Students at Alafia Elementary School won third place at the Super Seven Math Bowl which took place at One Buc Place in Tampa.

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.

Hawks Hold Competitive Soccer Tryouts

Florida Hawks Futbal Club (FC) is hosting competitive tryouts for the 2018-19 season the week of May 7 at the club’s fields on FishHawk Blvd. in Lithia.

The club offers competitive soccer teams for players born between 2000 and 2011. There is also a Pre-Academy program from players born in 2012 and 2013. For information, visit or call 436-9377.

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

Alafia Wins Third At Super Seven Math Bowl

The Alafia 5th grade Math Bowl team won third place in the Super Seven Math Bowl in February at One Buc Place in Tampa. The seven top schools, including Alafia, Carrollwood, Clark, Claywell, Mitchell, Roosevelt and Tampa Palms, were chosen for their high scores in the December Math Bowl competition. Students were treated to a visit by Will Gholston, defensive end of the Bucs who spent time talking to all of the students and coaches. They also met two members of the Glaser family.

The Alafia team included Collin Bui-Hayes, Ryan Chareonsook, Taylor Gregory, Matthew Grizio and Tyler Hacker, with their coach, Katherine Eberhardt. The Alafia students placed third in the district championship after Mitchell and Claywell. Congratulations!

Building Your Business With ReferenceUSA

ReferenceUSA is a powerful online reference and research database providing real-time access to accurate, in-depth information on U.S. businesses and residents. It makes searching faster and easier to find new business opportunities, research executives, companies, news articles, conduct market research, and much more. Come join in at this free event to learn how you can easily find extensive and accurate business/consumer leads with the ReferenceUSA database.

It will take place on Tuesday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Bloomingdale Regional Public Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. Call 273-3652 for more information.

Hawthorne Hosts Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

Hawthorne Health & Rehabilitation Center hosts a 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, is a skilled nursing facility with inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programs including speech, physical and occupational therapies. For more information or to register, call 661-8998 Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

FishHawk Fellowship Presents Summer Basketball Camp

Take your game to the next level and develop your skills and have fun doing it. Daily work will improve every player’s technical abilities. Camp is suitable for everyone from beginners to elite players. Fishhawk Fellowship is partnering with Alpha & Omega Sports, Inc., who’s experienced staff designs intense, fun training sessions.

Camp will take place Monday to Thursday, July 16 – 19 and is for boys and girls from 2nd-12th grade. It will take place at Randall Middle School, 16510 Fishhawk Blvd. in Lithia from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The cost is $125.

Visit to register!

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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.