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Homeschool Day At Cracker Country

On Monday, November 6 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., bring your families to discover the lives of settlers in rural Florida before the turn of the 20th century through hands-on activities that would have been familiar to a child growing up in a Florida farming community over 100 years ago. Historically dressed interpreters will lead each activity discussing its historical significance. Homeschool Day activities are designed to capture the interests of students of all ages. Groups can tour at their own pace and choose their level of participation.

Cracker Country is Tampa’s only living history museum and is located on the Florida State Fairgrounds. It was founded with the purpose of preserving Florida’s rural heritage in 1978 by Mildred W. & Doyle E. Carlton, Jr. The museum holds a collection of 13 original buildings dating from 1870-1912 which were relocated from across the state of Florida. Buildings range from public buildings like the Terry Store and Okahumpka Train Depot, to private buildings like the Carlton and Smith homes. Today, the historically furnished buildings recreate the lifestyles of the past, and costumed interpreters portray daily living as Florida pioneers.

Tickets cost $8 per person 4 years old and up, children 3 years old and younger will be admitted for free. Advance ticket purchase recommended.

Enter the Fairgrounds via the Orient Rd. Service Entrance for free parking.

Bloomingdale Library Book Sale

Friends of the Bloomingdale Regional Library will hold a fall book sale on Saturday, November 4 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The money raised from the donated books directly funds the Life Story Writing classes and other Bloomingdale Writer’s Connection (BWC) programs at the library.

The 2018 ‘Book-A-Day’ calendars will be available at the book sale at $7 each and make good holiday gifts.
Bloomingdale Regional Library is located at 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico.

First Baptist Brandon Christian Academy Will Hold Soaring Eagle Challenge Walk-A-Thon

On Thursday, November 9, First Baptist Brandon Christian Academy will hold its first Soaring Eagle Challenge Walk-A-Thon at 9:30 a.m. Grades Pre K-2 through 8th grade will participate with a goal to raise $15,000 for the school’s technology needs.

The Academy seeks local businesses to partner as a sponsor. There are three levels of sponsorship: Event Sponsor $200, Prize Sponsor $150 and General Sponsor $50. Sponsors name and logo will appear on all event t-shirts, Sponsor banner, school’s social media sites and the newsletter.

The school is located at 216 N. Parsons Ave. If you wish to partner or need more information, please contact Frances Brankley at 689-9435.

The Academy is a self-supporting, non-profit organization of the First Baptist Church of Brandon. It is dually accredited by ACSI and AdvancEd. Visit

Dennis Akers Memorial Golf Tournament For Prostate Cancer

This golf tournament will be held on Saturday, November 4 with an 8 a.m. shotgun start at the Apollo Beach Golf and Sea Club.  The cost is $60 per player and includes golf, hot lunch (with dessert), closest to the pin, and longest drive. If you would like to participate as a golfer or become a contributor or sponsor, please contact Pam Spencer at 727-6377 or pick up a sign up sheet at the Apollo Beach golf pro shop.

Living With Alzheimer’s Educational Series At The Bridges

A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or related dementia lead to many questions for the person with the diagnosis and their family. This three-part series, which will take place on Tuesday, October 31, and November 7 and Friday, November 17 from 10 a.m.-12 Noon, is geared for people with early stage Alzheimer’s or some form of dementia and their care partner. Kim Schaub, Program Specialist with the Alzheimer’s Association, will lead a discussion on what you need to know, what you need to plan and what you can do to navigate this chapter of your life.

During this program topics covered with include: Understanding Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss; Partnering with your medical team; Effective communication and telling others about the diagnosis; Coping with changes and making decisions; Daily strategies and safety issues; Opportunities for supporting research; and Resources for people with early-stage dementia.

The Living with Alzheimer’s Educational Series will be held at The Bridges Retirement Community, located at the Clubhouse at The Bridges, 11350 Bloomingdale Ave. in Riverview.

To register, please call 413-8900. Seating is limited.

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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.