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Advertising Sales Manager. “We have never done a program like this in the paper and we are excited to share some of the treasures from our local small businesses with our readers.” Bridget Jenkins Wilson, owner of Cardinal Roofing and a member of the Valrico/FishHawk Chamber of The Valrico/FishHawk Chamber will host the Shop Local Holiday Commerce said Expo on Saturday, December 3 from 9 a.m.-12 noon. the Chamber is also focused on encouraging local Local gift giving. The campaign is shopping this holiday season and in called, the Osprey Observer, A Few of Our Favorite Things and we have gone face has a Shop Local Holiday Expo coming up on Saturday, December 3, 9 to local businesses and asked them to a.m.-12 Noon at Park Square in give us ideas of a few of the top items FishHawk Ranch. “Anything we can do available this holiday season. to keep our local businesses in the From now until December 16, we spotlight is great for our community,” will be collecting Our Favorite Things she said. “And, this is a great opportuall throughout the community and putting them together in one giant gift bas- nity for Osprey Observer readers to have a chance to win an amazing holiket that will be given out in a day gift.” Sweepstakes for our readers. To enter, email Sweepstakes to “We have so many great items email@example.com or fill out coming in and someone is going to be the entry form and send in by mail, fax very excited to receive all of these or email. Good luck and thank you for great items from the businesses in our shopping local! community,” said Kerrie Hoening,
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Invest In Gifts That Give Back To The World At Be Happy Boutique As you enter Be Happy Boutique, warm teas perfume the air and guests are surrounded by fashionable, unique lines of apparel, shoes, accessories, home décor, specialty gifts, and candles. Positive energy radiates throughout the entire space, and best of all you will find something here for every taste and every budget. Owner Tonya Antaki seeks out items that give back to the world in some way so you can feel good knowing that the gifts you purchase will have additional impact around the world. A great gift idea for your special
Instrument rentals start at $10 (if you don’t want to make a purchase). If you sign up online, the instrument will be delivered to your school. All your music needs can be found at Music Showcase,
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Be Happy is located in the Marathon Plaza, 11369 Big Bend Rd. in Riverview. Call 677-2300 for more information or visit www.behappyboutique.com.
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Sunshine State Family Care is your FishHawk Community Physican for Health & Beauty. Monica Rivera, M.D. is board certified in Family Medicine and Lisa Hart is a licensed medical Aesthetician. Specializing in medical spa services and aesthetics, it provides a relaxing MedSpa setting for: Dermal Fillers and Wrinkle-Reducing Treatments, Microdermabrasion and Skin Rejuvenation, Chemical Peels and Medical Grade Facials, Permanent Makeup, Facial Waxing (Brow, Lip, Chin), along with Skincare Products and Consulting. Sunshine State Family Care is located at 16144 Churchview Dr., Bldg. A - Ste. 109 in Lithia. For information, call 651-9396 for patient care (Monday and Tuesday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Thursday 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m.-12 Noon), and 540-5110 for the Aesthetic Center (Wednesday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday 12 Noon-5 p.m.). Visit www.SunshineStateFamilyCare.com.
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Eight-Year-Old Survivor, Tristan Wombacher Speads Cheer Throughout The Community
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optic nerve, only part of This past the tumor could be Halloween, extracted. eight-year-old, Today, the benign Tristan tumor still resides in Wombacher Tristan’s brain, except didn’t dress up now; it is only the size of in the ordinary a sugar cube. As a result superhero cosof living with this tumor, tume or lug Tristan must take growth around the hormones, maintain a pumpkin-colrestricted diet, and have ored pail while frequent blood draws. trick-or-treatAdditionally, he cannot ing. Instead, he donned a Santa suit complete with a red velvety sack, chockfull Eight-year old, Tristan of candy Wombacher dressed up as canes. Denise Santa for Halloween delivering candy canes to his neighGraf, a bors. Fishhawk neighbor, said, “I couldn’t believe my eyes when I was sitting on the porch watching what was happening and The Wombacher Family with Tristan, on hearing the reaction from the people the bottom right. who were getting gifts from Santa on allow his body to overheat, which can Halloween.” be quite a challenge in the Florida cliThis account of a kindhearted mate. third grader, who opted to pass out Despite the daily inconveniences, candy on a holiday, which is known Tristan is an upbeat little boy with a for receiving it, could end here as a giving spirit. He loves all things heart-warming story. However, it Christmas, but specifically, he enjoys doesn’t. It simply can’t. There is far too much to divulge about this special crafting elaborate homemade presents for others. This year, Christmas little boy named, Tristan. could not come soon enough for this Three years ago, Ken and Jamie third grader. As Halloween Wombacher were vacationing in approached, Tristan told his mother, “I Anchorage, Alaska with their fiveneed some candy canes so I can year-old son, Tristan and three other hand them out and make people children. Within 24 hours of arriving, happy.” Resembling an elf prepping Tristan started experiencing terrible headaches, throwing up, and became for Christmas Eve, he began creating his Santa costume. extremely lethargic. His parents On Halloween night, he strolled rushed him to the local emergency the streets as Santa sharing candy room, where a CT scan revealed a canes. The sight of this gesture captibrain tumor about the size of a large orange situated on his pituitary gland. vated the hearts of his neighbors while throngs of children trailed Without delay, the Wombacher behind in support of his undertaking. family returned to Florida; their son’s new diagnosis required extensive sur- The adage it is better to give than to receive became apparent to the entire gery followed by 28 days of intense community through the actions of this radiation. Due to the location of the selfless little Santa. tumor, and its intertwining with the
Witness The Wonder Of Jesus Through One Man’s Eyes At Bell Shoals Baptist Church
By Amanda Boston
multi-talented McConnell, also known for his brilliant 6 one-man dramas, will portray Simon Peter in the production. Millsaps’ vision is a fresh approach to the Christmas message presenting the full Gospel with a modern day emphasis. According to Millsaps, “It’s going to be a memorable and powerful night.” The Bell Shoals’ Worship Choir and
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Bell Shoals Baptist Church invites you to experience The Wonder of Jesus Through One Man’s Eyes, a musical and theatrical production, at the Brandon campus on Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11 at 6:00 p.m. This Christmas performance is presented from a unique perspective as it retells the story of Jesus’ life through one of his disciples. The event is free, open to the public, and suitable for all ages. This year’s production is not your typical Christmas pageantry with its cast fashioned in archaic costumes gathered around the babe in the manger. But rest assured, the play is biblically sound and transports the audience back 2000 years to the birth of Jesus. The story also continues with a depiction of Jesus’s ministry, death, and resurrection through the eyes of Simon Peter. The Wonder of Jesus Through One Man’s Eyes is the brainchild of Worship Pastor Jason Millsaps, who began collaborating in February with long time friend and award-winning Christian narrator and scriptwriter, Mac McConnell. The
Orchestra is set to tickle the ears of the audience with a more contemporary vibe of Christmas tunes. The ensemble welcomes Dave Cleveland, one of the world’s premier guitarists, who has recorded and toured with top music artists like Steven Curtis Chapman, Point of Grace, and Michael W. Smith. In addition to the spectacular music and stage talent, a free app called Offline Lights is available for download. Although the app is not essential for viewing, it will add some fun elements to enhance the audience’s experience. Bell Shoals Baptist Church of Brandon is located at 2102 Bell Shoals Road, Brandon. For more information on the event, please contact the church at 689-4229 or visit www.bellshoals.com/brandon or on social media [Facebook, Instagram & Twitter] @bellshoals.
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$40,000 dollars with our Stockings of Hope Project this holiday season.” There are many ways you can participate in this project - from making your own tax deductible donation at www.givinghopethroughfaith.org to hosting a holiday party at your office or home and encouraging friends to bring a gift card or donation to fill a stocking. A gift of $1,500 provides packages to a family for a year. A gift of $500 will purchase dinner for Sherry and Dirk Tucker 20 of our families. A gift of started the foundation after losing their son to $100 provides five boxes of pediatric cancer 10 years smiles and a gift of $50 facing pediatric cancer with ago. gives a night at the movies financial, spiritual and emotional support. In those ten years, over $1 for one of our families. The families receive monthly care million has been raised with over 600 packages containing gift cards and mesfamilies being served. “We are beyond sages of hope, once a month for a year. grateful for the amazing support we have The foundation is operating on a volunreceived from the Brandon area,” states teer basis with ninety-six cents of every Sherry Tucker, President of the foundadollar received going out to the families tion. “We were so determined to bring that are assisted. good from this terrible tragedy and To learn more about the foundation because of so many family, friends and or the Stockings of Hope project, please strangers coming together to help us, we visit www.givinghopethroughfaith.org or have been able to bring much needed help to many families. We are on target to contact Sherry or Dirk Tucker at 6856773. serve 75 families in 2016 if we can raise
Ten years ago the grief from the loss of a child became the catalyst to bring hope to families facing cancer. The Giving Hope through Faith Foundation began with a mission to support families
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Volunteers Are Needed For Christmas Baskets For Seniors By Sandy Meyer
Caregiver’s meet its goal this Helping Hand, year. Last year Inc. is reaching Caregiver’s was out to the comable to purchase munity for help socks for all the with its Christmas seniors thanks to Senior Gift a donation from Baskets program. its major sponsor, Caregiver’s will the Tampa be delivering care Yankees. baskets to local This is the senior nursing 15th year for the Kids and adults of all ages are welcome to homes, resident Christmas Senior deliver baskets, sing carols and bring joy to centers, Gift Baskets proseniors this Christmas season. and senior living gram which facilities at Christmastime. This year the began with Ybor Health and Rehab and organization is looking to provide the bas- has added new centers each year. kets for 20 centers and includes gifts for Richedean Hills-Ackbar, founder of more than a 1,000 men and women. Caregiver’s, says this is one of the many Caregiver's Helping Hand, Inc. is a projects she takes on each year. non-profit volunteer organization with a Caregiver’s will begin delivering the mission to always give a helping hand. Its baskets on Saturday, December 3 at Intergenerational Program has been help- which time volunteers will visit three care ing local seniors since June 15, 2001. centers. Additional delivery dates include Volunteers of all ages deliver gifts Saturday, December 10; Thursday, and sing Christmas Carols. Caregiver’s December 15; Saturday, December 17, needs the following items donated: wrapSunday, December 18 and Monday, ping paper, lotions, shower gel, body December 19. For more information, wash, sweaters, socks, T-shirts for men please visit www.chhincvolunteers.org. and women and wall pictures. Cash “This is a great time to bring the donations are also needed to purchase whole family out to teach our kids what the gifts and cards and Caregiver’s is Christmas is all about. GIVING TO OTHhoping to raise the $3,500 needed to ERS!” concluded Hills-Ackbar.
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Lights Will Shine Bright Around Town During Holiday Season Here are a few places you can visit with your family to help get into the spirit of the season. Wonderful light displays that include fun for the family. If you know of additional displays locally, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wonderland of Lights New Display Offers Family Fun
Brandon will be the home of The Wonderland of Lights Drive Thru, at the Hillsborough County Fairgrounds, 215 Sydney Washer Rd. in Dover. This premier holiday light show and winter festival will be a spectacular celebration and brings back a family holiday tradition that so many have grown to love. Opening Thanksgiving Night, November 24 and running through Saturday, December 31 (6-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 6-10 p.m. Friday & Saturday). This 38–day event incorporates beautiful animated and still light displays that will dazzle the young and “the young at heart.” Plus, it will offer a blend of fun, family activities and entertainment sure to please all. Take some time to stop at the Christmas village featuring horse-drawn wagon rides, North Pole train ride, amusement rides, food and crafts. The show is produced by Massachusetts based North Pole Productions, known for their shows in Branson, Missouri and other locations
across the country. To save time at the gate, tickets for the drive-through can be purchased online at www.brandonchamber.com under the events tab. Prices are: Vehicles (up to 8 passengers) $20; Season's Pass $35 (vehicles only); coaches, limos, mini vans (9-24 seating) $35; Motor Coaches (25-50 seating) $75.
Christmas Lane at the Strawberry Festival Fairgrounds
Christmas Lane started humbly enough. Over 30 years ago, a young boy started hanging Christmas lights in front of his childhood home in Dover. As with most things that grow, Christmas Lane began feeling growing pains several years ago. With the display outgrowing the family yard setting and a parking lot that was becoming overwhelmed by the growing Christmas Lane crowds, something had to change in order to accommodate Christmas-loving crowds. Christmas Lane has a new home at the Florida Strawberry Festival Grounds, 2508 W. Oak Ave. in Plant City. Over 1.5 million lights will adorn over 200 Christmas trees, from 4 to 40 ft. tall. There is a train taking children through a winter wonderland which
includes a tunnel of lights, along with several new rides. Santa and Mrs. Claus, along with his elves, attend nightly in his sleigh. Children share their wishes and the parents capture many memorable photo opportunities. Enjoy real characters such as Rudolph and Frosty the Snow Man make spontaneous appearances and a complete nativity scene demonstrates the real reason for Christmas. There are larger-than-life items on display, such as a Christmas Castle, two 10 ft. toy soldiers, a 14 ft. reindeer, and even a stuffed polar bear flying a small airplane. Christmas Lane will be open Nov 25 Dec 25, 2016. From Friday, November 25 – Thursday, December 15, the hours are 6-10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 6-9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. As Christmas approaches from Friday, December 16 – Saturday, December 25, the hours will be extended to 6-10 p.m. For more info, visit www.christmaslane.com.
Oakdale Light Display Is One of the Largest and Longest Running Displays in Country D O G
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Now in its 40th year, the Oakdale Light Display has become a tradition in the Tampa Bay area drawing people from all over. It was ranked in the top three nationally by NBC’s Today Show, presented first in HGTV’s All Out Christmas Special and also featured in People Magazine. Every year the display is different. There are about one-half million lights. You will enjoy walkways, water fountains, a computerized light show, a huge collection of animated dolls, a snowman about three stories high. Enjoy the large HOscale model railroad running 18 trains at a time. The kids love the double bubble machines and games. The display is free and fun for the entire family. It is open from Friday, November 25 and continues nightly through Tuesday, January 3 from 6-10 p.m. (rain or clear skies), located at 2719 Oakdale Street, South in St. Petersburg. For more information, visit www.christmasdisplay.org.
Residents Tim and Christine Chefalas decorate their house, located at 6023 Palomaglade Dr. in Lithia, each year. The Christmas light display is set to music. As you drive by, tune in to 107.7 FM. You can enjoy the lights from Thanksgiving through the first of the New Year.
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