Guardian Advocacy Workshop For Parents Of Adult Children With Developmental Disabilities

A Guardian Advocacy Workshop will be held Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m.-12 Noon at F.R.I.E.N.D.S Down Syndrome Tampa conference room, located at 1219 Millennium Pkwy. in Brandon.

If your child is turning (or has turned) 18, and has been diagnosed with a developmental disability (intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, autism, spina bifida, Down syndrome, Phelan-McDermid syndrome, or Prader-Willi syndrome), and continues to need your help to make financial, educational and health care decisions, you will likely need to petition the court to become a Guardian Advocate over your child. Speakers will be special needs planning attorneys, Dana Kemper and Laurie OHall.

Admission is free. Seating limited to 25 spots. To RSVP, call 438-8503 or visit

A Local Artists Exhibit To Benefit Alzheimer Foundation At 22 Moons

On Saturday, April 1 from 6-9 p.m., The Gallery at 22 Moons will present a Local Artists Exhibit, which will benefit the Alzheimer Foundation Benefit and will include a Wine & Cheese Degustation.

22 Moons is located at 3110 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. Ste.103 in Valrico. Call 530-4549 for more information.

New Ownership At Craft Beer Cellar Brandon

Craft Beer Cellar (CBC) Brandon announces major changes under the direction of new ownership. CBC Brandon is the lone craft-beer-only bottle shop in the area and features more than 600 unique beers. It features 12 rotating taps for both growler fills and on-premise, highlighted by beer you won’t find at big-box tap houses.

Thirty years of combined beer experience, with an emphasis on educating the public, makes CBC the perfect destination for everyone from the beer nerd to novice. It is located at 1937 W. Brandon Blvd. in Brandon. Visit or call 413-4951.

Robongi Sushi Wok & Grill Now Open In Valrico

From classic Wok selections to fresh hand-rolled sushi, Robongi is Valrico’s top destination for great Asian Fusion Cuisine. Check out the delicious Bento Box Special–served with your choice of soup or salad, three pieces of shumai, garlic shrimp, rice and a sushi roll of your choice.

Robongi is located at 2519 E. SR 60 in Valrico, near the corner of FL-60 and S. Miller Rd., just a few doors down from Winn-Dixie. Order at or call 662-2997.

Encore By David Weekley Homes Delivers Engaging Lifestyle

One year after its launch, Encore at FishHawk Ranch is delivering an exciting, active lifestyle for residents. As FishHawk Ranch’s only 55+ lifestyle community, Encore by David Weekley Homes features three series of homes that offer an ideal balance of livability and outstanding design so you can enjoy the lifestyle you want, in a home that is as beautiful as it is accommodating. Daily activities are planned by a full-time Lifestyle Director.

Enjoy the 5,000-sq. ft. amenity center, The Oasis, where you can host a party in the entertainment room, meet friends on the great lawn for yoga, swim in the adult-only pool or enjoy a game of bocce or pickle ball.

The community offers a variety of Showcase Homes ready for immediate move-in. Or, choose from award-winning floor plans to build from the ground up and enjoy the amenities Encore has to offer while your new home is being built.

For more information about Encore by David Weekley Homes at FishHawk Ranch, contact 422-6175.

U.S. News & World Report Recognizes Hawthorne Health And Rehab Of Brandon

Hawthorne Health and Rehab of Brandon has been recognized as a Top Nursing Home for 2016-2017 by U.S. News & World Report, a leading expert in evaluation and rating of health care providers across the country. Ratings are based on information from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services.

Only 13% of facilities receive the Best Nursing Home designation, which represents a 41% decrease from prior year. “This is a wonderful honor to be recognized as a top nursing home, especially in light of the more stringent criteria. “Our dedicated, caring staff work hard every day to enrich the lives of our residents, and this award validates their efforts,” said Hawthorne Executive Director, Joseph Cassiba.

Mari Colgan, REALTOR GTR President, Now Affiliated With Yellowfin Realty

Mari Colgan, REALTOR and 2017 GTR President-Elect is now affiliated with Yellowfin Realty in the Winthrop Town Center Office.

As a seasoned professional REALTOR®, Colgan brings over 18 years of real estate experience to the Yellowfin Realty family. She knows that choosing a real estate agent who has the tools, skills and experience to make your dreams come true can be as challenging as the home buying and selling process itself. Colgan wants to make it simple for you. She is a Christian REALTOR® who holds integrity and ethics to the highest standard.

She and husband Donnie reside in the Bloomingdale community. They have three grown children and two grandchildren.

Yellowfin Realty is located at 11256 Winthrop Main St. in Riverview. Call 229-8862 or visit

Flow Fitness Puts New Spin On Specialty Fitness Boutiques For Reviving Women
Kara Birkey, founder and visionary behind Flow Fitness, has created a fresh concept for women in the workout industry. Flow Fitness provides women with a variety of specialty fitness classes fueled by pure music within a virtuous environment. Opening Saturday, March 25, Flow Fitness will be Riverview’s first specialty fitness boutique for women. Birkley, having served as an administrative assistant for a top-selling gym owner for more than 10 years felt the time was right for something fresh in this trending industry.

Envision a place to get your sweat on and then take a little time to rejuvenate yourself in the state of the art “REVIVE ROOM”.

Flow Fitness offers a variety of trending classes guided by genuine and knowledgeable instructors, covering a range of amazing and achievable health and fitness benefits that suit you.

Flow Fitness is located at 11331 US Hwy 301 S., Ste. 101 (north of Symmes Rd.) in Riverview. Call 374-3019 or visit

UBREAKIFIX Opens Second Area Location In Brandon

At UBREAKIFIX, it is understood how traumatic it can be when you break one of your electronic devices, be it your cell phone or note pad. The staff is there to help you get it repaired quickly. UBREAKIFIX services all brands of electronics, repairing cracked screens, water damage, and much more. Cell phone accessories are also available.

Owners Bryant, Michael and Renelda Sells have a new location in Brandon at 2492 W. Brandon Blvd. The hours are Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday from 12 Noon-5 p.m. Call 324-8342. Visit

New Mediterranean Grill Opens

Taza is a new Mediterranean Grill restaurant specializing in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Food. It also offers catering and delivery.

Taza is committed to providing you the best experience where you can experience dishes such as Hummus, Falafel, Spinach Pie, Mixed Grill, Shawerma, and Tabouli. Vegeterian and vegan options are offered. It is open from Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Come and check out Taza Mediterranean Grill at 1076 E. Brandon Bl. Ste 107 in Brandon (next to Walmart and behind Good Will).

Call 324-7500 or visit

Annual Blueberry Festival At Keel & Curley Winery

Blueberries are the star attraction as Keel & Curley Winery celebrates its 10th Annual Blueberry Festival.
The Blueberry Festival has become so popular that for 2017, it is being extended over two weekends: Friday and Saturday, April 14 & 15 and Saturday and Sunday, April 22 & 23 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

This is a fun day for all ages and will include a kid’s area for children to play. U-Pick blueberries will be available from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be live entertainment and over 100 food & craft vendors.

Limited Edition Strawberry Shortcake wine will also be available.

Admission is free, but parking costs $10 ($5 from 8-10 a.m.) Keel & Curley Winery is located at 5210 Thonotosassa Rd. in Plant City.

Premier Pediatric Occupational Therapy Services Now Open

Amazing Kidz Therapy, located at 4312 Bell Shoals Rd. in Valrico, provides premier pediatric occupational therapy services to children from birth to the age of 18. Owner Kathleen Pici, OTR/L, CAS, said, “Quality care and customer experience are the cornerstones on which we are founded.”
Services are provided within a comfortable and relaxed setting in which children and their families can feel at home, allowing for a maximum therapeutic benefit. 

Specialties and Programs include: Handwriting Support, Fine Motor Coordination and Strengthening, Strengthening and Postural Control, Sensory Processing Integration, Visual Motor/Perceptual Skills, Self Care, Life and Social Skills, Animal Assisted Social Skills Groups, Pre-Vocational Training, and Certified Autism Specialist.

Hours are Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Call 298-9298 or visit

Yellowfin Realty’s Kimberly Smith

Realtor Kimberly Smith is at Yellowfin Realty Group. She lists properties for sale, and helps buyers find homes whether resale or new construction including property management for anyone who has investment properties that they need managed or for anyone who isn’t ready to sell but has to move away.

“I pride myself on personal service to all my customers and put all of my effort into helping them in selling, buying or property management,” said Smith.

Yellowfin Realty Group is located at 801 W. Bloomingdale Ave. in Brandon. To contact Smith, call 368-4568.

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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.