Tara Woods Columns - January 2022

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EDITOR: Linda Beaulieu 239-560-0768 (lindabluetw@gmail.com) ASSISTANT: Linda Engel PHOTOGRAPHY: Lou Dunning, Donna Erhardt CALENDAR: Janet Daly and Sue Clark CIRCULATION: Linda Janis and Donna Tribeck, Co-Managers COMMUNITY DIRECTORY: Haywood Gandy, Manager CLUBHOUSE SCHEDULER: Janet Daly COORDINATORS: Agatha Breen, Caroline Kelsey, Diane Nunn, Diane West, Ed Simko, Julie Wehrung, Maury Miller, Nancy Schoeppner, Pat Dunning, Peg Gamble, Shari Libby, Stu Berman, & Sue VanSickle. STUFFERS: Barb Simonson, Carol Schnepp, Carol West, Claire Schwinn, Diane West, Gene Dickie, Hilda Dienes, Lou Sapp, Maury Miller, Pam Harrington, Pat Dunning, & Sharon Boehlke. ATLETNATES: Barb Simonson, Carol Heidemous, Celia Quinn, Frank Millette, Gerri Linder, Linda Weibel, Nancy LeClair, & Sheila Harris. REPORTERS: Reporters will be noted by their bylines at the end of each article. Chris Olson, Tara Woods Homeowners Association Liaison To advertise in print, contact: Brion Palmer at 941-312-0665 or email him at BrionPalmer@yahoo.com. Contributing writers are acknowledged with bylines accompanying their submissions. Attribution for photos are not included unless supplied. We sincerely thank everyone for their contributions. Your articles help showcase the strong and diverse community that makes up Tara Woods. The Columns is published monthly from October through May. Summer issues are condensed: June/July and August/September. All ads are subject to the approval of the publisher. It is the responsibility of the party placing any ad for publication in The Columns to meet all applicable legal requirements in connection with the ad such as compliance with town, county and state codes in first obtaining an occupational license for business, permitted home occupation, or residential rental property.



WELCOME NEW RESIDENTS A warm welcome to Tara Woods!! It was so good to see many of you at our last New Residents Orientation. If you missed that one, or any previous orientations, you are encouraged to come to our next one which will be on Saturday, January 8th, at 10:00 AM in the Clubhouse Meeting Room. We have a wealth of information to share with you and you may have questions for us as well. We hope to see you there. We want to extend a special thank you to long-time committee member, Elaine Lavoie who is retiring. Thank you, Elaine, for all your hard work over the past years. Enjoy your retirement!!

Pattie is still working as a Food and Beverage Manager at a golf course. Keith is semi-retired in Food and Beverage operations at the same golf club. In their spare time, Pattie enjoys golf and doing yard work while Keith enjoys golf, hunting and fishing.

Tina and Walt Ferris Tina and Walt Ferris reside on Lot #486, 19849 Kara Circle. They are full-time residents from Indiana. Tina is Walt’s mother and is a homemaker. She has four children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. In her spare time, Tina would like to play euchre if anyone else is interested in playing. Walt is working from home as a commission agent. He also enjoys playing euchre. Sally and Calvin Heyd Sally and Cal Heyd reside on Lot #412, 2861 Steamboat Loop. They are part-time residents who will be here for the months of January, February, and March. Their home state is Michigan. Sally and Cal have six children and fifteen grandchildren. Sally is currently a selfemployed residential appraiser, while Cal is a semi-retired builder. In Sally’s free time, she enjoys doing crafts with stained glass. Cal joins in most sports and especially enjoys basketball, ping-pong, pickleball, softball and bocce.

Shannon and Jason Strong and Joe Doyle Shannon and Jason Strong and Joe Doyle reside on Lot #256, 2740 Steamboat Loop as full-time residents originally from New Hampshire. Shannon and Jason are Joe’s daughter and son-in-law. Joe has four children and seven grandchildren. Shannon and Jason have three children. Joe was self-employed and is now a retired custodian from a high school. Jason is still working as a professor at a state college. Joe enjoys playing cards and swimming in the pool. He also enjoys listening to music. Jason enjoys sports and golfing. Shannon is very open minded, and she is willing to give everything a try.

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Check It Out! * All from the comfort of your home * • 24 hours/day – Every day • Weekly “What’s Happening” email. • Latest news on what’s happening in the Tara Woods Community. • Upcoming Events – Community Event Pictures. • News Articles – Classified Ads. • Emergency Information .......and more. Community information – when you want it! Select website pages are restricted to HOA members only This is Old Glory. Is yours faded and torn? Retire her to a proper disposal. Drop her off at 19553 Charleston Circle (lot #12) or at the Guard House. Replacements are available from $8.00. Bob Glandorf

Carol Murphy Carol Murphy lives on Lot #356, 2849 Orlenes Street. She is a full-time resident, originally from Massachusetts, although she has lived in many places in Florida for the last ten years. Carol is the mother of Christine Foran who also recently moved into Tara Woods. Carol has two children, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She is a retired bookkeeper who enjoys crafts and ceramics. Carol is excited to check out what else there is to do at Tara Woods. Elisabeth and Algirdas Neumann Liz and Al reside on Lot #94, 19729 Charleston Circle. They are full-time residents from Ohio. They have three children, eleven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Liz is retired from sewing custom made drapes, and Al is a retired cabinet maker. Al is a veteran of the Korean War. In her spare time, Liz enjoys writing in her journal and watching TV. Al enjoys walking and watching TV. Pattie Wise and John (Keith) Adams Pattie and Keith reside at Lot #383, 2770 Orlenes Street. They are part-time residents from Indiana and Tennessee. Pattie and Keith have three children and eight grandchildren.

Mary and James Tawes Mary and Jim live at Lot #160, 19459 Charleston Circle, as full-time residents from Maryland. They have five children, twelve grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Mary is retired from secretarial and transcribing in the medical field. Jim is also retired and owned a real estate business and a campground. In their spare time, Mary enjoys swimming and doing wire wrapping while Jim is a metal smith who enjoys lapidary which is stone cutting and polishing.

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FROM THE BOARD ROOM by Lou Welcome to 2022. It is a new year, a new start, an opportunity to try something new and different. Tara Woods offers more things to try than any other community. The number one resolution each year is focus on improving your health. How to do that in Tara Woods? Check out the exercise room at the pool. Try the recently purchased universal machine or the new recumbent bike. Try your hand at tennis or pickleball. Both groups will help you regardless of your level. How about exercise in the Clubhouse? Water aerobics, water volleyball or walking in the lap pool. Beginning line dancing is fun and a great workout. Shuffleboard and bocce also offer a choice to be outside and enjoy the weather and meet new friends. Table tennis is fun. When was the last time you tried a new card game? The selections are numerous, neat games with new people or pick up a book or two at our library. Try walking around our beautiful community. You are guaranteed to see things and animals that might be new to you. Take your phone or camera to capture a stunning sunrise or sunset over one of our lakes. Bowling, horseshoes, summer golf, corn

hole, Bingo, book club, Tai Chi, inspiration group, theater group or chorus. I could go on. Tara Woods is improving each day – sometimes in a big way, like a brand new fully refurbished main pool, and sometimes in smaller ways, such as new exercise equipment. We expect to see continued improvements. Your TWHA is your official bridge and link to Hometown America. We represent the residents and work with Hometown to improve our lifestyle and our community. Thank you for your support and volunteering to be a positive force in our community. Make a resolution to laugh more and embrace the journey. We look forward to seeing all members at our annual Homeowners Meeting. Given a quorum, members will be voting on the 2022 budget and four Director positions. If you are a 2022 paid member but won’t be able to attend the TWHA meeting on Monday, January 10th, NO Problem. Send in your proxy along with your absentee ballot. If you have any questions, please contact me at my contact below. Lou Dunning, President 239-240-5847, loudunning2@gmail.com


You purchase life insurance; you purchase automobile insurance; you purchase homeowners’ insurance; you purchase many other insurances. Why not give yourself the gift that keeps on giving? Joing and becoming a member of the FMO is a gift that keeps on giving. A three-year membership is only $65.00, a ten-dollar saving over three single year memberships. Purchase once and forget for the next three years. What do I get for my $65.00? You get a voice in Tallahassee. Nancy Black Stewart is that voice. She keeps us abreast of what is happening in the State Legislature. Good bills or bad bills the FMO encourages you to contact your representatives. If you like to play Bingo, the FMO keeps its ears to the ground to make sure that the big Bingo operations don’t

promote legislation preventing communities like ours from playing. After all, it was the FMO that pushed through legislation to allow Bingo in our communities. Other benefits include a bimonthly FMO Magazine, legal questions answered by FMO’s Legal Counsel, Robert Burandt, District meetings held in our area from October to May as allowed by current health guidelines. And much more. If you are not a member, I encourage you to join. If you are currently a member, I urge you to renew for three years. If you are unsure of your membership status, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you for taking the time to read, join or renew your membership. Wishing you and yours a very happy, healthy and safe 2022. Best wishes. ~ Stuart Berman



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In case anyone hasn’t caught the title of this article, for 2022 our Resident Appreciation Day is going to be Resident Appreciation Week. During the week of February 14th and culminating on Saturday, February 19th, Hometown America will be hosting several activities for the residents. On Saturday, February 19th, there will be a Pirate Parade. While there will be no prizes, those wishing to decorate their golf carts or bikes, or dress in the pirate theme are encouraged to do so. Additional details to follow. After the parade, a scavenger hunt is being planned. Details are still in the planning stage and final details will appear in the February issue of The Columns. In accordance with current CDC guidelines and Hometown America’s concern for the safety and well-being of the community, all food coming into the community must be wrapped. You will make your lunch selection when you

make your reservations. Watch the Tara Woods website and the February issue of The Columns for additional information. At this time there will be NO structured games in the afternoon. You will be free to play whatever games you wish and are encouraged to use the cleaning supplies prior to and at the completion of your game. Bingo is still on the schedule, as well as a dance Saturday evening. During the dance we will introduce our honoree. Resident Appreciation Day, in the past, required an extended effort on the part of the residents. Our Community Manager, Angi, feels that Resident Appreciation Day is for the residents and she, along with Hometown America, is providing the support and assistance to make this week something all residents will enjoy. ~ Stuart Berman

RED HAT LADIES Come join us on Tuesday, January 4th, at 1:00 PM at Bubba’s Ranch & Saloon, 2121 SW Pine Island Road in Cape Coral, just past the German American Club. The sign-up sheet is

on the board in the Clubhouse. We have lunch, cocktails, fun and a social. Hope to see some new faces. Any questions, call me, Patty Sparany, at 239-652-3869.

LOANER MEDICAL EQUIPMENT Wheelchairs, Walkers, Canes, Potty chairs, Shower seats and Crutches are available for community residents. Call one of the following: Frank Millette 543-2954, Joan Musso 856-498-0261, Lorraine Milligan 731-0346, or Chuck Poveromo 815-979-3467. Please remember to return the items you borrow clean when you are finished, so that other residents may have use of them also. We will gratefully accept donations of equipment in good working condition. Thank you.


TARA WOODS MEN’S AND WOMEN’S COLLARED SHIRTS, HATS AND LANYARDS On sale at the Clubhouse at Saturday Morning Coffee. Contact Lynn Lessmiller at 813-748-2005.



SUNSHINE AND SYMPATHY To those residents in our community who are recovering from an illness, we wish you a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing you out and about.

Ken Atkinson, Richard Binkowski, Tom Pelcarsky, Maggie Discepolo ************************************** DEATHS: Vi McLaughlin, Sue Nagle, Jim Schoeppner and former residents – Dick Weiss, and Jim Brown Remember these people in your thoughts and prayers. Please let me know of any medical news in your neighborhood. NANCY WUEBBELER 239-245-7575 – nkw4@comcast.net

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JANUARY 15th, 2022 Saturday 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM Reserve a Table at $10.00 each. Outside people will be allowed in this year. Breakfast & Lunch will be available. Any questions call Ken Atkinson (815)-970-0467 BREAKFAST: Pancakes & Sausage, Biscuit & Gravy, Egg, Sausage, Cheese Biscuit & Donuts LUNCH: Hamburgers, Hotdogs, Bratwursts, French Fries



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FOOD TRUCKS Residents enjoyed three food trucks on a rainy evening in Tara Woods, plus karaoke in the Clubhouse.

IMPORTANT – Our goal is to provide residents with updates to the 2021-2022 Resident Directory. Updated information is published in each edition of The Columns which is available on the TWHOA.net website. Please email any new additions, corrections and/or changes to: haywood.gandy@gmail.com. Please include Lot #, Name, Address, Telephone Number(s), and Home State(s). If you update your member information on the TWHOA website you MUST also send me the updated information for publication in the Directory.


The distribution of the New Tara Woods Resident Directory began the day before Thanksgiving. Over six hundred copies of the directory were delivered by December 12th, 2021. If you have not received your copy, please send an email to haywood.gandy@gmail.com. You can also text or call me at 239-203-8685. I would especially like to thank the following team of volunteers who stepped up and helped with distribution. Stuart Berman, Linda Beaulieu, Norma Gandy, Sheila Harris, Frank Millette, Linda Kasdorf, Barbara & Peter Krilivsky, Bill & Mary Nothnagel, Anita Sherman, Claire Schwinn, and Barbara Werner-Lubich. As with any publication, errors can occur and mistakes happen. I try my best to acknowledge and correct any mistakes made in a timely manner. However, sometimes things slip through the cracks, and I apologize for any errors that may have occurred. 2021-2022 RESIDENT DIRECTORY UPDATE PROCESS CHANGE

LIBRARY HOURS The Library in the Clubhouse will be open normal days and hours: Monday through Sunday 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM

CANS TO THE CURB Put your aluminum cans out to the curb on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month by 9:00 am. Our dedicated volunteers will pick them up. Why? – Revenue from the cans help fund your homeowners association. Recycling by “cans to the curb” it is good for us and our environment!

ATTENTION VETERANS!! Many of you are not aware of USAA Auto and Home Insurance specifically designed for veterans AND THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS: spouses, brothers, sisters, children, grandchildren etc. I can attest to the fact that the savings are substantial (for myself and my family) since becoming a member several years ago. You just need to call: 1-800-531-8722 to enroll. YOU SERVED – NOW YOU CAN SAVE! Sam Topping, U.S. Army

In order to improve on providing residents with timely information, we are now publishing weekly updates on the TWHOA website for TWHOA members. Monthly resident directory updates will continue to be published in The Columns.







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TARA WOODS CERT TEAM UPDATE Fire Safety and Smoke Alarm Installation – Originally scheduled for December 3rd, cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances affecting the instructor. This session will be rescheduled with a target date of the latter half of January. CERT Basic Training scheduled for February! Course will be held at Del Tura on February 9th, 11th, 16th, 18th, and the 23rd from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. If interested or for more information, contact barbara.wernerlubich@gmail.com or 410-409-5874. TW CERT Disaster Drill scheduled for Wednesday, March 2nd. A disaster drill in conjunction with NFMFD and CERT leader Christi Kulwicki. Your CERT team may ask the community’s help to participate. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! WE NEED YOU AND YOU AND YOU! EVERY ONE OF YOU! Thank you for your continued support of our CERT team.

MAGIC SOFTBALL DINNER Thursday, January 20th Tara Woods Clubhouse Yes, our famous spaghetti dinner is back and better than ever! Serving homemade spaghetti with meatballs, salad with Italian dressing, bread with butter and dipping oil, cake and coffee. Many residents attend every year and look forward to a great meal. New residents, ask your friends and neighbors about our spaghetti dinner. Doors open at 4:30 PM with bread and dipping oil served at 5:15 PM, followed by the salad at 5:30 PM, and the spaghetti about 6:00 PM. We promise to include more CHOCOLATE cake this year! Oh yes, BYOB. Tickets are $12.00 per person, the same price as two years ago, and will go on sale at Bingo and Saturday Morning Coffee immediately after the NEW YEAR. For those who are unable or uncomfortable dining with 200 residents, we offer carry-out service. Please notify us when you purchase your ticket. Note: we are restricted as to how many diners we may serve, so we will sell 220 tickets, plus carry-outs. Thank you for your continued support. ~ Bill Hubbs

QUARTER AUCTION THANK YOU I would like to start by just saying WOW. What a great turnout we had at our second Tara Woods Quarter Auction. We exceeded our goal of over $5,000 for the Day of Caring charities! We can’t thank everyone enough for those who volunteered their time helping with the auction and setting up the tables and chairs and cleaning up afterwards, those who donated items and/or gift cards for the baskets that were auctioned off, and finally to those who attended the auction and bid their quarters. We had approximately thirty residents who volunteered to help make this a success. Thank you to the Mid-Atlantic Club for hosting the dessert sale. Thanks to Sue Cook for her hard work in putting together all the baskets, Sheila Harris for coordinating the seating, and a special thanks to Chris Olson for chairing the Day of Caring. We are hoping to have another Quarter Auction sometime in early November 2022. Thank you, Tara Woods Residents, for helping to bring back the Magic of Tara Woods. ~ Judy Girty, Chairperson

HELPING HANDS Last year a group of residents formed a working committee to assist other residents with minor landscaping needs around their homes. The purpose was to perform minor landscaping work if the resident was either physically disabled to perform the work or could not financially support hiring someone to work. An example of the type of work that we would perform would be weed whacking and bush trimming, but nothing major. We are going to ask the Tara Woods Manager to screen the requests to make sure that they fit into the suggested requirements. ~ Mike Renzulli and Mike Hoard

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JANUARY CRUISERS Final cruise meeting is – Saturday, January 15th – Clubhouse – 10:00 AM. If conveniently possible, ALL NON-TARA WOODS CRUISERS, are most welcome to attend this final cruise meeting. Kindly call me, if attending, so I can give your name to the Guardhouse. I suggest that EVERYONE bring a pen and pad to take notes, as much information will be discussed. As our cruise nears, please take this time to verify that your passport is valid and you have your original vaccine and booster cards to take to the pier with you. PASSENGERS WITHOUT PROPER DOCUMENTATION WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO BOARD THE SHIP AND NO REFUND WILL BE PROVIDED As I type this, the above is what is presently required in December. When the January protocols are announced, you will be further advised, as well as information on what kind of RAPID TEST to get and where it’s offered. I’m working on that now. To be continued! ~ Dolores Paeth


Area Agency on Aging in coordination with your TWHA Neighbors Helping Neighbors Committee presents: What? Health and Wellness Seminar When? Sunday, January 23rd, 2022. 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Where? Tara Woods Clubhouse Why? Learn about resources and programs available to seniors in Lee County A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the Clubhouse.

DAY OF CARING Our Quarter Auction in November was a huge success. People had a great time and showed their caring spirits by giving $2,841.00 in quarters – amazing. Our total, as of December 6th, was $5,335.45. Just outstanding!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you, Tara Woods. As I have said, I have been to each of these charities, Wake Up America, Fort Myers Rescue Mission, and Catholic Charities, to see how each of your dollars or quarters are spent. Your donations are going to feeding many, many people. You are a blessing. ~ Chris Olson, Day of Caring Chairperson

MASONIC CLUB To fellow Masons in Tara Woods, do you know that there is a Tara Woods Masonic Club? We meet for breakfast at the Pine Lakes Pub on the second Wednesday, from January through April, at 8:30 AM. We also have a spring luncheon at a nearby restaurant for members, spouses, partners, and honored guests whose husbands had been in the club. The next breakfast will be Wednesday, January 12th. Please call Ken Ferris by the Monday before, to sign up, so reservations can be made. We would like to have you join us. If you have any questions, call Ken Ferris. ~ Ken Ferris





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LOVE IS IN THE AIR! SAVE THE DATE The Valentine’s Party & Dance is being held on Sunday, February 13th, and is being hosted by the New England Club. Tickets will go on sale on Tuesday, January 11th, at 5:30 PM and will be on sale through Tuesday, February 8th, before Bingo and at Saturday Morning Coffee. A poster will be up in the Clubhouse the first week of January, as well as table reservation sheets underneath the poster. Party details: John’s Mobile Music will be our DJ. We will be having a Rose Ceremony to honor

all attendees who have been married fifty years or more, and all couples “joining” the fifty-year club in 2022. Tickets are $10.00 per person, and we will be serving a special and sumptuous dessert. The doors will open at 6:00 PM. There will be a limit of two hundred people for this party, so plan on getting your tickets early. Any questions may be directed to Judy Machnicz at 203-858-2936/judymach@hotmail. com.

ATTENTION ALL SOFTBALL FANS The Magic is ready to start a New Season, and We look forward to seeing Everyone at the Ballpark. We will be Defending Our Title, and We need Your Support. We’ve had some new players move into the park and join the team. We’ve told them how Great Our Fans are, and they are looking forward to seeing You All at our

Games. Out first game is Monday, January 3rd, at 5:30 PM. We will be playing every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 PM throughout the season. Come join Us at Carmalita Park, in Punta Gorda. We All look forward to Seeing You All at the Ole’ Ballpark!!! THE “MAGIC”

SHUFFLEBOARD If anyone is interested in playing Horse Collar on Mondays at 10:00 AM, the cost is $1.00 per player (to be given away as prizes). Anyone can

play. The Tuesday and Friday leagues began in January 2021. Call Ken Atkinson at 815-970-0467 if you have any questions.

What are your financial resolutions for 2022?

As you know, 2021 was full of challenges. We were still feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic when supply chains shut down and inflation heated up. So, if you’re like many people, you might not be sorry to see the year come to a close. But now it’s time to look ahead to a brighter 2022. And on a personal level, you may want to set some New Year’s resolutions. You might resolve to improve your health and diet, and possibly learn some new skills, but why not make some financial resolutions, too? Here are a few ideas to consider: • Prepare for the unexpected. If you haven’t already created an emergency fund, now may be a good time to start. Ideally, you’d like to have three to six months’ worth of living expenses in this fund, with the money kept in a low-risk, liquid account. (If you’re retired, you may want your emergency fund to contain up to a year’s worth of living expenses.) Once you’ve got this fund established, you may be able to avoid dipping into long-term investments to pay for short-term needs, such as costly home or auto repairs or large medical bills. • Boost your retirement savings. The pandemic caused many us to reevaluate our ability to eventually enjoy the retirement lifestyles we’ve envisioned. In fact, 33% of those planning to retire soon said they started to contribute even more to their retirement savings during the pandemic, according to a study from Age Wave and Edward Jones. This year, if you can afford it, increase your contributions to your IRA and your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plan. • Reduce your debt load. The less debt you carry, the more money you’ll have available to support your lifestyle today and save and invest for tomorrow. So, this year, resolve to cut down on your existing debts and avoid taking on new ones whenever possible. You can motivate yourself by measuring your progress – at the beginning of 2022, record your total debts and then compare this figure to your debt load at the start of 2023. If the numbers have dropped, you’ll know you were making the right moves. • Don’t overreact to the headlines. A lot can happen during a year. Consider inflation – it shot up in 2021, but it may well subside in 2022. If you changed your investment strategy last year to accommodate the rise in inflation, would you then have to modify it again when prices fall? And inflation is just one event. What about changes in interest rates? How about new legislation coming out of Washington? And don’t forget extreme weather events, such as wildfires and floods. Any or all of these occurrences can affect the financial markets in the short term, but it just doesn’t make sense for you to keep changing the way you invest in response to the news of the day. Instead, stick with a strategy that’s appropriate for your goals, risk tolerance and time horizon. You may need to adjust this strategy over time, in response to changes in your own life, but don’t let your decisions be dictated by external events. These aren’t the only financial resolutions you can make – but following them may help you develop positive habits that can help you face the future with confidence.



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TOY DRIVE Thank you to all the Tara Woods residents who participated in our Annual Christmas Toy Drive. Many of our area children would have gone without presents this holiday season if not for your generosity. You have all proven, once

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SAYING HELLO Hello all – My name is Barbara Gilfillan, and I am running for a seat on the TARA WOODS HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION Board of Directors. I am happy to share with you, my qualifications. I look forward to serving as your representative. Email: bgilfillan1@gmail.com Cell: 401-486-9650 Barbara lives on Kara Circle and has been a full-time resident here for five years. For the past three years, she shared her time and talent with the New England Club as the Vice President. She is happy creating her ceramic pieces, playing bocce, and when the sun is not too hot – swimming in the pool. Currently, she is working at Allstate Insurance as the Executive Assistant to the Director of the IT Department. This is a parttime remote job, and it provides Barbara the time to spend here at Tara Woods. Formerly, she was the Operations Manager for the Center for Spiritual Living in Cape Coral where she serves as a licensed Spiritual Practitioner. In this role, she facilitates classes, workshops, meditation groups and special events. Before retiring in 2011, Barbara was the Case Manager for the Honorable Ronald R.

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TENNIS NEWS TENNIS ASSOCIATION Welcome back to all the snowbirds, and it’s great to see all the familiar faces. Tennis is in full swing with the ongoing social tennis, which has been well attended. To everyone interested in tennis, regardless of skill level, social tennis is open to all. The first Round Robin of the season was set for December 18th. The sign-up sheet for our second Round Robin – in January – will be posted soon, so please sign up if you’re interested; the more the better – it’s a fun day for all involved. Tennis league play has also started along with our TWIT competition. Hope to see everyone on the courts. ~ Ed Sandre OPEN TENNIS The mixed doubles “Open Tennis” is played every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday from 9:00 – 10:30 AM. All skill levels are welcome to join us on the courts and there is no need to sign up to play on those “Open Tennis” days. If you have an interest in playing tennis, stop by the courts and check us out.

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BE SURE TO CHECK THE TENNIS BULLETIN BOARD ON A REGLAR BASIS FOR UPDATED INFORMATION ON WHAT IS GOING ON WITH TENNIS ACTIVITIES. TENNIS LEAGUES Men’s League White Team - Stallions The White Team has had a good start this season. We are currently in first place among the six communities that play together. Pine Lakes, Sabal Springs, Lake Fairways, Admiralty, and Six Lakes make up the other teams. It is early in the season, and some teams do not have all their players here. In January when all the teams have all their players, team competition will be at its best. Remember, we still have two more matches with teams we have not yet played against; however, we are working at doing our best. You can check the Tennis Bulletin Board any time to see our standings and the weeks we play at home. We play on Tuesdays at 1:30 PM. Come out and cheer on our team. ~ Fred Puhlfuerst Blue Team - Mustangs Tara Woods will have a men’s Blue Division Team in the North Ft. Myers Senior Community Tennis League this season. The 2020-21 season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The league season will begin in January and continue through March. The team will play home matches at 1:30 PM on Courts 1 and 3 on Thursday afternoons. A schedule will be posted on the Tennis Bulletin Board located

by the Craft Building near Court 1. Away games will also start at 1:30 PM on Thursdays. This is competition between seven nearby communities – intense, but friendly play. We invite everyone to come and support the Tara Woods Mustangs. ~ Roger Rafferty TWIT (Tara Woods Inter-Community Tennis) This is just a reminder that we have started an internal co-ed tennis competition in Tara Woods. If you are reading this announcement for the first time, it is not too late to inquire about playing in a semicompetitive internal competition. We are looking for additional players so we can add players to additional courts. Contact Mike Renzulli for more details at 239543-4189. ~ Mike Renzulli ROUND ROBINS We held our first Round Robin of the season on Saturday, December 18th. It was a great time for all who played and then enjoyed the social gathering afterwards. We will be holding our second Round Robin on Saturday January 29th, and we are looking forward to another great turnout; we encourage anyone who missed out on the fun of the first one to sign up soon! ~ Greg Girard Submitted by Linda Engel






ENTERTAINING NEWS So, Ladies and Gentlemen…January has arrived, and we are ready for it! The Entertainers are getting closer to putting our show on stage, especially with March just around the corner. We will be building the set next month, and before you know it we will be entertaining those who are sitting in the audience laughing and applauding for our actors on stage. Those of us who work off/backstage hear the applause and enjoy it also. Be sure to mark your calendars for the second weekend in March. The doors open at 6:30 PM for the 7:00 PM show on Friday the 11th and Saturday the 12t.. In addition, the doors open at 1:30 PM for the 2:00 PM show on Sunday the 13th. This additional show on Sunday for a Matinee will give those who do not want to drive at night and those who work on Friday and Saturday a chance to see our show. And what the heck, we put so much time and effort into our shows, it just seems right to keep the show going. There are three important parts of a stage play; good material to work with, wonderful actors and crew to put the play on stage, and an enthusiastic audience to perform for. We have done our part; now is the opportunity for you, Tara Woods, to provide the third and final piece of this puzzle.

Our tickets will be going on sale in the early part of February, so look for more information next month. As usual, they will be sold at Saturday Morning Coffee, and before Bingo on Tuesday night. There will be more information on this at a later date. With the departure of Irene D’Amico (we very much miss Irene and John), we are looking to fill her “tiny” shoes for selling our tickets. Like I said, there will be more information later. Life’s a stage and we are constantly changing the scenery.” Pat Dunning, President of the Entertainers 239-240-5848 pdunning46@gmail.com


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MID-ATLANTIC SOCIAL CLUB NEWS We welcome several new members and always have room for additional members from Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and friends from all over the country. Check-out our Club newsletter on the bulletin board in the Clubhouse for details on previous meetings, contact information and upcoming events. Our January meeting will feature a Chili Cook-Off. Several Club members will feature their best chili recipes and the group will vote on the best entry. ~ Sue Clark

MIDWEST CLUB Happy New Year to all the Midwest Club members. Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season with your friends and family. Thanks to every person who helped plan, set up, worked in the kitchen, served, and cleaned up at the Tara Woods Christmas party. Do not forget we will need help on Saturday, January 8th, at 9:00 AM, taking down our Midwest Christmas tree. Our first Midwest Club meeting will be Friday, January 14, from 5:00 – 9:00 PM. It will be a football/Superbowl themed party so wear your favorite football jersey (high school, college, or NFL). A sign-up sheet will be posted, so check the bulletin board. The cost will be $6.00 per person for a sub sandwich and a snack. We are asking members to bring a dessert (cookies, brownies, blondies, etc.). Place settings will be provided. Bring a favorite beverage for your table. Ticket sales will begin on Tuesday, December 28th, with the deadline for sign-up on Tuesday, January 4th, at Bingo. Hope everyone has a happy and prosperous 2022. ~ Vicki Hoard

NEW ENGLAND CLUB The New England Club rang in the holidays with a fun-filled, gift-filled and laugh-filled party on Saturday, December 4th. Hopefully, everyone now knows what solid red loafers and button-down blouses look like! Congratulations to team number three, Captained by Peter Krilivsky, who came up with the most (and true) items for the scavenger hunt. Congratulations also to Circle number 1, Captained by Bill Machnicz, who remembered the most in the Classic TV Trivia Quiz. And Lefty the Elf was so happy that you all liked your gifts! On Saturday, January 8th, at 9:00 AM, we must take down our beautiful New England Club tree. Please come and help if you can. The more, the merrier. Also, Saturday, January 8th, is our “Glad We’re Not in New England” party at 5:00 PM. The New England themed menu will be: New England Clam Chowder, Fenway Sausage Peppers & Onions, Fenway Franks, Boston Baked Beans, Vermont Apple Pie with Vermont Sharp Cheddar! Sign-up sheets are NOW up in the Clubhouse, and when you sign up, please indicate your meat preference with a “check” in the appropriate column. The DEADLINE for sign-ups is Sunday, January 2nd. NEWS FLASH!!!! We didn’t deplete our open bar at the Christmas party, therefore, if you want to drink White Zinfandel, Chardonnay or Coors Lite, those will be supplied as well as some soda. Otherwise, please BYOB. Raffle tickets will also be for sale, and as always, we will be playing some very fun games. There is no charge to attend this party for all club members who have paid their dues. Hope to see Everyone there! ~ Judy Machnicz


NEW YORK / NEW JERSEY CLUB Happy New Year from the New York/New Jersey Club! Thank you to Teri Burt for all her hard work for our Christmas meeting. Great work from Teri and her committee! Our next meeting is on Friday, January 7th, at 5:00 PM. It will be “Soups, Stews and Chowders”, always a favorite. Hosts will be Steve & Eileen Robinson and Marge Datz. Sign-up sheets are hung up in the Clubhouse. Please sign up to help. So, get your favorite soup, stew, or chowder recipe out and we will see you on Friday, January 7th! Let’s start the new year with a large attendance! ~ Eileen Robinson

CANADIAN CLUB Welcome back, Canadians. What a nice feeling to be able to return to our Tara Woods homes after such a long absence. We have been happily dusting and cleaning almost two years of what had accumulated while most of us were absent. We look forward to seeing and getting caught up with everyone over the next few months. A big thank you to Anne Turner, Lesley Krauss, and Angela Plested for making the delicious cookies for the tree trimming, and we are now looking for volunteers to do the same for the untrimming on Saturday, January 8th. Please let Brenda Redgers or Patti Thompson know if you could help and join us to pack away the Christmas decorations for another year. We have three dates available for a gathering in the new year 2022: Friday, January 21st, Friday, February 18th, and Friday, March 25th, if anyone is interested in organizing an event. The Clubhouse is available to us for these time slots. In discussing this with our members, there is some reluctance in gathering inside due to COVID concerns, but the patio is open. Let me know if you want to organize something for these dates. The Yard Sale sponsored by the shuffleboard group is being held in January and tables are available from Ken Atkinson. It’s always a fun time and a great opportunity to clean out items we are not using anymore. We look forward to Resident Appreciation Day in February and my understanding is to look forward to a different format. Stay tuned for updates. I know we have had a few Canadians leave Tara Woods but have also heard of newcomers. Please let them know of upcoming events and if they and you could send your info, Tara Woods addresses/phone numbers/emails/Canadian addresses so we can update our directory. Send to Brenda Redgers and I will do my best to update the list. Let’s all enjoy the warm days in this New Year as we buzz about on our carts, enjoy the activities and friendship available to us here at Tara Woods. Looking forward to reconnecting with you all. ~ Brenda Redgers

SHILOH SPEAKS Yikes! It’s a new year 2022, WOW!! I can’t believe we are going on another 365 days. Don’t forget when writing our checks to be sure to write 2022. Yes, we still have to be safe, smart, and strong. As for Shiloh Speaks for the New Year of 2022, I’m giving you a small poem. AT the sound of the tolling midnight bell, a brand new year will begin. LETS raise our hopes in a confident toast, to the promise it ushers in. MAY your battles be few, your pleasures many, your wishes and dreams fulfilled. MAY your confidence stand in the face of loss, and give you the strength to rebuild. MAY peace of heart fill all your days, and serenity grace your soul. MAY tranquil moments bless your life and keep your spirit whole. So when the final 10 seconds end, and the NEW YEAR is starting, everyone cheers, HAPPY NEW YEAR 2022 Our beautiful tradition will never get old, A path that leads to beautiful tomorrows. Appreciation of all the wonderful things that’s coming for 2022.

Be happy – stay healthy and don’t make resolutions that can’t be kept; and believe in oneself cause it’s you that makes it happen. Well, my time is up for this first 2022 segment of “Shiloh Speaks”. Be sure to pick up after us, It’s YOUR TARA WOODS!! KEEP IT CLEAN!!! See you next month! Shiloh




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CLUBHOUSE MINISTRIES For new residents of Tara Woods and existing residents too, the Clubhouse Ministries invite you to join one of their Bible study classes, which are held in the Clubhouse Meeting Room every Tuesday morning at 10:00 AM. These meetings give you an opportunity to make new friends as you study the Scriptures in relaxed and enjoyable surroundings. We are a non-denominational group. No need to make reservations, folks! Just stop by any Tuesday morning at 10:00 AM. Come join us! ~ Ann Scott

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SPORTS, EXERCISE, and ACTIVITIES ACTIVITIES, ACTIVITIES A big THANK YOU to everyone who brought us such wonderful events in December: • Pancake Breakfast – 2nd Saturday of the month, November – May, Fred Puhlfuerst & crew. • Christmas Golf Cart Parade – organized by the CERT team. • Christmas Dinner/Party, hosted by the Midwest Club. • Christmas Caroling, hosted by the Inspirations Study Group. • New Year’s Eve Party, hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Club. • Refreshments for decorating and undecorating the Clubhouse hosted by the Canadian Club. • Everyone who helped decorate the Clubhouse. The numerous individuals who host such a wide variety of activities for our residents each month: cards, Mah Jongg, water aerobics, exercise, line dancing, chorus, Entertainers, clubs, New Resident Orientation, aluminum can pick-up, bunco, water volleyball, tennis, softball, pickleball, shuffleboard, bocce, horseshoes, billiards, table tennis,

To stay informed of events in Tara Woods:

yoga, puzzles & board games, Saturday Morning Coffee, movie night, game night, Bingo, Bible study, Library, Tai Chi, ceramics, book club, bowling, golf, trips & tours, Sunshine & Sympathy, Garden Club, medical equipment, website, bulletin boards, blood pressure screening, directory, FMO, The Columns, Sound & Lighting, Red Hat, Board of Directors, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, CERT, and I’m sorry if I missed any. Please know that you are very much appreciated for all you bring to the residents. You are a big part of the “Magic” that is alive and well in Tara Woods. I want to thank everyone for all their support during my time as Activities Coordinator. I am retiring as of January 1st, 2022. I will remain as Scheduler for the time-being. I have been working with the Board this past year to make the transition into a new format for Activities as smooth as possible. They may be looking for volunteers to assist in some events, so please consider using your time and talents to support them. Watch for all events/parties in The Columns, on the website, (twhoa.net) and

- Read the posters on the bulletin board in the Clubhouse. - Check the Clubhouse bulletin boards for meeting and event information and sign-up sheets. - Come to Saturday Morning Coffee! - Read The Columns and check the Calendar. - Sign on to the Tara Woods website, www.twhoa.net, to be kept informed of all current events and more! - Check out page 5 of the Tara Woods Community Resident Directory to see all the opportunities to keep you busy in Tara Woods, with the contact people for each one listed if you have questions. - Page 4 of the Directory lists the contact people for specific responsibilities under the Board of Directors that you can contact with any questions. on posters in the Clubhouse. More information is offered at Saturday Morning Coffee and at Homeowner meetings. To ensure a successful event, the following are some basic guidelines for planning the parties and events offered to our residents: • Put it on the website by contacting Lynn Lessmiller: lyncarmike@gmail. com. • Put it in The Columns by the 10th of the month before the event by sending the info to Linda Beaulieu: lindabluetw@gmail.com. • Notify Sound & Lighting for

microphones, use of the big screen or other sound and lighting needs by contacting Frank Millette at 239-543-2954. • For Kitchen supplies contact Janet Daly, at least a week before the event at 239-567-2285. It has been a pleasure to serve the residents of Tara Woods as Activities Coordinator. With the continued support of the clubs/groups to host parties/events, this community will enjoy many activities for years to come. Janet Daly, Activities Coordinator, janetdaly@yahoo.com, 239-567-2285

TAI CHI IMPORTANT NOTE: Beginning Tuesday, October 5th, Tai Chi classes meet the same days, Tuesday and Thursday, but at a new time 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM. The time change is necessary to accommodate The Entertainers group. Tai Chi classes continue and are going strong in Tara Woods. A dedicated group of residents continued practice through the summer, under the patient and supportive guidance of our incredible instructor, Tony Fettig. Tai Chi students have progressed through the first twenty-four movements of the 108 movement set. As we head into full “season”, we look forward to welcoming back our snowbirds who began classes with us in April, as well as any newbies who would like to begin Tai Chi. Tony will help you get caught up with the rest of the class. Not familiar with Tai Chi? Here’s some info so you can decide if Tai Chi is right for you. When are classes? Tai Chi classes are FREE in the Tara Woods Clubhouse. Classes meet year-round Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM. Who is teaching classes? Our instructor is Tony Fettig. Tony has twenty years martial arts experience (Tai Chi is a form of martial art) and ten years experience in Tai Chi, six of those years as an instructor. He is a full- time resident at Pine Lakes for the past ten years where he teaches Tai Chi classes twice a week. How do I sign up for classes? Who do I contact with questions? We ask that you sign up for classes. Contact Barbara Werner-Lubich, Tara Woods resident: Phone: 410-409-5874, Email: barbara.wernerlubich@gmail.com OR Deb Nespolo, Tara Woods resident: Phone: 401-309-1136, Email: debra.nespolo@gmail.com. What is Tai Chi? Originating in ancient China, Tai Chi is one of the most effective exercises for mind and body health. Tai Chi is a mind and body practice that involves a series of slow, gentle, flowing exercises that combine movement, meditation, and rhythmic breathing.

Who is Tai Chi for? Everyone!! Men and women, any age. Like starting any exercise, it is important to ask your physician any questions you may have about whether Tai Chi is right for you. What are the health benefits of Tai Chi? Tai Chi has been shown to improve one’s flexibility, coordination, relaxation, balance, stamina, and blood oxygenation. It has also been shown to help relieve stress, reduce blood pressure and heart rate. All are particularly important as we age. With the mind and body united in movement, seniors find they feel good and can bring this feeling into their everyday lives, making them more resilient physically and emotionally. What are classes like? Tony teaches the Taoist forms of Master Moy Lin Shin. First 20 minutes: Foundation exercises, slowly and gently working all muscle groups and joints with an emphasis on deep breathing and relaxation. Second 20 minutes: From the beginning, step by step learning the forms of Master Moy Lin Shin. Demonstrating and practicing each movement in order, emphasizing stance, direction, hand and foot position, all in order to achieve the most physical benefit. Last 20 minutes: Connecting the learned movements into the relaxed, continuous, flowing form of Tai Chi. What should I bring to class? Tony recommends comfortable clothes and flat shoes that allow the foot to glide and pivot. One of the best shoes for Tai Chi is FitKicks available on Amazon for $20-$23. Ballet style slippers like those sold by Isotoner (any brand will do) are also acceptable. Just want to try outTai Chi out before buying shoes? You can wear socks for the short term. Not allowed: bare feet or sneakers. Not sure if shoes you already have are acceptable? Bring them to class to show Tony along with socks just in case. Bring a water bottle. It’s important to stay well hydrated and we will take a brief water break part way through class.



CURTIS IS BACK & HE IS LOOKING FOR YOU!! Now is the time to get up and get going again. This is a total body workout that can be done standing or sitting down. It includes stretching, balance, cardio and light weights. Give it a try - nothing to lose and may even gain some muscle. Classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays in the clubhouse at 8:00 AM. Any questions, please contact Barb Simonson at 541-840-4430. Additional classes are held Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:00 AM. Any questions, please contact Marcia Poveromo 239-560-9642.


The Book Club will meet on Thursday, January 6th, at 2760 Steamboat Loop at 1:30 PM. If you like to read, join us for a discussion on the latest best sellers and take home a book from the stack available. For more information, call Marilyn Workman at 239-543-1168.


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8:00 AM Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays.

Come join us in this fun, non-competitive sport. Meet new/old friends, get a few laughs while exercising. No experience necessary. Hope to see you there. If questions, contact Barb Simonson at 541-840-4430.

Air temperature must be 62 degrees by 8:00 AM. Use ABC News to check temperature. This is a great exercise for men and women with less stress on your joints and muscles. The class consists of stretching, cardio and water weights. If you have them, bring a noodle, stretch bands and water weights. If questions, contact Judy Brda at 239-731-1797.



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NEW IMAGE CHORUS Happy 2022. I sincerely hope all is well with you and your families. We should be welcoming back the last of our snowbirds to Chorus. I want to thank the members of the Chorus who not only put up THE NEW IMAGE CHRISTMAS TREE but also will be taking it down. As the expression goes, we can accomplish quite a bit by offering a helping hand. ATTENTION SOPRANOS. Your voice is requested by the New Image Chorus, along with altos, and anyone who wants to have a good time and exercise their lungs. Your attendance and participation will be greatly appreciated. There are NO auditions, NO tryouts. You don’t even have to know how to read music. Just come to the Clubhouse on Mondays at 12:30 PM. Practice is only one day a week and lasts for two hours with a break in between. It is important that you bring your song book with you. This way you will have the words to the songs we

are singing, in front of you. Who knows, you could have fun, stay healthy and meet some wonderful neighbors at the same time? May 2022 provide you with good health and happiness, and most important, stay safe. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you for your support. ~ Stuart Berman

LOOKING FOR BRIDGE PLAYERS We play bridge on Tuesday afternoons in the card room, at 12:30 PM. We’d love to have you join us. We are looking for more bridge players.

We are a friendly group and usually play until about 3:00 PM. Call Beth Ferris to sign up, at 239-543-6295.







TARA WOODS COMPUTER CLUB Welcome Back! The Tara Woods Computer Club suspended its meetings with the start of the COVID restrictions in March 2020, but our regular meetings will resume on the first Thursday of January (January 6th). Free computer classes for the owners, renters, and guests of Tara Woods will be held at 10:30 AM every Thursday in the Card Room at the Clubhouse. They are open to everyone, and there is no membership fee. The first and third Thursday of each month will be devoted to Computer Basics. This is a complete course on how to use your computer but may have to be shortened to finish by the end of the season. The second and fourth Thursday are reserved for General subjects and cover a single specific topic of interest. The first topic we will discuss is Windows 11 on January 13th. If there is a fifth Thursday in a month, it is an open question and answer session where you can ask me almost anything you want. We will spend as much time as we need to on each topic, and the next topic to be covered will always posted on the bulletin board in the Clubhouse. You can attend only those classes that appeal to you. Bring something to take notes with, and your laptop computer if

you want to follow along on it. I have continued to provide my normal services in the park. I give private lessons and set up or repair computers in your home. I’ve been designing, programming, repairing, teaching, and working with computers since 1968, and can help you with all your computer needs. Please call me with any questions or comments at 239-652-0488. Please continue to be careful and stay healthy. I’m looking forward to seeing you. Dave St. Laurent, The Computer Tutor



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can play too. We have really BIG game packs and “Specials” that are 8 ½” x 11” with 2” numbers. No additional charge for the ticket that can make you the “King” or the “Queen” for the night and earn you even more money on all game sheets. Game packets are sold with either 6 game squares per sheet or 9 game squares. The “Special” game papers have 3 game squares. Buy as many as you’d like! Our Tuesday night BINGO session consists of 14 regular games and 6 “Special” games We also have “Hot Ball” prizes of $50.00 or more and a “Social” raffle. Sales STOP at 6:45 PM. Come join the fun.

PICKLEBALL To all new and existing residents. Looking to get some exercise and have some fun at the same time? Come join us for Pickleball! It’s one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S. Current open play times are at 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM every day. Come down to the courts and say hello. We would be happy to teach you how to play the game. There are paddles available in the storage container in front of the courts and the balls are located on the door of each court. Proper footwear is required. Join in on the fun! For further information contact Richard Breniser 330-418-6461 or rbreniser@gmail.com


Starting in November. Join us for some fun and great exercise. Tuesdays 9:30 AM – Experienced dancers Fridays 10:00 AM – Beginners Barb Goodhue 517-404-8063


Mondays at 3:00 PM Tuesdays at 9:00 AM No need to sign up. Don’t need a partner. New teams chosen every week ~ Easy to learn. Questions: call Rudy Diaz 239-347-7934 Additional time: Tuesdays at 3:30. For information contact Barbara J. Gilfillan

TENNIS ANYONE? Join other tennis players every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday from 9:00-10:30 AM for friendly Tennis.


Ladies and Gentlemen, come join us every Sunday at 7:00 PM in the Card Room. Cost is $3.00. Will you have the first Bunco or the last, or the most? Will you have the most wins, or the most losses? If you do, the prize money will be yours! Come join the fun. Questions: call Polly Brown 731-1614


Looking for Players!

Remember those days playing ping pong as a kid? You can still play today! Please join us on Thursdays from 1:00 to 3:00 PM in the Clubhouse. For further information contact Norm Libby at 239-246-3510.

AGGRAVATION Meets in the Clubhouse Card Room

at 7:00 PM on Monday and Thursday nights. The game consists of 11 hands and is easy to learn. Eight quarters gets you in. Come join the fun and play a great card game.


Come join the Mah Jongg group. Do not know how to play? We teach the first three Mondays of the month. We have a great time. Come & join us on Mondays 12:003:00 PM. The Happy Ladies of Mah Jongg.


There’s a “new” game at Tara Woods. If you hear someone say, “fifteen two fifteen four” and you don’t think they’ve lost a screw or two, come and join us in the Card Room every Wednesday at 2:00 PM for a few games of Cribbage. The arrangement is fairly flexible since Cribbage can be played by 2 or 3 or 4 players. Just be there by 2 PM. Cards, cribbage boards and fun will be provided. Contact Ann Millette 239-543-2954

POKER, ANYONE? LADIES! DO YOU PLAY POKER? How long has it been since you’ve played with friends? Did you know there’s a game every Monday night at the Clubhouse just for the ladies? Well, we really don’t have a “No Boys Allowed!!!” Rule, but men usually don’t like to play with wild cards and we do. But they’re welcome to play as long as they are willing to “play like girls”. It is most likely the least stressful and least expensive poker you can play around here! It’s a good night to socialize with the ladies and make new friends with the girls who like to play poker. The stakes are very low. Call Polly Brown, 731-1614, if you’d like to join us – she’ll fill you in on the details or answer any questions you may have.

MEN’S POKER Wednesday in Meeting Room at Clubhouse. 3:00 - 6:00 PM. Contact George D’Allesandro, 239-543-8492.


The Bridge group is looking for bridge players. We meet on Tuesdays at 12:30 PM in the Card Room. Call Beth Ferris at 543-6295 or Pauline Young, 239-997-5984 first if you are interested in playing with this friendly group. We’d like to have you join us. Beth Ferris


Come join the group for a fun-filled afternoon of cards! We meet on Fridays at 2:00 PM in the Card Room. Don’t know how to play the game? EASY! We will teach you! It is easy to learn. Questions: contact Polly Brown, 39-246-2391

GAME NIGHT Every Friday night at 7:00 p.m.

Different games can be played (All are easy to Learn) LEFT – CENTER – RIGHT (dice- 3-coin buy-in)(winner-take-all each game)

CONTRACT RUMMY (similar to Aggravation) (6 quarter buy-in) 31 (card game) (3 dime buy-in each game) (winner-take-all each game)

For more information call Polly Brown at (239) 731-1614

CERAMICS Mondays – 12:00 Noon

Ceramics is held in the Ceramics Room by the Tennis Courts. We are there every Monday at 12:00 Noon. For more information and for firing of the kiln please contact Maury Miller, 239-365-9859. We hope you will come and participate in making ceramics with us. Come join the fun.


If anyone is interested in playing Horse Collar on Mondays at 10:00 AM, the cost is $1.00 per player (to be given away as prizes). Anyone can play. The Tuesday and Friday leagues began in January. Call Ken Atkinson at 815-970-0467 if you have any questions.

HORSESHOES Every Friday at 1:00 PM At the Horseshoe Pits. Come join us for fun and laughs.


Please check with the clubhouse for information on YOGA classes.






January 2022 Calendar of Events What’s happening in Tara Woods this month?

EVERY MONDAY January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 8:00 AM Water Aerobics/ Main Pool 9:00 AM Entertainers 10:00 AM Yoga/Meeting Room 12:30 PM New Image Chorus 12:30 PM Mahjong/Card Room 7:00 PM Aggravation/Card Room 7:00 PM Ladies Poker/Card Room

MONDAY SPECIAL EVENTS January 3 2:00 PM HOA Board Meeting/Board Rm January 10 7:00 PM HOA Membership Annual Meeting

EVERY TUESDAY January 4, 11, 18, 25 8:00 AM Senior Exercise 9:30 AM Advanced Line Dancing 10:00 AM Clubhouse Ministries/Meeting Room 11:15 AM Tai Chi 12:30 AM Bridge/Card Room 6:00 PM Billiards/Billiard Room 6:45 PM Bingo

TUESDAY SPECIAL EVENTS January 4 10:30 AM Sound & Lighting Meeting Card Room January 11 10:00 AM Resident’s Appreciation Meeting Card Room January 18 1:00 PM CERT CPR/AED Training

EVERY WEDNESDAY January 5, 12, 19, 26 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM Produce Truck 8:00 AM Water Aerobics/Main Pool 10:00 AM Senior Exercise 10:00 AM Yoga/Meeting Room 2:00 PM Cribbage/Card Room 2:00 PM Men’s Poker/Meeting Room 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM Ice Cream Truck

WEDNESDAY SPECIAL EVENTS January 19 7:00 PM CERT Meeting/Meeting Room January 26 11:30 AM Columns Staff Appreciation Lunch Clubhouse Parking Lot

EVERY THURSDAY January 6, 13, 20, 27 8:00 AM Senior Exercise 9:00 AM Entertainers 11:15 AM Tai Chi 1:00 PM Table Tennis 1:00 PM Water Volleyball/Lap Pool 6:00 PM Billiards/Billiard Room 7:00 PM Aggravation/Card Room

THURSDAY SPECIAL EVENTS January 20 5:00 PM “Magic” Softball Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

EVERY FRIDAY January 7, 14, 21, 28 8:00 AM Water Aerobics/Main pool 10:00 AM Beginner Line Dancing 10:00 AM Yoga/Meeting Room 1:30 PM Hand & Foot Cards/Card Room 7:00 PM Game Night/Card Room

FRIDAY SPECIAL EVENTS January 7 5:00 PM January 14 5:00 PM January 21 4:00 PM

SATURDAY January 15, 22, 29 7:45 AM Coffee/Info. Meeting January 8,15,22,29 10:00 AM Senior Exercise January 8, 22 9:00 AM Aluminum Can Pickup

SATURDAY SPECIAL EVENTS January 1 Happy New Year! January 8 7:30 AM Pancake Breakfast $5 January 8 9:00 AM Undecorate Clubhouse January 8 10:00 AM New Resident Orientation/Mtg. Rm. January 8 5:00 PM New England Club January 15 8:00 AM Yard Sale/Clubhouse January 15 9:15 AM Entertainer’s Biz Meeting/Mtg. Rm. January 15 10:00 AM Final Cruise Meeting/Meeting Rm January 15 7:00 PM S & L Show - Gary Delena January 22 5:00 PM Kara Circle Block Party January 29 7:00 PM Movie Night

EVERY SUNDAY January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 1:00 PM Water Volleyball/Lap Pool 7:00 PM Bunco/Card Room

SUNDAY SPECIAL EVENTS January 9 4:00 PM Private Party January 16 12:00 PM Book Signing/Meeting Rm. January 16 4:00 PM Mid-Atlantic Club January 23 2:00 PM Agency on Aging Presentation

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All events are in the main hall of the Clubhouse unless other wise noted.

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