PARADISE PERSONALIZED The Villages of Citrus Hills offers resort-style living, spectacular amenities and an unhurried lifestyle just minutes from Floridaâ€™s Gulf Coast. READ MORE INSIDE
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Homes Personalizing Your Home Imagine being able to personalize any home plan you choose. Unlike other communities that restrict your choice, the Villages of Citrus Hills gives you the options you want to make your home special. It’s easy to get lost in some communities because all the houses and every street look the same. You won’t find that in the Villages of Citrus Hills. With 19 home styles, there are options in each home that allow you to distinguish it in a way that sets it apart as your home—a retreat that is uniquely yours. These are personalized homes, not just houses. The included features you’ll find here are often upgrades in other communities. The homes offered by Villages of Citrus Hills range in size from 1,666 square feet to more than 4,000 square feet of living area. The beauty of the floor plans and design options is that they give owners the flexibility to create a personal-
ized spaced. Take any floor plan and make adjustments that distinguish it from all others. Enlarge it. Move walls. Give it your personal touch so it reflects your taste for formal entertaining or perhaps make adjustments to match your desired Florida lifestyle. The choice is yours. All the home plans can easily be viewed online with separate listings for single family and carefree homes. It’s a great starting point to begin narrowing down your choice in a home. The benefit of building a home in the Villages of Citrus Hills is it’s a master-planned community, designed for easy access to all outdoor activities, restaurants, and fitness centers. If you want to live on a fairway, look no further. If you prefer a more private setting that too is available. One thing is for sure. When you live at Citrus Hills you’ll always look forward to getting to your home at the end of the day!
Lifestyle The Art of Living The lifestyle of a community is its heart. Living in the Villages of Citrus Hills provides a relaxed, but active atmosphere with activities and events to keep you as busy as you like. With 250 clubs, it’s easy to find likeminded people who enjoy the same special interests as you. There’s everything from bridge to ballroom dancing, pickleball to Pilates, biking to hiking. And, the Travel Club coordinates exciting charter trips through specialty travel agencies. Enjoy Florida in its most natural setting. Venture down the Nature Trail on a wooded path to open areas near Lake Marie. It’s great for walking, jogging, and one of Florida’s most popular pastimes—bird watching! For Fido and friends there’s a popular two-acre dog park with separation for large and small breeds. And of course the county is well known for its many scenic state and local parks.
Just step outside your front door for amazing opportunities to meet new people, find ways you enjoy to stay fit, and relax in the luxury of a resort you call home. Restaurants offering everything from casual to fine dining: Skyview Restaurant offers the best of a fine dining experience with an outstanding menu, specialty themed dinners, and extraordinary brunches. The Grille at the Citrus Hills County Club provides a relaxed bistro atmosphere. The Tiki Bar is a resident favorite, and it’s easy to know why—live music, an appealing menu, and handcrafted drinks. The 4,500 square foot bar and entertainment venue features great food, breath-taking sunsets, and is the place to socialize and just have fun with your neighborhood friends.
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“If I had to name one thing that I love about this community, it’s the people. We’re always making new friends from different areas. We love the amenities here, especially BellaVita, the spa and fitness center. It’s world class, and being so close to the Gulf is a great bonus.” —David and Claudette Bonner
Location Lifestyle Serenity of Paradise Imagine living in this unique community near health care options, and within easy driving disFlorida’s beautiful Gulf Coast, also known as the tance of incredible outdoor recreational activities. Nature Coast because of its array of beautiful This lush suburban location is also a place where springs, unspoiled natural settings, and lush rolling you’ll feel at home with nature, from the lacey hills with sparkling lakes and nature preserves. Within Spanish moss moving with the lazy breezes to the minutes, you can watch the unequaled beauty of rolling hills, sparkling springs, bountiful lakes, and manatees gently gliding in one miles of Gulf shoreline. Citrus Hills was on the of the beautiful springs in the You’re within a few miles of short list of the Top 50 area. In fact, Citrus County is the the famous 46-mile WithlaMaster-Planned Communionly place in the United States coochee Trail, an impressive ties in the United States. where you can swim with these multi-use path that is perfect for gentle giants. jogging, biking, even horseWhere to Retire, one of the The Villages of Citrus Hills is back riding. Residents are only most respected publicathe ideal location to enjoy the 12 miles from the Gulf of Mextions in the industry, found perfect combination of unico and the freshest seafood there was a strong sense spoiled natural beauty in a speyou can find. Everything about of community here along cial community that provides Citrus County is authentic—it’s with great golf, and the soall the amenities you could what people originally came phisticated charm of true possibly want. Building your to Florida for. It’s the “Real Southern living. home in Citrus County puts you Florida.” It’s everything you in the heart of Florida. Buildwant, but without the hustle ing your home in the Villages and bustle. of Citrus Hills puts the heart in Take a short drive for great your home. You’ll find yourself shopping in Ocala. Within less close enough to do whatever than two hours you can be in you want, but far away from Tampa, Orlando, or Gainesville. what you don’t want—traffic If it’s history you love, the area is congestion, high cost of living, rich with stories and the Crystal higher taxes, and high crime. River Archeological State Park, The Villages of Citrus Hills is a one of the most impressive lovely community surrounded prehistoric sites in the South, is by quality schools, excellent just 30 minutes away.
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SINGLE ISN’T SOLITARY
An abundance of clubs for single people in The Villages means there’s always someone who cares. PAGE 6
IN THE VILLAGES
Life after becoming a widower can mean creating a new life for yourself. PAGE 2
A PLACE OF STRENGTH
Qigong helps you cleanse, strengthen, and circulate your life energy to feel better and live fully engaged. PAGE 4
in the villages
IT’S ALL ABOUT CHOICES STORY: PAT JOCELYN
’ve lived in The Villages for more than 10 years and have noticed something a little peculiar; some might say unsettling. There aren’t any cemeteries in our community. You’d also be hard pressed to find a funeral home. Sure, there are some of those businesses hugging the outskirts of The Villages like static-cling on a wool dress but none (to my knowledge) exist within the physical boundaries of The Villages. Although most folks, perhaps even The Villages developer, prefer not to dwell on the subject of dying, like it or not people in The Villages are aging, getting sick, and eventually passing. It’s life’s final performance—something that is both painful and life altering for a loved one to witness.
A friend told me about a Villager whose husband died after 51 years of marriage. The new widow was totally dependent on her husband and when he died, she chose to withdraw from the world. Friends and family couldn’t coerce her to reengage socially. Six months later she followed her husband. She gave up. Larry Harris chose a different route. The 88-year-old Villager was married for 66 years and was his wife’s primary caregiver for the last five years of her life. His world revolved around her comfort and care—a loving task he took very seriously. Sadly, Larry realized he would most likely outlive his spouse and knew if he were to survive after her death, he needed to consciously work at filling the huge void her passing left behind.
After that happened, Larry began rebuilding his life. He joined a local church. He participated in a grief support group. He participated in an exercise class, went to dances, and made new friends. He attended a number of Village events with his new friends and eventually began dating. Larry is embracing life. Was it easy for an 88-year-old man to start over? Hell no, but the alternative of giving up didn’t enter the thoughts of this inspiring man. Larry has a zest for life that’s hard to match and a determination to squeeze every drop of living out of the time he has left. Larry says it best in his own words, “Why give up? You’re not at the goal line yet. You still have a life to live even if you don’t know for how long.”
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meet a villager STORY: TOM KUBALA PHOTO: FRED LOPEZ
MEET THE MCELROYS YOU TEACH AN ACTIVITY NAMED QIGONG. WHAT IS IT ABOUT? Qigong (Chi Kung) is a holistic healing exercise system from China that has evolved for more than 3000 years. It is the art, science, practice, and study of adjusting the body’s energy (Qi or Chi) to improve one’s health. The objective is to use breathing techniques, gentle movement, and meditation to cleanse, strengthen, and circulate the life energy. It is easy to learn, and is done to rhythmic music. Virtually any age and fitness level can learn. Although it is done standing, people often practice and learn the art from a sitting position, or you can even lie down or walk. WHY IS QIGONG IMPORTANT? It is important because it lowers stress and improves the body’s function, which can increase longevity. Regular practice leads to better health and vitality and a tranquil state of mind. People quickly learn a simple, easy-todo activity with no cost—an activity that reduces stress and allows them to take control of their own health.
varied approaches to improving personal health. We look forward to working with Villagers every Monday at noon at Allamanda Recreation Center and at Mulberry Grove Recreation Center Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. We love the positive feedback from people about increased energy and improved fitness. It is gratifying to know we helped some people be happier and healthier.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN TEACHING IT? We had our own studio (which is still going strong) in Bellingham, Washington, for many years and taught Qigong on cruise ships for five years while traveling to more than 25 countries around the world. This is our first year in The Villages.
IN ADDITION TO TEACHING QIGONG AND TRAVELING, WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO? John: We both like the outdoors. We hike, garden, swim, and golf. We also like to read and practice Yoga. Liz has a passion for cooking. She loves to try new things.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT TEACHING YOUR CLASSES? Helping others learn the art and its
WHAT WORDS OR PHRASES BEST DESCRIBE EACH OF YOU? Liz: I am a happy person who loves
to cook foods from many cultures, and always try to be positive. John: I have many interests, am often extemporaneous, and like to stay active and try new things.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO FELLOW VILLAGERS? Be flexible in your life’s pursuits. Work at minimizing stress. Attend our Qigong classes and possibly experience a life changing activity. As a motto we could say, “Live and let live and…keep smiling!” WHAT WOULD YOU DESCRIBE AS A GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENT? Probably traveling with a big RV and not having any major problems. Since we have been in many countries of this world, we were fortunate to avoid trouble and stay safe.
ONE IS NOT THE LONELIEST NUMBER STORY: TOM KUBALA PHOTOS: RON VANDEVANDER
“There is no better place for a single person to live than The Villages,” according to Pinky O’Neil, president of The Villages Singles Club. “With approximately 15,000 singles in The Villages and 11 clubs devoted to singles, there are ample opportunities for singles to meet others, develop friendships, and enjoy life.”
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he goals of many of the singles clubs are to make singles feel comfortable as single persons, to help each other out as needed, and to form networks. Networking is an important part of their lives as they reach out to others for information on services, doctors, household repairs, and entertainment. Clubs also tend to create extended families. The activities of some of the groups are unique and special. One such club is The Singles CARES Club. CARES stands for Conversations and Recreational Enjoyment Suggestions. The club’s goal is to have everyone live a full life. They are encouraged to keep a positive attitude while discussing topics that help members get more fun out of every day on their own terms, with enjoyable activities in the area. This is done in smallgroup table settings as members participate in discussions led by facilitators. Trish Blair, team leader of the group, is a very enthusiastic advocate of the many opportunities to volunteer locally. “Guest speakers have dropped by the meetings to give brief descriptions of their needs, such as the food pantries, the trainer for therapy dogs, and the leaders of the meals-on-wheels program for animals, to name a few,” says Trish. After the meetings, dinners at local restaurants are a big part of the gatherings. Katherine Moscatello knows the importance of networking. “It is great living in The Villages,” says Katherine. “I became single again two years ago, and people have embraced me. It is nice to be with other people who have similar interests. The CARES Club provided me with information on how to help others, as well as details about the Lifelong Learning College.”
Another singles club focuses on cards and board games. Members can learn new games in a friendly and supportive atmosphere, and everyone brings snacks to share. Club leader Tom Doll said, “The club has a core group; we have about 20 singles at each meeting. It is very informal and lots of fun. Some of the more popular games are Mexican Train Dominoes and Jokers.” Some clubs restrict membership such as the club for widows and widowers. “The club does not accept divorced individuals, and is not set up as a support group,” says Diane Cadd. “The goal is to make friends with those who share common interests.” The Jewish Singles Club’s purpose is to socialize and make friends. Entertainment is provided at meetings, and day trips in Central Florida are part of the activities. The Singles Boomers South Club is only open to residents who live south of County Road 466A, and were born between 1946 and 1964. Similarly, the Singles Baby Boomers Club has the same birthdate requirements for membership, but members may reside anywhere in The Villages. It is apparent many single baby boomers in The Villages are right in line with a 2010 study. According to the Del Webb Baby Boomers Survey, boomers have found a way to increase longevity, combat aging, and most importantly, feeling younger. The study found Boomers engaged in a variety of activities keep their minds sharp, their bodies strong, and their social lives robust, according to Deborah Blake, national marketing director for Del Webb. Details revealed both younger and older baby boomers found their own secrets of the fountain of youth— exercise regularly, hit the books,
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volunteer, continue working, and get a hobby. Dancing is important for many Villagers, and there is a club devoted to ballroom dance. Joyce Brinson teaches dance patterns twice a month. Brinson is certified in American-style ballroom with the Dance Educators of America and is an adjudicator for the National Dance Council of America. “A partner is not required, although many members find dance partners in the club,” Joyce says. “Members attend other dances in the area as a group for practice and to socialize.” The Villages Singles Club has a dance party meetings twice per month. Block party dances take place at town squares each month for members, and the Sumter Singles Club recently had a sock-hop. Don Haydu enjoys several clubs. “I attend 4-6 dances a week. It is a main form of entertainment
for me,” Don says. “I specialize in East Coast Swing and provide dancing lessons at many events. As a single person in The Villages, I have many choices to participate with others.” Leo Goulden leads the newest club in The Villages, The Sunny Singles, and dancing is a big part of the group along with meeting new singles, socializing, and having a good time. “One goal of the club is to provide a nice dance atmosphere for single folks, and raise a little money for charity along the way,” says Leo. Music is provided, and the club doesn’t emphasize any particular dance. However, there is a second goal of this club—social activities for those disabled in some way. “Instead of staying home with few friends, being isolated, and feeling lonely, members bring some sunshine into the lives of
those with disabilities,” Leo says. “The club’s activities are completely free of charge, and open to all disabled residents of The Villages and their caregivers. Club members are actively inviting them to participate.” Four of the 11 singles clubs have well-designed websites to keep members informed and serve as recruiting tools. They include the activities, meeting schedules, contact information, an application form, and special events. Two clubs have detailed by-laws, one has job descriptions for officers, and one has a newsletter for members. There’s even a club offering a workshop each month to help members with the sometime-challenging world of dating again by learning the “new rules” of dating in a small-group setting. Not all single people belong to clubs. Dee Anderson participated
for about a year. “I love living in The Villages,” she says. “I have many friends and good neighbors, but club meetings with 150 people didn’t make it conducive to getting to know new people. Many other activities in The Villages are difficult for some singles to fit in because the events are geared toward couples and married people.” Tom DeYoung joined a singles club but never attended a meeting. “I keep active playing volleyball and pickleball,” he says, “I also play poker once a week. I am alone a lot, and that’s OK. I’m not obligated to anyone.” Dining together plays a prominent role in the groups. Whether they go out to breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, enjoy snacks, or bringing a covered dish, socializing over a delicious meal is important. Various restaurants in The Villages are venues for formal and informal meetings. Free refreshments are provided at some of the dances, but members bring their own drinks. Educational activities are important with guest speakers covering current topics. Everyone wants to learn new things, whether it is dance steps, meteorology, golf, or bowling, and they enjoy being entertained. Vocalists and musicians perform on a regular basis. Travel interest many singles too. One club arranges casino cruises, as well as a seven-day cruise in the western Caribbean. Overnight trips to various Florida locations are also popular. Some clubs have day trips—a day at the races, touring a local town, or a kayak adventure. With 12 championship courses, and 36 executive courses in The Villages, golf is center-stage for numerous clubs. The American Singles Golf Club Association, one of the oldest groups, meets monthly, and the schedule includes executive golf, priority golf, nine-and-
dine golf, and 18-hole golf. There is even a Himalayan putting contest for members. The two single boomers clubs and the Sumter Singles club also golf activities. Members of the singles groups also enjoy participating in the other sports-related activities. There are bocce, shuffleboard, and pickleball teams as well as groups who walk together. There’s also bowling, billiards, biking, fishing, hiking, softball, snorkeling, and water volleyball. “There are so many venues that support the life styles of singles,” says Phyliss Heusted. “It shows we are really not alone. Making new friendships through club activities and dancing helps with building and networking.” Along with the social elements of a club, there’s the connection to people who can help when needed. One club has a “Chicken Soup Program” designed to help members who have sudden or significant medical issues. They help one another during hospital stays, while in rehab, and after the return home. “Living in The Villages is a dream come true. It is a pleasure,” says Bob Palmer. “I play golf three to four times per week, I go dancing three to four times a week, and I play bocce. We treat each other in our club like family, and help one another when the need arises.” Villagers are a charitable community, and singles are no exception. Their works include food for the children residing in the Ocala Forest, funds for Toys for Tots, and financial gifts to service clubs, to name a few. Any holiday or special event is the perfect time for a party, and many special events are frequently planned. With the sheer numbers of groups, event, and networking opportunities available, The Villages is a great place to live as a single
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THE WRIGHT BROTHERS THE DRAMATIC STORY BEHIND THE TWO COURAGEOUS BROTHERS “Your bags should be stowed overhead or under the seat. Please stow your tray tables and fasten your seat belts.” This is how Patricia Crigler, our facilitator and a former writer for US Airways, prepared us for our discussion on flight. “The Wright Brothers” by David McCullough was the selection of the month for the Bookworm Book Club. McCullough researched more than 1,000 scrapbooks, letters, and other resources to put together the story of the brothers. Wilbur and Orville’s father, a minister who persevered through church difficulties, heavily influenced them with praise and encouragement. Their sister, Katharine, became a mother figure after their mother’s death. She was the brothers’ cheerleader and supporter of their endeavors. Wilber was focused; he read about others experimenting with flight and digested his research. Orville was shy and good with mechanical things. In 1893, the Wright Cycle Company was founded to supply the growing craze for bicycling. They were not the first to be fascinated by “aerial locomotion” and the study of birds had been a long-time interest in the household. With a supply of books and pamphlets supplied by the Smithsonian, the brothers began their pursuits in aviation. Many “conquerors of the air” failed and the Washington Post declared, “It is a fact that man can’t fly.” Still “the wright brothers” were not deflated by lack of success. Orville said, “Learning the secret of flight from a bird is a good deal like learning the secret of magic from a magician.” They began with a glider at Kitty Hawk and returned many times through the years. They partnered with Charlie Taylor, who was a
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Soar along with the Wright Brothers as they attain the miracle of flight! -Kathy Porter, Rio Ponderosa
master with engines. The first flight with propellers went 12 feet, the second 120 feet. The Wright Memorial dedicated in 1932 at Kitty Hawk is evidence of their eventual achievement. After much success in Europe and training aviators in France, Wilbur took his last flight with Orville in 1910 at Huffman Prairie Ohio, before his death in 1912. Katharine devoted much of her time to Oberlin College until her death in 1929. Orville, who died in 1948, lived to see aviation transformed by jet propulsion, the introduction of the rocket, and the breaking of the sound barrier in 1947. Pat is also a creative storyteller. She ended the morning by enlightening us with a story of Harriet Quimby, America’s first lady of air and the first woman to receive a pilot’s license in the United States.
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About the Authors David McCullough, now 83, graduated with honors from Yale University in 1955. He began his career as a trainee for Sports Illustrated. McCullough’s researching and writing skills have made him one of America’s most revered and honored historians. In 2006, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush. Two of his books, “John Adams” and “Truman,” were awarded the Pulitzer Prize and two others, “The Path Between the Seas” and “Mornings on Horseback,” received the National Book Award. “People often ask me if I’m working on a book. That’s not how I feel. I feel like I work in a book. It’s like putting myself under a spell,” McCullough says. He narrates documentaries for television, bringing history alive. “To me history ought to be a source of pleasure. It isn’t just part of our civic responsibility. To me it’s an enlargement of the experience of being alive, just the way literature or art or music is.”
An informative, in-depth look into the life and times of one of the world’s most inventive eras, is the basis of David McCullough’s books. We see Wilbur and Orville’s journey through failures and successes. They persevered to bring the era of flight to the modern world. -Faith Andrus, Bonita
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WHAT CLUB MEMBERS THOUGHT David McCullough is a master story teller who combines the history of the beginning of flight with all the ideas, invention, hard work and success of the Wright Brothers. -Beth Hicks, Santiago
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