Compiled by Michelle Colesanti,

Oh,The Places You Can Go When You Read A Book!

Artist, Laure Ferlita, will illustrate how to create and personalize a poster about a favorite book using watercolors or colored markers Saturday, May 6 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Bloomingdale Library, located at 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. Attendees will discuss how books have opened up new worlds for them. The class is free, and supplies will be provided. There is a 20 person limit. Please register at the library Ask Desk or call 273-3652.   

Twin Lakes Of Brandon Community Garage Sale

The Twin Lakes of Brandon, located east of Lithia Pinecrest Rd. at the end of Bloomingdale Ave., will hold its annual spring garage sale on Saturday, April 22 from 8 a.m.-12 Noon.  With 460 homes, there should be plenty of great finds available to those willing to take a ride around Lake Michaela and through this beautiful community.
Bring Your Family To See Annie, Jr.

The Grace Christian School Drama Department presents Annie, Jr., an adaptation of one of the world’s best-loved musicals. Annie, performed by Brooke Wilson, charms everyone she meets despite her rough start during the Depression-era in New York City. Annie is determined to find her parents who abandoned her at an orphanage run by the cruel, Miss Hannigan (Daviana Denney). When billionaire Oliver Warbucks performed by George Hambos, decides to invite an orphan to his mansion for Christmas, Annie’s whole life begins to change.

Despite Miss Hannigan’s evil plans concocted with her brother Rooster (Justin Floyd) and his girlfriend Lily (Cameron Givens), Annie befriends President Franklin D Roosevelt and finds a new home alongside Warbucks, his secretary Grace Farrell (Marianne Samson), and her lovable mutt named Sandy (Joshua McKeen). Directed by Aimee Griggs and assisted by two GCS Graduates Emily Pickles and Jasey Stebbins.

Performances will take place on Thursday and Friday, April 27 and 28 at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $10.

Grace Christian School is located at 1425 N. Valrico Rd. in Valrico.
Declutter And Organize Your Closets On A Budget

On Monday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m., kick off Money Smart Week with professional organizer Pam Hopener. She will share organizational and time management tips on how to become more structured on a tight budget using ingenuity and easy techniques. This free event is for teens and adults and will take place at Bloomingdale Regional Library, located at 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico.

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: Monday, April 17 and May 15 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Oakfield Medical Plaza, 276 S. Moon Ave., Ste. 260 in Brandon; Tuesday, April 25 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Bloomingdale Regional Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico.

Pre-registration is required by calling 974-7889. For additional classes, visit
One Day Spring Book Sale At Bloomingdale Library

The Friends of the Bloomingdale Regional Library will be holding a special spring book sale on Saturday, April 22 in the McLean room and Bookstore area of the Bloomingdale Library from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

For this one-day only sale, all bookstore items will be marked down and specially priced for inventory reduction. There’ll be a wide assortment of books (both hard-cover and paperback), CDs and DVDs available for purchase, all at unbelievably reasonable prices. Complete your collection of your favorite authors or find something different, useful or exciting.  Stop in and browse and you may find just what you’re looking for.

 All proceeds from bookstore sales provide funding for library programs.

 Bloomingdale Regional Library is located at 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico.  For more information, please call the library at 273-3652.

Cabot Creamery And The Florida Dairy Farmers Hosted The First Girl Scout Patch Day

In March, the Cabot Creamery and the Florida Dairy Farmers hosted the first ever Girl Scout Patch Day which included more than 100 Girl Scouts and their families. The free program was part of Cabot’s Scout Patch program that enables Scouts to earn custom-designed patches for various educational activities focused on health, community, business and social responsibility. Girl Scouts who participated and completed the two-hour program earned Cabot’s newest patch program “Fueling Head To Toe”, that helped Scouts learn about the importance of healthy eating and exercise in building a healthy body. The Scouts engaged in adult-led fun activities to learn how to build a healthy snack, how to do yoga to strengthen their body and why dairy is a healthy part of a balanced and nutritious diet.

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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.