Compiled by Michelle Colesanti

Benefit Concert Will Honor Military Veterans And First Responders

The Eastern Hillsborough Community Band will perform a benefit concert on Thursday, November 2 at 7 p.m. in honor of all active and veteran military servicemen and women and first responders. The concert is open to the public with free admission, and will be held in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church of Brandon, 121 Carver Ave. in Brandon.

A voluntary donation to Seeds of Hope ( to assist the Alafia River neighboring families who sustained flood damage in Hurricane Irma may be offered. Email or call 689-4597.

Free Family Laser Tag Event In FishHawk

Next Level Church (NLC) FishHawk is sponsoring a family laser tag event on Sunday, November 5 from 5-7 p.m. at NLC’s future site at 10540 Browning Rd. in Lithia. To register, please visit

For the past three years, NLC has been among the top 10 fastest-growing churches in America. NLC exists to be a loving, relevant, and life-giving church. It continues to live out its mission by opening new locations to reach as many people as possible with the hope and love found in Jesus. NLC is currently assembling a team in preparation for a launch in FishHawk.

If you are interested in learning more about NLC FishHawk, check out or email the FishHawk pastor at or 740-225-3095.

Nativity’s 34th Annual Nut Sale

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

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.

Xtreme Kidz Worship At First Baptist Brandon

Children from kindergarten-5th grade can go to Life Group at 9 a.m. followed by Kidz Worship at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays.

The Elevate Kids Now curriculum is being taught, which uses VBS-style games, activities, songs with motions, and Bible lessons to teach children about Jesus in a way kids can understand and enjoy.
Much of the service is run by the Student Ministry, giving them a great opportunity to serve and lead.

First Baptist offers choir-led worship in the Sanctuary at 9 a.m. followed by praise-band worship in the Sanctuary at 10:30 a.m. (in tandem with Kidz Worship in the dining hall).

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.

Brandon Academy 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, nonprofit organization of the First Baptist Church of Brandon. It is dually accredited by ACSI and AdvancEd. Visit

Holiday Craft Bazaar

Shop for jewelry, clothing and crafts at a Holiday Craft Bazaar at Grace Community United Methodist Church at FishHawk on Saturday, November 11 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at 5708 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Lithia. There is no admission fee for shoppers.

The bazaar is sponsored by the Women of Grace, and booth rental fees will support missions in the community. Visit

Blessing Of The Animals

Saint Anne Catholic Church celebrated its annual blessing of pets in October, in honor of the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi. Fr. John McEvoy, Pastor, bestowed the special blessing in remembrance of Saint Francis of Assisi’s great love for all God’s creatures. The bond between a person and their pet is like no other. For many, a pet can be a true companion.

Saint Anne Catholic Church is located at U.S. Hwy. 41 and 11th Avenue N.E. in Ruskin. For more information about the Parish, visit or call 645-1714.

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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.