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

Scrapbooking Event

Holy Innocent’s Episcopal Church is hosting a scrapbooking event on Saturday, April 14 from 9 a.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.

Mardi Gras Masquerade Gala Benefits Nativity Catholic School

The annual Nativity Spring Gala, the second largest fundraiser for Nativity Catholic School (NCS), benefits the teachers and children of NCS. It will take place on Saturday, April 28 at 6 p.m. at The Brady Center, located at 3319 Bayshore Blvd. in Tampa.

This year’s focus is on the teachers with a goal to raise $60,000, half of which is required to meet the current school year budget. The other half will be used to upgrade every teacher in the school with the newest portable technology.

The gala includes dinner, fully hosted bar, dancing, live and silent auctions. Be entertained by energetic performance of hot jazz of the 20’s & 30’s, Dixieland & New Orleans jazz performed by The Jazz Phools, with additional music provided by Sustache Music Events.

Purchase tickets at Admission ticket sales close on April 20. For more information, email

Plant City Community Chorale Spring Concert

With a mission of presenting quality music performance to a wide audience, and to provide opportunities for local singers to perfect their choral performance skills, the Plant City Community Chorale is celebrating its 10th year as a premier singing group in the area. Started in 2008 with fewer than 10 members, the Chorale now averages 30-35 members for each of its four annual performances. In its fourth year under the direction of Claudia Bolano, the choir has grown in number as well as level of performance. To celebrate the beginning of its 10th year, the Chorale will present Sing On! at Eastside Baptist Church, 1318 E. Calhoun St., in Plant City, on Saturday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will include diverse music such as the South African mining song Tshosholoza, so popular it is known as the country’s second national anthem, For Good from the Broadway musical Wicked, Kyrie by Franz Shubert, a triumphant Mozart masterwork Viva! and the spiritual I Hear America Singing!.

The second concert of the year will be the Chorale’s annual tribute to America and its music on Saturday, June 9, also at Eastside Baptist Church in Plant City.

Tickets, $10 in advance and $15 at door, are available at, by calling 951-5166, and from any Chorale member.

Enjoy Music And Friendship At 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.

St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church Introduces Saturday Night Worship

St. Andrews UMC invites you to experience its Saturday night Five14 worship service. The Five14 worship experience kicks off on Saturday, March 31 at 5:14 p.m.

Today Sundays are not what they used to be—a sacred day of rest and worship. Instead, Sundays have become another workday, another sports day, another competition day, and the list goes on and on. St. Andrew’s believes that as the culture shifts, the church must shift with it to stay relevant.

“We no longer live in a one-option world,” said Reverend Tim Machtel, St. Andrew’s Senior Pastor. “We want to offer another option to those for whom Sunday morning is not an option. We want everyone to experience God’s grace.”

If you would like more information, visit or contact Jessica Adams at 689-6849 or St. Andrew’s is located at 3315 S. Bryan Rd. in Brandon.

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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.