Compiled by Michelle Colesanti,

This is America Chorale Concert In Plant City

Plant City Community Chorale will present its fourth annual concert dedicated to America, sponsored by Hopewell Memorial Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens, at St. Clement Catholic Church on Saturday, June 10 at 7:30 p.m. 
Conducted by Claudia Bolaño Becerra, the concert paints a musical portrait of the American landscape, as vast and varied as its regions and people.  With selections from the hills of Kentucky, the plains of the Midwest, the streets of New Orleans, and battlefields around the world, this tribute to America resounds with the spirit of our country. Tickets are available at, from any Chorale member, or by calling 417-2808.

Scrapbooking Event At Holy Innocent’s Episcopal Church

Holy Innocent’s Episcopal Church is hosting a Whistle Stop Crop to celebrate National Scrap Booking Day on Saturday, June 3 from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. The registration fee of $35 includes workspace, a light breakfast, and lunch. You must bring your own supplies. Proceeds from this event will benefit Holy Innocents summer mission trips. The event will be held at Holy Innocents Episcopal Church, 604 N. Valrico Rd. in Valrico.

You can register at For information, call 689-3130 during normal business hours.

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.

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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.