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Open Enrollment for 2017-2018 School Year At Limona Village Chapel Children’s Center

Limona Village Chapel Children’s Center (LVC) is a leading preschool that has been serving the greater Brandon area for more than 30 years. It is located at 408 Limona Rd. in Brandon.  LVC serves 3 and 4 year old children and is an approved VPK provider.  Preschool hours are from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. with optional aftercare.  LVC’s Open Enrollment period for the 2017-2018 school year will be from Tuesday, January 17-Friday, February 10. Registration forms can be picked up from the preschool office or printed from the website at 

If interested, submit an application any time during the open enrollment.  All applications will be entered into a registration pool for consideration for the 2017-2018 school year. For more information, call the preschool office at 689-8385 x227.

Brandon Christian Women’s Connection Valentine Tea

The Brandon Christian Women’s Connection welcomes all ladies to their annual Valentine Tea, Tea for Two, with ballroom dancing by Kelly Chandler on Monday February 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  It will take place in Bell Shoals Baptist Church Special Event Center, 2102 Bell Shoals Rd. in Brandon. 

A full high tea/lunch with entertainment is $15. First time guests pay $10.  No membership is required, but a reservation due to limited seating is requested by Friday, February 3.  Please call Lillie at 740-0098 for reservation. 

Events And Activities At Congregation Beth Shalom In The New Year

Congregation Beth Shalom will hold the following activities:

Bible and Bagels – Saturday, January 23 at 9:45 a.m. – Join in as Rabbi Torop discusses Parashat Shemot: Moses—Son, Husband and Father. Light breakfast will be provided. Bring your own beverage.

Jewish Singles over 50 – Frida Kahlo exhibit – Thursday, January 19, at 5 p.m. Visit the Frida Kahlo at The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg. This 60+ piece exhibit showcases the extraordinary career and life of acclaimed 20th century artist, whose dreamlike work suggests that love and suffering create a new sense of beauty. The exhibition extends outdoors, where a special collection of flowers and plants representative of those in Kahlo’s own garden. Cost is $10. You must RSVP to Anita Clifford,, to join in on the fun.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day – Sunday, January 22, at 3 p.m. (Doors open at 2 p.m.) This event is hosted by the Tampa Bay Consular Corps at the Italian Club, 1731 E 7th Ave., in Ybor City. There will also be a presentation of awards to winning students of the essay contest aimed at combating anti-Semitism. To attend, send an email request with your name, e-mail address, phone number, and address to Hon. Vincent Genovese, Also, please RSVP to Anita Clifford at, and she will save a seat.

Practical Explanation of the Customs of Death and Mourning – Sunday, January 29, at 10 a.m. – Rabbi Torop will discuss, The Shiva House. Rabbi Torop will discuss the step-by-step guide through Jewish tradition. Further related programs will be offered throughout the year.

Welcome the Sabbath at services on Friday evenings at 7:45 p.m. Oneg (nosh and mingle) will follow services. Everyone is welcome. Services on January 20 will take place at 7 p.m. at the Bolnick Ranch. Bring your own seating, a blanket for the weather, and a snack to share for oneg. Snacks will be at 6 p.m. Call office for address and more information. A Pot Luck dinner will be held before services on Friday, February 3 at 6 p.m.

Congregation Beth Shalom is located at 706 Bryan Rd. in Brandon. For more information, call 681-6547.

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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.