Open House for Valrico Doctor

Dr. Anita R. Patel, M.D., Board Certified Family Medicine, located at 153 E. Bloomingdale Ave. in Brandon is having an Open House on October 24 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. to introduce herself to the community.Come meet the doctor and enjoy refreshments while she gives free counseling for breast cancer awareness.  You can reach her at 654-5331.


Reflections Hair Gallery and Salon Offers Facials

Melissa Alvarado has joined the staff at Reflections Hair Gallery and Salon at 2609 State Rd. 60E in Valrico.  Alvarado is a certified esthetician and offers spa facials and body waxing, specializing in anti-aging facials, anti-acne facials, oxygen facials and men’s custom facials.Her appointments are by appointment and you can make one by calling 681-5300.  Visit Reflections at


Tutoring Club of Valrico Sponsors a Scholarship  

Megan Baeder is the first recipient of the Jacob Fowler Memorial Scholarship. This new scholarship was sponsored by the Tutoring Club of Valrico and awarded to an outstanding senior from Bell Shoals Baptist Church. Megan Baeder graduated with honors from Bloomingdale High School and will be attending USF Honors College this fall. For more info, please contact Susan Prestridge with Tutoring Club of Valrico at or call 681-9900. Tutoring Club is also excited to announce that local franchise Tutoring Club of Valrico owned by Susan Prestridge has been selected as a finalist for Small Business of the Year by the Brandon Chamber of Commerce.


Bubbeque’s Honors our Veterans

Even though Veteran’s Day is on November 11, Bubbeque’s located at 957 E. Brandon Blvd. in Brandon, is celebrating veterans on November 12. On that day, each veteran will receive a Big ‘Ol Bubba and fries. Their slogan, “You served your country with honor, and now it would be an honor to serve you.” Visit Bubbeque’s with your favorite veteran, and visit them at or call 685-1800.


Hawthorne Village Retirement Community’s Annual Fall Festival

Hawthorne Village Retirement Community will hold its annual Fall Festival on October 26, from 6-8:00 p.m. at 851 W. Lumsden Rd. in Brandon. Candy, face painting, pumpkin patch, pumpkin carving contest and hot dogs are just a few of the fun things to do this year. For more information, contact Hawthorne Village at 661-8998.


New Family Practice Clinic in Valrico Now Open

Noorani Medical Center opened last month and is located at 4320 Bell Shoals Rd., north of Bloomingdale Rd. For more information on the clinic and how to make an appointment, please call 571-1111 or visit


Watch Out for the Chipotle Mexican Grill Mobile Garden Tour

Chipotle Mexican Grill continues their mobile garden tour with Truck Farm Tampa this fall with eight stops in the Tampa Bay area.  Throughout October and November there will be Kid’s Eat Free nights and engaging activities for families and children at designated Chipotle restaurant locations and Tampa Bay market locations.  They will be at the Brandon location at 829 E. Bloomingdale Ave. on October 22.  Chipotle will be handing out FREE Kid’s Meal cards, t-shirts and activity books at these events.       You can call this location at 423-6284 or visit


Westbay Introduces Forest Glen

Forest Glen, a gated enclave of 86 premium conservation, water and wetland preservation home sites is located on McMullen Road, Riverview. Pre-Grand Opening discounts are being offered at a one-day sale scheduled for Thursday, October 24. Reservations are required as only a limited number of homebuyers will receive the offer. Call Kitty Munroe at 394-5094 or visit


Upper Cervical Health Centers of America® Offer Movie Night

Please join Upper Cervical Health Centers of America on Tuesday, October 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Brandon Chamber of Commerce at 330 Pauls Dr. in Brandon for free premiere screening of the documentary short, “The Power Of Upper Cervical”, which was funded, filmed and produced by people who have had their health restored through Upper Cervical Care. Please contact the Upper Cervical Health Centers of America® office at 644-7190 to reserve your seat. Each person attending will receive FREE admission, and seats are limited. To learn more about Upper Cervical Care, please visit


Responsible Kidz Kitchen Selections Offers Salsa, Seasonings & Pickles

Responsible Kidz, with the help of mom, Jessica Harris, allows Jacob, 12, Sarah and Henry, 10 to have a business while giving a portion of all profits to T.H.O.R.N. Ministries.

The business offers homemade spice blends of dressings like Greek, Italian and Ranch, and seasonings like Cajun, BBQ, Taco and new for fall, Jerk.  Each four ounce container is $3. They also have homemade canned selections featuring Grandma’s pickles, tangy mustard, Vidalia salsa and new for fall, Asian marinade. Each eight ounce jar is $5.  Call 220-6017 or e-mail to place an order.


Selah Farms, Horsemanship to Lithia

Selah Farms, LLC, located at 421 Corbett Rd. in Lithia, is a full service boarding and training center for all breeds and disciplines of riding.  Owner Amie Fulks said, “We specialize in working equitation and intuitive horsemanship.” The farm is open from dawn to dusk Tuesday-Sunday and you can call them at 352-209-0068 or visit  You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter under selahfarms.


Grow Financial’s Downtown Tampa Branch is Now Open

Their new branch located at 404 N. Tampa St. features an innovative and refreshing alternative to traditional bank lobby designs, a contemporary color scheme and unique interactive technology showcasing a new virtual money machine.

During their grand opening event, attendees played the virtual money machine, and had the chance to donate the monies won to one of Grow Financial’s three corporate charities including:  The American Heart Association of Tampa Bay, Susan G. Komen for the Cure or The Children’s Home of Tampa.  They ultimately raised $2,950 for the three charities combined.  Learn more at


Independent Chocolatier, Dove Chocolate Discoveries

Erika Gillie, owner of Dove Chocolate Discoveries, offers an exclusive line of premium Dove chocolate products. As an Independent chocolatier, Gillie offers Dove chocolate products available through at-home chocolate tasting parties. You can reach her at 503-7420, visit at erikagillie or find her on Facebook at Tampa Bay Chocolatier.


Rapunzel Project Event/Cut-a-Thon

Hot Locks Salon, located at 106 E. Bloomingdale Ave. in Brandon, is having a Pink Party on Saturday, October 20, from 5-9 p.m.  The party is to support The Rapunzel Project.

There will be food, drinks, games, face painting, music and a bake sale, plus a raffle with a ton of exciting merchandise. Wear pink and receive one free raffle ticket. Visit or contact Khristy at 684-3099.


Casino Royale- A Fundraiser For Apollo Beach Waterways Improvement Group

On November 10 from 6:30-11 p.m., the MiraBay Club is sponsoring a Casino Royale, which will offer guests the opportunity to enjoy the glamorous ambiance of a night at the Casino while raising much needed funds in support of the Apollo Beach Waterways Improvement Group (ABWIG). ABWIG has raised over $175,000 of their goal of $250,000, which is needed to dredge the main Apollo Beach Channel leading from our community out into Tampa Bay. Visit cost of this event is $50 per person and is for adults 21 and over. Call 649-1500 (x21) for information.


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Suzy is one of the Advertising Representatives for the Riverview area. She started with the Osprey as an advertising assistant in 2008 and has various positions since then. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Riverview Chamber of Commerce. She has lived in Bloomingdale with her husband, Tom for the last 22 years.