Residents Impacted By Hurricane Idalia Can Apply For Federal Assistance

Hillsborough County residential property owners and renters whose homes sustained damage and losses from Hurricane Idalia can apply for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Individual Assistance programs. The assistance could include financial help for temporary lodging, basic home repairs and other disaster-related expenses.

To apply for FEMA disaster assistance, visit, use the FEMA app for smartphones or call 800-621-3362. Its phone lines are open from 7 a.m.-11 p.m. daily.

What You Can Do Now To Prevent Dementia Tomorrow

Knowing what to do to prevent late-onset brain problems — including Alzheimer’s disease — may make all the difference in life for you and your loved ones. If you are curious about this subject, come to a talk at Congregation Beth Shalom on Sunday, November 5 at 3 p.m.

Cutting-edge medicine is finding many contributing factors that take decades to develop, many of which can be modified with corrective action on your part. Genetics is thought to be only 20 percent of the cause of any late-in-life chronic illness. Dr. Carol L. Roberts has been a practicing physician for four decades, most of that time being in holistic/integrative/preventative medicine. Her practice has included many neuro patients with dementia, strokes, Parkinson’s, brain injuries and other conditions that may impact cognitive abilities in later years. Roberts will emphasize simple changes that you might find helpful.

Bring a pen and paper, as there will be many pearls you will want to remember. A Q&A will follow the 40-minute talk. This seminar is free and open to the public.

Book Discussion Group At Bloomingdale Regional Library

The Great Books Discussion Group of the Bloomingdale Regional Library will celebrate the start of its 14th season on Saturday, November 18 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. with a discussion of Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison’s powerful novel, The Bluest Eye. The meeting location for this free event will be room 211 of the library, which is located at 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. First-timers and visitors are welcome.

For more information, please contact the moderator/facilitator, Patrick DeMarco, at 813-672-9052 or

The Bridges Retirement Community Gifts & Crafts Fair Seeks Vendors

The Bridges Retirement Community will be hosting its much-awaited annual Gifts & Crafts Fair on Saturday, November 11 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. It is inviting vendors with unique and exceptional gifts and crafts to join it for the event.

With the holiday season right around the corner, this event is the perfect opportunity to showcase your wares and to connect with customers looking for that special something. It has always been a huge success with positive feedback from both vendors and attendees. Do not miss out on this opportunity.

For more information, contact Janet Noah, event organizer, at 813-413-8900 or

Nominations Now Open For 2024 Hillsborough County Women’s Hall Of Fame 

The Hillsborough County Commission on the Status of Women is now accepting nominations for the 2024 Hillsborough County Women’s Hall of Fame. The hall of fame was created in 2011 to celebrate the achievements Hillsborough County women who have made significant contributions in areas such as business, education, philanthropy, the military and public service to improve the lives of residents in Hillsborough County.

Nomination forms are available at Nominations will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Monday, November 13. 

Fishhawk Youth Baseball Looking For Concession Leads

Fishhawk Youth Baseball is a 100 percent volunteer-run organization which appreciates all the help it gets from volunteers to be able to operate the league and sports fields. It is currently in need of concession leads to help run the concessions at the FishHawk Sports Complex.

To sign up, visit

Hillsborough Community College Fall Dance Concert 

The Hillsborough Community College (HCC) dance department presents the annual Fall Dance Concert from Thursday through Saturday, November 16-18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mainstage Theatre at the Ybor City Campus. This year’s concert features the HCC dance ensemble performing works by faculty and guest choreographers. The box office opens an hour prior to the performance; ticketing information can be found at The Mainstage Theatre is located in the Ybor City campus’ Performing Arts Building at the corner of E. Palm Ave. and N. 14th St. in Tampa.

American Pickers TV Show Returns To Florida 

The American Pickers are excited to return to Florida with plans to film episodes of the History Channel’s hit television series in January 2024. 

American Pickers is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique ‘picking.’ The show follows skilled pickers in the business while they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques. 

They are always excited to find historically significant or rare items, in addition to unforgettable characters and their collections. As they hit the back roads from coast to coast, the pickers are on a mission to recycle and rescue forgotten relics. Along the way, they want to meet characters with amazing stories and fun items. 

The American Pickers TV show is looking for leads and would love to explore your hidden treasure. If you or someone you know has a unique item, a story to tell and is ready to sell, the pickers would love to hear from you! Please note, the pickers do not pick stores, flea markets, malls, auction businesses, museums or anything open to the public. 

If interested, please send in your name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos to, or call 646-493-2184 or visit Facebook @GotAPick.

Our Lady’s Pantry Seeks Volunteers 

Our Lady’s Pantry in Wimauma is desperately seeking help on Tuesday and Friday mornings. 

“We especially need men who can lift these heavy boxes of food,” said director Tom Bullaro. 

“While our trucks are on the road picking up food almost every day of the week, our biggest collections are on Tuesday and Friday,” he said. “It takes many hands to unload the trucks and sort through everything we receive. Once everything is sorted, we need to store it safely in our cooler, freezer or shelves until Saturday when we share the food with our neighbors.” 

The Pantry is located 16650 U.S. 301 S. in Wimauma, across U.S. 301 from Aldi. To learn more about Our Lady’s Pantry, please visit its website at

Lakeland Veterans Day Ceremony And Parade 

The annual ceremony to commemorate Veterans Day will be held in Veterans Park in Lakeland on Saturday, November 11 at 10 a.m. This year’s focus will be on the Korean War and the 70th anniversary of the armistice. Following the service, there will be a parade from the RP Funding Center to Munn Park (approximately 1.2 miles). All are invited to attend both events, and any organization wishing to attend should contact Gary Clark at

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