Caroline Blesson teaches Healthy Benefits of Ginger class at SouthShore Regional Library on Wednesday, May 2 at 2 pm.

Learn The Health Benefits Of Ginger

Come and join Caroline Blesson to learn the amazing health benefits of Ginger, cooking demonstration and free food sampling. It will take place on Wednesday, May 2 at 2 p.m. at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way in Ruskin.

This program is limited to 40 participants. Registration is required. Please call 273-3652 to reserve your spot. This free event is funded by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library.

Parents Night Out At FAOPA Kicks Off Summer Celebration

The Florida Academy of Performing Arts (FAOPA), 402 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon, will hold a Parents Night Out on Friday, May 18 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Kids ages 5-12 will enjoy an evening of fun that will include games, food, prizes, crafts, and more. There will be an Ice Age theme for this event, which will also include Kona Ice. Your kids will get to watch the movie Ice Age as the summer celebration kicks off.

The cost is $25 per child ($10 for additional siblings). Visit for details.

Financial Literacy Workshops For Children & Teens

April is Money Smart Month and local libraries are hosting financial literacy workshops for children and teens on Wednesday, April 25. 

At 10:30 a.m., children ages 3-5 and their caregivers are invited to attend money smart story time in the Riverview Branch library. Children will hear about the adventures of Ruby and Max as they shop for their grandmother’s birthday but encounter some unexpected expenses. Each child will have an opportunity to shop with their own “Bunny Money” in the candy shop and decorate a piggy bank to take home. 

Then from 6:30 7:30 p.m., bring your teen to the Bloomingdale Regional Public Library for ‘Personal Finance for Teens.’ Your teen will be introduced to topics such as budgeting, saving, and the impact of student loan debt on their financial well-being.

Hawthorne Hosts Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

Hawthorne Health & Rehabilitation Center hosts a free 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.

Hawthorne Health & Rehabilitation Center, located at 851 W. Lumsden Rd. in Brandon. For more information or to register, call 661-8998 Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Mark Your Calendar 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.

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

Learn To Make A Mixed Media Art Tag At Bloomingdale Library

A Create Workshop will be held at the Bloomingdale Regional Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico, on how to make a mixed media art tag.  Artist and instructor, Judith Henry, will demonstrate how to create a tag that can be used as a bookmark, a gift label or keepsake. Students should bring copies of small family photos, magazines and newspaper clippings of words that illustrate their feelings. The workshop is scheduled for Saturday, May 12 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p. m. in Room 8. Register online at

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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.