By JULIE CHURCH
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Oldsmar strikes it rich with chamber membership drive
The Oldsmar Chamber of Commerce is in the middle of its annual membership drive, and a Monopoly-type game being used as a theme appears to be a big hit among members.
Players receive chamber "money" each time they visit a participating business and say they are a fellow member. Players then collect the money and have an opportunity to cash it in for gifts and prizes on Oct. 2 at a membership raffle/auction being held at the Holiday Inn and Suites in Oldsmar.
The concept is designed not only to generate new members, but also to show local business people how many chamber members visit their companies every day, said Rita Diehl, the chamber's membership director.
"The purpose is to increase awareness of the fact that chamber people are out there interacting," Diehl said.
Members who encourage others to join the chamber earn $50,000 in play money, Diehl said.
She has been pleased with the success of the promotion so far.
"It's taken on a life of its own," Diehl said. "Businesses have already given out all the money I gave them and are asking for more."
For information on the Chamber's membership drive, contact Diehl at (813) 855-4233.
Forest Lakes plans open house
Forest Lakes Elementary School will have an open house from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday. Students will get an opportunity to see where their classrooms are located and find out who their new teachers will be.
At 7 p.m. there will be an orientation in the cafeteria for new students in first through fifth grades.
From noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, kindergarten students and their parents will have an open house. Students will meet their teachers while parents attend an orientation.
Forest Lakes Elementary School is located at 301 Pine Ave. N. Call (813) 891-0785.
Little League holding registration
The Oldsmar Little League is holding registration for its fall season from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 25, Sept. 1 and Sept. 8, and from 6 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 29 and Sept. 5.
Registration will be held at Canal Park, 3120 Tampa Road. Player fees are $100 per player. If three or more children from the same family register together, fees are $40 per player. The fall season runs from Sept. 10 to Nov. 17.
Call (727) 786-9263.
Registration forms are also available on the league's Web site, www.oldsmarll.ball.org.
Michelangelo book discussion
A book discussion on the biography of Italian artist Michelangelo Buonarroti will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Oldsmar Library.
The discussion will be in the library meeting room. Participants are invited to bring their own lunch. Dessert will be provided.
The Oldsmar Library is located at 101 State St. Call (813) 855-5940.
Classes at Cultural Arts Centre
The Oldsmar Cultural Arts Centre is offering basic guitar lessons from 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Sept. 4.
Twig weaving classes will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays beginning Sept. 13.
Classes will be held at the Oldsmar Cultural Arts Centre, 402 St. Petersburg Drive. Call (813) 855-6223.
Community Alliance seeks members
The Oldsmar Community Alliance is seeking new members.
The non-profit organization was formed to address growth issues in the city.
"We want to protect and preserve the quality of life here in Oldsmar," said Tom Digirolamo, a spokesman for the group. "We don't want to see it overdeveloped."
Membership is $10 and includes a subscription to the group's newsletter. Additional family members can join for $1.
For more information on the Oldsmar Community Alliance, see the group's Web site at www.angelfire.com.
-- If you have news or photos about East Lake/Oldsmar schools, churches, businesses, neighborhood groups, community organizations or people, contact Julie Church at the North Pinellas Times. You can call her at (727) 445-4229, fax material to her at (727) 445-4206 or mail material to North Pinellas Times, 34342 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor, FL 34684.
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