Oldsmar holiday happenings page 6
connected city page 11
build the downtown corridor page 12
cool new spray park Oct / Nov / Dec / Jan 2021/22
letter from the mayor ERIC SEIDEL As we near the end of 2021 and ring in 2022,
I am sincerely grateful for our community. Weather events and a worldwide pandemic have not impeded Oldsmar’s progress, vibrancy, and resiliency. The City continues to provide excellent government services as we progress with important initiatives and projects while expanding methods of communication with our residents. Our fiscal year officially starts on October 1, at which time the City Council Priorities are implemented. Adopted annually, you can learn about the significant priorities for the Fiscal Year 2021-22 on page 8. One of these priorities, Build the Downtown Corridor, is highlighted on page 12 and reflects the City’s vision toward creating the vital components needed to transform Oldsmar into an identifiable destination. Supporting other Council priorities, you will find a featured update on the reconstruction of the Oldsmar BMX Supercross Track (page 9), a project in which many riders in Oldsmar, Tampa Bay, and across the globe are patiently waiting its completion. Finally, another vital priority showcases how we Connect the City with our community (page 11). I’m confident you will find a few options you may not have been aware of after learning about the many opportunities there are to be informed and engaged with your local government. Hopefully, the fall and winter seasons will bring not only cooler weather and less humidity, but also time for you to step out and enjoy a new program, event, or activity. This issue of Experience Oldsmar is guaranteed to provide you something new to try, thanks to the City staff who curate these exciting opportunities for our community. Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community. This statement is evident when you read the spotlights on resident Anna Murgado (page 14), business MI Metals (page 28), and program instructor Courtney Sperna (page 22). They certainly make Oldsmar a special place. Lastly, our City Manager, Al Braithwaite, will retire on December 31. We are thankful for his 22-year tenure and contributions to Oldsmar. On January 1, Felicia Donnelly will officially become City Manager, bringing 28 years of local government experience, including 5 here in Oldsmar. We welcome Felicia and wish Al a very happy retirement.
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Oldsmar Sport Complex
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Outdoor Programs / Adventures
Arts & Culture
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Parks & Facilities Guide
2022 MUNICIPAL ELECTION
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Experience Oldsmar Magazine is created by & for those who love this special place.
FLORIDA CITY GOVERNMENT WEEK OCTOBER 18-24
The City of Oldsmar participates in Florida City Government Week with the Florida League of Cities each year. This annual venture provides an opportunity to showcase facilities, equipment, and other assets needed for daily operations. Most importantly, it shines a spotlight on the 150+ servant leaders employed through many departments and divisions whose services impact your life in the Oldsmar community. Be sure to follow the City’s social media accounts to be part of it and be proud of it.
Tuesday, Oct 12, 6 – 7:30 pm The public is invited to preview and provide feedback on the St. Petersburg Drive Complete Streets Project. The project includes extending the following from Dartmouth Ave. to Bayview Blvd. - streetscaping, trail, stormwater improvements, and hardscaping/landscaping features. TECO Hall @ Public Library
Only registered voters are eligible to vote in the Oldsmar Municipal Election on March 8, 2022. For information, deadlines, and assistance, visit VotePinellas.com or call (727) 463-VOTE (8683).
editor-in-chief felicia donnelly
executive editor debb vitraelli
The Qualifying Period for Oldsmar’s 2022 Municipal Election begins October 19 and ends November 19. Open seats will serve a 3-year term from March 15, 2022 to March 18, 2025. These seats are for Mayor, Council Seat 2, and Council Seat 4. Qualifying requirements are available at MyOldsmar.com. For more information, contact the City Clerk’s Office at (813) 749-1115.
designer / photographer mark mcginley graphic artist emilee pennington
CANDIDATES FORUM Tuesday , Jan 11, 7 pm The League of Women Voters of North Pinellas County, in cooperation with the Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce, will host a Candidates Forum for the 2022 March Election. Additional information will be provided as the date approaches. Cover Model: Michael R. Kelzer
Oldsmar Council Chamber, Livestream 3
S PO N SORS & PA RTNE 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.
V E TE RA N S M E M OR IA L WA LL
OU R W E B S I TES
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 Ceremony. For information, call (813) 749-1115.
M i ssi o n S t a t e me nt
Boltsmar.com DowntownOldsmar.com ExperienceOldsmar.com OldsmarLibrary.org SustainableOldsmar.com
To provide leadership, innovation, environmental stewardship, and excellent services in partnership with the community. 4
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 - 4:30 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 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.
COD E EN FO RCE ME NT (813) 749-1129 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 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 – Thursday 9 am – 8 pm Friday – Saturday 9 am – 5 pm Programs, Books, DVDs, WiFi, and Computers.
FIR E R ES CU E 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, Futsal, Soccer, Football, & Cheerleading.
CIT Y COU N CIL Mayor Eric Seidel Vice-Mayor Council Member, Seat 3 Andrew Knapp Council Member, Seat 1 Steve Graber Council Member, Seat 2 Dan Saracki Council Member, Seat 4 Katie Gannon
CIT Y OF F ICIA LS City Manager Al Braithwaite Asst. 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 Nan Bennett
Note: Face masks or coverings are recommended to enter all city facilities.
H OL IDAY CLO S U RES Thanksgiving Thursday, November 25 Friday, November 26 Saturday, November 27
Christmas Thursday, December 23 Friday, December 24 Saturday, December 25
New Year’s Day Friday, December 31 Saturday, January 1
Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday Monday, January 17 5
oldsma r e ve nt s
OCTOBER M O V I E I N T H E PA R K
Friday, Oct 1, 7 pm Free family-friendly movie in the park with social distancing incorporated. Bring a picnic basket and a blanket. Alcohol not permitted. Golf cart parking available. RE Olds Park
PAW- A - PA L O O Z A
Saturday, Oct 9, 1 – 4 pm Through a partnership with the Humane Society Pinellas, this dogfriendly free event features on-site adoptions, shows, contests, food trucks, and more! RE Olds Park
SUNSET SOUNDS CONCERT
Friday, Oct 16, 7 pm Free family-friendly outdoor event featuring live musical entertainment with social distancing incorporated. Bring a picnic basket and a blanket. Golf cart parking available. RE Olds Park
TOYS FOR TOTS
U P P E R TA M PA B AY O K TO B E R F EST
O L D S M A R S A N TA V I S I T S
Friday, Oct 22, 5 - 11 pm Saturday, Oct 23, 11am – 11 pm Sunday, Oct 24, 12 – 6 pm Authentic German food, drink, music, and dancing. Carnival and Midway, Arts & Crafts, and unique contests for log sawing, stein holding, and keg hurling. Tampa Bay Downs $5 admission, FREE for Military and 12 +under OktoberfestTampaBay.com
October thru mid-December City facilities are hosting boxes for new, unwrapped toy donations. City Hall, Library, Fire Station 54 (813) 749-1200
event spotlight 2 N D F R I D AY DOWNTOWN OLDSMAR
Fridays, Oct 8, Nov 12, Dec 10, Jan 14 6 – 10 pm Free monthly family-friendly festival with food vendors, music, arts & craft vendors, and refreshment station just east of City Hall. Presented by the Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce. For additional information, visit UTBchamber.com. 6
Nov 1 – 12 Enter a drawing for a personal visit from Santa Claus to a child’s home in Oldsmar. Winning deliveries made December 6-10. Fire Station 54 (813) 749-1200
S A N TA C L A U S ’ M A I L B O X
O PA L T H E AT E R PRESENTS SHREK JR.
Nov 22 – Dec 10 Drop off letters and wish lists to Santa in his big, red mailbox. Be sure to include your name and a return address so Santa can write back. Front of City Hall (813) 749-1152
Saturday, Oct 23, 7 pm Enjoy the talent of the OPAL Theater group as they present Shrek Jr. during this free family-friendly performance. RE Olds Park
TRE E R ECYCLIN G
Friday, Oct 29, 7 – 9 pm A spooktacular drive thru experience for the entire family. Free event features a haunted trail with tricks about and treats at the end. Oldsmar Sports Complex Enter on Winner’s Way from Curlew Rd
Dec 27 – Jan 29 Remove lights and decorations from your Christmas tree and recycle it for the City to use as mulch. R.E. Olds Park (813) 749-1100
HAUNTED HAPPENINGS DRIVE THRU BOO
SUNSET SOUNDS CONCERT
Friday, Dec 17, 7 pm Free family-friendly outdoor event featuring live musical entertainment with social distancing incorporated. Bring a picnic basket and a blanket. Golf cart parking available. RE Olds Park FREE admission
NOVEMBER M O V I E I N T H E PA R K
Friday, Nov 5, 7 pm Free family-friendly outdoor event featuring live musical entertainment with social distancing incorporated. Bring a picnic basket and a blanket. Golf cart parking available. RE Olds Park
V E T E R A N S D AY CEREMONY
Thursday, Nov 11, 11 am Recognizing those who have served our country and roll call of newly inscribed names on the Memorial Wall during this free annual event. Veterans Memorial Park
TA L E N T S H O W
Friday, Nov 12, 7 – 9 pm Free night of local talent performing acts on stage. This is a family show; participation is open to anyone. Participants must register by Oct 30. RE Olds Park
DRIVE ELECTRIC TA M PA B AY
Saturday, Nov 13, 10 am – 2 pm Free family-friendly event promoting the benefits of electric vehicles with a car exhibit, green market, and environmental education. Front of City Hall DriveElectricTB.com
C E L E B R AT E O L D S M A R
Friday, Nov 19, 5-11 pm Saturday, Nov 20, 11-11 pm Sunday, Nov 21, 12-7 pm Free family fun featuring live music with plenty of arts & craft and food vendors! Saturday features a community parade and fireworks. Sunday’s Car Show will cap off the weekend activities. RE Olds Park CelebrateOldsmar.com
DECEMBER CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND
Friday, Dec 3, 6 – 9 pm Annual free event featuring a giant snow slope, pictures with Santa, concessions and lots of family fun! Arrive by 5 pm to catch Miss Suda’s Dancers year-end Holiday Recital. RE Olds Park
TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
Tuesday, Dec 7, 6 pm Holiday tree lighting ceremony with Citizen of the Year. Program features poetry, caroling, and more! Oldsmar City Hall
H O L I D AY S AT T H E RINK
Saturday, Dec 18 Fun holiday-themed night at the rink that includes hot chocolate, arts and crafts, and artificial snowball fights! Participants must provide own roller or inline skates. Space limited per skating session. 3 sessions: 6 - 6:45 pm, 7 - 7:45 pm, 8 - 8:45 pm Hockey Rink, Oldsmar Sports Complex $5 tickets (RC) $7.50 (WO) Registration: Nov 15 - Dec 17
M O V I E I N T H E PA R K
Friday, Dec 10, 7 pm Free family-friendly movie in the park with social distancing incorporated. Bring a picnic basket and a blanket. Alcohol not permitted. Golf cart parking available. RE Olds Park
B R E A K FA S T W I T H S A N TA
Saturday, Dec 11, 9 am or 10 am Ticket will have a select time slot and include admission, meal, gift, and photo with Santa. R.E. Olds Park Preregistration only $6 (RC) $9 (WO)
3RD ANNUAL GOLF C A R T PA R A D E
Saturday, Dec 11, 6 pm Join golf cart enthusiasts for a decorated holiday parade through downtown. $5 Registration Fee/Cart Registration: Nov 4 - Dec 10
JANUARY FITNESS BLAST
Saturday, Jan 8, 11 am Kick off the new year by finding ways to meet your fitness resolutions. Free event features all of our exercise programs through demos, meet and greets, giveaways, and more. RE Olds Park 7
cit y c ounc i l & b oa rd m e et i ngs 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.
O CTOB E R Tuesday, October 5, 7 pm City Council Thursday, October 7, 4 pm Code Enforcement Board Wednesday, October 13, 6:30 pm Planning Board Tuesday, October 19, 7 pm City Council Wednesday, October 27, 6 pm Board of Adjustment
NOVE MB E R Tuesday, November 2, 7 pm City Council Thursday, November 4, 4 pm Code Enforcement Board Monday, November 8, 6 pm Leisure Services Advisory Board Wednesday, November 10, 6:30 pm Planning Board Tuesday, November 16, 7 pm City Council Wednesday, November 17, 6 pm Board of Adjustment (holiday date change)
DECEM B E R
city council priorities
Wednesday, December 1, 2 pm Fire Fighter Pension Board Thursday, December 2, 4 pm Code Enforcement Board
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:
Tuesday, December 7, 7 pm City Council
GOAL: ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OBJECTIVES
Wednesday, December 8, 6:30 pm Planning Board Wednesday, December 15, 6 pm Board of Adjustment (holiday date change) Tuesday, December 21, 7 pm City Council
JANUA RY Tuesday, January 4, 7 pm City Council Thursday, January 6, 4 pm Code Enforcement Board Wednesday, January 12, 6:30 pm Planning Board Tuesday, January 18, 7 pm City Council Monday, January 24, 4 pm Veterans Advisory Board Wednesday, January 26, 6 pm Board of Adjustment *Meetings are subject to change
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
city updates NEW WASTE & RECYCLING S ERVICE PR OV IDE R
Beginning October 1, the City will utilize Orion Waste Solutions for Residential Solid Waste, Residential Recycling, and Commercial Solid Waste services for residents and businesses in Oldsmar. To ensure a smooth transition, please note that your current scheduled days of pickup and curbside carts will remain the same. Service questions for Residential and Commercial account holders will be answered by Orion by calling (727) 561-0360 or visiting OrionWaste.com/ OLDSMAR. For a list of acceptable items, visit SustainableOldsmar.com. RECYCLING Single-stream recycling allows residents to combine all recyclable materials into one single cart for collection. Orion Waste Solutions will collect residential recycling once a week. Place the cart at the curb by 7 am on your designated pickup day. SOLID WASTE The City will collect residential solid waste two times per week. Orion Waste Solutions will collect residential solid waste twice a week. Household solid waste shall be drained of liquid, bagged, and sealed before placement in residential automated garbage carts to prevent litter, odors, and vermin. Carts and containers shall be filled to allow lids to fully close and shall not exceed 50 pounds in weight. Place the cart at the curb by 7 am on your designated pickup day. YARD WASTE Yard waste means grass, leaves, and brush (i.e., small branches, twigs, palm fronds) from general yard maintenance. It does not include materials from tree removal, land clearing, or home renovation projects. Have yard waste at the curb by 7 am on one of your SOLID WASTE pickup days. Bundle and place it within 2 feet of the curb/edge of the pavement and at least 3 feet away from any other objects. Scattered yard waste will not be collected.
OLDSMAR BMX REBUILDING ITS FUTURE
Reconstruction is presently underway at the Oldsmar BMX Supercross Track – anticipated to be one of the top supercross tracks in the world. Estimated to be complete in Spring of 2022, the Oldsmar BMX Supercross includes a new design to provide access and stage riders for the amateur and pro hills. Additionally, the slope of the amateur hill has been modified to provide a better experience for all riders. City staff is already planning unique Learnto-Ride Programs, Beginner Leagues, BMX Camps, and Racing Leagues to begin next year. To stay up-to-date, visit OldsmarBMXsupercross.com.
BURBANK ROAD EXTENSION
Providing an essential north-south connection that enhances both the roadway network and economic development, the Burbank Road Extension project was completed in September 2021. The project provided an important extension of Burbank Road from Tampa Road north to Douglas Road. Improvements included constructing a 2-way roadway with storm sewer, curb and gutter, sidewalk, and a 10-foot-wide multiple use trail.
cool new spray park SPRAY PARK RECONSTRUCTION
Oldsmar’s Spray Park, located at Cypress Forest Recreation Center, recently opened with new and improved play elements. Themed to provide a connection to the surrounding wetland environment, the interactive park features an alligator slide, frogs on a log, snake cannons, and ground sprays for all ages and abilities to enjoy. Funding for this project was made possible from a $200,000 grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The Spray Park is open daily 9 am – 7 pm through Nov 30. Parking is available with an annual parking pass ($2.68 for Oldsmar residents) or for $5 per day.
connected city 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.
DI G I TAL
T RA DIT ION AL
YouTube Channels for City, Library, Public Works, Experience Oldsmar
Public Notices of City Council, Advisory Board meeting agendas in City Hall 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
G E T SOC IAL @OldsmarFlorida @Oldsmar
ALERT Pinellas notifications via phone, email, text Website calendars for City, Library, Leisure Services Social Media Accounts established for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
City Council, Advisory Board meetings livestreamed on City YouTube Channel Facebook Live – Coffee with the Mayor day following City Council meeting Monthly E-Blasts from City Manager, Leisure Services, Library Monthly Podcasts featuring City staff and community stakeholders
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.
CityOfOldsmar @OldsmarFlorida For podcasts visit: ExperienceOldsmar.com
build the downtown corridor As a City Council priority for many years, the City of Oldsmar has initiated efforts to enhance the Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) by creating an identifiable, vibrant, and walkable downtown along State Street and St. Petersburg Drive. To support this vision, the City has invited input from the community over 80 times at various public meetings since 2001. Since establishing a CRA in 1994, there have been many investments to improve the area, and progress toward the vision of creating a downtown. Some of the public investments include upgrades to the potable water system, construction of streetscape elements (parking, lighting, crosswalks, etc.), renovation of the former Oldsmar Bank building and the State Street Center, and construction of the Oldsmar Public Library. The City also bought land for the redevelopment of a “downtown” corridor. The City owns about 7 acres of land next to and north of the Library labeled “Library Site” along St. Petersburg Drive, and about 8 acres of land, the “City Hall” site, which includes property on the north side of State Street from SR 580 to Washington Avenue.
C IT Y HALL SI T E Throughout the years, the City, in collaboration with its citizens, created many different conceptual plans for the City Hall site including Olds Square, REO Station, Park Plaza, Market Square, USF CRA Master Plan, Town Center Plan, and Oldsmar Town Center Sketch. While the other plans were different from each other, they included similar thematic elements of residential housing, commercial/retail activity and public space. Over the years, there have been many efforts to attract developers to build the elements of these plans. In 2019 & 2020, City Council evaluated several proposals. In November 2020, the City Council authorized the City Manager to negotiate with Woodfield Development, LLC to construct a mixed-used development containing apartment homes, a parking garage, and commercial space on the site in addition to City Hall, a future city park, and a future boutique hotel. There are many steps to any development, and this one is no exception. The City invites you to learn about the process and offer your input.
Proposed Concept Rendering
Please visit DowntownOldsmar.com for the most current information.
Proposed Concept Rendering
LIB RA RY SIT E Past plans for the Library site property have included a multi-modal transportation facility (connecting to the CSX line), a community center, townhouses, and most recently, a hotel. In February 2021, the City Council authorized the City Manager to negotiate with Devon S Rushnell, LLC to construct a mixed-use development consisting of townhouses and live/work units along St. Petersburg Drive to provide commercial activity. The proposal also contained a vision for a small theatre, which would be constructed and operated by the City. As there are also many steps to this development, please take the time to learn more and participate in the process. Please visit DowntownOldsmar.com for the most current information. Before any building can start at these sites, there must be a development agreement. A development agreement has two public hearings at City Council meetings. To subscribe to meeting agendas, visit MyOldsmar.com or call the City Clerk at (813) 749-1115.
resident spotlight “Every day is a blessing – just step outside your front door and experience the joy of living.” 14
Meet Anna Murgado
If you walk down Shore Drive East at the south end of the road, you may find a wonderful lady waving hello while she sits idly in her favorite chair on her front porch. If you wave back, you have just made a friend with Anna Murgado. Her 90-year life history reads like an encyclopedia. Her family story centers around Anna being a full-blooded Cherokee Indian. Her grandfather was only four years old when his family was led along the ‘Trail of Tears’ from northern Georgia to Oklahoma. Raised on a farm, her family relied on yearly crops, selling eggs, and cream from their Jersey cows. Many neighbors suffered from the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl effects. Yet, her family always shared firewood, kerosene, and food with those without such necessities. A trait that continues with Anna today. After high school, she joined the Army, stationed in Tokyo, Japan, alongside General Douglas McArthur. There, she met and married her husband, Cecile ‘Mac” Murgado, whose Castilian Spanish family had come from Cuba before settling in Florida. After four years of service, Anna left as a sergeant, graduated from college, and taught special education in Kansas. Their only child, daughter Kim, was born, and soon they tired of the cold winters. The family ventured to Florida and found a lot in Oldsmar across the street from Upper Tampa Bay and moved into their new home in 1966. Back then, the city had around 700 residents. It was a time when everyone knew everyone. Neighbors helped neighbors and depended on each other for companionship and entertainment. The Murgado home was a safe house for kids to visit after school to do their homework, learn knitting, make bread, and play some tunes on the piano until it was time to go home. Each Halloween, families enjoyed making candied apples and serving hot cocoa from a witch’s cauldron. Along with two other teachers, Anna started the specialeducation program in Hillsborough County. During this time, her husband had Multiple Sclerosis, evolving into a person with quadriplegia. As a result, Anna left teaching to become his caregiver, which continued for over 33 years until his passing. Never one to slow down, she continued to give to others by making dolls sold locally to fund missionaries in Kentucky to buy shoes for the Appalachian children whose families couldn’t afford such. She walked to raise money for Relay for Life and earned beads to create necklaces for cancer patients through a local charity - ‘Hope You Can Hold.’ She loved kayaking along the shorelines and spoil islands, cleaning up areas to help fish continue to spawn. As a Friends of the Oldsmar Library member for over 20 years, her goal was to keep the community tied to the library. Now legally blind, Anna may have slowed down the many activities she dearly enjoyed, but it hasn’t stopped her from continuing to care about others. She certainly is a treasure to our community.
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) *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.
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. 16
SH E LT E R R E N TA L IN FOR M AT ION Shelter rentals can be made 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 lWicense) 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)
older adult programs SI LVER SNEAKE RS®
P ICN IC IN T H E PA R K
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. Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 am Cypress Forest Recreation Center $4 per class (RC) $6 (WO) FREE with Medicare approval
Socialize with friends at a different park in Oldsmar over a lunch or snack. Guest speakers will be scheduled for each picnic. Tuesdays, Oct 19, Nov 16, Dec 21, Jan 18 11:30 am – 12:30 pm FREE with rec card
CHAI R YOG A
Join your friends on a day trip to local destinations. Trips leave State Street Center by 9 am and generally return by 4 pm. All trips are on Thursdays Registration deadline is one week before trip date. $5 (RC) $7.50 (WO) plus any applicable admission costs
This class focuses on core strength for balance, stretching for flexibility, and mind & body relaxation. All poses are performed in a chair or standing using the chair for added support. All levels welcome. Wednesdays and Fridays, 11 am Cypress Forest Recreation Center $4 per class (RC) $6 (WO)
DAY T R IP S
ZUMBA® G O L D
Try this low impact fitness class with music from around the world. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 am Cypress Forest Recreation Center $5 per class (RC) $7.50 (WO)
JOUR NAL AND CO FFE E CLU B Gather and socialize with friends to discuss each week’s journal article over coffee. Second and Fourth Thursdays, 9:30 am Cypress Forest Recreation Center FREE with rec card
PAGE T URNERS BO O K CLU B Learn something new during each book club meeting. Readers acquire their own copy of the books. Second and Fourth Thursdays, 11 am Cypress Forest Recreation Center FREE with rec card
WED NESDAY WAL K E RS Walk parks and trails with us and your friends. This walking program includes a 30-45-minute walk with stops for snacks and drinks. Wednesdays, 8 am State Street Center $2 per session (RC) $4 (WO)
(RC) = with rec card (WO) = without rec card
oldsmar spor ts complex
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
M E N ’S SOF T BA LL LEAG U E 10-week men’s league ending with a single elimination tournament. Join as a team for recreational fun. Tuesdays, 6:45 pm, 7:50 pm and 8:55 pm $400 League Fee
OLD S M A R YOU T H S OCCE R C LU B Offering recreational and competitive programs for boys and girls. (Ages 19 and under) OldsmarSoccer.com
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
(RC) = with rec card (WO) = without rec card
OUTDOOR HOCKEY RINK HOC K EY CAMPS Check out the CAMPS section for information on Fall and Winter Hockey Camps!
YOUT H HOCKEY S K I L LS D EVELOP ME NT This 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 16 players per age group. Session 1 begins Nov 3 Session 2 begins Jan 19 (Age groups 3-6, 7-9, 10-13) Wednesdays: (Ages 7-9) 6 – 6:45 pm (Ages 10-13) 7 – 7:45 pm Saturdays: (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
A D U LT COMPE T ITIVE BAL L HOC K EY LEAGUE 8-week competitive league for players with intermediate to advanced skills. Join as a team or contact us for individual placement. (Ages 16 & Up) Mondays, 6 pm FREE
A D U LT N OVI C E BAL L H O CK EY LEAG UE 8-week adult league all about having fun! This league is for beginner to intermediate skill levels. Join as a team or contact us for individual placement. (Ages 40 & Up) Thursdays, 6 pm FREE
F U TSAL Exciting, fast-paced, small-sided soccer game that emphasizes technical skill. Youth (14 & Under): Tuesdays, 6 – 7:15 pm Adult (15 & Over) : Tuesdays, 7:15 – 8:30 pm FREE 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.
youth programs PR ESC HOO L PLAY
OLD S M A R BASK E T BA LL ACA D EM Y
Open play with fun toys and a junior bounce house with parent supervision. Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 – 11 am Cypress Forest Recreation Center FREE with rec card
Basketball players will hone and enhance their skills through group instruction by Coach Bob Marinak. Wednesdays Elementary School Ages, 6:30 pm Middle School Ages, 7:30 pm Cypress Forest Recreation Center $45 per month (RC) $67.50 (WO)
VOLLEY BAL L ACADEMY Take your game to the next level with volleyball skill development. (Ages 9-17) Beginners: Tuesdays, 6:45 pm Intermediate: Tuesdays, 7:45 pm Cypress Forest Recreation Center $50 per month (RC) $75 (WO)
VOLLEY BAL L PLAY AND L EARN Volleyball instruction through game play. (Ages 9-17) Mondays, 6:30 pm Cypress Forest Recreation Center $35 per month (RC) $52.50 (WO)
D RAWI N G AND CARTO O NING Learn sketching, figure drawing, perspective, inking, and more. Wednesdays (Ages 7-12) 6:15 pm (Ages 12 & Up) 7:15 pm Cypress Forest Recreation Center $40 per month (RC) $60 (WO)
FAMI LY CARDIO DRU MMING Cardio through rhythm and fun for the whole family. Two family member minimum from each family to participate. Saturdays, 9:30 am Cypress Forest Recreation Center $10 per pair per class (RC) $15 (WO) $2 for each additional family member (RC) $3 (WO)
T IN Y TOT DA N CE This is a great way to introduce your toddlers to the wonderful world of dance. (Ages 2-4) Thursdays, 10 am Cypress Forest Recreation Center $24 per month (RC) $36 (WO)
P R E-S CH OOL PA RT IES Bring your toddler to our monthly themed parties featuring game play, arts and crafts, and a snack. (Ages 2-5) Fridays, 10 – 11 am Oct 8, Nov 12, and Dec 10 Cypress Forest Recreation Center $2 per visit (RC) $3 (WO)
PA R E N T ’S N IG H T OU T Take a night off while your children enjoy themed fun. Pizza dinner included. (Ages 5-12) Fridays, Sept 24, Oct 22, Nov 19, Dec 17, Jan 21 6 – 10:30 pm Cypress Forest Recreation Center $10 per night (RC) $15 (WO)
FALL CAMP (Ages 5-12) Campers will enjoy games, art projects, nature activities, and trips to Oldsmar parks. Monday, Nov 22 – Wednesday, Nov 24 7 am – 6 pm Cypress Forest Recreation Center $60 (RC) $90 (WO)
FALL BALL H O CKEY CAMP (Ages 9-14) Learn more about the game of hockey, sharpen your skills, and have fun. Monday, Nov 22 – Wednesday, Nov 24 9 am – 12 pm Oldsmar Sports Complex Hockey Rink $25 (RC) $37.50 (WO)
WI N T ER CAMP (Ages 5-12) Campers will participate in gym games, art projects, nature activities and take trips to local Oldsmar parks. Session 1: Monday, Dec 20 - Wednesday, Dec 22 (No camp December 23 or 24) Session 2: Monday, Dec 27 - Monday, Jan 3 (No camp December 31) 7 am - 6 pm Cypress Forest Recreation Center Both Sessions: $150 (RC) $225 (WO) Session 1: $60(RC) $90 (WO) Session 2: $100 (RC) $150 (WO)
WI N T ER BAL L H O CK EY CAMP S (Ages 9-14) Have a little outdoor winter fun while sharpening your hockey skills. Session 1: Monday, Dec 20 - Wednesday, Dec 22 (No camp on December 23 or 24) Session 2: Monday, Dec 27 - Thursday, Dec 30 9 am -12 pm Oldsmar Sports Complex Hockey Rink Session 1: $25 (RC) $37.50 (WO) Session 2: $30 (RC) $45 (WO
P H OTOG RA P H Y CLU B (Ages 13-17) Teens will get together weekly to share and grow their photography skills. Wednesdays, 3 pm Cypress Forest Recreation Center FREE with rec card
B LACK LIG H T PA IN T PA RT Y (Ages 11-15) Teens can express their creativity with blacklight canvas painting while socializing with friends over music and pizza. Supplies and pizza will be provided. Preregistration required. Friday, Oct 8, 6 – 8 pm Cypress Forest Recreation Center $5 (RC) $7.50 (WO)
N E R F N IG H T (Ages 11-15) Battle your friends with your Nerf gear on our court. Preregistration required. Fridays, Oct 8, Nov 12, Dec 10, Jan 14 6 – 8 pm Cypress Forest Recreation Center $5 (RC) $7.50 (WO)
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What brought you to teach in Oldsmar? After teaching Cardio Drumming for over a year, I had a good grasp on what I was doing and had been debating starting a class in a new city for quite some time with one of my friends, Melanie. We were up in the air on where to begin one, but then another friend of mine, Alexis, born and raised in Oldsmar, suggested we try the city she loves. It takes a tribe to build a tribe! I am so grateful for her suggestion because I could not be happier in Oldsmar. Oldsmar was, without a doubt, one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
Me et Cour tney Courtney Sperna is the lead instructor for one of the most popular classes in Oldsmar - Cardio Drumming. Born in Illinois and later raised in South Carolina, she graduated from Clearwater High School in 1999. She has an associate’s degree in Mass Communications from St. Petersburg College and has been a full-time pharmacy tech for 20+ years. But, she says, “helping people is in my soul.”
What inspired you to become a Cardio Drumming instructor? I’m going to be completely honest - I have never worked out. I’ve never belonged to a gym. Not my jam, BORING. But I LOVE music. I knew I needed to lose weight but didn’t know how, nor did I want to start a gym membership that I wouldn’t use. After my first cardio drumming class, I was HOOKED! I couldn’t believe you could have so much fun working out. To me, it’s not working out because we have a blast every class. I dropped from XL to Medium (over 40 pounds) quickly and was able to keep it off with Cardio Drumming and good nutrition. I wanted to share with everyone how it IS possible to have fun and get a rocking body at the same time.
What are some other hobbies you enjoy? I love listening to live music. Thursdays after class, you can catch me at Fairway Pizza with my light-up tambourine rocking out to Derek Sivers; if you haven’t heard him before, you are missing out. Traveling, I love to explore new places. I always enjoy spending time with my Mom and friends. Driving around our golf cart with my husband and dog to watch the sunsets in Crystal Beach is a great way to end my day.
What is one fun fact about you? I can play four instruments and was in the Color Guard for one season while in a marching band.
What do you enjoy most about teaching? That’s a hard one. Cardio Drumming is life-changing. It pushed me to become the best person I can be. When a drummer tells me they had the worst day ever and then come to class, and that’s just what they needed, it makes my heart so full. We have created a community that supports each other, lifts each other up when one is down and encourages each other to do better. We are a judgment-free class. I have said it before - if I can change just one person’s day, inspire one person, make one person smile, then my job is complete. The joy this class brings to our tribe, the friendships we have created, I don’t just enjoy it; I LOVE IT! There have been numerous times this class has made me cry tears of happiness.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with the community? Please reach out to me if you have any questions about our class. I love showing people what Cardio Drumming is all about and how it can benefit you physically and mentally. You can find us on Instagram, and we have a private Facebook group - search for Oldsmar Cardio Drumming. If you want to reach me directly, email me at Coachcourtneys@gmail. com. Your first class is FREE, and spots are limited, so call Cypress Forest at 813-749-1152 to book your spot. 22
BAS K E T BA LL
Increase your balance and soothe your mind. Beginners 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)
Enjoy a pickup game with friends or grab a ball to work on your skills. Fridays, 6 – 8:30 pm Saturdays, 1:30 – 3:30 pm Cypress Forest Recreation Center $1 per visit (RC) $1.50 (WO)
CAMP GLADIATO R© The nation’s largest and fastest growing adult outdoor fitness company for ALL fitness levels. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 5 am, 6:15 am and 9:30 am Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:15 pm Bicentennial Park Membership rates start as low as $65 per month Visit campgladiator.com for more information.
ZUMBA® 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)
SUNSE T YO G A Complete your day by being present in the moment and relaxing with Sunset Yoga. Preregistration is required. Wednesdays, 6 pm RE Olds Park (Weather permitting) State Street Center (Inclement weather back up) $5 per class (RC) $7.50 (WO)
CAR D I O DRU MMING Cardio through rhythm and fun! Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30 – 6:30 pm Cypress Forest Recreation Center $7 per class (RC) $10.50 (WO)
Pi YO LI VE This class combines 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)
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, 12 – 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
P ICK LE BA LL / T E N N IS LES SON S Offering introductory and intermediate lessons for pickleball and tennis. All skill levels and ages are welcome. Pickleball Lessons: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12 – 1 pm Saturdays, 1 – 2 pm Tennis Lessons: Tuesdays, 7:30 – 10:30 am Thursdays, 4:30 – 6 pm Saturdays, 12 – 2 pm Bicentennial Park Lesson pricing determined by onsite instructor
BA D M IN TON Bring your racquet and enjoy the competition. Two indoor badminton nets are available. Thursdays, 7 – 8:45 pm Saturdays, 10:45 am – 1 pm Cypress Forest Recreation Center $1 per visit (RC) $1.50 (WO)
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outdoor programs & adventures OLD S M A R ORG A N IC COM M U N IT Y G A R D E N Membership with this non-profit includes gardening in raised bed plots and educational sessions on organic gardening year-round. Bicentennial Park For information, visit OOCG.org.
D OG T RA INING BASI C DO G M A N N E RS
Classes instructed by a certified dog trainer and are based on positive reinforcement and rewardbased training. Proof of vaccines required. Pinch, prong, and choke collars not permitted. Wednesdays, 5:30 - 6:30 pm Cypress Forest Recreation Center $85 per 6-week session (RC) $127.50 (WO) STA R P U P PY
Puppies will learn about new and novel objects, standard commands, loose leash walking, and more. Proof of vaccines required. Pinch, prong, and choke collars not permitted. Thursdays, 5:30 - 6:30 pm Cypress Forest Recreation Center $85 per 6-week session (RC) $127.50 (WO)
EQUI PME NT 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 BO CCE BA L L CO URTS
Veterans Park DI SC G O LF CO URS E
Sheffield Park P I CK LEBA L L CO U RTS
E M POW ER ADVE NTU RES ZIP LINE 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 D I SC G O L F CLU B Oldsmar Disc Golf Course features 18 holes with various tee placements for all levels of play. Beginner Basics – Saturdays, 9:30 am Handicap Games – Saturdays, 10 am Sheffield Park For information, call (727) 888-4420. 25
ar ts & c ultu r e OPA L T H EAT E R Explore the art of musical theater for all levels. (Ages 8 & Up) Mondays, 6 – 8 pm TECO Hall, Oldsmar Public Library $75 per month (RC) $112.50 (WO)
A RT W IT H F R IE N D S Join other artists to socialize while using your favorite medium to create art. All skill levels welcome. Mondays, 9 am – 12 pm Cypress Forest Recreation Center $1 per visit (RC) $1.50 (WO)
M AG IC W IT H M A R K Learn the art of magic with everyday items such as playing cards, pencils, balls, coins, and ropes. Materials included. (Ages 9-17) Mondays, 6 pm Cypress Forest Recreation Center $45 per month (RC) $67.50 (WO)
M IS S S U DA’S DA N CE RS Group, solo, advanced dance classes, and seasonal recitals throughout the year. Hip Hop: Wednesdays, 6:30 – 7:15 pm Advanced Theater Dance: 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)
WOM E N W H O WOR K PORT RA IT A RT EX H IB IT
Presented by the Women’s Caucus for Art, Florida Chapter A composite of 36 portraits of 36 different women artists, created to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage. Exhibition runs through Friday, Nov 5 Oldsmar City Hall
T ESA ART EXHIBIT
Presented by TESA, The Exhibiting Society of Artists TESA is a vibrant community of professional artists in the Tampa Bay area. Many of the members are accomplished art educators in various mediums and established, award-winning artists. Opening Reception Tuesday, Nov 16, 5 – 7 pm Exhibition runs through Friday, Jan 7 Oldsmar City Hall For information, call (813) 749-1152. (RC) = with rec card (WO) = without rec card 27
MI ME TALS, INC . In 1983, one of the top leaders in the aluminum extrusion industry officially set up shop in Oldsmar on a dirt street, formerly known as Gim Gong Road. Metal Industries started operations with a plant consisting of two aluminum extrusion presses, a cast house, and an anodizing line. The company selected Oldsmar for its central location between Tampa and Clearwater, and the City’s friendly approach to business development for manufacturing. The plant was built primarily to provide extrusions for internal use and initially supplied a small number of extrusions to outside customers. In 1997, MI Metals was formed as a standalone company separate from Metal Industries and began producing more extrusions for other building and construction-related customers. In 1998, they expanded the extrusion capabilities with a new plant in Millen, Georgia that included a new extrusion press and a 20’ electrostatic paint line. In 1999, MI Metals added extrusion plants in Smyrna, Tennessee, and Prescott, Arizona to MI Metals through an acquisition. Their four strategic locations provide them the flexibility to meet their client demands by providing the highest quality American-made aluminum products available.
BROOK MASSEY MI METALS PRESIDENT/OWNER
‘Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.’ Benjamin Franklin
Thirty-eight years later, the Florida division has 84 team members and 317 team members gained through various attainments. In 2013, current owner Brook Massey purchased MI Metals, Inc. from J.T. Walker. Under his leadership, MI Metals achieved ISO 9001:2015 certification in November 2020 for their documented quality management system, demonstrating their dedication to quality and customer service. The Florida division is the proud recipient of Oldsmar’s ‘Business of the Quarter’ Award, presented for the 3rd quarter of 2020. MI Metals proudly supports AmSkills, a Manufacturing Training and Apprenticeship program that teaches employable manufacturing skills in the hopes of recruiting skilled residents in the Oldsmar area. In addition, they are actively involved in the Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC), an international trade association dedicated to advancing the effective use of aluminum extrusions in North America. The company continuously supports local youth sports teams, sponsors blood drives, and partners with many local organizations. This manufacturer has had a significant presence in many things we take for granted. Aside from providing materials needed for windows, doors, and other aluminum products, MI Metals produced tents for COVID-19 testing and vaccination facilities, as well as make-shift hospitals. All made in Oldsmar – with pride.
and success have no meaning.’ Benjamin Franklin
oldsmar public library PROGRAMS & SERVICES For the latest information regarding programs and services, please visit our website.
ADDRESS 400 St. Petersburg Dr. E. Oldsmar, FL 34677
PHONE Main (813) 749-1178 Children’s (813) 749-1179 Reference Desk (813) 749-1181
HOURS Monday-Thursday 9 am – 8 pm Friday and Saturday 9 am – 5 pm Closed Sunday
SOCIAL MEDIA @OldsmarLibrary @OldsmarLibrary OldsmarLibrary.BlogSpot.com FIRST FRIDAY MOVIES
(All ages) Join us in TECO Hall and enjoy a free movie. Bring your own snacks and refreshments. To find out what movies are showing, call (813) 749-1178.
TECO Hall Fridays, 1 pm Oct 1, Nov 5, Dec 3, Jan 7
USING ONLINE LIBRARY RESOURCES Interested in learning more about how to use the many resources the Library has available online? Download books, stream movies, learn a foreign language, or do research using reputable resources all for free with your library card. This free demonstration of our resources includes assistance in getting started so you can use these resources at home.
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEW YOUTUBE CHANNEL
TECO Hall - Saturday, Oct 16, 2 pm
Did you know that the Library YouTube Channel features an engaging collection of Story Time with Mr. Anthony and Rhyme Time with Mr. Anthony videos. Search for Oldsmar Public Library on YouTube.
MUSEUM PASS PROGRAM IS BACK Check out passes for up to 2 adults and 3 children for FREE admission to the following local museums: Museum of Fine Arts, Florida Holocaust Museum, The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art, Great Explorations Children’s Museum, Henry B. Plant Museum, Leepa Rattner Museum of Art, Dunedin History Museum, Tampa Bay History Center. Passes are limited, so ask at the Circulation desk about availability.
children’s programs SPACE EXPLORATIONS PRESENTED BY GREAT EXPLORATIONS CHILDREN’S MUSEUM (Ag es 7 -1 2 )
Space is limited, pre-registration required. Program will be held in the Children’s Story Time Room. Call (813) 749-1179 for information or visit our website.
MARS LANDING Come on a journey with us through space, experiencing the excitement of liftoff from Earth to touchdown on Mars. Through problem-solving and space science, students will be challenged to think critically about how best to land their rovers on the alien terrain of Mars. This Space Explorations module is a great way to engage students in the extensive Mars exploration missions that NASA has been launching recently and now! Wednesday, Oct 13, 3 pm
STARS AND CONSTELLATIONS Orion’s Belt, the Big Dipper, the North Star – this Space Explorations module will not only teach students about some of the most well-known constellations, but we will dive into the science of stars. How stars are formed, what their lifespan is, and their significance to scientific study – these are the questions we will seek to answer together. Wednesday, Nov 17, 3 pm
THE SOLAR SYSTEM How much do you know about our solar system? We are going to dive into the fun facts about our planets that you don’t get to hear often in this Space Explorations module. Do you think Mercury is the hottest planet? Think again! Why are days so long for some planets and shorter for others? We will jump into these questions and more for a completely immersive educational experience. Wednesday, Dec 8, 3 pm
THE MOON, GRAVIT Y, AND COME TS In this Space Explorations module, we focus on how gravity affects us here on Earth versus in zero gravity, like on the moon. Speaking of gravity, we will discuss how comets, asteroids, and other phenomena are influenced by its pull on planets and the moon. A deep dive into how space breaks all of our rules here on Earth, you can look forward to pushing students’ understanding of the world around us to new heights. Wednesday, Jan 12, 3 pm
HO L I DAY SA FE T Y T I P S Did you know that a candle starts more than one-third of Halloween fires? In addition, decorations are the first thing to ignite in over 800 house fires each year. The Oldsmar Fire Department offers these essential safety tips to help the community remain safe during the upcoming holiday season.
KITCHENS AND COOKING Stay in the kitchen when cooking to keep an eye on food in the oven and stovetop. Steam or splashing hot liquids can cause severe burns. Cover pots and pans when possible.
CHRISTMAS TREES Natural trees should have fresh, green needles that don’t fall off when touched. Cut 2-inches from the trunk base before placing it into the stand. Set tree at least three feet away from any heat source and away from any exits. Add water DAILY to the tree stand and turn off the lights before leaving home or going to bed. Recycle your tree at R.E. Olds Park Dec 27 – Jan 29.
Keep children at least three feet away from the stove. Organize electric cords from appliances, so they are not dangling from counters. Hide matches, utility lighters, and sharp knives up high in a locked cabinet. Keep the kitchen floor clear of items, such as grocery bags, to prevent tripping hazards.
HOLIDAY DECORATIONS Choose decorations that are flame-resistant and retardant. Use battery-powered candles instead of real candles. Keep decorations away from open flames, heat sources, windows, and doors. Never leave children alone in a room with a lit candle. Make sure nothing blocks exits and escape routes. Keep lit candles away from flammable decorations, and do not on the tree.
HALLOWEEN COSTUMES Stay away from using long, trailing fabric. If wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough for a child to see out. Avoid open flames – including pumpkins with candles inside. Use flashlights or glowsticks inside carved pumpkins and as part of a child’s costume. Make sure your child knows how to STOP, DROP, and ROLL if their clothing catches fire.
HOLIDAY LIGHTS Use clips, not nails, to hang lights, so cords do not get damaged. Some lights are only for indoor OR outdoor use, but not both. Only use lights listed by a qualified testing laboratory. Replace string lights with worn or broken cords and loose bulb connections. Only connect the number of light strands shown with the instructions. 32
F IR E PR EVENTION WEEK OCT 9 - 15
LEARN THE SOUNDS OF FIRE SAFETY™ The 2021 Campaign for Fire Prevention Week educates everyone about the different sounds the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms make. Know what to do when an alarm sounds to keep you and your family safe. When an alarm makes noise, such as a beeping or chirping sound, you MUST take quick action. Be sure to test alarms twice a year by pushing the designated test button on each unit. WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? A SMOKE alarm will sound a continued set of THREE loud beeps when set off due to smoke or fire. A CARBON MONOXIDE (CO) Alarm will sound a continued set of FOUR loud beeps. When these alarms go off, they indicate a problem and you need to immediately evacuate your dwelling. Call 9-1-1 and stay outside until help arrives. CHIRPS AND TIPS A single chirp every 30 to 60 seconds means the battery is low and must be changed. If you change the battery and the alarm still chirps, the unit is expiring soon, and you need to purchase new alarms. Every ten years, you MUST replace smoke alarms. Replace batteries when you change clocks during Daylight Savings Time adjustments. WHAT IF SOMEONE IN MY HOME IS DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING? There are smoke alarms and alert devices that alert people who are deaf or hard of hearing. These devices include strobe lights that flash to alert people when the smoke alarm sounds. Pillow or bed shakers designed to work with your smoke alarm also can be purchased and installed.
sustainability OLDSMAR ORGANIC COMMUNITY GARDEN 10 YEAR CELEBRATION & OPEN HOUSE Stop by to purchase plants and goods donated by members of the Organic Garden, celebrating 10 years in the community. Opportunity to sign up for the new planting season. Saturday, Oct 23, 9am – 1 pm Oldsmar Organic Community Garden Bicentennial Park OOCG.org
FINANCIAL SUSTAINABILITY SERIES Are you struggling to make and stick to a budget? Do you spend more than you should at the grocery store? Do you worry about retirement? If you answered yes to any of these questions, join Sustainable Oldsmar and our partners as we explore ways to become more financially secure. Note: registration required for each event. Please register via the links provided at SustainableOldsmar. com. Virtual meeting links will be sent to registrants via Eventbrite. If you do not receive link, please check your spam folder and/or email Ashlee Painter at apainter@ myoldsmar.com.
Budgeting 101 Learn the basics of how to create a budget and stick to it during this free session designed to help you plan for now and the future. Thursday, Oct 7, 6 – 7 pm State Street Center
Having Fun for Little to No Cost It doesn’t cost a fortune to have a little fun. Learn how to utilize free or low cost services during this free presentation by the Oldsmar Public Library and Leisure Services. Saturday, Oct 16, 9:30 – 10:30 am TECO Hall, Oldsmar Public Library or Virtual
Don’t Flush Money Down the Drain A single leak can waste 30-1,000 gallons of water per day. Learn how to detect water leaks, read your water meter, and save water around your house during this free session. Thursday, Oct 28, 6 – 7 pm State Street Center
Simple Energy Saving Tips COASTAL CLEANUP Free opportunity to help keep Oldsmar’s coastal areas and shorelines clean. Wear closed toed shoes. Trash pickers and buckets provided. For information and to register, call (813) 749-1152. Saturdays, Oct 23, Jan 29 10 am RE Olds Park
Join Tampa Electric during this free session to discover the biggest energy users in your home and simple tips to save on your energy usage. Thursday, Nov 4, 6 – 7 pm State Street Center
TREE RECYCLING Oldsmar residents are able to recycle their Christmas trees, which the City converts to mulch for beautification projects. Please remove all lights, ornaments, decorations, and tinsel and drop it off at the designated location in the park. Dec 27 - Jan 29 RE Olds Park 33
oldsmar parks & facilities guide OLD SMAR SPO RTS CO MP L EX 3120 Tampa Road Daily Hours: Dawn – 11 pm
BI CENT ENNIAL PARK 423 Lafayette Boulevard Daily Hours: Dawn – 10 pm
HAR BOR PAL MS NATU RE PAR K 1820 Mapleleaf Boulevard Daily Hours: Dawn to Dusk
SHEFFI 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
VE T ERANS MEMO RIAL PARK 250 Shore Drive East Daily Hours: Dawn to Dusk
R I CHAR D RO G E RS PARK 225 Pine Avenue North Daily Hours: Dawn – 10 pm
MOBBLY BEACH PARK* 807 Shore Drive East Daily Hours: Dawn to Dusk
MOBBLY BAYO U WI LD ER NESS P RESE RV E 423 Lafayette Boulevard Daily Hours: Dawn to Dusk
CY PR ESS FO REST SPRAY PAR K* 650 Pine Avenue North (Seasonal Operations thru November 30) Daily Hours: 9 am – 7 pm *Parking Fee
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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
HAUNTED HAPPENINGS The City of Oldsmar’s 2020 Haunted Happenings drive-thru event at Oldsmar Sports Complex was a massive success. A reported 363 cars, carrying over 1,000 kids and adults, meandered through a dark and mysterious trail of zombies, witches, and ghosts in eerie scenes created by over twelve teams of local businesses and organizations. This entertaining event provided a family and friends occasion for enjoying the annual Halloween tradition of trick or treat while observing social distancing. Smiles were plentiful, sound effects blared, screaming and laughter abounded – proof of a spooktacular holiday season kick-off event for all ages to enjoy. Stop by for a spell at this years event on Friday, Oct 29, 7-9pm at the Sport Complex. See page 6 for details.
Oldsmar City Hall 100 State Street West Oldsmar, FL 34677