Riverview Travel Florida Batbusters Fastpitch Team.

Riverview Elite Travel Fastpitch Team Continues Winning

The Florida Batbusters ’05 – Riverview Travel Fastpitch team continued their winning ways in April capturing the 12 and under USSSA Angels 4 Autism Championship in Clermont. The Batbusters were the last ones standing out of 15 teams from all parts of Florida going 5–1 on the weekend outscoring their opponents 47 to 12 over the 6 games. This comes off a 1st place finish in February at the 12u USSSA ‘It’s a Tampa Love Thing’ tournament and a 2nd place finish at the 12u USA Elite Select Florida Legacy Prospect tournament that saw 25 of the best 12 and under Travel softball teams compete from Florida, Georgia and Alabama.
The team currently holds a 56–21 record with six Tournament Championships on the season. They will be finishing out the season playing Elite tournaments such as the 12u USA Elite Select Florida Showdown in May, the 12u USSSA Florida State Championship in June and capping it off at the 12u USA Elite Select World Fastpitch Championships July 9–15 in Kansas City, MO. Keep an eye out for these young ladies come 2020 as eight of the 11 current players are zoned for Riverview and Newsome High Schools. 

Visit at Instagram @flabatbusters05 and Facebook or www.batbusters.org.

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 www.faopa.org for details.

Special Children’s Programs At Riverview Library

Riverview Library, located at 10509 Riverview Dr., offers many programs, courtesy of the Friends of Riverview Library and Hillsborough Library System. Inquire at the Library Service Desk, phone 273-3652 or visit hcplc.org for programs that require registration.

Below are special programs offered for children and teens:

Itty Bitty Science – Gardening: Monday, May 16 from 10:30-11:15 a.m. – Read and discover all about gardening at this story time that explains simple science concepts with hands-on experiments. This is for ages 3-5 and is limited to 20 participants.  

Mr. Brad’s Music: Monday, May 23 from 10:30-11:15 a.m. – Mr. Brad is a multi-instrumentalist who plays traditional and original children’s songs on guitar, violin, drums, piano, mandolin, and flute. For preschoolers. 

Wee Crafts: Wednesday, 5/30 – May 30 – 10:30-11:15 a.m.; Arts and crafts for preschoolers and their caregivers featuring projects just right for little hands. For ages 3-5.
Thursday’s from 3-4 p.m.

Fly a Quadcopter: May 3 – Try out a quadcopter at the library.  Learn the basics of controlling a quadcopter and try to pass the pilot test. Recommended for ages 8-14.

3D Printing: May 10 – Come have fun with 3D modeling and printing! Learn about the 3D printing process, see a demo of a printer in action, and learn to use Tinkercad to create your own 3D objects. For ages 8-14.

Paper Cutting Projects: May 17 – An electronic cutting machine like the Silhouette Cameo can help you create amazing projects with paper and vinyl! Create and take home your own completed project. Cutting material will be provided. Recommended for ages 8-14.

Makey Makey Stuff: May 24 – Use everyday items to create game controllers, pianos, and more while exploring basic circuitry with Makey Makey kits. For children ages 8 and older.

Meet Ozobot! May 31 – Participants will meet Ozobot, a tiny robot you can program using a computer or by drawing on paper. Learn how to code a robot that can change colors, explore mazes, dance, race, and more. For Grades 4-12.

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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.