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COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION SCHEDULE
July 4 4th of July Breakfast Community Hall 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 4 Karaoke, Food, Music, Ice Cream Pool/Bandstand 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 9 Board Workshop to discuss Agenda Boardroom - CA Office - 9 a.m. 11 Board Meeting Rollins Theater - 9 a.m. August 1 Bandstand Concert Tommy Johnson – 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 6 Board Workshop to discuss Agenda Boardroom – CA Office - 9 a.m. 8 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 “Association”). They will also be sent via “What’s New in the CA” email. Every Wednesday: Orientation for new members in the Boardroom in the CA office starting at 1 p.m. sharp.
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Celebrate the 4th of July with Your Friends and Neighbors
By Diane M. Loeffler There is so much to do right here in Sun City Center this Independence
Day. Start out your day by heading to the Community Hall for a delicious breakfast for only $5 a person. While you are there, you can meet old friends and make new ones. Volunteer community members will be serving the meal from 7:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
Nola Swaim kept a steady stream of pancakes coming.
Being Robin Hood at the Archery Club
takes energy and concentration. In the Olympics, archers shoot targets ranging from 30 to 90 meters (1 meter = 3.28 feet). I was shooting at about three meters and not hitting center. I did, however, send club members diving for cover. This was far more interesting and challenging than I ever thought. Members I met were overwhelmingly enthusiastic and supportive of each other. If you ever played Robin Hood or something similar as a child, this is your opportunity to do it for real – without the tights! Members meet every fourth Friday, 2 p.m. in the Caper room. They also have a social shoot at the range every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. weather permitting. If you wish to talk with someone before dropping in, you can reach Mark Erickson at (813) 634-0796.
Café Goes Exotic and People Love It
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Lysa Hendricks and Elise Oddo having fun at breakfast.
Indian food enthusiasts came early for this special buffet held at our café. There will be more at future dates. If you want to enjoy the next one, check with Ambreen.
By Kai Rambow “You are going to have some of this great food, aren’t you,” queried one enthusiastic diner at a recent café event. The event? An Indian buffet complete with dessert. Residents were so delighted with the first buffet event they arrived before Ambreen and her team had finished setting up. Dishes at this buffet included dhal (mixed lentil curry), chicken korma, aloo baingan (potato and eggplant), and chana masala (savory chickpea). This lunch buffet ran from 12 to 4. There will be more in the future. You can ask Ambreen to be put on her emailing list or visit the café’s Facebook page: facebook.com/Cafedluna.
From there, head over to the outdoor pool and grandstand on the North Campus to enjoy the entertainment, music and food. Free ice cream will be served until it is gone. See you on Wednesday, the 4th!
Mark Erickson demonstrating how to shoot an arrow.
By Kai Rambow “You’re standing right where we buried the last photographer,” joked members of the Archery club. While clearly friendly, members pay close attention to safety. Archery is nowhere near as easy as it looks, but Jerry Anderson, my instructor, gave me a wonderful introduction. The vast majority of club members had never picked up a bow and arrow before joining the club. “Form is the most important thing I teach,” commented Anderson. Indeed, you don’t just pick up an arrow, place it in the bow and pull. There is much more involved. You need to develop a feel for it. For example, during my short introductory lesson, it felt a little weird because your line of sight is not what you’d expect. When we switched bows,
I thought I was way off target but followed Anderson’s guidance. I hit close to the target a little puzzled. Anderson explained the arrow was now on the other side of the bow, so the trajectory was opposite of what I was expecting. “How did the Native Americans manage?” I asked. “Most of what you see in movies is misleading,” informed Anderson. “Natives waited very quietly for deer and shot them from less than 20 yards. On the plains, they rode right up to and fired down on buffalo.” There are several kinds of bows, requiring slightly different approaches. Then you need to pull on what is called a draw weight (think tension in the bow string), in my case about 20 pounds. Olympic archers are over 40 pounds on the draw weight. Pulling is the easy part, holding steady to focus on the target
New Community Service Aide
Michelle Mortimer is Sun City Center’s new Community Service Aide. She is taking over the position formerly held by Debbie Vijil. She and Deputy Merry have an office located between the Ceramics Club and the Lawn Bowling Club.
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The CA Building and Summer Plans
By Diane M. Loeffler The Treasurer’s Report was the highlight of the brief board meeting on June 13. Treasurer Jim Schwartz says, “We made the last payment on the CA Building. It is ours, free and clear.” The directors and residents have worked hard to ensure that Sun City Center remains a debt-free community. No new business was addressed at the meeting. Looking ahead, President John Luper reminded the community of upcoming events. On July 4, the day will start with a $5 breakfast at Community Hall from 7:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Later in the day there will
SCCCA Bandstand Concerts to be Extended
The SCCCA Summer Bandstand concerts have been a tremendous success this year. Members of the SCC Community have enjoyed several great performances, setting record attendance at these events. Because of their popularity, the SCCCA is extending these concerts for September and October, and adding an ice cream truck. The Wednesday Sept. 12 concert will feature Kevin Brooks and Bill “Elvis” Lindsay, both hometown favorites. On Wednesday Oct.10, Melanie Massell and company will perform jazz standards, bluesy ballads, nostalgia, rock and pop. The Purple Belle Ice Cream truck will be available during the concert as well. SCC Community Association members are welcome to attend this event. Bring your lawn chair or sit in your golf cart and enjoy an evening of great music.
Trail Blazing By John Lampkin
be entertainment, music and food near the pool and gazebo. Free ice cream will be served while it lasts. Since the last shredding day was so popular, the CA plans to have two shredding days a year starting this year. The next one will be on October 9 from 9 to noon in the same location. President Luper thanked Community Manager Lyn Reitz for conducting a hurricane preparedness seminar and Entertainment Director Renee Bray for planning what promises to be an enjoyable summer concert series. As of May 31, Sun City Center had 11,298 total residents. Be safe and have a fun summer.
Have Your Voice Be Heard
By Diane M. Loeffler Do you have a question or a concern about Community Association matters? Do you want your voice to be heard? Here are a few ways to make sure the directors know what you think. First, you can email any director at any time. See page 15 of your 2018 Membership Directory for the photos and email addresses of the directors. You can also meet with them in their offices in the new Community Association Administration Building. You may wish to contact the director or directors ahead of time for an appointment. You may also wish to participate in the Board Workshops. These workshops are held in the Boardroom in the administrative wing of the CA Building. The room is designed to accommodate any
CA member who wishes to attend. The workshops take place at 9 a.m. on Mondays, two days before the Board Meeting. These sessions are open to all members and their purpose is to give us an opportunity to give our input before a vote is taken. Please note, the only items that are discussed at these workshops are items that are going to be on that month’s agenda. If you receive the “email blasts” from the board, you know what is on the agenda. The Community Association Board of Directors has its general meeting on the second Wednesday of every month in Rollins Theatre. After the meeting is adjourned, CA members have the opportunity to address the board for up to three minutes with their concerns and questions.
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Peas for dinner tonight? How about peas for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as your morning and afternoon noshes and raid-the-refrigerator-atmidnight-tide-me-over? If you are a Ceraunus Blue butterfly caterpillar on the Sun City Center Nature Trails that’s the diet your mother arranged for you. Well, not the peas themselves, rather the leaves of plants in the legume family. That family, Fabaceae, includes peas like Rabbit Bells as shown in the photo with its distinctive pea-flowers. It’s a pity the caterpillars can’t enjoy the visual delight of the blooms—they don’t have good vision like adults. They are simple eating machines, gobbling up the leaves until pupating. Then they metamorphose into the tiny flashes of blue dancing quickly though the pine flatwoods and meadows. The one shown above on a Yellow Hatpin flower is a freshly emerged male giving us just a peek of its brilliant blue upper side. The female is a beautiful but more subdued and brownish blue. When flying, these striking patterns may help them to find mates. Rabbit Bells, Crotalaria rotundifolia, is a widespread Florida native plant. Because it keeps a low six-inchesfrom-the-ground profile it’s easily overlooked, despite its rich yellow flowers. Crotalaria is from a Greek word meaning “rattle” and refers to the way mature seeds rattle inside the plump pea pod. Rotundifolia equates to “round-leaved,” although often in the field the leaves are more lanceolate (skinny and pointy) than round. Although the Ceraunus Blue larvae only chow down on the leaves, the beautiful Ornate Bella Moth larvae develop inside crotalaria pods as well, munching on the developing seeds. If several larvae eat in the same pod it could get crowded. The situation could turn nasty, caterpillar fights could break out and then the collateral damage would be… Black-eyed Peas. The Nature Trails trailhead is located opposite North Lake on Del Webb West between Vincennes and Seton Hall. John Lampkin, notoriously capable of writing an entire column for the sake of a single bad joke, leads interpretive walks on the first Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m., or by appointment.
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Tidbits from the Vault
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July Events in Sun City Center’s History
President’s Report By John Luper During the recent move from the temporary offices into our new Administration building, I came across an old binder titled SCC Forum. That group, comprised of business entities from the Greater Sun City Center area, was formed in 1989. It still exists today and meets monthly to discuss individual challenges and community wide issues. The number one agenda item discussed in their first meeting in May of 1989 was Volunteerism. I guess they didn’t solve the problem, because almost 30 years later, that is still a big concern. They didn’t solve the problem because it is a constantly changing endeavor. Leaders of our clubs volunteer their time because the success of their club has meant a great deal to them as they have enjoyed many hours during their retirement years. As the years go by, desires of new retirees can change and their efforts sometimes go in other directions. They may have gotten involved in their homeowner’s association, which because of government regulations, now requires much more time and understanding. Even our clubs, under the umbrella of the CA, are required to follow more rules than in the past to insure we do not compromise our nonprofit tax status. Unfortunately, it all becomes more confusing and many of us shy away from serving. The good news is the younger folks now buying into the community have dealt with similar challenges and hopefully we can encourage them to give a little of their time. I am confident that we will find solutions as those who have preceded us have done for the last 60 years. Your thoughts and ideas are welcome. Maybe you will even volunteer to help.
By Cathy Meyerhoff, Sun City Center History Society As the archives of the history society are scanned and indexed it becomes easier to locate interesting information from Sun City Center’s past. July 19, 1970 • The Tampa Tribune reported that Del Webb had sold 10,000 of the 12,000 acres he had purchased in 1961. He sold the land to Universal Marion of Jacksonville, the company from which he had originally bought the property to develop Sun City Center. The land was sold for the same price per acre for which it had been purchased, $750. The property was located to both the north and south of Webb’s retirement community. July 1981 • The state gave its approval for construction of a hospital to be built in Sun City Center. The new 112 bed facility would be a satellite hospital of Blake Hospital of Bradenton. A July 31 meeting announced that groundbreaking would take place that September with completion 18 months later. Plans for a Medical Arts building to house 30 physicians were also announced. July 4, 1993 • The new exercise pool was formally opened and dedicated. Swim Club members informed community members on new procedures for using the main and exercise pools. July 4, 2002 • A new bandstand constructed by Sam Cook’s Painting and Contracting was dedicated. Hundreds of residents were in attendance and enjoyed hot dogs, ice cream and band music. July 10, 2003 • The Sun City Center Emergency Squad was awarded the first ever certificate of merit awarded by the Florida Department of Health’s Bureau of Emergency Medical Services at its annual meeting in Orlando. The award was given for the squad’s outstanding dedication and commitment to the community. July 2007 • Lyn Reitz would soon become the new community manager on or around August 1. In June, the CA had signed a new five-year agreement with Sterling Management Services and had also interviewed three candidates for the manager’s position. The CA board of directors then voted to recommend that Sterling offer the position to Ms. Reitz. She was previously employed by Sterling at another location in Florida. Emergency squad in action in 2003 July 4, 2011 • More than 1000 people packed the Florida Room for the Fourth of July breakfast. So many people showed up that a trip to the grocery store for more supplies was required midway through the event. The 50th anniversary celebration of Sun City Center also included professional fireworks that evening. If these small spotlights on our past spark your interest consider joining the Friends of the Sun City Center History Society. The next meeting will be on July 24 at 2 p.m. in the Caper Room. Membership is $5 per year and is open to all Community Association members.
CA Meeting on Preparing for a Hurricane
at the Rollins Theater One Showing Only at 1 p.m.
Movies are normally shown the second and fourth Community Association members filled the auditorium Monday each month in the Rollins Theater at 1 p.m. for the June 1 presentation on hurricane readiness. The dates and times may change as necessary. Per the By Diane M. Loeffler Fire Code of Hillsborough County, seating capacity is Residents of Sun City Center had two opportunities limited to 145 attendees. Seating is reserved for Sun to learn about preparing for a hurricane. Both City Center Community Association members/guests Kings Point and the Sun City Center Community who present current cards or a KP ID badge. Association had the opportunity to attend a meeting July 9 • Darkest Hour • 2 Hours, 4 Minutes that was held just for their members. Later in the As Hitler’s forces near the United Kingdom, it is up month, Deputy Merry visited Sun City Center, Kings to Winston Churchill to decide between Point, and Freedom Plaza to present his annual negotiating peace or fighting against impossible odds. hurricane preparedness seminar. Gary Oldman won the 2018 Academy On June 1, Community Manager, Lyn Reitz, Award for best actor for his spoke to a full house in Community Hall. She says, portrayal of Winston Churchill. “Remember, Sun City Center is a shelter-in-place Starring: G a r y O l d m a n , B e n zone unless you have a special need. Shelters will Mendelsohn, Kristin Scott Thomas, turn you away if you have a SCC address. If nothing Lily James else, have a plan. Know what you’re doing. Make sure Genre: Drama your family, friends and neighbors know what your Subtitles: English plan is. If you are going away, put away outside items Rating: PG-13 for some thematic such as the grill.” material We need to prepare in advance and remember July 23 • Wonder • 1 Hour, 53 Minutes that supplies run out a few days before a storm An inspiring story of a loving family whose son, born approaches. Don’t forget extra pet food, “those stores with facial differences, enters a mainstream school for close down during storms.” Reitz says, “Line up your the first time. contractors for shutters, etc. Know who you will use. Starring: Julia Roberts, Owen Have handymen, etc. put you on a list ahead of time. Wilson, Jacob Tremblay, Mandy Check now to make sure you have all the pieces and Patinkin, Sonia Braga parts—bolts for shutters, and so on.” Director: Stephen Chbosky Reitz says, “I’ve lived through 52 years of hurricanes. Genre: Drama, Family I grew up on St. Pete Beach. I survived them.” She says Subtitles: English she always makes sure she has extra propane to cook Rating: PG for thematic elements and to heat water. She tops off her gas tank weekly. including bullying and some mild Reitz says, “I always have a small cup in my freezer language with three inches of water in it. Once the water is frozen, I put a quarter on top. If the quarter drops, Statement of Purpose I know the food has defrosted and is not safe.” She The Sun City Center Community Association serves the residents of Sun City Center by providing assistance for the elderly, assistance and essential services suggests freezing large items such as a turkey, a roast to tax exempt entities, and operates in lieu of a municipal government, thereby lessening the burdens of government (Hillsborough County, Florida). or a milk jug filled with water to help keep everything
cold. “If you use something frequently, put those items in a cooler. The refrigerator warms up when it is opened often.” Reitz says, “The Community Association Buildings are not licensed to shelter or to house people in them. We have a contract with the sheriff ’s department and CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) to work out of the buildings. However, members are not allowed to stay in the CA buildings and CA employees are sent home” during storm watches and warnings. She pointed out that we should be familiar with how to manually open the garage door in case we lose power. She says there is “a cord with a handle for you to pull.” “Clubs need to put items away. Take items from windows. Box up important items. Secure the inside of club spaces. The computer club put items in tubs. All new buildings are built to hurricane standards, 140 mph. The new CA building won’t blow down.”
Community Manager Lyn Reitz was joined by Deputy Jeffrey Merry during her presentation. Ticket numbers were drawn with lucky winners receiving flashlights, sandless sandbags, weather radios and other useful items.
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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.
FCCC Second Triannual Print Competition Winners
The Sun City Center Photo Club is pleased to announce the winners of the Florida Camera Club Council print competition held in Naples, Florida. There were over 180 entries in this competition and our club did very well, as usual. We submitted a total of 28 prints. There are now six ribbons given as rewards. Those levels are Blue or Outstanding for the top 5% of scores, Red or Excellent for the next 5%, White for Notable to the next 5% and Yellow or Honorable Mention for the next 10% Color Advanced: Jackie Hanson won a blue ribbon,Jack Migliore won a white ribbon and Kathryn Griffith won a yellow ribbon Monochrome:Jackie Hanson won two blue ribbons and Gary Pate won a yellow ribbon. Congratulations to all of our club winners!
Metaphysical Society Fundraiser
10 a.m. Wednesdays in the Heritage Room Entry fee $1 with love offering requested to benefit our Society. Bring your Community ID. July 11 • “Walking through the World of Beliefs and Customs”, Gary Wonning, Author and World Traveler brings us his travels and the beliefs and customs of others. July 18 • “Self-Care with Oils”, Robin Trotter, well respected Massage Therapist and DoTerra essential oils distributor shares healing yourself through the uses of oils. July 25 • “Course in Miracles-Spirits Purpose for us on Earth”, Dosi Loverro, formerly from SCC and currently Chaplain and Event Coordinator of Unity of Sedona, AZ, presents how “A Course in Miracles” can change our lives.
New Patriotic Jewelry at the SCC Lapidary Club
Deck yourself out in red, white and blue to celebrate Independence Day! The Sun City Center Lapidary Club has everything you need for the 4th of July. A large selection of patriotic jewelry is now on display, featuring necklaces and bracelets with matching earrings, all handmade by club members. Salute the flag in style this year! The Club has resumed the “Wednesday @ the Club” workshops from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Sandpiper Room of the Atrium, held on the last Wednesday of the month. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, stop by the store or call 813-642-2084. The SCC Lapidary Club is open to all Sun City Center residents and to Kings Point residents as space allows. Annual membership is only $10. Join the Club! There will be someone at the store to help you fill out your application. The Lapidary Club Jewelry Store is located in the Arts & Crafts Building, 915E Cherry Hills Drive. Summer hours are 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Monday-Wednesday-Friday. Celebrate the 4th of July in style.
German-American Club Donates to the Samaritans Alzheimer’s Auxiliary
By Ilona Merritt The German-American club was organized to enjoy the kind of entertainment which their parties are well known for. However, along with the merriment and gemütlichkeit they have not forgotten that there are residents in need in our community. One of the organizations that strive to give help to those in need is the Samaritans Alzheimer’s Auxiliary, who provides Alzheimer’s respite care, and can provide short-term companion care. If you are a caregiver to someone who has Dolores Berens, President of the Alzheimer’s this service is invaluable, but Samaritan Alzheimer’s group, accepting a like everything money is always needed check from the German-American Club’s despite the fact that many of our residents Russ Merritt, Treasurer, and Paul Buerkle, volunteer to keep this program going. The Vice-President. German-American Club has decided to also give back to the community. At their functions, they hold a 50/50 raffle and the Samaritan Alzheimer’s support group is the beneficiary. This year Paul Buerkle, Vice-President and Russ Merritt, Treasurer presented $1,200 to President Dolores Berens who coordinates the activities of the Samaritans Alzheimer’s Auxiliary. The German-American Club has adopted the Samaritans Alzheimer’s Auxiliary on a continual basis
Sew’n Sews Donate to Choices Women’s Center
The members of Sew’n Sews have been very busy at the club and at home. They made a total of 274 items for the women of Choices Women’s Center. These items included bibs, burp cloths, receiving blankets, diaper bags, changing pads, bibs, caps and quilts. For some of these items, it requires the learning of a new sewing technique. A willing member shows the others how to make the items at a Sew-in. The Sew’n Sews also create kits so that members can sew the items at home. Choices Women’s Center in Ruskin is a place where women come in for lessons Jane Sanfilippo, president of Sew’n Sews, while they are pregnant and for one year presents handmade items to Choices after. They learn about managing their Women’s Center representatives, Carmen Martinez and Rosie Silva. pregnancies and how to take care of a baby. As a result of attending these classes, they earn boutique bucks to use to purchase items for their baby. That’s where Sew’n Sews comes in. The items made by the Sew’n Sews are the items they can purchase. Sew’n Sews is comprised of sewers and quilters who either sew for their own families or for charity or both. Many of the members join just for the charitable work. They also make items for Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, A Kid’s Place, veterans, seniors, cancer patients and items for raffles for other clubs’ fundraisers. Sew’n Sews is located in the Arts & Crafts Building on Cherry Hills Drive. It is open to all members in good standing of the Sun City Center Community Association. For information call 813-505-9503 or email scc.sews.n.sews@ gmail.com.
The theme of the Aquasizers’ June 12 luncheon theme was weddings. Before the luncheon, members viewed each other’s wedding photos. Afterwards, each table chose one person to be the bride and designed that person’s gown, veil, train and flowers from toilet paper, tape and a paper plate. Aquasizer exercise classes run throughout the summer. Deep water classes are at 9 Monday through Friday. Shallow water classes are held at 10 Monday through Saturday.
Like Water and Music?
The Sun City Center Swim Dancers are looking for you! The group of 11 women meet three times a week to learn and refine skills of synchronized swimming. There are all levels of ability from beginner to advanced. The only requirement is that you are comfortable swimming a length of the pool. This is the best time of year to join in. Please join us at one of our practices, 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Mondays or Wednesdays or 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Fridays. Membership is open to ladies who are active members of the SCCCA or KPCOA
Red Nose Day
Photo by Pat Jones The Aquasizers Water Club celebrated Red Nose Day to support helping children sponsored by Walgreens on Thursday May 24th in Sun City Center Pool. Swimming classes are held for deep water Monday thru Friday from 9 until 10 a.m. and shallow water classes are held on Monday thru Saturday at 10 to 11 a.m. For information call Joyce Allison 609-533-6320
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Memorial Day Marked by Military Organizations Pulling Together
Pearl Harbor survivor, Ed Socha, was this year’s Grand Marshall. Socha shared a few appropriate remarks for the occasion.
Members of The Daughters of the American Revolution locating their seats before the ceremony commenced. When veterans’ names were called, each stood up with a flag and faced the audience to honor the individual mentioned
Towards the end, members of the Trinity Baptist church choir, gave an uplifting rendition of “God Bless America.”
By Kai Rambow “I think it’s so important to remember we get to enjoy our lives because of the sacrifices made by others,” reflected one veteran. In a dignified, solemn ceremony held at Kings Point, that is exactly what many did this past Memorial Day. We h a v e n u m e r o u s m i l i t a r y organizations here and this is one of the major events where they all work together. The teamwork across organizations is impressive. It’s not just veterans. The Hillsborough County Sheriff ’s Office provided the
honor guard, which posted the colors at the beginning and retired the colors at the end of the ceremony. The deputies participating, while members of the sheriff ’s department, are all volunteers. Veterans who passed away during the past year were mentioned by name and someone stood up with a small flag to honor that veteran and his or her service. Several organizations paid respects during this part of the ceremony including: our local chapter of The Daughters of the American Revolution, the Emergency Squad, the DAV and the Leathernecks.
The honor guard posting the colors. Members of the guard are volunteers from the Hillsborough County Sheriff ’s Office.
The retiring of the colors.
Sun City Center Photo Club Celebrates Winners
On Tues, June 12, SCC Photo Club photographers submitted images to be judged by our very own club member and judge, Bobbi Ray. In the Digital Color category, at the Master Level, three photographers tied for first place. Receiving the gold awards were, Carol Feldhauser for “Eared Grebes, “Jack Migliore for “Hummin to a Rose,” and Rolf Sulzberger for “Welcome Baby.” At the Advanced Level, Kathy Vitale received a perfect score for “Bonaire Iguana.” Four photographers tied for second place. Silver awards were given to Wally Erickson, for “Complex Beauty” and “Soft Elegance,” Barbara Klimczak for “Dining Alfresco In Prague,” and “Winter Morning In Czechy Krumlov,” Robert Winch for “Portrait Of A Hawk,” and Kathy Vitale for “Under The Sea.” At the Intermediate Level, gold awards were given to Rose Stack for “European Flower Window,” Bob Sanchez for “Fortnight Lily,” and Tom Bredesen for “Kernels of Truth.” In the Monochrome Digital category, at the Master level, Carol Feldhauser received a perfect score for “Leaning Tree.” Erica Collins won a silver for “Spring Beauties.” At the Unassigned Level, Gayle Fischer received a perfect score for “Screwed,” and Katherine Benoit won
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the silver award for “Taste Of Africa.” In the Digital Creative category, Gayle Fischer received perfect scores for “Flower Bed” and “Hungry.” In the Color Print category at the Masters level, Jack Migliore received a gold for “Gulf Fritillary Foraging, and a silver for”Win Some..Lose Some…” At the Advanced level, Bruno Graziano received a silver award for “Rodeo 911.” At the Unassigned category, C”
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and Gary Pate took second for “Kauai Farm.” In the Monochrome print category, at the Master level, two photographers received perfect scores, Jack Migliore for “Music, Determination, Fitness,” and Pat Jones for “Ruffled Feathers.” At t he Advance d le vel, Br uno Graziano received a silver award for “The Ghost Of Dry Falls.” At the Unassigned Level, two photographers
received perfect scores, Gary Pate for “Smokies” and Christina Brittain for “Barrow Buddies.” In the Creative Print Category, Pat Jones received a perfect score for “Circle Of Orchids,” and Christina Brittain also received a perfect score for “Nice Legs.” Congratulations to all of our club winners! For more information about our club, visit www.photoclubscc.com.
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By E. Adam Porter Editor in Chief, News of Sun City Center If all goes according to plan, by the time you read this, I will be down island, lounging with my toes in the sand and a cool drink in my hand, enjoying the first day of our annual family beach vacation. I don’t have to daydream too hard to be there now: waves lapping on the shore, sun on my face, and Buffett on the radio. Whet her or not it’s t he C hief Parrothead providing the soundtrack, music is essential when I want to wind down. There’s just something magic about what music can do for my mindset. And, do I ever need it. These past few weeks have been a cacophony of vitriol and spite that felt inescapable. In my line of work, with all the rage and the controversy saturating current events, it’s been hard to find a quiet, peaceful moment. Sometimes, when my email inbox and my social media feed are full of political rants and grownups insulting each other like hyper-emotional middleschoolers, I turn the music up and hit the weight room or take a long walk with one of the dogs. Whatever it takes to let something positive in. In those times, the music is like an island breeze, a balm that washes over me, calming and energizing at the same time. I don’t think I’m the only one who feels that way. Recently, a friend shared a video that, I think, offers a glimpse of just how powerful a tool music is for bringing people together. James Corden is the host of the Late Late Show. One of Corden’s best recurring bits is a segment called Carpool Karaoke, in which he invites singers or bands for a drive, and they sing their songs together. In between tracks, Corden offers a casual interview, giving fans an opportunity to get to
know their favorite performers better. In the episode my friend shared with me, the guest was none other than Paul McCartney. In the video, Corden and McCartney cruised around Liverpool, visiting places that inspired more than a few Beatles hits. On Penny Lane, they stopped at a barber shop to say hello to an absolutely gobsmacked stylist. Paul sat for a bit of a trim and, there on the wall facing him, was a photo of a teenage McCartney getting a cut from another young musician folks might recognize. From there, they visited Paul’s childhood home, giving the nice lady who met them at the door the shock of her life. But the real treat of the video is when the tour stops by a pub where the Beatles gigged in their earliest days. Corden went in and greeted the bartender, before inviting anyone in the pub to pick a tune on the jukebox, conveniently stocked with Beatles music. A somewhat perplexed young lady made her choice at the juke, and, before she could get back to her table, the curtains on the far wall parted, and there was Paul and his band, launching into A Hard Day’s Night. The pub patrons, after a moment of stunned smiles, jumped out of their seats to sing along. As the curtains closed, they raced to the jukebox to make their choices. The set list decided, Paul and his band ran through several more Beatles hits. As McCartney continued to perform on a stage where he first gigged nearly 60 years ago, the crowd reveled in the music. Out in the street, passerby stopped, curious. They peered through the windows in disbelief. Yes… it really was “him!” They came racing in, men and women from three generations drawn to the music, and they joined the crowd, disbelief mixing with euphoria on their faces. There were Millennials with full sleeve tattoos dancing with Baby B oomers, all remembering the first time they heard the lads from Liverpool. In this room, in this incredible moment, there were no lines drawn, no arguments or name calling or denigrating labels. There was music, and there was joy. As McCartney finished, Corden came up to close everything out, but Sir Paul had something different in mind. He turned to his host, “James, would you sing one with me.” Corden, shakily, agreed. He was so nervous, he forgot to
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crowd and raised his fist, a sign of solidarity and shared humanity. Then two fingers went up: Peace. Many in the crowd returned the salute. In that moment, the gesture was a celebration of peace, as much as a wish for it. Hundreds of people. Hundreds of backgrounds, opinions, and perspectives. They didn’t have to be asked to give peace a chance. For a fleeting moment on the street outside a Liverpool pub, they helped create it. I watched the video roll to an end, thinking about my own island of peace in a world where caustic discourse seems to be the norm, where folks don’t seem interested in listening to each other. I wondered… what would happen if we turned off the talking heads on TV and radio, took those old records off the shelf, dropped the needle on peace and joy, and just gave it a chance to work its magic.
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Dance for Hope
Please join us Saturday, July 14 2018, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for an evening of fun, listening, and dancing to the music of Viki Ryan who provides live music, from “Sinatra to Streisand, Motown to Uptown Funk”. Proceeds to benefit The Hope Fund, a fully-volunteer, 501(c)3 organization that supports healthy lifestyles and provides educational and cultural opportunities and provides education and cultural opportunities for at-risk children in Wimauma, Florida. The dance will be held at Sun City Center Community Hall, 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd. Doors open 6:30 p.m. The dance is from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $6 at the door. BYOB, singles welcome. Dressy casual attire.
CAHT Fundraiser at Hamburger Mary’s
Campaign Against Human Trafficking SouthShore is gearing up for a fun night at Hamburger Mary’s in Brandon. Hamburger Mary’s regularly offers local nonprofits a chance to raise money through their “Sunday Funday” bingo. CAHT has been selected as the non-profit for Sunday, August 12. Hamburger Mary’s is located at 2016 Town Center Blvd. Join CAHT for a laughter-filled night and some good eating! Hamburger Mary’s offers a selection of hamburgers from the Original to the Big Kahuna, as well as a variety of other sandwiches and appetizers. Hamburger Mary’s is not your usual burger joint. So, bring your appetite, buy your bingo cards and get ready to have some fun! Bingo starts at 6 p.m. but CAHT recommends arriving early to give yourself time to enjoy dinner before the games start. All proceeds from the games will be donated to CAHT. CAHT will put the funds to good use in their continued support of various anti-human trafficking activities in the tri-county area, including funding for safe homes and rehabilitation centers. For more information about CAHT visit www.sccblueheart.org or contact Annie Garrison, President, 813-938-5660 or “email@example.com”.
SCC Woman’s Club gives grant to AMIKIDS
Sally-Anne Barclay, Vice President of the Sun City Center Woman’s Club, Inc. presented a grant of $500 to the “AMIKIDS Yes”. The funds will be used to continue improving their buildings and grounds at their Wimauma Center. “Yes” is performance based, stressing academic achievement, appropriate behavior, a positive attitude and excellence in performance from the boys they serve. “AMIKIDS Yes” works in partnership youth agencies, local communities and families.
Security Patrol Adds New Members
The Sun City Center Security Patrol added its latest class of volunteers on Friday, June 8. John Jacobs, Jeff Ackerman, Patricia Franzen, and Richard Krause completed the Orientation class taught by Bree Schultz and Stevi Schermond. Afterward, Driving Instructors Angelo Valdes and Zane Lucas instructed the new members in vehicle inspection and in driving and radio protocol. The new volunteers have been assigned to teams and will work with a mentor until they are comfortable with patrolling alone. The Security Patrol has classes on the second Friday of each month at 1 p.m. at the Security Patrol Building. Additional classes are held as needed for those who can’t attend the Friday classes.
L to R: Instructor Angelo Valdes, John Jacobs, Jeff Ackerman, Patricia Franzen, Richard Krause, Instructor Zane Lucas.
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Welcome To Our Newest EMRs
The Emergency Squad is pleased to announce the Newest Emergency Medical Responders from our May class. Pictured are Barry McKee, Instructor; John Allen, Louise Crandall, Peg Campbell, Randy Allen, Lee Tucker, Victoria Petersen, and Tina Drury, Marcie McKee, and Walt Bowers, Instructors.
Sun City Center Woman’s Club, Inc. May’s General Meeting was a hands-on instruction in flower arranging given by Sun City Center Flowers and Gifts. Amalie Reyes and Migdalia Morales taught us to make a beautiful pink and white table arrangement to take home. If you live in Sun City Center or Kings Point and would like more information about our club, contact our Membership Chair, Linda Raymond at sumrluv21@ aol.com or call 813-331-3108.
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Dem Club July Meeting
By Gina Hebert, South Shore Democratic Club President Join the South Shore Democratic Club for the July meeting, held at the (golf cart friendly) Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce, 1651 Sun City Center Plaza, Sun City Center on the first Thursday of the month, July 5. Meet ‘n Mingle with refreshments 1 p.m.; General Meeting at 1:30 p.m. Join fellow Democrats, Liberals, Progressives and Independents in a Discussion Group: “Arming You With Solid Talking Points.” All Democrats and like-minded individuals are invited and encouraged to attend this free event. Please visit and “like” our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SSDEMCLUB or website: www.SouthShoreDemocrats.org for more information.
Mary Petro Fund
Sun City Center is known for the level of help provided to residents by other residents and organizations, known locally as residents helping residents. The Mary Petro Fund Office is one of those organizations which provides qualifying residents with help purchasing food and medicine, but there are several other organizations that provide residential services. We often refer residents receiving our assistance to these other organizations and have decided to publish a consolidated listing of them for free distribution. If you or someone you know needs help, whether financial or otherwise, pick up a copy of this listing from our office at 1501 La Jolla Avenue in the SouthShore United Church of Christ building. Even if you’re a long-time resident, you may be surprised at how many services are available from our mainly volunteer organizations. You may also call us for more information at 813-634-8306.
SCC/KP Ohio Clubs Come together for a Summer Indoor Picnic
The two Ohio Clubs are coming together for the first time on Saturday, August 11 at 5 p.m. in the Florida Room for a Summer Indoor Picnic with dancing! The two Ohio Clubs have put together a fun evening with good picnic style food and excellent entertainment by Eric Lee for both listening and dancing. The food will be catered by Cafe De Luna and include a hot dog and slider bar. There will be hamburger, pulled chicken, and black bean sliders plus sides of potato salad, homemade coleslaw, and coconut corn. This is a BYOB event but coffee and iced tea will be provided. Members and guests are asked to bring a dessert to share for our Ohio Club dessert table for all to sample. In addition to dinner and dancing, there will be a 50/50 drawing for the more adventurous guests. All Ohio members and guests from Sun City Center and Kings Point are invited. The cost is $14 for both Ohio Club members and $15 for guests. Reservations are made by check (payable to the Ohio Club) and SCC reservations sent to Valerie Graves at 2218 North Creek Court and KP reservations to Linda Dulik at 1209 Huntington Greens Drive. There are Ohio mail collection boxes at each address if hand delivered. Tables of eight may be reserved with full payment (plus all names at that table) at time of reservation. Call Jim Rottman at 813 634 8122 or Linda Dulik at 813 922 4366 for more information.
Volunteering-Is It a Dying Practice in SCC?
By Ilona Merritt and Chief of Security Patrol Gill Jesse Delbert Eugene Webb was an American real estate developer, and a co-owner of the New York Yankees baseball club. He is known for founding and developing the retirement community of Sun City, Arizona, and for many works of his firm. Did he think that these communities would be incorporated villages with a paid police and fire department and ambulance service? Would there be taxi services to provide transportation when needed. Would government services take care of the other needs of the residents? He had a firm belief that when people retired they still want to be active and useful and he built his communities with the idea of volunteerism which would make them affordable. His Sun City Communities prospered through the use of volunteers. In an effort to support the culture of volunteering in SCC, the News of Sun City Center will, in coming issues, take a look at the nonprofits in the area, what their services do, and what their volunteer needs are. We will look at the positions within the nonprofit, along with the monthly time requirement and training needed. In this way, we can offer our readers an opportunity to find a place where they are needed and their sense of community can be fulfilled. This month, we are going to focus on the Security Patrol. All of us are familiar with the Patrol cars and their frequent trips into our neighborhood. In fact, the Patrol makes 4 to 5 trips daily into each area. They also do wellness checks, house watch cards, golf cart inspections, and lost pet reunification, along with other things. Their needs are for drivers and dispatchers and they ask their members to commit to at least 3 hours monthly when they are in town. The training takes about 2 hours and new members are mentored until they feel comfortable driving or dispatching on their own. If you would like to volunteer but minimize your time commitment, this may be the nonprofit for you. You can call the Patrol at (813) 642-2020 or visit their website at www.sccpatrol.org/ for more details.
1932 Ford Coupe is Cruiser of the Month
Original 1932 Ford coupes, treasured by collectors and hot rod builders, are rare to nonexistent in any condition. When Mike Gellatly of Gibsonton found his in Connecticut, it was nothing but a body and frame rails. After 10 years of work, chasing parts and investment, it was back on the road and looking good. Today, it is the Roamin’ Oldies Car Club’s Cruiser of the Month for June. Powered by a 383 Stroker GM V8 engine with an automatic overdrive transmission, Mike says it has “a lot of pep”, drives nicely and handles well. “I’ve always appreciated the ’32 Ford, and I have a good time with it on the weekends.” The Roamin’ Oldies host a cruise-in from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. the first Thursday of every month, with a rain date the following Thursday, at the Mira Bay Village Shopping Center on US-41 in Apollo Beach. About 100 of the area’s finest antique and collectible cars often take part, accompanied by classic oldies music played by DJ Joey Ferrante. Event sponsors include Thompson’s Auto Parts and Hagerty Classic Car Insurance. For information, call Chet at 813-842-1511.
S-Selfless; T-Trustworthy; A-Accomplished; R- Reliable Meet Dee Dee Montana, the STAR Samaritan for the second quarter of 2018. Dee Dee is a longtime volunteer dispatcher at Samaritans. Dispatchers coordinate the ride program between the ride recipients and the drivers. Dee Dee enjoys the time she gives to Samaritans and encourages anyone who wants to help their neighbor to volunteer. There is always a need for dispatchers, especially now when they are as busy as during the winter months providing ride services. It gives her a chance to talk to her fellow Sun City Center residents and to make sure their ride needs are met as best as they can. Dee Dee, a Southern California native, and her husband moved to Sun City Center in 2004. Longtime residents of Tampa before retiring and moving, they thoroughly enjoy their life in Sun City Center. She is also quick to tell you her real passion is Duplicate Bridge which she did not start playing before retiring and moving. Congratulations to Dee Dee on her STAR SAMARITAN award and her continued great work for the Sun City Center Community.
This 1932 Ford Coupe hotrod owned by Mike Gellatly of Gibsonton is the Roamin’ Oldies Cruiser of the Month
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4th of July Fireworks and Your Pets
By Rita M Bundas, President Cat Lovers Club of SCC Independence Day is fast approaching, a holiday that many Americans love and many pets detest. The sound of fireworks can be very frightening for animals, particularly pets with their highly sensitive ears. Here are some tips to make the 4th less stressful for everyone: Keep your pet inside the evening of the fireworks. Check windows and flap doors to ensure they are securely closed. If your pet isn’t microchipped, make sure he is wearing a collar with ID tags, just in case your pet escapes, gets scared and runs away. Most pets will hide in a safe place, such as under a bed or in a cabinet, bathroom or closet. Whatever your pet chooses, let him be and do not try to pull him out. Just leave him be. Draw the curtains and close the blinds to reduce some of the bright flashes and noise from the outside. Turn on some soothing music to mask some of the scary sounds. Do not try to hold your pet. Frightened pets don’t like being restrained in any way, and can easily become aggressive and turn on its guardian. If you are not going to be home during the fireworks, leave behind a piece of clothing with your scent on it. The scent will be comforting to your pet, even though you are not there with him. You can try giving your pet some natural calming flower essence drops starting 30 minutes before the fireworks.
New Storage Shed at Nearly New Shop
By Jay Sparkman Volunteers at the Nearly New Shop in the Sun City Center Plaza took a short break after helping place and assemble a new storage shed at the shop. Pictured are Chuck Scaglione, Adam Lambert, Jim Sumner, Mike Trefren, and Marty Beverly. The shed allows for more storage for donations in a secure location safe from the elements. The Nearly New Shop is the fundraising arm of the Sun City Center Interfaith Social Action Council and monies from the sale of donations is used to fund grants to organizations and college scholarships for graduating seniors at both Lennard and East Bay high schools. Volunteers are always welcome at the Nearly New Shop. Call 813-942-9099 for more information.
Student Volunteers at Nearly New Shop
By Jay Sparkman, Photo by Linda Maslyk Johanna Pryor, left, and Melissa Chavez, students at Lennard High School in Ruskin, are volunteers at the Nearly New Shop in the Sun City Center Plaza. During the summer, they will be adding to their accumulation of community service hours while learning how to meet the public and developing skills working with senior citizens in a sales setting. The Sun City Center Interfaith Social Action Council uses monies from the sale of donated items at the Nearly New Shop to fund college scholarships and grants to organizations in the South Shore area. There is always a need for volunteers at the Nearly New. Summer sale day is Saturday 8 a.m. to Noon. For more info go to www.InterfaithCouncilofSunCityCenter.com or call 813-942-9099.
L to R: Sharon Nathan Parliamentarian; Joanne Gilroy, Librarian; and Karen Sochon, Recording Secretary.
The Sun City Center Woman’s Club, Inc. presented a $500 grant to the Sun City Center Library to help them purchase more books, and papers, for the residents of Sun City Center.
Pictured are Beverly Fletchall, Kelly Kowall, and Marie Rueger.
Wounded Warrior Donation
My Warrior’s Place located in Ruskin is a place for veterans and military to retreat for a week or for a weekend. The Sun City Center Woman’s Club donated a Home Depot gift card for $157, to Kelly Kowall, founder of My Warrior’s Place.
Summer Cinema will be held on every Thursday in July and August. All movies will be shown at SouthShore United Church of Christ at 1501 La Jolla Ave. The movies will be in the Hospitality Hall and they will begin at 1 p.m. The movies are free but a basket will be available for donations. Popcorn, soda and snacks will be available for purchase. All are invited and all are welcome. July 5 • The Post • PG 13 • Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks Determined to uphold the nation’s civil liberties, the publisher of the Washington Post and the hard-nosed editor join forces to expose a decade long cover-up. July 12 • Battle of the Sexes • PG 13 • Emma Stone, Steve Carnell Based on the electrifying true story of the 1973 tennis match between Woman’s Tennis Champion Billie Jean King and former Men’s Tennis Champion Bobby Riggs. July 19 • Going in Style • PG 13 • Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Alan Arkin Lifelong buddies Willie, Joe and Al decide to buck retirement and step off the straight and narrow for the first time when their pension funds become a corporate casualty. Desperate to pay bills and come through for their loved ones, the three decide to knock off the bank that absconded with their money. July 26 • Victoria and Abdul • PG 13 • Judi Dench and Ali Frazal An extraordinary true story of a queen; Queen Victoria and her best friend. A young clerk travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and finds favor with the queen. August 2 • The Greatest Showman • PG • Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams Inspired by the true story of P. T. Barnum and celebrating the birth of show business. We see a visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerizing spectacle. August 9 • Wonder • PG • Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay The youngest child in the Pullman family is born with facial differences. When he enters elementary school his journey unites his family, his school and his community and proves that you can’t blend in when you are born to stand out. August 16 • Wonder Wheel • PG 13 • Jim Belushi, Justin Timberlake This is the story of four characters whose lives intertwine amid the hustle and bustle of the Coney Island Amusement Park in the 1950s. August 23 • Darkest Hour • PG 13 • Gary Oldman and Ben Mendelsohn As Hitler’s forces storm across the European landscape and close in the United Kingdom, Winston Churchill is elected as the Prime Minister. With his party questioning his every move and King George VI skeptical of his new political leader, it is up to Churchill to lead the nation and protect them from the most dangerous threat ever seen. August 30 • Just Getting Started • PG 13 • Morgan Freeman, Rene Russo The freewheeling manager of a luxury resort makes life at the resort a non-stop party. With a mysterious past, things get interesting when an ex-military charmer checks in the resort.
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July 9, 2018, (2 - 3 p.m.) the Male Calls for Prostate Health will host speaker, Dr. Matthew Truesdale, MD, Urologist from South Bay Hospital, Florida Partners Urology LLC. Topic Overview: “Prostate Health in Men”. Community Hall Center, Room #3 on 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd. Sun City Center, Florida. For further information call Vicente Lopez at 727-623-1724.
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Nearly New Shop Summer Hours
The Nearly New Shop begins the summer schedule on Saturday, June 2. Sales will be on Saturdays only from 8 a.m. - noon. The Nearly New is located in the Sun City Center Plaza behind the Bon Worth store. Donations can be delivered to the shop as usual 8 – 3 p.m. Monday-Friday. Please consider volunteering a few hours a week at the Nearly New Shop.
Pat Jones: Circle Of Orchids
Join our Men’s Club Christmas Cruise
All are welcome to join our Sun Center Men’s Club cruise aboard the Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas. This week long cruise will sail from Port Canaveral on December 23, with the return on December 30. An exclusive bus will be available from Sun City Center to Port Canaveral. This cruise will be visiting the ports of Labadee, Falmouth in Jamaica, and Cozumel. Best of all, the Oasis is known for spectacular varied entertainment, ranging from Broadway type shows, ice skating and aqua shows. Friends, relatives, neighbors are welcome to join us on the cruise over the holidays. Rates are available in all cabin types. Learn more by contacting Travelworld in SCC, or by calling 813 634-3318
Christina Brittain: Barrow Buddies
Security Patrol to Raffle New Golf Cart
Bob Sanchez: Fortnight Lily
The Security Patrol has announced plans to raffle off a golf cart again this year. Last year’s raffle was a huge success for the Patrol, both monetarily and in publicity. The raffle will begin the first of July and the winner will be drawn at the Golf Cart Parade in early December, so watch for it at functions around the community. Tickets will again be $5 for 1 and $20 for 5. This year, a special deal of 30 tickets for $100 has been added. Raffle tickets will also be available at the Security Patrol Building between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on weekdays. This year’s golf cart is a dark blue 2018 Icon i40. It is a four-passenger with the fold down rear seat with oversized grab bar and has the high-speed Toyota controller and high-speed rear axle, the four-wheel coil over shock suspension, and fourwheel hydraulic disc brakes, all riding on 10” aluminum wheels. It has the full lights package and also includes a charge indicator, horn, digital speedometer, gauges, side mirrors, and seat belts. The Icons are being assembled in Tampa and this one is being supplied by The Golf Cart Shop of Sun City Center. Get your tickets early. Last year’s winning ticket was sold on the first day of sales.
Stars for Meals on Wheels
The Sun City Center Woman’s Club, Inc. Art and Crafts Group led by Sally-Anne Barclay got together and made 100 Stars for the 4th of July Meals on Wheels. The Pat Jones: Ruffled Feathers group continues to make heart pillows for South Bay Hospital, Sun Towers, Lifepath Hospice House and local Cardiologist patients. They have made over 1,500 pillows to make people smile.
L to R: Gloria Bellendir, Linda Menier, Maureen Williams, Sharon Alvarez, Sally-Anne Barclay, Kathy Jones.
Rolf Sulzberger: Welcome Baby
L to R: Kathy Jones, Linda Menier, Sharon Alvarez, Sally-Anne Barclay, Maureen Williams, Gloria Bellendir.
Tom Bredesen: Kernels of Truth
Rose Stack: European Flower Window
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MONDAYS 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - KINGS POINT QUILTERS in Fiber Arts Rooms 1 & 2 Kings Point Clubhouse. Work on charity quilts for both veterans and hospitalized children. Work on items to be sold the profits of which help defray the cost of the charity quilt supplies. Personal projects also done at this time. Guest speakers and workshops planned throughout the year. New members always welcome. Unwanted sewing related items gladly accepted. Contact Sandy Nunn, President (813)642-8961. 9:30 - 10:00 a.m. TRIMNASTICS CLUB meet Monday, Tuesday, Thursday at the Dance Studio, SCC Atrium Bldg. All SCC and KP members are welcome to join. Low impact exercise (stretching / bending). 10:00 a.m. - MONDAY “FOR TODAY” MEETING OF OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS at the Sun City Chamber of Commerce, 1651 Sun City Center Plaza, Sun City Center, FL. The meeting room (private entrance to meeting is on the left side of the building). The only requirement for attending is a desire to change your eating behaviors and stop compulsively eating. Please join us any Monday morning. You can learn more about OA online at “www.oa.org/newcomers/is-oa-for-you” or call Jan at 813/633-3932. 3:30 p.m. - QI GONG CLUB MEETS - in Dance Studio 2 located at 1203 N Pebble Beach Blvd, next to Samaritans. There is no charge for the Qi Gong class just wear loose, comfortable clothing. This is a handicap friendly class open to all levels of practice. TUESDAYS 9:30 - 10:00 a.m. TRIMNASTICS CLUB meet Monday, Tuesday, Thursday at the Dance Studio, SCC Atrium Bldg. All SCC and KP members are welcome to join. Low impact exercise (stretching / bending). 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. LINE DANCING WITH A BALANCE at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Do you like to dance but are worried about falling? Join our new FREE line dancing class lead by trained therapists. This weekly class will improve your balance and reduce your risk of falling. We can boot, scoot and boogie safely together and make exercise fun! For more information, call Debbie Caneen at 813-892-2990. 10:00 a.m. HEALTHY LIFESTYLES MeetUp - Kings Point Sun City Center at South Clubhouse. Our Optional Walking Meetups: Your choice: walk 2 or 4 miles. Some walk faster; some walk slower. Everyone is welcome; Joanie, Suzanne and Caroline will walk with you.
The News of Sun City Center 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. UKULELE JAM SESSION in the South Social Room in Kings Point. New players and singers are welcome. For information please call or email Paul firstname.lastname@example.org phone: 765-277-0606. 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. LIFE CHALLENGES SUPPORT GROUP at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Live your life fully with zest and joy! Rid yourself of depression, anxiety, frustrations with family, children, friends, life changes, health problems, finances and more. Relief comes by sharing and receiving support and making a positive plan of action. All are welcome in complete confidence and free of charge. Cheryl Lewis facilitates this group and is an effective psychotherapist. We meet every Tuesday in the first-floor lounge of Sun Towers. No appointment is necessary. Sponsored by the Coalition for Mental Health and Aging. WEDNESDAYS 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon - LEARN TO WEAVE in the Weaving Studio in the North campus each Monday and Wednesday for eight weeks starting 10/17 The art of weaving is taught. $75 cost includes lessons, yarns for a sampler and one project, membership in the club for a year and equipment fee. This is a great opportunity to try something new and get out of the heat. Sign up in the studio or call 813 642-8239. 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. - THERAPEUTIC TAI CHI OPEN TO THE PUBLIC at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Our therapists have advanced training in therapeutic Tai Chi for Seniors and will provide guidance in this healthy exercise. Tai Chi has been proven to increase strength and balance! This class will be offered EVERY Wednesday due to increased demand. For more information, contact Debbie Caneen at 813-634-3347. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon MAN to MAN LIFE SUPPORT GROUP meets weekly in the conference room behind the SCC MEN’S CLUB building on Cherry Hills Drive. The purpose of our group is for men to learn new coping skills, find hope in their circumstances, help answer questions about life, and support other men while they are fixing the broken things that concern them and their families. All men of SCC and nearby communities are welcome to come and try our group in complete confidence and free of charge. For more information about the Group, contact Ken Barringer at 633-8490 or Bill Spedding at 938-3126. 11:30 a.m. - SUN CITY CENTER SHRINE CLUB monthly luncheon on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Cost is $14 per person and is catered by Banquet Masters. Reservations are required and the first lunch is on us. However, It’s usual and customary that first time visitors come with a member and a member will be available if contact is made thru our website, or with a current member directly. We will have either entertainment or other enlightening program that will be of interest to the group. If someone really doesn’t know anyone they can call our club person that handles the reservations, Noble Barry Meyers 813-260-3136 before the Friday before the event date. For more info visit: www.sccshrineclub.com. THURSDAYS 9:00 a.m. - “FOR TODAY” MEETING OF OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS at the Sun City Chamber of Commerce, 1651 Sun City Center Plaza, Sun City Center, FL. The meeting room (private entrance to meeting is on the left side of the building). The only requirement for attending is a desire to stop compulsively eating. OA is an international 12-step organization/program which addresses the emotional, spiritual and physical needs of those desiring to stop compulsively eating and compulsive food behaviors. No scales, dues or fees. This meeting is open only to those who have a problem with their weight or eating patterns. Please join us any Friday afternoon. Contact Peg S. at 516-578-5285 for meeting details. You can learn more about OA online at www. oa.org/newcomers/is-oa-for-you. 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - KINGS POINT QUILTERS in Fiber Arts Rooms 1 & 2 Kings Point Clubhouse. Work on charity quilts for both veterans and hospitalized children. Work on items to be sold the profits of which help defray the cost of the charity quilt supplies. Personal projects also done at this time. Guest speakers and workshops planned throughout the year. New members always welcome. Unwanted sewing related
items gladly accepted. Contact Sandy Nunn, President (813)642-8961. 9:30 - 10:00 a.m. TRIMNASTICS CLUB meet Monday, Tuesday, Thursday at the Dance Studio, SCC Atrium Bldg. All SCC and KP members are welcome to join. Low impact exercise (stretching / bending). 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. - “LET’S PUNCH OUT PARKINSON’S” ROCK STEADY B OX I N G M A D E P O S S I B L E B Y SUPPORT FROM THE MEN’S CLUB OF SUN CITY CENTER 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. FRIDAYS 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - KINGS POINT QUILTERS in Fiber Arts Rooms 1 & 2 Kings Point Clubhouse. Work on charity quilts for both veterans and hospitalized children. Work on items to be sold the profits of which help defray the cost of the charity quilt supplies. Personal projects also done at this time. Guest speakers and workshops planned throughout the year. New members always welcome. Unwanted sewing related items gladly accepted. Contact Sandy Nunn, President (813)642-8961. 12:30 p.m. - “LET’S PUNCH OUT PARKINSON’S” ROCK STEADY B OX I N G M A D E P O S S I B L E B Y SUPPORT FROM THE MEN’S CLUB OF SUN CITY CENTER 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. 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. SCC Nia (NonImpact Aerobics) Club - SCC Main Campus, Dance Room 2 , 1203N. Pebble Beach Blvd. Nia (Non-Impact Aerobics) is a mind/body cardiovascular movement practice created in 1983 based on the science of the body. We do not jump or jar joints. First class is always free. Join us for the “Joy of Movement”. Questions? Call Gail, Certified Nia Black Belt Instructor at (480) 220-1430. SATURDAYS 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. at the Atrium Dance Studio. Jazzmatazz Dance Club instructor and choreographer, Diane LeFrancois is teaching beginning jazz classes. No previous experience is required. Classes are $5 per session. WED. JUL 11 - DIABETES EDUCATION SUPPORT GROUP 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Have you been given the diagnosis of Diabetes? Are you unsure of your dietary and physical future? Discover options and learn information that will prepare you for a healthy future with Diabetes! For additional info, call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990. THU. JUL 12 - GATHER YOUR FRIENDS AND PLAY YOUR FAVORITE CARD OR BOARD GAME 11:30 a.m. doors open at the at the Conesa Center at Prince of Peace (across from Kings Point entrance) in Sun City Center. Enjoy delicious homemade desserts. Cost is just $3 with table and door prizes! Enjoy a cool afternoon of fun with your friends. MON. JUL 16 - PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP OF SUN CITY CENTER 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. This month, Emily Wilson, FAAST Program Specialist at Tampa General Hospital will present: INTRO TO ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY – TOOLS FOR DAILY LIVING. FAAST is an assistive technology demonstration center for seniors and individuals with disabilities to try out these devices. Come learn about the 33573 continued on 9
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FRI. JUL 20 - VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT, A PROGRAM OF THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. by registration only at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes 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. Our individual experiences may have been different, but when compiled they form a powerful snapshot of history.” 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 813-6343347. This recording of history will take place on the third Friday of each month. SAT. JUL 28 - COME & JOIN US FOR A LUAU MURDER MYSTERY EVENT “MURDER IN MAUI” 7:00 p.m. at 1651 Sun City Center Plaza, SCC. Tickets 1 for $25, 2 for $40 - Small bites will be served. Event hosted by The Good Samaritan Mission. Luau attire is suggested but not mandatory.
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A Step-By-Step Guide to Being Prepared Before, During and After a Storm
By Diane M. Loeffler The Caper Room was filled to nearcapacity on June 12. Last year’s experience with Hurricane Irma reminded us all that hurricanes can and will be a potential threat to the Sunshine State. Gathering Information Referring to a map that made it clear that we are not in an evacuation area and that Sun City Center will never have a mandatory evacuation notice. “This means that they will never let you in a shelter unless you have special needs.” For those who live in areas that are in evacuation areas, there are pet shelters. Pets must be in crates and have food, collars, vaccination papers, collars and leashes. Pets are not housed in the same rooms as their owners. They are in a warehouse type of room where owners can come to walk and feed them. If you have special needs, you need to register as soon as possible and not wait until a storm is on its way. Call the Hillsborough InfoLine, 813 272-5900, or the Hillsborough County Health Department 813 307-8063 so that your information is in their database. You should know your home’s vulnerability to storm surges, flooding and wind. Sun City Center is not in a flood zone, with the exception of a few homes that are near the Little Manatee River in Kings Point. Understand the Language of Hurricanes The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale rates hurricanes from 1 to 5. Specifically, if winds are from 74-95 mph, the Hurricane is a Category 1. Merry says, “In our area, Irma never sustained winds of 74 mph. There was a lot of rain, but the wind was never above 60 mph. East
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of Hillsborough County in Polk County it was worse.” Category 2 means the winds are from 96-110 mph. Category 3 means 111 to 129 mph, category 4 from 130 to 156 mph and category 5 is 157 mph and higher. Merry says, “If a hurricane watch is announced that means look out. It may come. If a hurricane warning is announced, it is too late to make plans or to buy gas. The hurricane is coming.” Storm surge watches are generally issued for specified areas that could experience life-threatening rising water, generally within the next 48 hours. If a tropical storm watch is issued, then conditions exist making sustained winds of 39-73 mph possible within 48 hours. A hurricane watch means that conditions exist making it possible that sustained winds of 74 mph or greater are possible in your area within the next 48 hours. Make a Plan Make your plan now. Don’t wait until there is a watch or warning issued. Decide if you are going to shelter in
place or evacuate well in advance. If you are going to shelter in place, make plans to survive on your own for at least 72 hours. Plan for electricity, water and television to be unavailable for up to seven days. If you plan to evacuate, you need to leave several days in advance. By the time the storm is three or four days away, the highways are at a standstill and hotel rooms as far away as Atlanta are probably all booked. Create a personal support network, people who will look out for you and let you stay with them if needed and for whom you will do the same. Identify your family contacts and be sure they know ahead of time what your plans will be should a hurricane approach. Build a kit. Your kit should contain enough water for everyone in the household for 72 hours. When choosing containers, remember that water weighs 8.6 pounds per gallon. You should have enough nonperishable food for everyone in the house to eat for 72 hours. Other supplies you may wish to have on hand include a battery-operated or hand crank radio,
flashlights, flameless candles, batteries, prescription and over the counter medicine, a first aid kit, changes of clothes, blankets, an emergency whistle, hand sanitizer and personal hygiene items, cash, plastic sheeting and duct tape, games and books and copies of personal documents. Merry says, “Put your personal documents in gallon zip lock bags. Store it in your dishwasher. Your dishwasher is sealed and will keep water out.” He added, “But don’t run your dishwasher!” Your will also want to fill your bathtub or other large containers with water. The water will go out when you flush your toilets, but you will need to have water to pour into the toilet for the next flush. Shelves will empty quickly, so the time to assemble your kit is now, not when there is a hurricane watch or warning. “Irma passed through this area around 11 p.m., but by noon that day, shelves were empty and stores were closed. You may also wish to photograph your belongings ahead of time in case you later need to file an insurance claim. During the Storm The District 4 Sheriff ’s Office is located in a flood and evacuation zone. During Irma, the department lived in the Atrium from Friday afternoon until Tuesday. The SCC radio building functioned as the emergency center and sheriff ’s office during that time. Since it is unsafe to travel when winds are sustained at 35 mph, everything stops at that point. No one can go to help anyone. There is no 911, no ambulances or any other services. Recovery After the storm has passed, listen
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This map shows that we are not in an evacuation zone.
Storm surge and flooding is not a concern for most area residents.
to local officers for updates and instructions. Check in with family and friends by texting or by using social media. If you left your home, return home only when authorities indicate that it is safe to do so. Watch for debris and downed power lines. Do not walk or drive through flood waters. Six inches of moving water can knock you down. One foot of moving water can sweep your car away. Any flood water may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines. Also, you have no way of knowing if the ground has been washed away below the water level. Take photos of any damage right away. This will help if you need to file an insurance claim. Be aware that insurance might not cover damage that occurs after a storm, so you will want to do what
displayed 24 hours ahead of time. Among the lessons learned during Hurricane Irma was the realization that after-storm assessment needs to begin earlier. From 4 a.m. Monday until 4 a.m. on Tuesday, Deputy Merry and others were operating chainsaws to help clear roads. Then they began their assessment and discovered who was without power or had other problems. Resources Here are some of the places that can keep you informed: Sun Radio FM 96.3, Kings Point and Freedom Plaza Wheel (internal television), local news stations, Hillsborough County Government, NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) www. noaa.gov, National Weather Service www.weather.gov, and Ready America www.ready.gov/hurricanes.
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Pierre Joly Featured Speaker at MOAA Meeting
By B. Frank Kepley, CAPT USN (Ret.) Pierre Joly, CWO4, USA (Ret), was the featured speaker at the Military Officers of America Association (MOAA) monthly meeting, which was held at the Sun City Center, North Side Atrium Building on June 6, 2018. Pierre Served 20 years in US Army Intelligence and served a follow on 18 years as a Defense Intelligence civilian in support of national security, and the conduct of human and other intelligence disciplines. He retired as Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service Officer (DISES-04). Pierre Joly, on left, and LTC Benny Prior to Pierre’s presentation Capt. Blackshire, USA (Ret), president of SCC Frank Kepley, USN (Ret), publisher and MOAA. editor of the local chapter’s monthly newsletter, was presented the 5-Star Col. Marvin J. Harris Communications Award. In addition, Jim Haney, Maj. USMC (Ret), who was not in attendance, was noted to have received the 5-Star Col. Marvin J. Harris Web Site award. Jim is the creator and webmaster of the site. The local MOAA chapter has now attained a 5-Star rating for the chapter, newsletter and website. That is a first for the chapter.
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By B. Frank Kepley, CAPT USN (Ret.) On Saturday, 9 June 2018, at the Nielsen Media Research Center in Oldsmar, FL, the local Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) presented thirty-six Girl Scouts from the West Central Florida Council the Gold Award, the highest award to be earned by a Girl Scout. MOWW recognized and congratulated eighteen of these Scouts from the six inland counties in the Council. MOWW Companion retired Army LTC Dave Mason from the Clearwater Chapter (three coastal counties) accompanied Companion retired Marine Major Jim Haney, SCC Chapter Commander, who participated as a speaker during the Ceremony. Before the Ceremony, Jim presented a Chapter MOWW Bronze Patrick Henry Medallion to Gold Award Scout Haylie Corcho, Chamberlain HS student, for her project to provide comfort to homeless female veterans by creating a peaceful place (rock garden, bench, & enhanced landscaping) to relax after a hard day of work at the Tampa Crossroads Athena House, a transitional house. The project will be sustained annually by the Progressive Insurance Military Network employee resource group. The SCC Chapter meets on the third Thursday of each month except July & August at the Freedom Fairways GC. MOWW members are active/retired/former officers in the seven federally uniformed services and their dependents. Contact Companion Haney at email@example.com for more information.
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Imagine Showcases Creativity
By Kai Rambow Some of the work on display is simply stunning. Others will boggle your mind: how did someone create that? Glass sculpture is an American movement, and Imagine showcases the recent history. Even though Imagine is new, opened earlier this year, it’s already received high ratings from visitors. Significance of Imagine If you’re familiar with stained glass works by Tiffany or Chagall, they designed and created fabulous works, however, the actual pieces were created in a factory setting. It wasn’t until the early 1960s, furnaces were developed with temperatures hot enough for artists to create in a studio environment. This also enabled artists to create new forms of glass sculpture. Gallery 1 and 2 Since the museum is so new, audio guides and/or docent led tours are not yet available. Jane Buckman, Deputy Director, shared some key insights so you’ll know what you’re seeing. “Gallery 1 and 2 show the artists who were the pioneers in glass as an art form. When you’re looking at the work, you’ll see some early work, and you’ll see some later pieces, so you can see how they evolved.” As you progress through the galleries, the sculptures progress in concept, idea, form and techniques. They also become bigger and more complex. 211 On the second floor, near 211 there are two glass creations for which you should take a little extra time. The first is a cube with a dotted, globe shaped art inside. If you walk around to the side, it disappears from view. The second one nearby, looks like a face from one side, but two people kissing from the other side.
These are the two most obvious ones, but don’t just look at any of the works from one perspective. Walk around and see what you can discover. First-Rate Execution The founder, Trish Duggan, a glass artist herself, developed this museum very quickly. Major milestones from the idea, to acquiring the building, to acquiring the collection and then renovating the building were accomplished in three years. When you’re looking at the building, the exhibits and glass sculptures, everything looks like it took much longer to put together. It has been thoughtfully created with first-rate execution. Our section of the Gulf coast has the Duncan McClellan Gallery, the Chihuly Collection, the glass pavilion at Ringling and now Imagine. This latest glass museum addition is turning the Gulf coast into the Glass coast – and we get to enjoy it. July 13 A special exhibit featuring work by Paul J. Stankard will open in the middle of this month. Almost 100 paperweights will be on display. One, already on display, was globe shaped with incredibly highly detailed images inside. Tips for a Great Trip Great Summer Day Trip: In the heat and humidity of summer, this is a great indoor activity. Since the museum is very close to the downtown core, you might want to consider having a meal after at one of many restaurant choices in St. Petersburg. You could arrive for the opening time at 10 a.m., take your time, have lunch after and be back home mid-afternoon. Go as a Group: At present, docent led
Yes, these are all made from glass. The new Imagine Museum captures the history of glass sculpture beautifully.
tours and/or audio guides have not been rolled out. However, if you put together a group of 10, the museum can set you up for a guided experience. Drive and Parking: This is a short, easy drive to St. Petersburg with plenty of parking. The museum is a three-story building painted in beautiful blues. GPS will be helpful for the last few turns and streets.
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ARTS & entertainment CONCERT BAND• DANCE • SHOWS • JAZZ• FLEXERCISE & MORE!
NOTICE: Each community and club in Sun City Center and Kings Point has specific rules about membership and attendance. Unless specifically stated or posted, most venues, meetings and events hosted on the Community Association campus and in Kings Point require attendees to bring their SCC CA or KP ID or come with a resident member. When in doubt, contact the club in question - not the venue or association - prior to arrival. Thanks.
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DANCING SCC Dance Club
Saturday, July 21, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Celebrate summer with a turn on the dance floor! Don’t miss out on the first of our summer dance series. This fabulous dance is presented by the Sun City Center Dance Club, in the South Community Hall, 1910 So. Pebble Beach Blvd., SCC, 33573. Eat, drink and be merry. Dance to a new playlist developed by Alan and Sue Hicks. Dressy casual attire. No shorts! BYOB. Bring your friends, or come and make new friends. Open seating. Members free, guests $6 per person at the door. For additional information: email Sue or Alan at email@example.com.
Oldies But Goodies Dance Club
The Oldies but Goodies Dance Club will be enjoying the music of ENCORE on Sunday, July 8, 2018 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.
Rockin’ Thru the Years Dance Club
“Join Us For A Rockin’ Good Time!” Sunday, July 29, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Veterans Theater, Kings Point North Clubhouse. The Veterans Theater doors will open at 6 p.m. Admission is $6. per person for nonmembers. You may bring snacks and BYOB. The Club provides cups, napkins, ice and water on each table. Johnny Charro and his Band will provide the dance music. Johnny Charro and his Band do amazing work with a wide variety of music including rock & roll, oldies, Latin music, country, soul, contemporary, easy listening, and current popular hits. During intermissions, they will play our favorite line dance music. Please contact Sandi at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend the dance. Please include your full name in the email and send it to Sandi by Saturday morning July 28 so she can include your name on the list she must give to the Kings Point front gate security guards so you may get through the KP Security Gate.
Friday, July 13, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Kings Point Veterans Theater of the north clubhouse. The admission is $5 and BYOB. Come listen to the music of DJ Ken Miller. If you live outside Kings Point, please call Dottie Beyer at 813-812-6972 to add your name to the gate list.
Oldies But Goodies Dance Club
The Oldies but Goodies Dance Club will be enjoying the music of Ron and the Classics on Sunday, July 22, 2018 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 has been performing around the Bay Area for many years and brings songs from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s back with much energy and style, sounding much like the original artists. 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 email@example.com. You may also check out our website: sccoldiesbutgoodiesdanceclub.com or join us on Facebook facebook.com/ OldiesButGoodiesDanceClub.
Singles Social Dance Club
By Janet Doherty The Singles Social Dance Club will hold their monthly dances on Sunday, July 1, and Sunday, July 29, in the Atrium Building Florida Room from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Live music for your dancing and listening pleasure provided by Thor Stevens and his saxophone. Members $4; guests $6. BYOB and snacks. Water, ice, cups and napkins provided on each table. Dressy/ casual attire requested. For information, call Janet at 813-633-3558.
Social Ballroom Dance Classes
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 George Hawn 330-770-0442. Tuesday, July (3, 10, 17, 24, 31) Social Ballroom Dance Class Beginning West Coast Swing 5:30 p.m. Int. West Coast Swing 6:45 p.m. Advanced Waltz - 8 p.m. Wednesday, July (4, 11, 18, 25) Social Ballroom Dance Class Beginning Tango 12:45 p.m. Intermediate Tango 2 p.m. Beginning Viennese Waltz 3:15 p.m. Taught by Bernice Dubro and George Hawn phone 813-634-3205 or 330-7700442, or email at “dancewithbernice@ gmail.com”.
KP Line Dancers
The KP Line Dancers will have a free social dance Wed July 25, 7 p.m., Veterans Theater. Open to KP and SCC residents and their guests. “Wild Horses” is the theme, country western gear is what to wear. BYOB. Appropriate dance shoes please. Call Jan 634-6226 for more info.
Academy of Ballroom Dance
The Academy of Ballroom Dance Club will host its next monthly dance on Saturday, July 7, in the Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd, Sun City Center. At 6:30 p.m., there will be a Rumba dance lesson included with admission. This will be followed by regular dancing from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is free for members, or $6 for guests at the door. Come and dance to a fabulous selection of tunes handpicked by our DJ Bernice DuBro. Enjoy the complimentary coffee and cookies. Try your luck with the 50/50 drawing. Open seating and singles tables are always available. Everyone is welcome; bring your friends and BYOB. The dress code is casual but neat (no shorts please). For more information, call George Hawn at 330-770-0442.
Moonglow Dance Club
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 26. 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. Please BYOB and snacks, and the club provides ice, water, cups, and napkins.For more information please call 813-633-1297 or 813-6348308, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gals & Guys Taking Summer Off
The Gals & Guys Productions will be taking time off during the summer months of July and August. Please remember to sign up as membership will resume come September, on any Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Rollins Theater. The Club is open to all Sun City Center, Kings Point and Freedom Plaza residents. Contact Salvina Tannenholz, President. email@example.com or 813-633-5924.
Entertainment Corner By Renee Bray, SCCCA Entertainment Director
Here we are in July, the dog days of summer are upon us. Many of our friends and neighbors are snowbirds or have hit the road on a vacation journey to lands north. Still the SCCCA members that are holding down the fort are longing for something to do, and this year, there have been no complaints. Summer Bandstand concerts at the gazebo occur monthly, while newly introduced pool parties have provided our members with fun ways to spend the summer. Just around the corner we will kick off our 2018-2019 Entertainment Series. Season ticket holders should watch their mail for renewal notices coming in August. In addition, there will be many more Friday dances planned, as they are very popular. These dances will be in addition to the five entertainment series dances. All will have reserved seating, great bands and the standard BYOB format. Watch for announcements on these events in the News, as well as on the “Ticket Talk” Bulletin Board in the CA Atrium.
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In this comedy with a heart, Mom has been dead for 11 months and shows up at her husband’s birthday party as a ghost with a mission. Like Clarence in It’s A Wonderful Life, she has to accomplish a task to earn her wings. Only what the task actually is, is a mystery. There are so many things to fix. One by one the family's secrets are peeled away revealing a shocking truth that surprises even our ghost. Directed by Donn Keith with assistance of Mary McClafferty and Mary Anne Moseley and produced by Shirley Walker. Starring in Ensemble: Carolyn Vaughn as Kat, Donna Fiore as Mom, Jim Sapia as Dad, Mary Crowell as Brittney, Kathryn Shea as Trish, Ken Kidd as Kevin and Barb Brtva as Mrs Norquist
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JULY 1–27 Having to be in a health care setting is often a stressful and frightening experience for children and families. Recreation and play therapy give kids strategies for coping and bring a momentary escape from their illness. Donations to Christmas in July help dramatically alter a child’s hospital experience. Here’s how you can make a difference: n Sponsor an extraordinary child experience n Join our Office Challenge
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LAWN BOWLING • TENNIS • GOLF • SOFTBALL• PICKLEBALL & MORE! Who Plays Bridge?
The Duplicate Bridge Association of Sun City Center is home to hundreds of bridge players most of whom feel rather passionately about the game. Who are these people? And why - why are they so hooked on bridge? One of our club’s most newlywed couples, Tom and Gerry Richard, learned the game of bridge early. Tom got hooked in college, “I played as much as possible, almost playing myself out of college,” he confesses. Gerry learned the game from a high school boyfriend’s parents. Tom, practically a bridge autodidact, found little time for the game after college: he served in the Army then went to graduate school at UF, becoming a professor with a peripatetic lifestyle that left little time for finding bridge games. He sealed the no-bridge deal (get it?) when he married a woman who did not care for card games. It would be decades before Tom said “one no trump” again. Meanwhile, Gerry went to college. Her bridge partners no longer a boyfriend’s parents but ...fraternity guys. Gerry says they surely did not teach her the best “bridge theory” but clearly one of them had “slam potential” as she married him! Tom Hadley. They formed a bridge group of eight couples which stayed together for forty-eight years! Gerry’s in-laws lived in Kings Point and, visiting often, they learned the lay of the land and liked it well enough to begin renting there. Soon enough they found the bridge club which was welcoming to them both. They played lots of bridge - but not together. Sometimes it’s better that way. So, as it turned out, ten years into the new millennium Tom and his wife living in Dover, Florida and Gerry and her husband (also Tom) were Ohio snowbirds in Kings Point half the year. But, too soon two sad things occurred: Gerry’s husband passed away in 2011, and in 2013 Tom’s wife died. Enormous loses as many reading this well know. In 2014 Tom joined the “Catholic Match” Internet dating service and Gerry found him. Gerry, deeply involved with the Kings Point Bridge Club, was delighted to learn that Tom was actually a hibernating bridge player. Thus began a beautiful love affair with each other ... and bridge. They are having a fun time traveling to tournaments; winning silver, gold, red points. Full circle: remember the fraternity guys who taught Gerry some - perhaps dubious - bridge fifty years ago? Gerry will be helping Tom, who has become an ACBL director, teach the novice players! In January of 2019, they will be taking over the Easy Bridge!1 classes for the Duplicate Bridge Association of Sun City Center.
Submitted by Mark Erickson Weather permitting, the SCC Archery Club holds their weekly “Social Shoot” on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at their range located on the South Campus. The weather may prevent club members from using their range to shoot on Tuesday, but it doesn’t stop the club members from gathering at a local restaurant for dinner. This photo shows club members enjoying a bit of comradery at Denny’s. Free archery lessons are only available to CA Members. To receive your free lesson, call the clubs instructor Jerry Anderson at 330-206-7048. For questions not about lessons, call club president Mark Erickson at 813-634-0796.
Archer Increases Distance
Submitted by Mark Erickson Recently, SCC Archery Club Member Mollie Fleck increased her shooting distance from 20 yards to 40 yards. This is in preparation for shooting in the Florida Senior Olympic games this fall. Mollie is being coached by SCC Archery Club Instructor’s Jerry & Linda Anderson for this falls senior competition.
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The spring Sun City Center softball session ended with Tom Mackar’s team winning the session with a 10-1 record. The second summer softball session has started and the third will start on August 10. If you want to sign up for the third summer session and are a SCC resident, Kings Point or Freedom Plaza resident please go to the web site and fill out the application at www.suncitycentersoftball. org. You can also come out and practice on Monday’s at the field at 9 a.m. and play in the pickup games on Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. Test out your skills and see if you want to “Play Ball” again! Ladies are also welcome to play also!
By Bob Monahan It’s not polite to ask a person their age when you first meet and that was true when Dr. Jack Walesby of Apollo Beach showed up to play senior basketball at the Ruskin Recreation Center. He looked fit and trim at six feet tall and 165 pounds. Jack explained that he had recently been in a car accident, blindsided by another vehicle and had fractured three ribs among other injuries and now was ready to try senior basketball. I worked with him on his shooting technique, and the next week thought he was ready to play in a light scrimmage game with our regular players ages 52 to 79. Jack held his own, and was assigned to guard my brother who had just retired but didn’t have much experience with basketball. Surprisingly, Jack scored two baskets right away. My brother Bruce, not to be undone by Jack, scored two of his own hoops. Both players experienced the friendship-first attitude we have in Ruskin. At the end of the first game, Jack revealed that he was 87 years old. Our Sun Dr. Jack Walesby and Coach Bob City Basketball Club donated a player’s Monahan. shirt recognizing Dr. Jack as the oldest person to play with our regional division where any senior in Hillsborough County is welcome to play. Jack is a retired optometrist widowed several years ago. He also joined us to play pickleball in Ruskin the next day. Jack is an example to all seniors that there is no magic number when you stop doing what you like or try something new. All seniors can play basketball this summer 10:15 Saturday mornings at the Ruskin Recreation Center on Southeast 6th Street. There is no charge and you can register to play at this wonderful air-conditioned facility by calling Joy Robinson at 813672-7881. Come join the brotherly friendship of playing ball ages 50 and above.
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By Paula Lickfeldt In the late 70s, Willard and Bernice Dillmuth came to Florida to look for a place to retire. They stopped in Sun City Center for a meal at the King’s Inn. Willard, who was having trouble getting around, loved the chairs on wheels. The next day, they went to more towns to look at homes, but Willard wanted to come back to SCC for dinner because he liked the restaurant that had the chairs on wheels. While they were eating, they decided that they should look at some homes in SCC. They bought a home on North Lake and were snowbirds for several years. Willard passed away in 1982, but Bernice kept coming each year, and the stay each year was a little longer then the year before. Jean Noble is a retired teacher and the sister of Bernice Dillmuth. She decided to move to SCC after her retirement in New Jersey. Soon after Jean moved to SCC, Sandra Dillmuth, Bernice’s daughter moved here. Sandra had taught school for five years in Pennsylvania and then decided to teach for the United States department of defense abroad. She taught in Germany for 32 years. When Christmas break came to her school in Germany, Sandra would fly to Tampa, gather her mother, and they would fly to PA for a family Christmas. They would come back to SCC after Christmas, have a few days together and then she would fly back to Germany. She told me that on more than one occasion she would go to school on Monday morning pulling her suitcase. Sandra has been the cook for team four on the Emergency Squad for five years, she is a member of the Association of American University Women, she is an
What a Family Connection to SCC! Back: Mary Jane & Robert Tarr, & Sandra Dillmuth. Seated: Douglas Dillmuth, Roger & Evelyn Dillmuth, Richard & Andrea Tarr, Jean Noble. Not pictured: Soon-to-be SCC resident, Alexis Gipson & Pam Dillmuth.
avid reader and belongs to three book clubs and she loves to travel having just returned from a trip to France. She bought a home here in SCC just a couple of years after she retired. Not long after that, her cousin Mary Jane and her husband Robert Tarr, bought the other half of the duplex that Sandra owned. They wanted it for their retirement and rented it until they were old enough to move to SCC. During that time, however, they were becoming accustomed to the life in SCC by vacationing here and staying with Jean in her home while they were still working. They came from Cincinnati, Ohio when Mary Jane retired from her 30-year career of teaching, and Robert retired from careers in food product development and, later, photography. Mary Jane is currently the caregiver for her mother, and Robert is looking for his third career and helping with his motherin-law, followed Robert and Mary Jean to SCC. Richard is setting up an LLC with Robert to provide engineering
consulting to businesses in the marine air conditioning industry, from which he recently retired. Andrea, who recently retired from teaching and raising three children, has a sister Alexis Gipson in Bellefonte, PA who wants to make the move to SCC and has recently purchased a home here. Alexis, Andrea, Richard and Robert all grew up in the Republic of Panama. Evelyn and Roger Dillmuth are Sandra’s brother and sister-in-law. They moved to SCC next and bought a home on Meadowlark Lane. They like to play golf and belong to the Caloosa Golf and Country Club. Douglas Dillmuth is another of Sandra’s brothers. He and his wife Pam bought a home in the Renaissance area. Pam is not in the picture because she is still working up north as is Doug. They hope to eventually settle here also. Once again, we see how fate and the desire to keep a family together brings folks to SCC. Tell us your Family Connection to SCC. Call Paula 633-6739.
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Resident of Distinction: Dolores Berens
By Ilona Merritt Dolores Berens is truly a resident of distinction. Ask anyone who has a loved one with Alzheimer’s or is a caregiver to an Alzheimer’s patient and they will sing a litany of praises for Dolores. Dolores and her husband, Maurice, moved to SCC from New York in May 1987. She almost immediately joined the Sew’n Sews, she had sewn for her family all her adult life. Then the Women’s Club beckoned, where she served two terms as president. Next, she became active in the American Business Women’s Association. She was a CA director for two and half years and she was president of her homeowners association for five years. Dolores had dealt with members of her extended family who had Alzheimer’s, but when Maurice developed Alzheimer’s it hit home and she experienced the horrors of this condition first hand. She realized that something needed to be done especially for those who are the caregivers. Dolores had the background to organize and put into action anything she wanted to. She is a Brooklyn native and lived and worked in Manhattan and in the Bronx. At a young age, she worked at an insurance writer, and her organizational skills soon led her to oversee the operations of the whole office. She worked and waited diligently for her husband to come home from the war. They married, raised two sons, took in her Italian mother-in-law and cared for her as well. She worked for several corporations, including the famous Carrier Corporation, and was fully in charge of their New York City office. In those days people were expected to be well dressed when they come to work. Dolores dressed to the nines and in her high heels tackled the subway ride into downtown every day. Even today, at 90, she has not given up that habit and still looks like she just came out of a band box every day. The only concession she has made is to give up the high heels for fear of falling. Dolores’ volunteer career started
in Sun City Center in 1998 when she joined Doris Ragland and the Alzheimer’s support group, which Doris had started in 1986. The support group met once a month for 32 years. In 1998, Dolores set out to put together a respite group for the Alzheimer’s caregivers. A chocolate extravaganza was given here in SCC to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association on Tampa. It was decided to keep the money here and start a respite program in our community. The program works in conjunction with several of the local nursing homes and in-home professionals where the Alzheimer’s Patients are placed while the caregivers gets some time for their own needs. Hansen Services were the first to reach out and offer their help. Funds had to be raised, all the legalities had to be checked out and, in January 1999, the Alzheimer’s respite group was in full swing. Dolores now has a long list of places who are working with her as well as many wonderful volunteers. But all this takes money. She has to have a set amount in the bank for each person who she sends to a facility, so every donation, no matter how small, is welcome to help this very special cause. Dolores Berens has empathy, patience, and gives loving care and warmth to everyone she meets. Despite some serious illnesses, she is still going strong at 90 years of age. She is available 24/7 if an Alzheimer’s patient or their caregiver needs help. A great Lady and wonderful resident of distinction.
Meet Your Neighbors: Sam and Dee Dee Montana
By Ilona Merritt Sam and Dee Dee Montana love to travel and have seen an extensive part of this wonderful world we live in. Sam and Dee Dee Montana have been residents of SCC since 2004. They had lived in the Tampa area for several years, but, they say, their move to this community was the best move. Both of them love it here and get involved in the activities and the volunteerism in our community. Dee Dee is active with the Samaritans Services, as well as duplicate bridge and pickleball and Sam plays tennis, is well versed in the world of computers, and frequently teaches computer classes. They have been HOA presidents, vice president and board members for various organizations. Sam is also a member of the Sawdust Engineers and enjoys making things, especially for their home. They also spent several years driving for the Security Patrol. They are willing volunteers and give of their time freely. What they like best is travel and have found the answer to bringing home souvenirs. They collect magnets but
not to load down their refrigerator. Sam put his woodworking skill to work and makes magnet boards to display their souvenirs. They now have six of these magnet boards and at a glance anyone can tell they are world travelers. They married in 1998 and spent their honeymoon taking a cruise. Since then they have gone on 67 cruises. Which was their most exciting one? The last one. The Montanas enjoyed a marvelous cruise and spent over three weeks visiting such faraway places with strange sounding names like Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Bangkok, Thailand, Mumbai, United Arab Emirates, Sri Lanka and more.
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By Kai Rambow Kids love it. They love it so much, they like to get soaked twice. Roaring Springs is a new water ride at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. Almost without exception, after getting wet taking the ride, kids ran to the observation platform to get soaked from the next ride coming down. It’s a great addition to the park, especially during hot days. Your best bet, be prepared. One family had clearly done this before. They had swimsuits on underneath light clothing. No doubt so they could dry off quickly. Another family planned on coming back later in the afternoon. It’s included with your admission. Note: Any sign indicating a splash zone will result in getting soaked if you stand there.
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By Peggy Burgess Receiving plaudits is by no means a rare occurrence among residents of Freedom Plaza, a community that includes military heroes, business leaders, inventors and book authors. Many have carried their aptitude for achievement into retirement and often receive public recognition. So, though not a novelty, it is always a pleasure for residents to offer congratulations to their neighbors, and the month of May brought a double measure of pleasure as two Freedom Plaza residents won prestigious awards! Resident Bill Turcotte was totally unaware that he was to receive an award when he was invited to attend “Rise and Shine”, a fundraising breakfast for Senior Connection, a national organization that assists senior citizens. The local chapter, based in Tampa, covers five Florida counties. Each year the Florida Senior Connection recognizes seniors who have contributed, through volunteer efforts, to the edification of fellowseniors in their communities. One of these service category awards is in “Arts and Entertainment”, a field in which Turcotte thrives. A retired educator (teacher, principal and Associate Superintendent of Schools in Augusta, Maine and Kingston, New York), he came from a family involved in community theater and, early-on, developed an affinity for theater arts. He participated in stage works, both dramatic and musical, through college, during his career and into Sun City Center retirement, where he became a prominent figure in the local Pelican Players. Since moving into Freedom Plaza he has founded and leads the theater group, Plaza Players, as well as serving on several resident committees. It isn’t like winning an award is new to
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Freedom Plaza resident Bill Turcotte receives the 2018 Senior Connection award for his contributions to arts and entertainment in the community.
Freedom Plaza resident John Foster; one has only to read the jacket covers of his four published books of poetry to learn of them. He was educated at Middleburg College, Yale and the Sorbonne, taught French and was an administrator at private secondary schools in the Northeast before retirement. One of his later-in-life honors was in being appointed a National Poetry Judge by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. Foster is known throughout West Central Florida for his poetry workshops and locally for his work on stage with the Pelican Players, as well as solo presentations of his poetry. It is, perhaps, this theatrical experience that aided his winning the Performance Poetry Prize at the recent Florida State Poetry Association convention. He competed against 24 other poets in a “poetry slam” which emphasizes oral delivery of your poem with clarity, physical gesture, facial expression and
Freedom Plaza resident John Foster bested 24 other poets to win the “Poetry Slam” at the 2018 Florida Poetry Society Convention.
dramatic intensity. Foster’s reading of his hilarious “Ode to an Outhouse” won the day...and the 2018 award. Freedom Plaza’s two most recent award winners share common ground as former educators and participation in community theater. More important, both have not only brought their skills with them into retirement but share those attributes generously with others. Freedom Plaza is proud to call them “our own” and add public “Congratulations!” to Bill Turcotte and John Foster, winners in every respect.
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Florida’s Ecology: One Reason It’s a Globally Important State
By Diane M. Loeffler Florida is a really amazing state. We all enjoy basking in the pool or teeing up on the golf course while our former neighbors suffer through gray, chilly days. More importantly, Florida has an abundance of plants, animals and ecosystems. Recently, Reed Noss, Ph.D. spoke to Sun City Center residents about the diverse ecosystems of Florida. Sponsored by The SCC Audubon Club in partnership with the GFWC SCC Women’s Club, this was the third in a series of three workshops. Florida is globally important. There are at least 1,500 plan species that are endemic to Florida. In other words, species that are restricted to or native to a particular area or region. If these species were to disappear in Florida, they will probably disappear from the world as well. We have 816 endemic plants. This is more than any other state except California. In some areas of Florida, a one meter square contains more than 50 species. One hundred and twenty thousand years ago, Florida was mostly covered by water. Areas such as the Lake Wales Ridge were surrounded by water. Eighteen thousand years ago, Florida was double the size it is now. Dr. Noss says, “Many places in Florida were under the water not so long ago. Species thrived here because of the relatively stable climates. The frequent disturbance by fire and wind gives opportunities to non-dominant species.” Dr. Noss showed us slides of many types of plants and animals that depend on the fires caused by lightning. There are many plants and animals that require a landscape where growth has been interrupted by a fire every two
The Woman’s Club and the SCC Audubon Club co-sponsored the presentation on Florida’s ecology. Pictured are (left to right) Patsie Ginley, Conservation Chair for SCC Woman’s Club; Reed Noss, Chief Science Advisor for the Southeastern Grasslands Initiative and Mary Duncan, President of the SCC Audubon Club.
years or sooner. Mangroves are very important to Florida ecology. Gradual fluctuations of water levels are normal to Florida and can be handled by mangroves. Mangroves also help protect the shoreline when storms approach. However, mangroves cannot cope with sudden changes and may be destroyed if water levels rise too rapidly. Sadly, when development takes place near the shore, mangroves are often destroyed. Some of the distinct ecosystems he covered included the American Coastal Plain, the Pine Savannah or Woodland, the Pine Rockland, Scrub areas, Dry Prairies, Salt Marshes, and Hardwood Forests also known as Xeric (dry) Hammocks and Hydric (wet) Hammocks. Many of these ecosystems are primarily grassland or low-lying plants. From the road they might not look exciting, but if you walk through them, you will be amazed at the variety of plants and animals there. Dr. Ross says there are many areas
we might want to visit. The Appalachia Forest has the most endangered species. Big Pine Key is a good example of a Pine Rockland area. There are rosemary bogs or scrubs in the Lake Wales Ridge area. Fisheating Creek WMA is a floodplain swamp area where boats can be rented. Manatee Springs has more fastflowing water output than any place else in the world. Big Cypress Preserve has more species of native orchids than any other place. There are salt marshes near Cedar Key and in the north part of Florida. The list of plants, animals, and geological features covered in Dr. Noss’s presentation are too long for a newspaper column. However, if you type in “Reed Noss books” into your computer browser, you will see that Dr. Noss has written many books that you could purchase or find in libraries. If this article interests you, you may wish to join the SCC Audubon Club or become involved in ecology concerns through the SCC Woman’s Club.
Welcome Deputy Taverau
By Diane Loeffler The Boys and Girls Club have a new deputy, Efrain Taverau. Previously, Deputy Jeffrey Merry worked with the club as well as being Sun City Center’s Community Resource Deputy. The Boys and Girls Club is available for students in grades K through 5. During the school year, children are there from after 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. The summer program runs from 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. The Boys and Girls Club is located in Bethune Park and has three classrooms in a building near there. The classrooms are used for arts, homework help, computers, and general activities. There are plans to build additional space. Deputy Taverau says that the Hillsborough County Sheriff ’s Office works with the program “to develop links between the department and the community. Children learn that police are there to help, that police aren’t ogres who just show up to take people to jail. We develop positive relationships.”
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PCAT Family Literacy Program
By Paula Lickfeldt In 2003, Christene Worley, a marketing director for a nursing home corporation, helped with the Summer Vacation Bible School program at her church in Tampa. Christene was astounded at the number of young children who could not read. She decided to approach the Hillsborough County Children’s Board. This was the conception of the Parent and Children Advance Together Literacy Ministries. The Children’s Board gave her a grant to get started working with first and second graders in Tampa. They also funded a certified teacher and someone to write grants and be a bookkeeper. This ministr y is a one-on-one relationship between an adult and an at-risk child. The adults work with the children that the teachers have identified as at-risk. The time spent together is from late September through the beginning of May. All classes are after school from 2:15 until 5. The children have fun and snack time after school and at 3 they begin their special lessons. The children spend at least 40 minutes working on their lessons and then they work on the fun educational games. Adult volunteers are given training in the curriculum and the process of the program. They are not required to do any planning, they follow the lesson plans that are given to them. Each volunteer is asked to make a commitment to come every week on the same day and the same time. There are two groups of children, one comes on Monday and Wednesday and the other comes on Tuesday and Thursday. Most of the volunteers come on the two days that their child attends the class
because they bond with that child. A lot of volunteers are needed, since yearly 70 to 100 children may be served. As the program was progressing, Christene quit her paying job in order to have the time needed to develop the program. She told me, “My whole life is dedicated to these children. If they can’t read, they can’t succeed.” At the end of the school year at least 95% of the children move on to the next grade. About four years ago the program expanded to include the Ruskin Elementary School, and last year it expanded again to include the Wimauma Elementary school. They also began working with children in Kindergarten. The funding for this program comes largely from the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and the Interfaith Council of Sun City Center. Think about this seriously: Would you be willing to give two hours a week during the school year to help a child learn to read?
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Submitted by Sandra Fanello On April 13, 2018, my husband, John F. Fanello, was inducted into the 2018 Roll of Honor at a Ceremony aboard the U.S.S. Yorktown at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum in Charleston, SC. From 1969-1971, John was assigned as a door gunner with the United States Navy Seawolves. In 1965, the US Navy began joint operations off the southern coast of South Vietnam in support of the growing war. In 1966, the Navy sent a message fleetwide, asking for volunteer Naval Aviators to man HA(L)-3 helicopters. From the response, eighty Aviators were chosen to be the first “Seawolves” and transferred to Vietnam. On 1 April 1967, HA(L)-3, nicknamed the “Seawolves,” was officially established in South Vietnam. The “Seawolves” were an all-volunteer US Navy squadron formed in support of Naval Special Warfare operations and Mobile Riverine Forces during the
Vietnam war. Missions included search and destroy patrols, reconnaissance, medical evacuation, and SEAL Team insertion and extraction. By the time of their decommissioning on 16 March 1972, Seawolves flew over 120,000 combat sorties over Vietnam and Cambodia. Over 200 Seawolves would be wounded in combat and 44 would be killed in action. The U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Enlisted Combat Aircrew Roll of Honor was dedicated aboard the U.S.S. Yorktown at Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum on Oct 10, 1996. These men are often the unheralded heroes who act with great bravery and valor without receiving much recognition. The Roll of Honor seeks to provide this deserved honor. For the men inducted, their names were added to the Enlisted Combat Aircrew Roll of Honor in Hangar Bay I of the U.S.S. Yorktown.
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St. Andrew Presbyterian Scholars Meet SCC Interfaith Council at St. Andrew By Jay Sparkman Church Art & Craft Fair
WANTED: Crafters and Artists for our annual Art & Craft Fair to be held at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church Dec. 8, 2018 from 10:00am to 3 p.m. For an application and further information contact Nancy Metcalf at (813) 4590871. Don Hinderliter, Director Mary Metro Fund, & Beverly Majewski of the Mission Board.
SouthShore UCC Donates to Mary Petro Fund
Graduating East Bay High School seniors who have received scholarships for college from the Sun City Center Interfaith Social Action Council were guests at the council meeting held at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Sun City Center. Each of the students spoke about their high school career, where they will attend college, and their hopes and aspirations for the future.
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SouthShore United Church of Christ donated to the Mary Petro Fund which was their Mission of the Month for April. The office for Mary Petro Fund is located in SouthShore United Church of Christ at 1501 La Jolla Ave, Sun City Center where they help residents of Sun City Center and Kings Point who need help affording their food and medicines. It is open on Tuesday and Thursday from 10 AM to 2 PM. For more information call 813-634-8306.
Please join us for a prospective member brunch at Beth Israel Jewish Congregation on Sunday, August 5, 2018, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. We are located at 1115 Del Webb Blvd East, in Sun City Center, FL. The Rabbi and Board of Directors will be there to talk to you about the many activities we offer, including Shabbat services, Jewish learning, many social programs, and a warm and welcoming congregation. For more information and to make reservations email Marlene Spiegal, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grammy Winning Gospel Singer Returns
The United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. West, welcomes back Grammy winning Gospel legend Larry Ford for a concert at 7 p.m. Friday, July 20, 2018. Larry Ford’s singing career has led him to 49 of the 50 states in the U.S., as well as to over 30 foreign countries. He has carried his message in song from the far reaches of Seoul, Korea to the southern hemisphere’s Spanish speaking countries. In 2003, Mr. Ford was awarded a Grammy for Best Southern Gospel Recording. He has been a featured soloist on the Gaither Music Homecoming DVD series, which consistently ranks in the top of Billboard Magazine’s music charts. A donation of just $10 is requested at the door on the night of the concert. For additional information about this and other concerts and recitals at the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, please contact Kevin Goodenow, Concert Series Coordinator, at 813-362-0956. To learn more about the United Methodist Church of Sun City center, please visit our website at www. sccumc.com.
SCC Interfaith Council Supports Literacy Group
By Jay Sparkman Jane Trefren, president of the Sun City Center Interfaith Social Action Council and a volunteer at the Nearly New Shop, presented a grant check in the amount of $4,250 to Christene Worley, executive director of Parents and Children Advance Together Literacy Ministries, Inc., as members of the group looked on. The grant will help with the organization’s South Shore Literacy Initiative. The SCC Interfaith Social Action Council uses monies from the sale of donated goods at the Nearly New Shop in the rear of the Sun City Center Plaza to fund grants to organizations and college scholarships to graduating students from East Bay and Lennard high schools. The Nearly New is open on Saturdays 8-noon during June, July, and August. For more information about the Council, donating, or becoming a volunteer at the Nearly New Shop go to www.SunCityCenterInterfaithCouncil. com or call 813-642-9099.
Interfaith Council members from St. Andrew, and Pat Pelton, left, council scholarship committee chair. The Interfaith Council uses monies from the sale of donations at the Nearly New Shop in Sun City Center Plaza to fund scholarships and provide grants to organizations in the South Shore area. For more info go to www. InterfaithCouncilofSunCityCenter.com or call 813-642-9099.
Clothing Collection Box at Prince Of Peace
The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul maintains a clothing collection box at Prince of Peace Catholic Church to benefit its Thrift Store. The collection box is located near the service entrance of the Conesa Center. Donated clothing, shoes, and purses may be placed in the box. Those donated items that are not suitable for reuse or resale are also of value as they will be recycled. If you wish to donate other items to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, such as furniture and housewares, please call the thrift store at (813) 645-5255. Prince of Peace Catholic Church is located at 702 Valley Forge Boulevard in Sun City Center. For more information on our parish community, please visit our website at “www. popcc.org” or call our offices at (813) 634-2328.
SouthShore UCC Celebrates Scholarship Sunday
SouthShore United Church of Christ celebrated Scholarship Sunday on June 3. The Scholarship recipients and their families attended worship service and were recognized. There were two former recipients who spoke and two current recipients who read scriptures. Afterward in Hospitality Hall the committee members introduced the students that they are mentoring and each student had a chance to speak to the congregation.
Students: L to R Front: DeeDee Jean-Philippe, Fernanda Gonzalez,Vanessa Vallejo, Magdalena Luna (speaker), Marissa Millard, Maria Millard (speaker) Back: Daniel Power, Curtis Davis, Diego Duran, Timothy Millard.
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Southshore United Church of Christ Presents Hurricane Preparedness Workshop
By Paula Lickfeldt Saturday July 14 SouthShore UCC will present a hurricane preparedness workshop for all of Sun City Center, Kings Point and surrounding areas. The event will take place in the Hospitality Hall of the church, 1501 La Jolla Ave. from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The day will be packed with information about how to prepare for a hurricane. Dr. Bob from Boyette Animal Hospital will be in attendance with handouts and a talk about what every pet owner needs to know and do to have their pets prepared for a hurricane or an evacuation. Sun City Centerâ€™s ACE Hardware will have a representative with ideas about how to prepare you home and property. Ted Williams from the Hillsborough Fire Rescue Office of Emergency Management will also be present to help with Hurricane Preparedness. To top it all off, The Front Porch Pickers will be present for your listening pleasure as you eat the hot dog that you purchased. Bridget Sweeney, Paula Lickfeldt, Pastor Tim Shirley, Marcia Crispino, and Marianne Strehar
SouthShore UCC Celebrates Pentecost
SouthShore United Church of Christ in Sun City Center celebrated Pentecost with a Happy Birthday Church party. The Church was decorated with red balloons and everyone wore red and we even had a birthday cake. The worship service was beautiful with heavenly music and a meaningful and enlightening sermon. The party continued afterwards in Hospitality Hall.
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