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THE COLUMNS Vol. 28 No. 7

Tara Woods Homeowners Association –

November 2017


r e m m u S d e v i v We Sur ! a m r I e n a c i r r u and H

We survived and to celebrate we had a

SURVIVOR’S BASH Fun was had by all with awesome music provided by Mr. Deke, wild dance steps provided by many and the highlight of the evening...


GAME!!!! Still not sure which team won and it didn’t matter!

It was just a blessing that we were safe and could all get together and celebrate!


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WELCOME NEW RESIDENTS Dennis Purks and Patty Bremer are new full-time residents at 19307 Amelia Road. Dennis is originally from Maryland. Patty is a Florida resident and is the V.P. and Banking Manager at Investors Security Trust. Dennis is a part-time Tax Accountant. Between them they have four children, ten grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Dennis served four years in the USAF, ‘64-’68 and enjoys bowling, softball and horseshoes; Patty enjoys baking and crocheting. Their hobbies include ancestry and Civil War. Roger and Lou Sapp are new full-time residents at 2786 Orlenes Street and are originally from Pennsylvania. Roger is a retired officer

from the Ross Township Police Department and Lou is a retired broker from Keller Williams Real Estate. They are the parents of three children, seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Roger enjoys golf, gambling, bowling and cards; Lou enjoys bingo, gambling and bowling. Martin Sparks is a new

MANAGER’S CORNER The past few weeks have definitely been different at Tara Woods. Prior to the hurricane preparations, we did have a great Labor Day Party with lots of food, games and activities enjoyed by all. Hurricane forecasts for our residents had everyone getting prepared for the weather-related issues (just like what our neighbors in snowstorm states prepare for). Everyone goes to the local grocery stores, banks, drugstores, and gas stations. This is the place where we socialize when we have events like hurricane forecasts.

Irma was very kind to our residents; she mainly was after our trees and lamp posts. Monday morning, we had crews in for tree trimming, collecting debris and making sure our residents felt are photos of our staff going to pick up food from the National Guard and having residents who were so kind to help the staff deliver food for two days until our electric service was restored. We were able to have an End of Summer Bash on September 23rd, with a live DJ and wonderful outing for all...we needed time to relax and have fun. As we moved into the third

week of September, we were able to relax and get back to our normal schedules of trash, horticulture, and recycle pickups. We feel very fortunate for no serious injuries here at Tara Woods. Football season, fall events, Thanksgiving, Christmas and the return of our northern residents are being anticipated by all. I would like to send out a big heartfelt Thank You to all who helped and worked so diligently in a stressful time. Darlene Bradley Property Manager

full-time resident at 19536 Charleston Circle and is originally from Indiana. He is a self-employed real estate agent. He is the parent of three children. He enjoys golf, the beach, traveling and his grandkids.

THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH by Sam Topping “You will never get anything you want if you never give yourself a chance to chase it.”

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FROM THE PRESIDENT We survived Hurricane Irma! Some homes suffered more damage than others and some residents suffered more than others through five days of no electricity, but on the whole the community came together and experienced the real “Magic” of Tara Woods. After Irma’s visit, so many people stepped forward to help their neighbors, from opening their doors to host residents without a/c and hot water, to offering their refrigerators and freezers to take food for those without electricity, to delivering hot coffee every morning to those without electric, to serving free hot dogs, chips and soda to the workers who came to clean up our park and worked on getting our electricity back. Thank you to all these good Tara Woods residents who were looking out for their neighbors and their neighbors’ homes. A special Thank You goes out to resident, Karen McKearney, who had her family with her during the storm. We were extremely lucky to have her daughter, Sharon, and son-in-law, Ryan, and two grandsons, Cory and Kirk, and their two friends, Jake and Julian, take shelter at the Clubhouse during Irma. They proved to be an immense help with setting up and maintaining the generators during the storm, allowing for enough electricity to power the special needs refrigerator and the icicle lights in the Clubhouse. Being short staffed, we were very grateful when they stepped in to offer their assistance. I guess every once in a while Mother Nature thinks we need to be reminded that we live in a prime

hurricane zone. We lucked out once again when this storm downgraded to a category 2 just before it hit Fort Myers. Let’s hope and pray we don’t experience this “reminder” again very soon. Thank you to the New York/ New Jersey Club for hosting the Labor Day party. About 140 people enjoyed the BJ’s rotisserie chicken and all the fixin’s and the optional shrimp and clam appetizer. Thank you to Judy & Bill Machnicz and Dave & Peggy Boncher, who were made honorary New York/New Jersey-ites for the day, for running the Bean Bag Baseball. Did I mention that the ladies were victorious once again this year? I hope you have your tickets for the Halloween Party on Saturday, October 28th hosted by the Midwest Club. This is another fun party with great food. Make sure you get your tickets before the deadline. This is the last time you’ll be hearing about the Community Opportunity Fair to be held on Saturday, November 18th, from 1:00 - 3:00 PM in the Clubhouse. Reservations are coming in, but there are many more groups that could participate. Please consider signing up your group for a table. Reservation forms are included in this edition of the Columns. Fill it out and get it to me or any Board member. This is a fun afternoon, as well as informational. Whether you are new to Tara Woods or just don’t get out much, the Fair is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the many groups that have something to offer to fill your days and nights with fun and friendship.

At the Homeowners meeting in October, Lou Dunning introduced the formation of a new Decorating Committee to oversee and decorate the outside of the community. We received a generous donation of great Christmas decorations from Rachelle Dellarocca that will get us started, but we need the helping hands of residents to make it happen. Please call Lou if you would like to be a part of this new committee this year. As of this writing, there is no host for the Christmas Party on Saturday, December 2nd. Hopefully someone will step up soon to organize this traditional party. Give me a call if you would be willing to help with this event. Now that the season has started, Saturday Morning Coffee will occasionally be host to some special speakers on different topics of interest to our community. Lou Dunning will keep you aware of them, as well as any special guests we have at our monthly Homeowners Meeting. At the November 13th Membership Meeting Lou has arranged for the new liaison from the Sheriff’s Department, Staff Officer Gerald McNulty, to introduce himself and tell us about his function in our community. When you see a sheriff’s car driving around the community, it is most likely Officer McNulty. I hope you will attend to give him a hearty Tara Woods welcome. Welcome back to everyone. I hope you are ready to join in all the fun as we begin a new “season” in Tara Woods. Janet Daly

Activities, Sports & Clubs can be found on pages: 10-13, 16-17, 20, 24, 26 State Club information can be found on page 6 and 7. Please note that the November Calendar is on page 28.


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SATURDAY COFFEE You Are Invited…. Who: All residents, friends, family and visitors. New residents especially welcome! What: Saturday Morning Coffee Where: At the Clubhouse When: The first, third, fourth & fifth Saturdays of the month at 8:00 AM. (Pancake Breakfast is the second Saturday from November – May) Why: To meet your friends and neighbors for friendly conversation over a cup or two of coffee. To hear what’s going on in the community at the General Meeting at 8:45 AM.

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To meet members of the TWHA Board of Directors who take turns hosting each meeting. To support your Kitchen Committee who supply a variety of donuts, bagels and Kaiser Rolls with various toppings, including cream cheese, butter, jelly and homemade cream cheese w/olives. To purchase tickets to the latest events To purchase “Social” tickets and, hopefully, leave with a little extra cash. To pay your Homeowners dues. To read the bulletin board. To hear some Wit & Wisdom from our residents.

and more! RSVP: Sign up on the sign-up sheet on the back bulletin board. It would be helpful if you signed up by Thursday of each week. Hope to see you there! Come and welcome new hosts, Lynn & Spike Makia, Linda Hoos and Sue & Darryl Yohn. Thanks so much for joining the Kitchen Committee! Janet Daly

“THE MAGIC OF TARA WOODS” T-SHIRTS AND LANYARDS NOW ON SALE IN THE CLUBHOUSE EVERY SATURDAY MORNING DURING COFFEE We have a number of THE MAGIC OF TARA WOODS tee shirts in various sizes. You might want to try them on since your “medium” may not be the same as our “medium”. We ordered extras, so please check in whether you signed up or not. We can order more if we run out. WE ARE NOT MAKING PHONE CALLS

TO THOSE WHO GAVE US THEIR INFORMATION. JUST COME IN, PLEASE! TEE SHIRTS: $10 LANYARDS: $4 If you have any questions, please call Joanie Byrnes 715497-7864 or Ginnie Pontarelli 239-810-1769.

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Take Action on ‘Giving Tuesday’ … and Beyond You probably already know about the two big shopping days – Black Friday and Cyber Monday – that follow Thanksgiving. But did you know that Giving Tuesday is observed on Nov. 28? By showing your generosity on this day and throughout the holiday season, you can benefit charitable organizations and your loved ones – and your gifts can even provide you with some potential financial advantages. So, what sort of gifts should you consider? Here are a couple of suggestions for the charitable organizations you support: Give cash. Any charitable group will welcome cash contributions. And if the charity has 501(c)(3) status (named after the section of the Internal Revenue Code that governs such groups), your gift can offer you a tax deduction. So, for example, if you are in the 25 percent tax bracket and you give $1,000 to a qualified charity, you will be able to deduct $250 from your taxes. (You will need to itemize deductions to gain this tax benefit.) Generally speaking, your maximum deduction is limited to 50 percent of your adjusted gross income. You might be able expand the reach of your cash gifts through your workplace. Some companies will match some of your contributions to charitable organizations. Also, your employer may allow you to apply for larger grants to support nonprofit groups, especially those in which many employees are actively involved. Donate appreciated stocks. If you have stocks that have grown significantly in value, you may want to donate them to a charitable group. You will be allowed a charitable deduction for the full fair market value of the gift on the date of the transfer, even if your original cost was only a fraction of today’s value. Furthermore, you will avoid the capital gains taxes you’d have to pay if you sold the stock, provided you’ve held the stock for at least a year. You don’t have to restrict your giving to charitable groups. If you have children or grandchildren, you might want to provide them with the gift of higher education by contributing to a 529 college savings plan. A 529 plan offers several benefits. Contribution limits vary from state to state, but are generally quite high – you can accumulate more than $200,000 per beneficiary in many state plans, although special gifting provisions may apply. And you can typically invest in the 529 plan offered by any state, even if you don’t live there, although you might not receive the tax benefits – such as deductions or tax credits – you’d get if you invested in your own state’s plan. Also, all withdrawals from 529 plans are free from federal income taxes, and possibly from state income taxes, as long as the money is used for a qualified college or graduate expense of the beneficiary you’ve named – typically, your child or grandchild. (Withdrawals for expenses other than qualified education expenditures may be subject to federal, state and penalty taxes.) Be aware, though, that 529 plans may affect financial aid, particularly if you’ve set up a plan for your grandchild, so you might want to consult with a college’s financial aid office before the child heads off to school. Through your gifts to charitable groups and your family members, you can take the spirit of Giving Day and extend it throughout the holiday season – and even beyond.

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meetings are informative and full of helpful information from how to make your home fall safe to providing helpful insurance information. Please check the bulletin board in the back of the Clubhouse for location of the November meeting. With the holidays coming up you may get some interesting ideas of types of refreshments you may want to serve. Meetings are free of charge and your participation would be greatly appreciated. Applications and mailing envelopes are on the back bulletin board in the Clubhouse. Remem-

November is an important month! Even though our meeting is scheduled for later in the month, participation is needed for the Bake Sale at the Craft Show in the Clubhouse on Saturday, November 4th, by donat-

ing baked goods and volunteering “people power” to set up, sell items from 9:00 AM through 1:00 PM, and clean up after the Craft Show. For our meeting on Sunday, November 19th at 4:00 PM, bring your favorite dish to share for a “potluck” dinner. On the sign-up sheet in the Clubhouse please indicate your choice of salad, entree or dessert. Don’t forget to include your place setting and drinks. Payable at this time are: dues at $5 per person (if not already paid) and then $13 per person attending the December 11th

noon luncheon at Bianca’s Restaurant. The Club is contributing $15 per person to the event. It is time to be finalizing the Christmas decorations for our “Old Fashioned” tree. The date for setup will be shared at that time. Club Members - - Let’s gather around the group and support our activities to continue the 3F year of food, fun, and fellowship. Barb Pollitt, Secretary


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First, and most importantly, Thank God we all made it through the 2017 hurricane season, so far! It was definitely a very scary ordeal. Long, long

drives on I75 North, pounding of hammers securing the hurricane shutters, the wild wind blowing through the massive palm trees, wondering and waiting about electricity; all of these events have made for a very harrowing time. It may even cause you to pause for a moment and ask yourself, why am I living in Southwest Florida? Tara Woods may just be your best answer! After huddling with your neighbors, chit-chatting to pass the

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time in tight quarters, sharing all of your anxieties and concerns with others just like you; we are nearly back to normal now and starting a brand new season at Tara Woods. Welcome back your neighbors, be involved with the meetings, plan all of your dinners, dances, and fun times. But why not start something new, adventurous, fun, and fulfilling. Try Music! We are welcoming back all of our New Image Chorus members, present, past and hopefully future individuals. Do you have to sing like Pavarotti? No, we accept one and all, who just want to sing, laugh, and enjoy the friendship. We are currently under new leadership of Carol McGowen as our new Director Our time has changed by an hour to 12:30 PM on Mondays at The Clubhouse. Come and join us; try it out; it just might surprise you! We will be looking out for you! Sheila Piganelli

ENTERTAINING NEWS So Ladies and Gentlemen, this month I am making a request for items that will likely be needed for this season’s play. We are looking to use the following items on stage for the month of February and for two weeks in March. The items are: • 2 side chairs, padded material type (not wooden), do not need to match, low backs • 1 or 2 small cubes to be used as a coffee table • a 3 or 4-tiered shelf that stands alone • any sports memorabilia that can be displayed on walls or small shelves • an authentic football If you have any of these items and would allow us to use them on stage next year, please call me, Pat Dunning at 599-4490. Someone will come and lowok at the items and see if they will work for us to be part of the stage set, and then we will ar-

range with you to have them on stage after the stage is constructed in February. These items will be noted in the Playbill thanking you for your generosity; the items will be returned to you at the end of the weekend of the play in March. Thanking you in advance for any help you can give us. Volunteers do not necessarily have the time, they just have the heart. Pat Dunning Entertainers

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NEW HOMEOWNERS ORIENTATION Orientation for new homeowners will be held on Saturday, November 11th starting at 10:30 AM in the Clubhouse Living Room. Please arrive a little early to allow time to sign in. All newcomers (homeowners and renters) are encouraged to attend this 1.5-hour meeting. We will cover important information about our community and the surrounding area. Each homeowner will be given a packet containing the Homeowners Association Guidelines and ByLaws, hurricane preparation tips, and lots of other important information. The next orientation will be Saturday, December 2nd at 10:30 AM. Any Tara Woods residents who have never attended an orientation or haven’t for several years are welcome to join us. Much of the handout information has been updated, improved or is new. Just let us know so we are sure to have enough handouts. Donna Phillips 731-5802 and Mary Kivel 207-505-5576

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LET’S GIVE THANKS Join us for dinner as we celebrate all of our many blessings. Thursday, November 23rd Dinner at 3:00 p.m. at the Clubhouse Tickets will be on sale at BINGO and Saturday Coffee $8.00 pp. BYOB & Side Dish to share (sign up) Hosted by Tom & Donna Erhardt 239-322-0070

It’s once again time to begin collecting donations for our Annual Firefighters & Paramedics Holiday Dinners. The members of our North Fort Myers Fire Department do so much for our Tara Woods Community that it gives us great pleasure to give back to them during the holidays. As we did last year, we will use your donations to provide Gift Certificates from Publix for the three shifts who work December 22nd, 23rd, and 24th, so that they can purchase Holiday dinners for their shifts. We will accept donations at Bingo on Tuesday nights and at Saturday Morning Coffee, starting November 21st. You can also call Chuck Poveromoor Frank Millette and we will be happy to pick up your donation. Make any checks payable to “cash”. Please give generously to those who are always there for us in our time of need. Thank you. Chuck: 815-979-3467 Frank: 239-543-2954

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Welcome back members! The first meeting to kick off the 20172018 season is on Sunday, November 26th. I am proud to announce that we will be hosting a members only party in the Clubhouse on January 14th. Details will follow as soon as we firm up the complete itinerary. At our February 25th meeting we will be electing two new officers to serve on the Tennis Association Board. For the upcoming tennis season, each Tara Woods tennis team is being supplied one case of new tennis balls to kick off their league play. This was possible due to the fundraiser held last March-so, the Board’s gratitude to all of you for helping and attending. Oh! I almost forgot. The January 14th party is a “no cost” event

due to our collective efforts at the March fundraiser. Please put it on your January calendar and plan on attending. It should be a lot of fun and a nice way to reconnect after a wild Summer. Many blessings to you all for continued health, happiness, and prosperity of wealth and spirit. Hugs. – Dakota Windancer ROUND ROBIN Some of this information was already published in the October Columns, but for those of you who were not here to receive the Columns, I am repeating some things. Our first Round Robin of the season is set for Sunday, November 26th. Janice & George Johnston have volunteered to host the dinner, which will consist of Pizza, Caesar Salad, and Ice Cream Sundaes. Fred Puhlfuerst has vol-

unteered to handle the courtside refreshments. The sign-up sheet for the tennis portion of the Round Robin will be posted on the Tennis Bulletin Board in early November. Be sure to sign up to play tennis that day – the more people who sign up, the more variety of pairings we can arrange. There is no Round Robin scheduled in December. The dates for the remaining Round Robins are January 28th, February 25th, and March 25th. We still need volunteers to host the dinners and we also need people to handle the courtside snacks on these dates. – Linda Engel TENNIS LEAGUES WOMEN’S LEAGUE Practice has already started for those team members who are already in Tara Woods. Some of the

players are still in the transition of driving to Tara Woods from their Northern states. We have 6 ladies on each team this season, with 2 shared subs. The list of team members is posted on the Tennis Bulletin Board. Coincidentally, the Angels have 5 full-time Tara Woods residents and 1 part-time resident on their team while the Fusion has only 1 full-time resident and 5 part-time residents on their team. When all of the players are back in Tara Woods, practice will be in full swing. Both teams practice Tuesdays at 9:00 AM. – Linda Engel MEN’S LEAGUE White League-Stallions It is a new season and the former Red Team Stallions are now a level White Team. We have combined with the other Tara Woods White Team players (the Mustangs), and the two Team Captains have chosen their team members. Both teams will be playing on Tuesdays at 1:30 PM, which will require fans to choose which team to watch. We will all play our

best, so come out and show your support. – Fred Puhlfuerst White League-Mustangs Nothing to report. Blue League Since the last update in October, a few more players have arrived in Tara woods, and a few more are expected in November. The season officially starts on Thursday, November 2nd, and we are all looking forward to a winning year – and we pray that the rainy season is at last over and that the courts stay dry. – Bill Powers

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Meditation Group WEDNESDAYS AT 1:00 PM Beginning November 1st LOCATION - Sitting room in the Club House as you come into the club house from the parking lot, it is the room to the left of the stage. Facilitator – Barbara J. Gilfillan, a Licensed Spiritual Practitioner For more information: Cell 401-486-9650 Love Offering: Meditation = health of body and mind

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MAGIC SOFTBALL The Tara Woods MAGIC Softball team begins practice the first week of November. Anyone who would be interested in participating, either as a player, coach, or other capacity should contact Bill Hubbs at 810-919-6892 or Rod Browder at 708-926-5556. The regular season begins in January on Monday and Wednesday nights at 5:30 PM in Punta Gorda. We anticipate a fun and successful season with plenty of camaraderie and victories. And, win or lose, we celebrate after every game!

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All GOING PLACES information: theatre listings, trips, cruises, travel data, etc., is posted on bulletin board (outside billiard room) and/or in the blue book (in the library). I do not pick up long distance or local calls with numbers or names I do not recognize. Sooo, if you want to talk with me and your call comes through without a name, leave a message. I will call you back. I PROMISE! I have caller ID and an answering machine that picks up after 3 rings. Dolores Paeth 239-731-5119

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Senior Yoga at Tara Woods is ideal for the 55+ person who wants to improve their body, mind, spirit and over all well-being. Please join us for FREE in the sitting room at the Clubhouse on the following days and times:
 Marilyn Workman holds a 45-minute standing and floor class on Mondays at 10:30 AM and Thursdays at 3:30 PM. Arlene Franchini offers a 25-minute gentle chair, floor or standing yoga class followed by a 15-minute non-religious guided meditation on Tuesdays at 3:30 PM. Please bring a yoga mat or beach towel, in addition to any other items such as blocks, pillows etc. that makes you comfortable.
 Please take note that even though these senior classes are designed by professionals, you may want to check with your doctor first before taking a class.

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BAILEY SPEAKS Bow Wow Wow - BOW WOW!! Whew, how time flies, other than experiencing Hurricane Irma that came to our State of Florida on September 10th. Tara Woods hit a bump in the road at the time of impact. But, like the movie “Gone with the Wind”, our “Hometown” community did a good job of handling clean-up quite well. Even we who have received some amount of damage to our residences, we put our paws forward-I mean our efforts on helping one another - by opening their homes for shelters, feeding us, and rebuilding. Sure, it was a struggle at first by realizing one side had electricity while the other side didn’t, but, once again, with patience and time, it came back on. Even though I couldn’t be here for the brunt of September 10th, we managed, with other couples, and with my fellow furry four-footed friends (4 dogs and a cat) we traveled to safer ground. Yes, even though we left early, it was touch and go on traveling by road – with bumper-to-bumper traffic, then finding a place to stay with our family of furry friends. Where we were, if they had to state that mandatory evacuation was necessary, it was not guaranteed that we could stay. But we all lucked out and made make shift until it was safe to come home to see the reality of our homes in Tara Woods. Actually, after all of this and stories to be told to one another upon returning, it barks down to this, I mean it boils down to this… It’s YOU and all of YOU who make Tara Woods what it is, along with the help from others and organizations who make it safe. God Bless everyone. Welcome back to our snowbirds returning to our community to make our last couple of months great by sharing their eventful summer stories with one another. We also hope that 2018 is a good year to come for four legs or two. As for an end as Bailey Speaks…Remember, play it safe and be patient. Happy Tails, Bailey P.S. Have a Happy Thanksgiving – and eat more chicken … hee! hee! And don’t forget our Doggy Park is open to all our four-footed furry friends. All our trees are re-rooted and benches are back in place, so you and your pet can have fun and play once again. Enjoy it! Be sure to pick up after your pet in order to keep our park clean. See ya next month.

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1:30 PM

November 3


November 4th


November 7th

TWHA Board Meeting

9:00 AM

Midwest Club Meeting

5:00 PM

November 10


November 11th

Pancake Breakfast

November 11th

New Residents Orientation


11:00 AM 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

7:30 AM – 8:45 AM 10:15 AM

November 11

New York/New Jersey Club Meeting

4:00 PM

November 13th

TWHA Meeting

7:00 PM

November 17

Canadian Club Meeting

5:00 PM

November 18th

Entertainers Business Meeting

9:00 AM

November 18th




1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

November 19

Mid-Atlantic Club Meeting

4:00 PM

November 23rd


3:00 PM

November 24th

Happy Hour Club

5:00 PM

November 25

Lee County Arts Center Informational

8:30 AM

November 25th


9:00 AM

Tennis Association Meeting

5:00 PM

BINGO Every Tuesday Night

6:45 PM



November 26




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Be one of the winners at our Tuesday night BINGO.

And you can win more than once during the night!

If 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.

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.

BOCCE 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 Frank Millette 543-2954


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

Ladies and Gentlemen, come join us on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month 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

HORSESHOES Every Friday at 1:00 PM At the Horseshoe Pits. Come join us for fun and laughs. Questions: contact Eddie and Pat Sparany, 652-3869.

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.

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 12:00-3:00 PM. The Happy Ladies of Mah Jongg. Any questions, please contact: Jane DeGuire, 567-0656, or Ruth Zimmer,731-8594.


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, 7311614, 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 6:00 PM in the Craft House If interested contact Bill Black at 636-978-7815


Come join us for a fun time and great exercise Tuesday 10:30-11:30 for beginners 11:30-12:00 for intermediate Barb Goodhue

Book Discussion Club Thursday, November 2nd at 1:30 PM 2760 Steamboat Loop Join us to talk about the books we have been enjoying and maybe borrow one you would like to read. Newcomers welcome. Questions: Call Marilyn Workman 239-543-1168


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)

CONTRACT RUMMY (similar to aggravation) (5 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 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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HAPPY HOUR The Happy Hour Club is happier than ever! We now meet on Fridays and welcome all residents of Tara Woods for a time of friendship, good food and drink. We have a special drink of the month and enjoy a pot luck dinner after a brief meeting and cocktail time. We meet at the Clubhouse at 5:00 p.m. either on the Verandah or inside, depending on the weather. A sign-up sheet is in the Clubhouse. Bring your offering of pot luck as well as an appetizer to pass, a drink of your choice, your own place setting and a $2 donation. If you have questions, please call Mary Kivel at 207 505-5576.Happy Hour dates for the remainder of 2017 are October 27, November 24 and December 29. Mark your calendars!

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

Mary Kivel, Acting Off-Season President Tel. 207 505-5576

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BIRTHDAYS IN NOVEMBER: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

Rick Lubich, Cliff Phillips Joan Johnson, Roger Rafferty Donald Anderson, Joe Bigelow, Tim Bostic Wendy Jarry Cindy McKay, Eileen Robinson Emmett Linderman, Barb Miller Rod Browder, Audrey Coon, Donna Gaudet Debra Nespolo Karen Finkle, Doug Plested Don Girty, 96 Yrs., Shirley Mize, Frank Grant, Kent Hetzer Bob Baeschlin, 96 Yrs., John Beenen, Bob Gooding, Jack Wood Carol Andrews, Nancy Lyford Colleen Brown, Rose Tilelli Gloria Conklin, Richard Gendron, Carl Marquis, Ron Mester Dan Appese, John Pavao, Ed Simko, Bob Stickles

16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 26 27 28 30

Richard Binkowski, Carol Dillon, Lu Gendron, Bev Langill Angie D’Alessandro, Jerry McKay, Bill Powers, Ann Scott, Don Werner Tessa Berg, Leanne Halfman, William Sandell Fred Kossen, Ann West, 90 Yrs. Jean Bibeau, Harry Hoffman, Roger Jarry Dorothy Benedict, Ron Heidmous, Bill Machnicz, Doug Peters, Loretta Slochowsky Patti Clark Jean Chick, David Rippeth Mike Di Lorenzo, Bob Prenoveau Dan Duda Jeannette Whitacre Harriet Bush, Bob Byrne, Bobbie Combs, Barb Luce John Costantini

ANNIVERSARIES IN NOVEMBER: 1 Norma & Larry Jones, Pauline & Geof Young 3 Barbara & Bernie Sciarpelletti 5 Lynda & Brian Francey 8 Patti & Sandy Thompson 10 June Neavling & Joe Brown 13 Sandy & Jim Dahlhofer 14 Linda &Warren Engel 19 Deb & Jim Towne 20 Jeannette & Bill Whitacre, 63 Yrs. 21 Sherley & Joe Colacino, 61Yrs., Linda & Mike Renzulli 22 Judy & Dale Holat 23 Sharon & Don Boehlke 24 Doris & Milty Katz, 60 Yrs. 27 Joanne & Rich Araujo 29 Jean & Ron Smith


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Contact Shirley Ringleben, 731-2748, before September 10th for Special Recognition of Anniversaries, 50, 55 or 60+ in December 2017!


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NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH Your NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH is working for you. The two primary reasons for the WATCH are the protection of our residents and the observation of our community. Check on your neighbors who may be housebound or ill. If you haven’t seen them for a while, check on them. If you see something out of the ordinary, call and report the problem. (911) or (239-477-1000) THIS MONTH’S TIPS: This is the beginning of the new season. We will have a representative at the first Saturday Coffee of every month. We will attempt to answer all questions about the Neighborhood Watch. The park rule and state law states there is no feeding the turtles or alligators or wildlife. Lock your house. Take Keys from your Golf Carts. Close and lock your sheds. Speed within the Park is 20 MPH. Welcome back! Bob Glandorf, Neighborhood Watch

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What to Plant Bedding Plants: Create a display of fall colors with cool season plants. Some to try are impatiens, strawflower, cape daisy, and pansy. Bulbs: Many bulbs like to get their start in cool weather. Bulbs to plant this month include amaryllis, crinum, and the many varieties of elephant’s ear. Herbs: Continue planting herbs from seeds or plants. A wide variety of herbs like cooler, dryer weather, including cilantro, dill, fennel, parsley, sage, and thyme. Vegetables: Continue planting cool season crops such as beet, broccoli, cabbage, carrot, kale, and lettuce. What to Do Perennials: Divide and replant overgrown perennials, ornamental grasses, and bulbs now so that they establish before the coolest weather

arrives. Fungal disease: Until May, watch for brown patch and large patch, fungal diseases that cause areas of grass to turn brown. Since treatment is difficult, prevention with proper cultural practices is key. Scale on ornamental plants: Now that temperatures are lower, use dormant oil sprays to control scale insects. Irrigation: Plants need less supplemental watering in cooler weather. Turn off systems and water only if needed. Fertilization and Irrigation Needs of Florida Lawns and Landscapes Poinsettias: Watch for hornworms on poinsettias planted in the landscape. This pest can quickly defoliate a plant; handpick or treat only the area infested. Lawns: This is a great time to plant ryegrass to cover bare patches in the lawn Excerpts from University of Florida Gardening Calendar


We are finally getting back on track after Irma delayed our expected start date. We hope to begin sewing again on the 17th of October in the Craft Room from 10:00 -12:00 on Tuesday mornings. We plan to make adult bibs and turbans for cancer patients. Anyone interested in joining us to help or if you have any suggestions for projects for our group, please call me.

Susan Uccello


INSPIRATION HOUR Tuesdays @ 10:00 AM

All welcome!

It isn’t hard to make a mountain out of a molehill. Just add a little dirt. Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.

Proverbs 17:14

NATURE AROUND TARA WOODS by Sam Jokich and Mark Burke

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Poolside Pub Located Inside Del Tura Golf & Country Club • Public Always Welcome $4.99 Lunch Specials Every Day 11 AM-3 PM • Happy Hour Every Day 3-6 PM STOP IN AND GRAB A CALENDAR OF EVENTS TODAY!

MONDAY Live Music Inside for a true Party Bar Experience TUESDAY TACO TUESDAY Hard & Soft Shell Tacos Available All Day and All Night Karaoke (6:30 pm ‘til close) WEDNESDAY Buy 20 Wings GET A FREE PITCHER OF BEER Available All Day and All Night! THURSDAY Spaghetti & Meatballs Dinner $6.99 Available All Day and All Night! Trivia Night & Name That Tune (6:30 pm ‘til close) FRIDAY Live Music Every Friday Night (5 pm) All-You-Can-Eat Fish & Chips Only $8.99 Available All Day and All Night!


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