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MARCH 12 Board Workshop to discuss Agenda Board Room – 9 a.m. 13 Shredding Day North Course Lane – 9 a.m. to Noon 14 Board Meeting Rollins Theater - 9 a.m. 17 FunFest Central Campus – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 20 Community Leaders Meeting Florida Room – 9 a.m. 21 Membership Meeting Community Hall – 7 p.m. 26 CO-OP Leaders Meeting Caper Room – 2 p.m. APRIL 9 Board Workshop to discuss Agenda Board Room – 9 a.m. 11 Board Meeting Rollins Theater - 9 a.m. 17 Community Leaders Meeting Florida Room – 9 a.m.

Agendas for the monthly Board Meetings will be posted on Official Bulletin Board in the Atrium the Monday before and on the CA website ( – under “Association”). They will also be sent via “What’s New in the CA” email. Every Wednesday: Orientation for new members in the Boardroom in the Modulars starting at 1 p.m. sharp.

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

New Entertainment Director for SCC

By Ilona Merritt Welcome Renee Bray, our new Entertainment Director. Renee and her husband Bill, moved to Sun City Center in 2013 from Rochester, N.Y. as secondgeneration residents. Her parents, Al and Renee Benoit lived here for over 25 years and were active volunteers in our community. Renee and Bill have followed in their footsteps volunteering as President of the Pickleball Club, member of the SCC Long Term Planning Committee, Masters Swimming, and the Sawdust Engineers. After 40 years, Renee recently retired from Hewlett Packard Enterprise where she held the title of Global Program Manager. She possesses a Project Management Professional (PMP)

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It Is Time for FunFest

By Diane M. Loeffler For a fun day filled with lots to see, do and learn, come to Sun City Center’s Central Campus on Saturday, March 17. Rain or shine, FunFest will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. Come to enjoy the food, music, entertainment by professionals and local people, club demonstrations, vendors, raffles, new cars and golf carts on display, a health fair, clubs with items for sale, a live radio broadcast, and even more food. When you arrive, you will notice that there is quite a bit going on outdoors, but FunFest activities will also be taking place indoors, so make sure to visit the Rollins Theater, rooms in the Atrium, club spaces, the indoor pools and the Arts and Crafts building. Everyone is welcome to attend, you do not need to be a CA member. However, unless your pet is a licensed service dog, leave your furry friend at home. Parking Golf carts will park in the same area as last year, on the lawn behind the temporary Community Association modulars. There will be people on hand to help you find a parking spot. Bicycles and tricycles should park away from the venue area. For the safety of everyone, please do not bring your bicycle into any areas where FunFest activities are happening. Park your car at the Community Hall Building parking lot at 1910 South Pebble Beach Boulevard. This is a large parking lot with an adjacent area for overflow parking. Buses that are equipped for handicapped individuals will be picking up all passengers at Community Hall throughout the day, dropping them off by the new CA Building and making the return trip all day. In order to be sure you aren’t unknowingly impeding the travel of buses and emergency vehicles, don’t park anywhere in the vicinity of the Central Campus. Note: there will be no parking at the Arts and Crafts building. Finding Places and People When you arrive at FunFest, you will see several Information Booths. They can provide you with maps and direct you to the activities that interest you. You will also see CA employees and individuals wearing FunFest Badges around their necks. These people are all there to help you find where you are going. They are also ready and willing to help you locate any people who may have wandered away on their own. Food Bring your appetite to FunFest. Among the planned menu items are chili, potato salad, sloppy joes, sloppy joe style hotdogs, pork chops, BBQ chicken sandwiches, chips, pretzels, baked goods, donuts, strawberry shortcake, breakfast, water, coffee, soda, lemonade, ice tea, as well as apple and cherry pie with ice cream. Other items may be available as well. Keep in mind that sometimes menu choices are changed or a food item runs out, so be open to a couple of options. Entertainment Opening remarks, the flag raising, the pledge and the official welcome will all take place at the gazebo starting at 9. From 10:30 to 1, Sun Radio will be

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Committee members take a break from planning. Seated are Roxann Seely and Renee Bray. Standing are Fred Fiedler, Lyn Reitz, Hua Richard, Phillip Bennett and Dave Birkett. Not pictured is Ira Arman.

FunFest members take a break from their planning. In front of the gazebo are Bob Sullivan, Vern Hendricks and Lynne Murphy. Standing behind them are the FunFest committee chair, Brigitt Lewis, along with Joanne Baskinger, Claudia Hinson and Rick Sochon.

broadcasting from the gazebo. Tables for clubs and vendors will be set up near the gazebo as well as other areas on the Central Campus. Go to the Florida Room to see the Southeastern Guide Dogs at 9, the Women’s Chorus at 10, The Academy of Ballroom Dancing at 11 and The Wonders of Nature at 12:30. The Dance Studio will feature a Tai Chi demonstration at 9, a Jazzmatazz performance at 11, the Latin Fitness Dance Club at 12:15, and Flexercise / Aerobics at 1 p.m. Inside the Rollins Theater the Gals and Guys at 10, The Men’s Chorus at 11:15, and Par for the Chorus at 12 noon. Entertainment at the Main Tent will include the Dukes at 9:15 and 12:15, Elvis at 10:15 and 1:15 p.m., and Kevin Brooks at 11:20. The Front Porch Pickers will perform near the outside pool at 10:45 and 12 and Swim Dancers at 11:30 in the lap pool.

The Health Fair Be sure to stop by the Caper and Horizon Room. As senior citizens, you can take advantage of a number of services at no cost. Registered nurses will be on hand for blood pressure screenings. The National Alliance for Mental Illness will be available for you as will professionals in the areas of skin cancer and vein problems. You will also be able to talk to health-related vendors. The parking lot to the north of the Atrium will have the Eye Mobile, a bus where you can have a free eye screening, and the One Blood bus where you can donate blood. The Tampa VA bus will not be here this year since they are helping in Puerto Rico. Whether you are in the mood to be entertained, interested in health-related matters, hope to buy the lucky raffle tickets, want to eat or just want to mix and mingle, FunFest is the place to be on March 17.

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Safe Landings (and Takeoffs) in Sun City Center

(Refreshments at 6:30 p.m.)


I. Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance II. Approval of Minutes: • October 25, 2017 Membership Meeting III. Treasurer’s Report: • Carr, Riggs & Ingram, Certified Public Accountants Audit Report as of December 31, 2017 • Financials as of February 28, 2018 IV. Community Manager’s Report V. President’s Report VI. Good & Welfare VII. General Discussion by members VIII. Adjournment

New from 1. Certification. Her detailed organizational skills are part of the reason she was chosen. The CA sponsors 10 major shows a year with about 5,500 tickets to be handled. The CA also puts on a lot of other smaller events, some of which are free to the residents but everything needs detailed planning to be successful. In addition, Renee also has connections to the music world as a performer herself. Renee is part of a local musical duo known as “Coastal Remedy” and also performs solo, where she sings and plays saxophone. She frequently entertains at SCC events and parties. Renee loves meeting people. She has an outgoing personality and her skills, talents, contacts and knowledge are a great asset to our community.



By Catherine Meyerhoff, Sun City Center History Society Imagine the convenience of leaving on an airplane flight from Sun City Center with no traffic to fight on the highways to Tampa or St. Petersburg, no shuttle to arrange or airport parking to reserve. If you had lived in Sun City Center between 1963 and 1968 you could have taken off from an airstrip conveniently located nearby. You would, however, have needed to own a plane, or know someone who did. After the initial development of Sun City Center, Del Webb had a landing strip prepared for his private aircraft. Located along the south side of State Route 674, the 3,000-foot strip stretched from what is now the Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Station 28 to the north across what is currently South Pebble Beach Blvd. Businessmen from Tampa and Sarasota flew in on their lunch hours to dine at the Kings Inn. In a 1987 article which appeared in The Sun, a local newspaper of the period, resident Joseph Mitchell stated that on one Sunday morning he counted 32 airplanes parked on the strip. He used the strip himself about 50 times, even flying to work in Tampa a couple of times. He admitted that by the time he landed, secured his plane and found transportation into Tampa he didn’t save time or money, but he had fun doing it. To show off the facility, Webb officials scheduled an airshow at the runway. Taking place on February 7, 1965, the event created a traffic jam on U.S. 301, according to Joseph Mitchell. Cars were backed up to Riverview waiting to get in to see the show. Another memory of the event by longtime resident Dot Bernhardt had 90,000 people jamming the highway all the way back to Tampa. According to her recollection eighty light planes lined the air strip along SR-674. The Kings Inn dining room and coffee shop did a booming business. Though the original air strip was adequate for most private planes, Del Webb’s larger aircraft required a longer runway and a hard surface. The strip opposite the King’s Inn was displaced by a more advanced and safer one built off of what is now 36th Street south of Kings Point. Today nothing remains of either taxiway. Another interesting sidelight of the short-lived air flight period in Sun City Center was a proposed fly-in community. About the time that Del Webb was preparing to pull out of the development and selling off land, a deal was proposed to make approximately 200 acres south of 674 into a fly-in community built around a main runway and its taxiways. This concept never came to fruition. And so, we return to today. Hop in your car and head out for your preferred airport. Or, if you’re lucky and have your own plane, you might investigate the private airfield east of Wimauma.



Trail Blazing By John Lampkin

While walking the West Campus Nature Trails last month, my alert son-in-law spotted the bony fragment in the pic above. What could this strange body part possibly be? An alligator or armadillo bone, perhaps, but if so, which one? We did what any curious mind would do these days—we Googled it. Young ‘uns might find it hard to believe, but the internet isn’t always the best resource! We came up dry. The best approach is still the old-fashioned one—ask someone who knows, someone like my dear friend Pasco County biologist Katie Mac Millen. She didn’t know the critter, but she forwarded my photographs to her network of colleagues and bingo! Several ID’ed it but the most thorough explanation came from Jason R. Bourque at the Florida Museum of Natural History who wrote that it’s the left hypoplastron of a softshell turtle. It likely belonged to a Florida Softshell, Apalone ferox since it is a critter often spotted laying eggs near the Trails canal. The bony belly plate of a turtle is called a plastron and the hypoplastron is part of it, so in layman’s terms the fragment we found belonged to a turtle belly. Turtles grow attached to their plastrons, so to speak, and are understandably reluctant to part with them since a turtle without its shell is not only homeless, it’s dead. So how did our softshell die? Natural causes perhaps, or maybe a gator got it, or a hawk or heron, in which case our hapless “Softie” was a victim of foul play. The Nature Trails trailhead is located opposite North Lake on Del Webb West between Vincennes and Seton Hall. Incorrigible punster John Lampkin leads interpretive walks on the first Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m., or by appointment. Do join us, perhaps we’ll spot the rest of the plastron!

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).

Front Porch Pickers Monday Movies Dog Owners Group

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Hardship Fund Offset License Fees Annual Maintenance of the Dog Park


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

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Sun City Center History at FunFest

President’s Report John Luper, CA President Traffic congestion is a constant topic of conversation, especially during the busy winter season. As a retiree, I try not to be in too big of a hurry and accept that some trips through town are going to take longer than others. An optimistic approach might also be to realize that since our community is not going to grow any larger, there shouldn’t be much more traffic going into or out of Kings Point, or north - south on Pebble Beach Blvd. And this August the county will be extending the turn lanes at most intersections off of SR-674 which should help. Our secret weapon for getting to the bank, stores, drugstore, doctor, and so much more, and do it quicker, is we can do most with our golf cart. What an advantage to all of us. Keeping this privilege to use our golf cart in the future is what makes our community unique and will always be a big selling point. All of us need to obey the rules of the road and drive safely. We hope to have our Certificate of Occupancy (CO) for the new administration building shortly. Then we have our own work to do with furniture, finishing, telephone, and computer installation, etc. In order to not interfere with daily business, the move into the new building is now planned for April 27 thru May 1 and will reopen on May 2. March is a busy month so don’t forget shredding day on the 13th, FunFest on the 17th, and the membership meeting on the 21st.

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Do you want to learn about the history of Sun City Center? Are you interested in getting involved in researching the background of our community? Members of the Sun City Center History Society will be manning a table at FunFest on March 17. Stop by and view some of the many photographs from the files of the society. Visit with members to learn how you can support the society with your time, talents, and monetary support. Also, on view in the Atrium Building take time to view the display on the Spanish Club, one of Sun City Center’s earliest and most successful organizations. The display is one of several ways in which the Society shares information on our history with residents and visitors.

SCC CO-AP Committee Meeting

The March CO-AP Meeting will be held on March 26, 2018 at 2 p.m. in the Caper Room in the Atrium Building. The Hillsborough County Code Enforcement Department will be the featured presenter. The topic will cover parking, storage of vehicles in yards, weeds, overgrown yards, etc. All officers of the SCC-CA HOAs and POAs are welcome to attend. The Code Enforcement Department will answer questions from the attendees. Light refreshments will be available. For more information contact Dave Floyd – 813-334-7797.

February Board Meeting

By Diane M. Loeffler Lots of positive things are happening here at Sun City Center. The Community Association Administration Building continues to be on time and on budget. The Fire Marshal’s inspection, air-conditioning inspection, and punch list items have all been completed. On February 15, we were waiting for the county’s certificate of occupancy. In order to minimally affect community business, the move from the modulars to the new structure will take place April 27 through May 1. Shredding Day for CA members will be held in the parking lot to the north of the CA modulars from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, March 13. Be sure to wear your CA badge with the red sticker when dropping your items off since this is a service for CA members only. Our community has a special fund that is created through donations only. The Hardship Fund allows individuals who are not able to afford their association dues to apply to have this fund pay their fees. No Community Association funds are used for the hardship funds. Sixteen individuals were approved for these funds at the February meeting. The Hardship Fund is one example of how people help one another here in Sun City Center. In addition to focusing on all that is good about Sun City Center, we need to plan ahead. Board president, John Luper, announced that the board is addressing the need for better long-range plans. Buildings will be evaluated and we will begin preparations for all of the development around us. Luper reminds everyone that as a golf cart community we need to be especially alert when traveling on roads that are shared with bicycles, cars and carts. Slow down, pay attention and don’t worry about getting someplace quickly. In other business, the sliding glass doors in the Eberhart Building will be replaced, The Friends of the History Society was approved as a club and a to-be-renamed singles social club was approved. SCC currently has 11,315 residents and a total of 11,517 dues were collected. Fifty-five homes were sold, ten of which were new homes.

Merriment at the German-American Club

MOVIES at the Rollins Theater One Showing Only at 1 p.m.

Front row: Russell Merritt, Fred Rathke, Paul Buerkle. Standing: Suzy Rathke, Chuck Buskirk, Kathy Thomas, Lenny Crooks, Mellie Buerkle, Edna Fleming. Absent: Diane Buer.

By Ilona Merritt 2018 has already been a busy year for the GermanAmerican Club. Business first: at the annual meeting in January election of officers was held. Elected were: Fred Rathke, President; Paul Buerkle, Vice President; Russell Merritt, Treasurer; Diane Buer, Secretary. Directors are Suzy Rathke, Chuck Buskirk, Kathy Thomas, Lenny Crooks, Mellie Buerkle, and Edna Fleming. Fasching (German version of Mardi Gras) was celebrated on the first of February. Even if you’ve experienced Carnival in New Orleans during Mardi Gras, there’s still a lot to learn about how the Germanspeaking countries do it. The pre-Lenten festivities start in grand style mostly in the predominantly Catholic regions of the German-speaking countries. In Germany, the Karneval season begins on Nov. 11 at 11:11 a.m., however the big bash celebrations are held the week before Ash Wednesday which is the first day of Lent. For Catholics, it provided a festive season of food and fun before the Lenten fasting period began. In pre-Christian times, Carnival celebrations symbolized the driving out of winter and all of its evil spirits. Hence the masks, to “scare” away these spirits. Out of protest against French oppression, Germans from Cologne and surrounding areas would mock their politicians and leaders safely behind masks during Carnival season. The German American Club held their Fasching with a lot of fun, food, great music and merriment. Many members wore costumes and prizes were awarded. The male members of the German Folk dance group put

on a hilarious skit in true Fasching humor which was one of the highlights of the evening. The traditional Fasnacht Kuchen (Karneval cake) which is actually a jelly donut was also served. Along with all the fun the members of the German club think of organizations in our community who need help. They have chosen the Samaritans Alzheimer’s Auxiliary to be the recipient of their 50/50 raffles which are also a part of their fun.

Movies are normally shown the second and fourth Monday each month in the Rollins Theater at 1pm. 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

March 12 • Battle of the Sexes 2 Hours, 1 Minute

The electrifying 1973 tennis match between current women’s champion Billie Jean King and ex-men’s champion Bobby Riggs was billed as the “Battle of the Sexes” and became the most-watched, televised sports event of all time. The match also sparked a global conversation on gender equality, spurring on the feminist movement. Starring: Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Sarah Silverman, Bill Pullman, Alan Cumming Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sports and Fitness Rating: PG-13 for some sexual content and partial nudity

March 26 • Goodbye Christopher Robin 1 Hour, 46 Minutes

King & Queen of Hearts, Judy and Dieter Quitsch, led the custom parade.

A rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children’s author A.A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie-the-Pooh. Starring: Margot Robbie, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Macdonald Genre: Drama, Family Rating: PG for thematic elements, some bullying, war images, brief language

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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.

Ceramics Trip

Sun City Ceramics members took a recent “greenware purchasing” trip to a vendor in Clearwater. Come join the fun! An officer of the day will instruct if you’re new! We’re open M-F, 9-4. We’re located by the lawn bowling greens and shuffleboard.

Computer Club Monthly Meeting

March 7, 2018 — Wednesday 7 p.m. in the Florida Room, in the Atrium. Come and hear Hewie Poplock, from APCUG, explain how to get “Better Results with Google Searching”. He will review how search engines work so you can construct better queries. His hints and tricks should help make your searches more effective and useful.

Computer Club Classes

Sign up for your choice of class in the Computer Lab, (Atrium Building) Monday through Saturday, 12:30 - 5 p.m. Student must be a member in good standing at Sun City Center or Kings Point. Tuition is payable upon registration. For additional information email: Beverly Hiller, Education Director at “”. Listed here are brief descriptions of the classes being offered. For all the details, go to the Computer Club website “”. Detailed information is also available in the computer lab. Introduction to Computers •Sat., March 3, 10, 24, 31 (9 – 11 a.m.) Backup! Backup! •Mon., Mar 5 or Wed., March 14 (8:45 – noon) Android Smartphones & Tablets •Wed., March 7 and Fri., March 9 (9 a.m. – noon) Windows 10 Workshop •Mon., March 12 and Tues., March 13 (9 a.m. – 11) Facebook 101 •Mon., March 19 (9 a.m. – noon) Photo Gallery •Tues., March 20 (9 a.m. – 12 noon) Tuning Your PC Workshop •Wed., March 22 (8:30 a.m. – 12 noon) Gmail - Attachments and Groups •Fri., March 23 (9– 10:30 a.m.) iPad/iPhone for Seniors •Wed., March 28 (9 a.m. – noon) Managing Investments with Excel •Fri., March 30 (9 – 10:30 a.m.)

Sun City Center Garden Club

Recently members of the Sun City Center Garden Club put their gloves on and shovels in the dirt to landscape the front of the C.A.R.E. (Critter Adoption and Rescue Effort) facility. The Garden Club purchased Florida friendly plants for their appearance and easy maintenance. Continuing around the building the gardeners added plants to the Butterfly Garden that they donated in 2012. The Garden Club meets the second Wednesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. in the Atrium Building Florida Room. New members are always welcome. And stop by C.A.R.E. to see the new plants and some adorable cats and dogs. C.A.R.E. is located at 1528 27th St SE which is off Rt. 674. They are open Tuesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Metaphysical Society Events

10 a.m. Wednesdays in the Heritage Room Admission $1 with love offering requested to benefit our Society. Bring your Community ID. March 7 • “Music, Wellness, and Memory” How musical sounds and various music tones assist in the healing process of lowering blood pressure, anxiety, Alzheimer’s, plus many other illnesses. March 14 • “Healing Through Past Life Regression” Insights as to how experiencing past life regression helps overcome illness. March 21 • “Facial Rejuvenation Utilizing The Mei Zen Method” Information about two of the many acupuncture specialties offered at the Clinic. March 28 • “Our Role In Creating The New Earth” How the Ascension is in full process now bringing the 5th dimensional reality on earth. March 10 • New Age Fair SCC Chamber of Commerce, 1651 Sun City Center Plaza, 10-4. Free admission.

Sun City Center Photo Club March Competition

The Sun City Center Photo Club welcomes members and their guests to attend their March 13 competition to be held in the Caper Room, located in the Atrium Building at 6:30 p.m. All club members are encouraged to submit their digital or print entries to be judged by expert, Al Churilla. Al, originally from New England, now lives in Venice, Florida. He is past president of the Photographic Society of Rhode Island and was very active in the New England Camera Club Council. Al served as vice president and board of director. He has won many photo awards for his expertise in both print and slide shows. He currently critiques for the Venice Camera Club. For more information about our club, please visit our website at

Sew’n Sews 2018 Board

The Sew’n Sews board for 2018 are as follows: Jane Sanfilippo, president; Joanne Brennan, vice-president; Marcia Morris, treasurer; Sharon Henry, secretary; Linda Starkey, project manager. The Sew’n Sews Club provides a place and equipment for sewers and quilters to learn new techniques and to enjoy great fellowship. Membership is open to any Sun City Center Community Association member. Club member provide sewn and quilted items to those in need in the community as well as making items for sale. For more information call 813-505-9503 or email “”.

SCC Woodcarving Club News

The Sun City Center Woodcarving club selects officers for 2018. Left to right Fred Joest, secretary; Jean Johnson, vice president; Bill Anderson, president; front row Don Shuttleworth, treasurer. Not present: Mike Lunny. The Woodcarving Club continues to grow – now boasting over 90 members. President Anderson contributes the Clubs growth to our active teaching program with five courses currently ongoing.

Swim Dancers

Even though Sun City Center doesn’t receive much rainfall in the winter, raindrops will be falling in the Atrium Building lap pool as the Sun City Dancers rehearse for their annual show on Saturday, March 10. Five Swim Dancers will balance large hoops to produce the rain while five swimmers use umbrellas to protect them as they swim to “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” The Rain routine was choreographed by Rosemary Collins-Riley. All dances are choreographed by the Sun City Center Swim Dance members. For more information about the Swim Dancers Club and the March 10 show, contact Sue Muise (813-633-2479).

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FunFest! March 17 Don’t Miss the Biggest Party of the Year!

Sun City Center

Saturday, March 17

SCC Community Association Central Campus 9 to 2 p.m. Vendors, Crafts, Food, Music, Entertainment, and Fun, Fun, Fun!

News Line: 813.938.7441 • Ad Line: 813.938.8721 • • March 2018

Governor Thanks Veterans

Ed Socha (left), Pearl Harbor survivor, sitting beside John MacPhee, first wave D-Day survivor.

By Kai Rambow “I wanted to be sure veterans in Florida,” remarked Governor Rick Scott, “know that they are appreciated.” Governor Scott created the Governor’s Veterans Service Award by executive order in 2014. He has since presented over 13,000 medals, but the 628 presented here in Sun City Center on January 23 set a record for the largest number in one ceremony. When Paul Wheat and Ed Barnes heard of a medals ceremony taking place in Brooksville over one year ago, they signed up and also made several phone calls to inquire about such an event taking place in Sun City Center. Barnes put together a package and personally handed it off to an official with the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs (FDVA).

By Diane M. Loeffler A great lineup of speakers will be offering us advice and tips during a forum beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending at noon. Plan to attend all or some of the free sessions in Community Hall on 1019 S. Pebble Beach Boulevard. This seminar will be offered in place of Deputy Merry’s usual talks. The Men’s Club of Sun City Center, The

Lieutenant for Florida Bureau of Insurance Fraud; Rock Roque, Manager for the Division of Agent and Agency, for Florida’s Department of Financial Services; Jackie Calloway, Consumer Reporter for ABC Action News “Taking Action for You;” Andrew Sekela, Supervising Special Agent for White Collar Crime, Federal bureau Serving West Florida and Jeff Merry, HCSO

“Smitty,” 26 year Air Force veteran and current First Vice-Commander for the American Legion Post in SCC. Governor Scott is thanking him for his service just before presenting him with the service medal.

Once Sun City Center was selected, “It was a coordinated effort,” explained Wheat. Cooperation took place between the CA board, CA staff, the Sheriff ’s

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Don’t Be Scammed! Attend the March 6 Consumer Protection Forum Hillsborough County Sheriff ’s Office and The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay are sponsoring the event. Free coffee and donuts will be served compliments of The Men’s Club and there will be valuable attendance prizes. The speakers will be Brian Oglesby, Director, West Florida’s Better Business Bureau’s Public Relations and Outreach; Carl J. Reshke, a Law Enforcement

Community Resource Deputy.

Let’s Honor Those Who Served

By Diane M. Loeffler Attention residents of Greater Sun City Center! If you live in Sun City Center, Kings Point, the Courtyards, Sun Towers, Freedom Plaza or elsewhere in the area, this is your chance to be part of an important project. A committee has been working to erect a memorial to honor our veterans. There are a number of ways to get involved: buy a brick, have your club or organization donate, or donate as an individual. No donation is too small. What and Where the Memorial Will Be The Veterans Memorial will be located in front of the main entrance of the Community Hall Building at 1910 Pebble Beach Boulevard South. Closest to the street will be a 25-foot flag pole with a 5’ by 8’ flag. There will also be flag poles with all five service flags, wall plaques of all five military forces, a pedestal with an American eagle, perimeter markers, shrubs and engraved bricks. Those bricks purchased to honor veterans will also have engraved military clip art. Why the Memorial is Important A dozen individuals have been working hard on the committee. All of them are very enthusiastic about the project and committed to it. One of them,


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Walt Cawein at the future site of the Veteran’s Memorial on South Pebble Beach Road. Jim Schwartz, a CA Director and Leathernecks. He says, “I’m behind the DAV representative says, “This is an memorial 100%. It is a good thing for opportunity to honor someone you don’t veterans to have something to recognize know or it might be a son, a daughter, them. My wife, a VA nurse, and I both a spouse, a parent, a grandmother or a purchased bricks.” grandfather. It is a nice way of honoring Colin Howgill served in the Royal those who served.” Marines for 31 years and currently Donald W. James represents the represents the Military Family Support

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Trust on the committee. He says, “We have an enormous veteran community here. This will be something they can be proud of. It is a wonderful opportunity for veterans or veterans’ families to have a sense of closure to see how much their service is appreciated. It is going to be a wonderful comfort. We have a very substantial veteran community and we haven’t had a memorial. It is important that this be done at this time when people can name the veterans. A name on a brick effectively says, ‘Thank you.’ Walt Cawein is the president of the committee. He says, “The bricks are a good buy. This is the most precious piece of land in Sun City Center.” The committee’s goal is to have the memorial completed before Veteran’s Day. They hope to have a dedication on that day complete with a yet-to-be-announced speaker. In order to meet this deadline, they need to have the full $100,000 this month. At this point, they have more than three-fourths of that amount. How to Donate You may wish to simply make a donation or you might want to purchase a brick. The easiest way to do either is to go to FunFest on March 17 and stop by the committee’s table located between

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Dusty Boxes of Time Machines By E. Adam Porter Editor, News of Sun City Center Composer John Cage once said, “music is means of rapid transportation,” and I agree. Drop the needle, or, in this digital age, punch the button, or ask Alexa, to play a record you haven’t heard in a while, and those first few bars instantly take you back. Listen a little longer, and you can almost reach out and touch what it felt like to hear it for the first time. If the music really connects, sometimes you can even smell or taste that moment, so many years ago. The best thing about music, though, is how elastic it is, how pliable those lyrics and scores can be. For every “classic” song we grew up on, someone else is hearing it for the first time, entranced by the magic. That’s especially fun when you’re sharing those moments with someone you love. I had the benefit of a tremendous and eclectic musical immersion growing up. My family listened to everything, from classical, standards, jazz and big band, to contemporary pop, rock, R&B and country, as well as spirituals, hymns and folk songs. At any given moment, I might have walked into the room and heard Duke, Benny or Count Basie, any member of the Rat Pack, or maybe The Beatles, John Denver, Kenny Rogers, Johnny Horton, Kathy Mattea, or Joni Mitchell. Elvis, The Beach Boys, Chuck Berry and Johnny Cash, or maybe the Stones, Herman’s Hermits, and any of the Brothers — Righteous, Everly, or Doobie — might be spinning as well. Studying music growing up, I learned piano and saxophone, picked around on the guitar, and explored the greats in classical and jazz, as well as contemporary piano men like Elton John and Billy Joel. At some point in my childhood, I discovered my mom’s Big Box of Records. She had stuff that had belonged to her parents, as well as records by artists that invented rock ‘n roll or redefined American popular music. The soundtrack of her youth. Some of the artists, I didn’t recognize, but, when I dropped the needle on the vinyl, I remembered the tunes. Those songs had been the soundtrack of my earliest years too, many of them sung acapella on the porch swing or around a bonfire on the beach. Later, I gravitated toward my own style of music, and my parents tolerated the

noise that would punctuate and motivate my adolescence. Today, when some of those songs come on, if I stop a moment, I feel that quick tug that takes me back to a sunny summer day, or a cool, clear winter evening, that tingle of adolescent attraction and the electric spark of a good first kiss. Other tracks remind me of cruising with the windows down, or afternoons in the gym, pumping iron in anticipation of the coming football season, or getting the guys together to listen to driving metal tunes right before a game, feeding off the intensity. Today, as I look back over a lifetime defined and enhanced in every possible way by music, I am once again reminded of that other aspect of John Cage’s insight. Music not only takes us back. That same music that is “old” for us can be “brand new” for someone else. This morning, as I write this, the neighborhood up the street was having one of those “Everybody on the Block Get Rid of Your Stuff ” sales that my bride can’t resist. When there’s that many people with that much interesting stuff, it doesn’t take too much effort to get me and the boys in the truck either. Especially when she’s scoped out the “stuff ” the day before, and she knows some of the people have records to sell. Those dusty boxes of vinyl with their faded covers are magnetic for me, possessing an attraction that may as well be the gravitational pull of the sun. I can’t resist. Not that I’d want to. Because their magic shaped me, and hearing them again instantly takes me back. Today was a good day. We found five that we wanted, though we had to put two back, because they were too scratched to play. Come home, drop the needle — yes, while I have all the new digital gadgets with the ten thousand songs on the iPod, and the surround sound system, I still love my record player. So, drop the needle and wait. My family, all in other rooms, slowly trickle into the den as the Righteous Brothers croon Unchained Melody. Listening to this near-perfect rendition, it’s amazing to think Bobby Hatfield almost didn’t get a shot to cover this tune. When that record stops spinning, Earth, Wind & Fire drops. September, then Shining Star, and, suddenly, the kids are dancing across the carpet. “What’s this, Daddy? I love it!” As they keep groovin’. They are experiencing this music for the very first time, just like I did so many decades ago. Without preamble, and without anyone trying to sell them something. They are untethered and immersed, free to experience the richness and the joy. I watch them, and, just for a moment, I’m eight years old again… Rapid transportation… P.S. — While editing this month’s issue of The News, I noticed there are several community rummage sales happening this month. Get all the info in these pages, and save the dates to stop by and have a look. Who knows, you might find exactly what you always wanted … maybe even a dusty box of time machines.

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Jack R. Edison created this design for the Veterans Memorial. The Memorial will be located in front of Community Hall. All Sun City Center area residents are encouraged to be a part of this project, to attend its dedication which will hopefully take place in November, and to visit it afterwards. to $9,999.99. Two stars is for $1,000 to $4,999.99. One star stands for all donations up to $999.99. Dallas and Norma Tuthill are five star donors. They simply say, “We felt that this was important.” If you agree with them, please contribute to the memorial.

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Honor from 1. the bandstand and the pottery building. Engraved bricks cost $100 for text only or $115 for text with military clip art for a 4” by 8” clay brick. For an 8” by 8” clay brick the cost is $200 for text only or $215 for text with military clip art. Only veteran bricks may contain military service clipart. If you wish to donate by check, make your check payable to the SCC Charitable Foundation, Inc. On your check write “for Veterans Memorial Fund” and mail it to Sun City Center Charitable Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 6105, Sun City Center, Florida 33571 (Note: Since it is a P.O. Box, the zip code is different than the city zip code.) You can donate online. Go to www. You can pay for your brick using PayPal or by credit card. Memorial donors / sponsors will be recognized using a five-star system. Five stars signifies a donation of $15,000 or above, four stars is for $10,000 to $14,999.99. Three stars is $5,000.00

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Qigong What’s That?

By Paula Lickfeldt Qigong (pronounced chee-gung) is an ancient Chinese art and science of self-care and healing. Qigong is a mind-body system that integrates simple body postures and movements, breathing techniques, mental focus and meditation. Qigong is a non-athletic movement system and is both active and passive, producing outer and inner health enhancing results which builds strength, stamina, balance, coordination and increases energy. The forms of Qigong, which number in the thousands, activate the innerbody electrical system which increases the energy level of the body, much like charging the battery in an automobile. Qigong increases the functioning of the organs and becomes as active partner with all other health enhancing inter ventions. Qigong makes no difference in the effects of medications and other therapies. Daline “Day” Dudley began learning about Qigong in 1994, she began teaching it in 2004. After teaching Special Education for a few years, Day decided to follow a dream she had experienced at the age of eleven years old; to help troubled families. She pursued a MSW at Fordham University in New York, maintaining private practice in psychotherapy and family counseling for many years. She then realized that “talk therapy” was not enough to help people heal. Day came across Qigong which is a Chinese healing art through free body movements. Qigong is made up of slow movements, standing or seated, but not on the floor. These movements are in coordination

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with deep healthy breathing. Day loves to teach students how to use the energy centers throughout their bodies to help them gain control of their stress, emotions, inability to sleep and many other areas of concern. Day will be teaching a Qigong class in the Spring Term of the Community Church College, at SouthShore United Church of Christ and she hopes to be able to continue working with students who wish to study Qigong in more depth when the class is over.

Science, Engineering And Technology Club (S.E.T.) By Paula Lickfeldt Somewhere between the years 2000 and 2005, a group of like-minded scientists and engineers got together and formed the group called S.T.A.R.T. Science, Technology Active Round Table. Jerry Mantell was the leader. There were no officers or bylaws but the CA allowed the group to use the Caper Room for their meetings. There were about a dozen in the group and others came to the meetings by invitation. After several years, Jerry moved north due to illness. Four facilitators were named to be in charge of the group: David Brown, David Nicholson, Dave Oliver and Robert (Bob) Johnson. Each took turns finding a speaker for the monthly meeting. The speaker at the first meeting that was open to the public was from the Mosaic Corp. and spoke on phosphate mining in Florida. Over one hundred people attended that meeting. The time had come for the group to become an official CA club. During the time of getting approved as an official club, the members on the board were Morris Firebaugh, Ann Guiles, Larry Francis, Oscar Kramer, Maryann Worthington, Walter Prouty, and Bob Johnson. Morris was the president and the club membership grew to more than one hundred. Each month on the second Monday at 7:30 p.m. the S.E.T. club meets in the Caper Room of the Atrium Building. All residents of SCC and KP are invited to join the club and attend the meetings. Some meeting topics are: “Sea Level Rise in Tampa Bay”, “Ancient Metallurgy,” “Light Phenomena Tells the Story of Astronomy” and “Energy Alternatives at TECO,” to name a few.

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British Connection News

The British Connection March event will be an evening of dinner and beetles. Beetle Drives have been held in village halls all over Great Britain since the 1930’s and possibly earlier. Now the British Connection have made them a regular part of Sun City Center life. It is an easy game to learn, creating lots of laughs, lots of noise, and a lot of fun, plus a chance to mix with fellow members. Prizes are awarded for highest and lowest scores. Fresh-made pizzas will be served along with a garden salad and dessert. BYOB. This event will be held on Tuesday, March 13, 6-9 p.m. in the Florida Room at the Atrium Building, Sun City Center. Tickets are $13 for members and $16 for guests. Checks, made out to The British Connection, should be sent to Margaret Davis, 1605 Weatherford Drive, Sun City Center, FL 33573 by March 7. Any questions, call Margaret at 201-674 6101.

Ohio Club Elects 2018 Officers

The Ohio Club elected their 2018 officers at their February 3 Mardi Gras dance party in the Florida Room. Shown below from left to right is Jim Rottman, President; Ellen Sweeney, President Elect; Carol Dyer, Secretary; Valerie Graves, Vice President; and Chuck Dyer, Vice President. Not shown: Sam Sudman, Treasurer. The Ohio Club also announced plans for their annual Kentucky Derby party to be held Saturday, May 5 in the Community Hall.

The March 21, 2018 meeting of the Colonel George Mercer Brooke Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution will offer its monthly program by Victoria Richards and Melissa Jay who are volunteers for Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County in Florida. The meeting will be held in the Florida Room of the Atrium Building, 945 North Course Lane in Sun City Center. Light refreshments will be served from 12:30-1 p.m. The program and meeting begins at 1 p.m.

Registered Nurses Club

The Sun City Center Registered Nurses Club enjoyed a presentation by Noreen Schramm of the Emergency Squad on February 1, 2018. Many RNs have served on the squad, but we also have many new members who were curious about the inner workings of the squad. Noreen was able to answer questions and perhaps recruit new squad members. The Club is also preparing for Fun Fest/Health Fair on Saturday, March 17, 2018. Attendees may have their blood pressure and heart rate measured by RNs. Education and tips to maintain healthy blood pressures will be available. The service is open to all attendees, though we may not be prepared to provide this service to small children. Questions about the club or its activities can be address to Lynne Murphy, MSN, RN, president of the club at 813-634-6707.

Squad Appoints New Assistant Chief

The Sun City Center Emergency Squad recently appointment Dick Schneider to the position of Assistant Chief of Vehicle Maintenance. Dick has been with the Squad for over 22 years during which time he has assumed the responsibilities of maintaining all of the vehicles on behalf of the Squad. These have included the ambulances, the wheelchair vans as well as the station cars belonging to the Squad over the period of time encompassing his Chief Mike Bardell presents Dick with his Assistant Chief ’s badge. tenure.

The Sun City Center Woman’s Club Crafter’s

Recently 20 members of the Sun City Center Woman’s Club, Inc. led by Arts & Crafts Chair Sally Anne Barclay met in Community Hall to make 200 valentines to be included in all Meals On Wheels delivered the week of Valentine’s Day. On Feb 22, they will be making Heart Pillows for the hospital and nursing homes. For more information contact Sally Anne Barclay at If you like to learn about the Sun City Center Woman’s Club contact Linda Raymond at

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Scandinavian Club Meeting

March 21 in SCC Sandpiper Room At 2 p.m. The March meeting of the Scandinavian Club will be an informative and educational presentation by member Thomas Nordstrand on the invasion and occupation of Denmark and Norway in 1940. Club members are free—guests are welcome at $3 each. Club membership is open to all Sun City Center Association and Kings Point residents in good standing with a Scandinavian heritage or interest in Scandinavia. Music will be provided by member Larry Lundeen. Refreshments will be served.

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SCC Polish Heritage Club

Sunday, March 25, 2018, from 5 to 9 p.m., the Club is holding their Swieconka Dinner, in the Florida Room, Atrium Building, to honor one of the most enduring and beloved Polish Easter traditions. Symbolic buffet menu includes: hard boiled eggs (life and Christ’s resurrection); babka bread (Jesus); salt (purification); horseradish (the bitter sacrifice of Christ); and ham (great joy and abundance); coffee/tea included, and BYO Beverage of choice. Admission is $5 per SCC, Kings Point or Freedom Plaza resident. Members admitted free when bringing a vegetable, salad or dessert for eight. Join in for a festive time and a great dinner! For tickets, call Wanda (SCC) at 813-633-0016 or Dolores (KP) at 813-633-648. For membership info, call Lorraine at 813-677-0026.

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Donation to the Sun City Center Emergency Squad Emergency Squad Volunteer Information Program

The Kings Point Krafters meets every Wednesday morning at the North Clubhouse to work on their various knitting “Krafts.” Through their fundraising efforts, the group recently donated $1,000 to The Sun City Center Emergency Squad to aide in their efforts to continue to provide ultimate care to the residents of Sun City Center, free of costs. The Krafters also donate funds to the Samaritans and CERT as well as donating their finished products to school children and those in need in our area.

CAHT Members Run Against Human Trafficking

The Campaign Against Human Trafficking (CAHT) team raised $440 at a recent 5K run/1K walk held at Pasco Hernando State College. Light Up The Night was sponsored by the Pasco Sheriff ’s Office in an effort to bring awareness to the prevalence of human trafficking. The Run/Walk was also a means to educate the public of the warning signs of trafficked victims. The CAHT team consisted of CAHT members Deborah Petrocelli, Bonnie and Bob Doll, and Joan Wallace. Pictured with the team is Anna Maria Orlando, one of the race organizers. All the monies raised at this family event benefited the following human trafficking nonprofits: Bridging Freedom, Healing Root Ministry, Justice Restoration Center, Loving You Where You Are At, Redefining Refuge and the U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking. CAHT helps fund these organizations as well as others in their ongoing fight to end human trafficking in the SouthShore area. Way to Go Team!! CAHT hosts meetings on the third Monday of the month, 1p.m. These meetings are open to the public and include a speaker who is involved with human trafficking. The location of the meetings is the United Methodist Church in Sun City Center, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. W. For more information on CAHT, please visit “www.” or contact Annie Garrison, President, at 813-938-5660 or “”.

The Sun City Center Emergency Squad is hosting an Informational Program at 6 p.m. on the second Wednesday of Each month, with the next meeting being held on March 14 to answer questions and provide details to prospective volunteers. The meeting will take place at the Training Building at 124 S. Pebble Beach. We invite interested residents to find out more about the Squad and the Volunteer Opportunities we have available. The Squad is always looking for people who may be interested in helping on its ambulances and wheelchair vans. The positions include Emergency Medical Responders, Ambulance Drivers and Emergency Medical Technicians. Other volunteer positions that the Squad has available include IT specialists, vehicle maintenance volunteers, dispatchers, receptionists and cooks. You do not need to be a resident of Sun City Center to become involved with the Emergency Squad. Each year the Squad provides Basic Life Support (BLS) emergency services to the community. In 2017, the Squad made almost 5,000 ambulance runs and approximately 2000 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. at 720 Ray Watson Drive. 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.

L to R: Anie “Smitty” Smith, Uta Kuhn, Loureen Diamond, Barbara Jones, Minette Hunt, Vicente Lopez Jr., Lois Dunbar, Madeline Hughes.

A New Club In Town

Luigi Voci’s Harley-Davidson-themed 1966 Mustang convertible is February cruiser of the month for the Roamin’ Oldies Car Club.

Cruiser of the Month

The bright red 1966 Mustang convertible of Riverview’s Luigi Voci, dressed up with a Harley-Davidson theme, is the Sun City Center Roamin’ Oldies February cruiser of the month. With only 60,000 miles on the odometer, the Mustang has an unusual combination of powertrain and options—the original 289 cubic-inch V8 engine and matching four-speed close-ratio transmission, “Pony” interior trim and the very rare factory air conditioning. When not driving or working on the Mustang, Luigi can often be found cruising area byways with buddies, astride a big Harley. To accommodate his divided loyalties, he has outfitted the Mustang with floor mats, decals and accessories bearing the Harley-Davidson logo. The Roamin’ Oldies host a cruise-in from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. the first Thursday of every month, with a rain date the following Thursday, at the Mira Bay Village Shopping Center on US-41 in Apollo Beach. About 100 of the area’s finest antique and collectible cars often take part, accompanied by classic oldies music played by DJ Joey Ferrante. Event sponsors include Thompson’s Auto Parts and Hagerty Classic Car Insurance. For information, call Chet at 813-842-1511.

By Uta Kuhn The Multicultural Heritage Club was established as a club on May 11, 2017. Since its inception, members enjoyed a Holiday Gala in December, and according to most of them the event was a huge success. At this time, another Gala is being planned for December 2018. The Club has also participated at Hi Neighbor and plans to have a booth at FunFest in March. Two of the Club’s members deserve special recognition at this time. They are Barbara Jones, and Minette Hunt. These two ladies have started a what is called “The Little Children’s Dresses For Africa Project.” This is a worldwide volunteer project. As part of this project, these two ladies have sewn a total of 28 dresses, size 2 to X-large. These dresses will be sent to orphanages, churches and schools in Zambia. The project is sponsored by Nancy’s Notions who provides the patterns and some of the materials. It took these two ladies two months to make these dresses. The children who receive them consider them their prized possessions, and those who wear them know that someone cares about them. The BOD and members of the Multicultural Heritage Club are very proud of this project and have agreed to support it in any way they can. Monetary/material donations for this project are always welcome. If you would like more information please contact Barbara Jones, at 813-746-4945 or send her an email at bgjbabs@ If you would like more information about the MHC, they have a blog: www. and a Facebook page: facebook.comMulticulturalHeritageClubscc. Come say “hello” to members of the Club at FunFest!

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Ice Images Exhibit

Events from 7.

Now you can enjoy some winter ice scenes without feeling the cold! Tom Bredesen, a member of the Sun City Center Photo Club, is displaying a number of his best ice image photographs. Come by the Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce and see his unique photos from the cold north. The photos will be displayed until April 12, 2018.

Terrell Dossey, Chief, USN, Ret and Jan Bassett, Chapter Regent.

DAR Visits Bob’s Vets

Christmas Dance Cruise

Jim and Josephine Serenson hosted a Christmas Dance Cruise, December 20 to benefit the Sun City Center Emergency Squad. There were 17 people who went on the dance cruise. Jan 30, we presented a check for $500 to the Chief of the Emergency Squad, Mike Bardell.

On February 1, Jan Bassett, Regent of the Colonel George Mercer Brooke Chapter DAR, and Marilyn Campbell, chair of the 50th commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, attended Bob’s Vets at the Sun City Center Bob Evans Restaurant. Vietnam War veterans were thanked and honored for their service with a Vietnam lapel pin.

Swim Dancers of SCC to Present “Water Follies”

By Ilona Merritt Sun City Center’s synchronized swim team will once again present their annual Swim Show this year titled “Water Follies.” They will perform on March 10, at 2 p.m. in the lap pool, and they will also present a demonstration during FunFest. Special guests in this year’s show are the Synchro-Belles, from Highland Lakes, Florida, and the SCC Swim Dandies. The Swim Dancers practice for a year to present shows which are filled with graceful swimming to music. Their costumes are made by members, and while changes are not as extensive as in other venues, it nevertheless takes time and effort to change those long gloves when the body is wet. Props are used and everything has to be able to survive those dives, flips and turns in the water. If you have ever thought you would like to try this form of swimming, a combination of dance and gymnastics, April is the best time to join the group. You do need to be able to swim, but the ladies are willing and able to teach anyone the various moves. It is a great form of exercise, lots of fun, and the camaraderie is great.

Non-Impact Aerobics Event March 29 in SCC

Come join us on Thursday, March 29 from 2 - 4 p.m. in Dance Room 2 at 1203 N. Pebble Beach Blvd. SCC for a Special Event called “The 5 Sensations of Nia. As we move with wonderful world music we utilize our sensory awareness to plug into our bodies in safe and healthy ways. There is no jumping or jarring of the joints. This event is open to SCC, KP and Freedom Plaza residents in good standing. The cost is $ 10 to nonmembers and $7 for SCC Nia club members. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat. Bring your friends and neighbors. Gail Mongiello is a Certified Black Belt Nia Instructor and lives full time in SCC. She specializes in senior health fitness. For more information, contact Gail directly at “” or 480-220-1430.

Women’s Club Conservation Group

Want to help save our earth? The Sun City Center Woman’s Club, Inc. has a conservation group that meets the first Tuesday of each month, at 9:30 a.m. in the Palm Room. Their goal is to educate members and the community in all aspects of managing, preserving, and enhancing the environment for healthier living. This group is lead by Patsie Ginley. For more information, email her at “”. Some of their discussion topics are, Sierra Club, Spring Community Present, having a March Speaker, Spring Fling at Little Manatee, Citizens Climate Lobby, and Ted Talk

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New EMR Class

The Sun City Center Emergency Squad welcomes its newest class to complete its Emergency Medical Responder class this week. Pictured here are Shirley Bardell, Instructor; with graduates Rich Bothroyd, Rosemary Mattingly, Peggy Cressy, Carole Wright, Cyndi Shue-Claeys, Ron Claeys, Stu Fisher, Mark Schickowski, and Glenn Russell.


SCC Lapidary Club Workshops Prepare for FunFest

The Sun City Center Lapidary Club will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. during FunFest on March 17. Featured for the raffle this year are a bracelet and matching pendant of sterling silver, made in the Chain Maille technique. Raffle tickets are $1 each or seven for $5, sold in advance and on FunFest day. On the last Wednesday of every month from 1-4 p.m., in the Atrium Sandpiper Room, the SCC Lapidary Club hosts a workshop for club members and anyone interested in learning more about the club. During the workshops in January and February, Kathy Boydston and Jody Johnson offered instruction in the Chain Maille technique, and members were busy making Celtic knot pendants to sell in the Lapidary Club Store during Funfest. In t he workshops, exp er ience d instructors will help members finish up Kathy Boydston makes a pendant to match the bracelet for the FunFest raffle. their own projects or start new ones. For curious non-members, this is your chance to observe and ask questions. The next workshop will be on March 28. Coffee and light refreshments will be served. This is a great opportunity to meet new people, find a new hobby and have some fun! Club membership is open to SCC residents with current picture ID badges, including residents of Freedom Plaza and Aston Gardens. Kings Point residents are welcome to join as space allows. For more information, stop by the store or call 813-642-2084. The Lapidary Club is located in the Arts & Crafts Building, 915E Cherry Hills Drive. Jewelry store hours are 10 - 1 p.m. Monday-Wednesday-Friday, and 12 - 3 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday.


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Security Patrol Holds Annual Appreciation Luncheon By Gill Jessee, Chief of Patrol On Monday afternoon, January 15, the Sun City Center CA announced that a water main had ruptured at the Community Hall and that the Hall would be unusable until repairs were completed. That announcement left the Sun City Center Security Patrol scrambling to find a place to hold its Annual Appreciation Luncheon scheduled for Tuesday, January 16. The caterer had already started food preparation, so rescheduling was not an option. After checking with Kings Point and the area churches without success for some place large enough to handle the 375 confirmations, the Security Patrol decided to have it picnic-style in the Patrol parking lot. The dispatcher called all of the Team Captains to come in and assist with calling all of those who had confirmed. Arrangements were made with a rental company to provide the table and chairs and with the caterer to plan for a different venue. Chief Jessee sent an email to all of the members explaining the situation. By 5 p.m. on Monday, the new arrangements were completed. The actual count of those attending, including a contingent from the Hillsborough County Sheriff ’s Office, was 335. The caterer, Econo Catering, was equal to the task, providing four buffet lines of great pasta, salad, and dessert. After the meal was finished, Deputy Chief Bree Schultz and Chief Jessee presented the service awards. Eleven members received ten-year certificates and pins, fourteen members received fifteen-year certificates and pins, and five members received twenty-year

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By Kai Rambow The Samaritan’s have replaced their annual ball with a more casual fundraiser dance. Attendees brought their own snacks and drinks and many people coordinated with their friends to cover everything from appetizers to desserts. There was plenty of dancing and fun with very popular, returning musicians Taylor ‘n’ Taylor.

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certificates and pins. In addition, seventeen members who had between twenty and twenty-five years were recognized. Then came the presentation of plaques to those with twenty-five or more years of service. Janet Carpenter and Jay Sparkman have twenty-five years of service each, James Cosgrove has twenty-seven years of service, and David Meixner has twenty-nine years of service. After the service awards, a final presentation was made. The Security Patrol honored Martha Finley for her long service as a member, Director, and Chief of Patrol. Martha served as Chief of Patrol for nine years. In her honor, the Security Patrol renamed its meeting room as the Martha Finley Social Room. At the close of the presentations, the winning tickets for the thirty-one donated items, the lottery hat and vest, and the 50-50 were drawn. While everyone went away happy, those thirtyfour winners were the happiest of all.

By Kai Rambow Once again, a Sun City Center resident Winning at the state level is an has won not only at the state level, but achievement. Winners from the year as the best of the year. Our publication were then judged for the Best of the regularly publishes winning images from Best for 2017. Jackie Hanson won two our photo club. Photo club members can awards: “The Marshal and His Deputy,” also compete at the state level against won the highest award for 2017 in the entries from 50 other clubs. monochrome digital category. “A Fine Old Man” placed third for 2017 in the color digital category.

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Identity Theft and You

By Diane M. Loeffler Deputy Merry’s monthly presentations always offer great advice, specific strategies to keep us all safe. Sometimes Community Service Officer Debbie Vijil joins in this effort. This month they both spoke at the start of the seminar before introducing the guest speaker, Chris Kirkland. Kirkland has a military background and currently works in the area of identity protection. He has a safety blog and LinkedIn Account as well. A variety of topics and scenarios were addressed in this hourlong session. This article attempts to include those that are most applicable to the readers of this paper. Kirkland says, “Identity theft has surpassed the drug trade in terms of income.” He reiterated the theme from all of the monthly seminars, “The first line of defense is education.” Identity theft can include using your social security number or an altered version of your driver’s license to get your money, work illegally, get medical services, or commit any number of crimes. Kirkland says identity theft victims include people and organizations you would think to be safe, such as a CIA director. Identity theft even resulted in a teacher being arrested at school for a crime she could prove she didn’t commit and companies losing tens of millions of dollars. What You Can Do If someone texts, emails or otherwise reaches you saying there is a problem on your computer, they are lying. Unless you have previously given them access to your computer, they have no way of knowing if it is working or not. However, if you click on anything that announces

the problems or get in touch with the scammers, then they CAN get on your computer and steal information. Think twice before clicking on anything. A very successful scam has involved people clicking on an offer for free pizza, and then the scammers are on your computer. Is that a USB device on the sidewalk? Do not use it! Pick it up and throw it away so that no one else uses it either. It was probably left there by a scammer and is engineered so that once you connect it to your computer, the “bad guys” are connected to your computer too. Kirkland says that we all have a tendency to like sharing about ourselves. When we share on-line, very patient scammers begin to assemble a puzzle. They fill in the puzzle with all the information about ourselves, our friends and our families. Most of this information they get from social media. They have all sorts of ways to use this information to their advantage. Doesn’t it seem as though every single time you turn on your computer, they want you to update something? Most of the time, these are patches. The criminals figured out a way to get into an application or program, and the app’s programmers come up a way to patch up that opening to keep you safe. It is a nuisance, but make those updates. It is also suggested that you change your computer passwords frequently. Check your grandchildren’s credit, or better yet, suggest that their parents do so. Identity thieves can use a child’s social security information for years and years before anyone notices. Most importantly, stay educated and

February’s ID Theft seminar was well-attended. At 8:30 on March 6, an extended morning seminar will be held in place of the usual meetings Deputy Merry conducts.

informed. Kirkland says that education makes us a “hardened target,” military language for less vulnerable. One easy way of doing that is to attend the monthly seminars where Deputy Merry and his speakers offer strategies to help us all avoid the latest scams and schemes. In March, instead of the usual seminars at four locations, a team of experts will conduct a consumer protection forum at Community Hall on March 6 from 8:30 to noon. Phyllis Laufer is a believer in identity protection after her recent experiences. She says, “Someone hacked into my Facebook account and started using my photo. They have my phone number. I actually received a call from them while I was working my shift as a dispatcher for Security Patrol. One of my friends sent them $1,000 thinking it was me asking for it. I closed my Facebook and Messenger accounts, contacted all my friends and called the state attorney general.” Every month Deputy Merry and Debbie Vijil have new scams to report and new strategies for us to use. The

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Chris Kirkland was the guest speaker at the February 13 safety seminar. The March 6 seminar will include a variety of speakers from law enforcement and state agencies will address the audience. Refreshments will be served.

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Family Connections to SCC

By Paula Lickfeldt Pat Mortensen and Kathy Laudadio are sisters who were born in Lodi, New Jersey and later moved to Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey. They were very close sisters and were quite often seen together. After their mother passed away, the girls became the caregivers for their father. When their father passed away, Pat told her husband that she had had it with being cold, she needed to get away from the stress and she wanted to go south. Pat spent months researching various communities in Florida, both on the east and west coasts. She and her husband

were looking for a place that did not get the full effect of the hurricanes, had not suffered from sinkholes and allowed the residents to have pets. After a lot of looking, they discovered Sun City Center. In spite of the fact that had never been to SCC, they took their chances. They sold their home, packed the dog and all of their medication and anything else that would fit into their SUV and headed south. It was very difficult for Pat to move and leave her sister Kathy behind and it was very difficult for Kathy to have her sister leave. They had never lived more that walking distance from each other.

Veterans from 1. office, the FDVA and a few other organizations. An hour before the ceremony was supposed to begin, the community hall was pretty full and people were having to park several streets away. The governor spoke briefly and then spent the next two hours personally presenting each veteran or active service member with a medal. An official photographer took pictures, which were posted online two weeks later. Another staff member helped by taking pictures for people using their phone cameras.

Kathy Laudadio and Pat Mortensen

Pat had lived in SCC for one year when Kathy and her husband came for a visit. Kathy was outside shoveling snow when she got a text from her sister saying that it was 72 degrees in SCC. Kathy and her husband decided it was time for a visit and time to get away from the cold. They really liked the community and what it had to offer but Kathy’s husband was still working, he was an electrical inspector, and he really liked his job. They left

and went back to NJ. The next visit, Kathy and her husband decided to look at some of the properties that Pat had been texting them about. They fell in love with a piece of property in Verona and decided to buy it and have a home built. They went back to NJ and sold their home in a matter of days. They were on their way to Sun City Center, FL. Pat practices Tai Chi, plays dominoes and Hand and Foot and walks her dog every morning. Both girls go to the exercise club at Club Renaissance and the walking pool. Kathy enjoys sitting in the sun with a cup of coffee and a good book. She says she spends a lot of time at the library. Both sisters say that never in a million years did they think they would end up living in Sun City Center, FL. They love it here and they love being back together. Tell us your story. We would love to hear your “Family Connection” to SCC. Call Paula 633-6739.

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By Peggy Burgess Resident R ay Adams had a consummate interest in art. He had been a docent at the Ringling Museum while living in Sarasota and was, himself, an accomplished amateur painter. He had found quite a few Freedom Plaza residents who also painted as a pastime, longed to share their interest and, perhaps, exhibit their works. Adams had noticed that a large somarked “Craft Room” on second floor was seldom in use and surmised that it might be better utilized as an art studio, providing a common area for resident artists to work on their paintings. The auditorium walls were covered with works by members of the newly formed Freedom Plaza Art League, many of the pieces completed in the new Freedom Plaza Art Studio, formerly a little-used craft room. Joe Birnbaum, current President of the Art League, regularly teaches an art class there in connection with Freedom Plaza’s Grad School for Seniors. The newest resident art instructor is Gloria Hosek, who has a degree in art education and taught high school art.

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Resident Joyce Wentzell, long-time member and current treasurer of the Freedom Plaza Art League, enjoys painting in the Art Studio where some of her work is displayed.

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Military News Silver Osprey to Host N.O.A.A. at March Luncheon

The SCC chapter of the Association of Naval Aviation will hold their next monthly luncheon on Friday, Friday, March 9, 2018. Meet and greet will start at 11 a.m. with lunch at 12. The event is to be held in the Plaza Club at Freedom Plaza. The guest speaker is expected to discuss NOAA air operations including a review of their aircraft, research programs and recent activities involved in this summer’s hurricane activity. The presentation will also include information about their WP-3D aircraft shown here. For reservations, mail your checks to Mr. Tom Harding, 309 Noble Faire Dr., Sun City Center, FL, 33573. Deadline for reservations is Tuesday, March 6. Cost of lunch is still $14 for members and $17 for non-members. Membership in the Silver Osprey chapter of the Association of Naval aviation is open to anyone who has an interest in military and related aviation activities. Membership dues are $20 per year. If you would like more information please email Roger Kennicutt, CDR USN(retired) at “” or call 813-260-3221.

Four Chaplains Memorial Service

The Four Chaplains Memorial Service was presented by American Legion Auxiliary Unit 246 on Feb. 3, the 75th Anniversary of the sinking of the USAT Dorchester. The Dorchester was torpedoed by enemy submarine, off the coast of Greenland, and 672 young men paid the supreme sacrifice. Included in the 672 were Four men of God. These four Army Chaplains gave their life jackets to save four soldiers and, in so doing, gave up their only means of survival. Pastor William Cruz delivered the message. The biographies read, and candles were lit for each chaplain by Dr. Charles D. Rentz, Dr. David d’Albany, Dr. Milton Taylor, and Rev. John F. McEvoy, V.F. Amazing Grace was played by Zachary Fitzpatrick, Pipe Major, Sarasota Military Academy.



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Maj. Samuel Chiodo, Chief of Staff, Florida Wing, Civil Air Patrol. was the featured speaker at the Military Officers of America Association (MOAA) monthly meeting on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 in the Florida Room at the North Side Atrium. Maj. C hico do assists t he Wing Commander in managing a staff of over 70 members, as well as all Florida Wing assigned resources. He is also responsible for direct supervision of five Deputy Chiefs of Staff for Manpower and Personnel, Operations, Logistics, Pro g r ams , and In for mat i on and Communications. Civil Air Patrol, the longtime allvolunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which consists of Regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air From left, Maj. Samuel Chiodo, CAP, Force Reserve, along with Air Force and Benny Blackshire, President of SCC retired military and civilian employees. MOAA Chapter. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 85 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 70 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 58,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Civil Air Patrol received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. Congressionally chartered 74 years ago, the nonprofit organization also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Darrell Katz, DAV representative, was presented a check for $1,000 to be applied to a new transportation van and Walt Cawein was presented a check for $1,000 to be used in the construction of the new Veterans Memorial project.

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By Paula Lickfeldt Craig Pittman, a native Floridian, has written several books about Florida, including “The Scent of Scandal” about the theft of a very rare orchid from Selby Gardens. The latest book “Oh, Florida” is about the weird and wacky state that we call home. At the January meeting of the Elegant Gardeners, the members of the club were treated to a talk by Pittman about America’s weirdest state. Florida weirdness is everywhere you look. Florida being the sinkhole capital of the world, the lightning capital of the world, the Psychic Capital of the world and the shark bite capital of the world, just to name a few. Florida is the only state where Mermaids are on the government payroll. The town of Sweetwater was founded by a troupe of Russian circus midgets whose bus broke down. The flag that flew in 1845 when Florida became a state bore the slogan, “Let Us Alone.” Quite ironic for a state whose economy depends on bringing in a constant flow of new residents. Florida also hosts many “kooky critters” from python to giant land snails. Florida is home to nearly 21 million residents and nearly one hundred million tourists visit each year. There are many reasons why so many people come to Florida to live or to vacation. The influx of people may just add to the overall weirdness of the state. The Elegant Gardeners Club meets the second Wednesday of every month at 9:30 a.m. in the Florida Room from October until May. Every month there is a lively and informative speaker, topics range from weird Florida to Small Space Gardens, Colorful Caladiums, and Areca Palm Weaving. All residents of Kings Point and Sun City Center are invited to attend the meetings.

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Bustin’ Broncos at Arcadia Rodeo

Blink at a rodeo and you will miss the action.

By Kai Rambow The explosive energy out of the gate is mesmerizing. Briefly look away and you could miss a rider getting thrown off a horse. For 90 years, Arcadia Rodeo has provided thrilling moments and admirable skill demonstrations. The best part: As a spectator, you’re safe. Guide to Understanding Competitions So much happens, so quickly, you might miss how these events work. These are professional athletes competing for prizes. Unlike football, where athletes are paid very well to gather in huddles wearing helmets, cowboys pay substantial entry fees for an opportunity to win relatively small prizes with extremely athletic horses and steers. Greg Simas, professional rodeo announcer, provide d insig ht f u l commentary throughout. Events evolved from real life. For example, on working ranches cowboys needed to wrestle steers to administer medication. Being able to quickly tie an animal’s legs was and is critical to avoid injuries. Ranchers started competing with each other: “My ranch hands are better than yours.” One exception noted Simas is bull riding, “It’s a bravado thing.” Simas helpfully explained the different competitive events. Mutton Busting: This is the kids’ version of bull riding. It’s a mini-event taking place before the professional competitions begin. Children must weigh under 60 pounds for the sheep’s safety. They wear helmets – the kids not the sheep – hang on and try to ride the sheep as long as possible. Key Concept – Mark Out Rule: In the bareback and saddle bronc events, cowboys must have the heels of their boots making contact above the horse’s shoulder after the first jump out of the bucking chute. If you look closely before the chute opens, you’ll see cowboys leaning back with their feet position above the horse’s shoulder. So, cowboys do not start with their legs wrapped around; their feet are raised on an animal that will buck wildly. If the cowboy is not still making contact before the feet of the horse touch the ground after the first jump out of the bucking chute, he is disqualified. Bareback riding, saddle bronc riding

and bull riding: The challenges for these events are very similar. The first is the mark out rule described above. This does not apply to bull riding. In bareback rigging is used, and in the bull riding events cowboys wrap their own ropes around the chest area of the animal. They will use a tree sap resin, made with a different process, to make the rope stickier, but that is as secure as it gets. Remember cowboys can only hold on with one hand. Cowboys must stay on for eight seconds, and their free hand cannot touch the animal. There are no extra points for staying on longer. Towards the end of eight seconds, you’ll see pick up men bring their horses alongside to allow a cowboy to “safely” dismount a bucking horse. In bull riding, bullfighters (look like clowns to us) are nearby to help ensure safety. There are two judges. One judge awards points based on the bucking motion of the animal. How high an animal kicks is key. The other judge awards points based on the ability of the cowboy to stay centered and in the middle of the animal. Key Concept – Breaking the Barrier Rule: Breaking the barrier is a term you’ll hear for steer wrestling, team roping and tie down roping. One of the rules in these events is for the cow to have a lead. Cows in the chute will have a neck rope tied to them. Beside the chute, a cowboy will position his horse at the back of the box (stall). There is a rope in front of the box. When the cow exits a chute, it will be pulling the rope. Upon reaching the length of the rope, it will gently snap and release the rope in front of the cowboy’s box. The challenge for the cowboy is to have the shortest distance possible. If he launches his horse too early, he will break the barrier (the rope) in front of the box before the cow snaps it and he is disqualified. Steer wrestling: A cowboy by himself with no rope has to place a steer on the ground. Completing the task in the shortest time is the goal here and can happen in under five seconds. Team roping: Also a very quick event, two cowboys chase a steer. There are three legal catches: clean around the

horns, around one horn and head and around the whole head. Anything else is a disqualification. While roping the whole head looks great, cowboys are aiming for both horns only since it gives them greater control of the animal. Then the second cowboy tries to rope the back two feet. Both cowboys turn, face each other and tighten the ropes. Breaking the barrier, as described earlier, adds a 10 second penalty; roping only one heel adds a 5 second penalty. WPRA Barrel racing: Timed event with 5 second penalty for knocked over barrel. Cowgirls race around three barrels in a cloverleaf pattern crossing their own tracks. Cowgirls will choose a pattern of two lefts and one right or one right and two lefts. After event, barrels are moved in closer for the junior competition. Same rules apply. Special thanks to Greg Simas and Katie Marks. Tips for a Great Trip Driving: It’s an easy 90-minute drive, mostly through country. GPS will be helpful once you reach Arcadia. Best viewing: Opposite chutes for bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and bull riding. Binoculars might be a personal preference, but I didn’t see anyone use any. This is a brand new covered arena

with more comfortable seating options. Cover from the sun should make it much more comfortable for spectators. Dining: While there is food available at the rodeo, you may want to consider adding a dining experience. There are several very good restaurants in Arcadia. Oak Street Deli (great for lunch) 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 26 West Oak St. 863.494.3898 Magnolia Street Seafood (great for dinner) 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. (closed Sun./Mon.} 9 W. Magnolia St. 863.491.6916 Slim’s BBQ (suggested for dinner) 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. 319 S Brevard Ave. S e ating and Pri cing: G e ne r a l admission $19, aluminum bleacher no back; Premium $26, chairs no armrest; Premium plus $31, chairs with armrest. Arcadia Rodeo March 8-11, 2018 October 21-28, 2018 Since the arena is brand new use this address next door for GPS: 2150 NE Roan St. Arcadia, FL 34266 (863)



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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.

Kings Point Dances for March

DANCING Upcoming Singles Social Dance

The Singles Social Dance Club will meet on March 4 in the Atrium Building, Florida Room, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Live music for your dancing and listening pleasure will be provided by Thor Stevens and his saxophone. Members $4, guests $6. BYOB and snacks. Water, ice, napkins and cups provided. Proper dress requested (please no shorts or jeans). Please note that this is the only dance in March, but there will be three dances in April: 1, 15 and 29. New schedules are available at the dances. Info: Janet 813-633-3558.

SCC Dance Club

Saturday, March 24, 2018, SCC Dance Club Gala Buffet and Dance from 5:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. South Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd., SCC, 33573. Catered by Banquet Masters. Dance to our widely acclaimed and exclusive playlist spun by Gerardo. The banquet buffet entrees include baked ham, roast turkey and bourbon glazed salmon. Buffet and dance: members $20, guests $25. Dance only 7 to 9 p.m. Members free, guests $6 at the door. Semi-formal attire (jacket and tie for men). BYOB. Open seating. Singles tables available. Checks payable to SCC Dance Club must be received by Ann Carl, 1802 Bunker Hill Dr., SCC 33573 no later the March 19. For information, call 813-634-9074.

Wednesday, March 7 Kings Point Dance, Ballroom dance music by Ken Miller. Veterans Hall doors open at 7 p.m., dancing 7:30 to 9:30. Singles table available. Proper dress required. Guest $5. Questions call Eileen 203.907.6111. Tuesday March 20 Kings Point Dance Club, Ballroom dance music by Bobby Remp. Veterans Hall doors open at 7 p.m., dancing 7:30 to 9:30. Singles table available. Proper dress required. Guests $5. Questions Call Eileen 203.907.6111.

Oldies But Goodies Dance Club

The Oldies but Goodies Dance Club will be enjoying the music of RB and the Gang on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. The cost is free for members and $6 per person for guests. No advance ticket is needed, pay at the door. The doors will open at 6:15 p.m. for members and 6:30 p.m. for guests. The band originally from Memphis and now locally based are making a very welcome return to the Oldies but Goodies dance. The band will be playing 7-10 p.m. BYOB and snacks, the club will provide water, ice, cups and napkins. As always, residents of Kings Point and Renaissance as well as Sun City Center are always welcome. Any questions contact Club President Joanne at 813728-1147 or email “”. You may also check out our website: “” or join us on Facebook “ OldiesButGoodiesDanceClub”.

Academy of Ballroom Dance

Moonglow Dance Club

Moonglow Ballroom Dance Club will feature the live music of “The Mellotones” at their monthly dance on Thursday March 22 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Sun City Center. The attire at Moonglow dances is dressy casual. Members are free, and visitors/guests pay $5 per person at the door. Singles table(s) are always available. BYOB and snacks. The Club will provide ice, water, cups and napkins. Visitors are always welcome, so why not get your friends and neighbors to join you at a Moonglow dance? For more Information call 813-633-1297 or 813-633-2755, or if you would like to receive Moonglow information by email, contact

The Academy of Ballroom Dance Club will host a dance on Saturday, March 3, in the Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd, Sun City Center. At 6:30 p.m., there will be a mambo/salsa dance lesson included with admission. This will be followed by regular dancing from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. At intermission, the Academy Formation Team will be performing a rumba routine for your entertainment. Admission is free for members, or $6 for guests at the door. Come and dance to a fabulous selection of tunes handpicked by our DJ Bernice DuBro. Enjoy the complimentary coffee and cookies. Try your luck with the 50/50 drawing. Open seating and singles tables are always available. Everyone is welcome; bring your friends and BYOB. The dress code is casual but neat (no shorts please). Future dances will be hosted on April 7, May 12, June 2 and July 7. For more information, call George Hawn at 330-770-0442.

KP Line Dancers

The KP Line Dancers are having a free social dance on Wed March 21, 7 p.m., Veterans Theater. Green Dragons is the theme, wear green (or St Pat’s Day apparel). Open to KP and SCC residents and their guests. Appropriate dance shoes, no flip-flops. BYOB. Call Jan 6346226 for more info.

The Singles Mingles of Kings Point Dance

Friday March 9, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Banquet Room of the north clubhouse. The admission is $5 and BYOB. Come listen to the music of DJ Ken Miller. If you live outside Kings Point, please call Dottie Beyer at 813-812-6972 to add your name to the gate list.

Social Ballroom Dance Classes

Sponsored by the Academy Dance Club Classes are held in the Dance Studio in the Atrium. Open to all Sun City Center and Kings Point residents. Couples and singles welcome. For information call Bernice DuBro at 813-634-3205. Tuesdays March (6, 13, 20, 27) Beginning Swing - 5:30 p.m. Intermediate Swing - 6:45 p.m. Intermediate West Coast Swing - 8 p.m. Must have had the Beginning West Coast Swing before taking this class. Wednesdays, March (7, 14, 21, 28) Beginning Foxtrot - 12:45 p.m. Beginning/Intermediate Samba - 2 p.m. Silver Quick Step (Beginning) - 3:15 p.m. Taught by Bernice Dubro and George Hawn. Call 813-634-3205 or email “”.

Line Dance Club of SCC Leadership Team 2018

Rosalyn Doty, V-Pres; Dick Babbits, Pres; Eileen Bagley, Nicki Kaukonen. Standing: Tres. Gail Walker, Frank Hein, Hilary Boyle, Hilda Lindner. Not pictured: Ava Casper. Line Dancing is held at the Community Hall S. Pebble Beach on Tuesday 6:30 p.m.

TimeSteppers News

Taking time away from their tap classes the “TimeSteppers” socializing and not counting calories during one of their monthly luncheons. As in previous years the TimeSteppers will be performing in the upcoming “Follies” on March 23 and 24 at the Veterans Theatre, King’s Point, SCC. Ticket information will be forthcoming.

Sunsations Luncheon

The “Sunsations”, a performing dance group in Sun City Center, at their regular monthly get-together luncheon. You will be able to see them perform in the upcoming “Follies” to be held at the Veterans Theatre, King’s Point, SCC on the March 23 and 24. Watch the paper for ticket sales information.

Entertainment Corner By Renee Bray, Entertainment Director

ReVoiced A Capella Group Coming to SCC Community Hall The Sun City Center Community Association welcomes the a cappella group ReVoiced, at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 4, 2018. Encompassing five talented, charismatic men, reVoiced is the vocal quintet that will keep your “ears on their toes” and will have audiences enthralled while experiencing their band without sounds of a band using only their five voices. Not relying solely on smooth vocals, ReVoiced brings professional showmanship, audience interaction and sleek sophistication to the stage to create a perfect mix of impactful moments that will leave you not just impressed, but also inspired. Covering a fun and exciting combination of classic and current music, reVoiced appeals to audiences of all generations and rekindles old flames while lighting new ones. They have their own unique style, moves, personalities, and their powerhouse vocals. Tickets for ReVoiced are just $17 and will be sold at the door the day of the show, Sunday March 4, 2018. Light refreshments will be available following the show.

March 2018

The News of Sun City Center

Fine Arts Gallery Opening & Reception

March 7, 2018 The Art Club in Sun City Center’s Fine Art Gallery Opening & Reception “Meet the Artists” is a forum for bringing together talented artists with fellow residents of Sun City Center. While most Gallery Exhibits usually feature one or two artists, the March exhibit will showcase artwork from more than 25 Art Club members. The exhibit which will be in the gallery for the entire month of March coincides with SCC’s annual Fun Fest on March 17. Paintings and drawings by professional artists along with artists whose careers began with classes taught at the Art Club will showcase work in acrylic, oil, water media, graphic arts, pastels and mixed media. Many artists whose work is exhibited will be attending the Gallery Opening & Reception. Come be inspired at the “Meet the Artists” Fine Arts Gallery Opening on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 from 1 – 3 p.m. The event is free and open to members of the community and their guests. Snacks and beverages will be served. The Art Club is located on Cherry Hills Drive in Sun City Center. Visit www.artclubofscc. org for more information.

Gals & Guys Productions Present 2018 Season

The SCC Gals & Guys Productions, will be participating in FunFest on March 17. Please look for our promotion table where you can meet and speak with one of our members and get information about our club. We will be performing in the Rollins Theater at 10 a.m. during the FunFest. The Gals & Guys 2018 Season will be presenting two productions. We are trying something a bit different this year by having the shows as matinees in order to be “golf cart friendly” this time around. Shows are still being held at the Community Hall on South Pebble Beach Blvd and will start at 2 p.m., with doors opening at 1:30 p.m. The annual membership dues are $10 per person, which includes tickets to both productions and refreshments post show. Membership volunteers are available to take your applications on any Thursday, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Rollins Theater on Cherry Hills Drive at the North Campus. April 21: A NIGHT AT THE OSCARS Enjoy many Oscar winning songs, by our very own talented Gals & Guys performers, in an Oscar winning atmosphere. We ask our audience members to come (optional) formal black tie attire to walk the red carpet and be interviewed by a famous “character”. November 8: TRIBUTE TO LEGENDS Our cast will be Saluting Legends that have inspired us to bring you this showcase. You will hear songs from some of the Greats of our time for your pleasure and enjoyment.

Art Demonstration: Personalizing Portraits Using Dura-lar Paper

March 5 at 1 p.m. Rollins Theater Join Diane Simon as she demonstrates the techniques employed in using water media on Dura-Lar film to create unique and compelling results. 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 Art Club in Sun City Center, Kings Point Art League and Art Center Manatee. Diane currently teaches watercolor classes and offers workshops and demonstrations. Visit Diane’s website at: And visit for more information.


SCC Art Club Artist of the Month is Carol Pasco

The Art Club in Sun City Center has chosen watercolorist, Carol Pasco as Artist of the Month for March 2018. Carol’s artistic journey has been a path of endless discovery. A new chapter in her life began when she joined the Sun City Center arts community. While working in the Shellcrafters, Flower Arrangers, Stain Glass and Lapidary Clubs her creative juices started flowing, but it’s watercolor painting she really loves. All these influences enriched the style and meaning that she brings to her paintings. Under the guidance of Adele Moros, Diane Simon, and with the advice offered by fellow art club members, Carol developed skills necessary to express her emotions with paint on paper. She learns something about the technique of painting from every completed project and tries to incorporate what she has learned in the next painting. Carol enjoys membership in the Art Club in Sun City Center and the Kings Point Art League. Each year she has won ribbons for her entries in the Annual Art Show and the Kings Point Art Shows. You can view Carol Pasco’s artwork at the SCC Library, the SCC Welcome Center, LaBeautique Style Salon, SCC Samaritan Services, Fiore’s Sunshine Café, Cadence Bank and the Art Club Window. Visit for more information.

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Swing Into Spring

The Women’s Chorus of SCC thinks it would be lovely if you would join them on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 3 p.m. at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church on W. Del Webb, in SCC when they sing, sing, sing and Swing into Spring. The chorus, led by Director Jeff Jordan and accompanied by Keith Rasmussen, won’t frim fram around Photo credit: Bill Hodges or misbehave while we fly you to the moon and back through favorites by Cole Porter, Fats Waller, Gershwin, Mancini and even Van Morrison. You don’t need a ticket or a reservation, but you might want to arrive early since our concerts are always packed to the rafters. A free will offering will be taken. We promise to watch over you while we all have fun together and Swing into Spring. Mark your calendars now! It will be a marvelous moondance through decades of music.

Art Show Competition Winners

At the Art Show’s Reception on Thursday, January 25 competing award winning artists eagerly awaited Judge Gainor Roberts announcement for the coveted “Best of Show” winner. Larry Schafer won this honor for his water media painting: “The Alice Belle.” Tom Hopfensperger’s watercolor painting “WI Farm” was chosen for the People’s Choice Award. Congratulations to the first place award winners: in acrylics: Jeannie Bieber, Diane Garro, Jill Scott, KC Chilton; in pastels: Pam Cardwell, Grethe Lindman, Faye McKeown, Yoshihiro Koseki; in oils: Ira Lew, Jean Beardsley, Meredith King; in mixed media: Lynn Bentz, Kristine Litrell, Karen Butenschoen, Linda Duhn; in water media: Rebecca Gerdy, Diane Garro, Deb Shimondle, Meredith King and in graphic arts: Tom Hopfensperger and KC Chilton. To all artists who participated in the Art Show, you are the best of the best. The Art Club in Sun City Center provides programs to its members in a wide range of art subjects offering art demonstrations, classes, workshops, field trips and art shows. In addition, the Club maintains a Gallery for the display of its member artists’ work. Club membership is open to residents of Sun City Center, Kings Point and Freedom Plaza. For more information about the club go to the club’s website:

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THURSDAY MARCH 1 @ 7:00 PM FRIDAY MARCH 2 @ 7:00 PM SATURDAY MARCH 3 @ 1:30 PM SATURDAY MARCH 3 @ 7:00 PM DOORS OPEN 30 MINUTES BEFORE PERFORMANCE IN THE VETERANS THEATER AT KINGS POINT CABARET AND BLEACHER SEATING – BYOB & SNACKS TICKETS $15.00 ON SALE NOW AT THE KINGS POINT BOX OFFICE 1900 CLUBHOUSE DRIVE SUN CITY CENTER, FL 33573 The Curious Savage is the story of an elderly widow named Mrs. Savage, whose husband has left her $10 million dollars. She intends to give the entire fortune away to people who wish to pursue their “foolish dreams,” but her stepchildren strongly object. To prevent her from doing away with their family’s wealth and ruining their legacy, they have her committed to a sanatorium called The Cloisters, and it is among the gentle residents there that she finds her true family. The Curious Savage is a warm comedy that compares the kindness and loyalty of psychiatric patients with the greed and hostility of so-called “normal people.”

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M O N. M A R 5 , 1 2 , 1 9 , 2 6 WIDOWER’S GROUP 8:30 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. SCC. Meeting for widowers only. History has consistently proven regardless of what we think, you can benefit greatly from the experience of others. We invite you to attend a meeting, coffee and donuts on us. You’ll sit and listen as others share their experiences in dealing with the different stages of the tragic loss of losing your spouse. For more information contact Jim Clarke 813-625-5665 or TUE. MAR 6 - CONSERVATION WANT TO HELP OUR EARTH? 9:30 a.m. in the Palm Room on the first Tuesday of each month. Our goal is to educate members and the community in all aspects of managing, preserving, and enhancing the environment for healthier living. This group is led by Patsie Ginley. For more information, email her at patsieginley@aol. com. Some of their discussion topics are, Sierra Club, Spring Community Present, having a March Speaker, Spring Fling at Little Manatee, Citizens Climate Lobby, and Ted Talk. TUE. MAR 6, 13, 20, 27 - LINE DANCING WITH A BALANCE 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement

The News of Sun City Center Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Do you like to dance but are worried about falling? Join the free line dancing class lead by trained therapists. This weekly class will improve your balance and reduce your risk of falling. For more information, call Debbie Caneen at 813-892-2990. TUE. MAR 6, 13, 20, 27 - LIFE CHALLENGES SUPPORT GROUP 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Live your life fully with zest and joy! Rid yourself of depression, anxiety, frustrations with family, children, friends, life changes, health problems, finances and more. All are welcome in complete confidence and free of charge. We meet every Tuesday in the first-floor lounge of Sun Towers. No appointment is necessary. TUE. MAR 6, 13, 20, 27 - “PARTY IN A CHAIR” FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 2:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. SCC. Bring the joy of movement, imagination and playfulness back into your life! This party will exercise your brain and you will receive the benefit of joint flexibility, memory recall, creativity, imagination, laughter, breathing, balance and more! Every session is different and done seated. All are welcome to join in! For more info call Debbie Caneen at 813-892-2990. W E D. M A R 7 , 1 4 , 2 1 , 2 8 T H E R A P E U T I C TA I C H I F O R BALANCE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Our therapists have advanced training in therapeutic Tai Chi for Seniors and will provide guidance in this healthy exercise. Tai Chi has been proven to increase strength and balance! This class will be offered EVERY Wednesday due to increased demand. For more information, contact Debbie Caneen at 813-634-3347. THU. MAR 8 - “LET’S PUNCH OUT PARKINSON’S” ROCK STEADY BOXING 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center, FL. Introducing “Rock Steady Boxing” where the mission is to empower people with Parkinson’s disease to fight back. If you have Parkinson’s, or are caring for someone with this disease, be sure to register for this weekly session by contacting Eric Allen at 813-321-8755 or Complimentary valet parking available at towers entrance. For additional info, call Debbie Caneen 813892-2990. THU. MAR 8 - CHRONIC PAIN, ARTHRITIS AND NEUROPATHY GROUP 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. SCC. Rajh Cromie, Certified RYT Yoga Instructor specializing in Yoga for Arthritis and Meditation. If you have had success with any treatment you have tried, please come to share and to learn! Supported by Sun Towers Retirement Community Outpatient Therapy. Learn what you can do to reduce your pain today! For info, call 813-892-2990. MON. MAR 12 - SOUTH SHORE CONCERT BAND PRESENTS A POPS CONCERT 7 p.m. at the South Shore United Church of Christ, 1501 La Jolla Ave. in Sun City Center. The concert will feature popular songs from the 60’s. No tickets are required and a free will offering will be taken. To

preview the 52-member band go to our website TUE. MAR 13 – IRISH MUSIC WITH MATTHEW GURNSEY 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin in Community Rooms 1 & 2. Join Matthew Gurnsey as he sings of the green shamrock shores! This live musical concert embodies Irish culture with its humor, rousing history, and heart-wrenching ballads. Funded by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library. Questions? Call (813) 273-3652. WED. MAR 14 - VIRTUAL DEMENTIA TOUR “ YOUR WINDOW INTO THEIR WORLD” 10:00 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Walk a Mile in the Shoes of a Person Living with Dementia. Created by P.K. Beville, a specialist in geriatrics, this experience is designed to instill hope in professional and family caregivers, providing them with a tool to move from sympathy to empathy and to better understand the behaviors and needs of their loved ones and patients. Tours provided by Senior Helpers. Free event but RSVP is required to 813-634-3347. WED. MAR 14 - SCC SHRINE CLUB MONTHLY LUNCHEON 11:30 a.m. at Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Cost is $14 per person and is catered by Banquet Masters. Reservations are required and the first lunch is on us. However, it’s usual and customary that first time visitors come with a member and a member will be available if contact is made through our website, or with a current member directly. We will have either entertainment or other enlightening program that will be of interest to the group. If someone really doesn’t know anyone they can call our club person that handles the reservations, Noble Barry Meyers 813-260-3136 before the Friday before the event date. For more info visit: W E D. M A R 1 4 - D I A B E T E S EDUCATION SUPPORT GROUP 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Have you been given the diagnosis of diabetes? Are you unsure of your dietary and physical future? Discover options and learn information that will prepare you for a healthy future with diabetes. For additional info, call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990. THU. MAR 15 - FREE MEMORY SCREENINGS Beginning at 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, Suite #254. With annual memory screenings, you will be able to identify a decline in memory in order to address it and hopefully reverse it altogether. Make your appointment today to have your memory screened along with your hearing. By appointment only. To schedule, call the Coalition at 813-419-4902. FRI. MAR 16 - VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT, A PROGRAM OF THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. by registration only at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive SCC. The Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross in partnership with the Veterans History Project, a program of the Library of Congress, is seeking Veterans to participate in this project. The program captures through a video interview, firsthand account of Veterans who served in any

March 2018 branch of the US military in any capacity, from World War I through the present, and are no longer serving are eligible to participate. Civilians who served in support of a US war effort in a professional capacity are also welcome to participate. If you are a Veteran or know Veterans that would like to share their stories, please call Sun Towers to schedule your interview time at 813-634-3347. FRI. MAR 16 - THE KP’S MUSIC CLUB SPRING DANCE & SHOW PARTY 6:00 p.m. at the KPCH, Veterans Theater. There will be DJ Music for dancing, with a great Doo Wop Show by the Harmony Express vocal group. BYOB & Snacks permitted. Setups will be provided. Tickets are $15. Contact Jim, (813) 773-7377. MON. MAR 19 - PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP OF SCC 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. Did you know YOGA could benefit most everyone? If you have had success with any treatment you have tried, please come to share! If you have Parkinson’s, or are caring for someone with this disease, be sure to attend this support group! Complimentary valet parking available at entrance. For additional info, call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990. TUE . MAR 20 - ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. Bring your loved one for a well-deserved break. Facilitated by Aging Care Advocates. You will receive information while your loved one is cared for in our Secured Memory Care. Please RSVP no less than 3 days prior to 813-6771400. For additional information, contact Debbie Caneen at 813-634-3347. WED. MAR 21 - 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! Learn what assistance there may be for you if you have low vision in order to maintain your independence. Free valet parking for cars and golf carts. If you have low vision, then this meeting is for you! For more info call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990. TUE. MAR 27 - FREE MEMORY SCREENINGS Beginning at 1:00 p.m. at Kings Point in the 2020 building. With annual memory screenings, you will be able to identify a decline in memory in order to address it and hopefully reverse it altogether. Make your appointment today to have your memory screened along with your hearing. By appointment only. To schedule, call the Coalition at 813-419-4902. WED. MAR 28 - BUNCO IS ALIVE AND WELL IN SUN CITY CENTER 9:00 a.m. in the Sandpiper Room in the Atrium. A group of Woman’s Club members and guests meet to play a rousing game of Bunco. Reservations are not required. If you can’t remember how to play we will show you the game. We have prizes and a light snack. It’s an excellent way to introduce your friends and neighbors to the GFWC Sun City Center Woman’s Club. We finish by 11:30 a.m.

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SPORTS March 2018

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The Latin Fitness Club of Sun City Center invites you to join the fun and get a great workout too. Jan Ulics, the club’s choreographer and instructor, will lead you through an active hour of full body aerobic exercise, emphasizing core muscle groups with simple dance steps and hip movements, all to an exciting Latin beat! The club meets in the Dance Studio within the Central Campus Atrium on Mondays (12:45 - 1:45 p.m.) and Fridays (1 – 2 p.m.). Check us out for $2, or join us for $10 yearly dues and $1 a class or $5 a month. On March 17, during the FunFest, the club will have a fun and high energy workout for all to watch and enjoy. Stop in at 12:15 p.m. to see the 30-minute demonstration.

Archery Club

Aquasizer instructor Christa Wolfe recently took advantage of a free archery lesson from club instructor Jerry Anderson. CA Members who would like to take advantage of the archery clubs free no obligation lessons, only need to go to the clubs range located on the south campus behind the dog park on Tuesdays at 3 p.m. during the clubs weekly “Social Shoot”, or contact club instructor Jerry Anderson at (330-2067048) to set up a time to receive their no cost, no obligation archery lesson. Any questions about the SCC Archery Club, not related to lessons should be directed to club president Mark Erickson, 813-634-0796.

Athlete of the Month is Ted Riley

Come See Florida’s First SSIPA Pickleball Tournament King’s Point March 4 through March 6

By Bob Monahan The nation’s fastest growing sport is pickleball, and in the Kings Point and Sun City Center area there are over one thousand active players. Active seniors have found this sport addicting and challenging. Approximately one hundred and sixty of the state’s and nation’s best pickleball players will showcase their talents at the SSIPA /USAPA South Shore Sizzler. This tournament is located at 1900 Clubhouse Drive Kings Point Sunday March 4 through Tuesday March 6. The public is invited to attend this tournament on any of the mentioned dates for free. It is recommended that they bring their own lawn chairs. Food trucks and vendors will be on site for the games which start every day at 8 a.m. to the finish.

The Schedule:

Sunday, March 4: Men’s Singles/Women’s Doubles Monday, March 5: Mixed Doubles Tuesday, March 6: Women’s Singles/Men’s Doubles

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SCC Softball Club

The SCC Softball Club “Annual Military Tournament” will once again take place at the ball field on March 19, 2018. This is our seventh year for this event! We are asking to support this event by wearing something patriotic. If you have any military clothing to wear, we would greatly appreciate it. The opening festivities will commence at 12 noon with the announcing of the team players, the national anthem sung by Salvina Tannenholz and the throwing out of the first pitch. The Diamondettes will be operating the food pavilion. We also would like if you can provide your branch of service, rank and brief responsibilities of your service and hand it to the radio/play by play announcer when you arrive. Once again, we are looking for a very successful day and we thank you in advance for your support. A sign-up sheet will be at the scorer’s table from March 5 thru March 13. Only those SCC Softball Club members who have served in one of the armed forces will be eligible to participate.

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By Bob Monahan I recently met Ted Riley at the Tampa Bay Senior Olympic Games. Part of a near month-long competition was a talent division. Typically, you do not equate athletes being artistic. Ted dispelled that notion as he won the stained-glass competition. His first place piece was a spectacular design and presentation of the “Statue of Liberty”. Not only did he win first place he also won all the ribbons in stained glass. Recently, Ted traveled to Jacksonville to compete in their senior games and won five gold medals in swimming. His gold medals were in every stroke (backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle, butterfly and individual medley). For good measure, he came in third in the cycling division. Ted is a master swimmer at the Sun City Center Masters Swim Club. His typical workout is over a mile and a quarter long. Ted started swimming at the YMCA youth program and swam on his high school team. As he entered Ball State University Ted swam for their intramural program. He earned a BS degree in industrial education which would have allowed him to become a shop teacher. The call to join the Marines instead factored in to his decision to become a 2LT right out of college. Seven years of active duty and sixteen years of reserve duty mostly at the Marine Reserve Center in Tampa and MacDill Air Force Base brought him to Florida. He retired as a LtCol, while serving with the Special Operations Command. Ted married the love of his life, Elaine Patton on 10/10/10. This special ceremony took place in New Orleans on a balcony overlooking Bourbon Street. By that time Ted was living in Sun City Center using the facilities to improve his swimming. As Ted gradually retired from a second career in the insurance business he added more time in the swimming pool. In 2016 Ted’s swimming was sidelined by rotator cuff surgery. To keep his cardio, he added cycling to his workouts and continued cycling to avoid over training in the pool. With vigorous workouts daily and many regional swim meets annually, Ted shows discipline in his diet. Before his morning workout a light meal of fruit and yogurt is part of his regimen. The night before a swim meet a typical meal includes chicken and pasta with a white sauce. The white sauce is less acidic and easier to digest. Ted considers himself to be a meat, potato and vegetable kind of a guy. Last year stained-glass was added as a hobby resulting in the success he had in the Senior Games in that division this year. Ted is a multitalented man who is living the good life available here in Sun City Center. He plans on competing for years to come.


March 2018

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SCC Basketball Club Expands to Women’s Only Division

SCC Basketball Club president, Bob Monahan announces that the club will be expanding its women’s division by offering an additional time for the women to play separately from the men on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The club plays at the Ruskin Recreation Center on Southeast 6th Street and is free to the public. Since most female seniors have little or no experience in basketball the club will teach or review with the participants how to dribble, pass, shoot and defend. The facility is indoors, air conditioned and has hardwood floors that are kind to senior bodies. Games are played for fun and under one hoop which is Senior Olympic Style. The age of past participants has been mid-fifties to mid-eighties. The SCC Basketball Club invites Senior women to come out of their comfort zone to try something new and fun. Call club president Bob Monahan at 401-527-1718 or for more details.

Lawn Bowling “Singles” Champion

By Garry Higgins The Suncoasters Singles Champion is determined by a single knockout, elimination tournament, played over four afternoons. The two finalists this year were Cindy Higgins, defending the title from last year and Barb Mignogna. In this match, the first player to get to twenty-one points, would be the winner. In an exciting finish, with the score tied twenty to twenty, Cindy prevailed and is the 2018 Suncoasters Singles Champion. The SCC Lawn Bowling and Croquet Club offers free lessons from November to April. For more information visit the Cindy Higgins website at

HOLE IN ONE Accomplished by:

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SCC Pickleball Women’s Doubles

Sun City Center residents Donna Cabral and Debbie Zieg were excited to bring home the Gold at The Women’s Double Englewood Chill Blast Pickleball Tournament in Englewood, Florida on February 3.

Date: 1/22/18 Course: Ibis Hole: #6 Yardage: 104 Club used: 5 Iron Witnessed by: Robert Bennett, Larry and Judy Lutz

Sun City Center Pickleball

Peter Cabral of Sun City Center and his cousin Jeff Cabral of Tampa won Bronze Medals in the Men’s Doubles at the Englewood Chill Blast Pickleball Tournament on February 3.

Lawn Bowling Men’s Pairs Champions

By Garry Higgins In the final match of the Pebble Beach (men’s) section of the Sun City Center Lawn Bowling it was Bob Ferguson and his partner, Phil Griffin challenging Bob Fladung and Jim Ferguson. After sixteen ends, Bob and Jim were declared the Pebble Beach Pairs Champions for 2018. For more information about the club and lawn bowling, visit www.suncitycenterlbc. com or drop the club, located behind the library. The club welcomes residents of Sun City Center and Kings Point communities. Jim Ferguson & Bob Fladung

Three Generation Triathlon

Bringing Home The Gold

Sun City Center residents, Donna and Peter Cabral won gold medals in the Mixed Doubles at the Englewood Chill Blast Pickleball Tournament on February 4.

Don Carlson (73) of Sun City Center, his son, Mark (54), and grandson, Nicholas (13), both from North Carolina, competed in the “TRI YOUR HEART OUT” Triathlon in Sarasota on Sunday, January 11. The event included a 400 meter swim, 11 mile bike ride and two-mile run. All three finished.

Lawn Bowling League Champions

By Garry Higgins The final match of the Sun City Center Lawn Bowling Club’s Tuesday League was played between the team of Ben Caudill, Carl Zajac, and Howard Baker, and the team of Eric Porr, C.C. McBride and Jim Savage. Coming into the final end down by one, the Ben Caudill team scored three points and won, thirteen to eleven. It was an exciting game before a sellout crowd. League play is only one aspect of lawn bowling. Whether a social bowler or a competitive player, the club is sure to have an activity of interest to you. For more information about the club and Congratulations, Tuesday League lawn bowling, visit www.suncitycenterlbc. Champions, the team of Ben Caudill, Carl com or drop the club, located behind Zajac and Howard Baker. the library. The club welcomes residents of the Sun City Center and Kings Point communities.



We play three times a week - Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Each day we play six games, starting at 8:30 a.m. Horseshoe pits are located off Weatherford Drive behind the Community Hall on South Pebble Beach Boulevard. Currently over 60 members and 12 pits, (6 covered). Can’t make it three times a week? No problem; come when you can. Not awake yet? Free coffee every play day. Come on over and pitch a few shoes with no commitment to join. Men and ladies welcome. The SCC Ringers have much to offer for the annual $20 membership fee. Use of all equipment and pits. Free coffee every morning. Party once a month, every month. Free donuts on meeting days. Lovely catered Christmas party in December. Come join us! Our members are hosting a large rummage sale with many items for sale. Saturday, March 10, beginning at 8 a.m. behind the SCC Community Center on S. Pebble Beach.

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March 2018

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Thursday Night Partners’ Bridge Club

Any bridge player in Sun City Center or King’s Point may play with the Thursday Night Partners’ Bridge Club as long as they bring a partner and $.50. If you need a partner, you may contact Membership Chair Dawn Luckett at 813-633-2513. The club meets weekly on Thursday evenings in the Horizon Room at the Atrium between 6:45 and 9:45 p.m. At the end of the evening, the club rewards the two highest scoring players at each table with a monetary prize. Come and play with us and see if you are a winner! The club plans another social event on April 12 before the snowbirds fly the coop.

St. Anne’s 3rd Annual Golf Tournament

Saint Anne Catholic Church is building its 2018 Community Outreach Funds with its 3rd Annual Golf Tournament. A “Best Ball Golf Tournament” will be held Saturday, April 21, 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 Apollo Beach Golf Club. Special event: Hole in One contest with the Grand Prize of $10,000. 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. All proceeds benefit Saint Anne Catholic Church Community Outreach programs, including the weekly Food Pantry, Education Scholarships, St. Vincent DePaul, and Catholic Charities’ Mobile Medical Bus.


King’s Point West Lawn Bowling Club

King’s Point West Lawn Bowling Club (KPWLBC) held their annual Novice Tournament in mid-January. The tournament, open to the previous year’s new bowlers, provided several afternoons of well-played matches that entertained those gathered to watch. The eventual winners were Joe Buczek in the Men’s Division and Janice Chase in the Women’s Division.

SCC Tennis News

The Sun City Center Ladies USTA 4.0 Tennis Team has won their last two matches against Riverhills and Apollo Beach. Players include, from l to r: H. Peterson, V. Wagner, M. Colon, D. Williamson, C. Troxell, and L. Greenlee (Captain). Absent: B. Zeller.

SCC USTA Celebrate a Victory

Janice Chase

The Sun City Center “Vintage Vixens” USTA Tennis Team were happy to celebrate a win against Arbor Greene on Saturday, January 20. Pictured from left: Sue Hackney, Sheryl Doom, Rolande Poulin, Nancy Clark, Debbie Zieg and Luanne Nordine.

Tennis Association 2018 Board Members

The Sun City Center Tennis Association elected their 2018 Board Members. From L to R - Andy Iacurci, Vice President; Roberta Kirchoff, Asst. Social Director; Rodger Goding, Membership Director; John Paulhus, Secretary; Tom Hackney, Treasurer; Maggie Pliska, President and Mary Pat Kirchen, Social Director. There are nearly 200 members playing on ten well-maintained Har-Tru courts, paying only $75 per year dues. In addition, there are currently four traveling competitive tennis teams and regularly scheduled social events. Contact President Maggie Pliska at 813-633-7884 for additional information.

Joe Buczek



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March 2018

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FAITH & service Christian Women’s Connection Luncheon

Thursday, March 8, at Club Renaissance, 2121 S. Pebble Beach Blvd., Sun City Center, the Christian Women’s Connection will host a luncheon. Inspiration speaker Lynn Perkins will share her story “The Good, The Bad, & The Hungry”. We will also feature Linda Foss with Magnolia & Vine, interchangeable snap jewelry. Seating begins at 11 a.m. with meal and program from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lido salad will be served or you may select the alternate chicken caesar salad when you make your reservation. Price is $18 inclusive. Make your reservations or cancellations before 10 a.m. Monday, March 5, by calling Gail Green at 813-634-2159 or email “”.

Beth Israel Sisterhood Program

On Thursday, March 8 at 11 a.m. the Beth Israel Sisterhood will host a coffee and conversation with author Maggie Anton. A distinctive feature of Talmud is that our Sages debated all sorts of subjects in great detail. So, it should come as no surprise that they also discussed every aspect of intimate relations - how, when, where, with whom - often in startlingly explicit fashion. Surprised and impressed at how Jewish tradition is progressive in many respects more than one might think, she decided to share the best of what she’d learned in her newest book, Fifty Shades of Talmud: What the First Rabbis Had to Say about You-Know-What. Members of Beth Israel Sisterhood are invited to attend. Please email Rochelle Lafer for more information,

SouthShore UCC Elects Officers

SouthShore United Church of Christ elected their Officers for 2018 at their annual congregational meeting. Left to right: Beverly Bassette, Church Clerk; Jo Prater, Moderator; David Lickfeldt, ViceModerator; Robert Reter, Treasurer; Paul Wiseman, Asst. Treasurer. Not pictured: Barbara Schuler, Historian.

Trinity Women’s Fellowship Lunch & Stamping Party

The Fellowship Hall at Trinity Baptist Church had the aroma of seven different soups for their recent lunch. The slow cookers of soup along with sides and desserts were enjoyed by the 60 Trinity Women’s Fellowship (TWF) members and friends. Following lunch, member Sandy Newby had available heart stamping supplies for each person to make a card to keep and a card to give. Red and White were the colors and 1 Corinthians 13 was the love theme. The March 20 lunch speaker will be Sun City Center historian John Bowker. John’s power point presentation on “SCC Past & Present” is a must see for both new friends to the area & those who “remember when.” For information about TWF, check the website at or call the church office at 813-634-4228.

Samaritans Alzheimer’s Auxiliary Received Donation

Angela Pottinger (right) Executive Director of Florida Medical Clinic Foundation of Caring presents a check for $4,500 to Dolores Berens (left) President of Samaritans Alzheimer’s Auxiliary. Samaritans Alzheimer’s Auxiliary is under the umbrella of Good Samaritan Fund and Services of Greater Sun City Center, Inc. (Samaritan Services 813-6349283) The Alzheimer’s Auxiliary provides respite care and a support group for Sun City Center residents. Alzheimer’s Respite Care - If you need respite care for your loved one so you can “recharge your batteries”, your loved one can be placed in an assisted living facility for seven days, or you may have someone from a home health care agency come to your home, or utilize day care at an adult day care up to 50 hours total. Alzheimer’s Support Group - A monthly gathering to share, support, and learn with others who are also caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease; meets the first Wednesday of the month at Redeemer Lutheran Church at 2 p.m.

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National Alliance on Mental Health Meeting

Staying in Your Own Home? Downsizing? Moving to Assisted Living? The March 20 meeting of the National Alliance on Mental Health will answer these and other questions residents may have about aging in place or moving to an assisted living facility at its monthly meeting to be held in the Trinity Baptist Church, 702 West Del Webb from 2 to 4 p.m. Speakers include Elder Law Attorney Kyle Betz; Janice Bayruns, Owner of First Light Home Care; and Paula Moore, owner of Sunshine Senior Movers. The meeting, co-sponsored by the South Hillsborough County Coalition for Mental Health and Aging, will offer light refreshments to those attending.

A Festival of Hymns

The choristers of St. Andrew and Friends cordially invite you to their concert, Festival of Hymns, on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 3 p.m. at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church located 1239 Del Webb West Blvd in Sun City Center, Florida. Our program arranged by Hal Hopkins, directed by Doug Westlake and accompanied by Keith Rasmussen will comprise a collection of hymns spanning several centuries from famous composers complimented by a brass quartet, hand bell choir and other surprises. It will be an unforgettable afternoon of song and spectacle. There is no charge for the concert or tickets required. A free will offering will be taken which benefits the Kenneth C. Grom Memorial Scholarship fund which aids young students in the study of the organ.

15th Annual Timely Treasures Sale

At the United Methodist Church, SCC The United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. W., will be having its fall Timely Treasures Sale on Friday, March 9 at 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday, March 10 from 8 a.m. to noon. Come find that “new to you” treasure. Whether you are looking for furniture, appliances, clothing, antiques, household items, holiday décor, artwork, tools, electronics or sports, there will surely be something “special” that you’ll love. New this year, Premium pre-sale on Thursday, March 8 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For just $10 you can beat the Friday morning crowds and get first chance at the bargains! Timely Treasures will also be serving lunch on Friday and the Friendship Circle will be selling their amazing baked goods with all their proceeds going to Missions. Come to the United Methodist Church, do some shopping and enjoy meeting your community neighbors. For more information, call 813-634-2539.

Need Food or Medicine Assistance?

By Don Hinderliter, Director Mary Petro Program The Mary Petro Program provides qualifying residents of Sun City Center with assistance in obtaining food and medicine. This past Thanksgiving and Christmas season proved to be a blessed one for many of our neediest senior residents with many local clubs and organizations stepping up and helping us. The Social Action Committee of the Interfaith Council provided us with a grant, the SCC Stained Glass Club, Aquasizer Club, Sew’n Sews Club, Weavers Club, New England Club, and Home Instead Senior Care Agency all donated presents, gift cards and financial contributions allowing our recipients to obtain additional food and other necessities to enjoy during the holiday season. Many of our 100+ recipients live alone and several expressed that these were the first Christmas presents they had received from anyone in years. It is with heartfelt gratitude that I thank the community for the caring support they shared with their senior neighbors this past holiday season.

SouthShore UCC Women Host Regional Meeting

SouthShore UCC Women hosted the SW Region Meeting of the United Church of Christ Women. Keynote Speaker was Rev. Alan Coe who spoke about the United Church of Christ’s Disaster Relief, and told about how they travel to affected areas and help rebuild. We also heard from Dr. Renee Burwell about researching our genealogy. A luncheon was served and needed items were brought for the Good Samaritan mission here in SCC.

Photo by Jo Prater L to R: Dr, Renee Burwell; Terri Crawford; Marlus Johns, President Womens Fellowship Sun City Center; Judi Wilson, SW Regional Rep; and Leslie Etheredge, Western Region Minister.

Nearly New Shop Department of the Month

By Jay Sparkman The Shoe Department of the Nearly New Shop has been chosen as department of the month. From left, Cheryl Russell, Jane Trefren, and Miriam Zane staff the shoe department. These volunteers inspect, stock, display, and sell the many shoes donated to the Nearly New Shop. The Sun City Center Interfaith Social Action Council uses monies from the sale of donated goods to finance scholarships to graduating seniors at East Bay and Lennard High Schools and to provide grants to organizations in the South Shore area. For more info go to or call 813-642-9099.

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Dog Lovers Club at Kings Point

By Ilona Merritt Kings Point has a “doggone” problem. No space. When a group of people get-togather to form a new club the generally only have the bare requirements organized, the rest kind of falls in place as the club progresses. Not so with the Dog Lovers Club of Kings Point. For five years, a group of residents have been planning, dreaming and hoping for a piece of land in order to have a place for their pets to run freely and for their owners to have time to socialize. The club is looking for about 1.5 acres. Sally Reisman and Judy Johnson are spearheading the project at this time and the group is well organized and ready to be a full-fledged Dog Lovers Club of Kings Point. The Condo Owners Association has recognized the Dog Lovers Club of Kings Point and has given a modest grant. They have received donations from Kings Point residents eager to have a dog park; therefore, they have modest funding available. They are looking for grants and some help from the community only to get started. Once they have the land and the fencing they will be completely independent. In other words, once they are established Kings Point residents will not have to pay for continual upkeep.

This group is extremely well organized. They have a board of directors, officers and their projected operating budget has been worked out. They have quotes on liability insurance ready to go into effect to moment they receive a piece of land. Fencing quotes have been received. By-laws have been written as well as the rules of the proposed dog park. They are also a 501 (c) 3 organization. They even have information of disposal equipment. Of course, they also have petitions signed by over 700 residents. Sally and Judy are truly working hard to dot all the i’s and cross all the t’s. Helping them is Pam Grandt, the secretary who has also built a web page which you can visit at DLCKP.ORG. Jerry Killian, the treasurer has spent many hours working on the budget and has photographed possible sites for the park. Myrna Strom is publicity chair. Judie Schafers, Director-at-Large has shared her expertise for development of the ByLaws. These Ladies and Gentleman are working continually to get a dog park. One has to admire their patience and resolve and hope that someone can help them. In the meantime, they have been guests of the SCC Dog owners club but everyone agrees that a better solution is in everyone’s best interest.

Do You Want to Play Pinochle?

Kings Point Pinochle players welcome Kings Point and Sun City Center residents to play single-deck pinochle on Wednesday and Friday nights from 6:15 to 9:30 p.m. in the Kings Point card room, 1900 Clubhouse Dr., Sun City Center. Go join the fun and meet some of the friendly pinochle players. The group welcomes all knowledgeable players. For more information, call Judy at 634-5364.

Eagle Audubon Meeting March 15

The Thursday, March 15, 2018 meeting of Eagle Audubon will feature Dr. Bryant Henningsen, Chief Environmental Scientist of Southwest Florida Water Management District. Dr. Henningsen’s presentation on Rock Ponds will show how a group of people with vision in years passed established the foundation for a massive reclamation and restoration project that has resulted in a beautiful natural area along the bay in Ruskin. A tour of the Rock Ponds, located south of Cockroach Bay is available to EAS members with Dr. Henningsen as guide. Eagle Audubon is a Charter Chapter of National Audubon. The March meeting is in the Waterside Room of the Kings Point Clubhouse. Doors open at 1:20 p.m. for trip signup (for members) and refreshments. The meeting, which is free and open to the public will begin at 2 p.m. Additional information is available at “”.

Follies 2018 Sponsors Free Musical Workshop with Guest Celebrity

By Stephanie Casey The Kings Point FOLLIES 2018 is pleased and excited to announce that this year, we are most fortunate to have a special guest in the show who is coming directly from his home in New York City. Hank Fellows, renowned songwriter, lyricist, educator and author, will be joining the ensemble in featuring two of the inspirational and patriotic songs he wrote after experiencing the tragedy of 9/11. This will be a touching and poignant highlight of this year’s show. Director Rose Ostrander contacted him after choosing one of his songs for the finale and he then actually agreed to come to Sun City Center and be a part of FOLLIES 2018. He also generously offered to present a free workshop for musicians and singers at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 23. This workshop will be held in the Kings Point North Clubhouse Waterside Room. Any chorus members, Directors or performers in the surrounding South Shore Area are invited to this workshop. If you are not a Kings Point resident, just tell the guard at the Visitors Gate that you are coming in for Hank Fellows’ Workshop. You do not have to be a part of FOLLIES 2018 to attend this workshop. All musical entertainers are welcome. FOLLIES 2018, Life, Love and Laughter, will be performed in the Kings Point Veterans Theater on Friday, March 23, at 7 p.m. and on Saturday, March 24, at 1:30 and 7 p.m. Tickets are currently on sale for $14 in the Kings Point Box Office. BYOB round table cabaret style seating is available and be sure to get your tickets early for choice spots. Our talented cast represents performers from all over the area and they have been hard at work for the last few months, honing their skills and perfecting their acts. Audiences consistently rate the Kings Point FOLLIES as one of the most professional and entertaining shows in town. This is one you don’t want to miss. If you don’t reside in the Kings Point Community, just tell the guard at the Visitors Gate you are coming in to buy FOLLIES tickets. For further questions regarding the Hank Fellows Workshop or FOLLIES 2018, you may contact Rose at (813) 777-5964.


Trash To Treasure Sale

Sponsored by The Kings Point Lawn Bowling Club The Kings Point Lawn Bowling Club will hold a Trash to Treasures Sale on Monday, March 19 from 9 am to 6 p.m. in the North Club House Banquet Room. All proceeds will go towards the purchase of a lawn roller. Our current lawn roller is in disrepair, old, and no longer meets the club’s needs. Donations of good, clean, usable items will be received Sunday, March 18 from of 5 to 9 p.m. Please mark each item with a reasonable price.

KP Krafters’ Club Spring Fling Sale

March 9, Friday – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Located in North Club Front Lobby. Kings Point Krafters have been busy all year with one of a kind knitted, crochet and canvas projects to sell. Proceeds are donated to SCC Charities. Lots of homemade items to choose from including canvas bags, tissue holders and holiday items, etc. Baby sweaters, hats, blankets, booties, toys, shawls, lap blankets, afghans, scarves, etc.

Heartland Club Hosts Farewell to Snow Birds

By Stephanie Casey The Heartland Club will hold its final gathering of the season on Monday evening, March 26, in the Kings Point Veterans Theater. Doors will open a 5 p.m. for the BYOB potluck dinner. The Club will provide a chicken entrée and dessert, coffee and tea. Guests are asked to bring a salad or hot or cold side dish to share. We invite everyone in the Greater Sun City Center Area with ties to Minnesota, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri or Kansas to join in the fun, but the party is open to anyone who likes a good time with good people and good food. This is a free event for all Heartland Club members, with a cost of $5 for non-members. Reservations must be made by Monday, March 19, and can be secured by calling either John, at (813) 938-5433 or Doris, at (813) 938-3571. Memberships are available for $5 and checks payable to Heartland Club can be mailed to Doris Ferron, 2462 Kensington Greens, Sun City Center, FL 33573. Hope to see you on March 26.

The Italian Club of KP Night at the Movies

Join us for a night at the movies with the Italian Club of Kings Point on 4/11/18 at the Veterans Theater, Kings Point North Club. Wear a costume featuring your favorite movie character (encouraged but not required). We will be dining on a Banquet Masters buffet consisting of carved prime rib of beef with burgundy sauce (med rare), chicken francese, (lemon chicken) and manicotti with pomodoro sauce, julienne carrots, potatoes au gratin, salad, rolls, butter, dessert NY cheesecake with raspberry or chocolate drizzle. Coffee, tea and soda will be served by the club. If you desire any other beverage please BYOB. Door opens 4:30 p.m., Dinner at 5 p.m. Our DJ will be Dan Fugazzotto, who will be playing your favorite movie tunes and other requests for your dancing pleasure. Tickets will be on sale at the KP main clubhouse lobby on 3/27/18 and 3/28/18 9 a.m. to 12 noon each day. Cutoff date for tickets 4/3/18. Ticket prices are $25 for members and $28 for non-members. We can reserve tables of eight. Please have all checks and a list of your party members on hand when you come to buy your tickets. Sun City Residents please remember to bring your ID badge with you in order to gain entry through the security gate on the day you will be purchasing tickets. If you have questions, please contact May Fleming 813-419-4790 or Terry Devoti 813-260-3220.

KPAL’s Artist of the Month for March is Uma Philbrook

Uma joined the Kings Point Art League soon after she moved here last July. Seeing many talented artists motivated her to paint again after not painting much for the last three years while she was in Thailand. She took some drawing and watercolor classes when she lived in Scottsdale, AZ, and she enjoyed them tremendously. She was also a docent at Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center & Meadows Museum for a couple of years when she resided in Dallas. Nature scenes and women of the world in colorful costumes inspire her. Uma’s love of art is influenced by her husband who has an art degree, and they both enjoy experiencing art museums as they travel around the United States and overseas.

KP Mixed Chorus Spring Concert a Walk Down Memory Lane

By Stephanie Casey The Kings Point Mixed Chorus invites you to “Remember the Fabulous Fifties”, the theme of their annual Spring Concert, which will be held in the Kings Point Veterans Theater on Friday, April 6, at 4 p.m. Tickets will be sold right up until show time at the Kings Point Box Office for $10 each, but don’t delay. Director Jeff Jordan and Accompanist Keith Rasmussen have been hard at work with the men and women of the Chorus to bring you a wonderful variety of selections from the 50’s. This group has grown to over 90 singers and they are sure to delight the audience with their performance. Anyone in the Greater Sun City Center area who enjoys good music is invited join us for a real treat. You are welcome to bring snacks and BYOB to add to the fun. If you don’t reside in the Kings Point Community, just tell the guard at the Visitors Gate that you are there to buy concert tickets. For more information, contact Mary Anne at 813-634-8747 or email “”. You may also visit the Chorus website at “kpchorus. org”. We look forward to seeing you music lovers on April 6.


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