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December 2011

Opening Day Ceremony For The SCC Softball Club

Submitted by John Kirkland On October 25, 2011, the Sun City Center Softball Club celebrated the beginning of the fall season with their annual Opening Day Ceremony. Club President, Jim Blackstone, gave opening remarks and welcomed members and guests. All present then removed their caps, covered their hearts, and recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Roy Gardner was asked to sing our National Anthem. As Roy began to sing, others spontaneously began to sing along with him. You could tell the singing was heartfelt. One by one the many voices combined to become one. It was a very powerful and moving chorus, sung by proud citizens who love this country and all it stands for. Joe Adkins gave the invocation. The honored guest was CA President, Ed Barnes. Ed was recognized for his exceptional leadership throughout the SCC community and his continued support to the Softball Club. Ed

was asked to throw out the first pitch. At the conclusion of the ceremony, players took the field, and the first game of the season began. The ceremony was more than just a celebration of the beginning of softball season. It was a celebration of what makes this country great ….our love of God, family, and country and recognition of the love and respect we have for one another. It was a good day. If you are a resident of either Sun City Center or Kings Point and are interested in playing softball, join us for batting

and fielding practice on any Monday, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the softball field. The SCC softball field is located behind Community Hall in the South Campus Sports & Activities Complex. The parking lot is off Weatherford Drive and adjacent to the tennis courts and horseshoe pits. If you find that you really enjoy playing and want to play in a league, SCC

Softball Club membership and league play is open to men (55 and older) and women (50 and older) who are residents of either Sun City Center or Kings Point. If you have questions about the Club, contact Walt Drugan at (813) 642-9135 or visit the Sun City Center Softball Club website at for further details. Come give us a try.

A Military Man Encourages You to Get MOAA

Submitted by Brenda Wiseman What do you expect from a man whose mother loved life so much, she married again at the age of 86? If you answered, a man who also has a zest for life, you would be correct and that man would be Frank Kepley. Whether you are talking with Dr. Kepley the oral surgeon or Captain Kepley of the United States Navy, you will soon find they are one and the same and you will hear many educational stories and learn of many wonderful accomplishments. Most recently Capt. Kepley has been deeply involved with helping high school seniors from military families secure scholarships for college and Youth Leadership Programs. This help is offered through three organizations, which Dr. Kepley holds dear to his heart: Military Officers association of America (MOAA), The Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW), and Military Family Support Trust (MFST). His role in disseminating information to the general public and to members of these three helping organizations is greatly

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Frank Kepley

enhanced by his comprehensive computer skills. His computer knowledge has played a major role in his life. When the first little Mac came on the market, Capt. Kepley’s wife, Sandy, suggested getting a computer for their sons, Kirk and Kyle, believing they were way of the future. What a visionary she was. Buying that first computer so influenced the boys, it highlighted career choices. Kyle writes computer programs for fireworks shows. Telling the computer when to shoot off which rocket when, what music to play, and any other details involved. His programs have been used by Disney and Sea World. Kirk is a

website project manager who enjoys being with people while assisting in the selection of the right products. Dr. Kepley learned the operation of computers side by side with his sons and later proved Mrs. Kepley was not the only visionary in the family At the Great Lakes Naval Training Facility where he was stationed for many years, Dr. Kepley began using the computers to schedule and track surgeries. At first, other officers were leery of this “new” idea, but as Dr. Kepley continued using this method of tracking surgeries, it proved to be so beneficial, computers were adopted throughout the entire facility. The Great Lakes Naval Station was not the only port of call for Capt. Kepley and his family. Although he spent most of his Naval career working in hospitals, he also served on aircraft carriers. Capt. Kepley was on the Enterprise in the waters near Vietnam and when it traveled around the world as the first nuclear surface ship to do so, proving to the world it was possible. One of his


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The hand stitched Navy Seal by Frank’s father.

fondest memories is docking in Sydney, Australia and the loving reception they received. At that time the Australians were still so thankful for how the United States stopped the Japanese in the Coral Sea, they showered the sailors with gratitude. Another fond memory is meeting Admiral Morrison -the father of rock-star Jim Morrison--while in Guam. The Kepley family enjoyed their nomadic life living in the Mediterranean with a two year old and then living in their favorite cities of Pensacola, San Diego, and Oakland. They felt Pensacola was a good family Continued on Page 2

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By Adam Porter, EIC NOKP When it comes to gifts, it’s not the size of the box, it’s what’s inside that counts. Did the giver reveal an understanding of who you are and what you’re all about? Or did you get the idea that they were hoping you would wrap that particular offering up for their next birthday? I love it when someone bullseyes the perfect gift for me, something maybe I didn’t even know I would like so much. A few years ago my wife found a copy of the book on which my favorite movie was based. I had no idea there even was a book. That was a good gift. Of course, between office parties, Sunday School socials and White Elephant exchanges, over the years I’ve received a Santa’s sack full of gifts that eventually ended up wrapped up for someone else. On most of those occasions, I’ve done my best to pick the friend who would most appreciate those presents, but I’m fairly certain at least a few ended up continuing the game of gift-wrapped hot potato. My favorite gifts are those that allow me to share a part of myself with others, gifts that can be shared and experienced together. More often than not these gifts include time together, shared

experience and opportunities to make common memories that you can laugh about together for years to come. Those are great gifts. This year, however, I received a gift that belongs on a whole different level. It’s a gift that is certainly a reflection of who I am and one that creates priceless memories and definitely offers the opportunity to share life together with loved ones. That gift is the birth of my third son, Sawyer. He joined his two brothers, Christian, 18, and Brendan, 2 in a family that is about to watch its eldest boy head off to Air Force basic training. The little guy came into the world on November 17, 2011, and instantly claimed part of my heart. Like his big brothers, he is a gift that keeps on giving… in smiles and pride and, at present, other offerings. Beyond the inherent cuteness, he represents hope, potential and a future – things all of us love to celebrate. But what is most special to me about this gift is the opportunity he presents to me to be a champion re-gifter. No, I don’t plan to sell him on the black market or rent him out or hire and agent and try to get him TV spots. I plan to re-gift to him the gifts I have been given, either taught by others or taught by life. I will regift to him love and care and faith and passion and wisdom. Honor, ingenuity, integrity, imagination and work ethic and so many other things that teach a boy to become a man and teach a man to be a good one. And it is my hope that, as he grows, he will re-gift to his old man those decidedly youthful virtues of hope and innocence, trust and easy forgiveness and, above all, the inability to pass a swing without taking a moment to let your feet, and your heart, soar.

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town and joked about how you could pick your own weather in San Diego depending on how close to the ocean you lived. The family first came to Florida when Dr. Kepley was chosen as one of only five sailors for that year to be stationed on an aircraft carrier at Pensacola. Their time spent in Florida then, with exposure to the sunshine and many golf courses, is why we are lucky to have them here now. A life long sports enthusiast, some might say fanatic, Frank Kepley participated in many sports--basketball, football, marathons, golf. However two hip replacements have kept him off the links, but have not dampened his enthusiasm for

sports and life. Pictures of these sports activities hang beside the photos of the ships upon which he served, medals which he received, and commendations he earned. Also hanging on those walls is a rendering of the Navy Seal as hand stitched by his father, Benjamin Franklin Kepley. Frank and his wife Sandy showcase their enthusiasm and talents by the volunteer work they do. Being a cat person, Sandy volunteers at C.A.R.E. and has adopted two cats, Gizmo and Gadget, who were orphaned by Hurricane Charlie. And Capt. Kepley, who not only volunteered to protect our country, but still volunteers today to help the families of our veterans. How fortunate we are to have them as neighbors.

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Cart Parade Coming on December 10th

The Holiday Cart Parade is coming up on December 10th and . we would like to see a strong representation from Kings Point. Contact the clubhouse for more information and enjoy . these pictures of last year’s Kings Point parade carts.

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Beginning in June 2011, the News of Kings Point will debut a new feature called: “Where in the World is the News of Kings Point.” We know many of you folks love to travel almost as much as our resident wanderer, Eddie Dixon. So, when you go on the road or on that cruise in the coming months, be sure to take along your NOKP. Snap a photo of you or a loved one holding up the paper with the News of Kings Point header visible and send a digital image to so we can put your smiling face in the paper. Did we mention…THERE’S A PRIZE!!!! The esteemed travel experts at Legendary Journeys have generously agreed to sponsor this new feature by donating a. ONE-WEEK CARIBBEAN CRUISE. That’s right! Each year we will be drawing a name from our submitted photos and some lucky traveler will cruise the Caribbean courtesy of Legendary Journeys and NOKP.

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Contest runs from May 1, 2011 to April 31, 2012, so get those photos in! Details are available, by request, from

Josephine Cairo & Howard Wilcox took their NOKP to the Hagia Sophia Museum, Istanbul, Turkey.

Back in RhythM after Heart Valve Surgery at Manatee Memorial Three years ago, my physician recommended hospice care. My wife took me home instead. Now, with the help of heart valve surgery at Manatee Memorial Hospital, I am doing great. The warmth of the hospital staff is unmatched anywhere else I’ve ever been, and Dr. Golino’s care was excellent. He called my wife the night before my surgery just to check on how she was doing.

Sun City Center residents Roger L. Hackbarth (center) and wife Trude Hackbarth with Alessandro Golino, MD, Chief of Surgery at Manatee Memorial. Dr. Golino had a 100 percent success rate for mitral valve surgery from January 2009 through December 2009.* Nationally, the overall success rate for mitral valve repair is less than 60 percent. *According to data from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons

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Spotlight with a Wise

What Do Security and Agriculture Have in Common? Believe it or not, the State Department of Agriculture is responsible for the Division of Commerce Licensing, which includes Security. I know, it seems a bit peculiar, but maybe security and agriculture are under the same department because they are both all about keeping the environment safe and protected for living things! We are happy and proud to let you know all officers involved in Gate Security hold a Class D license from the State. In fact, several of our officers recently completed the required 40 hours of training here at Kings Point with classroom instruction provided by Hillsborough Community College. After completing the class, passing the test, and submitting fingerprints and photos, Security

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Officers received their 2 year renewable Class D licenses. A Class D license means a Security Officer has been trained in emergency procedures, accident and crime prevention, observation skills, legal issues, report writing, traffic control, fire safety, working with law enforcement, etc. It also means, we are unarmed, we are not law enforcement, and we are not granted any police powers. Because all of us are Class D licensed Security Officers, Kings Point Gate Security, thru KPM, applied to the State and was granted a Class B license. Obtaining a Class B Agency license adds another level of professionalism to our security team, for we must remain in compliance with all State statutes and any liability issues are more thoroughly covered since all our officers are required to be licensed by the State. By earning our Class B license, Security is recommitting to all Kings Point residents that we believe in what we are doing and feel it is an important service to all who live here and their guests.

Feline Folks will conduct its Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic (OFF) Operation Feline Fix for free-roaming cats on Saturday December 3rd at C.A.R.E (1528 27th St. Ruskin.) Charge is $15 per Cat or Kitten. Kittens (Must weigh 4 pounds or be 4 months old.) No Carriers allowed. ALL Cats must be in a Trap. Only one Cat per trap. Reservation Required Call (813) 633-7302. Drop-Off time at C.A.R.E. is 7:30 AM. Pick-up Time is 2:30 PM.

December, 2011

Adopt a Friend That C.A.R.E.s

Elvis is a Chihuahua who was left locked in the house that his owners abandoned. Another day or two, Elvis would not have been with us. Fortunately, a kind realtor found him while showing the property and brought him to CARE. Elvis is gaining weight every day. We believe he will make a full recovery. Elvis is super cute and affectionate. He also seems to like both cats and dogs. As part of his adoption, Elvis will be neutered, microchipped, and brought current on his shots. DOB: May 2, 2010.

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Maggie is a the gray-beige tabby mom of four of our adorable kittens. She is a real beauty in her own right and promises her new loving owner to be a real sweetheart with pizzazz. With her rescue by C.A.R.E. a success Maggie comes right over and makes friends so come in and see this little mama cat with the smile and make her a part of your forever scene. Maggie has been spayed and brought upto-date on her shots as well as micro chipped. DOB: 11/1/2010


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Holiday Entertaining

Perfect Pairings for Easy Entertaining

Treat your friends and family to a global culinary adventure this holiday season by hosting a casual cheese-tasting party in place of a sit-down meal. MyGourmetConnection’s suggested pairings of cold meats, cheeses, condiments and beverages will set the scene for a memorable get-together that’s easy on the host and hostess. The Menu: Norway’s famous Jarlsberg is a mild cow’s milk cheese with a slightly sweet, nutty flavor and smooth texture. It pairs well with cubed or thin-sliced turkey, crisp seedless grapes and buttered pumpernickel rounds. Woolwich Dairy’s Triple Creme Goat Brie is a soft-ripened goat’s milk cheese from Canada. It has a fresh grassy flavor and a rich, creamy texture. It’s delicious served with the subtle spice of Black Forest ham and a condiment with tangy fruit flavors like a homemade chutney. The Gran Maestre Manchego Semicurado (also available under the Villacenteno label) is a sheep’s milk cheese from Spain that has been aged for 3 months to produce a nutty, buttery flavor. Serve with drycured ham, preferably a Spanish Serrano or Italian Prosciutto, and accompany the pairing with fresh or dried figs and spice-toasted almonds.

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The Planning: Determining how much to buy can be a bit tricky, but when cheese and meats (charcuterie) make up the whole menu, plan on about 1 ounce of each cheese per person and about the same for the meats. Using these guidelines, 1/2 pound of each of the cheeses and meats we’ve suggested here should serve 8 people. If you don’t mind leftovers, you may want to allow a little extra of each to be safe. The Presentation: Plan on taking your cheese out of the refrigerator at least 1 hour before serving for the best flavor and texture. Group the proper pairings together on decorative plates, wooden boards or marble slabs and have small plates, picks and napkins available so your guests can munch and mingle easily throughout the evening. Generally speaking, white wines pair best with this cheese assortment. Suggestions include Chablis or White Burgundy, Semi-dry Riesling, unoaked Chardonnay and a sparkling Spanish Cava. Quick Tip: To make buttered pumpernickel rounds: Get a loaf of fresh, thinsliced pumpernickel bread. Using a round biscuit cutter, cut 2 or 3 rounds from each slice. Spread each round with a very thin layer of softened butter and sprinkle


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What’s Happening in 33573

Debbie Caneen To Assume Responsibility For 33573 33573 has been provided by Jim and Nell Taze since the beginning of News of Kings Point. For personal reasons, it is necessary that we stop providing this extensive information. We were indeed saddened to have to make this decision until we asked Debbie if she would take over this awesome task and she immediately accepted. We chose Debbie because of her concern for providing support groups, although some are quite small, for numerous needs. Debbie is Director of Business Development for Sun Tower Retirement Community and very involved in community projects and programs which include Board Member of the SCC Chamber of Commerce, South Shore Coalition for Mental Health and Aging, and a volunteer for Samaritan’s Alzheimer’s Assn. Recently, she was selected as one of the finalists for the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2011 Health Care Heroes Award. Please continue to send your emails to SCCFreeAds@ Debbie plans to continue 33573 in its current format as well as Ads and Events E-Mail and updating the website. Thank you for your past support which we know you will continue to provide for Debbie. Jim and Nell Taze SPECIAL EVENTS Please include all basic information, especially Price (or list it’s Free) and Contact Information (phone, e-mail, or website). Six lines maximum. Send to: SCCFreeAds@ As soon as space permits, it will be put in the weekly e-Mail and on the website. It will run until event date passes. You do not need to submit it again. Cut off time is Thursday at 5:00 p.m. Events begin following Monday. PLEASE NOTE: This area is for SPECIAL EVENTS only. WEEKLY, MONTHLY, or ONGOING EVENTS are listed on our website, www. which is updated every weekend. THU. DEC 1 - OPERATION MEDICINE CABINET 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Bring in your old prescription medicine. THU. DEC 1 - UNRAVEL THE MYTHS AND REALITIES OF MEDICARE COVERAGE 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Sun Towers, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. FREE. Open to the Public. Info: 813.634.3347 or dcaneen@

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s u n t o w e r s r e t i r e m e n t . c o m . Medicare 101. Amy O’Rourke, founder and President of The Cameron Group, a professional Geriatric Care Management firm will explain the coverage offered by Medicare Choice Plans and which plan is best choice for you. THU. DEC 1 - COMMUNITY INVITED TO HOLIDAY/MOVIE THEME BAND CONCERT 7:00 p.m. Rice Creek Mobile Home Park, 10719 Rice Creek Drive, Riverview. Cost is $5 at the door and reservations are not needed. The community is invited to two concerts presented by the Eastern Hillsborough County Band in December. The band will perform Christmas music and selections from popular movies during the concerts. They will also perform on Dec. 15. Please see date for details. . For more information about the band, call 813.569.1771, email info@ehcb or visit THU. and FRI. DEC. 1 and 2 CHRISTMAS MADRIGAL DINNERS, PART III 6:00 p.m. United Methodist Church, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. W. $15 tickets (for a four course meal and show) will be available starting Nov 1. Advance tickets only. Info: Church office 813.634.2539 or FRI. DEC 2 - ASK-A-HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. SouthShore Regional Library, SHO Computer Lab, FREE. Join us as a health care professional shares information on Medicare and Home Health Care. A question and answer session will follow. FRI. & SAT. DEC 2 & 3 - PELICAN PLAYERS PRESENTS “NUNSENSE: MEGA-MUSICAL” Fri. Dec 2: 7:00 p.m. Sat. Dec 3: 1:30 and 7:00 p.m. Borini Theatre in the Kings Point Clubhouse. Tickets $15 available at the Borini Box Office. All residents of SCC and KP are welcomed. Seating is cabaret style, with BYOB. . It’s high comedy as the “Little Sisters of Hoboken” attempt to stage a benefit to raise enough money to bury four members of their order accidentally poisoned by their crazy cook. Presented by the Pelican Players, Directed by Terry Fiset SAT. DEC 3 - CLUBLINK PRESENTS, CLUB RENAISSANCE HOLIDAY BAZAAR 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Club Renaissance, Vendor Information 813.633.1933. Come and join the holiday fun in the Spa lobby. We have many vendors displaying a wide variety of merchandise and while you shop, enjoy our hot apple cider and sweet treats. Mark your calendar and get into the holiday spirit with us. Raffle prizes will be drawn. SAT. DEC 3 - ACADEMY OF BALLROOM DANCE 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. SCC. Members free, guests $6. Info: Jean Kostka 813.634.1235. Dress Casual Attire. BYOB. FREE lesson will be “Fox Trot” taught by Bernice May at 6:30 before the dance. Singles Table available. Everyone welcome. DEC 3 AND 4 - RUSKIN TOMATO and HERITAGE FESTIVAL (No time stated) E.G. Simmons County park, Ruskin. Contact the festival chair, Frank Cummings at 813.363.8071 or email ruskintomatofestival@ for more information. There is also space available for vendors. The Ruskin Tomato and Heritage Festival is a project of the Ruskin Community Development Foundation, Inc. a community nonprofit in Ruskin. SUN. DEC 4 - THE NUTCRACKER 2:30-4:30 p.m. Community Hall, South CA Campus. $20/person. Tickets on sale Mon-Fri, 9:00 - 12:00 Atrium-Kiosk or at door day of show. Reserved seats. Open to public. Info: 642.2001. The Dance Alive National Ballet Company

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presents this production of The Nutcracker. Be entranced by the beauty of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her dazzling Count and the swirl of snowflakes... plus Toy Soldiers and their handsome Nutcracker Prince. Wine and cheese reception included as part of price. SUN. DEC 4 - CELLO-PIANO DUO PRESENTS CONCERT 3:00 p.m. St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 Del Webb Blvd. W. Tickets: $9 at the door, or $35 for the last 4 concerts, available at the door or church reception desk. Info: 813.642.8125 or 813.634.1252. Third Fine Arts Concert of the season: Featured artists, Scott Kluksdahl accompanied by pianist Noreen Cassidy-Polera. We are excited and pleased to be able to introduce this dynamic duo to our concert supporters. Don’t miss this performance. SUN. DEC 4 - SINGLES SOCIAL DANCE CLUB 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Florida Room, Atrium Bldg. Central CA Campus. Members $3, Guests $5. Info: Janet 633-3558. Dance to the music of Thor Stevens. BYOB. Save $2 each dance in 2012 by joining for $10. Proper dress required. Troop collections continue - small one-use items such as eye drops and wipes, and small shampoos, soaps, etc; small stuffed animals; hard candy and for the wounded PJ bottoms/lounge pants L and XL and tees L and XL. Will pick up. TUE. DEC 6 - ESTATE PLANNING DISCUSSION GROUP MEETS 11:30 a.m. Banquet Room, Denny’s Restaurant, 3747 SCC Blvd (SR674). Order from menu. Please RSVP by E-Mail: paralegal@ Speaker: State Attorney, Mark Ober. All Attorneys, CPA’s, Bank Officers and CF’s with offices in the greater SCC area are invited to attend.. This group meets the first Tuesday every month. TUE. DEC 6 - FREEDOM PLAZA’S HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Freedom Plaza Retirement Community, 1010 American Eagle Blvd. FREE. RSVP to 813.634.1824. Join us as we celebrate the season with a Holiday Open House. Revel in a relaxing afternoon of holiday sights, sounds, aromas and tastes of this special time of year. Enjoy our award winning holiday decorations and tour some of our expertly decorated apartments.  Complimentary holiday cookies, punch and cider. Please follow our event signs for parking.  Shuttle to the main building.  TUE. DEC 6 - CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE “CHF” SUPPORT GROUP 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. Sun Towers, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. FREE. Info: 813.634.3347 or dcaneen@suntowersretirement. com. Join our facilitator Shayne Kull, MSR, from Hometown

Homecare as she introduces you to cutting edge resources. This group is exclusively for those living with heart failure and their families and caregivers. TUE. DEC 6 - STARGAZING PARTY 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. Southshore Regional library, SHO Computer Lab. Free. Join us for a stellar stargazing party! Astronomy enthusiast Craig MacDougal will lead a brief discussion on stars, planets, and moons. Immediately following on the Harkins Plaza, will be a viewing of the night sky through telescopes as we search for these celestial wonders. Funding for this program provided by the SouthShore Friends of the library. WED. DEC 7 - HEARING LOSS ASSN. OF SCC MEETS 9:30 a.m. St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 Del Webb Blvd. W. Info: Richard Herring at or Barbara Riley 634.1706. Holiday program by children from Bolesta Center/USF. Kelly Teegardin, M.S. will give update on Bolesta’s auditory verbal therapy program since its move to USF. Program followed by potluck party. All invited to come and bring a dish of finger food (anything that does not require silverware) to share. CART (captioning) provided by Tess Crowder, Communication Access, Inc. WED. DEC 7 - WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT REAL ESTATE IN TODAY’S MARKET 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. SouthShore Regional Library, SHO Computer Lab. FREE program. Join us as Marshall Deason, a Board Certified Real Estate Lawyer, discusses the basics of buying and selling real estate. Topics covered will include: financing, short sales, buying foreclosure property from the bank, and real estate as an investment. WED. DEC 7 - SOUTHSHORE NEEDLE PEOPLE 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. SouthShore Regional Library, SHO Computer Lab. Free program. Join other needle people to share techniques, tips and experiences about knitting and other fiber and fabric crafts. Beginners are welcome! Bring a project and ask questions. WED. DEC 7 - SPEECH RECOGNITION “DO YOU TALK TO YOUR COMPUTER?” 7:30 p.m. Florida Room, Atrium Bldg. Central CA Complex. For membership and meeting information, contact Bob Wehrle at 633.4516. Do you talk to your computer? John Bowker does. At this Computer Club meeting, he will demonstrate how you can minimize typing, and control your PC, by utilizing the latest Speech Recognition software. All SCC and KP residents are invited to attend. 33573 Continued on Page 9

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33573 From Page 8 THU. DEC 8 - LEARN HOW TO AVOID COMMON MISTAKES WITH LIFE INSURANCE 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Sun Towers, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. FREE. Open to the Public. Info: 813.634.3347 or dcaneen@ Steven Paich, MetLife Financial Services Representative will discuss how Insurance Investment products can stabilize your income in a low interest rate environment and avoid problems for your family. These investment vehicles are an option to stabilize your income, protect from market volatility, and/ or guarantee income for life. THU. DEC 8 - CHRISTIAN WOMEN’S CONNECTION LUNCHEON MEETING 11:00 a.m. Seating begins; 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Luncheon and Program. Club Renaissance, 2121 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. $17 Inclusive. RSVP: 813.938.4320, 813.383.7540 or email Reservations and cancellations by noon Mon. Dec 5. Lynn Wise, from Love That Boutique will have an unusual presentation. Millie Farthing will speak on “Oh, You Beautiful Doll.” All ladies welcome, no membership required. Affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries. THU. DEC 8 - SOUTH SHORE DEMOCRATIC CLUB MEETS 1:00 p.m. Coffee, refreshments and camaraderie; 1:30 p.m. Meeting begins. South Shore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way. All Democrats and like-minded people are welcome. This meeting will feature a silent auction and our speaker will be announced soon. Please reserve the date. THU. DEC 8 - COALITION ON MENTAL HEALTH & AGING SUPPORT GROUP 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Sun Towers, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. FREE. Open to the Public. Info: 813.634.3347 or dcaneen@suntowersretirement. com. Edmond Dubreuil MSW, RCSWI, mental health professional facilitates this support group for those suffering from depression, loss or grief or are the caregiver of someone facing those issues. Supported by: South Shore Coalition on Mental Health & Aging and The United Methodist Church of Sun City Center. THU. DEC 8 - SINGLES MINGLES CHRISTMAS DANCE 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Studio Room of Kings Point North Clubhouse. Admission $5. Info; Jeannette 634.5560 or Janet 633.3558. Music by Thor Stevens. Ice and Water provided. BYOB. Still collecting for our troops. FRI. DEC 9 - THE PELICAN PLAYERS “NUNSENSE” 6:30 p.m. United Methodist Church, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. W. Tickets $10. Info: Church Office 813.634.2539 or www. FRI. DEC 9 - SOUTH SHORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PERFORMS 7:00 p.m. St. Anne in Ruskin. Single Tickets $20 or $21 at the door, student tickets $10. Ticket hot line 813.667.7776 (Mon - Fri. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.) Concert called “Happy Holidays” will feature songs like “Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky, “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson, Ruttler’s Carols, Vaughan Williams, “Fantasia on Christmas Carols,” “Overture of Hebrew Themes” and “Hallelujah Chorus” by Handel, featuring the orchestra and choir. All music lovers should attend and get into a festive Season. SAT. DEC 10 - SCC 50th ANNIVERSARY & HOLIDAY GOLF CART PARADE 10:30 a.m. Registration forms can be picked up at the Kiosk in the Atrium, in the CA Office from Susan Muise, and at Community Hall. The last date for registration is Dec 2nd. Please bring completed registration forms to the CA Office. Hot chocolate and cookies will be provided after the Parade.

SAT. DEC 10 - TRICKY DOGS SHOW 2:00 - 2:45 p.m. SouthShore Regional Library, Community Room. Free Program. Groups must register in advance, call 273-3652. Starring five little Terriers, one Poodle and their pet human Rick Martin, this is a fast paced, high energy circus style dog act. Dog lovers of all ages will enjoy this hilarious family-friendly show. Funding for this program provided by the Friends of the SouthShore Library. SAT. DEC 10 - KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS PARISH CHRISTMAS DINNER DANCE 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. Conea Hall, Prince of Peace Catholic Church. Tickets priced at $30 each. Tickets will be sold on Nov. 21, 22, 23, 28, 29,30 and Dec. 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 2011 at Conesa Hall. SUN. DEC 11 - CHANCEL CHOIR CHRISTMAS CANTATAS 9:00 a.m. and 10:55 a.m. United Methodist Church, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. Info. Church Office 813.634.2539 or SUN. DEC. 11 - A HOLIDAY CELEBRATION 2:00-4:00 p.m. Community Hall, South CA Campus, $15/person. Tickets on sale MonFri, 9:00 - 12:00 Atrium-Kiosk or at door day of show. Reserved seats. Open to public. Info: 642-2001. The Sarasota Concert Band presents this wonderful holiday show which will include lyrical renditions of O Holy Night, White Christmas, a new arrangement of We Three Kings of Orient Art, Autumn Walk, Sleigh Ride, Christmas Jazz Suite, Festive Sounds of Hanukah, and much, much more.  Wine and cheese reception included as part of price. SUN. DEC 11 - OLDIES BUT GOODIES DANCE 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Members free. $5 per person for guest. Info: 633.5649. “Lattitudes” will perform. BYOB, Casual Dress. Singles Welcome. SUN. DEC 11 - KP CHORUS PRESENTS “HOLIDAY PARTY IN OUR TOWN” 7:00 p.m. Borini Theatre in Kings Point. $6. Info: Mary Hilderbrand, Publicity Chairman 813.634.5685. It will be a cabaret-style concert with a variety of holiday music including solos, small groups sing-a-longs and choral numbers. Refreshments provided. BYOB. Tickets available at KP Box Office or at the door. BYOB. Tram service available for KP residents. It will be a delightful evening of fun. Tram service is available for KP residents. TUE. DEC 13 - HOLIDAY SOIREE AND DANCE 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Sun Towers, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. FREE. Open to the Public. Info: 813.634.3347 or dcaneen@suntowersretirement. com. Enjoy music from the holidays while sipping champagne and sharing hors d’oeuvres. The dance floor is ready for you! Enjoy

entertainment provided by our own Sun Towers “DJ Dave” as he plays dance songs request from yesteryear. Don’t miss the party and RSVP today. TUE. DEC 13 - COPD SUPPORT GROUP 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. Sun Towers, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. FREE. Open to the Public. Info: 813.634.3347 or dcaneen@suntowersretirement. com. Joy Barlaan, ARNP and Jan Whitaker, LPN from Ace Homecare have over 50 combined years of experience and will be your facilitators. Your available resources are endless! WED. DEC 14 - SOUTHSHORE NEEDLE PEOPLE 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. SouthShore Regional Library, SHO Computer Lab. Free program. Join other needle people to share techniques, tips and experiences about knitting and other fiber and fabric crafts. Beginners are welcome! Bring a project and ask questions. THU. DEC 15 - LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP MEETS 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Sun Towers, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. FREE. Open to the Public. Info: 813.634.3347 or dcaneen@ Diane Lawrence, RN from Vital Care Home Health Care will facilitate this group. If you are facing the challenges of low vision or caring for a loved one facing this issue, this support group is a must! A FREE quick vision health questionnaire assessment will be provided. THU. DEC 15 EASTERN HILLSBOROUGH COMMUNITY BAND 7:00 p.m. United Methodist Church in the sanctuary, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. $5 at the door and reservations are not needed. The community is invited to this concert presented by the Eastern Hillsborough County Band. The band will perform Christmas music and selections from popular movies. Info. Church Office 813.634.2539 or www. For more information about the band, call 813.569.1771, email info@ehcb or visit www. FRI. DEC 16 - SCC EMERGENCY SQUAD ALUMNI LUNCHEON 11:30 a.m. Plaza Club on American Eagle Blvd. off Upper Creek Dr. Cost is $10 and the public is invited. Reservations: Patty Brandt 634.7699 or Phyllis Mueller 633.2168. Any questions call Betty Pettersson 634.1330. The speaker will be Melissa Garrison, ARNP at Marquez Medical Clinic. FRI. DEC 16 - CHRISTMAS WITH THE CELTS MARCILLE WALLIS & FRIENDS 6:30 p.m. United Methodist Church, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. $5 at the door. Info. Church Office 813.634.2539 or SUN. DEC. 18 - HIGHLIGHTS from LA BOHEME AND HOLIDAY FAVORITES 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Rollins Theater,

North Campus. $10/person (or buy all three operas as mini-series for $25/person). Tickets on sale MonFri, 9:00 - 12:00 Atrium-Kiosk or at door day of show. Reserved seats. Open to public. Info: 642-2001.  The St. Petersburg Opera Co. presents this special holiday show centered around Puccini’s La Boheme.  Professionals will sing selections from Seasonal Sparkle. SUN. DEC 18 - MICHIGAN CLUB’S CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION PARTY 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Banquet Room KPN Clubhouse. Members $5, Guests $7. Ad 813.419.4080. KP and SCC Residents, plan to attend the Michigan Club’s Party. Bring a heavy hors d’oeuvre to serve your table of eight, bring a wrapped (useable but not new) for the gift exchange, BYOB and plan to join the singalong. Dessert, coffee and set-ups provided. Ticket Sales KPN Lobby, Tue 9 a.m. to noon - 11/29 12/6 and 12/13. Reserve your table of 8 or allow us to arrange your seating. SUN. DEC 18 - SINGLES SOCIAL DANCE CLUB CELEBRATE THE CHRISTMAS SEASON 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Florida Room, Atrium Blvd. Central CA Campus. Members $3, Guests $5. Membership drive ongoing, Join for $10 save $2 every dance in 2012. Music by Thor Stevens. Ice, water and some refreshments provided. Info: Janet 633.3558. Troop collections continue - small one-use items such as eye drops and wipes, and small shampoos, soaps, etc; small stuffed animals; hard candy and for the wounded PJ bottoms/lounge pants L and XL and tees L and XL. Will pick up. MON. DEC 19 - SCC LOW VISION’S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY PARTY 12:15 p.m. Florida Room, Atrium Bldg. Central CA Campus. $10 Members, $20 non-members. Must make payment prior to Dec 9th. Check or cash may be brought to the meeting on Nov 21. After that you may contact Ben Green at 813.385.5590 to make other arrangements. A sit down dinner will be catered by Carrabba’s. Marion Gwizdolla, a blind guitarist, will provide entertainment. We will have games and door prizes and a good time will be had by all. TUE. DEC 20 - ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Sun Towers, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. FREE. Open to the Public. Info: 813.634.3347 or dcaneen@suntowersretirement. com. Join Katie Colwell Williams, MA, CMC from Aging Care Advocates for our Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group. The needed resources are endless! 33573 Continued on Page 10

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33573 From Page 9 WED. DEC 21 - PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP MEETS 2:30 4:00 p.m. Sun Towers, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. FREE. Open to the Public. Info: 813.634.3347 or dcaneen@suntowersretirement. com. Marcia A. McCall, M.T.S, retired Coordinator of Research Department of Neurology College of Medicine USF and co-author of “100 Questions and Answers about Parkinson’s” will be here for our Parkinson’s Support Group. WED. DEC 21 - CLASSICAL MUSIC APPRECIATION 3:30 p.m. Kings Point main clubhouse, East-West Social Room. Free. Info: Arthur C. Joy, 813.633.9783, acjjr@tampabay. All lovers of classical music are invited. THU. DEC22 - COALITION ON MENTAL HEALTH & AGING SUPPORT GROUP 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Sun Towers, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. FREE. Open to the Public. Info: 813.634.3347 or dcaneen@suntowersretirement. com. Edmond Dubreuil MSW, RCSWI, mental health professional facilitates this support group for those suffering from depression, loss or grief or are the caregiver of someone facing those issues. Supported by: South Shore Coalition on Mental Health & Aging and The United Methodist Church of Sun City Center. THU. DEC 22 - FREEDOM PLAZA DANCE CLUB 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. Freedom Plaza Retirement Community, 1010 American Eagle Blvd. FREE. Open to the public. RSVP: 813.634.1824. Dance the night away to the sounds of Richie Merritt.  Follow the event parking signs.  Good fun and entertainment will be had by all!  A great way to jump start the weekend and introduce you to our relaxing, active lifestyle at Freedom Plaza.  Affordable cash bar offering beer, wine and sodas. THU. DEC 22 - MOONGLOW DANCE CLUB 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd, South CA Campus. No charge for members. Guests welcome, $5 at the door. Info: Al 633.8170. Dressy casual. Singles welcome. Music by Buddy Canova.

FRI. DEC 23 - C.O.A.P. (CHILDREN OF AGING PARENTS) SUPPORT GROUP 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. Sun Towers, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. FREE. Open to the Public. Info: 813.634.3347 or dcaneen@suntowersretirement. com. This is an ongoing support group for individuals who are assisting and/or caring for older, adult parents. Facilitated by Laura Burch from Hanson Services, In Home Care. For more information about the group, please visit: www. WED. DEC 28 - DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. Sun Towers, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. FREE. Open to the Public. Info: 813.634.3347 or dcaneen@suntowersretirement. com. Please join Shelley Tanner, R.N. from Angels Care Home Health as she facilitates our support group “Everyday Basics of Diabetic Care.” WED. DEC 28 - SOUTHSHORE NEEDLE PEOPLE 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. SouthShore Regional Library, SHO Computer Lab. Free program. Join other needle people to share techniques, tips and experiences about knitting and other fiber and fabric crafts. Beginners are welcome! Bring a project and ask questions. AT. DEC 31 OLDIES BUT GOODIES NEW YEARS EVE PARTY Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. $40.00. Tickets $40 includes a served gourmet meal, NYE novelties, champagne at midnight and entertainment by our great duo, The Dukes. Info: 633.5649. PLEASE NOTE: The Above Section Contains ONLY information about SPECIAL EVENTS. For WEEKLY, MONTHLY and ONGOING MEETINGS, go to www. and click on the Weekly & Monthly Meetings link.. Notice: Future publications of ads and events will be produced by Debbie Caneen, Director Of Business Development of Sun Towers Retirement Community. Continue to send all events to be published by e-mail to sccfreeads@

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Submitted by . Deputy Chris Girard The lights and displays are already going up at the local stores. You are likely making your list and checking it twice. The holidays are right around the corner and I want to help you make sure they are as merry as possible. I know we don’t like to think about it during this festive time of year, but the holidays also bring out the worst in some people. Thefts and burglaries increase and people always seem to be hurried, harried and distracted. But there are some simple things you can do to be informed and prepared for a safe and happy holiday shopping experience. Ladies, if you carry a purse please be aware that purse snatchings are one of the most common crimes this time a

year. You can make yourself less likely to be a victim by following a few simple steps. Unless absolutely necessary, do not carry a purse at all. Keep your wallet, debit cards and identification in a zipped or buttoned pocket. If you must carry a purse, opt for one that can be strapped around you tightly and worn on the front. If you carry a purse but can leave it in your car, do not leave it visible – put it in the trunk. Also, if you can avoid carrying cash, do so. I know many of us like to carry cash in order to avoid overspending, but you can also carry a debit card or checks. If you do carry checks, only bring

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enough for the shopping you plan to do. Do not bring your entire checkbook with you. And everyone should use extra caution while shopping and while going to and from your vehicle. Thieves may follow you, looking for an opportunity to strike. If you are carefully vigilant, this will limit their opportunities. A great way to do this is to always shop with a buddy. Having a friend to watch your surroundings while you are getting out your keys, looking through a shopping bag or perusing your list will give you an added measure of safety. If you must shop alone, request that a security guard or store personnel escort you to your vehicle. If at all possible, do not make multiple trips to the car with gifts. Thieves will often follow a shopper out, wait for them to go back into the store and then break into the car to steal the items. Only making one

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trip does not give them this opportunity. When you arrive back home, check your mirrors before exiting your vehicle, and look around as you are getting into your car to get your bags out. Too often folks are distracted by the phone or just lost in their thoughts during this time of year. That makes them an easy mark for thieves. And, after all the giving and receiving is done, your vigilance should not be. Well meaning folks will leave boxes out for the recycling not realizing that the picture on the box of the flat screen TV or new tools, entertainment equipment or home appliances – all that good stuff – is just as good as a shopping list to would-be criminals. To avoid advertising what you just received always break down or cut up the boxes and put them into your trash or recycling containers. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year. Be safe out there.

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Hogan’s Bi-AnnualMeeting & Christmas Party Meeting conducted by the BOD’s Party MC & Host is Marsha Lucidi. Monday December 5, 2011. FLORIDA ROOM. 4:30- 5:00 Social and Check-in. 5:00-5:30 Members Meeting. 5:30 Buffet Dinner (BYOB). Dinner Music provided by the SCC Organ & Keyboard Club.

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Frosty practice green, Rich Lucidi, foreground & Ron Doncouse, background. YES, frost in Florida, but it vanished quickly. Note: we still can play in shorts and sports shirt.

Rube Jones and Buzz Wetzel approaching green #2. Note: no frost now!

Our cherished VP Rich Lucidi. "relaxing" before having to putt.

Ron Doncouse driving. Rex Gibbons observing. Great form - and he can whack that ball.

(silver & plateware and glassware provided by BM). Salad Bar, Rolls & Butter Steamship Round of Beef and Roast Turkey Mashed Potatoes, Vegetable Dessert/ Coffee/Tea/Ice $ 4.50 for members $14.50 for spouse (or significant other) Random seating by couple (your choice of table). Re-gift or under $ 5.00 Christmas Gift Exchange. One wrapped gift per person. Make your reservation thru the Hogan’s golf sign-up system. One booking (reservation) in the system = 2 people (contact Marsha Lucidi if you are attending by yourself).Deadline for reservations,Thursday 12/1/2011.

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Hogans Golf Club (of Sun City Center and Kings Point) Tuesday, 10/25/2011 Course: Imperial Lakewoods Play: h-skins 1st: Rex Gibbons 8 skins 2nd: tied at 4 skins each- Art Swallow, Rich Lucidi & Rube Jones Low-net: three-way tie (33 points each) @ 70’s . Art Swallow, Rex Gibbons & Buzz Wetzel Low-gross: Buzz Wetzel, 83 Natural Birds: Jack Duncan (2) Friday, 10/28/2011 Course: Riverside Play: h-Skins 1st: Rube Jones, 2 skins 2nd: tied at 1 skin each – Rich Lucidi & Ron Doncouse Low-net: Rube Jones, 63 Low-gross: Rube Jones, 82 Thursday, 10/27/2011 Course: Cypress Creek Play: match 1st: Dave Edwards, 99 2nd: Dana Judy, 103

Monday, 11/7/2011 Course: Summerfield (overseeded green & fairways in progress) Play: match Low-net: Trav Lansberry, 73 Low-gross: Jerry Stemas, 90 Friday, 11/4/2011 Course: Riverside Play: h-Skins 1st: Rex Gibbons, 4 skins 2nd: Rube Jones, 3 skins 3rd: tied at 1 skin each – Dick Hatch & Buzz Wetzel Low-net: tied at 69’s Rex Gibbons & Rube Jones Low-gross: Buzz Wetzel, 85 Tuesday, 11/8/11 Course: Bloomingdale Play: Match (pay for birds) 1st: Bill Anderson, 95 2nd: Lew Ressiguie, 97+ 3rd: Dick Ihrke, 108+

Wednesday, 11/2/11 Course: Diamond Hill Play: h-Skins 1st: Dave Edwards, 2 skins 2nd: four-way tie at 1 skin each – Art Swallow, Jenice Taylor, Rich Huff & Ron Doncouse Low-net: Dave Edwards, 72 Low-gross: Jenice Taylor, 93

Wednesday, 11/9/2011 Course: River Run Play: a-Skins 1st: Burt Easter, 3 skins 2nd: tied at 2 skins each – Mary Ihrke & Chuck Feldschau 3rd: tied at 1 skin each Rex Gibbons, Rube Jones & Buzz Wetzel Natural Birds: Steve Parks (2), Burt Easter, Rube Jones & Chuck Feldschau

Tuesday, 11/1/2011 Course: Imperial Lakewoods Play: h-Skins 1st: Rex Gibbon, 4 skins 2nd: Rich Lucidi, 2 skins 3rd: Jenice Taylor, 1 skin Low-net: Rex Gibbon, net 69 Low-gross: Jenice Taylor, 91

Saturday, 11/12/2011 (Dedicated to our Vets) Course: Freedom Fairways Play: match 1st: Ruben Jones, net 50 (13 under) 2nd: Karl Wessinger, 61 3rd: Dave Diehl, 62

Thursday, 11/10/2011 Course: Buffalo Creek Play: a-Skins 1st: John Apostolou, 3 skins 2nd: Terry Upson, 2 skins 3rd: tied at 1 skin each – Dave Diehl, Rich Lucidi, Jack Duncan & Mike Arghittu Low-net: John Apostolou, 67 Low-gross: Jerry Stemas, 84 Tuesday, 11/15/2011 Course: Greenfield Plantation Play: a-Skins 1st: Rube Jones, 6 skins 2nd: tied at 1 skin each – Jerry Stemas & Chuck Feldschau Low-net: Rube Jones, 63 Low-gross: Rube Jones, 82 Wednesday, 11/16/2011 Course: Diamond Hill Play: h-Skins 1st: Jenice Taylor, 5 skins 2nd: Rex Gibbons, 4 skins Friday, 11/18/2011 Course: Riverside Play: h-Skins 1st: Steve Parks, 4 skins 2nd: Dick Hatch, 2 skins 3rd: tied at 1 skins each Rube Jones, Dick Ihrke & John Apostolou Monday, 11/14/2011 Course: River Club Play: a-Skins 1st: Jenice Taylor, 3 skins 2nd: tied at 2 skins each Mike Arghittu, Tom Kirchen & Rex Gibbons Natural Birds: Jerry Stemas, Mike Arghittu & Tom Kirchen Low-net: tied at 71’s Tom Kirchen & Rex Gibbons Low-gross: Tom Kirchen, 86

Monday, 11/21/2011 Course: Summerfield Play: h-Skins 1st: tied @ 2 Skins each Rich Lucidi & Rex Gibbons 2nd: tied @ 1 Skin each Dick Hatch, Dave Britton, Jerry Stemas & Dick Ihrke Low-net: Jerry Stemas, 67 69’s –Rich Lucidi & . Dave Britton Low-gross: Jerry Stemas, 83 Tuesday, 11/22/2011 Course: Bloomingdale Play: match 1st: Jenice Taylor, 98 2nd: Dick Ihrke, 114 3rd: Mary Ihrke, 116 Wednesday, 11/23/2011 Course: River Run (rained out) Play: match 1st: Tom Gotschall, 43 (front nine) 2nd: Art Swallow, 50 3rd: Chuck Feldschau, 51 Thursday, 11/24/2011 Course: Buffalo Creek Play: match 1st: Jerry Stemas, net 68 2nd: Rich Lucidi, 77 3rd: Rex Gibbons, 81 Reservations are required to play with the Hogans. The Club is open to all Sun City Center and Kings Point residents and their guests. Submitted by: Art Swallow (Hogans President) eMail:, Phone: 813-633-8669. Web site:

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“Rally for a Cure” scramble at Sandpiper Golf Club October 21, Scepter and Sun City Center Ladies golfers participated in a “Rally for a Cure” scramble at Sandpiper Golf Club. Following lunch, there were door prizes donated by area merchants. $22,000 was donated to the Susan G. Komen cancer fund. For the first time 144 men also participated at Falcon Watch Golf Course. The men raised an additional $5,000 for cancer.

Pictured are the Scepter ladies.

Kings Point Ladies Nifty Niners Submitted by Lorraine Rings

November 10, 2011 • Net Game Flight C Winners Flight A Winners Lorraine Rings 27 Emma Gadd 29 Bea Angelo 31 (Tie with 34) Evelyn Gates 34 Flight D Winners Sue Watkings 34 Joan Abrams 35 Shirley McMahon 37 Flight B Winners Nancy Baron 29 Sally Repetti 30

Kings Point Ladies Nifty Niners

Fall Tournament • Net Game • 11/03/11 Thru 11/17/11 Tie for 1st Place with 85 Emma Gadd and Sally Repetti 2nd place with 86 Lorraine Rings 3rd place with 88 Nancy Baron

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Kings Point Duplicate Bridge Association The Kings Point Duplicate Bridge Association in Sun City Center is celebrating its 30th birthday. This gated retirement community, built in 1971, hosts senior bridge players from all over the country – some living here permanently and others seasonal residents. Two of Kings Point’s resident bridge players have played for a total of 136 years. Elnora White, 96 years of age, has been playing bridge for 71 years. Married in 1940 to an avid bridge player she took up the game. In 1970 she and her husband traveled to Corpus Christi, Texas to take part in a tournament. They had no idea they were playing against a Blue team. And they won. She heard people around them saying,” How did those old folks do that?” In 1979 they moved to Kings Point, where she furthered her expertise in bridge becoming a director. From the early ‘80s through 1995 she directed games and also served as club manager. During Ms. White’s tenure in the ‘80s the sectional games held at Kings Point attracted bridge aficionados from all over the country, filling the clubhouse rooms. Today Elnora plays six or seven times a week- whenever she gets a chance and directs when the club needs her. She plays in sanctioned and non-sanctioned

games, these with older friends who no longer play duplicate. Elnora believes that bridge players today have a different outlook on the game than when she started playing. She finds the game more focused on Master Points, mirroring a more competitive society. Don Reid, 87 years old, has lived in Kings Point since 1995. He’s been playing bridge for 65 years. Mr. Reid began playing bridge in the Buffalo, New York area during some down time between serving in the military and enrolling in college. He read Goren’s book on bridge and decided to try the game. He played his first duplicate game in 1946 – didn’t come in last and was hooked. While residing in the Buffalo area, he played against some of the big names in bridge including Goren, Jacoby and Blackwood. When Mr. Reid first started playing, he was at the bridge table 7 days a week. Now he plays in Kings Point twice a week, Monday mornings in partnership with his brother in law Bill Stevens. He finds bridge to be fascinating, enjoyable and challenging. He is a true student of the game, reading and studying a few times a week. He advises players to read “Why You Lose at Bridge” written 50 years ago. The bidding and conventions

are obsolete but the chapters on the mathematics of the game contain information every bridge player needs to know. The Kings Point bridge community is fortunate to have older players such as Elnora White and Don Reid. They are an inspiration to new players. Ms. White and Mr. Reid are friendly and helpful to others while remaining competitive and strong in their own games

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The United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. West, was proud to host Dallas Smith, Magician & Comedian, in the church sanctuary this past November 28th at 6PM. Sponsored by Cub Scout Pack 675 and Boy Scout Troop 675, the performance was specially geared toward children and their families. Dallas became interested in magic when he was about 8, and got his first paying gig when he was just 11. At first, though, Smith did magic as a hobby. “I dabbled in it. I was an amateur, but that was my passion.” A construction worker by trade, he would rather be performing magic and has, recently turned to that full time Smith specializes in magic for two types of audiences: He does an anti-bullying campaign for schools and an outreach program for churches. He uses a nationally approved curriculum for his anti-bullying magic show and hands out comic books that reinforce the lessons. He uses a variety of magic tricks to help bring home the points. During the act, he tells children: “Words do hurt.” He also tells the children: “We’re



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Erin Morse Wows at UMC Sun City Center

An opportunity to play in a master class with Craig Mumm, associate principal violist of the Metropolitan Opera, sparked interest in learning viola as a solo instrument. After giving violin recitals in 2009 and 2010, Ms. Morse gave her first viola recital in April 2011. Erin has participated in festivals in Austria and Vermont, recently studying with Dr. Susan Dubois and Karen Ritscher at the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival. As an active member of the Tampa, Sarasota, and surrounding communities, she has performed with the South Shore Symphony Orchestra and currently performs with the University of South Florida Symphony Orchestra, as well The United Methodist Church as playing chamber music and of Sun City Center was proud teaching violin and viola lessons to host USF viola student Erin locally. She currently studies with Morse’s Senior Recital on John T. Posadas at the University Sunday, November 13th at of South Florida. At the show, 7PM in the church sanctuary. Erin was accompanied by Jeff Beginning on piano at age eight, Jordan, Minister of Worship Arts and violin at age twelve, Ms. at UMC of SCC. The program Morse participated in Sarasota included the Hoffmeister Viola Youth Orchestra for six years, Concerto in D, Bruch’s beautiful studying violin with Sarasota Romanze and the fiery Sonata Orchestra members Yen-Ling in a Minor by Schubert. For Chen and Milene Moreira. After additional information about entering USF in 2008, she began other music events at UMC of playing the viola in chamber Sun City Center, contact Jeff music as well as the violin. Jordan at 813-634-2539.

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Kings Point Lawn Bowling

The new green has been officially opened and pronounced grand to play on. New members are always welcome with lessons scheduled to acquaint them with the rules of the game. Games are played Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and Tuesday and Thursday afternoons . All equipment is kept at the clubhouse for member use. In addition to the lawn bowling itself, the club has a social schedule with a very active attendance. Some of these activities are: • 12/19 Christmas Party, Sit-down dinner, Santa Claus, Gifts • 1/21 Krazy Kards • 2/5 Bowling Alley Party • 2/8 Crazy Bowls, at the Green, Hot Dog Roast to follow • 2/19 Chicken BBQ • March, Lawn Bowling Tournaments Do yourself a huge favor, check us out, you will not be disappointed. Anyone, at any age can play and play well. It is fun, exercise and a day out in the beautiful Florida weather.


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A Very, Very Carbon-Neutral Christmas

By Rich Lowry The great Christmas-tree debate should be settled for now. No more agonizing over artificial versus natural, not after the sustainable-development firm ellipsos released a bombshell study. A life-cycle assessment -following “the recognized ISO 14040 and 14044 standards” and relying on “no funding (direct or indirect) by any of the concerned stakeholders” -- determined that “a natural tree will generate 3.1 kg of greenhouse gases whereas the artificial tree will produce 8.1 kg per year.” The president of the firm rightly called the finding “astonishing,” given that “the artificial tree is reusable” and “the natural tree requires annual trips to purchase it.” The artificial tree incurs such a carbon footprint at its inception -- with its manufacturing and then its transport from China -- that it takes 20 years of use for it to match a natural tree. Since most people don’t find a raggedy fake tree entirely in keeping with the spirit of the season and throw out their artificial trees on average after a mere six years of use, the natural tree is clearly superior. It sequesters carbon as it

grows, and “watering the tree in the use stage only has marginal impacts.” St. Boniface, who cut down the tree of Thor as a slap to the Norse gods and first suggested the fir as a symbol of Christianity, would no doubt be greatly relieved. Following all this closely will be the new Christmas scolds, who are as annoying as the old Christmas scolds except greener. H.L. Mencken famously put down the Puritans -- decidedly cool on Christmas celebrations -- as people worried that someone, somewhere may be happy. The new Christmas scolds worry that

someone, somewhere may be emitting CO2 over a glass of eggnog: Blessed is good, merry is nice, peaceful is advisable -but carbon-neutral is absolutely essential. Keep that in mind as you wrap your gifts -- if you must. According to the Clean Air Council, “An additional 5 tons of waste is generated during the holidays. Four million tons of this is wrapping paper and shopping bags.” To avoid this carnage, kids either should be kept from ripping the wrapping paper so it can be reused -- good luck -- or the gifts should be placed

in cloth gift sacks (ashes not included). Did I mention kids? Aren’t they the root of much of the wanton Christmas waste? No sooner are they out of their diapers (using 8,000 to 10,000 of them prior to potty training) than they are thrilling to Christmas lights (an estimated 200 pounds of unnecessary carbon emissions per season). Ralph Reiland of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review points to a Web publication called Alternative Consumer that recommends “A Freegan Christmas.” The festivities will include Christmas trees fashioned out of shopping bags and a celebratory vegetarian meal. No cards and no wrapping paper, of course. Someone captured the spirit of this holiday program long ago, “Bah! Humbug!” It’s not an endorsement of every Christmas excess to appreciate merrymaking and gestures of generosity. After all, the Magi didn’t necessarily have to travel, or offer their gifts of frankincense and myrrh. That they did points to the ultimate reason for the joyous celebration of the season. Merry Christmas! Rich Lowry is editor of the National Review. © 2011 by King Features Synd., Inc.

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B U L L E T I N Kings Point Chorus

Are you tired of Sunday night football? Then Kings Point Chorus has the perfect solution for you on December 11, 2011 at 7 PM in the Borini Theater of Kings Point. Come to hear and participate in A HOLIDAY PARTY IN OUR TOWN, directed by Chuck Wirick. There will be a variety of holiday music with choral renditions, solos, small groups, and sing-a-longs. Tickets are available at Kings Point Box Office or at the door. Seating is cabaret style with snacks. Bring your own beverage. It will be a delightful evening of fun for six dollars.

Guardianship Foundation Presents Program to GFWC SCC Woman’s Club Article and Photo By Roz Cruthis

Community Foundation Awards Grant Submitted by Nancy Williams

The Community Foundation of Greater Sun City Center recently awarded a $5,000 Grant to benefit the Hillsborough Correctional Institution in Riverview.  This facility, housing 300  inmates, is the first in the Nation faith/character based institution for women.  The grant, from the Helen Hill Fund, was awarded to Sun  City Center prison volunteer, Sharon Whiddon.  Whiddon, who serves as a volunteer Chaplain at the facility, is also the coordination of the Prince of Peace Prison Ministry in Sun City Center.  She was named “Volunteer of the Year” in 2010 and was part of the volunteer force that lobbied State and County officials to keep Hillsborough C.I. in operation.   The grant will be  applied to both new and  existing programs.  Some of these will include Story-Time Mom’s reading program, art program, wellness programs, indigent supplies and cake decorating class.  Many of these programs are staffed with  volunteers from the local community.    These programs are not state funded, but contribute greatly toward the betterment of the women and the low recidivism rate. A recent orientation for volunteers  had 125 attendees.  A mentoring orientation, which Whiddon oversees, had 85 attendees.   

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Sue McBride, (center) of the Guardianship Foundation, was the speaker at the GFWC SCC Woman’s Club this month. She is pictured with Linda Smith and Program Chair, Yasmin Kevala.  The Guardianship Foundation is a volunteer organization that assists SCC residents with their financial affairs. 

Sue McBride, SCC Guardianship Foundation, was the speaker for the October meeting of the GFWC SCC Woman’s Club. She explained that the Guardianship Foundation provides active and stand-by arrangements to handle clients’ financial affairs if they become physically or mentally incapacitated or incompetent.  She stressed that clients must be competent at the time of sign-up. Many residents do not have nearby family or friends on whom they can depend for that kind of assistance.  The “Guardianship” is a not-for-profit corporation run by volunteers; clients pay nothing for their service.  McBride explained that if we want this service to continue in Sun City Center, we need to let Senator Ronda Storms know.  She asked members to contact Senator Storms and request that the Guardianship Foundation be enabled to continue to hold Power of Attorney for its clients. This is a right that the foundation has always had, but due to a recent change in the law, its eligibility was omitted. Senator Storms is working to restore the right.  Her address is 421 Lithia Pinecrest Rd., Brandon, FL 33511, phone 813.651.2189, or email her at GFWC SCC Woman’s Club is a service organization that supports several local charities.  Meetings are held the third Thursday of the month, September through May. For information, please call Nell Elliott, 813.830.8176. 

Italian Cultural Club News

Members and guests of AMICI, the Italian Cultural Club in Kings Point, enjoyed an evening of song and refreshments on November 3rd. Pat Raimondo, accompanied by Chuck Wirick, brought back memories of growing up Italian as he sang “Torno a Sorrento,” left to right: Greg Budzinski; Dan Callahan; Robbie Hawk; Jo Withrow “Maria Mari,” “Mama” and “Tippity Tippity Tock” in both Italian and and MC Andy Nash English. The The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Scholarship a u d i e n c e Fund and Operation Helping Hand Golf Tournament was held at joined in on Freedom Fairways, 3940 Upper Creek Drive, Sun City Center, FL. some of the on October 22, 2011. A luncheon was held immediately afterward old familiar at the Plaza Club where prizes were awarded to the 1st 2nd and tunes.   3rd place winners. MOAA wishes to thank all of the sponsors who M r . supported the tournament. Raimondo, First place winners were: Greg Budzinski; Dan Callahan; Robbie well known Hawk and Jo Withrow. Second place winners were: Julian Graham; in Sun City Denis Bluett; Angel Reyes and Donald Quast. Third place winners Center for his were: Jerry Brockmeir; Bob Foraker and Ed Then. contributions in providing music to the community, sprinkled his Italian Help the SCC Writers Club Celebrate You’re invited to join the members of the Writers Club of SCC in the selections with Broadway show tunes and Armstrong Room on November 15 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm for cake and popular music. As a former educator, he also coffee to celebrate the club’s 20th Anniversary.  Club members’ commented on the music and some of its published books will be showcased.  Various club members will history. Mr. Wirick, involved in music and theater in read a short (2-5 minute) humorous or interesting excerpt from his or her writing every 15 minutes. Contact Grace Houston 813.634.1766 the area, provided delightful accompaniment to Mr. Raimondo’s voice. The evening of for more info. music, fellowship, education, and fun ended with the audience standing to sing God Bless Wanted – Volunteer AARP Tax Counselors America.  It was a joyous evening for people of AARP provides free tax preparation assistance to those in our Italian heritage as well as non-Italians. AMICI community.  We are in need of additional counselors this year.  welcomes members from the Sun City area – the only requirement Self study IRS materials and tutoring is provided.  One week of is $8 in annual dues and an interest in Italian culture. Call 634-0955 computer training is given to each volunteer.  You would be asked for information. to volunteer only one day a week from February to April 13th.  AMICI’s next event will be January 28, the Tarantella Dancers. Please call Ed Sheridan any evening at 634-7965 if you have any Members of AMICI will be given first preference in seating. Specific questions or think you can help.  information will be forthcoming.

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By Jason Delong STAFF WRITER Clean out your attics, closets and lock boxes, because the “As seen on TV,” Treasure Hunters Roadshow is coming to Ruskin, Brandon & Plant City. Specialists are in town examining your gold and silver, antiques and collectibles. While the Roadshow will accept anything that’s old, they will be focusing on: gold and silver coins made before 1970, military items, toys and trains, musical instruments, pocket and wrist watches. Scrap gold is expected to be a popular category this week due to soaring gold prices. Buyers for the roadshow have noticed a tremendous increase in the amount of gold coming to the Roadshow, and for good reason. Record gold prices have Roadshow guests cashing in on broken or outdated jewelry with our fair and honest purchase offers. Other types of items Roadshow specialists hope to see include vintage guitars. Ryan Krushas, one of the Roadshow’s instrument specialists, spoke about some of the top

guitars getting great offers. “Gibsons and Fenders are in big demand right now as are vintage amps,” said Krushas. We also buy violins, mandolins, woodwinds, if it plays it pays! Timepiece specialist Jeff Ford adds, “Watches are hot! And we are buying all types of high-end wrist watches too. Brands like Rolex, Tiffany and Chopard are very desirable to collectors. And the finest Swiss timepiece in the world, Patek Philippe, just earned a happy seller $42,000.00” Fuller went on to explain that any U.S. coins made before 1970 are the most sought after by collectors. Coins made before 1965 are 90% silver, and valuable because of either the silver content or even more valuable if one happens to be a rare date. Fuller explained, “We help people sort through their coins for unique dates. We buy all types of coins at the Roadshow—from wheat pennies to buffalo nickels, and from single coins to entire truckloads. See you at the Roadshow.”









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December, 2011

B U L L E T I N Empire State Club Mock Wedding

The New York Empire State Club presents a Mock Wedding The Marriage of Mr. Guido Ricco Franco to Ms. Precious Sweet Pea Jones. We would like to invite all “Yous”, New Yorker Club Members and their Friends to Celebrate a “Mock Wedding” on January 3rd, 2012 at the Kings Point Borini Room at 5 PM. Dinner will be served on or about 6 PM. BYOB. We will have music for your pleasure. Members $18.50 pp/Guests $22.50 pp. Make checks payable to New York Club and send to or drop off no later than Dec. 23rd to Frank Gatto at 1925 New Bedford Dr. SCC or Phyllis Scali 2030 Heathfield Cr. KP. Phone Frank at 813.633.8942. Dress will be “Black and White” Or else!

SCC Ceramic Club News

The Sun City Center Ceramic Club recently held a raffle on a “Giving Thanks” Thanksgiving scene. The drawing was held on November 1st. Dick Fiedler shown above, with the scene  was the lucky winner. 

Digital Photography Workshop . to be Held Saturday, January 7

Do you have a new digital camera or just want to know what all of those buttons are for? The Sun City Center Photo Club is offering a one-day workshop on digital photography on Saturday, January 7 at Ozzie’s Buffett, 3074 East College Avenue in Ruskin from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The $30 fee covers the full-day workshop, handouts, lunch and 2 snack breaks. Photo Club members will cover the following topics: 1) the camera and all of the things that came in the box; 2) the computer, including how to transfer photos, storage and back-up; 3) the art of taking photos including composition and lighting; 4) slide and negative scanning; 5) enhancing your photos using readily available programs; 6) video and sound capture with your digital camera; 7) dazzling your friends with a simple slide show; 8) printing your photos; 9) and becoming an artist with your camera. Presenters will also be available during lunch and breaks to answer individual questions about your camera. You must register in advance since space is limited. No tickets will be sold at the door. Registration is available Monday through Friday from nine until noon in the Photo Lab at 960 D Cherry Hills Drive in Sun City, at the Kings Point North Clubhouse lobby on December 12 and December 16 from 9 a.m. until noon or by calling club member Allen Maser at 813-480-3576. This workshop is open to any interested person in the area.

Eagle Audubon Monthly Program

Thursday December 15, 2011 at 1:30 PM Banquet Room, Kings Point Club House. Program: Name That Tune, Interactive identification of Florida bird sounds. Speaker: David Williamson, Manatee Audubon Society. Program is free and open to the public. Refreshments and social time at 1:30, meeting and program at 2:00. Contact: Sally Sutton, 813-633-3916.

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Kings Point Chorus

Submitted by Mary Hilderbrand

Do You Like To Sing? Come join Kings Point Chorus January 9, 2012 as we begin rehearsals for our spring concert. There are no auditions. We rehearse from 1:45 to 3:30 PM in the East West Social Rooms of the North Clubhouse. Bring a sweater and water. The dues are $10 for each concert. The spring concert will be April 14, 2012. For more information you may call Brenda at 813.447.0388.

Computer Workshops Announced

The Computer Club will hold two, three-hour workshops in December: “VIRUS REMOVAL” will be held on Monday, December 5 at 9:00 AM in the Computer Club Classroom in the Atrium Building. Tuition is $10 payable upon registration. “USING A DIGITAL CAMERA WITH YOUR COMPUTER” will be held on Monday, December 12 at 9:00 AM in the Computer Club Classroom in the Atrium Building. Tuition is $10 payable upon registration. All CA and KP residents are invited to enroll in the Club’s Classroom any day except Sunday, from 12:30 – 5:00 PM.   For further information, contact Bob Wehrle at 813.633.4516.

Ceramic Club Workshops

Sun City Center Ceramic Club will offer another set of free workshops to introduce members of the Community to the world of bisque, greenware, glazes, underglazes, stains and acrylics. The workshops are offered on three consecutive Monday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The mystery of various techniques will be offered to current CA and Kings Point members who are novices and have never been a member of our ceramic club in the past.  Your ID card is required to participate.  No experience necessary.  A small ceramic piece, tools and paints will be provided at no cost and it will be your “personal work of art”.  Workspace is limited so please sign up in the Ceramic Studio any Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. by January 10th, 2012.  Dates of workshops are January 16, 2012, January 23, 2012 and January 30, 2012. Come join the fun!

84-Year-Old Blind Woman Receives . Lifetime Wish On ‘Jeopardy!’ Set

Tampa native Shirley Smallwood, 84, will have her lifelong wish granted ­­– she will attend a taping of “Jeopardy!” and meet her favorite TV personality Alex Trebek. Every weeknight, Smallwood can be found listening intently to her all-time favorite show, “Jeopardy!”  Smallwood listens but cannot watch because she is blind. For the past eight years, Smallwood has run Tampa Brookdale community’s “Jeopardy!” Club and records ideas for clues then meticulously uses her Braille machine to make cards for the game.  The wish was granted thanks to Jeremy Bloom’s Wish of a Lifetime Foundation, Brookdale Senior Living and “Jeopardy!”

Ceramic Club Raffle


SCC Dance Club welcomes you to our Dance on Wednesday, December 14th. Community Hall, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Music by “dj” Darlene with a variety of music. Attire: Dressy Casual. Members Free. Guests $6 per person at the door. Singles always welcome. BYOB and Snacks. For more information call 813.634.9074.

Kings Point Quilters

The Kings Point Quilters meet Tuesdays from 1-3 in the Fiber Arts Room, and are gearing up for another busy year. Quilting interest and membership is growing. We have many interesting projects planned for 2012, including workshops, speakers, shop hops and more. Kings Point Quilters continue to work on charity quilts with the veteran’s hospital in Tampa being one of our primary focuses. We welcome donated patriotic quilts from non-members in our community. Red, white and blue is the theme and the quilts we make to donate are approximately 40” x 50”. For more information, contact Sandy Nunn 813.642.8961.

On Saturday December 3, 2011 the Sun City Center Ceramic Club will be open to display and offer for sale the many fine pieces that are hand made on the premises by our talented members.   Come see our great selection of seasonal as well as garden, household and whimsical pieces.  A  raffle of a large three piece alligator will be offered for a donation of $1.00 for one ticket or $5.00 for 6 tickets. And it’s time to order your Christmas trees.  We have all sizes available and you can choose your own type of lighting.  Come see us at the Holiday Walk or stop by our shop Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

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B U L L E T I N Scandinavian Club News

November 9th is the date for the Scandinavian Club of Sun City Center for members to exhibit their memorabilia from the “old country” at a Wine & Cheese SHOW & TELL at Aston Gardens Sun City Center Wednesday Nov. 9 from 3 to 5 pm. Call Carl Johnson at 813.634.1927 for further information about the Scandinavian Club and reservations for this event. Last year’s Show & Tell was an interesting get-together and this follow-up is in response to member requests.

Speech Recognition

Do you talk to your computer? John Bowker does. At the Wednesday, December 7th meeting of The Computer Club, he will demonstrate how you can minimize typing, and control your PC, by utilizing the latest Speech Recognition software. This meeting will begin at 7:30 PM in the Florida Room. All Sun City Center and Kings Point residents are invited to attend. For membership and meeting information, contact Bob Wehrle at 813.633.4516.

Ladies Day at the Men’s Club

December 21, 2011 is the Ladies Day luncheon at the Sun City Center Men’s Club. The luncheon will start at 11:30 am in the Community Hall located at 1910 So. Pebble Beach Blvd.  The menu is prime rib or salmon and Ellen Kleinschmidt & Friends will present “A Special Holiday Program” for members and guests.   Banquet Masters will provide and serve the meals and the cost is $ 50 a couple. Gary Kaukonen, Club President will welcome members and guests.  Don Murphy, Club Programs Chairman will be the MC for the entertainment. A limited number of open seats are available, so if you are interested in attending the luncheon call 813.634.6434 for ticket information.

MOAA President To Address Sun City Chapter

Capt. Don Freese, USNR/RET, president of the MOAA Florida Council of Chapters, will be the featured speaker at the Sun City Center Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America luncheon to be held December 7th,  at the Florida Room in the Sun City Center North Side Atrium Building.  Reservations ($14.00) should be made by calling 1-877-3323016 no later than the Sunday prior to the Wednesday meeting. Capt. Freese is the current president of the Florida Council of Chapters, an affiliate of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), which is a dynamic organization of more than 10,000 active, retired and former officers of the uniformed services.  The Council was chartered on November 18, 1970 with 20 Chapters and Clubs and now includes 44 organizations from the Florida Panhandle to the Florida Keys. Capt. Freese will discuss the current status and activities of the national MOAA organization. In addition to his presentation, he will install the newly elected MOAA officers for the coming year. President for 2012 will be LTC Paul Wheat, USA, (Ret) replacing this year’s president, Colonel James Shumway, USA, (Ret).   

Scandinavian Club Christmas Smörgåsbord

The Scandinavian Club of Sun City Center is holding its 2nd Annual Christmas Smörgåsbord on Monday December 12, 2011, at Club Renaissance at 05:30 PM. The price is $30 per person and reservations are being handled by Marianne Turman, who can be reached at 813.634.7770. Checks must be received before Dec. 9. Live musical entertainment will be provided. 

FREE Diabetes Self-Management Education Classes Begins January 2012

This free 8-week program is offered by the Florida Department of Health –Hillsborough County and hosted by the Sun City Center Association. You Can Manage Diabetes! • Classes are led by a Certified Diabetes Educator or licensed health care professional • Each class provides valuable tools and information designed to help you take control of your diabetes Register Now! Pre-registration is required and class size is limited. Contact the Health Department at (813) 307-8015, extension 7107 or 7103 for additional information about class times and dates and to register for the program.

Brigadier Colin H. C. Howgill to . address MOWW

The Military Order of the World Wars (M0WW) will feature Brigadier Colin H. C. Howgill at it’s meeting and luncheon to be held at the Sun City Center Plaza Club at 11:30 a.m. on December 15th, 2011. Reservations ($13) can be made by calling 633-6513 ten days in advance of the meeting. Brigadier Howgill is a 31-year veteran of the United Kingdom Royal Marines. He was commissioned in May 1958 and served both as a helicopter pilot and a Commando Special Forces infantry officer. He has extensive, worldwide combat experience in security, counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations. He has been awarded numerous military decorations. Key military appointments include Commander British Forces for operations in the South Pacific islands of the New Hebrides, now Vanuatu, and appointed the Royal Marines Aide-de-Camp to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. He retired from the Royal Marines as a one-star officer in April 1989 and settled in the USA becoming a US Citizen in 1997.

Sun City Center Veterans Day Military Ball

Above is a group photograph of the Sun City Center Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) companions and their spouses that attended the SCC Military Ball on November 11, 2011, at the SCC Community Center. The event was a resounding success and plans are already being considered to offer it as an annual event. The ball was chaired by Gordon and Jan Bassett 2nd and 3rd from right.

The SCC Veterans Day Military Ball was held at the SCC Community Center, on November 11, 2011. All military and non-military residents were invited to the sold-out event and by all accounts it was greatly enjoyed by all who attended.        The event began with the presentation of the Colors followed by toasts made to the Colors, the President of the United States, all of the military services and the POW/MIAs. All the wars’ veterans and the Purple Heart recipients were recognized, and community awards were given by CDR Ed Barnes, Ann Marie LeBlanc and COL. Luke Lloyd. The Marine Corps Leathernecks, a Sun City Center Community Association club of former Marines also celebrated the 236th birthday of the Marine Corps with a cake cutting ceremony.  Jim Weller, the Leathernecks Commander, cuts the cake (see photo) and according to tradition presents the first piece to the oldest Marine present who then offers it to the youngest Marine present.       A delicious meal along with music and dancing followed.   The event was considered a huge success and consequently serious consideration is currently being focused on establishing the ball as an annual event.  The event was organized by Lt Col Gordon Bassett, USAF, (Ret) and his wife Jan.

LifeCare of Brandon Donation Drive

David J. Brate, owner of Brate Aluminum & Construction and his family are collecting donations for the LifeCare of Brandon Crisis Pregnancy Center. Founded in 1987, the Center is a Christ centered, non-profit outreach ministry serving the greater Brandon community including southern Hillsborough County. Through compassionate care, education, counseling, practical support, and community networking, they provide support to teens, women, couples and families who are facing the challenge of an unplanned pregnancy. Additionally, they offer hope and healing to those suffering from the heartbreak of a past abortion. The center relies on the community to support its ministry through the donation of supplies such as diapers and baby wipes and items for use by new mothers and infants, as well as financial support. Donations can be dropped of at the Brate Aluminum &Construction Office located at 1577 27th Street, SW in Ruskin. People interested in making a larger donation may call the Brate office at 813-649-1599 to arrange for pick up. The deadline to participate in this collection is December 22, 2011.  The center is located at 122 North Moon Avenue in Brandon. To learn more about the Center please go to their website at www.lifecareofbrandon. comor you may call them directly at 813-654-0491. The Brate family has been serving the construction and remodeling needs of the communities of SouthShore for three generations.  To schedule your free project estimate please call 813-649-1599.

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B U L L E T I N SCC Men’s Club News

Annual Holiday Concert

Photo by Carl McGary, Men’s Club President Elect. Members show in photo from left to right are Don Murphy, Men’s Club V.P. Programs, Ed Barnes, Community Association President, and Gary Kaukonen, Men’s Club President.

The German-American Club Singers and the South Shore Concert Band will join again at the Community Hall on S. Pebble Beach on Saturday, December 17 at 2 p.m.   The two groups are performing together for the eighth year to present a varied program of choral and band music - each with their own musical style.  Mr. Edwin Nawrock will conduct the band in its selections of familiar holiday music and Mr. Lynn Hirschfeld along with Accompanist Mrs. Thelma Roggenkemper will take the chorus through a variety of European  numbers sung in both German and English.  The two groups join their talents to end the program with The Hallelujah Chorus.  The cost for this musical afternoon is $5.00 and tickets are available at the ticket kiosk in the Atrium every weekday morning.

Men’s Club guest speaker Ed Barnes, Community Association President gave the 250 plus members and guests a preview of the proposed changes to the Community Association facilities. The proposed changes will be presented to the Sun City Center residents in three meeting scheduled in the Community Hall.  The first scheduled meeting took place on November 16, 2011 and was well attended. Ed showed a computer generated video on how the south campus will look if the proposals are accepted by the residents of SCC.   He discussed different options to pay for the proposed changes. One of Ed’s statements was that yearly CA dues will not be used to cover the cost for the proposed changes.  The majority of the cost would be funded by the transfer fees.  Comments from Club Members were mostly positive and felt the proposed changes would be good for the SCC Community.  Following  Ed Barnes’ presentation Banquet Masters served a buffet lunch. At the end of the meeting a number of guests joined the Men’s Club. So men if you are interested in helping the Men’s Club provide service to the Greater Sun City Center Community call 634.6434 for information.

Wisconsin Club Party

Wisconsin club wine & Cheese Party. January 9, 2012, 6:30pm to 9pm. Banquet room Kings Point North Clubhouse. $5.00 per person. Mail checks by January 2 2012 to Wisconsin Club, 427 Noble Faire Drive Sun City Center Florida 33573. Call 813 260 3910 with any questions.

Moon Glow Dance Club Holiday Dinner Dance

Thursday December 22, 2011 Put on your dancing shoes and join us at the Moon Glow Holiday Dinner Dance to be held at South Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. The evening starts with a BYOB cocktail party at 5 PM, appetizers provided, followed by dinner at 6 PM (your choice of Beef Burgundy or stuffed white fish), salad, rolls, dessert and coffee and dancing from 7:30 to 9:30 PM to “Buddy Canova”. Dressy attire: men – tux or dark suit/tie - women, dressy Moon Glow members, $5.00 – includes dinner and dance – non members $15.00 includes dinner and dance.  Reservations necessary by December 8th, 2011. Special:  non-members joining moon glow for the 2012 season may also enjoy the evening for the member price of $5.00 per person. For information call 633-8170.

Sun City Center Coins & Collectibles

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Your LOCAL Dealer for 22 years!

Paying 22 times or more per face on Silver Coins depending on market!

For a convenient appointment at your home or bank, please call J.R. Rose, Ret. U.S. Army, Numismatic Trader at:

813-503-4189 or 813-634-3816

Democratic Club Meeting

The South Shore Democratic Club meeting will be held on Thursday, December 8th, at the South Shore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way in Ruskin. Coffee, refreshments and camaraderie are offered at 1:00 p.m. the meeting begins at 1:30 p.m.  All Democrats and like-minded people are welcome.

Dancing with The Oldies But . Goodies Dance Club

Ninety years old Molly Anderson dances the night away at the “Oldies But Goodies” dance on Sunday, November 20. Molly and husband Sonny, celebrated her 90TH birthday at the dance. Molly was asked what is her secret for longevity and she replied with a smile and a wink,” Just Keep Dancing.” Photo by: John Purcell Molly Anderson

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Ghouls, Pirates, Princesses and Heroes Descend on St. Anne’s Catholic Church on October 30th

Enjoying the games on a beautiful fall day

Children and adults donned their favorite costumes for St. Anne’s annual Halloween Social and costume parade. The event included a make-your-own sundae bar, games and activities and a costume parade where judges awarded prizes for best costumes. The afternoon culminated with a pick-your-prize lottery that presented the Fall 2011 winner with a $2,000.00 prize. Everyone flocked to the sundae bar to build masterful works of delicious art. Father John McEvoy , St. Anne’s Pastor, was overjoyed to witness yet another increase in participants in the event from last year’s event. He noted that over 500 bowls of ice cream were served up. Personally, I was thankful for the beautiful fall weather and the constant sound of children laughing and enjoying the games and goodies. Parents lined the walkway as the children paraded their costumes, waving to cheers as though each was the

The make-your-own sundae bar

Fr. John McEvoy with the 3-5 year olds in the costume parade

main attraction at the Disney Parade. Please visit our website at www., call the parish office at 813.645.1714, or visit our parish office at 106 11th Avenue NW, just off US-41

An angel bowls a pumpkin for goodies

in Ruskin. Of note, there will be the Fall Jubilee November 17-19, a Knights of Columbus Spaghetti Dinner on December 3rd and the South Shore Symphony Orchestra will perform at St. Anne’s on the 9th of December.

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UMC of Sun City Center Hosts Journeymen Southern Gospel Quartet

The United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. West, is proud to announce that recording artists, The Journeymen Quartet, will be returning to perform in their ongoing Thank God Its Variety Concert Series on Friday evening, November 11th at 6:30 PM. The Journeymen have never compromised their male quartet style or sound. When asked what has been the driving force behind their style of singing, they simply reply, “It’s our commitment to God and the music we sing”. On stage, in an auditorium, arena, fair or church, The Journeymen always strive to show their audience the love of God. When the group is performing a musical number you can always expect to share a lot of love and lots of laughter. John Bledsoe joined The Journeymen at age 16 and became owner and manager of the quartet just a few years later. During the past three decades The Journeymen, led by Big John have enjoyed tremendous success. You may learn more about this fine southern gospel quartet by visiting their website, A donation of $5 is requested at the door on the night of the concert.

Rick Chapman Holiday Show

Are you looking for something fun to do the day after Thanksgiving? Come to the United Community Church, 1501 La Jolla Avenue at 7:00 PM. Rick Chapman, ”The Man of 100 Voices” will present his Holiday Show. Rick Chapman is a master of comedy, singing, and audience participation. His impressions are unique and unforgettable. This whole evening is available for $5.00 per person. The tickets can be purchase after Sunday services and on Tuesday or Thursday (10 AM to noon in the Narthex at the church) or at the door the night of the performance. For further information, call Paula Photos by Hazel Martin. Lickfeldt at 813.633.6739 or Karl Paula and David Lickfeldt Buffington at 813.431.5444.

Beth Israel Temple News

This is the time when the winter holidays come fast and furious. The Beth Israel Temple at 1115 Del Webb Blvd. E. at Sun City Center has stocked its Judaica Shop with wonderfully creative and beautiful gift items for the upcoming Chanukah holiday, which begins the evening of Dec. 20th.  Featuring glass and metal gifts by Gary Rosenthal that are just stunning, his work has appeared in many museums. There is a great variety of other gifts as well.  The Judaica Shop is open the 3rd Monday morning of every month, hours are 10 AM to 12 PM.  You can make an appointment with Elayne Grossman 813.634.9993, to visit the shop, if those hours are not convenient for you.   Take a look at the Judaica Library also.  Librarian Cyril Cobe has stocked it with a wonderful selection of titles to please many book lovers.

NCWS Makes Record Monthly Donation

Dolores Berens, President of Samaritan Alzheimer’s Auxiliary, center, is pictured receiving checks totaling $2,545.00 from Jim & Phyllis Butner, co-founders of NCWS (Nondenominational Christian Worship Services).  The love offering was given from donations for the month of October.  The Butners said, “We are so blessed to have the folks who attend our worship services see the need of financially supporting our local non-profit organizations.”  NCWS is an all-volunteer itinerate outreach ministry, where every penny received from love offerings goes back to the community to support those who are also, in many cases, volunteering their time & talent to serve others in some capacity.  If interested in starting a Bible study or worship service in your community or neighborhood, please call Jim Butner at 813.634.3114. 

December, 2011

Knights of Columbus Spaghetti Dinner

Join Saint Anne Church for a spaghetti dinner on December 3rd from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. The meal will include spaghetti and meatballs with a salad. The ticket price is $8 per person. Free to children under 12.

Community Church College Speakers Bureau

Photo by Hazel Martin Standing L to R Alice Williams and Jack Lawhead Seated L to R    Russ Kavala, Academic College Dean Sally Erath, and Mike Deeb

The College is very privileged to have available for the community and surrounding area an excellent group of speakers. This is a group that is an expert in his or her own field. The topics vary from Estate Planning, US History, Art of Mindfulness Meditation, Health Care Reform, Eastern Religions, China, Metaphysics, Memory, just to name a few. This is an excellent source for your club or group. The fees are varied. Many are nominal fee or no charge. The speaker, the topic, a brief bio and fees are all available on line at www.4lif3learning. org.

South Shore Symphony Orchestra To Perform

The South Shore Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Susan Bailey Robinson, will perform its “Happy Holidays” Christmas Concert at the Saint Anne Catholic Church in Ruskin on Friday, December 9, 2011 at 7 PM. The performance will include the following selections: Tchaikovsky, Nutcracker Suite; Vaughan Williams, Fantasia on Christmas Carols; Anderson, Sleigh Ride; Rutter Carols and Hallelujah Chorus. Some of the selections will include vocal performances by a local choir. Tickets are $20 ($10 for Students) and may be purchased by calling 813-667-7776 between 10 AM and 4 PM, Monday Through Friday. Tickets may also be purchased at the Sun City Center, Ruskin, and Apollo Beach Chambers of Commerce. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $21. Saint Anne Catholic Church is located at the intersection of Route 41 and 11th Ave NE in Ruskin.

Mission of the Month

The United Community Church Mission Board collected monies for the Hope Fund. This collection is called “Christmas in July”. All the proceeds ($1,874) go to the Hope Fund for the children in Wimauma for their after school program. The county has moved out of Bethune Park and the program is now offered by RCMA (paid college students from the local area) and the Hope Fund who has all their volunteers come from Sun City Center and Kings Point. If you are interested in volunteering one hour a week reading to a small group of children Photo by Hazel Martin or mentoring or tutoring, United Community Church Mission please call Carla Miles at Board 813.634.4268.

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UCC Fun Brigade Variety Show

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Beth Israel Sisterhood Meeting

The Sisterhood of Beth Israel Jewish Congregation of Sun City Center, announces their Sisterhood meeting on Tuesday, December 6th, 1:PM, in the Henry Gibson Social Hall.  Their guest speaker is author Susan Garbett, of “Susie and Me Days - Joy in the Shadow of Dementia”.  Susan volunteers as a support group facilitator for the Alzheimer’s Association, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter.   She plans to donate a portion of the books profits to an Alzheimer charity.  The address is 1115 Del Webb Blvd., Sun City Center.  Don’t miss this very compelling discussion.  Refreshments served.

Back Pack Mission

Photos by Hazel Martin L to R Karl Buffington, Larry Piechoski, David Lickfeldt and David O’Dell

The Fun Brigade of the United Community Church, 1501 La Jolla Ave. is sponsoring a Variety Show on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 1:00 PM in the Great Hall of the church. Come and show off your talents or just come and enjoy the gifts of others. Call Paula Lickfeldt at 633-6739 if you would like to participate in the show. There is no charge and no reservation for this event. Just come at 1:00PM, it will really be great fun, wonderful fellowship and you will laugh and enjoy.

Redeemer women to meet

The women’s organization of Redeemer Lutheran Church (WELCA) will meet on Wednesday, December 14th beginning at 9:30 AM with coffee and cookies. This will be followed by a devotion and presentation by Sigi Espino entitled “In God We Trust”. For the Christmas luncheon, WELCA will provide meat and drinks. Each member is asked to bring a side dish or dessert. All Redeemer women/guests are invited to attend.

Members of the United Community Church, http://www., in Sun City Center have generously contributed backpacks, school supplies and monetary donations to the Metropolitan Ministries program “Backpacks of Hope”. Approximately 5000 (yes, five thousand) children receive new backpacks full of school supplies, along with haircuts, health screenings, child Photo by Hazel Martin safety demonstrations l to r Presenting a check United and lots of fun at the Community Church Mission Board Chair Backpacks Block Beverly Bassette  & Metropolitan Ministries Party hosted by the Executive Assistant Linda Shaw Metropolitan Ministries. These children enter school with a bright future filled with hope and opportunity. You may Contact Metropolitan Ministries at 813-209-1000 or log on to for further information.

Prince of Peace Catholic Church

702 Valley Forge Blvd, SCC • • 813.634.2328



Sun. 8am, 10am, 12n Sat. Vigil 4pm, 6pm* Daily 8:00 a.m.

Mon.-Fri. 7:30 a.m. Sat. 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Girl Scouts Cub Scouts Children’s Camp Sunday School Bible Studies Choir & Bells Concert Series Drama Ministry Visual Arts Ministry Contemporary Worship Praise Team Counseling Center Disaster Recovery Gleaning Ministry Mission Ministries Congregational Care Fellowship

*6 pm Mass begins in October

The United Methodist Church Sun City Center

1210 Del Webb Blvd West 813-634-2539

Worship Sat. 4:00 PM, Sun. 8:15 AM 9:15 AM, 10:55 AM

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Kings Point Student Art Show

On Tuesday and Wednesday, November 15 and 16, the Kings Point Banquet Room was the site of Diane Simon’s student art show. With over 70 pictures on display, visitors to the show saw an amazing sample of the works of talented men and women taking art classes in Kings Point, Sun City Center. The show spanned two days, with a reception for artists and friends hosted by Ms. Simon. Diane G Simon’s career started as an art major in high school. Since moving to Kings Point in 2004 she has switched from oils to watercolors. She has studied with V. Laudano, Tom Havefield and Rita McClain and has read every book on watercolor to be found in the Ruskin library while practicing her skills. Ms. Simon started teaching four years ago and has been doing demonstrations for the Sun City Center, Kings Point and Treelakes Art Groups, Treasure Island Art Guild and Keeton’s in Bradenton. She is a member of the Florida Watercolor Society, Manatee Art Center, Southwest Florida Water Color Society and Kings Point Art League. Her students range from beginner to experienced. Each session involves learning a new skill, practicing it and displaying the result. Her classes are a lesson in cooperation rather

Easy No-Cook Eggnog

than competition. Experienced artists, as well as the teacher, give beginners tips and constructive positive advice. Ms. Simon is available to her students as much as they need her. She says, “My greatest satisfaction comes through the success of my students. Staying ahead of them is extremely challenging. Their demand for interesting subject matter, new techniques, new mediums, and reviewing composition and perspective is all worthwhile.” This annual event to celebrate student accomplishments reflects good teaching, many hours of student practice and gaining of knowledge. The students at the Kings Point Student Art Show beamed with pleasure as visitors praised the skills and accomplishments on display. Ms. Simon teaches watercolor in the Kings Point Clubhouse Art Studio on Monday mornings and Thursday afternoons.

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Your holiday visitors will be surprised when they discover that this rich and creamy eggnog requires absolutely no cooking -- and you’ll be happy that this no-fail treat can be ready in less than 5 minutes.

1 1/2 cups halfand-half 1 cup egg substitiute 1 cup vanilla ice cream 2 tablespoons sugar 1 tablespoon McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Nutmeg, Ground 1/4 teaspoon McCormick Imitation Rum Extract 1. Place all ingredients in blender container. Cover. Blend 1 minute or until well-mixed. 2. Serve immediately, or refrigerate until ready to serve. Makes 8 (1/2-cup) servings. • Each serving: About 128 calories, 8g fat, 9 g carbohydrate, 25mg cholesterol, 85mg sodium, 0g fiber, 5g protein. For more holiday recipes, visit © 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

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See your Dermatologist.

Call for your FREE Skin Cancer Screening 813-634-1455 Sun City Center • 4002 Sun City Center Blvd Unit 102 • 813-634-1455

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Chalk this up as a Must See

By Eddie Dixon Fair warning. I’m biased. I happen to love Sarasota. The combination of beautiful beaches, colorful history, artistic culture and tasty Amish food make me feel right at home. And that cool and creative vibe come together wonderfully in a weeklong celebration known as the Sarasota Chalk Festival. You’ve probably seen the type of work I’m talking about. Mind blowing 3-D pictures that make the art look like it’s climbing up out of the sidewalk and incredible recreations of Renaissance master works – all done in chalks out in the open air. Folks can stroll along and watch the artists at work and then come back later and marvel at the finished creations. The selections are varied enough to appeal to just about any artistic palette, and even the least artistic souls can watch the work and appreciate the talent and attention to detail in

evidence. This year the festival was held on November 1 – 7. The theme was “Pavement Art through the Ages” and billed as “a celebration of the evolution of this ephemeral art form from its thinly documented ancient roots to today’s diverse contemporary movements.” Now, all that strikes me as the kind of elevated “artsy speak” that makes me stand perplexed in galleries while the missus waxes on with various curators. But, in the end, the art is what matters, not the speechifying. To that end, the festival drew artists from around the world to a little stretch of sunshiny pavement in Burns Square known as South Pineapple Avenue. These artisans proceeded to morph drab gray thoroughfares into a rainbow of eclectic renderings. Attendance this year was estimated to be over 150,000, so, yes, there were a couple folks there. These visitors were not only presented beautiful

and captivating street art, but they also had the chance to view demonstrations on different street painting techniques and listen to lectures on the history of pavement art, perspective drawling, illusion art and architectural ornamentation. Oh, and the Sarasota Opera

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showed up to perform Madama Butterfly…not too shabby. All in all a worthwhile, encouraging and inspirational afternoon stroll. For more information about the Sarasota Chalk Festival, event news and next year’s schedule, check out www.chalkfestival. com.

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South Shore Symphony Orchestra Concerts                   

On Oct. 7th, the South Shore Symphony Orchestra gave a tremendous concert at St. Anne Catholic Church in Ruskin.  The 50-piece orchestra played Scherezade by RimskyKorsakov.  The soloist was Lemay Olano-James. His rendition was so powerful and flowing that when the piece concluded the audience gave an extended standing ovation.  Mr. Lemay Olano-James is a product the Cuban National Symphony of Havana Cuba and is currently playing with the South Shore Symphony Orchestra as its concertmaster.  As one woman remarked, “Mr. Lemay makes you want to take up the violin and try to play.  He did an impeccable performance for us.  He is truly a phenomenal player and I hope the orchestra will perform more pieces in which he will be the soloist.”   When asked about the performance Mr. Dominick Galati, President, Founder and Assoc. Conductor of the symphony stated, “I have been inundated with calls and stopped by people on the street saying that it was a performance Rimsky-Korsakov, himself, would have been proud of.”  He added, “With Dr. Robinson conducting and Mr. Lemay as concert master and soloist we will continue to bring you great Classical music that has been missing in the South Shore of Tampa Bay”.  He added, “This Orchestra, the SSSO is committed, along with St. Anne C.C. to bring the music of the masters to Ruskin and invites all the citizens, from all the surrounding towns like Sun City Center, Apollo Beach, Gibsonton, Riverview, Brandon and Wimauma to attend these concerts.  We are just so

fortunate to be accepted by them.” The South Shore Symphony Orchestra has been preparing for the second in the series of five Winter Concerts for December 9th at St. Anne in Ruskin at 7pm.  The Dec. 9 Concert called “Happy Holidays” will feature songs like the “Nutcracker Suite” by Tchaikovsky,  “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson, Rutter’s Carols, Vaughan Williams: “Fantasia on Christmas Carols”, “Overture of Hebrew Themes” and “Hallelujah Chorus” by Handel, featuring the orchestra and choir.  This should be a spectacular concert and all music lovers that love the holidays should attend and get into this festive Season.  Future concerts dates after the Dec. 9 th concert are: Feb.10 th “Lets Fall in Love”, March 23rd “Saint Saen Symphony #3” with Organ  soloist and May 4 th “A tribute to America”.   The balance of the Winter Series tickets (4) are still available at $72, Single tickets $20, Single at the door tickets are $21.   Student tickets are $10 (with proof of age, 16 and under). Tickets are now being sold (Cash or Check only) at 4 loctions: the Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce(Sun City Center Plaza), SouthShore Chamber of Commerce in both offices located at 1651 Tamiami Trail, Ruskin and Apollo Beach at the MiraBay/Sweetbay Shoping Center.  Kings Point inside the Main Club 2 days a week starting in Nov. and Dec. Tickets may also be purchased by mailing a Check to: South Shore Symphony Orchestra   P.O. Box 5867   Sun City Center, FL  335715867.   Please include a Tel. number. Call the Hot Line for tickets at 813-667-7776 Mon.-Fri. (10am -4pm) (Visa or MC only).

RTDM Senior News Line

Submitted by Road to Damascus Ministries Okay, so you’re getting a little bit long in the tooth. That doesn’t mean you should go without proper dental care. One of the forgotten issues facing seniors today, particularly those who live alone or in managed care, is poor oral health. Most folks don’t really think about it. They’re more concerned with heart health or brain function…but did you know that oral disease can be just as devastating as hypertension, heart attack or stroke? Untreated, oral abscesses can cause blood poisoning, which can be fatal. Pretty heavy for a toothache. But a very real concern. But open sores are not the only danger sign. Basic poor dental hygiene can lead to other illnesses and health conditions such as cardio-vascular problems, increased probability of pneumonia and even fluctuating blood sugar levels in diabetics. The real sad part here is that this sort of danger is entirely preventable. Regular dental checkups – preferably twice a year, but at least annually – can catch these things before they get out of control. So… Brush those choppers. Keep those dentures and gums clean. And see that dentist every year, even if he does try to get you to talk while he’s got tools in your mouth. If you have any questions about your dental benefits, or if you are not absolutely certain that your benefits offer everything to which you are entitled, contact Road to Damascus Ministries at www. right away. Road to Damascus Ministries is a non-profit ministry that exists to God’s love by providing senior citizens with the information, resources and support they need to immediately improve their quality of life.

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Kings Point Clubhouse Borini Theatre • Sun City Center

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Monday, January 23 Whatever your taste in music, you will hear it all and be awed at Doug’s voice and delighted at his ability on guitar and piano. He shares not only his own talent, but also his tremendously talented family performing music, variety and comedy. Add this to your list of “Must See Shows”!

Tuesday, February 7 In addition to fiddling and step dancing, this amazing family of nine also plays guitar, bass, keys, drums and mandolin. They will entertain and inspire you as they perform Celtic, bluegrass, inspirational and original music in a high powered, energetic, inspiring show.



Monday, March 5 A double Grammy winner, Mr. Jones is the very definition of a complete and total entertainer. His respect for songs that tell stories with meaning and beauty have led him to record works by the greatest balladeers of all time. His musical perfection, vocal passion and impeccable phrasing all illustrate why there is only one Jack Jones.

Thursday, March 15 George Casey, born in a remote village in Ireland legendary for its storytelling, soon learned to see humor everywhere. He provides big laughs from beginning to end. A native of County Cork, Cahal Dunne is known as “Ireland’s Happy Man”. He is a composer, pianist, comedian and storyteller. His style is rich and deep, reflecting the many strands of this talented entertainer.




DRINKIN’-SINGIN’-SWINGIN’-Salute to Frank Sinatra-Sammy Davis, Jr.-Dean Martin



Wednesday, December 7 “A Christmas Gift” from the band that gave us “So Rare”, “Green Eyes” and “Tangerine”. Their energy combined with a sweet, smooth, sentimental style take the listener from the 1940s right through to today. The Pied Pipers have excelled in distinctive modern harmony and phrasing from their first Gold Record “Dream” and still continue this tradition of vocal expertise today.

Wednesday, January 4 The very best musical tribute and comical parody, celebrating the brilliance and charm of these Legendary Icons. You’ll feel like you’ve actually experienced the magical spontaneity that Sinatra, Davis and Martin brought to the stage every night.

Thursday, March 1 Wednesday, February 22 These three One of the best Ray Charles tenors have Tribute Artists today! Frank thrilled audiences Rondell, a gifted singer and throughout Europe consummate performer, brings and the Americas. the true essence of “Ray” to the They present arias from many of the most famous operas, stage in an amazing visual and including “Tosca”, “Madame Butterfly”, “Rigoletto” and vocal homage to a great star. He has captured and perfected the unique voice and “Turandot”, as well as a captivating mix of international music from some of the world’s leading composers. physical presence of his own personal idol.







Monday, January 9 Award winning “Female Comedian of the Year”, Maryellen leaves audiences exhausted from laughter with her accounts of life’s little annoyances. For over 25 years, the dynamic Mantini Sisters have been taking the stage by storm. Their harmonic blend and versatility are brilliantly showcased in both big band and rock’n’roll era music. Wednesday, February 8 Experience the realistic sense of seeing and hearing the Brothers’ Gibb live in concert. Whether performing blockbusters or poetic ballads, this is the quintessential tribute to the Bee Gees, capturing the excitement of a live performance and the tender subtleties of the human voice.

Wednesday, February 1 With hits such as “Three Coins in a Fountain” and “Love is Many Splendored Thing”, The Four Aces have been internationally acclaimed as a group with beautiful vocal renderings. From their soft shoe routines to instrumental numbers and subtle humor they prove themselves superb showmen. Wednesday, March 21 Neil Sedaka’s hit music is back in an entertaining new musical featuring his greatest songs: “Calendar Girl”, “Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen”, “Laughter in the Rain”, “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do” and many more. Set in a 1960’s Catskill Mountain Resort, this hit based musical delivers an entirely enjoyable evening.


Thursday, January 12 With superlative vocals, dynamic enthusiasm and a genuine love of music, these guys perform everything from 50’s songs to Doo Wop to Disco as they recreate the magic of the era. Energy abounds from the stage to the audience, making the show not only fun but interactive, with hands clapping and dancing in the aisles!


Monday, February 13 That first million-seller was “26 Miles”. It took the country by storm in 1958 and The Four Preps have been singing the soundtrack of our lives ever since. Audiences love them for their much admired harmony and stirring vocals, but their comedic craziness has become a hallmark of every Preps concert.


YOUNG ELVIS and THE BLUE SUEDES Rockabilly Tribute Show Wednesday, January 18 You’ll be “All Shook Up” in your “Blue Suede Shoes” when you experience this exciting tribute to Elvis played on only authentic vintage instruments. The charisma and humor of a young Elvis bring fun and excitement to this energy packed show which will trigger great memories of “Good Rockin’ Tonight”.


Wednesday, March 28 The Happenings virtually exploded onto the national charts in 1966 with their first single “See You In September”; “Go Away Little Girl” came next. This group is a powerhouse of nostalgia and contemporary material that truly captures the classic signature sound which has made them a worldwide favorite for 40 years.

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Contract Bridge By Steve Becker A SEARCH FOR CLUES

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Bridge is not a guessing game. Even in situations that appear to be a tossup, there is usually at least a smidgen of a clue to steer you in the right direction. Take this case where South is in four spades and West leads the K-A of diamonds. Declarer ruffs the second diamond, noting that he will almost surely lose two club tricks, and that to make the contract he will have to avoid losing a trump trick. This doesn’t look like much of

a chore, since the trumps are very likely to be divided 2-1, but if South is a steady reader of this column, he knows he should try to make provision for the possibility of a 3-0 trump division. This is a matter that should not be ignored, since if the spades are divided 3-0, the trump loser can be avoided by tackling the suit correctly. Thus, if West has the Q-6-5, cashing the king first exposes the situation and wipes out West’s potential trump trick, while if East has the Q-6-5, starting the trumps by playing the ace first similarly averts the potential trump loser. So how does declarer resolve the question of whether to play the king or ace first? Obviously, he doesn’t just toss a coin; instead, he starts looking for clues. A reasonable inference can be drawn that West is unlikely to be void of spades. With the A-K of diamonds and a spade void, plus one or two of the other missing high cards, he might well have overcalled or doubled for takeout at his second turn after having passed originally. Declarer therefore plays the king of spades rather than a low spade to the ace at trick three and is rewarded for his perspicacity when East shows out and renders West’s queen worthless. © 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

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By Samantha Weaver •It was celebrated Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw who made the following sage observation: “The liar’s punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.” •Virginia law prohibits anyone over the age of 15 from wearing a mask in public, unless it’s part of a traditional holiday costume, for work or for medical reasons. •You might be surprised to learn that there are people who study how air quality, humidity, the hardness of the water and pollution affect people’s hair. According to these researchers, the worst American cities for your tresses are Corpus Christi, Texas; Olympia, Wash.; and Pittsburgh. •In a survey conducted by the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, it was found that twothirds of Americans believe they are smarter than the average American. •If you happen to be traveling in India and are passing through the town of Deshnoke, you might want to check out the Karni Mata temple -- but not if you have an aversion to rodents: Karni Mata is the rat goddess. Visitors can dine at the temple, but they have to watch out for the more than 20,000 rats mingling with the guests. Don’t worry, though; if a rat runs across your feet, it’s considered to be good luck. •Ever wonder what the world’s deadliest animal is? It’s the lowly mosquito. Thanks to the diseases it spreads, it kills more humans than any other animal on the planet. •In 2004, a record was set for the world’s farthest pizza delivery when a Domino’s Pizza in London delivered a vegetarian supreme pizza to Melbourne, Australia -a distance of 10,532 miles. The world record challenge was conducted as a fundraising event and brought in nearly $50,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Thought for the Day: “Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn’t have to do it himself.” -A.H. Weiler © 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Salome’s Stars ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Your curiosity might not be appreciated by everyone. Expect some resistance in getting answers to your questions. But stay with it. You need facts in order to make important decisions. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Some of the mystery surrounding your recent fiscal situation soon will be dispelled with a clear explanation. Use this new knowledge to help you chart a fresh financial course. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Start your Hanukkah and Christmas gift-buying now. This will help avoid problems caused by possible mid-December delays. A family member has important information. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Use a little more sense in how you plan to spend your end-of-theyear holiday dollars. Meanwhile, you continue to gain support for your stand on a workplace issue. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Wearing that big, loving Lion’s heart of yours on your sleeve leaves it unprotected. Let things develop a little more before you allow your emotions to spill over. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept.22) You might feel you’re not ready to patch up an unraveled relationship. But the longer you wait, the more difficult it will be for all parties to take the first healing step. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to October 22) Your end-of-the-year holiday plans could be disrupted by something out of your control, but stay the course. Ultimately, things will settle back into a normal pace. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov.21) Your honest approach to a workplace project earns you both respect and credit from those in charge. Meanwhile, that personal problem still needs to be dealt with. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) Money could be a little tight this month. This means the usually bargain-oblivious Sagittarian should look for ways to save on end-of-the-year holidays. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan.19) Examine the facts, and you might find that it’s a wiser move to shift gears and redirect some of your goals before the end of the year. Someone close to you offers good advice. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) Be careful that your generosity is not abused. Find out more, both about the special favors you might be asked to grant and who is asking for them. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) You’ve come through a recent rough time in great shape. Congratulations. Now go out and enjoy your well-earned rewards. More good news comes in midDecember. BORN THIS WEEK: You aim for truth, and you usually find it. Your honesty earns you the friendship and respect of others. © 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

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