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Award Winning Program Offered At The Bridges

Impact Program, Inc. Announces Annual Impact Celebration

Impact Program, Inc. is pleased to announce its upcoming, semi-formal, annual Impact Celebration fundraising dinner on Thursday, September 21 at The Regent, 6437 Watson Rd. in Riverview. Doors open at 6 p.m., program at 6:30 p.m.

Learn how this nonprofit organization is impacting today’s teens by educating and empowering them to make positive life choices and to avoid high risk behaviors. The Impact Program serves Hillsborough County public and private schools, YMCAs, Boys & Girls Clubs, Parks & Recreation Centers, and community organizations by promoting healthy living and relationships to teens through Teen Impact, to parents through the Parent Program, and to teachers and other youth leaders through classroom education.
Dinner is complimentary. There will be an appeal for financial support at the end of the evening. For more information on hosting a table or sponsorship opportunities, please visit or contact Bill Kagey at 600-9446

Box Gardens Is Topic At Riverview Garden Club’s First Seasonal Meeting

The Riverview Garden Club is having its first business meeting of the season on Wednesday, September 13 at 10 a.m. The guest speaker will be Randy Potters on Box Gardens. The club’s address is Riverview Civic Center, 11020 Park Dr. in Riverview. Call 654-6987 for more information.

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.
A variety of speakers will provide information on topics relating to swallowing, balance, walking, speaking, mobility, exercise, self-care, cognition, and memory, all of which can be impacted by Parkinson’s Disease.

The next meeting will take place on September 21 from 2-3 p.m. at the Media Center at Hawthorne. The speaker will be Pam Cooper, ARNP and the topic is Parkinson’s Phychosis and how PD affects emotions.

The 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.

Hawthorne Health & Rehabilitation Center, located at 851 W. Lumsden Rd. in Brandon. For more information or to register, call 661-8998 Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Charity Golf Tournament To Benefit St. Judes

Amazing Kidz Therapy is hosting a Charity Golf Tournament at River Hills Country Club on Friday, September 15 at 1 p.m.

The cost is $100 per player or $400 for a team. The cost includes greens and cart fees, lunch and dinner, skills contests, prizes, raffles and more.

All proceeds will benefit St. Jude’s Research Hospital. Register at For more information, email

The Bridges Assisted Living Community Hosts Free Medicare Presentation

Local residents are invited to attend a ‘Medicare Basics’ presentation on Tuesday, September 19 from 1- 2 p.m. at The Bridges Assisted Living Community, 11350 Bloomingdale Ave. in Riverview. Conducted by specially-trained volunteers of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs’ SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders), this presentation will provide detailed information on the basics of the Medicare program; including Medicare supplement insurance, Medicare Advantage plans, and financial assistance programs. SHINE volunteers will also be available to answer questions and provide enrollment or benefit application assistance.

 To reserve your seat, please call The Bridges at 413-8900, or to learn more about the SHINE Program, please call the Elder Helpline at 800-963-5337.

A Free Laser Tag Event For Families At FishHawk’s Cross Park

Next Level Church FishHawk has paired up with Stealth Mobile Laser Tag to sponsor a free Laser Tag event for families on Friday, September 15 from 6-8 p.m. The event takes place at FishHawk’s Cross Park, located at the corner of Dorman and FishHawk Crossing Blvd. To register for this event, please visit

For the past three years, Next Level Church (NLC) has been among the top 10 fastest-growing churches in America. NLC exists to be a Loving, Relevant, and Life-Giving church. It continues to live out its mission by opening new locations to reach as many people as possible with the hope and love found in Jesus. NLC is currently assembling a team in preparation for a launch in FishHawk.

If you are interested in learning more about Next Level Church, check out You can also email or call the FishHawk Location Pastor at and 740-225-3095.

Protect Yourself From “Scams, Schemes And Scoundrels” Program 

The fraud business is booming. Learn how to avoid being a victim when you attend “Scams, Schemes and Scoundrels” held on Thursday, September 14  from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Debbie Brown, Investigator for the Hillsborough County Consumer Protection Agency, will present the latest information on recent scams, home solicitations, hiring a contractor, tax return fraud, data breaches and ID theft. Education and information is considered the first line of defense in the battle to protect consumers from victimization. In addition to a power packed program, she will provide numerous take-home materials to help you avoid losing your hard earned money to these schemes. The workshop, held at The Bridges, 11350 Bloomingdale Ave., Riverview, is free to attend and includes lunch. Space is limited. Call Janet Noah at 413-8900 to reserve your seat.

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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.