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Travel The World In A Day At SPIFFS 43rd Annual International Folk Fair

The St. Petersburg International Folk Fair Society, Inc. (SPIFFS) and its ethnic member groups present the 43rd Annual International Folk Fair at Vinoy Park on St. Petersburg’s beautiful waterfront. It is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, October 28 and 29. In addition to ethnic foods and cultural displays, Folk Fair offers a multitude of special entertainment in the form of dancing, singing and drumming.

Folk Fair is your chance to travel the world in a day – without leaving the country. Visit on Saturday, October 28 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sunday, October 29 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for students and children under 6 are free when accompanied by an adult.

Hillsborough Community College To Host Fall Open House Events

Hillsborough Community College (HCC) will host open house events at each of its five campuses during the month of 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.
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Master Gardener Presentation Of Bromeliads At Bloomingdale Library

On Wednesday, October 4 from 6:30-7:30 p.m., there will be a Master Gardener Clinic on Bromeliads by Master Gardener Verna Dickey at the Bloomingdale Library, located at 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. It 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.

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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.