Brandon Christian Writers Meet

Do you have a story to share but don’t know how to start? Would you like to get your feet wet in the sea of publishing? Come meet with a great mix of successful and aspiring writers who get together monthly to learn the ropes, find inspiration and enjoy networking. The Brandon Christian Writers meet the fourth Thursday of every month at St. Andrews Methodist Church, 3315 Bryan Rd. in Brandon in Room 305 of the Family Center.

At the next meeting on April 26 will be Admission ticket sales close on April 20. For more information, email

The LifeCare Network’s Annual Golf Tournament With Helicopter Drop

LifeCare’s annual golf tournament will be held on Friday, April 13 at the River Hills Country Club in Valrico. Check-in begins at 11 a.m. and is followed by lunch and a helicopter golf ball drop. The shotgun start is at 12:45 p.m.

The registration fee is $150 per person and includes golfing, lunch, dinner, a Dri-Fit polo shirt, a goodie bag and contests along the golf course.

The LifeCare Network exists to lead those they serve to know Christ, protect the sanctity of human life and promote biblically based sexuality according to God’s plan for marriage. For more information, visit

To register or become a sponsor for the golf fundraiser, please contact Jessica Rickenbach at or 654-0491. The River Hills Country Club is located at 3943 New River Hills Pkwy. in Valrico.

Scrapbooking Event

Holy Innocent’s Episcopal Church is hosting a scrapbooking event on Saturday, April 14 from 9a.m.-6 p.m. Registration fees include workspace, light breakfast and lunch. Bring your own supplies. There is plenty of room and great lighting. Registration fee is $35. 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. Register at  Any questions, please 727-365-2300.

Holy Innocents’ Sixth Golf Scramble

Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church will hold its Sixth Annual ‘Best Ball’ Golf Tournament at River Hills Country Club, on Saturday, April 14’ , at 1 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the winning foursome as well as for Longest Drive and Closest to the Hole Contests. There are also Hole in One Prizes and a Putting Competition. The event will conclude with dinner, a raffle and silent auction during the Awards Ceremony. For individual and foursome registration as well as sponsorship opportunities visit All proceeds will benefit the mission and ministries of Holy Innocents Episcopal Church.

Music And Friendship Theme Of Brandon Christian Women’s Next Luncheon

The Brandon Christian Women’s Connection will be hosting s luncheon on Monday April 9 to celebrate ‘Music and Friendship,’ with special friends and concert performers, Cia McKay and Nancy Unsworth. The luncheon goes from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Bell Shoals Baptist Church in the special Event Center, 2102 Bell Shoals Rd in Brandon. The cost is $15. First time guests pay $10.  This is a nondenominational luncheon and all ladies are invited. A reservation is requested by Monday, April 2. For more information, call Lillie at 740-0098.

Interfaith, Community Wide Yom HaShoah Service

Congregation Beth Shalom, 706 Bryan Road, Brandon FL 33511. Call for more information 681-6547.
Shabbat services. Welcome the Sabbath Friday evenings at 7:45 pm. Oneg, nosh and mingle follows. All welcome.

A joint program with SCC United Methodist Church, this service will include prayers, memorial candle lighting and readings, and an interfaith community choir led by Jeff Jordon. As a community, we will come together to remember what happened to the victims of Hitler, and to remember the heroes who did not live to tell their stories. For carpool information, contact Rudina Richter 690-1436 or meet at Beth Shalom at 6 p.m. This event is being held at the Sun City Center United Methodist Church, 1201 Del Webb Blvd, West Sun City Center, Wednesday, April 11 at 7 p.m.

Havdallah Service and Diversity Panel Remembering that the Holocaust was fueled by the dynamics of discrimination, demonization and marginalization, we are hosting a panel discussion of diverse and marginalized community groups. All will share information to help us become aware of each group’s challenges and missions. In an effort to create a better understanding and acceptance. Saturday, April 14 at 7 p.m.

Yom Ha’Atzmaut festival, Celebrate and honor Israel’s 70th birthday in South Hillsborough County. All invited and welcome to join us for this festive celebration. Sunday, April 15 from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Pirkei Avot is available for free online at: information, contact Julie at 813-502-5549 or,

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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.