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OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE SUN CITY CENTER COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
Sun City Center
...an official publication of the Sun City Center Community Association FEBRUARY 6 Volunteer Picnic Florida Room – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 10 Board Workshop to discuss Agenda Board Room – 9 a.m. 11 Town Hall Meeting Long Range Planning Report Community Hall – 2 p.m. 12 Board Meeting Rollins Theater - 9 a.m. 18 Community Leaders Meeting Florida Room – 9 a.m. 24 CO-AP Leaders Meeting Caper Room – 2 p.m. MARCH 9 Board Workshop to discuss Agenda Board Room - CA Office - 9 a.m. 11 Board Meeting Rollins Theater - 9 a.m. 21 FunFest Central Campus – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 24 Community Leaders Meeting Florida Room – 9 a.m. 25 Membership Meeting (Vote on change to Capital Fund Fee) Community Hall – 4 p.m. 30 CO-AP Leaders Meeting Caper Room – 2 p.m. 31 Shredding Day North Course Lane – 9 a.m. to Noon
Agendas for the monthly Board Meetings will be posted on Official Bulletin Board in the Atrium the Monday before and on the CA website (www.suncitycenter.org – under “Residents” – Upcoming Meeting Agendas). They will also be sent via “What’s New in the CA” email. Every Wednesday: Orientation for new members in the Board Room in the CA office starting at 1 p.m. sharp.
CA Contact Information
Administration Office 1009 N. Pebble Beach Blvd, SCC Phone: 813.633.3500 Hours – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., M-F firstname.lastname@example.org Website: suncitycenter.org Information Center: 813.633.4670
Walt Cawein was recognized for all the time and energy he put into making the Veterans Memorial a reality. The Memorial is in front of Community Hall on South Pebble Beach Boulevard.
Free Training Returns to SCC Fitness Center
The popular “Have It Your Way” free fitness training programs resume at the SCC Fitness Center on February 4. Various programs are available led by Certified Personal Trainer, Dennis O’Brien. Each session is limited to four trainees and lasts about 90 minutes. Visit the Fitness Center located on North Course Lane next to the Atrium Building and ask the attendant for details. Classes are available to Sun City Center residents only.
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By Diane M. Loeffler Sun City Center thrives because of its volunteers. Each and every volunteer helps make our community. Because volunteers are so important to our lives here, all 2019 volunteers are invited to a lunch in the Florida room on Thursday, February 6 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The Board specifically recognized some of the most outstanding volunteers at the Membership Meeting on January 2 and the Board Meeting on January 8. Walt Cawein was recognized on January
2 for all of the work he did to make the Veterans Memorial a reality. On January 8, four other individuals were given certificates of appreciation. As will sometimes happen in a community, our health can interfere with our ability to finish a project. Stepping in at those critical junctures were Janet Ditmore, Barbara Gingrich, and Brigitt Lewis. The board also thanked Floyd Curvin and his wife Brenda for assisting with and later chairing both the Fourth of July Breakfast and the Holiday Breakfast.
Brigitt Lewis took over chairing the Election Committee. She is also a past chairman of FunFest.
Barbara Gingrich stepped in to assist the Election Committee. Gingrich has a history of volunteering for many events.
Floyd Curvin and his wife Brenda (not pictured) volunteered at the Fourth of July and Holiday Breakfasts. If you participated in the Golf Cart Parade, the Curvins were the ones who checked in the carts.
Janet Ditmore stepped up at the last minute to chair “Hi, Neighbor!” You may know her from the Information Center where she has volunteered for eight years.
Starting Out the Year with a Membership Meeting
By Diane M. Loeffler The January 2 Membership Meeting included detailed reports from the Community Association (CA) Treasurer, Community Manager, Long Range Planning Committee, and CA President. In addition to telling members the funds in each account, Treasurer David Birkett explained each fund including what types of expenditures they are used for and how they are generated. Did you realize that the capital improvements fund comes solely from the sales of homes? Community Manager Lyn Reitz reminded members to mark their calendars for FunFest on March 21 and Shredding Day on March 31. Remember to not use plastic bags for Shredding Day. She also says that the lunch for volunteers is Thursday, February 6 in the Florida room from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Reitz recognized the following employees who are reaching milestone employment anniversaries with the Community Association: Carol Donner (CA Office) 25 years, Becky Fox (CA Office) 10 years, Phillip Bennett (Maintenance Department) 5 years, Jack Conway (Maintenance Department) 15 years, Floyd Harris (Maintenance Department) 5 years, Terry Hoffman (Maintenance Department) 20 years, Cal Kimura (Maintenance Department) 5 years, Scott McFarland (Maintenance Department) 15 years, Sam Soria (Maintenance Department) 10 years, and Richie Vilasi (Fitness Center) 10 years. Director Doug Seipelt reported that the Long-Range Planning Committee has been meeting every Monday for the last six months. During that time, the committee developed a survey for all residents that could be filled out
Enough members attended that a quorum was reached.
online or in person. Ninety-five percent of those responding live here full time. T h e ite ms t h e b o ard t h ou g ht were important were also those the community ranked as important: a new building, a new pool, a new gathering room, lighting and signage. Seipelt says, “Eight or nine of the eleven are doable.” Among the write-in items were family restrooms and a walking trail. Seipelt says, “No debt or financing is recommended in this report. All of it will be within the capital fund fee structure. We hope to do everything by 2025 or 2026.” Seipelt says, “We received a thick report from inspectors on the building with the Rollins Theater (Old Town Hall) listing what was wrong including rot, mold, and asbestos.” Taking that building down, erecting a new structure, and providing another room like the Florida room are projected to be in the first phase with a pool in or around the area of Old Town Hall in the second phase. CA President Sam Sudman recognized several outstanding community volunteers. He added, “We accomplished
a lot the last twelve months. Larry Smith and Bob Sullivan got all of the club information up-to-date and went through mountains of paperwork to make sure nothing is jeopardizing our 501 (c)(3) status. We have a pedestrian crosswalk on North Pebble that was all funded by the county. The Lawn Bowling Club now has bumpers and edging that will last a long time and result in long-term savings. There is a new pool lift indoors. The tennis courts and the entrance to the parking lot from Cherry Hills have been resurfaced. The Atrium Roof was replaced.” County Fire and Rescue to activate all signals along the road in case of emergency. During the meeting, Ron Matelski, Eric Porr and Bob Sullivan took the oath of office as directors for the Community Association. Bob Sullivan is beginning his second term. Sullivan says, “I am really happy to be re-elected. I will be able to finish the things I started.” New Board Member Matelski says, “I love Sun City Center and I am honored
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In appreciation of your hard work, dedication and support given to the CA throughout the year, the Board of Directors cordially invites you to attend a picnic lunch in your honor on:
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2020 FLORIDA ROOM 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Café Celebrates February
By Kai Rambow Yes, we can celebrate February because we have such good weather! To make your month even more special, you might want to catch these events at our café: Dessert Trio Event on Thursday, February 13 from 2 to 5 p.m. Come as a couple, bring a friend or by yourself. In addition to desserts, coffee, tea, hot cocoa included. Hot Dog Special on Wednesday, February 19 and all-you-can eat hot dog bar, including chips and drink during regular lunch hours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
DUE BY FEBRUARY 28, 2020
Hardship financial relief for 2020 dues is available to Sun City Center members. The resident owner of the property applying for financial hardship assistance must have been a member of the community in good standing for a period of three years prior to applying for assistance. They must also complete a full financial disclosure. Applications for hardship must be submitted by February 28, 2020, to be considered for the current year. Please see Judy Hill at the CA office to pick up an application.
TOWN HALL MEETING LONG RANGE PLANNING REPORT COMMUNITY HALL FEBRUARY 11 AT 2 P.M.
The SCCCA membership has spoken. Thanks to all who participated in the Long-Range Planning Survey in November. The Committee presented the results of the recent survey to the SCCCA Board of Directors on Jan. 13. The Board is busy developing a facility plan to align to what the membership has indicated they feel is needed to keep SCC a vibrant and attractive community. The board is also working on a NO DEBT financial plan to support the renovations. You can hear all about this plan on Feb 11 at 2 PM at the SCCCA Community Hall at 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Attendance is limited to SCCCA members, and you should bring your membership card with you to attend.
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 Kings Point ID badge.
February 10 • The Art of Racing in The Rain • 1 Hours, 49 Minutes
A dog named Enzo wants to be reincarnated into a human. The dog reflects on his life and relationship with a Formula One race car driver who understands that the techniques needed on the race track can also be used to successfully navigate everyday life. Starring: Milo Ventimiglia, Amanda Seyfried, Gary Cole, Kathy Baker, Kevin Costner Genre: Drama Rating: PG for thematic elements.
February 24 • Judy • 1 Hour, 58 Minutes
In late 1968 and early 1969, Judy Garland is hustling in swinging London after she successfully secures a five-week engagement in Talk of the Town. She is able to find love once again ... in the arms of Mickey Deans. Starring: Renee Zellweger, Finn Wittrock, Rufus Sewell, Jessie Buckley, Michael Gambon Genre: Drama Rating: PG-13 for language, substance abuse, thematic elements.
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).
Meeting continued from page 1. to be able to serve it.” Porr says, “I hope to increase communication with the community through various methods. Email blasts, newspaper, bulletin board postings and an electronic bulletin board are among the ways I hope to make our members better informed.” If you were not at the meeting, but would like to see and hear exactly what transpired, you can access it through the website www.suncitycenter.org. Click on the word “Resident” on the far right at the top of the screen. Scroll down to “Meeting Videos.” You will then be able to select the year and date of the meeting you wish to view.
Planning for the Future
By Diane M. Loeffler The Community Association Board focused on looking back at the past and planning for the future. Board Secretary Ron Matelski acknowledged funds received from clubs and the accounts where these funds go. He then announced that the 2020 officers will be Sam Sudman—President, Jerry Gibson—Vice President, Dave Birkett—Treasurer and Ron Matelski—Secretary. Dave Birkett reported that we are on track with the budgeted goal of an average of 40 house sales a month. The $1,800 the Board receives for each sale pays for new building projects. Birkett itemized all the insurance policies that the Community Association has and their costs for 2020. These include workmen’s compensation, liability, special events and many more. Community Manager Lyn Reitz says the CA sent out bids to 32 insurers. The total amount will be $11,000 more than 2019 was. President Sam Sudman told us about the projects Hillsborough County worked on in 2019 and what they will be continuing to work on in 2020. Perhaps the most noticeable is the storm water conveyance system improvements including the culvert work. Sudman continues to proactively communicate with Hillsborough County, keeping them aware of the needs of our 60-year-old community. Doug Seipelt says the Long Range Planning Committee Report is complete. As soon as the Board approves it, the report will be out for review by members. There will be a presentation on the plans in Community Hall February 11 at 2 p.m. He says, “There will be no debt, no debt, no debt. We will be able to do 80 to 90 percent of everything if the Board approves.” The Information Center is open Monday through Saturday from September through May and Monday through Friday in the summer months. Information Center Director Janet Ditmore says that 1,273 residents and 1,500 visitors came into the center this year. Residents and visitors also phone and email the center with their questions and requests. In 2019, 627 people went on a total of 290 tours of the Community Association. Ditmore says, “We try to get them to take a tour. If they take a tour, they usually buy a home here.” She says even more people would go on tours if the center had a four-person golf cart since some potential buyers cannot walk for long periods of time. As of December 31, total residents were 11,450. As of January 8, 2020, 79 Kings Point passes were purchased. If you were not at the meeting, but would like to see and hear exactly what transpired, you can access it through the website www.suncitycenter.org. Click on the word “Resident” on the far right at the top of the screen. Scroll down to “Meeting Videos.” You will then be able to select the year and date of the meeting you wish to view.
AMOUNT APPLIED TO
Gone Stampin Club $500 Lapidary Club $1,000 $1,000 Monday Movies $399 Sun City Line Dancers Club $200 The Men’s Club $5,000
Hardship Fund Hardship Fund Sun City Center Library To offset license fees Hardship Fund Toward the purchase of a pool lift for the indoor walking pool
List prepared by Linda Bowker from CA staff data. Report corrections, additions to CA at 633-3500.
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The News of Sun City Center
By Sam Sudman, CA President One of the more frequent comments from members is the perception that the CA does not communicate enough with the membership. The operant word here is the subjective term “enough.” The CA uses various media to share information—The News of Sun City Center, email blast, CA Facebook and the CA website. As an adjunct, John Bowker includes notices in his e-News as does Sun Radio, WSCQ FM. Several years ago, the CA instituted the email blast to announce and remind members of upcoming events. However, we need your authorization and your
email address to make this available to you. Please stop by the office and sign a release, provide your email address and you will be added to the email list. Alternatively, you may send an email to “sccboard@suncitycenter. org” requesting that you be added to the email-blast list and provide your member number and preferred email address. Keep in mind, though, no matter what and how many means we use, you have to meet us halfway. As a heads-up, the CA Board of Directors will be asking you, the members to approve an amendment to Bylaw V. Section 9 at the March 25 membership meeting authorizing an increase in the Capital Fund Fee from $1,800 to $2,100. Proxies will be included in the March edition of the NEWS. Proxies will also be available on our web site or via email to Carol Donner, Executive Assistant, at “email@example.com”. after March 2.
By Diane M. Loeffler Welcome to our 2020 Board. Directors are (from left to right) Back row: Larry Smith, Doug Seipelt, Bob Sullivan, Eric Porr, and Joe Elam. Front row: Secretary Ron Matelski, Treasurer Dave Birkett, President Sam Sudman, and Vice President Jerry Gibson. Bob Sullivan is beginning his second three-year term. Eric Porr and Ron Matelski are new board members. Photo credit: John Bowker
The FunFest Committee has been working hard to create a day with all of the activities that you look forward to along with some new twists. Susan Muise (center back) is chairing the event. Members include staff, two board members, and representatives from several clubs.
Celebrate Spring with FunFest
By Diane M. Loeffler This year’s FunFest will be held on Friday, March 21 on Sun City Center’s North Campus on Cherry Hills Drive. The day will start with the Pledge of Allegiance at 9 a.m. and festivities will continue through 2 p.m. Your favorite entertainers will return along with some new ones. Clubs will participate with sales, raffles, an assortment of delicious foods, demonstrations and entertainment. You will receive a program to help you choose between all of the activities that are going on simultaneously all day. Oh, and did I mention food? Golf parking will be in the field behind the Atrium Drive parking lot and at Community Hall. There will be very little car parking allowed near North Campus. You will find parking at Community Hall. Taking the handicapped accessible buses from Community Hall will be easier and they will drop you off right on campus. Bring all your two-legged friends from near and far and leave your four-legged friends at home. Look for more details in the March issue of The News of Sun City Center and South County.
Thank You, Helen Lewis
By Diane M. Loeffler Helen Lewis is retiring after serving as a Community Association (CA) Director for six years. During that time, she was the community liaison with clubs for three years, the Funfest Liaison, and the Election Liaison. Her time on the Hardship Committee was the most memorable. The Hardship Committee gives fee waivers to those residents who cannot afford their membership dues. Lewis says, “It made my heart feel good to help those needing help.” Lewis says, “Thank heavens for volunteers. Our community depends on volunteers. There are three main reasons people volunteer. One is social. They get to know people and form friendships. Another reason is that they never were able to volunteer before retirement because of their obligations to jobs, home and family. The last is they are lifelong volunteers, people who believe in giving back.” Lewis is a lifelong volunteer. In the past she read to Head Start kids weekly, served on United Way Committees, was active in the Exchange Club. She was the first female Rotarian in Rantoul, Illinois and later its first female president. Lewis says, “What I liked best about being a director was meeting with members. I also enjoyed getting to know the people who work here, the maintenance staff and the administrative staff. I have never been in an office where everyone got along so well.” Lewis’s advice to new members is to carefully read and re-read all documents and to consult Carol Donner (CA Secretary) and Lyn Reitz (Community Manager) to learn the background of issues before making any decisions. She says, “As a director you have to develop
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a thick skin or you will get your feelings hurt a lot. Try to explain to people why you are doing something.” Lewis says, “It is a big thing being a director. You represent more than 11,000 people. Make your decisions based on all of them. As a director, you make decisions that will make some people happy and some not so happy.” “There are four kinds of people here. There are people who never vote or get involved. There are people who think that no matter what you do, it’s wrong. There are people who are satisfied with what you do. There are people who volunteer and are involved. As a board member, I worked for all of these people.” “Leaving the board is bittersweet. However, after twenty years of serving the people of my hometown and the people here, it is time to say goodbye to this type of volunteering. I have enjoyed the ride and met some really great people. It is truly a good memory. Now I will have more time to spend with my husband, five sons, and two stepsons.”
John Bowker Reflects as SCC Nears 60 By Bob Sanchez About 150 residents paid $5 each to hear featured speaker John Bowker tell the story of Sun City Center at Community Hall on January 9. His talks are usually free, but the purpose this time was to raise money for printing the 60th-anniversary edition of SCC’s history. Bowker wove a fascinating narrative as he introduced the audience to the young Del E. Webb, a talented minor league b a s e b a l l pl aye r w ho became one of the early businessmen in Las Vegas – he built casinos and The front cover even knew the notorious of the 60th Anniversary gangster Bugsy Siegel – edition. before building a series of retirement communities in California, Arizona, and Florida. On May 10, 1961, Webb broke ground on “Del Webb’s Sun City” out of Florida grazing land, and it opened two days ahead of its January 1, 1962 schedule. Bowker displayed and commented on old photos that captured a real sense of our community’s history: the very first permanent residence at 715 Desert Hills Way, the old airstrip, the King’s Inn and its sad destruction by fire in 1972, and many more. With his encyclopedic knowledge and expert delivery, Bowker’s devotion to Sun City Center clearly showed. The Friends of the History Society organized the event. Friends president Susan Muise, Friends planning chair Linda Kolling and Dr. Bob Lochte gave introductory remarks. Dr. Lochte is editor of the upcoming edition. In an email he wrote, “The older we get, the more interested we are in the past.
Dr. Bob Lochte introduces John Bowker.
We have a wonderful archive now at the History Center, the work of many dedicated volunteers over the past 50 years. A book can only tell part of the story, but if it stimulates your curiosity, you can jump right into the files and help us revise this for the 75th anniversary edition.” Not i ng t hat e a ch of B ow ke r’s presentations is a little different, Muise said “I always learn something new, and it’s wonderful.” Raffle prizes included a gift basket and $25 in cash. The new edition’s initial print run will be 500 copies, with an expected publication date of May 10, 2021. Members of the History Society will have the first chance to purchase $15 pre-publication copies, autographed by John Bowker and Bob Lochte. Price to the general public will be $17. The Friends of the History Society meet in the Sandpiper Room at 2 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of January, April, July, and October.
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NOTICE: Each community and club in Sun City Center and Kings Point has specific rules about membership and attendance. Unless specifically stated or posted, most venues, meetings and events hosted on the Community Association campus and in Kings Point require attendees to bring their SCC CA or KP ID or come with a resident member. When in doubt, contact the club in question - not the venue or association - prior to arrival. Thanks.
Scandinavian Club Meeting
Wednesday, February 19 at 2 p.m. The February meeting of the Scandinavian Club will be held in the SCC Sandpiper Room. Club members are free, guests are welcome at $3 each. Club membership is open to all Sun City Center Association members. We always welcome new members with Scandinavian ancestry or just an interest in Scandinavia. Kings Point residents and others are encouraged, but require an SCCCA guest pass. Music will be provided by member Larry Lundeen. Refreshments will be served.
SCC Polish Heritage Club
Saturday, February 22, from 6 to 9 p.m. SCC Polish Heritage Club is holding their annual Paczki Ball Fundraiser, in the Florida Room, 945-D in the Atrium Building. Fundraiser admission $10 members and $12 nonmembers. Includes coffee/tea and one paczki (a Polish jelly donut). BYO beverage of choice and table snacks. All are welcome to join in the revelry before the Lenten fast. Wear your dancing shoes, as the popular live band The Northern Sounds will be featuring your favorite tunes. Business casual to semiformal attire suggested. All SCCCA residents, Polish or “wannabe” Polish, are invited to join our popular, sociable fun club! Annual Dues are $5 per person. For info or tickets, please call Lorraine at 813.677.0026 or Wanda (SCC) at 813.633.0016 or Mike (Kings Point) at 813.938.3856.
Metaphysical Society Presentations
Fundraiser meeting, Wednesdays at 10 a.m. in the Heritage Room. Nonmembers $1 entry fee. Love offering accepted. Members must verify their 2019-20 Residents ID with membership. February 5 • “Re-Remembering Ancient Lemuria” February 12 • “What Are the Akashic Records?” February 19 • “Power of the I AM Presence” February 26 • “Empowering Your Will” Other Scheduled Events Monday, February 24 from 1 – 3 p. m., Heritage Room, 951 North Course Lane. “Meditation 101 The Key to our Life’s Energy” led by Holli Cantrell. Members free; nonmembers $2 for guest pass. For info call 443.745.5015 Mondays at 1 p.m., join Alice Williams for the Metaphysical Book Group. Call Alice for title of current book being reviewed at 813.634.9065.
Computer Club Monthly Meeting
At the February meeting, Ron Brown will present “Stay Connected While Travelling.” He will look at the different technologies you can use for staying connected whether you travel by air, land, or sea.
Solo Line Dance Club
Beginners Class every Monday at 2:30 p.m. Our 2020 Officers invite all S.C.C. Residents to join our class for some fun exercise. Come to S.C.C. Community Hall, 1910 South Pebble Beach from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Monday. We begin our class with very easy steps and slowly advance to more advanced routines. The first class is complementary and subsequent classes are $2 or you are welcome to join for our $22 annual membership dues. Info: call Barbara, our president at 813.260.3028.
2020 Officers for SCC Solo Line Dance Club are Vice President Susan Tison, President Barbara Kulig, Secretary Fritzie Wright, and Treasurer Peggy Sigmund.
Sew’n Sews Celebrate Season With Donations
Sew’nSews made the rounds to various organizations presenting checks and cheer. This year they donated almost $3,000 to the following organizations: Emergency Squad, Good Samaritans, Samaritan’s Alzheimer’s Association, Sun City Ride, Security Patrol, Mary Petro Fund, Haven of Hope, and Choices Women’s Center in Ruskin. They earn this money by sewing items that they put up for sale. This is an ongoing avocation throughout the year with their best sales coming in December Jane Sanfilippo and Tina Drury at the at the Holiday Walk and in March at Emergency Squad. FunFest. Sew’n Sews is open to all members of the Sun City Center Community Association and a select few from Kings Point. For information call 813.505.9503 or email “firstname.lastname@example.org” or visit them at 960-B Cherry Hills Drive in the Arts & Crafts Building. Call to find out if they are open at 813.642.2085.
Yoga Club 2020 Board Members
Computer Club Classes
Sign up for classes can be done on-line or in the Computer Lab, (Atrium Building) Monday through Saturday, 12:30 - 5 p.m. Student must be a member in good standing at Sun City Center or Kings Point. Tuition is payable upon registration. For additional information, email Pauline Baker, Education Director at “email@example.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 and Using a Chromebook • Tuesday, February 4, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Windows 10 Workshop • Thursday, February 6, and Friday, February 7, from 9 to 11 a.m. Painfree Backup for Your Computer • Tuesday, February 11, from 9 to noon. Kindle 101 • Wednesday, February 12, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuning Your PC Workshop • Tuesday, February 18, from 9 to noon. Buying a Computer • Wednesday, February 19, from 9 to 11 a.m. Publish Your Memoir or Other Writings • Friday, February 21 from 10:30 to noon. Smartphone SIG • Monday, February 24, 10 to noon. Beginners Semi-Private Tutoring • Wednesday, February 26, from 9 to 10 or 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Introduction to File Explorer • Friday, February 28, from 9 to noon.
L to R: Sitting: President Phyllis Laufer, Vice-President Ann Giuli, Secretary Harry Noren, and Treasurer Craig MacIntyre. Standing: Sandra Kerezsil, Membership; Lynne Sells, Website and Education; Pat Jones, Publicity, and Jayne Bojar, Social Committee.
Winter in SCC is fun!
Monday Progressive Bridge
Congratulations to Margaret Lauck, long time bridge player, who turns 99 this month. Margaret has played bridge with the Monday bridge group that meets at noon for the last 20 years. Margaret also played bridge with the Simmons Lake ladies group and with the Simmons Lake couples group. Perhaps the best way to live a long life is to learn to play noncompetitive, fun bridge with a group of friendly folks. Also, Margaret makes 26 laps in the walking pool three days a week and drives her golf cart around town. Seated are fellow bridge players Donna Happy birthday and congratulations to Knepper, Margaret Lauck, and Janet Margaret. Monday Bridge meets at noon, Selavka. Standing is Ginny Connolly. and if you would like to meet Margaret, please stop by the Horizon Room.
This was seen on Cherry Hills the morning of January 8. Photo by Diane Loeffler
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The SCC players say that win or lose, it is great tennis. They enjoy mentoring their young opponents to continue playing into their senior years. One of 14 rescued manatees that could not be returned to the wild at the Tampa Zoo. The display area enables visitors to get really good views of manatees swimming underwater.
Tampa Zoo Helps Apollo Beach Visitors
By Kai Rambow Recently two baby manatees were spotted at Apollo Beach without their mothers. Both looked underweight, so volunteers kept a watchful eye on them. When it became obvious that they were not with their mothers, a rescue operation took place. Without
a rescue, the young manatees would not have survived. The Tampa Zoo at Lowry Park stepped up to help rehabilitate the manatees. This is a yearlong undertaking. First, the challenge is to get them healthy and normalize their weight. Fortunately, a mother and calf
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There is “A Lot” of Tennis in Tampa Bay
By Paula Lickfeldt The Sun City Center (SCCTA) Tennis Association has about 200 members. All competitive tennis club members (CTC) are also members of the SCC tennis association. CTC players compete in United States Tennis Association Leagues, Suncoast League, Senior Games and ALOT League. Throughout Hillsborough and Hernando Counties there are 24 ALOT teams. ALOT is a league of our own tennis. There are ten
players on each team so that means that 240 ladies play on these ALOT teams. The teams are set up by skill levels and an award banquet is held in Tampa every May. The ALOT teams are the traveling teams. SCC has an A team, the SCC Sunsetters, and a C team, the Sun City 2. The SCC gals say that at competitions they will be talking about their grandchildren and their opponents will be talking about their children. The SCC
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Our Lady’s Pantry Has Fed the Hungry for 20 Years
By Bob Sanchez Every Saturday morning for over 20 years, Our Lady’s Pantry has given food to its clients next to Our Lady of Guadalupe Migrant Mission in Wimauma. It’s open from 7:30 to 11 a.m. and is on the far right-hand corner of the Mission, under a quarter of a mile south of Sun City Center Blvd. on US-301 in Wimauma. Clients must register and may pick up boxes of food as often as every other Saturday. People of all ages bring home fruits, vegetables, meats, pasta, peanut butter, and other nutritious foods. The Pantry serves over 1,800 registered clients from Sun City Center, Kings Point, Balm, and Wimauma, and can handle another 25 right now. Pantry director Tom Bullaro says that with the holidays over, people still have to eat “every day, not just on Thanksgiving and Christmas.” As their website (ourladyspantry.com) notes, “Our Lady’s Pantry serves anyone in need without regard to race or religion. And everyone is treated with respect.” Even people who are not registered
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Tom and Anita Bullaro have each worked at the Pantry for over a decade. Tom is the Pantry’s Director.
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may take home a bag of food. One third of the clients are from Sun City Center and Kings Point. This exceptional project began in 1999 as a joint effort by the Knights of Columbus of Prince of Peace and Our Lady of Guadalupe, and their wives. Among them are Director Tom and Anita Bullaro, who have donated their time for 15 and 13 years, respectively. Volunteers come from SCC, Kings Point, Valencia and Wimauma. “If it wasn’t for volunteers we wouldn’t exist,” Bullaro said. There is a core of about 25 people who volunteer week in and week out, while others help when they can. The Pantry needs 30 on a typical Saturday morning. Our Lady’s Pantry is a 501(c) (3) non-profit, 100 percent operated by unpaid volunteers. Contributions come from major
Alex Diaz from Wimauma gets ready to bring a box to a client.
area chain stores, including Aldi, Costco, Publix, Walmart, The Emergency Food Assistance Program, and individuals. “Clients who have registered with us at any time in the past should keep coming back for food,” Bullaro says. “So long as you are already registered even if you don’t come often -
Coming down the line: boxes of food on a roller donated by Publix.
we can still give you a big box of food.” He adds that even those not registered “will not leave empty-handed.” Bullaro thanks Fathers Gilberto Quintero of Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission and Joel Kovanis of Prince of Peace Catholic Church for their continued support of the Pantry.
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Into the Woods By E. Adam Porter, Editor
When I asked my bride what she wanted to do for her birthday, she told me to take a hike. Fortunately, we’ve been married long enough that I knew what she meant. Shel is always up for adventure; and in this case, she wanted to get out into the woods. There are a lot of places in Florida to head out on the trail, go over the river, and traipse through the woods. She told me she didn’t want to go too far, but she wanted someplace where she could get out into the “real Florida,” see some wildlife. Since this would be a day trip, and knowing Shel loves history almost as much as she loves the outdoors, I knew just the place. We woke the next morning to one of the coldest days this winter. Checked the afternoon forecast: 60 and sunny. Perfect hiking weather. So, we grabbed a light jacket, filled our Tervis tumblers with coffee, wrangled the kids into the truck, and hit the road. About 90 minutes later, we arrived at Highlands Hammock State Park, one of the first and best parks in the Florida State Park system. Conceived by wealthy local residents in 1930, an early version of the park was combined with a Civilian Conservation Corps project in 1935. It’s a sprawling wooded wetland with relatively short hiking trails, a funky little store, interesting history museum, and a scenic loop drive. We gladly passed our six bucks to the rangers at the station and turned the boys loose on the playground while I spread the picnic out. Curious squirrels hung close, hoping for a stray nut or maybe a potato chip. Above us, atop the broken stump of a lightning-struck pine, a hawk watched the squirrels watch us eat. After lunch, we headed for the loop and the first of Highland Hammock’s signature boardwalk
trails through hardwood and cypress swamps, pausing for a moment for a photo op next to a thousand-year-old live oak. Then, we were off into the woods. The air was crisp and cool, blessedly free of our de facto state bird, the mosquito. Moccasins and alligators sprawled among the cypress knees and towering trees, soaking up the warm sun. Small songbirds flitted from branch to branch. We moved down the looping, intersecting trails with the incidental help of our park map and, when that failed us, my compass. Time to time, all of us stopped to remark on how peaceful it was, how clean and fresh the air tasted. Verdant foliage encroached on either side of the trail, a riot of greens and browns and grays. Tall, knife-thin cypress and rough, round oaks punctuated by the occasional wild orange tree, heavy with juicy fruit. My youngest asked if he could try climbing for an orange, even though we had a bag full of tangerines in the truck. I encourage this behavior, because, whatever happens, he usually learns something. This time was no exception. The rangers keep the orange trees free of lower limbs, and previous hikers had cleaned out anything we could reach, so it was time for dad to be a ladder. We got Crash up into the tree, where he quickly discovered a vital fact about orange trees. They have thorns. Long ones. Even with the boost, he couldn’t quite reach the fruit, so we moved on. To salve his disappointment, I let him in on a little secret we tend not to tell the tourists. Wild oranges don’t taste nearly as sweet as those cultivated for commercial sale. Further up and further in we hiked, from one trail to the next. Then back in the truck to cruise around the Loop Drive to the Cypress Trail marker. The first few hundred feet is boardwalk, but turn the corner and the sturdy deck beneath your feet gives way to a creaky catwalk through a swamp and over a creek. Only one side has a rail, so, short of falling in, you won’t get any closer to nature. Fish and mocs shimmied through the water, and a fair-sized gator pretended to sleep beneath a cypress tree nearly as wide as a pickup truck. Even for someone Florida born
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are already in the zoo’s care, so they have good company. In about a year, the rescue manatees will be reintroduced to manatees seeking the warm waters by the power plant. With the group, they should be able to learn how to stay warm, where to go, where to find food. They should follow other manatees to summer feeding grounds. Each will be tagged, followed and checked upon to ensure they are reintegrating properly as opposed to simply letting them go and hoping for the best. The Tampa Zoo has successfully helped hundreds of manatees recover and return to the wild. The 14 manatees at the zoo are all rescues, who for one reason or another cannot be returned to nature.
players in their 50s to 80s say it is like playing their daughters. To belong to the SCCTA you must be a resident of SCC and pay $75 per person per year. The cost of belonging to CTC is an additional $10 per year. For their membership dues, the club members get ten wonderfully maintained courts. The tennis courts are in the sports complex behind Community Hall on South Pebble Beach. Several SCC CTC players also compete in local, state and national senior games. The next National Senior Games will be held in Ft. Lauderdale-Daytona in 2021. The Senior Games are always held in odd-numbered years. The last time that they were in Florida, was in 1999 and held in Orlando.
and raised, someone who has seen canals in the Glades, where you can walk across on the backs of gators and never get your feet wet, there’s something atavistic that happens in our primate brains when we see those giant green lizards. A jolt that gives way to total focus better than any amount of caffeine. Alphonse pretended not to watch the mammals traipsing through his home, as we moved on down the catwalk, naming the eclectic cypress formations we passed: Queen’s Crown, Hedgehog, the Lucky Knob. Back at the trailhead, the boys were getting hangry, so we grabbed a snack before hitting the final trail of the day, a short stroll to one of biggest oaks I’ve ever seen in Florida. Standing in the shadow of that massive trunk, I thought about how this tree was ancient when the first Europeans arrived in this land, hoping to find the Fountain of Youth. Some maps say ol’ Ponce and his crew of armored Conquistadors landed in what is now West Palm Beach. Had they
bush-wacked northwest past the Big Lake, they might have found this old tree that my sons were now climbing. It’s more likely the Spaniards sailed around to the Gulf side of the peninsula. They were, after all, men on a mission. My own crew was decidedly less ambitious. We had come, as my wife said, to go take a hike. To amble through nature, soak up the quiet beauty, and just breathe. It’s something we don’t do enough anymore, and something we always promise to do more of when we have the chance. As we finished the hike and climbed back in the truck, my bride was still smiling. Cheeks flushed from the cold and eyes alive with the joy of adventure. Watching her, I was reminded, yet again, why I married her. Life offers all sorts of excitement, and challenges of the sort you don’t always want to put in a photo album. It’s wonderful, when you’re about to head into those wild, unpredictable places in life, to have someone you love walk the trail with you.
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Amateur Radio Club General Meeting
Wednesday, February 5 at 2 p.m. Florida Room, SCCCA North Campus NOTE: The Board Meeting will be held Wednesday, February 26, in the Radio Club room located in the main maintenance building.
Elegant Gardeners Club Presents “Antiques and More” Appraisals
Friday, February 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Atrium Building Caper Room, SCC North Campus Do you own antiques, collectibles, or other items of value you would like to have evaluated? A team of appraisers from Burchard Galleries will be on hand for appraisals. Tickets for appraisal appointments are only $10 for up to three items. You may purchase more than one time slot. Club members will be selling tickets at the Atrium Kiosk from 10 to noon on February 3 and 5. You must show your SCCCA or KP badge to purchase tickets. All proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Auxiliary of Samaritan Services. Info, call Suzy 813.938.4845, or Gigi at 813.419.4753.
Irish Connection Movie Night
Monday, February 10 at 6:30 p.m., Rollins Theater Feature: Driving Miss Daisy, starring Jessica Tandy, Morgan Freeman, and Dan Aykroyd. An elderly Jewish woman can no longer drive. Her son insists on hiring a driver which in 1950’s Atlanta meant hiring a black man. She resists any assistance but is won over by the drivers good grace and over the years they build a relationship that transcends their differences. Winner of multiple awards, including Best Picture 1989 and Oscar for Jessica Tandy. All SCC and KP welcome, bring IDs.
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Our Baby Universe - Its First 380,000 Years Monday, February 10 at 7 p.m. Join us in the Caper Room, Atrium Building, 954 North Course Lane. There is a $3 per meeting charge for Kings Point residents; please pre-register by midnight February 8 at “email@example.com”. Community Association members may pay their annual dues at this meeting if they haven’t already done so; please bring a check for $10 for each member.
Art Club February Demonstration
Monday, February 17, at 1:15 p.m. The Art Club in Sun City Center presents “Using the Elusive Palette Knife,” a demonstration by resident artist Anne Walker. Anne states, “The palette knife is one of the least used painting tools available to us, but one of the most fun of all tools.” As an instructor at the Art Club in Sun City Center, Anne encourages and inspires her students to introduce self-expression into their work to achieve maximum impact. Anne’s demonstration will take place immediately following a brief member meeting in Rollins Theater located at 970 Cherry Hills Drive. It is free and open to all Community Association and Kings Point members. www.artclubofscc.com.
Thursday, February 13 at 4:30 p.m. The German American Club of Sun City Center invites you to its Fasching Celebration. Fasching, or the German traditional Carnival, will take place in Community Hall, 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Buffet dinner at 5:45. BYOB. The Manni Daum Trio will play German style polkas, as well as a wide variety of your favorite dance tunes. Come in costume and there will be cash prizes for both singles and couples or groups. The cost of the evening is $30 for members and $35 for nonmembers. Please send or drop off your check, payable to German American Club of SCC to Fred Rathke, 1058 Emerald Dunes Drive, SCC (813.938.4845) or Lenny Crooks, 2320 West Del Webb, SCC (813.642.9975). Pick up tickets at the door. The last day for reservations is February 7, and there will be no refunds after that date. Residents of Sun City Center and Kings Point are welcome to attend.
SCC Woman’s Club February Meeting
Thursday, February 20 at 11 a.m. GFWC SCC Woman’s Club will hold their meeting in Community Hall on South Pebble Beach Boulevard. Since February is American Heart Month, Renea Noriega of South Bay Hospital will talk about Cardiac Disease in Women. In honor of the program, red is the optional dress theme. More info: “sccwomansclub.org”, and for membership questions, contact Linda Raymond at “firstname.lastname@example.org” or 813.331.3108.
Learn Birding Basics at SCC Audubon Club’s Free Workshop
Friday, February 21 at 9 a.m. Florida Room, SCC North Campus Ray Webb, Master Birder, will discuss the selection and proper use of binoculars and field guides, and explain ways to become a better birder, including birding etiquette. Ray will also cover bird identification basics, including how to identify some of our confusing species, such as the differences between all those white birds, ibises, herons and egrets.
Stained Glass Club 10th Annual Show
Thursday, February 27 and Friday, February 28, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Florida Room, Atrium Building, 945D North Course Lane Club members have been outdoing themselves this year and the entries will be the most unique ever. Artists from beginners to experienced, will display pieces in three categories, including soldered, fused, and multimedia. Pieces will range from panels, lamps and sun catchers to fused work, jewelry, and mosaics. For more information, stop by the Stained Glass Club in the Arts and Crafts Building on Cherry Hills Lane in Sun City Center, between 9 and noon, Monday through Friday, or call Debbie Zieg at 813.634.6795 or Cheri Didday, 727.687.3210.
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Thursday, February 20 at 11:15 a.m. Galaxy Bridge will meet at the United Methodist Church’s LEC Building on 1210 Del Webb Blvd. For reservations call Katie 410.879.1112 or Gina 813.633.5324 by Sunday, February 16. The price of the luncheon is $13. Membership dues are $10. The group is open to all Sun City Center women.
Line Dancers Donate to Security Patrol
Samaritan Services Donation
Gail Walker of the SCC Line Dancers Club presented a donation to the SCC Security Patrol, which was graciously accepted by Chief Fred Fiedler.
Sandy Yavorcik of the Potters Wheel Club of Sun City Center donates a check for $400 to Samaritan Services. Samaritan Services, a 501(c)(3) charity, provides many support services needed by residents of Greater Sun City Center. For Samaritan Services information call 813.634.9283. For SCC Ride, call 813.633.6111.
Gone Stampin’ Club Donations
Through sales of their handmade greeting cards, the members of the Gone Stampin’ Club of Sun City Center donated a total of $3,000 to local services in 2019. Gone Stampin’ Club members wish to thank all who support us throughout the year allowing us to make these donations.
SCC Non-Impact Aerobics
Saturday, February 8 from 10:30 to 12:30 Learn, Move and Energize PlayShop with certified Nia first degree black belt instructor, Gail Mongiello. This special event is open to members in good standing of SCC and FP. KP residents must display their KP Club Usage Card. We meet in Dance Room 2, 1203 N Pebble Beach Blvd, SCC (just north of the lawn bowling). The cost for club members is $7 and $10 for nonmembers. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat. Info: Gail at “email@example.com” or 480.220.1430.
Security Patrol Volunteer of the Month
The SCC Security Patrol is proud to present Angelo Valdes as the Patrol’s Volunteer of the Month. Angelo is a team captain and has served on numerous committees including inspecting and registering golf carts, selling golf cart raffle tickets and 50/50 tickets, assisting Security Patrol at Fun Fest, “Hi Neighbor!,” and the Golf Cart Parade. Anytime Security Patrol needs help with a project, Angelo steps up to volunteer. He is currently responsible for planning a five-day cruise for next February 6 to 11, 2021.
Front Porch Pickers Donate $1200 to Samaritan Services
Samaritan Services, a 501(c)(3) charity, provides many support services needed by residents of Greater Sun City Center. We will transport ambulatory residents to medical appointments between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Brandon, Bradenton and Tampa, with advance notice of 10 to 14 days. SCC Ride provides transportation for in-town appointments Julie Floyd, President of Samaritan and shopping, from 9 a.m. to Services; David Lickfeldt, President 3:30 p.m. Monday through of The Front Porch Pickers; John Friday. Samaritan Services Mayoka, Samaritan Services also coordinates the Meals Director. on Wheels program, and provides Alzheimer’s respite care. For Samaritan Services information call 813.634.9283. For SCC Ride, call 813.633.6111.
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SCC Men’s Chorus Completes 56th Year
The SCC Men’s Chorus wrapped up its annual Christmas concert series with a performance for the SCC Women’s Club at Community Hall. It capped a season, which began at the SCC Presbyterian Church where the program included the spiritual “I Just Heard Some Good News” arranged by Jay Althouse and three Calypso Carols: “Calypso Noel, The Virgin Mary Had A Baby Boy,” and “Look-A That Star!” The program also included “Gettin’ in the Mood for Christmas,” a swing era adaptation of Glen Miller’s famous “In the Mood.” The SCC Men’s Chorus is a secular, independent non-profit organization and is now accepting booking dates for the 2020 Spring and Christmas seasons. If your club or professional organization is interested in having the Chorus perform at your special event, please contact Tom Hinkebein at 573.837.3041 for further information.
Deputy Jeff Merry; George Bodmer, VP Programs; Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister; David Floyd, SCC Men’s Club President; Major Robert Ura, Commander, District IV.
SCC Men’s Club Hears Hillsborough County Sheriff
By Jay Sparkman Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister was guest speaker at the January membership meeting of the Sun City Center Men’s Club. Sheriff Chronister spoke on the population growth of Hillsborough County and the effects on the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office presently and in the future. The SCC Men’s Club is committed to community service projects and is open to residents of Sun City Center and Kings Point. For more information call Jon Lehr, VP of Membership, at 813.260.3058.
Men’s Club Supports Installation of Pool Lift Chair
The SCC Men’s Club donated $5,000 for a Pool Lift Chair for the indoor walking pool. The lift will assist handicapped residents in entering and exiting the pool. This is the third chair lift installation funded by The Men’s Club. One other is at the CA’s outdoor pool and the second is located in Kings Point.
Annual Art Show
February 14 and 15 The Art Club in Sun City Center Annual Art Show Congratulations to Larry Schafer for his award-winning painting “Art Makes the World Go Round.” The painting highlights the theme for the 53rd Annual Art Show sponsored by the Art Club in Sun City Center. The yearly exhibit presents the most recent artwork of members in the Sun City Center Art Club. Artists from beginner to professional will compete at their competency level. Visitors to the Art Show can expect to view paintings demonstrating the use of oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastels, and mixed media techniques. Admission is free. All Sun City Center and Kings Point residents and their guests are invited to view the show, meet resident artists and cast a vote for the People’s Choice Award.
Sew’n Sews Club Presents Ed Socha with a Hand-Made Quilt
The Sew’n Sews club presented CDR Ed Socha, USN (Ret) with a quilt, which was hand-made by Barbara Baba. CDR Socha spent 30 years in the Navy. On December 7, 1941, he was stationed in Pearl Harbor aboard the USS Maryland. He was visiting a friend on the Oklahoma, which was tied up beside the Maryland, when they spotted the Japanese planes coming in to bomb the L to R: Dabney Hall, of Sew and base. Ed ran back to his ship and Sews; CDR Ed Socha, and Barbara manned his battle station. When Baba. he looked over where the Oklahoma was moored, he saw it rolling over and sinking. His ship survived the onslaught. Recently, Ed received the SEAL Trident, which was presented to him by Seals from MacDill AFB. Ed belonged to a UDT/Raider team, which was the precursor of the Navy Seals. The UDT group traveled over 600 miles over hostile territory to ascertain the extent of the Japanese occupation. Ed was a founder and president of the Military Officers Association of America and was instrumental in its continuous growth. He is one of the few Pearl Harbor survivors and a Sun City Center treasure.
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A Primer for Low Speed Vehicles, Golf Carts, Bicycles, and Pedestrians
Deputy Merry educates us on ways to keep safe during his monthly meetings. In December, he was joined by AAA employees, Kim Adams and David Castlewitz. They were part of the presentation and also talked about safe driving classes offered by AAA.
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The Yard Sale of All Yard Sales
February 14 and 15 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. You’re invited to shop until you drop at our Yard Sale of All Yard Sales to Benefit Cat Lovers Club of SCC at 1501 N. Pebble Beach. All proceeds will benefit “Feed the Tuna Chest” to purchase much needed cat food and kitty litter.
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Pelican Players Comedy Theatre February 8 at Community Hall - Doors Open at 11:30 a.m. It’s not too late! You can still get LAST MINUTE tickets to the show by calling Patsie Ginley immediately at 954.258.5714. A preliminary headcount has already been sent to Banquet Masters, but a final count will be called in to them on Monday, February 3. So, call now! Don’t miss the premier performance of the Pelican Players Comedy Theatre. The event will consist of a wonderful meal by Banquet Masters and the performance of skits and songs as well as a raffle for many baskets that will include gift certificates as well as various goodies. Tickets are $30. Net proceeds of this event pay for scholarships for mature women (often single mothers) to attend HCC/Ruskin as well as for girls entering 8th grade at Beth Shields Middle School to attend a STEM summer camp on a FL college campus.
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Thursday, February 13, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Florida State Fairgrounds 4800 US-301 in Tampa This statewide mobile outreach initiative raises awareness of Alzheimer’s and related dementia and addresses the benefits of early detection, early diagnosis, brain health and risk reduction. With two mobile units, the Brain Bus is able to travel throughout FL. Visit the Brain Bus at the Florida State Fair to learn about: 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s, 10 Ways to Love Your Brain, Steps to an Accurate Diagnosis, and Advancements in Research.
Apollo Beach Woman’s Club Luncheon
February 12 at 11:30 a.m. Apollo’s Bistro located at 6520 Richies Way, Apollo Beach, FL 33572. The luncheon cost is $18. Reservations must be made and paid for by Friday, February 7. A representative from the Hillsborough County Fire Department will give tips on home fire safety. Lunch is served at 12 noon. Info: Sharon Vasquez at 813.641.7856 or “sharonlvasquez@ verizon.net”, www.apollobeachwomansclub.com.
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Monday, February 17 at 7 p.m. Join the South Shore Concert Band as they gather for an evening of Broadway Music at the United Methodist Church, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. W. The concert is open to the public and a $5 ticket Attention Gardeners will be available at the door. The performance entitled “The Best Wednesday February 5 and Thursday February 6 of Broadway” will feature selections from Jersey Boys, Jesus Christ 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Hillsborough County Extension office/ University of Florida will Superstar, Lion King, Man of La Mancha, and Westside Story. You conduct a series of workshops over two days. The classes will take can preview the sound of our 63 member ensemble at www. place locally at the South Shore campus of Hillsborough Community southshoreconcertband.org. College (HCC) in Ruskin. The classes will be held in rooms 201 and Center 4 Life Learning Spring Registration 202 of the multipurpose facility, the SMPF building, at HCC. Registration is underway for the Spring Semester for Classes and Each 2-hour class has a cost of $5 and there will be two workshops Trips beginning on February 3. Our flip catalogs and order forms each day. Please be prepared to pay $10 at the door each day. are available online at www.4lifelearning.org. Paper catalogs are Handouts, planting guides and other useful information will be available at the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 provided by the workshop leaders. Feel free to bring a bag lunch W Del Webb Blvd, Sun City Center, at our offices or on a display rack if you wish. There is a kitchen attached to the meeting room with in the Sanctuary Lobby. Our office hours are 9 to noon, Monday to a large refrigerator in which you can store your lunch and drink, Thursday. It helps us tremendously if you sign up online, or if you water will be available. Also, please bring a notebook to take need office assistance, kindly have your order forms completed notes. Register by 5 p.m. on Monday, February 3. To register call and bring to our office. Debbie at 813.633.0015.
South Shore Democratic Club Meeting
Thursday, February 6 at 1 p.m. Firehouse Cultural Center, 101 1st Ave NE, Ruskin. Meet’n Mingle with fellow Democrats, Liberals, Progressives, Independents and like-minded individuals at this free event. The guest speakers will be democratic candidates Kevin Becker for Clerk of the Court and Nancy Millan for tax collector.
International Forum of Sun City Center
“China’s Foreign Policy in the Developing World” Friday, February 7 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. All residents of SCC, Kings Point, Freedom Plaza, and their guests are welcome. In the Florida Room in the Atrium Bldg. on the main campus of the Community Association on North Pebble Beach Blvd. Dr. Todd Shank, Professor of Finance at the University of South Florida at St. Petersburg, will explore the importance of the developing countries to China, the types of interests and foreign policy tactics employed by China, how successful these efforts have been and implications for the United States.
February 25 The Sun City Center Security Patrol, Samaritan Services, and the Sun City Center Emergency Squad have joined together to organize Disaster Planning 2020 Meetings for the Greater Sun City Center Community. Sun City Center and Kings Point owners and residents are invited to attend these meetings in the Veterans Theater in Kings Point at 9 a.m., and in the Sun City Center Community Hall at 1 p.m. Guest speakers will include Hillsborough County Deputy Sheriff Jeff Merry; representatives from the County including Special Needs Shelters, EOC, HCFR; TECO; South Bay Hospital; Personal Insurance Information; Security Patrol; Samaritans; and Emergency Squad. Phase II of the Disaster Planning 2020 will occur on May 14, 2020, when the Sun City Center Leadership, the Kings Point Leadership and the Assisted Living Facilities are invited to meet with the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Dept., Hillsborough County EOC and Public Works Department, South Bay Hospital, and other emergency services to receive any overall updates for the coming storm season.
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Large Rummage Sale Redeemer Lutheran
Friday, February 7 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, February 8 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be clothing, jewelry, crafts, toys, a boutique, baked goods, and more. Come find a bargain. Seated, left to right, are JoAnne Owens and Tina Schwartz, chair. Standing are Carolyn Cole, Jenise German, Janice Walsh, and Miriam Sorby. For more information, call the church office at 813.634.1292.
Carrie Albano’s gorgeous 1934 Plymouth Sedan, restored by husband Carlos, is the Roamin’ Oldies Car Club’s January cruiser of the month.
From Carlos to Carrie: One Sweet Old Cruiser
When Carrie Albano spotted the old Plymouth for sale beside the highway near Plant City, she knew it was just the car she’d been looking for. She wasted no time letting husband Carlos know about it. Basically sound and rust-free, but showing its 80-plus years, he made it her Christmas present. Today, after four years of after-hours work in his Riverview workshop, the 1934 PE sedan shines like new, performs even better, and has been voted Roamin’ Oldies Car Club’s cruiser of the month. Repowered with a Mopar 318 Magnum V8 engine and fitted with an automatic overdrive transmission, air conditioning, power rackand-pinion steering and power brakes, Carrie reports that it drives like a new car. 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 U.S. 41 in Apollo Beach. Many of the area’s finest antique and collectible cars take part, accompanied by classic oldies played by DJ Joey Ferrante. The cruise-ins are free for both participants and spectators. For information, call Chet at 813.842.1511.
DAR Invitational Luncheon
February 19 at 12 noon Club Renaissance 2121 South Pebble Beach Blvd. All members, Sun City Center and Kings Point residents, and anyone interested in joining the DAR are invited. Guest Speaker is the Florida State Society DAR Second Vice Regent Cindy Weatherby, her program: “Fabulous First Ladies.” Menu: garden salad, chicken marsala, fresh steamed asparagus, parmesan mashed potatoes, chef’s choice dessert. RSVP required by February 7. Please make checks for $20 payable to: Colonel George Mercer Brooke Chapter and mail to Anne Rankin, Treasurer 213 Genet Ct., Sun City Center, FL 33573.
Fort Lauderdale Ladies
A group of twenty-five Freedom Plaza residents spent four days during the recent holiday season enjoying the sights of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Here, several members display their favorite reading material for the trip. Left to right they are: Ardette Isler, Jane Brady, Barbara Lauer, Betty Schuppert, and Pearl Ashe.
New members Mollie Allen, Bonnie Doll, Susie Gill, Katherine Michaelson, Marilyn Wright and Brenda Swank were welcomed to the club by Linda Raymond, Membership Chairperson and Sally Anne Barclay, President. We look forward to them joining us in club activities.
SCC Woman’s Club Holiday Meeting
The GFWC SCC Woman’s Club December meeting was a joyous holiday gathering with a purpose. Angel wishes had been sent to us by the children of Wimauma in the Hope Fund program and members brought the wrapped presents to be delivered to them in time for Christmas. Over 75 presents were brought in for the children and extra gift cards were given to provide for additional children. After a delicious luncheon, The SCC Men’s Chorus entertained us with songs of the season, dressed in white sports coats and red bow ties. Please visit the new and continually improving website “sccwomansclub.org” for more information about the club and how to become a member. Linda Raymond is the Membership Chairperson and she can be contacted at “firstname.lastname@example.org” or call 813.331.3108.
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south County Events
By Debbie Caneen South County Events is provided by Debbie Caneen, Director of Admissions, Sun Towers from items submitted for publication. To submit events for future publications, send them by the 15th of the prior month. Debbie also publishes Ads and Events, a weekly e-mail containing information about what’s happening in 33573. Your event will also appear in the weekly Ads and Events e-mail and on the website www.SCCAdsAndEvents.com. Send all events by e-mail to email@example.com. You only need to submit your Event one time each month for it to appear in both The News of Kings Point and SCC Ads and Events. SPECIAL EVENTS Please include all basic information, especially Price (or list it’s Free) and Contact Information (phone, e-mail, or website). Six lines maximum. Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org. As soon as space permits, we will put it in the weekly e-mail and it will run until event date passes. You do not need to submit it again. P L E A S E N O T E : T his a r e a is f or SPECIAL EVENTS only. WEEKLY, MONTHLY, or ONGOING EVENTS are listed on our website under WEEKLY & MONTHLY MEETINGS at www.SCCAdsAndEvents.com which is updated every weekend.
SAT. FEB 1 - TBONE HAMILTON & BLUES ALL STARS AT THE FIREHOUSE 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Location: Firehouse Cultural Center, Event type: Firehouse Pub. TBone Hamilton and the Blues All-Stars are comprised of some of the best blues musicians. Book your tickets now! Space is limited. Reservations recommended. Firehouse Pub seating is communal, which means you may have other guests at your table. Cash bar and refreshments available. No outside food or beverages allowed. Online booking is available up to two hours before show time. After that, tickets may be purchased at the Firehouse, 813-645-7651. Reservations are made when tickets are purchased. TUE. FEB 4, 11, 18, 25 - LINE DANCING WITH A BALANCE 9:30 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. Sun City Center. Do you like to dance but are worried about falling? Join our free line dancing class lead by trained therapists. This weekly class will improve your balance and reduce your risk of falling. TUE. FEB 4, 11, 18, 25 - LIFE CHALLENGES SUPPORT GROUP 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Rid yourself of depression, anxiety, frustrations with family, children, friends, life changes, health problems, finances and more. All are welcome in complete confidence and free of charge. We meet every Tuesday in the first-floor lounge of Sun Towers. Sponsored by the Coalition for Mental Health and Aging. WED. FEB 5 - THERAPEUTIC TAI CHI FOR HEALTH 9:30 - 10:30
The News a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center. Our therapists have advanced training in therapeutic Tai Chi for Seniors and will provide guidance in this healthy exercise. TUE. FEB 11 - STROKE SUPPORT GROUP NOW AT SUN TOWERS 1:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Amy Yepez, doctor of physical therapy (DPT) for Sun Terrace Health Care Center will facilitate this monthly group meeting. If you are at risk of a stroke or have had a stroke, this group is for you! Free valet service available at Sun Terrace entrance. Info: 813892-2990. WED. FEB 12 - VIRTUAL DEMENTIA TOUR “YOUR WINDOW INTO THEIR WORLD” 10:00 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. “Walk a Mile in the Shoes of a Person Living with Dementia.” Created by P.K. Beville, a specialist in geriatrics, this experience is designed to instill hope in professional and family caregivers, providing them with a tool to move from sympathy to empathy and to better understand the behaviors and needs of their loved ones and patients. Tours provided by Senior Helpers. Free event but RSVP is required to 813-634-3347. WED. FEB 12 - DIABETES EDUCATION SUPPORT GROUP 10:00 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Sponsored by the Men’s Club of SCC. Discover options and learn information that will prepare you for a healthy future! Join our facilitator: Shirley Sullivan, Nutritionist and Founder of Southshore Wellness, LLC. Who integrates her love of education and health through personalized nutritional workshops and programs. Questions? Call 813892-2990. WED. FEB 12 - HEARING LOSS, HEARING AIDS, AND HEARING LOOPS 1:00 p.m. Sun City Center Security Patrol, 1225 N Pebble Beach Blvd, Sun City Center for this Educational Hearing Loss Meeting. Live with Hearing Loss? Dr. Juliette Sterkens, Speaker with the Hearing Loss Association of America Hearing Loop Advocate Academy of Audiology Presidential Award 2011. For more info: contact Eloise Schwarz “eloise6376@ gmail.com” or 414- 807-4373. MON. FEB 17 - PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP OF SUN CITY CENTER 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. Shari Leiterman, Wellness Strategist will be bringing resources for a more vivacious lifestyle. If you have had success with any treatment you have tried, please come to share! If you have Parkinson’s, or are caring for someone with this disease, be sure to attend this support group! Complimentary valet parking available at the entrance. For additional info, call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990. TUE. FEB 18 - FREE MEMORY SCREENINGS Beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the Coalition office at Sun Towers, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center, Suite 254 and also
offered at the United Methodist Church by appointment. With annual memory screenings, you will be able to identify a decline in memory in order to address it and hopefully reverse it altogether! Maintaining good brain health begins with a simple screening to establish a baseline score. This score is then utilized annually to determine if a loss is present to trigger a medical visit before valuable memory is lost forever. 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. TUE. FEB 18 - ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center for this Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group. Bring your loved one for a welldeserved break. Facilitated by Aging Care Advocates. You will receive information while your loved one is cared for in our Secured Memory Care. Please RSVP no less than three days prior to 813-677-1400. WED. FEB 19 - 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? Learn what assistance
there may be for you if you have low vision in order to maintain your independence. 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. For more info call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990. MON. FEB 24 - CHRONIC PAIN, ARTHRITIS AND NEUROPATHY GROUP 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. SCC. Joelle Schahfer, Director of Rehabilitation for Sun Terrace Health Care Center will facilitate this monthly group meeting. Members are asked to share treatments, exercises, nutrition, etc. that may have worked for them for all members to benefit. If you have had success with any treatment, please come to share and learn. Supported by Sun Towers Retirement Community Outpatient Therapy. Learn what you can do to reduce your pain today. Session located in the theater. For info, call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990. THU. FEB 27 - PREVENT A FALL WITH A FREE BALANCE SCREENING 12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m. in the Ripple Room, KP North Clubhouse. Our therapists at Sun Towers Retirement Community are on a quest to reduce the risk of falls before they happen! Have your fall risk screened at no cost to you and see the results before your eyes through biofeedback. Call for an appointment today. 813-892-2990.
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Boating Safety Class
February 22 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The USCG Auxiliary, Apollo Beach Flotilla 75, is presenting “About Boating Safely” at the Trinity Baptist Church on 702 West Del Webb Blvd, Sun City Center. Passing this eight-hour course will gain you a Florida State Boating Certificate. This is required for all persons born after January 1, 1988. Topics include: boating law, safety equipment, navigation, dealing with problems. Cost is $30 or $45 for two if you share the same book. Call Pat McAlvey at 214.232.5202 or send an email to “email@example.com” or “www.flotilla75.org” for more information.
South Bay Genealogical Society Meeting
Tuesday, February 18 at 10:30 a.m. The South Bay Genealogical Society will meet at the United Methodist Church in the Life Enrichment Center (LEC), 1210 W Del Webb Blvd, Sun City Center. We begin with a Round Table Discussion, followed by a sit-down luncheon at noon, and then the main presentation by our guest speaker at 1 p.m. This month’s speaker will be Debbie Hagner. She will be talking about the importance of using maps in genealogical research. The cost is $15 per person for lunch. Please include your choice of three meals offered: Hawaiian chicken, gluten free, or vegetarian (stuffed baked potato). For reservations and information, call Sheila at 319.631.4457. Mail check to SBGS, PO Box 5202, Sun City Center, FL 33571. Your check must be received by February 6th.
Rotary Hosts Classic Cars & Craft Beers for Charity
Sunday, February 16, from 1 to 5 p.m. The SCC Rotary Club is adding an exciting new “twist” to its third annual classic car show and charity fundraiser – a Craft Brewfest. Several specialty craft beer brewers will feature their latest and greatest beers at Freedom Plaza. Tickets: $12 pre-event price, $15 at the gate. Unlimited beer samples. Tasty food available. Just want to see the cars? Tickets are $5 and $7, respectively. Buy discount tickets at EventBrite.com (search for Sun City Center) until February 15. Tickets can also be purchased at the gate on Feb. 16 (cash or checks only). And don’t miss the music from the 50s and 60s, special vehicle displays, 50/50 raffles, and door prizes for classic car owners. Taxdeductible donations will be gratefully accepted in cash or checks payable to the SCC Rotary Foundation. Proceeds fund local caregiver services and scholarships. Info: 813.777.2971 or “www. RotaryCarShows.com/SunCityCenterFL” or Eventbrite.com.
Artist of the Month
The Art Club in Sun City Center has designated Mel Solochek as Artist of the Month for February 2020. Mel is best known as an acrylic painter. Recently he has begun working with watercolor. His paintings capture and breathe life into his favorite subjects: fish and faces. His enthusiasm for painting spills into his enthusiasm for volunteering. Since joining the Art Club he has chaired FunFest and the Nominating Committee, serves as Gallery Director and is an Art Club past-president. His artwork will be showcased during February at the SCC Library, the SCC Information Center, La Beautique Salon, SCC Samaritan Services, Cadence Bank, Fiore’s Sunshine Café, Tampa Bay Family Physicians and the Art Club Window. Visit www.artclubofscc for more information.
Events continued from page 12. FRI. FEB 28 - VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. by appointment only. The Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross in partnership with the Veterans History Project, a program of the Library of Congress, is seeking Veterans to participate in this project. The program captures through a video interview, firsthand
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Tuesdays and Fridays, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Pickleball is a fun game for all ages. Classes are free. No previous athletic experience necessary. The Pickleball Club will supply paddles and balls. To play you must wear hard court tennis shoes. Come 10 minutes early to sign in. Classes will be held at the pickleball courts located next to the Community Center at 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Sun City Center residents only. Info: call 813.205.8025.
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Traveling Tennis Celebrates
On a warm sunny day in Florida, competitive tennis ladies from Sun City Center celebrated with their competitors from Carrollwood outside for lunch at Club Renaissance. For information about the Tennis Association and the Competitive Tennis Club contact Maggie Pliska at 813.633.7884.
By Garry Higgins The Sun City Center Lawn Bowling Club’s 2019 “Memorial Triples”, a single knockout event, was held recently. Sixteen teams began the tournament and in the final match, on the fourth day, it was the team of Joe Mignogna, Jim Bittman, and Jenny Myers winning over the team of Roy 2019 Memorial Triples Tournament McCartney, Carl Zajac, and Larry winners (left to right) Jim Bittman, Jenny Myers, and Joe Mignogna. Johnson.
SCC Lawn Bowling Ladies Pairs Champions
Caloosa Nine-Hole Golf Mixer
It was a beautiful winter day on the Caloosa Country Club golf course recently for the weekly nine-hole golf mixer. The following team took 1st place: L to R: Jose & Elizabeth Rodriquez, Bill & Hazel Winkelmann, and Karen & Jim Tromblee.
By Garry Higgins In the final match of the Suncoasters (ladies) Pairs Championship, it was the team of Donna Blaine and Anita Carr against Cassie Krowl and Karen Cooper. The Blaine team prevailed and are the Suncoasters’ Pairs Champions for 2020. Info: www. suncitycenterlbc.com.
The 2020 Suncoasters Pairs Champions, Donna Blaine and Anita Carr.
Lawn Bowling League Winners
The winner of the Sun City Center Lawn Bowling Club’s annual Tuesday League was the St. Andrews team of Cindy Higgins, Garry Higgins, and Larry Johnson. Eighteen teams competed over five Tuesdays with Cindy’s team being the only one going undefeated. League play is only one aspect of lawn bowling. Whether a Congratulations, Tuesday League social bowler or a competitive Winners, the team of Cindy Higgins, player, the club is sure to have an Garry Higgins and Larry Johnson. activity of interest to you. For more information about the club and lawn bowling, visit “www.suncitycenterlbc.com” or drop by the club, located behind the library. The club welcomes residents of the Sun City Center and Kings Point communities.
The Rich Shelley team at Keller Williams supports The Sun City Basketball Club by sponsoring custom shirts and Funfest. L to R: Gus Torres, Rich Shelley, Ben Woodward, and SCC Basketball Club President Bob Monahan.
Mollie Wins Gold in Archery Shoot
Front L to R: Denise Berry, Barb Struble, Kim Roush, Judy Walters. Back: Aileen Engel, Sue Daveler, Mary Ellen Laprade, Rose Bryan, Judy Tickles.
Caloosa WGA Elects New Board
By Aileen Engel The Caloosa Women’s Golf Association 18-hole league elected a new Board at their annual meeting in December. The new Board of Directors include Kim Roush, President; Barbara Struble, VP and tournament chair; Judy Walters, Secretary; Denise Berry, Treasurer. Chairladies include Aileen Engel, Publicity; Suzanne Daveler, Handicap; Mary Ellen Laprade, Membership and Sunshine; Rose Bryan, Hospitality; Judy Tickles, Rules.
By Mark Erickson SCC Archery Club member Mollie Fleck has proven her archery shooting skills with her compound bow by winning a gold medal at the December Senior Games held in Fort Lauderdale. SCC Archery Club instructor, Jerry Anderson was instrumental in preparing Mollie to shoot competitively. Jerry provides free lessons to SCC archery members as well as CA residents who would like to try archery. If you are a CA member who would like to try archery, you can call Jerry Anderson at 330.206.7048 to schedule a free lesson.
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Men’s Triples Champions L to R: Phil Griffin, Bob Rose. and Paddy Lennon.
Lawn Bowling Men’s Triples Winners
By Garry Higgins The Pebble Beach Lawn Bowling Club’s Triples Championship saw thirteen teams competing for the title in this annual event. On the final day of single knockout play, it was the team of Phil Griffin, Bob Rose and Paddy Lennon defeating Bob Ferguson, Gary Hudek and Howard Baker.
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Lawn Bowling Mixed Pairs Championship
By Garry Higgins After an exciting match against Lynn Cranch and Ken Martucci, the Sun City Center Lawn Bowling Club’s 2020 Mixed Pairs Championship was won by Jim and Donna Blaine. This year’s tournament had sixteen teams vying for the title. In addition to competitive play, the SCCLBC has social, under the lights, night bowling every Tuesday, Thursday 2020 Mixed Pairs Champions, and Sunday. The Club welcomes Jim and Donna Blaine. and offers free lessons to the members of the Kings Point and Sun City Center communities. Info: “www.suncitycenterlbc.com”.
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DANCING Sun City Center Dance Club
Saturday, February 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. SCC Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Dance to the Music of Mike & Peg Johnson. Enjoy complimentary dessert and decaf. Singles tables available. Attire is dressy casual, no shorts. Members free. SCC resident walk-ins $6 at door with SCCCA card. Note: All non-SCC residents are required to have a guest pass. If we obtain the guest pass for a visitor, cost is $8 ($2 guest pass/$6 entry fee). We must receive request for guest passes at least three days prior to dance. Info: Chuck MacDougall 978.995.6504.
Oldies But Goodies Dance Club
Sunday, February 9 Doors open at 6 p.m. for members, 6:30 p.m. for guests Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Cost: members free; $6 per person for guests. No advance tickets are needed, pay at the door but guests not in the SCCCA will need to purchase a $2 CA (Community Association) Club Usage Pass prior to the dance. Enjoy the music of Encore. BYOB and snacks; the club will provide water, ice, cups, and napkins. Info: Joanne at 813.728.1147 or “firstname.lastname@example.org”.
Let’s Dance Ballroom Dance Club
Friday, February 14, 5:30 to 9 p.m. Valentine’s Day dinner starting at 6 p.m., presented by Orange Blossom Catering, followed by a dance from 7 to 9 in Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Dance to fabulous music spun by Mike and Peg Johnston. Dressy casual attire, or you may dress in your Valentine finery. BYOB. Cookies, water and coffee will be available. Members are free. Guests who have a guest pass for February 14 or an Activity Fee card from the SCCCA are $6 at the door. Info: “email@example.com” or call Bill Dean 813.331.3536 or Tom Hart 810.923.8446.
Singles Social Dance Club
February 16 and February 23 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Atrium Building, Florida Room Live music for your dancing and listening pleasure provided by Thor Stevens and his saxophone. Members $4; CA guests $6; Kings Point and outside guests $4 with guest pass. BYOB and snacks. Ice, water, cups, and napkins provided on each table. Info: Judy at 425.214.3996.
Kings Point Singles Mingle Dance
Monday, February 17, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Kings Point North Clubhouse Banquet Room Admission is $5. BYOB. Listen to the music of DJ Bobalu. If you live outside Kings Point, please call Dottie Beyer at 813.812.6972 to have your name added to the gate list.
Kings Point Line Dancers
Wednesday, February 19, from 7 to 9 p.m. Veterans Theater, Kings Point North Clubhouse Free for KP and SCC residents, other guests please purchase a pass from Security $2.50. Wear your red and white, maybe hearts too. Appropriate dance shoes please. Tip for DJ is appreciated. For more info call Jan 813.634.6226.
Rockin’ Thru the Years Dance Club “Join Us For A Rockin’ Good Time!”
Sunday, February 23 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Veterans Theater, Kings Point North Clubhouse Admission is $6 for non-members. BYOB and snacks. The club provides cups, napkins, ice, and water. Johnny Charro and his Band will provide a variety of dance music including rock & roll, oldies, Latin, country, soul, contemporary, easy listening, and current popular hits. During intermission, they will play our favorite line dance music. To attend, contact Sandi at “firstname.lastname@example.org”. Please include your full name in the email and send it to Sandi by Saturday morning February 22, so she can include your name on the list she must give to the Kings Point front gate security guards.
Moonglow Dance Club
Thursday, February 27 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Live music by Daniel Fugazzotto. Daniel and his National Championship Amateur Ballroom Dance Partner, Janis Merluzzo, will also perform a dance exhibition at intermission. The attire at Moonglow Dances is dressy casual. Members are free, and guests pay $6 per person at the door. Singles tables available. BYOB and snacks; club provides ice, water, cups, and napkins. CA, Freedom Plaza, Aston Gardens, Courtyards and Sun Towers residents, as well as those with a KP Gold Pass, will just pay the Guest Fee. If you live in KP and do not have a Gold Pass, you will need a Visitor Pass from our CA office. Residents of our surrounding communities will likewise need a Visitors Pass obtained for them by a CA member. Info: call 813.633.1297 or 813.642.8120, or email “email@example.com”.
Sun City Line Dancers Classes
“Absolute Beginner” classes are offered at 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday at Community Hall on South Pebble Beach followed by a 7:30 p.m. class for “Beyond Beginners”. Classes also run from 2 until 4 pm on Wednesdays at the Atrium Building Dance Studio. Your introductory hour is free. Additional classes are $2. Annual membership is $22
Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre
Saturday, February 29 at 5 p.m. The SCCCA presents a Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre in Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. The evening features the Pelican Players, and a delicious dinner by Banquet Masters. Tickets are $30, and available at the Atrium kiosk located off N. Course Lane, open M-W-F 10 to noon.
Thursday, February 20 at 7 p.m. Stand-up comics Gid Pool and John Rathbone come to the SCC Community Hall for a Comedy Cabaret Night. This BYOB event with round tables that seat 10, is sure to be a hit for all. Tickets are available for $12 at the Atrium kiosk, as well as at the door.
Barbershop Chorus Spring Show
March 15 at 3 p.m. SCC’s “Par for the Chorus” will be holding their Spring Concert at St. Andrew Presbyterian, 1239 West Del Webb. Tickets: $10, available from any Barbershop member and will be sold in the Atrium, SCC, or call Joe Epstein, 575.361.5325.
Entertainment Corner By Renee Bray, SCCCA Entertainment Director
We kick off February with a dance on Friday February 7, featuring Pauly and the Goodfellas. They play a slick, eclectic mix of number one chart toppers from the 60s and 70s. There are still a few tickets left for this show, which starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. Chicago Rewired, the premier Chicago tribute band comes to SCC on Sunday February 16 at 2:30 p.m., playing all the top singles that Renee Bray the legendary Chicago band made famous. Tickets are still available, and will also be sold at the door, $20. Get ready to laugh as stand-up comics Gid Pool and John Rathbone, come to Community Hall for a comedy cabaret night on Thursday February 20 at 7 p.m. This BYOB event with round tables will be just like going to a comedy show, but it will be right here in our backyard. Tickets are available for $12, and are sold at the kiosk as well as at the door. Our own local SCC Bluegrass Band will perform at Rollins Theatre on Sunday February 23, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are just $5, and are available at the kiosk. Tickets may be available at the door, depending on availability. Wrapping up the month is the Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre, Saturday February 29, at 5 p.m. in Community Hall, which features the Pelican Players, and a delicious dinner by Banquet Masters. Tickets are $30, available at the kiosk only. If you don’t have your tickets yet to these events, visit the Atrium kiosk located off North Course Lane, open M-W-F 10 to noon.
News ofBy Freedom Plaza Peggy Burgess
The French say, “plus ca change, plus c’est la même chose” (the more things change, the more they stay the same), and it fits Freedom Plaza perfectly at this particular time. A major change is in progress, yet the Freedom Plaza lifestyle goes on with scarcely a ripple. This is what has happened: In late fall of 2019 Brookdale, Freedom Plaza’s parent company, announced the sale of 14 Continuing Care Communities, including Freedom Plaza, to Healthpeak, a Real Estate Investment Trust with an enterprise value of almost $25B. This transaction is expected to close during the first business quarter of 2020. Management of Freedom Plaza is to be provided by Life Care Services, a privately held company with a stellar 45-year history of operating excellence in life-plan communities such as Freedom Plaza. All existing contracts with residents will be fully honored and both divisional support team members and employees of Freedom Plaza will remain in place. Quoting Mary Brickel, Executive Director of Freedom Plaza, “little change is expected with this transition.” Freedom Plaza was developed, then managed, by Freedom Group, Inc., opening its doors to residents in 1992. In 1998, it was sold to American Retirement Corporation and in 2007 to Brookdale. In this time-frame Freedom Plaza has had eleven different executive directors. Changes? Oh, yes, there have been changes at Freedom Plaza, just as there are changes in nearly all living environments over time. Each company involved at Freedom Plaza has brought with them new ideas for optimal retirement living, and each executive director their personal management style. Yet Freedom Plaza—like the land-locked cruise ship to which it is often compared—sails serenely over smooth seas, even through transitions.
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Big Cat Rescue Surprises
By Kai Rambow Standing on his hind legs, Hercules, the snow leopard, was at eye level with us. He completely ignored our presence as his hunter’s gaze fixed on a distant animal. Being that close to a notoriously reclusive big cat is just one of many thrilling moments you can experience at this sanctuary. Every visit has provided a wonderful surprise. Imagine standing beside the largest of them all – not a lion, but a tiger. Its sheer size will take your breath away. Fantastic, close views of most of the big cats will stimulate your senses. Gasps of astonishment are common at this non-profit, educational sanctuary. This is probably the closest you’ll ever be to lions, tigers, leopards and a dozen other species. Seeing the size of their paws, their rippling muscles and beautiful coats is an aweinspiring experience. Sanctuary vs. Zoo Unlike a zoo, the cats here have been rescued from often horrible circumstances, such as growing up chained
to a concrete block. In this peaceful, safe environment the animals are free to live out the rest of their lives in comfort. On my most recent visit, new tigers were still suspicious of us. When we encountered long term residents, these tigers “chuffed” indicating they were happy to see us. No breeding, crass displays, or physical contacts take place at Big Cat. There are no traditional cages or concrete floors. Instead natural terrain enclosures have been created. For example, in the wild leopards are avid tree climbers. Every leopard here has a tree or log to climb on. Some of the cats are panicked when they first arrive at Big Cat because they’ve never felt natural earth beneath their paws. Bobcat Rehabilitation One of Big Cat’s recent endeavors has been rehabilitating wild bobcats that have been injured or orphaned. “If you get a domestic kitten, it naturally chases stuff. What people don’t realize is that bobcat mothers spend two years teaching them to hunt.
This caracal is just one example of a smaller cat that you can see up close instead of at a distance.
We have to teach them to hunt. If they come as newborns, where they’re on a bottle we work very hard not to have them bond to people. We don’t talk around them; radios go off. We wear suits that make you look like a bush, so they don’t associate with people. When we do the bottle feeding, we use heavy gloves so they don’t come into contact with people. As soon as they are ready for solid food, we use chopped up rodents, so they are only used to natural prey,” shared Howard Baskin, board member at Big Cat. The recovery compounds have been built in an isolated area. These are specially designed and built. “When using live bait, bobcats are unaware of where the rodents will be released conditioning them to the fact they have to be on the lookout for food and to practice their hunting skills. Rodents can come up in different places in the cage,” explained Baskin. Tips for a Great Visit What to Expect: In a zoo you can wander around. At Big Cat, you’ll be taken on a guided tour, ensuring you’ll learn, enjoy,
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By B. Frank Kepley CAPT USN (Ret) Jamie McPherson, a Veteran Care Coordinator with the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, was the featured speakers at the Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) luncheon at the Freedom Plaza Club on December 19. In 2002, Jamie joined the Department of Homeland Security as a member of the Transportation Security Administration. During his time with TSA he began working with Carlie Conover and Jamie the Wounded Warrior Program McPherson assisting veterans and injured active duty members. Since 2014, he has been a Veteran Care Coordinator with the Crisis Center of Tampa. The Crises Center provides numerous essential services to the Tampa community including a 2-1-1 crisis hot line, sexual assault services, suicide prevention, trauma counseling, TransCare Medical Transportation and the Florida Veteran Support Line. He said that 17,699 veterans were served, and 35,150 veteran referrals were made in 2019.
Newsome High Band Director Addresses MOWW
By B. Frank Kepley CAPT USN (Ret) Mitchell Reed, Director of Bands at Newsome High in Lithia, FL, was the featured speakers at the Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) luncheon at the Freedom Plaza Club on January 16. Accompanying Mr. Reed was Alex Fullerton, the school’s student Drum Major. In 2015, Mitchell traveled to England with a group of students to participate in a co-directed production of West Side Story Michell Reed and Charlie Conover, with a British Military School. Commander of SCC MOWW Newsome High School traveled Chapter. to Rome, Italy to participate in New Year’s Day festivities. They have also participated in the National Independence Day parade in Washington, D.C., and will be participating in the Massing of the Colors program, sponsored by the local MOWW chapter at the Community Hall on Sunday, 8 March, from 2 to 3 p.m. The MOC is a rededication to the United States, our country, and its Flag. Military, public safety, Scouting, JROTC, Veteran, patriotic and service organizations are invited to participate. Mitchell said that the Newsome band program stresses teamwork and development of leaders and not necessarily winning individual or group awards. He said “the students make the magic happen.”
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MFST Holds Appreciation Party for Staff
By B. Frank Kepley CAPT USN (Ret) Military Family Support Trust (MFST) trustees met in the Freedom Plaza Auditorium on December 19 for a Christmas gathering to show appreciation for the fine job the MFST staff has done in 2019. The event was not only a holiday get-together, but also served to welcome Nancy Alguire, former president of MFST, back from her recent surgery.
Chamber Names MFST Best Nonprofit
By B. Frank Kepley CAPT USN (Ret) The Military Family Support Trust was presented the best Nonprofit organization award at the Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce Annual Installation of Directors Banquet held at the Renaissance Club on Friday, January 10. Learn more about MFST at mfst.us or call Jane Keegan at 813.634.4675.
L to R: Connie Lesko, named Community Leader of the Year, and Jane Keegan, president of MFST, are shown with their awards.
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By Andrea L.T. Peterson In 1926, long before our nation declared February “Black History Month,” the second week in February—the week spanning Abraham Lincoln’s and Frederick Douglass’s birthdays—was named “Negro History Week.” In each decade of the not-quite-100 years since, we have been introduced to new, notable inventors, scientists, mathematicians, doctors, athletes, and philanthropists, all previously unsung heroes. And we’ve only begun to scratch the surface. Black History Month demands a deeper look. Several impressive, impactful books— each as difficult to read as it was to stop reading before the final page—gives a glimpse into the unvarnished truth. The first book, Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill, is the fictional account of a young African girl, caught by slave traders in her native village, brought in inhumane conditions to the New World and sold into slavery, where
treatment was not much more humane. Fortunately, her father had taught her to read, so she had a higher value in the master’s house, where she was eventually given preferential treatment. Readers follow her from the auction block to freedom to a significant role in the abolitionist movement in the U.S. and Europe. This amazing, beautifully written book makes Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup sound like a fairy tale. The second book, Harriet Washington’s exhaustive Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present, is a true accounting of how first as slaves, then as freed men and women well into the 20th century, thousands of unwilling men and women were guinea pigs in medical experimentation. An extremely difficult read, but one well worth the time, Medical Apartheid is highly recommended. The third and final book is
Seminar: Be Prepared for Hurricane Season
Emergency Squad Chief Mike Bardell says there will be two hurricane preparedness seminars on February 25. The seminars will include information that is very specific to the housing area where you live.
By Diane M. Loeffler Mark your calendars for February 25. You will want to attend 90-minute seminar on hurricane preparedness. Chief Mike Bardell promises a fast-paced program with experts from various fields. Each presenter will speak for five minutes telling us what we need to hear the most. After the program, they will be available at tables for individual questions and answers. Bardell says, “Fifty percent of current residents have never experienced a hurricane. It isn’t a question of ‘if’ a hurricane will hit, but of ‘when’ it will hit. This seminar will answer questions like “Who are you going to call?” and “What are you going to do?” The seminar is offered in Kings Points Veterans Theater from 9 to 11 a.m. and the large meeting room in Community Hall on South Pebble Beach Boulevard from 1 to 3 p.m. It is being sponsored by The Emergency Squad, Samaritan Services, and the Security Patrol. See you there.
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Conviction: The Murder Trial That Powered Thurgood Marshall’s Fight for Civil Rights by Denver Nicks and John Nicks. This true story is just one of the many injustices witnessed by Thurgood Marshall when the NAACP’s new Legal Defense and Education Fund sent him, their young chief counsel, to take part in the trial of W.D. Lyons, long before Marshall earned his 1967 appointment to the Supreme Court of the United States. In rural Oklahoma in 1939, a white couple and their infant son were brutally murdered and their home was burned to the ground. It was immediately evident that a minimum-security prison whose inmates were part of a work release program was likely responsible. However, revealing this would reflect poorly on the warden whose lax security would be blamed and bring bad publicity and consequences to him and other state officials, including the governor. Enter poor, illiterate, innocent Black farm laborer,
W.D. Lyons. The 20-year old was arrested and tortured until he finally confessed to whatever the officials told him he had done. He was tried, convicted, and sentenced to life in prison, in spite of his insistence that he was innocent and evidence, witnesses, and confessions to the contrary. Marshall saw an opportunity to advance case law on “vital civil rights policy” (in this case, the rights of the accused) by coming to the aid of Lyons, a black citizen who had experienced an awful injustice. So, as the nation acknowledges Black History Month, take the opportunity to dig beneath the surface and discover for yourself what Black History really is and how the lives of all of us have been influenced by the hidden truths of Black American History.
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New York Club Mardi Gras Party
Monday, February 3 at 5 p.m. Kings Point Veterans Theater Music by soulRcoaster. Food by Banquet Masters which consists of roasted leg of lamb, roast pork, chicken marsala, vegetables, salad, bar, dessert table, coffee and soda. Price $25 for members, $28.50 for guests. Info: Frank Gatto at 813.633.8942.
Gabriel Bello and Natural Wonder at Kings Point
Tuesday, February 4 at 7:30 p.m. Kings Point Veterans Theater The Ultimate Stevie Wonder Experience, an epic endeavor that brings real musicianship, a dynamic stage show, and a deep, studious love of the Stevie Wonder legacy to audiences who know that good, authentic music is “a language we all understand.” Tickets $27.50 or pick four for $99.
Italian Club of Kings Point Dinner Dance
February 20, Doors open at 4:30, Dinner at 5, Dancing at 6:30 Music by Good Stuff Entertainment. Food by Banquet Masters. Menu: baked ham, lemon chicken, stuffed shells, rice, vegetables, salad bar, dessert. Coffee, tea, soda served by the club. BYOB. Tickets: $25 members, $28 nonmembers. Tickets available at Veterans Theater lobby on February 4 and 5 from 9 to noon. Info: May Fleming 813.419.4790 or Terry De Vito 813.260.3220.
Kings Point Dance Club “Sweetheart Dinner Dance”
Wednesday, February 5 Join the Kings Point Dance Club at the Veterans Theater in the North Clubhouse for dinner and dancing. Doors open 5 p.m. Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Dancing from 7 to 9 p.m. Music by Dan Fugazzotto. All Kings Point and SCC singles and guests welcome. Dress code: dressy, men’s jacket and tie. BYOB. Cost: members $25, guests $30. Dance only: members free, guests $5. More info: Eileen 203.907.6111.
Feline Folks Meow Mixer
Thursday, February 6; Board meeting 3:30, Mixer at 4:30 Kings Point 2020 Culinary Room Start the new year helping to care for our furry residents. If you have an interest in fostering or helping with the feeding of our community cats, this is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the group’s efforts. No pressure, just information. The cats are fed every day with a special mixture of cat food. This is provided by the group as is training and support. Feline Folks is a 501©3, totally not for profit operating on donations and through the kindness of volunteers. Learn more: “Info@FelineFolks.us” or better yet, stop by the Meow Mixer or information table.
Tommy Mara and the Crest
Thursday, February 15 at 7:30 p.m. Kings Point Veterans Theater Tommy Mara has a reputation for being a powerful singer and for having an incredible stage presence. Tommy has been referred to as the Pavarotti of Doo Wop and is now known as “The Meatloaf of Doo Wop”. Tickets $27.50 or pick four for $99.
Friends of History Meeting
Monday, February 10 Banquet Room of the Kings Point North Clubhouse Social gathering at 9:30 a.m. Meeting at 10. All residents of Kings Point and Sun City Center are welcome. For those who reside in Sun City Center, but not Kings Point, enter thru the visitor entrance and tell security that you want to attend Friends of History Group meeting. The topic of Discussion will be The March for Women’s Suffrage, 1848-1920, presented by Ms. Jan Bassett. RSVP to Ron Browning at “friendsofhistorygroup27.com” or 813.922.6524 if you have further questions, know of any speakers that may want to speak before the club or have a friend that may have an interest in joining the club.
Kings Point’s Healthy Lifestyles Meetup
Wednesday, February 5 at 6:30 p.m. Culinary Room, 2020 Building, Kings Point Featuring “Chef Mark!” $15 Tickets at KP Box Office. All are welcome. Info: “HealthyMeetUp.org” or “HealthyMeetup@gmail.com”.
Three Dog Night Experience
Tuesday, February 18 at 7:30 p.m. Kings Point Veterans Theater Three Dog Night ruled the airways between 1969 and 1975, with 21 consecutive Top 40 hits, seven going gold. This is not just a tribute to the iconic band but rather an engaging and exciting concert experience that will have audiences feeling like they are spending an evening with Three Dog Night as never before. Tickets $27.50 or pick four for $99.
Eagle Audubon’s Meeting
Thursday, February 20 at 1:20 p.m. Banquet Room of the Kings Point North Clubhouse Kris Porter, the Founder and Licensed Rehabilitator of Owl’s Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife, will explain how the Sanctuary has saved thousands of local injured wildlife. Hear about the plans for the new five-acre center in the Tampa area that is opening to rehab birds, mammals, tortoises and more. Info: “eagleaudubonflorida.org”.
The Nowhere Band
Tuesday, February 25 at 7:30 p.m. Kings Point Veterans Theater Covering the full spectrum of The Beatles’ long and varied career, The Nowhere Band creates an unparalleled reproduction, entirely live, of 60s Beatles performances blending period costumes, authentic instruments and an abundantly talented quartet to create an experience any true Beatles fan simply can’t afford to miss. Tickets $27.50 or pick four for $99.
Kings Point Pinochle Club
Wednesdays and Fridays at 6:15 p.m. Kings Point North Clubhouse Pinochle is played in the card room in the. We invite all knowledgeable single deck pinochle players living in Sun City Center to come and play. Cost is .75 cents. Contact Judy at 813.634.5364.
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Leaving a Lasting Legacy: Doris Ragland
By Kai Rambow Doris Ragland recently passed away, just before her 99th birthday. Ragland developed Samaritan Services from an idea into an organization providing multiple services; four volunteers to over 250; volunteers using their own cars to a fleet of eight; and no money to paying cash for the new building. Ragland volunteered in our community for over 30 years – longer than many people’s careers. Her efforts created one of the most helpful organizations here benefitting hundreds of residents who are no longer able to drive or do not have someone to take them to medical appointments. That help continued after Ragland retired to Bradenton near her family, and continues today. “We’re all up in years, with no family to support us when we need help. Where do we go but to each other?” emphasized Ragland. Recently, a couple was separated with one at home and one stuck in a nursing home. With no car, Samaritan
Get Off the Couch: Try Clogging
By Paula Lickfeldt Clogging is a form of dance that is very similar to tap dancing. The main difference is that clogging shoes have double taps on the front of the shoe and at the back of the shoe. The Sun City Center Cloggers have been performing for SCC and surrounding areas since May of 2000. They dance to a variety of musical styles including country, oldies, pop, and patriotic songs. Clogging is a great way to exercise and it helps develop memory skills. The first time the SCC Cloggers performed in the KP Follies was in 2002. They performed “Lord of the Dance”, an Irish step-dance type dance. The SCC Cloggers were the first recipients of the June Cheever’s award. The group has been active in the community since their beginning, performing at Fun Fest and the Follies. They also perform for clubs and organizations as well as nursing homes when requested. A fee is never requested, the group just enjoys performing. The SCC Cloggers meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. until noon at the dance studio in the Atrium building. Both men and women are in the group to share in the fun. Beginners are encouraged to come on Thursday from 10 until 11 a.m. At this time, basic moves are taught so the beginner can learn and then work his/her way up to the performance group. Beginners, however, are welcome at any time. Interested? Everyone is welcome to come and watch during practice times. Everyone is welcome to join the fun of clogging at any time. For more information call the instructor Barb Longo at 813.469.7924 or Barb Di Salvo, club president, at 260.888.5745.
Services drove the healthy spouse to visit the one under nursing care. Known for her great sense of humor, Ragland often described her Doris Ragland dedication this photo courtesy of way: “I figured Andy Ledoux. I’d either become an alcoholic or workaholic after my husband died. I’d rather be here [Samaritans] than at home.” Ragland arrived at 7 a.m. every morning to ensure cars would be dispatched to take people to appointments. Samaritans made over 9,000 such trips last year. The cars used only for SCC trips log 100 miles every day. One client reflected, “It has been a blessing. I don’t know how I’d manage otherwise.” Family First Despite her unwavering commitment, Ragland made time for family. Her oldest granddaughter, Emily, said,
“She has spent most of her life dedicated to helping others. She’s super generous with her family as well. She really cares about her family and friends.” When Emily spent a year in Japan teaching ballet, she blogged. “She’s not super technical, but she went online and read every blog while I was abroad.” Ragland’s daughter, Kathy, summarized her mother, “It’s her life’s passion. She takes care of people.” Ragland’s son, Bud, shared, “She’s always been very selfless. When I was in grade school, we had a special room for the Red Cross. She ran all the volunteer activities there.” One resident gushed, “Doris was one of the most compassionate and caring people I’ve met in my entire life.” She leveraged those qualities by building one of the most helpful, valuable service organizations in our community. Doris Ragland, who’s first career was as an Army nurse, will be buried beside her first husband at Arlington cemetery later this year.
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Emergency Squads Celebrate Late for You
By Kai Rambow Teams 4 and 8 had a delayed Christmas celebration because of us. They were busy over the holidays volunteering and providing emergency coverage as members of the Emergency Squad. When they finally had a chance to celebrate together, everyone contributed to lovely buffet, followed by a “serious” card game, in which everyone could participate.
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FAITH &service February 2020
Crafters & Artists Wanted for Spring Art & Craft Fair
Temple Beth Israel Rummage Sale Tuesday, February 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 1115 Del Webb Blvd East. All welcome.
Beth Israel Sisterhood
Tuesday, February 4 at 1 p.m. 1115 Del Webb Blvd. East Members and female guests are invited to join us in the social hall. Cheri Schumacher, Outreach Coordinator for C.A.R.E (Critter Adoption Rescue Effort), will present the program. C.A.R.E. is a nonprofit, no-kill animal shelter whose many volunteers work hard to protect and find homes for stray and unwanted pets in Hillsborough County. Please bring a donation to the meeting from the following items on their wish list: dish soap, alcohol, peroxide, or paper towels. The website at “www.careshelter.org” includes other items. Refreshments served. RSVP to Bonnie Sobel 813.812.6952.
Trinity Women’s Fellowship
February 18 at noon A representative from the Sarasota National Cemetery will be sharing information about Wreaths Across America.” Guests are always welcome at the monthly fellowships. For information about TWF, check their website at “www.trinitybaptistscc.com” or call the office at 813.634.4228.
Presentation on the Hope Fund
Wednesday, February 19 at 10 a.m. Carla Miles, founder and president of the Hope Fund, will provide a presentation on the program at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 701 Valley Forge Blvd. The Hope Fund is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization run entirely by volunteers dedicated to helping Wimauma school children learn, grow, and have fun in a safe and nurturing environment. Join us to hear about a program benefiting youth. For more information, call the church office at 813.634.1292
Crafters and artists are wanted for the annual Art & Craft Fair to be held at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church 1239 Del Webb Blvd. West on Saturday, March 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For an application and more information, call the church at 813.634.1252 or email Nancy Metcalf at “firstname.lastname@example.org”.
Project Hunger Fighting Food Insecurity for 20 Years
Dolores Clark moved here in 1999 and recognized hunger in this community. Largely through her passion and energy — and the Knights of Columbus and their wives — Our Lady’s Pantry was born. In the beginning, monthly Project Hunger collections at Prince of Peace and Our Lady of Guadalupe made it possible to provide big bags of food for about 25-30 families a week. Today, 20 years later, more than 1,800 clients are registered at Our Lady’s Pantry, many of whom come regularly for food. Leo Pelzel has served as Coordinator for Project Hunger for most of the past two decades. Pelzel says that Project Hunger at Prince of Peace yielded a stunning 840 pounds of food and $2,074.24 in monetary donations on this particular weekend. Leo Pelzel carting Project Hunger Added to the Project Hunger food donations to the storeroom at collection this weekend at Our Prince of Peace before Mass one Lady of Guadalupe, the Pantry Sunday. had the money needed to purchase lots of nutritious food for our neighbors in need.
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