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Programs Forming Now For Fun With Bots

Live & Learn Compounding Pharmacy is pleased to host Fun With Bots. The highly regarded robotics and technology programs are an exceptional opportunity for students to embrace programming and technology. The hands-on programs are loosely structured to allow students the freedom to explore and learn technology such as CAD design, robotics, and 3D printing. Featuring LEGO MINDSTORMS, LEGO WeDo, Arduino, and other technology, students at any level will be challenged while making friends and having fun.

This program is open to students in grades 1 through 8 and space is limited. For more information and to register, visit

Master Gardener Presentation Of Bromeliads At Bloomingdale Library

On Wednesday, October 4 from 6:30-7:30 p.m., there will be There will be a Master Gardener Clinic on Bromeliads given by Master Gardener Verna Dickey at the Bloomingdale Library, located at 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. The clinic will include hands-on presentation of several different types of bromeliads and where they grow. This event is sponsored by the Hillsborough County Master Gardner Program of the Hillsborough County Extension, University of Florida, IFAS Extension.

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 be available to answer questions and provide enrollment or benefit application assistance.

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

Hillsborough Community College To Host Fall Open House Events

Hillsborough Community College (HCC) will host open house events at each of its five campuses October. Prospective students will have the opportunity to learn about the college’s academic options and certifications, admissions, financial aid, veteran services and more. Join us to experience campus tours and personal attention with our expert faculty and staff. HCC offers small classes, flexible schedules, and online options. We’re half the cost of state universities and our courses are guaranteed to transfer to a Florida public college and/or university. Prospective attendees are encouraged to RSVP at

Open Houses will take place: Tuesday, October 17 – SouthShore Campus – 551 24th St. NE in Ruskin from 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Thursday, October 19 – Brandon Campus – 10414 E. Columbus Dr. in Tampa from 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Wednesday, October 25 – Dale Mabry Campus – 4001 W. Tampa Bay Blvd. in Tampa, from 5-7 p.m.

Thursday, October 26 – Ybor City Campus – 2112 N. 15th St. in Tampa from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.; and Monday, October 30 – Plant City Campus – 1206 North Park Rd. in Plant City from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

For more information, visit

Recruiting the Community For Family Events Benefiting Non-Profits
A kickoff community event will be held on Sunday September 17 from 12 Noon-4 p.m. at The Barn at Winthrop, located at 11349 Bloomingdale Ave. in Riverview.
This first free family event will showcase Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts as they bring the programs to create new packs and troops. For a list of vendors or to find out more information, please visit or email

Local High School Student Completes 59h Annual Student Science Training Program

Sarah Alzamora, a student at Strawberry Crest High School in Dover, recently completed the 59th Annual University of Florida Student Science Training Program (UF-SSTP) held this summer.

This is a seven week residential research participation program for academically talented, upper-level high school students interested in pursuing a career in a STEM field. Students selected for the UF SSTP work for 30 hours each week with a UF faculty mentor providing each the opportunity to engage in an authentic laboratory experience.

For more information on UF CPET programs and activities visit

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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.