Busy weekend ahead in Oldsmar!

Oldsmar’s 2017 Veterans Day ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 11 at 11:00 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 250 Shore Dr. E.

A pair of charity events, an open house at the organic community garden and the city’s annual Veterans Day ceremony will highlight a busy weekend in Oldsmar this week.

On Friday, Nov. 10 and Saturday, Nov. 11 beginning at 8:00 a.m., Oldsmar’s assistant city Clerk Kathy Horvath and her family will host another yard sale at 1103 Thornwood Dr. to benefit her son-in-law, Chris McGavic.

As we reported last year, McGavic has been Dent’s disease, a rare chronic kidney disorder that affects just a handful of people worldwide.

Promotional flyer for the Chris McGavic benefit yard sale.

During Tuesday’s council meeting, Horvath reported her son-in-law has moved to the kidney transplant waiting list and is currently waiting for the right match to become available.

“He is actively on the list,” she said in response to a question from Mayor Doug Bevis, to which he replied, “so they need all the help they can get.”

The sale is billed as “not your typical yard sale” as it will feature new and used items of varied value, many of which have been donated by city officials, employees, family and friends. All the proceeds from the sale will go towards McGavic’s aftercare costs that are not covered by insurance, according to Horvath.

Also on Saturday, there’s an open house at the Oldsmar Organic Community Garden at Bicentennial Park from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Promotional flyer for the Oldsmar Organic Community Garden open house.

The event is being billed as a 5-year anniversary celebration and will feature guest speakers, presentations, tours, instructions, raffles and kids activities, according to the promotional flyer.

And finally, Oldsmar’ annual Veterans Day ceremony should be another emotional, inspirational affair, as city officials, members of the military and families of the fallen will gather at Veterans Memorial Park on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 11:00 a.m.

U.S. Congressman Gus Bilirakis speaks during Oldsmar’s Veterans Day ceremony on Wednesday, November 11, 2015.

While the city’s tributes to America’s soldiers are always moving, particularly against the stunning backdrop of the picturesque park, this year’s ceremony will carry extra weight, as the names of soldiers recently inscribed on the Veterans Wall will be read during the event.

“I’ve had an opportunity to represent Oldsmar since 1998, and they really care for their citizens, specifically for their veterans,” US Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL12) told Oldsmar Connect after the 2015 ceremony.

“They have prioritized veterans – I mean look at this beautiful park we’re sitting in. It’s for veterans,” he added. “It’s just a great city.”

For more information on these and other Oldsmar events, visit the city’s website.

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