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Bay Life Church To Host Its Annual Fall Fest With HALOween

You and your family are invited to Bay Life’s annual Fall Fest with HALOween on Sunday, October 29 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. The community-wide festival will feature acres of free games, gigantic bounce houses, candy, delicious popcorn, sno-cones, cotton candy and fun-filled activities for all ages.

Guests of all ages can take a trolley ride around the campus for its sixth annual HALOween presenting all-new stories and characters. HALOween helps light up the shadows through hilarious stories and shows how God’s promises can replace fears.

Bay Life is located at 1017 Kingsway Rd. in Brandon. Reservations for HALOween will open up online on Sunday, October 22 at For more information, visit the Bay Life website or call the church at 661-3696.

Holiday Craft Bazaar Seeks Crafters And Artists

Crafters and artists are being sought by Grace United Methodist Church at FishHawk for a Holiday Craft Bazaar on Saturday, November 11. The event, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., is sponsored by the Women of Grace. The church is located at 5708 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Lithia.

The fee for a 10 x 10-ft. space is $25, which will support missions in the community. The bazaar will be outdoors, and vendors will need to provide their own tent, table and chairs. There is no admission fee for shoppers.

The deadline for reserving a booth is Sunday, October 15. Visit, or contact event organizer Susan Ferraro at or 361-1724.

United Methodist Women 47th Annual Pecan Sale

Pecans are available to order through Wednesday, November 1. A five pound box of mammoth halves or pieces costs $45. A one pound bag of mammoth halves is $10. Specialty items are also available: chocolate amaretto pecans for $18; praline pecans for $16, and an assortment including pralines, chocolate amaretto and roasted salted peanuts for $20.

To order call Mary Baker at 643-4493, email or visit to order and pay by credit card. Checks payable to UMW can be mailed to P.O. Box 546, Lithia, FL 33547. Only pre-paid pecans are reserved. Others sold on a first come-first served basis.

Pick-up is at New Hope United Methodist Church, 121 N. Knights Ave. in Brandon on Saturday, November 11 and Monday, November 13 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

The fundraiser benefits local missions such as Family Promise, Cornerstone Ministries and the Women’s Resource Center.

Annual Fall Festival At New Hope UMC

On Sunday, October 29 from 5-7 p.m., New Hope United Methodist Church, 121 N. Knights Ave. in Brandon, will hold its annual Fall Festival. This is a great event for all ages with trunks filled with candy plus free hot dogs, inflatables and free family fun.

Follow along the maze of decorated trunks for a safe, fun-filled alternative to Trick-or-Treating.
Kids should wear their non-scary costume and invite their friends.

Email Shelly Wilson at or visit

Nativity’s 34th Annual Nut Sale

The ladies of St. Francis Circle at Nativity Catholic Church in Brandon are offering nuts for your holiday baking and gifting, which will be available before Thanksgiving.

All prices are per pound: Pecan halves or pieces $9.50, Chocolate Amaretto Pecans, Dark Chocolate covered Pecans, White Chocolate covered Pecans $10, Roasted Salted Cashews $10.00, Pistachios in the shell) $9.50, English Walnuts $8.

To order now through Thursday, November 2, call Flo 654-8941 or Janet 655-5506.

Fierce Freedom

Fierce Freedom is taking a deep dive with you so you can step away from fear and what holds you back and open the door to your freedom – the freedom that God intends for his children, the freedom and purpose that God intends for you. Erika Black and Sandy Lee will be the workshop teachers.

It will take place Friday, October 20 from 6:30-9 p.m. and Saturday, October 21 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and will take place at Technology Win, 3439 Brook Crossing Dr. in Brandon.

The $20 registration includes materials and lunch on Saturday. Visit to register.

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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.