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OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE SUN CITY CENTER COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

Sun City Center

December 2017

...an official publication of the Sun City Center Community Association

COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION SCHEDULE

DECEMBER 5 Membership Vote Sandpiper Room – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 6 Membership Vote Community Hall – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 9 Golf Card Parade 11 Board Workshop to Discuss Agenda Caper Room – 9 a.m. 13 Board Meeting Rollins Theater - 9 a.m. 19 Community Leaders Meeting Florida Room – 9 a.m. 24 All Facilities Close at 1 p.m. 25 CA Office & Library Closed All facilities closed 26 CA Office & Library Closed Facilities open 31 All facilities close at 1 p.m. (with exception of planned events) JANUARY 1 CA Office & Library Closed All facilities closed 2 CA Office & Library Closed Facilities open 3 Annual Membership Meeting Community Hall – 7 p.m. 8 Board Workshop to Discuss Agenda Board Room – 9 a.m. (Note change of location) 10 Board Meeting Rollins Theater - 9 a.m. 16 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 web site (www.suncitycenter.org – under “Association”). They will also be sent via “What’s New in the CA” email. Every Wednesday: Orientation for new members in the Board Room in the Modulars starting at 1 p.m. sharp.

CA Contact Information Phone: 633-3500 sccboard@suncitycenter.org Website: suncitycenter.org Information Center 813-633-4670

Historical Society of SCC Hosts Second And Third Generation Gathering By Paula Lickfeldt Sunday afternoon of October 22, the Historical Society of Sun City Center, led by Dee Kelly, hosted a gathering of folks that had come to SCC as a second or third generation family member. About twenty people showed up to share their stories and to meet other second or third generation folks. There was a lot of storytelling while enjoying the light snacks that were provided by the Historical Society. Dee asked the group to provide information about themselves if they would be interested in sharing their stories with the community through the “Family Connections To SCC” column. A good time was had by all.

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“Hi, Neighbor!” Delivers Plenty of Goodies

By Kai Rambow “There was a lot of good information about all the activities here,” commented new residents Mike and LaDonna Dent. The Dents spent about an hour learning more about what’s available in their new community. This annual smorgasbord of clubs, organizations and activities in Sun City Center, was packed once again this year. Several organizations featured here contribute to the quality of life in Sun City Center. Always represented – and providing vital services – the Emergency Squad and Samaritan Services had several volunteers present. The Emergency Squad provides life-saving assistance to 15 residents every day. And remember, they are open every day throughout the year. It takes a team to run an ambulance and even bigger team to run everything. This is a great organization to volunteer with and support.

Fifteen residents are helped every day by the Emergency Squad. Here two of volunteers check a vehicle before starting their shift.

Shortly after the doors opened, the hall was packed.

Samaritan Services helps 30 people every day. Monday through Friday, Samaritan provides rides to those who can no longer drive and assists residents who need help getting to and from medical appointments. Like the

Thirty residents a day receive rides from Samaritan Services.

Make Your Voice Heard - Vote

By Diane Loeffler Do you have an opinion on how our community is run? Do you wish something was done differently? If so, be sure to vote this month. November’s News of Sun City Center included two ballots, one per CA member. If you need additional ballots, please stop by the CA office for absentee ballots. This Decemb er you have the opportunity to choose 3 individuals for three year terms as directors and 1 person for a one year directorship. You also are able to decide to vote for or against a $9 increase in CA Membership Dues for 2018. You can vote by mailing your ballot into the Sun City Center Community Association or by putting it in the ballot box in their temporary office in the modulars on North Pebble Beach. You also have the option of voting in person in the Sandpiper Room on December 5 between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., or in Community Hall on December 6 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Be sure to have your CA badge with you. All ballots must be received by 5 p.m. on December 6 to be valid. When you vote, be sure to write your CA Membership Number and your printed name and address in the designated place on the outside of the ballot. Include your signature on the line on the top of the inside of the ballot and be sure to vote for up to three candidates for three-year terms and one for a one-year term. On the

bottom vote either for or against the membership dues increase. Do not write any other messages on the ballot. Shelba Fields is our chairman of the election committee. She says that once a ballot is in the ballot box, your vote is kept private. She keeps track of who has voted by CA number and also by alphabetized names. Identifying information is removed before the election judges see the ballots. Fields says, “We have over 11,000 residents. We are lucky if we receive 5,000-6,000 votes. March was a small election. In March 1,678 ballots were received from newspaper ballots, 23 from mailed in votes, and 464 from walk-in votes.” She also says that during every election a few votes have to be thrown out because voters chose too many candidates or do not include their printed name, CA number or both. Not sure how to vote? You can look back at the November issue of the News Of Sun City Center. If you no longer have your paper copy, you can type newsofsuncitycenter.com into Google. Another way to access it is through suncitycenter.org, our community’s website. It has a link to the paper. Information on candidates is on pages 4 and 5 of the CA section of the paper. Information on the dues increase is on page 3 of the CA section. Show you care. Vote, then keep in touch with your directors via email or by attending board meetings and workshops. Get involved. You can make a difference.

Emergency Squad, they have been a vital part of this community, helping residents for decades. More recent additions, included the Charitable Foundation and the Community Foundation. They sound similar, but are different. The Charitable Foundation, recently created, is working on creating a memorial for veterans. This big project is already halfway funded, but the Foundation still needs to continue raising funds before taking next steps. The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay donated $800,000 last year to various groups and projects not just here but across the South Shore area. The organization has several residents volunteering with this substantial contributor. Numerous clubs use their activities to meet members’ needs and give back to Sun City Center. The Sawdust Engineers have already created 300 educational pieces for 50 teachers this fall. Both the Pottery and Lapidary clubs sell some of their beautiful creations. Funds generated are used to cover club expenses and extra funds are then donated to various organizations such as the Emergency Squad and Samaritan Services.

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Members of Sawdust Engineers have already created 300 educational pieces for teachers this fall.

Some clubs were creative in their presentation: Patti Parker promoting pickleball. That really is her name.


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December 2017

The News of Sun City Center

MEMBERSHIP NOTICE ELECTION OF DIRECTORS VOTE ON 2018 DUES Tuesday, December 5, 2017 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sandpiper Room in the Atrium

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Room 3, Community Hall

CA membership card or photo ID required to vote. Absentee Ballots are available at the CA Office until 3 p.m., December 6, 2017. Please bring your CA membership card with you.

DONATIONS TO THE SCCCA

Did you know that as a 501(c)(3) corporation, donations made to the Community Association are tax deductible? These donations are used in many ways for the betterment of our community.

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING COMMUNITY HALL

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2018 7 PM (Refreshments at 6:30 p.m.)

SCCCA MEMBERS ONLY 200 REQUIRED FOR A QUORUM -AGENDAI. Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance II. Approval of Minutes: October 25, 2017 Membership Meeting III. Treasurer’s Report IV. Community Manager’s Report V. Awards & Recognition VI. Installation of newly elected Directors VII. President’s Report VIII. General Discussion by members X. Adjournment

Sun City Men's Chorus Ready to Ring in Christmas

Our Sun City Center Men's Chorus are shown as they practice to welcome the public to their annual Christmas concert. On December 10, as they have done for the past several years, the Sun City Center Men's Chorus will present a free concert of Christmas music designed to ring in the season on a joyous and happy musical note. The one hour concert will be held at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church located at 1239 Del Webb Blvd. West. The public is invited to come, enjoy the performance, and sing Christmas carols along with the chorus. A free will offering will be taken to help cover expenses. In addition, the chorus has been booked for several additional appearances this Christmas season including the Shriner's Children’s Christmas party here in Sun City Center, plus appearances outside of our community. For any new male residents to our community, the chorus extends an invitation to anyone who has had experience singing in choirs or choruses to come out any Wednesday to St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, see what the chorus is all about. You will be given a warm welcome. For further information about the chorus, or to schedule them for a future performance in 2018, please call Tom Hinkebein at 573-837-3041.

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).

President’s Report

By John Luper, CA President Happy Holidays to everyone. Many will be traveling to be with family and involved in lots of activities. I hope you enjoy each and every minute and plan to be back here in Sun City Center to enjoy 2018. As last minute

reminders, please vote for our new Board of Directors and the requested dues increase. Voting on these issues is your opportunity and responsibility to be heard and to help guide our future. I have frequently discussed that the success of our community, and all the clubs and amenities we have access to would not succeed without all of the volunteers who spend countless hours on our behalf. Last December after I was elected to be your President I was challenged to fill many committee chair positions, and this process

will be repeated again this year after the new Board elects officers for 2018. I recently heard that sometime all people need is to be asked to volunteer their time. So, I am asking each of you to send me an email (sccboard@ suncitycenter.org) of a committee or new topic where you would be motivated to volunteer your time and commitment. This information could be extremely helpful and appreciated as we continue to develop our plans for the future. See you next Saturday morning at the annual Golf Cart Parade.

Proposed Policy Change

Proposed Policy Amendment to be voted on at the December 13th Board Meeting V. Clubs & Organizations 5.01.A Organization Current: The majority of the Club Officers must be members in good standing of the CA. Change to: All of the Club Officers must be members in good standing of the CA. (To be effective with the 2018 club year.)

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

CLUB/ORGANIZATION AMOUNT Lawn Bowling Club $1,000 Monday Movies $255 Pickleball Club $1,200 SCC Line Dancers $200 SCC Master Swim Club $414 The Computer Club $1,000

APPLIED TO Well Repairs Licensing Fees Annual maintenance of the Pickleball Courts in 2018 Hardship Fund Pool Expenses Hardship Fund

Newcomers

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

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Tidbits from the Vault SCC History Society

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Of course, some clubs are just for fun. The new Folk Dancers club has just started performing, sometimes pulling members from the audience to participate. One of the most casual clubs, Water Volleyball, had no representation at all. Probably because there was no water. This annual event continues to provide a great overview of what’s available for residents of Sun City Center.

Deputy Merry with our new Sheriff Chronister.

Is this what success looks like? Actually this is a way for students to check the quality of their work as they learn.

The Lapidary club uses a specialized kiln to bake glazes. Many of the clubs have first-rate facilities and equipment.

By Cathy Meyerhoff It’s All in a Name As we approach the fifty-sixth anniversary of the grand opening of Del Webb’s third Sun City development for retirees it is appropriate to reflect on our community’s early days. Before the first home was sold, developer Webb insisted that model homes, streets, a shopping center, post office, recreation center and restaurant be operational. When the December 30 grand opening date arrived, all was ready, a major accomplishment completed in only eight months. Over nine days approximately 41,000 visitors explored this new agerestricted community. By April of 1962 the first residents moved into their new homes. Our community was off to a great start. There was one fly in the ointment – the community’s name. Del Webb wished to use the Sun City title he had given to his communities in Arizona and California. However, another town in Florida already claimed that designation. Sun City, located less than ten miles from his new development, had been established under that name in the 1920s. Located south of Ruskin on what is now Highway 41, it had originally been called Ross. It became Sun City in 1925 when it was promoted

as “Hollywood East”. Developers built a studio and power plant, but its main goal was to sell building lots on streets with such movie related names as Pickford Avenue, Chaney Drive, Metro Drive and Universal Drive. Both the film and real estate ventures were short-lived, but the name Sun City lived on. The entrance sign at the intersection of Pebble Beach Boulevard and Rickerbacker Drive read “Welcome to Sun City” on opening day in 1961. The window of the local Post Office spelled out Del Webb’s Sun City, Florida. In a 1991 talk, Sun City Center’s first sales manager, Edsel Whitener, said that Del Webb almost went to court to obtain the right to use the Sun City name, but finally agreed with postal authorities to add the word Center to the original name. So, where do we live? We live in Sun City Center. If you would like to visit Sun City, it is only a few miles down the road.

How To Fix It Club

The new Folk Dancers club recently delivering their second performance.

By Paula Lickfeldt A group of SCC volunteers have been working for over a year to get a new club organized that will help people with “every day” repairs. The “How To Fix It” Club will not do the fixing, but rather show you how to “fix it” and help you do the fixing. The club was approved by the Community Association just this last June, so everything is very new and experimental. The plans are that the club will meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Heritage Room of the Atrium Building. The intent is that the club will be an educational club teaching SCC and KP residents how to make simple everyday repairs without having to pay a repair person. There always seems to be a myriad of things around the house that need repair. Many people, when surveyed, said that they did not know how to go about hiring a contractor. What questions need to be asked? What kind of information should be obtained. The plans at the present time are to have workshops and demonstrations on fixing general things around the house. Four different workshops and demonstrations for the first year are in the planning stages. The club is looking for members and would like to survey prospective members to see where their interests lie. Many women have expressed interest in this club for a variety of reasons. A woman may have had a partner that did the repairs and now finds herself alone and having to make repairs, she may want to be able to rely upon herself to get it fixed, and she might just like learning how to do new things. Whatever the reasons, it sounds like this club is worth checking out.

Multicultural Heritage Club

The very, very casual Water Volleyball club.

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

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

December 11 • 1 p.m. • Going In Style • 1 hour, 36 minutes

Lifelong buddies Willie, Joe and Al decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow for the first time in their lives when their pension fund becomes a corporate casualty. Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, the three risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money. Rating: PG-13, Comedy Starring: Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin, Matt Dillon, Ann-Margret

By Ilona Merritt Once again Sun City Center has a new club. The Multicultural Heritage Club is dedicated to the effort of inspiring our members to extend fellowship and support to each other through social and cultural activities. They take pride in preserving and promoting the richness of the multicultural heritage of Sun City Center’s residents. This multicultural heritage incorporates ideas, beliefs and people from many different countries and cultural backgrounds. They seek to obtain greater understanding, sensitivity, and appreciation of the history, values, experiences, and lifestyles of different cultural groups. They welcome anyone to join them in creating a society where greater understanding and awareness among groups exist. A very special event, a Holiday Gala will take place on Friday, December 22, 2017 from 6 to 10 p.m. Semi-formal attire, plated dinner, a multi-cultural event with multi-cultural music by D.J. Willie will be held in the Florida Room, in the Atrium Building, 1009 N. Pebble Beach Blvd. Advance tickets are $35 — $40 at the door. For tickets call Vicente Lopez

Multicultural Heritage Club Officers: Lois Dunbar, Treasurer; Vincente Lopez, President; James Gilbert, Parliamentarian; Madeline Hughes, Secretary. Not pictured: Ainie Smith (Smitty), Vice President.

at 727-623-1724, Ainie Smith at 941-2282745 or James Gilbert at 201-679-4827. The benefits of joining this group are: Gain greater self-awareness and awareness of others, develop new friendships and better interpersonal skills. Become better able to challenge stereotypes and prejudices and become better equipped to live in a multicultural world. They meet once a month in the Caper Room at 12 noon, and everyone is welcome. The next meeting is December 8, 2017, but will be held in the Royal Room for this month only. . For additional information please send an email to Multiculturalheritageclub@ gmail.com.


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The News of Sun City Center

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.

Gals and Guys Membership Drive

Gals & Guys Productions membership signup and membership renewal is being held Thursdays 1 to 2 p.m. in the Rollins Theater. The Club is open to all residents of Sun City Center, Kings Point and Freedom Plaza. Kindly bring your valid Association I.D. card to the Rollins Theater on any Thursday to sign up or renew as a club member. The membership for 2018 is $10 per person, payable by check or cash, which includes two productions. For more information, contact director, Salvina, at 813-633-5924 or “sccgngprods@aol.com”.

The Art Club in SCC Fine Arts Gallery & Reception

December 6, 2017 The Art Club in Sun City Center’s Fine Arts Gallery Opening & Reception “Outside the Box” will display the abstract and impressionistic oil and acrylic paintings of resident artist, Dave Botting. His artwork is inspired by Dali and other surrealist artists. He likes the freedom of expression abstract offers him. It pleases Dave when he sees someone looking at a painting and contemplating its meaning. Dave did some oil landscape painting in his youth. After retiring and moving to Sun City Center in 2011 he had time to explore the world of art. He learned from what he saw in museums, art shows, galleries, studio tours and online. He joined the Art Club in 2012 and began to paint again finding the palette knife more to his liking than brushes. Dave appreciates the information and advice offered by fellow art club members at monthly gallery openings. These influences have enriched the style and meaning he brings to his paintings. Come share Dave’s creative vision at the Fine Arts Gallery opening on December 6, 2017 from 1 – 3 p.m. The event is free and open to members of the community and their guests. Snacks and beverages will be served. The Art Club is located on Cherry Hills Drive in Sun City Center.

Computer Club Monthly Meeting

December 6, 2017 — Wednesday 7 p.m. in the Florida Room, in the Atrium. Cloud Computing and Mobile Devices, presented by Phil Sorrentino. This presentation covers internet technology basics and focuses on using Mobile Devices to accomplish various computing tasks.

Computer Club Classes

Sign up for your choice of class 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: Beverly Hiller, Education Director, at “hillerbev@aol.com”. Listed here are brief descriptions of the classes being offered. For all the details, go to the Computer Club website “www.scccomputerclub.org”. Detailed information is also available in the computer lab. Buying a Computer – Monday, Dec. 4, 9 – 11 a.m. This mini-class covers the decision of whether or not you need a new PC, if so, the minimum hardware you should buy, the pros and cons of various hardware choices, and information on PC components. Should I Buy a Chromebook – Tuesday, Dec. 5, 9 – 10:30 a.m. A Chromebook is a laptop that uses Google’s Chrome operating system instead of Windows 10. You can get your email, visit websites, create documents, print, play games, keep your calendar, and watch movies all on a computer with a simpler and more straightforward interface. Chromebooks are generally less expensive than PCs. Android Smartphones & Tablets – Thursday, Dec. 7 & Friday, Dec 8, 9 a.m. - noon This course consists of two sessions, 1 – The Device, and 2 – Apps. This course will demonstrate how these devices can help you. A basic knowledge of your device is expected. Backup! Backup! – Tuesday, Dec. 12, 8:30 a.m. – Noon This class combines a free program called EaseUS Todo Backup and a program called Goodsync ($25), to let you backup your data and entire computer system. Moving Your Pictures from Your iPhone – Wednesday, Dec. 13, 9 – 10:30 a.m. This 1 ½ hour class will provide you with an easy way to get your pictures from your device to your computer. Bring your fully charged iPhone or iPad loaded with your pictures, along with a USB flash drive. Please be sure you know your Apple ID and Password. Introduction to Excel – Thursday, Dec. 14, 9 a.m. – Noon This is a class for beginners who are interested in spreadsheet development, from design to implementation. Tuning Your PC Workshop - Monday, Dec. 18, 8:30 a.m. – Noon This workshop will teach you how to remove spyware, viruses, browser add-ons, bad registry entries, junk files, and other problems that slow down your system. Gmail - Attachments and Groups – Thursday, Dec. 21, 9 – 10:30 a.m. This mini-class is for students who have an existing Gmail account. Learn about Attachments and how use them, as well as how to create, change and delete Groups.

Veterinary Safaris - The Adventure of a Lifetime

Join us for a photographic and video review of the rare and unique opportunities to work on African Wildlife. Cat Lovers Club member, Dr. Emily Walton graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1981, and is currently semi-retired here in Sun City Center. In 2011 and again in 2013, Dr. Walton participated in “hands on” Veterinary Safaris in South Africa with Dr. Peter Brothers. During these trips, she was involved with darting and immobilizing several species of animals for the purpose of conservation based research and management procedures of identifying, sampling and relocating these magnificent animals. Enjoy this magical insight into rhinos, elephants, zebra and eland as well as general game viewing. All are welcomed to join us at this presentation. • Wed., Dec 6, 2 – 3 p.m. Armstrong Room #26, Central Campus • Cost: Cat Food Donation Website: www.CatLoversClub.org

Stained Glass Club Member Honored

Helen Ankrom, an active member of the SCC Stained Glass Club, was honored at the Club’s November meeting and social. Helen reached the venerable age of 95 on October 26 and Club members were excited to share in the celebration of her achievement.

All Aboard the Sun City Central R.R.

The S.C.C. Model Railroad Club welcomes “children of all ages” to their choice of three Christmas Open House Sessions from 1 until 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 22, Tuesday, Dec. 26, and Friday, Dec. 29. We have new trains, scenic features and surprise sound and lighting effects. We can create night & day and even control the weather! See and hear multiple trains running under computer control while hunting for hidden features on our “scavenger list”. Visiting youngsters can run trains, learn train safety and earn Junior Engineer Certificates. There will be hats and handbooks for all visiting kids, and it’s all free! Raffle tickets on sale for your own 2X4 ft. N scale railroad. Winner to be drawn at FunFest on March 17. We’re at 915 N. Course Lane, between Sawdust Engineers and Lawn Bowling. For details and directions visit www.sccmrrc.org.

SCC Metaphysical Programs

SCC Open Fundraiser, 10 a.m. Wednesdays in the Heritage Room. Admission $1 with love offering requested to benefit the Society. Bring your Community ID. For more information call Vicky at 813-398-7033. December 6 - “Healing With Sound Therapy” Robert Austin, Florida’s favorite Crystal Bowl Sound Therapist will share his amazing Crystal and Tibetan Bowls plus other sound instruments to transform your consciousness on all levels. December 13 – “Election and Holiday Celebration” Members will come together to share this festive time, to Thank the Outgoing Board and Welcome the New Leaders as they take office. December 20 – “Update your Subconscious to Become Your Best” Dr. Jean Batronie of the Brandon Hypnosis Center will share benefits of Hypnosis and how tapping into the subconscious mind will help us become the person we really want to be. December 27 - “Using Mysterious Tarot in Your Life” Beverly Frable, Professional Tarot Consultant brings us the history of Tarot, How the Decks choose us and not the other way around. Your life can bring about great awareness with just a flip of a card.

Sawdust Engineers Donate Benches to Ruskin Elementary School

At the end of last school year, the staff of Ruskin Elementary School asked the Sun City Center Sawdust Engineers to build a bench for use in their planned butterfly garden. Chuck Fleming, treasurer of the SCC Sawdust Engineers, and a retired educator, decided to take on the project. Over the summer, the SCC Sawdust Engineers, led Sawdust Engineer benches under by Chuck, built not one, but five wood development. benches for the school. Shown in the photo are four of the benches, all hand made of solid woods, in the midst of being varnished to protect the benches for many years of wear and tear. The engineers even made one of the benches smaller than the others to be more comfortable for younger children! When Chuck delivered the benches, The Principal, Mrs. Salgado, announced that there were some “free” benches available on a “first come first served” basis – and the teachers scrambled to collect the benches. The benches all ended up, not in the butterfly garden as originally envisioned, but in classrooms where teachers immediately put them to good use! As Mrs. Salgado said, “We love the work of the Sawdust Engineers – they have been so generous to us and we really appreciate them!”


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Vietnam Traveling Wall Beautifully Presented

By Kai Rambow At 1 a.m., several SCC veterans were busy watching over the Vietnam Traveling Wall. Bud Brubaker was finishing his watch, “It’s been a long time since I’d visited the Wall in Washington. This was an opportunity to visit, look up a couple of names again. I lost several very close friends during that time.” Terrell Dossey, who was taking over the watch, shared “These soldiers gave all; I haven’t given anything by comparison. It was an honor to be there, and in a very, very minor way to care for them.” Over four days and five nights, many came to honor those whose names are on the Vietnam Wall. Even though the traveling wall displayed at the Veteran’s

58,000 soldiers died during the Vietnam War. The vet beside me remarked how he was fortunate because he while he saw combat, but did not have to endure five years of captivity like the POW. And another veteran recalled how he didn’t see combat at all. Sun City Center organizations worked

Former POW, Michael Burns, reflecting on the wall and the war

Memorial Park is a smaller scale replica, everyone treated it with the same respect as the real one in Washington, D.C. It also evoked memories. A former POW reflected how he was fortunate because he survived while more than

1 a.m. – SCC veterans Tony Wolf (Army, ’66-’70), Bud Brubaker (Marines, ’65-’69) and Terrell Dossey (Navy, ’68-’85) standing watch over the Vietnam Traveling Wall during its last night in Tampa.

Military Ball Brings Many Together

By Kai Rambow There are close to a dozen military related organizations here, and the annual Military Ball is one of the events that brings all of them together. Veteran’s Day was on a Saturday, so it was an activity packed day. There was a ceremony here in Sun City Center. The ambitious followed this event by participating in the parade in Ruskin. The ball was the final event of the day. The Military Ball is quite impressive.

for 18 months to bring the Wall to Tampa. And on the final night, many of our retired military watched over the wall. Tony Wolf commented, “Despite the cold and quiet, I wanted to protect the wall. I lost several buddies from my home town. It was an honor to be there.”

The opening ceremonies included a color guard from MacDill, a speech be a former POW and a beautiful rendition of Taps.

While formal, the Ball was not stuffy. As each service’s flag was brought in, the branch's song was played as well. The comment, “We put the words in your programs, in case you forgot,” elicited chuckles throughout the room. Military traditions were respectfully observed without being drawn out. Guests were warmly welcomed and included. The Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) coordinates this event every

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Don’t Miss the Holiday Cart Parade and WinterFest

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Residents of Sun City Center, Kings Point, Freedom Tower, Aston Gardens and Aston Gardens at the Courtyards are all encouraged to enter a golf cart in this year’s December 9 parade. Registration is free and forms can be picked up at any of the club offices. They are also available at the Sun City Center website. Clubs, groups and individuals are all welcome. Prize categories include individuals, groups and businesses. Carts entered by businesses will be eligible for trophies only. All other participants will be given a raffle ticket giving them a chance for four prizes. This year’s winners will share in an estimated $2,000 in prizes. Afterwards the Security Patrol will draw the winning ticket for a golf cart. You probably have noticed the cart sitting front of their office at the corner of La Jolla and North Pebble Beach. Be sure to stop in the Security Patrol office to purchase your chance to win. On December 9, carts check in between 8:30 and 9 a.m. with the parade starting at 10. Even if you don’t enter a cart, be sure not to miss this fun annual holiday event. Directly after the parade, enjoy WinterFest on the plaza. Music, food and crafts will be available. Mark December 9 on your calendar as an event for you, your friends and your family to enjoy.

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The Editor’s Corner It’s the Holiday Season By E. Adam Porter Editor, News of Sun City Center They say it’s the ‘most wonderful time of the year,’ and I’m a believer. Lights are going up all around town, we’re making lists, checking them twice, and I’m promising to go easy on the Christmas cookies this year…though that’s not likely. Here at home, we’re getting the house ready to put up the decorations. Next weekend we’ll find and trim a tree, but we learned a few years back not to try to do everything in a weekend. This is supposed to be fun, right? This morning, with the coffee on and what passes for a chill in the air here in the Sunshine State, we pulled out the boxes of lights and Santas, trains, and snowmen, the Christmas village and the manger scene. As Bing, Frank, Sammy and Dean serenaded us about mistletoe, holly and marshmallow worlds, we set about stringing lights inside and outside. Up the street, the neighbor’s house already twinkles. He put his lights up the day after Thanksgiving. I was still sleeping off all that turkey. I love this time of year. Not the crowded mall parking lots or the lists or the hustle and bustle. I like to focus on the blessings. As I count my blessings in this season, I’m thankful for the smiles, the surprises and the quiet moments shared amid twinkling lights and classic

carols. I know we picked those lights up on clearance at Home Depot a few years back, but, when we plug them in, it still feels like magic. I’m also a sucker for the classic carols and timeless songs of the season. From O Holy Night and Silent Night, to It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, Silver Bells, The Christmas Song and O Little Town of Bethlehem. The sounds of the season also offer up those wonderful moments that become treasured memories. Caroling and chorale concerts. Christmas cantatas. Cruising through town, sipping cocoa and singing carols as we seek out the best Christmas lights. Teaching the kiddos the lyrics to Rudolph and Jingle Bells … especially the alternate versions. Baking cookies in the kitchen with my bride becoming an impromptu song and dance duet when Baby It’s Cold Outside or I’ve Got My Love to Me Warm starts playing. Sneaking in the “big presents” after the kids fall asleep on Christmas Eve, then collapsing on the couch with a glass of wine or a mug of cocoa, letting the Avalon Pops, Vince Guaraldi, Celtic Christmas or the Mormon Tabernacle set the mood. Waking before dawn to the hope, anticipation and unbridled joy of Christmas morning. Letters from Santa and wrapping paper scattered across the living room. It really is the most wonderful time of year when we let all the shopping and stress go, get out of our own way and just soak in the sights, sounds and time together. Celebrating the Season here in SCC There is so much happening here in town to help us celebrate the Holiday Season, it’s hard to know where to begin. By the time you read this, the annual Holiday Breakfast and Walk will be over, but don’t forget the wonderful

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Holiday Cart Parade and WinterFest on December 9. And, if you’re looking for some more joy and fun this Season, be sure to check out our special Holiday section in this issue to see all the concerts, dances and dinners happening right here in SCC. I would be remiss if I didn’t pause for a moment to encourage everyone to start their Christmas shopping locally, with the wonderful creations offered by our exceptionally talented folks in the various craft and art clubs. As just one example of what you may find to put under yours or someone else’s tree this year, I bought my eldest son a handcrafted U.S. Air Force plaque from the Sawdust Engineers a few years back. That plaque has now followed him to duty stations on three different continents … and it came home to the States with him this past month, where it now resides with him in California. Every time we video chat, I see a little piece of home hanging over his shoulder, and I smile. There are all kinds of smiles, just like that one, waiting in the display windows of every crafty club room. So, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, and don’t forget to leave a peppermint stick … and maybe a few cookies … for ol’ Saint Nick. Wishing all of you a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, a joyous Holiday Season and the happiest of New Years from my family and all of us here at the News of Sun City Center.

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The Women’s Chorus of Sun City Center Presents “A Classic Christmas”

SUN. DEC 3 at 3 p.m. at the St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 Del Webb Blvd. The Women’s Chorus of Sun City Center warmly invites you to get into the spirit of the holiday season by attending their annual fall concert, “A Classic Christmas”. The 56-member chorus, under the direction of Jeff Jordan and accompanied by Keith Rasmussen, is again prepared to entertain you with another delightful multimedia performance featuring traditional and popular music of different faiths, instrumentalists, soloists and a few surprises that will have you smiling and tapping your toes. Attendance is free, but a freewill offering will be taken to help the chorus offset operating costs. Immediately after the concert, the audience is invited to attend a free public reception featuring homemade treats prepared by chorus members.

The Sounds of Christmas

Monday, December 4, at 7 p.m. at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 702 Valley Forge Blvd, in Sun City Center as we gather for a beautiful evening of Christmas music. The concert will feature traditional Yule time favorites and exciting new releases. Music will include both spiritual and whimsical pieces. Enjoy the works of nine different composers. You can preview the sound of our 53-member ensemble at www.southshoreconcertband.org. The concert is open to the public and a free will offering will be taken.

The Sounds of Christmas Dec 7

Join us as we gather for a beautiful evening of Christmas music at Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd, in Sun City Center at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 7. Rejoice in the spirit of Christmas melodies with friends, family and colleagues. The concert will feature traditional Yule time favorites and exciting new releases. Music will include both spiritual and whimsical pieces. You can preview the sound of our 53-member ensemble at www. southshoreconcertband.org. The concert is open to the public. Tickets are $5 at the kiosk in the Atrium Building or at the door the day of the performance.

KP Line Dancers

Celebrate the Christmas season with the KP Line Dancers, free social dance, Wednesday, December 13, 7 p.m. Veterans Theater. Casual attire, appropriate dance shoes. Open to KP and SCC residents and their guests. BYOB. Call Jan 634-6226 for more info.

Kings Point Mixed Chorus Concert

Thursday, December 7, in the Kings Point Veterans Theater at 4 p.m. “Cold Hands, Warm Heart & Hot Chocolate” is the theme for the KP Chorus’s 41st annual Holiday Concert. You don’t want to miss this one. Let us help put you in the Holiday mood while we joyfully lift our voices in song. We proudly invite you to join us on December 7. If you are not a Kings Point resident, inform the guard at the Visitors Gate that you are buying tickets for the Chorus Concert. Tickets for the performance are available at the Kings Point Box Office for $8 per person. Box Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Seating is reserved round table cabaret style and you are invited to bring snacks and BYOB to enjoy while you delight in a wonderful program of seasonal music.

Holiday Buffet and Dance Party

Saturday, December 9, 5:15 to 9 p.m., presented by the Sun City Center Dance Club, in the Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd., SCC, 33573. Eat, Drink and be Merry. Dance to our widely acclaimed and exclusive playlist spun by Gerardo. Come and enjoy a delicious buffet meal provided by Banquet Masters (entrees include turkey, ham, and salmon plus all the usual accompaniments) or just join us for the dance. Dressy casual attire. No shorts! BYOB. Bring your friends, or come and make new friends. Open seating. Members $20, guests $24. Checks payable to SCC Dance Club must be received by Ann Carl, 1802 Bunker Hill Dr. SCC 33573, no later than December 5. Dance only from 7 to 9 p.m. Dance only from 7 to 9 p.m. Members free, guests $6 at the door. Singles tables will be available. For more info call 813-634-9074.

SCC Shrine Club Will Host First Graders for Christmas Party

Every child deserves to feel the magic of Christmas! The big day is December 12 when the SCC Shriners dig into their pockets to make this happen for about 300 children. The fun starts from the moment the children arrive at the Community Hall where they are greeted by the Shrine Clowns. The Men’s Chorus will be there to sing for the children. Lunch is included and each child gets time for a personal visit with Santa and each child goes home with a bag full of goodies.

British Connection Christmas Luncheon

This year, the British Connection will be celebrating the Holiday Season with a Christmas Luncheon. We will be offering sandwiches, a selection of traditional British food (sausage rolls, mince pies, fruit cake, trifle) plus eggnog, tea and coffee. Kraig Allen will be playing the piano for us and we invite you to join him in a singalong of Christmas songs after lunch. The Luncheon will be held in the Florida Room at the Atrium Campus, North Pebble Beach Blvd. on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 from 12.30 to 3 p.m. The cost is $17 for members and $20 for their guests. Checks should be sent to Terry Harris at 2303 Oxford Center Place, Sun City Center, FL 3357 by December 1, and if you have any questions, you can call him at 813 922 6304.

German American Club Holiday Dinner Dance

The German American Club of Sun City Center will celebrate the holidays with a dinner dance on Thursday, December 14, in Community Hall. Banquet Masters will provide a buffet dinner that will include a salad bar and rolls, hand carved round of beef, chicken marsala, salmon with dill sauce, oven roasted bliss potatoes, vegetable du jour, a dessert bar, coffee and iced tea. It will be a BYOB. affair. We will be dancing to the music of the ever popular Alpine Express. The doors will open at 4:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 5:45. Tickets will be $ 25 for members and $ 29 for nonmembers. Please mail or drop off your check with a self-addressed return envelope to one of the following: Fred Rathke, 1058 Emerald Dunes Dr., SCC 813-938-4845 ; Lenny Crooks, 2320 West Del Webb Blvd., SCC, 813 -642- 9975; Sheila Houlihan, 1805 A Fox Hunt Dr., SCC 813-642-9871. All Sun City residents are invited to attend this festive evening. It is suggested that ladies dress to impress and gentlemen wear jackets and ties. Prizes will awarded to the three gentlemen who are decked out in the best holiday themed ties.

Scandinavian Club Annual Christmas Party

December 14, Thursday 5:30 p.m. Club Renaissance A festive and delicious dinner is planned in celebration of the Holidays. During dessert, we will be entertained by the Front Porch Pickers Club Members: $28 and guests $33. Please RSVP to Eleanor Folley, 2217 Platinum Drive, Sun City Center 813-634-2522 or Elsa Lang-Ree at 813-633-7502.

KP Old Tyme 50’s Music Club

Club Announcement Staff: The Old Tyme 50’s Music Club will be having their Holiday Dinner Party on Friday, Dec 15, 6 p.m., at KPNC, Waterside Room. All KP/SCC residents are invited to attend a great Holiday Dinner Party. There will be oldies music and live entertainment. We request that everyone bring a hot food dish to share. We will provide the salads, desserts, drinks and set ups. BYOB and snacks are permitted. This event is by advance ticket reservation only. $10, nonmembers. Contact Jim, at (813) 773-7377 or jaroo160@aol.com for info.

SCC Polish Heritage Club

Sunday, December 17, 2017, from 6 to 9 p.m., in the Florida Room, Atrium Building, 945-D North Course Lane, Sun City Center, the SCC Polish Heritage Club is holding their annual Wigilia Celebration Dinner. The beloved and most ancient of all Polish Christmas traditions which includes the tradition of sharing oplatek. 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. Call now for info or tickets: Carmela at 813-938-1723 or Wanda at 813-633-0016.

Beth Israel Chanukah Party

Sunday, December 17 at 2 p.m. in the Beth Israel social hall for members of Sisterhood and Men’s Club. Sign up deadline is December 12. Sign up early as this event sells out quickly. Cost is $7 per person. Send checks to Marlene Hollander, 1004 El Rancho dr. Sun City Center, FL 33573.

Moonglow Dance Club Holiday Dance

Moonglow Ballroom Dance Club proudly presents an evening of live music by “The Good Times Ballroom Fantasy Band” at their Holiday Dance on Thursday December 28 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Sun City Center. This six-piece professional band from the Orlando area has played for Arthur Murray Studio Special Dances, and for numerous Ballroom Dance Events in Central Florida from the Atlantic Coast to the Gulf Coast. We scheduled this Special Dance during the Holiday Season to benefit the great number of ballroom dancers in the area. The attire at Moonglow Dances is Dressy Casual. Members are free, and visitors/ guests pay only $5 per person at the door. Singles table(s) are always available. Please BYOB and Snacks, and the Club provides Ice, water, cups and napkins. For more Information call 813-633-1297 or 813-633-2755, or if you would like to receive Moonglow information by email, contact “gail3357@gmail.com”.

Gals and Guys Productions Free Holiday Concert Series

Gals and Guys Productions is pleased to present a free Holiday Concert Series. The shows will be held in the Rollins Theater on December 6 at 7 p.m., December 9 at 1 p.m., December 17 and 23 at 2 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes before the show. Our own very talented Gals and Guys will be entertaining you with some Holiday Cheer. Open to all SCC and KP residents, Seating is limited and you must show your Association ID card at the door for entry. The Director will be holding auditions for the upcoming “Night at The Oscars” in April, 2018. Auditions are for Oscar winning songs, and will be held on Thursday, December 14 and 21 between 1 and 3 p.m. We are looking for single, couple and group dancers, quartets, soloists and chorus singers. For further information contact Salvina 813-633-5924 or “sccgngprods@aol.com”.


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Emergency Squad Names New Assistant Chief of IT

The Sun City Center Emergency Squad recently named Richard Grant as Assistant Chief, IT. Richard has been a member of the Emergency Squad for the past two years coming to Sun City Center from Louisville, Kentucky, in 2012 with his wife of 28 years, Debi. For Richard, “The most valuable commodity that any human has is his or her time – it is limited, nonrenewable and eventually runs out. The 400+ members of the Squad freely donate their most valued treasure – their timein service to the sick and injured in our Richard Grant is congratulated by Mike Bardell, Chief of the Emergency Squad. community.

Mystery Golf Cart Cruise

Verona at Renaissance held a Mystery Golf Cart Cruise in October for the purpose of community safety by giving out golf cart handbooks to the 42 participating residents on 20 golf carts. The event was held for new residents and the pioneers of Verona to ensure everyone knows the area, times and places that are golf cart friendly. Adding to the fun afternoon, those who completed the cruise received diplomas and lunch at Amici’s in Club Renaissance. The residents of Verona have been very active in the community including Good Samaritan, Sun City Center Ride, Security Patrol, the local food pantries, Sun City Center Volunteer Emergency Squad and clubs in Sun City Center.

U.S. War Dog Damon and Sheriff Deputy K 9 Tebow

The Colonel George Mercer Brooke Chapter NSDAR of Sun City Center held its monthly meeting on Wednesday, November 15 in the Florida Room. As a partner with the U.S. Department of Defense to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War, the Chapter’s program “War Dogs” was presented by Barbara Snow-Executive Director of the U.S. War Dogs Association Southern Chapter 2. Master Deputy Don Wright of the Hillsborough County Sheriff ’s Office K9 Unit attended with his dog Tebow. Also in attendance was retired USAF K9 Master Sergeant Damon with his care taker and friend Thomas “Dog” Roman. The program presented both the skills and expertise of K9’s in law enforcement and military war duty. T h e C h a p t e r ’s V i e t n a m Wa r C om m e m or at i on C h ai r Mar i ly n Campbell presented attending Vietnam Barbara Snow, Thomas “Dog” Roman Veteran a Vietnam lapel pin. Spouses Center Master Sergeant Damen (USAF of deceased Vietnam Veterans, Anne retired). Rankin, Ursula Stadler, and Patty Templin, received spousal pins and certificates.

L to R: Mitzi Smith, Lynda Martin, Kathleen Records, Judy Mellor, Carolyn Jaffe, Rebecca Hill, Nancy Glassman.

SCC Woman’s Club New Members

At the general November meeting, the Sun City Center Woman’s Club welcomed seven new ladies into their club. It was a fun and educational meeting with many guests and speakers. We learned about the AMI Kids Y.E.S. Program, their goals and projects for boys, separating a troubled past from a bright future. We donated $170 to them as well as gifts of socks, t-shirts, snacks and soft drinks. Then we heard from Brenda and Bud Hoshaw of Red Hawk Ranch in Wimauma explaining their cultures and acknowledge the important contributions of Native Americans.

’37 Dodge Street Rod Cruiser of the Month

Carlo Albano has always admired cars from the 1930’s, so he was delighted to see his recently acquired 1937 Dodge sedan selected as the Roamin’ Oldies Car Club’s November Cruiser of the Month. It retains its pre-WWII stature, but performs comfortably in today’s driving conditions, with power from a GM 350 V8 engine coupled to an automatic overdrive transmission, Carlo reports. Other custom touches include power door locks and windows and a satin black finish. A Riverview auto technician with a passion for old cars, Carlo has been working on vehicles from the age of 17, and is a regular participant at area automotive events. The Roamin’ Oldies host a cruise-in from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. the first Thursday of every month, with a rain date the following Thursday, at the Mira Bay Village Shopping Center on US41 in Apollo Beach. About 100 of the area’s finest antique and collectible cars often take part, accompanied by classic oldies music played by DJ Joey Ferrante. Event sponsors include Thompson’s Auto Parts and Christopher Ligori Associates Attorneys. For information, call Chet at 813-842-1511.

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SCC Emergency Squad Welcomes Newest EMR Team

The Sun City Center Emergency Squad Welcomes and congratulates the newest EMR Team. Pictured here are Marcie McKee, Instructor; Retta Garcia, Walter Grynek, Kristen Schram and Barry McKee, Instructor.

The December Program of AAUW

Focus on the Middle East, December 9, 2017 When her husband was sent by his engineering company to work in Iran, Judy Voorhees sold their house in Atlanta, stored the furniture, packed three trunks, one teenage daughter and three cats and followed him. Judy will discuss living and working in Tehran and Saudi Arabia at the December luncheon meeting of AAUW. This meeting will be held in the Florida Room of the Atrium, Sun City Center, on December 9. For reservations call Margi Castiglia, 813-633-8253.

Science, Engineering And Technology Club Meeting

Monday, December 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Caper Room, Atrium Building, 954 North Course Lane. There is no cost for guests; any resident of CA or Kings Point interested in science and technology is invited. Hacking and Cyber Warfare Cyber warfare describes situations as massive as the hacking of Equifax, the NSA, the US elections, and Target stores, as well as local situations such as one person’s credit card theft or ransomware attack. Don Shuttleworth, our speaker, will describe the history of cyberwarfare, the methods used by hackers and those who battle against them, and suggest ways that individuals can increase their cyber security.

Male Call for Prostate Health

Monday, December 11, 2017, 2 p.m. at Room 5 of Sun City Center Community Hall, 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd, Sun City Center 33573. We will have Dr. Jack Steel, M.D., F.A.C.R.O. Board Certified in Radiation Oncology as our speaker. Dr. Steel will speak on the topic of “Ranking Success in Prostate Treatment from Best to Worst”. We will be able to have an open Q&A session with Dr. Steel. Refreshments will be served. For Questions contact Bob Sullivan (813) 215-7050.

Wisconsin Club Potluck

The Wisconsin Club of SCC will hold their potluck/ annual meeting on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at Community Hall in SCC. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and close promptly at 5:30 p.m., so please be on time. Main course will be fried chicken and cost is $7 per person. BYOB. Coffee, water, table service and dessert provided. Please bring a side dish to share which generously serves 12 people in a serving dish with serving utensil. Please mark your name on both. No rolls/bread/desserts please. Entertainment will be provided by Johnny T who will be singing selections from Broadway musicals. Checks only to The Wisconsin Club, mailed to Hede Horne, Treasurer, 1226 Caloosa Creek Ct., SCC, 33573. Deadline for reservations will be Thursday, January 4, 2018. No cash/walk-ins will be accepted at the door. Reservations for tables of 8 in the same envelope please. This event is always well attended so you will want to get your reservations in early. You must bring your SCC/KP ID.

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year. The members not only believe “it is nobler to serve than to be served,” but live it as well. For example, Frank Kepley has reported on numerous military related activities here for The News of Sun City Center. Kepley spent 26 years serving on two aircraft carriers and in five naval hospitals. A specialized surgeon, after leaving the Navy, Kepley served as the Chief of Surgery at a Chicago VA

hospital for many years. He has chosen to take pictures, write, edit and publicize for several military organizations and their publications for over 10 years. He jokes, “It keeps me off the streets.” At the ball, he was simply focused on taking pictures and, no doubt, thinking about what he would write. Kepley is one of many examples of those who’ve served in the military and continue to serve their community in retirement.

Presentation of Colors by an Honor Guard from MacDill AFB. Jean and Paul Wheat (Army, 30 years). Wheat served on the CA board for 11 years.

Jackie and John Hansen (Air Force, 38 years) having fun on the dance floor.

Jim Schwartz (Navy, 4 years) carrying the DAV flag. Schwartz has been actively involved with Disabled American Veterans in addition to his duties as CA Director.

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By Peggy Burgess The Spirit of Christmas pervades Freedom Plaza ever y December, manifesting itself undeniably at the traditional Tree Lighting Ceremony. R e s i de nts f i l l t he At r ium w it h conviviality and their cups with eggnog, awaiting the moment when the executive director proclaims, “Let there be light!” This brings forth bursts of brilliance from the large Atrium tree, from four balcony-level trees, plus lighted garland festooning the staircase railings, instantly illuminating the room. Enthusiastic voices sing out “O, Christmas Tree, O, Christmas Tree”: it’s Christmas again at Freedom Plaza! Then begins the residents’ pleasant task of juggling their time to enjoy all the holiday treats and trips offered. In-house programs this year will include: a cantata by the Trinity Baptist Church choir; a Session with Santa for employee’s children; Girl Scout carolers; a special Advent Mass; a performance of the Manatee Community Band and “Caroling Around the Tree” with the Freedom Singers. Excursions are to The Florida Orchestra’s Holiday Coffee Concert; the Show Palace Dinner Theater at Hudson; the Ditchfield Family Christmas Show in Sarasota; the Ten Tenors in Concert in Lakeland and a Christmas Lights Dinner Cruise from Marina Jack’s Restaurant. Santa has already made a pre-Christmas October visit to Freedom Plaza delivering a very special, though intangible, gift to all who chose to share it. This was the 2017 Fall Semester of Graduate School for Seniors (a.k.a. as “Grad School”). It consisted of six consecutive weekly courses of study on diverse

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Deputy Merry Completes Ironman Race

By Kai Rambow Can you imagine swimming 2.4 miles, followed by a 116-mile bike race and finishing with a 26.2 mile run? That’s what our Community Resource Officer, Deputy Merry, did on September 24 in Chattanooga. “I prepared for 18 weeks by working with my coach, Stacy Underwood. She set up the training schedule and nutrition regimen. You need a high baseline fitness to start training and the training increased from 10 hours a week to 16 hours to prepare for this type of event. The nutrition setup is particularly important during the race. You can’t ingest anything while swimming, but during the bike race I consumed 300 liquid/protein calories per hour and during the run a different mixture of straight liquid carbs.” Even with so much preparation, there were challenges. “It was 87 degrees that day and I needed to take extra electrolytes and salt to keep my body in balance. The bike race looped through the mountains of North Georgia. We had trained for that in places like Clermont, Dade City and San Antonio. I only ran on flat terrain preparing for the marathon and one of the hills almost wiped me out the first time. The race course loops for spectators, so I had to conquer it four times. I called it Soul Sucker Hill.” Merry began training for triathlons “to lose weight and I now love the challenge. When I began training in 2010 I weighed 260 pounds. I weigh about 174 now.” Last year his goal was to finish the event. This year Merry enjoyed training with a group, participating with everyone

Deputy Merry just after swimming for 67 minutes, heading to transition for the 116 mile bike ride.

and being there as everyone finished the race (Merry finished first from his triathlon club). Athletes register and deposit their bikes the day before. On the day of the race, checking the bikes and setting up gear and bottles was done two hours before race start time. “The swim is first, but with 3,000 participants we had to wait almost 40 minutes after the first person entered the water to start.” Once underway, Merry completed his swim in 67 minutes; changed for his bike race in 9:51; biked for 5 hours 57 minutes; changed for the marathon in 11:28; then ran for 4 hours 50 minutes for a total time of 12 hours and 17 minutes. Congratulations to Deputy Merry on an amazing accomplishment.

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By Diane M. Loeffler Are you in the mood to head out to Brandon with a group of friends but decide not to do so because the traffic is such a nuisance? SCC and KP residents, there is a solution! The solution is as close as your association’s center. Stop by, pick up a ticket ($1 each way in SCC, free in KP) and head out to the Westfield Mall. Do you belong to a club and would like to try any of the eateries in Westfield Mall, but find the logistics of getting everyone there to be overwhelming? This would be the perfect solution. No money is needed for gas and there is no wear and tear on your car. The HART buses are beautiful inside, the air conditioning works great and the drivers are friendly. When taking the bus with friends, we relaxed in our comfy seats, talked, and laughed. We commented on how comfortable we were, how nice it was to all be able to visit with each other the entire time, how great it was that we didn’t have to worry about traffic and that if we each wanted to indulge in a Bahama Mama, we could. We wouldn’t need a designated driver. We did a little shopping, a little eating and a lot of socializing. The best part of it all was knowing that we didn’t need to hurry home to avoid the rush hour because the bus driver would take care of that. The route includes stops at St. Joseph Hospital South. I never disembarked there, but it would be a very handy way to visit any friends or relatives who are in the hospital. There is an old song, Big Yellow Taxi, that goes, “Don’t it always seem to go, That you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone….” If you want the bus to be there for all of us, the time to take a ride is now. If ridership does not increase drastically in the next couple of months, the route will be eliminated.

Duplicate Bridge Spotlight: Heather Newman-Trivus

Decades ago I was raising four children on my own while working part time as I finished my undergraduate degree. Bridge then served as a much-needed respite; perhaps two games a month! When I started working full time and going to graduate school part time I still needed those two games a month for a bit of a break. I had been playing bridge for almost half a century before I met our club’s acclaimed John Foster; with his succinct instructions and endless patience I then actually started playing bridge for real (as the kids say). That was in 2011 as my husband, Bob, and I began our migration from Pittsburgh to Florida. As a L icens e d C linic a l S o ci a l Worker it has amazed me how many bridge situations are analogous to life experiences. When you know the statistical probability of success lies with only one choice - there is actually no “choice” to be made. Focused Faithful Fearless - in bridge as in life it behooves one to Focus on the essentials, be Faithful to all agreements and to be Fearless in doing what is known to be right. And never forget nuances: the universe is full of nuances which demand notice, respect and

proper interpretation. Kingdoms - and grand slams! - have been lost by ignoring the information contained in a nuance. The demands on my profession are huge as is my commitment to my clients; if I ever retire, I’ll be able to more effectively/efficiently seek the elusive Life Master trophy. Until then, I play when I can, appreciate my partners and encourage everyone to remember: it’s just a game. But oh! What a game!

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Residents of Distinction Jean and Al Seifert leash recreation for fitness, relaxation and socializing opportunities became a reality. Now a second fenced in area has been added for the small dogs less than 30 pounds. Raising funds was always in the forefront and Jean and Al worked tirelessly to find ways of making money. They, along with Janet Ditmore and a few more volunteers, held a concession

as a club Jean requested land for a dog park. Tucker (Ed) Smith, member of the CA board, identified a place behind the tennis courts. The site was used to dump dirt there from building sites in SCC. A nice hill about 250 ft. long and 7 ft. high was there and Al had great ideas for dog runs. However, this was topsoil and before the dog park was started a builder came and hauled dirt away. There was only a small, overgrown path to the future dog park and Jean, with all her determination, would drive back and forth on that path with her golf cart to plow down the vegetation. Fences were the number one concern, a Gazebo where the dog owners could sit. Chairs, bowls for water, wading pools, jumps and tunnels for the dogs. The CA installed the water lines. A grant was received from the SCC Foundation, the CA chipped in, and the D.O.G. club added money, and the Best Friend Park providing an off the

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By Ilona Merritt Jean Seifert was a hurricane of energy despite living over 50 years with Multiple Sclerosis, so it was fitting that Jean would be called home on the weekend Hurricane Irma was on her way to visit the Tampa Bay area. Jean was a person who was fiercely determined to accomplish what she decided ought to be done. Her husband Al was her greatest supporter and advisor. Jean and Al moved from Trenton, NJ, where they raised five daughters, to SCC in 1993. Within a year, Jean was involved with the RMCA teaching children in Wimauma, and she volunteered for the Emergency Squad for 10 years. Al also joined the Emergency Squad as Driver, EMT, Assistant Chief and Treasurer. He became a monitor for The Computer Club and was president of the D.O.G. for six years. Their greatest gift to the SCC Community was for the four legged members of our community ... a Dog Park. Dog parks were once deemed a mild curiosity (and perhaps an irritant) by most cities; they are now at the top of the list of communities “must-haves.” When Jean and Al first moved to Sun City Center Jean would walk her dogs and she frequently got yelled at. She was upset about this and Al told her what it takes to form a club. Stepping up to be that SOMEONE who needed to do what she felt was obvious, Jean would drive around SCC in her golf cart and anytime she spotted someone with a dog she would talk them into joining the D.O.G. (Dog Owners Group). The day they were officially recognized

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Meet Your Neighbors: Walter and Esther Geissler

By Ilona Merritt, Photo by Kai Rambow For the U.S. Bicentennial in 1976 a great deal of research about our history was done and many books were published. One book stands out in my mind which detailed what various immigrants brought from their country to America. You might be surprised to know that it was the Irish, not the Germans, who brought beer to this country. However, this time of year especially, we’re grateful that, in the 19th century, the German immigrants brought the Christmas tree and Santa Claus to America. Now, in the 21st century, Walter and Esther Geissler, Sun City Center residents since 1996 and also German immigrants, initiated the German Christmas tree in the Atrium, a tradition that has been carried on by the German American Club for the last 17 years as their gift to the Community. Until two years ago it was a live tree with electric candles. Due to the shedding of the needles it was decided to go to an artificial tree. However, the electric candles remain, to remind us of the German tradition. Every year on the day before the first Sunday of Advent an official lighting ceremony is held, along with singing of carols, coffee, and, what else, German Christmas cookies. Now there is also a second Christmas tree in the Atrium with ornaments representing all the clubs in SCC. Walter and Esther met in Toronto, Canada where both had gone to start a new life. They became a pair and worked together promoting their heritage. Walter organized the German Club in Elliot Lake, Ontario and became its first president. In 1961, they came to the U.S. and upon an immigration officer’s suggestion they

went to Milwaukee. There they joined the German American National Congress (DANK) and Walter became president, a position he held for 20 years. There were 30 German clubs in Milwaukee, and in 1980 Mayor Henry Maier challenged the local German-American community to organize a German festival. Walter accepted that challenge and chaired a committee of five members. He visited every German club to convince them to participate and in 1981 the “Largest German celebration in North America” was held on 80 acres on the banks of Lake Michigan. Today, 37 years later, it is going strong and is still #1 in the U.S. St. Mary’s Hospital, Milwaukee, was a choice destination for Germans who came to America for Heart surgery. Since many of them did not speak English, the hospital needed translators. Esther and Walter accepted that responsibility. German patients were so impressed with the work the Geissler did on behalf of

their heritage that when they returned to Germany they put in a request to the German Government nominating Esther and Walter for the Bundes

Verdienst (Cross of Merit). In 1983 the Bundespräsident Karl Carstens presented Esther and Walter with this special honor. When the Geissler’s decided to retire to Sun City Center their friends predicted that he would start another German Club. Absolutely not ... they were going to retire. Never say never! Upon moving to SCC, Walter joined the Men’s club and worked installing lifelines into our resident’s homes for 20 years. Both, Walter and Esther joined the Security Patrol and drove for 20 years. Walter was also president of his HOA for three years. Upon Walter’s initiative, nine people met at Geissler’s home in the fall of 1999 to organize the German American Club. Right from the beginning the club has been successful and has provided many special functions such as Oktoberfest, Fasching (Carnival), Dances and many other activities for the residents of SCC thus bringing FUN to our community.

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Pictured are Sew ‘n Sews club members, Mary Lou Bogdan, President, and Marcia Morris, Treasurer, making holiday cards, embellished with cute and beautiful fabrics. Many club members helped with this project on a recent afternoon. The cards will be for sale at various community events.

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Feline Folks Spay-ghetti and No-Balls Fundraiser Dinner

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Fun Christmas Activities

By Kai Rambow Do you have family and friends visiting and want to do something special? Or perhaps you just want to celebrate a little differently this year. For these activities you’ll be outdoors, be sure to take a sweater or light jacket. Here are a few fun suggestions. Holiday Lights in the Gardens Be transported into a magical forest of Christmas lights at the Florida Botanical Gardens. This beautiful display, located across the bay in Largo, is enchanting and fun. This can be a great excursion, enjoyable for children, even more so for adults. Suggested Planning: If you look this up online, it will indicate a 60-minute drive. That’s misleading. Count on 90 minutes due to some rush hour traffic you’ll encounter. Leave at 4 p.m. and you’ll arrive at the Gardens close to sunset. This will enable you to easily find a parking spot. There are restrooms at the visitor’s center and they open the lights display at 5:30. Entrance fee is $4; no charge for parking. The lights are all centered in a small area, so there is not much walking. We loved this so much we walked around twice, enjoying the lights again as it became darker. You’ll be hungry and there’s a really good restaurant nearby. Savory has numerous choices, generous portions and reasonable prices. Tip: The amount of traffic makes it challenging to turn left coming out of the Gardens. Recommend turning right and immediately moving to the left lane. Take first left turn to make a U-turn. GPS will be a big help. This opens the day after Thanksgiving through to December 31, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. every day. Weekdays at 5:30 are best and the closer to Christmas, the busier it gets. Florida Botanical Gardens 12520 Ulmerton Road Largo, Florida 33774 www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/ florida/botanical Savory Restaurant Walsingham Commons 12881 Walsingham Road Largo, Florida 33774 www.savorylargo.com (727) 593-2030 Open most days till 9 p.m.; closed Mondays.

The Scavenger Hunt in Miniland USA can be a fun activity Participants are tasked with finding as many Santas as possible throughout this area. There are a few hidden Santas, so it is challenging. The two best extras are towards the end of the day. At 6 p.m. there is a Christmas tree lighting ceremony. The tree is made from over 300,000 Duplo (large Lego) bricks. It takes over six months to build – no watering needed though! The lighting show is impressive and worth the wait. Right after, head for the fireworks show at 7 p.m. The best viewing spot is on the lawn between the two grandstands. Bring your own blanket for comfort. The fireworks show is a great way to finish the day. Dining options: Consider packing a cooler with snacks/lunch. While not as expensive as other theme parks, food prices can add up quickly. If you’re staying right through to the fireworks as recommended, consider having dinner after at a restaurant nearby. There are numerous options within a 10-minute drive. One delicious splurge in the park is Granny’s Apple Fries, located near the entrance. Made from apples sliced like French fries, coated with cinnamon and fried, these are a tasty treat. Legoland 1 Legoland Way Winter Haven, FL 33884 www.legoland.com/florida (877) 350-5346

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens

If your visitors are planning to visit Busch Gardens, then go during Christmas Town days. The Christmas decorations and lights are festive, and there are a few extras worth catching at no additional charge. Christmas On Ice (30 mins) is a worthwhile show. It’s real ice, several inches thick, on the stage. The set decorations are beautiful, and with very little space the skaters manage a few jumps. Located near the entrance, would recommend this as one of the first or last activities.

Christmas Bricktacular at Legoland

Legoland is fantastically designed, especially for children ages 4 to 12. The life-size animals built from Lego bricks are amazing. The Christmas additions, on select days, make a visit here special. With some good planning, you can have a great day. Arrive early for the park opening. You’ll be ahead of the crowd and enjoy shorter lines for rides. Legoland is well laid out, so you work your way up beside the lake, then head back along the parallel path. There still is quite a bit of walking, so you may want to consider renting an electric scooter. Activities: One daytime show worth catching is at Pirate’ Cove. This interactive, entertaining water ski show runs for 30 minutes and keeps kids engaged. If you arrive early, you can easily make the first run for this show.

One of the beautiful light displays at Florida Botanical Gardens.

Christmas Celebration (20 mins) is a fun, interactive show. Kids were given the opportunity to meet and get their picture taken with Santa. Located in one of the large indoor food areas, you’ll be seated amongst people eating. You don’t need to buy any food, but you do need to get here early. Tips: Coordinating shows can be challenging. Take a moment to identify which shows you’d like to catch, their location and show times. Plan on arriving at least 30 minutes before,

probably 45 minutes on vacation days. Signage is not the best at Busch, so finding buildings is not easy. Give yourself plenty of time and ask employees to confirm you are headed towards your destination. If you want to reduce some walking, take the train from close to Penguin Point to Congo. Sit on the left side for the best views; count on about 40 minutes for the journey.

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WEEKLY RECURRING EVENTS MONDAYS

8:30 a.m. - WIDOWER’S GROUP at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. SCC. Meeting for WIDOWERS ONLY, women are into groups, men are NOT. We’re taught early on that when adversity hits: “suck it up--get on with it!”. However, history has consistently proven regardless of what we think, YOU can benefit greatly from the experience of others. We invite YOU to attend a meeting, coffee and donuts on us. You’ll sit and listen as others share their experiences in dealing with the different stages of the tragic loss of losing your spouse. For more information contact Jim Clarke 813-6255665 or jfclarke32@gmail.com. 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - KINGS POINT QUILTERS in Fiber Arts Rooms 1 and 2 Kings Point Clubhouse. Work on charity quilts for both veterans and hospitalized children. Work on items to

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The News of Sun City Center be sold the profits of which help defray the cost of the charity quilt supplies. Personal projects also done at this time. Guest speakers and workshops planned throughout the year. New members always welcome. Unwanted sewing related items gladly accepted. Contact Sandy Nunn, President (813)642-8961. 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. TRIMNASTICS CLUB meet Monday, Tuesday, Thursday at the Dance Studio, SCC Atrium Bldg. All SCC and KP members are welcome to join. Low impact exercise (stretching / bending). 10:00 a.m. - MONDAY “FOR TODAY” MEETING OF OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS at the Sun City Chamber of Commerce, 1651 Sun City Center Plaza, Sun City Center, FL. The meeting room (private entrance to meeting is on the left side of the building). The only requirement for attending is a desire to change your eating behaviors and stop compulsively eating. No scales, dues or fees. This meeting is open only to those who have a problem with their weight or eating patterns. Please join us any Monday morning. You can learn more about OA online at http://www. oa.org/newcomers/is-oa-for-you or call Jan at 813/633-3932. 3:30 p.m. - Qi Gong CLUB MEETS in Dance Studio 2 located at 1203 N Pebble Beach Blvd, next to Samaritans. There is no charge for the Qi Gong class just wear loose, comfortable clothing. This is a handicap friendly class open to all levels of practice.

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. UKULELE JAM SESSION in the South Social Room in Kings Point. New players and singers are welcome. For information please call or email Paul “pottstownpaul@msn.com” phone 765-277-0606. 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. LIFE CHALLENGES SUPPORT GROUP at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Live your life fully with zest and joy! Rid yourself of depression, anxiety, frustrations with family, children, friends, life changes, health problems, finances and more. Relief comes by sharing and receiving support and making a positive plan of action. All are welcome in complete confidence and free of charge. Cheryl Lewis facilitates this group and is an effective psychotherapist. We meet every Tuesday in the first floor lounge of Sun Towers. No appointment is necessary. Sponsored by the Coalition for Mental Health and Aging. 2:30 p.m. - “PARTY IN A CHAIR” at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. bring the joy of movement, imagination and playfulness back into your life! Christie Dyer, Certified Ageless Grace Educator facilitates. This party will exercise your brain and you will receive the benefit of joint flexibility, memory recall, creativity, imagination, laughter, breathing, balance and more! Every session is different and done seated. All are welcome to join in! For more info call Debbie Caneen at 813-892-2990.

9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. TRIMNASTICS CLUB meet Monday, Tuesday, Thursday at the Dance Studio, SCC Atrium Bldg. All SCC and KP members are welcome to join. Low impact exercise (stretching / bending). 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. LINE DANCING WITH A BALANCE at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Do you like to dance but are worried about falling? Join our new FREE line dancing class lead by trained therapists. This weekly class will improve your balance and reduce your risk of falling. We can boot, scoot and boogie safely together and make exercise fun! For more information, call Debbie Caneen at 813-892-2990. 10:00 a.m. HEALTHY LIFESTYLES MeetUp - Kings Point Sun City Center at South Clubhouse. Our Optional Walking Meetups: Your choice: walk 2 or 4 miles. Some walk faster; some walk slower. Everyone is welcome; Joanie, Suzanne and Caroline will walk with you. 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. MARY PETRO PROGRAM FOR FOOD AND MEDICINE at the South Shore United Church of Christ, 1501 La Jolla Ave. The Mary Petro Program is funded by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and provides financial assistance to residents for food and medicine. To qualify, residents must be full time residents of Sun City Center or Kings Point, must fill out an application and meet income guidelines, must present income verification documents and either a SCC or KP identification card. For more information, please visit our office or call 813-634-8306.

10:00 - 11:00 a.m. THERAPEUTIC TAI CHI OPEN TO THE PUBLIC at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Our therapists have advanced training in therapeutic Tai Chi for Seniors and will provide guidance in this healthy exercise. Tai Chi has been proven to increase strength and balance. This class will be offered EVERY Wednesday due to increased demand. For more information, contact Debbie Caneen at 813-634-3347. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon MAN to MAN LIFE SUPPORT GROUP meets weekly in the conference room behind the SCC MEN’S CLUB building on Cherry Hills Drive. The purpose of our group is for men to learn new coping skills, find hope in their circumstances, help answer questions about life, and support other men while they are fixing the broken things that concern them and their families. All men of SCC and nearby communities are welcome to come and try our group in complete confidence and free of charge. For more information about the Group, contact Ken Barringer at 633-8490 or Bill Spedding at 938-3126. Sponsored by the Coalition for Mental Health and Aging. 11:30 a.m. - SUN CITY CENTER SHRINE CLUB monthly luncheon on the second Wednesday of each month at Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Cost is $14.00 per person and is catered by Banquet Masters. Reservations are required and the first lunch is on us. However, it’s usual and customary that first time visitors come with a member and a member will be available if contact is made thru our website, or with a current member directly. We will have either entertainment

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or other enlightening program that will be of interest to the group. If someone really doesn’t know anyone they can call our club person that handles the reservations, Noble Barry Meyers, call 813-260-3136 before the Friday before the event date. For more info visit “www.sccshrineclub.com”. 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. - FRONT PORCH PICKERS - LIVE MUSIC Rollins Theatre, 970 Cherry Hills Drive. Country, bluegrass, traditional and gospel music on acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, ukulele, dobro and bass fiddle. Free program. Call (813) 633-6739.

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9:00 a.m. - “FOR TODAY” MEETING OF OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS at the Sun City Chamber of Commerce, 1651 Sun City Center Plaza, Sun City Center, FL. The meeting room (private entrance to meeting is on the left side of the building). The only requirement for attending is a desire to stop compulsively eating. Contact Peg S. at 516/578-5285 for meeting details. You can learn more about OA online at “www.oa.org/newcomers/is-oa-for-you”. 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - KINGS POINT QUILTERS in Fiber Arts Rooms 1 and 2 Kings Point Clubhouse. Work on charity quilts for both veterans and hospitalized children. Work on items to be sold the profits of which help defray the cost of the charity quilt supplies. Personal projects also done at this time. Guest speakers and workshops planned throughout the year. New members always welcome. Unwanted sewing related items gladly accepted. Contact Sandy Nunn, President (813) 642-8961. 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. TRIMNASTICS CLUB meet Monday, Tuesday, Thursday at the Dance Studio, SCC Atrium Bldg. All SCC and KP members are welcome to join. Low impact exercise. 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. MARY PETRO PROGRAM FOR FOOD AND MEDICINE at the South Shore United Church of Christ, 1501 La Jolla Ave. The Mary Petro Program is funded by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and provides financial assistance to residents for food and medicine. To qualify, residents must be full time residents of Sun City Center or Kings Point, must fill out an application and meet income guidelines, must present income verification documents and either a SCC or KP identification card. For more information, please visit our office or call 813-634-8306.

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7:30 - 11:30 a.m. ARE YOU IN NEED OF FOOD? If yes, please feel welcome to come to Our Lady’s Pantry for a box of groceries. We serve people in Sun City Center, Wimauma, and Balm. Everyone is treated with dignity and respect without regard to race or religion. You can find us at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Mission, which is immediately south of Sun City Center Blvd., on U.S. Highway 301, in Wimauma. We are in back of the classroom building on the far right-hand side of the campus.

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Christmas from 15. Christmas Town runs most weekends and during the two-week Christmas break. Check online for specific dates and times. Busch Gardens has some of the best animal viewing setups. Check for talk and feeding times. Note: Don’t assume both are at the same time. We caught the tigers at feeding time and took advantage of an extremely close up view of three feet. These moments are sure to thrill all. Dining options: Food is incredibly expensive here; $5 for a pretzel. Consider packing snacks and/or picnic lunch. If you’re taking a break from the park, there are plenty of restaurant options nearby. You’ll need to have your hands stamped and your tickets for reentry. Busch Gardens 10165 N McKinley Dr. Tampa, Florida 33612 www.buschgardens.com/tampa/ (888) 800-5447

Some of the animal viewing arrangements at Busch Gardens are fantastic. Even though you know there’s no danger, getting this close to a tiger will still raise your heartbeat.

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THU. DEC 7 - “LET’S PUNCH OUT PARKINSON’S” ROCK STEADY BOXING 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center, FL. Introducing “Rock Steady Boxing” where the mission is to empower people with Parkinson’s disease to fight back. “Of all the pills I’ve taken, Rock Steady Boxing is the finest and most effective.” states Pete Stewart, RSB participant. If you have Parkinson’s, or are caring for someone with this disease, be sure to register for this weekly session by contacting Eric Allen at 813-321-8755 or Eric@eafitness.org Complimentary valet parking available at entrance. For additional info, call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990 THU. DEC 7 - DEM CLUB NOVEMBER MEETING 1:00 p.m. for Meet ‘n Mingle with refreshments. General Meeting at 1:30 p.m. at the (golf cart friendly) Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce, 1651 Sun City Center Plaza, Sun City Center on the first Thursday of the month. Join us on December 7 “Meet the Candidates”. Bring your questions for the current Democratic Candidates for Hillsborough Co Commissioners, District 7/ County Wide. All Democrats and like-minded individuals are invited and encouraged to attend this free event. Learn how to get involved. Please visit and Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SSDEMCLUB or website: www.SouthShoreDemocrats.org for more information. MON. DEC 11 - “MALE CALL FOR PROSTATE HEALTH” 2:00 p.m. at Room 3 of Sun City Center Community Hall, 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd, Sun City Center 33573. We invite Past, Present and the newly diagnosed Prostate Cancer Patients to come and share their experiences with each other. Some of the best information is gained by discussing these issues with others that have had or are having treatments. As Prostate Cancer is frequently a couple’s disease, it is suggested that spouses and /or partners attend as well as physicians. Refreshments will be served. For Questions contact Bob Sullivan (813) 215-7050. MON. DEC 11 - SCIENCE , ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY CLUB MEETING 7:30 p.m. in the Caper Room, Atrium Building, 954 North Course Lane. There is no cost for guests; any resident of CA or Kings Point interested in science and technology is invited. TUE. DEC 12 - 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! Rid yourself of depression, anxiety, frustrations with family, children, friends, life changes, health problems, finances and more. Relief comes by sharing and receiving support and making a positive plan of action. All are welcome in complete confidence and free of charge. Cheryl Lewis facilitates this group and is an effective psychotherapist. We meet every Tuesday in the first-floor lounge of Sun Towers. No appointment is necessary. Sponsored by the Coalition for Mental Health and Aging. WED. DEC 13 - DIABETES EDUCATION SUPPORT GROUP 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Have you been given the diagnosis of Diabetes? Are you unsure of your dietary future? Discover options that will assist you! Join Lynne Howes, RN from Bayada Home Health Care as she facilitates this support group. For additional info, call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990. FRI. DEC 15 - VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT, A PROGRAM OF THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. by registration only at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive SCC. The Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross in partnership with the Veterans History Project, a program of the Library of Congress, is seeking Veterans to participate in this project. The program captures through a video interview, firsthand account of Veterans who served in any branch of the US military in any capacity, from World War I through the present, and are no longer serving are eligible to participate. Civilians who served in support of a US war effort in a professional capacity are also welcome to participate. If you are a Veteran or know Veterans that would like to share their stories, please call Sun Towers to schedule your interview time at 813-634-3347. This recording of history will take place on the 3rd Friday of each month.

MON. DEC 18 - PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP OF SUN CITY CENTER 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. This month, we will host a peer forum. Please bring your suggestions and strategies to share with everyone about how you manage a typical day. If you have had success with any treatment you have tried, please come to share! If you have Parkinson’s, or are caring for someone with this disease, be sure to attend this support group! Complimentary valet parking available at entrance. For additional info, call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990. TUE. DEC 19 - 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! Rid yourself of depression, anxiety, frustrations with family, children, friends, life changes, health problems, finances and more. Relief comes by sharing and receiving support and making a positive plan of action. We meet every Tuesday in the first-floor lounge of Sun Towers. No appointment is necessary. Sponsored by the Coalition for Mental Health and Aging. TUE. DEC 19 - HEARING LOSS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA SUN CITY CENTER CHAPTER 10:00 a.m. St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 Del Webb Blvd, Sun City Center. Hearing Assistive Listening Technology (HAT) When Hearing Aids Are Not Enough. Learn why Johns Hopkins considers HATs so essential for most hearing aid wearers. How T-coils, Loops and Hearing Systems can make a difference for you at so many community event. How other Hearing Assistive Technologies can improve your hearing and understanding of speech. Speaker: David Croxton. T U E . D E C 1 9 - S O U T H B AY GENEALOGY SOCIETY MEETING 12:00 noon at United Methodist Church in the Life Enrichment Center (LEC), 1210 W Del Webb Blvd, Sun City Center. The guest speaker will be Debra Fleming, presenting “Free Genealogy”. The cost is $18.75 per person for lunch, which includes tax and tip. For Reservations and information, call Dotty Love at 813-634-2749. Mail check by Dec. 7 to SBGS P.O. Box 5202 Sun City Center, Fl. 33571. WED. DEC 20 - 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! Learn what assistance there may be for you if you have low vision in order to maintain your independence. Free valet parking for cars and golf carts at Terrace Entrance by Blue Awning. If you have low vision, then this meeting is for you! For more info call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990. THU. DEC 21 - FREE MEMORY SCREENINGS AND HEARING SCREENINGS Beginning at 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, Suite #254. Hearing loss is associated with poor cognitive performance and incident dementia and may contribute to cognitive decline. Make your appointment today to have your memory screened along with your hearing. By appointment only. To schedule, call the Coalition at 813-419-4902 Interested in learning more about Clinical Trials? Call the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute Mobile Clinical Trial Unit (813) 455-2512. THU. DEC 28 - “LET’S PUNCH OUT PARKINSON’S” ROCK STEADY BOXING 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center, FL. Introducing “Rock Steady Boxing” where the mission is to empower people with Parkinson’s disease to fight back. Eric Allen, M.A. and certified Rock Steady Boxing Coach is our weekly instructor. Eric is a personal trainer and geriatric exercise expert certified by the IFPA, with over 17 years of experience. His company, EA FITNESS, LLC promotes the company’s motto “Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from what you can do.” If you have Parkinson’s, or are caring for someone with this disease, be sure to register for this weekly session by contacting Eric Allen at 813-321-8755 or Eric@eafitness.org Complimentary valet parking available at entrance. For additional info, call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990.

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ARTS & entertainment CONCERT BAND• DANCE • SHOWS • JAZZ• FLEXERCISE & MORE!

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

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DANCING Singles Social Dance Club

On Sunday, December 3, Singles Social Dance Club will meet at Community Hall from 6:30-9:30 p.m. For your dancing and listening pleasure, Thor Stevens and his saxophone will be the entertainer. Members $3, Guests $6. BYOB. Ice, water, cups and napkins are provided. Membership forms for the 2018 dances will be available. The cost is $15 and you must show your CA or KP badge. Returning members do not need their badge unless some information has changed. Donations to be shared towards a snack and dessert table will be greatly appreciated. For suggestions and information, please call Janet at 813-633-3558.

Academy of Ballroom Dance Open House

On Sunday November 5, The Academy of Ballroom Dance Club hosted its annual open house in the Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd, Sun City Center from 2 to 4 p.m. Approximately 75 people attended and a good time was had by all. Bernice DuBro and George Hawn introduced themselves and talked about the dance classes that are provided in Sun City Center. They mentioned that there are numerous opportunities to participate in ballroom dancing. Each month the Academy of Ballroom Dance Club, the Sun City Center Dance Club, the Moonglow Dance Club, and the

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Kings Point Dance Club sponsor a ballroom dance. The activities kicked off with a fox trot and swing demonstration given by many of the current students. Next Bernice and George led everyone in a swing dance lesson, and a waltz dance lesson followed by a Waltz mixer (which included partner changes). George and Bernice gave a demo of an advanced waltz and bolero to show everyone what taking lessons can lead to. A variety of music was played so that folks could enjoy some general dancing. If you’d like more information about the Academy of Ballroom Dance Club, please call George Hawn at 330-7700442. For more information about ballroom dance lessons, please call Bernice DuBro at 813-634-3205.

Art Demonstration at Rollins Theatre

Dec. 18, 2017 at 1 p.m. Peek into the window of the creative process of combining texture and watercolor to achieve compelling and cohesive finished pieces. Join Joanna Coke, following the monthly Art Club in Sun City Center meeting, as she demonstrates how to use various materials along with watercolor to add another dimension to the artwork. To learn more about Joanna Coke, visit her website at www.joannacoke.com. Visit www. artclubofscc.org for more information.

The Oldies but Goodies Dance Club will be enjoying the music of RB and the Gang on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. The cost is free for members and $6 per person for guests. No advance ticket is needed, pay at the door. The doors will open at 6:15 p.m. for members and 6:30 p.m. for guests. The band originally from Memphis and now locally based are making a very welcome return to the Oldies but Goodies dance following the postponement of the September Dance because of Hurricane Irma. The band will be playing 7-10 p.m. BYOB and snacks, the club will provide water, ice, cups and napkins. As always residents of Kings Point and Renaissance as well as Sun City Center are always welcome. The Oldies but Goodies Dance Club will be enjoying the music of Flashback on Sunday, December 17, 2017 at Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach

Blvd. The cost is free for members and $6 per person for guests. No advance ticket needed pay at the door. The doors will open at 6:15 p.m. for members and 6:30 p.m. for guests. Flashback, a sixpiece dance band will be playing jazz standards and favorite dance music from the 50’s through the 70’s. They will be playing 7-10 p.m. BYOB and snacks, the club will provide water, ice, cups and napkins. As always residents of Kings Point and Renaissance as well as Sun City Center are always welcome. The Oldies but Goodies Dance Club will be hosting the party to welcome in the New Year with the music of Papa Jack Express on Sunday, December 31, 2017 at Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. The function is sold out and the doors will open at 7:30 p.m. Dressy attire is required! Papa Jack Express will be playing 8-12:30 a.m. BYOB and snacks, the club will provide table novelties, water, ice, cups and napkins. No streamers or confetti allowed. Any questions contact Club President Joanne at 813-728-1147 or email jjlatenite@aol.com You may also check out our website: sccoldiesbutgoodiesdanceclub.com or join us on Facebook facebook.com/ OldiesButGoodiesDanceClubRB and the Gang

Entertainment Corner

By Lynn Manzi, Entertainment Director The 2017 Entertainment Series began last month. The Sunday Performance and the Friday Dance were fun and thoroughly enjoyed by all. Coming up in December we will be presenting the following shows: December 7th – South Shore Community Band December 10th – Ethan Bortnick Tickets for all of the above are available at the Kiosk, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 – Noon. REMINDER – K.E.G.G. will be performing a rescheduled show on January 12. Previously purchased tickets will be honored. Tickets are available at the Kiosk. Have a safe and happy Holiday Season. We look forward to presenting more great entertainment in the New Year!

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Artist of the Month

The Art Club in Sun City Center has chosen Tom Hopfensperger as Artist of the Month for December 2017. Creativity is etched in the fabric of Tom’s soul. His watercolor paintings and pen and ink drawings are inspired by an allure for nature’s freedom. Birds, butterflies and flowers emerge in his detailed paintings which focus on singular themed subjects. Freedom dominates his artistic expression. After retiring from a position as a Production Manager in a tape manufacturing plant Tom moved to Sun City Center and joined the Art Club in Sun City Center and the Kings Point Art League. Inquisitiveness prompts a deep-seated desire for learning. Watercolor classes taken with Harv Berman, Diane Simon and at Keaton’s have sharpened his approach to painting. Creativity colors his world and expresses itself through art. As a volunteer with the Art Club, Tom offers his framing skills to artists with requests for matting, serves on a Charity Fundraising Committee and will teach a class in dye painting silk scarves. Yearly he enters the Annual Art Show which show this year he will co-chair with Carol Husinka. His most coveted award was winning the “People’s’ Choice Award. You can view Tom Hopfensperger’s artwork at the SCC Library, the SCC Welcome Center, LaBeautique Style Salon, SCC Samaritan Services, Fiore’s Sunshine Café, Cadence Bank and the Art Club Window. Visit www.artclubofscc.org for more information.

Women’s Chorus Begins New Season

The Women’s Chorus of Sun City Center begins a new season with registration and the first rehearsal for former and prospective members on Thursday, January 4 at 8:30 a.m., St. Andrew Presbyterian Church on Del Webb West. Dues are $20 for each fall and spring season. The chorus will meet each Thursday morning from 9-11 a.m. for twelve rehearsals in preparation for a March 25, 2018 concert. Established in 1963, The Women’s Jeff Jordan, director and Keith Chorus sings a wide variety of music: Rasmussen, accompanist in rehearsal sacred, spiritual, patriotic, Broadway, with chorus members in preparation for popular, jazz, songs of different faiths and the December 3, 2017 concert. songs that involve choreography. Under the exceptional leadership of Director Jeff Jordan, they have been singing to standing room concert audiences for the past several years. They also perform for clubs and organizations when requested. If you love to sing, have had previous choral experience, bring with you an ability to read music and enjoy the challenge of learning and improving vocal skills for performance, this is the chorus for you. For more information, call Janet Warren at 813 634 6692.

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Organ and Keyboard Club

The Organ and Keyboard Club meets every Thursday for a group lesson in the Armstrong Room at 9:30. No instrument is needed, beginners through advanced players come together to learn two new songs per week. Music is yours to keep with your personal notes on them to take home and practice. Cost is $3, no registration is needed, Kings Point residents are welcome. For further information call Barb Carlini at 813 633 2022.

Free Jazz Concert

By Mike Dyer The sounds of “Amazing Grace,” “Autumn Leaves” and other great classics will be heard Dec. 15 at a free jazz concert in Kings Point. Local musician Dave Brown and his Pinpoint Trio will entertain in a 2 p.m. presentation for the Kings Point Jazz Lovers Group. The music will be held in the East Social Hall at the North Clubhouse. Admission is free to all Sun City Center residents. Joining Brown, a Queens N.Y. native, will be Apollo Beach’s Gary Tatlock and Dade City’s Jerry Chesbro. Brown plays the bass with Tatlock joining in on the piano and Chesbro playing the drum. The Kings Point Jazz Lovers Group meets the third Friday each month in the Ripple Room at the North Clubhouse. For further information, contact Mike Dyer at 813-260-3375.

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December 2017

LAWN BOWLING • TENNIS • GOLF • SOFTBALL• PICKLEBALL & MORE!

SCC Pickleball Club Chili Cook-Off

SCC Basketball Club Offers Free Hoops To All Residents

1st Place Chili Cook-Off - Betty Mitchell (right), 2nd Place - Dennis Beaver.

The SCC Pickleball Club held their Annual Chili Cook-Off event Sunday Oct 29 in the picnic area of the SCC sports complex. Of the 60 members who attended, eleven brought their favorite chili recipes. Many brought side dishes including chips, dips, cornbread, salads, cakes, cookies, and pies to complement the chili dishes. Everyone was asked to taste each recipe and vote for the one they liked best. Also, because of the Halloween holiday, several of the members wore costumes which were 1st place costume, Nan McNamara “walking dead”. judged by the crowd. And the winner is: Chili recipe: 1st place Betty Mitchell, 2nd place Dennis Beaver. Halloween costume: 1st place Nan McNamara “walking dead”. The three winners won gift cards to local businesses. This SCC Pickleball Club event was put together by Renee Bray, Vince Meyer, Helen Tavares, Dennis & Linda Beaver, Linda Grabowski and Mary Taylor. Thank you. Learn more about the club at our website www.sccflpickleball.com.

The SCC Basketball Club offers all residents of Sun City Center, Kings Point, and Freedom Plaza the opportunity to shoot basketball hoops at its court that has a bin full of basketballs. It is located at the South campus behind the Community Center on the shared Pickleball Club court 5 and Volleyball Club court. This unlocked bin has many basketballs and a new hoop donated by the Community Association. The bin is behind the bench. The ideal time to use the court is on Tuesday mornings and Friday nights. Recently lights have been installed near the court, which should be helpful for the many residents who work during the day. Lights can be turned on at the pickleball court and should be turned off when leaving. Besides Tuesday mornings and Friday nights the court is available when not being used by the Pickleball Club. The Volleyball Club used the court on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9 to 11 a.m. Our grandkids and guests Ed Veronick, Club Secretary, and Bob are coming for the holidays, so come on Monahan, Club President, at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Clubs new court out and shoot some hoops but remember in Sun City Center. if children or adult guests are using the court they must be accompanied by a resident and follow Community Association rules. During this season, the SCC Basketball Club plays indoors at the Ruskin Recreation Center on Southeast 6th street in Ruskin which is a county facility and is free to any Hillsborough County resident. Many of our club members just shoot hoops on Friday nights so just come on out and join us. It’s a great way to work off the extra holiday goodies. If you have any basketball questions call Bob Monahan at 401-527-1718.

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World Gold Medalists

Joe Cincotta and Jan Cline, representing The John Donnelly Table Tennis Club of Sun City Center, competed in the World Senior Games at St George, Utah October 9-12, 2017. Joe won the gold medal in the men’s age singles and Jan won the gold medal in the women’s age singles. Congratulations to both World Senior Games Champions!

Road to Daytona

The USTA Combo 50 and Over Team from Sun City Center enjoyed a weekend for some competitive tennis in Daytona Florida for the 2017 Sectional Championship on November 10-12. Pictured l to r: Susan Mason, Helene Petersen, Sheryl Doom, Debbie Zieg, Dang Williamson, Jennifer’s Pryde and Rolande Poulin. Not pictured: Lee Greenlee.

Joe Cincotta and Jan Cline

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By Mark Erickson, SCC Archery Club President SCC Archery Club members Marsha Stewart (on left) and Kristin Schram (on right) are receiving archery instructions from club instructors Jerry Anderson (on left) and Rick Ervine (on right). If you would like to try archery (at no cost), contact club instructor Jerry Anderson at 330-206-7048. You need to be an CA Member to receive lessons. The Archery Club holds a monthly membership meeting on the fourth Friday of every month in the Caper Room at 2 p.m. All current CA Members are invited to attend.

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Bev Phillips, left, presents the Tournament Plaque to the winners, William Whitelaw and Sue Abbott.

Sun City Center Lawn Bowling News

By Garry Higgins The Sun City Center Lawn Bowling Club hosted twenty-eight teams in the mixed pairs invitational tournament recently renamed after our own, Jack Phillips. Jack was actively involved as the tournament director here and was inducted in the Bowls USA Hall of Fame. His wife Bev, presented the plaque and told the bowlers how proud Jack would have been to have such a popular event named after him. Taking first place was William Whitelaw Fall League Winners, Ben Caudill, Peder from Victoria, British Columbia. His Jansson and Phil Griffin. teammate was Sue Abbott bowling out of the Sarasota club. Second place went to Rob Barsevich, Orillia, Ontario, bowling out of the Maple Leaf Club in Port Charlotte with Barb Mignogna from SCC. “Last game high” went to Rick Czacher and Sandy Gill both from our club. The 2017 edition of the “Fall League” wrapped up recently. Congratulations to the winning team of Ben Caudill (Skip), Phil Griffin (Vice), Peder Jansson (Lead) along with Jim Ferguson (Sub). In second place in the mix was Eric Porr, Robert Traytwein and Steve Esenbock. In third place was Bob Fladung, Gina Tucker and Joel Deitch. Mike Perkins’ team (Mike, Ava Casper and Shep Shepard) took fourth place. Besides invitational, competitive and league bowling, the SCCLB has regularly scheduled ``drop-in`` as well various social events. And croquet! For more information, visit suncitycenterlbc.com.

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FAITH & service Presentation on Mary Martha House

Women of the ELCA, the women’s organization of Redeemer Lutheran Church, will meet on Wednesday, December 13th beginning with refreshments at 9:30. The program will be a presentation by Mary Martha House, a local shelter providing hope and healing for abused women. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, call the church office at 813-634-1292.

Samaritan Services Fundraiser Dance

Put your dancing shoes on, or just come and enjoy the good music and company! Back by popular demand Taylor n Taylor will be the entertainers for the Samaritan Services Fundraiser Dance. Friday January 26, 2018 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Community Hall, 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd. $10 per ticket. BYO snacks and drinks. Tickets on sale starting December 4 at Samaritan Services office, 1207 North Pebble Beach Blvd. Tables of 8, reserve yours now.

Star Samaritan

S-Selfless; T-Trustworthy; A-Accomplished; R- Reliable Meet John Haas, the recipient of the Star Samaritan award for the fourth quarter of 2017. John, who has been a Samaritan volunteer since 2001, is currently an “out of town” driver for Samaritans. The out of town designation means that John provides rides outside of the immediate Sun City Center area, which can include rides to Brandon, Tampa, and Bradenton. The out of town service requires a reservation with the Samaritan office 10 days in advance, and all rides are free. John moved to Sun City Center from Northfield, Minnesota, in 1999. He was in the insurance industry prior to retirement. John loves volunteering for Samaritans since it allows him to meet some very interesting people from around the country that have settled in Sun City Center, and to also allow him to serve the community. He encourages everyone who can do so to volunteer either at Samaritans or any of the other worthy organizations active in the community. To volunteer, go by the Samaritan office, 1201 N. Pebble Beach Blvd and pick up an application. Congratulations to John on his Star Samaritan award and his continued great work with them and with the Sun City Center community.

Interfaith Council Provides Grant for New Wheelchair Van

Benefit for Haven of Hope

The Haven of Hope Charity Benefit Dance took place on October 27 at Community Hall. The dance raised $5,400 for the local charity. Dancers danced to rock and roll from the 50’s through the 80’s. Music was performed by RB and the Gang. Haven of Hope is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to minister to women whose lives have been devastated by crime, drugs and alcohol. The mission is to help these women get on their feet during the critical time following their release from prison. To learn more about the Haven of Hope, visit HavenofHopeHC.org

Jewelry is Department of the Month at NNS

By Jay Sparkman Rose Brock, left, a 16-year volunteer in charge of the jewelry department at the Nearly New Shop, was presented a certificate by Kathy Woelfel, Chairperson of the Volunteer Governing Committee, stating that jewelry had been selected as department of the month. Staffed by volunteers the Nearly New Shop in the Sun City Center Plaza sells donations from the community which in turn allows the Sun City Center Interfaith Social Action Council to provide scholarships and grants in the South Shore area. For more information go to www.InterfaithCouncilofSunCityCenter.com or call 813-642-9099.

Luau Luncheon for Trinity Women

Trinity Women’s Fellowship (TWF) recently hosted a Luau Luncheon with Hula Dancers from Palmetto in the Fellowship Hall. The monthly luncheons, planned by the women’s ministry team, offer a variety of themes and programs for both members of Trinity Baptist Church and their guests. Lunch provided by the monthly hospitality team had island kabobs, salad, fruit, desserts and punch. The 60-plus members and guests were dressed in colorful Hawaiian attire. The hula dancers performed with many changes of outfits and various island instruments. The dancers had fun with audience participation with one of their songs. The December program will be a potluck Christmas meal with all the trimmings. Members and guests are invited to bring new and unwrapped gifts for the 0-12 year old children at our local Good Samaritan Christmas Mission store. Holiday songs Picture by Ellen Thomas and games are planned. For information Mary Jo Townsend Co-Chair TWF, Sunny about TWF, visit www.trinitybaptistscc. Kellner & Jan Chard Hula Dancers, Nancy com or call 813-634-4228. Williams, TWF Program Chair.

Interfaith Officers

The Emergency Squad is most appreciative of the Interfaith Council in their assistance with a $10,000 grant toward the purchase of a 2017 Ford Transit Van equipped as a wheelchair van that enables the squad to transport wheelchair bound residents of Sun City Center to their medical appointments at no cost to the resident. A resident only needs to telephone the squad to arrange an appointment for this service. Pictured here are Asst. Chief of the Squad, Jim Ryan; Dick Schneider, Director of the garage for the Squad; Jay Sparkman Board Member and Past President of the Council; Mike Trefren, Volunteer at the Newly New Shop; Jane Trefren, President of the Council; Marty Gifford, CFO of the Squad and Mike Bardell, Chief of the Squad.

By Jay Sparkman The 2017-2018 officers of the Sun City Center Interfaith Social Action Council are, from left, Linda Maslyk, Vice-President; Jane Trefren, President; Dee Kelly, Secretary; and John Granata, Treasurer. The Interfaith Council is made up of delegates from nine houses of worship within Sun City Center and is a nonprofit offering grants to organizations and college scholarships to graduating seniors at Lennard and East Bay high schools. The Council uses monies from the sale of donated goods at the Nearly New Shop in the Sun City Center Plaza to fund grants and scholarships. For more info go to www.InterfaithCouncilOfSunCityCenter. com or call 813-942-9099

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KP Amateur Radio Club on Hurricane Watch

By Michelle Jolly I was about to enter the clubhouse for my interview meeting but noticed someone nose deep in the electronics box of that tall antenna near the laundry room. “Hey, whatcha doing’ there?” I asked. Bill Miller kindly took the time to explain that he was working on installing a new transmission line between a repeater and its antenna. “Ok I’ll bite. What’s a Repeater?” I asked. Bill said it was a device that could boost a low power signal to a wider range by use of the higher power and a taller antenna. I learned that he could transmit a signal all the way up to Gibsonton and beyond from this tower. The taller the antenna the longer distance the signal can travel and a height of 60 feet clears most treetops and can send a signal as far as to Sarasota. We joined the other members in the ‘Club Ham Shack’ and as usual I started my interview by imagining I wanted to join the club and asked them to walk me through what’s involved. Dues are just $10 per year. And you do not need to own a ham radio to join. Radios range in price from $30-$300+ for a hand-held radio and you can easily find them on Amazon.com. As a real novice let’s say I start out with the $30 radio. Next step is getting a ham radio operator’s license from the FCC which sounds real intimidating, but the club makes it easy for you. They periodically hold classes to help study for the license exam and several of the members are certified by the FCC as Volunteer Examiners authorized to proctor the exams. Anyone interested should contact them for the class schedule. While the classes are free you would have to pay a small FCC licensing fee. Once you pass you are assigned your very own call letters – your signature identifier in the vast network of ham operators. There are three levels of license: Basic, General, and Advanced. The main objective of the club is to provide coverage to the southern part of Hillsborough County. Other ham radio operators cover the northern part of the county. They are in touch with the Sheriff ’s Tactical Unit, the Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) units and the county EOC (Emergency Operations Center) in Tampa. Club members monitor radio traffic of approaching storms, relay communications between Hillsborough County, the SCC Emergency Squad, and local hospitals and shelters. Members are keen on weather watching, and they support the NWS in Ruskin, FL plus mariners at sea by monitoring communications from boaters on the Maritime Mobile Service Net. They also support the KP/SCC CERT (Citizens Emergency Response Team). The club meets at 2 p.m. the second Monday of the month, and several mornings a week you can find them in the Club Ham Shack. They host annual picnics and a holiday Christmas party coordinated with the SCC Amateur radio club. For more info visit www.kparc.org or use your own radio to contact W4KPR.

Singles Mingles of Kings Point Dance

Saturday, December 9, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Kings Point Banquet Room, of the north clubhouse. The admission is $5. BYOB. Come listen to the music of Cyndi Burger. If you live outside Kings Point, please call Dottie Beyer at 813-8126972 to add your name to the gate list.

Kings Point Quilters Donate to Southeastern Guide Dog Association

The Kings Point Quilters were pleased to present a $1,000 donation to the Southeastern Guide Dog Association located in Palmetto. Representing the guide dog organization was Nick Olsen, a volunteer of 17 years and his dog Romeo, as official Ambassador Dog. Southeastern Guide Dog Association is a nonprofit organization whose services are provided at no cost to the recipient. No government funding is received. Presenting the donation to Nick and Romeo are KPQ Treasurer, Joyce Jurgens and KPQ President, Sandy Nunn.

Tour of Italy the Italian Club of Kings Point

Our dinner will be provided by Banquet Masters on 1/12/18 which will consist of the typical treats of the area: grilled chicken marsala, baked lasagna with meat (beef and sausage), eggplant parmesan, oven roasted green beans, garlic mashed potatoes, salad bar, rolls, butter, dessert, coffee, tea and soda. BYOB. Entertainment will be furnished by Spirit Entertainment our local DJS who are well known for their karaoke and dance music which they play at the South Club weekly. The doors will open 4:30 p.m. at the Veterans Theater Kings Point North Club. Dinner will be served at 5 p.m. Music and Dancing at 6.p.m. Ticket sales will be at the Veteran’s Theater Lobby Kings Point Main Clubhouse on 12/26/17 and 12/27/17. Cost of tickets $25 members, $28 guests. Sale will be 9 a.m. to noon each of these days. Cutoff date for ticket sales 1/5/18. SCC residents please remember your badge to gain entry at the visitor gate when coming to purchase tickets. If there are any questions call May Fleming 813-419-4790 or Kittie Rosa 813-938-3236. Looking forward to a great evening of friendship, food and music.

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Kings Point Dance Schedule for 2017 – 2018

Submitted by Judy Fenwick Kings Point Dance Club invites Kings Point and Sun City Center members and guests to monthly dances. Dances are from 7:30 – 9:30 P.M. in the Veterans Theater, located in the Kings Point North Clubhouse. Doors open at 7 p.m. for check-in. Guests are $5 per person and dancers from surrounding communities are invited to attend. December 14, 2017 – Dan Fugazzotto January 11, 2018 – Kevin Brooks February 15, 2018 – The Island Swing Band (Dinner Dance) March 7, 2018 – DJ Ken Miller March 20, 2018 – Bobby Remp April 5, 2018 – Dan Fugazzotto BYOB and snacks. Ice, water, cups and napkins will be provided. Proper dress is “business dressy smart”. Dress slacks and button down tucked in shirt for men and dress or dressy slacks for women. For guests and non-members contact Judy at 634-5364 for reservations and more information. See you on the dance floor.

Local Nature Trail Featured at Eagle Audubon Meeting

Did you know there is new nature trail in town? John Lampkin, the organizer of this new vision for Sun City Center residents, will be the speaker at the Thursday, December 14, 2017 Eagle Audubon Meeting. The free meeting is open to the public and held in the Kings Point Main Clubhouse, 1900 Clubhouse Dr., SCC. The social/refreshment time begins at 1:20 p.m., meeting begins at 2. Instead of the usual meeting room, the program “Happy Trails to You” will have you “hike” to the Waterside Room off the back right hallway. Although all EAS meetings are free, a $10 membership fee allows participation in field trips. The December 6 field trip is to Emerson Point Preserve for feet wetting net dipping and discovery. Speaker, John Lampkin, will be the featured guide on December 19 new nature trail walk focusing on things that call this trail their home. Eagle Audubon Society is a Charter Chapter of National Audubon. For more information on meetings, outings, events and community involvement search www.eagleaudubonflorida.org.

Learn About Caring For Community Cats at Feline Folks Meow Mixer

Join Feline Folks at their next Meow Mixer on Thursday, December 7, at 4:30 p.m. in the Kings Point 2020 building Culinary Room. Feline Folks is a group of caring volunteers who have taken on the charge of caring for the community cats of Kings Point, the Towers and other locations around Sun City Center. Daily, the group feeds the cats, assures they are spayed/neutered. To learn more about this, contact info@felinefolks.us, visit our web site www.felinefolks.us or even better, visit the group at their monthly Meow Mixer.

KPAL’s Artist of the Month is Sue Goldenetz

Sue is a “second generation” Kings Pointer. Her parents, Betty and Jerry Martin, lived in Kings Point for 32 years. When she and her husband retired, they decided to spend some time here and found they loved the lifestyle. They moved from Defiance, Ohio (close to Toledo) and have been permanent residents in Florida for the last 17 years. Sue was amazed at all the different art groups and lessons being taught here. She started out learning ceramics, then pottery, and finally watercolor painting. Sue feels privileged to have studied painting with Diane Simon and Tom Haverfield. Her favorite scenes to paint are farm scenes with barns, and lighthouses. She hopes you enjoy her display!

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MOWW Military Ball

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On November 11, 2017, the Sun City Center Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW), hosted their Annual Formal Military Ball. The Ball started with a Social Hour at 5 p.m., at the Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Free photographs were taken starting at 4:30 p.m. This has been a very popular event for the past six years and this year was no different. The Ball featured a Patriotic Program, hors-de-oeuvres before a served dinner, entertainment, and dancing. Music was provided by the St. Denis Variety Band. Awards were presented and there was a cake cutting ceremony by the SCC Leathernecks Club, marking the 242nd birthday of the Marine Corps. Presenting of the Colors was provided by Jan Bassett, DAR Regent; receiving award the Honor Guard from MacDill AFB. The from LTC Sam Thompson, USA (Ret) invocation was provided by CAPT Harry Benter, USN (Ret). The emcee for the event was LCDR John Glynn, USN (Ret). A bronze Patrick Henry plaque for patriotic achievement was presented to the Retired Officers’ Corporation (ROC) and was accepted by Corena Fristad, manager of ROC located at Freedom Plaza. A second bronze Patriotic Henry plaque was presented to the Colonel George C. Mercer Brooke Chapter of the Daughters Corena Fristad, ROC manager; receiving of the American Revolution (DAR). The award from LTC Charles Conover, USA Chapter assumed responsibility for the (Ret). State Road 674 Flag Project in Sun City Center.

Veterans Visit Judge

By Frank Kepley, CAPT USN (Ret.) Members of the Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW), the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and the Military Family Support Trust (MFST), at the invitation of Circuit Court Judge Michael Scionti, visited the Veterans’ Treatment Court in Tampa, FL on November 17, 2017. Also in attendance were several senior members of the Judge Advocate General Corps from MacDill AFB. This was a very special day for the court in that it was a celebration of Veterans’ Day, graduation ceremonies for several people being processed through the VTC, and a ceremony held for two new Mentors joining the Mentor group to work with the people coming before the court. In addition, the normal business of the court was conducted.

Vernon Elarth, Capt. USAF (Fmr); Bob Cochran, 1Lt. USA (Fmr); Jane Elarth, Capt. USAF (Fmr); Judge Michael Scionti, Lt. Col. USA (Res); Benny Blackshire, Lt. Col. USA (Ret); Nancy Alguire; Colin Howgill, Brigadier, RM (Ret); and Doris Glass, Airman 2nd Class, USAF (Fmr). Members of local veterans groups visit Judge Michael Scionti court

Marine Corps birthday cake cutting ceremony; 242 yrs old, by SCC Leathernecks Club.

MacDill AFB Color Guard

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Tony Espino Presents History of Panama Canal to MOWW

By Frank Kepley, CAPT USN (Ret.) Tony Espino, currently a board member of the Sun City Center International Forum, was the featured speaker at the November 11 Military Officers of the World Wars (MOWW) luncheon. The luncheon was held at the Sun City Center Freedom Plaza Club. Mr. Espino discussed the Panama Canal, its history, and strategic significance, along with the global cultural impact of the U.S. 1917 entry into WWI a century ago. The canal opening in 1914 also accelerated the spread of diversity around the world. The 2016 Canal expansion was also discussed in detail. The presentation was comprehensive, interesting and was very much enjoyed by the membership and guests. In addition, Jim Warchol, Lt. Col. USAF (Ret), was presented the MOWW Silver Patrick Henry Award for his leadership in recognizing and organizing the Hillsborough County ROTC/JROTC programs as well as his commitment to, and participation, in the annual Chapter Youth Leadership Conference. Jan Bassett, DAR Regent, was also recognized for her successful efforts in bringing the Vietnam Traveling Memorial War Exhibit to our area. Bob Hart, Charles Collins, Gordy Bassett and others were also recognized for their role in assisting with the display of the exhibit.

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Men’s Club Salutes Veterans and Learns About Honor Flights

By Jay Sparkman The SCC Men’s Club honored members who are Vietnam Veterans at the November meeting in the SCC Community Hall. The honored vets were presented special pins by DAR representative Jan Bassett who gave a brief summary of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, the recognition of veterans of the conflict, and the role of the DAR in the anniversary events. The guest speaker for the meeting was Mark Douglas Fosket. Mark is a retired Battalion Chief of Hillsborough County Fire Rescue and has been with Honor Flight since 2013. Honor Flight provides World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans with flights to Washington, DC to view the memorials to the various conflicts. Honor Flight is a nonprofit organization staffed by volunteers.

Debbie Caneen Speaks to MOAA

Debbie Caneen, Director of Admissions at the Sun Towers Retirement Community, was the featured speaker at the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) luncheon on November 1. in the Florida Room at the North Side Atrium Building. Debbie discussed mental health for Seniors, emphasizing the importance of all seniors undergoing a memory loss screening.

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