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Top Golf Scramble Fundraiser Benefits Royal Family Kids

On Tuesday, April 25 from 5:30-9 p.m., Royal Family Kids Tampa will hold its first annual fundraiser golf scramble at Brandon’s Top Golf. Enjoy golf, a hot breakfast and a keynote speaker. Proceeds support a week of camp for kids that have experienced abuse, neglect or abandonment. Corporate sponsorship is available as well as individual registration. Visit or contact Scott Mulhollen, camp director at 641-4141 or email at

Grow Into You Family Fun Day At Barnes & Noble
On Saturday, April 1 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Barnes & Noble in Brandon will host a book fair with Grow Into You, an organization providing assistance for foster children aging out of the foster care system. Supporters will be invited to shop in the store during that time, and Barnes & Noble will donate a percentage of the proceeds to the foundation.

From 11 a.m.-12 Noon – Beauty and the Beast story time and sing-a-long. Steve Altier will sign his new book for Young Adults, Lizardville The Ghost Story. Gwen Rollins and her daughter Brittany will sign books from their Molly Tailwagger Series. Brittany (illustrator of the series) will also be demonstrating her drawing talents as well.

Volunteers Needed As Local Weather Observers

Do you ever wonder how much rainfall you received from a recent thunderstorm? If so, a volunteer weather observing program needs your help. The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow network, or CoCoRaHS, is looking for new volunteers across Florida. The grassroots effort is part of a growing national network of home-based and amateur rain spotters with a goal of providing a high density precipitation network that will supplement existing observations. Given the variable pattern of rainfall over Florida, it’s important to understand just how much rain fell in a particular area.

Volunteers may obtain an official rain gauge through for about $30 plus shipping. Besides the need for an official four inch plastic rain gauge, volunteers are required to take a short training module online and then can use the CoCoRaHS website or mobile app to submit their reports. Observations are immediately available on maps and reports for the public to view. The process takes less than five minutes a day, but the impact to the community is tenfold: By providing high quality, accurate measurements, observers are able to supplement existing networks and provide useful results to the National Weather Service, other scientists, resource managers, decision makers and other users. To become a CoCoRaHS observer, visit the CoCoRaHS website (above) and click on the “Join CoCoRaHS” emblem on the upper right side of the main website.

THE DANCE CENTER’S Summer Programs

The Dance Center (TDC) will be holding many fun and exciting activities and camps this summer for kids between the ages of 6 and 11, who would like to either, learn more about dance, try new styles, or learn new skills. At TDC all day dance camp, you will receive classes in a wide variety of dance styles ranging from acrobatic, ballet, jazz, modern, and Hip-Hop, along with arts and crafts, stretch and conditioning and many more activities.

TDC Dance Camp will take place July 10–28. It is located at 161 E. Bloomingdale Ave. in Brandon. For more information please contact the Administrative Director or Owner of The Dance Center at, call 684-4282, or visit

Learn Your Psychology Of Color

Join in for a Create Workshop on the Psychology of Color at the Bloomingdale Regional Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico, on Saturday, April 1 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Local artist and teacher, Jennifer Hand, will help you explore color, and the impact it can have on your life. You will discover your color preferences, and how to weave them into your life and use them to illustrate your writing. Supplies will be provided, but please bring a poem or story of your own, or a favorite author, to illustrate. Register at the library’s Help Desk, or call 273-3652. There is a 15 person limit.

Spring Fling Dance Will Benefit Austism Speaks Walk

Come on Out to the Spring Fling Dance for grades K-5. The Dance is for daddy’s and daughters and moms and their sons and will take place on Friday, April 7 from 6-9 p.m. at The Regent, located at 6437 Watson Rd. in Riverview.

Enjoy dancing, desserts, raffle auction, photos and more. The proceeds will support Autism Speaks Walk and is sponsored by Amazing Kidz Therapy.

To purchase tickets, visit

Brandon Broncos Early Registration And Event

The Brandon Broncos will be holding early on-site registration events on Sunday March 26 from 12 Noon-3 p.m. and Wednesday April 5 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Both football players and cheerleaders are currently being accepted, however some levels are limited on availability. The Broncos will also be holding a free community Easter event on Friday April 14 from 6:30- 8:30 p.m., fun and Easter egg hunt included. Visit

Meet The Easter Bunny At Hawthorne Village’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Hawthorne Village Retirement Community will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Friday, April 14 at 11 a.m. Hunt for (over 2,000) eggs and meet and get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny. This event is for ages 12 and under. There will be prizes and refreshments.
Hawthorne Village is located at 859 W. Lumsden Rd. in Brandon. For information, call 661-8998 or visit

Hillsborough Community College To Host Application And Financial Aid Workshops
Hillsborough Community College (HCC) will host two application and financial aid workshops to be held on Saturday, March 25 (Brandon) and Thursday, April 22 (Ybor City) for prospective students and families.
Attendees will have the opportunity to work with student services and financial aid counselors to complete their application to HCC and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application (bring 2015 tax return forms).  Both events will be held from 9 a.m.-1p.m., in the campus student services building.

Volunteers from LEAP – Hillsborough College Access Network, will also assist at the event. For information, prospective students are encouraged to contact: Brandon Campus,
10414 E. Columbus Dr. in Tampa; or 253-7893; Ybor City Campus, 2112 N. 15th St. in Tampa; or 253-7690.

Coin & Currency Show

Brandon Coin Club Inc is pleased to announce its next Coin & Currency Show on Saturday, April 15 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Brandon Elks Lodge #2383, located at 800 Centennial Lodge Dr. in Brandon.
30 dealers / 45 tables; free admission/parking/door prizes and excellent food available on site. Free coin grab bags for all children under 12 and free appraisals.

ICG Grading Service in attendance and offering free verbal opinions and $10 slabbing. For more information, contact Jack Laci at 352-777-6073 or

Fifth Annual Golf Tournament Hosted By Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church

Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church will hold its Fifth Annual Golf Tournament at River Hills Country Club, on Saturday, April 29, at 1 p.m.  Prizes will be awarded to the winning foursome as well as for Longest Drive and Closest to the Hole Contests. Event concludes with dinner, a raffle and silent auction. To register and for sponsorship, visit All proceeds will benefit the mission and ministries of Holy Innocents Episcopal Church.

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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.