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FEBRUARY 12 Board Workshop to discuss Agenda Board Room – 9 a.m. 14 Board Meeting Rollins Theater - 9 a.m. 15 Volunteer Picnic Florida Room – 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. 20 Community Leaders Meeting Florida Room – 9 a.m. 26 CO-OP Leaders Meeting Caper Room – 2 p.m. MARCH 12 Board Workshop to discuss Agenda Board Room – 9 a.m. 13 Shredding Day North Course Lane – 9 a.m. to Noon 14 Board Meeting Rollins Theater - 9 a.m. 17 FunFest Central Campus – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 20 Community Leaders Meeting Florida Room – 9 a.m. 21 Membership Meeting Community Hall – 7 p.m. 26 CO-OP Leaders Meeting Caper Room – 2 p.m.

February 2018

Save the Date: FunFest is March 17

By Diane M. Loeffler Mark your calendars for FunFest, from 9 to 2 on March 17. There will be breakfast and lunch food and snacks, a wide variety of entertainment all day, a health fair, Lifeline Screening, and cars on display. Sun City Radio will be located in the gazebo. You will also be able to pick up maps at the gazebo. Everyone should plan to park near the Community Center on South Pebble Beach. As in the past, parking near the North Campus will be quite limited. For the convenience of all attendees, handicapped accessible buses will be

running continuously from Community Hall. These buses will drop you off in front of the new office building. If you have a service dog, you may bring him or her with you, but please leave other pets at home. Brigitt Lewis is chairing FunFest this year. The committee began meeting in November. Most of this year’s committee worked on the 2017 event and FunFest 2018 will benefit from their experience.

FunFest 2017 File Photos

Agendas for the monthly Board Meetings will be posted on Official Bulletin Board in the Atrium the Monday before and on the CA website ( – under “Association”). They will also be sent via “What’s New in the CA” email. Every Wednesday: Orientation for new members in the Board Room in the Modulars starting at 1 p.m. sharp.

CA Contact Information Phone: 633-3500 Website: Information Center 813-633-4670

New Directors Sworn In

The Story of SCC

Events Catered at Our Cafe

By Kai Rambow, Photo by Tara Rishter Several groups are taking advantage of the café’s space and catering to hold events. Recently, new resident and real estate agent, Sandy Guthrie, held a reception for all of her clients. “I love this space and hold meetings here all the time,” enthused Guthrie, “so I decided to have my event here with Ambreen taking care of the catering.” Since the event was held after regular café hours, guests had the café all to themselves.


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The 2018 Community Association Board includes, seated: Treasurer Jim Schwartz, Corporate Secretary Sam Sudman, President John Luper, Vice President Joe Elam. Standing: Director Dave Birkett, Director Marilyn Coté-Miller, Director Bob Sullivan, Director Helen Lewis, Director Jerry Gibson and Director Doug Seipelt (Photo by John Bowker).

By Ilona Merritt Our new Community Association Directors were sworn in at the January membership meeting. Dave Birkett, Joe Elam, Jerry Gibson and Doug Seipelt joined, or re-joined, fellow Directors Marilyn Cote-Miller, Bob Sullivan, Helen Lewis, President John Luper and Corporate Secretary Sam Sudman. President Luper presented an engraved paperweight to outgoing Director Bob Sanchez with sincere appreciation for serving on the Board of Directors from January 4, 2017 to January 3, 2018. Luper also recognized the following with a Certificate of Appreciation for services rendered to the Community Association in 2017: Deputy Jeff Merry in sincere appreciation for all his hard work and dedication towards keeping our members and community safe. The Leathernecks Club in appreciation for all their hard work

in keeping the golf cart trail to Walmart useable for our members. The Men’s Club in appreciation for all they do for the Community Association members and facilities. Howie Griffin in appreciation for his dedication for a successful Holiday Golf Cart Parade 2017. The Audubon Club in appreciation of all the hard work that is done in keeping the nature trails beautiful. David Floyd for his dedication as Chairman of the Internal Audit Committee. Bob & Pat Sullivan and Linda & Frank Oddo in appreciation for their dedication as Co-chairs of the successful Holiday Breakfasts – July 4, 2017 and December 2, 2017. Renee Bray in appreciation for her success in having Anthony Allred showcase Sun City Center Community Association in his “The Greatest of Tampa Bay” program on Channel 8. Brigitt Lewis in appreciation for her dedication for a successful FunFest – 2017.

By the SCC History Society Do you know how Sun City Center got its name? Did you realize that a major fire was a turning point in Sun City Center history? Have you heard that Del Webb was part owner of a major league baseball team at the time he began developing this area? If you are interested in learning the answers to these and other questions, you will have an opportunity to do so this month. John Bowker, longtime resident of the community and president of the Sun City Center History Society, will present a slideshow illustrating the fascinating development of the area. Through years of development by eight different companies the community has grown. Many residents have also contributed to making Sun City Center the great place it is today. Learn about the contributions of such individuals as Del Webb, E.G. Simmons, Ray Watson, Al Hoffman and Stanley Whitcomb. John’s free presentation will take place at Community Hall, 1910 Pebble Beach Blvd. South at 2pm, Saturday, February 17. Light refreshments will be served. You will also have an opportunity to become a member of Friends of the Sun City Center History Society. Cost of membership begins at five dollars per year. Payment may be made by check or cash. Your involvement will allow the preservation and sharing of Sun City Center history to continue.

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What’s New at the Library? By Joanne Gilray, Library Administrator

The BOOK SALE is coming! Our annual SCC Library book sale is going to be on Friday, February 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and again on Saturday, February 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Caper Room. This is different from years past where it was typically held on a Saturday and Sunday so please make note of the day changes. Hope to see you all there! Hillsborough County News: The county library will no longer be charging late fees. Please note that Sun City Center is not part of the county system and all SCC fees are still applicable at this library. It is important to also note that while HCPLC will no longer charge late fees, you are still responsible to bring your items back on time. There will be a grace period of 8 days for Hillsborough County (only) after which, your account will be locked until the item is returned. There are still going to be charges for damaged and lost items. For your convenience, we have flyers in the library detailing the new policy. As technology advances libraries are learning to adapt. Hillsborough County has a large array of electronic resources for patrons to enjoy. From eBooks to movie streaming you can find just about anything at the county library. Hillsborough also offers technology classes and walk-in tech support for those who are needing some assistance with their e-readers, tablets, computers and more. Hillsborough County has been very generous in providing our library with three internet computers and three catalog computers. The catalog computers are located in the Reference Room and do not have regular internet access. The three internet computers are located in the computer lab room within the Reference Room. Please note, we do not have public printers in the library. You will need to visit the Sun City Center Computer Club for assistance with printing. We do provide copy service which is restricted to (10) copies per patron at $.10 per copy. We must adhere to copyright laws therefore, we are unable to make copies of copyrighted materials such as patterns and sheet music. Please see a staff member if you have any questions. “Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” Charles William Eliot Happy Reading!


Hardship financial relief for 2018 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, 2018 to be considered for the current year. Please see Judy Hill at the CA office to pick up an application.



New Yoga Board

January 17, 2018, swearing in by formal President Dr. Coralease Ruff. Classes are held in the New Dance Studio N. Pebble Beach Blvd. Sun City Center for information call Sandra Kereszi 813-634-7075.

President Nancy Hamilton Cottrell, Vice President Mae Ellen Dowdy, Treasurer Utley Smith, Secretary and Website Administrator Anita Hill, Social Chairperson Jan Libbey, Public Relation Chairperson Pat Jones, Administrator of all programs Lynn Sells, and Membership Chairperson Sandra Kereszi.




Monday Movies $247 Needlecrafters Club $500 Community Foundation of Tampa Bay (Durward & Janet Siville Fund) $6,429

Trail Blazing By John Lampkin

Fat is good for you! Just ask the Yellow-rumped Warblers gobbling up the Wax Myrtle berries on the SCC Nature Trails. Yellow-rumps are quintessential snowbirds, leaving summer breeding grounds in the far north for “winter vacation” quarters in Florida. Their arrival here coincides with the ripening of Wax Myrtle fruits, and whether in the north or south these avian trail mix nuggets are so closely tied to the bird that another name for the Yellow-rump is “Myrtle Warbler.” Wax Myrtle berries are coated with abundant wax and back in the day before the light bulb lit up in Tom Edison’s brain and lab, colonists used the wax to make bayberry candles. Facetiously, one way to tell if a Yellow-rump has been eating Wax Myrtle is to smell its breath. A tell-tale sign is a cloying aroma of Ye Olde Colonial Gifte Shoppe! The shrub itself grows to 15 feet tall and is common along the Trails though you won’t always observe the berries because the plant is dioecious. Although both males and females flower, only the females bear fruit. Also, Yellow-rumps are gregarious gadabouts and when a feeding flock moves through those tiny berries disappear quickly. Yellow-rumps are the only warblers that have evolved the ability to digest the wax and the oils and fats are a high-energy staple of their diet. But what is good for them may not be good for you. The Nature Trails trailhead is located opposite North Lake on Del Webb West between Vincennes and Seton Hall. John Lampkin leads interpretive walks on the first Tuesday of each month at 9 am, or by appointment.

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).


Offset License Fees Hardship Fund SCC Library


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

Last First Berss Rochelle Parker Gary Tadsen-Parker Kim Veloz Haidee Murry Chris Turchin Alan & Doris Perelman Estelle Roemer William Angst-Roemer Holly Levin Harvey & Ruth Bollinger James & Rosemary Rose Wendy Lama Timothy McLellan David & Hannah Bakay Sharon Flack Theresa Keyser Bill Garner David & Janene Woods William Willis George & Karen Densmore Clifford & Lesley Hilton Jeffrey & Darnell Page George & Barbara Moore Patricia Bowers Jerry & Joyce Spandau James & Sharlene Hallis Thomas & Patricia Lewis Samuel & Denise Moloney Thomas & Ethel Karg Edward & Shelly Seel Bernard & Kristine Ray Ronald & Helen Wilson Woodrow & Carol Cronk Richard & Delores Pherson Jerry & Marilyn Bartlett Arthur & Debbie Lochte Bob & Kate Marx Lowell & Linda

Num Local Street Hometown St 1520 Allegheny Dr Chicago IL 1702 Amhurst Cir Lafayette CA 1702 Amhurst Cir Lafayette CA 810 Augusta Dr 1304 Burbank Ct Chicago IL 726 Camellia Green Dr Freehold NJ 807 Chipper Dr Youngstown OH 811 Chipper Dr Toledo OH 811 Chipper Dr Toledo OH 813 Chipper Dr Cranston RI 1728 Council Dr Baltimore MD 708 Cypress Pl Rochester NY 708 Cypress Pl Antioch IL 1531 Del Webb Blvd W Holmes Beach FL 2206 Del Webb Blvd W Miamisburg OH 1118 El Rancho Dr Warminster PA 1118 El Rancho Dr Warminster PA 1804 El Rancho Dr Port Hueneme CA 1638 Emerald Dunes Dr New York NY 2332 Emerald Lake Dr Dover FL 1301 Hacienda Dr Grand Haven MI 1511 Heron Dr White Pigeon MI 403 LaJolla Ave New Haven CT 1213 Lakehouse Ct Oldsmar FL 212 Linger Ln Wooster OH 1803 Pacific Dunes Dr Williamsville NY 1804 Pacific Dunes Dr Cleveland OH 1809 Pacific Dunes Dr Sarasota FL 1862 Pacific Dunes Dr Ottawa Ont 1609 Pebble Beach Blvd N Atwater OH 1918 Pebble Beach Blvd N Fishers IN 302 Pebble Beach Blvd S Dora AL 710 Plumbrook Rd Portland ME 2235 Preservation Green Ct Fort Worth TX 1911 Sterling Glen Ct Muncie IN 1925 Sterling Glen Ct Portland OR 204 Wimbly Pl Murray KY 1629 Woodmar Dr Pataskala OH

Phone 813-992-6414 925-324-8321 925-324-8321 646-474-0724 347-979-7924 813-922-4765 813-633-7798 419-944-7446 419-944-7446 813-812-7157 813-601-3474 813-213-9030 813-213-9030 337-281-3430 215-672-8937 215-672-5293 904-755-2475 863-231-7871 850-728-2483 313-701-1301 480-772-5577 813-812-7863 330-464-0433 813-938-3232 813-633-6885 813-773-7002 813-812-7447 330-802-7644 260-437-5882 813-731-3359 813-296-7781 817-528-2081 972-571-9638 503-929-0760 270-978-3980 614-581-4021

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About The Membership Directory

President’s Report By John Luper, CA President Why did you choose Sun City Center as your retirement home? Is it the central location and access to so much around us? Where else can you use a golf cart to go to your bank, your grocery store, your doctors and a hospital? Was it the winter weather here compared to what nearly everyone in the rest of the country has to deal with? Was it all of the amenities provided by our Community Association for such a reasonable price? Or, like me, do you say all of the above and much more? Excitement continues to grow as we see construction of our new administration building almost finished. We now expect the contractor to be done in a few weeks and we will have our certificate of occupancy (CO). Staff will then start doing their part of preparing for the move from our temporary offices into the new building. The actual date for the move will probably not happen until early May after season is over and we will interrupt our residents the least. I look forward to visiting with all of our committee volunteers at their special luncheon to be held on February 15 in the Florida room. And March is just around the corner, and everyone should mark their calendar for coming to FunFest on Saturday March 17. Enjoy the weather.

By Uta Kuhn Have you ever wondered why our Sun City Center Phone Book is called a “Membership Directory”? Well there is a very good reason for this. If you’ve ever looked at the first 29 pages of the directory, you’ll understand why it got its name. That’s because those 29 pages contain a wealth of information useful to our residents. As an example, Page one lists Emergency Numbers, for the following: 1. Emergency Squad Ambulance 2. Kings Point Security 3. SCC Security Patrol 4. Community Resource Deputy Sheriff ’s Office 5. Deputy Non-Emergency Sheriff And that’s not all. There is also a Priority Number List including such numbers as the Community Association Office, Samaritan Services SCC Ride, etc. Page Three has a list of Community Numbers which include numbers for Freedom Plaza, Aston Gardens, Lifepath Hospice, The Maintenance Dept. and numbers for CA Club Rooms. Club Room numbers are an important part of the directory if you need to get a hold of someone (in an emergency) if they happen to be in a particular room. The list is too long to mention here, so if you need the number of a Club Room be sure to check out Page Three. Page Four lists numbers for all Houses of Worship, including surrounding communities. Page Five – All Area Hospitals. Pages Six, Seven, Eight - Community Support Services, such as Alzheimer’s Support Group, American Cancer Society, Community Information Center, and many, many more, too numerous to list. Page Nine – any information you could possibly need


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 15, 2018 FLORIDA ROOM 12 TO 2 PM

regarding Hurricane Preparedness. Page Eleven – need information on Recycling, be sure to check out this page. To keep you from getting overloaded on information listed in The Directory, below is a list of other information which is listed: 1. Library- Fitness Center- Pool Rules, and Walking Trails. 2. Government Agencies, Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce. 3. Board of Directors, SCC Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws. 4. List of All Club Presidents, and Organizations, including such organizations such as Lion’s Club, Military Family Support Trust, etc. etc. 5. List of Property Owner Association Presidents 6. Area map, travel information – including numbers for local airlines, airports, and car rental agencies. 7. Maps for central campus and south campus. And that’s just the beginning of all the helpful information you will find in the Sun City Center Membership Directory.


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

Sun City Center Swim Club

The Sun City Center Swim Dancers will be featuring a song from The Little Mermaid during its annual show on March 10. The “Mermaids” will delight the audience as they glide through the water with flippers to the tune part of Your World. Eight more numbers will be performed by the eleven women that are the swim dancers. The show was sold out last year, so be sure to mark your calendar. Tickets are $3 and will be on sale by members in February and at the kiosk in the Atrium Building at the Central Campus during the first two weeks preceding the show. All residents of Sun City Center and Judy Quitsch, Rosemary Collins-Riley, Kings Point are invited to join the Swim Sharon Axtell Dancers Club. No special skills are necessary. All that is needed is the ability to swim. Anyone interested is invited to watch a practice any Monday or Wednesday evening at 7:30pm in the lap pool in the Atrium Building. For information please call Sue Muise at 813 633-2479.

Registered Nurses Club

Potters Contribute To Empty Bowls

Potters from the Potters Wheel Club of SCC traveled to the Clay Center of St. Petersburg to participate in a “Throw-A-Thon” event to make clay bowls for an Empty Bowls Fundraiser. The group of 11 club members created over 75 clay bowls in the one-day Throw-A-Thon. They created bowls by throwing clay on a wheel and by building the bowls by hand using pinch pots and coils. The bowls will be trimmed, glazed and fired and be used as part of “Empty Bowls,” an international project to fight hunger. Clay Center St. Petersburg will sponsor an event on March 3 where a simple meal is served in the donated bowls. Guests choose a bowl to use that day and keep as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. In exchange for the meal and bowl, guests contribute to a local hungerfighting organization, in this case, St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank. For questions on the Empty Bowls event, contact Clay Center St. Petersburg at (727) 439-8522. For information on the Potters Wheel Club, which is open to all CA members, contact the Studio at (813) 642-2074 or stop by 952 Cherry Hills Drive in SCC.

The RN Club is in the process of recruiting officers for the coming year. Our next meeting is in a new location. We’ll meet at the usual time (9:15 a.m.) in Room 3 of the Community Hall on the south campus (1910 Pebble Beach Blvd. South). Parking is plentiful at the Community Hall. Coffee and treats will be available during our social time. Our speaker is Noreen Schramm from the Emergency Squad. Noreen will explain the “inner workings” of the squad and answer questions from members. Election of new officers for the club will occur in April at our regular meeting At a previous meeting, Vivian Hodgkin, RN discussed community mental health (April 5). Installation of new officers will take problems with Karen Fredericks, MSW. place at the May 3 Spring/Nurses Day Luncheon. The luncheon will take place in the Florida Room of the Atrium Building. Information about the club is available from Lynne Murphy, RN at 813-634-6707.

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SCC Photo Club Chamber Of Commerce Display

On December 12, the Sun City Center photo club held its annual best of the best photo competition. Photographers submitted their 2017 winning entries to be judged. The Best of the Best Award was given to Ann Jacques for her color digital photo, entitled, ”Sunflower Side View.” All of the winning photos are now being displayed at the Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce and can be viewed by all. The photos will be on display until Thursday, February 15. For information on our photo club, please visit our website at www.photoclubscc. com. Our club meets every second Tuesday evening at 6:30 in the Caper Room.

Computer Club Monthly Meeting

February 7, Wednesday 7 p.m. in the Florida Room, in the Atrium. Kevin Goodwin from Malwarebytes Security Company will be our speaker. Come and hear the good, the bad, and the ugly aspects of computer security.

Computer Club Classes

Sign up for your choice of class in the Computer Lab, (Atrium Building) Monday through Saturday, 12:30 - 5 p.m. Student must be a member in good standing at Sun City Center or Kings Point. Tuition is payable upon registration. For additional information email: Beverly Hiller, Education Director at For all the details of each listed class, go to the Computer Club website www. Detailed information is also available in the computer lab. Should I Buy a Chromebook Introduction to Computers Fri., Feb 16, 9 – 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb 3, 10, 17, 24, 9 – 11 a.m. Tuning Your PC Workshop Backup! Backup! Tues., Feb 20, 8:30 – noon Thur., Feb 8 or Thur., Feb 22, 8:45 - noon Introduction to File Explorer Facebook 101 Fri., Feb 23, 9 – noon Monday, Feb 12, 9 – noon Buying a Computer Windows 10 Workshop Tues., Feb 27, 9 – 11 a.m. Tues., Feb 13 and Thur., Feb 15, 9 – noon Moving Your Pictures from Your iPhone Managing Investments with Excel Wed., Feb 28, 9 – 10:30 a.m. Wed., Feb 14, 9 – 10:30 a.m.

Sun City Center Photo Club Meets February 13

The Sun City Center Photo Club will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 13, in the Caper Room located in the Atrium Building on the Sun City Center main campus. Matthew Dill, an internet marketer and photographer will be our guest speaker. Matt is also a videographer and an FAA certified remote pilot. Living in Massachusetts until 2015, Matt then moved to North Port, Florida. He is the owner of Stellar Web Production, where he offers internet marketing services to customers throughout the country. Matt will give an overview of what he has learned while flying and will demonstrate examples of how to take aerial photos for commercial and personal use. The club meeting begins at 6:30 and is open to all members and their guests. So, if you have an interest in aerial photography, then please join us for a very knowledgeable evening. Membership dues are $20 annually and $30 for a household couple. For more information, please visit our club website at

SCC Scrapbooking Club

By Robbin StrattonUpson The SCC Scrapbooking Club celebrated the holiday season at their annual Christmas Luncheon during their monthly meeting on Monday December 18, in the Armstrong Room of the Atrium. Eighteen members enjoyed trays of chicken fingers, sandwiches, fruit, and finger desserts. Members once again elected Betty James to continue as president and Jeanne Ratliff as secretary/treasurer for 2018. Membership Dues are $5, payable by check to ‘SCC Scrapbooking Club’. If you are interested in preserving your memories or family history, please contact Jeanne Ratliff at 642-9669 to join our fun group which meets monthly on the third Monday of each month. Reminder: per CA/KP rules, please bring your CA or Kings Point ID badge.

Photo by Pat Jones

Aquasizers Elect New Board

Shellcrafter’s Winner

Carolyn Schrom was the winner of the Shellcrafter’s raffle basket at the Holiday Walk. The next raffle will be drawn at FunFest.

Bunka Art Stitchers Club

By Barb Carlini, Publicity Chairperson The Bunka Art Stitchers Club of Sun City Center is having a show displaying over 100 framed pictures that are all done with thread. It is precise punch needle artwork of many different types of stitches. Originated from Japan. Many of our kits come from Japan. Other kits from Canada and Australia. Some artwork is with animals, birds, snow scenes, boats, flowers, summer cottages, religious, ships, Disney, people and more. It will be held in the Florida Room, Thursday, February 8, 2018 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. There will be greeters and demonstrators showing you the Art of Japanese Embroidery with 4 ply-3 ply-2 ply-and 1 ply threads. Our teacher, Joan Wetzel, will also be there to answer any questions you may have. No charge for the show, refreshments will be served. Call Barb Carlini for further information.

Metaphysical Society Presentations

10 A.M. Wednesdays in the Heritage Room Admission $1 with love offering requested to benefit our Society. Bring your Community ID. February 7 - “Fast and Easy Pain Relief with Bio-energy Healing”, Csongor Daniel, International Lecturer, Author, and one time Honorary President of the International Bio-therapy Association will present simple ways to reduce pain and restore your health through energetic healing techniques. February 14 – “Reincarnation Make Life Sensible”, Holli Cantrell will share why she turned to hypnosis for help with her health; how reincarnation refuted her religious teachings; her perspective of eternal life; and her own past life experiences. February 21 – “Where are we in the Ascension Process”, Carl Franklin, Spiritual Metaphysical Researcher and Coptic Minister and his wife Ortrun will cover how the Ascension Process began, what progression has occurred, and what is happening on Earth with the Human Race at this time. February 28 – “How to Receive Spiritual Guidance”, Ed Foote, master student of A Course in Miracles and the Edgar Cayce Readings will present the many sources of spiritual guidance including prayer, meditation, dreams and angels

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 1pm. The dates and times may change as necessary. Per the Fire Code of Hillsborough County, seating capacity is limited to 145 attendees. Seating is reserved for Sun City Center Community Association members/guests who present current cards or a KP ID badge

February 12 • How to Be a Latin Lover •1 Hour, 55 Minutes

Front L to R: Susie Gill, Robbin StrattonUpson, Terry Steele, Jenny Barrett, Roberta Fisner, Betty James, Hanna Husak. Back L to R: Jeanne Ratliff, Barbara Cleary, Denise Rosen, Brenda Swank, Anne Fagan, Cindy Dixon, Ann Davis. Not pictured: Lisa Cleary, Loreen Diamond, Debbie Jones, Leanne Plumb

President and Co-President: Joyce Allison and Winnie Walsh Vice-President: Mark Erickson Secretary: Cheryl Walters Treasurer: Barbara Schneider Social Directors: Marilyn Hall and Sue Bakers Sunshine Director: Barbara Heaps

When aging Latin lover Maximo (Derbez) is suddenly dumped by the older woman he married for money, he moves in with his estranged sister Sara (Salma Hayek) and her 10-year-old son, Hugo. Determined to return to the lap of luxury, Maximo uses Hugo to meet a rich widow—and learns that love and trust must be earned in this hilarious film. Starring: Eugenio Derbez, Salma Hayek, Rob Lowe, Kristen Bell, Raquel Welch Genre: Comedy Rating: PG-13 for brief nudity, sexual references and gestures, crude humor

February 26 • Passengers •1 Hour, 56 Minutes

Two passengers, Aurora and Jim, are onboard a spaceship transporting them to a new life on another planet. The trip takes a deadly turn when their hibernation pods mysteriously wake them 90 years before they reach their destination. As they try to unravel the mystery behind the malfunction, they discover that the ship itself is in grave danger. With the lives of 5,000 sleeping passengers at stake, only Jim and Aurora can save them all. Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Sheen Genre: Action & Adventure, Drama, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy Rating: PG-13 for action/peril, sexuality, nudity

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The Winter Olympics and Your Favorite Seafood?

By Kai Rambow December 26: It’s the day after Christmas and while most people are still sleeping, a few competitive figure skaters are warming up for their regular practice sessions. Joshua (Josh) Santillan and his figure skating partner, Jessica Pfund, will work with their coach one hour this morning, one hour in the afternoon and practice individually for 45 minutes. That’s just ice time. December 27, 3:45 p.m.: Even though it’s the week before the Nationals competition, Josh heads across the highway from the Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex to Anna Maria Oyster Bar (AMOB) to start his shift as a server. He trains full-time, works full-time at AMOB and is taking college courses online, maintaining a 3.5 GPA. Practicing a death spiral. The Commitment across the country. Both skaters stopped Born in Northern California, Jessica’s attending regular school. “When you whole family moved to Colorado when become more serious about the sport, she was 7 to pursue skating. After it can’t be a before and after school competing as a single skater for several activity,” explained Josh. “Practicing at years, Jessica switched to pairs. This five in the morning, my body was only involved moving first to California and capable of so much.” “I switched to then here to Florida to train. Jessica online schooling in eighth grade, so I and her mother are here; her father could skate during the day,” concurred and brother are still in Colorado. Both Jessica. “You then spend most of your parents support her, and Jessica coaches day at the rink. They called us ‘Rinkrats.’ after training. I even have a T-shirt that says ‘Rinkrat.’” Josh has a similar history of moving all The biggest challenge is paying for

Pairs figure skater, Josh Santillan, working a shift at Anna Maria Oyster Bar.

A throw jump practice during a full-dress rehearsal before competing at the US Figure Skating Nationals.

everything. “It’s a super expensive sport, so funding our training is the hardest part,” shared Josh. “Any competition where we represent Team USA, those expenses are paid for by US Figure Skating. Any competition where we are representing ourselves, Regionals and Nationals, we pay our expenses. Flying is expensive and it’s $200 a night for each hotel room.”

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SCC Security Patrol Re-Organized & Re-Energized

By Ilona Merritt There have been some recent changes at the Sun City Center Security Patrol. According to Norma Hardesty, President of the Board, and Gill Jessee, Chief of Patrol, the hardworking volunteers at the Patrol are dedicated to serving our community well and with transparency. The Security Patrol currently has about 820 members, and they estimate that it would take another 300 members to ensure that they are not scrambling to fill each shift. Regular training classes are held monthly. The Patrol asks for members to commit to only three hours monthly. Amazing ... for only three hours a month, anyone can contribute a valuable service to this community. In addition to establishing cooperative efforts with other community service organizations, such as the Dog Owners Group, which had provided a chip scanner to use when someone finds a lost pet, the Patrol also conducts wellness checks. When an out-of-town relative is unable to reach a loved one in SCC, the Patrol will make every effort to contact the resident and check their home. If the Captain feels that there is a likelihood that the resident is inside the home, the dispatcher will notify the Sun City Center Emergency Squad who will then take over.


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New programs which directly affect our community in a positive way are being initiated. They are putting together a Silver Alert on-foot patrol to assist the Hillsborough County Sheriff ’s Office (HCSO) in the search for our residents with reduced cognitive abilities who may have wandered away. Partnering with the SCC Bike Club and HCSO to

provide patrol cars, golf carts, bicycles, and on-foot searchers on short notice. Ad d it i on a l ongoi ng pro g r ams important to all residents of SCC are: after-hours transportation to Sun City Center and Kings Point residents who are being released by South Bay Hospital (they must be ambulatory), acting as a repository for lost and found

articles, offering golf cart inspection and registration, and a House Watch Card program for our snowbirds and our residents who are on vacation. The Patrol has two radio-equipped, highly visible vehicles on patrol from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day. Security Patrol members are volunteering over 32,000 hours and patrolling about 125,000 miles annually Another ver y special ser vice is being offered by the Patrol. Safety to our residents when they sell items to strangers through Craigslist and similar programs. The Patrol encourages residents with small items for sale to meet with the prospective buyers in some public place like the Sheriff ’s substation behind Big Lots. If an item is too large or bulky to sell outside the home the Security Patrol will provide, upon advance request, a vehicle to park outside the residence during the buyer’s presence.

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An Early Spring?

By E. Adam Porter Editor in Chief, News of Sun City Center Every February, we celebrate the imminent arrival of “Florida spring” by watching one of our favorite movies, the classic Bill Murray romantic comedy, “Groundhog Day.” If you aren’t familiar with the film, Murray’s character, an irascible and egotistical weatherman named ‘Phil’, gets caught in a time loop. He is forced to relive the same day over and over again until he learns not to be such a self-absorbed jerk. As they say in the movie biz, “hijinks ensue.” Along the way, Phil meets The Girl, loses The Girl, and finally figures out a way to Get Her Back. And, of course, he becomes a Much Better Person. The world’s most famous rodent weatherman, Punxsutawney Phil, the “seer of seers” and “prognosticator of prognosticators,” plays a key role in the film as well. He predicts the late coming of spring, but he also gets kidnapped and tries to drive a pickup truck. The movie doesn’t exactly stay on the rails, but it’s heartfelt and fun. At one point, Phil – the weatherman, not the groundhog – waxes poetic about the impending extension of a frigid winter, quoting Anton Chekhov: “When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Punxsutawney and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn’t imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter…” That’s a sweet sentiment, and Murray plays it pitch perfect in the film. But down here in the Sunshine State we know better. Let the rest of the country shiver in their thermal pants and work the business end of a snow shovel well into May. We want the kind of weather

Florida seems to deliver every February and March. That kind of “Chamber of Commerce” conditions that entice visitors to make plans to move here. Clear blue skies, perfect temperatures and everything green growing again, weeks before they enjoy that anywhere else in the Lower 48. As the mercury hovers around 70 and the clouds go into hiding, we enjoy the onset of festival season, here and across the community. In Sun City Center, we come out for FunFest, the biggest outdoor party of the year. Countless vendors displaying their wares, mouthwatering food and all sorts of fun. This year, mark your calendars for March 17. Come out to the Main Community Association campus and celebrate both Sun City Center and Saint Patrick on the biggest community party day of the year. And that’s just what’s happening right here. The greater Hillsborough County community also enjoys two of the biggest fairs of the year around this time. The massive Florida State Fair begins on February 8 and runs through February 19. Come for the crafts, games and exhibitions. Stay for the wonderful aromas of all that finger-licking fair food. And then there’s one of my favorites, the venerable Strawberry Festival. While this Plant City based frivolity has all the fun of a county fair with an undeniable small-town vibe, the real draw, aside from the annual concert lineup, is the heaping bowls of sticky, gooey, delicious strawberry shortcake. Build your own culinary miracle and dive in. I’ll be right there in line with you. And, if you have never experienced the magic of a real circus under the Big Top, or if you just want to recapture the wonder of that timeless experience, Februar y is also your chance to experience Circus Sarasota’s Ovation show. Presented by the Circus Arts Conservatory, Circus Sarasota is chock full of performers who represent the best and brightest of the circus arts. The show will go on from February 9 through March 4 - don’t miss it! While all that snow sure looks pretty on TV, far as I’m concerned, “Phil” can keep his “long and lustrous” winter. I’m much happier with an early spring, strolling through the festivals and cruising in the boat while the rest of the country is stuck wearing knit hats with ear flaps. What about you?

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Olympics from 1. The Daily Hard Work “We’re at the rink from 8:30 to 3:30. Jessica is here longer because she coaches four days a week for several hours,” mentioned Josh. “We also do ballet twice a week, off-ice fitness three times a week, off-ice lifts every day, and we perform our programs off-ice.” During a training session skaters might practice one part of their routine over and over again for 30 minutes. After skating the piece, follows a quick conference with their coach, Lyndon Johnston. Feedback is specific, constructive and immediately applied. The actual performance time might be 20 seconds. When it all comes together, the audience gets to see a graceful fluid skate from Jessica and Josh. Josh carries his focus and energy to his work at AMOB. If you’re a regular at AMOB, you know how busy it can be. “I’ve always been very competitive in everything I do. I love to skate because I’m pushed every day to get better and improve even more than ‘the other guys.’” Helping Two Impressive Young Athletes In an age when every young person seems to be glued to an electronic device of some kind, it’s more than refreshing to meet young athletes with an outstanding work ethic and incredible commitment

to improving every day. Jessica and Josh would briefly acknowledge my presence during their practice sessions, then for the next hour be totally focused on their skating. Both were even more impressive during our interview: charmingly candid, delightfully funny and optimistically competitive. Josh, 25, and Jessica, 20, showed more character and maturity than many adults I’ve interviewed. If they were tempted to know what I was writing, they resisted the urge, and they were much too polite to ask for any angle in this article. What follows is strictly my addition. If you’d like to contribute to their skating, there are a few ways you can. Obviously, if you eat at AMOB and Josh is your waiter, tip him really generously. On their website,, click on “Support Us” and you can print a form and mail in a donation or use the link for gofundme. While Jessica and Josh will not be competing in the Olympics this month, they competed at the US Nationals early in January where they placed 8th. Broadcast commentators remarked that Jessica and Josh have the potential to be even better. Johnston has coached several pairs teams to the Worlds and Olympics. Jessica and Josh skate beautifully together; this is a team worth following and supporting.

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Meet Your Neighbor Rita Hale

Jan Ring and Mary McLaughlin (front row), Barbara Angemi and Mary Chabot (back row) in front of their award-winning quilt, A Slice of Key West, in the Visitors Center.

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“Most of the time when we say we are quilters, they think of us sitting with the grannies. This is really fine arts. People are surprised at how artistic quilts can be,” explained Mary McLaughlin. A Slice of Key West is a vibrant quilt on permanent display at the Visitors Center. It was created by four quilters, each working on different panels – without consulting with each other. The result is remarkable. Barbara Angemi, Mary Chabot, Mary McLaughlin and Jan Ring met through quilting, have been friends for the past seven years. “All of us were in traditional quilting and we thought we should try art quilting. We had tried it on our own and we decided to collaborate on one. It was an experiment; this was the first one we did like this.” “We wanted something related to Florida and looked at a lot of images. Key West cottages have a happy atmosphere. We liked this piece, we liked the colors and especially the shadows. We wrote to the artist, Karen Sheridan, explained to her what we wanted to do and she gave us permission. She had never thought of it as being a quilt and she was pleasantly surprised with the result.” It started as a temporary exhibit, but volunteers and visitors at the center commented on how much they liked the quilt. This is not surprising since the quilt won a blue ribbon at the Florida State Fair. To see this collaborative creation in person, stop by any day the Visitors Center is open. Remember, like all artwork, look but don’t touch.

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By Ilona Merritt It is increasingly common to have a young woman at the controls of a powerful radio transmitter, leaning over a smoldering soldering iron, climbing a tower, or designing the next generation of electronic circuitry. But it wasn’t always that way. Meet Rita Hale, who graduated from high school in 1946, then went to work as an operator for the local telephone company. She was ambitious and eager to learn. She worked her way “up the ladder” through many responsible jobs. At one point, she even strung wire through 10 offices, using a 15-foot ladder, because the men didn’t want to do the job. She became interested in amateur radio right after high school: her first radio was a Johnson Viking kit. At age 24, a friend of her father invited her to see his radio set-up and suggested that she broadcast on the radio. As a result, she received calls from all over the world, mainly because it was a novelty at the time for a woman to be involved in this endeavor. Amateur radio is a hobby and, by law, completely non-commercial. Individual amateur “ham” radio operators pursue the avocation for personal pleasure through building their own radio stations and communicating with their fellows globally. Amateur radio came into being after radio waves (proved to exist by Heinrich Rudolf Hertz in 1888) were adapted into a communication system in the 1890s by the Italian inventor, Guglieamo Marconi. Rita learned Morse code, could transmit up to 20 words a minute, and took the test to get her license. In those days, she was required to draw her own schematics. The test was not easy and practice exams were offered to prepare for the actual test. Since ham radios had their start in the late 1800’s, one

might think that by the 1950’s, women would be welcome in this field. “Not so!”, according to Rita. These skills helped her with jobs at the telephone company but the men were not accepting women and did everything possible to get the women to quit. Fortunately, Rita had a mentor who kept encouraging her to “hang in there”. But, oftentimes, it was hard to keep going. But she persevered. In 1987, she went to school for fiber optics and, by this time, her male co-workers had become more accepting. In 1956, she married Rodney Hale. He did not share her love for amateur radio, but he did support her hobby. They loved to travel and both enjoyed collecting and showing antique cars. She helped Rodney restore cars, even crawling underneath the cars to work on them. She still has one of the cars here in SCC and another in Maine. They initially bought their first house in SCC because friends of theirs lived here. They rented it out until they retired. Then they bought a second house in 1989. They spent winters in SCC and, in the spring, they headed back to their cottage in Maine. Sadly, Rodney passed away two months before their 50th anniversary. Rita still drives to Maine every summer. At her 90th birthday party, which was hosted by her friends, she shared a few personal tips: the secret to her good health is that she never stops moving; she maintains her youthful complexion by never, never putting soap on her face, she only uses water. She also stated that she does not let adversity get her down. Her mother, who passed away at age 99, is her role model. Rita keeps very active at the Lapidary Club and she likes to cook and to entertain friends. The day of her 90th birthday party, she celebrated a life well lived. We wish her many happy and healthy years to come.

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Finding God, finding health A LECTURE AND Q&A With Michelle Nanouche Sunday, February 4 at 3 p.m. Florida Room, The Atrium 945-D North Course Lane Sun City Center, Florida 33573

Michelle Nanouche brings over 30 years of professional healing experience to her work. Nanouche lectures internationally as a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship. She travels from her home in Paris, France. Sponsored by the Christian Science Society, Ruskin-Sun City Center. For more information see website:

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Irish Connection Movie

Monday, February 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rollins Theater Feature: The Matchmaker Starring: Janeane Garofalo, Dave O’Hara, Milo O’Shea Marcy, an aide in the election campaign of a bumbling US Senator, is sent to Ireland to search his ancestry and help him gain the Irish vote at home. She arrives in a small Irish village in the middle of traditional matchmaking festival. The local matchmaker is determined to pair her off but this becomes a challenge.

Topic: Scientists and Public Opinion - The Gap

Front L to R: Susan Mitchell, Linda Zeyak, Carole Terrell, and Shan Henderson. Back L to R: Tom Kramer, Wendell Walker, Bill Terrell, Trainer Janet O’Connor, Chuck Scaglione, and Trainer Tim Broad.

Security Patrol Continues to Add New Members

The newest volunteer class of drivers and dispatchers completed the orientation for the Sun City Center Security Patrol on January 12, 2018. The new members will work with an experienced driver or dispatcher on their first shift and will then be ready to patrol or dispatch on their own. The Security Patrol has Orientation Classes twice monthly and accepts members from Sun City Center, Kings Point, Freedom Plaza, Aston Gardens, and Sun Towers. Come and join us. We need you.

Chevy Vs Ford, and Both are Cruiser of the Month

Bob Icenogle’s 1936 Chevrolet two-door sedan is Sun City Center Roamin’ Oldies cruiser of the month. And so is his 1940 Ford pickup. With the votes tied, both were declared winners. Bob is a frequent participant in Southshore events, and sometimes has a friend bring the Chevy while he drives the Ford. Both are splendid street rods, combining the appeal of classic design with modern comfort and driveability. Both are powered by a 350 cubic-inch V8, with automatic transmission, power steering and brakes, air conditioning and backup camera. 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 Mirabay Village Shopping Center on US41 in Apollo Beach. About 100 of the area’s finest antique and collectible cars often take part, accompanied by classic oldies music played by DJ Joey Ferrante. Event sponsors include Thompson’s Auto Parts and the Florida Railroad Museum. For information, call Chet at 813-842-1511.

Bob Icenogle’s 1936 Chevrolet two-door sedan and 1940 Ford pickup tied in voting for cruiser of the month, so the Sun City Center Roamin’ Oldies declared them both winners.

In the 1960’s and 70’s scientists were generally revered as folks who worked diligently and found truths that could be demonstrated, believed, and used by the world. In the past few years, a substantial fraction of the general public has begun to disregard carefully constructed studies with reproducible results that have been published and reviewed in reputable journals and have accepted instead internet blog opinions by celebrities, books by self-appointed “scientists”, and press conference proclamations by people with no known credentials. Matters such as Darwinian evolution, climate change, and vaccine-induced autism are seeing their overwhelming scientific evidence being dismissed as a mere “belief ” not any more or less valid than a belief in one person’s anecdotal experience. Phillip Leto, respected lecturer from the Discovery University and familiar name to SCC residents, will address these issues as he returns to the SET club this year for his fourth presentation.

Sun City Center International Forum Program on International Trade

On Friday, February 9, 2018 at 9:30 a.m., the International Forum of Sun City Center will present a program on international trade, an economic activity that affects our daily lives in more ways that we may think. To explain what is international trade, its positive or negative impact and the various trade agreements with initials such as NAFTA, TPP, and KORUS, the Forum has invited Ms. Susan L. Hoeller, J.D. Principal Attorney at Hoeller Law Firm and Todd M. Shank, PhD, Associate Professor of Finance at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. All International Forum programs are held in the Florida Room in the Atrium Bldg. of Sun City Center’s main campus on North Pebble Beach from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. All residents of SCC, Kings Point, Freedom Plaza and their guests are welcome.

SCC Tax Club Free Tax Returns

Marilyn Wilson, District Coordinator for the SCC Tax Club, reports they will help prepare free tax returns at the SouthShore United Church of Christ, (formerly the United Community Church), 1501 La Jolla Ave., and at the Club House in Kings Point, 1902 Clubhouse Road, beginning February 1, 2018. The hours at SouthShore United Church of Christ will be Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., appointments and shut-in assistance requests will be accepted, beginning February 1, at (813) 634-3502, including with Spanish-speaking preparers on certain days. The hours at the Kings Point site are Mon – Wed - Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., appointments accepted, beginning February 1, at (813) 260-3509. Please remember to bring a copy of your last tax return, photo ID, and Social Security cards for you, your spouse, and all dependents. Bring copies of wage and earnings forms (W-2, W2-G, 1099-R, 1099-Misc.). And copies of interest and dividend forms (1099-INT, 1099-DIV, etc.) with any year-end tax reports from any investment firm you use. Bring a blank check if you want direct deposit of any refund. Provide a copy of any day care receipt showing the expense and SSN/EIN of the day care provider. Bring any health care forms (1095-A, B, or C) and copies of any health care insurance exemption you were given. We cannot file any returns with earned income credit until February 15 and we recommend that anyone with year-end tax reports from an investment firm should not try to file before March 15. We reserve the right to decline service to anyone without an original Social Security card for every dependent claimed.

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SET Club Meeting February 12

Monday, February 12 - Science, Engineering And Technology Club Meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the Caper Room, Atrium Building, 954 North Course Lane. There is no cost for guests; any resident of CA or Kings Point interested in science and technology is invited.

Large Rummage Sale

If you like to find bargains, come to the annual Rummage Sale at Redeemer Lutheran Church, corner of Valley Forge Blvd. and SR 674 in Sun City Center. Dates of the sale are Friday, February 9 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturday, February 10 from 8 to 11:30 a.m. A large number of household items are available. There will also be clothing, jewelry, crafts, collectibles, baked goods, and more. For more information, call the church office at 813-634-1292.


So Many Ways to Make a Difference!

Bee Swol may be 96, and currently recovering from a broken hip, but she is a busy gal nonetheless. Bee is busy crocheting heavy afghans to keep children warm in winter! Swol’s daughter, Cynthia Swol, visited Our Lady of Guadalupe Food Pantry one recent cold Saturday morning, lugging huge bags stuffed with afghans. She came bearing Bee’s gift for each child who passed through. Bee had been crocheting these wraps all year to give away now. “The children were thrilled getting these gifts today,” says Anita Bullaro, who is co-director of the Pantry with her husband Tom. “Many kids opened the afghans and wrapped themselves in it immediately!”

Emergency Squad Volunteer Information Programs

The Sun City Center Emergency Squad is hosting an Informational Program at 6 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month, with next meeting being held on the February 14 to answer questions and provide details to prospective volunteers. The meeting will take place at the Training Building at 124 S. Pebble Beach. We invite interested residents to find out more about the Squad and the volunteer opportunities we have available. The Squad is always looking for people who may be interested in helping on our ambulances and wheelchair vans. The positions include Emergency Medical Responders, Ambulance Drivers and Emergency Medical Technicians. Other volunteer positions the Squad has available include IT specialists, vehicle maintenance volunteers, and cooks.

Boot Scootin’ With the Wisconsin Club

Our next social event will have you hootin’, hollerin’, thigh slapping and boot scootin’ as we get together for some good ol’ country and western entertainment from Billy Linsley. Join us on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 5 p.m. at Community Hall in SCC. Banquet Masters will provide all the fixins’ complete with salad bar, three entrees, dessert and everything else we need. BYOB. Cost will be $17 for Wisconsin Club Members of record as of February 1, 2018 and $20 for guests. Checks only to The Wisconsin Club, mailed to Hede Horne, Treasurer, 1226 Caloosa Creek Ct., SCC, 33573. Deadline for reservations will be Wednesday, March 7, 2018. No cash/walk-ins will be accepted at the door. Reservations for tables of eight in the same envelope please. You must bring your SCC/KP ID on the night. Questions about this event can be directed to Janice Decaluwe, President,; Bev Hetzel, Membership, or Hede Horne, Treasurer, Get your cowboy/cowgirl gear on and join us for some good ole fashioned boot scootin’ fun with The Wisconsin Club. Don’t wait, reserve now y’all.

TOPS FL 0845 Honors New KOPS

Recently FL 0845 Chapter of TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) honored new KOPS (Keep Off Pounds Sensibly) member Dorothy Jones who successfully reached her goal weight. As it is customary two yellow roses are given to the new KOPS who then traditionally gives the other to the person who is acknowledged as an outstanding supporter. Dorothy presented her second yellow rose to friend and fellow TOPS member Sheila Annino. TOPS FL 0845 Chapter meets in the Jubilee I at the Kings Point South Club in Sun City Center. Weekly meetings and programs are offered every Thursday morning for scale weigh in from 8:10 - 9 Sheila Annino and Dorothy Jones a.m. The meeting and program begins at 10 a.m. and usually is completed by no later than 10 a.m. Weekly money can be earned for best loser of the week as well as best loser of the month. Contests, guest speakers, game incentives, and friendly TOPS members enjoy the journey of better health and weight loss together. For more information please contact leader Barbara Floto at 813-938-1046. We encourage all who may be interested to visit us as the first meeting is always free with no obligation.


Ashe is an adorable little man about 1.52 years old. He is friendly with everyone and is always bouncing around. Come and meet Ashe today! Lady Bug is a 9-year-old beauty who was surrendered to the shelter due to no fault of her own. She has quickly adjusted to her surroundings. Lady Bug is holding auditions for a new forever family! C.A.R.E. is open 10-3 Tues-Sat. For more information, visit www.CareShelter. org or call 813-645-2273.

Men’s Club Is Looking For More Good Men

The Men’s Club membership is open to all men residing in the greater Sun City Center area; which includes Sun Towers, Aston Gardens North, The Courtyards, Kings Point, and Freedom Plaza. We meet monthly on the third Wednesday at the Sun City Center Community Hall for a great luncheon, informative speakers, and fellowship with friends and neighbors. In addition, the Men’s Club offers: Outings to places and events of interest such as sporting events, concerts, and tours to places such as museums, Tampa Airport, and Port Manatee. Annual fund raising aboard the finest and newest cruise ships. Events to honor our spouses and partners. Service programs to support our community; such as the installation of defibrillators, automatic doors on the community buildings, and energy saving light switches and more. Lifeline, the Personal Emergency Alert System which is offered (and serviced) by the Men’s Club on a non-profit basis. Health care support groups helping persons dealing with prostate cancer, hearing loss, low vision, diabetes, Parkinson’s, neuropathy, pain management, as well as, a man-to-man support groups. The Sun City Men’s Club is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 charity. Men we invite you to attend your first meeting free, as a guest of the Club. Give us a try and see why hundreds of your fellow Sun City Center men attend the Men’s Club each month. For more information, call Jon Lehr at 813-260-3058.

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Dinner Theater “An Idol Murder”

On the set of Senior Idol, Judge Desiree is found dead, having ingested a toxin. The remaining judges who have had a long history with Desiree, and the three finalists are the prime suspects. Each is looking to implicate the others. Come to the Plaza Club at Freedom Plaza to sort out the mystery. Is Supa Starr the culprit as she focuses blame on Carr Isma? And what about Ana Mated, the aging hippie, and her search for the perfect mushroom? No one can be presumed innocent, and your task is to unearth the culprit. February 21 and 22 at 7 p.m. Tickets $30 are on sale beginning February 8, 2018. Call Freedom Plaza’s Resident Programs office at 813-642-1215 for tickets.

South Bay Hospital Hosts Sweetheart Luncheon

South Bay Hospital will host its annual Sweetheart Luncheon on Tuesday, February 13 at noon at the Trinity Baptist Church, 720 Del Webb Boulevard West, Sun City Center, FL 33573. The event celebrates American Heart Month and heart health awareness. This year’s speakers include Robert Betzu, MD, Cardiology presenting Heart Attack Symptoms and Sameer Nagamia, MD, Internal Medicine/Cardiology speaking on Peripheral Arterial Disease. Lunch will include heart-shaped chicken pot pies, side vegetable and a heartthemed dessert. Bring your sweetheart and enjoy an educational discussion on protecting your heart from heart disease. RSVP’s are required for the Sweetheart Luncheon. Call 1-888-685-1595 to register. For more information about South Bay Hospital, please call 813-634-0172 or visit

DAR Offers Refreshments

Colonel George Mercer Brooke Chapter DAR members served coffee and donuts at the January 23 Governor’s Veterans Service Award ceremony at the Community Hall. The Governor presented each veteran a medal engraved “Honoring those who served”.

L to R: Jody Masterson, Jan Bassett, Mary McIntyre, Carol Acosta, Susan Depew, Eileen Giddings, Gretchen Chapman, Judy Hart, Dottie Love and Nancy Windsor.

Special Guest Speaker Dawn Lemongello -Florida State Regent will be presenting her State Project to members and guests of the Colonel George Mercer Brooke Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution. It will be held at the Club Renaissance, 2121 South Pebble Beach Blvd in Sun City Center, Fl. on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. The luncheon begins at 12 noon. The cost of the luncheon is $20 with an RSVP of February 7, 2018. Please make checks payable to Colonel George Mercer Brooke Chapter and mail to Bunny Blackstone-Treasurer at 1319 Lenox Greens Drive, Sun City Center.

Male Call for Prostate Health

“Male Call for Prostate Health” , sponsored the Men’s Club of Sun City Center, will host its next meeting Monday February 12, 2 p.m. at Room 3 of Sun City Center Community Hall, 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd, Sun City Center 33573. We are pleased to have Dr. H. E. Pat Crow MD speak at this meeting. He will speak on the topic of “Knowing and understanding your options for Prostate Cancer”. As Prostate Cancer is frequently a couple’s disease, it is suggested that spouses and /or partners attend as well as physicians. Refreshments will be served. For questions contact Vicente Lopez, 727-623-1724.

Hibernians Irish Mardi Gras

The Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) is sponsoring an Irish Mardi Gras on Monday, February 5, 2018. This will be the Second Annual Irish Mardi Gras, held to raise funds for LifePath Hospice in Sun City Center. The event will feature the Silver Chip Jazz Band, a group that specializes in New Orleans style Dixieland Jazz. The event will be held in the Florida Room at the SCC CA complex on North Pebble Beach Road in Sun City Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with festivities beginning at 7. The event will be a BYOB style party, with light snacks served between music sets. Price of admission is $25 per person. Costumes and masks are optional, but come ready to kick off the Mardi Gras celebration! The Irish Mardi Gras is open to all interested in enjoying a musical good time. Contacts for the event are Tom Revelers from the 2017 Irish Mardi Gras, Harding at 813.634.1236, and Mike Day the King and Queen of the Grand Parade, Rich Riley and Kay Larsen. 813.260.3953.

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British Connection Party

A Night Out at Ascot, an evening of fun and excitement, on Monday, February 19, 2018 from 6 – 9 p.m. Florida Room, Atrium Building, Sun City Center. They will be serving shepherd’s pie, chicken curry, and a salad and dessert. Tea, coffee and soda will be provided. BYOB. Hats are not obligatory, but ladies are invited to wear their best hats to this event. Tickets are $15 for members and $18 for guests. Checks should be made out to The British Connection and mailed to Terry Harris, 2303 Oxford Center Place, Sun City Center by February 15. If you have any questions, please call Terry at 813-922-6304.


AAUW of Southshore Meeting

February 10, in the Florida Room in the Atrium off of North Pebble Beach Boulevard at 11 a.m. This is fundraiser to assist mature women to attend college, with tickets required costing $30 each. Each ticket is your admission to the Pelican Players Shows: “The Chicago Caper” and the luncheon. Please contact Mrs. Diane Waronka at: 813-641-2711 or email Diane at Hurry – Tickets are going fast!

SCC Polish Heritage Club

On Saturday, February 17, 2018, from 6 to 9 p.m., the SCC Polish Heritage Club is holding their annual Paczki Ball, in the Florida Room, Atrium Building. Admission is $9 per person and includes Coffee/Tea and one Paczki (a Polish jelly donut). BYO beverage and table snacks. All SCCCA, Kings Point and Freedom Plaza residents 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. Attire: business casual to semi-formal suggested. For info or tickets, please call Wanda (SCC) at 813 633-0016 or Dolores (KP) at 813 633-6481.

SCC Men’s Club Learns About Florida Aquarium

Back row: Marti Ryan, Veterans Park Community Relations; Cathy Goldie, American Legion; Jim Fletcher, President Vietnam Veterans of America #787; Patricia Delgado, American Legion; Roger Cramer, Veterans Park Ranger; Walt Raysick, Hillsborough County Veterans Council; and Marsha Craig, American Legion. Front row: Mary McIntyre, Registrar; Carol Acosta, Historian; Nancy Windsor, Past Chaplain; and Regent Jan Bassett.

By Jay Sparkman. The Sun City Center Men’s Club started the new year with an enlightening and educational program about the Florida Aquarium located in Tampa on Channelside Drive. Libby Joyce, Director of Advancement, told of the aquarium itself. Specifically, the number of visitors, the fact that the Aquarium is a non-profit organization, the current programs, and the plans for the future. Keri O’Neil, oversees the care of endangered corals native to Florida and is working to grow the Florida Aquarium coral conservation program. The coral preservation program is located in Apollo Beach near the TECO plants. Ms. O’Neil told of the loss of coral and coral habitat throughout Florida’s coastal waters and programs to save, protect, and re-introduce corals to ocean waters. The Men’s Club is open to residents of Sun City Center and Kings Point. For info call Jon Lehr at 813-260-3058.

NSDAR Luncheon Honors Wall Volunteers

On Thursday, January 11, 2018, the Colonel George Mercer Brooke Chapter NSDAR of Sun City Center hosted a luncheon at the Plaza Club. This was a “Thank You” to the planning committee for the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall at the Tampa Veterans Memorial Park October 24 – 30, 2017. Attending committee members received a certificate for distinguished and exceptional service to commemorate the 50th anniversary or the Vietnam War.

Joe DeFelice, Men’s Club President; Libby Joyce, Keri O’Neil, and George Bodmer, VP for Programs.

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IRS Frauds & Schemes

By Diane M. Loeffler There are all sorts of schemers who are looking for ways to separate you from your money. Tax season is one of their favorite times of year, so it should be our time of year to be on our guard! Florida has the dubious honor of being one of the top locations for scammers to collect tax returns that aren’t theirs. Here are a few scenarios for you to consider. Scenario One: “I hate messing around with taxes. It’s a tedious task so I put it off. Why is that a problem?” Well…. because while you are dragging your feet, some very ambitious scammers may be filing with your name and social security number, and they are using a fake address that insures the money will go to them, not you. Yes, you can and should resolve the matter by completing a Identity Theft Affidavit, IRS Form 14039. You can

find it at If you have previously contacted the IRS and did not have a resolution, you should call the Identity Protection Specialized Unit at 800-9084490. The bad news is that it will take an average of 312 days to resolve your case. As for filing taxes being a tedious task, consider having someone help you with your taxes. AARP provides a free service at the Southshore United Church of Christ at 1501 La Jolla Avenue. If you are someone who doesn’t pay taxes, still file a 104 EZ every year as a safety measure to prevent scammers from using your SSN fraudulently to collect money. Scenario Two: “I just got a call from the IRS. I know it is from them, because it says so on caller ID.” Actually, the individuals and groups can make their caller ID show whatever they want it to say. S cenario Three: “Not only did

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February 2018 Do not respond! Do not click on any links! Forward the email to phishing@ . Let them trace down the culprits to save unsuspecting people from becoming victims. By the way, don’t you wonder why people who are so good at making up professional looking websites don’t just get a real job? The scamming business must pay really, really well. Avoid being a victim. Follow all suggested safety measures with your computer and financial information. Don’t carry anything with your social security number on it. Both last year and this year, Deputy Merry suggested making a copy of our Medicare cards and blocking out the first five digits of the ID number on it since the ID number is our social security number. Guard your SSN. Only give it to a business if absolutely necessary. Once a year check your credit report and your Social Security Administration earnings statement. Merry says, “Do not give personal information over the phone, through the mail or over the Internet unless you have either initiated the contact or you are sure you know who is asking.” Suggestion: Go to the seminars offered by Deputy Jeffrey Merry and Community Service Officer Debbie Vijil. These are offered every month on the second Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the Caper Room and at 1 p.m. in the Ripple Room the same day, on the third Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Freedom Auditorium, and on the third Wednesday at 3 p.m. at American Momentum Bank. See you there!

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Lights, Camera, Action: BBC Division Films SCC on Thanksgiving Day

By Diane M. Loeffler What did you do on Thanksgiving Day? From 8:30 to 5:30 CA Director Marilyn Cote`-Miller and Sun Radio’s Vern Hendricks spent the day in their golf carts driving very slowly all around the north and south sides of Sun City center as Expectation Entertainment, Ltd., a division of BBC Worldwide, taped a segment for a documentary. The premise of the documentary is that Dale Winton, a well-known celebrity in Great Britain, is looking for a retirement home in Florida. Winton’s show business career began in 1972. Over the years, he has had his own radio shows, appeared on television and hosted several television series including Dale’s Supermarket Sweep (1993-2000 and 2007) and the National Lottery show In It to Win It (2002-2015). He also played himself as a game show presenter in Trainspotting 1995-1996. Miller was in the first golf cart. Sitting beside her was the director peering down at some sort of tablet that gave him immediate feedback on the taping. Sitting in the back-facing seats were the videographer and the sound man. Miller says, “We had to drive very slowly so that the cart with Vern Hendricks and Dale Winton could be close enough for the videographer and sound man to tape what they were saying. From time to time, the director would whisper that we needed to slow down or give some other direction. Vern answered Dale’s questions and gave a history of Sun City Center. A few times Vern conferred with me about a question.” Miller says, “Dale and the film crew said that they were very impressed with Sun City Center, especially the

sports complex, the range and variety of houses, the number of clubs, the fact that we carry no debt and how volunteers manage everything including The Emergency Squad.” Since Winton is a former radio personality, Hendricks took him to the SUN Radio Station to interview him for 10 minutes. Later, everyone went to Elysa (Lisa) and Vern’s home for Thanksgiving. Miller says, “They decided they wanted Dale Winton to experience a real American Thanksgiving dinner while he was here. We needed to find someone to host a dinner and to do it at a time that fit with their schedule.” Originally, the director just asked that Dale Winton be part of the Thanksgiving dinner. However, Vern and Lisa Hendricks insisted that everyone on the crew partake in the meal. So, Vern, Lisa, son Todd Hendricks, daughterin-law Sarah and Lisa’s 93 year old mother, Elyse Oddo, sat down to dinner with Dale Winton, the director, the videographer, the sound man, a woman who was busy with paperwork, Dale’s personal assistant, the makeup woman (to give Dale Winton a Florida tan) and four others. They ate turkey, sweet potatoes, deviled eggs, traditional stuffing, pineapple stuffing, cranberry sauce and other seasonal items. Oddo said grace before the meal while the crew taped her. It should be noted that this was not Oddo’s first brush with fame. In 1944 she won the title of Miss Wisconsin. Vern Hendricks says, “Dale was a real stand up guy. We had a great time. It was good for the community. I’m really impressed that Dale Winton, the director and the crew find us fascinating.

It speaks to what a wonderful place Sun City Center is to live. After the broadcast, we will get a copy of the documentary. The crew also took still photos. Unfortunately, it never occurred to any of us to take pictures too.” Marilyn Cote`-Miller says, “It was a wonderful experience. They were all very nice, polite and considerate. Afterwards they gave me a box of chocolates as a thank-you gift.” Miller was also involved in live and taped broadcasts when she was the director of Graycliff, a Frank Lloyd Wright home in Derby, New York. So, how did this all come about? Originally, Expectation Entertainment contacted John Luper saying they were


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Family Connections to SCC

Paula Lickfeldt, Vice-chair of Women’s Fellowship; Janet Smith, Chair of the Haven of Hope Board; Melanie, house leader, and Marlus Johns, Chair of Women’s Fellowship.

The Haven of Hope By Paula Lickfeldt

The Haven of Hope is a bridge between incarceration and a free life and receives no state or federal financial help. All monies that support the ministry come from private donations and grants. Janet Smith and Melanie shared the story of The Haven of Hope with the women of SouthShore United Church of Christ at their January meeting. Haven of Hope began its journey in December of 2015. Up to five women at a time can live in the home. When a woman is released from prison, she will take a six-hour bus ride to Tampa where she is met by someone from Haven of Hope. Each woman has one year, living in the home, to get a job and become self-sufficient. Thus far, the success rate has been high. The SouthShore UCC women all brought personal items for women and household cleaning supplies and paper products to be donated to Haven of Hope. A luncheon of homemade soups concluded the morning.

By Paula Lickfeldt Patty Brandt is the daughter of Jessie and Charlie Manson who lived in Rochester, New York. In 1972 Jessie and Charlie retired and decided to move to Florida for their retirement. The came to Sun City Center and they liked the lifestyle that SCC had to offer. They had a home built on the corner of Oakmont and El Rancho. Shortly after moving in to their new home, Jessie was looking out the window and saw her neighbors in the yard. She went out to meet them and was surprised to learn that Kaye and Oscar VandenBosch, her new neighbors were also from Rochester, NY. They had a daughter living in SCC who was also from Rochester. They all decided to start a New York group and party at the Sandpiper Restaurant. Patty was still living in Rochester when her parents decided to come to FL. She decided to move to Arizona. Arizona did not work out for her so she decided to come to Florida to be closer to her parents. She got a job in Sarasota working for the county. She lived in Sarasota but came to SCC quite often on the weekends. She became part of the New York group. In 1978, at a party, Patty met Dick, the son of Kaye and Oscar. Patty and Dick were married in 1978. They lived in Bradenton for three years and Brandon for thirteen years. When they decided to retire, they both liked the idea of moving to Sun City Center to live.

Patty was an EMT on the Emergency Squad but had to give it up when Dick became ill and she needed to be his caregiver. Dick passed away in 2010. Patty still lives in the house that she and Dick lived in together, but now she lives with her dog Portia. Patty volunteered and the Nearly New Shop and now is the clerk for the “minibus.” She enjoys registering people for trips and likes to be able to give helpful information about destinations that she has visited. Patty is very active and involved at the SouthShore United Church of Christ where she is a trustee and a Hospitality Host. Dick’s two children live close by so Patty enjoys her life in SCC and the time that she is able to spend with them and their families. Tell us the story of your “Family Connection” to SCC. We would love to hear it. Call Paula at 633-6739.

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Chevys, Fords, and Willys lined up on display at last year’s Rotary charity fundraiser. Photo by Chuck Carroll.

Beautifully restored antiques, muscle cars, street rods, and resto-mods will be on display at Freedom Plaza Golfview Terrace (819 Freedom Plaza Circle, Sun City Center) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, February 18. Hosted by the Rotary Club of Sun City Center, the car show is a fundraiser to support local charities and students. Stop by Freedom Plaza to talk with classic car owners, meet classic car restoration experts, enjoy great music and hot food, and help us raise money for local caregivers and scholarships. Classic car registration costs $10, which includes a food coupon worth $5. Public visitors are asked to make a $5 donation, which includes 5 tickets to bid on Chinese auction packages. Proceeds from donations, auctions, sponsorships, and the sale of food and beverages will benefit the SCC Samaritan’s Alzheimer’s Auxiliary, the Hillsborough Community College’s Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training scholarships, and the SCC Rotary Club’s student scholarship programs. Pulled pork sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, chips, and beverages will be for sale, as well as a selection of Indian

snacks prepared by the Rotary club’s members from India (these sold out last year!). Music from the 40s, 50s, and 60s is also on the menu, served up by local DJ Joey Ferrante. Tickets will be on sale for 50/50 raffles and Chinese auctions of items donated by local businesses, and tax-deductible donations will be gratefully accepted in cash or checks payable to the SCC Rotary Foundation. At least 100 classic cars will be on display, with many examples from the 1930s, 40s, 50s, and 60s. The Roamin’ Oldies, a local classic car club, will be featured as will cars from the Gateway Classic Cars showroom in Ruskin. Pistorius Collectible Cars, a classic car restoration company from Tampa, will also be displaying some of their recent projects and available to talk about the craftsmanship of restoring old cars to their original glory. Bring your appetite, your love of old cars, and your checkbook to Freedom Plaza on Sunday, February 18 and support our valued local caregivers! A rain date of March 4 has been set, but hopefully it won’t be necessary. Updates will be available by calling (813) 634-0631 or online at www.

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Military News MOWW National Commander to Visit Local Chapters

The Military Order of the World Wars’ (MOWW) Commander-in-Chief (CINC), retired USAF Colonel David Gibson, and his wife, Diane, will be in the Tampa Bay area to visit Companions of the Sun City Center (SCC-Hillsborough), Clearwater (Pinellas), & Bradenton-Sarasota Chapters, and close friends, during the week of 12-18 February 2018. On Thursday, 15 February, starting at 5 p.m. the CINC will be the honored guest at the SCC Chapter 25th Anniversary Dining Out to be held in the Plaza Club at the Freedom Fairways Golf Course, 3932 Upper Creek Drive, SCC, Florida. Attendance is open to all current and former federally-uniformed officers and spouses, children or grandchildren. The cost of the plated meal will be $26, and reservations are required by Sunday, 11 February, to 813.633.2722. Additional information can be obtained from retired USMC Major Jim Haney, SCC Chapter Commander at 813.220.8758 cell.

Col. William Graham, Retired Activities Office, MacDill AFB Address MOAA

By Frank Kepley, CAPT USN (Ret.) Col. William Graham, Director, Retired Activities Office (RAO), MacDill AFB, was the featured speaker at the Military Officers of America Association (MOAA) monthly meeting on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 in the Florida Room at the North Side Atrium. Col. Graham attended Purdue University and Graduated in June 1955. He then entered the USAF in August 1955 and graduated from flight school in June 1957. He was then stationed at James Connaly AFB, Waco, TX flying F-80’s and F-89’s. He retired in May 1981 (26 years) after flying over 7000 hours of jet flight time in F-100’s, F4’s, and F15’s. Col. Graham discussed RAO activities including free tax preparations, VA problems, disability matters, TRICARE questions, ID card acquisitions and other retiree issues.

Secret Service Agent Richard Regalla Address MOWW

By Frank Kepley, CAPT USN (Ret.) The featured speaker at the monthly meeting of the Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) was Special Agent (SA) Richard Regalla. The luncheon was held in the Freedom Plaza Club on January 18, 2018. SA Regalla was born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania and grew up in Latrobe, PA. He also lived in New York, Virginia, and LCDR John Glynn, USN (Ret); SA Richard Florida. He graduated from Duquesne Regalla; Maj. Jim Haney, Commander, University in 1994 and joined the US local MOWW chapter. Secret Service in 2002. Prior to joining the Secret Service, he worked for Arnold Palmer for several years during high school and college and went to work full time for his organization immediately after college. SA Regalla played some professional golf on mini tours in Florida. He is currently a silent partner in an ownership group of a small public golf course in Western PA (Glengarry Golf Links). His US Secret Service career includes Counter Assault Team, Presidential Protective Detail (President Obama), and Shift Agent on President Trump’s campaign. He worked in the New York City Field Office and is currently assigned to the Tampa Field Office. Lt. Col. Ferris Garrett, USAF (Ret) was presented with the Out-Reach Service Medal for organizing and arranging a presentation from local First Responders for Sun City Center residents. His efforts resulted in the chapter receiving a National Law and Order Award. In addition, LCDR John Glynn, USN (Ret) was presented with the MOWW Outstanding Service Award in recognition of his achievements as chairman of the 2016-2017 Sun City Center Annual Veterans Day Military Ball.

Larry Chambers Receives United States Naval Academy Distinguished Graduate Award

By Frank Kepley, CAPT USN (Ret.) The prestigious Distinguished Graduate Award (DGA) is given annually to a graduate of the United States Naval Academy nominated by a member of the Association and selected by the DGA Selection Panel. There have only been two awards bestowed on the class of ‘52. They were both Astronauts (Jim Lovell and Tom Stafford). Retired Navy RADM Larry Chambers will be the third. He will receive a medal at the DGA Ceremony in March 2018 in Alumni Hall at the United States Naval Academy. The recipients of the Distinguished Graduate Award have demonstrated commitment to a lifetime of service and have made significant contributions to the U.S. Naval Academy, the Navy, the Marine Corps and the nation. Larry and his wife Sarah currently reside at the Freedom Plaza retirement community in Sun City Center.

Sun City Center Veterans’ Annual Dinner Dance - “Viva Italiano”

The Sun City Center Annual Veterans’ Dinner/Dance will take place Saturday, March 3, 2018 in the CA’s Florida Room located in the Atrium. It is sponsored by the combined SCC military veterans’ organizations. A social hour with appetizers will start at 5 p.m. A three entrée buffet (chicken marsala, italian sausage & peppers, onion crusted salmon) by Banquet Masters with a great dessert bar to follow at 5:45 p.m. The program will be a mix of patriotism and entertainment. Music and dancing will be provided by “JUST THE TWO OF US” from 7 to 9 p.m. Lily Meyers will present a special tribute to all veterans. Dress is casual (theme is Italian). Please no shorts or flip flops. BYOB and setups. There will be both 50/50 and “Happy Hour Basket” raffles. Cost is $30 per person. All checks should be made payable to “American Legion Post 246ww”. Tickets can be purchased by calling 813-2603221 or by email at “”. All veterans and friends are invited. All attendees are requested to wear name tag(s) issued (if applicable) from one of the sponsoring military veterans’ organizations. For additional information call 813-634-7777.

Silver Osprey Squadron #64 Hosts Commanding Officer of USCG Air Station Clearwater at February Luncheon

Captain Edward W. Sandlin, USCG, the Commanding Officer of the Clearwater, Coast Guard air station will be the guest speaker at the Association of Naval Aviation’s local chapter luncheon on February 9, 2018. Captain Sandlin will be giving the audience an in-depth presentation of the actions of our local Coast Guard during our recent hurricanes. We expect it to be of great interest as we all watched it happen in our own neighborhoods. The luncheon will be held at the Plaza Club, at Freedom Plaza. Meet and greet at 11, Lunch at 12 noon. You can mail your reservations to Mr. Tom Harding, at 309 Noble Faire, Sun City Center, 33573. Deadline will be Tuesday, February 6, 2018. $14 for members and $17 for non-members. Membership in the Silver Osprey Chapter of the Association of Naval Aviation is open to anyone who is interested in military aviation and we endeavor to present active duty personnel from local Commands as speakers at every opportunity. For membership information please email the Silver Osprey’s Commanding Officer, CDR Roger Kennicutt, USN(retired) at

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Lawrence Rivera Discusses Veterans Benefits with MOWW

By Frank Kepley, CAPT USN (Ret.) The featured speaker at the monthly meeting of the Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) was Capt. Lawrence Rivera, USAR/ANG. The luncheon was held in the Freedom Plaza Club on December 21, 2017. Larry Rivera was born in New York City and is a US Army veteran having served as an enlisted military policeman, a logistics and personnel Non-Commissioned Officer and as a US Army Captain, branched Infantry and Armor with service as an Infantry Company Commander, a recruiting company commander and battalion adjutant. He has served in the Active Army, the Army Reserve and the Army National Guard. In addition, retired Air Force Lt. Col. Frank Zahrobsky, was presented with an Outreach Service Medal for his exceptional service in organizing National Security programs, which ultimately resulted in a National Chapter Award. Companion Vern Elarth was recognized for his efforts in organizing visits to Judge Michael Scionti’s 13th Circuit Veterans Treatment Court.

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Mastering Mysterious Machu Picchu

By Kai Rambow After a short, steep climb, suddenly Machu Picchu was in front of us. Just like the pictures, only more dramatic. Machu Picchu has perhaps the most stunning setting of any archaeological site. A trip to Machu Picchu is highly recommended. Really good planning and preparation are needed to master this trip for several reasons: (1) Machu Picchu is not easy to reach. (2) The logistics are challenging. (3) The altitude can be problematic. You’re covered with this article. The Peruvians smartly treasure their UNESCO World Heritage site. Only 2,500 are allowed to visit Machu Picchu each day, and recently added, every visitor must have a guide. If you’re with a tour group, you’re getting in. There are several advantages to traveling with a tour group. Options range from a four day Machu Picchu only tour to a multiple day Peru trip, including this archeological marvel. Group tour pricing begins from as low as $1,200 per person. We traveled with Gate 1 on their four-day / five-night trip and had a wonderful trip. Our trip representatives helped us connect in Lima from the international arrivals to domestic flights. No need to figure this out by yourselves. Upon arrival in Cusco, gateway to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, porters took our luggage to the bus. The distance between Cusco and Machu Picchu is only about 70 miles. Sounds short but takes approximately four hours due to changes in elevation and winding roads. Over two hours later we arrived at our hotel. After a really early wake up call, we took a bus to Ollantaytambo, then a scenic rail trip to Agua Calientes. Inca Rail is the only real connection between these two points. In Agua Calientes, we connected to a local bus for a 30-minute drive up the mountain. Once there we started our walk up further to the site. Time and patience is the easy part. Each stage requires a separate ticket – with all of your passport, visa and personal details filled in. On our tour, these forms were all filled in for us, easing our logistics.

Could you figure out all of this by yourself? Yes, however, the only people we saw attempting this were backpackers or repeat visitors. I’d recommend making your life easier so you can concentrate your energy and focus on Machu Picchu. Food “The juice is sour,” exclaimed one tour group member. Actually, it wasn’t. Food tastes differently here because it isn’t loaded with sugars and preservatives. It’s healthier and there are some wonderful new things to try. Alpacas make fine wool and a pretty tasty meal as well. It’s relatively easy to find and prepared in a number of ways. Andean coffee is strong. It seemed everywhere we went coffee was either black or mixed with hot milk. The concept of mixing and preparing your own seems to be unknown. You may need to get creative to get coffee your way. Drink bottled water only to stay healthy. Avoid ice. Most hotels will only use filtered or mineral water for ice cubes, but don’t assume. Check to ensure the water in your hotel is filtered for brushing your teeth. A wonderful alternative to sodas is chi chi mora. This refreshing drink is made from purple corn. We ordered it with almost every meal. You’ll never think about corn the same way again. Potatoes are indigenous to the Andes with over 4,000 varieties. Enjoy the ongoing surprise of never seeing the same type of potato twice during your trip. Vegetables tend to be fresh, however, to be safe, don’t eat them raw. So avoid salads, and make sure your vegetables are cooked. Tips for a Great Trip Background Preparation: Rather than trying to absorb everything in a few hours, get the Machu Picchu DVD (985.37) from the library. Inca engineering secrets are revealed in this recent (2014) one hour show. Consider this a must see. B o ok Re commendation: On ly available in Peru with an English version, Presenting Peru and Machu Picchu by Saidy Negron is an easy and informative guide with lots of pictures.

Most Critical Tips: Stay healthy. Altitude sickness can put a serious dent in your travel experience. Drink coca tea and chew the leaves. It smells and tastes like grass from your lawn, however, locals (SCC residents and Peruvians) swear by it.

When to Go: The best months to visit are May to October. We traveled in May avoiding summer crowds. Special thanks to our outstanding tour guides Saul Dalens B and Ruben Soto Vera for their invaluable assistance.

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The News of Sun City Center 9:30 - 10:00 a.m. TRIMNASTICS CLUB meet Monday, Tuesday, Thursday at the Dance Studio, SCC Atrium Bldg. All SCC and KP members are welcome to join. Low impact exercise (stretching / bending). 10:00 a.m. - MONDAY “FOR TODAY” MEETING OF OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS at the Sun City Chamber of Commerce, 1651 Sun City Center Plaza, Sun City Center, FL. The meeting room (private entrance to meeting is on the left side of the building). The only requirement for attending is a desire to change your eating behaviors and stop compulsively eating. This meeting is open only to those who have a problem with their weight or eating patterns. Please join us any Monday morning. You can learn more about OA online at is-oa-for-you or call Jan at 813/633-3932. 3:30 p.m. - Qigong CLUB MEETS in Dance Studio 2 located at 1203 N Pebble Beach Blvd, next to Samaritans. There is no charge for the Qi Gong class just wear loose, comfortable clothing. This is a handicap friendly class open to all levels of practice. TUESDAYS 9:30 - 10:00 a.m. TRIMNASTICS CLUB meets Monday, Tuesday, Thursday at the Dance Studio, SCC Atrium Bldg. All SCC and KP members are welcome to join. Low impact exercise (stretching / bending). 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. LINE DANCING WITH A BALANCE! at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Do you like to dance but are worried about falling? Join our new FREE line dancing class lead by trained therapists. This weekly class will improve your balance and reduce your risk of falling. We can boot, scoot and boogie safely together and make exercise fun! For more information, call Debbie Caneen at 813-892-2990. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. UKULELE JAM SESSION! in the South Social Room in Kings Point. New players and singers are welcome. For information please call or email Paul phone: 765-277-0606. 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. LIFE CHALLENGES SUPPORT GROUP at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Live your life fully with zest and joy! Rid yourself of depression, anxiety, frustrations with family, children, friends, life changes, health problems, finances and more. Relief comes by sharing and receiving support and making a positive plan of action. All are welcome in complete confidence and free of charge. Cheryl Lewis facilitates this group and is an effective psychotherapist. We meet every Tuesday in the first-floor lounge of Sun Towers. No appointment is necessary. Sponsored by the Coalition for Mental Health and Aging. 2:30 p.m. - “PARTY IN A CHAIR” at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. bring the joy of movement, imagination and playfulness back into your life! Christie Dyer, Certified Ageless Grace Educator facilitates. This party will exercise your brain and you will receive the benefit of joint flexibility, memory recall, creativity,

imagination, laughter, breathing, balance & more! Every session is different and done seated. All are welcome to join in! For more info call Debbie Caneen at 813-892-2990. WEDNESDAYS 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon - LEARN TO WEAVE in the Weaving Studio in the North campus each Monday and Wednesday for 8 weeks starting 10/17 The art of weaving is taught. $75 cost includes lessons, yarns for a sampler and one project, membership in the club for a year and equipment fee. This is a great opportunity to try something new and get out of the heat. Sign up in the studio or call 813 642-8239. 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. - THERAPEUTIC TAI CHI OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Our therapists have advanced training in therapeutic Tai Chi for Seniors and will provide guidance in this healthy exercise. Tai Chi has been proven to increase strength and balance! This class will be offered EVERY Wednesday due to increased demand. For more information, contact Debbie Caneen at 813-634-3347. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon MAN to MAN LIFE SUPPORT GROUP meets weekly in the conference room behind the SCC MEN’S CLUB building on Cherry Hills Drive. The purpose of our group is for men to learn new coping skills, find hope in their circumstances, help answer questions about life, and support other men while they are fixing the broken things that concern them and their families. For more information about the Group, contact Ken Barringer at 633-8490 or Bill Spedding at 938-3126. 11:30 a.m. - SUN CITY CENTER SHRINE CLUB monthly luncheon on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Cost is $14 per person and is catered by Banquet Masters. Reservations are required and the first lunch is on us. Call our club person that handles the reservations, Noble Barry Meyers 813-260-3136 before the Friday before the event date. For more info visit: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. - FRONT PORCH PICKERS - LIVE MUSIC! Rollins Theatre, 970 Cherry Hills Drive. Country, bluegrass, traditional and gospel music on acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, ukulele, dobro and bass fiddle. Free program. Call (813) 633-6739. THURSDAYS 9:00 a.m. - “FOR TODAY” MEETING OF OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS at the Sun City Chamber of Commerce, 1651 Sun City Center Plaza, Sun City Center, FL. The meeting room (private entrance to meeting is on the left side of the building). The only requirement for attending is a desire to stop compulsively eating. This meeting is open only to those who have a problem with their weight or eating patterns. Please join us any Friday afternoon. Contact Peg S. at 516/578-5285 for meeting details. You can learn more about OA online at http://www. FRIDAYS 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - KINGS POINT QUILTERS in Fiber Arts Rooms 1 & 2 Kings Point Clubhouse. Work on charity

quilts for both veterans and hospitalized children. Work on items to be sold the profits of which help defray the cost of the charity quilt supplies. Personal projects also done at this time. Guest speakers and workshops planned throughout the year. New members always welcome. Unwanted sewing related items gladly accepted. Contact Sandy Nunn, President (813)642-8961. 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. SCC NIA (Non-Impact Aerobics) Club - SCC Main Campus, Dance Room 2, 1203N. Pebble Beach Blvd. Nia (Non-Impact Aerobics) is a mind/body cardiovascular movement practice created in 1983 based on the science of the body. First class is always free. Join us for the “Joy of Movement”. Questions? Call Gail, Certified Nia Black Belt Instructor at (480) 220-1430.


THU. FEB 8 - “LET’S PUNCH OUT PARKINSON’S” ROCK STEADY B OX I N G M A D E P O S S I B L E B Y SUPPORT FROM THE MEN’S CLUB OF SUN CITY CENTER 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center, FL. Introducing “Rock Steady Boxing” where the mission is to empower people with Parkinson’s disease to fight back. “Of all the pills I’ve taken, Rock Steady Boxing is the finest and most effective.” states Pete Stewart, RSB participant. If you have Parkinson’s, or are caring for someone with this disease, be sure to register for this weekly session by contacting Eric Allen at 813-321-8755 or Complimentary valet parking available at towers entrance. For additional info, call Debbie Caneen 813892-2990. MON. FEB 12 - WIDOWER’S GROUP 8:30 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. SCC. Meeting for WIDOWERS ONLY. We invite YOU to attend a meeting, coffee and donuts on us. You’ll sit and listen as others share their experiences in dealing with the different stages of the tragic loss of losing your spouse. For more information contact Jim Clarke 813-625-5665 or jfclarke32@ TUE. FEB 13 - LIFE CHALLENGES SUPPORT GROUP 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Live your life fully with zest and joy! Rid yourself of depression, anxiety, frustrations with family, children, friends, life changes, health problems, finances and more. Relief comes by sharing and receiving support and making a positive plan of action. All are welcome in complete confidence and free of charge. Cheryl Lewis facilitates this group and is an effective psychotherapist. We meet every Tuesday in the first-floor lounge of Sun Towers. No appointment is necessary. WED. FEB 13 - DIABETES EDUCATION SUPPORT GROUP 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Have you been given the diagnosis of Diabetes? Are you unsure of your dietary and physical future? Discover options and learn information that will prepare you

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The News of Sun City Center and are no longer serving are eligible to participate. Civilians who served in support of a US war effort in a professional capacity are also welcome to participate. If you are a Veteran or know Veterans that would like to share their stories, please call Sun Towers to schedule your interview time at 813-634-3347. This recording of history will take place on the 3rd Friday of each month. W E D. F E B 2 1 - LO W V I S I O N SUPPORT GROUP - SPONSORED BY THE SUN CITY CENTER MEN’S CLUB 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. Do you wonder how others with Low Vision advance through their day? Do they receive care from outside sources? What adaptive vision devices successfully assist them? Each need is different but if we gather to share our resources, we all benefit! Learn what assistance there may be for you if you have low vision in order to maintain your independence. Free valet parking for Cars and Golf Carts. If you have low vision, then this meeting is for you! For more info call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990. TUE . FEB 27 - FREE MEMORY SCREENINGS AND HEARING SCREENINGS Beginning at 1:00 p.m. at Kings Point in the 2020 building. Make your appointment today to have your memory screened along with your hearing. By appointment only. To schedule, call the Coalition at 813-419-4902 Interested in learning more about Clinical Trials? Call the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute Mobile Clinical Trial Unit (813) 455-2512 TUE. FEB 27 - LIFE CHALLENGES SUPPORT GROUP 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Live your life fully with zest and joy! Rid yourself of depression, anxiety, frustrations with family, children, friends, life changes, health problems, finances and more. Relief comes by sharing and receiving support and making a positive plan of action. All are welcome in complete confidence and free of charge. Cheryl Lewis facilitates this group and is an effective psychotherapist. We meet every Tuesday in the first-floor lounge of Sun Towers. No appointment is necessary. Sponsored by the


SCC Resident of Distinction Fred Wiswal

By Ilona Merritt Once upon a time a wonderful man lived in our midst. A ver y quiet and very private man. A ver y generous man, both with his time, talent and money. He was born in the northeastern part of the United States in March of 1927. He studied hard in school and upon graduation went to work for one of the big automakers. He spent his entire working life at the same company. He worked hard, saved his money and invested it very carefully. He was married for only a very short time and never had a family. He picked his friends carefully. He liked elephants and collected them, he enjoyed a good Martini and dinner at Bern’s Steak House. He was 90 when he passed away on October 19, 2017. He died quietly, yet during his lifetime he left a legacy in Sun City Center. Upon his retirement, this very quiet and private man came to Florida and lived in Tampa and then he moved to Coalition for Mental Health and Aging. SAVE THE DATE! RSVP IS REQUIRED DUE TO LIMITED SPACE! THU. MAR 29 - “POWERFUL TOOLS FOR CAREGIVERS” (SIX-SESSION PROGRAM) Offered by Tampa General Hospital 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center, FL (located in the theater). If you are an adult caring for a loved one, this program will provide techniques to develop a wealth of self-care tools to reduce personal stress, deal with difficult feelings, develop positive

Sun City Center. Everyone who knew him, speaks of him with high regard. He became involved with the Samaritan Services where he donated his time and money for twenty (20) years. For Doris Ragland, the founder of the Samaritan Services he was her staunchest supporter and silent benefactor. With his vast knowledge of the auto industry he negotiated purchases of automobiles at phenomenal rates. For twenty years, he drove residents to medical appointments outside of Sun City Center and stayed with them no matter how long. He worked with Joe Auberger maintaining the Samaritan Services cars and they worked together with Meals on Wheels. The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, Lifepath Hospice and other worthy charities were also major recipients of this very private man. He was well liked by everyone and is sadly missed. If Fred Wiswall planned to leave a legacy, no one will ever know, but he did leave a lasting footprint that will always be remembered by those whose lives he touched. Recently, it was announced the Hospice Resource Building on Upper Creek Drive will be named in his honor.

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

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DANCING Attention All Singles

The Singles Social Dance Club will host two dances on Sunday, February 11 and Sunday, February 25. Dances are held in the Florida Room, Atrium Building. Music provided for your dancing and listening pleasure by Thor Stevens and his saxophone. Members $4; guests $6. BYOB and snacks. Proper attire requested (please, no shorts/ jeans). Membership drive ends in February. The cost for membership is $15. Forms will be available at both dances. New members must present a CA or KP badge. Returning members do not have to fill out a form unless there have been changes in the information. Please note that the only Singles Social Dance in March will on the 4th, but there will be three dances in April. If you have a question, please call Janet at 813-6333558.

Solo Line Dance Club

The Solo Line Dance Club had a good year with an increasing membership in 2017. Events such as the FunFest, Hi Neighbor, the Spring and Holiday luncheons were a success. Classes in 2018 will be held every Monday from 12:15 - 3 p.m. in the Community Hall on S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Mary Ware is the instructor for the absolute beginners and the improver dancers. After a social break from 1:30 - 1:45 p.m., Nicki Kaukonen instructs the intermediate and more advanced dancers. Membership is open to CA and KP members. Annual dues are $22 or you can pay $2 per session. Wearing comfortable clothes and shoes (no flipflops or sling-less sandals) is advised. Join us for a fun time. For questions call Norine Brinck at 813-260-3422.

You’ve seen us perform at The Follies and FunFest. You’ve always wondered if you could dance like that. Now is the time to find out! Diane Lefrancois is starting the winter beginner’s session, Saturday, January 13. Time: 9:30-10:30. Cost $5. Call Carol Slagle to register at 912-667-6752.

Moonglow Dance Club

Moonglow Ballroom Dance Club will feature the live music of “Daniel Fugazzotto” at their monthly dance on Thursday February 22 from 7:309:30 p.m. at Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Sun City Center. As a special treat, Daniel and his national championship amateur ballroom dance partner, Janis Merluzzo, will perform a dance exhibition at intermission. The attire at Moonglow dances is dressy casual. Members are free, and visitors/guests pay $5 per person at the door. Singles table(s) are always available. Please BYOB and snacks, and the club provides ice, water, cups and napkins. The Moonglow 2018 year-round monthly dances feature a great lineup of talented entertainers booked for your dancing and/or listening to live music. Membership details and our exciting 2018 schedule will be available at the dance or you may request information by phone or email. For more information call 813633-1297 or 813-633-2755, or email “”.

Oldies But Goodies Dance Club

The Oldies but Goodies Dance Club will be enjoying the music of Latitudes on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. T he cost is free for members and $6 per person f or g u e s t s . No advance ticket needed p ay at t h e do or. The doors will open at 6:15 p.m. for members and 6:30 p.m. for guests. The Latitudes, five times TRMA National Duo of the Year, are making a very welcome return to the Oldies but Goodies dance. They have an upbeat approach to six decades of popular music. They will be playing 7-10 p.m. BYOB and snacks, the club will provide water, ice, cups and napkins. As always residents of Kings Point and Renaissance as well as Sun City Center are always welcome. Members are reminded that outstanding dues should be paid at this dance, $40 to join and $30 to renew. Any questions contact Club President Joanne at 813728-1147 or email You may also check out our website: or join us on Facebook OldiesButGoodiesDanceClub.

SCC Dance Club

Saturday, February 10, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Warm up both your dance shoes and your sweetie for Valentine’s Day! Don’t miss out! This fabulous dance is presented by the Sun City Center Dance Club, in the South Community Hall,1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Eat, drink and be merry. Dance to our widely acclaimed and exclusive playlist spun by Gerardo. Enjoy our complimentary dessert table and coffee. Dressy casual attire. NO shorts! BYOB. Bring your friends, or come and make new friends. Open seating. Members free, guests $6pp at the door. For additional information: call 813-634-9074.

Social Ballroom Dance Classes in February, 2018

Sponsored by the Academy Dance Club Classes are held in the Dance Studio in the Atrium. Open to all Sun City Center and Kings Point residents. Couples and singles welcome. For information call Bernice DuBro at 813-634-3205. Tuesday, February (6, 13, 20, 27) Social Ballroom Dance Class Beginning - Tango - 5:30 p.m. Intermediate - Cha-cha - 6:45 p.m. Beginning West Coast Swing - 8 p.m. Wednesday, February (7, 14, 21, 28) Social Ballroom Dance Class Beginning - Slow Dance - 12:45 p.m. Intermediate - Rumba - 2 p.m. Intermediate Bolero - 3:15 p.m. Taught by Bernice Dubro and George Hawn. Info, call 813-634-3205, email “”.

Entertainment Corner By Renee Bray, Entertainment Director

Neil Diamond tribute act featuring Jay White. Sunday, February 11, 2018 in the Community Hall at 2:30 p.m. $18 per person. Tickets available at the Kiosk on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. As a professional entertainer, Jay White recognizes the importance of presenting a crystal-clear image to the public. For his entire career, that image has reflected one of the world’s best loved musical treasures with his uncanny physical and vocal likeness to Neil Diamond. Most recently Jay has been cast to play Neil in the 1977 era Ron Howard directed film “Frost/Nixon”. Over the past 25 years, White has gone from a Diamond in the rough, to a polished headline performer. He has achieved all the facets of Diamond him­self, from the singer’s rich baritone vocal and subtle swagger of the hips, to that charismatic smile.

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Stained Glass Club Artist of the Month is Gracie Swagel

Gracie was hooked on stained glass when she went to one of the FunFest events. Her first project that she made was a butterfly for her window. She then got interested in glass fusing. “You can get very creative and our teachers and experienced fusers are so helpful and make you feel so welcome”, says Gracie. Stop in and see some of the things that Gracie has created.

Fine Arts Gallery Opening & Reception

February 7, 2018 — The Art Club in Sun City Center Fine Arts Gallery Opening & Reception “Pastel Class Exhibit” will feature the artwork of Pam Cardwell, Jean Curry, Yoshi Koseki, Grethe Lindman, Kent McBride, Faye McKeown and Dennis Tumminelli. Helen Solomon, Pastel Instructor, hopes that the exhibit will inspire and expose gallery visitors to the power and the beauty of pastels as a medium for creative expression. Admire and capture the wonder of “pastel drawings” at the Fine Arts Gallery Opening on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 from 1 – 3 p.m. The event is free and open to members of the community and their guests. Snacks and beverages will be served. The Art Club is located on Cherry Hills Drive in Sun City Center. Visit for more information.

Demonstration: Vibrant Acrylic Paintings By Jane Slivka

February 19, 2018 at 1 p.m. in the Rollins Theatre Join popular Florida acrylic painter Jane Slivka, following the monthly Art Club in Sun City Center meeting, as she demonstrates the freedom this medium offers to create vibrant and exciting paintings. She will show how the use of free expression, strong brush strokes, and exciting colors translate into beautiful florals, still-lifes and landscapes. She will also demonstrate how to enjoy painting freedom while maintaining the essential elements of balance and good design. Jane has a degree in Art Education from Ohio State University and studied for a semester in Florence, Italy. To learn more about Jane visit her website www.janeslivkagallery. com. Visit for more information.

The Women’s Chorus of Sun City Center

By Janet Warren, president The Women’s Chorus of Sun City Center recently received a $2,200 grant from the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay to support stipends for the director and accompanist and for the purchase of new music. Traditionally, all of the concerts provided by the chorus twice a year since 1963 have been free to the SCC community and all free will donations have been used for concert expenses and the purchase of music. The chorus L to R: Elaine Davis, Community deeply appreciates the support from the Foundation of Tampa Bay Liaison; Janet Community Foundation and from the Warren, President & grant author; Jeff standing room audiences and accolades Jordan, artistic director of The Women’s from the SCC community during the past Chorus of SCC. several years. This has inspired the chorus to make each concert better than the last! The chorus is now in rehearsal for another dynamic and crowd pleasing concert featuring all new music made possible by the grant. The spring concert will be held April 15, 2018, 3 p.m. at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Del Webb Blvd. West. The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay connects donors with nonprofit organizations and community leaders to create a meaningful impact in the Tampa Bay Region and beyond and has contributed significantly to the welfare of Sun City Center organizations and residents.

Gals & Guys Membership for 2018 Season

Gals & Guys Productions membership sign up and membership renewal is being held Thursdays 1 to 2 p.m. in the Rollins Theater. The Club is open to all residents of SCC, KP and Freedom Plaza. Kindly bring your valid Association I.D. card to the Rollins Theater on any Thursday to sign up or renew as a club member. The membership for 2018 is $10 per person, payable by check or cash, which includes two productions. “A Night at the Oscars” April 21, 2018 and “Legends Tribute” November 8, 2018 with coffee and cake after the performance. For more information, contact Director, Salvina at 813-633-5924 or

2018 Stained Glass Club Annual Show

The Sun City Center Stained Glass Club will hold their 8th Annual Glass Show on Thursday, February 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday February 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Florida Room, Atrium Building, 945D North Course Lane, SCC . Members, from beginners to experienced artisans will display pieces in three categories including soldered, fused and specialty pieces. Pieces will range from panels, lamps, suncatchers, fused work, jewelry, mosaics to sandblasting. Professional glass artist Liana Martin from Sarasota has the challenging job of judging this year’s show, selecting ribbon winners and the prestigious “Best of Show” award. For more information, stop by the Stained Glass Club in the Arts and Crafts Building between 9 and noon Monday through Friday or call Debbie Zieg at 813634-6795.

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Artist of the Month Susan Corbett

The Art Club in Sun City Center has chosen Susan Corbett as Artist of the Month for February 2018. Sue works mostly in watercolor but also dabbles in acrylic, colored pencil, pastels and mixed media. Her favorite subjects include flowers, sunsets and semi-abstracts. Sue believes in angels and her work is known for hidden angels. “The angels represent her many blessings.” Sue looks for the angels then paints around them so others can also view them. Her goal is to foster creativity with the hope of developing the artist within. Her formal art training began at Paier School of Art in Connecticut. While studying with the late Jo Tarabula in Florida Sue discovered her passion for watercolor. Over the years, she has taught creative painting to children and creative watercolor to adults. Sue enjoys membership in the Sun City Center Art Club and the Kings Point Art League and serves as a liaison between the two clubs. You can view Susan Corbett’s artwork at the SCC Library, the SCC Welcome Center, LaBeautique Style Salon, SCC Samaritan Services, Fiore’s Sunshine Café, Cadence Bank and the Art Club Window. Visit for more information.


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The Diamondettes grill Hamburgers and Hot Dogs every FRIDAY, for a donation, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. The SCC Softball Games are Tuesday and Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come show support for your friends and neighbors and enjoy a great barbeque on Fridays while watching the teams play. The Winter season is underway and ends Feb 9. The playoff game is Tuesday, Feb 13 and the Diamondettes will host a BBQ. The Spring season starts February 16 and goes until March 23. The Spring playoff game is March 30. The softball field is located on Weatherford Drive, behind the Community Hall on South Pebble Beach. For more information visit our website www.

SCC Lawn Bowling Memorial Tournament

By Garry Higgins The Sun City Center Lawn Bowling Club’s 2017 “Memorial Triples”, a single knockout event, was held recently. Twelve teams began the tournament and in the final match on the fourth day, it was the team of Ben Caudill, Carl Zajac and Fred Kalhammer winning over the team of Jim Blaine, Sally Mabesoone and Joe Mattia.


Ed Veronick, Club Secretary, and Bob Monahan, Club President, at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Clubs new court in Sun City Center

Archery Club

Kristin Schram joined the SCC Archery Club in November of last year. While the arrows aren’t in the center of the target, a small sight adjustment will fix that. The ability to shoot such a tight group of arrows is a testament to Kristin’s skill and her following the instructor’s instructions while she was receiving her free archery lessons. If you would like to try archery (at no cost), contact club instructor Jerry Anderson at 330-206-7048. You need to be an CA Member to receive lessons. The Archery Club holds a monthly membership meeting on the fourth Friday of every month in the Caper Room at 2 p.m. All current CA Members are invited to attend. 2017 Memorial Triples Tournament winners, L to R: Ben Caudill, Carl Zajac and Fred Kalhammer.

Pickleball News

Renee Bray (president of the SCC Pickleball Club) presents a check for $222 to Julie Floyd (left) and Linda Corbin (middle) of Samaritan Services. Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in America. SCC Pickleball club has over 350 members. Samaritan Services is a nonprofit organization that serves the residents of Sun City Center and Kings Point. Call 634-9283 for out of town rides, Meals on Wheels, information and assistance with Alzheimer’s respite care. 633-6111 for SCC RIDE local free transportation.



Ladies Tennis Team

Introducing the ladies 3.5 Tennis Team representing Sun City Center for the 2018 season. From left: Rolande Poulin, Debbie Zieg, Petra Stimmel, Nancy Williams, Sue Hackney, Nancy Clark, Luann Nordine, Sheryl Doom (Captain) and Mary Huntington.

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February 2018

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Thomas and Casper Take Ladies Pairs Title

By Garry Higgins The Suncoasters (ladies) Division of the Sun City Center Lawn Bowling Club held its annual Pairs tournament recently. At the end of single knockout play, four teams had been eliminated leaving Cindy Higgins and Pam Davis up against Diann Thomas and Ava Casper. The match was decided by a measure in the 16th end. The Thomas / Casper team prevailed and are the 2018, Suncoasters Pairs Champions.






Congratulations to Diann Thomas (left) & Ava Casper, 2018 Ladies Pairs Champions.

Lawn Bowling Men’s Triples Winners

By Garry Higgins The 2018 Pebble Beach Triples Champions are Joe Mignogna (Skip), Jim Blaine (Vice) and Garry Higgins (Lead). The runners-up were Jon Blanchard, Larry Johnson and Gary Persinger. There were many exciting moments during the match, including the last end when Team Mignogna held their opponents to one point, giving them a thirteen to twelve win. Congratulations to both teams! The members of the Pebble Beach division of the SCC Lawn Bowling Club are affiliated with Bowls USA which governs the sport of bowls in the United Men’s Triples Champions: L to R: Joe States. They also compete in out-of-club Mignogna, Jim Blaine and Garry Higgins. tournaments throughout Florida as well as divisional and national events. If you are a member of the Kings Point or Sun City Center communities and would like to give lawn bowls a try, feel free to drop by the Club (Main Campus) and speak to any of the members on the green. Also, lots of information on the Club’s website

Who Plays Bridge? Jill & Don Mowry Do!

It was years ago - OK, decades ago that Don taught Jill to play bridge. But their bridge was not as hot and happy as the marriage so they decided to take ACBL lessons. As Don drolly remarked, “It opened our eyes a bit.” They quickly became an adroit bridge team; that rarest of bridge phenomena - a happily married couple who successfully plays competitive bridge together! Imagine this: there was a time when Jill and Don had more red points than black! When they lived in Pittsburgh the Ohio and Pennsylvania sectional tournaments were practically nonstop and relatively nearby; they played (and won!) often which resulted in that highly unusual black/red ratio! Asked who is the stronger player Jill says without hesitation, “Don is, definitely.” Don, looking astonished, interjects, “Uh, no. It is Jill.” Jill laughingly corrects him, “That is silly; everyone knows it’s you.” So I ask, “Well, who is the stronger bidder?” Don immediately replies, “Jill!” Amongst laughter Jill admits that could be true but only because Don IS the stronger player. And that, right there, is likely the bedrock of their successful partnership; mutual admiration and generosity. Jill’s best advice: 1. Remember, first place is not a trip around the world, 2. Do not overcall unless you have 2 face cards in that suit, 3. If you fuss at table, make amends as soon as you’re able. Don’s best advice: 1. Think about how the field is going to play the hand, 2. KISS. (Kiss and make-up?) No, Keep It Simple, Stupid.

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FAITH & service Card/Game/Dessert Social - Thursday February 8

Gather your friends and come to the Conesa Center at Prince of Peace from 12-3 on Thursday, February 8 for delicious homemade desserts and drinks and play your favorite board or card game: bridge, canasta, euchre, pinochle, mah jongg, etc. Win door prizes and table prizes. This will be the last one until after Easter.

Christian Women’s Connection Luncheon

Thursday, Feb. 8, at Club Renaissance, 2121 S. Pebble Beach Blvd., Sun City Center, the Christians Women’s Connection will host a luncheon. Inspirational speaker Linda Moore will share her story, “If it isn’t in the washer, it’s in the dryer! Dinner will be ready when the smoke alarm goes off!” Fashions by Rose Boutique will also be featured this month. Seating begins at 11 a.m. with meal and program from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. Chicken Florentine will be served or you may order the alternate chicken caesar salad when you make your reservation. Price is $18 inclusive. Make your reservations or cancellations before 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 5, by calling Gail Green 813-634-2159 or email

Beth Israel Program

Susan Weidman Schneider, the founder and editor of Lilith Magazine, will be joining us on Monday, Feb. 5 for some very special programs. On Monday, Feb. 5 at 1 p.m. at the Temple, Ms. Weidman Schneider will present a lecture entitled, “How We Tell Troubling Stories.” We say we want a “big tent” in our communities, under which we are all welcome. But we don’t always want to hear all the voices. For 41 years, one of Lilith magazine’s hallmarks has been to amplify these voices. Find out how. The cost for this program, which is open to the public, is $5 per person and will include refreshments.

Redeemer Women of the ELCA Meeting

Women of the ELCA, the women’s organization of Redeemer Lutheran Church, will meet on Wednesday, February 21 beginning with refreshments at 9:30. The program will be provided by Rev. Bill Cruz from Good Samaritan Mission, a local Christian ministry serving the poor. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, call the church office at 813-634-1292.

Beth Israel Sisterhood Program

On Tuesday January 9, 2018 Mary Berg, Community Relations Specialist for A Kid’s Place addressed members of the Beth Israel Sisterhood and provided information about her organization. Their mission is to protect and care for neglected and abused children who have been removed from their homes. A Kid’s Place provides comfort and safety in a stable and nurturing environment at a critical time. Our priority is keeping groups of two or more brothers and sisters together while in foster care. Sisterhood members provided donations of body wash, laundry detergent pods or a new baby doll or action figure.

Hearing Loss Association Receives Interfaith Grant

By Jay Sparkman The Sun City Center Interfaith Social Action Council presented the Sun City Center Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America with a grant of $3,000 which will pay for a one year subscription to a CART service which provides a certified stenographer at the chapter’s meetings for transcription of spoken words into written words which will appear on a large screen at the front of the meeting room. Pictured, from left, Helen Conaway, SCC Interfaith Council Grant Committee member, Anne Macri, Director, Communication Access Realtime Translation, and Bill Dauber, VP Board of Directors SCC Hearing Loss Association.

SouthShore UCC Donates to Haven of Hope

Roselyn Cruthis, SouthShore United Church of Christ, presents a check to Janet Smith, President of Haven of Hope, in Ruskin. Haven of Hope is a faith-based, residential mission that helps women, who have been incarcerated for nonviolent crimes, change the course of their lives. Smith noted that the church also provided a “bountiful supply of fresh produce at Thanksgiving.” Haven of Hope is a year-long program with a 100 percent success rate for women who stay with it. Roselyn Cruthis and Janet Smith They receive no government funding, Haven of Hope depends on donations, grants and volunteers. Once they have a job, the women, themselves, help offset costs by contributing to the rent.

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GSMobile Adult Education Receives Interfaith Council Grant

By Jay Sparkman Mike Trefren, left, a member of the Sun City Center Interfaith Social Action Council and a volunteer at the Nearly New Shop, presented Rev. William R. Cruz, Executive Director of the GSMobile Adult Education Program at Good Samaritan Mission, a grant check to support adult education classes designed to equip lower income persons and families “to break the cycle of poverty and meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs”. The SCC Interfaith Council uses monies from the sale of donated goods at the Nearly New Shop to fund grants and scholarships in the South Shore area. For more information go to www. or call 813-942-9099.

Haven of Hope Donation

Jane Trefren, (right) Sun City Interfaith Council member and volunteer at the Nearly New Shop in Sun City Center Plaza recently presented a grant check for $5,000 to Janet Smith (left), President of the Board of Directors of Haven of Hope in Ruskin. The grant will help provide clothing, food, travel expense, personal hygiene supplies and transitional housing for women released from prison. The SCC Interfaith Council has long been a supporter of faithbased Haven of Hope as well as many other service organizations in the South Shore area. The council uses monies from the sale of donated items at the Nearly New Shop to fund grants and scholarships to qualifying high school seniors. For more information, visit “www.”. For donation information and volunteer opportunities at Nearly New call 813-642-9099. For volunteer opportunities at Haven of Hope call 317-441-7022.

Samaritan Services

MaryAnn Dayton (Treasurer of K.P. Ohio Club) on left and Ginny Rosetta (Social Director of K.P. Ohio Club) on right present Julie Floyd (Vice-President of Samaritan Services) in center with a $250 check from the Kings Point Ohio Buckeye Club to Samaritan Services. Samaritan Services are funded solely by charitable contributions from individuals, clubs, organizations, businesses and proceeds from fundraisers. Samaritan Services provides transportation for Sun City Center residents to doctor appointments out of town from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and in town for any reason from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Samaritan Services also coordinates Meals on Wheels for Sun City Center residents and has an Alzheimer’s Respite program and Alzheimer’s caregiver meetings. Call 813-634-9283 for information.

All Paths to God

The talents of the members of All Paths to God will be featured at the Concert and Sing along with pianist Tommy Johnson on February 9 from 4-6:30 p.m. Karen Gutelis and Sharon Axtell exhibit three of the items that will available for silent auction at this happy hour event. Shown is a painting by Gail Poe, garden stone by Sharon, and a prayer shawl knitted by Rev Sue Meixner. The evening will be fun filled with the concert, sing along, hors d’oeuvres, beverages, silent auction and door prizes. Tickets are available for $10 from members and by calling Sharon Axtell at 813 514-5302. This event will take place at the Chamber of Commerce, 1651 Sun City Center Plaza. Rev Sue and the members of All Paths to God invite you to join them for Sunday services at 11 a.m. at the Chamber of Commerce. APTG is a trans-denominational church. It recognizes the divine power of God’s Spirit in everyone and everything. It is filled with positive thoughts, often referred as the gospel of optimism.

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KP Line Dancers

Join the KP Line Dancers for a free social dance on Wed Feb 21, 7 p.m., Veterans Theater. Open to KP and SCC residents and their guests. Ladybug Fancy is the theme, red is the color to wear. Proper dance shoes, no flip-flops. BYOB. Call Jan 634-6226 for more info.

Eagle Audubon Society Showcases Expert on Herons and Egrets

Ann Paul, the Regional Coordinator for Florida Audubon, will speak on herons and egrets at the Thursday, February 15, 2018 Eagle Audubon meeting. Ann, a longtime supporter of Tampa Bay Coastal Bird Sanctuaries, is an expert on wading/ shore birds. The meeting, which is free and open to the public, will be held in The Banquet Room of Kings Point Main Clubhouse, 1900 Clubhouse Drive, SCC. Doors open at 1:20 p.m. for social and trip sign-up (for members) and refreshments. The meeting and program begins at 2 p.m. More information on Eagle Audubon is available online at “”.

Kings Point February 15 Dinner Dance

Kings Point February 15 Dinner dance will be held in the Veterans Theater. Playing for your listening and dancing pleasure is the Island Swing Band. Members and guests attending the dinner can check in at 5:30 with dinner served between 6 - 6:15 p.m. Checks for members and guests can be sent to Sharon Galpin 1711 Wolf Laurel Dr. Members are $15 each and guests are $30 each and include the dance. Checks should be received by January 31. Those not attending the dinner are welcome at the dance with a $5 charge for guests at the door. Attire for the dance is jacket and tie for the men and dressy slacks, skirt or dress for women. Wear your red and white and we will celebrate Valentine’s Day. The dance is open to Sun City Center residents and those from surrounding communities. Call Theresa for reservations at 633-0812 so your name can be added the gate list. See you on the dance floor.


KPAL’s Artist of the Month for February, June Lohren

June Lohren was born in Brooklyn, NY. As a child she was influenced by her grandfather who was an artist, and by a cousin who illustrated children’s books. Ceraglass, in Hackensack, NJ gave June her first opportunity as a professional artist where she worked with renowned designer Ned Harris and Bob Wallach to create silk screened designs on drinking glasses and giftware. When June’s family moved to California, she was employed as Art Director for Reynolds Printasign Company, a worldwide organization that manufactured printing equipment. She was offered the position as designer for Capri of California and accepted. Her designs on drinking glasses and giftware were sold in department stores throughout the United States. June also developed individual custom designs for Mercedes Benz, Universal Studios, Walt Disney Studios, Star Trek Enterprises and the City of San Francisco. June studied painting at Art Center College in Los Angeles and UCLA. She was a member of the Santa Clarita Art League. After retiring to Florida and moving to Sun City Center, June joined the Kings Point Art League where she enjoys fellowship and many opportunities for continued learning. She lives in Kings Point with her lovely daughter, Donna, and their beloved little dog, Appletini, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. June’s painting of Appletini and several others will be on display at the Kings Point Art League in the North Clubhouse for the month of February.

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Kings Point Ohio Buckeye club recently donated $300 to the squad. Pictured here receiving the generous donation are Randy Anderson, Ginny Rosette and Mary Ann Dayton from the Buckeye Club and Jack McDonald. Many thanks to the club for their remembrance of the squad!

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