Compiled by Michelle Colesanti,

Holiday Craft Bazaar Seeks Crafters And Artists

Crafters and artists are being sought by Grace United Methodist Church at FishHawk Women of Grace for a Holiday Craft Bazaar on Saturday, November 11 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The church is located at 5708 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Lithia.

Organizers are seeking original, one-of-a-kind arts and crafts. The fee for a 10 x 10-ft. space is $25, and fees will support missions in the community. The bazaar will be outdoors, and vendors will need to provide their own tent, table and chairs.

The deadline for reserving a booth is Sunday, October 15. For more information and a vendor application, visit, or contact event organizer Susan Ferraro at or 361-1724.

Grace has worship services at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. every Sunday.  Visit or call 661-8858 for more information.

Enjoy Some Fall Fun At the Brandon Christian Women’s Connection October Luncheon 

Brandon Christian Women’s Connection‘s October Luncheon “Fall Fun” is Monday October 9  from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Bell Shoals Baptist Church Special Events Center, 2102 Bell Shoals Rd. in Brandon.

The speaker will be Paula Abbott and music with Brenda Copher. All ladies invited to this non-denominational luncheon. The cost is $15.. First time guests pay $10. Reservations are requested. Call Lillie at 740-0098.

Lighthouse Gospel Mission, Inc. & Faith Home’s 65th Annual Victory Banquet

Call now to make your reservations for Lighthouse Gospel Mission’s 65th Annual Victory Banquet on Friday, September 29 at 7 p.m. at 7211 S. 78th St. in Riverview.

Call 677-5220 to make your reservations. Visit

Gospel Jam 2017 Seeks Entertainers

If you would like to solo or have a group that would be interested in bringing worship through song, drama, etc. at the Gospel Jam 2017 Entertainment Tent at the Hillsborough County State Fair, please pre-register before October 15 by mail to Hillsborough County Fair, P.O. Box 100, Sydney, FL 33587 or via email to For an application, visit

The entertainment will take place on Sunday, October 22 and 29 starting at 2 p.m. Once registered, you will be notified of your performance time. All ages are welcome.

Chabad Jewish Discover Center Offers Yom Kippur Services At No Charge

Chabad Jewish Discovery Center, the local Valrico branch of the largest Jewish outreach organization in the world, has presented its own High Holiday services option, providing services at no charge for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in a warm and inclusive setting.

Chabad’s services are “user-friendly,” making it enjoyable and meaningful for both the beginner and the advanced.  Song, commentary and the use of English-Hebrew prayer books, enable those of all levels to become active participants in the services.

Yom Kippur begins this year at sundown on the eve of Friday, September 29 and extends until nightfall on September 30.

Services will be held at the Jewish Discovery Center, located at 1578 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico.
Space is limited. To reserve a space, register online at  or call Chabad Jewish Discovery Center at 571-8100. There is no charge for services.

For more information on the Jewish High Holidays, visit

Congregation Beth Shalom Services And Events

All are welcome to join in spiritual High Holiday services. Call office to reserve your seat.
Shabbat Shuvah – Friday, September 29, 7:45 p.m. Special Shabbot service, during which congregants will speak to their Jewish identity.

Kol Nidre- Saturday, September 30 at 8 p.m. Join in for the Day of Atonement service.
Putting up the Sukkah – Sunday, October 1 at 10 a.m. Help build the Sukkah.

Sukkah Under the Stars-Wednesday, October 4 from 6:15-7:45 p.m. Enjoy S’mores, make a sukkah from mystery materials, and play Sukkot games. Star Gaze using a telescope and learn more about the stars. Everyone, young and old, is welcome to celebrate this special holiday.

Sangria and Soda in the Sukkah – Saturday, October 7 at 7 p.m. Join in for a drum circle by Giving Tree Music. Bring a snack to share and enjoy beating a drum.

One Family – Different Customs: An exploration of Sephardic Jewry. Rabbi Betsy Torop will enlighten all about Sephardic customs, goods, music, life cycle and holiday observances celebrated in Spain and Middle Eastern countries. This series will run on three consecutive Tuesday evenings in October, starting on October 10 at 7 p.m.

Simchot Torah – Wednesday, October 11 at 7 p.m. – Celebrate with songs of joy, listen to the final and first words of the Torah and dance with the scrolls.

Shabbat services are held Friday evenings at 7:45 p.m. A special ‘Shabbat at the Ranch’ will be held on October 6. Bring a snack to share and a chair. Sunset viewing begins at 6 p.m. and will follow with a casual Shabbot service at 7 pm. All welcome. Call the office for ranch address.

Congregation Beth Shalom is located at 706 Bryan Rd. in Brandon. Call 681-6547 for information.

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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.