Taking Flight On Future Expansion Is Goal Of Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary

Taking Flight On Future Expansion Is Goal Of Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary

  By Michelle Colesanti While taking courses to become a veterinarian, “Bird Mother” Patricia Norton discovered her love for exotic birds. With the support of her husband, a decision was made in 2000 to open a parrot sanctuary. She now resides on-site in Wesley Chapel with her husband and two children, John and Katie. Upon(…)

Exploring Wild Florida: Circle B Bar Reserve

Exploring Wild Florida: Circle B Bar Reserve

  By Alicia Martin In Polk county, just between Lakeland and Bartow, is a hidden gem that very few nature lovers know about. That gem would be Circle B Bar Reserve located at 4399 Winter Lake Rd. in Lakeland. The property, which was jointly purchased in 2000 by the Southwest Florida Water Management District and(…)

Local High School Opera Singer Wins Prestigious Award

Local High School Opera Singer Wins Prestigious Award

  By Kathy L. Collins Awards are used to recognize excellence. Recently, Rachel Steinbacher, a Junior at Bloomingdale High School, placed first in the Florida Suncoast Opera Guild and The St. Petersburg Opera Company’s Opera Vocal Competition. Of the win, Steinbacher said, “I was a bit shocked. I knew I did a good job. The(…)

The Brandon Ballet Will Present One Performance Of The Classic Fairytale, ‘Cinderella’

The Brandon Ballet Will Present One Performance Of The Classic Fairytale, ‘Cinderella’

  By Kathy L. Collins The Brandon Ballet will present the classic ballet, Cinderella, on Saturday, April 26 at 7 p.m. at Spoto High School Auditorium located at 8538 Eagle Palm Dr. in Riverview. The Brandon Ballet is proud to partner with and benefit the Children’s Board Heart Gallery of Tampa Bay for this performance.(…)

Young Gymnast Takes All Around State Title, Dreams Of Olympics

Young Gymnast Takes All Around State Title, Dreams Of Olympics

By Tamas Mondovics It was a little more than two years ago and only after being urged by his parents, Russell and Mary Prince, to burn off some energy that then eight-year-old FishHawk area resident, Colby Prince, began recreational gymnastics. Since then, Colby, now 10, has not only stuck with the sport, but is now(…)

River Hills Country Club Crowned Battle Of The Clubs Tennis Tourney Champion

River Hills Country Club Crowned Battle Of The Clubs Tennis Tourney Champion

  By Tamas Mondovics The coveted trophy was claimed by River Hills as area tennis clubs measured up their strengths during the recently held Battle of the Clubs tennis tournament, hosted by the FishHawk Ranch Tennis Club (FRTC) last month. According to tourney organizer and FRTC director, Dave Freiman, the event first started in 2012(…)

Plant High School Claims Win During The 34th Annual Saladino Baseball Tournament

Plant High School Claims Win During The 34th Annual Saladino Baseball Tournament

By Tamas Mondovics The 34th annual Hillsborough County Schools’ Tony Saladino High School Baseball Tournament, held over spring break last month, crowned the Plant High School Panthers as this year’s champion, bringing to a close the beloved and much-anticipated week-long round-robin event. After a 12-game winning streak, culminating in a 4-0 win against fourth straight(…)

Local Resident Raises Funds For Crohn’s Disease Research

Local Resident Raises Funds For Crohn’s Disease Research

  By Bryan Fern Chances are you or someone you know is part of the estimated 1.5 million who suffer from Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), or more commonly known as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. This is an incurable chronic disorder of the digestive or gastrointestinal (GI) tract that causes painful inflammation of the intestines,(…)

Benny Goodman, Video Game Music & A Water Concerto

Benny Goodman, Video Game Music & A Water Concerto

  By Henry Adams Concertgoers can enjoy complimentary coffee and doughnuts at The Florida Orchestra’s next morning Coffee Concerts in a program titled “Theme and Variations,” which showcases this musical approach in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite and Charles Ives’ Variations on “America,” among other works. Stuart Malina conducts these concerts on Wednesday,(…)

Local Easter Events Around Town Offer Memorable Time For Families

Local Easter Events Around Town Offer Memorable Time For Families

  Compiled by Michelle Colesanti There are many ways to celebrate the Easter season throughout the community. Here are a few places to visit where you can enjoy some fun time with the family.   Family Fun Event At The Learning Experience The Learning Experience, located at 16232 Bayberry Glen Dr., just off FishHawk Blvd.,(…)