serves as the President of the Oldsmar Friends of the Library, is a member of the Woman’s Club of Oldsmar, and is a lifetime member of the Oldsmar Historical Society. Becky relishes the early morning solitude or catching a sunset on the fishing pier at R.E. Olds Park. She also enjoys leading guided bicycle rides that showcase the small-town charm of her city. Through her efforts over the years and passion for what she does each day, she has found that the connections to people and places make Oldsmar a great place to get ‘geared up’ and call home.
A BO UT F l o ri d a Bic ycl e Assoc i a t i on , I n c . Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Florida Bicycle Association (FBA) is a statewide, membership-based non-profit organization. Membership in the FBA ensures that a full-time bicycle education and advocacy group looks out for the interest of bicyclists in every aspect of ride – race, recreational, off-road, commuter, and touring. For more information, visit FloridaBicycle.org.
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instructor spotlight MEET BMX COACH JASON CONKLIN W ha t i ns pired yo u to tr y BMX fo r th e f i rst ti me? My mom worked at a motorsports complex from when I was three years old. The complex had a BMX Track that hooked my interest as soon as I could ride it. I watched Gary Ellis and John Purse ride growing up, and Jason Carnes inspired me early in my career. Those guys showed me a lot about heart and passion.
W ha t pushed yo u to tr y co ach i n g? As part of many factory teams, coaching and mentoring are part of your agreement, so I spent a lot of my career teaching. Right from the start, I found out immediately that I enjoyed being able to pass along my knowledge and skills to new riders. Just watching them build their confidence and accomplish something new, especially the things they never thought they could do, is rewarding for me.
D o you have any success sto ries f ro m c o a c h i n g a n a th l ete? One recent experience stands out. A young boy in our beginner league was really dialed into racing. I could tell he had the passion and drive for competition and BMX. Working with him was rewarding as I saw his overall confidence grow in BMX and in general. This growth in confidence was certainly visible as he went on to compete in local and national races.
W ha t wa s the mo st memo rab le ra c e yo u p a r ti c i p a ted i n? W h y? The most memorable race would be the BMX Downhill Race in Woodward, PA, when I was younger. The track was built into the side of a “mountain” and was so big and fast that it was extremely exciting. We reached speeds of 30-40 miles per hour and jumped 35-foot gaps. It was scary but so much fun. In fact, I believe that track is where Supercross took its direction from.
D o you have any training tip s fo r n ew ri d ers? Ride everything! I mean everything – skate parks, trails, streets, big tracks, small tracks, pump tracks – to get yourself comfortable in all situations. 16
BMX beginner programs Nobody rides the bench in BMX Racing
B EG IN N E RS LEAG U E OP E N HO U S E
BMX Racing is an individual sport. Everyone rides every time, regardless of how proficient or inexperienced. That is one of the key benefits most new families lists when asked why they like the sport. “ Nobody rides the bench in BMX Racing.”
BEGINNERS LEAGUE TRAINING & RACING
This league allows new families to learn how the sport works and riders to progress gradually, riding only with other beginners. At this level, the focus is on fun, developing bike handling skills, spending quality family time, and meeting new friends. Each five-week league season includes coaching and racing, a league jersey, number plate, access to loaner equipment, an end-of-season award presentation, a pizza party, and a USA BMX membership. These opportunities are offered at the Oldsmar BMX Supercross Track & Facility, located inside the Oldsmar Sports Complex, 3120 Tampa Road. For more information, call (813) 749-1242 or visit OldsmarBMXsupercoss.com.
Wednesday, Aug 3, 6 pm FREE ADMISSION Wednesday, Aug 17, 6 pm $150
PRACTICE & RACING SCHEDULE Join other riders for open practices and racing. All skill levels are welcome. Bikes and helmets are available for rent. Tuesdays Practice 5 – 8 pm $6 Thursdays Practice 5 pm Racing 7 pm $10 Saturdays Practice 8:30 am Racing 10 am $10
a family affair When life, marriage, and children follow a lifetime love of motorcycles, Ed Robles found a new passion after his 8-year-old son, Noah, became active in the sport of BMX racing in the fall of 2020. A new frontier presented itself – a sport he could participate in as a 48-year-old father. One that allows his whole family to be together in the number one state in the country for BMX. His wife, Jennie, keeps these Weekend Warriors on track, including their 5-year-old daughter, Asha, who keeps pedaling along on the Strider track. This involvement is what separates BMX from other sports. All age groups can participate in one event at the exact location in one day. Parents can share the experience by practicing with their children while racing against others with the same proficiencies. Anybody can be a fan while being part of the fun. In essence, BMX families have created a unique community open to everyone. It’s challenging. It’s exhilarating. It’s BMX racing. PHOTO (L-R) Noah, Ed, Jennie, and Asha Robles
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BMX RACING POWERS THE COMMUNITY BMX (Bicycle Motocross) began in the 1970s and is one of the fastest-growing sports globally. As a family-oriented sport for participants of all ages and skill levels, Oldsmar’s newly renovated BMX Supercross Track is the perfect place for new riders and families to introduce themselves to this high-energy activity and for more experienced competitors to train and compete. The sport consists of riders on BMX bicycles racing along the “straights” of a track against other competitors over jumps and around turns to make their way to the finish line to win their “moto” and advance on to the next round of racing, where they face other moto winners in their division. The newly renovated starting hills at the Oldsmar BMX Supercross Track serve both amateur and elite riders from either the five-meter or eight-meter “Supercross” starting hill. As with most sports, there is a progression for riders as they advance their skill levels through their experience in the sport. The Beginners League program introduces newer riders to skills necessary to be comfortable riding a bicycle over the hills and jumps to build their confidence. Riders are introduced to the actual five-meter starting hill later in the program once they are comfortable and ready to take the next step. The youngest riders (ages 2-4) start on small strider bikes with no pedals, pushing themselves around a track with their feet. As riders grow and pedal, they continue to build their skills, focusing on starting out of a gate against other riders on a smaller hill between three and five meters in height.
Once riders have progressed to starting on the five-meter hill, they typically participate in open practice sessions. Next, riders participate in local races based on their skill level and begin to earn “points,” which can lead to a ranking in their designated district or state. Some riders continue to advance, traveling across the country to participate in national races sanctioned by USA BMX – the national organization that oversees the rulings of tracks across the country. Riders who become more skilled in BMX take the challenge of racing from a higher eight-meter “Supercross” starting hill and navigate over larger, more technical jumps and straights that are more advanced. Track and race sanctioning is an important element for riders and local tracks alike. Oldsmar’s BMX track is designated as an official ABA USA BMX Training Site in the State of Florida. “The City of Oldsmar truly understands the powerful combination of sports tourism and recreation,” stated USA BMX Chief Strategy Officer John David. “The all-new Oldsmar BMX is one of the best BMX race facilities ever constructed. It will be an amazing asset to the local citizens of Oldsmar week in and week out while also hosting huge national and international events that generate millions of dollars in economic impact.”
MEET ANDRE LACROIX 24-year-old Andre LaCroix has been participating in BMX racing for 14 years. This rider has dual citizenship and even though he is an Oldsmar resident, he rides for Peru. He represents Team Pro Gate and has won National Championships for Peru. He trains at Oldsmar because it is a Supercross Track and offers an 8-meter hill. He loves BMX racing because each race is different.
MEET FELICIA STANCIL 27-year-old Felicia Stancil is currently ranked 1st as the Women’s Pro for USA BMX. She has been racing for 22 years. This American rider represents Teams Answer BMX, S Squared Bicycles, Troy Lee Design, and USA Cycling. She rode for the 2020 US Olympic Team and is currently in 3rd place in points towards the 2022 Women’s World Cup standings. She trains at Oldsmar because it’s a great location and one of the few Olympic Style Tracks in the US. She relocated to Tampa Bay to train at the Oldsmar Track and loves BMX racing because her dad rode BMX, enjoys traveling, and meeting people from all over the world.
MEET JOSHUA MCLEAN 24-year-old Joshua McLean is currently ranked 2nd as the Men’s Pro for USA BMX. He has been participating in BMX racing for 18 years. This Australian rider has made Florida his home to train for the past two years and represents Team Factory Full Tilt – Radio. He has won the World Championship Challenge for Class 15/16. He relocated to Tampa Bay to train at the Oldsmar Track because he wanted to train with other pros. He loves BMX racing because it’s an individual sport.
MEET SPENCER COLE 20-year-old Spencer Cole has been participating in BMX racing for 15 years. This American rider represents Team Factory DK Bicycles. He has won the USA Cycling Jr. Men’s National Championship, is a two-time USA BMX National Age Group Titleholder, and earned a Silver Medal at the USA Cycling U23 National Championship. He relocated to Tampa Bay to train at the Oldsmar Track because of its prime location, dual starting hills, and the family environment. He loves BMX racing because it’s cool to be involved in an Olympic Sport. 19
business spotlight BIKESPORT “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike” – John F Kennedy
For nearly eight years, BikeSport of Oldsmar has developed into a destination of its own for biking enthusiasts of all ages. Located in Washington Square, the only bike shop in the city has six employees who service and sell bicycles for every kind of rider. Their goals are simple: a happy customer and a happy bicycle. Owner David McEnery selected Oldsmar for the store location for its centralized location in the Tampa Bay region and for its vibe. “Oldsmar has always come across as a community that has a small-town feel and, with that feeling, it embraces their small businesses.” It did not take long for word to spread in the biking community about this local business. The company’s involvement in the Suncoast Cycling Club, the Pinellas Old Folks Cycling Club, and the Florida Bicycle Association aided their word-of-mouth advertising efforts. For the past three years, BikeSport has been awarded ‘Top 100 Retailer’ by Giant Bicycles for all retailers across the United States and they are geared up to break into the Top 50 for this achievement. The company actively supports Oldsmar Cares and is a valued member of the Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce. In addition, several charities are dear to their hearts and BikeSport strives to help as much as possible. “The Oldsmar community support to their small businesses is incredible.” BikeSport offers free Bike Training year-round for riders of all ages and levels on Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning at 6 pm in their front parking lot, located at 3970 Tampa Road (weather permitting). It is a welcoming and inclusive group that encourages fun and helps improve participants’ fitness. The only thing required to participate is a bike helmet.
leisure services STAT E STRE E T CENTE R
PA R K IN G PASS
127 State St. W. (813) 749-1155
For $2.68 (tax included), Oldsmar residents* can purchase an annual parking pass required for: Cypress Forest Spray Park (April - November) Mobbly Bayou Wilderness Preserve South Support Beach (January - December)
CY PR ESS FO REST R ECR EATIO N CENTE R 650 Pine Avenue North (813) 749-1152 FACILITY HOURS Monday – Friday, 9 am – 9 pm Saturday, 9 am – 4 pm
RAI N OUT L INE Check the current status of the athletic fields any time by calling (813) 448-2255 and follow the options to find your park. You can also sign up for email or text alerts via rainoutline.com (Search for City of Oldsmar Leisure Services)
HOCKEY RINK WEATH E R U PDAT ES Check the current status of the Oldsmar Sports Complex outdoor hockey rink via the Remind mobile app or text @hockey1996 to 81010.
R ECR EATIO N CARDS Fees (all include tax) Resident* - Individual $5.35 Resident* - Family $16.05 Non-Resident – Individual $117.70 Non-Resident – Family $256.80 6-Month Non-Resident – Individual $69.55 *Documentation required includes a copy of an Oldsmar water bill and valid driver’s license.
*Documentation required includes a valid driver’s license with Oldsmar resident address and valid vehicle registration. Parking passes can be purchased at Cypress Forest Recreation Center.
SH E LT E R R E N TA L IN FOR M ATI O N Shelter rentals can be made either online at OldsmarRec.com or at Cypress Forest Recreation Center. Full payment, deposits, and rental agreements must be fulfilled before a reservation can be made. Oldsmar residents may rent picnic shelters any time in advance up 3 days before the intended event. Non-residents may only reserve shelters up to 30 days in advance. Residents must provide proof of residency (Oldsmar water bill and driver’s license) and have a valid recreation card. A $50 deposit via Visa or MasterCard is required per shelter for all renters. A Temporary Use Permit must be filed with the Leisure Services Department if a bounce house or other specialty item is intended for your rental. For room rentals, call (813) 749-1267.
SH E LT E R R E N TA L T IM ES & R ES E RVAT ION F E ES (Per 4-hour session, tax included) Rental Times – 9 am – 1 pm or 2 – 6 pm Resident Fee – $21.40 with valid rec card Non-Resident Fee - $42.80 ($53.50 for Spray Park location) 21
adul t programs WA LKI N G WEDNESDAYS Walk regional parks and trails with your friends – new and old. Program includes snacks and drinks. 4th Wednesday of the month features brunch at a local restaurant. Wednesdays, 8 am State Street Center $2 per session (RC) $4 (WO) Brunch purchased by participants.
DAY T R I P Join your friends on a day trip to various local destinations. Trips leave State Street Center by 9 am and generally return by 4 pm. All trips are on Thursdays. Registration deadline is Tuesday before trip date. $5 (RC) $7.50 (WO) plus any applicable admission fees
S E N I OR SOC I ALS Play cards and table games with your friends while enjoying complimentary refreshments. Tuesdays and Fridays, 9 – 11:30 am State Street Center Free per visit (RC) $1.50 (WO)
SE N IOR B ILLIA R D S Play pool while enjoying some friendly competition. Tuesdays and Fridays, 9 – 11:30 am State Street Center Free per visit (RC) $1.50 (WO)
SILV E R S N EA K E RS ST R E N GT H & BA LA N CE Designed to increase muscle strength, range of motion, and improve activities for daily living. A chair will be used for seated exercises as well as standing support. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 – 10:45 am Cypress Forest Recreation Center $5 per class (RC) $7.50 (WO) FREE with Medicare approval
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special ty camps For information, call (813) 749-1152 or visit OldsmarCamps.com
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Campers will enjoy fishing on the water throughout Mobbly Bayou Wilderness Preserve and the Top of the Bay. Campers should dress properly for the weather and be ready to get wet and possibly dirty. (Ages 8 – 16) Week I: July 11-15 Week II: July 25-29 9 am – 4 pm Mobbly Bayou Wilderness Preserve Environmental Education Center $200 per week (RC) $300 (WO)
MUSI C T HEATE R CAMP
Campers will learn how to direct, stage, and manage a play in this week-long intensive camp. (Ages 8 & Up) June 20-24 11 am – 4 pm Oldsmar Public Library, TECO Hall $125 per week (RC) $187.50 (WO)
H OCK EY CA M P
Players will sharpen hockey skills and game knowledge while having fun. Maximum 16 registrations per session. (Ages 9 – 15) Session 1: June 13-17 Sesion 2: July 11-15 9 am – 12 pm Oldsmar Sports Complex Outdoor Hockey Rink $50 per week (RC) $75 (WO)
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OUTDOOR HOCKEY RINK AD ULT OPEN H O CKEY (Ages 16 & Up) Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, 6 – 8:30 pm Sundays, 10 am - 12:30 pm FREE
YOUT H H O CK EY SKI LLS D E V E LO P ME NT 6-week program features drills and exercises for players to improve individual skills and conditioning. Teams mix and match each week for games and scrimmages to showcase what they’ve learned. Limit 24 players per age group. (Age groups 3-6, 7-9, 10-13) Wednesdays (Begins Sept 7): Ages 7-9: 6 – 6:45 pm Ages 10-13: 7 – 7:45 pm Saturdays (Begins Sept 10): Ages 3-6: 9 – 9:45 am Ages 7-9: 10 – 10:45 am Ages 10-13: 11 – 11:45 am $30 (RC) $45 (WO) per session
N ORT H P IN E LLAS PA N T H E RS FOOT BA LL & CH E E R Opportunities for boys and girls to learn football, cheerleading, and teamwork. (Ages 4-14) NorthPinellasPanthers.com
OLD S M A R YOU T H S OCCE R CLU B Offering recreational and competitive programs for boys and girls. (Ages 19 and Under) OldsmarSoccer.com
*NOTE: Hockey sticks, balls, and goalie pads may be available for use. Gloves and shin guards are recommended, but not provided. Helmets are not required.
HOCKEY CAMP Players will sharpen hockey skills and game knowledge while having fun. Maximum 16 registrations per session. (Ages 9 – 15) Session 1: June 13-17 Sesion 2: July 11-15 9 am – 12 pm Oldsmar Sports Complex Outdoor Hockey Rink $50 per week (RC) $75 (WO)
OLD S M A R LIT T LE LEAG U E Offering boys and girls opportunities to play baseball and fast pitch softball. (Ages 4-14) OldsmarLL.com
RA IN OU T LIN E If you need to know if the rink or fields are playable after weather events, you can check the status anytime by calling the Rainout Line at (813) 4482255 (follow options to find Sports Complex) or sign up for email or alerts via RainoutLine.com. For information, call (813) 749-1152. (RC) = with rec card (WO) = without rec card 24
eSports is the world of competitive, organized video gaming. Competitors of all ages from different leagues or teams face off in the same games that are popular with at-home gamers. For information, call (813) 749-1152.
HOW TO REG ISTER FO R A LEAGUE & PLAY Download and open the “Mission Control GG” app on your computer, then create your profile. Join our “Organization” by searching for “City of Oldsmar.” Register for a league(s) in a game you own and play. Make sure you select the correct console. Invite your friends! Once you have registered, check the app each week for your next matchup “View Matchup!” or reschedule your game, if necessary “Postpone.” On game day, go online/meet up for your game at your scheduled time. Then, play your game on your console or PC. Afterward, submit your score in the app “Add Score.”
M ON T H LY TOU R N A M E N TS Monthly tournament featuring game play across multiple platforms. JUNE: APEX LEAGUE Registration opens May 30, ends June 3 League play begins Mon, June 6 at 7 pm JULY: FORTNITE Registration opens June 20, ends July 1 League play begins Tues, July 5 at 7 pm AUGUST: OVERWATCH Registration opens July 25, ends Aug 5 League play begins Mon, Aug 8 at 7 pm SEPTEMBER: MADDEN NFL 22 Registration opens Aug 22, ends Sept 2 League play begins Tues, Sept 6 at 7 pm 25
youth programs VOLLEYBA LL P LAY A N D LEA R N Volleyball instruction through game play. (Ages 8-17) Mondays, 6:30 pm* Cypress Forest Recreation Center $35 per month (RC) $52.50 (WO) *No Program July 4, Sept 5
VOLLEYBA LL ACA D E M Y Take your game to the next level with volleyball skill development. (Ages 8-17) Beginners: Tuesdays, 6:45 pm Intermediate: Tuesdays, 7:45 pm Cypress Forest Recreation Center $50 per month (RC) $75 (WO)
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N E R F NI GHT Battle your friends with your Nerf gear on our court. Preregistration required. (Ages 11-15) Fridays, Aug 12, Sept 9, 6 – 8 pm Cypress Forest Recreation Center $5 (RC) $7.50 (WO)
PA R ENT ’ S NI GHT O U T Take a night off while your children enjoy themed fun. Pizza dinner included. (Ages 5-12) Friday, Sept 23, 6 – 10:30 pm Cypress Forest Recreation Center $10 (RC) $15 (WO)
FA M I LY CAR D I O DRU MMING Cardio through rhythm and fun for the whole family. Two family member minimum from each family to participate. Saturdays, 9:30 - 10:30 am Cypress Forest Recreation Center $10 per pair per class (RC) $15 (WO) $2 for each additional family member (RC) $3 (WO)
Basketball players will hone and enhance their skills through group instruction by Coach Rob Whiting. Wednesdays Ages 5 - 11, 6:30 pm Ages 12 - 16, 7:30 pm Cypress Forest Recreation Center $45 per month (RC) $67.50 (WO)
P R ES CH OOL P LAY Open play with fun toys and a junior bounce house with parent supervision. Mondays & Wednesdays, 9 – 11 am* Begins Aug 10 Cypress Forest Recreation Center FREE (RC) *No Program Sept 5
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Dance with exciting music to give you a cardio workout you don’t even know you’re getting. Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30 pm* Cypress Forest Recreation Center $5 per class (RC) $7.50 (WO) $50 for 11 class punch card (RC) $75 (WO) *No class July 4, Sept 5
Enjoy a pickup game with friends or grab a ball to work on your skills. Fridays, 6 – 8:30 pm Saturdays, 2:15 – 3:45 pm Cypress Forest Recreation Center $1 per visit (RC) $1.50 (WO)
TA I CHI FOR ARTH RITIS 8-week program focused on building joint health and strength through intentional movement. Mondays and Thursdays* 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Cypress Forest Recreation Center $5 per session (RC) $7.50 (WO) or $40 per 8-week session (RC) $60 (WO) *No class July 4, Sept 5
YOGA Increase your balance and soothe your mind. Beginners are welcome. Mondays, 7 – 8 pm* Cypress Forest Recreation Center $5 per class (RC) $7.50 (WO) $50 for 11 class punch card (RC) $75 (WO) *No class July 4, Sept 5
CARDIO D R U M M IN G Cardio workout through rhythm and fun! Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Cypress Forest Recreation Center $7 per class (RC) $10.50 (WO)
P IYO LIV E Combining Yoga and Pilates to create a unique blend of fitness that improves your strength, flexibility, balance, and stability. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 – 7 pm Cypress Forest Recreation Center $7 per class (RC) $10.50 (WO) $60 for 10 class punch card (RC) $90 (WO)
P ICK LE BA LL Fun combination of tennis, badminton, and table tennis played on indoor courts at Cypress Forest Recreation Center or three lighted outdoor courts at Bicentennial Park. Monday - Friday, 1 – 4 pm* Cypress Forest Recreation Center (Indoor) $1 per visit (RC) $1.50 (WO) Open Play Bicentennial Park (Outdoor) Courts are FREE to use and have lights until 10 pm *No indoors: Now - Aug 9, Sept 5
P ICK LE BA LL / T E NN I S LESS ON S Offering introductory and intermediate lessons for pickleball and tennis. All skill levels and ages are welcome. Tuesdays, 7:30 – 10:30 am Thursdays, 4:30 – 6 pm Saturdays, 12 – 2 pm Bicentennial Park Contact instructor directly to schedule/ pay at (727) 858-4262.
BA D M IN TON Bring your racquet and enjoy the competition. Two indoor badminton nets are available. Thursdays, 7 – 8:45 pm Saturdays, 11 am – 2 pm Cypress Forest Recreation Center $1 per visit (RC) $1.50 (WO)
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outdoor programs & adventures
D OG T RA INING Basic Dog Manners Classes are instructed by a certified dog trainer and are based on positive reinforcement and reward-based training. Proof of vaccines required. Pinch, prong, and choke collars are not permitted. Session begins Sept 7 Wednesdays, 6 – 7 pm Cypress Forest Recreation Center $85 per 6-week session (RC) $127.50 (WO)
Star Puppy Dog Training Puppies will learn about new and novel objects, standard commands, loose leash walking, and more. Proof of vaccines required. Pinch, prong, and choke collars are not permitted. Session begins Sept 8 Thursdays, 6 – 7 pm Cypress Forest Recreation Center $85 per 6-week session (RC) $127.50 (WO)
EQUI PMENT RENTALS Beginner bocce ball, disc golf, and pickleball equipment sets are free to check out at the Oldsmar Public Library. Current library card required. For information, call (813) 749-1178. PICKLEBALL COURTS Bicentennial Park BOCCE BALL COURTS Veterans Memorial Park DISC GOLF COURSE Sheffield Park
EMPOWER ADVENTU RES Z IP L IN E Offering families and groups unforgettable experiences and new perspectives on fun with a 60-foot-tall start tower, five zip lines of varying lengths, and a 200-foot suspension bridge. Mobbly Bayou Wilderness Preserve For information, call (813) 448-5635 or visit ZipOnTampaBay.com
OLD SMAR DISC G O L F CLU B Oldsmar Disc Golf Course features 18 holes with various tee placements for all levels of play. Sheffield Park Beginner Basics – Saturdays, 9:30 am Handicap Games – Saturdays, 10 am For information, call (813) 749-1152 28
oLDSMaR IN oRBIT This Planet Walk is a one quarter - billionth scale model of the solar system situated around Oldsmar. Follow the map to explore the relative distances between each planet and the Sun. To experience 3D Augmented Reality: 1) Using your phone, scan the QR code and download the ROAR app. Works with both Android and iPhones. 2) Follow the app directions and scan the entire Mars planet sign below. Make sure it is flat and has no reflections. 3) A 3D planet will appear above the sign and an audio narration will begin.
communi ty spotlight WOMAN’S CLU B OF OLDSMAR
Established on May 20, 1919, the Woman’s Club of Oldsmar is the oldest civic association in the City of Oldsmar. Their first meetings were held in the private homes of its members until space was made available in what was called the Assembly Hall (known today as the 1918 Bank Building). In 1927, the home at 207 Exeter Street was donated to the Woman’s Club by Mrs. T.E. Jackson, its first President, with the understanding that the house would be used exclusively for its organization and never sold. Up until 1976, the building also served as the City’s first Library, where children could come for books, do homework, or participate in after-school activities. Ladies of the Club have been very productive since its founding. Its mission is to serve the City of Oldsmar by providing charitable giving and volunteer service to the underserved populations in the community, fostering social opportunities for its members, and celebrating the history and traditions of Oldsmar. Over 100 years later, members enjoy fundraising through their annual Souper Party, selling goods at the Gull Aire Village Arts & Crafts Show, and hosting garage sales. In addition, the organization hosts non-perishable food drives to help replenish the Oldsmar Cares Pantry, school supply drives for teachers and students of need at Oldsmar Elementary School, while also Adopting a Family for those students at Christmas time to benefit their families.
In 2018, the Club began raising funds to donate to the St. Petersburg College Scholarship Foundation. Their philanthropy has grown through additional donations to the Oldsmar Library and OPAL Theater. Members also stay busy actively participating in the City’s Adopt-a-Street program once a quarter along Lafayette Blvd. Women of all ages are welcome to join this wonderful group of ladies. The Woman’s Club of Oldsmar meets in its clubhouse on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. from September through May. The membership dues are only $20 paid annually, but to be part of this organization, is priceless. For more information, email WomansClubofOldsmar@outlook.com.
community organization listing ASSISTANCE HOLIDAY SHARING FUND HolidaySharingFund.com (813) 855-4233 KIDS PEDAL POWER KidsPedalPower.com (813) 855-4233 MATTIE WILLIAMS NEIGHBORHOOD FAMILY CENTER MWNFC.org (727) 791-8255 NEIGHBORLY CARE NETWORK Neighborly.org (727) 573-9444 OLDSMAR CARES OldsmarCares.org 149 S.R. 580 W. (813) 415-7373 OPERATION JACK’S VILLAGE OperationJacksVil lage.org (317) 522-3593 PROJECT POP DROP ProjectPopDrop.org (727) 475-1393
FRIENDS OF THE OLDSMAR LIBRARY OldsmarLibrary.org (813) 749-1178
OLDSMAR VFW POST 12186, AUXILARY VFW12186.org (513) 340-2600
OLDSMAR HISTORICAL SOCIETY OldsmarHistoricalSociety.org (813) 445-4690
OLDSMAR/EASTLAKE ROTARY CLUB OldsmarEastlakeRotary.org (706) 206-6067
OLDSMAR NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION OldsmarNeighbors.com (727) 831-5077
CULTURE OLDSMAR COMMUNITY CHORUS OFOTA .org (727) 409-4106 OLDSMAR FRIENDS OF THE ARTS OFOTA .org (727) 409-4106 OPAL T HEATER OpalTheater.com (727) 409-4106
TOP OF THE BAY KIWANIS CLUB K08181.site.Kiwanis.org (727) 916-7286 WOMAN’S CLUB OF OLDSMAR WomansClubOfOldsmar@outlook. com
SUSTAINABILIT Y KEEP PINELLAS BEAUTIFUL KPBcares.org (727) 533-0402 OLDSMAR ORGANIC COMMUNITY GARDEN OOCG.org (727) 804-4028
UPPER TAMPA BAY EDUCATION FOUNDATION UTBEF.org (813) 855-4233
ar ts & cul ture PAINT POURING WORKSHOP Prepare to unleash your inner artist! Explore the use of several fluid acrylic pouring techniques to create abstract sunset seascapes and much more. This fun and imaginative art will delight adults and children of all ages and is a wonderful activity for family and friends alike -bring them along and enjoy a $5 discount. (Ages 16 and under – must be accompanied by adult) * Saturdays, 2 – 3 pm July 16, July 23, July 30 Cypress Forest Recreation Center $45 for the full workshop (RC) $67.50 (WO) $45 Supply fee (paid directly to instructor on first class) *Dual child/adult will receive $5 discount per registered participant
DRAGON EGG WORKSHOP Create colorful dragon eggs, baby dragon eggs, nests, and much more. This fun and imaginative craft will delight adults and children of all ages. It’s a unique experience for family and friends alike – bring them along and enjoy a $5 discount. (Ages 16 and under – must be accompanied by adult) * Saturdays, 2 - 3 pm June 4, June 11, June 18 Cypress Forest Recreation Center $45 for the full workshop (RC) $67.50 (WO) $30 Supply fee (paid directly to instructor on first class) *Dual child/adult will receive $5 discount per registered participant
MUSIC WITH MOLTEN MIKE (All Ages) Learn how to play guitar, sing, and write music with legendary Blues Guitarist Molten Mike, who’s career spans over 50 years in the music industry. Lessons by appointment ONLY, call (727) 608-0950 to book your session today. Cypress Forest Recreation Center $30 per 30-minute lesson
OPAL THEATER Explore the art of musical theater for all levels while training skills for the Fall show – Disney’s Moana Jr. (Ages 8 & up) AUDITION Saturday, June 4, 11 am - 1 pm TECO Hall, Oldsmar Public Library $35 (RC) $52.50 (WO) CLASS Mondays, 6 - 8 pm* TECO Hall, Oldsmar Public Library $75 per month (RC) $112.50 (WO) *No class July 4, Sept 5
ART WITH FRIENDS
Join other artists to socialize while using your favorite medium to create art. All skill levels are welcome. Tuesdays, 1 - 4 pm State Street Center
MISS SUDA’S DANCERS
$1 per visit (RC) $1.50 (WO)
Group, solo, advanced dance classes, and seasonal recitals throughout the year.
Hip Hop (Ages 8 & up): Wednesdays, 6:30 – 7:15 pm
Shimmy your hips to the music in this Greek-style Belly Dance class. (Ages 13 and up) Tuesdays, 7 pm Cypress Forest Recreation Center $5 per class (RC) $7.50 (WO)
DRAWING AND CARTOONING
Learn sketching, figure drawing, perspective, inking, and more. (Ages 7-12) Wednesdays, 6:15 pm Cypress Forest Recreation Center $40 per month (RC) $60 (WO)
Advanced Theater Dance (Ages 8 & up): Wednesdays, 7:30 – 8:30 pm Jazz, Tap, and Ballet (Ages 4-7): Thursdays, 6:15 – 7:15 pm Jazz, Tap, and Ballet (Ages 8 & up): Thursdays, 7:30 – 8:30 pm Cypress Forest Recreation Center $50 per month (RC) $75 (WO)
TINY TOT DANCE
A great way to introduce your toddlers to the wonderful world of dance. Parents participate with their child. (Ages 2-4) Thursdays, 10 am Begins Aug 11 Cypress Forest Recreation Center $24 per month (RC) $36 (WO)
OLDSMAR CONNECTS This Is Who We Are – This is Us. The People of Oldsmar. Over 300 Jigsaw Puzzle Pieces, decorated by residents and businesses in unique styles, were included in Oldsmar’s official 2022 Pop Up Art Project. Like a jigsaw puzzle and its pieces, everyone fits together to form the big picture. The final pieces from the community were presented as various murals during the Opening Reception on May 3. The exhibit is now showing at City Hall through midSeptember. If you visit, take photos, and share them on social media using the hashtag #OldsmarConnects. Learn more at OldsmarPopUpArt.com.
oldsmar parks & facili ties guide OLD SMAR SPO RTS CO MP L EX 3120 Tampa Road Daily Hours: Dawn – 11 pm
B I CENT EN N I AL PARK 423 Lafayette Boulevard Daily Hours: Dawn – 10 pm
HA R BOR PALMS NATU RE PARK 1820 Mapleleaf Boulevard Daily Hours: Dawn to Dusk
S H EF FI ELD PARK 1923 Cutty Bay Court Daily Hours: Dawn – 9 pm
R . E . OLD S PARK 107 Shore Drive West Daily Hours: Dawn – 11 pm
V E TERANS MEMO RIAL PARK 250 Shore Drive East Daily Hours: Dawn to Dusk
R I CHAR D ROGE RS PARK 225 Pine Avenue North Daily Hours: Dawn – 10 pm
M OBBLY BEACH PARK* 807 Shore Drive East Daily Hours: Dawn to Dusk
M OBBLY BAYOU W I LD ER N ESS P RESE RV E 423 Lafayette Boulevard Daily Hours: Dawn to Dusk
CYPR ESS FOREST SP RAY PARK* 650 Pine Avenue North (Seasonal Operations April thru November) Daily Hours: 9 am – 7 pm *Parking Fee
CYPRESS FOREST RECREATION CENTER & SPRAY PARK
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Oldsmar Parks & Facilities Guide
Community Community Parks Parks 1
Harbor Palms Nature Park
R.E. Olds Park
Veterans Memorial Park
Mobbly Beach Park
Richard Rogers Park
Sports Complex 8
Oldsmar Sports Complex
Nature Preserve 9
Mobbly Bayou Wilderness Preserve
Recreation Facilities 10 Cypress Forest Recreation Center & Spray Park
Oldsmar City Hall 100 State Street West Oldsmar, FL 34677