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December 2019 official publication of the Sun City Center Community Association


DECEMBER 3 Membership Vote Sandpiper Room – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 4 Membership Vote Community Hall – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 7 Holiday Breakfast Florida Room – 7:30 am to 11:30 a.m. 7 Holiday Walk – Club Rooms Central Campus – Beginning at 9 a.m. 9 Board Workshop to discuss Agenda Board Room – 9 a.m. 11 Board Meeting Rollins Theater - 9 a.m. 14 Golf Cart Parade Beginning at 10 a.m. 17 Community Leaders Meeting Florida Room – 9 a.m. 24 CA Office, Library & Facilities Close at 1 p.m. 25 CA Office & Library Closed All Facilities closed 31 CA Office, Library & Facilities Close at 1 p.m. JANUARY 1 CA Office & Library closed All facilities closed 2 Annual Membership Meeting Community Hall – 3 p.m. 6 Board Workshop to discuss Agenda Board Room - CA Office - 9 a.m. 8 Board Meeting Rollins Theater - 9 a.m. 21 Community Leaders Meeting Florida Room – 9 a.m. Agendas for the monthly Board Meetings will be posted on Official Bulletin Board in the Atrium the Monday before and on the CA website ( – under “Residents” – Upcoming Meeting Agendas). They will also be sent via “What’s New in the CA” email. Every Wednesday: Orientation for new members in the Board Room in the CA office starting at 1 p.m. sharp. No Orientation on Wednesday, December 18.

CA Contact Information

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

Woodcarvers Craft Gorgeous, Functional Art

By Paula Lickfeldt Around 1990, two men, Bob Bailey and Bill Potter started the Woodcarving Club. They both liked to carve, and they wanted to share their knowledge. A group of 15 to 20 people met at the Community Hall once a week and carved things from wood. The room was only open once a week thus the members could only carve one day a week. In 2004, the Woodcarving Club moved to their new home next to the Sawdust Engineers workshop on the north campus. Now that the club has their own home, the members are able to come to the workshop and work any time that they want. At this time, there are 76 carvers in the club. The dues to belong to the Woodcarvers Club are $15 per person per year. Membership is open to residents of Sun City Center and Kings Point. When someone new comes to try their hand at woodcarving, they may borrow a set of tools that belong to the club. This gives them a chance to see if they really want to carve before they invest in tools. Once the decision is made to belong to the club, and begin to carve, each member buys and uses their own tools. The club buys wood, because they buy in quantity and can get it cheaper. The club members then buy wood by the

Woodcarvers Club members Larry Wing, Glen Smith, Ron Monson, and Bill Anderson.

linear foot from the club. Tupelo wood from Louisiana is the kind of wood used to carve birds. Bass wood is used for most other projects. The carvers use hand tools such as gouges and knives to carve projects. They also use rotary tools and wood burners for details like birds and ducks. When a project is finished, it is painted with acrylics most of the time but sometimes with oils. On occasion, an outside instructor will come to the club. They teach a project that the members will work on for three

to five days. Members of the club also teach. The internal instructor will teach three hour lessons one day each week until the project is completed. This will usually run about four weeks for most of the projects but some projects like ducks may take up to a year to complete. Ralph Frensilla, of SCC, a master carver comes to the workshop on Friday from 9 until 12 to teach classes. The title of Master Carver is given to

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Clubs Strut Their Stuff at Another Successful “Hi, Neighbor!”

By Bob Sanchez Hundreds of residents poured into Community Hall for “Hi, Neighbor!” on November 7, when representatives from 94 clubs and organizations welcomed them with smiles, colorful displays and great reasons to join their clubs. At the Sunsations Dance table, Susan Seipelt’s reaction was typical. Her club gave out plenty of fliers, she said, expressing optimism about attracting new members.

“This was one of our most successful events,” said Hospitality Chairman Janet Ditmore, who has organized ‘Hi, Neighbor!” for the last seven years. She mailed close to 400 invitations to Sun City Center residents who bought homes here within the last year and estimated that over 800 people attended. Once again, Aston Gardens generously donated their fresh-baked cookies, while the Sun City Center Line Dance Club served refreshments under the

supervision of Information Center volunteer Dorothy Kociban. She credits other volunteers from the Information Center for contributing to the evening’s success, as well as a crew led by Bob Sullivan who kept traffic moving in the parking lot. Ditmore also offered thanks for “the cooperation of the attending club volunteers and the hard work of the Sun City Center maintenance crew and our CA office liaison, Claudia Hinson.”

Pottery Club Helps Santa’s Elves


By Kai Rambow As you already know, Santa’s elves work all year ‘round. What you may not know, is for the past few years, members of the Pottery Club have helped Santa’s elves. Starting in late August, teams design pottery totems. Then, over several months each member creates their contribution to the team’s totem. Recently the pottery club celebrated by having a Totem Reveal party, complete with food. Teams did not know what other teams were creating. Upon seeing the reveal, club members voted on the totem they like best. This year’s winner, Winter, was created by JoAnn Kerr, Joel Bahl, Sue Bahl, and Carol Blecher. The totems will be on display and available for sale during the Holiday Walk on December 7.

Hundreds flocked to the Community Center to check out all the clubs. The evening continued a decades-long Hi Neighbor tradition of welcoming new neighbors and reconnecting with long-time residents.

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JoAnn Kerr, Joel Bahl, Sue Bahl in front of their winning totem “Winter.” Fourth team member, Carol Blecher was absent. It took several months to design and create the totem.

Cruise around SCC, and you will see, yards and homes lit festively. To help our community get in the holiday spirit, four local residents have answered our call to invite the community to ride by and enjoy their beautiful exterior illumination. So, warm up the cocoa, grab some candy canes, and head out to enjoy the shimmering lights. Here, in order from north to south, are those addresses, though we’re betting they’re not alone. 1519 Allegheny Drive 1001 Cherry Hills Drive 1909 New Bedford Drive 411 Crystal Downs Court (Verona) Note: Verona is gated, but residents suggested the gates will be open for light looking.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sandpiper Room in the Atrium

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Room 3, Community Hall

CA membership card or photo ID required Absentee Ballots are available at the CA Office until 3 p.m., December 4, 2019



I. Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance II. Approval of Minutes: October 23, 2019 Membership Meeting III Treasurer’s Report IV Community Manager’s Report V. Long Range Planning Committee Report VI. Awards & Recognition VII. Installation of newly elected Directors VIII. President’s Report IX. General Discussion by members X. Adjournment

Trail Blazing

By John Lampkin Passion Vines know a thing or two about gender fluidity. As with the vast majority of flowering plants, the flowers are bisexual, containing male and female organs in the same bloom. Plants have evolved a variety of ways of avoiding self-pollination, and our passionvine is no exception. Freshly opened, the female pistils are upright and well away from the tier of pollen-laden anthers. Thus, in effect the flower is in “male mode” because a visiting pollinator is likely only going to contact the anthers. As the flower matures and enters “female mode” the pistils bend down as in the photo. As pollinators arrive with a dusting of pollen from other flowers, they brush against the pistil and voila, cross-pollination! Throughout it all, the flower pumps out nectar in the sea of fragrant purple come-and-get-me attractors beneath the organs. The honeybee in the photo is after that sweet goo and cares not a whit about pollinating anything.The flowers are outrageously stunning and abound in all developmental stages at the entrance to the SCC West Campus Nature Trails. The foliage is larval food for the Gulf Fritillary butterfly so Passion Vines are a double delight, and delighted we are! The Nature Trails is an ongoing project of the SCC Audubon Club in cooperation with the SCC CA. The trailhead is located opposite North Lake on Del Webb West between Vincennes and Seton Hall. Join us for interpretive walks on the first Tuesday of the month at 9 a.m.

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).

Tidbits from the Vault: Remembering the Pretty Place

By Cathy Meyerhoff, Sun City Center History Society When Del Webb developed Sun City Center in the early 1960s, the idea of retirees enjoying an active lifestyle was central to his plan. Residents would not only enjoy golf and a myriad of other activities, but be in charge of planning and maintaining facilities in the community. Without the volunteer spirit of our population, Sun City Center would not be the place it is today. My browsing of the history center archive uncovered an excellent example of that volunteerism. In 1987, resident Ewing Smith, lifelong horticulture and landscaping enthusiast, noticed an unsightly area overgrown with weeds and unmown grass on West Del Webb Boulevard across from Middle Lake. This eyesore, in the midst of a residential area of wellmaintained lawns begged for attention. The site of a sewer lift station and outflow, the property, owned by the county, was mowed only a couple of times a year. Ewing contacted the county to see if development as a park was possible. He was informed that the site was too small to qualify. He did obtain permission to make improvements himself. Over the next 16 years Ewing, along with Jack and Phyllis May, and a contingent of volunteers who could be called when needed beautified the area with flowers, trees, and shrubs. Ewing purchased many of the plants himself, including fourteen Washingtonian palms that still line West Del Webb Boulevard. Other plants were provided by local nurseries. Donations made possible the installation of statuary, a birdbath, a fountain, and a bench over the years. Installed by a local concrete firm, a flagstone path wound through the small area. A donated flagpole allowed the stars and stripes to fly over the park. Ewing and his volunteers put in hours of hard work planting, weeding, digging and fertilizing. Ewing stated that civic pride became the projects biggest booster. The Pretty Place Club was formed to handle monetary donations. The park was enjoyed by walkers, joggers, and those just looking for a place to relax and enjoy nature. The efforts of these volunteers were frustrated by the county on several occasions. In 1992 the county installed an expanded sewer system, digging up almost all of Pretty Place. Ewing had his work cut out for him replanting the area. The county agreed to reimburse him for what had been destroyed. Ewing replaced the original plants with ones requiring less maintenance. Statuary, a path, and decorative lilies disguised the

county’s work. By 1997, the county had been contracted to take over the area. While Ewing Smith was away temporarily t h e are a b e c am e overrun with weeds three to four feet tall and overgrown s h r u b b e r y. In consultation with then CA president Wesley Wolfe and Bill Cowling of Florida Design it was decided that Florida Design would work Pretty Place into the maintenance schedule. By 2003, Ewing’ s health had declined, as had that of his loyal fellow gardener Jack May. Over two years Ewing made numerous attempts to have someone take over Pretty Place. Without having any success, he notified the county that it was necessary for him to turn the area back over to them. As part of that process, he was required to remove many of the plants shrubs to facilitate ease of mowing the area. As Penny Fletcher noted in an April 16, 2003 article in The Sun, “Single-handedly, Smith dug up and washed 500 blocks and all of the statuary and stepping stones.” He dug up many of the plants and gave them to volunteers in thanks for their help over the years. One neighbor complained about the removal of the plantings, but no one offered to help or to pay for the cost of maintaining the area. And so… A Pretty Place was lost. The moral of the story? Volunteering is important. What can you do to continue the proud tradition which helps make Sun City Center what it is today?


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Board Workshop and Meeting Highlights

By Ilona Merritt At the CA workshop on November 11, the $125 fee for Kings Point participants in SCC clubs was discussed, along with a suggestion to change it to $50 per KP member, per person, per year, per club. Many opinions were given, and Bob Sullivan offered to meet privately to discuss the issue in person.

President’s Report Take The 75LX Bus and “Leave The Driving to Us”

By Sam Sudman, CA President “Take the bus and leave the driving to us” is the slogan for HART, the regional transportation arm of Hillsborough County government, commonly referred to as “bus service.” HART has offered our residents discounted passes. The standard one-day fare is $4, but you can purchase a pass for $1. The Community Association (CA) purchases the passes and sells them to you at our cost, as a service for you. You may buy as many as you want. There is no refund for unused passes, but you can carry them over to future months. With the holiday season approaching, imagine going to Brandon on the 75LX bus, which leaves from the bus stop in front of the Good Samaritans building on N. Pebble Beach Blvd., to do your shopping and not having to find a parking space at the mall. Care-free transportation is easily accessible Tuesday and Thursday. More information about the schedule is available at the CA office, online at www. (search ‘maps schedules’), or by calling HART, 813.254.4278. Drive your car or golf cart to the parking lot on N. Pebble Beach Blvd. located at North Course Lane, park it in any of the vacant spots at the north end of the lot, board the bus, and relax. There is a HART shelter provided to keep you out of the elements while you await the bus. Once your trip to Brandon or anywhere else that HART travels, is complete, get back on the bus, use your pass and return to SCC, to where you boarded the bus. Bring cash or check and your ID card to the CA office and purchase the passes. Questions? Call the CA 813.633.3500.

On November 13, the CA Board meeting was held. Sam Sudman, President stated in his report that residents were keeping him informed of areas in SCC where the infrastructure needs attention. The Board voted against the $50 fee. Therefore the $125 Kings Point user fee approved in June remains in effect.

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Comments from the floor followed: The SCC phone book was discussed, and Lynn Reitz suggested saving our last phone book, saying periodically there will be updates issued for the residents to add to their phonebook. Alternatives to the phone book, going forward, are being discussed.

SCCCA Long Range Planning Survey Available

The Long Range Planning Committee has released a survey. The survey opened on November 11 and will remain open until Dec 9. The purpose of the survey is to gather feedback from the community regarding current facilities and future needs over the next 5 to 7 years, for new projects and replacing outdated facilities. The survey consists of 18 questions, takes about 10 minutes to complete, and is designed to enable input of your suggested ideas as well prioritize provided selections. Find the survey online at: “www.”. If you do not have access to a computer, smartphone or iPad, there will be computers as well as assistance available at the SCCCA Library on Dec. 2, 3

and 4 from 9 to 2 p.m. Members of the Apple Users club and the SCCCA Computer Club can use computers in those facilities. There is also a hard copy of the survey available at the CA Office, and in the library, which the committee will input on your behalf. Hard copy surveys must be returned at the CA office at 1009 N. Pebble Beach Blvd, in the designated secure box by 3 p.m. on Dec 9. Please note that only one survey per CA member is permitted, duplicates will be voided. Upon completion of the survey, the committee will provide a summarized briefing of the survey results to the CA Board. The Long Range Planning committee is led by Doug Seipelt, CA Board member, and includes CA

Board Members Bob Sullivan and Dave Birkett, as well as various members of the community: Deb Tourangeau, Eric Porr, Virginia Bratt, Renee Bray, Cheryl Sari, and Kimberly Roush. To receive email updates on this and other CA topics, go to the CA Office at 1009 N. Pebble Beach Blvd and see the receptionist. She will provide you a form to complete to get added to the “What’s New with the CA” news distribution. You can also send an email to “” and include: Your full name, address, CA Badge number, and the email address you would like to receive the News Blast emails at. Subject of the email should be: “please add me to CA News Blast.”

Hi, Neighbor!

Shredding Day By Diane M. Loeffler

Shredding Day proved popular once again, as residents lined up and ready to go 15 minutes early. Keep reading The News in the coming months, so you can mark your calendar for the next Shredding Day Cheri Didday (left) and Carol Slagle want folks to check out Jazzmatazz, one of almost a hundred clubs at the November 7 Hi, Neighbor.

December Fun at the Cafe


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

Movies are normally shown the second and fourth Monday each month in the Rollins Theater at 1 p.m. The dates and times may change as necessary. Per the Fire Code of Hillsborough County, seating capacity is limited to 145 attendees. Seating is reserved for Sun City Center Community Association members/ guests who present current cards or a Kings Point ID badge.

Please note: There will only be one movie shown in December.

December 9 • Poms •1 Hour, 31 Minutes

After moving to a retirement community, a woman is inspired to relive her high school days and start a cheerleading team with fellow residents. The team takes off but a shocking secret about the captain threatens to derail their training in this comedy film. Starring: Diane Keaton, Rhea Perlman, Charlie Tahan, Bruce McGill, Jacki Weaver, Celia Weston Director: Zara Hayes Genre: Comedy Rating: PG-13 for language and sexual situations

Ambreen usually has something wonderfully inventive at her events. Here is a picture of fruit pizza from one of the Café’s events this fall.

By Kai Rambow In addition to December being Christmas, it’s also fun at the Café di Luna. December 5 is Dessert Trio and Tree decorating. There will be dessert, coffee, tea, treats and tree decorating. Everyone can participate in the tree decorating by bringing an ornament. Get together for a wonderful time with friends and neighbors. Only $8.50 per person. Those who’ve attended events designed by Ambreen know you can expect traditional favorites and some interesting new tastes. So have fun on December 5 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Wood continued from page CA1. someone who has won best of show in the advanced level of any competition. Carvers are in one of the four levels of carving. The levels are: beginner or novice, intermediate, advanced, and master. Carvers move from one level to another by winning ribbons. After a carver wins three or more ribbons in one level, they move to the next level. Members of the SCC Woodcarving Club enter competition in Punta Gorda and the Florida State Fair. Carvings done by members of the SCC club can be seen in one of the showcases in the Atrium Building one out of every three months. The Photo Club has the showcase for two months for their exhibits and the Woodcarvers have the showcase for one month. Bill Anderson, the president of the club, came to SCC in 2002. He was a furniture maker and has made most of the furniture in their home. He was making a walnut table for his wife. He wanted to put “cat claw feet” on it and he did not know how. He knew that SCC had a woodcarving club so he went to get help with his project. He has been a member of the club ever since. Bill teaches on Tuesday afternoons. At this time, five members are carving a Green-Winged Teal drake duck under his instruction.

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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.

Florida State Fair Best of Show Winners

The Florida State Fair is once again looking for crafters to display and compete at the Fair. This past Fair, SCC delivered an excellent showing, winning BEST OF SHOW in five different categories: Kelly Freeman, Needlework Michelle Miller, Ceramics Jim Calvert, Handcrafted Furniture Accessory Jan Ring, Holiday Crafts Martha Klos, Porcelain Painting If you wish to enter the 2020 Fair, the deadline is December 13 and can be accessed via the Florida State Fair website, “”.

Metaphysical Society Fundraiser

10 am Wednesdays in the Heritage Room Entry fee $1 with love offering requested to benefit our Society. Show your Community ID card when checking in. Metaphysical Society information 813.398.7033. Dec 4 – “Election and Holiday Party” Following a short meeting for Election and By Law approval, our festive party begins. Members may bring a dessert but not necessary. A time of celebration and saying thank you for your support of our club. Dec 11 – “Behind the Masks We Wear”, presented by popular area speaker, Gail DiNoia. Dec 18 – “Styles of Tarot – What are the Differences” presented by national Tarot consultant Beverly Frable. Dec 25 – Atrium Closed. Enjoy a loving day with family and friends.

Computer Club Classes

There will be no club meeting in December. Sign up for classes can be done online or in the Computer Lab, (Atrium Building) Monday through Saturday, 12:30 - 5 p.m. Student must be a member in good standing at Sun City Center or Kings Point. Tuition is payable upon registration. For additional information email: Pauline Baker, Education Director at “”. Listed here are brief descriptions of the classes being offered. For all the details, go to the Computer Lab or the Computer Club website “”. Tuning Your PC Workshop • Monday, December 2, from 8:30 to noon Buying and Using a Chromebook • Tuesday, December 3, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. iPad/iPhone for Seniors • Wednesday, December 4, from 9 to noon Painfree Backup for Your Computer • Tuesday, December 10, from 8:30 to noon Buying a Computer • Wednesday, December 11, from 9 to 11 a.m. Windows 10 Workshop • Thursday, December 12, & Friday, December 13, 9 - 11 a.m. Tuning Your PC Workshop • Tuesday, December 17, from 8:30 – noon Easy Ways to Crete Documents, Pt.2 • Wednesday, December 18, from 10:30 to noon Introduction to File Explorer • Friday, December 20, from 9 to noon

Stained Glass Club of SCC 10th Annual Show

SAVE THE DATE: The Sun City Center Stained Glass Club will hold their 10th Annual Glass Show on Thursday, February 20 from 9 – 3 p.m. and Friday, February 21. from 9 – 3 p.m. in the Florida Room, Atrium Building, 945D North Course Lane, Sun City Center. There is no admission fee to the public and everyone is welcome to vote for the “People’s Choice” award. For more information, stop by the Stained Glass Club in the Arts and Crafts Building on Cherry Hills Lane in Sun City Center, between 9 and noon Monday through Friday, or call Debbie Zieg at 813.634.6795 or Cheri Didday, 727.687.3210.

Stained Glass Club New Board

The Sun City Center Stained Glass Club recently announced the new executive Board of Directors for 2020. From left are Mary Ellen LaPrade, External Vice President; Ted Riley, President; Pat Alberti, Treasurer; Denni Farney, Secretary and Dave Barber, Internal Vice President.

Swim Dancers Are Looking For A Few Good Men

Do you like to ham it up in front of an audience? The Swim Dancers need a few good men to do a comedy routine in their aquatic show on Saturday, March 14, 2020. It is not necessary to know how to swim. This will be done in the shallow water. Practices are weekly starting in February. If you are interested, call Sue Muise, 813.633.2479.

The Art Club Artists of the Month

“Flavors of Holiday Art” are captured in holiday paintings of Art Club members: Lynn Bentz, Harvey Berman, Karen Butenschoen, Nadine Cooley, Vivian David, Lee Anne Eckert, Gary Gicking, Pat Hambrick, Maureen Hileman, Virginia Laudano, Faye McKeown, Anne Morton, Dolores Phelps, Ann Savage, Ali Shannon, Flo Slater, Helen Solomon, and Anne Walker. Their artwork will be showcased during December at SCC Library, the SCC Information Center, La Beautique Salon, SCC Samaritan Services, Cadence Bank, Fiore’s Sunshine Café, Tampa Bay Family Physicians and the Art Room window. The artists’ paintings reflect the season and tell stories which conjure up images of angels, wrapped gifts, Christmas trees, wreaths, poinsettias, and snowy landscapes all of which speak to the heart. Filled with meaning and tradition the “Flavors of Holiday Art” invite us to pause and reflect. For more information: visit www.artclubofscc.

Sew’n Sews Beginning Quilting Class

Instructor, Dabney Hill, instructed another class of beginning quilters. This time they worked on four different squares to complete a table runner. The ladies learned all techniques from the basic cutting of fabric with a rotary cutter to sewing a perfect quarter inch seam. Each square provided the students with a different technique from basic piecing to foundation paper piecing. The students learned how to then sandwich the quilt, quilt it and bind it. Starting in December on select Wednesday mornings, a new block of the month will be presented by experienced quilters. This will be done over the course of 12 months. Plus, a beginning quilting class for members is starting in January. Membership dues are $10 for the year for Sun City Center Community Association members. The Sew’n Sews Club is located in the Arts & Crafts building at 960-B Cherry Hills Dr. For more information, call 813.505.9503, or email “”

SCC Ceramics

On October 25 and 26, the ceramics club displayed their creations in the Florida Room. Most of the tables were set up to show various techniques and types of paint and stain. Stop by the club between 9 and 3, weekdays, if you are interested in joining, taking classes or purchasing items. The club will also be open for the Holiday Walk on December 7.

Merry Christmas of Sun City Center & South County

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Successful Military Ball Tradition Continues

Jan and Gordon Bassett, Lt. Col, USAF (Ret.) stepped in at the last minute to chair the ball. It ran so smoothly most people were unaware of the change.

By Kai Rambow It was traditional; it was warm and friendly. It was respectful; it was fun. While many clubs and many traditions have been in our community for decades, the Military Ball has only been on the calendar for nine years. It is a terrific event. We have many different military organizations here, and

this is one of the few where all come together. Respects were paid to our different military branches, and especially to those POWs and MIAs who could not be with us. Enjoyment went beyond the camaraderie and sharing of food. It seemed almost everyone danced at least once.

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US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 75 Holds Flea Market

By Paula Lickfeldt The US Coast Guard Auxiliary began in 1937. The auxiliary is organized into Flotillas. Tampa Bay Auxiliary, Flotilla 75, began around 1995. There are 25,000 members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary across the nation. Flotilla members nationwide save a life every two days. Uniformed volunteer members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary do everything that the US Coast Guard does, except law enforcement. The primary purpose of the auxiliary is to promote boating safety. Flotilla 75 meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at the Tampa Sailing Squadron. The Tampa Bay area Flotilla 75 has 54 members. The seven Flotillas making up the Tampa Bay Division has 313 members. They have been having their annual flea market for about 10 years. The purpose of the flea market is to raise money for Flotilla 75’s education program. The auxiliary is interested in educating people about the


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Jim Jurgens and Judy Clapp, both members of Flotilla 75 and residents of SCC.

use of life jackets. In 2018, 700 people died in water accidents. Seventy percent of the deaths were from drowning, and eighty percent of the people who drowned were not wearing a life jacket. Even though the day was cold and rainy, the people attending had a good time. All things nautical were on sale, plus lots of other “flea market” type items. Every five minutes a door prize ticket was drawn and prizes donated by the Home Depot, local restaurants, other area merchants and money were given.

Happy Holidays!

Pantry volunteers preparing to distribute donations.

Our Lady’s Pantry Thanks Community for Support

Donations allow charity to serve up Thanksgiving fixin’s for local families and serve hungry people every day By Tom Bullaro, Director, Our work would have been possible Lady of Guadalupe Food Pantry without the help of so many You are our hunger heroes! Our individuals and groups. Lady’s Pantry has been gifted in Most recently, we have so many ways over the years. In received $10,000 for food from fact, we are celebrating 20 years the Interfaith Council and $1,000 of service to our community for food from the Masons of this very month. None of our Pantry continued on page 7.

Don’t Miss the Holiday Breakfast & Walk Mark your calendars for festive holiday fun on December 7. Plan to start your day with a delicious breakfast for only $5! The committee members have been busy planning the gathering, which will be held in the Florida Room from 7:30 until 11:30 a.m. The breakfast is open to everyone in the area. Proceeds help to fund the Golf Cart Parade, free ice cream, and various other activities. After the breakfast, plan to take a Holiday Walk around the club rooms on the main SCCCA campus. Lots of handcrafted and unique items will be available for sale, and you will have a chance to meet several members of many SCC clubs. The Holiday Walk begins at 9 a.m. on December 7.

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Go “Home for the Holidays” with the 2019 Golf Cart Parade The “Home for the Holidays” Holiday Golf Cart Parade begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 14. Residents, businesses, HOAs, service organizations, and clubs from across the community will come together to celebrate the season with festive and creative holiday carts. The parade route begins on N. Pebble Beach Boulevard, near the SCCCA offices, and runs around La JollaAvenue, before coming back up Cherry Hills Drive to end by the gazebo.

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12 Days of Christmas

By E. Adam Porter, Editor “Dad, what are the 12 days of Christmas?” One of my boys, who has been asking a lot of questions about holiday traditions this year, including about the possible nonexistence of a certain Jolly Ol’ Elf, tossed this inquiry out at me, at random, this morning. I hadn’t started my first cup of coffee, yet, so my initial impulse was to borrow a line from those Canadian comedians, the McKenzie brothers, “this should be the five days of Christmas; it’s too hard for us…” But, the humor gleaned from the world according to Bob and Doug would be lost on the boy, so, what I said instead is that, for many people across the world, Christmas really is a season, rather than a single day. The “12 days” of which we sing, begin on Christmas day and run through Epiphany on January 5. Each festive box on the calendar celebrates a different personage or ideal with feasting, solemnity…” “And toys?” he asked, hope illuminating his smile. “There is a time for that, yes, though most days are not about receiving gifts. Mostly, the focus is on giving thanks for the gifts we have already received, for contemplating the year that’s

ending, and celebrating new beginnings.” “There’s feasting, though, right?” Since the boy learned the word, ‘feast,’ watching The Grinch last year, it has become one of his favorites. I assured him that, for us, there would be one day of feasting, followed by more than a few days of feasting on leftovers after that. “Unless the Bumpus hounds get the turkey,” he grinned, gesturing toward our perpetually starving Golden Retrievers. I agreed that, yes, if the Bumpus hounds devoured our prize bird, there would be no turkey for soup or sandwiches. But we would not allow such a travesty. While Papa Bear is happy with a slice of pie or two in the days after the Christmas feast, if there are no turkey and dressing leftovers, Mama Bear gets cranky. He grew quiet, pensive, which is quite an expression on a tenyear-old. After a bit, he spoke, “Dad, what’s the point of having 12 days?” Now, I could have offered up the liturgical calendar, but I sensed a literal answer would not suffice. He wanted to go deeper. So, I thought about it a bit, sipping my coffee and attempting to look wise and patriarchal. Which is an uphill battle when you’re wearing a Christmas Story t-shirt and flannel pants. “Well,” I said, “Maybe we have 12 days, so we spend more time appreciating what we have, and less time thinking about getting more.” He stared at me for a moment, silent, then turned to leave. At

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Creative Person: Kai Rambow, Photographer

By Paula Lickfeldt Kai Rambow has been taking pictures since he was sixteen years old. When his family went on vacation he would take pictures to have a memory of the trip. He has traveled a lot and has always taken pictures but he did not begin combining the pictures with stories until he began reporting for the News of Sun City Center, which was about five years ago. He joined the SCC Photo Club so he could become a better photographer. Kai says that he sees a difference between taking pictures as a memory of

an event and taking pictures to tell a story. Kai had entered photographs in different club competitions. Last October he entered four of his photographs in the Florida State competition. He won three ribbons for his entries. One of the pictures was the highest scoring image for him ever. He said it was pretty exciting to win the ribbons. He is gratified by all of the help that he has received from members of the Photo Club. “When you look at an image for composition, it makes you think about the image differently,” he says.

the edge of the dining room, he stopped and turned back around. I could see the wheels turning. He started to speak, stopped, then tried again. Finally, he said, “I’m gonna go play Legos.” So much for profound life lessons first thing in the morning, I guess. Hopefully, he will think about that some more once his Lego contraption has been put through the paces of a fifth-grade boy’s imagination. If not, I’ll try to remind him by being thankful in my own right. All things considered, we have it pretty good, though there are some days I don’t act like it at all. Maybe, the 12 days of Christmas exist to help us get into the habit that we try out on Thanksgiving, but never quite seem to get the hang of. Twelve days is not quite two weeks, but a lot happens in that span of days: the end of one year, and the beginning of the next. Culminations and reflections give way to celebrations and resolutions. What better

way to commemorate those bookended commencements than to recommit to being a little bit more grateful for the blessings we enjoy. Glad I get 12 days… I probably need the practice. Let’s try just one. I’m thankful for curious kids who help remind their old man to be a better person… even when he hasn’t had his coffee.

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NOTICE: Each community and club in Sun City Center and Kings Point has specific rules about membership and attendance. Unless specifically stated or posted, most venues, meetings and events hosted on the Community Association campus and in Kings Point require attendees to bring their SCC CA or KP ID or come with a resident member. When in doubt, contact the club in question - not the venue or association - prior to arrival. Thanks.

SCC Security Patrol Expands Patrols for The Holidays

The Sun City Security Patrol has announced that expanded patrol areas will begin on Thanksgiving, November 28, and continue through the first week of January 2020. The Patrol provides this service to the residents and businesses of Sun City Center every year to help deter car break-ins, purse snatching, and carjacking. While the Security Patrol normally provides this service to all businesses and residents in parking lots from Kings Crossing to South Bay Hospital on regular patrols, the expanded patrols will cover businesses along State Route 674 from Walmart, Wawa and Aldi’s to the businesses and restaurants near Interstate 75.

Birds of Prey Presentation

December 7 at 10 a.m. The SCC Audubon Club will host “feathered ambassadors” from Boyd Hill Nature Preserve’s Bird of Prey program—a partnership between the Friends of Boyd Hill and the City of St. Petersburg. Attendees will get an up-close look at these birds, which cannot be released back into the wild. A ranger will discuss the lives of owls, hawks, vultures and other raptors, and their role in the ecosystem. The presentation will begin at 10 a.m. in the Community Hall, preceded by refreshments and socializing. There will also be a photo competition. SCC Audubon members will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite nature photographs, taken by fellow members, which will be on display. Three monetary prizes will be awarded based on the results of the voting. “”.

SCC Photo Club Best of The Best

December 10 at 6:30 p.m. The SCC Photo Club welcomes members and their guests to attend their December Best of the Best competition to be held in the Caper Room, located in the Atrium Building. Club members are encouraged to submit their 2019 eligible winning digital or print entries to be judged by photographic expert, Carmen Schettino. For more information about our club, please visit our website at “”.

Photo Club Donates Cameras to Ruskin Elementary

By Madlyn Blom Principal, Rebecca Salgado (right) and 5th Grade Art teacher, Brenda Eastep, (left) accepted twelve digital cameras that were donated by the Sun City Center Photo Club. Madlyn Blom, (center) collected and delivered cameras donated by individual members of the club to support the Title 1 school and to encourage the art of photography to the future generation. Mrs. Eastep is excited to use the cameras in the art classes to help students think more deeply about what they see, to improve their writing, grammar and English skills by telling stories of what their photos say.

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Kings Point Fee Decision Confirmed

By Sam Sudman, President, SCC Community Association The results are final. The SCC Community Association Board of Directors voted at the June 14, 2019 Board meeting that the fee for Kings Point residents to belong to SCCCA-affiliated clubs will be $125 per year per resident beginning January 1, 2020. The Board continued to support that fee at the November 13, 2019 Board Meeting. Special Kings Point Club Usage Cards for 2020 will go on sale at the SCCCA office beginning December 1, 2019. Not all SCCCA clubs allow non-SCCCA members, so check first before you assume that you can be a member. Whether a Kings Point resident belongs to one or a hundred and one clubs, payment of the fee permits you access to any of the clubs that permit nonSCCCA members. Questions about a specific club should be directed to that club. This Usage Fee does not include access to the CA pools, Fitness Center, or Library.

Time to Reach Out to Commissioners

By Sam Sudman, President, SCC Community Association It is time to start the dialog to get permanent South County Cross Bay Ferry Service. This first step in this process is to let Commissioners White, Smith, Kemp, and Overman know that you support the ferry project, and urge them to get it back on track. Here’s how to move things forward. 1) Take the South Hillsborough County ferry survey, then forward to your fellow South County friends, family members and member organizations and ask them to take it and distribute it. Here is the link: “”. 2) Send an email to the Commissioners this week and ask them to get the ferry project going again. The email addresses for the three at-large commissioners and Commissioner White are: The fastest, lowest-cost, and most practical course of action is for the County to move the project forward by proceeding with planning, design, and environmental permitting of the project --which will take 18-24 months and about $2.5 million --- so that we can be in the position to start construction by 2021. Here are some bullet points to consider for your call or email: • This is the only premium transit option South County has, and is the only project that can actually reduce traffic congestion • The ferry will help the thousands of military families who live in South County by reducing their commute time and saving them money, while taking these trips off very congested roadways • The ferry will give South County residents congestion-proof access to Tampa and St. Petersburg every night and weekend, the former of which again takes trips off our roadways • The ferry has unparalleled private sector support, with HMS covering operating costs of over $100 million and Mosaic donating property for the site and access roadway. Consider this opportunity and act today.

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SCC New England Club New Member Mixer

Tuesday, January 14, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. The Sun City Center New England Club is hosting a new member mixer in the Sandpiper Room. All members who have joined during the past year are invited. This will give you the opportunity to meet club board members and others with New England connections. Coffee and light refreshments will be served. The SCC New England Club welcomes all SCC Community Associations members. To join, please visit our website at “”. If you would like to attend please contact Shirley Harris “” or Cindy Daigle “”.

Organ and Keyboard Club Halloween Bash

The Organ and Keyboard Club had a good time playing our “spooky scary tunes” for each other plus enjoying a music lesson. The club meets each Thursday at 9 a.m. in the Armstrong Room for a group lesson. No instrument needed; sheet music included in the class. had a lesson on the music. Info, call Barb Carlini 813.633.2022

Samaritan Services

The Indo-Americans in Sun City Center, Kings Point, and Valencia Lakes presents checks totaling $1516 to Samaritan Services. From left to right are Bal Karlekar, Lee Leverett (president of Samaritan Services), and Shyam Bhave. Samaritan Services, a 501(c)3 charity, provides many support services needed by residents of Greater Sun City Center. We will transport ambulatory residents to medical appointments between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Brandon, Bradenton and Tampa, with advance notice of 10 to 14 days. SCC Ride provides transportation for in-town appointments and shopping, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Samaritan Services also coordinate the Meals on Wheels program, and provide Alzheimer’s respite care. For Samaritan Services information call 813-634-9283. For SCC Ride, call 813.633.6111.

On Monday, November 18, 2019 Virginia Kimball and Susan Royal, SCC Woman’s Club CoChairpersons, delivered a check to Julie Floyd and Kirk Warren, Samaritan Services, to provide some Thanksgiving Meals to some residents. The money was raised at the SCC Woman’s Clubs monthly meetings by offering opportunity tickets for a door prize. More items will be offered L to R: Virginia Kimball, Julie Floyd, Kirk Warren, Susan Royal. at upcoming meetings.

Star Samaritan

S-Selfless; T-Trustworthy; A-Accomplished; R- Reliable Meet Pat Davis, the Star Samaritan for the fourth quarter of 2019. Pat is a seven-year volunteer at Samaritans as a. Pat likes doing out of town driving since she is very familiar with the Tampa area being a 42-year Florida Gulf Coast resident with the last 10 years in Sun City Center. Pat really enjoys her volunteer work with Samaritans and loves to give back to the community and helping those that need it. Congratulations to Pat on his STAR SAMARITAN award and her continued great work for the Sun City Center Community.

150 Attend New England Club Pizza Party

By Bob Sanchez The Florida Room was at near capacity for the Sun City Center New England Club’s first-ever pizza party on November 5. Music, dancing, fellowship and plenty of prizes complemented pizza and salad in the event organized by Mike and Melissa Burnham. To top off the evening, Beth Raymond won the drawing for a crisp $100 bill. The Club welcomes all SCC residents who have a connection to or an interest in New England. Many more photos and information on joining the Club, visit

Model Railroad Club Open House Schedule

The Sun City Center Railroad Club Is offering four Open House opportunities this Christmas Season! Mark your calendars now for your family’s holiday visit, featuring multiple trains running on our HO layout and our new N scale modular RR. Kids run trains, get conductor hats and earn Jr, Engineer Certificates. Raffle tickets available for fully operational N scale coffee table size layouts for drawings at Holiday Walk and 2020 Funfest. We are located on the SCC Central Campus next to Sawdust Engineers. It’s all free! Go to “” for more information. Holiday Walk: December 7, from 9 to noon, and during Winter Break, December 23, 27 and 30, from 1 to 3 p.m.

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The Women’s Chorus Concert

Sunday, December 1, at 3 p.m. Join the Women’s Chorus at St. Andrew Church, 1239 West Del Webb for “The Best of Christmas,” and “The Best of the Women’s Chorus,” which features a wide variety of holiday favorites that will bring back many happy memories through creative choreography, audience interaction, and performances of soloists and instrumentalists. The concert is free, but free will donations are gratefully accepted in order to defray operating expenses and costs in producing the concert. The audience is invited to a reception in the St. Andrew Fellowship Hall, which offers beverages and homemade pastries. The chorus welcomes new members. The winter-spring season which begins on Wednesday, January 8, 2020. Potential members have an opportunity to audition on that date. Rehearsals will be each Wednesday from 10 to noon until the spring concert on Sunday, March 22, 3 p.m. at St. Andrew. If you love to sing, can read music and have had experience with singing choral four-part harmony consider joining us! Information, call Janet Warren, 813.634.6692 or visit the website

18th Holiday Gala

Friday, December 6 Kings Point Veterans Theatre: enjoy a prime rib buffet, chicken marsala, veggies, dessert; all for only $26. Music by Danny Fugazzotto, catering by Laura Schuyler. A few tables remaining, couples and singles welcome. Door prizes! For time and more information, call Rose at 813.633.1540.

“Gettin’ in the Mood for Christmas”

December 8, at 3 p.m., St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church The 90-minute show will present a pleasing mix of religious and secular Christmas music in styles ranging from the more traditional to the modern and from calypso to swing. The program will include performances by our “Four Shades of Grey” quartet and our “Rolling Tones” ensemble. Admission is free, but freewill donations will be cheerfully accepted. Thank you for your support.

SCC Polish Heritage Club

Sunday, December 8, from 5 to 9 p.m. Come to the Florida Room, Atrium Building, 945-D North Course Lane, and join the SCC Polish Heritage Club for their annual Wigilia Celebration Dinner. Admission: members $10 (and bring a dessert) and guests $15 per person. Includes a catered traditional dinner of white fish, pierogi, rye bread, mushroom soup, and vegetable, dessert, and coffee/tea). BYO wine, set-ups, etc. Festive holiday attire suggested. SCCCA, Kings Point, and Freedom Plaza residents are warmly invited to attend. Information and tickets: Lorraine at 813.677.0026 or Wanda at 813. 633.0016.

Elementary Students to Sing at Redeemer Lutheran Church

Wednesday, December 11 at 10:30 a.m. Students from Cypress Creek Elementary School will present a musical program at Redeemer Lutheran Church. Come and hear the sweet voices of youth and interact with them after their presentation. For more information, call 813.634.1292.

Kings Point Dance Club Presents “Happy Holidays” Christmas Dance

Wednesday, December 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; dancing begins at 7. Kings Point Veterans Theater, 1900 Clubhouse Drive. Ballroom music by Bobby Remp. All Kings Point and SCC singles and guests welcome. Dressy casual, no shorts. BYOB. Members free, guests $5. Info: call Eileen at 203.907.6111.

South Shore Community Chorus Holiday Concert

Tuesday, December 10 at 7 p.m. Come ring in the holiday season with South Shore Community Chorus! Our 4th annual Winter/ Holiday Concert will take place at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 W Del Webb Blvd. This is a family friendly event. A donation of $5 per adult is suggested. Those interested in joining the chorus for our next season are also encouraged to come and meet us. For more information, please visit “” or email “”.

SCC Woman’s Club December Holiday Luncheon

Thursday, December 19 The GFWC SCC Woman’s Club will hold their holiday luncheon in Community Hall on South Pebble Beach Boulevard. Check-in and meet and greet time starts at 11 a.m. with the meeting, catered lunch and program beginning at 11:30. The SCC Men’s Chorus will be entertaining us with songs of the season. The wrapped gifts for the Angels, children of Wimauma, will be collected to be delivered for the holidays. We hope our members exceed their generosity of last year, we could barely fit all the presents and contributors in the picture. Information: “” or contact Linda Raymond at “” or call 813.331.3108.

Annual Sisterhood and Men’s Club Hanukkah Party

Sunday, December 29, 2 p.m. at Beth Israel Social Hall Come enjoy an afternoon of songs, fun, potato latkes, and jelly donuts. Reservations will be limited to members of Temple, Sisterhood, or Men’s Club and their partners on a first come first served basis. Reservations will be closed when we reach 96 people or on December 22. Send your check for $7 per person made out to Beth Israel Sisterhood to Rochelle Lafer at 2247 Oakley Green Drive, SCC, FL 33573.

Christmas With the Celts

Friday, December 6 at 7 p.m. The United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 Del Webb Blvd West, welcomes Christmas With the Celts for high energy, holiday-themed music and dance with a Celtic flair. A donation of only $10 is requested at the door on the night of the concert. For additional information about this and other concerts and recitals at the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, please contact Kevin Goodenow, Concert Series Coordinator, at 813.362.0956. To learn more about the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, please visit our website at

Apollo Beach Woman’s Club Holiday Luncheon

Wednesday, December 11 The Apollo Beach Woman’s Club (ABWC) special holiday luncheon meeting at the Southshore Falls Club House, 5831 Cascade Falls Drive, Apollo Beach. The community entrance is on U.S. 41 S. at the traffic light. The East Bay Choral Group, “Sounds of Time” directed by Brian NeSmith, will perform. The holiday luncheon cost is $20. For menu details and reservations, contact Sharon Vasquez at 813.641-7856 or email “”. Reservations must be made and paid for by Friday, December 6. The luncheon will be led by ABWC President Claudia Gassett, beginning at 11:30 a.m. for socializing and lunch is served at 12 pm. If you wish to learn more about the ABWC, information can be found at “” or by calling Liz Pedersen at 813.777.8215 or by email at “”.

Three SouthShore Concert Band Holiday Concerts

The South Shore Concert Band creates an endearing and impressive performance entitled “Winter Wonderland” fit for the excitement of your friends and family. The concert will feature traditional Yuletide favorites and first time performances by the band. Music will include both spiritual and whimsical pieces such as “Christmas on Broadway,” “A Classic Christmas,” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Monday, December 2 at 7 p.m. An evening of beautiful Christmas music and a Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 702 Valley Forge Blvd. Monday, December 9 at 7 p.m. An evening of beautiful Christmas music at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 1239 West Del Webb Blvd. Monday, December 16 at 7 p.m. An evening of beautiful Christmas music at Redeemer Lutheran Church 701 Valley Forge Blvd. You can preview the sound of our 66-member ensemble at www. The concert is open to the public and a free will offering will be taken.

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Judy and Bob Hart, retired Col. US Army taking a moment to dance. They headed the dining/catering committee for the ball.


Pantry continued from page 1. Hillsborough County. Plus, we have been the beneficiary of countless donations of both food and money from individuals and the following groups: Sav-a-Lot, Kings Point residents, Kings Point Pickleball Club, The Women’s Club in Valencia Lakes, and many other individual donors. With the monies we have received, we purchased turkeys to give to our families on November 16 and November 23. Each donation you share with us — whether of food or money to purchase food —

targets food insecurity among the poor. And every little bit makes a difference. Our Lady’s Pantry spent just over $61,000 for food for our neighbors this past year. Almost all of that money came from countless small donations from this caring community. People get hungry every day. It gives us much peace of mind to know we will have the means to purchase literally tons of nutritious food for our neighbors, as our food supply dwindles down. Thank you all again!

Retired Lt. Col. Don James, cutting the cake to celebrate the Marine Corps birthday.

Retired Navy Captain Frank Kepley working hard to report on the military ball. Kepley covers almost all the military events in our community.


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The Emergency Squad Paying It Forward

Back in 2009, the Emergency Squad received a grant from the State to purchase its “Toughbooks.” The Toughbook is a laptop computer, made for exceptional wear and tear. In the Squad, it’s used only for patient care reports and training purposes. When the State began to transition to electronic reporting, it required the use of the appropriate devices. Since 2009, the Squad has used the Toughbooks for approximately 50,000+ patient care reports and untold hours of training. They have outlasted their initial planned “lifespan,” and this year, the Squad replaced them through another grant. But many still had considerable “life” left. Through a discussion with Department of Health at a recent meeting, we offered to return these to the State. “It’s never been done before. No one has ever given anything back to us!” Said Tom DiBernardo, Florida Department of Health, Health Safety Specialist. “We’ll have to figure out how to do this!” The 16 Toughbooks donated back to the State have been distributed to rural counties who could not afford to purchase the computers. Nine were given to Hendry County and three were received by Glades County. All of the Toughbooks have been refurbished for the use of other organizations.

Receiving the Toughbooks from Chief Mike Bardell is Thomas Di Bernardo, Health Safety Specialist, Florida Department of Health.

L to R: Hendry County LT. John Howerton, Thomas DiBernardo, Florida Dept. of Health, and Hendry County FTO Laila Kring.

Southshore Poets Honored

By John F. Foster Four members of Sun City Center’s Southshore Poets were honored at the fall convention of the Florida State Poets Association, held October 25 – 27 in Daytona Beach. Each year the FSPA sponsors 20 open contests with categories ranging from formal verse to free verse on a wide variety of subjects. Suzanne S. Austin Hill of Ruskin won first prize for her poem on the subject of theme parks and attractions, “First Time I Set Foot in Florida, Circa 1959”. Marilyn Hayden of Sun City Center won first prize in the Humor category for “ Seasodal Poeb”. Frank Yanni of Parrish took third Honorable Mention for a poem on the subject of trees entitled “Our Live Oak”. John Foster of Sun City Center won a first-place award, two secondplaces and two Honorable Mentions for his poems “Without The Birds,” a haiku poem, “Bed Bath (and Beyond),” “Beach Ballet,” and “Rowboat”. The Southshore Poets will offer a poetry reading next April to help the Southshore Regional Library celebrate National Poetry Month.

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Sleep Health: A Critical Path to Wellness Monday, December 9 at 7 p.m. Dr. Soomi Lee will present a series of research findings that show how insufficient sleep and/or poor quality sleep are associated with a variety of adverse health outcomes, including decreased memory/ concentration, worse mood and more stress, impaired immune functioning, risk of falls, pain, weight gain, risk of cardiovascular disease, and even mortality. 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.

Vintage Car Show Benefits Local Children & Families

By Paul Courter The Sun City Center Roamin’ Oldies Car Club is working to make its 2019 charity Christmas show bigger and better than ever. That will take some doing. Last year’s holiday show attracted a record turnout of some 200 antique, classic and special-interest vehicles. Trophies will be awarded to ten peoples’ choice winners including the best-of-show, all selected by vote of their fellow enthusiasts and guests. The show will run from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, December 5 in the Mira Bay Shopping Plaza on US-41 in Apollo Beach. Conducted to help brighten the holidays for children who might otherwise go without, it’s the club’s only event of the year with an entry charge. Entrants are asked to bring a new unwrapped gift, along with a $5 entry fee. There is no charge for visitors, who are encouraged to bring a children’s gift to help the cause. DJ Joe Ferrante Jr. will provide ongoing entertainment with songs of the season and popular oldies music. There will be raffles for gift baskets donated by area businesses and club members, door prizes and a 50-50 drawing. A “goody bag” of small handy items will be given to the first 50 registered entrants. The proceeds and gifts will be distributed among local area charities.

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Democratic Club Elections

December 5 at 1 p.m. The next meeting of the South Shore Democratic Club will be held at the (golf cart friendly) Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce, 1651 Sun City Center Plaza, first Thursday of the month. Meet ‘n mingle with your Democratic neighbors at 1 p.m.; the general meeting starts at 1:30 p.m. An election of officers will take place. Info, call Carol 813.634.1835.

Deputy Merry December Seminars

Deputy Merry’s topic this month is vehicle and golf cart safety. Choose any one of three convenient meetings; and don’t miss Operation Medicine Cabinet on December 4. Operation Medicine Cabinet Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm Community Hall 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd Safe Vehicle and Golf Cart Operation Tuesday, December 10, 10 a.m. Sun City Center Community Association, Caper Room 945 N. Course Lane, Sun City Center, FL 33573 Tuesday, December 10, 1 p.m. Ripple Room, Kings Point 1900 Clubhouse Drive, Sun City Center, FL 33573 Tuesday, December 17, 11 a.m. Freedom Auditorium, Freedom Plaza 1010 American Eagle Blvd, Sun City Center, FL 33573

Sun City Center Lions Club

Monday, January 20 at 11:45 a.m The Sun City Lions Club invites you to a special presentation by Tom Cummings; he presents the story of Frank Morris, the first person in the United States to receive a Guide Dog. This is a one act play by Tom who transforms himself into Frank Morris. Meeting and presentation will be at the United Methodist Church. Reservations are required. You may order lunch, if you desire, which is $8 - $10. However, you must select and order your lunch two weeks prior to our meeting. After lunch, we will carpool to Southeastern Guide Dogs in Palmetto for a program entitled “Into the Darkness” and also take a tour of the Southeastern Guide Dog facility. Please join us for the presentation and tour; anyone interested in joining the Sun City Center Lions, friends, and family are invited. For more information or to make reservations, please contact Lion Maryanne at 609.694.8235 or email “”.


Indo-Americans Club Donates to the Emergency Squad

Marty Gifford, Emergency Squad CFO received a donation of $1,611 from the IndoAmericans club on November 11. The club has members from Kings Point, Sun City Center and Valencia Lakes. The Emergency Squad is always appreciative of Bal Karlekar, Marty Gifford, Squad community donations. CFO and Shyam Bhave.

South Bay Genealogical Society Meeting

Tuesday, December 17 at 10:30 a.m., United Methodist Church Life Enrichment Center (LEC), 1210 W Del Webb Blvd. We begin with a Round Table Discussion, followed by a sit-down luncheon at noon, and then the main presentation by our guest speaker at 1 p.m. This month’s speaker will be Annette Burke Lyttle. She will be talking about timelines and how they can be used in your research. The cost is $15 per person for lunch. For reservations and information, call Terri at 813.633.5172. Mail check to SBGS, PO Box 5202, Sun City Center, FL 33571. Your check must be received by December 5, 2019.

AAUW Brunch

December 14 at 9:30 a.m. Advancing education for girls and women is a major goal of AAUW. To this end, this year’s recipients of scholarships given by the local branch of the American Association of University Women will be sharing their experiences and appreciation at the December 14 meeting being held at Sun City Center Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Like all our regular meeting during the year, this will be an informal Brunch meeting. The December meeting is a Shape The Future event, which means that anyone joining at this meeting will pay half the national dues. First time attendees and guests will not have to pay the $10 charge for brunch, but will need to contact Margie Castiglia by Friday December 6 at 813.633.8253 or at “” to RSVP. Members pay $10 ahead by check to AAUW of SCC/ SouthShore and send it along with guest count to Margi Castiglia, 2411 Emerald Lake Drive, apt. 209, Sun City Center, Fl. 33573 by Friday, December 6. For any questions please contact Sue Nasrani at 570.401.5346 or at “”.

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

TUE. DEC 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 - LINE DANCING WITH A BALANCE EVERY TUESDAY 9:30 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. Sun City Center. Do you like to dance but are worried about falling? Join our FREE line dancing class lead by trained therapists. This weekly class will improve your balance and reduce your risk of falling. TUE. DEC 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 - LIFE CHALLENGES SUPPORT GROUP 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Live your life fully with zest and joy! All are welcome in complete confidence and free of charge. Cheryl Lewis facilitates this group and is an effective psychotherapist. We meet in the first-floor lounge of Sun Towers. No appointment is necessary. WED. DEC 4, 11, 18 THERAPEUTIC TAI CHI FOR HEALTH 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center. Our therapists have advanced training in therapeutic Tai Chi for Seniors and will provide guidance in this healthy exercise. Tai Chi has been proven to increase strength and balance! WED. DEC 4 - HEALTHY LIFESTYLES MEETUP - HEALTH IS A GIFT WE GIVE OURSELVES 6:30 pm - Banquet Room - North Clubhouse. Enjoy a huge variety of tasty dishes, and healthy eating tips at this Healthy POTLUCK! Bring a “Healthy” dish to share + $5. THU. DEC 5 - EDUCATIONAL EVENT ON FALL PREVENTION 1:00 p.m. in the Conesa Center, Prince of Peace Catholic Church,702 Valley Forge Blvd, SCC will host an educational

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The News program on fall prevention. This program will introduce fall risk factors with strategies to reduce fall risks. Please RSVP by 12/2 by either online registration at www. or by calling the parish office at 813-634-2328 and ask for the Health Ministry voicemail. MON. DEC 9 - PROSTATE CANCER IS A COUPLE’S DISEASE 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. SCC Community Hall, Room #3, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Sun City Center, FL 33573. Dr. Samuel G Smith MD has given talks on sexuality and prostate cancer and sexuality and aging for prostate cancer support groups, reunion groups, and other venues along the eastern seaboard. Wives and partners are encouraged to attend. TUE. DEC 10 - SOUTH BAY HOSPITAL’S STROKE SUPPORT GROUP 1:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Amy Yepez, Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) for Sun Terrace Health Care Center will facilitate this monthly group meeting. If you are at risk of a stroke or have had a stroke, this group is for you! Free valet service available at Sun Terrace entrance. Info: 813-892-2990. WED. DEC 11 - VIRTUAL DEMENTIA TOUR “YOUR WINDOW INTO THEIR WORLD” 10:00 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Walk a Mile in the Shoes of a Person Living with Dementia. Created by P.K. Beville, a specialist in geriatrics, this experience is designed to instill hope in professional and family caregivers, providing them with a tool to move from sympathy to empathy and to better understand the behaviors and needs of their loved ones and patients. Tours provided by Senior Helpers. Free event but RSVP is required to 813-634-3347. WED. DEC 11 - DIABETES EDUCATION SUPPORT GROUP 10:00 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Have you been given the diagnosis of Diabetes? Are you unsure of your dietary and physical future? Discover options and learn information that will prepare you for a healthy future! Questions? Call 813-892-2990. MON. DEC 16 - PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP OF SUN CITY CENTER 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. Our prestation this month come from: Jessica Cripe who holds a Bachelor’s of Science in communication sciences and disorders and a Master’s of Science in speech language pathology from the University of South Florida. If you have had success with any treatment you have tried, please come to share! If you have Parkinson’s, or are caring for someone with this disease, be sure to attend this support group! Complimentary valet parking available at the entrance. For additional info, call Debbie Caneen 813-8922990. TUE. DEC 17 - FREE MEMORY SCREENINGS Beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the Coalition office at Sun

Towers, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center, Suite 254 and offered at the United Methodist Church by appointment. With annual memory screenings, you will be able to identify a decline in memory in order to address it and hopefully reverse it altogether. By appointment only. To schedule, call the Coalition at 813-419-4902 Interested in learning more about Clinical? Receive information during the screening to learn more. TUE. DEC 17 - ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center for this Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group. Bring your loved one for a welldeserved 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. WED. DEC 18 - 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? Each need is different but if we gather to share our resources, we all benefit! Free valet parking for cars and golf carts. If you have low vision, then this meeting is for

you! For more info call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990. FRI. DEC 22 - VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. by appointment only. 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. 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. MON. DEC 23 - CHRONIC PAIN, ARTHRITIS AND NEUROPATHY GROUP 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. SCC. Joelle Schahfer, Director of Rehabilitation for Sun Terrace Health Care Center will facilitate this monthly group meeting. If you have had success with any treatment, please come to share and learn. Supported by Sun Towers Retirement Community Outpatient Therapy. Learn what you can do to reduce your pain today. Session located in the theater. For info, call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990.

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International Forum

Climate Cooperation Kyoto to Paris and Beyond Friday, December 6, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. All residents of SCC, Kings Point, Freedom Plaza, and their guests are welcome to join us in the Rollins Theater on the main campus of the Community Association on North Pebble Beach Blvd. Dr. Frank Alcock, Associate Professor at New College of Florida, will explore the implications and future of international climate cooperation.

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Smooth ’40 Chevy is Cruiser of the Month

Bob Perilli’s superbly restored and tastefully customized 1940 Chevrolet business coupe is the Roamin’ Oldies Car Club Cruiser of the Month for November. He designed and built it from the ground up in his Brandon shop, starting with a bare 77-year-old body and frame. It is now better-looking than ever, and powered by a 350 GM V8 engine coupled to a 4-speed automatic transmission. New suspension components and four-wheel disc brakes provide a smooth ride and sure stops. The smoothly styled exterior is finished in an appealing Teal Blue and Cool Vanilla color scheme. The next Roamin’ Oldies event will be its annual charity Christmas Show, 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, December 5, at the Mira Bay Village Shopping Center on US41 in Apollo Beach. Many of the area’s finest antique and collectible cars will take part, accompanied by classic oldies and holiday music played by DJ Joey Ferrante. Entrants are asked to bring a new unwrapped gift and a $5 entry fee. Proceeds and gifts will be distributed among local charities. Event sponsors include Thompson’s Auto Parts and Gateway Classic Cars. For information, call Chet at 813.842.1511.

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children’s health challenges since 1922, and the local club has been raising funds since 1963. Whenever a child is accepted for treatment, there is no cost to the family. Jim Porrett, the current club president, has been a Shriner since 1983. “The best thing we do is for the hospitals and children. The stories we hear are phenomenal.” Porrett, and many other members, take joy and pride in helping children. While many members have been involved for years, some of their members only joined when they moved here.

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Neil Nightingale 90-year-Old Senior Athlete

By Bob Monahan, Sports Reporter A few years ago, I brought to the attention of the readers that we have a five-time world champion pickleball player here in Sun City Center named Neil Nightingale. Neil took up the sport at the age of 73 after a successful high school tennis coach and gym teacher career in Ohio and Indiana. At age 75, he became the world champion and continued his reign until he turned 80 when he retired from competition. Besides pickleball and tennis Neal became a lawn bowling champ when he moved to Sun City Center twenty years ago. He credits his excellent conditioning from working on the family farm at an early age where they grew specialty flowers for weddings and parties besides growing vegetables. In addition to these sports Neil was the high school quarterback, baseball third baseman and allconference basketball player. When he put down the competitive paddle at eighty it was only the start of a new line of activities which continues to be impressive today. Neal decided at the age of 86 to start a flower garden at the community garden known as Tillers and Toilers on West Del Webb. The sites are approximately 18 by 30 feet. After I helped Neal rototill the site he brought in hundreds of gladiolus and iris bulbs that when fully grown were donated to the Samaritans who bundled them and brought them to the area shut-ins. A neighbor loaned him an old pickup truck this summer, and, at the age of ninety, he traveled to Wimauma where a farmer let him load the truck with manure from the cows. Today I went to Neal’s house to take his picture with his flowers, and he showed me that he had just finished painting the exterior of his house with a brush. He also had been giving neighbors estimates to repair their cement popcorn garden dividers and to paint them. He had just completed his first customer and had work lined up through Thanksgiving. Neal Nightingale is my role model for how I want to be when I am ninety. He and his 93-year-old wife, Mary, show no signs of surrendering to old age. That is an example of how you can be active and fit here in Sun City Center. There are no age limitations, and that is what makes Sun City Center a wonderful community to live in.

Lawn Bowling Fall League Finals

By Garry Higgins Sun City Center Lawn Bowling Club’s “Fall League” drew to close recently with a best-of-three series play-off. Congratulations to Bob Fladung, Kathy Gonnella and Paddy Lennon (the “Thunderbowls”) who defeated the “Blue Knights” (Bob Ferguson, Ben Caudill, Dennis Boyle), two games to one. Visit for Fall League Champions; Paddy more information about the Lennon, Bob Fladung and Kathy sport of Lawn Bowls, Croquet Gonnella. and the Club. Members of the Sun City Center and the Kings Point Community Associations welcome.

Local Winners at the Florida Senior Women’s Golf Association 65th Championship

Five women from Caloosa Golf and Country Club represented Sun City Center at the Florida Senior Women’s Golf Association (FSWGA) 65th Championship golf tournament at Reunion Golf Resort of Orlando, October 20-23. Sue Daveler won Low Net in her flight and the Super Seniors tournament; Karen Buono’s team placed first in the Four Ball competition. Aileen Engel was a flight winner in the Great-grandmothers tournament.

Jack Phillips Invitational Lawn Bowling Tournament

By Garry Higgins Twenty-eight teams travelled to the Sun City Center Lawn Bowling Club to play in the prestigious Jack Phillips Memorial Pairs Tournament. Included were teams visiting from Clearwater, Kings Point West, Mount Dora, Sarasota, The Villages as well as international guests. This tournament is held in memory of Jack Phillips (1934-2016). Jack and his wife, Beverly, were active lawn bowlers, here and in Pennsylvania. In 2015, Jack was recognized for his many accomplishments and contributions to the sport and inducted into the Bowls USA, Hall of Fame. This year’s tournament winners were Sharon Farrish (Sarasota) and Joe Mignogna (Sun City Center). As always, a great social and sporting event.

Winners Sharon Farrish and Joe Mignogna with Bev Phillips (center).

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The Men's Club of SCC Offers Peace of Mind!

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

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Caloosa WGA 18 President’s Cup Tournament

The Caloosa Women’s Golf Association 18-hole league held their 2-day President’s Cup tournament on Nov. 11 and 13. Thirty lady golfers competed in the 36-hole net tournament. Tournament co-chairs, Joyce Stafford and Sharon Mathieu were great hosts. We were treated to a delightful reception on Wednesday after play was completed, thanks to Jan Churchill and her helpers. The top winners were Aileen Engel, 1st place; Judy Walters, 2nd place; Lynn Noyes, 3rd place; Carol Jager, 4th place; Kim Roush, 5th Aileen Engel won the CWGA place. Pearl Ashe & Jana Roberts 18-hole league President’s Cup Tournament with a net score of 133. tied for 6th place.

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Date: 11/3/2019 Course: Scepter Ibis Hole: 6 Witnessed By: Bev Buteau & Bob & Marilyn McAllister

2019 Novice Lawn Bowling Champion

By Garry Higgins The Sun City Center Lawn Bowling Club Novice Championship (bowling two years or less) play-downs were recently completed. The final match saw Lloyd Opgenorth defeat Ken Martucci in a singles match that took 2.5 hours to complete. Congratulations to both. If you are a member of the Sun City Center Community Association and would like to see what the sport of lawn bowling is all about, please feel free to drop by the Club (Main Campus) and speak to any members there. Tournament Director Robert Also, there is lots of information Trautwein (right) presents the on the Club’s website “www. Novice Championship Plaque to Lloyd Opgenorth.”.

Friday Mixer Winners

The recent weekly Friday Night 9-hole golf mixer winners at Caloosa Golf and Country Club were Karen Tromblee, Nancy Williams, Ellen Offenbach, Jim Tromblee, Steve Williams, and Stu Offenbach. Photo by Jerry Gottsacker


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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.

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DANCING Singles Social Dance Club

Sunday, December 1 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The Singles Social Dance Club will hold their first dance of the month in the Atrium Building, Florida Room. BYOB and snacks. The second dance will be the Christmas party on December 15, same time, same place. BYOB. Members $4; guests $6. Ice, water, cups and napkins provided. Dressy/casual attire, please. Info: Janet 813.633.3558.

Let’s Dance Ballroom Dance Club

Saturday, December 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. Our theme this month is “Christmas With A Purpose” in the South Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. We will have a social hour from 6 to 7 p.m. before the 7 p.m. dance with background music; please bring an appetizer to share during this time and any amount of cash for the club to purchase Walmart Gift Cards for the women living at Mary-Martha Homes in our area. Dance to the fabulous tunes spun by Mike and Peg Johnston. Dressy casual attire. No shorts. BYOB, coffee will be available. Members free, guests $6 at the door; membership and Let’s Dance Card applications for 2020 will be available. For additional information: call Bill Dean at 813.331.3536 or Tom Hart at 810.923.8446.

Oldies But Goodies Dance Club

Sunday, December 8 at 6 p.m. The Oldies but Goodies Dance Club will be enjoying the music of Good Stuff on at Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. The cost is free for members and $6 for guests. No advance ticket needed; pay at the door. The doors will open at 6 p.m. for members and 6:30 p.m. for guests. BYOB and snacks, the club will provide water, ice, cups and napkins. Residents of Kings Point as well as Sun City Center are welcome. Info, call Joanne at 813.728.1147 or email “jjlatenite@aol. com”.

Beginners Class Every Monday at 12:15 Come to the SCC Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. to learn line dancing! We start with basic steps, then progress to more advanced routines. Come and stay as long as you like. All residents of SCC, Kings Point, Aston Gardens, and Freedom Plaza are welcome. The first class is complementary; subsequent classes are $2, or you may opt to pay for the $22 annual membership dues. Info: call Barbara at 813.260.3028.

Sun City Line Dancers Club

Our gift this season is a complimentary session to those interested in learning line-dancing skills. To receive your gift, come to our “Absolute Beginners” class offered Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at Community Hall on South Pebble Beach. After the initial session, additional instruction is offered for $2. Classes also run from 2 until 4 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Atrium Building Dance Studio (next to the “Walking Pool”). Annual membership fees are $22.

Moonglow Dance Club

Thursday, December 26 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. An evening of live music by “The Good Times Ballroom Fantasy Band” on at Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Sun City Center. This six-piece professional band from the Orlando area. The attire at Moonglow Dances is Dressy Casual. Members are free; guests pay only $5 per person at the door. Singles tables are always available. Please BYOB and snacks, and the club provides ice, water, cups, and napkins. For more Information, call 813.633.1297 or 813.633.2755, or email “”.

Holiday Show Comes to SCCCA Community Center

“The Home for the Holidays” featuring Compton and Bennett will be featured on December 15 at Community Hall on S. Pebble Beach Blvd. The setting is the holiday party school of retirement communities, known as Pelican Roost. The many hilarious characters will have you rolling in laughter. Tickets are just $18 and available at the Atrium Kiosk M-W-F from 10 to noon and at the door

Kings Point Line Dancers

Wednesday, December 11 at 7 p.m. Celebrate Christmas with the KP Line Dancers in the Kings Point Veterans Theater. Free social dance for KP and SCC residents; other attendees must purchase a $2.50 pass from Security. Casual Christmas attire, appropriate dance shoes please. BYOB. Tip for DJ appreciated. For more info call Jan, 813.634.6226.

SCC Dance Club

Saturday, December 14 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Come dance with us in the South Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Celebrate the beauty of the Holiday Season with a turn on the dance floor! There will be a complimentary dessert table and decaf coffee. Dressy casual attire. No shorts! BYOB. Bring your friends, or come and make new friends. Open seating. Singles tables available. Members free, visitors $6 at the door. For additional information call: Frank or Ann at 813.634.9074 or 631.835.1603.

Black Tie and White Diamonds Dinner Dance

Put on the ritz and dance away an evening at the Italian Club. This will be a semi-formal, dressy casual affair with hors d’ oeuvres compliments of the Italian Club as a startup of the elegance theme of the evening. Our buffet menu that will follow will be prime rib, meatless baked ziti crab stuffed filet of sole roasted turkey with dressing gravy and cranberry sauce veggies and roasted red potatoes. Dessert, coffee, tea, and soda provided. Members $25, guests $35. Checks payable to the Italian Club. Tickets on sale January 7 and 8 from 9 to noon in the Kings Point North Clubhouse. Questions call May Fleming 813.419.4790 or Terry Devoti 813.260.3220.

Entertainment Corner By Renee Bray, SCCCA Entertainment Director

The 2019-2020 Entertainment Series continues in December with “Pure Platinum” on Friday December 6. They pay tribute to the multiplatinum artists through the decades who have sold over 100 million records. Tickets are $16. “The Home for the Holidays” is featured on Sunday December 15. Celebrate this time of the year with the folks who live at Renee Bray Pelican Roost, it’s the holiday party school of retirement communities. Tickets for this event are $18. All events take place at the SCCCA Community Hall at 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. If you don’t have your tickets yet, the Atrium kiosk located off N. Course Drive is open M-W-F 10 to noon. Tickets to several non-series events go on sale in December. These shows include “A Musical Tribute to Dick Clark’s Caravan of Stars” on January 29 for just $15, a Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre on February 29 for $30, and a BYOB Comedy Cabaret night on February 20 for $12. Watch The News for details on these and other events to be held this season. Tickets for all three events go on sale December 2 for CA members and December 9 for the public.

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Meet you Neighbors Scott Heims and Jim McGuire, aka The Bluewater Band

By Ilona Merritt Scott Heims and his wife Kay worked for 20 years as Tampa police officers. They have lived in Florida for 40 years, of which 20 years their home was a sailboat. According to Scott, when you have a sailboat Jimmy Buffett’s music is part of the picture. He liked to sing and decided to learn to play the guitar. After Heims, guitar and Jim retirement, Scott and Kay spent Scott McGuire, keyboard. two years sailing along the east coast and the Bahamas. his guitar and sing and the Wherever there was a party and Bluewater Band was born. They music they would stop and join combined their talents and in. About four years ago they perform for their neighbors, nursing homes, Freedom Plaza moved to Sun City Center. Jim McGuire grew up in as well as for private parties. Wisconsin, and his wife, Lynn, Their philosophy is to play “just came from Cleveland, Ohio. for fun — to make the day At 15, Jim played the tuba for brighter for SCC residents”. Their a German band although he neighbors enjoy them. They really preferred classical music. play in front of their garage He wanted to write music for Broadway. It didn’t take long to find out that too many other people wanted to do the same thing. He turned to real estate, worked as a substitute teacher and designed additions for homes. Lynn is very artistic and paints eggs with Ukrainian designs. They lived in Orlando for many years before moving and the driveway is designated for dancing. Residents come in to Sun City Center. As fate would have it, the golf carts or bring lawn chairs. McGuires decided to move to The immediate neighbors enjoy SCC and choose a home on the music from the comfort Bluewater and became roof of their own front porches. mates of Scott and Kay Heims. Approximately 40 golf carts will One day Jim heard Scott play converge onto the 900 block

of Bluewater when a concert is announced, and they have counted between 70 to 100 people. Scott and Jim play music from the ’40s forward and take requests from their audience. If you can hum it, they can play it. One day Scott heard a song on the radio which has become the neighborhood anthem.

Appropriately, it is called “I Don’t Look Good Naked Anymore”. Everyone in SCC who has heard the song enjoys it. A search on YouTube enabled this writer to hear it ... and understand why their audience likes it. Scott and Jim give freely of their time and talent to SCC residents. Thank you, Gentlemen.

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Key Deer in Big Pine Key

By Kai Rambow Panic immediately set in as I encountered four deer right in front of me. Even though I was traveling at the speed limit, it felt much too fast. Once I no longer felt in danger of hitting a deer, I began to enjoy a spectacular morning of viewing Florida’s Key Deer. Unique to Florida The first thing you’ll notice is how small Key deer are. Only about two feet tall at the shoulder, Key deer are a subspecies, the smallest of the North American white-tailed deer. Originally found throughout the Keys, most are located on Big Pine Key. Five thousand people live here and the deer live right amongst them. Since the deer are used to seeing humans, we get a unique opportunity to see them up close. The National Key Deer Refuge was set up to protect this endangered species, but has a limited scope. There are dedicated wildlife rehabilitation centers across the country, but the Refuge does not have a veterinarian, and there is no resident vet for the Keys. That means, for the more than 100 deer hit by cars every year, there is little or no help available. Save Our Deer Valerie Preziosi and Dr. Jan Svejkovsky moved to Big Pine a few years ago and formed Save Our Key Deer, a nonprofit organization to help orphaned or injured deer. Preziosi, a retired critical care RN, shared, “There are places all over the country to help rehabilitate wildlife, but nothing here for an endangered species.” Svejkovsky, with a BS in Biology from Brown University and a PhD in Biological Oceanography from The Scripps Institution of Oceanography, founded a firm using satellite technology data for fisheries applications. He’s used that experience to

map and examine the impact Hurricane Irma had on the mangroves, a main diet staple of the Key deer. Both have extensive experience rehabilitating wildlife and a lifelong love of nature and the outdoors. Preziosi has taken some wonderful pictures: “The deer come across our property every day, so I picked spots where I could photograph them without them noticing me.” You can learn more about their work at the website listed below. Tips for a Great Trip Seeing the deer is fun, but it’s just as important to be a responsible visitor. Respect the Key Deer: As cute as they are, Key Deer are wild animals. Do not feed them or encourage them to come to your car. Human food can prompt an agonizing death and losing fear of cars can lead to automobile accidents. Respect the Environment: Do not dump any of your trash anywhere. Deer might attempt to eat it and you might be dumping on someone’s private property. Respect the Neighborhood: We get to see the deer because they like the grass and other edibles in people’s yards. You’ll have plenty of good viewing without stepping on someone’s private property; do not trespass. Drive Carefully: The speed limits protect the deer and you. Distances are short, so driving faster will not get you anywhere faster. Best Times to See: Mornings after sun rise until about 9 a.m. and two hours before sunset are your best opportunities to see deer. From Key Deer Boulevard drive slowly up Watson Drive and you’ll come across deer. If you’re staying in Key West, plan on one hour driving time. Special thanks to Valerie Preziosi and Dr. Jan Svejkovsky for their invaluable assistance.

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By Frank Kepley, CAPT USN (Ret.) On Friday, 8 January 2019, the volunteer Veteran Mentors of the 13th Florida Judicial Circuit Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) were presented with The Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) Bronze Patrick Henry Medallion for Patriotic Achievement from the MOWW Florida Department. The Mentors are a critical partner within the VTC Team guiding and educating each veteran while progressing on their court-ordered program. The program assists veterans who have committed felony and misdemeanor cases receive help and avoid jail. The current VTC presiding Judge is MOWW Companion USAR LTC Michael Scionti.

Gary Carlson Discusses VA Suicides at MOAA Luncheon

By Frank Kepley, CAPT USN (Ret.) Gary Carlson Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor was the featured speaker at the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) monthly meeting, held at 11 a.m. in the Florida Room at the Sun City Center, North Side Atrium Building on November 6. Gary's current position is Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Riverview Outpatient Clinic, Riverview, FL, with the James A. Haley VA Hospital. He is a retired United States Air Force Chief Master Sergeant, Superintendent Mission Support Group. His current certifications are: Licensed Mental Health Counselor; National Certified Counselor; and Gary Carlson, Benny Blackshire, Certified Clinical Mental Health LTC, USA (Ret), president local MOAA chapter Counselor. He discussed VA suicides and what and how the VA is coping with them. He stated that veterans’ suicides are about 5% higher than non-military suicides. The patients that seek help are divided into three categories; routine, urgent and emergent, and he discussed how the VA deals with each category. He noted that Vietnam veterans are the most difficult to convince of their need for treatment. The veterans suicide crisis number is 800.273.8255 (press 1).

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By Frank 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 Monday, November 11. Prior to the start of the program, coffee and cookies were served by the Sun City Center Chapter of the Col. George Mercer Brooke Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Legionnaire James Wendell introduced the Grand Marshal, Mr. Roger Shingler, USMC, Vietnam veteran. Commander Wendell then welcomed the crowd and called for the Presentation of the Colors, which was carried out by the Lennard High School Longhorn Battalion Cadets. Mr. Wendell then introduced all the guests in attendance and the Invocation was provided by the Redeemer Lutheran Church Pastor David R. Allman. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Lt. Col. Gordon Bassett, USAF (Ret) and was followed by the National Anthem, led by the Rev. James Feist, USAF (Vet). A musical interlude was sung by the Trinity Singers and directed by the Rev. Feist. A veteran’s service tribute was also led by the Rev. Feist. Ms. Danna Schroeder, President of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 246, provided a Tribute to the Grand Marshall. The honored speaker, Major Robert Ura, District 4 Patrol Commander, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) was introduced by Commander Wendell. He is a proud veteran of the USAF. After the fall of the Soviet Union he was assigned to a special operations crew that refueled the top-secret F117 and B-2 Bomber as Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm began. He was deployed to the Middle East three times and was awarded several Aerial Achievement awards and an Air Medal during the deployments. The presentation was very informative and entertaining, and received a standing ovation.

By Frank Kepley, CAPT USN (Ret.) On November 9, 2019, the Sun City Center Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW), hosted their Annual Formal Veterans Ball at the Community Hall. All military and non-military residents were invited to the event and by all accounts it was enjoyed by all who attended. The Ball started with a free photo session at 4:30, followed by a Social Hour at 5 p.m. The Ball featured a Patriotic Program, hors-d’oeuvres before a notably delicious served dinner, entertainment, and dancing. Music was provided by the St. Flags presentation Denis Variety Band. The invocation was given by LTC Bob Russell, USA (Ret) and Presentation of the Colors was provided by the Honor Guard from MacDill AFB. The emcee for the event was Lt. Col. Gordon Bassett, USAF (Ret). The Pledge of Allegiance was led by LTC Bob Russell and the National Anthem was played by the band. Lt. Col. Bassett then presented the flag parade consisting of flag bearers from all five military services. Following dinner, the 244th Birthday of the USMC was observed by the SCC Leathernecks Club by the cutting of a ceremonial cake, the first two pieces representing the oldest and youngest Marine (see photo). From left, Marine Veteran Bud Brubaker; retired Marine LtCol Don James; Marine Veteran Paul Courter; retired Marine MSgt Lloyd Hersey; and Navy Veteran Bill McKiernan (Corpsman). Dancing was then resumed for the remainder of a memorable evening.

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Military News Colin Howgill, Chairman MFST presenting check to 1st Sergeants Council.

MFST and MOAA Present Donations

By Frank Kepley, CAPT USN (Ret.) The Military Family Support Trust (MFST) and the Military Officers of America Association (MOAA) each presented a $1000 donation to Kelly Kowall, founder of My Warrior’s Place (MWP) in Ruskin. In addition, MFST gave the MacDill 1st Sergeants Council $3,500 and MOAA gave the council $1000. The goal of MWP is to honor, support and promote healing of the mind and spirit in a relaxed environment out on the water at no cost to that “individual.” MWP is supported through donations. The staff are all volunteers. For more information, visit www.mywarriorsplace. org. MFST beneficiaries also include but are not limited to four year scholarships for high school seniors; JROTC Honors Program; Homeless Women Veterans; Veteran Guide Dog; South Eastern Guide Dogs Paws for Patriots program; Operation Helping Hand and guardians for Honor Flights. If you would like more information on making a donation to MFST, contact Lori Germain at (813) 6344675.

MOWW Sponsors YLC Awards Ceremony

By Frank 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 17, 2019. The schools involved in the YLC program were East Bay; Lennard; Riverview; Spoto; Newsome; Durant; Steinbrenner and Plant City. The Military Family Support Trust MFST is also a participator and contributor in the YLC program. LTC Charley Conover (Ret), Commander of the MOWW local chapter coordinated and emceed the event. Special MOWW Patrick Henry Awards were presented to Donovyn Edwards, Bloomingdale High School; Reva Goldberg, Brandon High School; Madeline Mauzy, Newsome High School; Christian Mejica Jr., Brandon High School; Erin Rankin, Bloomingdale High School; and Evelyn Staubitz, Riverview High School. Madeline Mauzy was selected by the conference judges to be the 2019 Outstanding Conference Student. LTC Bob Russell presented her with a Youth Leadership Foundation Plaque and Colin Howgill, chairman of the Military Family Support Trust presented her with a $250 check.

Jane Keegan; Executive Director of MFST; Liz Anderson, Director of Philanthropy; Janet Ricklick, Volunteer Coordinator; and Brigadier Colin Howgill, RM (Ret), MFST Chairman.

MFST Presents Donation to LifePath Hospice House

By Frank Kepley, CAPT USN (Ret.) The Military Family Support Trust (MFST) recently presented LifePath Hospice House, Ruskin, Florida an annual donation of $2,000. The donation was presented at the LifePath facility on October 24, 2019 for the exceptional respect and attention they provide veterans during their stay at the facility.

US Coast Guard Auxiliary Receives Commendation

The US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 75, Apollo Beach, received the US Coast Guard Unit Commendation at their fourth Thursday October monthly meeting from the Commandant of The award was given to Flotillas in the Seventh and Eighth Districts, which includes the Tampa Bay area. The citation reads: “For exceptionally meritorious service from June 24, 2014 to June 23, 2019 while providing extraordinary levels of public service and support to the US Coast Guard.” The citation also indicates that during Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, the Auxiliary “provided over 19,000 hours of vital support to the Seventh and Eighth Coast Guard Districts…. [T]he Auxiliary also conducted over 977,000 vessel safety checks and marine dealer visits. [They] delivered over 133,000 hours of boating safety courses, logged nearly 17 million hours of support, saved over 700 lives, assisted over 19,700 boaters in distress, [and] prevented the loss of more than $101 million in property. For information about the Auxiliary or on how to become a member visit or its Facebook page. You are also welcome to attend its monthly meeting on the fourth Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Tampa Sailing Squadron building at 1250 Apollo Beach Blvd. Please contact Flotilla Commander, Steve Browning, at 314.853.3932 or “”.


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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.

Eagle Audubon Meeting

December 12 at 2 p.m. Come learn about Weedon Island Preserve in the Banquet Room of the Kings Point North Clubhouse, 1900 Clubhouse Drive. Weedon Island a designated Historic Native American Archaeology site with active excavations. Environmental Interpreter, Emma Mason, will speak on the first people to inhabit the area and how they survived for thousands of years. The Banquet Room doors open at 1:20 p.m. for refreshments and field trip registration. Brief meeting begins at 2 p.m. “”.

Friends of History December Meeting

Monday, December 9 at 9:30 a.m., Kings Point Banquet Room All residents of Kings Point and Sun City Center are welcome. SCC residents just need to tell the Security Guard you are here for this meeting. The topic of Discussion will be “Using History in Pursuing German Genealogy” presented by Charles N. Moser. This presentation will discuss documents as a way to pass on to future generations in our lifetime. Please take time to RSVP to Ron Browning at “” or 813.922.6524 if you have any further questions.

Kings Point Pinochle Club

Wednesdays and Fridays at 6:15 p.m. We invite all knowledgeable single deck pinochle players living in Sun City Center to come to the card room in the Kings Point North Clubhouse and play. Cost is 75 cents. Contact Judy at 634-5364.

L to R: Maurice Lanouette, U.S. Army; Bill Nichols, U.S. Navy; Pat Sullivan, U.S. Army; and Ronald Vaughan, U.S. Air Force. Not pictured, Jan Huber, Department of Defense.

Kings Point Quilter’s Honor Veterans with Quilts

On Oct 28, the Kings Point Quilters honored local veterans with quilts made by our members. We thank them for their service to our country, their bravery, hard work and dedication.

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Kings Point Mixed Chorus Holiday Concert

Tuesday, December 10 at 5 p.m. The Kings Point Mixed Chorus will present their seasonal concert, “Holiday Magic,” in the Veterans Theater. Tickets are $8 per person; purchase at the KP Box Office. Round table reserved and open bleacher seats are available. BYOB and snacks. For more info, and to inquire about joining the chorus for its spring session, beginning on January 13, contact Mary Anne 813.634.8747 or email “”.

Singles Mingle of Kings Point Dance

Wednesday, December 18 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Kings Point Banquet Room, 1900 Clubhouse Drive, in the North Clubhouse. The admission is $5. The dance is BYOB. Come listen to the music of DJ Bobalu. If you live outside Kings Point, please call Dottie Beyer at 813.812.6972 to have your name added to the gate list.

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Get Off the Couch: Join a Yoga Class

By Paula Lickfeldt Yoga classes for men, women, experienced and beginners are offered every week at Studio 2 (the dance studio) in the Atrium Building. All instructors are certified and continually take classes to add to their expertise. Lynn Sells is the lead instructor. The classes are at several levels. Chair, beginner, advanced and senior classes are available. Benefits of doing yoga include balance, flexibility, strength, relaxation, personal peace and gaining a good perspective. Yoga is wonderful physical therapy. Membership is $10 per year. During the year, a member can pay $10 per month additionally and take as many classes

during the month as they want or they can pay $3 per classes of choice. This is a benefit for

snowbirds since they pay only for the classes they take while they are in SCC. Nonmembers

can take a class for free to see what Yoga is all about. If they choose to join the club, they pay $10 for membership and $10 per month and take as many classes as they want or they can take fewer classes and pay $3 per class. Classes taught on Monday, Wednesday and Friday are: Yoga for the Experienced 8-9:15, Slow Flow 9:30-10:45, Chair and Barre 11-12. Tuesday classes are: Slow Flow 9-10:15 and Yoga Basics 1-2:15. Thursday classes are: Slow Flow 9-10:15 and Relax, Restore and Meditation 6-7:30. Yoga is a wonderful way to meet personal challenges and modifications to avoid pain. There is no competition, just selfawareness.

Audubon Club Members Have Gone to the Birds

By Paula Lickfeldt The purpose of the SCC Audubon Club is to promote an understanding of and interest in all wildlife and the environment that supports it; and to further the cause of conservation of natural resources for the benefit of prosperity. Over 200 people belong to the SCC Audubon Club. The club has monthly meetings in the Florida Room on the first Saturday of each month. The meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. with a coffee social time, the business meeting begins at 10. October through April, the meetings have a guest speaker. All year long the club goes on field trips. Once each year the group goes on a three-day trip which has to do with birding and other activities. Membership dues for the club are $10 per person per year. On February 21, 2020, the club will have a beginning birding workshop. The location to be announced. Other programs for 2019 and 2020 include:

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December 7, Birds of Prey; January 4, Sea Level Rise and Shorebirds; February 1, The Communal Kite; March 9, Marie Selby Gardens, Sarasota; April 22, Honeymoon Island State Park, Pinellas County. The field trips will be: December

4, Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales; January 17, Felts Preserve, Palmetto; February 11, Lettuce Lake Park, Tampa; March 9, Marie Selby Gardens, Sarasota; April 22, Honeymoon Island State Park, Pinellas County. The SCC Audubon Club also

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“All Aboard!” News of Freedom Plaza

By Peggy Burgess “Downsizing” is a relatively new word, but a situation common to many senior citizens of today. It affects those moving from houses into Freedom Plaza apartments, as well: they simply can’t bring everything with them. Therefore, the majority relegate most of their Christmas decorations to the garage sale category. Fortunately, not all residents left all of their Christmas decorations behind when they moved to Freedom Plaza; some brought special items along to share with their new neighbors. One of the most distinctive of these items --certainly the largest--is the Christmas Village and model train display that completely covers the western corner of the Atrium each December. It was brought along, and set up annually, by Bill and Eleanor Crawford (both now deceased) when they moved to Freedom Plaza in 2004. In 2006, they donated it as a gift to the residency, and resident volunteers became involved in its operation. And so, for the past fifteen Christmases, residents, visitors and employees, old and young alike, have been mesmerized by two model trains, moving in opposite directions, zipping along their respective tracks through a snowy, fairytale village. There are miniature houses and stores, ice-skaters and shoppers, children playing and sledding, even a horsedrawn sleigh...and, of course, a train depot.



Florida at Christmas time? Yes! This Model Train Village is on display in the Atrium at Freedom Plaza.

This winter wonderland with motion doesn’t just “happen”. It requires work by knowledgeable people with careful hands, and Freedom Plaza has those among its residents. Over the years any number of them have lent their time and expertise to the train set-up and its daily operation, with one person usually coordinating the project. That “chief engineer” for 2019 is resident Bob Chapman, who is a member of the Sun City Center Model Train Club. He says that he received his first toy train at age three and has been a model train enthusiast ever since. Chief Engineer Chapman will be assisted by this resident “train crew”: his wife, Vera Chapman; Bob Cochran; Richard and Roslyn Doty, along with Edvena Washington and her visiting daughter, Donna. Everyone at Freedom Plaza is indebted to this group for giving the holiday season such a big burst of enjoyment through such small (downsized?) objects. “It’s the little things in life that count” at Christmas and all through the year.

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Redeemer Lutheran Donates to AMIkids

Members of Redeemer Lutheran Church recently collected and donated funds to AMIkids, a program dedicated to helping kids discover the potential within themselves, transform their lives and strengthen our community. Located in Wimauma, Florida, AMIkids empowers their kids through care and guidance to reach that potential and, as a result, break the cycle of failure and poverty.

Beth Israel Sisterhood and Men’s Club Annual Hanukkah Party

Sunday, December 29, 2 p.m. Come and enjoy an afternoon of songs, fun, potato latkes, and jelly donuts. Reservations will be limited to members of Temple, Sisterhood, or Men’s club and partners on a first come, first served basis. Reservations will be closed on December 23 or when 96 people have reserved. Please send your check for $7 per person made out to Beth Israel Sisterhood to Rochelle Lafer, 2247 Oakley Green Drive, Sun City Center, FL, 33573. The gift shop will be open and available for shopping and browsing. Info, contact Rochelle Lafer at 813.938.3824 or “”.

Beth Israel Celebrates Simchat Torah

On Monday evening October 21, 2019, 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. 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.

Beth Israel Honors Marlene Spiegal

Marlene Spiegal was honored on November 14, 2019, when she received the 2019 Bobbe Karpay Woman of Distinction award. Jewish organizations in the community were asked to nominate a woman who exemplifies the mission of their organization through her leadership and commitment. Awarded annually, the “Women of Distinction” program honors exemplary volunteerism and leadership. Marlene Spiegal was honored as the Woman of Distinction representing Beth Israel, the Jewish Congregation of Sun City Center. These Women of Distinction give their time and their enthusiasm to help make the community and the world a better place. Marlene Spiegal exudes kindness, generosity and commitment in all that she does. She has been a proud and happy member of Beth Israel of Sun City Center since 2010. She has not only volunteered for Jewish causes and organizations; she has been a Jewish educator for over 30 years teaching religious and Hebrew school and Jewish curriculum at Jewish day schools. She has also held directorship positions at JCC’s outside of Florida within their day camp and early learning education programs. Locally Marlene is a formed Lead Teacher at the Tampa JCC Preschool North. Marlene and her husband Paul have two children, Seth and Sheri, and four grandchildren.

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December Art & Craft Fair

December 7 from 10 to 3 p.m. St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 Del Webb Blvd. W, invites you to a huge Art and Craft fair inside the church with 50 tables of wood items, pottery, sewing, paintings, cards, bake sale, birdhouses, and much more. Outside you will see a live Santa, Mrs. Claus, and lots of snow blowing. The kids will pick wrapped candy from bin after bin.

Fall Prevention Program

December 5 at 1 p.m. The Health Ministry at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 702 Valley Forge Blvd, SCC, will host an educational program on fall prevention. This program will introduce fall risk factors with strategies to reduce fall risks. Two screening tests for falls risk assessment will be done. The program will be held in the Conesa Center. Please RSVP by December 2 by either online registration at “ fall ‘’ or by calling the parish office at 813.634.2328 and ask for the Health Ministry voicemail.

Redeemer Lutheran Donates to Veterans

Members of Redeemer Lutheran Church recently collected cash donations and comfort items for veterans. Congregation members always show a tremendous amount of support for our veterans and responded well to the project last month. The picture shows Nancy Carrier from Redeemer presenting the check to Janet Lopez, Director of Voluntary Services at the new South Hillsborough Outpatient Clinic.

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BOOK REVIEW Dachshund Dashing Through the Snow Just in Time for Christmas By Andrea L.T. Peterson I’d like to introduce you to a couple of good friends of mine: David Rosenfelt and Andy Carpenter. We’ve been friends for, oh I don’t know, five or six years. But, truth be told, neither of them could pick me out of a lineup. Before you call the men in their white coats to come and get me, let me explain. I “met” David when I stumbled onto the book Dogtripping: 25 Rescues, 11 Volunteers, and 3 RVs on our Canine Cross-Country Adventure, the thoroughly entertaining, true story of author David Rosenfelt’s cross-country adventure with, yes, 25 rescues, 11 volunteers, and 3 RVs. Through David I met his fictional criminal defense attorney extraordinaire, Andy Carpenter. That was 20 books ago. I’ve gotten to know Andy pretty well. David, not so much, but he and I are Facebook friends, for what that’s worth. Anyway, the good news is that the 20th Andy Carpenter mystery will be out just in time for the holidays. David’s third holiday novel (the first, The Twelve Dogs of Christmas, the second Deck the Hounds available online or in bookstores) Dachshund through the Snow is a great, easy read. As this particular adventure begins, Andy’s wife, Laurie, is focusing on Christmas and one of her favorite charities—fulfilling Christmas wishes for those kids who are less fortunate. Andy doesn’t mind Laurie’s charitable endeavors since, he says “we are quite wealthy as a result of my [unexpected, multi-million-

dollar] inheritance and some lucrative cases I have handled as a criminal defense attorney.” Laurie discovers the wish of a young boy, Danny, who lives nearby. All Danny wants for Christmas is a warm coat for his dachshund and for his father to come home. Thinking this is an easy wish to fulfill, Laurie pulls together her team and sets about finding the boy’s father. Alas, it’s easier said than done. Unfortunately, before her search gets too far along, it is revealed that Danny’s father is wanted for a murder he didn’t actually commit, 14 years ago. Naturally, as a former police officer, and an experienced investigator, Laurie is determined to get to the truth. Dachshund Through the Snow will hit bookstores just in time for the holidays. It, along with any, or all, of Andy Carpenter mystery novels would make a great holiday gift, or a great book to take along on holiday to read while travelling or hiding from family when you’ve reached that family-overload point. NOTE: Another in the Andy Carpenter series will be out soon, and a spin-off series featuring Laurie and her investigative crew, the K-Team, will follow in March. For further information, check out the author’s official web page:

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