Annual Teenage Battle Of The Bands To Be Held
The 15th Annual Teenage Battle of the Bands will be held on Friday and Saturday, October 19 and 20, during the Hillsborough County Fair, and its not too early to get your band pre-qualified. Hillsborough County’s Parks, Recreation & Conservation Department is looking for bands to participate in a competition that provides free studio time to the top two winners.
Band members must be between 13 and 20 years of age, and only one band member can be age 20. The bands are judged on guitars, drums, vocals, showmanship and originality. The entry fee is $50 per band.
Culprit was last year’s Teenage Battle of the Bands winner. Previous winners include Styx of Fire in 2010; Rising Down in 2009; and Envy in 2008.
Only a limited number of bands are accepted. Those wishing to compete in the Teenage Battle of the Bands must pre-qualify by providing a link to an online video of the band, and contact Joe Soletti, Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department at 744-5871.

Hillsborough County Wants To Know What’s On Your Mind About The Budget
Hillsborough County wants to hear your opinion about its Budget for Fiscal Year 2013. Even if you are unable to attend the County Budget Public Hearings scheduled in September, you are just a click away from being able to follow the budget process now, and let us know what’s on your mind. A number of ways are available for you to comment on the Budget and to keep up with County Budget discussions from the comfort of your own home.
The remaining Public Hearings on the Budget are scheduled for Wednesday, September 12 and Thursday, September 20. Both Hearings begin at 6 p.m. and will be held in the second Floor Board Room of the County Center, located at 601 E. Kennedy Blvd. in downtown Tampa.
In addition to attending the Budget Hearings in person, residents will be able to view all Budget Workshops live on Bright House channel 622, Verizon and Comcast channel 22 and at through live streaming video by clicking on the “Online Meetings” button.
Those who cannot attend the Public Hearings can also give their ideas and opinions on budget actions by any of the following: send e-mails to, voicemail or text message to 704-0191, join the discussion or post a comment at any time on the county’s Blog at, “Like” it on Facebook and Follow the county on Twitter and get the latest buzz about workshops and budget matters.
More information and instructions for all comment options, a link to the dates of the Budget Hearings and Workshops, and a link to the recommended budget document in its entirety are available on the county’s Website at

Hillsborough County Extension Service And The University Of Florida Offer Parenting Classes
Hillsborough County Extension Service and the University of Florida will be offering a series of parenting classes for parents of children ages birth through teens on Wednesdays, September 5, 12 and 19, from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Topics include: Balancing Your Parenting Style, Enhancing Your Child’s Self Esteem, Effective Discipline, What Today’s Kids Need to Succeed, Family Communication and Stress Management for Parents.
This class fulfills court requirements and a certificate of completion is given on the last day. About half of the participants are not required to take parenting classes, they just want to improve their parenting skills and learn about their child’s behaviors.
The cost of the entire three-week series is $20 and it includes all materials and the court-approved certificate. A sliding fee scale is available. Children are not allowed in class. Cash payment on the day of the first class is accepted.
To register, contact Diana Converse at 744-5519, ext. 54140 or Registration is also available online with a credit card can be done at

Music Makers Workshop, Healthy Kids Week At Campo Y & More
Bevis PTA Receives Awards At State PTA Leadership Conference
More than 1,000 PTA representatives from all of the state recently attended the annual Florida State PTA Leadership Conference, held at Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club in Tarpon Springs.
Colleen Bevis Elementary received multiple honors for their work over the past year. The PTA took home the Elementary School Safety Award for their Safety Fair program, a Local Unit Achievement Award (for overall programming), a Communications Excellence Award, and a commendation for 100 percent Membership for the sixth year in a row. Also honored at the conference was Tricia Simonsen, principal of Colleen Bevis Elementary, as she was named Elementary Principal of the Year by the Florida PTA.

Free Music Makers Workshop
Children ages 2-10 can attend a free workshop on the second Saturday of every month from 9:30-11 a.m. at Music Showcase, located at 402 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon. This fun and interactive workshop allows children to hear and see band and orchestral instruments like the flute, trumpet, tuba, or violin and they get to try them out themselves. Kids will also make an instrument that they get to take home along with a goody bag.
The Music Makers Workshop will take place on Saturdays, September 8, October 13 and November 10. The Workshop is free, but you must register in advance by visiting
For more information about this event, please contact Evans by phone at 685-5998 or by e-mail at

Tampa Bay Warriors Win State
The Tampa Bay Warriors 10u fourth grade basketball team went 5-0 in the state playoffs to win the YBOA State Championship in Ft. Myers. The Warriors practicing out of Brandon/Valrico defeated the Palm Beach Triple Threat by the score of 49-19 in the Championship game. Varun Ajjarapu was named the Tournament MVP with Jake Brazinski and Kobe Knox earning placement on the State All Tournament Team.
The Warriors then placed second in the YBOA Nationals in Kissimmee losing by two in the Championship game to Atlanta’s Georgia Rising Stars. The team coached by Kevin Knox finished the season with a record of 28-8.
If you have a son going into the fifth grade and are interested in competitive travel basketball, please contact Mark Brazinski at 643-6165 or visit

Outstanding Senior Receives $500 Scholarship
Megan Baeder is the first recipient of the Jacob Fowler Memorial Scholarship. The Tutoring Club of Valrico is the sponsor for this new scholarship awarded to an outstanding senior from Bell Shoals Baptist Church. This scholarship is a $500 cash scholarship that was awarded at the graduating senior luncheon that Bell Shoals Baptist Church hosted at the end of May. Jacob was a former instructor of the Tutoring Club that passed away last summer at a church camp with students from Bell Shoals Baptist Church. Patty and Bill Fowler, Jacob’s parents, as well as Jacob’s wife, Diana requested that the scholarship be awarded to a senior that represented what Jacob stood for – God first, missions work and strong academics. For more information, please contact Susan Prestridge, of Tutoring Club of Valrico, at

Driver Safety Classes Offered By AARP
AARP offers Driver Safety refresher courses for drivers older than 50. Once the six-hour course is completed, each participant receives a certificate to turn into their insurance company for a possible rate reduction on their automobile insurance. The cost is $12 for AARP members, $14 for non-members. Registration information is available at and 1-888-227-7669.
One upcoming class will take place on Tuesday, September 11, from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Davis Park Senior Center, located at 612 Parsons Dr. in Brandon. To register, call 653-7249. Another class will take place on Monday, September 24, from 12 Noon-6 p.m. at H2U Brandon Regional Hospital, located at 228 Oakfield Plaza – Room 228 – north of Oakfield Dr. To register, call the H2U Office at 684-3316.

Healthy Kids Week At Campo Y
Kids can join for a fun filled week inside the Campo Family Y and outside in the community. The Y will be showcasing a week of educational speakers, healthy events and fun classes for kids to participate in. Space Is Limited. Please register for classes/workshop by Friday, September 20.
Monday, September 24, from 4-5 p.m. – *KFC Family Sh’Bam; – 6 p.m. – *KFC Fit Kids; 6- 7:30 p.m. “Learn to cook at Chef Amy’s Cooking Class” (Limit first 50) Light dinner provided.
Tuesday, September 25, from 4-5 p.m.- “Over-Under-N-All-The-Way-Round” Activity obstacle course; 5-6 p.m. – *KFC-Kids Boot Camp; 6-7 p.m.- “Start Everyday with a Beautiful Smile” Learn all about healthy teeth from Dr. Abdoney DMD, Pediatric Dentistry (Limit first 50) Light dinner provided.
Wednesday, September 26, from 4-5 p.m. – Kids and Family Zumba (location: gym); 4-8 p.m. – Audio Screening, Seat Belt Safety, Importance of Bike Helmets
Thursday, September 27, from 4-6 p.m. – “Building Relationships with Home Depot” workshop (Limit first 50); 6-7 p.m. – Be prepared for Emergency! Dr. Joey Ancheta, MD, Brandon Regional Hospital Pediatric ER(Limit first 50) light dinner provided. Campo Family Y is located at 3414 Culbreath Rd. in Valrico. For more information, call 684.1371.

Upcoming Events At Bloomingdale Regional Public Library
Genealogy Class: Census Records – Friday, September 7 at 10:30 a.m.
Tail Waggin’ Tutors – Friday, September 14, at 4 p.m. What happens when books, children and dogs are brought together? The development of happy, confident children who love to read.
Super Science Saturday – Saturday, September 15, at 3:30 p.m. Children will engage in the magic of magnets by creating a magnetic field they can see, making magnets float in the air, and creating their very own compass. For children in grades K-5. Participants must register in person after 3 p.m.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Teen Card Club – Tuesday, September 25, at 3:30 p.m. Join other fans of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game for fun at the library. Participants may bring their own deck or use one of the library’s decks. For teens ages 12 to 17 years. Participants must register in person after 3 p.m.
Anime And Manga Club – Wednesday, September 26, at 6:30 p.m. Teens will watch some of the latest anime, discuss what is hot in the world of manga, and create and share their own art and comics with other otaku (fans of manga and anime). For teens in grades 6 to 12.
Bloomingdale Regional Library is located at 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. Call 273-3652 or visit

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Michelle has been with the Osprey Observer for almost nine years, and her current position is Assignment Editor. She resides in Bloomingdale with her husband Phil, two sons, Philip and Matthew, and Tigger the cat.