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Residents Of Hawthorne Inn Assisted Living Surprised By Krewe During Gasparilla Themed Dinner

The Krewe of the South Shore Marauders (KSSM) surprised the residents of Hawthorne Inn Assisted Living during their Gasparilla themed dinner in January.  The surprise was set up by Kristen Calta, administrator, at Hawthorne Inn Assisted Living, who is also a member of the Krewe of the South Shore Marauders along with the KSSM Vice President of Socials and Fundraising, Ann Strawser. 

Residents were enjoying dinner with their family members when the pirates invaded handing out beads and talking with the residents. 
Attending the event were this year’s KSSM Queen, Ann Strawser and King, Barron Lynn along with 14 other members of the Krewe. 

Day Of Retreat At Prince Of Peace

On January 11, nearly 100 parishioners gathered at Prince of Peace to partake in a Day of Retreat. This event consisted of seven sessions, each about a different style of prayer, such as Meditating with Scripture, Praying with Sacred Art, and Prayer 101. Parishioners chose four sessions to attend and rotated through, experiencing a taste of each style. Presenters were Fr. Joel Kovanis and Fr. Augustine Mailadiyil, Deacon Patrick Frye, Sister Diane Wansley, OSB, and parishioners Barb Caleca, Fulvia Fiorani, Tom Vormwaldt, and Luke Amato. Attendees remarked numerous times about how grateful they were for this opportunity to grow in their faith, how dynamic the presentations were, and how they would like another retreat day with even longer sessions. Thank you to all who participated.
The United Methodist Church of Sun City Center has new service times as follows:

8 a.m. -Contemporary Service, Life Enrichment Center, 9 a.m. – Traditional Service, Sanctuary, 10 a.m. – Contemporary Service, Life Enrichment Center, 11 a.m. – Traditional Service, Sanctuary and 4 p.m. – Hispanic Service, Life Enrichment Center. There is free nursery available for all services.

United Methodist Church of Sun City Center is located at 1210 Del Webb Blvd W. in Sun City Center. Visit
Acclaimed Organist Visiting United Methodist Church In Sun City Center

The United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. West, welcomes Dr. Dale F. Voelker in concert Sunday, February 12 at 3 p.m. Dr. Voelker co-founded the Washington Kantorei while head of the music department at Washington Bible College (MD). Since 1996 he has been Professor of Music at Judson University in Elgin, IL, where he has also served as Chairman of the Division of Music. A choral conductor and organist much in demand in the Midwest, he has also taken his choirs to Europe, Brazil and Jamaica. In addition to teaching responsibilities, he also researches music of the 17th and 18th centuries and has edited a number of works for Concordia and Morningstar Music.

Dr. Voelker has also given recitals and worked with choral groups in Scandanavia, and studied choral conducting with Wilhelm Ehmann and Frauke Haasemann of the Westphalian Church Music School in Herford, Germany. Dr. Voelker previously headed the choral, organ and music departments at the Universities of Vermont, Middle Tennessee, and Central Florida. He is also an expert in 20th century organ literature, and will perform both Baroque and 20th Century works in this special concert.

A donation of $10 is requested at the door on the day of the concert. For more information, please contact Kevin Goodenow, Concert Series Coordinator, at 362-0956. To learn more about the United Methodist Church of Sun City center, please visit

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 available on Monday, February 20 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Oakfield Medical Plaza, 276 S. Moon Ave., Ste. 260 in Brandon, and Tuesday, February 28 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Bloomingdale Regional Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico.

Pre-registration is required by calling 974-7889 or visit

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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.