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RGC Scholarship Awards Ceremony

The Riverview Garden Club (RGC) raises monies for scholarships during its annual Plant and Rummage Sale in February. This year the club was able to give four seniors who met the RGC guidelines, $ 1,000 each.

This year’s recipients are: Erin Hanson, Kayla La Torre, Victoria Torres-Smith of Lennard Sr. High and Jacob Ross of Durant Sr. High. The RGC club assumes an active role in the community, awarding grants to Community Gardens also. Monthly meetings are open to the public and guest speakers provoke those in attendance to learn more about our shared environment as well as encourage our continued love of gardening.

Hawthorne Hosts Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

Hawthorne Health & Rehabilitation Center hosts a monthly support group for those diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and caregivers on the third Thursday of every month. The next meeting will take place on July 20 from 2-3 p.m. in the Media Center. The speaker will be Mary Blackinton, PT, EdD, GCS, CEEAA, associate professor at NOVA University.

Topic: Balance and Walking.

Physical, speech and occupational therapists will discuss treatment for issues related to balance, swallowing, talking and other skills that can be affected by Parkinson’s Disease.

Hawthorne Health & Rehabilitation Center, located at 851 W. Lumsden Rd. in Brandon, is a skilled nursing facility with inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programs including speech, physical and occupational therapies. Hawthorne also hosts a dementia support group in the assisted living facility, as well as past meetings for those dealing with strokes, diabetes, low vision and other diseases.

The Parkinson’s Disease support group is free of charge and open to those who have been diagnosed with the disease, family members, caregivers and anyone with an interest in learning more about Parkinson’s. For more information or to register, call 661-8998 Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Rosecastle At Delaney Creek Summer Yard Sale

Rosecastle at Delaney Creek Assisted Living and Memory Care community is having a Summer Yard Sale on Friday, July 14. The event takes place from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Attendees can shop house wares, toys, electronics, clothing, jewelry and more and can also enjoy a $3 lunch special. All proceeds from the event will go toward the local Alzheimer’s Association.

Rosecastle at Delaney Creek provides seniors in need of Assisted Living, Alzheimer’s & dementia care. For more information contact Stephanie Mullis, Marketing Director. Rosecastle at Delaney Creek is located at 320 S. Lakewood Dr. in Brandon. Call 655-8858 or visit

Excitement Is In The Air For Peter Pan, Jr.

Theatre Arts and Dance Alliance and Children’s Alliance for Summer Theatre (Mitsie Hilburn Kraack, Executive Director; Lindsey Clinton-Kraack, Director; and Jason Kraack, Music Director) announces its production of Peter Pan, Jr., which will be presented at the Joe E. Newsome High School Auditorium, located at 16550 FishHawk Blvd. in Lithia on Saturday, July 15 at 2 and 7 p.m.

This high-flying Tony Award-winning musical has been performed around the world and delighted audiences for 60 years and is now adapted for young performers. Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell, visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and, with a sprinkle of pixie dust, begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget.

Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for students and are on sale now by contacting Theatre Arts and Dance Alliance (TADA) at 571-0901 and at

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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.