Coach Hugh Freeze, former SEC head football coach of Ole Miss will speak at the CMU 2018 Manhood conference.

Above Photo: Coach Hugh Freeze, former SEC head football coach of Ole Miss will speak at the CMU 2018 Manhood

Enjoy Fashion Show And Luncheon With Brandon Christian Women’s Connection

The Brandon Christian Women’s Connection luncheon for May is its annual Fashion Show presented by The Dress Barn. It will take place Monday, May 14 from 11 a.m.-1.p.m. at the Special Event Center at Bell Shoals Baptist Church, 2102 Bell Shoals Rd. in Brandon. 

This is a nondenominational luncheon and all ladies are invited. The cost is $15. First time guests pay $10.  Please make a reservation before Monday, May 7 with Lillie at 740-0098.

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 published author and speaker Tina Yeager who will speak about Sensory Writing.

For more information and guidelines for manuscript critique, visit

CMU 2018 MANHOOD Conference

The theme for CMU 2018 is MANHOOD.  Coach Hugh Freeze, former SEC head football coach of Ole Miss and Mark Merrill of Family First are two of our speakers.   With this conference, we want to call and challenge men of all races and denominations to courageous manhood.

The Conference will take place at The Portico, 1001 N. Florida Ave. in Tampa on Saturday, April 21 from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. The cost is $35 for adults, $25 for youth, college students, pastors and military). Lunch will be included. There will also be an open forum on race in the Church.


Dedication/Open House For New Horizons New Group Home

On April 21, New Horizons Group Homes will have a dedication/open house for its third home, the Peter and Brenda Watkins Home. This event will take place in the yards behind the homes at 109 and 115 E. Clay Ave. in Brandon from 10 a.m. until 12 Noon.

This home became the residence of six men in December 2017. They have quickly become an important part of the New Horizons family.

New Horizons has two other homes on the same property: the Mary Lou Creamer Home for five ladies and the Alice Storms Home for eight men. For more information, please contact Yvonne Shelton at 571-2690.

Become An Organ Donor

Would you spare three minutes of your time to save lives? That’s all it takes – and more than 115,000 people in the United States, including approximately 5,800 Floridians, are counting on you to do just that. How? Register your decision to become an organ and tissue donor.

April is Donate Life Month, and I encourage those who have not yet done so to visit Florida’s organ, eye and tissue donor registry at, where you can find factual information about donation, and designate your donation wishes.  You can also register when getting or renewing a driver license or ID card. 

One organ donor can save the lives of eight people, and improve as many as 70 through tissue donation. All major religions support donation and there are no costs to the donor’s family.

Register today at, or say ‘yes’ to donation when getting or renewing your driver license or state identification card at your local driver license office.

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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.