Soldier Boy A1896208 (m) 4 years 65lbs HW- *RTG* How can you look at that smile and not come in to meet Soldier Boy. This boy was so patient and took treats gently all through his photo shoot.

Dive Into The All-New Splash And Bubbles: 4-D Undersea Adventure

Put your fins together for the all-new Splash and Bubbles: 4-D Undersea Adventure, premiering at The Florida Aquarium, Friday, April 6. This special run lasts through Thursday, May 17, in the 4-Ducks Theater and promises an undersea adventure like no other. Plus, it is free with Aquarium admission.

The Florida Aquarium is located at 701 Channelside Dr. in Tampa. Visit

Get A Free Irrigation Evaluation From County

Spring is the driest season in Central Florida. Having your irrigation system serviced can save you money and conserve water.

In Hillsborough County, a licensed irrigation contractor or plumber is necessary to perform most types of work on your irrigation system. Permits are required for the alteration, replacement or relocation of any standpipe or water supply. If you pull a permit, you will receive a final inspection by the County. Call Development Services at 272-5600 for permit or licensing questions.

If you are a high water user and would like to see if you qualify for a free irrigation evaluation, call Paula Staples, Public Education Program Coordinator at 744-5519 Ext. 54142.

County Animal Shelter Is At Full Capacity

Hillsborough County’s pet shelter is full, and shelter managers are asking for the community’s help in finding homes for dogs that need a loving family to give them a second chance.

The dog kennels at the Pet Resource Center, Hillsborough County’s only open-admission shelter, are at more than 99 percent of capacity. Now is a great time to adopt and save a life. The shelter has more than 250 dogs available for adoption with many ready-to-go, which means the dog can be adopted and taken home the same day for only $20. All pets adopted from the Pet Resource Center are vaccinated, microchipped, registered, and have been spayed or neutered.

The Pet Resource Center, 440 N Falkenburg Rd. in Tampa, accepts all dogs and cats regardless of size, age, breed, or medical condition. The shelter is open from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Visit

Health And Wellness Event For Active Adults And Seniors

Hillsborough County Parks is hosting a Health and Wellness event for active adults and seniors will be held at Sadie Park, 502 E. Sadie St. in Brandon on Wednesday, May 9 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

The event will provide a ‘one stop shop’ of different table exhibitors which will help attendees get involved in programs and activities that may fit their needs.

Tampa YMCA Wins Treadmill Tuesday Tie-Breaker

The Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA  announced its win in the Treadmill Tuesday Tie-Breaker, a third annual competition with the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast. In total, 1,979 Tampa Bay residents completed 4,185.95 miles during the 12-hour event, surpassing the First Coast by about 1,385.15 miles. For the First Coast, 1,368 residents logged 2,800.80 miles. Together, the Tampa YMCA and First Coast YMCA leveraged a friendly competition to inspire community members to become more physically active and adopt healthier lifestyles. 

At Campo Family YMCA, 308 participants logged in 654.86 miles and North Brandon Family YMCA, 165 participants logged in 307.02 miles.
Time To Find Out Who Hillsborough’s Top Skateboarder Really Is

Hillsborough County’s most-skilled skateboarders will showcase their biggest air and most jaw-dropping tricks at the kickoff to this year’s three-tournament Best Shredder series.

Each tournament is held at a different County skate park. Skaters in four age divisions compete for first-, second-, and third-place prizes at each event. At the final tournament, the top point-getter in each age division is named the Best Shredder in Hillsborough County.

The age groups are: 8 and under, 9-12, 13-15, 16 and up. For information, call 671-7635.

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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.