Compiled by Michelle Colesanti

Nellie Is In Search Of ‘Fur’ever Home

 Nellie came to C.A.R.E. with her brother after the unexpected passing of their owner. The family was heartbroken to have to relinquish her to the shelter, but C.A.R.E. promised to find her a loving home as quickly as possible. Nellie’s brother Tux has found a forever home. She has plenty of loving to give to another family. Please visit this loving girl at C.A.R.E.

As part of her adoption, Nellie will be micro chipped and spayed. She is approximately 4 ½ years old and is current on her shots. Please visit or call 645-2273.  We are very grateful for your support. 

Annual Holiday Pot Luck Lunch At Brandon Community Center

The Brandon Community Center is hosting its Annual Holiday Pot Luck Lunch. The event will feature local entertainment from church choruses, elementary schools, local musicians, and community residents. Please come and share the holidays on Friday December 9.  Doors open at 9:30 a.m. with coffee.

Entertainment begins at 10 a.m., and lunch is served at 11 a.m. Please sign up at 502 E. Sadie St. or call 636-8179 for more details.

Toastmasters Clubs Host Leadership Showcase

Two Riverview-based Toastmasters Clubs invite residents to a leadership event on Tuesday, November 15 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Progressive Contact Center located at 4030 Crescent Park Drive, Riverview. Follow signs to the visitor center, then check in at security and let them know you are there for Toastmasters. 

It will feature two accomplished business leaders: Amy Rey, Regional Director of Customer Relations Management for Progressive Insurance and Toby Martini, a well-known improvisational communications coach who’s renowned for helping executives polish their presentation skills.

The event is sponsored by Breckenridge Toastmasters and Toast n’ Progress.  Breckenridge Club President, Christopher Doherty, who is also a member of Toast n Progress said, ”This will be an exciting event for everyone who’s ever thought about joining Toastmasters.  It will be run like a regular Toastmasters meeting which includes feedback and Table Topics – a great way to work on impromptu speaking.”  Effective evaluations will be discussed and conducted by Rebecca Thornton as part of the Toastmasters critique process.  Additional speakers are also planned.

Toastmasters provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communications and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.  The Breckenridge club meets every second and fourth Friday from 6:30-7:45 p.m. Toast n Progress meets every first and third Thursday from noon – 1pm.  Both clubs meet at Progressive Insurance.  Guests are always welcome. Visit or

Riverview Library Special Adult Program

There will be limited programs at the Riverview Library early in the month due to early voting until November 6 and again Election Day, Tuesday, November 8. The Library will be closed on November 11 for Veterans Day and will again on November 24 and 25 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Special Adult Saturday Programming

– NaNoWriMo: November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). On November 12 at 2 p.m. and November 26 at 10 a.m., meet with other writers and work on your novel in a fun and motivating environment. Aspiring writers of all skill levels are welcome.

Library programs are courtesy of the Friends of Riverview Library, who meets the third Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. with dues as low as $10. A 501(c)(3) tax-free organization, Library programming for youth and adults is supported, recruit volunteers to help in the Library and speak for the Library at all governmental levels. Used Book Sales and honor-system book store provide funds to support efforts in all these areas.
Riverview Library is located at 10509 Riverview Dr. Inquire at the Library Service Desk or phone 273-3652 for information on programs.

Help For Quitting Tobacco

Quitting tobacco isn’t easy. Finding help should be. Tobacco Free Florida offers free tools and services to help you get started. Free Community worksite and clinic groups will be offered, with programs covering all forms of tobacco. Free Nicotine replacement patches, gum and lozenges will be available, while supplies last and if medically appropriate. Locally, classes will be held Monday, November 14 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Oakfield Medical Plaza, 276 S. Moon Ave, Suite 260 in Brandon. Pre-registration is required by calling 974-7889. For additional classes, visit

Education Seminars On Anxiety and Depression and Substance Abuse

The South Shore Coalition on Mental Health will hold an Educational Seminar on Tuesday, November 15 at 2 p.m. at Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce, 1651 Sun City Center Dr. Anxiety and Depression, presented by Heather Newman Trivus, MSW, LCSW Mental Health Counselor with The Community Wellness Center.

Substance Abuse will be presented by Michael Fitzgerald, RN, BSN Director of Behavioral Health of Serenity Place at Doctor’s Hospital.
Admission is free; no RSVP need. Refreshments will be served.

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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.