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With sold-out venues every year, Spirit FM 90.5 elected to move its fifth annual Catholic Women’s Conference to the Florida State Fairgrounds. The event will take place on Saturday, September 29 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. “We will now have the capacity for 1,500 women,”
Father Leo Patalinghug, also known as The Cooking Priest, will be a guest speaker at the conference.
explained Danielle Landry, the director of development at Spirit FM Radio. “This will make us one of the largest Catholic women’s events in the South.” The conference joins women of all ages throughout west central Florida for a day of friendship, faith and laughs. The day unfolds with Reconciliation followed by breakfast, guest speakers, lunch, additional speakers and concludes with a Vigil Mass. Throughout the day, ladies will also have opportunities for shopping, praying and singing. Spirit FM’s Abby Brundage from The Big, Big House Morning Show will host the conference. One of the featured speakers is Father Leo Patalinghug, who
on top of being a priest is a best-selling author, TV and radio personality, a martial arts instructor and an acclaimed chef who defeated the renowned chef Bobby Flay in a cooking completion. Other notable speakers include worship leader and songwriter Sarah Kroger and Salesian Sister Mary Jackson. In addition to speaking, Kroger will perform some of her well-known songs from her two albums Your Time (2011) and Hallelujah Is Our Song (2013). Sr. Jackson ministers at the Villa Madonna Catholic School in Tampa and will share her story about her conversion. Tickets are $65 per person and include a continental breakfast, lunch, refreshments, swag bag and paid parking. VIP tickets offering premium seating are
also available for $75 per person. The event is free for a religious sister or nun, but she must still register online. To register or purchase tickets, visit www.myspiritfm.com/WomensConference. “The last few years we sold-out so early. We were heart-broken when we would get three or four calls a day asking for tickets and this continued for several months,” said Landry. “So it will be nice to be in June and still have some tickets. We are grateful for this opportunity to reach more ladies.” Sponsorship and vendor opportunities
are also available on the Spirit FM website. For questions, please contact Danielle at firstname.lastname@example.org or 289-8040, ext. 231. The Florida State Fairgrounds Special Events Center is located at 4800 U.S. 301 in Tampa.
Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Recognized For Its Community Service
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On May 10, the beyond filling hungry tummies. Hillsborough County Church volunteers have organPublic Schools recogized book drives for the school’s nized the men’s ministry reading recognition programs. of Holy Innocents’ Furthermore, the church has culEpiscopal Church with tivated relationships with other the Family and organizations to bless the school Community Involvement through this ministry. The Plant Exemplary Program City Lions Club provides vouchAward during its 2018 ers for glasses through its mobile District Volunteer vision program. A Kid's Place Awards ceremony. donates books, and Portamento The award acknowlof Hope contributes meals and edges the men’s minclothing during school breaks istry for its community Hillsborough Public Schools Award Night. Pictured left to right: Karen and in the summer. Fuentes, assistant principal; Bill Cox, principal; and Kayla Forcucci, outreach efforts with Fr. Bryan O'Carroll, Holy school social worker from Dover Elementary; Ana Sanchez and Noel Dover Elementary Innocents’ Rector, commented Ritch from Holy Innocents'; Sharon Morris, superintendent from School. The relationship on the church’s involvement in District Area 6; and Pete Soto from Holy Innocents’. between the church and the program. Holy the elementary school was established "It is my great Innocents’ in September 2014 after the school was privilege to be the team selected for the kidsPACK Hillsborough pastor of Holy assembles Project. Innocents' where every two KidsPACK is a nonprofit organizaGod's people are weeks to tion that exists to ensure that no child always ready and willing to care for the pack meals through kidsPACK to comgoes hungry after regular school hours. physical and spiritual needs of all God's bat hunger at home. These meal packs The organization is financially supportchildren, most especially the youngest are distributed to Dover Elementary stued by community leaders, corporate of those seeking the basic human dents who have been identified as food sponsors and churches and relies requirement of food for their body," said insecure. heavily on its volunteers to pack and Fr. O’Carroll. What originated as a men’s ministry deliver food. For information on how you can outreach has now emerged as an interUnder Title I funding, ninety-seven help or on the church, visit hiepiscogenerational outreach effort. Volunteers percent of the students at Dover pal.org or call 689-3130. Holy include parishioners from age 6 to 83, Elementary receive free or reduced Innocents' Episcopal Church is located homeschooled children and spouses. lunches. During the school year, the at 604 N. Valrico Rd. in Valrico. The outreach also extends far
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Arise City Summit Aims To Transform Urban Communities Through The Gospel Living Faith Bible Fellowship is pleased to announce its biennial Arise City Summit, which will take place at Embassy Suites Tampa USF on Thursday, June 21 through Saturday, June 23. The central focus of this year’s summit is The Right Gospel: Life and Doctrine, which will explore the essential relationship among right thinking, right living and right feeling as it relates to the good news of Jesus Christ. This summit also aims to highlight various social justice issues relevant to today’s urban context and how those issues intersect with the gospel. It desires to cultivate a growing awareness of the necessity of racial reconciliation, foremost within the Body of Christ. According to Jarvis Williams, Associate Professor of New Testament Interpretation, "Arise City Summit is unlike many conferences. It is intentionally multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, and multi-generational." Featuring noteworthy speakers such as Thabiti Anyabwile (Council Member, The Gospel Coalition), Christopher Brooks (Host, Equipped
with Chris Brooks on Moody Radio) Sandra Richter (Professor of Biblical Studies, Westmont), Juan Sanchez (Cofounder and President, Coalición), Jarvis Williams (Associate Professor, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) and many more—this summit is not an event to be missed. Arise City has existed since 2013 and aims to establish itself as a gospelcentered missions movement committed to doing ‘theology on the ground.’ They have had the honor of providing a series of resources, talks, and summits throughout the years in an effort to equip the Church for discipleship within the urban context, both local and abroad. Arise City Summit is at no charge for attendance. However, registration is required as space is limited. For more information or to register, visit arisecity.com/summit. Also, the summit’s schedule and biographies of the speakers can also be found online. Please email email@example.com with any inquiries. Embassy Suites Tampa USF is located at 3705 Spectrum Blvd. in Tampa.
Two Valrico Congregations Unite To Be One Church On Mission
By Amanda Boston
Connect Night where both congregations gathered at the Centerpoint Church. The lead pastors from both churches addressed the attendees on the future of the unified church. “Ultimately, we want to be a church on mission, set to serve others," said Pastor Bryant Golden. Chris Olson, the operations coordinator at Pastor Bryant Golden (left) and Pastor Brian Hughes (right) held a Connect Night for both Centerpoint, congregations to meet one another, as the added, “With this two churches families become one. merger and sale “Everything's Better Together” is the of the property, new catchphrase heard around the camwe have plans puses of both Centerpoint Church and to build or relocate to a larger facility in Horizon Christian Church. On Sunday, order to reach more people for Jesus.” June 3, the two Valrico congregations will Pastor Brian Hughes, the lead pastor unite to become one non-denominational of Horizon, believes this union is a hischurch gathering. toric moment for the community and They are calling this merge the described why the church moved forward #BetterTogether campaign and will retain with the merge. Centerpoint as the name. Currently, "I know what is happening at Centerpoint consists of more than 600 Centerpoint is a move of God, and what people hosting three Sunday services they were doing is what God wants us to while Horizon's numbers total about 200 do,” affirmed Pastor Hughes. “It became people. clear that God wanted us to join together Pastor Bryant Golden, the lead pasfor His Kingdom." tor of Centerpoint Church, described this The new joint gathering will meet unifying event as an answered prayer. Sundays at Centerpoint Church located “This is definitely something we’ve prayed at 1801 S. Miller Rd. in Valrico. The servabout as a gathering for a while now, and ice times are at 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and it just felt like God was opening all of the 12:30 p.m. all of which offer children's doors to make this happen.” programming. Visit Centerpoint Church’s The #BetterTogether campaign website at www.centerpointfl.org or call sprang into action last month with a the office at 689-1906.
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Local Author And Life Coach Launches Online Devotionals All the world’s a stage, and Tina Yeager plays a multitude of parts. The Valrico resident is an award-winning author whose life story has cast her as a wife, mom, life coach, speaker, mentor, active member at Bay Life Church and team member at Serious Writer Academy—but that is just the prologue. With multiple literary projects in the works and her recent launch of Inkspirationsonline.com, an online devotional site for writers, Yeager expounded on how her many roles work together to create, inspire and serve God. “The more you get into the depth of the human psyche and human spirit, the more you recognize the need for words,” asserted Yeager. “I closed my private practice as a mental health counselor three years ago and opened an online life coaching business in order to make more time for writing.” Yeager’s writing is published in a compilation titled Breaking the Chains: Strategies for Overcoming Spiritual Bondage (2017), which is available at Light House Bible Studies or Amazon. Her work has also been featured in Proverbs 31 Magazine, Refresh Magazine, CBN.com, Splickety Magazine and PresbyCan Devotions. The author is
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a recipient of 18 writing awards, including the Florida Christian Writers Conference 2013 Writer of the Year. Inkspirationsonline.com offers writers a platform to submit their original devotionals and uses selected submissions to provide weekly encouragement to other writers. More information and submission guidelines are found on its website. Presently, the storyteller is chipping away at six books—three literary works in the realm of speculative fiction with Christian undertones, and three nonfiction Christian books subscribing to reliance on God for personal growth. More information on her upcoming book Unloveable: From Self-Enmity to Divine Heroism, a nonfiction book on women's self-esteem, is available at www.unloveable.us. Yeager also maintains two blogs. One of which augments her life coaching business at www.divineencouragement.com while the other blog at www.tyeagerwrites.com supports her work in speculative fiction. Complementing her writing profession, Yeager is an inspirational speaker. Her multifaceted life yields an array of topics and expertise as she lectures at writer’s conferences, women’s events, schools and businesses. Email Tina@TinaYeager.com. For more about the author, please visit her websites listed above.
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It’s true: There heart-warming than I can are no friends like old express. We launched friends. into recreating the magic I was blessed all … blending our now-crackthe way down to my ing voices to sing those toenails to attend a marvelous old songs from 40-year reunion for Celebrate Life, Tell It Like the members of my It Is, and a handful of other 1970s youth choir in amazing 1970-80 era, my hometown of ground-breaking musicals Starke. that changed the course of Ah, those were Christian praise music for My fellow Youth Choir members 40 all time. the days … despite years later. pesky pimples, newly I’ll admit, I had a hard erupting hormones, strangely evolving time singing around the lump in my bodies, and everyday teenage angst, throat, but the most moving of all was about 70 fortunate teens joined when the lights dimmed, the spark was lit, together in mind, spirit, voice, and funny and from hand to raised hand, the candle pink outfits (of course at the time, we flame spread around the room to thought we looked groovy and far out, the heart-stirring lyrics of Pass It On: “It only takes a spark … to get a fire going. man!) to sing praise to Papa God under And soon all those around … our director Bill George’s firm but loving will warm up in its glowing. tutelage. (Mr. George, still in great form at That’s how it is with God’s love, age 90, directed us once again at the once you’ve experienced it. reunion with passion and finesse.) You spread His love to everyone … We were fledgling adults finding ouryou want to pass it on.” selves, our faith, and our place in this As if to emphasize the truth that now world. And we didn’t realize at the time is the time to pass on the hope of eternity, how very special it was to be able to do it both Mr. George and another attendee, together every Monday night at 7 p.m. Mark (my age!), unexpectedly passed Why is it we never seem to grasp the away within a few months of the reunion. truly special times in our life while they’re My sorrow is cradled in trust that I’ll see in process? them both again, perhaps when we join The sweet cherries on top of those Handel himself and the heavenly choir in ice creamy memories were the fabulous the Halleluiah Chorus. Ralph Carmichael musicals we presented So here’s to wonderful old times, for the church, school (yes, in those days, golden people you’ll never forget, and the we were allowed to sing a Christian musi- incredible way our heavenly cal at the public high school), the Father arranges all the chapters of our life entire community, and even other venues into the perfect manuscript for molding us sprinkled throughout the state. into the people He wants us to be. One of my favorites was the time we Debora M. Coty is an inspirational speaker traveled to Daytona in the church bus for a long weekend, presenting Tell It Like and award-winning author of over 40 It Is for bikini-clad vacationers at the books, including the bestselling Too Blessed Daytona Beach band shell right on the to be Stressed series. Visit with Debora anypier. time at www.DeboraCoty.com. So getting back together was more
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Visiting Tallahassee For Family Fun Is A Capital Idea Are you looking to spend your summer vacation close to home? About four hours northwest of the Tampa Bay area is Tallahassee, Florida’s State Capital. Most people think of state politics and Florida State University (FSU) when Tallahassee comes to mind, but there is so much more to the city and surrounding area for the entire family to enjoy. Whether you are a nature lover, thrill seeker or a history buff, you will find something nearby to make this an exciting trip. For history buffs and those that want to learn about Florida’s political history, visit the Florida Historic Capitol Museum. The Historic Capitol has symbolized Florida state government since 1845. Restored to its 1902 appearance, it stands as an icon at the center of Florida’s Capitol complex; the modern-day nerve center of Florida’s government. Visitors experience the people and events that have shaped the state through photos, recordings and audiovisual displays. Together with exhibit panels, photographs, and interactive multimedia, the museum offers a journey through the colorful history of government in Florida. The complex is located at 400 S. Monroe St. Visit www.flhistoriccapitol.gov. If you have piqued your child’s interest in politics, consider a tour of the present day Capitol, which is open to the public on weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday to Friday. For inquiries about tours, call 850-488-6167. Tours are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis. Unlike most museums you will encounter, the Tallahassee Museum offers both indoor and outdoor exhibits on 52 acres of breathtaking Florida flora and fauna. A land-
mark for more than 50 years, it is ranked as one of the top state museums. All ages will enjoy the Museum’s living exhibits of native wildlife, nature trails, and native gardens. It is home to 14 historic buildings immersing visitors in 19thcentury experiences allowing you to discover the history and lifestyles of southern communities. During weekends, the 1880s Big Bend farm is alive with handson demonstrations of the past. If you need a little more adventure, explore Tallahassee from the tree tops while ziplining. Tallahassee Tree to Tree Adventures allows you to soar through cypress swamps, and conquer aerial games and obstacles on one of the courses at the Tallahassee Museum. Visit https://tallahasseemuseum.org/treetotreeadventures/. The museum is located at 3945 Museum Dr. in Tallahassee. It is open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Visit https://tallahasseemuseum.org. The Tallahassee Automobile
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comers from Spain lived together. Hear the ring of the blacksmith's hammer, smell traditional foods being cooked over an open fire, and walk the plaza where the Apalachees
played their traditional ball games. Experience the largest historic-period Indian building found in the Southeast and greet the friar at the church. Learn about a soldier's life at the fort, and explore 300-year-old artifacts excavated onsite. Enjoy the beautiful outdoor setting with a picnic lunch or nature walk. Visit www.missionsanluis.org. The Goodwood Museum and Gardens is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is a former cotton plantation with 20 structures dating back from 1835 to 1925 featuring original family furniture and belongings. General admission for adults is $12, but the grounds are free and
open to the public during museum hours of operation, which is MondayFriday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Visit www.goodwoodmuseum.org. Don’t forget about Florida State University. Tallahassee and the University have been linked since 1850. The FSU campus is beautiful and taking a stroll is an enjoyable way to spend a few hours, and who knows, your younger student could fall in love and want to return. ‘There’s Nole place like home.’ For more information, go to www.visittallahassee.com. Next month, learn about the natural wonders in and around Tallahassee.
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Jewel’s First Aid Comes To You To Offer Life Saving CPR Certification Class
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Riverview resident Julie Tyson wants to teach you how to save a life. Tyson, who served in the National Guard for six years and has 10 years experience in law enforcement, and her husband, own Jewel’s First Aid, CPR and Safety, offering classes in Basic Life Support (BLS), CPR, use of an AED, Blood Borne Pathogens (BBG) and first aid. Members of The Osprey Observer team recently learning “Throughout both of life saving CPR skills from Riverview resident Julie Tyson of Jewel’s First Aid, CPR and Safety. our adult lives we’ve continuously trained in Combat Life Saver and teenagers and believes that even chilCPR, courses,” said Tyson, who has a dren can be exposed to CPR training. three-year-old daughter. “With our many “The wonderful thing about CPR is years of training, and this is something that there is no minimum age to learn it,” that we are very passionate about, we she said. “It is based on competency knew we had a skill that we wanted to and each student will need to perform share with people.” the skills appropriately to obtain a certifiClasses are taught from the cation.” American Heart Association, EMS During a recent class for Osprey Safety, Medic First Aid and American Observer team members, Tyson told Safety and Health Institute curriculum attendees that four out of five cardiac and are typically three to four hours arrests happen in the home. She uses long. Although the business is based in this fact and the large number of homes Riverview, Tyson will travel throughout with pools in the area to encourage resithe area to offer trainings to groups dents to take the importance of learning ranging in size from one to 24 people. CPR seriously. She feels it can be a great team build“CPR training has changed over the ing event for offices and groups. years, so it was wonderful to have a “We believe that everyone should great instructor take the time to answer know CPR,” said Tyson. “Our military all of our questions with her years of and first responder background allows experience,” said Osprey Observer us to give you a different perspective Engagement Coordinator Rachael and it allows us to show you that anyAndrews. “I learned so much and feel one can do CPR. You don’t have to be ready to jump in and help with infant, a nurse or doctor, you just have to be child and adult CPR and even how to willing to learn the skills so that you are use an AED machine.” better prepared and confident to act For more information on Jewel’s if/when you are presented with a situaFirst Aid, CPR and Safety, call (208) 631tion.” 0176 or visit www.jewelssafety.com. Tyson also teaches classes to
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Unity In Brandon Is On The Move
United in Brandon, formerly located in the Brandon Jr. Women’s Club has relocated to the Brandon Rotary Event Center, located at 3007 S. Kings Ave. in Brandon. Board President, Ruth Edmonds stated, “This is an exciting opportunity for Unity in Brandon to grow and offer more services, such as a program for children as well as more outreach projects in the community.” Unity in Brandon is a contemporary, new-thought church that will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year. Its mission is to create a heart-centered, spiritual community that joyful celebrates the presence of God within and supports spiritual, mental, social and physical healing. It also celebrates diversity and affirms the healing power of prayer. Services are held at 10:30 a.m. For more information, visit www.unityinbrandon.org.
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Fellowship Of Christian Athletes To Host Lakeland Leadership Camp The Lakeland Leadership Camp is available for students going into grades 7-12 and incoming college freshmen. The camp mission is to inspire spiritually and athletically. Camp attendees hone their sports skills while fellowshipping with other like-minded participants. The camp will be held from Monday, July 9 to Friday, July 13 at Southeastern University, located at 1000 Longfellow Blvd. in Lakeland.
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Local Charter Narrows Achievement Gap, Individualizes Instruction
By Amy Schechter
KCC students excel in science.
In a recent study through the Educational Leadership and Counseling Department at Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University, Riverview South Kid’s Community College K-8 (KCC) was one of only seven schools in the state able to reverse the science achievement gap, and African American students outpaced their white counterparts on the 2016-2017 state science assessment. Established in 2003, KCC is a K8 charter with the goal of providing an individualized education based on Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence Theory to each of its students. KCC is committed to a more well-rounded approach to education that takes into account spatial, kines-
thetic, musical, inter/intrapersonal, and naturalist intelligences. By recognizing and building upon the unique gifts each student brings and supplementing a student’s challenge areas, professors tailor an instructional approach to scaffold all students to success. “At KCC, students develop strong academic, social and emotional characteristics,” explained KCC Servant Leader, Tim Kilpatrick. Karen Seder, Campus Director, could not be more proud of her students’ success: “KCC is now and has always been dedicated to the wellbeing and educational success of every child.” These statistics affirm KCC’s conceptual framework, but it is the students’ excitement for learning that really drives Seder and her staff. Seeing the smiles on students’ faces when they brought back two 1st place and one 3rd place Elementary Science Fair awards and a 2nd place Middle School award is the real reward. KCC is a free public charter for all students in Hillsborough County. With nine campuses to choose from, there is a KCC near you ready to meet your child’s needs. For more information, visit them online at mykidscc.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org. KCC Riverview South K-8 is located at 10030 Mathog Rd. in Riverview. For information specific to the south campus including how to register your child, contact Karen Seder at 671-1440 or email@example.com.
Hobby Club Draws From Wide Area
By Kate Quesada
For more 90 years old. than 50 years, “Once crafters from you turn 90 all over you become Eastern an honorary Hillsborough member and County have don’t have to been meeting pay,” said at the Cagle. Riverview Many of Civic Center the items on Thursday made during Members of the Riverview Hobby Club come from all the meetings, mornings to over the area to meet weekly at the Riverview Civic share their love and by memCenter. for knitting, crobers on their chet, quilting and sewing at the meetings own time, are donated to local hospitals of the Riverview Hobby Club. The club is and non-profit groups. open to any one with an interest in a Recently, members have donated 10 hobby and the desire to meet new friends Afghan blankets to the Veterans’ Hospital, and is always looking for members. 33 lap blankets to the Shriners Hospital According to Club President Yvonne and 40 blankets and 48 hats to St. Cagle, crafters began meeting in 1953 Joesph’s Hospital. and the group has been holding regular “Living in Florida, most people have get togethers ever since. less need for blankets and hats, even “This is a place for people to come those made with love,” said member and get away and meet others with simiDoris Davies who lives in Valrico. “But lar interests that could be living right in they can really be used in the hospitals their neighborhood,” said Cagle. and by people undergoing chemo treatCurrent members, who live in Valrico, ments especially.” Riverview, Brandon, Progress Village and According to Davies, one of the higheven further afield, use the time to knit, lights of the meetings is ‘Show and Tell,’ sew, crochet, cross stitch and loom, but where members share items they have there is no limit to the crafts that can take made with each other. place at the club. “The support is one of the best things The meeting officially starts at 10:30 about the group,” said Cagle. “These a.m. on Thursday mornings with the ladies are the most compassionate peoPledge of Allegiance, but members, who ple who really look out for each other.” range in age from their 40s to their 90s, For more information about joining begin arriving around 8:30 a.m. Food is the group, call Cagle at 505-7847. The provided by a few members each week Riverview Civic Center is located at and dues are $5 for crafters younger than 11020 Park Dr. in Riverview.
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Christian Networking Group Sponsors Second Shining Light Teacher Award
Live Like You Mean It You Feed Them!
By Amanda Boston
By Derek Maul
Pictured are the six finalists for the CBC Shining Light Teacher Award (holding the baskets), the CBC president and vice president; and school administration for St. Stephen, Bell Shoals and Livingstone.
For the second consecutive year, Christian Business Connections (CBC) has sponsored the Shining Light Teacher Award, which acknowledges exemplary performance in Christian education. Six finalists from three Christian schools were selected. The CBC is a business networking organization devoted to Christian values. The group promotes growth for its members, both spiritually and in their businesses, while enriching the local community. Its Shining Light Teacher Award is based on the verses from Titus 2:7-8 and recognizes the educator’s leadership, commitment and academic excellence. “It is amazing to see how much this award has grown in only a year,” said Ryan Hughes, president of the CBC. “ The caliber of the teachers and the involvement of the schools has been phenomenal.” Hughes continued, “These teachers were selected by their peers, and it is clear to see why they were nominated. They are all shining examples to their community.” After receiving the submissions, teacher interviews were conducted from April 25 to 27. Barbara Kemp, the membership chair of CBC expounded on the evaluation process. She noted that the judging committee also takes into consideration parent and student
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stories submitted through its website. On May 14, the CBC honored each of the six finalists with a special breakfast and gift baskets. Maria Hoffmann from St. Stephen Catholic School was announced as the overall winner. A trophy will be formally presented to Hoffman at her school in front of faculty, students and parents. For 16 years, Hoffman has been associated with St. Stephen Catholic School. She is a first-grade teacher for Math, Science, Social Studies and Religion. Her community involvement includes leadership roles in 4-H, school summer camps, children liturgy groups and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. The other finalists were Barbara Perkins (kindergarten), Christy Peters (third grade) and Tammy Perkins (fifth grade for Language Arts and Bible) from Bell Shoals Baptist Academy; Amy Caldwell (kindergarten for intellectual disabilities) from Livingstone Academy; and Julianne Gonzalez (K-8 Art and Religion) from St. Stephen Catholic School. To read the full bios of all the finalists, visit www.christianbusinessconnections.com. To find out how your school can participate, please email ShiningLight@christianbusinessconnections.com. The CBC meets every Monday from 8-9:15 a.m. at the Golden Corral in Brandon.
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Legends Escape Rooms Bring Six Themed Experiences To Brandon By Marie Gilmore
When Blake this business.” Stone graduated At Legends, the rooms from Florida are thoughtfully designed Southern College in with a touch of actual historLakeland, he wasn’t ical facts and references in sure where his each one. In addition, there career path would are unexpected hidden take him. But, he did rooms, safes and great want to use his thought-provoking puzzles. finance degree and Our Osprey do something fun! After researching the Escape Room industry with his parents (the investors) Jeffrey Jeffrey, Blake and Robin and Robin in tow, Stone are the owners of Legends Escape Rooms now the trio developed open in Brandon. the concept for Legends Escape Rooms. Observer sales team With a joy of puzzles, games and did the Moonshine Cabin room as a team challenges, the family developed the six challenge. We used each and every team themes that make up Legends Escape member’s skill sets at some point to find Rooms recently opened on S.R. 60 in the clues and ‘escape’ the room…but not Brandon. without a few hints from our host. The Escape Room concept is thus. “This was absolutely one of the best You enter a locked challenge room with a escape rooms I have done,” said Kerrie team of people-typically up to six-you Hoening who has participated in escape solve puzzles and challenges to unlock rooms across Tampa, Lakeland and clues to ultimately ‘escape’ the room. Orlando. “We will be coming back! There Most of the time, there is a 60 minute are five more themes to complete!” countdown within the room and since it is The themes currently available for entertainment purposes…. extra hints include: Club LOL, Revenge of Anubis, are available if needed too. Dungeon VII, Wild West Heist, Wizard’s “I studied finances in college and Challenge and Moonshine Cabin. never thought I would be where I am Legends Escape Room is located at today,” said Blake. “The sheer joy and 952 W. Brandon Blvd. Brandon, across bewilderment I get to see on the faces of the street from Publix. Visit www.legendthe people that come through our door is sescaperooms.com for online calendar or one of the most rewarding parts about call 643-9411.
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St. Anne Catholic Church 106 11th Ave. NE, Ruskin (813) 645-1714 St. Matthews Anglican Church 10701 Bloomingdale Avenue, Riverview 813-663-0334 St. Stephen Catholic Church 10118 Saint Stephen Circle, Riverview (813) 689-4900 CHURCH OF GOD Boyette Springs Church of God 12114 Boyette Rd., Riverview (813) 671-0086 EPISCOPAL Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church 604 N. Valrico Rd., Valrico (813) 689-3130 LUTHERAN Immanuel Lutheran Church 2913 John Moore Rd., Brandon (813) 689-1787 Living Savior Lutheran Church 2650 Lithia Pinecrest Rd., Valrico (813) 681-2375 METHODIST First United Methodist Church of Seffner 1310 South Kingsway Rd., Seffner (813) 689-3513 Grace Community United Methodist Church 5708 Lithia Pinecrest Rd., Lithia (813) 661-8858 • firstname.lastname@example.org New Hope United Methodist Church 120 N. Knights Ave., Brandon (813) 689-4161 Riverview First United Methodist Church 8002 US Hwy 301., Riverview www.riverviewflumc.org Ruskin United Methodist Church 105 4th Ave. NW, Ruskin (813) 645-1241 South Shore United Methodist Church 11525 Big Bend Rd., Riverview (813) 649-9462 NON-DENOMINATIONAL Destiny Church 2322 11th Ave. SE, Ruskin (813) 645-3337
BAPTIST Bay Life Church 1017 Kingsway Ave., Brandon (813) 661-3696 Bell Shoals Baptist - Brandon 2102 Bell Shoals Rd., Brandon (813) 689-4229 Congregación Hispana 2102 Bell Shoals Rd., Brandon (813) 689-4229 ext. 242 Bell Shoals Baptist - Apollo Beach 408 Apollo Beach Blvd., Apollo Beach (813) 641-2222 Bell Shoals Baptist - Palm River 5415 Palm River Rd.,Tampa (813) 621-2058 Bell Shoals Baptist - Riverview 11525 Ramble Creek Dr., Riverview (813) 689-4229, ext. 232 First Baptist Church of Brandon 216 N. Parsons Ave., Brandon (813) 689-1204 First Baptist Church of Bloomingdale 3303 Bloomingdale Ave.,Valrico (813) 689-3847 First Baptist Church of Gibsonton 9912 Indiana St., Gibsonton (813) 677-1301 First Baptist Church of Ruskin 820 College Ave. W., Ruskin (813) 645-6439 FishHawk Fellowship 15326 Fishhawk Blvd., Lithia, (813) 655-7431 Grace Baptist Temple 2909 John Moore Rd., Brandon (813) 689-7190 Journey Church 1310 John Moore Rd., Brandon (813) 699-8262 Shiloh Baptist Church 1104 Cason St., Plant City (813) 752-8345 South Bay Baptist Church 13498 US 301 S., Riverview 813-677-0721 CATHOLIC Nativity Catholic Church 705 E Brandon Blvd., Brandon (813) 681-4608
Centerpoint Church 1801 S. Miller Rd., Valrico (813) 689-1906 Grace Community Church 1425 N Valrico Rd., Valrico (813) 689-9781 Harvest Bible Chapel Bloomingdale High School 813-699-0517 Life Church 6420 Lithia Pinecrest Rd., Lithia (813) 681-6503 Love First Christian Center 12847 Balm Riverview Rd., Riverview 813-671-2009 River of Life Christian Center 6605 Krycul Ave, Riverview 813-677-4453 The Chapel at FishHawk 6026 Churchside Dr. Lithia 813-661-7105 The Crossing Church - Main Campus 10130 Tuscany Ridge Dr., Tampa, (813) 626-0783 The Crossing Church - SouthShore 3058 East College Ave., Ruskin (813) 626-0580 The Palms Church 207 New Hope Rd., Brandon (813) 841-9598 True Sanctuary 6528 US Hwy 301 S., Suite 114, Riverview (813) 319-5862 PENTECOSTAL HighPoint Church of Brandon 2207 Lithia-Pinecrest Rd., Valrico/Brandon (813) 685-4827 PRESBYTERIAN First Presbyterian Church of Brandon -PCUSA 121 Carver Ave., Brandon (813) 689-4597 Redeemer Church-PCA 12404 Boyette Rd., Riverview (813) 741-1776 Westminster Presbyterian Church PCA 402 E. Lumsden Rd., Brandon (813) 689-6541
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Bell Shoals Baptist Academy Offers An Affordable Christian Education
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Bet Giyorgis, The Church of St. George, Ethiopia
The Church of Saint George, also known as Bete Giyorgis, is one of 11 rock-carved monolithic churches in Lalibela, Ethiopia. Bete Giyorgis is the most famous of 11 churches. It was designed and carved into the bedrock to mimic Jerusalem. Travelers can explore this unique holy site through a series of winding tunnels and elaborate passageways dozens of feet below the surface level. Legend tells us that when Saint Gebre Mesqel Lalibela was born in 1162 A.D., he was surrounded by a swarm of bees soon after his birth. His mother believed this was a sign that he would come to rule Ethiopia one day. His name means, “the bees recognize his sovereignty.” After he became king, Lalibela ordered the construction of the 11 monolithic stone churches--all of which are preserved today. His goal was to create a new Ethiopian Jerusalem where biblical scenes, such as the stable, were carved out of the rock. The Bete Giyorgis is one piece of stone cut from out of the ground and shaped from the inside out. The church is cut 40 ft. down with its roof forming the shape of a Greek cross. Inside, light filters in from the windows and illuminates the ceiling’s large crosses. There are also two
800-year-old olive wood boxes believed to be carved by King Lalibela that hold the church's treasures. Some of the cavities in the walls surrounding the church contain mummified corpses. When visitors use the underground tunnels to travel from one church to another, they hear the distant chanting of monks. The town of Lalibela is virtually isolated from the modern world. This rural town has almost no cars, gas stations or paved streets. Today, the site of the carved churches is considered one of the chief pilgrimages for Ethiopian Christians. The simplicity of life combined with the religious architecture gives the city of Lalibela a "distinctively timeless, almost biblical atmosphere." Bete Giyorgis is a real place of worship and prayer services are conducted daily. The cost to tour the stone churches cost $50 per person, with guided tours available at an extra charge. For guides and tour information on this holy site, visit www.ashetenecotrekking.com.
Would you like on what sets apart a your child to attend a Christian private Christian private education from a school but believe it is public education. not financially feasi“Students in ble? Christian academies As of the 2018 tax receive a Kingdom year, Education Education; the Savings Accounts, home, school, and commonly referred to church all working as 529 plans, can now together for the sucbe used for tuition at a cess of that student,” private or religious explained Shaffner. school at the elemenThe academy's tary, middle and high core curriculum conschool levels. sists of Bible, Furthermore, Bell Language Arts, The academy offers Chapel, Shoals Baptist Math, Science and Spiritual Emphasis Week, Academy (BSBA) History. Additionally, Compass (STEM), Robotics, offers a reasonably eighth graders may NJHS, middle school clubs, sports, morning show, Panther participate in high priced private school Press, safety patrols, field trips school classes includeducation and tuition and more. assistance through ing Algebra I Honors, Financial Aid for Spanish I and other School Tuition (FAST). courses through BSBA’s tuition amount Florida Virtual School. includes all textbooks, Besides furnishing resources, labs and students with a quality technology. It also covChrist-centered educaers extras such as tion, BSBA offers yearbooks, parties, extracurricular and special activities, insurenrichment activities ance and most field incorporating a variety trips. of sports, music, drama, dance, art, For 52 years, BSBA has been a clubs and community service opporministry of Bell Shoals Baptist tunities. Moreover, the school Church. The academy is accredited adheres to stringent background by the Association of Christian checks for staff and emergency and Schools International and provides a safety procedures. biblical worldview education for age 2 Shaffner continued, “Students through eighth grade. It currently learn Christian values and positive serves 430 students and retains a character traits that will prepare them staff of 70, of which 43 serve as for life outside the classroom. We are teachers and the other as administra- educating for eternity. “ tion and support staff. For more information or to regisWalt Shaffner, the headmaster at ter your child, visit www.bsbacadeBSBA, has been an educator in my.com. The academy is located at Hillsborough County for 39 years. 2102 Bell Shoals Rd. in Brandon. For Throughout his tenure, he has held questions, contact the registrar, Alli multiple positions from band director Freda, at firstname.lastname@example.org to the district director. He elaborated or call 689-9183.
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St. Michael’s Legal Center For Women And Children Provides Free Assistance
By Michael Smith
“Speak up protect children and for those who undergird family relacannot speak tionships. for themselves, SMLC’s expenses for the rights of are underwritten by all who are Christ the King. The destitute. church also hosts the Speak up and annual St. Michael’s judge fairly; Fundraiser & defend the Networking Event. rights of the SMLC lawyers are poor and volunteers, as are needy.” some of its staff memProverbs 31:8bers. SMLC also Bishop Gregory Parkes speaking on social receives funding 9 justice at Saint Michael's Legal Center Since 2006 through donations annual fundraiser in February. St. Michael’s from lawyers, groups Legal Center and individuals. The for Women and nonprofit organizaChildren, Inc. tion estimates it has (SMLC) has provided millions of been helping dollars’ worth of propeople who fessional services to cannot afford legal services. its clients. Started as a mission of Tampa’s “After a four-year custody battle I Christ the King Catholic Church, had not seen my son in almost 18 SMLC’s main purpose is to provide months, now I have 50/50 custody,” a pro bono legal advice and represenSt. Michael’s client said. “If it weren’t tation in the areas of family law, for St. Michael’s, I may never have including child support, visitation, gotten the chance to be a father to custody, and under limited circummy son.” stances, dissolution of marriage. For more information about the SMLC also provides economic-relatservices SMLC provides or to make ed assistance, including mortgage a donation, visit its website at foreclosure defense and bankruptcy. www.stmichaelslegalcenter.com or Serving women and men in call 289-5385. Donations via check Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, can be sent to 821 S. Dale Mabry Hernando and Citrus Highway Tampa, FL 33609-4410. counties, St. Michael’s strives to Attn: St. Michael’s Legal Center.
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As gardens begin to grow and homes and yards become filled with green plants and vibrant blooms, we need to be sure that curious cats and dogs are safe from any potential dangers. Certain flowers and plants are extremely toxic and can be deadly if ingested. It is a good idea for people with a green thumb, as well as all pet owners, to keep lifesaving information on recently purchased foliage on hand. Cats are prone to chewing on indoor or outdoor plants. If you know your mischievous kitty does this, check out the ASPCA Animal Poison control Center's website www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poisoncontrol/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants to read lists of toxic and nontoxic plants to ensure that none of those you own are poisonous to pets. In addition, new puppies love to chew on anything they come across. Make sure indoor plants are placed in safe, unreachable areas to prevent potential poisonings. Some flower and plants included on the list are amaryllis, calla lilies, (and all other lilies), carnations, azaleas, daffodils, elephant's ear, hibiscus, morning glory, tulips, sago palms and especially oleander. Surprisingly, there are approximately 100 types of plants and flowers which are considered toxic. Your local floral shop or nursery should also be able to provide you with a list of potentially toxic foliage. Keep this valuable information on hand,
which can help identify potential problems if the need arises. The most common side effects that result from ingesting plants or flowers are vomiting and/or diarrhea. If you suspect that your pet may have been exposed to a potentially toxic substance, call your veterinarian for advice. It may be that emergency treatment is the best course of action you can take for your pet. You can call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435. The center is staffed 24/7. For a consultation fee, the staff will give you information, as well as take as many follow-up calls as needed from your veterinarian for the duration of the treatment. They will also send you and your veterinarian a comprehensive case summary report. Plants and flowers sprayed with pesticides can cause serious adverse reactions. Some pets also have allergies to pollens from plants and flowers, just like people. People get ‘hay fever’ symptoms that can include sneezing, runny noses and itchy eyes, but pets get itchy, inflamed skin. Symptoms include scratching excessively at the skin or ears, as well as constant licking and chewing on the skin. If you notice these symptoms, call your veterinarian to discuss ways to give your pet some relief from airborne allergies to blooming flowers, as well as plant and tree pollen.
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Heroic Women Of The Bible Abigail – Wise And Determined Throughout the Bible, there are many stories of strong and heroic women. In this series, we will explore a story of a faithful, biblical woman each month. With their strong faith, the women of the Bible continue to teach us how to live authentic, faithfilled lives. No matter what our circumstances are, we can find ourselves in their stories. The story of Abigail begins in 1 Samuel 25, during a time when David and his men are fugitives from King Saul. Repeatedly, Saul’s army hunts for David, but he continually evades them. Although not a well-known character in the Bible, scripture describes Abigail as a beautiful, intelligent woman who was in an arranged marriage to a wealthy, yet callous man named Nabal. David is in the wilderness on the west end of the Dead Sea near a large area of Nabal’s land where he was raising sheep and goats. Knowing Nabal was in the area, David sends some of his men to greet him and request provisions. They approached Nabal with good wishes and peace. They also tell Nabal that they protected his unarmed shepherds in the fields from desert raiders Nabal, who is described as “surly and mean,” insults David’s servants, saying, “Who is this David? Who is this son of Jesse? Why should I take my bread and water, and the meat I have slaughtered for my shearers, and give it to men coming from who knows where?” He denied their request for food. When they returned and told David, he became angry and decided to kill Nabal and all his men. He gathered 400 of his men and started toward Nabal’s camp. When Abigail learned of this, she
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quickly gathered food supplies and loaded them on a donkey as a gift for David and his men. All this takes place without Nabal's knowledge. Abigail met David and offered David gifts of wine, grain, prepared meat and cakes of figs. Then she fell down in front of David, pleading with him to show mercy. In her appeal, Abigail shows that she understands Nabal’s character. “Please pay no attention, my lord, to that wicked man Nabal. He is just like his name—his name means fool, and folly goes with him.” Abigail’s kind words save the day. David thanks Abigail for stopping his own foolish and rash decision to slaughter Nabal’s men. In fact, David knows that Abigail’s intervention was a blessing from God and he sends her home in peace. Meanwhile, Nabal, oblivious to his misconduct and the danger that he had been in, holds a feast and becomes drunk. Abigail waits until the next morning to tell Nabal about how David had been on his way to destroy his camp, and how she intervened. Upon hearing this news, Nabal has a heart attack and dies. When David learns of Nabal’s death, he sends a message to Abigail asking her to become his wife, and Abigail agrees. Abigail’s wisdom and action saved Nabal’s people from disaster. However, being wise in itself may not be sufficient in some situations, and one must act upon their wisdom. At high risk to herself, Abigail contacts David and intercedes for her husband, despite his bad behavior. Her request is similar to the sacrifice of Jesus, who offered Himself to save foolish sinners from the consequences of their actions and who continues to intervene for us.
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Grace Christian Softball And Baseball Programs Both Claim Titles The Grace Christian School softball and baseball programs added state championships to the school’s expanding mantle this season. The school won six titles as a whole this season, making this the best sports season in its history. The softball team, led by head coach Barry McKeen in his 25th year at the school, went 20-2 this past season. McKeen is also the administrator and pastor for the school. The team’s only two losses were to Bishop McLaughlin. This is the team’s first state title since 2011. Previously, they had won four out of five championships before going into a drought for the next seven seasons before beating Heritage Christian School 6-2 in this year’s championship game at Southeastern University. According to McKeen, several girls have been playing together for the last three or four seasons, building team chemistry and working hard to achieve their goals. Some of the key players on this year’s winning team include star pitcher, Angie Badalament, who pitched 78 1/3 innings, with 128 strikeouts and a 1.75 ERA. She was voted Florida Christian Conference Player of the Year by the coaches in the conference. Junior shortstop Grace Pukas, who has been
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(Courtesy of Grace Christian School) The Grace Christian School softball state champions.
on the team since sixth grade had an outstanding season as well, batting .510 with 24 RBIs and 27 runs scored. In her sixth season with the team she was voted FCC All-Conference as well. Catcher Anna Burnside was also voted FCC All-Conference. The lead-off hitter led the team in hitting, batting .623 with 38 hits and 26 RBIs. Burnside was also the MVP of the state championship game. “They are such an easy group to coach,” said McKeen. “They are great Christian kids who love the Lord and go to church every Sunday. They not only
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onship. Four players made FCC AllConference, including outfielder/pitcher Xavier Valentin (.420 BA,10 RBIs), catcher John Zeto (.667 BA, 22 RBIs), first baseman Brock Hughes (.563 BA, 20 RBIs), and FCC Player of the Year shortstop/pitcher Eric Bucheli (.672 BA, 28 RBIs). “This team came together as a unit, and above all, they finally realized who they are actually playing the game for,” said Hughes. “Grace Christian is what it says on the front of their uniforms, but the thought of playing for the Lord Jesus Christ is why they were playing. That’s what I’m most proud of, more than any state championship, or any hardware. The fact that they made the statement that they do understand what they are playing for.”
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After Facebook blocked more than 70 million people from Steven Andrew's Christian messages, he decided to launch a powerful Christian social media network. It has an attractive name to unite the nation of USA.Life and people are signing up in droves. The new social network hopes to launch this summer. "USA.Life is safer than Facebook and Twitter, because we enable users to keep their privacy," he said. Andrew is a leading Silicon Valley technology and Christian leader, who has led Fortune 500 quality initiatives for Cisco, Better Homes and Gardens, Stanford, Sega and others. He is building USA.Life so people are "safe, strong and blessed." Instead of communicating to 5
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things," said Royster. She adds that the bands are red, which is symbolic of the blood of Jesus and they include a short prayer as well as the scripture Luke 18:1, "Always pray and not give up." Royster explained that this movement is not about religion or denomination, but rather about how prayer changes things to include behavior. "We must take our pleas to a higher power, inviting God back in our schools, if we want to see real change in our schools." She is asking for other members of the faith community and beyond to support this effort. Sponsors who donate to the effort will receive mentions across the 37,000-member social media network, and on www.praylive.com, which reaches more than one million people as well as its phone app that reaches two million people. For more information, visit www.praylive.com
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“When I heard the offer to create more episodes of Last Man Standing, I did a fist pump so hard I threw my back out. It’s the fans. I could not be more grateful for the fans who wrote petitions and kept up the passion and incredible support for the show.” Last Man Standing tells the story of a married father of three who tries to maintain his manliness in a world often dominated by women. The show averaged 8.3 million viewers for the 2016-17 season on ABC. It was the network’s second mostwatched comedy, after Modern Family. However, ABC canceled the sitcom in May 2016 despite its high ratings. Many speculated at the time that the network axed the series over its politics — a rumor that ABC vehemently denied at the time. Allen, a conservative himself who has voiced his support for Trump, played Mike Baxter, who is also politically conservative on the show. The 64-year-old told Fox News that he was overwhelmed by the support of his fans. Last Man Standing is expected to return sometime in the 2018-19 season. For more information, visit www.timallen.com or follow Allen on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ofctimallen.
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Troop Sprinkles Kindness And Makes Local Chamber Celebrates 200 Members By Kate Quesada An Impact With Positive Campaign By Katherine Thebeau
If you have someone else's day experienced a little brighter, which could extra kindness in be anything from the community lateopening a door for ly, perhaps you someone, giving a have felt the effects compliment to a of the Spread the complete stranger, Kindness Campaign or leaving a note on started by local a peer's desk. Junior Girl Scouts The girls created and distributed Troop 3541. In light 2,000 positive Postof the recent It notes on lockers, tragedies in our nation’s schools, the For their Bronze Award project, local Junior desks, bathroom Girl Scout Troop 3541 made a positive troop of nine fifth impact on the community with their Spread mirrors and doors at Riverview High, grade girls searched the Kindness Campaign. Randall Middle and for a Bronze Award Burns Middle on March 23, which they project, the highest honor a Junior Girl accordingly planned for the day before Scout can receive. The girls hoped to the ‘March for Our Lives’ event held in make a positive impact, and they made it their mission to spread kindness through- Washington D.C. They also designed and laminated 150 "See Something/Say out the community. “They feel it is important to reach out Something" posters which were dissemito students and start a movement in the nated in teacher's boxes and high traffic community to focus on kindness. It is their areas at Riverview, Randall and Burns on hope that future tragedies can be preFriday, April 6. In addition, during dismissal, the girls handed out 900 bitevented if students work together to lift sized kindness cards to students as they people up and remind others of the headed home. Their project culminated importance of kindness,” said troop with one final display of Positive Postleader Nicole Clay. Its/Bite-Sized cards at the girls' own eleThe troop tackled the project in three mentary schools (Bevis and FH Creek) phases and spent about 25 hours sprinthe week of April 9-13. The troop recently kling kindness around the community. As an initial step to raise awareness, the girls received their Bronze Award. The project may be complete, but created a public service their impact reaches far and wide. Their announcement/video and sent it to area message is about changing hearts and schools. Five schools responded and minds in order to make schools and the played it during their morning announceworld a better place. For info, visit ments. In the video, the girls urged stuwww.gswcf.org. dents to do at least one thing to make
low membership fee. “A lot of our members remember what it’s like starting their first business and trying to keep cost down,” he said. “We hope to provide them with that value of networking and a way to help them grow their business.” Members range from oneperson home-based businessThe board of the Valrico-FishHawk Chamber of es to large corporations, with a Commerce recently welcomed its 200th member. significant representation from The Valrico-FishHawk Chamber of the healthcare industry. Thirteen local nonCommerce (VFCC) has a lot to celebrate groups and schools are also memprofit this month. With membership numbers bers. that recently passed 200 and networking The group also works hard to give and fundraising events planned, the to the community with many charitaback group has established itself with an ble events each year including an annual important role in the community. Teacher Appreciation Breakfast in June “The chamber offers our members an and a college scholarship for a high opportunity to grow their business by senior. In addition, each year the school allowing them to build relationships with Chamber’s president chooses a charity to like-minded business professionals,” said receive a large donation from members. Paul Haskins, VFCC chairman. Last year, they collected $3,110 for ECHO Since its start five years ago with 11 from donations at networking events. members, the chamber has offered local “Our chamber is made up of volunbusinesses the chance to grow through teers who donate their time to help run multiple networking events, monthly this fantastic organization,” said Haskins. meetings and frequent special events. “By doing this, we keep our costs low as New members are also given a free ribwe feel every business owner needs a bon cutting that also allows them to way to network with like-minded individuupload images and link a video to an als without requiring a large marketing online profile on the group’s website. budget.” “We are unique in the way that we The Chamber meets the 2nd are a nonprofit who puts value in being Tuesday of the month at River Hills able to help out our community and help Country Club for its monthly General businesses make relationships with each Assembly meeting. Everyone is welcome other, and not just a quick lead or referto attend. ral,” said Haskins. For info, visit www.valricofishhawk.org Haskins believes that one of the most or call 438-4123. important aspects of the chamber is its
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Popular Cypress Creek Produce Co-op Kicks Off Weekly FishHawk Location
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service hours and earn free bins for their weekly help. “Now we have 18,000 members on our page and anywhere from 600 to 1,000 orders a week,” added Adams who was very happy with the first week of more than 130 produce orders for FishHawk on its first week in April. After two years of being in operation, volunteers estiVolunteers help co-op members fill their bins with the week’s selection of fruits and vegetables.
The Cypress Creek Produce Coop has found a new weekly distribution point in FishHawk Ranch. It has partnered with The Chapel at FishHawk near Park Square to create a weekly pick-up location for fruits, vegetables, fresh-baked breads, honey and more. The co-op has been in operation for two years with multiple pick up sites across S.E. Hillsborough County and owner Cassie Adams has had many requests for a FishHawk location. “We’ve had so many residents asking us to bring our co-op to FishHawk and we finally found a perfect location right at The Chapel at FishHawk in the heart of the neighborhood,” said Adams who also distributes wholesale produce and came up with the co-op idea after finding a surplus in wholesale produce available. With the co-op, Adams and her fellow admins on the Cypress Creek Coop Facebook page post a listing of what fruits and veggies will be available in the weekly bin and customers order either a medium or large bin through a Google Docs form. Payment is collected upon pick-up and there is a one-time registration/join fee to join the co-op of $5. Currently medium bins are reserved for $20 per week and large for $30 per week. The pick-ups are typically in 2.5-hour windows one day per week. For The Chapel at FishHawk, the pick-up is Thursday nights from 5:30-8 p.m. An assembly line is set up and coop members bring totes or bins to collect their produce and go down the line to assemble their allotment. Volunteers, including students, can earn community
mate that about 200 to 300 people arrive at each pick-up site to collect their bins, with the Winthrop/St. Matthews stop being the busiest. “We have Co-op members who pick up extra bins just to drop them at their neighbors and volunteers who work an extra shift and donate their bin.” In addition to the bins, co-op members have the opportunity to add-on fresh breads, locally sourced honey and extra produce. To learn more about the Cypress Creek Produce Co-op, and to get a list of all its pick-up locations which currently include FishHawk, Cypress Creek, Sundance, Moose Lodge, Summerfield and Winthrop/St. Matthews, join its Facebook group at Cypress Creek Produce Co-op. If you do not have a Facebook page, but still want to become a member, email email@example.com to get a link to an order form as well as to ask any questions you may have. The Chapel at FishHawk is located at 6026 Churchside Dr. Lithia, Florida 33547. visit www.thechapelfh.org for more.
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This year the children, their teachmarked the 10th ers and the families can year that volunteers celebrate together. The and supporters children are unable to have organized a participate in any activiprom for the stuties that a traditional dents who attend school would have due Willis Peters to their profound disabiliExceptional ties.” Rountree added, School. Located “This is an amazing Willis Peters in Dover, Willis Exceptional event that the students School Peters look forward to every got year. Our students do students Exceptional the chance to School is a attend Prom. not often get a chance This year’s to dress up and feel like Hillsborough King and County Public the center of attention. Queen were Jeremy Plummer and School that serves However, at prom, that Lydia DiClemente. students, ages is exactly how they feel, three through 22, who have limited inteland it shows in their glowing smiles.” lectual functioning and other disabilities This year’s theme was Masquerade. such as deafness and visual, language, Approximately 130 attended the prom. speech and physical impairments. This year’s King is Jeremy Plummer and The prom was held at the Brandon the Queen is Lydia DiClemente. The King Elk Lodge #2383 located at 800 and Queen are selected through a Prom Centennial Lodge Dr. in Brandon on Court campaign. Rountree explained, Saturday, April 21. “Posters, pictures and sometimes treats The prom is made possible thanks to are given out to persuade the vote. After the tireless efforts of Dorinda Rountree, a the campaign is over, high school and 14-year member of the Brandon Elks transition students vote to choose the Lodge and an Administrative Secretary at Prom King and Queen.” the Area VI Hillsborough County School This is the seventh year that Office. For the last three years, Rountree Rountree has organized the prom. “I do it has requested a grant from the Elks. The for the children,” said Rountree. “I have $2500 grant she received is enough to worked with Willis Peters Exceptional cover the cost of the prom, including School and Area VI for over 20 years. prom dresses and tuxedos, and to obtain When Elk Don Morris passed away unextablets for the teachers at Willis Peters pectedly, I made it my mission to continue Exceptional School. this tradition of providing a prom. Don’s The purpose of the prom, according wife, Leslie Morris, was once the principal to Rountree is, “To have a night where at the school,” said Rountree.
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East Hillsborough Community Band Seeks Musicians To Join Organization
camper to the largest motorhomes on the market,” said FRVTA’s Marketing Director David Kelly. “Not only do we have RVs on display, there will also be representatives from campgrounds, camping clubs, RV resorts, RV financing, RV insurance.” And, if you are not ready to buy, there also will be companies offering RV rentals. Participating RV dealers include Arrow RV, General RV, Gerzeny’s RV World, Lazydays RV and Tampa RV. “It is just fun to go look. It The Tampa Bay RV Show June 7-10 will offer every- is amazing all an RV can thing for everyone from beginners to seasoned RVers. have to offer,” said Michelle The 2018 Tampa Bay Summer RV McCormick, who attended the Tampa Show, the largest summer RV show, Bay Fall RV Show. sponsored by the Florida RV Trade There will be a DJ and daily enterAssociation (FRVTA) Region 7, is comtainment, plus bounce houses and ing to the Florida State Fairgrounds from face painting on Saturday and Sunday. Thursday, June 7-Sunday, June 10. Bring along your dog, as leashed dogs This is a great family event for those are permitted. who already own RVs, are looking to The Tampa Bay Summer RV buy or just want to see what RV life is all Show will be held at the Florida State about. Fairgrounds (use U.S. Hwy. 301 According to the Recreational entrance). Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), Thursday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. shipments of RVs in 2017 were expecton Sunday. Admission is $4 and chiled to hit their highest in nearly four dren under 16 are admitted free. decades. The show will feature RV units Thursday is Senior Day - $1 off admison display representing the best manusion and First Responders get $1 off facturers and suppliers plus vendors admission every day. selling RV accessories and much more. For more details, call 813-741“This year’s show will have every0488 or visit www.frvtra.org where you thing from the smallest folding tent can download a coupon.
is a former hornist with the Florida Orchestra and taught orchestra at Brandon High School for 30 years. The EHCB plays all types of music including classical, jazz, pop, music themes and The East Hillsborough Community Band is looking for musicians, specifically percussionists, to join the band and bring patriotic. their love of music to the community. The EHCB also The East Hillsborough Community has a new spin off of a Big Band group. Band (EHCB) is looking for musicians to The band averages approximately 12 to be a part of this wonderful community 15 performances per year. band. If you just love to play music, the According to Walkover, “Our last EHCB is for you. performance was in Williams Park in The EHCB is specifically looking for downtown St. Petersburg. It was a part percussionists as well as clarinet and of an annual community band day. We oboe players. Musicians who are a part were one of five bands who played that of the band range from college students afternoon.” to retired people to everything in The next performance will be on between. June 21 at New Hope United Methodist Cheryl Walkover, Membership Church at 7 p.m. Then, on June 28, the Chairman and Secretary for the EHCB EHCB will perform at Kings Point in Sun said, “Our band’s vision is to foster the City Center. In December, the EHCB will love of music, improve our membership be a part of Santa Fest which takes and enlighten, entertain and inspire our place in downtown Tampa at Curtis audience. We strive to have fun and Hixon Park. build comradery among our members.” The EHCB was formed in 2009 with There are currently 75 members in a vision from founder Kim McKamey the EHCB. They practice on Thursday and a handful of interested musicians. evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. at New Hope McKamey and several others from the United Methodist Church located at 120 original group still play in the band. N. Knights Ave. in Brandon. The Walkover said, “We are not just a comConductor for the EHCB is Kenneth munity band, we are a family who loves Watts. He is an accomplished musician to play music.” with more than 40 years of experience For information, visit www.ehcb.org as a conductor and musician. The and fill out the form under the tab “Join Assistant Conductor is Linda Groh. She the Band.”
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Father’s Day is a special day to celebrate fatherhood and recognize the influence of fathers or father figures in our lives. The Apostle Paul taught that to honor one's earthly father is not only a commandment but also the first commandment attached with a promise for those who obey. "Honor your father and mother—which is the first commandment with a promise—that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth." Ephesians 6:2-3 However, Father's Day may find some of us less than joyful – maybe you recently lost your father, had an absent father, or are faced with infertility and unable to become a father. If any of these scenarios sound familiar, you can still use this day to honor your Heavenly Father. I want to encourage you to celebrate the day in spite of any unhappy circumstances. Our Heavenly Father is the perfect father who loves us unconditionally. And, that is something worth celebrating this Father’s Day.
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Random Acts Of Bar-B-Que Luncheon Thanks Community Volunteers
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Saying ‘Thank You’ is the greatest gift Brandon Elks Lodge #2383, started you can give someone. It shows you a the Bags of Brotherly Love which distribperson’s gratitude for helping them. This utes bags of clothing and hygiene items past May, Sonny’s BBQ of Brandon hostto the homeless in the community once a ed its quarterly Random Acts of Bar-B-Que month. “We have volunteers who wish to Banquet at TPepin’s Hospitality Centre in donate clothing and other hygiene prodTampa. This banquet was held to thank ucts to help bring a little more dignity back individuals or organizainto their lives,” Blair tions that stand out said. in the community by Ashley Hart, doing acts of kindness for manager of the their fellow man. Brandon Sonny’s Robert (Bob) Blair of BBQ wanted to the Brandon Elks Lodge honor Blair and his #2383 is one of the indiwife for all their hard viduals who stands out in work, but Blair felt the Brandon community there were others in for his work with the the community who homeless. He and his needed to be recogwife nized. “We have Elisa attended the been doing this for banquet. “I was once over two years, homeless myself for working with all almost a year,” Blair Elisa and Bob Blair, along with these organizations said. “I had a job pay- Edwin Font from Palatka, a young man that are set up to who created ‘Edwin’s Happy Bags’ ing minimum wage and homeless initiative. This gave Blair the help the homeless I owned my car, which I incentive to bring the idea back to the and to eventually Brandon Elks to start ‘Bags of was living out of at the find them housing,” Brotherly Love.’ time.” A co-worker of Blair said. “In all that Blair’s found out about his situation and time I had never seen or heard not one offered him some help. “One of my coindividual say ‘Thank You’ to one of those workers caught wind of my predicament volunteers or organizations or to even and offered me a room in her home for a shake their hand. To me, these were the year, and that gave me the opportunity I people who most needed to be honored, needed to get ahead in life,” Blair said. so I nominated everyone and decided to “This allowed me to get out of the rut I pay tribute to them all at the luncheon.” had been in and it’s my main motivation If you would like more information on for what I do today with the homeless, Bags of Brotherly Love or if you would which is to give them back their dignity.” like to donate, email Blair Blair and his wife, along with the at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Honorary Mayor Of Brandon Campaign: Part Of Brandon’s History For 59 Years By Libby Hopkins
The Honorary Mayor of Brandon has been a local tradition for 59 years. Even though local residents run for mayor, the real winners are the local charities that benefit from the running candidate’s fundraising efforts. “The race for Honorary Mayor of Brandon began in 1959,” said Janine Nickerson, President of The Community Roundtable, which hosts the annual event. All monies raised during the race are donated to Brandon area charities. Each dollar is considered one vote. The race begins on Friday, June 1 and ends at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, July 4, a total of 33 days. “Each candidate holds fundraising events throughout the month of June in hopes of capturing the title,” said Nickerson. “Brandon nonprofits are the only winners of this race. Our first Honorary Mayor, Nat Storms, a teacher at Brandon High School at the time, raised $500 to help our area non-profits.” Since then, candidates have created new record high totals. Michelle Hernandez holds the record for the largest amount raised by a female with more than $55,000, and Chuck Burgess collected more than $100,500 with his bid for the title. This year’s Honorary Mayor of Brandon candidates are Jaime Gukeisen and Melissa Haskins. “As people decide to run for Honorary Mayor, they gather a team to arrange fundraising activities and select up to three charities as their beneficiaries for their campaign,” Nickerson said. “It is all in fun.” Gukeisen will be raising
Jaime Gukeisen of Brandon is one of the 2018 Honorary Mayor of Brandon candidates. She will be raising money for local charities Family Promise, North Brandon YMCA and Florida Big Dog Rescue.
Melissa Haskins of Valrico is one of the 2018 Honorary Mayor of Brandon candidates. She will be raising money for local charities Center Place Fine Arts, ECHO of Brandon and Kiwanis Club of Greater Brandon.
Honorary Mayor of Brandon race began in 1959. The first Honorary Mayor, Nat Storms, a teacher at Brandon High School at the time, raised $500 to help Brandonarea nonprofits.
money for local charities Family Promise, North Brandon YMCA and Florida Big Dog Rescue. Follow Jaime Gukeisen on Facebook at Jaime for Honorary Mayor of Brandon to see a list of her upcoming charity events. Haskins will be raising money for local charities Center Place Fine Arts, ECHO of Brandon and Kiwanis Club of Greater Brandon. Follow Haskins on Facebook at Haskins4Mayor to learn about all of her fun charity events. “Once the money is counted, the new Honorary Mayor is announced just prior to the beginning of the Fourth of July Parade,” Nickerson said. “The new Mayor is an honored guest in the parade riding in a convertible with their name on the side of the car. In addition, their name is placed on the plaque with past mayors for posterity.” Nickerson and The Community Roundtable encourage other Brandonarea residents to run for the 2019 Honorary Mayor of Brandon race. “The deadline is May 1, 2019 so, contact the Community Roundtable for the 2019 application,” Nickerson said. “The objective is to make it fun and fair to all, while contributing money to charities assisting less fortunate families in our community.” If you would like to learn more about The Community Roundtable or if you are interested in running for the 2019 Honorary Mayor of Brandon, you can visit The Community Roundtable’s website at TheCommunityRoundtable.org or call Nickerson at 661-4350.
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