News of Sun City Center August 2022

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Board Workshop Rollins Theater – 9 a.m. Zoom ID: 839 0476 4701 Passcode: 286595 10 Board Meeting Rollins Theater – 9 a.m. Zoom ID: 872 4941 8163 Passcode: 238791 17 Bandstand Concert Screaming Luv 6:00 pm to 7:30 p.m. Agendas for the monthly Board Meetings will be posted on the Official Bulletin Board in the Atrium the Friday before and on the CA website ( – under “Residents” – Upcoming Meeting Agendas). They will also be sent via “What’s New in the CA” email.

Celebrating a Hot, Fun 4th of July

By Kai Rambow “Can I get a hot dog?” excitedly asked one young child. It was 9 a.m., but the answer was, “Yes.” Enthusiasm was high for our nation’s birthday. Despite the heat and humidity people ventured out to celebrate the 4th. Since it was a Monday, many started their day just like any other Monday. The Aquasizers worked out early. The Lawn

July 4th continued on page CA3.

Lots of people showed up for the live entertainment.

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

Many people celebrated the 4th by wearing the stars and stripes.

Lawn bowling members held a fun competition to see who could bowl closest to the jack.

Ospreys Given New Nesting Pole

By Diane M. Loeffler On Monday, June 27, a very unique ribbon-cutting ceremony took place at 10 a.m. in the field in front of the Sun City Center Nature Trail, 1624 W Del Webb Boulevard. On hand were officers and members of the Sun City Center Audubon Club, three board members, and one reporter. There were no new buildings or businesses being commemorated. This ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrated the installation of a new home for ospreys, in a tall pole with a platform on top. Could other birds move in there this spring? Possibly. Ospreys tend to return to the same area every year, so it is highly likely they will take advantage of this new home. Also, owls don’t build nests, but they may move in after the ospreys leave. In previous years, ospreys nested atop a nearby utility pole next to the canal. In order to avoid damage to the power lines from bird waste, TECO put structures on top of the utility poles to keep the birds from nesting there. SCC Audubon Club Conservation Chair Peter Aluotto says, “Neighbors were alarmed to see the birds kicked out. I made some phone calls. TECO used to put up poles specifically for birds, but they don’t do it anymore. TECO said, "If you can get


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The pole and platform were erected on Thursday, June 23. Photo by Dennis Morris, SCC Audubon Club President.

someone else to install it, we will donate a pole and platform for free.” Audubon President, Dennis Morris says, “The pole was installed on Thursday, June 23, starting around 9:15 in the morning and ending about an hour and a half later at a cost of $775.” Dennis Morris points out, “The telephone pole was a recycled one, so there is less additional waste in the landfill.” Most of the money for the installation was raised by “passing the bucket” during the Audubon Club meetings. Some of the participants in the April 22 Earth Day celebration donated as well. There was NO COST to the Community Association or its members. Audubon President Dennis Morris says, “We would like to thank everybody who donated money so we could have a pole for ospreys installed. We would also like to thank the Community

Association for letting us put this on their property and TECO for donating the utility pole and the platform.” Recently, the club completed a major fire suppression project in the back part of the trails. Morris says, “This project makes the ecosystem healthier and makes it safer for residents near the park.” The Audubon Club recently worked with Hillsborough County to have 400 plugs of grass planted along the canal bank to prevent erosion. The group continues to work on the trails themselves. One of the future goals is to improve the signage on the trails and move one of the benches to a more useful location. In 2019 a study took place to determine the feasibility of having trails on the other side of the canal. These trails could possibly include wooden walkways. The Sun City Center Audubon Club

On Monday, June 27, members of the Audubon Club and the Community Association Board were on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new osprey nest home. Photo by Diane Loeffler.

meets and holds programs from October through April every year. They also have field trips. Most of these are during the same time frame, but some occur during May through September as well. For more information on programs, field trips and membership, please go to . You may also wish to walk one or more of the loops of the Sun City Center Nature Trail. There is no cost involved in visiting. Cars park along the streets. Golf carts and bicycles can park in front of the wooded area or in a little parking area under the trees. Enjoy our little piece of “the real Florida.”

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President’s Report

Are available in the CA office beginning August 17 There are three positions open for 3-year terms January 4, 2023 – January 7, 2026 There is one position open for one-year to complete former Director Bauer’s term of office.

Underused Resources: Outdoor Gathering Spaces By Bob Sanchez The Long-Range Planning Committee wants you to know of some of Sun City Center’s underused resources: the outdoor gathering places on the South Campus.

The Horseshoe Pavilion is a covered area where clubs can host barbecues and cookouts year-round. The Horseshoe and Cornhole Clubs have regularly scheduled play there, but much of the time the facility sits idle, waiting for clubs to use it. The covered area can accommodate folding tables and chairs for up to 80 people. Clubs can reserve dates and times through the Community Association, which provides seating based on expected attendance and will loan a grill for the event upon request. The New England Club, the Multicultural Heritage Club, Sawdust Engineers, and the Amateur Radio Club each host various events there.

We also have a tennis pavilion with two small, covered areas next to the tennis courts, each with a limited number of tables and chairs. Although the space is not available for clubs to reserve, small groups may find it a pleasant location to gather informally, as long as it doesn’t interfere with the Tennis Association’s regular schedule, which is daily from 7:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., and on Sunday afternoons.

Finally, the softball field is a great venue for the Softball Club, and occasions for other use are rare. But CA members can watch Friday ball games for free and even enjoy an inexpensive burger. To take advantage of these great club resources, contact Claudia Hinson, the Event/Room Reservations Director, at 813-642-2013.

Statement of Purpose

The Sun City Center Community Association serves the residents of Sun City Center by providing assistance for the elderly, assistance and essential services to tax exempt entities, and operates in lieu of a municipal government, thereby lessening the burdens of government (Hillsborough County, Florida).

By Bob Sullivan, CA President August is here, where did the year go? We discussed that the North Pebble Beach was to start its repaving on July 17, 2022, as this paper has now been delivered, I am hoping that some work on the road has occurred. We are still scheduled for New Bedford Drive to be done in July, but that may be later hopefully in early August.

If you were unable to Zoom or attend our last Board meeting, we approved several contract items. Look for Bob Sanchez’s article in this issue of The News of Sun City Center for a full list. The Tennis, Pickleball, and Volleyball courts will be down for approximately eight to ten weeks with the hope that weather issues would not lengthen that timeline. We will let everyone know when the work will be started as soon as we get that information. I would like to add that Directors Jim Collins and Kim Roush are working with the lobbyist for First Service Residential, Travis Moore, regarding amending Florida Statute 617 to allow electronic balloting in SCC. In a meeting with Travis, he described the process to get the statute changed and said the earliest we could see that happen is July 1 of 2023 after the legislature meets in March of next year. This is a work in progress and will be communicated more as information is received. Jim Collins is also working with the Fitness Committee to get three high-end treadmills and Spectrum service setup in the Fitness center. Thank you, Jim & Kim.

LRPC Update

The LRPC has been listening to the community and presented their findings to the SCCCA Board. The Board voted on some of the items at the July meeting. You can find the presentations on “Suncitycenter. org” under the “Resident/Long Range Planning” tab. Motions were made to go forward with the following: landscaping phase 1, construction of two new relocated volleyball courts, reconstruct the entire Pickleball court area and add two new courts, and develop a landscape pattern book for green spaces. We asked the community to participate in a survey to pick out colors for the CA buildings that receive new paint every seven years. After working with paint professionals, there were three paint colors suggested and painted on the Arts & Crafts building. Residents have been asked to complete a survey to choose one of these colors. The winner was not available at press time. We have also formed a subcommittee within the LRPC to help select a company to look at our existing land and advise us on how to fit the following into our community: new bar dining area, additional pool, rebuild or completely renovate Rollins building, outdoor covered pavilion, new building/club space, outdoor music venue and walking trails.


List prepared from CA staff data. Report corrections, additions to CA at 633-3500. 6/16 thru 7/17, 2022 Local Adress 227 Amesbury Circle 1703 Aura Court 2057 Berry Roberts 357 Caloosa Palms Court 1816 Columbine Place 1819 Columbine Place 1519 Council Drive 1728 Council Drive 1319 Crystal Greens Drive 2028 Del Webb Blvd., E. 2467 Del Webb Blvd., E. 1201 Del Webb Blvd., W. 1917 Del Webb Blvd., W. 903 El Rancho Drive 1006 Emerald Dunes Drive 1508 Emerald Dunes Drive 2415 Emerald Lake Dr., Apt.104 2421 Emerald Lake Dr., Apt.116 2423 Emerald Lake Dr., Apt.207 2425 Emerald Lake Dr., Apt.106 2425 Emerald Lake Dr., Apt.214 320 Fairside Court 1708 Flamingo Lane 609 Fox Hills Drive 718 Indian Wells Avenue 1214 Jasmine Creek Court 227 Linger Lane 2210 Lyndhurst Drive 1342 Misty Greens Drive 1301 New Bedford Drive 1501 New Bedford Drive 2135 New Bedford Drive 402 Noble Faire Drive 2206 North Creek Court 207 Pebble Beach Blvd., S. 2225 Platinum Drive 2310 Platinum Drive 2333 Platinum Drive 923 Regal Manor Way 403 Rickenbacker Drive 2512 Runningbrooke Way 1111 Signiture Drive 1938 Sterling Glen Court 1309 Warwick Court 1607 Woodmar Drive 1617 Woodmar Drive

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CA Board Approves 7 Contracts

By Bob Sanchez The Community Association Board of Directors met in the Rollins Theater and via Zoom on July 13, approving the following contracts with: Alexander’s Property Maintenance, Inc. in Largo for $242,051, for landscaping Phase 1 based on the Long-Range Planning Committee report. This will be expensed to the Capital Fund and includes the improvement of all medians on N. Pebble Beach Blvd (674 to La Jolla), SCC administrative building, Information Center building, library building. Mu ny a n Pa i nt i n g , R o of i n g & Restoration in Clearwater for $73,950 to paint all the buildings on the Central Campus, expensed to the Replacement/ Reserve Fund. Welch Tennis Courts for $15,200 to top-dress (add clay, level, and repair) the tennis courts, expensed to the Replacement/Reserve Fund. Welch Tennis Courts, Inc. in Sun City for $28,800 to resurface four tennis

courts, expensed to the Replacement/ Reserve Fund. Stewart Courts for $183,590 to construct two relocated volleyball courts on the South Campus, expensed to the Capital Fund. Stewart Courts & Fencing in Palmetto for $263,785 to reconstruct the entire pickleball court area, with the addition of three new courts, expensed to the Capital Fund. The University of Florida for $5,000 to develop a landscape pattern book and a scope of work for CA green spaces. The objective is to develop a fresh design theme for the landscaped areas to update the look of the community, give the community a more distinctive identity for marketing purposes, and create an aesthetically appealing community (expensed to the Capital Fund). President Bob Sullivan noted that the painting contract locks in prices. It does not determine paint colors, which are the subject of a long-range planning survey recently sent to SCC

Resident June Fiorelli spoke briefly about mobility issues.

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CA residents. Treasurer Dave Birkett reported that as of the end of June, the Operation fund contained $2,959,928; the Replacement Fund $2,184,568; the Renovation Fund $43,280; and the Capital Fund $4,573,082. Sun City Center had 63 home transfers in June, and 50 from July 1 through July 13. Year-to-date home transfers through the end of June totaled 327, compared to 316 for the same period in 2021. Community Manager Lyn Reitz said that some parking lots will be resealed and re-striped soon, weather permitting. Residents may expect minor inconvenience. One of the residents commenting during audience participation was June Fiorelli, who wants to help Sun City Center increase its attention to mobility issues to make it easier for all residents to enjoy community events.

July 4th continued from page 1. Bowling club had a little fun, then continued with their normal practice. Some members took the opportunity to wear stars and stripes while playing. By 11, the temperature was up, but so were the crowds. Golf carts packed the area in front of the bandstand waiting for the music to begin. This year people eased into the day without missing what they wanted to experience. Several clubs took advantage of the day. Members worked on their projects. Visitors cooled off and shopped for gifts. All in all, it was a warm, fun celebration of our independence.

The Pottery Wheel club was open for residents to see and buy the lovely creations of members. One member took some time The Needlecrafters club was also to work on a large vase. open. Some members took time to do needlework, talk with each other and drink coffee. Ruby, only six months old, was thoroughly enjoying her first July 4th celebration.

Monday Movies Rollins Theater

Second and Fourth Monday, 1 p.m. All Sun City Center Community Association members and their guests who present current ID cards are welcome. Since capacity is limited to 145 attendees per the Hillsborough County Fire Code, people showing a Kings Point badge may attend on a space available basis.

August 8: Cyrano 2 Hours, 3 minutes

In this re-imagining of the timeless tale of a heartbreaking love triangle, a man ahead of his time (Cyrano de Bergerac) dazzles, whether by ferocious wordplay at a verbal joust or with brilliant swordplay in a duel. But, convinced that his appearance renders him unworthy of the love of a devoted friend, the luminous Roxanne, Cyrano has yet to declare his feelings for her. Starring: Peter Dinklage, Haley Bennett, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Ben Mendelsohn Genre: Drama, Romance, Musical Rating: PG-13 for some suggestive material, violence, language, thematic material

Bonnie, a member of the Stained Glass club, took advantage of the early morning quiet and worked on one of her projects.

August 22: Death On The Nile 2 Hours, 7 minutes

Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot’s spectacular Egyptian vacation aboard a riverboat becomes a terrifying search for a murderer after a picture-perfect couple’s honeymoon is cut tragically short. Based on Agatha Christie’s novel, this tale of passion and jealousy is filled with wicked twists and turns until its shocking finale. Starring: Tom Batemen, Annette Bening, Kenneth Branagh, Russel Brand, Gal Gadot Genre: Drama, Thriller and Suspense Rating: PG - 13 for some bloody images, sexual material, violence

Aquasizers started the day with their regularly scheduled workout.

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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 New England Club Cookout

August 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. Atrium Florida Room Cookouts will be held in the Florida Room to avoid the summer heat. Do not use the kitchen entrance, front door entry only. Hot dogs, burgers, baked beans, chips, and cookies will be served. Cost is $5 per person paid upon entry for New England Club members. Non-members will pay an annual $5 per person New England Club Membership fee and $5 per person cookout fee. Email Bob Sanchez at “” to reserve. Must wear SCC CA badge for entry. BYOB.

Tai Chi Classes Begin October 18

Tuesday and Thursday 3 to 4 p.m. Atrium Dance Studio Save the date! Open enrollment October 18 - Nov 10. Just show up in comfortable clothes and flexible shoes. In this group class there will be a mix of brand new folks as well as intermediate levels practicing their skills and learning along the way with you. Watch your concentration improve; discover improved strength and balance; increased flexibility; and enjoy the quiet, repetitive, meditative time. Free! CA membership/KP or FP access card required

Needlecrafters Donate to Ukraine Refugees

Our member, Janet Smith, returned from a visit to Poland where she met a number of Ukrainian refugees. She asked the Needlecrafters if they could help with donations to support the families and many children. The Needlecrafters responded with several toys, knitted/crocheted items any child would be pleased to receive.

Bunka Club Creates Wonders

Bunka is the Japanese Art of Silk Embroidery, also painting with threads. We use needles the size of pencils, it is a punch method on canvas, with a printed image to follow, with instructions for 1-2-3-4 ply threads and what stitches to use. We meet in the Arts and Crafts Building on Cherry Hills Monday thru Thursday from 9 - noon. It is a year-round club. Come by and visit!

Metaphysical Society Presentations

Wednesdays from 10 to noon Atrium Building, Heritage Room Open to Society members and SCCCA residents joining the Club. SCCCA ID is required. Free admission, with a love offering requested. For info call Patti at (813) 263-4232. For Membership, info call Pennie at (404) 242-7586. Meetings also available on Zoom. August 3 – Tina McGynn Tina McGynn created MJ Natural Resources back in 2018 to educate people that natural alternatives to prescription drugs are available and free from harmful side effects. Tina is also the co-founder of the CATE Foundation, a mental health advocacy organization. August 10 – Kit Mitchell Kit Mitchell is a famous medium who has been visiting the Metaphysical Society for many years. Our members will be able to receive a reading from him in the afternoon after his presentation. August 17 – Robin Trotter Robin Trotter is a Licensed Massage Therapist, 500-Hour registered yoga teacher, Reflexologist, Reiki Level II Practitioner, and aromatherapy advocate and user. She will talk with us about what essential oils are and how to use them to create a sense of calm and balance in our lives. August 24 – Madeline Diemer Madeline Ann Diemer, MA, worked for 18 years at Everest University as a professor of psychology. As a clairvoyant, Madeline Diemer has given psychic readings since 1970. Her presentation will be on the archetypal images of the tarot cards. August 31 – Csongor Daniel Csongor Daniel was one of the first officially recognized bioenergy healers in the former Yugoslavia, trained by the legendary Zdenko Domancic. His presentation will be on the benefits of bio-energy healing.

L to R: Leonard Boyer, Beverly Noren, Marshall Kerlin, Ronda O’Farrell, Gil Todd, Linda Duhn, Don Aker Jr. Jim C. Butner (Seated, Samaritans Alzheimer’s Auxiliary Coordinator).

Samaritan Services

Board members of the Duplicate Bridge Association donated $4,625 to Samaritans Alzheimer’s Auxiliary. Samaritan Services, a 501(c)3 charity, provides many support services needed by residents of Greater Sun City Center. In addition to transportation services, Samaritan Services also coordinates the Meals on Wheels program and provides alzheimer’s and dementia respite care. For Samaritan Services information call 813-634-9283. For SCC Ride, call 813-633-6111.

History Society Members: (Seated) Susan Muise, John Bowker, Rusty Seiden. (Standing) Ron Matelski, Bob Lochte, Dianne Baker. Not pictured: Cathy Meyerhoff, Janice Chase, Ilona Merritt, Dee and Dick Babbits. (Photo by David Lemley).

Wanted: Your Help in Preserving SCC History

New History Book Donated to SCC Library

A copy of “Sixty Years in Sun City Center, Florida – The Grand Experiment at Florida’s First Planned Retirement Community” was donated to the SCC Library for their collection. The authors, John Bowker and Bob Lochte, presented the new book to librarian Joanne Gilroy. If you wish to purchase your own copy, they are available for sale at the History Society in the Information Center on Tuesdays from 1:30 to 3 p.m. or Thursdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. The price is $25.

As you are probably aware, 2022 marks the 60th anniversary of Sun City Center. During the past six decades many changes have taken place, many interesting events have occurred, and a huge number of people have contributed to making our community what it is today. The Sun City Center History Society strives to preserve information collected over the years that gives us a chance to see how things developed in Sun City Center. A small group of dedicated individuals has been working to digitize the many documents, news articles and pictures that have accumulated over the years. They share this information via Facebook, newspaper articles and presentations to groups in the community. If you have computer skills and are interested in developing our website or helping with our continuing research, your participation is needed. If you enjoy working with old photographs (original and newsprint photos) there is a job waiting for you. If you have discovered articles and artifacts relating to Sun City Center in your attic, let us know. Help us to preserve our history by getting involved. Contact us at 813-633-3038 or “”.

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Poland Remembers

L to R: Mike Petersen, Becky Petersen, and Lena loading the trailer.

Food recipient in Ukraine.

Ukrainian food recipient.

By Andrea L.T. Peterson, Photos courtesy of Becky Petersen In Poland, just about an hour from the Ukrainian border, Becky and Mike Petersen provide supplies to refugees in nearby Jozefow—the city of Joseph or Joseph Town—where their missionary organization, Otwock, is located. Asked exactly what they are doing and why they are doing it, Becky told me, “We’ve been missionaries in Poland since 1994. When

asked what we could do. ‘Go to train stations and hand out food.’ I didn’t want to do that. The first thing I did was write a blog post,” she told me. “Does anyone need help?,” I wrote. I was already writing a blog,” she explained, “called The Elephant in the Room about the looming war.” Petersen, who doesn’t speak Ukrainian, told me that few if any of the refugees speak English very well, but her blog got responses. She provided

contact information for her church in Poland as well as the website for her twin sister’s shop in Dade City, FL, where SCC quilters took donated quilts last month. People sent money to the church. She continued to tell me, “I didn’t want to do housing. I knew I couldn’t be a good hostess and still go around Poland [where refugees were staying] filling the needs of refugee families.” Things began

the war started, Facebook seemed to be the connector. The government seemed slower to help. All over Poland, posts were saying ‘if you have a room available contact me.’” The Petersens are close to Warsaw. “It’s a big hub, ‘’ says Petersen, “where many fleeing Ukraine wanted to come. There were more opportunities, apartments available and [possibilities] for the future if they stay in Poland. “So, in the beginning, we

Students Improve Camp Bayou

Nursery irrigation crew, Life Scout Troop 610: Zach, Aiden, Alex, Brandon, Ethan, and Jadyn.

Volunteers have been helping upgrade and improve various areas of the preserve. Eagle Scouts completed two projects, and a Bright Futures student added another. All three are useful and beautiful additions to Camp Bayou. The upgrades include new seating areas, irrigation for the native plant nursery, and new easels for the Storybook trail. A huge thank you to all involved in the efforts! Camp Bayou continues to offer day paddle trips on the first and third Saturdays each month at 9 a.m. Registration required. For those who are interested in helping with registered groups, Camp Bayou is looking for


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enthusiastic volunteers who love the outdoors and want to pass along that passion to others through hands-on activities, walks and canoe tours. Contact Becki at 813-641-8545 or fill out the form at We are mainly looking for folks to help teach school groups K-6 but there are other opportunities as well. Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center is neither a campground nor a summer camp. It was an RV park before the County’s ELAP program purchased the land but it is now open for day use only, open to the general public. The Center is open from Thursday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for passive recreational pursuits such as wildlife watching, nature photography, and trail walks. General admission is still free. Camp Bayou is located three miles south of SR-674 at the end of 24th Street SE in Ruskin. Learn more: or 813-641-8545.

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Raptors at the Florida Aquarium

The Raptors show provides an opportunity to see these magnificent birds up close.

By Kai Rambow No velociraptors. No dinosaurs. Just fascinating birds of prey. The Florida Aquarium has several specials this summer – plus their usual great exhibits. Raptors Three times a day a raptor demonstration takes place on the rooftop terrace. Arrive 15 minutes before start time and you should be able to get a seat up close. The owl and Harris hawk I saw were eager to fly and demonstrate their skills. The rooftop terrace while open is covered to protect you from the sun. Should you want something to drink there is a bar. This is a popular show and seating filled up quite quickly. Ocean Decade This fascinating exhibit is informative succinctly describing the importance of oceans. It is also graphically creative. Digital panels show artistic interpretations that are stunning. A rhinoceros emerging

The Florida themed regular exhibit on the second floor has some wonderful opportunities. The chance to see a spoonbill up close is special.

out the side of a mountain is just one of the stunning images to be found here. This is located on the second floor. Penguins Outdoors Located on the first floor, a new outdoor exhibit showcases African penguins. Though small, the exhibit enables you to get close up views of the penguins. The Usual Suspects The Florida Aquarium has top notch displays of Florida wildlife. These opportunities should not be missed. Take advantage of a wonderful opportunity to see spoonbills up close. They normally keep their distance, but in this environment don’t pay that much attention to people. Also beloved are the otters. Visitors seem to have almost as much fun as the active otters. Tips for a Great Trip Clothing: Most of the aquarium is indoors or covered. It’s not too hot or cold anywhere, so you can dress for the outdoors.

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The Editor’s Corner

Responsible For Adventure

By E. Adam Porter Editor, News of SCC & South County My eldest son just sold his first home. It was a cute threebedroom that had been a great buy. He and his awesome bride fixed it up—put some cash, skill, and sweat and skill into it—and made it even better. They liked it, but what had been an hour drive to work for my son was now closer to ninety minutes. He gave it a year, and now he’s had enough. Can’t say I blame him. They started looking for a place nearer the base where he’s currently training. They found one about fifteen minutes away and put their home on the market. Of course, it sold fast. They did well, coming away with some cash for a down payment on the home they will buy at his next duty station. Maybe, he’ll take some of that cash and carry his bride off on an adventure. The wayfarer in me hopes he does. That way, they can hang the photos of that trip up on the wall in their next new home. The stories of that adventure will come alive again every time someone asks about the picture. So, yeah, I hope he saves some cash… and I hope he “blows” some too. That’s the tightrope we all walk. Responsibility matters… but we’re here to live, not just get by. My youngest is learning about that tightrope too. Crash is a born explorer. He wants to Know Things, to See Things, and Understand Things. His favorite questions are, “Why’s that?” and “What’s over there?” From him I hear, “Hey, Dad! Come look at this!” at least twice a day. Sometimes, he learns the hard way, hence the nickname; but I love the kid’s insatiable curiosity. Something else I appreciate about him is that he’s learning to be independent

and responsible. Those are great traits to develop at ten. That brings me to one of the proudest moments I’ve experienced as a father recently. A bit of context: Our next-door neighbors have collected a good share of trips around the sun, and with that experience has come, as Indiana Jones put it, “mileage.” They’ve always been smart, industrious folks. Their home is amazing, and their garden is incredible. They’re wonderful neighbors and excellent people… There are just a few chores they cannot manage easily anymore. Dragging trash cans up the hill to the road, collecting fallen palm branches after a storm, other assorted manual labor. My family has been helping out here and there. Not because they asked. Because we appreciate them. Last week, one of these neighbors saw my youngest dragging their cans down from the street, which he had been doing for a few weeks, mostly without being asked. I mentioned it the first time, and he just kept doing it. So, two days ago, we came home and there was a note on our door asking Crash to come by their house. He did. A half-hour later, he came back, a big cheeseburger grin on his face. “They made me an offer,” he announced. He dropped a handwritten list of chores on the dinner table with a dollar figure at the bottom. I skimmed it, asked, “Well, what did you say?” He grinned even wider, “Of course I said, ‘yes!’ As long as I keep it up, they’ll pay me every week! It’s a good deal, Dad!” I agreed, it was, indeed, a good deal. We high-fived, and I walked back into my office. Later, I thanked my neighbors for thinking of him, and they said they’d be grateful for the help. And, now my son begins one of Life’s Great Lessons. He will soon have more cash in his pocket than he has ever seen all at once in his life. What will he do with it? Will he find that sweet spot between responsibility and adventure? I will be there to guide him, but this is one of those lessons that, at 10, works well as an experience. And, speaking of adventures… Before I sign off this month, I want to circle back around to a question one of my new

SCC friends asked a couple months back after reading one of the previous Editor’s Corner articles. He’s new to Florida and expressed an interest in “getting out there” and exploring the Sunshine State. That happens to be one of my favorite conversations. If you’re of a similar mindset, here are a few ideas: The News keeps an archive of Kai Rambow’s travel stories online at Search “Kai Rambow” or “travel.” You’ll be happy you did. And, once you’ve scratched a few off Kai’s list, here are a few more fun places to visit: If you love hiking and getting out into nature, check out Highlands Hammock State Park. This edenic CCC-built park is one of the oldest in the state’s park system, and it boasts some beautiful trails. Most are short and shady, too, so that’s a plus. If you love beauty with some history, check out Fort De Soto, just over the Skyway near Saint Petersburg. The beaches are idyllic, not too crowded during

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Galaxy Bridge Luncheon

Thursday, August 4 Meeting at 11:15, lunch at 11:30 a.m. Galaxy Bridge Luncheon will meet for lunch and bridge at the United Methodist Church’s LEC Building. The price of the luncheon is $15. Reservations: Kathie at 410-879-1112 or Gina at 813-633-5324.

Seeking Vendors For Timely Treasures Fair

The United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1971 Haverford Ave., is accepting vendor applications for its Arts & Crafts Fair to be held on Saturday, November 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Only handmade and one-of-a-kind arts and crafts are allowed. Booth fees start at $20 and are available with or without tables. Indoor and covered outdoor spaces are available. For more information, email “”.

Pinochle Extraordinaire

Joe Brundige, a Kings Point pinochle player, evaluated his hand and “surprise” found that he could meld every card in his hand. Ace, ten, king, queen, jack, and 9 of hearts for a run, queens jacks and a pinochle for 30 meld. A first that occurred June 24. Kings Point pinochle meets Wednesday and Friday at 6:15. All knowledgeable Kings Point and Sun City center residents are welcome. Contact Judy 813-634-5364 for information.

Alzheimer’s Fundraiser

June 25, the Longest Day, the Duplicate Bridge Association of Sun City Center ran its annual fundraiser game to support Alzheimer disease. Donations and game fees raised $9000. Fifty percent of the funds are distributed to Samaritans Alzheimer’s Auxiliary of Sun City Center and Fifty percent is distributed to the Alzheimer’s Association.

National Night Out

Tuesday, August 2, from 4 to 7 p.m. Kings Point Veterans Theater 1900 Clubhouse Drive, SCC A free community-building campaign that promotes policecommunity partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. We aim to enhance the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community and provide a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances. Stop by and have dinner at the food trucks and meet some representatives from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

Six Plastic Sleeping Mats for the Homeless

Throughout the month of May, the South Shore Chamber of Commerce put out a request for donations of plastic shopping bags. Readers dropped off a total of almost 2,000 bags, of all colors and sizes, to their office. “I was overwhelmed. During the past two months, I recycled these bags, repurposed and then crocheted them into six, 4’x5’ sleeping mats which will be donated to the homeless in the Ruskin area. Each portable, lightweight mat is unique, one-of-a-kind and handmade with love”, says creator Shawna Wright, a Sun City Center resident. These mats and pillows were distributed at the South County at Risk and Homeless Outreach Event on Friday, July 22 in Apollo Beach being held at Bell Shoals Church - Apollo Beach Campus, 6414 Golf and Sea Blvd.)

Have Fun While Getting in Shape

What’s a better and more pain free way to shape up than swimming, and, to add to the pleasure, swimming to music! The Sun City Center Swim Dancers is a group of women who meet three times a week to work on swimming together which later in the season will be performed in a presentation of choreographed musical numbers for the public to view. If you are able to comfortably swim a length of the pool, like music and are willing to learn, the Swim Dancers invite you to wear your suit and attend one of their practices in the Atrium Lap Pool any Monday or Wednesday evening at 7:30 or Friday morning at 7:30. Membership is open to ladies who are active members of the SCCCA or who have a Kings Point Gold Card. For more information call Sue Muise, 813-633-2479.

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Feline Folks Board Meeting and Meow Mixer

August 4 at 3 p.m. Kings Point, 2020 Building Culinary Room Feline Folks is looking for a few volunteers to help with caring for their community cats and upcoming events. If you are interested in learning more about this wonderful group of people who daily feed and care for the community cats, be sure to attend. Info: “info@”.

SCC Security Patrol Needs Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to be drivers and dispatchers. Drivers patrol the streets of our community looking for suspicious activity or residents who may need assistance. Dispatchers are the communications link between the driver’s on patrol, the sheriff’s department, and respond to phone inquiries. If you can spare three hours per month, pick up an application at the Patrol Office or visit our website “”.

Back L to R: Instructors Leslie Anderson, Cathy Zurek, and Nancy McCune with students Dave Schmidt, Mary Ingwalson, Jessica Reynolds, and Terri Rudnitski. Front L to R: Instructor Joanne Koncick with students Eileen Bishop and Amy Shafmaster. (Photo courtesy of Chris McCann).

GFWC Woman’s Club Donates to Family Resource Center

On Thursday, July 14, members of the Arts and Culture Committee of the SCC Woman’s Club delivered stuffed heart and doggie pillows, and gift bags for the children at the Brandon Center. There are seven Children’s Board Family Resource Centers located throughout Hillsborough County that offer programs and services emphasizing child development, self-sufficiency, and health and safety. The members of the Arts and Culture committee of the SCC Woman’s Club have made and donated over 4,000 heart pillows and doggie pillows in the past five years to help residents in many facilities primarily in Sun City Center. We welcome new members from Sun City Center and surrounding communities. Info: Rosita Rodriguez-Barton is the Membership Director and she can be contacted by email at, or by phone 703.973.0563.

CAHT Partners With Gannon’s DSI Program

Maddison Messina will be joining the CAHT team as an intern this summer. She will be working with our volunteers in the Safe Shelter program and other areas related to human trafficking and domestic violence victims. CAHT’s Safe Shelter program is four years old and provides emergency short-term shelter for individuals and families who need to be moved out of harm’s way immediately. The program also provides an assessment of next steps as well as other resources such as food, gas, rental assistance, legal and medical referrals, and counseling. This is the second year CAHT has partnered with Gannon University’s Doctoral Special Internship program. Maddison is a graduate from USF in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in the Health Sciences and she is finishing her doctorate in occupational therapy at Gannon University. Her plans are to focus on mental health and women’s health issues. She is completing her Doctoral Specialty Internship with CAHT in the human trafficking area and its relationship to occupational therapy in assisting survivors as an advocate for them and their issues surrounding domestic abuse and related traumas involved in human trafficking. The Campaign Against Human Trafficking is an 11-year 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Info: 847-524-9215 or www.sccblueheart. org.

SCC Emergency Squad’s Newest EMRs

The Sun City Center Emergency Squad (“the Squad”) is pleased to announce its newest class of certified Emergency Medical Responders (“EMRs”). “Our EMRs are important members of our ambulance crews,” said the Squad’s Chief Mike Bardell. EMRs go through 54 hours of training, including eight hours of CPR class, provided by certified Squad instructors. They must pass CPR in order to become an EMR. After finishing the class, all the volunteers go through an on-the-job mentoring process with an experienced EMR before working solo on the ambulance or wheelchair van. The EMR is responsible for gathering the patient’s basic information, their medical history, medications, allergies, and vital signs, capturing signatures, and preparing the electronic Patient Care Report in conjunction with the crew’s licensed Emergency Medical Technician (“EMT”). EMRs must also be prepared to assist with any patient care as requested by the EMT. No prior medical experience is required to become a certified EMR. The Squad will provide all the necessary training. If you’d like to join this valued group of volunteers and provide a rewarding and much-needed service to your community, contact Chris McCann, Assistant Chief of HR for the Squad, at 813-434-4184.







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to snowball and the Petersens’ involvement morphed into Mike, who had been teaching in a bible school in Kyiv for the two decades they had been living in Poland, taking nearly a dozen trips to a refugee camp in Lutsk, about an hour into Ukraine. Mike carried blankets, basic food like flour, sugar, buckwheat (popular in Ukraine), oil, salt, oatmeal, peanut butter, cereal, condiments like ketchup and mayo, swirly pasta and tomato sauce or paste, canned vegetables, and high protein foods that would keep like jerky.” To meet basic hygiene needs, Mike took soap, shampoo, body wash and shower gel, deodorant, sanitary napkins and tampons, dish and laundry detergent—basic necessities. “I tried to get the best bang for my buck,” Becky told me, shopping at the best discount stores like the German store Lidl or the Biedronka where she could get the best prices for large quantities of essentials like toothpaste. “Duvets are what they use in Ukraine,” she told me. “Before I received all the donated quilts from my sister in Florida, I put together sets including duvet covers, pillows and pillowcases.” She ordered hundreds of vinyl cases—like the ones we find such things packaged in when we buy them at local stores here, in the U.S.—in which to package the sets for distribution to the hundreds of refugees in a local gymnasium. “These centers,” Becky told me “are like your hurricane evac centers, but you are waiting out a passing storm, not being bombed during a war that may or may not soon be over.” Of the refugees, she said, “they come and they go. Some stay and some move farther west.

They’re shell-shocked. Mentally, they’re a mess. A young woman in our local Swedish store, Jysk, told me, ‘We can’t keep quilts in! People buy 15 at a time!’” Meanwhile, back in Florida, Becky’s sister, Rachel, wanted to send quilts, “But," Becky told me, “I had no idea how to do that. She found that people really wanted to make and donate quilts to be sent to Ukraine. Jastex Fabric’s CEO, Scott Fortunoff, who wanted to help said, ‘We’ll do a quilt drive and (using his contacts) send them to Poland.’” So, more than 100 boxes of quilts eventually crossed the ocean to Becky in Poland. Mike, sometimes with help from refugees staying in their church, got the quilts and basic supplies to local refugee centers where they could then be distributed to people and places like children’s, senior, and group homes, etc. Thanks to their contacts as missionaries, they had reliable people to handle what they could not. A major help to the efforts in Ukraine are the medical bags they provided thanks to all of the money donated. These invaluable bags cost about $1,000 each and contain the basics—like oxygen tanks-needed for first responders kept in ambulances. “I was impressed,” she told me, “with how the Polish people have responded. More than one person took just two words to explain why the Polish people were so quick to respond and give so freely: “We Remember!” Elaborating, one man told Becky, “ ‘My grandmother told me, this is what happened to us in WWII. We remember.” “Will this go on forever or do you think it will end?” I asked her. “I don’t know,” she said, “At first


Assembling bundles. From left: Lena, Marina, Alina, Rebekah, Albina. Rebekah is a missionary to Ukraine.

we thought it would end quickly. But now,” she paused, “it seems like it could go on for years. Eventually, many will go back (to Ukraine). Everyone is living in a constant state of adrenaline. They are becoming inured to it, but they want to go home, get on with their lives, plant their gardens…” Other refugees will likely stay in Poland or move farther west.

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Food: There is a good café with reasonable prices on the first floor. You can easily view food options, should you decide to grab a bite. Timing: Raptor shows are at 11, 1, and 3. You may want to time your visit based on these show times. Other activities mentioned here can be explored at any time during your visit. There is no extra charge for the raptors show. It’s included with admission. Parking: The aquarium has a new parking lot. Should it be full, there is a public parking lot across the street. Watch out for hucksters directing you to

Becky elaborates, “Their homes have been destroyed, their towns are gone, their husbands have been killed. They will probably learn Polish and try to find work that fits their skills.” Whatever the people choose to do after the war, for now, the Petersens have a simple, clear goal, “We want to feed people, provide what they need to live.”

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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.

Pelican Players Community Theater

Readers Theater: Two complimentary (free) shows! “The Whistler – Urge to Kill,” directed by Ron Banaszak, and “The Cure,” directed by Shirley Walker. Thursday, August 18. Doors open at 6 p.m. Curtain rises at 6:30. Don’t miss it! Kings Point Veterans Theater North Clubhouse, 1900 Clubhouse Dr., SCC. Please feel free to BYO snacks, drinks, and cups.

Women’s Chorus Auditions

If you love to sing and have some background in reading music, you are invited to audition for The Women’s Chorus’ fall season with director, Jeff Jordan. Plan to arrive at The United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. West, Sun City Center on either August 24 or August 31 at 10:30 a.m. No preparation is required. Membership is open to women in Sun City Center and the surrounding communities. Member rehearsals will begin September 7 and continue every Wednesday morning from 9:50 a.m. to 12 p.m. Two holiday concerts are planned for Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4 plus holiday luncheon performances in mid-December. Info: Jayann Michael at 813-645-2472.

By Tiffany Rivers, SCCCA Entertainment Director Everyone is excited about the Entertainment Series lineup for 2022-23, and here it is! Brochures are available with a complete breakdown of the information at the Atrium Kiosk N. Course Drive or at the Community Association office at 1009 N. Pebble Beach Blvd. Just as a reminder we will only allow in-person ticket purchases (no mailing) prior to the season. Seating has returned to full seating. The season series Tiffany Rivers tickets sales begin September 26 for SCCCA members and October 3 for Kings point members at the Atrium Kiosk. Tickets to all shows will be available to SCCCA members on October 10 and to Kings Point residents on October 17. You must present your SCCCA badge or KP badge to purchase tickets. Season tickets will be $85. Our Series Preseason Show will be a Comedy Cabaret on Friday, October 21, featuring Mike Marino, a fan favorite for the Sun City Center Community. He delivers nonstop laughs to soldout crowds. What better way to kick off the season than with a BYOB comedy show? Tickets will be available in the atrium on September 12 (SCCCA) and September 19 (KP). We expect them to go fast!

SCCCA Entertainment Series Lineup

SAVE THE DATE: Tickets to all shows will be available to SCCCA members on October 10 and to Kings Point residents on October 17. Chris Ruggiero Absolute Queen November 13, at 2:30 p.m. January 22, at 2:30 p.m. Rock & Roll 1950-70s Tribute to Queen Tickets: $19 Tickets: $20 MPIRE November 18, at 7 p.m. Dance Tickets: $19

Sugar Vibe February 10, at 7 p.m. Dance Tickets: $20

Billy & The Sweet Talkers December 9, at 7 p.m. Dance Tickets: $19

What a Fool Believes February 26, at 2:30 p.m. Tribute to The Doobie Brothers Tickets: $20

Beatle Maniacs December 18, at 2:30 p.m. Tribute to The Beatles Tickets: $18 Celebrate January 13, at 7 p.m. Dance Tickets: $19 Showcase of Talent January 18, at 2 p.m. Variety Show Tickets: $11

Rocky & The Rollers March 10, at 7 p.m. Dance Tickets: $20 Karen Hester March 26, at 2:30 p.m. Dolly Parton Tribute Tickets: $20

Sing With The Kings Point Mixed Chorus

Monday, September 12, Registration at noon East-West Social Room, Kings Point North Clubhouse Dues are still $20. Rehearsals are Mondays from 12:30 till 2:30. The chorus is open to anyone in Sun City Center and surrounding communities. No auditions required. Info: JO at “” or online at “”.

Sing With The SCC Men’s Chorus

All it takes is one brave telephone call. If you have ever sung before, be it high school, college, church or glee club, we’d like to hear from you. If you are a man and you like to sing for the pleasure of singing, we have a seat in our chorus for you. Do it for the fellowship. Do it for fun. Do it for the applause. Text us at: “paluotto259@gmail. com” and put the words Men’s Chorus in the subject line.

Piano Champion Bobby van Deusen Is Back

Friday, August 19, at 7 p.m. Bobby van Deusen, a pianist from the Pensacola area, won the 2019 senior division championship of an annual piano competition, the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest. The contest has been occurring annually on Memorial Day weekend since 1975 except for the 2020 and 2021 pandemic-affected years. A $10 per person donation requested at the door.


Moonglow Dance Club

Thursday, August 25, from 7-9 p.m. Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Bryan Ashley, will provide sax, keyboard, and vocals. Free for Moonglow members. Guests who are SCCA or FP members or KP Gold Card or Dance Card holders are invited for $6 per person, at the door. Smart casual attire. BYOB and snacks. Ice, water, and cups provided. Info: “” or 813-633-1297.

SCC Line Dancer Classes

Tuesdays at Community Hall: Beyond Beginners class at 5:15 p.m., followed by a beginner class at 6:30. The dancers also meet in the Atrium Building Dance Studio on Fridays from 2:15 to 4:30. The first class is free and open to all residents of Sun City Center, Freedom Plaza and Kings Point residents who have the gold card.

Do You Wanna Dance Club

Saturday, August 27, from 7 to 10 p.m. Community Hall, 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd. Oldies band, “Smooth Sentiment,” will provide the live dance music. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for club members and 6:45 for nonmembers. Club membership and dance attendance is open to SCCCA members, FP members with Access Card, and KP Gold Card members. Membership is $40 per year. You must present your valid SCCCA ID card, KP card, or FP card to purchase tickets. Tickets are $5 per person for members and $10 for SCC resident nonmembers. Purchase tickets or membership M-W-F at the Atrium kiosk from 10 to noon, beginning August 22, or buy tickets at the door. BYOB and snacks. Cups, ice, napkins provided. Info: Ann Savage at “” or call 813-938-4094.

Swing & Country Dance Club

Free dance lessons to all SCCCA members, Freedom Plaza members, and Kings Point Gold Card holders. West Coast Swing Instruction, Fridays 6 to 7 p.m. Individual Practice Time and Assistance, Fridays at 7 to 7:45 p.m. The lessons will be held in Dance Studio 1, next to the walking pool in the CA Atrium. Info: 630-235-1277.

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Come Dance With Us

Tuesday August 9, Doors open at 6 p.m. Dance to 9. Kings Point Veterans Theater Live music with LB and Chloe, who will play waltz, foxtrot, rock n roll, swing, rumba, salsa, cha-cha and more. All are welcome. $5 at the door. Those coming from outside SCC or KP may have to pay an extra $2.50 fee. BYOB. Water and ice provided. Info: Ken: 513582-8449.




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Tuesdays, August 2 and 16 Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Dance from 6 to 9. Our entertainer is Thor Stevens and his sax. Tickets $6. Reservation only. Dances are open to SCC & KP residents and their guests. Prepay only. No tickets at the door. Dances are held in the parish hall of St. John Divine Episcopal Church, 1015 Del Webb Blvd East. Dressy casual. BYOB, ice, setups, and snacks. Nothing furnished. Reservations and info: Judy Furman, 425-214-3996 or “”.



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By Kai Rambow You’ve probably never visited. You may have never even heard about the Tampa Bay History Center. This hidden surprise is worth a visit. Tucked away beside the water near Amalie Arena the center is surprisingly well done. Modern with interactive exhibits, historic with an emphasis on accuracy, all done with the best traditions of storytelling. Second Floor The museum entrance and exhibits start on the second floor. Note: there is an elevator. Stepping back hundreds of years to a well-done movie, “Winds of Change” quickly takes you through one of the big changes here: the arrival of the conquistadores. Next, who were/are the Seminoles? Did you know the Second Seminole War was the longest, deadliest and most costly Native American war? Florida history is often overlooked despite its significance. Here you’ll get to learn about it. One of the things you’ll likely appreciate is that everything here is done in a condensed format. Even the movies are short and run continuously throughout the day. Third Floor Modern history is the focus here. Two short films, “Cowmen and Crackers” and “Now Loading” cover Florida’s ranching past and the port in Tampa. A pioneer cabin provides a glimpse into BAC (before air conditioning). Once again, displays provide a snapshot into our history. Fourth Floor In true event tradition, the best is saved for last. Best, in this case, meaning fun. Pirates, treasure and shipwrecks are strewn (no pun intended) across this area. There is so much here you might feel slightly overwhelmed. Slow down and choose what you’d like to learn more about. The pirate film here has slightly more

emphasis on engagement than education. Pathways to Cuba Also, located on the fourth floor, this limited, special exhibit looks at our long connection with Cuba. As you may recall from previous articles, Cubans moved their cigar factories here, which is what contributed enormously to Tampa’s growth as a city. Like any truly great location, if you’re even slightly interested in Tampa’s history, you’ll find something here to like. Tips for a Great Trip Website: The website reflects how well designed the museum is. You’ll find this very helpful, including a listing of nearby parking garages. Timing: Located in downtown Tampa, recommend arriving for the center’s 10 a.m. opening. Even though it is seemingly small, plan on spending two to three hours here. The great news is you’ll be indoors in a climate controlled environment. Parking: This is the one possible slight challenge. The center does not have its own parking. The nearest public parking garages are about .25 miles away. Tip: You may want to have one person drop everyone off and then park the car. Several parking garages are listed on the center’s website. GPS will be very helpful, especially if you’re not too familiar with downtown Tampa. Parking was $2 an hour. Admission to the museum is $15 for seniors. The Columbia Café A surprise within a surprise. The Columbia has been part of Tampa’s history for 115 years. One of their restaurants is here. An outdoor, covered patio complete with fans, can make for a great finish to your visit. I found this setting quite comfortable. This is an indoor section, which was not open during my visit. There is a very nice range of menu options.

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By Peggy Burgess The Freedom Plaza Scholarship Fund, Inc. held its 29th Awards Ceremony in May, and on that occasion the Fund’s very first scholarships to mother and daughter recipients were presented. This duo’s path to receiving those grants is both challenging and inspiring, and is worth sharing. It began in Haiti where Alerne Tristan, a dedicated nurse, found herself in a marriage that proved abusive to both herself and her young daughter, so she got a divorce, re-claiming her maiden name. Her struggles as a working mother, with no help of any kind, and in a poor economy were exacerbated by constant threats from her former husband. When her 11-yearold daughter, Leonide, narrowly escaped a kidnapping attempt, Alerne realized that both hers and her child’s lives were in danger and they fled Haiti. Thus, they came to be in Ruskin, Florida where a distant relative had offered temporary aid. But Alerne’s troubles were not over: with no English (nor Spanish), only French, her native language, getting a job to support herself and her daughter was extremely difficult. Working hard on her spoken English, she was finally hired by Visiting Angels, then by Plaza West as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Through more diligent studying, on her own—and while working and raising her daughter-- she passed the exam qualifying her as a registered nurse in this country, as she had been in Haiti. In that capacity she remained at Plaza West, and, there, learned that Freedom Plaza Scholarships, in the amount of $2,500 annually are available and even renewable (conditionally) up

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By Paula Lickfeldt Harold and Shirley Singer lived in PA and raised five children there. Harold was the maintenance supervisor for a vocational school in PA for 33 years. In 1998, they spent three months traveling by motorhome to Alaska. They have a lot of stories to share about the wildlife they encountered and the wildlife that encountered them during their trip. Shirley’s parents lived in Brooksville, FL, so when Harold and Shirley decided to retire and move to a warmer place, they chose Florida. At first they lived in Hideaway RV park on US-41, and they were snowbirds. Twentyone years ago they bought a house on South Lake and moved to SCC. Harold was

on the Security Patrol until he had to resign to help take care of Shirley’s mother when she became ill. Harold also bowled in the SCC bowling league. The Singers have two daughters living on South Lake in SCC, Stacey and Eileen. Their son Andrew lives in St. Petersburg, and they have two children who still live in PA. Harold is the lake chief of South Lake, and his daughter Eileen is the secretary for the HOA. He says that keeps him busy along with taking care of things around the house and lending a helping hand to a friend when they need help. He has a pontoon boat, and he likes to go fishing on the lake. They both say that they enjoy living in SCC, and they take life one day at a time.

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The Sun City Center Tennis Association celebrated Breakfast at Wimbledon. The event was hosted by Michael Irving, Tennis Instructor, and Julie Faulkner. Members watched an exciting Gentlemen’s Championship match followed by an afternoon of social tennis. For information about the Tennis Association and our upcoming events: Wayne Booker at “” or Michael Irving at “”.

While visiting last month, SCC Archery Club member Rita Mealey’s granddaughter Mandy took advantage of a free archery lesson from the club’s instructor Jerry Anderson. After Mandy’s lesson, Jerry commented that very seldom does he have a student who progressed as fast as Mandy did in one lesson, and he wished that he had more time to work with her. For more information on the SCC Archery Club contact club president, Mark Erickson at 810407-1768.

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St. Andrew Presbyterian Church is located at 1239 Del Webb West. Qigong Classes • Mondays at 1 p.m. and Thursdays at 11 a.m. Classes held at the church. • $5 per class Qigong is effective in helping heal life challenges including high blood pressure and chronic illness due to emotional stress. Info: Daline Dudley (860) 605-7868. Free Hot Lunch Every Wednesday from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. Free, but please RSVP to 813-634-1252 Meals are prepared by Metropolitan Ministries in collaboration with Andy’s Kitchen. Lunch will be served by your Sun City Center neighbors. Info: 813-634-1252. Taco & Games Tuesday August 9 • Tacos and a beverage for $5 Bring your friends and play Mexican Train, Rummikub, Hand+Foot. Tickets are available at the front office Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pizza & a Movie • Thursday, August 18, at 5 p.m. All the pizza you can eat, homemade cake of your choice, soft drink, plus a great movie all for a $7 ticket, which you may purchase at the church office, Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Gospel Great Larry Ford Performs

Friday, August 5, at 7 p.m. 1210 Del Webb Blvd. West The United Methodist Church of Sun City Center welcomes Larry Ford back, for 2022. Larry Ford has found audiences responding to his commanding tenor voice from grand opera to the stages of Southern Gospel. A $10 per person donation at the door will be requested on the night of the concert.

Beth Israel New and Prospective Member Luncheon

Sunday, August 14, at 1 p.m. 1115 East Del Webb Boulevard in SCC Beth Israel Congregation of Sun City Center cordially invites new and prospective members to a Board of Directors sponsored luncheon at Beth Israel Congregation. The luncheon will welcome and recognize new members to the congregation and provide an opportunity to interact with the Board of Directors. Info: Barry Ross at (813) 213-8310.

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By Paula Lickfeldt Vita Bell was born and raised in Michigan. She married and raised her family there. She has been sculpting all of her life. When she was a little girl her mom would give her some of the dough when she was making a pie. Vita would use the dough to make a sculpture. One Easter she made a lamb out of butter and she did not want anyone to use it. In Michigan, Vita did a lot of volunteer work but after her youngest child turned thirteen, she went to Massage Therapy School and was a massage therapist for six years. Later, Vita developed a disease that affects the body’s extremities. If fingers, toes, ears, nose or other extremities get too cold they will turn red then blue and they might need to be amputated. It was Mayo Clinic that finally diagnosed the disease. She was told that she needed to move to a place with a warm climate. She and her husband moved to Florida in 1980. While living in Daytona Beach, Vita went to the state of Florida training program for the blind. She was in a food service management program which eventually took over all of the vending machines at the rest areas. All the while Vita continued sculpting. She says she hopes to be sculpting until the day that she dies. On her “bucket list” is to do a life size sculpture of something. She

does not know what it will be but she is hoping to do one. Vita says that her sculptures often reflect what is going on in her life at the time. Vita was able to bid for food service venues to manage. If one came available that paid more money, she would bid on it and if she got it she and her husband would move. He was in Real Estate so he was able to move with her. They lived in Daytona Beach, Orlando, Lakeland, Winter Haven, Fort Myers and Punta Gorta. While in Punta Gorda she worked at a center for the visually impaired. She was a peer counselor for senior citizens who were newly blind.

In 2002, Vita bid on the rest area in Ruskin and got it. She and her husband moved to Sun City Center because it was only five minutes away from the rest area. While in SCC, she went to the Potter’s Wheel. She loved to go to the workshop for the friendship as well as the supplies available at the club. When her husband died, she no longer had a way to get to the club room or someone to help her clean her work area when she was done working. She now does all of her sculpting at her home. She used to sculpt with wood, stone and alabaster, but they became too hard for her hands to manage so now she only uses clay. Vita has a daughter who lives

in South Carolina, another in Florida, and a son who lives in California. She loves to fly and so she is happy when she can fly to CA to see her son, grandson, and daughter-in-law. She is especially happy if they decide to go to Las Vegas because she loves Las Vegas. SCC offers Vita accessibility to everything she needs: grocery stores, drug stores, the hospital, and recreational activities. Everything that she needs is close by. Vita says that the biggest handicap that anyone can have is fear. Fear keeps people from trying new and different things.


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Keeping Historical Fiction Alive Here and Abroad

An Interview with Author Katharine Schellman By Andrea L.T. Peterson “I thought I was writing a romance,” says author Katharine Schellman of the beginnings of her first Lily Adler Mystery, ‘The Body in the Garden,’ but her childhood love of mysteries and her love of historical settings took her in a different direction. “I had very specific characters in mind. I had these characters wandering around, looking for a plot,” she tells me. “They couldn’t be in any other time or place. The setting dictated who the characters needed to be,” but it wasn’t until “a body showed up” that she realized she was writing a mystery. Now, that was familiar territory. “There was a backdrop” against which the characters’ story could be told. Growing up with Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, and then Nancy Drew and old BBC mysteries, Schellman realized that most of those beloved classics, unlike her favorite, ‘Mystery at Laughing Waters,’ Dorothy Maywood Bird’s 1946 novel set in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, were set in England. Why was that? “Because the historical roots of crime fiction are British. The Golden Age of

private detective fiction’s writers were British!” she says. Her first series, the Lily Adler mysteries, the third of which, Death at the Manor, comes out this month, is set in 1815 England. Lily is a recently widowed young woman who seems to stumble onto murders. Underestimated because she is a woman, she adeptly proves herself and is instrumental in solving the murder of an unknown young man at a party thrown by a prominent London couple. The second, ‘Silence in the Library,’ finds Lily

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The two hardest questions for a reading junkie to answer are: “What’s your favorite book?” and “Who’s your favorite author?” Those might be tough questions, but The News is asking. We would love it if you would send us your answers to those questions. Let us know who and what you love to read, and we will share those answers over the summer, so we can all add some great books and new authors to our summer reading list. Email your answers to “” with the subject line “I love to read!” Here’s what some of your neighbors had to say… Bob Preston says, “My favorite author is John Grisham, and my favorite book of his is ‘The Reckoning,’ a story with great turns and twists and for me, one of the most unanticipated endings. But the best and favorite book I ever read was ‘Adams’s Empire’ by Evan Green. While on a layover in Auckland, New Zealand, my wife, Nancy, and I took a walk that led us to a nearby books store. Something about the title urged Nancy to buy this book, add to that it was on sale for about five bucks. When she finished it she told me a little about it. I started to read it and would find myself still reading it in the wee hours of the morning after midnight. It is a great read!” Pat McAdams calls the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, “Pilgrim at Tinker Creek,” “…a book of wonder! My favorite book by my favorite author…” Pat adds, “Annie Dillard takes us with her on her adventures along Tinker Creek, in Virginia, telling tales about all she is seeing. Boldly and eloquently, she shares her fresh vision of the natural world. ‘Beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them,’ Dillard says. ‘The least we can do is try to be there.’” Eloise Schwarz, a retired nurse, says she appreciates “Any book that tells the history about the Spanish Flu of 1918.” She adds that, “The first book on this topic I read was ‘The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History’ by John M Barry. I am on my sixth book now by various authors, since there are many different books detailing what happened during this three-year global devastation. These books paint a grim picture of the massive destruction worldwide caused by something science was unable to pinpoint in the early years of medicine. Yet, under the unyielding clouds of misery and death, there was a determination on the part of the few who would not give up, no matter what came their way. My maternal grandmother was one of them, a nurse who cared for the sick.”

investigating the murder of her somewhat estranged father’s friend in his own library. But why not set a mystery in the United States. ‘Last Call at the Nightingale,’ set in the Jazz Age (the 1920s), “felt very different, different tones, voices, atmospheres,” she explains. Instead of London’s elite, Last Call found a working-class Irish lass, Vivian Kelly, frequenting a jazz club, the Nightingale, where her black friend, Bea, was a waitress. Finding a dead body behind the club, where prohibition was ignored and alcohol flowed, at a time where the races shouldn’t mix, but they did; and where gender roles were considerably less distinct and less rigidly adhered to than in the rest of the city—could be the death of the popular club. Though the mystery of the man’s death must be concealed and its location kept secret, Vivian is a witness and she’s drawn into the mystery of the man’s death. “I do a lot of research for my novels,” Schellman says. For Last Call, which just came out in June, she and a friend spent a weekend in New York, “just walking around the city, getting a sense of what the book might feel like.” She read volumes,

exploring the history and the music of the era. She “studied how people talked, fashion and clothing, maps…” What she sought was “a big overview, a sense of the era. But 70 percent of it,” she adds, “never gets on the page.” I was curious how she keeps track of all of the characters while writing books in two very different series in two distinct cultures on two different continents— or should I say islands—in two different centuries. “I keep an Excel spreadsheet,” she says, “with details of each character in that character’s designated column.” It still seems daunting to me! Schellman loves hearing from readers, especially when they write to tell her that they “love a book or the time period” in which it’s set. Or when a reader discovers something he or she “never knew happened” in that time or place—or at all! She loves to introduce readers to people or a world they “don’t have in their real lives! It builds empathy and interest in the lives of others! That,” she says, “is the most important thing we [not just as authors, I might add] can do. I’m very grateful to be able to flex that empathy muscle!”


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By Debbie Caneen South County Events is provided by Debbie Caneen, Director of Admissions, Sun Towers from items submitted for publication. To submit events for future publications, send them by the 15th of the prior month. Debbie also publishes Ads and Events, a weekly e-mail containing information about what’s happening in 33573. Your event will also appear in the weekly Ads and Events e-mail and on the website Send all events by e-mail to You only need to submit your Event one time each month for it to appear in both The News of Kings Point and SCC Ads and Events. SPECIAL EVENTS Please include all basic information, especially Price (or list it’s Free) and Contact Information (phone, e-mail, or website). Six lines maximum. Send to: As soon as space permits, we will put it in the weekly e-mail and it will run until event date passes. You do not need to submit it again. PLEASE NOTE: This area is for SPECIAL EVENTS only. WEEKLY, MONTHLY, or ONGOING EVENTS are listed on our website under WEEKLY & MONTHLY MEETINGS at which is updated every weekend.

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your body! For more about Kelly, please visit her website: “www.”. WED. AUG 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 - THERAPEUTIC TAI CHI FOR HEALTH 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center. 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! You will be required to wear a mask to protect our residents. For more information, contact Debbie Caneen at 813-892-2990. THU. AUG 4 - CRAFT BEER AND WINE CLUB OF SCC “FERMENTING FANATICS” 1:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. If you are a resident of Sun City Center or Kings Point, you are invited to join us for our first meeting! We will be coming together to create craft beers and wines, enjoy tastings as a club and learn about the process of fermenting. Be sure to bring your CA badge or KP card to be admitted to our roster of future members. THU. AUG 11 - FREE BALANCE SCREENING FOR KINGS POINT RESIDENTS 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. in the Culinary Room at the 2020 Centre, Kings Point. Are you at risk? Our therapists from Sun Towers Retirement Community are on a quest to reduce the risk of falls before they happen. Have your fall risk screened at no cost to you! This simple screening takes less than ten minutes. See the results before your eyes through biofeedback. Free screening is offered the second Thursday of each month 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Call to schedule today, 813-331-3035. FRI. AUG 12 – LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. Guest Speaker Ana Garcia from Division of Blind Services. These programs are designed to help people gain the skills needed to perform daily living tasks independently through assistive technology and devices. MON. AUG 15 - PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center in the theater. This month, our speaker will be Caroline Futch, certified personal trainer and certified rocksteady boxing head coach. If you have Parkinson’s, or are caring for someone with this

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disease, be sure to attend this support group! Complimentary valet parking available at entrance. For additional info, call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990. WED. AUG 17 - VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. by appointment only at Sun Towers Retirement Community. In partnership with the Veterans History Project, a program of the Library of Congress, we are seeking Veterans to participate in this project. The program captures through a video interview, firsthand account of Veterans who served in any branch of the US military in any capacity, from World War I through the present, and are no longer serving are eligible to participate. Civilians who served in support of a US war effort in a professional capacity are also welcome to participate. If you are a Veteran or know Veterans that would like to share their stories, please call Chris Clermont at Sun Towers to schedule your interview time at 813-634-3347. THU. AUG 18 - FREE BALANCE SCREENING FOR SCC RESIDENTS 10 a.m. - noon at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center in our Outpatient Therapy department. Have your fall risk screened at no cost to you! This simple screening takes less than ten minutes. See the results before your eyes through biofeedback. Interested in knowing more now? Call to schedule today, 813-331-3035. THU. AUG 18 - VETERANS CLUB 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Calling all Veterans! Meet your fellow Veterans and share stories. We will be collecting forms for Honor Flight and sharing a video of what occurs. Join Seniors in Service for this monthly club meeting where Veterans will receive resources and companionship. Info: Michelle Mason, “mmason@” or 813-4928920. THU. AUG 25 - YOUR HEALTH MATTERS 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Do you need to learn healthy habits to improve your mental and physical well-being? Join the club! Each month we’ll learn healthy habits to live our best life. Every fourth Thursday of the month we’ll tackle a new topic. For more information contact: Michelle Mason, “” or 813-492-8920.

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