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April 2021

3’s Company Wows the Crowd


APRIL 5 Board Workshop Community Hall - 9 a.m. Also, via Zoom - 9 a.m. ID: 892 4180 2914 Passcode: 551595 14 Board Meeting Community Hall - 9 a.m. Also, via Zoom - 9 a.m. ID: 863 2528 4077 Passcode: 656109 16 Club Leaders Meeting Community Hall - 9 a.m. Also, via Zoom - 9 a.m. ID: 872 5118 3368 Passcode: 867200

Agendas for the monthly Board Meetings will be posted on the Official Bulletin Board in the Atrium the Friday before and on the CA website (www. suncitycenter.org – under “Residents” – Upcoming Meeting Agendas). They will also be sent via “What’s New in the CA” email blast.

CA Contact Information Administration Office 1009 N. Pebble Beach Blvd, SCC Phone: 813.633.3500 Hours – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., M-F sccboard@suncitycenter.org Website: suncitycenter.org Information Center: 813.633.4670

L to R: Steve Sanders, Antoinette Eachols, SCC-CA Entertainment Director Renee Bray, and Ca’chiese Dubari meet before the concert. Brae scheduled the concert. The others perform with 3’s Company.

The SCC Audubon Club invites members of the SCC Community Association to celebrate Earth Day • Thursday, April 22 • by taking a guided tour of the Nature Trails. Learn about this wonderful natural resource that offers a quiet, peaceful place to stroll, watch birds, or simply sit on a comfortable bench and enjoy the outdoors.

By Diane M. Loeffler The group 3’s Company had Sun City Center dancing and singing along. The St. Petersburg based group of Steve Sanders, Antoinette Eachols and Ca’chiese Dubari describe themselves as freestyle, cross genre and old school / new school. Their music included plenty of Motown, some country, and a few ballads. The wind was blowing in a weather front, but the rains held off until well after everyone was home. If you want to see this amazing band, you can go to their website, “3scompanyband.com” and check their calendar. Hopefully,

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Celebrate Earth Day 2021 on the Nature Trails

Vern and Elysa Hendricks enjoy dinner and music in their cart. Both Vern and Elysa are volunteers for Sun Radio 96.3 FM. Sun Radio broadcasts community news and interviews as well as playing music.

Volunteers in their Natural Habitat: Sun City Center

By Bob Sanchez One of the greatest strengths of our Sun City Center community is our large network of volunteers, who carry the spirit of community investment that has been a fundamental part of Sun City Center since the very beginning. Let’s meet a few of our outstanding community volunteers:

A. J. Steirer and Madlyn Blom are two of the many volunteers in the Sun City Center Photo Club. A. J. schedules lab monitors and helps schedule classes for members. Madlyn serves on the Club’s board, photographs veterans for the Atrium display, and organized a collection of used cameras for donation to the Ruskin Elementary School.


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When Cindy Rohr and her husband arrived here in early 2020 from Port Huron, Michigan, she “joined every dance club in Sun City Center.” She’d had careers as a respiratory therapist and as co-owner of a dance school with her mom. “At this time of my life I think it’s time to give back,” she said. Now she teaches beginning and advanced ballet classes as a volunteer, and just received CA approval to form the West Coast Swing and Country Dance Club.

Many, many local volunteers are members of the Men’s Club, where Bruce Fraser is 2021 president and an installer for Lifeline, which he calls “the best kept secret in Sun City Center.” Bruce has also helped the Samaritans for nine years, specifically on SCC Ride and Meals on Wheels. On the Security Patrol he’s a captain, dispatcher, and driver.

On Wednesday mornings at Sew ‘n Sews, members devote plenty of time to helping others. Left to right, Nancy Yeager, Carol Zeller and Jan Ring collaborate, while Nancy MacDonald works on a solo project. They make quilts and pillowcases for Kids Place, baby items for Choices, and Quilts of Honor for Sun City Center vets within our community, and as Club president Dabney Hill adds, “just about any organization that comes to us with an idea for a worthy cause.

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President’s Report

By Bob Sullivan, CA President Here we are four months into 2021, and the question begs when will we get back to being fully open. The Board of Directors is ready to take the next step in opening the facilities to normal capacity and usage beginning April 5. There will continue to be no outside guests and no food events at this time. Even with the 4300+ vaccinations completed in the Community and the ones that occurred outside the CA, we still must ensure that we observe CDC guidelines and social distancing. The vaccine doesn’t give us a shield that protects anyone from getting the virus. It may keep a person from life-ending or hospital-type issues. We will have our future Board Workshops and Meetings at the Community Hall along with Zoom to allow for those out of town or not able to attend in person. Many have asked when SCC Entertainment will resume? We are looking at having a test event in October to determine the handling of potential future events. The number of seats in the Community Hall will be reduced to allow for Social Distancing. Having the seating reduced will affect the reserved seating, so there will be no reserved seats. Tickets will be purchased individually first come first served. SCC Community Association members will have first access, and Kings Point will be open for sales two to three weeks before the show. There will be no outside sales other than Kings Point for any of the upcoming shows or events. The Board is working on new guest card policies. Guest cards will be for the use of the pool and fitness center and for outside facilities, during non-club usage. Guest cards will no longer be used for club participation or club events. Clubs are for the benefit of Community Association members and Kings Point members that have obtained a Gold Card Pass. Gold Cards are for the use of joining clubs only. We want to ensure that we protect the value of our community. The amenities we have are some of the reasons that entice many of our home buyers. More information will be available in the upcoming weeks. Please ensure you have signed up for the News Blast by visiting the CA Office, on our website or by sending a request to “www.sccboard@suncitycenter.org”.

Earth continued from page 1. Three Audubon Club experts will conduct the tours, each of which will last approximately an hour. Participants will learn about the wildlife, trees, plants and insects that are found along the trails. •10:00 a.m. - Bird Lovers Walk led by Ray Webb, Master Birder •10:30 a.m. - Tree Huggers Walk conducted by Melanie Higgins, Florida Master Naturalist •11:00 a.m. - Bugs and Blooms guided by John Lampkin, citizen entomologist and botanist At the end of the tours, participants will receive a flyer redeemable for a 10% discount on purchases at Sweet Bay Nursery, which sells Florida native plants. The nursery is located at 10824 Erie Road in Parrish. Besides the tours, there will be information about the SCC Audubon Club and its activities. Bottled water, snack bars and fruit will be provided by the CA. The SCC Audubon Club, led by President Mary Duncan, and the CA jointly provide stewardship of the Nature Trails, which wind through 16 acres of varied habitat, including pine forest, pine flatwoods, hardwood hammocks, small wetland meadows and a cypress swamp. Participants should wear long pants and closed-toed shoes or boots, and bring binoculars if desired. A hat, sun protection and insect repellent are recommended. The trailhead is located off W. Del Webb Blvd. between Seton Hall Dr. and Vincennes Dr. On-street parking is available along Del Webb Blvd. Please do not block private driveways. Rain date is Friday, April 23.

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).

Volunteering - The Principle of Selfless Concern

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By Ilona Merritt, Editor, Computer Journal In 1983, one of our SCC residents had problems with a computer, which was still in the early stages of home use. He asked for help, and help came from other SCC residents. They met in their homes until the group grew too large, the CA gave them a meeting place, and the rest is history. The Computer Club became one of the largest organizations in SCC. They incorporated and eventually became a 501(c)(3) and are registered as an education club because they are teaching classes and offered special Interest groups open to our community members who wanted to learn about Personal Computers. Now, in 2021, they are still teaching. Skill levels of our members range from “I don’t know how to turn the ‘thing’ on” to “let me show you how to disassemble and reassemble this device blindfolded, in a closet, in 27 seconds”. The truth is we’re all still learning and none of us know everything. Many of us have learned the quickest way to become proficient in something is to teach it to others. If you’re not quite comfortable on your own with a given subject, volunteer to assist another Instructor or find someone to team-teach with you. Above all, get involved! We have many needs for which we need your help! Logistics and member/visitor assistance in the Computer Lab for example. Or assisting with classes or the monthly meetings or a host of other tasks. Don’t be shy... just ask!

Company continued from page 1. they will return to Sun City Center again. Mark your calendars for the next Bandstand Concert. Bri Rivera and her group will be performing on April 15 from 6 until 7:30.

People were dancing to almost every song.

Gerri Nelson and Shelly Karg were among those enjoying music while dancing or relaxing in the pool.



Pickleball Club Potters Wheel Club

AMOUNT $1,200 $300


Maintenance of Pickleball courts Hardship Fund


List prepared from CA staff data. Report corrections, additions to CA at 633-3500.

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Sunshine, Music and Food: Bandstand Concert Series By Diane M. Loeffler At 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, February 25, the sun was shining, the temperature was a pleasant 82 degrees, the group Nunes at Night was warming up, and golf carts were pulling into campus. The Sun City Center Community Association Bandstand Concert was about to begin. Carts were lined up from Rollins Theater to the parking lot behind the Administration Building and from the Pottery Building to across the street by the Arts and Crafts Building. A BBQ Time food truck already had a line of customers. The Kona Ice truck was serving ice cream and other cold treats. Nunes at Night began with Pretty Woman. John Nunes, the band leader, plays guitar and sings lead vocal. He started playing while in the Navy. He describes their music as “old time rock and roll.” Damon Navari plays percussion and sings. Navari has played on several world tours with a number of different groups. Jeff Dilly plays base. His experience includes touring with Fleetwood Mac Tribute Bands. Marianna Biondi also sings with the group. Her bluesy voice was amazing. Most people sat in golf carts, but a dozen or so individuals brought their folding chairs along and sat in the area right in front of the band. Others danced. Some people enjoyed the concert from a little bit further away. Judy Creed says, “My husband, Rick, and I decided to listen from the pool.” Many of us are excited to have our campus concerts again while others were

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Nunes at Night Members John Nunes, Damon Navari and Jeff Dilly performed. This photo was taken 20 minutes before the concert. Later the area behind them was filled with carts and dancers.

attending their first SCCCA concert. Marcia Schools says, “This is our first concert. Mark and I are new to Sun City Center. Everyone here is so friendly. We are anxious for things to open.” Kim Humbarger says, “We moved here on November 24, 2020. This is our first concert. We got here early and are really enjoying it. This is a nice afternoon for a concert. Everyone here is so welcoming. I have been going to water aerobics and walking. My husband, Dennis, golfs three times a week.” Entertainment Director Renee Bray arranges for the Bandstand Concerts. She says, “I hope to continue the regular concert series. As the time the sun sets gets later, the concert times will be later. We want to be sure people in golf carts can get home before sunset.” A special

Appreciating Andy Ledoux

SCCCA Board Updates

By Diane M. Loeffler Seventeen Community Association members received hardship waivers of their annual dues. To receive them, the members had to go through a qualification process. Their names are kept anonymous. Approval is by case numbers only. These funds come from donations from various clubs and members. In the upcoming weeks, expect to see clean-up activity on our West Campus Nature Trail. This trail is on the west side of West Del Webb near Vincennes Drive and Seton Hall Drive. The Audubon Club recently received $20,000 for the removal of invasive, non-native plants. Our association’s annual audit was completed. One of the accountants who worked on it was Karen Hook. She says, “There were no adjustments. Everything was good.” A copy of the audit will be available to view at the Sun City Center Library.

The area behind the grandstand was popular for dancers.

thanks to Bray for all her work in finding talented performers and bringing them to our campus. If you haven’t been to a L to R: Kim and Dennis Humbarger and concert before, you are really missing a Mark and Marcia Schools enjoyed their great event. first SCCCA Bandstand Concert.

Veterans Photo Shoot For SCCCA Members

The next photo shoot for the Veterans Wall of Honor Project as shown in the Atrium will be held on Saturday, April 17, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon in the Photo Lab located in the multipurpose building at the corner of North Course Lane and N. Pebble Beach Blvd. This is available for all Community Association members who served honorably in any Branch of the U.S. Military. Please call Carol Donner in the CA office (813-633-3500) to register, along with your CA membership number, by 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 15 and you will be assigned a specific time.

Andy’s formal portrait for the Veterans’ Project. (Photo courtesy of Bill Hodges)

By Bob Sanchez If you’ve attended any public event in Sun City Center in the last few years, you’ve likely seen Andy Ledoux with his camera. If you’ve strolled in the Atrium and noticed the Veterans’ Photo Project on the video monitor, you’ve seen his work. If you are one of the over 800 veterans shown on that display, then you’ve met him. Or if you’re in the Photo Club, perhaps you attended a field trip he organized, received a friendly photo tip, or used a computer he’s helped set up and maintain in the Photo Lab. Andy has proved a boon to the community ever since he and his wife, Beverly, moved here 12 years ago. Bill Hodges certainly thinks so. He’d been looking for five years for an expert photographer to help get his Veterans Photo Project off the ground. Then Bill shared his dream with Andy, who immediately replied “Let’s do it.” Bill says that ever since then, Andy “has been the creative genius behind taking the pictures and formatting them to fit the screen.” Andy has spent many hours in the Photo Lab, where club president Joe Sclafani notes his friendly and helpful

Andy and Bill Hodges do their best to reach every veteran, such as Robert Lee. (Photo courtesy of Bill Hodges)

Photography has been Andy’s hobby for over a half century, using “nothing but Nikon.” And talent. Bev said he can take macro photos of backyard weeds and make them look beautiful.Andy Ledoux in his backyard. (Photo by Bob Sanchez)

presence. “He is a master of the Nikon,” Joe notes, “and you can just tell he loves photography and sharing his expertise.” Photo Club member Madlyn Blom agrees. “He helped me on field trips,” she said, “he even went to a bowling alley with me one night to try to teach me

about shooting in low-light conditions. He touched on many topics I was still trying to learn, and he kept encouraging me. “While Andy was very patient, his wife was extremely patient! Because he didn’t drive, he spent time in his yard practicing macro photography and would go outside when he couldn’t sleep and practice night photography. Beverly drove him to the lab when the weather was bad, didn’t complain when people came to the house for help, and didn’t object to me and him going on photo trips together. Behind every busy volunteer is a supportive spouse picking up the slack, and they should

be acknowledged as well.” Andy served in the Army during the Vietnam War, setting up communications systems across Southeast Asia. Later he became an engineer at Microwave Associates, raised a family with Bev, and eventually moved to Sun City Center from Nashua, New Hampshire. Now they have three children and four grandchildren. Andy is recovering from a recent stroke, and of course everyone who knows him hopes he’ll get back to one hundred percent. Meanwhile, he and his wife Bev need to move to Tarpon Springs to be closer to their supportive family.

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NOTICE: Each community and club in Sun City Center has specific rules about membership and attendance. Unless specifically stated or posted, most venues, meetings and events hosted on the Community Association campus require attendees to bring their SCC CA ID or KP Gold Card. When in doubt, contact the club in question prior to arrival. Thanks.

SCC Patrol Volunteer of the Month

Chuck Schaiper is the February Volunteer of The Month. Chuck volunteered 45 hours of his time in February and also volunteered for both rounds of COVID Vaccine Traffic control taking a shift for every one of the 8 days! Great Job Chuck! Can you spare three hours a month? Join the Security Patrol.

Discover Florida’s Conservation History

Florida has a long history of land and wildlife conservation. On Saturday, April 3, the SCC Audubon Club will host a virtual talk by Ann Paul, a retired Audubon biologist, about this rich history. Ann will describe Florida’s role in the conservation of wildlife and landscapes, including actions by leaders here in the Tampa Bay area. She will explain how protecting birds and other wildlife carries over into providing significant benefits to humans. Much of the early conservation movement in the United States started here in Florida. The state is the site of the first Federal bird reservation, Pelican Island, and the first eastern national forest, Ocala National Forest. Florida’s conservation story includes plenty of drama, such as the struggle against poachers who nearly drove wading birds to extinction to satisfy the craze for feathers in ladies’ hats. It features conservation champions such as Jay N. “Ding” Darling and Marjorie Stoneman Douglas, author of “The Everglades: River of Grass.” Ann worked for Audubon’s Florida Coastal Islands Sanctuaries as the Tampa Bay Regional Coordinator. Before that position she worked for the Texas Nature Conservancy as Assistant Land Steward and for Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation. An expert in waterbird populations and management of coastal habitats for wildlife, she holds a master’s degree in biology from Trinity University in Texas. Ann received the Theodore Roosevelt Hillsborough Forever Conservation Award for dedication to preserving the county’s natural resources. The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. with socializing and business topics, and Ann’s presentation will start at 10 a.m. The Zoom link will be sent to Audubon Club members prior to the meeting. Non-members can contact Patsie Ginley for the link at “patsieginley@aol.com”.

Bridge Club Delivers

Meals on Wheels is the definition of cooperative effort. Our Little Golden Books taught us “farmer-to market-to table” but the truth is you could fill a theatre with the folks it takes to get a hot meal to a senior. Yes, of course, the farmer and the market but then MoW needs shoppers, nutritionists, cooks, GPS maps, and drivers. Also, the intake people, the financial folks, fundraising, community awareness and emergency support services. In Sun City Center this enormous project is organized by the Women’s Club, and the delivery is handled on a monthly rotation by community organizations. South Bay Hospital does the cooking and Samaritan Services (634-9283) takes reservations. The Duplicate Bridge Association of Sun City Center volunteered to deliver meals for March 2021 with the club president, Ronda O’Farrell, coordinating dates, times, drivers, routes. The first week of March saw 153 meals delivered to 32 households in SCC and Kings Point. The bridge club has 38 volunteer drivers from SCC, Apollo Beach, and Brandon making “To Table” a reality for our neighbors.

Computer Club Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, April 14 from 7 to 8 p.m. At this meeting, Joe Ferro will present “Home Automation, with a focus on Security Camera Scenarios.” Computer Club Classes The Computer Club Lab is open with limited activities. Some classes will be held in the lab and some classes will be held as Virtual classes using GoToMeeting teleconferencing software. Registered students will receive an email with instructions, the day before the Virtual class. Sign up for classes can be done online. Students must be a member in good standing at Sun City Center or Kings Point. Tuition is payable upon registration. For additional information email Pauline Baker, Education Director at “paulinebaker864@gmail.com”. Listed here are brief descriptions of the classes being offered. For all the details, go to the Computer Club website www.scccomputerclub.org. Detailed information is also available in the computer lab. iPad/iPhone for Seniors – Wednesday, April 7 from 9 to noon Excel for Beginners (Virtual class) – Tuesday, April 20 from 9 to noon

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Sew’n Sews Have Been Busy

The pandemic has not stopped the creativity or desire to sew at Sew’n Sews. They have sewn quilts to present to veterans in Sun City Center. They are currently canvassing Sew’n Sews members for veterans who are members of the club or their spouses to receive a quilt. The members have sewn 216 pillowcases for Ryan’s Case for Smiles. Through Inspire Quilt Shop in Plant City, they are distributed to children with cancer in hospitals in the Tampa Bay area. A few members are making dresses for African girls that will be distributed when missionaries will again be able to travel to Africa. Not to leave themselves out, the Sew’n Sews spent a couple of mornings making bucket hats for themselves. As always their club room has many items to sell. A beginning quilting class is slated to start on March 17. Sew’n Sews are continuously in search of charities, especially local ones, where they can put their skills to best use. Sew’n Sews, located in the Arts & Crafts, is open to all members of the Sun City Center Community Association and Kings Point members who have a gold card. For information, call 813-505-9503 or email “www.scc.sew.n.sews@gmail.com”.

The Elegant Garden Club held their March meeting in the parking lot of SouthShore UCC church again. Club member Teri Brockway, who is a Master Gardener, led the meeting about succulents. Club members brought succulents that they needed help identifying and some to share with other members of the club if they had extras. In April, the club will visit another garden, and in May the meeting will be about shade plants. If you are interested in more information about the club, call Paula at 813-633-6739.

Front L to R: Board members Debbie Zieg, Linda Cannistra, Instructor Jan Ulics, Suzy White, Laura Reuterfors, and Joanne Kerr. Standing in the back are some of our joyful club members. (photo by Nancy Williams)

Latin Fitness Dance Club Open For Exercise

Come join in the fun of exercising to a Latin beat. All moves are choreographed by Jan Ulics, our talented teacher. Enjoy a full body aerobic workout that is easy to follow which you can modify to suit your own needs. The SCC Latin Fitness Dance Needlecrafters News Club meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1- 2 pm in the Dance Studio at Even though times are still quiet due to the pandemic, the Needlecraters Club the Atrium. Try out a class for only $2 or join the club for $10 a year and $1 a class. has been very busy making, adding to and updating the shop. Come in and see the Members can also pay just $5 for a whole month of classes. For more information lovingly handmade variety of items that are for sale. contact President Deb Zieg at 813-634-6795.

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Visiting the “Granddaddy of ‘Em All” Rodeo

By Diane M. Loeffler Arcadia hosted the All Florida Championship at the Mosaic Arena on March 11-14. The handicap accessible arena was completed in 2017. Spectators are protected from the sun by a roof. Seats with backs and armrests are available as well as bleacher seats. My husband and I attended the event on Friday afternoon, March 12. Neither of us has ever ridden a horse, unless you count the ones at county fairs that go around in a circle. If you like fair food, you will love the dozens of offerings at the rodeo. I opted for a delicious strawberry shortcake. The day’s events began with Lee Greenwood on the field singing “God Bless the USA” without any accompaniment. Next, horses raced in with each rider holding a flag representing a different branch of the armed forces. The National Anthem was sung by the Arcadia Community Chorus. Then the events began. This was my first rodeo. Literally. If you go, keep your eyes open.

Getting a good photo of bull riding was nearly impossible. The bulls barely left the shoots before bucking the riders. They didn’t bother getting out in the open. There were several events involving roping steer.

Each competitor is on the field for mere seconds. First was bareback riding. The feisty horses did their best to get the riders off their backs and succeeded in a few cases. One competitor came all the way from Australia. Next was steer wrestling. The time between entering the field and roping the steer was between four and nine seconds. Next was team roping. The slowest time in that event was

Staying on these bucking horses was quite a challenge.

10.20 seconds. Saddle bronc riding was much like bareback riding but with saddles. Tie down roping followed. Barrel racing involved riders and horses racing around three barrels placed across the field. Watching the horses careen around the barrels at amazing speeds was awe inspiring. The slowest time was 17.5 seconds. An Arcadia 13-year-old was

among the competitors. The day’s events ended with bull riding. From the big screen overhead monitor, you could see that the bulls were angry before they even left the gate. One bull not only threw his rider off, he also tossed him around before the men on horseback and the rodeo clowns were able to distract the bull. The rider was able to walk off and climb the fence on his own.

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Phoney Baloney Shares Advice in a Fun Format

By Diane M. Loeffler We all know that scammers like to target seniors. Phoney Baloney makes us aware of some of their tactics. The play was set in two locations: a senior center and a place called Scam Central where two very clever people tried to trick seniors into giving them gift cards, bank information, and wired funds. The characters are likable seniors who try to be aware of those trying to take advantage of them. Although sometimes fooled at first, the eight seniors fight back. The overall message is positive, we can help keep ourselves and others from becoming victims of scams. The script was based on real scams that occurred to real people. In the play, the scammers contact intended victims through a dating website, a fake call about missing jury duty, the IRS, the electric company, a crying grandchild, a fake bank call, a supposed sweepstakes win and others. The scammers try to throw the seniors off balance by instilling fear or otherwise involving them emotionally. Scammers take

In this play, we learn about eight seniors, their lives and their concerns about the phone calls and emails they receive. The play takes place in a Senior Center.

advantage of the tendency to feel we have to answer a ringing phone and to be polite to callers. The easy to remember messages are illustrated through what happens to these eight seniors. An audience of approximately 50 individuals was spaced very far apart in the Methodist Church meeting / theater room. These individuals represented the

The Blue Angels are Back

The opposing knife edge pass. Two opposing Blue Angels pass each other closely at high speed.

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boards of the SCC Community Association, Kings Point, and Valencia Lakes. Also invited were newspaper representatives, the South Hillsborough Chamber of Commerce, MOWW, MOAA, Sun Radio, Sun Towers the

One lady receives a phone call with a gentleman she met online. They have been corresponding for months and she sent him money for airfare only to hear that he isn’t on the plane and wants more money.

Security Patrol, the Emergency Squad, NextStage Moving Services, Aston Gardens and the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center. SAGES hopes these individuals will spread the word about staying safe and perhaps even put on the play here again. If you missed the simulcast and would like to see this very entertaining production, it will be available through the Methodist Church site (www. sccumc.com) and the SAGES site. Call 727.536.7076 or go to “sagestheater.org” for more information. Groups may also wish to contact SAGES to see about performing the play themselves.

By Kai Rambow They are one of the most exciting aerial demonstration teams to watch. After shutting down for the pandemic, Sun’n Fun is back – and so are the Blue Angels. This will be the first time

performing with their new Super Hornets. Remember Wednesday and Saturday (Blue Angels) have two airshows: one in the afternoon and one at night. If you want to catch both, you can plan by looking at the schedule on their website. Proceeds from tickets support aviation education for young students. COVID protocols will be in place, masks in hangars and extra sanitation in eating/public areas. Protocol details are posted on the web site as well. Sun’n Fun April 13 to 18, 2021 www.flysnf.org


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Shaky Steps Toward Freedom

By E. Adam Porter Editor, News of SCC & South County I stood out on my secondfloor deck, watching wading birds skim across the water, breathing in the unseasonably cool morning air. Two weeks prior, my orthopedist gave me the go-ahead to put both feet on the ground for the first time in more than two months; and, while I was still a bit wobbly, I was determined to enjoy this little bit of freedom I had once taken for granted. I set my Tervis tumbler full of coffee on the bannister. Unbreakable, spill-proof cups have become my go-to since balance and stability are no longer a given. Doc says I’m making “outstanding progress” since the break in January; and, though I’m walking slow and stepping small, I’m ecstatic to be back on my feet. My right hand gripped the rail, and the other rested on the padded handle of my cane. I wasn’t using it as much anymore, mainly for stairs. Since we’re on the water, we’re up a flight, so stairs are a constant reminder not to overdo it. I’m dutifully performing all the exercises prescribed by my doctor and physical therapist; but living with swelling, weakness, and pain means the freedom I’m earning with each passing day still has limits. I’m taking steps, but they remain slow and shaky. Limited freedoms are something we’ve all been grappling with for more than a year now. Lockdowns, closures, and cancelations. Limited hours. Restricted access. Telecommuting, video conferencing, and “Out of an abundance of caution.” All of us have had to figure out how to adjust to what we all hope will be a temporary “new normal.” We wear masks, even though we hate them, and we pray the tickle in our throat isn’t something worse. Some of us contracted the virus, fought through it with help from family and tireless heroes in scrubs

and N95s. Others lost the fight, scared and isolated on the far side of antiseptic plexiglass. Those left behind to mourn have been moving through a world that looks strange, almost alien, full of covered faces, tall partitions, and scattered bottles of hand sanitizer. In the beginning, going out felt like glimpsing the apocalypse. In stores, tired shoppers slowly moved down aisles with empty holes where soap and paper products used to be. Fewer people spoke to each other. Tension was a living, breathing fog all around us. But we rallied. Of course we did. It’s what we do. Pharmaceutical companies, some working directly with their chief competitors, pulled off medical miracles, and now tens of millions have been vaccinated against a virus that threatened to shut the world down less than a year ago. Doctors across the globe have compared notes, coming up with better, more effective treatment protocols. People are still sick, some very ill, some dying… But we’re in a much better place than we were this time last year. Hospitals have figured out how to care for COVID patients while taking great care of their other patients as well. I’m proof positive of that. I was in for three days, leg surgery, umpteen tests, roundthe-clock care, the works. There were COVID patients in the hospital. Dozens of them. Safely quarantined, so that everyone, both patients and staff, was protected. All of us owe medical and hospital workers a tremendous debt of gratitude. Pushed to the breaking point, they have remained consummate professionals throughout this crisis. No, it’s not over by any means, but things are getting better. More people are out and about, venues are opening up, and businesses are steadily growing toward pre-pandemic levels. Recently, I cruised by the campus of HCC Southshore. Dozens of cars lined up, folks waiting for their turn to “get the jab,” looking forward to enjoying a more accustomed level of freedom. Vaccination distribution centers across the community, the county, and the country stay busy. Federal officials have moved the needle on projections, now saying they hope to have 200 million doses administered by the end of spring. Most of those will be of

the two-dose vaccine, so that’s roughly 100 million American adults fully vaccinated against a plague that has stolen the lives of more than 540,000 Americans, nearly 33,000 here in Florida. Countless others lost time and energy and health to the virus. Many still feel lingering effects. And, yet, here we are, moving steadily closer to a day when the limiting effects of the pandemic are behind us. Concert venues, club rooms, entertainment halls, churches and theaters, bars and restaurants will get back to full capacity. Vacations, weekend getaways, even trips to the grocery store, without masks. What will we do with all the masks? My wife, a teacher, has a bag full of cloth masks, handmade by friends or given as gifts by her students. Our boys and I have more than a few ourselves. This morning, my bride said she might sew them together when this is all over,

make a pillow to remind us of what we went through… and what we learned not to take for granted. In the meantime, we wait, as the world takes more slow, shaky steps toward freedom. Some annual events have happened, albeit with reduced capacities and somewhat inconsistent rules. Others event organizers chose to wait it out another season. Banks, restaurants, and other businesses are operating on reduced, sometimes sporadic, hours, so we’ve learned to call ahead. Kids who have been back in school since August may be sent home tomorrow to quarantine because a classmate fell ill. Friends cancel plans, because someone feels “under the weather,” or they learn a friend, coworker, or family member was exposed. Each time something like this happens, we’re reminded that we’re not out of the woods… not yet… but we’re getting there.

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Alzheimer’s Association Support Group

Sponsored by Sun Towers Retirement Community By Debbie Caneen Tuesday, April 20 from 2 to 3 p.m. Zoom virtual meeting hosted by Aging Care Advocates. Talk about your experiences, challenges, and victories. For more information and to register call 800-272-3900. Katie Colwell Williams, MA, CMC, Director of Advocacy Services, Aging Care Advocates, Inc. office 813-246-4120.

CAHT April 11 Online Bingo Game 5-7 p.m.

Campaign Against Human Trafficking & Domestic ViolenceSouthshore (known as CAHT), will hold an online bingo game, Sunday, April 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. This is a charity bingo game to benefit CAHT’s scholarship and safe shelter programs. Game costs $10 for three bingo cards to play six games. Prizes are gift cards. To purchase bingo cards go to “buytickets.at/ campaignagainsthumantrafficking/495237” or call Helen DePinto ay 813-773-7529.

GFWC Sun City Center Woman’s Charity Collection

The GFWC SCC Woman’s Club held a charity collection to benefit Haven of Hope of Hillsborough County on Thursday, February 18, 2021 as the monthly activity. Haven of Hope is a non-profit volunteer-driven, faith-based program for female inmates recently from incarceration. We had requested monetary and gift card donations from our members and the community and we raised $1,610 for Haven of Hope. Thank you to everyone that donated, both the SCC Woman’s Club and Haven of Hope appreciate it.

Help! Our Lady’s Pantry Needs Volunteers

Thanks to Feeding Tampa Bay and the generosity of so many food markets, the Pantry’s two trucks are on the road for hours on Tuesday and Friday morning picking up food. “That’s essentially four trucks that need to be unpacked throughout the morning,” says director Tom Bullaro. Too often, however, when our trucks return to the Pantry, we don’t have enough helpers to unpack the truck, then sort the food and store it safely until Saturday, when we distribute food to our neighbors. It’s becoming a problem.” According to Bullaro, trucks typically return to Wimauma by about 9 a.m., then head out again to pick up another load of donations. If you can come to lend a hand that would be grand. “Come when you can and leave when you must,” he says. “We are happy to have your help for as long as you can stay.” The Pantry is in the classroom building on the far side of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Migrant Mission off US-301 S, in Wimauma. For more information about Our Lady’s Pantry, please visit us at: “www.ourladyspantry.com”.

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Ballroom and Latin Dance Lessons

Monday, April 5, 12, 19, 26 4 p.m. - Intermediate 2 Cha-cha 5 p.m. - Beginning/Intermediate Country Two Step 6 p.m. - Intermediate 1 East Coast Swing 7 p.m. - Beginning/Intermediate Slow Dance Location: St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 1015 East Del Webb Blvd. Sun City Center. Contact: Bernice DuBro at “dancewithbernice@gmail.com,” 813-634-3205, or 813-482-6784. Cost: $30 per person for a four-week month or $8 per lesson. All are invited to attend.

Tom & Michelle Becker Live In Concert

The United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. West, has announced that the originally scheduled concert of February 5, 2021 by Tom & Michelle Becker, has been rescheduled as a live concert, and will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, April 9, 2021. Tom and Michelle claim an impressive 12 major music industry awards between the two of them, and have appeared with many legendary performers, including The Drifters, The Platters, The Coasters and Ray Charles just to name a few. Tom is also a former member of The New Christy Minstrels. To keep all concertgoers safe, CDC recommended guidelines will still be followed, with mask wearing and temperature checks at the door, and seating will be limited. Info: 813-362-0956 or www. umcscc.org.

What is the Difference Between Advance Directives and a DNR?

As people age and plan for their retirement, they often have many legal documents to consider. In addition to wills and estates, there are several health-related documents that many include in their legal considerations and these can be confusing. Often we are asked what a DNR (or DNRO) is and how do people get one? A Do Not Resuscitate Order, known as a DNR or DNRO, is a legal form that specifies that the holder named on the form, does NOT wish to be resuscitated should they be found without a pulse and not breathing. This does NOT mean they do not want medical treatment if they are still alive – with a heartbeat and breathing. In Florida, the form must be on yellow paper and signed by a Florida licensed doctor to be legally valid. It should also be kept in a place where it can be quickly found or retrieved by healthcare providers and EMS services. You can obtain a DNR(O) form from your doctor, online, and usually from your estate attorney. And it is always wise to discuss this with your doctor and your family, so they understand your wishes. Advances Directives are also known as Living Wills. Most hospitals will ask older patients or their families if the patient has a Living Will and to provide a copy of it for the hospital. This legal document specifies what medical actions the patient wants, should he or she no longer be able to speak or make decisions for themselves. As an example, it may include such actions as providing oxygen or fluids or withholding them. This document should be discussed with your doctor, family and legal counsel to carefully lay out any course of medical action that they patient desires, should they become incapacitated. You should discuss these issues with your family, your doctor and/ or attorney in making these decisions.

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Chest pressure, a squeezing sensation or chest pain. These feelings may be angina, a symptom of heart disease. Your heart comes with a warning system called angina, which happens when part of the heart doesn’t get enough blood and oxygen. Angina is a symptom of coronary artery disease (CAD), a type of heart disease that occurs when arteries that carry blood to the heart become narrowed or blocked. Although angina often feels like a pinching sensation in the chest, it can also be accompanied by sluggishness, fatigue and chest tightness. If you experience any of these symptoms, the heart experts at BayCare’s St. Joseph’s Hospital-South can quickly get to the cause and treat it with a procedure that’s right for you. Diagnosing and treating CAD is just one area of our expertise. We use state-of-the-art technology to treat conditions like rhythm disorders and heart attacks, and you can recover from heart issues with our cardiac rehabilitation services. Along with many other treatment options and advanced heart care services, our multidisciplinary team is here when you and your heart need us. And we have enhanced safety measures to help keep you protected, so you can feel secure getting the care you need. Don’t ignore your heart’s warning system.

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SCC Rotary Club High School Speech Contest

The Sun City Center Rotary Club held its annual high school speech contest in March. Pictured (l-r) are Mike Broussard (Assistant District Governor), Aleah Applin (3rd place), Makenzie Estabrook (2nd place), Jasmine Cheong (1st place), Shirley Bhatt (Fishhawk Riverview Club President), and Connie Huber (SCC Club President). All three winners are from Lennard High School. This year’s topic is “Rotary Opens Opportunities.” The first place winner will now compete at the Rotary group level, where that winner continues to higher levels. The SCC Rotary Club meets each Tuesday for lunch at Freedom Fairways (membership – call Tony at 813-642-8715).

Graduation Day

The individuals pictured above completed the eight weeks Samaritans Alzheimer’s Auxiliary caregiver support group program. They are back row, left to right: Sherran Pater, Sharon Knight, Nancy Palmateer, and Pat Narcy. Front row, left to right: Ray Strickland; Jim Butner, facilitator; and Victor Jacobs. All participants received a Certificate of Completion, a copy of the Easy-to-Use Guide entitled “Caring for a Person with Alzheimer’s Disease,” and several other important and beneficial handouts. For information regarding future sessions please call Jim Butner at 813-634-9283.

Alzheimer’s Institute Caregiver Workshops

By Debbie Caneen The Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute is offering the following workshops on Zoom to provide information to help you in your role as a caregiver. The workshops are free, but registration is required. To see the topics covered in these workshops and to see future workshops, go to the Byrd Institute website at “health.usf.edu/medicine/byrd/ caregivers”. To register, please email “epoiley@usf.edu” and the Zoom link will be emailed to you. For more information, please call 813-396-0635. Safety Issues that Alzheimer’s Caregivers Need Thursday, April 8 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Zoom virtual meeting. Legal and Financial Information Essential for Caregivers Tuesday, April 13 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Zoom virtual meeting. Understanding and Managing Challenging Behaviors Thursday, April 15 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Zoom virtual meeting. Helping New Family Caregivers Navigate The Alzheimer’s Journey Thursday, April 22, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Zoom virtual meeting. Managing Caregiver Stress Thursday, April 29, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Zoom virtual meeting.

Safest Drug Presentation

Friday, April 16 from 2 - 3 p.m. Firehouse Cultural Center 1011st Ave NE, Ruskin The Men’s Club of Sun City Center, South Shore Coalition for Mental Health and Aging and Seniors in Service encourage your participation! Safest Drug’s Marina Entin, a licensed Clinical Pharmacist with over 20 years of clinical and regulatory experience, will announce the program details and answer questions. Prospective screening participants are encouraged to attend! Safest Drug provides screenings to persons 55 and older who may be experiencing medication side effects. Safest Drug will even file a MedWatch report with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (for the person or anonymously), so pharmaceutical companies can be held accountable. The South Shore Coalition for Mental Health and Aging, the Men’s Club of Sun City Center and Seniors in Service have teamed up with Safest Drug to launch these screenings in Tampa Bay. Reservations required. Masks and social distancing are required, and temperature checks will occur at the door. Reservation: visit “seniorsinservice.link/SafestDrugEvent” or call Aria Garling at (813) 492-8924. The event will be live streamed. Link will be provided upon registration.

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d e d Hea th Sou Back L to R: Instructor Barry McKee, Maureen Kurowski, Laurie Odmark, Vicki Kosin, Ed Whitehead, Shannon Bielaska, Instructors Walt Bowers and Shirley Bardell. Front L to R: Instructor Jim Malanowski, Barbara Rezner, John Pryor, Gail Roy, Instructors Marcie McKee and Paul Donohoe. Not pictured: Roger Sitara.


New Emergency Medical Responders

The Emergency Squad is pleased to announce its newest Emergency Medical Responders from its February class. Emergency Medical Responders go through 54 hours of training including eight hours of CPR class. They must pass CPR in order to become an EMR. After finishing the class, all the volunteers go through mentoring before working on the ambulance or wheelchair van. The EMR is responsible for recording the patient’s medical history, medications, allergies, and preparing the Patient Care Report in conjunction with the EMT. They also must be prepared to assist with any patient care as requested by the EMT.

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Conflicting Medicines -- A New Concern

The Sun City Center Men’s Club has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Safest Drugs, a nonprofit organization with a goal of making a difference in medicated harm as a public health issue. Marina Entin, Rph, BS, addressed the SCC Men’s Club at their monthly meeting about the problems that crop up when older patients (+55) who take more than five drugs daily without knowing if the drugs are compatible. She said the Safest Drugs organization is creating a pilot study to identify people that may be subject to conflicting medicines.
 Entin encouraged patients to talk with their physicians and pharmacists about the potential issues arising from combining medications they may be using, and to read labels to gain more information. The SCC Men’s Club and the South Shore Coalition for Mental Health and Aging are encouraging people older than 55, who take five or more drugs on a daily basis, and who may be experiencing new symptoms to participate in the study.
More information is available by calling 919-945-6875, or by emailing “marina@safestdrug.org”.

This is a question for those individuals who are caring for a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and currently residing in Sun City Center: Are there times you would like the opportunity to talk with someone about your current caregiver responsibilities and /or concerns? The Coordinator for Samaritans Alzheimer’s Auxiliary, Jim Butner, is pleased to announce a support line that an individual can call and discuss their concerns. The phone calls are completely confidential and there are no charges or hidden fees involved in this outreach service. Please call the Samaritan Services office at 813-634-9283 between the hours of 9-3 Monday through Friday. Please leave your phone number and your first name only with the receptionist on duty. The receptionist will contact Jim and he will return your phone call the same day. Remember, you don’t have to travel this difficult journey alone

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Learn About Black Holes Along With Local AAUW

Fulvia Fiorani is a retired naval officer currently living in the SouthShore area after years of teaching Physics at the United States Naval Academy. Lieutenant Commander Fiorani holds a Masters of Science in Physics from the Naval Postgraduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Since retiring, she enjoys developing and presenting Physics and Astronomy lectures to various groups and Life-Long Learning Centers. She will do a zoom virtual video presentation for AAUW SCC SouthShore (local branch of American Association of University Women) at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 10, that describes and explains those gravitational monsters called black holes out in the universe. Info: call Angie Maze at 813505-8998 to be sent the invitation link on your computer or phone.

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If you would like to attend a rodeo but don’t want to wait until March 2022, Arcadia is hosting a fall rodeo October 16 and 17, 2021. Go online to “www.arcadiarodeo.com” or call 800.749.7633. The arena is located at 2450 NE Roan Street, Arcadia, Florida. The drive took us about an hour and 15 minutes. I first heard about the town of Arcadia while reading Patrick D. Smith’s book, “A Land Remembered.” Arcadia is described as a rough and dangerous cowboy town. If you haven’t read the book, please consider doing so now. This historical fiction is set in Florida from 1858 to 1968. It focuses on the MacIveys who struggle to survive when they first arrive and follows the family as they become more successful and less connected to the land. You will have a whole new appreciation for the state and its history after reading this.

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Warnings from Experts: Panel Discussion After Phoney Baloney Play

By Diane M. Loeffler We need to protect ourselves and our friends and neighbors from scammers. Don’t be pressured on the phone or through email to do anything. Talk to someone first. Deputy Merry says, “Show me your texts or email messages. I would rather spend five minutes discussing them with you now than hours trying to get your money back and catch the scammers.” Deputy Merry says currently the number one scam involves a caller who says they think someone fraudulently bought $800 of merchandise on Amazon and charged it to your account. Since many of us purchase items through Amazon, a caller who says he can remedy the situation for us can sound like a wonderful thing, but is really a scammer who will cost us money. There were many other messages delivered through the play and the members

of the panel. Here are a few: Banks, the IRS, and the judicial system will not cold call you. With emails, hover your cursor over the name or insignia. Fake sites can look convincing, but the internet addresses that show up when you hold your cursor over their name or insignia will tell the real story. Have a code or special question and answer between you and people who might call you when they are in distress. It might be as simple as telling your grandchildren if they call you to say your favorite color is red. Above all, be wary, be careful what you share on line, have someone to share misgivings with, and keep yourself and your friends and family safe. Eric R. Olsen, Division Director Consumer Protection, says construction fraud is prevalent. He says, “Everyone has set overheads. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If the

BOOK REVIEW Arab-American Experiences

Reviewing: “A Woman is No Man,” “The Other Americans,” and “When We Were Arabs” By Andrea L.T. Peterson In celebration of ArabAmerican heritage this April, we’re reviewing a few books that help us better understand and appreciate our ArabAmerican neighbors. In her book, A Woman Is No Man, author Etaf Rum tells the story of Deya, an 18-year-old Arab-American woman who is arguing with her paternal grandmother who is anxious to marry Deya off as soon as possible. Deya’s mother, Isra, grew up in Palestine, where her maternal grandmother’s mantra was, “A woman is no man!” Frequently repeated, this was meant to remind Isra constantly that a woman had no options aside from marriage. She had no choices and no say in the mate chosen for her. There could be no education, no career, no life or work outside of the home, nothing apart from having/ raising children and serving her husband. In her book The Other Americans, author Laila Lalami illustrates how “fear of the other,” in this case Americans of Middle Eastern descent, remains part of our culture. Internment camps in the 1940s confined Japanese-Americans because their loyalty to the U.S. was suspect. Similarly, after 9-11, anyone with the faintest tint to their skin was suspected of loyalty to the radical Islamic extremists who perpetrated the most devastating attacks on U.S. soil in our nation’s history. Some seek to tarnish American Jews with accusations that their loyalty lies first with Israel to the detriment of the United States and our nation’s interests. In Lalami’s book, Moroccan immigrant Driss Guerraoui is the victim of a fatal hit-and-run

when leaving his store late one night. His daughter Nora is sure that it is no accident, based on what she believes is a history of bigotry she has experienced in her hometown in California. Nora is ridiculed. She is accused of being paranoid. Even her own family doubts that there is any truth to Nora’s claims of discrimination against her and her family because of their Arabic name and the color of their skin. As a cast of characters, deeply divided by race, religion, and class shares personal stories, lies and hypocrisy are revealed, secrets are revealed, and the truth is ultimately revealed. When We Were Arabs by Massoud Hayoun, reveals some interesting things about France and Great Britain’s attempts to colonize Northern Africa and the effects of that colonization on Arab Jews who eventually emigrated to the United States. Exposing my own ignorance, in spite of personally knowing Christian Arabs, it never occurred to me that there were Jewish Arabs. Following three generations of Arabic Jews from Egypt and Tunisia to Palestine, and eventually to the west coast of the United States, Hayoun explores the virtual erasure and ultimate restoration of his family’s Jewish-Arab identity. In this work of nonfiction, Hayoun illustrates the distinction between Jews who are Arabs and Arabs who are Jews. The difference is the former identify primarily with their religion. They are Jews first, living in Arab nations. The latter identify with the cultural practices of the Arabic nations of their origin first and foremost. They celebrate Ramadan and share colloquialisms and practices with their Muslim neighbors, while their religious adherence is to Judaism. The book is a difficult, fascinating read.

person asks for cash, that is a red flag. You want a paper trail. You should pay by check or credit card and you should get a receipt.” “Conducting business through text messaging and asking for money in advance is also a sign of fraud. One person was sent a picture of a driver’s license as a way of verifying who the contractor was. It turned out the license was stolen over a year ago.” “All complaints against contractors are public record. You can research complaints online or contact us.” Olsen says many companies will not bill you for anything until after the project is complete. Be careful not to use unlicensed contractors. If a job is not done to code, a licensed contractor is liable for the repairs. If your contractor is unlicensed, you are responsible for all costs in bringing the project up to code.

Also, if an employee of an unlicensed contractor is injured, you have to pay the individual’s medical expenses. Olson’s office investigates consumer fraud as well as educating consumers. He can be reached at “OlsenE@ HCFLGov.net” or by calling either of these numbers 813.415.4833 or 813.272.5002. Master Deputy Marc Wilder represents The Construction Fraud Unit of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. He can be reached by calling 813.247.8622 or by emailing “mwilder@hcso. tampa.fl.us”. Wilder warns us that a tax receipt number is not a contractor license. He says the typical up-front cost for a project should be 10% or less. He says any network can be hacked, however, public networks are the most frequently targeted. Wilder urges us to do our research before contracting with anyone.

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(Florida) Whistler ducks chatter, gaily, overhead, A woodpecker pesters a camphor tree, By the hibiscus, a hummingbird is fed, Blatant is the bougainvillea`s vanity. Golf carts scurry to and fro`, It`s an unique sight to see, Golden sunsets, in a dazzling glow, Fruitful is the citrus` canopy. People come from high and low, The learned, the sower and the way-worn, To dodge the sleet and drifting snow, Or share the promise of the morn. They come with baskets full of memories, Long incised on the slab of life, Packed with countless melodies And auspicious winds, now rife. They come to claim their genial sun, To fid repose, is their propensity And sate a craving, they`d previously shunned Though older and hoary, they may be. Classes and clubs, like wildflowers, here sprout, From tennis, aerobics and photography, To lure the mind from any self doubts And nudge it closer to satiety. If one`s spirits were mired in displeasure, The garden club could surely redress, Any ill, by anyone`s measure, Like anxiety, boredom and stress. When perplexity plagues one`s thoughts, And older joints can, no longer, pretend, Saunas and spas are frequently sought, For needed relief and empathic friends. If aquatics defines one`s fancy, Pools cater to various needs, To the fit and the ever so sprightly, And to those who are frail and effete. Golf, e`er defiant, lurks on the green, While many flirt with arts and dance, Still a few, content they seem, Immersed in indifference. If one seeks to rekindle the fire And explore a lifestyle to remember, He would find his own label and style, Within the bounds of Sun City Center. Steve Montanaro Steve Montanaro is the author of “An Immigrant’s Poetic Medley”

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A Nature Break: Easy to Reach, Easy to Walk

By Kai Rambow Only birds broke the silence. It is an easy, relaxing walk with beautiful views. Lettuce Lake Park offers a lovely break in nature. For an easy hike, there are two options. There is a circular trail that winds through the trees. Well-liked by walkers for a nice in the woods hike. On one occasion, someone in our party pointed out a hawk silently resting in the woods. The best, and most popular, is a boardwalk running along Lettuce Lake. The boardwalk provides an easy walk through swampy areas and right along the shore of the lake. There are some great opportunities for spotting wildlife and an outlook tower overlooking a good portion of the lake. Take some time to read the informational signs about the plants and wildlife you might encounter. Most of all, it is just a comfortable, enjoyable walk in nature. Check it out and you may add it to your list of places to take visitors. You will need to mask up, but really only need it when passing a few people. The boardwalk is one way, so that helps with

We almost missed this hawk, as it was perfectly silent.

traffic flow. To reach the best part, the boardwalk, here are some tips. After entering the park, drive straight through on the road. When the road ends, at a T junction, you are almost directly in front of the visitor center, which you can’t see at this point. You can turn either left or right. If you turn right, you’ll almost immediately need to turn left. If you turn left, you’ll almost immediately need to turn right.

Views on Lettuce Lake are very scenic, often accented with birds.

Make a very short drive and pick a parking spot. Note: If you turn left, then right, skip the first entrance to the boardwalk, otherwise you’ll miss a sizable and scenic part of the boardwalk. Walk past the visitor center on your right to find the entrance on your left to the boardwalk. Once you finish the boardwalk and reach the parking lot, turn left, walk a short distance and you’ll be back at your car.

Tips for a Great Trip Weather: Much of the boardwalk is in shade, especially in the morning, creating a more comfortable walk in hotter weather. Hours and Admission: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. This is a Hillsborough County park with the very reasonable fee of $2 per vehicle. Recommend having exact change. Clothing and Food: Comfortable walking shoes are fine; sunscreen is recommended. If you want a quick snack after, there is a Starbucks almost right across the street. Or if you prefer, you can drive west on Fletcher to a Wawa four miles away on your left. Directions: It’s an easy 30-minute drive. Take I-75 north, then exit 266 (E Fletcher Ave). Drive a short distance and you’ll pass a Hampton Inn on your right. Entrance comes up pretty quickly after the hotel on your right. Lettuce Lake Park 6920 E Fletcher Ave, Tampa, FL 33637 (813) 987-6204 hillsboroughcounty.org/ locations/lettuce-lakeconservation-park

Early mornings are relatively free of people, as this lone kayaker discovered.

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The Grief Support Group meets at the Banner Building on East Del Webb just north of St. John the Divine. In this photo, it is left of the church.

By Diane M. Loeffler Dealing with grief is always difficult. For the past year, COVID-19 measures have made it even harder. Grief support groups are needed now more than ever. A grief support group meets from 10 a.m. until 11:15 a.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of every month. Meetings are held in the Wirick Room in the Banner Building adjacent to St. John the Divine Episcopalian Church. In April, these Mondays fall on April 12 and April 26. The meetings are free. Participants are socially distanced. Masks are required. Jackie Winder has been mediating this group for three or four years. She says, “Our group deals with all types of loss. It can be loss of a job, loss of a spouse or any other kind of loss. We do

not have a specific program.” “This is a comfortable group. We’re here to support each other, especially at this time when people feel so isolated. Everything you say stays in this room. There is no commitment. You can come once. You can come, then come again at any other time. You can also come to every meeting for as long as you wish.” You do not need to register. You simply go there at the meeting time. If you would like more information, you can reach Jackie Winder by emailing her at “jtw5496@gmail.com” or by calling her at 813-633-3198. If you know of other support groups, for grief or any other concern and you would like me to write about it for the paper, please email me at “dloeffler@ soco.news”.

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Caloosa Golf & Country Club recently sponsored a onemonth membership drive toward buying another large tractor for the grounds crew course maintenance. House director, Randy Peterson, sponsored a 50/50 raffle program with over 100 people contributing a total of more than $5,200. The three members who won were Pearl Ashe, Carol Jager, and Tom Grant (not pictured).

Bob Fladung “Junior’ Champion

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Lawn Bowling Junior/Senior Tournament

Nineteen “Junior” competitors (members aged 70 through 79) and nine “Senior” players (80 years and over) played two separate “singles” head-to-head matches in this annual Sun City Center LBC event. Both men and women compete in this popular tournament. For the second year in a row, this year’s “Junior” Champion is Bob Fladung. The “Senior” Champion is Gary Persinger. For more information about the sport for all ages and the local club, visit “suncitycenterlbc.com”. Members of the Sun City Center community association are welcome.

CWGA 18 Member-Member Tournament

By Aileen Engel The Caloosa Women’s Golf Association 18 hole league held its Member-Member Tournament February 15 and 17. The tournament had a field of 20 teams enter this year. There were four flights, two blue and two green. Prizes were awarded to the low gross and low net winners in each of 4 flights. The winners are listed by flight. Blue Flight I Bobbie Cesarek and Kim Moore won low gross with a gross score of 164. Carol Jager and Judy Tickles tied with Denise Berry and Barb Struble for low net with a net score of 137. Lynne Fandetti & Mary Taylor won Blue Flight II Low Gross in Blue tee flight 2 with a Lynne Fandetti and Mary Taylor score of 163. won low gross with a gross score of 163. Mary Ellen Laprade and Karen Tromblee won low net with a net score of 129. Green Flight I Akemi Schindler and Lucille Lanese won low gross with a gross score of 176. Melissa Kohn and Gloria Warr won low net with a net score of 131. Green Flight II Joanne Brewer and Mary Lou Anderson won low gross with a gross score of 189. Rita Mavel and Judy Peterson won low net with a net score of 135.


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Understanding Personality Disorders

Beth Israel Sisterhood invites all to join us for a wonderful program, “Understanding Personality Disorders” by Dr. Fredric J. Weiner on April 6 at 1 p.m. via ZOOM. Dr. Weiner will take you on a tour of maladaptive patterns of behavior and help you understand how they all fit together. If you wish to attend, please email us at “sisterhood@jcscc.org”.

Do You See What I See?

By Andrea L.T. Peterson When you look up at the sky, do you see dogs or faces or objects in the clouds? What about a boxing gorilla? Have you seen a face in your toast or in a stain on your new shirt? Do you see the face of the man in the moon? If you see objects in random, inanimate objects, you are experiencing the phenomenon called pareidolia, which is the tendency for incorrect

perception of a stimulus as an object, pattern, or meaning known to the observer. In other words, our minds are interpreting images as something other than what they are. While not uncommon, it’s not experienced by everyone. The good news is, the tendency to experience pareidolia is no longer believed to be a sign of psychosis. It’s just a fun way to view the world. So, what do you see in these images?

SouthShore Christian Women’s Connection Luncheon

Wednesday, April 14, from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Firehouse Cultural Center, 101 First Avenue NE, Ruskin Theme: “Soar into Spring in Style!” Guest Speaker: Connie Culver, motivational speaker and Christian recording artist. Cost: $17 Because of our temporary venue we ask for checks and reservations to be sent in advance. Please make check out to “Stonecroft Ministries”. Send checks to: Nancy Decker, 5203 Admiral Pointe Drive, Apollo Beach, FL 33573 by April 8. Reservations may be made via email to “SSCWCFlorida@gmail.com” or by calling Barbara Brown at 814-397-3916. A delicious boxed lunch will be provided by the United Methodist Church.

Gospel Duo John & Kate Return

The United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. West, welcomes back John & Kate for a 7 p.m. performance Friday, April 16. This is an energetic, accomplished Gospel couple you won’t want to miss! A donation of just $10 is requested at the door on the night of the concert. CDC recommended procedures will be followed, so bring your mask. Info: Kevin Goodenow, Concert Series Coordinator, at 813-362-0956 or “www.umcscc.org”.

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Squad Escorts Fallen Volunteer Tom Porter on Final Homecoming

By Paula Lickfeldt St. John the Divine Episcopal Church of SCC hosts a marketplace on the third Saturday of the month. St. John the Divine is located at 1015 E Del Webb. The marketplace offers opportunities for crafters and individuals prohibited by homeowner associations to sell their garage sale items. In addition, food vendors and food trucks are welcome to the campus. Food vendors must have Hillsborough County issued permits. Divine Marketplace is also looking for fresh vegetables and fruits to be sold and includes plants for sale. The marketplace offers small business owners display opportunities. St. John the Divine has also opened a thrift shop. The marketplace is an outdoor

On Saturday March 13, The Emergency Squad held an honor escort for ten year volunteer Tom Porter, who passed away in tragic and sudden circumstances, out of state. All of the Squad’s ambulances, wheelchair vans and administrative vehicles, plus more than 50 Squad volunteers in their personal cars, escorted Tom’s ashes for his final homecoming in Kings Point. Tom, a Vietnam Veteran, retired from Chrysler Corporation and moved with wife Jeanette to Sun City Center. He joined the Squad in 2011 and became an EMR/Driver on Team 7. He served as a driver/mentor for many new volunteers and loved helping his neighbors. “This is the first time that I know of, that the Squad has held a procession honoring one of its volunteers,” said Chief Mike Bardell. “Most of our active and retired volunteers who pass away, do so at home, in hospice or in the hospital. The circumstances here were different and it seemed fitting to escort him the last few miles home. We greatly appreciate the support the community offered to the Squad and the family.”

event in the spacious parking lot and provides adequate room for COVID-19 guidelines. There is plenty of room for display tables and set ups. First time crafters and garage sale item participants pay a $15 fee, grand time participants pay $20 and food vendors and food trucks pay $20 for a space to sell at the church. For more information about the St. John the Divine Marketplace call 813-269-4033 or email “divinemarketplace@ stjohndivine.com”.

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Have Afib? A New Alternative to Medication is Here

First in the Region Patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) are often prescribed warfarin or other blood thinners on a long-term basis to reduce the risk of possible stroke. But now, the WATCHMAN FLX™ Left Atrial Appendage (LAAC) Implant, the next generation of the WATCHMAN™ Left Atrial Appendage Closure Implant, is available at the Heart and Vascular Center at Manatee Memorial Hospital. And, we are the first hospital in Florida to perform more than 500 WATCHMAN procedures. How it Works Doctors implant the WATCHMAN FLX device with a catheter through a vein in the leg, where it is guided to the opening of the LAA. The physician uses the delivery catheter to open the device up like an umbrella. The implant helps to close off the LAA and catch harmful blood clots before they enter the bloodstream and potentially cause a stroke.

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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.

Spring Migration Featured at Eagle Audubon April 15 Zoom Meeting

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By by Dana Ellerbrock, Publicity Eagle Audubon Kathy and Bob Andrini, former teachers with a lifelong passion for the outdoors, are back by popular demand for the last Zoom meeting of the 2020-2021 Eagle Audubon Season. See birds “as you have never seen them before “ with their “Spring Migration” presentation. Everyone is invited to enjoy this energetic Zoom meeting on April 15. The free meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. for socialization. A brief business meeting will begin at 2 p.m. followed by the fun migration presentation. If not a member, ask for an “Invitation to Meeting” email by contacting “eagleaudubonflorida@gmail.com” prior to the meeting. For more information about Eagle Audubon during the year go to “eagleaudubonflorida.org”.

Vaccine Thank You

Now that Round 2 of the vaccine distribution has been completed, Kings Point would like to thank our community leaders from the Federation and Master Boards, the management companies of First Service Residential and Vesta, generous donations from the COA, local agencies such as the Emergency Squad and CERT with guidance from Mike Bardell and Bob Preston, and the army of volunteers for the hospitality suite, led by Cat Drinkard who all worked together to make a very seamless and successful event. Thank you to our residents who cooperated with our traffic challenges and clubhouse closures and a special thank you to all of you who graciously donated to our hospitality suite! Everyone came together for the greater good and we all feel that it is indeed a rare opportunity that comes along in life in which you can make a real difference and help so many people.

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COVID-19 Fatigue?

By Paula Lickfeldt Have you been having feelings of depression, anxiety, isolation, socially and from your family, or suffer from substance abuse? These are all feelings that can accompany COVID-19 fatigue. These feelings are real and are based on something that is actually happening. We are used to being able to deal with things that happen to us but we have no control over the pandemic and sometimes feel as if we do not know how to deal. If you are feeling stressed, fatigued, or isolated, these local resources may be. Tele-Therapy Edmond Dubreuil LCSW, from the Community Wellness Center, Sun City Center, told me that insurance companies are stepping up and allowing for more visits and expanded health care. He is now offering tele-conferencing sessions from the safety of your own home. This service may be approved by your insurance provider. If you need support during these trying times please contact him and set up an appointment. If you are interested you can call or text 813-777-9777 or email “edubreuil@tampabay. rr.com”. Chew On This - Talking Over Lunch “Chew On This” is a series of free workshops facilitated by BayCare Behavioral Health’s

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It’s Never Too Late

By Kai Rambow “I pursued my pilot’s license when I retired,” shared Scott Lee, “It was the toughest thing I’ve done in a long time.” Lee loved it so much, he bought an airplane. Slightly younger, but just as enthused is affable Joel Bresler. Bresler pursued his private pilot’s license starting at 52. When Bresler is interested in something, he dives right in. Graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida, Bresler tackled a business and law degree after. “I was working different job sites and I wanted to understand how business decisions were being made. I started taking business classes leading to an MBA.” Bresler also completed his law degree at the same time for similar reasons. He was interested in learning; he’s never practiced law. Bresler, always interested in aviation, approached Sun’n Fun Aerospace Expo to volunteer and ended up with a job teaching engineering. “I was always comfortable with math, enjoyed learning how things work, [mechanical engineering] encompassed a lot of different careers that could be pursued. I wanted to help students get more, but I had no background in aviation.” AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) offered a scholarship for teachers. “That afforded me the opportunity to pursue a private pilot’s license. Wanting to understand better what my students were going through, I felt it was necessary and wanted to learn how to fly.” Bresler was at the same time being considered as an adjunct professor for Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University. He was asked to complete several other qualifications. As a result, Bresler was teaching, getting certifications such as advanced ground instructor, and pursuing his private pilot’s license. “Many of my students are trying to get their private pilot’s license while working on grades to get into college and working a part-time job. It was good to have gone through a similar experience as my students.”

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Joel Bresler in the classroom at the Sun’n Fun campus, where he teaches engineering.

Having his private pilot’s license has enhanced his teaching. “I have a better understanding of regulations, terminology, and experience I can relate in the classroom. My students know that I have gone through, what they want to go through. It gives me more credibility when I emphasize things like regulations.” “I like to challenge my students. It is great when students are challenged and are successful. When they recognize they can be successful at something that’s challenging, it motivates them to pursue more. It’s more than just flying a plane, it’s discipline, responsibility, setting high goals, professionalism.” Even though Bresler grew up in Lakeland, he admits he never fully understood what Sun’n Fun does, until he started working here. While known as the second largest aviation event, this non-profit uses funds earned to fund aviation education. Bresler keeps challenging himself and leading by example for his students. Those challenges enable him to offer insights for his students. “Flying an airplane takes a lot of skill and practice, at least for one moment enjoy the view.” You can enjoy a fabulous airshow, see airplanes up close and talk with aviators at this year’s Sun’n Fun. After shutting down for the pandemic last year, almost everything is back to regular high-performance operations. When you buy a ticket, you not only get to experience a great event, you’ll be contributing to great education for young future aviators.

The Pickers Are “Pickin” Again

By Paula Lickfeldt March 10 the Front Porch Pickers returned for their weekly performance at SouthShore UCC church. The audience was large and very happy to have them back. Regular attendee Velma Chaffin told me that she loved the Pickers. She started going to the performances very shortly after she moved to SCC and has been going to hear them ever since. She said she didn’t know what to do when there were no performances on Wednesdays. The Pickers were happy to be back also. Joe Bateman said he could not wait to get back. He ran all of the way to the church on Wednesday. Jan Ring said that even though she had been a part of “driveway concerts” all year, she missed seeing all of the Pickers and the people who

were regular attenders. Terry Powell said “I love it, it’s wonderful, it’s terrific, the performance got me out of the house.” Sherm Kohler said he was happy to be back and renew some friendships. He said he felt like Punxsutawney Phil seeing the light. Gary Pate said he was ‘soooo happy!’ Ron Hatfield said he felt like he was getting out of jail. Ron, I have to ask, how do you know what it feels like to get out of jail? Club President David Lickfeldt said that after lots of phone calls, emails and community interest it was good to be back performing. The Front Porch Pickers fill a niche that is very important to many of our residents. When the Pickers are unable to perform, they are missed. We’re so happy to have them back!

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Kai Rambow - Photography is His Passion

By Ilona Merritt Photography is the art, application, and practice of creating durable images, and Kai Rambow has spent a large part of his life perfecting his skill. Everyone who reads The News is able to see his work. He has taken many pictures, and he has written articles, but through The News he has now combined his pictures with stories and they have been well received by our readers. Kai started getting interested in photography during his mid-teens. He was exposed to photography through his parents. He had the opportunity to attend some photo exhibits where some unusual pictures piqued his interest. He borrowed his father’s camera, and with some basic instructions from his parents, he ventured into the world of photography. It was natural that this hobby would complement his love of traveling and hiking. He was only 18 when he went to the Caribbean and took a most unusual picture. It was the first picture he had enlarged, and it still hangs in his home. Positive compliments from friends encouraged him to continue. When Kai first decided to venture into photography, cameras were still using film to capture the images. Images could easily be lost if the wrong

settings were used or the film was accidentally torn. There was also the time one had to wait for them to be developed. Digital photography uses cameras containing arrays of electronic photodetectors to produce images focused by a lens instead of an exposure on photographic film. Kai said that digital gives him a completely different connection to the process – the ability to see something, compose an image in his head, capture it and get instant feedback makes taking pictures rewarding. If he is not happy with a picture, in most instances, he can retake the image. However, on a trip to the ancient desert oasis of Petra in Jordan, he learned a most

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By Peggy Burgess Freedom Plaza residents thought ‘twas the leprechauns up to their tricks again when the month of March brought a seemingly magical proposition. They were informed that, if they choose to do so, they might have access to, and be a part of, an enchanted resident directory! As it turns out the enchantment is entirely electronic, yet still magical in its possibilities and if the leprechauns did initiate it, that was their best trick ever! It is called Touchtown, a computer “app” that was first introduced in 1999. Touchtown technology is now successfully used by hundreds of thousands of seniors in over 1,200 communities across the globe. Its purpose is to provide ways of keeping residents in senior communities easily connected, with each other and with their immediate world, by a mere “touch” of the finger. The capabilities of Touchtown are almost limitless and include remote sign-ups for trips and events, a service which may be utilized at Freedom Plaza in the near future. This “magical” Freedom Plaza resident directory will not only provide names with contact information, it will allow each participant to insert a photo plus a brief personal bio listing hobbies and special interests. Thus, bridge enthusiasts can find that elusive fourth, jazz or opera buffs can find kindred spirits, tennis and chess players can find partners, and all participants can become better acquainted.

important lesson. He had taken many pictures when the light meter failed in his camera. The comment from the tour guide, “since you don’t have a second camera, you must not be a professional photographer,” became a turning point in this quest for beautiful photos. It takes patience to get the picture he wants. In Paris during the French Open, Kai was eager to take pictures of the Eiffel Tower only to discover that a very large tennis ball was hanging from the tower. It took time and patience to study the angles from which he might get a picture without the ball. At 29 and holding, his love for photography has not diminished. Professionally he

travels a great deal, and he researches the area before he books his flights. If something at his destination piques his interest, he will squeeze in an extra day to hike and take pictures. When he moved to SCC he joined the Photography Club. He speaks highly about the help he has received from members, not only with his pictures but also with Photoshop. He likes their field trips. The one that stands out the most was a trip with James Corwin Johnson, to the Yosemite National Park. It is located in a glacial valley in the western Sierra Nevada Mountains of Central California, and Mr. Johnson used to live and work there. A photographer guide with such personal knowledge of the area made the trip everything and more than Kai had expected. He has won ribbons for his work from the Photography Club and on the Florida state level. They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and Kai has the proof. While working on a picture at the Photo Club, several members suggested that he not enter a specific image. But Kai liked it and entered it. It won a basic ribbon, but in the end, it was chosen to be the Best of the Best in the beginner’s category. Looking back, Kai stated that this is a fulfilling hobby, creating a lifetime of interest.

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Did the leprechauns really bring Touchtown to Freedom Plaza? Resident Don Boyne (above) knows, but he’s not telling! (Photo by Tomi Renau)

Several things were made clear when Touchtown was introduced at Freedom Plaza: first, it can be used on any desktop or laptop computer, plus mobile electronic devices such as tablets or phones; next, it is free to Freedom Plaza residents; finally, it is completely optional. Any general information furnished on Touchtown will be made available to all Freedom Plaza residents, even those who do not use electronic devices. As dazzling as Touchtown may be, it is equally as puzzling to some residents, especially those who do not normally use computers. Therefore, a special informative session, Non-Tech Talk is on tap with similar sessions to be repeated as necessary. The goal of the Freedom Plaza lifestyle is to keep all residents fully informed and fully engaged in life, itself. Touchtown will be a tremendously helpful tool in attaining that goal in a constantly changing world.

At Affordable Prices! Have you ever wondered what would happen if you lived alone and there was an emergency? Or do you like to take your dog for a walk but are concerned about falling and no one being there to assist you? For Greater SCC residents who think they need a medical alert button and don't believe they can afford it, the Men's Club of Sun City Center would like for you to contact our office. Because the Men's Club is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit club, we offer the Philips Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) at a more competitive rate than what Philips charges at the national level. Our pricing is comparable to other systems in the market as well – just compare systems with similar capabilities. Installation and all service calls are completed by Men's Club volunteers at no charge to the Subscriber. The Men's Club was formed in the early 1960's. In 1991, the Men's Club decided to offer Philips Lifeline Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) to residents of Sun City Center and Kings Point with no annual contract. The PERS offering began with the purchase of four units with installation provided by Men's Club volunteers. This offering continues today with multiple systems from which to choose - including one that will work anywhere in the U.S., a dedicated office staff, and over 25 trained Men's Club volunteers who provide personable and knowledgeable service for our Subscribers. Get prompt caring assistance at the push of a button, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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