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


MARCH 6 Board Workshop Board Room – 9 a.m. 7 Shredding Day North Course Lane 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. 8 Board Meeting Rollins Theater 9 a.m. 14 Membership Vote CA Office Building Sandpiper Room 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 15 Membership Vote CA Office Building Community Hall 9 am to 5 p.m. 18 FunFest Central Campus – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 21 Community Leaders Meeting Florida Room - 9 a.m. 22 Membership Meeting Community Hall – 7 p.m. 27 CO-AP Meeting Caper Room – 2 p.m. APRIL 10 Board Workshop Board Room – 9 am. 12 Board Meeting Rollins Theater - 9 a.m. 18 Community Leaders Meeting Florida Room - 9 a.m.

Agendas for the monthly Board Meetings will be posted on official bulletin boards the Friday before and on the CA website (www. – 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. (with exception of March 29).

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

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FunFest 2017 March 18th Central Campus 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. DID YOU KNOW

The Security Patrol is holding its Winter Golf Cart Registration and Inspection in March. This free service is available to all residents of Greater SCC. Friday, March 24, 2017, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Community Hall 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Call (813) 642-2020.


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March 2017

Build or Renovate? That is the question! By Diane M. Loeffler As residents of Sun City Center, we are faced with a big decision, one that will have an influence on our community for years to come. As with all important decisions, we need to look carefully at all of the information so that we make our choice based on facts. The C ommunity Association Administration Building is in trouble. You can go to the CA Office and review the structural engineer’s report. There is no question that something needs to be done. The question is what should be done. The last of a series of meetings held about the CA Administration Office was held at 7 p.m. on February 21. Nearly all of the 300 chairs were occupied. CA President John Luper opened the meeting with the pledge and introduced Jonathan Moore, the hired consultant who has led groups through the decisionmaking process on over 500 buildings. The Options Our choices are to renovate the existing building or to build a new structure. Over time more has been learned about how to construct a building that has the best chance of withstanding a hurricane. We have also learned more about how to construct walls and design HVAC units

Residents listen as a consultant discusses the “build” or “renovate” options.

to save energy. This allows us to save money as well as being kinder to our planet. The American Disabilities Act has helped set standards that allow all individuals to have access to buildings and within buildings. We not only need to follow these guidelines when we make major changes to a structure, we want to make these changes so that every resident can have access. Whether we renovate our existing building or design a new one, we will eventually have a building that meets these standards. Either way, there will be no increase in CA dues. Capital funds money will be used. The current balance in that fund is $1.1 million. Every time a home is sold, $1,800 is added to that

fund. With the way the billing is done, there will be sufficient funds in that account to pay for a new building or a renovated building. The Costs Renovating the existing building will cost an estimated $935,000 for a building that will last 15 to 20 years. Budget items include the following: fill under slab, foundation upgrades and underpinnings, wall modifications for 36-inch opening for doors, new 36-inch doors, new ADA compliant restrooms, wall renovations for ADA clearance, new drinking fountains, electrical service upgrade, electrical revisions for

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Photography Club Celebrates Competition Winners

By SCC Photo Club John Livernois from North Port, Florida was our Judge this year and was very complimentary of our photographers. Mr. Livernois has his own studio and specializes in portraiture and weddings, and has been a major award winning photographer for many years. Jackie Hanson set a record for the Club by receiving four Perfect Scores in one competition and five Gold Medals for her photographs. There were also three other Perfect Scores----these were awarded in the Digital Division. Some of these winning photographs are on display in the Photo Lab Building and in the Atrium area in Sun City Center. The following are the complete results of all levels in our competitions: Gold medals were awarded in the Color Prints category to Jackie Hanson (Masters Level) for Teeny Tiger Burning Bright, Pat Jones (Advanced Level) for Irish Mountain Man, Celia Staples (Level 1) for Sun Bathing, Blue Morpho. Gold medals were awarded in the Monochrome Categor y to Jackie Hanson (Masters) for The Marshal and His Deputy, A Mother’s Love! And What a Handsome fellow! Hanson’s Say Ah, With Gusto! received a perfect score. Hanson also won a silver medal for The Three Amigos. Pat Jones won gold at the Advanced Level for Kegs of Beer. Gold medals were awarded in the Digital Prints category to Robert Winch (Masters) for Sunset Over Plant Hotel (perfect score!); to Ron Shackelford (Advanced) for Community Spire; Celia Staples (Level 1) Hawkeye; Pat Laskowski (Level 2) for Ready for My Closeup, Mr. DeMille, and Kai Rambow received gold for Fire! In the unassigned category.

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Kai Rambow: Fire!

Robert Winch: Sunset!

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The News of Sun City Center

Sun City Center Community Association, Inc. 1009 N. Pebble Beach Blvd. Sun City Center, FL 33573 813-633-3500


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 2017 • 7 PM (Refreshments at 6:30 p.m.)

Thank you, Ambreen!

Ambreen Esmail continues to sell coffee, tea and treats from her temporary coffee cart. Once the cafeteria is completed, she will need to have a health inspection. She hopes to open her full operation in the new cafeteria two to three weeks after the facility is ready. She will use this sign to keep customers informed about her re-opening date.

Trail Blazing

By John Lampkin Want to know why saw palmetto is called SAW palmetto?” Then wade through the sea of it at the SCC Nature Trails wearing shorts and sandals. However, if you don’t enjoy pain and suffering you can look at the picture on the left instead. This is indeed a plant engineered for survival! Those serrations coupled with tough, wax-coated fibrous leaves are enough to deter even the most desperately famished of herbivores. Long, flexible trunks store copious amounts of water even during our prolonged droughts, and during prolonged flooding the roots get air through hollow tubes in their centers. When wildfires sweep through the pine understory, saw palmettos are safe and secure, laughing with delight as they watch competitors like the large oaks, vines and shrubs fry to a crisp. Well, perhaps it’s not quite like that but within weeks the palmettos wear green again as fire dependent wildflowers also germinate and bloom. Serenoa repens is the botanical epithet, named for nineteenth century Harvard botanist Sereno Watson. “Repens” comes from a Latin root which means “creep.” Dr. Watson, I presume, was not a creep. Rather it’s the saw palmetto that creeps along the ground unlike other palms that can tower above us. DNA research shows that some individual plants and clones are more than 10,000 years old which suggests that they coexisted with our mastodons. Saw Palmetto is blooming now on the trail, and is a pollinator favorite. In fact, nearby Archbold Biological Station has documented well over 300 species of floral visitors. Blooms will turn to drupes, the botanical name for the berries that are harvested commercially for the extract used by many men of a certain age. There is conflicting evidence about the efficacy for treating prostate issues, so guys, don’t go munching them on the trail, leave them for the critters. Besides, they taste terrible! Despite the formidable obstacles, the Palm Flatid Planthopper calls the fronds home, and it’s as cute a sap-sucking little critter you’ll ever see. The photo on the right shows three lined up in typical fashion along the serrated edge where apparently, they can insert their beaks between the teeth. Hey, it’s a living! John Lampkin leads interpretive walks on the first Tuesday of each month. Email Conservation@ for details.

Statement of Purpose

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



I. Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance II. Approval of Minutes: October 26, 2016 Membership Meeting III. Treasurer’s Report Carr, Riggs & Ingram, Certified Public Accountants Audit Report as of December 31, 2016 IV. Community Manager’s Report V. President’s Report VI. General Discussion by members VII. Adjournment


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What’s New at the Library?

President’s Report

By John Luper, CA President On March 14 and 15, all members can vote on whether the current administration building should be replaced with a new one. Hopefully, your questions have been answered and we encourage you to vote. If you could not attend the Town Hall meeting held on February 21, you can watch the presentation on the homepage of the Association website, or pick up a printed copy at the office. There still seem to be questions on how the new building construction would be paid for and will it affect annual dues? Construction projects are funded through the Capital Fund account. Every resale of a home in our community is currently charged $1,800 to the buyer for that account. There will be sufficient dollars in that account to pay for the new building. We will remain debt free and the cost of construction will have no effect on annual dues. If you still need answers, feel free to get in touch with me or any of our Directors. Your Board encourages you to vote YES for the new building. Absentee ballots are available in this issue (see page 8) and at the CA office until 3 p.m., March 15. The long-awaited Cafe is closer to completion. When it’s completed, Ambreen is planning a soft opening as she plans her menu and trains her staff. We know everyone is anxious to support her efforts and enjoy what she will have to offer. Finally, make your plans to come to FunFest on March 18. It is your best opportunity to walk through the facilities, meet new people, and enjoy lots of good food and entertainment.

By Joanne Gilray, Library Administrator Top of the morning to you! March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day and we would like to help you out in your celebration. Did you know that author C.S. Lewis (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) was Irish? Here is a list of some other Irish authors you may like: Bram Stoker, James Joyce, Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde and Frank McCourt. Do you prefer movies? Try Leap Year, Brooklyn, Circle of Friends, Once and Philomena. Our Featured Collection this month is “Ireland” and it will contain some of these titles and authors. To search the catalog use keyword phrases such as Ireland, Irish, leprechaun or St. Patrick’s Day. As you all know we had commissioned a new circulation desk back in September but when it was delivered to us in January three of the five pieces were damaged. The replacement pieces are on schedule for March and we are hoping to be completely up and functional this month. February was a difficult month as we worked a computer down and in tight quarters while the problem was resolved. Thank you to all who understood and worked with myself and the volunteers during this time. Our system allows us to look a patron up who has forgotten their card. However, it really helps all the volunteers when a patron has their card available to scan. As habit, it would be greatly appreciated to have your CA/library card on you when you plan to visit the library; in a pinch, we can look you up by name though. Fun Fact: The response to when someone says “Top of the morning to you” is “And the rest of the day to yourself ”. Now you know! Happy Reading!

SCC Resident of Distinction: Paul Wheat

By Ilona Merritt “We start out with a deck of 52 cards but you have to play what is dealt to you.” A favorite quote from Paul Wheat and he played his hand well. He was born into a blue-collar family near the end of the Great Depression, the oldest of five children. Going to college was not an option, so he joined the Army. He said it was the best thing that ever happened to him. He opted for the Signal Corps because there were opportunities to grow. Continued education was available, and Paul took advantage of that. As his knowledge grew he began to climb the ladder. Soon the career he never envisioned continued to flourish and his interest in Logistics began in earnest. He received an MBA from Syracuse University and increased in rank to Lt. Colonel. Paul ended one illustrious career with the Army after nearly 30 years and he and his wife Jean, settled in Luxembourg where he became a senior logistics officer for NATO and at times managed 600 employees of 15 nationalities. When time came to retire, both Paul and Jean were looking at property in Florida. They made a brief stop in Ruskin and caught the fringes of Sun City Center. They found a lot on Westminster Manor Lane and, from Luxembourg, they purchased the lot and had a house built, which was used for an occasional stop over until they moved here in 1994. “Don’t volunteer” is a phrase often used by members of the military, but this phrase is not in Paul Wheat vocabulary. He joined the SCC Ringers (Horseshoe) found the facilities in deplorable condition. Paul was challenged to present a plan that could not be turned down. His research began with the National President of Horseshoe Clubs. He listed all the wrongs with the SCC club and the entire list of safety hazards. He presented this to the CA and the Horseshoe facilities were repaired. Paul was elected to the CA Board and spent eleven years working for our community. He was appointed to the positions of Secretary and Director. The last two years he was President of the CA. Paul says he has tried to apply his experience in researching reliable information, listening to and evaluating other views, looking for common ground, identifying and implementing solutions, while also delegating and counseling. His approach has produced spectacular success.

During his years on the CA Board, Paul dealt with several challenges. In each situation, he began by gathering information before acting decisively. Through it all, Paul observes, he has maintained his values. Paul continues to serve the Sun City Center community. He took charge of the Task Force concerning the future maintenance of the medians on Pebble Beach Blvd. and put together a neighborhood committee to replace the decaying concrete wall on S.R. 674 with the present vinyl fence. He became corporate secretary for the SCC Charitable Foundation, headed by Walt Cawein, with a vision to make the Sun City Center a better place for all its citizens. He is a Past Commander of the American Legion Post 246 and oversees the Veterans annual dinner dance. He is very active in the Memorial Day service held each year at Kings Point to a full house, and the Veterans Day service in the Community Hall. He is involved in the Military Ball and is an active member of the SCC MOAA. Additionally, he stays involved in various neighborhood activities. Sun City Center is a better community thanks to resident of distinction, Paul Wheat. NOTE: If you would like to nominate someone for a “Resident of Distinction” profile, email The News at “,” briefly share why you believe this resident stands out, and use the subject line: “Resident of Distinction.”

Board Seeking Resident Input

By Diane M. Loeffler President John Luper says, “Your Board tries very hard to communicate with you, the members of our community. The Board also tries to be accessible and to listen to all who wish to give us their opinions and suggestions.” In order to make it easier to share suggestions, the Board is inviting all C.A. members and organizations to attend and participate in the Board’s workshops beginning in March. These 9 a.m. workshops will be held the Monday before the Board meeting and will only cover the agenda items that will be on that meeting’s agenda. Board of Directors Positions Jim Schwartz was officially certified and approved as the C.A. Treasurer at the February 8 meeting. Also, an opening for a director position was announced at the Board meeting. By the time this paper goes to press, the February 24 deadline will have passed. The new director’s term will last until January 3, 2018. Cafe’ and Pickleball Courts Lyn Reitz reports that as of February 8, the cafe’ is on schedule to be completed by the end of February. The roof and air conditioning are being completed, windows and doors are ready to be installed, and inspections are going well. Pickleball courts should be properly lit, painted, re-numbered and ready to use by the start of March. Membership Information As of January 31, Sun City Center has 11,063 residents and has collected membership dues from 11,471 individuals. Occasionally, individuals are unable to pay their C.A. dues due to financial difficulties. A Hardship Fund was established and has continued to operate thanks to donations from individuals and organizations within our community. A committee met in January to review applications for the Hardship Fund and was able to cover the costs for fifteen members with these donated monies. Overnight Parking Please be aware that you must have permission to park on C.A. grounds overnight. Go to the C.A. office and submit your written request in advance. The C.A. office is in charge of approving requests and forwarding that information to The Security Patrol. Due to a miscommunication, three cars had to be towed in order to move the modular buildings into place. To avoid having your vehicle towed, be sure to get approval in advance. Referendum Vote In March, you will have the opportunity to vote for or against a new building for the Community Association. You may vote in the Sandpiper Room on March 14 between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. or at Community Hall on March 15 between 9 and 5 p.m. For details on the topic, see my article on the February 21 meeting in this issue. Replacement Reserve Monies from the Replacement Reserves are being used to replace the audio/visual equipment in the Florida Room and to replace three treadmills and three recumbent cycles in the Fitness Center. Reserve funds are budgeted in advance to cover the costs of aging or non-functioning equipment.


REFERENDUM VOTE VOTE ON NEW CA ADMINISTRATION BUILDING Tuesday, March 14, 2017, Sandpiper Room, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017, Community Hall, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Absentee Ballots will be available in this issue of The News of Sun City Center and in the CA office.

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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.

Model Railroad Club No Longer Just HO-hum. N Scale Is Here!

The Sun City Center Model Railroad Club is now expanding into N scale modeling. Half the size of HO, N scale is a more practical medium for hobbyists with limited space in their homes. We will continue to maintain, improve and operate our HO scale masterpiece, “The Sun City Central Railroad”. However, new and existing club members will now be invited to design and build their own T-Trak Standard N Scale modules. In the club room, they will be temporarily joined with the modules of others for group operating sessions and open houses. As more modules are built, the assembled configuration will change and the layout will grow. This is the same way our club got started in HO scale 28 years ago, before we were awarded our own quarters. We are just getting started on this exciting new venture, which provides an excellent venue for existing N “scalers” to help in the planning process and share their experience with like-minded hobbyists. It is also an opportunity for novices to get involved in a rewarding hobby. For more information about the club, go to For more information about the N scale project, contact Marty Gregor at Mgregor68@gmail. com, or visit us at FunFest on March 18. Also at FunFest, we will be raffling a fully operational N Scale Railroad, complete with train, power source and scenery. Tickets will be on sale at our outdoor table and in our club room until 2 p.m.

L to R: Ann Rodrigues, Director; Tina Frazier, Director; Barbara Sarner, Secretary; Salvina Tannenholtz, President; Carol Frank, Vice President; and Eileen Spector, Treasurer.

This SCC Mahjongg Club Elects New Officers

The Sun City Center Mahjongg Club elected new officers at their annual meeting in January. The Mahjongg club has days of play on Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week in the Sandpiper Room in the Atrium building. Hours of play are Monday, 1-4, Wednesday 7-9 and Friday 1-4. If you are interested in joining this group you must be in member in good standing of Sun City Center, Freedom Plaza, Aston Gardens or The Towers with a valid ID from the CA and Kings Point. Please contact President Salvina Tannenholtz at 633-5924 with any questions.

Computer Club Monthly Meeting

March 1, 2017 — Wednesday 7 p.m. in the Florida Room, in the Atrium This presentation will be “An hour with Matt”. Once again Matt Batt has compiled an exciting list of FREE programs and tips to make your computing faster, safer and more fun. Come and hear a talk and demo and learn how to get them for yourself. 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 “” Basic iPad/iPhone for Seniors - Wed, Mar 1, 9am – Noon The Apple iPad is almost a computer, but not quite. This course will show how to check your e-mail, carry your books and music around with you, have fun playing games and even adjust the size of the readable text on the screen. Introduction to File Explorer - Thu, Mar 9, 9 a.m. – Noon Windows File Explorer is the Windows application that displays the contents of hard drives and folders. You use it to navigate all the Folder and Files on your computer. In this class, you will learn how to find, save, move, copy, delete and rename Files and Folders on your hard drive or memory device. Windows 10 Workshop - Tue, Mar 21, 9 a.m. – Noon This workshop is designed to familiarize you with Windows 10. In class, we will customize the start screen and play with some of the preinstalled apps. Among other subjects, we’ll cover antivirus, just type, privacy, Microsoft accounts, Cortana, Edge, Store, keyboard shortcuts, Control Panel vs. Settings, and snap & shake. iPad/iPhone II The Next Level - Wed, Mar 22, 9 a.m. – Noon For those who know basic iPad/iPhone, take it to the next level. Get and organize music and books on your device. Take photos and copy them to your computer. Bring your charging cable and a music CD to class. Use your camera on your iPad or iPhone before class so that you can learn how to find your photos and copy them. Android Smartphones & Tablets - Fri, Mar 24, 9 a.m. – Noon This course will review and demonstrate the many uses of these devices. The course will demonstrate how these devices can help you to check your mail, take and share pictures, transfer your pictures to your computer, read a book, watch a movie, listen to music and play games. Backup! Backup! - Wed, Mar 28, 9 a.m. – Noon This class combines a free program called EaseUS Todo Backup and a program called Goodsync ($25). These programs will backup your entire computer and then quickly add your file changes to the backup files. The result is a secure backup that protects your personal files as well as the computer system files.

Sawdust Engineers of SCC Toy and Gift Store

Next time you’re at the SCC North Campus, come in and see the latest goodies in the Sawdust Engineers Gift Store. While you’re there, say hello to Mitzi Smith one of the volunteers who works there handling sales and keeping things tidy. With the approach of each holiday Mitzi decorates the window display, counters, and shelves with décor that reflects the holiday. Red ribbons, hearts and cupids energize the space for Valentine’s Day thanks to her creative touch. Members of the Sawdust Engineers build and sell a wide variety of toys and gift items for all ages. Each is skillfully crafted, lovingly assembled and sure to put a smile on the face of someone you know. You’ll find something to buy for your grandchild, your spouse, or your favorite military veteran. The store is open to current CA members and their guests. Go check us out on Facebook at Sawdust Engineers of SCC.

Linda Smith (left) and Susan Van Cleve, members of the SCC Sew n’ Sews, prepare one of the 71 kits made recently at a Sew-In held in their clubroom.

Sew n’Sews News

The recent event held by the Sew n’ Sews was called a “No Sew” Sew-in as sewing machines were not used – just patterns and fabric pieces were cut and put into kits by the 28 club members who helped. Members are each encouraged to take a kit home and make the item in the kit, such as an adult bib, stove towel, purse organizer, ruffled apron, Binky Bib, etc., which will then be sold at the upcoming FunFest. The Sew-In was a big success with lots of kits made and lots of laughter heard. The Sew ‘n Sews Club is open to all Community Association members; for information call Linda at 813-390-2377.

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Metaphysical Society

More Clubs

Famous Scandinavian Movie Stars

At the March meeting of the Scandinavian Club of Sun City Center club member Thomas Norstrand will give a slide presentation of famous Scandinavian movie stars, going back to the times of silent movies. The meeting will take place in the Sandpiper Room (next to the Florida Room) on Wednesday, March 22 starting 2 p.m. Residents of Kings Point and CA of SCC in good standing are welcome; admission is free.

Sun City Center Lapidary Club Receives Generous Gift

Any time of the year is a time for giving, and the Sun City Center Lapidary Club has much to be thankful for. A donation by Jean Gutowski of Apollo Beach was accepted and much appreciated by Christine Kerstyn, president of the Lapidary Club. After Jean closed her artisan jewelry shop last year she heard that the Lapidary Club took donations ranging from finished jewelry to slabs of stone. She donated a beautiful assortment of fabulous necklaces with matching earrings that have enhanced the inventory in the Lapidary Shop. In addition, Jean included bags of silver and gold findings for members to use to make jewelry. Jean was happy to hear that her donation would enable the Lapidary Club to continue its efforts in supporting other clubs in Sun City Center. Last year, the Lapidary Club donated $7,500 to various groups, such as SCC Security, Christine Kerstyn (r.) accepts a gift to the the Emergency Squad, the SCC Hardship Sun City Center Lapidary Club from Jean Fund, Samaritan Service, and Hospice. Gutowski (l.) The Sun City Center Lapidary Club is open to all current SCC Community Association members, including Freedom Plaza and Aston Gardens. Kings Point members are welcomed as space allows. The Lapidary Club is located in the Arts & Crafts Building at 915E Cherry Hills Drive. The shop is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 to 1, and Tuesday and Thursday from 12 to 3.

Family Connections to Sun City Center Paula Lickfeldt Bill and Darlene Millican have lived in Florida for forty years. They originally lived in Texas where Bill was the pastor of a church and Darlene taught school. Bill was called to pastor the First Baptist Church in Dover, Florida. Next, they moved to Lutz to pastor a Baptist church and on to Brandon to the First Baptist Church. Finally, the call came from the First Baptist Church of Sun City Center, where Bill was the pastor for sixteen years. Both Bill and Darlene left their mothers in Texas. Bill’s mom and dad moved to Florida (not SCC) from Fort Worth, TX, but when Bill’s father passed away, they moved his mother to SCC. Darlene’s mother and stepdad lived in Odessa, TX and moved to SCC in 1998. Bill was the pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in SCC until he retired in 2009. He is still actively involved at the church. Both Bill and Darlene play tennis twice a week, they play pickleball and bridge. Bill played softball until he decided to retire from that activity. They love life here in Sun City Center.

They have three daughters who always come with their families at Christmas time and then again in the summer. Bill and Darlene try to make a trip to Texas each year to see the girls and their families. All three of the daughters love it in SCC and would like to live here. The youngest of the daughters is hoping to move here when her husband retires from the military. NOTE: Do you live in SCC and have family that does as well? We would love to hear about it. Call Paula 633-6739.

Del Webb’s Vision Fulfilled

When Del Webb opened Sun City Center to its first visitors on December 30, 1961 he had achieved his dream of creating a community complete with all of the amenities necessary for the enjoyment retirement living. From the first day, landscaped homes, paved streets, a fully functioning shopping center, a post office branch, a hotel and recreational facilities were available to new residents. If you would enjoy a peek at that early Sun City Center the current History Society display in the Atrium building on the north campus provides just that. Society members Susan Muise and Jack Morton have assembled a variety of information including pictures of home models. Tom Schmitt provided research for this project and created the map of Webb’s original purchase that appears in the display. A photo of the original Plaza businesses, an ad from the first grocery store, information on Sun City Center’s own water treatment plant and other fascinating tidbits of information are included. The next monthly meeting of the Sun City Center History Society will be held on Monday, March 13 at 1 p.m. in the Armstrong room on the North Campus. All members of the Community Association are invited to attend. If you have an interest in historical research, organizing of historical materials or helping to digitize the history of Sun City Center you will be welcomed by an enthusiastic group of fellow history buffs

Fund Raiser Presentations – 10 a.m. – Wednesdays in the Heritage Room March 8 “The Sound of Healing,” with Travis Lacey, as he explains the history of the oldest therapeutic instrument and its benefits. Come enjoy a Gong meditation. Open Fund Raiser. Admission: $1. Love offering to benefit the Society is also requested. Info calls Vicky at 813 398 7033. March 15 “UFO Sightings – Fact or Fiction?” presented by Bill Schroeder, sharing information on the phenomenon of UFO sightings and related research collected by researchers worldwide. Bill is a longtime member of Florida MUFON and possesses amazing stories and facts to share. Open Fund Raiser. Admission: $1. Love offering to benefit the Society is also requested. Info calls Vicky at 813 398 7033. March 22 “Past Lives – The Transformative Power of Past Life Healing” and how past life trauma affects our current life and how we repeat patterns from lifetime to lifetime until they are healed is presented today by Rev Lea Chapin. Open Fund Raiser. Admission: $1. Love offering to benefit the Society is also requested. Info calls Vicky at 813 398 7033. March 29 “Mediumship -A Wider View of Journeying with Spirit” with Rev Diana Mier. She will share with us how Mediumship can influence your life in a very special way. Open Fund Raiser. Admission: $1. Love offering to benefit the Society is also requested. Info calls Vicky at 813 398 7033.

What You Didn’t Know About Florida – Geology

The First in a Series of Three Workshops Hosted by the SCC Audubon Club April 25, 2017, 9:00 a.m., Florida Room Florida is not the first place that comes to mind when thinking about geology. Florida doesn’t have any volcanoes, mountains, canyons or other dramatic landforms that reveal the underlying geology. However, we do have numerous things that make Florida both interesting and unique from a geological perspective. Florida can boast having 1,350 miles of shoreline, 7,800 fresh water lakes, the Everglades, coral reefs, and over 1,000 freshwater springs that discharge from one of the most productive aquifer systems in the world. We are a major karst region where sinkholes, caves, disappearing streams and other related features reveal the dissolved nature of Florida’s vast limestone deposits. Florida is a global leader in the production of phosphate, and other mineral commodities, that are mined across the state. Florida also contains some of the richest fossil deposits in the world reflecting the unique environmental conditions that have occurred in the geologic past. Please join the Florida Geological Survey’s Assistant State Geologist, Harley Means, for a discussion of Florida’s unique geology. FREE tickets available on EventBrite:


Susan Muise: Volunteer Extraordinaire

By Ilona Merritt Many of our readers may remember Susan Muise at the front desk in the CA Office where she was the receptionist for 7.5 years. It was a job she loved since it gave her the opportunity to meet many Sun City Center residents. She is a good listener and is always willing to help people whatever their need may be. Susan and her husband moved to SCC from Maryland where Susan worked in early childhood education. She had always been involved in her community and doing volunteer work, so she wanted to move to a community where there were lots of things to do. They had been looking around Florida for a place to retire. While visiting a nephew in SCC they did the customary walk through the Atrium. Susan really wanted to be on the east coast but when she saw a sign for the annual Swim Dancers Synchronized Swim show, she knew instantly that Sun City Center is where she was going to live. They were snowbirds on the east coast for six years. In 2003, they moved to Sun City Center permanently. Susan came to this community, not just to enjoy the amenities, but to give of her time and talent. She started her volunteer work when John Bowker asked for help with organizing an Information Center for Sun City Center. She says she found that project very rewarding as she got to meet a lot of wonderful people who were also interested in spreading the word about our great community. Now she is very involved with the History Society creating displays for the Atrium Display Board and is currently researching all the clubs that have ever been here. She joined the Swim Dancers in 2004 and has been very active in this organization. Now in 2017 she is

Susan Muise with the Swim Dancers

president of the group, and they are getting ready for another show on March 11, at 2 p.m. in the lap pool. This group is unique ... everyone pitches in. They choreograph their own show. Susan edits the music to fit their need, swimmers design and make their own costumes to match the theme. The group also does a free demonstration for the community on the day of Funfest. As soon as the show is over, swimmers start planning and rehearsing for next year’s show. Susan is very enthusiastic about the Swim Dancers and she is a driving force in the organization. Susan is extremely talented and is truly a worker bee. She served as FunFest Chairman for three years. Her detailed record keeping and her ability to get things organized were a great asset. When her husband passed away, Susan joined Sawdust Engineers to learn what to do with all his tools. She credits them for teaching her how to use her favorite tool, the scroll saw, which has come in very handy for making props for the Swim Dancers Show. Susan makes the puzzles for the teaching aids that the Sawdust Engineers donate to the schools. She also enjoys selling the Entertainment Series tickets for the CA at the Atrium Kiosk on Wednesday mornings. She gets to see and help the people which are one of her most favorite things.

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Photo from 1. Gold medals were awarded in the Digital Monochrome category to Bobbie Ray (Masters) for Morning Ritual, Erica Collins (Advanced) for Silent Observer, and Bob Smolenski (Unassigned) for Iceberg.

Gold medals for Digital Creatives were Stan Lipski for La Grande Roué, which also received a perfect score.


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

Please note: only one movie will be shown in March. March 13 - Rollins Theater – 1 p.m. only

The Shallows • March 13 • (1 hour, 27 minutes)

Jackie Hanson: The Marshal & His Deputy!

Nancy is surfing alone on a secluded beach when she is attacked by a great white shark and stranded just a short distance from shore. Though she is only 200 yards from her survival, getting there proves the ultimate contest of wills. Starring: Blake Lively, Oscar Jaenada, Brett Cullen, Angelo Josue, Lozano Corzo Director: Jaume Collet-Serra Genre: Drama, Thriller & Suspense Rating: PG-13 for bloody images, intense scenes of peril & brief, strong language

Ron Shackelford: Community Spire!

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Jackie Hanson:What a Handsome fellow! Pat Laskowski: Ready for My Closeup!

Jackie Hanson: A Mother’s Love!

Jackie Hanson: Ah, With Gusto!

new walls, HVAC upgrades, front door impact glass, flooring / miscellaneous revisions due to ADA work, hurricane strengthen roof, impact glass/ hurricane rated windows, re-roof, paint / seal / calk exterior, new emergency egress from board room, fire rating of board room, architecture / engineering fees, permitting fees, and contingency funding. After all of these changes have been completed, the floor plan of the renovated building will be basically the same, except that most of the rooms will be smaller because of the square footage that is taken from the increased size of the halls and restrooms. Overall, the renovated structure will be 5,722 square feet. The exterior would be essentially the same as it is now. The cost for a new structure is expected to be $1.55 million. The new structure would have an expected life of 50-plus years. The building will be 6,425 square feet. In other words, this building would last 30 to 35 years longer or more than the renovated structure at a cost of $615,000 more. It will be 703 square feet larger. The floor plan would allow for a much better traffic flow. After entering the lobby, CA members could walk right to the board offices and meeting room, or they could go straight back to the administrative offices. Restrooms would be located immediately off the lobby. The building would be constructed in a style that echoes that of the Information Center,

the Samaritan Building and the Apple Lab / Photo / Dance Studio II Building. The new administrative building would meet or exceed all standards for safety, handicap accessibility, and energy efficiency. Features such as the Fox Block 4-inch double insulated walls with an RF factor of 21.6 would save money. In addition to the facts listed above there are a number of subjective questions you may wish to ask yourself. What sort of impression do you think house hunters have when they drive by our main campus? How does the appearance of our current administration building compare to that of other 55+ communities they visit during their home search? Do you think a new building would have a positive impact on people choosing to move to Sun City Center? If so, how much of a difference? How does the existing structure look and function? How would the new building look and function? You can view a consultant’s report on t h e w h o l e proj e c t at w w w. The CA Directors are also ready to answer any further resident questions. Vote on March 14 & 15 Voting will take place March 14 in the Sandpiper Room on the North Campus and March 15 at Community Hall. Ballots are also available in this issue of The News of Sun City Center. You can also pick up ballots at the Community Center Administration Office.

Jackie Hanson: Teeny Tiger Burning Bright!

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Happy St. Patrick's Day Friday, March 17th

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Irish Connection Party of the Year

By Paula Lickfeldt For Sun City Center’s Irish Connection, the biggest party of the year is coming up this month. On Wednesday, March 15 at 6 p.m. in the SCC Atrium Building, the Irish Connection will welcome an Irish music group for entertainment and dancing. Reservations necessary, RSVP by March 8. Send or deliver checks to Joan Weening, 706 Ward Circle, SCC. Cost is $5 for members and $10 for guests. For more information, call Joan Weening 813-633-5274, Bonnie Matthys 813-642-8663 or Kathy Lyons -813-633-2951. Who are the Irish Connection, how can you be involved, and is it true that everyone’s just a little bit Irish on Saint Paddy’s? Nine years ago, Paddy Cooney and his wife Linda were vacationing at St Pete Beach. While visiting, they drove to Sun City Center and bought a home. The children back in Ireland thought they were nuts. Two years after buying their home in SCC, they went back to Ireland to sell their Irish home. While in Ireland, Linda got very ill and she passed away. Paddy returned to the home that they had bought in SCC. During their first year in SCC, Paddy wondered if anyone else in the community was of Irish decent or would

says that most of the dinner parties are pot luck because the Irish women are such great cooks. The second Monday of the month movies are shown at the Rollins Theatre. The club has won first place four times and second place once in the yearly golf cart parades. Along with parties, the members of the club had an “Irish and Broadway” concert with proceeds going to the Alzheimer’s Support Group, and a concert for the benefit of the Hospice House. They support Our Lady of Guadalupe Food Pantry and My Warriors Place.

Board photo: Jack Lyons, Website; Sue Snell, VP; Bonnie Matthys, Secretary; Robbin StrattonUpson, Publicity; Eileen Cole-Treasurer, and Joan Weening, Membership. Not present: Larry Vaughan, Movies.

have an interest in an “Irish Club.” He put an ad in the paper and twelve people responded. Since that time there have been three different club presidents and the membership has grown to 275. If you are Irish, by birth or by marriage,

want to know more about Irish customs and traditions, or just like the Irish people, you are welcome in this club. Membership is $5 a year. The Irish Connection has meetings and parties from October until May. Paddy

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FunFest is the Place to Be on March 18

By Diane M. Loeffler There is something for everyone at this year’s FunFest! FunFest begins at 9 a.m. with the American Legion raising the flag above the central CA Campus, and ends at 2 p.m. If you are hungry, walk around the courtyard by Rollins Theater where you will find baked goods, macaroni and cheese, pretzels, donuts, coffee, brats, hot dogs, soda, strawberry shortcakes,

apple and cherry pie with ice cream, Cuban sandwiches, sloppy joe’s, sloppy joe hot dogs, chips, ice tea, pork chops, BBQ chicken sandwiches, ice cream sandwiches, ice cream cones, cookies, brownies, coffee and hamburgers. You can also find some popcorn on the main campus. Food is provided through area clubs and other organizations. If you feel lucky, there will be all sorts of items being raffled off from crafts to

art to baskets containing wine and other goodies. If you are in the mood to shop, there will be a wide variety of things you can purchase from the clubs and from outside vendors. You can even do some ‘window shopping’ for a car. There may be as many as 20 cars on display this year. If you have health concerns or just want to be the healthiest you possible, stop by the Caper and Horizon Rooms in

the Atrium. The Registered Nurses Club with their student nurse partners from Hillsborough Community College, will be measuring blood pressure and pulse oxygenation. They will also be providing education for blood pressure control and heart health. Representatives from South Bay Hospital will be there to answer questions about the hospital’s

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That’s Entertainment-Fun Activities at the FunFest

By Diane M. Loeffler The range of entertainment at the FunFest is amazing! In the big tent, you can sit and enjoy The Dukes, Bill Lindsey and Kevin Brooks. You will hear Elvis songs, contemporary songs and country music. You just might want to get up and dance to your favorite songs. Are the grandchildren in town? Children and animal lovers will enjoy watching the Wonders of Nature Show in the Florida Room. When you walk to the Arts and Crafts Building, you will see Elmira’s Wildlife Sanctuary right in front of the Lapidary Room. You might also want to stop and visit the dogs that Hillsborough County Pet Resources. They can even be adopted if you wish. Entertainment will also be provided by talented SCC members. Visit the Florida Room to watch the cloggers and the ballroom dancers. Step into the Rollins Theatre and listen to the Men’s Chorus and the barbershop singers, Par for the Chorus. The actors and actresses of New Guys and Gals will be performing there as well. Meanwhile, the dance studio will feature performances by Jazz Ma Tazz, The Time Steppers (tap), line dancers and the Latin Fitness Club. Walk over to the outdoor pool to enjoy the Front Porch Pickers. Sit by the indoor lap pool and be amazed by the Swim Dancer’s performance. It will be an amazing day with all sorts of amazing things to see and do.


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The Editor’s Corner Why My Somewhat Irish Eyes Are Smilin’

By E. Adam Porter Editor in Chief, News of Sun City Center March is one of my favorite months, especially here in Florida. Not only will we usher in spring on the 20th, we’re likely to have weather that matches the calendar… unlike many other places on the map. March in central Florida, the temperature flirts with 80, but the mercury rarely sneaks too far above. Skies are clear, days are mild and nights are cool enough for shirtsleeves without the need for other layers. At my family’s little riverside retreat, the Kelly-green ground cover will appear where, for the past few months, there’s been an endless blanket of fallen leaves. I look forward to March 17, when my family celebrates our Irish side, not with cabbage and soda bread, but with a fair bit of beer and blarney, yarn spinnin’ and craic, lubricated by the water of life. We croon traditional tunes, and I do my passable imitation of The Dubliners’ Ronnie Drew or a local favorite folk singer and Son of Dublin, Brendan Nolan. We talk about Saint Patrick, Brendan the Voyager and, as a teaching tool for my kiddos, the importance of separating fact from fiction in historical accounts. Speaking of historical fiction, March is our favorite time to visit the Bay Area Renaissance Festival over at MOSI. We try to get there at least twice every year, once for the pirates and once for the annual Shamrocks and Shenanigans weekend. Everyone is a little bit Irish that weekend, even if it’s only thanks to the Guinness in their hand… and all their eyes are smilin’. March is also the time we celebrate rebirth, growth and … hopefully … when we will be able to celebrate the opening of the new café. When they get it done, give me a call, let’s have a cup of joe. A few years back I came across the interesting factoid that March was named for the Roman god Mars (which I knew), who was, in addition to the god of war, also the god of agriculture, (which I didn’t know). Growth and battle. Fitting, I s’pose, then, that March is the month for NCAA basketball’s March Madness, during which the

hardcourts across the country become the settings for one of the most revered contests in sports, the NCAA Basketball National Championship. March is also when MLB Spring Training is in full swing, bringing everyone’s favorite team down to small, classic ballparks, relatively right down the street. While we’re more of a football and hockey family, I can’t resist the appeal of America’s favorite pastime in stadiums that put you right up close to the action, munching on popcorn under bright blue skies. March madness and spring baseball might divide our loyalties, but this month also offers plenty of reasons to unite us in allegiance. Florida achieved statehood on March 3, 1845, and, less than a century later, in March of 1931, The Star-Spangled Banner was officially adopted as our National Anthem. Doesn’t matter which team’s ball cap you take off to sing before the game, the anthem that unites us first did so in March. Many other historical milestones happened in March. Daniel Boone began his long walk across Kentucky on March 10, 1775. A decade later Thomas Jefferson cruised across the Atlantic to France. Most will remember, it was on March 11, 1942, that General Douglas MacArthur left the island fortress of Corregidor in the Philippines. Six days later, on St. Patrick’s Day, 1942, the General would tell the press, for the first of many times, “I shall return.” And he would, at the head of an invasion force supported by Admiral Chester Nimitz and the U.S. Navy. American forces would recapture Manila in, you guessed it, March of 1945. March has much to teach us and offers abundant reasons to celebrate the mostly sunny month that ushers in the season of spring. But, look outside. How many reasons do we really need to celebrate? The sun is shining, the skies are blue, and, right out that door, there are nearly 200 clubs and multiple other groups and organizations offering endless ways to get out and enjoy it. Of course, that empty chair over on the pool deck is looking pretty nice too. Whether you’re in the mood to do something, everything or nothing— March is the ideal month to do it all.

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renovations. Gym representatives will be available to demonstrate new equipment and to answer questions about the Fitness Center. There will also be some health-related vendors on hand. Parking will be especially userfriendly this year. Three buses from Aston Garden buses will be running continuously from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. They will picking people up at Community Hall and bringing them to the main campus and take them back to Community Hall afterwards. All the buses are handicap accessible, they each have a lift for wheelchairs, and they will drop you off at a point much closer than where you could find parking. Members and guests are encouraged to park near Community Hall and take advantage of this service. Golf cart parking will be available in the field area and limited car parking will be available on the main campus. As always, a variety of entertainment will be provided. The committee has put in an order for sunny skies and mild temperatures, but whatever nature sends our way, FunFest will be sure to be a great day.

Look Up to See Ospreys

By Kai Rambow If you look up, you can see a family of ospreys at Swan Lake. The location is on top of a telephone pole beside the Arts and Crafts building parking lot. Easy way to think about this: the parking lot opposite the flagpole by the lake. Sometimes when the parents come back with food, one of them will fly to the adjacent pole to eat away from the kids.

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Community Garage Sale

The Villages at Cypress Creek 15 Annual Community Garage Sale is being held on Saturday, March 11, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. The Villages at Cypress Creek is located in SR-674 and Cypress Village Boulevard area. A wide variety of household items, including bedroom and living room furniture and small appliances. Arts and crafts. Lots more, all priced to sell! Plus, a lemonade stand to benefit the Linus Project!

Deputy Merry’s Monthly Fraud Seminar Schedule

Protect yourself from identity theft. The Hillsborough County Sheriff ’s Office is committed to serving, protecting, and defending the community and is continuing to do so by offering a monthly open forum on Economic Fraud and its growing trend with the advancement of technology. The presentations will include strategies for preventing fraud and resources available to victims. Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 10 a.m. The Caper Room, Sun City Center Community Association Atrium 945 N. Course Lane, Sun City Center, FL 33573 Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 1 p.m. Ripple Room, Kings Point Community 1900 Clubhouse Drive, Sun City Center, FL 33573 Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 3 p.m. American Momentum Bank 131 S. Pebble Beach Blvd, Sun City Center, FL 33573 Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 11 a.m. Freedom Auditorium, Freedom Plaza 1010 American Eagle Blvd, Sun City Center, FL 33573

Join the Michigan Club For The “Wearin’ O’ The Green”

By Stephanie Casey The Michigan Club invites you to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Friday, March 17. You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy a traditional Irish feast including corned beef and cabbage, green beer, and pop. Irish music will also be on tap for your listening or dancing pleasure. The party will be held in the Kings Point Veterans Theater, beginning at 5 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the Michigan Club table in the corner of the lobby of the Kings Point North Clubhouse every Tuesday morning from 9 to noon. The cost is $20 for members and $22 for nonmembers and anyone in Sun City Center or the surrounding area, whether you have ties to Michigan or not, is invited to join the party. This fun-loving group welcomes everyone. If you don’t reside in Kings Point, just inform the guard at the Visitors Gate that you are going to the Clubhouse to buy tickets for the Michigan Club’s St. Patrick’s Day party. For more information, you may call Paul at (813) 634-8506.

Male Call for Prostate Health March 13

“Male Call for Prostate Health” sponsored by the Men’s Club of Sun City Center, will host its next meeting Monday, March 13, 2 p.m. at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 1239 Del Webb Blvd., West. We are very pleased to have Dr. Jack Steel M.D. of Tampa Bay Radiation Oncology. Dr. Steel is a board-certified Radiation Oncologist with more than 20 years of brachytherapy experience. He has performed over 4,000 prostate seed implant procedures. Additionally, Dr. Steel has extensive training in all areas of cancer treatment including lung cancer, head and neck cancer, breast cancer, skin cancer and GI Malignancies. Dr. Steel was instrumental in establishing prostate seed implant programs in numerous hospitals and surgery centers in Tampa, Brandon, Sun City Center, Plant City and Bradenton, FL. Dr. Steel will discuss treatment of Prostate Cancer treatment options. It is suggested that Patients, Partners and Physicians attend. Refreshments will be served.

It’s Follies Time!

Hibernians Having Fun and Giving Back

The Ancient Order of Hibernians and Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians of Sun City Center recently enjoyed an Irish Pub Crawl with over fifty people participating. The group was comprised of members of both the AOH and LAOH, as well as guests that brought a wonderful spirit of fun to the event. The assembly left from Sun City Center by bus, traveled to Ybor City, Davis Islands and the Hyde Park area of Tampa to visit three popular Irish Pubs. The group brought its own music team with them, and much singing and enjoyment was had at each stop. Mike Day, Sue and John Donahue, Colleen Walker, Jim Harkins, and Tom Bennis led the group in singing and a bit of dancing, while the Merry Makers provided accompaniment. The Merry Makers is a small group that includes Jim Kelly on banjo and accordion, Ed Mooney on guitar, and Tom Harding on banjo. The AOH and LAOH groups raise funds for donations to LifePath Hospice in Sun City Center. The groups have a history of providing financial support for LifePath Hospice, which provides compassionate, dignified and caring end of life services to those in the community who request help with loved ones. The Ancient Order of Hibernians and Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians are groups of people with an Irish heritage and a Catholic faith. New members are always welcome. Contacts for the groups include Rosemary Riley of the LAOH (813.634.3095) and Tom Harding of the AOH (813.634.1236).

After hundreds of hours of effort, hard work and dedication, the cast of Follies 2017 is almost ready to proudly unveil this year’s variety extravaganza, Celebration. It truly “takes a village” to put together a quality show of this magnitude. About 100 Sun City Center and surrounding area volunteers have been pulling together to make this another unique and outstanding production. Follies 2017 will be held in the Kings Point Veterans Theater at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 10, and at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 11. Tickets are available for this BYOB Cabaret-style reserved seating presentation at the Kings Point North Clubhouse Box Office for $14 per person. The proceeds from this show benefit a number of worthy causes throughout the Sun City Center community. Be sure to take this opportunity to come see your amazingly talented friends and neighbors put on a show for you that is entertainment at its very finest. Director Rose Ostrander, Assistant Director Linda Stone, and Choreographer Diane LeFrancois are working hard to insure an innovative and professional show. Follies 2017 features both familiar and new community entertainers, who will perform solo and chorus music, dance, comedy, specialty numbers, and, of course, you’ll also have the pleasure of seeing the perennial favorite East Bay High School’s Show Choir, The Sounds of Time. Ticket sales have been brisk, so get yours now. Join in the Celebration, Follies 2017. You don’t want to miss one of the biggest and best shows in town. If you reside outside the Kings Point Community, bring your CA Badge and tell guard at the Visitors Gate that you are going to the Clubhouse to purchase tickets for the Follies. If you do not live in Sun City Center, you may call Rose at (813) 633-1753 or email “” for additional information. Licensed • Bonded • Insured • CFC1425759 PROMPT & PROFESSIONAL

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DAR to Meet March 15

By Mary Culliton, Publicity The Colonel George Mercer Brooke Chapter DAR of Sun City Center will be meeting on Wednesday, March 15th in the Florida Room, Atrium Building, 945 N Course Ln, SCC 33573. Light refreshments will be served at 12:30 p.m. and the meeting starts at 1 p.m. The program is “History of Ruskin, Florida”, and is being presented by our club member Kathy Wiles. Our members, members of other DAR Chapters and anyone interested in joining the DAR are invited to join us. For more information, please email or call Vice Regent Marilyn Campbell at “” or (813) 938-5141.

Sun City Center International Forum Program On Iran - March10

On Friday March 10, 2017, the International Forum of Sun City Center will present a program on Iran. The speakers will be Professor Frank Alcock of New College in Sarasota and Russ Kevala of SCC. Mr. Kevala will provide glimpses of pre-Islamic Persian history, explain the rise of Islam and the Sunni-Shia split; and summarize the recent history and American involvement in Iran which ended with the abdication of the Shah and the formation of the current Islamic Republic of Iran. Professor Alcock will talk about the Nuclear Arms Treaty with Iran. He will discuss the provisions of the nuclear arms treaty, its pros and cons, and conclude with some observations on possible near term situations. The program will be held in the Florida Room in the Atrium Bldg. of Sun City Center’s main campus on North Pebble Beach Blvd. from 9:30-11:30. Residents of Sun City Center, Kings Points and their guests are welcome.

Nearly New Shop Men’s Department Honored

By Jay Sparkman The Men’s Department at the Nearly New Shop in the Sun City Center Plaza has been selected as the department of the month. Connie Nichols, left, and Joe Tarawa, both longtime volunteers at the shop are on duty Wednesdays and Saturdays 8 AM until Noon to help customers find just the needed item in menswear. Monies from the sale of donations allow the Sun City Center Interfaith Council to provide college scholarships and grants to organizations in the South Shore area. For more information call 813-642-9099.


Library Book Sale

SouthShore Regional Library Used Book Sale is being held on Saturday, March 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy the extensive collection of items offered. Fill a bag with books for only $1. Everything in the Book Sale Room is marked half priced! All proceeds go to support adult and youth programs at the Library. SouthShore Regional Library is located at 15816 Beth Shields Way in Ruskin.

The Irish Connection Club Movie Night

Rollins Theater, Monday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m. The Quiet Man: Not exactly St. Pat’s Day but close enough to revisit a favorite Irish film; outstanding scenery and solid acting from legendary stars, Maureen O’Hara, John Wayne, Barry Fitzgerald, Victor McLaglen, Ward Bond & Ken Curtis. An enduring love story directed by the renowned John Ford with seven Academy Award nominations. All in SCC welcome. Bring your friends. Subtitles not available but also not needed.


The SCC/South Shore Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will welcome Jovina Varrati, of HCC Ruskin’s Mathematics Department, as speaker at its March 11 meeting. Ms. Varrati will inform and entertain with her collective perspectives on life at HCC, first as a student, then tutor, and now Adjunct Math Instructor. Join AAUW for this delightful program on March 11 in the Florida Room. The meeting will begin with social time at 10:30, business meeting at 11:15, and lunch at 12 noon, followed by the program. Contact Margie Castiglia, 6338253, for reservations.

SCC Rotary Club’s Classic Car Show to Benefit Local Caregivers

After two consecutive rainouts in January, the Rotary Club of SCC has rescheduled its first annual classic car show and charity fundraiser on Sunday, March 19 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Freedom Plaza’s Golfview Terrace (819 Freedom Plaza Circle, SCC). Admission is free to the public and to classic car owners. Proceeds from donations, auctions, sponsorships, and the sale of food and beverages will benefit the SCC Samaritan’s Alzheimer’s Auxiliary, the Hillsborough Community College’s Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training scholarships, and the SCC Rotary Club’s high school student scholarship program. Burgers, hotdogs, chips, sodas, and water will be for sale, as well as a selection of Indian snacks prepared by some of the Rotary club’s members formerly from India. Live music from the 40s, 50s, and 60s is also on the menu, served up by local DJ Joey Ferrante. Tickets will be on sale for a 50/50 raffle and Chinese auctions of items donated by local businesses, and tax deductible donations will be gratefully accepted in cash or checks payable to the SCC Rotary Foundation. Up to 100 classic cars are expected to be on display, with many examples from the 1930s, 40s, 50s, and 60s. The Roamin’ Oldies, a local classic car club, will be featured as will cars from the Gateway Classic Cars showroom in Ruskin. A classic car restoration company from Tampa will also be displaying one of their recent restoration projects. Bring your appetite, your love of old cars, and your checkbook to Freedom Plaza on Sunday the 19th and support our valued local caregivers! A rain date of March 26 has been set, but hopefully it won’t be necessary.

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Some of the ladies from Sun City Center decided to take a field trip to Treeumph! Adventure Course in Bradenton. They were prepared to soar, climb and swing in a tree excursion unlike anything else in Southwest Florida. They took to the trees for a full day of fun, endurance and amazing activities. Pictured from left are: Kathy Zimmerman Judy Chordas, Judy Dempsey, Susan Hicks Rolande Poulin, Edna Carlin and Debbie Zieg.

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On Tuesday evening March 28, 2017, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., the SCC Polish Heritage Club is holding their monthly membership meeting, in the Florida Room, Atrium Building. All members are encouraged to attend for planning of, and sale of tickets, for the April 9 Swieconka Dinner. The Club also welcomes guests interested in learning about the traditional Polish Cultural events that the Club offers. Join us for fun and fellowship! Annual Dues are $5 per person. For info, please call: Carmela at 813 938-1723 or Wanda at 813 633-0016.

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The Goldenrod Yellow 1955 Thunderbird shown by Rose Schleissing is the cruiser of the month for the Roamin’ Oldies car club.

1955 T-Bird Voted Cruiser of the Month

A Goldenrod Yellow 1955 Thunderbird shown by Riverview’s Rose Schleissing is the cruiser of the month for the Sun City Center Roamin’ Oldies car club. The immaculate roadster was voted top choice by the event’s 120 entrants and visiting spectators. Classic cars are a family affair for Rose and husband Bert Schleissing, who are regular participants in area automotive events. The Thunderbird, Ford’s answer to the Chevrolet Corvette, was made as a two-seater for only three years. Rose’s car, dubbed “Tweety-Bird” for its canary-like hue, is powered by a 292 cubic-inch V8 engine and automatic transmission. The Roamin’ Oldies host a cruise-in from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. the first Thursday of every month in the Apollo Beach Winn-Dixie Plaza on US41, with a rain date the following Thursday. About 100 of the area’s finest antique and collectible cars often take part, accompanied by classic oldies music played by DJ Joey Ferrante. Event sponsors include Thompson’s Auto Parts and The Florida Railroad Museum. For information, call Chet at 813-842-1511.

We have a new name and a new board of directors. We are looking forward to a fresh start for our International Coffee Club 2017! Join us in March to get acquainted with our new group. Our focus is going to enhance your knowledge of coffee and then tantalize your taste buds with samples of international coffees. Most people know their coffee to be mild, medium or strong... as you become a member of our club you will gain more in depth information with local speakers, videos and skype from around the globe. We welcome all members of good standing of the CA, KP and FP! Tell your neighbors. Share coffee stories and make new friends. We meet the last Wednesday of the month in the Caper Room Atrium Building at 4:15 p.m. Our International Coffee Club will help you learn that coffee is far more fascinating than just your morning drink! Questions? Contact Herb Berman, club president at “” or call (813) 385-5542. The coffee pot is always on.



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33573 33573 is provided by Debbie Caneen, Director of Admissions, Sun Towers from items submitted for publication. To submit events for future publications, send them by the 15th of the prior month. Debbie also publishes Ads and Events, a weekly e-mail containing information about what’s happening in 33573. Your event will also appear in the weekly Ads and Events e-mail and on the website w w w. S C C AdsAndEvent . S end a l l e vents by e-mai l to You only need to submit your Event one time each month for it to appear in both The News of Kings Point and SCC Ads and Events. SPECIAL EVENTS Please include all basic information, especially Price (or list it’s Free) and Contact Information (phone, e-Mail, or website). Six lines maximum. Send to: As soon as space permits, we will put it in the weekly e-Mail and it will run until event date passes. You do not need to submit it again. PLEASE NOTE: This area is for SPECIAL EVENTS only. WEEKLY, MONTHLY, or ONGOING EVENTS are listed on our website under WEEKLY & MONTHLY MEETINGS at which is updated every weekend. SUN. MAR 5 - SOUTH SHORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA TO PERFORM 2:00 p.m. at SouthShore United Church of Christ, 1501 La Jolla Ave, Sun City Center. The South Shore Symphony Orchestra will be performing “Romance & Fun at the Movies” Concert (Mon – Thurs 9a-3p) (813.634.1304) Tickets Available Online: www.SouthShoreSymphonyOrchestra. org. Join us on Facebook: www.facebook. com/SSSOTampaBay. Cost $15. SUN. MAR 5 - UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF SUN CITY CENTER HANDBELL CONCERT 3:00 p.m. The United Methodist Church of Sun

The News of Sun City Center City Center, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. West, where we invite the community to its annual handbell concert featuring three of its handbell ensembles, Bellisima, Jubellation and Glory Ringers. A donation of just $5 is requested at the door on the day of the concert. For additional information about this and other concerts and recitals at the United Church of Sun City Center, please contact Kevin Goodenow, Concert Series Coordinator, at 813-362-0956. To learn more about the United Methodist Church of Sun City center, please visit our website at S U N. M A R 5 - H E A LT H Y LIFESTYLES MeetUp - KINGS POINT - SOCIAL EVENT FOR BOARD GAME NIGHT 6:30 p.m. Meetup in the Culinary Room, upstairs at the 20/20 Building. You can bring your own favorite board games or join in with those brought by others. BYO Beverages and, if you wish, healthy plant-based refreshments. MON. MAR 6 - 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 813625-5665 or “”. TUE. MAR 7 - “HEALING MUSIC” AT THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 10:00 a.m. at Sun City United Methodist Church in the LEC located at 1210 Del Webb Blvd. West, Sun City Center, FL 33573. The Health Ministry Team invites you to join Janalea Hoffman, founder of Rhythmic Medicine seminars for native flute. Her music is set to synchronize with the heart and help relax the body. This sound environment of comfort music can be ordered on CD’s. Her music has been successful with hospital patients, children, and for an everyday peaceful life. Janalea Hoffman is well known in Sun City, so make your reservation early by calling the office at 813-634-2539. This a free event and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. TUE. MAR 7 - BETH ISRAEL SPONSORS GUIDED TRIP TOUR TO SELBY GARDENS 10:30 a.m. at Selby Gardens with carpool from Temple at 9:15 a.m. Cost is $25.00 per person.

Reservations are limited and must be paid in advance by February 7. Your check for $25 to Beth Israel Sisterhood will confirm your reservation. Mail checks to: Barbara Grossman, 225 Mystic Falls Drive Apollo Beach, FL 33572. This trip is for Sisterhood members and spouses/partners. Guests may be included after February 7 deadline if we have room. TUE. MAR 8 - “PARTY IN A CHAIR” 2:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. bring the joy of movement, imagination and playfulness back into your life! Christie Dyer, Certified Ageless Grace Educator facilitates. This party will exercise your brain and you will receive the benefit of joint flexibility, memory recall, creativity, imagination, laughter, breathing, balance & more! Every session is different and done seated. All are welcome to join in! For more info call Debbie Caneen at 813-892-2990. WED. MAR 8 - VIRTUAL DEMENTIA TOUR “YOUR WINDOW INTO THEIR WORLD” 10:00 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Walk a Mile in the Shoes of a Person Living with Dementia. Created by P.K. Beville, a specialist in geriatrics, this experience is designed to instill hope in professional and family caregivers, providing them with a tool to move from sympathy to empathy and to better understand the behaviors and needs of their loved ones and patients. Tours provided by Senior Helpers. Free event but RSVP is required to 813-634-3347. W E D. M A R 8 - D I A B E T E S EDUCATION SUPPORT 2:00 3:00 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Have you been given the diagnosis of Diabetes? Are you unsure of your dietary future? Discover options that will assist you! Join Jessica Chase, RN from Bayada Home Health Care as she facilitates this support group. For additional info, call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990. THU. MAR 9 – GOING IN STYLE, NOT IN DEBT 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 Del Webb Blvd., Sun City Center. This is part of the popular “Let’s Talk” series led by Jeanne Hogan, and will pertain to planning a funeral, but will not be morbid . . . just very informative and even a bit fun. Some of the subjects covered will be costs, options, funeral history, burial vs. cremation, memorial service vs. funeral, making a service personal, and much more. Light lunch. Free session but registration is required at 813-634-1252.

7 THU. MAR 9 - CHRONIC PAIN AND NEUROPATHY GROUP 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. SCC. This month, our speaker will be Jessen James Mukalel, M.D., Managing Physician with a focus in Pain Medicine, including Interventional Pain, Ultrasonography and Fluoroscopy with Tampa Institute for Pain and Spine. Dr. Mukalel, Board certified: Anesthesiology; American Board of Anesthesiology and Pain Management; American Academy of Pain Medicine. Facilitator of this group: Tarissa “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. THU. MAR 9 - FELINE FOLKS MEOW MIXER 4:30 p.m. at the Kings Point 2020 building, 2nd floor Culinary Room. You are also welcome to attend the Board Meeting which is at the same location at 3:30 p.m. Here’s is your chance to join a great group of people, socialize, learn about Feline Folks, learn about the cats you might be seeing near the North Club house. Join the group. FRI. MAR 10 - THE INTERNATIONAL FORUM OF SUN CITY CENTER PRESENTS PROGRAM ON IRAN 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. in the Florida Room in the Atrium Bldg. of Sun City Center’s main campus on North Pebble Beach Blvd. the International Forum of Sun City Center will present a program on Iran. The speakers will be Professor Frank Alcock of New College in Sarasota and Russ Kevala of SCC. Mr. Kevala will provide glimpses of pre-Islamic Persian history, explain the rise of Islam and the SunniShia split; and summarize the recent history and American involvement in Iran which ended with the abdication of the Shah and the formation of the current Islamic Republic of Iran. Professor Alcock will talk about the Nuclear Arms Treaty with Iran. He will discuss the provisions of the nuclear arms treaty, its pros and cons, and conclude with some observations on possible near term situations. Residents of Sun City Center, Kings Points and their guests are welcome. FRI. MAR 10 - RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS SUPPORT GROUP 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. SCC. Facilitator: Tarissa “Tari” Williams, MPT (Masters of Physical Therapy) graduate of Florida A&M University with 13 years of experience in: Long-term acute

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care (LTAC), Long Term Care/Skilled Rehabilitation, Home Care, Wound care, Acute Care, Education/Clinical Mentorship and is LSVT certified (2015). Has presented educational series to Physical Medicine MD’s for Board Cert readiness program - USF/VA on Pain management and prescription. Also presenter at South University for treatment of medically complex, pain management. Learn what you can do to reduce your pain today! For more info, call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990. FRI. MAR 10 – ROTARY OF SUN CITY CENTER DANCE PARTY FEATURING RB AND THE GANG – 70’S THROUGH 80’ ROCK AND ROLL , MOTOWN AND SOUL 7:00 p.m. at Sun City Center Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach, Sun City Center. Tickets are $10 at the door, with doors opening at 6:15. BYOB with snacks provided. All proceeds go to Rotary charities. Wear your dancing shoes! SAT. MAR 11 - THE VILLAGES AT CYPRESS CREEK 15th ANNUAL COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon at The Villages at Cypress Creek, located in SR674 & Cypress Village Boulevard area). A wide variety of household items, including bedroom and living room furniture and small appliances. Arts and crafts. Lots more, all priced to sell! Plus, a lemonade stand to benefit the Linus Project. MON. MAR 13 - 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@gmail. com”. MON. MAR 13 - “MALE CALL FOR PROSTATE HEALTH” Sponsored by the Men’s Club of Sun City Center 2:00 p.m. at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 1239 Del Webb Blvd., West. We are very pleased to have Dr. Jack Steel M.D. of Tampa Bay Radiation Oncology. Dr. Steel is a board certified Radiation Oncologist with more than 20 years of brachytherapy experience. He has performed over 4,000 prostate seed implant procedures. Additionally, Dr. Steel has extensive training in all areas of cancer treatment including lung cancer, head and neck cancer, breast cancer, skin cancer and GI Malignancies. Dr. Steel was

instrumental in establishing prostate seed implant programs in numerous hospitals and surgery centers in Tampa, Brandon, Sun City Center, Plant City and Bradenton, FL. Dr. Steel will discuss treatment of Prostate Cancer treatment options. It is suggested that patients, Partners and Physicians attend. Refreshments will be served. M O N. M A R 1 3 - S C I E N C E , ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY CLUB MEETING 7:30 p.m. in the Caper Room, Atrium Building, 954 North Course Lane. There is no cost for guests; any resident of CA or Kings Point interested in science and technology is invited. Quantum Computing - A basic computer course usually begins by explaining that a computer operates by converting all the data and all the programs to a series of 0’s and 1’s. That’s been the way it’s been done ever since digital computing surpassed analog computing a few decades ago. But now, with the development of quantum computing, that very basic tenet of computing is getting challenged as scientists seek new ways to solve problems that would require enormous amounts of traditional digital computing. Learn what quantum computing is about and what problems it may solve as Dr. Morris Firebaugh and Chet Rindfuss present a panel discussion on this topic. TUE. MAR 14 - ARE YOU AT RISK OF A FALL? FREE BALANCE SCREENING 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Outpatient Therapy Dept. at Sun Towers, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center, FL. by appointment. Our therapists are on a quest to reduce the risk of falls BEFORE they happen. Have your fall risk screened at no cost to you! This simple test takes less than five minutes. See the results before your eyes through biofeedback. Interested in knowing more or wish to schedule? Call 813-892-2990. WED. MAR 15 - LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. Do you wonder how others with Low Vision advance through their day? Do they receive care from outside sources? What adaptive vision devices successfully assist them? Each need is different but if we gather to share our resources, we all benefit! 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. WED. MAR 15 - KP LINE DANCERS CELEBRATING ST. PATRICK’S DAY 7:00 p.m. in the Banquet Room of the main KP Clubhouse. Open to KP and SCC residents and their guests. First time SCC attendees, call Jan 6346226 for KP Security Gate entry. Free admission Wear appropriate dance shoes, no flip-flops or backless sandals. There will be only seating available, no tables due to the size of the room.

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Ice, water and napkins/plates will be available. Further info needed, call Jan 634-6226 T H U. M A R 1 6 - W I D O W ’ 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. MAR 17 - VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT, A PROGRAM OF THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. by registration only at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. SCC. The Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross in partnership with the Veterans History Project, a program of the Library of Congress, is seeking Veterans to participate in this project. The program captures through a video interview, first hand account of Veterans who served in any branch of the US military in any capacity, from World War I through the present, and are no longer serving are eligible to participate. Civilians who served in support of a US war effort in a professional capacity are also welcome to participate. If you are a Veteran or know Veterans that would like to share their stories, please call Sun Towers to schedule your interview time at 813634-3347. This recording of history will take place on the 3rd Friday of each month. MON. MAR 20 - 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@gmail. com. MON. MAR 20 - PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP OF SUN CITY CENTER 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. Introducing “Rock Steady Boxing” where the mission is

to empower people with Parkinson’s disease to fight back. This month, Eric Allen, M.A. and certified Rock Steady Boxing Coach will be our speaker. Eric is a personal trainer and geriatric exercise expert certified by the IFPA, with over 17 years of experience. Eric founded EA FITNESS, LLC. The company’s motto is “Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from what you can do.” EA FITNESS’ functional training programs are exclusively tailored to suit individuals’ specific needs, circumventing any limitations. If you have Parkinson’s, or are caring for someone with this disease, be sure to attend this support group! Complimentary valet parking available at Terrace entrance. For additional info, call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990. WED. MAR 22 - SCANDINAVIAN CLUB OF SUN CITY CENTER MEETING 2:00 p.m. in the Sandpiper Room. Famous Scandinavian Movie Stars, a presentation by Tom Norstrand, IT support by Fritz Brinck FRI. MAR 24 - THE OLD TYME 50’S MUSIC CLUB HOSTS 50’S MUSIC SOCIAL 6:00 p.m. at KPCH, Waterside Room. This Club is open to all KP/SCC residents who enjoy the music of the 1950’s & 60’s. Special guest performers are always invited. Members free, nonmembers $5. BYOB and Snacks. SAT. MAR 25 - SOUTHSHORE REGIONAL LIBRARY USED BOOK SALE 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin. Enjoy the extensive collection of items offered. Fill a bag with books for only $1! And, everything in the Book Sale Room is marked half-priced! All proceeds go to support adult and youth programs at the library. MON. MAR 27 - 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 TUE. MAR 28 - FREE MEMORY SCREENINGS PROVIDED BY SOUTHSHORE COALITION FOR MENTAL HEALTH AND AGING FOR KINGS POINT RESIDENTS Beginning at 12:45 in the 2020 Building at Kings Point, upstairs in Forum North and South (across from Chef ’s kitchen). By appointment only. To schedule, call the Coalition at 813-419-4902.

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

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DANCING Spring Dance of German-American Club of Sun City Center

Are you ready to dance into Spring? Well, you can do just that on Thursday, April 6, 2017 in the Community Hall in Sun City Center on South Pebble Beach. This is the date when brothers, Sepp and Heinz have been contacted to play for your dancing pleasure beginning at 4:30 p.m. And, to add to the evening’s pleasure, the party’s buffet will be catered by the Orange Blossom Caterers who will present a buffet dinner of chicken and wild mushrooms, escalloped potatoes, peas, salad, rolls, cookies at 5:45 p.m. As is usually the case, this is a BYOB party. Glasses and water will be provided. The cost for this evening of dining and dancing is only $19 for members and $24 for non-members. Please send or drop off your check made out to the German-American Club of SCC, along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Mr. Fred Rathke, 1058 Emerald Dunes Dr., Sun City Center, FL 33573. Please include the names of all the members of your party. Thank you.

Oldies But Goodies Dance Club March 19, 2017 with Good Stuff Band

The Oldies but Goodies Dance Club will be having Good Stuff Band Featuring Tony, Tricia and Jen performing on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at their dance at Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. The cost is free for members and $6 per person for guests. Guests pay at the door. The doors will open at 6:15 p.m. for members and 6:30 p.m. for guests and the band will be playing 7-10 p.m. BYOB and snacks the club will provide water, ice, cups and napkins. Come out and join us for a mixture of music from the 50’s to the present, Oldies, Classic Rock and Country. Any Questions contact Joanne at 813-7281147 or email You may also check out our website: or join us on Facebook OldiesButGoodiesDanceClub.

By Tom Hart Saturday, March 11, 5:15 to 9 p.m. gala buffet and dance. Bring your honey, don’t miss this event! The fabulous evening will be in the South Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd, SCC. Catered by Banquet Masters, music by Gerardo. The entrees include tenderloin of beef, chicken florentine, and bourbon glazed salmon. Buffet and dance: members $25 per person, guests $30 per person. Dance only is from 7:30 – 9 p.m.; members free, guest $6 per person at the door. Semi-formal attire (jacket and tie for men). BYOB. Open seating, single tables available. Checks payable to SCC Dance Club must be received by Ann Carl, 1802 Bunker Hill Dr. SCC, 33573 no later than March 9. For more information, call 813-634-9074. Our next dance parties are: Apr 8, Oct 28, Nov 18, Dec 9. Please join us!

Social Ballroom Dance Classes in March, 2017

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 634-3205. Tuesday, March (7, 14, 21, 28) Social Ballroom Dance Class Beginning – Cha-cha - 5:30 p.m. Intermediate - Waltz - 6:45 p.m. Advanced - Foxtrot - 8 p.m. Cost: $20 per person for all four weeks. Wednesday, March (1, 8, 15, 22, 28) Social Ballroom Dance Class Beginning - Waltz - 12:45 p.m. Intermediate Night Club Two Step - 2 p.m. Intermediate/Advanced Cha-cha - 3:15 p.m. Cost: $25 per person for all five weeks. Taught by Bernice Dubro and George Hawn, phone 813-634-3205 or email

Academy of Ballroom Dance

Saturday, March 4, the Academy of Ballroom Dance Club will host its next dance in the Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd, Sun City Center. There will be a Merengue dance lesson given by Bernice DuBro and George Hawn starting at 6:30 p.m. included with admission. This is followed by regular dancing from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is free for members, or $6 for guests at the door. Come and dance to a fabulous selection of tunes handpicked by Bernice DuBro (our DJ). Bernice is sure to play a wide selection of good dance music. 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 available. Bring your friends. BYOB. Dress is casual but neat (no shorts please). Mark your calendars for upcoming dances on 4/1, 5/13, and 6/3. For more information, call George Hawn at 330-770-0442.

Back L to R: Larry Smith, Vinny Bono, Robert Enge, David Wiens, Tom Andren, Ron Leombruno, Ron Ringenback, Tom Murphy, Howe Perrigo. Seated L to R: Joan Leombruno, Minda Cameron, Bonnie Murphy, Jo Prater, Salvina Tannenholz, Uta Kuhn, Brenda Raysbrook, Jean Comitz. Not pictured: Marlene and Mervyn Hollander, Janice Ryder, Pat Leccese.

Gals and Guys Productions Broadway Showcase March 16

By Jo Prater Gals and Guys Productions cast are rehearsing for their second production. Broadway Showcase will be performed March 16 at Community Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m. and show starts at 6:30 p.m. Check-in at the door. Refreshments are served after the show. You must be a member of the club to attend. 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 $12 which includes both the Broadway Showcase and the USO Veterans Tribute, which will be performed on Thursday November 9. Both Shows are held at Community Hall, Pebble Beach Blvd, South Campus. If you would like to join, you can sign up any Thursday at the Rollins Theater between 1 and 2 p.m., be sure to bring your Badges. For further information contact Salvina at 813-6335924 or “”.

The Jazz Lovers

The Jazz Lovers are into a new month with some new, more reliable sound equipment. Come on over to the Ripple Room at Kings Point North Clubhouse on Friday, March 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. and give a listen. March’s focus will be Jazz Improvisation which is what makes jazz great. This is a perfect afternoon for anyone who loves jazz. All are welcome. If you would like to come but do not yet have a Kings Point Guest pass for the Jazz Lovers Group just call Bill Ferron 938-3571 and he will arrange for you to get in the gate.

South Shore Concert Band Performance March 20

The South Shore Concert Band will present a concert on Monday, March 20 at 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 1210 Del Webb Blvd W, in Sun City Center. The concert is open to the public and a $5 ticket will be available at the door. The performance entitled “THE BEAT GOES ON” will feature selections from Broadway, Hollywood, and Disney Blockbuster presentations. In addition, featured artists will include Marvin Hamlisch and Paul Simon. To preview the 48-member band go to our website “”.

Entertainment Corner By Lynn Manzi, Entertainment Director

Ella Unplugged – A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald

Saturday, March 11, Rollins Theater, 1 p.m., $8 Sonny & Perley present a duo version of “A Tribute to Ella” highlighting music from her Great American Songbook recordings and a few choice selections from her Pablo Records albums.

Tony Pace - Las Vegas Entertainer

Sunday, March 12, Community Hall, 2:30 p.m., $18 This Las Vegas entertainer is once again returning to Sun City Center. Tony’s been compared to Sammy Davis, Jr. and many others. You will love his impersonations and his amazing voice. He will be accompanied by a six-piece band. Tickets are on sale in the Atrium Kiosk, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 to noon and at the door, day of show, if available

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Watercolor Demonstration

By Diane Simon March 27, 2017 at 1 p.m. in the Rollins Theater. Join Diane G. Simon as she demonstrates painting shiny objects using watercolors. Whether it’s silver, crystal, or copper, Diane will teach you what you “should see” rather than what you know. Diane will also share hints about using your photographs for reference. Diane has been painting since grade school—but only in the past 10 years has she been able to actively pursue her passion in watercolors and her lifelong ambition to become an artist. Her work is best described as “textured” with an intensity of values not normally found in watercolor painting. Diane prefers the “vibrant, knock-your socks-off approach with strong focal points and exciting compositions.” Diane is a member of the American Watercolor Society, a Signature Member of the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society, and a Signature Member of the Florida Watercolor Society. She belongs to the Sun City Center Art Club and Kings Point Art League. Diane currently teaches watercolor classes, and offers workshops and demonstrations. Visit Diane’s website at The Demo will follow the club’s regularly scheduled monthly meeting. Monthly demos are open to the members of our community.

The SCC Women’s Chorus Presents “A Century of Popular Music”

After performing their Holiday Concert to an exuberant, standing-room-only audience, the SCC Women’s Chorus takes on a new challenge “time travel through music.” For their Spring Concert, Director Jeff Jordan has chosen a popular song from every decade, starting with the 1900s to the 2000s. From poignant, to pouty, to powerful, these renditions will bring back many memories and have concertgoers tapping their toes to the beat. Along with their accomplished piano accompanist, Keith Rasmussen, this Photo Credit: Terre Cochran. polished 60-member chorus promises The SCC Women’s Chorus Director, Jeff another outstanding performance under Jordan, and Piano Accompanist, Keith Jordan’s superb direction. The multimedia Rasmussen (seated). presentation will also feature additional instrumental accompaniment, soloists, and visual interpretations of the music. The concert will be held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 1239 West Del Webb Blvd in Sun City Center. No tickets are sold; there will be a freewill offering. Remember to mark your calendars for this memorable event on Sunday afternoon, April 2, 2017 at 3 p.m. In addition to their scheduled Concerts, the Women’s Chorus is available to perform for local clubs, organizations and businesses from September through April; to schedule a performance or for further information, please call (813) 634-6692.

The Art Club in Sun City Center Artist of the Month

The Art Club in Sun City Center has chosen KC Chilton as the March 2017 Artist of the Month. Upon retiring from careers as an Air Force Pilot and math teacher KC began to explore her artistic side. Lessons in oil, watercolor, pastels, sculpture, pottery and instruction in acrylics with Anne Walker at the Art Club integrate themselves into a mixed media approach to painting. Her background experiences spark her imagination, enrich creativity and influence her painting style. In 2016 KC placed second overall at the Art Center Manatee in Bradenton. She has won numerous awards at the annual Art Club Shows in Sun City Center. Currently KC is enrolled in a certificate program at Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota where she looks forward to “expanding her art experiences and defining her voice as an artist.” KC has lived in Sun City Center for two years where she also enjoys playing bridge and working at the Potters Wheel. You can view KC Chilton’s artwork at the Sun City Center Library, the Sun City Center Welcome Center, La Beautique Style Salon, Sun City Center Samaritan Services, Momentum Bank, Fiore’s Sunshine Café and in the Sun City Center Art Club Window. Visit “” for more information.

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Eastern Hillsborough Community Band Spring Concert Schedule

The Eastern Hillsborough Community Band will perform three concerts as part of its 2017 Spring Concert Series in the Brandon area and Sun City Center. Performance dates and locations are: Thursday, March 30, 7 p.m., Logan Hall, New Hope United Methodist Church, 115 Knights Ave., Brandon. $5 suggested donation at the door. Thursday, April 27, 7 p.m., Strawberry Ridge Clubhouse, 3419 State Road 60 East, Valrico. $5 suggested donation at the door. Thursday May 4, 7 p.m., United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. West, Sun City Center. $5 suggested donation at the door. Reservations are not required for any concerts. EHCB is a full-sized concert band that has been entertaining the Tampa Bay area since 2009. For more information about the band, email “”, visit “” or call (813) 569-1771.

Fantastic Friday Dinner Theatre

Friday, March 10, the Hillsborough County Community College student Jazz Band, under the direction of Robert Winslow, will perform at the SouthShore United Church of Christ. The Jazz Band will feature the talents of Velmont Miller and Ayana Wright. The church is located at 1501 La Jolla Ave. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a catered dinner of baked ham with brown mustard, chicken florentine with rice pilaf, coleslaw and ice cream sundaes. The dinner will be prepared by Laura Schuler of Sun Coast Catering. Tickets for this delightful evening of dining, listening and dancing will cost $18 per person and can be purchased at the church on Sunday after worship or on Tuesday and Thursday from 10 until noon. The very last day to get your ticket for the dinner and the entertainment will be March 7. Tickets for the show only are $5 per person and can be purchased up until the night of the show. For further information call Paula 633-6739.

Thursday, March 23 • Friday, March 24 at 7 pm Saturday, March 25 at 1:30 pm and 7 pm Directed by Judy Rodman

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Kahlo and Chagall – Worth Seeing

Bouquets of Lilacs (1978) by Marc Chagall. This exquisite painting features two large vases containing lilacs towering over everything, including the distant village in the background. © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York /ADAGP, Paris.

You might miss this photograph of Frida Kahlo when you enter the exhibit unless you look up. Kahlo often painted herself, so this picture is a good image of the subject she knew best.

Beautiful orchids abound with Chagall stained glass reproductions in the background.

By Kai Rambow There are two very different exhibits featuring two unique artists showing right now. Both are worth seeing. Frida Kahlo at the Dali Renowned artist Kahlo’s work is intense. After suffering a horrific accident as a teenager and enduring 34 operations throughout her life, Kahlo’s pain is clearly expressed in her paintings. The Dali has thoughtfully combined Kahlo’s art, short biographical films and numerous photographs of the artist throughout her life to give you an understanding of the artist and her work. The artwork itself has been given many descriptions, including reflective of Mexican and indigenous traditions, naïve or folk art and surrealist. A single label or even multiple labels do not seem to appropriately apply. Kahlo’s work really exists in its own category. Tip: Be sure to get an audio guide located near the spiral staircase before heading up to the exhibit. It is included with your admission and helps you understand what you’re viewing. Marc Chagall at Selby Gardens Beloved modernist artist Chagall’s work inspired several firsts. An art show at botanical gardens? Never been done before. Reproductions of Chagall’s stained glass? Also, never been done before. Chagall loved nature, flowers and painting. All three are brought together here. Begin in the conservatory.

Stained glass reproductions provide the backdrop for creative displays of orchids. The composition is a visual feast. After, head to the Payne Mansion. S e v e r a l pi c tu re s s h ow C h a g a l l throughout his 70 plus year career; he lived to 97. Showcased in one room are three Chagall’s paintings, including one masterpiece “The Lovers,” and two from a private collection, which have never been displayed in public before. If you’ve ever seen Chagall’s work, the richness of colors cannot be conveyed sufficiently in photographs. A casual stroll through the gardens will lead you to exhibit inspired garden creations. These are marked on the exhibit special map. Dali Museum open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. / 8 p.m. Thursdays; Seniors $22. Selby Gardens open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; Admission $25. Frida Kahlo at the Dali Until April 17, 2017 Dali Museum 1 Dali Blvd. St. Petersburg, FL 33701 (727) 823-3767 Marc Chagall Flowers and the French Riviera Until July 31, 2017 Marie Selby Botanical Gardens 811 South Palm Avenue Sarasota, FL 34236 (941) 366-5731

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Kahlo did have eyebrows which ran together, so is easy to recognize in photographs and in her artwork.

One of the exhibit inspired creations in the conservatory. Chagall picked flowers regularly and four of his vases are on display with his artwork.

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The Hope Fund’s Semi-Annual Breakfast & Bingo Community Hall on Saturday, March 25

By Robi Jackson, The Hope Fund Publicity Chairwoman It’s time again for The Hope Fund’s semi-annual Breakfast & Bingo! On Saturday, March 25 from 8:30 to 11 a.m., come to Community Hall on South Pebble Beach Boulevard in SCC to enjoy another B&B. The admission price is only $7 for a large omelet with your choice of fillings, a bagel with cream cheese or a doughnut, orange juice, coffee or tea. You will go through the line with ease. Bingo starts at 9:30. bingo cards cost $1 each. Play for cash prizes! Tickets are available at the door. Everyone is welcome. The Hop e Fund is a 501(c) (3) organization made up entirely of volunteers who are dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk children who live in Wimauma and attend the after-school programs sponsored by The Hope Fund. The children have a safe place to go after school while their parents work. Along with a volunteer Board, The Hope Fund consists of volunteers from SCC, including Kings Point, who generously give of their time to help the kids. They volunteer for one hour a week as tutors, mentors, readers and reading instructors. There is a running program called Marathon Kids to promote good exercise habits, and there are art classes which encourage the children’s creative side. There is a computer lab. The Fund also runs a Kids’ Cafe which provides healthy snacks after school. holiday parties, and field




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trips are part of the activities. There is a sex and drug education program and mentoring and tutoring for older children. Programs include chess, a health class and counseling on nutrition, family life, self-esteem and first aid. Tuition is charged to help finance the programs. The Hope Fund provides 99% of the families with financial assistance. There are some wonderful things going on for the children in Wimauma. The children are thriving and look forward to the visits from the senior community of SCC. Come to Breakfast & Bingo on Saturday, March 25 from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at Community Hall in SCC and help the programs continue. For further information about The Hope Fund and/or Breakfast & Bingo, to volunteer to work with the kids for one hour a week, or to give a tax-deductible donation, call Carla Miles at 634-4268. All money raised goes to benefit the children. More information about The Hope Fund may be found at the Fund’s website at We hope to see you on March 25. Bring your friends and neighbors. Enjoy a pleasant morning of breakfast, bingo, if you wish, and friendship while helping some deserving children at the same time!

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Military News My Warrior’s Place

My Warrior’s Place was founded by Kelly Kowall to honor the memory of her son, Corey, and all those who have given their all for the United States Of America, so that our people to live a safe life! My Warrior’s Place exists “to honor, support, and promote healing of mind and spirit” for Military Service Members, Military Families, Blue Star, Silver Star and Gold Star Families, who have been forever changed by these fallen warriors. These selfless military keep our country and citizens safe. For the warriors who have returned from the battlefield, this place is a haven for them to heal and to Pictured are Kelly Kowall and Robert Winch, President of the Sun City Center find hope again. Photo Club. Robert is presenting Kelly There are many, many people and with a $500 check that was raised from the programs for helping these families cope sale of very beautiful calendars produced with grief, also mentoring programs from some outstanding photographers in for our warriors, who have returned to the club. Robert Winch had this wonderful us in not the best of condition. If you idea and for the past six months, club go to, there is an members sold the calendars. We hope this money can add to the wonderful work immense amount of information about being done for our courageous warriors. these programs. Maybe you have some special quality and ability that could make a big difference in someone’s life.Anyone interested in helping to support our service members, even if it is only to say, “Thank You For Your Service!” should make a visit My Warrior’s Place in Ruskin to see what is and can be done by lots of hands and hearts!

Silver Osprey Squadron Luncheon Friday, March 10

The Silver Osprey Squadron #64, a chapter of the Association of Naval Aviation will hold its March 10 luncheon at the Plaza Club, located on the Freedom Plaza campus. Meet and greet at 11 a.m., lunch at 12 noon. This month’s speaker will be Commander Adam C. Merrill, USCG. Commander Merrill will be presenting “The Battle History of the United States Coast Guard”. CDR Merrill presented a most interesting program last year on the history of the USCG here in the Tampa Bay area and his detail and passion brought the history to life. We anticipate that this year’s presentation will be no less inspiring and informative. CDR Merrill has logged more than 4,300 mishap-free flight hours in multiple military and civilian aircraft. This event is open to the public. Reservations must be received by Tuesday, March 7. Members, $14, nonmembers, $17. Make check out to Silver Osprey Squadron #64 and mail them to Mr. Tom Harding, 309 Noble Faire Drive, SCC, FL 2273. If you wish to be added to our email list or received information about membership please email CDR Roger Kennicutt, USN(ret) at tkennicutt@aol. com.

MFST Presented Artist Stuart Dwork Creations

By B. Frank Kepley CAPT USN (Ret) The Military Family Support Trust (MFST) sponsored a Stuart Dwork art show at the Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce on February 17, 2017. Dwork is a well-known, very talented artist famous for his “Never Forget Them” painting which is displayed permanently in a Central Command building at MacDill Air Force Base. He created the annual Star Spangled Art Show at Stuart Dwork and some of his paintings. Carrollwood Cultural Center, which features veterans including wounded veterans. MFST retained a portion of the sold artworks for their many charity programs. MFST is a 501(c)3 organization that supports through their grant programs military families, past and present. The beneficiaries include, but are not limited to: four year scholarships for high school seniors, JROTC Honors Program, Homeless Women Veterans, Operation Warm Heart, Veteran Guide Dog, Southeastern Guide Dogs Paws for Patriots program, My Warriors Place, Operation Helping Hand and sponsoring ‘Guardians’ for the Honor Flight Support Program. Brigadier Colin Howgill, RM is chairman of the MFST board and Nancy Alguire is president. Contributions are always welcome as without them none of the above assistance programs would be possible. For more information please visit their website at or call Nancy Alguire at 813-634-4675.

Sara Romeo Addresses MOAA on Homeless Women Project

By B. Frank Kepley CAPT USN (Ret) Sara Romeo, Exec Dir/CEO, Tampa Crossroads was the featured speaker at the Military Officers of America Association (MOAA) monthly meeting on Wednesday, February 1, 2017. Sara began working with Tampa Crossroads after leaving the State House, where she worked as a Legislator. The primary focus of Tampa Crossroads was to reach ‘functional zero’ (no homeless women) by 30 December 2015. “We have always advocated for and championed the cause to assist those who need us, whether they are experiencing a mental health issue, substance abuse, lack of employment due to their disability, or more recently, homeless after serving our country,” she said. The program has been relentless in reaching that goal. MFST (the Military Family Support Trust) made routine contributions to Sara’s organization and presented her with a check for $1,000. Additionally, Kelly Kowall, owner of “My Warriors Place” was presented with a donation of $4,000 from MOAA (funds from their annual golf tournament). Kelly was also presented with a donation by Barbara O’Donnell (see photo), vice president of “Gone Stampin.” My Warriors Place is continuing to grow and serve the many veterans in need of assistance with their post active duty struggles. Kelly has done a magnificent job with her selfless endeavor, which is dedicated to her son who was killed in Afghanistan. And, Benny Blackshire was presented with a Leadership Award from the Florida Council of Chapters for his laudatory, diligent contributions to the Sun City Center MOAA chapter’s goals and achievements.

Commander Adam C. Merrill, USCG Doris Glass; Sara Romeo; Nancy Alguire, president of MFST.




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Veterans Photo Project Continues to Grow

In the past year the SCC Community Association Veterans Photo Project has accumulated over 437 photos of our members who are vets. It is our goal to capture the likeness of EVERY CA member veteran, and we continue to look for men and women who have served in any branch of the U.S. military; that includes National Guard, Reserves and Coast Guard. It was recently brought to Project Chairman Bill Hodges’ attention that some of the members were in local assisted living facilities and unable to come to the scheduled photo sessions in the CA Photo Club building. He and Project Photographer Andy Ledoux decided that, in such cases, they would go Bill Hodges and Andy Ledoux traveled to him or her. The first vet to avail himself to Pacifica Senior Living to photograph of this accommodation was Robert Lee, a the 438th veteran, Robert Lee, for the Navy vet and longtime CA member, who Community Association’s Veterans Photo is residing at Pacifica Senior Living facility Project. The next photo session at the CA Photo Club is March 11. in Sun City Center. “We appreciate Mrs. Lee bringing this situation to our attention,” Bill said. “Also, all veterans should be aware that they do not need any special ID to prove your service, your word is good with us. We do not ask for rank or length of service, only the branch. Every man and woman who signed their name on the line wrote a blank check for everything they had, including their life. No matter how Uncle Sam decided to use you, you deserve to be included among your comrades on the wall.” You can see these great photos on the Veterans Wall of Honor, a 55” TV in the CA Atrium building on the Central Campus. They run 24/7. The next Veterans photo shoot will be on Saturday, March 11. We encourage any CA member who has served in our military to call Carol Donner in the Community Association office at 813-633-3500 to schedule an appointment.


Local MOWW Chapter Presents National CINC With Contribution

By B. Frank Kepley CAPT USN (Ret) At a dinner held on February 19 at the Sun City Center Sandpiper Club, the local chapter of the Military Officer of the World Wars (MOWW) presented the Commander in Chief (CINC) of the national MOWW organization, retired Army Col Clay C. Le Grande, Jr., with a contribution to be used by the CINC Solicitation Fund, which is maintained at MOWW headquarters in Alexandria, VA. A contribution was also given by Fire Medic 1 Gina Rimacci, HCFR Lifesaver of 2016. The fund is used for Scouting (BSA Eagle & GS-USA Gold Award) certificates and ROTC/JROTC recognition certificates and medals not provided by local MOWW chapters across the nation because of a lack of proximity to the eligible recipients. The Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) is a patriotic Veterans Service Organization founded in 1919 to promote good citizenship, patriotic education, and military and public service. Membership eligibility includes active duty, retired and former commissioned or warrant officers of the uniformed services of the United States. This includes the US Army (USA), US Navy (USN), US Marine Corps (USMC), and the US Air Force (USAF). It also includes the US Coast Guard (USCG), United States Public Health Service (USPHS), and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.

Marine Vets Chip In For My Warriors Place

Sun City Center Leathernecks Club Commander Don James presents a $250 check to Kelly Kowall, founder of My Warrior’s Place in Ruskin. The U.S. Marine Corps veterans of the club hosted Ms. Kowall at their January meeting, where she described the beginnings and evolution of the sanctuary she built for servicemen and women on the banks of the Little Manatee River.

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MOWW Military Ball

Save The Date: 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, November 11, 2017 Sun City Center Community Hall By B. Frank Kepley CAPT USN (Ret) Mark your calendars now! On Saturday, November 11, 2017, the Sun City Center Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW), will once again host the Annual Formal Military Ball. The Ball will start with a Social Hour at 5 p.m., at the Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Free photographs will be taken starting at 4:30 p.m. This has been a very popular event for the past six years, and it is anticipated that this seventh year will be no different. This is an advance notice so that tickets can be reserved for another outstanding event. Awards will be presented and there will be a cake cutting ceremony marking the 242nd birthday of the Marine Corps. The Ball will feature a Patriotic Program, hors-de-oeuvres before a served dinner, entertainment, and dancing. It will be limited to 40 tables of eight, so reserve your tickets now by emailing John Glynn at “” or call 813-260-3910. Formal dress is encouraged (military, black tie, dark business suit)—wearing military decorations is encouraged. This is a BYOB event. Cost is $60 per person. Check should be made payable to MOWW. Attendance is open to all—prior military service is not a requirement. Individual tickets, for singles or couples are available. A self-appointed table captain can reserve a table of eight for $120 deposit. Again, see or email John Glynn at or call 813-260-3910 for additional information and reservations.


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Bok Tower Gardens Getaway

The colorful grilles provide a decorative cover for 60 carillon bells while allowing sound to radiate. A spectacular, close-up view of a grille. Since visitors cannot get this close, bringing binoculars is highly recommended.

Beautiful flowers can be found throughout the gardens.

An endangered gopher tortoise roaming the grounds.

The chimes are popular with children and adults.

By Kai Rambow “I come here to find myself. It’s so easy to get lost in the world.” - John Burroughs, American Naturalist and Writer While Burroughs wasn’t referring to Bok Tower Gardens specifically, Edward Bok wanted to build a place where people could collect their thoughts, relax and reconnect with nature. He realized Americans were becoming disconnected from nature because of developments in technology. That was in 1929; imagine what Bok would have thought today. Over the past two years, Bok Tower Gardens has expanded the connection to nature and added creative and fun areas for kids of all ages. Begin with the Film After getting your tickets, watch a continuous movie providing a brief overview of Bok Tower Gardens. You’ll see some things inside the tower that are helpful to know, but not accessible to the general public. Guided Tour to Maximize Experience Rather than just walking through and not know what you’re seeing, take a tour. Volunteer garden guides take visitors on hour-long tours departing at 12 and 2. Tours end at the tower to coincide with carillon concerts. This is included with your admission. Even though the tower is built on one of the highest points in Florida, the pathways have a fairly gentle rise and are useable by wheelchairs. Exploration before/after Tour Not covered on tours, here is a guide to the newest additions. Leave the visitor center and head toward the oval. This entry was redone with Florida keystone (prehistoric coral reef ) capped with Jerusalem stone. At the oval bear right. On your right (2 on visitor’s map) you’ll pass the Pollinator Garden. These attract bees, butterflies and birds. Take path on right sloping down to the Hammock Hollow Children’s Garden (4). Recently opened, this three-acre, imaginative playground is delightful. There are a dozen activities to discover. The River Run has 19 different spray patterns, making it very challenging to calculate when and where water will project. Adults gravitate to the musical chimes, and surprisingly, the coloring activity. After playing, exit and wander right through the Edible Garden and Outdoor Kitchen (3). It’s variety rich, and yes, they do use the kitchen. Keeping right stay on the main path. On your left is the Wild Garden with native plants. You’ll be traveling through real Florida ecosystems: upland pine savannah, oak hammock (great for birds), wetland prairie and a bog. Watch for wildlife. Cactus plants attract bees, which like to sleep in the flowers, and endangered gopher tortoises, which like to eat the flowers. Upon reaching the boardwalk (7) turn left. Developing and maintaining the right soil balance for a bog is a challenge, making this the most difficult section to create. When the path splits, turn left towards Window by the Pond (8) set up for bird watching.

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The Tower Your guide may only talk a little about the tower, so more details are included here for you. The Singing Tower, completed in 1929, was officially dedicated by President Calvin Coolidge and won an award for its architectural design. This tall (205-foot; 20 story) tower is a combination of Art Deco and neoGothic. It houses a 60-bell carillon set. Unlike swinging bells we see in movies, carillon bells are fixed – they do not move. Instead clappers strike the bells to create sound. The bells range in size from 16 pounds to 24,000 pounds. Cast from bronze, the bells were tuned just before installation and never need to be re-tuned. They are played from a keyboard / pedalboard located about two thirds of the way up the tower. The views are spectacular from the carillonneur’s office, which perhaps helps explain why there have been only four carillonneurs in over 87 years. Stonework is a mix of coquina (mineral calcite) and pink and gray marble. The brass door depicts the story of creation from Genesis and needs to be polished once a week. The sundial on the south side features a bronze snake, whose shadow indicates time. Wildlife and scenes from Aesop’s fables are sculpted at different levels. Three fourths up the tower there are balconies and carved eagles. Above these are beautifully colored grilles that encase the carillon. At the very top are marble herons. One mystery: there are monkeys on the tower near the top and no one seems to know why. International Contest For something extra special, consider taking your trip during the 23rd Carillon Festival will be held here from March 4 to 12. World-renowned carillonneurs will be performing daily at 1 and 3. Special thanks to Erica Smith at Bok Tower Gardens. Tips for a Great Trip Suggested Itinerary: If you’re able to walk longer distances, recommend arriving mid-morning. Watch the movie, take outlined self-exploration tour described in this article. Have a relaxing lunch, take guided tour and listen to a carillon concert. If you’re less mobile, recommend arriving before lunch. Watch the movie, have lunch, take guided tour and listen to concert. Note: Bok does run a complimentary shuttle between the visitor center and the tower. Driving: The most direct route is a relaxing, mostly country drive. Take 674 east until it ends. Turn left on to 37 north. When you reach Mulberry, turn right on to Canal / Hwy 60. GPS is helpful; expect a 90-minute drive. Parking is free; admission is $14. What to Wear: Comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses and sunscreen are important. Take a pair of binoculars for close up views of the tower. Eating Options: The Blue Palmetto Café at the visitor center has several decent lunch options at reasonable prices in a nice, relaxing setting. Bok Tower 1151 Tower Blvd. Lake Wales, Florida 33853 (863) 676-1408

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2nd Annual St. Anne’s “Golf Tournament”

Saint Anne Catholic Church is building its 2017 Community Outreach Funds with its 2nd Annual St. Anne’s Golf Tournament. A “Best Ball Golf Tournament” will be held Saturday, April 1, at Apollo Beach Golf Course, 801 Golf and Sea Blvd., Apollo Beach. Registration opens 7 a.m. with an 8 a.m. “Shotgun Start.” The entrance fee is $75 per player, or $300 for each foursome. This fee includes prizes for Hole-in-One, Greatest Putt, Longest Drive, Most Accurate Drive, Closest to the Pin (all Par 3s) and a “FUN” Awards Luncheon with GREAT food and prizes following the Tournament. The luncheon will be hosted at the South Shore Falls Ballroom located at South Shore Falls in Apollo Beach. Tournament registration forms are available at Saint Anne Parish Office Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 9–noon. Forms are also available at Apollo Beach Golf Course Pro Shop. Completed forms can be dropped off at the Parish Office or sent to Keven Hagan., 5326 Loon Nest Ct., Apollo Beach, FL 33572. For more information, contact Keven at All proceeds benefit Saint Anne Catholic Church Community and Outreach programs, including the weekly Food Pantry, St. Vincent DePaul, and Catholic Charities’ Mobile Medical Bus ministering to the health needs of rural poor in southeastern Hillsborough County.

Sun City Center Pickleball Club Tournament

Sun City Center Pickleball Club held their biggest members’ tournament so far this season on Saturday January 28 at the courts of the SCC Sports Complex. Thirty-eight members were divided in two groups and played round-robin and elimination games until the bronze, silver, and gold medal winners were decided in each group. Congratulations to all our medal winning members. Group One Gold: Trudy Donnelly & Kevin Burke Silver: Jeff Tannen & Mike Schmedlen Bronze: Dennis Beaver & Vince Myers

Group Two Gold: Jim Judy & Don Moniz Silver: Shane Murphy & Debi Murphy Bronze: Bruce Sharek & Marina Fairfield

Many thanks to tournament director Gord Alder who organized and ran the event along with his wife Trudy Donnelly, and assisted by Jack Schroeder. Beverages and fruit were provided for the players while club members brought many other snacks to share through the day. Join the SCC Pickleball Club so you too can participate in these exciting events.

Senior Basketball on the Highest Level

Sun City Center Basketball President, Bob Monahan announced that there will be a Hillsborough County wide search for the best men and women basketball players age 50 to 80 plus in order to put together a county team that will represent Hillsborough County East at the Senior Games. There are age brackets in five year increments from age 50 and up. Right now, the Sun City Center Basketball Club has a core group of senior athletes in all age divisions, but not enough in any age bracket. More players in each age bracket are needed. Playing in the Senior Games is a wonderful way to represent Sun City Center, Kings Point or our County, which has 1.25 million people.

Locally, Seniors of all ability levels are welcome to play at the Ruskin Recreation Center, SE 6th street, Monday and Wednesdays 9:30 to 11:15. This is a free, indoor, air conditioned, hardwood facility with six courts available to play. The Sun City Center Basketball Club will also be playing on Tuesday mornings and Friday nights once the Pickleball Court and lights are completed, which should be soon. This is an outdoor half court.

Bob Monahan, Sun City Center Basketball Club President, has qualified to play in the National Senior Games in Birmingham, Alabama in the 2017 Basketball Games. Bob’s Rhode Island Senior Team finished second place in the Spring Senior Games.

SCC Lawn Bowling Club Leads Only Tournament

By Garry Higgins In the game of lawn bowls, the first player to roll the bowls is called the “Lead”. Their ability to place their bowls on the Jack is the major factor used in the choice of player for this position. Also, it is usually the less experienced position, however, many feel the lead is the most important player on the team. For this event, twelve “Lead” bowlers entered this single-knockout, singles event playing to fourteen points. The final was played to sixteen points and had Pam Davis against Jim Johnson. This was a well-played match that could have gone either way. However, the day belonged to Pam Davis, winner of the “Leads Only” Pam who took the win after nineteen ends. Tournament. Congratulations to Pam Davis. Visit for more information about the sport of Lawn Bowls, Croquet and the club. Members of the Sun City Center and the Kings Point Community Associations are welcome.

Gulf Coast Senior Games

On Thursday, February 16, 2017, eleven members of the John Donnelly Table Tennis Club well represented Sun City Center at the Gulf Coast Senior Games in Sarasota. Many medals were won in singles, doubles and mixed doubles. One must place in a Regional Senior Tournament to qualify for the State Senior Tournament.

Mike Schmedlen, Trudy Donnelly, Kevin Burke, Dennis Beaver, Vince Myers.

Back L to R: Audrey Columbia, Rick Lien, Jan Cline, Roland Reuterfors, Dale Saraniti, Joe Petrick.Front L to R: Judy Lamb, Tera Profitt, Barry Chernock. Participants not shown, Joe Cincotta, Robert Johnson. Shane Murphy, Debi Murphy, Don Moniz, Jim Judy, Marina Fairfield, Bruce Sharek.

Sports continued on 19.


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GOLF SCORES Club Link One Membership More Golf Renaissance: Prize Fund: 2/8: 1st Flight 1: Orin Bache, Kathy Lawrence, Vern Elarth, Jane Boccieri: 1st Flight 2: Dave Liehr, Tim Beattie, Pat Hannell, King Slater: 1st Flight 3(tie): Jim Connolly, Ken Friesz, Dave Dunnington, Kitty Matzkin, Jim Johnson, Chuck Lutz, Ed Kensy, Rick Johnson 1st Flight 4: Frank Zahrobsky, Chuck Kovacik, Dave Bartku, Rick Goodus 1st Flight 5: Chuck Kim, In-Sook Kim, Jim Yoo, Sue Yoo 1st Flight 6: Rita Mavel, Adele Quinlan, Star Glock, Elaine Davis. Appreciation Event: 1/18: 1st Flight 1: Toby Thompson, Barry Bernicke 1st Flight 2: Mike Schoonover, Stan Pearsall 1st Flight 3: King Slater, Joe Knight 1st Flight 4: George Wilkins, Paul Baskwell 1st Flight 5: Gerry Osborne, Rick Goodus 1st Flight 6: Gene Scoppettuolo, Lois Scoppettuolo 1st Flight 7: Greg McKeown, Faye McKeown 1st Flight 8: Denny Cutler, Richard Davidoff 1st Flight 9: Norm Karp, Kendall Schwindt 1st Flight 10: Eric Schenk, Carmine Aquilino 1st Flight 11: John Richards, Stan Lipski 1st Flight 12: Vlad Michna, Gene Miller. Men 1/16; 1-2-3: 1st: Mike Schoonover, Jim McLellan, Vlad Michna, Bob Wachterman. 1/23 f i r s t on 1-6, second on 7-12, third on 13-18 1st: Chuck Kim, Jack Stiles, Mike Starrett, Tom Jauch. 1/30 Texas Scramble: 1st: Chuck Kim, Don Faron, Dave Bartku, Jim Bach. 2/6: 2 Best Balls of 4: 1st: Chuck Kim, Bob Majewski, Terry Collom, Vin Foley. Ladies 1/17Low Net 1st Flight 1: Kathleen Records 1st Flight 2: Kathy Sprowl 1st Flight 3: Betty Rollins 1st Flight 4: Kathy O’Connell. 1/24 Low Gross Low Net: 1st Flight 1: Kitty Matzkin, Belle Sauer 1st Flight 2: Sue Knight, Barb Gaines 1st Flight 3: Kathy Hannell, Kathy Brantner 1st Flight 4: Betty McLoone, Rosie Kintz 1st Flight 5: Gloria Rice, Marion Stephens. 1/31: 2 Best Balls of 4: 1st: Kitty Matzkin, Jan Huber, Suzy White, Marion Stephens. 2/7 S t e p Aside Scramble: 1st: Syl Oliveira, Bette Mannon, Betty Rollins, Marion Stephens. Couples 1/13 Team Quota: 1st Flight 1: Ed and Belle Sauer 1st

Flight 2: Dave and Gloria Rice. 1/20 Texas Scramble: 1st Flight 1: Pat and Kathy Hannell 1st Flight 2: Dave and Gloria Rice. 1/27: 1 Best Ball of 2: 1st Flight 1: Dave and Nancy Birkett 1st Flight 2: Dave and Gloria Rice. 2/3 Scramble: 1st Flight 1: John and Deloris Durm 1st Flight 2: Paul and Judy Kip. 2/10: Team Quota: 1st Flight 1: Don and Erma Faron 1st Flight 2: Dave and Gloria Rice. Scepter Men 1/18: Scramble: Flight A 1st:Al Lozosky, Bill Yucuis, George Ringham, Steve Perkins Flight B 1st: Marvin Barnes, Bob Vellante, Monroe Hatch, Dave Hourigan Flight C 1st: Dave Norquist, Jim Smith, Bob Ewing, Bill Humes Flight D 1st: Marty Dain, Mike Noone, Ron Kunze. 1/25: Low Net: Flight A 1st: Bill Kuhn Flight B 1st: Bob Kirby Flight C 1st: Bob Vellante Flight D 1st: Bill McNamara Flight E 1st (tie): John Giddings, Ian Gordon. 2/8: 2 on the 4’s, 1 on the 3’s & 5’s: 1st: Bob Dessecker, Jim Lahti, Tom Grillo, Frank Neuwirth. Ladies 18 Holes 1/17: 2 Best Balls of 4: 1st: Kris Wells, Joan Richardson, Carolyn Avrett, Maxine Hazen. 1/31: 2 Week Ringer: Flight A 1st (tie): Lata Raby, Linda Jane Parson Flight B 1st: Fern Duval Flight C 1st: Jan Brown Flight D 1st (tie): Roe Murphy, Pay Eytcheson Flight E 1st: Carolyn Clark Flight F 1st (tie): Maxine Hazen, Linda Suh, Cathy Marquis. Ladies 9 Holes: 1/17: Step Aside Scramble: 1st: Darlene Gray, Judy Huss, Mary Winter. 1/24: 2 Best Balls: 1st: Judy Huss, Paula Rezoagli, Ann Williams, Darlene Gray. 1/31: Shamble - 2 Best Balls: 1st: Darlene Gray, Bev Buteau, Cathy Maguire. 2/7: Individual Low Net: 1st: Judy Huss. Scepter/Sandpiper Golf Event: 1/20: 2 Person Scramble: Flight 1 1st: Tom Stefandel, Barry Peacock Flight 2 1st: Glen Murray, Gil Rose Flight 3 1st: Nick Jimaki, Paula Jimaki Flight 4 1st:Jim Betts, Phil Lemasters Flight 5 1st: Ron Usher, Garth Latham Flight 6 1st: Stephen Meadley, Sharon Wallace Flight 7 1st: Bill McNamara, Jim McDermott Flight 8 1st: Wayne Flora, John Lyons Flight 9 1st: Duke Munford, Karen Munford F light 10 1st: Barb Kanoza, Bruce Kanoza Flight 11 1st: Jerry Clifton, Herb Hause Flight 12 1st: Sue Sell, Betty Thurston. Men’s Member-Member 2/3: Championship Flight: Bob Vellante, Bob Dessecker Flight 1: Al Lozosky, Jimmie Taylor Flight 2 :Jeff Stevens, Bob McAllister Flight 3: Bob Sanicola, Nick Spagnuolo Flight 4: Jim McClafferty, Vince Pirone


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Wilf Pennell

Course: Sandpiper-Palms Hole: #8 Yardage: 144 yd. Par 3 Witnessed by: Rex Gibbons, John Jackson, and Roland Lemoine

Sandra Parsons

Date: February 19, 2017 Course: Osprey Hole: #2 Yardage: 104 yd. Club used: 9 Wood Witnessed by: Skip Parsons

It is a very special occasion indeed when anyone gets a Hole In One. We are even prouder when it is one of our Hogans. A proud Wilf, being applauded in the club house by his Hogans friends. Congratulations, Wilf Pennell! We are so happy for you!

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SCC Archery Club members Chris and Bruce Crain took their grandson Jake on his first Boar Hunt. They each got one boar. The hunt took place on Cedar key, last December.

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Sports Continued from page 17.

SCC Lawn Bowling Club, Ladies’ Singles Champion

By Garry Higgins It was another great singles match between two veteran bowlers that have challenged each other on the greens over the years. It was Cindy Higgins and Chris Heller meeting once again for the coveted title of “Suncoasters Singles Champion.” Chris prevailed in 2011 and 2015, and Cindy took the title in 2013 and 2016. For 2017, the winner is Cindy Higgins. The Sun City Center Lawn Bowling Club encourages both competitive and recreational bowling. The level of competition varies. Morning bowls, known as jitneys, are the staple of the club and are friendly competitions held six times a week. Just turn up and teams are made up at random. The Club also holds a number of tournaments during the season solely for club members which are slightly more Cindy Higgins, competitive but still basically fun events. 2017 Ladies’ Singles Champion Then there are Open tournaments which are open to any bowler affiliated to the Bowls USA national association. Visit for more information about the sport of Lawn Bowls, Croquet and the club. They welcome members of the Sun City Center and the Kings Point Community Association.

“Junior” Champion Bob Ferguson

Bronze Medal winners from, L to R, Al Paschal, Bob Monahan, Phil Coates, Rande Carrico, Lee Saucier

SCC Basketball Club Wins the Bronze Medal in the 2017 Good Life Games

By Bob Monahan With only a week’s notice the Sun City Center Basketball Club competed in the 2017 Good Life Games in Clearwater earning a bronze medal in the 60-69 age group. This was the first statewide competition for the Club. We are proud of our Club as we held our own against teams that have been competing for 20 plus years. According to Club president, Bob Monahan “It was a wonderful experience to represent Sun City Center against veteran teams from Clearwater and Venice as we learned a lot about 3-on-3 competition. Typically, our team plays a modified full court game, so our conditioning helped quite a bit. Now we are looking for a few more players to assist in building more teams to compete and to just have fun together. New players are welcomed by gradually working them into pickup games where they can call for subs or time outs as needed. Pickup games are played with both male and female. Current team players are ages 51-79. If you would like further information contact the Club President, Bob Monahan at: or call/text 401-527-1718. You do not have to live in Sun City Center to participate in Ruskin Recreation Play where it is free to Hillsborough residents/renters.

“Senior” Champion Glenn Bauman

SCC Lawn Bowling “Juniors” and “Seniors” Tournament

By Garry Higgins At the Sun City Center Lawn Bowling Club you are considered a “Junior” if you are a member aged seventy through seventy nine. Only after you reach the age of eighty do you join the esteem ranks of the “Seniors.” These singles tournaments were single knockout format and ran over several days for each classification. On the Senior side, it was Glenn Baumann over Ben Caudill. Ben was runner-up in 2016 and the Champion in 2015. For the Juniors, it was Bob Ferguson winning against and Jim Savage. Lawn bowls is highly endorsed by health authorities as great therapy for “juniors” and “seniors” alike. Besides healthy exercise, lawn bowlers enjoy the fresh air, sunshine and the companionship of friends. Visit for more information about the sport of Lawn Bowls, Croquet and the club. They welcome members of the Sun City Center and the Kings Point Community Associations.



Located on the grounds of Freedom Plaza Sun City Center, Freedom Fairways is one of the area’s finest venues for meetings and recreation. The course is a challenging, yet playable, 3,300-yard, Par-63 layout with nine Par-3 holes and nine Par-4s. Freedom Fairways is open to the public with Annual and Seasonal Memberships available.

Greg Coffin, PGA Master Professional will be hosting a golf clinic that will be sponsored by Freedom Plaza. Greg is a Titleist Performance Institute certified Limited Time coach, KVest certified biomechanics coach,Offer Formerfor Director of Instruction Ken Venturi Golf Academies, Peak Performance Founder. Sun and City Center AreaGolf Residents Single’s Annual Membership Household Annual Membership Golf Clinic March 11th, 2017 9am NOW ONLY $1,200 NOW ONLY $1,500 (Regularly $1,800)

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Renaissance Neighborhood Annual Challenge Golf Tournament Raises Money for Local Charities

Renaissance Neighborhood Golf Challenge Committee in coordination with the Sun City Center Charitable Foundation, Inc. sponsored a golf tournament November 9, 2016 at the Renaissance Golf Course to raise funds for local charities. Ed Barnes, Vice President of SCCCF presents a check for $1,500 to Ms. Linda Corbin for Meals on Wheels and George Martin, Treasure of SCCCF presents a check for $1,500 to Ms. Lee Everett, President of the Samaritan Services for the Samaritans Alzheimer’s Auxiliary. Both of these organizations are local organizations serving residents of the Greater Sun City Center area. Ms. Jan Lawrence, Renaissance Neighborhood Golf Challenge Committee Chairmen, oversees the check presentation and sends thanks to all of the Renaissance Staff that helped with the golf tournament. A special thanks to ClubLink for use of the Renaissance golf course for two very worthy charitable causes.

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Tax Time Scams

By Diane M. Loeffler Uncle Sam isn’t the only one who wants your money during tax season. There are also countless scammers and schemers who think this is a good time for them to help themselves to your money. Deputy Merry says, “It is tax season. If you turn on your TV, that’s all that you see.” Did you know that 239.3 million tax returns are processed a year? Even more surprising, there are more tax preparers (1.2 million) than law enforcement officers (765,000). Merry recommends filing as early as you can, “If you file early then [the scammers] are the second ones filing” and their fraudulent form is the one that will be halted. Merry says, “Resolving tax refund fraud takes an average of 321 days.” The prospect of bad news from the IRS is enough to make anyone’s stomach flip-flop. Scammers know this and take advantage of it. In the entire United States, Tampa is the top city for this type of fraud and the self-proclaimed fraud queen was a Riverview, Florida resident who is currently serving 21 years in jail. IRS Telephone Scam Prevention Keep in mind that the IRS will contact you by mail, not by phone. Deputy Merry also says, “Note that the IRS will never call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.” They also will never “demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.” They will never “require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card” or “ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.’ If someone calls and says that they have

contacted law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying, that person is definitely a scammer. Merry says, the scammers “may say that they’ve sent you letters. It’s just another way to throw you off.” Scammers are quite sophisticated in their approaches. Community Service Officer Debbie Vijil says they often operate in groups. She says that often one scammer will call from a phone number that they have programmed to incorrectly show that they are calling from the IRS. “They can make the caller ID show whatever they want.” They sometimes will even transfer you to someone they say is their ‘supervisor.’ Sometimes they will transfer you to someone they say is the IRS attorney. There are even reported cases of them having another person call from another number while you are on the line. This person’s phone is programmed to say that they are from a law enforcement agency. If you switch to that call, the person will say that they are coming to arrest you. Remember, this is not how the irs operates. Only scammers behave in this way. Another sure sign of a scammer is someone who is wants to bargain with you. A scammer may tell you that you owe $5,000, to which you may well reply, “What am I supposed to do? I don’t have $5,000.” Then the scammer will say something like, “Well, do you have $3,000?” Scammers have been known to ask for payment by iTunes gift cards, wire transfers and Target gift cards. This is very clever because these are easily transferrable and law enforcement cannot trace them to locate the scammer.

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By Paula Lickfeldt Sun City Center residents from Indiana have been enjoying the Indiana Club for around 25 years. In the past, the club had two parties yearly, one in the fall and one in the spring. The club hosts just one party yearly, which is in the fall. This year the Indiana Club held its annual party in the Florida Room on November 19. About 90 people attended the potluck. After all of the delicious food was eaten, the guests were entertained by the Starfire Dance Company from Bradenton/ St. Pete. The president of the club, Mira Beck is looking for someone to take the reins and keep the Indiana Club as a vital part of the SCC community.

Community Service Officer Debbie Vijil and Deputy Jeffrey Merry have worked to help people who have been victims of IRS scams. Their presentation was designed to help us from falling prey to the sophisticated scams.

IRS Email Scam Prevention There is a new email phasing scam. An email will appear in your inbox that appears to be from the IRS and includes a link to a bogus website that is designed to look like the official IRS site. The email will include instructions to “update your IRS e-file immediately.” Do not open this email. Do not respond or click on links. Forward the email to If You Are A Victim If someone fraudulently files using your social security number, your return will be rejected. You need to act immediately to begin resolving the matter.

Call 800-366-4484 or go on line at and complete form 14039, the Identity Theft Affidavit. The simple one-page form will ask for the time and date the call was received, the phone number that called you and any other phone numbers you may have been given by the scammer. In the comment section, start by putting down “IRS Telephone Scam.” This ‘red flags’ your report making it more likely to get attention quickly. The phone number for the Identity Protection Special Unit is 1 800 9034490. If you owe money, file your return and pay even if you must do so by paper. Other Information Deputy Merry and Community Service Officer Vijil answered questions from the audience. One of these questions may apply to many Sun City Center and King’s Point residents. It is, “Should someone who doesn’t pay taxes still file every year?” Merry answered, “They definitely should file a 1040 EZ every year.” This is another way to prevent scammers using your social security number to fraudulently collect money. Merry recommends checking your credit score at least once a year. He automatically checks his after filing his taxes. “It is just an easy way for me to remember.”

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From Horse and Buggy to Internet Superhighway Long-time resident tackles computers

By Kai Rambow “What do you mean you can’t send an email with an attachment?” has been the surprised question from many fellow photo club members to Jackie Hanson. Hanson is known for her award-winning images and ability to use the complex computer software program Photoshop. How is this possible? Hanson, like all of us, has learned bit by bit. Her biggest asset in learning may be diligence. “I taught myself how to use Photoshop, but I couldn’t do simple things. I had trouble going to classes for Photoshop because I didn’t understand how to use the computer. Once somebody taught me, I could do it.” Hanson enthusiastically pursues whatever she’s engrossed in. She’s been involved with horses since age 5 and started showing them in competition shortly after that. Two interest areas were American Saddlebreds and Hackney Ponies (English breed) with viceroys (buggies). One of the ponies was a grand champion 13 times and during a 10-year period Hanson had horses that won 65 world grand champions. They don’t give small prizes for horses, so Hanson has a room dedicated for all the awards. She also judged horse competitions in the 1960s and from the mid-80’s to late 90’s. Hanson noted, “You can’t show and judge. Judging takes a tremendous amount of time. One competition at the Cow Palace in San Francisco lasted two weeks. It was fun, but a lot of work.” Throughout this time, Hanson had always done photography with film. “I didn’t want to get into this digital stuff. When they said you’re not going to have

The image that started it all. Dubedah (doo be da) prompted Jackie Hanson to learn about digital photography, Photoshop and computers. Photo courtesy of Jackie Hanson.

film anymore, I relented. One of my first pictures was of Dubedah (doo be da). John [her husband] said, ‘Why don’t you join the photo club?’” She joined about four years ago and immersed herself in learning about digital cameras and Photoshop. Hanson, ranked at the highest Masters level, has won numerous contests at the local and state level. “The most important thing I learned,” reflects Hanson, “is to make a copy and play with it. That way if something goes wrong, you still have your original. It’s been a crazy journey in reverse. During this time, I was winning competitions

Jackie Hanson with her winning Hackney pony Rain Song, and viceroy (buggy). Photo courtesy of Jackie Hanson.

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News Of Freedom Plaza

By Peggy Burgess Resident Tom Nankervis arrived early at Freedom Plaza’s February 3 Wear Red Day event so that he could get a front row auditorium seat, the best vantage point for making photos. Camera pointed and ready he waited for the winner of the “From the Heart” Award to be announced… and, in disbelief, heard his own named called! “From t he He ar t” i s a sl o g an associated with national “Wear Red Day,” a campaign initiated in 2002 by the American Heart Association to publicize the fact that heart disease is the number one killer of women in America, and to promote heart-healthy practices. At Freedom Plaza that slogan has been given an additional dimension; it is used to acknowledge acts of kindness that stem “from the heart” with no thought of recognition or reward. Each year residents submit secret ballots nominating a fellow resident who has shown exceptional kindness or generosity, many times totally unheralded. The person receiving the most nominations is announced and honored at the annual Wear Red Day event. Nanker vis was born in Eveleth, Minnesota, called the nation’s “Ice Hockey capitol”, and as a schoolboy played that sport alongside and against several future Olympians. An interest in drama drew him to a school known for its strong theatre program, Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he earned his undergraduate degree. Then the ministry called him to Dallas, Texas and Southern Methodist University for a graduate degree in theology. While there he continued his pursuit of drama, earning graduate credits in theatre. From living and serving churches in Minnesota, Nankervis went to Nashville, Tennessee, where he worked at the United Methodist Publishing House in media production, then moved to the staff of the National Methodist Communication Agency. There he was responsible for communication training across the country in everything from storytelling, puppetry, clown ministry and dance ministry, to issues of women in media and the early use of computers

to create church newsletters. He tapped into Nashville’s entertainment industry by recruiting Grand Old Opry stars like Minnie Pearle to assist with his children’s theatre ministry. As Freedom Plaza residents, Nankervis and his wife of 60 years, Carla, are active in the Plaza Players drama group and in the annual production of Freedom Frolics, a benefit for the Freedom Plaza Scholarship Fund. They also serve on the Scholarship Fund’s Board of Directors. However, it is as Freedom Plaza’s unofficial” house photographer” that Tom Nankervis offers his greatest service to fellow residents. Whenever there is a special event at Freedom Plaza, Nankervis is there taking photos and emailing copies to the residents involved. Then he goes a step further by having hard copies made and delivering them to his photo subjects who do not have computers. This is all accomplished quietly, without fanfare or compensation. In offering congratulations to Tom Nankervis, 2017 recipient of the “From the Heart” Award, we extend our gratitude, as well, to all of this year’s nominees, a group of Freedom Plaza residents who share a most desirable heart condition: that of warmth, generosity and kindness. Correction: in February issue’s “News of Freedom Plaza” resident Harry Gilmore’s son was listed as Terry Gilmore. His name is Randy Gilmore.

Southshore Regional Library March Events

Monday, March 6 • Genealogy: Ancestry Library Edition For Beginners 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin in the Computer Lab. Get started learning the many facets of this popular genealogy database. Ancestry Library Edition is free to users at any of the TampaHillsborough County Public Library locations. Questions? Call (813) 273-3652. Monday, March 6 • How to Get Started in Astronomy 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin in Community Room 2. Craig MacDougal presents How to Get Started in Astronomy. Funded by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library. Questions? Call (813) 273-3652. Wednesday, March 8 • Cooking with Incredible Spices: Cumin 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin in the Community Rooms. This cooking program with Caroline Blesson will highlight the many health benefits of using Indian spices in preparing food. Limited to 25 participants. Registration required at either the SouthShore Regional Library Information Desk or by calling (813) 273-3652. Funded by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library. Thursday, March 9 • Adult Coloring Group 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin in the John Crawford Art Education Studio. Join us for some relaxation and socialization in our Adult Coloring Group. All supplies provided. Funded by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library. Questions? Call (813) 273-3652. Monday, March 13 • Adult writing group 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin in the John Crawford Art Education Studio. Connect with fellow writers to inspire, encourage, and exchange ideas about the writing process. Opportunities to share your writings and receive feedback will be available. If you’ve ever wanted to be a writer, this is the group for you! All levels of writers are welcome. Questions? Call (813) 273-3652. Wednesday, March 15 • Elder Law 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin in Community Room 1. This program will provide information and education regarding legal issues for seniors including planning for incapacities and long-term care with emphasis on public benefits. Questions? Call (813) 273-3652. Thursday, March 16 • Southshore Readers 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin in the John Crawford Art Studio. Book discussion: Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch. It all started the previous summer. Marc, his wife, and their two beautiful teenage daughters agreed to spend a week at the Meier’s extravagant summer home on the Mediterranean. Joined by Ralph and his striking wife Judith, her mother, and film director Stanley Forbes and his much younger girlfriend, the large group settles in for days of sunshine, wine tasting, and trips to the beach. But when a violent incident disrupts the idyll, darker motivations are revealed, and suddenly no one can be trusted. As the ultimate holiday soon turns into a nightmare, the circumstances surrounding Ralph’s later death begin to reveal the disturbing reality behind that summer’s tragedy. Questions? Call (813) 273-3652. Thursday, March 23 • Adult Coloring Group 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin in the John Crawford Art Education Studio. Join us for some relaxation and socialization in our Adult Coloring Group. All supplies provided. Funded by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library. Questions? Call (813) 273-3652. Monday, March 27 • Adult Writing Group 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin in the John Crawford Art Education Studio. Connect with fellow writers to inspire, encourage, and exchange ideas about the writing process. Opportunities to share your writings and receive feedback will be available. If you’ve ever wanted to be a writer, this is the group for you! All levels of writers are welcome. Questions? Call: (813) 273-3652.

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FAITH & service Christian Women’s Connection Luncheon

“Songs and Soul” at St. Andrew

Please join us on Thursday, March 9 at Club Renaissance, 2121 South Pebble Beach Blvd., Sun City Center, as we welcome inspirational speaker Dorothy Smith who will share her story “A Dreamer’s Reality.” Dorothy will also give us some great traveling tips. Seating begins at 11 a.m. with meal and program from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Chicken picatta will be served or you may select the alternate chicken caesar salad when you make your reservation. Price is $18 inclusive. Please make your reservations or cancellations before 10 a.m. on Monday, March 6 by contacting Gail Green at (813) 634-2159 or “”.

Busy at work tweaking last minute details are director, Doug Westlake and pianist, Linnea Norsworthy. The music has been chosen. Rehearsals are in full swing. The date has been set. Let’s see. What could possibly be left to do? Why invite you, of course! Please mark your calendar. On Sunday, March 12 at 3 p.m. St. Andrew & Friends will present “The Songs and the Soul of the Civil War.” St. Andrew Presbyterian Church is located at 124 Del Webb Blvd. W, in Sun City Center. This annual concert benefits the Kenneth C. Grom Memorial Scholarship for organ students. No tickets are necessary. A free will offering will be taken.

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On March 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Sun City Center, another session will be held in the popular “Let’s Talk” series. This discussion, led by Jeanne Hogan, will pertain to planning a funeral, but will not be morbid . . . just very informative and even a bit fun. Some of the subjects covered will be costs, options, funeral history, burial vs. cremation, memorial service vs. funeral, making a service personal, and much more. Registration is required by March 3, so call the church at 813-634-1252 to register. A light lunch will be served. St. Andrew is located at 1239 Del Webb West.

Don’t Miss These Exciting Day Trips

The Community Church College has seat availability on some great trips. Check our online trip catalog at “” or stop by and pick up a catalog. Don’t miss out on these adventures. Trips will be available up to one week prior to trip. Call the college to confirm seats are still available and hold your spot. You can call the office at 813-634-8607 if you need more details or stop by the office any Monday through Thursday between 9 and noon. College office located in the SouthShore United Church of Christ. Raymond James Art Center, Private Art collection: $28 (https://www. on 3-17-2017. Lunch on your own at Courtside Grill. Murder Mystery Train ( on 3-19-2017. $110 Includes bus trip, show and dinner/tips.

AMI Kids

Redeemer Lutheran’s Women of the ELCA will meet on Wednesday, March 15 beginning with refreshments at 9:30 a.m. The program, starting at 10 a.m., will be AMI Kids, a local organization that gives troubled youth the support they need to become great people. Their results are amazing as 74 percent go on to school or jobs and become productive citizens. Everyone is invited to attend the presentation. For more information, call 813-634-1292. The church is located at 701 Valley Forge Blvd., Sun City Center.

By Jay Sparkman. Elected by members of the Sun City Center Interfaith Council to serve as officers for 2016-2017 are, from the left, Dee Kelly, secretary; Nick Caleca, treasurer; Linda Maslyk, vice-president; and Jane Trefren, president. The Interfaith Council is made up of representatives from nine houses of worship in Sun City Center and operates the Nearly New Shop in Sun City Center Plaza where through the hard work of many volunteers the sale of donated goods allows the Interfaith Council to provide grants to organizations and scholarships to graduating high school seniors in the South Shore area. For more info go to or call 813-642-9099.

Pantry Expansion Continues

Our Lady’s Pantry has been expanding slowly over the past year. Back in the spring, Father Gilberto Quintero had the idea to move Our Lady of Guadalupe Thrift Shop to Tepeyac Hall, on the other side of the mission campus, so the Pantry could move into that somewhat larger space. According to Tom Bullaro, this move yielded more storage and, importantly, allowed our families to come indoors out of the weather, as they waited for food. The Thrift Shop, however, included one room that was somewhat like a porch. While under roof, the sides were open to the outdoors, thus limiting how the Pantry could utilize the room. “The U.S. Department of Agriculture requires that any room in which we store food must be kept at 78 degrees or lower, so must be air conditioned,” says Bullaro. “With Father Gilberto’s permission, we recently laid a concrete block wall along the outside of this room, enclosing it entirely. We painted the walls, air conditioned the space, added lighting, and now we have more shelving and more room for food. We thank Father Gilberto for allowing us to make these modifications, which allow us to better serve our families.” “Now, we can give our old classroom back to the Church, because it is needed for the children,” says Bullaro. “The next addition we hope to add one day is an awning outside our front door to extend the Pantry a bit farther. A roof overhead will provide some protection from the weather on Saturday mornings as we finish packing our boxes with bread, meat, and fresh foods for our families.”

Beverly Fletchal, co-President; Janet Smith; Summer Moore; Diane Waronka, co-President.

Haven of Hope

Janet Smith, President of Board of Directors and Summer Moore, House Leader at Haven of Hope recently spoke at the American Association of University Women in Sun City Center. Haven of Hope is a non-profit, faith based transition home for women located in Ruskin. The home opened in December, 2015. The mission is to minister to women whose lives have been devastated by crime, drugs and alcohol in order to help them get on their feet during the critical time following their release from prison. Through a structured environment of classes and Bible studies we hope to help them productively assimilate back into society. This is achieved by providing food, clothing, shelter, employment opportunities, and life skills training. They also give back through community service in the area. The program is designed to be completed in one year. Haven of Hope does not receive funding from any government source but relies upon individuals, churches and other organizations for their support. For more information contact Janet Smith at 317-441-7022.

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Trinity Baptist Hosts Interfaith Council Meeting

By Jay Sparkman Trinity Baptist Church of Sun City Center hosted the January meeting of the Sun City Center Interfaith Council. Members of the Council heard guest speaker Tony Badalamenti of SCC Rotary Club tell about the Meals of Hope project that provides prepackaged meals to food banks for needy families. The food is packaged by volunteers for distribution in South Hillsborough County. The SCC Interfaith Council has supported Meals of Hope for a number of years with grant funds derived from the sale of donated items at the Nearly New Shop in the SCC Plaza.

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S-Selfless; T-Trustworthy; A-Accomplished; R- Reliable Meet Cathy McGrath, the recipient of the STAR SAMARITAN award for the first quarter of 2017. Cathy is the head receptionist for Samaritans, and although only in the office on Wednesdays, she is in charge of making sure the reception desk is always manned during office hours. In addition to her work and scheduling duties, while in the office she handles all calls for out of town rides, Meals on Wheels order, and general information calls. What she enjoys most is talking to people and also educating them about all of the services Samaritans provide to Sun City Center residents. Cathy has worked at Samaritans for over 30 years when she and her husband retired to Kings Point from Duluth, MN. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the organization. Cathy now resides in Freedom Plaza since her husband’s passing 10 years ago. She is the proud mother of four children, 10 grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren, and readily admits that keeping track of all the birthdays is not an easy task. Congratulations to Cathy on her STAR SAMARITAN award and her continued great work with them and with the Sun City Center community.


Redeemer Lutheran Donates to Samaritan Services

Members of Redeemer Lutheran Church recently donated funds to the Respite Group of Samaritan Services. Shown in the picture from left to right are members of the Redeemer’s Social Ministry Committee: Betty Ferrara; Diane Brace; Delores Berens, President of Samaritan Services Respite Group, shown receiving the check; Jane Trefren, and Martha Alderman. This group meets regularly at Redeemer Lutheran Church on the first Wednesday of each month. The public is invited to these informative meetings.

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Women’s Luncheon

On Friday, February 3, 2017, over 200 Ladies of the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center and their guest enjoyed an early “Valentine themed Luncheon. Troy Coman entertained the ladies with beautiful old songs from the 50’s ending with his singing “My Funny Valentine to Molly Anderson, who admitted to being the eldest lady present and Diana Martinez Reyes the youngest. Molly and Diana were presented with bouquets of roses. Many of the ladies left with very nice door prizes. Pat Jones, a member of the UMC was on hand to take pictures of the ladies under a rose filled arch.

Interfaith Council Provides Grant to Doby Elementary

By Jay Sparkman Melissa Tepfer, media specialist at Doby Elementary School, accepts a grant check for $2,000 from Leo Pelzel, Sun City Center Interfaith Council member and Nearly New Shop volunteer at a recent presentation held at Nearly New. The grant will be used for updating projectors and scanners to use in classroom instruction instead of making many copies on outdated copiers. The Interfaith Council uses monies from the sale of donated items at the Nearly New Shop to fund grants and scholarships in the South Shore area. For more info go to www.SunCityCenterInterfaithCouncil. com or call 813-642-9099.

Redeemer Lutheran Sends Quilts to Lutheran World Relief

Colorful, sturdy, and warm. These words describe the 50 beautiful quilts made by the Needlers Sewing Group at Redeemer Lutheran Church. They were displayed on the pews and blessed during a Sunday service before starting on their journey through Lutheran World Relief to people in need in other parts of the world. In addition to warm bedding, these quilts are also used to shield against the cold and rain. Their versatility also makes them useful as simple tents, floor coverings, or a wrap to hold a baby on a mother’s back.

Members of the Faith Community gathered together to begin the plans for the next fundraiser for the Food Pantries in the Sun City Center area. The Faith Community is made up of representatives from Beth Israel Jewish Congregation, Our Lady of Guadeloupe, Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Redeemer Lutheran Church, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, South Shore United Church of Christ, and Sun City Center Methodist Church. A Cabaret event will take place on Sunday April 30, 2017 at the South Community Hall in Sun City Center at 1910 South Pebble Beach.

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March 2017

Canadian Club Farewell Dance

On Monday March 20, the Kings Point Canadian Club will host their annual Farewell Dance in the Kings Point Veterans Theater. The doors will open at 5 p.m. and dinner will be served by Banquet Masters at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be obtained in the Kings Point North Club Lobby on March 6 and 14, from 10 a.m. to noon. After those dates please phone Frank 633-1987. The event theme is “Hockey Night in Kings Point”. All Canadians residing in Kings Point and Sun City Center are invited to attend.

KP March Dance Featuring the Mellotones

By Judy Fenwick Dance to the music of the Mellotones at the Kings Point March dance held in the Veterans Theater on Tuesday, March 28. Doors open at 7 for check in and dancing is from 7:30 - 9:30. Cost for guests attending the dance is $5 a person. Contact Theresa at 633-0812 if you are a guest. Proper dress is dressy pants and button down tucked-in shirt for men and dressy pants or dress for women. Kings Point Dance Club membership is open to Kings Point and Sun City Center residents. Membership is $50 a year, which includes seven dances in a calendar year. Guests are always welcome, but non-residents should call Theresa so your name can be put on the gate list.

Kings Point Woodchoppers Are Busy Beavers

By Michelle Jolly Last year I purchased a really nice desk/hutch that included a section to house my PC. While it’s nice to put electronic parts behind closed doors, we worried that without air circulating the PC might overheat. What to do? KP Woodchoppers to the rescue! I picked up some decorative punched sheet metal at Home Depot, brought it along with the computer door over to the Wood Shop and found a willing woodworker to create a 10”x16” vented panel in the door. My computer is still humming along nicely, thank you very much. I met with John Vogelsang, President of the KP Woodchoppers these last four years and got a tour of their recently expanded shop. It was abuzz with noisy activity as a couple of members were industriously building something. It’s an impressively well-equipped shop with table saws, band saws, jig saws, chop saws, a drill press, a wood lathe, a router and their newest addition, a joiner that the club just purchased for about $2,500. The expansion into about 350 square feet partitioned off another room allowed for them to fit a total of twelve workbenches and in the main room, even with all that equipment, they now have some much-needed elbow room. Vesta provides a separate storage room for wood supplies the club uses to fabricate projects. But members must provide and store their own wood supplies. An offsite shed is used for lacquer spray finishing projects and is equipped with ventilation and face mask gear. From start to finish an ambitious woodworker can create a very professional piece. Located at the back parking lot near the laundry, the Wood Shop is original to the North Club House which dates it back to the 70s. There are plans to honor founding members George Vangness, Bill Sayer, and Dave Ruesch with a bronze plaque, and I’m sure they’d be pleased to see how active the club has become. While there’s no formal system to track membership, John estimates there’s often more than a dozen members at a time using the room. There’s a roster of sixteen ‘monitors’ and one of them must be in attendance when a member wants to use the room. What are they working on? Sometimes it’s a personal project like a desk, a small table or a flag display box. But a lot of it is work commissioned by the residents of Kings Point. Like that small door vent I needed, residents are fortunate to have a skilled woodworker handy to fabricate any number of items for the home. Custom made desks, credenzas, shelves, bureaus. They also do quite a lot of custom handicap access installs. Some of the other clubs have contracted the woodworkers to make shelving units and other display systems. They’re kept quite busy. It’s through these custom projects that the club funds its operating costs as there are no yearly dues. John’s largest project was the armoire pictured here. It took him about a month to finish and the client/resident was super happy with it. And while many of the club’s members have some woodworking experience, there are some DIY guys and even a couple of gals that have enjoyed trying their hand with small projects. While the club doesn’t offer any instruction, they will assist someone using a tool for the first time. Remember, safety first! John’s passion for carpentry comes from growing up in PA surrounded by lots of trees. He was a Woodworking Teacher for 35 years before retiring to Florida and he shared with me that he had renovated a 200-year-old farmhouse all by himself. How nice for him that he found the perfect outlet for his years of experience right here in Kings Point. John described the camaraderie of working with the other members as one of the club’s greatest attractions for him. If you’re handy with woodworking machines and would like to give it a try, stop by mornings between 8:30-11:30 a.m. and speak to any monitor to find out the requirements for joining. Pretty soon you’ll be as busy as a beaver too.

Kings Point Quilters Meet Their Challenge

By Jane Scully The Kings Point Quilters are issued a yearly challenge and this year’s theme was any holiday. The quilters were asked to make either a placemat, table runner, table topper or wall hanging with specific dimensions. The completed quilts were displayed for viewing and club members voted by secret ballot for their favorite. This was a difficult decision with such varied techniques, but in the end three quilts were chosen as the winners. Third place winner was Joy Goodman, second Jane Scully and the blue-ribbon winner Cheryl Stewart. Congratulations to all who participated you are all winners who met your challenge.

ClubLink Golf Courses & Falcon Watch Clubhouse

Kings Point Sun City Center West Master Association has leased the closed ClubLink golf courses and the Falcon Watch Clubhouse in Kings Point from ClubLink Corporation for non-golfing use by the residents in this community of nearly 5,600 homes. The SCCW Master Association negotiated the ten-year lease which includes a “first right of refusal” clause with ClubLink for an annual lease fee of $36,000 with CPI annual increases. The SCC Master Association holds title to all property within Kings Point not owned by individual associations, the Kings Point Sun City West Land Trust, or ClubLink. This lease enables residents and guests to use the closed ClubLink property without trespassing and within the rules of the SCCW Master Association. Jim Haggerty, President of the SCCW Master Association, commented, “The two governing organizations of Kings Point, the SCCW Master Association and the Federation of Kings Point Associations, worked together on plans to acquire the golf course properties. The closed courses include approximately 200 acres of land and lakes within the Kings Point community, and the 3,800-square-foot Falcon Watch Clubhouse. The SCCW Master will maintain and manage the use of the land and lakes, and the Federation will operate the Falcon Watch Clubhouse as part of the recreational facilities of the community.” “Kings Point already has three major clubhouses for recreational use by residents. The Falcon Watch Clubhouse will enable us to expand our amenities even further, providing residents with additional space for social gatherings and activities,” added Liz Argott, President of the Federation of Kings Point Associations. With the June 1, 2015 closing of the 18-hole Kings Point Executive Course and July 1, 2016 closure of 18 holes on Falcon Watch, Kings Point now has one 27-hole golf course and a driving range, Scepter Golf Club, operated out of the Scepter Clubhouse. “Golf remains an important amenity in Kings Point and we look forward to working with ClubLink on golfing activities and events in our community,” President Argott said.

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Kings Point Quilters Donate to Shriners Hospital

Recently, several members of the Kings Point Quilters had the opportunity of visiting Shriners Hospital for Children in Tampa located on the campus of the University of South Florida. Shriners Children’s Hospital specializes in pediatric care and has treated over 50,000 patients since opening in 1985. The purpose of KP Quilters visit was to deliver 30 handmade children’s quilts and 20 pillow cases. This is the second year the quilters have donated to the Shriners. The KP Quilters have a long history of giving back to the community. The ladies use their many talents to produce beautiful handmade quilts which are donated to hospitalized children and veterans residing in local nursing facilities. Making the quilts and pillowcases takes an endless supply of fabric, thread, batting etc. The KP Quilt Club will gladly accept any unwanted Shriners Representative. Kings Point sewing supplies and fabric which they Quilters Jan Conley, Sandy Nunn Quilters will turn into future charity quilts and President, Jan McConnell, Lynn D’Antoni pillowcases. Donations can be brought to Children’s Charity Quilt Chairman and Fiber Arts Room 1, KP Clubhouse during Jane Ottinger by Jane Scully meeting hours: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays and Fridays 9 to noon. For information call Sandy Nunn, President 813-642-8961.


KP Line Dancers Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Celebrate St Patrick’s Day with the KP Line Dancers on Wed March 15, 7 p.m., in the Banquet Room of the main KP Clubhouse. Open to KP and SCC residents and their guests. First time SCC attendees, call Jan 634-6226 for KP Security Gate entry. Free admission. Wear appropriate dance shoes, no flip-flops or backless sandals. There will be only seating available, no tables due to the size of the room. Ice, water and napkins/plates will be available. Further info needed, call Jan 634-6226

Dolphins and Birds at Eagle Audubon Meeting

“The Interaction Between Dolphins and Birds; Between Different Bird Species” will be presented by Dr. Ann Weaver, Nature Consultant, at the Thursday, March 16, 2017 Eagle Audubon Meeting. It will be held in the Banquet Room of the Kings Point Main Clubhouse, 1900 Clubhouse Drive in Sun City Center 33573. The doors will open at 1:20 p.m. for trip registration/social time with meeting to begin at 2 p.m. Eagle Audubon Society is a charter member of National Audubon Society and meetings are free and open to the public. If you desire to attend and are not a current member, please contact “” or call 203339-5615 to place your name on the security gate access list. For more information about programs, field trips and special events visit “”.

Cloggers Entertain Assisted Living Residents

The Kings Point Rhythm Stompers clogging group recently performed seven energetic clogging routines for the residents of Cypress Creek Assisted Living Facility. In December, the group delivered gifts to the residents for Christmas. The Rhythm Stompers would love to have you join them. If you have clogging experience please call Kathy Dennis at 813-812-6190. You do not have to reside in Kings Point to join. The class is open to Sun City Center and surrounding communities.

Photo by Linda Walker Seated L to R: Sandy Kelly, Shonnee Conery, and Nancy Legant. Standing L to R: Kathy Dennis, Michelle Maloney, Janet Hough, Barbara Porter, and Joanne Kerr.

KPAL’s Artist of the Month for March is Diane G. Simon

Diane G. Simon has been painting since grade school—but only the past 10 years actively pursuing her passion in watercolor. Life got in the way almost immediately after high school, so she wasn’t able to fulfill a lifelong ambition as an artist. It wasn’t until her move to Florida in 2004 that she was able to reach her goals by taking several watercolor classes and following closely techniques as furnished by all the books from the library, classes and workshops. Diane is a Signature Member of the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society and a Signature Member of the Florida Watercolor Society. She also belongs to the Sun City Center Art Club and Kings Point Art League. She currently is teaching watercolor classes at Kings Point and a small seasonal group at Tree Lakes, Palmetto. She also offers workshops and demonstrations thru Keeton’s in Bradenton and at the Florida Watercolor Society and the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society. Her work is best described as “textured” and frequently fellow artisans comment that they “didn’t know you could get that intensity of values”. Traditionally, watercolors were soft and delicate. Being trained in oil, she prefers a vibrant, knock-your-socks-off approach with strong focal points in exciting compositions.

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Emergency Squad KP Ceramics Club Donates to Emergency Squad

Debbie Jasmer, Emergency Squad EMT Off-Duty Hero

By Robin Watt, Assistant Chief, Communications On Wednesday night February 1, a drunk driver collided with a vehicle carrying seven passengers, five of whom were children. This occurred on College Avenue in Ruskin, right across from Debbie Jasmer’s food truck, Why Mama’s, on College Avenue. Debbie was serving a customer when the crash occurred. She immediately jumped into action, triaging the victims to determine their injuries and the care they needed. Other bystanders assisted and took their directions from Debbie, who assigned them their duties and then quickly attended to a three-year-old child, who was most critically injured. Debbie did CPR on the three-year-old for over 12 minutes until a deputy arrived and took over. Two of the children were seriously injured. Only one child had been appropriately belted into a child safety seat. When county rescue units arrived, they took over. Debbie is quick to acknowledge the Squad’s training and her EMT education for providing her the skills and ability to jump into action when she was most needed. We are so glad to have her in our Squad family.

The Kings Point ceramic club presented a check for $1,000 to the Emergency Squad. The club makes items that are sold throughout the year and at the annual craft fair at the Kings Point North Clubhouse. Proceeds from all sales are donated to the Emergency Squad every year. The club meets every Thursday from 8:30 to 3 p.m. in the ceramic/ pottery studio.

Emergency Squad Hosts Volunteer Information Program

Photo by Paul Davenport

Shriners Give Awards By Noble Paul Davenport

At the January Luncheon meeting of The Sun City Center Shriners Club Awards were given for years of membership and service to the Sun City Center Shriner Club. With ten years: Nobles Fred Buss, Sidney Duncan, Patrick Hough, Ivan Lucas, Denvder Stutlder. With 20 years: Nobles Chet Ferguson, George Banes, Sheriff David Gee (accepted by Major R. Bullara), George Erp, George Getman. With 25 Years, Noble Gerry Munger. With 30 years, Howard ‘’BO’’ Heinigerf

The Sun City Center Emergency Squad is hosting an Informational Program at 6 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month to answer questions and provide details to prospective volunteers. The meeting will take place at the Training Building at 124 S. Pebble Beach. We invite interested residents to find out more about the Squad and the volunteer opportunities we have available. Our primary need right now is for folks who are interested in working in dispatch or on the ambulance or van. The Squad is always looking for Emergency Medical Responders, Ambulance Drivers and Emergency Medical Technicians. Other volunteer positions the Squad has available include IT specialists, vehicle maintenance volunteers, and cooks. Each year the Squad provides Basic Life Support (BLS) emergency services to the community. In 2016, the Squad made over 5,000 ambulance runs and approximately 1,100 medical wheelchair van runs. All of the Squad’s services are free, including blood pressures that are offered daily at the office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Volunteers are the lifeblood of our community. Please consider visiting with us and learning more about how we are “Neighbors Helping Neighbors.” Coffee and cookies will be served.


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Front Porch Pickers Do More Than Play Music

David Lickfeldt president of the Front Porch Pickers and Sam Sudman of the Community Association

Ed Watson treasurer of the Front Porch Pickers and Lee Leverett president of Samaritan Services.

By Paula Lickfeldt Every Wednesday at the Rollins Theatre from 2 until 4, you can find the Front Porch Pickers having a great time entertaining their audience of anywhere up to 190 people. The same people come week after week and call themselves the Front Porch groupies. Each week a basket is passed and the audience drops some money in. The Pickers also have one or two play dates a month and they accept

monetary donations for their efforts. At the end of the year the board buys any new equipment that they may need and the rest of the money is donated to local charities. This year some of the money was given to the Samaritan Services, and some was given to the CA Hardship Fund to help four people who cannot pay their annual dues. Ed Watson and David Lickfeldt, representing the pickers delivered checks to these two charities.


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Feline Folks March 9 Meow Mixer

Join the group on Thursday, March 9 at the Kings Point 2020 building, second floor Culinary Room at 4:30 p.m. You are also welcome to attend the Board Meeting which is at the same location at 3:30 p.m. Note date change to second Thursday, March 9. Feline Folks is a not-for-profit all volunteer job that feeds and cares for the community cats. For information email

Lucky Leprechaun Cat Food Drive

This St Patrick’s Day, join Cat Lovers Club of SCC for the 5th Annual Cat Food Drive to help cats and their families in need in our community. Through March 31, drop off your donations of dry or wet cat food, kitty treats and kitty litter at the locations listed below. Our goal is to raise awareness of the need in our communities to provide pet food to families in need so they can keep their pets in their homes and out of shelters. In 2016, we collected over 7,000 pounds of dry and wet cat food for those in need… and we’re hoping you will help us to take in a ton more in 2017. Participating Lucky Leprechaun locations below: Boggs Jewelers 4845 Sun City Center Blvd. Sun City Center, FL 33573 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. – noon Monday-Friday 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. Contact Rita M Bundas at, 813-442-3014 or www.


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