By Michelle Colesanti

Shapes Fitness For Women Opens

Shapes Fitness For Women is no stranger to the Tampa Bay community. It has been providing women’s only fitness centers in neighborhoods since 1990. The newest Shapes facility in Riverview at 11317 Big Bend Rd. recently celebrated its grand opening. Shapes was founded on the idea that women want to exercise in facilities that were tailored to their needs. Shapes facilities have state-of-the-art equipment, personal training, group fitness classes and small group training. Visit or call 672-6343.

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. In a community setting, such as The Bridges, gardening provides the opportunity for social interaction and group participation among residents. Four handicapped-accessible raised planters, filled with herbs and plants that attract butterflies, allow residents to actively partake in gardening. Residents participate in gardening activities several times throughout the month. The Bridges is located at 11202 Dewhurst Dr. in Riverview. Visit

Neal Signature Homes Introduces Four New Floor Plans At MiraBay

Neal Signature Homes, a Lakewood Ranch-based luxury homebuilder, is launching four new floor plans at its MiraBay community in Apollo Beach. The four new floor plans will give homeowners ample options for selecting the coastal-style luxury modern home of their dreams. New plans include the Islamorada, Key West, Bal Harbour and Palm Beach featuring island elevations and a standard three-car garage. Homes start in the mid-$500,000s and can be customized for the homeowners’ needs. The Islamorada plan is 2,583 sq. ft., the Key West plan is 2,880 sq. ft., the Bal Harbour plan is 2,976 sq. ft. and the Palm Beach plan is 2,988 sq. ft. The MiraBay community offers several amenities and activities for people of all ages, including a country club, café, spa, fitness center, resort-style pool, biking trails, tennis courts, basketball courts and volleyball courts. Neal Signature Homes is a semi-custom, luxury homebuilder currently building in South Hillsborough, Sarasota and Manatee counties. Visit

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

Ribbon Cutting For Beazer Homes Reserve At Pradera

Beazer Homes Corp still has home sites available in its new Reserve at Pradera subdivision (off of Balm Riverview Road just south of Big Bend Road for navigation directions use 13411 Balm Riverview Rd.) In July, the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the occasion. Reserve at Pradera offers resort-style amenities at a great price. Oversized, waterfront and park-like home sites, new one-story plans available, amenities for every interest and the surroundings in this south Hillsborough community make every day feel like a vacation. All Beazer Homes are Energy Star Certified. Visit or contact 404-831-2111, or 663-9002,

FishHawk Fitness & Boxing Offered In Lithia

Personal Trainer Warren “Shannon” Keene offers private personal and group training. Strength & Conditioning are offered for men, women and children. Weight loss, diet plans, speed and agility, and self-defense available for all ages. Boxing training is also available. The facility is located on 10 acres (including a boxing ring) at 2310 Thompson Rd. in Lithia. Open 5 a.m.-10 p.m. Call 767-6504. 

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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.