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August 2018 official publication of the Sun City Center Community Association


AUGUST 1 Bandstand Concert Tommy Johnson – 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 6 Board Workshop CANCELLED Boardroom – CA Office - 9 a.m. 8 Board Meeting Rollins Theater - 9 a.m. 11 Pool Party Games, Music, Entertainment, Food 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. SEPTEMBER 10 Board Workshop to discuss Agenda Boardroom - CA Office - 9 a.m. 12 Board Meeting Rollins Theater - 9 a.m. 12 Bandstand Concert Kevin Brooks/Bill Lindsay “Elvis” 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 18 Community Leaders Meeting Florida Room – 9 a.m. 24 CO-AP Meeting Caper Room – 2 p.m. 26 Budget Review Florida Room – 9 a.m. NOTE: Community Leaders Meetings are not held in August. Agendas for the monthly Board Meetings will be posted on Official Bulletin Board in the Atrium the Monday before and on the CA website ( – under “Association”). They will also be sent via “What’s New in the CA” email. Every Wednesday: Orientation for new members in the Boardroom in the CA office starting at 1 p.m. sharp.

Hot Weather, Cool Activities By Diane M. Loeffler Rain seemed to dominate the forecast in late June and early July, but the afternoon stayed sunny for Sun City Center’s Fourth of July events. After a breakfast attended by 1,310 CA members and guests, the activity moved to North Campus. Entertainment Director, Renee Bray, extended the time for karaoke to two and a half hours this year “due to its popularity.” She also says, “We hired locally for the gazebo entertainment. Sun City Center residents Thor Stevens and Cyndi Berger are entertaining this year. New this year is corn hole. The game boards were donated by the Sawdust Engineers.” The day was very warm and many Sun City Center residents and their guests found relief in the pool. Bernice Preston sat at the edge of the pool while grandchildren Natalia, Nico and Luke Preston enjoyed the water. The Preston children live nearby and are able to join their grandmother at the pool from time to time. Guests Robert and Tracy Greenwood were spending the day with Tracy’s parents, Bruce and Cricket Fraser. They currently reside in Yuma, Arizona. The Greenwoods were among the many

The pool was a popular place on July 4. Front L to R: Trevor Greenwood, Tracy Greenwood holding Caleb Fraser, Kathy Jones. Back L to R: Robert Greenwood, Cricket Fraser, Bruce Fraser and Garry Jones.

residents and guests, young and not-soyoung, who happily visited and played in the water. The gazebo was surrounded by CA residents. Some danced, some sat on the ground or on lawn chairs, and others enjoyed the music from the comfort of their golf carts. Resident Jean Ervine says, “I like the concerts because I can

bring my golf cart. I can’t walk very far, but I can drive right up to the concert and sit in my cart. This is a very nice day. I could go to the pool and enjoy a concert.” One Sun City Center resident had a great idea for keeping cool while

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July 4 breakfast: A Great Way to Start the Holiday

By Diane M. Loeffler Were you one of the 1,310 community residents and guests who began your holiday with the annual breakfast at Community Hall? For five dollars, we were served a hot meal accompanied by orange juice and coffee. All were served by Community Association members, our friends and neighbors who devoted a couple of hours or more so that we could gather together at the start of Independence Day. Walking up to the entrance, we were greeted by smiling faces. Walt Cawein offered information on the Sun City Center Veterans Memorial and an opportunity to buy a brick. Across from him, volunteers with the Security Patrol sold raffle tickets for a golf cart and told us how we could become a member of their valuable organization. Inside we purchased tickets, looked at photos from our community’s past, and pondered our chances of winning the 50/50 drawing. Volunteers cheerfully served us our food, flag-waving ushers let us know where there were empty seats, and servers brought us coffee and juice. One of the 28 bussers, Anne McGervey, has been volunteering as a server for four years. She says, “It is a way to meet people, reconnect with people, and have fun with people.” McGervey also volunteers during the holiday

breakfast, at the Information Center, and at South Bay Hospital, as well as taking communion to the residents of Plaza West. One of the breakfast coordinators, CA Director Bob Sullivan, says the breakfast is “totally self-supporting. The breakfast even supports the rest of the day including the free ice cream. The two breakfasts, Fourth of July and Christmas, pay for all the supplies you see here: grills, aprons, cushions for the workers’ stools.” Another breakfast coordinator, Pat Sullivan, says, “We like to say this is for the community and by the community.”

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Breakfast volunteers Brenda and Floyd Curvin paused for a moment for this photo. Curvin is the administrator of the Facebook page, Sun City Center Residents. He says, “We are up over 400 people. We try to keep residents involved.”

Bill and Bree Regis may have been the only father-daughter team volunteering for the Fourth of July Breakfast.


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Ann McGervey has volunteered at the Fourth of July Breakfast for four years. She says, “It is a way to meet people, reconnect with people, and have fun with people.”

Larry Smith was one of the servers who kept us supplied with coffee and orange juice.

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There are three positions open for 3-year terms: January 2, 2019 – January 5, 2022 Completed applications must be returned to the CA office by 3 p.m., October 3, 2018

What’s New at the Library?

By Joanne Gilray, Library Administrator NEW WEBSITE ADDRESS: Please note that the website address to access the online catalog has changed. You will need to make the change in your favorites on your computer to the new website address. New address is: “https://evolveopac.”. As we get donations in we are adding more and more Blu-ray movies. Blu-ray is a different technology than a regular DVD and must be played in a Blu-Ray player. Because we are getting more Blu-ray donations we have moved them to a turnstile unit located across from the puzzles. Both fiction and non-fiction Blu-ray movies will be located here. DVD players will only play DVDs however, Blu-ray players will play both Blu-rays and DVDs. Are you looking to explore the Tampa Bay area? Then try Hillsborough County’s “Discovery Pass.” As a Hillsborough County resident, you may now reserve a FREE admission or tour pass to select local museums and attractions. To reserve your Discovery Pass or learn more about the partnering organization go to “” or call (813) 273-3652. Some organizations include, but not limited to, Big Cat Rescue, Henry B. Plant Museum and Tampa Bay History Center. “To read a book for the first time is to make an acquaintance with a new friend. To read it for a second time is to meet an old one.” ~ Chinese saying Happy reading and enjoy the rest of your summer!

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SCCCA “Stay Cool in the Pool” Party August 11

What a good way to beat the summer heat! Join your SCCCA friends and neighbors for the second pool party of the season on Saturday August 11. The event will be held from 1-4 p.m. at the SCC Community Pool. All SCC Community Association Members are invited to attend. Entertainment will be provided by Dave “Motown” Morris. The SCC Café will have hot dogs, hamburgers and ice cream available for purchase in addition to other great food. There will be games including water volleyball and corn hole. Seating is limited. Bringing your own chairs is not allowed, due to code. Guest passes will be required for those wishing to bring non-CA members. Children will be allowed at the pool 1-5 PM.


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

By John Lampkin Do your eyes glaze over when encountering a botanical name? Are you perplexed by the pronunciation of those multisyllabic mouthfuls of mutilated Latin? Relax! Any pronunciation you can utter without injury is acceptable and since botanical names carry interesting info it’s worth paying attention. Such is especially the case with Mohr’s Thoroughwort, Eupatorium mohrii. [you-puh-TORE-ee-um MOREee-eye.] “Mohrii” honors Alabama botanist Charles Theodore Mohr and the genus “Eupatorium” refers to Mithridates VI Eupator Dionysius, a BC king of what is now part of Turkey. His daddy was poisoned by persons unknown, so Mithridates VI vowed to never let that happen to himself. He concocted an antidotal potion by combining 54 different toxic plants and guess what, some of those are in the genus that now bears his name. Indeed, some Eupatoriums are deadly, like White Snakeroot which killed Abe Lincoln’s mom when she drank milk from a cow that had eaten some. If Mohr’s Thoroughwort is toxic, pollinators like Gray Hairstreak butterflies aren’t adversely affected as they probe the thousands of blooms alongside bees and beetles. Do their eyes glaze over when encountering a botanical name on our Nature Trails signage? No, the only language they know translates to, “Show me the nectar!” The Nature Trails trailhead is located opposite North Lake on Del Webb West between Vincennes and Seton Hall. BYO antidote. John Lampkin leads interpretive walks on the first Tuesday of each month at 9 am, or by appointment.

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July Board Meeting: Events, Maintenance, and Updates

President’s Report By John Luper, CA President August is upon us and of this writing no hurricane is heading our way yet. This is still no time to let your guard down. Put your plan together and decide first if a storm approaches are you leaving or staying. That will help you decide how to prepare you and your home. It is also time for those who may be interested in serving the community as a board of director to pick up an application in our office. Applications will be available starting on August 15 and have to be submitted back to the office no later than 3 p.m. on October 3. There will be three board positions to fill. The term is for three years, and hopefully there will be a lot of interest. If someone has questions, I would suggest they contact one of the current board members who would be glad to help. Meet the Candidates night will be November 14 this year and the vote will take place on December 4 and 5. The ground-breaking ceremony for the Veterans Memorial to be built in front of Community Hall took place on July 17. Approximately 200 people attended the event, and I believe everyone was inspired by the generosity of our community and the appreciation of all who have served our country. Past CA President Walt Cawein should be commended for leading this endeavor and later this fall we should have another finished and beautiful example of why living in Sun City Center is so special. As we should expect, we are now in the hottest months of the year. Even though we are a very active community it is still important that we care for our health, keep cool, and drink plenty of water.

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By Diane M. Loeffler CA President, John Luper began his report saying, “Congratulations all around for another successful July 4 breakfast, especially Bob and Pat Sullivan and all of their volunteers. Thank you, Lynn, and all of our wonderful staff for the rest of the day.” “Before you know it, Board elections will come along. Applications for the three director positions will be available on August 15. The deadline for turning in applications is October 3. November 14 will be Meet the Candidates Night and the vote will be December 4 and 5.” “Make sure you have your hurricane plans in place. If nothing else, decide if you are staying or going.” Upcoming Events August 11 there will be another Summer Pool Party from 1 until 4:00 p.m. There will be music, games, food and activities. Planning has begun for the December first Holiday Walk and Breakfast. Come for the breakfast and then do your Christmas shopping at the clubs. The Holiday Golf Cart Parade planning is in progress as well. The parade will be held on December 8. Groups and individuals are invited to participate. The more carts, the better the parade. Community Manager, Lyn Reitz says, “We had an overwhelming response to our March shredding day. Due to the huge attendance at that event, we will have two shredding days a year from now on. The date is October 9 from 9 a.m. to noon in the same location, in front of where the modulars were. There will be two trucks, one on each side, and two lines.”

Fitness Center Committee Report The Community Association’s Fitness Center is 6200 square feet with over 90 pieces of equipment plus benches, mats, televisions and other such items. The most used items are the treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bicycles, and rowing machines. Fitness Committee Co-Chair, Ernie Kociban, says, “Visitors are absolutely amazed with what we have, including visitors from The Villages.” Co-chair Jim Blackstone says, “The Fitness Center has training programs to use the equipment safely.” The classes are taught by certified personal trainer, Dennis O’Brien, on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. The evening time slot is to accommodate those who work. Blackstone says, “There is a tendollar deposit. The deposit is refunded when training is complete. We looked at participants’ surveys and beginning in September are offering a ‘Have it your way’ program.” The Fitness Center also sponsors seminars. History Society Committee Report History Society’s President, John Bowker, says, “The History Society’s main thrust is managing documents and photos of people, places, things and events. We have had displays on our history at different events and venues, and we have published 2 1/2 books.” He thanked the officers and others who have helped with sorting through, clipping and scanning documents. Currently the History Society works in the Information Center where they have a climate controlled vault. In the past, some documents had deteriorated because they were kept in garages and carports. In addition to the History Society, there is now a new club, The Friends of the History Society.

Exciting new fitness programs for women and men will be introduced in September, 2018 at the SCC Fitness Center. A variety of free training classes will be available to encourage SCC residents, regardless of gender, to select the program that best meets their fitness interests. During the last three years over 600 residents have participated in free fitness sessions led by Certified Personal Trainer Dennis O’Brien. These introductory programs taught safe and effective techniques to build strength, stamina and flexibility using Precor resistance equipment. The upcoming classes will build on the success of our recent sessions by offering a

choose from the following programs: Free Weights and Cable Machines, Cardio, or Interval Training. Beginning in mid-August program descriptions, schedules, registration forms and an appointment book will be located at the attendant’s desk in the Fitness Center. Classes are limited to four participants to ensure attention to each trainee and are available only to Sun City Center residents with current CA identification cards. A $10 registration fee is required which will be cheerfully refunded upon completion of training. Remember, exercise is the fountain of youth!

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Tidbits from the Vault

By Cathy Meyerhoff, Sun City Center History Society A Voice from the Past As I browsed through the historical files looking for a topic for this month’s article I came upon a speech given by Sun City Center’s first librarian to the Literature Section of the Sun City Center Women’s Club. The talk was presented on January 3, 1964. To give you a glimpse into the past I am reproducing excerpts from the speech given by Beulah B. Evans. “Our Sun City Center Library was opened in March, 1963. Back in Sept. ’62 and earlier, Stan Clark, our former Activities coordinator, and the Women’s Club had their heads together for plans of action: first, to get donations of books from people planning to move to Sun City and those already here and second, to get Sun City Center in the Tampa Library system. Many wonderful donations of books have been received, large gifts and small and they have been greatly appreciated. Our initial gift which gave us the inspiration we needed was from the Krauches that consisted of some four or five hundred books… We have approximately 1,200 gift books at present… Now for the second course of action, which was to convince Mr. Myrose, the Hillsborough county librarian, that Sun City Center should have a collection of books from Tampa Library. I assure you this took a lot of discussing, arguing, and patience on Stan Clark’s part and mine. I came into the picture in Nov. ’62, and since I’m a librarian that was considerable help to the cause. It was decided that the Sun City Center library should be a station of the Tampa Public Library and this was the first such arrangement in the county so we felt and still feel that this was a worthwhile achievement. Naturally there are many advantages in being attached to a large library system. For one, we have some 900 volumes from Tampa now, and second, the library card you receive here is good anywhere in the county… When our library first opened, Tampa gave us a

three-month probationary period in which to prove that we needed and would use a library here at Sun City. We pass ed the test, and now we have our library. It might seem to some when you look at the front page of the Ruskin paper that perhaps we have such a test before us again. Bus Miss Stark has said that the proposed Ruskin Library need be no threat to us because they are interested mainly in children’s books. And of course, we have no children’s books …. We have fiction, the latest and also some the older books which are good, mysteries, westerns, good nonfictions, pamphlets from the Agriculture department and other sources, old and recent issues of many magazines, a few reference books, up to date issues of the Wall Street Journal, National Observer and the Arizona Sun City paper, Christian Science Monitor and others. In December, we had 620 books and magazines go out…. There is nothing like a good book to give one perspective and objectivity in this big world around us. Sometimes we get so involved in Sun City, we forget there is more to the world than just our beautiful little town.” If you are interested in learning more about Sun City Center History consider joining the Friends of the Sun City Center History Society. Membership is open to all Community Association members. The next quarterly meeting will be held on October 30 at 2 p.m. in the Caper Room. Dues are $5 per year.


at the Rollins Theater One Showing Only at 1 p.m.

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.

August 13•The Stray•1 Hour, 27 Min.

The Stray tells the true story of a dog who saves a struggling family in more ways than one. Starring: Connor Corum, Sarah Lancaster, Michael Cassidy Director: Mitch Davis Genre: Drama, Family Rating: P G f o r t h e m a t i c elements including a perilous situation.

August 27•Victoria & Abdul•1 Hour, 51 Min.

The amazing true story of an unexpected friendship between Queen Victoria (Academy Award winner Judi Dench) and a young clerk named Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), who becomes a teacher, spiritual advisor, and devoted friend. Starring: Ju di D ench , Ad e el Akhtar, Michael Cambon, Eddie Izzard, Ali Fazal Director: Stephen Frears Rating: P G - 1 3 f o r s o m e thematic elements and language.

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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.

SCC Emergency Receives Donation from the SCC Lapidary Club

Pictured here with Chief Mike Bardell is Sharon Sirak from the Sun City Center Lapidary Club who generously donating $1,000 to help the squad “continue providing its much-appreciated service to the Sun City Center community.” The generosity of the Club is very much appreciated by the SCC Emergency Squad.

Metaphysical Society Fundraiser

Sherry Stowe (r.) teaches Diana Young to make a memory wire bracelet.

Sun City Center Lapidary Club Closed During August

Beginning August 1, the Sun City Center Lapidary Club will be closed for the summer, reopening on Monday, September 10. Bead sales will begin again on the same day. The Club will also resume its “Wednesday at the Club” workshops in September, held from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Sandpiper Room on the last Wednesday of the month. During a recent workshop, Sherry Stowe supervised the group in making memory wire bracelets adorned with a variety of colorful beads. In July, the workshop focused on spiraled mesh bling and crystal Christmas ornaments. Located in the Arts & Crafts Building, 915E Cherry Hills Drive, the SCC Lapidary Club is open to all Sun City Center residents and to Kings Point residents as space allows. Annual membership is only $10. For more information, call 813-642-2084. Join the club and learn a fun new hobby!

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10 a.m. Wednesdays in the Heritage Room Admission $1 with love offering requested to benefit our Society. Bring your Community ID. August 1 - “Emerald Tablets”, Mary Lou Houllis, prophetic in the foundation of Christianity, ancient mystery religions, and mythology, enlightens us with knowledge of the Emerald Tablets. August 8 – “Magical Unicorns and Pet messages from Beyond,” Stacey Erickson, owner of Equestrian Endeavors explains communication with animals and the messages we receive from our pets. August 15 – “Healthy, Wealthy and Wise,” Elena Jones, author, reader, and speaker will share wisdom from the ages. August 22 – “Light up your Metaphysical World,” Chantal joins us today with tips and tools of the metaphysical world to help reach your highest potential. August 29 – “Spiritual Empowerment,” Melissa Parks returns to help us explore how to obtain a heaven on earth.

SCC Sew’n Sews Quilts of Valor

Several members of the Sun City Center Sew’n Sews created 60 quilt blocks and sent them to the Quilts of Valor Foundation. There are specific requirements in making each block which were followed by the group. Quilts of Valor is a nonprofit foundation whose goal is to cover all physically or psychologically wounded service members with a freedom quilt, honoring them for their sacrifices. Over 190,000 quilts have been distributed in all 50 states. Quilts of Valor can be requested through the Quilts of Valor Foundation. The Sew’n Sews is a club in Sun City Center. Members gather to sew for themselves, the club, or for charity. They have machines on which to sew, provide direction and also run classes in sewing, quilting, serging, and using an embroidery machine. They also periodically have sew-ins to make items for charity or for club sales. The Sew’n Sews are located in the Arts & Crafts building on Cherry Hills Drive. Membership is open to all Sun City Center Community Association members in good standing. For information call 813-505-9503 or email “”.

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You probably didn’t see them, but the volunteers in the kitchen worked hard all morning.

The pancake volunteers kept very, very busy.

Thor Stevens and Cyndi Berger entertained the crowd of residents. Most chose to listen from the comfort of their golf carts.

Theresa Snipe, Dick Gingrich and Barbara Gingrich met for the first time at this year’s breakfast. Barbara says, “We have lived here for 21 years. We came here as babies.”

watching the concert. Carol Zeller brought along a battery-operated fan that she had purchased “in case our power ever goes out.” If you have one in your Hurricane Preparedness Kit, you might want to bring it along when you attend the September 12 performances of Kevin Brooks and Bill “Elvis” Lindsay and for the October 10 performance of Melanie Massell and Company.

If you enjoyed June’s pool party, mark your calendars for Saturday, August 11. The Stay Cool in the Pool Party will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Community Pool. There will be corn hole games, water volleyball, cafe’ refreshments, and entertainment by Dave “Motown” Morris. Be sure to bring your Community Association I.D.’s and passes for your guests.

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Silver Alert Foot Patrol in Sun City Center

Story By Ilona Merritt, Photography by Kai Rambow This was the day! The day volunteers from the Security Patrol and the Bicycle Club have been waiting for. They had classroom training and received special instructions for occasions such as what is going to happen today. Only these volunteers don’t know it yet. The next step, a trial run, is about to happen. That special phone call which will call them to duty, is about to come. A Silver Alert Foot Patrol has been established in Sun City Center. A Silver Alert is a public notification system in the United States to broadcast information about missing persons – especially senior citizens with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or other mental disabilities – in order to aid in locating them. Supporters of Silver Alert point to a growing elderly population as a reason to support new programs to locate missing seniors. Approximately six in ten dementia victims will wander at least once. If not found within 24 hours, up to half of the wandering seniors with dementia suffer serious injury or death. Security Patrol Chief, Gill Jessee, and members of the Patrol have formed a Silver Alert Foot Patrol to compliment

Chief Jessee giving instructions to Doni Doty and Larry Wing. Barbara Turner is approaching in the background.

Chief Jessee and Deputy Merry determining search routes

the Hillsborough County Sheriff ’s Office (HCSO) search team. The SCC Bicycle Club is also a part of this new venture. There are places where the Sheriff ’s men cannot take their vehicles. Having our participants use golf carts and bicycles is vital and having a search team which has been organized and trained right here in SCC is extremely important. Time is most critical since

over 40 years clinical experience and whose mother had Alzheimer’s, gave us instructions as to how to approach the patient and how talk to them while they wait for the Sheriff to take charge of the patient. The Sheriff then takes the patient home and the local emergency squad is called to check out the patient.

the Alzheimer’s patient needs to be found within the first hour. In SCC, the Sheriff ’s office has an average of once a month to search for someone. The numbers are rising, since more and more seniors suffer from this affliction. Recently, a training meeting was held in the patrol office and it was exciting to see the number of participants eager to be of service. Barbara Turner, who has

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Veterans Memorial Breaks Ground

By Diane M. Loeffler The morning of July 17 was a time of celebration. Bill Hodges was the enthusiastic Master of Ceremonies for the Sun City Center Veterans Memorial groundbreaking ceremony. “Our committee has worked really hard,” says Bill Hodges. “The idea is now becoming a reality. The actual construction of the memorial is beginning!” Memorial Committee Chairman Walt Cawein said, “This morning there is a sense of excitement. There will now be a visible memorial to recognize those who have served our country.” Cawein said, “There are two reasons for the groundbreaking ceremony. One is to thank those who have gotten us to this point. The other is to give guests details about what the memorial will look like.” One addition to the memorial will be a war dog. Cawein spoke at length with Ted Van Aulen, a veteran from Kings Point who worked with a dog during the war. The statue will bear the name of Van Aulen’s dog, Warlock. The Sun City Veterans Memorial site is in front of the CA’s major social hall just off a well-traveled street, South Pebble Beach Boulevard. Plans for the memorial were slowed down two months when the engraving company making the sample bricks was affected by Hurricane Irma. However, the


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General Contractor Adam Stine, Architect Mark Johnson, CA President John Luper, Committee Chairman Walt Cawein and Five Star Donor, Dallas Tuthill, symbolically broke ground at the July 17 ceremony.

SCC Veterans Memorial Chairman, Walt Cawein, says he hopes to have the memorial completed before November 8.

project was back on track by December. The ceremony brochure says, “This memorial is not about war. It’s about people and paying tribute to all the military service personnel who honorably served their country. We don’t glorify war. We glorify the spirit of the men and women who fought for their great country. The focus of the memorial is on world peace and

Bricks are still available for purchase by individuals and organizations. If you wish to buy an engraved brick or to make a donation go to “” or mail your donation to SCC Charitable Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 6105, Sun City Center, FL 33571. Note: The zip code is different because the mailing address is a post office box.

the debt of honor owned to those who have served.” Cawein thanked donors, committee members, and others for their support. He also thanked Mark Johnson for helping get the construction plan approved in one week. Cawein says contributions are still needed. Walt Cawein says, “Nearly 400 of you have already purchased bricks.”

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By E. Adam Porter Editor in Chief, News of Sun City Center Got an interesting call the other day. I could tell by the lady’s tone she was unhappy, but the more she tried to explain why she was upset, the more jumbled her speech became. Finally, she took a deep breath and put all her exasperation into a single question: “Why don’t you print bad news!” I thanked her for her question, and agreed that it’s true that, here at The News, we choose not to print a lot of what would be considered “bad” or “hard” news. That is, generally speaking: politics, crime, national news, international news, and ‘breaking’ news stories. Our reasons for abstaining from “hard news” are both logistical and philosophical. The logistical reasons are pretty straightforward. First, we’re a monthly. Breaking news, as well as other ‘hard news’ stories develop a lot over 30 days. Many stories fall into and out of the news cycle altogether in that time. Second, there are myriad other daily print, TV, and web sources for hard news. The caller asked why we didn’t print “mugshots, crime reports, traffic crashes, and burglaries... that stuff…” She’s right. In the pages of The News, you are unlikely to find a two-page spread of mugshots, and no photos of car crashes with blood still staining the asphalt. There will be no editorial rants lambasting anyone in charge of anything for malfeasance or incompetence. There are other forums for that kind of thing. When telling the story of Sun City Center, we choose to look at our community through a different lens. Choosing a Focus We focus on the stories that hit closest to home for you: features that make you smile and information that helps you plan your week, your month, or

your next vacation. The opportunities to meet people in our community, to learn a new hobby or dust off a forgotten skill. In The News, you will read about heroes getting their medals and volunteers opening up a world of imagination for kids who struggle with reading. First responders who invest their volunteer time saving lives, and others who protect the community, give people rides, or deliver food. We also spotlight the many wonderful things there are to see and do in this truly unique community. From quilting to archery to swim dancing, line dancing, ballroom dancing, and bingo. If you want to learn carpentry, sculpting, painting, music, or computing, we’ve got that. Want to try your hand at basketball, volleyball, or pickleball? We give those local sports priority over the goings on at One Buc Place and Tropicana Field. Frankly speaking, I’d much rather publish a page of stories about local folks medaling in a tennis tournament, tossing ringers in horseshoes, winning the softball game, or squeaking out a come-from-behind victory in lawn bowling than see one more story about the Bucs quarterback riding the pine for the first three games. So, instead of news that will make you feel bad, scared, or angry, instead of stories you will see everywhere else, we choose to fill our pages with your smiling faces, the events that put that smile on your face, and the nuts and bolts of what makes a community like this one keep on running. Look for the Helpers I’m not saying life is always roses and helium balloons. It’s not. Bad things happen. We get hurt. We get sick. Time tends to take a lot more than it gives. When that happens, we can complain, or we can help. At The News, we choose to help. That’s why we promote support groups for people who are hurting, information and resources for people struggling with illness or disability — places and people offering ideas and encouragement for folks going through a hard time or hanging on by the end of their rope. Along those lines, we know that, when we take steps to protect ourselves and others, we go a long way toward preventing things we may later need to cure. From making better decisions about our physical or financial health to remembering to lock our back doors,



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when we make smarter choices ahead of time, we prevent many bad things from happening. This is why, every month, we give a prominent position to Deputy Merry’s seminars. We want you to know how best to protect yourself. Different on Purpose So, as I explained to the caller, The News of Sun City Center is different. In a media world where “if it bleeds, it leads,” anything less than dire often ends up on the cutting room floor. There’s simply too much grim business going on in the world to give any

column inches to ladies making quilts for wounded veterans or local athletes winning amateur competitions. We take a different approach. I’m not saying there’s no place for hard news. There is. Just not here. We have better things to talk about. Life is, all things considered, pretty short. In the time we are given, there’s fun and there’s pain. We have chosen to prioritize fun, just like most folks do when they move here. The world needs more of that, and we believe in leading by example.

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Par for the Chorus Donation

The Greater Sun City Center Florida Chapter of Barbershop Harmony Society Par for the Chorus donated $400 to the Squad as a portion of the proceeds from their Spring Show. The group consists of approximately 18 regular members and presented their annual program earlier this year. Pictured here are Dave Totten from Par for the Chorus as well as Dolores Whiteside, with the SCC Emergency Squad.

Sun City Center Photo Club August Meeting

The Sun City Center Photo Club is pleased to announce that Carmen Schettino will be the guest speaker at our August Program to take place on Tuesday, August 14, in the Caper Room located at 945E.N. Course Lane at 6:30 p.m. Tom, is a master in photographic lighting. He has worked in the trade producing beautiful images for his clients for more than 25 years, and has taught professional photographers around the United States the best lighting for products, people and machines. Carmen’s client list has included Fortune 500 companies such as American Express, IBM, Prudential Insurance, Ingersoll Rand, Kodak, Seiko/Pulsar watch, Rolls Royce, Mobil Oil, and the list goes on. Carmen can make your job as a photographer trouble free. His goal on every assignment is to produce the best possible image in the camera and minimize the need for digital image editing. Carmen is a past president of both the New York Professional Photographers Association and the American Advertising Federation-Suncoast. Members and their guests are welcome to attend this special event. For more information about our club, visit www.photoclubscc. com

Sun City Center Lions Club Installation and Awards Luncheon

At the recent Sun City Center Lions Club Installation and Awards Luncheon, one of the most outstanding awards given was to Lion Tom Wolf, a charter member, for his 60 years of service to the Lions and Lion Ken Miles for his 50 years of service to the Lions. In addition to the awards to Lions Tom and Ken, the Lion of the Year Award was presented to Lion Charlie Wortham; the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award was presented to Lion Patrick Soja. Lion Ellen McGovern was presented with the District and Multiple District Award for the one page newsletter “The Lions Tale.” Many perfect attendance awards were presented, certificates of appreciation from the President, and awards from the Florida Foundation for the Blind to Lions Richard Kelley, Ken Miles, Gloria Rodzielowicz, Anne Walker, Nick Olson, Lion David Skillin, Past District Patrick Soja, Terry McGovern, and Governor; Lion Tom Wolf, 60-year Lion; and Lion Ken Miles, 50-year Lion. Patricia Shumacher. The new Board of Directors for the year 2018-2019 will be: President Steve Gargiulo; Secretary Charlie Wortham; Treasurer and LCIF Coordinator Terry McGovern; 1st Vice President Nick Olson; Membership Director, Webmaster and Newsletter Editor Charlie Wortham; Marketing & Communications Director Ellen McGovern; Service Chair & Director Patrick Soja; Jim Townsend and Yvonne Mathews Directors; Lion Tamer Yolanda Almeida; and Tail Twister Gloria Rodzielowicz. Sun City Center Lions Club meets the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at the Sandpiper Grille, 1702 South Pebble Beach Boulevard, Sun City Center at 11 a.m. Any questions, please call Lions Charlie Wortham 302-438-3856; Ellen & Terry McGovern 633-4202; Ken Miles 813-812-7058, or Steve Gariulo - 207-319-2476.

Celebrating 60 Years Together

Bill and Darlene Millican celebrate 60 years of marriage. They married on August 16, 1958 in Odessa, Texas. Bill pastored churches in Texas, Oklahoma, Illinois and Florida for over 60 years. He retired from Trinity Baptist Church in Sun City Center where they still attend. Darlene taught in various elementary schools and retired from the Hillsborough County School system. During their 18 years as SCC residents, they have been active in church, tennis, softball and pickleball communities. They have three daughters and four grandchildren. They celebrated their anniversary by attending a Tampa Bay Rays baseball game with family.

Contribution to Sun City Center Emergency Squad

The Xi Xi Zeta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi recently donated $1,400 to the Sun City Emergency Squad. Pictured here presenting the check are Judy Brown, Elaine Hill, Jeanne Burkeson, Lynn Maguire, Faye Holzaepfel, Marty Gifford, CFO of the Emergency Squad receiving the donation; and Marcy DiNisio. The donation is very much appreciated by the Emergency Squad to enable the work of the Squad to continue!

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Men’s Club Learns of Hillsborough’s First People

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The Boys and Girls Club is working with the Hillsborough County Sheriff ’s Office to get kids what they need to achieve their best this school year. Deputy Jeff Merry says: “We are assisting the children who attend the Wimauma Boys and Girls Club prepare for the upcoming school year… These children would not have any school supplies if it were not for the generous donations from members of this community…” Supplies Needed Backpacks, black pens, blue pens, red pens, blunt-tip scissors, bottled glue, glue sticks, construction paper, crayons, disinfectant wipes, dry erase markers, erasers, hand sanitizer, highlighters, pencil pouches/cases, pencil sharpeners, pencils, pocket folders w/prongs, rulers, spiral notebooks, tissue boxes, wide-ruled notebook paper. Please bring supplies to the following locations: United Methodist Church of Sun City Center 1210 Del Webb Boulevard Emergency Squad of Sun City Center 720 Ray Watson Drive Temple Beth Israel 1115 Del Webb Boulevard East

By Jay Sparkman Charles Nelson, a docent at the Tampa Bay History Center and resident of Southshore presented the story of Hillsborough County’s First People and provided comments on the role Tampa Bay played in prehistoric times as well as the interaction between the native residents and the early Spanish explorers. The importance of the discovery of ancient artifacts in the Southshore area, particularly Ruskin, was most interesting. Pictured are George Bodmer, left, VP for Programs, Charles Nelson, and David Floyd, President-elect of Sun City Center Men’s Club. Residents of Sun City Center and Kings Point are eligible to become members of the Men’s Club. Contact Jon Lehr, 813-260-3058 for more information.

Heartland Club August 11 Summer Social

By Stephanie Casey The Heartland Club is pleased to announce “beat the heat” indoor potluck picnic. The get-together will be held on Saturday, August 11, in the Kings Point North Clubhouse Waterside Room. The fun begins at 5 p.m. Everyone in the Greater Sun City Center Area is welcome to join us for a good time. Most of our members have ties to Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri, but even if you are not a Midwesterner, the welcome mat is out. The Club will provide hamburgers, hot dogs and dessert. Guests are asked to bring a side dish or salad only. The cost for the BYOB party is $5 for members or $7 for nonmembers. Musical entertainment will be provided by Knot Bros. The reservation deadline is Monday, August 6, and can be made by sending a check made out to Heartland Club to Doris Ferron at 2462 Kensington Greens Drive, SCC. For further information, contact John at 813-938-5433 or e-mail “”. We look forward to seeing you on August 11.

SCC Men’s Club Learns About Firehouse Cultural Center

This customized 1950 Mercury coupe owned by Tim Dickson of Apollo Beach is the Roamin’ Oldies June cruiser of the month.

Classic Mercury Coupe Is Cruiser of the Month

When Tim Dickson of Apollo Beach showed up at the Roamin’ Oldies Car Club July cruise-in with his beautifully styled 1950 Mercury coupe with a Barris Kustom crest on its side, there was little surprise when it was named Cruiser of the Month. George Barris was undisputed king of customizing, and the 1949/50 Mercury was probably the all-time favorite of the lead-sled era. Tim’s burgundy beauty is a prime example, with a chopped top, smoothed surfaces, low-slung stance and multi-toothed DeSoto grille. It’s powered by a 350-cubic inch V8, with automatic transmission, disc brakes, air conditioning and power steering, windows and door locks. Tim found his classic custom in Sarasota, where its former owner kept it for 23 years after purchasing it from noted collector Leo Gephart of Scottsdale, Arizona. In addition to his custom car work, Barris also created specialty show-business vehicles including the Batmobile, Kitt from the TV show Knight Rider, the Munster’s “Dragula” and the Beverly Hillbillies’ 1921 Oldsmobile. The Roamin’ Oldies host a cruise-in from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. the first Thursday of every month, with a rain date the following Thursday, at the Mira Bay Village Shopping Center on US-41 in Apollo Beach. 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 Chris Ligori Associates law firm. For information, call Chet at 813-842-1511.

By Jay Sparkman Georgia Vahue, Executive Director of the Firehouse Cultural Center in Ruskin, was guest speaker at the July luncheon meeting of the Sun City Center Men’s Club. Ms. Vahue related the history of the Firehouse Cultural Center, how citizens of South Shore worked to convert the unused firehouse to a centerpiece for cultural events, and how the facility has become utilized by residents of all ages. Pictured are Joe DeFelice, left, President of the SCC Men’s Club, Georgia Vahue, and George Bodmer, VP of Programs. The Men’s Club is open to residents of Sun City Center and Kings Point. For more information call Jon Lehr at 813-260-3058.

Volunteer to Teach Literacy or English as a Second Language

The Hillsborough Literacy Council (HLC), in conjunction with the Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative, provides free literacy and English as a Second Language instruction to adults countywide. Nearly one out of five residents cannot read and write sufficiently and approximately 200,000 residents are non-English speakers. Social and economic doors close to those who do not have the literacy and language skills needed to advance in society. We depend on volunteers to change the lives of residents who struggle to read, write, and speak English. We currently have around eighty tutors countywide, and it’s not nearly enough! The Hillsborough Literacy Council will be holding an information session on August 8 at the SouthShore Regional Library to inform local residents of what it is like to be a tutor and how to become one. No teaching or foreign language experience needed. The Literacy Council will also be providing the required new tutor training on August 18 to any residents who volunteer their time, a minimum of one hour a week, in an effort to help ensure that all residents of Hillsborough have a secure footing to a brighter future. Please join us from 6 - 7 p.m. on August 18 at the SouthShore Regional Library Located at 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin, FL 33573-4903.

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Local TOPS Member Loses 100+ Pounds

Front L to R: Gary Kramer, Richard Cronk, Wanda McPherson, and Bill Gross. Back L to R: Trainer Tim Broad, Delores Cronk, and Larry McPherson.

Security Patrol Continues to Add New Members

The newest volunteer class of drivers and dispatchers completed the orientation for the Sun City Center Security Patrol on July 13, 2018. The new members will work with an experienced driver or dispatcher on their first shift and will then be ready to patrol or dispatch on their own. The Security Patrol has Orientation Classes twice monthly and accepts members from Sun City Center, Kings Point, Freedom Plaza, Aston Gardens, and Sun Towers. Come and join us. We need you.

At the July 5 meeting, members of the TOPS Chapter FL 0845 were happy and impressed when Kathy Devine announced that she has lost slightly over 100 pounds. TOPS stands for “Take Off Pounds Sensibly”, and that’s what Kathy did – she lost the weight slowly and safely. Kathy’s technique (in her own words) “. . . was to cut back on carbs since they are a trigger food for me. I keep a food journal, as well as weighing my food. Also, I listen to my body signals and stop eating when I feel satisfied! It’s a whole new way, for me, of eating and thinking about food in general.” If you have weight to lose, or just want to learn how to maintain a healthy weight, consider attending a Thursday morning meeting of TOPS, held at 9 a.m. (with 8:30 am weigh-in) in the Kings Point South Clubhouse. Most meetings include a program with ideas for the safe loss of unwanted weight. Please join us any Thursday morning. First meeting is free. Contact Barb Floto at 813-938-1046 for meeting details. You can learn more about TOPS online at

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Ohio Clubs Come Together for a Summer Indoor Picnic

Members of the SCC Ohio Club and the KP Ohio Club have come together for a Summer Indoor Picnic on Saturday, August 11, at 5 p.m. in the Florida Room. Members of both clubs volunteer at the Emergency Squad and decided to have this combined event. This Ohio party will feature entertainment by Eric Lee for listening and dancing, and have a hot dog and slider bar picnic style meal with hamburger, pulled chicken, and black bean sliders plus potato salad, coleslaw, coconut corn, iced tea, and coffee. This is a BYOB event. The cost is $14 for members and $15 for guests (checks to the Ohio Club). Members and guests are asked to bring a dessert for our dessert table for all to share. SCC members mail to Valerie Graves at 2218 North Creek Court and KP members mail to Linda Dulik at 1209 Huntington Greens Drive or drop checks in the Ohio collection boxes at each location.

Carol Dyer, Chuck Dyer, Valerie Pelkowski, and Jim Rottman of the SCC club. Linda Dulik, John Dulik, Lori Brezec, Edna Mae Fleming, Bill Hagedorn, and Mike Brezec from the KP club.

The simulated wanderer, Tammy Ginenos, was located by Mary Louise Sternberg and Norma Hardesty.

Members of the search team were instructed on the procedure. A command center will be set up near the area where the patient was last seen. A member of the Sheriff ’s department will be the Commander in charge. Should it be during the night, he may give permission to the volunteers to drive their golf carts at night. When the need arises, the volunteers will receive an automated phone call on their cell phone informing them where they are to report. It was suggested that if a cell phone had the capability to have special ringtones they were asked to designate one to the Silver Alert. The concern is not only for the patient but also for the volunteers. Orange vests will be passed out, and it was suggested that volunteers wear slacks and sturdy shoes, especially if they have to go onto a golf course. For that reason, the box of preparedness also includes a first aid kit and bug spray for the volunteers, along with extremely powerful flashlights. When the search is over, everyone has to report to the command center to be officially released. Much thought has been given to the

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Silver Alert on Foot program and it has been well organized. The call came and many volunteers came. The staging area was the Friendship Baptist Church on El Rancho Drive. Deputy Merry and Chief Jessee gave everyone information on the person who had walked away from home and the areas where the search should begin. Different teams were assigned to different areas. A community visitor from Texas agreed to be the “practice wanderer”. As team members reported to the staging area, they were formed into teams of two and were sent to an assigned area to check. Although the wanderer was in an inconspicuous place, she was located by the first team sent out even as other search team members were still arriving to begin the search. In addition to the golf cart teams, all of the Security Patrol cars, with the exception of the Chief ’s vehicle, moved off regular patrol to go to an assigned section of the community near the location where the wanderer was last seen. Both Deputy Merry and Chief Jessee labeled the search a success.

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L to R: Jean Wadlin, Mary Laipple, and Jan Sherburne celebrated their July 4 birthdays by starting the day at our community breakfast.

‘Triplets’ Celebrate July 4th By Kai Rambow

“I was five when my parents told me that the parades weren’t because of me,” recalled Mary Laipple. Several people at the July 4th Breakfast were also celebrating their birthdays. Jan Sherburne, Jean Wadlin and Mary Laipple found themselves together in the line. Two of them are actually twins. There are two clues here, so can you guess which two are related?

F.Y.I. From the Deputy’s Office

By Diane M. Loeffler Deputy Jeff Merry will not be holding his monthly seminars in August. September’s topic is yet to be decided. Merry says, “I will decide the topic depending on what issues arise in the community.” The deputy’s new community service aide, Michelle Mortimer is in the deputy’s office from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Notices of events and programs will be posted on the window of the office. You can stop in during office hours to ask Mortimer questions or to let her know of concerns. On Monday, July 9, nine residents came into the deputy’s office to report that their cars had been broken into over the weekend. In every case, the cars were left unlocked. At least one resident had a camera recording the break ins. The perpetrators were all teenagers. They were seen trying the doors of cars. If they were locked, they just moved on to the next car. Don’t make yourself an easy target. Lock your car!

The Men's Club of Sun City Center Offers Peace of Mind Philips Lifeline 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-forprofit 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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9:30 - 10 a.m. TRIMNASTICS CLUB meet Monday, Tuesday, Thursday at the Dance Studio, SCC Atrium Bldg. All SCC and KP members are welcome to join. Low impact exercise (stretching / bending). 10 a.m. - MONDAY “FOR TODAY” M E E T I N G O F O V E R E AT E R S 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 “ is-oa-for-you” or call Jan at 813-633-3932. 10:30 a.m. – 50-plus Basketball Pick-up games: Low-impact basketball in the gymnasium, Ruskin Senior Center 905 6th Street SE in Ruskin; 813-672-1107. 3:30 p.m. - Qigong 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.


9:30 - 10 a.m. TRIMNASTICS CLUB meet Monday, Tuesday, Thursday at the Dance Studio, SCC Atrium Bldg. All SCC and KP members are welcome to join. Low impact exercise (stretching / bending). 9:30 - 10:30 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 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

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The News of Sun City Center faster; some walk slower. Everyone is welcome; Joanie, Suzanne and Caroline will walk with you. 10 a.m. - 2 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. 1 - 3 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 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. 1 - 3 p.m. SUN CITY CENTER PICKLEBALL CLUB welcomes everyone interested in learning the game. We have a free Beginners Class where you’ll learn rules, scoring, etiquette, safety, and service. Fridays from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Beginners can put their new skills to use under the coaches guidance. Loaner paddles and balls will be provided. Proper court shoes are required and you must display a current Community Association membership card. For a higher level of training, the Advanced Beginners Clinic is held the last Friday of each month at 1 p.m. You don’t need to be a member to use the courts. But becoming a member in the SCC Pickleball Club provides you with full benefits including many fun-filled social events (courtside breakfasts, happy hours, holiday parties), lively tournament play, and members-only court time. Pickleball Courts are located behind the SCC Community Hall off of S. Pebble Beach Blvd.


9 a.m. - 12 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 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. 9:30 - 10:30 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. 11:30 a.m. – ANDY’S KITCHEN FREE WEEKLY HOT LUNCH, 1239 Del Webb Blvd. West, Sun City Center, FL 33573. St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, is partnering with Metropolitan Ministries of Tampa to help feed the hungry in our area. Are You Hungry? Come for a free hot lunch, served each Wednesday in “Andy’s Kitchen”. MM will prepare the meals and they will be served to all comers, no questions asked, in the church Fellowship Hall. If you would like to help with this effort, please contact Sally McLeish thru the church office P: 813634-1252. 11:30 a.m. - SUN CITY CENTER SHRINE CLUB monthly luncheon on the second Wednesday of each month at Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Cost is $14 per person and is catered by Banquet Masters. Reservations are required and the first lunch is on us. However, it’s usual and customary that first time visitors come with a member and a member will

be available if contact is made thru our website, or with a current member directly. We will have either entertainment or other enlightening program that will be of interest to the group. If someone really doesn’t know anyone they can call our club person that handles the reservations, Noble Barry Meyers 813-260-3136 before the Friday before the event date. For more info visit 2 - 4 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.


9 a.m. - TOPS FL 0845 - “Take Off Pounds Sensibly” in Kings Point at the South Clubhouse. The meeting room is in the right corridor of the building. The only requirement for attending is a desire to stop compulsively eating. TOPS is an international organization which has helped millions lose weight since 1948. It’s weightloss support that’s affordable and works. No fad diets or foods to buy. Eat what you love and lose weight with portion control and healthy weight loss tips. You weigh in, so you can track your progress. This meeting is open to all who have a problem with their weight control. Please join us any Thursday morning. First meeting is free. Contact Barb F. at 813-938-1046 for meeting details. You can learn more about TOPS online at www. 9 a.m. - “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 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 Thursday morning. Contact Peg S. at 516/578-5285 for meeting details. You can learn more about OA online at “”. 9:30 - 10 a.m. TRIMNASTICS CLUB meet Monday, Tuesday, Thursday at the Dance Studio, SCC Atrium Bldg. All SCC and KP members are welcome to join. Low impact exercise (stretching / bending). 10 a.m. - 2 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. 1 - 2:30 p.m. - “LET’S PUNCH OUT PARKINSON’S” ROCK STEADY BOXING 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 Complimentary valet parking available at Towers entrance. For additional info, call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990. 1 - 4 p.m. SINGLE DECK PINOCHLE CLUB meets in the Sandpiper Room North

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33573 from 8. Campus. Come early for a partner. Email “” for more information or questions. 6:45 - 9:45 p.m. THURSDAY NIGHT PARTNERS’ BRIDGE CLUB meets weekly to play progressive bridge on Thursday evenings in the Horizon Room at the Atrium. Bring a partner and 50 cents. Open to all bridge players in Sun City Center and King’s Point. For further information, contact President Anita Farney ta 813-633-4368.


12:30 p.m. - “LET’S PUNCH OUT PARKINSON’S” ROCK STEADY 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 Complimentary valet parking available at Towers entrance. For additional info, call Debbie Caneen 813892-2990. 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. SCC Nia (NonImpact Aerobics) Club - SCC Main Campus, Dance Room 2, 1203N. Pebble Beach Blvd. Nia (Non-Impact Aerobics) is a mind/body cardiovascular movement practice created in 1983 based on the science of the body. We do not jump or jar joints! First class is always free. Join us for the “Joy of Movement”. Questions? Call Gail, Certified Nia Black Belt Instructor at 480220-1430.


7:30 - 11:30 a.m. ARE YOU IN NEED OF FOOD? If yes, please feel welcome to come to Our Lady’s Pantry for a box of groceries. We serve people in Sun City Center, Wimauma, and Balm. Everyone is treated with dignity and respect without regard to race or religion. You can find us at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Mission, which is immediately south of Sun City Center Blvd., on U.S. Highway 301, in Wimauma. We are in back of the classroom building on the far right-hand side of the campus. Hunger happens even among our neighbors. If you find yourself short of groceries, please remember that Our Lady’s Pantry can provide at least some relief for your hunger. We try to share some cereal, fruits and vegetables (including some beans and tomatoes); soup, pasta, and sauce; rice, meat, and bread — and more whenever we can. “Please don’t hesitate to come,” says

Anita Bullaro, co-director of the Pantry with her husband Tom. “We look forward to meeting you one day.”


TUE. AUG 7 - AARP DRIVER SAFETY EVENT 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Florida Room in Sun City Center. But for anyone who also wishes to attend, can send me an email, with their name and telephone number. This event is seeking volunteers to become AARP Driver Safety Instructors for Sun City Center community. WED. AUG 8 - VIRTUAL DEMENTIA TOUR “ YOUR WINDOW INTO THEIR WORLD” 10 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Walk a Mile in the Shoes of a Person Living with Dementia. Created by P.K. Beville, a specialist in geriatrics, this experience is designed to instill hope in professional and family caregivers, providing them with a tool to move from sympathy to empathy and to better understand the behaviors and needs of their loved ones and patients. Tours provided by Senior Helpers. FREE event but RSVP is required to 813-634-3347. WED. AUG 8 - DIABETES EDUCATION SUPPORT GROUP 2 - 3 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 and physical future? Discover options and learn information that will prepare you for a healthy future with Diabetes! Our facilitator: Shirley Sullivan, Nutritionist and Founder of Southshore Wellness, LLC integrates her love of education and health through personalized nutritional workshops and programs. For additional info, call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990. THU. AUG 9 - CHRONIC PAIN, ARTHRITIS AND NEUROPATHY GROUP 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. SCC. Our speaker this month will be Attorney, Kyle Belz who is a member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association. Dr. Amy Yepez continues to facilitate this group with open discussion encouraged by all. If you have had success with any treatment you have tried, please come to share and to learn! Supported by Sun Towers Retirement Community Outpatient Therapy. Learn what you can do to reduce your pain today! For info, call 813-892-2990. THU. AUG 16 - FREE MEMORY SCREENINGS Beginning at 10 a.m. in the Coalition office at Sun Towers, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center, Suite 254. Did you know a vitamin deficiency can exhibit the same symptom as dementia?

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With annual memory screenings, you will be able to identify a decline in memory in order to address it and hopefully reverse it altogether which is the goal of the Coalition! Make your appointment today to have your memory screened along with your hearing. By appointment only. To schedule, call the Coalition at 813-419-4902 Interested in learning more about clinical research? Receive information during the screening to learn more. MON. AUG 20 - PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP OF SUN CITY CENTER 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. Robin Devling, owner of Robins Nest Bodyworks will be our speaker this month. With Robin’s expanded knowledge of movement as a Reiki master, EMT, Fitness instructor, licensed massage therapist and even certified animal massage therapist, her topic of “To exercise or not to exercise? Benefits of both” will be informing for all. Jennipher Lenoir, COTA with Sun Towers Outpatient Therapy Department will facilitate. With the influx of many newly diagnosed group members, the request for seasoned members to assist is needed and appreciated! If you have had success with any treatment you have tried, please come to share! 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 entrance. For additional info, call Debbie Caneen 813892-2990. TUE. AUG 21 - FREE MEMORY SCREENINGS Beginning at 10 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. W. Sun City Center FL 33573 Did you know that a vitamin deficiency can exhibit the same symptom as dementia? With annual memory screenings, you will be able to identify a decline in memory in order to address it and hopefully reverse it altogether which is the goal of the Coalition! Make your appointment today to have your memory screened along with your hearing. By appointment only. To schedule, call the Coalition at 813-419-4902 Interested in learning more about Clinical? Receive information during the screening to learn more. TUE . AUG 21 - ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION CAREGIVER 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 three days prior to 813-677-1400. For additional information, contact Debbie Caneen at 813-634-3347.

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Kings Point Ukulele Jam Sessions

Tuesdays, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. in the South Social Room in Kings Point. New players and singers are welcome. For information please call or email Paul “pottstownpaul@” or 765-277-0606.

KP Line Dancers

KP Line Dancers are holding a free social dance Wed Aug 15, 7 p.m., Veterans Theater. Theme is Owl Pals, colors to wear are black, white and purples. Open to KP and SCC residents and guests. Appropriate dance shoes please. BYOB. Call Jan 634-6226 for more info.

Singles Mingles of Kings Point Dance

Friday, August 10 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Kings Point Veterans Theater of the north clubhouse. The admission is $5 and BYOB. Come listen to the music of DJ Ken Miller. If you live outside Kings Point, please call Dottie Beyer at 813-8126972 to add your name to the gate list.

Kings Point Quilters

Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the 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. Contact Sandy Nunn, President 813-642-8961.

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Longest Day Another Rousing Success

The Sun City Center Duplicate Bridge Association (SCCDBA) raised $16,778 at its Longest Day fundraiser for Alzheimer’s on June 21. The proceeds from the day were donated to the Alzheimer’s Association and Samaritans Alzheimer’s Auxiliary. SCCDBA’s Longest Day committee of volunteers planned a day from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. filled with duplicate bridge games and lessons, a game room for non-bridge playing participants, food, door prizes, and raffles. The South Shore Community supported the fundraising effort by buying all day tickets and donating raffle items for over 30 themed baskets and displays. Tampa Bay area merchants generously contributed gift cards and certificates. The most prized raffle item, donated by Sue and Matt Batt, was a week’s stay at the Marriott Grande Vista in Orlando.

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Military News Corporal Jason Hay, HCSD, Discusses Canine Training at MOWW Luncheon

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Veterans Memorial Donation

Sun City Center Woman’s Club presents the Sun City Center Charitable Foundation a $1,000 grant to help with construction of The Veterans Memorial being built on property at Community Hall. The grant may also be used to support the purchase of Memorial Bricks by family members who might not otherwise be able to afford them for their loved one.

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By B. Frank Kepley CAPT USN (Ret.) Corporal Jason Hay, from the Hillsborough County Sheriff ’s’ Department (HCSD), was the featured speaker at the June 21 Military Officers of the World Wars (MOWW) luncheon, which was held at the Sun City Center Freedom Plaza Club. Jason began his career with the HCSD in 1996 as a Reserve II deputy. In 1997, he graduated from the Law Enforcement academy and was hired full time as a deputy sheriff assigned to patrol. In September of 2001, he was reassigned to the Marine Unit. In January of 2002 he then transferred to the K9 section and began to work a dual-purpose patrol and explosive canine. In 2012, Jay became a trainer for the canine section and a Canine Team Evaluator for the Florida department of Law Enforcement. In 2017, he was promoted to the rank of Corporal and remained assigned to the canine section. He discussed his experience with training canines. Subsequent to the speaker’s presentation, Captain Paula Mitchell, USA, MOWW national Vice Commander in Chief, served as the Installing Officer for the newly elected Sun City Center MOWW officers for 2019. Tom Hart was presented an Outstanding Service Award for providing outstanding service to the Sun City Center MOWW Chapter by serving as an invaluable member of the Chapter’s Youth Leadership Conference (YLC) Committee, as the Chapter Adjutant, and as the 2017 Chapter’s Military Ball Decoration Chairperson. Walt Cawein and Jean B ennettStratis were newly installed MOWW Speaker Jason Hay and MOWW Commander Jim Haney. companions.

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SCC’s Newest Centenarian Russell Shurr

By Ilona Merritt Russell Shurr was born on July 25, 1918 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. At that time, no one thought about living 100 years, and if you made 60 you were considered old. Russell Shurr made the 60, plus 40 more. He went to the University of Wisconsin at their Milwaukee campus and became an engineer. He joined the Army and was assigned to the Army Corps of Engineers. His 100th birthday is extra special, Russ survived Omaha Beach. He spent 32 years in the Army, building airfields in England, France, Belgium, and Germany, before retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. He was married over 60 years and had five daughters and one son. Four daughters are still alive and are here to help celebrate this auspicious occasion. One of Russ’ daughters moved to Florida many years ago to escape the Milwaukee winters. Russ and his wife would spend their Thanksgivings in Florida and eight years ago, a widowed Russ, moved to Aston Garden Courtyards permanently. While living in Milwaukee, Russ was very active in his church, Emmanuel Baptist Church. In fact, he spent so much time at the church they called him Pastor Shurr. He was not

afraid of teenagers, and most of his time was spent working with them. Russ truly has a passionate heart. His other passion is dressing spiffy every day in Western clothes, from a ten gallon hat down to cowboy boots. When asked where that came from, he said he likes the style, and his friends refer to him as the Wisconsin Cowboy.

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Family Connections to SCC

By Paula Lickfeldt In 1970, Phyllis and Charles Clapp from Lynn Massachusetts, came to Sun City Center. Both Phyllis and Charles were born in Ontario and they were married in 1934. After they were married, they came to The United States. While living in the US, they studied at University of Michigan and then worked in New York and Massachusetts. They knew that when they retired they would move to Florida so they had been doing a lot of research on FL. They decided that they wanted to live in Venice. Just as they were prepared to go to Venice to look for a home, a hurricane hit and they had to cancel their plans. In their research, they had seen that hurricanes did not hit SCC so they decided to look for a home there. They ended up buying property on North Lake and building a home. After they moved to SCC, several of their friends from Lynn MA, moved to SCC also. Charles did a lot of woodworking and belonged to the woodworking club. He also liked lawn bowling and was the club president. While living in Lynn he built sailboats and loved to sail them. He did the same while living on North Lake. Phyllis belonged to the Needle Crafters Club, Lapidary Club, Shell Crafters Club and she also enjoyed lawn bowling and playing bridge. C harles and Phy l lis move d to Bradenton, but life brought them back to SCC. They lived on North Pebble Beach until they moved to the Courtyards. Their daughter Judy had been visiting while they lived in FL. In 2000, when

they moved to the Courtyards, Judy bought their home in SCC. She was a snowbird until 2005 when her dad passed away. She came to SCC permanently to live and moved her mother in with her. Her mother passed away in 2011. When Judy was living in Boston, she spent time sailing with her dad. Friends in Boston convinced her to join the Coast Guard Auxiliary. She really enjoyed being a part of the auxiliary because it was a mix of military people and civilians. There are many different areas where people can work. Shortly after Judy came to FL she joined Flotilla 75 which is in Apollo Beach. She says that she likes the Florida Auxiliary because it is active year-round. She joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary in 2002 shortly after 9/11. The auxiliary is a volunteer arm of the US Coast Guard. It was chartered in 1939 and now is a part of Homeland Security. Every state in the United States has a branch of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. In the years that Judy has lived in SCC she has been on the Security Patrol, played Pickleball and is currently a member of the Computer Club and the SCC Travel Club. She says that lots of activities and good friends (one of which moved to SCC from MA) and the Coast Guard Auxiliary are what she loved about SCC. Tell us about your “Family Connection” to SCC. We would love to hear it. Call Paula 633-6739. Would the lady whose neighbor convinced her to call, please call again. Your phone number was misplaced.

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By Paula Lickfeldt Once a year, people from many different states come to the Lakeland Miniature Guild Show in Lakeland, Florida. Ilona Merritt of SCC is a member of this guild and had entered several of her projects in this year’s show. Ilona took a first-place ribbon in the “pre-cut kit” category, “landscape” category and “all original” category. “All original” means that everything in the project was hand made by the crafter. Ilona’s “all original” not only took a first-place ribbon but took best of show. In the years that Ilona has been entering the Lakeland Miniature Show, she has won a lot of ribbons. In all she has won ten first-place ribbons, five second-place ribbons, two third-place ribbons and two best of show ribbons. Congratulations to you Ilona! Ilona said that she started making miniatures around 2004. She and her husband Russ went to Chicago to visit a friend. This friend made miniatures and Ilona was fascinated with them. As a young girl, she had always been enchanted with dollhouses but her family could not afford to buy one for her. She had always thought, when I have a daughter, I will get a dollhouse for her. Ilona had two sons. Then she thought, when I have a granddaughter,

I’ll get a dollhouse for her. Ilona had two grandsons. Ilona’s husband Russ told her that she should make a dollhouse for herself and she did. That started her love for working with things that are made to scale. She always tries to personalize her work. She especially loves to make miniatures of landscapes. She used to love gardening and had beautiful gardens at her home. She can no longer garden in her yard so she gardens with her miniatures. Christmas is Ilona’s favorite season, her birthday being in December, so a lot of her work has a Christmas theme. Ilona says that when she is working on her miniatures, she just relaxes and nothing else seems to matter. Every year on the first Saturday of October, members of the National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts from all over the United States make the same project. Miniature club members in Port Orange have a garage sale every year in January and the members of the Sarasota Miniature Club have a garage sale each year. This is a very good way for miniature enthusiasts to get supplies. Making things to a smaller scale seems to be very popular all over the world. Sun City Center has a lot of creative women and men. Ilona Merritt surely is one of them.


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Discovering Dali in New Ways

By Kai Rambow Ansel Adams and Salvador Dali as inspirations? “When you do it in black and white you’re not a realist, because it’s an abstraction,” explained Clyde Butcher. Butcher, frequently described as the Ansel Adams of the Everglades, was commissioned by the museum to photograph Dali’s home and surroundings in Spain. The photographs are captivating; the connection to Dali fascinating. Visions of Dali’s Spain Early in his career, Butcher “loved Star Trek and Star Wars, decided to do abstract pictures of outer space, a Dalinesque thing in color. I’ve always seen outside of the box. Most people photograph things; I photograph environments. Dali was really into the landscape, shapes of rocks.” It was Butcher’s first trip to Spain and he had no idea what it was going to be like. “No one said take pictures of this. I didn’t realize it at the time, many of the photos I took were the backgrounds he painted.” Several of these similarities are illustrated by the title captions. Tip: Be sure to get the audio guides, included with admission. Over 30 minutes of commentary enrich viewing. Dreams of Dali Ever like a painting so much you wanted to jump into it? Well, now you can. Tucked away in the Dali galleries is a virtual reality experience. Dreams of Dali enables you to go through one of Dali’s paintings complete with sound. While you’re exploring, others waiting in line are able to see where you are in the painting. This is fun to watch and be part of, and one I look forward to doing again in the future. Architecture Tours If you love architecture, these tours take you back to the design and construction of the museum. Some aspects are absolutely fascinating. For example, each glass pane is a different measurement. Argon gas is sealed in between the double panes to keep the building cool. This is an easy tour because it takes place in one spot indoors. Docents use large laminated photos taken during construction to help illustrate. Architecture tours are free with admission, but only run on Saturdays and Sundays. Garden Tours This tour does not show up on radar. Theoretically it’s on the website, but I’ve never found it. Only one docent,

Marlys, leads this one hour tour. Her wonderful enthusiasm for both Dali’s work and the museum provides fresh insights into all kinds of things you might glance at and think nothing more. For example, Marlys described one part of the building as “real fake.” I’ll leave this discovery for the tour. Maryls know her subject well, and just as important, kept us in the shade as we toured the garden on a hot day. Tours are currently offered on some Mondays at 10:30. Call a few days before and press extension 4 to confirm the tour is running. Reservations are not required nor is there an extra charge. Tips for a Great Trip Suggested Itinerary: Now that you know a bit more, plan on combining a few activities on your next visit. For example, you could take the garden tour, then see Butcher’s photographs and finish with the virtual reality experience. Remember, if you arrive at opening time, it’s less crowded. You’ l l B e C o ol: Once you’ve experienced these little-known gems, you can be the cool one with relatives and friends by leading them to the not so obvious. Special thanks to Clyde Butcher for his invaluable assistance. Photos of Dali’s Spain Until November 25, 2018 Dali Museum 1 Dali Blvd. St. Petersburg, FL 33701 (727) 823-3767

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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.

Rockin’ Thru the Years Dance Club

DANCING Academy of Ballroom Dance Club

The Academy of Ballroom Dance Club will host its next monthly dance on Saturday, August 4, in the Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd, Sun City Center. At 6:30 p.m., there will be a swing dance lesson included with admission. This will be followed by regular dancing from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is free for members, or $6 for guests at the door. Come and dance to a fabulous selection of tunes handpicked by our DJ Bernice DuBro. Enjoy the complimentary coffee and cookies. Try your luck with the 50/50 drawing. Open seating and singles tables are always available. Everyone is welcome; bring your friends and BYOB. The dress code is casual but neat (no shorts please). Mark your calendars for the following Academy dances: September 1, October 6, November 3, and December 1. For more information, call George Hawn at 330-770-0442.

We invite you to “Join us for a Rockin’ Good Time! Our August dance will be held Sunday, August 19, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Veterans Theater in the Kings Point North Club House located at 1900 Clubhouse Drive, Sun City Center. The Veterans Theater door will be opened at 6 p.m. Admission for non-members is $6. You may bring your own snacks and BYOB. The club provides cups, napkins, water and ice on each table. Music will be provided by Glenda and Dee...Taylor & Taylor. Taylor and Taylor has developed variety in selection of music and a multitude of instrumentation. Listeners will hear top 40, rock, originals, and a bit of country thrown in with a blazing fiddle covering Irish stomp to Cajun. During the band’s break our favorite line dance music will be played for your dancing pleasure. Please email Sandi at “” no later than Saturday morning, August 18 if you would like to attend the dance. Include your full name in the email. Sandi will put your name on the list that she must send to the Kings Point Front Gate Security Guards to make it easier for you to get through the Security Gate.

Artist of the Month

The Art Club in Sun City Center has selected Mel Solochek as Artist of the Month for August 2018. Mel is currently President of the Art Club. One of his greatest pleasures in life is to sit down in his patio, at his easel and paint. Mel mainly paints in acrylics but is also now doing watercolor. He likes to change his topics in painting to a series of different things. Mel likes to have people in his paintings. Mel moved to Sun City Center with his wife in 2011, when he started art classes with Anne Walker. Mel is very active in the Art Club and has held many positions and has chaired many committees. He is also a member of the Phoenix Art Group. He was a member of the Kings Point Art League and the Pottery Club. Mel will also be displaying his art work in the Art Club gallery this October with several of his Art Club friends. His work will be on display at the SCC library, the SCC Information Center, La Beautique Style Salon, SCC Samaritan Services, Fiore’s Sunshine Café, Momentum Bank and the Art Club window.

Singles Social Dance Club

The Singles Social Dance Club will meet on August 5 and August 26 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. in the Atrium Building, Florida Room. Live music for your dancing and listening pleasure will be presented by Thor Stevens and his saxophone. Admission is $4 for members and $6 for guests. BYOB and snacks. Ice, water, cups and napkins provided on each table. Proper attire requested (please no shorts or jeans). For information, please call Janet at 813-633-3558.

Moonglow Dance Club

Moonglow Ballroom Dance Club invites everyone who enjoys dancing and/or listening to a variety of live music to join them at Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd., Sun City Center from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on Thursday August 23. Dance music will be provided by “Chuck & Rita.” The attire at Moonglow Dances is dressy casual. No shorts or tank tops, please. Members are free, and visitors/ guests are always welcome for $5 per person paid at the door. Singles table(s) are always available. Please BYOB and Snacks, and the club provides ice, water, cups and napkins. For more information please call 813633-1297 or 813-634-8308, or email

Oldies But Goodies Dance Club

The Oldies but Goodies Dance Club will be enjoying the music of RB and the Gang on Sunday, August 12, 2018 at Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. The cost is free for members and $6 per person for guests. No advance ticket is needed, pay at the door. The doors will open at 6:15 p.m. for members and 6:30 p.m. for guests. The band originally from Memphis and now locally based are making a very welcome return to the Oldies but Goodies dance. The band will be playing 7-10 p.m. BYOB and snacks, the club will provide water, ice, cups and napkins. As always residents of Kings Point and Renaissance as well as Sun City Center are always welcome. Any questions contact Club President Joanne at 813728-1147 or email “”. You may also check out our website “” or join us on Facebook “ OldiesButGoodiesDanceClub”.

Call to Audition for “Legends” Showcase

The Gals & Guys Productions will be holding auditions on Thursday, August 23 and 30 in the Rollins Theater, Cherry Hills Drive, from 1 to 3 p.m. Our production “Tribute to Legends” showcase is on November 8, 2018 and will be inspired by the many great Legends of Musical History. We are looking for vocalists, actors, musicians, dancers and anyone who can add a bright new component to our shows. For more information, contact Director Salvina 813633-5924 or “”.

Register for The Women’s Chorus

On Thursday, September 6, 8:30 a.m. The Women’s Chorus will begin registration for the fall season at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church,1239 Del Webb Blvd. West. The first rehearsal from 9 - 11 a.m. will be held immediately after registration for returning members and for those interested in joining. If you love to sing, have had previous choral experience and are looking to start a new chapter in your life mark your calendar now. After rehearsal on September 6, prospective members will meet with the director, Jeff Jordan, to demonstrate singing skills and their ability to read music. Cut-off dates for joining are September 13 for prospective members and September 20 for returning members. Since 1963 the Women’s Chorus has provided two concerts a year to the community with an extensive repertoire of music ranging from sacred and patriotic to popular and jazz. Concerts incorporate instrumentalists as well as chorus choreography and soloists. The group is looking forward to another exciting musical adventure with their director, Jeff Jordan and accompanist Keith Rasmussen, both well-known in the community for their work with many musical ensembles. The chorus meets each Thursday during the fall season to prepare for the December 2, 2018 concert. We welcome new members. You will love the friendliness and dedication of this group. For more information call the president, Janet Warren at 813 634 6692.

Entertainment Corner By Renee Bray, SCCCA Entertainment Director

SCCCA Entertainment Series season ticket holders are reminded that renewal letters will be mailed out this month, and forms/checks must be returned to the SCCCA no later than Sept. 7 in order to hold the seats for the 2018-2019 season. We have a great lineup of entertainers this season, you won’t want to miss out on these events. The SCCCA will roll out the Red Carpet on September 21 for “Hooray for Hollywood”. The event will feature tributes to Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Frankie Valli and Ann Margret. Cost of the BYOB Show/Dance is just $12. Tickets will be available at the KIOSK in the Atrium on Sept. 5 for CA Members and opens to the public on Sept 12. Armando Diaz (Frank Sinatra) and Leesah Stiles (Ann Margret) performed in May at the Renaissance Club to a sold-out crowd.

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Stay Secure Online

By Diane M. Loeffler Computers make life easier. We can chat with distant family and friends and even see their faces while we talk. We can share information, jokes and observations about life via Facebook and email. We can tell Alexa to add something to our shopping list, “talk” to our TV, purchase items, and do our banking all while sitting in the comfort of our homes. Unfortunately, this same technology can make it easier for criminals to steal our money, identity and sense of security. Deputy Jeffrey Merry says, “Some of the cyber criminals call a number and claim that they are with the Best Buy Geek squad or some other organization or they say you have won a prize, but there are some processing fees. On average, local victims have lost $3,800.” Chris Kirkland, an independent cyber security consultant, spoke for most of the July 10 session. Kirkland is an independent cyber security consultant. He says seniors are targets because they control so much money, they are less computer savvy, and they tend to be friendlier and trusting than younger people are. Kirkland showed us that on YouTube there are about 131,000 tutorials on phishing. According to Merriam Webster, phishing is “a scam by which an email user is duped into revealing personal or confidential information which the scammer can use illicitly.” Scamming is a full-time job for some people. There are even call centers that operate for the sole purpose of scamming. Over $1.5 trillion has been lost in scams. Cybercrime is so bad that even the NSA had a breach. After the criminal gets enough information from you, then they ask a lot of questions. They eventually get

financial information or figure out another way to get your money. If someone calls asking questions, tell them you will call them back and hang up. Then look up their website. Do NOT ask for their phone number or website. Some scammers have set up fake sites that look VERY real, and they have phone numbers that go to them, not to the organization you think you are calling. A phishing email may contain a mismatched URL or a misleading domain name. Some other signs that the email is not legitimate are poor spelling and grammar, a message asking for personal information to validate, an offer that seems too good to be true, action that you did to initiate, asking you send money to cover expenses, a message making unrealistic threats, a that message appears to be from a government agency, something just doesn’t look right, an email asking you to open an attachment, and a message stating that it is very important that you act right now. Another tip-off is that instead of your name, the email is addressed to “Dear Member” or “Dear Taxpayer.” Be very careful about using public WiFi. Someone else could be using the same WiFi and could pull your information out of the air. You may wish to invest in an identity protection program or a VPN (Virtual Private Network). If you don’t know who is calling you on the phone, don’t answer. They will leave a message if they are legitimate. Do not call them back. Calling them back lets them know that the number they called is a “real number” that they can use later for a scam. Kirkland says, “Your WiFi at home is pretty safe, but they can get into your WiFi through your smart TV,

Nest, and other computerized items.” If you do your banking on-line in your home, update your passwords every six months. One woman in the audience says, “I shut down my smart TV whenever I do online banking.” Kirkland says, “Devices such as Alexis can be vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Also, unplug your routers now and then to

clear them out. They can get bogged down with residual data.” If you are the victim of scamming or attempted scamming, report it to “” or “”. When we report scammers, the government has the opportunity to try to shut down another network of thieves.

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Aquasizers = Water Exercising

By Paula Lickfeldt In 2003, a group of women headed by Barbara Larson decided that they would like to do water exercises. The CA gave them one half hour of pool time. They asked for more time and they were given forty-five minutes. They decided that if they wanted more time in the pool, they would need to become a club. The Aquasizer Club was born. After becoming an official club, they were given one hour of pool time. Aida Barber was the first instructor for the club. The next hurdle was to get the outdoor pool heated. It gets pretty cold in the winter months. The club members decided that they should have a fundraiser and offer to help the CA pay to get heat in the pool. They started by having a bake sale and basket raffle at FunFest. They were able to raise enough money to offer $1,000 to the CA for the project, the offer was accepted and they got heat in the pool. Today 271 men and women belong to the Aquasizer Club. Classes are held rain or shine, hot or cold in the outdoor pool at the Atrium Building. Deep water class is held from 9 until 9:45 a.m. Monday through Friday and shallow water class is held from 10 until 11 a.m. on Monday through Saturday. Members may attend as many of the classes that they wish or all of the classes if they wish. You may visit three times to get the “feel� of the club before you make the decision to join. Several different instructors facilitate the classes. There is also music to exercise to on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The Aquasizer Club is open to all members of Sun City Center CA. Yearly membership dues are $15 per calendar

year. The club meets every month all year long. Contact any of the board members for more information: Winnie Walsh, Joyce Allison, Mark Erickson, Cheryl Walters, Barbara Schneider, Sue Baker, Marilyn Hall or Barbara Heaps. On the second Tuesday of each month the club meets in the Florida Room of the Atrium Building for a luncheon. This provides the club members with another way to socialize and make new friends. The luncheon may have a speaker such as someone from the Emergency Squad, or the guide dog facility. They had a fashion show for charity and the Pelican Players provided the program one month. The club still has one fundraiser a year at FunFest. They give the CA $1,000 yearly towards pool maintenance. They also buy new and replace damaged equipment for the members to use in the pool. The

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Aquasizers also donate to Mary Petro, Red Nose Day, and other causes. The purpose of the Aquasizer Club is to provide aqua exercise in the pursuit of promoting better body and mental health. while fostering friendship and upholding the ideal of the community here in Sun City Center. We feel that this is a perfect activity to loosen up those stiff joints. As they say, move it or lose it!

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47 Years Later Veteran Finally Gets Recognition

By Kai Rambow “It was a total surprise; I was in shock. It was tremendous, a real highlight of my life,” reflected Daryl Baugher. After 47 years, Baugher, who served in Vietnam from January to December 1971, finally received his Combat Infantry Badge (CIB). “If you see generals on television, the CIB is always on top of everything.” The award recognizes infantrymen who’ve served in combat. Baugher was with the First Calvary based in Fort Hood, Texas. With less than 150 days remaining on his draft, he was discharged in Oakland, California.

Master Sgt. Riggs pinning the Combat Infantry Badge on Daryl Baugher.

“I didn’t care about the paperwork. I just wanted to know where do I sign to


get out?” Somewhere in that process, paperwork got mixed up and Baugher never received his CIB. “I never thought about it much, but as the years went by I thought that’s a real badge of honor for infantrymen. I always wondered why I never received it.” While some members of the squad had kept in touch, others had not. Through a variety of communication channels, including Facebook, they all reconnected. Former squad members Len Lazure, Tony Marshall, Bill Sharp and Jerry Romaker, traveled from as far away as Montana and Massachusetts

to Tampa. “When we got together in March, it was the first time we’d all been together in 47 years,” shared Baugher. During the reunion, at breakfast one morning, three military personnel from the US Army Recruiting Station in Tampa came over. A proclamation was read and the medal presented to Baugher. “It was one of the best moments we had,” described Len Lazure, “He’s a kind-hearted soul whom we all treasure as a friend.” These squad members became very close in Vietnam and clearly care for each other. That bond is beautifully alive 47 years later.

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The Freedom Singers prepare to lead a Sing-Along “Remembering Richard Rodgers” in the Freedom Plaza Atrium.

News ofByFreedom Plaza Peggy Burgess It was conceived and advertised as the Bucket Brigade, a learning group for people who longed to experience the joy of singing but couldn’t “carry a tune in a bucket”. However, the residents who showed up for the initial meeting — probably out of curiosity — could not only carry a tune but could do so in harmony! The group’s name was hastily changed to the Freedom Singers. That incident happened “way back” in August of 1992, the year Freedom Plaza opened. Four months later, in December, the Freedom Singers made their debut with a musical program for the Plaza’s very first Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Although the focus of the singing group changed, its primary purpose remained, and remains, the same: to encourage people in the art and the joy of singing, and especially singing with others. There are no auditions nor any special requirements for joining the Freedom

Singers except understanding that not all members have the same musical aptitude, exercising patience, showing enthusiasm and attending rehearsals. Over the years the Freedom Singers, which currently numbers thirty, have found their forte in presenting sing-alongs in the Atrium for the entire residency. These are themed programs (such as “Broadway of Yesteryear” or “Happy Trails to You”) with explanatory scripts, distinctive song-sheets for the audience, special numbers by the Freedom Singers and often a bit of comedy or drama. For example, “Songs of Stephen Foster” was hosted by Stephen Foster, himself—a resident actor in appropriate costume--talking about his life and his music. The most recent Freedom Singers presentation was called “Remembering Richard Rodgers” and featured songs from the wealth of that composer’s 900+ published songs and his 46 Broadway musicals. The audience especially relished

joining in on old favorites like “With a Song in My Heart” as well as selections from The Sound of Music and Oklahoma! The hit of the evening was when the men of Freedom Singers, wearing sailor hats and strutting in chorus-line fashion sang “There is Nothing Like a Dame”, from South Pacific ...and a “dame” made a dramatic entrance down the Atrium staircase! Underneath the grass skirt, blond wig, flowers and (yes) coconut shells, was resident Mal Parrish who had the audience roaring with laughter at his antics. Parrish, a talented comedian,

has also appeared in Freedom Frolics as “Julia Chills” demonstrating her rather haphazard cooking technique, and has crashed several Freedom Plaza Oktoberfest celebrations, beribboned pig-tails swinging, as “Heidi.” The next “Sing-along with the Freedom Singers” program is slated for October when the group will demonstrate its linguistic skill in German with Oktoberfest songs and invite the audience to join them in a host of favorite American drinking songs. “Heidi” has been invited and will, no doubt, add a unique touch of Bavarian Gemutlichkeit to an already spirited occasion.

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FAITH & service Learn About Congregation Beth Israel

Please join us for a prospective member brunch at Beth Israel Jewish Congregation on Sunday, August 5, 2018, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. We are located at 1115 Del Webb Blvd East, in Sun City Center, FL The Rabbi and Board of Directors will be there to talk to you about the many activities we offer, including Shabbat services, Jewish learning, many social programs, and a warm and welcoming congregation. Please join us in August. For more information and to make reservations email Marlene Spiegal, “mspiegal@”.

What do Families Like About Our Lady’s Pantry?

“Everything!” said one of the Pantry’s clients in a survey taken one recent Saturday morning. Anita Bullaro, co-director of the Pantry with her husband Tom, was all smiles as she leafed through the pile of surveys. “Being able to provide big boxes of groceries week after week can only happen through the financial and hands-on support of so many people,” she said. “Tom and I are overwhelmed that the food, indeed, makes such a difference to our families.” The following are a handful of the comments from families about food: “I love the amount of food we get.” “I love the variety of food — and the friendly people.” “Our family would miss meals without the food we receive from the Pantry. We have no money to buy food.” “The boxes we receive have helped a lot in my putting food on our table.” “But what may be just as important to me and Tom is that, while our families appreciate the quality and quantity of food they receive, they are always commenting on how nice everyone is.” Check out some of these comments: “We have been coming here for six years and are always treated with respect.” “I love the people here.” “Everyone is very nice and respectful.” “Coming here makes my morning. I am grateful for everybody.” “The fellowship between the volunteers and Pantry clients is amazing.” “In other words,” says Anita, “Our Lady’s Pantry is a user-friendly resource for food. If you are skimping on buying nutritious food for yourself and your loved ones in order to pay your bills, please come see us some Saturday morning between 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. We promise you will be greeted with a smile.” Our Lady’s Pantry is located in the classroom building on the far right-hand corner of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Migrant Mission on U.S. Highway 301 South — across from Aldi’s. To learn more about the Pantry, please visit us at www.

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Redeemer Lutheran Donates to My Warrior’s Place

Members of Redeemer Lutheran Church recently donated funds and supplies to My Warrior’s Place, a retreat center in Ruskin that provides healing and hope to veterans, military service members, first responders, and Blue, Silver & Gold Star Families. The picture shows Kelly Kowall on the left receiving the donation from Betty Ferrara of Redeemer.

Kiwanis Club Receives Interfaith Council Grant

By Jay Sparkman The Sun City Center Interfaith Social Action Council presented the Kiwanis Club of South Shore with a grant of $6,000 to fund Service Leadership Programs in the South Shore area. Sue Montgomery of South Shore Kiwanis was given the grant check by John Granata, right, treasurer of the Interfaith Council as Tom Montgomery looked on. The Interfaith Council uses monies gained from the sale of donations at the Nearly New Shop in Sun City Center Plaza to fund grants. Organizations wanting to learn more about applying for an Interfaith Council grant should go to “” and find the necessary info, forms, and timelines. For information about the Nearly New Shop call 813-642-9099.

SCC Interfaith Council Supports SCC Emergency Squad

By Jay Sparkman The Sun City Center Interfaith Social Action Council recently presented the Sun City Center Emergency Squad with a $4,200 grant for the Stop the Bleeding Program conducted by the squad. Pictured are Mike Bardell, SCC Emergency Squad, Doug Campbell, Interfaith Council Grants Chairman, and Janet Caruthers, Emergency Squad. The Interfaith Council uses monies from the sale of donations at the Nearly New Shop in the Sun City Center Plaza to fund grants and scholarships in the South Shore area. For more information go to “www.InterfaithCouncilofSunCityCenter. com” or call 813-642-9099.

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Volunteering in SCC: Samaritan Services

By Ilona Merritt Samaritan Services is located at 1207 N. Pebble Beach Blvd., SCC. Their mission is to provide health and safety to insure independent living though free transportation, respite care, and meals on wheels for our Sun City Center residents. They need volunteers for a variety of positions. Drivers are needed to take residents to medical appointments outside of SCC. The time requirements vary, but could take all day. Job Description and Training Required: Drive ambulatory clients to Tampa, Brandon, Bradenton, Riverview, Apollo Beach, and Ruskin for medical purposes. Drivers use only Samaritan Services cars due to insurance. Can drive as little as once a month. Drivers are scheduled 10 days in advance. Client appointments are taken between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Drivers must have a point free, good driving record. No training necessary. Procedure information sheet provided. If you like to drive, In Town Ride may be for you. Time Requirements: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. or 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. or 12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. The job is driving ambulatory clients anywhere in Sun City Center (between Publix Shopping Center and the Hillsborough County Tax Collector Office). Drivers use only Samaritan Services cars due to insurance. Can drive as little as once a month. Operates between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Drivers must have a point free, good driving record. Some training is necessary. Trainee ride with a driver for hands on training. Manual provided. Also needed are dispatchers for In Town Ride. Time Requirements: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Job Description and Training Required: Dispatcher receives calls at home or at the office, then dispatches driver (2) to location via cell phone. Dispatcher provided manual and hands on experience with a veteran dispatcher. One day a month is requested. Receptionists are needed one day a week or substitute. Time Requirements: 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. One day a week or substitute. Job Description and Training Required: Answers phones, schedules Out of Town appointments, calls drivers for appointments, takes orders for Meals on Wheels. Receptionist sit with a veteran receptionist for two partial days to learn a.m. and p.m. duties. Manual provided.

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