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Talent stretches from Hula Hoop to ventriloquist

(ran EO edition)

The Oldsmar Performing Artists League's third annual talent show is Friday at the Oldsmar Arts Centre, 402 St. Petersburg Drive E.

Doors open at 7 p.m., and five children will perform as guests are seated. Then a show at 7:30 p.m. will feature a long list of competitors.

"We packed the house last year," said arts coordinator Donna Solomon. "It's just a fun and diverse, entertaining evening for a family."

The children starting the show are: Kristen Haycox, Tanner Nickerson, Lance Schneider, Christopher Scott, and Brittany Waring. Their acts range from singing, playing drums and piano, to Hula-Hooping.

The competing acts that follow run the gamut from singers, musicians and dancers to a theatrical performance, a clown and a multitalented ventriloquist.

Director Jean Rogers said the show is "a little bit of everything."

The Boone Family, a mother and two daughters, will do a scene from My Fair Lady. The Sophisticated Ladies and Gents will dance and Lowell Tauszik will perform as a ventriloquist/juggler/magician.

The vocalists are Kerri-Ann Kaizer and Ada Marinelli. Vines will sing his original rap music to his own sound track. Steve Odland also will sing as he plays guitar.

Skip Zimmer will play guitar, and Zac Carr and Brad Cargile will perform a piano duet.

Two bands will compete.

Don Hines and the Code Blue Band will bring on the 1970s classic rock and roll. And Seth Goldsmith and the Zap Rock Band will rock in their unique style.

"They jump around the stage like little frogs," said Rogers. "It's wild and it's entertaining."

The show and light refreshments are free.

Call Rogers at (813) 855-5479.

Garden club announces

yard of the month award

The Top of the Bay Garden Club of Oldsmar has awarded the yard of the month for October to Cathy and John Morton of 103 Shore Drive Place. To nominate a yard of the month or business yard of the quarter, call (813) 855-4557.

City Council honors chief for 20 years of service

At the last City Council meeting, City Manager Bruce Haddock gave Oldsmar Fire Chief Scott McGuff a 20-year service award from the council. McGuff has been fire chief for 15 of the 20 years.

"This is actually my 27th year, going on 28th," McGuff said later. "We were all volunteer up until October of 1983."

McGuff, 45, was one of the first three firefighters hired by Oldsmar, the last one still working at Oldsmar Fire Rescue. He said the good rapport the department has with the community has been a big factor.

"I really enjoy my job _ always have," he said. "And I'll look forward to it for a few years yet."

City adjusts trash rules

for cleanup project

The city is having a fall cleanup from Monday through Friday.

On normal trash collection days, large items like appliances, furniture and carpet will be picked up, as well as yard debris such as tree limbs up to 3 inches in diameter and 4 feet long. No hazardous chemicals, batteries, concrete or tree stumps will be taken.

Call (813) 749-1262.

_ If you have news or photos about Oldsmar schools, churches, businesses, neighborhood groups, community organizations or people, call Theresa Blackwell at (727) 771-4305, fax it to her at (727) 771-4301, e-mail or mail material to her at the North Pinellas Times, 34342 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor, FL 34684.

MAKING MUSIC: Irvine Green II, 18, practices rapping Thursday to music he composed, played and recorded himself on the computer in his Oldsmar bedroom. Irvine is a senior at Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg, and an award-winning visual artist in the school's magnet program. He will perform as Vines at Oldsmar's third annual talent show on Friday.