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The News of


Sun City Center official publication of the Sun City Center Community Association


JUNE 4 Lawn Concert w/Tommy Johnson Bandstand – 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 12 Board Workshop to discuss Agenda Caper Room – 9 a.m. 14 Board Meeting Rollins Theater - 9 a.m. JULY 4 4th of July Breakfast Community Hall 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Karaoke, Food Service, Music, Ice Cream Pool/Bandstand 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. 10 Board Workshop to discuss Agenda Caper Room - 9 a.m. 12 Board Meeting Rollins Theater 9 a.m.

NOTE: Community Leaders Meetings are not held in June, July or August. Agendas for the monthly Board Meetings will be posted on Official Bulletin Boards the Monday before and on the CA website ( – under “Association”). They will also be sent via “What’s New in the CA” email. Every Wednesday: Orientation for new members in the Board Room starting at 1 p.m.

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

June 2017

Communications, New Clubs, Future Events and Building Updates By Diane Loeffler Ask people in any organization, “What is your biggest problem?” It doesn’t matter if it is a club, a retail company, a large or small business, government, a school system, or a group of friends. The answer you often here will be: “Communication!” Sometimes communication is called “transparency.” Whatever it is named, most organizations strive to communicate in as many ways as possible. The Community Association is among those organizations that tries to communicate as clearly and frequently as possible. You’re reading one of the primary sources of communication right now, but you may also visit the CA website (, the News website (www.newsofsuncitycenter. com), email (sccboard@suncitycenter. org), Board Planning meetings (the Monday before the Board meeting), and after the CA Board Meeting is adjourned on the second Monday of the month. To further advance communications, Director Marilyn Cote’-Miller recently began writing down concerns and giving a follow-up report at the next meeting. This month she followed up on questions regarding assistive hearing devices, the community’s internet, The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure by

Save the Date

Historic Day: Demolition of the former CA office building began on May 24

Alice Sturgis, and other matters. Director Bob Sanchez reported on current and proposed changes to the CA website. Sanchez says, “The website has two functions. One is to promote the community to the outside world, people thinking about moving here. The other is for residents.” He is working on organizing the website so that everything that residents need is on a link specifically for CA members. This would include items such as meeting minutes and videos, volunteerism, a meeting calendar, room schedule, governing documents, bylaws and Miller’s issues log. Building Updates The Cafe’ is completed and will open as soon as the health certificate has been approved. The directors and staff have made their move to the modulars. “It couldn’t have gone any smoother. Becky Fox, our office

Community Manager, Lyn Reitz, says, “Make sure you mark your calendars for July 4th. It will be the same great event as last year with music at the pool and bandstand, food and drink for sale and free ice cream until it runs out. The event will run from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Be sure to get guest passes for your visitors.” manager, coordinated a good portion of it,” CA President John Luper said. The demolition work has begun. Some inside work was done before the May 10 meeting and the first round of comments from the provider were received. Owner’s Representative, Jonathan Moore, pointed out that the people they hired for this phase work on our timeline and had a three-day turnaround. This is in to the anticipated 12 weeks that this step would take if we went directly through the county. Asbestos testing was completed and filed, and geotechnical testing was next. Moore says, “A building permit is expected this month.” He says we are currently well within our budget and currently on schedule. “Once the slab is poured, they [the contractors] are in control.”

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Mark Your Calendars for the Fourth of July Breakfast

By Diane M. Loeffler You don’t want to miss the Fourth of July Breakfast. As Joanne Sudman says, “It is a wonderful time to come and meet your neighbors, and the food is great— only $5.” Breakfast will be served from 7:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Attendance varies. Frequently around 1,200 people come. One year it was 1,300. On May 2, Sam and Joanne met with Pat and Bob Sullivan and Linda Oddo to begin preparations for this year’s breakfast. All five of them have been volunteering for the event for several years and describe it as a fun day. “Good food. Good people. Good fun,” says Sam Sudman. “We’re here to see the community get together,” says Bob Sullivan. Sudman agrees saying, “The fun part is seeing the community come together and seeing strangers meet and make friends.” Linda Oddo says, “You can go by yourself. When I was new to Sun City Center, I was pleased at the comfort as a new-new person. At the breakfast, you can sit down with complete strangers and end up as friends. I met a woman at my first breakfast and we hit it off so well that we meet at the walking pool on a regular basis.” In addition to meeting new people, Oddo says, “I am a nurse. I run into so


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The current and outgoing chairs of the Independence Day Breakfast are looking for volunteers for the July 4 event. They promise that you will have fun as well as contributing to your community. Email if you can help.

New Independence Day Breakfast Chairs, Bob Sullivan, Pat Sullivan and Linda Oddo, take the flags from outgoing chairs Sam and Joanne Sudman. The committee also expresses its gratitude to the maintenance department for all of their help.

many patients at the breakfast. One year I saw 15 of them. They were so happy to see me and said that they were glad to see that I do fun things.” The Sudmans and Sullivans also commented on meeting new people, and also having the opportunity to get to know more about people they have seen before. It is a great opportunity to learn more about people you see at club activities and around town. Getting Involved Breakfast volunteers enjoy what they are doing and 75% of the approximately 135 volunteers return the next year. Oddo says, “We have fun. We are always laughing.” Whether you are a new resident or have been here for a while, volunteering is a good opportunity to

get involved and get to know people. As a volunteer, you will work a two-and-ahalf-hour shift. “We have had people call from Wisconsin and other locales, snowbirds who want to sign up,” Joanne Sudman says. Sam Sudman adds, “One year we received an email from England. One of our CA members who lives there part of the year wanted to make sure she was on the list to help with the breakfast.” Some of the jobs for which volunteers are needed are bussing tables, serving food, cooking, working in the kitchen, prep work or staying afterwards to take inventory. If you are interested in helping with the event, contact Bob Sullivan by emailing him at RSSunCityCenter@

History of the Event The first Independence Day breakfast was in 2012. Ann Marie LeBlanc initiated it as a way to celebrate the holiday and the Fiftieth Anniversary of Sun City Center at the same time. She was unable to be in charge of the event a second year, and asked Sam and Joanne Sudman if they would be willing to take over. “She gave us all her contacts and what she did. Over the years we streamlined the process,” says Sam. After five years of coordinating the breakfast, the Sudmans will be helping Linda Oddo and Pat and Bob Sullivan as they take over the event. Oddo and the Sullivans have helped with the breakfasts in the past and are enthusiastic about the event. Reflecting on past Fourth of July Breakfasts, Sam Sudman voices his gratitude to volunteers and to the maintenance department. Sudman says, “One of the most important ingredients in the breakfast is the maintenance employees. They begin preparing the electrical panel, the room and other items two days beforehand. They show up at 5 a.m. on July 4. Two hours after the event is over, the space is back to normal.” Be sure to mark your calendars and come to the breakfast. If you can, consider volunteering. Either way, you will be glad you were there.

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The News of Sun City Center

Clubbing in the Summertime

Updates from 1.

New Clubs Director Helen Lewis recommended that two clubs, The SCC Water Volleyball Club and the Multicultural Heritage Club, be approved as affiliated clubs. The board approved both clubs. The Water Volleyball Club has been playing in the shallow end of the pool on Friday evenings. Now that they are an affiliated club, they plan to play on Tuesday and Fridays at 5 p.m. President Ted Lersch encourages everyone to stop by and play. The Multicultural Club is open to individuals in Sun City Center, Freedom Plaza and Kings Point. It will be focusing on celebrating your culture. Vincente Lopez is the chairperson for that club. He says, “Everybody is welcome.”

June 2017

By Paula Lickfeldt So often we hear people say, “Everyone goes north in the summer, all of the clubs shut down and there is nothing to do.” Guess what—everyone does not go north, or somewhere else, in the summer. The vast majority stay in SCC, and the community clubs still offer plenty of things to do. Most of the card clubs will meet on their regular schedule during the summer months. Check with them individually. Look for their schedule in each issue of The News. And, if you’re interested in dancing, Moonglow Dance meets twelve months a year, always the fourth Thursday of the month at the Community Hall, except the August dance will be in the Florida Room because of construction at the Community Hall; and the Oldies But Goodies Dance Club meets once a month on Sunday from 7 until 10 at the Community Hall. Check the website for the dates of the dances: The Academy of Ballroom Dance will hold lessons June 3, July 1 and August 5. Lessons begin at 6:30 and the dancing runs from 7:30 to 9. See our Arts section for more information. “Great Books” meets every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in the Heritage Room. This summer they will be analyzing American Short Stories. Wednesday evening and Friday afternoon Mah Jongg in the Sandpiper Room will continue through the summer. Audubon Club hosts a trip each month: June 8 Red Hawk Ranch, July 19 Manatee Village Historical Park, August 18 Tampa Bay Surface Water Treatment Plant, September 19 Sawgrass Lake Park. Contact Mary Duncan 813-260-3322 if you are interested in attending any of these trips. Their regular meetings are in the Armstrong Room on the first, third and fifth Thursday of the month. For more to do outdoors: Suncoasters Lawn Bowling gathers six mornings a week. Lessons are available. Elegant Gardeners will meet for lunch and/or a trip on the second Wednesday of the month. Contact Paula Lickfeldt 813-633-6739 to get more information. To enjoy some air conditioning and the arts, Front Porch Pickers perform at the Rollins Theatre every Wednesday from 2 until 4; Monday Movies at the Rollins Theatre on the second and fourth Monday of the month, and there’s Summer Cinema every Thursday of July and August at 1 p.m. in Hospitality Hall of SouthShore United Church of Christ, 1501 La Jolla Ave. For more entertainment options, including Tommy Johnson’s free bandstand concert on June 4, check out the Entertainment Corner in our Arts section of The News. These are just a few things our clubs and groups are doing here in Sun City Center during the during the summer months where “there’s nothing going on.”

The Multicultural Club was approved as an affiliated club at the May 10 CA meeting.L to R: Aine “Smitty” Smith, Juanita Butte, Vincente Lopez (chairperson) and Madeline Hughes represented the club at the meeting.



Bandstand Concert Brings Out Music Fans

On May 18 Kevin Brooks sang at the Sun City Center Bandstand. The next concert at this location will be on June 4 when Tommy Johnson performs. Photo by Diane Loeffler

What’s New at the Library?

By Joanne Gilray, Library Administrator Happy June! June 21 is the official first day of summer, though for Floridians we are lucky enough to experience summer all year round! Summer for the library means that the snowbirds are back north and we experience a tiny bit of a slowdown. We still operate with normal hours (Monday thru Friday from 9am-4pm) and as always, the after hours book drop is available for your convenience. Let’s talk about the book drop for a minute. The book drop in intended for returns when the library is closed. We ask that during normal operating hours that you please come inside and return your items at check-in so that one of the lovely volunteers can check it in immediately. It’s quite possible your item has a hold on it that we would love to pass on to the next patron as soon as possible. The library will be open during the construction of the new Community Association building. Temporary phone number 347-3495. If you cannot reach us by phone and have any concerns regarding your account (renewing, returns, fines, etc.) please feel free to come in and speak to one of the staff members. While we operate much on volunteers there are four staff members that can assist you regarding account concerns and we will be more than happy to do so. “It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside.” Maud Hart Lovelace, Betsy-Tacy and Tib Happy Reading!

Statement of Purpose

The Sun City Center Community Association serves the residents of Sun City Center by providing assistance for the elderly, assistance and essential services to tax exempt entities, and operates in lieu of a municipal government, thereby lessening the burdens of government (Hillsborough County, Florida).

Ceramics Club Irish Connection Monday Movies SCC Woman’s Club Softball Club Community Foundation of Tampa Bay from the (Durward & Janet Siville Fund )

$200 $200 $268 $500 $2,500

Hardship Fund Operations Licensing Fees SCC Library Annual maintenance of softball field


SCC Library

The following clubs all donated to FunFest expenses for 2017: Sawdust Engineers.................................................. $150 Scottish Rite Club...................................................... $25 Shuffleboard Club................................................... $200 Woodcarving Club.................................................. $100


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

Last First Harman Joan & Kay Brennan Robert & Diane Kemp Patrick & Mary Kuzara Eugene & Joyce McCall Rodney & Cindy Heflin Roy & Susan Gerrity Michael & Debbie Jessop Robert Oglesby Larry & Janet Stanley Gloria Fugate Rae-Ann Harms Wendell & Linda Decker Thomas McClellan Trudy Prinz Rudolph & Carole Carlson Victor & Liliana Fell Nancy Longabardi Robert & Jane Gaberty Mathew Forte Vincent & Ann Duperrault Reeda Stang Ricky Wilder Tracy & Susan Buskirk Chuck McKay Judy Vilasi Michael & Joan Jones Mark & Nancy Bass Glenda Miller Danny Hanley Gerard Dahl Mary Raschein Jill Spence Ken & Carrol Hirschmann Erich

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Phone 938-4072 296-1612 317-714-1571 716-504-7340 303-548-2625 954-804-3438 256-652-1325 414-326-3488 702-290-5730 331-3322 941-718-0988 417-1757 523-3780 523-3780 773-7366 598-5252 260-750-8827 260-3638 248-470-1555 615-804-4037 420-0051 239-672-2684 633-8553 335-5445 335-5445 803-269-0624 296-1525 281-702-5277 281-702-5277 256-566-6687 608-807-8734 608-807-8734 417-848-8550

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Hot Dogs Raring to Go at Cafe

President’s Report By John Luper, CA President A few weeks ago, we signed the contract with ABI, our general contractor, to build our new Administration building. Per the contract, they will finish their work on or before April 1, of next year. That is not the date we will move into the building, but will be when we go through our part of getting phones, computers, etc. done and prepare staff to move into their new office space. Since the modulars we are currently using are leased until 2019, we have the luxury of making the final move a controlled and smooth transition. We will continue to update on a monthly basis including many pictures so all can see the progress. As a cautious reminder, no one, except ABI and their subcontractors can be in the construction hard hat area. If you have questions, please come to the CA office for answers. The construction Superintendent will be friendly, but he will send you to the CA office for those answers. July 4 will be here before you know it and I hope those that are around will enjoy the fellowship by coming to the morning breakfast and or the afternoon activities and entertainment at the pool area. See you then.

By Kai Rambow Patience is currently on the menu at our new café. Ambreen is cheerfully navigating the final hurdles before everything is signed off and the café can open. On May 16, Ambreen began setting up the cafe’. She hopes to open in June.

Tidbits from the Vault

Luper Signs Contract

On Monday, May 22, CA President John Luper signed a contract with ABI Companies, Inc. for the construction of a new Community Association Building. Photo by Diane Loeffler

If You Are Veteran, We Want Your Picture!

You might be number 500 if you hurry and sign up. We now have just short of 500 pictures of our vets. Will you be number 500? Don’t be camera shy; take your place on the Sun City Center Community Association Atrium wall of honor with all the other members of our CA who have put their life and fortune on the line. If you are a member of the CA and have served honorably in any of the US military services, including the National Guard and Reserves, we want you to be a part of this project. Please call the CA office (Carol Donner) at 813-538-0872 and tell her you would like to take part in the Veterans Photo Project. She will set up a time to get your picture taken. There is no charge and no paperwork is required. All we need is your word that you have served. Our next photo shoot will be on June 10 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. There will not be another shoot during the summer months, so don’t wait.

By Cathy Meyerhoff, Sun City Center History Society

Once Upon a Day in June

Time travel is not a possibility, but I have recently traveled back through the history of Sun City Center to explore happenings in June of previous years. My research uncovered a variety of interesting activities, events and changes affecting the lives of Sun City Center residents. Here are a few that I noted. 5 years ago • Community Manager Lyn Reitz noted at the June 13, 2012 CA Board of Directors meeting that renovation at the library had been completed. She noted that the library looked great and invited residents to stop by and see the new décor and paint colors. 10 years ago • The June 2007 issue of The News of Sun City Center included an article announcing watering restrictions for lawns and landscaping due to a severe water shortage. 20 years ago • At the June 11, 1997 Community Association Member Meeting President Wesley Wolfe introduced the audience to Sheriff ’s Deputy Joe Burt, the Hillsborough County Resource Officer assigned to Sun City Center. It was noted that his office was located in the Security Patrol facility. 30 years ago • The Sun City Center Sun Beams reported that the Sun City Center Celebrity Golf Tournament raised $4,321 for charity on June 1, 1987. Celebrities at the event serving as captains were former major leaguers Al Lopez, Robin Roberts and Casey Cox. Also serving as captains were Sun City Center golf course designer Ron Garl as well as several members of the Tampa Bay’s Rowdies and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Recipients of the funds raised were the Sun City Center Good Samaritan Fund, a program helping residents of the greater Sun City Center community suffering temporary financial problems and Straight, Inc. a drug treatment and prevention program based in St. Petersburg. 40 years ago • The June, 1977 edition of the Sun City Center Civic Association Bulletin included a front-page analysis of the Official Householders Directory to determine from which states Sun City Center residents had migrated. Tom and Marie Smith found names of 3,668 people living in 2,122 houses. More of these people said they’d moved here from New York (478). Illinois came in second, having contributed 408 residents. Other states in the top 10 were Ohio (338), Michigan (281), New Jersey (256), Pennsylvania (208), Virginia (193), Wisconsin (162), Florida (157) and Maryland (118). The Sun City Center History Society has suspended meetings until September. However, members will continue to sort, index and scan documents. If you would like to help with this important work contact John Bower at jbowker103@gmail. com.


at the Rollins Theater Trail Blazing

By John Lampkin You can’t miss Spanish Moss! It hangs from practically everything in the natural Florida landscape, and from the unnatural as well, like power lines and fences. Blankets of the gray fibers can grow to thirty feet and some wonder how the mighty oaks that support it can survive. But it weighs little, and since Spanish Moss is an air plant, an epiphyte, it does not draw parasitic sustenance from the tree. Rather its tiny scales absorb moisture and nutrients from rain, dew and even humid air. Since humid air is one of Florida’s biggest exports, dehydration is not a concern! Like its bromeliad cousin, the pineapple, Spanish Moss is edible though neither tasty or nutritious. I heartily recommend chocolate ice cream as a substitute. Still, it is food for some insects like the caterpillars of the stunning Black Dahana moth. Northern Parula warblers, Ospreys and other birds use it to line their nests. Our state butterfly, the Zebra Longwing often spends the night roosting communally in its sheltered drapes. Henry Ford said, “Wow, look at all this free cushion stuffing!” and used it by the ton to stuff into Model T seats. Unfortunately, he harvested piles from the ground which was full of butt-biting bitty beasties-- chiggers. The result was a quick bite for them but no free lunch for Henry! Like other members in the tillandsia genus, Spanish Moss reproduces sexually although the flowers are tiny and not always easy to find. Still, as shown above they have a graceful quiet beauty about them if one takes the time to search them out. You can’t miss Spanish Moss, but it’s easy to miss the flowers. Look for them year-round on the Nature Trails. The trailhead is located opposite North Lake on Del Webb West between Vincennes and Seton Hall. John Lampkin leads interpretive walks on the first Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m. (new summer hours) or by appointment. Email for details.

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Movies are normally shown the second and fourth Monday each month in the Rollins Theater at 1 p.m. The dates and times may change as necessary. Per the Fire Code of Hillsborough County, seating capacity is limited to 145 attendees. Seating is reserved for Sun City Center Community Association members/guests who present current cards or a KP ID badge.

June 12 • Rollins Theater - 1 p.m. only Patriots Day (2 hours, 10 minutes)

In 2013, the Boston Marathon erupted into chaos when a bomb exploded along the course. This is the story of what happened and how the FBI, local police, state police and local first responders worked together to track, identify and apprehend the suspected bombers. Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Bacon, John Goodman, and J.K. Simmons Genre: Drama, Thriller, Suspense Rating: R for violence, realistic injury images, language, and some drug use

June 26 • Rollins Theater - 1 p.m. only Fences (2 hours, 18 minutes)

Troy was once a baseball player in the Negro League, but he never got into the Majors because of his age. Now, in 1950s Pittsburgh, he works as a garbageman and has been trying to convince his boss to let him drive a truck, even though no black men are allowed to do so. Troy is also having problems with his two sons: Although Lyons doesn’t live at home, he continues to ask Troy for money. But Cory is the son who is causing the most trouble for his father, because he is determined to be a football player and has given up his studies at school and his job in favor of the game. Troy reacts by kicking Cory out of the house and a wedge is driven between father and son that will last for the rest of Troy’s life. Starring: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Jovan Adepo Genre: Drama Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements, language and some suggestive references

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CLUBS The News of Sun City Center

June 2017

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.

SCC Stained Glass Club News

Jan Hulme, president of the Sun City Center Stained Glass Club, presented a $5,000 check to Don Hinderliter for the Mary Petro Fund at a recent club membership meeting. Members of the SCC Stained Glass Club are pleased to give back to the community through sales of soldered, fused and sandblasted stained glass items produced at the club room. The Mary Petro fund provides low income residents of Sun City Center with financial assistance for food and medical expenses. For more information about the Mary Petro Fund call 813-634-8306 on Tuesday or Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Chief of Staff at Shriner’s Hospital Addresses SCC Men’s Club

By Jay Sparkman Dr. Maureen Maciel, M.D., Chief of Staff at Shriner’s Hospital for Children Tampa, was guest speaker at the April membership luncheon meeting of the Sun City Center Men’s Club. Dr. Maciel has been dedicated to treating children at Shriner’s Hospital - Tampa since 2007. Dr. Maciel told of the number of children helped at the hospital and spoke of the many advances in pediatric orthopedic surgery. Pictured from left, are, Don Murphy, SCC Men’s Club President, Dr. Maciel, Gene Welper, past President of the SCC Shriner’s Club, Stephen Lucas, Men’s Club VP Programs, and Joe De Felice, Pres-Elect of Men’s Club. The SCC Men’s Club is open to residents of Sun City Center and Kings Point. For info call Jon Lehr, VP Membership, at 813-260-3058.

Sew ‘n Sews Donate Quilts

The Sew ‘n Sews Wednesday morning quilt group recently made 33 quilt kits and sent them to Quilts Beyond Borders, an organization that provides warm quilts to orphanages all over the world so children can have a warm quilt to sleep with. A club member found out about this organization while at the Houston International Quilt Festival last November. For questions about Sew ‘n Sews, call Linda at 390-2377 or email “”.

New Officers Ohio Club 2017

The Ohio Club held its annual Run for the Roses Party on May 6, the date of the Kentucky Derby. The party was organized by the newly elected 2017 Club Officers: from left to right, Jim Rottman, President; Valerie Graves VP Reservations; Carol Dyer, Secretary; and Chuck Dyer VP Socials. Not pictured, Treasurer, Sam Sudman. The party was attended by 180 members and guests. In addition to watching the race enhanced by a few friendly wager, over 75 men and women participated in the most impressive Derby Hat contest!

Sun City Center Stained Glass Club

By Debbie Zieg Publicity Chair Stained Glass Club Mosaics delight! Some of the members of the Sun City Center Stained Glass Club signed up for a mosaics panel class led by Sue Wilson on March 14. Over the following weeks, the students eagerly worked on finishing their projects. Each student brought their completed mosaic panel back to the club for a “show and tell” on April 18.

Computer Club Monthly Meeting

There will be no Monthly Meeting in June. Computer Club Classes Sign up for your choice of class in the Computer Lab, (Atrium Building) Monday through Saturday, 12:30 - 5 p.m. Student must be a member in good standing at Sun City Center or Kings Point. Tuition is payable upon registration. For additional information email: Beverly Hiller, Education Director at “”. Listed here are brief descriptions of the classes being offered. For all the details, go to the Computer Club website Detailed information is also available in the computer lab. Introduction to Computers – Fri, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 9 a.m. – 11 This four-session beginner’s class will cover hardware, software and operating system basics, along with basic word processing and web browsing. Gmail - Attachments and Groups - Mon, June 5, 9 – 10 a.m. This mini-class is for students who have an existing Gmail account. In this class you will learn about Attachments and how use them, as well as how to create, change and delete Groups. Introduction to Excel – Tue, June 13, 9-noon This is a class for beginners who are interested in spreadsheet development, from design to implementation. iPad/iPhone for Seniors - Wed, June 14, 9 a.m. – noon The iPad and the iPhone function the same, in most cases. This course will demonstrate how to use them to check your email, read books, listen to music and play games. Buying a Computer – Mon, June 19, 9 – 10 a.m. Making choices among computers is becoming more confusing as the boundaries between the different types of devices have become blurred. This mini-class covers the decision of whether or not you need a new PC, the minimum hardware you should buy, the pros and cons of various hardware choices, and information on PC components. Windows 10 Workshop - Tue, June 20, 9 a.m. – noon This workshop will familiarize you with Windows 10. We will customize the start screen and cover subjects such as antivirus, privacy, Microsoft accounts, Cortana, The Store, and Control Panel vs. Settings. Facebook 101 - Thu, June 22 or Mon, June 26, 9 a.m. – noon This is a beginner’s class, and will cover the basics of how to use the Facebook social media App using the Lab computers. A Facebook account is needed. Backup! Backup! – Tue, June 27, 9 - noon This class combines a free program called EaseUS Todo Backup and a program called Goodsync ($25), to let you backup your data and entire computer system. Android Smartphones & Tablets – Thu June 29 & Fri Jun 30, 9-noon This course consists of two sessions, 1 – The Device, and 2 – Apps. This course will demonstrate how these devices can help you: check your email, take and share pictures, transfer your pictures to your computer, read a book, watch a movie, listen to music, and play games. A basic knowledge of your device is expected.

L to R: Roxie Gottsacker, Debbie Zieg, Marsha Hall, Gracie Swagel, Mary Naylor, Instructor Sue Wilson, Diane Reilly, Luann Holman and Jill DeFelice.

Metaphysical Society

SCC Fund Raiser Presentations • 10 a.m. Wednesdays in the Heritage Room June 7 • “Spiritual Empowerment”, Melissa Parks will show us ways to the soul and remembering exactly who we are. Admission $1 with Love offering requested to benefit our society. Bring your community ID to show. Info call Vicky at 813 398-7033 June 14 • “Jin shin Jyutsu and Finger holding for a Balanced Body”, Marcia Wilson, CNHP, will share simple and practical Jin shin Jyutsu holds. Admission $1 with Love offering requested to benefit our society. Bring your community ID to show. Info call Vicky at 813 398-7033. June 21 • “Sensible Medicine the Holistic Way”, Cathy Hoffman, DOM, RN, AP will take us on a journey through Eastern Medicine. $1 with Love offering requested to benefit our society. Bring your community ID to show. Info call Vicky at 813 398-7033 June 28 • “Tools in a Psychic’s Toolbox”. Chantal will explain the numerous tools that can be used in the Psychic’s Toolbox to help others on their path to enlightenment. Admission $1 with Love offering requested to benefit our society. Bring your community ID to show. Info call Vicky 813 398-7033

SCC Sawdust Engineers Visit the Exotics

The Sawdust Engineers have an affinity for the beauty of wood both in its raw form and as a finished piece, be it furniture or just freshly cut wood. Earlier this month, ten of the club members traveled to Sarasota to visit Advantage Lumber Company, importers of exotic woods. During their four hour visit they were treated to a tour of the facility and given demonstrations of how the lumber is processed. They watched as huge logs SCC Sawdust Engineers member Ian were cut open to expose the awesome Donnelly admires this exotic Honduran beauty of the colorful wood grain within. Rosewood on display. Afterwards as they walked through the show room admiring the beautiful woods on display they were surely inspired to create their next project. If you love working with wood and are looking for a club to join, the Sawdust Engineers is the place for you. Learn about the club on Facebook at Sawdust Engineers of SCC.

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Summer Fun for Full-time Residents

By Diane M. Loeffler Happy June, everyone! Welcome to a Sun City Center Summer! The temperatures are warmer, the brief summer cloudbursts have begun, and many friends and neighbors are out of town. However, there is still so much to do over the next few months. Relaxing in the pools is always a wonderful way to spend a sunny summer day. If you are a CA Member and want to be more ambitious, try Aquasizer aerobic classes. Deep Water classes are Monday through Friday at 9. Shallow Water is at 10 Monday through Saturday. Both are offered all year long. There is also a new club, Water Volleyball. If it rains, there are the indoor pools—one for swimming and the other for walking. If you haven’t already become a visitor to The Sun City Center Library right here on the North Campus, do so this summer. Located at 1011 North Pebble Beach Boulevard, this library is open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. You will be amazed at how many books, magazines, DVD’s, puzzles and other items are available for you to borrow. You can even apply for and receive a Hillsborough County Library Card and order books from area libraries. The volunteers and librarian are always eager to show you how. While

There is an area for fishing at Apollo Beach Nature Preserve. To reach the shore seen in the background, take the trail that starts at the far corner of the parking lot.

you are at the library, you will see a sign informing you of the current book being read by Page Turners, a book club that meets in the library at 10 a.m. on the second Thursday of the month every month except July and December. Consider taking the Route 53 bus for a day of lunch and shopping in Brandon without the stress of driving or finding a parking place. Stop by the CA office for bus schedules and to purchase a reduced-price ticket. One dollar covers all travel for the day. One of the bus stops is in front of the Samaritan Building on North Pebble Beach. Volunteer! With some residents gone for the entire summer and others

going on vacations, many groups need volunteers more now than ever. The Emergency Squad and The Sun City Center Security Patrol are among those who really need any help you can offer. You may also wish to tame your garden over the summer. Plants flourish in Florida, especially in the summer. To keep that little flowering bush or that small patch of weeds from becoming taller than you are, you need to be diligent. There is so much to do and see during the summer months. However, sometimes it is nice to just slow down, sit down, and look out your window at the swaying palm trees, beautiful sky

and amazing clouds and just reflect on how fortunate you are to live here in this great community. Close to Home Summer Activities Summer is a great time to try new restaurants. You are far less likely to find crowded parking lots or to wait to be seated. Many of the restaurants offer outside seating, some offer great sunset views. Sun City Center and Kings Point residents can join a travel club that transports them to special events, live performances and a variety of parks and other venues. Go online at www. or stop by the mini-bus office located in the Community Hall Building on South Pebble Beach. Their office hours are from 10 a.m. until noon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The drum circle at Little Harbor has been resumed. Drumming begins at 6:30 on Sunday nights and lasts until sunset. At this point, it is a small but growing event. The activity takes place next to the public beach behind the Sunset Grill. The Sunset Grill is located at 602 Bahia Del Sol Drive in Ruskin. For more information, go to their Facebook page, SouthshoreDrumCircle.

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Adventurous Sailing to Cuba – No Cruise Ships Involved

By Kai Rambow, Pictures by Gary Mull Upon reaching Havana, local resident Gary Mull spotted a statue part seagull, part snail and part fish. Wanting to practice his Spanish, Mull commented, “Muy interesante” (“Very interesting.”). The Cuban customs official responded in English, “It’s creepy.” Seventy-five sailboats raced the St. Petersburg-Havana route at the beginning of March, the first time since 1959. Resuming a race that was held every year from 1930 to 1959, proved to be both challenging and fun. Mull, who has his own boat, decided to crew with five others on a 39-foot boat. Half with offshore experience; the others without. Pairing an experienced offshore sailor with an inexperienced offshore sailor resulted in sailing shifts of three hours on and six hours off – 24 hours round the clock. Sailors from as far away as Toronto flew here to participate. A few expats were granted a special waiver to participate. If you left Cuba in the past without permission, you were unable to revisit. Mid-morning sailboats departed St. Petersburg to race to Havana. Transponders tracked boats routes and times. After sailing under the Sunshine Skyway bridge, crews encountered their


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Sailboats at the beginning of the race.

first challenge – no wind. “It looked like a bunch of boats just anchored off Egmont Key. Almost everyone was just sitting there, not moving,” described Mull. “We reached a point when we knew we would be too late for everything in Havana, so we started the engine. It wasn’t until we reached Havana that we discovered almost everyone else had done the same.” If you’re in a sailing

race and move under power, it’s a disqualification. Windy weather proved to be the next challenge as boats sailed past Key West towards Havana. Ten foot swells, equaling 20 foot troughs, were the norm for the last 100 miles. Clearly not for the cruise ship crowd. A few sailboats put into Key West and drank their sorrows away. (The drinking has not been confirmed.)

Those who made it to Cuba made several adventurous excursions. Cuban customs checked paper work and everyone’s temperature to ensure no one with a fever was entering the country. “Everyone was very nice and polite,” recalled Mull. After sailing for four days, a reception at the marina was a welcomed activity before catching up on some sleep. On Saturday morning, a 1955 Belair served as the taxi ride into old Havana to see Spanish architecture. “There was music everywhere. We could smell bread half a mile away, followed the smell and joined a line of locals to buy some fresh bread,” shared Mull. “We just wandered around, exploring on our own. No one was minding us. Locals mentioned things for us to see. Hemingway’s house is outside the city, in the hills above. It was about an hour drive, allowing us to see different communities in the country. The Hemingway house is pretty far along on the restoration and we could see most of it. His boat is there and the baseball diamond he used to play with the neighborhood kids.” One of the crew members booked a place in Havana through Airbnb.

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Annual Front Porch Pickers Picnic

By Paula Lickfeldt In the spring of each year, the Front Porch Pickers have a picnic. This year the picnic was catered by Sun Coast Catering and was held at the horseshoe pavilion behind the Community Hall. Sixty-five attendees had a good time on a very balmy evening. After conversation and dinner, the Pickers get out their instruments for entertainment. Many of the Pickers try out songs that they have not played before. Joe Bateman sang “The Rooster Song” Joe Bateman entertains the Pickers. which was a lot of fun and got laughs and applause. Everyone had a good time and all look forward to next year’s picnic.

The Editor’s Corner

Seasons Change

By E. Adam Porter Editor, News of Sun City Center The calendar says the first official day of summer is June 21, but the mercury on my porch begs to differ. Summer has been with us here in Central Florida since sometime in late April. While we’re warmer this year than most, it’s pretty typical for Florida. As a native, I like to joke with transplants that we have seasons just like they do back home, but ours are known by different names. They have “spring, summer, fall and winter,” we have “pleasant, hot, humid, and stay inside.” While it tends to scare the tourists off the beach and runs up my electric bill, I still enjoy “stay inside” season. Because we don’t, really, stay inside. This area offers plenty of ways to beat the heat — from local pools to white sand beaches to crystal clear springs … even the new movie theater right up the street in Riverview. And, if you’re looking for more ideas, News reporters Paula Lickfeldt and Diane Loeffler have two great articles in this issue that will help you fill your summer itinerary. Of course, seasons aren’t all that change around here… Decades ago, when traveling from my new home in Eastern Hillsborough back to my first home on Anna Maria Island, we would often take the “back way” down US-301. In those days, Sun City Center was already wellestablished and growing, but there wasn’t much between here and the Alafia. Riverview was mostly north of the river, and that explosion of suburbia we now call SouthShore was a scattered collection of isolated neighborhoods in Ruskin, Gibsonton and Apollo Beach. Around SCC there were farms and ranches and empty land. Today, that land is filling fast. Up and down US-301 we are seeing the Field of Dreams effect: people are building “it” and “they” are coming. Same thing is happening on the far side of town, with feeder roads leading to new neighborhoods branching off 674 all the way to US41. For us, the build out means more traffic on 674, but it also means more shopping, amenities and recreation closer to home. There’s Aldi and Wawa on the corner, and Sam’s, bowling and the movies right up the street. New athletic courts have been built in SCC and Kings Point, and the recreation facilities in both communities are getting renovations or upgrades. The new Sun City Center café, should open very soon. In the past few years,

Kings Point built the 2020 Centre, and SCC built an inviting new Information Center and a bigger, better community library. And, as of May 24, demolition began on the former CA office building. For many longtime SCC residents, watching this building go down meant, as John Bowker put it in his eNEWS, saying “goodbye to an old friend.” The generation to come will know only the shiny new facility, and the previous structures will remain in memories, fading photos and the News archive. Time marches on… That’s why, to me, one of the most important functions of a community news publication is to capture and convey who and what we are now, before “today” becomes “history.” We’re fortunate in this community to have a dedicated SCC History Society to keep that flame burning, and I consider it an honor to helm a publication that has published the news and shared the stories of Sun City Center for more than 20 years. Seasons change, but stories, as long as they’re told, are timeless. Here at The News, we look forward to continuing to share your stories. Thank you for making our reporters – your neighbors – feel so welcome at your clubs and events and in your homes. Thank you for continuing to send in your stories and news and photos, month in and month out. Thank you for reading these pages and for keeping up with us online at www.NewsofSunCityCenter. com. As long as you continue to enjoy your life here in paradise, we’ll keep publishing plenty of reasons to fill up your calendar, sharing your successes and celebrating all the great “todays” … in this season and countless more to come. Also on my mind… June 18, we will celebrate fathers. Seems like, lately, dads have been getting short shrift. Portrayed as bumbling nitwits on popular TV programs and relegated to also-ran status in cultural and legal contexts, we’ve come a long way from “Father Knows Best.” Now, I’d be the first one to admit Dad doesn’t always know best. We certainly don’t have it all figured out, and it seems like the more we learn, the less we know … but I still believe Dads are important. I do my best to make a difference for my boys, and I know a lot of great dads, stepdads and granddads who do the same. So, I just wanted to take a moment to say “thanks” to all those great guys out there who proudly answer to any version of “dad.”

Valencia Lakes Woodturners Club Presents Pens to Local First Responders

To show appreciation to the hardworking me n and wome n w ho s e r ve t he community in which we live, the Valencia Lakes Woodturners Club presented the Hillsborough County Fire Rescue’s first responders of Ruskin, Sun City and Wimauma with handcrafted wood pens. The “Pens for First Responders” project, one of several VL Woodturners Club community projects, took nearly four months to complete. The materials for the pens were secured through donations. Advantage Lumber of Sarasota provided the pen blanks (the wood used to turn First responders receive their handcrafted the pens) and more than 20 VL residents pens from the Valencia Lakes Woodturners generously donated money to cover the Club. Photo courtesy of Hillsborough cost of the pen kits (the pen mechanisms). County Fire Rescue, Florida. Once they had the materials, 14 club members dedicated their time and talents to create the handcrafted pens. On March 1, Woodturning Club Members Les Pressey and Jim Harrington presented the pens to the crews of Hillsborough County Stations 17, 28 and 22. More than 70 handcrafted pens — each packaged in a clear tube with a label displaying the names of the corporate donor, the local donor and the pen turner — were presented to the first responders. “The pens are certainly useful, but the fact they are handcrafted and donated by the community reflects our deep personal gratitude for the sacrifices these amazing men and women make every day,” said Jim Harrington, President “It’s a small but heartfelt gesture that we hope communicates our thanks.”

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New York Club Senior Prom 2017

Mark Your Calendars Wisconsinites

By Kim Droege, Wisconsin Club Secretary/Publicity The Wisconsin Club of SCC invites all members and nonmembers to mark their calendars with the following dates for our next social season of events. All events will be held at Community Hall in SCC with a start time of 5 p.m. Details about each event forthcoming as we get closer to the date. Wednesday, November 15, 2017 • Welcome Back Tailgate Party Thursday, January 11, 2018 • Annual Meeting and Potluck Wednesday, March 14, 2018 • Catered Dinner with Entertainment

DAR Presents the “Boston Tea Party”

The Colonel George Mercer Brooke Chapter of DAR in Sun City Center held their regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 19 in the Florida Room. Chaplain Kathryn Glynn narrated her slide presentation entitled the “Boston Tea Party”. Kathryn’s personal knowledge of tea goes well beyond the historical as she is certified by the Protocol School of Washington to teach Tea and Etiquette. Kathryn passed her love of tea onto her own daughter Christina, who has owned two historic tea rooms. In addition, Kathryn has also authored a tea and etiquette book for children.

Pillow Donation

Sally-Anne Barclay (left), Arts & Crafts Chair of the Sun City Center Woman’s Club, is shown presenting another 24 pillows to Jeri Devine, Volunteer Coordinator at Hospice House. The pillows are made by club members and are for the comfort of residents and guests.

Upcoming Sewing Classes

The Sew ‘n Sews of Sun City Center invite local women to join them in one or more upcoming sewing classes. The club’s sewing instructor, Nancy Carroll, has restructured her sewing lessons and will now have classes for beginners, as well as sewers who are looking for more expertise in the art of sewing and reading patterns. There will be a signup sheet in the club room. All class fees need to be paid ahead of time. Use the class signup forms for paying your fees. June 6 • 9 a.m. to 12 noon, $3 - Intro 1: Using Sew ‘n Sews Sewing Machines. Class size limited to four. Take this class if you have never sewn before, your machine is nothing like the ones in the club room, and you are uncomfortable trying class machines alone, or if the last time you used a sewing machine was so long ago that you want to start from the beginning. You will learn to wind a bobbin, thread the machine and bobbin, and practice moving fabric and stitching. June 14 • 1 to 4 p.m., $5 - Intro 2: Basic Sewing Skills. Class size limited to 4. Learn to sew straight seams, practice threading the machine, and make a simple bag. Supplies will be provided. Beginners may take this class multiple times until you are comfortable going to the next stage. There are several simple projects to try. June 19 • 1 to 4 p.m., $3 - Intro 3: Getting the Most Out of Patterns. Class size limited to 4. Understand all the information contained in the direction sheets of a commercial pattern including pattern layout and cutting. Bring your own pattern, or there will be several samples available. Take this class if you have ever been overwhelmed by the instruction sheet, or when you are ready to make either clothing or projects from a pattern. This is an information class with examples for practice. You do not need a specific project in order to take this class. If there are any questions, call Nancy at 383-5940. All classes are open to Sew ‘n Sews members. Membership is open to any CA members, and the fee for membership is $10. For questions about Sew ‘n Sews, call Linda at 390-2377 or email “”.

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The May cruiser of the month for the Roamin’ Oldies Car Club is a magnificent marriage of old and new, combining the classic elegance of a 1927 Buick sedan with contemporary power and comfort. When Al Longheinrich discovered it 26 years ago, it was just a body, frame and seats, up on jack stands in an old warehouse. Al, who winters in the Ruskin area, spent the next eight years restoring it, manufacturing many of the missing or deteriorated parts himself. The long-gone powertrain was replaced with a GM 350 V8 engine and automatic transmission, and the body was repainted in a tasteful light and dark-blue color scheme. Until recently, the Buick was daily transportation for Al and his late wife Diane, who have driven the trusty classic more than 95,000 miles over the years. The Roamin’ Oldies host a cruise-in from 6 to 8:30 p.m. the first Thursday of every month in the Apollo Beach Winn-Dixie Plaza on US41, with a rain date the following Thursday. About 100 of the area’s finest antique and collectible cars often take part, accompanied by classic oldies music played by DJ Joey Ferrante. Event sponsors include Thompson’s Auto Parts and Gateway Classic Cars. For information, call Chet at 813-842-1511.




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GFWC Woman’s Club News

Kathy Jones (left) and Anne Rankin “wo-manned” the sign-in desk at the recent district meeting hosted by the GFWC Sun City Center Woman’s Club. The theme of the meeting was “Good Girls Gone Green” which referred to the very large emphasis, through service and example, the club puts on conservation issues.

Gals & Guys Productions

Honors and Acknowledges our U.S. Veterans in USO showcase. By Jo Prater Gals and Guys Productions will be presenting a “Tribute to Veterans” where the variety show will be honoring our resident Veterans in the style of the Bob Hope USO shows. Mark your calendars, Thursday, November 9, 2017 for this great show. Doors open at 6 p.m. and show starts at 6:30 p.m. Check-in at the door. Keep your eyes open on future publications for more details as we plan to invite local active servicemen and women to our Dress Rehearsal. It’s our way of honoring you while serving this great country, America. To say, “Thank You for our Freedom.” The club is open to all residents of Sun City Center, Kings Point, Renaissance and Freedom Plaza with a valid CA ID card. Club dues are $6 for this show, which include refreshments post show. We invite all Resident Veterans to be honored and acknowledged for their service, by joining the club, to be a part of this spectacular showcase of song, dance and comedy in a similar Bob Hope style of years gone by. For further information contact Director, Salvina at 813-633-5924. To request a copy of the membership form, email “”.

Longest Day SCC Bridge Club

The Longest Day, June 21 will be here before we know it. The committee is tweaking its plans, deadlines and schedules. Support your club, Good Samaritan’s Alzheimer’s Services and the Alzheimer’s Association by buying a $20 ticket. It is your pass for the day’s events at the Community Hall. Your ticket includes breakfast, lunch, bridge games for all levels, lessons and a Happy Hour at 4:30. Raffle tickets are on sale for themed gift baskets and accommodations at a lovely condo in Orlando during the Fall Nancy Heston and one of her baskets for Regional. Winning tickets for gift baskets the Longest Day. will be drawn throughout the day – winners do not need to be present. Entry and raffle tickets are on sale before scheduled bridge games at Kings Point and Sun City Center. Recruit a partner, bridge playing friends and neighbors. Plan a day of bridge, good food, wonderful prizes and support for a worthy cause. Last year Sun City Center Bridge raised the fifth largest amount among American Contract Bridge League Clubs in the United States. This year the committee’s goal is to beat last year’s accomplishment. The Sun City Center Duplicate Bridge Club will be sponsoring The Longest Day on Wednesday, June 21. The day begins at 7 a.m. and ends at 9 p.m. It will be held at the Community Hall on South Pebble Beach in Sun City Center. All proceeds are donated to Alzheimer’s organizations. This year Good Samaritan’s Alzheimer’s Auxiliary and the Alzheimer’s Association will be the beneficiaries. Nancy Heston, the creative and artistic Chair of the Raffle Committee, is designing over 50 themed baskets and displays that will be raffled that day. Baskets and displays of wine, costume jewelry, food, gift certificates, a Champagne breakfast, a Civil War themed chess set and an Orlando area condo stay during the American Contract Bridge League Regional and more are among the items being offered. Nancy wants Longest Day attendees to look at her baskets and say, "WOW! I’ll take some chances on that!" The Sun City Center Duplicate Bridge Club has planned a day filled with fun, food and bridge activities. All for a worthwhile cause. A $20 ticket buys breakfast, lunch and Happy Hour refreshments, as well as sanctioned bridge games, social bridge games and lessons. A lunch only ticket is $5. Raffle tickets may be purchased before scheduled bridge games or at the door. To donate items for the baskets, contact Nancy at 813-857-6220; for general information contact Ronda at 813-634-7393; for bridge game information


Singles, Singles, Singles

By Janet Doherty Singles Social Dance Club will meet on Sunday, June 4, and Sunday, June 18, in the Florida Room located in the Atrium Building from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Live music for your dancing and listening pleasure will be provided by Thor Stevens and his saxophone. Admission: Members $3; guests $6. BYOB and snacks. Ice, water, cups and napkins provided on each table. Proper dress encouraged. Please, no jeans and shorts. Info: Janet 813-633-3558. Singles Mingles of Kings Point will hold their dance on June 25 in the Banquet Room located off the lobby of the Main Clubhouse from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Admission is $6. Thor Stevens and his saxophone will provide live music. BYOB and snacks. Ice, water, cups and napkins provided. Dressy/casual attire. This is the last dance of the fiscal year and Janet Doherty will be stepping down as President after more than six years. Hopefully introductions of the new president and board will be introduced and plans for the coming year revealed. Please plan to attend this and other singles dances in order for them to continue every month. If you attended any dance this year, you name was automatically added to the list to get through the gate. For info: call Janet at 813-633-3558.

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Kurt (Kurti) Gunther, the 50-50 Man By Ilona Merritt "1234 and a pretty front door” seemed like a good reason for Kurti and his wife, Margot, to buy a house in Sun City Center. Never mind that the rest of the house needed a total overhaul. It took three months until they could move into their home and get involved in the lifestyle of Sun City Center. Margot joined the Sweet Adelines, the German American Choral Group, bunka classes and the tap dancers. Kurti continued with the love of his life, opera music. Kurti founded an Opera and Operetta Club and, together with some friends from the German American Club, they gave a number of performances here in Sun City Center. In time, Kurti had to step back due to health reasons. Kurti was born in Austria and he celebrated his 96th birthday in February of this year. Kurti’s music career started at five years old when he learned to read music and play the piano. He comes from a musical family, with two brothers playing the violin and with one playing a trumpet. They needed a piano player and Kurti was a natural. He could play anything as long as he had the music. At 12 years old, he played the organ in church. Along with playing music, he liked to sing. Much like the Vienna Choir boys, he had a beautiful tenor voice, which changed into a marvelous basso profundo. While he truly loved music, the other 50 percent of him wanted to be in the medical field, with being a doctor as his final goal. He didn’t make that goal. But three of his four children did become doctors. Since there were no immediate openings to go to medical school, he spent two years as a paramedic before he was sent to the University Medical School in Graz, Austria. He studied medicine from 1943 to 1945, and during this time, married the daughter of hardware store owner. While in Graz, he met the famous opera singer, Rita Streich. When she heard

his great voice, she encouraged him to study mu s i c . T h at other “50” part took over again: to study music, including time at a music school in Vienna. Soon it was the end of medical school. While in Vienna, he studied opera under the music school director’s wife. At this time, the Vienna State Opera had a traveling opera cast and Kurti performed with them. He also studied with Rudolf Biebel, who was the concertmaster. During his music career, he had to rehearse with an orchestra and frequently stood next to the famous Zubin Meta, with whom he developed a lifelong friendship. Kurti’ s father always told him that if you don’t learn anything, you will be a salesman or a barber. This prediction came true when duty called him home to his father-in-law’s hardware store. The other “50” took over again and Kurti would spend the next years in Bruck an der Moor managing the hardware store and expanding it into a technical department store. During all those years, he continued giving recitals in Austria and Germany. All through his life, playing tennis was also an important part. He started playing at 10 years old and became a Youth Master tennis player and a tennis teacher. It was tennis which eventually got him to come to America. Kurti met Margot at a major Tennis Tournament in Austria, and it was Margot who invited him to come and teach tennis in New York, where she owned a tennis club. Eventually, Kurti and Margot married and decided to move to sunny Florida. First to Sarasota, then to Bradenton and, finally, they moved to Sun City Center.

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Hillsborough County has many parks. If you type in and select “Recreation and Culture” you will find a list of area parks and what they have to offer: bird watching, walking trails, hiking trails, camping, boating, etc. Hop in your car and head to the South/ Shore Regional Library. It is located at 15816 Beth Shields Way, at the corner of 19th Avenue and Beth Shields Way. They offer technology classes and other adult programs all year round, provide a dedicated room for genealogy research and host art displays, speakers and special events. If you enjoy books you may wish to read A Land Remembered by Patrick D. Smith. This saga spans three generations and tells the story of Florida, its native population and the ‘crackers’ who settled here. You will come to a new appreciation of the heritage of the state and its earlier inhabitants. The Styx, by Jonathon King, is another book you might like, especially if you are a fan of historical fiction. The novel tells about Henry Flagler’s railroad and hotel, the Royal Poinciana Hotel in Palm Beach, and the fire in a neighboring African-American community. King has also written a series of mysteries set in the Everglades. There are numerous other options for anyone interested in books with a Florida flavor ranging from Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’ book, The Yearling to books by Tim Dorsey, Carl Hiaasen and so many others. The closest beach is only fifteen miles away. Apollo Beach Nature Preserve is a county park with no entry fees. There are a few picnic tables, a volleyball

Southshore Library offers many programs including Walk Wise.

Cuba from 1. The park entrance.

area, a small beach that is perfect for wading and building sand castles, and a fishing area. Perhaps the best feature of this newly re-constructed beach is its sunsets. You can view the skylines of both St. Petersburg and Tampa from the beach. Sometimes you can see a cruise ship setting sail from The Port of Tampa. If you would like to take a short nature walk, head to the far corner of the parking lot and follow the trail that takes you further from the bay. To get to Apollo Beach Nature Preserve, take 301, 41 or 75 to Big Bend Road. Turn left on Dickman, right on Apollo Beach Boulevard, and right on Surfside Boulevard. If you want to program the park into your GPS, the address is 6760 Surfside Boulevard. Parking is limited and the park is a popular place to watch the sun set, so you may wish to arrive a while in advance, especially on weekend evenings.

Mu l l st aye d one nig ht. “It was great. We walked late at night in the neighborhood. You see a little café and inside was a little combo band with locals all dressed up and dancing salsa, mambo and other dances.” And there was the food. “Cuban coffee was everywhere. The mojitos were fantastic. They used fresh mint, real cane sugar and Cuban rum. Of course, most of us returned with Cuban cigars and rum.” While most locals do not speak English, they were welcoming and

Typical street scene in Havana. Plenty of people walking or biking to get around with old cars and a few new ones.

There is a small beach at Apollo Beach Nature Preserve suitable for wading and for children.

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Orlando, Kissimmee and Tampa are popular for their amusement parks. Some of them have special offers and rates for Florida residents. An almost endless variety of museums, restaurants and sporting events are available in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota. These cities also boast historical sites and gorgeous beaches. Throughout the year, The News of Sun City Center reporter, Kai Rambow, has written about many places and events in those cities and elsewhere in Florida. His detailed articles include travel information and valuable advice as well as what to do while you are there. After reading his columns, my husband and I have been inspired to go to some of those locations. We were especially impressed with an educational tour of Ybor City. This summer we plan to visit some of the parks and springs we learned about in Rambow’s articles. To read Kai Rambow’s past travel articles, enter in your search engine. Once you are on this site, you can search for his articles by typing in the word “travel” or “Kai Rambow”. Another great way to research places to go and things to do is the Sun City Center full-color book, Another Day in Paradise: Things to Do in and Around Sun City Center. Some of you may have received the publication along with your Sunday Tampa Times. If you didn’t, stop by The Sun City Chamber of Commerce offices at 1651 Sun City Center Plaza to get your copy. If you would like another source for ideas, go to “”. You can sign up to receive articles and photos from Only in Florida. It is a great service, but be aware that you will receive an email from them almost every day and that the attractions might be anywhere in this state from The Panhandle to The Keys and from The Gulf and Bay to the Atlantic Ocean. There are numerous travel books available at the libraries, online and at book stores. Some are standard, straight-forward guides. Some highlight unique and often quirky places. My husband and I like Florida Off the Beaten Path by Bill Gleasner and Diana C. Gleasner, an informative, easy-to-read guide that is organized by region. It does not include photos but describes all sorts of places and events. Have a great summer, and enjoy whatever parts of the community, region, state or country that interest you!

Map showing sailing route.

1955 Bel Air, taxi ride into Havana.

treated crew members very well. The experience was distinctly Cuban. Weather delayed the return trip to Wednesday, as the sailors waited for calmer seas. Key West was a planned stop. “Sailing takes time. It’s enjoyable, but not for those who like to get to places quickly,” noted Mull. In Key West, some crew members needed to return to work. After two nights, with a reduced crew, Mull did a lot of sailing heading home. “It was tiring, but a great trip,” reflected Mull.

Taking pride: detailing the bicycle taxi.

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8:30 a.m. - WIDOWER’S WELLNESS G R O U P at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. SCC. Widower’s Wellness Group: “A group of men who have lost their spouse committed to listening and unsolicited sharing”. Our experience has shown that grief is an ongoing journey and it varies; for some it’s constant, others it’s intermittent and some are ambushed by unexpected bursts of anger, grief or fear. We invite YOU to attend a meeting and witness the camaraderie and healing that comes from “listening and unsolicited sharing” of the experiences of men like yourself who’ve lost their spouse. For more information contact Jim Clarke 813-625-5665 or 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

The News of Sun City Center 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. 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. OA is an international 12-step organization/ program which addresses the emotional, spiritual (not religious) and physical needs of those desiring to stop compulsive food behaviors and stop compulsively eating. No scales, dues or fees. This meeting is open only to those who have a problem with their weight or eating patterns. Please join us any Monday morning. You can learn more about OA online at or call Jan at 813-633-3932 3:30 p.m. - Qi Gong CLUB MEETS in Dance Studio 2 located at 1203 N Pebble Beach Blvd, next to Samaritans. There is no charge for the Qi Gong class just wear loose, comfortable clothing. This is a handicap friendly class open to all levels of practice.


10:00 - 11:00 a.m. LINE DANCING WITH A BALANCE at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Do you like to dance but are worried about falling? Join our new FREE line dancing class lead by trained therapists. This weekly class will improve your balance and reduce your risk of falling. 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. 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. MARY PETRO PROGRAM FOR FOOD AND MEDICINE at the South Shore United Church of Christ, 1501 LaJolla Ave. The Mary Petro Program is funded by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and provides financial assistance to residents for food and medicine. To qualify, residents must be full time residents of Sun City Center or Kings Point, must fill out an application and meet income guidelines, must present income verification documents and either a SCC or KP identification card. For more information, please visit our office or call 813-634-8306. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. UKULELE JAM SESSION at Music Avenue, 3822 Sun City Center Blvd, SCC. Ukulele players are invited to jam weekly with other ukulele players. To reserve your seat at the studio phone Steve or Ruth, 633-9688. Space is limited. 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.


10:00 - 11:00 a.m. THERAPEUTIC TAI CHI OPEN TO THE PUBLIC at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Our therapists have advanced training in therapeutic Tai Chi for Seniors and will provide guidance in this healthy exercise. Tai Chi has been proven to increase strength and balance! 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. Sponsored by the Coalition for Mental Health and Aging.


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. Contact Peg S. at 516-578-5285 for meeting details. You can learn more about OA online at 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. 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

7 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. 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. SCC Softball and BBQ. The field is located on Weatherfield Drive off S. Pebble Beach, behind the Community Hall. Come show support for your friends and neighbors and enjoy a great barbeque on Fridays while watching the teams play. Uhrich’s NY Giants, Morahan’s Hawks, Drugan Rays, Zimmerman’s Indians, Hise’s Cardinals, Mackar’s Tribe, LeGrand’s Triple Play, Blackstones’s Ball Busters, Burgess’s Nothing Fancy and Astone’s Bad S. Every Friday, the Diamondettes host a barbeque (hamburgers & hot dogs) for a donation to raise funds to support the Softball Teams. The Fall Season begins on Tuesday Oct 18th with an Opening Day BBQ.


MON. JUN 5 - WIDOWER’S WELLNESS GROUP 8:30 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. SCC. Widower’s Wellness Group: “A group of men who have lost their spouse committed to listening and unsolicited sharing”. Our experience has shown that grief is an ongoing journey and it varies; for some it’s constant, others it’s intermittent and some are ambushed by unexpected bursts of anger, grief or fear. We invite you to attend a meeting and witness the camaraderie and healing that comes from “listening and unsolicited sharing” of the experiences of men like yourself who’ve lost their spouse. For more information contact Jim Clarke 813-625-5665 or jfclarke32@ WED. JUN 7 - FRONT PORCH PICKERS 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the Rollins Theatre, Cherry Hills Drive to play country, bluegrass, traditional and gospel music. Acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, ukulele, dobro and bass fiddle players are welcome to join us. Listeners are welcome to enjoy the music and it is free. For more information: davidlickfeldt@rocketmail. com or 813-633-6739. THU. JUN 8 - “LET’S PUNCH OUT PARKINSON’S” ROCK STEADY BOXING MADE POSSIBLE BY A GRANT FROM THE NATIONAL PARKINSON’S FOUNDATION 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center, FL. Introducing “Rock Steady Boxing” where the mission is to empower people with Parkinson’s disease to fight back. Eric Allen, M.A. and certified Rock Steady Boxing Coach will be our weekly instructor. Eric is a personal trainer and geriatric exercise expert certified by the IFPA, with over 17 years of experience. 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

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Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990 THU. JUN 8 - CHRONIC PAIN AND NEUROPATHY GROUP Sponsored by the Men’s Club of Sun City Center 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. SCC. This month’s speaker will be: Mike McMillen, a holistic coach and representative for BEMER physical vascular therapy. Who will discuss: BEMER technology and its impact regarding neuropathy, inflammation, pain, energy and vitality as well as small vessel circulation. Facilitator: “Tari” Williams, MPT (Masters of Physical Therapy) with Sun Towers Retirement Community Outpatient Therapy. FREE Valet service provided at Terrace Entrance (blue awning). Learn what you can do to reduce your pain today! For more information, call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990 FRI. JUN 9 - ARTHRITIS SUPPORT GROUP 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. SCC. Facilitator: Ellen Cirello, MPT has been a treating therapist for 12 years. Ellen studied and graduated from Ohio State University and University of South Florida physical therapy program with her masters in physical therapy. Ellen has a history of exercise instruction and is able to create a plan to meet anyone’s special needs. Learn what you can do to reduce your pain today! For more info, call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990. M O N. J U N 1 2 - W I D O W E R ’ S WELLNESS GROUP 8:30 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. SCC. Widower’s Wellness Group: “A group of men who have lost their spouse committed to listening and unsolicited sharing”. Our experience has shown that grief is an ongoing journey and it varies; for some it’s constant, others it’s intermittent and some are ambushed by unexpected bursts of anger, grief or fear. We invite YOU to attend a meeting and witness the camaraderie and healing that comes from “listening and unsolicited sharing” of the experiences of men like yourself who’ve lost their spouse. For more information contact Jim Clarke 813-625-5665 or jfclarke32@ THU. JUN 15 - WIDOW’S WELLNESS GROUP 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Have you lost your husband and have no one to share your feelings of loss with? Are you adjusting with a new plan for your future? Are you managing your grief or overwhelmed with sadness? Attend this monthly meeting with Krista Owen, RN, BSN and Jennifer Morgan, owner of Always Best Care and receive the support you need. This group will concentrate on coping skills and healthy living by sharing among members with the guidance of women in the field of caring for others. For more information, please call Debbie Caneen at 813-892-2990. FRI. JUN 16 - 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

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The News of Sun City Center 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. If you are a Veteran or know Veterans that would like to share their stories, please call Sun Towers to schedule your interview time at 813-634-3347. This recording of history will take place on the 3rd Friday of each month. M O N. J U N 1 9 - C A M PA I G N AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING– SOUTHSHORE 1:00 p.m. at The United Methodist Church in Sun City Center, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. W. Sun City Center. This team is working together as neighbors of Wimauma to improve the relationship b e t we e n t h e c om mu n it y an d L aw Enforcement and to address the lack of outof-school alternatives for youth. Everyone is welcome to attend and participate in a “Think Tank” atmosphere, to hear and be heard on how to assist our neighbors in attaining the top two concerns of residents as documented in five resident “needs assessments” completed between 1992 and 2015: 1. Obtain a prominently located Sheriff ’s Substation with diverse staffing trained in Community Policing and 2. Join with Wimauma residents in their quest for safe, walkable streets, even after dark. TUE . JUN 20 - ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. Bring Your Loved One For a Well Deserved Break. Facilitated by Aging Care Advocates. You will receive information while your loved one is cared for in our Secured Memory Care. Please RSVP no less than three days prior to 813-677-1400. For additional information, contact Debbie Caneen at 813-634-3347. WED. JUN 21 - LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP - SPONSORED BY THE SUN CITY CENTER MEN’S CLUB 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. Special speaker this month comes from En-Vision America which is an innovative technology company, specializing in improving the quality of life of the visually impaired. We’re passionate about transforming people’s lives through assistive technology. Learn what assistance there may be for you if you have low vision in order to maintain your independence. Free valet parking for cars and golf carts at Terrace Entrance by Blue Awning. If you have low vision, then this meeting is for you! For more info call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990. M O N. J U N 2 6 - W I D O W E R ’ S WELLNESS GROUP 8:30 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. SCC. Widower’s Wellness Group: “A group of men who have lost their spouse committed to listening and unsolicited sharing”. Our experience has shown that grief is an ongoing journey and it varies; for some it’s constant, others it’s intermittent and some are ambushed by unexpected bursts of anger, grief or fear. We invite YOU to attend a meeting and witness the camaraderie and healing that comes from “listening and unsolicited sharing” of the experiences of men like yourself who’ve lost their spouse. For more information contact Jim Clarke 813-625-5665 or jfclarke32@

Scandinavian Club of Sun City Center

By Paula Lickfeldt The Scandinavian Club of Sun City Center is a group of SCC and KP residents descending from or related to Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden who come together to share customs, foods, dance and music of the five Nordic countries. The club membership stands at about 60 people who meet frequently in the Florida Room of the Atrium Building. In 2008 Carl Johnson from Sweden and Thyra Nagel from Denmark put a notice in the paper and on the bulletin boards of SCC and KP looking for folks with Scandinavian Roots. Carl even went up to people and introduced himself if he thought they might be Scandinavian. The first gathering was at the south clubhouse in Kings Point. In 2009, the Scandinavian Club was formed. The first official get together was a morning coffee at Aston Gardens with a talk about Scandinavian travels. The first Christmas Party was at Ikea. Ikea provided a very nice room and a Christmas smorgasbord. Now the Scandinavian Club has its Christmas party at the Renaissance Club. One of the most popular club meetings is a “show and tell.” Club members bring memorabilia, jewelry, costumes and family treasurers to share with other club members. On occasion the club meeting will be a video visit to one of the Scandinavian countries. In February, the club presented a buffet of authentic Scandinavian-style openfaced sandwiches that were made on site. In April, the club showed the movie “THE ONLY WAY” which tells the story of how the Danish people helped

Jews escape to Sweden. A film showing famous Scandinavian-American movie stars is being planned. Because of health reasons, Carl Johnson moved to Jacksonville to be closer to his daughter. Fritz Brink became president and then David Gilberg took over the reins of the club. Elsa Lang-Ree (813633-7502), Fritz Brink (813-260-3422) or David Gilberg (813-922-4140) could be contacted for more information about the club or club events. Living in the year-round warm sunshine of Florida is very different than living in the six month long cold dark nights of the Scandinavian countries. Some of the members are snowbirds who fly north for the summer months and two of the club members commute semiannually to Scandinavia for the summer. Many members seem to enjoy being away from the cold dark winters of their youth.

The president and accordion player: David Gilberg, Larry Lundeen.

Board members front row, left to right, Thyra Nagel, Sandra Andel, Laura Reuterfors, Elsa Lang-Ree, Bill Escher, Eleanor Folley, Fritz Brinck.

Members line up to try authentic-style open-faced Scandinavian sandwiches.

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SCC is Alive With Music: Aston Garden Chorus

Gail Long at the Keyboard, Dieter Quitsch directing.

By Ilona Merritt Sometimes a most delightful story can come at the least expected times. While playing cards with Sun City Center residents this writer found out that they had joined the Aston Garden Chorus. Judy and Dieter Quitsch have been involved in music groups most of their adult lives. In fact, Dieter is an outstanding first tenor and has performed in many places including Sun City Center. Judy and Dieter were among the founder of the German American Choral Group. Several months ago, Judy befriended Elaine Domroes who lives at Aston Gardens, and she invited Judy to come and sing with their choral group of approximately 16 people. Judy enjoyed the interaction singing with this group and it wasn’t long before Dieter also joined. Aston Garden resident, William J. Rolf (Bill) believed that a choral group should be one of the activities there and he became the founder of this group. Sadly, he passed away shortly after Dieter joined. The members enjoyed the singing and it wasn’t long before they talked Dieter into being their next Director and he rose to the occasion taking his place on the other side of the directors’ stand. Dieter showed me a video of their April concert, so I took the time to visit one of their rehearsals, which was a to be short

photo shoot, I enjoyed the music of the good old days so much that I stayed and socialized with the group afterwards. They were more than anxious to tell me about their last concert. It was held in April and the Aston Garden Chorus titled it “April Love!” The group started their first number with April Love and then picked up the tempo with a trio consisting of Rae Liljestrand, Elaine Domroes and Judy Quitsch singing Abba, Dabba complete with cute Monkey faces. Member Cooky Hallner invited her friends Beverly Thomas, Cathy Lindsy and Jan Lichtenberg to present Sweet Adeline type Barbershop songs. Marv Lent, Bob Long and Dieter Quitsch sang solos and two duets were also presented. Cooky Hallner and Gail Long sang Sugar Time and Sy Lichtenthal and Cooky Hallner performed Those Were the Days. They did a great job. When you closed your eyes you would bet that Archie and Edith Bunker were there singing Boy the way Glenn Miller Played, Songs that made the Hit Parade, Guys like ... Fred Davis is the Narrator, and Gail Long has been their Accompanist since the beginning of this group last year. They all work well together, take corrections and no “must we?” when they have to repeat a song during rehearsals, all this and they do it with only one microphone.

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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.

Rockin’ Thru The Years Dance Club

DANCING 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 Bernice DuBro at 813-634-3205. Tuesday. June (6, 13, 20, 27) Social Ballroom Dance Class Beginning Merengue - 5:30 p.m. Beginning/Intermediate Samba - 6:45 p.m. Advanced - Waltz - 8 p.m. Wednesday, June (7, 14, 21, 28) Social Ballroom Dance Class Beginning Salsa - 12:45 p.m. Intermediate Salsa - 2 p.m. Beginning Viennese Waltz - 3:15 p.m. Taug ht by B ernice Dubro and George Hawn, 813-634-3205 or email “”.

Academy of Ballroom Dance

Saturday, June 3, the Academy of Ballroom Dance Club will host its next dance in the Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd, Sun City Center. Bernice DuBro and George Hawn will be teaching a Samba lesson starting at 6:30 p.m. included with admission. This is followed by regular dancing from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. In addition, Joe Tarara and Hyeyong Temlin will perform a Samba after the announcements. Admission is free for members, or $6 for guests at the door. Come and dance to a fabulous selection of tunes handpicked by Bernice DuBro (our DJ for the evening). Enjoy the complimentary coffee and cookies. Perhaps you’ll win one of the door prizes or if you are the lucky type, take a chance at winning the 50/50 drawing. Open seating and singles tables are always available. Everyone is welcome; bring your friends. BYOB. Dress is casual but neat (no shorts please). For more information, call George Hawn at 330-770-0442.

On Sunday, June 25 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Veterans Theater in the Kings Point North Clubhouse. The music will be provided by The Sugarbear Band, an excellent fun band, that will entertain us with a variety of fast and slow dance music, Top 40 hits from the 50s to the 80s. Line dance music will be played during the band’s break. If you are not into dancing, you will still enjoy listening to their music while the dancers enjoy a fun night of dancing. Tickets, $5 per person, will be sold at the ticket table in the Kings Point North Clubhouse lobby Tuesday, June 20 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. You may bring your own snacks and the dance is BYOB. The Club provides cups, napkins, water and ice on each table. Please email Sandi at “” for more information.

Moonglow Dance Club

Moonglow Ballroom Dance Club will feature the Live Music of “Daniel Fugazzotto” from Sarasota at their monthly dance on Thursday June 22 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the SCC Community Hall, 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd., Sun City Center. As a special treat, Daniel and his National Championship Amateur Ballroom Dance partner, Janis Merluzzo, will present an exhibition at intermission. The attire at Moonglow Dances is dressy casual. No shorts or tank tops, please. Members are free, and visitors/ guests pay $5 per person at the door. Singles table(s) are always available. BYOB and snacks. Club provides Ice, water, cups and napkins. The Moonglow 2017 schedule of yearround monthly dances has a great lineup of talented entertainers booked for dancing and/or listening to live music. Call 813-633-1297 or 813-634-8308 or if you would like to receive Moonglow information by email, contact “gail3357@”.

Solo Line Dance Club

The Solo Line Dance Club had their Spring luncheon on April 17 and everybody enjoyed the catered food and dance afterwards.

Academy of Ballroom Dance

During the summer months, while our friends at the Sun City Center Dance Club are on hiatus, the Academy of Ballroom Dance club has decided to hold extra dances. These dances will be held on the following dates: June 17, July 15 and September 9. These dances are in addition to the normally scheduled Academy monthly dances. Note that there are no Academy dances in August. These additional dances are open to all members of the Sun City Center, Kings Point and Freedom Plaza communities. They will run from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in the Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd, Sun City Center. There will be no dance lessons before these dances. Water, cups and napkins will be provided, and you are welcome to bring you own beverages or snacks. There will be a $5 admission charge at the door for all (even Academy of Ballroom Dance club members). Bernice DuBro will spin her favorite dance tunes. Open seating and singles tables are always available. Everyone is welcome; bring your friends. BYOB. Dress is casual but neat (no shorts please). For more information, call George Hawn at 330-770-0442.

Oldies But Goodies Dance Club

Sunday, June 11, 2017 Come and join the fun as we dance to the music of Mainstream, Sunday, June 11, 2017 at SCC Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. The doors will open at 6:15 p.m. for members and 6:30 p.m. for guests and the band will play from 7-10 p.m. Admission is free for members and $6 per person for nonmembers. The dance is BYOB and snacks. The club will provide cups, napkins, water and ice on each table. There is a limit of 10 to a table. There will be singles tables available. Any questions contact Joanne 813-7281147 or email “”. You may also check out our website: “” or join us on Facebook OldiesButGoodiesDanceClub.

Jazz Lovers Don’t Take The Summer Off

The KP Jazz Lovers group will continue meeting on the third Friday of each month all summer long. If you love jazz come on in and join us in the Ripple Room of the KPNC from 2 to 4 p.m. Our focus on June 19 will be “Saxes Take Center Stage.”

Entertainment Corner

With the arrival of Spring, a new season of entertainment begins. The below list is for your information regarding Series Shows and Dances as well as extra off-season shows for your enjoyment. So, mark your calendars and come on out and enjoy the entertainment.

2017 – 2018 SERIES Sunday

November 12, 2017 – Entertainment Revue December 10, 2017 – Ethan Bortnick January 07, 2018 – Earl Turner February 11, 2018 – Tribute Show, Neil Diamond March 4, 2018 – Re:Voiced


November 3, 2017 – Ocean Road December 01, 2017 – Surf ’s Up January 19, 2018 – The Diamonds February 16, 2018 – Savannah Jack March 23, 2018 – Let’s Hang On/Mainstream Showcase – January 24 – Free To Season Ticket Holders

Off Season Shows

Tommy Johnson – June 4 (Bandstand) July 4th Karaoke (Poolside) – Leanne Williams Followed By Renee Bray At The Bandstand August 19 – Summer Dance – The Vagabond Troupe K.E.G.G. – September 16 – Community Hall December 7, 2017 – South Shore Community Band January 21, 2018 – St. Petersburg Opera March 1, 2018 - South Shore Community Band

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Organ/Keyboard Club


The club meets every Thursday in the Armstrong room at 9:30, for a lesson. Two songs are taught at each lesson by four different teachers that rotate each month, this week it was Steve Downey from Music Avenue. No instrument needed, music is included and yours to keep. The cost is $3. Sun City Center and Kings Point residents welcome. Beginners through advanced players come to learn music. No registration is needed, just come on Thursday. For further information, call Bob Mulcahy 813.633.4628.


The Stained Glass Club in SCC Artist of the Month

The Stained Glass Club in Sun City Center has chosen Charlie Weitzman as the May 2017 Artist of the Month. Charlie was born and raised in New York City. He began teaching himself the art of stained glass. He and his wife moved to Florida in 1997 and he joined the Stained Glass Club. Since then he has mastered his techniques in glass cutting, grinding, soldering and repairing. Repairs for the club have become his specialty. He believes glass is an ongoing process of learning.

The Art Club in Sun City Center

Gallery Opening & Reception June 7, 2017 A New Gallery Exhibit, “Artist’s Choice,” will feature the work of 25 Art Club members. From their treasure trove of artistic experiences, each artist will select and display one electrifying painting. The strand that binds all the artists is their felt need to touch hearts and fire imaginations. The artists participating in the exhibit are: Barbara Angemi, Jean Beardsley, Harv Berman, Chris Botting, Dave Botting, Karen Butenschoen, Mary Chabot, K. C. Chilton, Nancy Cooper, Jean Curry, Lee Anne Eckert, Lillian Foncellino, Peggy Hart, Rebecca Gerdy, Nanci Goodstein, Marcie Hansen, Maureen Hileman, Peter Huntington, Carol Husinka, Meredith King, Joy Johnson, Mo Johnson, Mary McLaughlin, Rejeannia Smith and Mel Solochek. Represented in the show will be diverse artistic expressions using pastels, watercolor, acrylic, oils and mixed media. While browsing in the gallery, guests will have an opportunity to meet and greet the artists. Join us for this exciting end of the year opening, at the Art Club’s Gallery Opening and Reception on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 from 1–3 p.m. The event is free and open to the community and their guests. Snacks and beverages will be served. The Art Club is located on Cherry Hills Drive in Sun City Center. For more information visit

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Military News COL. Roy Conklin, MOWW Companion Discusses Korean War Experiences

By B. Frank Kepley CAPT USN (Ret) Roy Conklin, Col USA (Ret) was the featured speaker at the Military Officers of the World Wars (MOWW) luncheon, which was held at 11 a.m. on April 20, at the Sun City Center Freedom Plaza Club. Col. Conklin graduated from OCS 22 May,1952. His initial assignment was Platoon Leader in the 9th Infantry Division, Korea. He was later Company Commander 40th Infantry Division. His subsequent assignments include Chief of Staff and Deputy Commander 356th Civil Affairs Brigade and later Commander Col. Roy Conklin, USA (Ret) 1154th USAR School. Col. Conklin graduated from the University of New York at Cortland with a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration from New York University. He was later principle, Clarkstown Senior High School, S. W. Nyack New York. Col. Conklin has completed Infantry Officer Advanced Course; Civil Affairs Advance Course; Command and General Staff College; Industrial College of the Armed Forces; and the Air War College. His awards include Silver Star; Bronze Star with “V” device and Oak Leaf Cluster; Purple Heart; Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster; Army Commendation Medal and Army Achievement Medal. Col. Conklin discussed his traumatic, harrowing experiences in Korea, the “Forgotten War,” where he was wounded in combat, and subsequently awarded the Purple Heart and Silver Star. Prior to Col. Conklin’s presentation, Darlene Craig, spouse of longtime companion Jack Craig, was inducted as a Hereditary in Perpetuity member of MOWW.

Rising Star Leadership Academy Presented MOWW Award

By B. Frank Kepley CAPT USN (Ret) As part of their Law and Order Outreach program, the Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) presented representatives of the Hillsborough County Sheriff ’s Office the Bronze Patrick Henry plaques in recognition of their Rising Stars Leadership Academy. The award was presented at the MOWW luncheon held in the Sun City Center Freedom Plaza club on May 18, 2017. A scholarship award, administered by the Hillsborough Education Foundation, is provided to students who continue to meet eligibility requirements. Through this Program, the HCSO develops and rewards successful students by enhancing their ability to become productive citizens, and therefore this Program is recognized for achieving several tenets of The Military Order of the World War’s Preamble.

From left in photo is Maj. Jim Haney, USMC (Ret); Maj. Willie Parker, Director, Community Outreach Division; Sgt. Jason Napoli, Director School Resources Section; and LTC Charles Conover, USA (Ret).

Capt. Frank Kepley, USN (Ret)

From left, Maj. Jim Haney USMC (Ret); LTC Charles Conover, USA Chapter president.

Frank Kepley and Jim Haney Receive FL Council MOAA Leadership Awards

Retired Captain, Frank Kepley, USN and retired Major Jim Haney, USMC, were presented with the MOAA Florida Council of Chapters Leadership Award at the Military Officers of America Association (MOAA) monthly luncheon. The luncheon was held in the Florida Room at the Sun City Center Atrium on May 3rd, 2017. The award is presented to those individuals who have consistently demonstrated substantial leadership abilities contributing significantly to the mission and objectives of the chapter.

HCFR Chief Newell Branam Addresses MOWW

By B. Frank Kepley CAPT USN (Ret) Newell “Chip” Branam, Chief of Operations for Hillsborough County Fire and Rescue was the featured speaker at the Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) luncheon on Thursday, May 18, at the Sun City Center Plaza Club. HCFR fights fires and provides emergency medical services for the unincorporated areas of the county. The department answers more than 100,000 calls for services each year. They are responsible for planning and coordinating actions to prepare, respond, and recover from natural or man-made disasters in Chief Newell Branam Hillsborough County. Chief Branam was born into a military family at Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas Nevada. In 1974, he began as a volunteer firefighter at the Hillsborough County Fire Department. Over time he worked his way up through the ranks and was promoted to Battalion Chief in 1991. He later served as Special Operations Coordinator. In 2002, he was promoted to a Headquarters Division Chief as the volunteer Services Coordinator. Between 2002 and 2016, Chief Branam worked as the Volunteer Services Chief, two tours as the Personnel Chief, then Training Chief, as a Shift Commander, and as acting Fire Marshal. He was promoted to Deputy Chief Operations in 2016. He has the overall responsibility for the operation of over 43 County fire rescue stations. He is certified as a state firefighter through the Fire Academy and has a State Paramedic certification through the Hillsborough College paramedic program. He also attended the National Fire Academy and Columbia Southern University. Chief Branam discussed the current and past history of all of the Fire and Rescue operations in Hillsborough County with an emphasis on the Sun City Center and Ruskin stations.

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Dr. Susan MacManus Guest Speaker at MOAA Luncheon

MFST Holds Luncheon for Scholarship Recipients

By B. Frank Kepley CAPT USN (Ret) The Board of Trustees of the Military Family Support Trust (MFST) held a recognition luncheon honoring its 2017 National Scholarship Recipients at the Sun City Center, Freedom Plaza Club on Friday, April 21st, 2017. There were 18 scholarship recipients from high schools around the nation. Four of the recipients were from Florida high schools. A brief discussion of the accomplishments of each winner was presented by retired Brigadier, Colin Howgill, (RM), chairman of the Board of Trustees, and photos were taken with each student and their parents and/or sponsor holding a plaque containing the names of previous scholarship winners as well as the names of the scholarship donors. The awarding of scholarships to military children and grandchildren is just one of the many charities MFST offers to our military families. MFST is a 501(c)3 charitable trust established in 1992 and headquartered in SCC Freedom Plaza. Using contributions, the MFST provides significant benefits to both national and local individuals and programs related to military and federal employees. The beneficiaries include, but are not limited to: four year scholarships for high school seniors; JROTC Honors Program; Homeless Women Veterans; Operation Warm Heart; Veteran Guide Dog; Southeastern Guide Dogs Paws for Patriots program; Operation Helping Hand; My Warriors Place and sponsoring ‘Guardians’ for the Honor Flight Support Program. Information about MFST can be obtained by calling Nancy Alguire (813) 634-4675.

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By B. Frank Kepley CAPT USN (Ret) Dr. Susan MacManus 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 May 3rd, 2017. Dr. MacManus is a Distinguished Un i v e r s i t y P r o f e s s o r o f P u b l i c Administration and Political Science in the Department of Government and International Affairs at the University of South Florida. She is nationally renowned for her expert and incisive commentary on public opinion and intergenerational politics and has appeared on ABC, NBC, From left, Susan MacManus, Phd; LTC CBS, FOX, CNN, Fox News Channel, Charles Conover, USA (Ret) Chapter MSNBC, PBS, BBC, NHK (Tokyo), President Australian Television, C-SPAN, National Public Radio, and in various print media. During the 2000 and 2004 election season, she has also served as the political analyst for WFLA News Channel 8, the Florida News Channel, and WFLA News Radio. At present, she is the political analyst for ABC Action News in Tampa Fl. Dr. MacManus is a Fulbright research scholar and has written numerous books. She discussed the current political climate in Florida and the nation as well as the various factors that were in play during the recent presidential election. Given that this election was unlike any other, she had a plethora of interesting information to draw from, which emphasized the likely reasons that Donald Trump won. In particular, she stressed the various polls and why only one polling company, the Rasmussen poll, got it right. Dr. MacManus is an Honorary Member of MOAA, and speaks to the group annually.

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Be a Daredevil at Niagara Falls

By Kai Rambow There are two problems going over Niagara Falls in a barrel: (1) the survival rate is only 2 percent, and (2) it is illegal. You can get thrills at the falls in much safer ways. Each delivers a different way to experience one of the most famous falls in the world. The border between the United States and Canada runs down the middle of the Niagara River and Falls. The best views, however, are from the Canadian side. You’ll also benefit from the favorable monetary exchange rate. Note: All activities described here are from the Canadian side. Fly Right Over Looking down at the falls but not going over gives a thrill without the danger. The view from a helicopter is not the same as looking from a building. Your views are constantly changing as the helicopter flies around the falls. Recommend doing this after you’ve seen the falls at eye level. This will help you easily recognize the American Falls vs. the Canadian or Horseshoe Falls. This is a thrilling adventure and one to include in your trip planning. Niagara Helicopters has been delivering air adventures for over 50 years. The attention to safety and friendliness should reassure anyone who has not flown in a helicopter that you are in good hands. They run a very impressive operation. Stand Right Under Well, not right under, but Hornblower’s boats will take you to within 80 feet of the base of the falls. Niagara Falls has more water flowing over it than any other falls in the world. Hear the thunder of the plunging water and feel the boat counteract the swirling waters. If you rode the Maid of the Mist years ago, Hornblower delivers a muchimproved experience. This is a fully handicapped accessible adventure. Light rain ponchos are issued before you board to help keep you dry. Tip: If you’d prefer to avoid getting wet, there is a glass barrier near the front on the main deck, affording good views while keeping you dry. The left one (facing forward) provides the best views. Hornblower has also set up a patio near the boat dock looking at the American falls. You can drink wine or craft beer from the nearby Niagara region. This

is where ice wine was created and the wineries in this region have won many awards. The view is terrific and the drink prices are reasonable. Tip: Afternoon sun will provide the best lighting as the American falls face west. Eye Level Unlike many famous falls around the world, Niagara Falls is one of the most accessible. You can walk right up to the edge of the falls and absorb the views. Stand in a different spot and your view of the falls changes. The Canadian or Horseshoe Falls stretch over 2700 feet. Thanks to huge hydroelectric facilities and reservoirs, which draw off over half the volume, there is a constant flow all year. Niagara kicks up tremendous mist, so you can get a bit wet even at eye level. It is impressive every time. Bird Kingdom For years, additional activities near the falls were okay at best. Some newer attractions are worth the visit. Bird lovers will enjoy Bird Kingdom. In addition to having the largest free flying indoor aviary in the world, one of the rooms affords visitors the opportunity to see small birds up close. You’ll have to follow the painted footsteps all the way through. The largest aviary is last, so don’t quit. Once you enter this enclosure, you’ll need to constantly scan for birds as the path meanders down. Birds are all around, as I discovered when one decided to “deposit” on me. Tip: If it happens, leave it alone and let it dry. It’s much easier to remove then. Tips for a Great Trip When to Go: Summer is peak season. Try scheduling your trip in May, June or September, October. You’ll avoid packed crowds and have more comfortable temperatures. Tip: Time your visit for midweek and you’ll get much better hotel rates. Easy Way to See Everything The walking distance from the Horseshoe Falls to the American Falls is over half a mile. Parking options are limited. Your best option is to leave your car at your hotel or find a day parking spot. You can buy a local bus WEGO pass; most hotels sell them. Buses run every 20 minutes and can be a big energy saver.

Lighting, mist and rainbows are ever changing at the falls.

There are several lines which cover all the main destinations. A 24-hour pass is $7.50 Cdn. Best Dining Option The best upscale dining experience is the Grand Buffet at the Fallsview Casino Resort. For $25 Cdn, you’ll get a wide range of top quality foods. This casino is right in the heart of all the fallsview hotels, and the buffet faces the falls, so there’s a little bit of walking inside from the entrance. Tip: If you are able, I recommend walking between the falls once. For a quick bite, there is a Tim Horton’s at Table Rock and one halfway at Queen Victoria Place. You’ll be able to get soups, sandwiches and other goodies at reasonable prices. Where to Stay Many hotels tout rooms with views of the falls. To secure a room with a view, you’ll pay extra. If this is your first time to the falls, this can be a worthwhile splurge. In addition, many of these hotels charge quite a bit for parking. Marriott on the Falls (there’s more than one Marriott property) has some great views, competitive prices and no charges for parking. Less expensive, but comfortable options include the Courtyard by Marriott and Doubletree. Both have a nominal charge for parking and stops for WEGO are close by. Some of the rooms at the Doubletree have views of the American Falls. Tip: Make sure when booking the hotel is in Niagara Falls, Canada – not New York. Canadian Customs: You will need a valid passport to enter Canada. If you’re

driving across the border, try to avoid rush-hour times otherwise you can be sitting in line for some time. Canadian Culture: Even though Canadians are just across the border, they are different. It is a quieter culture. You’ll have much more success with polite requests than with a raised voice. Canadian Currency: The exchange rate is favorable for us right now. Reducing the amount by 20 to 25 percent will quickly give you an idea of what it will cost you in American dollars. My credit card gives a better exchange rate than any bank, so I used my card for just about everything and carried very little Canadian currency. Check with your credit card company and be sure to let them know your dates of travel in Canada. Niagara Helicopters 3731 Victoria Ave. Niagara Falls, Ontario (905) 357-5672 Hornblower Niagara Cruises 5920 Niagara Pkwy. Niagara Falls, Ontario (855) 264-2427 Bird Kingdom 5651 River Road Niagara Falls, ON (905) 356-8888 Marriott on the Falls 6755 Fallsview Blvd. Niagara Falls, ON (905) 374-1077

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The Peltons visited their grandson in Texas. Here they are in Waco with their News of Sun City Center. They saw the Magnolia grounds and store, which some may be familiar with from Fixer-Uppers.

The Men’s Club of SCC sailed to Cozumel, Labadee and Jamaica on the Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas. The group included 84 club members, spouses and friends. The trip was planned by Jim Rottman and Jayne Kirse.

Front L to R: Gayle Fortin, Senior Travel Advisor, Cruise Planners; John Wolf, Publisher, News of Sun City Center. Middle: Mary Merrill, Mary Carter, Louvia Puffer, Marilyn Szabo, Gail Perusse, Gladys Rempel, Barbara Mignogna, Mary Lopez, Susan Sadi. Back: Lew Merrill, Sherry Handley, Jim Puffer, Pete Szabo, Don Perusse, Lou Lopez, Mary K Merrill, Joe Mignogna, Dick & Eileen Bishop, Ramsey Sadi. Not pictured: Nancy & Bob Layer, Abby Wolf, Carl Paugh.

By NSCC Staff Local Senior Travel Expert Gayle Fortin and the News’ very own John Wolf led a group of about 25 excited adventurers on a tour of Eastern Europe last month. The group traversed the continent via the historic Danube River, cruising aboard the MS Emerald Destiny. The tour group connected with the river ship in Hungary, where they enjoyed breakfast, shopping and sightseeing in Budapest. From there, it was on to Slovakia, where they took in the sights of Bratislava by train. “The nighttime illumination cruise in Budapest was spectacular, and all the walking tours were great. We really stayed busy!” SCC resident Eileen Bishop said. Then it was on to Vienna, Austria, home of Beethoven, Schubert and Strauss. Here, the group toured the Shonbrunn Palace before a leisurely day exploring this palatial city. Ma r y Me r r i l l s a i d s h e h a d a phenomenal trip. “I had not been to several of the cities before, so it was new and exciting. Budapest was so beautiful, and the orchestra concert in Vienna was certainly a highlight. The ship was magnificent, and the food was outstanding. Start to finish, this tour was full of history, beauty and fun.” From there, it was more of Austria

in Durnstein and Melk with their cobblestone streets, medieval charm and the spectacular grandeur of the Wachau Valley. Then it was on to Mozart’s birthplace, Salzburg, before passing into Passau, Germany. German delights included one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval cities, Regensburg. Then it was on to Nuremberg and, finally, Prague in the Czech Republic. “For me, some of this was going back. I was stationed in Nuremburg 52 years ago, so it was nice to see it again,” Joe Mignogna said. “Prague was wonderful. Because it wasn’t bombed in World War II, the older buildings, palaces and cathedrals were still intact,” Bishop added. “Truly, the whole tour was great! I’ve never been to the Czech Republic, and the history in Nuremburg was very impressive. Cruising on the river was very nice and relaxing,” Lou Lopez said. After a full day exploring Prague, the group hopped on a plane for the States, carrying with them memories, mementos and endless stories. “This was really a great trip! Everything on the ship was brand new and perfect. The crew was wonderful, and the food was delicious. The city tours were so enjoyable … really, it was wonderful!” Barbara Mignogna said.

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SPORTS June 2017

The News of Sun City Center



SCC PBC Courtside Brunch

It was another beautiful April Saturday when the SCC Pickleball Club served brunch to its members at the courts in the SCC Sports Complex behind Community Hall. The Club organizers and members brought a delicious variety of brunch foods and beverages which everyone enjoyed between games. As you may know by now pickleball has become the fastest growing sport throughout America. Players of all ages and all skill levels are enjoying themselves on courts everywhere. And with the recent opening of the new pickleball court here in SCC, more players can be accommodated. To use the courts, you must be a CA member, but to participate in Club events you must also be a Pickleball Club member. Membership applications are available at the court. Hope to see you there!

The Sun City Center Billiards Club just conducted their first ever 8-Ball Tournament. The 8-Ball Tournament was held on May 18, 2017. It was a double elimination style tournament. Each match was played the best two out of three games. The matches were played under the SCA official 8-Ball Rules of Play as modified by the Sun City Center Billiards Club for this 8-Ball Tournament. The Sun City Center Billiards Club issued medals for the top three finishers. The first place winner medal was awarded to Jim Glass (center). The second place medal winner was Brian Tracey (right) and the third place medal winner was Ben Boyes (left). The next tournament for the Sun City Center Billiards Club will be the game of nine-ball.

SCC Basketball Club Receives Uniform Donation

Seated L to R: Kathy Shaefer, Maggie Pliska, Sue Smith and Pat Iacurci. Standing Jackie Goding, Nancy Restum, Dee Kelly, Mary Huntington, Alice Friedlein and Linda Smith.

Ladies Tennis Lunch

The Sun City 2 ladies tennis team celebrated the end of the ALOT season at the annual banquet on May 17 at the Rusty Pelican Restaurant in Tampa.

SCC Competitive Tennis News

SCC’s “C” Tennis Team enjoyed a beautiful day, with good food and friendship at a luncheon hosted at Mary Huntington’s beautiful home. It was a great get together with team members and subs after the final game of the season! The team will be returning in August to start a new season of good tennis together.

SCC Volleyball Experiences 15-0 Game With Only One Server

Sun City Center Volleyball Club member, Dave Flude, 54, served 15 straight times on Saturday, May 6, 2017, resulting in a 15-0 win. Four teams played on two courts and were pretty evenly matched according to observers, “Dave developed his serving skills over the past 20 years at the #1 RV resort in the country, Sun ‘N Fun, in Sarasota”, according to Karen Sutton, one of Saturday’s players. “He’s also an excellent setter and always has his hands up, ready to react.” “I’ve played with the club for over 12 years and have never seen a 15-0 game before with only one server”, said Nan McNamara, from his opposing team. Dave Flude and Club President, Nancy “Wow!” DeWilde Catch the excitement Monday, Thursday and Saturday mornings at the courts off S. Pebble Beach Dr. at the Sports Complex. As of June 1, the games will have been moved up to 8:30 a.m. to avoid the heat of the day.

Sun City Center Basketball Clinic Starts June 6

The Sun City Center Basketball Club will hold a four-session beginner/refresher skills clinic starting June 6, Tuesday(s) from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the shared Volleyball/Basketball Court on the South Campus behind the Community Hall. SCC Basketball Club President, Bob Monahan indicated that this clinic will introduce men and women to the various skills needed to play basketball including passing, dribbling, shooting and defense. “Most people tell me that they haven’t played in 30 to 40 years or that they never played and would like a chance to learn the game. Our purpose in presenting the clinic is to let SCC, Kings Point and Freedom Plaza residents know that we have a good team that has been playing for over a year.” The Club has an unlocked bin of basketballs that the public can use at their leisure when the court is available. Basketball is one of the few sports that you can play by yourself and get a good workout at your own pace and relieves the stresses of the day. It is hoped that the Skills Clinic will provide techniques that the public can improve upon at the court on their own time schedule. The clinic is free but limited to the first 15 registrants. You can register by calling/texting Bob Monahan at 401-5271718 or emailing him at “”.

Kneeling L to R: Linda Smith, Nan Baytos and Dee Kelly. Standing: Mary Huntington, Sue Smith, Nancy Restum, Maggie Pliska, Sue Hackney, Alice Friedlein, Jackie Goding, Pat Iacurci and Elaine Davis.

Ringers Champs

The SCC Basketball Club would like to acknowledge and thank Rich and Sherrill Shelley of Keller Williams Realty for their donation of practice and competition shirts. The reversible shirts meet the requirements for senior Olympic competition and will be used this fall when the club presents a series of inter-squad games that will be open to the public. The uniforms will also be used in statewide competition in the fall and winter season. The SCC Basketball Club welcomes new members from Sun City, Kings Point and Freedom Plaza both men and women. Our current members span in age from 53 to 80. All levels of ability are welcome including inexperienced. For further details contact Bob Monahan Club President at 401-527-1718 or “”.

L to R Standing: Rich Shelley, Sponsor, Al Paschal, Ed Veronick, Joe Vladyka, Bob Monahan, Sherill Shelley, Sponsor. Kneeling: Louise Kreisler, Rande Carrico and Paul Spiegal.

SCC Archery Club

SCC Archery Club member Bob Goodman “Robin Hooded” these two arrows at the SCC Archery Range earlier this year.

The Sun City Center Horseshoe Club, “The Ringers”, held their annual Singles and Doubles Championship Tourney over a two-day period in April. Our Singles Champion this year is Joe Hein. His part of the tournament took 2.5 days to complete due to the heavy competition. Our Doubles Champions are Rudy Railey and Arnell Fast. All the winners were presented with a 2017 Champion’s Cap along with a $25 gift card. It is not necessary to pitch horseshoes in a champion fashion to be a member of this fun club. Come on out every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday morning starting at 8:30 and give it a try. Our horseshoe courts are located next to the parking lot at the back of Community Hall on South Pebble Beach Boulevard.

SCC Archery Club Member Rita Mavel shoot this perfect round while receiving her first lesson from club Instructor Jerry Anderson. If you would like to try archery, contact club instructor Jerry Anderson @ 330-206-7048 for no cost instruction. You must be a CA Member to receive lessons.

Sports continued on 19.


June 2017

The News of Sun City Center

GOLF SCORES Hogans Golf Club of Sun City Center & Kings Point Wednesday, April 5, Course: Sandpiper Oaks-Lakes , Flight 1: 1st: Bob Mizack and Jenice Taylor - Tied at 2 Skins 2nd: Rex Gibbons, Ruben Jones, and Al Schickedanz - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Bob Mizack - 63 Low-Gross: Ruben Jones - 78 Birds: Bob Mizack - 2, Francis Hendrickson, Jenice Taylor, and Ruben Jones - 1. Course: Sandpiper LakesPalm, Flight 2: 1st: Corky Stallings - 3 Skins 2nd: Wilf Pennell, Syl Amos, and Mike Owen - Tied at 2 Skins LowNet: Syl Amos - 64 Low-Gross: Corky Stallings - 77 Birds: Wilf Pennell - 3, Larry St. John, Mike Owen, and Corky Stallings - 1. Saturday, April 8, Course: Freedom Fairways 1st: Ray Shaw and Chuck Feldschau - Tied at 2 Skins 2nd: Dave Johnson, Dave Gellman, and Tom Boyle - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Ray Shaw - 54 Low-Gross: Ray Shaw - 70 Birds: Ray Bui - 2, Ken Kirwin, Dave Johnson, Ray Shaw, and Tom Boyle - 1. Course: Sandpiper Oaks-Lakes Flight 1: 1st: Doug Banning - 2 Skins 2nd: Bill Robinette, Frank Harvey, and John Jackson - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Doug Banning - 67 Low-Gross: Charles Wagner - 77 Birds: Ruben Jones and John Jackson - 2, Bill Robinette - 1. Course: Sandpiper Lakes-Palms Flight 2: 1st: Jenice Taylor - 2 Skins 2nd: George Jenkins, Ron Dickey, and Don Rudderham - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Jenice Taylor - 65 Low-Gross: Ron Dickey - 82 Birds: Paul Swakow, George Jenkins, and Ron Dickey - 1. Monday, April 10, Course: Summerfield Crossings 1st: Doug McFaul - 3 Skins 2nd: Don Rudderham and Tom Boyle - Tied at 2 Skins 3rd: Hal Wold and Bob Rudderham - Tied at 1 Skin LowNet: Bob Rudderham and Tom Boyle - 65 Low-Gross: Bob Rudderham - 78 Birds: Bob Rudderham - 2, Hal Wold and Tom Boyle - 1. Wednesday, April 12, Course: Sandpiper Palms-Oaks Flight 1 1st: Jenice Taylor and Ellis Creve - Tied at 2 Skins 2nd: Bob Mizack, Francis Hendrickson, Ron Dickey, and Tom McHugh - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Don Rudderham and Bob Mizack - Tied at 67 Low-Gross: Charles Wagner - 77 Birds: Corky Stallings - 3, Francis Hendrickson - 2, Ron Dickey, Charles Wagner, Jenice Taylor, and Ellis Creve - 1. Course: Sandpiper OaksLakes Flight 2: 1st: Todd Lee and Doug McFaul - Tied at 2 Skins 2nd: Butch Gadd, Larry St. John, Paul Swakow, and Don Mowry - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Doug McFaul - 60 Low-Gross: Paul Swakow - 80 Birds: John Jackson, Ruben Jones, Larry St. John, Paul Swakow, and Don Mowry - 1. Saturday, April 15, Course: Freedom Fairways 1st: Ray Bui - 3 Skins 2nd: Dave Johnson - 2 Skins 3rd: Victor Holove and Ray Shaw - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Dave Johnson - 56 Low-Gross: Ray Shaw - 73 Birds: Ray Bui - 4 . Course: Sandpiper Palms-Oaks Flight 1: 1st: Jack Hugill - 2 Skins 2nd: Rich Lucidi, Tom McHugh, Terry Upson, Roland Lemoine, Charles Wagner, and Dave Britton - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Dave Britton and Charles Wagner - Tied at 64 Low-Gross: Charles Wagner - 73 Eagle: Charles Wagner - 1 Birds: Jack Hugill, Dave Britton, and Charles Wagner - 1. Course: Sandpiper Lakes-Palms Flight 2: 1st: Bob Mizack - 2 Skins 2nd: Steve Parks, Ron Dickey,

Todd Lee, Paul Swakow, Syl Amos, and Travis Lansberry - Tied at 1 Skin LowNet: Bob Mizack - 63 Low-Gross: Paul Swakow - 80 Birds: Ruben Jones - 2, Steve Parks, Bob Mizack, Paul Swakow, Corky Stallings, and Ron Dickey - 1. Monday, April 17, Course: Summerfield Crossings 1st: Doug McFaul - 4 Skins 2nd: Bob Mizack and Frank Harvey Tied at 3 Skins 3rd: Ray Curry - 1 Skin Low-Net: Bob Mizack - 71 Low-Gross: Bob Mizack - 93. Wednesday, April 19, Course: Sandpiper Palms-Oaks 1st: Hal Wold, Paul Swakow, Ray Curry, Denny Supthen, and Jerry Liggett Tied at 2 Skins 2nd: Todd Lee and Syl Amos - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Denny Sutphen - 64 Low-Gross: Paul Swakow - 83 Birds: Denny Sutphen - 2, Corky Stalling and Hal Wold - 1. Saturday, April 22, Course: Freedom Fairways 1st: Ray Bui - 4 Skins 2nd: Dick Fiedler - 3 Skins 3rd: Dave Gellmn - 2 Skins 4th: Ray Shaw and Tom Boyle - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Dick Fiedler - 46 LowGross: Ray Bui - 68 Birds: Ray Bui - 5, Tom Boyle - 2, Dave Johnson and Dave Gellman - 1. 4/22 Course: Palms-Oaks Flight 1: 1st: Travis Lansberry - 4 2nd: Bob Rudderham - 3 Skins 3rd: Larry St. John and Jack Hugill - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Larry St. John and Travis Lansberry - Tied at 64 Low-Gross: Bob Rudderham - 80 Birds: Bob Rudderham - 2, Travis Lansberry - 1. 4/22 Course: Sandpiper Lakes-Palms Flight 2: 1st: Doug Banning - 3 Skins 2nd: Corky Stallings, Ron Dickey, Frank Harvey, and Todd Lee - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Doug Banning - 61 Low-Gross: Paul Swakow 76 Birds: John Jackson, Todd Lee, Paul Swakow, Corky Stallings, Ron Dickey, and Doug Banning - 1. Wednesday, April 26, Course: Sandpiper LakesPalms 1st: Bob Mizack - 3 Skins 2nd: Butch Gadd, Tom Boyle, John Jackson, Tom Kirchen, and Jenice Taylor - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Ruben Jones - 58 Low-Gross: Ruben Jones - 73 Birds: Bob Mizack and Ruben Jones - 2, John Jackson, Tom Kirchen, Corky Stallings, and Jenice Taylor - 1. Saturday, April 29, Course: Freedom Fairways 1st: Charlie Brown - 2 Skins 2nd: Dick Fiedler, Chuck Feldschau, and Ray Shaw - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Dave Gellman - 52 Low-Gross: Ray Bui - 65 Birds: Ray Bui - 4, Ken Kirwin - 3, Dave Gellman, Dick Fiedler, and Chuck Feldschau - 1. Course: Sandpiper Lakes-Palms 1st: Ellis Creve - 2 Skins 2nd: Bob Mizack, Rich Lucidi, Larry St. John, and Dan King - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Travis Lansberry and Ellis Creve - Tied at 59 Low-Gross: Ron Dickey - 81 Birds: Corky Stallings - 2, Bob Harris, Jay Sparkman, Ruben Jones, John Jackson, and Ron Dickey - 1. Wednesday, May 3, Course: Sandpiper Lakes-Palms 1st: Ruben Jones and Bob Mizack - Tied at 2 Skin 2nd: Ron Dickey, Paul Swakow, and Rich Lucidi - Tied at 1 Skin LowNet: Paul Swakow - 63 Low-Gross: Paul Swakow - 78 Eagle: Ron Dickey - 1 Birds: Ruben Jones, Todd Lee, and Paul Swakow - 2, John Jackson, Jenice Taylor, and Corky Stallings - 1, Saturday, May 6, Course: Freedom Fairways 1st: Bob Hull, Dick Fiedler, Bill Giblin, and Ray Bui - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Dave Gellman - 55 Low-Gross: Ray Bui - 71 Birds: Ray Bui - 4, Gary Marchman - 3, Chieu Nguyen, Bob Hull, Dick Fiedler, and Bill Giblin - 2, Ray Shaw - 1. Saturday, May 6, Course: Sandpiper Lakes-Palms 1st: Rich Lucidi, Bob Harris, Todd Lee, and Peter Hyjek - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Doug McFaul - 62 Low-Gross: Charles Wagner - 77 Birds: Ruben Jones, Greg Banks, Todd Lee, and Peter Hyjek - 1. Wednesday, May 10, Course: Sandpiper Oaks-Lakes 1st: Hal Wold - 2 Skins 2nd: Bob Mizack Butch Gadd, Paul Swakow, Jack Hugill, and

Ted Charlebois - Tied at 1 Skin LowNet: Hal Wold - 61 Low-Gross: Paul Swakow - 82 Birds: Paul Swakow - 2, Ruben Jones, Butch Gadd, Ruben Jones - 1. Saturday, May 13 Course: Freedom Fairways 1st: Victor Holove, Chuck Feldschau, Ray Bui, and Charlie Brown, and Ray Shaw - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Dave Gellman, Ken Kirwin, and Chuck Feldschau - tied at 56 Low-Gross: Ray Bui - 71 Birds: Ray Shaw - 4, Dick Fiedler, Victor Holove, and Ray Bui - 2, Charlie Brown, Ken Kirwin, and Chuck Feldschau - 1. Monday, May 15 Course: Scepter Golf Club 1st: Terry Upson - 2 Skins 2nd: Rich Lucidi, Ken Kirwin, George Jenkins, Denny Sutphen, Doug McFaul, and Bob Mizack - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Bob Mizack and Terry Upson - Tied at 62 Low-Gross: Corky Stallings - 80 Birds: Bob Mizack - 2 , Ron Dickey, Corky Stallings, George Jenkins, and Denny Sutphen -1.

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Sports Continued from page 17.

SCC Pickleball Club Holds Dinking Tournament

It was a beautiful morning on Saturday May 6, for the first ever dinking tournament hosted by the SCC Pickleball Club on the courts of the South Campus Sports Complex. Twenty members signed up to try their hand at a game using only the pickleball technique known as dinking. SCC Pickleball Club Dinking Tournament Dinking is a soft hit where the ball Winners R to L: 1st Mary Legrand, 2nd abruptly drops to the ground once it is Bill Walker and 3rd Bernadette Cole. over the net. If you’re a player who’s used to slamming the ball at your opponent, then dinking is a style of play that takes some getting used to. Also known as the soft game, dinking requires much more finesse and patience. In this tournament, low scoring players were eliminated until the top five scorers played the final games. Coming in first place was Mary Legrand, second place was Bill Walker, and third place was Bernadette Cole. The three winners received gift cards to Dunkin Donuts. Many thanks go to organizer Bernadette Cole, assistants Gerry Gottsacker, Chris Golik, Maurice Levesque, Judy Dempsy and DeeDee Tottrup. The tournament was so enjoyable and successful that a second one is being planned in the months ahead. Become a member of the SCC Pickleball Club so you too can join us in fun filled events like this and many others throughout the year.

SCC Senior Athlete of the Month: Shan Hise

By Bob Monahan The minute he walks onto the volleyball court the game changes no matter what the score. With deadly serves, accurate passing, wonderfully placed shots, Shan Hise is tough to beat. Shan Hise is 82 years old. Shan’s medals in volleyball are close to a hundred including many national championships, one of which was recently in Orlando. He represented the United States in the Huntsman Games in China, as he was part of an all-star American team. Shan was born and raised in Ridgway, Illinois a small town of a thousand people. He doesn’t mention that he must have been an exceptional student because he finished junior high school at the age of 11 and graduated from high school at the age of 14. At that age, his father put him right to work in the family produce business for several years. He met and married his lovely wife Barbara with whom he has been married to for 62 years. Unfortunately, the Korean War was at this time and Shan decided to enlist in the army rather than be drafted. After a three-year stint in the service, Shan used the G.I. bill to earn a degree at the University of Illinois in accounting and used that degree in several jobs with PPG, Pittsburgh Paint. Shan rose to the position of assistant controller and retired after 32 years. Looking for mild winters, Shan and Barbara explored Florida finally renting in Sun City Center where they eventually bought a house in 1995. Having never played high school sports, Shan immersed himself into the community playing volleyball and softball and occasionally working in a round of golf. Twentytwo years later, he is still playing the same sports on a high level. Shan added dedication to church and God where he

is a deacon at the Trinity Baptist church. I w it ne ss e d that dedication to church and God recently w hen I went to watch the winter playoffs for softball, where Shan’s team was playing. Shan is the player/manager of his team, but was missing from the semifinal game. He had a deacon’s meeting and that’s where he was, leaving a player to manage in his stead until the meeting was over. His team won the winter playoff championship. During his 22 years of sports in Sun City Center his teammates can only comment about how helpful he is to all his teammates. When I started playing volleyball for the first time it was Shan who offered to give me coaching tips after the games on his own time and it was greatly appreciated. As a retired accountant, Shan volunteers annually to do approximately 35 senior tax returns for widows and church members without compensation. The compensation for Shan is to live a fulfilling life in sports, church and family here in Sun City Center, Florida. How does a person his age keep going on such a high level? First, I sense from Shan that there is no magic age when you should retire from sports or anything in life as long as you enjoy it. It was a wonderful experience watching Shan play volleyball with his teenage grandchildren when they were here on spring break. As for his diet, he eats three balanced meals a day with a healthy breakfast and a larger dinner late in the day. He stays fit through sports and sensible eating patterns with grilled tilapia being one of his favorites.


June Fishing Report

By Capt. Christopher Taylor, Florida Reels Fishing Charters June is well known for its pleasant mornings and warm afternoons on the water. Generally speaking, much of the usual boat traffic from most anglers and guides has shifted from their favorite Snook and Redfish fishing spots to chasing Tarpon around the beaches and larger passes. This will allow for less pressure on the water and more fish willing to chew on baits. During the month of June, I have found that periods of tide change produce larger fish. The mornings and evenings will be more productive as the water temperature will be lower. A few go to places for Snook and Redfish this month are The Little Manatee River, Cockroach Bay, and Bishops Harbour. On rising and higher tides Snook and Redfish will be abundant on and around mangrove points, oyster bars, and the occasional sandbar. When fishing these areas mentioned earlier I recommend free-lining live or cut scaled sardines within the target area or “strike-zone”. The addition of a few split-shot may be necessary to keep baits in the specific location during stronger tides. The phrase “match the hatch” is a tried and true method used to select the proper bait for fishing any given area. The waterways of Ruskin and Sun City Center are filled with scaled sardines, also known as “Greenbacks” or “whitebait”. These little silver bullets are candy for Snook, and Redfish and hold their reputation for catching Trout on any given day. Scaled sardines can be caught by throwing a cast net or buying at a few small bait shops. Another species of fish to keep an eye out for this month are Spanish Mackerel. Spanish Mackerel are a huge summer-time favorite and can be found wherever baitfish congregate in high numbers. A favorite spot of mine and many anglers is the main span of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Whether fishing from a boat or the pier located directly next to the bridge using a silver spoon with some wire leader on fast retrieve or a free-lined sardine should do the trick.

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Making Your Home Safer: Deputy Merry’s May Presentation

By Diane M. Loeffler “When someone steals from you, you lose more than possessions. You lose your peace of mind,” says Deputy Merry. He points out that the school year ends the last Friday in May. “When the kids get out of school, the crime rate goes up. Teens are bored and theft goes up. Most often, (the thief is) a young male looking for items that are small, expensive and easily converted to cash. He targets cash, jewelry, guns, watches, laptop computers and small electronic devices. He needs quick cash for expenses and / or drugs. Phones are easily converted into cash.” Did you know that if something is stolen from you, your chance of getting it back is only 5 in 100? Thanks to the monitoring of safety patrols, SCC and KP residents are less likely to be victims of property crimes. These communities have less crime than elsewhere in the county, but there still are issues. “Ninety percent of all property crimes are crimes of opportunity, not preplanned or targeted,” says Deputy Merry. Deputy Merry has advice to making your home less attractive to these opportunists. Doors that are visible from the street are less attractive to would-be thieves. Bushes and other items that block visibility make it easier for thieves to get in and out without being spotted. “Keep shrubs away from windows and doors or have thorny ones there. The exterior of your home should be free from offering concealment to the burglar. Doors and windows in full view is a psychological deterrent.” Maintain adequate exterior lighting. Solar-powered motion-sensor lighting near doors, windows and corners can be quite effective, especially if the lighting is high enough that a burglar cannot easily

Deputy Merry Presentations

By Diane M. Loeffler There are many good reasons to attend Deputy Merry’s presentations. He and Community Services Officer, Debbie Vijil, let us know what is going on in our community and the surrounding area. Their topics always address issues that either have already happened to local residents or to seniors elsewhere. Before and after the seminars, they are available to answer questions. You can attend seminars in any of these venues: second Tuesdays at 10 a.m. in the Caper Room on Sun City Center’s North Campus, second Tuesdays at 1 p.m. in the Kings Point Ripple Room, third Wednesdays at 3 p.m. at American Momentum Bank and third Tuesdays at 11 a.m. in Freedom Plaza meeting room. Please note: There will be no presentations in July. The seminars will resume in August. break it or turn it off. “Keep your garage doors closed even when you are just in the back yard. In only 30 seconds a thief can walk down your driveway, grab something from your garage and drive away with it,” says Deputy Merry. If your garage door is open after 10 p.m., the sheriff may knock on your door and ask you to close it. “Interior garage and back doors are typically weaker. You should have a solid core or metal door at all entry points. Use a quality deadbolt with a minimum one inch throw. Use a heavy-duty strike plate with a minimum of two inch long screws drilled into door frames. Use a wide-angle peephole with a 180-degree field of view,” says Merry. He says, “Typically deadbolts are installed with a half-inch screw. You should replace those screws with two-inch-long ones so that the screws are anchored into the studs.” If you have windows along the side of your front door, someone could break the windows and reach inside to open the deadbolt. You can keep this from happening by having a deadbolt that requires a key from the inside as well as one from the outside.

Windows are another likely point of entry. “Jalousie windows are a known security risk. Ancillary locks for jalousie windows are available at Ace Hardware.” “Please put a secondary lock on sliders. Broom handles in the track of sliding doors still leaves the other door

vulnerable because that door can be lifted. You can put screws in the upper track so that no one can pick up the door enough to move it.” Finally, if you have an alarm system turn it on. Audible alarms are best because they attract the attention of your neighbors. Some other precautions are to keep your doors locked and leave lights on it several rooms at night. Merry advises, “If you live alone, before going to the door, call out a male name so that you won’t appear to be alone. Say something like, ‘Steve, I’ll get it.’” Debbie Vijil says, “Don’t give personal information to strangers. Don’t open doors to strangers. So many people get bullied into buying things from people who come to their door. It’s your home. Let them know, ‘I’m here, but I am not interested.’”

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FAITH & service SouthShore UCC Presents Check to Good Samaritan Missions

SouthShore United Church of Christ member Jo Ann Wilkinson presents a check for $587 to Rev. Bill Cruz of Good Samaritan Mission. GSM is one of many local charities that SouthShore UCC supports.

Pillowcase Full of Miracles

Piles of material, spools of thread and sewing machines are inanimate objects that just lay there and take up space until a creative idea transforms them into tools for making something artful and useful, such as – a pillow case. And that transformation is all the more gratifying when managed by hands that have never before confronted a sewing machine. A small group of girls and young women, all victims of abuse, spent an afternoon recently at St. John Divine Episcopal church in Sun City Center, where SJD members Martha Collins, Jackie Winder, Jean Brown, Nancy Lillie, Anne Planner and Judy Staci, introduced them to sewing’s intricate and rewarding tasks. When the sewing event ended, each of the visitors left with a sewing basket and a pillowcase that they had made. The group came to St. John by invitation from SJD Outreach and under the auspices of Miracles Outreach of Tampa which provides foster care and other services for individuals, most of them female between the ages of 12 and 17, who are homeless, have been abused or are victims of human trafficking. To learn more about Miracles Outreach, call 813-374-2184, visit their website at or email “”.

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Unitarian Universalists Fellowship Hosts Interfaith Council Meeting

By Jay Sparkman Unitarian Universalists Fellowship of Sun City Center was the host congregation for the April meeting of the Sun City Center Interfaith Council. The meeting was held at Beth Israel Congregation. Guest speaker for the evening was Tom Bullaro, co-chair of Our Lady Of Guadalupe Catholic Church Food Pantry. Mr. Bullaro spoke about the history of the food bank, the growth in the number of families receiving food (from 25 in 1999 to over 200 presently), procedures for obtaining supplies, and the need for donations and volunteers to help at the pantry. Pictured with Mr. Bullaro, from left, are Judy Lutzenberger, Jan Heuman, Jeanne Danek, and Virginia Ewing, President of SCC Unitarian Universalists. The SCC Interfaith Council supports service groups such as the Food Pantry through grants from monies raised at the Nearly New Shop in Sun City Center. For more information about making donations to the Nearly New, volunteering at the shop, or any other needed information go to or call 813942-9099.

TWF Gives to CAHT

The Trinity Women’s Fellowship (TWF) of Trinity Baptist Church invited spokesperson Joan Kramer to be their guest speaker at their recent monthly luncheon. Joan presented an informative and very moving presentation and video about the evils of Human Trafficking as well as positive rescue stories. Florida is especially known as an avenue for this terrible human suffering. The South Shore chapter uses monies given to their organization to buy backpacks and Trinity Women’s Fellowship President, Pat supplies or the individuals that are rescued Mather, on the right, presented a $100 check to Joan Kramer, President of the from this terrible treatment. The ladies in South Shore Campaign Against Human attendance were given information about Trafficking. Photo by Nancy Williams. volunteering and becoming involved in helping this campaign. For more information about Trinity Women’s Fellowship, check the website at or call 813-634-4228.

The Hope Fund for Children Concludes Another Successful Year

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SouthShore United Church of Christ installed the 2017-2018 Women’s Fellowship Officers at their April General meeting. The installation was done by the Rev. Dr. Tim Shirley. Left to right: Beverly Bassette, Secretary; Anise Tuma, Treasurer; Paula Lickfeldt, Vice-President; Marlus Johns, President; Rev. Tim Shirley.

Signs of Summer at the Nearly New Shop

The Hope Fund of Sun City Center, a 501c3 all volunteer organization, has completed another successful year helping at-risk children in Wimauma get a good start in life. The volunteers have worked with the children by mentoring, tutoring, and helping with reading skills. Volunteers have also run classes that teach the children about self-esteem and how to deal with bullying. They learn about staying away from drugs, etc. There is an art program for those who want to pursue their creative sides. To encourage physical fitness, The Hope Fund has a Marathon Kids program. The kids run every Tuesday and accumulate miles from November to April. This year each child ran a total of 19 miles. This is the 12th year for Marathon Kids. On April 25 an end-of-year party was held for the children who participated during the year. The Hope Fund provided T-shirts, trophies and medals. Three girls and three boys received trophies for being the fastest. All the children received medals for participation. Games were played and a snack was served. If you are looking for a rewarding volunteer experience, and if you enjoy children, The Hope Fund is looking for you. It only takes an hour a week from November to April to help some of the most wonderful at-risk children on the planet. No experience is necessary. If you have a special talent to share, maybe a new program could be started! If you want to find out more about The Hope Fund volunteer programs in Wimauma or if you are interested in making a tax-exempt donation, call Carla Miles at 813-634-4268. Carla would like to talk with you!

By Jay Sparkman The Nearly New Shop volunteers pictured here took time from their duties at the shop to pose for this picture. The signs in the picture show what is happening beginning June 3. The Nearly New Shop will be open on Saturdays (8-noon) for June, July, and August. Pictured from the left in rear are, Mary Wilkinson, Dee Kelly, Barbara Lauer, and Diane Cone. Front from left, Linda Dealaman, Nancy Majorki, Linda Atkins, and Patty Sumner. Using monies from the sale of donations at the Nearly New Shop, the Sun City Center Interfaith Council is able to provide grants and college scholarships in the South Shore area. For more information about making donations, becoming a volunteer, or making donations go to www. or call 813-642-9099.

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KP Line Dancers

Join the KP Line Dancers on Wed June 21, 7 p.m., Veterans Theater, for a free social dance. Open to KP and SCC residents and their guests. Colors of a Rainbow is the theme, appropriate shoes, no flip-flops please. BYOB. Call Jan for more info 634-6226.

Kings Point Pinochle Invites You

Kings Point Pinochle players welcome Kings Point and Sun City Residents to play single deck pinochle on Wednesday and Friday nights from 6:15 - 9:30 p.m. in the Kings Point card room. Come join the fun and meet some of our friendly pinochle players. The group welcomes all knowledgeable players. Contact Judy 634-5364 for information or questions.

Are You Feelin’ Lucky?

By Michelle Jolly On a rare day off from my usual crazy schedule, my cousin Aida invited me to join her at the weekly Kings Point Bingo game. It’s been years since I played so I was ready to give it a try and thought I just might have some beginner’s luck. Donna and Jim Fredrickson have been running the games for about three years with helpers Velma and Dale. It’s quite an enterprise when you figure that a hundred or so residents are in attendance. And these ladies mean business. There’s an art to it and everyone has their own style and ritual designed for optimum luck. As for Donna and the others working the table and calling out numbers, they too play Bingo while in session and do so as a group sharing any winnings. Everyone gets into it! The first game starts at 12:45, but the room starts filling up two hours earlier. People want to get their favorite spot as it can throw off your mojo if you’re forced to sit at a new table. We arrived at 11:30 and my cousin found her usual spot, greeting the other regulars with friendly chatter. She hooked me up with whatever bingo accoutrements I would need - and there’s a list. Placemat (to prevent your inker from transferring to the tabletop); dabbers (supplied in a variety of neon ink colors, you dab these onto your bingo cards as numbers are called); and finally, a charming selection of talismans designed to increase your luck. No kidding, these were the most fun of all. Ever the skeptic I thought now this is too much, but I gamely selected two that caught my eye. A small ivory elephant (and I made sure his trunk faced the door) and a cute statue of Charlie Chaplin who watched on passively (or perhaps mockingly) while my dabber found its mark. It’s hard to imagine how these were designated relevant assets to the game of bingo but who am I to question the hands of fate? Next up was buying your bingo cards from Donna and she was happy to explain all the different prices and games available. Being the novice I decided to cap my investment at $10 worth of cards but as I walked around chatting with some of the ladies I saw that some had up to $50 worth of Bingo cards arrayed in front of them. How quick on the dabber they must be! I had trouble keeping up with my few cards, but I imagine if you go regularly you pick up speed and of course the more cards you can handle the more chances you have of winning. Ah the winning. That’s the best part. I can’t tell you how many times I came close. It’s quite an adrenaline rush watching your card fill up, tracking the numbers, knowing you’ve got one to go and just when you think you’re going to win someone yells BINGO! It’s a big letdown. Yet as the winner walks proudly

KPAL’s Artist of the Month is Celeste DeBono

Celeste was born in NJ and grew up on Long Island, New York. She moved to Seminole, FL in 1989, and lived there for 12 years. In 2001 Celeste moved to KP. She started watercolor lessons with Rita McClain, then continued with Diane Simon and has painted with her since. Her favorite watercolor subjects are now small botanicals. Celeste has also taken drawing lessons from Pat Herzberg and Lyn Bremermann. She is also doing Kadoodle with colored pencils with Lynn Bremermann.

KP Quilters Opportunity Quilt Winner

The KP Quilters recently held their annual Quilt Show and Boutique. The program wrapped up with the awarding of their Opportunity Quilt. The quilt top was donated by Kerry Sharp and was beautifully hand quilted by several members of the KP Quilters. The lucky winner of the quilt was Brenda Swank who happens to be both a club member and resident of KP. Congratulations Brenda. Enjoy your new treasure. The KP Quilters will be donating the proceeds from the Opportunity Quilt ticket sales to the Southeastern Guide Dogs. The Grant and Shirle Herron Puppy Academy has just opened a brand-new facility at 4210 77th Street, East Palmetto. Thank you to everyone who supported the KP Quilters in this worthwhile endeavor.

KP Fall Bowling League Celebrates Season

On Friday, April 21 The Kings Point Fall Bowling League celebrated the end of another successful season in the Veterans Theater. The league is comprised of 18 teams with five members on each team. Men and women are on each team and competition is assured with a full handicap based on a theoretical 210 average. Our top three bowlers this year all averaged over 178 pins per game. Shown below are the winning teams for the first and second half of the season which runs from September thru April of the following year. For information about the new season starting in September call league Secretary John Photinos 813-419-4683.

to the counter to collect her win she’s greeted with “atta girl” and “good for you” celebratory comments. As numbers began getting called out any previous chit chat was silenced as the room concentrated on their cards. But every now and then the silence was broken. I heard a bell tinkling or a horn tooting when the number 66 was called. When the number 40 was called several people shouted out in a comical voice ‘fooooorty’. When B4 was called, several people shouted ‘or after’. It was very comical and before long I was echoing these same ritualistic responses like an old pro. It helps break the tension. Two hours passed quickly and while I didn’t win anything I must say I had a very nice time and enjoyed the company of these bingo ladies. While the casual observer might think of them as addicted to bingo and games of chance, what I saw was a group of ladies who enjoyed the social aspect of it. I suspect for many it might be the only social outing they have all week and so they make the most of it, catching up with friends and sharing stories. Last time the grandkids came to visit I was dismayed at how often I found them glued to their iPads and determined to pull them away, I cleared the dinner dishes from the dining table and declared a Bingo tournament with mandatory attendance. Reluctantly they put away their devices and I broke out a very old school cheap bingo game I’d found at Nearly New for about $2. Within minutes I had their attention. That old competitive spirit emerged and we spent a very pleasant evening playing bingo. They absolutely loved it and didn’t at all mind that it was made of cheap cardboard with plastic Tiddly-Winks. Simply put, games bring people together. At any age, young and old they serve as a pleasant way to pass the time. I plan to go back now and then and when I do I will bring my own talisman – a small figurine of a NYC painted cow statue – surely it will bring me some luck!

First half winners were Bert and Cheryl Stucke, James Deno, Connie Clark, and Nancy Carpenter.

Members of the second half winning team are Leo Zanchettin, John and Bonnie Photinos, Dawn Martin, and Robert Amatruda.

Kings Point Kraft Club

Kings Point Krafters Club Donates to Samaritan Services once again. Catherine Yevoli presents a $1,000 check to Lee Leverett and Julie Floyd of Samaritan Services. KP Krafters are dedicated and proud to give back to our community from one of a kind sold handmade items such as knit, crochet and canvas. Call 813-634-9283 to reach Samaritan Services for transportation, Meals on Wheels, Alzheimer’s caregivers help or companion sitting.

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Patriotic Concert at Kings Point on June 29


The Eastern Hillsborough Community Band will celebrate our country’s birthday with a patriotic concert, Thursday, June 29, 7 p.m. in the Kings Point Veterans Theater, 1900 Clubhouse Drive, SCC. The band’s yearly exciting patriotic concert series is the band’s most popular series and attracts large crowds. The group performs marches and patriotic music during the performance, and veterans from all five services will be recognized. The concert is open to residents of SCC and each reserved seat is $10. Winner Brenda Swank and Kings Point The admission charge includes the Quilters President Sandy Nunn. concert, one chocolate éclair and coffee service. Tickets must be purchased in advance in the King’s Point Box Office in the North Clubhouse at 1900 Clubhouse Dr. from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tickets will not be available at the door the evening of the concert. If you are not a resident of KP but would like to purchase tickets in advance, please tell the gate guard you are headed to the Box Office to purchase tickets when you enter KP. EHCB is comprised of volunteers of all ages and from all walks of life. The band, which formed seven years ago, performs throughout the Tampa Bay area. Ken Watts, principal conductor, is an accomplished musician with more than 40 years of experience as a conductor and performer. Linda Groh, assistant conductor, is a well-known educator and musician in the Tampa Bay area. For more information about the band, email or visit

Dawning By John F. Foster What triggered an ancestral grunt, poetic sentiment beside a prehistoric flame, or caused a first impression to be made upon Euphrates mud, or scrawled across a cavern wall? Perhaps a latent pulsing in some hominid grew warm inside a stone age heart, emerging first as groping gutturals transmuted later into oral modes…….. then ideography (a charcoal one?) in passion scratched upon a flat banana leaf, to be beheld and then beloved as the phenomenon of poetry.

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Family Connections to Sun City Center

By Paula Lickfeldt Gene and Jan Stevens lived in Michigan. Gene worked for GM. Their daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and Tim Sugar, who also lived and worked in MI, came to them and asked where they should move since Tim, who worked for Staples was going to be transferred. Tim had been given several choices for relocation and the children wanted to know what their parents thought. Both Jan and Gene said, “Florida is a choice... that is a no brainer. You move to Florida and we will follow.” Tim and Cheryl made the move to Brandon, Florida in June of 1998. Tim began working in FL but Cheryl stayed in MI so their two children could finish the school year. In September of 1998, after Gene’s retirement from GM, Jan and Gene drove their motorhome from Michigan to Florida and set out to find a place to live. They found Sun City Center and liked what they saw. In November, they bought a piece of property and began the process of building a home. When the home was finally finished, they were able to move out of the mobile home. Gene, Jan and Tim all belong to Caloosa Golf and Country Club. Gene

plays golf as much as he is able. Jan has pretty much given up the game. Tim, also likes to play golf, but he is still working so he plays with his father-inlaw as much as he is able and he goes out after work to hit a few balls. Cheryl is also still working. She works for the Kaufman Eye Institute. Gene and Jan both love to dance. They belong to several dinner/dance groups; three being at Caloosa and one is the Sun City Center Dinner Dance Club. Gene and Jan still love to spend time traveling around in their motorhome. They take trips in it and they belong to the SCC Camping Club where on occasion they are the club’s “wagon masters.” Tim and Cheryl stayed in Brandon until March of 2016. As soon as they were “of the right age” they bought a home in SCC, just a few blocks from their parents. They wanted to be a part of all of the activities that SCC offers. The Stevens have one other child, a son who is still living and working in Michigan. He and his family visit as much as possible, but there is no talk about them moving here. We would love to hear your story of a Family Connection to SCC. Contact Paula 633-6739.



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Emergency Squad Rockin’ Thru the Years Dance Raises Funds for Squad

Rockin’ Thru the Years Dance Club sponsored a fundraiser dance for the benefit of the Sun City Center Emergency Squad on April 1. The Rockin’ Thru the Years Dance Club presented the SCC Emergency Squad with a check for $2,700.

Sandi Zoldi, President of Rockin’ Thru the Years Dance Club and Robert Leonard, Chief, SCC Emergency Squad.

KP Follies Donates to Emergency Squad

The Kings Point Follies held their annual follies fundraiser earlier this year to benefit the Sun City Emergency Squad. This event is always greatly received by the residents and raised $1,700 to benefit the Squad. Pictured here with Chief Robert Leonard are Rose Ostrander, the Director of the Follies and Linda Stone, Assistant Director. The Squad sends out it heartfelt appreciation to all the Follies performers.

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Lip Sync Club Donates to SCC Emergency Squad

The Lip Sync organization recently held their fundraising event for the benefit of the SCC Emergency Squad, donating their profits of $800 to benefit the Squad. The evening of karaoke is always well received by the attendees and great fun was had by all. The Lip Sync group is proud to support the work of the emergency Squad, “Neighbors Helping Neighbors.” Picture here receiving the check include Chief Robert Leonard together with Tim Broad who was the MC for the event and Committee Member Bobbi Burnette.


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Canned Cat Food Drive June 1 – June 30 Cat Lovers Club of SCC will be collecting donations of canned cat food for the month of June. We will also accept donations of dry cat food, cat treats and kitty litter at the below listed locations. Boggs Jewelers 4845 Sun City Center Blvd. Sun City Center, FL 33573 Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. – noon Men’s Club of SCC 1002 Cherry Hills Dr. Sun City Center, FL 33573 Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sun City Center Security Patrol 1225 N Pebble Beach Blvd. Sun City Center, FL 33573 Every Day 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. If you prefer, you can mail a cash donation directly to Cat Lovers Club, PO Box 5772, Sun City Center, FL 33571-5772 and mark your donation “Feed the Tuna Chest”. All donated cat food will be provided to in need pet owners, and community cat caretakers in south Hillsborough County. As always thank you for your donation and for thinking of the cats.

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News of Sun City Center June 2017  

Sun City Center Kings Point Florida

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