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Bass Fishing Club Looking For Members

North Tampa Bass Club is looking for new boaters and non-boaters to this friendly fishing club serving the Tampa area for 30 years. It is a draw format. Anglers and co-anglers are randomly paired and fish as a team. Established in 1988, it continues to promote the values of a friendly fishing club with the goal of education, conservation, community service and enhancing the sport of Bass Fishing.

Monthly meetings and tournaments help build camaraderie and teach new fishermen the techniques necessary to compete. NTBC is the host for the annual Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) bass tournament and started the Tampa Bay Junior Bass Club for 11-18 year olds. Meetings are the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at Gaspar’s Patio bar and Grill at ​ 8448 N. 56th St. in Temple Terrace. The next meeting will be on January 9. Visit or call Steve Jarrett, President (Valrico resident) at 391-4105.

TOPS Weight Loss Support Group

Non-profit weight loss support group, TOPS, shares ideas about nutrition and low calorie choices. There are speaker programs, contests, prizes and fun while getting healthier and thinner.

The cost is $6 per month and $34 a year for the National Club.

Meetings are held on Tuesday’s from 6:30-7:45 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Brandon, located at 121 Carver St.(behind Bills Pharmacy). There is no cost to attend your first meeting.

For more information, call Elizabeth at 924-1512.

Master Gardener Clinic At Bloomingdale Regional Library – Are Your Garden Bugs Good Or Bad?

On Wednesday, January 3, 2018 from 6:30-7:30 p.m., there will be a Master Gardener Clinic on Good Bugs/Bad Bugs:/Intergrated Pest Management given by the Hillsborough County Extension Environmental Horticultural Agent and Master Gardener Nicole Pinson at the Bloomingdale Library, located at 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. 

The clinic is free and will address the question; Are those bugs in your yard helpful, harmful, or harmless? It will help you learn to identify common yard insects – good and bad – and friendly ways to manage them.

This event is sponsored by the Hillsborough County Master Gardner Program of the Hillsborough County Extension, University of Florida, IFAS Extension.

Learn About Orchids At Riverview Garden Club’s January Meeting

The Riverview Garden Club will hold its business meeting on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 10 a.m. The guest speaker will be Gerri Almond on Orchids. The club’s address is Riverview Civic Center, 11020 Park Dr. in Riverview. Call 654-6987 for more information.

Veterans Job Fair Tampa

RecruitMilitary helps military veterans and military spouses connect with employers that seek to attract, hire and retain America’s best talent.

RecruitMilitary and DAV will host a Veterans Job Fair on Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Armature Works, 1910 N. Ola Ave. in Tampa.

This is a free hiring event for veterans, transitioning military personnel, National Guard members, Reserve members and military spouses.

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.

A variety of speakers will provide information on topics relating to swallowing, balance, walking, speaking, mobility, exercise, self-care, cognition, and memory, all of which can be impacted by Parkinson’s Disease.

The Parkinson’s Disease 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.

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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.