By Michelle Colesanti

Fall Festival At Hawthorne Village Retirement Community

Come to Hawthorne Village Retirement Community on Friday October 21 at 6 p.m., and enjoy fall family fun. There will be face painting, a pumpkin carving contest, scavenger hunt, games, bounce house and pumpkin patch photos.

Hawthorne Village of Brandon is located at 851 W. Lumsden Rd. in Brandon. For more information, call 661-8998 or visit

Firm Foundation Christian Fellowship’s 1st Annual Community Fall Festival

The community is invited to Firm Foundation Christian Fellowship’s first annual Community Fall Festival on Saturday, October 29 from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. The theme for the Festival is Theme: We are better together! Uniting Churches and the Community.

The Church is located at 12001 Big Bend Rd. in Riverview. Admission is free. There will be food, fun, music, raffles, health checks and fellowship. Craft fair and vendors welcome. Please call 784-5973 for info.

Pumpkinpalooza Fall Festival At Fishhawk Fellowship Churchpumpkinpalooza-5k

A 5K Walk & Run at Fishhawk Fellowship Church on Saturday, October 29. Proceeds will benefit Welcome Home Haiti. The cost for the 5K is $30 for adults and $20 for students ages 1-19. A $10 Fun Run will also be held. There is a virtual race option (receive a t-shirt) for $20. The 5K begins promptly at 8 a.m. Visit for more info and to register. For more information on Welcome Home Haiti, visit http://welcomehomehaiti. com/home.

Fishhawk Fellowship Church is located at 15326 Fishhawk Blvd. in Lithia.

Truck or Treat At Centerpoint Church

Centerpoint Church, located at 1801 S Miller Rd. in Valrico will hold a Truck or Treat event on Saturday, October 29 from 4-6 p.m. For more information, call 689-1906 x104 or visit

bell-shoals-trunk-or-treatCommunity Invited To Fun Family-Friendly Event At Bell Shoals Baptist Church

Looking for a safe, fun, family-friendly event to attend on Monday, October 31? You are invited to Trunk or Treat being held at Bell Shoals Baptist Church, 2102 Bell Shoals Rd. in Brandon from 6- 7:30 p.m.

This event will include games for children of all ages, face-painting, classic cars, motorcycles, and of course, lots and lots of candy. Admission is free but families are encouraged to bring a box of stuffing or a box of Jell-O pudding that will be donated to the Brandon Gift of Hope. The Brandon Gift of Hope Tent will help provide meals and toys for those in need in our community during this Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season.

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Nativity 33rd Annual Nut Sale

The ladies of St. Francis Circle at Nativity Catholic Church are taking orders for your holiday baking & gifting.

Pecan halves, pecan pieces, chocolate amaretto pecans, dark chocolate pecans, white chocolate pecans are $9.50, pistachios are $9, cashews $9.50, and walnuts $8.
All prices are per pound and will be in before Thanksgiving.

Call Flo 654-8941, Janet 655-5506, or Evelyn 657-4309 to place your order by Wednesday, November 2.

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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.