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Deli proudly displays schoolchildren's art

(ran EO edition)

Bob Morris and Debi DiLorenzo have some art on display in the lobby of their Warehouse Deli in the industrial park area of Oldsmar.

But if you go there to eat, don't expect to see any originals or even reproductions of works by da Vinci, Renoir, van Gogh, Picasso or Dali. Even so, Morris and Ms. DiLorenzo are proud of their display.

The drawings are by students in art classes at Oldsmar Elementary School. And the art is up because the deli owners are sponsors of the art classes.

"What a great way to showcase the kids' artworks," Ms. DiLorenzo says. "We both like art, and these are refreshing and honest. And parents can come by and see their kids' art."

There are more than 30 pictures hanging at Warehouse Deli at 141 Stevens Ave. between Douglas Road and Vollmer Ave. If you want to drop in to see them, do it before closing time at 3 p.m.

There are drawings of trees and animals in fields by Sheila Carlson, Amber Danielecki, Sarah Kidder, Andrew Miller and Joey Smith, all second-graders at Oldsmar Elementary.

Scary Halloween masks were drawn by second-graders Ryan Fellure, Ben Johnson, Jeremy Maxwell, Marianne Saliba and Alex Varela.

Frankenstein monsters are featured by third-graders Steven Chin, Sean Curtsinger, Mallory Harrell, Koaitlyn Hartsock and Heather Klein.

All are students of Oldsmar Elementary art teacher Beth Burton.

Ms. DiLorenzo has ties to Oldsmar Elementary. Two of her children attended the school: Aja,now a junior at East Lake High School, and Ali, now in the seventh grade at Carwise Middle School.

Morris and Ms. DiLorenzo are among more than 40 businesses, organizations and individuals who are classroom sponsors at Oldsmar Elementary, in a program called Adopt-a-Class.

"But we can always use more," says Ava Pierce, coordinator of volunteers at the school. "We can double up and have more than one sponsor in a classroom."

Chris Swanson, owner of Superior Heating and Cooling Management in Oldsmar, wasn't satisfied with adopting just one class. He has adopted 10 so far this year. They include the second-grade class of his daughter, Shannon, taught by Karen Dutter, and the third-grade class of his nephew, Anthony Digiacomo, taught by Catherine Neff.

"This is just a little bit we can do for our community," says Swanson, who urges other businesses to adopt school classes.

Adopting a class costs a minimum of $150 a year, but the school will accept more. The money is used to buy supplies and equipment for the class beyond what can be bought with school funds.

If you want to sponsor a class, call Mrs. Pierce at the school at 855-7316.

World Series is over,

now it's Little League

The 1997 major league campaign may have ended with the recent Florida Marlins victory in the World Series, but baseball is still taking center stage in Oldsmar this week.

Registration for the 1998 Oldsmar Little League season begins Monday and continues through Dec. 13, with players, managers and coaches urged to sign up.

"We urge everyone to sign up early," says league president Gary Papa. "We may have to turn some children away in 1998."

The growing Oldsmar Little League has four baseball fields at Canal Park but needs more. The league has a campaign to raise $225,000 to build four additional fields at Canal Park, but so far has raised only $70,000.

Registration will be at Canal Park, 3120 Tampa Road, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

In December, registration will be at Canal Park from 7 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 4 and Dec. 11 and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 13.

To be eligible, boys and girls must be at least age 5 by Aug. 1 and not older than 18 by that date.

The registration fee is $75 per player, but only $40 each for the third player or more from the same family. Visa and MasterCard will be accepted.

Needed for registration are birth certificates and proof of residence for children who did not play in the league last season.

Play begins in February.

Spotlight for children

at library is grandmothers

Grandmothers will be one of the highlights of children's programs this month at the Oldsmar Public Library _ like in Red Riding Hood and in Grandmother's Cookie Jar.

Thanksgiving will also be one of the themes in the programs for children, from toddlers to 8-year-olds, says children's librarian Mary Kay Smith.

Things will get under way

Wednesday with family story time from 7 to 7:30 p.m. for children age 3 to 8 and their parents. Grandmothers and the color red is the theme for this session, which includes a story on Grandmother's Cookie Jar.

A week later at the same time, the theme is Indians, and on Nov. 19 it is Thanksgiving.

Grandmothers and the color red also will be the theme for the preschool story time from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday for children age 3 to 5 and their parents. Stories will include Red Riding Hood. The theme will be Indians a week later, and on Nov. 20, the theme will be Thanksgiving.

The theme for toddler story time Tuesday, for children age 3 and younger, is "I Like Me," and the theme for the Nov. 18 toddler time is Thanksgiving. The toddler time sessions are from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and again from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. There will be no toddler time Nov. 11, Veterans Day.

For more information about the children's programs, call Miss Smith or Sue Tieri at the library at 855-5940.

AARP will be told that

Grandmother was right

Members of the Oldsmar AARP will be told Monday that "Grandma was right."

That will come from James Mills, executive director of the Pinellas County Juvenile Welfare Board, in a talk to the Oldsmar chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons about the board's programs.

Mills invokes the wisdom of grandmothers when he explains that the juvenile board, in its next five-year plan starting in 1998, will emphasize what is right with people instead of concentrating on what is wrong with them.

"We're talking about the return of common sense," Mills says in previewing his talk to the AARP. "We are moving toward family support and youth development."

"Grandma was right," Mills says in explaining opinion polls showing the public "is sensitive to the treatment approach" in dealing with juveniles with problems, but "also wants to know what we are doing to keep kids out of trouble and families from breaking up in the first place."

As an example of the old and new approaches, Mills cites the hypothetical case of a family with two children who have behavioral problems.

Under the old approach, the family would have been referred to counseling and told they would have to attend mandated parent education and parenting programs. Under the new approach, the board would work to spot the problems of the children at an early age and head them off before the children got into school.

"It is really a preventive approach," Mills says. "Like Grandma, we want to talk the problems over with each other and pull together. We want to deal with the issues when they are small problems and not wait until they are so big that they draw formal attention."

The public has been invited to the AARP dinner meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Hillstown Diner II in the County Line Plaza on the southeast corner of the intersection of Tampa and Racetrack roads. The cost of the dinner is $10.

For reservations or more information, call AARP President Elizabeth Smith at 855-4070.

Symphony opens season

at Oldsmar Elementary

"Music of Old Vienna" is the theme for the first concert of the season Friday by the Suncoast Symphony Orchestra in Oldsmar.

The concert will feature music from Vienna from about 1780 to just after World War I. The concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Oldsmar Elementary School.

Dr. Eugene Flemm of Dunedin, the conductor of the orchestra that has members from all over the Tampa Bay area, says famous composers associated with Vienna during that period include Mozart, Haydn, Schubert and Strauss.

"Vienna was not just the capital of Austria, but of the large Austro-Hungarian Empire (1804 to 1918)," Flemm says. "Many of the best minds from throughout the empire found their way to Vienna and helped to produce such a dazzling array of talent in one city. All that changed, of course, after World War I," when the empire was broken up.

Tickets can be bought in advance for $3 each at the Oldsmar Library, City Hall and the Oldsmar Chamber of Commerce, all in downtown Oldsmar. On the night of the performance, tickets will be $5 at the door of the school at 302 West Dartmouth Ave.

For more information, call Laure Day at the Oldsmar Library at 855-5940.

Two Christmas bazaars

this week in Oldsmar

Elsie Coy of Oldsmar was in the small town of Maggie Valley, N.C., recently, browsing through crafts shops when she came upon a sewing item she had never seen.

It was simple and inexpensive, and Mrs. Coy decided on the spot to buy the pattern for it, make more of them and sell them at the annual Top of the Bay Garden Club fund-raising Christmas bazaar in Oldsmar. She is president of the club.

The item that captured her imagination is a scissors holder, similar to a pistol scabbard except that it is made of cloth. You can hang it on your sewing machine or on the wall so that your scissors are handy when you need them.

You'll be able to buy one of her scissors holders at the Garden Club's Armadillo Christmas bazaar Friday and Saturday in front of the Kmart in the Woodlands Square Shopping Center where Curlew and Tampa roads merge in Oldsmar. She's selling them for $2.50.

Her scissors holders are among many crafts items on sale that were made by the 24 members of the Oldsmar garden club.

The bazaar will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The garden club event is one of two bazaars going on in Oldsmar Saturday. The other is at the Community United Methodist Church at 207 Buckingham Ave. E in Oldsmar.

The Methodist church affair is called the Busy Hands Fall Bazaar and will be in the church's Manahan Hall from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is sponsored by the Wesley Girls, which is composed of women of the church. Betty Saunders is heading the bazaar, and Elizabeth Smith is president of the Wesley Girls.

On sale will be Christmas crafts, decorations and other gifts. There will be a silent bid auction on a handmade Candlewick queen-size quilt.

The public has been invited to the Methodist bazaar. For more information, call Mrs. Saunders at 726-0023 or Mrs. Smith at 855-4070.

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