Compiled by Michelle Colesanti,

Free Life Story Class Based On Poem Where I’m From At Bloomingdale Library

Art instructor, Joley Billa, will teach a class based on the poem, Where I’m From by George Ella Lyon, using the participants’ own life story lyrics at the Bloomingdale Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico, on Saturday, March 4 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Room 8.

Attendees will construct an 11″ by 14″ canvas board illustrating their life journey. Supplies will be provided for this free class, which is open to the public. Students may also bring photos or other personal mementos to enhance their art journey board. Please register for this class at the Bloomingdale Library’s Help Desk. There is a 12 person limit.

Give Back To The Community By Volunteering Through SHINE

SHINE is a Florida Department of Elder Affairs program through which volunteers provide free, unbiased one-on-one insurance counseling and information about Medicare options and prescription drug assistance for elders and their families and caregivers. Volunteers are being sought to assist with the program.  Volunteers assist seniors in making informed healthcare decisions. As the number of Medicare beneficiaries needing assistance increases, the need for volunteers increases too.

The next class is Monday, February 27, meals and travel expenses are reimbursed. For information about volunteering contact SHINE program manager Sue Samson at sue.samson@aaapp.or or 727-570-9696 ext. 234.  For a volunteer application, visit

Little Manatee River Mud Endeavor Run

On Saturday, March 25, Mud Endeavor travels down to the Little Manatee River for a scenic 5k mud obstacle run.
It will be held at The Masonic Park & Youth Camp, located at 18050 US Hwy. 301 S. in Wimauma, and will run from 8-11 a.m.
This run will test the elite competitor as well as the average runner with a unique course design that includes winding trails through and alongside the beautiful river and 15+ challenging but fun obstacles. Whether you are pushing yourself to complete this new 5k challenge for time or for fun, when it’s all said and done, you will leave with another great Mud Endeavor experience.

The Masonic Park & Youth Camp, where this event is being held, consists of 2O4 acres of wilderness sitting directly on the Little Manatee River. The park is managed and owned by the 17 Masonic Lodges in Hillsborough County. The Masons have been giving back to the youth for years.

To register online, visit or call (352) 588-4597.

Help Sprocket Live A Normal Life
Sprocket is a 2 year old male that Cat Call rescued a few months ago. He kept developing sinus infections, uncontrolled sneezing, upper respiratory infections as well as weight loss. He was taken to a Specialist, where it was discovered he has a back upper jaw Cleft Palate, very hard to see.  As he chews, excess food goes into his sinus and nasal cavity causing him to sneeze out food which results in constant infections. How he managed to survived alone outside was a surprise to the vet. He is in need of surgery to correct this condition in order to live a normal life.  We are a very small rescue and need help raising funds for this surgery. Any help would be appreciated. To help, visit

Impact Hosts Auditions For Impact’s Got Talent

The third annual Impact’s Got Talent 2017 will be held on Friday, May 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Bloomingdale High School.
Auditions will take place on Sunday, March 26 at 1 p.m. Grades K-12 are encouraged to audition for this fun-filled event. Singers, dancers, musicians, theater, soloist, groups are all welcome.

The grand prize is $250. Trophies will be awarded to 1st & 2nd place in each category as well as prizes for certain awards.

Acts must be three minutes or under and you must audition with the act you would be performing the night of the event. You may audition a cappella or with a track. Contestants selected for the event will be asked to pay a registration fee of $15 per person (solos & duets), $10 each person for groups of three or more to help offset the cost of trophies and prizes. Visit or contact Ali Kagey at 454-9125 or for an appointment time and audition location.

Teen IMPACT is a group of high school teens committed to saying YES to healthy relationships and a positive future by saying NO to premarital sex, drugs, tobacco and alcohol.

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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.