By Michelle Colesanti

FishHawk Portraits Help Capture Special Memories Of Senior Year

Owner Todd Reid recently opened FishHawk Portraits in FishHawk’s Park Square at 16144 Churchview Dr. in Lithia. Reid has worked for several studios and publications such as Reuters and AP and has been in the photography business for 10 years. He wants to help high school seniors create special memories. The senior year is hectic and full of events, but your pictures will last a lifetime and FishHawk Portraits will create portraits that will be cherished. Hours are by appointment and available any day or time. Call 727-8737 or email Visit

Vendor Event In FishHawk

For the first time, a vendor event will be held at The Chapel of Fishhawk, at 6026 Churchside Dr. in Lithia. It will be open to the public and will take place on the first Saturday of each month from September through January, between the hours of 2-5 p.m. Several vendors have already signed up to participate including Scentsy, ItWorks!, Bridge Bowtiques, BowsForMe, Lip Sense, Juice Plus, Tower Garden, Rodan + Fields, Lifevantage, Younique, Acti-Labs, doTerra Essential Oils, Trades of Hope, LuLaRoe, Avon, Toffee Tradition, Damsel in Defense, Celestial Clasp, LLC, Nutrimetrix, Primerica, Origami Owl, Ladies Ministry Baked Goods, and Dog Rescue. Any MLM businesses interested in presenting products at the event can contact or 863-860-6167. Vendor fee is $25 per booth which is non-refundable (unless the event is cancelled due to inclement weather). It is payable to The Chapel of Fishhawk one week prior to the event. Food vendors are welcome; however, they need to present proper permits. Limited electrical outlets are available. Those requesting access to electricity will be required to pay an additional $10 fee.

Vendors are to set up and take down their booths in their entirety. They should provide their own tables and tents (not to exceed 10×10), and will be responsible for cleaning up their area after the event concludes.

First Anniversary Celebration At My Gym

My Gym Children’s Fitness Center will hold its First Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, August 6 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and from 3-5 p.m. Come in and play for free. Enjoy the state-of-the-art facility and meet the specially trained staff. Special discounts and giveaways on classes and birthday parties will be offered. RSVP is required. Visit for more information and to reserve your spot. My Gym is located at 2060 Badlands Dr. in Brandon. Call 579-6872.

Canine Carnival Extravaganza For Your Furry Friends

Canine Cabana presents its first Cabana Carnival Extravaganza on Thursday, August 18, and will kick off the day with some carnival classics you love; all just for your furry friends. This will include bobbing for apples, a ring toss, a carnival picture booth, and even a “ring of fire” to test your pooch’s ultimate jumping abilities. Every pup is a winner and will be awarded a tasty carnival snack, Cheesy Tator Tots. Doggy parents can sign their companion up for the event by calling Canine Cabana at 672-9663. Canine Cabana is located at 9708 Carr Rd. in Riverview. Contact 672-9663 or

2016 TripAdvisor Certificate Of Excellence Presented To Streamsong

Streamsong Resort recently announced that it has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience. The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality and quantity of recent reviews submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. The Clubhouse at Streamsong Resort opened in January 2013, along with its two critically-acclaimed 18-hole golf courses, Streamsong Red and Streamsong Blue. The Clubhouse features 12 guestrooms, Restaurant Fifty-Nine, a steak and seafood-themed restaurant, a golf shop and outdoor terrace overlooking a lake and the property’s dramatic sand dunes. The resort opened its 216-room luxury Lodge in January 2014 and features amenities including prolific bass fishing, sporting clays, archery, a lakeside infinity pool, a grotto-style spa, four dining options and more. Visit

It’s Official Wedding Officiate Service Offering Local Services

“The wedding industry has been a significant part of my life for many years beginning with my tenure as Deputy Clerk for the State of Indiana issuing marriage licenses and performing wedding ceremonies both in the courthouse and on location,” said Mimi Giordano, owner of It’s Official. After her relocation to Tampa in 2008, Giordano joined Mavilo Wholesalers, a South Tampa premier diamond wholesaler, in the role of sales and management, specializing in the sale of loose diamonds and bridal mountings to many bay area couples. It was this experience and love of the wedding industry that led her to launch It’s Official, a notary and wedding-officiate business. Each ceremony is crafted to fit your joyous celebration, be it a wedding, an elopement, or even a renewal of vows for those celebrating a milestone anniversary. It’s Official also offers personal assistance in drafting of personal vows. Contact 545-8128 or or

New Villas By Neal Communities Open At FishHawk Ranch

As its entry into FishHawk Ranch, Neal Communities, one of Southwest Florida’s leading homebuilders, has debuted two villa model homes in the gated neighborhood of Sagewood.
Neal Communities is offering two versatile home plans: the 1,524-sq. ft. Tidewater is a split-plan with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a den and a two-car garage, while the Crystal Sand is a 1,434-sq. ft. open-concept plan with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a two-car garage. A total of 76 low-maintenance villas are being built in the award-winning, master planned community. The villas are priced between $207,000 and $219,000.

FishHawk Ranch boasts 1,300 acres of preserved and rehabilitated wetlands, nature trails and wildlife spots. Villa residents in the Sagewood neighborhood will also be able to utilize existing amenities such as The Lake House, fitness center, game room, Central Park pools, playground, and a dog park, as well as the future retail Village Center. Visit
Local Holistic Health & Wellness Owner Named Top Health Coach In Health & Wellness

Lynne Wadsworth, CHC, Owner and Operator of Holistic Health & Wellness LLC, has been named Top Health Coach in Health & Wellness for 2016-2017 by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP). While inclusion with the IAOTP is an honor in itself, only a few members in each discipline are chosen for this distinction. These special honorees are distinguished based on their professional accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership abilities, longevity in the field, other affiliations and contributions to their communities. All honorees will be invited to attend the IAOTP’s annual award gala at the end of this year to honor their achievements. Wadsworth is an acclaimed holistic health expert and Board Certified Health Coach by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, who has established a successful practice and has become an internationally renowned author and sought after speaker and trainer. She works with people who suffer from migraines and chronic headaches as well as people who struggle with weight loss, life balance, stress and other health issues. A new group program for natural migraine relief will begin on Monday, August 22. The six week program will be done via video conference. Call 340-1368 or email

Assisted Living Residents Benefit From Gardening

Gardening at The Bridges Assisted Living Community has become a favorite pastime for many residents who are enjoying “the fruits of their labor” in numerous ways.

Gardening efforts reduce stress and anxiety and improve their cognitive abilities. For older adults, gardening can help increase flexibility, hand strength and eye-hand coordination. In a community setting, such as The Bridges, gardening provides the opportunity for social interaction and group participation among residents.

It is well known that staying socially active can help maintain one’s physical and emotional well-being. Four handicapped-accessible raised planters, filled with herbs and plants that attract butterflies, allow residents to actively partake in gardening.

Chef Clyde gladly adds the herbs to the meals he prepares. The butterfly-attracting plants are growing and butterflies are feeding from the plants’ nectar. Residents participate in gardening activities several times throughout the month. It is a rewarding and therapeutic experience for all ages. The Bridges is located at 11202 Dewhurst Dr. in Riverview. Visit

BarkAID’s 50 States Tour Comes To Salon Roxy

For the fifth year, master stylist Patrick Lomantini and Team will be kicking off the BarkAID Lomantini National Tour (50 States Tour) to raise funds for animal shelters and rescues across the country. Lomantini’s ultimate road trip will visit each of the 50 States beginning on July 15 and ending on October 20. Each day during the featured salon/school’s business hours, guests can arrange an appointment for a special haircut to help raise funds for U.S animal shelters. Lomantini and Team donate their time, resources and services during the 50 States tour while asking for donations of $20 or more to help support the cause. Salon Roxy located at 3305 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Valrico will be hosting this cause locally on Sunday, August 7 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Appointments can be made at 324-8817. Funds will benefit Second Chance Boxer Rescue, Inc. and Second Chance Friends All Breed Rescue. Visit

Mathnasium Partners With National PTA On STEM Initiative

Mathnasium Learning Centers is proud to announce that it has joined forces with National PTA as a partner in PTA’s nationwide science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and family engagement initiative. Through this collaboration, Mathnasium will support National PTA in the development and deployment of resources, activities and events that engage students in STEM, math experiences. Mathnasium is located at 1048 Bloomingdale Ave. Contact 655-6284 or

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Michelle Colesanti
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.