Salon & Spa Initiates School Supply Drive


Denise Shadden, of Escape Salon & Spa located at 904 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Brandon, is having a school drive for Valrico Elementary School. For a donation of $5, residents will have a chance to receive a $25 gift certificate, or for $1 donation, a chance for a $10 gift certificate with Shadden. The drawing is to be held Wednesday, August 12.

For more information, contact Shadden at 651-0853.

Pet Portraits Available

Pet Photo Day with Flash & Co. will take place at Dog Gone Holistic, located at 5620 FishHawk Crossing Blvd. in Lithia, on Saturday, August 1, starting at 11 a.m. with the summer special (1) 8×10, (1) 5×7 and (4) wallet size photos all for $49.99.

Call 651-0842 to sign up.

Fundraiser Held for Ill Co-Worker

The Oaks Bar & Grill, located at 108 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Brandon, will host a fundraiser on Saturday, August 15, for co-worker Breann Fairweather, 27, who was stricken with multiple sclerosis. A live auction will be held, with 100 percent of proceeds being donated to Fairweather.

To provide a donation or for more information, please contact Terri at 310-1208.

Outreach for Homeless Announced

Cynthia Pinckney Ministries is sponsoring a feeding and clothing outreach for the homeless and needy on Saturdays, August 15, and September 19, from 1–3:30 p.m. at Able Body Labor, located at 12006 MLK Blvd. in Seffner. In addition, Cynthia Pinckney Ministries, Inc. is offering a four-hour training class for new volunteers desiring to take part in the annual Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinner, held at Westminster Presbyterian Church, located at 402 E. Lumsden Rd. in Brandon, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturdays, August 22, September 26 and October 24.

For more information, email or call 571–1556.

Free Summer Concert Series Hits Park Square

The FishHawk Ranch Summer Concert Series at Park Square at FishHawk Ranch, located at 16144 Churchview Dr. in Lithia, provides free performances scheduled from 7–10 p.m. which include: August 7 – BLAST; August 14 – Disco Inferno; and August 21 – The Spazmatics.

For additional information, please visit or call 654-6360.

Workout Membership Specials for Students & Teachers

Snap Fitness 24/7, conveniently located at 16317 FishHawk Blvd. in Lithia, is offering a summer membership special for all high school/college students and teachers. Through Monday, August 31, Snap Fitness will offer students and teachers a summer membership for all four months for only $75. This includes a one-time card access fee of $29.95. Snap Fitness offers the latest, state-of-the-art fitness equipment, including the ever-popular Expresso Bikes and Arc Trainers, in addition to personal trainers who can offer guidance and training on nutrition and exercise. The offer for the summer special membership promotion expires on Tuesday, June 30.

For more information, contact Snap at 685-1568 or visit

Announcements for St. Stephen Church

St. Stephen Catholic Church, located at 5049 Bell Shoals Rd. in Valrico, will host the following events: celebrate Mass in honor of Michael J. McGivney on Wednesday, August 12, at 7 p.m.; a car blessing and blessing of all drivers on Saturday and Sunday, August 22 and 23; healing for victims of crime on Wednesday, August 26, at 7 p.m.; a ladies tea on Saturday, September 12, starting at 10 a.m. for $16 per person; and join Monsignor Scully and the Legion of Mary any Saturday after 8 a.m. Mass.

For more information, call 689-4900. Call Mary at 684-6617 or Arlene at 689 4547 for reservations for the ladies tea.

Presbyterian Church Hosts VBS

Crocodile Dock will be hosted at Presbyterian Church of Bloomingdale, located at 710 E. Bloomingdale Ave. in Brandon, from Monday-Thursday, August 10-13, for kids ages 4-14, running from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Each day concludes at Firefly Finale—a celebration that gets everyone involved in living what they’ve learned at 8:15 p.m. Kids at Crocodile Dock will join nearly a million children sharing God’s love in a hands-on mission project, helping disaster victims in North America.

For more information, call 654-3699.

Truth Told at Campo YMCA

The Campo YMCA and CBMC of Brandon are teaming up to bring the Truth Project to Campo, located at 3414 Culbreath Rd. in Valrico, meeting Wednesday mornings for 13 weeks. Join any time, as it is a progressive study until Wednesday, September 2, from 6-7:30 a.m. Coffee and a light breakfast will be provided.

Contact Dan Shock at 299-9219 for more information.

Back-to-School Extravaganza Hosted

A Back-to-School Extravaganza will be held at Bay Life Church, located at 1017 Kingsway Rd. in Brandon, on August 22, from 9-12 Noon. The community is welcome to purchase used clothing for back to school students in kindergarten-12th grade. All items are just $1. All proceeds go to benefit missions. Donated items for the sale are being accepted until Sunday, August 16.

For additional information, contact Beverly at 661-3696, ext. 231.

Church Supports Divorced

DivorceCare is a special weekly DVD seminar and support group for people who are dealing with the pain of separation or divorce. FishHawk Fellowship, located at 15326 FishHawk Blvd. in Lithia, will be starting a new 13-week session in the fall. A workbook is required as well as a $12 fee (scholarships are available).

To learn more, visit To register or for more information, contact Barbara Davidson at 655-7431 or

Leaguerettes Wanted

The Brandon Leaguerettes, a slow pitch girls softball team in the Brandon, Valrico and Riverview areas, announces its registration for Saturdays, August 8 and 15, from 9 a.m.-12 Noon at Brandon Park, located at 510 E. Sadie St. in Brandon.

Please email for more information.

Softball Season Begins

The Miss Tampa Bay Softball at FishHawk’s fall 2009 season will be starting soon, open to all area girls between the ages of 4-16. League games will be played at the FishHawk Youth Sports Complex on FishHawk Blvd. Online registration will run through Saturday, August 22. In-person registration dates include: Saturday, August 8, at the FANG Back-to-School day at the FYSA fields, Thursday, August 20, 6-9 p.m. at FYSA behind the concession stand and Saturday, August 22, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at FYSA behind the concession stand. Practices will begin on Saturday, August 29.

For more information or to register online, visit

Soccer League Announces Registration

Brandon Area Youth Soccer League’s (BAYSL) Coach’s Registration will take place on Thursday, August 13, from 6-9 p.m. at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, located at 2561 E. S.R. 60 in Valrico. Player Registration will be at the J.C. Handley Athletic Complex, located at 3104 S. Kings Ave. in Brandon, on Wednesday, August 26, from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Thursday, August 27, from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; and Thursday, August 27, from 6-9 p.m. Two more will be on Saturday, August 29, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, August 30, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., both being held at Dick’s Sporting Goods, located at 459 Brandon Town Center Mall in Brandon.

For more information, please visit or call 684-5948.

Baseball Tryouts Unveil

The Brandon Panther 10U AAU competitive baseball team will be holding tryouts at the Bloomingdale Little League fields for the upcoming 2009/2010 season. The 10U tryouts (child cannot turn 11 years old before May 1, 2010) will be held Saturday, August 1, at 1 p.m. Players are expected to attend both sessions.

For more information, please contact Jeff Cooper at 787-0369 or at

FishHawk Soccer Registers Both Kids and Adults

For those over 25, the adult league will be returning to the FishHawk Soccer Club this fall. Registration will be open through mid-August. The registration period for children will kickoff at the Back-to-School Festival at the FHSC, located at 16112 FishHawk Blvd. in Lithia, on Saturday, August 8, from 9 a.m.-12 Noon.

For more information, visit

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Carisa Biesecker
Carisa is a Senior News Reporter and Assistant Editor at the Osprey Observer. When she's not at work, she continues to write, working on future projects; hangs out with friends and family, her best friend (aka her husband) and her four dogs.