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Food, Fun and Friendly Faces Are the Order of the Day this July 4th
JULY 4 4th of July Breakfast Community Hall 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Karaoke, Food Service, Music, Ice Cream Pool/Bandstand 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 10 Board Workshop to discuss Agenda Caper Room - 9 a.m. 12 Board Meeting Rollins Theater 9 a.m. AUGUST 7 Board Workshop to discuss Agenda Caper Room – 9 a.m. 9 Board Meeting Rollins Theater - 9 a.m. NOTE: Community Leaders Meetings are not held in July or August. Agendas for the monthly Board Meetings will be posted on Official Bulletin Board in the Atrium the Monday before and on the CA website (www.suncitycenter.org – under “Residents”). They will also be sent via “What’s New in the CA” email. Every Wednesday: Orientation for new members in the Board Room starting at 1 p.m.
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July 4th Breakfast
By Diane Loeffler On July 4, breakfast will be served at Community Hall, 1910 S Pebble Beach Blvd., from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Only $5 will buy you pancakes, sausage, eggs, toast, coffee and juice. Your hosts, cooks, and servers will all be community members donating their time to help with the event. A special “thank you” to committee chairpersons Linda Oddo, Pat Sullivan and Bob Sullivan.
Drone’s Eye View of SCC
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July 4th Fun Continues!
After breakfast, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. there will be karaoke, music, food and ice cream by the pool and the bandstand on the main CA campus. The pool will be open to residents and family members all day. You will be able to purchase hot dogs and there will be free ice cream as long as it lasts. Poolside, Leanne Williams will offer a variety of music from 11 to 12:30. At 12:30, Renee Bray and Bob Moonbear will be playing a variety of music at the bandstand. You can bring your chairs to sit in front or you may enjoy the entertainment while seated in your golf cart.
Construction Site Tour
By Diane M. Loeffler Are you curious about what is behind the fence and blue tarps surrounding the Community Association Building’s work site? On June 14, 2017, the CA Directors were invited to tour the site. Owners’ representative, Jonathan Moore, accompanied the directors to the area. The project manager and his assistant described what had been done and why it was done as well as outlining what would be done in the future
Tennis Association members at SCC courts watched and waved as a drone was photographing them.
Drone licensed operator Paul Shanley shows some tennis friends remote control flying.
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Look......It’s a bird, it’s a plane........it’s a DRONE! As Tennis Club member, Paul Shanley, operated the drone, club members waved from 50 feet below. What a great look at our terrific facilities! For information about the Tennis Association, their various competing teams, recreational teams and social activities, contact President Maggie Pliska at 813-633-7884.
CA Board members tour the construction site.
This photo reveals the void beneath the former CA office.
New Café Opens Just in Time for Holiday Weekend
By Kai Rambow “Opening June. Yes, this year,” read Ambreen’s patient and humorous sign outside the café. All the permits and inspections are done, Ambreen took several days to make final preparations, and we are pleased to announce the café is complete and open for business. So, if you’re heading over for a swim or any other activity, stop by and have a coffee/ drink and snack. The new café is open with new food selections and much more seating.
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The News of Sun City Center
Tidbits from the Vault
CA Board Meeting Update
By Cathy Meryerhoff, SCC History Society
While organizing materials in the cramped storage room that the Sun City Center History Society calls the vault members frequently uncover articles that spark conversations about the past. Society member Rusty Seiden recently found a promotional brochure produced by the W-G Corporation, in the 1970s that prompted discussion of how much prices have changed over the years. The brochure touted that roundtrip bus transportation by Trailways bus was available to residents for $2 to Tampa, $1.90 to Bradenton and $2.75 to Sarasota seven days a week. For a full day at Walt Disney world the cost was $11.75 including transportation and tickets to seven attractions. Exploring the files, I uncovered other information on local prices. A peek back to a May 1963 ad from the SCC Plaza’s Kwik Chek grocery store revealed prices that are only faint memories to most of us. Cantaloupes, 3 for $1 Florida white potatoes, 25 lb. bag 89¢ Lean ground beef, 3 lb. package $1 Ice Cream, 2 half gallons $1 On a larger scale housing prices were considerably lower than today. The
first price listing for homes in Sun City Center, dated January 1, 1962. It displayed prices ranging from $11,650 to $17,350 with monthly payments with homestead exemption ranging from $76 to $122. The basic sale price included an average 7,200 sq. ft. lot. Extra costs were incurred for a double carport ($650), a golf course location ($1,850), or a lakefront location ($2,450). Though we may bemoan the cost of many things in comparison to today, we have to keep in mind that the federal minimum wage in 1963 was $1. Average annual wages were considerably less then. For example, average pay in the financial, insurance, and real estate sectors as well as in government jobs was less than $6,000 per year. If you are interested in more information on the Sun City Center History Society and its efforts to preserve the history of this unique community contact John Bowker at email@example.com.
By Diane M. Loeffler The June 14, 2017 Community Association held its monthly meeting. Some people might think that summer is a sleepy time in our age 55+ community. Anyone who attended this meeting knows otherwise. The CA President and ADA John Luper started his report by promising to continue efforts to meet the needs of our disabled members. Dr. William Wood passed away recently. Luper says Dr. Wood’s “passion was taking care of the disabled… We should all be educated as much as possible.” Luper says he will be meeting with Carolyn Wood. Luper proposes annual seminars educating all club presidents and interested community members on the needs of the disabled and how best to insure that activities are accessible to everyone. The Community Association Building: “We are on time and on budget” Owner’s Representative, Jonathan Moore, and his assistant attended the June 14 board meeting. He says, “There was the void that we anticipated seeing.” The testing of the soil went down 20 to 25 feet. “There was no evidence of a sinkhole or underground water flow.” He explained that the loads of dirt are compacted 90%. Plumbing inspectors relocated sprinkler lines and looked at the storm water and sewage system. The lift system will be powered soon. The old sanitary sewer will be repaired or, if necessary, replaced. Moore says, “We are currently right on schedule.” He expects to have the slab in 30 days. “The rain works to our advantage. Concrete cures better when it rains. “We are on time and on budget.” The construction completion date is April 2018. The move-in date will be later in the year. Feedback on Issues Brought Up During the May Board Meeting Earlier this year Marilyn Cote’-Miller began a Special Purpose Committee with the purpose of taking notes on concerns, researching the problems, and reporting back and subsequent board meetings. In addition, Director Bob Sanchez is working on changes to the Sun City Center Community Association website. There is a special section for residents. At the June meeting, several issues concerned the Information Center were addressed. New landscaping has been installed and the phone issues are being worked on. The fitness center now has four air conditioning units and there are new fans near the elliptical machines.
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Great Crested Flycatcher
By John Lampkin What do the two birds above have in common? Side by side in the field, some differences are obvious— the Great Crested Flycatcher is nearly twice the size and four times the weight of the Northern Parula (puh-ROO-luh or PAIR-uh-luh, take your pick). And in addition to the visual differences, they behave differently. The Flycatcher catches flying insects, and the Parula is a gleaner, pecking up crawlers like spiders and caterpillars peppered with an occasional flower bud or scale. One thing they do have in common is that both birds breed on the SCC Nature Trails. The flycatcher is a cavity nester, using old woodpecker nests and such at a moderate height while the Parula often nests high up in the drapes of Spanish moss. And males of both species are singing now, each with a distinctive song or two. In fact, it’s much easier to hear them than see them. The Flycatcher reiterates its raspy rising vreePp, and the Parula sings a medley. One of his more common songs features an accelerating trill that I like to think ends with an exclamation point. Most accomplished birders bird by ear first, then by eye. One hears it, then sees it. Birding skills develop one bird at a time. In this marvelous tech age, it’s easy to hear and learn these calls and study the field marks, just Google the bird’s name and visit the sites that pop up. Then come to the Nature Trails for a walk and listen. The trailhead is located opposite North Lake on Del Webb West between Vincennes and Seton Hall. John Lampkin leads interpretive walks on the first Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m. (new summer hours) or by appointment. Email Conservation@ SunCityCenterAudubon.com for details.
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).
Lapidary Club $1,000 Men’s Club $1,800 Stained Glass Club $1,000 Tennis Association $11,000 The O’Neil Family Trust $8,000
received in April.)
$500 for Hardship Fund $500 for SCC Library Tax Aide Computers Hardship Fund Annual Maintenance of Tennis Courts SCC Library (This is in addition to $35,000
received from the Trust in 2016.
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Sun City Center: The Experiment We Live In
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A review of John Bowker’s wonderful presentation of SCC history
President’s Report By John Luper, CA President As the saying goes, “my how time flies”. Since the beginning of the year, projects are being started, finished, or under way. Members approved the construction of a new administration building. The old building is gone, the hole underneath was filled, and the concrete slab for the new building will be poured this month. We will continue to provide pictures and updates as the construction continues. The cafe is open, and Ambreen is excited to serve you. We also believe we have solved the summer afternoon hot temperatures in the fitness center by replacement of old air conditioning units. Keeping the temperature at 70 degrees and new wall fans are keeping the cool air circulating. Also, changes are being made to the Association’s website with the addition of a resident’s page. Updates will continue to be made over the next few months. A meeting will take place in July regarding the forming of an arts council. This might be a great opportunity for the “Arts” Clubs of SCC to join together to offer a unified voice and a centralized resource to empower, promote, and advocate for the community’s arts. An Arts Council might expand the reach and impact of the SCC’s diverse and vibrant arts. What better way to showcase our community than through our talented artists. I look forward to seeing everyone at the July 4th breakfast. My wife and I will be cooking sausage in the kitchen. And don’t forget the party going on by the pool beginning at 11 a.m.
By Diane M. Loeffler About 500 SCC residents filled Community Hall on June 2 for an SCC history presentation by John Bowker. Bowker describes Sun City Center as “the experiment we live in.” Del E. Webb might never have embarked upon this “experiment” if he hadn’t needed to quit his baseball career after contracting typhoid fever in 1927. Webb’s first “Sun City” was established near Phoenix, Arizona. He was reluctant to build in Florida, but agreed to do so, provided that there was an easily accessible way to get to the site, the climate was good, he could purchase 12,000 open acres, the landscaping was affordable, and there were nearby beaches and attractions. Webb further stipulated that the site must be in a location where there was an average of three days or fewer that the temperature dipped below freezing and three days or fewer that it exceeded 100 degrees. The current location was chosen because there were three nearby airports, a parcel of 12,823 acres, it met his temperature requirements,
and it was within an hour’s drive of an aquarium, a zoo, performing arts venues, professional sports, playgrounds and the America’s Cup tryouts. The groundbreaking was May 10, 1961 with a goal of having the land prepared and model homes built by January 1, 1962. Bowker shared photos and stories of the monumental task of preparing the land, an undertaking that involved creating drainage ditches and lakes on a property where the water table was close to the surface. Bowker shared The History Society’s photos of the original mall, street plans of the development and its amenities as they progressed and surprising features such as the airplane landing strip that once existed. Webb wanted stores to be immediately available for residents, so he paid for the stores to be built and stocked. Bowker shared slides of the original mall. Located along SR-674 between North Pebble Beach and Sun City Center Plaza Road, the mall still stands today. The original post office, a branch of the Ruskin post office, was located on the far west side of the mall. Webb’s Arizona development was
This is a current photo of the first house to be occupied in Sun City Center.
named Sun City. He wanted to name our community Sun City as well, but a ‘Sun City’ already existed in the area, and its residents were not interested in selling their town’s name. The U.S. Post Office renamed our town Sun City Center. The development opened on December 30, 1961. Forty-one thousand people visited in nine days. Webb wanted buyers to be able to move in immediately, so he had apartment buildings erected on North Pebble Beach so that people could rent them while their houses were being built. These apartments are still occupied today. One of the original floor plans, the Sprite, was offered for $11,950. The first home that was occupied is 715 Desert Hills Way. The original residents were Frank and Mildred Ward of Tiffin, Ohio. For those Snowbirds and others not able to attend, there will be a repeat performance on February 18. Come to learn many “secrets” from the history of Sun City Center so you can better understand how “the experiment we live in” came to be. And to learn even more about the community and its history, consider joining The History Society. Contact Susan Muise (susanmuise430@ gmail.com) for more information.
This plaque is in the sidewalk at the corner of Indian Wells Avenue and Desert Hills Drive. It indicates that this area was built in 1962.
What is Retirement?
By Diane M. Loeffler Definitions of retirement often mention withdrawing or retreating from work, business or career. Terms like “seclusion” are also mentioned. The majority of Sun City Center residents are no longer working full-time in paid positions, but they are not secluded nor have they withdrawn from society. Many residents have found both recreational pursuits and also ways to contribute to our community. A special “thank you” to past and current residents who have made our community the success it is by volunteering their time and talent whether it be on an informal way or by helping out the organizations that serve others. You are the reason that this is a great place to live. James “Jim” Duffy was a shining example of this concept in action. Jim recently passed away, leaving a legacy of service as a pillar of this community. Past CA President, Paul Wheat says, “the county was going to hold public hearings about moving South Bay Hospital. Things were not getting done at the hospital. They weren’t spending money on it. The county planned to have a meeting. I think it was in St. Pete or Clearwater. I got the meeting moved to our community hall. There were three leaders in the fight to keep our hospital: Janet Wilson, Jim Duffy and Ed Barnes.” Ed Barnes, another former CA President, says, “When I was president of the CA, the parent corporation of the hospital proposed that the state close this hospital. They said the people could be served by one on Big Bend Road. The SouthShore Hospital was
built in 2004 and is accessible by golf cart. This is especially important so that people can visit friends in the hospital. I led the effort, and Duffy was one of my main lieutenants.” At the meeting in Community Hall, Barnes says, “Well over 1,000 people attended. It was the largest crowd ever to attend a meeting of the Administration for Health Care.” Thankfully, the hospital stayed here in Sun City Center. Recently, it has been expanded and remodeled. In addition, a new hospital was built in Riverview. Paul Wheat says Jim Duffy, “did outreach with the community and the county commissioners.” Communities in south county, what we now call SouthShore, were fighting against each other rather than working together. What is now known as the SouthShore Round Table was instrumental in getting towns to work together. Duffy loved libraries. It was very important to him that a library be built that would be accessible to Sun City Center and to the residents of the southern part of Hillsborough County. Tom Bennis says, “the thing I remember most (about Jim) is the library was his passion. He wanted to see it succeed.” Jim Harkins says, “I told Duffy, If you want a library, you need to be on the library board.” So Jim Duffy joined the library board. He met at Ruskin Library for nine months. His continued involvement with SouthShore Library included founding and heading the SouthShore Friends of the Library, a Friends group that Barnes describes as “one of the largest and strongest in Hillsborough County.”
A standing room only crowd filled Community Hall to learn about the history of SCC.
Duffy had a vision for how this library could function for the community. In 2016, Jim and Joann Duffy donated $250,000 to establish free library programs for Hillsborough County children up to age twelve. In recognition of his efforts, the main meeting room at the SouthShore Regional Library is named for Jim Duffy. On October 26, Hillsborough County Libraries will hold a special event to honor Duffy. Paul Wheat says, “Duffy did a lot behind the scenes. If there was a community situation that could have an effect on our residents, Jim was always trying to find the bottom line and to calm down the community… staying behind the scene and above the fray.” Ed Barnes describes him as “a low-key
leader, a great project manager who worked tirelessly. He made my life easier as president of the CA.” Many of the efforts he devoted his time and talents to did well. Some, like his efforts to re-purpose The North Lakes Golf Course, remain unresolved. Still, he continued to do what he could for the community he loved. Retired journalist, Melody Jameson, says it best, “Jim and Joann Duffy have been extraordinary supporters of the local area. I have always appreciated Jim’s cut-to-the core analysis and straightforward approach to matters. His research would be impeccable and his statements well founded; he was more a doer than a politician.” She says, “I think of Jim as a visionary rooted in reality. He sometimes referred to himself as a ‘marketing guy’ and he certainly possessed excellent marketing skills. But he could envision clearly the outcome(s) of good planning, formulate solid planning and then lead the way in implementing it.” Thanks Jim, for all you did, the example you set and the legacy you leave for us to enjoy.
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CLUBS The News of Sun City Center
NOTICE: Each community and club in Sun City Center and Kings Point has specific rules about membership and attendance. Unless specifically stated or posted, most venues, meetings and events hosted on the Community Association campus and in Kings Point require attendees to bring their SCC CA or KP ID or come with a resident member. When in doubt, contact the club in question - not the venue or association - prior to arrival. Thanks.
Sew ‘n Sews Adds More Sewing Classes
Sew ‘n Sews sewing instructor Nancy Carroll has added dates for her sewing lessons for beginners, as well as sewers who are looking for more expertise in the art of sewing and reading patterns. There will be a sign-up sheet in the club room. All classes need to be paid ahead of time. Use the class sign-up forms for paying your fees. Wednesday, July 5 - 1 to 4 p.m. $5 - Intro 2: Basic Sewing Skills - Class size limited to four. Learn to sew straight seams, practice threading the machine and make a simple bag. Supplies provided. There are several simple projects to try. Mondays - 1 to 4 p.m. $3 - Intermediate Sewing - Class size limited to four. Take this class if you want to make clothing using a commercial pattern. Completion of one of the two basic classes or consent of the instructor is required for this class. Fridays, July 7, 14, 21, 28 - 9 to noon $3 - More Basic Sewing - Class size limited to four. Work on a project of your own choice. Completion of one of the two basic classes or consent of the instructor is required for this class. Any questions call Nancy Carroll at 383-5940. All classes are open to Sew’n Sews members. Membership is open to any CA members, and the fee for membership is $10. For questions about Sew ‘n Sews, call Linda at 390-2377 or email sccc. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Computer Club Monthly Meeting
There will be no Monthly Meeting in July. Computer Club Classes Sign up for your choice of class in the Computer Lab, (Atrium Building) Monday through Saturday, 12:30 - 5 p.m. Student must be a member in good standing at Sun City Center or Kings Point. Tuition is payable upon registration. For additional information email: Beverly Hiller, Education Director at 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. Introduction to Computers – Thu, Jul 6, 13, 20, 27, 9 – 11 a.m. This four-session beginner’s class will cover hardware, software and operating system basics, along with basic word processing and Web browsing. Facebook 101 - Mon, Jul 10, 9 – noon This is a beginner’s class, and will cover the basics of how to use the Facebook social media App using the Lab computers. A Facebook account is needed. Tuning Your PC Workshop - Tue, Jul 11, 8:30 a.m. – noon This workshop will teach you how to remove spyware, viruses, browser add-ons, bad registry entries, junk files, and other problems that slow down your system. iPad/iPhone for Seniors - Wed, July 12, 9 – noon The iPad and the iPhone function the same, in most cases. This course will demonstrate how to use them to check your email, read books, listen to music and play games. Backup! Backup! – Fri, Jul 14, 8:45 - noon This class combines a free program called EaseUS Todo Backup and a program called Goodsync ($25), to let you backup your data and entire computer system. Windows 10 Workshop - Tue, Jul 18, 9 – noon This workshop will familiarize you with Windows 10. We will customize the start screen and cover subjects such as antivirus, privacy, Microsoft accounts, Cortana, The Store, and Control Panel vs. Settings. Introduction to File Explorer - Fri, Jul 28, 9 – noon File Explorer is the Windows built-in application used to navigate around your computer and display, copy, move, and delete the contents of its files and folders.
SCC Lapidary Club Gives Donation to Disabled American Veterans
The Sun City Center Lapidary Club presented a generous donation to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter #110. The money will go into the fund to purchase a much needed new shuttle van to serve Sun City Center veterans. Accepting the check from Laura Henderson, SCC Lapidary Club Publicity, were Jim Schwartz, DAV Chapter President; Bill Adkins, Chapter Service Officer; and Stu Swayze, who is the Transportation Coordinator in charge of the Van Program. He manages the L to R: Stu Swayze, Jim Schwartz, Laura drivers, dispatchers and maintenance. Other donations this year from the SCC Henderson, Bill Adkins. Photo courtesy of Lapidary Club to local charities include George Bodmer. the Alzheimer Respite Group, Community Association Hardship Fund, Emergency Squad Fund, the Library, Life Path Hospice/Charity Care, and Samaritan Services, for a total of $6,000. The SCC Lapidary Club operates a jewelry store on its premises, selling beautiful items made by creative members. The income from sales offsets operating costs and enables the club to donate the profits to charity. The store is located in the Arts & Crafts Building, 915E Cherry Hills Drive. Summer hours are 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, Wednesday and Friday through July. The store will be closed in August. Credit cards are now accepted! For more information, call 813-642-2084 or stop by during store hours.
L to R: Carla Miles (Hope Fund), Joan Kramer (Human Trafficking), Laura Akins, (Shellcrafters), Bill Adkins (DAV). Not pictured: Lee Loverett (Samaritan Services).
Shellcrafters Donate to Charities
Water Volleyball Club Became Official
The Water Volleyball Club became an official affiliated club at the May 10 board meeting. Shown are Ted Lersch, president and Dan Maley, Vice President.
The members of the Shellcrafters Club work hard crafting beautiful works of art that are sold in the club’s shop. Proceeds go to local charities. Club members recently presented checks to four deserving charities. The Hope Fund received $500, Human Trafficking received $800, DAV received $800 and Samaritan Services received $800.
SCC Fund Raiser Presentations • 10 a.m. • Wednesdays in the Heritage Room July 5 • “Expand Your Mind”, an open meeting where we will explore different metaphysical topics and share knowledge. Admission $1 with love offering requested to benefit our society. Bring your community ID to show. Info call Vicky at 813 398-7033. July 12 • “Connecting to Your Higher Self ”, Elena Jones will share exercises we can implement daily to accomplish our best. Admission $1 with Love offering requested to benefit our society. Bring your community ID to show. Info call Vicky at 813 398-7033. July 19 • “The Miracles of the GONG”, Edward Russell will take us through The History of the Gong and the wonderful benefits of sound therapy. Admission $1 with Love offering requested to benefit our society. Bring your community ID to show. Info call Vicky at 813 398-7033. July 26 • “Manifestation of the Heart”. Jeremy McDonald will show us how to live through our hearts and find alignment in our beings. Admission $1 with Love offering requested to benefit our society. Bring your community ID to show. Info calls Vicky 813 398-7033.
MOVIES at the Rollins Theater Movies are normally shown the second and fourth Monday each month in the Rollins Theater at 1 p.m. The dates and times may change as necessary. Per the Fire Code of Hillsborough County, seating capacity is limited to 145 attendees. Seating is reserved for Sun City Center Community Association members/guests who present current cards or a KP ID badge.
July 10 • 1 p.m. Only • Hacksaw Ridge (2 hours, 19 minutes)
This is the extraordinary, true story of Desmond Doss who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, as he believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong. As an army medic, he single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers. Doss was the first conscientious objector awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Starring: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer Director: Mel Gibson Rating: R for intense graphic sequences of violence, grisly bloody images
July 24 • 1 p.m. Only• Hidden Figures (2 hours, 7 minutes)
Three brilliant African-American women at NASA – Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. Based on a true story. Starring: Taraji P Henson, Octavia Spencer, Kevin Costner, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst Director: Ted Melfi Rating: PG for thematic elements and some language
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By Paula Lickfeldt Rolande Poulin and Karen Sellers, both of Sun City Center, love to play softball. They had been playing on a team in SCC when they met Ethel Lehmann and Ruth Fellmeth. All four are still together playing ball for the Freedom Spirit 75+ senior women’s softball team. Let’s go back a few years. In the year 1947, as the war was winding down, 18-year-old Ethel and 13-year-old Ruth, both played ball in the “Semi Baseball” league. They met on a “diamond” and formed a friendship that would last through their lives. After a few years of playing ball, Ethel’s mother told her that she had had her fun and now it was time to get married and raise a family. Always the dutiful daughter, she married George and had five children. Ruth married Charlie and they had four children. The women stopped league play for several years until Ethel got Ruth back onto the field. Years later Ethel wintered in Largo, Florida where she co-founded the Freedom Spirit Team. She asked Ruth to join her. Who would have thought that Ruth 83-years-old and Ethel nearly 88-years-old would still be together playing the sport that they both love?
Rolande Poulin and Ruth Fellmeth Ethel has the distinction of being the oldest active player in the U.S. from the WWII era. Not surprisingly both women are in the Women’s Softball Hall of Fame. Freedom Spirit is a tournament team. The last tournament they played in was in Valdosta, GA where they had a reprieve and played only six games in three days, placing second for their efforts. Some tournaments schedule them for as many as four games in a day. Teams come from all over to participate in these tournaments. Some have been from Canada, Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio and the Villages of
Karen Sellers and Rolande Poulin Florida. Freedom Spirit will be missing the Senior Nationals in Alabama this year but are already planning for the games in 2019. Rolande will still make the trip as she is playing doubles in tennis with partner Barb Jones. It is not enough that Ethel, at 87, plays a mean shortstop running back ten feet to catch the ball backhanded and over her head but she still slides into base when she feels the team need that
from her. WOW! is all you can hear from her teammates as she makes an unstoppable stab over and over again. Ruth, the best first baseman in the league is always willing to change places when the coach stops the game to have her take the mound and save the team once again. Rolande and Karen feel blessed to have been part of history with these two special women. Both agree, “They are the glue that holds the team together.”
Col. Mike Davis USMC (Ret) Speaks at SCC Memorial Day Ceremony
By B. Frank Kepley CAPT USN (Ret) Sun City Center observed their traditional Memorial Day Ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday, May 29, 2017 in the Kings Point Veterans Theater. The featured speaker was Col. Mike Davis, USMC (Ret). Colonel Davis served his country in the military for a span of 24 years. He commanded the Helicopter Marine Median (HMM-365), flying CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters, and amassed over 3,700 flight hours as a helicopter pilot. He participated in operations in Cuba, Africa, Cambodia, Vietnam, Korea, Honduras, the Mediterranean, Japan, and the Middle East. Colonel Davis flew Marine One for two Presidents: President Carter and President Reagan. While at U.S. Central Command, he was the Director for Command and Control. Colonel Davis retired from U.S. Centcom in 1992, following Desert Storm. The ceremony started off with a procession of program participants led by retired Air Force Col. Frederick Hoenniger, Grand Marshall. The drummer was veteran Harry Gilmore. This was followed by a presentation of colors, by the Hillsborough County Sheriff ’s Office Color Guard. The welcome and introduction of honored guests was given by Lt Col Benny
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Ed Socha tolling the bell.
Blackshire, USA (Ret), 1st VP of the SCC Military Officer Association of America and the Invocation was given by Lt Col Samuel Rorer USAF (Ret). The Pledge
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of Allegiance was led by Lt. Col. Gordon Basset, USAF (Ret) and the National Anthem, which followed was led by Rev James Feist, USAF, (Vet).
Col. Mike Davis, USMC (Ret)
Following an inspirational presentation by Col. Davis a musical interlude by the Trinity Baptist Church Choir and salute to the armed forces took place. A Roll Call of departed comrades was then accompanied by a Living Flag Tribute. Retired Navy Commander Ed Socha then tolled the bell for all of the services and Taps was played by Rev. Feist. The Benediction was given by Rev. Tom Townsend, USA (Vet). Following the activities inside the Veterans Theater, there was a wreath (donated by the Sun City Center Funeral Home) placed by Col. Hoenniger, assisted by the Boy Scouts Troop 661, at the flagpole outside the theater.
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The Editor’s Corner Patriots, Pirates and Sky Flowers By E. Adam Porter Editor, News of Sun City Center July means a great deal to Americans. On the 4th, we celebrate our Declaration of Independence, the moment when a band of rebels, pushed past the breaking point, dared to “hang together,” to stare down the might of the most powerful nation on the face of the earth. The Declaration was both the culmination and the result of years of increasingly heavy-handed treatment by the occupying British military government. Beginning in 1774, the Brits had tried to bear down, one Intolerable Act after another. Each subsequent ruling, handed down by a morbidly out of touch king an ocean away, further divided the colonists. Many tried to straddle the fence, to just live their lives without choosing a side. With what is, arguably, the most profound expression of intrinsic human value man has ever committed to ink, the patriots removed that middle ground. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” The king of Great Britain disagreed. Believing his privilege to moderate rights was bestowed by God, George III replied
with all the might his nation could spare, as well as brigades of hired Hessian thugs, against a citizen army mostly composed of farmers, merchants and tradesmen intent only on defending their homes and living life as they saw fit. Now, 241 years after 56 patriots signed the Declaration of Independence, we celebrate their bravery and the victory that followed with parades, pageantry and fireworks, with cookouts, beach trips and parties in the park. A flag-waving bacchanal in which, at least for the day, we put aside our political and social differences and remember what unites us as Americans. Here in Sun City Center, that means the annual 4th of July Breakfast and after party. Countless residents will enjoy a tasty meal at Community Hall, followed by food, music and fun at the pool and the bandstand at the main campus. Up the road in Brandon, the big ‘burb southeast of Tampa will shut down its town center for a major parade, weaving a three-mile track as thousands wave from the sidewalk. The day you receive this, my family will be heading out on our annual pilgrimage back home to Anna Maria Island, where the extended Porter clan will gather for a week of fun and fellowship on the white sands of the Gulf side beaches. Our Independence Day celebration will begin with the local AMI Independence Day Parade, a rollicking good time
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Pirates on parade.
anchored by the AMI Privateers. There will be beads and candy aplenty for kids of all ages. From there, it’s a day of nostalgia, tall tales, food and friendship. Of parents watching their children play in the sand and the surf, just as they did decades earlier, and of grandparents watching their children play with their own children. Eventually, the skim boards, boogie boards, footballs and Frisbees will be put away, the tents and umbrellas will disappear, and beachgoers will gather in anticipation of what many argue is one of the best sunsets anywhere...hoping, just maybe, for a glimpse of that elusive green flash. As the last bits of faded pastel disappears over the horizon, the first of the sky
flowers will bloom. Fireworks are, strictly speaking, frowned upon by the local municipalities on the island. But on this day of Independence, enforcement officers not only look the other way, they park their ATVs and watch the show. For seven miles, up and down the beach, tourists and locals paint the sky with pyrotechnic abandon. Competing blossoms of white and red and blue splash across the clouds from horizon to horizon. Way down on the end of the island, a local restaurateur anchors the festivities with a full-tilt, dialed to eleven, professional show. As children, clad in swimsuits and glowing necklaces and wristbands dance with their sparklers, kids of all ages ooh and ahh at the percussive glory. Finally, hours after the first rocket’s red glare, the finale brings us to our feet in the sugar sand, beach chairs abandoned in exuberant applause. The following day, there will be time to return to our own corners, to pursue happiness in the tribes with which we feel most connected. But, on this most special of nights, we celebrate Independence … together as one. E Pluribus Unum. God bless the USA.
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Summer Cinema at SouthShore UCC
By Paula Lickfeldt All movies will be shown in Hospitality Hall at 1 p.m. Admission is free, but a basket will be available for donations. Soda, water, popcorn and other snacks will be available for purchase. July 6 • Florence FosterJenkins (PG13) Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg, Rebecca Ferguson A New York Socialite dreams of becoming a great opera singer. The voice that she hears in her head is beautiful, to everyone else it is hilariously awful. July 13 • La La Land (PG13) Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling The story of two people who are brought together by more than fate, but also by heart. Mia and Sebastian, an actress and a jazz musician pursuing their Hollywood dreams. July 20 • Hidden Figures (PG) Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Taraji Henson The incredible untold story of three brilliant African-American women working for NASA who served as the brains behind the launch of astronaut John Glenn Jr. A stunning achievement that turned around the space race. July 24 • My Big Fat Greek Wedding (PG) Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Lainie Zakazan, Michael Constantine, Andrea Martin, Joey Fatone Toula is 30+ and unmarried which means, as a nice Greek Girl, a failure. Toula meets non-Greek Ian Miller. Love is here to stay, but so is her family July 27 • My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (PG13) Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Lainie Zakazan, Michael Constantine, Andrea Martin, Joey Fatone The family is back. Ian and Toula have raised a headstrong daughter. Just as they think they are balancing and independent teen, aging parents and the rest of the clan, a shocking secret will bring the three generations of the family closer together.
Marilyn Wilson is Tax Club’s Volunteer of the Year
The Tax Aid Club is proud to name Marilyn Wilson as our volunteer of the year. Marilyn has been a tax volunteer for 12 years and is currently both our local and district coordinator. She and her husband, Red, have served the community in many capacities and have also co-hosted the club’s year end meeting and pizza party for years. Marilyn has been preparing taxes professionally for more than twenty years. She is best known to the many local folks who have special tax problems and she Marilyn Wilson accepts notes of thanks works five days each week during the tax from Don Frederick. season. This tax season Marilyn and the club’s 34 counselors and eight facilitatorvolunteers have worked a total of 4,100 hours, filing a record total of 3,055 returns, and returning $3.6 million in refunds to local residents. Under the leadership of Marilyn and our other leaders, the Club has become the largest free tax return preparation site on Florida’s southwest coast, from Tampa to Port Everglades.
Like-New 1957 Olds 88 is Cruiser of the Month
Eighteen-year-old Earl Nuhlbaier never got the new Oldsmobile he ordered because he soon received other orders that required his presence in the U.S. Army. Now, 60 years later, he finally has that 1957 Super 88 he always wanted. Earl and wife Norma found the remarkably preserved Royal Glow and Alcan White hardtop just a few months ago, tucked away in a garage near their home in Sun City Center. Still wearing its original paint, unrestored and looking brandnew, it is the June Cruiser of the Month for the Sun City Center Roamin’ Oldies. With its 371 cubic-inch ‘Rocket’ V8 engine and three-speed automatic transmission, Earl reports that it’s a pleasure to drive. He and Norma enjoy sharing their treasured Olds with others, and it is a prize-winning participant in many area shows and cruise-ins. The Roamin’ Oldies host a cruise-in from 6 to 8:30 p.m. the first Thursday of every month in the Apollo Beach Winn-Dixie Plaza on US41, with a rain date the following Thursday. About 100 of the area’s finest antique and collectible cars often take part, accompanied by classic oldies music played by DJ Joey Ferrante. Event sponsors include Thompson’s Auto Parts and the Florida Railroad Museum. For information, call Chet at 813-842-1511.
Nearly New Shop Department of the Month
By Jay Sparkman The Linens and Houseware Department at the Nearly New Shop has been selected as department of the month. The volunteers work long hours to price and display the donations the shop receives and then work as sales personnel on sale days. Many volunteers in this department and throughout the Nearly New Shop have spent years doing the chores needed to make the Nearly New the success it has achieved in the eyes of the community. Volunteers pictured here are from left, Dee Kelly, Barbara Lauer, Evelyn McLean, Nancy Majorki, Rachel Torres, Margie Reighard, and Linda Berry. For more information on donations or becoming a volunteer go to www.SunCityCenterInterfaithCouncil.com or call 813-642-9099.
This well-preserved 1957 Oldsmobile Super 88 owned by Earl and Norma Nuhlbaier is the Roamin’ Oldies June Cruiser of the Month.
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AOH Donates $1,000 to SCC Hospice
Events Continued from page 4.
Bingo Fundraiser Nets $1,650 For CAHT
The Campaign Against Human Trafficking - SouthShore was pleased to be chosen as the recipient of a bingo fundraiser organized by Ye Royal Krewe of Charlotte De Berry. On May 17 several members of CAHT and Ye Royal Krewe gathered at Hamburger Mary’s in Brandon for a fun time and good food. By the end of the evening, $1650 had been raised for the Campaign. The C amp aig n Against Human Trafficking – SouthShore thanks Ye Royal Krewe not only for their donation but for a fun evening! For additional information, call 813-603-3100 or visit our website at www.SCCBlueHeart.Org.
The Sun City Center Ancient Order of Hibernians, led by president, Thomas T. Harding, organized a fun-filled Irish Mardi Gras & Pub Crawl that raised $1,000 for its principal charity LifePath Hospice on Upper Creek Drive, Ruskin. The AOH selected Hospice because it renders the same compassionate care to the indigenous, as to those more affluent, during end of life situations. In 2016 Hillsborough Life Path cared for 7,391 individuals with home and inpatients visits and 8,601 bereavement visits.
SCC Woman’s Club Officers Installation
On May 18, 2017, the GFWC SCC Woman’s Club held their bi annual installation of the incoming board of directors. The new directors are:
L to R: John Donahue, AOH Treasurer; Jim Harkins; Liz Anderson, Hospice Director; Tom Harding; Christa Harkins, representing Ladies AOH.
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Front: Linda Raymond, Membership Sec.; Jean Smith, Director at Large; Virginia Kimball, Publicity; Jeanne Naish, Programs; Sally Bodmer, Vice President. Back: Rosie Clifton, Director at Large; Kathy Jones, Treasurer; Marsha Sellman, Corresponding Sec.; Karen Sochon, Recording Sec.; Chloe Odom, Hospitality; Sharon Alvarez, President.
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Sponsored by the Men’s Club of Sun City Center Next meeting is Monday, July 10, 2017, 2 p.m. at the Sun City Center Community Hall, Room 3, 1910 S Pebble Beach Blvd. Our Speaker will be Francine Fanning RN, BS, OCN. She has been an oncology nurse for 28 years throughout the state of Florida as well as in the Northeast. Her passion and dedication to the oncology patient has led her to develop many supportive and palliative care programs that integrates traditional care with patient /caregiver focused education minimizing side effects while undergoing cancer therapy. As an Oncology Nurse Educator, she travels the country educating the oncology community, bringing about awareness to supportive care products that improve patient outcomes before, during and after cancer treatment. As Prostate Cancer is frequently a couple’s disease, it is suggested that spouses and/or partners attend as well as physicians. Refreshments will be served. For questions contact Bob Sullivan, 813-215-7050, or email at “email@example.com”.
Members of the SCC Woman’s Club presented AMI Kids Y.E.S Program a check for $1,400 to be used for their Carpentry and Landscaping Program. They are building a pergola on their campus. L to R: Garrett Russell Vocational Carpentry Instructor and Sharon Alvarez, President.
Men’s Club Supports Tax Aide Club
On behalf of the Sun City Center Woman’s Club, President elect Sally Bodmer, and Treasurer Kathy Jones presented $1,000 to Jim Schwartz, Commander of the Sun City Center DAV Chapter 110 organization.
By Jay Sparkman The Sun City Center Men’s Club presented the SCC Tax Aide Club with two new Dell Inspiron I7 laptop computers for use in providing tax help to residents. The Tax Aide Club provided free assistance in preparing over 3,000 tax returns in the past tax year. Pictured are, from left, Don Murphy, President, Sun City Center Men’s Club, Marilyn Wilson, district coordinator of Tax Aide, Don Frederick, President, Tax Aide Club, and, Jim Rottman, VP Special Events, SCC Men’s Club. The Men’s Club is open to residents of Sun City Center and Kings Point. Call Jon Lehr, 813260-3058 for information.
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8:30 a.m. - WIDOWER’S WELLNESS GROUP at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. SCC. Widower’s Wellness Group: “A group of men who have lost their spouse committed to listening and unsolicited sharing”. Our experience has shown that grief is an ongoing journey and it varies; for some it’s constant, others it’s intermittent and some are ambushed by unexpected bursts of anger, grief or fear. We invite YOU to attend a meeting and witness the camaraderie and healing that comes from “listening and unsolicited sharing” of the experiences of men like yourself who’ve lost their spouse. For more information contact Jim Clarke 813-625-5665 or email@example.com 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - KINGS POINT QUILTERS in Fiber Arts Rooms 1 & 2 Kings Point Clubhouse. Work on charity quilts for both veterans and hospitalized children. Work on items to be sold the profits of which help defray the cost of the charity quilt supplies. Personal projects also done at this time. Guest speakers and workshops planned throughout the year. New members
The News of Sun City Center always welcome. Unwanted sewing related items gladly accepted. Contact Sandy Nunn, President (813)642-8961. 10:00 a.m. - MONDAY “FOR TODAY” M E E T I N G O F O V E R E AT E R S ANONYMOUS at the Sun City Chamber of Commerce, 1651 Sun City Center Plaza, Sun City Center, FL. The meeting room (private entrance to meeting is on the left side of the building). The only requirement for attending is a desire to change your eating behaviors and stop compulsively eating. No scales, dues or fees. This meeting is open only to those who have a problem with their weight or eating patterns. You can learn more about OA online at http://www.oa.org/newcomers/is-oa-foryou or call Jan at 813/633-3932 3:30 p.m. - Qi Gong CLUB MEETS - in Dance Studio 2 located at 1203 N Pebble Beach Blvd, next to Samaritans. There is no charge for the Qi Gong class just wear loose, comfortable clothing. This is a handicap friendly class open to all levels of practice.
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. LINE DANCING WITH A BALANCE at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Do you like to dance but are worried about falling? Join our new FREE line dancing class lead by trained therapists. This weekly class will improve your balance and reduce your risk of falling. For more information, call Debbie Caneen at 813-892-2990 10:00 a.m. HEALTHY LIFESTYLES MeetUp - Kings Point Sun City Center at South Clubhouse. Our Optional Walking Meetups: Your choice: walk 2 or 4 miles. Everyone is welcome; Joanie, Suzanne and Caroline will walk with you. 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. LIFE CHALLENGES SUPPORT GROUP at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Live your life fully with zest and joy! Rid yourself of depression, anxiety, frustrations with family, children, friends, life changes, health problems, finances and more. We meet every Tuesday in the first floor lounge of Sun Towers. No appointment is necessary. Sponsored by the Coalition for Mental Health and Aging. 2:30 p.m. - “PARTY IN A CHAIR” at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. bring the joy of movement, imagination and playfulness back into your life! Christie Dyer, Certified Ageless Grace Educator facilitates. This party will exercise your brain and you will receive the benefit of joint flexibility, memory recall, creativity, imagination, laughter, breathing, balance & more! Every session is different and done seated. For more info call Debbie Caneen at 813-892-2990.
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. THERAPEUTIC TAI CHI OPEN TO THE PUBLIC at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Our therapists have advanced training in therapeutic Tai Chi for Seniors and will provide guidance in this healthy exercise. Tai Chi has been proven to increase strength and balance! For more information, contact Debbie Caneen at 813-634-3347. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon MAN to MAN LIFE SUPPORT GROUP meets weekly in the conference room behind the SCC MEN’S CLUB building on Cherry Hills Drive. The purpose of our group is for men to learn new coping skills, find hope in their circumstances, help answer questions about
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9:00 a.m. - “FOR TODAY” MEETING OF OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS at the Sun City Chamber of Commerce, 1651 Sun City Center Plaza, Sun City Center, FL. The meeting room (private entrance to meeting is on the left side of the building). The only requirement for attending is a desire to stop compulsively eating. This meeting is open only to those who have a problem with their weight or eating patterns. Please join us any Friday afternoon. Contact Peg S. at 516/578-5285 for meeting details. You can learn more about OA online at http://www. oa.org/newcomers/is-oa-for-you. 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. SINGLE DECK PINOCHLE CLUB meets in the Sandpiper Room North Campus. Come early for a partner. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
THU. JUL 6 - “LET’S PUNCH OUT PARKINSON’S” ROCK STEADY BOXING MADE POSSIBLE BY A GRANT FROM T H E NAT I O NA L PA R K I N S O N ’ S FOUNDATION 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center, FL. Introducing “Rock Steady Boxing” where the mission is to empower people with Parkinson’s disease to fight back. If you have Parkinson’s, or are caring for someone with this disease, be sure to register for this weekly session by contacting Eric Allen at 813-321-8755 or Eric@eafitness.org. Complimentary valet parking available at towers entrance. For additional info, call Debbie Caneen 813892-2990. TUE. JUL 11 - UKULELE JAM SESSION 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. at Music Avenue, 3822 Sun City Center Blvd, SCC. Ukulele players are invited to jam weekly with other ukulele players. To reserve your seat at the studio phone Steve or Ruth, 633-9688. Space is limited. WED. JUL 12 - DIABETES EDUCATION SUPPORT GROUP SPONSORED BY THE MEN’S CLUB OF SUN CITY CENTER
7 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Have you been given the diagnosis of Diabetes? Are you unsure of your dietary future? Discover options that will assist you! Join Jessica Chase, RN from Bayada Home Health Care as she facilitates this support group. For additional info, call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990. FRI. JUL 14 - ARTHRITIS SUPPORT GROUP 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. SCC. Facilitator: Ellen Cirello, MPT has been a treating therapist for 12 years. For more info, call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990. MON. JUL 17 - PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP OF SUN CITY CENTER SPONSORED BY THE MEN’S CLUB OF SCC - MADE POSSIBLE BY A GRANT FROM NATIONAL PARKINSON’S FOUNDATION 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. Speaker: Emily Wilson, FAAST Program Specialist. Assistive technology is any device used to increase or maintain ability in daily living. 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. Additional info, call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990. TUE. JUL 18 - THU. JUL 20 - USF BYRD ALZHEIMER’S MEMORY RESEARCH SUITE AT SUN TOWERS RETIREMENT COMMUNITY Beginning at 10:00 a.m. at Sun Towers, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center. Want to learn about Clinical trials for Memory Loss? Jill Smith, MA, CCRC, Assistant Director for Clinical Research at the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute will be on site to answer your questions. Learn about Community-Based Prevention Research detailing treatment options for older adults at risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease. To schedule an appointment or to learn more about clinical trials in Alzheimer’s disease, call (813) 974-1294. T U E . J U L 1 8 - A L Z H E I M E R’ S ASSOCIATION CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. Bring Your Loved One For a Well Deserved 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. For additional information, contact Debbie Caneen at 813634-3347. WED. JUL 19 - LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP - SPONSORED BY THE SUN CITY CENTER MEN’S CLUB 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. Special speaker this month comes from En-Vision America which is an innovative technology company, specializing in improving the quality of life of the visually impaired. Attend this support group where challenges are met with resources and where members inspire others with their successes. Rebecca Radford, Case Manager for the Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind will also be on hand. Learn what assistance there may be for you if you have low vision in order to maintain your independence. Free valet parking for cars and golf carts at Terrace Entrance by blue awning. If you have low vision, then this meeting is for you! For more info call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990.
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WED. JUL 19 - CLASSICAL MUSIC APPRECIATION 3:30 p.m. Kings Point main clubhouse, RIPPLE ROOM (across hall from South Social Room.) Free. All lovers of classical music are invited. Information: Arthur C. Joy, 813-633-9783, acjjr@tampabay. rr.com. THU. JUL 20 - WIDOW’S WELLNESS GROUP 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Have you lost your husband and have no one to share your feelings of loss with? Are you adjusting with a new plan for your future? Are you managing your grief or overwhelmed with sadness? Attend this monthly meeting with Krista Owen, RN, BSN and Jennifer Morgan, owner of Always Best Care and receive the support you need. For more information, please call Debbie Caneen at 813-892-2990. T H U. J U L 2 0 - F R E E M E M ORY SCREENINGS AND HEARING SCREENINGS Beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the Coalition office at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Hearing loss is associated with poor cognitive performance and incident dementia
and may contribute to cognitive decline. The study found that treating hearing loss with hearing aids may ameliorate cognitive decline. Make your appointment today to have your memory screened along with your hearing. By appointment only. To schedule, call the Coalition at 813-419-4902. FRI. JUL 21 - VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT, A PRO GRAM OF THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. by registration only at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr SCC. The Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross in partnership with the Veterans History Project, a program of the Library of Congress, is seeking Veterans to participate in this project. The program captures through a video interview, firsthand account of Veterans who served in any branch of the US military in any capacity, from World War I through the present, and are no longer serving are eligible to participate. Civilians who served in support of a US war effort in a professional capacity are also welcome to participate. If you are a Veteran or know Veterans that would like to share their stories, please call Sun Towers to schedule your interview time at 813-634-3347.
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NOTICE: Each community and club in Sun City Center and Kings Point has specific rules about membership and attendance. Unless specifically stated or posted, most venues, meetings and events hosted on the Community Association campus and in Kings Point require attendees to bring their SCC CA or KP ID or come with a resident member. When in doubt, contact the club in question - not the venue or association - prior to arrival. Thanks.
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Gals & Guys Productions Presents FREE Summer Showcase Series
Gals and Guys Productions is pleased to present a free Summer Showcase Series. The shows will be held in the Rollins Theater on July 20 and August 17. The performance will start at 2 p.m., doors open at 1:40. Our own very talented Gals & Guys will be entertaining you. Bring your friends and neighbors. Open to all SCC and KP residents, Seating is limited and you must show your Association ID card at the door for entry. For further information contact Salvina 813-633-5924 or email@example.com.
Welcome to summer! The below list is for your information regarding Series Shows and Dances as well as Extra shows for your enjoyment. Come on out and enjoy the entertainment and the lovely weather.
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Sunday: All Shows: 2:30 • 4:30 p.m., Community Hall November 12, 2017 • Entertainment Revue • A Professional Song and Dance ensemble whose sole purpose is to develop young performers. December 10, 2017 • Ethan Bortnick • A young pianist who thrills audiences with his dazzling voice and music from Beethoven to Bieber. January 7, 2018 • Earl Turner • A multitalented singer, comedian and allaround entertainer. February 11, 2018 • Neil Diamond • America’s best tribute act, performed by Jay White. March 4, 2018 • Re:Voiced • This is “a cappella” singing like you have never heard before. Dynamic with unforgettable harmonies. Friday Dances • All Performances 7 - 10 p.m., Community Hall November 3, 2017 • Ocean Road • Performs 50s, 60s and 70s dance music. They’ll get you dancing. December 1, 2017 • Surf ’s Up • The nation’s hottest Beach Boys Tribute Show plus hits of other legendary groups. January 19, 2018 • The Diamonds • Performing all the old standards such as Little Darlin’ The Stroll, Silhouettes, etc. February 16, 2018 • Savannah Jack • Vocalists Dan Gatlin, Jay Darby and Matt Schumacher along with guitar and drums, feature music from all genres with tight harmony and incredible musicianship. March 23, 2018 • Let’s Hang On/Mainstream • Performing to sold out audiences nationwide, Let’s Hang on has established itself as the premiere tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. January 24, 2018 • Showcase: Various types of acts present performances for evaluation as a source of new shows. Free to season ticket holders.
July 4th Karaoke (poolside) 11 - 12:30 p.m. Leanne Williams • Her engaging & energetic personality gets everyone involved & the result is tremendous fun. Renee Bray (Bandstand) • 12 - 2:30 p.m. Our own Renee Bray will entertain her fellow members with a variety of music. The Vagabond Troupe (Summer Dance) - Community Hall, 50s, 60s and 70s dance music by D.J. Greg Thompson. August 19, 2018. Tickets go on sale July 28 at the Kiosk and will be $6. BYOB. Kiosk will be open MondayWednesday-Friday from 10 a.m. to noon. K.E.G.G. (Dance) • September 16 • Community Hall • Kelly Emerson and Gary Garbelman perform their inimitable and exhilarating show singing and playing various instruments. Tickets go on sale July 28 at the Kiosk and are $10. Kiosk will be open Monday-Wednesday-Friday from 10 a.m. • noon. March 1, 2018 • South Shore Community Band • Community Hall 7 p.m. • Led by conductor Ken Easton, this band performs various music through the generations and presents a lively sophisticated performance.
Hats off to Mel Solochek, our new President, and to Carol Husinka, our new Vice President. Mel and Carol welcome challenges and envision joint ventures involving club members. Mel’s leadership style is rooted in delegating authority. His priorities include growing committees, expanding community outreach, incorporating new member Meet and Greet sessions, and offering educational programs. Mel moved from Wisconsin to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in 2008 where he married Roberta. Three years later, the Solochek’s relocated and retired to Sun City Center. In 2011 Mel and Roberta joined the Art Club in Sun City Center. Mel, a self-taught artist, dabbled in art using number painting. His formal art training began with Anne Walker, Art Club instructor, in acrylic painting. As Mel’s enthusiasm for painting evolved so too, did his enjoyment working with new artists. Within five months Mel assumed responsibility for running the Fine Arts Gallery Exhibits. Under his leadership resident artists showcase their artwork at monthly Gallery Openings and Receptions. In addition to his duties as Gallery Project Director, Mel assumed committee chair positions for Fun Fest, the Holiday Walk, Hi Neighbor and the Nominating Committee. For the past two years Mel worked side by side with Kristine Littrell, Past President, as Vice President. The Art Club’s new vice-president, Carol Husinka, will be working alongside Mel Solochek. To whatever she undertakes, Carol brings a vibrant energy and a spontaneous enthusiasm. Prior to retiring in Sun City Center, Carol had no art experience. Determined to learn and in a search of her personal style, Carol began working with Art Club instructors Anne Walker, Tom Haverfield, Harv Berman, and with Diane Simon in Kings Point. Her preferred medium is watercolor. While experimenting with different techniques she has realized that she “simply loves art in any form.” For the past three years Carol has entered the Sun City Center Art Show and earned ribbons. Her commitment to serve is evidenced by the roles she has played as Co-Chair with Carol Culp for the 2016 Art Show, Chairperson of Registration and Awards of the 2017 Art Show and her current position as Reception Hostess in the Fine Arts Gallery.
SCC Art Club Artist of the Month
The Art Club in Sun City Center has chosen Beverly Majewski as the Artist of the Month for July and August. Bev is a gifted and respected multimedia artist whose creativity is innately fueled by an inner spark that takes delight in sharing her passion with others. Her romance with art began in grade school where she drew fantasy adventure stories with her imaginary twin sister. Upon graduating from high school Bev accepted a position as a tracer/detailer with General Electric in Schenectady, New York. Eight years ago, Bev retired and moved from Rotterdam Junction, New York to Sun City Center. Before her boxes were unpacked, she joined the Art Club and a year later she became a member of the Kings Point Art League. Bev’s artwork will be displayed during the months of July and August at the SCC Library, the SCC Welcome Center, La Beautique Salon, SCC Samaritan Services, Momentum Bank, Fiore’s Sunshine Café, and the Art Club Window. Visit www.artclubofSCC.org for more information.
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Family Connections to SCC
By Paula Lickfeldt Paul and Elaine Davis were highschool sweethearts back home in Maine. They met when Elaine was fifteen and Paul was seventeen. They went to college and both graduated from the University of Maine. Paul graduated first but they waited until Elaine had graduated to get married. After marriage, they moved to Maryland where Elaine taught Jr. High School and Paul worked as an engineer at the Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, Maryland. They lived on the west shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Elaine’s parents moved to Sun City Center, FL in 1978. The very first time that Elaine and Paul came to visit them, Paul said, “When we retire, I want to move to Sun City Center.” In 1993, they came as snowbirds and made the move permanent in 2004. During the years that they lived in SCC, seven different couples that had worked for Paul at the Pax River Facility and were friends, came to SCC for a visit. Each one of the couples ended up buying a home and moving to SCC. Some are still snowbirds and some are year-round residents. Elaine told me that one of their grandsons, who just graduated from Medical School in Louisville, KY told them, when he was five years old, that when he grew up, he was going to go to college, work, retire and move to SCC. Both Elaine and Paul are very active. They love sports. Being able to participate
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in sports year-round is one of the reasons that they love living here. They both play tennis. Paul is a past president of the Tennis Association. They both golf at Club Renaissance, they ride bicycles and the fitness center is a regular part of their weekly routine. Both Elaine and Paul were fitness trainers and machine usage trainers. Elaine instructed women on the proper use of the machines and on nutrition. They have season tickets to watch the Florida Lightning play hockey. Elaine cooks for team three on the Emergency Squad and she is the chair of the grant committee of the Community Foundation, Tampa Bay, South Shore Council. Paul has been on the board of their HOA for several years. Paul and Elaine have two daughters. One married a Canadian and now lives in Canada. The other lives in Kentucky. NOTE: Tell us your family story. We love to hear how family connections brought you to SCC. Contact Paula 6336739.
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Moonglow Ballroom Dance Club invites everyone who enjoys dancing and/or listening to a variety of live music to join them at Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd., Sun City Center from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on Thursday July 27. Dance music will be provided by local Entertainer, Bryan Ashley. The attire at Moonglow Dances is Dressy Casual. (No shorts or tank tops, please.) Members are FREE, and Visitors/Guests are always welcome for $5 per person paid at the door. Singles tables are always available. BYOB and snacks. The club provides ice, water, cups and napkins. For more information please call 813633-1297 or 813-634-8308, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Sponsored by the Academy Dance Club. Classes are held in the Dance Studio in the Atrium. Open to all Sun City Center and Kings Point residents. Couples and singles welcome. For information call Bernice DuBro at 813634-3205. Tuesday, July (11, 18, 25, Aug. 1) Social Ballroom Dance Class Beginning Swing - 5:30 p.m. Intermediate Swing - 6:45 p.m. Beginning/Intermediate Country Two-Step - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, July (5, 12, 19, 26) Social Ballroom Dance Class Beginning Fox Trot - 12:45 p.m. Intermediate Cha-cha - 2 p.m. Beginning/Intermediate West Coast Swing - 3:15 p.m. Taug ht by B ernice Dubro and George Hawn. Info: 813-634-3205 or “email@example.com”.
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Come and join the fun as we dance to a new band, SouthShore Cruisers, Sunday July 9, 2017 at SCC Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. The doors will open at 6:15 p.m. for members and 6:30 p.m. for guests. The band will play music from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s from 7 - 10 p.m. Admission is free to members and $6 per person for nonmembers. The dance is BYOB and snacks. The club will provide cups, napkins, water and ice on each table. There is a limit of 10 to a table. There will be singles tables available. The Oldies but Goodies Dance Club will be enjoying the music of ENCORE on Sunday, July 23, 2017 at Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. The cost is free for members and $6 per person for guests. No advance ticket needed pay at the door. The doors will open at 6:15 p.m. for members and 6:30 p.m. for guests. The band, which features Keith on bass, Carlos on guitar, Dee on drums and Don on sax and flute take pride in the diverse repertoire and distinct style of their own. They play past top 40 hits that we are sure you will remember. The band will be playing 7 -10 p.m. BYOB and snacks, the club will provide water, ice, cups and napkins. As always residents of Kings Point and Renaissance as well as Sun City Center are always welcome. Any questions contact club president Joanne at 813728-1147 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also check out our website “sccoldiesbutgoodiesdanceclub.com” or join us on Facebook facebook.com/ OldiesButGoodiesDanceClub
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Military News James Warchol and Jim Haney Receive MOWW Awards
By B. Frank Kepley Lt. Col. James Warchol, USAF (Ret) and James Haney, Maj. USMC (Ret) received the Military Order of the World Wars Outreach Service Medal at the monthly MOWW luncheon held at the Sun City Center Freedom Plaza Club. Col. Warchol distinguished himself by dedicated service to the mission of the Order by extraordinary outreach to the Universities of South Florida and Tampa Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs and the Hillsborough County Public Schools Junior ROTC programs. Jim worked long and tirelessly to ensure Honor Cadets were recognized in these programs. He personally attended and presented awards at the majority of the participating schools Award Ceremonies. Maj. Haney provided dedicated service by extending extraordinary outreach to Timucua District of the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of West Central Florida. He ensured that Eagle Scouts and Gold Award Scouts were recognized in these programs. Jim also received an Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a second award for providing outreach to the Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Department. He worked to not only ensure that HCSO and HCFR representatives received Lt. Col. Jim Warchol USAF (Ret); LTC awards, but that they presented topics at Charles Conover, USA (Ret); Lt. Col. Frank Zahrobsky, USAF (Ret). the Chapter meetings.
MFST Presents Donation to Tampa Crossroads
By B. Frank Kepley CAPT USN (Ret) Nancy Alguire (left), president of the Sun City Center Military Family Support Trust and Colin Howgill (right), chairman of the MFST Board of Trustees, visited the Tampa Crossroads organization on May 31 to present a donation to Sara Romeo (center), CEO and Executive Director of Tampa Crossroads. The $1000 donation was presented to the Crossroads director in their Tampa business office. The money was raised from the ‘Give Day Tampa Bay’ art exhibit for Homeless Women Veterans. Tampa Crossroads received a grant from the VA to assist in eradicating homelessness for veterans in the greater Tampa area. Although it is still a problem in the area, they have made remarkable progress toward their goal. Tampa Crossroads was the first homeless women veterans organization of its type nationwide and is still the largest and Nancy Alguire, President MFST; Sara most active. The MFST donation is Romeo, CEO and Executive Director, specifically earmarked for the homeless Tampa Crossroads; Colin Howgill, Chairman MFST Board of Trustees. women veterans.
MOWW Inducts USF Honor Student
By B. Frank Kepley The Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) inducted 2nd Lt. Rowan Wilson, an honor student in the University of South Florida Army ROTC program into the organization as a Perpetual Member on May 18 at their monthly luncheon. The induction was held at the Sun City Center Freedom Plaza Club. Rowan’s first duty station will be in Germany.
Lt. Col. James Warchol, USAF (Ret); 2nd Lt. Rowan Wilson, USF ROTC; LTC Charlie Conover, USA, (Ret). Maj. Jim Haney, USMC (Ret); LTC Charles Conover, USA (Ret).
MFST Presents Donation to LifePath Hospice House
By B. Frank Kepley CAPT USN (Ret) The Military Family Support Trust (MFST) recently presented LifePath Hospice, Ruskin, Florida an annual donation of $1000. The donation was presented at the Lifepath facility on May 24, 2017 for the exceptional respect and attention they provide veterans during their stay at the facility. Any veteran who has had the opportunity to observe the care and focus veterans receive at LifePath Hospice will quickly speak of the emotional impact it had on them. MFST is a 501(c)3 organization that supports through their grant programs military families, past and present. The beneficiaries include, but are not limited to: four year scholarships for high school seniors; JROTC Honors Program; Homeless Women Veterans; Operation Warm Heart; Veteran Guide Dog ; Southeastern Guide Dogs Paws for Patriots program; Operation Helping Hand and sponsoring ‘Guardians’ for the Honor Flight Support Program. Contributions are always welcome as without them none of the above assistance programs would be possible. For more information, please Visit their website at mfst.us or call Nancy Alguire (813)634-4675.
Retired Navy captain Frank Kepley, MFST Trustee, Liz Anderson, Associate Vice President of Development, LifePath Hospice; Nancy Alguire, President, MFST; and retired RM brigadier Colin Howgill, Chairman, MFST.
Charles Conover, president MOAA, Dr. Graydon Tunstall, USF professor.
Dr. Graydon Tunstall, USF Professor, Addresses MOAA
By B. Frank Kepley CAPT USN (Ret) Dr. Graydon Tunstall, a distinguished history professor from USF, was the featured speaker at the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) monthly meeting, which was held at the Sun City Center, North Side Atrium Building on June 7, 2017. Dr. Tunstall has a Ph.D. in Modern European History, Rutgers University, a M.A. in Modern European History, Rutgers University, and an A.B. in History, Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. From 2000-present he is the Senior and Executive Director of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, at USF, Tampa, FL. Also Assoc. Prof. of European History at Cedar Crest College, Lafayette, College and University of Cincinnati; Post Graduate Seminar in Military History, West Point; and Vice President for Advancement, St. Johns, The Great Book College, Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has presented numerous lectures at various colleges and universities across the United States including, Montclair State University; Indiana University; Mississippi State University; Widener University; Kansas State University, Midwestern State University, East Tennessee University, Seton Hall University, University of South Dakota; Dickinson College; Adrian College; Gonzaga University; Flagler College and University of Cincinnati. He has written six books dealing in large part with WWI and a multiplicity of articles too numerous to list. Dr. Tunstall also belongs to thirteen professional organizations. His specialty area is Modern Europe, Central Europe and the Balkans. He presented a thorough discussion of the history of the Middle East since WWI with an emphasis on the relationship between Israel and Palestine.
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Disney’s New Attractions a Blast
By Kai Rambow “It is the bomb,” enthused one long time Disney visitor. “This is the best ride ever,” exclaimed another guest. Disney’s three new attractions at Animal Kingdom are terrific additions and worth a visit. They are very popular, so here are a few tips. Pandora – The World of Avatar, is based on James Cameron’s movie Avatar. As you enter Pandora, “native” plants (these are fake fantasy inventions) create an otherworld atmosphere. These become bioluminescent at night transforming the area into a fantasyland. The floating mountains are an impressive centerpiece. Avatar Flight Avatar Flight of Passage allows you to fly on the back of a mountain banshee through forests, floating mountains and other obstacles. It’s a thrilling 3-D ride. Almost everything you experience is your perception; you’re not really flying. So, when you see the back support come up, there is no need to worry. Just enjoy the flight. River Journey A classic, Disney-style river boat ride, the Na’vi River Journey travels deep into a bioluminescent rainforest. There are so many different and detailed elements, you won’t catch it all in one ride. Satu’li Canteen I’m normally not a fan of most Disney restaurants. The selections tend to be bland, excepting Epcot, and overpriced. This is different. One woman stopped by to try the French toast because her friend raved about it. Many stopped for dessert for similar reasons. I enjoyed my choices, but still packed most of my own snacks for the day. Rivers of Light This terrific addition is not in Pandora, but located near Mt. Everest in the Asia section. Lighted floats with water fountains, projected images and music are beautifully integrated. While Avatar is a thrilling experience, Rivers of Light is a relaxing close to the day. Full Day Planning The animals used to roll up the pavement at 5 p.m. These new attractions have extended the park hours at Animal Kingdom. Remember other popular attractions when planning your day: Festival of the Lion King can be a great break in the heat of the day and Kilimanjaro Safaris can have more animal activity toward sunset.
Tips for a Great Trip When to Go: Your best day choices are likely to be either Tuesday or Wednesday. Weekends will be packed with visitors and locals. Notes: Tackle restroom needs early; it’s impossible to work your way out and back into the line. Both Avatar and Na’vi River are indoor rides. A large part of the line is covered for both rides. Even though the Avatar line can be very long, there are interesting things to see as the line snakes its way to the flight. Avatar Flight of Passage: There are three smart ways to get on this ride: (1) Get FastPasses. This needs to be done well in advance, so really good planning is needed. Annual pass holders will find this easiest, especially if you already have family members and friends listed with your profile. (2) Go for the ride first thing in the morning. No FastPasses were available the day I went. Arrive 45 minutes before official opening time and line up. They’ll let you in approximately 30 minutes before the official time. Head immediately to Pandora. You’ll need to line up once again. Close to start time they’ll let crowds into line up for individual rides. Stay on the right side to head for Avatar. Even with this early start, and I was near the front, it was a 50-minute wait. It is a long and winding line. When I finished the ride, there was a five hour wait. So, if you decide to do this, forget this strategy if you’re even slightly late. (3) Check back later in the day and see if the wait times have dropped. After some rain, the standby line wait time dropped to 45 minutes. Be prepared to make a decision immediately. In less than 10 minutes, wait time climbed back up to two hours. Na’vi River Journey: FastPasses are highly recommended for this as well. Anything you can do to reduce your waiting time at any of the new attractions will be a smart use of your time. If you do not get a FastPass, the standby line was pretty steady throughout the day at about 60 to 70 minutes wait time. Rivers of Light: FastPasses are recommended as seating space is limited. There are two separate sections: one for FastPasses near Asia and one for standby near Dinoland. It’s important to know which one you’re heading for otherwise you could have quite a bit of last minute walking. At this time, there are two show times: 9:15 and 10:30 at night.
The floating mountains at Pandora. You can get a sense of the size by the people at the bottom.
Plant becoming bioluminescent at dusk at Pandora – The World of Avatar, Animal Kingdom.
Rivers of Light show combining light, water and projected images.
One of the floats at the Rivers of Light show.
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Miniaturists: NOT a “small world”!
By Ilona Merritt, Miniaturist, Reporter The Chicago International Miniature Show is the largest gathering of miniaturists in the world, where 239 dealers and artisans, representing 20 countries and 35 states are eagerly waiting to show their mar velous miniature works of art. It has been a wish of mine to attend this show for years but finding time was difficult. This year I managed it. The Chicago International has 310 tables to view, so there’s way more to see than one can in the three-day show. Workshops are an important part of any miniature show. Beth FreemanKane is an outstanding wildlife artist and an excellent teacher. Beth is one of only two South African artists represented in the Miniature Art Society of Florida’s Permanent Collection — her piece, “Little Bee-Eater with Dragonfly”, was purchased by the Society in 1999. She is a member of the “Miniature Artists Of America”, an organization honoring Nationally Outstanding Professionals in American Miniaturism. Beth has added an additional 10 International Awards, and has been invited to Associate Membership of the Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Carvers Society of Washington, DC. Jeannie Lindquist and Paula Gilhooley are two well-known artists and teachers in making very life-like flowers on a 1:12 scale. I was fortunate to get the opportunity to learn from both of these artists. I brought home enough of their kits that I will be busy for some time. Day three meant the opening of the World’s largest gathering of miniature artists. Gazing at their work was truly a joy. Karl Blindheim from Canada
was one of my first teachers and his specialty is animals and orchids. It was truly an exhilarating time to look at so many magnificent items, share thoughts, ideas and information with talented artists and gather new project ideas to share.
Beth Freeman-Kane working on our project.
The project completed. A Bluebird to add to my collection of a Cardinal and a Blue jay.
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What Do You Know About Florida’s Geology By Paula Lickfeldt Native Floridian Guy H. “Harley” Means spoke at the Audubon Club Spring workshop. Means is a licensed P ro f e s s i o n a l G e o l o g i s t w h o i s employed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Florida is not the first place that comes to mind when thinking about geology. Florida does not have any volcanoes, mountains, canyons or other dramatic landforms that reveal the underlying geology. The highest point in Florida is Lakewood Park which is 345 feet above sea level. Florida does, however, have numerous things that make it both interesting and unique from a geological perspective. The base of the entire state of Florida is made of 10s of billions of sea organisms that are encased in limestone. Florida can boast having 1,350 miles of shoreline, 7,800 fresh water lakes, the Everglades, coral reefs and over 1,000 freshwater springs that discharge from one of the most productive aquifer systems in the world. We are a major karst region where sinkholes, caves,
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disappearing streams and other related features reveal the dissolved nature of Florida’s vast limestone deposits. Florida also contains some of the richest fossil deposits in the world reflecting the unique environmental conditions that have occurred in the geologic past. The Florida platform is approximately twice the size of the currently exposed land mass. The Mesozoic, middle life, era and the Cenozoic era which followed are responsible for the exotic terrain that make the peninsula called Florida. Wildlife, both plant and animal are a result of the changes in the geologic history of the landmass that became Florida. The Audubon Club hosts several workshops as well as field trips in the year. Watch for information about upcoming events which are ver y educational and interesting.
SPORTS July 2017
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LAWN BOWLING • TENNIS • GOLF • SOFTBALL• PICKLEBALL & MORE! Near Perfect Archery Round
By Mark Erickson, SCC Archery Club President SCC Archery Club Member Dorothy Guranich shoot a near perfect round while receiving free lessons from club Instructor Jerry Anderson. If you would like to try archery, contact club instructor Jerry Anderson at 330-2067048 for no cost instruction. You must be a CA Member to receive lessons.
SCC Pickleball Strategizes Club Member Training
SCC Pickleball Club Training Team met this month to plan and organize a series of new and improved training classes using the USAPA (USA Pickleball Association) Training Guidelines and methods. Doing so will provide consistently better training for SCC beginner and intermediate pickleball players. The training team consists of nine Club members each with unique talents and skills to give the kind of specialized practice drills players need. Training team experts will also be made available to Club Members requesting advanced training to improve skills. The Club will schedule clinics presented by USAPA Champions that will be open to all SCC Pickleball Club members. Clinics the Club held in the past were well received and always filled to capacity. Beginner Trainers are Bernadette Cole, Helen Tavares and Don Moniz. Valued helpers are DeeDee Tottrup and Sharon Turner. Specialized trainers are Bill Royal, Kera Levesque. In charge of clinics are Bill Walker and Maurice Levesque All SCC residents are welcome to try Pickleball and the beginner training sessions. Sun City Center Pickleball courts are located in the Sports Complex of the south campus.
SCC Pickleball Club Training Team, L to R: Don Moniz, Bill Royal, Kera Levesque, Maurice Levesque, Helen Tavares, Bernadette Cole, DeeDee Tottrup and Bill Walker.
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Annual end of the year banquet at the Rusty Pelican Banquet Room in St. Pete. A total of 240 tennis women representing 24 teams throughout Hillsborough County celebrated their annual end of the year banquet.
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Shan Hise Earns National Volleyball Champion Titles
By Bob Monahan Shan Hise was sitting on the volleyball player’s bench here at Sun City Center, Florida and an unusual thing happened. He did not get up to join his teammates in the volleyball game that was about to ensue. He said, “I’m going to sit this one out. I just came to see you play.” What Shan should have said in his own modest way was “I just came back from the Minneapolis Convention Center where I played 40 games of volleyball at the age of 82. The National tournament was for volleyball only and featured all age divisions senior and junior. There were forty courts open at the same time.” Shan’s team is called the Mac Magic, and it is out of Maryland. They don’t practice together. They are from all areas of the country and feature three players in their eighties. The problem with being eighty and a volleyball player was that the competition in the eighty-year-old bracket was non-existent this year, so the Mac Magic competed against two other age brackets. They beat the seventy-five to seventy-eight year olds 16 wins to 5 losses, then they beat the seventy eight to eighty year olds 16 wins to 3 losses. Each game was played to 25 points (rally scoring). On Memorial Day, 2017 they were crowned National Champions in two age divisions with two gold medals for one team. So, pardon Shan if he wanted to sit one out. If you would like to learn to play volleyball right here in SCC call club president Nancy DeWilde at 813-6335795 for more details.
Let the Games begin! With 15 different venues, two weeks of competition, 10,000 athletes ages 50 and over participated from June 2-15 in the National Senior Games at Birmingham, Alabama. It was a 30th Anniversary celebration of “fitness, fun and fellowship. Several Sun City Center residents participating in the tennis games, qu a lif ie d in D e cemb er 2016 at Innisbrook, FL to proceed to the Nationals in Birmingham.
Edna Carlin & Debbie Zieg of SCC participated in the 50-54 age range. They came in 5th place.
Nancy Williams & Martha Poitevent played in the 70-74 age range singles tennis pool. Nancy placed 4th & Martha won a bronze.
Barbara Jones of Brandon & Rolande Poulin of SCC played in the Tennis Doubles Age 75-79 range. They came in 5th place. Also participating in Golf and Mixed Tennis were Gary & Mary Taylor.
Swim Dancers Invite Local Women To Jump In
Team Captain Lee Greenlee getting thank you gift from team at our home courts.
SCC Sunsetters A Division team at annual ALOT (A League of our own Tennis) banquet: first row: Amy, Deb, Rolande, Sheryl; second row: Nancy, Edna, Helene, Petra, Monty and Meg.
If you’ve ever gone to a show presented by the synchronized swim team in Sun City Center and thought to yourself, “I wish I could do that, but I “don’t know how!” And you find yourself remaining in Florida most of the summer, then why not come to the lap pool on a Monday or Wednesday evening at 7:30 and join the Swim Dancers who are remaining in town too. They are happy to teach you how they stroke together and to do some of the swim skills they use in their show. The Swim Dancers have the pool to themselves on Monday and Wednesday evenings, as well as at 7:30 on Friday mornings. It is not necessary to attend all three times a week during summer. This is an opportunity to get to know how at a more leisurely pace. If you have questions, please call Susan Muise (633-2479) or Judy Quitsch (642-0157). (This is open to SCCCA members and KP only)
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Senior Athletes of the Month Ultra Triathletes
GOLF SCORES Hogans Golf Club of Sun City Center & Kings Point Wednesday, May 17, Course: Sandpiper Oaks-Lakes 1st: Corky Stallings - 4 Skin 2nd: Bob Mizack, Hal Wold, Doug McFaul, and Todd Lee - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Hal Wold - 66 Low-Gross: Corky Stallings - 82 Birds: Corky Stallings - 2. Saturday, May 20, Course: Freedom Fairways 1st: Dave Gellman - 2 Skins 2nd: Charlie Brown, Ray Bui, Bill Giblin, and Dick Fiedler - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Ray Bui - 45 Low-Gross: Ray Bui - 57 Birds: Ray Bui - 3, Dick Fiedler and Gary Marchman - 2, Steve Belknap, Bill Giblin, Ray Shaw - 1. Saturday, May 20, Course: Sandpiper Oaks-Lakes 1st: Jay Sparkman - 3 Skins 2nd: George Jenkins - 2 Skins 3rd: Bill Robinette, Peter Hyjek, Mike Greenwood, Dan King, Jenice Taylor, and Roland Lemoine - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: George Jenkins and Jay Sparkman - Tied at 61 Low-Gross: Jay Sparkman - 79 Birds: Roland Lemoine - 1. Monday, May 22, Course: Scepter Ibis-Osprey 1st: Bob Mizack, Jenice Taylor, and Doug McFaul - Tied at 2 Skins 2nd: Sharlene Peter, Terry Upson, and Roland Lemoine - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Charles Wagner - 63 Low-Gross: Charles Wagner - 72 Birds: Bob Mizack and Charles Wagner - 2, Jenice Taylor and Terry Upson - 1. Wednesday, May 24, Course: Sandpiper Oaks-Lakes 1st: Rich Lucidi - 4 Skins 2nd: Butch Gadd and Larry St. John - Tied at 2 Skins 3rd: Bob Mizack, Roland Lemoine, Corky Stallings, and Ruben Jones - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Rich Lucidi - 67 LowGross: Corky Stallings - 85 Birds: Corky Stallings - 2, Rich Lucidi - 1. Saturday, May 27, Course: Freedom Fairways 1st: Dave Gellman - 4 Skins 2nd: Dick Fiedler - 2 Skins 3rd: Victor Holove, Chieu Nguyen, and Chuck Feldschau Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Dave Gellman - 44 Low-Gross: Ray Bui - 66 Birds: Ray Bui - 5,Dick Fiedler - 3, Victor Holove, Chieu Nguyen, and Dave Gellman - 2. Saturday, May 27, Course: Sandpiper Palms-Oaks 1st: Jenice Taylor and Bill Robinette - Tied at 2 Skins 2nd: George Jenkins, Terry Upson, Jay Sparkman, and Charles Wagner - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Jenice Taylor and George Jenkins - Tied at 64 Low-Gross: Charles Wagner - 78 Birds: Greg Banks, Bob Mizack, and Jenice Taylor - 1 Bird. Wednesday, May 31, Course: Sandpiper Palms-Oaks 1st: George Jenkins - 4 Skins 2nd: Karl Erwin - 3 Skins 3rd: Hal Wold - 2 Skins 4th: Roland Lemoine 1 Skin Low-Net: George Jenkins - 62 Low-Gross: Corky Stallings - 81 Birds: Corky Stallings - 1. Saturday, June 3, Course: Sandpiper Palms-Oaks 1st: Peter Hyjek and Jay Sparkman - Tied at 3 Skins 2nd: Jenice Taylor - 2 Skins 3rd: George Jenkins, Roland Lemoine, Corky Stallings, and Ron Dickey - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Jenice Taylor - 62 Low-Gross: Ron Dickey - 80 Birds:
By Bob Monahan A tri-athlete is someone who on the senior level swims a half mile, bikes 25 miles and runs for six miles. My first awareness of this group was one morning when they flashed by my house as I was getting my Sunday morning paper. One of the group yelled, “Yahoo” as I found out later they had surpassed the 30 miles per hour speeding sign on West Del Webb Blvd. I recognized my neighbor and friend Tom Hopfensperger as one of the leaders of the pack and later asked him what was going on with this group. Tom explained that they had been training to get that sign to flash once a driver exceeds 30 miles per hour. In my mind, I could see a confused sheriff sitting near the sign wondering if the tickets he had in hand were appropriate for this group. The elite group in a past life were all high school and college runners. Mike Marenovic, the senior historian of the group, stated that the group started about fifteen years ago as a group of runners and evolved into a runner/cycling group and later added the swimming component. Their routine includes six training days per week of workouts featuring weight training in the gym alternating with days of bike rides or running three to six miles at top speeds. On Fridays, they go to Anna Maria Island to swim a half mile in the ocean with some members upping this amount if the conditions are not too choppy.
L to R: Dan Cannistra, Mike Marenovic, John von Lackum and Tom Hopfensperger.
The group includes Tom Hopfensperger, the youngest member at 63 who is from Appleton, Wisconsin and has lived here for about two years. A high school and college runner, he graduated from Steven’s Point University with a degree in supervision/management and used those skills to good use in the Tape and Paper Industries in Wisconsin as a manager. Lest you think Tom’s skills are only athletic he won the People’s Choice award in art for Sun City Center in 2016 and the Kings Point People’s Choice Award in 2017. The next oldest member is Dan Cannistra, 70 who moved here from Anna Maria Island after living in Texas for a number of years, to experience the width and breadth of activities unique to Sun City Center. He used his degree in accounting from U South Florida to work in the transportation industry specializing in freight forwarding. Besides his rigorous training routine
Dan runs in the Gasparilla Road Races, is a member of the Archery Club, the Economics Club, Couples Country Dancing Club and is part of the Emergency Preparation Group. Mike Marenovic, age 72, owned his own business in the auto industry in Buffalo, New York coming to Sun City with a background as an accomplished runner. Mike is a mechanical genius with the understanding of how things operate and how to fix things if they break. Mike and his wife are avid hikers; they have hiked all over the country and parts of Canada, specifically enjoying Glacier National Park. Finally, the oldest member of the group is John von Lackum, 75, born and raised in Waterville, Iowa and a graduate of Yale University’s School of Divinity. He became a pastor for the United Church of Christ and served parishes in Indiana and the Chicago, Illinois area. His favorite college sports were track and basketball. This year John qualified to compete in the USA National Triathlon Organization. He spends much of his spare time visiting shut ins and former athletes who could use some caring attention. All of these athletes have wives who are athletic in their own right and all live a healthy lifestyle of three good meals a day and plenty of rest. All came to Sun City Center and Kings Point because of the unique activities offered here.
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HOLE IN ONE Accomplished by: Mel Bushart
Date: 6/14/17 Course: Osprey Hole: 5 Yardage: 131 Club used: 8 Iron Witnessed by: Kurt Hoffmann, Doug Tanzer & Rich Langlois Corky Stallings - 2, Ron Dickey and Jay Sparkman - 1. Saturday, June 10, Course: Sandpiper Lakes-Palms 1st: Larry St. John - 3 Skins 2nd: Jenice Taylor, Todd Lee, Corky Stallings, Peter Hyjek, and Jay Sparkman - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Larry St. John - 61 LowGross: Corky Stallings - 84 Birds: Todd Lee, Corky Stallings, Jenice Taylor, and Jay Sparkman - 1. Wednesday, June 14, Course: Sandpiper Lakes-Palms 1st: Todd Lee and Hal Wold - Tied at 2 Skins 2nd: Erwin Karl - 1 Skin Low-Net: Todd Lee - 58 Low-Gross: Todd Lee - 73 Birds: Hal Wold and Todd Lee - 3, Ron Dickey - 1. Saturday, June 17, Course: Sandpiper Palms-Oaks 1st: Larry St. John and Jenice Taylor - Tied at 2 Skins 2nd: Rich Lucidi, Terry Upson, Roland Lemoine, - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Larry St. John and Jenice Taylor - Tied at 63 Low-Gross: Corky Stallings - 77 Birds: Jay Sparkman, Jenice Taylor, Ron Dickey, and Todd Lee - 1.
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The SCC Registered Nurse’s Club had their annual spring luncheon on May 4, National Nurses Day.
By Diane M. Loeffler May fourth is National Nurses’ Day, a day when we reflect on all that nurses do for us. It is also a day for the Sun City Center Registered Nurses Club to celebrate with a lunch get-together in the Florida Room. They also donate cookies to local practicing nurses. On this May 4, members displayed their caps, pins, collectibles, nursing graduation photos and other memorabilia on long tables in the front of the room. A basket labeled “Sister Sara Proctor” was on another table. Some members wore their nurse’s caps and nursing school pins. Organ Club member, Mary Wirsing, played music in the background. Wirsing has been volunteering her talents for the RN Club luncheons for several years. The labeled basket was for donations for a mobile medical bus for migrant workers. Sister Mary Proctor and CiCi Lopez run the service. “RN Club members make things and donate money to many organizations,” says club president Lynne Murphy. You will find SCC RN club members volunteering at hospitals, the SCC Emergency Squad, schools and programs sponsored by churches. You will see them
helping out at the Health Fair during FunFest at and at other activities such as the Being Mortal seminar. They collect box tops for the Shriners Children’s Hospital to help support the education programs for hospitalized children. If you wish to join, you need to have been a registered nurse. However, you do not need to be licensed in Florida. You will meet a variety of people from all over the world. Some are retired; others continue to work. Some graduated from the former diploma programs; many hold additional credentials and degrees, including some PhDs. You will even discover that some members are published authors. The club meets at 9 a.m. on the first Thursday of the month between October and May. Most meetings are in the Caper Room. In addition to volunteer work, the club has two luncheons a year and travels on field trips. Former field trip destinations include The Moffitt Cancer Center, The Byrd Alzheimer’s Center at USF, and The Shriner’s Children’s Hospital. To join, either come to a meeting or contact Lynne M. Murphy, MSN, RN and President of the SCC Registered Nurses Club at 813 634-6707.
Meet the Murphys
Just about every Tuesday and Saturday from fall through spring, you can expect to see Barbara and Grattan Murphy working at Our Lady’s Pantry. Ten or more hours a week is a considerable gift of time to offer in the service of others. But the Murphys’ awareness of the food insecurity dates back many years to when they conducted a food survey from their home back in Maine. “We learned early on how food insecurity is all around us, but we just don’t see it,” says Barbara. “It’s among the elderly. It’s among young families with children. It’s among people who are sick or unemployed.” “We hear about the Corporal Works of Mercy when we are in Church,” says Grattan. “This is just our way of serving the poor. “I think this is our seventh year here,” he adds. “But it’s not just work,” says Barbara. “The Pantry is a fun place to be!” Anita Bullaro, who is co-director of the Pantry, says the Murphys and other volunteers are headed back North any day now, so the Pantry will be shorthanded very soon. “We work on Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday. Most especially these days we need help on Tuesday and Friday mornings from about 9 a.m. on, when our truck comes in from our regional food bank in Tampa. We must unload the truck and
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sort the food, so it’s ready to distribute to our families on Saturday. Please just ask for me if you come. And thanks so much.” “If you are unsure where your next meal is coming from, please don’t hesitate to come to the Pantry on Saturday between 7:30 and 11:30 a.m.” says Barbara. “That’s why we are here.” Our Lady’s Pantry is located just south of Sun City Center Blvd. at 16650 U.S. Highway 301 South. We are in front of the classroom building on the right hand corner of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Migrant Mission in Wimauma. For more information about Our Lady’s Pantry, please visit us at: www.OurLadysPantry.com.
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By Kai Rambow “The first 24 hours I felt stupid and gullible. The next 24 hours I thought, ‘Poor me. How could this happen to me?’ And in the next 24 hours, I got angry and wanted to do something,” recalls “Carol.” Carol, not her real name, was taken in by the Grandma scam even though she knew about it. “I was convinced I was talking with my granddaughter. Had it not been her voice, I would have ignored it,” she noted. Scammers are masters at conveying emotional distress explained Deputy Merry. “They make it [the call] emotional and sound desperate. They’re in crisis.” The result is people don’t step back and check. “Take a deep breath and start asking questions,” advises Merry. “How’s your dog?” “How’s your boyfriend Kenny?” are great questions to ask – especially if your granddaughter doesn’t have a dog or her boyfriend’s name isn’t Kenny. Merry recommends, “What you want to ask is the type of questions only the real person would know and is not readily available through research or social media. Best advice #1: After the call, you call every number you have for your granddaughter, her brothers and sisters, parents and the other grandparents to check on the status and whereabouts of your grandchild. Check and wait to hear back before you take any course of action. Best advice #2: If you’re asked to wire money, or buy gift cards to send money – it’s a scam. Check with Seniors vs. Crimes or the Sheriff ’s department first. “My granddaughter,” recounted Carol, “said she had flown to Miami for a vacation, rented a car, got into an auto accident and blew just over the legal limit. She told me a lawyer would call
and tell me what to do. The lawyer called within five minutes and asked me to go to Walmart and purchase four $500 gift cards. Then I needed to come home, scratch off the numbers and read them to the lawyer.” This was not the end of the scam. “The next day the call was repeated. My granddaughter’s male friend had stolen her purse out of the impounded car and she had no plane ticket home, no driver’s license. I was asked to repeat process and get another four $500 Walmart gift cards.” “It was only when sharing what had happened with friends,” said Carol, “a lady overheard the conversation and used the word scam. I raced out, called my granddaughter, reached her in her office and found out none of this was true. My granddaughter was in New York all the time. I say to fellow residents, even if you recognize the voice, do make your own calls and make sure that it is not a scam.” Carol has been courageous enough to talk openly with us to help her fellow residents. “Don’t be embarrassed. Come talk with Seniors vs Crimes or the Deputy Sheriff,” invites Jim Granan, Manager at Seniors vs. Crimes. “Sometimes we can even recover some of the money.” Granan, a retired police officer, has volunteered and has run Seniors vs. Crimes for several years. Granan and other members of the team provide a safe environment for seniors to ask their questions. In addition to being aware of scams, Seniors vs. Crimes can help to check if you’ve been taken advantage of, cheated or not had delivered what was promised. Deputy Merry’s monthly talks keep residents informed about all issues related to safety. Both offices are excellent resources for getting answers.
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FAITH & service Do you Need Food?
Food security means that people have access, at all times, to enough nutritious food for an active, healthy life. If your income has been depressed for any reason, you may be shorthanded when it comes to buying groceries. If you or a neighbor, or relative, or someone from your Church or club can use some groceries, Sally Dittman asks you to please call her, so she can help you or your acquaintance get registered at the Pantry. Our Lady’s Pantry provides huge boxes of food to families twice a month. You can call Dittman at 813-633-4647, or email her at Sarahandsal123@gmail.com You can also register yourself at the Pantry any Saturday morning between 7:30 – 11:30 a.m. The Pantry is located at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Migrant Mission at 16650 U.S. Highway 301 South; Wimauma. We are in front of the classroom building on the far right-hand corner of the mission campus. www. OurLadysPantry.com
Tea Party Luncheon at Trinity Women’s Fellowship
There were plenty of lovely bonnets on display at the Annual Trinity Women’s Fellowship (TWF)Tea Party. The hostess’ at each table served tea sandwiches, assorted fresh fruit & a variety of finger desserts. Various teas were sampled by all. The 47 TWF members and 28 invited guests listened to a devotion written by member Susan Porter entitled “Powerful Grace.” The guest speaker for the program was Anne Alford from Brandon Travel Company. Anne also is a missionary who travels to various parts of the world. She will soon be going to Israel with the group “Christian Friends of Israel.” The ladies closed the afternoon singing a medley of favorite hymns. The TWF will break for the summer and resume Tuesday, September 19 with a luncheon including guest speaker Karen Fredricks, president of the Hillsborough County National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Trinity Women’s Fellowship president Pat Mather introduces those ladies that were part of the “Hat of the Day” contest at their Annual Tea Party.
S-Selfless; T-Trustworthy; A-Accomplished; R- Reliable Meet Ed Cantrell, the recipient of the Star Samaritan award for the second quarter of 2017. Ed is a longtime volunteer at Samaritan Services, and has been a volunteer for various organizations since he moved to Sun City Center in 1994. He was told by his neighbor when he moved here that volunteering was “required” by new residents and has been doing it ever since. He first started as a driver with Samaritan Services, and realized that things could be modernized when it came to Samaritan’s Sun City Center Ride service especially when it came to dispatching drivers and scheduling. He now is the Ride Number manager, and keeps and maintains dispatch records and four logbooks on the computer, using a program he wrote specifically for this purpose. This program has made it so much easier for Rides to be coordinated. In addition to his volunteer work with Samaritans, Ed also is involved with the Tennis Club (another benefactor of his computer skills) and with the Computer Club. Congratulations to Ed on his Star Samaritan award and his continued great work with them and with the Sun City Center community.
Sew ’n Sews Join UMC for Charity Effort
Jeff Jordan, Director of Worship Arts at United Methodist Church in Sun City Center, and Jan Ring, representing the Sew ’n Sews, are shown displaying dresses that will be taken to girls in the Dominican Republic. The Sew ’n Sews were asked to make dresses for the girls there; they made 60 dresses of all sizes. The group is providing medical care, vacation Bible school, and light construction. Of the 29 people going, seven are from the United Methodist Church.
Beth Israel Announces Prospective Member Brunch
The Congregation of Beth Israel is hosting a prospective member brunch on Sunday, July 30, from 11am to 1 p.m. Please come as our guest, join us for a delicious brunch and learn about this vibrant, growing synagogue located here at 1115 East Del Webb Blvd., Sun City Center, Fl. 33573. R.S.V.P. to email@example.com or Jlbranch@hotmail.com.
St. Andrew Presbyterian Hosts Interfaith Meeting
By Jay Sparkman The Interfaith Council of Sun City Center final meeting of the 2017-18 year was held at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church. Guest speaker was Kathy McGartland, volunteer coordinator for Backpacks on a Mission and a member of South Shore United Methodist Church. The program provides backpacks of foodstuffs for children who are in need to take home for the weekend and is helping needy children in three elementary schools in the South Shore area. The program is an outreach program of the church and is entirely staffed by volunteers.
Pictured from left are, Bob & Helen Conaway, Leslee Wiles, guest speaker Kathy McGartland, Beverly and Doug Campbell. The Sun City Center Interfaith Council provides grants to service organizations and scholarships to college students through the use of monies raised by the sale of donations at the Nearly New Shop in Sun City Center Plaza. Go to www.SunCityCenterInterfaithCouncil.com or call 813-642-9099 for more information.
SouthShore Celebrates Scholarship Sunday
By Jo Prater SouthShore United Church of Christ celebrated Scholarship Sunday on June 4. Students and families were invited to join in our Worship Service and afterwards the Scholarship committee members introduced the students and they told about themselves. Scholarships are awarded to Lennard High School Seniors each year. We award $2,000 per year for community college and $4,000 per year for University for up to 4 years.
Students L to R: Juan Yepes, Andrew Soria, Kristina Boyett, Diego Duran, O’Neke Nickle, Marissa Millard, Maria Millard. Not Shown: Curtis Davis, Dee Dee JeanPhilippe, Daniel Power.
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The Jazz Lovers Going Strong Through Summertime
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As the Florida summer heat comes to us it brings the desire to lay back and relax in a cool place. If you love Jazz we have just the place for you. On the third Friday of each month we gather in the Ripple Room of the Kings Point North Clubhouse from 2 to 4 p.m. On July 21 we will focus on lesser known jazz artists who are too good to be overlooked. Come on in and join us for a relaxing afternoon. For more information contact Bill Ferron at 928-3571 or bill.ferron.SCC@gmail.com.
Feline Folks Invite
Here’s is your chance to join a great group of people, socialize, learn about Feline Folks, learn about the cats you might be seeing around our area. Join the group on Thursday, July 6 at the Kings Point 2020 building, second floor Culinary Room at 4:30 p.m. You are also welcome to attend the Board Meeting which is at the same location at 3:30 p.m. Feline Folks is a not-for-profit all volunteer job that feeds and cares for the community cats. For information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heartland Club Summer Get Together
By Stephanie Casey The Heartland Club is hosting a “Beat the Heat” summer potluck on Saturday, July 22. The party will be held in the Kings Point North Clubhouse Waterside Room and the pool Gazebo at 5 p.m. Everyone from the Greater Sun City Area is welcome to be a part of this gathering, even if you don’t belong to this friendly club. Most of our members have ties to Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Nebraska, Kansas or Missouri, but even if you aren’t a Midwesterner, the welcome mat is out. This get-together is open to anyone in the area who enjoys a good time. The cost is $5 per person for members or $7 for nonmembers. The Club will be grilling hot dogs and hamburgers and will also provide dessert. Guests are asked to bring a salad or side dish to share and BYOB. Reservation deadline is Monday, July 17 and can be made by contacting John at 813-938-5433 or emailing email@example.com. We’d love to have you join in the fun.
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Wear red, white and blue to celebrate this great country with the KP Line Dancers at a free social dance, Wednesday July 19, 7 p.m. Veterans Theater. Open to KP and SCC residents and guests. Appropriate shoes, no flip-flops. BYOB. Call Jan 634-6226 for info.
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Emergency Squad Emergency Squad Hosts Next Volunteer Information Program July 11
The Sun City Center Emergency Squad is hosting an Informational Program at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11 to answer questions and provide details to prospective volunteers. The meeting will take place at the Training Building at 124 S. Pebble Beach. We invite interested residents to find out more about the Squad and the volunteer opportunities we have available. The Squad is always looking for people who may be interested in helping on our ambulances and wheelchair vans. The positions include Emergency Medical Responders, Ambulance Drivers and Emergency Medical Technicians. Other volunteer positions the Squad has available include IT specialists, vehicle maintenance volunteers and cooks. Coffee and cookies will be served. Each year the Squad provides Basic Life Support (BLS) emergency services to the community. In 2016, the Squad made almost 5,000 ambulance runs and approximately 2,000 medical wheelchair van runs. All of the Squad’s services are free, including blood pressure checks that are offered daily at the office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Volunteers are the lifeblood of our community. Please consider visiting with us and learning more about how we are “Neighbors Helping Neighbors.”
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The Par for the Chorus Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society donated to the Squad $400, which was a portion of the proceeds from their Spring Show. The group consists of approximately 18 regular members and presented their annual program at the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center. Pictured here are Eileen Peco, Chairman of the Board of Directors; Dave Totten from the Par for the Chorus; Chris McCann, Asst. Chief-HR; and Barry McKee, a member of the Board of Directors.
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Deputy Merry Presentation: Making Your Car Safer
By Diane M. Loeffler Deputy Merry says, “One of the largest crimes in Hillsborough County is vehicle burglaries. Seventy percent of the vehicles are unlocked.” In other words, they are crimes of opportunity. A couple of years ago The Villages of Cypress Creek had a lot of car break-ins. Once the perpetrators discovered that people there didn’t usually lock their cars, they kept returning to the area. “If it is lucrative for them, they’re going to come back,” says Merry. More recently, Fish Hawk had vehicles burglarized at 14 of 30 residences in one area. All of them were unlocked vehicles. If a would-be thief—usually a teenager—tries a car door and it is locked, he / she will most likely move on to the next vehicle. Other safety tips are: keep your car in good running condition, be sure to
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By Toby Merritt I am Toby, a Schnauzer, and Schnauzers were trained and groomed to hunt rats. Personally, the grooming is alright, but I am a Sun City Center Schnauzer, and I don’t hunt anything. I enjoy the quiet life. We have a lanai with floor-to-ceiling windows. Occasionally, I will look outside, especially during the time we have breakfast and lunch. I am still not interested in the wildlife and our spot on Blue Crescent Lake has again been quiet since the large alligator has been trapped and moved out of our community. All this wonderful peace and quiet came to a screeching halt last month when, during lunch, a raccoon came walking by our windows and went into Mom’s garden and he had the audacity to nibble on her orchids! To say that she was upset would be an understatement! I think that at this point she wished that I was a coon dog. Not having much to do with wildlife neither Mom nor I knew much about raccoons. So, we went to the computer and googled “raccoons.” Raccoons are fuzzy creatures with bushy tails and a black mask of fur that covers their eye area. These animals may look like cute, cuddly bandits, but they can be quite fearsome when approached. Raccoons are about as big as small dogs. Mom pounded on the door and I barked but he just looked at us as if to say “What do you want?” This interloper spent more time roaming through our garden and the neighbor’s garden before he walked away. Then several of our neighbors told us that he had been hanging around here for some time. People know that raccoons are nocturnal animals and usually only active at nighttime. So if a raccoon is out and about during the day instead of night, something is wrong, right? While it is true that a rabid raccoon will exhibit a variety of unusual behaviors, activity during daytime is most definitely not a guaranteed indicator of rabies. You see, although raccoons are primarily nocturnal, they do often get some stuff done during the day. It is not at all unusual for a raccoon to be active in the middle of the day. They can’t just
sleep from dawn to dusk without doing anything. They may go off in search of food or drink. This is especially true of nursing female raccoons, who have a bunch of babies to take care of, and who have extra nutritional requirements, because they are nursing their young. In the spring, you’re sure to see some mother raccoons gathering extra food during the daytime, so that they can produce more milk. How can anyone tell if a raccoon has rabies? Rabid raccoons are very sick. Mostly, they are lethargic. Their walk may be erratic, or their legs paralyzed. They may be walking in circles or falling over, or lurching in an unnatural fashion. In short, they just plain look sick. Even if a raccoon looks healthy, this doesn’t mean that you should approach it and offer it a lick of your ice cream cone. Though raccoons are more than happy to make human areas their homes, they can be vicious when approached by humans. Humans should be particularly cautious of approaching raccoons because they are common carriers of diseases which would be especially dangerous to your house pet or visiting grandchildren. It is best to never feed the wildlife. There have always been raccoons in and around SCC but as of late their numbers have increased. Why? The answer is simple. It is a heavy maternity season this year and there has been much building going on around us destroying wildlife areas. Those animals that lived there have been forced to find new homes. Raccoons naturally gravitate towards area where humans live. They have eaten out of garbage cans so much that they have developed a taste for sweet things. In fact, the trapper who came to get rid of the coon hanging around our house uses marshmallows for bait. If you want a pesky raccoon removed from your property be prepared to pay for the service. Hillsborough County Animal Control will not remove raccoons. Hillsborough County has a 24-hour services for emergencies only. A live animal in a residential area, where safety of the occupants is in question is considered an emergency call 727-7100373.
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