L- R Larry Westcott, Ron Essick and Jack Skelding prior to attend the business meeting.

Westfield Full Inclusion Back to School Bash

The Westfield Mall Full Inclusion Back to School Bash is returning for a third year, and this year it will be bigger and better than ever. Westfield Mall, Simply Events, and We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym join together to create an event where families can support our children’s differences in a fun, and safe interactive learning environment. The Full Inclusion Back to School Bashes cater to both neurotypical and neuro-diverse children with hands on activities, family and school resources, health and wellness services, after school programs, learning centers, safety resources and more.

The event starts with 250 kids receiving scavenger hunt pages. After completing the hunt each child will receive a free, full-size backpack and school supplies. All families can enjoy local Tampa Bay mascots, princesses, super heroes, an entertainment stage, interactive workshops, MOSI, tons of free school supplies and back to school discounts at mall retailers.

This event will take place at the Westfield Brandon Mall, 459 Brandon Town Center Dr. on Saturday, July 14 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Parkinson’s Disease Support Group Held At The Bridges

The Bridges Assisted Living Community will host a support group for those diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, family members and caregivers. The support group will meet quarterly on the last Wednesday of the month. The upcoming meeting will be held on July 25 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Guest speakers will present on a variety of topics such as mobility, balance, cognition, medication, and nutrition. The purpose of the support group is to share information, offer mutual support and gain additional information from area experts. There is no fee to attend. Please RSVP to Janet at 413-8900.

Sgt. Walter P Ryan Marines Attend Department Convention

Members of the Sgt. Walter P. Ryan Detachment attended the Department of Florida Marine Corps League Annual Convention at the Sheraton Orlando North/Maitland Florida June 7-10.  During the time spent at the convention, members were able to attend the leadership school, the business meeting where new Department Officers were elected and the formal banquet on Saturday. Friday evening there was also the Grand Growl of the Military Order of the Devil Dogs which is the Fun and Honor Society of the Marine Corps League.   

Mary & Martha House Looking For Volunteers

The Thrift Store and the Rose Boutique at Mary & Martha House in Ruskin are looking for volunteers. The Thrift Store is growing and extending their hours of operation and will now be open Tuesday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m.-12 Noon. Volunteer opportunities are available at both retail locations as well as help with special events.

Mary & Martha House in Ruskin, is a residential shelter facility providing emergency and transitional housing and support services to victims of domestic violence, homeless women and their children throughout Hillsborough County. For more information call Mary & Martha House at 813-645-7874.

Chief Petty Officers Meeting

The Tampa Bay Chief Petty Officers Association (TBCPOA) meets the fourth Thursday each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Tampa Buffet, 3904 S. Dale Mabry, Britton Plaza in Tampa. The association is open to all Navy and Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers. It supports the Navy community and awards an annual scholarship to a deserving member or relative of a TBCPOA member. The TBCPOA holds fund raisers for the scholarship fund during the year and coordinates with the active duty Chiefs Association (Suncoast CPOA) at MacDill AFB for many of these events. Included are the activities at MacDill and the annual Army-Navy game at a Beef O’Brady’s in the area. The TBCPOA has a closed FaceBook group, TBCPOA, with a meeting calendar of events. For more information, call Chuck Peterman, President, at 767-1569.

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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.