Apollo Beach Flooring Grand Opening
New Owners of Apollo Beach Flooring celebrate with ribbon cutting From flooring and cabinets to countertops, blinds, shutters or shades, Apollo Beach Flooring has everything you need to give your home a face lift. Newly owned by Richard Widmer and Dorothy Williams, Apollo Beach Flooring offers sale and installation of carpet, wood flooring, laminate flooring, cork, tile, (floors, walls, backsplash etc), VCT and vinyl and cabinets (custom and prefab), countertops (laminate, granite, solid surface) and custom blinds, shutters and shades. It also provides floor repairs, carpet stretching, cabinet repairs and floor care products. “We come to your home or business to measure and give you a free estimate. We offer a lifetime warranty on our installations,” says Widmer, who has 27 years experience in the industry. “We love this area. It is a beautiful quaint town. This area is growing and we felt we could make a contribution to the community with Rick’s expertise and knowledge.” Apollo Beach Flooring and More is located at 205 Apollo Beach Blvd, Ste. 105 and can be reached at 645-6118 or apolloflooring@verizon.net. Hours are Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Store Opens For Special Occasions Looking for that perfect dress for homecoming or another formal occasion? Bloomingdale resident Cheryl Bowen recently opened Perfection Prom and Party on Bloomingdale Ave. offering dresses, evening gowns and accessories for prom, sweet sixteen, quinceanera, and other formal events. A dress registry insures that the dress you choose will be unique for your occasion. Perfection offers personalized service with friendly sales staff to assist you in a fresh, contemporary setting with later store hours to accommodate its busy customers’ schedules. Appointments and fashion show bookings are also available. Bowen, the wife of a retired Air Force officer has experienced over a dozen military relocations throughout the United States and Europe and understands the value of a well-stocked dress shop when the need for formal attire arises. “In addition,” adds Bowen, “My teenage daughter Hannah’s friends are always happy to offer advice, keeping me in the loop and up on the latest trends.” Perfection Prom is located at 10313 Bloomingdale Ave., across from SuperTarget in the Bloomingdale Towne Center, and can be reached at 621-1991. For more information, visit www.perfectionprom.com.

Thai Restaurant Opens on Boyette In the Thai language, “chai yo” means “cheers” and at the new Chai Yo Thai Cuisine customers are treated to a celebration with every meal. “We strive to infuse a celebratory, yet refined, spirit into the food that we prepare, the service that we provide, and the atmosphere that we create for our guests,” says owner Topp Saenngarm. “We will offer a dining experience that highlights the simple elegance of Thai cuisine and the warmth of Thai culture, so that our guests will come to think of Chai Yo as the ideal place to relax with friends and family.” Located at 11695 Boyette Rd., Chai Yo’s menu includes a wide variety of Thai favorites from Pad Thai to Green and Red Curry and appetizers such as fresh rolls and satays. “We pride ourselves on three main principles: the quality of our foods and services, the teamwork of our employees and the respect we have for each other and our customers,” says Saenngarm, who started in the restaurant business at the age of 16 and went on to get a graduate degree in engineering from the University of South Florida. For more information, visit the Website at www.chaiyothaicuisine.com or call 671-6935.

TechPlayzone Plans Night Out Every third weekend TechPlayzone invites young people to participate in Parents’ Night Out from 6:30-11 p.m. Leaving parents with an evening off, young people are able to enjoy TechPlayzone’s computers, movie making, electronic kits and more. During the month of December, there will be two weekends of Parents’ Night Out so that parents may take advantage of additional time for holiday shopping, cooking and gift wrapping. During Parents’ Night Out, TechPlayzone staff orders pizza and provides drinks and popcorn. The cost is $30 per child per night plus $15 for each sibling. TechPlayzone is a science and technology center conveniently located near Riverview, Valrico, Lithia and Brandon communities. TechPlayzone is pleased to announce that it is a finalist for 2008 Brandon Chamber of Commerce Small Business Award. Parents can find out more about TechPlayzone’s Parents’ Night Out, Tech Camps, After School Programs and Birthday Parties by calling 684-7329 or visit techplayzone.com/techplay.

Lil’ Swimmer Aquatics Offers Swim Lessons Although summer has come to an end, it is never too late to teach your little one to swim. New business, Lil’ Swimmer Aquatics teaches children from about 8 months, or as soon as they can crawl, to 5 years survival swimming skills based on the proven PediaSwim methodology in the Apollo Beach, Ruskin, Riverview and Brandon areas. “One of the unique aspects of this business is that I can actually go to the family’s home pool to teach their children to swim,” says Owner and Apollo Beach resident Korey Nielson, a graduate of the PediaSwin Academy. “All of our lessons are one-on-one with the child so we can individualize the lesson and gear the lessons toward the child’s learning style.” For more information, call 777-3373 or visit www.lilswimmer.net.

Resident Offers Legal Services in Riverview Riverview resident Michael C. McGinn, P.A. recently moved his law office from downtown Tampa to the Riverview area offering residents help in the areas of family law, personal injury and auto accidents and criminal defense. “Unless I am with a client or in court I will always take your call and I am available 24/7. I have night and weekend appointments available and I offer services at affordable fees which is important in today’s economy,” says McGinn, who graduated from Florida State University and Stetson University College of Law (cum laude) and worked as a legislative assistant to former U.S. Senator Bob Graham and tried more than 60 jury trials to verdict for the Office of the State Attorney in Polk County. “I chose the location because it is close to home and it is a growing area that is currently underserved by the legal community,” says McGinn. For more information, call 374-0353 or visit www.yourtampadefense.com.

Dove Interiors Comes to Southbay After 17 years in business in Ruskin, Dove Interiors opened a second store in the Shoppes at Southbay, Dove Interiors, Too, recently offering Riverview residents a one-stop-shop for flooring with products including carpet, hardwood, tile, laminate, cork, blinds, shades, shutters, soft valances, drapery, bedding, area rugs and floor cleaning products. Owned and operated by the mother, daughter and son team of Joan Miller, Kimberly Scott and Rick Razick, Dove Interiors offers a “Beautiful Guarantee,” which helps eliminate some of the stress from ordering flooring by replacing the selection with another if for any reason our customer is unhappy. “We also have the absolute best, nicest, most polite and experienced installers that you will appreciate having in your home,” says Miller. “Our main crew leader has been with us for over 13 years. That’s almost unheard of in this industry. We are very proud of them.” Dove Interiors, Too is located at 10645 Big Bend Rd. in Riverview and can be reached at 672-9100 and Dove Interiors Carpet One is located at 2305 College Ave. in Ruskin and can be reached at 645-8660.

Resident Makes Travel Fun Riverview resident Dee Deel Klotz Khayyata knows the ins and outs of the travel industry. As the face of Superocity.com, Khayyata, along with her husband Faez, help travelers find the best prices on vacations and more. While the main product is travel, the Website also features a honeymoon registry, along with car, golf and flower Websites. Customers are also offered tickets to sporting events, concerts, theatres, Disney and Busch Gardens. They can also help with passports, foreign currency exchange, a variety of vacation packages, last minute deals and much more. The Khayyatas, who moved to Riverview from Dearborn, MI, in February 2008, are both referring travel agents and independent marketing reps for the company. Superocity.com is open 24/7, 365 days a year via the internet at www.superocity.com. For more information, call Khayyata at 964-6356.

Storage Facility Opens For residents of the SouthShore who love their boats, trailers, RVs and campers but need a cost effective place to park them, there is a new low cost solution, Buc-A-Day Storage in Ruskin. Located at 1415 3rd St. N.E., Buc-A-Day Storage specializes in the outdoor storage of vehicles and is situated on 18.5 acres. Owners Kent Rankin and Richard Crannell, Honorary Mayor of Apollo Beach, saw low cost, clean, safe, 24/7 access and high technology driven outdoor storage was a growing need for the SouthShore area. “Our motto, ‘Home of the 0.99 cent special, (under 30 feet in length)’ makes outdoor storage an affordable alternative to more expensive options and even appeals to the homes with boat trailers perpetually parked in their front yards,” says Crannell. “With most new housing developments having deed restrictions and the proximity to the best boating waters in Tampa Bay, it was a perfect fit.” The location is convenient to area boat ramps and I-75 and the storage facility recently installed additional security fencing, computer operated key pads for recording use by tenants and 24 hour recorded video surveillance and additional lighting through out the facility. For more information, e-mail richard.crannell@verizon.net or call 480-1916.

Firm Announces Successful Peer Review The Apollo Beach accounting firm of Alvarez Company, P.A. CPA Firm has successfully completed a rigorous review of its accounting and auditing practice. The reviewer concluded the firm complies with the stringent quality control standards set by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the national professional organization of CPA’s. José A. Alvarez CPA, managing director of Alvarez Company P.A. CPA Firm, has been a member of the AICPA for the over 34 years and explained the importance of the AICPA Peer Review. The firm focuses on privately-owned businesses, individuals, and not-for-profit organizations with an emphasis on advising business owners and is located at 605 Apollo Beach Blvd. For additional information on the firm, contact Alvarez by e-mail jalvarez@alvarezcpa.com or visit www.alvarezcpa.com. New Identities Celebrates Anniversary New Identities Salon is celebrating two years in business at its SouthShore location on November 14. Owner Kelly Higgs- Rockquemore started the company with a salon in Tampa in 1994, which is now a tour salon for Redkin, one of six in the country. Rockquemore now coaches the stylists in the salon every month, administers the educational fund, is in charge of budgeting, promotions, hiring and inventory control of all supplies and oversees several non-profit benefits. New Identities SouthShore is located at 10639 Big Bend Rd. and can be reached at 741-1177.

South Bay Recognizes World Stroke Day South Bay Hospital, located at 4016 Sun City Center Blvd. in Sun City, is celebrating World Stroke Day throughout the months of October and November by educating the community about stroke. Kim McKell, RN, MSN, stroke coordinator is spreading the word about what you can do to lower your risk of stroke, how to recognize the signs and symptoms of stroke and the importance of calling 911 if you or someone you know might be experiencing a stroke. For more information about stroke, contact McKell at 634-0249. If you would like to have McKell speak to your community group or organization, please contact Melissa Morgan at 634-0496.

Heath Fair at Prime Care Prime Care of Tampa Bay invites residents to attend a community health fair to promote healthy living on November 15 from 9 a.m.-12 Noon at its office at 13142 Elk Mountain Dr. in Riverview. During the event, residents will have the opportunity to meet the office’s doctors Cecil Sue-Wah-Sing MD and Jocelyn Bueno MD and can participate in health screenings, give-aways and more. Event sponsors include LinCare, WellCare, Tower Diagnostic, ACE Homecare, Reliance Consulting, Pediatric Healthcare Alliance and One Touch. For more information, call 672-8440.

Pedal for Prevention Through November Expresso Fitness and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) recently announced their partnership for Pedal for Prevention, a virtual ride-a-thon to raise funds for diabetes research, advocacy and education taking place in select fitness facilities across the country. Riverview Snap Fitness Center, located at 11369 Big Bend Rd. in Riverview, is one facility taking part from November 2-16. Throughout this time, participants can hop on an Expresso Bike and earn miles (and pledges) at any time. This virtual ride-a-thon is truly the first of its kind that allows individuals to use their daily cardio workout to benefit others. For more information, visit www.diabetes.org/tour or www.expresso.net.

Medical Group Opens Riverview Office Brandon Family Medical Care, which is celebrating six years of business in the Brandon area, recently opened the doors to its Riverview location at 13007 Summerfield Square Dr. offering a full range of personalized medical services for your entire family. In addition to providing children ages 2 years and up with routine care (physicals, immunizations) and urgent care issues, the office provides women’s health care needs including annual exams/pap smears, cancer screening, evaluation of abnormal cycles, family planning, osteoporosis risk assessment, PMS/Menopausal concerns, and natural/alternative treatments for menopause and treatment for acne, skin cancer screening, wart removal, weight loss, smoking cessation, auto accidents, sexual dysfunction, depression and anxiety, chronic pain, unsightly moles, varicose veins and scar treatment. Owned by Lithia residents Michael Davis, MD, and John Fehling, MD, Valrico resident Randell Sehres, MD, and David Thiele, MD, all Brandon Family Medical Care physicians are Board Certified Family Practice Physicians and are members in good standing with the Florida Medical Association. Brandon Family Medical Care-South is located on the corner of Big Bend Rd. and U.S. Hwy. 301 S., across the parking lot from CiCi’s Pizza and can be reached at 684-5255.Hours of operation are Monday- Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

YMCA Hosts Corks and Forks Themed with the title Down Under and Australian decor, Corks and Forks will take place poolside at Campo YMCA’s newly unveiled Family Fun Pool, located at 3414 Culbreath Rd. in Valrico, on Saturday, November 22, from 7-10 p.m. Tickets cost $50 for YMCA members and $75 for non-members.

Wilhelm Holds Breakfast For 80 In October, Mary Ann Wilhelm hosted her third annual campaign breakfast for her campaign for Honorary Mayor of Ruskin. Over 80 tickets were sold for the event. The grand prize – a brand new fully installed Carrier Infinity home cooling system was won by Dick Berg, an employee of Lewers Funeral Home. The second prize, a two-day, one night stay at the Resort and Club at Little Harbor was won by local resident Brian Lantz. The wine gift basket provided by SouthShore Community Bank was won by local attorney Damon Glisson. Gift baskets from the Ruskin Redneck Training Company were won by Dr. Stephen Murray and local resident Trish Todd. A handmade fashion wrap donated by local realtor Roberta Rowe was won by Joe Horvath. Carol Spagnola of Cruzin Canine Cuts won a gourmet chocolate basket provided by Wilhelm and Lori Graves of Southeast Glass and Mirror won a gift certificate from the Saints and Sinners Restaurant and Lounge provided by Allen Tidwell of Affinity Insurance Group. Food was provided by Wilhelm Heating and AC, Inc., and prepared by Judy Hamp of Weichert Realtors, SouthShore. For further information, contact Anne Madden, marketing director of Wilhelm Heating and AC, Inc., at 641-1811.

Dog Park Celebrates Anniversary Give A Dog A Bone, located at 6114 N. U.S. Hwy. 41 in Apollo Beach, is holding an Ott’s dog park third year anniversary celebration on Saturday, November 15, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Bring your pups for a day of fun. There will be food for the owners and treats and food samples for the pups. Attendees are asked to donate $5 as they come in for the celebration. Give A Dog A Bone will also be hosting Christmas pet/family pictures on Saturday, November 8, and Saturday, November 22, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. On Saturday, November 15, the Presents for Pups drive kicks off. The shop will be collecting dog/cat food, treats, toys, beds (even gently used), towels, blankets, shampoo, cleaning supplies, office supplies, etc. All supplies collected will be dispersed to C.A.R.E. shelter in Ruskin, Humane Society of Tampa and local rescue groups before Christmas. All supplies can be dropped off at Give A Dog A Bone. If you have any questions, please call 641-3734. Feline Folks Initiates Program Feline Folks, a non-profit dedicated to humane feline management, is conducting a free educational program on Wednesday, November 12, at 7 p.m. at SouthShore Regional Library, off 19th Ave. NE. The topic is The Emotional Life of Cats and Pet Holiday Hazards. Paw pads and 2009 calendars will also be available for sale. For more information, email Info@FelineFolks.org or call 944-7651.

Civic Association Promotes Family Time A Bicycle Rodeo sponsored by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department will be held on Saturday, November 15, from 9 a.m.-12 Noon or until supplies run out. The event will be hosted by the Apollo Beach Civic Association, taking place at the SouthShore Methodist United Church in the Harbor Point Business Center located at 435 Apollo Beach Blvd. Deputy Fletcher invites all area children to come (with an adult or a parent) with their bicycles for a safety check, to ride “the challenge” and to be awarded for completing these tasks. Bicycle helmets and loaner bikes will be available. The association will also hold a 1958 Movie Night with refreshments and a non-denomination service at the Calvary Luthern Church, located at 5309 U.S. Hwy. 41, on Friday, November 14, starting at 6:30 p.m. The event is organized by Kathi Sheehan of SouthShore Methodist United Church. For more information, call 649-9462 or email apollobchcivicassoc@tampabay.rr.com.

Help Elmira’s Wildlife Sanctuary Elmira’s Wildlife Sanctuary 2009 calendar is at the printer and should be available for sale at $7 each or three for $20. This product is an excellent way to share the sanctuary’s mission with family and friends. On November 22, Saturday, there is a stable party at Sundance, and the sanctuary is having a yard sale and needs stuff to sell, people to buy stuff, people with muscles and/or a truck to move stuff around. The organization also has ongoing needs for volunteers to help with the animals, yard work and maintenance, shopping, small office tasks and most of all, people to cover the sanctuary. Please call Lois Croft at 385-4595 if you can help with any of the events mentioned.

Mayoral Candidate Announces Events Christa Jerome announces her Christa 4 Mayor schedule of events: Sunday, November 23, at 8 a.m. a Charity Toy Run will be held at X-Treme Power Sports of Tampa located at 1019 U.S. Hwy. 301 S. Registration begins at 7 a.m. with $20 per driver and $10 per rider. On Friday, December 12, at 12 Noon the Twelve Days of Christmas Golf Tournament will take place at Summerfield Crossings Golf Club. There will be contests for the Longest Drive and Hole-in-One as well as raffles and a dinner buffet. All proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Riverview. Email Christa4Mayor@yahoo.com or visit www.Christa4Mayor.com for more information.

Fall Plant Sale Arrives The Riverview Garden Club will be holding its annual Fall Plant Sale on Saturday, November 15, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be many different varieties such as Florida natives, herbs and annuals, to name a few, at prices that will amaze your pocket books. The sale will be held at 9403 U.S. Hwy. 301 S. in Riverview. For more information, call President Marlene Kirst at 653-1459. Summerfield Happenings Located at 13011 Summerfield Blvd., Riverview, Summerfield’s Annual Holiday Market will kick off on Saturday, December 8, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Residents will find a wide variety of holiday gifts to choose from with 50-plus craft vendors, artists and home-based businesses onsite. Remember to bring the little ones to Tinsel Town at 12 Noon as Santa arrives. Attendees are encouraged to bring a new unwrapped toy to the Holiday Market as part of Summerfield’s Toys for Kids holiday project. New unwrapped toys can also be dropped off the day of the holiday craft show or anytime before December 15. All toys will be donated to a local charity for distribution just in time for Christmas. Registration opens November 1 for crafters, artisans and local small businesses wishing to participate in the Holiday Market this season. The cost is $25 per table and $10 for electrical. Wine Tasting Also taking place is Time for Wine – It’s A Taste of European Tradition on Tuesday, December 2, at 6:30 p.m. at Summerfield Community Center. Hosted by Charles Visalli from a Time for Wine, guests will sample a wide range of wines, learn their varieties and characteristics and discover how to match them with various foods. Cheese and crackers will be served. The cost is $7 per person. For more information or to RSVP, call Summerfield’s Program Administrator Chelsea Greene at 671-4568. Summerfield announces its upcoming Holiday Market and Time for Wine events for December.

Veterans Save on Gas If you are a U.S. veteran and have access to the VA system, the Disabled American Veterans Chapter No. 110 of Sun City Center now operates a new service van to the James A. Haley VA Hospital in Tampa. Any such veteran is eligible to use this free service. It operates on a regular week-day schedule. It is not a “handicap accessible” vehicle, nor is it a taxi service. Reservations for the van service must be made seven days prior to the appointment by calling 642-0302 and indicating your name, telephone number, date and day of week the ride is needed, as well as the van pick-up station number to be used. Volunteer drivers from Sun City Center and South Shore area are needed. If interested, please call 634-4489.

Barbershop Chorus Welcomes Members South Shore Sound, a women’s barbershop chorus affiliated with Sweet Adelines International, is offering a holiday performance opportunity for women on Sunday, December 14. Participants will attend rehearsals starting Monday, November 3, every Monday at 7 p.m. for six weeks at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church located at 1239 Del Webb Blvd. W. in Sun City Center. Rehearsals will be led by Meg Mahoney, director of the South Shore Sound Chorus. On Sunday, December 14, participants will apply what they have learned by singing in a Holiday Show with the South Shore Sound Chorus. The show will be held at the United Methodist Church in Sun City Center. For further information, go to www.southshoresound.org or call Terry at 786-9418.

St. Anne Women Meet The Saint Anne Council of Catholic Women held its annual “Salad Supper” in October at the parish center on U.S. Hwy. 41 in Ruskin. Guest speaker for the evening was Stephanie Bosse, program coordinator for the Catholic Relief Services Fair Trade Program in the Orlando Diocese. Her topic for the evening was “A Cup of Justice,” and she addressed, in particular, Fair Trade’s efforts to provide fair wages and profits for workers in Nicaraguan coffee cooperatives. The next meeting of the Saint Anne Women’s Council will be held on Tuesday, November 11, and will include a memorial service for deceased members. For more information, contact the parish office at 645-1714.

Veterans Receive Homage Destiny Church, located at 2322 11th Ave. SE in Ruskin, is hosting a “Salute to Veterans” on Sunday, November 9, at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. The annual event will pay homage to veterans of the Armed Forces and Merchant Marines with patriotic music and video presentations. The honored history, bravery and sacrifice of members of the Armed Forces throughout the history of the United States will be the focus of attention. Chuck Reif, Lt. Col. USMC (retired) will be the featured speaker. Jerry Lubrano, the lead pastor of Destiny Church is himself a 20-year veteran of the United States Air Force, retiring in 1989 from active duty, and will be presenting each veteran who attends the service with a commemorative coin to say thank you for honored service to our country. For more information, call 645-3337.

St. John Episcopal to Host Bazaar St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, located at 705 9th St. SE in Ruskin, is having its annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, November 15, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Coffee and doughnuts will be served early and a luncheon will take place at 12 Noon (donations accepted) with the infamous Singing Waiters. There will be Attic Treasures, creative crafts, Christmas items, baked breads, cookies, cakes and homemade canned goodies for sale as well as a raffle, jewelry, gift baskets and a Chinese auction. Also, St. John the Divine celebrated the church’s 46th anniversary in October with a Fall Dinner/Dance. The dinner was catered by Tasty Solutions and music by The Two of Us. For more information, call 645-1521.

Gibsonton Church Holds Men’s Fellowship First Baptist Church of Gibsonton, located at 9912 Indiana St. in Gibsonton, is to host a Men’s Fellowship Meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 18. There will be a potluck dinner, devotions and prayer requests. For more information, call 677-1301, Anthony at 654-8865 or visit http://1stbaptistgibsonton.org. Fall Festival at RUMC Riverview United Methodist Church, located at 8002 U.S. Hwy. 301 S. and the corner of Riverview Dr., will be having its Fall Festival on Saturday, November 15, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The Festival will have lots of fun things to do for young and old including: games for children and adults, inflatable rides, pony rides, crafts, food, music, an old-fashion cake walk and much more. All proceeds from the festival will be used for various charitable and mission needs. Space is available for crafters and antique dealers. If you wish to reserve booth space, please contact Kimberly Blaisdell at 458-3584. For more information, visit www.riverviewflumc.org or contact Linda Bauer at 677-0868.

Shop at Beall’s to Help Calvary For the third year, Beall’s Outlet, located in Cypress Village Shopping Center near Home Depot, will be offering punches on its discount cards for non-perishable food items being collected at its location through Christmas. Just bring your items to the store to deposit in a box near the checkouts and receive your punch on your card. All food items will be donated to the Community Cupboard in Ruskin, a ministry of Calvary Lutheran Church in Apollo Beach. Punch cards can be used personally or donated for use by Calvary when it does supplemental shopping for its annual Angel Tree project which provides Christmas gifts for underprivileged children. If you or your organization has a desire to help, contact the Calvary church office at 645-1305.

Youth Group Sends Thanks to Supporters During the month of September, 23 youth from St. Anne Catholic Church High School Youth Group and four adult chaperones attended Rock the Universe at Universal Studios in Orlando. The weekend included two nights of Christian concerts and a day at Islands of Adventure. It was an inspirational event for all in attendance. The group would like to thank all who support the youth group, making events like this possible. In November, the youth group is attending the Homeless Retreat in St. Petersburg. The youth group meets Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8 p.m.; new members are welcome. The church is located at 106 11th Ave. NE in Ruskin. For more information, call 645-1714.

PlayMania to Honor Gymboree Memberships As reported this week, Gymborees in Hillsborough County abruptly closed after the franchise owner filed for bankruptcy. Whitney and Todd Brundage, owners of PlayMania, Inc. recognize that this is an unfortunate event at a time when many parents cannot afford to purchase another membership. PlayMania will be honoring Gymboree memberships with any purchase of equal or lesser value. PlayMania will also be honoring any deposit given on a Gymboree Birthday Party. Located in Riverview on the corner of Big Bend Rd. and U.S. Hwy. 301, PlayMania is an indoor play center for children up to age 6. Featuring open play, classes and birthday parties, PlayMania is becoming widely recognized in the Riverview area. For more information, please call 649-8919 or visit www.playmaniatampa.com.

Local Girl Scouts Honored Sixteen Girl Scouts in the Riverview area were awarded their Bronze and Silver Awards at a ceremony in September. Danielle Lenhardt from Troop 784 recorded 15 books on tape and created activities related to the stories for a local church preschool. Sarah Culter, Hannah Jackson, Kylie Rowan, Alexis Rowan and Macey Wilson of Troop 1011 earned their Bronze Award as a troop by organizing a “Queen for a Day” party for girls with cancer in a local hospital. Leilani Beal, Samantha Schutte, Elizabeth Metayer, Heather Nelli, Jullian Boyar, Taylor Thibodeaux, Brynne Piesco, Kathryn Wallace, Riley Wilson, and Maggie Watts from Troop 705 also worked as a troop to earn their Silver Award. These young ladies planned and led an encampment weekend for 150 Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to Girl Scouts of West Central Florida, visit www.gswcf.org or call 800-881-4475.

Cub Scouts Recruit New Members Cub Scout Pack 205, which meets weekly at Riverview Elementary School, is recruiting new members from grades one through five. The pack is affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America Gulf Ridge Council. Activities include monthly camping trips, outings and an annual miniature car race, along with community service opportunities. Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m., Tuesdays in the school cafeteria located at 10809 Hannaway Dr. For information, call Cubmaster Matthew Green at 633-0853 or e-mail mgreen609@netzero.com.

Music Showcase Idol Contest Music Showcase, located at 402 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon, will hold it’s annual Idol Contest on November 15 at 10 a.m. The contest is open to all ages and is separated into three age categories: 8-12, 13-18 and 19-adult. Each age category must have at last eight participants or the contestant will be moved into the closest age category. The contest is free and open to all singers. Pre-registration is requested but not required, and all contestants must come with an accompaniment track. No live bands or musicians will be accepted. Prizes are awarded on the day of the contest, which include a free recording session. All those interested in participating should contact Wendi Pruitt at 685-5998.

Rotary Club Welcomes Speaker Paul Sponseller, vice president and trust officer of Encore Trust, recently spoke to members of the Rotary Club of SouthShore which meets every Wednesday at 12 Noon at Cypress Creek Golf Club, located at 1011 Cypress Village Blvd. in Ruskin. For more information about Rotary International, see www.rotary.org. For information about the SouthShore Rotary please call the club President, David Madden, at 447-9015.

Post Announces Meeting The next meeting of the Riverview Detachment of the Marine Corps League will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 2, at the American Legion Post 148 located at 7240 U.S. Hwy. 301 in Riverview. The detachment is always seeking new members and the meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month. All former and active duty marines plus navy corpsmen who have served a tour with the Fleet Marine Force are eligible to join. For additional information, call Jack Skelding at 672-1778 or visit www.mclriverview.org.

Chamber Unveils Night in Havana The Apollo Beach Chamber of Commerce invites you to A Night in Havana on Saturday, November 8, at the Moose Lodge Ballroom, located at 1212 E. Shell Point Rd. in Ruskin, from 6-10 p.m. The cost is $25 per person and includes Cuban cuisine, casino gambling for prizes, entertainment, a salsa contest and a silent auction. For more information, contact Joanne Gadeck at 645-1366.

Business Women Recognized National Business Women’s Day at Sava Cafe in Apollo Beach was celebrated in September by the Apollo Beach Women’s Club. It was very rewarding to see so many professional women coming together to support each other and provide information about the organization to guests. If you were unable to attend, please join the group for its monthly meeting held the third Monday of each month at Freedom Plaza in Sun City at 5:30 p.m. Visit http://abwasouthshore.com for more information.

BSSDD Has Openings The Boyette Springs Special Dependent Taxing District (BSSDD) Board of Trustees announces a vacancy for position of trustee. All homeowners who are registered voters and currently live in Boyette Springs are eligible to serve on this very important board. The BSSDD is comprised of seven volunteer homeowners. This is a working board, without a management company, which focuses on the maintenance and upkeep of the critical common areas, entrances, landscaping, exterior wall and monuments of this community as well as the setting up of the holiday decorations and floral arrangements at the five entrances. The term of service runs to September 2012. Anyone interested in serving as trustee should send their name, address and phone number to: Boyette Springs SDD, Attn: President, PO Box 1621, Riverview, FL 33568-1621 or email boyettesdd@gmail.com or bod@bshoa.org. The meetings of the BSSDD Board of Trustees are held on the second Wednesday of each month at the Tampa Bay Academy, administration building, located at12012 Boyette Rd. at 7 p.m.

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Assignment Editor Kate Quesada started working at the Osprey Observer in 2004 after graduating from the University of South Florida with a masters degree in Mass Communications. Since then, she has held various positions at the paper and has been working as the assignment editor since January 2020. She lives in Lithia with her husband Mike and sons Dylan and Max and stays active in the community on school PTA boards and volunteering with local organizations.