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Hawthorne Hosts Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

Hawthorne Health & Rehabilitation Center hosts a monthly support group for those diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and caregivers on the third Thursday of every month.

On October 19 at 2 p.m., the speaker will be Pam Cooper, ARNP who will talk about Parkinson’s Psychosis; the effect of Parkinson’s on emotions and thought processes.

The support group is free of charge and open to those who have been diagnosed with the disease, family members, caregivers and anyone with an interest in learning more about Parkinson’s.

Hawthorne Health & Rehabilitation Center, located at 851 W. Lumsden Rd. in Brandon, is a skilled nursing facility with inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programs including speech, physical and occupational therapies. Hawthorne also hosts a dementia support group in the assisted living facility, as well as past meetings for those dealing with strokes, diabetes, low vision and other diseases.

For more information or to register, call 661-8998 Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Annual Ceramic Sale

A Ceramic Sale will be held on Saturday, October 14 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Strawberry Ridge Mobile Home Park, located at 3419 S.R. 60 in Valrico.

Rare Fruit Trees Is Topic At Riverview Garden Club’s October Meeting

The Riverview Garden Club will hold its business meeting on Wednesday, October 11 at 10 a.m. The guest speaker will be Tom Schaffer on Rare Fruit Trees. The club’s address is Riverview Civic Center, 11020 Park Dr. in Riverview. Call 654-6987 for more information.

Living With Alzheimer’s Educational Series At The Bridges

A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or related dementia leads 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.

Coin & Currency Show

Brandon Coin Club Inc., A 501 (C) 7 non-profit organization, is pleased to announce its next Coin & Currency Show on Saturday, October 7 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Brandon Elks Lodge #2383, located at 800 Centennial Lodge Dr. in Brandon.

30 dealers/45 tables; free admission/parking/door prizes and excellent food available on site. Free coin grab bags for all children under 12 and free appraisals.

ICG Grading Service in attendance and offering free verbal opinions and $10 slabbing.

For more information, contact Jack Laci at 352-777-6073 or

Supervisor Of Elections To Address Democratic Women

Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer is the guest speaker for the Thursday, October 12 meeting of the Democratic Women’s Club of Southeast Hillsborough County. Latimer will address a number of voting issues, including combating cyber-attacks on voting systems.

The group meets from 6-8 p.m. in the large Community Room 8 at the rear of the Bloomingdale Regional Public Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico, and invites all like-minded Democrats to attend. Call 654-7464 for more 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.