Joshua 1:9 Freedom Run Supports Persecuted Christians

The fifth annual Joshua 1:9 Freedom Run will take place on Saturday, November 18 at 8 a.m. at the Al Lopez Park in Tampa. The chip-timed 5K raises funds and awareness for those persecuted for their Christian faith. All registration fees go directly to support Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East (FRRME).

Participants may register the morning of the race or online at or Early registration is $25 and $20 for active duty military. After November 14, registration is $30. All 5K registrants will receive a Dri-FIT t-shirt.

Also, on race day, a one-mile fun run will be held at 9 a.m. The fee is $15 per child and free for those less than 5 years old. Participants may also donate baby blankets, gloves, mittens and hats, which will be mailed to Christian refugees.

Al Lopez Park is located at 4810 N. Himes Ave. in Tampa. Visit

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.

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.

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.

Jeremy Rosada In Concert

Brandon’s only American Idol finalist, Jeremy Rosado, will be in concert at The Palms Church on Friday November 17 at 7 p.m. Rosado just released his second CD, REWIND and will feature new music from this project. This ‘Rewind Tour’ event will also have times of celebration and worship.

Tickets are $10 and can be secured through, at the Palms Church, or at the door. Pastors Daniel and Mary Stahl, of The Palms Church invite you to come and experience this incredible night of anointed music. The Palms Church is located at 207 New Hope Rd. in Brandon.

Feeding Tampa Bay Offers Volunteer Opportunities For Families

Once a month, Feeding Tampa Bay offers a Family Night that welcomes children of all ages to help sort donations in its warehouse.

Feeding Tampa Bay is a local food bank and an affiliate of Feeding America, the most extensive hunger-relief organization in the nation. The nonprofit organization helps stock the shelves of local church pantries, soup kitchens and other outreach ministries.

Family Night also offers kid-friendly activities that bring awareness to the one in four children who go hungry every day in the Tampa Bay area.

The next two family nights are Friday, November 17 and Friday, December 15 from 6-8 p.m. Sign up at Feeding Tampa Bay is located at 4702 Transport Dr. in Tampa. Contact Edelyn Consoro at or 254-1190 ext. 227 for more information.

Help For Quitting Tobacco

Quitting tobacco isn’t easy. Finding help should be. Tobacco Free Florida offers free tools and services to help you get started in these two hour sessions. Free community worksite and clinic groups will be offered, with programs covering all forms of tobacco. Free nicotine replacement patches, gum and lozenges will be available, while supplies last and if medically appropriate.

Locally, classes will be available: Wednesday, November 1 from 10 a.m.-12 Noon at the Suncoast Community Health Center, 313 S. Lakewood Dr. in Brandon, Monday, November 20 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Oakfield Medical Plaza, Classroom B, 276 S. Moon Ave., Ste. 260 in Brandon.

Pre-registration is required by calling 974-7889. For additional classes, visit

Lion’s Club Christmas Wreath Sale

Order a 22 inch live noble fir wreath from any Sun City Center Lions Club member for $25. The wreaths come with a bow and pine cones for you to trim your wreath. Order a wreath to send to a loved one or friend – prices vary and your local Lion will be able to help you.

All orders and money for the wreaths must be in no later than Friday, November 3 and will arrive the week after Thanksgiving (December 4 or 5).
If you don’t know a Lion, please call Patrick Soja, 633-4245; George Banes at Aston Gardens, 634-9499; Gloria Rodzielowicz 419-4187; Pres. Steve Gargiulo 207-319-2476 or Ellen and Terry McGovern, 633-4202.

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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.