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Local Blueberry Cottage Farms Invites Residents For Weekend U-Picks

By Kate Quesada

responses and more than 300 comments, and that was that,” she said. “Jose happily gave up selling commercially and we became a U-Pick farm.” Blueberry Cottage Farms, which is seven miles and a 15 minute drive from FishHawk, offers three types of berries, Emeralds, Jewels and Millennials, and UPick is $4 a pound or $20 a bucket for cash or $4.20 a pound and $22 a bucket when paying with credit card. Buckets for picking and bags to take the berries home are supplied by the farm, which also has a port-a-potty and running water. An assortment of cold drinks are available for purchase. Lois suggests that visitors wear closed shoes and sunscreen. “We are told by customers that our farm is picturesque, quiet and peaceful,” said Lois. “There is a lot of room between rows and a lot of room to park. But what really sets us apart is that we love our customers. Each day we open for U-Pick, we feel as if we are hosting a party.” Blueberry Cottage Farms is located at 827 Old Welcome Rd. in Lithia. Hours vary as the season progresses, but UPick is typically open from 8:30 a.m. on Saturday mornings and Sunday openings are based on how much fruit is available. Weekday afternoon openings are often announced on the Facebook page. For more information, search for Blueberry Cottage Farm on Facebook or call 3901367.

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Calling all blueberry lovers. Lithia residents Lois Horn-Dias and Jose Dias are opening the gates of Blueberry Cottage Farms this month, offering two acres with approximately 2,000 plants for U-Pick. “We are so excited to welcome our wonderful customers,” said Lois, a teacher in Lakeland. “Jose single-handedly built our farm in his spare time and we love nothing more than seeing others enjoy it.” For 10 years, the farm’s berries were sold wholesale to commercial pickers Driscol and Clear Springs, but in 2016, after hosting charity events open to the public at the farm, the couple decided to transition to U-Pick and have not looked back. “Working the charity events made us realize how much we loved seeing so many others enjoying Jose’s labor of love,” said Lois. Lois posted on a local Facebook page, asking if residents would be interested in coming to U-Pick at their farm, and received an overwhelming response. “In just two days we had almost 500

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Blu Indigo Brings Safety Harbor Spa Experience To Valrico Location Valrico resident Leticia Kallas has dreamed of owning a spa for decades. Last October, her dream came true when she opened Blu Indigo Spa in the Sproutsanchored plaza at the intersection of Bloomingdale Ave. and Lithia Pinecrest Rd., and she has already developed a strong following in just a few months. An esthetician for 25 years, many of which she spent at the famous Safety Harbor Spa, Kallas has put her heart into Blu Indigo and it shows. “I had been talking about opening a spa for years but between our other family business and our children, the time never seemed right,” said Kallas, whose family also owns and operates Cafe Cuba, formerly La Cubinita, in the Crunch Fitness Plaza. “But this opportunity fell into my lap and I am loving every minute of it.” Blu Indigo is a different spa experience from the moment a customer opens the door to the 1,800 sq. ft. building. “From the decor to the music, beverages offered and even the stem-wear we use, I really wanted to create an experience here,” said Kallas, who talked about the Greek influences she incorporated in the spa’s peaceful decor. An extensive list of services, including a large variety of manicures, pedicures, facials, massage and waxing options, is just one of the things that sets Blu Indigo apart. “I was very specific when developing our menu,” said Kallas, who personally trains all of her employees to make sure that every customer receives the same level of service at the spa. “I want to guarantee that every service is beautiful from beginning to end.” The Blu Indigo team of five massage therapists, two estheticians and two nail technicians uses high-quality products chosen by Kallas to be as natural as possible. Products used for nail services

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include Zoya, a vegan line, and Bio Seaweed Gel, which comes from Canada. According to Kallas, one of the spa’s most popular services is the Charcoal Detox Pedicure, which uses White Japanese Charcoal to detoxify the skin. The pedicure also includes a foot massage with a detoxifying lotion, hot towels and dim lights to increase relaxation. “My goal is to create a space that people want to come back to,” she said. “The spa is calm and cozy and we work to make a visit here a true experience from beginning to end.” Although Blu Indigo offers special occasion packages, Kallas emphasizes that she wants to make the experience affordable so that people can come back regularly. “I want customers to be able to come in all the time, not just for special occasions,” she said. “Routine maintenance is as important as brushing your teeth.” Blu Indigo Spa is located at 3339 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. and can be reached at 651-3258. For more information, a full list of services and to request an appointment, visit www.bluindigospa.com.

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Volume 16, Issue 4


April 2019

County Gives Leaders A Backstage Pass By Kate Quesada

Members of a recent Hillsborough Backstage Pass Program class toured the water treatment plant and are pictured here with George Cassady, Director of Public Utilities.

Every two weeks, 25 residents from around Hillsborough County have the opportunity to spend half a day experiencing local government firsthand. These residents are members of the county’s Backstage Pass Program, part of the Neighborhood Relations Department, and applications are currently being accepted for the next sixmonth session. “It is such a wonderful program,” said Stephanie Agliano, the Neighborhood Liaison who has been running the program since 2017. According to Agliano, Backstage Pass is designed to provide community leaders with an insider’s look at the workings of county government. With topics including Social Services, Transportation, Emergency Management, Parks and Recreation, the Medical Examiner and Fire Rescue, members learn though interactive presentations, demonstrations, conversations with department leaders and tours of facilities, including a water treatment plant and the Emergency Operations Center. “What we really hope to accomplish is to make our community stronger and better through education,” she said. Any resident over the age of 21 living or working full-time in Hillsborough County is eligible to apply to the program. Members must commit to attending at least nine of the 12 half-day sessions and must sign-up for

an orientation class to learn about the program requirements. “The leaders who go through this program leave with a new appreciation of what county employees do,” said Agliano. “We hope that they leave more informed community leaders who go on to share their knowledge with neighbors, communities, friends and families.” The program is free for those accepted and all course materials are included. According to Agliano, one of the highlights of the program comes during one of the final sessions where members get a chance to put a lot of the information they have learned to good us. “During one of the later sessions, the group is given the opportunity to make a budget for the county using real figures,” she said. “That really gives them an appreciation for where the money goes and how hard it can be to run a county of this size.” When the program is complete, members participate in a graduation ceremony and are then invited to join the group’s alumni program, which allows them an even greater opportunity to make an impact on the community and network with other leaders. To apply for the Hillsborough Backstage Pass Program, visit www.HCFLGov.net or call the office of Neighborhood Relations at 272-5860.

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The Outreach Clinic Presents Its 8th Annual Kentucky Derby Party- A Taste Of The Derby

By Kathy L. Collins

The will feature over Outreach Clinic 50 items. There will host its will be Derby Eighth Annual themed games Kentucky Derby including the Party- A Taste of Kentucky Derby the Derby on race, raffles and Saturday, May 4 prizes. from 5:30 to Debbie 9:30 p.m. at The Meegan, Regent, located Executive Director at 6437 Watson Get dressed up in your finest of The Outreach Kentucky Derby outfit and hat Rd. in Clinic said, “The and join others to raise funds Riverview. money raised and awareness about The Outreach Clinic Tickets are $100 continues to be per person. All proceeds will benefit the used for life savOutreach Clinic. ing health care. This year, we will celeThe Outreach Clinic's Eighth brate our 30th year as a free clinic. Annual Kentucky Derby Party is a fun There are still thousands of uninsured and exciting event. Your ticket gets you individuals living in our community who complimentary valet parking and more. suffer from chronic diseases such as There will be over 10 area restaurants diabetes, congestive heart failure, asthand caterers offering food samplings. ma and high blood pressure. They have These include Outback, Stein & Vine, nowhere else to go to get healthcare.” Tampa Caterer, Don’t Forget The Food The clinic provides much needed Catering, Hats Off To Dining, Eddie healthcare to those who do not have Bull’s Cookie Dough, Nothing Bunt health insurance and cannot afford Cakes and LeAnne’s Cookies. healthcare. Most of those who are The free open bar will offer premiserved, either hold a part time job or um alcohol, wine and beer and will feareceive only minimum wage or are ture two signature drinks- the Classic receiving unemployment compensation Mint Julep and a Blueberry Mint Julep. or Social Security Disability Insurance. You can watch the Kentucky Derby live The Outreach Clinic is located at on two big screens. 517 N. Parsons Ave. in Brandon. To get No Kentucky Derby party would be tickets, visit www.theoutreachclinic.com complete without fancy hats and wellor contact Susan Carasea at dressed ladies and gentlemen. Ladies susan@theoutreachclinic.com or can compete in the Most Beautiful and Meegan at Creative Hat Contests and the Most director@theoutreachclinic.com or call Fascinating Fascinator. A silent auction 654-1388.

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What’s So Funny About Laughter Yoga? By Michelle Colesanti

This year, World stress, the immune sysLaughter Day will be celtem is strengthened, ebrated on Sunday, May helping to keep you from 5 and it is a good getting sick and heal a reminder to take some lot quicker. It also helps time to de-stress by reduce blood pressure. laughing. There are plenThe positive energy ty of reasons why you helps you connect with should. others and in turn Dr. Tanya Gold, MD helps others. It is recently held a seminar at contagious and it The Bridges Assisted just makes you The Bridges Retirement Living in Riverview. She happy. Do you ever Community recently held has been practicing med- a seminar on Laughter notice that when Yoga. Participants learned about you are in a room full of icine for over 15 years, the benefits of laughter while and is board-certified in practicing the art with each other. strangers, you gravitate both family and to those who smile or holistic medicine. seem cheerful? Dr. Gold is certiEveryone can laugh when life is fied a Laughter good, but how do you cope when faced Yoga Instructor with challenges? It is not wrong to laugh as well as. Participants learned about even if you have to work at it. You can Therapeutic Laughter, defined as deliberfool the brain into thinking it is a real ate laughter for health benefits. laugh. In rough times, it can help give you Dr. Gold’s motivation for incorporating the hope and optimism needed to cope. laughter into her life started when she The best part about laughter is that it is was personally dealing with an eye illfree and can be practiced anywhere and ness. “Laughter was the road to recovery. anytime. My doctor told me to wait until the next According to Janet Noah, who is the flair to come to the office. I didn’t want to Director of Community Relations at The wait.” She noted that stress was one of Bridges, “We regularly offer educational the main factors for flair-ups. “Laughter workshops to our residents, families and was a conduit for reducing stress.” the greater community throughout the Laughter Yoga is beneficial to both year. Laughter yoga promotes health and your brain and physical body. Your mood wellness to people of all ages.” will immediately improve and soon you So remember, laugh, make someone will be laughing more. It is like a cardio else laugh and hug three people today. workout bringing oxygen to the body and If you would like more information brain, making you feel more energetic about Dr. Gold, visit http://dgoli.com/, call and relaxed. It actually helps to tighten 379-7092 or visit on Facebook at Dr. your core muscles, too. By reducing Gold's Optimal Living Institute.

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Your Questions Answered About Local Weather Patterns

By Granville Kinsman

Q: Is there a rainy season and dry season in central Florida?

A: Yes, rainfall is seasonal. Our rainy season is a four-month period from June through September, with average rainfall of about 7.8 inches each month. About 60 percent of our average annual Granville Kinsman, Hydrologic Data rainfall is received Manager, Southwest Florida Water during that time. Management District, is a professional The higher rainfall geologist and has been manager of the Hydrologic Data Section for 30 years. He results in rising is a subject matter expert for hydrologic water levels in conditions monitoring and reporting, and wells, lakes, rivers coordinates and manages the District’s data collection programs with the United and springs. Our States Geological Survey (USGS).

average of 53 inches. December was the third wettest in 103 years of record! Districtwide, rainfall was about 7.5 inches higher than average.

Q: What is the role of El Niño in our weather?

A: El Niño is a weather pattern related to the warming of waters in the eastern Pacific Ocean and it has global impacts on weather. In Florida, El Niño normally results in a wetter-than-normal winter and spring. That means during El Niño episodes, our water resources typically increase.

Q: Are the regional water resources healthy?

A: Yes. The aboveaverage rainfall in 2018 follows strong rainfall events over the past two years that have elevated groundwater and surface water levels throughout our District. Water This past winter, El Niño developed and influenced the weather resources are across the United States. El Niño is associated with warmer than normal water temperatures in the Equatorial Pacific Ocean. Weak El healthy and public supplies Nino conditions are expected to remain through the spring. are full. dry season is an eight-month period Q:  What is the forecast for the next from October through May. During the several months? dry season, our average rainfall is A: The National Oceanic and around 3 inches per month. Water levAtmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) els typically decline in wells, lakes, Climate Prediction Center has been rivers and springs during these eight monitoring a developing El Niño months. event for the past six months. The Q: Was 2018 wetter than normal? waters of the Pacific are warm, but the atmospheric effects have not been A: Yes, 2018 was considered a completely enhanced as wet year in west-central Florida. expected. Current forecasts indicate Rainfall was highest in the northern above-normal rainfall through May, counties and lowest in the southern when we expect to transition to our counties of our District, but all areas rainy season. saw rainfall above the long-term yearly

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Pepin Academies Celebrates 20th Anniversary And A Bright Future

By Taylor Wells

On March 2 at suggesting it will be one TPepin’s Hospitality of our best galas ever, Centre, Pepin but we really don’t have Academies—a puball the numbers calculic, independent, lated yet to know the 501(c)(3), not-forexact numbers.” profit, tuition-free The school has charter school congrown immensely since sisting of three camits start in 1999, having puses—held a gala around 25 students in a with a silent auction Pepin Distributing Company President single schoolhouse in celebration of its and CEO Tom Pepin, Tampa campus only for high school. Principal Monika Perez, Riverview 20th anniversary, Now, Pepin has three campus Principal Geri Henry, New and all those years Port Richey campus Principal Celeste larger sites with over have been in support Keller and Executive Director Dr. Jeff 1,100 students collecSkowronek at the 20th anniversary of students with tively for 3rd through gala. learning and learn12th grade with a transiing-related disabilition program for stuties. The funds dents up to age 22. raised, thanks to “Pepin Academies many sponsors like is the only public charter SRD Engineers, will school of its kind…A lot greatly help its misof our students are sion. gonna go on to col“Twenty years leges, technical schools, ago, Pepin military; some of the Academies was creother schools in the ated because of the community may appear Hunter Frost, a graduate of Pepin lack of an educationto look like a similar Academies, speaking at its 20th anniversary gala. al foundation for chilpopulation, but they dren with disabilities don’t have the diploma in our community,” options that we have,” said Tom Pepin, said FTE Coordinator Cofounder of Pepin M’Liss Ferlita. “We have Academies and a program that is like no Chairman Emeritus other that’s available in of the Pepin the community.” Academies As such, Pepin’s Foundation. “We mission is of great would not be where importance, and we are today without Pepin Distributing Company President through events like the and CEO Tom Pepin, Florida the enormous supgala it can go farther for Representative Jackie Toledo and port and passion Pepin Academies Foundation Board its students. from our community Although there are Chair Natalie King at the 20th anniversary gala. partners like SRD no plans yet, it is open Engineers. It amazes me every day to to starting additional campuses to reach see how far we’ve come and what the more students who might struggle in typifuture holds.” cal school environments. “Not in the Pepin Academies will be dividing the immediate future, but I think as we funds equally towards its campuses in enhance what we already have in place, Riverview and Tampa in Hillsborough there’s always that mindset of looking to County and New Port Richey in Pasco where else we can help students that County. The funds will allow improvecould use a program like ours,” said Geri ments such as expanding its Pepin Henry, Principal of the Riverview camTransitional program for more workplace pus.Pepin Academies’ campuses are opportunities, purchasing new technology, located in Riverview at 9304 Camden classrooms trying new initiatives and Field Pkwy., Tampa at 3916 E. improving curriculums. Hillsborough Ave. and New Port Richey at “We had quite a few sponsors donat9804 Little Rd. ing anywhere from five to 10 to even 25 For info, visit pepinacademies.com or thousand dollars,” said Dr. Jeff call 533-2999 (Riverview), 236-1755 Skowronek, Executive Director of the (Tampa) or 727-233-2961 (New Port Hillsborough campuses. “Projections are Richey) locations.

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New Affordable Garden-Style Apartments Coming To Brandon Area

By Libby Hopkins

Sabal Parking in Brandon will soon be home to a new affordable, garden-style apartment community. Blue Sky Communities broke ground on the Preserve at Sabal Park this past February.

Sabal Park in Brandon will soon be home to a new affordable, garden-style apartment community. Blue Sky Communities broke ground on the Preserve at Sabal Park in February. The Preserve will be a sixbuilding, three-story, garden-style housing community consisting of 48 one-bedroom, 72 two-bedroom and 24 three-bedroom units totaling approximately 138,912 sq. ft. All apartments will be equipped with a kitchen, bathroom(s), and storage closets. Amenities include a community building, playground, pool and free parking. “The Sabal Park location has been awarded nine percent LowIncome Housing Tax Credits,” said Blue Sky Communities’ President, Shawn Wilson. “It will use the proceeds of the sale of these credits, estimated at $20M, as the primary source of funding for its development.” In addition, a Bank Loan of $5M from Citi Community Capital of $112K finances the development from Hillsborough County, $439K from the Hillsborough HFA and $1.25M from Florida Housing Finance Corporation. Shawn Wilson and James Chadwick formed Blue Sky Communities in 2012. Since its formation, it has been awarded funding from Florida Housing Finance Corporation for 14 developments.

“We are very active in state and local housing coalitions as well,” Wilson said. “Blue Sky Communities is a developer of multifamily affordable housing using the Federal Housing Credits program. Blue Sky is also a

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Bloomingdale Resident Receives Lightning Community Hero Award

By Kate Quesada

help by providing these items as well as linens, kitchen equipment and decorative pieces. By the time we leave, the house is feeling like a home.” Thanks to generous donations from businesses and residents, Stamey states that the charity’s biggest need is not currently furniture, although they will always accept donations. “We have a warehouse of items and a Pam Stamey of Home Makers of Hope was named a Tampa Bay great network on donors,” Lightning Community Hero last she said. “What we really month. She is asking for residents’ help in expanding need are volunteers to help the number of families her charity can reach. us deliver the items to the Bloomingdale resident Pam Stamey families.” and her charity Home Makers of Hope The charity helped 255 families last received some well-deserved recognition year and currently has a waiting list of six last month. Stamey was named The months with more than 45 families on it. Tampa Bay Lightning’s Community Hero “We need more truck drivers, wareat a game in early March, granting the house workers, interior designers and charity $50,000, but she is now asking for people with a passion for changing lives,” help making an even bigger impact with said Stamey. the money. Home Makers of Hope currently has Home Makers of Help is a 501(c)(3) three teams serving different areas of nonprofit dedicated to providing essential Hillsborough County and Stamey is hopfurnishings and household items to famiing to soon add a fourth dedicated to lies struggling with poverty. helping pregnant women. But she cannot “We help people who are truly poor do this without more volunteers. and can change their lives in an hour with “At this time, we set up six to eight our donations,” said Stamey. families a week, but with help we can do The group receives donations of furso many more,” she said. niture and other household items and For info, visit www.homemakerpasses them on to people, referred to sofhope.com. On the website, residents them by 30 local schools and agencies, can request a pickup for items, make a who cannot afford to purchase the items monetary donation and learn more about themselves. volunteering. Donations can also be “When we go in, we find families dropped off on Tuesdays from 9 a.m.-1 without beds, kitchenware, couches or p.m. at the group’s warehouse located at tables,” said Stamey. “They are sleeping 2900 B E. 7th Ave. in Ybor City. and eating on the floor. We are able to

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Guardian ad Litem Urges You To Help Change The Story Ending

By Tabitha Lambert, Guardian ad Litem Circuit Director

The places, faces and some circumstances vary, but so many of the details are the same. This is the beginning of one foster child’s story. By volunteering a few hours a month, you can be part of the ending for another child’s story as a Guardian ad Litem Volunteer Child Advocate. Melissa, the oldest of four children, tell her story this way: “For the first 12 years of my life, I was never allowed to be a child. My mother would trade the government assistance that was intended for our food, diapers, clothing and bills for alcohol and drugs. I resorted to stealing and stashing food stamps, which I would take to a nearby grocery store and ask the clerk to help me maximize the amount of food I could purchase. I was desperate to find help. I approached my dance team coach and confessed the abuse. She was able to convince my mother to let us stay with an aunt and uncle temporarily. Shortly after, we entered the dependency system.” “My siblings and I lived in limbo for five long years, as my aunt and uncle fought to gain permanent custody of us,”

she continued. “After at least two reunification plans failed, my mother’s rights were severed and my aunt and uncle adopted us.” Melissa remembers that one thing truly helped get her through this difficult period: her Guardian ad Litem Volunteer Child Advocate. “[She] was the only one we could turn to for answers. She tried to comfort us and guide us through the process. She was a constant in our lives and our voice in the courtroom. She showed me that while my childhood may have been taken away, I was in control of what I would do with the rest of my life.” Hillsborough County has more children in the dependency system than any other part of the state. A Guardian ad Litem Volunteer Child Advocate will get to know a child that has been abused, abandoned or neglected and become a consistent figure for them while they are part of the dependency system. Children with a court-appointed special advocate do better in school, receive more services and are more likely to be adopted than those without. “Just a few hours a month can make a lifetime of difference for a child,” said Guardian ad Litem 13th Circuit Director Tabitha Lambert. “These children need to know a consistent, caring adult is there for them.” Information sessions are held weekly in various locations. To learn more about the Guardian ad Litem program of Hillsborough County, visit www.galtampa.org or 272-5110.

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Local MPact Services Helps Collect & Recycle Unwanted Electronics

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MPact how large or small Services, run by the size. You can husband and wife contact the logisteam Matt and tics department Donna McCarty, and schedule a helps businesses, time and date for communities, the removal of the agencies and material. MPact other entities with will provide you responsible elecwith a certificate of tronics recycling, recycling or a cerincluding consulttificate of destrucPhoto courtesy of MPact Services tion upon request ing and project MPact will go to communities on the weekends to ensure none of management and have collection events so that residents can services, along your sensitive responsibly get rid of their electronics. with disposal of data is released scrap and surplus metals and obsolete back into the public. heavy equipment. The company works with homeownThe McCartys started the company ers associations around the area and on in 2014, and together, have used their select weekends will go to different comprevious working experience to help munities to hold collection events. Some jump-start MPact. “We feel that our comof the electronics are eventually repurpany makes an ‘MPact’ on the communiposed or used for scrap metal. The hard ty and the environment by providing our drives are all erased and properly disneighbors with an environmentally friendly posed of. It can assist everyone from and responsible way to properly dispose homeowners and small businesses all the of their end-of-life electronics and scrap way up to large government agencies. items,” said McCarty. “The more material The event calendar is located on its webwe can recycle and/or repurpose, the site. more we can lessen the stream of materiFor more information, you can visit als that are being sent to our landfills.” the website at MPactServicesUSA.com. MPact accepts most residential elecYou can follow MPact Services on tronic items like small appliances such as Facebook at MPact Services, LLC as cell phones, as well as commercial type well. equipment, from laptops to printers. You “It gives people peace of mind, the can find a list of items it accepts listed on feeling of knowing that their electronics their website, MPactServicesUSA.com. aren’t just going to be thrown in a landfill Its services, which are completely and are handled responsibly,” said free, also include complimentary pickup McCarty. from your home or business, no matter “That’s really important to us.”

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18th Annual SeaGrapes Wine & Food Festival Supports Aquarium

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Dress is cocktail attire. VIP ticketholder entry will begin at 7 p.m. for early access to the food and drinks, as well as a special VIP area with exclusive food and drink options. As a VIP you will have full access to VIP-only area featuring exclusive food and wines as well as complimentary valet parking available at SeaGrapes Wine & Food Festival is The the Aquarium’s Florida Aquarium’s largest annual main entrance. fundraiser. This year it will take place on Saturday, May 18 from 8-11 p.m. Enjoy One hunover 100 types of wine and great food from local dred percent of the proceeds restaurant partners. from tickets purchased support Join The Florida Aquarium for its The Florida Aquarium’s, a 501(c)(3) not18th annual SeaGrapes Wine & Food for-profit, mission to both entertain and Festival fundraising event presented by educate as well as inspire stewardship Amalie Oil on Saturday, May 18 from 8of our natural environment. 11 p.m. During the event, a silent auction SeaGrapes provides guests with an will take place. Guests can bid on an unforgettable evening featuring more impressive array of auction items that than 100 types of wine, gourmet food appeal to adventurers, arts and culture from numerous premier restaurants, a buffs, fashionistas, sports fans, luxury full night of entertainment including travelers, and gourmands. access to all the Aquarium’s vibrant You must be 21 or over to attend. exhibits featuring over 8,000+ animals General admission tickets are $100, and plants that call the Aquarium home. VIP tickets are $250. “One of The Florida Aquarium’s Bring your love of wine, your comgoals is to be a leader for aquatic animitment to the conservation of endanmal conservation and research, and our gered species and your cell phone to signature fundraiser event SeaGrapes bid on the silent auction and be a part helps us to obtain that goal,” said Roger of #SeaGrapes2019 on social media. Germann, President and CEO. “It’s an For more information about the exciting time to bring people together in event call 273-4000 or support of our Blue Planet conservation visit flaquarium.org/seagrapes. efforts. SeaGrapes is going to be a The Florida Aquarium is located at great celebration of our ocean and our 701 Channelside Dr. in Tampa. community of ocean supporters.”

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Della’s Café And Bistro In Brandon Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary

By Tatiana Ortiz

The aroma of of breakfast ground cinnamon items from and maple syrup 7-11 a.m. filled the dining such as the room area of Mexican Della’s Café and Benedict, Bistro in Brandon which costs as items off of its $8.50. This breakfast menu dish conwere being sists of two served. Since poached 1989, Beverly eggs on top Dellagrotta and her husband Anthony Mexican Street Corn Salad. Dellagrotta gained much support throughout the of an English community and now celebrates being in muffin with pico operation for 30 years. de gallo and Della’s Café and Bistro came into much more. For fruition through a suggestion from a dinlunch from 11 ner party she had as the guests felt a.m.-2:30 p.m., impressed by her delicious eclectic dishpeople could order the popular chicken es, and they thought that Beverly should salad among many other great choices. open a restaurant, naming it Della’s Della’s Café and Bistro also provides a Delectables. At a young age, Beverly variety of beverages, desserts and daily always had a passion for the art of prepa- specials, too. Guests can either dine-in, ration and food. Eventually, she opened take-out or utilize a few delivery options Della’s Café and Bistro. In addition, such as Mobile Meals. Those interested Beverly’s mother, Becky, also stepped in could book a private event as well. to assist her daughter from the very “All in all, my fabulous staff makes beginning by preparing the menu and sure that the people get taken care of,” cooking. Currently, Becky still makes all of Beverly said. “To add, once someone the desserts sold at Della’s Café and comes they will become a customer.” Bistro. For more information, visit www.delBeverly shares what makes it unique. lascafebistro.com or its Facebook page “I am always here, and when people www.facebook.com/DellasAfterDark/. It is come they feel like family,” Beverly said. located at 608 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon The 2,400 sq. ft. restaurant can seat and is open Monday through Friday, 7 65 people comfortably. It serves an array a.m.- 2:30 p.m. Call 684-3354.

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Enjoy A Night to Remember While Benefiting The Children’s Home Network

By Michelle Colesanti

Are you contests are a hit.” ready to party At its residential with a purcampus on Memorial pose? The Highway in Tampa, Children’s the Children’s Home Home Network provides a Network’s safe, healing environsecond annual ment to help boys and spring event, girls who have experiA Night to enced trauma. More Remember, than 22,000 children Party with a purwill take place and families benefit pose at this on Friday, each year through year’s A Night to Remember on Friday, April 26. April 26 from Children’s Home 7-10 p.m. at the Bryan Glazer Family Network programs at the residential Jewish Community Center in Tampa, campus as well as community prolocated at 522 N. Howard Ave. in grams in Central and South Florida. Tampa. This year’s theme is Groovin’ to the The proceeds raised will help heal 60s and will feature delicious food, the hearts of abused, neglected and cocktails and live music from Tampa abandoned children and support local legends, The Black Honkeys. The band, families in need. A Night to Remember which has been together for 19 years, benefits the Children’s gets its inspiration from Jimi Home Network, Tampa’s Hendrix, the Rolling Stones oldest and continuously and The J. Geils Band. You running nonprofit that is will be entertained while the improving lives and changband plays a mix of Motown, ing life stories. Funk, Soul and Rock ‘n Roll. Cheryl Adams, a board The Bryan Glazer Family member at the Children’s Jewish Community Center Home Network and a member of the was chosen as it (when it was the planning committee said, “I have Armory) was a popular venue for a variserved on the board of the Children’s ety of entertainment events, including Home Network for over 20 years and live music. Not only was it a hub of have to say, A Night to Remember is nightlife for teens of that generation, but truly my personal favorite. This evening Elvis made his first Tampa appearance is such a blast and an opportunity to at this venue. party with a purpose. We enjoy incrediFor event details or to reserve your ble food and music, connect with great tickets, visit www.childrenshomenetfriends and the costume and dance work.org/ntr.

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Local Couple Celebrates 75th Anniversary When Dorothy (Dot) and Aldon George married in 1944, southeastern Hillsborough County was a very different place. The couple, who met on a bus Dot and Aldon George are celebrating their Aldon drove 75th wedding in Brandon anniversary this year. when Dot was 16, are celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary in June and have lived, started a successful business and raised their family in the area in that time. “The Brandon area has changed so much,” said Dot. “We almost get lost when we go out now even though we have lived here our whole lives.” At 91 and 92 years old, Dot and Aldon have three children, two daughters and a son-two of whom live in the Brandon area-nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. They met as teenagers when Aldon was working as a bus driver in rural Hillsborough County, picking up workers for the Herman Sausage Plant, which was located on the land that now houses Brandon Ford. “We always had a lot in common,” said Dot. “Including the fact that we are both twins.” In 1944, George came home from his job in aviation for the Navy and the

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couple married in a small family ceremony at the Hillsborough County Court House in Tampa. “We ran out of gas on the way home on our wedding day,” said Aldon. “That is a funny story to look back on now.” After the war, the couple started W.A. George Upholstery Inc. out of their home on Bloomingdale Ave. in Riverview. Two of their children now work at the business, which offers custom upholstery services for residential and commercial furniture. During their years in Brandon, Dot and Aldon were very active , even working as greeters there for 25 years. Aldon also fondly remembers his time as a scout leader and especially enjoyed taking trips with his troop. “We really had a lot of fun,” he said. When asked to what she credits the length and success of their marriage, Dot mentions their faith in God and their willingness to compromise. “We always got along,” she said. “We don’t think alike every time, but we do what we can to agree with each other.” W.A. George Upholstery, located at 10416 Bloomingdale Ave. in Riverview, can be reached at 626-4980 or info@georgeup.com. For more information, visit www.georgeup.com.

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Center Place Will Hold Its 35th Annual Patron Party This April

By Kathy L. Collins

Center Place will have generations hold its 35th Annual of families attendPatron Party- Paint ing our art classes The Town-Passport and children’s live To The Arts- on theatre.” Saturday, April 27 All of this beginning at 7 p.m. at would not be posCenter Place in sible without the Brandon. This will be generous support fun evening that supof the comports the arts locally. munity. You Come support Lisa Rodriguez, can help susCenter Place Marketing Manager tain Center and help it confor Center Place said, tinue to provide Place and its program“Each year, the theme arts four decades ming for the community by attending their of our party changes 35th Annual Patron Party. Your cruise to par- of service to the adise awaits! to make it a special community by evening for those who support the arts. becoming an Art Patron Member or, even This year, our venue will be transformed better, by becoming a sponsor. into a cruise ship theme (Passport to the Rodriguez explained, “As a Patron Arts). We will stop at different tropical Member or sponsor, you will receive disports, making it A Night In Paradise for counts on art classes and theatre proour guests.” Rodriguez added, “Your itinductions.” erary for the night will include dinner from So, put on your best cruise attire the galley, tropical drinks, entertainment (from shorts and sandals to ball gowns and our spectacular silent auction for and tuxedoes) and enjoy an evening your shopping pleasure. Enjoy a filled with fun. In addition to a delicious Captain’s Dinner with onboard seating for meal, tropical drinks and entertainment, all, complete with open bar, cruisin’ style you can partake in Center Place’s music and entertainment.” famous silent auction. Rodriguez said, This is Center Place’s biggest annual “Our auction committee works yearfundraiser. Center Place has been proround getting wonderful items donated moting and teaching arts in the Greater such as beautiful art, gift baskets, sports Brandon area for 42 years. Rodriguez items and gift cards from restaurants and said, “Our Art Center depends on the other local businesses.” generosity of our community in order to For more information and to get tickkeep our doors open with a variety of art ets to the 35th Annual Patron Party, programs for children and adults. Our 42 please visit years of promoting and teaching the arts www.centerplacebrandon.org/specialin our community speaks for itself. We events.aspx or call 685-8888.

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Plant City Social Dance will hold a dance on Saturday, April 20 and April 27 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Strawberry Square, 4401 Promenade Blvd. in Plant City. Enjoy social dancing on a 3,000 sq. ft. floating wood floor. Dance to the music by DJ Ken Miller. Social dancing includes slow dances, waltzes, line dances, cha-cha and rumbas, two-step and country slow, swing and freestyle. The cost is $6 a person. No alcohol is to be brought on property. Water and cups are available. Please bring your own snacks and drinks. Visit strawberrysquaredancing.com.

Annual Submarine Veterans Memorial Service Tang Base of the United States Submarine Veterans Inc. (USSVI) will host its annual Submarine Memorial Service on Saturday, April 20 at 11 a.m. The service will be in front of the Submarine Museum at the Hillsborough County Veterans Memorial Park, 3602 US Hwy. 301 N. in Tampa. The Service serves to recognize the extreme sacrifice and loss of all U.S. Submarines, both in peacetime and

wartime. Visitors are welcome to attend and observe this solemn and patriotic service.

Pinwheels For Prevention

The Children’s Board Family Resource Centers invite you to join in for fun activities throughout April to learn more about preventing child abuse. Call 752-8700 to reserve your spot on Monday, April 22 from 4:305:30 p.m. for video, activities and information stations at 639 E. Alexander St. in Plant City.

Tampa Bay Symphony Spring Concerts

The Tampa Bay Symphony, under the direction of Mark Sforzini, will present its spring series of concerts on Sunday, April 28 in Clearwater; Tuesday, April 30 in St. Petersburg; and Sunday, May 5 in Tampa. They will play Symphony No. 2 by Jean Sibelius and Waking Up Down at the Bottom of the Sea, by Alejandro Rutty, winner of the orchestra’s third annual Composition Competition. This year, there were 67 entries from 15 different countries. The winner of the Jack Heller Young Artist Competition, Bailley Michelle Collins, will perform the first movement of Concerto in F by George Gershwin with the orchestra. Tickets may be purchased at each concert event for $20. An additional fee may apply when purchasing at the Straz Center and the Palladium. Students 18 and younger and college

being put on by the Holy Innocents Youth Group to bring family, friends and neighbors together for a day of fun. This event, scheduled for Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m.-5p.m. It will be The Tampa Bay Symphony will perform spring concerts in April and May. held on the church grounds students may attend for free with valid with Piggy Palace Food Truck, laser tag, IDs. Visit http://www.tampabaysymphobounce house and slide. There will also ny.com/. be video and dance games, and a DJ. In addition to American Idol contestant South Shore Democratic Club May Jeremy Rosado, dancers from Judy's Meeting Dance Academy will perform. Join the South Shore Democratic Bring family, friends and neighbors to Club for the May meeting, held at the enjoy the day at Holy (golf cart-friendly) Sun City Innocents', 604 N. Center Chamber of Commerce, Valrico Rd. in Valrico. 1651 Sun City Center Plaza in This is a free event Sun City Center on the except for food and first Thursday of the month, May beverage purchases 2. Meet ‘n Mingle with refreshfrom the food truck. For ments at 1 p.m. and join the genmore information, visit eral meeting at 1:30 p.m. Join felhiepiscopal.org or conlow Democrats, Liberals, tact the Church Office Progressives & Independents to welcome Ione Townsend, American Idol contestant at 689-3130. Jeremy Rosado will perHillsborough County Democratic form at Holy Innocents first Special Operations Party Chair, for an update on the annual youth event taking Warrior local and state party. All democplace on the church grounds on Saturday, May Foundation Check rats and like-minded individuals 4 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Presentation are invited and encouraged to On March 14, Congregation Beth attend this free event. Visit www.SouthShoreDemocrats.org Shalom of Brandon presented a check to its partner charity - the Special for more information. Operations Warrior Foundation. The money was raised through Beth Jeremy Rosado to perform at Holy Shalom’s annual fundraiser last month Innocents Youth Event and will be used to provide college The community is invited to the tuition for a child of a fallen specialSpring Event of ‘HILL’ (Holy Innocents’ forces operator. Linking Lives). This inaugural event is

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Join the Brandon ballet and houses the Ballet as it celebrates the world's first profession25th Silver Anniversary al training school and Season with Ballets of ballet company the World. This extraordi(presently known as nary performance will be Paris Opera Ballet and held on Saturday, April 27 Paris Opera Ballet at 7:30 p.m. at Riverview School). This is the High School Theater, first time Le located at 11311 Boyette Consevatorie will be Rd. in Riverview. performed in Central Tickets for Ballets of Florida. the World are $30 for Your final stop adults, $25 for seniors brings you to America and military personnel with a new and original and $20 for children 12 choreography. Artistic You will not want to miss the beauty and wonder of the and under. All tickets are Director Doricha Sales Brandon Ballet's 25th plus tax. The tickets can Anniversary Gala Celebration. provides a stunning linbe purchased at Come take a tour of the world ear piece in www.tututix.com/brandon- with the Brandon Ballet as they Perpendicular perform Ballets of the World. ballet. Alignment. This neoBallets of the World will take you on classical piece is sophisticated yet a journey around the world. First stop is sleekly modern. Russia where you will see Swan Lake Guest teacher Shawn Cusseaux Act 2 which premiered in 1877 by the has also created Bloomed & Plucked, a Bolshoi Ballet and then in 1895 by the contemporary piece performed by the Imperial Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia. Brandon Ballet company members. Swan Lake Act 2 eloquently encapsuAccording to Lyndsey Ladewig, lates romantic ballet with the Swan President of Brandon Ballet, "Its dramatQueen and her flock of white swans, ic musical tone will grab your attention performed by Brandon Ballet's company from the first movement until the final members and professional artists. curtsy. Come and witness movement Next, you will travel to France for Le and structure unlike anything you have Conservatorie, a vaudevillian ballet inter- seen on stage." pretation of the finest dance training Ladewig added, "We are excited for from the 1820s. Staged by guest our 25th Anniversary Spring Gala perteacher and coach Karina Elver in formance." August Bournonville's style, this one act For more information on the version represents not only France, but Brandon Ballet, please visit www.branall of Europe. France is the birthplace of donballet.org or call 684-4282.

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HCC Brandon Campus Held Grand Opening For New Hawks Career Closet By Tatiana Ortiz

Landing a job male and female clothinterview, whether it is ing items, accessories the first one or several, and more. Plus, stucan create a positive dents could also impact on someone’s choose from a seleclife as they get an tion of numerous opportunity showcase sizesl. Students get to their skills. Being keep their outfits as equipped with the right well. outfit can increase conHCC student fidence as well. On Quawn Carter shared March 19, the Career her thoughts about the Resource Center at Career Resource Center Manager at Hawks Career Closet. the Hillsborough “I like the diversity the Brandon Hillsborough Community College, Carmen Community College and clothing items, Kimpson (left) and Dean of Student (HCC) Brandon camServices Julie White (right) prepare especially with the varipus held a grand to cut the ribbon of its new Hawks ous sizes that students Closet Resource Center. opening of its New get to choose from,” Hawks Career Closet durCarter said. ing the week of several free Kimpson stated the events that will occur as this overall goal of the campus celebrates 50 Hawks Career Closet years of innovation and would be to provide stuinspiration. dents with business HCC Career Resource attire. In addition, part of Center Manager Carmen this goal includes growth Kimpson mentioned who with hopes that it could can utilize the Hawks expand college wide. Career Closet. The Dale Mabry campus “Both female and male students can in Tampa also has a Hawk’s Career receive, at no cost, interviewing attire as Closet. long as they notify the career resource “All in all I am very excited about center about the interview or networking launching this and would love for people function,” Kimpson said. to donate as we are accepting gently It all came into fruition through a used or brand new suits and business $1,200 grant from the HCC Foundation. attire,” Kimpson said. With this grant, it provided hangers, sizing For info, contact Carmen Kimpson at labels and much more for the Hawks ckimpson@hccfl.edu. Hours are Monday Career Closet. Students visiting it will get 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Tuesday through outfitted as they may discover a variety of Friday 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Call 259-6590.

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Keeping I.T. Simple With Locally Owned Tub Treats In Plant City Offers Natural And KITS Computers And Web Luxurious Bath And Shower Products By Taylor Wells

Oftentimes, people try since 1993 and might find themselves has been proudly getting frustrated due to providing his experivarious issues with ence and services to their computers, the local homes and phones and other businesses of the devices and want easy Tampa Bay area, its to understand solusurrounding areas tions. Keep I.T. Simple and Sarasota County. (KITS) Computer KITS Computers is Services, LLC, strives also part of the KITS Computers provides a great varito help customers ety of I.T. services for residential and Greater Riverview through their tech troucommercial customers and strives to Chamber of keep it simple. bles with little hassle for Commerce, Taking a satisfying service. Care of Business (TCOB) and Established in 2013, originally named SouthShore Business Association. VivJer Computers, KITS Computers Rothstein stressed the importance offers a large variety of I.T. services, such of having backups for devices and as getting started with new systems data, as one never knows what can go (desktops, laptops, tablets, Apple), repair- wrong. “Whether it’s a battery backup ing existing systems, upgrades, home to allow you to properly shut down the wiring, networking assistance, data recov- computer when your power goes off or ery and extraction, virus removal and an external hard drive or flash drive to more. Additionally, KITS Computers offers backup your most important data, I monthly, quarterly or semiannual maintecan’t stress those two items enough.” nance contracts. “We strive to be a business you “From retrieving data from non-workcan count on, both in commitment and ing hard drives, to removing malicious integrity,” said Rothstein. “We are viral attacks on more than one computer proud of our positive track record.” system in a business office, to establishKITS Computers is open Monday ing network connectivity when other peothrough Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ple failed, we have done our very best in Saturdays are available only by scheda number of circumstances to help peouling an appointment beforehand. ple, both residential and commercial,” For more information, visit said Jerry Rothstein, founder of KITS www.kitscomputers.com/, go through Computers. He added that customers do the website’s Support page, call 689not have to bring their electronics, as 5028 or email KITS Computers can come to them info@kitscomputers.com. To schedule instead. an appointment, call the number Rothstein has been in the I.T. indusabove.

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Tub Treats Bath and Body is a unique family owned shop that specializes in making products for the bath and shower. Tub Treats Bath and Body is located at 106 NE Drane St. in historic downtown Plant City. Owners, Debra and Tim Flowers, along with their daughter, Crystal, were born and raised in Plant City. They live on the border of the historic district. They opened in April 2017 with a mission "To make fun, luxurious and affordable products for the bath and shower. We source ingredients that are fresh, natural, sustainable, organic (when possible) and safe synthetics. We do not test on animals and only purchase ingredients from suppliers that hold our same values." Debra started making bath and shower items while working as a hairstylist. "I started with traditional bath bombs and cupcakes that are a combo of bath bomb and bubble bath frosting. They looked so yummy that people thought they were really food," said Debra. Debra added, "In two years our production has grown from our home, to a building on our property to our downtown manufacturing and flagship store."

Everything at Tub Treats is made in house. Debra said, "We make hand crafted bath and body products that are fun, nourishing for your skin and wonderful smelling scents that you will fall in love with." Items offered at Tub Treats include sugar scrub, body butter, bubble bath, bath bombs and more. They come in an array of fragrances. Debra said, "Our niche is fragrances, and we carry over 60 phthalate free scents, including fragrance free." Debra and Tim are members of the Plant City Chamber of Commerce and Plant City Main Street. "We want to see downtown Plant City become a destination for walking around, eating lunch and shopping," added Debra. Tub Treats Bath and Body is closed on Sunday and open on Monday by appointment. They are open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. On Saturday they are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. When there are events downtown, they stay open late. You can also order items online and can get free shipping with $25 purchase. For information, visit www.tubtreat.com or call 750-3825.


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GSP Direct Relocates From Miami To Area

GSP Direct has recently relocated from Miami to its new warehouse and showroom in the Tampa/Brandon area. With over 25 years of experience, GSP Direct is dedicated to providing customers with a great selection of products in both readymade and custom blinds. It now offers installation. It offers mini blinds, 2" faux wood GSP Direct has recently Blooming blinds, vertical blinds and curtain rods all relocated from Miami to 8504 E. Nails Now Adamo Dr. in Tampa. ready to go. Come browse the wareOpen house and stop by the showroom to Blooming Nails is now open at 2056 see what custom products are offered. Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico (in the It is located off Hwy 301 at 8504 E. Bloomingdale Walmart plaza). Owner Adamo Dr., Ste 175 in Tampa. Call 488Tommy Nguyen said this new nail salon 5487 for more information. offers a beautiful, spacious and relaxing atmosphere. It specializes in nail Missy’s Ink Celebrates enhancements, manicures, pedicures Two-Year Anniversary and waxing. Missy’s Ink Permanent Hours are Monday Makeup is celebrating two to Friday, 9:30 a.m.-7:30 years of making women p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-7 feel more confident from the outside p.m., and Sunday from 11 in. Over the past two years, Missy a.m.-5 p.m. Call 654-6510 Duncan has taken many advanced classto schedule an appointment or for more es, which have helped to perfect her craft. information. Seeing the smiles and sometimes happy tears from over 250 women is what European Wax Center To Open In makes Missy love what she does. Missy Brandon said, “Life isn’t always perfect, but your European Wax Center, the nation’s makeup can be.” leading provider of waxing and brow servMissy’s Ink is located at 1104 N. ices, is expanding to Brandon Centre Parsons Ave., Ste. B. Call 659-0648 for South, 1933 W. Lumsden Rd. in more information or visit Brandon, next to Home Goods. www.missysink.com. Several well-experienced members

industry. By combining his personal experience with the cutting edge technology platform FRP offers, Caballero is sure to deliver a great experience to his clients. While he is not captive to automotive services, that will be his primary focus. Caballero can be reached at 571-9591 ext. 112. of the staff from the Tampa location will transfer to see this new center off to a top performing start. European Wax Center has set the industry standard. Many Brandon residents have been visiting the downtown center for years, enjoying the benefit of 15 minute services close to their offices. Visit www.waxcenter.com for more information.

Florida Risk Partners Has New Auto Services Practice Leader

Jason Caballero has joined Florida Risk Partners as the Auto Services Practice Leader. In his role, Jason will work with clients ranging from body shops to car washes, providing them with insurance and risk management solutions to reduce their total cost of risk. In addition, he will be responsible for the recruiting and staffing of his practice. Jason comes to FRP with over 10 years of experience of calling on the automotive

Family-Owned Naffco Flooring & Interiors Has Served The Area Since 1937

The family-owned and operated Naffco Flooring & Interiors has been serving homes in the Tampa Bay area with flooring, shutters, blinds and cabinetry needs since 1937. It has been providing top-quality products and services for more than 75 years. Naffco & Interiors offers a great customer service experience from its design consultants on the showroom floor to the installation craftsmen in your home. Highly skilled and trained craftsmen, who are professional and courteous, are prepared to meet all your interior remodeling and decorating needs. There are three showrooms in South Tampa, Carrollwood and Brandon. The Brandon location is at 1920 W. Brandon Blvd. Hours are Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

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By Michelle Colesanti

Executive. Gibertini is best known for leading the dynamic Women in Business Program, which she was instrumental in developing for USAmeriBank/Valley Bank. She will oversee the Retail and Business Development network for Pilot Bank including training Premier Radiation recently held a ribbon cutand Pilot Bank’s ting with the Brandon Chamber of Commerce. Executive Forum. “Cami’s talPremier Radiation Oncology ents and leaderRibbon-Cutting ship will be a Premier Radiation Oncology positive for our announced the exciting arrival of the bank. She is a natural fit for newest radiation delivery equipment our bank and will add value as we in the nation with its Halcyon linear continue to grow. Her involvement in accelerator built by Varian. our community aligns perfectly with As a radiation oncology clinic, our focus,” stated Rita Lowman, Premier uses X-Rays to cure cancer. President of Pilot Bank. Cami will This is the most precise machine in report directly to Rita in her new operation. opportunity. The team-led by Dr. Alexander Gibertini stated, “This is a natural Engelman, the #1 Radiation fit for me. Rita has been a mentor of Oncologist in the Tampa area as mine and now to work and collabopeer-nominated in Tampa Magazine, rate with her as we continue to grow and staff of nurses, physicists, Pilot Bank is a natural progression dosimetrists and radiation therapistsfor me.” demonstrated not only a commitment Cami is known in the Tampa Bay to the latest in technologic advancecommunity for her involvement. She ment but also a commitment to supis the Past Chair of the Brandon porting patients and families through- Chamber of Commerce alumnus of out their journey to healing. The cenLeadership Tampa Bay and the ter offers patients and families nutriBoard of Directors for the Girl Scouts tional guidance, alternative and comof West Central Florida. plementary treatment recommendaShe is also a graduate of the tions and encourages engagement American Bankers Association with faith, family and community. Stonier Graduate School of Banking, Through its partnership with a BAI Graduate School of Retail local sustainability advising group, Banking and Florida School of ShiftCo, all cancer treatments for Banking. Pilot Bank is headquartered 2019 will be carbon-neutral. To the in Tampa. center's knowledge, no other cancer For more information, visit center in the nation can claim to have www.pilot.bank. zero-footprint cancer therapy. It is located at 3140 State Farm Grand S. Falkenburg Rd. in Opening Celebrated Riverview. Call 734A grand opening cele8911. bration recently took place for the new State Farm Veteran Banker Cami Quentin D. Sanders Gibertini Joins Pilot Agency located at 1076 E. Bank Brandon Blvd., Ste. 214 in Pilot Bank is pleased Brandon. to announce that Cami Auto, Home, Business, Gibertini has joined Pilot Property, Life and Health Cami Gibertini, the new Insurance are offered as Bank as Senior Vice Senior Vice President at President/Retail well as Banking and Pilot Bank

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The Salt Grotto Celebrates One Year With Great Mother’s Day Offer

great gift for mom or for you, all for just $95. The Salt Grotto is located at 1026 Bloomingdale Ave. (in Plaza Bella). It is open Monday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday from 12 Noon-4 p.m. Call 324-8946 or visit www.thesaltgrotto.com.

Brandon Regional Hospital Named One Of Nation’s 100 Top Hospitals By IBM Watson Health

Owners Carmen Matos and Sheila AlbaManager are a Brandon mother and Regional Hospital daughter who Carmen & Sheila are the owners of The (BRH) was recently Salt Grotto. They are celebrating one year named one of the acquired The of ownership. Salt Grotto a nation’s 100 Top year ago. Hospitals by IBM Watson Health. The Salt Grotto offers a method This recognition spotlights 100 topof inhalation of the purest grade of performing hospitals in the U.S. salt in a day spa-like environment based on publicly available data and surrounded by native and authentic performance related to clinical outHimalayan pink salt crystals. Clients comes, operational efficiency and have been experiencing the fascifinancial metrics. nating results of Dry The IBM Salt Therapy at The Watson Salt Grotto. Products Health 100 offered are Top Hospitals Halotherapy (Dry Salt study uses a Therapy), Massage scorecard Therapy, Acupuncture that assesses and Infrared Sauna. hospitals of To celebrate the similar size one-year anniversary, it is offering a and teaching status. Over 5,500 Mother’s Day Special: two hours of hospitals were evaluated, and the the ultimate relaxation - a one-hour 100 highest performing hospitals therapeutic massage (including Salt had lower mortality rates, fewer Grotto’s famous Lemongrass salt patient complications, provided scrub on the calves and feet) folfaster emergency care, kept expenslowed by a 45-minute session in the es low and scored higher on patient relaxing Adult Salt Room with a nice experience. cup of hot tea and a fluffy blanket; a Brandon Regional Hospital was listed under the Teaching Hospital category on the 100 Top Hospitals list. The hospital started its teaching program in 2015 and currently has over 170 physicians enrolled, positioning itself to be a regional leader in Graduate Medical Education. The Graduate Medical Education program at Brandon Regional Hospital provides residency opportunities in seven different specialties, including an Emergency Medicine Residency, Internal Medicine Residency, Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency and Surgical Residency. For more information, visit Quentin Sanders stands with his wife Vanessa (holding their daughter, Sydney) and older daugh- BrandonHospital.com. ter Sky (in front).

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Kingsway Rd. in Seffner. four services, free Goat Yoga is a relaxed coffee and pastries form of yoga open to yogis and an Easter egg of every skill level. During a hunt on Saturday typical session, the particievening (after the pants are more than wel5 p.m. services). e ll by Miche m come to pet the goats or o Easter service c r. e Compiled rv e ospreyobs simply focus on the yoga times are as folmichelle@ practice. However, with lows: Saturday, April 20 their intrinsic energy and at 5 p.m. at both the Enjoy Goat Yoga while raising playfulness - along with a north and south locafunds for the Y’s Annual Centerpoint Church Opens New Campaign. short attention span - the tions; Sunday, April 21 – Campus In Brandon/Valrico Area goats will attempt to break Centerpoint North at 9 Centerpoint Church has expanded its your concentration and get you to play a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.; and at reach in the Brandon area by launching a with them instead. It is pretty hard to take Centerpoint South at 9 and 10:45 a.m. second campus in Valrico. The goal of the yourself or life too seriously when there After Easter weekend, service times church has always been to meet the tanare goats involved, so this a great will continue at 9 and 10:45 p.m. on gible needs of the community and to ‘tear way to break away from your norSundays at both campuses. down every mal mindset and relieve stress. For more information, visit barrier to the All proceeds go toward the Y’s www.centerpointfl.org. Gospel of Annual Campaign to help families Jesus.’ This facing financial hardship benefit Congregation Beth Shalom campus, which from the Y. April Events will be called The cost is $35 for adults and Second Night Seder – ‘Centerpoint $25 for kids ages 5+. Participants Saturday, April 20 at 6 p.m. Church must bring their own mat. The Led by Rabbi Bryan, the North,’ is locatfurry workout partners will be proExodus story retold, sing songs ed at 1720 S. vided by Fallen Oak Farms. There will be Steven McLeary, Executive Director of and enjoy a delicious meal. St. Cloud Rd. the foundation accepts a check from The cost is $36 for adults; $18 bunnies too. in Valrico and Susan Baylis, the Fundraising To register, for children aged 5–12; no fee will hold more Chairperson for Beth Shalom. visit https://bit.ly/2CaHoqX. for those under 5. Contact the than 400 peooffice to make reservations. ple, roughly double the size of the current State Farm Agent Melissa Snively’s Bible and Bagels – Saturday, April Centerpoint Church campus on Miller Rd. Quotes For Good Program 27 at 10 a.m. Join in for a discussion of Centerpoint plans to leave both camLocal State Farm agent Melissa the week’s Parsha with Rabbi Bryan. Light puses open, calling the current campus Snively and nonprofits, Newsome breakfast and schnapps will be served. ‘Centerpoint Church - South.’ The new Orchestra and Brandon Ballet, team up Congregation Beth Shalom is located campus used to be the home of Horizon for this month’s Quotes for Good at 706 Bryan Rd. in Brandon. For more Christian Church, which joined under the program. information, call 681-6547. banner of Centerpoint Church in midThroughout April, each person who Goat Yoga Fundraiser Benefits Y’s 2018. The Centerpoint Church - North is contacts Melissa Snively State Farm Annual Campaign also home to Hispanic Church of seeking a car, home, or life quote can On Saturday, April 20, our memberBrandon, which will now meet on Sunday request the agent donate $10 per houseship director Rebecca Piatt will be instructafternoons. hold to either Newsome Orchestra or ing a 10:30 a.m. class at the North The Centerpoint Church - North offiBrandon Ballet. Brandon Family YMCA on 3097 S. cially launches Easter weekend holding

The Quotes for Good program was created for local State Farm agents to build relationships with local groups and organizations and help make a difference in their communities. The Newsome High School Orchestra is comprised of students in grades 9-12. The orchestra competes against other orchestras and recently performed at Carnegie Hall in New York. Playing an instrument in high school is beneficial because students gain a sense of achievement, develop creative thinking and spatial intelligence, and often produce higher scores on standardized tests. Brandon Ballet is a local professional ballet company whose dancers range from age 9 to adult. The company is comprised of professional artists, pre-professional trainees, and training dancers. The pre-professional training program is unique in that each dancer is provided with individual attention, college and career guidance, along with daily dance instruction to support their individual goals. “I’m extremely excited to support such great organizations through Quotes for Good,” explained Melissa Snively. “This program is a great way for all of us to support our community. At the same time, our office can also provide customers with a comprehensive understanding of their insurance needs and coverage.” To request a quote and support this program, please stop by Melissa Snively’s office located at 16209 FishHawk Blvd. in Lithia or call 662-3622. For more information, contact Christine Robbins, christine@melissarules.com.

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Egg Hunts, Crafts, Activities And Family Fun All Around Town First Presbyterian Church of Brandon will host an Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday, April 20 at 10 a.m. Bring a basket and a dish to share. The event will feature crafts, games, an egg hunt and potluck lunch. The church is located at 121 Carver Ave. in Brandon. Grace Baptist Church will host an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 20 at 10 a.m. Children 12 and under are asked to bring a basket for the hunt. The egg hunt will also include complimentary photos with the Easter Bunny. The church is located at 2909 John Moore Rd. in Brandon. For more information, visit www.growingatgrace.com. Hawthorne Village Retirement Community invites you to its Bunny Hop Treat Trail on Friday, April 19. The ribbon cutting to open the treat trail is at 10:30 a.m. There will be treat stations set up on the trail and the Easter Bunny will be on site. Hawthorne Village is located at 859 W. Lumsden Rd. in Brandon. For more information, call 661-8998 or visit hawthornevillageofbrandon.com. Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church will hold a free Easter breakfast and egg hunt on Sunday, April 21 at 9:15 a.m. The church is located at 604 N. Valrico Rd. in Valrico. For more information, contact the church office at 689-3130. Lighthouse Freedom Center will host its annual Easter of Hope Outreach on Saturday, April 13 at 11

a.m. The event includes Riverview's largest egg hunt and a free bike giveaway. Celebrate Jesus with food, fun,

face painting, candy, prizes, dance contests, skits and more. All are welcome to this free family event. LRC is located at 7211 S. 78th St. in Riverview. For more information, visit www.lrcchurch.com. Living Savior Lutheran Church will host an Easter breakfast featuring generous portions of breakfast items on Sunday, April 21 at 8:30 a.m. Then at 9:15 a.m., children are invited to participate in an Easter egg hunt. The church is located at 2650 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Valrico. Next Level Church FishHawk will do a Helicopter Egg Drop at a secret location on Sunday, April 21. The drop will take place after the church’s Easter experience held at Newsome High School at 10 a.m. To receive a wristband and access to the egg drop location, you will need to

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attend the 10 a.m. experience. The egg drop is free and will also include bounce houses, face painting and other family-friendly activities. Registration is required for entry, visit www.2019eggdrop.com to register and for more information. Plant City's Annual City-wide Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m.-12 Noon. The event features an Easter egg hunt, food, photos with the Easter bunny, inflatables and more. The egg hunt is free, but other activities cost a nominal fee. The egg hunt is for all youths ages 3-11, and

children will be divided into age groups. Two special ‘Golden Eggs’ will be hidden in each egg nest. Finders turn them in for a large Easter Basket after the hunt. The event is held at the Otis M. Andrews Sports Complex, located at 2402 East Cherry St. in Plant City. More information can be found at https://www.plantcitygov.com/parksrec/page/city-wide-easter-egg-hunt. Redeemer Church will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday,

April 20 at 9:30 a.m. for toddlers through fifth grade. The free event also includes refreshments, a special craft and worship. The church is located at 12404 Boyette Rd. in Riverview. For more information, visit www.redeemerriverview.org. South Bay Church will host an Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m.-12 Noon. The egg hunt will feature more than 20,000 eggs, a food truck rally, music, prizes and the Easter Bunny. The church is located at 13498 U.S. Hwy. 301 S. in Riverview. For more information, visit www.southbay.church. St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church Of Brandon will host its annual Easter egg hunt and festivities on Sunday, April 14 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on campus. The event will include games, crafts, cookie decorating food and of course, egg hunts featuring an indoor toddler room and an indoor glow in the dark hunt for older kids. The outdoor egg hunt will include a fenced-in area where those age 5 and under can hunt eggs with kids their size. Eggs will be color-coded to help children with allergies distinguish noncandy/peanut-free items. Kona Ice will also be on location selling some cool treats. The event is free but please register online at www.eventbrite.com/e/egg-hunt-2019tickets-58540521275. The church is located at 3315 Bryan Rd. in Brandon.

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2019 Summer Camps Offer Many Options To Keep Active & Engaged It’s that time of the year when parents are beginning to wonder how they will keep the kids busy during the dog days of summer. What can you do to keep the kids entertained? Where can they go to try new things, learn how to swim, meet new friends and have great fun? There are many options to choose from locally that will fit the bill. The staff at the Osprey Observer has collected the top recommendations for local summer camps and created this special pull out section. Maybe your kids would like to spend the summer ‘horsing around.’ R&R Ranch offers that opportunity, and not just to learn to horseback ride, but also about the care of the horses. At Music Showcase, music and theatre take the stage and so can your child. Musicals such as Willy Wonka and Frozen Jr. will be offered, and your child can hold starring roles in these and other popular musicals offered from the Florida Academy of Performing Arts for children ages 5 and up. For your actor or musician, don’t forget to also check out Firehouse Cultural Center and Patel

Conservatory, which also offer fun and exciting ideas. The local YMCAs will offer many types of camps which mix fun along with great learning experiences. With plenty of choices, there is something for everyone. Mathnasium offers ways to keep your student’s math skills from getting rusty in a fun environment. Do you have a child interested in cooking? Check out Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium’s Cooking Camps for Kids through Teens. With weekly themes utilizing agespecific activities and field trips that make BSAC unique, your kids will enjoy every moment of summer camp. Specialty camps for Baseball (Ostingers), Legos (Bricks4Kidz), Art (Center Place) and Tennis (FishHawk Ranch Tennis Club) also offer great opportunities. For dates, prices and registration information on these and more, turn the page and enjoy this special section and have a great summer. Did we miss one? Let us know by emailing subject line ‘Summer Camp’ to michelle@ospreyobserver.com and we will be sure to add to our full listing online.


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Spots Filling Fast For Outdoor Adventure At Tampa YMCA Summer Camp

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This is the year to experience YMCA Summer Camp. Registration is now open for the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA’s newly enhanced summer camp program. Y Summer Camp 2019 offers children a day camp curriculum full of fun, educational activities. Activity specialists will lead campers through various experiences each day including swimming, science, high ropes, outdoor education, nature

Enjoy Archery and many other activities this summer at YMCA Summer Camp. The camp offerings vary by location.

encounters, horseback riding, canoeing, visual arts and more. The fun and unique experiences give Y campers an opportunity to explore the outdoors, meet new friends, discover new interests and create memories that last a lifetime. In Y Summer Camp, kids are in a welcoming environment where they can belong, build relationships, develop character and discover their potential. New for 2019, parents now have the option to add on before- and after-care activities which include swimming, horseback riding, sports and high ropes. There are also various specialty camps where campers will be immersed in their selected specialty in addition to enjoying traditional camp fun. Activities and specialty options vary by location.

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Once again, Hillsborough County Public Schools has committed to providing free breakfast and lunch as part of the Summer Food Program. The program runs from Monday, June 3 – Friday, August 2 and is open to all kids in the community ages 18 and under, including Y campers. To find out the time frames when free breakfast and lunch are available, contact your local Y. Visit https://www.tampaymca.org/locations for locations. Spots are filling fast at 14 locations across Hillsborough and East Pasco counties, including four sites for the Y’s The First Tee of Tampa Bay program. (www.thefirstteetampabay.org/informationsummer-camps/). Experience summer camp locally at: Campo Family YMCA in Valrico (6841371), North Brandon Family YMCA (685-5402), Spurlino Family YMCA at Big Bend Rd. in Riverview (228-9622) and YMCA Camp Cristina in Riverview (6778400). To ensure your kids stay engaged socially, physically and academically throughout the summer, register today at www.tampaymca.org/letscamp.

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Game Show Themes Add Up To Summer Camp Fun At 2019 Camp BSAC

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BSAC offers a game show themed summer experience for campers this year.

BSAC Campers can once again look forward to exciting themed weeks of fun camp experiences. BSAC’s ‘Who’s Got Game’ theme is based around game shows. Have you always wanted to be a contestant in your favorite TV game show? Now you can. Each themed week runs from Monday to Friday (except week 5 when there is no camp on the 4th of July). Week 1: SURVIVOR - June 3 – June 7; Week 2: ESCAPE ROOM - June 10 – June 14; Week 3: THE AMAZING RACE - June 17 – June 21; Week 4: FEAR FACTOR - June 18 – June 22; Week 5: MINUTE TO WIN IT - July 1 – July 5 *Closed July 4th; Week 6: DOUBLE DARE - July 8 – July 12; Week 7: WIN, LOSE, DRAW - July 15 – July 19; Week

8: WIPE OUT - July 22 – July 26; Week 9: FAMILY FEUD - July 29 – August 2 and Week 10: THE REUNION SHOW - August 5 – August 9. Registration Fees are $45 per child or $85 per family. It includes one camp T-shirt and one backpack per camper. The cost for camp per child is $150 full a full day (7 a.m.-6:30 p.m.); $90 week for half day – either 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 1 p.m.-6:30 p.m. If you want to bring your child for drop in days, the cost is $40 for the day from 7 a.m.6:30 p.m. Drop in days must be selected and paid in advance to reserve and are non-refundable. Field trips are offered throughout the season at extra cost and are optional. A Summer Camp Open House will be held on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Get a preview of the summer experience: a day in the life of a camper. Be a contestant on your favorite TV game shows. You will tour BSAC, swim and play games in the pool, meet the summer camp mentors, have a family fun day with summer camp games and activities. There will be a DJ and vendors. BSA is located at 405 Beverly Blvd. in Brandon. For more information, call 689-0908 or visit www.mybsacorg.

Enjoy The Summer Scene 2019 At The Florida Academy of Performing Arts

Make Summer Days Happy Days At Happy Day Summer Camp

Full and half day camps are available for kids ages 5 and up at The Florida Academy of Performing Arts (FAOPA) at Music Showcase. Musical Theatre productions of Willy Wonka (June 3-14), Once Upon A Mattress (June 10-21), Frozen Jr. (June 17-28), The Wizard of Oz Jr. (July 8-19), Once on This Island (July 15-26), and The Lion King Jr. (July 22-August 2) will all take place this summer for ages 5 and up. Campers will participate in various classes each day that are customized to fit their appropriate age groups and will experience, music, acting, singing, dance, creative art, rock camp and more. Music Showcase is located at 402 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon. For more information, call 490-2787 or visit faopa.org.

Weekly themes that are fun for your kids ages 1 to 10 will include many activities that will keep them moving and having a great summer. The days will include plenty of arts & crafts, friendships as well as academic summer fun. Music, sports & games, character and manners, bouncy house and giant slide with outdoor water play round out the fun. Kids will enjoy an ice cream social and much more. The cost is $100 per week for upcoming K5 to 5th grade campers. This includes all field trips and weekly activities such as bowling, skating, AMC Movies, state parks, MOSI, public library, Publix, Florida Aquarium, Lowry Park Zoo, Dinosaur World and more. Happy Day Summer Camp is open from Monday to Friday from 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and is located at 722 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Brandon. For more information, call 685-0028.

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Bricks 4 Kidz Offers LEGO® Summer Camps

Bricks 4 Kidz is back with awesome LEGO® Summer Camps being offered all over the Brandon, Riverview and Valrico areas. Join in for a different theme each week such as Fortnite, Pokemon, Star Wars, Minecraft and much more. Each week campers will be building signature Bricks 4 Kidz robotic LEGO® models, very popular LEGO® mosaics and 3D LEGO® sculptures, as well as playing fun games and creating arts and crafts projects they will get to take home. At the end of each week, every camper will get to take home their very own LEGO® minifigure. Each day and week will be a brand new LEGO® adventure you won’t want to miss! The schedule for the camps being offered at nearby locations is as follows:

We Rock The Spectrum Monday to Friday, June 10–14: LEGO® Gamer’s World July 1 – July 5: LEGO® Summer Theme Mashup (Single Day Pricing: No July 4 Camp) Monday to Thursday,

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Center Place Fine Arts Offer Summer Art Camp To Brighten The Day

Who knew that art could be so much fun? This summer, register your 7-13 year old to discover their love of painting, drawing, pottery and more. Classes are offered Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and include Art Mural, Animal Paintings, Pencil Drawings Cruise Around the World, West & Wild Canvases, Ceramic Sculpture, Recycled Art, Landscape Drawings, Paper Sculptures, Space Art, Mixed Media and more. Center Place is

located at 619 Vonderburg Dr., Ste. B in Brandon. For more information or to register, visit www.centerplacebrandon.org or call 685-8888.

Fun And Education Spins Throughout The Summer At Kids ‘R’ Kids

Kids ‘R’ Kids is excited to launch a new twist on camp where kids are redefining summer and turning ordinary days into the extraordinary. Just as fragments inside a kaleidoscope fuse together to captivate us with a new perspective, Kaleidoscope 360° will spin this summer into a unique dimension of discovery, fun and friendships through various weekly themes. This summer promises a well-supervised, engaging and enriching camp for preschool and elementary aged children. Extended hours, meals/snacks, weekly field trips, sports and more are

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being offered. Summer camp is offered at both Kids ‘R’ Kids locations: Circa FishHawk, 5815 Kids Crossing Dr. (next to Stowers Elementary and Mosaic). Visit www.KRKCirca.com or call 654-7000 and also at 4321 Lynx Paw Trail in Valrico (across from Lithia Springs Elementary). Visit www.KRKValrico.com or call 6576200.

Learn Baseball From The Pros At Ostingers Baseball Academy Summer Camp

Ostingers Baseball Academy will hold its baseball camp this summer to give your child a better understanding of the game of baseball, through instruction, drills and games. Having a good time while learning the fundamentals will be the main focus of this camp. Ostingers staff is made up of all former professional players who instruct, teaching the game from the ground up. The camp is not a full day

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This ratio allows for added reps for each player and helps to break up the groups in age appropriate format. Camp weeks run Monday to Friday, June 37, July 8-12 and July 29-August 2. Camps run half days from 8:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. Camps are held Monday to Wednesday at Ostingers Baseball Academy, 8711 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. and Thursday and Friday at the FishHawk Sports Complex fields located at 16120 FishHawk Blvd. in Lithia (for games and other activities). The cost is $180 (sibling discounts available). For more information or to register, call 737-3000 or visit www.OstingBaseball.com.

Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium Is Cooking Up Some Summer Fun

Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium’s Summer Camps are a great way to learn new skills in the kitchen, create tasty recipes, and meet lots of new friends. The only things you need to be prepared are closed toe shoes

and a restraint for shoulder length hair. All of the ingredients, tools and even the fun are included. Students are taught how to properly use real kitchen tools, knives and appliances safely under adult supervision. Students come away with the confidence to prepare dishes that are age appropriate and tasty. The goal is to encourage your child to be a help in the kitchen and to have fun while building a lifetime of good skills. Cooking Camps for kids ages 6-11 will take place from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. daily and the tween’s and teen’s Summer Camps, ages 11-15 will take place from 2-4 p.m. Camps will take place weekly for four days and run from Monday, June 3 through Thursday, August 2. Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium is located at Brandon Crossroads, 2080 Badlands Dr. in Brandon. Call 653-2418 or visit www.rollingpinonline.com.

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Hoop It Up At FishHawk Fellowship’s Basketball Camp

Take your game to the next level. Develop your skills and have fun doing it. Work daily to improve every player’s technical abilities. Camp is suitable for everyone from beginners to elite players. FishHawk Fellowship Church is partnering with Alpha & Omega Sports, Inc. Its staff designs intense, fun training sessions. Camp will run Monday, June 24 to Friday, June 28 for grades 2-5 and Monday, July 22 to Friday, July 26 for grades 6-12. Both camps will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at FishHawk Fellowship Church, 15326 FishHawk Blvd. in Lithia. The cost is $100 per student. For more information, visit www.fishhawkfc.org/basketball.

Tennis Camp Weeks Offered In FishHawk

FishHawk Ranch Tennis Club will offer camp this summer for ages 6 to 16. Camp is for beginning and intermediate skill levels. Choose your weeks between Monday, June 3 and Friday, August 9. Full day camp available or half days from 9

Musical Theater IV Week 5: July 1 - July 5 (No Camp on Thursday, July 4), Art Studio; Week 6: July 8 - July 12, Art Studio II; Week 7: July 15 – July 19, Cartooning & Animation; Week 8: July 22 – July 26, Robotics-Tech Fee for Robotics: $50; Week 9: July 29 – August 2, Robotics -Tech Fee for Robotics: $50. For more information, call 645-7651 or visit www.firehouseculturalcenter.org.

a.m.-1:30 p.m. or 1:30-4 p.m. are available. Camp will be offered at 15921 Courtside View Dr. in Lithia. Register online at http://fishhawkranchtennisclub.com or call 681-4000.

Musical Theater And Much More Offered At Firehouse Cultural Center The Firehouse Cultural Center will be offering Summer Camp through the summer. It is located at 101 1st Ave. NE in Ruskin. Week 1: June 3 – June 7 - Musical Theater I; Week 2: June 10 – June 14; Musical Theater II Week 3: June 17 – June 21; Musical Theater III; Week 4: June 24 – June 28;

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Motorized LEGO® and LEGO® Art Projects

Bricks 4 Kidz is back with awesome LEGO® Summer camps being offered all over the Brandon, Riverview, and Valrico areas! Join us for a different theme each week such as Fortnite®, Pokemon® Star Wars®, Minecraft®, and much more!

Full Week Camps Half Day and Full Day Options Ages 5-12

Camp locations all over Brandon • Riverview • Valrico Lithia • Fishhawk Early Bird Registration and Sibling Discounts To find out more and to register please visit

www.bricks4kidz.com/florida-tampa

or call us at 813-545-4282

Register online at www.girlswithconfidence.com Questions: Info@girlswithconfidence.com

813-571-2002

Helping Girls Develop Positive Overnight Self-Esteem for a Lifetime Camp Topics Include:

Friendships Girl Power Role Models Positive Mind & Attitude Love My Selfie Being Brave Taking Care of Yourself and much more! 5 Day Camps for K-Rising 6th Grade Girls

for GIRLS 6th-8th Grade!

Camps offered throughout the Summer Full Day & Half Day Camps Available Prices start at $119 Volunteer Opportunities for High School Girls New Camper, Multi-Camp & Sibling Discounts Available Please visit our website for full listing of available camps!

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All-Inclusive Kids Overnight Adventure Camp For Ages 7-15 $450 Week - Sunday - Saturday Day Camp Available: Mon - Fri 8 am to 6 pm $195 - By the day $39 Breakfast and lunch is provided.


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Valrico (Plaza Bella shopping center).

Combat Dreaded Summer Slide With Mathnasium Of Brandon Or Mathnasium @Home

Kids can power up this summer with Mathnasium of Brandon or Mathnasium @home. The summer slide is real and students can lose over two months of mathematical skills every summer. Mathnasium can help prevent that with its Power Up summer programs. Summer is an ideal time for student's math ability to skyrocket. Without the pressure of school and extracurricular activities, students are able to focus and learn in a relaxed atmosphere, and they will love coming to Mathnasium as FUN is built in to the mathematical activities along with celebrating successes and fun prizes for outstanding attendance and growth. "Take advantage of the more relaxed environment of summer break which is a golden opportunity to improve math performance whether your student is struggling or just wanting to dig deeper into their math studies," suggest Becky McDaniels, center director at Mathnasium of Brandon and Mathnasium @home. Mathnasium's @home program is an additional benefit for students who would like to keep up their skills

Summer Camps For Girls Develop Positive Self Esteem

but are traveling. You can take Mathnasium anywhere with Mathnasium @home. Mathnasium will help parents choose a Summer Power Workout Plan, such as numerical fluency, fractions, multiplication fluency, problem solving, algebra readiness, geometry readiness and so much more based on a diagnostic of the student. Experts say that the effects of a summer learning program, such as Mathnasium's, will make a positive difference for student's moving forward. Call 655-MATH (6284) or visit www.mathnasium.com/brandon/promotions to schedule your student's risk free diagnostic at your favorite neighborhood center or at home with the Mathnasium @home program and help your student to Power Up this summer. Mathnasium of Brandon is located at 1048 E Bloomingdale Ave. in

Girls With Confidence offers fun and creative workshops, events and camps for girls in K-8th grade that focus on the development of strong self-esteem and confidence. This summer, Girls With Confidence will help your daughter between the ages of Kindergarten

through rising 6th graders develop positive self-esteem during day camps geared just for them this summer. Themes will include Friendship, Girl Power, Role Models, Positive Mind & Attitude, Love My Selfie, Being Brave and Taking Care of Yourself & more. Overnight camps will also be offered for those in 6-8th grade. Volunteer opportunities are available for high school girls. Visit www.girlswithconfidence.com for more information. You can also email info@girlswithconfidence.com or call 571-2002.

SUMMER CAMP 2019

JUNE 3 - AUGUST 2

REGISTER NOW! Math Help

Math Enrichment

Test Prep

Ages K5

Summer Fun

through

5th Grade

Avoid The SUMMER SLIDE! Summer Topics

• Curing Finger Counting • Focusing on Fractions • Having Fun & Building • Confidence in Math

• Preparing for Middle School • Maximizing ACT/SAT Math Skills • Previewing or Reviewing • Algebra I & II or Geometry

Now Enrollin g for Summer

Mathnasium of Brandon has two options to serve you with an In-Center experience or an @home experience.

Beach Side, Cliff Side, or World Traveler; take Mathnasium@home anywhere!

813-655-MATH

Themed weekly camps. You pick which camps to attend. 2 weekly field trips for K5 - 5th grade

$125

Weekly Fee for K5 - 5th Grade

Includes ALL Field Trips & Activity Fees

Healthy Lunch and Snacks Fun Academic Summer Studies Character Building Awesome Friendships Arcade Recreation Room Tons of Fun Activities

A Child’s Haven

1520 Brentwood Hills Blvd, Valrico S of Hwy 60, N or Lumsden, off Mt. Carmel • CHC 404

www.AChildsHavenSchool.com


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Your Kids Will Enjoy Camp SuperKids At A Child’s Haven

Different themed camps will keep your kids busy at A Child’s Haven. Camp is for ages K5 through 5th grade. Each week there will be two weekly field trips. Your kids will enjoy a healthy lunch and snacks along with fun academic summer studies, character building, awesome friendships, an arcade recreation room and lots of other fun activities. The cost is $125 per week and includes all field trips and activity fees. A Child’s Haven is located at 1520 Brentwood Hills Blvd. in Valrico. For more information, call 684-1622 or visit www.AChildsHavenSchool.com

Sports Performance Conditioning Summer Camp

This summer your student athletes ages 12-18 can attend 2A Elite’s Sports Training Performance Conditioning Summer Camp, helping athletes to work on first step explosion, multi-directional movement, speed endurance, maximum linear acceleration and combine drills. The coaches with NFL, Olympic and Collegiate experience moving your gains to the next level. The coaches include Coach Rey, previously head track coach at USF and Texas A&M; Antonio Bishop, former NFL

Recruit; and other current college athletes who will be leading this camp. If you train here, you can compete anywhere. Camp will take place from Monday, June 10 to Thursday, August 1 at 6026 Churchside Dr. in Lithia (at the field at The Chapel at FishHawk). The cost is $225 per week. Register for four weeks and the fifth week is free. Call 248-935-5564 for more information. Visit on Instagram: @2A_ELITE_SPORTS_TRAINING.

Summer Camps At Adventures Archery

Kids from the ages of 8-16 can spend some time this summer honing their skills at archery. Learn about range safety, archery skills and arrow fletching. Summer camps will take place during three sessions from 10 a.m.-12 Noon daily. The sessions are Monday to Wednesday, June 17-1,; July 8-10 and July 22-24. Camp will be available at both locations-2210 W. US Hwy. 301 in Tampa and 2332 E. Edgewood Dr. in Lakeland. The cost is $100 per child with equipment rental, $60 per child who

does not need to rent equipment. Space is limited. You can preregister by calling 664-8700 or 863-9378968. Visit http://www.adventuresarchery.com/.

Camp Osprey Offers Overnight Camping Options

Camp Osprey is the area’s best-kept secret. Boys and girls ages 7-15 can enjoy a week of adventure at a traditional overnight camp. It is located on 204 acres of beautiful woodlands, nestled alongside the Little Manatee River in Wimauma . While at camp, kids will enjoy horseback riding, paintball, high ropes challenge course, canoeing, fishing, color games, archery, gaga ball and much more. Overnight camp runs from Sunday through Saturday. The all-inclusive cost of $450 includes weekly laundry, camp shirt, meals and all activities. Day camp is also available Monday to Friday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. for $195 or a daily drop-in fee of $39 per day. This includes breakfast and lunch. For more information, call 941928-6860 or visit www.camposprey.com.

TechPlayzone Offers Hands-On Technology Enrichment In Fun & Safe Environment

TechPlayzone has led the charge for engaging young people in science, technology, engineering and math since 2005. With an increased demand for hands-on technology enrichment, TechPlayzone has continued to provide families with an excellent curriculum and fun in a safe environment for all kids. Give your child a hightech advantage at TechPlayzone this summer. TechPlayzone is pleased to offer 4 weeks (July 8, 15, 22 and 29) of STEM Camp for elementary and middle school students ages 7-13. Middle school camp is 8 a.m.-12 Noon and elementary school camp is 9 a.m.-12 Noon. For the elementary camp, TechPlayzone is honored to partner with FIRST LEGO League at Hillsborough Community College to power the FIRST LEGO League Camp. Every week of TechPlayzone camp includes: LEGO Mindstorms Robotics, Minecraft for Jr. Engineers Hands-On Science Experiments, Scratch Game Design. It will take place at HCC Brandon Campus, located at 10414 E. Columbus Dr. in Tampa. For middle school (6-8th grade) students, TechPlayzone offers engineering enrichment.

SOCCER FUN WITH COACH JUAN Boys and Girls

Boys and Girls

born between 2012 and 2007

born between 2006 and 2002

Soccer Fields of the FishHawk Sports Complex Lithia FL

Soccer Fields of the Fishhawk Sports Complex Lithia FL

July 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 2019 9.00 am to 1.00 pm

July 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 2019 9.00 am to 1.00 pm

$195.00 if registered before April 15, 2019 • $215.00 if registered after April 15, 2019 CAMP FEATURES: Age appropriate technical and tactical instruction • Small sided games • Daily 5 v 5 Competitions • Daily Soccer Tennis and Soccer Golf Competitions • Professional coaching staff • Athletic Trainer onsite • Hydration Station • Camp T Shirt Registration:www.floridahawksfc.com Contact Juan E De Brigard, Director of Coaching, Florida Hawks FC | doc@floridahawksfc.com • Cell # 754 244 3016

GOALKEEPER SUMMER CAMP

STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING CAMP

Age Groups: 8U – 10U, 11U - 12U,13U and Up, College Level July 29,30, 31, August 1, 2, 2019 8.00 am to 2.30 pm

Monday through Friday, starting June 24 until August 2, 2019 8.00 am to 10.00 am

Fishhawk Sports Complex, Lithia, FL

First two weeks: Randall Fields, then Soccer Fields of the FishHawk Sports Complex, Lithia FL

Investment: $495.00

$50.00 for 5 days • $100.00 for 10 days • $150.00 for 15 days

CAMP FEATURES: Daily session of specific, age appropriate Goalkeeper Skills & tactical aspects of the Goalkeeper Position Daily Video Session on technical and tactical aspects of the Goalkeeper Position Daily “Only a Goalkeeper can do it” Competition, Crossbar Challenge Competition & Goalkeeper War Competition Experienced Coaching Staff and optimal Coach to Player Ratio Athletic Trainer onsite • Hydration Station • Camp T Shirt Registration: www.floridahawksfc.com Contact Juan E De Brigard, Director of Coaching, Florida Hawks FC | doc@floridahawksfc.com • Cell # 754 244 3016

CAMP FEATURES: Age appropriate physical, technical and tactical instruction • Speed • Agility Explosiveness/Reaction • Power Strength • Conditioning• Daily Soccer skills Professional and Certified coaching staff • Athletic Trainer onsite Hydration Station • Camp T Shirt

Male / Female Goalkeepers

Boys and Girls born between 2012 and 2001

Registration: www.floridahawksfc.com Contact Kaneile Thomas, Camp Director | k.thomas@floridahawksfc.com • Cell # 561 685 1328


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Using TechPlayzone’s formula of hands-on project-based learning with cutting edge technology, students can work at their own pace or work as a team with the assistance of facilitators and staff members to complete one of the engineering projects each week. Register for your choice of Minecraft Mods and Raspberry Pi, LEGO EV3 with RobotC, App Inventor App Development and Programmable Drones. For more information, contact Desh Bagley at 444-2267 or techplayzone@gmail.com.

ence, learning to ride as well as how to groom the horses. Camp takes place Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting Monday, June 3. Your kids will enjoy field trips each Friday they are at camp. With limited space (eight spots weekly), you will want to call early.

Summer Camp At T.L.C.’s Gypsy Haven

T.L.C.’s Gypsy Haven is now registering for summer camp. The farm has been in business for more than 12 years offering after-school riding lessons, horseback riding camps, monthly horse leasing, pony parties and more. Your kids, from age 7 and up, will have a lot of fun enjoying weekly themed horseback riding camps. They will receive hands-on experi-

Located 10 minutes from FishHawk, T.L.C. Gypsy Haven is located at 4325 Keysville Rd. in Lithia. For more information, please call Tammi at 842-4236 or visit www.tlcsfarms.com.

Florida Hawks FC Summer Camps For Soccer Players The Florida Hawks FC will be holding summer camps throughout the season. The Club is set up to develop great people by teaching life lessons on and off the field. Strength & Conditioning Camp Strength and Conditional Camp For Soccer Players will take place Monday through Friday, June 24 to August 2 from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Boys and girls born between 2001 and 2012 are welcome to attend. The camp will feature age appropriate physical, technical and tactical instruction, speed, agility, explosiveness/reaction, power, strength, conditioning as well as daily soccer skills. There will be a professional and certified coaching staff as well as an athletic trainer onsite. Your child must bring a readiness to push their strength and cardiovascular limits and a desire to learn soccer skills. The first two weeks of camp will take place at the Randall Fields then move to the soccer fields of the Fishhawk Sports Complex. Soccer Fun With Coach Juan You can sign your child up for Soccer Fun, which will include age appropriate technical and tactical instruction, small sided games, daily 5 v 5 competitions, daily soccer tennis and soccer golf com-

Staff Report

petitions. Camp will take place from Monday to Friday, July 8-12 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for boys and girls born between 2007 and 2012. For those born between 2002 and 2006, camp will take place Monday to Friday, July 15-19 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. There will be a professional coaching staff as well as athletic trainer on-site. The cost is $195 if registered before Monday, April 15 and $215 if registered after that. Camp takes place at the Soccer Fields of the Fishhawk Sports Complex in Lithia. Goalkeeper Summer Camp If your child is interested in being a goalkeeper, there is a camp specifically for them. It features daily sessions of specific, age appropriate goalkeeper skills. It will take place Monday, July 29 through Friday, August 2 and is for male and female goalkeepers in age groups 8U-10U, 11U-12U, 13U and up and college level. Camp begins at 8 a.m. and runs through 2:30 p.m. The cost is $495. All campers need to bring cleats, shin guards, a ball and a water bottle. Contact Juan DeBrigard, Director of Coaching at doc@floridahawksfc or 754-244-3016. To register, visit www.floridahawksfc.com.

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Valrico Edition

ay, D s d i K y h t l a e H Art Outdoors & More…

Volume 16, Issue 4

national initiative to General Pricing is improve health and $8 per person 4 years well-being for kids and old and up, children 3 families. years old and younger Healthy Kids Day will be admitted for is an opportunity to free. A sketch book is ignite children’s imagiincluded with each helle Colesanti, nations so that they advance purchase Compiled by Mic observer.com ey can imagine what admission. pr os @ lle he ic m they’ll accomplish this summer. The ‘Tennis For Fun’ free open houses, hosted at nearly Athlete Wins Zenay 20 Ys across six Tampa Bay area Morales Courage Hillsborough Community College counties, feature activities such as Award Celebrates Five Decades Of summer camp games, poolside fun, Jesse Hutches, a Innovation And Inspiration music, demos, free healthy snacks Special Olympic Hillsborough Community College and visual arts to motivate and ‘Tennis For Fun’ athlete (HCC) commemorates the college’s 50th Pictured l-r: Angela Hutches, Mike Smith, Jesse Hutches (with his was awarded the anniversary with a community-wide event teach families how to develop and award), Ally Smith, Veronica Hutches and Juniper Hutches. Zenay Morales on Saturday, April 27 from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. maintain healthy routines at home fun, active play and educational throughout the summer months. Courage Award at the Hillsborough at Water Works Park in downtown activities. Each participating “When a child is healthy, happy and County Special Olympics opening cereTampa. YMCA has more information on the free monies on March 17. Come celebrate five decades of inno- supported, they can make great things activities and food offered at its specific happen,” said Senior Communications Morales was a very talented and vation and inspiration as HCC takes over location on Healthy Kids Day. Visit Director Lalita Llerena. “We believe in the active Special Olympic athlete who Water Works Park. Experience all that www.ymcatampabay.org/find-your-y/. potential of all children, and we strive to passed away in 2001. He remains a HCC has to offer with live performances, source of inspiration for the athletes. food samplings, touch-a-trucks and much help kids find that potential within themArt Outdoors At Morales was the epitome of sportsmanmore. The event is free and open to the Cracker Country ship, perseverance and courage, which public. On Wednesday, are the criteria of this award. HCC serves over 45,000 students May 8 from 10 a.m.-1 Hutches has been competing in the annually at its five campuses located p.m., bring a blanket and Special Olympics for 28 years. He has throughout Tampa Bay. The college is picnic under live oak competed in track and field, basketball, accredited by the Commission on trees while sketching the bowling and tennis. He also played Topps Colleges of the Southern Association of historic buildings at Soccer and is a very determined athlete. Colleges and Schools. For more inforCracker Country. Join in He works hard at every sport so he can mation, visit hccfl.edu. on art workshops be the best that he is capable of. Enjoy Art Outdoors at Cracker County on Wednesday, May 8 from designed for visitors of He joined ‘Tennis For Fun’ when it The Y Wants To Awaken Summer 10 a.m.-1 p.m. all skill levels, then visit began in 2000 and he is now in his 19th Imagination At Free Healthy Kids the historic buildings and discover selves. A child’s development is never on year of playing tennis. Hutches has Day® Florida's rural history. Art workshops are vacation and Healthy Kids Day is a great worked at the Kingsway Publix for 15 On Saturday, April 27, the Tampa designed for visitors 6 years old or older. opportunity to educate families and motiyears and will soon be honored at the Metropolitan Area YMCA and YMCA of Younger learners are welcome to attend vate kids to stay active in spirit, mind and Publix luncheon for his years of service. the Suncoast are holding free community and test out their coloring skills. Do not body throughout the summer.” For information about the ‘Tennis For events to inspire more kids to keep their forget to bring a camera to tackle some The YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day takes Fun’ free program, visit tennisforfun.org. minds and bodies active at the annual photography challenges. place at various locations and features YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s

A Taste of the Derby!

The Outreach Clinic’s 8th Annual Kentucky Derby Party

Saturday, May 4th 5:30 – 9:30 PM The Regent 6437 Watson Rd. Riverview

Watch the Race LIVE on two 25 ft. Screens with Open Bar • Red Carpet Shoot • Dancing Silent Auction • Raf!les • Contests Great Food from Local Restaurants & more! For Sponsorship and other info please contact (813) 654­1388 or director@theoutreachclinic.com To Purchase tickets go online to: TheOutreachClinic.com Triple Crown Sponsor

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April 2019

Valrico Edition

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With Arts & Entertainment Editor Kathy L. Collins

Kim Wells Exhibits Artwork At Library The Bruton paint places and Memorial Library things. I will look in Plant City will up ideas that feature the wonclients have and derful artwork of research them Plant City resiand then paint dent, Kim Wells, them,” Wells during the month said. “I am willof April. The ing to paint anyexhibit, located on The beautiful artwork of Plant City resident, Kim thing. I figure it Wells, is on now on display at the Bruton the art wall within out and make it Memorial Library. the library, can be happen,” added viewed during the normal operating Wells. hours of the library. The Bruton Wells, who is a member of the Memorial Library is located at 302 East Hillsborough Art Guild (EHAG), McLendon St. in Plant City. entered work in this year’s Florida The exhibit features eight of Wells’ Strawberry Festival Fine Arts Show. artwork. According to Wells, “These While her piece did not win an award, are my favorite pieces. The mermaid is it was purchased. She has been a winnew.” ner in the past and is a past winner of Wells is an acrylics artist. Her spe- the Suncoast Credit Union Purchase cialty is murals. Wells is self-taught. Award. Her advice to anyone who wants to In addition, you can find prints of paint? “I say just do it. Just start paintWells’ work at Southern Hospitality in ing. You never know what might hapPlant City. Specifically, there is a paintpen,” said Wells. ing in the Bruton Memorial Library Wells started painting as an outlet. show- a truck in a Plant City field. This “My favorite thing is to paint. I thank painting that has been reproduced and God for this opportunity,” said Wells. can be purchased at Southern In addition to painting murals for Hospitality, along with others. both private residences and businessStop by the library and take a look es (she is currently painting the walls at Wells’ lovely artwork. of the home of a client in Clearwater If you are an artist and are interand the walls at a coffee shop in Ybor ested in having your work exhibited at City), she also paints houses, both the library, stop at the front desk and inside and exterior. However, her paspick up an application. You can call sion is with the fine arts. “I love to 659-4200 for more information.

Plant City Entertainment Presents First Baptist Ivy Of Gap Plant City Permenter added, Entertainment under "The show is comthe direction of Coy pared to Steel Permenter, will presMagnolias. However, ent First Baptist Ivy of these women are so Gap on Friday, April much more than just 26 and May 3; a bunch of one-linSaturday, April 27 and ers. The six talented May 4 at 8 p.m. There women on stage will be matinees really bring these Plant City Entertainment will present offered on Sunday First Baptist Ivy of Gap this April and characters to life." May. April 28 and May 5 at The cast of First 2 p.m. The shows will be held at Plant Baptists Ivy of Gap may be small, but it City Entertainment's Theatre located at is a mighty one ready to deliver a pow101 N. Thomas St. in historic downerful performance for the community. town Plant City. Permenter said, "We have a cast comTickets are $18 for adults, $14 for posed of both experienced actors and seniors 60 and over and students 18 new ones. Two of the ladies are finding and under with ID and groups of 10 or the experience to be therapeutic as more (available with advanced purthey both lost a son within the last few chase only) for $12. There is a special years. They really have been able to for Opening Night special of $25 for two draw upon their tragedy and put so tickets. much life into the characters they play." First Baptist Ivy of Gap was written Plant City Entertainment is a by accomplished author and journalist, 501(c)(3) that has been providing the Ron Osborne. It follows the story of six community with great, high quality women who gather at their church to entertainment for over 40 years. roll bandages for soldiers fighting in "We put on high caliber shows that WWII and their subsequent reunion 25 rival professional productions and do it years later. on a shoestring budget. I never get Permenter explained that this show tired of hearing someone say, 'That was selected because, "It has it allwas better than the version I saw at a laughing, crying, secrets and six strong professional theatre,'" said Permenter. southern women who are not afraid to For more information and to buy confront the truth and tell it like it is." tickets, please visit www.pceshow.com.


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Volume 16, Issue 4

Valrico Edition

Chris Edwards Is Named Volunteer Of The Year From The Campo Family YMCA

By Kathy L. Collins

Each year, staff while he is in the buildthe Tampa ing. Even though he only Metropolitan Area volunteers on Mondays, he YMCA hosts a makes sure everyone he Community touches starts off the week Impact Dinner. At on the right foot. He is this dinner, volunalways smiling and you can teers from area tell he is genuinely happy to YMCAs are recbe here. He is the kind of ognized as well person that makes the as local residents Campo Y such a special who are dedicatplace in our community.” ed to the commuEdwards said of the nity and have a recognition, “I like to meet positive impact and greet all the people, Chris Edwards is the 2019 on Tampa Bay. members and staff. I like to Volunteer of the Year from the This year, Campo Family YMCA. Edwards has please people and make been volunteering with the Y for six them feel happy. Their smilU.S. years and is always eager to greet Representative ing faces feel like sunshine.” members and visitors alike. Kathy Castor Jarrod explained why it received the Tampa Metropolitan YMCA’s is important to recognize volunteers. 2019 Community Impact Award on “Whether it is the Board of Advisor volunMonday, March 4. Previous Impact teers, youth sports coaches or a friendly Award winners include Jeff and Penny smile greeting you at the door, our volunVinik, Richard Gonzmart and Tampa teers are the foundation on which the Y Mayor Bob Buckhorn. was built. They sacrifice time, talent and Area YMCA facilities each select a treasure because they believe in our misvolunteer to be recognized. The sion,” said Jarrod. Volunteer of the Year for 2019 from the The Campo Family YMCA is located Campo Family YMCA is Chris Edwards, at 3414 Culbreath Rd. in Valrico. This who volunteers on the Wellness Floor branch of the Y offers a multitude of and on the Aquatics Deck. Edwards activities for both young and old. Jarrod greets members and cleans during slow said, “The Campo Family YMCA is more times. than a gym and a place to swim. We are Edwards has been with Campo a place where youth, adults, families and Family YMCA for six years. According to seniors can come together to stay active, Jarrod Williams, Center Executive socialize, meet their health and wellness Director for the Campo Family YMCA, goals and really reach their full potential.” “We nominated Chris because of the For more information, please call sheer joy he brings to the members and 684-1371.

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Manatee Apparel Graphics Is Hot Off The Presses & Ready To Fulfill Orders If you are looking for a local and family-owned apparel graphics business, look no further than Manatee Apparel Graphics. Dennis Frey and his wife own and run Manatee Apparel Graphics and are proud to offer screen printing, embroidery, digital printing (DTG), sublimation, banners, signs, decals, window clings and delivery services to the Tampa Bay area. Frey was born in the Bronx, NY and raised in the Northeast. He moved to Florida in 1983 and relocated to Manatee County in 1993. “I really wanted to have my own business and heard about a small company that might be for sale, Manatee Apparel Graphics,” said Frey. “I was working for a company that manufactured traffic control equipment around the world.” The Freys purchased the business in June 2002. “What I like best about Manatee Apparel is the people we meet and the diverse markets we serve,” said Frey. “We service schools, churches, bands, professional athletes, small businesses, corporations, civic organizations, municipalities, police, fire, military, family reunions, etc. With the equipment and the staff we have, if a customer needs it decorated, we can handle it. “ Screen printing remains the most

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