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Tampa Bay Dance Theatre Spring Concert

Dancers with Tampa Bay Dance Theatre (TBDT), the resident dance company of Theatre Arts and Dance Alliance (TADA), will present its Spring Concert on Sunday, May 7 at the University of South Florida Theatre I at 3 p.m. This will be a collection of choreography highlighting classical and contemporary works by guest artists and faculty of TADA. These dancers have worked diligently this season perfecting their technique and artistry and rehearsing Monday – Saturday since August. Friends of the arts are encouraged to come support the dancers and their talents. Tickets may be purchased through TADA or at the door for $15.

Twenty members of TBDT and TADA auditioned for Internationally recognized Classical Ballet and Contemporary Summer Dance Intensives and were accepted amongst thousands of young dancers. These local dancers will be attending prestigious intensives including The Royal Ballet of London, American Ballet Theatre Young Dancer Program, Miami City Ballet, Hubbard Street of Chicago, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Joffrey Ballet of New York, Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet in San Francisco, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York, Ballet Magnificat! in Jackson, Mississippi, The Next Generation Ballet at the Straz Center, Orlando Ballet, Sarasota Ballet, MODAS Dance in New Mexico, The Rock School of Dance Education in Pennsylvania, and Nashville Ballet.  These intensives range anywhere from two to six weeks of study.

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, class will be available on Monday, May 15 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Oakfield Medical Plaza, 276 S. Moon Ave., Ste. 260 in Brandon.

Pre-registration is required by calling 974-7889. For additional classes, visit
SWAT Networking Lunch Meeting Moves To Shrimp Boat

The Brandon Chapter of Successful Women Aligning Together (SWAT) Networking has outgrown their space. SWAT is a unique sisterhood of professional women that is comprised of exclusively women entrepreneurs and business women from the Brandon/Riverview/Apollo Beach and surrounding areas meeting the second Thursday of every month at 11:45 a.m. for lunch. The meeting will now take place at Shrimp Boat Grille in Plaza Bella at 1020 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. All business types are invited.
Visit for more information.

Become A Host Family For A French Student

Host Families are needed in the Brandon, Valrico, Riverview and Tampa areas from Friday, July 7 through Thursday, July 27.

Host Families have varied reasons for participating in this amazing cultural exchange opportunity. Some have traveled extensively, but others simply love foreign language and culture. Others see the hosting experience as one that will expose their children to international people, ideas, and language.

Host Families come from both the city and the suburbs and may be working, stay-at-home, or retired families. Most host families have teenagers at home, but many have younger children or no children, and still make excellent hosts.

Trips are planned twice a week to include theme parks, shopping, beaches and picnics. Most of all they have the chance to learn some of our culture, improve on their English and making lasting friendships with you and your family.

All students come with their own monies and trips already paid for; all we ask is that you provide them with a bed to sleep on and involve them in your family activities.

Please call or 449-3308 or email more info or if you are able to host.

Meeting Of Democratic Women’s Club Of SE Hillsborough County

April Griffin, District 6 member of the School Board of Hillsborough County, will speak at the Thursday, May 4 meeting of the Democratic Women’s Club of Southeast Hillsborough County. Griffin will address budget concerns and legislative issues that will impact Hillsborough County Schools in the coming year. The group will meet from 6-8 p.m. in the McLean Family Community Room, at Bloomingdale Regional Public Library.

The club invites all like-minded Democrats concerned about the future of Hillsborough County schools to attend the presentation. The Bloomingdale Regional Public Library is located at 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. Contact 654-7464 for more information.

Riverview Garden Club Meeting

The Riverview Garden Club will hold it May meeting on Wednesday, May 10 at 10 a.m. at the Riverview Civic Center, located t 11020 Park Dr. in Riverview. The guest speaker will be Paul Rabout, HCC Biology Professor. He will discuss Maggot Composting. First time attendance is free. Parking is free. For more information, call Harriet at 727-6567.

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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.