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OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE SUN CITY CENTER COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
Sun City Center
...an official publication of the Sun City Center Community Association
COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION SCHEDULE
DECEMBER 3 Holiday Walk - 9 a.m. to noon Breakfast in the Florida Room 7:30 to 11:30 am 6 Membership Vote Sandpiper Room – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 7 Membership Vote Community Hall – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 10 Holiday Golf Cart Parade – 10 a.m. WinterFest, Central Campus – 11 a.m. 14 Board Meeting Rollins Theater - 9 a.m. 20 Community Leaders Meeting Florida Room - 9 a.m. 24 Christmas Eve Facilities close at 1 p.m. 25 Christmas – All facilities closed 26 Office/Library closed No Bingo 31 New Year’s Eve Facilities close at 1 p.m. JANUARY 1 New Year’s Day – All facilities closed 2 Office/Library closed No Bingo 4 Annual Membership Meeting Community Hall – 7 p.m. 11 Board Meeting Rollins Theater - 9 a.m. 17 Community Leaders Meeting Florida Room - 9 a.m. 23 CO-AP Meeting Caper Room – 2 p.m. Agendas for the monthly Board Meetings will be posted on Official Bulletin Boards the Friday before and on the CA web site ( www. suncitycenter.org – under “Association”). They will also be sent via “What’s New in the CA” email. Every Wednesday Orientation for new members in the Board Room starting at 1 p.m.
CA Contact Information Phone: 633-3500 firstname.lastname@example.org Website: suncitycenter.org Information Center 813-633-4670
Temporary Coffee Shop
While the cafe expansion is under construction, CA members can still purchase coffee and other items at this temporary kiosk near the information desk.
Story by Diane M. Loeffler, Photos by Calvin Johnson This year’s “Hi, Neighbor!” began at 6:30 p.m. A constant stream of people walked through the lobby, some looking at the map to locate a particular club or activity, others opting to walk up and down all the aisles in the combined space of Community Hall’s main lobby and rooms four and five. Members of the Organ and Keyboard club provided music in the lobby. Smiling greeters handed out name tags. Just inside the door of the main hall, the Elegant Gardeners Club offered free chances to win beautiful flower arrangements. Tables were covered with brochures, pamphlets, food, photos and samples of items created by members. Many club representatives wore distinctive clothing such as the Community Emergency Response team’s red shirts, the neon orange shirts of the amateur radio club, the distinctive hats of the Shriners, the uniforms of organizations affiliated with the military, traditional German clothing for the German Club, old fashioned dresses for DAR, and shirts with the names and logos of other groups. Scrabble boards, cards, chess men and tiles were laid out on the tables of clubs for those games, but everyone was
too busy greeting others and sharing information to actually play games. Near the yoga table and Nia tables, Phyllis Laufer was talking to interested cyclists about the possibility of restarting the bicycle club. The Bible Club, a non-denominational group, was among the new clubs at the gathering. CA members were welcome to play a little croquet and were given brochures about the new croquet club that Lawn Bowling club is starting. Its members also talked about SCC being one of the venues where representatives from 14
Photo by News Staff
countries will play the 13th US Open Lawn Bowling Tournament hosted by the Sarasota Club. One woman walked around the hall carrying a much-larger-than-life, black pickleball racket with “Pickleball, Sports Complex, 1p.m. Tuesdays” in white lettering. The Amateur Radio club demonstrated a camera-equipped drone that was safely setting at their booth. They also displayed HAM radio equipment including a radio costing less than $40.
Hi Neighbor cont. on pg. 8
Santa’s Secret Workshop Here Uncovered
By Kai Rambow “We use leftover wood,” enthuses Glenn Smith, “it’s fun to do.” He works on four or five projects at the same time, which take about a week to complete, if he’s not at Disney World. (When Santa’s away . . .) Only an elf, ah member of Sawdust Engineers, for the past four years, Smith is one of the most prolific toy builders. He likes working on complicated and detailed projects such as a dump truck, fire truck and excavator. Simpler but very popular toys include barns, dollhouses and bean bag toss. These and other toys are very popular gifts at Christmas for grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Sawdust Engineers has a gift shop, and Mitzi Smith, no relation to Glenn Smith, volunteers in the gift shop. “My husband joined and loves coming here,” shares Mitzi, “I came one day, was awed by what I saw and decided to help out.” Mitzi’s work enables other members to concentrate on building. The money raised from sales funds Sawdust Engineers’ favorite ongoing projects of building educational tools for elementary teachers. “The teachers can come in here, view our catalog, and
Elf Dan Tanner working on the lathe at Sawdust Engineers a.k.a. Santa’s secret workshop.
choose up to five items,” says Ed Klein. “They love being able to choose and we love being able to help our larger community.” So far this year, 43 teachers from Bradenton to Temple Terrace have acquired educational items from the club. Sawdust Engineers is one of the oldest and largest clubs here in Sun City Center
and began with members contributing their own tools. Half of the members have never worked with wood before joining. To see the elves in action and visit the gift shop, come during club hours from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday, or Wednesday nights during the holiday season from 6 to 8 p.m.
Leftover wood transformed into a creative and fun toy.
One of the educational tools the Sawdust Engineers build throughout the year for local schools.
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Annette Smith painting educational wheels, (personally think they’re mini Wheels of Fortune), and Lisa Rudloff painting the very popular barns.
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SCC ’s New England Club
Lyn Sherburne, John Sherburne, Grattan Murphy, Barbara Murphy, Pat Parmenter, Claire Mutty, MaeEllen Dowdy, Richard Young, Nancy Saunders, Cecile Young.
By Paula Lickfeldt Bob Short was the first president of the New England Club, which had its beginnings in 1970. The club’s 200 members met at the King’s Inn in SCC and Bahia Beach. The smaller meetings were held at the Town Hall in SCC. After a slowdown in club membership and participation, John Dewilde stepped in and got things going again. The club now has an unofficial membership of around 1,000. Richard Young, current president, said that an official count of active members will take place in the near future. The New England Club had its Fall Social in the Florida Room on Nov. 9. The next event will be the annual Ham and Beans traditional New England dinner prepared by Dan Patch and his committee. The dinner will be held on Feb. 2, 2017 at the Community Hall. Since 250 to 300 are expected the attend, the event is by reservation only. The Spring Fling will be on April 5 at the Community Hall, again with reservations. A three hour, seven course, dinner cruise out of Clearwater is in the process of being organized for March of 2017. Watch SCCNEC.org for more details.
DONATIONS TO THE SCCCA
Did you know that as a 501(c)(3) corporation, donations made to the Community Association are tax deductible? These donations are used in many ways for the betterment of our community.
MEMBERSHIP NOTICE ELECTION OF DIRECTORS Tuesday, December 6, 2016
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sandpiper Room in the Atrium
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Room 3, Community Hall
CA membership card or photo ID required to vote. Absentee Ballots are available at the CA Office until 3 p.m., December 7, 2016. Please bring your CA membership card with you.
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING COMMUNITY HALL WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2017 7:00 PM (Refreshments at 6:30 p.m.)
SCC CA MEMBERS ONLY CA ID CARD REQUIRED 200 REQUIRED FOR A QUORUM
I Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance II. Approval of Minutes: October 26, 2016 Membership Meeting III. Treasurer’s Report IV. Community Manager’s Report V. Awards & Recognition VI. Installation of newly elected Directors VII. 2016 President’s Report VIII. Introduction of President for 2017 IX. General Discussion by members X. Adjournment
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).
What’s New at the Library?
By Joanne Gilray, SCC Library Administrator ‘Tis the season to be jolly! As we head into the holiday season we are going to have a special holiday book/ movie sale display in the circulation area. Books and movies are always a great gift for children and adults alike! The items will be priced as marked and will be holiday themed. Don’t forget to check out our book sale room for all regular sales items that also make wonderful gifts. We also have taken down our holiday puzzles for your enjoyment. As always, puzzles are on the honor system so help yourself! Here’s a tip to help you navigate the library so you can find that perfect book or movie. Certain themed items will have labels on the spin that will help you identify the genre. Some items do tend to fall into multiple genres so we try to pick the most appropriate. We have spin labels for sports, historical fiction, children videos, horror, war, Christian fiction, romance, classics, mystery, travel and Christmas. In addition, large prints have “LP” red labels and biographies have “B” yellow labels. If you are looking for a book or movie this holiday season search for the green and red Christmas tree and you might just find what you need! House Keeping: The Sun City Center Library will be closed on December 26 as well as January 2. Both of these dates are a Monday, which is a normal Hillsborough County delivery day. Please note that we receive deliveries from Hillsborough Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The Hillsborough County libraries are also closed on the dates mentioned above. Because of the holidays you can probably expect a small delay in receiving your items during this time. “Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love!” –Hamilton Wright Mabie
List prepared by Linda Bowker from CA staff data. Report corrections, additions to CA at 633-3500.
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Proposed Policy Changes to be Voted on at the December 14 Board Meeting
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President’s Report By CA President David Floyd CA Office Building SOL Design completed the bid packages for a new building. RFP’s were sent out to potential contractors. The Board is reviewing the bids from the construction contractors. Once the contractor is selected – final costing will be determined. The CA will relocate the office to the modular buildings in early to mid-December. We will bring the building to a community vote in February 2017. We will have these costs available to the membership prior to the vote in February. We will also have the office rehabilitation costing for comparison. No funds will be borrowed for this project. There will be no impact to our member’s dues. There will be no special assessments. Directors Election The Directors Election will take place on Tuesday, December 6 in the Sandpiper Room from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. and on Wednesday, December 7 at Community Hall from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Be sure to vote. Our candidates are: For the three three-year positions: Al Alderman, Helen Lewis, Marilyn Miller and Robert Sullivan For the two one-year positions: Gert Affayroux, Dave Birkett and Bob Sanchez FunFest Funfest will be held on March 18, 2017 at our Central campus. More details coming up. Our co-chairs for this event are Bridgett Lewis and Marilyn Miller. Policy Changes The Board is reviewing our policy sections V, VII, and VIII. We will have some changes to act on at the December Board Meeting. The Board is reviewing Policy V for minor changes. Policy VIII for updating due to recent law changes regarding employees. Policy VII (new) for describing the contract bidding process. Holiday Events Do not forget our Holiday Breakfast and Walk on Saturday, December 3. Enjoy a great breakfast and shop for gifts at our clubs. The Golf Cart Parade and the Winterfest sponsored by Minto Communities will take place on Saturday, December 10. Join your neighbors in a fun filled day.
New FunFest Co-Chairs
Sun City Center’s annual Fun Fest Event will be co-chaired this year by Marilyn Coté-Miller and Brigitt Lewis on March 18, 2017 from 9-2 to be held on the community’s north central campus. Marilyn is currently a Community Association Director up for reelection and Brigitt is an Information Center Volunteer and oversees the Community Directory. FunFest is one of Sun City Center’s biggest events and showcases healthcare, business and food vendors, cars, golf carts and entertainment galore! Over 150 clubs will have their goods and services on display. It is a wonderful opportunity to show off the unique community of Sun City Center. FunFest is free and open to the public. Stay tuned for future details!
V. CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS ADD: 5.01.C.5.g Persons granted a waiver may not serve as a club officer. They may serve as a member of the club’s Board. ADD: 5.01.C.8 All clubs that are not their own 501(c)(3) organizations and wish to use trainers or instructors paid for by their members must collect the monies from the members using these services. The club will then pay the trainer or instructor by check less any reasonable fees and issue IRS Form 1099 as required. VII. ADD: MAINTENANCE AND CONSTRUCTION PROJECT PROCEDURES 7.01 CONTRACTING All new construction or major maintenance projects with a value of over $100,000 will be done in accordance with one of the following options: 1. By engagement of a Construction Manager, an Architect, and a Construction Contractor. 2. By engagement of a design build firm (all in one service). 3. By engagement of an Architect and a Construction Contractor. 4. By engagement of an Owners Representative. Regardless of which option is chosen, it shall be presented to the current developer or its successor prior to contracting for construction in conformance with the requirements in Article XV of the “1984 Agreement”. 7.02 BOARD STANDARDS The Board shall provide the following: 1. Provide funds for legal advice, insurance, and the engagement of design professionals. 2. The Board will communicate the project’s progress with CA members at various milestones of each project. 3. The Board will hold appropriate CA membership meetings or referendums, if required, to secure membership approvals and support. 4. The Board will handle all public relations and press releases. 5. The Board shall provide the scope, criteria and budget for each proposed project. 6. Recommend one of the construction contracting options for pursuing the work. 7. Review all design submittals. 7.03 BIDDING DOCUMENTS All bidding documents for major construction and significant maintenance projects above $100,000 will be written and submitted by professional services and reviewed by the Board. Bids for lesser amounts will be reviewed upon request by the Board. 7.04 PAYMENTS FOR CONTRACTED SERVICES The Treasurer of the CA Board shall insure that there are separate accounting records for each project and shall make payment to contractors and design professionals, after billings have been reviewed and approved for payment by the CA Manager. 7.05 PROJECT PLANNING With Board input, planning for all projects will be done in advance by the CA Manager. The Facilities Plan will be developed and updated, and projects will be identified and prioritized for upcoming five year periods and updated as necessary, subject to Board approval and available funds. 7.06 FUNDING FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION With respect to all contracts for new construction or major contracted maintenance of existing facilities, invitations to bid, including general conditions, specifications, scope of work, and drawings (if required), will be submitted to three or more licensed and reputable contractors, if possible. All bids will go to the CA Board to be available for comparison to the recommended bid. 7.07 FUNDING FOR DESIGN SERVICES AND MAINTENANCE PROJECTS The Board shall insure there are funds on hand to permit the engagement of services of design professionals for facilities planning, physical facility surveys, or other required services, and maintain other funds for scheduled new or maintenance projects. It shall be the policy of the CA that if, in the future, it appears that a project will run over budget and some compromises must be made, there will be no compromise in the quality of the work/materials. Instead, the quantity of the work will be reduced to meet the budget or the Board may authorize an increase in the Budget. 7.08 CONTRACTS All contracts for major construction and significant maintenance projects will be provided by professional services and meet all AIA Contact criteria in accordance with all Florida Construction Laws. 7.09 COMPLETION Payments will be made per the schedule in the negotiated contract. Completion is to be considered when: The agreed upon as-built drawings and sepia have been received. All discrepancies have been corrected and a final walk through has been made by the general contractor, the CA, and/or the architect/engineer. Written waiver of liens has been received from general contractor, subcontractors and suppliers. The CA Manager or the CA’s representative shall interface regularly with all vendors and contractors and is responsible for updates to the Board. All change orders must be reviewed by the CA Manager and the Board of Directors. General contractor and subcontractors shall be licensed and bondable. The contractor shall comply with all local and OSHA regulations. The CA will be given a complete set of as-built drawings. VIII. PERSONNEL Policy to be updated due to recent legislation.
AMOUNT APPLIED TO $218 $3,000 $6,537
Duplicate Bridge Club Community Foundation of Tampa Bay (from the Durward & Janet Seville Fund) Pickleball Club $15,000 Men’s Club $5,936 Sew n Sews $150 Irish Connection $100
License Fees Replacement Fund Sun City Center Library
Toward Lighting at Pickleball Courts Hearing Loop for Caper Room Information Center Operations
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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.
Veterans Photos to Begin Again in January
The next Veterans Photo Session will be held on January 14. Enjoy the Holiday Golf Cart Parade and WinterFest on December 10.
The Irish Connection Club Movie Night
Mon. Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rollins Theater Feature: National Lampoon Christmas Vacation Starring: Chevy Chase, Bev D’Angelo and Randy Quaid The Griswald family drives out to the country to cut down a tree for Christmas. That was their first mistake as their plans for a family holiday celebration turns into one calamity after another. A humorous Christmas Classic film. All SCC invited. Bring your friends. Subtitles available
SCC Nia (Non Impact Aerobics) Club
SCC Stained Glass Club
The SCC Stained Glass Club will be raffling a beautifully framed piece. The piece is a collaboration of club members showcasing the different techniques used in the club. Both soldered and fused pieces are combined in this panel. Tickets are available in the club and the winner will be drawn December 10. You do not need to be present to win.
Creating beautiful pieces of jewelry can truly become addictive, and the Lapidary Club can inspire you to become one of those captivated and passionate about that age-old art form. The club offers opportunities for both skilled and unskilled members to learn and practice a number of the lapidary arts: cutting and faceting gemstones, creating cabochon pieces from rough minerals, wire wrapping, making gem trees, creating necklaces, earrings, and bracelets using various beading techniques, weaving metals using the Viking and chainmail processes into jewelry pieces, and creating Kumihimo style jewelry. The club’s facility contains various equipments such as saws, grinders, and polishers for the use of its members, and provides classes using accomplished and certified instructors during established classroom times as well as free times for individual activities. The Lapidary room is located in the North Clubhouse in the East Wing, and has a display window in the front of the room and a cabinet near the Library that showcases members’ work. Prospective members and interested parties are welcome to visit the clubroom Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.
Fitness Bliss with Nia! Blending the best elements of martial arts, dance arts and healing arts. We do not jump or jar the joints. Time to try something new to you. Nia (Non Impact Aerobics) created in 1983, based on the science of the body is a joyful workout ... that may sound like an oxymoron, but people are always smiling in class. We move in safe ways addressing the mind and the body! Nia is designed for all ages and fitness levels. Our SCC Nia Club offers year-round classes to SCC, Kings Point, and Freedom Plaza residents. Classes are located in Dance Room 2, SCC Main Campus, 1203 N. Pebble Beach Blvd. The building just North of the Lawn Bowling Green. Membership is $5 annually plus $5 per month or $2 per class. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat. Beginners are always welcome! Gail Mongiello is a Certified Nia Black Belt instructor and lives in Sun City Center. Questions? Contact Gail at “email@example.com” or 480 220-1430.
Sawdust Engineers Club
The Sawdust Engineers Club is ready for the Holiday Walk which takes place on December 3. on the campus of Sun City Center. Come in and see our newest item called a Bracelet Assistance. This is the third hand needed when trying to clasp a bracelet around your wrist. Not only is it handy, it is as lovely as a piece of jewelry. Come in and see all the teaching aids available to teachers of nonprofit organizations. Teaching aids include doll houses furnished with 27 pieces of furniture and barns with a tractor and animals. A little cradle that is perfect for a classroom or a granddaughter’s baby doll. Many other teaching aids are perfect as gifts for grandchildren or nieces and nephews. Come in and see the plaques depicting all the branches of our military. Come in and see the beautiful bowls, bread boards, cutting boards, wine glass holders, toaster tongs, step stools, tables and many other wood items made by the members of this club. They will all be on display from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on December 3. Sawdust Engineers Club is located at 919 North Course Lane, Sun City Center.
Peggy Person and Pat Wenzel attend “Hi, Neighbor!”
Registered Nurses Club
The SCC Registered Nurses Club met in the Caper Room at 9:15 a.m. for our second in a series of lectures for the year. Our speaker was Sherri Pascua, RN. Sherri reviewed the options for home care in our community. This was an invaluable piece of information for us. The Club gets many requests for health care at home given by a Registered Nurse. Members of our club are mostly retired nurses. We do have a few nurses who maintain their professional credentials but no longer care for patients. Some members maintain credentials from another state and are not authorized to practice in Florida. Sherri told us we could always give her name to folks who need nurses; if she is unable to help she can direct the callers to the right place. There are several home care agencies in SCC. Many display at the Health Fair during FunFest. The RN Club will be there to help guide members of the community to the right agency while checking blood pressures. All RNs are invited to attend a meeting. We meet the first Thursday of each month at 9:15 a.m. in the Caper Room of the Atrium Building. The public is always invited to hear the lectures.
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SCC Men’s Club Learns About Hearing Loss
By Jay Sparkman. Lauren Pulsifer, Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist, was guest speaker at the October meeting of the Sun City Center Men’s Club. Pictured here with Steve Lucas, left, acting Program VP, and Art Smith, President, Ms. Pulsifer spoke on the different types and causes of hearing loss, the difference between amplifiers and hearing aids, various testing procedures, and answered numerous questions from the very interested audience. The SCC Men’s Club is open to residents of Sun City Center and Kings Point. Call Jon Lehr at 813-260-3058 for information.
Sew ‘N Sews Supports the Children’s Home Inc., of Tampa
Members of the Sun City Center Sew n’ Sews spent several weeks making dresses for the Children’s Home Inc. in Tampa. Linda Smith and Monette Hunt organized the sew-in creating dresses for teens that are pregnant or parenting. This is just one of several programs that will help the Campaign Against Human Trafficking. The Sew ‘N Sews Club provides a place and equipment for sewers and quilters. They have a long history of service to the community and they enjoy great fellowship. The club, which is open throughout the year, has many handmade items for sale. If you are a member of the SCC community, and would like more information, call Linda at 813-390-2377. The club room is located in the Arts & Crafts Building on Cherry Hills Drive.
Men’s Bake Off
Winners in the South Lake Association Men’s Bake Off - l to r - Steve Williams, Joe Dube, Chuck Jones, Dave Totten, Howie Griffin, Steve Redding, Harold Dadson, Chuck Clendenin, Dave Fitzgerald, George Mutti (Photo by Nancy Williams). The South Lake Association in Sun City Center held their monthly dinner and program recently in the Florida Room. The dessert for this dinner was provided by the men. Delicious cakes, pies, cookies, cupcakes & trifle were on display. Ribbons & bakery-theme table centerpieces were awarded. The program for the evening was Crafts & Clubs. Some of the craft displays from members included carved pumpkins, American flag wood craft, custom bead/sewing and game board designing. Some of the various SCC Club info was provided for tennis, weaving, pickleball, softball, stamping, miniatures, RC planes, dance & swimming.
Art Club Mixed Media Demonstration
December 21, 2016 at 1 p.m. in the Rollins Theatre. The pleasure of mixed media is to let each art material do its own unique thing and then pull it together for a cohesive piece of art. Play is a big component of mixed media. Join Joanna Coke as she as she “plays” – using many different techniques to apply watercolor, acrylics, pencils, and collage materials to create cohesive, finished artwork. Joanna Coke holds a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts and has studied in Paris, Venice, and Florence. Her work has won numerous awards. To learn more about Joanna Coke, go to her website “www.JoannaCoke.com”. The Demo will follow the club’s regularly scheduled monthly meetings. Monthly Demos are open to the public. Visit www.artclubofscc.org for more information.
Fund Raiser Presentations - 10 a.m. – Wednesdays – in the Heritage Room December 7 “Safe and Dangerous Doorways to the Unconscious When Exploring Psychic Intuitive Areas,” with psychic Carol Ann Liaros. December 14 “Holiday Celebration.” Ho, Ho, Ho … ‘tis the season to be jolly … join in the fun, festivities, and fellowship. Members will vote for the 2017 Board. Refreshments and beverages are provided. Bring a treat to share if you choose. December 18, Sunday at 2:30 p.m., in the Heritage Room, Metaphysical Movie presentation “A Christmas Carol,” a 1984 made for TV movie stars George C. Scott, who received an Emmy nomination for his complex portrayal of the infamous Ebenezer Scrooge. December 21 “Capturing the spirit of Christmas,” with Rev. Sheila Blanco Pedrosa, pastor of Harmony Metaphysical Church, sharing how December is a special time of year for connection, community and care; and a time that reminds us to embrace the consciousness of the Christ. December 28 “Tarot, Cartomancy …What are They?” with professional tarot consultant Beverly Frable explaining their history and how we can connect with our subconscious to deliver life-changing messages for ourselves. Open Fund Raiser Presentations - Admission is $1, with a love offering requested to benefit the Society. Sunday Movie is free to members. Inspiring and uplifting – Join us! For info call Holli at 443-745-5015 or Frank at 813-562-4404
Computer Club Monthly Meeting Speed up Your PC with a Solid State Device (SSD) Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 7 p.m. in the Florida Room. The December meeting of the SCC Computer Club will feature Matt Batt speaking on the best way to speed up your PC or laptop by replacing its mechanical disk drive with an SSD (Solid State Drive). Computer Club Classes Sign up for your choice of class in the Computer Lab, (Atrium Building) Monday through Saturday, 12:30 - 5 p.m. Tuition is payable upon registration. For additional information email: Mary Boyes, Education Director at “firstname.lastname@example.org”. Introduction to File Explorer Friday, December 2, from 9 – 12 noon $10 members, $15 non-members Windows File Explorer is the Windows application that displays the contents of hard drives and folders. You use it to navigate all the folder and files on your computer. You will learn how to find, save, move, copy, delete and rename files and folders on your hard drive or memory device. Working Better with Microsoft Word Wednesday, December 7, from 9 – 12 noon $10 members, $15 non-members Microsoft Word is the premier word processing programming of today. Whether you need to create letters, agendas, telephone lists, or newsletters, you will find that Word gives you power and control over line spacing, paragraph spacing, indentations, bulleted lists, and much more. This is not a beginner’s class; it will be assumed that you are already a Microsoft Word user. Tuning Your PC Workshop Tuesday, December 13, 8:30 – 12 noon $25 - Computer Club Members Only Is your PC or laptop running slow, long boot times, do you wait forever for web pages to come up? This workshop will teach you how to remove spyware, viruses, browser add-ons, bad registry entries, junk files, and other problems that slow down your system. You will work on your own computer and be able to see the results immediately. Basic iPad/iPhone for Seniors Wednesday, December 14, from 9 – 12 noon $10 members, $15 non-members The Apple iPad is almost a computer, but not quite. This course will show how to check your email, carry your books and music around with you, have fun playing games and even adjust the size of the readable text on the screen. Introduction to Excel 2013 Thursday, December 15, from 9 – 12 noon $10 members, $15 non-members Beginners who are interested in spreadsheet development, from design to implementation. This class covers spreadsheet definitions, layouts, data entry, number formats, mathematical operators and formulas, functions, cell alignments and worksheet management. Android Smartphones and Tablets Friday, December 16, from 9 – 12 noon $10 members, $15 non-members This course will review and demonstrate the many uses of these devices. The course will demonstrate how these devices can help you to check your email, take and share pictures, transfer your pictures to your computer, read a book, watch a movie, listen to music and play games. Facebook 101 Monday, December 19, from 9 – 12 noon $10 members, $15 non-members This is a beginner’s class. In this class we will: 1) Personalize your profile & timeline; 2) Find and add friends and set up security; 3) Explain secure messaging and chatting, find out what family and friends are up to; 4) Add friends and create groups; 5) Add photos and tag the photos, view and share videos, explore news feeds, and update family and friends; 6) Discuss what to post and what not to post. Windows 10 Tuesday, December 20, from 9 – 12 noon $10 members, $15 non-members This workshop is designed to familiarize you with Windows 10. We will customize the start screen and play with some of the preinstalled apps. Among other subjects, we’ll cover antivirus, just type, privacy, Microsoft accounts, Cortana, Edge, Store, keyboard shortcuts, Control Panel or. Settings, and snap & shake.
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at the Rollins Theater One Showing Only at 1 p.m.
Christmas Snow in the Atrium By Ilona Merritt
One of the newest clubs in Sun City Center is the Dollhouse Miniatures Club. While the club met in members’ homes for about a year, they were not numerous enough to become a CA sanctioned club until less than a year ago. The Bunka Clubs graciously agreed to share their meeting space with the new club. At the very first meeting of the newly sanctioned CA club, the Miniaturists were visited by Martha Kloos, President of the SCC China Painters Club. Martha offered a miniature kit to the group from the China Painters Club. A former member had donated several craft items to their club and this kit was among the items. The kit consisted of the wood and plans for the construction of six ¼” scale buildings. The Tuesday Bunka Club had also offered to share their space in the Atrium window for the month of December and so the Miniaturists decided to use the kit to produce a “Christmas Village” for the window for that month. The Miniature Club constructed, painted, decorated, electrified and landscaped the buildings as a club project, with each of the members contributing their expertise to the task. Visit the atrium to see the results of their work, along with a display of the beautiful art done by the Tuesday Bunka Club. The Miniaturists have dedicated the display of the Village to the memory of former member, Debbie Zanco. Debbie had worked on the village right up until her untimely death and the club members wish to acknowledge her devotion to our craft. The Dollhouse Miniaturists are grateful for the contribution of the China Painters Club and to the Bunka Members for their generous sharing of space. Imagination and delight should not just be limited to children! We all need a little playtime in our lives. Come to the atrium and ‘enter’ our imaginary village and ‘transport yourself to a simpler place’. Happy Holidays!
Movies are normally shown the second (2nd) and fourth (4th) 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.
Please Note: Only one movie will be shown in December.
December 12 • Joy • 2 Hour, 4 Minutes
In a story spanning four generations, Joy grows from innocent young girl to family matriarch and head of a business dynasty. Her road to success is paved with betrayal and treachery as allies become adversaries, inside and outside the family. All the while, Joy’s inner life and fierce imagination carry her through. Based on a true story. Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Elisabeth Rohm, Robert De Niro Genre: Comedy, Drama Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language
Resident Celebrates 50 years
By Uta Kuhn Living in Sun City Center has been the best move my daughter, Kristine, and I could have made. We both moved into the same house 20 years ago, and what a blessing it has been to have her in my life, especially these last couple of years while dealing with some major health issues. Having said that, she turned the big 50 last month, which of course is a milestone. Family all still live up north and I wanted her to have the “best birthday” ever. That’s when I came up with the idea of having a “surprise party” for her. So I got busy sending out invitations to my friends to groups in the community of which I have had the privilege of being a member during my residency in this great community. Well, the big day came, and 24 friends from these various clubs and organizations were present to celebrate the big day with her at the Sandpiper Grille. It was a great event, and the best part of all is that it was a total surprise, and she was just overwhelmed with the outpouring of love by everyone. To top it off she received upwards of 30 birthday cards from friends in the community because a little bird had told them about her BIG “50” birthday. At this time, she would like to extend a GREAT BIG THANK YOU to all of those of who helped make this such a special day for me.
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By John Lampkin Are you pining away for pines? Longleaf pine trees dominate much of the Nature Trails, towering tall above the saw palmetto and holly understory. From pinecone to decaying snag, the entire life cycle is on perpetually evolving display. After germinating, the pine seedling hugs the ground and forms a dense fireresistant ball of needles while underground a tap root grows deep to about ten feet, much deeper than one might expect. Thus, the young pine can survive long periods of drought. This form, called the “grass stage” lasts for 5-12 years, then the trunk shoots up relatively quickly, extending the flammable needles up and away from the ravages of periodic wild fires that for millennia swept much of Florida. Adult trees eventually reach 100 feet or more and can live for 500 years though it’s hard to tell how old ours are. Pine forests are rich in biodiversity. In the photo a yellow-rumped warbler, dwarfed by the pinecone, pauses during its quest of gleaning insects from the bark or nabbing a passing fly-by. Some sources estimate that 90 million acres of Longleaf pine once stretched through the southeast but now only about 3% remain. Centuries of exploitation for timber, resin products and clearing for ranching, agriculture and development have taken a devastating toll. Our Nature Trails are thus a fragment of this ancient vast forest, a sanctuary that the SCC Audubon Club and the CA are committed to preserving. How does one preserve an open pine flatwoods forest? Ideally, by emulating Mother Nature and burning it, and this is exactly what national, state and county preserves do with carefully executed events called “prescribed burns.” Fire destroys the invasive and unwanted shrub and tree vegetation while the many species like longleaf pine and saw palmetto that have adapted to fire survive and thrive. When burning is not possible, mechanical removal is the next best option. In the absence of responsible management pine flatwoods transform to mixed hardwood forest and the habitat and all the wildlife species that pines support are lost. Incidentally, “pining away” has nothing to do with pine trees. “Pinus” meaning “sap” is the Latin root of pine, the tree, and “poena” meaning “punishment” is the root of pine, suffering with yearning. If indeed you are pining for pines, please do enjoy them on the Nature Trails, located on Del Webb West between Vincennes and Seton Hall. John Lampkin leads interpretive walks on the first Tuesday of each month. Email “conservation@SunCityCenterAudubon.com” for details.
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Meet the Candidates Night Recap
By Diane M. Loeffler Don’t forget to vote! Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sandpiper Room in the Atrium. Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Room 3, Community Hall. CA membership card or photo ID required to vote. Absentee Ballots are available at the CA Office until 3 p.m., December 7, 2016. Please bring your CA membership card with you. The day after our national election, seven candidates took the stage in Community Hall. All seven are running for the Sun City Center Community Association Board of Directors. Four candidates are vying against one another for three three-year terms. They are Albert Alderman Jr., Marilyn Cote’Miller, Helen Lewis and Robert “Bob” Sullivan. Three candidates are running for two one-year terms. They are Gert Affayroux, Dave Birkett and Bob Sanchez. “Meet the Candidates” interviews were published on Pages 6-CA and 7-CA of the November 2016 issue of The News of Sun City Center. These interviews are also available at www.NewsofSunCityCenter. com. On November 9, moderator John Bowker introduced Election Committee Chair Shelba Fields and the candidates for director. Everyone at the Community Hall event had the opportunity to write down questions which Bowker then posed to the candidates. Why are you running for the Board of Directors? Affayroux: “I love this community and anything I can do for this community, I will do… It’s a very active community and we want to keep it that way… Neighbors helping Neighbors…debt free…” Alderman:“I served on the Board of Directors six years ago ending two years ago…I sat out the required two years. I want to…update this committee.” Birkett: “There are a lot of things we need to pay attention to…traffic on 674…the old North Course property… We need to look at all these other communities that are coming in and to make sure that newly retired people are aware of SCC and that we have 170 or something clubs.” Lewis:“I have lived here four years and I have been on the board three years. Before that I was in politics on the county and town level and truly enjoy being the club liaison. Sun City Center is a great community. I would like to (see some things) through to completion.” Miller: “I’m the new kid… I moved here one year ago this week. I applied to be on the Board to finish an uncompleted term… I was the former president of a 501(c)(3) organization, so I’m comfortable in that realm. I was a caregiver for seven years for my parents. One was blind and the other had dementia, so I am familiar with those issues… I would like the opportunity to follow up on the issues I have been working on with the board.” Sanchez: “I have lived here a year and a half. We originally retired to New Mexico in 2006. We loved it, but all our neighbors worked… I’ve always wanted to be a contributor to any group or organization I’ve been a part of. I was previously on the board of a much smaller retirement community in Massachusetts. I am currently a volunteer with the Security Patrol.” Sullivan: “I strongly believe we should remain debt-free. We need to keep Sun City Center both fun and affordable… I am a member of the Men’s Club and will be its Vice President of Health Care… I have the needed training and experience and also bring a good attitude and a strong work ethic.”
The community has made it clear that it wants to remain debt free. What if there is something we really, really need? Lewis: “There may come a time when we may need to take out a 30 or 60 day note to take care of something…” Alderman: “Debt-free is best, but there could be an occurrence… At that time, the community should decide, not the board.” Sanchez: “the community stated it wants to be debt free.” Birkett: “I support the community’s decision to be debt free, but there might be a circumstance that comes up. We would have to go to the community for a vote.” Miller: “I support remaining debt-free with the caveat that if there is a disaster, we should do it for the shortest period of time possible.” Sullivan: “We are solvent…we should not have to borrow money.” What do you think should be done about North Lakes Golf Course? Miller: “The board is really working to do something. We don’t own it. It would be lovely to have green space, but we can’t take over property we don’t own. We have been looking into solutions.” Alderman: “One problem with the North Course property is that even if it were donated to us, it would cost $200,000 to $250,000 a year to maintain the grass… This would be $20 or so per member per year. Another problem would be the drainage of the lakes… I would be against taking it over right now.” Sanchez: “At this point we have no control over it… We need to be careful what we wish for. Hopefully, there will be no building there which would be incompatible with Sun City Center.” Birkett: “Green space would be great… We would need to meet the current county standards…it could be a huge expenditure. The situation is being looked at very carefully.” Lewis: “We cannot do anything about it until Club Links makes a decision.” Sullivan and Miller cited that Hillsborough County standards would need to be followed. What actions would you suggest when Minto leaves so that we can maintain and support this community? Sullivan: “HOAs are allowed to donate their funds to the CA Board…to beautify our main drag.” Miller: “I would like to see the board get involved with derelict properties that are not in a HOA. Right now, the only recourse is for individuals to report these properties on the county website. I would like to see the CA get involved in conjunction with the security patrol and report on behalf of the community.” Affayroux: “I definitely agree that we need to do something about these properties that are not maintained and motor homes parked on the property. I know someone who was considering buying a home in Sun City Center. Someone had recommended it to them. They entered the community on West Del Webb and turned around because of some of the properties they saw. They said, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me!’… In Maryland, if someone didn’t cut the grass, someone was hired to do it for them and the homeowner was billed $50.” Sanchez: “Since we are limited in future growth, we need to focus on maintaining property values. it is important to make our community as beautiful as we can. However, I am not sure how much leverage we have on those not in a HOA. We need to deal aggressively with Hillsborough County.”
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SCC Resident of Distinction Janet Warren By Ilona Merritt Janet Warren was born in Chicago, Illinois, but was educated entirely at Charlotte County Schools in Punta Gorda, Florida. Her school accomplishments were many and all encompassing. She won a competitive academic scholarship to attend Florida State University in 1952. She enjoyed being head majorette for the “Marching Chiefs” band and was a center ring performer with the “FSU Flying High” circus. With her many extra-curricular activities, she was voted by the FSU Student Body to “Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. She graduated with honors in 1956 with a BS in education and minor in business. She made the decision to teach, and as a rookie teacher in the Atlanta Georgia School system she was given the first experimental gifted class to teach. She received recognition for high achievement of her students and innovative programs. As a single parent, she raised two sons, worked full time and still managed to get her Masters and EdS degrees in Science Education and Curriculum Instruction and her PhD degree in educational administration, research and evaluation. She taught children and, as well, university students and school system personnel in post graduate courses. As an administrator/principal, all her schools received national honors. She served last as the school system’s research specialist. Throughout her career her achievements and her leadership were extensive. The DeKalb County Commissioners established October 22, 1998 as Dr. Janet Warren Day and honored her at a reception and a program that focused on her work with the school system. This high-achieving person always planned to come back to her beloved Florida. She came to Sun City Center with a tennis buddy to visit and left with a contract to buy a new house. She had it built while still working in Atlanta and moved into her house in Sun City Center in the year 2000 not just to retire but to continue giving of her time and talent to the residents of this community. During her first year in Sun City Center, she attended a Hi Neighbor event and met representatives with the Hillsborough County Justice System. She volunteered as a mediator and also worked with their scam prevention department. It was a rewarding experience. Then for five years she traveled throughout the United States and attended dance workshops. She worked as a volunteer trainer for the SCC fitness center and wrote a grant proposal which funded new equipment. She had played competitive tennis in Atlanta so it was only natural that she continued to play here with members of the SCC Tennis Association. She joined the GFWC SCC Woman’s Club and worked as Conservation Chair and Director of the Club’s chorus until she was
Birkett: “The competition is extremely stiff. If we fall derelict, we will be going backwards. We must maintain our properties.” Sullivan: “One plus we have is that we are already an established community. Our bills are already paid.” Alderman:“We can’t do much with properties that are not part of POAs or
elected president of the organization (2010-2012). In 2012, the Woman’s Club received eight state awards and first place for public relations for their work with the community’s SCC 50th Anniversary. She found working with the HOPE fund inspiring. As president of the SCC Campaign Against Human Trafficking (2013) setting goals was an intense experience because of the serious nature of the world problem. Janet firmly believes that music is healing and soul enriching for all, so she participates in many music activities here in Sun City Center. She joined the SCC Women’s Chorus in 2012, an organization she had always admired. When she became president in 2014, she got busy right away to plan and organize efforts with her very capable Board during the first summer, and throughout the years has written four grant proposals for funding, worked with her Board to rewrite the Bylaws to become a CA Club, worked with two new directors, organized recruitment efforts to get new members, scheduled and organized concerts and extra performances, and worked closely with members to communicate goals and encourage teamwork. She is very happy to be part of a truly fine group of singers and women. There is no doubt about their success. Their concerts have been standing room only. She has also sung with the German American Chorus, Friends, Barbershoppers, Holocaust Memorial and the Kings Point Follies choruses. Six years ago, she joined the Jazzmatazz Dance Club. She has served as president for the last three years and has done the promotional publicity since she joined. Since then, she has danced 81 stage performance dances with members of her dance club. She also volunteers for the information Center and the two Community Association Holiday breakfasts. Janet says, “I know of no other place I would rather live than Sun City Center. There is so much talent here and so many share their gifts of talent and experience with others to enrich their lives further! When my body gets too old to dance and sing, I plan to open another door to new activities and volunteering, because Sun City Center has everything available to keep all of us young and vital forever!”
HOAs. We need to institute the feeling among the community if the CA can’t do it.” Lewis: “We are a 5013(c)3 community. If you are not in an HOA, you need to contact the county.” Miller: “If you don’t know how to contact the county, call me or email me. I’ll help to show you how to do it.”
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Hi Neighbor 2016
Photos by Calvin Johnson
Hi Neighbor cont. from pg 1. S o m e o r g a n i z at i o n s s u c h a s the Community Against Human Trafficking provided informational handouts as well as opportunities to get involved and make a difference. The Military Order of the World Wars, now open to veterans of Korean and Vietnam, offered information on the Military Family Support Trust as well the MOWW. Jim Warhol handed out information on the December 2016 Personal First Response Event sponsored by MOWW. If you would like to learn what to do, and what not
to do, if you are involved in a vehicle crash, medical crisis, crime scene or other emergency, you should go to Community Hall from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on December 8. T h e b u i l d i n g hu m m e d w i t h conversation. Snowbirds, year-long residents, long-time CA members and people new to the community all talked, laughed and mingled. Ann Null moved here in February and is already involved in organ lessons, swimming and church activities. She says, “This event is a good thing. It gives you a lot of information and you meet new people.” Ken Bridge who also moved
here in February has been playing horseshoes. Pat Gordon Jacobs just moved to SCC in January. Of course, food was part of the event. Passersby helped themselves to candy. Ceramics president Rita Mealey traded candy with the Saw Dust Engineers. Pretzels were available at the German Club. Volunteers served cookies and beverages provided by Ashton Gardens. Eileen Bailey was among those serving tea and she said she had been busy all night. Club representatives were pleased with the turnout. At the flexercise and aerobic dance table, Suzy White and
Nineke Lockwood reported being very busy handing out pamphlets to prospective members. There were over one hundred clubs represented, one for almost every interest you can imagine. Greeters Gert Affayroux and Carol Zeller reported meeting many new residents. Gert says, “One of the women said she just moved in on Monday, 3 days before the event.” The hall was full of residents who lived here for many years as well as those who are newer to SCC. Given the number of attendees and the smiles on their faces, “Hi, Neighbor!” was a great success.
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Sun City Center Residents Participate in The Senior Games
By Paula Lickfeldt Sun City Center has many residents who participate in the Senior Games in many different sports. These games are for people who are 50 years old or older. The competitors play in groups according to their age. Some participants, however, do choose to play with teams that are younger than they are. The Senior Games occur every two years. The first week of December, 2016, the games will be held in Clearwater, Florida. Every other year the games are in a different city all over the United States. Anyone who is 50 years or older can participate in the state Senior Games, but he/she must qualify at the state games to participate in the national games. The next National Senior Games will be in Birmingham, AL in June of 2017. Meet a few of your friends and neighbors who will be participating in the State Senior Games which will be held in Clearwater, FL in December. Volleyball Shan Hise is an 82-year-old resident of SCC. He plays Men’s Volleyball in Clearwater, FL every Monday. Shan has been playing volleyball for twenty years, and he has been participating in the senior games for over ten years. In 2005 Shan’s team won the gold in Pittsburg,
Golden Girls Barbara Jones, Rolande Poulin, the Gulf Games Coordinator, Edna Carlin and Nancy Williams.
PA, 2007 in Louisville, KY, 2009 Palo Alto, CA and 2011 in Houston, TX. In 2013 his team placed second in Cleveland, OH. In May of 2016, for the first time,
the US Volleyball Nationals were held in Orlando, FL. These games have competition in all age groups. Shan competed in the 73-year-old group and the 76 and older. Six hundred different
teams competed in these games. For seventeen years, Shan has been competing in the Huntsman Sr. World Games in St George, Utah. In 2010 Huntsman took the men’s volleyball team to play in China. The team played for six days and toured for ten days. Doubles Tennis Gary and Mary Taylor are snowbirds. They spend one half of their year in SCC and one half of their year in Michigan. They both play tennis and golf. Both Gary and Mary have already qualified in MI to compete in the National Games, playing golf. They are looking forward to qualifying for the nationals to represent FL when they compete in Clearwater in December. The prospect of representing both FL and MI in the National Games is very exciting to them. The Taylors also play tennis and have qualified in mixed doubles to compete in Clearwater. Gary plays tennis in the men’s singles and has qualified, with gold, to play in the 55 to 59-year-old group, in the state games. Tennis Singles Rolande Poulin, Edna Carlin and Nancy Williams will all three be playing singles tennis in their age groups on December 3 and 4 in the Clearwater area at the Innisbrook Resort. Tennis players
Games cont. on page 5.
SAVE THE DATE for Sun City Center Holiday Fun!
Volunteers serving up food and big smiles at a prior year’s Holiday Breakfast. File Photo
December 3: Holiday Walk & Breakfast Once again, residents can get the same great deal: pancakes, sausage, eggs, toast, coffee and juice – all for $5. The hours have slightly changed: 7:30 -11:30 a.m. The breakfast will be set up in the Florida room at the Central Campus Atrium (North Pebble Beach). This is a fun activity with a great chance to make new friends and see old friends who show up for breakfast.
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After breakfast, many residents take advantage of the Holiday Walk (clubs open from 9 a.m. - noon). Right after breakfast, people can walk to many of the clubs, see their work and purchase items for gifts. As many of you are aware, there is a tremendous amount of talent here in Sun City Center.
Festively festooned carts cruise down Cherry Hills Drive during a previous Holiday Cart Parade. File photo
December 10: “Our Florida Winter Wonderland” Cart Parade & WinterFest
Parade entrants must fill out their registration forms through the CA web site or at the CA office by December 8. The parade will start a 10 a.m. from the CA parking lot by North Pebble Beach. Volunteers helping direct traffic and related activities will start at 7:30 a.m. to ensure everyone has a great experience. The parade will turn right out of the lot, right at La Jolla, right on El Rancho,
right on Ojai, and left on Cherry Hills to the bandstand area. After the parade, and set-up in the plaza area (near the pool), will be Winterfest. Minto will be coordinating 45 vendors for this event running from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. There will also be a pet costume parade at noon. Anyone with a pet may enter. You just need to dress up your pet and show up to participate.
For more community events celebrating the season, check out pages 5 & 6
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The Editor’s Corner Christmas Trinkets and Time Machines
By E. Adam Porter Editor in Chief, News of Sun City Center They say February is the season of love, with Valentine’s Day and all its candy hearts and chocolates. But, for me, December is the ultimate sentimental season. The songs, the lights, the symbols of faith, family and fellowship. And the memories. Everyone has a favorite holiday memory. And a photo or a trinket, something that always makes you feel a certain way, regardless of the passage of time. Something that is, in its own special way, a version of Sherman’s WABAC Machine. See it, and time stops. Pick it up and be transported to a singular, crystal clear moment in time. For some, it’s that clumsily crafted ornament. A handprint in hardened clay, labeled with a faded year, painted in green or red. Or a shaky video on reel-to-reel that you keep meaning to transfer to DVD or digital. Little ones in knit hats and jeans scampering across the yard with unbridled joy. For others, it’s a photograph of Who We Were Then — young, smiling faces hanging above dapper outfits bought for a long-ago party, calling to mind the Moment We Met or the night we realized It Was Love. It could be a snippet of music from a song our parents used to play, a track from a record packed away somewhere in a dusty attic. These precious, priceless items symbolize moments that define life and moments that make life worth living. They capture what John Lennon meant when he sang, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” That, more than anything, is the magic of the holiday season, that stretch between late November and midJanuary, when everyone takes time out to reminisce and reconnect. What we celebrate and how we honor those holy days is secondary to what this time of year does in us and for us. The holidays are bittersweet for all of us. Filled with hope, regret, joy and sorrow. For little ones, it’s the delicious sweetness of hot cocoa or the sneaky thrill of filching a candy cane off the tree. The excitement of Christmas morning — seeing the empty plate of cookies, the overflowing stockings, the elation of presents unwrapped and the disappointment of the ones Santa missed once again. As we grow, the holidays often become moments connected to and measured by the items they bequeath to us, a
collection of giddy butterflies and lonesome tears. Find one, and you’re suddenly transported to the magic anticipation and boundless optimism of young love or the empty devastation of parting ways. A first kiss under the mistletoe, breath spiced with Christmas fudge or peppermint and, maybe, a hint of buttered rum. Hands clasped tightly to ward off the winter chill as you stroll down the lane looking at Christmas lights. Then the gut punch of the missed date, the unreturned phone call, the inevitable distancing. But most of us find The One, and we begin marking holidays as the First of Many More to Come. We bring our family traditions together. At first, that merging is unfamiliar, a bit uncomfortable. After a few tries, though, all those customs coalesce into something that honors what was, while building new traditions for the next generation to cherish. Decorations, mostly store-bought at first, are slowly replaced by those clay handprints, macaroni manger scenes and glitter-glue stars. Some of those older ornaments have cracks in them now, where they were broken and meticulously super-glued back together. Getting them properly mended required impromptu surgery with tweezers and reading glasses. It was midnight, and you cussed the entire time, but when they come out of the box a year later, they are somehow more precious for their flaws. The donkey from the Nativity Scene is missing an ear, and that makes it irreplaceable. Because, when you pick it up, you can close your eyes and picture that moment, so many years ago, when a chubby little hand held that damaged donkey out for inspection, a cherub face desperately feigning innocence. Photos and ornaments mark the passage of time and the collection of memories. The longer we have them, the more precious their worth. A tiny ceramic Santa, once $3.99, is priceless when flipped over to reveal a clumsily scribbled name, smudged by over-eager fingers picking it up before the paint was dry. A faded Polaroid, forgotten in an album until it is pulled out, just once every year, is transformed into the only thing that matters in that moment. We all have these moments, these trinkets that transport us to another “where” and “when”. The holiday season is special, because we allow ourselves time to reflect on their meaning and all that comes with it. We give ourselves permission to remember moments we will never forget.
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A Bag of Food for Christmas
Sav-A-Lot is hosting a food drive for Our Lady of Guadalupe Food Pantry this Christmas According to Doug Pinkham, manager of Sav-A-Lot, this company-wide effort is intended to provide some food for our neighbors experiencing some hardship this year. Our Lady’s Pantry is the recipient of this local drive. “The grocery bags stuffed with all the makings for a Christmas feast (without the turkey) cost $5.99,” says Pinkham. “Many customers are picking up a bag as they are checking out of the store.” “What is especially nice is that there is a space on the grocery bag, where the person donating the bag can write his or her name,” says Tom Bullaro, co-director of the Pantry. “Thus, the gift is personalized, and the recipient knows who his or her angel might be. “We thank Sav-A-Lot for this effort!” says Bullaro.
Sights and Sounds Of Christmas Wednesday, December 14, 2016. Two show times available, 5 and 7 p.m. The United Methodist Church of Sun City Center (1210 Del Webb Blvd. W, Sun City Center, FL 33573) will host the 2nd Annual, “Sights and Sounds of Christmas”. Come enjoy a magical evening of music presented by the many UMCSCC ensembles and soloists including the children, youth and members of the Hispanic congregation. The musical will lead to a brief dramatic presentation, followed by hot chocolate and cookies in the Life Enrichment Center. Take a little time to enjoy our beautiful Christmas decorations and Christmas displays everywhere in our church and on our grounds. This is a FREE evening of entertainment, but space is limited. Tickets may be picked up during the week in the church office between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. For further details or information, please call 813-634-2539.
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Celebrate Christmas With the KP Line Dancers
Wednesday, December 21 at 7 p.m. in the Veterans Theater. Dance and celebrate Christmas with the KP Line Dancers at a free social dance. Casual dress or best Christmas sweater. Open to KP residents and SCC residents listed on my security gate entry list (please call if not already on this list). Appropriate shoes please, no flip-flops or backless sandals. BYOB. For more info call Jan 634-6226.
Holiday Party Presented By The Old Tyme 50’s Music Club
Friday, December 9 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. in the Kings Point North Clubhouse. We invite all KP and Sun City Center residents who enjoy the music of the 1950’s to join us for a fun evening of dancing, singing and socializing. There is no charge for our regular Club parties. However, beginning at 7 p.m., we will be hosting a special Holiday Party playing Holiday 50’s & 60’s music, with some live entertainment and food. Tickets are $10 for this special event. Anyone interested in attending should make reservations by contacting Jim, 813-773-7377 or “firstname.lastname@example.org”.
Concert Band Presents Christmas Concert Dec. 15 in Brandon
The community is invited to a Christmas Concert presented by the Eastern Hillsborough Community Band Dec. 15, 7 p.m. at New Hope United Methodist Church. The concert will be in Logan Hall, 115 Knights Ave, Brandon. There is a $5 suggested donation at the door. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. the night of the concert. Reservations are not required. EHCB is a full-sized concert band that has been entertaining the Tampa Bay area since 2009. For more information about the band, email “email@example.com”, visit “www.ehcb.org” or call 813-569-1771.
Christmas Tea and Fashion Show
South Shore Symphony Orchestra Christmas Pops
Come out Sunday, December 11 at 2 p.m. to the SouthShore United Church of Christ, 1501 La Jolla Ave, for a “Christmas Pops” concert. Tickets $15 each; discounts for children or groups of 15 or more available. For more information or tickets call 813.634.1304 Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or visit www. SouthShoreSymphonyOrchestra.org or www.Facebook.com/SSSOTampaBay.
Michigan Club Annual Christmas Party
The Michigan Club will be hosting their Christmas Party on Tuesday, December 20., at 5 p.m.in the Kings Point Veterans Theater. The cost is $5 for members and $7 for non-members. The Club will provide the meat and dessert, coffee and pop. Guests are asked to bring a hot or cold side dish to serve 8 - 10 people. Tickets for the potluck BYOB party can be purchased in the Kings Point North Clubhouse lobby every Tuesday morning from 9 to noon. Memberships are also available at $5 per person, which entitles you to a discount on the club’s monthly activities and events. The $5 Secret Santa gift exchange for those wishing to participate is always fun and the jolly old man himself, with his brimming pack of surprises, will also make a guest appearance. Anyone in the greater Sun City Center area is invited to join us for an enjoyable evening of Holiday Spirit filled with good food, good fun, and good friends. You do not have to be a Michigander or have ties to the state in order to attend. The welcome mat is out. Stop by the KPN Clubhouse on a Tuesday morning and sign up for this party before it’s sold out. Another reminder, be sure to mark your calendars for the annual elegant dinner dance, the SNO-BALL, which will be held in the KP Veterans Theater on Saturday, January 28. The venue will be transformed into a breathtakingly beautiful Winter Wonderland and is a grand way to celebrate the beginning of the New Year. Tickets for this gala went on sale on Tuesday, Nov. 22. in the KPN Clubhouse lobby. Don’t miss out. For more information, you may contact Paul at (813) 634-8506.
Thursday, December 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. at JSA Medical Group, 787 Cortaro Dr. Enjoy tea and “crumpets” from Beleave Teas and LeAnne’s Old Fashion Cookies. Fashions from Angels Attic, ROSE Boutique and the Nearly New Shoppe, will benefit our local charities. A reading of “A Cup of Christmas Tea” will be read by Ellen Kleinschmidt, Creative Director of South Shore Players, followed by a musical interlude. FREE. Space is limited to 60 guests. Call Rosie at 813-419-5020 to reserve your spot; leaving name (with spelling) and #. You must have a confirmation # to enter. No RSVP’S to front desk please.
SCC Dance Club Holiday Buffet and Dance Party
Saturday, December 17, 5:15 to 9:30 p.m., holiday buffet and dance party presented by the Sun City Center Dance Club, in the Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Eat, drink and be merry. Dance to our widely acclaimed and exclusive playlist spun by Gerardo. Selections include east & west coast swing, foxtrot, slow and line dance, Latin variations, waltz, country and polka. Come and enjoy a delicious buffet meal provided by Banquet Masters (entrees include turkey, ham, and salmon plus all the usual accompaniments) or just join us for the dance. Dressy casual attire. No shorts! BYOB. Bring your friends, or come and make new friends. Open seating. Buffet and dance: Members - $20 per person, guests- $24 per person. Checks payable to SCC DANCE CLUB must be received by Ann Carl, 1802 Bunker Hill Dr. SCC 33573, no later than December 7. Dance only from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Members Free, guests $6 per person at the door. Singles tables will be available. Our upcoming parties will be on January 14, Feb. 11, Mar. 11 (dinner dance) and April 8. For more info call 813-634-9074.
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SouthShore United Church Of Christ Christmas Concert
Sunday, December 18 at 10 a.m. SouthShore United Church of Christ located at 1501 La Jolla Ave, where we will present their Christmas Concert during the worship service. Music will be presented by the Chancel Choir under the direction of Tom Lippert. All are welcome.
Women’s Chorus of Sun City Center Invites You To Its 53rd Fall Concert
Remember the experience of looking in childlike wonder at the rows of beautiful Christmas trees, or a wonderland of snow, or sitting by the fire and feeling the comforting warmth as you watched the flames leap and crackle? Or being inspired by listening to beautiful Christmas music and holiday music of different faiths? You are in Florida now, and what better way to begin your holiday season than by attending a holiday concert to help you forget the cares of the world and rekindle fond memories! The Women’s Chorus of Sun City Center invites you to get into The Spirit of Christmas by attending its 53rd fall concert, “Holiday Harmony” at 3 p.m., Sunday, December 4, 2016, at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 W. Del Webb Blvd. Jeff Jordan is the director and conductor and the accompanist is Pam Roberts. Mark your calendar for what is always a well-attended event featuring traditional and popular holiday music and songs, including performances by instrumentalists, soloists, ensembles, and a few surprises to delight you and make you chuckle. The audience is invited to participate in several chorus songs as well as a sing-along with the 52 chorus members and to attend a free public reception after the concert with special homemade treats prepared by chorus members. Each year the chorus presents a fall and spring concert as a gift to the community and admission is free. The chorus appreciates the wonderful support they have received through free-will donations at the concerts, which help to defray the cost of operation. The SCC Women’s Chorus performed at five other venues last year in addition to the two annual concerts, and is available for performances to other groups throughout the year. If you live in the Sun City Center area, have had previous experience singing in a chorus and love to sing, consider joining when the winter-spring season begins with registration on January 5, 2017, 8:30 a.m. at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church. Rehearsals for the spring concert, April 2, 2017 are each Thursday morning from 9 - 11 a.m. We welcome new members and provide individualized support. To learn more about The Women’s Chorus, visit our website, www.facebook.com/ sccwomenschorus, or contact Janet Warren, president at 813 634 6692.
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SCC Polish Heritage Club
Christmas (Wigilia) Dinner on December 11 (Sunday), at 6 p.m. in the Community Hall. Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for guests. The meal will be catered but members are expected to bring desserts. For tickets or information, please call Ted Puzio, 813-642-9374.
Singles Mingles of Kings Point
The Holiday Dance will be held on Thursday, December 8, in the Kings Point Main Clubhouse Theater from 6 -9:30 p.m. New and old music will be presented by Thor Stevens and his saxophone. Prepaid tickets for $1 will be limited and available until Nov. 27 by request. Tickets at the door will be $5. BYOB. Attire is dressy/casual. Info: Janet 633-3558.
Scandinavian Club Christmas Party
Wednesday, December 7 at Club Renaissance. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner buffet at 6 p.m. with the Front Porch Pickers from 7 to 7:45 p.m. The menu includes a variety of appetizers, different entrees, and a delicious dessert! Renaissance staff will be available to serve at the table those who prefer not to walk around. The cost is $28 for members and $33 for guests. Cash bar with happy hour prices. No BYOB. Ticket deadline is passed, so call Eleanor Folley for more information.
Singles Social Dance Club
Singles Social Dance Club will hold their Christmas Dance on December 4 in the Florida Room, Atrium Building, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. with live music by Thor Stevens and his saxophone. He has added several new songs. Members $3; guests $5. BYOB, dressy casual attire. Please no jeans, shorts. Any donations for the food table, to be shared by all, will be greatly, appreciated. For suggestions of what to bring and other info: Janet 813-633-3558. Sunday, Dec. 18 Singles Social will meet again in the Florida Room, Atrium Bldg., from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Music will again be presented by Thor Stevens and his saxophone. Members $3; guests $5. BYOB and snacks. Proper dress, please. Info: Janet 633-3558. Membership forms for 2017 will be available for the payment of $15. New members must present a CA or KP badge. Present members need only make a payment unless something has changed since last year.
Come out Sunday, December 11 at 3 p.m. to the St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 Del Webb Blvd West. The Sun City Center Men’s Chorus (now 40 strong) will be presenting a free Christmas performance for all residents in this area. Join us!
British Connection Christmas Tea
German American Club Christmas Party and Dance on December 15
This year the British Connection Christmas Tea promises to be even bigger and better than ever. As always, there will be tea sandwiches, sausage rolls, trifle, and fruitcake, but this year we will have added some extra culinary delights, including fresh-baked chicken puffs and mini quiches, pecan tarts and fresh-baked biscuits. Egg nog will be on hand as well as tea, and we will have coffee supplied by Cafe di Luna. The event takes place in the Florida Room in the Atrium Building on Saturday, December 17, and the fun starts at 2pm. The cost for the tea will be $25 for members, and $28 for guests. Be sure to buy your tickets early and send your checks to Terry Harris at 2303 Oxford Center Road, Kings Point, SCC by December 12. Any questions, call Terry at 813 922 6304 or Margaret at 201 674 6101.
Free Christmas Performance by the Sun City Center Men’s Chorus
The SCC German-American Club invites you to join along to celebrate this season with music, dinner and dining in our Community Hall on South Pebble Beach. The doors will open at 4:30 p.m. and the catered dinner buffet , which includes carved roast pork, stuffed flounder and chicken Marsala, along with a salad bar, oven-roasted potatoes, vegetables, dessert and coffee will be ready at 5:45 p.m. The dance music will be provided by the very versatile group, the Alpine Express. This is the holiday season, time to dress up – gentlemen, jackets and tie and the ladies, dress to impress! The price for this party is $24 for members and $29 for non-members. Please send your check made out to the German-American Club of SCC to Mike Albanese at 1808 Granville Lane, SCC, FL 33573. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope to ensure receiving your tickets promptly.
Games continued from page 1. can qualify all over the state to be able to play in the state Senior Games. All three women qualified at Golf Coast in Bradenton. They are all looking forward to qualifying for the Birmingham, AL games in 2017 and the Albuquerque, NM games in 2019. Nancy told me that she began playing in the Senior Games since the year she turned 50. In 1999 she qualified from the State Games to go to the National Games which was held at the Disney World of Sports. Following those games she and her husband visited longtime friends from MD, who just happened to live in Sun City Center. Two years later after they both retired, they moved to SCC. Tennis Doubles Sheryl and Debbie will be doubles partners in the Senior Games, in the 60-64 age group. Both qualified for the state games in Bradenton. Sheryl came to SCC about five years ago, from Michigan. She and her husband Ron, who will also be playing doubles tennis in the Senior Games, have been coming to SCC to visit for 22 years. This is the
Sheryl Doom and Debbie Zieg
first Senior Games in which Sheryl will participate. Debbie grew up in Alexandria, Virginia. She started taking tennis lessons when she was eight years old. She has been involved with USTA tennis for 15 years. This will be Debbie’s second year to participate in the Senior Games. Table Tennis Both Judy Lamb right Tara Profitt are
members of the John Donnelly Table Tennis Club in SCC. The club, which is open to all SCC and KP residents, practices on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Community Hall room 5 from 8 until 12. Judy says she grew up playing table tennis. She can’t remember ever not playing table tennis. She has lived in SCC for 15 years. This year will be her sixth year to participate in the Senior Games. Judy is the treasurer of the Table Tennis Club. Tara came to SCC from Connecticut. She has been in Florida for ten years. Tara played in the Senior Games in CT and this is her second year to play in Florida. She has also played in the National Paraplegic Games twice. Archery Both Jim Kistler and Mike Fracher are members of the SCC Archery Club which has a membership of around 60. They both shoot compound bows. In competition, the contestant shoots 90 arrows. Each contestant shoots five rounds of six arrows from a distance of 60 yards, 50 yards and 40 yards.
Jim Kistler and Mike Fracher
Jim came to Sun City Center from Ohio six years ago. He started shooting a bow four years ago when he joined the Archery Club. He had not shot a bow before then. This will be Jim’s first time to compete in the Senior Games. Mike came to Sun City Center from New Hampshire six years ago. He has been shooting with the SCC Archery club for two years. This will be Mike’s second time to go to the Senior Games from Hillsborough County. He also went from Polk County.
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DAR Program Highlights the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
The Colonel George Mercer Brooke Chapter of DAR in Sun City Center held their monthly meeting on Wednesday, October 19 with a timely program focusing on what to do in an active shooter situation and spotlighting the United States Department of Homeland Security. The excellent power point program and presentation was given by retired Lieutenant Commander John Glynn, USN. In addition to his twenty-four years of naval service, Lt. Commander Glynn, also had twenty three years of federal law Photo by Mary Culliton enforcement, serving last as a District Lieutenant Commander John Glynn, USN, Director for the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Ret. & Marilyn Campbell, V. Regent DAR. Security, covering areas in TN, KY, MS, AL and FL. He is also an accomplished author and member of many lineage societies. Following the program, DAR Vice Regent Marilyn Campbell presented speaker Glynn with the NSDAR “Vietnam Veteran” award certificate, thanking him for his valor, service and sacrifice during the Vietnam War.
Irish Pub Tour
The Ancient Order of Hibernians Planning Committee, Hillsborough County Division 1, has announced plans for two events in early 2017. In the second week of January, 2017 the AOH will sponsor an Irish Pub Tour of noted Irish Pubs in Tampa. Co-Chairmen Mike Day and John Donahue have selected four prominent Irish Pubs to be included on the tour. The tour will start in Sun City Center, spend time in each Pub, and return to Sun City Center. The second event will be an Irish Mardi Gras to be held February 17, 2016 at the Florida Room in the Sun City Center Community Association complex. Entertainment will be provided by the Silver Chip Jazz Band, a very popular group that originated in Cincinnati, OH. Members of the band now live in communities near Sun City Center, and will provide a wide selection of both New Orleans Jazz favorites and Irish songs. Details for the Irish Pub Tour and the Irish Mardi Gras will be announced in early December. AOH Planning Committee: (seated) Jim Harkins, Rich Riley and Pat Quinn. Standing: Mike Day, Kevin O’Keefe and Tom Harding. Absent for the picture was John Donahue.
1935 Ford Coupe Is Cruiser of the Month
L to R: Susan DePew, Historian; Jan Bassett, Treasurer; Marilyn Campbell, Registrar; Peggy Veeder, Corresponding Secretary; Fran Eilert, Recording Secretary; Nancy Windsor, Chaplain; Carol Acosta, Second Vice Regent; Mary McIntyre, Vice Regent; Jody Masterson, Regent; and Davine Roberts, Florida State Regent.
DAC - Little Manatee River Chapter
Recently the Little Manatee River Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists held a confirmation ceremony and installation of Officers at the Sandpiper Grill. NSDAC members are descendants of a man or woman who rendered patriotic or civil service to the American Colonies prior to 4 July 1776. For information about membership, please contact Marilyn Campbell, Chapter Registrar at 938-5141.
Gary Barden’s dream car, a sparkling blue 1935 Ford three-window coupe, is the cruiser of the month for the Sun City Center Roamin’ Oldies Car Club. He’s a long-time car guy who has owned several noteworthy collectibles, but has always admired the rare and highly prized three-window coupe. “I really like the overall design—the way the lines just flow together,” he said. “I looked for one for years and years.” Gary found the one he wanted in Maine, and acquired it just a month ago. It appears factory-fresh and just as it did 81 years ago, but is equipped with a 350-cubic inch V8 engine, automatic transmission, modern suspension and disc brakes for comfortable highway driving. The Roamin’ Oldies host a cruise-in from 6 to 9 p.m. the first Thursday of every month in the Apollo Beach Winn-Dixie Plaza on US41, with a rain date the following Thursday. About 100 of the area’s finest antique and collectible cars often take part, accompanied by classic oldies music played by DJ Joey Ferrante. Event sponsors include Thompson’s Auto Parts and Christopher Ligori & Associates Attorneys. For information, call Chet at 813-842-1511.
Scientists and Public Opinion: The Gap
Monday, April 10 - Science, Engineering and Technology club meeting, 7:30 p.m. in the Caper Room, Atrium Building, 954 North Course Lane. There is no cost for guests; any resident of CA or Kings Point interested in science and technology is invited. In the 60’s and 70’s scientists were generally revered as folks who worked diligently and found truths that could be demonstrated, believed, and used by the world. In the past few years, a substantial fraction of the general public has begun to disregard carefully constructed studies with reproducible results that have been published and reviewed in reputable journals and have accepted instead internet blog opinions by celebrities, books by self-appointed “scientists”, and press conference proclamations by people with no known credentials. Matters such as Darwinian evolution, climate change, and vaccine-induced autism are seeing their overwhelming scientific evidence being dismissed as a mere “belief ” not any more or less valid than a belief in one person’s anecdotal experience. Phillip Leto, respected lecturer from the Discovery University and familiar name to SCC residents, will address these issues as he returns to the SET club this year for his fourth presentation.
This 1935 Ford three-window coupe owned by Gary Barden of Riverview is November cruiser of the month for the Roamin’ Oldies car club.
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South Shore Democratic Club Meeting
The South Shore Democratic Club met on November 10, 2016 for an Election Recap. Speaker Alan Clendenin presented an Election Recap for the Democratic Party from local to national elections.
Save the date of January 18, 2017 for our annual Potluck at Community Hall in SCC. Doors o p e n i n g at 5 p.m. You will be bringing a dish to pass which feeds at least 12 folks. More details on cost, reservation deadlines and other details coming in December. Mark it down now. This event is always a great time, well attended and eagerly awaited. Go Pack!
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December Topic is Golf Cart Laws, Safety and Security Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 10 a.m. Sun City Center Community Association, Caper Room 945 N. Course Lane, Sun City Center, FL 33573 Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 1 p.m. Ripple Room, Kings Point 1900 Clubhouse Drive, Sun City Center, FL 33573 Tuesday, December 20, 2016, 11 a.m. Freedom Auditorium, Freedom Plaza 1010 American Eagle Blvd, Sun City Center, FL 33573 Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 3 p.m. American Momentum Bank 131 S. Pebble Beach Blvd, Sun City Center, FL 33573
December Eagle Audubon Meeting
Eagle Audubon Society will feature Roger Sheets, an award-winning photographer in the Banquet Room of the Kings Point North Clubhouse during their monthly meeting on Thursday, Dec. 15. Doors open at 1:20 p.m. A brief meeting will begin at 2 pm. and the presentation will follow. An entertaining and enlightening program entitled Local Birds All Dressed Up will help you identify the mystery birds in your yard. Roger Sheets is also a well know leader of bird walks for beginners. All EAS meetings, including refreshments, are free. Interested attendees who are not Eagle Audubon members or Kings Point residents should contact Nina at: “firstname.lastname@example.org” or call 203-3395615 for security gate pass information. For more information on Eagle Audubon society, including January’s meeting with live Owls, visit: “eagleaudubonflorida.org”.
Italian Club Christmas Ball
Do you hear the sound of jingle bells in the air. It’s the Italian Club calling you to our Christmas Ball. We will make merry with dining and dancing at this festive time of year. Dressy casual attire, please. No shorts, t-shirts or cutoffs. This is a member’s only event. Kings Point Veterans Theater, North Clubhouse on Thursday, December 15, 2016. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner at 6. Buffet includes chicken cordon blue, onion crusted salmon with lemon butter, baked ziti, sautéed broccoli, rolls, tossed salad with dressing, dessert and coffee. Entertainment by The Dukes. Tickets on sale in the Veterans Theater lobby on December 1, 2016 and December 2, 2016 from 9 to noon both days. Cutoff dates for ticket sales is December 8. Ticket price is $20 per person. Tables of eight can be reserved. Please provide the names of parties at your table along with the checks for each member when purchasing your tickets. Questions or for tickets call May Fleming at 813.419.4790. The Italian Club Board Members would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a Happy New Year!
December Meeting Announcement
Retired Colonel James Fletcher of Hillsborough Co Veterans Treatment Court will speak at the next South Shore Democratic Club meeting to be held on Thursday, December 8 at the South Shore Regional Library,15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin. Meet ‘n Greet with refreshments 1 p.m.; Meeting begins promptly at 1:30 p.m. Come to hear and discuss the amendments, campaigns and results of the General Election and how to look forward to the mid-terms. All Democrats and like-minded individuals are invited and encouraged to attend this free event. Please visit and Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SSDEMCLUB for more information.
DAR to Meet December 21
The Colonel George Mercer Brooke Chapter DAR of Sun City Center will be meeting on Wednesday, December 21 in the Florida Room, Atrium Building, 945 N Course Ln, SCC 33573. Light refreshments will be served at 12:30 p.m. and the meeting starts at 1 p.m. The program is “Finding Ancestors of an Adopted Parent - Black Sheep along the way leading to a DAR Patriot” and is being presented by club Vice Regent Marilyn Campbell. Our members, members of other DAR Chapters and anyone interested in joining the DAR are invited to join us. For more information, please email or call Vice Regent Marilyn Campbell at “email@example.com” or 813-938-5141.
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AAUW Meeting “Recounts Cruise to Cuba” Presentation
Florida Room at the Atrium Building, December 10 at 11:15 am Cruise (vicariously) to Cuba with the SCC/South Shore Branch of the American Association of University Women at its December 10 luncheon meeting. Local AAUW members and other Sun City Center residents who traveled to Cuba last May will share their experiences and colorful photos of the three Cuban ports visited, including Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba. The cruise proved to be educational, enjoyable, and a profitable fundraiser for AAUW, raising $2,600 for its Scholarship Fund which benefits mature women in the SouthShore area. Please plan to join us on December 10 in Community Hall, 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd. Social time begins at 10:30; business meeting at 11:15; lunch catered by Apollo Bistro at 12 noon, followed by the program. Cost $15. Call Margie Castiglia at 633-8253 or Nancy Ducharme at 64501695 for reservations. Members will present slide shows of the Club’s recent trip to Cuba and will share experiences with Mr. Don Vore.
SET Club Meetings
Light Phenomena Monday, January 9 - Science, Engineering and Technology club meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the Caper Room, Atrium Building, 954 North Course Lane. There is no cost for guests; any resident of CA or Kings Point interested in science and technology is invited. Light seems like such a familiar, everyday phenomenon that it’s hard to believe there is so much to be learned by studying it. If we expand the definition of light beyond the visible colors that humans can see, light radiation becomes the primary method by which we learn about the universe, on all scales from the subatomic to the cosmological. But even the visible colors (blue skies, red sunset, and colorful rainbows and auroras) have fascinating origins. Returning to the SET Club by popular demand for the fourth time, Fulvia Fiorani will lecture on Light Phenomena. Quantum Computing Monday, March 13 - Science, Engineering and Technology club meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the Caper Room, Atrium Building, 954 North Course Lane. There is no cost for guests; any resident of CA or Kings Point interested in science and technology is invited. A basic computer course usually begins by explaining that a computer operates by converting all the data and all the programs to a series of 0’s and 1’s. That’s been the way it’s been done ever since digital computing surpassed analog computing a few decades ago. But now, with the development of quantum computing, that very basic tenet of computing is getting challenged as scientists seek new ways to solve problems that would require enormous amounts of traditional digital computing. Learn what quantum computing is about and what problems it may solve as Dr. Morris Firebaugh and Chet Rindfuss present a panel discussion on this topic.
Eleven community members met on November 16 to begin plans for our annual FunFest in March. L to R Front: Lynne Murphy, Health Fair; Marilyn Miller, co-chair; Lynn Manzi, Entertainment. L to R Back: Dave Birkett, Auto Vendors; Roxann Seeley, Business/Vendors; Claudia Hinson, Business Registration; Hud Richards, CERT; Robert Sullivan, Welcome/Information, Phillip Bennet, Chief Maintenance Engineer: Joanne Baskinger, Food Vendors. Not pictured: Brigitt Lewis, co-chair; Diane Loeffler, publicity; Lyn Reitz, Community Manager.
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Pearl Harbor In His Own Words
By Edward Socha, as shared with Diane M. Loeffler I graduated from Niagara Falls Senior High in 1939. I was unable to find meaningful work as this was during the years of the big depression. I opted to join the U.S. Navy early September 1939. After boot camp in Newport, RI, I attended Fleet School in San Diego, California. After completion, I was assigned to the battleship, USS West Virginia. In 1939, Pacific Battleships were relocated from Long Beach California, to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. In late October of 1941, Rear Admiral Anderson shifted his Flag and staff personnel from USS West Virginia to USS Maryland. On Sunday, December 7, USS Maryland was moored inboard of the USS Oklahoma. Minutes before that attack, I had crossed over from the Maryland to the Oklahoma to catch her motor launch to the Fleet landing. I had intended to attend church services in Honolulu. Unfortunately, I missed the boat as it had sailed off before its scheduled 0800 departure time. This left me standing on the Oklahoma quarterdeck looking down the channel at the departed motor launch. The launch was about mid-way down the channel in route to the pier, when I observed the first planes coming directly at us. Torpedoes had been dropped, heading for target Oklahoma. That first plane flew directly overhead. I did observe the red ‘meat ball’ which identified the attacking planes. The plane was low enough that I could see the pilot. An Ensign on the boat deck shouted a warning to “sound General Quarters, those are Japanese planes attacking.”
I scooted back across the gangplank from Oklahoma to Maryland and to my battle station as a telephone talker on the Flag Bridge. Oklahoma was already bottoms-up when next I saw her. I remained at battle station all through that day watching the horror unfold and receiving damage reports. No doubt, I was a lucky and grateful survivor! Commander Edward J. Socha: The Rest of the Story By Diane M. Loeffler Ed Socha is the oldest survivor of Pearl Harbor in Sun City Center, but that is only part of the story of a man with a 27-year military career and 28 years of volunteering (so far) at Sun City Center. Some of the many accomplishments include being commissioned as an ensign on Guadalcanal in 1944, participating in a historic survey of the Yangtze River in 1945 and being an Executive
Assistant with the Joint Chief of Staff at the Pentagon on the day of President Kennedy’s assassination. Socha earned at least eight medals for his service and accomplishments. When asked “What are you most proud of?” his immediate answer was, “My mother.” She was an orphan who managed on her own. When she was 16, she married Ed’s father. “My father died when I was six. Mother was left with four boys, I was the eldest. She moved with us in tow to Niagara Falls where we were raised. She worked in an uncle’s saloon, mopping floors, and so on. She took in laundry from wealthy downtown homes. She remarried to Ignatius Rybacki, a Polish Army veteran and added two brothers and two sisters. We were all raised in a new home which my stepfather had built.” While in the service, Socha regularly sent his mother $10 out his $21 pay. Other siblings sent her money as well. One day in the 1970s, “My mother came
to visit and gave me $200 and said, ‘Ed, I paid everybody back. You’re the last one.’” Ed Socha and his wife, Naomi, moved to Sun City Center in 1988. The big house on a hill in Morris County New Jersey had gotten to be too much to keep up with, especially when it was time to shovel the long driveway. The builder at that time had a program called Ambassadors. As a result of that program, at least two couples moved here from the same church in the Morristown area including the Sochas. He believes his home was the first in this area to have a tile roof. He was the president of his HOA for the first eight years. Socha is grateful for “the opportunity to be useful in the community.” He speaks of placing flags along 674 and the billboard sign flag. He served on the Board of Directors at Freedom Plaza, worked with The Military Support trust, supported the hospital and various charities and has been involved in a variety of community oriented organizations including volunteering for the SCC Security Patrol for 23 years. Socha and his wife have a daughter in Longmont, Colorado who is married to a minister, and a son who is a retired professor from the University of Wisconsin La Cross, five grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
Thank you for your service, Retired Commander Edward J. Socha, both in the military and here in Sun City Center. You are a remarkable man and you have had a remarkable life.
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8:30 a.m. - WIDOWER’S WELLNESS GROUP at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. SCC. Widower’s Wellness Group: “A group of men who have lost their spouse committed to listening and unsolicited sharing”. Our experience has shown that grief is an ongoing journey and it varies; for some it’s constant, others it’s intermittent and some are ambushed by unexpected bursts of
The News of Sun City Center anger, grief or fear. We invite YOU to attend a meeting and witness the camaraderie and healing that comes from “listening and unsolicited sharing” of the experiences of men like yourself who’ve lost their spouse. For more information contact Jim Clarke 813625-5665 or “email@example.com”. 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon - LEARN TO WEAVE in the Weaving Studio in the North campus each Monday and Wednesday for 8 weeks starting 10/17 The art of weaving is taught. $75 cost includes lessons, yarns for a sampler and one project, membership in the club for a year and equipment fee. This is a great opportunity to try something new and get out of the heat. Sign up in the studio or call 813 642-8239. 10:00 a.m. - MONDAY “FOR TODAY” MEETING OF OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS at the Sun City Chamber of Commerce, 1651 Sun City Center Plaza, Sun City Center, FL. The meeting room (private entrance to meeting is on the left side of the building). The only requirement for attending is a desire to change your eating behaviors and stop compulsively eating. OA is an international 12-step organization/program which addresses the emotional, spiritual (not religious) and physical needs of those desiring to stop compulsive food behaviors and stop compulsively eating. No scales, dues or fees. This meeting is open only to those who have a problem with their weight or eating patterns. Please join us any Monday morning. You can learn more about OA online at “www.oa.org/ newcomers/is-oa-for-you” or call Jan at 813-633-3932.
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. LINE DANCING WITH A BALANCE at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Do you like to dance but are worried about falling? Join our new FREE line dancing class lead by trained therapists. This weekly class will improve your balance and reduce your risk of falling. We can boot, scoot and boogie safely together and make exercise fun! For more information, call Debbie Caneen at 813-892-2990 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. MARY PETRO PROGRAM FOR FOOD AND MEDICINE at the South Shore United Church of Christ, 1501 La Jolla Ave. The Mary Petro Program is funded by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and provides financial assistance to residents for food and medicine. To qualify, residents must be full time residents of Sun City Center or
Kings Point, must fill out an application and meet income guidelines, must present income verification documents and either a SCC or KP identification card. For more information, please visit our office or call 813-634-8306. If you are a new or current client of the Mary Petro Program in Sun City Center or Kings Point and have a pet cat and you are in need of cat food for your pet, please visit our Pet Pantry for assistance. The Cat Lovers Club of Sun City Center donates cat food each month to the Mary Petro Program to assist our clients. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. UKULELE JAM SESSION at Music Avenue, 3822 Sun City Center Blvd, SCC. Ukulele players are invited to jam weekly with other ukulele players. To reserve your seat at the studio phone Steve or Ruth, 6339688. Space is limited. 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. LIFE CHALLENGES SUPPORT GROUP at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Live your life fully with zest and joy! Rid yourself of depression, anxiety, frustrations with family, children, friends, life changes, health problems, finances and more. Relief comes by sharing and receiving support and making a positive plan of action. All are welcome in complete confidence and free of charge. Cheryl 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.
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon - LEARN TO WEAVE in the Weaving Studio in the North campus each Monday and Wednesday for 8 weeks starting 10/17 The art of weaving is taught. $75 cost includes lessons, yarns for a sampler and one project, membership in the club for a year and equipment fee. This is a great opportunity to try something new and get out of the heat. Sign up in the studio or call 813 642-8239. 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. THERAPEUTIC TAI CHI OPEN TO THE PUBLIC at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Our therapists have advanced training in therapeutic Tai Chi for Seniors and will provide guidance in this healthy exercise. Tai Chi has been proven to increase strength and balance! This class will be offered EVERY Wednesday due to increased demand. For more information, contact Debbie Caneen at 813-634-3347. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon MAN to MAN LIFE SUPPORT GROUP meets weekly in the conference room
9 behind the SCC Men’s Club building on Cherry Hills Drive. Learn to live your life more Positively and with Purpose by sharing your life’s journey, successes and struggles with one another. Find relief, comfort and support through the camaraderie of the Group. Learn new coping skills and how to make better choices in life, that allow you to relieve yourself of past burdens and to take action towards a brighter tomorrow. Our purpose is to bring men together by offering you a place to share some of your deepest concerns about yourself, your family and your future, in complete confidence and free of charge. We welcome men of SCC and nearby communities to come and try our Group. For information about the Group, contact Ken Barringer at 633-8490 or Bill Spedding at 938-3126. Sponsored by the Coalition for Mental Health and Aging. 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. - FRONT PORCH PICKERS - LIVE MUSIC! Rollins Theatre, 970 Cherry Hills Drive. Country, bluegrass, traditional and gospel music on acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, ukulele, dobro and bass fiddle. Free program. Call (813) 633-6739.
9:00 a.m. - “FOR TODAY” M E E T I N G O F OV E R E AT E R S ANONYMOUS at the Sun City 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 12step organization/program which addresses the emotional, spiritual and physical needs of those desiring to stop compulsively eating and compulsive food behaviors. No scales, dues or fees. This meeting is open only to those who have a problem with their weight or eating patterns. Please join us any Friday afternoon. Contact Peg S. at 516-5785285 for meeting details. You can learn more about OA online at “www.oa.org/ newcomers/is-oa-for-you”. 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. PINOCHLE CLUB meets in the Sandpiper Room North Campus. Come early to form partnerships. We play single deck. Bring $1 for prize money. Annual dues are $5. Need a refresher or learn how to play? Free classes will begin in January. Register now. Email the instructor Scott Wood at ScottNCharWood@Gmail.com 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. SCC Softball and BBQ. The field is located on Weatherfield See 33578 on page 10.
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33578 from page 9. Drive off S. Pebble Beach, behind the Community Hall. Come show support for your friends and neighbors and enjoy a great barbeque on Fridays while watching the teams play. Uhrich’s NY Giants, Morahan’s Hawks, Drugan Rays, Zimmerman’s Indians, Hise’s Cardinals, Mackar’s Tribe, Legrand’s Triple Play, Blackstones’ Ball Busters, Burgess’s Nothing Fancy and Astone’s Bad S. Every Friday, the Diamondettes host a barbeque (hamburgers & hot dogs) for a donation to raise funds to support the Softball Teams.
1:00 - 4:00 p.m. PINOCHLE CLUB meets in the Sandpiper Room North Campus Come early to form partnerships. We play single deck. Bring $1 for prize money. Annual dues are $5. Need a refresher or learn how to play? Free classes will begin in January. Register now. Email the instructor Scott Wood at “ScottNCharWood@gmail. com”.
SUN. DEC 4 - CHAI CHAPTER OF HADASSAH 1:00 p.m. at the Sandpiper Grille, 1702 Pebble Beach Blvd. Sun City Center 33573 Beat the rush... please join us. It’s an early Hanukkah celebration, plus vote for the slate of officers presented for 2017. Guests, spouses and non-members welcome. Please R.S.V.P. by November 28 to Carol “monkeyandwife@yahoo. com”. COST: $16 per person in advance. WED. DEC 7 - ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT MEETING 2:00 p.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 701 Valley Forge Blvd. Sun City Center. Speaker: Genevieve Faulk, Social worker, Aging care advocate. Topic: How to advocate for your loved one. THU. DEC 8 - OPERATION MEDICINE CABINET 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon at Sun City Center Community Association Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Sun City Center, FL. DROP OFF your EXPIRED or UNUSED Medications and HELP SAVE HILLSBOROUGH’S WATER SYSTEM. Operation Medicine Cabinet collects expired or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications for proper disposal. Improper disposal such as flushing drugs down the toilet or drain leads to the contamination of Florida’s aquatic environment. Wastewater treatment systems are not designed to remove these medications from our water. Help keep our water system safe. For more information, contact Home Instead Senior Care 813-684-1972. THU. DEC 8 - CHRONIC PAIN AND NEUROPATHY GROUP 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. (NEW LOCATION) Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. SCC. This month our speaker will be Tiffany Bryan, DPT who received her Master of Physical Therapy Degree from West Virginia University, and received the Outstanding Clinician Award. She holds her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from University of Kentucky. Tiffany will discuss MPS Therapy, an innovative, hybrid pain relief device and a revolutionary, therapeutic modality. Facilitator: Tarissa “Tari” Williams, MPT (Masters of Physical Therapy) with Sun Towers Retirement Community Outpatient Therapy. FREE Valet service provided at Terrace Entrance (blue awning). Learn what you can do to reduce your pain today! For more information, call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990. FRI. DEC 9 - RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS SUPPORT GROUP 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity
Lakes Dr. SCC. Facilitator: Tarissa “Tari” Williams, MPT (Masters of Physical Therapy) graduate of Florida A&M University with 13 years of experience in: Long-term acute care (LTAC), Long Term Care/Skilled Rehabilitation, Home Care, Wound care, Acute Care, Education/Clinical Mentorship and is LSVT certified (2015). Has presented educational series to Physical Medicine MD’s for Board Cert readiness program - USF/VA on Pain management and prescription. Also, presenter at South University for treatment of medically complex, pain management. Learn what you can do to reduce your pain today! For more info, call Debbie Caneen 813892-2990. SUN. DEC 11 - MEGA CHALLAH BAKE 6:30 p.m. in the Kings Point Clubhouse, 2020 Clubhouse Drive, Sun City Center, FL. You are cordially invited to join Jewish women from across Southern Hillsborough County for this ancient art of challah baking and the secret to great tasting challah! Unite, learn, pray and enjoy. $15 per person, $180 sponsor. For more info or to register, visit “jewishbrandon.com/ rsvp” or call 813-571-8100. TUE. DEC 13 - ARE YOU AT RISK OF A FALL? FREE BALANCE SCREENING FOR SUN CITY CENTER RESIDENTS 10:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. in the New Dance Studio at the Community Association at 1203 N. Pebble Beach Blvd. by appointment only. Our therapists at 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 test takes less than five minutes. See the results before your eyes through biofeedback. Interested in knowing more or wish to schedule, call 813-892-2990. W E D. D E C 1 4 - D I A B E T E S EDUCATION SUPPORT GROUP 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Have you been given the diagnosis of Diabetes? Are you unsure of your dietary future? Discover options that will assist you! Join Jessica Chase, RN from Bayada Home Health Care as she facilitates this support group. For additional info, call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990. T H U. D E C 1 5 - W I D O W ’ S WELLNESS GROUP 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Have you lost your husband and have no one to share your feelings of loss with? Are you adjusting with a new plan for your future? Are you managing your grief or overwhelmed with sadness? Attend this monthly meeting with Krista Owen, RN, BSN and Jennifer Morgan, owner of Always Best Care and receive the support you need. This group will concentrate on coping skills and healthy living by sharing among members with the guidance of women in the field of caring for others. For more information, please call Debbie Caneen at 813-8922990. FRI. DEC 16 - VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT, A PROGRAM OF THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. by registration only at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr SCC. The Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross in partnership with the Veterans History Project, a program of the Library of Congress, is seeking Veterans to participate in this project. 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. We recently conducted our first interview with a Vietnam Veterans, and are very excited to capture his personal account and add it to the Library of Congress Collection for all to see. As Teresa Fazio, an Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran stated, “It is important to get every veterans’ story so future generations can learn about military life from first-hand accounts. Our individual experiences may have been different, but when compiled they form a powerful snapshot of history.” If you are a Veteran or know Veterans that would like to share their stories, please call Sun Towers to schedule your interview time at 813-634-3347. This recording of history will take place on the third Friday of each month. MON. DEC 19 - PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP OF SUN CITY CENTER 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. USF Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorders Center facilitates this monthly meeting. Our speaker this month is Dr. Kenneth Vives, Director of Advanced Neurosurgery at Sarasota Memorial Hospital Neurosurgery and Spine Specialists. If you have Parkinson’s, or are caring for someone with this disease, be sure to attend this support group! COMPLIMENTARY VALET PARKING AVAILABLE AT TERRACE ENTRANCE For additional info, call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990. TUE. DEC 20 - ALZHEIMER’S A S S O C I AT I O N C A R E G I V E R SUPPORT GROUP 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. Bring Your Loved One For a Well Deserved Break. Facilitated by Aging Care Advocates. You will receive information while your loved one is cared for in our Secured Memory Care. Please RSVP no less than 3 days prior to 813-677-1400. For additional information, contact Debbie
Caneen at 813-634-3347. WED. DEC 21 - LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. Do you wonder how others with Low Vision advance through their day? Do they receive care from outside sources? What adaptive vision devices successfully assist them? Rebecca Radford, Case Manager for the Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind will also be on hand. The Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind is celebrating 75 years of serving people who are blind or visually impaired. Additionally, supported by Bayada Home Care. Learn what assistance there may be for you if you have low vision in order to maintain your independence. FREE VALET PARKING for Cars and Golf Carts at Terrace Entrance by Blue Awning. If you have low vision, then this meeting is for you! For more info call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990. MON. TUE. AND FRI. DEC 26, 27, 30 - THE SCC MODEL RR CLUB HOSTS CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSES 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. in the Club Room at 915 N. Course Lane. Youngsters run trains, learn train safety and earn Jr. Engineer Certificates. See & hear multiple trains running under computer control. Conductor hats for all visiting kids. Great photo op. Call 633-6322 for directions. WED. DEC 27 - FAMILY CENTER ON DEAFNESS TELEPHONE DISTRIBUTION 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin in the John Crawford Art Education Studio. Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc. (FTRI) will be on site to provide free specialized equipment and training to qualified Florida residents who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired. The equipment enables them to place and receive phone calls. Questions? Call: (813)273-3652.
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Don’t Be a Victim of Fraud
By Diane M. Loeffler Fraud prevention —Deputy Merry addressed this topic in November. He says, “I am conducting this seminar this month because with the snowbirds back in town, we are seeing a lot of ‘free lunch’ fliers.” Free lunches are one of the tactics used to get seniors to buy something they normally wouldn’t purchase. Willie Sutton says the fraudsters tend to go “where the money is.” Because of this, adults 55 and older are often targeted. Statistically the individuals who are most often victims are males between the ages of 55 and 65 who are more financially literate, college educated, have / had a higher than average income and have had a recent change in their financial or health status or the financial or health status of their spouse. One of the reasons that Baby Boomers are often targeted is because the switch from traditional pension plans to 401K’s and 403 B’s affected them. Everyone has heard of the large scandals such as the Bernie Madoff Ponzi Scheme. However, there are many, many more smaller scale schemes that have cost countless people to lose every cent they had. Even a religious moniker is no indication of honesty. Over 18,000 victims who invested in the so-called “Greater Ministries” lost a total of over $500 million. Information provided is often false. Names of companies and stocks may be a slight, virtually unnoticeable variation of the name of a reputable corporation. Disreputable people or groups may purchase a large amount of stock causing the prices to skyrocket, then plummet when they draw all of “their” money out leaving investors with worthless stock, a practice so common that it has a name, “Pump and Dump.” There are “boiler rooms” filled with individuals trying to get people to invest in nonexistent or shaky companies.
Steps to Take to Avoid Being a Victim “The quicker you can spot a persuasive attempt, the less likely it is to affect your emotions and cause you harm,” says Deputy Merry. “Fraudsters try to convert from a rational decision to an emotional one.” Be wary when giving your contact information at “free” meals. Once someone has that information, they can start pressuring you. Also, register for the national and state “do not call” lists. If you still receive calls, then you know that the individuals who are calling are not from a trustworthy source. Question the credibility of anyone trying to get you to invest your money. The ‘riches’ the seller references may not really be there. The neighbors and other people being cited as investors may just be future victims. Be careful when you are promised a small favor such as being able to invest while paying a lower commission in return for a large favor, making your purchase right now. Another tactic used in an attempt to rush you is to say there aren’t many more shares available. Any time someone is trying to rush you, there is a reason. Often that reason is that he or she doesn’t want you to think too long or investigate too closely. You should have enough time to investigate the broker or firm on a site such as “www.finra.org/brokercheck”, 800 289-9999 or “SaveAndInvest.org”, 888-295-7422. Develop a “refusal script.” Deputy Merry suggests saying something like, “No thank you. I appreciate it. Please don’t call me back.” “Don’t be afraid to hang up the phone,” Deputy Merry says. He added that our generation was raised to be polite, but that unscrupulous individuals see that as a weakness that they can use to their advantage.
Working to Improve Our Community
By Walt Cawein Charity Starts At Home and Our Home Is Sun City Center! The Sun City Center Charitable Foundation, Inc. (SCCCF) is a new charitable voice in the greater Sun City Center area and it is intended to be a transformative one. The SCCCF is a tax-exempt organization founded and run by Greater SCC area residents. The mission of the SCCCF is to improve the wellbeing of our community and quality of life for our residents through charitable initiatives that create sustainable and effective charitable programs. Living in a paradise as we do can sometimes be like a mirage in the desert – everything looks and feels so wonderful. The harsh realities of the difficult circumstances and challenges some of our neighbors are experiencing are often overlooked. Yet it is important to remember that no matter how bad you think your life is, someone, somewhere nearby is fighting just to survive and they often need our collective help. SCC has many charities whose primary mission is to address the social needs of our residents whether it is supporting such needs related with cancer patients, military and veterans, children, animals, and Alzheimer’s to name just a few. And these charities need the financial support from SCC, and that is one of the major roles of the SCC Charitable Foundation, Inc. The Foundation’s business is community building. Our Board members represent over 150 years of living in SCC, over 100 years’ leadership experience in SCC including three former presidents and one current vice president of the SCC Community Association, and over 100 years managing 501(c)(3) charitable organizations. As you can see the SCCCF represents an in-depth understanding of the issues, opportunities, and resources that shape Sun City Center. We can help donors learn more about the agencies and programs that impact the areas donors care about most. SCCCF helps you to make your giving easy, flexible, and effective, accepting a wide variety of gifts, including cash, stocks, property, bequests, and more. The Foundation offers community leadership by investing your money in the SCC Charitable Community Fund or your personal Donor Advised or Field of Interest Fund in the donor’s name or the name of a loved one. Your Fund will live forever in your name. Your principal is never spent, only the annual growth goes to your favorite cause. When you invest in the SCC Charitable Community Fund, with its giveback emphasis, or create your own Fund, you automatically become a member of the SCC Charitable Legacy Society that exclusively recognizes those visionary and caring individuals, clubs, businesses and organizations. As a member of the Legacy Society, you join others who also want to give back to SCC for years to come. Your commitment and dedication are shining examples of generosity that will help maintain the lifestyle and appearance of SCC. Walt Cawein is President of the SCC Charitable Foundation, Inc. and can be reached on 813-340-0533, or email “firstname.lastname@example.org”. The Foundation’s website is “charitablefoundationscc.org”.
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ARTS & entertainment CONCERT BAND• DANCE • SHOWS • FAZZ• FLEXERCISE & MORE!
NOTICE: Each community and club in Sun City Center and Kings Point has specific rules about membership and attendance. Unless specifically stated or posted, most venues, meetings and events hosted on the Community Association campus and in Kings Point require attendees to bring their SCC CA or KP ID or come with a resident member. When in doubt, contact the club in question - not the venue or association - prior to arrival. Thanks.
Sun City Center Square Dance Club
DANCING Singles Social Dance Club
Singles Social Dance Club will hold their Christmas Dance on December 4 in the Florida Room, Atrium Building, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. with live music by Thor Stevens and his saxophone. He has added several new songs. Members $3; Guests $5. BYOB Dressy/casual attire. Please no jeans, shorts, levis. Any donations for the food table, to be shared by all, will be greatly, appreciated. For suggestions of what to bring and other info: Janet 813-633-3558. Sunday, Dec. 11 Singles Social Dance Club will meet again in the Florida Room, Atrium Bldg., from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Music will again be presented by Thor Stevens and his saxophone. Members $3; Guests $5. BYOB and snacks. Proper dress, please. Info: Janet 633-3558. Membership forms for 2017 will be available for the payment of $15. New members must present a CA or KP badge. Present members need only make a payment unless something has changed since last year.
Academy of Ballroom Dance
Saturday, December 3, 2016 in Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach, Sun City Center. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Attire is Christmas Dressy. BYOB. Everyone welcome. Singles table available. Members free, guests $6. At 6:30, before the dance, Bernice DuBro & George Hawn will be teaching a samba lesson. More information, call George Hawn at 330-770-0442.
Oldies but Goodies Dance Club
The Oldies but Goodies Dance Club will be hosting The Rogue Brothers including Elvis on Sunday, December 18 in Community Hall 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd. The doors will open at 6:15 p.m. for members and 6:30 for guests. The group will be performing 7 - 10 p.m. There is no cost for members. Guests and non-members are $6 per person. Tickets will be available at the door, no advance ticket needed. There will be tables for singles. BYOB and snacks. The club will provide ice, water, napkins and cups on each table. Any questions please contact Joanne at 728-1147 or email “jjlatenite@aol. com”. You may also visit our website, “sccoldiesbutgoodiesdanceclub.com”.
The Sun City C enter Swingers Square Dance Club will be dancing Mainstream/Plus Square Dances all Fridays in the month of December. The Club dances every Friday night, except when pre-empted, in the SCC Atrium Dance Studio, 945 North Course Lane (North Complex, off N. Pebble Beach Blvd.). Dance Workshop 7 - 7:30 p.m., Mainstream/Plus Dance, with Rounds, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Square Dancers come join us for great dancing, fellowship and delicious refreshments. Square Dance Clothes or Dressy Casuals are acceptable. Callers for December are: Robert Aries/Marty Van Wart on alternating Fridays. Sandra Burke Cues. The Club will be holding its Annual Meeting/Potluck Dinner on Friday Night Dec. 9, 2016, 5:30 - 7 p.m. in the SCC Atrium, Armstrong Room. All Square Dancers are welcome. Dancers planning to attend will be asked to sign the Attendance Sheet and name the food dish they are bringing. The Attendance Sheet will be available at the Friday Night Dances prior to the potluck dinner. Mainstream/plus dance, with rounds will follow. For further information call Teri at 813633-0551 or Veanna at 813-938-1038 and/ or see our website: “floridasquaredance. com/suncity/index”.
Rockin’ Thru the Years Dance Club
Our December dance will be held Sunday, December 11 from 7 to 10 p.m. in Veterans Theater, Kings Point North Clubhouse. The doors open at 6:30 pm for our dances. Music will be provided by soulRcoaster, a fun, dynamic and popular Southwest Florida cover band. SoulRcoaster covers a diverse array of genres appealing to even the most discriminating taste! soulRcoaster can turn any party into a memorable event! Their repertoire includes Etta to Lady Gaga, classic rock to Motown, jazz, ballads, disco and even a little country. SoulRcoaster will engage you, entertain you and take you on a ride. Listen to a sample of their music online at www.soulrcoaster.com. You may purchase your tickets, $5 per person, for the December 11 dance on Tuesday, December 6 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the ticket table in the Kings Point North Clubhouse Lobby. Table reservations may also be made when you purchase your tickets. You may bring your own snacks and BYOB. The Club provides Cups, Napkins, Water and Ice on each table. Please email Sandi at “rockinthrutheyears@gmail. com” for more information or questions. Join us for a rockin’ good time!
SCC Singles Mingles Of Kings Point
The Holiday Dance will be held on Thursday, Dec. 8, in the Kings Point Main Clubhouse Theater from 6-9:30 p.m. New and old music will be presented by Thor Stevens and his saxophone. Tickets at the door will be $5. BYOB. Attire is dressy/casual. Info: Janet 633-3558.
Moonglow Dance Club
Moonglow Ballroom Dance Club proudly presents an evening of live music by “The Good Times Ballroom Fantasy Band” at their Holiday Dance on Thursday, December 22 from 7:309:30 p.m. at Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Sun City Center. This six-piece professional band from the Orlando area has played for Arthur Murray Studio Special Dances, and for numerous ballroom dance events in Central Florida from the Atlantic Coast to the Gulf Coast. We scheduled this special dance during the holiday season to benefit the great number of ballroom dancers in the area. The attire at Moonglow Dances is dressy casual. members are free, and Visitors/Guests pay only $5 per person at the door. Singles table(s) are always available. Please BYOB and snacks, and the club provides ice, water, cups and napkins. We have a great 2017 schedule of year-round monthly dances featuring talented entertainers booked for your entertainment. For the benefit of our seasonal visitors, we have also added an afternoon dance on Sunday February 5. Ne w and c ur rent memb ership registration is $25 per person, and reservations for our annual dinner dance on Thursday January 26, 2017 are now available. Banquet Masters will be catering, and Mario DeLeon will provide the music for your dancing and listening pleasure. Both current and new members still pay only $15 for the Dinner Dance and visitors/guests are welcome for $30 per person. Why not get your friends & neighbors to join you at a Moonglow Dance? If you think that you can’t ballroom dance, remember that we are not “Dancing With the Stars”. We each do what our bodies allow us to do in time to the music. For more information call 813-633-1297 or 813-633-2755, or if you would like to receive Moonglow Information by email, contact “email@example.com”.
Attention Sun City Center & Kings Point Line Dancers
The Solo Line Dance Club of Sun City Center invites all line dancers from Sun City Center and Kings Point to join them in an open and free dance on Monday, 5 December, from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Community Hall on S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Bryan Ashley will be in charge of the music. To avoid accidents and/or injuries, please do not wear flip-flops, sandals, and/or heels. For more information, call Norine Brinck at 813-260-3422.
Cloggers Appreciation Lunch
Past and present members of the Sun City Center Cloggers recently held an appreciation lunch at the Sandpiper Grille for two long-standing leaders, Karen Hosman and JJ Roberts. Both ladies have been a part of the group since its inception in 2000. Karen has been a dedicated class instructor, as well as a valued performer. JJ concentrated her creative talents behind the scene as choreographer, costume designer, and performance coordinator. The group’s first performance in the Kings Point Follies was in 2002. They clogged to Michael Flatley’s “Lord of the Dance”, which became their signature routine. Under Karen and JJ’s guidance the cloggers were the first performing group to win the Jane Cheevers Outstanding Performance Award for their presentation in the 2011 Follies. All attendees at the luncheon had a wonderful time hearing funny stories about past performances, sewing mishaps, and a few wardrobe malfunctions. If you are interested in joining the SCC Cloggers please contact Barbara Longo at 813-634-0794.
By Lynn Manzi, Entertainment Director Our first Season Show on November 13th thoroughly entertained our audience, so we started off with a great show that was highly successful. Johnny Rodgers was energetic and versatile and we look forward to bringing him back at another time. Our next show is Sunday, December 4, which is the Sounds of Soul. They will perform a “Motown Holiday” show with a live band and it should be as enjoyable as the first show. On December 10, Yesterdaze will perform as part of the series. Please note that December 10 is a Saturday. The dance is free to Series Ticket Holders and single tickets are $21. In January, we will have Tommy Mara and the Crests on Sunday, January 15, and the Fabulous Hubcaps Dance on Friday, January 20. On Wednesday, January 25, 2017, the annual Showcase will be presented for your enjoyment and will give the audience an opportunity to vote on the shows they like. The showcase is free to ticket holders and are $11 for non-series holders. There are still tickets on sale at the Kiosk, so please purchase your tickets as soon as possible. Tickets for any show are for sale at the door the day of the performance, if available. The Kiosk will be closed Saturday, December 24 through January 1, 2017 for the holidays. I would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Holiday Season and look forward to seeing you in the New Year!
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The Jazz Lovers Meet
Now is the moment to sit back and relax for a couple of hours and enjoy some great jazz. The Jazz Lovers group will be meeting on Friday, December 16 in the Ripple Room of the Kings Point North Clubhouse from 2 to 4 p.m. We will be enjoying jazz selections that touch your heart. For that break from the holiday bustle, come on in and join us. For more information contact: Bill Ferron at 813-938-3571.
Gals & Guys Productions Holding Auditions for March Show
Auditions for Vocalists are being held on Thursdays, December 15 and 22, 2016 at the Rollins Theater between 1 and 4 p.m. for an upcoming showcase where we take our club members on a road trip to “Broadway” Directed by Salvina Tannenholz, held on March 16, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the SCC Community Hall. Sun City Center, Renaissance, Kings Point and Freedom Plaza Residents are invited to sign up for club membership on every Thursday between 1 and 2 p.m. in the Rollins Theater. Annual $15 per person includes a series of three shows a year with refreshments after each performance. CHECKS will be the only payment accepted. Also, remember to bring your SCC- CA ID card. The Gals & Guys Productions consists of residents who entertain residents. They give their time and talent to share a love of the performing arts. Our mission is to create productions for the enjoyment of resident members and to share our mutual love of the performing arts with our community. If you would like to volunteer for this production, please contact us at “firstname.lastname@example.org” with “Volunteer” in the subject line or call Salvina 813633-5924.
The Art Club in Sun City Center
Artist of the Month is Blanca Alfonso The Art Club of Sun City Center has chosen Blanca Alfonso as the December 2016 Artist of the Month. The Dutch, French and Californian impressionists are her inspiration. Blanca’s paintings of landscapes, cityscapes, colonial architecture, florals and still life reflect her impressionistic style. Her love of traveling matches her joy of painting and provides material for her creations. As a member of the California Alamo-Danville Artists Society, Blanca held a One Woman Show and participated in Gallery and Outdoor Shows. Blanca moved from Northern California to Sun City Center in 2013 and joined the Sun City Center Art Club 2016. You can view Blanca Alfonso’s artwork at the Sun City Center Library, the Sun City Center Welcome Center, LaBeautique Style Salon, Sun City Center Samaritan Services and in the Sun City Center Art Club Window. For more information about the Art Club in Sun City Center, visit www.artclubofscc.org.
Kings Point Follies Auditions
The call is out for all greater Sun City Center and South Shore area singers, dancers, comedians and any other talented individuals or groups who wish to try out for the 2017 Kings Point Follies. Veteran Director Rose Ostrander is once again in charge of this highly popular annual production. The theme of Follies 2017 is “CELEBRATION” and will be presented in the Kings Point Veterans Theater on Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11, 2017. This show has been in the planning stages for the past several months and promises exciting and innovative entertainment. Assistant Director Linda Stone and talented Choreographer Diane LeFrancois are repeating their roles to help make this another outstanding production. The Kings Point Follies has consistently been praised as one of the best shows in town. Any entertainer living in Kings Point, Sun City Center or the surrounding area is encouraged to audition. Performers, mark your calendars so you don’t miss out. On Saturday, December 17, at 5 p.m., tryouts will be held in the Kings Point Veterans Theater for the Chorus and soloist dancers. Chorus numbers include not only singing, but some basic choreography and stage movements, as well. On Saturday, January 7, musical soloists and specialty acts will meet in the Kings Point Veterans Theater at 5 p.m., to showcase their talents. Musicians, soloists, duos, trios, etc., are urged to provide their own CDs or accompanists. A computer and iPad will be available. A capella tryouts are also acceptable. If you are not a Kings Point resident, simply inform the guard at the Visitors gate that you are there for Follies auditions. For more information, you may email “rostrander1@tampabay. rr.com” or call 813-633-1753.
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Gallery Opening & Reception December 7, 2016 By Penny Quinn In December the Art Club in Sun City Center will feature pastel paintings by Marcia Hansen and will spotlight works by her friends and students: Pam Cardwell, Yoshi Kosecki, Grethe Lindman, Hollie Lynch, Faye McKeown, Lori Murray and Dennis Tumminelli. Marcia’s use of pastels incorporates a variety of application methods that include pastels on paper, canvas and sanded board. She enjoys layering pastels using rich intense colors often over painted backgrounds. Her love of Florida is apparent with her paintings depicting colorful wildlife including birds, animals and landscapes very familiar to folks living in the Tampa Bay area. The artwork of her students expresses their hands-on experiences using various pastel mediums. An award-winning artist Marcia took First Place awards at SUNY Albany, Saratoga Springs, Albany and other upstate New York communities as well as in Sun City Center Art Club shows. In Florida, her work has been exhibited at the John Crawford Gallery of the SouthShore Regional Library. As an instructor of pastel painting at the Art Club in Sun City Center, Marcia inspires her students to look at objects in atypical ways so that their paintings reflect rich colors or personal quirkiness. Surprise and wonder await you at the “Marcia and Friends” Gallery Opening on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 from 1 to 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Snacks and beverages will be served. The Art Club Gallery is located on Cherry Hills Drive in Sun City Center. Visit “www. artclubofscc.org” for more information.
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Let It Ring, Let It Swing, Let It Snow
Sun City Center Men’s Chorus Prepare For The Christmas Season The forty members of the Sun City Center Men’s Chorus gather every Wednesday afternoon from September to April and do what they love to do — produce great harmony and create that musical sound that only a male chorus can produce. They are currently rehearsing for their upcoming Christmas concert season. The chorus is scheduled for five appearances this December in Sun City Center and surrounding communities. The Sun City Center men’s chorus is especially excited to present a free Christmas concert designed to help the residents of our community enter the Christmas season on a happy musical note. It is their way of saying “THANKS” to the citizens of our community for their support this past year, and especially for their attendance at two Tampa Rays baseball games this past April and September, when the chorus sang the national anthem for the Rays. They appreciate the fact that the citizens of Sun City Center were there to support them. The Christmas performance open to the will be presented at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church located on Del Webb West Blvd. on Sunday, December 11. The concert will begin at 3 p.m. Although they are booked for the Christmas season the chorus still has two open dates available for either March or April 2017, for this coming spring season when they will present a complete new program featuring Broadway music, religious songs and numbers guaranteed to leave the audience humming the tune. Performances can run for thirty minutes to an hour, depending on what is requested. For more information please call; 813-634-4110.
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By Uta Kuhn Have you ever thought about how much fun it would be to enjoy productions that highlight your friends and neighbors’ talents when singing, dancing, doing a skit? Well here’s your chance to get involved in a brand new club in Sun City Center. Gals & Guys Productions consists of resident entertainers who give of their time and talents to share their love of performing. Our mission is to create productions that will entertain SCC resident club members during the coming year and into 2017. The Club was formed by performer/ director Salvina Tannenholz. Auditions have been completed for the first show and the cast is rehearsing every Thursdays in the Rollins Theater. Why not stop by the Rollins Theater if you would like to join this club? The Club has volunteers working on signing up memberships every Thursday, from 1 to 2 p.m. Club membership is open to all SCC, Kings Point, Renaissance and Freedom Plaza residents. The annual membership dues are $15 per person which includes three productions a year and refreshments after each show at no additional cost.
Payment is check only and you must show your SCC CA/KP membership card when signing up. A quote by the director, “Being a new club, we can also use more volunteers to help with the actual productions, backstage and props crew, clerical, computer coordinator, music coordinator, etc. E a c h s h ow re qu i re s d i f f e re nt specifications, and the Club is always looking for volunteers who would like to learn various aspects of the production. If you are willing to be trained and can commit to the time needed for any clerical or technical area, please call Salvina 813-633-5924 or email “email@example.com” with “Volunteer” in the subject line to request a list of job descriptions to review. The premiere season kicks off with: Holiday Showcase December 14, 2016, Broadway Tunes March 16, 2017 USO (Bob Hope) Theme showcase November 9, 2017 All shows will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Community Hall, 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd. Please support your local talent.
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95 And Still Dancing
By Ilona Merritt “As we get older we have to keep moving”. This is the philosophy of Molly Worth-Anderson, who just celebrated her 95th Birthday and has been seriously dancing for 30 years. At 95 she does line dancing every Wednesday morning at the JSA Center and every Tuesday at the Sun Tower facility. Concerned about her balance, JSA requires her to do it sitting, although I saw her dancing with another Lady holding her hands. At the Towers she gets to do line dancing standing up. She and her husband, Sunny Anderson, also participate in the square-dancing class at the JSA center. Molly told me that is easy since she has her hubby to hold onto. They both still do ballroom dancing as long as it is slow music. One might say that dancing is in her blood. In high school she tap danced and she enjoyed dances such as clogging and jitterbug. Despite her parents concerns, this adventurous little lady moved away from Michigan and joined the Navy for two years. She took her basic training at Hunter College and worked at the cable center. Molly’s real first name is actually Erleen. After the Navy she worked for the Army Aviation Division where the voice transmission on Helicopters were tested. She held the ground position and one day the helicopter pilot came down and simply explained to Erleen that her name was too hard for him to remember and therefore from that day forward he was going to call her “Molly”, and the name stuck. Molly raised four children, two sons and two daughters. After her motherin-law died, her husband wanted to move to Florida. Like the so many of
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Once Naughty, Hopefully Nice By Suzanne S. Austin-Hill
Historically, “to the victors belong the spoils”,
...greed, fraud, bribery, favoritism, nepotism, privilege and plunder. Hopefully to our victors will belong the gifts... chances...to relieve oppression, opportunities...to slay injustice, happenings...marking the demise of bigotry,
circumstances...demonstrating prejudice is no more, situations...yielding decades of work of which anyone can be proud, decisions...that put roofs over our heads, food on our tables, clothing on our backs, and allow our children to be welleducated at a reasonable cost.
us, he too, was tired of the cold winters. They lived in several places in Florida before they settled in Kings Point. She was widowed and took a job at Winn Dixie in their Deli Department. Every morning a gentleman named Sunny Anderson went to Winn Dixie for coffee, and it soon became apparent by her coworkers that Sunny had his eye on Molly. One day he told her that he repairs old clocks. She told him that she didn’t have any clocks. However, the next day she brought a clock to work and gave it to Sunny. She said it fell off the wall. He fixed it, they dated for a year, got married and that was 17 years ago. Molly also volunteered for four years at South Bay Hospital passing out food trays. Molly and Sunny are a delightful, outgoing couple and are truly a great asset to our community.
Hopefully to our victors (and losers) will belong the light leading us to everlasting moments of UNDERSTANDING, TOLERANCE, HARMONY, and PEACE.
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Where to Find Christmas Lights Spectaculars
By Kai Rambow Nights of Lights in St. Augustine From mid-November to the end of January, St. Augustine celebrates its heritage and Christmas. It started with white candles being lit; today over three million white lights continue a 250-yearold tradition. A huge part of the historic district is bathed in white lights. An enjoyable way to catch most of it is by taking the Holly Jolly Holiday Trolley (Old Town Trolley) special lights tours. Be sure to get your “magic” glasses for a special lights bonus. They play Christmas favorites and plenty of people sing along. At the end, there is hot cider waiting. To absorb the whole experience more, take your time after the trolley ride and walk around. If you walk from the water, inland along Cathedral Place, then
bear slightly left to reach the Lightner Museum you’ll catch some of the most impressive lighting displays. Update: St. Augustine did get hit by Hurricane Matthew, however, the city managed to get cleaned up within a few days. Christmas in Mount Dora Magical in its own way, the Christmas lights celebration in Mount Dora has over two million lights and plenty of color. Like St. Augustine, there are lights everywhere, however, the two key spots are the lights at the Marina (past the Lakeview Inn) and Donnelly Park. The lights at the Marina extend some distance, so don’t assume you’re looking at everything. The lights at Donnelly Park are a part of downtown Mt. Dora, so they are easy to access. Be sure to walk all the way around the park.
Monday to Thursday (and avoiding Christmas holidays) will be your best time to avoid crowds and just enjoy the lights. The lights here are usually displayed from the end of November to the beginning of January. Details for visiting Mt. Dora were outlined in the October issue, which can be accessed online at “www.newsofsuncitycenter. com”. Just scroll down and search “Mount Dora”. Christmas in the Park – Winter Park This unique event is only held one night every year. It is so special, really good planning is required. Street sections are blocked and there is plenty of traffic. If you’re not there by early afternoon, you may miss out. The Morse Museum sets out nine century-old Tiffany windows in the park. Each Christmas themed window is lit and each has a docent to explain unique aspects. This is the only time one can see the windows; they are stored the rest of the year. This is a rich, visual feast and worth the trip.
The Marina in Mount Dora.
Tips for a Great Trip St. Augustine: Given the distance, consider spending at least one or more nights there. Monday to Thursday are optimal times. St. Augustine offers special mid-week rates for accommodation “www.floridashistoriccoast.com/ midweek”. There will be fewer tourists (except right around Christmas) and you should be able to get dinner reservations at one of many good restaurants. This can also be a memorable getaway to celebrate the season. Trolley tips: To save time buy your tickets in advance online. You can park for free or a reduced rate at a few locations. Upon arrival you many want to check in to get your trolley passes (stickers) and magical glasses. Two ways to plan: (1) Arrive a little before the first trolley leaves. Check out coupons on magical glasses and use those after tour. (2) Go for dinner, then take the trolley tour. As long as you’re in the line before 9 p.m., you’ll get on a trolley. For more information, visit “www.trolleytours.com”. Mount Dora: Given the distance, you might want to consider staying at least one night here. You might also consider combining: St. Augustine first, then Mt. Dora as a Christmas lights trip. For accommodations, go to “www. mountdora.com”. Click on the “Play” link near top, then look under Lodging. Winter Park: This is doable as a day trip, however, if you’re not here early you will have trouble finding a parking spot.
St. Augustine: Lightner Museum celebrating the season.
Travel Alert: Tampa Airport By Kai Rambow If you will be picking up relatives or friends at our airport, there are a few updates you might like to know. I’m assuming most of you know to use the cell phone parking lot. Real-time flight information is posted on big boards and there are restrooms. Curbside Pickup Limited
Construction has shut down the blue side curb for pickups and drop-offs. The photo shows the SkyConnect tram system being built, which when completed will take passengers to economy parking and a new car rental facility. Closer to the front is a new open terrace for passengers.
Major construction is affecting all pickups and drop-offs for passengers on the blue side until early 2017. The airlines impacted are American, Delta, JetBlue and United. Your best bet is to do this: (1) Wait in the cell phone parking lot until the flight arrives. (2) Drive to short-term parking and park.
(3) Take elevators to meet at the luggage belt. (4) Take elevators back to your car. Remember there are four sets of elevators, two blue and two red, each with different names, so pay attention to color and name. Also, the first hour of parking is free. New Restaurant Options A flight gets delayed and everyone is hungry, there are new food options. P.F. Chang’s, Hard Rock Café, Chick-fil-A, Wendy’s and Qdoba have all recently opened in the main terminal. Another
Even the horse drawn carriages light up for Christmas in St. Augustine.
New P.F. Chang restaurant near the Southwest and United trams in the main terminal.
option is to drive to nearby International Mall for even more food options. If you have an opportunity to see the changes, I’d encourage you to do so. The main terminal is being beautifully transformed, and you can see this even with construction blocking some views. The work is past the halfway point and major work should be nearing completion one year from now.
Christmas concert kicking off celebrations right beside a Tiffany window in Winter Park.
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DANUBE RIVER CRUISE of a LIFETIME!
11 days cruising and exploring the magnificent riverside vistas along Europe’s most celebrated river with day trips to some of the most captivating cultural centers of Europe
r ortin fo The News of Sun City Center and Cruise Planners invite you to F e l y a Call G e details JOIN US on this once in a lifetime Danube River cruise excursion! mor r o 2 2 .42 We will depart on May 11, 2017, for a captivating cruise on the legendary Blue 813.434 3.3111 941.31 Danube, exploring Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany and The Czech Republic. DAY ONE Depart the USA
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DAY TWO Arrive Hungary
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Today you’ll depart the USA on your overnight flight to Budapest, Hungary, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Transfer to Mayflower Tours’ exclusively chartered river ship, The MS Emerald Destiny, your home for the next seven nights. (Dinner onboard)
DAY THREE Budapest, Hungary
After breakfast enjoy an included city tour of Budapest. The city straddles both banks of the Danube linked by seven bridges, including the famous Chain and Elizabeth Bridges. The tour presents you with a fantastic opportunity to become acquainted with Hungary’s beautiful capital. Enjoy a photo stop at Gellert Hill, see historic Buda Castle, 500-year-old Matthias Church, St. Stephen’s Basilica, the distinctive Fisherman’s Bastion and the marvelous Royal Palace. Enjoy free time before departing for Bratislava. Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner onboard. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snack onboard)
DAY FOUR Bratislava, Slovakia
The day starts with an included city tour of Bratislava. ‘All Aboard’ the exclusively chartered Bratislava City Train for a unique touring experience. See the Slovak Philharmonic Hall, the National Theatre, the Archbishop’s Summer Residence and the Blumental Church. Arriving at Vienna Gate, it’s a short stroll to a panoramic overview of the city from atop Castle Hill. During a leisurely paced walking tour through the historical center, see the Archbishop Palace, St. Martin’s Cathedral and the Main Square with its Old Town Hall, the Roland Fountain and the Opera House. Enjoy leisure time this afternoon in this remarkable town. This evening, enjoy a musical performance onboard by local artists. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snack onboard)
DAY FIVE Vienna, Austria
Discover all Vienna has to offer with an included orientation tour. For over 600 years, the magnificent baroque capital city of Vienna was the seat of the mighty Hapsburg Emperors, a heritage that has bestowed it with many dazzling palaces and monuments: the lavish Hofburg Palace, the impressive Vienna Opera House and the majestic Ringstrasse. The capital is also known as the “City of Music” for having once been the home of composers such as Beethoven, Schubert, Mozart and Johann Strauss. On your included excursion, see some of the famous sights of this impressive city and visit Shönbrunn Palace, with its magnificent interiors and landscape gardens. Enjoy leisure time in the city center in the afternoon. This evening, join an optional excursion for a musical concert in one of the famous music venues of the city. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snack onboard)
DAY SIX Dürnstein and Melk, Austria
After breakfast, join your local guide for a stroll through the medieval town of Dürnstein – “The Pearl of the Wachau” – set in Austria’s spectacular vine-terraced Wachau Valley. With its cobblestone streets and old burgher houses, it is dominated by the magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its lovely blue façade. The ruins of Kuenringerburg Castle, which served as a prison to England’s Richard the Lionheart in 1193, can be seen on the hilltop. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Wachau Valley as we cruise along the Danube River before arriving in Melk. Join an optional excursion to visit the glorious and magnificent 900-year-old Benedictine Abbey, UNESCO World Heritage Site, which boasts a breathtakingly opulent Baroque interior. See the Marble Hall and Library with its thousands of identically bound books and also its terraced gardens. Later this afternoon, the ship departs for Aschach - the drop off point for tomorrow’s optional excursion. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snack onboard)
DAY SEVEN Salzburg, Austria and Passau, Germany
After breakfast join us on an optional excursion to Salzburg, Austria. You will travel by motor coach to Mozart’s Salzburg where a guide will show you the sights of The Sound of Music and walks you along the famous Getreidegasse Lane, past Mozart’s birthplace. After the tour, we drive to Passau, Germany where our ship has docked. Enjoy a walking tour of Passau prior to boarding your ship. This evening your ship departs for Regensburg. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snack onboard)
DAY EIGHT Regensburg, one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities
After breakfast, we explore Regensburg on a guided walking tour. During a stroll through the historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, we experience its beauty and history firsthand. This afternoon the ship departs for Nuremberg. Tonight, say goodbye to the captain and crew at the farewell reception and dinner. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snack onboard)
DAY NINE Nuremberg to Prague, Czech Republic
After breakfast onboard, disembark your ship and enjoy a tour of Nuremberg. Beginning with a panoramic tour by coach, your local guide will explain the importance of this city during the war as you explore a bit outside of the inner city and pass the Court House where the Nazi War Trials were held. Take a walking tour through the Altstadt (old town) which stands in the shadows of the imperial castle. The local guide will lead you through this medieval city as you pass some of the amazing architecture, fortifications and stone towers from past centuries, including the Schöner Brunnen – Nuremberg’s star attraction: the gilded ‘Beautiful Fountain’ with its tiers of intricately carved figures. At the end of the tour, free time is provided for lunch on your own prior to the journey to Prague for a two-night stay. Dinner is included in Prague this evening. (Breakfast onboard) (Dinner)
DAY ELEVEN Prague / USA
Bid a fond farewell to Europe and return home with memories of life enriching experiences from your cruise along the Danube River. (Breakfast)
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How incredible is the MS Emerald Destiny? Built in 2016, this brand new deluxe river cruise vessel is an ideal craft for this memory-making voyage. In addition to providing some of the largest staterooms and suites on river vessels, the ship also offers one-bedroom suites which boast a separate bedroom, spacious lounge area and full balcony. Other unique features onboard include a heated swimming pool that transforms into a cinema in the evening. With the friendly, attentive staff and remarkable ship it’s sure to be a relaxing and enjoyable holiday!
DAY TEN Prague
One of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Prague also offers a cultural and historic past. On this morning’s excursion, learn the city’s history from a local guide. Drive by some of the famous squares of the city including Wenceslas, Charles and Lesser Town Square. You’ll also see the National Museum, National Theatre and Prague Castle, among other famous towers and landmarks. The remainder of the day is at leisure, or join the optional excursion of the Jewish Quarter. Your adventure is concluded but you’ll bring back memories of European history to last a lifetime. (Breakfast)
Regensburg Aschach Passau
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Southshore Regional Library December 2016 Events Monday. December 5 • Online Genealogy Resources Tuesday, December 13 • Movie Matinee 2 – 3 p.m. at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin in 2 – 4 p.m. at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin the Computer Lab. Learn to use the library’s online genealogy databases, including in the community rooms. Join us for Genius. Rated PG-13 103 minutes. Nicole Ancestry Library Edition, Fold3 and Heritage Quest, as well as library digital Kidman and Colin Firth star in this stirring drama about the friendship between resources and key websites. Questions? Call (813) 273-3652. Thomas Wolfe and editor Maxwell Perkins (who discovered F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway). Call (813) 273-3652. Wednesday, December 7 • Recording Studio Open Orientation Every Wednesday Wednesday, December 14 • Elder Law 4 – 5 p.m. at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin in 2 – 4 p.m. at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin the Hive. Interested in using the Recording Studio or discovering what we have to in Community Room 1. This program will provide information and education offer? Come to our Recording Studio Orientation to get an overview of the devices regarding legal issues for seniors including planning for incapacities and longand software available for use and learn how you can reserve time in the studio. term care with emphasis on public benefits. Questions? Call: (813) 273-3652. Funded in part by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library. Questions? Call (813) 273-3652. Wednesday, December 27 • New Year’s Traditions Around The World 2 -3 p.m. at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin Thursday, December 8 • Adult Coloring Group in the Computer Lab. Learn about how the holiday of New Year’s is celebrated in 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, cultures all over the world. Questions? Call (813) 273-3652. Ruskin in the John Crawford Art Education Studio. Join us for some relaxation and socialization in our Adult Coloring Group. All supplies provided. Funded by New York Empire State Club the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library. Questions? Call (813) 273-3652. By Paula Lickfeldt Friday, December 9 • NIA: Non-Impact Aerobics 10:30 -11:30 a.m. at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin in the community rooms. This stimulating 60- minute movement practice will engage your body in healthy ways without jumping or jarring the joints. NIA takes you through a combination of dance arts, martial arts, and healing arts done to inspiring music. Taught by certified NIA instructor Gail Mongiello. Funded by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library. Questions? Call (813) 273-3652. Saturday, December 10 • Recording Studio – Open Orientation 4 – 5 p.m. at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin in the Hive. Interested in using the Recording Studio or discovering what we have to offer? Come to our Recording Studio Orientation to get an overview of the devices and software available for use and learn how you can reserve time in the studio. Funded in part by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library. Questions? Call (813) 273-3652. Monday, December 12 • Adult Writing Group 1 – 3 p.m. at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin in the John Crawford Art Education Studio. Connect with fellow writers to inspire, encourage, and exchange ideas about the writing process. Opportunities to share your writings and receive feedback will be available. If you’ve ever wanted to be a writer, this is the group for you! All levels of writers are welcome. Questions? Call: (813) 273-3652.
New York, New York, as the song goes, so goes the club. This club has been a part of the life of Sun City Center for over 30 years. The New York Club is a social club that is open to all SCC and Kings Point residents. Each month on the first Tuesday, from October through May the club has a dinner dance at the Kings Point Veterans Theater. The doors open at 4:30, there is a short club meeting that begins at 5:15 and dinner is served at 6. After dinner partiers dance the night away to a variety of bands and vocal groups. The Frank & Joan Gatto, CEO numbers 1 & 2. New York Club has a very large membership boasting of 450 members but the Kings Point Veterans Theater can only hold 280, so reservations must be made early. The dinner dances always sell out. This year the themes for the dinner dances are — December, “A Very Merry Christmas”; January, the mock wedding of Mr. Tomos Smith and Ms. Felicia Brown; February, a Valentine’s Party; March, St. Patrick’s Day; April, a Hawaiian theme, and May, “Senior Prom.” Club members do get together on the first Tuesday of June, July and August but they go out to a restaurant for dinner. If you have any questions about the New York Club you can contact Frank or Joan Gatto, club CEO number 1 and number 2.
SOUTH BAY HOSPITAL’S
NEW TOWER EXPANSION
IS NOW OPEN! Building A Healthier Community Just Became Reality The new tower includes:
• 14 additional Progressive Care Unit private patient rooms • 12 additional ICU private patient rooms
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• New, more convenient entrance and parking
• New Café at the Bay and outdoor seating
• Enhanced lobby and gift shop
• Updated chapel • Covered golf cart parking
SPORTS December 2016
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LAWN BOWLING • TENNIS • GOLF • SOFTBALL• PICKLEBALL & MORE! Duplicate Bridge News
Several social functions were included in the past month at the bridge rooms. Beginning with a Swiss team game on October 30 where many of the members dressed in Halloween costumes. Team game winners in the Open section were, Douglas Atkins, Sam Fuller, James Spandau and Charlotte Gefke. Winners in the 0-499 section were the team of Charles Roth Jr., Pam Cummings, Janet Selavka and Flavia Robertson. Congratulations to all of the winners. The next Swiss Team game will be held on December 18 in the Horizon Room with appetizers at noon and game beginning at 1:00 PM. The Monday night games are in full swing, beginning at 6:30 p.m. every “Witches of Bridge” team: Marianne Monday night in the Horizon Room so Strehar, K.C. Chilton, Heather Trivus & enjoy a night out and come play duplicate seated, Donna DeNaples. bridge. If you need a partner, call Mary at 634-2910. Classes are proceeding, including EasyBridge! 1,2 and 3 in addition to the Thursday morning shuffle and play free sessions for players wanting to practice their games with an instructor to assist. For information on these and any Duplicate Bridge Association information please check the website at “www.sunccbridge.com”. In closing, the club would like to take this opportunity to wish its many members and friends a joyous Holiday Season and a bright and prosperous New Year.
Charity Golf Tourney Check Presentation
Held November 16 at Sandpiper Golf Club in Sun City Center.
Sun City Center Shuffleboard Club
Shuffleboard club held its first special event of the season at the courts on Saturday, November 5, when the members got together for a turkey shoot, formerly call a “fun shuffle”. Sixty folks showed up for an afternoon of hot dogs, Coke and competitive, fun afternoon of attempting unusual shots on the courts. The British film company, Sky News who has been filming in the area showed up unexpectedly to take some pictures of this event for their station in the U.K. and brought a very large and politically balanced sheetcake. Half covered in blue icing and dedicated to Hillary while the other half said Trump, with red icing. Political leanings did not play a part in the disposal of the cake. Sweet tooth impulse took over and it was uniformly and 100 percent consumed. Cash prizes were offered to first place winner Arnie Silverglade, with a fifth place prize going to Chuck Fleming and tenth place to Norm White. A 50/50 raffle was held with Ursula Joyal drawing the winning ticket. Doug Hazleton, is not sporting a new shuffleboard cue thanks to the Shuffleboard Cue drawing sponsored by Allen Shuffleboard, Inc. Everyone had a great time and many thanks to all of the people who helped put together this event. Thanks to the cook, Rex Faqua; ticket sales, Alma Lang, Nhung Truong and Kathleen Peeples; ice cream sales, Edie and Doug Hazleton. Arnie Silverglade with the help of Bill Diaz and Norm White took care of setting up the special shots in advance of the event and a number of others served as Judges during the competition. Last, but most importantly, a very special thanks to Patti White and Mary Healy, for organizing and making sure that all of the parts were in place and working properly to produce such a fun and successful event. The Shuffleboard Club continues to grow and now boasts a membership of over 140 members, 50 of them new since last April. The increased membership has required an expansion of social shuffle days. The club has changed their social shuffle days to Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons with play starting at 1 p.m. The courts will be closed on nearly every Wednesday until April 1 for the SCC Travel League activities. The two teams will hold their league matches starting a 1 p.m. Of the 20 matches scheduled, there will be 16 played at home with one or both of the SCC teams playing. Come to the courts and watch. Matches on Wednesday afternoon at 1 on those days when they are playing home matches. The SCC Travel League has two teams this year for the first time and started their league play in the Bayshore Shuffle Travel League on November 9. SCC Gold had a 6-6 draw with Hawaiian Isles Gray and SCC Blue one, 10-2 against Rice Creek. The Bayshore Shuffle Travel league is made of six teams from four local communities. The league will play a total of 20 matches between now and April. Team practices will be held on Tuesday mornings with extra play on Thursday mornings.
The Championship players, Joe Mignogna, Linda Mostov, Rick Czachor and runners up, Joe Mattia, Glenn Baumann Eric Porr.
Sun City Center Lawn Bowling Fall League
This year’s “Fall Fun League” wrapped up November 3. Twelve, triples format teams, competed for five weeks, followed by a, best two out of three, Championship Series. Gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded and cash prizes for first to fourth place. The Championships saw the team of Rick Czachor, Joe Mignogna and Linda Mostov, the eventual gold medal winners, playing against Glenn Baumann, Eric Porr and Joe Mattia. Lawn bowling can be as social (club level) or as competitive (district level) as you want. Bowling is an exceptionally friendly activity, providing plenty of fun and healthy exercise for all those that participate. For more information about the sport of lawn bowling and the club in Sun City Center, please visit “www. suncitycenterlbc.com”.
SCC Lawn Bowls Mixed Pairs Invitational
The Sun City Center Lawn Bowling Club’s annual Mixed Pairs Invitational tournament attracted twenty eight teams that included visitors from the Sarasota Lawn Bowling Club, Clearwater LBC, Top of the World LBC and the Sun-n-Fun LBC (Sarasota). Also playing in the tournament were out-of-country guests from Pointe Claire Quebec, Arnprior Ontario, and Jersey, Channel Islands. This year’s event was won by the Clearwater team of Ron Ridley and June Paciga. Second place went to Derek Boswell and Chris Grimes (Jersey, Channel Islands). The Sun City Center team of Jim and Ava Casper won the prize for last-game-high. The international players were here to participate in the Bowls USA Open being held here and at the Sarasota Lawn Bowling Club. The Open is a weeklong event starting on Saturday, November 12, where players from over 50 World Bowls member countries are invited to compete. Visit “www.bowls-usa-2016-us-open. Ron Ridley and June Paciga from the com” for all the events and results. Looking for a new challenge? Want to Clearwater Lawn Bowls Club make new friends? Do you enjoy outdoor activities? Need some light exercise? Try lawn bowls. We provide loaner equipment and free lessons. Drop by the green (Central Campus) or go to “www.suncitycenterlbc.com” to learn more.
Sports continued on 20.
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at 1 Skin Low-Net: Jack Hugill - 64 Low-Gross: Greg Banks - 79 Birds: Greg Banks - 3 Birds, Steve Parks, Jack Hugill, and Cau Huynh - 1 Bird. Flight 2: Course: Sandpiper Palms-Oaks: 1st: Doug McFaul - 3 Skins 2nd: George Jenkins - 2 Skins Low-Net: Bob Mizack 64 Low-Gross: Paul Swakow - 80 Birds: Paul Swakow - 1 Bird. Monday, October 24: Course: Summerfield Crossings: 1st: Tom Boyles - 3 Skins 2nd: Chris Heim 2 Skins 3rd: Hal Wold, Bob Mizack, and Denny Sutphen - Tied at 1 Skin LowNet: Bob Mizack - 69 Low-Gross: Todd Wednesday, October 5: Course: Lee - 91 Birds: Denny Sutphen - 1 Bird. Sandpiper Lakes-Palms: 1st: Tom Wednesday, October 26: Course: Boyle - 3 Skins 2nd: Larry St. John Sandpiper Palms-Oaks: 1st: Don Mowry and Don Mowry - Tied at 2 Skins - 2 Birds 2nd: Ron Dickey and Hal Wold 3rd: Hal Wold, Paul Swakow, and Ron - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Hal Wold - 61 Dickey - Tied at1 Skin Low-Net: Tom Low-Gross: Ron Dickey and Paul Boyle - 63 Low-Gross: Ron Dickey - Swakow - Tied at 85 Birds: Ron Dickey 83 Birds: Paul Swakow - 2 Birds Tom - 2 Birds Hal Wold and Don Mowry - 1 Boyle - 1 Bird.Saturday, October 8: Bird. Saturday, October 29: Course: Course: Freedom Fairways: 1st: Charlie Freedom Fairways: 1st: David Gellman Brown - 2 Birds 2nd: Chieu Nguyen, - 3 Skins2nd: George Jenkins - 2 Skins Ray Bui, Dick Fiedler, Bob Hull, Victor 3rd: Dick Fiedler and Ray Bui - Tied at 1 Holove, Ray Shaw, David Gellman, and Skin Low-Net: Ray Bui - 51Low-Gross: Ray Bui and David Ken Kirwin - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Ray Bui - 66 Birds: Gellman 2 Birds, George Jenkins - 1 Ray Bui and Charlie Brown - Tied at Bird. Saturday, October 29: Course: 60 Low-Gross: Ray Bui - 75 Birds: Buffalo Creek: 1st: Bob Mizack, Don Ray Bui - 2 Birds Chieu Nguyen, Mowry, Tom McHugh, and Francis Ken Kirwin, and Bob Hull - 1 Bird. Saturday, October 8: Course: Sandpiper Hendrickson - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Lakes-Palms 1st: Tom Rosata and Tom Don Mowry and Ron Dickey - Tied at 70 Boyle - Tied at 2 Skins 2nd: Larry St. Low-Gross: Ron Dickey - 84 Birds: John, Jack Hugill, Bill Robinette, Paul Greg Banks, Ruben Jones, and Tom Swakow, Don Mowry, and Barnett Gotschall - 1 Bird. Monday, October 31: Alpert - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Tom Course: Summerfield Crossings:1st: Boyle - 60 Low-Gross: Greg Banks - 81 Jack Hugill - 3 Skins 2nd: Ron Dickey - 2 Birds: Jack Hugill and Don Mowry - 1 Skins 3rd: Ruben Jones and Hal Wold Bird.Wednesday, October 12: Course: Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Hal Wold and Sandpiper Lakes-Palms: 1st: Larry St. Ron Dickey - Tied at 67 Low-Gross: Ron John - 3 Skins2nd: Bob Mizack - 2 Skins Dickey - 84. Wednesday, November 2: 3rd: Ruben Jones, Bill Smythe, and Course: Sandpiper Palms-Oaks: 1st: Hal Don Mowry - Tied at 1 SkinLow-Net: Wold - 2 Skins 2nd: Ruben Jones, Jack Larry St. John - 61 Low-Gross: Ruben Hugill, Rich Lucidi, and Don Mowry Jones - 83 B irds:Bob Mizack, Larry St. Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Hal Wold - 65 John, Hal Wold, and Don Mowry - 1 Low-Gross: Paul Swakow - 82 Birds: Bird.Saturday, October 15: Course: Paul Swakow - 2 Birds, Don Mowry and Freedom Fairways: 1st: Ken Kirwin and Hal Wold -1 Bird. November 5:Course: Ray Bui - Tied at 3 Skins2nd: Charlie Sandpiper Palms-Oaks: 1st: Ken Kirwin Brown - 2 Skins3rd: Chieu Nguyen - 2 Skins 2nd: Bill Barron and Ron and Dave Gellman - Tied at 1 SkinLow- Dickey - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Tom Net: Ken Kirwin - 58Low-Gross: Ken Boyle - 61 Low-Gross: Ron Dickey - 82 Kirwin - 74 B irds: Ray Bui, Ken Kirwin, Birds: Ron Dickey - 3 Birds, Ken and Charlie Brown - 1 Bird. Saturday, Kirwin - 2 Birds, Ruben Jones and Wilf October 15: Course: Sandpiper Palms- Pennell - 1 Bird.Wednesday, November Oaks: 1st: Larry St. John - 2 Skins 2nd: 9: Course: Sandpiper Palms-Oaks: 1st: Rich Lucidi - 1 Skin Low-Net: -Tom Jack Hugill - 2 Skins 2nd: Bob Mizack, McHugh, Larry St. John, and Ruben Frank Rovnanik, John Jackson, and Jones - Tied at 64 Low-Gross: Ruben Mike Arghittu - Tied at 1 Skin LowJones and Greg Banks - Tied at 79 Birds: Net: Ruben Jones - 61 Low-Gross: Paul Greg Banks, Ruben Jones, and Larry Swakow and Ruben Jones - Tied at 78 St. John - 2 Birds Tom Gotschall, Rich Birds: Ruben Jones, John Jackson, Todd Lucidi, Paul Swakow, and Bob Mizack Lee, Bob Mizack, and Mike Arghittu - 1 - 1 Bird. Monday, October 17: Course: Bird. Summerfield Crossings: 1st: Steve Parks - 3 Skins 2nd: Ruben Jones - 2 Skins 3rd: Bob Mizack and Doug McFaul Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Steve Parks, Ruben Jones, and Doug McFaul - Tied at 70 Low-Gross: Todd Lee - 87 Birds: Ruben Jones - 1 Bird. Wednesday, October 19: Course: Sandpiper Palms- Renaissance 10/27: Member-Member Oaks:1st: Hal Wold - 2 Skins 2nd: Bob 1st Flight 1: Gar y Morris, Bill Mizack, Jerry Egger, Steve Parks, and Stinchcomb 1st Flight 2: Dave Liehr, Jim Tom Gotschall - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Connelly 1st Flight 3: Stan Leesman, Hal Wold - 64 Low-Gross: Paul Swakow Don Cundiff 1st Flight 4: Bob Majewski, - 81 Birds: Jerry Egger - 2 Birds Hal Don Faron 1st Flight 5: Ed Barnes, Wold, Todd Lee, Paul Swakow, and Tom Bob Stephens 1st Flight 6: Chuck Gotschall - 1 Bird. Saturday, October Roth, Herman Weston 1st Flight 1: 22: Course: Freedom Fairways: 1st: Ken Kathy Lawrence, Lois Scoppettuolo 1st Kirwin - 2 Skins 2nd: Victor Holove, Flight 2: Diane Doto, Rosie Kintz 1st Charlie Brown, David Gellman, Bill Flight 3: Nancy Birkett, JoAnn McCally Giblin, and Bob Hull - Tied at 1 Skin 1st Flight 4: Patti Ducharme, Betty Low-Net: Ken Kirwin - 49 Low-Gross: McLoone. Prize Fund 9/20: 1st Flight Ken Kirwin - 66 Birds: Ken Kirwin - 4 1: Bill Quinlan, Norb Miller, Joe Knight, Birds, Charlie Brown - 2 Birds, David Bill Collins 1st Flight 2: Stan Pearsall, Gellman, Bob Hull, Ray Bui, and Victor George Wilkins, Mike Schoonover, Greg Holove - 1 Bird. Saturday, October 22: Innamorato 1st Flight 3: Bob LeMaster, Course: Sandpiper Lakes-Palms: Flight Jim Zibreg, Bill Young, Sonny Durham 1: 1st: Greg Banks - 3 Skins 2nd: Jack 1st Flight 4: Gene Scoppettuolo, Joanne Hugill - 2 Skins Brennan, Lois Scoppettuolo, Syl Oliveira 3rd: Bill Smythe and Cau Huynh - Tied 1st Flight 5: Chuck Kim, Insook Kim,
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Jerry Gibson, Karen Gibson 1st Flight 6: Connie Murray, Mary Ann Harmon, Sue Auger, Ilene Davidoff. Men 10/17: 2 Best Balls of 4: 1st: Chuck Kim, Bill Quinlan, Pat Jaccoi, Clyde Schafer. 10/24: 1 BB 1-6, 2 BB 7-12, 3 BB 13-18: 1st: Jack Stiles, Terry Collom, Chuck Roth. 10/31: 3 Best Balls of 4: 1st: Chuck Kim, Dave Bartku, Ron Iannazzi. Ladies 10/18: Pick your best 9: 1st Flight 1:(tie) JoAnn Whalen, Kathleen Records 1st Flight 2: Sue Auger 1st Flight 3: Erma Faron. 11/8: 2 Week Eclectic: 1st Flight 1: Kathy Lawrence 1st Flight 2: Sue Auger 1st Flight 3: Ilene Davidoff 1st Flight 4: Adele Quinlan. Couples 10/21: Quota Points 1st Flight 1: Ed and Belle Sauer 1st Flight 2: Rick and Bonnie Johnson. 10/28: Modified Alternate Shot: 1st Flight 1: Ed and Belle Sauer 1st Flight 2: Don and Erma Faron. 11/4: Scramble: 1st Flight 1: Don and Erma Faron 1st Flight 2: Rick and Bonnie Johnson. Scepter Men 10/19: Team Points Quota: 1st: Wayne Stebbins, Lee Johnson, Jim Lahti, Jim Betts. 10/26: Low Gross/Low Net: Flight A Low Gross: Larry Lutz Low Net: Bill Kuhn. Flight B Low Gross: Bob Vellante Low Net: Wayne Stebbins. Flight C Low Gross George Fenwick Low Net:(tie) Bob Ewing, Bill Humes.Flight D Low Gross Vince Pirone Low Net:(tie) Tom Grillo, Corky Grzankowski. 11/2: 2 Best Balls of 4: Wayne Stebbins, John Giddings, Bob McAllister, Bill McNamara. Ladies 18 Holes: 10/18: Team Points Quota: 1st: Judy Fenwick, Carol Salowitz, Barb Kanoza, Linda Suh. 10/25: Low Gross/ Low Net: Flight A Low Gross: Lori Adderly Low Net: Paula Jimaki. Flight B Low Gross Skippy Peacock Low Net: Mimi Choquette. Flight C Low Gross: Heather McKown Low Net: Joan Richardson. Flight D Low Gross: Roe Murphy Low Net: (tie) Jane Magalski, Linda Bessignano. Flight E Low Gross: Pat Head Low Net: Linda Suh. 11/1: Shamble: 1st: Lori Adderley, Fern Duval, Kathy Payne, Karen Munford. Ladies 9 Holes: 10/18: 2 Best Balls of 3: 1st:
December 2016 Paula Rezoagli, Molly Walker, Barb Meyer. 10/25: 1-2-3: 1st: Judy Huss, Jill Mutolo, Elsie Mergesky. 11/1: Scramble: 1st: Ann Williams, Nancy Wason, Judy Stevens.Welcome Back Scramble: Men A: 1st: Tom Stefandel, Steve Davis, Roark Williams, Jim Hamilton. Men B 1st: Mel Bushart, Walt Towner, George Fenwick, Dale Roush. Ladies 1st: Lata Raby, Heather McKown, Judy Fenwick, Linda Belanger. Mixed A 1st: Dick Jackson, Jean Jackson, Chris Sparks, Ray Sparks. Mixed B 1st: Duke Munford, Karen Munford, Bob McAllister, Karen McAllister. Captain’s Cup: Overall Men’s Champion: George Fenwick Overall Ladies’ Champion: Louise Guerin. White Flight 1st: Dick Jackson, Jim Hamilton, Dave Kopperud. Green Flight 1st: Bill Kuhn, Phil Lemasters, Duke Munford, Tom Grillo. Red Flight 1st: Kurt Hoffmann, Mel Bushart, Bob Beck. Gold Flight 1st: George Fenwick, Lee Johnson. Ladies’ Flight 1st: Linda Poirier, Carolyn Avrett, Lyn Yucuis, Louise Guerin, Barb Kanoza. Sandpiper Golf Club October Results: Men’s League: 10/13: Member-Member: 1st: Bill Pache & Gerry Montminy 2nd: Brad Wells & Don Frederick 3rd: Tom Edge & Dick Mooney 3rd: Jim Cosgrove & Ron Pelow. 10/20 Lowest Net Flighted: 1st Flight A: Gerry Montminy 2nd Flight A: Chul Kim 1st Flight B: Bill Pachler, Ron Pelow, Wayne Zellers 1st Flight C: Lester Easton 2nd Flight C: Tom Bennis. 10/27: 2 Best Balls of 4: 1st: Jim Cosgrove, Lester Easton, Neil Jorgensen, Gerry Montminy 2nd: Bill Pachler, Wayne Zellers, Tom Bennis. Play it Forward: 10/04: Scramble 1st: Neil Jorgensen, Janie Fischer 1st: Bill Pachler, Vince Pater,Norm Noggle. 10/11 Individual Low Net: 1st: Neil Jorgensen 2nd: Janie Fischer 2nd: Armand Deluca. 10/18: Individual Best Gross & Net: 1st Gross: Bill Pachler 1st Gross: Jim Fischer. 10/25: Best Net Fighted: 1st Flight 1: Jim Fischer 1st Flight 2: Vince Pater.
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Dink for Pink Pickleball Tournament Raises $10,000 for Moffitt
On Nov. 2 and 3, eighty women from Kings Point, South Shore Falls, Sun City Center, and Valencia Lakes played pickleball for a cause! The first-ever Dink for Pink women’s doubles tournament was hosted by the Valencia Lakes Club as a fundraiser for Moffitt Cancer Center. And fundraise, they did — donors pledged over $10,000! Local sponsors picked up the cost of the tournament so that 100 percent of the players’ registration fees and donations could go to Moffitt. National sponsors contributed twenty pickleball paddles to be used both as prizes for the top five teams collecting donations, and also for a raffle from the donor pool. Ramona Pound, president of the Valencia Lakes Pickleball Club and originator of Dink for Pink was overwhelmed with the generosity of the donors and the diligence of the players in collecting donations. “I had hoped we would raise four or five thousand dollars. This just shows you what we can do as a community when we come together! I can’t thank the women who played in this tournament enough! It was a fun two days and we played with a purpose!” To add to the fun, players wore pink Dink for Pink 2016 t-shirts or Pickled Pink shirts. Many of the players glammed it up with pink boas, dyed hair and pink accessories. Player bags included a pink pickleball as a souvenir of the day. Day 1 was an Invitational, with sixteen teams of the highly competitive women from the clubs. The first and second place winners were from the Kings Point club. Winning first place was, Shar Peter and Diane Barnes and second place, Sue Hill and Lynda Bower. Day 2 was an Open Tournament with twenty-four teams of recreational players. The first place team was Debbie Zieg and Sue Smith from Sun City Center, and the second place team of Debra Escobio and Lou Ann Schultz from Valencia Lakes.
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On November 2, 2016, twelve members of the John Donnelly Table Tennis Club held their second inter-club doubles tournament. Judy Lamb was in charge of the event, including refreshments. Each participant played one game with each of the other eleven players so they had a different partner every game. The games went to eleven points and each player wrote down their own scores. When all the games had been played and the scores added, the players with the highest total scores won gold (Barry Chernock), silver (Tara Profitt) and bronze (Jan Cline) medals.
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Sunsetter’s Hosted Brooksville Bratz
The Sun City Sunsetter’s Tennis team hosted the Brooksville Bratz team on Wednesday at home. It was a great morning of tennis camaraderie between the two teams. Seated, l to r: Petra Stimmel, Betty Zeller, Bev Gaire and Patsy Giella. Row 1, l to r: Rolande Poulin, Edna Carlin, Debbie Zieg, Peggy Gregg, Holly Goodchild, Nancy Ammiano, Sandy Bates and Tabitha Hatten. Row 2, l to r: Nancy Williams, Lee Greenlee, Jennifer Robinson, Helene Peterson, Sheryl Doom, Tina Hall, Margaret Groth and Carol Griffin. Picture taken by Vivian Amabile. Lunch was celebrated at Club Renaissance in Sun City Center.
Saturday, December 10, 2016 Parade starts at 10am WinterFest 11am-1pm 1009 N. Pebble Beach Blvd. Sun City Center FL 33573 (Corner of N. Pebble Beach Blvd. & Cherry Hills Dr.)
You Could Win a $250 Gift Card!* Minto will award one lucky golf cart with a $250 gift card just for joining the parade! Each decorated golf cart will receive a raffle ticket at registration, participate in the parade, turn in your ticket as you finish the parade and listen for your raffle number to be called at the awards ceremony… it’s that easy to win $250!*
Sun City 2 C Tennis Team
These smiling faces are the Sun City 2-C tennis team getting ready to play at Temple Terrace, one of the 7 teams we compete during our season. Seated L/R in the Front row Sue Smith (Captain), Maggie Pliska (Co-Captain). Back row L-R, Pat Iacurci, Nan Baytos, Alice Friedlein, Linda Smith, Jackie Goding, Sue Hackney, Mary Taylor, Elaine Davis. Anyone interested to join or just watch can come to the SCC tennis courts to find information.
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SCC Softball Opening Day 2016-2017 Season
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Sun City Center Pickleball Club held a members’ courtside Halloween Happy Hour costume party on Sunday Oct 30. It included lots of gory edibles like lady fingers, gummy spiders, and a skull cake in addition to chips, dips, fruit, and apple cider. Many of the dozens of people in attendance wore a variety of Halloween costumes. We were graced by the presence of two witches, a fancy cowgirl, Superwoman, Captain America, a Native American Indian girl, and a Catholic School girl who all added to the festive atmosphere. It was like watching a movie scene on the pickleball courts to see everyone play a game they so enjoy while wearing their Halloween outfits. These member social events are held often to promote camaraderie while having fun playing the game of pickleball. Come join the Club, make new friends and enjoy yourself. The Pickleball courts are located behind the SCC Community Hall off South Pebble Beach Blvd. To learn more about SCC Pickleball Club, visit our website at “www.pickleball.suncityctr.org”
The opening day of the 2016-2017 season at the ball field was a big success, not only were David Floyd CA President, and Lynn Reitz, CA Manager, out to throw the first pitch and David as Umpire called it a strike. Lynn has been practicing we hear. Salvina Tannenholz sang the National Anthem and Gary Gentzler was the announcer for both starting teams. Through the day we had five games and ended about 4 p.m. The CA maintenance team had the field looking like a Major League venue. The highlight of the day was our Old Timers recognition ceremony. The club had invited about 75 players of yesterday as far back as the seventies to come join our fun, be recognized, and have lunch on us. Over 80 players’ wives and widows showed up from numerous states. Jim Blackstone introduced all the players and told the crowd when they started playing ball, as you can imagine many stood and waved to the crowd since they are not as spry as they used to be. When we got the introductions over we helped them out to the diamond and proceeded to try to get all of them into a wide range picture. You can imagine it was like highschool all over again at 80. Finally we got them to stop laughing and talking long enough for a picture. Then we escorted them to lunch while the ball club’s teams continued to play ball. During lunch the laughing and some tears was heartwarming, many stayed for hours, and we sent them all home with a spring to their step and a smile on their faces. Goal accomplished. What a great opening day!
SCC Softball Club
On October 20, 18 members of the Sun City Center Softball Club gathered at Trinity Baptist Church’s new educational center for first aid and CPR training. Lt. Tavoris Allen, Hillsborough County firefighter, EMT and first aid and CPR instructor conducted the course. His outstanding presentation raised the awareness of common medical problems and increased the confidence of the participants in their ability to handle emergency situations. The course will be offered monthly to all softball club members with a goal of having 60 members comfortable with handling emergencies on the softball field
SCC Silver Striders Running Club
Several members of the SCC Silver Striders Running Club competed on Nov. 4 in the 15th annual “Richard’s Run For Life” road race held in Ybor City. The event is sponsored by the Columbia Restaurant and 100 percent of the proceeds go to Adolescent Sarcoma Research and Advanced Prostate Cancer. The runners are from left, Bill Cowardin, Mike Marenovic, Elaine Marenovic, Connie Cowardin, Linda Cannistra, Dan Cannistra and Sue Auger.
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News ofByFreedom Plaza Peggy Burgess
Residents of Freedom Plaza remember when November 11, was called Armistice Day, and can tell you why. They know that the holiday was declared by congress in 1938 to commemorate the armistice ending WWI on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year 1917. It also honored Americans who served in that war. Residents can recall, also, when the holiday’s designation was changed, in 1954, to Veterans Day, honoring all those who have served in the wars in which America has played a part. Our residents remember these facts well because so many of them are veterans of the armed services, and because Freedom Plaza, itself, was initiated by -- and is still deeply involved with -- the Retired Officers Corporation. One of the many ways in which that organization, abbreviated ROC, serves Freedom Plaza is by arranging appropriate programs on all military holidays. These occasions are always impressive, but this year’s Veterans Day presentation was exceptionally so. It was titled “Remembering Vietnam” and offered a comprehensive exhibition showing the many and varied facets of that long conflict. Residents and guests were invited to visit the Freedom Plaza Auditorium on November 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to view a room filled with displays, both freestanding and imaginatively arranged on tables. These included military combat photos and memorabilia, many of the items from residents’ personal collections. Wire mannequins stood arrayed in combat gear while members of “Hands On History”, a military re-enactment group wearing Viet Nam era uniforms, strolled among visitors answering questions. The civilian and cultural aspects of Viet Nam were reflected in the artistically decorated refreshment table which featured authentic Vietnamese beer, tea and cookies. By far the most imposing and inspiring of the displays was a detailed and truesized replica of the Vietnam War Memorial which stands in Washington D.C. Every name was inscribed in white and in its place on the black cardboard plaques mounted on black drapery. The facsimile extended the over three walls of the auditorium. Created by ROC’s small and always busy office staff it represented six months of painstaking work. In striking contrast to the War Memorial replica by its utter simplicity was, perhaps, the most poignant display of all: a table set for one, its lone chair inscribed “MIA-POW”. This modest but moving reminder that these service members are not forgotten is set at all ROC memorial events. As Freedom Plaza residents and staff began preparing for the fast-approaching Christmas festivities the Veterans Day exhibition will remain a meaningful reminder that they, as Americans, are free to celebrate any holiday in any way they choose because people have fought, and died, to insure that privilege. They “table set for one” at Freedom Plaza’s are grateful to ROC for their hard work The Veterans Day observance is dedicated to and very effective efforts in bringing that American service members still prisoners message to bear so creatively. of war or missing in action.
Resident Louise Ekin inspects the extensive photo display, “Remembering Viet Nam”, at Freedom Plaza’s Veteran Day observance.
Is It Safe to Shop Online?
By Kai Rambow “I’ve been to the mall twice this year,” remarks Matt Batt, “and that was to go to The Cheesecake Factory.” He shops online – safely – and shared a few tips, so you can as well. Since Christmas is the major shopping season, you can save yourself time, money and stress. Shop online from home and then wait for your packages to arrive. Avoid Fake Web Sites “The best advice I can give,” says Batt, “don’t start with Google. Go directly to Amazon, Target, Best Buy and other retailers own websites.” For your preferred places to shop online, add their websites to your favorites bar, so you’ll always get to the right site. Then you can always go directly to their web sites. In addition, most will have to create an online account for further protection when shopping. We love the holidays and – so do criminals. If you shop using a search engine, criminals can easily create web sites that look like legitimate online stores. Once payment is made, you may receive inferior products or nothing at all. Double Check for Security Once you reach your intended website, look in your top left hand corner to check for three things: (1) the green padlock symbol, (2) “https:” before the website name, and (3) the name actually ends with .com and not something else. Shop from Home Public WiFi can be very convenient; I use the one at Tampa’s airport all the time. You should not, however, shop on a public WiFi network. It’s very easy for someone to see over your shoulder and see everything on your computer screen, including credit card numbers, on a public WiFi network. Many criminals are using their cell phones to record everything. Wait until you are home and secure before shopping online. Always pay by credit card or PayPal. Remember no legitimate web site needs your social security number or banking information. Fake Confirmations You’ve recently shopped online, so you’re expecting a package, then receive an email for UPS, FedEx or other legitimate looking senders. This fake email often states the company just tried to deliver a package, please “click here.” Don’t click on anything in that email. Instead, go to the retailer’s website, log into your account and track the
When you’re shopping online, look in the top left for three security features: (1) the green padlock symbol, (2) “https:” before the website name, and (3) the name actually ends with “.com” and not something else.
shipment of your package that way. A better option is to call – from your list of phone numbers – never the one listed in an email. One of the recent big email hacks happened when a faked email looked like it came from the person’s bank. “Click here to verify,” was all it took for the email hack to occur. Even social media sites can cause problems with innocent looking side ads. Typically, you’ll see an interesting picture asking you to click if you “like” or “not like.” Participate and before you can click your red shoes you’ve been transported to another web site. Desperate Gift Buying You’ve tried all the major retail websites and can’t find this year’s “gotta have it” toy. In desperation, you do a general search, and at last find it. You’ve never heard of the company before, and when you googled the company name nothing came up, but you’ve just gotta have it. Criminals love these desperate searches, set up fake websites or sell fake items. If you’re lucky, you get a cheap knock-off. If not, you get nothing. If it sounds too good to be true – it is. Greedy Coupon Shopping While everyone loves a deal, don’t get greedy. Coupons offered on a retailer’s website are legitimate. Often they will give you a code to apply your discount at checkout. Some major signs a coupon is fake include: coupons for retailers found on other websites; surveys promising coupons; fantastic offers of 50 percent off or more; and, for a small fee you can get this incredible coupon. These tips should help you shop online safely. Remember, if you think you’re being scammed contact our Community Resource Officer, Deputy Merry. Special thanks to Matt Batt for his invaluable assistance.
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A military uniform display fronts a replica of the Vietnam Wall Memorial created by staff members of the Retired Officers Corporation for Freedom Plaza’s 2016 Veterans Day commemoration, “Remembering Vietnam.”
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Military News Operation Warm Heart Welcomes Contributions
By B. F. Kepley, CAPT USN (Ret) Around Christmastime, the Military Family Support Trust (MFST) collects funds to be donated to the 1st Sergeants Group at MacDill Air Force Base. The funds are used to purchase vouchers at the base commissary and PX and are distributed to needy base personnel for their use around the holidays. Anyone wishing to make a contribution this year may drop it off at the MFST Office in Freedom Plaza, 1010 American Eagle Blvd., fourth floor or call 813-634-4675.
Save The Date: Veterans Formal Military Ball
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By B. Frank Kepley The SCC Military Ball sponsored by the Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) was held at the SCC Community Hall, on November 12, 2016. All military and non-military residents were invited to the event, and by all accounts it was enjoyed by all who attended. The event began with a welcome by retired Army Lt.Col. Sam Thompson Commander of the local MOWW Col. Darrell Katz, USA (Ret) award. Chapter and was followed by the invocation by retired Navy captain Harry Benter. Subsequently, the Colors (Honor Guard MacDill AFB) were presented. Retired Army Lt.Col. Paul Wheat led the attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance and Lt.Col. Gordon Bassett, USAF (Ret) followed with toasts made to the Colors, the President of the United States, all of the military services and the POW/MIAs. All Purple Heart recipients were recognized. Retired LCDR John Glynn then presented the flag parade consisting of flagbearers from all of the military organizations. Retired Lt.Col. Frank Zahrobsky then presented the POW/MIA Empty Table Ceremony, which was followed with a bugler sounding taps. That was followed by an award presentation honoring retired Army COL. Darrell Katz. He was presented with the MOWW Silver Patrick Henry Award, the highest non-member award, for assisting hundreds of US Armed Forces veterans and spouses in navigating a complicated VA Claims system. He was also primarily responsible for increasing the local DAV Chapter from a one-man operation located in a restaurant to an operation now working out of a CA office. He also helped oversee the acquisition and operation of a new vehicle to transport veterans to James A. Haley VA hospital. Col. Katz was awarded both the Bronze and Silver Stars and Purple Heart. Additionally, he was inducted into the Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame and the Special Forces Hall of Distinguished Members. Jan Bassett and four other DAR members, Mary Culliton, Bunny Blackstone, Kathryn Glynn and Dottie Love presented service pins to all of the attending veterans who have earned, but have not received them for their service during the Vietnam era (1955-1975). Following a delicious meal, the Sun City Center Leathernecks Club cake cutting ceremony celebrating the 241st birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps took place. Dancing then commenced for the remainder of a memorable evening.
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Marine birthday cake cutting. From Left: Don James, Don Rennwick, Bud Brubaker and Greg Newton.
No Prior Military Service Required. Sponsored by the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, Assembly 2533. January 27, 2017 at Prince of Peace Conesa Center, 702 Valley Forge, Blvd. SCC. Guest of Honor and Speaker will be Rear Admiral Lawrence C. Chambers, USN, retired. Social Hour 4 to 5 p.m. Posting of Colors 5 p.m. Dinner, speaker and dancing 6 to 9 p.m. Music by the St. Denis Variety Band. Formal attire is encouraged: black tie or dark suit. Reserve a table or individual seats $50 per person. Watch the bulletin for ticket sales information For more information contact Nick at “email@example.com” or call 314-703-6789.
SCC Veterans Day Ceremony Features BG Colin Howgill RM
By B. F. Kepley, CAPT USN (Ret) The Annual Sun City Center Veteran’s Day Ceremony, sponsored by the combined military veterans organizations, was held at the Community Hall on Friday, 11 November, 2016. Legionnaire Janet Taylor, introduced the Grand Marshal, Mr. Augustine Fleishman, USA WWII Veteran. The drummer was Mr. Harry Gilmore, USA, (Vet). Presentation of the Colors was by the East Bay High Featured speaker retired BG Colin School JROTC Color Guard. The Invocation and closing Benediction Howgill, RM. was carried out by Pastor Tim Shirley, United Community Church and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Lt. Col. Gordon Bassett, USAF (Ret). The National Anthem followed by a musical interlude was led by the Trinity Singers directed by the Rev. James Feist, USAF (Vet). A veteran’s service tribute was also led by the Rev. Feist. The honored speaker, Brigadier Colin Howgill, United Kingdom Royal Marines (Ret) was introduced by Legionnaire Janet Taylor. Collin Howgill was born in Singapore. He evacuated shortly Grand Marshal Parade. before Singapore fell to the Japanese invasion forces and subsequently lived in Australia, South Africa, Kenya the British Protectorate of Palestine and Egypt, including three years of school in Cairo. He is a 31-year veteran of the United Kingdom Royal Marines and served as both a Commando Special Forces Infantry officer and helicopter pilot. He has extensive worldwide combat experience in security, counter Terrorism and Counterinsurgency operations. Key military appointments include Commanding Officer of 3 Commando East Bay High School Color Guard. Brigade Air Squadron, Commanding Officer 42 Commando Group, Chief of Staff Commando Forces, Joint Warfare Attaché and Chief of Staff, British Defense Staff, Washington, DC. He was appointed the Royal Marines Aide-de-Camp to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in June 1988, settling in the USA and becoming a US citizen in 1977. He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Military Family Support Trust based in Sun City Center, Chairman Emeritus of the Tony Jannus Distinguished Aviation Society, based in Tampa FL, and an active member of the Tampa Bay Area Committee of Foreign Relations. He is a graduate of the Realtor Institute, the University of Westminster, as well as well as numerous UK Armed Forces colleges. He now lives in Sun City Center, FL with his wife Pamela, whom he married in 1965 in Singapore. His presentation was excellent and was enjoyed by all who attended. Subsequent to the presentation, God Bless America was led by the Trinity Singers, Taps was played by the bugler, Rev. James Feist and the ceremony was closed.
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Save The Date: For An Evening Of Fun
The annual Sun City Center Veterans’ Dinner/Dance will take place Saturday, March 4, 2017 in the CA’s Florida Room. It is sponsored by the combined SCC military veterans’ organizations. A social hour with appetizers will start at 5:00 p.m. A three entrée buffet (beef, chicken, & fish) by Banquet Masters with a great dessert bar will follow at 5:45 p.m. The program will be a mix of patriotism and entertainment. Music and dancing will be provided by “Masquerade Duo”. Dress is casual (Roaring 20s). BYOB. There will be both 50/50 and “Happy Hour Basket” raffles. Cost is $30 per person. All veterans and guests are invited. Tickets will go in sale in December. For additional information call 634-7777.
By B. F. Kepley, CAPT USN (Ret) Mary Ellen Harlan was the featured speaker at the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) monthly luncheon, which took place in the Florida Room at the North Side Atrium on November 2, 2016. Mary Ellen has spent 32,000 hours volunteering at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital. She is a retired nurse and widow of a Navy pilot. She is currently the Polytrauma Family Liaison Officer at the veterans hospital and she discussed the many heart wrenching L to R: BG Colin Hogill, RM (Ret), veteran’s stories she has encountered and Chairman MFST; Nancy Alguire, assisted with down through the years. President MFST; LTC Charles Conover, She has been particularly involved with USA (Ret). paralyzed and other seriously physically debilitated veterans whose lives were turned upside down. Mary Ellen is a Co-founder of Haley House that takes care of housing for Active Duty and Veteran families, whose income is under $3,000 per month, while the patient is in James A. Haley Veterans Hospital. She served on the Florida Gulf Coast PVA Hospital Committee for 10 years and is still active. She also participated in a cable show, doing interviews of veterans for Hillsborough County on veteran’s issues. Subsequent to Mary Ellen’s excellent presentation MOAA president Charles Conover (right) presented Nancy Alguire, (Center), president and Colin Howgill, MFST chairman with a $1000.00 donation.
MOAA Charity Golf Tournament Held
By B. F. Kepley, CAPT USN (Ret) The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) held their annual charity golf tournament on November 5, 2016, at the Freedom Plaza Golf Course in Sun City Center. The tournament was held to benefit Operation Warm Heart and MOAA scholarships. Prior to the tournament start a continental breakfast was provided, and following the tournament a luncheon was served and prizes awarded for the various identified skill categories. The tournament winners were: 1st place men: Todd Schrock, Rob Bullara, Frank Capitano (Aaron Dahi not present). 1st place women: Vicki Franks, Mary Ann Wellander, Sandy Caither, and Marcia Francis. There was also a hole-in-one contest won by Bill Yucuis who won a trip to TPC Sawgrass, 3 nights 2 rounds Stay & play vacation. In addition, a putting contest was held, which was won by Dave Meeks who won $80. MOAA would like to extend a special thanks to our Exclusive Signature Sponsor, the Retired Officers Corporation and to Freedom Plaza for the use of their golf course and Plaza Club. Thanks were also extended to Dave Murphy, who organized another outstanding tournament.
1st Place Men: Todd Schrock, Rob Bullara, and Frank Capitano (Aaron Dahi not in photo).
1st Place Women: Vicki Franks, Mary Ann Wellander, Sandy Caither and Marcia Francis.
Michael Jernigan Former Marine and Recipient of Southeastern Guide Dog Speaks to MOWW
By B. F. Kepley, CAPT USN (Ret) The featured speaker for the Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) monthly luncheon was Michael Jernigan, a medically retired Marine with combat disabilities who currently is employed at the Southeastern Guide dogs training facility. The luncheon was held at the Sun City Center Plaza Club on November 17, 2016. On Michael’s 24th birthday he enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps, thus becoming a third-generation Marine. Michael’s grandfather spent 28 years in the Corps and his father spent eight years in the L to R: Sam Thompson, local MOWW Commander; Michael Jernigan, former Corps before joining the U. S. Army. As an Infantryman, Michael was given Marine. the privilege of serving his country in various locations around the world. Shortly after spending six months in Okinawa, Japan he deployed to Iraq. On August 22, 2004 Michael’s Humvee was struck by an I.E.D. in Mahmudiyah, Iraq. He had 45% of his cranium crushed, lost both of his eyes and suffered severe damage to his right hand and left knee. Michael’s recovery was long and tedious. He went through 30 major surgeries in the first 12 months and spent 16 months in hospitals and rehabilitation facilities. Michael’s marriage fell apart and he thought that his life was over. “I can still recall lying in a hospital bed in Bethesda, Maryland thinking that I had no future to look forward to.” Luckily he was wrong. With the help of his beloved guide dog, Brittney, Michael drew upon the “never quit” mentality that the Marine Corps is famous for and with the love and support of his family and friends he made it out of the hospital and on his way to recovery. His story of overcoming adversity and putting back together a fractured life is awe-inspiring and extremely moving. His belief in the role his dog played in his miraculous recovery cannot be overstated. Michael is an accomplished speaker and received a standing ovation for his presentation.
MFST Provides Homeland Security Presentation for Freedom Plaza Residents
By B. Frank Kepley The Military Family Support Trust (MFST) featured LCDR John Glynn, USNR (Ret) on October 21, 2016 in the Freedom Plaza Auditorium. Colin Howgill, chairman of MFST, emceed the event and advised the residents that the entertainment was being provided to thank them for their generous support of the MFST goals. LCDR Glynn is a retired Naval Officer with 24 years’ service and 23 years federal civilian service, retiring L to R: LCDR John Glynn, USNR (Ret) in May 2009 as a District Director for the and BG Colin Howgill, RM (Ret), MFST United States Department of Homeland Chairman. Security, a Federal Protective Service. John is the author of ‘His Sacred Honor, Judge Richard Stockton, A Signer of the Declaration of Independence’ and ‘Commodore Robert F. Stockton, An American Naval Hero’ (war of 1812 ancestor); with published articles in the US and Scotland; Historian; and Lecturer on the American Declaration of Independence and The Declaration of Arbroath, the Scottish Declaration of Independence, in the United States and Scotland. LCDR Glynn gave an excellent presentation on a topic that is important to all Americans; Homeland Security. MFST is a 501(c)3 organization that supports through their grant programs military families, past and present. The beneficiaries include, but are not limited to: four year scholarships for high school seniors, JROTC Honors Program, Homeless Women Veterans, Operation Warm Heart, Veteran Guide Dog, Southeastern Guide Dogs Paws for Patriots program, My Warriors Place, Operation Helping Hand and sponsoring ‘Guardians’ for the Honor Flight Support Program. Contributions are always welcome as without them none of the above assistance programs would be possible. For more information please visit their website at mfst.us or call Nancy Alguire at 813-634-4675
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Military continued from page 25. MOWW Sponsors YLC Awards Ceremony
By B. F. Kepley, CAPT USN (Ret) The Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) recently held a special Youth Leadership Conference (YLC) Recognition and Special Awards Program honoring high school students from eight area high schools. The affair was held at the Sun City Center Renaissance Club on October 20, 2016. The schools involved in the program were East Bay, Lennard, Riverview, Spoto, Newsome, Durant, Plant City and Steinbrenner. Lt. Col. Sam Thompson USA (Ret), Commander of the MOWW local chapter and Lt. Col. Robert Russel USA (Ret) coordinated and emceed the event. The Military Family Support Trust (MFST) is also a participator and contributor to the YLC program and retired BG Colin Howgill, RM, presented Cadet Garrett Hermida (Newsome H.S.) with a check for $250. He was the 2016 Outstanding Conference Student. The affair included a luncheon and participation in the YLC Recognition and Special Awards Program. In addition, the Riverview High School All Female Drill Team gave an impressive demonstration for the attendees. The drill team members from Riverview High School were Cadets Ventura Hoover, Stephanie Lozada, Arielis Quinones-Bonilla and Ariana Miller. Special MOWW Patrick Henry Awards were presented by Lt Col Sam Thompson to Brittany Tanner (Newsome HS), Jazmyn Johnson (Durant HS), Garrett Hermida (Newsome HS) and Gregory Beauregard (Steinbrenner HS). During the annual four-day conference in Tallahassee FL, the students were given several projects and various lectures on leadership, U.S. History, the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the private enterprise system. They also visited the Florida State Capitol, the Florida House of Representatives, the Florida Senate, and the Florida Supreme Court.
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The Silver Osprey Squadron held their November luncheon on Veterans Day at the Plaza Club located in the Freedom Plaza complex. Nearly 60 members and guest joined together to share the day and were treated by a surprise by the Merry Makers who played all of the service songs with some members filling in the words and everyone joined in a rousing version of America the Beautiful. The Club has grown to a membership of 72 people, mostly from Sun City Center, Kings Point and Freedom Plaza, but also others from around the area. The requirement for becoming a member are simple. You must have an interest in military aviation and enjoy being around a bunch of civilian, veterans and retired folks of all services who flew and maintained military aircraft and still like to talk about it. We are a chapter of the Association of Naval Aviation and membership in the local chapter is $20 per year for a supporting member. We have a spouse membership program which is $10 for the first year and $5 thereafter. This is just enough to cover their name tag. We do not require membership in the national group to be a members of the SCC chapter. We will be meeting in January, February, March, April and May and then again next October and November. Our luncheons are $14 for members and $17 for guests. If we have an event that has a limited capacity, we have a “members first” policy. If interested you can email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or just to be added to our extended email list which will get you a copy of our monthly flyer about the speaker. Speaking of speakers, our November guest was Capt. Tim Hill, USN who is the Executive Officer of the Naval Air Warfare Center, Training Systems Division and Naval Support Activity, Orlando. Captain Hill gave an outstanding overview of the Fleet Air Wing structure and discussed the aircraft, current and future that will be keeping America Safe. He also talked about the new class of Aircraft Carriers and went into many of the significant advances. The latest carriers are about 1,100 feet long while the carriers upon which many of our club’s Naval and Marine Aviators were landing aboard as late as the 70’s were more like 850 feet and in the case of our WW II and Korea Vets the length was even shorter. The club is very appreciative of the participation of NAWCTSD in our speaker program for their fourth year in a row. The next meeting will not be until the 2nd Friday in January and we will announce our speaker in the January edition of the news. Flyers will go out to our email followers a little earlier.
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Redeemer Lutheran members recently donated many sweatshirts and blankets for the students at Wimauma Elementary School. In the picture, Martha Alderman is delivering the items to Principal Ismael Lebron.
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Celebration at SouthShore United Church of Christ
Florida Conference Minister, Leslie Etheredge was a guest speaker at the Worship Service during Celebration weekend. She praised our Church for their support of the United Church of Christ at all levels and was supportive of the changes that we have made over the past two years.
Beth Israel Announces Mah Jongg (MJ) Cards Fundraiser
Redeemer Lutheran Women to Meet
Redeemer Lutheran’s Women of the ELCA will meet on Wednesday, December 21 beginning with refreshments at 9:30 a.m. For the 10 a.m. program, Mariam Sorby will present “Keeping Christ in Christmas” to which everyone is invited. Following a short business meeting, members will enjoy a Christmas luncheon. For more information, call 813-634-1292. The church is located at 701 Valley Forge Blvd.
Card and Game Social at Prince Of Peace Catholic Church
Conesa Center, 702 Valley Forge Blvd, Sun City Center. Thursday, December 8, 2016 – 12 to 3 p.m. The Council of Catholic Women of Prince of Peace Catholic Church invites all who enjoy playing cards and games to attend our monthly social. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. A selection of homemade cakes and refreshments will be served. Cards, pencils and tallies are furnished. A donation of $3 per person is accepted. For additional information, call Catherine at 813-633-2460.
Christian Women’s Connection Luncheon
Please join us on Thursday, December 8 at Club Renaissance, 2121 South Pebble Beach Blvd., Sun City Center as we welcome inspirational speaker Teresa Riley Smith who will share her story “A Leaf in the Wind.” You will also enjoy special music by Joanne Podgurski. Seating begins at 11 a.m. with meal and program from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. A delicious turkey dinner will be served or you may select the alternate chicken Caesar salad when you make your reservation. Price is $18 inclusive. Please make your reservations or cancellations before 10 a.m. on Monday, December 5 by contacting Gail Green at (813) 634-2159 or “rgreen01@ tampabay.rr.com”.
Mah Jongg Card orders are presently being accepted for the 2017 Calendar Year. If you are interested in purchasing a new card please send your information to Lois Berman, 703 Plumbrook Rd, Sun City Center, FL 33573; 813-968-4778. If paying by check, please make check(s) out to Beth Israel. Cost of cards: small $8, large $9. Cash payments are acceptable – please contact Lois Berman directly. For each person ordering a card, the name and address must accompany each order. If ordering a group of cards, each person’s name must accompany this type of order. If not, all the cards will be sent to one person and it will be that person’s responsibility to distribute the individual cards
DAV Speaks to SCC Interfaith Council
By Jay Sparkman SouthShore United Church of Christ hosted a recent meeting of the Sun City Center Interfaith Council. Members of Chapter 110 of Disabled American Veterans spoke to the Council about the DAV’s programs that assist veterans and veterans’ families. The DAV provides van transportation to veterans in South Hillsborough County, helps veterans and surviving spouses apply for VA benefits, and staff an office in SCC at 1002 Cherry Hills Drive (813-642-2047). Interfaith Council representatives from the host congregation posed with members of the DAV in front of the DAV van. From left front, Sarah Hardy, Dee Kelly, rear, Judy Stevens, Jan Kopischkie, Joan Madden, Rev.Tim Shirley, Sandra Glenner, Jim Schwartz, Bob Gerdes, Darrell Katz, and Mike Albanese. The SCC Interfaith Council supports service organizations in the South Shore area. For more info go to “www. interfaithcouncilofsuncitycenter.com” or call 642-9099.
Congregation Beth Israel Celebrates Simchat Torah
On Monday evening October 24, 2016, congregants of Beth Israel the Jewish Congregation of Sun City Center, assembled at the Temple to celebrate Simchat Torah to mark the completion of the annual reading of the Torah. The Torah scrolls were taken from the ark and carried or danced around the synagogue seven times. The Torah was unrolled around the perimeter of the Sanctuary and the concluding section of the fifth book of the Torah, Deuteronomy, was read and immediately followed by the opening section of Genesis. This practice reminds us that the Torah is a circle that never ends.
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The Women’s Fellowship of Trinity Baptist Church (TWF) in Sun City Center sponsored a tour to Port Manatee recently. This deep-water port, the fourth largest in Florida, is a short 30 minutes from SCC. The hour long friendly tram tour guide gives past, current and future information concerning this amazing port complex. There were environmental habitats to observe along with many lovely Florida birds. Following the tour, Popi’s at Port Manatee was ready for our group to enjoy a delicious lunch. The Tuesday, December 6 TWF potluck lunch & program will feature a children’s choir from Hope Children’s Home in Tampa. Sign up is at the TWF table in the church entrance area. A representative from HOPE will also show a video concerning this local home complex for 70 children in need. For more information about Trinity Women’s Fellowship(TWF) check the website at www.trinitybaptistscc.com or call 813-634-4228.
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Greetings Friends and Neighbors of Sun City Center and Kings Point
Christmas is always a time when we think of doing for others and we are asking for your help on a very special project. We have been told that we have many seniors who do not have enough money to buy food and we also know that the food pantry at Our Lady of Guadalupe would like to get them enrolled and help them out. During the month of December we are going to have a drive to enroll needy residents of Sun City Center and Kings Point and set them up to receive a box of food twice a month from the food pantry. If you know a neighbor, relative or someone from your church or club who would benefit from this service please call Sally Dittman (813-633-4647) and we will see that they are helped. Thank you for caring!
Nearly New Shop Department of The Month
By Jay Sparkman The furniture department of the Nearly New Shop in the Sun City Center Plaza has been named department of the month. Jack Nichols and Mike Trefren, both SCC residents and long-time volunteers at the Nearly New are in charge of the furniture department. The Nearly New Shop is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 to noon. The Sun City Center Interfaith Council uses monies from the sale of donated goods to provide scholarships and grants in the South Shore area.
More Free Food For Those In Need
Hundreds of people came to Our Lady of Guadalupe Food Pantry for the extra distribution of food on November 11. Thanks to another anonymous donation of $500, Our Lady’s Pantry will host a second free food distribution on Thursday, December 22 between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. or until food runs out. “As with our recent food drop in November, individuals need not be registered clients of Our Lady’s Pantry,” says Anita Bullaro, co-director of the Pantry. “If you are 18, all you need is to sign your name. We appreciate the generous support of so many people, which allows us to offer these additional groceries to our neighbors especially close to Christmas.” Our Lady’s Pantry will be closed on Saturday, Christmas Eve, December 24. Clients scheduled to come for groceries that day are asked to come instead on Friday, December 23, between 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Thank you. Our Lady of Guadalupe Food Pantry is located just south of Sun City Center Blvd., at 16650 U.S. Highway 301, Wimauma. We are in front of the classroom building on the right side of the mission campus. To learn more about Our Lady’s Pantry please visit us at: www.OurLadysPantry.com
Publix Charities Awards Our Lady’s Pantry $10,000
Our Lady of Guadalupe Food Pantry is pleased to announce a generous gift of $10,000 from Publix Charities. Tom Bullaro, co-director of the Pantry, says this donation went directly to pay off the balance due on our refrigerated truck. According to Feeding Tampa Bay, Florida is fourth in the nation for family hunger with one in six residents of Hillsborough County food insecure. Of these, an estimated 19 percent are children, 24 percent are adults, and 57 percent are seniors. The Publix Charitable Foundation has long been dedicated to giving the gift of nourishment and hope to our communities. Recent donations by Publix throughout the South have directly facilitated the transportation and distribution of even more wholesome, perishable foods to children and families. Our Lady’s Pantry is among the beneficiaries of Publix generosity, says Bullaro. This gift of $10,000 went directly towards the purchase of our used refrigerated truck to help us do God’s request of feeding the needy. Along with previous donations from countless individuals, $5,000 from The Couch Foundation, and $9,600 from 100 Women Who Care, Our Lady’s Pantry now has our long-awaited refrigerated truck in which to deliver more fresh foods to the tables of our neighbors. “We are so grateful to Kelly Williams-Puccio, executive director of Publix Supermarket Charities, for all her help,” says Bullaro. “We received our check recently from Brian West, director of Publix Media and Community Relations! “Our thanks, also, to Nancy and Dan Somma, and Terri Hardman, who worked behind the scenes in securing these three big grants. Thanks to the tireless efforts of so many individuals working together, we have been able to join Publix in their mission of beating hunger in America.”
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Celebrate the Holiday by dancing to the music of Thor Stevens and his sax on Thursday, December 8 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Advance tickets ordered before Dec. 4 will be $1. Limited tickets at the door will be $5. BYOB. Dressy/casual attire. Info: Janet 633-3558.
Old Tyme Music Club Party
Kings Point North Clubhouse Waterside Room #35, from 6 to 9 p.m. on December 15. Holiday music and entertainment. No charge, deli pot luck, BYOB and snacks. Reservations required. Contact Jim, 813-773-7377 or “email@example.com”.
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9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 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. Call for dates.
Beginner Clogging Class
1 p.m. Kings Point North Clubhouse in The Studio. Call Linda Hobbs at 813215-9104 for more information. No prior dance experience needed - good aerobic exercise - lots of fun. Call for dates.
The Kings Point COA December Meeting is Going to The Dogs...And Cats
Wednesday, December 7 at 7 p.m. in the banquet room. The speaker will be Dr. Hal Ott, Veterinarian and owner of Ruskin Animal Hospital. Dr. Ott also started C.A.R.E. a no kill animal shelter and the Dog Park in Ruskin. He is going to inform pet owners about the proper care of their animals so they may live healthy and live longer. We invite pet owners who attend to bring a picture of your pet for display and as you enjoy refreshments pick up some treats for your furry friend. In addition to our $25 attendance prize we will have a gift certificate for pet supplies. All Kings Point residents are welcome.
whoever ends up winning one should feel privileged to fall asleep under it. Dues are $15 per year and members enjoy the benefit of years of experience from some master quilters who are very generous with their time and their knowledge offering free instruction and guidance. About ten percent of new members never quilted before and are offered a course called Quilting 101 for a $35 fee. The club’s only other sources of revenue are from donations, proceeds from the yearly raffle, and sales of finished work members donate to the club for sale. The club is happy to accept any fabric or sewing notions you no longer need. The art of quilting requires precision and LOTS of patience. It takes a couple of months or more to make a quilt. Some members concentrate on piecing the top layer of the quilt, others specialize in binding and padding. It is often a collaborative effort that makes for hours of fun and sharing stories. Well known for their charitable works, the KP Quilters have through the years donated dozens of lap quilts to veterans at the VA Hospital and to local nursing homes and assisted living facilities. They also donate quilts to NICU units and Moffitt Hospital as well as to organizations for indigent children. They also donate to the SCC Emergency Squad and The SCC South Shore Campaign Against Human Trafficking. They take this charitable work very seriously and have turned their passion for quilting into a wonderful philanthropy. Once or twice a year the ladies hire a bus and do a Shop Hop, a fun day trip traveling to quilting and fabric stores all over Florida. From time to time they also organize Trunk Shows where a famous quilter comes in to display her quilts and talk about how she made them, offering for sale some of her patterns. For information on joining contact Sandy Nunn, President at 813-642-8961.
KPAL’s Artist of the Month for December is Cynthia Wortmann
Cynthia Wortmann is a former Jersey Shore girl who worked as an advertising executive with Macy’s and VOGUE magazine until she and her husband, Barry, moved to southern Vermont. They renovated a 200-year-old farmhouse which they operated as an Inn while in Vermont. After tiring of bed and breakfast making for seven years, they sold the Inn to a major corporation to be a prize in a national contest. They discovered Kings Point in 1998 and have lived here ever since. Cynthia and Barry have three children and six grandkids scattered around the country. They enjoy visiting them from August to June. Virginia Laudano introduced Cynthia to pastels in 2001, and since then she has been painting portraits, seascapes, florals and wildlife. She has won numerous awards in Sun City Center and in Florida County and State Fairs. Cynthia also teaches art to the children at RCMA Charter in Wimauma.
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By Michelle Jolly How many of you have a department store bought quilt covering your bed? They are pretty and colorful and add a touch of warmth to a room, and can also evoke an old-time Americana feel. As pretty as they are these are typically mass produced versions of traditionally handmade quilts. Did you ever think of how much work goes into making a quilt? I met with a couple of ladies this week that gave me an education on the world of quilting, and it was fascinating. The Kings Point Quilters Club was formed in the early 90’s by Dotti Wallace with about ten members. It’s come a long way since then and now numbers approximately 100 members. For the past six years it has been headed up by Sandy Nunn, a quilter for 30 years. She and Jane Scully met with me in their beautiful studio, the Fiber Arts room at the North Clubhouse. When Vesta moved them to this new space last year they were given the opportunity to help in the design and layout for optimum functionality and the result is a spacious, well lit room with plenty of storage. The club itself has invested $5,000 from its own funds to enhance the furnishings, fixtures and decor. I had a glimpse into their impressively organized storage closets and thought to myself this an art that demands precision. The KP Quilters Club branches off into other related sub-sections such as embroidery, applique, sewing and fiber arts. Every year the club raffles off a quilt. It’s on display in the studio where tickets are sold, and then in the main lobby on the day of their Spring Show. Sandy showed me a large quilting frame with a work in progress - a queen sized quilt that four of their members have been working on for the past year….. and it may take another year to finish it! Just think about that for a minute. This kind of work is truly a labor of love, and
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Pictured with Ed: left to right: Margaret Kenny, Ed’s Wife Carol, Sandy Nunn KP Quilters President and Jan Ring. Missing from picture: Betty Murray and Jane Scully, photographer.
Kings Point Quilters Presentation to WW II Veteran Ed Stewart
By Jane Scully The Kings Point Quilters recently had the privilege of presenting one of their specially made veterans quilts to Ed Stewart as a token of appreciation for his service. At present Ed is doing some rehab at Plaza West in Freedom Plaza, but hopes to return home in the near future. As part of the presentation the quilters were joined by SCC United Methodist Church pastors Sam Rorer and Charles Rentz. Ed enlisted in the Army Air Corps right after high school. Following basic training he was assigned to Boca Raton Army Air Base which housed the only Army radar training school. Next came assignment to a B-29 squadron which flew long range weather reconnaissance. Most of his enlistment was served at the Army Air Base located at Fairfield-Susan in California. During the Berlin airlift Ed was ordered to the north of England. Returning again to California his assignment was weather related in conjunction with early A-Bomb tests. Following a three-year enlistment Ed returned to his hometown of Akron, Ohio to continue college under the GI Bill. During the Korean War the Air Force was short of radar repairmen, Ed was recalled and assigned to a troop carrier wing at Rhein Main Air Base in Berlin where he was the wing radar inspector. All together Ed served four years and attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. Returning to civilian life Ed and his wife Carol became interested in antiques, restoration and woodworking.
Emergency Squad Continues to Impress
Kris Collet, Chi Chi Horvath and Deanna Montes DeOca preparing a meal in the newly renovated kitchen at the Emergency Squad.
By Kai Rambow In a 30-day period the Emergency Squad shifted operations twice without missing a beat. First they moved to the training center so renovations could take place. Then they shifted operations back to their main building. Residents didn’t notice anything different. More impressive, the entire project ran on time and under budget. Intelligently Planned The biggest renovation took place in the kitchen. Emergency Squad leadership gathered all the chefs to ask them what they liked, what they didn’t
like and what they’d like to see in a new kitchen. The redesign was done based on input. This approach was taken for every area. The result: volunteers are loving the renovations. Several corporations made various kinds of donations to help with this important service in our community. Sponsors included: CSI Contractors; Designer, API; Home Depot; Affordable Movers; JC Enterprises; Flooring Solutions Florida; Dale’s Designs; Mack, Mack & Waltz Insurance; and American Capitol Insurance.
Could a person be murdered by a golf ball? Novelist James Paddock was enjoying a morning of golf at Freedom Fairways in Sun City Center when he came upon the foursome just ahead, stalled because one of the players had been hit in the forehead with a drive off the 18th tee. It just happened that the individual was his friend, Art. Sun City Center Emergency Squad had been called, so, as James waited, he thought about how being struck by a golf ball could be spun into a story. What if it was murder? What if it was for revenge? What if . . . ? In just those few minutes, the seed for the 4th volume in Paddock’s P.I. mystery series was planted. Less than six months later Driven by Death came to fruition as both an eBook and in paperback, thanks to Art standing in the wrong place at just the right time. James has been crafting words in one form or another for the past 23 years, releasing his first novel in 2002, a Montana-based suspense story. From there it was on to sabre-toothed cats, time-travel and then P.I. mysteries based in Southern Arizona and West-Central Florida. Driven by Death, preceded by three others in the “Death” series, introduces Private Investigator Parker DuPont as he catches his first case. Charlie Porter was killed on the sixth fairway of a Riverview, Florida golf
course. Accidental death by golf ball? There are no witnesses, nor does anyone fess up as to hitting the ball. Charlie’s wife believes it was foul play. Is it really murder? Who is the killer? A resident in Kings Point of Sun City Center, James Paddock grew up in the mountains of Montana. Shortly after high school he departed Montana to see the world, via the U.S. Navy. James publishes through Desert Bookshelf Publishing and can be found at www. desertbookshelf.com or search for him by name on Amazon.
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Emergency Squad Open House
By Diane M. Loeffler Sun City Emergency Squad has been in operation for 52 years and is the only all-volunteer emergency squad in the entire state of Florida. The November 2 ribbon cutting and open house was an extraordinary example of the “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” philosophy at work. Like everything else about the squad, the remodeling was completed at no cost to the community and its residents. Approaching the front entrance, there are newly planted flowers. Inside, receptionists Dee Whitehurst and Donna Manship greet everyone who walks in the door. Deputy Chief Michael Bardell joins them. He points out the stars on the wall, each of them represents a donor to the squad. Deputy Chief, Michael Bardell, says, “During the 30 days of remodeling, the squad operated out of our training center, and we did not miss a single call.” As he conducted a tour of the building, he shared the list of renovation vendors and corporate sponsors that paid for the furniture, paint, kitchen, wheelchairs, stretchers and more. Since the squad is in operation 24/7 the building includes comfortable couches
and chairs, a kitchen for the volunteer cooks to prepare meals, Murphy beds, an internet connection, and a training area. Dispatchers Joe Michaliszyn, Karen Chippen and Linda Hughes point out that they need to stay at their monitors at all times, so the only furniture they use are their desk chairs. However, they do enjoy the coffee and bakery that are available in the kitchen. When they receive an emergency call, they find out the problem, verify the address and the squad is literally at the location within minutes. Bardell says, “What we do better than anyone else is listen to the patient. This makes it more comfortable for them.” Addressing a different aspect of comfortable, Bardell points out the new stretchers which are wider than before and which include knee support. Wheelchairs are available for KP and CA members at no cost. They can be lent out for a 30-day period that can be extended upon request. If a resident is in a wheelchair or has other mobility issues, a van can be requested up to 30 days in advance. This van will take you to a medical appointment up to 25 miles away for no charge.
Deputy Chief Michael Bardell and receptionists Dee Whitehurst and Donna Manship greeted guests.
The Sun City Center Emergency Squad is classified as Basic Life Support. You may see vehicles from both Hillsborough and SCC if they are unsure whether or not the problem is life threatening. Sometimes SCC is asked to tag along to help free up Hillsborough Emergency squad. When Hillsborough cannot cover all of its emergencies, there are occasions when they will ask SCC to an
area outside its typical service area. This is the only time SCC provides services outside of the CA and KP area. If you are interested in one of a variety of volunteer positions or would like to request a wheelchair or van services, call 813 633-1411 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you have an emergency anytime day or night, call 813-634-3800.
Dispatchers Joe Michaliszyn, Karen Chippen and Linda Hughes explained the procedures they follow.
Thanks to donated materials and labor, the kitchen at the Emergency Squad was remodeled at no cost to residents. Volunteer cooks prepare meals for squad members here.
Turn Leftover Turkey Into a Tasty Meal THE KITCHEN DIVA
By Angela Shelf Medearis Thanksgiving is gone, but the memories linger on -- in the form of leftovers. After having all the traditional Thanksgiving fixings, I always crave spicy foods. I’ve come to enjoy thinking up ways I can transform the mountain of plastic containers full of a few scoops of this and a few cups of that into a new recipe. I’ve discovered that leftover turkey combined with Mexican spices makes a great meal! I’ve used leftover turkey to make soft tacos, quesadillas and enchiladas. I love this enchilada recipe because the combination of cumin, chili powder and cayenne pepper completely changes the flavor of the leftover turkey, and it’s easy to prepare. If you don’t have time to make the enchilada sauce from scratch, use a good quality, commercially made sauce, and add the spices from the recipe below to give it a homemade taste! Serve this dish with a side of Spanish rice and a tossed salad, and you’ll not only have a great meal, but a great way to use up that leftover turkey! SPICY TURKEY ENCHILADAS 3 cups cooked turkey, shredded 2 cups sour cream 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese, one cup reserved for topping 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon chili powder 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper 12 (10-inch) tortillas, corn or flour
Enchilada Sauce 2 cans (4 ounces each) chopped mild green chile peppers 1 clove garlic, minced 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 cups chopped onion 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon chili powder 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar 1 1/2 pounds stewed tomatoes 1/2 cup water To Make the Turkey Enchiladas: 1. Using a large bowl, combine cooked turkey with sour cream, 2 cups cheese, salt, cumin, chili powder and cayenne pepper. Wrap tortillas in a clean dishcloth or food-safe paper towels and sprinkle both sides with a little water. Microwave for 10-15 seconds to warm and soften. 2. Place a tortilla on a flat surface. Spoon 2 to 3 tablespoons of turkey mixture on the end of the tortilla closest to you. Lightly oil a shallow, 13-by-9inch baking pan so that the enchiladas won’t stick. Roll up the tortilla. Arrange
it, seam side down in the baking pan, placing each stuffed tortilla side by side until the pan is full. 3. Pour the enchilada sauce over the enchiladas and bake, uncovered at 350 F, for about 25 minutes, or until hot and bubbly. Sprinkle with the remaining cup of cheese. Bake another 5 minutes. Remove pan from the oven; let set for 5-10 minutes before serving. Serves 4 to 6. To Prepare the Enchilada Sauce: Q u i c k T i p : A g o o d - q u a l i t y, commercially made chili sauce mixed with a teaspoon each of cumin and chili powder and 1/2 teaspoon of brown sugar makes a canned enchilada sauce taste like homemade! 1. Using a medium-sized pan, saute chili peppers and onions in oil until onions are soft, about 3 to 5 minutes.
Add the garlic, salt, cumin and chili powder, and saute for another minute. Add the stewed tomatoes and brown sugar, and saute for 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the water. 2. Turn heat to high and bring mixture to a rolling boil. Then turn the heat to low and simmer, uncovered, until thick, about 15 to 20 minutes. Angela Shelf Medearis is an awardwinning children’s author, culinary historian and the author of seven cookbooks. Her new cookbook is “The Kitchen Diva’s Diabetic Cookbook.” Her website is www.divapro.com. To see how-to videos, recipes and much, much more, Like Angela Shelf Medearis, The Kitchen Diva! on Facebook. Recipes may not be reprinted without permission from Angela Shelf Medearis. © 2016 King Features Synd., Inc.
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Wonderful Winnie is a Catahoula Leopard Mix, with the most heart melting eyes and a quiet, loving disposition; and although she does not care for the company of other dogs, she has represented C.A.R.E. at Outreach events and loved the attention of all of the children. Winnie is very responsive to human attention. She loves treats and loves to clown for the camera. Winnie knows all of her basic commands. At her age, shelter life is not ideal, and she needs a forever home that can nurture her quiet disposition with love and attention. Winnie is current on vaccinations and has been spayed and microchipped. DOB: May 2, 2009.
Silver has a platinum gray coat with just a bit of white fur on her chest. She was adopted from C.A.R.E., and when the original owner could no longer care for her she was taken in by a family friend. Soon after Silver had to return to C.A.R.E. She is a sweet, loving and affectionate young cat who would love to have a permanent forever home. As part of her adoption Silver will be microchipped. She is spayed and current on her shots. DOB: November 2, 2013.
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C.A.R.E. is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization (59-3678003) registered with the FL Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, No. CH-14526. The shelter is funded solely through donations, adoptions, spay/neuter fees, fundraisers and small grants. For more information, volunteer opportunities or donations, please visit our website (careshelter. org) or give us a call 813-645-2273. We are very grateful for your support. C.A.R.E. is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday. For directions visit www.CareShelter.org or call 813-645-2273.
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Holly Jolly Cat Food Drive December 1 – December31
In the spirit of the season, Cat Lovers Club of SCC will be collecting donations of cat food – both canned and dry, cat treats and kitty litter at the below listed locations. Boggs Jewelers 4845 Sun City Center Blvd Sun City Center, FL 33573 Monday-Friday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. – noon Men’s Club of SCC 1002 Cherry Hills Dr Sun City Center, FL 33573 Monday-Friday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun City Center Security Patrol 1225 N Pebble Beach Blvd Sun City Center, FL 33573 Every Day 9 a.m.–9 p.m. If you prefer, you can make a cash donation directly to “Feed the Tuna Chest”. Please send your donation to Cat Lovers Club, PO Box 5772, Sun City Center, FL 33571-5772 and mark your donation “Feed the Tuna Chest” fund. All donated cat food will be given to low-income seniors, the disabled and community cat caretakers in south Hillsborough County. Have a Meowy Christmas and purrs to you and yours!
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