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Fire Rescue urges cooks to keep safety in mind

By THERESA BLACKWELL
Published October 1, 2006


Fire Prevention Week starts next Sunday and Oldsmar Fire Rescue says cooking fires are the top cause of home fires in the city.

The National Fire Prevention Association says that nationwide, three out of 10 home fires start in the kitchen - more than in any other room. Leaving cooking unattended is the biggest cause of kitchen fires, followed by having combustibles too close to the heat source, accidentally turning the stove on or forgetting to turn it off.

The association's Web site on Fire Prevention Week has more information at www.nfpa.org/itemDetail.asp?categoryID=1194&itemID=28246

Programs offered at recreation center

At the Cypress Forest Recreation Center, 650 Pine Ave. N, Oldsmar Parks and Recreation is offering the following programs:

- Stroller Fit for mothers and babies at 9:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The stroller workout aims to strengthen and tone muscles, build cardiac endurance, improve flexibility and burn calories. The cost is $30 monthly with a recreation card.

- Careers in Theatre for all ages at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Julie Rowe of American Stage will talk about careers in theater arts. The event is free. Call Laura Mataluni at 813 749-1260.

- Kids Kung Fu for children ages 4 to 8, from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The cost is $50 monthly. Call (813) 818-0149.

- Adult Tai Chi for those 16 or older, from 10 to 11 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. The cost is $45 monthly. Call (813) 818-0149.

Veterans wall, in new site, is taking names

The city has moved its veterans memorial walls to the new Veterans Memorial Park, 250 Shore Drive E. Oldsmar veterans who would like their names and service information engraved on the memorial before Veterans Day on Nov. 11 must apply by Oct. 13. Although applications are accepted throughout the year, engraving is done once or twice annually and is free. Call Kathy Horvath, assistant city clerk, at (813) 749-1116.

Elementary students' art fills City Hall

Artwork created by students at Oldsmar and Forest Lakes elementary schools fills Oldsmar City Hall through Oct. 20. The yearly exhibit never fails to inspire awe and a few smiles. City Hall, 100 State St. W, is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (813) 749-1260.

Events focus on those 50 and older

Oldsmar Parks and Recreation offers programs at the Oldsmar Senior Center, 127 State St. W, for those who have celebrated 50 or more birthdays. Programs include:

- Senior Socials from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and Fridays. The socials are free with an Oldsmar recreation card, $5.35 without.

- Senior Pool and Billiards from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Fridays. The event is free with an Oldsmar recreation card, $5.35 without.

Call (813) 749-1195.

Ski team gives a free show on Saturdays

The Tampa Bay Water Ski Show Team will perform a free show at 6 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 14 on Tower Lake, behind the Oldsmar Flea Market.

To get to the show from Tampa Road, go north on Race Track Road, left on Douglas Road and left at the small ski team sign. The show and parking are free. There's a covered grandstand area. Call (727) 397-8904 or (813) 265-9685.

If you have news or photos about Oldsmar schools, churches, businesses, neighborhood groups, community organizations or people, call Theresa Blackwell at (727) 445-4170, fax it to her at (727) 445-4119, e-mail tblackwell@sptimes.com or mail material to her at the Clearwater Times, 710 Court St., Clearwater, FL 33756.

[Last modified September 30, 2006, 22:14:53]


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