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COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION SCHEDULE
JANUARY 1 CA Office & Library closed All facilities closed 2 Annual Membership Meeting Community Hall – 7 p.m. 7 Board Workshop to discuss Agenda Boardroom - CA Office - 9 a.m. 9 Board Meeting Rollins Theater - 9 a.m. 15 Community Leaders Meeting Florida Room – 9 a.m. FEBRUARY 11 Board Workshop to discuss Agenda Board Room – CA Office - 9 a.m. 13 Board Meeting Rollins Theater - 9 a.m. 19 Community Leaders Meeting Florida Room – 9 a.m. 25 CO-AP Meeting Caper Room – 2 p.m.
Agendas for the monthly Board Meetings will be posted on Official Bulletin Board in the Atrium the Monday before and on the CA website (www.suncitycenter.org – under “Association”). They will also be sent via “What’s New in the CA” email. Every Wednesday: Orientation for new members in the Boardroom in the CA office starting at 1 p.m. sharp.
CA Contact Information Phone: 633-3500 firstname.lastname@example.org Website: suncitycenter.org Information Center 813-633-4670
Your Newly Elected CA Directors By Diane M. Loeffler In D e cemb er, t he C ommunity Association (CA) Membership elected Larry Smith, Doug Seipelt and Sam Sudman to three year terms. Larry Smith has been very active in our community, but this will be his first term as a CA Director. Smith says, “It is important that I get out to talk to people. A lot of people don’t like to come to meetings, so I developed a form that they can fill out.” Doug Seipelt previously served a oneyear term as a director. He says, “Thank all of you who voted for me. I appreciate each and every one of you. I will do my best to provide the best leadership I am capable of doing.” Seipelt also says, “I hope we can move forward and look at what we’ve done well and not so well. Our fiscal policy needs some adjustment. We need to provide up-to-date facilities for current and future residents. We need to look ahead to 2039. Will we still be viable or will we fall into mediocrity?” Sam Sudman has served on the board previously. After the December 2018 election, those who will be serving as directors in 2019 elected Sudman to be the new CA president. Sudman says, “As Director and
L to R: Doug Seipelt, Sam Sudman, and Larry Smith were elected as Community Association Directors. Sudman will also be the CA President for 2019.
President of the CA Board, my goal is to continue in the footsteps of a long line of volunteer leaders, supported by an outstanding staff and professional management, and to be an effective disciplined team member who provides stability of responsible governance.” “Planned but reasoned change is ess ent i a l for t his ac t ive s enior
community. Facilities and services must keep up with the needs of a dynamic populace. People who have chosen Sun City Center came here because of what it is and has become. A community that represents the lifestyles of 11,500 members, which has evolved over almost 60 years, must continue to be open to new ideas.”
A Festive Breakfast to Start the Season
The Holiday Breakfast is a great opportunity to gather with friends and meet new people before heading out to shop.
The Sew’n Sews sales allow them to donate money and goods to charities.
Holiday Shopping in SCC
By Diane M. Loeffler The Sun City Center Holiday Walk was held on December 1 this year. Many of the shoppers started their morning at the Holiday Breakfast and continued their holiday kickoff by perusing the artwork, crafts and creations made right here in our community. In many clubs, we could also watch members creating new items while we shopped. Many of the most popular items were holiday items, but there were useful and decorative offerings for other holidays and year-round use and enjoyment. An
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additional benefit is that by buying here in Sun City Center, we are also helping a number of charitable causes. All of the clubs donate at least a portion of their sales to a charity. Many clubs sell their merchandise all year round. You will also have an opportunity to buy additional items during FunFest on March 16. On that day, there will be many demonstrations as well as sales and an opportunity to indulge in a variety of culinary treats.
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Happy New Year
Linda Luper and her husband John were among the helpers for the Holiday Breakfast. John will be leaving his position as CA President but plans to remain very active in volunteer activities.
By Diane M. Loeffler Is there any better way to start the holiday season than with a hearty breakfast followed by an opportunity to shop locally? Sun City Center held its Holiday Breakfast in the Atrium on December 1. This annual event is open to all area residents and their guests. From the moment you entered the Atrium you were greeted by smiling volunteers and music provided by The SCC Organ and Keyboard Club. After paying a mere $5, you walked through one of two serving lines to receive your meal of pancakes, eggs, sausage and toast. Servers quickly appeared with
coffee and juice. Ornament carrying hosts and hostesses seated you at festive tables where you had the opportunity to meet new friends and connect with those you already knew. Floyd Curvin says, “We served 677 meals thanks to the 155 hard working volunteers who gave up their Friday afternoon and Saturday morning to serve their friends and neighbors.” If you attended this year’s Holiday Breakfast, we look forward to seeing you again next year. If you didn’t, check your November 2019 News of Sun City Center for the time and date of next year’s event. You will be glad you did.
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The “Challenges and Rewards” of Leading
By Diane M. Loeffler John Luper served as a Community Association (CA) Director for three years. During the past two years, he was the CA President. Prior to his retirement eight years ago, Luper worked with a developer, WCI. WCI developments included golf courses, Kings Point and the Renaissance Club. As a result, Luper understood construction and how to work with the community. He says, “People asked me, ‘Why don’t you run for the board?” I was looking for a way to give back to the community and to use my skills. I didn’t have a personal agenda.” As a new Director, Luper served on The Planning Organization, a committee that was used to get projects done. “Later I was asked to be president. I wasn’t looking for that, but I was willing to do it.” Luper says, “In this day and age, it is great to have experts to help and review. In order to protect the money of over eleven thousand people, you need to get the best people you can to advise you.” What did he like best about being on the board? “For sure it’s the people. The staff are all good people who care. This is a compassionate community. I like to be a problem solver. In most cases, we can help. In most cases if we cannot help, we can be up front about why it is what it is.” Luper notes that CA Directors are representing over 11,000 people who may come from three generations. “At first, directors should listen and learn. Take that time before you decide. There are two sides to every
Friends of The Sun City Center History Society to Meet
The Friends of the Sun City Center History Society will hold their quarterly meeting on Tuesday, January 15 at 2 p.m. The group will meet in the Caper Room in the Atrium Building, 45A North Course Lane on the North Campus in Sun City Center. A program with historical focus will be presented. Light refreshments will be served. All current CA members and Kings Point residents are invited to attend. Annual dues are five dollars.
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 14, 2019 FLORIDA ROOM 12 NOON TO 2 P.M.
DUE BY FEBRUARY 28, 2019 Hardship financial relief for 2019 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, 2019 to be considered for the current year. Please see Judy Hill at the CA office to pick up an application.
What’s New at the Library?
By Joanne Gilray, Library Administrator The Annual Sun City Center Library BOOK SALE is coming! February 1 and 2. We will have books of all shapes and sizes, puzzles, DVDs, music CDs and more! Please come out and help support your Sun City Center Library. Hours: Friday, February 1 – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, February 2 – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Caper Room Happy Reading!
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).
“Enjoyable Tour of Duty”
2018 Community Association President John Luper and Treasurer Jim Schwartz retired from the CA Board at the end of the year. Both will continue to be active in our community.
question or problem. Ask yourself, ‘How did we get to where we are now?’ Make sure you really think it through… Just because something was done a certain way, doesn’t mean it shouldn’t change.” Luper says communication is the board’s biggest challenge. He would like to see more people attend the board meetings that are held on the second Wednesday of the month at 9 a.m. and the membership meetings. The next membership meeting will be January 2 at 7 p.m. in Community Hall. Luper will continue to be very busy. He was recently elected as the President of his HOA. He will continue volunteering to work in the kitchen for the Holiday and Fourth of July Breakfasts. He will also continue serving on Beautification Corporation, a group that oversees the landscaping in the medians and along the road. This undertaking will be more challenging with construction on 674. Thank you, John Luper, for all you have done and will do for our community.
By Diane M. Loeffler Community Association (CA) Director and Treasurer, Jim Schwartz, is retiring from the Board. He says, “It was a very enjoyable tour of duty. The staff and maintenance people were very helpful. The directors had no hidden agendas.” During his three years, Schwartz worked on The Planning Organization and worked with community leaders. He was the treasurer for almost two years. He ran for the board because, he says, “I’m the kind of person that if you have complaints, you need to step up or shut up.” “What is best about being on the board is having a feeling that you’re helping people. I like working with people and knowing we are doing something positive for the community, to serve all, not just one or ten people. Sometimes you want to move feet but you can only move inches.” “I like working with people. The staff and maintenance department are great. We have had a middle of the road board with no hidden agenda. They try to do what’s right while maintaining fiduciary responsibilities. As a whole, Sun City Center is very generous. The clubs are generous to the CA and to charities.” “I would tell anyone new to the board that listening is the big thing. Be thick-skinned. Be timely with your follow-ups. Be open-minded…” “I would ask the community to be kind to the officers. The directors are volunteers. Your voice is one of over eleven thousand. Ideas must be good for the entire population. Be respectful. Understand fiduciary responsibility. A lot of what we do is centered around having no debt.” Schwartz is leaving his position as treasurer, but will continue to contribute to our community. He volunteers at the Holiday and Fourth of July Breakfasts. He is active with the Veterans Memorial Committee, The Disabled American Veterans and the Men’s Club.
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2019 OFFICERS SUN CITY CENTER COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
President’s Report By John Luper, CA President Happy New Year to everyone. As I write my final report as President, I say health, wealth, and happiness to all. I believe our Association is healthy, being managed and maintained by a great staff. Our Association is wealthy, having so many wonderful facilities and activities to provide our residents and still be debt free. And I see happiness everyday as retirees take advantage of the opportunity to be active, and make strong friendships. There will be challenges ahead, but for almost 60 years our community, through the efforts of many dedicated people, SCC has survived and flourished. I am confident it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. As Jim Schwartz and I end our terms in office, I thank him and the rest of our board who have provided the support and guidance needed. I am confident the new board will also be up to the challenge to make the best decisions they can as they represent our over 11,000 residents. Thanks also to the hundreds of volunteers that ultimately make everything possible. The passion they have for their clubs and our community is what sets us apart from the rest. And finally, thanks to Lyn Reitz, Carol Donner, and all of our staff for their dedication to make it all work. It has been a rewarding time in my life. Best to all.
On December 10, 2018, the 2019 Board of Directors elected the following officers for 2019: President - Sam Sudman Vice President - Helen Lewis Treasurer - Dave Birkett Corporate Secretary - Marilyn Coté-Miller
SCCCA ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING COMMUNITY HALL WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2019 7 PM (Refreshments at 6:30 p.m.)
SCCCA MEMBERS ONLY 200 REQUIRED FOR A QUORUM
-AGENDAI. Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance II. Approval of Minutes: October 24, 2018 Membership Meeting III. Treasurer’s Report IV. Community Manager’s Report V. Awards & Recognition VI. Installation of newly elected Directors VII. 2018 President’s Report VIII. Introduction of President for 2019 IX. General Discussion by members X. Adjournment
Closing Out 2018 and Preparing For 2019
By Diane M. Loeffler CA President, John Luper, began the December meeting saying, “Best wishes for a wonderful and safe holiday for everyone.” He commented on the successful breakfast, parade and election. Luper, who is retiring from the board, thanked everyone for their time and efforts in keeping our community running so well. Also retiring from the board is Treasurer, Jim Schwartz. He says, “Thanks for the privilege and honor of serving as a director and treasurer.” Schwartz reported that there were 51 home transactions in November for a total income of $78,569.10. With just over ninety percent of the year gone, our CA’s income was 101% of what was projected in the budget while the expenditures were 88% of what was projected. “That’s what you want in a budget,” to have more income than you planned and fewer expenses.” The annual audit is starting. Voting results were announced. Doug Seipelt, Sam Sudman, and Larry Smith were elected as CA
Directors. The dues increase passed with 1,313 in favor and 532 opposed. Next year’s annual dues will be $288 per person. Election chairperson, Brigitt Lewis thanks the 29 tellers and 9 judges who assisted with the voting. Officers for 2019 are President Sam Sudman, VicePresident Helen Lewis, Treasurer Dave Birkett, and Corporate Secretary Marilyn Cote’-Miller. A Community Membership Meeting will be held January 2. Other upcoming events include a lunch for all volunteers on February 14 in the Florida Room, Shredding Day on March 5 just south of the Safety Patrol Building, and FunFest on March 16 on our north campus. Clubs will be receiving FunFest notices from the CA Office. There will be new vendors and new performers as well as returning favorites. After the meeting was adjourned, several CA members addressed the board about renter issues and accessing board reports. These concerns will be addressed during future board meetings.
SPECIAL RECOGNITION TO THE FOLLOWING WHO CONTRIBUTED $1,000 & OVER TO THE BENEFIT OF THE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION IN 2018 (thru 12/17/18)
CLUB/ORGANIZATION AMOUNT APPLIED TO Aquasizers Club $1,024 $1,000 for pool maintenance and $24 for FunFest expenses Computer Club $1,000 Hardship Fund Dog Owners Group $2,000 Their share of maintenance of the dog park Front Porch Pickers $1,116 Hardship Fund Lapidary Club $2,000 $1,000 for Hardship Fund and $1,000 for the SCC Library Men’s Club $3,000 Lift for swimming pool Monday Movies $2,287 To offset licensing fees Needlecrafters $1,122 $1,000 for Hardship Fund and $122 for FunFest expenses Pickleball Club $1,200 Their share of maintenance of the Pickleball Courts Potters Wheel $1,179 $1,000 for Operations and $114 for FunFest expenses Softball Club $16,685 $2,500 their share of maintenance of the softball field and $7,600 to replace scoreboard at softball field $6,585 to replace fence at softball field Stained Glass Club $1,000 Hardship Fund Tennis Association $10,000 Their share of maintenance of the tennis courts Tillers & Toilers $1,130 Tree trimming their area GRANTS RECEIVED Community Foundation of Tampa Bay (Durward & Janet Seville Fund) $13,416 Sun City Center Library We also thank the Lawn Bowling Club who directly paid $10,504 as their 1/2 share of the maintenance of the lawn bowling courts. They also contributed $147 toward FunFest expenses. We also thank the RV Club and Tillers & Toilers for maintaining their own areas
Tidbits from the Vault
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By Cathy Meyerhoff, Sun City Center History Society
A Poetic Annual Report
Many businesses and organizations conclude the year by preparing an annual report to summarize the accomplishments of the previous twelve months. Fifty years ago, this month, Dorothy Bernhardt prepared a unique compilation of the activities of the “Hi, Neighbor!” Club for 1968. That poetic report is Dorothy Bernhardt reproduced below. Listen, my friends, and you shall hear How Hi Neighbor fared throughout the year. In January of sixty-eight The nominating committee presented its slate Of officers for the months to come – With the exception – alas! – of only one: And that one was the president, Which left the committee in a “picklement”! But the election was held, the officials installed, But no nomination from the floor was called. The new first vice-president was ERNA KRAUCH, And for getting things done that gal’s no slouch. Upon last year’s leader she prevailed, So back into the presidency reluctantly sailed Our friend, JOE RARICK, who made it quite clear That it would be temporary and not for a year. And Joe did his duty as a good member should, And things went smoothly, as we knew they would. He did his best to please everybody. Arranging programs was his hobby. First the SWEET ADELINES from Bradenton On Valentine’s Day our hearts they won. March brings us DeSoto and his troupe, So we had songs and dances by the Spanish group. The GOLDEN BELL CHOIR, one April night, With the WOMEN’S CHORUS brought us delight. In May, the BAKERS DOZEN of St. Pete – Ah, their musical program was quite a treat, Followed by Dick Bothwell of the ST. PETE TIMES: “What’s wrong with Men?” (Are they wrong sometimes?) With the year half gone and he still in the saddle, JOE said to the Board: “I must skedaddle. I didn’t agree to work all year, And that’s just what you’ll have me do, I fear.” His resignation was accepted with regret, And the Board decided to elect ERNA KRAUCH to fill that spot, And the program chairmanship fell to Dot With FLOYD AUSTIN to be her aide. And the board decided they had it made! So Dot and Floyd put their heads together, And in spite of September’s stormy weather, Produced an aquatic show that brought to view Young synchronized swimmers, and fancy divers, too. In October a group of one hundred and one Brought to Hi Neighbor the spirit of fun “SUN CITIANS IN ACTION” to graphically show How all our clubs operate and what makes them go. Four hundred ninety-nine marchers in mid-November Made the PARADE OF STATES a thing to remember. A chorus and band from EAST BAY HIGH In December lifted our spirits high, As their youthful enthusiasm shone Like Christmas lights to match our own. A program entitled “BELLES AND BEAUX” Brings January to the close Of a year filled to capacity With cooperation and harmonyTwelve months of fine companionships ‘Tween old and new relationships. We make new friends and cherish the old, More precious to us than silver or gold. So here’s to HI NEIGHBOR – long may you shine – And God speed you all in the year sixty-nine. Dot Bernhardt Retiring Program Chairman January 8, 1969
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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.
Metaphysical Society Meeting
10 a.m. Wednesdays in the Heritage Room. Entry fee $1 with love offering requested to benefit our Society. Show your Community ID card. January 2 • The Aboriginal Dreamtime, The Time between Time January 9 • The Metaphors of Nature for Healing and Creative Problem Solving January 16 • Detecting Auras and what the Aura Colors mean January 23 • Universal Laws brought to us today by Ed Foote January 30 • Life’s Greatest Lesson presented by Carl Franklin, Coptic Minister.
Art Club Demonstration
The Art Club in Sun City Center is featuring a demonstration by Sue Lynn Cotton on Techniques for Watercolor. Join Sue Lynn Cotton on Monday, January 21, 2019, to see how she achieves dazzling effects with only six basic colors. The results of this technique entertain the viewer with light and color dancing through each painting. Discover how to paint using a limited palette for a unified composition while mixing colors directly on the paper. Learn how easy watercolor painting can be! Sue Lynn worked as a commercial artist, book designer, and illustrator in Dallas for many years before relocating to Florida 16 years ago. She has illustrated over 35 children’s books and her paintings have been published in a variety of magazines and books. Additionally, her work is part of collections around the world. Now living in a beach environment, Sue Lynn paints cozy houses, historic landmarks and colorful restaurants. She also paints portraits of people and pets as well as flowers, landscapes, boats and seascapes. A well-known local watercolor teacher, her classes are filled year-round. Sue Lynn’s demonstration is open to members of Sun City Center and Kings Point communities and will take place at 1 p.m. in Rollins Theatre following a brief general meeting of the club.
SCC New England Club Ham & Bean Dinner
The Sun City Center New England Club will hold its annual Ham & Bean Dinner on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at the SCC Community Hall, 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Admission is by pre-paid reservation only for members of the Sun City Center Community Association New England Club and their guests. Guests must accompany members. Reservations are $14 per person for SCC New England Club members and $16 for their invited guests and must be received by January 31. Annual SCC New England Club membership dues are $5 per person. Membership is open to SCC Community Association members who have New England connections. Your ticket will be your name tag provided at the door upon your arrival. Reservation forms and SCC New England Club membership forms are available on our website at SCCNEC.org. Please use separate checks made out to SCC New England Club for membership and dinner reservations. Mail checks to SCC New England Club, c/o Greg McKeown, 2124 New Bedford Drive, Sun City Center, FL 33573 or drop the envelope in the basket at Greg’s front door. Please include CA #’s and a telephone number in case we need to contact you. BYOB and silverware. SCC Community Association badges are required. Members of the SCC NE Club should receive reservation forms by email. Please visit our website at SCCNEC.org for more information or call Richard Young at 813-642-8251.
Gone Stampin’ Club Contributes to the Emergency Squad
The Gone Stampin’ Club of Sun City Center recently donated funds to the Sun City Center Emergency Squad. Picture here are Chris McCann, Asst. Chief, HR; Linda Menier from the Club, and Marty Gifford, CFO of the Squad. The Squad thanks all the members of the Club for the generosity!
SCC Stained Glass Club
A potluck celebration was enjoyed by more than 40 members of the SCC Stained Glass Club on Sunday, December 9 at their Annual Holiday Party. Great food, fun games, fellowship and laughs were some of the evening’s highlights.
Thank You German American Club
We would like to thank the German American Club of Sun City Center for coming to speak to elementary school children all about Germany at Socially Gifted Organization’s event. Our organization plans educational and fun events for gifted children throughout the county with a passion to learn new things. Resident, Lauren Foley, is a teacher and Board member of Socially Gifted. (www.sociallygifted.org)
Winner of SCC Stained Glass Club Raffle
The beautiful stained glass panel that was created by club member Karen Ransbury was raffled on Saturday, December 8 after the Holiday Golf Cart Parade. The raffle was won by Sun City Center resident Matt Senac. Matt has been a longtime supporter of the Stained Glass Club and was delighted to have won the panel.
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Computer Club Monthly Meeting
January 2, 2019, Wednesday 7 p.m. in the Florida Room, in the Atrium. “Cut the Cord” by Hewie Poplock. This presentation will help you understand many of the newest possibilities for TV viewing.
Computer Club Classes
Sign up for classes can be done online or in the Computer Lab, (Atrium Building) Monday through Saturday, 12:30 - 5:00 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 email@example.com Listed here are brief descriptions of the classes being offered. For all the details, go to the Computer Club website www.scccomputerclub.org. Detailed information is also available in the computer lab. Windows 10 Workshop • January 29 and 31 from 9 – 11 a.m. Introduction to Excel • January 2, from 9 – 10:30 a.m. Excel: Formula, Function, Formatting • January 2, from 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Introduction to Computers • January 7, 14, 21, 28, from 9 – 11 a.m. Pain Free Backup for Your Computer • January 8, from 8:30 a.m. – noon iPad/iPhone for Seniors • January 9, from 9 – noon Cut the Cord? • January 10 and 28, from 9 – 10:30 a.m. Buying a Computer • January 11, from 9 – 11 a.m. Tuning Your PC Workshop • January 15, from 8:30 – noon Move your Pictures from your Android Device to your Computer • January 18, from 9 – 10:30 a.m. Buying and Using a Chromebook • January 22, from 9 – 11:30 a.m. Introduction to File Explorer • January 25, from 9 – noon Tips & Tricks for Creating Documents • January 30, from 9 – 11:30 a.m.
SCC China Painters Club News for December
On December 4, SCC China Painters Club members met at their shop, located in the Arts and Crafts Building, 915 Cherry Hills Drive, for a potluck lunch and monthly meeting. Election of Officers for the 2019 year were completed with the following results: President/Treasurer Dorothy Fladung, Vice President Martha Klos, Secretary Diana Young. Congratulations! Discussion continued with the March FunFest. It was decided to continue the practice of selling various varieties of breads as has been done in the past along with china pieces made by members available in the shop. Volunteers will be available in the shop that day to help with sales. Our welcome mat is always out for young/ old, novices/masters, anyone who wants to try something that’s FUN!
at the Rollins Theater One Showing Only at 1 p.m.
Movies are normally shown the second and fourth Monday each month in the Rollins Theater at 1 p.m. The dates and times may change as necessary. Per the Fire Code of Hillsborough County, seating capacity is limited to 145 attendees. Seating is reserved for Sun City Center Community Association members/guests who present current cards or a Kings Point ID badge.
January 14 • Book Club • 1 Hour, 44 Minutes
Swim Dancers Sue Muise, Rosemary Collins-Riley, Lynn Bentz, Jane Eatman, and Barb Boros are swimming a routine to Howdy Doody Time. When Judy Quitsch plays those old familiar lyrics, the spirits of Clarabell, Buffalo Bob, and Howdy Doody help the ladies glide through the water. This fun routine will be featured in the annual March Show. All of the numbers for the show are choreographed by members of the club. When developing this routine, Sue Muise needed to match the music with the skills of the swim dancers. Some movements such as the oyster and the summersault are easy. But the flamingo and the ballet leg are difficult until you have practiced them many times. The photo shows the eight-man flower. It may look easy but try floating in a pattern that is stationary and eight people connected and you will soon realize it requires skill and precision. And lots of practice! The Sun City Center Swim Dancers practice three days a week in the lap pool. For more information, call Sue Muise at 813 633-2479.
Diane is recently widowed after 40 years of marriage. Vivian enjoys men with no strings attached. Sharon is working through a decades-old divorce. Carol’s marriage is in a slump after 35 years. Four lifelong friends’ lives are turned upside down to hilarious ends when their club tackles the book Fifty Shades of Grey. From discovering new romance to rekindling old flames, they inspire each other to make their next chapter the best chapter. Starring: Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen Director: Bill Holderman Genre: Comedy Rating: PG-13 for language, sexuality
January 28 • Adrift • 2 Hours
Based on the true story of a couple who set out to sail across the ocean from Tahiti to San Diego. Tami Oldham and Richard Sharp couldn’t anticipate they would be sailing directly into one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history. In the storm’s aftermath, Tami awakes to find Richard badly injured and the boat in ruins. With no hope for rescue, Tami must find the strength and determination to save herself and the only man she has ever loved. Starring: Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin, Jeffrey Thomas, Elizabeth Hawthorn Director: Baltasar Kormakur Genre: Drama, Romance Rating: PG-13 for brief drug use, language, mature thematic issues, nudity, peril
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Geoghegan, William & Janis Gerry, Jovis & Rosa Gilbert, Sandra Godke, Glen & Elizabeth Goselin, Thomas Gossard, Roger Graham, Elizabeth Grube, Jacqueline Hallner, Elizabeth Hamme, Robert & Jennifer Harris, Marvin Hartnett, Joan Herd, Walter & Phyllis Herhold, Richard & Winnie Hero, Walter & Phyllis Hill, Frank & Judy Jacobsen, Joan Jahns, Donald & Tomiye James, Dale & Mary James, Mary Johnson, Louise Jose, Joyce Kelley, Jane Kelley, Paul & Jane Kelly, John Korb, Lynn Kramer, Lawrence & Judith Kratoville, Harry
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Community Association Volunteers in 2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS John Luper, President Joe Elam, Vice President Jim Schwartz, Treasurer Dave Birkett Marilyn Coté-Miller Jerry Gibson Helen Lewis Doug Seipelt Bob Sullivan CORPORATE SECRETARY Sam Sudman BUDGET COMMITTEE Ed Barnes, Chair Bob Deutel David Floyd George Martin Neil Rothfeld Jim Schwartz CONSUMER AFFAIRS COMMITTEE Joe Elam, Chair Jim Schwartz ELECTIONS COMMITTEE Brigitt Lewis, Chair JUDGES Rachel Bancroft Nan Baytos Norman Collins Barbara Gingrich Dawn Luckett Ray & Donna O’Karma Maggie Pliska Patricia Totten TELLERS Nancy Barnes Beverly Barringer Douglas & Brenda Booth Sheila Borchert Jim & Ave Casper Lori Collom Eileen Courter Cori Dieden William & Eleanor Folley Cricket Fraser Priscilla Gruber Stan & Karen Kesler Uta Kuhn Marvin Lewis Trude Moyer Polly Pettit Jeffrey Rein Shelly Robbins Don Shuttleworth Gail Vendeville Gail Walker Bill & Carol Zeller GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE Sam Sudman, Chair Don Nathan Bob Shangraw INTERNAL AUDIT COMMITTEE David Floyd, Chair HISTORY SOCIETY John Bowker, Chair Rusty Seiden, Vice Chair Marilyn Bode Linda Clapp Marilyn Coté-Miller Roz Cruthis Donna Gardner Richard & Lynette Heisler Dee Kelly Virginia Leonard George Lott Ron Matelski Cathy Meyerhoff Jack Morton Susan Muise Pete & Jan Petri Sandy Summer HOSPITALITY COMMITTEE Janet Ditmore, Chair COMMUNITY INFORMATION CENTER Janet Ditmore, Chair Jerry & Gert Affayroux
Sharon Axtell Dick & Dee Babbits Donna Bastianelli Dolores Berens John & Linda Bowker Norine Brinck Elaine Brulport Vicki Bruni Diane Buhr Linda Clapp Nancy Cottrell Roz Cruthis Mary Curphey Nancy DeWilde Annette Dispenziere Nan Dorsey Elaine Dow Mae-Ellen Dowdy Carol Dyer Tom Fallon Len & Claire Finnegan Ronald Fitzgerald Ann Funicello Lori Germain Barbara Gingrich Elysa Hendricks Lloyd & Doris Hersey Phyllis Hodges Doris Howard Mary Huntington Dee Kelly Joyce Kline Mary Klopp Ernie & Dorothy Kociban Kathie Koren Betsy Korn Uta Kuhn Phyllis Laufer Barbara Lewis Brigitt Lewis Valerie Liotta Vinnie LoRusso George Lott Elmer & Betty Mack Ron Matelski Anne McGervey Bob & Marilyn Miller Marcia Mooney Jeff & Kathy Moore George & Claire Mutti Bobbie Nauck Charles Nichols Barb O’Donnell Donna O’Karma Eldon Peck Pete & Jan Petri Jackie Potts Laura Reuterfors Ginny Rottman Marsha Russell Monica Schofield Carol Scoble Carol Selby Sharon Shipley Bob & Pat Sullivan Phil & Margaret Vaske Bonnie Vinciguerra Nancy Von Eper Vicki Waller Janet Warren Nancy Weber Linda Williams Barbara Wurth Maureen Yahrmatter Carol Zeller HI NEIGHBOR Janet Ditmore, Chair Jerry & Gert Affayroux Elaine Bagley John & Linda Bowker Hillary Boyle Robert Browning Jim & Ava Casper Linda Cole Mary Curphey Floyd Curvin Debbie Duncan Judy Hackett
Frank & Peggy Hein Dorothy Kociban Ken Kociban Steve Koren Uta Kuhn Ted Levchenco Ron Matelski Linda Monahan Trudy Moyer Jackie Potts Don Sellers Linda Smith Bob & Pat Sullivan Margaret Vaske BINGO COMMITTEE Karen Marmon, Co-chair Linda Nolder, Co-chair Pat Bauman Marilyn Bell Alice Bunn Jack Burgess Christa Burt Shirley Chaban Janet Chick Judy Clarkson Joan Cohen Tom Coover Brenda Curvin Gloria Daws Janet Doherty Dixie Dungan Helen Foti Karen Hanson Kelly Happer Edie Hazelton Don Hobbs Linda Hughes Janice Kincaid Robin LeMaster Linda Lewis Tineke Lockwood Ivy Lynn Patricia Moore Ron Nelson Barbara O’Donnell Elsa Petursson Betty Pompei Jeanne Ratliff Larry Ratliff Gerri Ready Joanne Richard Ann Rodriguez Vivian Smith Joe Spano Jan Spitz Peg Stockett ENTERTAINMENT COMMITTEE Joanne Baskinger Dennis & Linda Beaver Joyce Collins Art Esposito Dee Dee Kelly Margaret Kus Marvin Lent Loraine McDaniel John & Janet McRee Linda Merikanto Susan Muise Stan & Rita Pearsall Kathleen Tartatglia Mark Vaillancourt Melba Verzino Pete & Donna Cabral Glen & Sandy Rahner FITNESS CENTER COMMITTEE Ernie Kociban, Chair Jim Blackstone Kathy Panzer Sam Sudman Susan Baker Winter CO-AP MEETINGS David Floyd, Chair RESTRICTIVE COVENANTS COMMITTEE Paul Wheat, Chair Dolores Whitfield, Notary
LIBRARY Margie Baker Jean Beardsley Phyllis Bermingham Eileen Bishop Brenda Booth Sheila Borchert Marge Brown Carol Burns Karen Campola Bobbie Carroll Debra Chernock Gerry Coleman Rose Ann Denton Patty Dubay Eileen Myers Enyart Helen Faden Marsha Fader Tina Folliett Mary Ellen Ginnetti Linda Hansen Judy Herreweyers Charlene Hollars Rosalie Kelleher Sharon Kennedy Mary Kroner Pat Kuzmik Inge Laucks Elmer Leverett Angela Lewit Barbara Longo Donna Machmer Susan McBride Marcia McKee Evelyn McLean Ann Miller Claire Mutti Anna Marie Niemczyk Bill Pappmeier Darlene Rapnikas Velma Roberts Mary Robinson Patty Smith Sandy Stratton Claudia Tritabaugh Norma Tuthill Ann Weber Jennette White James Windle Marjorie Wing Kathy Woelfel MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY John & Linda Bowker Brigitt Lewis NEWS OF SUN CITY CENTER Reporters: Uta Kuhn Paula Lickfeldt Diane Loeffler Ilona Merritt Kai Rainbow Contributors: Renee Bray Linda Bowker Peggy Burgess Debbie Caneen Garry Higgins Michelle Jolly Frank Kepley John Lampkin John Luper Cathy Meyerhoff Bob Monahan Jay Sparkman CAMPUS DECORATING & WEB SITE Nan Baytos, Co-Chair Maggie Pliska, Co-Chair DECORATION OF CLUB TREE IN ATRIUM Susan Muise, Chair Dolores Miller Doni Doty TV IN THE ATRIUM Bill Hodges Phyllis Hodges Andy Le Doux CA Volunteers continued on page 7.
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Community Association Volunteers in 2018 Continued from page 6.
FUN FEST - March, 2018 Brigitt Lewis, Chair Ira Armand Joanne Baskinger Dave Birkett Renee Bray Fred Fieldler Vern Hendricks Diane Loeffler Lynne Murphy Hud Richard Shelly Robbins Roxann Seeley Richard Sochon Margaret Vaske GOLF CART PARADE COMMITTEE Dave Birkett, Chair Roger & Ursula Clark Floyd & Brenda Curvin Fred Fieldler John Luper Rick Sochon Bob & Pat Sullivan Members of CERT Members of the Emergency Squad Members of the Radio Club Members of the Security Patrol MONDAY MOVIES Linda Clapp, Chair Barbara Lewis Patti White HOLIDAY BREAKFASTS Floyd & Brenda Curvin - Co-chairs Bob & Pat Sullivan - Co-chairs Jerry & Gert Affayroux Ronda Altman Peter Aluotto Bruce & Joan Anderson Tom & Georgene Arthur Rose Ausburn Skip & Maryanne Aylesworth Eileen Bagley Corinne Bailiff Penny Baker Maarilyn Baldinelli George Banes Jenny Barrett Steve Bartlett Joanne Baskinger
Nan Baytos Lena Bell Harvey Berman Jacki Bird-Barnett Dave & Nancy Birkett Jim & Bunny Blackstone John & Linda Bowker Mary Boyes Mike & Nellie Brock Gene Brookhart Vivian Brown Robert Browning Mike & Melissa Burnham Lannie Cardwell Debbie Carlson Dorothy Carlson Paul & Nancy Carrier Roger & Ursula Clark Jim & Joyce Colllins Marilyn Cotè-Miller Nancy Cottrell Eileen Courter Ron Coyle Bruce & Chris Crain Lenny Crooks Mary Curphey Floyd & Brena Curvin Bonnie Daun Pam Davis Nancy Dewilde Kris Dierks Janet Ditmore Ed & Mae Ellen Dowdy Liane Dufek Joe Elam Mark Erickson Jenna Fader Mel & Marsha Fader Edna Fleming Julie Floyd Linda Floyd Connie Flynn Tina Folliet Sally Foree Bruce & Cricket Fraser Barbara Gaines Lori Germain Jerry Gibson Dick & Barbara Gingrich Patsie Ginley Wilma Haberl Dennis & Cathy Hamel Vern & Elysa Hendricks
Carol Hester Phyllis Hodges Mervyn & Marlene Hollander Mary Huntington Pat Jones Stan & Joan Juczak Dee Kelly Marietta Kendall Mike Kent Joanne Kerr Paulette Kinchen Ernie & Dorothy Kociban Lucille Kogut Uta Kuhn Helen Kunkle Michael & Susan Lane Sandra Laska Jerome Levy Brigitt Lewis Helen Lewis Bob Lochte John & Linda Luper Linda MacFerran Wendy Marcotte Karen Marmon Marsha Marshall Pete Mathieu Ann McGervey Betsy McGhee Terri McNamara Nancy Mercer Linda Merikanto Cathy Meyerhoff Bob Miller John & Amy Minor Brian & Ann Mitchell Patricia Moore Mary Mosby Jim Moyers John Mrowka Don Murphy George & Claire Mutti Beverly Noelte Laura O’Connor Marty & Carolyn O’Neil Ron & Lois Pelow Jerry & Betty Peterson Annie Powers Carol Rafferty-Miller Kai Rambo Linda Raymond Jim Rechtin Bill & Bree Regis
Larae Regis Jan Ring Jim & Linda Roach Flavia Robertson Bradd Robinson Irene Rogers Carolyn Rosen Denise Rosen Cindy Russell Mitch Sackson Bob & Nancy Sanchez Cathy Sandquest Rebecca Sawyer Jack & Barbara Schneider Jim& Tina Schwartz Don & Pat Sellars Marilyn Senac Jessie & Nancy Shrom Connie Smith Larry Smith Merrily Smith Vivian Smith Jan Spitz Linda Starkey Paul & Carol Stebelton Manfred Steinbichler Linda Stemerick Norman Street Sam & Joanne Sudman Carol Sutliff David & Nola Swaim Kathleen Tauber Helen Tavares Ellen Thomas Kathy Thomas Kay Todd Angela Tomczak David & Pat Totten Cor & Diane Vanderwoude Phil & Margaret Vaske Melba Verzano Bonnie Vincquerra Gail Walker Vicki Waller Chestine Waltz Janet Warren Marge Weber Dave & Kathy Whisler Roark Williams Deborah Wilson Bill & Cindy Wood Bill & Carol Zeller Tim Zion
Donations to the Community Association from Members in 2018 (thru 12/17/18) Thank you all from the Board of Directors Armstrong, John & Elaine Bassette, Beverly Bio, Darlene Bizzano, Robert & Katherine Bowker, John Boyd, Vivian Brock, Peter & Rose Bukowski, John & Barbara Burns, Leonard Cantrell, Edward Cawein, Walt Chordas, David & Judy Clapp, Richard & Paula Clark, James & Karen Clark, Ronald Cori, Robert & Joan Crum, Louis & Jeanette Daane, Gail Dahl, Mary Delaney, John Dieden, Cornelia Dorsey, Nan Dowdy, Edward & Mae-Ellen Dufton, Marjorie Duke, Cheryl Lynn
Duncan, Betty Fitzpatrick, Mary Ann Flynn, Lawrence & Chung Flynn, Tom & Ruth Folley, William & Eleanor Frercks, Elizabeth Gehring, Sandra Hall, George & Harriet Hawkins, Virginia Hayden, Donna Hiller, Margaret Hillyer, Richard & Linda Hopke, Barbara Kennedy, William & Susan Kilmain, William Kincer, Alvin & Dora Klinger, Robert & Teresa Klug, Francis Knox, Robert & Karolyn Kosach, Kenneth & June LaTorre, Sandra Levine, Arthur & Bernice Ligotti, James & Maureen Lincicome, Robert Littrell, Paul & Kristine
Lombardi, Paul & Margaret LoRusso, Vincent & Frances Mahoney, Kathleen Mallak, Thomas & Martha McAninch, Helen McCloskey, Sally Mendez, Jorge Miesionczek, Edward & Margrit Miller, Donald & Janet Montana, Sam & Diane Narten, Susan Newman, William & Nancy Okke, Cheryl Lynn Parker, Gayle Pitts, James Prater, Larry & Jo Ransbury, David & Karen Raschein, Jill Reighard, Margaret Rinehart, Shirley Robinson, Mary Rogers, William Roma, Louis Rottman, James & Ginny Salmoiraghi, Louie
Schoenfelder, Robert & Phyllis Shangraw, Robert Sherburne, Melinda Shirley, William & Karin Shoemaker, Shirley Simon, Frank & Cheryl Siola, Patricia Smiley, Dorothy Sobel, Peter & Bonnie Sola, Patricia Soper, Dave & Linda Sudman, Sam & Joanne Talcott, Charles & Catherine Taylor, Pamela Tracy, David & Shirley Vesche, Nick & Dolores Wagner, Bertha Webb, Raymond Weeks, Jo Ann Weisman, Rose Weisner, Alice Wilson, Jane Wyrick, Donald Young, Harriet
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Fitness Corner The SCC Fitness Center features 16 state-of-the-art programmable treadmills. Although treadmills may have a rather ho-hum reputation, these high-tech machines feature easy to use controls that can quickly elevate a leisurely walk to an all-out sprint or a level jogging trail to a challenging hill climb. This flexibility allows the user the ability to customize their workout profile to suit their fitness target or even their mood for that particular day. Regularly changing your profile will eliminate the possibility of boredom creeping into your workout. Unless absolutely necessary, refrain from holding on to the handrails or handles during use.
Let your arms swing freely to improve balance and muscle development, particularly if you are climbing an incline. The Fitness Center attendants can quickly demonstrate the control features. A recent Cleveland Clinic study reported that a sedentary lifestyle without exercise poses a greater risk of premature death than smoking or diabetes, and should be treated as a disease. The Clinic’s prescription? Exercise! Free Fitness Training returns to the Fitness Center in Late January. Visit the Center on North Course Lane next to the Atrium building or call (813) 6422048 for details.
More Holiday Walk Pictures 2018
By John Lampkin One-hundred is a magic number. It’s a perfect score on a math midterm and a ripe old age to live to. It’s also a milestone number of bird species on the Sun City Center Nature Trails! The Audubon Club started keeping track of our avian population immediately after assuming stewardship of the Trails in 2016 and we celebrate each and every new species to add to the list. The hundredth bird was the Ovenbird shown above, photographed by Ray Webb during a weekly sur vey in September. It probably has moved on southwards by now because although some winter in Florida, most head as far south as South America. In its summer breeding range up north, it’s a chatty bird with a “Teacher-teacher-teacher” song that echoes through the hardwood forests. The nests lie nestled in leaf litter, resembling old-fashioned Dutch ovens, hence the name of the bird. Over five-hundred bird species have been documented in Florida so one might wonder why we don’t see more. There are several reasons. We are not on the Gulf or Atlantic so we miss the sea birds and migrants that hug the coast. We don’t have open meadows, extensive
marshes or acres of scrub. And we don’t have a lot of observers reporting what they see. What we do have is a small parcel with wonderfully varied pockets of habitat that is truly a delight to explore. If you can identify the birds you see when you visit the Trails, compare them to our master list posted in the Kiosk near the entrance. If you have something new to report, please email it to the address listed there. Thanks, and if you haven’t done so already, may you live to 100! The Nature Trails trailhead is located opposite North Lake on Del Webb West between Vincennes and Seton Hall. John Lampkin leads chatty interpretive walks on the first Tuesday of each month at 9 am, or by appointment.
More Holiday Breakfast Pictures 2018
During the Holiday Walk and FunFest, the Stained Glass Club always has an item for auction. The club also offers classes in fused glass.
The Needlecrafters always have a variety of interesting items for sale. All proceeds from their sales are donated to local charities.
Lapidary Club members were eager to share their techniques and equipment as well as selling items during the Holiday Walk. They will be conducting demonstrations during FunFest on March 16.
China Painters were busily creating during the Holiday Walk.
Floyd Curvin was co-chair of the Holiday Breakfast along with his wife, Brenda, and Bob and Pat Sullivan. Here Curvin is pictured with some of the first shift volunteers.
Volunteers had a great time during the Holiday Breakfast.
Shellcrafters offer items to buy all year round. This January the Club will celebrate its 50th Anniversary with special events and a raffle and open house.
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County Seeking Input for Sun City Center Golf Cart Mobility Study
Sandy Wall, member of the Sun City Center Lawn Bowling club, in winning form. She is the 2018 U.S. National Women’s Singles champion. Congratulations!
US Champ Wins on Home Turf
By Kai Rambow “We think of lawn bowling as an older person’s sport,” explained Charlie Herbert, “but in Australia I was competing against 30-year-olds who’d been playing since the age of 5. As soon as I stepped into the bus, people were asking me for my autograph. Lawn bowling is a much bigger sport in other parts of the world.” Herbert, who was the U.S. Men’s Singles champion in 2017,
won again this year. A lifelong athlete, he took up lawn bowling at age 45 because he found it to be relaxing. Going to Australia for the world championships for the first time will be Sandy Wall, a member of the Sun City Center Lawn Bowling club. She only lost one game, clinching the U.S. Women’s Singles championship. Wall had competed previously at the national level: once
Home Turf continued on page 21.
Do not miss this chance for your voice to be heard! If you live in Greater Sun City Sun City Center Mobility Study. Center, chances are you own a By taking the survey below, you golf cart. But do you know what can identify your thoughts on the are best to safely travel in your needs of the community related golf cart? And do you have to golf carts, pedestrians, and ideas to share about improving bicyclists. The results of the survey safe access throughout the will be used in combination community? with feedback from public Hillsborough has received engagement meetings and requests from the Sun City existing planned improvements Center community residents to that are intended to enhance improve golf cart safety and the the safety and mobility of Sun need for improved infrastructure City Center. for golf carts, pedestrians, and We are asking that ALL residents bicyclists. complete the survey at this link: SCC and Hillsborough County “www.surveymonkey.com/r/ are seeking input as part of the SunCityCenterMobilityStudy”
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A Sunny Holiday Parade
SCC Cloggers won second place in the groups division.
A bird’s eye view of the parade route. (Drone photo by John Wakeman)
By Diane M. Loeffler Unless you are a native Floridian, when you think of holiday parades, you picture yourself bundled up in a coat and warm hat watching floats, listening to bands and shivering as you wait for Santa to appear at the end of the parade.
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On December 8, here in Sun City Center, the skies were sunny and that light jacket you put on before the parade was probably set aside before it was over. Instead of floats, we had decorated golf carts. Instead of bands, Christmas tunes wafted out from many of the
The Woodcarver’s entry, Pinocchio’s Retirement Dream, won first place in the Group Division. During the entire parade “Geppetto” operated Pinocchio using ropes attached to the marionette.
carts. However, true to tradition, we did have Santa and Mrs. Claus in the last cart driven by a very special elf, Community Manager, Lyn Reitz. Some say that Mr. and Mrs. Claus bore an uncanny resemblance to Bob and Pat Sullivan.
Parade continued on page 7.
Freedom Plaza won the business division with this cart.
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The Editor’s Corner
By E. Adam Porter Editor, News of Sun City Center & South County Every year, for Christmas, I make something for my wife. Not because she’s hard to shop for, but because she would rather have something meaningful than something expensive. This year, one project became two: a new cedar chest and a new canvas photo collage for our stairwell. With our oldest back home for Christmas for the first time in several years, we’ve both been a little more nostalgic this year. Or, maybe we’re just starting to feel the years going by a little faster than they used to. Whatever the reason, my bride’s been looking through photo albums a lot more in the past few months. So, this year, my youngest son and I created a memory collage Shel wouldn’t have to open a photo album to see. Many local photo places will take your pictures and print them on canvas, suitable for framing or hanging on their own. For this project, we focused on Christmas memories. Telling my bride we were hunting for photos for our Christmas cards, my seven-year-old and I “recruited” Shel into helping us choose her favorite photos. We picked the pictures and made the card, with her none the wiser. Subterfuge successful, it was time to complete the actual project. I pulled the pictures into Photoshop, added a frame around each to make them look like Polaroid snapshots, and laid them out for our canvas image in the shape of a Christmas tree. The collage covered the last eight holiday seasons, and it was quite a reminder about how much can happen in what felt, at least for me, like not that much time. The starkest realization came from my coconspirator in this Christmas secret, who asked, upon seeing the oldest photo, why he ‘wasn’t in the picture’. When he asked, I said, “Well, you ‘wasn’t’ born yet.”
chest. Now, that same boy was standing next to my office chair, choosing photos from what had been less than a decade of my life, but his entire life so far. As we flipped through the photos, he had definitely changed the most. His mom and I had added a few more wrinkles and a few more pounds, but he went from asleep on his mama’s chest, to being Keeper of the Giant Bag of Kettle Corn at the Christmas tree farm, just a few weeks ago. His older brother transformed as well. In the earliest photo, he’s on his big brother’s shoulders, grinning in front of our new Christmas tree. In one of the most recent pictures, he’s wearing work gloves, helping Dad carry this year’s tree up the stairs. I smiled when I realized his mischievous grin and wideeyed, wonder-filled perspective on the world have not changed a bit. In that first photo, the biggest brother was still in high school, still about a year away from enlisting in the USAF. Fit, lean, and eager, he looked ready to ship out at any moment, but still holding onto enough of his childhood to be excited about Christmas. As I look at that photo and compare it to the image of his 25-year-old self captured this past Thanksgiving, it’s my fervent hope he never forgets what it feels like to be a kid at Christmas. One of the consensus favorite photos of the bunch almost didn’t happen at all. The Wednesday before Christmas this year was “PJ day” at my nine-year-old’s elementary school. The kids wore their favorite “Christmas jammies” and enjoyed a day filled with movies, cocoa, and holiday crafts. That morning, I had been sipping coffee on the porch swing, when I came in to find my two younger boys, still in their pajamas, messing with the train chugging around the Christmas tree. My camera happened to be stashed on a nearby bookshelf, so I snapped a couple of quick photos. Later, I thought about how close I had been to missing out on that memory completely. I could have just turned on the TV news or perused the morning paper while I finished my coffee. Instead, I paused, just for a few seconds, to capture a single moment in time. A moment which ended up being our Christmas card this year.
and planning in the service of greater ambitions. It goes by so fast, sometimes it’s all we can do just to hold on. The routines of the day try to keep us in line, shield us from opportunities we may never have again. Routines and schedules are necessary, certainly, but maybe not quite as set in stone as we pretend them to be. That’s a tough pill to swallow for a guy whose career has been defined by deadlines. The
present seems so fleeting; the cares and worries of today can feel so all-encompassing. When we get caught up, they grab hold like a riptide dragging us into the current, as life flows on by. As I flipped through those photographs of Christmas Past, two things came into sharp focus. The simple, happy moments are what really matter… and we should stop and enjoy them every chance we get.
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Chris, Brendan, Adam, and Shelba choosing a tree. Not pictured: Sawyer, who had yet to make his debut.
He pondered that for a moment and said, “These pictures are my whole life.” The very next photo in the bunch, one of my favorites, underscored this: his mother, just a month after giving birth, dozing on the couch in the glow of the Christmas tree lights, our one-month-old cozy against her
Sawyer and Brendan can barely contain their excitement at the prospect of Christmas coming so soon.
That’s how fast the opportunity to make memories can come and go. Whoever said “time is fleeting” was dramatically underselling it. Life is a collection of blink-and-miss-it moments, daily distractions, scheduling,
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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.
Sun City Center Audubon Club
The Sun City Center Audubon Club will kick off the new year with a presentation on hummingbirds by nature photographer and naturalist Reinier Munguia on Saturday, January 5. “Feathered Jewels” will explore the secrets behind hummingbirds’ colorful plumage, their mating rituals and how they build their nests. From their beauty to their skills, Reinier will share his photos and experiences with hummingbirds from the Caribbean, Central and South America. The meeting will be held in the Florida Room. Social hour begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by the business meeting at 10 and the program. Please remember to bring your own mug or cup. Dues Reminder: Members should plan to pay their 2019 dues ($10/ year) at this meeting.
Sun City Center Photo Club Grand Master Award
Bobbi Ray has joined the exclusive group of Grand Master Photographers in the Sun City Center Photo Club. In order to receive this accomplished reward, a photographer must receive ten perfect score awards in club competitions. At the October club meeting, Bobbi was recognized with her name being engraved on this honorable plaque. Congratulations, Bobbi! For more information about our club, visit our website at www.photoclubscc.com
SCC Men’s Club Learns About Medicinal Marijuana
By Jay Sparkman Dr. Angela Hill, Chair of the Department Pharmacotherapeutics and Clinical Research at the University of South Florida College of Pharmacy, was guest speaker at the November luncheon meeting of the Sun City Center Men’s Club. Dr. Hill’s timely talk centered on the legalization of medicinal marijuana, results of research using medicinal marijuana to combat Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Seizures, and to a lesser extent the use of recreational marijuana and the effects of marijuana on the various systems of the human body. The Sun City Center Men’s Club is open to residents of Sun City Center and Kings Point. Call Jon Lehr at 813260-3058 for more information.
L to R: George Bodmer, VP Programs, SCC Men’s Club, Dr. Angela M. Hill, University of South Florida, Joe DeFelice, President, SCC Men’s Club.
Instructors Work on New Computer Systems for Reporting Calls
The Sun City Emergency Squad is implementing a new computer program for their “Tuff Books” as used by the ambulance staff for reporting all of their calls. Classes have been held over the month to educate all of the ambulance staff of the new changes and the instructors who devoted a lot of their time prior to the classes as they set up the new program known as Documed, are to be commended for all of their time devoted to this necessary curriculum. The instructors included Marcie McKeel, Tina Drury, Pam Zion, BJ Capron, Shirley Bardell and Richard Grant. Missing from the photo is Ted Stone.
Verona Ladies Gifted the SCC Woman’s Club
During the November General meeting the Arts and Craft Committee headed by Karen Wilkinson, and head of the pillow project Sally-Anne Barclay Vice President, were given a check for $505. The money will be used for Poly-fil, to help us bring a hug and a smile with a Heart Shaped Pillow for those in the hospital, cancer center, hospice, Sun Terrace Rehabilitation Center, and hospital cardiac units. The goal of more than 3,000 pillows was reached this year for the community. We couldn’t have done it without the help of the Verona Ladies and our many members who give of their time and talent to this project of love.
Pictured are the Arts and Crafts Committee, headed by Karen Wilkinson and Pillow Project Sally-Anne Barclay Vice President and the Verona ladies presenting the check.
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Photo Club Chamber of Commerce Display
On December 11, the Sun City Center photo club held its annual best of the best photo competition. Photographers submitted their 2018 winning entries to be judged by photographic expert, Charles Neubauer. The Best of the Best Award was given to Tom Bredesen for his color digital photo, entitled, ”Ice Puzzle Piece.” 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 14. 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.
New England Club Donates to Samaritan Services
The Sun City Center New England Club makes a donation of $250 to Samaritan Services. New England Club president Richard Young (right), treasurer Greg McKeown (left) and president elect Bob Sanchez (not pictured) present check to vice-president Julie Floyd (center left) and president Lee Leverett (center right) of Samaritan Services. Samaritan Services, a 501(c)3 charity, provides many support services needed by residents of Greater Sun City Center. We will transport ambulatory residents to medical appointments in Brandon, Bradenton and Tampa, with advance notice of 10 to 14 days. SCC Ride provides transportation for in-town appointments and shopping, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Samaritan Services also coordinate the Meals on Wheels program for Sun City Center and Kings Point. They also provide an Alzheimer’s respite care program. For Samaritan Services information call 813634-9283. For SCC Ride, call 813-633-6111.
Non Impact Aerobics Club Adds Second Class
The SCC Nia (Non Impact Aerobics) Club is happy to announce the addition of a second weekly class starting Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. The two Nia classes, both Mondays and Fridays, are held in Dance Room 2, 1203 N. Pebble Beach Blvd. SCC at 1:30 p.m. The first Nia class is always free. Suitable for all fitness levels. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat. Come join the fun! Gail Mongiello is a Certified Nia FD Black Belt Instructor and lives year round in SCC. For more information, email Club President, Debbie at email@example.com or call 847-848-7338.
New officers for the Ohio Club L to R: Chuck Dyer, Carol Dyer, Jim Rottman, Valerie Graves, Sam Sudman, and Linda Oddo.
Ohio Club Party Gasparilla Dinner Dance, February 2
The SCC Cloggers recently won 2nd Place in the Group Category of the annual Christmas Golf Cart Parade. Their entry was called “Bead-dazzled” because the cart was loaded down with Christmas colored Mardi Gras beads brought back from New Orleans by club member JJ Roberts. Left to right are Clogging Elves Janet Hough, Barbara Porter, JJ Roberts, Shonnee Conery, and Joanne Kerr. The SCC Cloggers regularly perform in the annual Kings Point Follies and SCC Fun Fest. If you would like to be a part of this fun dancing group contact Barbara Longo at 813-634-0794.
The Ohio Club is having a Gasparilla Dinner Dance on Saturday, February 2, at 5:30 p.m. in the Florida Room. It is a come as you are party but you are encouraged to dress like a pirate to compete in our contest for a couple nice dinner certificates. This BYOB party will include dancing and music headlined by David Morris, includes line dancing, a nice buffet dinner featuring chicken marsala and bourbon glazed salmon along with salad and a great dessert array, a 50/50 drawing, our dress up like a pirate contest, and of course, beads. The cost of this event is $17 per member and $20 per guest. To make your reservation, send your check (made out to the OHIO CLUB) to Valerie Graves at 2218 North Creek Court, 33573, or take your check in person and drop it in the OHIO Club drop box on the front porch. Tables of 8 made be reserved with full payment and the names of those at that table. Reservations must be in by January 29.
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Monday January 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rollins. Feature: is Second Hand Lions, starring Michael Caine, Robert Duvall, and Haley Joel Osment. A comedy/drama that’s more a coming of age story about a shy, young boy that is sent by his irresponsible mother to spend the summer with his eccentric uncles on a ranch in Texas. It proves to be not boring. SCC & KP members welcome. Subtitles are available.
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Marty Gifford, of Sun City Center Emergency Squad, gladly accepts a donation of $800 from Diane Skinner, vice president of SCC Needlecrafters club.
In appreciation of Samaritans Services to those in SCC vice president, Dianne Skinner, from the Needlecrafters Club hands a check for $750 to Dolores Berens. Dolores handles the Alzheimer’s Auxiliary of Samaritans, what a wonderful helpful group they are to our community.
SCC Polish Heritage Club
On Tuesday evening January 29, 2019, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., the SCC Polish Heritage Club is holding their monthly membership meeting, in the Florida Room, Atrium Building. Refreshments are provided and admission is free. They are welcoming their new board. Tickets will be on sale for their upcoming March 2 Paczki Ball, which features a live band! Get yours tonight as they go fast! The Club warmly welcomes all SCCCA, Kings Point, and Freedom Plaza residents who are interested in learning about the traditional Polish Cultural events that the Club offers. Join in the fun and fellowship! Annual Dues are $5 per person. For info, please call Lorraine at 813-677-0026 or Wanda at 813-633-0016.
DAR January Program
Rear Admiral Lawrence Cleveland Chambers, US Navy, Retired, will speak at the January 16, 2019, meeting of the Colonel George Mercer Brooke Chapter DAR. Admiral Chambers’ program “The Fall of Saigon” is open to chapter members and interested residents of Sun City Center and Kings Point. The DAR chapter meeting is located in the Florida Room of the Atrium. Light refreshments and hospitality are from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Meeting starts promptly at 1 p.m.
SCC International Forum Program on Cryptocurrencies
The International Forum of Sun City Center Presents “Cryptocurrencies,” Friday, January 11 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. All residents of SCC, Kings Point, Freedom Plaza and their guests are welcome. In the Florida Room in the Atrium of Sun City Center’s main campus on North Pebble Beach Blvd. Join us with Dr. Dan Conway from USF as we explore the evolution of virtual currency and how it is being used throughout the world. At USF, Dr. Conway teaches courses in Blockchain, IoT (Internet of Things), and areas of Data Mining and Analytics.
New Golf Cart Raffle Winner Announced
The Sun City Center Security Patrol is pleased to announce the winner of the 2018 Icon i40 golf cart given away at the SCC Christmas Parade. He is Jon Coleman of Kings Point. Mr. Coleman took delivery of the new cart on Monday, December 10. The Security Patrol wishes to thank all who participated in the event. The money raised by the raffle will be a great help to the Patrol in its many endeavors.
Fine Arts Gallery Features “Amazing Acrylics”
In January, the Fine Arts Gallery in Sun City Center will feature works by members of Anne Walker’s acrylics classes. The artists will greet the community at the show’s opening reception on Wed, Jan.9, 1-3 p.m. The exhibit, Amazing Acrylics, will showcase a broad array of creative art ranging from beginners who have painted for only a few months to advanced work by those who have painted for several years. Mark your calendars to see some beautiful artwork: January 9, 1-3 p.m. in the Art Club Gallery on the Central Campus adjacent to the outside pool on Cherry Hills Drive, Sun City Center. These receptions are free and open to the community and their guests. Complimentary refreshments will be served. This exhibit will remain throughout the month of
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Sun City Center Men’s Chorus
The Sun City Center Men’s Chorus presented A Christmas Gift For You Sunday, December 9 under the direction of Lynn Hirschfeld and Valerie Southwell, accompanist at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church.
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Artist of the Month for Art Club in SCC
The Art Club in Sun City Center is featuring internationally recognized artist Joe Kanoza as January’s Artist of the Month. Joe is a talented and highly regarded illustrator, portrait artist and designer with over 40 years of experience as a professional painter. He is particularly well known for his vibrant portraits and picturesque golf course landscapes. Joe continues to do commissioned works, conduct workshops and provide private lessons. He is also on the faculty of the Art Club in Sun City Center where he conducts a weekly “Artwork Techniques and Shortcuts” class. Examples of his work are displayed on his website www.Kanoza.com. You can view Joe’s artwork at Cadence Bank, Fiore’s Restaurant, La Beautique Style Salon, SCC Information Center, SCC Library, SCC Samaritan Services, and the Art Club in SCC display window.
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Many area residents brought their grandchildren or greatgrandchildren. The children were not only treated to a fun parade but also were the recipients of candy, beads and other goodies thrown from the carts. Fifty-eight carts and eight dignitaries participated. This event really put us all in the holiday spirit. First prize winners in the individual and club divisions won $250, and the second-place winner in those divisions took home $150. The third place individual and club winners took home a trophy that looked like a golf cart. The first-place business winner also took home a trophy. Every cart was given one raffle ticket. Two of them won $50 each, three were given tickets to Kings Point shows and one received a gift basket from The Chamber of Commerce. Individual winners were Jennie
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Cramer, first place; Barbara Durant, second place and Gary and Virginia Kimble, third place. Group winners were The Wood Carving Club, first place; the SCC Cloggers, second place and The Irish Connection, third place. Freedom Plaza won the business division. Prizes were made available thanks to donations from the Sun City Center Community Association with help from the Kings Point Federation. A special thanks to David Birkett and the rest of the Parade Committee who have been meeting since June, the maintenance staff for all their help setting up and cleaning up, the Radio Club for communications assistance, and CERT for cart check in and line up, and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department. Also, thank you to our judges, Jo Boggs of Boggs Jewelers, Sasha Hoffman of Wawa, and Vern Hendricks of Sun Radio.
The Sun City Center Woman’s Club wanted to acknowledge our Veterans during our November General Meeting. We were honored to have Captain Mel Hartman, U.S. Coast Guard, Retired, as our speaker He shared so much about the 3 Veterans Holidays, how they each differ, why we celebrate then and when. He gave us a history lesson of military heroes buried in Veteran Cemeteries during WWI L to R: Captain Mel Hartman U.S. and WW2. Our Home Life project for Coast Guard retired; Barbara November was the Military Brtva, program committee; Sharon Alvarez President. Support Trust. Our members donated and we presented Captain Hartman with $432 to support his cause for Military Families. You can make a difference in the lives of people who make a difference in our lives.
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Haven of Hope Fundraiser
RB & the Gang will be the featured band at the Haven of Hope fundraiser dance on January 26, 7-10 p.m. at the Community Hall. Tickets are $10 at the door or at the SCC Chamber of Commerce. The public is invited to attend the dance on January 26, 2019. Haven of Hope is a non-profit faith based transition home for women released from prison located in Ruskin.
Dem Club January Meeting
Join the South Shore Democratic Club for the January meeting, held at the Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce, 1651 Sun City Center Plaza, Sun City Center on the first Thursday of the month, Jan 3. Meet ‘n Mingle with refreshments 1 p.m.; General Meeting at 1:30. All Democrats and like-minded individuals are invited and encouraged to attend this free event. Please visit www. SouthShoreDemocrats.org for more information.
Ohio Club Donates to SCC Emergency Squad
The Ohio Club donated their profits of $250 from their recent dinner to assist the Sun City Center Emergency Squad in their operations. Pictured here are Jim Rottman, President of the Ohio Club; Chief Mike Bardell of the SCC Emergency Squad; and Sam Sudman, Vice President of the club. Missing from the picture is Valorie Graves, Treasurer of the Club. Their generosity to the Squad is very much appreciated by all the members of the Squad.
Nearly New Shop Reopens January 5
By Jay Sparkman The Nearly New Shop located in Sun City Center Plaza will re-open on Saturday, January 5. Donations will be accepted on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sale days are Wednesdays and Saturdays 8 - noon. Volunteers are needed and welcome. Call 813-942-9099 for more info.
3rd Annual Paint and Sip
Are you in for an evening of fun with the Sun City Center Lions Club? Then please join us for a paint and sip session at the Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce banquet room on Tuesday, January 22, from 6 to 8:00 p.m. Price of the ticket is $20. For that $20, the Lions Club will supply the wine glass to paint, the paint, all supplies needed, plus instructions by local artist, Anne Walker. Refreshments will be available, wine and cheese. For tickets, please contact Gloria Rodzielowicz: 813-419-4187 or grodzielowicz@aol. com, or Mary Ann Eberle 609-694-8235 or maryanne.eberle@gmail. com.
Hope B&B: Some of the Women’s Club and Hope Fund Volunteers
Many Hands Make Hope’s Breakfast and Bingo a Winner
L to R: Mike Bardell, Chief of the Sun City Center Emergency Squad, Lynda Schmeling, VP & Country Store volunteer, Gill Jessee, Chief of Security Patrol, Kathy Giancola, Country Store, Lee Leverett, Samaritan Services President & Art Swallow, Treasurer.
Sun Towers Residents Donate to Local Services
Sun Towers Residents’ Association donated to three of our most important support services in Sun City Center: $3,000 to the Emergency Squad $2,000 to Samaritan Services $500 to the Sun City Center Security Patrol The funds were raised by Sun Towers resident volunteers over the past year. This is a case where volunteers support other volunteers in our community. “Our residents at Sun Towers, Team Members and Community visitors who purchase goods at our Country Store contribute greatly throughout the year, allowing us to donate to organizations who support our residents, completing the cycle of giving.” stated Charlie Silk, President of the Residents Association.
Amazing volunteers once again worked together to make the Hope Fund’s annual fundraiser a winner. Volunteers from the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of SCC joined the Hope Fund to man various stations serving breakfasts of omelets, bagels, juice, and all the trimmings. Success of this venture was due largely to the generosity of Thrivent Financial for their donation of $250 for groceries and Linda Coleman, the support person, who helped arrange the grant. Publix, too, made a much-appreciated donation of $100 toward the purchase of dairy products. Following breakfast, Bingo cards were studied as numbers were called and cash prizes were awarded to many winners. The Hope Fund, a non-profit 501c3 tax-exempt organization, is run entirely by volunteers dedicated to helping Wimauma school children learn, grow and have fun in a safe and nurturing environment. Call 813-634-4268 or 813-634-1247. Mentors, tutors and readers who wish to work on a one-on-one basis with the children are always needed.
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January Educational Forum “Human Trafficking”
Tuesday, January 15 - Coalition for Mental Health and Aging Presents: January educational forum “Human Trafficking.” 2 – 4 p.m. at the Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce. Learn about human trafficking, the signs, and about the agencies involved in stopping human trafficking. www.sccblueheart.org, for information about the Coalition, call 813-419-4902 or www.mentalhealthandaging. org.
National Comedy Show Coming to Community Hall
The side-splitting one-woman comedy show, Late Nite Catechism, is coming to Sun City Center. The touring show, based in Chicago, will do one show at the Community Hall on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at the kiosk in the Atrium on Mondays and Fridays and at the Security Patrol Building from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets will also be available at selected events throughout the community. General admission tickets are $25, and are available to the entire South Shore area.
CAHT Movie Event
Campaign against Human Trafficking-SouthShore will be presenting Monday, January 21, its annual movie event in the Florida Room at Sun City Center’s central campus off of N. Pebble Beach Drive. This year’s showing is “Trade,” staring Academy Award winning actor, Kevin Kline. The movie starts at 1 pm and is free and open to the public. Please note that CAHT’s regular general meeting this month will be in the Florida Room at SCC central campus and not at the United Methodist Church. There will be a social time starting at 12:30. For more information contact Annie Garrison at 813-938-5660 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
175 Show Cars Gather For Christmas Benefit
With 175 historic and collectible vehicles in attendance, the Sun City Center Roamin’ Oldies 2018 Christmas cruise-in was the largest event in the club’s history. The December 6 Apollo Beach show attracted many of the area’s finest collector cars and trucks, with each driver bringing gifts and donations to help brighten the holidays for SouthShore children and those who can use a helping hand. Some 21 large bags full of toys and gifts, plus more than $2,500 were donated and distributed to the Beth-El Mission in Wimauma, Redlands Migrant Christian Association (RCMA), Ruskin United Methodist Church, and North River CARE Pregnancy Center. A tastefully modified and repowered 1955 Chevrolet Stepside pickup shown by Ron Robison of Brandon was voted best of show by his fellow participants. Fresh from a seven-year restoration project, the truck is powered by a 383 cubic-inch V8 engine and equipped with an automatic transmission, power steering, brakes, windows and doors. The bodywork, mounted on a custom frame, is shaved, smoothed and subtly customized with a charcoal metallic finish. The Roamin’ Oldies host a cruise-in from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. the first Thursday of every month, with a rain date the following Thursday, at the Mira Bay Village Shopping Center on US-41 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 Gateway Classic Cars. For information, call Chet at 813-842-1511.
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Campaign Against Human awarded $1,000 to Children’s Home Network’s Adolescents in Motherhood (AIM), a foster care home for pregnant teens who are victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. The CAHT Board of Directors also recently awarded Justice Restoration Center $1,000 for their continued legal work in expunging felony records and related legal issues of human trafficking victims in the Tampa Bay areas.
Ron Robison’s tastefully modified and repowered 1955 Chevrolet pickup was top pick at the Sun City Center Roamin’ Oldies Christmas show.
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2019 Fundraiser for Samaritan Services
Samaritan Services would like to announce their 2019 fundraiser dance. The fundraiser will be held at the Sun City Center Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. The entertainment this year will be Ken Brady, original member of The Casinos with special guest Rich Wilson. Come hear their hit song “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye” on Friday, January, 25 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., B.Y.O. snacks and drinks. Price is only $10 per ticket and can be purchased at the Samaritan Service office at 1207 N. Pebble Beach Blvd. or call 813634-9283 for more information.
Matter of Balance
If you have concerns about falling, this free program is for you! Every Thursday January 24 - March 14 from 9:30 -11:30 a.m. Sun Towers Retirement, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center. Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities. A Matter of Balance is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. Anyone concerned about falls, who has fallen in the past, and anyone who has restricted activities due to falling concerns should attend. RSVP (required) to Debbie Caneen at 813-892-2990.
Wimauma Elementary School Kindergartners Read to their Teddy Bears
Campaign against Human Trafficking-SouthShore (CAHT) in partnership with PCAT’s After School Literacy Program and Calvary Lutheran Church Teddy Bear Ministry distributed 30 new teddy bears at Wimauma Elementary School to kindergarten, first and second grade students who participate in the afterschool reading program. CAHT provides volunteer tutors for one-on-one instruction to young students who need help with their Wimauma PCAT After School reading skills. The Teddy Bears are Literacy Program Students. used as a skill improvement tool, encouraging students to read to their Teddy Bear.
South Bay Genealogy Society Meeting January 15
On Tuesday, January 15, the South Bay Genealogical Society will meet at the United Methodist Church in the Life Enrichment Center (LEC), 1210 W Del Webb Blvd, Sun City Center. The meeting begins at 10:30 a.m. with a round table discussion, followed by a sit-down luncheon at noon, and then a presentation by our guest speaker at 1 p.m. This month’s speaker will be Drew Smith. He will be speaking on “Finding Cousins and Ancestors Using AncestryDNA.” The cost is $15 per person for lunch. For reservations and information, call Dotty Love at 813-634-2749. Mail check to SBGS P.O. Box 5202, Sun City Center, Fl. 33571. Your check must be received by January 3, 2019.
SCC Lions Donates 360 Pounds of Food to Beth El Mission
The Sun City Center Lions Club annual food drive was a huge success. The Lions donated 360 pounds of food to be given to Beth El Mission for the holidays. Wherever there is a need there is a Lion. The Lions meet the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at the Sandpiper Grille, 1702 South Pebble Beach Boulevard, Sun City Center.
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Christmas came early for the SCC Registered Nurses Club. Santa made a surprise appearance at the annual Christmas/Holiday party. Christmas carols and songs played on the organ (thank you Mary from the Organ Club!) while members mingled and wished each other happy holidays. The SCC RN Club meets on the first Thursday of each month at 9:15 a.m. in the Caper Room of the Atrium Building with the exception of December and May, when the members celebrate Christmas in December and Nurses Day in May. The meeting on January 3, 2019 will feature Marcy Frisina, RN, new Chief Nursing Officer at our local South Bay Hospital. All Registered Nurses are welcome to join us for monthly lectures, fellowship and volunteer opportunities here in Sun City Center. Questions may be addressed to Lynne Murphy, RN at 813 634 6707.
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Mark Your Calendars for March 16, FunFest 2019
By Diane M. Loeffler Happy New Year! Now is the time to take out those brandnew calendars and circle March 16. The day will be filled with a variety of entertainment, demonstrations, health information, club creations for sale, a variety of food, and the opportunity to buy chances and to bid on items. You can learn how to better take care of yourself, to see how clubs create their masterpieces, to watch dance and exercise classes in action, and to have a great time. Bring your friends and family. While here during spring break, my daughter and her family especially enjoyed the crafts. My granddaughters purchased several items to take back north with them. For clubs, this is an opportunity to raise money for charities and also to refurbish or replace failing equipment. Mary Lou Bogdan of Sew’n Sews says, “The Holiday Walk and FunFest is how we make all our money to fund our charity projects and to subsidize our activities. Last year we donated $1,500 to charities.” Laura Akins says, “One of the reasons Shellcrafters participate in the Holiday Walk and FunFest is because we love being with other people. The other reason is that we make money to donate back to the community. I absolutely think the club benefits in so many
trucks, doll houses, toy barns, and educational toys that are free for teachers. If you have grandchildren visiting or if you have fond memories of your childhood model trains, you will want to be sure to stop by the Model Railroad club. You can continue to purchase tickets for their drawing that will take place that day. For more details on the entertainers, food, health fair and other activities, be sure to read the February and March News of Sun City Center.
Sawdust Engineer’s Joan Bartosiewicz is in a room filled with educational toys. These toys can be purchased by any of us. They are also available to area teachers at no cost. The club also sells a variety of decorative items.
Memorial Will be Dedicated January 10
Here we see members of the Stained Glass Club working. You will also be able to watch them work during FunFest.
ways. For one, customers give us other ideas for things we could create.” Stained Glass Club has participated in FunFest as long as its president, Janet Hulme, can remember. She says, “We have items for sale all year round. During FunFest we also have a raffle. Our club is also involved with fusing glass.” And, be sure to visit the Sawdust Engineers. There is an entire room of puzzles, cars,
By Diane M. Loeffler At 10 a.m. on January 10, the Veterans Memorial will be dedicated with a ceremony that begins indoors at Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Boulevard, and continues at the site of the memorial itself. Whether you purchased a brick to honor a friend or relative or simply would like to be part of an occasion honoring those who have served, this will be a beautiful commemoration you won’t want to miss. Benny Blackshire, LTC, U.S. Army retired will be the Master of Ceremonies. Music will be provided by the United Methodist Church Choir. Rev. Julian Graham will give the invocation followed by the Pledge of Allegiance led by Gordon Basset, LTC, USAF Retired. The Memorial Committee Chair, Walt Cawein, LTC, USAF Retired, and Michael Davis, Col. USMC Retired, will speak. Salvina Tanneholz will sing God Bless America. Outside at the Memorial, the flags will be raised while the United Methodist Church choir sings our National Anthem. Salvina Tanneholz will sing America the Beautiful. Finally, the benediction will be given by Julia Graham. We hope you will all be part of this memorable day.
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By Debbie Caneen South County Events is provided by Debbie Caneen, Director of Admissions, Sun Towers from items submitted for publication. To submit events for future publications, send them by the 15th of the prior month. Debbie also publishes Ads and Events, a weekly e-mail containing information about what’s happening in 33573. Your event will also appear in the weekly Ads and Events e-mail and on the website www.SCCAdsAndEvents.com. Send all events by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. You only need to submit your Event one time each month for it to appear in both The News of Kings Point and SCC Ads and Events. SPECIAL EVENTS Please include all basic information, especially Price (or list it’s Free) and Contact Information (phone, e-Mail, or website). Six lines maximum. Send to: sccfreeads@ tampabay.rr.com. As soon as space permits, we will put it in the weekly e-Mail and it will run until event date passes. You do not need to submit it again. PLEASE NOTE: This area is for SPECIAL EVENTS only. WEEKLY, MONTHLY, or ONGOING EVENTS are listed on our website under WEEKLY & MONTHLY MEETINGS at www.SCCAdsAndEvents.com which is updated every weekend.
WED. JAN 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 THERAPEUTIC TAI CHI FOR HEALTH 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center. Our therapists have advanced training in therapeutic Tai Chi for Seniors and will provide guidance in this healthy exercise. SAT. JAN 5 - R&B - MITCH WOODS & FRIENDS AT THE FIREHOUSE CULTURAL CENTER 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. at The Firehouse Cultural Center, 101 1st Ave NE, Ruskin FL 33570. Mitch Woods with his “Rock A Boogie” backed by Valerie Gillespie, TBone Hamilton and John Puhl. If you missed the last one, don’t miss this one. Ask anyone that saw the first show. Dancing in your seat is an understatement while listening to these cats play. TICKETS: advanced: $23- $18. Day of the Show: $28-23. Call Now! 813-645-7651 or go to www. firehouseculturalcenter.org. MON. JAN 7 - WIDOWER’S GROUP 9:00 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 call Tom Harding 813-634-1236. TUE. JAN 8, 15, 22, 29 - LINE DANCING WITH A BALANCE EVERY TUESDAY 9:30 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. Sun City Center. Do you like to dance but are worried about falling?
The News Join our 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. TUE. JAN 8 - IRS REFUND FRAUD 1:00 p.m. Ripple Room, Kings Point Community, 1900 Clubhouse Drive, Sun City Center, FL 33573. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is committed to serving, protecting, and defending the community and is continuing to do so by offering a monthly open forum on Economic Fraud and its growing trend with the advancement of technology. The presentations will include strategies for preventing fraud and resources available to victims. If you have any questions or comments please contact Sun City Center Community Resource Deputy Jeff Merry at 813-242-5515. TUE. JAN 8, 15, 22, 29 - LIFE CHALLENGES SUPPORT GROUP 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. Sun City Center. your life fully with zest and joy! Rid yourself of depression, anxiety, frustrations with family, children, friends, life changes, health problems, finances and more. All are welcome in complete confidence and free of charge. Your facilitator will be Cheryl Lewis, an effective psychotherapist. No appointment is necessary. TUE. JAN 8 - TU BISH’VAT SEDER AT TEMPLE BETH ISRAEL 1:00 p.m. at 1115 Del Webb Blvd. East, Sun City Center. Tu BiSh’vat is one of the lesser known holidays that is commonly known at the “New Year for the Trees”. It marks the time that spring traditionally begins in Israel and is meant to be a celebration of our relationship with nature. For information about this program or about Beth Israel Sisterhood, please contact Rochelle Lafer at email@example.com. WED. JAN 9 - VIRTUAL DEMENTIA TOUR “YOUR WINDOW INTO THEIR WORLD” 10:00 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Walk a Mile in the Shoes of a Person Living with Dementia. Created by P.K. Beville, a specialist in geriatrics, this experience is designed to instill hope in professional and family caregivers, providing them with a tool to move from sympathy to empathy and to better understand the behaviors and needs of their loved ones and patients. Tours provided by Senior Helpers. Free event but RSVP is required to 813-634-3347. WED. JAN 9 - DIABETES EDUCATION SUPPORT GROUP 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Sponsored by the Men’s Club of SCC. Have you been given the diagnosis of Diabetes? Are you unsure of your dietary and physical future? Discover options and learn information that will prepare you for a healthy future with Diabetes! Our facilitator: Shirley Sullivan, Nutritionist and Founder of SouthShore
Wellness, LLC. integrates her love of education and health through personalized nutritional workshops and programs. TUE. JAN 15 - IRS REFUND FRAUD 11:00 a.m. Freedom Auditorium, Freedom Plaza, 1010 American Eagle Blvd, Sun City Center, FL 33573. (Reoccurs the third Tuesday of each Month). The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is committed to serving, protecting, and defending the community and is continuing to do so by offering a monthly open forum on Economic Fraud and its growing trend with the advancement of technology. The presentations will include strategies for preventing fraud and resources available to victims. If you have any questions or comments please contact Sun City Center Community Resource Deputy Jeff Merry at 813-242-5515. TUE. JAN 15 - HEARING LOSS & THE AGING BRAIN 11:30 a.m. 1:00 p.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 701 Valley Forge Blvd., SCC. Come hear Dr. Lisa Tanner, Doctor of Audiology, who will explain the relationship between various aging diseases and how they are related to hearing. Lunch will be provided. For more information or to register, call the church office at 813-634-1292 by Jan 11. TUE. JAN 15 - ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center for
this Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group. Bring your loved one for a welldeserved break. Facilitated by Aging Care Advocates. You will receive information while your loved one is cared for in our Secured Memory Care. Please RSVP no less than three days prior to 813-677-1400. WED. JAN 16 - IRS REFUND FRAUD 10:00 a.m. The Caper Room, Sun City Center Community Association Atrium, 945 N. Course Lane, Sun City Center, FL 33573. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is committed to serving, protecting, and defending the community and is continuing to do so by offering a monthly open forum on Economic Fraud and its growing trend with the advancement of technology. The presentations will include strategies for preventing fraud and resources available to victims. If you have any questions or comments please contact Sun City Center Community Resource Deputy Jeff Merry at 813-242-5515. WED. JAN 16 - LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. Do you wonder how others with Low Vision advance through their day? Do they receive care from outside sources? What adaptive vision devices successfully assist them? Learn what assistance there may be for you if you have low vision in order
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By Paula Lickfeldt The Elegant Garden Club of SCC got its start in the early 80’s. The 30 to 40 members were also a part of the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs. Through the federation, many of the members received certification for flower arranging. In 1212, the garden club members decided to leave the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs. Today, the Elegant Gardeners boasts a membership of over 100. Membership dues are $12 per year. The club meets on the second Wednesday of each month, October through May, in the Florida Room. Each meeting begins at 9:30. Program topics may run from a specific plant native to Florida, to an artisan or even a writer who is promoting the protection of the environment of Florida. The club also goes on four field trips a year. Suzy Rathke is the president of the club. She told me that the first club she joined when she and husband moved to SCC was the Elegant Garden Club. She told me that it is such a joy to work with the members of the Elegant Garden Club because they all have such a wonderful attitude. She said everyone is willing to help and rarely does anyone say no when asked to
do something or to help with a project. Their most recent project was creating “garden art” from recycled household items. They put together a very creative group and entered their garden art in the Hillsborough County Fair. Ruth Leedom won a blue ribbon for her entry which will now go to the Florida State Fair. Along with membership dues, the club has two fundraisers a year. The plant sale at FunFest is their biggest money maker and each year they hold an antique appraisal. The club supports many charities. The Alzheimer’s support group is their number one charity. This support group does not get any state or federal money. All of the money that they receive comes from donations from SCC groups and individuals. Human Trafficking is another of their charities and the club takes care of the Blue Star Marker on SR 674, they constructed a butterfly garden at C.A.R.E. and they bought a brick at the SCC Veterans Memorial Garden. If you like to learn about gardening in Florida, flower arranging and going on field trips to gardens and nurseries you should consider joining the Elegant Garden Club.
St. John Divine Church in SCC Is Growing
St. John Divine Episcopal Church in Sun City Center is undergoing a major renovation and expansion. Founded in the early 1962, St. John Divine has been serving the South Shore area for close to 70 years. SJD outgrew its original Ruskin location, and is currently renovating and adding space to its current location off Highway 301, where Wimauma and Sun City Center meet. The new building will provide space for a Nursery, Sunday School classrooms, youth room, and choir room. St John Divine is confident that the extension will not only provide an improved meeting place for existing members, but also room for growth in services, education, and outreach. SJD is excited and thankful for the opportunities ahead for both the church and SCC community. Updates on the renovations, as well as all other SJD current events, can be found at www.stjohndivine.com or on Facebook at facebook. com/StJohndivineSCC.
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Doors open at 1:30 p.m. with show at 2:00 p.m. at Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Sun City Center. Tickets $25 for general admission. “Teacher’s Pet” front row seating $35. Ticket sales in SCC Atrium Kiosk Monday and Friday 9:00 - 12:00 noon. MON. JAN 21 - PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP OF SUN CITY CENTER 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. Presenter: Heather Smith, RPT. Supervisor of Rehabilitative Services, South Bay Hospital - Topic: Train Big – Exercise for Motor Performance. If you have had success with any treatment you have tried, please come to share! If you have Parkinson’s, or are caring for someone with this disease, be sure to attend this support group! Complimentary valet parking available at entrance. For additional info, call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990.
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FRI. JAN 25 - VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT, A PROGRAM OF THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. by appointment only at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center. The Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross in partnership with the Veterans History Project, a program of the Library of Congress, is seeking Veterans to participate in this project. The program captures through a video interview, firsthand account of Veterans who served in any branch of the US military in any capacity, from World War I through the present, and are no longer serving are eligible to participate. Civilians who served in support of a US war effort in a professional capacity are also welcome to participate. If you are a Veteran or know Veterans that would like to share their stories, please
call Sun Towers to schedule your interview time at 813-634-3347. MON. JAN 28 - CHRONIC PAIN, ARTHRITIS AND NEUROPATHY GROUP 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. SCC. This month we are fortunate to have speaker, Tina Patch, owner of MJ Natural Resources which is a mission company dedicated to the goal of providing natural remedies from hemp instead of toxic pharmaceuticals. Members are asked to share treatments, exercises, nutrition, etc., that may have worked for them for all members to benefit. Please come to share and learn. Supported by Sun Towers Retirement Community Outpatient Therapy. Learn what you can do to reduce your pain today. FREE valet parking at Towers entrance. Session located in the theater Questions? Call 813-892-2990.
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SCCCA Welcomes “The Fabulons” for February 1 Dance
The Gals: Left - Kathy Hammond, Carolyn Vaughn, Joanne Podgurski, Judy Drago, Gloria Lavin, Wini Massey, Mitzi Mackey, Salvina, and Janice Ryder.
Gals & Guys Productions Presents 2019 Season
The Gals & Guys Productions Club is offering FREE membership for our 2019 Season. Club members have first preference to purchase tickets for our 2019 season performances. The club is open to Sun City Center, Kings Point and Freedom Plaza residents. Our shows are held at the Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd, and ticket prices are $5 per person. We will have membership signup form and tickets for our first showcase “Four Musical Acts” available at the Atrium Clubs Ticket Kiosk on any Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 to noon starting in January up until our first show at the end of April. Our First 2019 Showcase is “Four Musical Acts”• Saturday, April 27 Act 1 • Mamma Mia • Featuring Music by Abba Act 2 • On Your Feet Featuring Music by Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Act 3 • The Greatest Showman Featuring Music by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul Act 4 • The Sound Of Music Featuring Music by Rodgers & Hammerstein If you are a performer and would like to audition for our Four Musical Acts, please stop by the Rollins Theater, 970 Cherry Hills Drive, on any Thursday in January from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at our normal rehearsal time. The Gals & Guys Productions are available to provide entertainment for organizations and clubs. If you have any questions, need more information or wish to volunteer, please contact President and Director Salvina Tannenholz at “firstname.lastname@example.org” or 813633-5924.
Entertainment Corner By Renee Bray, SCCCA Entertainment Director
The SCCCA 2018-2019 Entertainment Series continues on Sunday January 13 with the fantastic fiddling and country vocals of Jesse Grandmont, along with the charismatic crooning and guitar strumming of Alexander Baerg. Country, swing, and everything in between! These two exceptional entertainers join forces to present a jam-packed, fun-filled show. Tickets are $18. Friday January 18, “The Fabulous Hubcaps” rock Community Hall with Oldies Rock’n Roll. Renee Bray Unfortunately, this dance is sold out, but season ticket holders will enjoy the unique and spirited show. South Florida’s favorite dance band, the “FABULONS” come to town on Friday February 1, 2019 at Community Hall from 7-10 p.m. for a BYOB dance. Tickets are $20. Folks are excited about the Vaudeville comedy “Assisted Living the Musical” coming Sunday January 6. The hilarious show is centered around 18 characters played by two actors. The scene is a retirement community, and focuses on all the hysterically funny antics that seniors experience. Tickets are $20, and show time is 2:30 p.m. at Community Hall. Speaking of a good laugh, Ken Block, one of the most versatile comic/impressionist comes on the scene with over 100 impression in each show ranging from singers, comedians, politicians, television and movie starts. This performance is at the Rollins Theatre on Feb. 24 and tickets are just $7. (Available Jan 4 for CA Members, Jan 11 for public). Tickets to these shows, and all the shows in the series are available at the SCCCA Atrium Kiosk off N. Course Lane. The KIOSK is open M-W-F from 10 to noon.
Friday night dances are very popular in Sun City Center! The SCCCA Friday night Entertainment series is sold out, so there has been an additional dance scheduled that promises to bring the house down! Celebrating their 33rd Anniversary, The Fabulons continue to be Florida’s favorite party band. This six-piece band performs a wide variety of music, including Motown, doo-wop, classic rock, disco, classic R & B, Beach Boys, Beatles, best of the girl groups, “Grease”, and many standards. The Fabulons are scheduled for Friday Feb. 1, 2019 at the SCC Community Hall at 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd in Sun City Center, from 7-10 p.m. Tickets for the reserved seating event are $20. They are available at the SCCCA KIOSK in the Atrium building off N. Course Dr. M-W-F from 10 to noon.
Singles Social Dance Club
The Singles Social Dance Club will begin the New Year by hosting two dances on January 6 and January 27 to be held in the Atrium Building, Florida Room, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Live music by Thor Stevens and his saxophone. Members $4; guests $6. BYOB and snacks. Ice, water, cups and napkins provided. Proper dress requested (please no jeans or shorts). Membership forms will be available. The cost is $15 for the year. New members must present a CA badge or KP badge. Returning 2018 members need only pay the fee unless there has been a change in the information. If you have any questions, please call Janet at 813-633-3558.
SCC and KP Residents Invited to our Festive Party
Saturday, January 12, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., in the South Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. This fabulous dance is presented by the Sun City Center Dance Club. Complimentary dessert table and decaf coffee. Dressy casual attire. NO shorts! BYOB. Bring your friends, or come and make new friends. Open seating. Singles tables available. Members free, visitors/guests $6 at the door. Sun City Center and Kings Point members only are invited to attend. For additional information call: 813-634-9074.
Rockin’ Thru the Years Dance Club
“Join Us for a Rockin’ Good Time!” Sunday, January 13 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Veterans Theater, Kings Point North Clubhouse. The doors open at 6 p.m. BYOB and Snacks. Admission is $6 per person for non-members and free for Rockin’ Thru the Years Dance Club members. Flashback will provide our dance music a good mix of 50’s and 60’s favorites to include slow dance music and shakin’ it down to the memorable 70’s and 80’s and topping it off with a sizzling rock ‘n roll tune from somewhere in between. Line dance music will be played during the band’s break. We will be happy to accept new members into the RTTY Dance Club on January 13. Please email Sandi at “rockinthrutheyears@ gmail.com” for further information or if you would like to attend the RTTY dance, please email your full name to Sandi so she can include you on the list that she must send to the Kings Point Front Security Gate Guards.
Moonglow Dance Club
Annual Dinner Dance, Thursday January 24 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. in Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd., Sun City Center. Banquet Masters Catering will serve a delicious dinner. BYOB and appetizers. “Mario DeLeon” will provide our Live Dance Music from 7-9:30 p.m. The attire will be “dressy” for the ladies and “jacket & tie” for the men. Paid Reservations by check only (no cash) made out to “Moonglow Dance Club” are requested by January 19 and should be mailed to: Gail Bouverat, 1114 Villeroy Drive, Sun City Center, FL 33573. The cost will be $18 per person for current and new members, and $28 per person for visitors/guests. Current and Prospective Members may send their $25 per person annual dues along with their Dinner Reservation. Call 813-633-1297 or 813-633-2755, or email “email@example.com”.
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Academy of Ballroom Dance Club Membership Drive
The Academy of Ballroom Dance Club has started open enrollment for the 2019 season. The $25 per person yearly dues provides admittance to each of 11 monthly dances and a reduced price for the annual dinner dance. If you sign up between now and January 15, 2019 you will be eligible for the member price of the Dinner Dance on February 2nd (a $5 savings). For more information, call George Hawn at 330-770-0442.
Oldies But Goodies Dance Club
The Oldies but Goodies Dance Club will be enjoying the music of Flashback on Sunday, January 20 at Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. The cost is free for members and $6 per person for guests. No advance ticket needed pay at the door. The doors will open at 6:15 p.m. for members and 6:30 p.m. for guests. Flashback, a 6-piece dance band will be playing jazz standards and favorite dance music from the 50’s through the 70’s. They will be playing 7-10 p.m. BYOB and snacks, the club will provide water, ice, cups and napkins. As always, residents of Kings Point and Renaissance as well as Sun City Center are always welcome. Any questions contact Club President Joanne at 813-728-1147 or email firstname.lastname@example.org web site: www.sccoldiesbutgoodiesdanceclub.com.
Academy of Ballroom Dance
January 5, in the Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd, Sun City Center. At 6:30 p.m., there will be a Tango dance lesson included with the price of admission. This will be followed by regular dancing from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is free for members, or $6 for guests at the door. Come and dance to a great selection of tunes handpicked by our DJ Bernice DuBro. Everyone is welcome; bring your friends and BYOB. The dress code is “casual and neat”. Mark your calendars and buy your tickets for our February 2 annual dinner dance. For more information, call George Hawn at 330-770-0442.
Jazzmatazz Dance Club of SCC
The winter session of Jazzmatazz beginner’s classes will start on Saturday, January 26, at 9:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome! If you’ve never had a dance class or if you are already a dancer and want to brush up on technique, this is the class for you. It is one hour long, held in the Atrium Dance Studio and the cost is only $5 a class for eight weeks. The intermediate Saturday class follows and beginners are welcome to stay for as much of the regular class as they’d like. Please register for classes by calling Cheri 727-687-3210.
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SCC Dance Club Elects 2019 Officers
The Sun City Dance Club, circa 1970, recently elected officers to continue their 38-year tradition of encouraging enjoyment in dancing, for its members and guests, by providing carefully selected music for dancing. The newly elected officers are Chuck MacDougall, 2nd VP; Thomas Hart, VP; Ann Carl, Sec./Treas.; and Frank Carl, Pres. Annual membership, which includes admission to a minimum of seven monthly dances, is $25 per person, per fiscal year, due January 12, at our initial 2019 dance, but no later than January 31. Non-members pay $6 per person, at the door, to attend any scheduled dance.
Social dance classes sponsored by the Academy Ballroom 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. Taught by Bernice Dubro and George Hawn. For information call Bernice DuBro at 634-3205 or email “email@example.com.” Tuesdays in January (8, 15, 22, 29) Beginning Swing - 5:30 p.m. Intermediate Swing - 6:45 p.m. Beginning West Coast Swing - 8 p.m. Cost: $20 per person for all four weeks. Wednesdays in January (2, 9, 16, 23, 30) Beginning Foxtrot - 12:45 p.m. Intermediate Cha-cha - 2 p.m. Beginning Silver Waltz - 3:15 p.m. Cost: $25/per person for all five weeks.
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LAWN BOWLING • TENNIS • GOLF • SOFTBALL• PICKLEBALL & MORE! Slow Pitch Senior Softball
By Bob Monahan Senior Sports Writer The Sun City Center softball club founded in 1980 uses a wonderful facility on the south campus sports complex behind the Community Hall and adjacent to the Sandpiper golf course. Men and women from SCC, Kings Point and Freedom Plaza fill the roster slots for the 171 club members. There are usually ten teams with 10 to 12 members per team for the fall session. In addition to the usual nine players on the field there are two additional positions, a short outfielder and a sixth infielder who plays over second base and roams to relay throws from the outfield saving senior arms the long throw to home plate. The games are timed with a maximum of 90 minutes. There is a five-run mercy maximum rule for runs scored up to the first five innings. The sixth and seventh innings have no mercy rule except if one team is ahead by 12 runs after five innings. There are two first bases and two home plates. The runner runs to tag a separate base from the fielder at first and home. If a slower runner makes it to first base the umpire has the option to substitute a pinch runner with the referee’s permission. If you want to consider playing you might want to attend a game on Tuesday or Fridays or attend Tom Mackar’s softball clinics where you will learn the basics of the game. The clinics are Saturday mornings from 9:15 to 11:15 at the softball field and are free. You could also play in a pickup game or in an over-70 game Wednesdays at 2, or come to batting and fielding practice on Monday mornings at 8:30. If you decide you want to try softball submit your name in a timely fashion to draft officials who will rank you, so the coaches can pick you based on your ranking and consistency. You will play in the next session. Advanced players have the option to play at 10 at Valencia Lakes on Mondays or Wednesdays at the SCC field. The SCC facility is first-rate with shaded dugouts and shaded areas for the fans For more information, contact President Terry LeGrand or the Club’s website, www.SunCityCenterSoftball.com.
Table Tennis State Tournament
Six members of the Sun City Center Table Tennis Club played in the Florida State Tournament December 3 and 4 at The Long Center in Clearwater. Thirteen medals were won: 5 gold, 4 silver and 4 bronze! Congratulations to all!
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Pickleball Rating in Sun City Center
By Bob and Linda Monahan Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the United States, beloved by seniors because a shortened tennis style court is used. In Sun City Center alone there are more than 350 Club members and Kings Point matches that with more than 375 members in their Club. Players, if they choose can be ranked for their proficiency from 2.0 which is beginner to 5.0, advanced. There are only a handful of 4.0 players in both Sun City Center L to R: Kathleen Tartaglia, Carol Flemming, Debbie Zieg, and Mary and Kings Point. Recently there LeGrand. have been ranking evaluations at the SCC Club in the 2.5, 3.0 and 3.5 levels. According to SCC Club President, Maurice “Frenchy” Levesque, “...There existed no formal method within the club of determining a person’s level of play. This led to unequal level of play in the competitive environment.” A formal rating system was established utilizing the International Pickleball L to R: Linda Monahan, Sharon Teaching Professional Association Turner, Frenchy Levesque, Club President, Pat Huisinga, Terrie Mc standards. There is a learning curve when Namath. you try something new, but once it is achieved you start to enjoy the activity. Another way to have fun is to develop friendship. Playing inspires laughter, camaraderie, and fun. Another benefit was the challenge of learning new skills. To learn these new skills there was commitment and perseverance of each person working as a team player and individual. Teams worked for months, leading to a positive bonding, as many of the teams supported each other through helping improve skills, practicing with each other and positive support during the testing. The testing gave each of us a feeling of satisfaction and achievement. One hundred percent of the players that participated in the rating system felt their game improved, they had worked hard learning new skills, had fun and formed lifelong friendships.
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Suncoasters Lawn Bowling Triples Championship
The women’s competitive division of the Sun City Center Lawn Bowling Club (“The Suncoasters”) recently held their Triples Championship. Coming out on top after a series of playdowns was the team of Diann Thomas (Skip), Cassie Krowl (Vice) and Pam Davis (Lead). Of note, Cassie was the Vice of last year’s Congratulations to the 2018 winning team as well. Suncoasters Triples Champions For more information about the L to R: Pam Davis, Diann Thomas sport of lawn bowls, visit www. and Cassie Krowl. suncitycenterlbc.com. Members in good standing with the Sun City Center Community Association, Freedom Plaza or the Kings Point community are welcome.
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SCC Archery Members at Senior Games
By Mark Erickson, SCC archery club president SCC Archery club members Linda Anderson (on right) and Mollie Fleck (on left) won medals in archery at the December Senior Games held in Polk County. Mollie won the gold medal in her division which is quite an achievement, but even more impressive when this is the first time that Mollie has shot competitively. SCC Archery club instructor, Linda Anderson who is a seasoned competitive shooter won the bronze medal in her division.
SCC Shuffleboard Club
The Sun City Center Shuffleboard Club closed out its very active year with their annual Christmas Party, held in the Florida Room. The party’s success can be attributed to the excellent planning and execution, directed by the new social chairperson, Mary Ann Harnden. She had a terrific group of committee members, including: Doug and Brenda Booth, Cindy Dickens, Mary Healy, Cathy Hamel, Jon Harnden, Deanna Lansberry, Linda Mikens, Lenny Robinson, Glenda Spencer, Jan Spitz, Pam Simmons, Patti White, Eileen Wilems. Everyone did a terrific job and their efforts really paid off. Wednesday afternoons are reserved in the Fall and Winter months for the Sun City Center Travel League home matches. Currently the Travel league has two teams of 9 members each, with a couple of substitutes always ready to fill in when needed. SCC Blue recently defeated SCC Gold in their second head to head match here at the SCC courts. SCC Gold will play Hawaiian Isles Renegades on January 8 here at SCC and Gold will have another shot at SCC Blue here at Sun Center City on January 19. For a schedule of matches email firstname.lastname@example.org. Membership is open to Sun City Center CA members, Freedom Plaza residents with appropriate CA permit and Kings Point residents. Membership fee is $20 per year and the club has organized social shuffle play on Monday, Tuesday Thursday and Friday afternoons. Come down to the courts about 12:30 on a social shuffle day and join in a game or two to see if you like it. For more information about the club email SCCShuffleboard@yahoo.com.
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2019 Florida Senior Tennis Bronze Medalists Rex Moore and Gary Greenlee from Sun City Center, won their age division at Innisbrook. They qualify for the nationals held in Albuquerque, NM this June.
Date: 11.27.18 Course:Club Renaissance Hole: 14 Yardage:135 Club Used: 8 Iron Witnessed By: Dick Jackson and Steve Perkins
Date: 11.30.18 Course: Scepter Hole: Falcon #8 Yardage: 127 Club Used: 6 Iron Witnessed By: Jerry Bolt, Marty O’Neill and Jeff Inama
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Some of the “Vintage Vixens,” traveling USTA tennis gals from Sun City Center, are ready for their January season to begin. Meanwhile, they have some elf duties for the holidays.
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2018 Novice Lawn Bowling Champs
The Sun City Center Lawn Bowling Club Novice Championship (bowling two years or less) play-downs were completed recently. The women’s champion is Heather Woodbury and the men’s champion is Gary Persinger. Gary went on to win the final round against Heather to become the 2018, overall Novice Champion. If you are a member of the Kings Point or Sun City Center community and would like to see Heather Woodbury, Women’s what the sport of lawn bowling is Novice Champion and Gary all about, please feel free to drop Persinger, Men’s and overall by the Club (Main Campus) and Novice Champion. speak to any members there. Also, there is lots of information on the Club’s website, www.suncitycenterlbc.com
CA archery club member Young Chung-Hall and club instructor Jerry Anderson are admiring Young’s arrow grouping. Young shoots a recurve bow, not a compound bow as do most of the club members. Young joined the club in 2018 and has shown steady improvement in her shooting skills. CA Members who wish to take advantage of the archery clubs free no obligation archery lessons need to contact club instructor Jerry Anderson at (330-206-7048) to schedule their lesson. Any questions about the SCC Archery Club not related to lessons should be directed to club president Mark Erickson, 813-634-0796. You do need to be a CA member to join the Archery Club or receive lessons. CA members are invited to stop by the range located on the South Campus behind the Dog Park on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. during the club’s weekly “Social Shoot.”
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Hitmen Tops in Sun City Center Softball
By Jim Collins Bob Astone’s “Hitmen” won the fall session of the Sun City Center Softball League on December 11. The Hitmen gunned down seven other teams to end with 11 wins and 3 losses over the eightweek season. They also had an impressive “fewest defensive runs allowed” of the eight teams competing. Lou Klusty’s “Reds” and Tom Tierney’s “The Crew” tied for second place with 9 wins and 5 losses each. Brian Henderson’s “Knights” came in third place with 7 wins and 7 losses. Inclement weather prevented these top teams from competing in an end of season tournament. The next “Winter Session” begins on Friday, January 4; ten teams are scheduled to compete. Sun City Center Softball club is open to all Sun City Center, Kings Point and Freedom Plaza members in good standing. Games are played year-round; the club is coed and open to all skill levels. Residents interested in joining the club can go to the website: suncitycentersoftball.com or email us at suncitycentersoftball@ gmail.com.
Athletes Encouraged to Change Gears This Winter
By Bob Monahan Sports Reporter and Senior Athlete With snowbirds returning and cooler weather arriving, now is a good time for athletes to consider trying something new to improve their overall conditioning and reduce potential injuries. Most sports have three physical components beside the actual skill level learned through practice and competition. They include: cardio, strength and flexibility. Many athletes are missing one of these components, and a little self-analysis might help. For me, a breakthrough occurred when I realized there was nothing to lose and a lot to gain when I tried line dancing, pickleball, softball, yoga and flexercise. In each activity, there was a fear that I might look awkward at my initial tries. I hoped a level of competence was coming down the road if I only stayed with it. There’s always a learning curve, and, occasionally, someone may not be supportive. Just remember, no one is proficient in the beginning. Cardio: fitness centers focus on spinning, rowing machines, and treadmills. Swimming laps in a pool, bike riding, dancing and jogging are also great cardio boosters. In the gym, focus on interval training. This consists of a workout where your heartbeat goes high for two minutes at a time then lowers then increases greatly for two minutes at a time until tired. Strength training: start with lower weights and learn the proper techniques for a well-rounded program. Compete only against yourself and not what the person next to you is doing. I avoid the weights altogether and instead use the resistance bands. I have used these bands without injury for the last twenty years. Strength is not just weights. Yoga can offer strength by using your own weight. Flexibility seems to be the most neglected of the components, and probably leads to the most injuries when not part of the exercise program. Yoga, flexercise, and tai chi, are some of my favorite ways to build flexibility. I also have a home-based yoga and sit up program that I do at night while watching TV that lasts about ten minutes. Get yourself a yoga mat and a home CD or attend one of the outstanding yoga groups in the area. IMPORTANT: do not begin any of these activities unless you have discussed this with your doctor. And remember, diet matters too. Eat sensible meals for your amount of activity.
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THE MEN’S CLUB OF SUN CITY CENTER IS LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS Membership in The Men’s Club is open to all men residing in the greater Sun City Center area; which includes not only the SCC Community Association area but also Sun Towers, Aston Gardens North, The Courtyards, Kings Point, and Freedom Plaza. If you are not already a member, we urge you to join us for food, fellowship and community service. Prospective members can join us at one of our regular luncheon meetings as a guest of the club. Translation: FREE LUNCH! Why join? Look at the benefits of membership: We meet on the third Wednesday of each month at the Sun City Center Community Hall with a great Luncheon, informative speakers, and fellowship with your new friends and neighbors. Members also can participate in other club sponsored activities: • Outings to professional sports venues, places, and other events of interest. • Annual fund-raising cruises aboard the finest and newest cruise ships. • Special events to honor our spouses and significant others. • Service programs to support our community. • Lifeline, the Personal Emergency Response System which is offered (and serviced) by the Men’s Club on a non-profit basis at a reduced cost to subscribers. • Health care support groups • An annual open house and ice cream social to thank the community for its support. • Special events to bring issues before our community’s residents Come join us. Call 813-938-3545 to receive an invitation to attend one of our luncheons as a guest of the club. For more information, call Jon Lehr at 813-260-3058 or David Floyd at 813-334-7797 or visit our website at www.sccmensclub.org. The Men’s Club of Sun City Center is a not-for-profit corporation qualified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and dedicated to service to the Sun City Center Community. It was founded in 1962 and is one of the community’s oldest service clubs.
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By Kai Rambow For Ophelia Blumer Surfing with dolphins is an unforgettable adventure. Okay, the dolphins will be the surfers. Your thrills will come from watching these highly intelligent, athletic and beautiful animals ride the wake of a highspeed boat. The Dolphin Racer specializes in cruising Tampa Bay, locating dolphins and getting them to ride the wake. This is not as easy as it sounds. Dolphins don’t automatically ride the wake of a boat. Dolphins will surf it if they feel like it, want to play and/or you’re heading in the direction they want to go. When riding the wake, dolphins may have different objectives. Sometimes, like us, they’re just having fun. When you see them propel themselves out of water and land on their sides, they are shedding dead skin. And sometimes, they’re using the wake to get from one place to another with less effort. While surfing with dolphins is the highlight of this trip, the rest is enjoyable as well. You’ll travel through scenic waterways and you’ll enjoy racing across the water when the speedboat is on open water. Shells To turn your adventure into an extended event, consider eating out. Shells is a casual, seafood restaurant chain with reasonable prices, which used to be in multiple locations. In 2008, many of us thought they went out of business. Two original restaurants remained open and Shells is now expanding once again. You’ll find the menu and prices familiar. Our party tried several different dishes and all were good. The recommended
location is right around the corner from the Dolphin Racer. Tips for a Great Visit: Weather: There is no cover on the boat. Since you’ll most likely head out on a sunny day, be sure to use sunscreen, take a hat you can secure with a chin strap and wear sunglasses. While you’re looking for a nice day, pay closer attention to the marine forecast. Check it 24 hours before. If there are going to be sizeable waves or winds over 10 mph, there will be considerable amount of saltwater spray. Some light protective rainwear might be helpful to avoid getting soaked should conditions change. Suggested Itinerary: Leave around 11 a.m. for Shells to have lunch. After lunch, the Dolphin Racer is literally a three-minute drive away. Tip: Departure time was 1:30 p.m. with a recommended arrival time of 1:15. Arriving a little before recommended time will enable you to find a parking spot, get checked in and line up by the rope. Best Spot on Boat: If you wait by the rope at the entrance to the boat dock, you’ll be one of the first to board. If you want to be closest to the dolphins surfing, head to the very back of the boat, last row. Note: Don’t put anything on the floor as some water will come in over the back, especially if the boat reverses. Photography Tips: Experienced photographers will know they will need a high shutter speed to capture the dolphins surfing. If you have a point and shoot camera or are using your phone, your best bet will be to record using video mode. When the dolphins jump out of the water, they are only out of the water for a very brief moment.
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Military News Annual Spring Dinner and Dance - “Sock Hop”
The Annual Spring Dinner and Dance sponsored by the Veterans’ Organizations of Sun City Center will take place Saturday, March 9 in the Community Association’s Florida Room located in the Atrium. A social hour with appetizers will start at 5 p.m. A three entrée buffet with a dessert bar will be provided by Banquet Masters 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 9:15 p.m. Lily Meyers will present a Special Tribute to all Veterans. Dress is casual (theme is Sock Hop - 1950’s/60’s). Please no shorts or flip flops. BYOB and setups. Cost is $30 per person. All checks should be made payable to “American Legion Post 246/ww”. Tickets can be purchased by calling 813-260-3221 or by email “tkennicutt@ aol.com”. All veterans, friends and guests are invited. Attendees are requested to wear name tag(s) issued (if applicable) from one of the sponsoring military veterans’ organizations. For further information call Paul Wheat at 634-7777.
Silver Osprey to Host US Special Ops Command’s DPEO, SOFW
Silver Osprey Squadron #64, Association of Naval Aviation kicks-off 2019 with another visit from Mr. Karl Rozelsky, retired, USAF Colonel, currently the Deputy Program Executive Officer, Special Operations Forces Warrior, USSOCOM, MacDill, AFB, Tampa Florida. Mr. Rozelsky’s presentation this year will cover the US Air Force’s new Boeing, KC-46, Pegasus tanker aircraft, which is now entering service and is being added to the tanker squadrons as a replacement for the aging KC-135’s. This will be an unclassified presentation to be held at the Plaza Club on Friday, January 11. Meet and greet at 11 a.m. Save The Date: February 8 speaker will be John Leenhouts, Captain, USN(retired), President & CEO, Sun & Fun, Inc. Members First reservation deadline for this event will be January 15th. Nonmember reservations for this luncheon will not be accepted until after January 15 on a first come, first served basis. Deadline for receipt of non-member reservation, checks for this event is Monday, February 4. The Silver Osprey Squadron #64 and the Association of Naval Aviation are open to all individuals who have an interest in military aviation. Membership dues are $20 per year. For luncheons are $16 for members and $17 for non-members. Please send your check Mr. Tom Harding, 309 Noble Faire Drive, Sun City Center, FL. “email@example.com”. Checks from nonmembers requesting reservations for this meeting must be received by Monday, January 7, 2019. For information about membership email “firstname.lastname@example.org”, attention, CDR Roger Kennicutt, USN (ret), Commanding Officer.
Florida Council of Chapters President Addresses Local MOAA Chapter
By B. Frank Kepley, CAPT USN (Ret.), Military Correspondent Len Friedlander, COL USAF (Ret) was the featured speaker at the Military Officers of America Association (MOAA) monthly meeting on Wednesday, December 5 in the Florida Room at the North Side Atrium. He retired from the Air Force in 1994 as a Colonel with 36 years of continuous active duty and subsequently held managerial and executive Information Technology positions with TRW, COL. Len Friedlander, president Northrop Grumman, Apple, RS of FCOC, presenting LCOL. Benny Information Systems & K12, before Blackshire president of local MOAA, with the 5-Star Level of moving to Sarasota FL. He has served as the Florida Excellence Award. Council of Chapters (FCOC) Southwest Area Vice President, Council Vice President, and was elected FCOC president in June 2018. COL. Friedlander discussed the recent MOAA annual Washington D. C. “Storm the Hill” endeavor and resultant MOAA legislative concerns. These concerns included the reemergence of sequestration, which has been on hold the last two years and will once again have devastating effects on the military budget. He also commented on the possible reduction in the overall military budget that the president is currently indicating he will push for. The GI bill and the proposed reduction in the housing allowance for married couples was also discussed.
News of Freedom Plaza
By Peggy Burgess Christmas of 2018 started early at Freedom Plaza, even while the calendar still read November. Therefore, by the scheduled tree lighting on December 3 the Atrium was fully decorated: the large, 18foot tree plus four gallery trees, all splendidly ornamented; the balcony railings bedecked with garland; the toy train set up and barreling through its miniature village. All this had to be accomplished in due haste, for Santa and Mrs. Claus were to pay Freedom Plaza a December 5 preChristmas visit, ostensibly, to host the Kris Kringle party given annually for the children of Freedom Plaza employees. The celebrated couple arrived, listened to the toy requests and presented small gifts to the young attendees, all in their usual jovial manner. However, some Freedom Plaza residents simply couldn’t resist the opportunity to interact with the famous couple. After all, they rationalized, if they were deemed to be “in their second childhood” they may as well enjoy it! They shared lots of laugher with everyone as they shared their Christmas wishes with Santa. From the gala Tree Lighting Ceremony to the midnight Champagne toast at the New Year’s Eve party there was an almost continuous celebration of the holiday season, and
Photo credit: Tomi Reneau “Oh, you better watch out, you better not cry...” Mrs. Claus (Barbara Powell) admonished as resident Judy Michaels related her Christmas wishes to Santa (Dave Looney) during the Freedom Plaza Kris Kringle party.
it encompassed a variety of musical styles. A Menorah was prominently displayed and the Hanukkah candles lit in traditional services open to anyone who wished to attend. In their “Caroling Around the Tree” sing-along the Freedom Singers inserted a comic touch with a surprise visit from Rudolph (impersonated by resident Mal Parrish). According to Rudolph, Santa’s sleigh had experienced mechanical trouble and lay wrecked on a nearby sand dune, so instead of flying from roof-to-roof the reindeer were making their visits “on- hoof”! Along with his entertaining poetic narrative, Rudolph’s gift to Freedom Plaza residents was a pair of “magic” glasses guaranteed to change one’s outlook on life and cure the doldrums--- should a case of that malady ever occur here.
Home Turf from page 1.. before in singles and twice in pairs, winning a silver one year. Weather made the tournament challenging. Wall reflected, “It was a little difficult at times with the wind gusts. About the time you went to release your bowl, there was a big gust of wind. I have light bowls, so the wind had a tendency to move my bowls. It was cold and a little uncomfortable in the morning. Everyone adjusted nicely and it was a super tournament.” Anything that might impact performance is a big deal at this level of competition. Players
21 are so good, winning may be determined by a fraction of an inch.
Cold weather and wind gusts were additional challenges for competitors. It was 49 degrees when this picture was taken.
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First Annual Latino Thanksgiving
On November 16, 2018, the first annual Latino Thanksgiving dinner was celebrated at the North Clubhouse banquet room. (Photo by Joe Rivera, celebrating 16 years in Kings Point).
Kings Point Canadian Club
The Kings Point Canadian Club will host a “Meet & Mingle” wine and cheese event on Thursday Jan 24 2019 at 2 p.m. in the Kings Point Veterans Theater. Cost is $4. All Canadians residing in Kings Point and Sun City Center are invited to attend. Tickets will be sold in the main lobby on Thursday, January 3, from 1 to 3 p.m. at desk 1 and on Jan 17 from 10 to noon at desk 1. Tickets will also be sold at the door on January 24.
Italian Club of Kings Point Valentine Dance
You are cordially invited to join us for the wedding of Pasquale and Concetta, which will be held at the Veterans Theater Kings Point on February 12. There will be much merriment dining and dancing. Banquet Masters menu: chicken cordon bleu, meatball parm, eggplant parm as well as pan roasted potatoes and hearty veggies along with a salad bar, dessert, coffee, tea, and soda, which will be provided by the club. BYOB. The Musico Maestro will be Mike Russo who plays and sings the music of the 50’s 60’s and 70’s. Tickets: Veterans Theater Lobby on January 30 and 31 from 9 to noon each of these dates. Members $25, guests $28. Cutoff date for reservations February 7. Questions: call May 813-419-4790 or Terry 813-260-3220. SCC residents, please remember to bring your ID badge in order to gain entry through the security gate when purchasing tickets.
Kings Point Friends of History Club
A new group recently formed at Kings Point here in Sun City Center. We are called “Friends of History.” Our purpose is to better understand today’s world and that of the of future by fully appreciating what has happened in the past. We meet the second Monday of the month in the Banquet Room in the North Club House of Kings Point. We start with a social gathering at 9:30 and meeting starting at 10 a.m. Membership is open to residents of Sun City Center. At each meeting, we will have a speaker and discussions regarding past and present topics of importance, as well as having and or video presentations. On occasion, we will visit historical places in the Tampa Bay region. The following is a list of topics through April. January 14 • The World the Greeks Made February 11 • Low Level View of U.S. Army’s occupation of defeated Japan March 8 • How I survived WWII of Nazi Occupation and Helped the Jews April 8 • Through the Eyes of a Vietnam Combat Veteran
Follies 2019 Tryouts
Tryouts for the 2019 Kings Point FOLLIES will be held on Friday, January 4 and Saturday, January 5 in the Kings Point North Clubhouse. Friday auditions, starting at 6:30 p.m. will concentrate on solo performers, comedy and specialty acts. Please provide your own CDs, if necessary. At 7:30 p.m., the focus will be on aspiring Chorus members. These tryouts will be held in the Meeting Room at the East end of the building. Saturday auditions are additionally scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in the Studio, at the West end of the Clubhouse. Any performer in the SouthShore area is welcome to try out. We look forward to auditioning talented solo and Chorus singers, dancers, comedians and Specialty Acts. FOLLIES 2019 will open on Friday night, April 5, with matinee and evening performances on Saturday, April 6. The show will be Directed and Choreographed by Diane LeFrancois, with Linda Stone serving as Assistant Director. Practice for FOLLIES 2019 will begin for Chorus on Monday evening, January 7, at 6:30 p.m. in the Energy Studio of the Kings Point 20/20 Building. Rehearsals are scheduled for Monday and Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons, as needed. For further information, call Diane at 813-642-0606 or email “email@example.com”.
Friday, January 18, and Saturday, January 19, from 8 to noon at 1305 New Bedford Drive in Sun City Center. Your support goes to the care and feeding of the cats. Feline Folks is a 501c3, nonprofit. Currently there is a need for help feeding the community cats. Contact us at Info@FelineFolks.us.
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January 14, Dan Fugazzotto will be providing the music for your dancing pleasure. In our “speakeasy” Veterans Theater Banquet Masters is serving our buffet. Coffee, tea, and soda will be provided by the club. BYOB. Members: $25, guests $28. Please make checks payable to the Italian Club. Tickets will be on sale January 3 and 4, from 9 to noon in the KPCH lobby. Cutoff for sale of tickets is January 10. Contact either May 813-419-4790 or Terry 813-260-3220 with any questions you may have. Costumes encouraged but not required. “Password” Joe sent me.
KP Line Dancers
The KP Line Dance group is having a free social dance on Wednesday, January 16 at 7 p.m. in Veterans Theater. Theme is black & white, casual attire, appropriate dance shoes please. BYOB. Open to KP and SCC residents, visitors and guests must purchase a KP pass from Security $2.50 to attend. Remember to tip the DJ. Contact Jan 634-6226 for more info.
Eagle Audubon’s Meeting and Members Potluck January 17
By Dana Ellerbrock Eagle Audubon’s meeting on Thursday, January 17 will feature Rhonda Douthett from Florida Fish and Wildlife. As a Wildlife Assistance Biologist, she will discuss the displacement of regional wildlife due to habitat loss. The program “Living with our Florida Wildlife” will be held in the Kings Point Main Clubhouse, 1900 Clubhouse Dr., Sun City Center. The meeting will begin at 1:45 p.m. and the presentation at 2 p.m. Eagle Audubon meetings are free and open to the public. There is an optional membership fee ($10) which allows participation in Field Trips and Special Events. The annual Members-Only Potluck Luncheon will be held at 12:30 p.m. prior to the meeting. Members are to bring a serving for 12 people including a serving utensil. Tableware and beverage will be provided. Doors open to the public at 1:20 p.m. Additional information for meetings, trips and projects is available online at “eagleaudubonflorida.org”.
Kings Point Dance Club Presents Winter Wonderland Dance
January 10, Veterans Theater Doors open 7 p.m. Dancing from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Music by DJs Mike and Peg. All KP, SCC, singles and guests welcome. Dress Code, dressy casual, no shorts or jeans. BYOB. Members free, guests $5. If you have questions call Eileen 203.907.6111.
Kings Point Mixed Chorus Spring Season
By Stephanie Casey The Kings Point Mixed Chorus resumes rehearsals for the spring season on Monday, January 7. The Chorus will meet in the East/West room of the Kings Point North Clubhouse at 12:15 for registration and payment of $20 dues. New members are invited to join until Monday, January 28, providing we have not reached our 80-member limit before that time. We invite anyone from the Greater Sun City Center area with an interest in Choral music participation to add his or her voice to this energetic and hard working group of vocalists. There are no try-outs. The Chorus is under the Direction of Jeff Jordan, with Keith Rasmussen as Accompanist. Rehearsals are every Monday afternoon in the Kings Point North Clubhouse and run from 12:15 to approximately 2:30. The annual Spring Concert is a tribute to Rodgers & Hammerstein and will be held in the Veterans Theater on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. We look forward to greeting old members and welcoming new ones on January 7. Come see what we are all about. For further information, contact Mary Anne at 813-634-8747, or email “tripleladyu@aol. com”, or visit the Chorus website “kpchorus.org”.
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On November 19, 2018, Sandy Nunn, President of Kings Point Quilters presented a check for $1,000 to Kelly Kowal of My Warrior’s Place. Ms. Kowall founded My Warrior’s Place, an organization that makes a positive difference in the lives of our veterans and other first responders (www. mywarriorsplace.org).
CAHT Appreciative of Quilter’s Donation
Kings Point Quilters Club of Sun City Center donated 30 handmade children’s quilts to Campaign Against Human Trafficking, known as CAHT. Along with the beautiful bright quilts organized by quilter Betty Patterson, President Annie Garrison received a bag of small adorable stuffed animals from Barb Cohen and new baby socks from the KP Quilters. The quilts and other items are on their way to Children’s Home Network of Tampa, a resident facility for Sandy Nunn and Annie Garrison, neglected and abused young Kings Point Quilters, and Better Patterson and Lauren Pierce, CAHT. children from ages 6 to 17.
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Theme: Colors Reign Date: January 24 & 25 The Kings Point Art League is having their annual Art Show on Thursday and Friday, January 24 and 25, 2019, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Artists will be displaying their paintings in several mediums: acrylics, graphics, mixed media, oils, and watercolors. The Show is open to the residents of Kings Point and Sun City Center. Admission is Free.
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Volunteerism is Alive and Well in Sun City Center
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By Ilona Merritt “Volunteerism: a passion or a skill that translates to help others.” Del Webb, an American real estate developer, believed in volunteerism so strongly he developed retirement communities based on volunteerism and activities. Even after his death, retirement communities continue to be built with that philosophy. Volunteerism is alive and well in Sun City Center. Along with many volunteer organizations, we also have many residents who have a passion and skill they translate that to help others. On December 5, SCC residents Don and Connie Smith received special recognition from County Commissioner Stacy White for the money they raise for Diabetes Youth Services (DYS), a non-profit organization based in Toledo, Ohio. Each year, Don and Connie tirelessly raise funds for children to attend Hot Shot Camp. DYS camp helps children manage their diabetes, meet other children who share their struggles, and, at the same time, have a lot of fun. The donations they secure are vital to making sure that every child can attend camp, regardless of their family’s ability to pay. Every year, on February 2, which is also his birthday, Don swims 100 laps in our lap pool to raise the money for Diabetes Youth Services. The Smiths moved to SCC over three years ago, but Don has been swimming to raise funds for a total of 14 years. He saw a flyer from the local
YMCA encouraging people to swim for DYS. His Doctor challenged him by offering him $100 if he swam 100 laps. The next year, Don promised to swim 200 laps if the Doctor would give him $200. He has swum as much as 300 laps nonstop. To date, he has raised $256,681.73 for DYS. Don has received donations from folks in 28 States and two countries. His goal is 50 States, and this year he would like to raise $35,000. DYS is located in Ohio, children from any State may attend. Don is willing to come to any club and speak about his activity. You can reach him at 813-938-4893. He gives 100% of the donations to DYS. Volunteering is known not only to be related to happiness but also to increased healthiness. When you listen to Don and Connie, you know this is a fact. Studies have also shown that volunteering can cause a decrease in loneliness for those volunteering as well as those for whom people volunteer. Volunteering is good for your mind and body, and is a great way to meet new people, especially if you are new to an area. The Sun City Center website, www.suncitycenter.org, is filled with a wealth of information. Marilyn Cote-Miller, a CA Director, is in charge of Volunteer Organizations and for additional information, she can be reached at 813-6333500. We also have 150-plus clubs in Sun City Center which are led by volunteers. This community was founded on volunteerism, and, thanks to residents like Don and Connie, that tradition continues today.
Teri Brockway Flower Arranger and Master Gardener
By Paula Lickfeldt Teri Brockway grew up in Lockport, near Buffalo, New York. She studied art in college before becoming an elementary and middle school classroom teacher. Teri’s mother loved to decorate and she always did a lot of flower arranging. Teri would help her mother and she loved working with flowers also. Teri and her husband would vacation in St. Petersburg, Florida. Her parents had a home on Treasure Island. Her mother had friends that lived in Sun City Center, and Teri and her husband would visit them also. They liked the lifestyle and the activities that SCC had to offer. They also had neighbors in NY who had a home in SCC on Pebble Beach and they visited them. When they retired, Teri’s husband wanted to move to FL. They first moved to Ellenton and in 2004, they moved to Sun City Center. The very first club that Teri joined when they got to SCC was the Garden Club. Teri was the president of the club for several years. Teri took every class that they offered. By taking three different sessions which each consisted of six classes she became a certified flower arranger. She learned different design elements, how to choose the right container for the arrangement and how to preserve flowers. Did you know that flowers have a freshness date just like vegetables? Did
Gardeners from the North, but it does not take long to learn that the rules for gardening in the South are very different than they were in the North. To receive a Master Gardener degree, Teri had to take ten hours of classes and do 35 hours of volunteer work. She teaches at the SouthShore Library on 19th Street on the third Friday of the month at 2 p.m. Check the Southshore Library calendar website to get the class titles, location and times.
Any information about gardening: plants, pests, plant needs such as the amount of water and sun or soil type needed by a plant, can be obtained by going to UFIFAC on your computer. Teri says this is such a valuable resource for us to be able to get any information that we need about gardening. Once again, we see that Sun City Center has an abundance of creative and talented people. Teri Brockway is certainly one of them!
Happy New Year from SCC Connects
Sun City Center Connects wishes the community of Sun City Center a healthy, happy, and prosperous New Year! We thank you for your support this past year in developing our Sun City Center Connects campaign! We are celebrating our successes of 2018 and looking forward to our more community engagement in 2019. Our goals for 2019 include: Inspiring residents to get involved and engaged in their community (pointing out the many benefits for YOU as well as your community). Starting in 2019- a regular article in the News of Sun City Center and a regular monthly radio spot for Sun City Center Connects (keeping you informed and inspired) Connecting residents to the many wonderful organizations and groups that need your time and talent! Starting in 2019 - create an ongoing database of local resources that can connect you to your next engagement opportunity Assisting organizations, clubs and groups on innovative ways to actively recruit and engage residents to get involved. We are committed to Strengthening the values and culture of Sun City Center that has made this community a very special place to live!! Our deepest gratitude and heartfelt thank you to the Community Foundation for continuing their generous grant for 2019 to continue our work to support Sun City Center Connects! “Volunteer do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” - Elizabeth Andrew
you know that when you bring flowers home from the store, you need to cut a small amount off the stem before you place them in water? Teri says that flower arranging is a personal expression and you have to be willing to experiment. Flower arranging is a way to be creative, “if it looks good to you and you are happy, it’s OK.” Garage sales and estate sales are an excellent place to get flower arranging supplies. Containers and vases, tools like scissors, wire and pliers, ribbons and lights and any fanciful thing to add to your flower arrangement. Teri is also a Master Gardener of the South. A lot of us are Master
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Saint Anne Outreach Projects
On Saturday, November 10, the Saint Anne Conference of the Saint Vincent De Paul Society organized a “Mission Smiles” program to provide the underserved in the SouthShore community with free dental. On Saturday, November 17, approximately 200 Saint Anne volunteers gathered in two separate sessions to package 20,000 meals to be distributed to the poor of Burkina Faso, West Africa. These volunteers truly encountered the spiritual experience of working together to make the world a better place. Saint Anne Catholic Church is located at U.S. Hwy. 41 and 11th Avenue N.E. in Ruskin. For more information about the Parish, visit its website at SaintAnneRuskin.org.
Interfaith Council Accepting Grant Applications
The Sun City Center Interfaith Social Action Council is accepting grant applications until January 15, 2019. Any nonprofit group qualifying as a 501c3 organization or any school with an 858012621971-C-8 designation may apply. You can view and download applications, cover sheets, and instructions from our website, or you request them directly by emailing the council at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hearing Loss and the Aging Brain
Do you know the connection between age and hearing loss? Come hear Dr. Lisa Tanner, Doctor of Audiology, who will explain the relationship between various aging diseases and how they are related to hearing. The presentation will be at Redeemer Lutheran Church on Tuesday, January 15 beginning with lunch at 11:30. Everyone is welcome. If you will be attending, please register by calling the church office at 813-634-1292. The church is located at 701 Valley Forge Blvd. in Sun City Center.
The Fun Brigade at SouthShore United Church of Christ, 1501 La Jolla Avenue, has planned a fun filled day for everyone on Jan. 10, 2019. All are invited and all are welcome. At 1 p.m. come to the Hospitality Hall of the church for the Nearly New Fashion Show. Ten models will each be given $10 to spend at the Nearly New Store. On Jan. 10, they will be modeling the outfit or outfits that they purchase. The cost is $10 per person which will include the fashion show and snacks. Tickets may be purchased in the church office on Monday through Friday from 9 until noon. The nationally known Gospel, Bluegrass group, Monroe Crossing returns to SouthShore by popular demand. The Front Porch Pickers will start the evening at 6:30 with their own style of acoustic music. Monroe Crossing will begin at 7 p.m. The program will be in the sanctuary of the church. Tickets may be purchased in the church office on Monday through Friday from 9 until noon or at the Rollins Theatre on Wednesday from 2 until 4 p.m. The cost of the ticket is $10 in advance or $12 at the door.
CCW January Events
Thursday, January 10 - Monthly Card/Games Social serving desserts, drinks and door and table prizes. Bring friends and play your favorite table game for $3. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. in the Conesa Center at Prince of Peace Catholic Church with games beginning at 12 noon and concluding at 3 p.m. Thursday, January 24 - CCW Bingo Luncheon Bring your friends and enjoy a light lunch and 10 bingo games. Great prizes and camaraderie, $15 per person. Doors open at 11:30 in the Conesa Center at Prince of Peace. Lunch served at 12 with games to follow. Tables of 8 can be purchased and reserved when paid in full. Ticket sales at the Conesa Center: 10-noon, Jan. 7, 9, 15, 16, 18.
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“Faith Forward - Progressive Christian Conversations on the Relevance of Christianity in Today’s World” announces the second in their popular Sun City Center and SouthShore Community-Wide Book Discussion Series. The new book in the ongoing series is entitled: Unbelievable: Why Neither Ancient Creeds Nor Reformation Can Produce a Living Faith Today. This innovative, provocative and free discussion series begins Thursday, January 17, 2019, and runs weekly. Everyone is welcome to attend either the 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. sessions each Thursday and may come to any and all sessions. This community service series is facilitated by and held at SouthShore United Church of Christ, 1501 La Jolla Avenue in Sun City Center.
Knights of Columbus Italian Dinner
The Knights of Columbus Council 7282 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church are sponsoring an Italian Dinner on January 31. Doors opening at 5 p.m. of the Conesa Center, 702 Valley Forge Blvd, SCC. Tickets are $12 each, and tables of 8 are available. Tickets will be on sale in the Conesa Lobby every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 8:30-11 a.m. starting Wednesday, January 2 until all tickets are sold. No tickets will be sold at the door. For questions, call either Fred Kunkel at 317-409-6543 or Mike Lane at 207-797-7776.
Meet Our “Bread Lady”
In the predawn hour on Saturday morning, all is quiet at Our Lady of Guadalupe Food Pantry. A dozen or more clients are starting to line up by the front door, speaking with one another in hushed tones. Nearby, the earliest Pantry volunteers are hauling boxes of fresh produce from our big refrigerator and onto our porch, where soon they will be loaded into family cars. As the first hint of a sunrise appears in the Eastern sky, a car creeps up near our overhang and stops —and Mary McDonnell steps out. Mary has come to be affectionately known as our “bread lady.” Our volunteers rush over to greet her and to unpack her car, which is stuffed with breads and baked goods from Publix.
L to R: Joan Madden, Sally Morse, Linda Macferren, Jo Prater, Mearl Roberts, Beverly Bassette, Laura Johnson, Roz Cruthis, Jan Kopischkie.
SouthShore UCC Women Volunteer at Metropolitan Ministries
SouthShore UCC Women volunteered at the Holiday Tent for Metropolitan Ministries on Monday November 19. Some served in the hospitality area making sure that people had drinks and snacks while waiting to shop for groceries while some helped shoppers.
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We are embarking on a new “Be The Church Build Our Future” growth and sustainability program. This process includes evaluating our present church facility and looking at the possibility of relocating and building a new one better suited to our needs. We invite you to join us as we build our Future. 8:30 am Sunday - Chapel Communion 10:00 am - Sunday Worship 1501 La Jolla Ave., Sun City Center 813-634-1304 www.uccsuncitycenter.org
Security Patrol Receives Large Grant from the Interfaith Council
Three Patrol vehicles from the Security Patrol will be sporting new signs as they travel the streets of Sun City Center. This is due to an $8,000 grant that the Patrol has received from the Interfaith Council. The grant is for fuel costs associated with the 120,000+ miles that Patrol volunteers drive each year. Security Patrol Board of Directors President Norma Hardesty states that the grant will go a long way toward paying Nick Caleca of the Interfaith the fuel expenses for these three Council presents a check to Gill vehicles. The new signs will reflect Jessee, Chief of Patrol, as Security that the Interfaith Council is Patrol President Norma Hardesty looks on. sponsoring the cars.
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Celebrating with HOPE Children’s Choir
The Trinity Baptist Church Women’s Fellowship (TWF) enjoyed a Christmas buffet, followed by music and mission information about Tampa’s Hope Children’s Home. The staff at Hope have been rescuing children for 50 years and TWF is proud to be able to donate gift certificates to the 63 children who reside there. For more information about Hope see their website at www. HopeChildrensHome.org. The January 15 lunch and meeting of TWF will be a “Celebration of Crafts.” Members will be displaying their crafts, information about their club/activity and enjoying a men’s bake off for dessert. The public is invited to sign up near the church office at 702 W. Del Webb Blvd. Sun City Center. For more information visit www. trinitybaptistscc.com or call the church office at 813-634-4228.
Changing of The Guard at The Security Patrol, Part I
By Ilona Merritt Gill Jessee and his wife Flo moved to SCC in 2014 from Bowling Green, Kentucky. Within two weeks of their arrival, Gill joined the Security Patrol. When the former Chief resigned, Gill was appointed interim Chief of the Security Patrol. In February 2018, he was elected to the position of Chief. He volunteers approximately 150 hours a month. He is looking forward to having time for his hobbies, making copper jewelry and fishing, and we wish him many years of happy retirement and thank him for his hard work. Gill and the Board of Directors had to face some difficulties when he took over the Patrol, and it is admirable how they have handled them. With the Board’s approval, he set goals and, through a collaborative effort, those goals have been accomplished. Jessee oversaw a joint program between the Patrol and Jeff Merry of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO). While the Patrol has always helped look for residents who have wandered away from home, Jessee and Merry have put together a Silver Alert foot patrol to assist HCSO in the search for our residents with reduced cognitive abilities who may have wandered away. Another of Chief Jessee’s
goals was to get the Patrol’s finances in order. Through belttightening, increased support from the community, grants provided by other non-profits, and some very successful fundraisers, the Patrol is on much better ground. The Patrol has training classes for new members every month and membership has started to climb. Gill sends out a newsletter “Happenings at the Patrol” on a regular basis, and it has been well received by members of the patrol. Quite an accomplishment in a relatively short time frame. He is retiring as Chief, confident of where the patrol is in the community and confident that the new Chief of Patrol, Marc Sternberg, will help the Patrol continue to serve and grow.
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By Ilona Merritt As a little girl, having a dollhouse was my greatest wish. However, this was right after WWII, living in Germany and my father did not come home from Normandy, so the wish never came true. Forward in time, we immigrated to the United States, I got married, and, when my first child was on the way, the dollhouse wish surfaced again with the anticipation of a daughter. This time, I thought, I would create and build it myself. It was not to be, the firstborn was a son and a second son came along. Neither would want a dollhouse. The dream came alive again when the first grandchildren were on the way. However, the hoped-for granddaughter turned out to be two grandsons and the dream faded away forever. Life changed and Russ Merritt came into my life and encouraged me to build that dream dollhouse for myself. At 62? Why not? said, my wonderful husband. The dollhouse dream changed after seeing Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. I was going to build a Fairytale castle, but first I decided to build something for practice. So, a Santa house came to life. The simple trial turned into a challenge. Since its completion, many people have enjoyed seeing the Santa House. It has been on display a number of times at the German
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Christmas tree lighting in the Atrium and the house spent an entire month of December in the Hospice house lobby where many visitors enjoyed seeing it. Last year, I received an assignment for The News to do a story on the Shriners Children’s Christmas Party at the Community Hall. Approximately 300 hundred needy first-grade children from Reddick and Wimauma Elementary Schools had been invited for lunch and a visit with Santa. Jon and Janice DeCaluwe, the chairpersons for this big job, welcomed the idea of displaying the Santa House, and, once again, I packed up the house and displayed it for the children. Watching the joy in the children’s eyes made the Christmas season very special for me. The Shriners and their Ladies
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Peaceful Co-Existence with The Fauna Around Sun City Center
By Ilona Merritt, Photo By Kai Rambow When a ‘wild’ animal, say a Sandhill crane takes up residence in a community, they may dig holes in gardens and lawns, looking for some food. That may be a nuisance, but should not result in the birds being threatened with golf clubs or chased down with golf carts. This very thing was observed right here in SCC, motivating a concerned resident to contact The News. Cranes and other birds are part of our environment, as is the alligator which visits many of our lakes, as well as other wild animals. Whether it’s Sandhill cranes, Canadian Geese, crows, or other feathered residents, keep in mind they were here before we came. The Sandhill crane has adjusted to humans, but are we adjusting to them? The Sandhill crane is longlegged, long-necked, gray, heron-like birds with a patch of bald, red skin on top of their head. Two subspecies of Sandhill crane occur in Florida. The Florida Sandhill crane numbering 4,000 to 5,000, is a non-migratory year-round breeding resident. Resident Sandhill cranes are usually seen in very small groups or pairs. Sandhill cranes nest during late winter and spring on mats of vegetation about two feet in diameter in shallow water. Two eggs are normally laid. Cranes
are monogamous breeders. Within 24 hours of hatching, the young are capable of following their parents away from the nest. Together, they forage for seeds and roots, crop plants such as corn and peanuts, insects, snakes, frogs and occasionally young birds or small mammals. They are joined every winter by 25,000 migratory greater Sandhill cranes, the larger of the two subspecies. The greater Sandhill crane winters in Florida but nests in the Great Lakes region. In November and December, however, large flocks of northern cranes move in, more than doubling the population in the state and then leave during March and April. Cranes sometimes damage lawns and gardens as they dig for food such as mole crickets and beetle grubs. As a tradeoff, the birds, in this case, provide natural “biological control” of these common pests of turf.
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Lunch and Learn Seminars: The Emergency Squad Reaches Out
By Diane M. Loeffler The Emergency Squad hosted Lunch and Learn Presentations in partnership with Tampa General Hospital, The Men’s Club of Sun City Center, and Sun Towers. Emergency Squad Chief, Mike Bardell, began the program thanking each of these co-sponsors, everyone who set up the room and Dr. Ksaibati. Dr. Ksaibati is an emergency room doctor who also works with The Emergency Squad. Bardell says he loves working as chief of The Emergency Squad, “I am privileged to work with all of these wonderful individuals. I wake up every morning hoping I am worthy to be their ambassador. Volunteering is the lifeblood of this community.” Bardell hopes to have one or two seminars a year for Community Association and Kings Point Residents. He sees the Emergency Squad’s role as both emergency response and emergency prevention.
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