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Art Show Has Kings Point “Hooked” News of Kings Point Staff On February 16th and 17th, 2010, the Kings Point Art League held its annual Art Show in the Banquet Room of the Kings Point Clubhouse. This year’s theme was “Hooked on Art” and, if you were not hooked before you came to the event, you certainly were when you left. Both the quality and scope of the work was astounding. Nearly 200 artists submitted pieces including oils, acrylics, watercolors, mixed media, graphics, charcoals, inks and sculptures. As appreciative patrons, fans and art lovers mixed and mingled – exploring the art and snacking on refreshments – Shirley Bengston provided a

Don’t Miss the Spring Fling! Submitted by Matt Permuth, Assistant GM at Kings Point

Diane G. Simon took home Best of Show honors for her watercolor entitled “Table for Two?”

Chairman, Sue Corbett

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soundtrack of live piano music. But quality art was not the only thing those who took in the show had the opportunity Assistant Chairman, to appreciate. Just outside the gallery doors three unique pieces Sylvia Fell

of art, submitted by Sue Corbett, Sylvia Fell and Diane G. Simon, respectively, were being raffled to support two artist-chosen charities: The Emergency Squad Art Show To Page 2

March 9th 2010 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The annual Spring Fling Community Festival will be held outside on the Kings Point Clubhouse front lawn. There will be a large tent with a lot of the community groups, including cloggers, Zumba fitness, Hawaiian dancers and many more. Come see classic cars and golf carts, meet folks from the Emergency Squad, watch the “Love My Pooch” dog show and take part in many other exciting activities. And, of course, sample some of the incredible FOOD! Come join the festivities March 9th! This event is free to attend. Bring your lawn chair and have a great time at this funfilled event. Be there to ring in the Spring! *In the event of rain, the festival will be held in the Borini Theater www.

The Pelican Players Breaking Legs, Having Fun and Inspiring Futures

News of Kings Point Staff Since 1980 the Pelican Players Community Theater Group has been providing a venue for creative people to express their talents and theater fans to experience great, affordable entertainment. The very first year they produced three shows – the Spring Show, the Fall Show and the Follies – and have been doing so ever since. The hundreds of actors, singers, musicians, writers, backstage hands and support staff are all volunteers. They may not all have previous theater experience, but they all bring a love for theater and a passion to entertain. “The quality of the people you get here in Kings Point and the surrounding communities is phenomenal.” Says Dick Yarger, onetime college Provost and now regular Pelican stage sensation, “The talent and coordination involved is amazing.” Just how good are the shows?


Chet Budziak, Marketing; Dick Yarger, Scholarship Chairman; Chuck Wirick, outgoing President. In Front: Courtney Driggers, Scholarship Recipient

Chet Budziak, Marketing Director and producer of the upcoming spring show, “Love, Sex and the IRS”, put it this way: “You want to know how to tell that the Pelicans put on a good program? The shows sell out. Fast.” Recently, the News of Kings Point had an opportunity to sit down with some folks involved in Pelican Players to talk about their plans for the upcoming season and what, exactly, they

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do with all the money they take in. The answer might surprise you. For the past 26 years, since 1984, the staff and volunteers of the Pelican Players have been providing scholarships to deserving students of the performing arts so that they may continue their studies at the

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collegiate level. The program offers scholarships valued at $1,000 per semester for up to eight semesters to students graduating from three local high schools: East Bay, Riverview and Lennard. The only requirement is that the students choose a major in the field of the arts. Pelican Players To Page 5

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and the Mary Martha House. The judges selected to jury Hooked on Art were indicative of the tremendous quality of the art on display. Bruce Marsh is a Professor Emeritus at the University of South Florida, having taught art at the school for 35 years. Dolores Coe received her MFA in painting from the University of South Florida, then taught at the prestigious Ringling College of Art and Design from 1961 until 2005. Artists were grouped by both category – Original, Reproduction or Emerging – and media with Top Honors given to first place winners in up to five individual media styles per category. Diane G. Simon took home Best of Show honors for her watercolor entitled “Table for Two?” The People’s Choice Award went to Barbara Graham for her watercolor entitled “Mark Twain.”

Susan Corbett “Fourth of July”

The first place winners in the Original Art category were: Michael Manghise, Mixed Media Cynthia Wortmann, Graphics

The Editor’s Corner Hey folks, Here we are, already in March 2010. In preparing for this, our fourth issue of the News of Kings Point, I have had the privilege and pleasure to spend even more time getting to know some of the incredible people you call your friends and neighbors. I had a terrific time chatting with a few of the folks from the Pelican Players Community Theater group, and I can’t wait to see their next big show. I also got the chance to experience the Kings Point Art League’s “Hooked on Art” show, and I was very impressed. As the husband of an accomplished artist and art teacher, I am well versed in form, method, composition and all the elements that make visual art “work.” Coming into the Clubhouse, I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect, but what I saw exceeded all my expectations. I was blown away by not only the quality but also the variety of work presented. Kings Point truly is a unique, creative and special community. Speaking of unique communities, I have to take a moment to talk about my recent trip to the captivating little village of Tarpon Springs. Eddie will give you a full report of what there is to see and do in his “Day Trips” column, but I will say that the four of us – Eddie, me and my lovely wife and our stroller-riding little guy – all had an absolute blast. I don’t want to steal any of Eddie’s thunder, so I’ll just share a few of my personal favorites with you. There’s a little bookshop

in the Historic District called “Back in the Day Books” that I loved. I admit, as a writer, I am a bit of a book junkie, but the owner of the shop really knows his stuff. Right around the corner is another little shop that appeals to one of my other guilty pleasures: nautical stuff. “Island Life Interiors” offers consigned and resale beach and boat inspired décor for your home. Plus they have a couple of friendly, feathery mascots to visit with as you browse. Out on the Sponge Docks we grabbed a bite at Hellas, a justifiably famous Greek restaurant. Three plus a stroller is not a typical table setting, but the staff went out of their way to be accommodating and the food, as always, was excellent. I am very excited in this issue of the paper to not only be showcasing two feature artists but also a local author with a passion for America’s favorite pastime. Going forward, we would like to make the creative going’s on in Kings Point a regular feature. If you are a published author or you know one, drop us a line and let us know. If you belong to one of the terrific artistic clubs in the area, let us know who you are and what you are doing. We would love to hear from you! And, as always, keep sending us your news, events and announcements and we will help you get the word out to your community. Remember, we are working hard every day to be your community newspaper. Thanks for helping us make that happen. See you around!

Pat Curtis Rilling, Acrylics & Oils Pat Herzberg, Watercolor Art Grundberg, Sculpture The first place winners in the

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Reproduction Art category were: Vernie Frigeri, Acrylics & Oils Rosemary Loumiet, Watercolor Elsie Landry, Mixed Media The first place winners in the Emerging Artist category were: Caroline Durr, Acrylics & Oils Linda Suh, Watercolor Linda Suh, Graphics Lynn Corbin, Mixed Media Other artists receiving recognition included: Bruce Fallender, Sylvia Fell, Edite McIlvaine, Lynn Bremmerman, Murial Hausrath, Phyllis Masing, Elly Sullivan, Marsha Lucidi, Ted Daubresse, Bob Ewing, Barbara Graham, June Quay, Rosemary Loumiet, Jane Adair, Sue Corbett, Sandy Greco, Michael McGoldrick, Vickie Knittel, Mary Lou McKittrick, Diane G. Simon, Mabel Corbin, Celeste DeBono, Eleanor Tumulty, Gloria Cichocki, Jean Paul, Noreen Schramm, Owl Durie, Ginny Hansen and Tom Wuenstel. Art Show to Page 3

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Congratulations to all of these fantastic artists! Polling both attendees and Art League members, it was the consensus that Chairman, Sue Corbett, and Assistant Chairman, Sylvia Fell, organized and executed a terrific Show. Both of these talented and hardworking ladies were quick to thank the team of Committee Chairpersons who worked closely with them to make the event a success: Eleanor Crossley, Ruth Shambaugh, Lynn

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Bremmerman, Barbara Wolons, Mary Sundeen, Greta May Barnes, Reba Ready, Marianne Weler and Bob Ewing. If you are interested in exploring your artistic side, the Kings Point Art League is a “fun group designed to support members, enhance their skills and promote art culture.” All artists are welcome to participate. Contact Diane G. Simon at 813.385.5569 or Vernie Frigeri at 813.634.0955 for more information. Cynthia Wortmann “Pumpkin”

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Yarger heads up the scholarship program. “Pelican Players is first and foremost an entertainment group. In the process of that, we make some money. That money goes to award the scholarships. The better our shows do, the more money we have to give.” Since the scholarship program began in 1984, nearly 100 students have been given scholarships. Students receiving scholarships have graduated from FSU, USF, UT, Rollins, Ringling, the American Music and Drama Academy and the International Academy of Design and Technology. These graduates have gone on to careers in theater arts, education, radio, TV, studio art, interior design, creative writing and communications. There are currently seventeen students receiving Pelican Players Scholarships; and, though a few have done so, they are not required to perform with the Players to receive a scholarship. “They are definitely not required to sing for their supper.” Says outgoing Pelican Players president, Chuck Wirick. “There are absolutely no strings attached.” How do the students feel about the Pelican Players? “They love coming here. They get really excited.” Says scholarship recipient and current University of Tampa Music Education student Courtney

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Driggers. “Music helps kids express themselves. It’s a way to get out their energy. I love kids and I love music. I knew what I wanted to do with my life, and the Pelican Players have really helped me.” She pauses. “I’ll be the first one in my family to go to college.” “And that’s why we do this.” Interjects Yarger, “The entire scholarship committee is made up of former teachers. We understand who students are and where they are coming from.” What’s involved in the scholarship process? Interested performing arts students from the three participating schools speak to their guidance counselors, fill out applications and submit an essay. “From there, we look at need

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years thinking they were coming down to play some golf, and they end up doing Community Theater.” How can you get involved? Pelican Players hosts workshops and will team you with mentors who will guide you in producing, directing or acting. So, if you love the arts, Pelican Players have a place for you. Their team members don’t just work and play on the stage. There are scores that work behind the scenes to make each production the best it could be. Writers, stagehands, set designers, lighting and sound techs, directors, producers and marketing folks all have their place with the Players. In fact, residents right here in Kings Point wrote some of their audiences’ favorite shows.

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Judy Michael wrote the Mystery Dinner Theaters “Love Cruise” and “Florida Senior Idol”. Diane Turcotte wrote the Mystery Dinner Theater “Dial C For Clue”. Joanna Rudy wrote several short comedies including: “Going Together”,  “Oh No, Not Mother”, “The Slots”, “Good Old Friends”, “The Three Musketeers” and “Pretty in Pink”. But writers are not the only ones finding a “second career” with the Pelicans. “I’m a good example of what Pelican Players is all about.” Says Yarger, “I spent 40 years as a college teacher and administrator. In the last four years of my career one of my students came in and said we need a butler for the play.’ I had a ball, and I ended up doing two or three more shows with them. Then I came to

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March, 2010

Spring Training is Back! NOKP Staff, Special Thanks to Dan Wolfert, General Manager Florida State League The sun is shining. The breeze is warm. You hear the crack of the bat. The sound of the ball smacking the glove … it must be Spring Training Time in Florida again. The parent team of your Marauders, the Pittsburgh Pirates, is gearing up for spring training right down the road in Bradenton. This is your opportunity to see today’s biggest stars as they prepare for another exciting year of Major League Baseball. And it’s also your chance to watch baseball the way you remember it, in the classic confines of venerable McKechnie Field. The Pirates open spring training on March 2nd against SCF and will continue battling the best and brightest through the month of March. Come see the Pirates take on Philadelphia, Minnesota, New York, Baltimore, Detroit, Boston, Houston, Atlanta, Toronto and the hometown Tampa Bay Rays. Spring Training is back and better than ever. Come see the Pirates in Bradenton. Don’t miss a pitch! Just remember… Baseball in the Sunshine State doesn’t end with Spring Training. Now the residents of South Shore, Bradenton and Sarasota have a new team to cheer for just down the street. The Bradenton

Marauders. This “High A” League ball club features players brought into the Pittsburgh Pirate organization to prepare for the major leagues. It’s not unusual to see players play in this league one year and come back for spring training in the Bigs the following season. Tickets prices are low and excitement is high for the inaugural season of Marauder baseball, and we want you to make this team your own! Opening night is April 8th at 7:00 p.m. against the Ft. Myers Miracle – and it will be a miracle if our Marauders don’t come away with a win! Directions to the Ball Park: Both Pirates Spring Training and Marauders games take place at the classic ballpark McKechnie Field. Come expecting a good time and great baseball. McKechnie Field 1611 9th Street W Bradenton, FL   34205 941.747.3031 Take I75 South to exit 224 Merge onto FL-43/US 301 S Continue onto 10 St W Turn Left at 8th Ave W/US-41 BUS S Continue onto 9th St W

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SCF (*) BRADENTON 12:05 p.m. New York Tampa 1:15 p.m. Atlanta Orlando 1:05 p.m. Baltimore Sarasota 7:05 p.m. PHILADELPHIA BRADENTON 1:05 p.m. MINNESOTA (ss) BRADENTON 1:05 p.m. Tampa Bay Port Charlotte 1:05 p.m. NEW YORK BRADENTON 1:05 p.m. New York Tampa 1:15 p.m. BALTIMORE BRADENTON 7:05 p.m. TAMPA BAY (ss) BRADENTON 1:05 p.m. Atlanta Orlando 1:05 p.m. Boston Fort Myers 1:05 p.m. NEW YORK BRADENTON 1:05 p.m. PHILADELPHIA BRADENTON 1:05 p.m. Off Day DETROIT BRADENTON 1:05 p.m. Minnesota Fort Myers 1:05 p.m. BOSTON BRADENTON 1:05 p.m. Baltimore (ss) Sarasota 1:05 p.m. TAMPA BAY (ss) BRADENTON 1:05 p.m. Off Day HOUSTON BRADENTON 1:05 p.m. BOSTON BRADENTON 1:05 p.m. ATLANTA BRADENTON 1:05 p.m. Houston Kissimmee 1:05 p.m. TORONTO BRADENTON 1:05 p.m. Tampa Bay Port Charlotte 1:05 p.m. Philadelphia Clearwater 1:05 p.m. HOUSTON BRADENTON 1:05 p.m. Minnesota Fort Myers 1:05 p.m. Detroit Lakeland 1:05 p.m. Philadelphia Clearwater 1:05 p.m. Philadelphia Philadelphia 7:05 p.m. Philadelphia Philadelphia 1:05 p.m


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Kings Point Resident is Baseball Book Author Robert (Bob) Lockwood Mills, resident on Sifield Greens Way, loves baseball, and it shows in his new book, “Baseball – Then and Now.” His seventh published book combines the author’s earliest recollections of the Great American Pastime with a cogent and often humorous analysis of the game’s evolution. Written entirely from Mills’ vast memory bank, it invites the reader along nostalgic pathways of baseball history, from the familiar to the forgotten. The author recalls the earliest games he saw, involving the Chicago Cubs in 1948 and the Boston Red Sox in 1949. He helps the reader to remember great, near-great, and not-

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so-great players, managers, broadcasters, sportswriters, and umpires. He discusses unresolved controversies and ends the book with a flight of fancy about baseball’s future. Bob Mills spent most of his adult life raising a family and working as a Wall Street broker. But his eclectic mix of hobbies and avocations has included those of semi-pro ballplayer, actor, playwright, bridge teacher, historical researcher, writer/editor, satirist, composer, crossword puzzle constructor, and political essayist. Two of these disciplines converge in “Baseball -- Then and Now,” his first book about baseball. To get your copy, call 813-634-6787 and leave message. “Baseball – Then and Now” is also available at and Robert Lockwood Mills


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much of the apparatus that will make this legal and hopefully safe. However, until the construction in, on and around that intersection is complete – this is still against the law.  Florida statutes are very clear on this in that: “the responsible governmental entity shall post appropriate signs to indicate that such operation is allowed”.  Whether you think this crossing is a good idea or a bad one, please respect that Florida law must be obeyed to maintain safety on all of our streets.  Those who fail to heed the law are doomed to pay for it, either financially or physically.  Hopefully, the worst anyone will get is a $151.00 ticket and not a crash that could end lives.  Once everything is complete, the path will be open with great fanfare, but until that happens, please be careful and obey the law. Be safe out there.

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Golf Scores Falcon Watch Ladies 9-Hole Golf League Feb 5 2010 Low Net Falcon Watch 9 hole ladies results

Flt. A 1st 2nd 3rd

Janine Johnson ....... 32 Marge De Wilde ...... 38 Joan Frost ................. 39

1st 2nd 3rd

Judy Boyer ............... Karen Tomle ............. Mary Keller ............... Ellie Warming ...........

35 35 36 38

1st 2nd

Ingrid Hecht . ........... Gladys Lowrie .......... Katherine Marcario . Becky Burgardt ........

37 39 39 39

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Flt. C


Wynne ...................... 40 Gloria Hayden ......... 40

1st 2nd 3rd

Connie Kehl ............. 34 Barb Laino ................ 34 Nancy Scott ............. 34

Flt. D

Ro McEvoy ............... 35 Mimi Meszaros . ........ 35 Mary Ellen Nevin ...... 35 Ann Parisen .............. 36

Kings Point Ladies 9-Hole Golf League Feb 8 2010 - Points Game Submitted by Lorraine F. Rings

Flight A Winners (2) Tie for 1st Mary Reter...............................28 Betty Irwin.................................28 Karen Bergmoser.....................25 Flight B Winners (3) Tie for 1st Janet Balonick.........................27 Nita Schmierier........................27

Shirley Brei................................27 (2) Tie for 2nd Liz Lister.....................................25 Lorraine Rings...........................25 Flight C Winners (2) Tie for 1st Bev Elliot...................................26 Karole Reiss..............................26 Joan Leombruno.....................21

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March, 2010

Falcon Watch Men’s League Elects President

Submitted by Manny DeBono

Chuck Prehm elected President of the Falcon Watch Men’s league for 2010. Chuck is supported by Bill Yost (Vice President), Gerry Emmrich (Treasurer), Bob Kenny (Secretary), Manny DeBono (Tournament Director), Mac McClafferty and Norm Davis. Men’s League has 180 Members and plays every Monday. Shotgun start.

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Kings Point Ladies 18 Hole League February 15 Back 9 minus 1/2 handicap Submitted by Marilyn McCormick

1st (tie) Mary Clafferty, Lee Leverett............................................................ 2nd Joan Sword............................................................. 3rd Marissa Cacciotti.................................................... 4th (tie) Joan Contois, Esther Plusser........................................................... B Flight 1st Mary Etzler............................................................... 2nd Jackie McDow . ..................................................... 3rd Rosa Gerry............................................................... 4th Marilyn McCormick................................................ C Flight 1st Mary Arpaia............................................................ 2nd Terri Ferrara.............................................................. 3rd Dot Mulford............................................................. 4th Gladys Lowry........................................................... D Flight 1st Diane King............................................................... 2nd (tie) Marge Miller, Barbara Warner......................................

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Adopt a Friend That C.A.R.E.s Submitted by Stephen Hunter

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Candy is a Dachshund mix who is as cute as a button. A local business witnessed her being dumped from a passing vehicle. What makes this even harder to believe is that Candy is a great little gal. She is affectionate and fun to be around. Do you have a craving for a sweetie? If so, come and meet Candy! As part of her adoption, Candy will be spayed, microchipped, and brought current on her shots. C.A.R.E. is a no-kill animal shelter open 10 AM to 3 PM on Tuesday – Saturday. For directions, visit or call 813.645.2273.

Oscar Oscar is no grouch! He is a sweet black and white male domestic short hair. Now that he is old enough, he is anxiously waiting to go to his forever home. Oscar quietly looks at you with his big eyes. We wonder what he is thinking. If you speak “Oscar”, please come to the shelter and be his translator. Although, he is probably saying, “Pick me! Pick me!” Oscar will be neutered, microchipped, and brought current on his shots as part of his adoption.

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Jim and Nell Taze publish Ads and Events, a weekly email containing information about what’s happening in 33573. Your event will also appear in the weekly Ads and Events email. Send all events by email to You only need to submit your Event one time for it to appear in both. MON. MAR 1 – TICKETS GO ON SALE FOR “PREVIEW TO CARMEN” TICKETS: Mon – Fri. 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Community Assn. Office. $8. Person. Assigned seats. Info: Judy 642.2001. PERFORMANCE: “Preview to Carmen…What Makes a Great Opera Melody” by the St. Petersburg opera Company is at Community Hall, Fri. Apr 9, 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. MON. MAR 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 – WEIGHT WATCHERS MEETS 1:30 p.m. doors open. $2.00 p.m. meeting starts. St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 Del Webb E. Now offering free registration. Go to for additional information. Weight Watchers meets every Monday. MON. MAR 1– CLASS 3, ESTATE PLANNING SEMINAR 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Community Church College, 1501 La Jolla Ave.

Rose Room. Text Book is $10.00 Registration Jan 27 – Feb 25. Call 634.8607 for Information to Register or go to Third Seminar: TITLING YOUR PROPERTY & AVOIDING PROBATE. Class leader: Spencer Faircloth, Retired 1st VP and Trust Officer, Sun Trust Bank. Over 4,000 residents of SCC and S Hillsborough County have taken Spencer’s seminar. This series contains 6 classes: Next classes are Mar. 8, 15, 22. MON. MAR 1 – DAR ANTIQUE ADVENTURE 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Florida Room in the Atrium. $20. Includes the appraisal of one item. Up to 4 more, each will cost an additional $5.00. Send a check, including the number of items, made out to CGMB Chapter and mail to P. O. Box 5544 SCC 33571-5544. Info: Natalie Tryon 633.1633 or Mary McIntyre 634.3818. All appraisal verbal, non-binding. Do not bring dolls, stamps or coins. Pictures of large items acceptable. Light Gourmet refreshments. Proceeds to Athena Project for homeless female veterans. TUE, MAR 2 – TUE. APR 13 – SEVEN WEEK COURSE ON HEALING PRAYER 11:00 a.m. United Methodist Church, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. E in the Chapel. Call Church Office 813.634.2539 to register. The Spiritual Grown Team is offering a short-term course on Healing Prayer every Tuesday. This is a 7-week study on the essential foundations needed for all who desire to pray more effectively. TUE. MAR 2 – DISCOVERY UNIVERSITY 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. The Courtyards, 231 Courtyard Blvd. FREE. RSVP to 813.642.8950. Come join in on our educational interactive seminar with speaker Phil Leto, III. This week’s topic is “The Professionalism in Sports.” Refreshments provided. TUE. MAR 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 – EVENING SOCIAL BALLROOM AND LATIN DANCE CLASSES 5:30 p.m. Beginning Fox Trot; 6:45 Intermediate Cha Cha; 8:00 Intermediate Samba. Classes are $5.00 per lesson. New Dance Studio in Atrium Building on N. Pebble Beach. Info: Bernice 634.3205. Sponsored by The Academy Dance Club in SCC. Learn some new steps and review some old steps. Great exercise for the mind, body and spirit. A nice opportunity to be with friends and make new ones. Couples and Singles from all areas Welcome. WED. MAR 3 – HEARING LOSS ASSOCIATION MEETS 9:30 a.m. St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 Del Webb Blvd. W. Info: Richard Herring at Or Barbara Riley 634.1706. Shannon Hiser, Director of Case Management at South Bay Hospital will discuss Hospital Communication Access for Persons with Hearing Loss. CART (captioning) provided by Tess Crowder, Communication Access, Inc. WED. MAR 3 – “OPEN MEDICINE CABINET” BY DEPUTY ROB THORNTON 10:00 a.m. Homewood Residence, 3910 Galen Ct. FREE. Info: 633.4340. Deputy Rob Thornton will present information about “Operation Medicine Cabinet” coming to SCC in March. Learn about the importance of proper disposal of your expired and unused

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prescription and over-the-counter medications. Help keep our water system safe…get the facts and be part of the solution, not the problem! WED. MAR 3 – MOAA MARCH SPEAKER AND LUNCHEON 11:00 a.m. Florida Room at the SCC Atrium Bldg. Reservations by members and guests ($14.00) for the luncheon/meeting can be made by calling 1.877.332.3016 on the Sun before Wed. event. Colonel John Cully, USA (Ret), will be the guest speaker for the March meeting of the SCC Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America. Colonel Cully served 27 years on active duty in the US Army followed by an extensive second career with Resorts Condominiums International and impressive cruise lines. WED. MAR 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 – DAYTIME SOCIAL BALLROOM AND LATIN DANCE CLASSES 12:45 p.m. Beginning Swing; 2:00 Intermediate Rumba; 3:15 Intermediate West Coast Swing. Classes are $5.00 per lesson. New Dance Studio in Atrium Building on N. Pebble Beach. Info: Bernice 634.3205. Sponsored by The Academy Dance Club in SCC. Learn some new steps and review some old steps. Great exercise for the mind, body and spirit. A nice opportunity to be with friends and make new ones. Couples and Singles from all areas Welcome. WED. MAR 3 – SCC STROKE SUPPORT GROUP 1:00 p.m. East/West room of Kings Point Clubhouse. Info: Len at 633.9366. Meets first Wed of each month. The speakers this month will be representatives of the newly opened CPA Secure Aging. The company provides accounting, bookkeeping, tax return preparation and bill paying services geared toward the senior citizens in our community. The SCC Stroke Support group is a social, informative, interactive group open to all stroke survivors, care givers, etc in SCC and KP. Refreshments served. WED. MAR 3 – COMPUTER CLUB MEETS – COMPUTER SECURITY 7:30 p.m. Florida Room. All SCC and KP residents are invited to attend. For membership and meeting information, contact Ilona Merritt 633.9694. Jim Jeup will bring members up to date on this vital subject. His recommendations will help PC users avoid “Computer Grief” and keep one’s computer healthy. WED. MAR 3 – ACADEMY OF BALLROOM DANCE CLUB’S MARCH DANCE 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Community Hall. Members free, guests $5.00. Info: Charlie Brown 642.9817. Everyone is welcome. Refreshments and door prizes at intermission. Attire: Dressy casual. BYOB. Ms. Bernice Dubro-May will be teaching a Samba lesson at 6:15 p.m. for $2.50 per person. This is the best deal ever, so much fun! PLEASE NOTE: THE DATE WAS CHANGED FROM THE 4TH. THU. MAR 4, 11, 25 – SCC ORGAN & KEYBOARD CLUB MEETS 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Florida Room. Dues $5 per year and $3 per lesson, includes music. Contact Frank Guffin 634.5526 or Cathy Katz 634.1663. SCC and Kings Point Residents welcome. Learn to play organ, keyboard, or digital piano. All levels from beginner to advanced. Professional teachers. Lots of fun for all!

THU. MAR 4 – SCC REGISTERED NURSES CLUB MEETS 9:15 – 9:45 a.m. Social time. 9:45 Meeting starts. Caper Room, Atrium bldg. SCCC. Info: Anise Tuma 633.0499. Speaker will be Sonja Stark, CRNA on the topic of “Anesthesia-Past, Present, and Future.” Club membership open to SCC residents. Guests welcome. Membership reminded to bring coupons for Shriner’s Educational Program and items for Sister Sara’s Medical Van. THU. MAR 4 – COPD SUPPORT GROUP MEETS 10:30 a.m. Room 8 of the Conesta Hall Bldg of Prince of Peace Church. All residents and their partners as well as interested caregivers in the area are invited to attend. An elevator is available. We will continue with our support mission. This time we will concentrate on communication skills we need, to get the ear of our medical caretakers, ask questions, discuss concerns. Everyone gets a chance to participate. THU. MAR 4 – SOUTHSHORE REGIONAL LIBRARY – OPENING GALLERY RECEPTION6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Located at 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin. FREE. Registration required at the information desk or call 813.273.3652. Join us in celebrating the artwork of Nancy Cooper and Gunni Nisson Price. In addition, distinguished poet Peter Meinke will be reading from his works at 7:15 p.m. Peter Meinke has published fifteen books of poems and received numerous awards. Sponsored by South Shore Arts Council and Friends of Southshore Regional Library. Refreshments. Everyone welcome. MAR 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13 – PERFORMING ARTS CLUB PRESENTS “I WANNA’ BE A STAR” 7:30 p.m. Rollins Theater. Tickets $10. At the Atrium ticket kiosk on SCC Central Campus. Credit card orders, call 813.642.6060. There are a thousand routes to success on Broadway and just as many luck-of-the-draw reasons why people, even of great talent, don’t make it. “I Wanna’ Be A Star, written and directed by veteran NY actor, Lew Resseguie for the Performing arts Club of SCC, tells in song the stories of a few of those many hopefuls. FRI. MAR 5 – WORLD DAY OF PRAYER 10:00 a.m. Refreshments in the parish hall. 10:45 a.m. Service. St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, 1015 Del Webb Blvd. Please reserve the 1st Fri of Mar on your calendar. Five other local churches will participate. Women of Cameroon wrote the Liturgy and chose their theme: Let everything that has breath praise God. Community is invited. World Day of Prayer is a global movement of Christian Women who come together each year to observe a common day of prayer. About 179 communities represented. FRI. MAR 5 – POST-POLIO SUPPORT GROUP, MEET AND GREET EVENT 10:00 a.m. Sun City Café. Please call Lillian at 642.0242 if you plan to attend. Post-Polio Group meets the first Friday of each month, year round, for breakfast. This is a meet and greet event.

$10 at SCC Atrium Kiosk. ~ Credit Card orders: 642-0606

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FRI. MAR 5 & SAT MAR 6 – TIMELY TREASURES SALE Fri: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; Sat 8:00 a.m. – Noon. United Methodist Church, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. W. The United Methodist Church of Sun City Center invites you to their annual TIMELY TREASURES SALE. There are thousands of items for sale including jewelry, furniture, collectibles, antiques, glassware, linens, electronics, golf equipment and much more. The Déjà vu Boutique has softly used closing and accessories for men and women. Lunch is available both days. Please join us. MAR 5, 6, AND 7 - SCC DUPLICATE BRIDGE ASSN. ANNUAL SECTIONAL TOURNAMENT10:00 a.m. each day ACBL sanctioned games begin. Community Hall. Game fees: Open: $10/person; 199ers $9/person; Swiss $22/person. Info: Pat Rippel, Tournament Director 642.9216. Open to all players at all levels. SAT. MAR 6 – PERIPEHERAL NEUROPATHY SEMINAR 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 P.M. USF Campus, Morsani Health Bldg. 13330 USF Laurel Dr. 33612. First Floor. FREE. Seating limited. MUST reserve space by calling 813.300.1745. Free Parking. Lunch provided. There will be 7 speakers presenting: Lara Katzin, MD; Engeniu Muntean, MD: Sanjay Yathiraj, MD; Dr. Kenneth G. Kuchar-Haas; Andrea Friedman Ph.D.; Cindy Tofthagen, Ph.D. ARNP,AOCNP; Jane Norman, MA RD CDE; Ellen Eckelman, MA PT. SAT. MAR 6 – ANNUAL SCC VETERANS’ DINNER/DANCE 5:00 p.m. social hour starts; 6:00 p.m. three entrée buffet by Banquet Masters. Community Association’s Florida Room. $26 per person. Tickets are still available. Call 634.7777. Music and dancing by Carey Culp will follow dinner. Dress is luau casual (no shorts please) BYOB and setups. Sponsored by the combined veterans? Organizations of SCC and all veterans and friends, regardless of domicile, are welcome. The program will be both patriotic and entertaining. MON. MAR 8 – MENTAL HEALTH and AGING COALITION - DEPRESSION SCREENING 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. In the privacy of your home. To take advantage of this FREE service please contact Lucy Irizarry 813.232.3200, Extension 237 to make your appointment. You can leave a message 24 hours a day. All screenings are confidential. MON. MAR 8 – VOICE OF THE FAITHFUL (VOTF) MEETS 1:30 – 3:30, Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission, 16550 S. Hwy 301, Wimauma (Across Hwy 301 from Copper Penny Restaurant). FREE. Info: Larry 634.9904 or Meeting will include a video of Fr. Thomas Reese, S.J. noted author and former editor of “America” magazine, addressing the VOTF national conference. Also, an update on Florida Statute of Limitations Law. Come, bring a friend.  VOTF meets every 2nd Monday. MON. MAR 8 – CLASS 4, ESTATE PLANNING SEMINAR 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Community Church College, 1501 La Jolla Ave.

Rose Room. Text Book is $10.00 Registration Jan 27 – Feb 25. Call 634.8607 for Information to Register or go to Fourth Seminar: UNDERSTANDING TRUSTS. Class leader: Spencer Faircloth, Retired 1st VP and Trust Officer, Sun Trust Bank. Over 4,000 residents of SCC and S Hillsborough County have taken Spencer’s seminar. This series contains 6 classes: Next classes are Mar.15, 22. MON. MAR 8 – PELICAN PLAYERS POT LUCK SOCIAL 4:30 p.m. Kings Point Main Clubhouse Banquet Room, 1900 Clubhouse Drive. Bring a dish to feed 6 to 8. BYOB. If you decide to join us, the dues are $5. Info: Dora Murray rjmurray2202@hotmail. com. 813.634.7959. All are welcome. We need new members to help put on our Follies and our spring and fall productions and volunteers for backstage help. We will find a spot for you! All monies after expenses goes to our Scholarship fund. Open mike for those wishing to perform. MON. MAR 8 – IRISH CONNECTION MOVIE 6:00 p.m. Doors Open. 6:30 p.m. Movie Begins: Rollins Theatre. Donations Appreciated. Info: Paddy Cooney 938-5345, email This month’s Irish Movie is “Into the West” starring Gabriel Byrne and Ellen Barkin, is a delightful tale about the “travelers” and their mysterious beliefs. It has it all: humor, sadness, adventure and a sense of fantasy, all that in addition to the gorgeous Irish Countryside. TUE. MAR 9 – DISCOVERY UNIVERSITY 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Aston Gardens, SCC 1311 Aston Gardens Ct. FREE. RSVP to 813.642.8950. Come join in on our educational interactive seminar with speaker Phil Leto, III. This week’s topic is “The Professionalism in Sports.” Refreshments provided. TUE. MAR 9 – SISTERHOOD’S ANNUAL WOMEN’S SEDER 1:00 p.m. Private meeting Room of St. John the Divine. Members $5. Non-Members $7. Reserve by Mar 1 with check made out to Beth Israel Sisterhood and sent to Marianne Weiss, 1223 Huntington Greens Dr. SCC. Info: about Sisterhood contact Marsha Marshall 633.3338; to help with the Seder contact Jean Weissburg 813.633.6374. Jean Weissburg chairing this joyous ritual event with music by IdaLea Rubin. Seder will include songs, prayers, symbolic Passover foods and dessert. TUE. MAR 9 – BELTONE HEARING 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Aston Gardens SCC, 1311 Aston Gardens Ct. FREE. RSVP 813.642.8950. Come and get your earls cleaned, hearing aids and batteries checked. TUE. MAR 9 – SOUTHSHORE REGIONAL LIBRARY – BEGINNER WATERCOLOR CLASS 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Located at 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin. Free. Registration required at the information desk or call 813.273.3652. Join artist Diane Simon and learn about the qualities of watercolor. Materials provided. Limit 20.

Manatee Memorial Hospital Keeps the Beat Going Strong Surgery Can Correct Potentially Dangerous Heart Condition The mitral valve, located between the upper- and lower-left chambers of the heart, is susceptible to problems. When it doesn’t close all the way, it can leak a small amount of blood. This condition is known as mitral valve regurgitation. To correct this condition, surgeons at Manatee Memorial can access the mitral valve through the breastbone and repair the valve to create a tighter seal. This procedure may require a threeto five-day hospital stay. “Patients who have successful mitral valve surgery dramatically increase their life expectancy, so they’re on par with someone with a completely normal heart,” says Alessandro Golino, MD, Chief of Surgery at Manatee Alessandro Golino, MD Memorial and a cardiothoracic Trained by renowned cardiac surgery pioneer surgeon who specializes in mitral Denton Cooley, M.D. valve repair. Dr. Golino had a 97.1 percent success rate for mitral valve surgery from January 2008 through June 2009.* Nationally, the overall success rate for mitral valve repair is less than 60 percent. How Do I Know if I Have Mitral Valve Regurgitation? Mitral valve regurgitation can strike anyone at any age, but the risk does increase as you get older.

If you have been diagnosed with a heart murmur and you experience the following symptoms, talk to your doctor. Shortness of breath Heart palpitations Chest pain Light-headedness Dizziness Fatigue Migraine headaches

Sometimes, people who have potentially deadly mitral valve problems do not have warning symptoms. This is why regular check-ups with your family doctor or cardiologist are important. For more information about mitral valve regurgitation surgery at Manatee Memorial, please call 941.745.7204. Physicians are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Manatee Memorial Hospital. The hospital shall not be liable for actions or treatments provided by physicians.

*According to data from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons

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TUE. MAR 9 – SCC PHOTO CLUB MEETS 6:30 p.m. Tutorial; 7:00 p.m. Regular Program. Caper Room. Dues for the 2010 year remain $20 per person or $30 per household couple and provide access to club activities, competitions and classes as well as photo lab with computers, slide scanners and large format printers. If you want to know about “Fun and Functional Filters, you will want to attend. Please see our website at http://www. or visit the learning lab at 960D Cherry Hills Drive. WED. MAR 10 – HEALTHY CHAT BY BAYADA NURSES 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Aston Gardens SCC, 1311 Aston Gardens Ct. FREE. RSVP 813.642.8950. The topic for this month is “How to live a Healthy Life.” Lean how to be the “Active Senior” in your Community. WED. MAR 10 – SCC DANCE CLUB DANCE 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Community Hall. As always members no charge, guests $5 per person at the door. Need more information call 633.7173. BYOB, snacks provided. Come join us for our March dance. Music by “DJ” Darlene. Bring your friends for a pleasant evening. THU. MAR 11 – SOUTH SHORE CHRISTIAN WOMEN’S CONNECTION LUNCHEON/MEETING 11:00 a.m. Doors Open; 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Luncheon and Program. Club Renaissance, 2121 S. Pebble Beach, $17.00 inclusive. Reservations or cancellations before noon Mon. Mar 8. Please call 938.4320 or 383.7540 or “Southeastern Guide Dogs” a program about training guide dog puppies. Inspirational speaker Marie Goodsell “If freedom is priceless, why did it cost so much? Pianist Barbara Green. All ladies welcome, no membership required. Affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries. THU. MAR 11 – MOBILITY EXPRESS 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. The Courtyards, 231 Courtyard Blvd. FREE, RSVP 813.642.8950. Come and see why Mobility Express is preferred by our residents to take care of the canes, walkers, wheelchairs and scooters! They have it all! THU. MAR 11 – CANADIAN CLUB DINNER DANCE 5:00 p.m. Cocktails (BYOB & Nibbles) 6:00 p.m. sit-down dinner. Kings Point Theatre. Tickets are $25 per person. For tickets contact Tina (K.P.) at 633-7312 or Jean (SCC) at 634.4296. Hosted by the Canadian Club, this event is open to all. Enjoy a catered meal and then dance the night away to live music! We’ll be expecting you, eh! FRI. MAR 12 – HEALTH & WELLNESS FAIR 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The Courtyards, 231 Courtyards Blvd. $5.00 donation to enter and all proceeds go to our charity! RSVP to 813.642.8950. Over 40 vendors will be at our community with all different types of free screenings! Florida Blood Bus will be doing a Blood drive and Aston Gardens is raising money for Hillsborough County Educational Program….Kids and Canines! Food will be available to purchase and lots of free door prizes to register for. FRI. MAR 12 – FUNSQUAD TRAVELS TO TAMPA MUSEUM OF ART 10:00 a.m. Meet and leave from the Community Hall (Southside of our community). Senior cost $7.50. Lunch if you desire at the Museum. Info: Maggie 633.7884 or Nan 642.9897 FRI. MAR 12 – DAN SCHALL, ONE-MAN BAND 6:30 p.m. United Methodist Church, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. W. $5.00 Donation. Info: Church Office 634.2539. Dan Schall shares his music ministry in many crossroad towns throughout the eastern states. Though he stutters when he speaks, Dan’s singing voice allows him to reach out in a simple way to help move others to realize what God has for them. Sit back and enjoy as this velvet-toned crooner brings us heart-warming gospel music. Learn more about Dan and his ministry at SAT. MAR 13 – MOAA SWING DOCTOR GOLF TOURNAMENT 7:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast; 8:30 a.m. Shotgun Start – 4 person scramble. Freedom Fairways. $50 person (Lunch Only $15). Free beer, soda, bottled water & snacks included. Buffet Luncheon following at the Plaza Club. Info: Dorothy Wagasky wagasky@ 813.634.2867. Men and Ladies, Individuals and Foursomes are Welcome. Proceeds from this tournament will benefit MOAA’s scholarship fund. Prizes to the First, Second and Third Place teams and door prizes. MON. MAR 15 – LOW VISION CLUB TO HOST A LOW VISION FAIR 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Florida Room. Info: Richard Gingrich 813.633.5649. This is an annual event for the club. A variety of vendors and organizations will display a wide array of vision aids. All residents of SCC, KP and surrounding communities are invited to this event.

MON. MAR 15 – CLASS 5, ESTATE PLANNING SEMINAR 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Community Church College, 1501 La Jolla Ave. Rose Room. Text Book is $10.00 Registration Jan 27 – Feb 25. Call 634.8607 for Information to Register or go to Fifth Seminar: UNDERSTANDING HOW TRUSTS OPERATE. Class leader: Spencer Faircloth, Retired 1st VP and Trust Officer, Sun Trust Bank. Over 4,000 residents of SCC and S Hillsborough County have taken Spencer’s seminar. Last class is Mar. 22. TUE. MAR 16 – PROFESSIONAL NETWORKING BREAKFAST 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. The Courtyards Building, 231 Courtyards Blvd. FREE – For Professionals ONLY! Please attend our monthly Professional Networking meeting, now held the 3rd Tuesday of every month for 2010. The Speaker this month is Christa Jerome with New York Life. “A Discussion about Long Term Care Insurance.” TUE. MAR 16 – DISCOVERY UNIVERSITY 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. 231 Courtyards Blvd. FREE. RSVP 813.642.8950. Speaker, Phil Leto III, will give an educational seminar on History and Politics in the USA. This week’s topic is “Louis Brandeis and the Progressive Moment in the U.S.” Refreshments will be served. TUE. MAR 16 – BELTONE HEARING 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. 231 Courtyards Blvd. FREE. RSVP 813.642.8950. Come and get your ears cleaned, hearing aids and batteries checked. THU. MAR 18 – POST-POLIO SUPPORT GROUP MEETS 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. United Methodist Church, 1210 Del Webb Blvd W. SCC. All are welcome to attend. Info: Pam Vogelsang 642.8707. The Post-Polio Support Group of Southern Hillsborough County meets for their monthly meeting on the third Thursday of each month from September thru May. THU. MAR 18 – AMICI CLUB HOSTS ST. JOSEPH’S DAY TABLE 5:30 p.m. Banquet Room, North Clubhouse in Kings Point. Bring a dish for 8 and a $3.00 donation. Members, reserve your seats by Fri. Mar 5. Non-members can make reservations starting Mar 6. Reservations: call Connie 633.6966. Featuring food, wine, music, a history of the day, and door prizes. Admittance is by reservation only due to the popularity of the event and the maximum number of people allowed in the room. FRI MAR 19 – USF MEMORY SCREENING Appointment Only. Redeemer Lutheran Church, 701 Valley Forge Blvd. FREE. For more information or to make an appointment, 813.974.4355 or toll free in FL 800. 633.4563. Screenings approximately 30 minutes. The University of South Florida Alzheimer’s Center will be conducting memory screenings for individuals who are concerned with changes in their memory or the memory of someone close to them. SAT. MAR 20 – WALK WITH THE FUNSQUAD 8:30 a.m. Meet at the Community Hall (South side of our community). There is a $2.00 admission per car to the park. Questions: Sue or Matt Batt 633.2897. Walk will be in Lettuce lake Park which includes a nature trail with wild life as well as interesting plant life. Park includes a boardwalk and a paved trail. This walk will be approximately 5 miles including the roads inside the part. This is a great walk for those who can only go a shorter distance as a walker can easily turn back to the starting point.

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33573 From Page 15 SAT. MAR 20– EAGLE AUDUBON SOCIETY ANNUAL FILM SERIES 7:30 p.m. Borini Theatre in Kings Point. $7.50 Individual Tickets. Info: 813.634.9229. Tickets on sale at KP Box Office. The whole community is invited. This Film is “The Real World of New Zealand.” SUN. MAR 21 – ELEONORA LVOV, PIANO VIRTUOSO, PERFORMS 3:30 p.m. St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, SCC. Tickets will be sold for this event. Information on when and where to obtain tickets and/or a detailed bio of Ms. Eleonora Lvov, Barbara Capron 813.634.9711. Ms. Lvov is a Russian born internationally acclaimed artist. Proceeds to benefit Organ fund for the church. Reception in Parish Hall following event. SUN. MAR 21 – OLDIES BUT GOODIES SOCIAL DANCE CLUB DANCE 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. Community Hall. As always, club members are free and others pay $5.00 at the door. Info: 633-5649. Dress is casual and singles are welcomed. BYOB. Entertainment provided by Ron & Classics. Come dance with us. MON. MAR 22 – CLASS 6, ESTATE PLANNING SEMINAR 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Community Church College, 1501 La Jolla Ave. Rose Room. Text Book is $10.00 Registration Jan 27 – Feb 25. Call 634.8607 for Information to Register or got to Sixth Seminar: AVOIDING DEATH and OTHER TAXES. Class leader: Spencer Faircloth, Retired 1st VP and Trust Officer, Sun Trust Bank. Over 4,000 residents of SCC and S Hillsborough County have taken Spencer’s seminar. This is the last class in a 6 week series. TUE. MAR 23 – DISCOVERY UNIVERSITY 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 1311 Aston Gardens Ct. FREE. RSVP 813.642.8950. Speaker, Phil Leto III, will give an educational seminar on History and Politics in the USA. This week’s topic is “Louis Brandeis and the Progressive Moment in the U.S.” Refreshments will be served. WED. MAR 24 – ALZHEIMER’S/CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. The Inn at the Courtyards, 255 Courtyards Blvd. FREE. RSVP 813.634.4497. If you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s/ Dementia you will want to attend this very educational meeting. Learn how to deal and cope with Alzheimer’s from others who are in the same position as you. THU. MAR 25 – MOONGLOW DANCE CLUB DANCE 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Community Hall. Members Free. $5.00 guests. Info: Claire Imhof 642-0171, president, BYOB, Attire: dressy. Singles Welcome. Music by Just the 2 of US. FRI MAR 26 – USF MEMORY SCREENING Appointment Only. Redeemer Lutheran Church, 701 Valley Forge Blvd. FREE. For more information or to make an appointment, 813.974.4355 or toll free in FL 800. 633.4563. Screenings approximately 30 minutes. The University of South Florida Alzheimer’s Center will be conducting memory screenings for individuals who are concerned with changes in their memory or the memory of someone close to them.

FRI. MAR 26 – OMC – OPERATION MEDICINE CABINET! 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Come to the South Community Hall today and help Sun City Centers Senior Living Options Group and Hillsborough County Sheriffs Department get rid of all those medications we don’t want in our water. Open to the Public! FRI. MAR 26 – MENTAL HEALTH and AGING COALITION - DEPRESSION SCREENING 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. In the privacy of your home. To take advantage of this FREE service please contact Lucy Irizarry 813.232.3200, Extension 237 to make your appointment. You can leave a message 24 hours a day. All screenings are confidential. FRI. MAR 26 – PAM MARTYNA, CHRISTIAN VOCALIST 6:30 p.m. United Methodist Church, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. W. $5.00 donation. Info: church Office 634.2539. Pam returns to UMCSCC for a full-length concert in which she’ll share her beautiful gift of song. This Christian Performing Artist has toured the U. S. and Canada for 15 years sharing the Gospel through music, testimony, laughter and worship. Please visit her website, for more information about this gifted vocalist. FRI. MAR 26 – FUNSQUAD FOURTH FRIDAY EVENT 5:00 p.m. Atrium Pool. Come to enjoy a great hot dog, chips and cookies, along with music for your dancing and listening pleasure, by Suzy. SAT. MAR 27 – DOG SHOW 8:30 a.m. Doors open; 9:30 a.m. Show starts. Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach blvd. Registration fee is $5 for D.O.G. members and $10 for non-members. $3.00 admission to the show at the door. For a registration form or info: or 513.388.7929. All dogs any breed or mixed breed, living in SCC and KP are welcome to be in the show. Deadline for registration is Mar 16. Three impressive judges will pick winner of small, medium, large, costume and Best in Show. Come see the fun! SAT. MAR 27 – NEW TRAVEL CLUB, ADVANTAGE CRUISES & TOURS, MEETS 10:00 a.m. Card Room of the Main Club House at Kings Point. $15.00 per person to join includes nametag, monthly meeting and mailing (also to your Summer residence). Info: 1.866.824.1613. Club will meet every 4th Sat and be offering day trips, multi-day bus tours, and cruises. All club trips are fully escorted. Also, non-escorted, but great value, cruise deals available. SAT. MAR 27 – SHARE “D” DAY 11:00 a.m. – Noon. East Campus of St. John the Divine Episcopal Church on East Del Webb blvd. Info: Trisha 938-3207. “D” Day is delivery day to receive groceries ordered in February from the Share Food Network. Orders will also be taken at this time for groceries which will be delivered on Apr 24

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B U L L E T I N Don’t Miss the Spring Fling!

SCC Big Band Dance Club

March 9th 2010 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The annual Spring Fling will be held outside on the font lawn. There will be a large tent with a lot of the community groups, including cloggers, Zumba fitness, Hawaiian dancers and many more. Come see classic cars, meet folks from the Emergency Squad, watch a fun dog show and take part in many other exciting activities. And, of course, sample some of the incredible FOOD! Come join the festivities March 9th! Don’t miss the annual Spring Fling!

Sunday, March 28 SCC Big Band Dance Club

Submitted by Matt Permuth, Assistant GM at Kings Point

The Spring Fling is March 9th 2010 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. St. Joseph’s Day Table

The AMICI Club will host a St. Joseph’s Day Table on Thursday, March 18th, in the Banquet Room at the North Clubhouse in Kings Point, Sun City Center. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. and feature food, wine, music, a history of the day, and door prizes. Admittance is by reservation only due to the popularity of the event and the maximum number of people allowed in the room. Members - reserve your seats by Friday, March 5 – bring a dish for 8. Non-members can make reservations starting March 6 – bring a dish for 8 and a $3.00 donation. Call Connie for reservations 633-6966.

Sun City Center Stroke Support

The next meeting of the Sun City Center Stroke Support Group will be held on Wednesday, March 3rd at 1 p.m. in the East/West room of Kings Point Clubhouse. The speakers this month will be representatives of the newly opened CPA Secure Aging. The company provides accounting, bookkeeping, tax return preparation and bill paying services geared towards the senior citizens in our community. A question and answer period will follow the presentation. Refreshments are served, provided by South Bay Hospital. Reservations are not required. The Sun City Center Stroke Support group is a social, informative, interactive group open to all stroke survivors, caregivers, guests and anyone interested in learning about stroke, or “brain attack” in Sun City and Kings Point. The Sun City Center Stroke Support Group meets the 1st Wednesday of each month in Kings Point Clubhouse. For further information, call Len at 633-9366.

St Patrick’s Day Dance

The Kings Point Line Dancers are having a St Patrick’s Day Dance on Wednesday, March 17th, in the Borini Theatre, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Tickets available at the Kings Point Box Office for $5.51. Open to KP and SCC residents and their guests. We are all Irish on this day, so wear your green and white. BYOB and setups. Come join the fun! Call Jan for info 634-6226

Benefit Auction in Ruskin A Benefit Auction for Your Church in Ruskin

Sunday, March 28th, 7:00-10:00 p.m. Community Hall. Come join us for a fun filled evening dancing to the music of Sun City Center’s own live 18 piece Swing Band playing the “Music Of Your Life” from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s..Non-season ticket holders $9 at the door. Attire: Dressy Casual. No shorts or jeans. Ties Optional. Info. Call Charlie 642-8172 or 642-9817

SCC Dance Club Dance

SCC Dance Club would love.for you to share a bit of Irish by wearing your green colors. . Community Hall, March 10th, .7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.. Music by: “DJ” Darlene Guest $5.00pp. Attire: Dressy Casual,. Snacks provided – BYOB..For more info call: 633-7173.

Sisterhood’s Annual Women’s Seder

Sisterhood’s Annual Women’s Seder will be held on Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 1:00 PM in the Private Meeting Room of our neighbor, St. John the Divine. Jean Weissburg is chairing this joyous ritual event with music by Ida Lea Rubin. Using Sisterhood’s own Haggadah for celebrating the holiday and honoring women’s unique place, the Seder will include songs, prayers, symbolic Passover foods and dessert. Members $5; Non-Members $7. Reserve by March 1 with check made out to Beth Israel Sisterhood and sent to Marianne Weiss, 1223 Huntington Greens Drive, Sun City Center, FL 33573. Contact Elayne Grossman at 634-9993 for further details. For information or to help with the Seder call Jean Weissburg (813) 633-6364. For more information about Sisterhood contact Sisterhood Membership Chair Marsha Marshall at 633-3338.

Academy of Ballroom Dance Club’s March Dance Submitted by Charlie Brown

Thursday, March 3rd, at the Community Hall, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Members free, guests $5.00. Refreshments and door prizes at intermission. Attire - Dressy casual, BYOB. Ms. Bernice Dubro-May will be teaching a Samba lesson at 6:15 PM for $2.50 per person. This is the best deal ever, and so much fun! For more information call Charlie at 642-9817.

TV Winner

Submitted by Forrest Davis

The Kings Point COA wants to thank everyone for making our Third Annual Luncheon held on Saturday, January 23, 2010 a huge success. The winner of the Grand Prize - 32” Flat Screen HDTV was won by Vaughn Putnam.

Kings Point Tennis Club News

Submitted by Rich Estell

“The American Auction Mart” is now located in the old Kmart Building on 19th Ave in Ruskin, FL. We are developing an auction in your area to help your Churches and Organizations along with our other sellers to raise cash for feeding the Homeless, for Missions, or transportation for the elderly. All of our Churches are having trouble receiving cash donations these days because of our countries unemployment. Therefore we make it possible for you to raise funds with donations of reusable hard goods that we sell thru our auctions. These auctions will be held in our huge climate controlled facility on Saturdays starting on Feb 6th. If you would like to participate, please call me at 933-6384 or (813)-AUCTION.

Submitted by Charlie Brown

Pelican Players Pot Luck Social Submitted by Dora Murray

The Pelican Players community theater group will be hosting a Pot Luck Social on March 8th at 4:30 p.m. in the Kings Point Main Clubhouse Banquet Room at 1900 Clubhouse Drive Sun City Center. All are welcome. Bring a dish to feed 6 to 8. BYOB.


There was an error in our February article “Learn All About Your C.O.A”. The correct costs for sending a fax are: $1.00 for faxes within the United States; there is a $3.00 charge for faxes that are going out of the Country (Foreign). There is no charge for any incoming fax. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Photo Credit: Vera Penrod The newly elected officers of the Kings Point Tennis Club are, from left to right: Phyllis Benz, vice president; Doug Rilling, president; Katie Brummitt, secretary and Eleanor Crossley, treasurer.

The Kings Point Tennis Club provides open play from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. daily on the Kings Point tennis courts and always welcomes new members. Dues are $10 per year and go toward an annual tournament as well as to community volunteer organizations. Social activities such as play day picnics and wine and cheese tennis parties highlight the schedule. The club also provides the use of a ball machine for members who wish to improve their game. For further information about the club check the Kings Point Wheel or check the tennis shack at the courts. At the annual dinner meeting on Friday, January 29, members elected the following officers: Doug Rilling, president; Phyllis Benz, vice president; Katie Brummitt, secretary; and Eleanor Crossley, treasurer.

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B U L L E T I N You Call That Singing?

In “I Wanna Be A Star”, Kasey Massena, 8, and Jake Massena, 10, portray a brother and sister who clearly disagree on his singing talents. She thinks he doesn’t have any.  He wants to be a star. “I Wanna’ Be A Star,” written and directed by Lew Resseguie for the Performing Arts Club of Sun City Center, tells in song the stories of a few Broadway hopefuls. Among the show’s more than two dozen songs that voice the hopes and fears of aspiring actors, include: “You’re Gonna’ Hear From Me,” “I Can Do That,” “Don’t Rain On My Parade,” and “Gary, Indiana,” the song Kasey is admonishing Jake not to sing. Both young actors are students at Summerfield Crossing Elementary.  Produced by Barbara Brtva, “Star,” plays at Sun City Center’s Rollins Theater on March 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, and 13.  Performances: 7:30 p.m. Tickets at $10 are on sale at the Atrium Ticket Kiosk on Sun City Center’s Central Campus. Place credit card orders by calling 813-642-0606. For more information, contact: Performing Arts Club of Sun City Center 2302 North Creek Ct. Sun City Center, FL 33573 813-642-0606

Stained Glass Artist Featured

Audubon Society Announcement Submitted by Fred Durr

The Eagle Audubon Society invites the public to attend it’s final adventure film of the season entitled “ The Real World New Zealand “ to be presented on March 20, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. in the Borini Theater of the Kings Point Clubhouse. The film will be narrated by Rick Howard, a filmmaker whose storytelling will have the audience fully experience a country often called “ the most beautiful place on earth” as he explores it by land, air and on and under the sea. Tickets are $7.50 and are available at the Kings Point Box Office M-F or just before the performance .

Letter of Thanks

How many of us know how fortunate we are to be living in Sun City Center? Sometimes it takes a tragedy to make us realize how lucky we are. John and I would like to express our deepest gratitude to the wonderful Volunteers on the Sun City Center Emergency Squad for the care given to John when he had an accidental fall. We also wish to thank the staff at South Bay Hospital, especially Shawn Simon, Barbara Weaver and the delightful Volunteer, Pat Wintenhafer. Sincerely, Mrs. Phyllis Sukalec

State of Maine Day Celebration Submitted by Sue Bemis

STATE OF MAINE DAY will be held on Saturday, March 6th, 2010, at Fort Desoto Park, Tierra Verde, Florida, Shelter #5 from 10AM to 4PM. Come and see who else from Maine has found this area a great place to live. Bring your own lunch and chairs. No reservations are required. If any questions, call Sue Bemis at 813-634-1010 or John Bernard at 813-634-4766.

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Fred Thompson has been creating beautiful Stained Glass art for 20 years. He and his wife, Shelby, have lived in Kings Point during the winter months since 2002. They enjoy the wonderful facilities and friends at the Carole Ericson Stained Glass Studio at the Kings Point South Club. Shelby enjoys fusing in Stained Glass projects and Slumping and Molding vases, bowls and colorful bottles. Fred is very generous with his stained glass art at their summer home in Montana. He enjoys creating and donating beautiful pieces to the local hospital, Alert Helicopter, Volunteer Fire Department and other benefit fund raising projects in Montana.

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South Bay Hospital Receives Chest Pain Center Accreditation Submitted by Melissa Morgan Sun City Center, Florida - (February 22, 2010) - - South Bay Hospital has received Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. As an Accredited Chest Pain Center, South Bay Hospital ensures that patients who come to our facility complaining of chest pain or discomfort are given the immediate treatment necessary to avoid as much heart damage as possible. Best demonstrated practices developed by experts in cardiac care to reduce time to treatment in the critical early stages of a heart attack are part of our overall cardiac care service. “We are very proud to achieve Accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers,” says Sharon Roush, CEO of South Bay Hospital. “This distinction recognizes our commitment to quality care for our patients and our community.” Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 dying annually of heart disease. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. The goal of the Society of Chest Pain Centers is to significantly reduce the mortality rate of these patients by teaching the public to recognize and react to the early symptoms of a possible heart attack, reduce

the time that it takes to receive treatment, and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment. The Chest Pain Center’s protocol driven and systematic approach to patient management allows physicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack, when treatments are most effective, and to better monitor patients when it is not clear whether they are having a coronary event. Such observation helps ensure that a patient is neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted. The Chest Pain Center at South Bay Hospital has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and completing on-site evaluations by a review team from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. Key areas in which a Chest Pain Center must demonstrate expertise include: • Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system • Assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients quickly • Effectively treating patients with low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms • Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures • Ensuring Chest Pain Center

personnel competency and training • Maintaining organizational structure and commitment • Having a functional design that promotes optimal patient care • Supporting community outreach programs that educate the public to promptly seek medical care if they display symptoms of a possible heart attack About South Bay Hospital South Bay Hospital is a 112 bed, acute care hospital serving Sun City Center, Ruskin, Wimauma, Riverview, Apollo Beach, Gibsonton and the surrounding areas. South Bay offers a wide range of services including general and vascular surgery, urology, cardiology and colorectal surgery. For more information about South Bay Hospital, please contact Melissa Morgan at (813) 634-0496. About the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC) The Society of Chest Pain Centers is a patient centric nonprofit international professional

organization focused upon improving care for patients with acute coronary syndromes and other related maladies. Established in 1998, the Society is dedicated to patient advocacy and focusing on ischemic heart disease. Central to its mission is the question, “What is right for the patient?” In answer, the Society promotes protocol based medicine, often delivered through a Chest Pain Center model to address the diagnosis and treatment of acute coronary syndromes, heart failure, and to promote the adoption of process improvement science by healthcare providers. To best fulfill this mission, the Society of Chest Pain Centers provides accreditation to facilities striving for optimum Chest Pain Center care. SCPC is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. For more information on the Society of Chest Pain Centers visit, or contact Kay Styer Holmes, RN BSN MSA, Director of Accreditation Services (614) 442-5950 or kholmes@

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Dixon’s Day Trips: Historic Tarpon Springs Story by Ed Dixon, photos by Shelba Porter One weekend this past month I had the opportunity to go with Mr. Porter and his lovely bride to visit one of central Florida’s true treasures. Famous for the annual Epiphany Celebration and renowned for its rich Greek heritage, Tarpon Springs is always worth the trip. I’ve been before, but this time I decided to take advantage of the handy “walking tour” map I found online. The map is also available at the Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce. We began our tour in the cultural and commercial center of town. The Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce is set directly across the street from the town’s most recognizable landmark, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. With a unique Byzantine feel and a bell tower reaching to the heavens, this place is stunning – inside and out. The exterior pays homage to the Greek soul and American heart of the Tarpon Springs. A statue of a young Greek raises high the Epiphany cross while standing on a base inscribed with the names of men who defended their adopted country in nearly every American war of the 20th century. Pass these monuments, move up the stairs and enter the building. Inside a person cannot help but become contemplative and reverent. Greeted on the left by lit prayer candles, continue forward and you find yourself in a religious and artistic masterpiece that must be viewed firsthand to be wholly appreciated. The tour of the heart of Tarpon Springs continues with the Train Depot Museum. Walking into the building is literally stepping into history. The trains stopped running in the 1970’s, and now the entire history of Tarpon Springs can be explored here. Walk the boards the town fathers walked and view displays of their lives. Learn about historic figures like Anson Safford, a developer who had his hand in nearly every step of Tarpon Springs’ growth in the late 1800’s and his sister, Mary Jane Safford, who

became the first female doctor in the state. Walk through the museum on a self-guided tour or take a moment to chat with the friendly volunteers. Each one has their own personal tie to both the town and the museum, and they are always happy to bend your ear. Continue around the corner and you enter the heart of downtown’s antique district. This is a day trip in itself, so take your time, browse and enjoy one of the most eclectic shopping experiences on the Gulf Coast. Of course, no trip to Tarpon Springs would be complete without visiting the Sponge Docks. Perhaps the most unique tourist quarter in the state, the Sponge Docks are not just a row of tacky tourist traps. They present a lineup of shopping, eating and boating activities you can find nowhere else. Grab a bite to eat at any one of the impeccable Greek joints along the strip. We chose Hellas for both lunch and dessert and were not disappointed. The service and the food were both top notch. You can also window shop at the venerable Sponge Exchange and the eccentric Lighthouse shops. Spend the afternoon on a sea cruise courtesy of Spongeorama Cruises, Sun Line Cruises or Island Wind Tours or get a close up and personal view of the local aquatic critters at the Tarpon Springs Aquarium. Whatever you choose to do in Tarpon Springs, expect a day of fun, culture and kitsch second to none. After one trip you will know why this classic little Florida town is one of my favorite places to get away and play. You can find information about all the attractions I talked about and many others I didn’t get to on this trip online at www. or by calling 727.937.6109. Wherever your feet travel, happy trails.

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At the same time that the U.S. team was crushing Brazil in the Bermuda Bowl final for the 2000 world championship, the U.S. women’s team was finishing second to the Netherlands in the Venice Cup by the narrowest margin in the history of a world championship event -- one-half of an International Match Point. The fractional margin was the result of slow-play penalties assessed against both teams in one of the eight 16-deal sets. Because the Americans were judged to have been more responsible for the slow play, they incurred a 3.75 IMP penalty, while the Dutch were penalized

1.25. That minuscule difference ultimately decided the world title. Just how slender and tenuous the final margin was is exemplified by today’s deal -- the very last one of the 128-deal match -that began with the U.S. trailing by half an IMP. The write-up in the American Contract Bridge League’s monthly magazine, the Bulletin, describes what transpired as follows: “On the last deal of the event, the U.S. still had a chance to win, but the team’s fate depended on an opening lead. “The auction was short and sweet at both tables -- three clubs by North, three notrump by South. In the closed room, West led a low heart and the U.S. declarer wrapped up eleven tricks for plus 660. “It was clear to the Vu-Graph audience that a spade lead by the U.S. West would hold declarer to 10 tricks and earn the U.S the IMP that would give them the gold medal. There was no compelling reason for a spade lead, however. A heart seemed the normal lead and much more likely. “When West put the heart seven on the table, the Dutch partisans in the room erupted in wild applause. The final score in the Venice Cup had yet to be made official, but they knew that the trophy belonged to the Netherlands for the first time.” © 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Strange But True By Samantha Weaver

• It was British journalist Jeremy Campbell who made the following sage observation: “Computers are good at swift, accurate computation and at storing great masses of information. The brain, on the other hand, is not as efficient a number cruncher and its memory is often highly fallible; a basic inexactness is built into its design. The brain’s strong point is its flexibility.” • In 1911, it became illegal in China to wear a pigtail. • One of Ernest Hemingway’s early English teachers claimed that the future Nobel Prize winner would “never learn to write.” • More from the files of hangover cures from around the world: In Japan, pickled plums are reputed to ease the morning-after ails; in Italy, it’s (quite sensibly) coffee. The Chinese drink strong green tea, while in the Netherlands it’s the hair of the dog -- the Dutch advocate beer as a remedy. Danes eat salt, while Mexicans eat shrimp (I’ll take the Mexican remedy any day). Perhaps the oddest remedy is practiced in Russia: Sufferers there head to the sauna, where they proceed to whip out the toxins with leafy birch branches. No word on what they do in winter, when the birches are, presumably, leafless.


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March 2010 ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Having second thoughts could be a good thing, even if you’re determined to go through with your plans. You might find it worthwhile to take a fresh look at how things have been set up. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Financial matters could continue to be a problem until you’re able to straighten out some of the more pesky situations. Once that happens, the rest should be easier to unsnarl. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Family matters once again take center stage, and should be dealt with competently and quickly. And, again, insist on others taking on their fair share of the responsibilities. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Your creative pursuits seem to be running into a roadblock. But rather than blame outside factors, look within to see if you might be holding back your efforts for some reason. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Keep that keen Cat’s Eye focused on relevant aspects of this new situation in your life. Don’t be distracted by trivial matters. You need the pertinent facts before making a decision. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) As much as you prefer doing things on your own, continue to accept help if you still need to resolve the problem affecting your project. Some cheerful news is about to come your way. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) While you might begrudge the added time it will take to get your project from point A to B to C, etc., you could benefit from the facts that will emerge over this expanded time span. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Regarding your workplace suggestions, be prepared to produce the facts to counter reactions from skeptics who feel your approach is unreasonable or even impossible. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Savvy Sagittarians will look for work-related answers on their own rather than rely on unproved assumptions. It might take more time to do so, but the payoff is worth it. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Your aspects continue to favor family issues, with special emphasis this week on changes in and around your home. Get everyone to suggest what he or she would like to see done. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) A matter you thought had been settled might still produce surprises. Best advice: Continue to g a t h e r facts to bolster your position just in case you need to produce them quickly. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) While your instincts are usually right when discerning ‘twixt truth and deception, you could benefit from doing more research on the new “prospect” that you’ve been pitched. BORN THIS WEEK: Your wisdom is only matched by your generosity, making you the sort of friend everyone hopes to have. © 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.


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