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Thank You Volunteers By Diane M. Loeffler On February 14 Community Association staff members grilled up hotdogs and served a lunch to thank everyone who donates their time and effort to our community. The dedication of our volunteers is what sets us apart from other senior communities.
5 Shredding Day North Course Lane – 9 a.m. to Noon 11 Board Workshop to discuss Agenda Board Room - CA Office - 9 a.m. 13 Board Meeting Rollins Theater - 9 a.m. 16 FunFest Central Campus – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 19 Community Leaders Meeting Florida Room – 9 a.m. 20 Membership Meeting Community Hall – 4 p.m. Note Time Change 25 CO-AP Meeting Caper Room – 2 p.m.
8 Board Workshop to discuss Agenda Board Room – CA Office - 9 a.m. 10 Board Meeting Rollins Theater - 9 a.m. 16 Community Leaders Meeting Florida Room – 9 a.m. 22 Coffee & Conversation Caper Room – 4 to 6 p.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 (www.suncitycenter.org – under “Association”). They will also be sent via “What’s New in the CA” email. Every Wednesday: Orientation for new members in the Board Room in the CA office starting at 1 p.m. sharp.
CA Contact Information Phone: 633-3500 firstname.lastname@example.org Website: suncitycenter.org Information Center 813-633-4670
Check out the Café for their coffee spotlight event. To secure a spot, reservations are recommended.
Café Celebrates Coffee
By Kai Rambow Everyone loves coffee – well, almost everyone. Our café will be celebrating coffee this month. There will be a sampling of several different coffees focusing on their strength and taste profiles. This will be combined with food pairings, coffee and cheese (who knew), followed by coffee and pie. This spotlight event will be held on Friday, March 22 from 2 to 5 p.m. Reservations are recommended and the cost is $10 per person.
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The Lakes in Sun City Center Part 1 of 3: History revisited By Ilona Merritt Retirement was on the horizon and thoughts of Florida were discussed. We wanted a home on the water but ... could we afford it? Meet Del Webb. He successfully supplied miles of new and affordable waterfront homes in a new community called Sun City Center. We got our dream house on the water. To find out more about our lakes, I recently visited the History Society in the SCC Visitor’s Center, and was welcomed by a gracious lady, Rusty Seiden, who showed me how to find a wealth of information. When Del Webb first looked at this land it had only one natural watering hole, which was used by the cattle grazing here. It eventually became Swan Lake, the first lake in SCC. In the beginning, it was much smaller and was dug into its present shape in 1961. Creating lakes where none had been was an extremely important part of the landscaping of SCC. Except for the cypress islands in the lakes, every square yard of land surface in SCC was bulldozed into its present form, The lakes served multiple purposes: lakefront property, efficient drainage system against flooding and mosquito-hatching wet spots, sand to elevate the homes and streets to heights where the heaviest rainfall could not endanger them, fishing, and reservoirs for water for the golf courses and their sprinklers. Fishing was a big sales pitch for Del Webb. Every lake and pond was stocked immediately. Swan Lake was originally called Blanton Lake and then Bass Lake, because it was heavily stocked with bass. At one end was a sandy beach for sunbathing and swimming. When South Lake was dug, it was also
Looking south from Middle Lake to South Lake 1975.
1966 Lakes digging of North Lake view from back of 1410 Battleboro home of LeVine.
heavily stocked. Fishing contests were held regularly and one of the rooms in the Town Hall’s activities complex was devoted to “maintenance and construction of fishing equipment.” Fishing was so popular that as many as 20 cars of outsiders would come day and night and be parked around the bridge and small dam at Pebble Beach and Cherry Hills. Bass Lake lost its name before it lost its bass. When two swans named Del and Nell were put onto the Island in that lake, everyone soon accepted the new name: Swan Lake.
Now, all of the lakes and ponds are part of the storm drainage system. All those located north of SR-674, and including those in the Villages at Cypress Creek, drain into the narrow Cypress Creek and then go under SR-674 just west of the hospital. Cypress Creek meanders south through Kings Point, going under Kings Boulevard’s small bridge and eventually emptying into the Little Manatee River. When Del Webb sold out the roads, the lake bottoms were given to the county; but “the exclusive right to utilize said ponds and lakes for the purposes of swimming, boating, and fishing” were retained and reserved for the owner of lands abutting upon said ponds and lakes. In those years when a new pond or lake was dug, residents would stock the lakes on their own. Next month, in part 2 of SCC’s Lakes, learn how residents cared for their lakes and how they got rid of the buzzards.
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Proposed Policy Change to be voted on at March 13th Board Meeting
Members of the 2019 Community Association Board Front L to R: Treasurer Dave Birkett, Corporate Secretary Marilyn Coté-Miller, President Sam Sudman, and Vice President Helen Lewis. Back L to R: Director Jerry Gibson, Director Larry Smith, Director Bob Sullivan, Director Doug Seipelt and Director Joe Elam.
SCC Board Assignments and Responsibilities
When you have questions, you want answers, and the best way to get answers is to know who to ask. With that in mind, here is a list of your SCC Community Association Board assignments and the areas of responsibility each of these volunteer board members have taken.
Sam Sudman, President
(Director - Term ends 1/5/22) •Chief Executive and Operating Officer (CEO) •Administrator - Association Management Agreement •Oversight - Community Manager and Executive Assistant •Charters SCC Task Forces •Board Representative - ARENA •Point of Contact - SCC Area Leaders •Board Representative - South Shore Round Table •Chair - Governmental Affairs •Point of Contact - Area Planned Development •Modification Requests •Liaison - Fitness Committee
Helen Lewis, Vice President
(Director - Term ends 1/2/20) •Performs duties of President when President is absent or disabled •Oversight - Membership Directory •Chairperson - Hardship Committee •Liaison - Room Reservations •Liaison - Elections Committee •Liaison - Hospitality/Information Committee •Co-Liaison - COAP
Marilyn Cote-Miller, Corporate Secretary
(Term ends 1/2/20) •Oversight - Corporate Records •Coordinate & Prepare Amendments to Board Policy, Articles of Incorporation & Bylaws Oversight - Age & Family Restrictions •Liaison - History Society •Liaison - Sun City Center Library •Chairman - Public Relations / Communications Committee •Liaison - Newsletter
Dave Birkett, Treasurer
(Director- Term ends 1/6/21) •Chief Financial Officer (CFO) •Oversight - Financial Records •Oversight - Accountant •Oversight - Budget Committee •Oversight - Purchasing Procedure •Oversight - Internal Audit Committee •Member - Hardship Committee
(Director - Term ends 1/2/20) •Club Liaison Director •Point of Contact - July 4th Committee •Chair - Community Leaders’ Group •Liaison - Community Breakfasts
(Director - Term ends 1/5/22) •Assistant Chair - Community Leaders’ Group •Liaison - FunFest •Liaison - Holiday Walk •Chairman - Golf Cart Parade •Assistant Club Liaison Director
(Director - Term ends 1/6/21) •Assistant Liaison - Holiday Walk •Assistant Liaison - FunFest •Liaison - Greater SCC Beautification Corp •Liaison - Golf Cart Parade
(Director - Term ends 1/6/21) •Liaison - Bingo Committee •Co-Liaison - COAP •Assistant Liaison - ARENA •Member - Hardship Committee •Point of Contact - Resident Relations •Chair - Hi Neighbor Committee •Chair - Consumer Affairs Committee
(Director- Term ends 1/5/22) •Chairman - Long range planning •Assistant - Public Relations / Communications Committee •Point of Contact - Community Awards •Liaison - Restrictive Covenants Committee
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).
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MEMBERSHIP MEETING COMMUNITY HALL WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, 2019 4:00 PM – Please note time change (Refreshments at 3:30 p.m.) SCCCA MEMBERS ONLY 200 REQUIRED FOR A QUORUM
Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance Approval of Minutes:
• October 24, 2018 Membership Meeting
SHREDDING DAY TUESDAY, MARCH 5, 2019 North Course Lane 9 a.m. to Noon For SCCCA Members Only You will need to show your CA Membership Card with 2019 Sticker
III. Treasurer’s Report: • Carr, Riggs & Ingram, Certified Public Accountants Audit Report as of December 31, 2018 • Financials as of February 28, 2019 IV. Community Manager’s Report V. President’s Report VI. Chief Mike Bardell, Emergency Squad VII. Good & Welfare VIII. General Discussion by members IX. Adjournment
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President’s Report By Sam Sudman, CA President Several weeks ago, I was approached by representatives from the United Church of Christ, on La Jolla at N. Pebble Beach, with the news that they could be looking to sell the facility and might the CA be interested in buying it. When we recently received the go-ahead news that the church membership had approved that decision, we began doing our homework to determine if an offer to purchase might be in our future. We are conducting a thorough inspection using a professional inspection company. We will also employ the services of a professional appraiser to come up with a fairmarket value. Once we know that, we will come to you, the membership, with the details, and discuss options. We will determine what an appropriate counter offer should be once we know what the Church is seeking for the property. At this point, this is all we know. On January 30, we broke a record for meeting attendance. Approximately 1400 people showed up for a Town Hall Meeting for a Golf Cart Mobility Study. We had been pursuing this with the county for many years. Patience and perseverance paid off. The purpose of the survey and meeting was to gather information to enable the county to design a proposal for expanded golf cart use and improved maintenance of existing paths. We remain in contact with the consultants to determine the dates and format for the next phase. We will keep you apprised. The SR-674 project is underway but the anticipated heavy work continues to await the input of utility agencies to complete their work. Special provisions are built in to not disrupt traffic from Ray Watson Dr. for the SCC Emergency Squad or the drive into South Bay Hospital from 674. I meet regularly with the FDOT team and contractors to keep apprised of the progress. That will continue to be part of my reports to the membership. Part of this project is the future of the trees that have been removed and will continue to be removed as work expands. We and the Beautification Corp are working with FDOT on a possible grant to replace some or all of the trees, including the ones along Rickenbacker. We are still in the info-gathering phase. Since 2015, we have been working, again patiently, with Hillsborough County to construct a pedestrian crossing from the west side of N. Pebble Beach to the CA. The design has been completed and the components have been built to spec. The crossing cannot be at the corners of Council Drive and North Pebble Beach or Cherry Hills and North Pebble Beach because of safety concerns for our residents and vehicular traffic at these corners. It will be constructed approximately opposite 1014 N. Pebble Beach through the median to the sidewalk in front of the CA parking lot, commencing in early March. A ceremony will be scheduled for the opening when we know the end date.
By Sam Sudman, CA President Many things go into pride for a community — clean sidewalks, paint colors that are congruous with those within the immediate proximity to your property and maintained yards, to name a few. Often, we hear that referred to as “curb appeal”. The Sun City Center Community Association (SCC CA) is unique among active senior retirement venues. It is approaching the age of 60, it has over 130 clubs and activities, more than 120 residence associations. It has access to an allvolunteer Emergency Squad that provides emergency medical intervention to all residents at no cost to the person requiring assistance, an accredited hospital, a Security Patrol, recognized by law enforcement as contributing to the lowest crime rate in Hillsborough County and numerous independent, assisted-living and memory care communities when living in your own home becomes difficult. Property Owners’ Associations (POA), Homeowners’ Associations (HOA) and Condominium owners’ Associations (COA), associations mentioned above, largely get a bum rap. When one thinks of a property association one thinks of excessive control. While that may occur elsewhere, it is not common in SCC. The benefits touted by those that choose/have chosen to live within one of the aforementioned associations include peace-of-mind when it comes to subtle
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uniformity in house paint colors, extreme variation in yard appearance, rental policies and limitation on parking an RV, boat, trailer and multiple cars in the drive and on the lawn, rowdy lifestyle and businesses operated out of homes. Increasingly, though, the SCC CA is receiving many more complaints from residents living in associationfree areas. Residents are frustrated, disappointed and discouraged but without minimal controls provided by association covenants and restrictions and architectural guidance, little can be done to relieve the situation unless it violates County Code. At that point, a complaint can be filed and an officer can issue a citation. All of that takes weeks to run the course. While an association does provide some protection, the intent is not to be overly controlling and dictate one’s’ lifestyle. Every residence has covenants and restrictions that the developer established when the communities were developed. They may be dormant or expired, but it may be possible to reactivate them. If you and your neighbors are among those that are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with living in an area that is not subject to an established residential association, it may be possible to revive your covenants so that desired standards in your neighborhood can be enforced. Send an email to email@example.com asking for more information. Someone will contact you.
Town Hall, Construction, Announcements:
By Diane M. Loeffler There will be a new pedestrian crossing opposite 1014 North Pebble Beach Boulevard. The signaling and lighting will be installed soon. The CA has been working with the county on this project since 2015. Individuals who cannot afford to pay their CA dues can apply to the Hardship Fund. If the case is approved by the special committee and approved by case number (no names) at a board meeting, then the fund covers those costs. The monies in the Hardship Fund all come from donations. No CA monies are involved. During the February meeting, 16 members were approved by the committee for a total of $4,608. Community Manager Lyn Reitz says, “Make sure to stop in and get your new sticker on your CA Identification Badge. The 2018 sticker is no longer valid. There is usually someone in the office from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. You can also call for a special appointment to pick up your sticker. Another choice is to drop off or send a self-addressed stamped envelope and we will mail your sticker to you.” The next shredding day for CA Members is March 5 from 9 a.m. until noon. Reitz says it will be “in the same place as the last shredding day in the front parking lot adjacent to Security Patrol. Bring your documents in paper bags or boxes. Please do not place them in plastic bags. We have to tear open the plastic bags. This takes time and slows up the line. We will get the documents out of your back seat or trunk for you.”
Fitness Corner Strong legs improve balance which significantly reduces the risk of dangerous falls and related injuries. The SCC Fitness Center offers an extensive array of resistance and cardio equipment specifically designed to develop strong legs. If you are unfamiliar with the use of this equipment a Fitness Center attendant can quickly demonstrate the setup and safe use of these machines. Better yet, ask the attendant for details of the Center’s free training programs which will familiarize you with the effective use of a variety of exercise devices. If you prefer the great outdoors, a brisk, daily 30-minute walk will do wonders for your legs and overall fitness and is an awesome way to start your day. Visit the 6,500 sqft. Fitness Center located on North Course Lane next to the Atrium building or call (813) 642-2048 for details of the various training programs. Exercise is the fountain of youth.
MOVIES at the Rollins Theater One Showing Only at 1 p.m.
Movies are normally shown the second and fourth Monday each month in the Rollins Theater at 1 p.m. The dates and times may change as necessary. Per the Fire Code of Hillsborough County, seating capacity is limited to 145 attendees. Seating is reserved for Sun City Center Community Association members/guests who present current cards or a Kings Point ID badge.
March 11 • Overboard • 1 Hour, 52 Minutes
Spoiled Mexican heir Leonardo hires single mother Kate to clean his yacht but unjustly fires her. When he falls off his boat and wakes up with amnesia, Kate pretends to be his wife to get payback by making him work for her. Starring: Eugenio Derbez, Anna Faris, Eva Longoria, Swoosie Kurtz, Omar Chaparro Director: Rob Greenberg Genre: Romance, Comedy Rating: PG-13 for suggestive material, partial nudity, and some language
March 25 • Leave No Trace• 1 Hour, 49 Minutes
After living off the grid in Oregon for years, traumatized military veteran Will and his teenage daughter, Tom, are picked up by social services and forced to integrate back into society. Tom begins to connect with others and thrive but Will struggles and attempts to avoid his demons by escaping back into the wild. Starring: Thomasin McKenzie, Jeffery Rifflard, Michael Draper, Derek John Drescher Director: Debra Granik, Scott Larkin Genre: Drama Rating: PG for thematic material throughout
Picture of CA member Kathy Panzer.
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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.
Woodcarving EXPO and Competition 2019
The Sun City Center Woodcarving club participates in the two largest wood carving competitions in the state. Our team carried 32 entries to Punta Gorda for the Southwest Florida Wood Carvers & Woodturners Expo and Competition. Our entries were in competition with about 400 entries, not just from Florida, but also entries from around the country brought to Florida by seasonal carvers. Talk about tough competition! At the end of the day, our Club had amassed 25 ribbons including 11 first place Blue ribbons. Cited for special recognition was Jean Johnsons carving, Warrior Princess, which was awarded 3rd place Best in Show in the master’s division and Glenn Smith’s, Wood Duck, which received the President’s Award in the novice division.
Metaphysical Society Presentations
Metaphysical Society Fundraiser at 10 a.m. Wednesdays in the Heritage Room. Entry fee $1 with love offering requested to benefit our Society. Show your Community ID card. March 6 • “Amazing Florida Cases from the files of MUFON” presented by Bill Schroeder, UFO investigator, author and popular Florida speaker. March 9 • “Metaphysical Society Fair” at the Chamber of Commerce, 1651 Sun City Center Plaza from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. FREE admission featuring your favorite vendors and readers. Kitchen Catering Food Truck will be available in the parking lot. March 13 • “5 Steps in Waking Up – You’re Not Crazy” presented by Dosi Loverro, Chaplain and Event Coordinator of Unity of Sedona Center in AZ. She will be sharing the prophetic teachings of Michael Mirdad. March 20 • “Assisted Living in Sun City Center” with Debbie Caneen, Director of Admissions at Sun Tower Retirement Community sharing thoughts and information about Assisted Living in our community. March 27 • “Scalar Light Energy” will be presented by Tom Paladino, researcher and process developer of the quantum level Scalar Energy of disassembling pathogens. He will cover all the health benefits of this new alternative.
Gone Stampin’ Club Donates to Local Services
Through sales of their handmade greeting cards, the members of the Gone Stampin’ Club of Sun City Center donated a total of $2,500 to these local services in 2018. $500 to Samaritan Services $500 to Our Lady of Guadalupe Pantry Swim Show $500 to CARE animal services Tickets are on sale for the popular Swim Show presented annually by Sun City $500 to Children’s Home in Tampa Center Swim Dancers. On March 9 at 2 p.m. the performance “It’s about Time” will $400 to Emergency Squad be held in the lap pool in the Atrium Building. Tickets are $3 and will be on sale $100 to Veteran’s Memorial Fund to purchase a brick. at the kiosk in the Atrium Building on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from Gone Stampin’ Club members wish to thank all who support them 10 to 12 noon. For information, call Sue Muise at 813.633.2479. throughout the year allowing them to make these donations.
Computer Club Monthly Meeting
March 6 at 7 p.m. in the Florida Room, in the Atrium. Judy Taylour, a member of the APCUG’s Speaker Bureau, will present “Digital Asset Estate Planning”. Come and find out why your Identity isn’t safe even after you’ve died. See if you need a Digital Executor to take care of the digital footprint you will leave.
Computer Club Classes
Sign up for classes can be done online or 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Listed here are brief descriptions of the classes being offered. For all the details, go to the Computer Club website www.scccomputerclub.org or the computer lab. Introduction to Computers • Friday, March 8, 15, 22, from 9 – 11 a.m. Buying and Using a Chromebook • Tuesday, March 5, from 9 – 11:30 a.m. Using Apps on an iPad • Wednesday, March 6, from 9 – noon Pain Free Backup for Your Computer • Tuesday, March 12, from 8:30 – noon Discovering the Amazon Alexa • Thursday, March 14, from 9 – 11 a.m. Tuning Your PC Workshop • Tuesday, March 19 from 8:30 – noon Introduction to Excel • Wednesday, March 20, from 9 – 10:30 a.m. Excel: Formula, Function, Formatting • Wednesday, March 20, from 10:45 – 12:15 p.m. Why Type It When You Can Say It • Thursday, March 21, from 9 – 11 a.m. Windows 10 Workshop • Monday, March 25 and Tuesday, March 26, from 9 – 11 a.m. Android Smartphones & Tablets • Thursday, March 28 and Friday, March 29, from 9 – noon
Sun City Center Lapidary Club is Ready for FunFest 2019
Say hello to springtime at the annual FunFest on March 16, and stop by the SCC Lapidary Club store to enjoy its Spring Collection of unique handmade jewelry. Club members have been working hard to create a variety of designs just for you! Everything is 10% off on FunFest, and credit cards are accepted. Located in the Arts & Crafts Building at 915E Cherry Hills Drive, the store will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The FunFest raffle prize this year is a beautiful cabochon pendant necklace, made by our talented teacher/artisan, Margit Kulmey. The cabochon is wire wrapped in copper and hangs on a copper collar necklace. Raffle tickets are $1 each or $5 for 7 tickets and can be purchased at the Lapidary Club in advance or on Raffle prize made by Margit Kulmey. FunFest day. During FunFest, members of the Club will be exhibiting some of their creative work in display cases and giving demonstrations in the workroom of the Club. Learning jewelry making techniques is very rewarding and taps into talents you never knew you had. Classes are taught by experienced Club members, with a nominal fee for the materials you need. While you’re there, join the Club. Membership is only $10 per year and is open to all SCC residents with current picture ID badges, including residents of Freedom Plaza and Aston Gardens. For more information, call 813.642.2084.
FunFest MARCH 16
Central Campus – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Happy St Patrick's Day Sunday March 17, 2019
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A Capacity Crowd for Area Golf Cart Study
By Diane M. Loeffler More than 1200 people crowded into Community Hall on January 30 for the Golf Cart Mobility Study meeting. Some sat or stood in the main hall, others were in adjacent rooms where they might not be able to see everything, but they were able to hear the proceedings. Since it is important to abide by fire safety maximums, hundreds more had to be turned away. The sheer numbers of people in attendance made it clear that golf carts are important in our area. The next meeting on the topic will be in April. The consulting firm of KimleyHorn is preparing a proposal for Hillsborough County. Clarence Eng was the primary presenter at the January meeting. He says, “The project’s goals are to improve safety, enhance mobility, connect residents and local businesses and to establish priorities.” During the presentation, the speakers discussed Florida Statute 316.212, the 1984 and 1987 County resolutions for golf cart use, and
The community, county and consulting firm all came together for this meeting. L to R: Community Association President, Sam Sudman; Project Manager Manuel Santos, Kimley-Horn (KH) Consultant Caroline Fraser and KH Consultant Clarence Eng. Photo by Diane Loeffler
By 2:45 most seats were filled for the 3:00 golf cart meeting. Photo by Diane Loeffler
The Greater Sun City Center Golf Cart Driver Handbook. Clarence Eng says they looked at communities that were the most comparable to our area in their use of golf carts. In Florida, these were The Villages, Dunedin, Stuart and Leesburg. They also looked at Peachtree, Georgia and Coachella Valley, California. According to Kimley-Horn’s study, 33,026 vehicles travel on State Route 674 each day; 10,400 on North Pebble Beach; 12,147 on 19th Avenue N.E.; 14,600 on U.S. 301 and 8,722 on Cypress Village Boulevard. For each of these areas, the consulting firm listed ways to improve these areas for golf carts, bicyclists and pedestrians. For additional specifics on their report, see the article online at www.NewsofSCC.com for report PDFs. The study is looking into the pedestrian sidewalk network, golf cart designated roads and golf cart crossings along SR 674 and US 301.
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Come to FunFest on March 16
By Diane M. Loeffler Come to FunFest for a day of food, entertainment, shopping, prizes and a health fair! The day begins at 9 a.m. with the flag raising, Pledge, National Anthem, and opening remarks. Getting There Drive your car to Community Hall at 1910 South Pebble Beach Boulevard and take one of Aston Gardens comfortable, handicapped-accessible buses to north campus. Buses will begin running at 8:30 in the morning and run until 2:30 in the afternoon. The bus will get you closer to the action than you can get to any other way. Prefer coming by cart or bike? Parking will be in the same place as last year, the fields behind the parking areas north of the Atrium Building. As always, there will be parking attendants. This year the rows will be labeled to make it easier to find your bike or cart afterwards. Streets and parking lots will be blocked off beginning the evening of Friday, March 15. The parking lot that is reached
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Health screenings and information will be available in the Caper and Horizon Rooms in the Atrium. News File Photo
via North Course Lane will be reserved for the Eye Associates’ Eye Mobile Bus, One Blood and other vehicles associated with the festival. The Arts and Crafts parking lot will be for the use of the entertainers. Have a pet? Unless your fourlegged friend is a certified service animal, please leave him or her at home. Entertainment Stop by the information tables for the FunFest map and schedule. These tables will be located near the bus stop, next
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Tikis can be found throughout the gardens. Each marks a Gauguin inspired exhibit.
Indulge in the South Pacific at Selby Gardens
By Kai Rambow Your sensory adventure to the South Pacific starts the moment you arrive. Tikis, tapa cloth and a bamboo ceiling greet visitors at the entrance. The primitive symbols are an inviting introduction celebrating Selby Gardens’ interdisciplinary exhibit
featuring Gauguin. Lovely surprises await, including seldom seen prints by Gauguin. Displays are deceivingly simple in appearance; masterfully complex in design. In the conservatory, dug-out canoes
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The Editor’s Corner One Thousand Things
By E. Adam Porter, Editor After a two-week marathon grind of trying to hit all my deadlines while caring for a house full of sick people, I had nothing to do this morning but write this column. So, for the first time I can remember, I slept in a little bit. Just me, the dog, and a cat that stood on my chest reminding me that she has a food bowl that’s only halfway full. Lying there, a Golden Retriever at my feet, trying to ignore the insistent feline, and the siren call of the coffee my bride had brewing downstairs, I let my mind wander. One of the first things that occurred to me is how fortunate I am to be able to relax this way, ensconced in my memory foam cloud, wrapped in a summer-weight quilt, spending time just gathering my thoughts. At some point, right before the aroma of percolating Colombian beans physically lifted me off the bed and dragged me downstairs, my youngest son climbed up next to me. Every parent knows that every kid is different, and each one offers both blessings and challenges. This one, though, is a sunshine kid. He’s the kind that will ask how you’re doing and mean it, flashing a gap-toothed smile and offering big hugs. Recently, Little Ray of Sunshine has been exploring the wonderful world of commerce. He has learned that earning money is a rewarding pursuit, especially when those funds are dispersed as shiny “gold” dollar coins. I could tell, this morning, he had something on his mind. Yesterday, he had accomplished a man-sized job of yard work, and had been promised fair recompense. So, we chatted a bit about how much he had earned and when he would be getting paid. Satisfied that our business had been fairly concluded, he spent a few moments with his head on my chest, scratching the kitty
behind the ears. Finally, he said: “Dad, if you could have 1,000 things, any things, what things would you want to have?” What a question! What would I want, if I could have a thousand of anything? Cars? I could never drive them all, and the insurance bill would kill me. Dollars? Wouldn’t even cover the house payment. Friends? Might be nice on birthdays, but I have a truck, so I would probably spend every weekend helping someone move. Wives? Solomon reportedly tried that, and it didn’t go so well for him. What would I want if I could have a thousand of anything, then? I thought for a moment, and landed on it. I looked down at my youngest son and said: “Well, I would like a thousand days just to spend with you.” He beamed, savoring that, a high-watt grin of genuine joy. Then asked: “What would we do?” Another wonderful question. So, we spent a few minutes dreaming of traveling, hiking in the woods, swimming in springs, and beach trips, festival excursions and Renaissance Fair adventures. Hockey games and soccer at the park… And Legos. Of course, there would be Legos. After a few minutes, he sat up, looking puzzled. “But, Dad, you have all that stuff… I mean… we do all that stuff already.” I just smiled. “Yep, I guess I already have what I want.” He absorbed that, and, in the way of seven-year-olds, quickly cataloged it for consideration later. He leaped off the bed and ran downstairs shouting over his shoulder that he was going to “build something awesome!” with his Legos. I lay there, doing some math, measuring a lifetime invested as a father, counting up the days and the memories. I took on the mantle of “Dad” for the first time at the ripe old age of 20, still basically a kid myself. When you’re 20, with not much college and three mouths to feed, you tend to work a lot. Some of you can relate. There were not too many days left for time with my oldest boy and his mom… yet, somehow, when we look back or talk about those times, the three of us remember a lot of reasons to smile. The Big Kid, now 25, was over the other day, talking with his little
brothers about being their age, sharing adventures we went on and some of the antics he got up to. They listened intently, especially to the antics part of the conversation. I flipped a bit more through my mental photo album, thinking about the last decade, beginning with the moment my bride said, “Surprise!” and handed me a positive pregnancy test, through all those days since: hiking through parks, tossing footballs, cheering the jousters at the Renaissance Festival, clapping for the best decorations at the Holiday Cart Parade… and working together, carving Pinewood Derby cars for Boy Scouts, building sandcastles, forts, and character. It will take a lot more than 1,000 days for my little boy to grow up into a man; and, for each one of those days, I want to be there for him. First to show him the way, then to guide him along it, and, finally, to remind him of the path when he needs it. Over those years, through all those collected days, his answer
to “What 1,000 things would you want if you could have them?” will shift and grow. There will be days when he feels like he already has 1,000 things, and each one of those things wants every second of his time. And there will be lonely days, when just one thing — one interesting pursuit or one word or affection — would be enough to satisfy. Most days, though, will fall somewhere in the middle of that scale. He will find himself with plenty to do and still wanting more. I hope that he builds a life in which he has more of what he wants than he needs, yet still has enough just out of reach to keep him working and dreaming, believing and striving. Of course, at seven years old, I can’t tell him all those things, not in a way he will understand. But I can be there for him, enjoying all the thousand and more things we do together. I hope that, through those days, he will learn these truths well enough to show them to his own sons when they ask him what he would do with 1,000 days.
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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.
SCC International Forum: The Emerging Lives of Women
Friday, March 8, from 9:30 - 11-30 a.m. All residents of SCC, Kings Point, Freedom Plaza, and their guests are welcome. In the Florida Room in the Atrium Building of Sun City Center’s main campus on North Pebble Beach Blvd. The SCC International Forum welcomes four Fulbright Ph.D. scholars from the University of South Florida who be discussing the Emerging Lives of Women in their respective countries: Salam Ahmed (Palestinian American), Deelsja Thonta Aradhya (India), Umi Halimatus Saidah (Indonesia), and Zoulal Mansouri (Morocco).
L to R: Barb Carlini, Mira Beck, Shriner president and vice president, Larry Lundeen and Bob Mulcahy
Organ/Keyboard Club News
The Sun City Center Shriners Club presented the Organ/Keyboard Club with certificates of appreciation for the music they provided for various functions. The Organ/Keyboard Club meets every Thursday 9-11 in the Armstrong Room for a group lesson. No instrument needed. Music is provided and yours to keep. The cost is $3, no registration is needed. Kings Point residents welcome. Call Barb Carlini for further information at 813.633.2022.
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Woman’s Club Day of Service
The GFWC Sun City Center Woman’s, Inc. volunteered at the South Shore Campaign Against Human Trafficking meeting and movie. They sold refreshments, scarves and pins. We helped at the welcome desk, checked people in, and handed out information on how people could support and join the Campaign Against Human Trafficking-South Shore. Their other project was collecting 80 teddy bears. The bears will be received by children enrolled in the Hope Fund after school program.
Elegant Gardeners Plant Sale
The Elegant Gardeners Club will hold its annual Plant Sale, at FunFest, on Saturday, March 16. All proceeds from this event will go to the SCC Alzheimer’s Support Group and to The South Shore Campaign Against Human Trafficking. The Club’s booth is located in front of the Palm Room and is easy to find because it is filled with beautiful flowering plants.
Woman’s Club Donates to Hospice House
The Sun City Center Woman’s Club, Inc. Arts and Crafts Committee lead by Karen Wilkinson is making no-sew blankets for the Hospice House in Sun City Center. They continue making heart pillows for several medical facilities in our area and seat belt covers for the cancer center. They also made Valentines to be given to Sun City Center Meals on Wheels recipients for February. If you live in Sun City Center or Kings Point, please join the Sun City Center Woman’s Club, Inc. to have fun and help us do good things for our community and surrounding areas. Contact Membership Chair Linda Raymond at sumrluv21@aol. L to R: April Lester, Cindy Hoffman, com or call 813.331.3108 for more Marge Hartig-Specht and Brenda Treige. information.
SCC Rotary Speech Contest Winners
In February, the Sun City Center Rotary Club held its annual high school speech contest. Contestants were from Lennard and East Bay High Schools. Pictured (l-r) are Rea Cantwell (President), Veronica Ezell (second), Nikki Bayan (third), Wil Furby (first), and organizer Georgana Collins. This year’s topic was “Be The Inspiration.” First place winner will compete at the Rotary group level, where that winner continues to higher levels. The SCC Rotary Club meets each Tuesday for lunch at Freedom Fairways. To inquire about membership, call Tony at 813-642-8715.
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SCC Mah Jongg Club
The SCC Mah Jongg Club will be participating in the FunFest, on Saturday, March 16 at the North Campus, Pebble Beach Blvd, in Sun City Center. Please look for our table where you can meet one of our members and get information on our club. Our membership is $5 a year and is open to all Sun City Center, Kings Point and Freedom Plaza residents. If you would like more information regarding dates and times of play, please feel free to call President, Salvina Tannenholz at 813-633-5924, email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
New members: Karen Albarella, Jeanne Miller, Brenda Treige, April Lester, and Deb Harrison.
Woman’s Club Arts and Crafts Competition
The SCC Woman’s Club, Inc. held an Arts and Crafts Competition at their January general meeting. There were many categories: Quilting, Crocheting, Jewelry Making, Sewing, machine and hand sewn items. Paintings on canvas and stone, Needle Point, Cross-stitching, Recycling, and Paper Crafting. First place blue ribbon winners will be advancing to the GFWC District Competition next month. We also collected $137 for Operation Smile to help children in underdeveloped countries who were born with cleft palates and cleft lips. One surgery costs $240, and are completed by all volunteer doctors, nurses, and support staff. The SCC Woman’s Club, Inc. has raised enough money for five children with this this life saving surgery to date. If you’re looking for a fun club that gives back to the community, The SCC Woman’s Club, Inc. is for you. For more information contact Membership Chair Linda Raymond at: email@example.com or call 813.331.3108
Delia Skye (left) and Jack Migliore of Sun City Center Audubon Club.
SCC Audubon Club Honors Photo Winners
Wood Storks, Sandhill Cranes, and a Florida Scrub Jay were the subjects of winning images in Sun City Center Audubon Club’s first annual photo contest. The competition, which attracted 25 beautiful nature photos from 13 club members, took place at the December meeting, where the membership voted for their top three favorites. The prize for first place ($150) went to Delia Skye for her humorous picture of house cats mesmerized by Wood Storks. (Photo title: “Two Cats Birding Two Wood Storks”). The second and third prizes ($100 and $50) were both awarded to Jack Migliore for his photos: one of a Sandhill Crane parent and youngster (“Mom, Let Me Explain”), and the other titled, “Endangered Florida Scrub Jay.” Audubon Club treasurer Rod Rodrigues organized the contest, which called for entries to be enlarged and mounted on standard black mounting boards for consistency and ease of judging. The SCC Photo Club provided assistance to the photographers.
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SCC Men’s Club Donation
Jim was presenting a check for $800 to the church for their weekly free lunch program that St. Andrews has conducted since October, 2015 in concert with Metropolitan Ministries. This donation is made on behalf of the Men’s Club and the very generous passengers on the recent Men’s Club Christmas Cruise. Pictured: Karen Hanson in charge of Andy’s Kitchen at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church; Jim Rottman, SCC Men’s Club; Beverly Hansen, church volunteer, and Lyle Watson of the Men’s Club.
SCC Men’s Club Learns About Hillsborough Agriculture
By Jay Sparkman Judy Whitson, Executive Director of the Hillsborough County Farm Bureau was guest speaker at the January luncheon meeting of the Sun City Center Men’s Club. Ms. Whitson, a Florida native, related how agriculture has changed historically and touched on the future of agriculture locally and nationally, the leading crops in David Floyd, President of SCC Hillsborough, and how the citrus Men’s Club; Judy Whitson, industry has changed due to Executive Director of the disease and competition from Hillsborough County Farm Bureau; other countries. She also told how George Bodmer, VP for Programs. the Hillsborough County Farm Bureau works with farmers, educators, legislators, and the public to build awareness of agriculture in the county and state. The SCC Men’s Club is open to residents of Sun City Center and Kings Point. For more info call Jon Lehr, VP Membership, at 813-260-3058 or go to www.sccmensclub.org.
Duplicate Bridge Association of SCC
The Duplicate Bridge Association of Sun City Center hosted a seminar by the well-known and highly respected author and teacher, Barbara Seagram. With over a hundred people in Community Hall, Ms. Seagram delivered a stunning “Ted Talk” for bridge players! Her signature talent for demonstrating complicated bridge concepts in a readily understood manner was appreciated by the seminar Barbara Seagram (left) with Sue attendees. Ms. Seagram’s books Batt, Bridge Education Director for and lectures have been helpful the DBASCC. to thousands of bridge players, both nationally and internationally, for many decades.
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DAR Special Speaker
Wednesday March 20 – 12:30 p.m. The Colonel George Mercer Brooke Chapter DAR will have Kathryn Rohlwing as guest speaker. Her program will be “Afternoon Tea Victorian Etiquette Traditions.” Come join us for tea and goodies. Meeting is open to all DAR and prospective members and interested residents of Sun City Center and Kings Point. Meeting is located in the Florida Room at the Atrium.
Sun City Center Photo Club March Competition
The Sun City Center Photo Club welcomes members and their guests to attend their March 12 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 professional photographer, Scott Hime. Then come see us at FunFest from between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Sandpiper Room in the Atrium and the Photo Lab. For more information about our club, please visit our website at www.photoclubscc.com.
Membership in The Men’s Club is open to all men residing the SCC Community Association area, Sun Towers, Aston Gardens North, The Courtyards, Kings Point, and Freedom Plaza. If you are not already a member, we urge you to join us for food, fellowship and community service. Prospective members can join us at one of our regular luncheon meetings as a guest of the club. Translation: free lunch! Look at the benefits of membership: We meet on the third Wednesday of each month at the Sun City Center Community Hall with a great Luncheon, informative speakers, and fellowship with your new friends and neighbors. Members also can participate in other club sponsored activities including outings to professional sporting events and other events of interest, fundraising cruises, service programs, support groups, ice cream social, and special events to honor our spouses and significant others. Call 813-938-3545 to receive an invitation to attend one of our luncheons as a guest of the club. For more information, call Jon Lehr at 813-260-3058 or David Floyd at 813-334-7797 or visit our website at www.sccmensclub.org.
SCC New England Club Yankee Pot Roast Dinner
The Sun City Center New England Club will hold its annual Yankee Pot Roast Dinner on Thursday, April 11, at the SCC Community Hall, 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Admission is by pre-paid reservation only for members of the Sun City Center New England Club and their guests. Guests must accompany members. Reservations are $16 per person for SCC New England Club members and $18 for their invited guests and must be received by April 4. Your ticket will be your name tag provided at the door upon your arrival. This is a catered event with open seating, entertainment, and prizes. BYOB. All tableware will be supplied. SCC Community Association badges are required. Please visit our website, sccnec. org, if you need more information or call Greg McKeown, telephone 813-633-9922, or Linda Anderson, telephone 813-633-9643.
SCC Men’s Chorus Celebrates Its 57th Year
Begun in 1962, just one year after Del Webb opened his Sun City Center retirement community, the Men’s Chorus is one of the longest running clubs in Sun City Center. “I was just 11 years old and living in New Jersey when the Sun City Center Men’s Chorus got started,” said Peter Aluotto. “Alan Sheppard had just ridden a rocket into space for the first time, and John Glenn was preparing to circle the earth three times.” Although no one knows for sure who started the Men’s Chorus, we do know that they were talented souls who enjoyed singing for the pure pleasure of it and wanted to share their talents with the newly forming community. A Del Webb community newsletter in 1968 reported that these were guys “who would sing at the drop of a hat.” They met in the Town Hall Annex every Tuesday from October through April and by 1973 had grown to 45 members! They were directed by Maurice Whitney and accompanied on the piano by Hoyt Irwin. Among the known past club Presidents were J. Herbert Land in 1989, Bill Yark in 1999 and Harry Jackle in 2005. Membership in the Chorus has fluctuated over the years and today numbers approximately 35 led by President is Tom Hinkebein who succeeded Bob Garrod in 2016. Like days of old, however, today’s Men’s Chorus continues to perform two major concerts per year and several smaller shows for local clubs and retirement communities. You can sample the sounds of the Men’s Chorus at the Rollins Theater this spring at the Sun City Center FunFest on March 16. The show is free and starts at 11:15 a.m. followed by “Par For The Chorus,” Sun City Center’s Barbershop Harmony Chorus at noon.
Security Patrol Appreciation Luncheon
By Ilona Merritt Tuesday, January 22 was a very special day at the Security Patrol. It was the day of their Annual Members Appreciation Luncheon and over 300 of its volunteers were in attendance. Many awards for loyal service were presented to members. Special awards went to Phyllis Liles for 25 years of service and David Meixner was given an award for 30 years of service. Special guests included Deputy Jeff Merry and Major Bob Ura of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
Members of the Yoga Club of Sun City Center gathered together at their President’s home Phyllis Laufer for a Yoga Tribe Party. For information regarding the yoga club call Sandra Kereszi-813-634-7075 or visit www.yogaclubscc.org.
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British Connection News
The British Connection invites you to a “royal ascot” day at the races! Tuesday, March 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Florida Room, Atrium Building in Sun City Center. Menu: shepherds pie, chicken curry and dessert. Tea, coffee, and soft drinks will be served. BYOB. Prizes for best hats. Cost: $15 members, $18 guests. To reserve: call Shari Bill before March 10. Send checks to Mary Duncan at 1606 N. Pebble Beach Blvd. in Sun City Center.
Do Brain Games Actually Work?
The Science, Engineering and Technology Club looks at this interesting question March 11 at 7 p.m. in the Caper Room, Atrium Building, 954 North Course Lane. Many people play cards, Sudoku, crossword puzzles or other games to try to keep their brain sharp. Can such games improve your brain fitness? Are all games equally effective? Our speaker, Bernadette Fausto, a PhD candidate from USF’s School of Aging Studies, will describe the results of a 10+ year study describing how 10 hours of using one specific brain game with older adults increased their mental quickness. There is no cost for guests; any resident of CA or Kings Point interested in science and technology is invited.
SCC Polish Heritage Club
On Saturday, March 2, 2019, from 6 to 9 p.m., the SCC Polish Heritage Club is holding their annual Paczki Ball, in the Florida Room, 945-D in the Atrium Building. Admission is $10 per person and includes Coffee/Tea and one Paczki (a Polish jelly donut). BYO beverage of choice and table snacks. All SCCCA, Kings Point, and Freedom Plaza residents are welcome to join in the revelry before the Lenten fast. Wear your dancing shoes, as the popular live band The Northern Sounds will be featuring your favorite tunes. Business casual to semi-formal attire suggested. All CA residents, Polish or “wannabe” Polish, are invited to join our popular, sociable fun Club! Annual Dues are $5 per person. For info or tickets, please call: Lorraine at 813 677-0026 or Wanda (SCC) at 813 633-0016 or Dolores (Kings Point) at 813 633-6481
Art Doucot sent in a submission to let us know he experienced an incredibly rare event: a perfect cribbage hand. Art says it’s the first he’s had in 60 years playing. According to Art, the odds of achieving this hand are 216,580 to 1.
Pickers Donate to Hardship Fund
The treasurer of the Front Porch Pickers, DC Palmateer, gives a check for $1728 to Sam Sudman, president of the Community Association board. The money given to the hardship fund will cover CA dues for six households.
March Gallery Opening Showcases “Florida”
On Wednesday, March 6, from 1 to 3 p.m., you are invited to the opening reception for “Florida” at the Art Club in Sun City Center’s Fine Arts Gallery, on the Central Campus adjacent to the outside pool on Cherry Hills Drive. While most Gallery Shows feature one or two artists, the March exhibit will display work from more than 35 Art Club members. The show, which will be in the gallery for the entire month of March, coincides with SCC’s annual FunFest on March 16.
S-Selfless; T-Trustworthy; A-Accomplished; R- Reliable Meet Marian Smoker, the STAR Samaritan for the first quarter of 2019. Marian is Samaritan’s Meals on Wheels Coordinator, a position she has had for 16-plus years with the organization. Samaritan’s Meals on Wheels program works with other Sun City Center organizations and delivers 30 meals on average to Sun City Center residents seven days per week. As she is quick to remind you, volunteers for Samaritans Services are always welcome for any job.
SCC New England Club President Retires
SCC New England Club incoming President Bob Sanchez presented a certificate of appreciation to Richard Young for his six years of service as club President at the New England Club’s Ham and Bean Dinner/ Annual Meeting on February 6. More than 230 members and guests were in attendance for the traditional New England meal prepared by SCC New England Club volunteers headed by John Sherburne and John Bukowski. Everyone worked together for the successful event which was served family style by two volunteer servers from each table.
SCC RN Club
Stephanie Adams, DHs, OTR/L, assistant professor of occupational therapy at Gannon University in Ruskin, addressed the SCC Registered Nurses Club on Thursday, February 7, 2019. Nurses in the club wondered about the new campus and the new “entry into practice” for both occupational and physical therapies (OT and PT). Dr. Adams also explained life at Gannon University here in Florida and the students’ mandate to be involved in the surrounding communities where they practice. The students and faculty members from Gannon will have a display during FunFest The SCC Registered Nurses Club will meet again on Thursday, March 7 at 9:30 a.m. in the Caper Room of the Atrium Building. All RNs in Sun City Center and Kings Point are welcome to join us for coffee and conversation followed by a brief business meeting. Our speaker for this meeting is Maddie Iseman, RN, one of our members, who will tell the club what life is like with Charcot-MarieTooth Syndrome.
SCC Yoga Club
For information regarding the schedule of classes: www. yogaclubscc.org or call Sandra at 813-634-7075. Studio location 1203 N. Pebble Drive.
Teachers: Sandra Kereszi, Teri Gozka, Lynne Sells, Susan Caputo and Sue Croley. Not pictured: Deborah Foster and Dr. Linda Eargle.
The Sun City Center Yoga Club had Annual Meeting Board members are: (seated) Anita Hill, Secretary and Web Master; Phyllis Laufer, President; Ann Giuli, Vice President; Craig MacIntyre, Treasurer. Standing: Pat Jones, Publicity; Sandra Kereszi, Assistant Treasurer and Membership; Dr. Coralease Ruff, Past President; Lynne Sells, Education, and Jan Libbey, Social.
Dem Club March Meeting
L to R: SCC Lions Club past president, Gloria Roozielowitz; CAHT President, Annie Garrison, and Lions Club treasurer, Terry McGovern.
Lions Donate to CAHT
Campaign Against Human Trafficking – SouthShore, known as CAHT, received a $250 donation from the Sun City Center Lions Club. The check was presented to President Annie Garrison after she gave a presentation on human trafficking at the Lions Club’s at their February lunch meeting, held Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Sandpiper Grill.
Join the South Shore Democratic Club for the March meeting, held at the (golf cart friendly) Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce, 1651 Sun City Center Plaza, Sun City Center on the first Thursday of the month, March 7. Meet ‘n Mingle with refreshments 1 p.m.; General Meeting at 1:30 p.m. Join fellow Democrats, Liberals, Progressives and Independents to welcome Patrick Manteiga, Editor & Publisher of LaGaceta Newspaper (the nation’s only trilingual paper). Patrick, a staunch Dem, is widely considered a local political expert and a South Shore favorite. All Democrats and like-minded individuals are invited and encouraged to attend this free event. Please visit and Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ SSDEMCLUB or website: www. SouthShoreDemocrats.org for more information.
South Bay Genealogy Society Meeting
On Tuesday, March 19, the South Bay Genealogical Society will meet at the United Methodist Church in the Life Enrichment Center (LEC), 1210 W Del Webb Blvd, Sun City Center. We begin at 10:30 a.m. with a special pre-meeting Round Table Discussion. This will be followed by a sit-down luncheon at noon, and then the main presentation by our guest speaker at 1:00 pm. This month’s speaker will be Peg Kapustiak. She will be speaking on “Pandemics, Epidemics, and Diseases Throughout the Years.” This informative lecture will provide you with ideas, websites and sources. The cost is $15 per person for lunch. For reservations and information, call Dotty Love at 813-634-2749. Mail check to SBGS P.O. Box 5202, Sun City Center, Fl. 33571. Your check must be received by March 7, 2019.
“Lisa & Friends” Show is a Bit Hush-Hush
Shhhh! It’s a secret. The writer/director of a new musical review, “Lisa & Friends,” won’t reveal what songs will be performed, not even in the showbill to be distributed to paying audience members as they arrive for performances, March 14 and 15 at 7 p.m. and March 16 at 2 p.m. at St. John Divine Episcopal Church, 1015 E. Del Webb Blvd., Sun City Center. “There’s a certain enjoyable suspense in not knowing what’s coming next,” said Ed Brown, and then being surprised and pleased by favorite and meaningful songs with all their attached memories.” Although song titles are a secret, the identities of composers and lyricists aren’t and they provide clues. “Songwriters include,” Brown added, “Stevie Wonder, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Jerry Herman, Barbra Streisand, Paul Williams, Don McLean, Kander and Ebb, Paul Simon and, well, you get the idea.” $15 general admission tickets are available at stjohndivine.com/ box-office.
1967 Cougar is a Prize-Winner
Jeff Arbisi of Apollo Beach was all smiles as he accepted the cruiser of the month trophy awarded for the gorgeous black 1967 Mercury Cougar he brought to the Roamin’ Oldies Car Club February cruisein. The car is a numbers-matching original Cougar GT, powered by a 390 cubic-inch V8 coupled to a 4-speed transmission, equipped with power disc brakes and factory air conditioning. It’s owned by Jeff’s buddy Luigi Voci, and the two of them are frequent participants in area auto events—Jeff in the Cougar and Luigi in his Red 1966 Mustang. Jeff reports that the Cougar is a pleasure to drive, and attracts many admiring comments from fellow enthusiasts. 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 813842-1511.
Apollo Beach Woman’s Club 2nd Annual Mystery Theatre Luncheon March 10th – Don’t Miss Out!
Tickets are still available for the Apollo Beach Woman’s Club (ABWC) 2nd Annual Mystery Luncheon. Join the ABWC on Sunday, March 10th for a Chicago-style speakeasy lunch with the Pelican Players live theater as you solve the mystery of The Chicago Caper. There will also be a silent auction. The event will be held at the SouthShore Falls Clubhouse, 5831 Cascade Falls Drive, Apollo Beach, FL. Tickets cost $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. The start time is 1 p.m. Don’t wait to purchase your tickets. For more information and to purchase tickets contact: Kate, 813-645-1676. All proceeds benefit the ABWC College Scholarship Program.
Jeff Arbisi of Apollo Beach displays the 1967 Mercury Cougar selected as Roamin’ Oldies February Cruiser of the Month.
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Campaign Against Human Trafficking Donation
Campaign against Human Trafficking-SouthShore (CAHT) donated $500 to GulfCoast Legal Services new office location in Wimauma, Florida. CAHT welcomes GulfCoast to the South Shore community as there is a strong need for a free clinic for our vulnerable populations that struggle with poverty, job issues, understanding their rights, and potential human trafficking and domestic violence victims seeking help.
Malvina Tashi, Esq., GulfCoast Legal Services Supervising Attorney at Wimauma Office and CAHT President Annie Garrison.
Woman of Distinction Brunch Meeting
AAUW hosted a fabulous luncheon at the Atrium in Sun City Center on Saturday – February 9th – catered by Banquet Masters. Our Fundraiser featured the Pelican Players in their hilarious and thought provoking “who-done-it” play entitled LETHAL LUAU. A great time was had by all. The proceeds will fund mature women scholarships for their college tuitions. The next meeting of AAUW of AAUW will take place on March 9 at the Eberhardt Building, which is a detached building next to the south side of the Atrium. This meeting will be a brunch meeting that will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. with the featured guest to be announced as Woman of Distinction. We will be choosing a woman residing in one of the local communities who has contributed to the welfare of our local communities in being a leader as well as a role model to women of all ages. The meeting is free and all of the public is welcome! The cost for Brunch is $10 and it is recommended to pay ahead by check to AAUW of the South Shore and SCC and mailed to: Mrs. Margie Castiglia – 2411 Emerald Lake Drive, Sun City Center, FL 33570. For questions, please contact Margie at 813-633-8255 or email Nancy Ducharme at NANCY7553@aol.com.
Emergency Squad Awards Quilts of Valor
The Sun City Center Emergency Squad recently awarded their veterans with Quilts of Honor for their years of service to the military. Pictured here are Mike Zwissler, Ed Davis, Tim Baker, Cynthia ShueClaeys and Ron Claeys.
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Women’s Chorus Concert, “That’s Amore”
Remember those songs that warmed your heart and turned your thoughts to someone special in your life, or someone you hoped would be special to you? Love songs, of course! What better way to welcome spring than to hear them recreated during a wonderful afternoon of music and song with The Women’s Chorus on Sunday, March 24 at 3 p.m., St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 West Del Webb Blvd. After performing their December concert, “Hotta Chocolatta” to an appreciative standing room only audience, the Chorus began rehearsals for their spring concert, “That’s Amore”, featuring well-known love songs ranging from the fun, novelty song, “That’s Amore” to the hauntingly beautiful, “My Heart Will Go On” from the movie Titanic. There are also showstoppers from West Side Story and Rent, the playful “Love Will Keep Us Together” as well as a rousing interpretation of “Joyful, Joyful” from Sister Act II. Come early in order to get a seat as all of the Women’s Chorus concerts in the past several years have been ‘standing room only’. The Women’s Chorus is available to sing for clubs and organizations. Call Janet Warren at (813) 634-6692 for more information about the concert or to inquire about having the Chorus sing for your special event.
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By Dolly Cummings, Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center Director The days have been beautiful — just right for exploring the outdoors! The Camp Bayou Guided Cart Tours will resume on Saturdays at 9:30 a.m., thanks to a generous donation from Sun City Golf Carts, Inc. This is a great way to experience the trails if you have difficulty getting around. The electric cart holds seven passengers on a first come, first serve basis. On Friday, March 15, there will be a Guided Moonlight Paddle starting at 7:30 p.m. Night paddles are a totally different experience — listen to the sounds of the night and watch for nocturnal critters like owls and bats... hopefully fireflies as well! Cost is $25 to rent a three-person canoe or single person kayak. Have your own canoe or kayak? We ask for a $5 donation if you bring your own. Reservations required: call 813-641-8545. Did you know that Camp Bayou will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this year? There is a special event planned so save the date: Saturday, March 23, 2019. There will be local environmental organizations joining us in the celebration, with activities and displays. Camp Bayou volunteers will be showcasing the many options at the Center, including youth programs, trail amenities and exhibits. A brief 20th Anniversary presentation will be followed by lunch, where winners of the raffles will be announced.
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Camp Bayou is also looking for enthusiastic volunteers who love the outdoors and want to pass along that passion to others through hands-on activities, walks and canoe tours. Contact us at 813-641-8545 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We are mainly looking for folks to help teach school groups K-6, but there are other opportunities as well. Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center is neither a campground nor a summer camp. It was an RV park before the County’s ELAP program purchased the land, but it is now open, for day use only, to the general public. Monthly canoe tours are now available by reservation only. Check the online calendar for trip dates. The Center is open from Thursday-Saturday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. for passive recreational pursuits such as wildlife watching, nature photography and trail walks. General admission is still free. For more information, visit www.campbayou.org or call 813-6418545.
Membership Luncheon The Apollo Beach Woman’s Club (ABWC) is having its next monthly luncheon on Wednesday, March 13, at Apollo’s Bistro, located at 6520 Richies Way, Apollo Beach, FL 33572. The luncheon cost is $18. For menu details and reservations, contact Sharon Vasquez at 813641-7856 email@example.com. Reservations must be made and paid for by Friday, March 8. The meeting, led by ABWC president, Katherine Cintron, will begin at 11:30 a.m. for socializing and lunch will be served at noon. Research Oceanographer, Kimberly Yates will present on the unexpected benefit from seagrass recovery in Tampa Bay.
Woman’s Club Donates to CAHT
GFWC SCC Woman’s Club donated $367 to the Campaign Against Human TraffickingSouthshore at their January luncheon held Thursday, January 17, at the SCC Community Hall. CAHT is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in Sun City Center, whose mission is to provide funding and tangible items to safe homes, rehabilitation centers, and other human trafficking organizations that are on the front line in the GFWC Sun City Center Woman’s battle against human trafficking. Club handing CAHT President, CAHT also provides education Annie Garrison a check. and prevention programs to schools, churches, clubs, and healthcare organizations on human trafficking in the south shore area. For more information, contact Annie Garrison, 813-938-5660 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food items donated by ABWC to Backpacks on a Mission. L to R: ABWC Community Service committee, Beverly Fletchall, Catherine Yarmel, and Marcia Ward.
Apollo Beach Woman’s Club Donates Food
At their monthly luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 13, the ladies from the Apollo Beach Woman’s Club (ABWC) donated food items to be delivered to three local schools. Backpacks on a Mission is a South Shore United Methodist Church outreach ministry program that provides a weekend supply of nutritious food to 108 children. These children have breakfast and lunch in their schools, Summerfield Elementary, Summerfield Crossing Elementary, and Corr Elementary Monday through Friday. The backpacks are delivered with food on Friday to the schools and the empty backpacks are picked up on Monday.
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By Debbie Caneen South County Events is provided by Debbie Caneen, Director of Admissions, Sun Towers from items submitted for publication. To submit events for future publications, send them by the 15th of the prior month. Debbie also publishes Ads and Events, a weekly e-mail containing information about what’s happening in 33573. Your event will also appear in the weekly Ads and Events e-mail and on the website www.SCCAdsAndEvents.com. Send all events by e-mail to email@example.com. You only need to submit your Event one time each month for it to appear in both The News of Kings Point and SCC Ads and Events. SPECIAL EVENTS Please include all basic information, especially Price (or list it’s Free) and Contact Information (phone, e-Mail, or website). Six lines maximum. Send to: sccfreeads@ tampabay.rr.com. As soon as space permits, we will put it in the weekly e-Mail and it will run until event date passes. You do not need to submit it again. PLEASE NOTE: This area is for SPECIAL EVENTS only. WEEKLY, MONTHLY, or ONGOING EVENTS are listed on our website under WEEKLY & MONTHLY MEETINGS at www.SCCAdsAndEvents.com which is updated every weekend.
MON. MAR 4 - WIDOWER’S GROUP 9:00 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 call Tom Harding 813-634-1236. MON. MAR 4 - CHANGING ABILITIES IN DEMENTIA 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 701 Valley Forge Blvd., SCC. AJ Cipperly will be presenting “Changing Abilities in Dementia.” AJ is a Florida CORE trained and licensed Assisted Living Administrator and is currently the National Director of Memory Care and Training for Validus Senior Living. Lunch will be provided. No charge. For more information or to register, call the church office at 813-6341292. TUE. MAR 5, 12, 19, 26 - LINE DANCING WITH A BALANCE 9:30 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. Sun City Center. Do you like to dance but are worried about falling? Join our FREE line dancing class lead by trained therapists. This weekly class will improve your balance and reduce your risk of falling. We can boot scoot and boogie safely together and make exercise fun! TUE. MAR 5, 12, 19, 26 -
The News LIFE CHALLENGES SUPPORT GROUP 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. Sun City Center. 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. Your facilitator will be Cheryl Lewis, an effective psychotherapist. No appointment is necessary. TUE. MAR 5 - SINGLES UNITED 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. at Bunkers, 1702 S Pebble Beach Blvd, Sun City Center, FL 33573. Joe Vladka, Total Home Care, is donating a $50 door prize to one lucky single. Ribs are a great menu item available at Bunkers Tuesday nights. If you want an order, please call to pre-order, 610-533-1365 or suncityphilly@ gmail.com. Bring your friends. The more the merrier. This is not a SCC club, or limited to SCC. All are welcome. WED. MAR 6, 13, 20, 27 THERAPEUTIC TAI CHI FOR HEALTH 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center. 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! MON. MAR 11 - IRISH CONNECTION MOVIE NIGHT 6:30 p.m. at Rollins Theater, Feature: HEAR MY SONG (1991) Starring: Ned Beatty, Adrian Dunbar, David McCallum. The owner of a failing London nightclub tries to recover by booking an imitation Joseph Locke, a famed Irish tenor. This fails badly so he travels to Ireland to find the original Joseph Locke to come to London and save his club. A comedy/drama. SCC & KP members welcome. Subtitles available. TUE. MAR 12 - SOUTH BAY HOSPITAL STROKE SUPPORT GROUP 1:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Amy Yepez, doctor of physical therapy (DPT) for Sun Terrace Health Care Center will facilitate this monthly group meeting. If you are at risk of a stroke or have had a stroke, this group is for you! Free valet service available at Sun Terrace entrance. Info: 813-892-2990. WED. MAR 13 - 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. Tours provided by Senior Helpers. FREE event but RSVP is required to 813-634-3347. WED. MAR 13 - WrapAround PLANNING FOR SENIORS WITH MULTIPLE NEEDS 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. at SCC United Methodist Church. This aging process at some point has us all needing help. As the needs or issues increase we may feel overwhelmed and unsure how to move forward. If you are in need of help or a family member
or a provider on any level please consider attending. WED. MAR 13 - DIABETES EDUCATION SUPPORT GROUP 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Sponsored by the Men’s Club of SCC. 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! MON. MAR 18 - PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP OF SUN CITY CENTER 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. This month our speaker will be Glenna Tanner who will discuss the best methods for traveling so you might enjoy your vacation despite a diagnosis! 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 19 - FREE MEMORY SCREENINGS 9:30 a.m. in Creason Hall at the United Methodist Church, 1210 Del Webb Blvd West, Sun City Center. Did you know a vitamin deficiency can exhibit the same symptom as dementia? With annual memory screenings, you will be able to identify a decline in memory in order to address it and hopefully reverse it altogether which is
the goal of the Coalition! By appointment only. To schedule, call the Coalition at 813-4194902 Interested in learning more about Clinical? Receive information during the screening to learn more. TUE. MAR 19 - ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP 2:00 - 3:30 pm at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center for this Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group. Bring your loved one for a welldeserved break. Facilitated by Aging Care Advocates. Please RSVP no less than three days prior to 813-677-1400. WED. MAR 20 - 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. WED. MAR 20 - INFORMATIONAL HEALTH FAIR 10:00 - 11:45 a.m. in the theater at Sun
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are symbolic of the main transportation for islanders in Tahiti and the Marquesas. These canoes hold beautiful, tropical flowers and plants – and are the conduit for a waterfall. If you look at this from different vantage points and distances, you’ll experience the same waterfall a few different ways. Farther along you’ll spot red plants in a circle. Use your imagination a little and you’ll see it represents a fire pit. A giant tiki towards the end gives a different impression depending on where you stand. Have fun looking at everything in the conservatory from different vantage points. The Gardens A garden map with tiki symbols will help you locate all the Gauguin related displays. Some are immediately obvious; others require a little more observation. The koi pond, one of the most serene places at Selby, at first looks the same but has a sizeable canoe with flowers. The fishing village looks like you’re in the South Pacific. This iconic display was completely transformed with coconut trees and sugar-white sand. Take your picture here and tell all your friends you’ve travelled to Tahiti. Gauguin’s Prints Gauguin paintings are rarely
information during the screening to learn more. SAT. MAR 23 - POTLUCK DINNER AND STORYTELLER 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at St. John Divine, 1015 Del Webb East SCC 33573. For those who love to cook please bring a hot covered dish, for those who love potatoes and vegetables please bring one of those as a dish, for those who love to bake (or buy) please bring a desert. Maureen Belote, professional storyteller, will entertain with great stories. This event is free. MON. MAR 25 - BUILDING POSITIVE CARE PARTNER SKILLS 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 701 Valley Forge Blvd., SCC. AJ Cipperly will be presenting “Changing Abilities in Dementia.” Lunch will be provided. No charge. For more information or to register, call the church office at 813-6341292 by March 22. MON. MAR 25 - CHRONIC PAIN,
ARTHRITIS AND NEUROPATHY GROUP 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. Morgan Clemens, COTA/L, Sun Terrace/ Towers Rehabilitation Therapy Program Manager facilitates this group with open discussion encouraged by all. If you have had success with any treatment, please come to share and learn. Learn what you can do to reduce your pain today. Free valet parking at Towers entrance. Session located in the
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NOTICE: Each community and club in Sun City Center and Kings Point has specific rules about membership and attendance. Unless specifically stated or posted, most venues, meetings and events hosted on the Community Association campus and in Kings Point require attendees to bring their SCC CA or KP ID or come with a resident member. When in doubt, contact the club in question - not the venue or association - prior to arrival. Thanks.
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6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Kings Point Veterans Theater of the North Clubhouse. The admission is $5. The dance is BYOB. Come listen to the music of DJ Bobalu’s DJ Sounds. If you live outside Kings Point, please call Dottie Beyer at 813-812-6972 (home) to have your name added to the gate list.
Singles Social Dance Club
The Singles Social Dance Club will meet on March 3 and March 31 in the Atrium Building, Florida Room, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Live music for your dancing and listening pleasure provided by Thor Stevens and his saxophone. Members $4, guests $6. You may BYOB and snacks. Ice, water, cups and napkins provided. Dressy/casual attire requested (please, no shorts/jeans). For further information, call Janet at 813-633-3558.
Rockin’ Thru the Years Dance Club
Our March dance will be held Sunday, March 24 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Veterans Theater in the Kings Point North Clubhouse. The Veterans Theater door will open at 6 p.m. admission is $6 per person for non-members. You may bring snacks and BYOB. The Club provides cups, napkins, water and ice on each table. Music will be provided by soulRcoaster, a fun, dynamic and popular Southwest Florida cover band. Please send an email to include your full name and your interest in attending the dance to “firstname.lastname@example.org” before Saturday, March 23, so your name can be included on the list that I must send to the security guards at the Kings Point Front Security Gate to make it easier for you to get through the Gate.
SCC Dance Club
Saturday, March 23: The Sun City Center Dance Club will hold a Gala Buffet and Dance from 5:15 to 9 p.m. in the South Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. They invite Sun City Center and Kings Point residents to March into Spring with a turn on the dance floor and enjoy a delicious meal. Catered by Fun With Food, the meal will feature a strawberry and spinach salad, carved roast beef, grilled salmon and crusted chicken. Dance to an exclusive playlist spun by Gerardo. There will be a complimentary dessert table and decaf coffee. Semi-formal attire is requested (jacket and tie for men). BYOB. Bring your friends, or come and make new friends. Open seating. Singles tables available! The cost for the buffet and dance is $25 per person for members, $30 per person for guests. Checks payable to SCC Dance Club must be received by Ann Carl, 1802 Bunker Hill Drive by March 19. If you wish only to dance from 7 to 9 p.m., members are free, guests $6 per person at the door. For additional information call 813-634-9074. Our last dance of the spring season will be on Saturday, April 13.
Moonglow Dance Club
Moonglow Ballroom Dance Club will feature the live music of “Island Swing” at their monthly dance on Thursday March 28 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Sun City Center. Come and dance to this talented group from Longboat Key as they make their first appearance at Moonglow. The attire at Moonglow Dances is Dressy Casual. Members are free, and guests pay $5 per person at the door. Singles tables are always available. BYOB and snacks. The Club will provide ice, water, cups and napkins. For more Information call 813-6331297 or 813-633-2755, or if you would like to receive Moonglow information by email, contact “email@example.com”.
The Academy of Ballroom Dance Club held its annual election in December and a new Board of Directors was installed at the January meeting. From left to right are Donna Armstrong, President; George Hawn, former President; Carol Haskett, Vice President; Michelle Hawn, committee member; Bob Martin, Vice President; Chris Martin, Secretary; Dick Paul, Treasurer; and Ann Funicello, committee member. The new board looks forward to seeing you at our upcoming dances, March 2 and April 6. In addition, a free members-only dance will be held on March 21. You can still join the club ($25 per person for 12 dances, 10 with pre-dance lessons, and discount admission to the annual dinner) and sign up for this event until March 9. If you are interested, please contact Donna Armstrong at 615-934-7293 or George Hawn at 330-770-0442.
Oldies But Goodies Dance Club
The Oldies but Goodies Dance Club will be enjoying the music of Latitude on Sunday, March 17 at Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. The cost is free for members and $6 per person for guests. No advance ticket needed pay at the door. The doors will open at 6:15 p.m. for members and 6:30 p.m. for guests. Latitude, 5 times TRMA National Duo of the Year, are making a very welcome return to the Oldies but Goodies dance. They 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. Remember that doors open at 6:15 for members and 6:30 for guests, so please do not arrive more than 15 minutes ahead as early arrival disrupts dance preparation. Any questions contact Club President Joanne at 813-728-1147 or email “firstname.lastname@example.org” You may also check out our website: sccoldiesbutgoodiesdanceclub.com or join us on Facebook facebook.com/OldiesButGoodiesDanceClub.
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Entertainment Corner By Renee Bray, SCCCA Entertainment Director
It’s been a terrific one, but our 2018-2019 series is winding down quickly. Where has the season gone? We have just one Sunday Series that remains, The Rob Caudill ROD STEWART Tribute band will perform on Sunday March 3, at 2:30 p.m. at the SCCCA Community Hall at 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd here in SCC. Tickets are $18 and available to the public as well as residents. The Atrium Kiosk is open M-W-F from 10 to noon until March 3. Tickets are selling Renee Bray fast, but we hope to have some left to sell at the door as well. Unfortunately, our Friday dance series is sold out for the season, but season ticket holders will certainly enjoy Rocky and the Rollers on March 22 at 7 p.m. I am working diligently to book a variety of exciting events for the 2019-2020 season. We held two Showcases this year which were very successful, and we plan to pick up a few of these performers for the season, as well as some new acts and some acts that we’ve had in past years that have been very popular. I hope to do more of the smaller events in Rollins next season as well, as the Ken Block comic impressionist was a tremendous success. Watch the NEWS OF SCC for articles over the summer on when next season tickets will be available.
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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, Kings Point and Freedom Plaza residents. Couples and singles welcome. You must have your Sun City Center or Kings Point member card with you. For information call Bernice DuBro at 813-634-3205. Tuesday, March (5, 12, 19, 26) – Social Ballroom Dance Classes Beginning Cha-cha – 5:30 p.m. Intermediate Waltz – 6:45 p.m. Intermediate/Advanced West Coast Swing – 8 p.m. COST: $30 per person for all four weeks. Wednesday, March (6, 13, 20, 27) – Social Ballroom Dance Classes Beginning Rumba – 12:45 p.m. Beginning/Intermediate – Nightclub Two Step – 2 p.m. Intermediate/Advanced – Silver Waltz - 3:15 p.m. COST: $30 per person for all four weeks. Taught by Bernice Dubro and George Hawn, call 813-634-3205 or “email@example.com”.
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The Firehouse Cultural Center provides quality programming in arts & education for ages, all diversities. Serving South Shore since 2011. A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. For more information, registration or tickets, call 813-645-7651 or visit Firehouseculturalcenter.org. 1st Ave NE at Shell Point Road in Ruskin, FL 33570. Firehouse Pub Live Music & Comedy • 7:30 p.m. Reservations Recommended Advanced Tickets: $23 non-members / $18 members Day of show: $28 non-members / $23 members Doors open at 7 p.m. Adult beverages and refreshments cabaret seating. Bourbon on the Bayou Featuring T-Bone Hamilton’s Big Easy Revue • Saturday, March 2 Full Open Bar, Bourbon Tastings, Dancing, Food Stations, Silent & Live Auctions • Free Valet Parking Mike Donahue & Third Man Out Get Your Irish On • Saturday, March 16 Clean Comedy • Friday March 22
Pops Band Concert March 18
The SouthShore Concert Band will present a concert on Monday, March 18 at 7 p.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 701 Valley Forge Blvd in Sun City Center. The band will play a “POPS CONCERT” which will feature songs of the 80’s. Featured artists covered will include Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, the Beatles, the Temptations, and Carole King. Music tempos vary greatly from the rock and roll beat of Chicago to the more sedate music of the Beauty and the Beast. Beginning February 15 there will be 150 free tickets available for pick up in the church office weekdays between the hours of 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. At 6:45 p.m. on the day of the concert we will open our doors to anyone waiting if there are seats available. You can preview the sound of the 52-member band ensemble at www. southshoreconcertband.org. There will be a free will offering collected at intermission.
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This exciting match had the score tied at twelve after sixteen ends. In the extra end, it was the team of Joe and Barb Mignogna winning over Garry Higgins and Sandy Wall. Once again, this year’s tournament had sixteen teams vying for the title, playing in single-knock format. The Club 2019 Mixed Pairs Champions, Joe welcomes and offers free lessons and Barb Mignogna. to the members of the Kings Point and Sun City Center communities. For more information about the Club and the sport of lawn bowls, visit www.suncitycenterlbc.com
SCC Basketball Club Qualifies for National Championship
By Bob Monahan, Sports Writer and Club President After distributing the Florida State Senior 3-on-3 basketball medals, I was excited to receive an invitation from the Senior National Games to have our 50-year-old and 65-year-old teams to play in the National Championships in New Mexico this Spring. Our 50-yearold team received the silver medal in the state competition, and our 65-year-old team won the bronze. We will not attend the tournament due to expenses, but appreciate the honor. Our Club has been growing by leaps and bounds with well over 40 members. They come because we offer a friendly, caring atmosphere where the score doesn’t matter and usually are playing two half court games at the same time. The second court is used for new players. For that group, we gradually break them in with a lot of timeouts, substitutions and encouragement. Any senior, age 50 or older, in Hillsborough County is welcome to play in the county facility for free and may choose to join the Club. Call Joy Robinson, Director to register at 813.682.7881. Basketball is played on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9 a.m. The Center is located on Southeast 6th Street, just off SR-674.
“Junior” Champion, left, Joe Mignogna and “Senior” Champion Paddy Lennon.
SCC Lawn Bowling “Juniors” & “Seniors” Tournament
By Garry Higgins At the Sun City Center Lawn Bowling Club, you are considered a “Junior” if you are a member aged seventy through seventy-nine. Only after you reach the age of eighty do you join the “Senior” ranks. These two singles tournaments were single knockout format and ran over several days. For the Juniors, it was Joe Mignogna winning against and Bob Ferguson. On the Senior side, it was Paddy Lennon over Glenn Baumann. Besides healthy exercise, lawn bowlers enjoy the fresh air, sunshine, and the companionship of friends. Visit “suncitycenterlbc. com” for more information about the sport of Lawn Bowls and the club. They welcome members of the Sun City Center and the Kings Point Community Associations.
Lawn Bowling Men’s Pairs Champions for 2019
The Pebble Beach (men’s) section of the Sun City Center Lawn Bowling Club completed a weeklong play down to determine the 2019 Pairs Champions. After the final sixteen end game, the new champions are Carl Zajac and Joe Mignogna. In second place, the team of Ben Caudill and Mike Carl Zajac and Joe Mignogna Perkins.
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Front L to R: Judy Walters, Kim Roush, Barbara Stebler and Denise Berry. Back L to R: Barb Struble, Judy Tickles, Sue Daveler, Aileen Engel, Ruth Ann Phelan and Jan Churchill.
CWGA 18 Presents 2019 Board of Directors
The Caloosa Women’s Golf Association 18-hole league met on January 23 for the first general meeting of 2019. We presented the new Board of Directors for 2019, reviewed the busy tournament schedule through April, received updates from the board members and had the opportunity to get a copy of the new USGA rules for 2019. The new officers and committee chairs are: President: Barbara Stebler; Vice President, Kim Roush; Secretary, Judy Walters; Treasurer, Denise Berry; By Laws and Rules, Judy Tickles; Handicaps, Sue Daveler; Hospitality, Jan Churchill; Publicity, Aileen Engel; Yearbook, Barb Struble; Membership/Sunshine, Ruth Ann Phelan.
By Garry Higgins Jerry Healey and his triples team were up to the challenge – go to Clearwater and face some of the toughest competitors in the Division and bowl on rubico. Rubico is a hard, crushed, green clay material often used on tennis courts. When used for lawn bowling, it makes for an extremely Cathy Woodbury, Jerry Healy and fast playing surface. Jerry had great support from Heather Woodbury his team members, Heather and Kathy Woodbury, both relatively new bowlers. All three adapted well to the different conditions and came in first place – the only team with three wins on the day. Quite an accomplishment, all things considered. Lawn bowling is a sport that men and women of all ages can play together on an equal basis. Physical strength plays a small part in this game, skill and strategy are the real factors. For more information visit www.suncitycenterlbc.com.
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The winter/spring members of the Sun City 2 traveling tennis team traveled to the Brandon recently to compete. There are 24 total ladies doubles teams throughout Hillsborough County as part of ALOT (A League of our own Tennis). Sun City Center has two teams on ALOT and two teams competing on USTA (United States Tennis Association) Leagues this season. For more information about the Tennis Association and the Competitive Tennis Club, contact Maggie Pliska at 813-633-7884.
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SCC Senior Volleyball Club Joins with Young Adults to Save County Volleyball
By Bob Monahan, Sports Writer About three weeks ago, Joy Robinson, the Director of the Ruskin Recreation Complex, informed me that Ruskin would no longer be having adult volleyball on Thursday nights anymore due to a lack of attendance. I had played volleyball there last year with the young adults. They were good athletes, polite, and fun to play with. Joy told me she would call some of the leaders of the young adults and one or our better players did the same with our volleyball club, which boasts over 40 players. The next Thursday night twelve of our members arrived at the Ruskin facility, and approximately a dozen young adults did the same. Games were timed for ten minutes with a referee on court. In the beginning, the young adults played the seniors and both groups held their own. As the night went on, teams were re-formed based on order of signing up on the chalkboard. By the end of the night, the teams of six were half young adult and half seniors. Volleyball is now flourishing again in Ruskin and any adult over age 18 is welcome to play for free on Thursday nights at 6:30. Call Joy Robinson at 813-672-7881 to register. To join the SCC Volleyball Club, residents of Sun City Center of Kings Point should go to the South Campus on South Pebble Beach behind the pickleball courts slightly before 9 a.m. on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays to play. Bring your CA ID card, and come see if this sport is right for you.
By Mark Erickson, SCC Archery Club President On Saturday February 9, the SCC Archery Club held an one day competition at their South Campus Range. The first-place winner was Bill Humes, who beat out Mollie Fleck by one point in a shootout after tying in the first round of competition. Bill is seen holding his trophy, the rare SCC Archery Club Mug. Membership in the SCC Archery Club is available for CA Members only. CA Members who would like a free no cost lesson need to contact Jerry Anderson at 330206-7048. For all other questions call club president, Mark Erickson at 813-634-0796.
SCC Shuffleboard Club: Free Lessons in April
If you are a resident of the Sun City Center CA, Kings Point, or Freedom Plaza, club president Jon Harnden and the members of the SCCSBC invite you to attend our Free Shuffleboard Beginners Class. The lessons are also open to current members of the SCC Shuffleboard club who wish to improve their skills. Membership in the SCC Shuffleboard Club is open to CA members, residents of Kings Pont and residents of Freedom Plaza who have the appropriate pass from Freedom Plaza. Annual dues are $20, and those who join in May are given a 50% discount to join for the remainder of the year. Classes will consist of three, two-hour sessions, which will be held at the SCC Shuffleboard Courts on Thursdays, April 11, 18, and 25. Class will start at 9:30 a.m. Attendees must sign up for the class as the number of students will be limited. Experienced players from out Travel League will act as instructors for classes and there will be at least on for each of our 10 courts. To sign up for lessons, please email Roger Kennicutt, “tkennicutt@ aol.com”. If you do not have email you may call or text 816-5206200. Include your contact information.
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CWGA 18 Member-Member Tournament Winners
By Aileen Engel, Publicity Chair CWGA 18 The Caloosa WGA 18 completed our two-day 2019 Member-Member Tournament Wednesday, February 13. We began with a field of 24 teams on Monday. After a cold, rainy morning, we finished with 16 very cold and wet teams Wednesday afternoon. We were treated to a delightful lunch prepared by Jan Churchill and her hospitality committee. Judy Walters and Carol Low Gross winners Bobbie Cesarek Jager were Tournament Co- and Cheryl Karpinski with a 36 hole Chairs. Congratulations to our total of 159. tournament winners: Blue Tees Flight 1, Low Gross 159 Bobbie Cesarek and Cheryl Karpinski; Tie First Low Net 126 - Kim Roush and Vicki Franks and Judy Tickles and Carol Jager. Blue Tees Flight 2, Low Gross 182 Jaye Carroll and Judy Walters; Tie First Low Net 130 - Aileen Engel and Mary Jane Stutz and Jeanne Kolls and Phyllis Taylor. Green Tees Flight 1, Low Gross 183 Barb Larsen and Linda Sheldon; First Low Net 127 - Jana Roberts and Rose Bryan. Green Tees Flight 2, Low Gross 200 Jodie Allison and Alice Friedlein; First Low Net 127 - Joan Lamar and Sue Daveler.
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Newly elected officers, left to right: Sue Baker, Director of Social Events; Marti DeVries, Secretary and Treasurer; Rick Flude, Vice President; Nancy DeWide, President; Bob Monahan, Director of Publicity.
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The weekly Twilight Friday 9-hole Golf Mixer at Caloosa Golf & Country Club was coordinated by George & Peg Lang. The winning team with an even par 36 were:
Sun City Center residents participated and enjoyed a day of great pickleball at the AAU Pickleball Chill Blast Tournament in Englewood, Florida held on February 1-3.
Sports continued on page 19. Standing L to R: Barry Chernock, Rick Lien, Jan Cline, Judy Lamb, Dale Saraniti, Bob Johnson, Yolanda Zapata, Audrey Columbia, Harry Rauch. Seated: Tara Profitt.
Table Tennis District Tournament
The Sun City Center Table Tennis Club had a great turnout of players for our district tournament. It was held Thursday, February 7, at the Colonial Oaks Recreation Center in Sarasota. You must qualify at the district level to play in the State tournament and all ten players from Sun City Center did qualify. Many medals were won in singles, doubles and mixed doubles play.
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“Sweet” Lou Klusty’s Reds won the 2019 winter softball session on February 12. The Reds bested nine other teams competing for the title with a 9-2 record over the 12-week season. They also had a league leading “fewest defensive runs allowed” against their team. Loyd Opgenorth’s “Sea Dogs” and Jim Collins’ “Rockets” tied for second place with 7 wins and 4 losses each. Al Goodyear’s “Red Sox” came in third place with 6 wins and 5 losses. Sun City Center Softball Club is open to all Sun City Center, Kings Point and Freedom Plaza members in good standing. Games are played year-round here in sunny Florida, with membership open to men and women and all skill levels. Residents interested in joining the club can go to the website: “suncitycentersoftball.com” or email us “email@example.com”.
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By Garry Higgins For eleven years running, the Suncoasters (competitive women’s) section of the Sun City Center Lawn Bowling Club has challenged the Pebble Beach (competitive men’s) section to a match with the Burbery Cup at stake – and lost. However, this year, the “Suncoasters” were up to the task and won five out of the seven matches to win the Challenge for the first time ever. To join in the fun, drop by the Green (behind the SCC library). For more information about the club and lawn bowling, visit “www. suncitycenterlbc.com”. The club welcomes residents of the Sun City Center and Kings Point communities.
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Ellen Dasher and Bob Buser brought The News of Sun City Center to the Belfast castle during a British Isles cruise.
Dave and Barbara Green at the Mayflower Steps in Plymouth, England as part of a 28-day tour of the British Isles. Dave had 16 ancestors on the Mayflower.
Magritte & Dali
By Kai Rambow Two of the best known surrealist painters, side by side. Magritte and Dali, knew each other, shared ideas with each other, and painted with similar themes. This thought-provoking exhibit is worth seeing – and experiencing (more on this in a bit). The key, as always, is to get an audio guide. It’s included with your admission and enables you to know what you’re looking at, and what to examine more closely. This is particularly important since Dali painted many double images. Dali paintings, part of the collection but not regularly displayed, are part of this exhibit. Most of the Magritte paintings are on loan from Belgium. At the end are two interactive displays. In the Cloud Room, you’ll be surrounded by moving clouds all around you. It is a semisurreal experience. Right after is an interactive surrealist art experience. A camera captures your image and then projects you into paintings by both artists. This is a little tricky to do. Tip: Carefully read the instructions posted on the wall. Next, watch others try to capture their image. When you think you know what to do, try it. The most challenging part is moving your hand over the camera icon to “click” the camera. Once the numbers start to count down, you’ll have about two seconds to pose. It is probably easier to
have someone else take your photo in the painting as the image only pops up for about three seconds. Most important: enjoy the art and have fun. Magritte & Dali Until May 19, 2019 Dali Museum 1 Dali Blvd. St. Petersburg, FL 33701 (727) 823-3767 www.thedali.org
You can be a part of this exhibit. After taking a picture, your image will be projected into surrealist art.
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This is Cuba? - See More, Experience More
By Kai Rambow The wind whispering through the trees. Water rippling, cascading down the mountain. This is Cuba? It is – if you venture beyond the cities. We opted to explore one of Cuba’s national parks, El Nico. El Nico showcases Cuba’s natural beauty with a surprising variety of waterfalls and wonderful views. This tour is not for everyone. It involved hiking up very steep inclines and slippery conditions, even in some dry places. If you have the physical ability, it is rewarding. In an attempt to get a photo, I ended up in the water. Camera landed safely in a dry spot; I was completely wet and still had a great time. Note: There are other easier, great tour options to colonial Trinidad or in Cienfuegos itself. Mention Cuba and people think of Havana. However, there is much more. It’s easy to forget that Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean, seventeenth largest in the world and longer than Florida. Passing through non-tourist towns and the countryside provided a glimpse into more of Cuba. For example, as we passed through one town we noticed several taxis that were horse drawn carriages. There are 12 million people in Cuba, but only 2 million cars. There is a bus system, but hiring a private car, bicycling or walking are common options. This was much more noticeable driving through the countryside than it was in the city. Having the opportunity to see beyond the historic sites and experience the natural beauty of Cuba was a captivating adventure. Tips for a Great Trip Take a Cruise: The easiest way to visit Cuba is by cruise ship. One very adventurous passenger had done a land trip staying at B&Bs. The B&Bs had no air conditioning and communal
bathrooms. After sightseeing all day, returning to creature comforts on your ship is probably a preferable travel option. Cruise options now range from just a few days stopping only in Havana to eight day cruises with three stops in Cuba. One consideration: in some stops tenders are used to transport passengers ashore. Pack Patience: If you’ve cruised before, you may be used to simply walking off the ship. Every port in Cuba required us to clear customs. This takes some time, so you will need to be patient. Work with a Travel Agent: Traveling to Cuba is new, and there are several questions you’ll have. For example, when experiencing difficulty booking this excursion, our agent directed us to an alternative. Cruise Tours vs. Private Tours: Cuban tour companies have adapted quickly to meet American preferences. They now use modern buses complete with air conditioning and a toilet on board. Private tour companies often use air conditioned cars with a driver and tour guide. This is a more intimate experience, and can be customized to meet your interests. The key on a private tour is to ask good questions about daily life to learn more about Cuba. Visas: One advantage of cruising is your visa can be easily processed by the cruise line. They’ll provide you with the paperwork and charge the fee to your onboard account. Money: US dollars are not accepted in Cuba. After clearing customs, there are money exchangers. The rate is fixed and you will be given Cuban convertible pesos or CUCs (CUC$). These are different than currency used by Cubans. CUCs have pictures of famous monuments or buildings. Local currency has pictures of famous people. Be sure to check you have received the
There are 12 million people in Cuba, but only 2 million cars. This is a taxi, which you will see once you travel into the countryside
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By Frank Kepley, CAPT USN (Ret.) The Military Family Support Trust (MFST) trustees visited the Southeastern Guide Dogs (SEGD facility in Palmetto, FL, on February 6 to tour the facility and present the them with a $10,000 donation. The donation is to be used to assist SEGD in linking up expenses of veterans for either a Guide or Service/Therapy (PTSD) Dog. MFST has been a strong supporter of SEGD for more than 10 years. On this annual visit of the trustees, along with some of the office volunteers, a very comprehensive update on SEGD, their place as a world class Guide and Service/Therapy Dog training and breeding center as well as information on the newest SEGD facilities was provided. The trustees were also given an active demonstration by a long time SEGD Dog Trainer of certain aspects of training and From left, Colin Howgill, chairman how rewarding the dog’s correct MFST, presenting a check to SEGD responses fits into their training to Andy Kramer, vice president of SEGD Philanthropy. regimen.
Beverly Gaussiran, Experienced Mideast Speaker, Addresses MOAA
By Frank Kepley, CAPT USN (Ret.) Beverly Hill Gaussiran, MS, was the featured speaker at the February Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) luncheon in the Florida Room at the North Side Atrium. Beverly has a rich background working in the Mideast and U.S. as a motivational speaker, human resource consultant, author, teacher, and professional coach. She entered the U.S. Army after college and became a recruiter/career counselor. In addition to working for the South From left, Beverly Gaussiran, Florida Hospital Association and Benny Blackshire, LTC, USA (Ret), numerous teaching roles, Beverly president of SCC MOAA. spent 14 years in Saudi Arabia developing operational systems, educational programs, and management training functions involving 69 nationalities. Her presentation was moving, inspirational and informative. MOAA holds a meeting monthly (except July/August) in the Atrium building in the Florida room at 11 a.m. and includes lunch and a guest speaker. MOAA Coordinate and sponsors an Annual Memorial Day ceremony; provides awards and honorariums to outstanding JROTC Cadets; contributes to Operation Warm Heart and Helping Hand; contributes to My Warriors Place; provides funds for MOAA scholarships and participate in numerous community activities. Additional information can be obtained by calling 813642-0801 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
MFST Chairman Addresses ROC at Annual Meeting
Brigadier Colin Howgill, RM (Ret), Chairman of the Military Family Support Trust (MFST), provided the Retired Officers Corporation (ROC), with an overview of the function and recipients of the Trust at the ROC Annual Meeting, held in the Freedom Plaza auditorium on January 29. MFST is a 501(c)3 organization that supports through their grant programs, military families, past and present. The beneficiaries include but are not limited to: fouryear scholarships for high school seniors; JROTC Honors Program; Homeless Women Veterans; Operation Warm Heart; Veteran Guide Dog; Southeastern Guide Brigadier Colin Howgill, RM (Ret), Dogs; Paws for Patriots program; Chairman, MFST. My Warriors Place; Operation Helping Hand and sponsoring ‘Guardians’ for the Honor Flight Support Program. MFST is headquartered in SCC Freedom Plaza and anyone interested in making a donation can call Nancy Alguire at (813) 634-4675 for information.
Silver Osprey Squadron #64 Host Executive Officer of NAWCTSD
Commanding Officer, Roger Kennicutt, CDR, USN(ret) announced today that the SCC chapter of the Association of Naval Aviation, the Silver Osprey Squadron will host Commander Henry L. Phillips IV, Ph.D., Executive Officer of the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division and Naval Support Activity, Orlando, FL at their next regular luncheon. The event is open to the public, by reservation, and will be held at the Plaza Club in Freedom Plaza, on Friday, March 8, 2019. Meet and greet starts at 11 a.m., lunch at noon. In 2002, CDR Phillips reported as Biostatistics Division Officer to the Operational Psychology Department, Naval Operational Medicine Institute (NOMI), Naval Aerospace Medical Institute (NAMI) Detachment, where he developed new forms of the Aviation Selection Test Battery (ASTB) to remedy a test compromise, developed adaptive versions of ASTB subtests, developed a secure web-based test platform now in use across the naval testing enterprise, and helped modernize all of naval aviation officer selection. In 2005, he was assigned to NAS Corpus Christi for assignment as Force Aerospace Experimental Psychologist for the Chief of Naval Air Training. In 2013, he reported to the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) as the Military Deputy for Research and Technology. During this period, he helped develop the Navy Training Enterprise model that served as the precursor to the CNO’s Sailor 2025 Ready Relevant Learning Pillar and he served on the White House Office of Simulation and Training Policy’s NAWCTSD working group. Our luncheon is $16 for members and $19 for non-members. Contact Tom Harding at “email@example.com” or 813-364-1236. Make check payable to Silver Osprey and mail to, Tom Harding, 309 Noble Faire Dr., Sun City Center, FL 33573. For membership information email Roger Kennicutt at “firstname.lastname@example.org”. Membership is open to the public.
MOWW Holds Centennial Recognition Ceremony at the Veterans Memorial
By Frank Kepley, CAPT USN (Ret.) The Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) held a Centennial Recognition ceremony at the Veterans Memorial on Thursday, February 21 in front of the Community Hall. Welcoming remarks were made by Walt Cawein, LTC USAF (Ret). Walt was the driving force behind the creation of the Memorial and brought the group up to date regarding changes yet to be completed. Gordon Bassett, Lt Col USAF (Ret) introduced the guests and discussed the history of the Sun City Center MOWW Chapter. The MOWW National Commander in Chief (CINC), LTC John Hollywood, USA (Ret), in town to attend the annual MOWW Dining Out, to be held at the Freedom Plaza Club in the evening, attended the ceremony and made remarks pertaining to the history of the national organization. He also commented on the Memorial remarking that it was the most impressive such memorial he had seen. LTC Julian Graham, USA (Ret) provided the invocation and benediction. MOWW meets monthly on the third Thursday of the month at the Freedom Plaza Club. For information regarding membership contact Jim Haney at “email@example.com” or call 813-220-8758.
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Kings Point Dance Club Presents
A Tropical Getaway Dance, to be held Tuesday, March 19, at the Kings Point Veterans Theater Doors open 7 p.m. Dancing 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Music by Dan Fugazzotto. All KP, SCC, singles and guests welcome. Dress code, dressy casual, no shorts. BYOB. Members free, guests $5. Questions, Call Eileen 203.907.6111.
KP Line Dancers March 20
Flower Power is the theme for the KP Line Dancers free social dance on Wednesday, March 20, at 7 p.m. in the Veterans Theater. No charge for KP and SCC residents; visitors/guests $2.50 guest pass at Security Office in the clubhouse upon arrival. Wear appropriate dance shoes. BYOB. Call Jan 634-6226 for more info.
New York Club St. Patrick’s Day Party
The New York Club will be having their St. Patrick’s Day party on Monday March 4 in the Kings Point Veterans Theater at 5 p.m. $28.50 for guests and $25 for members. Catered by Banquet Masters: corned beef and cabbage and shepherd’s pie. Music by Kevin Brooks. Our Spring Fling on Tuesday April 2 in the Kings Point Veterans Theater at 5 p.m. Catered by Banquet Masters. Music by soulRcoaster, a five piece band. $28.50 for guests $25 for members. For further information, please contact Frank Gatto at 633 8942.
Kings Point Quilters New Board
On Jan 28, the Kings Point Quilters elected a new Board. New Board members are President Deb Burgeson, Vice President Donna Heath, Secretary Becky Burgardt, Member at Large, Jan McConnell. Sandy Nunn and Joyce Jurgens retired as President and Secretary after nine amazing years of building the club from only a small group to over 110 members strong. We have amazing club facilities due to their very hard work and dedication. We are so thankful for their leadership and friendship.
Feline Folks Meow Mixer
Thursday, March 7 is the monthly Meow Mixer. Join the group at 4:30 p.m. for the Meow Mixer in the Kings Point 2020 building’s Culinary Room. This is a fun way to learn about the group’s important mission of feeding and spay/neutering the community cats in Kings Point and the surrounding areas. Light snacks and great conversation are available at this monthly event. For more information, email Info@ FelineFolks.us or better yet, stop by the Meow Mixer.
Canadian Club Dinner Dance
The Canadian Club of Kings Point will host a dinner dance in the Veterans Theater on Sunday March 10. All Canadians residing in Kings Point and Sun City Center are invited to attend. Live entertainment will be provided by ‘Good Stuff”. The theme this year will be Margaritaville. Jimmy Buffet type island dress is recommended. Catering by Banquet Masters. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. for hors d’oeuvres and dinner will be served at 6. Tickets are $25 per person and will be available at Kings Point North Clubhouse on Tuesday between 10 and noon. Book your table soon. The deadline to book tickets and table will be Wednesday, March 6. For further information on tickets, phone Frank at 813.633.1987
Friends of History March Meeting
Monday, March 11 in the Banquet Room in Kings Point. There will be a social gathering starting at 9:30 a.m. with the meeting starting at 10. All residents of Kings Point and Sun City Center are welcome. For those who reside in Sun City Center, enter thru the visitor entrance and tell Security that you want to attend Friends of History Group meeting. The topic of Discussion will be “Life on the Border of Nazi Germany & Occupied Holland”. There will be two speakers relating their childhood experiences growing up along the Dutch and German border during WWII.
Bird Colonies at Eagle Audubon’s March Meeting
At Eagle Audubon Society March 21, 2019 meeting, Dr. Mary Keith will present “What’s Going on in Those Bird Colonies?” Dr. Keith is a master birder and President of Tampa Audubon Society. The meeting, which is open to the public, is held in the Banquet Room of the Kings Point Main Clubhouse, 1900 Clubhouse Dr., Sun City Center. The doors open at 1:20 p.m. for social time, trip sign ups and refreshments. The brief meeting begins at 2 p.m. then Mary Keith will explain the organized chaos of breeding colonies. www. eagleaudubonflorida.org
KP Pottery Club Hosting Spring Dance
Put on your dancing shoes and get ready for a good time as KP Pottery Club hosts its first dance on Wednesday, March 27 from 6 – 9 p.m. in the Veterans Theater (doors open at 5:30). BYOB and snacks. The club is holding a Silent Auction. Our members will display beautiful centerpieces for each table. Come and enjoy the fabulous musical talent of Eric Lee, a very popular local who appears regularly at Alpha House and around Kings Point and SCC. Tickets are $6 and will be on sale in the KPCH lobby from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays. Ticket sales are open to KP and SCC residents. SCC residents show your ID at the gate to buy tickets.
Kings Point Follies 2019
By Stephanie Casey Follies 2019 is coming to the Kings Point Veterans Theater on April 5 and 6, and tickets are currently on sale for $14 at the Kings Point Box Office for all three shows. The show will be presented on Friday, April 5, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 6, Matinee at 1:30 p.m. and evening performance at 7 p.m. “ANYTHING GOES” will offer theater-goers a wonderful potpourri of entertainment. Under the Direction of professional Choreographer Diane LeFrancois, with Assistant Director Linda Stone, the cast is hard at work, preparing another lively show with an abundance of music, dancing, comedy, specialty acts and more, performed by highly talented locals from Sun City Center and the surrounding South Shore area. Don’t pass up this opportunity to be a part of a pleasurable and unique Variety Extravaganza. Seating is reserved Round Table Cabaret Style, so BYOB, gather your pals and your snacks, and join us for a great show. Get your tickets now.
Italian Club of Kings Point Easter Dinner
The Italian Club of Kings Point wants to see you in your Easter Bonnet with all the frills upon it. on April 11 2019 at the Kings Point Veterans Theater. Dinner will be catered by Banquet Masters with a menu including: baked ham, chicken marsala, stuffed shells, sweet potatoes, buttered green beans, salad, rolls and butter. Club is supplying dessert, coffee, tea, and soda. BYOB. Music provided by DJ Eric Lee. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Decorative hats encouraged but not required. Tickets on sale March 26 and 27 at the Veterans Theater lobby from 9 to noon. Cutoff for tickets is April 4. Members $25, guests $28. Tables of eight available. Questions? Contact May Fleming 813.419.4790 or Terry Devoti 813.260.3220 if you have questions. SCC residents, be sure to have your ID badge with you when buying tickets, so you can get through the security gate.
Shown are a few members of the local TOPS Chapter 845 displaying the posters each made to inspire her own weight loss. This was one of the many fun and useful projects the chapter offers to encourage members’ success. The chapter meets at 9:30 a.m. every Thursday in the South Clubhouse in Kings Point. Call President Pam Grice at (989) 330-5176 for more information.
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King’s Point West Lawn Bowling Club
In the annual King’s Point West Lawn Bowling Club (KPWLBC) Men’s Singles tournament Ken Kidd lost 8 to 14 to Don Bowers in a match that was closer than the score indicates. Congratulations to both Don and Ken! KPWLBC is accepting new members. If you are a lawn bowler interested in joining, would like information on lawn bowling or to inquire about lessons, please call Don at L to R: Don Bowers and Ken Kidd. 612.220.2369.
KP Krafters Contribute to Emergency Squad
The KP Krafters recently contributed proceeds from the sale of the “Krafts” to the SCC Emergency Squad. The funds are most appreciated and will be used for ongoing projects of the Squad. Pictured here are Cass Murphy; Kat Gaussi; Catherine Yevoli, President of the Krafters; Marty Gifford, CFO of the Emergency Squad, and Dorothy Beck.
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Kings Point Mixed Chorus Spring Concert: Rodgers & Hammerstein Remembered
By Stephanie Casey The Kings Point Mixed Chorus is pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale at the Kings Point Box Office for the annual Spring Concert, which will take place in the Veterans Theater at 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 9. The men and women of this Community Chorus, under the Direction of Jeff Jordan, with Keith Rasmussen as Accompanist, have been eagerly preparing a variety of many favorite songs from these two Musical Theater legends. We invite anyone from the Greater Sun City Center and South Shore Area to join us and enjoy a very special presentation. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 9, and purchase your tickets before they are gone. Both BYOB Cabaret seating and bleacher seating will be available. For more information, contact Mary Anne at 813-634-8747, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Chorus website at kpchorus.org. Head over to the Kings Point Box Office now and choose your preferred seats before this Concert sells out. We look forward to seeing you on April 9.
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Keeping Informed About Your Health
By Diane M. Loeffler As time goes on, we need to be more and more aware of how to care for our bodies. Luckily, in the greater Sun City Center area, we have many opportunities to learn about potential health concerns, how to avoid them, and how to address them. South Bay Hospital not only helps us when we are hurt or ill, they also have seminars to help us in our quest to keep our bodies healthy and functioning well. These sessions are offered at various locations around town once every month for most of the year. South Bay also participates in a variety of expos around the county. In January’s seminar, South Bay Hospital sponsored a seminar on orthopedic issues at the meeting center in Sun City Center’s United Methodist Church. Doctors spoke about bone and tendon problems and possible courses of action including, but not limited to, surgery. Shannon Mitchell, South Bay Hospital’s Director of Marketing and Public Relations says that the seminars always offer time for everyone in attendance to ask a question. That was certainly the case during the January sessions. Every person who wanted to ask about a concern was able to do so. Coffee and donuts were provided. In February, the public was invited to a Sweetheart Luncheon at Trinity Baptist Church. The topic was “Cardiac Disease: Know Your Numbers.” March’s topic is gastro-intestinal issues. The best way to be informed about South Bay Hospital’s upcoming seminars is to get your name on their mailing list. You can do so by calling 888-685-1595 or by visiting their website, www. SouthBayHospital.com. There is usually a prompt to sign up for their newsletter.
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Attend the Consumer Protection and Fraud Symposium By Diane M. Loeffler The public is invited to a free symposium at Community Hall, 1910 South Pebble Beach, Sun City Center. This March 5 event begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 12:30 p.m. In return for investing four and a half hours of your
time, you will receive information that will help to keep you safe offered by men and women who are experts in their fields. Begin your morning with free coffee and donuts while you visit table displays where you will have the opportunity to
In the House
By Kai Rambow A photograph by one of our readers has found a home at the White House. Accomplished photographer Jackie Hanson took a picture of Donald Trump in 2016 at one of his campaign rallies. She spent quite a bit of time after taking the picture to make it look its best. That was the easy part. The owner of a framing store in Sarasota, had done work for Trump before, knew what the President liked, and ordered a specialty frame. Then the owner personally framed the photo and ensured it was properly packed for shipping. A local resident passed the photo to the chairman of the Republican convention, who in turn passed it along to a contact at the White House. Once at the White House it needed to clear security and several other steps. After several months, Hanson was informed the picture is now hanging in the Chief of Staff’s
talk, ask questions, and pick up brochures. Programs begin at 9 with introductory remarks. At 9:20 you can hear from the Hillsborough County Consumer Protection and Veteran Services. Following that talk will be presentations by Seniors versus Crime, the U.S. Middle District of Florida Courts, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Better Business Bureau and our Community Resource Deputy, Jeff Merry. The agencies providing speakers also will have table displays. There will also be tables set up and manned by Samaritan Services, The Sun City Center Security Patrol, The
Campaign Against Human Trafficking and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. The Men’s Club of Sun City Center, The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and the Hillsborough County are sponsoring this event to keep us all safe. Take advantage of the opportunity. Free drawings for door prizes. Table displays: Samaritan Services, SCC Security Patrol, Seniors vs Crime, Sun Towers, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Florida Department of Agriculture, U.S. Attorney, Campaign Against Human Trafficking, Hillsborough County Consumer Protection, Veteran Services, and Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
This photograph, which looks more like a portrait, now hangs in the White House. It was taken by award-winning, local photographer Jackie Hanson.
office directly across from the Oval office. Jackie Hanson has won numerous awards for her photography at both the club and state level. And now it looks like she’s gone national. Congratulations!
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8 a.m. — Social hour – Donuts and Coffee Provided 9 a.m. — Introductory Remarks President Men’s Club of SCC David Floyd, Hillsborough County Commissioner Stacey White, and Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister 9:20 a.m. — Eric Olsen, Division Director Hillsborough County Consumer Protection & Veteran Services 9:50 a.m. — Art Smith, Seniors vs Crime 10:20 a.m. — Joseph Smith, U.S. Middle District of Florida Courts 10:50 a.m. — Ryan Albrittan and Michael Oven, Special Agents, Global Trade Investigations Group, Immigration and Customs Enforcement 11:20 a.m. — Andrew Seleka, Supervisory Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation 11:50 a.m. — Brian Olglesby, Director Public Relations and Outreach, Better Business Bureau, West Central Florida. 12:20 p.m. — Closing Remarks Deputy Jeff Merry, Sun City Center Community Resource Deputy, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
Get Active, Get Connected, Get Involved!
By Bradd Robinson Sun City Center has always had a rich history of volunteerism, and that trend does not appear to be ending anytime soon. Each month we would like to honor a local volunteer who has dedicated their free time to helping others in our community. This month that honor goes to Barb Struble. If you are a member of Caloosa Golf and Country Club, you have no doubt seen Barb around, as she has dedicated countless hours of her time to the club for 16 years. We asked Barb why she chooses to volunteer, what got her started and of course what keeps her volunteering. Her answers to our questions were very inspiring. Barb chooses to volunteer because she likes to stay busy, and volunteering fills those hours. She got her start when someone asked her to fill the role of Yearbook Chairman for the Women’s Golf Association. This eventually led to her becoming the President and Treasure on the Board of Directors. Barb is particularly proud of the fact that while in those roles, she and her fellow board members were able to tell the membership that they were solvent, and under budget. She has since resigned from the board, but continues to volunteer, because as she put it, “If I don’t do it, someone else will need to.” Barb had a great response when asked what she would tell someone that just wants to spend all their time enjoying the myriad amount of leisure
activities available to them. She stated that, “The reason they are able to ‘just play’ is because others have volunteered to keep those activities going.” She also feels that if an activity or club is important to someone, then they should want to help perpetuate that activity by volunteering their time. Sun City Center was founded on the philosophy of volunteerism. If you’d like to explore the many opportunities available to you, please contact Marilyn CotéMiller at 813-642-2006 or visit www.volunteermatch.org. Sun City Center Connects is growing! Sun City Center Connects is seeking an outgoing, inspired person to help create excitement in revitalizing civic engagement in Sun City Center. This person will work with community stakeholders to recruit, engage and place volunteers. Part-time, paid job for 10 hours per week. If you’re geared up to get active, connected and engaged, join us! Please send resume to Bob Miller at email@example.com.
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AJ Cipperly from Inspired Living will be providing a presentation, “Changing Abilities in Dementia”, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Sun City Center on Monday, March 4 at 11:30 a.m. She will present a follow up “ Building Positive Care Partner Skills” on Monday, March 25 also at 11:30. Lunch will be provided at both presentations. To register, call the church office at 813-634-1292. Inspired Living will provide a care partner for family members/friends with dementia during the presentation. Please let the office know when you register if you would like this service.
Prince of Peace Council of Catholic Women Event
Thursday, March 7, the Council of Catholic Women is sponsoring its annual baby shower to benefit the Foundations of Live Pregnancy Center. All things baby — clothes, diapers, shampoo, powder, onesies, blankets, etc. — are welcome. A continental breakfast will be served followed by a general meeting and Tom Cummings presentation on the reflections of Pontius Pilate. There will be no card social during Lent.
St. Anne’s 4th Annual Golf Tournament
A “Best Ball Golf Tournament” will be held Saturday, April 6, at Sandpiper Golf Club, 1702 S. Pebble Beach Blvd., Sun City Center, FL 33573. Registration opens at 7 a.m. with an 8 a.m. “Shotgun Start.” The entrance fee is $75 per player, or $300 for each foursome. This fee includes prizes for Hole-in-One, Greatest Putt, Longest Drive, Most Accurate Drive, Closest to the Pin (all Par 3s) and a “FUN” Awards Luncheon with great food and prizes following the Tournament. The luncheon will be hosted at the South Shore Falls Ballroom located in the South Shore Falls community in Apollo Beach. Special event: A Hole in ONE contest with the grand prize of $10,000. Tournament registration forms are available in the Saint Anne Parish Office Monday through Friday 8:30 to 4 p.m. and Sunday 9 – noon. Forms are also available at Sandpiper Golf Course Pro Shop. Completed forms can be dropped off at the Parish Office or sent to Kevin Hagan, 5326 Loon Nest Ct., Apollo Beach, FL 33572. For more information, contact Kevin at “firstname.lastname@example.org”. All proceeds benefit Saint Anne Catholic Church Community Outreach programs, including the weekly Food Pantry, St. Vincent De Paul, and Catholic Charities’ Mobile Medical Bus ministering to the health needs of rural poor in southeastern Hillsborough County.
Celebration of Crafts, Clubs and Men’s Bake Off
The Trinity Women’s Fellowship (TWF) of Trinity Baptist Church in Sun City Center had a “Celebration of Crafts and Clubs.” Tables displaying jewelry, art, flower arranging, stamping, wood carving, journaling, tennis, photography, stain glass and various other crafts & club activities were on display before and after the buffet lunch. The highlight of the celebration was the men’s bake off featuring 8 delicious assortments cakes, pies, bread pudding and brownies. The March 19 program theme will be “Country Western Hoedown.” Following the buffet lunch the featured speaker will share about Sun City Stables. These monthly luncheons and programs are free and sign-up sheets are available near the church office at 702 W. Del Webb Blvd. For more information about TWF, visit www. trinitybaptistscc.com or call the church office at 813-634-4228.
International Speaker Offers Free Lecture
What is that first step that will lead us to decide between two choices? How can we take that first step towards a more harmonious relationship with friends or relatives? And, what is that connection with God the Bible tells us we have that enables us to enjoy a better, more stable health? It seems difficult to break through self-doubts and fears. Enrique Smeke, who has given talks around the world, will present a free lecture titled “Are You Ready to Take the First Step?” at 3 p.m., Sunday, Mar. 10 in the Atrium’s Florida Room. Smeke’s Enrique Smeke ideas are based on the teachings of Jesus as recorded in the Bible and as discussed in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. Back L to R: Rev. Tom Townsend, Bob Thompson, Vern Elarth, Mary Jo Townsen, & Dee Kelly. Front: Kathy Clor, Nancy Majorki, & Linda Maslyk.
Trinity Baptist Hosts Interfaith Council Meeting
By Jay Sparkman Trinity Baptist Church in Sun City Center was host to the January meeting of the Sun City Center Interfaith Social Action Council. Dee Kelly, VP of the Interfaith Council, gave an overview of the history of the Council and the Nearly New Shop, the fundraising arm of the Council. There were new members introduced and plans for the year regarding grants to organizations and scholarships to college students discussed. The Interfaith Council is made up of delegates from each of the nine houses of worship in Sun City Center. For more info go to www.InterfaithCouncilofSunCityCenter.com
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Mary Steele and Sharon Axtell exhibit items that will be offered at the silent auction during the Happy Hour Take Two event on Friday March 15 at 5 p.m. It includes entertainment, appetizers, wine, door prizes and lots of fun. Wayne Howery, Vocalist, will be performing a variety of music. You may even want to get up and dance or you can just sit back and relax. All Paths to God invites you to join them for this festive evening being held at the SCC Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are only $10 and may be obtained from members or by calling Sharon at 813 514-5302.
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Hope Fund volunteers gathered at the South Shore United Church of Christ on Friday, February 8, for a celebration at which their accomplishments were acknowledged. Badges were handed out to each volunteer noting his or her years of service helping the migrant children of Wimauma through mentoring, tutoring and reading. These dedicated men and women offer their skills through the Hope Fund, a totally volunteer 501c3 group. Started in 1995 by Carla Miles, a retired teacher/principal, the Hope Fund continues to grow with volunteers who share her vision. Should you have an hour a week free and would like to work on a one-on-one basis with a child, call 813-634-4268 for more information.
Golf Cart continued from page 1. The purpose of the meeting was to build on the information already received from an online survey that was available from December 14, 2018 until January 8, 2019. Survey takers reported that 41% of the time their primary travel mode was a personal car, 56% of the time it was a golf cart and 3% of the time it was another mode (walk, bike, transit, etc.). The secondary travel mode was personal car 50%, golf cart 37% and other 13%. Most primary trips are for shopping (44%) and recreation (30%). More than half of the survey takers use their carts for primary trips 4 to 7 days a week and 62% of the trips are taken
between noon and 4 p.m. Most secondary trips are for shopping and social purposes between noon and 4 p.m. Most survey takers agree or strongly agree that they feel safe traveling on local roads and crossing state roads, there are safe accessibility options to destinations, and there are enough golf cart facilities to use in Sun City Center. When asked about feeling safe on Cypress Village Boulevard and / or 19th Avenue NE and for adequate bicycle facilities, the results were mixed. Kimley-Horn plans to draft mobility concepts this March, hold a second community
workshop in April, complete the final mobility concept in May and have the report done in July. Specific dates have not yet been set. Be sure to subscribe to updates at www.newsofscc. com. Public Comments Attendee concerns fit into three general categories: safety, mobility, and connectivity. Specific suggestions in each category included: Safety - Enforcement of the road rules for cars and carts, enforcement of speed limits for cars and carts, path resurfacing, clarification of signage along all paths and sidewalks, additional street and path lighting, golf cart registration, and golf cart safety instruction class. Mobility - Extended golf cart operation hours with proper
equipment, improved signal timing for golf carts at crossings, improved bicycle facilities, connections to existing transit, and improved and additional crossings on SR-674. Connectivity - Preference for multi-use paths; path expansion along the north and south side of SR-674; and access to restaurants, offices, and retail on both sides of SR-674. When asked for golf cart path alternatives and improvements, responses were split: 31% advocated for improved crossings, 33% for multi-use paths, 23% for wider sidewalks, and 13% for a reduced speed limit. For more information, contact Manuel Santos by email “SantosM@HillsboroughCounty. Org” or phone 813.307.1921.
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A bird’s eye view of how carts and cars share the road on a daily basis in our community. Photo by John Wakeman
FunFest continued from page 1. to the Pottery Wheel Club, along Cherry Hills, and at the Club Kiosk in the Atrium. This year you can see the entertainers you have enjoyed in the past, and some new acts as well. Elvis, Kevin and the Dukes will be back. 3Dom will be there as well. If you have gone to Circles on Saturdays, you may have heard 3Dom perform at that restaurant. You may also have enjoyed 3Dom when they entertained at the CA Gazebo. The Wonders of Nature program is among those outside groups returning to inform and entertain us this year. Fourteen CA clubs are providing entertainment this year including the Swim Dancers, many of our wonderful vocal groups, dance classes and exercise groups. See how talented your friends and neighbors are. Maybe you can even learn how to join their groups. Of course, it wouldn’t be an event without The Front Porch Pickers. You can count on them putting a smile on your face again this year. Health Fair Be sure to stop by the Health Fair. It will be located in the Caper and Horizon Rooms in the Atrium. You will learn so much about your health and what you can do to maintain it. During the fair, you can receive a diabetes screening consisting of measuring your BMI (Body Mass Index) and blood draws for cholesterol screenings. You can have your blood pressure, your skin and your veins checked. You can find out about DNA cancer testing from one organization or have the test done (a mouth swab) from another. Proof of your Medicare card will be necessary before the swabbing.
Have your balance assessed and your walking assistance devices tested for safety. Learn about new hearing aid technology, insurance options, prostate cancer, Lifeline, hearing loss, as well as organ and tissue donations. If you step outside you will see two buses. In one bus, vision screenings including distance and glaucoma checks will be offered at no cost. In the other bus, you will have the opportunity to donate blood. Shopping and Prizes Stop by the club rooms. These spaces will be full of items to purchase. Most clubs also sell chances to win some of their best and most unique creations. Many clubs will be demonstrating their craft. There will also be vendors selling their wares. Food If being out in the fresh air and taking part in all of the activities doesn’t make you hungry enough, the wonderful food aromas wafting around on March 16 certainly will. The assortment of foods available can allow you to eat breakfast, lunch and snacks without ever repeating a menu item. Menus are tentative at the time of publication, so decide on a few favorites to choose between. Here is the mouthwatering list: scrambled eggs, breakfast sandwiches, sausage, bacon, pretzels, Elite Donut donuts, brats, Italian sausage, beans, potato salad, hotdogs, cookies, apple pie, cherry pie, strawberry shortcake, pork chops, chicken sandwiches, Polish sausage with kraut, ice cream bars, popcorn, chips and beverages. See you on March 16!
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Resident of Distinction: Peggy Burgess
By Ilona Merritt Peggy Burgess came from a very musically oriented family, and at age three sang her first public solo, standing on a piano bench so she could be seen. She has been singing in public ever since. At age 18, she was a second runner-up in the Miss Alabama contest which lead to the Miss America Pageant and to a scholarship in vocal music. Peggy earned a Liberal Arts degree and continued her studies at a number of universities in the U.S. During her 25 years as a military wife, Peggy traveled the world, which gave her the opportunity to study voice in Germany, singing with the Stuttgart Philharmonic Choral on German Television. While in Germany she organized special, detailed tours for the American Military wives which included a unique Castle hopping tour among other trips. She has escorted Freedom Plaza groups to numerous locations, both here and abroad, and continues escorting them to Coffee Concerts at the Mahaffey Theatre and Met live performances in Tampa. Peggy came to SCC in 1985 with her husband, retired from the military. Peggy’s first challenge here was to work as Activity Director at Lake Towers which was her entrance into the world of Senior Citizens. In 1990, she was hired to set up the activities program for the still-under-construction Freedom Plaza, working as well, in sales until the building opened in 1992. During this time, she established the Freedom Plaza Scholarship Fund, Inc., an organization in which she is still actively involved. Opera is Peggy’s passion. She teaches a number of classes at the Community Church College. One of her subject matters is “What’s so grand about Opera,” which firmly dispels the belief that Opera is a four-letter
word and explored this musical art form that the 17th Century English journalist John Evelyn called, “The most glorious stage entertainment ever devised by man.” This class was so successful that Peggy formed an opera group at Freedom Plaza which still meets two times a month and is open to anyone in the SCC community. At these gathering, you can expect to meet Joe Green (English translation of the Italian name, “Giuseppe Verdi”) along with other opera icons and enjoy opera via commentary and DVD presentations. Peggy wrote and produced two opera-oriented musical comedies presented to residents of SCC. “Opera To Die For” was based on Opera death scenes gone wrong. A second show Peggy wrote and directed locally was “Murder on the High “C’s” with characters such as Maestro Macaroni Metronome, Placebo Domino, Jose Karaoke, and Luciano Provolone. When Kings Point was sponsoring “Sunday afternoon at Kings Point”, a Hospice benefit, she regularly presented a musical program accompanied by the famous Rosa Rio. Peggy used to write a column for the Sun Newspaper and is a regular contributor to The News. However, Peggy is not just about opera and travel. She has written and directed 26 “Freedom Frolics” stage shows, all benefitting the Scholarship Fund and open to any resident who wanted to participate. She was invited several years ago by the Association for Theatre in Higher Education to address their international convention in Phoenix, Arizona. She has been awarded the title, “Sun City Center Women of the Year” and declared “A Woman of Distinction” by the American Association of University Women. She was most recently honored by the Florida Agency on Aging for contributing to the Arts in her Community. Sun City Center is truly fortunate to have Peggy Burgess in our community.
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By Paula Lickfeldt Peter and Elena Aluotto were both born in New Jersey. Peter went to college in Los Angeles and his first job was in Tampa, Florida. They moved to Valrico, FL in 1975. When their parents, who were still working in NJ, retired, they moved to Florida to be closer to their grandchildren. They had heard about Sun City Center and liked the idea of living in a retirement community that was close to where their children lived. Elena’s parents were the first to move to SCC. They came in 1986 and built a home on El Rancho. Pete’s mother, who was a widow, came in 1993 and bought a home on Warwick Ct. Elena’s father joined the Security Patrol while Pete’s mother was a Red Hatter. Pete, Elena and their two children were able to spend a lot of time with their parents and the children’s grandparents. Pete and Elena retired in 2016, and they decided that they would move to Sun City Center. They had spent a lot of time visiting the community and they liked the way that it was so centrally located to all sports venues, beaches, and theme parks that they enjoyed. They bought a home on Sola Ave. and they love being on a lake where they can watch the birds, turtles
and even an alligator or two. The very first thing that they did when they arrived in SCC was to go to Hi Neighbor. They were overwhelmed by all of the choices of activities available to them. Before they left the Community Hall that evening, Pete had joined the How To Fix It Club and the Men’s Chorus. They both joined the Audubon Club and the Apple Users Group. Elena decided to try her hand at the Yoga Club. They have two children, one living in Tampa and one in North Carolina. They are both in their 30’s and still working so there has not been much talk, yet, about what will happen when they retire. Both Pete and Elena said that living in SCC is so much different than visiting for a day. They both love living here. Tell us about your Family Connection to SCC. We would to hear from you. Call Paula at 813-633-6739.
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The News Staff Spends a Day at the Circus
By Paula Lickfeldt The staff of The News of Sun City Center & South County all revisited their childhood as they marveled at the array of acts presented at The Sarasota Circus. Each of us was asked what our favorite act was: the horses, the silly clown, the acrobatic sisters, the juggler, the dogs, or maybe the daredevil in the “Wheel of Destiny.” We had lots of discussion and decided that we really could not choose, because they were all wonderful. Reporting the news in and around Sun City Center is an effort all four reporters finds very rewarding. We started out as coworkers and have become very good friends. We laugh and tease each other a lot, and we are always supportive of the work that each of us does. Each of the reporters, when asked why they write for the paper, said volunteering with
The News gives them the opportunity to meet new people and learn new things. Each reporter, however, put their own spin on the opportunity. Diane Loeffler said she likes
knowing what is going on and being able to meet the people who make things happen. Working for the paper gives her an appreciation for the many people in our community who
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Ringmaster Joseph Bauer Jr., still cooling down from his Wheel of Destiny act, taking a moment with reporter Ilona Merritt.
The staff of The News of Sun City Center & South County had so much fun at the Sarasota Circus. Pictured, L to R: Paula Lickfeldt, Ilona Merritt, John Wolf, Diane Loeffler, Adam Porter, and Kai Rambow.
are willing to give of their time and energy to keep all of the activities running. Ilona Merritt said she enjoys the variety of things she gets to write about. The reporting is full of surprises and is never just routine. Being a part of the team has opened new horizons for her. Kai Rambow said he gets the opportunity to ‘learn about so many different hobbies and activities’. When he meets someone who participates in an activity that he has reported on, he can talk to the person about that activity with knowledge of it. For me, it feels good when I’m out and about in the community and someone recognizes me and says how much they enjoy reading my articles. If you think you might be interested in joining our fun team of hardworking, enthusiastic community reporters, contact the editor, Adam Porter, at email@example.com.
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Enjoying Cars and Carts in Sun City Center
By Diane M. Loeffler Although most residents of Sun City Center keep very, very busy with clubs, sports, activities, and volunteerism, we may move at a slower pace. This can take a little getting used to. Keep a watchful eye for pedestrians, wheelchairs, mobility scooters, bicycles, motorcycles, golf carts, and other cars. Also, be very sure not to exceed the speed limit since doing so may be extra-problematic with all of the different types of vehicles on the roads. Remember that bicycles and golf carts are legally recognized as vehicles. Most of them will be courteous and stay on the right side of the road. However, they are legally allowed to use the car lane. As a matter of a fact, if a golf cart or a bicycle is planning to make a left-hand turn, they are actually supposed to move to the regular traffic lane before they do so. So, take your time, keep your eyes open, share the road, and enjoy life here at Sun City Center. Golf Cart Tips & Rules of the Road At least once each year, Deputy Merry holds a seminar on golf cart safety. Here are some things we learned. According to FSS 320.01 (22) a golf cart is a motor vehicle that is not capable of exceeding speeds of 20 m.p.h. Golf carts are set for a maximum speed of 19.5 m.p.h. Larger tires might add 3 to 4 m.p.h. A low speed vehicle is one with a top speed between 20-25 m.p.h. Low speed vehicles must be tagged, registered, and titled. They should drive only on streets with limits of 35 m.p.h. or less. Golf carts may only be driven on streets that have been officially approved by the state. This includes streets within the Community Association boundaries and privately owned streets. Carts must be equipped with efficient brakes, a reliable steering apparatus, safe tires, a rearview mirror and red reflectorized warning devices. Golf carts may also travel on designated golf cart paths. These are located on the south side of SR 674, the north side of Upper Creek Drive and the west
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side of Cortaro Drive. Golf carts may cross State Road 674 at four intersections: Valley Forge / Kings Boulevard, SCC Plaza / Trinity Lakes Drive, North Pebble Beach Boulevard / South Pebble Beach Boulevard and El Rancho / Stoneham Drive. If you are on an unapproved road, you can be fined over $160. The officer also has the option for charging you with lack of a title, lack of insurance, no seatbelt, no windshield wipers, and not having a glass windshield. Golf carts are allowed to cross 301 only at the designated path that runs between East Del Webb and Walmart. This is exclusively a path for golf carts. Pedestrians, bicycles, and other vehicles may not use this path. Owners of private property make the decision of whether or not they allow golf carts on their roadways and parking lots. Kings Point, American Eagle Boulevard near Sun Towers, Valencia Lakes, and several businesses allow golf carts on their roadways and in their parking lots. You can tell if a street is a private road by the color of its sign. Private roads have blue signs. Public roads have green signs. Golf carts must adhere to all Florida State Traffic Statutes including, but not limited to passing in a no passing zone, hand and / or electronic signaling when turning, coming to a full and complete stop at stop signs and red lights, driving the same direction as traffic, never driving on sidewalks, and not making illegal U-turns. If you are on an approved road, golf carts are legally entitled to use the car lane. However, it is courteous and wise to stay in golf cart lanes when they are available and to stay near the right side of the lane when they are not unless you are planning
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You may wish to go to one of the golf cart stores to purchase a one-of-a-kind key for your golf cart, especially if you store your cart in a car port. You may also wish to find a way to lock your golf cart. There are 5-10 golf carts stolen per year and occasionally a battery or charging cord is stolen. Statistically, this is a very low given the large number of golf carts in our community, but statistics don’t matter when you are the owner of a stolen golf cart.
News of Freedom Plaza
By Peggy Burgess “All in the Family” is not only the title of a TV sitcom from a few years back, but a phrase that aptly applies to an impressive scope of talents, all found within the Freedom Plaza “family” — its residents. These talents are manifested in a variety of ways, two of which brightened the month of January. The first, on January 25, was the annual resident art show mounted by the Freedom Plaza Art League. This exhibition was not limited to paintings but included, as well, mediums such as photography and needlework. It will remain in place until next year’s exhibit is created.
formal art training was acquired when she accompanied her husband to Purdue University as he resumed studies there after service in Korea: she signed up for an art course. Joyce Wentzell was instrumental in setting up the Freedom Plaza art studio, available to all Art League members, and she spends time there nearly every day either painting or tending to Art League business.
The cast of “La Famiglia”, a murder mystery dinner presented by the Plaza Players included, L to R: The Chef (Bill Turcotte). Reno (Michael Anderson), writer and director (Judy Michael), Eliza (Kathleen Riviello), Mama (Carla Nankervis) and Bambi (Theresa Lehman).
Resident Joyce Wentzell displayed two of her paintings at the recent art exhibition mounted in the Freedom Plaza Auditorium by the Freedom Plaza Art League.
As with all successful endeavors, the Freedom Plaza Art League’s activities require work and dedication. One of its longest-term members, resident Joyce Wentzell, offers both in abundance. She joined the newly-founded league upon moving to Freedom Plaza over eleven years ago, immediately sharing her talents by painting scenery and creating artistic props for Freedom Frolics stage shows. For the past four years, since its inception, Wentzell has been in charge of mounting the Artist of the Month display in Freedom Plaza’s Atrium. Asked about her background in art, she divulged that her fascination with form and color began with her first coloring book and crayons. At twelve years of age she received her first set of oil paints and two years later, her first art commission: an 11’X15’ painting to grace the wall behind the altar of her local church in Virginia. It hung there for years. Wentzell’s only
January’s second “All in the Family” event was exactly that: the murder-mystery- plus-dinner production set in an Italian family restaurant, “La Famiglia” (actually the Plaza Club) and presented by the Plaza Players. Diners at the play’s two performances were challenged to decide who, among its five characters, murdered Papa to gain control of the business. The script, another example of Freedom Plaza resident talent, was written by Judy Michael, her second murder mystery for the Plaza Players in as many years. Her former professions as an English teacher and as a certified counselor provide an excellent background for writing about human behavior... and misbehavior. Michael moved to Sun City Center in 2005 and wrote a number of murder mysteries for production by the Pelican Players before her move to Freedom Plaza in 2010. Judy Michael readily admits that murder mysteries (novels, movies, TV series, etc.) have been her passion for many years. She is now at work on another one of her own to be presented by the Plaza Players in 2020. Joyce Wentzell and Judy Michael are but two among the many talented residents who generously share their expertise, time and energy to enhance the lifestyle of Freedom Plaza. All of them are much appreciated.
Genealogy Club: Seminars, Individual Help, and Camaraderie
By Diane M. Loeffler Do you want to delve into your family history for the first time? Have you been dabbling (or maybe even extensively searching) into your genealogy, but now you are stuck? Would like to talk to others about your adventures in genealogy? If you have answered “yes” to any of these questions, the South Bay Genealogy Society (SBGS) is the club for you. What started as a computer club special interest idea, grew to twelve members meeting on April 18, 1991. President Bill Love says there are now over 130 household memberships in SBGS. The club holds monthly meetings from September through May. They offer technology seminars at SouthShore Library from September through April. SBGS volunteers help in the SouthShore Library’s Genealogy room on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. until noon all year round. Also, members receive an electronic monthly newsletter, “The Links.” Monthly meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month at the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center in their Life Enrichment Center. Vice-President, Dr. William Simmons, says, “The monthly meeting begins at 10:30 a.m. with the Round Table Discussions where members interact and try to overcome their ‘brick walls’ or barriers that have stumped them
SouthBay Genealogical Society Officers and the Speaker pose for a photo. Front row: (left to right) Vice President Bill Simmons, Director Dotty Love. Middle row: Director Beth Clarke, Past President and current Treasurer Terri Cardoza, Director Linda Vitale, Director Dru Thomas. Back row: Director Scott Niblick, President Bill Love, February 19 speaker Joanne Ryder, Secretary Lynne Freeland. Photo by Diane Loeffler
The monthly General Meeting luncheon with speaker George Morgan. Photo by Bill Simmons
in trying to put together their family tree. Then at noon, the members gather for a luncheon, prepared by volunteers from the United Methodist Church. At 1 p.m., the guest speaker is given the floor. Each month an expert
in their field presents a different topic. Peggy Kupustiak will speak in March about pandemics, epidemics, and diseases that affected history and our family trees. In April, the
Guests review related informational items offered by a vendor. Photo by Diane Loeffler
SBGS will conclude a threepart presentation on DNA by Drew Smith, a favorite in the Tampa area, who explains the nuts and bolts of genetics so it is understandable to the membership. The topics vary but always deal with family history. Reservations and payment for meals need to be made two weeks before each luncheon. Memberships are $25 per year for each household. For further information, call Dotty Love at 813.634.2749. Membership forms can be found in the Genealogy Center at SouthShore Regional Library, on the corner of Beth Shields Way and 19th Avenue NE. Mailings should be sent to SBGS, P.O. Box 5202, Sun City Center, FL 33571.
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