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THE COLUMNS Vol. 30 No. 1

Tara Woods Homeowners Association –

January 2019




It was a beautiful evening lighting up the streets of Tara Woods with the annual Golf Cart Parade. Folks started gathering at the Clubhouse around 5:00 PM to line up and socialize. Santa himself, on his impressive sleigh, kicked off the procession. Each cart on its own was extraordinary and reflected the work and creativity of its owner. All the carts together were truly a sight to behold. After a tour around the Community, the residents gathered in the Clubhouse for caroling, hot chocolate, cookies and treats.

Well done to ALL! ~ Lou Dunning

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MANAGER’S CORNER walk, or ride our bikes. I hope to see all of you there. We are back to enjoying the lifestyle of friendships and guests who have arrived for the warm climate. As we are at full capacity for the winter season; please be mindful of the speed limit and be aware of traffic flow. For those riding bikes, walking, or in a golf cart, make sure that you are wearing light colored clothing and carrying a flash light.

While out driving, walking, or cart riding, take a look at some of the new amenities that will better serve our residents. Please keep in mind that some are still a work in progress and we will be able to utilize them very soon. This year our Resident Appreciation Day will be on Saturday, February 23, 2019. So please mark your calendars and watch for all the details to be coming out soon.

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We know as things move along, numbers and emergency contacts change. So, if you have any changes to your phone numbers or emergency contacts, please stop by the Office and update that information. You can write it down and drop it off with your rent or stop by and get a cookie and then drop it off.

“The New Year lies ahead With books to be read, And adventures to be led, May you find fulfillment and joy All year long!” – unknown Darlene D. Bradley

THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH by Sam Topping “The meeting of preparation with opportunity generates the offspring we call luck.”


Happy New Year, Tara Woods! Hope you all had a Merry Christmas. It is unbelievable that the holidays have come and gone. Parties, Christmas caroling, the Golf Cart Parade are long gone for another year. We have all had way too much to eat and our New Year’s resolutions are on our mind. We have all promised ourselves that we will attend exercise classes, do yoga, swim laps in the pool,

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FROM THE BOARD ROOM by Lou The exterior Christmas decorations will be coming down now as we look forward to a healthy, happy and busy new year here in Tara Woods. The exterior lights are a joint effort between your Tara Woods Homeowners Association and Hometown America. Thank you to Janet Daly for coordinating this activity along with her crew: Linda Hoos, Sue Van Sickle, Patty & Ed Sparany, Bob Kuhns, George Daly, Pat & Lou Dunning and Mark Van Ort. Thanks also to the residents and Clubs who have donated lights and money looking towards next year’s light display. Contact Janet Daly at 567-2285 if you or your groups are interested. Planning is already under way. There is still time to join the Tara Woods Homeowners Association. Own a home in Tara Woods? Then make it a priority to join the Homeowners Association. Membership Secretary Ann Millette is available to take your dues ($15.00 per house-

hold per year) at Saturday Morning Coffee and before Bingo on Tuesday. Come visit Ann; get a chance for free lifetime membership or one year free dues. IF you are planning to pay your dues at the annual meeting on Monday, January 14th, arrive early. Better yet, renew or join before the night of the meeting. At the annual meeting the Secretary will stop collecting dues at 6:45 PM in order to allow her time to add the proxies and members to ensure a quorum is present. Thank you for your help and cooperation. Following the annual meeting, the Board will meet in Executive Session and select your officers for 2019. HEADS UP – • The Clubhouse scheduler is now Judy Lanpher. If you have any request that you know now for 2019 (i.e. club meetings, cards, or others), contact Judy between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM at 386-795-5555 or text with any questions. Be sure to reserve your spot now.

•The Tara Woods Directory (phone book) is now being managed by Haywood Gandy. If you have any changes to your phone number or address, or questions, contact Haywood at 239471-2987. •New Distribution Manager for our Columns monthly newspaper is Linda Hoos. If you have any questions or would like to help deliver the Columns, Linda can be reached at 941713-4868. DID YOU KNOW THAT – a great way to usher in the New Year could be participating with the exercise group Tuesday and Thursday at 12:45 PM in the Clubhouse. All are welcome! Any questions, call Donna Erhardt at 239-322-0070 or Lynn Makia at 513476-2465. Lou Dunning Vice President 239-240-5847

COLUMNS STAFF EDITOR: Linda Beaulieu 239-560-0768 (

ASSISTANT: Linda Engel PHOTOGRAPHY: Sam Jokich and Lou Dunning CALENDAR: Judy Lanpher CIRCULATION: Linda Hoos, Manager COMMUNITY DIRECTORY: Haywood Gandy, Manager COORDINATORS: Stuart & Belle Berman, Bill Black, Agatha Breen, Pat & Lou Dunning, Peggy Gamble, Lloyd & Carolyn Kelsey, Bob Kuhns, Sharie & Norm Libby, Diane & Bob Nunn, Ed Simko, Nancy Schoeppner, Lori Thomas, Susan Uccello, and Julia Wehrung. ALTERNATES: Joanne & Bob Byrne, Al Dion, Sandy Schuelke, Linda Hoos, Vic Sharps, Arlene Greene, Linda Beaulieu (Oct-May), Brenda Redgers (Oct-May) REPORTERS: Reporters will be noted by their bylines at the end of each article. Ginnie Pontarelli , Tara Woods Homeowners Association Liaison

SAVE THE DATE: Monday, February 25th, 2019 6:30 to 8:00 PM Your Board of Directors will be inviting members to a special presentation in the Clubhouse. If this intrigues you AND you are not a member, join your TWHA now to be part of the excitement. More information to follow.

Activities, Sports & Clubs can be found on pages: 9-10,12, 18, 20 - 21, 23 and 26 - 27. State Club information can be found on pages: 16 - 17. Due to space limitations, the January 2019 Calendar will be inserted for the January’s issue.

To advertise in print, contact: Bob or Emy Stein at 941-349-0194 or email us at 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. DISCLAIMER: Please be aware that when you hire an unlicensed/uninsured person to do work at your home, you accept the liability. Island Visitor Publishing is not responsible for claims made by advertisers



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provide a 2 ½ hour show performing Elvis’ early rock & roll days, his G.I. Blues period, his movie years and his black leather “68 Comeback” concert. His wife, Blaze, will join him occasionally and entertain us during his outfit changes (something for the men!). They will also allow time for anyone who would like to take pictures with “Elvis” in costume. They will absolutely thrill you with many great songs and a storyline that will be professionally executed. Tickets will go on sale Saturday, February 1st, during Saturday Morning Coffee. Both cabaret and theater seating will be available. (Early ticket sales available on full cabaret tables only – 9 or 10 seats.) Tickets are $15.00 per person. For more information and reservations, call Polly Brown 239-731-1614 (home) or 239-246-2391 (cell).

Tara Woods Community Directory News Happy New Year, Tara Woods! As many of you may know, the 2018-2019 Tara Woods Resident Directory has been distributed to most of the residents in the community. If you have not received your copy, please send me an email with your Name, Address, Lot#, Telephone Number and Email address to haywood.gandy@gmail. com and I will get your copy to you. Please note, at this time your email address will not be published in the Directory. It will be used as the primary way for me to communicate with you, unless you specify otherwise. I would also like to thank Polly Brown and everyone who assisted her in updating and maintaining the directory. A special “Thank You” to the following people for assisting in the delivery of the “TARA WOODS 2018-2019 Resident Directory”: Bill & Mary Nothnagel, Sharon Boehlke, Bea Sponseller, Sandy Whitaker, Frank Mil-

lette, Carol Shields, John & Irene D’Amico, Pat Dunning, Carolyn Kelsey, Bob Kuhns, Linda Hoos, and Stu Berman. If I missed anyone, I apologize; I am new to the job and the community. I have been working very closely with Ann Millette, Membership Secretary, and the other team members to make sure that your resident information is up-to-date and accurate. If any of your information in the “Directory” needs to be corrected or updated, please let me know. For telephone number additions, updates or changes, please identify the person(s) associated with the telephone number(s), including address, Lot# and State identifier. Example: John & Mary Doe 999999-1234 (H); 888-888-8880 (J) ohn; 888-888-4321(M)ary Thank You, Haywood Gandy, Community Directory Manager 239-471-2987

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Consider Some New Year’s Financial Resolutions As the year winds down, you may want to look ahead to see which areas of your life you can improve in 2019. Perhaps you’ll decide to exercise more, eat healthier foods, reconnect with old friends or volunteer at a school or charitable organization. All these goals are certainly worthwhile – but you also may want to add some New Year’s financial resolutions to your list. Here are a few ideas to consider: Boost contributions to your employer-sponsored retirement plan. Good news! Contribution limits will be increasing for many employer-sponsored retirement plans. For 2019, you can contribute up to $19,000 (up from $18,500 in 2018), or $25,000 (up from $24,500 in 2018) if you’re 50 or older to your 401(k) or similar employersponsored retirement plan. It’s usually a good idea to contribute as much as you can afford to your employer’s plan, as your contributions may lower your taxable income, while any earnings growth is tax-deferred. (Keep in mind that taxes are due upon withdrawal, and withdrawals prior to age 59 ½ may be subject to a 10% IRS penalty.) At a minimum, put in enough to earn your employer’s matching contribution, if one is offered. Try to “max out” on your IRA. Even if you have a 401(k) or similar plan, you can probably still invest in an IRA. For 2019, you can put in up to $6,000 in a traditional or Roth IRA (up from $5,500 in 2018), or $7,000 (up from $6,500) if you’re 50 or older. (Income restrictions apply to Roth IRAs.) Contributions to a traditional IRA may be taxdeductible, depending on your income, and any earnings growth is tax-deferred. Roth IRA contributions are not deductible, but earnings growth can be withdrawn tax-free, provided you don’t start taking withdrawals until you are 59 ½ and you’ve had your account at least five years. You can put most types of investments – stocks, bonds, mutual funds, government securities and so on – into an IRA, so it can expand your options beyond those offered in your 401(k) or similar plan. Build an emergency fund. Try to build an emergency fund containing three to six months’ worth of living expenses, with the money held in a low-risk, liquid account. This fund can help you avoid dipping in to your long-term investments to pay for unexpected costs, such as a major car repair. Control your debts. Do what you can to keep your debts under control. Ultimately, the less you have to spend on debt payments, the more you can invest for your future. Don’t overreact to financial market volatility. In 2018 – especially the last few months of the year – we saw considerable market volatility, with huge drops and big gains in rapid succession. What will 2019 bring? It’s always difficult – and usually futile – trying to forecast the market’s performance over the course of an entire year. But, in any case, try not to overreact to whatever ups and downs we may experience. Instead, continue pursuing an investment strategy that’s appropriate for your goals, risk tolerance and time horizon. Following these suggestions can help you become a better investor in 2019 – and beyond.

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FMO NEWS TARA WOODS HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION NEWS Can someone tell me where 2018 has gone? I was finally getting used to writing 18 and now I’ve got to start all over with 19. The FMO meetings are in full swing, and on Friday, January 11th, you can walk or ride your bike or golf cart to the Clubhouse to attend the January 11th meeting. Tara Woods is playing host to FMO representatives and their guests from around the district and state. If you attended past meetings, you know what wonderful refreshments are provided by the host community. Please bring cookies, cakes, pastries, etc. to the Clubhouse on Friday, January 11th, by 10:00 AM. They can be purchased or homemade. If you put them on a plate, please make sure your name is on it, so it can be returned to you after the meeting. Meetings start at 1:00 PM and last approximately 2 hours. About half way through there is a refreshment break. A lot of information is transmitted at these meetings and there is always time for a question and answer period. You are encouraged to attend, not only to support your community, but, who knows, you may obtain information that may be beneficial to you in the future. Membership is not a requirement to attend. As the old adage goes, there is strength in numbers. Membership applications and mail-in envelopes are available on the back bulletin board. Let’s show the FMO Board what a great community we are. Thank you for your donations of refreshments and support. Stuart Berman

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SUNSHINE AND SYMPATHY Our sympathy goes out to those who have lost family and friends... Bev Swanson’s Mom passed Perry Finkle passed November 17th Doris Keller passed November 25th Our thoughts to those in the community who are recovering at this time… Jane DeGuire

Sunshine is a welcome thing. It brings lots of brightness. –Jimmy Davis Please let me know of any others in the community who may be in need of some cheer at this time. Ginnie Pontarelli 239-810-1769

ATTENTION NEW HOMEOWNERS ORIENTATION MEETING The next Orientation for new homeowners and long-term renters will be held on Saturday, January 5th, in the Clubhouse Living Room. Please arrive between 10:00 and 10:15 AM to complete paperwork. The meeting will start at 10:30 AM. All newcomers and renters are encouraged to attend. This short meeting is loaded with important information about our community and the surrounding area. A large packet containing the Homeowners Association Guidelines, disaster preparation tips and lots of other important and interesting information will be handed out to all who attend. We look forward to seeing you. February Orientation will be February 2nd – same time and place Donna Phillips 239-731-5802 and Mary Kivel 207-505-5576

JOKE OFF #3 WINNER DECLARED Season #3 for the “Joke Off” took place at Saturday Morning Coffee on December 15th. The lucky coffee goers were entertained by three who were vying for this year’s title of TWBJT – Tara Woods Best Joke Teller. The contestants were: Ann Millette, Lou Dunning and Don Franks, who was the winner from Season #2. They each shared their jokes hoping the audience would applaud loudly. But we may have only one winner. Again as in year’s past, George Daly used the official sound meter to determine the winner. The determining factor was the volume of the audience’s applause. Very scientific. At first we had a tie between Ann and Lou. The winner was determined by only one point on the sound meter. When the results came in this year’s winner received the real fake gold crown proudly from Frank Millette who placed the crown on the head of Lou Dunning. When you see Lou around the community make sure to congratulate him on his victory, and possibly ask him to tell you a joke or two. Pat Dunning

HOMEOWNERS DUES COLLECTION CALENDAR Please, please remember that if you are going to pay your Homeowners dues the night of the annual meeting on January 14th, 2019, I will be set up to take your dues payments from 5:00 to 6:45 PM. I cannot take anymore after that point, as I have to count the membership for the quorum, and the meeting officially starts at 7:00 PM. As you know, I am at the Clubhouse on Tuesday nights at Bingo, and Saturday Morning Coffee (including Pancake Breakfast). Also, you can use the mail slot at the Office window at the Clubhouse. You can even call me, and I can get it from you. I am doing my best to accommodate everyone. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. Happy New Year. Ann Millette, Membership Secretary


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ACTIVITIES, ACTIVITIES by Janet Daly Coming up: January: The only activity on the calendar for January for Activities is undecorating the Clubhouse and taking down the outside lights and decorations. Saturday morning, January 5th, after coffee, please help your Club undecorate your tree and help Activities by taking down the Clubhouse decorations. I hope to have the outside lights done before Saturday. If anyone would like to help, please let me know. Please have new storage boxes available by January 5th, if they are needed for your group. Thank you to the Canadian Club for providing the refreshments on Saturday. Thank You! Thank you to a great Decorating Committee that worked hard to light up the outside entrance and boulevard. This would not have been accomplished without the help of Linda Hoos, George Daly, Pat & Ed Sparany, Sue Van Sickle, Bob Kuhns, Pat & Lou Dunning and Mark Van Ort. Also, a big thank you to Darlene Bradley, our Community Manager, for her support for this project. We learned a lot this year and hope to make next year a little more sparkly and bright. Thank you to the Clubs and individuals who donated funds to help us expand next year and cover some of the expenses of this season. Please let me know if you would like to be a part of this venture next year. The two lake Christmas trees were successfully floated with few problems this year, thanks to George Daly and his crew of new and enthusiastic workers: Carl Marquis, Mike Curtis, Wally Harju and Bob Clark. Also, thanks to Mark Van Ort for successfully transporting the trees to and from their destinations. Thank you to Judy Machnicz and the New England Club for hosting the Christmas Party. The food and music was first class and the tables were waited on attentively by members of the New England Club. It was a wonderful opportunity to wish our Tara Woods friends and neighbors Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Thank you to Santa’s elves, Mike Girty, George Daly and Joe Van Sickle for preparing Santa’s sleigh again this year, and to Santa, a.k.a. Al Dion, for leading the Christmas Golf Cart Parade. The golf carts looked great as usual and a fun time was had by all. Thank you to everyone who provided goodies for the Caroling afterward. Tara To stay informed of events in Tara Woods: Woods knows how to ring in the holidays! • Read the posters on the bulletin board in the Clubhouse. There may not be an Activities party in January, but there is still lots go• Check the Clubhouse bulletin boards for meeting and event information and sign-up sheets. ing on to keep you busy and active. Please stay informed so you don’t miss • Come to Saturday Morning Coffee! out on anything. See the box by this article for ways to “Stay Informed”. As Activities Coordinator, I try to keep you aware of what social Ac• Read The Columns and check the Calendar. tivities are coming up for you to enjoy. Please feel free to contact me at • Sign on to the Tara Woods website,, to be kept informed of all current events and more! any time if you have questions regarding the parties and events. If I can’t • Check out page 4 of the Tara Woods Community Resident Directory to see all the opportunities to answer your question, I most likely know who can. keep you busy in Tara Woods, with the contact people for each one listed if you have questions. Janet Daly, Activities Coordinator • 239-567-2285 • Page 3 of the Directory lists the contact people for specific responsibilities under the Board of

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ENTERTAINING NEWS So, Ladies and Gentlemen… we are in January, a new year and new outlooks. You now may turn your attention to the fun events we have planned here in Paradise. One of the most fun events will be our play, “Red Velvet Cake War” performed on stage for your enjoyment. Be sure to mark your calendars for March 8th or 9th. Tickets will go on sale early next month and will be a reasonable $7.00 per person. The sale will be at Coffee on Saturday mornings or before Bingo on Tuesday night, as usual tickets will be on sale at the door. Another item to look for will be the raffle for the QUILT that our very own ladies have created for the show. This month we will be beginning to sell raffle tickets for this quilt sight unseen; so, we will be selling “FUTURES” on this quilt. These tickets will be sooooo very inexpensive – $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00 – such a deal. When the quilt is finished and exhibited, the price goes up. So, purchase your tickets early before the quilt is unveiled because then the price will be $2.00 each or 6 for $10.00. We want to thank the many hands that helped create this work of art. We have so many talented people in our community; we must treasure these artists among us. In February and March, the raffle tickets will be available at the same time as the show tickets. The raffle will be held during the intermission of the Saturday performance. Since we are having you put your name and phone number on the ticket you will not need to be present to win. The proceeds for this quilt will go to a wonderful cause – the Ronald McDonald House. So, be a savvy shopper and save money by buying early (all we women know the concept, spend a little now to save money). REMINDER – Entertainers meeting will be January 26th following Saturday Morning Coffee. “enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success...nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” – Emerson Pat Dunning, Stage Manager for the Entertainers or 239-599-4490

TARA WOODS MASONIC CLUB We wish all a happy/healthy new year. In as much as we have so many new residents, we thought that many of you are unaware of our being. Also, some might be members of the craft. We originated about 1992 when our park was comparatively new. We are not sanctioned, but function as an informal group meeting in brotherly love and friendship. We have a breakfast meeting the first Tuesday of the month during the winter season. We also have an annual luncheon with our wives or significant others and invite our Masonic widows as our guests. If interested, or for more information, give me a call. Bob Cooney, PM • 731-2158

CORRECTIONS TO THE CURRENT TARA WOODS DIRECTORY JANUARY 2019 If you need to make any changes, additions or corrections to your Directory Listing, please send a email to or call Haywood Gandy at 239-471-2987 to be included in the next monthly update and next year’s directory. Additions: HICKS, Dan VARNADOE, Judy

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BAILEY SPEAKS Happy 2019 New Year to all of my four-footed along with my 2-legged human friends. 2018 went so fast I’m still trying to play catch-up on chasing my tail. Boy, I enjoyed seeing all of the holiday Christmas trees decorated in very festive ways, especially the lights (who needs to take me to Vegas when I see all of the golf carts and homes all decked out)! Yes, we had days that had cool to cold spells, not unlike up north (the dreaded snows). Of course, if you have an old freezer in your household that needs defrosting – there’s your icy conditions. As for our blizzard, every home has that Mexican Weed that looks like snow which continues to grow uncontrollably, and that is one weed that is virtually disturbing to one and all. But, thank goodness, no hurricanes occurred in our area in 2018 like Irma did in 2017. Our prayers go out always for our troops, the families who lost their homes in the California wildfires, floods, Hurricane Michael in Mexico City, Florida, along with the families of loved ones of the shootings that took place this year. Quite disturbing to not know the when, where, why, who or what is the motive behind all this. Hopefully for 2019, wishing good health and good will to all mankind and the environment we call home. Anyway, on this segment of Bailey Speaks I’m just listing little sayings or quotes from a Dog Lover’s Journal. So, Live Love and Woof – Only my dog (or cat) understands me. – It is a strange thing, love. Nothing but love has made the dog leave his wild freedom, to become the servant of man. – I’ve seen a look in dogs’ eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts. Hmm…. – Try it on the dog. – A man can do worse sometimes, than follow a trip his dog gives him. – The dog who meets with a good master is the happier of the two. – The plain fact that my dog loves me more than I love him is undeniable. – It was surely not for nothing that Spot, Max or even Rover is dogs’ most common names. – A dog likes to obey. It gives them security. – For many dogs, begging is a full-time job. – Every dog has his day. Well so, love me, love my dog. My time is up for Bailey Speaks. Remember to pick up after us while on your outing and especially our Dog Park area when in use. Happy Tails, Till next month Bailey P.S. Happy New Year 2019!





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THE GARDEN CLUB The Garden Club wishes Everyone a Very Happy New Year As a reminder, the Trash and Treasure this year is March 2nd. Our next meeting is Saturday, February 9th, to discuss the Trash and Treasure. If you are not a member and would like to join, or just would like to volunteer to help, please come to this meeting. Remember the monies received from this event enable us to have the Fashion Show FOR FREE EACH YEAR. PLEASE start to put aside any items you no longer want, and remember any electrical items must work, and we accept clothing along with all items for the house. Did you know: There are more than 20 butterflies and moths listed as endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Most of these species are found in the United States and may become extinct due to loss of their habitat. More than 765 species of butterflies occur in North America, north of Mexico. Florida is home to a total of 187 butterfly species, the most of any state east of the Mississippi River. You can help butterflies in your own back yard by growing both host plants

for larvae and nectar plants for adults. Visit the University of Florida’s website for a list of plants you can grow to benefit butterflies in your particular region of the state. One of these butterflies is: The Florida monarch butterfly whose population has dropped 80 percent since 2005 (from November 8th, 2018, Florida Museum of Natural History). A 37year survey of monarch populations in North Central Florida shows that caterpillars and butterflies have been declining since 1985 and have dropped by 80 percent since 2005. They found that monarchs’ springtime departure from Mexico is timed to coincide with optimal growth of milkweed in the southeastern U.S. While adult monarch butterflies can feed from a variety of plants, their young depend on milkweed as their sole source of nutrition, storing up the plant’s toxins to ward off predators. The Monarch butterfly will lay hundreds of eggs on milkweed over their brief lifetimes, but just over 2 percent of eggs survive to become fully grown caterpillars. We can help the Monarch by 1. Not Using Pesticides in Our Gardens.

2. Planting Native Milkweed. 3. Create a Monarch Way Station. 4. Learn More. 5. Spread the Word. Some butterfly gardeners have spoken to Linda Hoos, about native milkweed and other native butterfly plants. There are two native nursery’s Bill Milligan told Linda about: All Native Plants and Landscape in Fort Myers 239-939-9663. There is also one on Sanibel called SCCF Native Landscape 239-472-1932. Don’t forget when your milkweeds get leggy and you start to see new growth at the bottom you can cut your plants back to 6inches. If you plant butterfly plants in rotation, then you will always have nectar and host plants available and your butterflies will love you. The Garden Club wishes to Thank Everyone who has planted milkweed in their gardens. Rachelle DellaRocca Linda Hoos What to plant January Bedding Plants: Plants that can be added to the garden during the coolest months include begonia, browallia, lo-

belia, dianthus, dusty miller, and nicotiana. Bulbs: Winter is a great time to plant bulbs that will bloom this spring. Some to try are Clivia lily, crinum, and agapanthus. Herbs: Many herbs will thrive now that temperatures are cooler, including tarragon, thyme, dill, fennel, and any of the mints. Vegetables: Continue planting cool season crops including beet, cabbage, turnip, lettuce, and broccoli. What to do January Rejuvenate the landscape: After the danger of freezing temperatures, it’s a good time to plant woody shrubs. Water frequently to get new plantings off to a good start. Irrigation: Plants may need water if temperatures remain higher than normal and rainfall is scarce. Shrubs and Trees: Prune non-spring flowering shrubs and trees this month to improve form. Arbor Day: Florida observes Arbor Day on the 3rd Friday of January. To celebrate, plant a tree in your yard or community. Cold Protection: If a frost or freeze is predicted, bring sensitive plants like

orchids inside. Water sensitive plants in the landscape thoroughly 12-24 hours before a freeze and cover. Pests: To control scale on citrus, shrubs, and deciduous fruit trees, apply horticultural oil while plants are dormant. Apply copper spray to mangos after bloom. Excerpts from the University of Florida Gardening Calendar

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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 Bob Glandorf. $7.00


WWW.TWHOA.NET If you haven’t already registered on the NEW Tara Woods Homeowners Association website, then Check It Out! * All from the comfort of your home * 24 hours/day – Every day Latest news on what’s happening in the Tara Woods Community. Upcoming Events Community Event Pictures News Articles Emergency Information and more Community information – when you want it!

This is the day to set out all of your amazing used items that are collecting dust. The Tara Woods community will take care of advertising on Flyers, Banners, Websites and in our Monthly Newsletter. All you need to do is get all of your items ready to sell.

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! Marcia Duda snapped this picture of some of the Community Ministries group as they gathered at the JOY sign in front of the Clubhouse following their Tuesday morning meeting. It was our coldest day of the year, but hearts were warm as they joyfully sang “Joy to the World the Lord has come, let earth receive her King.” Ann Scott

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TARA WOODS Thanksgiving Dinner The Clubhouse buzzed with activity on Thanksgiving Day from early in the morning through early evening. Tom and Donna Erhardt’s team cooked up a celebration that the Pilgrims would have been proud to attend! One of their guests provided a little history lesson before the blessing. It served as a reminder of the origin of Thanksgiving and recognition of the many blessings we as Americans are so fortunate to enjoy. Tara Woods residents supplied wonderful side dishes from mac and cheese to a wide assortment of vegetables and, of course, delicious cranberry concoctions of all descriptions. The turkey and ham were cooked to perfection by master chefs Tom Erhardt and Spike Makia. The dessert tables presented quite the dilemma – so many choices…pumpkin pie, cherry pie, chocolate pie, cream puffs, apple pie and much more! Teen Challenge and our local fire department received the leftovers. Several door prizes were given away and Sue Cook went home with the first prize from the Social Drawing – $82.00. Each attendee, 165 of them, received a packet of wet wipes, and the overall atmosphere was so very festive. Many thanks are extended to all those who worked tirelessly to put the Thanksgiving celebration together. It was truly a blessing and just one more thing to be thankful for this year at Tara Woods. Sue Clark

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Toys for kids Tara Woods residents demonstrated again their incredible generosity and caring with their big-hearted donations of toys, bikes and clothing for the children of North Fort Myers. The North Fort Myers Fire Department Station 1 visited the Clubhouse, collected toys, bikes and clothing and will distribute the toys, bikes and clothing to needy children here in our North Fort Myers Community. Thank you to Station 1. A special Thank You goes out to Jack Boylan, Nete Godfrey and Linda Hoos for heading up this meaningful endeavor. Tara Woods residents great job – the “Magic” is alive and well. Thank you! Lou Dunning

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NEW YORK / NEW JERSEY CLUB Thank you to everyone for the great food at our Christmas Party/Meeting in December and for your generous contributions to our designated Christmas gift recipients: The Salvation Army and St. Jude Children’s Hospital. We know they will be appreciated. “What goes up, must come down.” Put Saturday, January 5th, on your calendar to undecorate our Christmas tree and the Clubhouse after Saturday Morning Coffee at 9:00 AM. While you’re at your calendar, add Sunday, January 6th, at 5:00 PM for our January meeting featuring Soups, Stews & Chowders. The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board, if you haven’t already signed up. This is always a very “tasty” meal and one of our favorites. I am very glad to have a number of new residents from New York and New Jersey attending our meetings. I hope you felt welcomed and will add the Club meetings to your social calendar. Please keep me informed if you’ve changed or dropped your email address. I use email to contact everyone about upcoming events or other notifications. It also serves as our membership list. Just send me an email to or give me a call. This includes the renters who have become a part of our Club for the three months or more they are staying in our community. As always, everyone from New York and New Jersey is welcome to attend our meetings. New residents, renters and visitors are especially welcome. I look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday, January 5th, and Sunday, January 6th. Have a Happy, Healthy New Year! Janet Daly • 567-2285


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Here’s hoping that everyone has a very healthy and happy New Year! As we start off the New Year, help will be needed with taking down the Christmas tree. This will take place about 9:00 AM after Saturday Morning Coffee, on Saturday, January 5th. For our meeting on Friday, January 11th, the Club will be providing hamburgers, hot dogs, and buns. The members will be asked to bring sides and dessert. As usual, the sign-up sheet for the sides and desserts, as well as for set-up and clean-up, will be posted on the Club board. Valentine’s Day is also just around the corner, and again our Midwest Club is hosting the party. Help is always needed in various ways. If you think you can assist in any way, please let either Rick or Shelly Lubich, or Spike or Lynn Makia know. Bobbie Mester

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NEW ENGLAND CLUB A HUGE Thank You to all the New England Club members who served on committees for the Tara Woods Christmas Party. The party would not have been a success without you. Also, to all those Club members who attended – THANK YOU!! Saturday, January 5th, we will take down AND retire the New England Club tree; please come out and help if you can. The more, the merrier. Saturday, January 26th, is our “Glad we’re not in New England” party and we’ll be grilling up hot dogs with all the fixins’. For this party, please bring a salad or side, hot or cold. You needn’t indicate what you plan to bring when you sign up; SURPRISE US! The Club will supply the hot dogs, rolls, fixins’, coffee and one of our all-time favorite desserts, Hot Fudge Sundaes. Sign-ups for this party will begin on Wednesday, December 26th, and the deadline for the mandatory sign-ups is Sunday, January 20th. BYOB, raffle $$ and, of course, some fun games. Hope to see everyone there! Judy Machinez

MID-ATLANTIC CLUB NEWS It is difficult to realize that the Holiday Season is coming to a close. Saturday, January 5th, at 9:00 AM is the scheduled time to undecorate the Clubhouse tree. Many hands make light work. Next activity is the regular meeting on Sunday, January 20th, at 4:00 PM. Bring a cold dish to share. A Silent Auction will be held to benefit the Club treasury. Looking ahead, the Mid-Atlantic Social Club will host the Del Prados for the Tara Woods community on Sunday, February 17th, at 7:00 PM (our monthly meeting date). Tickets go on sale for $12 at Saturday Morning Coffee or before Tuesday Bingo beginning Saturday, January 12th. BYOB and your choice of snacks. Maximum number is 250. Plans are under way to have a great 2019 filled with food, fun and fellowship! Barb Pollitt, Secretary

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Be one of the winners at our Tuesday night BINGO.

And you can win more than once during the night! f your eyesight isn’t as good as it once was, now you can play too. We have really BIG game packs and “Specials” that are 8 ½” x 11” with 2” numbers. o 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. ame 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! ur 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.



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


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Come join us for fun and laughs.



PING PONG Ping Pong is every Tuesday and Thursday at 2:00!


PLAY TIMES DECEMBER 2018 - APRIL 2019 MONDAY - SATURDAY 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM SUNDAY 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM & 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM BEGINNERS CLASS SATURDAY 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM No Class on December 22nd Questions, please contact: Lynn Makia 513-476-2465, Diane Gibson 603-244-0536


Tuesdays at 10:00 AM No need to sign up Don’t need a partner

New teams chosen every week ~ Easy to learn Questions: call Frank Millette 543-2954

GET YOUR BODY MOVING Remember Richard Simmons? Come and join us on Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:45 p.m. as we “get our bodies moving” with Richard Simmons and others. We have lots of laughs and good fun as we “Sweat to the Oldies”. Contact: Donna Erhardt 322-0070


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.

MAH JONGG 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. Any questions, please contact: Jane DeGuire, 567-0656


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 John D’Amico at 239-731-7928 or


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.

EUCHRE CLUB Meets on Wednesday Nights In the Clubhouse Card Room at 7:00 PM. $.50 to buy in, but offers some “big” prize money!


Texas Hold’em Style Tournament 5:00 PM in the Craft House If interested contact Bill Black at 636-978-7815

BRIDGE 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 Rita Sick at 731-1106 first if you are interested in playing with this friendly group. We’d like to have you join us. Beth Ferris

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Come join the group for a fun-filled afternoon of cards! We meet on Fridays at 1:00 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 George Stelling, 731-6709, or Marty Hradkowsky, 609-709-7717.


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)

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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 Bonnie Abend, 217-0707, or Janelle Wissler, 770-2686. We hope you will come and participate in making ceramics with us. Come join the fun. Bonnie Abend

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Rhonda Williams 17 Bill Perry 18 Eddie Amarando, Lynn Porter, Nancy Schoeppner 20 Henry Gardner, Nancy LeClair, Hannah Montelaro, Judy Pavao, Dave Redgers, Judy Rigsby 21 Diane Ladlie 22 Linda Byrd, Lynne Grossner 23 Roy Conner, Vladimir Fulmas, Gail Korince 24 Bill Whitacre 25 Lee Beliveau, Loretta Deerhake, Mike Girty 26 Judy Holat, Sharon Moorhead 27 Chick Jakacki 28 Teri Burt, Bette Davis, Jean Schweinert 29 Darrell Dillon, Dom Nataro, Gay O’Keefe

30 Phyllis Carr, Carole Clark, Judy Hanson 31 George Johnston, Ann Kabbas, Karen McKearney, Donna K. Warren, Linda Weibel ANNIVERSARIES 1 Linda & Wally Harju 4 Mary & Rich Kivel 6 Carol & Bob Schnepp 7 Carole & Frank Neveu 15 Judy & Tim Lanpher 17 Judy & Jim Hanson 18 Brenda & Joseph Plut 20 Colleen & Vic Achtelik, Hannah & Paul Montelaro 21 Stephanie & Mike Di Lorenzo 23 Kathy Hildreth & Ray McKinnon 29 Carol & Ron Heidmous

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On December 6th, the Computer Club began a new season of free computer classes for the owners, renters, and guests of Tara Woods. These are 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 are devoted to Computer Basics. This is a complete course on how to use your computer, including computer types and components, the Windows Desktop, programs, files, folders, games, internet, email, and multi-media, as well as an overview of WordPad and MS Paint. The second and fourth Thursday are reserved for General subjects; this year we plan to examine Windows 10, ebooks, social media, smart phones, tablets, and Google and Android devices. Other topics will be added later as time allows. 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. It’s never too late to join our group,


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nance people will blow debris off the courts once a week during the season. The Tennis Association ladies have volunteered to clean the tops of the nets for the season, and the men have volunteered to help Hometown’s maintenance people put up and take down the wind screens. Thank you to these volunteers. The nets have already been cleaned and they look very nice now. A general discussion was held about the condition of the courts. It was agreed that they definitely need work, particularly the surfaces. We will be asking Hometown America to please take care of this issue. The next Round Robin is scheduled for Sunday, January 27th. I wish everyone a joyous and blessed holiday season. See you on the courts. – Roger Rafferty TENNIS LEAGUES WOMEN’S LEAGUE Women’s Team – Angels After our first two matches, the Tara Woods Angels were in second place with 10 wins and only 2 losses. Conditions on the courts for our second match of the season were completely different from those of our first match, which, I believe, had temps in the 90’s. When we were warming up at the Lake Fairways courts at 8:30 AM on November 29th, the temperature was only around 50 degrees – what a difference! Despite the cold weather, the Angels were successful in winning 4 sets and losing only 2 that day, with one of the wins being a tie-break. After the match, we enjoyed lunch with the Lake Fairways team in their Sand Trap Restaurant. It was a good way to end the morning with a nice social atmosphere after the competitiveness of the tennis match that was played earlier. Our third match of the season on December 6th had us traveling to Pine Lakes; their team (the Panthers) had been in first place with 11 wins and only 1 loss. Well, we were ready for a tough match. We had very competitive tennis matches and our team played very well that day; we won 5 sets and lost only 1. Again, like the previous match, one of the wins was a tie-break. Because of that 5-win finish against Pine Lakes, we are now in first place with 15 wins and only 3 losses. That is a great start to the season for our team! – Linda

Engel MEN’S LEAGUE White Team – Stallions We, the Tara Woods White Team known as the Stallions, have 10 people on the team. As a team, we decided to use all our players each week in order to maintain the good friendship we have developed. Some players play twice, while others play once. This gives each player the opportunity to play each week and enjoy the friendly competition and to socialize with the other teams afterward. So far, the team has performed very well and we are presently in second place. Way to go Stallions!!! Cheers. – Glen Fisher Blue Team – Tigers We started our second month of league tennis with a split with the Lake Fairways Cougars, 3 wins and 3 losses – not as good as we would have liked. On December 6th we played the Six Lakes Spartans and played a better match. The Tigers won 4 sets and lost 2; that placed us at about mid league in the standings. We are experiencing a player shortage that has not been expected. Some players are still not in Tara Woods and some are off with injuries. We have one more match before the holiday break. We play the Pine Lakes Pitbulls on Thursday, December 13th, at Pine Lakes. We would like to thank the number of our Tara Woods excellent fans who show up at our away matches. They are there with exciting cheers to encourage our players. THANKS…. – Dale Holat Blue Team – Mustangs As I write this article on December 4th, we are entering our bye week with the following position in the league standings: We have the most total points, that being 19; percentage-wise we are in second place by less than 2%. We have had a real team effort by all our team members, with every member winning at least 75% of their matches. We have been able to play all our matches so far using only our roster players, but this will change as the Christmas holidays are here. We will play one more match in December and then begin a schedule in January that will give us a better indication of what the league will look like. We are all looking forward to our first Tara Woods showdown with the Tigers on January 17th. Please mark this date as “must see tennis”! As always, stay safe in your tennis play and enjoy good health as well! – Ed Malatesta ROUND ROBIN It was a beautiful Sunday morning at Tara Woods for our initial Round Robin

of the season. Most all who were there had a good time. A very nice variety of snacks was coordinated by Jean Moriarty and Gene Dickie. Also, a very nice dinner was coordinated by Kathy & Roger Rafferty and Gail Bergin-Stewig for the Tennis Association Meeting that evening. Now we can look forward to a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and New Year. There is no Round Robin scheduled for December due to the holidays. The event will commence again starting in January. As a reminder, the schedule is as follows: January 27th February 24th March 31st The Sign-up Sheet with all the details for the January Round Robin will be on the bulletin board at the tennis courts by January 2nd. Again, the Tennis Association is encouraging all our neighbors to participate in this event. I want to emphasize that this is a fun event where we all try to set aside our competitive nature and just have a good time. If anyone has any questions regarding the Round Robin, call me at 239-9892669. Hope to see you there. – Jon Gold Round Robin Dinner Thank You We would like to thank Roger Rafferty, Tom Stewig, Louise Frederick, Judy & Dale Holat, Mary & Bill Nothnagel, and Arlene Greene for helping to serve the meal and for helping with the clean-up afterwards. It was greatly appreciated. – Kathy Rafferty and Gail Bergin-Stewig. Submitted by Linda Engel

SHUFFLEBOARD Just for Fun Shuffle on Thursdays Come play shuffleboard on Thursdays beginning December 6th. All are welcome! No obligation to show up every week! Don’t know how to play? No problem! We’ll teach you. We’ll play by regular shuffleboard rules and each game will be played with a new partner. Win or lose, the object of each game is to have FUN. Play will be from 9:30 to 11:30 AM every Thursday. All levels of players are welcome. For more information please call Mary Kivel at 207-505-5576 or email me at marykivel@yahoo. com. Mary Kivel

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MAGIC SOFTBALL TEAMS 1 Buccaneer 5 Lake Fairways 2 Tara Woods 6 Del Tura 3 Old Bridge 7 Herons Glen 4 Pine Lakes 7-Jan 7 -Bye 6-2 #1 5-3 #3 4-1 #4

9-Jan 2-5 #1 1-7 #3 6 -Bye 3-4 #4

14-Jan 1-3 #1 4-2 #3 5-Bye 6-7 #4

16-Jan 7-5 #1 4-Bye 6-1 #3 2-3 #4

23-Jan 3-6 #1 4-5 #3 2-7 #4 1-Bye

28-Jan 2-1 #1 4-7 #3 5-6 #4 3-Bye

30-Jan 1-6 #1 5-7 #3 3-2 #4 4-Bye

4-Feb 6-4 #1 7-3 #3 2-Bye 1-5 #4

6-Feb 6-5 #1 1-2 #3 7-4 #4 3-Bye

11-Feb 7-1 #1 4-3 #3 5-2 #4 6-Bye

13-Feb 3-5 #1 2-6 #3 1-4 #4 7- Bye

20-Feb 2-4 #1 3-1 #3 7-6 #4 5-Bye

25-Feb 5-4 #1 7-2 #3 6-3 #4 1-Bye

27-Feb 5-1 #1 3-7 #3 4-6 #4 2-Bye

4-Mar 2-1 #1 3 -Bye 4-7 #3 5-6 #4

6-Mar 3-4 #4 7-1 #3 6- Bye 2-5 #1

MAGIC SOFTBALL UPDATE! The Tara Woods Magic Softball season begins Monday, January 7th, when we will take on The Buccaneers at 5:30 PM at Carmelita Park in Punta Gorda, located at 2505 Carmelita St. The games will always be at 5:30 PM on Monday and Wednesday nights. There are no games scheduled on January 21st and February 18th, and The Magic have byes on February 4th and February 27th. Our eighteenth and final game is scheduled for March 20th. As of this date we have an active roster of 15 dedicated players, so we have room for a couple more if anyone is interested. It’s important to have enough available players to step up when 11-Mar 5-3 #3 7 -Bye 1-4 #4 6-2 #1

13-Mar 4-Bye 7-5 #1 2-3 #4 6-1 #3

18-Mar 4-2 #3 1-3 #1 5 -Bye 6-7 #4

needed. Our annual Spaghetti Dinner is scheduled for Thursday, January 17th, at the Clubhouse. Tickets are being sold at Tuesday Bingo and during Saturday Morning Coffee. The price is the same as last year, only $12.00 per person, and will go pretty fast as we sold over 200 tickets last year. Those who attended last year will agree that it was an excellent meal, especially for the price! Doors open at 4:30 PM. Hope you can join us this season for Magic softball and/or a great dinner experience. GO MAGIC! Bill Hubbs

20-Mar 3-6 #1 2-7 #4 4-5 #3 1- Bye


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Tara Woods - January 2019  

The Columns is Tara Woods' monthly community newspaper. Presented by Tara Woods' Homeowners Assn.