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Brandon Girl Crowned Our Little Miss Florida Universal Beauty 0-2

Aaliyah Yarbrough, 34 months, recently competed in Florida’s Our Little Miss Scholarship Competition and she competed against girls from all over the state of Florida vying for the title, Our Little Miss Florida’s Universal Beauty 0-2.

The competition is a non-glitz, family-oriented scholarship competition that promotes inner beauty and self confidence. Aaliyah won in her age division and was crowned the 2017-2018 Florida’s Universal Beauty 0-2.

Local Youngster Represents Florida In Miss 2017 World’s Universal Beauty Competition

Nevaeh Yarbrough is the Our Little Miss 2017 World’s Universal Beauty 0-2. She competed at an all-natural Scholarship Competition at the World level, representing Florida, and won the overall 0-2 title in January. She has spent the year volunteering in her community, totaling 40 hours of community service, with 10 required hours needed to receive her Scholarship this January when she crowns her successor. She recently had the distinct honor of participating in the Public Wreath Laying Ceremony in Arlington, Virginia at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, while representing Florida and her World title with OLM. It was an emotionally moving ceremony and has opened the door for teaching children the importance of remembering and honoring those who have served our country and continue to defend us so we can be free. 

Ten Week Free Life Story Writing Classes Begin In January

Free Life Story Writing/ Memoir Classes, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, are scheduled to begin in January 2018. The classes will be held at the Bloomingdale Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. This award-winning, 10 week program will be offered in three separate classes which run simultaneously.
The first option will begin on Tuesday, January 16, 10:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.; the second, Friday, January 19, 1:30-4:30 p.m. and the third, Saturday, January 20, 1:30-4:30 p.m. A brochure giving more information about the program is available in the library foyer. Adult students should plan to attend all 10 classes. You may register for the classes at the library’s ‘Ask Desk’, or by emailing Please send an email if you have questions. Spaces are limited and fill up fast.

Polar Express Pajama Party

A Night of holiday fun on Friday, December 22 from 6-10 p.m. for children ages 5-12 that will include making crafts, drinking hot chocolate, playing games, and watching the Polar Express movie. Children can come dressed in their pajamas and participate in a pajama contest.

It will take place at Music Showcase, 402 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon. The cost is $35/child. Register at

Scrapbooking Event At Holy Innocent’s Episcopal Church Benefits Missions

Holy Innocent’s Episcopal Church is hosting a weekend scrapbooking event on Friday, January19 from 6:30-10 p.m. and Saturday, January 20 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Registration fees include workspace and: for Friday a light dinner; for Saturday a light breakfast, lunch, drinks and dessert. You must bring your own supplies. Registration fees for both days are $45 (Friday only is $25 and Saturday only is $30). There will be raffle prizes and a Creative Memories rep will be there on Saturday for some make-and-takes. 

Proceeds from this event will benefit Holy Innocents mission trips. The event will be held at Holy Innocents Episcopal Church, 604 N. Valrico Rd. in Valrico. You can register at  For more info, call the church during business hours at 689-3130.

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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.