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The News of


Sun City Center

March 2020

...an official publication of the Sun City Center Community Association MARCH 9 Board Workshop to discuss Agenda Board Room - CA Office - 9 a.m. 11 Board Meeting Rollins Theater - 9 a.m. 21 FunFest Central Campus – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 24 Community Leaders Meeting Florida Room – 9 a.m. 25 Membership Meeting (Vote on change to Capital Fund Fee) Community Hall – 4 p.m. 30 CO-AP Leaders Meeting Caper Room – 2 p.m. 31 Shredding Day North Course Lane – 9 a.m. to Noon APRIL 6 Board Workshop to discuss Agenda Board Room – 9 a.m. 8 Board Meeting Rollins Theater - 9 a.m. 21 Community Leaders Meeting Florida Room – 9 a.m.

Agendas for the monthly Board Meetings will be posted on Official Bulletin Board in the Atrium the Monday before and on the CA website (www. suncitycenter.org – under “Residents” – Upcoming Meeting Agendas). 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 Administration Office 1009 N. Pebble Beach Blvd, SCC Phone: 813.633.3500 Hours – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., M-F sccboard@suncitycenter.org Website: suncitycenter.org Information Center: 813.633.4670

President’s Report By Sam Sudman, CA President Bye Bye Breakfasts: Final Notice The July 4th breakfast made its debut for Sun City Center’s 50th anniversary celebration. The Holiday walk and breakfast, held in early December each year, predated that. These highly popular social events attracted approximately 1300 and 850 residents and guests, respectively. For about a year we have been telling you that the two members that have been chairing the two breakfasts will no longer serve in that capacity. So, here we are a year later and still no one with the desire and requisite skills has stepped forward. Planning for the July 4th breakfast begins in April, with the first notices going out to the 150 volunteers. Past chairs are available to work with new chairs to ensure a successful event that is also a fun experience. Absent chairs for the breakfasts, we will be cancelling these two popular events. The CA provides

the facilities and staff but the members are expected to step up. Only through volunteering can we keep our costs and your dues to a minimum. Long Range Planning Recap The Long Range Plan that was presented recently at the Town Hall Meeting, reflects the top 4 priorities of the 11 that were presented in the recent survey, that you, the members, indicated as what is important to you. We will be doing these as part of the first project. The time frame we have laid out is merely an estimate. We are not providing details at this time because the architect has not started the initial design. In any event, we will only be providing details on the first project. As we have stated previously, these projects will be constructed on a pay-as-you-gobasis - in other words, DEBT FREE. Capital Fund Increase A word about the capital fund fee increase. Our developer, Minto, is no longer building homes in SCC. We are on our own with respect to marketing and selling SCC. As history has demonstrated, we have done very well. During 2019, we averaged about 40 home sales per month. Word-ofmouth has and continues to sell SCC.

The capital fund fee does not impact current members directly. It is a fee that is paid by buyers.

Vote on the Proposed Capital Fund Fee Increase

By CA Board Secretary Ron Matelski During the March Membership Meeting on March 25, 2020 at 4 p.m., you will be asked to vote on the following Bylaw change. BYLAW V. DUES, FEES AND ASSESSMENTS Section 9 – Capital Fund Fee Amend to increase the Capital Fund Fee from $1,800.00 to $2,100.00. This amendment shall take effect April 1, 2020. For those who cannot make the Membership Meeting, a proxy is published in this issue of The News and is available in the CA office. You may also download a copy on our website www.suncitycenter.org or request a proxy through email to “secretary@suncitycenter.org.”

Planning for Our Future of Our Unique Community By Diane M. Loeffler Sun City Center (SCC) has not only existed, but thrived, for almost 60 years. We all hope the future of our unique community is as bright as its past. A committee has been working diligently for many months once and sometimes twice a week for two to five hours a day. Their goal was to “gather and assess feedback from the SCCCA Membership regarding the facility needs of the community for the next five to seven years. Committee lead, Doug Seipelt says, “This is a pay-as-you-go plan. There will be no debt.” Committee members include board members Seipelt, David Birkett, Bob Sullivan and Eric Porr. Porr was not a board member when he began working on the committee. Other committee members came from our community. Renee Bray is a Community Association (CA) employee as well as being a resident. Virginia Bratt, Debi Tourangeau, Kim Roush, and Cheryl Sari are all CA members. Committee members want SCC to continue to be an attractive and desirable location where property values are maintained, so they looked at what other 55+ communities had to offer. They visited other local communities and examined other Del Webb Sun City communities.


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The Long Range Planning Committee members are, front row, left to right: Renee Bray, Doug Seipelt, Virginia Bratt. Back row, left to right: Debi Tourangeau, Eric Porr, Bob Sullivan, Kim Roush. Not pictured: Cheryl Sari and David Birkett.

The committee interviewed 29 SCC community members for an hour and a half each to get their feedback. They also designed a survey that was short enough that people wouldn’t find it too time consuming while incorporating a “Write-In Comments” section to give members the opportunity to provide their own ideas. This survey was publicized in The News of SCC, News Blasts, Facebook, posters, and radio broadcasts. Both year-round residents and snow birds could access this Survey Monkey online. Assistance was available for those residents who do not use the internet or have difficulty completing forms. The results from the 1,296 surveys, sorted from highest to lowest were: additional social gathering space, a new multi-purpose building, an additional

catering kitchen (like the Florida room), improved campus lighting, a new outdoor pool, improved landscaping, improved signage around campus, a picnic / BBQ area, an enhanced outdoor bandstand, and a separate pool for grandchildren. The first four items are proposed in phase one. The fifth through the eleventh will be in phase two. In the write-in comment section, key words from most frequent to least frequent were: family restrooms, a new pool area, new building facilities, walking trails, pickleball courts, golf cart trails, improve roads and bridges, lighting and debt. To finance improvements without incurring any debt, the board would need to raise the Capital Fund Fee from $1,800 a house to $2,100. The Capital Fund Fee is the fee homeowners pay

to the CA when purchasing a home. The full membership will vote on this possible increase on March 25, 2020. If the increased Capital Fund Fee passes, the building design by architects is estimated to be completed in August, bids sent out to contractors in October and the membership will vote on the building in December. If the membership approves, permits are proposed for May or June of 2021. Then construction would begin in mid-2021 with the building completed by the end of 2022 and clubs would move in the first quarter of 2023. The following quarter, the Rollins theater building would be demolished. Phase two would start in mid-2023. Following the presentation, many of the estimated 270 members in attendance, asked questions. To view the complete meeting, go online to suncitycenter.org

SCCCA Membership Vote March 25

The SCCCA Membership will hold a meeting on March 25 at 4 p.m. with refreshments at 3:30 p.m. at Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. to vote on approving the capital fund fee increase for home purchases from $1,800 to $2,100. The SCCCA Board voted to approve this on Wed. February 12, following a Town Hall Meeting that reviewed the results of the Long Range Planning Survey, and the proposed plan to fund the project via an increase in the capital fee, which would keep the project debt free. Attendees must have their CA Membership Card to attend.

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January in Sun City Center

By Ilona Merritt "On the wind of January, down flits the ice and snow, traveling from the frozen North, as cold as it can blow" (Christine Rosetti). And the ice blew into Sun City Center on the morning of January 27. After 24 years in Florida, I thought I had escaped the ice and snow. However, while enjoying my morning cup of coffee, I looked outside, and I could not believe what I saw. My beautiful fountain outside of my lanai was transformed,

and it took me a few moments of thought to decipher what I saw. Father Frost had visited my backyard, uninvited, of course. He carefully covered my fountain with icicles, but was kind enough to spare my orchids only a few feet away. Memories flashed back of dressing warmly, finding the snow shovel and digging out the driveway before I could go to work. Now I remember why I moved to Sun City Center, and I am wondering if it is time to move further south?

April 3 Town Hall Meeting for Veterans

By Diane M. Loeffler Mark your calendars for an important and informative meeting on April 3. All veterans are invited to bring their spouses, family and or caregivers to a Veterans Administration Town Hall meeting from 12:30 to 3:30. There will be representative from a variety of departments at the James A. Haley Veteran’s Hospital and South Hillsborough VA Clinic along with a presentation by Joe Battle in Community Hall, 1910 South Pebble Beach Boulevard, Sun City Center. Battle is the Director of James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital and Clinics. Before and after the presentation, there will be an opportunity to talk to representatives of various veteran services. You can talk to someone about your eligibility, make appointments for services, and learn more about what the VA is all about. You will also have the opportunity to speak to a representative about free crematorium and grave burials for you and your spouse


TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2020 North Course Lane 9 a.m. to Noon

For SCCCA Members Only You will need to show your CA Membership Card with 2020 Sticker

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. Only ONE movie will be shown in March.

March 9 • Ford v. Ferrari

In the 1960s, Ferrari is untouchable in racing. With Enzo Ferrari ardently chasing excellence, his company is irrefutably the best. Ford’s Henry Ford II, wanting in on the success, goes to Italy to propose a merger with Ferrari. His plan is met with ridicule. With a hurt ego, he enlists car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles to help build a car that will defeat Ferrari at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans. Starring: Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe, Josh Lucas, Noah Jupe Director: James Mangold Genre: Action Rating: PG-13 for language, mild action/peril

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).

Veterans Photo Project All Community Association members who served honorably in any branch of the U.S. Military are eligible to have their photos taken for the Veterans Wall of Honor Project as shown in the Atrium. There will be a photo shoot on Saturday, March 28 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. This will take place in the Photo Club Lab in the multi-purpose building (at the corner of North Course Lane and N. Pebble Beach Blvd. behind the bus stop). Please call Carol Donner in the CA office (633-3500) to register, along with your CA membership number, by 12 noon on Thursday, March 26 and you will be assigned a specific time.


at the National Cemetery in Sarasota. If you wish to speak to someone about enrolling in the VA it would be good to have a copy of the veteran’s DD214. If you do not have this document there will be people there who can help you get one. Many of our SouthShore vets have already registered to be transferred to the new South Hillsborough Clinic in Riverview but some have not yet been transferred to that facility. At this meeting, you can still request a move to the new clinic and also check on where you are on the current move list. Doors will open at 12:30 on April 3 and you will be able to stop by until 3:30 p.m. The time for Battle’s report has not been set as of press time, but should be around 1:30 p.m. The location for the Town Hall meeting is the Sun City Center Community hall at 1910 South Pebble Beach, Sun City Center 33573. This meeting is open to all veterans and their spouses, family and caregivers.

(Refreshments at 3:30 p.m.)

200 members required for a quorum CA Membership Cards are required for admittance


I. Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance II. Approval of Minutes:·January 2, 2020 III. Vote on Amendment to Bylaw V., Section 9 to change amount of Capital Fund Fee from $1,800 to $2,100 * IV. Treasurer’s Report V. Community Manager’s Report VI. President’s Report VII. Long Range Planning Committee Report VIII. Good & Welfare IX. General Discussion by Members X. Adjournment * Proxies will be available in this issue on page CA3



Audubon Club Monday Movies Wednesday Progressive Bridge

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Come Join the Fun March 21

Patty Smith, Mike Weatherby, Tony Scaglinoe, Kathy Scaglinoe from Riverview. First time at the classic car show and the first time to enter their British car. Part of the “Fun” at FunFest will include live entertainment under the Big Tent! (News File Photo)

By Diane M. Loeffler Are you ready to welcome spring with a fun event? Come as early as 9 a.m. and stay as late as 2. Bring your friends and family to FunFest on March 21, rain or shine! As you approach the campus you will be greeted by the aromas of all sorts of delicious foods for sale and see activity everywhere. Feel lucky? You will have the opportunity to purchase chances for all sorts of goodies and events. There will be a variety of entertainment, and

you will learn more about your health. Hungry? Clubs say they will be providing pork chops, sandwiches of all kinds, hot dogs, sloppy joes, pies with ice cream, brats, a pancake breakfast with sides, popcorn, strawberry shortcake and an amazing variety of baked goods. Want to learn about health programs or the status of your health? You can have your vision screened, your BMI and blood sugar measured, your

FunFest continued on page 9.

Classic Cars and Craft Beer Bring Scholarships

By Paula Lickfeldt Recently, the grounds at Freedom Plaza were filled with antique and classic cars. Many people walked around and enjoyed looking at the cars and then going to the beer tent to buy a craft beer. Steve Overton, president of the SCC Rotary Club, said that this was the third year for the annual classic car show but this was the first year to have craft beer sales as a part of the day.

A $15 ticket holder could have unlimited beer samples and enjoy looking at the cars. If looking at the cars was the only thing of interest, a $7 ticket could be purchased for that. Tasty food was also available and all the while music from the 50s and 60s was playing. All of the proceeds for the event will be used to fund local caregivers and to give scholarships to seniors at East Bay and Lennard High Schools.

SCC Softball Team Vs USA Patriots

Photo by John Wakeman

By Paula Lickfeldt On Saturday, January 25, SCC softball players took the diamond against the Wounded Warriors USA Patriots softball team. All of the players on the Patriots team are amputees. Some players received their injuries in combat, and some received their injuries in other ways. Some of the players are still on active duty, some are in college and some are out of the service and have other jobs. The Detroit Tigers Baseball Club holds their Spring Training in Lakeland, Florida. For the past four years, the Tigers have donated their field to the Patriots for training and play. The Patriots fly to Lakeland and spend a week in their own Spring


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Training. While in Lakeland the Patriots play local teams. The SCC teams were fortunate to get on the schedule this year. During the spring and summer months, the Patriots fly from their homes around the country and meet in various cities around the US to play benefit softball games on weekends. All donations received for playing these games are donated to a kid’s camp that is for kids that have lost limbs. The SCC club had a wonderful time competing against the Patriots team. The plans are to make this an annual event. In January of next year, watch for information about the game between SCC and the Patriots Jim Collins, the president of the SCC Softball Club, told me that playing these physically fit young warriors was a very special experience. One of the players had lost an arm. He batted from both sides of the plate holding the bat with his one arm. When he caught the ball, he would throw it up in the air, drop off his glove, catch the falling ball and throw it. WOW!

It’s hard to believe, but this beautiful view is just around the corner on the Little Manatee River.

Right Next Door

By Kai Rambow Moments after launch we were enveloped by beauty, peace and tranquility. Kayaking down the Little Manatee River is a fun, relaxing getaway. The best part: it’s right next door. The first half is quite easy: a light current helps you move down the river. The second half will require some paddling on your part as the river widens. Expect the total trip time to be about three hours. If you’re quiet, you’ll spot plenty of turtles sunning themselves and possibly other wildlife as well. The most intriguing for us was a small woodpecker, who tapped so quietly one might miss it. Canoe Outpost is three miles south on 301. They provide three

options of canoes and kayaks renting for about $45 per boat. You can pack a small cooler with drinks and snacks. Tips for a Great Trip: This is a perfect winter or early spring activity. Above 75 degrees and you might find it a little too warm. So, start early or pick a cooler day. Be careful and take your time getting in and out of kayaks, especially if it’s been a while since you last were on the water. Remember to wear sunscreen, sun glasses and a sun hat. Enjoy the trip! Canoe Outpost 18001 US Hwy 301S Wimauma, FL 33598 (813) 634-2228 www.thecanoeoutpost.com


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Rainy Valentine’s Day

The Editor’s Corner

Photo by Andrea L. T. Peterson Ed and Holly Jamison spent their 55th Valentine’s Day together, in the rain, with their beautiful dog, Fulton (under table), at one of their favorite local eateries, Bubba-ques!

Good Questions

By E. Adam Porter, Editor On Valentine’s Day, my eldest son graduated from U.S. Army OSUT, a newly-minted Combat Engineer on his way to Airborne school. My family spent two days exploring Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, including the incredible displays at the outstanding Combat Engineer Museum. Combat Engineers have served this country since before it was an independent nation. My younger boys, 10 and 8, were awestruck by the men, the history, and the equipment on display at Leonard Wood. Dad was too. Two days after that graduation, my younger boys charged across a battlefield, assaulting an artillery position armed with sticks they found hiking at Chickamauga & Chattanooga Battlefield National Military Park, hallowed ground where Americans fought Americans nearly 157 years ago. As I watched them, short legs churning, bellowing their battle cries, I thought about the time it takes to cross a field that size, even at the double-quick. My imagination drifted back nearly 157 years, to a day when boys and men marched across that open field with fire from Napoleon guns raining down around them. Concussions and screams and smoke making it hard to hear and impossible to see. Was that day like this one? Crisp, 56 degrees, not a cloud in the sky? How did those boys feel? The volunteers from Tennessee and Wisconsin, Alabama, Illinois, Mississippi, and Texas? What were they thinking? And what about those families huddled in the doorways of their oneroom split-log cabins, nervously watching the endless lines of infantry invade their land. What of the widow woman who hid with her children in a ravine while Yankee and Rebel cavalry turned her fields red… And what of those footsore privates and saber-rattling officers with their carbines and muskets and swords? Did they wonder why they were fighting? Did they argue like the authors of the books taking up two entire walls in the Visitors Center, or did they shoulder arms and do their duty, facing death for glory and honor, for freedom and home? We have been asking those questions for more than 150 years now. And, since there are no easy answers, we will keep asking. Walking up a hill to the site of one of the few Union victories in that battle, my youngest asked who fought here. “The Confederates and the Unions” my middle son piped up. “Who and who?” the youngest wanted clarification. “Americans fought Americans,” I said. He stopped, held his stick rifle at port arms, pondered this absurdity. Finally, he asked:

Porter boys charge an artillery position at Chickamauga & Chattanooga Battlefield National Military Park. They left tired, exhilarated, and full of good questions.

“How did they know who was the good guys and who was the bad guys?” I stopped, looked up at monuments to cavalry regiments from Wisconsin and Tennessee. Wondering. How to explain, in a way he would understand, there were no Bad Guys, not in the way he was using the term. “There were good guys and bad guys on both sides,” I said, “People who fought for good reasons, bad reasons, and no reasons.” He chewed on this for a minute, then asked, perhaps thinking about the cannons: “Why fight for bad reasons?” “Good question,” I said, “Have you ever been so sure about something you wanted to fight about it?” he nodded, and I asked, “And have you been pretty sure you were wrong about something, but mad enough to fight about it anyway?” He nodded again. “That sums up a lot of these folks… Some were fighting because they believed they were in the right, that the others were doing something horribly wrong. Others, because this was their home, and they didn’t see another choice. Others, because they felt pressure or they thought it would be fun, or because they just wanted to fight, and they didn’t need much of a reason.” He watched me, his eightyear-old brain processing. I waited for his next question. This one takes his time with things. Marinates. On this topic, I can’t blame him. The Truth of this war remains convoluted, even after all this time. Just ask the Walls of Scholarship in the Visitors Center. As one boy pondered, my middle son, full of the heroic vigor of ten-year-olds everywhere, stormed up the hill “firing” his wooden stick “rifle” at another artillery position. “Get ‘em! We gotta get ‘em!” he hollered. And there it was, I thought… When all the questions are gone, war is simple. I heard, echoed in my son’s war cry, the truism reportedly, though perhaps apocryphally, attributed to General Lee at Gettysburg, when questioned about his tactics by General Longstreet: “There’s the Enemy, Pete. Right Over There. Attack!” We left the Battlefield, as you do all the best places, with a little more knowledge and many more questions. As we drove home, we talked about what we saw, what we learned, and what it meant. In many ways, we’re a fair representation of the answer to my youngest son’s question. One of us is ready for a fight. One of us wants to know why there should be a fight.

And one of us is wrestling with all of it, finding reasons to agree with every author on that Wall of Scholarship, and reasons to disagree as well. I don’t know if we will ever settle on a simple answer to these questions, because I don’t believe there is one. Not everything fits on a bumper sticker. What I do know is we’re better for visiting that sacred ground, walking those fields, and asking those questions. It is my fervent hope that my boys will never stop exploring, and never stop asking the good questions.

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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.

Gone Stampin’ Club’s Semi-Annual Card Sale

March 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sandpiper Room of the Atrium Building, Main CA Campus Stock up on your favorite handmade cards. Cards are $1 each and include an envelope.

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SCC Men’s Chorus Meet and Greet

March 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. St. Andrew Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 1239 Del Webb W. The Sun City Center Men’s Chorus is hosting an Open House “Meet and Greet” looking for potential new members. If you have a love of singing and enjoy singing four-part harmony in fellowship with like minded men of the area, this is for you. The SCC Men’s Chorus is open to any man over the age of 18 from Sun City Center and the surrounding communities. Future prospects need not be a Sun City Center resident to join. Bring your spouse, friend, or significant other to see what a Men’s Chorus is all about. We may just break out into a song or two for your listening pleasure. Free hotdogs, chips, soft drinks, and cookies will be served.

The Art Club in Sun City Center has designated Mary Chabot, an acclaimed and recognized watercolor artist, as Artist of the Month for March 2020. Most recently Mary was awarded the honor of Master Signature Artist by the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society which represents watercolorists from Naples to Tarpon Springs. Her artwork will be showcased during March at the SCC Library, the SCC Information Center, La Boutique Salon, SCC Samaritan Services, Cadence Bank, Fiore’s Sunshine Café, Tampa Bay Family Physicians and the Art Club Window Info: www.artclubofscc.org

Saturday, March 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. Community Hall, 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd. The $10 admission charge offers a packet of ten tickets plus a door prize ticket. If you want to increase your chances, extra packets of tickets are available for purchase. Proceeds from Bingo and More provide the main source of income for the Hope Fund, which is a nonprofit organization that provides a safe and nurturing environment for the children of Wimauma in which they can learn and grow. Info: 813.634.4268 or 413.335.6345, www.thehopefundscc.org.

Computer Club Monthly Meeting

Men’s Club Health Event: Prostate Cancer Discussion

Wednesday, March 11 at 7 p.m. in Community Hall 5G refers to a set of standards for the new 5th Generation of mobile communications service. Eventually, it will replace the 4G LTE service we currently use. It may be as much as 100 times faster. Chet Rindfuss from the Kings Point Apple Club will bring us up to date on how 5G works and what it means to the future of mobile phone service, autonomous vehicles and the Internet of Things. Computer Club Classes Sign up for classes can be done on-line 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: Pauline Baker, Education Director at “paulinebaker864@ gmail.com”. Class details: www.scccomputerclub.org. Peppermint 10 Workshop • Tuesday, March 3, from 9 – 11:30 a.m. Buying a Computer • Friday, March 6, from 9 – 11 a.m. Pain Free Backup for Your Computer • Tuesday, March 10, from 9 – noon iPad/iPhone for Seniors • Wednesday, March 11, from 9 – noon Photo Gallery • Thursday, March 12, from 9 – 12 Introduction to Computers • Fridays, March 13, 20, 27, April 3 from 9 – 11:30 a.m. Cutting the Cord? • Monday, March 16, from 9 – 10:30 a.m. Tuning Your PC Workshop • Tuesday, March 17, from 9 – noon Smartphone SIG • Monday, March 23, from 10 – noon Beginners Semi-Private Tutoring • Wed, March 25, from 9 - 10 or 10:15 - 11:15 a.m. Excel for Beginners • Thursday, March 26, from 9 – noon

Hope Fund Bingo and More Fundraiser

March 9 at 1:30 p.m. Room 5 of the SCC Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Prostate cancer is one of the most prevalent cancer diagnoses. In recent years, there have been quite a few changes in the guidelines for screening and treatment of prostate cancer. These new guidelines are sometimes difficult to interpret and controversial; they cloud the picture of an already complicated topic. Dr. Mohit Sirohi, a local urologist, will discuss this disease at a one-hour program sponsored by The Men’s Club of Sun City Center. Info about programs and membership: Vicente Lopez, Vice President for Health Care, at 727.623.1724; info@sccmensclub.com; www. sccmensclub.org.

Colorful Florida Butterflies

SCC Audubon Meeting March 7 at 10 a.m. Florida Room, Atrium Building, SCC Main Campus Marc Minno, Ph.D., a zoologist who currently serves as a Water Resource Coordinator with the Suwannee River Water Management District, will discuss the ecology of Florida butterflies and their role in the natural world. Club members and guests are invited to enjoy refreshments and socializing before the presentation. The full schedule of monthly meetings is available at www.sccaudubonclub.com/ Nathalis iole (Dainty Sulphur) meetings.

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Nutritious meals are provided to Sun City Center and Kings Point residents who are unable to prepare meals for themselves. Please call Samaritan Services at 813.634.9283 to start. Call before 9 a.m. for same day service. No calls on Saturday or Sunday. Meals are $6.50 each and are delivered after 3:30 p.m. from one to seven days a week including holidays. There is a minimum of three meals to start.


SCC New England Club Spring Fling

Make your reservation now The Sun City Center New England Club will hold its annual Spring Fling on Thursday, April 2, at the SCC Community Hall. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Admission is by pre-paid reservation only for club members and their guests. Guests must accompany members. This event is assigned seating and the meal is catered. Reservations are $16 per person for club members and $18 for their invited guests and must be received by March 26. Annual club membership dues are $5 per person. Membership is open to all SCC Community Association members. Your ticket will be your name tag provided at the door upon your arrival. Info: Linda Anderson 813.633.9643.

Wisconsin Club Presents High Steppin’ With Johnny D and The HiTops

Thursday, March 19. Doors open at 5 p.m. The Wisconsin Club of SCC invites you to join them for a night of fine dining and dancing at Community Hall. Dinner catered by Banquet Masters with choice of three entrees, full salad bar, sides and dessert. Entertainment will be provided by homegrown Wisconsin Johnny D and the HiTops. BYOB, everything else provided for you. You can join us for $24 with checks made out to The Wisconsin Club of SCC. You must note on your check or enclosed note whether you’re an SCC CA member, KP resident or neither. Mail checks to Hede Horne at 1226 Caloosa Creek Ct., SCC, 33573. Tables of eight only and all checks must be in the same envelope. Deadline for reservations is Friday, March 6, 2020.

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SCC Swim Dancers Present Colorful Waters

Saturday, March 14 at 2 p.m. The SCC Swim Dancers and Swim Dandies, along with the SynchroBelles of Highland Lakes, are putting on their new 2020 swim show, which is based on music about colors. Doors open at 1:30. Tickets are available Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at the Atrium Kiosk for only $3 per person. Tickets will also be available at the door. Don’t miss this colorful and fun show!

S-Selfless; T-Trustworthy; A-Accomplished; R- Reliable Phyllis has been a once a week volunteer receptionist at Samaritans since 2005, although she has been a volunteer even longer. Her current duties include taking requests for out of town medical appointments, finding drivers for these appointments, taking Meals on Wheels orders, as well as answering the phone and greeting anyone who comes into the office. Phyllis says she really loves volunteering at Samaritans and likes giving back to the community. Thank you and congratulations Phyllis!

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Sun City Center Line Dancers Club

Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Community Hall on South Pebble Beach Want to learn some line dancing skills? Come to our “Absolute Beginners” class offered. After the initial complimentary session, additional instruction is offered for $2. Classes also run from 2 until 4 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Atrium Building Dance Studio. Annual membership fee is $22.

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DAR Meeting

Ohio Club 2020 Officers

March 18 at 12:30 p.m. Florida Room at the Atrium, 945-D North Course Lane Regent Jan Bassett will discuss “March to Women’s Suffrage 1848 - 1920”. All members, Sun City Center and Kings Point residents, and anyone interested in joining the DAR are invited.

L to R: Vice President Valerie Graves, Vice President Linda Oddo, Treasurer Sam Sudman, Secretary Linda East, President Jim Rottman, and Vice President Chuck Dyer.

The SCC China Painters Club Fun Fest Raffle returns this year featuring a beautiful Chocolate Pot, cups and saucers, and a tray. The hand painted set, decorated in brilliant colors, is enhanced with gold trim. The cost of a ticket is $2 each or three for $5. Tickets are currently available from Club members or at the painting studio located on Cherry Hills Drive. The drawing takes place on Saturday, March 21, and you do not need to be present to win. Studio is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Re-New Boutique at FunFest

GFWC Sun City Center Woman’s Club Saturday, March 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Royal Room in the SCC Atrium, 954 North Course Lane Lots of unique items to buy and raffle prizes to win! Come to Fun Fest, see the beautiful items the clubs have to offer, have lunch, enjoy the music and shop at the Re-New Boutique. The SCC Woman’s Club is a nonprofit organization that strives to enrich the lives of its members and the community through educational activities and charitable services and this fundraiser will enable the club to continue to meet these objectives.

Dresses for African Girls

The members of Sew’n Sews love to sew for charity. This time they made 62 dresses for girls in Uganda. They are being transported by Judy and Rick Maynard on a mission trip through the Methodist Church. Fabric for the dresses came from donations and from the members themselves. The dresses are made at the club or members choose to do them at home. Many of the dresses are made extra special with added trims and unique designs. Sew’n Sews is open to all SCCCA members in good standing and a select few from Kings Point. Info: 813.505.9503 or “scc.sew.n.sews@gmail.com”.

Art Club Demonstration

Monday, March 16 at 1:15 p.m. Rollins Theater, 970 Cherry Hills Drive Terry Denson is the featured artist for the Art Club in Sun City Center’s March demonstration “Creating Paintings with Wow Factor.” Terry is a local watercolor and oil painter and a popular watercolor instructor. The demonstration is free and open to all Community Association and Kings Point members. Info: www.artclubofscc.com.

Photo Club March Competition

March 10 at 6:30 pm. Caper Room, Atrium Building, SCCCA Main Campus All club members are encouraged to submit their digital or print entries to be judged by professional photographer, Scott Hime. Info: www.photoclubscc.com.

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Metaphysical Society Fundraisers

10 a.m. Wednesdays in the Heritage Room Entry fee $1, love offering requested March 4 • Are There Dangers in the Psychic World? March 11 • Connecting to Earth Consciousness March 18 • Return of Kukulkan Within March 25 • Pain Relief with Bioenergy Healing March 28 • Metaphysical Fair 10 a. m. to 3 p. m. Show your Community ID card when checking in. Info: 813.398.7033.

The Women’s Chorus Concert St. Joseph Hospital South

Sunday, March 22 at 3 p.m. St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Del Webb West Experience a fresh breath of spring at an exceptional choral concert. Under the exceptional leadership of Director Jeff Jordan and Valerie Southwell, accompanist, the spring concert features this dedicated group of 58 singers along with soloists, an instrumental ensemble, themed multimedia visuals, show choreography and audience participation. Free to the public, but a donation is welcomed and helps to defray the cost of producing the concert. Info: Janet Warren, 813.634.6692.

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Foundation Leader Speaks to SCC Men’s Club

By Jay Sparkman Marlene Spalten, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, was guest speaker at the February membership meeting of the SCC Men’s Club. Mrs. Spalten spoke of the past accomplishments of the Foundation, the current projects underway, in the fivecounty area covered by the foundation, and future areas that will be addressed. Since its inception in 1990, CFTB has distributed $230 million in grants while building assets to over $278 David Floyd, President SCC Men’s million. Membership in the SCC Club; Marlene Spalten, President Men’s Club is open to residents of & CEO Community Foundation Sun City Center and Kings Point. of Tampa Bay; George Bodmer, Info: call Jon Lehr at 813.260.3058. Men’s Club VP of Programs.


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“Fun”raising Dance for Samaritans a Success

By Kai Rambow The Samaritans Services held their annual fundraising dance. What was the first black tie, formal fundraising dinner in Sun City Center has transformed into a more casual, fun event. The dance floor this year was packed for quite some time. Mike Bardell, Emergency Squad’s Chief, joined the festivities. There has been greater communication and cooperation between the three major services in our community: Samaritans, Emergency Squad and Security Patrol.

Mike Bardell, Chief of Emergency Squad, joined this year’s “funraiser” for Samaritan Services. He, along with many others, danced to several songs.

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An Accidental Athlete Invites You to Share Your Secrets to Good Health

By Bob Monahan, Sports Reporter I am an accidental athlete. When I was seven, my dad got me a paper route in one of the hilliest towns in Connecticut. My legs and stamina were very strong by the time I was 16. After a four-year stint of landscape and lawn work to pay for college I landed a special education teaching position at a rural votech high school in Danielson, Connecticut. All the coaches there were ready for retirement, and the conversation went like this: “Bob, you’re the new basketball Coach.” “But I don’t know anything about coaching basketball.” “Do you like your job here?” “Yes sir.” “You’re the new basketball coach then, right?” And, so it went for basketball, track, cross country, and soccer. I was young enough to run with the kids, and with the help of mentors and videos became a decent coach. I recently turned 70 years old and never stopped staying in shape by using a home gym, stretch bands and playing basketball at my home hoop throughout the years. When I bought my Sun City Center home five years ago, it was a dreadful mess. Coincidentally, my 100-yearold next-door neighbor invited me over to preview her estate sale and select what I needed to get my new home started. I noticed when I arrived that she was beating her seventy-yearold daughter at rummy and up to that time kept an impeccable house by herself including cooking her own meals. But, now it was time to move in with her daughter. Good health comes in different packages for all of us, but I noticed that this 100-yearold woman and I shared at least three components that contribute to good overall health: 1. We were both physically fit for our ages. 2. We both had activities

that kept our minds sharp and focused. 3. We surrounded ourselves with positive people and had a sense of humor about life. We shunned negative people. As my wife, Linda, and I gutted this house we both joined a variety of SCC Clubs that kept us fit and kept our minds fit. Now that I am not a snowbird my routine might seem extreme to some but I enjoy these activities and friendships that go with that activity. My exercise routine is based on two philosophies. One, I never repeat the same exercise two days in a row, therefore never overuse the same muscles day in and day out. Secondly, there are three components to physical fitness: flexibility, cardio (stamina), and strength. My program works for me and includes: Twice weekly: Senior Basketball (SCC Basketball Club), Senior Volleyball (SCC Volley Club); swimming, pickleball, line dancing as well as other dances, flexercise, yoga, stretching bands, and sit ups. This totals a minimum of 22 hours per week of physical exercise. To keep my mind sharp, I enjoy woodcarving with the SCC Woodcarvers Club, gardening with the Tillers and Toilers, playing the Lowery organ, crossword puzzles, writing sports stories for both local papers and maintaining my own yard including cutting grass and trimming bushes. I would like the public to write in what they do to keep physically, mentally, and morally fit. Every routine will be different, but if you feel you have a wellrounded fitness routine The News of Sun City Center would like to share it with others. Perhaps we can start a community-wide conversation about fitness both physical and mental. Write to me at “SCCBasketballBob@ yahoo.com” and I will share your thoughts in the newspaper. Don’t be afraid to mention your age.

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Interested in attending? Here is the best advice. Drive your golf cart, car or motorcycle over to Community Hall’s parking lot at 1910 South Pebble Beach. Hop on one of the handicapaccessible bus that will be running continuously the entire time. Get off the bus right on the main campus and enjoy! There will be almost no parking available anywhere near the event, so this is the easiest and most stressfree way to go. Remember to leave your four-legged friends at home and bring as many two-legged friends and family members as you wish. Be sure to pick up a program at any one of the information booths set up around campus so that you can be sure to catch as many of the performances and activities as possible. The first FunFest was held on March 18, 2000, so this will be its belated birthday celebration. See you there!


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Southshore Democratic Club Meeting

Thursday, March 5. Doors open at 1 p.m. Meeting at 1:30 p.m. Firehouse Cultural Center, 101 1st Ave NE, Ruskin Meet ’n Mingle with fellow Democrats, Liberals, Progressives, Independents and like-minded individuals at this free event. The Chairperson of the Hillsborough Democratic Executive Committee Ione Townsend will present The RoadShow which tells the story of where we came from, and where we are going. Local candidates will be there. For more information, visit our website “www. southshoredemocrats.org”.

Science, Engineering & Technology Club Meeting

Invasion of Lionfish into Florida and the Western Atlantic Monday, March 9 at 7 p.m. Caper Room, Atrium Building, 954 North Course Lane There is a $3 meeting charge for Kings Point residents; please pre-register by midnight March 7 at “setkingspoint@yahoo.com”. Community Association members may pay their annual dues at this meeting if they haven’t already done so; please bring a check for $10 for each member. Beautiful lionfish displaying ornate venomous spines were introduced to waters off the Florida coasts by aquarium hobbyists in the 1980s. With a seemingly insatiable appetite for native fish and no local predators or disease, they have spread from North Carolina to Venezuela and the Caribbean. Our speaker, Dr. Chris Stallings of USF, has completed the largest ever field experiment to estimate the effort needed to reduce their populations and lobbied the Florida legislature to increase action against this threat to our native Florida species.

Center for Life Learning Philosophy Classes

Three classes on March 21, 28, and April 4 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. United Methodist Church, 1210 Del Webb Blvd West in room 30 Phil Coates likes to talk about the big issues. But brought down to earth, applied to ways to make our lives and society better. Philosophy is the ideal subject for that. It is about how people reason, what society is like, the right way to be a human being in today’s world, the role of government. Everyone has a philosophy or a religion or a worldview, and everything we think or do rests on it, on what your deepest attitudes about life and reality are. What is your philosophy? Topics covered include: Metaphysics or cosmology, Epistemology, Ethics, and Politics. You can try out the first class as a walk-in, paying $7 the first day, or register in advance for the full course for $21. Go to the CFLL office on the church grounds to pay Monday through Thursday mornings till noon or go to “www.4lifelearning.org” to pay online.

AAUW Woman of Distinction

The local branch of the American Association of University Women is proud to announce that Robin Watt has been chosen as the local Woman of Distinction to be honored for 2020. For several years now, Robin has been the smiling, upbeat personality that has been the public face of the SCC Emergency Squad. She has put endless hours into public relations and gaining volunteers. Then for several years she has even been one of the interview voices on Sun Radio. We invite any friends and volunteer associates of Robin to help us honor her on Saturday, March 14 in the Florida Room of the Sun City Center Atrium. A light brunch is served at 9:30 a.m. and the program with Robin as a speaker begins at 10 a.m.

Security Patrol Annual Luncheon

By Stevie Schermond On January 21, 2020, SCC Security Patrol held its Annual Luncheon to thank the group’s volunteers for all they do throughout the year. More than 300 members attended as well as several guests from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. They included Sheriff Chad Chronister, Chief Deputy Donna Luczynski, Colonel Kyle Three SCC Security Patrol Robinson, Major Bob Ura, Captain volunteers received 25-year Rob Rodrigues, Corporal Jerry plaques at the annual member Carey, and our own Community luncheon. Pictured: Kathleen Resource Officer Deputy Jeff Panzner, Barbara Bukowski, Chief Fred Fiedler, John Bukowski. Merry. SCC Security Patrol volunteer Gerald Kelleher received a 20-year certificate for his service to the Patrol. Kathleen Panzner, Barbara Bukowski and John Bukowski received 25-year plaques. Heartfelt thanks to these dedicated members.

CAHT Receives Donation from Local Artist, Jerry Skolnick

Watercolorist Jerry Skolnick of Kings Point donated the raffle proceeds from his award-winning painting to Campaign Against Human Trafficking-SouthShore. A $177 check was handed to CAHT treasurer, John Mitchel with volunteer Jim McDermott looking on. Mr. Skolnick is a member of the Kings Point Art Club and feels that his donation to CAHT is a worthy endeavor as it will be used to education kids-at-risk in our community about human trafficking and how traffickers use social media to recruit young victims. More info: 813.938.5660, Watercolor Painting, Stairway to “anngarrison66@gmail.com”. Piazza by Jerry Skolnick.

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Col. George Mercer Brooke Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is responsible for the American Flags flying on 674 at Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Veterans Day. The DAR booth at FunFest will be raising funds for this project. Raffle tickets for a chance to win a dated silver shipwreck piece of eight coin on a necklace, retail value $300, or one of four British East India Trading Company Cash 10 coins in an educational folder will be sold. Tickets are $1 each or 6 tickets for $5. Captain Carl Fismer, a Spanish Shipwreck Diver and resident of Sun City Center, will be at the booth talking about the raffle coins that he donated. Captain Fismer will also be signing the three books that he has written on his experiences as a shipwreck diver. Proceeds will also go into the flag fund. Carl’s wife, Roberta, is a Daughter of the American Revolution.

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Comedian Al Ernst Coming to SouthShore for Free Show

Saturday, March 7. Doors open at 5:30, show at 6 p.m. Calvary Church, 1250 East College Avenue, Ruskin Could you use a good laugh? We’ve got you covered! Head over to Calvary Church in Ruskin on, and enjoy a hilarious evening with stand-up comedian Al “Groceries” Ernst. Ernst’s storytelling comedy has been covered by major networks ranging from Comedy Central to HBO to A&E, and he’s routinely heard on Sirius XM’s Blue Collar Comedy channel. Ernst is a coveted five-time “Entertainer of the Year” recipient for Carnival Cruise Lines, a former professional wrestling announcer, and tours the country for motivational speaking engagements.

Hope Fund Celebrates 24 Years

Carla Miles, the founder and president, presided over the festivities on February 13, reviewing the Fund’s history, and Debbie Cherneck, Vice President, and Angie Maze, Board Member, previewed future plans…one of which is to grant a scholarship for those Hope children who, upon graduation, wish to go on to college. Volunteers who had joined Hope during the past year were awarded their Hope membership badges reflecting their first year of service and groups serving 5, 10, 15, and 20 years were also honored. Jeanne Danek, the sole remaining member of the latter group, spoke of its initial conception. The goal back then is the same as today: To provide a safe and nurturing environment for the children of Wimauma in which they can learn and grow. Volunteers work with a child on a one-to-one basis one hour a week after school during the school year as a tutor, mentor or reader. Volunteers greatly appreciated! Info: 813.634-4268 or 413.335.6345 or “www.theholdfundscc.org”..


State of Maine Day

Saturday, March 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fort Desoto Park, Tierra Verde, FL Come and see who else from Maine has found this area a great place to live. Bring your own lunch and chairs. No reservations are required. Info: John Bernard 207.229.5387 or Sue Bemis 813.695.8886.

Apollo Beach Woman’s Club Luncheon

March 11 at 11:30 a.m. Apollo’s Bistro, 6520 Richies Way, Apollo Beach Denyve Boyle, Director of Philanthropy at the Community Foundation of Tampa Baby, will share unique ways community members can be creative with their philanthropy. The luncheon cost is $18. Reservations must be made and paid for by Friday, March 6. All luncheons are led by ABWC President Claudia Gassett. For menu details and reservations, contact Sharon Vasquez at 813.641.7856 or “sharonlvasquez@verizon.net”. More info: 813.777.8215 or www. apollobeachwomansclub.com.

South Bay Genealogical Society Meeting

Tuesday, March 17. Discussion at 10:30 a.m. Luncheon at noon. Presentation at 1 p.m. United Methodist Church Life Enrichment Center (LEC), 1210 W Del Webb Blvd. This month’s speaker will be Drew Smith. He will be talking on “Using DNA Today.” Mr. Smith will focus on how to use the latest tools to identify family members. The cost is $15 per person for lunch. Please include your choice of two meals offered: cabbage rolls or baked stuffed shells (vegetarian). For reservations and information, call Sheila at 319.631.4457. Mail your check to SBGS, PO Box 5202, Sun City Center, FL 33571. Your check must be received by March 5.

New Emergency Medical Responders

The Emergency Squad is pleased to announce its newest Emergency Medical Responders from its April class. Emergency Medical Responders go through 54 hours of training including 8 hours of CPR class. They must pass CPR in order to become an EMR. After finishing the class, L to R: Al Harris, Joyce Behl, all the volunteers go through Kathleen Merskin, Hedy Sacco, mentoring before working on Louise Howe, Sheri Angel, Suzie the ambulance or wheelchair Russell, and Paul Michaelson. van. The EMR is responsible for Not in the photograph is Glenn recording the patient’s medical Sweeney history, medications, allergies and preparing the Patient Care Report in conjunction with the EMT. They also must be prepared to assist with any patient care as requested by the EMT.

SCC Rotary Club Annual High School Speech Contest

This Butternut Yellow 1967 Chevrolet Super Sport hardtop owned by Joe Lara of Valrico is the Roamin’ Oldies Car Club February cruiser of the month.

1967 Chevy Nova SS Cruiser of the Month

In February, the Sun City Center Rotary Club held its annual high school speech contest. Contestants were invited from Lennard and East Bay High Schools. Pictured (l-r) are organizer Georgana Collins, Steve Overton (President), first place winner Jasmine Cheong, and District Assistant Governor Deborah Williams. This year’s topic is “Rotary Connects the World”. The 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 (membership – call Tony at 813.642.8715).

Joe Lara loved the Chevrolet Nova he drove back in the day. So, when the recently-retired Valrico resident saw a splendidly restored 1967 Super Sport for sale, he wasted no time making it his own. Members and guests at the Roamin’ Oldies Car Club’s February 13 show liked it too, and voted the Butternut Yellow hard-top cruiser of the month. Powered by a 327-cubic-inch V8 engine coupled to a four-speed transmission, Joe reports that it’s not just great-looking, but also a pleasure to drive. 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 US41 in Apollo Beach. Many of the area’s finest antique and collectible cars take part, accompanied by classic oldies played by DJ Joey Ferrante. The cruise-ins are free for both participants and spectators. Event sponsors include Thompson’s Auto Parts and Gateway Classic Cars. Info: Chet at 813.842.1511.

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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 sccfreeads@tampabay.rr.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. P L E A S E N O T E : T his a r e a is f or 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.

SUN. MAR 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 SUNDAY BRUNCHES AT SOUTH BAY 10:00 - 2:00 p.m. South Bay Hospital Cafeteria 4016 Sun City Center Blvd. Sun City Center, FL 33573. Include one breakfast or lunch entrée, two sides, biscuit/ roll, and a fountain drink all for $6. Coffee is complimentary. MON. MAR 2 - FOREVER ORBISON AT KINGS POINT 7:30 p.m. Kings Point Veterans Theatre: Forever Orbison. Capturing the look and feel of a real Orbison show with arrangements, historically correct instruments, costumes, tempos, and acting put together by Alan James, Musical Director for Roy Orbison. Tickets $27.50 or pick four for $99. TUE. MAR 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 - LINE DANCING WITH A BALANCE EVERY TUESDAY 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 led by trained therapists. We can boot scoot and boogie safely together and make exercise fun. TUE. MAR 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 - LIFE CHALLENGES SUPPORT GROUP 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Live your life fully with zest and joy! Relief comes by sharing and receiving support and making a positive plan of action. We meet every Tuesday in the first-floor lounge of Sun Towers. WED. MAR 4, 11, 18, 25 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

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WED. MAR 11 - CHANGES IN LATITUDES AT KINGS POINT 7:30 p.m. Kings Point Veterans Theatre: Changes In Latitudes is the country’s premier tribute show to the Mayor of Margaritaville, Jimmy Buffett. This nationally acclaimed band travels the country with beach balls and leis flying, dancing conga lines and “Trop Rock” fun for all. It’s the ultimate beach party that’s good clean fun for all ages. Tickets $27.50 or pick four for $99. MON. MAR 16 - PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP OF SUN CITY CENTER 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. Our speaker this month is Dr. Kelly Ennix King, MD, Chief Medical Officer/Founder, ReleafMD. Jennipher Lenoir, COTA with Sun Towers Outpatient Therapy Department will be available to address questions and concerns. If you have had success with any treatment you have tried, please come to share! If you have Parkinson’s, or are caring for someone with this disease, be sure to attend this support group! For additional info, call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990. MON. MAR 16 - THE BYRNE BROTHERS AT KINGS POINT 7:30 p.m. Kings Point Veterans Theater: The Byrne Brothers Show. The Byrne Brothers are a traditional Irish music and dancing family band from Donegal in Ireland. They are all-county champions of their traditional Irish instruments. Their dad Tommy backs them on

guitar and also plays uilleann pipes, fiddle whistles and bagpipes. Tickets $27.50 or pick four for $99. TUE. MAR 17 - FREE MEMORY SCREENINGS Beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the Coalition office at Sun Towers, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center, Suite 254 and also offered at the United Methodist Church by appointment. 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! 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 17 - ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP 2:00 3:30 p.m. 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 well-deserved break. Please RSVP no less than 3 days prior to 813-677-1400. WED. MAR 18 - 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

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Events continued from page 12. receive care from outside sources? What adaptive vision devices successfully assist them? 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. For more info call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990. WED. MAR 18 - KINGS POINT SPORTSMAN’S CLUB MEETING 3:00 p.m. in Kings Point in the North Clubhouse Theater. The Club is a not-for-profit club dedicated to promoting shooting sports, including pistol, rifle, hunting and wildlife conservation.  Refreshments are served and members have the opportunity to win door prizes at all meetings.  Club membership is open to all residents of Sun City Center. Annual dues are $7.  www.Kingspointsportsmansclub. com. Email us at:  “kingspointsportsmansclub@ gmail.com” for more information. MON. MAR 23 - CHRONIC PAIN, ARTHRITIS AND NEUROPATHY GROUP 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. SCC.  Presenting this month will be Masha Power, MS, RYT-200 who teaches introduction to Yoga practice and its role in pain management. Joelle Schahfer, Director of Rehabilitation for Sun Terrace Health Care Center will facilitate this monthly group meeting. Learn what you can do to reduce your pain today. Session located in the theater. For info, call Debbie Caneen

813-892-2990. THU. MAR 26 - FREE BALANCE SCREENING 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon in the Outpatient Therapy Department at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Did you know one in three adults age 65 and older falls each year? Have your fall risk screened at no cost to you! Schedule your appointment today! Call Craig at 813-6343324 x134. See the results before your eyes through biofeedback. THU. MAR 26 - THE EVERLY BROTHERS EXPERIENCE AT KINGS POINT 7:30 p.m. Kings Point Veterans Theatre: Let Colin & Geoff take you on a journey down memory lane to rediscover the fabulous sound and look of the world’s most famous harmony duo. Packed with all their greatest hits, is the soundalike/look-alike show which Colin & Geoff seek to recreate with the Everly Brothers Experience. Tickets $27.50 or pick four for $99. FRI. MAR 27 - VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT, A PROGRAM OF THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. by appointment only. The Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross in partnership with the Veterans History Project, a program of the Library of Congress, is seeking Veterans to participate in this project. If you are a Veteran or know Veterans that would like to share their stories, please call Sun Towers to schedule your interview time at 813-634-3347.

Golf Tournament Home to Home

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Competitive Tennis Season kickoff

The Sun City Center Competitive Tennis Club “Sunsetters” were excited to kick off their new season against the Fishhawk ladies tennis team! Pictured front row, l to r: Debbie Zieg, Betty Zeller, Edna Carlin, and Rolande Poulin. Back row: Lorraine Yaghoobian, Jeanne Crofton, Terri Vaillancourt, Helene Peterson, Nancy Clark, and Lee Greenlee.

Lawn Bowling Men’s Pairs Champions

By Garry Higgins The Pebble Beach Club is the competitive men’s section of the Sun City Center Lawn Bowling Club. In the Championship Round of the Pebble Beach Pairs Competition, it was Ben Caudill and Roy McCartney facing Jim Byrne and Paddy Lennon. After sixteen ends of play, it was Team McCartney with the win and the Ben Caudill and Roy McCartney. title of Pebble Beach Pairs Champions for 2020.

Lawn Bowling Challenge Match

By Garry Higgins The 13th annual “Burbery Cup Challenge” at the Sun City Center Lawn Bowling Club was played with eight triples teams from the “Suncoasters” Women’s Club competing against eight fours teams from the Pebble Beach Men’ s Club. Following the games, everyone stayed for a social and amidst laughter and good spirits. Cassandra Furlong, President of the Suncoasters, presented the Challenge Cup to Russ Clewley, Vice-President of the Pebble Beach Club. The Suncoasters, the Suncoaster Cassandra Furlong 2019 winners, have vowed to win presents the Burbery Cup to Pebble the Cup back in 2021. Beacher, Russ Clewley.

5th Annual St. Anne’s Golf Tournament

Best Ball Golf Tournament Saturday, March 28. Registration 7:30 a.m. Shotgun start at 8:30. Summerfield Crossing Golf Club, 13050 Summerfield Blvd. Riverview 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 an Awards Luncheon with great food and prizes following the tournament at the golf club. Also, a special event: Hole in One contest with a $10,000 grand prize. Tournament registration forms are available at Saint Anne Parish Office Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 9 to noon. Forms are also available at Summerfield Golf Course Pro Shop. Completed forms can be dropped off at the Parish Office or sent to Bob Gounaud, 346 Laurel Falls Dr. Apollo Beach, FL 33572. Info: Bob Gounaud at “bgounaud@verizon.net”.

Lawn Bowling Junior/Senior Tournament

By Garry Higgins The Sun City Center Lawn Bowling Club’s annual Junior/ Senior Championship consists of two separate “singles” (head to head) matches. The twenty “Junior” competitors were members aged seventy through seventy-nine. The sixteen “Senior” players were eighty years and L to R: Bob Fladung “Junior’ over. Both men and women Champion, Joe Mignogna “Senior” compete in this popular event. Champion. This year’s “Junior” Champion is Bob Fladung and the “Senior” Champion is Joe Mignogna.

Lawn Bowling Winning Streak Continues

By Garry Higgins In the final match of this year’s “Suncoasters Singles” Championship, it was the defending champion, Cindy Higgins, meeting the 2015 Champion, Chris Heller. Cindy prevailed and kept her streak alive with five straight annual wins. Besides championship title games, Sun City Center Lawn Bowling Club members enjoy out-of-club tournaments, league Champion, Cindy Higgins. play, less competitive “Morning Bowls” and the very popular and the very social, “Night Bowls”. For more information or to sign up for free lessons, visit www.suncitycenterlbc.com.

L to R: Donald & Patty Hersey, Petersons and Doug & Chris Wilmar. (Photo by Nancy Williams)

Caloosa 9-Hole Mixer Winners

The Friday twilight golf mixer at Caloosa Country Club brings sports and social together for the golf members. Teams of six are coordinated according to golf handicaps and assigned by the monthly coordinators. Coordinators Randy and Judy Peterson were part of the recent winning team with a 35. For information about Caloosa golf and social memberships contact 813.634.6841.

SCC “Ringers” Horseshoe Association Tournament

On January 23, the SCC Ringers played Rice Creek Horseshoe Club in a tournament held at SCC horseshoe pits. SCC Ringers won the tournament due to some nifty shoe tossing. Come join us at the horseshoe pits Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday morning at 8:30 to pitch some shoes and compete in the next tournament.

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Pickleball Team Tournament

Father and Son Senior Volleyball Players

By Bob Monahan James West, age 90, and his son, JR West age 68, play for the Sun City Center Volleyball Club. James is believed to be the oldest active player in the state. Join them on the South Campus court on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays at 9 a.m. Call Bob Monahan for more details at 401-527-1718.

Sun City Center residents Rodney Walker, Debbie Zieg, Maurice Levesque, and Sandee Rahner participated in a fun and competitive round robin team tournament on Saturday, January 18 and Sunday, January 19 at GT Bray Park in Bradenton, FL. Teams consisted of 2 men and 2 women. There were 2 levels of play (3.5 level players and 4.0-4.5 level players). The teams played men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles on both days. Rodney, Debbie, Maurice, and Sandee were happy to celebrate a Second Place win!

Bill Salowitz scored a hole in one on January 31 at Scepter Osprey #2 (128 yards) using an 8 iron. Witnessed by Tony Debellis, Mark Choquette, and Rich Gurney.

Archer Mike Barkman Takes Third in Jacksonville

By Mark Erickson, SCC Archery President SCC Archery Club member Mike Barkman takes third place after competing in the International Bowhunters Association World Qualifier and Traditional Shoot held in Jacksonville, Florida.

2020 CCPC Team members at a recent 70s party include, first row left to right: Nancy Williams, Team coordinator; Ron Clark, Karen Cooper, Nancy Clark, Vicki & John Franks; second row left to right: Steve Williams, Jerry & Roxie Gottsacker, Jan Stevens, Sue Daveler, Ruth Ann Phelan, Bob McCoy, Gene Stevens, Marion McCoy; third row left to right: Pearl Ashe, Kevin Brooks, Patty Hersey. (Photo by Jan Booker)

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Kings Point Softball Team

The Kings Point Team has a record of 9-0 in the Valencia Lakes Senior Softball Wednesday League. All the team members are residents of Kings Point. They play every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Valencia Lakes field. Visitors are welcome.

Caloosa Country Club offers golf and social events. The Caloosa Casual Party Club (CCPC) has casual catered dining and dancing afterwards to 50s and 60s music by professional musicians. The first Monday of the month hosts from the CCPC Team welcome over 100 members and guests to the spacious club dining area. Info: 813.634.6841.



































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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.

DANCING Singles Social Dance Club

March 1 and March 29 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Atrium Building, Florida Room Live music for your dancing and listening pleasure provided by Thor Stevens and his saxophone. Members $4; CA guests $6; Kings Point and outside guests $4 with guest pass. BYOB and snacks. Ice, water, cups, and napkins provided on each table. Info: Judy at 425.214.3996.

Let’s Dance Ballroom Dance Club

Saturday, March 7, from 6 - 9 p.m. SCC Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Enjoy 50s and 60s music, plus your favorite ballroom music as spun by Bernice Dubro, DJ. Bring picnic food (small sandwiches, salads, desserts) to share during the social time. Dress is casual (Sundress, nice shorts or jeans, or similar, but no bathing suits please!). Info: Bill Dean (813.331.3536) or Tom Hart (810.923-8446).

Sun City Center Dance Club Gala

Dinner & Dance, Saturday, March 14 from 5:15 to 9 p.m. SCC Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Attire is semi-formal (jacket and tie for men). BYOB. Banquet Masters will provide appetizers and a buffet meal. Dance to the music of Mike and Peg Johnston. $25 for members and guest membership; non-members are $30 (includes access pass). For dance only, 7 to 9 p.m., members free, walk-ins $6 at the door (with SCCCA card or access pass). Singles tables available. Deadline for dinner reservations or access passes is March 7. Info: Chuck MacDougall 978.995.6504

Singles Mingle of Kings Point Dance

Thursday, March 26 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Kings Point Banquet Room, 1900 Clubhouse Drive Admission is $5. BYOB. Dance to the music of DJ Donna Conley. If you live outside Kings Point, please call Dottie Beyer at 813.812.6972 (home) to have your name added to the gate list.

Rockin’ Thru The Years Dance Club

“Join Us For a Rockin’ Good Time!” Sunday, March 29 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Kings Point North Clubhouse Veterans Theater The Veterans Theater doors will open at 6 p.m. for members. Admission, $6 per person for non-members, will be collected starting at 6:15 p.m. BYOB and snacks. The club provides cups, napkins, water, and ice on each table. Our dance music will be provided by the Southshore Cruisers. They play a good combination of fast and slow top 40 hits from the 60’s and 70’s. During their breaks, they will play our favorite line dance music. Please email your full name to Sandi at “rockinthrutheyears@gmail.com” before Saturday morning March 28, so she can include your name on the list that she must send to the Kings Point Front Gate Security Guards.

SCC Solo Line Dance Club

If you would like to improve your balance and your dance technique Solo Dance is the place for you. Our Novice Class will begin on Mondays at 12:30 p.m. at SCC Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach. We will then progress to our Intermediate and Advanced Classes. All SCC residents are welcome. KP residents must obtain a Gold Ticket from The SCC Community Association office. The first lesson is complementary and succeeding classes are $2 or yearly membership of $22. For more info call Barbara at 813.633.6988

Italian Club April in Paris

Dinner and dancing April 21. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Dinner at 5. Dancing at 6:30. Kings Point North Clubhouse Veterans Theater Eric Lee will provide 50s, 60s, and 70s music for your dancing and listening pleasure. Catering by Banquet Masters. BYOB. Tickets available March 31 and April 1, 9 to noon in the North Clubhouse lobby. Ticket cutoff is April 13. Checks made out to the Italian Club. Members $25, guests $28. For our SCC neighbors coming in to purchase tickets, please have your ID with you when coming through security. Info: May Fleming, 813.419.4790, or Terry DeVoti, 813.260.3220. Parisian dress encouraged, dressy casual required.

Ballroom Dance Lessons

Tuesdays, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 St. John the Divine Parish Hall, 1015 East Del Webb Blvd. Intermediate 2 Tango - 4 p.m. Advanced 1 Silver Waltz - 5 p.m. Intermediate 1 Cha-Cha - 6 p.m. Beginning Waltz - 7 p.m. Cost $8 per lesson. Info: Bernice DuBro “dancewithbernice@gmail. com”, 813.634.3205, 813.482.6784.

Oldies But Goodies Dance Club

Sunday, March 15. Doors open at 6 p.m. for members, 6:30 for guests SCC Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Enjoy the music of Latitude; free for members, $6 per person for guests. Pay at the door. Kings Point residents will need a CA member to sponsor them to get a pass. Out of area guests must be sponsored by a CA member to purchase a guest pass. Info: Joanne at 813.728.1147, “jjlatenite@aol.com” or online at “sccoldiesbutgoodiesdanceclub. com”.

Moonglow Dance Club

Thursday, March 26 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Dance to the live music of “Island Swing.” Singles tables available. BYOB and snacks. Club provides ice, water, cups, and napkins. The attire at Moonglow dances is dressy casual. All local dancers are asked to carry their Community ID or a photo of it. Club members are free, and visitors/guests pay $6 per person at the door with CA or FP ID, or a KP Gold Card. Visitors from other places are most welcome, but will also need a $2 “Club Usage” Pass purchased for them by a CA member. Info: “gail3357@gmail. com” or call 813.633.1297.

Entertainment Corner By Renee Bray, SCCCA Entertainment Director

Our 2019-2020 series is coming to an end in March, and it has been a fabulous season! In addition to featuring five exciting dance bands, five major variety shows, and a banner Showcase of Talent event as part of the Friday and Sunday series, we offered six additional non-series events. These included a comedy hypnosis show, a dance, a holiday concert, a Dick Clark tribute, a murder mystery dinner, Renee Bray a comedy cabaret night, and a bluegrass concert. These non-series events were very well attended, so, stay tuned for next year’s schedule, which will be released over the summer months. In the meanwhile, we will keep entertaining our SCC community members this summer with member bandstand concerts and pool parties, starting in May. How do you find out about these events? They are always posted at least a month in advance on the Ticket Talk boards at the Atrium Kiosk off N. Course Drive, near the ticket kiosk. You can also visit the SCC website at www. suncitycenter.org, go to Activities and then to Entertainment. Our final show of the season is Sunday, March 29, featuring The Jersey Tenors, an explosive blend of the most iconic opera classics alongside rock ‘n roll, Sinatra and more. The show starts at 2:30 p.m., at Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Tickets are $19 and will be available at the Atrium kiosk located off N. Course Drive, M-W-F 10 to noon and at the door. Our final dance, Sounds of Soul, is completely sold out if you do not already have tickets. Finally, don’t forget about Funfest March 21. The Entertainment in the large tent will include 3-Dom Band, Razzmatazz ventriloquist, The Dukes, and Billy “Elvis” Lindsay. Other events of interest will be the Southeastern Guide Dogs, Wonders of Nature, music at the pool, and many of our local clubs that will provide singing and dancing at the event.

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Barbershop Harmony Society Spring Concert

Hear “Par For The Chorus” March 15 at 3 p.m. St. Andrew Presbyterian, 1239 West Del Webb The show is titled “It’s All About Love.” Tickets: $10, available from any member of the Barbershop Chorus or call Joe Epstein at 575.361.5325. Tickets also available at the Atrium ticket kiosk and at the door.

Jersey Tenors Featured at SCC Community Hall

Sunday, March 29 at 2:30 p.m. Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. The final Sunday show of the SCC Entertainment Series features The Jersey Tenors, an explosive blend of the most iconic opera classics alongside such rock ‘n roll industry greats as Queen, Journey, Elton John, and Billy Joel, as well as some of Jersey’s finest like Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Sinatra, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Kool and The Gang, and even Whitney Houston! Tickets are $19 and will be available at the Atrium kiosk located off N. Course Drive, M-W-F 10 to noon and at the door.


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SCC Men’s Chorus Annual Spring Concert

Sunday, March 29 at 3 p.m. St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 Del Webb West The Sun City Center Men’s Chorus will perform our Spring Concert titled “Reflections and Memories.” You will hear songs that you know and love. Songs like, “Somewhere My Love,” “Save the Last Dance for Me,” “You Raise Me Up,” and “As Time Goes By.” You will also be transported back in time to “Blue Moon” and “Sweet Georgia Brown.” Come be transported with us for an afternoon of your favorite songs as you reflect on memories of yesterday. Info: Tom Hinkebein 573.837.3041.

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Creative Person: Jaye Carroll, a Woman of Many Interests

By Paula Lickfeldt Jaye was born and raised in upper Wisconsin on the boarder of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan near Iron Mountain. She says that with the changing seasons, it was the perfect place to grow up. One of the most vivid memories that Jaye has is Perch fishing with her grandfathers. She was the only one of 12 grandchildren that liked to fish and so the three of them supplied the whole family with the famous “up north, Friday night fish fry,” all year long. Jaye met her husband Jeff in Berlin, WI where Jaye worked as a teacher and Jeff worked as a doctor for the local hospital as an Intensive Care Specialist. This area just west of Oshkosh is where they raised their three children. As a child, Jaye remembers visiting her grandparents in Bradenton, FL. She recalls Coquina shelling and picking fresh oranges for a breakfast treat. Later Jaye brought her children to visit her parents who were snowbirds living in Brandon. Many years later when it came time for Jaye and Jeff to retire, Sun City Center was a logical choice for them. After several years of checking out other retirement communities, they liked the “Midwest small-town feel” and the activities and clubs available in SCC. They love life in Sun City Center. Some of Jaye’s many activities include the Stained Glass Club, where she solders, fuses and etches glass projects, she golfs with the CWGA 18 at Caloosa Country Club, she takes dance lessons, she is a former member of the Sawdust Engineers and she plays Pickleball. Jaye’s favorite SCC club, however, is the Potter’s Wheel Club where she works on clay projects: hand building using the extruder and throwing on the wheel. She is an instructor for wheel work. Jaye loves every kind of art and craft. Every year she likes to try something new because she

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likes the challenge. Jaye’s latest challenge is learning to play the ukulele. Fifteen years ago, for their 25th anniversary Jaye and Jeff took a cruise to Hawaii. On the ship, she took beginning hula dance and ukulele lessons. She bought a ukulele for $19. She put it on a shelf in a closet when she got home and there it stayed for years. Two summers ago, while at their summer home in WI, she got that $19 ukulele out and began strumming on it more like playing a harp than like playing a ukulele. It was a cold and rainy summer in WI so there was a lot of time for strumming. During that same summer, Jaye talked with several of her friends in SCC and shared the idea of playing the ukulele with them. That Fall, after returning to SCC the gals talked about the idea of learning to play, not from an instructor, but from each other. The SCC Orange Blossom Ukuleles were born. Within a couple of weeks, the group had grown to seven. Since then these friends get together every week in one of their homes for practice. In the fourteen months since they began, the group has enjoyed attending ukulele jams in Two Harbors, MN and the TBUG Ukulele Festival in Tampa/ St. Pete. They have played for the Pottery club Christmas party and at Caloosa CC this past Jan. Sun City Center has so many creative, gifted, and talented people. Jaye Carroll is certainly one of them.

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Getting Close at Gatorland

By Kai Rambow The young birds were eagerly greeting the world – and only a few feet away from us! This is probably the closest you’ll ever get to young, wild birds. When you hear Gatorland, you probably think alligators. While true, Gatorland is also one of the best places in Florida to see nesting, wild, cattle egrets, tricolored herons, anhingas, cormorants, great egrets and snowy egrets. The best part: once you arrive, it’s a short

walk on a boardwalk to see everything, much of it very close. In 1990, a breeding marsh was built, which is now a natural bird rookery. At first, only a few nesting pairs tried to raise a family here. Today, a significant number of birds make the marsh their nursery. The alligators in the marsh keep natural predators, such as raccoons, away. To really get the best viewing, don’t just walk through. The chicks pictured here were not visible for some time. Their

During nesting time there is plenty of activity. Birds are either building nests or feeding their young. There’s more activity in the morning and late afternoon.

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arrival means closer parking and fewer people. Best route is by I-4, then the 417 (exit 62) toll road. Be sure to look at a map before going and use GPS. Suggested Itinerary: When you enter, be sure to get a map and a show schedule. (1) Head straight for the breeding marsh. You’ll encounter photographers on the boardwalk, but otherwise it will be uncrowded. Enjoy nature’s show. (2) Take a moment to figure out the shows you’d like to see. Work these into walking around the property. There are plenty of opportunities to see many animals up close. (3) Revisit the breeding marsh before leaving. You’ll see different bird activity than before.

Clothing: Remember good walking shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses, sunhat and your camera. Tickets: Seniors $24.99; Adults $29.99*; Child $19.99*; *Save more if you book online. Parking is free. Gatorland 14501 S Orange Blossom Trail Orlando, Florida 32837 (407) 855-5496 www.gatorland.com

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MFST Trustees Present Donation to SEGD

By B. Frank Kepley CAPT USN (Ret) The Military Family Support Trust (MFST) trustees visited the Southeastern Guide Dogs (SEGD) facility in Palmetto on February 4 for the purpose of presenting them a $10,000 donation. SEGD transforms lives by creating and nurturing extraordinary partnerships between people and dogs, throughout the United States. Trustees toured the puppy training area and heard various testimonials from individuals From left, MFST chairman, BG regarding how the dogs have Colin Howgill, RM (Ret), presenting been instrumental in changing check to Andy Kramer, SEGD VP of their lives for the better. The Philanthropy. trustees were also blindfolded and listened to a soundtrack of individuals who were blind so that they could appreciate what they are faced with on a daily basis.

Dennis M. Martin, Tampa Bay Port Manager Address MOAA

By B. Frank Kepley CAPT USN (Ret) Dennis M. Martin, General Manager Operations, Safety & Training, Port Tampa Bay was the featured speaker at the Military Officers of America Association (MOAA) monthly meeting on Wednesday, February 5 in the Florida Room at the North Side Atrium. Following a career afloat in the merchant marine and as an oilfield marine operations captain, Dennis came ashore in Tampa for a 15-year stint in vessel agency, covering ports in Florida, the U.S. Gulf & the U.S. east coast.

MOWW to Host a Massing of Colors

By B. Frank Kepley CAPT USN (Ret) Sunday, March 8 from 2 to 3 p.m. Community Hall, 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd. Participating units assemble NLT 1:30 p.m. The Sun City Center Chapter of The Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) will host a Massing of Colors (MOC), part of MOWW Patriotic Education Outreach Program. The MOC is a rededication to the United States, our country, and its Flag. Military, public safety, Scouting, JROTC, Veteran, patriotic, and service organizations are invited to participate. Units participating will be represented by a two-person color guard consisting of United States Flag bearer and organizational flag bearer. Info: Jim at “jhhaney1@gmail.com” or 813.220.8758.

MOAA Awards Given

National MOAA 5-star certificates were awarded for the newsletter, chapter, and website were presented to, from left, Frank Kepley, CAPT USN (Ret.), Benny Blackshire, LTC USA (Ret.), and Jim Haney, Maj USMC (Ret.). Also, certificates for perfect attendance were awarded to Bo Heiniger, James Cloor, and Charley Collins.

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From left, Gary Gilchrist, Honor Flight representative; Linda Susans; George Colon; Jim Haney, Maj. USMC (Ret), president of the local MOAA chapter.

MSGT George Colon Honor Flight Representative Addresses MOAA

By B. Frank Kepley CAPT USN (Ret) Retired USA MSG George Colon was the featured speaker at the Military Officers of America Association (MOAA) monthly meeting. George serves as a board member for the Riverview Chamber of Commerce and is on two of their committees, Military Committee and Membership Committee. He is also a board member for the Florida Advisory Council on Military Education. He presented information on the Honor Flight West Central Florida (HFWCF) program achievements and its plans for the future. The Honor Flight program can be found in 45 states and has 125 hubs throughout the nation. It is managed by volunteers only and 97% of the funds donated go directly to the flights. The cost for each mission is $75,000. The WWII and terminally ill veterans have top priority for the flights. The costs for the guardians that accompany the veteran is $500. If anyone wishes to donate to the organization they can do so by contacting the website at www.honorflighttwcf. org. Prior to the Honor Flight presentation, Doris Glass, a longtime MOAA member who has been in charge of the reservation process for years, and has done an excellent job, was given a certificate of appreciation by Jim Haney, current president of the local MOAA chapter. Doris’ replacement will be Jane Foppe and the new reservation phone number is 813,924,1983. Also, Jean Stratis was presented with her Surviving Spouse pin.

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It’s More Than a Catchy Bumper Sticker Well-Behaved Women Rarely Make History

By Andrea L.T. Peterson On August 26, 1920, after more than a century of “gutsy women” and their male supporters fighting for its passage, the amendment giving women the right to vote was finally passed. Susan Ware, in her book Why They Marched, shares the “untold stories of the women who fought for the right to vote.” But who were “they”? Dozens of unknown women emerged from remote and not-so-remote corners of the United States to help lead the fight to decide whether or not women should be “granted” the right to vote. While a handful of household names are credited for the Suffragist Movement’s success, there are so many more women

across the nation and around the world who advocated behind the scenes and in public forums for that right. In fact, by the time women secured the right to vote in the United States, a dozen other nations (including New Zealand, while still just a colony, as early as 1907) and about a dozen American states (including Utah, as early as 1870) had granted women the right to vote. Ware’s approach is unique—not just a chronology, but a look at people, places, and things by way of “nineteen discreet but overlapping biological stories,” historical events, and surviving memorabilia. Names most of us recognize, like Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth

Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Julia Ward Howe, and even Clara Barton overshadow the dozens of women like Mary Church Terrell, Rose Schneiderman, and Claiborne Catlin. Mary Johnston, a southern aristocrat and a novelist took a stand against the ruling elite, and Emmeline Wells, a Mormon woman in a polygamist marriage, helped bring the vote to women in Utah—the first state in the Union to do so. In The Book of Gutsy Women: favorite stories of courage and resilience, Hillary Rodham Clinton and daughter Chelsea Clinton offer examples that have come before us, those who have served as role models, mentors, and inspiration in

every discipline, profession, and career path, as well as fictional characters like Nancy Drew, who have shown that you don’t have to “be somebody” to be somebody. Average women with way above average drive, determination, and dedication have paved the way for more women in national, state and local politics, more women in previously male-dominated areas of music, science and research, and extreme sports, including Olympic competitors. The Book of Gutsy Women includes just a handful of the many woman who swam upstream to accomplish milestones in education, ecology, literature, technology, flight, medicine, and sports.

Identity Theft: Across the Nation and Here in Sun City Center

By Diane M. Loeffler Identity theft is a huge problem across the United States. In 2019, imposter scams were the number one type of scam in the country costing its victims a total of approximately $667 million, an average of $1,500 per victim. On February 11, Community Resource Deputy, Deputy Merry reported that many residents of the greater Sun City Center area are among the victims. The good news is, victims of these crimes are reporting them enabling law enforcement to act. Merry says, “Last week my assistant, Michelle Mortimer, was taking nonstop identity theft calls.” If you believe you have been scammed and the crime happened in Hillsborough County, call 813.242.5515 for an appointment. When you come in for the appointment, bring all documentation. If you believe you have been scammed, report it as soon as possible. Deputy Merry says, “If the fraud occurred more than ninety days ago, banks don’t have to reimburse you.” Remember, anyone can be a victim. Merry says even the mother of U.S. Attorney General William Barr was scammed. Merry says that chipped transactions, those using the chip on your credit card, are more secure than swiped ones. Mobile payments are even more secure. They are offered through Apple, Samsung and Google. Merry says, “Try to limit how often your information is out there.” The deputy says, “The common stereotype of a scammer is a thirty-something year old living in his parents’ basement or a group overseas. However, we just found a ‘boiler room’ in Miami.” Deputy Merry says, “Most scamming nowadays is done by large scale, well-funded businesses.” If you receive a call that appears to be from someone legitimate such as a bank and they ask for personal information, tell the caller you will call him or her back. Then look up the phone number on your own, and call what you are sure is a legitimate number.

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5 five 5- five 555. This makes it very difficult for scammers’ equipment to find. Monitor your financial accounts and billing statements. Be alert. If mail or a bill don’t arrive or you are denied credit for no reason, be suspicious. Inspect your credit report. The law

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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.

New York Club St. Patrick’s Day Party

Tuesday, March 3 at 5 p.m. Kings Point Veterans Theater Music by Flashback Band and food by Banquet Masters: corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, salad and dessert bar, coffee, and soda. Price $25 for members and $28.50 for guests. For further information, please contact Frank Gatto at 813.633.8942.

Feline Folks Meow Mixer

Thursday, March 5. Board meeting at 3:30 p.m. Mixer begins at 4:30. Kings Point 2020 Culinary Room All are invited to learn about the important activities this group performs in caring for the community cats in Kings Point and the surrounding areas. Light snacks and great conversation. The Meow Mixer is a wonderful way to learn about volunteer opportunities.

Friends of History Meeting

Monday, Monday 9, check in at 9:30 a.m. Speaker at 10. Kings Point Banquet Room All residents of Kings Point and Sun City Center are welcome. SCC residents tell the Security Guard you are here for this meeting. The topic of discussion will be America’s Unelected Presidents presented by Keith Connes. He will elaborate on the nine Presidents who came into office without ever having been elected to office either because their predecessor died, impeached, or resigned. RSVP to Ron Browning at “friendsofhistorygroup27.com” or 813.922.6524.

Canadian Club Farewell Dinner Dance

Sunday, March 22 in Veterans Theater Doors open at 5 p.m. Dinner at 6 p.m. Dancing from 7 to 9. All Canadians residing in Kings Point and Sun City Center are invited to attend. Live entertainment will be provided by Two Smooth. The theme for this year’s will be Canadiana. Come dressed in red and white or some hometown identification such as hats, t-shirts, etc. Catered by Banquet Masters. Tickets are $25 per person and will be available at Kings Point at desk 1 between 10 and noon on Thursday, March 12. Ticket deadline is March 19. Info: Frank at 813.633.1987.

Tampa Bay History Center Field Trip

March 11 The Friends of History Group of Kings Point is pleased to announce our second field trip of the year, to the Tampa Bay History Center. A museum Docent will lead us through the museum, which will give us a historical background of Tampa Bay from the very beginnings of its inhabitants of Florida to modern day Tampa. Prior to our tour, we will have lunch at the famous Columbia Restaurant adjacent to the building. We will meet at the Cyber Cafe parking lot at 10:30 a.m. and leave no later than 11. Carpooling will be available. We will meet at the Columbia Restaurant at 12 Noon. The cost for the museum is $8.50 per person and must be paid before the trip. It can be paid at any of our meetings or send a check to Herb Berman, made payable to Tampa Bay History Center, at 2287 Sifield Greens Way, Sun City Center, FL 33573. Please note parking and lunch is on your own. Info: 813.385.5542.

Italian Club Tailgate Party

March 24 at 4:30 p.m. Veterans Theater Kings Point North Clubhouse Food supplied by Banquet Masters. Our buffet menu: ribs, sausage and peppers, chicken tenders, chili dogs, mac and cheese, salad bar, and dessert. Coffee, tea, and soda provided by the club. BYOB. Ron and the Classics will perform for dancing. Members $25, non-members $28. Tickets available on March 3 and 4 from 9 to noon in the Kings Point North Clubhouse Main Lobby. Ticket sale cutoff March 16. Sport attire is encouraged but not required. Info: May Fleming 813.419.4790 or Terry Devoti 813.260.3220.

KP Krafters Donate to SCC Emergency Squad

The Kings Point Krafters’ have made a donation to The Emergency Squad of Sun City for $1,500. This group volunteers their time crocheting, knitting, and canvas to raise money for charities here in our community. They meet every Wednesday morning in The Fiber Arts room in the KP North Clubhouse. Info: Catherine Yevoli 813.922.4217.

Feline Folks Jewelry Sale Fundraiser

Tuesday, March 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Waterside Room Feline Folks is joining the Dog Lovers club for a fundraising jewelry sale. Entrance is $5 or a jewelry donation. Items still start at $3.

KP Line Dancers Free Social Dance

Wednesday, March 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. Kings Point Veterans Theater Wear your best St Patrick’s Day costume, or casual dress. Appropriate dance shoes please. Free entry for KP and SCC residents, other guests must purchase $2.50 guest pass from Security. BYOB. Donation for DJ is appreciated. Info: Jan at 813.634.6226.

Eagle Audubon’s Meeting

Thursday, March 19 doors open at 1:20 p.m. Banquet Room of the Kings Point North Clubhouse Chris Reed and Garrett Snider, land and vegetation management specialists from Southwest Florida Water Management District will explain the Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve. This Preserve is the largest contiguous recreation area in Hillsborough County. They will discuss management of this local natural ecosystem offering water storage, natural water filtration, floodwater control and drinking water. Meeting is free. Info: eagleaudubonflorida.org.

Heartland Club March Meeting

Thursday, March 19 at 5 p.m. Kings Point Veterans Theater, 1900 Clubhouse Drive Minnesota, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri are well-represented in this group; but anyone who enjoys friendly camaraderie is invited to attend. The club will provide the entrée meat and dessert, coffee, water and ice for this potluck supper and guests are asked to bring a covered dish, a side dish or salad to round out the menu. No desserts, please. BYOB. A professional entertainer, who goes by the name of “Razzmatazz,” has been hired to add to the fun after the meal. The cost is $5 for members or $10 for non-members. Checks made payable to “Heartland Club” may be mailed to Donna Letts, 2067 Inverness Greens Dr., Sun City Center, FL, 33573. They may also be dropped off at 2127 Sifield Greens Way in Kings Point. Please call John or Bev first, at 813.938.5433, to make sure someone is home to receive it. Reservation deadline is Wednesday, March 11. Info: 813.938.5433 or “jbwohrab@gmail.com”.

Friends of History Historical Documentaries

March 23. Sign in at 9:30 a.m. Program starts at 10. Kings Point Banquet Room The Friends of History have a new format for its programs. On the fourth Monday of each month, we will be viewing a different documentary film, and afterwards there will be a group discussion. We will still continue to have our regular speaker meetings on the second Monday of each month. Sun City Center residents are welcome. Tell Security at the Main Gate that you are here for the Friends of History Discussion Group. March 23 topic is World War II. Info: Ron Browning 813.922.6524, “friendsofhistorygroup27@gmail. com”.

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Installation of Officers for the Kings Point Dance Club Officers

L to R: Phil and Delores Reitz, Vice President Social; Joe and Eileen Reig, Vice President Membership; Josephine Serenson, President; James Serenson, Secretary/ Treasurer.

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Thursday, March 12 at 1 p.m. Kings Point 2020 Building Culinary Room Come join the Healthy Lifestyles Club’s Healthy Potluck lunch. Be inspired to be more active and healthier by making fitness enjoyable. Bring a healthy dish to share or $5. Please also bring the recipe or ingredients for your healthy dish. See: healthymeetup.org.


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KP Mixed Chorus Presents “Disney Delight”

Tuesday, March 31. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Kings Point Veterans Theater, 1900 Clubhouse Drive Round table cabaret seating is available, BYOB snacks encouraged. Theater-style bleacher seating is also offered. Tickets can be purchased for $10 each at the KP Box Office. Director Sharon Henry has been preparing the enthusiastic and talented singers for the past several months. This Community Chorus, with members not only from Sun City Center, but also from places like Brandon, Apollo Beach, and Wimauma, is ready to entertain you with a delightful musical experience. Info: Mary Anne at 813.634.8747, “triplelady@ aol.com”, or “www.kpchorus.org”.

Donate any gently-used women’s clothing garment to the Women’s Resource Center throughout the month of March and receive $5 OFF ANY APPETIZER (with purchase of an entrée).

Follies 2020

Coming to the Kings Point Veterans Theater in April By Stephanie Casey Get ready for the biggest and best show in town. This year, there will be four performances of this highly versatile Stage Review. Mark your calendars now so you don’t miss out on all the fun. “On With the Show” will be presented at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, Friday, April 3, and Saturday, April 4, with a matinee showing on Saturday, April 4 at 1:30 p.m. Director Diane LeFrancois and Assistant Director Linda Stone have the performers going through their paces several days a week, practicing hard so they can perfect their routines and gift you with a spectacular show. This year’s potpourri of entertainment includes soloists, dance groups, specialty acts, and the FOLLIES Chorus. Also appearing is the East Bay High School Show Chorus, “The Sounds of Time,” a perennial FOLLIES favorite. Tickets are on sale at the Kings Point Box Office, 1900 Clubhouse Drive, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, for $14 per person. Round table reserved Cabaret seating (BYOB and snacks) is available, as well as theater-style bleacher seats. The “early birds” get the best tables. Info: Diane at 813.642.0606 or “dilef62@yahoo.com”.

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Keep Your Identity and Tax Returns Safe

By Diane M. Loeffler We all need to file our tax returns by April 15. Most of us will probably get some money back. Some people may file only to be told the IRS already processed their claims and sent their money. Deputy Merry says, “The criminals take your social security number and do a 1040 EZ. They make up numbers for your income. Then you try to file yours, and it is denied. It generally takes about a year to get it corrected.” Merry says, “Most information is obtained through medical offices. Usually, their internet security isn’t as good as it should be and the bad guys get your information online. Sometimes the criminals get the information from the staff

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at a doctor’s office or medical center. There was a woman in Riverview who was indicted for $200,000,000 in fraudulent tax returns. She probably did a lot more than that. She paid clerks at medical offices $100 for each social security number they gave her.” There are a few measures you can take to keep your identity and your tax return safe. First, when you fill out paperwork for your medical provider, check to see if they really need your full social security number. Usually, they can verify who you are with only the last four digits of your social security number. If your number isn’t on file, it can’t be stolen or given away.

Merry says, “Don’t carry your social security card or a document with your social security number (SSN) on it. If someone asks for your SSN, ask why they need it, how it will be used, how they will protect it, and what happens if you do not share the number.” Second, file your taxes as soon as you possibly can. If you file first, then when the scammer tries to file, he or she will be the one hearing that your return was already processed. Third, if you file electronically, use a secure internet connection. If you file a paper form, take your return to the post office and mail it there. Mail can be stolen from your home mail box. Fourth, consider logging on to

IRS.gov to get a six to eight-digit pass code to protect your return. Deputy Merry says the process takes an hour or so. If your are a victim, there is an Identity Theft Clearinghouse. Merry says, “You will need to complete IRS Form 14039, Identity Theft Affidavit. Use the fillable form at IRS.gov. Then print mail or fax according to instructions. Continue to pay your taxes and file your tax return, even if you must do so by paper. If you previously contacted the IRS and did not have a resolution, contact the Identity Protection Specialized Unit at 800.908.4490. This number should only be called if someone else has filed for your tax return.”

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FAITH&service Spring Art & Craft Fair

Saturday, March 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 Del Webb W. More than 40 artists and crafters will be there with wine racks, wooden items, quilted purses, acrylic painted tennis shoes, aprons, and visors, shell crafts, plants, art displays, jewelry, and more. Enjoy a hotdog lunch and listen to live organ music. Shop at the bake sale also at the fair. Admission is free.

Free Talk on the Efficacy of Prayer in Healing

Saturday, March 7, at 2 p.m. Florida Room, Atrium Building, SCCCA Main Campus Nate Frederick will give his lecture, Learn to Pray and Heal (A Spiritual Adventure). He will share more about the fundamentals of effective prayer and how healing is truly possible for everyone. He is currently traveling the USA and abroad explaining the practical logic behind Christ-like love and spiritual healing. Nate studied perennial religion at Hampshire College where he was introduced to Christian Science. Nate has traveled the world, hiking extensively in the Himalayas. He now lives in Maine with his wife and young daughter. Nate’s mission is to “transform lives and heal the sick through Christianly Scientific prayer.”

CarFit Event

Sponsored by Prince of Peace Catholic Church March 19 at 702 Valley Forge Blvd. CarFit is a national education program which was created by AARP, AAA, and the American Occupational Therapy Association. These organizations have come together to help older drivers stay safe on the road. Simple solutions like learning about safety features of your car or adaptive devices may help you continue to stay safe on the road. Appointments will be made at 20-minute increments starting at 9 a.m. through noon. Slots are limited and a reservation is required. Please call the parish office 813.634.2328 and ask for Ext. 206. Be sure to leave your name and phone number with area code on the Health Ministry’s voicemail. A member of the ministry will call you back to schedule your appointment.

Sun City Center Ceramics Club

By Paula Lickfeldt Edna White started the ceramics club in May of 1962. She was the president of the club from 1962 until 1972. During that time, the club had five members. The first instructor was Marye Barszcz. Pat Betz was the next instructor. Rita Mealey is the president of the club today and she says the club has 175 members. The club/show room and workshop is between the pool and the lawn bowling greens. The yearly dues to belong to the ceramics club are $20 per year. When you join the club, you will be given a starter kit which has cleaning tools and a note book. The note book is for keeping information on the glazes that you use and what works best for you. When new members are ready they can buy their “greenware,” brushes and glazes to be used, from the club. The operating hours of the club are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monitors are present during these times to help with projects the club members are working on and to sell any items that are in the show room. Any one interested in seeing the workshop or sales room is welcome to visit during these hours. Information about the club can be obtained during

Ceramics Club members include Sharon Gilson, Sandy Howery, Elsie Diel, Rita Mealey, Stacey Winscott, and Darlene Merchant.

these hours. Rita told me that the club members continually hear stories about items that people visiting the showroom have; “My mother gave me a piece just like this, Aunt Mary gave me a piece just like this for a wedding gift.” ceramics pieces seem to be very nostalgic. The sales room is open for the Holiday Walk and FunFest. The money made on the sales of the projects and the dues is donated to the CA hardship fund, Samaritan Services, Security Patrol, Emergency Squad and the SCC Charitable Foundation. The members of the club have a lot of fun together and there is always food to eat in the workshop during work time. Come in and spend some time, get information about the club, you will want to join.

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