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.

The Parkinson’s Disease support group is free of charge and open to those who have been diagnosed with the disease, family members, caregivers and anyone with an interest in learning more about Parkinson’s.

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. Hawthorne also hosts a dementia support group in the assisted living facility, as well as past meetings for those dealing with strokes, diabetes, low vision and other diseases.

For more information or to register, call 661-8998 Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Auditions Being Held For Admittance Into Dance Program

The Dance Center in Brandon, is currently offering a Pre-Professional Training Program for dancers who are seriously interested in pursuing a professional career in ballet. The program’s primary focus is on technique with an emphasis on stage presence, pointe and variations. Dancers pursuing a career as a professional artist need to be introduced to the classical variations that can be required as a professional. This program will allow the dancer to participate in ballet classes five to six days a week.

The Dance Center offers private coaching with international instructors for dancers enrolled into this program. Dancers may also have the opportunity to enter into the Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP) and the American Dance Competition (ADC).

Admittance into the program is by audition only which will be held during July and August. Classes are held on Monday and Friday from 1-3 p.m. Other opportunities include being a part of the Brandon Ballet, Tampa Bay’s premier Ballet Company.

To audition, call The Dance Center at 684-4282.

Peter Pan, Jr. Set For Limited Weekend Engagement

Florida Drama Kids is pleased to present Disney’s Peter Pan, Jr. for a four-show limited run during the weekend of Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22. Disney’s Peter Pan, Jr, is based on the J.M. Barrie play and the classic 1953 Disney animated feature. The classic tale, which was thoroughly updated in 2013 for modern audiences, focuses on the adventures of the Darling siblings, an imaginative trio of young Londoners who find themselves whisked away to the wondrous world of Neverland. They are guided by the one and only Peter Pan, the proud boy who never grew up, and Tinker Bell, a fairy with both pixie dust and attitude to spare.

In its Florida Drama Kids debut, this colorful story will make for perfect weekend entertainment, especially for families excited to watch local Drama Kids deliver star turns in unforgettable roles. Presented by Florida Drama Kids, performances will take place at the Hillsborough Community College Brandon Campus on Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22 at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale and start at $10. Tickets can be purchased online at ticketsource.us/drama-kids, or at the door.

Drama Kids provides remarkable creative drama education for children and young adults.

For additional information, visit dramakids.com/fl6, or visit on social media by searching @fldramakids on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

FishHawk Wolves Travel Baseball Tryouts

If you are looking for a quality travel ball program that is professionally run with an outstanding coaching
staff to help develop your player to their full potential, come out to the FishHawk Wolves Baseball Club and Ostingers Baseball Academy tryouts. The program offers Wolves teams from 8u-12u and Ostingers teams at 13u and 14u. Under direction of Coach Jimmy Osting his coaching staff of former professional and college level playing experience is second to none. This is a proven travel ball organization that plays at the highest level and prepares your player for the next level not only on the field but off.

Tryouts will be held at FishHawk Youth Sports Facility located at 16120 FishHawk Blvd. in Lithia. Please visit www.fhwolves.com to register for tryouts,to learn more about the program or times of tryouts. For specific questions, please email gstallings@fhwolves.com.

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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.