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New CA Building Approved
COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION SCHEDULE
APRIL 10 Board Workshop to discuss Agenda Board Room – 9 a.m. 12 Board Meeting Rollins Theater - 9 a.m. 18 Community Leaders Meeting Florida Room - 9 a.m. MAY 8 Board Workshop to discuss Agenda Board Room – 9 a.m. 10 Board Meeting Rollins Theater 9 a.m. 16 Community Leaders Meeting Florida Room - 9 a.m.
Agendas for the monthly Board Meetings will be posted on official bulletin boards the Monday before and on the CA website (www.suncitycenter.org – under “Association”). They will also be sent via “What’s New in the CA” email. Every Wednesday: Orientation for new members in the Board Room starting at 1 p.m. (with exception of April 26).
CA Contact Information Phone: 633-3500 email@example.com Website: suncitycenter.org Information Center 813-633-4670
By Diane M. Loeffler In a vote last month, Community Association Members approved the construction of a new Community Association Building. CA President, John Luper, says, “What I am pleased about was that of the people who voted, 84% of them said, ‘Yes.’ To me that is a strong showing of support to go ahead with the project. Our community has been here for 56 years, and when it is an important issue, we seem to get it right. We have a community we can be proud of.” The fact that the CA dues will not increase as a result of this approval may be part of the reason for the strong showing. The building will be funded through the Capital Fund Fee which currently receives $1,800 each time a home is purchased. Lessons Learned The cafe’ has taken far longer than predicted. The issues encountered along the way made it clear that it would be in the community’s best interest to have future building overseen by someone with the expertise and experience to keep the project on schedule. For the new building, they have hired Jonathan Moore of InVision Advisors. Luper says, “Moore has extensive experience
Beginning on April 25, the Community Association staff and directors will be housed in these modulars near the Samaritan Building. After set up costs, the CA began paying rent in March for a total cost of $4,000 a month for the two structures.
in overseeing projects like ours. He knows the ins and outs of seeing a project through from start to finish. He knows us and our community, and he knows and has worked with the county personnel who will be instrumental to our project.” To a lesser extent, Moore was involved with the building of the Samaritan and Photo/Dance/ Apple Computer buildings and Library addition.
Moore also knows the construction companies and subcontractors in the area, their expertise, their reliability and their experience. Moore will make sure that there is ongoing communication with involved parties, helping to avoid any ‘surprises.’ Hillsborough County laid off many of its inspectors in 2008 when there was
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Sun City Center Cross-Stitchers
The cast of the show “Road Trip to Broadway”.
Guys and Gals Club
By Paula Lickfeldt Salvina Tannenholz is the force behind this performing arts club. Salvina is from New Jersey where she directed a club like this one. She says she gets satisfaction bringing people on the stage and watching them blossom. When she retired in New Jersey, she bought a home in Sun City Center and was a snowbird for ten years. One and a half years ago, she decided to move here permanently. After getting settled, Salvina decided it was time to get a performing arts club started in SCC. If you are a resident of Sun City Center, Kings Point or Freedom Plaza you are welcome to join the club. You do not have to get on the stage. There are lots of jobs behind the scenes. The shows are all musical variety shows.
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Membership dues for the club are $15 per year but you must be a member of the club to come to the performances. The club now has over 220 members. Club meetings are held every Thursday at the Rollins Theatre from 12:30 pm until 3:45 p.m. The mission of this club is to provide entertainment for our community and it also provides a venue for entertainers to shine. This year there will be three shows. The first was last December, this show, Broadway Show Tunes, was on Thursday March 16, the next show will be on November 9. It will be a Military Tribute in the style of a Bob Hope USO show. Auditions for this show will be on Thursdays in April.
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By Ilona Merritt Did you know that Sun City Center has a club of stitchers who do Counted Cross-stitch and Needlepoint? The group has been an organized CA club for 30 years and they meet on Tuesday afternoons from 12:30 to 3 p.m. in Classroom #1 in the Arts & Craft building on Cherry Hills Drive. Presently, the teacher is Debbie Tarr who with her husband, Ronald, moved to SCC five years ago. The lessons are free and they provide a free starter kit to new members. Dues are $5 per year and some basic supplies are available for purchase. The club also has a large number of patterns available to the students and they share their personal patterns with each other. Debbie teaches counted and noncounted cross-stitch. She has patience in spades. This was obvious in her meticulous work. In addition, she also teaches beading for the counted crossstitch pieces. The beads add a beautiful dimension to the art work, and yes, more counting. How do needlepoint, counted cross stitch and cross-stitch differ? Crossstitch allows only the cross-stitch (an “X”) to cover the base canvas. Needlepoint allows for the use of many different stitches over the base canvas layer. Cross-stitch beginners usually come across two types of kits: stamped and counted. The latter is more common, but the outcomes are essentially the same, with x-shaped stitches creating a pattern on the cloth. Stamped cross-stitch kits have the pattern printed onto the fabric itself, so that you only have to stitch in the colors indicated. In counted cross-stitch, the pattern is printed on a separate sheet of paper, leaving the fabric blank. This
Debbie Taar shows off a finished project.
means that the artisan has to count the squares yourself to see where each stitch goes. Most people also start stitching from the center of the pattern to make sure there’s equal room on both sides to frame the design. This, of course, calls for even more detailed counting. A finished counted cross-stitch project can have enough detail to resemble a painting; many people have them framed for display. Stamped crossstitch patterns are usually more of the ornamental, generally on functional linens, such as borders on tablecloth, place mats, etc. Needlepoint is a form of counted thread embroidery in which yarn is stitched through a stiff open weave canvas. Most needlepoint designs completely cover the canvas. The degree of detail in needlepoint depends on the thread count of the underlying mesh fabric. Needlepoint worked on fine canvas is known as petit point. Due to
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Have Your Voice Heard
By Diane M. Loeffler The next board meeting is Wednesday, April 12 in The Rollins Theater at 9 a.m. At the close of the meeting, members are invited to make statements or ask questions. Comments at these meetings should be three minutes or less. Just as importantly, the next board workshop is Monday, April 10. These informal meetings are held in the Board Room at 9 a.m. and offer an opportunity for increased CA member input in advance of the official meeting. You can also email the board at sccboard@ suncitycenter.org. A list of board members is available on page fifteen of the 2017 Membership Directory.
Cross from 1. the inherent stiffness of needlepoint, common uses include eyeglass cases, holiday ornaments, pillows, etc. The Cross-stitchers are a very special group the members consider themselves friends rather than classmates. They socialize outside of the class, regularly go out for lunch and take field trips as a group and keep track of each other between classes. While some of the ladies have won ribbons for their work it is not the focal point, the emphasis of this group is based on a stress-free social environment. Anyone is welcome to join. Their motto is “come and enjoy the craft, and have a good time” — not a bad reason to look into joining this unique club, which is open to all SCC residents.
Building from 1. very little building occurring in Hillsborough County. The county has slowly begun the process of hiring inspectors again, but they do not have nearly enough staff to keep current with the demand. Projects such as our cafe’, the local Aldi’s and the Wawa are examples of projects that have waited for inspections. Luper says, “If there is a glitch, the project goes to the back of the line and waits until the rest of the waiting projects are reviewed before having their permit reviewed again.” Having an expert overseeing the project helps ensure that such delays do not occur. Next Steps By the time this article is published, the site plan will have been submitted to the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD). The county is allowed up to 45 days to act to approve a site plan. In the meantime, meetings with the Fire Marshall are taking place. Also, an asbestos survey will be made. This is a mandated step before demolishing existing structures. If asbestos is found, that will influence how the demolition is conducted. At the same time, the architect is completing construction drawings and documents. Once the old building is removed, there will be geotechnical testing of the surface of the hole to determine what needs to be done to fill it. When the actual construction begins, a timeline will be established for the completion of the CA Building. Keep watching The News for these updates. Those Modulars During this entire process, two modular buildings will house the offices for the Community Association manager, the accountant, the administrative / IT / human resources manager, six staff members, the CA board president, the executive assistant, the treasurer and seven directors. One of the trailers will include a larger space to be used as a meeting room by the board and others. The initial cost for installing and setting up these buildings was $12,000. Starting in March, the CA began paying a total of $4,000 a month for the rental of all three structures. The move from the current building to the modulars is Friday, April 21 through Tuesday, April 25. The dates were chosen to include a weekend so that association members will be able to come into the office all but three days. During that time, guest passes can be purchased at the Fitness Center.
Statement of Purpose
The Sun City Center Community Association serves the residents of Sun City Center by providing assistance for the elderly, assistance and essential services to tax exempt entities, and operates in lieu of a municipal government, thereby lessening the burdens of government (Hillsborough County, Florida).
Keep on Bicycling: A Club for All Bicyclists By Diane M. Loeffler Do you enjoy bicycling? Would you like to meet with others who enjoy it as well? Whether you are a casual rider who enjoys leisurely riding around Sun City Center and Kings Point, a bicyclist who likes to go for long, group rides, or something in-between, this is the club for you. The Sun City Center Bicycle Club meets in the Caper Room at 3:30 p.m. on April 6 and May 4. The club is open to Sun City Center and Kings Point residents in good standing. Members share tips on bicycle maintenance and equipment, good locales for cycling, bicycle events and groups in Hillsborough and surrounding counties, and safety tips. The club also hopes to advocate for the Sun Coast Greenway, a project that was proposed and mapped out years ago, but has yet to be started. The Sun Coast Greenway would provide paved trails for bicycles in the south part of Hillsborough County. Deputy Merry spoke at the club’s first meeting. In March, the speaker was Mike Riorden. There are no bicycle shops in the immediate area, and Riorden hopes to fill the gap with supplies and services. Riorden services and repairs bicycles for several hotels in the Clearwater area. He is expanding his business to include a mobile bike shop where bicycles can receive routine tune-ups, more complicated repairs, and be “trued.” Riorden can do it all with his mobile service except for working with battery-powered shifters. The club is looking into dates and places for Riorden to help area residents with their bicycles. In addition to letting members know of his services, Riorden answered numerous questions and offered tips. Do you plan to be out of town for a period of time? If so, here is one of his tips that you need to know. Store your bicycle upside down while you are
gone. This will help prevent dry rot and will prolong the life of your tires. Interested? Stop by at a meeting or contact Phyllis Laufer by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call or text her at 610 533-1365. Membership dues for the remainder of 2017 is $5. For 2018, the dues will be $10 a year. Membership dues can be sent to Louise Smith, Bike Club Treasurer at 311 Caloosa Woods Lane.
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President’s Report By John Luper, CA President Congratulations to all the wonderful volunteers who made Funfest 2017 a great success. If you stop and think of the number of volunteers at each table who were supporting the success of their club it also shows a key ingredient of why they love living in Sun City Center. I assure you that although they may have been a bit tired at the end of the day, they also had a great time being there with their friends and sharing their passion with everyone. Our community provides us with many opportunities to volunteer our time and we should all take advantage of it. With the approval to proceed with construction of the new administration building, the next few months will be spent moving everything and everybody out of the old building and into the temporary modulars. You will be updated on a regular basis, and our intent is to inconvenience you as little as possible. As you read this, many procedures are already underway to obtain all of the plans and permits necessary to take down the old building and start the new. Hopefully the demolition permit will be obtained in the next two months, and from that point we will be able to fine tune our schedule. April is normally the beginning of many residents leaving town for the summer. We wish everyone a safe and healthy journey.
March Approvals and Reports
By Diane M. Loeffler President John Luper began his comments saying, “March is our busiest month for a whole lot of things.” Voting, FunFest, and the March 22 Membership Meeting were among the events he mentioned. As of March 8, three of the four applicants for the director opening had been interviewed. The new director will be appointed at the April 12 board meeting. Luper also says that our audit was completed and the CPA gave the CA an excellent rating. Community Manager, Lyn Reitz, says that our current resident count is 11,070 with a total membership dues of 11,494. The contractor for the cafe’ is finishing up and that equipment is being ordered. This includes a refrigerator, freezer, microwaves and countertop prep stations. Addressing a concern brought up by a CA member, Reitz says that hot dogs, paninis and ice cream will be among the menu items. An additional light was approved for the Pickleball Court. The sidewalks are completed and the courts should be painted and completed by the time you read the article. The 2017-2018 Entertainment Series was approved. This series pays for itself and even generates additional income. There will be bandstand concerts again this summer. Members may bring chairs or simply listen while seated in their golf carts. April 21-25 the board and staff expect to move to the modulars. By then the power should be hooked up. Since this is a quieter time of year, Reitz hopes that the move will be accomplished with minimal inconvenience to CA members. Two trucks helped make shredding day go more smoothly. 13,540 pounds of materials were shredded that day. Director Joe Elam moved that six members be approved for their membership fees to be paid out of the hardship funds. The board approved this motion bringing the total of members approved to 21 for 2017. This fund exists thanks to the generosity of CA clubs and members. At the close of the meeting, member concerns included smoking near doors, parking distance from the pickleball courts, and hearing difficulties in some meeting areas.
By Diane M. Loeffler Did you ever hear about an event or a meeting after the fact and say to yourself, “I would have gone if I had known about it?” Ever find yourself surprised about a law or a procedure? There are ways to avoid having that ever happen again. First, use this paper as a reference. Significant CA dates are listed on the blue side bar on the first page of the CA section. Cover to cover, The News of Sun City Center is chock full of news and events to keep you up to day on all the happenings in SCC. Reporters write articles about events beforehand as well as afterwards. Clubs are free to submit all their events to The News as well. And you don’t have to wait for the first of the month to receive your copy of The News. You can sign up for weekly updates emailed right to your inbox by emailing “editor@newsofsuncitycenter. com” with the subject line “ADD ME”. You can also follow The News on Facebook at “facebook.com/ NewsofSCC”. Keep up with The News anywhere and everywhere with www.NewsofSunCityCenter.com. Here you can read each and every month’s issue cover-tocover, and you can browse feature articles, check the weather and enjoy photos from recent events. Listen to Sun City Radio, 96.3 FM. Sun Radio’s Club Information & More Program airs at 7:45 and 11:45 a.m. Monday through Friday. Monday, Wednesday and Friday is the Someone You Should Know Program at 4:30. These two programs change
every Monday. Also on Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday there is a club interview at 4:30. This program changes every Saturday. For information on our community’s governing documents, clubs, facilities, and just about every other aspect of Sun City Center, go to www. suncitycenter.org. You can even look up old issues of The News Of Sun City Center through one of their links. Attend the CA Board meetings the second Wednesday of the month in the Rollins Theater at 9 and / or the workshops which are held the Monday immediately before the board meeting. You will hear directly what is going on and, especially at the workshop, be able to offer three minutes of your input. If you want to protect yourself from all the scammers and schemers who are out there or if you want to know what the laws are in respect to golf carts, parking, etc., attend Deputy Merry’s talks. There are offered on the second Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m. in the Caper Room and 1 p.m. in Kings Point’s Ripple Room. More sessions are held the third Wednesday of the month in Freedom Plaza’s Auditorium and the third Thursday of the month at American Momentum Bank. Deputy Merry’s topics focus on concerns affecting Sun City Center area residents. He also answers questions and informs attendees of what is going on in the area. Check out a few of the sources listed above, and you will never miss an event or wonder if a rumor is true.
Meet the Maestro
By Ilona Merritt Maestro Robert Gutter and his wife Suzanne, retired to Sun City Center four years ago, but the Maestro still spends four to five months a year conducting and teaching in Europe. Internationally popular with audiences and musicians alike, Maestro Gutter has directed symphonies and opera companies in over 50 countries. Maestro Gutter served as music director and conductor of the Springfield Symphony (MA). During his 18-year tenure in Springfield, he was credited with building the orchestra into one of the nation’s most accomplished regional orchestras, and was named Conductor Emeritus in 1986. He was Director of Orchestral activities for 23 years at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. He received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Yale University School of Music, and he holds a diploma from the Chigiana Academy of Siena, Italy where he studied with the late conducting pedagogue, Franco Ferrara. The list of his conducting experiences is long and stretches around the world. Two very special engagements for Maestro Gutter were in St. Petersburg, Russia where he conducted an all Tchaikovsky program on the same stage as the famous composer did. Le Roncole, the province of Parma, Italy is the birthplace of Guiseppe Verdi and the Maestro was invited to conduct Verdi’s requiem there. However, his fondest recollection is of Madeleine Church; more formally, L’église Sainte-Marie-Madeleine in Paris, France. He conducted Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in this magnificent Church which was designed in its present neo-classical form as a temple to the glory of Napoleon’s army. What is it like to be a conductor? Maestro Gutter was only too willing to share some of this information, his experiences and some of unforgettable WOW moments with this writer. Conductors are invited to direct various Orchestras based upon their proven ability to interact and lead an Orchestra. If they are invited, the conductor may make program suggestions. Aside from knowing the score, he also must be prepared constantly for anything out of the ordinary to happen ... and it will. Extra caution is always in order while traveling. The baton is a very personal instrument for the conductor
and he generally has several varying on length, weight, size, etc. and each is used according to how it can be seen with greater clarity by more players. The conductor’s music scores are also special since it shows every instrument’s part when they’re playing. While many of us who have traveled have lost our luggage and suffered the consequences, this is a serious mishap for the conductor, since the clothing are also tools of his trade and are essential to his work. Imagine the case with these items does not make the same airplane as the conductor ... and it has happened to Maestro Gutter. Maestro Gutter is the founder and Artistic Director of the International Institute for Conductors, recognized as one of the world’s leading training programs for professional conductors. The Institute’s approach to conductor training is to provide students the maximum practical time in front of the ensemble while offering guidance and support when needed. Instruction focuses on building a flexible, expressive technique and developing the professional skills that will enable participants to better convey their artistic interpretations to the musicians in the orchestra. Preparing an orchestra for a program normally takes four rehearsals with the conductor. Less if the conductor knows the orchestra. Sometimes a visiting conductor gets to work with the orchestra only once. At one engagement, the Maestro arrived at one concert hall to conduct a program and the music score was nowhere to be found. He had to conduct the entire program reading the music score from a computer. Envision the encounter when the conductor meets the orchestra and learns that they do not know the music. That, too, has happened to Maestro Gutter. Most recently he returned from a six-week tour of Italy, Bulgaria and Romania where he conducted eight concerts and made one recording. Since it was the season to be merry, Maestro Gutter conducted a Pops Concert in Bacau, Romania in a Santa Suit. Sun City Center is proud to have another very talented resident in our community!
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NOTICE: Each community and club in Sun City Center and Kings Point has specific rules about membership and attendance. Unless specifically stated or posted, most venues, meetings and events hosted on the Community Association campus and in Kings Point require attendees to bring their SCC CA or KP ID or come with a resident member. When in doubt, contact the club in question - not the venue or association - prior to arrival. Thanks.
“The Only Way”
Film about how Danish Jews escaped the Holocaust At the April meeting of the Scandinavian Club of Sun City Center the film “The Only Way” will be shown. It is a Danish production from 1970 with prominent Danish actors, where also Jane Seymour has a role. The meeting will take place on April 26 in the Florida Room, starting at 2 p.m. Residents of Kings Point and CA of SCC in good standing are welcome; admission is free.
SCC Sawdust Engineers Annual Dinner Dance
SCC Sawdust Engineers and Wood Carvers clubs held their Annual Dinner Dance February 7 in the Florida Room of the CA Atrium. The crowd of over 100 attendees enjoyed a tasty buffet of pork, chicken, fish and many delectable side dishes. A wide variety of door prizes were available through a Chinese auction. All the prizes were handcrafted items donated by many SCC clubs including Pottery, Stained Glass, Needle Crafters, Sew & Sews, as well as the Sawdust Engineers and Wood Carvers. Music was provided by the talented pianist Tommy Johnson while the many attendees danced through the evening. Go check us out on Facebook at Sawdust Engineers of SCC.
Spring Dance of German-American Club of SCC
Are you ready to dance into Spring? Well, you can do just that on Thursday, April 6, 2017 in the Community Hall in Sun City Center on South Pebble Beach. This is the date when musician/ brothers, Sepp and Heinz have been contacted to play for your dancing pleasure beginning at 4:30 p.m. And, to add to the evening’s pleasure, the party’s buffet will be catered by the Orange Blossom Caterers who will present a buffet dinner of chicken and wild mushrooms, scalloped potatoes, peas, salad, rolls, cookies at 5:45 p.m. As is usually the case, this is a BYOB party. Glasses and water will be provided. The cost for this evening of dining and dancing is only $19 for members and $24 for non-members. Please send or drop-off your check made out to the GermanAmerican Club of SCC, along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Mr. Fred Rathke, 1058 Emerald Dunes Dr., Sun City Center, FL 33573. Please include the names of all the members of your party. Thank you.
Computer Club Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 7 p.m. in the Florida Room, in the Atrium. The presentation will be “Cloud or not to Cloud”, by Jere Minich from APCUG. Come and find out what Cloud Computing is all about. Computer Club Classes Sign up for your choice of class in the Computer Lab, (Atrium Building) Monday through Saturday, 12:30 - 5 p.m. Student must be a member in good standing at Sun City Center or Kings Point. Tuition is payable upon registration. For additional information email: Beverly Hiller, Education Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. Facebook 101 - Monday, April 3, or April 24, 9 a.m. – noon This is a beginner’s class. In this class, we will personalize your profile and timeline, find and add friends and set up Security, explain secure messaging and chatting, find out what family and friends are up to, add friends and create groups, add photos and tag the photos, view and share videos, explore news feeds, and update family and friends, discuss what to post and what not to post. Introduction to Excel - Thursday, April 6, 9 a.m. – noon This is a class for beginners who are interested in spreadsheet development, from design to implementation. This class covers spreadsheet definitions, layouts, data entry, number formats, mathematical operators and formulas, functions, cell alignments and worksheet management. Convert Your Music to Digital - Friday, April 7, 9 a.m. – noon The music that you enjoy on your CDs, vinyl records, and tapes can be easily converted to the .mp3 (music) format to play on your computer, smartphone or tablet. This course will demonstrate how to “rip” your CDs using your computer and Windows Media Player. It will also discuss and show you how to convert your vinyl records, and/or cassette or 8-track tapes to .mp3 files using your computer, Audacity software and a stereo system. Bring your favorite CD, or two, and a set of headphones, and we’ll rip the songs at the end of the class, and bring a flash memory device so you can take the songs home with you. Basic iPad/iPhone for Seniors - Wednesday, April 12, 9 a.m. – noon The Apple iPad is almost a computer, but not quite. This course will show how to check your e-mail, carry your books and music around with you, have fun playing games and even adjust the size of the readable text on the screen. Introduction to Computers - Thursday, April 13, 20, 27 & May 4, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. This four session beginner’s class will cover hardware, software and operating system basics. Some basic word processing will be introduced. Internet searching using web browsers and search engines will also be covered. Storage devices, both permanent & temporary will be discussed. Windows 10 Workshop - Tuesday, April 18, 9 a.m. – noon This workshop is designed to familiarize you with Windows 10. In class, we will customize the start screen and play with some of the preinstalled apps. Among other subjects, we’ll cover antivirus, just type, privacy, Microsoft accounts, Cortana, Edge, Store, keyboard shortcuts, Control Panel vs. Settings, and snap & shake.
SCC Polish Heritage Club Dinner
On Sunday, April 9, 2017, from 6 to 9 p.m., the SCC Polish Heritage Club’s annual Swieconka Dinner is being held to honor their most enduring and beloved Polish Easter traditions. Symbolic menu includes: hard boiled eggs (life and Christ’s resurrection); babka bread (Jesus); salt (purification); horseradish (the bitter sacrifice of Christ); and ham (great joy and abundance); coffee/tea included; and BYO Beverage of choice. Cost: $5 per SCCCA Pole or any person who wishes they were Polish! Members admitted free when bringing a vegetable, salad or dessert for 8. For info or tickets, call Bob at 267 210-2045 or Wanda at 813 633-0016.
SCC Fund Raiser Presentations – 10 a.m. – Wednesdays in the Heritage Room April 5 - “Music, Energy, and Healing”, Janelea Hoffman will teach us specific musical rhythms for lowering blood pressure and decreasing anxiety. She will explain how music can be similar to acupuncture with needles for alleviating pain. Admission $1 with love offering requested to benefit our society. Info call Vicky at 813-398-7033. April 12 – “Ascension Update for 2017”, Carl & Ortrun Franklin will present the 2017 update on the energies directed to the Earth from the celestial realm and how it has increased tenfold. He will address how we can use more efficiently use them in our lives. Admission $1 with love offering requested to benefit our society. Info calls Vicky at 813 398-7033. April 19 – “Psychic Mother and Daughter Team”, Carol Ann Liaros and daughter Marina Liaros Naples will share stories of a psychic mother raising a psychic daughter. Marina will relate the trials and fun of trying to be a normal teen in an unusual home environment. Admission $1 with love offering requested to benefit our society. Info call Vicky at 813-398-7033. April 26 – “Finding the Pathway to Peace and Allowing Your Soul to Shine”, Molly Friedenfeld will share the art of raising our vibration and will share simple techniques on how to detach mentally from things that steal our joy. She will give us mindfulness and meditation tools to help soothe and heal the heart and eliminate mind chatter. Admission $1 with Love offering requested to benefit our society. Info call Vicky at 813-398-7033.
Sawdust Engineers Hold Annual Picnic
Sawdust Engineers of SCC held their annual picnic Saturday March 4 at the Horseshoe Park behind Community Hall as one of their many club social events. The weather was beautiful as the seventy attending members and spouses enjoyed hamburgers, hot dogs, and beverages supplied by the club. A variety of tasty side dishes were provided by many of the attendees as the friendly fellowship of the club carried through the day. Much gratitude and thanks goes to Joe and Sandy Danielson who did the organizing and shopping assisted by Ed and Sandy Klein. And let’s not forget Glen Smith who grilled the delicious burgers and dogs, and Marty Barrett who gave the blessing. The remaining food was donated to the fire department. Learn about the club on Facebook at Sawdust Engineers of SCC.
Audubon at NASA
More than 50 members of SCC Audubon enjoyed a three day trip to the Space Coast Feb. 28-March 2. The first day began with a visit to Sendler Education Center, followed by an afternoon of birding at Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge, and a surprise stop at Fort Christmas Historical Park. The second day included a nature walk at Orlando Wetlands Park, and an afternoon at Kennedy Space Center. The last day included more birding at Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands, and a guided tour of the Morse Museum in Winter Haven on our way home. It was a great trip with a record 80 bird species observed in the wild.
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Sew ‘n Sews Member Wins Big at Expo
A large busload of Sew ‘n Sews Club members took off for a recent sewing and quilting expo. At the expo both the sewers and the quilters attended workshops, viewed beautiful quilts, shopped for fabric and notions, and learned of new and improved tools and machines. Before boarding the bus, the members have an impromptu “show and tell” about their purchases and experiences. Marlene Lohman (pictured) had exciting news to tell – she entered a drawing and won the prize – a new sewing machine. Congratulations, Marlene!
Stained Glass Club Raffle
The SCC Stained Glass Club is raffling a beautiful stained glass beveled window panel. Karen Ransbury is the talented artist that created and donated this lovely piece. Tickets are now being sold at the stained-glass club. One ticket for a dollar, six tickets for five dollars. Stop by and get lucky!
Stained Glass Club Juried Show Recap
The Stained Glass Club of Sun City Center held their seventh Annual Juried Show on February 23 and 24 in the Florida Room. Professional glass artist Julia Larson from St. Petersburg judged the show for the second year. Members displayed pieces in a number of categories including soldered panels, lamps, fused work, mosaics, jewelry and sandblasting. Congratulations to Sheryl Doom for receiving the judge’s “Best in Show” award for her Parrot soldered panel.
By Cathy Meyerhoff Members of the Sun City Center History Society are working diligently to organize and index fifty-six years’ worth of material accumulated since the inception of our community. In the process of examining articles, maps, documents, and photographs many interesting bits of information about people and events have surfaced. Did you know that the site of Sun City Center was originally part of a 12,000acre cattle ranch? The land that Del Webb purchased in 1961 ran from the Manatee River to the south to just north of 19th Early promotional material for Sun City Avenue on the north and from Highway Center shows residents fishing from a pier 301 on the east to the current location of on what is now Swan Lake. I-75 to the west. At the time of Webb’s purchase the only bodies of water on the property were two watering holes. By opening day, a pond had been dug and stocked with approximately 12,000 bass and bluegills. It was appropriately named Bass Lake. Fishing was possible from a pier on the north side of the lake. It wasn’t until May, 1963 that a local resident, John Cook, introduced a pair of swans to the lake. Residents immediately designated the pond Swan Lake. The amazing story of Sun City’s development is told in detail in the holdings of the Historical Society vault. If you are interested in helping make these materials available to a wider audience join the History Society. All Community Association members are welcome. Our next monthly meeting will be on Monday, April 10 at 1 p.m. in the Armstrong Room at the Atrium Building. For more information contact John Bowker at email@example.com.
April Program for SCC Audubon
On April 1, 2017, at their general Membership Meeting, the SCC Audubon Club will welcome Robert Northup who will be discussing “Managing Inner-City and Suburban Forests for the Conservation of Regional Biological Diversity”. This topic should be of great interest to conservation minded residents of Sun City Center. The lack of songbirds in our community has often been pointed out. Could there be a direct relationship to the scarcity of trees? Robert Northrup is the Extension Forester for the University of Florida IFAS. The focus of his work involves teaching forest ecology and conservation science; providing conservation planning assistance to local, state and federal governments; and research into the changing character and ecological function of the urban and urbanizing forests within the Tampa Bay Watershed. Prior to working in Florida, he was a technical watershed forester for the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Program; the advisor to the Office of the Governor (Maryland) on forest and wildlife; and taught wildlife management and the human dimensions of conservation at the University of Delaware. Sun City Center Audubon Club meetings are held in Florida Room of the Atrium commencing with a social half-hour at 9:30 am. Don’t forget to bring your favorite mug for coffee. The business meeting starts at 10:00 am with the speaker immediately following. A field trip to Honeymoon Island will take place on Wednesday April 12. And don’t forget to save the date of April 25 for the first in a series of workshops hosted by the SCC Audubon Club. The workshop entitled “What You Didn’t Know About Florida-Geology” will begin at 9 a.m. in the Florida Room. FREE tickets available on EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/what-you-didnt-know-about-florida-geologytickets-32049758691 All residents of Sun City Center and Kings Point are welcome to attend the meetings, but membership of $10 annually is required for the field trips. Come to Audubon Club if you have an interest in birding or environmental and conservation issues. For additional information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Verona Neighborhood Pool Party
Stained Glass People’s Choice
The Stained Glass Club of Sun City Center wants to thank the community for stopping by the 7th Annual Stained Glass Show on February 23 and 24 and voting for the People’s Choice Award. Congratulations to Jean Walker for receiving the People’s Choice Award and Member’s Choice Award with her “Whimsical Cat” fused/soldered large panel.
Sun City Center’s Verona neighborhood held a monthly party at their local swimming pool. On March 15, Mitzi and Larry Smith hosted the month’s shindig with over 65 residents in attendance. Residents all brought a dish to share giving a wide variety of great foods for everyone to enjoy. These monthly gatherings give residents of the area a chance to meet and greet new folks who are purchasing recently completed homes in Verona as well as returning snow birds. A big thank you to the Smith’s for organizing such enjoyable social events.
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Irish Connection Movie Night
Monday April 10 at the Rollins Theater 6:30 p.m. Feature is Blind Light, starring Ian Hart and Linus Roach. Based on true events during the Lebanese Civil War in 1986, two men are kidnapped separately by rebel militants and held prisoner together. One, an Irish academic with little patience for any Brits and a calmer English journalist of a different background. Captive for years, they must learn to get along peacefully. Nominated for seven film awards. All in SCC invited.
“Graduation” Day for Beginning Quilters
Pictured are some SCC Sew n’ Sews club members celebrating the completion of their quilts from the beginning quilting class. From left to right are Christy Cahill, Bertie Hutchinson, Madeline Hughes, Sharon Henry, Charlene Hollars, Carol Selby(Instructor), and Carol Aberizk. One day a week for seven weeks the ladies were instructed by Carol Selby on quilting basics. Other member quilters also assisted each time. The students began their learning by visiting a quilt shop to purchase fabrics and thread and then stopped for lunch to get better acquainted with each other. As you can see, they are very pleased with their accomplishments and hopefully are on their way to being expert quilters. To continue their learning, there will be block of the month lessons, requiring more expertise.
Seated L to R: Diane Buhr, Secretary; Fred Rathke, President; Paul Buerkle, Vice President; Jim Moyers, Treasurer. Standing L to R: Directors Mellie Buerkle, Suzy Rathke, Leonard Crooks, Kathy Thomas, and Tina Schwartz. Not pictured: Edna Fleming and Sheila Houlihan.
German American Club Introduces New Officers
These officers look forward to bringing together Germans and Americans to foster friendships and cultivate the German traditions. There is no need for you to know how to speak German. Upcoming events are the Spring Dinner DanceApril 6, Oktoberfest-October 12, Christmas Tree Lighting November 25, and Christmas Dinner Dance December 14. We welcome new members. For additional information please call Fred Rathke 813-938-4845 or Paul Buerkle 813-938-3049.
Lapidary Club Now Accepts Credit Cards
The Sun City Center Lapidary Club announced that it will now be able to accept credit cards for purchases at its shop, located in the Arts & Crafts Building at 915E Cherry Hills Drive. The Sun City Center Lapidary Club offers a wide variety of free classes, taught by experienced club members. In addition, monthly workshops are held on the last Wednesday of the month, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Sandpiper Room in the SCC Atrium. Club membership is $10 a year and is open to Sun City Center, Aston Gardens and Freedom Plaza residents with current Community Association cards, and to Kings Point residents as space allows. For more information about the classes and the workshops, call the SCC Lapidary Club at 813-642-2084, or stop by during shop hours. The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and noon to 3 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.
Stained Glass Member Displays Fused Glass
Stained Glass Club member Karl Hertlein shows his fused glass panel that he created with lots of pride and joy. He and wife Linda along with their 12-yearold shih Tzu dog, Suki are full-time residents of Sun City Center. Last year they purchased a camper to spend three months in the summer to be near their grandkids in Wakeda Campgrounds in Hampton Falls, NH. Karl plans to display the panel on the outdoor porch of the camper for family and friends to enjoy!
Trail Blazing This workshop focused on the Byzantine Weave for silver chainmail bracelets. Peg Campbell, Shirley Brei, Sharon Dolan, Mary Jo Patterson, Margit Kulmey (standing), Ann Funicello, Bill Terrell and Pat Kaye.
New Weavers display their first project. (l to r) Instructors Charlene Roberts, and Carol Conklin; students Margaret Davis, Susan Nichols, Nancy Wilbourne and Elizabeth Hansen.
The SCC Weavers’ Club Introduces New Weavers
The SCC Weavers introduced four new weavers to the group at a recent meeting. The ladies completed their course on basic weaving techniques taught by instructors Charlene Roberts and Carol Conklin. The students then moved on to weave their first project: a scarf in variegated colors. Following the presentation, a tutorial on yarn, thread and methods of identification was given by experienced weaver, Ellen L. Turner. Refreshments and a social hour followed the meeting.
By John Lampkin To paraphrase a medieval theological puzzler: How many angels can dance on the head of a Hatpin? Hatpins are cute tiny blooms resembling the ornate pins that 19th century fashion mavens used to secure their bonnets and hats, whence their name. Other charming and evocative common names for them are bog buttons and pipeworts, the names applying loosely to a variety of wetland species that all have a similar look. At least two species thrive on the West Campus Nature Trails and they are easy to tell apart by the clusters of leaves at the base, one is bright green with grassy leaves, the other a darker duller green with narrow, fine leaves. Both display 4 mm flower heads on 15 mm leafless stems rising from the leafy base. Photographs don’t do them justice but they are easy to spot since there are literally thousands in bloom. Since monitoring the trail 18 months ago, I had wondered which insects are hatpin pollinators. Although a butterfly or fly would alight occasionally, they were apparently using the flowerhead as a park bench, not as a taco stand. So, who are the pollinators? It was a mystery until I plucked a flower to show some inquiring minds during an interpretive walk. “Hey, there’s a bug on it,” an alert observer exclaimed. Sure enough, the well-camouflaged plant bug in the macro image above was tucked atop
the mini-petals, stamens and pistils and close examination revealed many others in various stages of development on neighboring blooms. Entomologists at BugGuide.net identified the critters as Cotton Fleahoppers, a misnomer since they often abound on hosts other than cotton, like our hatpins. We can’t answer the theological conundrum about dancing angels, but since the flower heads have a radius of 2 mm and the Lilliputian fleahoppers are 1-2 mm, we could estimate the answer to “How many Cotton Fleahoppers can dance on the head of a hatpin?” Do the math yourself, but remember, it also depends if they are bunny hopping or jitterbugging! The Nature Trails trailhead is located opposite North Lake on Del Webb West between Vincennes and Seton Hall. John Lampkin leads interpretive walks on the first Tuesday of each month. Email C onser vation@ SunCityCenterAudubon.com for details.
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Fun Table Tennis Tournament
Twelve members of the John Donnelly Table Tennis Club of Sun City Center held their third fun tournament on March 22, 2017. Each played a game with the other 11 players as their partners. The total score of all games were then added. Jan Cline won the gold medal, Vic Davis won the silver medal and Roland Reuterfors won the bronze medal. Judy Lamb organized and ran the tournament and also helped with refreshments. A special thank you goes out to her.
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George Strawn, Melba Strawn, Sue Walkins, Lana Brooks, Betty Fedke, Chuck Fedke, Frank Walkins, Scott McFarland and Glena McFarland.
Jan Cline (gold), Vic Davis (silver) and Roland Reuterfors (bronze).
at the Rollins Theater Movies are normally shown the second and fourth Monday each month in the Rollins Theater at 1 p.m. The dates and times may change as necessary. Per the Fire Code of Hillsborough County, seating capacity is limited to 145 attendees. Seating is reserved for Sun City Center Community Association members/guests who present current cards or a KP ID badge.
April 10 • Rollins Theater • 1 p.m. Only Florence Foster Jenkins • 1 Hour, 50 Minutes
The true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the legendary New York heiress and socialite who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great opera singer. The voice she heard in her head was beautiful, but to everyone else it was hilariously awful. Her “husband” and manager, St. Clair Bayfield, an aristocratic English actor, was determined to protect his beloved Florence from the truth. But when Florence decided to give a public concert at Carnegie Hall in 1944, St. Clair knew he faced his greatest challenge. Starring: Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg, Rebecca Ferguson Director: Stephen Frears Genre: Comedy, Drama Rating: PG for brief suggestive material
April 24 • Rollins Theater • 1 p.m. Only Deepwater Horizon • 1 Hour, 39 Minutes
Based on a true story. On April 20, 2010, one of the world’s largest manmade disasters occurred following a devastating explosion on the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. The heroic actions of many brave men and women that day would save many on board and changed everyone’s lives forever. Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez Director: Peter Berg Genre: Drama Rating: PG-13 for prolonged intense disaster sequences and disturbing images
By Paula Lickfeldt This family connection really includes almost a whole family from St. Louis, Missouri. Of the seven siblings, three sisters and one brother are living in SCC. One brother who is 92 years old still lives in St Louis. Melba and George Strawn were the first to move to SCC 29 years ago. They had visited their daughter’s motherin-law who lived here and they loved the life style and all of the activities. When George retired from McDonnell Douglas Aircraft's, space shuttle division and Melba retired from teaching special ed., they headed to Florida. They have been on the Security Patrol for 21 years, George was in the Lapidary Club and the Stained Glass Club. Back in the day, Sun City Center held a “Best Smile” competition. George and Melba entered the competition in 1988. Melba said all they had to do was smile and be interviewed. She was crowned “Miss Smile” but George lost to a 92-year-old man. Betty and Chuck Fedke were the next to come south. Betty and her late husband had visited George and Melba and they liked what they saw. In 2001, Betty married Chuck after the loss of her first husband. She wanted to move to SCC but Chuck asked why in the world anyone would want to live in the middle of nowhere. Betty talked him into a visit. He too liked the lifestyle, so in 2002 they joined George and Melba. Betty says she loves to go to the garage sales and Chuck does odd jobs if they are on the ground floor. He says he doesn’t climb ladders any more. In 2005, Glena McFarland and her son Scott were the next to move. Glena was
a housewife and was raising her only child, Scott. When they moved, they left Scott’s father, Glena’s husband in St. Louis until he was able to retire. Glena is a niece and she wanted to follow the family, so she bought a home in SCC for herself and her husband. Scott was not old enough to live in a retirement community, so he lived on a boat in Apollo Beach for a while, and then he bought a home in Apollo Beach. Scott may look familiar because he has worked for the Sun City Center CA for 12 years. Glena belongs to Sew ‘N Sews, the Aquasizers and the Miniature Club. Sue and Frank Watkins came from California. They met when they both went on a church trip to Israel. Everyone on the trip played matchmaker and they were able to get Sue and Fred together. Sue worked in data entry and had a part time job with the Orange County Police Dept. Frank was a systems analyst programmer for computers. They were married in August of 2005 and soon after retirement, they joined the rest of their siblings in SCC. Brother Fred Brooks lost his wife. Fred is a stationary engineer. He went to a computer class and met Luana who had lost her husband on the same day Fred’s wife had died. Luana had been a teacher in Wisconsin, but she had moved to St Louis. After retirement Fred wants to live in SCC with the rest of the family. When Fred and Luana decided to get married, they came to SCC to tie the knot. They bought a home here and are still snowbirds. After Fred retires, they intend to move here permanently. NOTE: Do you live in SCC and have family that does as well? We would love to hear your story. Call Paula 813-633-6739.
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Rare colored raven, one of the different birds shown this year. Fletcher Music figured out a way to play on the grass.
Southeast Guide Dogs setting up well over an hour before start time.
Tillers & Toilers having fun identifying themselves.
Most distant participant: Polly Pettit, member of the Potters Wheel club, who spends half her time here and the other half in England.
Gail Gause, representing Seniors vs. Crime, a role sheâ€™s fulfilled for many years.
A favorite eating spot is under the trees, although with the almost perfect temperatures it was not essential this year.
Clare and Elspeth Lock were especially interested in the display for Elmiraâ€™s Wildlife Sanctuary. The Lock girls are from Oakville, Ontario and were visiting their grandparents in Sun City Center. Photo by Diane Loeffler.
Jeannie Kostka having fun playing croquet.
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FunFest Sold Out this Year!
Golf carts packed overflow parking for FunFest.
Early birds also took early breaks before the crowds showed up.
By Kai Rambow “How can a free event be sold out?” you ask. Starting at 12:30, within a 30-minute period, the Men’s Club sold out of pork and chicken sandwiches, the Tillers & Toilers sold out of hamburgers and the Lawn Bowling & Croquet Club sold out of pies. The Tillers & Toilers sold a record number of hamburgers this year. After last year’s rained out event and
who joined the club last fall, chuckled “There are 108 movements, and I know the first 20. I peek at everyone else to make sure I’m in step.” She admitted to being a little nervous because “Ken is so good and so passionate about Tai Chi, you don’t want to let him down.” The new croquet club played for several hours, demonstrating their game. Jeannie Kostka joined in the fall. Even though she never played croquet
the chilly weather this week, everything came together beautifully. Temperatures warmed up enough to melt the snow, and the sun killed the chill providing comfortably warm conditions. If one explores, there is always something to discover at FunFest. The Tai Chi club kicked off events with their regular Saturday morning session. Ken Faulk, founded the club in 1989 has led workout sessions since. Crystal Frank,
before, she loves it now. Her favorite part is beating somebody. Days of Preparation Our enjoyment involves days of preparation from those who participate. It takes the community center employees five days just to prepare for FunFest. Clubs and their members spend considerable time preparing as well. Even though the Swim Dancers put on
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A Different Kind of Cruise • Making Chocolate on Vacation By Kai Rambow Photos by Kathy Moore “It sounded intriguing once it was mentioned,” recalled Bill Zeller. Zeller, his wife Carol, and two other couples recently completed an impact travel cruise. No, that’s not a polite way to describe sailing on the Titanic. For four days, the Zellers, Moores and Kuceras helped locals in the Dominican Republic. “We always hear about church groups that go and help out, but it wasn’t church affiliated at all,” remarked Bill. Carol noted, “We had never been to the island. I liked the fact that we were there for four days. We got to know the people and culture. On a one day trip off a cruise ship you only get to see an island.” For Kathy and Jeff Moore this was their second impact travel cruise to the Dominican Republic. “It’s just very rewarding to help people,” reflected Kathy. Once underway, seminars are held on board to help passengers prepare for their activities. There are presentations on the economy, education, environment – all focused on the people and life in the Dominican Republic. And, of course, there was a Spanish lesson. In addition to preparing to help,
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Access to clean water is a big challenge. Each water filter made provides enough clean water for two people every day.
Sorting cacao beans, an early step in the chocolate making process.
some discipline is required. Passengers working on projects are advised not to suggest improvements. Conditions are primitive by our standards. “The only automation was the transportation taking us to sites,” noted Jeff. “We had four days in port and could choose three activities. Some people
One activity involves working alongside teachers to help them improve their English skills. Another option is visiting a home to teach English. These programs are to improve access to employment as tourism continues to grow
did two activities a day; some were four hours long and some all day. You could spend half a day on an activity and have the afternoon free. We did something different every day,” explained Jeff Moore. Jeff ’s favorite was an all-day activity
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The Editor’s Corner Celebrating Yesterday, Thinking About Tomorrow
By E. Adam Porter Editor in Chief, News of Sun City Center “April showers bring May flowers…” the old rhyme goes. Fortunately, for us here in Florida, April also brings great weather that lasts much longer than the season. Sunny skies, breezy days and a welcome respite to the humid oven we know is coming in August. In my home, April also brings celebrations and reminders. One April Saturday, a good many years ago, my bride and I said “I do” for the first time, a commitment we have renewed every day since. Sometimes, those recommitments have been easy. Other times, they’ve been made through gritted teeth and clenched fists. Sure, you get mad when you’re married … and if you’re smart, you try not to say or do anything really stupid until you get over it. Good communication helps… though there are times when, in the moment, no communication is wiser. Anniversaries help us mark the passage of time. The songwriter once said, “if time heals all wounds, time also deals them…” There’s truth in that, but I wonder if we would be better off focusing less on the wounds and more on the happier memories. Seems to have worked for us so far. Recently, The News published a story about anniversary couples in this community, all of whom had been married at least 60 years, many of them more than 70. There’s something special in a marriage that lasts longer than many folks get to live. When I talk to some of those folks about the secret to their success, they don’t talk about regrets … sure, they share memories, but mostly, they talk about “today.” They look back at where they’ve been through the lens of celebrating where they are. That inspired me to take stock of where my family is with our anniversary coming up. What are our reasons to celebrate? We’re living in a place we love and doing what we want to do. That alone makes my bride and I luckier than a lot of folks, and I don’t ever want to take that for granted. Our “big guy” will celebrate “24” this year, and that’s a little hard to believe. That cherubic little boy who loved playing at the beach – and may have been known to eat a little sand – is overseas, helping defend our country in the USAF. He’s in one hotspot until October, when he ships out to another, where he’ll finish his first hitch. We talked to him the other
day, and the big topic of conversation was “what next?” Will he stay in, get out … what are his options? I love having those conversations with him, because I’ve been trying to instill that way of thinking since he was little. Every action we take and every decision we make has consequences, they limit our options by default. And that can be a good thing. These days, every time I talk to him it seems like he’s “getting” that idea more and more. Our two little guys aren’t so little anymore. We were surprised and delighted, some years back, when we learned we would be having more kids. Sure, plans changed and goals shifted, but we’re loving it. Raising kids now is much different than it was in our 20s, in some good ways and others … well, let’s just say I’d love to have the energy I did back then. Our younger children are at that age where it seems like they make quantum leaps monthto-month. Not that long ago, they were chewing on books, now they’re reading them. There’s been years in between, but it sure doesn’t seem like it. The boys are strong, happy and healthy … and that’s an unfathomable blessing. Earlier this week I spoke with a friend whose nephew is undergoing cancer treatment. That sort of conversation puts a lot of things in perspective, makes you appreciate even the days when you wake up to sibling squabbles or something broken. And, of course, April makes me think about my bride, who she was the day I first took her hand, and who we are together all these years later. Honestly, she doesn’t look much different, every bit as beautiful, and she’s even more committed to what we’re building together as she was when neither of us really had any idea what that would entail. Weddings are all about promises we mean but don’t remotely understand. Anniversaries are reminders of what we learned … and they challenge us to recommit to each other now that we know more. Looking back over the years, we know what it’s like, now, to love through sickness or in anger, as well as in health and happiness. We have learned what it truly means to support each other through weakness and struggles and to celebrate each other’s successes. We’ve learned that all-important kindergarten lesson: how to share. Our hearts, our minds, our money, our time … even our french fries. And, as I mark another year, all of this reminds me of so many more reasons to celebrate.
helping a family get a concrete floor. Families first had to apply and needed a medical reason to qualify for a free floor. “We mixed concrete in the middle of the road, formed a line and passed buckets of concrete. Some family members were helping as well. Another line passed the empty buckets back to be filled. Everything was very efficiently set up.” A close second for Jeff, as a member of Tillers and Toilers, was planting fruit trees for people in the community and trees to combat deforestation. In one day, they planted 600 trees. Kathy’s favorite activity was making chocolate. “This factory, run by a group of local women, received a grant encouraging them to become entrepreneurs. They can’t afford to hire extra people, so we were there to help. You get there, help sort the beans, taking chocolate, mixing it and pouring it into molds, and then wrapping the chocolate bars.” Bill Zeller described making chocolate in even more detail. “It was really primitive. We started with the bean, husked them, crushed them and then made sure all the husks were removed. All done by hand.”
What could possibly beat making chocolate? Carol Zeller loved doing beading with a local ladies craft group, she did it twice. “I do basket weaving, so this was right up my alley.” Other activities included turning scrap paper into recycled paper, making water filters, and teaching English. Impact tourism is an apt description. Making water filters was Bill Zeller’s least favorite activity, however, he enthused, “After making the filters, we took them up the mountain to the families and they were happy to get them. We had a good time. You know you had a good time, when you talk about it all the time.” On the return journey, passengers were informed how many sheets of paper were made, how many trees were planted, how many filters were made and other metrics. Sessions were also held for people to share what they enjoyed and learned. Unfortunately, these types of cruises are being phased out. There is a small window to take part in the final cruises, which will end in May. Fathom Impact Travel www.fathom.org (855) 932-8466
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Ohio Club Celebrates the Kentucky Derby
The Kentucky Derby is always run on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs, this year that is May 6. So it is time for the Ohio Cub to hold its annual Run for the Roses party at the Community Hall on South Pebble Beach Boulevard with the viewing of the race on the large movie screen. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. with wonderful mint juleps; you bring the bourbon and the club supplies the julep! You will have time to place your wagers - win, place or show - before post time and the crowd will of course join in the singing of “My Old Kentucky Home” just before the race. Everyone is encouraged to wear their favorite Derby hat and compete for prizes… men and women are invited to participate. The Ohio Club will provide a fantastic taco bar featuring chicken and beef, along with rice, beans, salad, guacamole, chips, and salsa! After all, it will be only one day after “Cinco De Mayo”! Dinner will be served after the race, along with a delicious Derby type pie. This is a BYOB event but coffee and iced tea will be provided. The cost is $15 for members and $17 for guests payable by check made out to the Ohio Club. Reservations should be sent to Valerie Graves at 2218 North Creek Court, 33573, or placed in the Ohio mailbox on her front porch. A table of 8 or 10 may be reserved by including the names of all attending along with a check in the full amount. Get your reservations in early as we anticipate a big crowd Jim Rottman, President 813-205-6949. Valerie Graves, VP Reservations 614582-6845
SCC Lions Club Donates to My Warriors Place
The Sun City Center Lions Club continues to support My Warriors Place by a recent donation, which will help pay for the cost of a ramp for a new house being built on the premises of My Warriors Place. Ms. Kowall founded My Warriors Place in memory of her son, Corey, who lost his life in the service of our country, for which we will forever be grateful. The Lions thank all the residents and members who so generously donate throughout the year, which enables us to give back to the community. The Lions meet the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at the Sandpiper Grille, 1702 South Pebble Beach Boulevard in Sun City Center. For more information, contact Pres. Gloria Rodzielowicz 419-4187 or the McGoverns 633-4202.
C of C Ribbon Cutting at Nearly New Shop
By Jay Sparkman Sun City Center Interfaith Council members, volunteers from the Nearly New Shop, and members of the Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce, gathered on a recent morning to witness a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Nearly New Shop to celebrate the shop’s recent membership in the Chamber. The SCC Interfaith Council uses monies from the sale of donated items at the Nearly New Shop to fund grants and scholarships in the South Shore area. For more info go to www. SunCityCenterInterfaithCouncil.com or call 813-642-9099.
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New York Club “Senior Prom”
The New York Club will be holding a “Senior Prom” on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 5 p.m. in the Kings Point Veterans Theater. Food by Banquet Masters which consists of chicken marsala, bourbon glazed salmon, stuffed shells, salad bar, dessert, coffee and soda. Entertainment by RB and the Gang, a 13-piece band. Members $25 guests $28.50 For further information, please contact Frank Gatto at 633-8942.
New York Club Dinner Dance
The New York Club will be having their spring dinner dance on the second Tuesday in April (April 11) at 5 p.m. in the Kings Point Veterans Theater. Music by the Dukes. Food by Banquet Masters which consists of carved sugar glazed ham, carved steamship round of beef and eggplant parmesan. Members $25 guests $28.50. For further information, please contact Frank Gatto at 633 8942.
Springtime Melodies at KP Veterans Theater
April in Italy brings the warm breezes off the Mediterranean Sea. Mandolins can be heard playing in the Village Square. Come, sit a spell and enjoy a delectable sandwich and a beverage of coffee, tea or soda (BYOB) and enjoy the music of CROSSOVER our local Kings Point Duo. Date: 4-17-17, doors open at 5:30 p.m. Cutoff date for ticket sales is 4-12-17. Cost $13 for members, $15 for nonmembers. Sandwich choices are pepper and sausage, meatball, eggplant parmesan, Italian sub or American sub. Tables of eight can be reserved. Please bring a list of the people at your table along with their sandwich choice and their check when you come in to purchase tickets. Sun City Residents please bring your badge and present it at the visitor security gate to gain access to the Theater lobby to buy tickets. If you have questions please call May 813-419-4790.
Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians Easter Flower Sale
The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians is sponsoring an Easter Flower Sale on Sunday, April 9, 2017, at Prince of Peace. The sale will be located in front of the Conesa Center and take place after all Palm Sunday Masses: 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and 12 noon. A variety of Easter flowers will be sold including; Easter lilies, Asiatic lilies, and hydrangeas. All flowers are very reasonably priced and are grown by a local nursery. This sale represents the major fundraiser of the year for LAOH. Please support this worthwhile sale as you prepare your home for Easter with lovely flowers or give as a gift to those you love. Membership and inquires: Rosemary Riley 634-3095
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The SCC/South Shore Branch of AAUW welcomed Jovina Varrati of HCC Ruskin’s Mathematics Department as speaker at their March luncheon. Miss Varrati, who lives in nearby Wimauma, is very familiar with this school. She earned her Associate’s Degree there after graduating from Lennard High School. From HCC Miss Varrati went on to earn her BA in Math from USF. At present, she is working on her MA from USF. While still a student at USF, Miss Varrati accepted an L to R: Bev Fletchall, Co-president AAUW opportunity to tutor math at HCC. This Branch; Jovina Varrati, Math Instructor at experience changed her goals when she HCC; Diane Waronka, Co-President realized that she was good at teaching and that she really loved it. She is happy to have an opportunity to be a positive influence in the lives of her students. Now Miss Varrati is an effective math teacher at HCC. AAUW members were so pleased with the success of this local woman as this AAUW Branch funds scholarships at HCC for Mature Women of South County. For more info on the local Branch of AAUW contact Bev Fletchall (938-3215) or Diane Waronka (641-2722). The next meeting on April 8, 2017 with speakers of the AAUW - American Association of University Women of the South Shore - Tampa and Sun City Center areas will take place at The Atrium’s Florida Room on 1009 N Pebble Beach Blvd, Sun City Center, FL 33573. For additional information on this and all other AAUW activities, please contact Nancy Ducharme at NANCY7553@aol.com.
This Old Farm Truck Has Come a Long Way, Baby
Amid a sea of glistening and meticulously tended show cars at the Roamin’ Oldies Car Club’s March cruise-in, John Vogel’s retired grain hauler was clearly a crowd favorite. So much so that it was voted cruiser of the month. John found the 1934 Ford BB ton-and-a-quarter truck while serving as a jet fighter mechanic at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota. After his discharge in 1969, he hauled it home to Gibsonton where his family had farmed since 1908. After an initial freshening deteriorated, he and son John Jr. decided on a top-to-bottom restoration. John Jr. rebuilt the 85 hp V8 engine and transmission. The bodywork was turned over to Richard Petty Enterprises. Yes, that Richard Petty—his signature is on the dashboard. Four years later, the old farmhand never looked so good. With gleaming maroon and black bodywork and a wood-trimmed stake bed, the 83-year-old Ford attracts admirers wherever it goes. The Roamin’ Oldies host a cruise-in from 6 to 9 p.m. the first Thursday of every month in the Apollo Beach Winn-Dixie Plaza on US41, with a rain date the following Thursday. About 100 of the area’s finest antique and collectible cars often take part, accompanied by classic oldies music played by DJ Joey Ferrante. Event sponsors include Thompson’s Auto Parts and Christopher Ligori & Associates Attorneys. For information, call Chet at 813-842-1511.
This award-winning 1934 Ford farm truck is a family affair for the Vogels of Gibsonton. John Sr. is shown behind the front fender, with John Jr. at his right. Seated are Barbara (at right) and Ruth. In the truck bed, left to right, are Ty, Hailey and Dillon.
British Connection Fall Into Spring Tea
The British Connection’s final event of the season will be their traditional “Fall Into Spring” afternoon tea, to be held on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from 2:30 – 5 p.m., in the Florida Room, Atrium Building, Sun City Center. This popular annual event will include a variety of tea sandwiches, fresh-baked scones with strawberry jam, cookies and fruit, along with tea and coffee. Music will be provided by Kraig Wold at the piano. The tea will be $16 for members and $19 for guests. Please send your checks, made out to The British Connection, to Terry Harris, 2303 Oxford Center Place, Sun City Center, FL 33573 by April 11. Any questions, please call Terry at 813-922-6304.
AAUW Meeting April 8
The SCC/South Shore Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will welcome Rina LaRosa as speaker at its April 8 meeting. Ms. LaRosa, of Beth Shield’s Middle School, will speak on Ladies Quest, a Peer Counseling Class she facilitates for female students at Beth Shields. Participants develop leadership skills, including building a resume and learning the basics of parliamentary procedure. They also perform community service by managing the school’s recycling program. Join AAUW for this delightful program featuring Ms. LaRosa on April 8 in the Florida Room. The meeting will begin with social time at 10:30; business meeting at 11:15; and lunch at 12 noon, followed by the program. Contact Margie Castiglia, 633-8253, for reservations
Mardi Gras Party
The Ancient Order of Hibernians celebrated with a packed house at the Irish Mardi Gras held at the Atrium Room, Sun City Center. Music was provided by a New Orleans style jazz band, led by Tom Harding II, with plenty of revelry, masks, beads and dancing by costumed guests. The highlight of the evening was the entrance of the king, Rich Riley and the queen, Kat Larsen. Donations from this gala event were donated to our local LifePath Hospice, Sun City Center. Membership and inquires: Tom Harding 634-1236 or Rosemary Riley 634-3095.
DAR February Meeting Commemorates Vietnam Veterans
By Mary Culliton, Publicity At their annual Invitational Luncheon held in February, the Colonel George Mercer Brooke Chapter of DAR presented a program to honor and thank the many attending Vietnam Veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice during the Vietnam War. Following the program, all Veterans in attendance were invited to join in a group photo.
Photo by Bobbi Schofield L to R Front: Fran Eilert, Mary McIntyre, Roberta Jordan, Chip Churchill, Tom Culliton, Larry Prater. L to R Rear: Gene Wheeler, Paul Wheat, Benny Blackshire, Rene Gausch, Stan Foster, Tom Giddings, Gordon Bassett, Dave Braun, Bill Love.
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Men's Chorus to Make Fourth Appearance at Tropicana Field
The chorus has two major happenings in April. First, they invite the public to join them when they make their fourth appearance at Tropicana Field to sing the National Anthem on Wednesday, April 5, when The Tampa Bay Rays host to the New York Yankees. This is the third game of the 2017 baseball season. Game time is 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Atrium in Sun City Center, Wednesday and Friday, 9 till noon, and at Kings Point. Tickets include bus transportation to the game and a gift. The second major event, is their final spring concert for 2017, scheduled for Sunday, April 9 at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, located on Del Webb West Blvd. Performance time is 3 p.m. The chorus is comprised of 35 dedicated male singers, and they will perform a "potpourri" of songs from the late 1800' s through 1960's, designed for a wide variety of musical tastes. This afternoon of entertainment is free to the public. Hope to see you there.
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Operation Medicine Cabinet - April 7
Sun City Center Community Association Community Hall 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Sun City Center, FL April 7, 2017 Friday 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Operation Medicine Cabinet collects expired or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications for proper disposal. Improper disposal such as flushing drugs down the toilet or drain leads to the contamination of Florida’s aquatic environment. Wastewater treatment systems are not designed to remove these medications from our water. Help keep our water system safe. Bring your medications to Community Hall! For more information, contact Home Instead Senior Care 813-684-1972 drop off your expired or unused medications and help save Hillsborough’s water system. Over 12,000 pounds collected in Hillsborough County since 2006.
Paths of Migration at Eagle Audubon Meeting
By Dana Ellerbrock The President of Tampa Audubon and expert birder, Mary Keith, returns to Eagle Audubon to speak on “Hillsborough County in the Crosshairs...The Paths of Migration” at the last meeting of the 2016-2017 season. Mary was the special birder/guide on the Lettuce Lake field trip in November. The meeting, which is free and open to the public, is on Thursday, April 20, 2017 in the Banquet Room of the Kings Point Main Clubhouse, 1900 Clubhouse Drive, Sun City Center. Doors open at 1:20 p.m. for refreshments and information with meeting to begin at 2 p.m. If you want to attend and are not a current member of EAS, please contact “firstname.lastname@example.org” or call 203-339-5615 to place your name on the security gate access list.
Science, Engineering & Technology Club Meeting
April 10 at 7:30 p.m., Atrium Building Caper Room, 954 North Course Lane There is no cost for guests: any resident of CA or Kings Point interested in science and technology is invited. TOPIC: Scientists and Public Opinion, the Gap. In the 60’s and 70’s scientists were generally revered as folks who worked diligently and found truths that could be demonstrated, believed, and used by the world. In the past few years, a substantial fraction of the general public has begun to disregard carefully constructed studies with reproducible results that have been published and reviewed in reputable journals and have accepted instead internet blog opinions by celebrities, books by self-appointed “scientists”, and press conference proclamations by people with no known credentials. Matters such as Darwinian evolution, climate change, and vaccine-induced autism are seeing their overwhelming scientific evidence being dismissed as a mere “belief ” not any more or less valid than a belief in one person’s anecdotal experience. Phillip Leto, respected lecturer from the Discovery University and familiar name to SCC residents, will address these issues as he returns to the SET club this year for his fourth presentation.
SCC Men’s Prostate Meeting April 10
The Men’s Club of Sun City Center, Prostate Support Group will host its next meeting on Monday April 10, 2017 at 2 p.m. at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 1239 W Del Webb Blvd, SCC, 33573. We would like to welcome Jan Manarite, Vice President of Advocacy and Education with PAACT (Prostate Advocates Aiding Choices in Treatments). Her first eleven years of work was done while advocating and choosing treatments for her husband’s very advanced, metastatic prostate cancer. In April 2013, Dominic, her husband lost his valiant battle with prostate cancer, and passed on to the next life. She now continues to share their lessons in honor of their long journey, and his memory. Lessons are meant to be shared. In May 2015 Jan accepted the position of Vice President of Advocacy and Education at PAACT (Prostate Advocates Aiding Choices in Treatments). In this position, she is continuing her work to create solutions for patients and caregivers who are overwhelmed with cancer and a complicated medical system. She does this through public speaking, writing, blogging, and refurbishing our website which can be found at www.PAACT.HELP. Jan will have an open forum discussion of prostate cancer and the many treatment options. it is suggested that patients, partners and physicians attend. Refreshments will be served.
Men’s Club Learns About John Muir, Famous Naturalist
By Jay Sparkman. The Sun City Center Men’s Club had one of its members as guest speaker for the March membership luncheon meeting. Paul Thibault, a SCC resident and conservation committee chair for the Tampa Bay Sierra Club told of John Muir’s travels in Florida during the period of 1867-1868. After leaving Florida for California, Muir founded the Sierra Club which has become a leader in focusing attention on environmental issues. The SCC Men’s Club is open to residents of Sun City Center and Kings Point. Call Jon Lehr at 813-260-3058 for membership information.
Dem Club April Meeting
Join the South Shore Democratic Club for the April meeting. Meetings are now held at (the golf cart friendly) Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce, 1651 Sun City Center Plaza, Sun City Center on the first Thursday of the month, April 6. Meet ‘n Mingle with refreshments 1 p.m.; Meeting begins promptly at 1:30 p.m. Edith Stewart, a representative of the League of Women Voters will speak on legislative issue. Annual dues are now due and can be paid at the meeting. All Democrats and likeminded individuals are invited and encouraged to attend this free event. Please visit and Like our Facebook page at “www.facebook.com/ssdemclub” or website, “www.SouthShoreDemocrats.org for more information”.
International Coffee Club
We are off to a great start with our new and improved International Coffee Club. The February and March meetings were fascinating, bringing us coffee information from around the globe. Join us in April to get acquainted with our group. Our focus is going to enhance your knowledge of coffee and then tantalize your taste buds with samples of international coffees and dessert goodies. Members of our club gain in depth information with local roasters, coffee distributors, etc. We utilize speakers, videos and skype from around the globe. Welcome all residents in good standing of the CA, KP and FP ... Bring your friends and neighbors. We meet the last Wednesday of the month in the Atrium Building Caper Room at 4:15 p.m. Since we are not collecting dues at this time, there will be a $3 fee per person. Questions, call Herb Berman, Club President at “email@example.com”.
Michigan Club Hosts Kentucky Derby Party
The annual “Run For the Roses” takes place this year on Saturday, May 6. It’s not too early to mark your calendar and make plans to attend the best Kentucky Derby party in town. The Michigan Club is delighted to once again host this popular event in the Kings Point Veterans Theater on Derby Day, from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Watch the race live on the big movie screen and cheer for your favorite entry. Tickets are on sale in the corner of the King Point North Clubhouse Lobby every Tuesday morning from 9 to noon. The cost for the BYOB reserved round table seating is $14 for members or $16 for nonmembers. The price includes a non-stop delicious grazing buffet and an evening of fun. Everyone in the greater Sun City Center area is welcome to be a part of the excitement. The ever-popular hat contest is always a hit, so, guys and gals, tap into your creativity and you might win one of the many prizes offered. Categories run from the fanciest and prettiest to the zaniest. The style is your choice. Come join in the nostalgic singing of “My Old Kentucky Home” and be prepared to enjoy a traditional Kentucky Derby celebration. This is one of the most popular Michigan Club events and the final party of the season, so get your tickets early, before they sell out. You don’t want to miss these festivities. If you are coming from outside the Kings Point Community, just tell the guard at the Visitors Gate that you are buying Michigan Club Derby party tickets. For more information, you may contact Paul at (813) 634-8506.
Photo by Mary Culliton L to R: Stan Foster, Tom Giddings, Chip Churchill, and Marilyn Campbell, Vice Regent.
DAR Honors Three Veterans with Vietnam Lapel Pins
“A Lasting Memento of the Nation’s Thanks!” The Col. George Mercer Brooke DAR Chapter took the opportunity during their Vietnam Commemorative luncheon, held February 15, 2017, to honor three attending Veterans with the “Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin”. Veterans both home and abroad who served on active duty during the Vietnam War period Nov. 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975 are eligible to receive a pin. Vice Regent Marilyn Campbell presented the Vietnam lapel pins to Stan Foster, Tom Giddings and Chip Churchill. As each veteran received their pin they gave their name, branch of service, rank and shared a brief story of their tour of duty in Vietnam.
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MONDAYS 8:30 a.m. - WIDOWER’S WELLNESS GROUP at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. SCC. Widower’s Wellness Group: “A group of men who have lost their spouse committed to listening and unsolicited sharing”. Our experience has shown that grief is an ongoing journey and it varies; for some it’s constant, others it’s intermittent and some are ambushed by unexpected bursts of anger, grief or fear. We invite YOU to attend a meeting and witness the camaraderie and healing that comes
The News of Sun City Center from “listening and unsolicited sharing” of the experiences of men like yourself who’ve lost their spouse. For more information contact Jim Clarke 813625-5665 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - KINGS POINT QUILTERS in Fiber Arts Rooms 1 & 2 Kings Point Clubhouse. Work on charity quilts for both veterans and hospitalized children. Work on items to be sold the profits of which help defray the cost of the charity quilt supplies. Personal projects also done at this time. Guest speakers and workshops planned throughout the year. New members always welcome. Unwanted sewing related items gladly accepted. C ontact Sandy Nunn, President (813)642-8961. 10:00 a.m. - BEGINNER AND INTERMEDIATE CLOGGING C L A S S E S at Kings Point South Clubhouse in Jubilee 1. Call Linda Hobbs at 813-215-9104 for more information. No prior dance experience needed good aerobic exercise - lots of fun 10:00 a.m. - MONDAY “FOR TODAY” MEETING OF OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS at the Sun City Chamber of Commerce, 1651 Sun City Center Plaza, Sun City Center, FL. The meeting room (private entrance to meeting is on the left side of the building). The only requirement for attending is a desire to change your eating behaviors and stop compulsively eating. OA is an international 12-step organization/program which addresses the emotional, spiritual (not religious) and physical needs of those desiring to stop compulsive food behaviors and stop compulsively eating. No scales, dues or fees. This meeting is open only to those who have a problem with their weight or eating patterns. Please join us any Monday morning. You can learn more about OA online at http://www.oa.org/ newcomers/is-oa-for-you or call Jan at 813/633-3932 3:30 p.m. - Qi Gong CLUB MEETS - in Dance Studio 2 located at 1203 N Pebble Beach Blvd, next to Samaritans. There is no charge for the Qi Gong class just wear loose, comfortable clothing. This is a handicap friendly class open to all levels of practice. TUESDAYS 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - SCC SOFTBALL AND BBQ FRIDAYS! 9:00 a.m. games start and food is served on Fridays only, from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. The field is located on Weatherfield Drive off S. Pebble Beach, behind the Community Hall. Come show support for your friends and neighbors! Games are Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The Diamondettes grill hamburgers and hot dogs on Fridays only, for a donation, to raise funds
to support the Softball Teams. The Spring Season begins February 17 and runs through the end of March. For information about the club visit our website - www.suncitycentersoftball.org. 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. LINE DANCING WITH A BALANCE! at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Do you like to dance but are worried about falling? Join our new FREE line dancing class lead by trained therapists. This weekly class will improve your balance and reduce your risk of falling. We can boot, scoot and boogie safely together and make exercise fun! For more information, call Debbie Caneen at 813-892-2990 10:00 a.m. HEALTHY LIFESTYLES MeetUp - Kings Point Sun City Center at South Clubhouse. Our Optional Walking Meetups: Your choice: walk 2 or 4 miles. Some walk faster; some walk slower. Everyone is welcome; Joanie, Suzanne and Caroline will walk with you. 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. MARY PETRO PROGRAM FOR FOOD AND MEDICINE at the South Shore United Church of Christ, 1501 La Jolla Ave. The Mary Petro Program is funded by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and provides financial assistance to residents for food and medicine. To qualify, residents must be full time residents of Sun City Center or Kings Point, must fill out an application and meet income guidelines, must present income verification documents and either a SCC or KP identification card. For more information, please visit our office or call 813-634-8306. If you are a new or current client of the Mary Petro Program in Sun City Center or Kings Point and have a pet cat and you are in need of cat food for your pet, please visit our Pet Pantry for assistance. The Cat Lovers Club of Sun City Center donates cat food each month to the Mary Petro Program to assist our clients. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. UKULELE JAM SESSION at Music Avenue, 3822 Sun City Center Blvd, SCC. Ukulele players are invited to jam weekly with other ukulele players. To reserve your seat at the studio phone Steve or Ruth, 633-9688. Space is limited. 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. LIFE CHALLENGES SUPPORT GROUP at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Live your life fully with zest and joy! Rid yourself of depression, anxiety, frustrations with family, children, friends, life changes, health problems, finances and more. Relief comes by sharing and receiving support and making a positive plan of action. All are welcome in complete confidence and free of charge. Cheryl
7 Lewis facilitates this group and is an effective psychotherapist. We meet every Tuesday in the first-floor lounge of Sun Towers. No appointment is necessary. Sponsored by the Coalition for Mental Health and Aging. WEDNESDAYS 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon - LEARN TO WEAVE in the Weaving Studio in the North campus each Monday and Wednesday for 8 weeks starting 10/17 The art of weaving is taught. $75.00 cost includes lessons, yarns for a sampler and one project, membership in the club for a year and equipment fee. This is a great opportunity to try something new and get out of the heat. Sign up in the studio or call 813 642-8239 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. THERAPEUTIC TAI CHI OPEN TO THE PUBLIC at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Our therapists have advanced training in therapeutic Tai Chi for Seniors and will provide guidance in this healthy exercise. Tai Chi has been proven to increase strength and balance! This class will be offered EVERY Wednesday due to increased demand. For more information, contact Debbie Caneen at 813-634-3347. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon MAN to MAN LIFE SUPPORT GROUP meets weekly in the conference room behind the SCC MEN’S CLUB building on Cherry Hills Drive. The purpose of our group is for men to learn new coping skills, find hope in their circumstances, help answer questions about life, and support other men while they are fixing the broken things that concern them and their families. All men of SCC and nearby communities are welcome to come and try our group in complete confidence and free of charge. For more information about the Group, contact Ken Barringer at 633-8490 or Bill Spedding at 938-3126. Sponsored by the Coalition for Mental Health and Aging. 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. DREAM CIRCLE at 1606 Chevy Chase Dr. Tell your dream or help us with ours. A dream is told and we each own it. We say what it means if we had that dream. It helps solve life’s decisions, life’s problems, health and others. For more info call Carol Oschmann at 813-909-3233. 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. - FRONT PORCH PICKERS - LIVE MUSIC! Rollins Theatre, 970 Cherry Hills Drive. Country, bluegrass, traditional and gospel music on acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, ukulele, dobro and bass fiddle. Free program. Call (813) 633-6739. THURSDAYS 9:00 a.m. - “FOR TODAY” M E E T I N G O F OV E R E AT E R S ANONYMOUS at the Sun City
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Chamber of Commerce, 1651 Sun City Center Plaza, Sun City Center, FL. The meeting room (private entrance to meeting is on the left side of the building). The only requirement for attending is a desire to stop compulsively eating. OA is an international 12-step organization/ program which addresses the emotional, spiritual and physical needs of those desiring to stop compulsively eating and compulsive food behaviors. No scales, dues or fees. This meeting is open only to those who have a problem with their weight or eating patterns. Please join us any Friday afternoon. Contact Peg S. at 516/578-5285 for meeting details. You can learn more about OA online at “www.oa.org/newcomers/is-oa-foryou”. 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - KINGS POINT QUILTERS in Fiber Arts Rooms 1 & 2 Kings Point Clubhouse. Work on charity quilts for both veterans and hospitalized children. Work on items to be sold the profits of which help defray the cost of the charity quilt supplies. Personal projects also done at this time. Guest speakers and workshops planned throughout the year. New members always welcome. Unwanted sewing related items gladly accepted. C ontact Sandy Nunn, President (813)642-8961. SUN. APR 2 – SOUTH SHORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA TO PERFORM “MADE IN AMERICA” CONCERT (featuring music from American composers) 2:00 p.m. at SouthShore United Church of Christ, 1501 La Jolla Ave (corner of Pebble Beach & La Jolla Ave), Sun City Center Individual & Group Tickets available (Mon – Thurs 9a-3p) (813.634.1304). Tickets Available Online: w w w. southshoresymphonyorchestra.org Join us on Facebook: “www.facebook.com/ SSSOTampaBay”. SUN. APR 2 - THE SCC WOMEN’S CHORUS PRESENTS “A CENTURY OF POPULAR MUSIC” 3:00 p.m. held in the St. Andrew Presbyterian Church. Director Jeff Jordan has chosen a popular song from every decade, starting with the 1900’s to the year 2000. From enjoyable, powerful, and inspirational, these songs are bound to bring back many memories and have the audience tapping toes to the beat. The multimedia presentation will also feature additional instrumental accompaniment, soloists and visual interpretations of the music. This polished 60-member chorus promises another outstanding performance under the direction of Jeff Jordan and accompanist Keith Rasmussen. The chorus performed their Holiday Concert
to an appreciative standing-room-only audience, so come early to get a good seat. No tickets will be sold; there will be a freewill offering. Come travel through time with us! MON. APR 3 - WIDOWER’S WELLNESS GROUP 8:30 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. SCC. Widower’s Wellness Group: “A group of men who have lost their spouse committed to listening and unsolicited sharing”. Our experience has shown that grief is an ongoing journey and it varies; for some it’s constant, others it’s intermittent and some are ambushed by unexpected bursts of anger, grief or fear. We invite YOU to attend a meeting and witness the camaraderie and healing that comes from “listening and unsolicited sharing” of the experiences of men like yourself who’ve lost their spouse. For more information contact Jim Clarke 813625-5665 or “email@example.com”. THU. APR 6 - BETTER BREATHERS SUPPORT GROUP - SAVINGS L I V E S I S I M P O R TA N T T O EVERYONE - OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY 10:00 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Drive in the new Multi Purpose Theater Provided by Sun Towers Outpatient Therapy. YOU CAN SAVE A LIFE - LEARN CPR. Certified American Heart Association CPR Instructor, Annettia Simpson RRT, will present AHA, Friends and Family CPR. For additional information call the Outpatient Therapy Department at 813634-3347 Ext.148 Annettia Simpson RRT, the Director of Sun Towers Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation will be available to answer any questions you may have regarding pulmonary d is e as e manage me nt . C e r t i f i e d Occupational Therapist Assistant, Jennipher Lenoir will close the meeting with therapeutic Tai Chi. For additional info, call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990. THU. APR 6 - DEM CLUB APRIL MEETING 1:00 p.m. for Meet ‘n Mingle with refreshments. Meeting begins promptly at 1:30 p.m. at (golf cart friendly) Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce, 1651 Sun City Center Plaza, Sun City Center on the 1st Thursday of the month, April 5th. Come to meet and hear from Edith Stewart, a full time progressive activist and president of the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida Annual dues are now due and can be paid at the meeting. All Democrats and like-minded individuals are invited and encouraged to attend this free event. Please visit and Like our Facebook page at www.facebook. com/SSDEMCLUB or website: www. SouthShoreDemocrats.org for more information.
F R I . A P R 7 - O P E R AT I O N MEDICINE CABINET 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon at Sun City Center Community Association Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Sun City Center, FL. Drop off your expired or unused medications and help save Hillsborough’s water system. Operation Medicine Cabinet collects expired or unwanted prescription and over-thecounter medications for proper disposal. Improper disposal such as flushing drugs down the toilet or drain leads to the contamination of Florida’s aquatic environment. Wastewater treatment systems are not designed to remove these medications from our water. Help keep our water system safe. For more information, contact Deputy Jeffery E. Merry, Hillsborough County Sheriff ’s Office Community Resource Deputy Sun City Center, office: 813-242-5515. Bring your medications to Community Hall! SUN. APR 9 - SCC POLISH HERITAGE CLUB 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., in the Florida Room, Atrium Building, Annual Swieconka Dinner to honor their most enduring and beloved Easter tradition. Symbolic Menu includes: Hard boiled eggs (life and Christ’s resurrection); Babka Bread (Jesus); Salt (purification); Horseradish (the bitter sacrifice of Christ); and Ham (great joy and abundance); coffee/tea included; and BYO Beverage of choice. Admission is $5 per SCCCA Pole or who wishes they were Polish! Members admitted free when bringing a vegetable, salad or dessert for 8. Attire: business casual to semi-formal preferred. Join us for a great dinner. For info or tickets, please call: Bob at 267 210-2045 or Wanda at 813-633-0016. MON. APR 10 - WIDOWER’S WELLNESS GROUP 8:30 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. SCC. Widower’s Wellness Group: “A group of men who have lost their spouse committed to listening and unsolicited sharing”. Our experience has shown that grief is an ongoing journey and it varies; for some it’s constant, others it’s intermittent and some are ambushed by unexpected bursts of anger, grief or fear. We invite YOU to attend a meeting and witness the camaraderie and healing that comes from “listening and unsolicited sharing” of the experiences of men like yourself who’ve lost their spouse. For more information contact Jim Clarke 813625-5665 or “firstname.lastname@example.org”. MON. APR 10 - MALE CALL FOR PROSTATE HEALTH 2:00 p.m. at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 1239 W Del Webb Blvd, SCC, 33573. We would like to welcome Jan Manarite Vice President of Advocacy and Education
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with PAACT (Prostate Advocates Aiding Choices in Treatments). Her first eleven years of work was done while advocating and choosing treatments for her husband’s very advanced, metastatic prostate cancer. Jan will have an open forum discussion of Prostate Cancer and the many treatment options. It is suggested that patients, partners and physicians attend. Refreshments will be served. M O N. A P R 1 0 - S C I E N C E , ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY CLUB MEETING 7:30 p.m. in the Caper Room, Atrium Building, 954 North Course Lane. There is no cost for guests; any resident of CA or Kings Point interested in science and technology is invited. Scientists and Public Opinion: The Gap… In the 60’s and 70’s scientists were generally revered as folks who worked diligently and found truths that could be demonstrated, believed, and used by the world. In the past few years, a substantial fraction of the general public has begun to disregard carefully constructed studies with reproducible results that have been published and reviewed in reputable journals and have accepted instead internet blog opinions by celebrities, books by self-appointed “scientists”, and press conference proclamations by people with no known credentials. Matters such as Darwinian evolution, climate change, and vaccine-induced autism are seeing their overwhelming scientific evidence being dismissed as a mere “belief ” not any more or less valid than a belief in one person’s anecdotal experience. Phillip Leto, respected lecturer from the Discovery University and familiar name to SCC residents, will address these issues as he returns to the SET club this year for his fourth presentation. W E D. A P R 1 2 - D I A B E T E S EDUCATION SUPPORT GROUP 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Have you been given the diagnosis of Diabetes? Are you unsure of your dietary future? Discover options that will assist you! Join Jessica Chase, RN from Bayada Home Health Care as she facilitates this support group. For additional info, call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990. THU. APR 13 - BETTER BREATHERS SUPPORT GROUP 10:00 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. Provided by Sun Towers Outpatient Therapy. Speaker to be announced. Annettia Simpson RRT, the Director of Sun Towers Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation will be available to answer any questions you may have regarding pulmonary disease management. Certified Occupational
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Therapist Assistant, Jennipher Lenoir will close the meeting with therapeutic Tai Chi. For additional info, call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990. THU. APR 13 - CHRISTIAN WOMEN’S CONNECTION LUNCHEON 11:00 a.m. at Club Renaissance, 2121 South Pebble Beach Blvd., Sun City Center, as we welcome inspirational speaker Jennifer Beagle, who will share her story, “From Jailhouse to the Country Club”. Bonnie Wild will also be with us to share her “Accessories Gone Wild” with meal and program from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lido Salad will be served or you may select the alternate Chicken Caesar Salad when you make your reservation. Price is $18 inclusive, payable by cash or check made out to C.W.C., payable at the door. Please make your reservations or cancellations before 10 a.m. on Monday, April 10 by contacting Gail Green at 813-634-2159 or “rgreen01@tampabay. rr.com”. THU. APR 13 - “LET’S PUNCH OUT PARKINSON’S” ROCK STEADY BOXING MADE POSSIBLE BY A GRANT FROM THE NATIONAL PARKINSON’S FOUNDATION 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center, FL. Introducing “Rock Steady Boxing” where the mission is to empower people with Parkinson’s disease to fight back. “Of all the pills I’ve taken, Rock Steady Boxing is the finest and most effective.” states Pete Stewart, RSB participant. If you have Parkinson’s, or are caring for someone with this disease, be sure to register for this weekly session by contacting Eric Allen at 813-321-8755 or Eric@eafitness.org Complimentary valet parking available at towers entrance. For additional info, call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990. THU. APR 13 - CHRONIC PAIN AND NEUROPATHY GROUP 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. SCC. This month’s speaker will be Conrad Tamea, M.D. Dr. Tamea is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, graduated Drexel University (Hahnemann Medical College) in 1974. He practiced operative orthopedic surgery, and trauma surgery for 35 years in Greenbrier county West Virginia. Since 2011, he has focused his practice and experience examining patients in relation to their personal whole health, specializing in non-operative care and offers state of the art treatments in the field of biologic regenerative medicine. Facilitator: Tarissa “Tari” Williams, MPT (Masters of Physical Therapy) with Sun Towers Retirement Community Outpatient Therapy. Free valet service provided at Terrace Entrance (blue awning). Learn what you can do to reduce your pain today! For more information, call Debbie Caneen 813892-2990. FRI. APR 14 - NIA: NON-IMPACT AEROBICS 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin in the Community rooms. This stimulating 60- minute movement practice will engage your body in healthy ways without jumping or jarring the joints. NIA takes you through a combination of dance arts, martial arts, and healing arts done to inspiring music. Taught by certified NIA instructor Gail Mongiello. Funded by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library. Questions? Call (813) 273-3652. FRI. APR 14 - RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS SUPPORT GROUP 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. SCC.
The News of Sun City Center Facilitator: Tarissa “Tari” Williams, MPT (Masters of Physical Therapy) graduate of Florida A&M University with 13 years of experience in: longterm acute care (LTAC), long term care/ skilled rehabilitation, home care, wound care, acute care, education/clinical mentorship and is LSVT certified (2015). Learn what you can do to reduce your pain today! For more info, call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990. SAT. APR 15 - THE SCC MODEL RR CLUB HOSTS EASTER OPEN HOUSE 9:00 a.m. -12:00 noon in the Club Room at 915 N. Course Lane. Youngsters run trains, learn train safety and earn Jr. Engineer Certificates. See & hear multiple trains running under computer control. Conductor hats for all visiting kids. Great photo op. Call 633-6322 for directions. Dan Donegan, Sec/Treas. SCCMRRC 633-5322. MON. APR 17 - WIDOWER’S WELLNESS GROUP 8:30 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. SCC. Widower’s Wellness Group: “A group of men who have lost their spouse committed to listening and unsolicited sharing”. Our experience has shown that grief is an ongoing journey and it varies; for some it’s constant, others it’s intermittent and some are ambushed by unexpected bursts of anger, grief or fear. We invite YOU to attend a meeting and witness the camaraderie and healing that comes from “listening and unsolicited sharing” of the experiences of men like yourself who’ve lost their spouse. For more information contact Jim Clarke 813625-5665 or “email@example.com”. MON. APR 17 - PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP OF SUN CITY CENTER 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. A recent study published in the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease found that approximately 30 percent of patients with mild to moderate Parkinson’s disease (PD) are at risk for malnutrition. If you have Parkinson’s, or are caring for someone with this disease, be sure to attend this support group. Complimentary valet parking available at terrace entrance. For additional info, call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990. TUE. APR 18 - ALZHEIMER’S A S S O C I AT I O N C A R E G I V E R SUPPORT GROUP 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. Bring your loved one for a well-deserved break. Facilitated by Aging Care Advocates. You will receive information while your loved one is cared for in our Secured Memory Care. Please RSVP no less than 3 days prior to 813-677-1400. For additional information, contact Debbie Caneen at 813-634-3347. WED. APR 19 - LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. Do you wonder how others with Low Vision advance through their day? Do they receive care from outside sources? What adaptive vision devices successfully assist them? Rebecca Radford, Case Manager for the Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind will also be on hand. The Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind is celebrating 75 years of serving people who are blind or visually impaired. Learn what assistance there may be for you if you have low vision in order to maintain your independence. Free valet parking for cars and golf carts at Terrace Entrance by blue awning. If you have low vision, then this meeting is for you! For more info call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990. T H U. A P R 2 0 - W I D O W ’ S WELLNESS GROUP 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center.
Have you lost your husband and have no one to share your feelings of loss with? Are you adjusting with a new plan for your future? Are you managing your grief or overwhelmed with sadness? Attend this monthly meeting with Krista Owen, RN, BSN and Jennifer Morgan, owner of Always Best Care and receive the support you need. This group will concentrate on coping skills and healthy living by sharing among members with the guidance of women in the field of caring for others. For more information, please call Debbie Caneen at 813-8922990. THU. APR 20 - FREE MEMORY SCREENINGS Beginning at 9:45 a.m. in the Coalition office at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. By appointment only. To schedule, call the Coalition at 813-419-4902. FRI. APR 21 - VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT, A PROGRAM OF THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. by registration only at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr SCC. The Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross in partnership with the Veterans History Project, a program of the Library of Congress, is seeking Veterans to participate in this project. If you are a Veteran or know Veterans that would like to share their stories, please call Sun Towers to schedule your interview time at 813-634-3347. This recording of history will take place on the third Friday of each month. MON. APR 24 - WIDOWER’S WELLNESS GROUP 8:30 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. SCC. Widower’s Wellness Group: “A group of men who have lost their spouse committed to listening and unsolicited sharing”. Our
experience has shown that grief is an ongoing journey and it varies; for some it’s constant, others it’s intermittent and some are ambushed by unexpected bursts of anger, grief or fear. We invite you to attend a meeting and witness the camaraderie and healing that comes from “listening and unsolicited sharing” of the experiences of men like yourself who’ve lost their spouse. For more information contact Jim Clarke 813625-5665 or “firstname.lastname@example.org”. WED. APR 26 - SCANDINAVIAN CLUB OF SUN CITY CENTER MEETING 2:00 p.m. in the Florida Room. Video: The Only Way (86 minutes) How the Danes rescued Jews in World War II. THU. APR 27 - “LET’S PUNCH OUT PARKINSON’S” ROCK STEADY BOXING 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center, FL. Introducing “Rock Steady Boxing” where the mission is to empower people with Parkinson’s disease to fight back. “Of all the pills I’ve taken, Rock Steady Boxing is the finest and most effective.” states Pete Stewart, RSB participant. Recent studies, most notably at Cleveland Clinic, focus on the concept of intense “forced” exercise, and have begun to suggest that certain kinds of exercise may be neuroprotective, i.e., actually slowing disease progression. Eric Allen, M.A. and certified Rock Steady Boxing Coach will be our weekly instructor. If you have Parkinson’s, or are caring for someone with this disease, be sure to register for this weekly session by contacting Eric Allen at 813-321-8755 or Eric@ eafitness.org. Complimentary valet parking available at towers entrance. For additional info, call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990.
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ARTS & entertainment CONCERT BAND• DANCE • SHOWS • JAZZ• FLEXERCISE & MORE!
NOTICE: Each community and club in Sun City Center and Kings Point has specific rules about membership and attendance. Unless specifically stated or posted, most venues, meetings and events hosted on the Community Association campus and in Kings Point require attendees to bring their SCC CA or KP ID or come with a resident member. When in doubt, contact the club in question - not the venue or association - prior to arrival. Thanks.
Social Ballroom Dance Classes
DANCING SCC Dance Club
Saturday, April 8, 7 to 9:30 p.m., Spring is Here! Come join the last dance of the spring dance season. Bring your honey! Don’t miss out! This fabulous dance is presented by the Sun City Center Dance Club, in the South Community Hall, 1910 So. Pebble Beach Blvd., SCC, 33573. Eat, Drink and be Merry. Dance to our Widely Acclaimed and Exclusive Playlist spun by Gerardo. Enjoy our complimentary dessert table and coffee. Dressy casual attire. NO shorts! BYOB. Bring your friends, or come and make new friends. Open seating. Members Free, Guests $6 per person at the door. Our next dances for this year are Oct. 28, Nov. 18 and Dec. 9.
Academy of Ballroom Dance
Saturday, April 1, the Academy of Ballroom Dance Club will host its next dance in the Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd, Sun City Center. Bernice DuBro and George Hawn will be teaching a hustle lesson starting at 6:30 p.m. included with admission. This is followed by regular dancing from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. In addition, Bernice and George will be entertaining us at the halftime break with two choreographed routines - swing and waltz. As you may know, Bernice and George are the professional dance instructors for the Academy of Ballroom Dance Club, so you can be sure the routines will be very entertaining. Admission is free for members, or $6 for guests at the door. Come and dance to a fabulous selection of tunes handpicked by Bernice DuBro, our DJ for the evening. Enjoy the complimentary coffee and cookies. Perhaps you’ll win one of the door prizes or if you are the lucky type, take a chance at winning the 50/50 drawing. Open seating and singles tables are always available. Bring your friends. BYOB. Dress is casual but neat (no shorts please). Mark your calendars for upcoming dances on 5/13, 6/3 and 7/1. For more information, call George Hawn at 330-770-0442.
Sponsored by the Academy Dance Club Classes are held in the Dance Studio in the Atrium. Open to all Sun City Center and Kings Point residents. Couples and singles welcome. For information call Bernice DuBro at 813-634-3205. Tuesday. April (4, 11, 18, 25) Social Ballroom Dance Class Beginning - Rumba - 5:30 p.m. Intermediate – Cha-cha - 6:45 p.m. Advanced - Swing - 8 p.m. Wednesday, April (5, 12, 19, 26) Social Ballroom Dance Class Beginning - Swing - 12:45 p.m. Intermediate - Swing - 2 p.m. Advanced - Tango - 3:15 p.m. Taught by Bernice Dubro and George Hawn. For information call 813-6343205 or email “dancewithbernice@ gmail.com”.
Singles Dances for The Month of April
The Singles Social Dance Club will hold their dances on April 2 and April 23 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. in the Florida Room, Atrium Building. with live music for your dancing and listening pleasure by Thor Stevens and his saxophone. Members $5; Guests $6. BYOB and snacks. Ice, water, cups and napkins provided. Dressy/casual attire is requested. (Please, no shorts or jeans) For information call Janet 813-633-3558. The Singles Mingles of Kings Point dance will be held on April 30 in the Kings Point Main Clubhouse Theater from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Music will be provided by Thor Stevens and his saxophone. Admission $6. You may BYOB and snacks. Ice, water, cups and napkins provided. Proper attire is requested so, please, no jeans or shorts. Non-residents of Kings Point may call to have their name listed at the gate. Janet 813-633-3558.
Oldies But Goodies Dance Club
Come and join the fun as we dance to the music of FLASHBACK, Sunday, April 9, 2017 at SCC Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. The doors will open at 6:15 p.m. for members and 6:30 p.m. for guests and the band will play from 7-10 p.m. Maybe it’s slow dancing, or rocking 50’s & 60’s, or shaking it to memorable 70’s & 80’s or sizzling rock’ n roll somewhere in between Flashback will serve you the best recipe for a great time. Admission is free for members and $6 per person for nonmembers. The dance is BYOB and snacks. The club will provide cups, napkins, water and ice on each table. There is a limit of 10 to a table. There will be singles tables available. Mark your calendar and come join the fun. Any questions contact Joanne 813728-1147 or email “email@example.com”. You may also check out our website “sccoldiesbutgoodiesdanceclub.com” or join us on Facebook “facebook.com/ OldiesButGoodiesDanceClub”.
Rockin’ Thru The Years Dance Club
Moonglow Dance Club
Moonglow Ballroom Dance Club will feature the live music of “The Mellotones” at their monthly dance on Thursday April 27 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Sun City Center. The attire at Moonglow Dances is dressy casual. Members are free, and visitors/guests pay $5 per person at the door. Singles table(s) are always available. BYOB and snacks. The club will provide ice, water, cups and napkins. The Moonglow 2017 Schedule of yearround monthly dances has a great lineup of talented entertainers booked for your dancing and/or listening to live music. Visitors are always welcome, so why not get your friends and neighbors to join you at a Moonglow Dance? If you think that you can’t ballroom dance, remember that we are not “Dancing With the Stars”. We each do what our bodies allow us to do in time to the music. For more information call 813-633-1297 or 813-633-2755, or if you would like to receive Moonglow information by email, gail3357@gmail. com.
Johnny Charro and his band will provide our dance music at the Rockin’ Thru the Years dance on Saturday, April 8, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in Veterans Theater in the Kings Point North Clubhouse. The doors will open at 6 p.m. Johnny Charro is known as the “Dean of Tampa Bay Entertainment”. For more than 40 years, Charro has been entertaining audiences throughout the south, giving them the kind of musical selections conducive to dancing and high energy entertainment. Charro’s musical roots are based in rhythm and blues and rock and roll, and he is excellent in delivering ballads that touch the heart. Johnny Charro and his Band do amazing work with a wide variety of music including rock and roll, oldies, Latin music, country, soul, contemporary, easy listening, and current popular hits! During intermission, they will play our favorite line dance music. Tickets are $5 per person and may be purchased Thursday, April 6, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the ticket table in the Kings Point North Clubhouse Lobby. You may reser ve a table when you purchase your tickets. You may bring snacks and BYOB. The Club provides cups, napkins, ice and water on each table. Please contact Sandi at the following email address “firstname.lastname@example.org” for more information.
Sun City Center Faith Community Day of Cabaret: Take Two
The SCC faith community will once again present an afternoon of entertainment. The Day of Cabaret will be on Sunday April 30 at the SCC Community Hall. The doors will open at 1 p.m. and the show will begin at 2 p.m. Some of the entertainers who will be performing are The Front Porch Pickers, Barbara Van Eyken, Troy Coman, and Elvis to name just a few. Door prizes have been donated by SCC and KP clubs, Publix, Winn-Dixie, Hair salons, florists, restaurants and many more. The Day of Cabaret will again benefit four local food pantries: Angels Attic, Beth-El, Guadalupe and Our Lord’s Lighthouse. The food pantries have a hard time keeping up with the demand for food in the summer months when the snowbirds have flown north. This event will help. Tickets will cost $10 per person in advance and $12 per person at the door. Each attendee is asked to bring one nonperishable food item with them on the day of Cabaret. Tickets may be purchased at Beth Israel, Guadalupe, Prince of Peace, Redeemer Lutheran, St Andrew Presbyterian, St John the Divine Episcopal, SouthShore UCC, United Universalist Fellowship, United Methodist any day of the week and at the Atrium Building on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. until noon beginning April 3.
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Barbershop Groups Coming to United Methodist Church
The United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. West, welcomes Par For The Chorus and The Gulf Coast Sandpiper Barbershop Chorus Friday, April 7, 2017 at 7 p.m. for their Spring Show! No other harmony is quite like the tight vocal harmony of barbershop music! Join these two groups dedicated to barbershop harmony as they bring favorites from the early 1900s and forward. You’ll hear music made popular by The Beach Boys, John Denver, 60’s era music and other music put to this unique style. There will be barbershop quartets singing, as well as chorus numbers. All in all, it will be a fun night of great barbershop music. Tickets are only $10, and can be purchased from any member of Par For The Chorus, or in the office of United Methodist Church of Sun City Center. Additionally, you can call Dave at 813-922-6233 or Ray at 813-642-0641 for tickets. For additional information about this and other concerts and recitals at the United Church of Sun City Center, please contact Kevin Goodenow, Concert Series Coordinator, at 813-362-0956. To learn more about the United Methodist Church of Sun City center, please visit our website at www.umcscc.org.
The Jazz Lovers Continue
Even though our snowbirds are rapidly flying north there are many of us who stay in beautiful Florida all year round. The Jazz Lovers continue meeting on the third Friday of every month. We will be listening as Latin Rhythms storm to the forefront on April 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Ripple Room of the Kings Point North Clubhouse. If you love jazz come on in and join us for some great listening.
South Shore Symphony Concert April 2
The South Shore Symphony Orchestra (consisting of professional musicians from throughout Tampa Bay) will be performing “Made in America” Concert (featuring music from American composers) on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 2 p.m. Individual and group tickets available at SouthShore United Church of Christ, 1501 La Jolla Ave, Sun City Center (Mon – Thurs 9a-3p) (813.634.1304). Tickets available online: www.SouthShoreSymphonyOrchestra.org. Join us on Facebook “www.facebook. com/SSSOTampaBay”.
Eastern Hillsborough Community Band Spring Concert Schedule
The Eastern Hillsborough Community Band will perform three concerts as part of its 2017 Spring Concert Series in the Brandon area and Sun City Center. Performance dates and locations are: Thursday, April 27, 7 p.m., Strawberry Ridge Clubhouse, 3419 State Road 60 East, Valrico. $5 suggested donation at the door. Thursday May 4, 7 p.m., United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. West, Sun City Center. $5 suggested donation at the door. Reservations are not required for any concerts. EHCB is a full-sized concert band that has been entertaining the Tampa Bay area since 2009. For more information about the band, email “email@example.com”, visit “www.ehcb.org” or call (813) 569-1771.
The Art Club in Sun City Center Artist of the Month
The Art Club in Sun City Center has chosen Margaret Hart as the April 2017 Artist of the Month. Peggy began exploring her artistic passion at a young age. She loved to wander through her great aunt’s home, observing her stunning pictures of people, nature and flowers. At home, she practiced drawing and painting the sights around her just like her great aunt. While pursuing her education, raising a family and teaching at the university, Peggy began taking photography classes. Photography developed into a temporary avenue to develop her artistic passion. Through the camera’s lens her artist’s eye began to capture nature’s beauty and its surroundings. She then integrated her photos into educational books and articles that she authored. Her photos are the backbone that inspire her creativity. Upon retiring, she began taking painting classes and workshops in watercolor and graphite, which revealed techniques to meld with her photography. Peggy’s artwork evolving from her photography and travels, has received numerous awards. In the Art Club in Sun City Center’s 2017 Annual Art Show Peggy took First Place in the Graphic Arts Intermediate category. Peggy’s artwork will be displayed during the month of April at the SCC Library, the SCC Welcome Center, La Beautique Salon, SCC Samaritan Services, Momentum Bank, Fiore’s Sunshine Café and in the SCC Art Club Window. Visit www. artclubofscc.org.
The Art Club in SCC Gallery Opening & Reception
April 5, 2017 — “Artists and Friends - 50 Years” will celebrate and feature award winning artists Virginia Laudano and Bruce Fallender. A highlight of their show is a charming block print of a “Peace Dove” which Bruce acquired from Virginia in 1966 at a Charity Art Show in Holmdel, New Jersey. This chance encounter was the beginning of enduring friendship. Virginia D. Laudano is a professional artist who devoted forty years to teaching high school art in Holmdel, New Jersey. Seventeen years ago Virginia moved from New Jersey to Florida. In 2001 Virginia painted a large oil, as tribute to those heroes who died on September 11. The painting which was given to the Archdiocese of New York was shown on national TV and covered in articles across the United States. Many military personnel now serving in the Middle East carry small prints. Memorial exhibitions over the years have displayed her painting. Her acclaimed work has also been recognized at one woman exhibits held in Florida and New York. She has won numerous awards including: “Woman of Achievement in the Arts” in New Jersey and “Outstanding Achievement in Painting” in Sun City Center Art. Her artwork resides in collections throughout the United States. At the April gallery opening Virginia will display her latest experimental works. Through painting and teaching Virginia transforms our world and fires our imagination. Bruce’s art career began 1959 at the Victor Studio in Asbury Park, New Jersey. His versatility in multiple art mediums: oil, watercolor, acrylic, collage, mixed media, pen and ink, charcoal, pastel, graphics, sculpture, ceramics, and photography earned him recognition as an award-winning artist. Wonder and surprise await you at this Gallery Opening and Exhibit on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Art Club in Sun City Center. The event is free and open to members of our community and their guests. Snacks and beverages will be served. The Club is located on Cherry Hills Drive in Sun City Center. For more information visit “www.artclubofscc.org”.
The Art Club in Sun City Center
Spring Luncheon & Demo The Art Club in Sun City Center is hosting a “Spring Fling” Luncheon on Monday, April 17, 2017 in the Florida Room at the Atrium Building. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. with lunch at noon. Members of the Art Club in Sun City Center their spouses and guests are invited. Tickets are $15 per person. Deadline for reservations is Tuesday April 11. Make checks payable to Art Club in SCC. Mail to Lee Anne Eckert 1312 Emerald Dunes Drive Sun City Center, FL 33573. Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. For more ticket information contact Lee Anne Eckert 813-938-1962 or Janice Grillo 973-479-9730. Please join us in the Rollins Theater at 1:30 p.m. for a watercolor paint and watercolor ink demonstration by Tom Haverfield. Visit “www.artclubofscc.org” for more information.
A Few Photo Tips
By Kai Rambow Residents here are avid travelers and they take lots of pictures. Here are a few tips for improving your trip pictures, with the help of reluctant model, Russ Merritt. There has been some exaggeration here, but not much. This Could Be Anywhere Photo Photos with captions stating “. . . at Yellowstone Park,” however, there is nothing in the background showing the place. Slightly better, but not by much, a picture by the Yellowstone Park sign. One person posted on Facebook pictures of herself in Hawaii. Not a single photo gave any indication she was in Hawaii. The person who really excelled at the sign photos is Eddie Dunn. Dunn lives in North Dakota and met some friends at the state line. They took a picture by the sign. It was the middle of winter, but Dunn wore a T-shirt and shorts. He later revisited the theme by wearing a parka by the pool in Las Vegas in August. This is perhaps beaten by the, “We can’t recognize you in the photo.” Sure, you need sunscreen, hats and sunglasses,
Russ Merritt with an inconvenient tree growing out of his head.
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but let us see your smiling faces. You’re having a great trip, so let us see it. The Vertical and Horizontal Slice Photo “Russ Merritt vacationing at Swan Lake,” actually shows the lake in the picture. This was taken on a stormy day, which led to a picture, but not a really good one. Normally on a trip you’d have several days and many photographs from which to choose. In really bad situations, it will look as if people have trees, shrubs, flagpoles and other things growing out of their head. The other one more difficult to spot are horizon lines, which will appear to slice someone’s head in half. In this instance, the tree is large enough not to look like it’s growing out of his head and helps reduce the horizontal slice of the background through his head. This challenge is not necessarily easy to spot while taking snaps. Even professional photographers, especially in a city setting, can get caught with annoying distractions in the background. My personal favorite is a postcard of Minneapolis with the caption, “Minneapolis: City of lakes and trees.” If you’ve ever visited the city, you’ll know this is true. The postcard, however, shows nothing but roads and buildings downtown. So, this year, try for a more interesting background, showing your face and enjoying your vacation.
Russ Merritt, standing anywhere.
This would be a really interesting image except for all the extra cowboys and horses in the background.
News Of Freedom Plaza
By Peggy Burgess Freedom Plaza residents now have a whole new concept of “comic” opera. Rossini and his Figaro, even the Marx Brothers and their Night at the Opera notwithstanding, that musical genre got “kicked up a notch” for them during the month of March. Two events on their Auditorium stage perpetrated this delightful expanding of viewpoint. First came the artists from St. Petersburg Opera in a concert with the improbable title, Mission Impossible. This program was conceived, and hosted, by Maestro Mark Sforzini, whose wit and sense of humor almost match his musical mastery on the podium. He serves as both Musical Director and Executive Director of St. Petersburg Opera Company, a growing musical force in the Bay Area. The title, Mission Impossible, relates to the sometimes incongruous plots of operas; with heroes or heroines caught up in desperate situations, or given tasks of utter impossibility to fulfill. Sopranos Susan Hellman and Stella Zambalis, along with baritone Christopher Holloway, provided legitimate and excellent singing of music from La Traviata, Madam Butterfly, Cosi fan Tutti, and Turandot The second opportunity given residents to see the comic side of opera came with their witnessing rehearsals of yet another opera group, the Soapbox Opera Company. This concept of opera is even a bit more unorthodox: its characters are singing soap boxes (actually Freedom Plaza residents). They use parodies on familiar operatic melodies to create a bubbly tale of
Percival, Prince of Plazonia from the Ring Around the Collar cycle. The Soapbox Opera Company is one segment of the upcoming stage show, Freedom Frolics XXV, the 25th annual presentation of this popular Freedom Plaza Scholarship fundraiser. With an original script and an all-resident cast that includes anyone who wants to participate, the “Frolics” is one of the most highly anticipated events on the Freedom Plaza calendar. This year’s Frolics production, Radio Daze, centers on various soap operas and weekly programs heard over radio in days gone by. Stella Dallas, Molly Goldberg and The Shadow, among others, are featured in Our Gal Monday, the ongoing melodrama of the Marsh family…a marshmallow drama. All of this nuttiness is broadcast, appropriately, over imaginary radio station NUTZ. Because organ music was so much a part of the old soap operas and radio shows we approached the local organ music store, Fletchers in the Sun City Center Plaza, for assistance with Radio Daze. They have graciously consented to furnish both organ and organist for this year’s Frolics. You can enjoy the St. Petersburg Opera’s totally legitimate and always excellent productions by calling 727-823-2040. Next on their 2017 roster is Tales of Hoffman by Jacques Offenbach on June 2, 4 and 6. You can witness the Soapbox Opera’s bubbling hilarity in Radio Daze on April 7 and 8 by calling 813-6421215 for information during business hours. Tickets for Freedom Frolics XXV are $10 with proceeds going to the Freedom Plaza Scholarship Fund, Inc.
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This same event at the Arcadia Rodeo taken from a different position provides a much better image.
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The German-American Club Celebrates Fasching
Kurt and Elfi wearing the uniforms that they wore in Chicago where they were guards of the Prince as part of the Mardi Gras Club, from 1994 to 95.
By Paula Lickfeldt In the summer of 1999, Walter Geissler, Kurt Nolden, Kurt Gunkel and Ilona Merritt met and decided that Sun City Center needed a German-American Club. On September 9, 1999, eleven transplanted Germans got together at the Geissler home and put the plan into action. The first officers elected were: President Walter Geissler, VicePresident Kurt Nolden, Secretary Ilona Yark (Merritt), Membership Secretary Judy Quitsch, and Treasurer Kurt Gunkel, who had to resign and Klaus Frabel took over. Other Presidents over the years have been Kurt Nolden, Dieter Quitsch, Ilona Merritt, Charlotte Kappel and Fred Rathke, who is the current president. At the first meeting the board decided
that the purpose of the club should be “to bring together German-Americans in the pursuit of cultivating the German heritage, culture, customs and foster friendship among interested residents of the greater SCC area.” Membership and participation is open to all residents of SCC and KP. Dues are $10 per person per year and there is only one meeting per year. This meeting is in January and its purpose is to elect the directors for the coming year. The club has had many active interest groups over the past 17 years. These groups include genealogy, golf, cards, singing and German folk dancing. The singing group and the folk dancing group would love to find a director and accompanist so these activities could be started again. The card group still meets
Dancing at Fasching-Fasnacht-Karneval. on the first and third Monday of the month to play Skat and Hand and Foot. The golfers meet to golf on the second Sunday of the month. Annual Activities include: one general meeting, Fasching, Spring Dance, Oktoberfest and Christmas Dinner. The annual Christmas Tree Lighting takes place in the Atrium Building where the German-American Club donates the tree and the decorations. The program includes singing carols in German and in English along with serving homemade cookies and coffee. According to Paul Buerkle, FaschingFasnacht-Karneval-Carnival-Mardi Gras are all names associated with an ancient pagan belief that if you wore an ugly mask and danced around you could drive out the evil spirits of winter and
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Military News Gordon Bassett Presents Vietnam Experiences to MOWW
Attendees who were attached to Special Operations units.
CDR Ed Socha Receives Trident Pen From Navy Seals
By B. Frank Kepley CAPT USN (Ret) The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) held a Trident Pin presentation for CDR Ed Socha, USN, (Ret) at the Sun City Center North Side Atrium building at their March 1 monthly luncheon. CDR Socha was a member of the Special Scouts and Raiders at the Yangtze River in China during WW II. The Raiders were the first United States special operations forces to form and see combat in World War II. They were the precursors of the modern-day Seals. CDR Socha, as an Ensign, was part of a three officer, four enlisted man team along with an interpreter, who spent forty-four days making the seven-hundred-mile trip up the Yangtze river in China to perform a “navigability check.” Only the last two hundred miles were navigable and they had to walk 300 miles, upholding the reputation of the so called “Rice Paddy Navy.” The trip was actually unnecessary as all they really had to do was ask the Chinese and they would have provided the information they were seeking. Some of the negotiable rapids made “exciting” runs for unloaded boats, which, were frequently tossed about by eight foot waves. The useless trip cost the Navy about a thousand dollars and the cost would have been greater if it had not been for several hired boatmen and carriers refusing to go any further, even threatening the team with guns if they insisted on continuing. The Trident presentation was made by Capt. Joe Yarborough, USN (Ret) and Sr. Chief Lenny Waugh, USN (Ret) from Seal Teams 1 and 2. In addition to the presentation all individuals in attendance who were attached to Special Operations forces in the military services were asked to pose for a photo. They included, from left in photo, Kirk Faryniasz, Maj. USAF (Ret); Charlie Collins, LTJG USNR, Beach Jumper; Benny Blackshire, LTC USA (Ret) Green Beret; Joe Yarborough, Capt. USN (Ret), Navy Seal; Sr. Chief Lenny Waugh, USN (Ret), Navy Seal; Ed Socha, CDR (Ret), Navy Raider; and Luke Lloyd, COL USA (Ret).
By B. Frank Kepley CAPT USN (Ret) Retired Lt. Col. Gordon Bassett, USAF (Ret), companion and past commander of the Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW), was the featured speaker at the Thursday, March 16 luncheon held at the Sun City Center Plaza Club. Col. Bassett discussed his various experiences in the Vietnam war. He was a command pilot and flew eight different types of aircraft, including a high-performance fighter-bomber. He flew 155 combat missions in Vietnam and was a nuclear-strike combat-crew commander/bomber pilot with the Strategic Air Command. He was also an Air Attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency at the U.S. Embassy in Brazil and an international policy-maker/country director on the Gordon Bassett, Lt Col Secretary of Defense’s staff at the Pentagon. USAF (Ret) His Sun City Center activities include leadership roles in the Military Officers of America Association, Military Officers of the World Wars, Sons of the American Revolution, Military Family Support Trust, Retired Officers Association, Community Association, and the Security Patrol. Also featured at the luncheon was Elaine Davis, from the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. She presented MOWW with a donation of $7,000 dollars to assist the organization with their Youth Leadership Program. And Col. John Hart, USA (Ret) was inducted into the MOWW as a new companion.
MFST Recognizes Community Leaders at Luncheon
Group photo of MOWW companions and spouses with Judge Scionti.
MOWW Visits Judge Scionti’s Court
By B. Frank Kepley CAPT USN (Ret) Twelve members and spouses of the Sun City Center Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) visited the Hillsborough Veterans Treatment Court in Tampa on March 3, 2017. This is a special court established to assist veterans that are involved in criminal activity related to their service in the military. The judge for this court is the Honorable Michael Scionti, who is a member of the MOWW chapter. The group also met the Mentoring program team leaders. This program is composed of veterans who are assigned to work with each of the people coming before the court. A coordinated attempt is made with the court, the mentors, the District Attorney’s office, and various health programs to assist the veterans in improving their lives and eliminating their criminal activity. Shortly after the MOWW group arrived in the courtroom, the judge called a short recess and recognized the group from the bench. He thanked the group for their service to our country and all the good work they are currently engaged in. After his recognition, everyone in the courtroom gave the group a standing ovation. The judge then came down from the bench and greeted each member of the group. The Chief Judge for the 13th Judicial Circuit, the Honorable Ronald Ficarrotta, was also in attendance to meet the members of the group. After the short recess, court was reconvened. At the conclusion of the morning session of the court, an induction ceremony was conducted making Judge Scionti a Perpetual Member of the MOWW local chapter. The inducting officer was Chapter Commander Lt. Col. Sam Thompson, USA (Ret) and the sponsor was Capt. Vernon Elarth, USAF (Fmr). The visit was very enlightening as well as rewarding and the group saw firsthand the remarkable efforts put forth by the mentoring program. More veterans are needed to participate in the program to help provide assistance to those veterans in need. The Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) is a patriotic Veterans Service Organization (VSO) centered on its motto, “It is nobler to serve than to be served.” MOWW was founded in 1919 to promote good citizenship, patriotic education, and military and public service. MOWW chapters provide opportunities to support patriotic education, ROTC and JROTC, scouting, monuments and memorials, law and order, and national and homeland security programs.
By B. Frank Kepley CAPT USN (Ret) The Military Family Support Trust (MFST) held a luncheon to honor the leaders of the Sun City Center (SCC) and Kings Point (KP) military and civic organizations that have supported the many MFST charitable endeavors. The luncheon was held at the Sun City Center Freedom Plaza Club on March 9, 2017. MFST chairman Colin Howgill presented Steve Csintyan, chairman of the Retired Officers Corporation (ROC) and Corena Fristad, president of ROC, with a Donor Recognition Certificate for their continued support of MFST. Colin Howgill thanked all of the honored guests for their generous support of the MFST goals. He then introduced each guest and provided a video containing background material on the organization. Subsequent to the luncheon a group photograph of the community leaders was taken. MFST is a 501(c)3 organization that supports through their grant programs military families, past and present. The beneficiaries include, but are not limited to: four year scholarships for high school seniors, JROTC Honors Program, Homeless Women Veterans, Operation Warm Heart, Veteran Guide Dog, Southeastern Guide Dogs Paws for Patriots program, My Warriors Place, Operation Helping Hand, and sponsoring ‘Guardians’ for the Honor Flight Support Program.
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MOAA Looking for New Members
The Sun City Chapter of the Military Officers’ Association of America (MOAA) is looking for former and present military officers as part of a membership drive to recruit new members. MOAA meets on the first Wednesday of each month in the Florida Room at the Sun City Center Community Associations’ Florida Room. Please call Doris Glass at 813-642-0497 to make a luncheon reservation. For information on MOAA and its’ activities and events call Major James Haney, USMC(Ret.) at 813-220-8758. Major Haney will be pleased to answer any questions you may have about joining our local MOAA chapter.
Bob Evans Restaurant Receives MFST Commendation
By B. Frank Kepley CAPT USN (Ret) On Thursday, March 9 the Military Family Support Trust (MFST) presented the Bob Evans restaurant employees with a Commendation Certificate lauding the business for supporting/hosting veterans for their weekly gathering. Approximately 50 veterans gather every Thursday from 8:45 am to 10 a.m. at the restaurant. All veterans who might be interested are L. A. Coudrite, K. C. Celso,Cassius Austin, & Jim Haney, MFST trustee. welcome to join the group.
Hassan Sultan Addresses MOAA
By B. Frank Kepley CAPT USN (Ret) Hassan Sultan, currently the Athletic Director and an Islamic Studies teacher at Florida’s Universal Academy in Tampa, Florida was the featured speaker at the March 6 Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) luncheon. The luncheon was held in the Florida room at the South Side Atrium. Sultan is also the president and founder of The Muslim Connection (TMC) an organization geared towards providing a variety of activities and events throughout the greater Tampa region. He is the son of Imam Mohammad Sultan Abu Hassan, a long-time Islamic leader in the Tampa Bay region for nearly Hassan Sultan; Charlie three decades, who passed away in August, 2016. His father Conover, president of was well known for building bridges to the non-Muslim MOAA local chapter community. While a quiet man, the Imam’s role brought him to the spotlight to denounce violence when Islamic extremism made headlines. He stressed that extremist actions should not put millions of peaceful people on trial for their beliefs. Sultan continues his father’s outreach efforts to better educate non-Muslims on his religion. In addition, he gives weekly sermons at several mosques and is the principal of a weekend school in Tampa. He spoke about the Muslim religion and its growth in the Tampa area. Paid Advertisement
MC’s Paul Wheat (left) Lt. Col. USA (Ret) and Gordon Bassett Lt. Col. USAF (Ret)
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Sun City Center Veterans Roaring Twenties Dance
By B. Frank Kepley CAPT USN (Ret) The annual Sun City Center Veterans’ Dinner/Dance took place Saturday, March 4, 2017 in the Community Association’s Florida Room. The event was sponsored by the combined Sun City Center veterans’ organizations. All veterans and friends were welcome. A social hour with appetizers followed by a delicious meal was enjoyed by all. A three entrée buffet by Banquet Masters (carved steamship round, chicken marsala, bourbon glazed salmon filet) was featured. The program included a “roaring twenties” attire with Lily Marlane leading the participants in singing the various service songs. All of the services and other appropriate individuals were then formally toasted. Music for dancing was provided by the ‘Masquerade Duo’. All who attended appeared to have had a grand time. Prizes included a “Happy Hour Basket” and various raffles. The MC’s for the evening were Paul Wheat and Gordy Bassett. The proceeds from the event will be used to support the annual Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day ceremonies as well as other veterans’ events/causes.
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SUN ‘n FUN: World’s Second Largest Event Right Next Door
By Kai Rambow The sheer size of this event is overwhelming. After Oshkosh, Sun ‘n Fun is the world’s second largest aviation event. It is so impressive the Royal Air Force cadets from Southern England have traveled here for the past 21 years. As one British organizer stated, “Florida and aviation is all I have to say.” We just have to drive under one hour to reach this week-long event. Blue Angels this Year One of the world’s most exciting aerobatic teams, the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels, will be performing at this year’s event. The separation between aircraft is only 18 inches. Even more astonishing, the pilots do not wear G-suits. G-suits are worn by aviators and astronauts to counteract high levels of acceleration force or G’s. When under acceleration, blood pools in the lower part of the body, depriving the brain of blood and potentially leading to blackouts – not good. John “Lites” Leenhouts, a recordholding, former Navy pilot explained, “F/A-18s, Blue Angels’ aircraft have sticks in the center. Blue Angels pilots rest their forearms on their upper thigh holding the stick in the middle. This is to help maintain position in close formation. The inflation and deflation of G-suits, with 18 inches of separation, would be a problem. So, the team does not use G-suits. You physically contract your muscles before maneuvers, take a breath and hold it. It’s a young man’s game. It becomes second nature; rote memory for your body.”
What You Won’t See “Lites,” Leenhouts’ call sign as a Navy pilot, has revitalized this event over the last few years. He holds the record for the most aircraft carrier landings (1,645) in the U.S. Navy. A British pilot, Eric Brown, holds the world record (2,271). Lites’ professional accomplishments are surpassed by his collaborative approach. When asked about the turnaround, Lites answered, “We hunkered down together. I might have been the catalyst, but it’s a team effort.” Early bird volunteers show up in midJanuary and help each week preparing for the big event. During show week, over 3,000 volunteers help with numerous activities. The volunteer efforts don’t just help put on a show, they contribute to a cause. Sun’n Fun is a registered charitable event, using funds to help students with a keen interest in aviation. “We’re producing pilots, mechanics and sending kids to college. For the first time ever, Publix became involved and helped us with the 727,” shared Lites. The 727, near the entrance, is fully functional and used as a living classroom. Check it out during your visit. Arrive Early It’s a good idea to arrive early. You won’t be rushed, you’ll be able to park closer and you’ll walk around in cooler temperatures. While the airshows may be a highlight, the sheer number of things to do and see requires a little planning. When you arrive, get a schedule and map and take a few minutes to decide what you’d
The aerobatic performances always amaze.
Red Bull demonstrated their worldwide air races. This aircraft was twisting, turning and passing pylons about 70 feet off the ground at over 200 mph.
You’ll be able to check out, up close your next jet.
like to check out. It’s also a good idea to confirm some basics. On one of the days last year, the airshow started one hour earlier than listed. Knowing this change ensured I was seated in time for the show. Smart phone users can download the Sun’n Fun app with realtime updates and other features. There are educational workshops presented by pilots. Interesting content and some great pictures provided a nice break from the sun and crowds. A must see is the movie Rise Above presented by the CAF Red Tail Squadron, honoring the Tuskegee Airmen and WWII veterans. Whether it’s a classic aircraft or a sleek, new business jet, it’s fun to check them out up close. At last year’s show the Air Force’s latest fighters were present. The F-35 was on static display, while the F-22 Raptor demonstrated its astounding maneuverability during the airshow. They are scheduled to return this year. The mix of activities can make for an engaging and fun day. Remember to ask volunteers for help finding locations; they wear buttons asking “How may I help you?” Nighttime Airshow Nighttime airshow? How does that work? Taking over a year for most performers to plan, they now perform their routines at night enabling us to see them with lights, lasers and fireworks. Seasoned pilots standing near me questioned the sanity of mounting
fireworks near fuel tanks, “Is this really a good idea?” Show performers managed to figure this out and the result is enthralling. Note: This special show is not on every night. Tips for a Great Trip Weather: Good weather is important to clearly see the airshow. Since this event is held in April, the weather is usually very good – and can be toasty. What to Wear: Sunscreen, sunglasses and sunhat are essential. The airshow takes several hours in the afternoon. Recommend you take your own lawn chairs or blanket. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes since everything is spread over several acres. Consider taking a portable cooler for drinks and snacks. Several regulars had theirs on wheels and simply towed it behind them. There are plenty of food vendors and prices are pretty reasonable if you prefer to eat at the event. Notes: Nighttime shows are Wednesday and Saturday; Blue Angels Saturday and Sunday. Admission: $37 daily or $135 for week long pass; plus $25 parking. Special thanks to Sun’n Fun and John “Lites” Leenhouts, President and CEO. This year’s dates: April 4-9, 2017 Sun ‘n Fun 4175 Medulla Rd. Lakeland, FL 33811 (863) 644-2431 www.flysnf.org
Classic warbirds are a draw. Some of them are immaculately maintained such as this Vought F4U Corsair.
Photo courtesy of John “Lites” Leenhouts, CEO of Sun’n Fun. The Blue Angels fly as close as 18 inches apart, with speeds up to 700 miles per hour.
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Southshore Regional Library April 2017 Events
Monday, April 3 • Floss and Friends Every Monday 12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin in Study Room 2. Join our needlework group to share techniques, tips, and experiences about fiber and fabric arts. Bring a project and ask questions. Questions? Call (813) 273-3652. Monday, April 3 • Genealogy: Census Records 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin in Community Room 1. Learn strategies for using federal, state and special census records to research genealogy. Questions? Call (813) 2733652. Wednesday, April 5 • Author Event: Sunnyville Reading and Musical Performance 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin in Community Rooms 1 and 2. Ricko Donovan, Author/SingerSongwriter/Multi-Instrumentalist, reads excerpts from his critically acclaimed novel Sunnyville between songs and Irish tunes on the dulcimer. Funded by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library. Questions? Call (813) 273-3652. Wednesday, April 5 • Recording Studio Open Orientation Every Wednesday 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin in the Media Lab. Interested in using the Recording Studio or discovering what we have to offer? Come to our Recording Studio Orientation to get an overview of the devices and software available for use and learn how you can reserve time in the studio. Funded in part by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library. All ages are welcome. Parent or guardian must be present for children under 17. Questions? Call (813) 273-3652. Friday, April 7 • Getting Started With Couponing 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin in Community Room 1. Learn how to save money couponing. Discover where to find the best coupons, which stores will take them, and how budgeting can help you save money. Funded by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library. Questions? Call (813) 273-3652. Monday, April 10 • Adult Writing Group 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin in the John Crawford Art Education Studio. Connect with fellow writers to inspire, encourage, and exchange ideas about the writing process. Opportunities to share your writings and receive feedback will be available. If you’ve ever wanted to be a writer, this is the group for you! All levels of writers are welcome. Questions? Call (813) 273-3652. Tuesday, April 11 • Copyright Issues For Authors, Artists & Musicians 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin in Community Room 2. Learn what the typical author, artist, or musician should expect from the copyright process and the advantages of filing for copyright. Discover how copyright can be applied to video games and YouTube as well. Questions? Call (813) 273-3652. Wednesday, April 12 • Elder Law 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin in Community Room 1. This program will provide information and education regarding legal issues for seniors including planning for incapacities and long-term care with emphasis on public benefits. Questions? Call: (813) 273-3652. Friday, April 14 • NIA: Non-Impact Aerobics 10:30 a.m. –11:30 a.m. at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin in the Community rooms. This stimulating 60-minute movement practice will engage your body in healthy ways without jumping or jarring the joints. NIA takes you through a combination of dance arts, martial arts, and healing arts done to inspiring music. Taught by certified NIA instructor Gail Mongiello. Funded by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library. Questions? Call (813) 273-3652. Wednesday, April 19 • Genealogy: Getting the Most Out of Family Search 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin in the Community rooms. Donna Moughty, a Professional Genealogist with 25 years’ experience will provide an overview of Family Search and tips for effective search strategies. Questions? Call (813) 273-3652. Monday, April 24 • Adult Writing Group 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin in the John Crawford Art Education Studio. Connect with fellow writers to inspire, encourage, and exchange ideas about the writing process. Opportunities to share your writings and receive feedback will be available. If you’ve ever wanted to be a writer, this is the group for you! All levels of writers are welcome. Questions? Call (813) 273-3652. Wednesday, April 26 • Kagura: Mask Dance and Drama From Japanese Shinto Shrines 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin in the Community rooms. Learn about the ancient art of Kagura that has been performed at Shinto shrines in Japan for centuries. Highly artistic and entertaining, Kagura is believed to bring mortal and immortal together in a celebration of life. Questions? Call (813) 273-3652. Thursday, April 27 • Recycled Book Art 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin in the Computer Lab. Celebrate Money Saves Week by recycling your old books and turn them into beautiful works of art. Learn how to create various types of paper flowers and the art of book folding. All materials will be provided. Limited to 12 participants. Register now online! Questions? Call (813) 273-3652.
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Movies, Popcorn and More • New Theaters Open in Riverview
By Kai Rambow A little self-disclosure: I worked as an usher at a movie theater during college. I loved movies and it was the best part-time job I’ve ever had. If my movie theater had all the features of the new complex now open in Riverview, I’d probably still be there. You have to go at least once to experience all the innovations. You can buy your tickets online and select your seat as well. All seats are reserved, just like any music or theater production. Tickets can be purchased and selected one week in advance. There is no standing outside. Everything has been designed, so you’re inside the air-conditioned lobby. If you haven’t bought online, you can use the machine or ask one of the cashiers. The Riverview 14 GDX is the first
location for GDX in Florida and features the first gastropub. Menu items range in price from a few dollars to the upper teens. Beer and wine is also available. This is set up as a restaurant and bar area and will be accessible for those who just want to eat here, not see a movie. All meals will be prepared fresh each day. When you enter the theater, take a look at the door handles. The ode to film reels is great. All theaters have a similar setup with the number of seats and screen size being the only major differences. The two largest screens are 3,000 square feet in size. Yes, bigger than most houses. Your reserved seat is a comfortable recliner with electric controls. Recommend you are rested, otherwise you might fall asleep. Do you remember when Dolby sound
was introduced and what a big deal it was? The advances in sound will impress. One part is due to technology, the other due to GDX’s extra investment. The Premium Dolby ATMOS sound system has over 60 speakers. GDX added a set of subwoofers expanding the sound range. You literally feel the sound waves at points. Regular movie viewers will love this new experience. Your visiting friends and family members will now have a nearby location and another activity when visiting. To celebrate their grand opening, Riverview 14 GDX is offering a Grand Opening Popcorn/Soft Drink combo all weekend (Friday, April 21- Sunday, April 23) to any moviegoer for only $4. Furthermore, any FMG Rewards member that sees a movie at Riverview 14 GDX between Friday, April 21 Sunday, April 23 will be entered to win a year’s worth of movies! It’s free to join!
Attention to detail and thoughtfulness in the design of this theater are reflected in these very cool door handles. Movie buffs will love them.
POETRY First Sighting
By Suzanne S. Austin-Hill Favorite mug in hand, the aroma of coffee flavored to perfection with vanilla cream accompanies me to ceiling-to-floor blinds that hide the day’s marvel. Comfortable reclining seats for everyone. Be sure to be rested before you go, otherwise you might fall asleep
The clatter of the slats quietly applaud this day’s unique, majestic, mountainous view.
Springtime in Florida
By W.J. Farr Spring in Florida slides into place, Much like the Southern drawl that Announces its arrival. “Y’all come on down, Cause Spring is here.”
There is a new softness to the air, Clean and fresh, singing of bright warmth. There is a flush of flowers blooming, Full azaleas, tall amaryllis, endless skies It is a short-lived, fleeting Moment to savor before the Heat of the tropics descends. Many here note that Mornings are cool with Afternoons a delight of sun and breeze.
Stepping out into the cool, crisp air, steam from my cup tries to rival the morning mist that envelops Dawns are clear and calm yet rugged, tree-lined mountain tops. The day will soon heat up. No match. The season of spring is filled with Golden trees bursting with blossoms. Commanding homes, The color begins a circus of flowers. barely visible among hues of muted browns, Spring in Florida is short, not months, but bright greens Days of brightness that harkens the heat and barren grays, Summer will spill. The joys of this season pay homage... Brief but blurred with color and light. ...to a single, elegant white house. The gastropub “Features” is set up as a restaurant with its own eating area.
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Clare and Elspeth Lock were especially interested in the display for Elmira’s Wildlife Sanctuary. The Lock girls are from Oakville, Ontario and were visiting their grandparents in Sun City Center. Photo by Diane Loeffler
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FunFest from 1. More Pictures on page 33. a wonderful show the Saturday before FunFest, they practiced multiple times during the week to prepare. Despite all of their hard work, a technical glitch threatened to ruin their show. The computer with the music was hit with a major Windows update 25 minutes before show time. Once explained, the audience patiently waited for a delayed start. After waiting all that time in the water, the swim dancers performed as if no problems had ever arisen. The Model Railroad club has a permanent setup, but they too worked hard to prepare. Their latest addition, is a thunder cloud complete with lightning. After receiving it only two weeks before FunFest, members worked diligently so not to disappoint visitors. Extremely popular “Wonders of Nature” prepared as well. Some new animals were introduced and the show area was rearranged. A favorite, Moby the talking parrot with an extensive range of mimicry, provided numerous laughs for the audience.
Most distant participant: Polly Pettit, member of the Potters Wheel club, who spends half her time here and the other half in England.
One of the reasons FunFest works so well is because so many club members and business participants prepare for us to have an enjoyable time.
Someone who wanted to attend but wasn’t allowed in.
Dana Dittmar, Sun City Chamber of Commerce, and Vern Hendricks with a live broadcast of SCC Radio from the gazebo.
Paul Littrell drawing attention to Art club members’ paintings.
Many club members are extremely excited about their hobbies. It is rare and hard to catch this moment, but here is Photo club member, Jackie Hanson, taking pictures of pictures.
Live art demonstration used a mirror so all could see.
Visiting family members enjoying the Wonders of Nature show.
A favorite eating spot is under the trees, although with the almost perfect temperatures it was not essential this year.
Dan Donegon, Railroad club member, helping Thomas Ogoreuc from Boston move the train , while family members Emily, younger brother Charlie and Scott looked on.
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SPORTS April 2017
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LAWN BOWLING • TENNIS • GOLF • SOFTBALL• PICKLEBALL & MORE!
Triple Plank performed by a Sun City Center Personal Trainer Dennis O’Brien (bottom), Julie Schneider (middle) and Betty Barker. (Photo submitted by Kal Mourtada).
Senior Athlete of the Month: Joe Vladyka
By Bob Monahan The moment that you set your eyes on Joe Vladyka it is apparent that you are looking at an athlete. At six-feet-two this barrel-chested man with tree trunks for arms has been chiseling his body for years in the gym. What you don’t see is an outstanding basketball player, bicyclist, and full time business owner. At the age of seventy-six he is known just as much for his kindness and willingness to help a friend. I first met Joe about two years ago at a community hall dance where he and his lovely wife Lois were dancing up a storm to the oldies and hardly ever sat out a dance. The moves he was making on the floor were the same moves needed to play basketball with strong knees and ankles and a lot of lateral movement. I was recruiting potential players for a new club and Joe would fit the bill. At the end of the dance, I asked him if he had ever played basketball before. Joe replied, “ I had to stop playing basketball about ten years ago when all my senior friends stopped playing and the only competition left was the young kids who could race up and down the court. Count me in for the new club!” I asked Joe to share more about himself. “I grew up on a dairy farm in upstate New York where I got up every morning at 4 to milk and tend to the 80 cows that we had. At 7 the school bus arrived, and then it was back to work in the afternoons. I was a big kid, about 6-foot-2 and 217 pounds. I enjoyed football, track and basketball but never got to practice with my classmates, only showed up for the meets or games. My track team held the state record for eighteen years in the 4x100 where I was the slow one running a 10.1 for the 100 and a 4:20 mile. By the age of eighteen, I was running the farm as my elderly dad could no longer do the work. Two days after I enlisted in the Navy I was accepted at Cornell University’s veterinary program, but it was too late. After finishing four years in the service, I used the GI bill to get a degree in business.” When Joe’s wife was diagnosed with cancer, the couple relocated to Sun City Center to be close to Moffitt Cancer Hospital. “Sun City Center was nearby, and offered a great place to stay in shape, a high quality of life where you could live a long life. You can be a wealthy man, but a wealthy man who is sick, cannot enjoy the quality of life that is possible here in Sun City Center. I enjoy the sports here especially, basketball because of the fellowship and great exercise.” Joe’s typical day could begin with a high-speed bike ride followed by a meeting with his workers then off to basketball or the gym. With this kind of workout, Joe has a ravenous appetite but is careful of what he eats. Breakfast is his biggest meal with cereal loaded with fruits and nuts garnished with two scoops of powder shake mix. He cooks from scratch his own meals, sometimes using a slow cooker. He avoids red meats and rarely eats out. Occasionally he will stray from his regimented diet but insists that the same routines he uses in sports discipline and training are evident in his eating habits. Joe intends to live a long healthy life and feels that Sun City Center is the perfect place to do just that.
The Longest Day: Save the Date
The Longest Day Committee of The Duplicate Bridge Association of Sun City Center (DBASCC) is busy preparing for June 21, 2017. Under the auspices of the American Contract Bridge League sanctioned duplicate bridge clubs throughout the nation plan a full day of bridge lessons, games, food and fun. All proceeds are donated to nonprofits for the fight against Alzheimer’s Disease. Last year the DBASCC raised the fifth largest amount in the country. All Sun City Center area residents are invited to buy tickets to attend, contribute funds or items to be raffled. Tickets for the day’s events are $20 and can be purchased at the Kings Point Card Room and the Sun City Center Atrium card room before regularly scheduled games (see website “www.sccbridge.com”). The ticket entitles the purchaser to gain entry to The Longest Day at the Community Center on South Pebble Beach Road in Sun City Center. Activities are scheduled from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and include bridge games, lessons, breakfast, lunch and an end of day celebration with refreshments. Tickets to a silent auction of themed gift baskets and specialty raffle items will be available for purchase. Call Nancy at 813-857-6220 for information. For general Longest Day information call Ronda 813-634-7393 or Mary 813-634-2910.
Mary Baker (L) Pearl Widder (R)
Jim Ferguson (L) Larry Carter (R)
Kings Point West Lawn Bowling Club
Recently Kings Point West Lawn Bowling Club wrapped up their club tournaments in the novice, men’s, and women’s matches. Winner in the novice match for the men was Greg Kiel and for the women Patty Hulting. The men’s tournament was won by Jim Ferguson over Larry Carter. In an exciting match that kept the audience on the edge of their chairs, Pearl Widder and Mary Baker waged a back and forth battle that was won by Mary on the last bowl of the match. Well played Pearl and Mary! Congratulations to all the participants on their well-played matches.
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GOLF SCORES Hogans Golf Club of Sun City Center & Kings Point Monday, January 16: Summerfield Crossings 1st: Steve Parks and Ron Dickey - Tied at 2 Skins 2nd: Tom Rosata, Harold Davis, and Chris Heim Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Jack Puleo - 67 Low-Gross: Ron Dickey - 83 Birds: Steve Parks, Marilyn Davis, Walt Weldon, and Mike Owen - 1 Bird. Wednesday, January 18: Sandpiper Oaks-Lakes Flight 1: 1st: Bob Mizack, Chris Heim, Gary Kerckaert, Steve Parks, and Todd Lee - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Todd Lee - 63 Low-Gross: Todd Lee - 79 Birds: Bob Mizack, Gary Kerckaert, Todd Lee, and Corky Stallings - 2, Steve Parks, Walt Weldon, and Wilf Pennell - 1. Sandpiper Palms-Oaks Flight 2: 1st: Marilyn Davis - 2 Skins 2nd: Mike Arghittu, Harold Davis, and Jenice Taylor - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Marilyn Davis - 58 LowGross: Hal Wold - 88 Birds: Harold Davis, Mike Arghittu, Marilyn Davis, and John Colgren - 1. Saturday, January, 21: Freedom Fairways 1st: Charlie Brown, Victor Holove, Ken Kirwin, Gary Marchman, and Bill Giblin - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Bill Giblin, Gary Marchman Dick Fiedler - Tied at 57 Low-Gross: Gary Marchman - 72 Birds: Ken Kirwin - 2, Ray Shaw, Dick Fiedler, and Gary Marchman - 1. Sandpiper Palms-Oaks Flight 1 1st: Greg Brash, George Jenkins, Syl Amos, and Ron Dickey - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: George Jenkins - 66 Low-Gross: Ron Dickey - 83 Birds: George Jenkins and Greg Brash - 1. Sandpiper Oaks-Lakes Flight 2: 1st: Tom Rosata, Marilyn Davis, Gary Kerckaert, and Jay Sparkman - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Gary Kerckaert 62 Low-Gross: Gary Kerckaert - 81 Birds: Walt Weldon, Wilf Pennell, John Jackson, Steve Parks, Harold Davis, and Gary Kerckaert - 1. Wednesday, January 25 Sandpiper Lakes-Palms 1st: Jenice Taylor, Mike Arghittu, John Schachte, Larry St. John, and Marilyn Davis Low-Net: Francis Hendrickson - 63 Low-Gross: Francis Henrickson - 83 Birds: Jenice Taylor and Mike Arghittu - 1. Sandpiper Palms-Oaks 1st: Bob Mizack, Dan Stephens, Ron Dickey, Rex Gibbons, and Bill Smythe, and Tom McHugh - Tied at 1 Skin LowNet: Todd Lee and Walt Weldon - Tied at 68 Low-Gross: Walt Weldon - 81
Birds: Dan Stephens, Ron Dickey, and Jay Sparkman - 1. Saturday, January 28 Freedom Fairways 1st: Dave Gellman - 2 Skins Low-Net: Ray Bui, Ken Kirwin, Ray Shaw, and Dave Gellman - Tied at 58 Low-Gross: Ray Bui - 71 Birds: Ray Bui - 3: Ken Kirwin - 2. Sandpiper PalmsOaks Flight 1 1st: Marilyn Davis, Jerry Liggett, Larry St. John, Mike Owen, Wilf Pennell, and John Jackson - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Marillyn Davis - 67 Low-Gross: John Jackson - 81 Birds: Wilf Pennell - 3: Doug McFaul and Mike Owen - 1. Sandpiper Lakes-Palms Flight 2 1st: Syl Amos - 2 Skins 2nd: Tom Rosata, Travis Lansberry, Steve Parks, and Greg Banks - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Syl Amos - 65 Low-Gross: Greg Banks and Corky Stallings - Tied at 81 Birds: Greg Banks - 2, Syl Amos - 1. Monday, January 30 Summerfield Crossings 1st: Dan Stephens, Russ Turell, Corky Stallings, Mike Owen, Francis Hendrickson, Cau Huynh, Doug McFaul, and Denny Sutphen - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Walt Weldon - 66 Low-Gross: Walt Weldon - 79 Birds: Francis Hendrickson, Mike Owen, Dan Stephens, Russ Turell, Corky Stallings, and Denny Sutphen - 1. Wednesday, February 1 Sandpiper Palms-Oaks Flight 1: 1st: Bill Barren - 3 Skins 2nd: John Schachte - 2 Skins 3rd Place: Jerry Liggett - 1 Skin Low-Net: Bill Barron - 66 Low-Gross: Chris Heim - 85 Birds: Chris Heim and Bill Barron - 2. Sandpiper Lakes-Palms Flight 2: 1st: Syl Amos - 2 Skins 2nd: Walt Weldon, Ray Curry, and Rich Lucidi - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Ray Curry - 62 LowGross: Ruben Jones - 81 Birds: Walt Weldon - 2, Steve Parks, Ray Curry, Bob Mizack, Tom Kirchen, and John Jackson - 1. Saturday, February 4 Freedom Fairways 1st: Dick Fiedler - 3 Skins 2nd: Victor Holove - 2 Skins Low-Net: Ray Shaw - 50 Low-Gross: Ray Shaw 68 Birds: Ray Bui - 3, Dick Fiedler - 2, Chieu Nguyen, Victor Holove, and Ray Shaw - 1. Sandpiper Palms-Oaks Flight 1: 1st: Chuck DeZort - 4 Skins 2nd: Corky Stallings and Harold Davis - Tied at 2 Skins Low-Net: Larry St. John and Chuck DeZort - Tied at 62 Low-Gross: Corky Stallings - 78 Birds: Corky Stallings - 2, Rex Gibbons and Harold Davis - 1. Sandpiper Oaks-Lakes Flight 2: 1st: Steve Parks, Jerry Liggett, Bob Rudderham - Tied at 2 Skins 2nd: Walt Weldon - 1 Skin Low-Net: Wilf Pennell - 60 Low-Gross: Wilf Pennell - 73 Birds: Wilf Pennell - 3, Bob Rudderham - 2, Ruben Jones, Steve Parks, Jerry Liggett, John Jackson, Tom Kirchen, and Walt Weldon - 1. Monday, February 6 Apollo Beach Flight 1: 1st: John Schachte and Hal Wold - Tied at 2 Skins 2nd: Hal Wold and Norm Taylor - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: John Schachte - 65 LowGross: Ruben Jones and Walt Weldon
- Tied at 80 Birds: Walt Weldon, Hal Wold, Ruben Jones, and Corky Stallings - 2,Norm Taylor - 1. Wednesday, February 8 Sandpiper Palms-Oaks Flight 1 1st: Don Rudderham, Rex Gibbons, Ray Curry, Bill Smythe, Paul Swakow, Hal Wold, and Mike Owen Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Hal Wold - 60 Low-Gross: Paul Swakow - 82 Birds: Rex Gibbons, Paul Swakow, Frank Rovnanik, Gary Kerckaert, Joe Mack, Mike Owen, Bob Harris, and Mark Untrauer - 1. Sandpiper Flight 2 1st: Larry St. John, Chuck DeZort, John Deans, Walt Weldon, and Ron DickeyTied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Chuck DeZort 58 Low-Gross: Walt Weldon - 77 Birds: John Jackson, Walt Weldon, Ron Dickey, and Corky Stallings - 1. Saturday, February 11 Freedom Fairways 1st: Victor Holove and Gary Marchman Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Ray Shaw - 54 Low-Gross: Ray Shaw - 72 Birds: Gary Marchman and Dick Fiedler - 2, Charlie Brown and Ray Bui - 1. Sandpiper Palms-Oaks Flight 1: 1st: Walt Weldon - 3 Skins 2nd: Mike Owen - 2 Skins Low-Net: Don Mowry - 63 Low-Gross: Walt Weldon - 76 Birds: Walt Weldon - 3, Corky Stallings, Wilf Pennell, Ron Dickey, Tom Kirchen, Mike Owen, and Paul Swakow - 1. Sandpiper Oaks-Lakes Flight 2: 1st: Harold Davis and Marilyn Davis - Tied at 2 Skins 2nd: Bob Mizack and Ray Curry - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Harold Davis - 58 Low-Gross: Harold Davis - 82 Birds: Harold Davis - 3, Marilyn Davis - 2, Doug Banning, Bob Mizack, and Travis Lansberry - 1. Monday, February 13 Course: Summerfield Crossings 1st: Doug McFaul, Harold Davis, and Marilyn Davis - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Mark Untrauer - 65 Low-Gross: Mark Untrauer - 78 Birds: Mark Untrauer 2, Walt Weldon and Harold Davis - 1. Wednesday, February 15 Sandpiper Palms-Oaks Flight 1: 1st: Corky Stallings - 4 Skins 2nd: Rich Lucidi - 2 Skins 3rd Place: Mike Owen and Roland Lemoine - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Corky Stallings - 63 Low-Gross: Corky Stallings - 75 Birds: Corky Stallings - 4, Tom Kirchen - 2. Sandpiper Oaks-Lakes Flight 2: 1st: Chuck DeZort - 3 Skins 2nd: Joe Mack and Harold Davis - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Chuck DeZort - 63 Low-Gross: Doug Banning - 85 Birds: Chuck DeZort - 2, Russ Turell, Harold Davis, and Doug Banning - 1. Saturday, February 18 Freedom Fairways 1st: Victor Holove, Dick Fiedler, and Dave Gellman - Tied at 2 Skins 2nd: Ray Bui and Ken Kirwin - Tied at 1 Skin LowNet: Dick Fiedler - 50 Low-Gross: Ray Bui - 66 Birds: Dick Fiedler - 4, Ray Bui 2, Ray Shaw, Tom Boyle, Dave Gellman, Ken Kirwin, and Dave Johnson - 1. Flight 1: Sandpiper Palms-Oaks 1st: Paul Swakow - 2 Skins 2nd: Rich Lucidi,
George Jenkins, Francis Hendrickson, Gary Kerckaert, Jay Sparkman and Roland Lemoine - Tied at 1 Skin LowNet: George Jenkins - 64 Low-Gross: Gary Kerckaert - 82 Birds: Chris Heim - 2, Rex Gibbons and Paul Swakow 1.Flight 2: Sandpiper Lakes-Palms 1st: Steve Parks, Frank Harvey, and Doug McFaul - Tied at 2 Skins 2nd: Syl Amos, Tom Kirchen, and Walt Weldon - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Corky Stallings and Walt Weldon - Tied at 67 Low-Gross: Walt Weldon - 78 Birds: Walt Weldon - 3, Corky Stallings and Steve Parks - 2, Wilf Pennell, John Jackson, Russ Turell, Todd Lee, and Frank Harvey - 1. Monday, February 20 Summerfield Crossings 1st: Bob Mizack, Chris Heim, Chuck DeZort, Francis Hendirckson, Frank Harvey, Jack Puleo, Hal Wold, Tom Rosata, and Mark Untrauer - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Bob Rudderham 64 Low-Gross: Bob Rudderham - 77 Birds: Francis Hendrickson, Jack Puleo, Walt Weldon, and Mark Untrauer - 1. Thursday, February 23 Sandpiper Palms-Oaks 1st: Joe Mack - 3 Skins 2nd: Francis Hendrickson, Mike Arghittu, and Don Rudderham - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Joe Mack - 60 Low-Gross: Ron Dickey - 78 Birds: Joe Mack - 3, Ron Dickey - 2, John Colgren - 1. Saturday, February 25 Course: Freedom Fairways 1st: Ray Bui - 2 Skins 2nd: Ray Shaw - 1 Skin Low-Net: Charlie Brown - 56 LowGross: Ray Bui - 71 Birds: Ray Bui - 4, Dick Fiedler - 2, Ken Kirwin, Charlie Brown, Vic Holove, Bill Giblin, and Ray Shaw - 1. Flight 1: Sandpiper LakesPalms 1st: Larry St. John - 4 Skins 2nd: Bill Barron - 1 Skin Low-Net: Larry St. John - 56 Low-Gross: Larry St. John - 81 Birds: Bill Barron and Larry St. John - 1. Flight 2: Sandpiper Oaks-Lakes 1st: Gary Kerckaert - 2 Skins 2nd: Tom Rosata, Jay Sparkman, Walt Weldon, Corky Stallings, and Tom Kirchen - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Ron Dickey and Walt Weldon - Tied at 64 Low-Gross: Walt Weldon - 75 Birds: Jay Sparkman - 2, Paul Swakow, Tom Kirchen, Bob Rudderham, Walt Weldon, Ron Dickey, and Corky Stallings - 1.
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Starrett, Gene Shively 1st Flight 6: Gloria Rice, Dave Rice, Gordon Cummings, Ron Upham. Club Championship 2/21 Men’s Club Champion: Bill Stinchcomb L adi es C lub C hampi on: Kat hy Lawrence. Ladies 1st Championship Net: Jeanie Shively 1st Flight 1: Ruth Kramer 1st Flight 2: Deloris Durm 1st Flight 3: Ilene Davidoff. Men’s White Tees 1st Flight 1: Norb Miller 1st Flight 2: Larry Quinn 1st Flight 3: Gary Morris. Men’s Green Tees 1st Flight 1: Jim McLallan 1st Flight 2(tie): Bob Anderson, John Kartheiser 1st Flight 3: John Richards. Men 2/13 3-2-1 1st: Steve Williams, Don Faron, John Rapp, Vin Foley. 2/20 1 Best Ball of 2 1st Flight 1: Steve Williams, Don Faron 1st Flight 2: Clyde Schafer, Manny Darani. 2/27 2 Best Balls of 4 1st:Chuck Kim, Larry Quinn, Chuck Roth. 3/6 1-2-3 1st:Bill Duhn, Steve Lockom, Paul Baskwell. Ladies 2/14 Count T’s and F’s 1st Flight 1: Kitty Matzkin 1st Flight 2: Kathleen Records 1st Flight 3: Bette Mannon 1st Flight 4: Sue Auger 1st Flight 5: Rita Mavel. 2/28 1 Best Ball of 2 1st Flight 1: Kiyoko Ashendorf, Marcia Morris 1st Flight 2: Sue Knight, Sue Auger 1st Flight 3: Suzy White, Elaine Davis 1st Flight 4: Gloria Rice, Mary Ann Harmon. 3/7 Individual Low Net 1st Flight 1: Kiyoko Ashendorf 1st Flight 2: Kathy Sprowl 1st Flight 3: Kathy Brantner 1st Flight 4: Gloria Rice. Couples 2/17 Texas Scramble 1st Flight 1: Ed and Belle Sauer 1st Flight 2: Ken and Betty McLoone. 2/24 1 Best Ball of 2 1st Flight 1: Dave and Nancy Birkett 1st Flight 2: Don and Erma Faron. 3/3 Scramble 1st Flight 1: Artie
Photo by Jeff White More than 90 Sun City Center Tennis Association (TA) members turned out to socialize, play very creative games and share lunch together on a beautiful Florida morning. The Fun Day Planners had a multiplicity of activities in addition to tennis. The South SCC Sports Complex games included horseshoes, pickleball and volleyball. This year instead of a large group picture at the courts, one of the TA members took photos from high above the courts. For more pictures and videos of the event you can go to the TA website Tennis Fun Day Planners 1st row: Tom “www.2ezwebdesign.com/SCCTennis” & Sue Hackney; 2nd row: Ron & Jeanne and click on Fun Day Memories. You can Bartell, Ozzie Swett, Scott Wood; 3rd also contact President Maggie Pliska at row: Wayne & Jan Booker, Gary & Mary Taylor, Paul Shanley. 813-633-7884.
Sun City Center Lawn Bowling Club, Men’s Pairs Championship
Accomplished by Date: March 9, 2017 Course: Scepter - Ibis Hole: #6 Yardage: 122 Club Used: 5 Metal Witnessed By: Carolyn Clark, Debbie Grimm & Judy Smith
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Date: Saturday, February 25 Course: Freedom Fairways Hole: 13 Yardage: 75 Witnesses By: Sue Freed, Mary Merrill and Rosa Ricciardi. and Kathy Sprowl 1st Flight 2: Dave and Gloria Rice. 3/10 Team Quota 1st Flight 1: Rick and Joann Beattie 1st Flight 2: Kyle and Betty Rollins. Scepter Men 2/15 Scramble 1st: Bill McNamara, Bob Trombetta, Vid Valiusaitis, Bob McAllister. 3/1 2 Best Balls of 4 Flight A 1st (tie): Larry Lutz, Jim Betts, Rich Langlois, Monroe Hatch (tie) Frank McCarthy, Ed Downing, George Ringham. Flight B 1st: Bill McNamara, Tom Grillo, Vince Robbio, Bill Humes. 3/8 1 Best Ball of 2 Flight A 1st: Ed Downing, Bert Nast Flight B 1st: Bill Humes, Bob McClain. Ladies 18 Holes 2/14 Scramble 1st: Judy Frank, Karen Tomle, Jenice Taylor, Donna Lesyshen. 2/15 Match Play Flight A 1st: Lori Adderley Flight B 1st:Louise Guerin Flight C 1st:Carol Salowitz Flight D 1st:Anne Shannon. 2/21 Chapman Scotch Flight A 1st: Jenice Taylor, Betty Lou Rosborough Flight B 1st: Carol Mir, Dottie Girardi 2/28 Low Putts Flight A 1st:Jenice Taylor, Linda Jane Parson, Skippy Peacock, Jan Brown Flight B 1st:Linda Suh, Karen Munford, Sue Sussman, Betty Thurston. Ladies 9 Holes 2/21 2 Best Balls 1st: Colleen Savas, Molly Walker, Alice DeSchryver 2/28 Shamble 1st: Bev Buteau, Paula Rezoagli, Molly Walker, Judy Stevens 3/7 Scramble 1st:Karen Crippen, Mary Winter, Colleen Savas. Valentine’s 2 Best Balls 2/17 Flight A 1st:John Dowd, Carolyn Avrett, Ray Sparks, Chris Sparks Flight B 1st:Iver Lindman, Grethe Lindman, Bill Salowitz, Carol Salowitz. Mixed Club Championship 2/24 Club Champions Jean Jackson, Dick Jackson.
By Garry Higgins When the weeklong “pairs” games wrapped up, it was Garry Higgins and his partner, Paul Melvin challenging Joe Mignogna and Ben Caudill for the coveted title of Pairs Champions, Pebble Beach Club, 2017. Congratulations to Joe Mignogna and Ben Caudill for their win in the final 16 end game. Visit suncitycenterlbc.com for more information about the sport of lawn bowls, the game of croquet and the Sun City Center club. They welcome members of the Sun City Center and the Kings Joe Mignogna and Ben Caudill, 2017 “Pebble Beach” Pairs Champions Point Community Associations.
Renaissance Neighborhood Annual Challenge Golf Tournament Raises Money for Local Charities
Renaissance Neighborhood Golf Challenge Committee in coordination with the Sun City Center Charitable Foundation, Inc. sponsored a golf tournament November 9, 2016 at the Renaissance Golf Course to raise funds for local charities. Ed Barnes, Vice President of SCCCF presents a check for $1,500 to Ms. Linda Corbin for Meals on Wheels and George Martin, Treasure of SCCCF presents a check for $1,500 to Ms. Lee Everett, President of the Samaritan Services for the Samaritans Alzheimer’s Auxiliary. Both of these organizations are local organizations serving residents of the Greater Sun City Center area. Ms. Jan Lawrence, Renaissance Neighborhood Golf Challenge Committee Chairmen, oversees the check presentation and sends thanks to all of the Renaissance Staff that helped with the golf tournament. A special thanks to ClubLink for use of the Renaissance golf course for two very worthy charitable causes
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The Sun City Center Billiards Club just conducted their first ever snooker tournament. It was a double elimination style tournament with 10 contestants. The matches were played under the official International Rules of Play as modified by the Sun City Center Billiards Club for this tournament. The Sun City Center Billiards Club issued trophies and award certificates for the top three finishers. The first-place winner was Roger Hebert (in the center of photo), second place winner was Gary Waldron (on the right) and the third place winner was Jim Lundy (on the left). The Sun City Center Billiards Club will be holding their next tournament in Apri1 2017. This next tournament will be a double elimination "Moscow 11 tournament which has been played for many years in Sun City Billiards Club. The "Moscow" game is a version of the eight-ball game. The Sun City Center Billiards Club will be conducting additional tournaments through the year such as eight ball, nine-ball and snooker.
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Members of the SCC Archery Club gather together before their monthly fourth Friday of the month membership meeting. The club wants to thank George Seeley for taking our annual group photo three years in a row.
Lawn Bowling “Men’s Singles” Champion
By Garry Higgins Over six days, twenty-four bowlers competed in this single knock-out championship play-down. Under a very hot Florida sun, it was Bob Ferguson and Ron O’Sullivan playing in the final where the first player to reach twenty-one points wins. Bob Ferguson won the match in the twenty-second end and is the 2017 “Pebble Beach” Singles Champion. In addition to open bowling, social nights and regular leagues, the Club has separate men’s and women’s sections for bowlers who like to compete out-ofclub in divisional and national events. Visit “suncitycenterlbc.com” for more information about the sport of lawn bowls, the game of croquet and the Sun City Center club. They welcome members of the Sun City Center and the Kings Bob Ferguson, “Pebble Beach” Singles Champion. Point Community Associations.
Traveling Tennis Team Celebrates
The Sun City Center Sunsetters Traveling Tennis Team celebrated their recent win against the Buckhorn Double Trouble team at the Sandpiper Restaurant. Picture, first row seated: Natalie Schiller Landrum (sub) with daughter Heidi, Deb Zieg. Second row: Edna Carlin, Amy Porter (sub), Betty Zeller, Nancy Williams, Helene Peterson, Sharon Woodruff (sub).
Ladies Tennis Team Wins
Congratulations to the Sun City Center “Vintage Vixens” USTA ladies tennis team for winning their match against Apollo Beach on February 25. Pictured: Debbie Zieg, Sheryl Doom, Rolande Poulin, Jean Bartell, Mary Huntington and Mary Egger.
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SCC Lawn Bowling Club, Ladies’ “Club” Singles Champion
By Garry Higgins Lynn Cranch and Cassie Krowl played the final match for the ladies club champion in singles. On any given day either Lynn or Cassie could have won, the game was that close. This match was played until one player reached twentyone points. At various times throughout the game, both had the lead, fell behind and were tied. However, today was Lynn’s day. She now holds the title of SCCLBC Women’s Club Singles Champion. Don’t have a competitive streak? Not a problem. The Sun City Center Lawn Bowling and Croquet Club also has “strictly fun” activities – during the day and under the lights. Visit “suncitycenterlbc. com” for more information about the sport of lawn bowls, croquet and the club. They welcome members of the Sun City Center and the Kings Point Community Lynn Cranch, SCCLBC 2017 Women’s Club Singles Champion. Associations.
Competitive Tennis Club Membership Meeting
The Sun City Center Competitive Tennis Club elected new officers at their annual meeting in December. The new Executive Board members got together at the beautiful home of Jackie Goding. Seated, L to R: Pat Iacurci (Vice President), Jackie Goding (President). Standing, L to R: Mary Huntington (Secretary), Betty Zeller (Liaison) and Edna Carlin (Treasurer).
SCC Pickleball Team Wins Gold
Going for the Gold! SCC Pickleball Club Members Debbie Zieg and Anita Hill teamed up to win gold in their Age Division in the Tanglewood RV Resort Pickleball Tournament in Sebring, Florida. Several other SCC Pickleball Club members also participated in the two-day event. Pickleball t-shirts were given to all of the participants, player awards (1st - 3rd), raffles and refreshments were provided!
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Sun City Center Lawn Bowlers Win Major Tournaments
The Southeast Division (SED) of Bowls USA held its annual Women’s Open competition here recently. The six-day event attracted 50 competitive lawn bowlers from the United States, United Kingdom and Canada playing in “Fours”, “Pairs” and “Singles” formats. In the “Fours” match, Cindy Higgins and Carol Finlayson, partnered with their Sun City Center teammates Chris Heller and Cassie Krowl to win five out of six games and place second. Cindy and Carol went on to the “Pairs” event and finished first in a field of twenty-two teams. The highlight of the SED Open, the “singles”, saw twenty-four women vying to be the champion. Cindy and Carol met in the semifinals with Cindy winning and Carol going on to place fourth. By winning the Singles Championship and with the support of her teammates in the other two events, Cindy acquired the most points and was presented the coveted “Bowler of the Tournament” award. Meanwhile, at the SED Men’s Open being held in Clearwater, the Sun City Center team of Ron O’Sullivan, Joe Mignogna and Jim Byrne came in fourth overall in the “Triples” event. Visit “suncitycenterlbc.com” for more information about the sport of lawn bowls, croquet and the club. They welcome members of the Sun City Center and the Kings Point Community Association.
On January 16, the SCC Archery Club held a “Fun Day” at their range for their members. In addition to archery shooting events, the club members got a chance to try throwing a Javelin and Atlatl. The Javelin was originally used as a defensive weapon. The Atlatl is an ancient (over 10,000 years) hunting device that was used to bring down large animals. In the first picture club members Kathleen Kistler and Ray Shaw are taking their turns at throwing the Javelin. Jerry Anderson demonstrated the technique of throwing the Atlatl.
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The Sun City Center softball clubs winter session has wrapped up. The winner of this session was Tom Mackar’s team the Indians. They went eight wins and two losses. The playoff winners were Shan Hise Cardinals. The spring session has already started. Come watch a game on Weatherford Drive from 9 to 4:30 on Tuesday or Friday. If you are here in the summer, we play on Friday’s with pickup games on Tuesday. Come and practice on Monday’s from 9 11. You do have to be a Sun City Center, Kings Point or Freedom Plaza residence. Check out our website at www.suncitycentersoftball.org.
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Third Time’s a Charm • Classic Car Show Finally Debuts
Doris Ragland, founder of Samaritan Services and the Alzheimer’s Auxiliary, traveled from Bradenton in her son’s classic 1968 Camaro, which he bought brand new.
By Kai Rambow Originally scheduled at the beginning of the year, March 19 finally delivered weather good enough for this show to take place at Freedom Plaza. “One of our club members [a snowbird] has done several fundraisers with classic car shows up north. Our mindset was that we would be able to fund two different projects,” shared Randall Boston, President of the Sun City Center Rotary club. One of the recipients is the Samaritans Alzheimer’s Auxiliary, which was well represented at the show. This great organization provides help to those
Even if you weren’t a car fan, it was fun to see these immaculately preserved cars.
having to care for family members suffering with Alzheimer’s. “We’re very grateful they’ve chosen us as one of the charities,” expressed Dolores Berens, President of the Auxiliary. A highlight for all Auxiliary volunteers was a visit from Doris Ragland who traveled from her home in Bradenton. Ragland has been featured numerous times in The News for her tremendous community service over 30 years. Ever yone enjoyed seeing these immaculately maintained classic automobiles. Hopefully this event will be held again
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The Samaritan Services Alzheimer’s monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 5 at the Redeemer Lutheran Church at 2 p.m. The speakers will be from Stedman Clinical Trials. They will be speaking on “Memory Screening”. For more information please call Dolores at the office at 634-9283.
CCW Farewell Potluck Luncheon and New Board Installation
CCW Farewell Potluck Luncheon and New Board Installation will take place on April 6. Ladies of the parish come join us for the annual farewell luncheon which will include our every other year installation of new Board of Directors. Doors of the Conesa will open at 11:30. Bring your favorite potluck dish, enjoy lunch with our many friends before some head back north, and offer congratulations to the new board.
Faith Community Holds Another Concert
By Paula Lickfeldt Save this date April 30, 2017. The Sun City Center Faith Community will be presenting another Day of Cabaret. The day will begin when the doors of the Community Hall on South Pebble Beach open at 1 p.m., the program will begin at 2 p.m. Wonderful local talent will be featured along with lots of door prizes. If you were at the show last year, you know how great it was and if not, you will want to partake in this years. Tickets will go on sale the first of April and can be purchased at each House of Worship in SCC or at the Atrium on Monday, Wednesday and Friday starting April 3. The ticket will cost $10 plus one nonperishable food item per person in advance and $12 at the door.
Christian Women’s Connection Luncheon
Please join us on Thursday, April 13, at Club Renaissance, 2121 South Pebble Beach Blvd., Sun City Center, as we welcome inspirational speaker Jennifer Beagle, who will share her story, “From Jailhouse to the Country Club”. Bonnie Wild will also be with us to share her “Accessories Gone Wild”. Seating begins at 11 a.m. with meal and program from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lido salad will be served or you may select the alternate chicken caesar salad when you make your reservation. Price is $18 inclusive, payable by cash or check made out to C.W.C., payable at the door. Please make your reservations or cancellations before 10 a.m. on Monday, April 10 by contacting Gail Green at 813-634-2159 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SouthShore United Church of Christ, 1501 La Jolla Ave, will present an organ recital performed by Dr. Ryan Hebert church organist from the University of Tampa. The concert will be on Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the sanctuary of the Church. The recital will have something for everyone: some classical pieces by J.S. Bach and Louis Vierne, as well as some great marches from John Philip Sousa, some lovely sacred selections by Timothy Albrecht, and the beautiful arrangement of My Favorite Things from the Sound of Music. There will be no admission charged but a freewill offering will be accepted. A meet the artist reception will follow in Hospitality Hall.
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Redeemer Women of the ELCA meeting
Redeemer Lutheran’s Women of the ELCA will meet on Wednesday, April 19 beginning with refreshments at 9:30 a.m. The program, starting at 10, will be a fashion show highlighting the Nearly New Shop. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, call 813-634-1292. The church is located at 701 Valley Forge Blvd., Sun City Center.
Redeemer Lutheran Donates Food
Members of Redeemer Lutheran Church recently collected food items for Our Lady’s Food Pantry. Here, Diane Brace from Redeemer is giving Anita Bullaro, co-director of the pantry, the food items and a check for cash donations that were received. Through a Thrivent Financial grant, additional food items were purchased and also donated.
Nearly New Shop “Counters” Luncheon
By Jay Sparkman, Photo by Joy Sparkman “The Counters”, the group of volunteers that count the monies at the Nearly New Shop following each sale day, held what has become an annual luncheon gathering at Denny’s. Most of volunteers have been counters for several years and several also have other volunteer positions at the NNS as well as being members of the SCC Interfaith Council. Pictured from left, back row, Jay Sparkman, Barbara Lauer, Connie Nichols, middle row, Dee Kelly, Dorothy Peterson, Pat Pelton, front, Kathy Clor, and Jane Trefren. The SCC Interfaith Council uses funds received from the sale of donated items at the Nearly New Shop to provide grants and scholarships in the South Shore area.
SCC Interfaith Council Supports Haven of Hope
By Jay Sparkman Mirdza Drengers, left, SCC Interfaith Council member and volunteer at the Nearly New Shop in Sun City Center Plaza recently presented a grant check for $5,000. to Janet Smith of the Haven of Hope in Ruskin. The grant will help provide clothing, food, travel expense, personal hygiene supplies, and transitional housing for women released from faith based prison. The SCC Interfaith Council has long been a supporter of Haven of Hope as well as many other service organizations in the South Shore area. The Council uses monies from the sale of donated items at the Nearly New Shop to fund grants and scholarships to qualifying high school seniors. For more information go to www.SunCityCenterInterfaithCouncil.com. For donation info and volunteer opportunities at Nearly New call 813-642-9099.
Our Lady’s Pantry has been instrumental in providing some measure of food SouthShore United Church of Christ relief for our neighbors since 1999. Few people know, however, that the Knights of Columbus have been the backbone of Pantry operations all those years. Celebrates Anniversaries A Catholic philanthropic organization, the Knights are dedicated to providing By Jo Prater charitable services to their community. Locally, they have provided thousands of SouthShore United Church of Christ celebrated a wonderful Anniversary Sunday man hours of voluntary service to Our Lady’s Pantry. on February 19. The couples were presented with beautiful white rose bouquets According to co-director of the Pantry, Tom Bullaro, the Knights are the hands and boutonnieres. A Wedding cake was cut by the longest married couple, Lee and behind the monthly collections held at Prince of Peace and Our Lady of Guadalupe Olive Hopkins, and they were toasted with Champagne and bubbles. Mission Churches for one thing. This past year, these Project Hunger collections amounted to a stunning $44,000, says Bullaro. These generous donations from the community have gone a very long way towards ensuring that the hungry among us have food for their tables week after week. “Our Lady’s Pantry has been blessed by countless energetic volunteers from across this community and even beyond,” says Bullaro. “That said, were it not for the tireless efforts of the Knights of Columbus, we would not be able to serve our community to the same extent as we do at this time. “We thank the Knights and all of those who donate to the Pantry for their ongoing care of the poor in our midst.”
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Temple Beth Israel Presents an Afternoon With the Beatlemaniax
Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 2 p.m. Join us at the SCC Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd., as we groove to the music of the Beatles. Doors open at 1:30, event kicks off at 2 p.m. Open seating. Tickets are $15 and will be on sale M/W/F at the Atrium kiosk beginning April 24. Call Ilene Unruch at 973-876-3513 or Paul Spiegal at 813-283-8010 for more information.
Athena House Donation
Pam Treadwell and Brenda Coman, codirectors of a variety show for the Athena House, presented a check amounting to $6,000 which included donations of linens and toys from the variety show to Sara Romeo, Executive Director and staff member Morgan McKeown. The Athena House is the only facility in Florida offering services to our Honorably Discharged Female Veterans, returning from war zones, who find themselves homeless. They receive temporary, transitional housing along with counseling that enables them to once again become productive members of society. There are only 10 facilities in the entire United States for our female veteran.
Catholic Women’s Baby Shower
The Council of Catholic Women at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 702 Valley Forge Blvd, held their annual baby shower at their March general meeting. The recipients of these gifts will be the women and children supported by the Foundation of Life Pregnancy Center, and the Knights Women’s Center, both located in Tampa, FL. Members of the Council, as well as Liliana Gimenez, Center Manager (front row, second from right), and Barb Caleca, CCW President (far right) are shown with the many gift donated. More information regarding the centers may be found at “www.foundationsoflife.org”.
Trinity Women Share Flowers for Friends
The Trinity Women’s Fellowship (TWF) from Trinity Baptist Church in SCC recently enjoyed a pizza lunch followed by a Floral Design demonstration & workshop. The flowers in a mug that the 40 women designed were shared with shut-ins and friends who needed encouragement. Teaching the design was Teri Brockway, past president of the SCC Elegant Gardening Club. She was assisted by floral judge Mardice Burns. TWF and garden club member, Marge Weber, coordinated the program. On March 21, the ladies took a field trip and had luncheon at Hope Children’s Home in Tampa. Various immediate health, cleaning, paper and other needs were donated. The Tuesday, April 18 luncheon program will feature a speaker and DVD presentation on Human Trafficking. For more information about Trinity Women’s Fellowship, check the website at “www.trinitybaptistscc.com” or call 813-634-4228.
Photo by Nancy Williams First row, far left, Marge Weber coordinated the floral design workshop, and, second row far left, Mardice Burns assisted. Demonstrator Teri Brockway is standing next to her.
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Beth Israel Hosts Interfaith Council Meeting
By Jay Sparkman Beth Israel Congregation was host to a recent monthly meeting of the Sun City Center Interfaith Council. Guest speaker for the evening was Jan Falcione of the Mary Martha House in Ruskin. Ms. Falcione spoke of the growth of Mary Martha House and the need for programs that support and provide guidance for abused women. The Sun City Center Interfaith Council has been a longtime supporter of Mary Martha House and its programs. The Interfaith Council is able to provide grants to organizations as well as college scholarships through the use of monies gained from the sale of donations at the Nearly New Shop in the Sun City Center Plaza. For more information: www.SunCityCenterInterfaithCouncil.com. For information about volunteering at the Nearly New Shop call 813-642-9099.
Community World Day of Prayer Service
More than 100 people of different faiths attended the recent community World Day of Prayer Service that was hosted by Redeemer Lutheran Church. Since the service was structured around the country of the Philippines, refreshments representing that country were served. A Filipino choir provided two selections and Dr. Merjjena B. Hemp spoke about injustice in the world and her experiences growing up during repressive times in the Philippines.
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Kings Point Line Dancers
The KP Line Dancers are having a free social dance on Wed April 19, 7 p.m. in the Veterans Theater. Flower Power is the theme, casual dress or costume, appropriate shoes, no flip-flops. Open to KP and SCC residents and their guests. BYOB. Call Jan 634-6226 for more info.
KP Krafter’s Club Spring Fling Sale
Friday, April 7, 2017, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. North Clubhouse front lobby Kings Point Krafters have been busy all winter with one-of-a-kind knitted and crochet projects to sell. Proceeds are donated to Sun City Charities. Lots of homemade items to choose from: baby sweaters, hats, blankets, booties, toys and sets, ladies’ shawls, lap blankets, afghans, scarves, etc. Canvas items too.
KP Mixed Chorus to Present Spring Concert
The Kings Point Mixed Chorus is proud to announce the annual Spring Concert, which will be held in the Veterans Theater on Tuesday, April 4, at 4 p.m. Tickets for the BYOB cabaret-style reserved round table seating are available at the Kings Point Box Office for $8. The 70 plus singers from Sun City Center and surrounding areas are pleased to invite everyone from the entire Southshore area to come and enjoy an afternoon of musical entertainment. The men and women of the Chorus, under the talented direction of Tom Lippert, are excited to present the wonderful songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber, including, among others, familiar selections from Cats and Phantom of the Opera. They have been working hard the past several months to put together a program that is sure to delight concert-goers. Local audiences have been enjoying our presentations for over 40 years. Head over to the Kings Point Box Office now and get your preferred seats before this popular concert sells out. If you live outside the Kings Point Community, just inform the guard at the Visitors Gate that you are there to buy chorus concert tickets. For additional information, you may call Mary Anne at (813) 634-8747 or email “firstname.lastname@example.org”, or visit the Chorus website “kpchorus.org”. We look forward to seeing you on April 4. Let us entertain you!
Heartland Club Spring Party
Kings Point West Lawn Bowling Club
Kings Point West Lawn Bowling Club (KPWLBC) crowned the club Double’s Champions Frank Crowley and Susan Bowers on March 11 as they defeated the team of Donald Bowers and Bob Frieboth. Both teams wowed the fans gathered with many excellent shots. KPWLBC is an active club with scheduled bowling six days a week. In addition to regular bowling, members Bob Frieboth, Donald Bowers, Frank are looking participate in many league Crowley & Susan Bowers. and club tournaments throughout the season. If you are a lawn bowler interested in joining KPWLBC, would like information on lawn bowling or to inquire about lessons, please call Frank at 813-938-4757.
Kings Point Tennis Club 2017 Annual Tennis Tournament Results
On February 28, the Kings Point Tennis Club held its annual Tennis Tournament. Group A was for players who considered themselves to be rated 3.0 or less. Group B was for players who considered themselves to be 3.1 or higher rated players. A total of 16 players entered the tournament. Afterwards a barbecue was held to celebrate the winners and for club members and guests to socialize. The weather cooperated and it was a great day for all. Both tied for third
By Stephanie Case The Heartland Club will be hosting a potluck dinner on Friday, April 28, at 5 p.m. Group B results: 1st Vincent Petaccio, 2nd Neil Wirts, 3rd Darrel Berry and Stu in the Kings Point Veterans Theater. Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Nebraska, Group A results: 1st Al Landry, 2nd Ken Fisher Kansas and Missouri are well-represented in this group, but everyone is invited to Sturgill, 3rd Spencer Ramos enjoy this very friendly and lively group. The club will furnish the entrée, dessert, Quilt Show And Boutique coffee and tea for this BYOB event and guests are asked to bring a salad or side dish Friday, April 7, 2017, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Banquet Room at the Kings to share. Special entertainment will be provided. Tickets are $8 for members or $10 Point North Clubhouse for nonmembers. Come be a part of the camaraderie and fun. Checks made payable By Jane Scully to The Heartland Club can be sent to John Wohlrab, 2127 Sifield Greens Way, SCC, 33573. Deadline for reservations is Monday, April 24. For more information, you Come enjoy the quilt show and perhaps purchase something from the boutique. Boutique proceeds help fund the ongoing may call John at (813) 938-5433 or e-mail “email@example.com”. charity quilt projects. This year the Are You at Risk of a Fall? Free Balance Screening Kings Point Quilters have donated quilts to veterans in local nursing homes, for Kings Point Residents Mary and Martha House in Ruskin and Tuesday, April 25, 9:30 to 12:30 in the 2020 Building. By appointment only. The Shriners Hospital for Children in Tampa. therapists from Sun Towers Retirement Community are on a quest to reduce the At the close of the show, one lucky risk of falls before they happen. Have your fall risk screened at no cost to you. This person will be chosen as the owner of simple test takes less than two minutes. See the results before your eyes through this beautiful hand quilted Opportunity biofeedback. Interested in knowing more or wish to schedule? call 813-892-2990. Quilt. At present the quilt can be viewed in Fiber Arts Room I at the Kings Point Singles Mingles of Kings Point North Clubhouse. Ask any quilt club Sunday, April 30 in the Kings Point North Clubhouse Veterans Theater. $6. Thor member how you could become the lucky owner. See you at the show. Information: Stevens and his saxophone will provide live music for you dancing and listening Sandy Nunn, President 813-642-8961. pleasure. BYOB and snacks. Ice, water, cups and napkins provided. Proper attire requested. Please no jeans, shorts, etc. If you do not live in Kings Point, please call to have your name added to the list for the gate. Info: Janet 813-633-3558 or 813-334-1439.
Kings Point Dance Club
Last dance of the season featuring Thor Stevens on Thursday April 13 By Judy Fenwick The last Kings Point dance of the season is Thursday, April 13 featuring Thor Stevens. The dance will be held in the Kings Point Veterans Theater. Doors open at 7 p.m. for check-in and dancing is from 7:30 - 9:30. Cost for guests attending the dance is $5 a person. Contact Judy at 634-5364 if you are a guest. Proper dress is dressy pants and button down tuckedin shirt for men and dressy pants or dress for women. Kings Point Dance club membership is Kings Point Dance club officers for 2017 open to Kings Point and Sun City Center from left to right: Wayne & Sharon Galpin residents. Membership is $50 a year, (Vice-President social), Theresa & Roman which includes seven dances. Guests are Rodriguez (Vice-President membership), always welcome, but nonresidents should Judy Fenwick (Secretary/Treasurer), and call Judy so your name can be put on the George Fenwick President. gate list.
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KPAL’s Artist of the Month for April is Bob Ewing
After completing three years at Philadelphia College of Art, Bob was the Art Director at the Institute for Scientific Information for 16 years before beginning his own business, ‘The Design Factory’. In 2004, Bob and his wife Arline moved down to Kings Point from New Jersey. Despite being impaired by a stroke in 2001, Bob learned how to paint left handed under the direction of Bill Greet at the Kings Point Art League. In his spare time, Bob loves to play golf at Scepter Golf Course two to three times a week. He won the Kings Point Golf Course Men’s Championship back in 2009. Now, Bob works part-time at Scepter Golf Course as a Ranger. Bob’s acrylic paintings will be on display for the month of April.
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Jim Ferguson is Club Champion
King’s Point West Lawn Bowling Club’s men’s champion, Jim Ferguson was crowned Club Champion in a match against women’s champion Mary Baker. The spectators enjoyed many good plays and congratulated both Jim and Mary for and exciting well played match. KPWLBC is an active club with scheduled bowling six days a week. In addition to regular bowling, members participate in many league and club tournaments throughout the season. If you are a lawn bowler interested in joining KPWLBC, would like information on lawn bowling or to inquire about Mary and Jim lessons, please call Frank at 813-9384757.
One Man’s Junk: A Cautionary Tale
By Michelle Jolly I come by my love of garage sales honestly. My grandmother, mother and aunties dragged us around to many a thrift store hunting for buried treasure when I was growing up in New York City. My grandmother (Abuelita) never visited any of her dozen grandchildren empty handed, yet even with a limited income, her discerning eye always found a little something for all of us at these thrift stores (we called them Traperas). A book, a doll, a special toy, or the rare but celebrated find of an item that had never been used and still had its original price tag on it (con los tickets)! As a small child, these shopping trips were an adventure. As a teenager, they were painfully embarrassing. As an adult, I came to appreciate the ‘hunt’ for a variety of special items that I could make good use of. We’ve all heard the saying “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure,” and in this ‘disposable society’ I like to employ my artistic or DIY abilities to embrace the possibilities of reusing or repurposing a castoff item for the bargain price of anywhere from a quarter to ten bucks (my limit). To this day my cousins and I still frequent the local thrift shops and I like to think our moms are smiling down upon us whenever we get a deal. We never miss the twice yearly Kings Point Garage Sale. Over the last dozen or so years that I’ve lived here I rented a table three times to sell off the odds and ends that pile up in everyone’s home – clothes that don’t fit, home décor items that I’ve grown bored with, sports equipment surplus, etc. Each time I managed to earn $100-$150, not a bad haul. But I also vowed each time never to do it again because first of all it’s exhausting. And once I’ve schlepped it to the theater and set up my display there’s no way I want to bring it home again so we end up slashing prices or giving it away. I’m constantly dismayed at how easily we end up accumulating so much “stuff ”! Most of us who retired here have downsized, and so while we really don’t need much, old habits die hard. It took me a few garage sale attempts to learn the lesson – before I buy another piece of bargain ‘junk’ I need to think hard about where in my home I’m going to use it and ask myself ‘do you really want to be selling this a year or two from now for a quarter?’ I may show up at the garage sale with a friend, but given the crowds and the ground I have to cover I do my best shopping alone. So, my pals and I arrange a meeting place and off I go, systematically surveying every single table in every single room. What am I looking for? Nothing. Everything. IT will find me I’m sure. I passed tables selling jewelry (don’t need any), baseball caps (no thanks), baskets (my husband will kill me if I buy one more), assorted bric-a-brac (who wants to dust those?). There was an interesting table with some cool old vinyl records but alas I don’t have a turntable. I turned down the next aisle and BINGO – I found something I could really use and my spirits soared. Three large sketch tutorial books along with a gently used water color palette. $3 for the whole shebang! These will be perfect to instruct and inspire me in my journey as an artist and I can’t wait to get started and learn something to enhance the local classes I’m taking. Someday when we’re long gone, the contents of our homes will likely end up in a shop like Nearly New. I’ve come across family albums there and thought how sad that someone’s children didn’t want these. If you’re surrounded by clutter, do a little purging and maybe donate your excess to one of the local thrift shops like Nearly New or Guadeloupe Church as these places do wonderful charity work. Now is also a good time to start giving your children any of the treasured items you think they’ll like. Or if you’ve got the energy, sign up for a table at the next garage sale and earn a few bucks. It’s been three years since I last participated in the KP Garage Sale and as I looked around my house with a critical eye the other day I made a mental note of several items I really didn’t need or want. Hmm… time to purge again, so if you happen to be passing by my table at the next Kings Point Garage Sale, I promise to give you a good price on some cool things I have, even some of them ‘con los tickets’. Nearly New Shop, 1515 Sun City Center Plaza, Sun City Center, FL 33573 (813) 642-9099 Our Lady of Guadalupe, 16650 US-301, Wimauma, FL 33598 (813) 633-2384
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Knock It Out of The Park Cat Food Drive
JSA Donates to the Emergency Squad
The Emergency Squad was the beneficiary of a generous donation from JSA Medical Group. The company donated $1,000 to support the Squad’s mission of “Neighbors Helping Neighbor Left to Right are: Latoya Brown, Stella Soria, both from JSA; Chief Robert Leonard, Chief Financial Officer Marty Gifford; Keila Netron and Donelle Evans, also from JSA.
Mack, Mack & Waltz Donates to the Emergency Squad
Insurance Agent and President of Mack, Mack & Waltz Insurance Agency, Greg Waltz, recently donated $1,000 to the Emergency Squad. Pictured: Dick Morrison, Squad Board member; Greg Waltz, Jr.; Eileen Peco, Chairman of the Board: Greg Waltz: Chief Robert Leonard, and CFO Marty Gifford.
L to R: Barbara Flagg, Dispatcher; John Colburn, Driver/EMR; Principal Ismael Lebron-Bravo; Karen Crippen, Dispatcher; Asst. Principal Karen Fletcher; Data Manager Pat Fleurijean; Asst. Chief Chris McCann; and Peg Campbell, EMR.
Squad Volunteers Contribute to Wimauma Teachers
Like so many volunteers in Sun City Center, our Squad volunteers assist others in many ways. Recently the volunteers collected school supplies and chose to contribute them to Wimauma Elementary School. In addition to the supplies, the volunteers made financial donations totaling $1,130 for the purchase of additional school materials. “The donations are truly from our volunteers themselves and no Squad funds were used. We are always cognizant of the community’s contributions to the Emergency Squad and work to be good stewards of those donations. Most of our volunteers contribute not just their time, but also their money to the Squad. But several times a year, the volunteers assist in efforts to help others. This time we chose Wimauma Elementary School,” said Karen Crippen. “We know that teachers use their own money to supplement their classrooms and our volunteers wanted to help.”
April 1, 2017 – April 30, 2017 MLB Opening Day is more than just the beginning of the season it’s a cat food drive for Cat Lovers Club of SCC. Let’s hit a homerun! All donated cat food benefits low-income pet owners through the Cat Lovers Club of SCC, Cat Meals Program. The individuals that receive these donations have limited financial means to provide the nutritious food necessary to feed their cats. The cat food they receive through this important program makes a difference in their lives, the lives of their pets, and the cats in their care. Participating Locations: Boggs Jewelers 4845 Sun City Center Blvd. Sun City Center, FL 33573. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. – noon. Men’s Club of SCC 1002 Cherry Hills Dr. Sun City Center, FL 33573 Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sun City Center Security Patrol 1225 N Pebble Beach Blvd. Sun City Center, FL 33573 Every Day, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. If you prefer, you can mail a check donation directly to Cat Lovers Club, PO Box 5772, Sun City Center, FL 33571-5772 and mark your donation “Feed the Tuna Chest”.
Feline Folks News
Visit us from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at the Kings Point North Club House Lobby Table. This is a great opportunity to speak with the group’s friendly, welcoming, representative who can explain the mission of Feline Folks in caring for the community cats. The representative can also recommend ways for you to help, if you wish. Another way to meet the group is by joining their Meow Mixer on Thursday, April 6, at 4:30 p.m., in the Culinary Room of the newly renovated 2020 building. Do you know about the strays neuter scooter: This van from Animal Coalition of Tampa (ACT) comes to Sun City Center the third Wednesday of each month. The van’s location is in the parking lot near Adogable Pets to the right of Publix between 5 and 5:50 a.m. People can drop off cats needing to be neutered. The cost is $35 per cat. The cat must be picked up between 5:30 to 6 p.m. that same day. Please call Animal Coalition of Tampa to make a reservation. As we get ready to say goodbye to our snowbirds, we are in need of assistance with our efforts to care for the community cats. Feline Folks is a not-for-profit all volunteer job that feeds and cares for the community cats. For information email “firstname.lastname@example.org”.
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Call the Men's Club of SCC 813-633-7091 The Elegant Gardeners club was selling beautiful orchids.
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Service is not available outside Sun City Center Proper To show our support Adogable Pets is offering Law Enforcement & 1st Responders a 15% discount on all Grooming services for your civilian pets. K-9 Officers Grooming services are 100% on us! In lieu of our services, Officers are welcome to use our facility to bathe their own police dog ! For an appointment call 813-419-4972
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In a Class of its Own. The E-Z-GO Freedom RXV A better driving experience starts here.
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Now “I had a great drive” takes on a whole new meaning. The Shelby Cobra® takes the golf cart to a whole new level. Now the most enjoyable part of the game will be a great drive.
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