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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.

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.

Scrap Booking 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. 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.

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.

Public Invited To Vendor Fair

The Oakhill Village Recreation Association has planned a Vendor’s Fair for Tuesday, May 23, to be held at the Clubhouse from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Public is invited to come and check this venture out. The Clubhouse is located on Oakhill Key Court in the Park.

Oakhill Village is a Senior 55+ Park, family owned and is celebrating its 46th year. It is located at 2620 SR 60 E. 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.

Class will be available on Saturday, June 17 from 10 a.m.-12 Noon at USF – Area Health Education, 3515 E. Fletcher Ave. in Tampa and Thursday, June 22 from 6-8 p.m. at the Palm River Family Services, 7454 Palm River Rd. in Tampa. Pre-registration is required by calling 974-7889. For additional classes, visit

Coin & Currency Show

Brandon Coin Club Inc., A 501 (C) 7 non-profit organization, is pleased to announce its next Coin & Currency Show on Saturday, June 24 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Brandon Elks Lodge #2383, located at 800 Centennial Lodge Dr. in Brandon.

30 dealers/45 tables; free admission/parking/door prizes and excellent food available on site. Free coin grab bags for all children under 12 and free appraisals.

ICG Grading Service in attendance and offering free verbal opinions and $10 slabbing.

For more information, contact Jack Laci at 352-777-6073 or

Riverview Garden Club’s June Meeting

The Riverview Garden Club will hold its June meeting on Wednesday, June 14 at 10 a.m. at the Riverview Civic Center, located at 11020 Park Dr. in Riverview. The guest speaker will be Master Gardener Heather Diaz. She will discuss Attracting Hummingbirds to your Garden. First time attendance is free. There is free parking. 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.