Compiled by Michelle Colesanti,

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.

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, 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
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

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.   
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.

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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.