Second Annual Daddy/Daughter Mother/Son Spring Fling Dance

On Friday, April 13 from 6-9 p.m. join in for the Second Annual Daddy/Daughter Mother/Son Spring Fling Dance. This special evening is for children ages 4 and up and raises money for Autism Speaks Walk. It will take place at The Barn in Winthrop, 11349 Bloomingdale Ave. in Riverview.

Dress up with your child for a special evening neither of you will forget. In instances where a parent is unable to attend, special adults are welcome (ie grandparent, uncle/aunt, etc). There will be dancing, desserts, raffle auction, photos and more. 

Purchase tickets at—charity-event.html.
Each ticket is for one adult and one child and includes hors d’oueves, dessert table and photos. There will be one swag bag per child.

Tickets can also be purchased directly at Amazing Kidz Therapy, located at 4312 Bell Shoals Rd, in Valrico.

Autism Speaks is a national non-for-profit organization that works towards increasing family services, science, advocacy and awareness for the ASD community. Funding is solely generated from the fundraising conducted through events.

For additional information, please contact Kathleen Pici at

Calling All Performers For Impact’s Got Talent Show

Mark your calendar for Friday, May 11 for the fourth annual Impact’s Got Talent show based on the hit television show America’s Got Talent. The family-friendly fundraiser kicks off at 6:30 p.m. at Bloomingdale High School, located at 1700 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. The grand prize is $250.

Auditions will be held on Sunday, April 8 from 1–5 p.m. at Dance Quest International, located at 853 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Brandon. Participation is for those in grades K-12 and talent acts such as but not limited to: vocalists, actors, dancers (solo, duets and groups) and musicians. To sign up for an audition time, please contact Jennifer Crum at 661-3236 or

Impact’s Got Talent event tickets are $10 per person and available on The evening will also feature a 50-50 raffle and silent auction. All ticket sales benefit the Impact program, which promotes healthy lifestyles and relationships to teens, parents, teachers, and other youth leaders through classroom education. To be a sponsor, contact Angie Kagey at 264-9368 or For more information, visit IMPACT’s Got Talent 2018 Facebook Event page or

Parents Night Out
Music Showcase and The Florida Academy of Performing Arts will be hosting a Parents Night Out Easter Party on Saturday, March 24 from 6-10 p.m. There will be food, popcorn, games, prizes, crafts and an Easter Egg Hunt. The Easter Bunny movie, Hop will also be shown. Children will also be participating in an Easter Egg Hunt. Be sure to bring a basket with the child’s name on it and each child will get to take home the eggs they find.

The cost is $35 per child ($10 for each additional child). There is limited availability. Call 685-5998.

Learn About Tools For informed Financial Decisions At Bloomingdale Library

On Tuesday, April 24 from 6:30-7:30 p.m., a licensed financial adviser will introduce tools for informed financial decisions making cash management strategies, and managing financial risk. This program is presented as part of Money Smart Week, a national public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage personal finances. Admission is free; no registration. The program will take place at Bloomingdale Regional Public Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico.

Workshop Demonstrates Incorporating Pen And Ink Into Journals and Scrapbooks

A Create Workshop demonstrating how to incorporate pen and Ink into your journal, scrapbook, or to illustrate your writing in other media, will be held Saturday, April 14 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Room 8, at the Bloomingdale Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. Bonnie Phillips, a local well known artist, will present how to use a technical ink pen and a disposable pen in your writing projects. All supplies will be provided. Register for this free class at the library’s Ask Desk, or online at in the Bloomingdale Library Events section.

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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.