Compiled by Michelle Colesanti


Sun City Center UMC Introduces Health And Fitness Classes

The Sun City Center United Methodist Church, located at 1210 Del Webb Blvd., W. is sponsoring SilverSneakers Muscular Strength and Range of Movement classes for seniors 55 and older, held in Creason Hall, Mondays from 11 a.m.-12 Noon and Thursdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Have fun and move to the music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement, and activity for daily living skills. Hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles and a ball are offered for resistance and a chair is used for seated and/or standing support.

Classes are free if you qualify for the SilverSneakers program through your health plan; others pay $2 per class. Reservations may be made by calling Paula Hange at 634-0187.


Australian Worship Band, Planetshakers, To Perform

Planetshakers, a Christian Worship Band from Australia, will be at River of Life Christian Center, located at 6605 Krycul Ave. in Riverview, on Sunday, November 11, at 6 p.m. They will be joined by special guests, The Band Justus. Contact the church office 677-4453 for more information. Tickets are available through


Grief Recovery Program

A 10-session grief recovery group program will be held at Saint Anne Catholic Church beginning Saturday, October 20, from 9:30-11 a.m. The program is offered by Anne McGuire, MS, a certified Grief Recovery Specialist, who has been coordinating this type of activity for 12 years.

The sessions are designed to help those currently grieving the loss of a loved one. Participants will gain fresh insights into valuable coping techniques through group interaction. Meetings are centered on Christian beliefs, science and psychology, all of which support the healing effects of group sharing. This program is open to all and there is no charge. The program will run Saturdays, October 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17, December 1, 8, 15, and January 5 and 12.

For questions or to participate, call the Saint Anne Parish Office at 645-1714.


Family Fall Festival

South Bay Church, located at 13498 U.S. 301 N. in Riverview, will host a Family Fall Festival on Saturday, October 27, at 6:30 p.m. (immediately following 5 p.m. Saturday service). Admission is free. There will be free games, free activities and free candy. There will be a pumpkin patch.

Kids can wear a costume and pick up treats from the booths at the festival (no scary, bloody or provocative costumes, please).

Food vendors will feature popcorn, corn dogs, French fries, desserts, beverages and more. An outdoor movie, Madagascar 3 will be shown at 8 p.m. Bring your blanket or lawn chairs. For more information, visit


Annual Craft Fair At St. Stephen   

St. Stephen Catholic Church, located at 5049 Bell Shoals Rd. Valrico, will hold its annual Craft Fair on Saturday, October 13, after the 4 and 6 p.m. Masses and Sunday, October 14, after the 8, 9:30  and 11:30 a.m. Masses. There will be plenty of holiday items for sale with all proceeds going to the St. Stephen Church Building Fund.


Pet Sunday on October 21

On Sunday, October 21, pets will be top dog at Calvary Lutheran Church in Apollo Beach, and the community is invited to attend. Known as Pet Sunday, the event provides access to several animal resources, including dog and cat adoptions, valuable pet care information and local volunteer opportunities. This year’s participants include Apollo Beach Cats, Humane Society of Tampa Bay, C.A.R.E animal shelter, and Save our Pets, among others.

In 2011, Calvary’s inaugural Pet Sunday resulted in several pet adoptions and more than 1,200 pounds of donated pet food, prompting it to become an annual celebration of our furry friends. All donations went to local animal shelters and organizations.

Pet Sunday is a free event and is open to everyone. It will be held from 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. on the grounds of Calvary Lutheran Church, located at 5301 U.S. Hwy. 41 N. in Apollo Beach (the corner of U.S. Hwy. 41 and 12th St.). Donations of wet or dry pet food will be gratefully accepted.

Calvary offers Sunday worship services at 8, 9:40 and 11:15 a.m. For more information, visit


Chai Chapter of Hadassah Celebration Party

You are invited to join Chai Chapter of Hadassah at their celebration party. Be a part of the joy and excitement that they will experience when all Chai members sign their charter and be a part of Hadassah history evermore. Chai Chapter of Hadassah has been given the honor of becoming the first chapter to be chartered in the USA during Hadassah’s Centennial year (100 years of Hadassah in the year 2012).

The party will take place on Sunday, November 4, from 3-7 p.m. at the Sandpiper Grille, Sun City Center. The cost is $22 per person. There will be dinner and entertainment. By popular demand, they are extending the invitation to prospective Chai members and their guests. Spouses are invited to attend.

Please contact Carol at with questions or to request an invitation.


Veterans Day Parade Pre-Funding Spaghetti Dinner.

Dine-in, Take-out or Drive-Thru

Ruskin VFW, 5120 U.S. Hwy. 41N., Ruskin, FL 33572 Monday, October 22, 2012,Dinner: 4:30 to 7:00 Spaghetti Dinner Includes salad & roll  $7.

Spaghetti prepared by Beanie’s Family Sports Grill Discounted drink with dinner ticket All proceeds used to help defray the cost of our Annual Veteran’s Day Parade and allow us to continue this free community event in honor of our veterans.


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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.