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OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE SUN CITY CENTER COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
Sun City Center
...an official publication of the Sun City Center Community Association
COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION SCHEDULE MAY 8 Board Workshop to discuss Agenda Board Room (Modular) – 9 a.m. 10 Board Meeting Rollins Theater 9 a.m. 16 Community Leaders Meeting Florida Room - 9 a.m. JUNE 12 Board Workshop to discuss Agenda Board Room (Modular) – 9 a.m. 14 Board Meeting Rollins Theater - 9 a.m. NOTE: Community Leaders Meetings are not held in June, July or August. Agendas for the monthly Board Meetings will be posted on Official Bulletin Boards the Monday before and on the CA web site (www.suncitycenter.org – under “Association”). They will also be sent via “What’s New in the CA” email. Every Wednesday: Orientation for new members in the Board Room starting at 1 p.m.
CA Contact Information Phone: 633-3500 email@example.com Website: suncitycenter.org Information Center 813-633-4670
Clean Sweep at the Fair By Ilona Merritt Five Ladies of the Sun City Center China painting Club did it again. Martha Kloss, Diane Young, Joyce Falandysz, Marian Stephens and Peggy Kenny entered their hand painted porcelain items in the annual China Painting Competition and Exhibition at the State Fair held in February. The show is designed for the works of nonprofessional artists in the State of Florida and highlights creative talent from across our great State. Our ladies may be non-professional artists, but one look at their work and the word nonprofessional is moot. Their paintings are magnificent, and any one of our ladies could compete in any competition they chose. Why Compete? Floridians are truly fortunate to have a vibrant cultural tapestry which provides us with a bounty of talent throughout the state. What better way to celebrate Porcelain Painting traditions than at the State Fair and showcase our best painters in the state? Sun City Center is especially proud of our own painters: Martha Kloss, Diane Young, Joyce Falandysz, Marian Stephens and Peggy Kenny took 35 pieces to the Fair and brought home
L to R: Joyce Falandysz, Marian Stephens, Diane Young, Instructor; Martha Kloss, President. Not pictured Peggy Kenny.
32 ribbons, including Best of Show won by Martha Kloss. Twelve first place, eight second place, six third place and four Honorable Mention ribbons were awarded. There were approximately 80 total entries. There are strict rules to enter one’s work: it must never have been exhibited in this Fair before. Each work of art will be screened before acceptance: Work must be of the artist exhibiting, no teacher assisted work. Artists are to exhibit work completed during the past two years. There are 17 categories including
Naturalistic, Enamel and Raised Paste, Tea Sets, Portrait, Animals and Birds, Jewelry, Landscapes, Miniatures and Specialty Technique. Who judges: A panel of judges is selected from professional art educators and artists in their respective fields. The awards are determined based on individual merit and measured against industry standards. It should be noted that Honorable Mention Ribbons are only awarded at the discretion of the judges. Judges reserve the right to decide
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The Community Association Office Moves
By Diane M. Loeffler Where Do We Go Now? The Community Association (CA) staff and directors are no longer at 1009 North Pebble Beach. As of April 22, they are located in temporary quarters at 1215 North Pebble Beach. These modulars are located north of the Samaritan Building and south of the Security Patrol Building. As you face the building, you will see steps and a ramp, both of which lead to deck between the modulars. The modular on the right (closest to the Samaritan Building) is where you will find the receptionist, membership services and room reservations. If you wish to reserve a room, pick up your CA sticker or guest passes, or conduct other CA business, this is the building where you will want to go to first. The modular on the left (closest to the Security Patrol Building / former golf clubhouse) houses the board’s meeting room, the offices of the Community Association officers, directors and other personnel. The Move Do you remember your last move? Even when you are voluntarily moving for good reasons, moving can be a challenging experience. Whether you are moving your household items or your office, there is usually something
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Community Manager Lyn Reitz spent Friday, April 21, directing movers in the morning and unpacking boxes in the afternoon.
that makes you laugh or shake your head before, during and after your move. Of all the boxes in the CA building’s closets, one was especially interesting. This box was 25 to 30 years old and was labeled HURRICANE WINDOW COVERS. Community Manager, Lyn Reitz, opened it up only to find…black, plastic Hefty trash bags! Were they really intended to be used as window covers in case of high winds? We may never know. There is nothing like a move to make you set aside time from your day-today duties to critically go through and evaluate every single item, piece by piece, paper by paper. Weeks in advance of the actual move, CA staff began the serious work of sorting through fifty years of papers and files. Over the years, some file cabinets were squeezed into closets. Sorting through them, the staff found some documents that were twenty
years old or more including paperwork for bank accounts at banks that no longer exist. Of course, this meant that there was a lot of shredding to do. Friday was the most labor-intensive day for the staff. Boxes and small items were all moved that day. Saturday movers helped move desks and furniture. Then the work of unpacking and began. In our
homes, we can unpack some boxes and save others for later. However, offices need to unpack everything and organize all their forms, documents and other paperwork. Hopefully, they will be able to make the transition smoothly. As for my last move, well, I am still trying to figure out whatever happened to my toaster.
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The News of Sun City Center
NOTICE Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Com-
munity Association will be without telephone extensions from the switchboard for up to 60 days effective Friday, April 21, 2017. This means that phone extensions in the CA office and club rooms that are on the Central Campus will not be available for usage. We are working diligently with Frontier to get the switchboard and all extensions up and running as soon as possible. The main telephone line for the CA (813-633-3500) will still be in service throughout this process. The South Campus, Information Center, Multi-purpose Building and Samaritan Services will not be affected by the phone system conversion.
“A wish for walks through peaceful woods on paths that wind by sparkling streams; A wish for sunlight through the trees and quiet moments just for dreams”
CLUB/ORGANIZATION AMOUNT APPLIED TO Aquasizers
$1,000 $200 $3,700 $100 $258 $1,000
Ceramics Club Dog Owners Group Irish Connection Monday Movies Softball Club
Pool Expenses Hardship Fund Concrete Restoration at dog park Operations Licensing Fees Benches at Softball field
The following clubs all donated to FunFest expenses for 2017:
Aquasizers................................................................ $103 Archery Club............................................................. $27 Ceramics Club......................................................... $100 Horseshoe Pitchers.................................................. $220 Lawn Bowling Club................................................. $110 Leathernecks............................................................ $176 Needlecrafters.......................................................... $122 Organ & Keyboard Club........................................ $172 Potters Wheel........................................................... $179 Stained Glass Club.................................................... $85 Woman’s Club.......................................................... $123
What’s New at the Library? By Joanne Gilray, Library Administrator
There are some positive changes happening here in the library. Courtesy of Hillsborough County, we now have three internet computers located in our computer lab room. We have also moved all three catalog computers into the Reference Room. The catalog computers are also courtesy of Hillsborough County with two designated for the Hillsborough catalog and one to Sun City Center’s. These computers will be catalog only and will not have regular internet access. To access the internet please utilize the internet computers. Do to these changes we have moved some other things around. We have two low vision readers; one is in the Reference Room and the other is in the Fiction section close to the A’s. Please feel free to ask any staff member or volunteer for assistance if needed. We are also excited to now include a shelf display for Large Print items. This is located at the front of the large print shelves and will include books that, while no longer considered a “New Release,” are still relatively new and maybe of some interest to you. Memorial Day Reminder: We will be closed Monday May 29 in observance of Memorial Day. Please take this day to enjoy yourselves and remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice so that we can live. As always, when the library is closed for a holiday, the circulation system will give you an extra day with your items. So please do not worry about returning your items on Monday as we do not have the staff available that day to check the book drop. Overloading the book drop inevitably results in damage to items and we obviously want to give someone else the chance to enjoy the item you yourself just enjoyed! “On Memorial Day, I don’t want to only remember the combatants. There were also those who came out of the trenches as writers and poets, who started preaching peace, men and women who have made this world a kinder place to live.” Eric Burdon Happy Reading!
By John Lampkin Haines Fenimore carried a copy of this sentiment, tattered and torn in his wallet for many years. Haines was an avid birder and active SCC Audubon Club member and when he passed away his friends and Audubon members donated funds in his memory to the club. Last fall, his wife Ann noticed that the handmade plant identification signage on the SCC West Campus Nature Trails had not weathered well and she suggested that the funds be used to purchase botanical garden-quality signage as a replacement. The club embraced this idea and ordered a hundred in-the-ground and on-the-tree markers as well as a memorial plaque in Haines’ memory. On Tuesday, April 11 the installation ribbon was cut by Ann Fenimore to the applause of Audubon club and CA board members. Outgoing club president Linda Floyd emceed the event, CA president John Luper spoke about the importance of volunteer efforts in our community, CA Manager Lyn Reitz complimented the club on its conservation efforts and John Lampkin thanked the CA and the many volunteers for their hundreds of hours of work. Corinne Bailiff shared some happy memories of Haines and Delia Skye and Ann told how the idea for new signage came about. Following the ribbon cutting, Ann Fenimore placed the first marker, and was then joined by others who set more as they departed along the canal. The markers give both a common name and botanical name for each species in a display both simple and elegant. Rest in Peace, Haines Fenimore, and for us, may our walks through woods be peaceful and sunlit. The Nature Trails trailhead is located opposite North Lake on Del Webb West between Vincennes and Seton Hall. John Lampkin leads interpretive walks on the first Tuesday of each month. Email “conservation@ SunCityCenterAudubon.com” for details.
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The News of Sun City Center
Meet Our New Director
By John Luper, CA President As many of you leave for the summer months, much is still to be done while you are gone. The cafe will open soon, and Ambreen will be expanding her menu and service to our residents and their guests. The old administration building will be taken down and a beautiful, efficient, and functional replacement will begin to take its place. We will make sure to keep you updated with many pictures and articles. Another compliment to our staff and their efforts as we have moved to our temporary offices. It has not been easy on them, and we are still dealing with some telephone issues. But uppermost in their minds is taking care of you. They do a remarkable job, and we should all be very appreciative. At the last Board meeting Jerry Gibson was appointed to fill the vacant spot on our CA Board of Directors. We look forward to Jerry’s involvement and fresh ideas. Director Marilyn Coté-Miller, Chairman of Communications, now does a report during the Board meeting with answers to questions and concerns that have come to the Board from previous meetings. If interested, please visit our website and watch the recorded Board meetings. For those who have left or plan to travel over the summer be safe and stay healthy. For those of us staying here, we will just continue enjoying paradise.
Tidbits From the Vault
By Cathy Meyerhoff, SCC History Society What Happened First? As I have indexed materials in the archives of the Sun City Center History Society, I have chanced upon some interesting information that I thought would be fun to share. Phil Lange, longtime Sun City Center historian, at one time compiled a short list of “firsts” in the community. His list included the first baby born in Sun City Center and the first bank robbery. The first baby was an early arrival. On September 16, 1970 Mr. and Mrs. William Gray were on their way to a hospital in Bradenton when Baby Gray demanded release into the world. The soon-to-be parents pulled into the parking lot of the Medical Center in Sun City Center and Mr. Gray ran inside shouting that his wife was about to deliver. A center employee, Mrs. Marguerette Buhrkuhl, phoned Apollo Beach Emergency Squad for assistance and provided towels and sheets to the mother. A healthy 8.5-pound girl was delivered and named Marguerette in honor of their rescuer. The couple was escorted by ambulance to the Bradenton hospital. The first bank robbery in Sun City Center occurred on October 1, 1975. A young man who claimed to have a gun absconded with about $2,000 from the Sun City Center Bank. He fled on foot. Sheriff ’s deputies and FBI agents found no trace of the suspect or any vehicle in which he might have escaped. Many other first time occurrences can also be found by browsing the archives. I learned that the first couple to move into a new home in the community were Frank and Mildred Ward, who moved into their home on Desert Hills Way on the morning of April 25, 1962. A street on the north side is named after them. The first family to actually live in Sun City Center were Aaron and Mary Alice Lanier who occupied an apartment in December 196l, even prior to the grand opening. The first club in Sun City Center was actually organized before a single person took up residence. Membership cards for the “Hi Neighbor” Club were issued to new homeowners. The first monthly membership meeting took place on May 2, 1962 with 29 residents and 4 guests present. Fun and fellowship were the main reasons for the group. Over the years this granddaddy of all of Sun City Center’s clubs, has morphed into the annual “Hi Neighbor” event which gives newcomers an opportunity to learn about clubs and organizations in the community. If you are intrigued by these historical nuggets, join us at the next History Society Meeting. It will be held on Tuesday, May 16 at 1 p.m. in the Sandpiper Room. We can use your help in organizing our collection and helping to share our history.
By Diane M. Loeffler Jer r y Gibs on is a ne w director for the Community Association. He is completing Neil Rothfeld’s term which ends on January 3. Neil is now residing in Freedom Plaza. Freedom Plaza residents can belong to SCC clubs but may not serve on the CA Board, so Rothfield resigned. “I want to help in any way I can,” says Jerry Gibson. “I want to see our community grow. I would like to enhance the beautification of our grounds and to improve the lives of our residents.” He believes that the cafe’, the new CA building and the appearance of our community are all important issues. Gibson says, “This is the best community you could ever pick. Sun City Center has great amenities, people and things to do. The people are so friendly. There is so much to do, listen to The Front Porch Pickers, play bridge or other card games, golf, play pickleball, go to dances and shows, play bingo…” Gibson is a people person. He plans to “sit, listen and contribute when I can. I believe it is important to take the time to listen.” When Gibson was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, he discovered “there are a lot of lonesome and needy people in Sun City Center.” He hopes to work with others in our community to reach out to the people who, for one reason or another, find it difficult or impossible to participate in activities or clubs. Gibson has a lifetime of experience as a volunteer. While his children were growing up, he served on the
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school board for eight years, and coached Pop Warner football and other sports. He also helped with Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. He was an Elks officer and was involved in the building of a lodge. He was also a volunteer fireman. At one time, Gibson was a deacon for the Presbyterian church. He is currently a trustee with Faith Lutheran Church in Parrish, Florida. Gibson has been active in Safety Patrol and Tiller and Toilers. Also, Gibson and his wife, Karen, are very involved in golfing. They run golf leagues and outings and help with monthly golf tournaments. You may know Jerry Gibson as “Hoot,” a nickname he was given by football friends during a time when Hoot Gibson was a well-known cowboy. Gibson grew up in the Chicago area and joined the Air Force right after high school. During his four years with the Air Force, he was stationed in Saratoga Springs, New York where he worked as a radar intercept control technician. Afterword, Gibson worked for General Electric (GE). He was able to receive a degree in mechanical engineering because GE reimbursed him for courses if he earned a B average or higher. He worked in building construction for thirty-eight years. Jerry Gibson and his wife, Karen, were high school sweethearts but ended their relationship when he joined the Air Force. Forty years later, Karen found him on classmates.com. They were both single, and they started seeing each other. At the time, Karen was working as an oncology nurse at the VA hospital. They married and Gibson moved to Sun City Center because his wife owned a home here. Gibson says, “Karen is the reason I am smiling all of the time.” Gibson’s current term will end on January 3. However, he says, “I absolutely want to run again.”
April 12 Board Meeting:Updates and Clarifications By Diane M. Loeffler The highlights of the Community Association’s April Meeting included an update on the CA building, the move to the temporary structures, meeting rules clarification, an Elections Committee Update, Special Purpose Committee Report, and the approval of a new director. CA Building Update and the Move “I want to update everyone on the new building,” says CA President, John Luper. “Construction documents should be completed by the end of the month. Impact reports and other surveys and reports can take place once the building is vacated…” Staff relocated to the temporary structures at the end of April. Jonathan Moore of InVision Advocates attended the Monday, April 10 board workshop, a regularly scheduled meeting open to all CA members. He was not able to attend the April 12 Board Meeting because he was meeting with officials on the project. The move was scheduled to include a weekend in order to minimize any disruption of services. Luper says that there may be “a bit of a delay finding things at first. Come in with a smile…we will do our best. Hopefully, there will be a minimal number of problems.” Community Manager, Lyn Reitz, says, “The phone and internet people are scheduled over the weekend. We are trying to be as organized as possible. Please bear with us.” Meeting Rules Clarification Some CA members have had some questions on the procedural rules for the CA Board Meetings. The Directors follow The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure by Alice Sturgis. In meetings, members may comment and make suggestions after the meeting has ended. In order that all members may participate in a timely manner, each member should keep his or her comments to a maximum of three minutes. Members may also participate in the Board Work Sessions. They are held the Monday before the board meeting. If your comments need to be longer than three minutes, you may wish to contact one of the directors outside of the meeting. On my desktop, I was able to access the directors email addresses by double clicking on the word “Association” located on a banner near the top of the page. On my iPhone, I touched the three short, parallel lines along the top right of my screen. Then I touched the word “Association.” In both cases, the page that popped up had a graphic, two paragraphs of text and then the names, photos and email addresses of the directors.
Elections Committee Report Election committee chair, Shelba Fields, says a total of 2,138 ballots were received on the referendum for a new CA Building. Of these, 27 were “spoiled ballots.” The spoiled ballots included ones in which the names were written, but no vote was marked, ones that the vote was marked but no name included, ones from individuals who were ineligible to vote and duplicates. Special Purpose Committee Report Director Marilyn Cote-Miller writes down the names and issues brought up by the members after the regular meeting is adjourned. In summation, the following was determined: Until attendance for the Monday work sessions increases, these meetings will not be moved to Rollins Theater. The archery signs have been replaced. If trash cans are being moved to the curb too early, contact your HOA or POA. If you don’t have an HOA or POA, you will need to contact the county. Miller will be glad to tell you how to do so. Manhole covers will rust for a period of time. This does not indicate that there is a problem with them or that they need to be replaced. New Director Four individuals applied to complete a director’s term through January 3, 2018. Each applicant completed a detailed application and was interviewed. One individual dropped out. The board voted on the other three candidates at the April 12 meeting. Election Committee Chair, Shelba Fields, oversaw the vote. The first time, two candidates received three votes each and the other received one. The second vote resulted in the election of Jerry Gibson. Other business On April 11, John Luper attended the Audubon Club’s dedication of a walking trail. Also taking place at that time was the Foundation meeting highlighting our community’s volunteers. Community Manager, Lyn Reitz, says that the cafe’ contractor “Is finally finishing up and we should be at the completion stage soon.” She also announced that the Golf Cart Parade will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 9. This will be the last year that Minto sponsors the Winterfest that occurs following the parade. After years of cutting and splicing the wiring at Community Hall, new wiring will be installed and the projection system will be updated enabling the change to a digital format with the capability to control different rooms. Like Rollins Theater, Community Hall will have a hearing loop. Community Manager Lyn Reitz has ordered individual hearing assist devices for those whose hearing aides do not work with the system.
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CLUBS The News of Sun City Center
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.
The Irish Connection Movie Night
Monday May 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rollins Theater Feature: ONDINE Starring Colin Farrell, Alicia Bachleda and Allison Barry. A beautifully done romance drama by Ireland’s acclaimed movie master, Neil Jordan. An Irish fisherman finds a mysterious woman in his nets. This leads to speculation that she might be a Selkie creature of the Sea as his young daughter believes. But the plot thickens and all are caught up in the magic between Irish folklore and real life. All in SCC welcome, subtitles available.
Kenneth Allen Kid
Writers Club Recognizes Winners
The Writers Club of Sun City Center had the pleasure of presenting two $100 checks to winners of our writing contest, Mr. Peter Diefenbach, and Mr. Kenneth Allen Kid. Mr. Diefenbach, lived in New York, North Carolina, and now resides permanently in Sun City. He is a man with many varied interests, and has just began a new hobby, woodworking which he does at the woodcarving club in Sun City. He became interested in writing when he belonged to a creative writing group, where he wrote the winning short story “Milestones.” Our poem winner, Mr. Kenneth Allen Kid, comes from Fall River, Mass. and proudly admits his hobby and love of writing poems for many years. including sharing them with his Facebook friends. He is a part time Pelican Player actor, even had a bit part in the movie People Versus Larry Flint. Loves golf and enjoys living in Sun City. The name of the winning poem is “Ted”. The Writers Group are very proud to have these talented men as our members.
Flexercise/Aerobics Spring Coffee Hour
Lots of good food, coffee and juice while spending some time with fellow exercisers as we say goodbye to our snowbirds. Hurry back to us and be safe.
SCC Sawdust Engineers Win Ribbons at Florida State Fair
Two of the SCC Sawdust Engineers bring home first place ribbons from the 2017 Florida State Fair. Members Ian Donnelly and Alan Amlee each won the first-place ribbon for their hand crafted wooden projects. Alan Amlee designed and built his 1936 Farmall Tractor using a milling machine working a few hours each week over a six month period. This is Alan’s 56th first place ribbon. Ian Donnelley won both a first place and third place for his Asian Design Jewelry Boxes in the Fine Furniture (accessories) category. Ian’s first place design consists of three separate pieces; the jewelry box with stained glass doors, the watch/bracelet lower tray, and the lower frame holding unit. It took ten weeks to build the Jewelry Box after first trying out three different construction designs. The woods used were Basswood, Spalted Beech and Silver Maple. Ian’s third place entry is a vertical chest with two lower drawers constructed of Flame Cherry wood. This is the second consecutive year Ian has won first and third place for his jewelry box entries. Learn more about the Club on Facebook at Sawdust Engineers of SCC.
Ceramics Appreciation Luncheon
On Thursday, April 7, the officers of the Sun City Center Ceramics Club treated its volunteers to a luncheon in the Florida Room. The Ceramics Club is open to new and continuing members throughout the year closing for only one week over the summer. Come in from 8 to 4 Monday through a Friday to join the club or to visit the gift shop.
Computer Club Monthly Meeting
May 3, 2017 — Wednesday 7 p.m. in the Florida Room, in the Atrium. Phil Sorrentino will present “Google Apps – At Home & On the Go”, a look at many of the Google Apps and services.
Computer Club Classes
Ian Donnelley shows the two jewelry boxes he designed and built which won him 1st place and 3rd place at the 2017 Florida State Fair.
Sign up for your choice of class in the Computer Lab, (Atrium Building) Monday through Saturday, 12:30 - 5:00 p.m. Student must be a member in good standing at Sun City Center or Kings Point. Tuition is payable upon registration. For additional information email: Beverly Hiller, Education Director at hillerbev@ aol.com. Listed here are brief descriptions of the classes being offered. For all the details, go to the Computer Club website www.scccomputerclub.org. Detailed information is also available in the computer lab. Facebook 101 – Mon., May 1 or May 15, 9 a.m. – noon This is a beginner’s class, and will cover the basics of how to use the Facebook social media App. Introduction to File Explorer - Fri, May 5, 9 a.m. – noon File Explorer is the Windows built-in application used to navigate around your computer and display, copy, move, and delete the contents of its files and folders. iPad/iPhone for Seniors - Wed, May 10, 9 a.m. – noon The Apple iPad is almost a computer, but not quite. This course will show how to use it to check your email, read books, listen to music and play games. Introduction to Computers – Thursdays, May 11, 18, 25, Jun 1, 9 a.m. – 11 This four-session beginner’s class will cover hardware, software and operating system basics, along with basic word processing and Web browsing. Windows 10 Workshop - Tue, May 23, 9 a.m. – noon This workshop will familiarize you with Windows 10. We will customize the start screen and cover subjects such as antivirus, privacy, Microsoft accounts, Cortana, The Store, and Control Panel vs. Settings. Ipad/iphone II The Next Level - Wed, May 24, 9 a.m. – noon For those who know basic iPad/iPhone, take it to the next level. Get and organize music and books on your device. Take photos and copy them to your computer. Tuning Your PC Workshop - Tue, May 30, 9 a.m. – noon This workshop will teach you how to remove spyware, viruses, browser add-ons, bad registry entries, junk files, and other problems that slow down your system.
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The News of Sun City Center
Exciting New Class Offered at SCC Lapidary Club
Keeping things fresh and interesting, the Sun City Center Lapidary Club started a new class called Foldforming, based on an online video put out by Craftsy. The technique is taught by its inventor, Charles Lewton-Brain, and the craft lends itself to jewelry, sculptural forms and whatever the imagination can create. Any type of metal can be used, and different tools have various effects on the outcome. Ted Boydston teaches the class at the Lapidary Club workshop. The metal used in the class is copper, which is flexible and very forgiving. All the necessary tools are provided by the Lapidary Club in the workroom. The seven lessons in the instruction video are condensed into four classes to cover the basics of annealing, forging, simple T-folds, basic and forged line folds, the Star fold, and more complicated rolled and cross folds. Announcement: Beginning May 1, the Sun City Center Lapidary Club will start its summer hours. The Lapidary Shop will be open only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to noon. Bead sales to club members will take place on the second Monday in May, June, July and September. The club will be closed during the month of August. The Sun City Center Lapidary Club is located in the Arts & Crafts Building at 915E Cherry Hills Drive. Club membership is $10 a year and is open to Sun City Center residents with current Community Association cards, and to Kings Point residents as space allows. For more information, call the SCC Lapidary Club at 813-642-2084, or stop by during shop hours.
Laura Henderson experiments with line folds in the Foldforming class.
Fair from 1. proper classification. The decisions of the judges are final. The Sun City Center China Painters invite any CA member to join them. They meet Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in their classroom in the Arts and Crafts building on Cherry Hills drive. Membership is only $15 per year. Diane Young teaches classes every Thursday morning from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lessons are free, participants only pay for supplies. The show pieces are on display in the window, and the room is filled with many, many beautiful items which they ladies have painted. So, everyone, do yourself a favor and visit the China Painters on Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning. Enjoy and take pride in the beautiful work that our own residents create.
Joanne Kerr works on a line fold leafshaped pendant in the Foldforming class.
SCC Fund Raiser Presentations 10 a.m. – Wednesdays in the Heritage Room May 3 - “The Ancient Lemurian Teachings”, Jennifer Lutz will share knowledge of these truths regarding the workings of the universe. SCC open fund raiser. Admission $1 with love offering requested to benefit our society. Bring your community ID to show. Info call Vicky at 813 398-7033. May 10 – “Health, Wellness and Holistic Medicine”, Lama Nicholas will have us look at different perspectives of reality, health and wellness in Western and Eastern philosophy and holistic medicine. Lama Nicholas has spent 35 years in various studies and practices with Grand Masters in the Himalayan Mountains, India and the mountains of China combining Buddhist, Hindu and Chinese philosophies of spiritual principles. SCC open fund raiser. Admission $1 with love offering requested to benefit our society. Bring your community ID to show. Info call Vicky at 813 398-7033. May 17 – “Knowing your Destiny through the 52”, Todd Curran will help us know which Destiny card represents us, who our compatible friends are in this lifetime, and who we may know from past lives plus what the year will bring us. SCC open fund raiser. Admission $1 with love offering requested to benefit our society. Bring your community ID to show. Info call Vicky at 813 398-7033. May 24 – “Medical Astrology – what your chart can say about you!”, Zahid Hossain will share natal placement of your planets, signs and houses can tell you all about your medical issues you may be prone to and how to prepare for certain transits that may affect you. SCC open fund raiser, admission $1 with love offering requested to benefit our society. Bring your community ID to show. Info call Vicky at 813 398-703. May 31 – “Acupuncture History, How it works and who should use it.”, Dr Ken Kuchar-Hass joins us to share what medical issues receive the most benefit from acupuncture. SCC open fund raiser. Admission $1 with love offering requested to benefit our society. Bring your community ID to show. Info call Vicky 813 398-7033.
SCC Stained Glass Club Raffle Results
Cheryl Simon is the lucky winner of the beautiful blue beveled panel that was raffled at the FunFest held on March 18. The glass panel was created by artist/ club member Karen Ransbury. Cheryl moved from Michigan and has been a resident of Sun City Center for five years. She was speechless and shocked that she won.
Fox in miniature.
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Dr. Michael J. Deeb — Author
By Ilona Merritt Dr. Michael J. Deeb was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His undergraduate education was completed at Aquinas College, His Master’s degree from Michigan State University and his Doctorate from Wayne State University. He was an educator for nineteen years, mostly teaching American history. Dr. Deeb was elected by Michigan’s voters to Michigan’s State Board of Education in 1968 and served for 6 years. During his pre-teen years, he spent after school time regularly at the Grand Rapids Public Library. His favorite section of the library was the one devoted to nonfiction history. Teaching at college, university and high school levels increased his passion for such reading and research. Dr. Deeb and his wife, Sally Dittman, moved to Sun City Center in 2005. In the fall of 2007, he finished writing the Civil War era historical novel, Duty and Honor. This began a series of books featuring a Lowell, Michigan farm family and their son who went off to war. At this time, he has written eight historical novels: Duty and Honor, Duty Accomplished, Honor Restored. The Lincoln Assassination was next, followed by 1860 and concluding this six-book Drieborg Chronicles series, The Way West. Dr. Deeb is currently an American Civil War presenter for the American Cruise Lines ships traveling the Mississippi River and the American Southeast coast. He has an amazing way of making history come alive in writing and speaking. He talks all over the country to groups such as Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions clubs, as well as libraries and he has presented his program to clubs here in SCC. In the 90’s Dr. Deeb was looking
towards his retirement. For years, he had taught his students to do research, so it was only natural that he would research where he and his wife would like to retire and he also planned what he was going to do in his retirement. With his wife’s encouragement, he is doing exactly what he always wanted to do – write a book … or two … or more. Dr. Deeb retired from teaching after 19 years. He bought a bankrupt Accounting Practice and rebuilt it into a thriving business. He was also an Investment Adviser. During these 25 years, history research was still part of life. When retirement came, he had to decide on fiction or history. He chose both, writing historical novels. In the fall of 2007, he finished his first book Duty and Honor. While back in Michigan for a visit he found the 6th Michigan Cavalry Group which had been formed in September 1962. This is not a reenactment, it is a true working Cavalry. They went to Washington, D.C. for patrol duty. He knew instantly what his second book was going to be about. By time the second was done, he already knew what the third book was going to be about. Dr. Deeb was fascinated by Lincoln’s assassination and naturally a book entitled Lincoln’s Assassination was written in 2011 followed by another book entitled 1860 in 2012. He has finished two historical novels about the Kennedy assassination. In the first book he addressed the question, Was Oswald the Only Assassin? Followed by Why was Kennedy Killed. The third book, Why was Robert Kennedy Killed? Is on the drawing board. A historical novel, Civil War Prisons is now nearing completion. When he is not on the road giving lectures and promoting his books and you can find Dr. Deeb playing bridge or pickleball, and he is still an avid reader of historical books.
Vicki Franks and Grace Kelver.
Family Connections To Sun City Center
By Paula Lickfeldt Vicki Franks’ and Grace Kelver’s parents survived the Armenian genocide in Turkey, first escaping to France and, later, immigrating to Waukegan, Illinois They had four children, three girls and one boy all born in the USA. Two of those children now reside in Sun City Center. The third sister and their brother live in Las Vegas, NV. Grace married John Kelver in 2003. John had been to Florida visiting on many occasions. He had been all over; on the Atlantic side, the Villages, Orlando etc. but when he found Sun City Center, he like it best. In 2004, Grace and John decided that they were tired of being cold and they made the move to SCC. Grace’s sister Vicki Franks and her husband John helped the Kelvers move to FL. Vicki and John like SCC also. Every time the Franks came to visit the Kelvers, Grace also invited a realtor to come over. During the visit in 2009, John and Vicki decided that they were going to buy a home. They also decided that when they made the move
to SCC it would be permanent. They did not want to be snowbirds. At the same time, a friend that Vicki had had since 1994 made the move to SCC also. John Kelver was a golfer. Grace, Vicki and John Franks all started playing golf after the move to SCC. Grace was the caregiver when her husband John became ill and she gave up golf. Vicki and husband John continued to play. All four of them belonged to the Caloosa Golf and Country Club. They all enjoyed going to the coffee concerts at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Pete and to the Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota. Vicki loves to fish and is a member of the Fishing Club. She also belongs to the SCC and KP Art League. She was on the Security Patrol for five years and is in the League of Women Voters. Grace is the secretary/ treasurer for the Greater Tampa Lion Sight Fund. Both women said that with all of the activities that SCC has to offer, they cannot imagine living anywhere else, (except Paris Maybe).
Pamela Varkony Named Woman of Influence by Pearl S. Buck International for 2017 By Ilona Merritt Pamela Varkony of Sun City Center, FL, and Allentown, PA, has been named this year’s Woman of Influence by Pearl S. Buck International, the organization founded by author, feminist, and humanitarian Pearl S. Buck. The award will be presented at a dinner on Thursday, May 4, 2017, at Pearl S. Buck International, 520 Dublin Pike, Perkasie, PA. The Pearl S. Buck Woman of Influence Award is presented to honor a woman who, like Pearl S. Buck, has distinguished herself in devotion to family, career and humanitarian causes. Past award recipients have included American operatic soprano Beverly Sills, columnist Erma Bombeck, First Lady Laura Bush and Pulitzer Prize winning author Sheryl Wu Dunn. Pearl Sydenstricker Buck (6/1892 – 3/1973) was an American writer and novelist. As the daughter of missionaries, Buck spent most of her life before 1934 in Zhenjiang, China. Her novel The Good Earth was the best-selling fiction book in the United States in 1931 and 1932 and she won the Pulitzer Prize in 1932. In 1938, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. The first American woman to receive this honor. Was it an accident or fate that Pamela, who always wanted to be a writer, grew up in the same area where Pearl S. Buck lived? Pamela’s mother was acquainted with Ms. Buck, as was much of the community, and Pamela’s Girls Scout troop used to model at Ms. Buck’s charity fashion shows. Pamela attended Temple University
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in Philadelphia where she developed an interest in journalism. Her first job brought her to Florida to work for Media General, then the owner of WFLA radio and television and the Tampa Tribune newspaper. On a trip home to Pennsylvania, she met, and then married, Zsolt Varkony, a former Hungarian Freedom Fighter who took part in the Hungarian Uprising of 1956. When the infamous “Wall” went down, Pamela and Zsolt traveled to Hungary to help the country in the rebuilding process, specifically to help transition to a market economy. Pamela Varkony is an award-wining journalist, inspirational teacher, and women’s advocate. Considered to be a thought-leader on women’s
empowerment, her insights on life, leadership, politics and the human condition are read and heard across four continents. Her commentaries have aired on NPR and PBS, and her columns have appeared in major newspapers across the country. From 2012 to 2014, she served as a gubernatorial appointee to the Pennsylvania State Commission for Women. Varkony has received numerous awards for her work, including: the “Excellence in Journalism Award” from the PA Women’s Press Association, the “VERA Award” from the Business Council for Peace for her work in Afghanistan, the Chamber of Commerce “Athena Award” for her achievements in business, and the “Gateway Award” from the American Association of University Women for leadership in women’s issues. Varkony is a most gracious, charming and knowledgeable lady. She spoke with sincere kindness and caring about the women in Afghanistan and women everywhere. She gave us permission to share with our readers an excerpt from her Return to Afghanistan, an NPR Commentary. My second trip to Afghanistan in less than a year has been prompted by the opportunity to accompany a US military medical team while they asses the delivery of healthcare services for women in and around Kabul; an effort at medical diplomacy in the ongoing battle for “hearts and minds”. Returning to Afghanistan was not a difficult decision; once you have met them, the Afghan people, especially the women, become attached to your heart
strings. During this trip, I find the warm smiles of my Afghan friends are not as quick to appear. The dignity and courage I find so admirable is still evident, but weariness has settled across their faces. It is a weariness shared by much of the world community who has invested billions in stabilizing the country. Leaving the hospital, an old woman with a cleaning bucket in her hand, steps in front of me, blocking my path, the look in her eyes is not threatening, but she holds my gaze for some time, as though trying to see inside me; a soft smile slowly crosses her face, she places her hand on my heart, and steps aside. She need not have worried, Afghanistan already holds my heart. Pamela and her husband, Zsolt’s, main home is here in SCC. They call themselves Sunbirds, because they have a summer cottage in Pennsylvania, so instead of traveling south to avoid the snow, they travel north with the sun. She has a son who lives in Colorado, and a daughter who passed away at the age of twenty, and two step-daughters in Pennsylvania, all of whom she speaks of with great love. She is extremely proud of her six grandchildren and her entire family will be at the Award dinner honoring Pamela: wife, mother, grandmother, Women of Influence and truly a Sun City Center Resident of Distinction. ED’s NOTE: Do you know someone in SCC who deserves recognition as our News of Sun City Center Resident of Distinction? Tell us “who” and “why” by email at “editor@newsofsuncitycenter. com.”
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Tillers And Toilers
New Café So Close
By Kai Rambow Any day now the new café should be completed. At the time of going to press, we were awaiting the final two inspections. If you’re not already aware, it has been taking a long time for permits and inspections in our county. This has been a challenge for businesses, and of course, us as residents. Lovely Ambreen has patiently persevered through the process, and no doubt, she too is can’t wait to get the new café operating.
SCC Dinner Dance Club By Paula Lickfeldt
Do you like Ballroom Dancing? Do you like to eat a nice meal? Do you like to get dressed up once in awhile? If you answered "yes" to any or all of these questions, you might consider joining the Sun City Center Dinner Dance Club. This dance club has been in existence for around thirty years. In the beginning, the group met at the King’s Inn where they ate their dinner and danced in the ballroom. The Club now has its monthly dinner/dances in the Florida Room of the Atrium Building. On the first Thursday of November until the first Thursday of May, you will find about thirty couples having a grand time, eating, dancing and enjoying each other’s company. Only two dances are formal, December and April. The rest are “dressy.” If you are interested in obtaining more information about the club you could call Tim Broad, President or Jo Ellen Lowell membership chair at 813-633-1730.
By Paula Lickfeldt Rain or shine, members of the Tillers and Toilers meet every Thursday morning for coffee, cake and conversation. They have one scheduled annual business meeting a year. The Tillers and Toilers is one of the oldest of all of the CA clubs. Back in the 70s, when the club had its beginning, the garden plots were on the property that is now South Bay Hospital. It is unknown exactly when the Community Association gave the group the property they now occupy, but the early 80s is their best guess. They had their first meetings around an open fire with a coffee pot on the fire. In 2005, the pavilion where they hold their meetings and Thursday social gatherings was built for them. Electricity and water were added. President Tom Russell, a secondgeneration gardener, told me that the club has around 140 members. Some are gardening members, some are associate members and some are just social because they like the Thursday morning coffee, cake and conversation. Tom said that there is a waiting list for the garden plots. The wait can be anywhere from two weeks to two years because there is no way of knowing when a member will give up their garden plot. The dues for belonging to the club are $10 per person per year. If you get a garden plot there is a one-time deposit of $35 which is refunded when you give up your plot and leave it in good condition. Most of the gardeners grow vegetables and flowers. Citrus Trees are not allowed. The club does not have approval for medical plants, but one member joked that he was working on it. Mike Molinaro remembers working in the garden when he was a youngster
at the Rollins Theater Movies are normally shown the second and fourth Monday each month in the Rollins Theater at 1 p.m. The dates and times may change as necessary. Per the Fire Code of Hillsborough County, seating capacity is limited to 145 attendees. Seating is reserved for Sun City Center Community Association members/guests who present current cards or a KP ID badge.
MAY 8 Rollins Theater - 1 p.m. only The Great Gilly Hopkins • 1 hour, 39 minutes
Gilly Hopkins has seen more than her share of foster homes and has outwitted every family she has lived with. In an effort to escape her new foster mother Mamie Trotter’s endless loving care, Gilly concocts a plan that she believes will bring her mother running to her rescue. But when the ploy blows up in Gilly’s face it threatens to ruin the only chance she’s ever had to be part of a real family. Based on the novel by Katherine Paterson. Starring: Sophie Nelisse, Kathy Bates, Julia Stiles, Octavia Spencer, Glenn Close Director: Stephen Herek Genre: Comedy, Drama Studio: Lionsgate Subtitles: English Rating: PG for thematic material and language
Mike Molinaro working in his garden.
MAY 22 Rollins Theater - 1 p.m. only Sully • 1 hour, 36 minutes
On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain “Sully” Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career. Starring: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, Anna Gunn, Jerry Ferrara Director: Clint Eastwood Genre: Drama Studio: Warner Subtitles: English Rating: PG-13 for some peril and brief strong language
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in Italy. Now as a resident of Sun City Center, he grows Italian vegetables in his garden. He moved to SCC in 2004 and got his garden plot as soon as he was able. He has been a member of the club ever since. If you would be interested in getting on the waiting list to have a garden plot, signup instructions can be found on the bulletin board in the pavilion. The club provides tools and encouragement. You must provide your own plants, seeds and labor. A group called “The Greenhouse Gang” starts plants from seeds to sell to club members and the public. The only problems that the members have are with critters that like the crops as much as they do. Some of these critters are the uninvited humankind that think the gardens are public and that they are allowed to pick what they want. The gardens all belong to private people and the crops are their property. Please DO NOT PICK anything from any garden unless you have been invited to do so by the owner of the garden. Historically, most gardeners are more than willing to share if they are asked. As the saying goes; “Tillers and Toilers, we play dirty.” You can tell that these gardeners have a good time playing in the dirt.
Remains of an ear of corn that a critter got.
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SCC March Competition for the Photo Club
In the color print division for the Master’s Level, Jackie Hanson won two Gold Medals for Horse Power and The Queen Of Malaysia. The Level 2 winner was Barbara Klimczak for Good Morning Sunshine and Jack Migliore was the unassigned category winner for Hoppin Windshield Reflection. In the Monochrome Division in the Master’s Level Jackie Hanson was the winner for A Frontier Farewell and Pat Jones won the Advanced Level with Heading Home. There was only one entry in the Creative Division and Pat Jones’ Electrified Feathers was the winner. In the Digital Division, we had a tie in the Masters Level with Carol Feldhauser with Early Morning Catch and Bobby Ray with Moon Glow. In the Advanced Level, Kathy Vitale won with Dawn In Bora Bora. At the Level 2, Wally Erickson won with Wild Perfection. Steve Redding won his Unassigned Level with Bright Eyed Baby. In the Monochrome Division, Bobby Ray and Carol Feldhauser tied again in the Masters Level with Contemplation and Hauling In The Catch. Kai Rambow won his Unassigned Level with Time Warp. In the Creative Division there were two winners, Alien Smiles For The Camera for Madlyn Blom and Golden Church Alter for Pat Jones. The next competition for the Photo Club will be in June and anyone who would like to attend is most welcome! The Photo Club meetings are always on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Capers Room at the Atrium.
Golden Church Alter, Pat Jones
Time Warp, Kai Rambow
Contemplation, Bobby Ray
Wild Perfection, Wally Erickson
Alien Smiles For The Camera, Madlyn Blom
Moon Glow, Bobby Ray
Early Morning Catch, Carol Feldhauser
Dawn in Bora Bora, Kathy Vitale
The Queen Of Malaysia, Jackie Hanson
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Honor Flights Create Special Memories for Veterans and Families
By Kai Rambow “Dad never talked about war. If we asked a question, he would answer as simply and concisely as possible. He didn’t want to go on the honor flight. He would say, ‘I didn’t do anything anyone else didn’t do.’” recalled Paula Lickfeldt. “I said, ‘Darn it. You’re going.” “He lived two and half years after [the honor flight]. I talked with him every day and almost every day he thanked me for making him take the flight. They really make you feel special,” shared Lickfeldt, who accompanied her father on the trip as a guardian. Resident Bill Goodman concurs. Goodman, who served with the Seabees during WWII, took an honor flight last September. “The monuments are great, historic, physically imposing buildings. The homecoming when we arrived back in Clearwater was incredible. There were over 400 men, women and children of all ages just applauding and thanking us. It brought tears to my eyes.” Goodman’s niece, Christine Griffith, traveled as his guardian. She compiled a photo book to capture the memories of their honor flight. Goodman keeps it and related memorabilia protected. It Began with One Earl Morse, a retired Air Force captain, worked at a VA clinic. There he saw numerous WWII veterans. When the
and on the day of the flight. It was like clockwork without it being mechanical. At orientation, they split us from our guardians. This is when we received a shirt, cap and carry bag. Then I was escorted to a table where my name was already in front of my chair. We’re talking about a plane full of people.” Freedom Plaza, who had a few veterans taking honor flights, graciously provided transportation to Goodman and Merritt from their facilities to the airport. Merritt and other veterans left Freedom Plaza at 4 a.m. The Clearwater/St. Petersburg airport is small, so avoiding crowds was easy. TSA had a list of veterans’ names and identification – no dog tags were needed. A breakfast was provided by McDonald’s with plenty of choices and food. “We were given small bags at orientation, since it is a day trip,” Photo courtesy of Paula Lickfeldt recounted Merritt. “Inspection was Honor flight veterans gathered at the WWII memorial for a photograph. fast, and the boarding process was very WWII memorial was completed, he’d the monuments in DC. Shortly after, quick. On the flight to Baltimore, most casually ask if the veterans would be The Honor Flight Network, a nonprofit of us slept. Once there, wheelchairs were going. They all wanted to but no one organization was formed. They have available for everyone. It was our option flown over 160,000 veterans since 2005. to use them or not.” was making the trip. Honor Flight, a Full Day One day Morse offered to take two At the Air Force memorial, everyone Russ Merritt, WWII and Korean War took time for a boxed lunch. This was veterans. Seeing their reactions to seeing the monuments prompted Morse to veteran and local resident, took his followed by visits to the WWII, Vietnam contact a local flying club. Eleven pilots honor flight last November. “Overall and Korean War memorials. Wrapping volunteered, paying for the fuel and impression? The sense of organization around mid-afternoon, participants personally escorting the veterans to was impressive both at the orientation Honor continued on 11.
Did You Know? Golf Cart Updates By Diane M. Loeffler Did you know that the traffic sensors in the roadway at the intersections are sensitive enough to be triggered by a golf cart? If you pull up to the legal crossings for golf carts, your cart will trigger the signals just as it would if you were in a car. So when you pull up to the lights crossing 674 on Kings Point / Valley Forge, North and South Pebble Beach, Stoneham / El Rancho and Trinity Lakes / Plaza, the sensors will realize that you are waiting to go across. There is no need for you to do anything while you are waiting. You do not need to go up to the pedestrian crossing pole to push the button. As a matter of a fact, it is illegal for you to drive your cart up to the pole. It is also illegal to drive on the area marked as a pedestrian walkway when crossing 674. You may receive a ticket and pay a fine if you do so. If you want to travel to Aldi’s in your golf cart and you live north of 674, you may cross 674 at any of the four crossings mentioned above and then proceed on the blacktopped path. Be sure to be careful on that path as you will be sharing it with bicyclists and pedestrians. Be aware that there is no legal route to
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take a golf cart to Wawa’s. If there is a cart there, unless it was towed or trailered without being driven, it is there illegally.
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This sign indicates that carts should not drive on the sidewalk or up to the pedestrian signal pole.
These golf carts are crossing 674 at one of the approved golf cart crossings and in the proper way. The sensors at the approved intersections are triggered by golf carts as well as cars.
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In Memoriam By E. Adam Porter Editor, News of Sun City Center For the past few years there’s been an article floating around the Internet that tends to pop up in social media, emails and newspaper op-eds around this time of year. The premise of the article is this: The United States has been at war for about 93 percent of our history. The article breaks that down as 222 out of its 239 years. Those numbers are a few years old, and, since then, we have continued to fight in various conflicts in the Middle East and Africa. The message the article’s author tries to convey is that Americans have known much more war than peace. When I consider that 93 percent statistic, I think of another: 1,196,877. According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, that is the total number of U.S. service members who died during war time. This is an inexact number. We are currently in multiple conflicts across the globe, and we continue to learn the fates of military members missing in action, so the total will change. The VA breaks down the numbers as follows: Revolutionary War (4,435), War of 1812 (2,260), Indian Wars (1,000), Mexican War (13,283), Civil War (498,332), Spanish-American War (2,446), World War I (116,516), World War II (405,399), Korean War (54,246), Vietnam War (90,220), Persian Gulf War (1,948), and the War on Terror (6,852). I write this several weeks ahead of publication, with the understanding that the last number will most likely increase by the time you read this … and there’s some potential we will have opened up another conflict somewhere else in the world. When I see those numbers, I am left in silent awe of the measure of sacrifice offered by our nation’s patriots. Whether they volunteered or were conscripted, these people gave their lives for their country, their family and their friends. We don’t know the lives they may have led or the things they may have done. But we do know they meant the world to someone, and they died while standing shoulder to shoulder with brothers brought together in service, people they had not known long, but trusted like family. They died at Lexington, Bunker Hill, Concord and Trenton, on the streets of Boston and the farms of Virginia. They died on ships in the Great Lakes and on the High Seas, in New Orleans, Plattsburgh, at Lake Erie and the Thames. On the frontier from the Smokies to
the Pacific, and at the Alamo, Santa Fe, Monterrey, Chino and Palo Alto. They died at Antietam, Fredericksburg, Bull Run and Gettysburg, atop Stone Mountain and down in Chickamauga, Vicksburg and Atlanta. Then, not long after, in Guam, Cuba and the Philippines. At Cambrai, Somme, Marne, Ypres and the Argonne… on the beaches of Normandy, in the snows of Bastogne, at Sicily and Salerno and Monte Cassino, in the Low Countries, throughout the Ardennes … and at Pearl Harbor. When the call came again, they fought and died at Chosin, Inchon and Pusan, on Heartbreak Ridge and Pork Chop Hill. A decade later, they died at Ia Drang, Khe Sanh, Pleiku, during Tet and on Hamburger Hill. In Panama, Kuwait and at Baghdad, Anbar and Mosul; at Herat, Kabul, Kandahar and Tora Bora … then in Libya and Syria. Sometimes these brave Americans were lauded with laurels and ticker tape parades. They came home in flag-draped coffins to medals and official services marked by solemn assembly and the report of 21 guns. Sometimes, they were buried in mass graves in the fields or in the trenches near where they died. Other times, they fell following orders in places Americans were not, officially, supposed to be. Others died testing equipment that would later be used against the enemy. Many succumbed to the illnesses and injuries that stalk armies during wartime. All of them died heroes. Not because they accomplished deeds that might make a good book or movie, but because they chose to raise their hand and swear the Oath. To stand a post, man a gun, charge up a hill … to stare into the face of an implacable enemy and hold the line, to battle by land, sea and air and hold fast. They are gone, but family and friends carry their memories. And, in some cases, we have their stories, captured in official letters and handwritten notes, on photographs, cassette tapes and video, from Sullivan Ballou’s final note to his wife, Sarah, written a week before he was killed at the Battle of Bull Run, to Juan Sebastian Restrepo’s shaky video captured on a train not long before he would be killed in Afghanistan. As we commemorate their sacrifice and celebrate their bravery, we should listen to those stories. They remind us who we are, where we’ve been and what it can mean when “our boys” board ships and planes to represent us “Over There.” From all of us here at The News, “Thank you for your service and your sacrifice.”
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Science Engineering & Technology Club Meeting Monday May 8
Join us at 7:30 p.m. in the Caper Room, Atrium Building, 954 North Course Lane. There is no cost for guests. Any resident of CA or Kings Point interested in science and technology is invited. This month’s topic is Ancient Metallurgy, From 4600 BC to 1648. Bronze, discovered about 3500 BC, is an alloy of tin and copper whose superior qualities changed how tools were made and wars were fought and won. It ushered in the aptly named Bronze Age in history. Over time, metallurgy has developed into finding, extracting, and purifying metals to be able to melt and mix them creating new useful products. Metallurgy developments occurred all over the world, especially by the Chinese, Inca, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. Dr. Thomas Altshuler will describe discoveries by archaeologists showing the technologies used and the beautiful products that have been produced over the millennia.
TOPS Annual Recognition
On April 13 TOPS (take off pounds sensibly) Chapter 0407, Sun City Center, held its annual recognition ceremony in the Banquet Room of the Kings Point North Clubhouse. The new Queen, Marie Malinowski, was recognized in a gala celebration. Past royalty including International and State winners as well as prior Chapter King and Queens were also recognized. The gathering had special significance as this ceremony also recognized the 35th anniversary of the chapter. Chapter 0407 meets in the east-west social room of the Kings Point Clubhouse every Thursday at 9 a.m. Please call Jo Moses 633-2505 for further information and come join us!
SCC Registered Nurses Club Meeting
The April 6, 2017 meeting of the SCC Registered Nurses Club included a presentation by Sr. Sara Proctor, PA and Ms. Cici Lopez, PA. Sr Sara and Cici run the Mobile Medical Van for migrant farm workers and other less fortunate citizens in and around our community. Sr. Sara has had her van since 2000 and she has recently opened another clinic in Wimauma. The SCC RN Club has sponsored supplies for the van and in the future we hope to provide much needed supplies to the clinic in Wimauma. Rosalie Kelleher, RN, of SCC has volunteered with Sr Sara since the beginning of her service to this community. Sr. Sara has a few volunteer physicians who work on the bus, caring for whoever comes in during times when the clinic is operating. Most of the patients have the usual “run of the mill” problems that we see in any doctor’s office. These include bad colds, flu, minor injuries and other minor infections. The Wimauma Clinic provides education for hypertension and diabetes, including classes in nutrition and other related practices to prevent problems from diabetes from escalating (foot and vision care, for example). The final meeting for the season will be a luncheon on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. in the Florida Room of the Atrium building. We’ll have entertainment and the theme for the luncheon is “Nurses Day.” All nurses are invited to bring memories of their careers, including caps, pins, and other paraphernalia. The menu includes Quiche, salad and carrot cake for dessert. The cost for this sit-down meal is only $17; it makes a nice gift for a friend at the end of the season. Questions about the luncheon may be addressed to Anise Tuma at 813-633-0499 or to Lynne Murphy at 813-634-6707.
Sun City Center Lions Honor Boggs Jewelers
At a recent Sun City Center Lions Club meeting, Jo Boggs of Boggs Jewelers was honored for all her help during the SCC Lions Club Claxton Fruitcake sale. Boggs Jewelers worked hard for the Lions and sold 20 cases of Claxton Fruitcakes. Boggs Jewelers every year continues to help the SCC Lions Club and other civic organizations have successful fund raisers. Without the help from local businesses and residents, the Lions would not be able to continue to help those in need in our community. The Lions meet the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at the Sandpiper Grille, 1702 South Pebble Beach Boulevard. Meeting begins at 11 a.m. For more information please contact President Gloria Rodzielowicz at 4194187 or the McGoverns at 633-4202. Lions Gene Deiss, Chairperson, and Jo Boggs, Boggs Jewelers
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SCC DAR Chapter Has “Fun” at FunFest
By Mary Culliton Three members of the Colonel George Mercer Brooke DAR Chapter participated in Sun City Center’s “FunFest” celebration. Dressed in their colonial dresses, chapter members Bonnie Mackar, Maurice Musholt and Eileen Giddings passed out information on NSDAR, their local SCC DAR chapter and also 50th anniversary Vietnam Commemoration stickers.
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AAUW is Planning a Trip Up The Mississippi River in April 2018
From April 15-23, AAUW members will take a Mississippi River Cruise on the ship, American Queen. The ship is a steamboat with first-class accommodations. There will be entertainment and in -house historian to educate us along the way. The prices range from $1,878 pp - $4,078 pp depending upon the type of cabin choses for passage. The itinerary begins in New Orleans. The other stops include tops in Nottoway, Natchez, Vicksburg, Greenville and the final stop is in Memphis Tennessee. The trip is round-trip and the final destination will be New Orleans. If you have any questions please contact AAUW President, Diane Waronka at “email@example.com” and Jayne at Sun City Center Travelworld at 813-634-3318.
Gals and Guys Membership Drive
By Jo Prater Gals and Guys Productions Membership Drive is held every Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Rollins Theater. The club is open to all residents of Sun City Center, Kings Point, Renaissance and Freedom Plaza with a valid CA ID card. Kindly bring your ID card with you. Club dues are $6 per person (check only) for the final show of the season, a USO show Tribute to Veterans in the style of Bob Hope. The show will be held Thursday November 9 at Community Hall, Pebble Beach Blvd, South Campus. Doors open at 6 p.m. and show starts at 6:30 p.m. Check-in at the door. The club is not just for performers, we also need audience members and backstage workers. For further information contact Director, Salvina at 813-633-5924. For a copy of the membership form email “firstname.lastname@example.org”.
Dee Williams Honored for Volunteerism
By Robbin Stratton-Upson & Betty James Hillsborough County Commissioners Stacy White and Victor Crist were pleased to present Dee Williams, of Sun City Center, a Commendation dated March 23, 2017, in recognition of her 25 years of volunteerism both locally and on county and state levels. Mrs. Williams retired this year as President of the SCC Republican Club after twenty-five years. She will continue to devote her time with the SCC Republican Club, the SCC Chamber of Commerce, and the Critter Adoption and Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.). The award was presented to Mrs. Williams at the March meeting of the Sun City Center L to R: Commissioner Victor Crist, Mrs. Dee Williams, Commissioner Stacy White Republican Club.
Samaritan Services Alzheimer’s Monthly Meeting
The Samaritan Services Alzheimer’s monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 3 at the Redeemer Lutheran Church at 1:30 p.m. The speaker will be Julie Wickensham from SHINE (Serving Heath Insurance Needs of Elders). She will be speaking on “Insurance Issues”. For more information please call Dolores at the office at 634-9283.
“Thomas Jefferson” Speaks at March DAR Meeting
The Colonel George Mercer Brooke Chapter of DAR in Sun City Center held their regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 15 in the Florida Room. Chapter Vice Regent Marilyn Campbell introduced their surprise guest speaker, “Thomas Jefferson,” played by local resident John Steward. John became interested in Thomas Jefferson while a student at U of Virginia. As Jefferson, John narrated a 25-minute slide show of Thomas Jefferson’s election as our President entitled “The Most Nasty, Vicious Election of 1800.” Following the presentation Mr. Jefferson was gracious enough to answer numerous questions from his appreciative audience. In addition to reenacting Thomas Jefferson for Sun City Center local clubs, John has lectured on Jefferson’s life and influence in American History to school, civic groups and businesses for 20 years.
SCC NIA Club May Special Event
Come join the Scc Nia (Non Impact Aerobics) Club on Monday, May 15 from 1 – 3 p.m. for our May Special Event. We will explore “The 9 Movement Forms of Nia.” In 1983, when Nia was created, a new movement category was formed and it is called Fusion Fitness. Nia a fitness that combines the best elements of dance arts, martial arts and healing arts. Our work/playshop will explore what makes Nia movement unique. We do not jump or jar the joints! We move in safe and healthy ways! Nia is joyful movement based on the science of the body! The forms add movement and energy variety into your workout. We will explore the energies each has to offer! Good for novices and seasoned students. Invest a small amount of time to reap the rewards of learning new ways to move your body in a fun and non-judgmental atmosphere. This event is open to SCC, KP and FP resident members in good standing. It will be held in Dance Room 2 at 1203 N. Pebble Beach Blvd., SCC. The cost is $10 for nonmembers and $7 for Club members. Suitable for all fitness levels. Wear comfortable clothing, bring a mat and bring your friends and neighbors. Gail Mongiello is a Certified Nia Black Belt Instructor and lives full time in SCC. She specializes in Senior Health Fitness. For more information contact Debbie, our Club President at “email@example.com” or call her at 813-848-7338. Through movement we find health.
Human Trafficking Victims May Find “Harmony” In Art
By Ed Brown It has been said that “each picture painted, captures a whole lifetime of emotions and visions. To harmonize the whole is the task of art.” Canvasses filled with bright, yellow sunflowers may be part of that inspirational process for a group of young female victims of human trafficking. Led by artist Anne Walker, the young painters worked on their canvasses in a recent session at St. John Divine Episcopal Church in Sun City Center. Anne Planner, chair of the SJD Outreach Ministry said, “this event in service to these young people could not have succeeded without the teamwork of the women of St. John, and without the guidance of Miracles Outreach.” Miracles Outreach of Tampa provides foster care and other services for individuals, most of them female between the ages of 12 and 17, who are homeless, have been abused or are victims of human trafficking. Only Texas and California have worse records than Florida in the number of men, women and children forced each year against their will to serve in sex trades, domestic servitude and agricultural industries. To learn more about Miracles Outreach, call 813-374-2184, visit their website at “www.miraclesoutreach.org” or email “firstname.lastname@example.org”.
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International Coffee Club May Meeting 17
Join us in May to get acquainted with our group. Our goal is to enhance your knowledge of coffee and then tantalize your taste buds with samples of International coffees and dessert goodies. Members of our club gain in depth information with local roasters, coffee distributors, etc. We utilize speakers, videos and skype from around the globe. We will meet Wednesday, May 17 in the Caper Room/ Atrium Building at 4:15 p.m. Since we are not collecting dues at this time, there will be a $3 fee per person. We have changed the date for our May meeting to May 17 so we do not conflict with the holiday at the end of the month. Welcome all residents in good standing of the CA, KP and FP. Bring your friends and neighbors, because, “The coffee pot is always on!” Questions? Contact Herb Berman, Club President at “email@example.com”.
Male Call For Prostate Health
Sponsored by the Men’s Club of Sun City Center Monday, May 8, 2017, 2 p.m. at Sun City Center Community Hall Room 3, 1910 S Pebble Beach Blvd. Our speaker will be Dr. James Alver. Dr. James Alver will speak on “ED: Know your options”. Dr. James Alver will be presenting on the latest treatment options for Erectile Dysfunction. Dr. Alver graduated from the University of Miami School of Medicine and is board certified in urology and a very active member of urologic research. He has presented at several national and local meetings for the American Urological Association. Dr. Alver has been practicing and treating the local community of Brandon and Sun City Center for over 20 years. As Prostate Cancer is frequently a couple’s disease, it is suggested that spouses and/ or partners attend as well as physicians. Refreshments will be served. For questions contact Robert Sullivan (813-215-7050).
Long-Distance Corvette Is Cruiser of the Month
Bill Bench’s 1958 Corvette is one very nice example of America’s sports car. Nice enough, with its high-gloss black bodywork and all-black interior, to be voted April cruiser of the month for the Roamin’ Oldies Car Club. But Bill’s car doesn’t spend a lot of time sitting still at car shows. “I bought it as a driver,” he says. And drive it he does. He’ll soon be taking it on its second trip from his Apollo Beach home to Michigan for a couple of Corvette events, followed by a side trip to Niagara Falls. “I had a 1979 Corvette, but I’ve loved the ’58 since high school,” he said. “I found this one in Cincinnati and bought it out of 20-year storage in 2015.” It’s now powered by a new GM 350 engine, installed for long-distance reliability after a previous engine disintegrated on another cross-country journey. The Roamin’ Oldies host a cruise-in from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. the first Thursday of every month in the Apollo Beach Winn-Dixie Plaza on US41, with a rain date the following Thursday. About 100 of the area’s finest antique and collectible cars often take part, accompanied by classic oldies music played by DJ Joey Ferrante. Event sponsors include Thompson’s Auto Parts and Hagerty Classic Car Insurance. For information, call Chet at 813-842-1511.
Bill Bench’s glistening black 1958 Corvette is the Roamin’ Oldies April cruiser of the month.
AAUW-SCC/SouthShore Meeting Re-cap
Members of the Sun City Center/South Shore Branch of AAUW enjoyed meeting three eighth grade girls and their teacher from Beth Shields Middle School at their April meeting. Rina LaRosa, AVID teacher at Shields Middle School, introduced three young ladies from her Peer Counseling Class. These girls are members of her group for female students named Ladies Quest. Members of this group are developing leadership skills that will help them become achievers going forward in life. In addition, they seek to perform community service for their school. At present they are managing the school’s recycling program. AAUW Members were impressed with the maturity and the achievements of these young women. Our next AAUW meeting that will take place in Sun City Center’s Atrium’s Florida Room on N. Pebble Beach Blvd., will take place May 12. Monies can be sent to Margie Corsiglia at 2314 Del Webb Blvd East, Sun City Center, FL. The luncheon/ Meeting begins at 10:30 for social, 11 for the luncheon and the meeting will take place upon the completion of lunch. For any questions, please email Nancy Ducharme at “firstname.lastname@example.org”.
Members include: Diane Schrier from the Ocala, Florida Branch who is running for Florida State President and Nancy Ducharme; Vicki Langston, Treasurer; Diane Schrier, President of Ocala Branch, and Nancy Ducharme, Publicity Chair of the SCC Branch.
University of South Florida Irish History Project
The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians hosted Dr. Jennifer Knight and 16 of her students from the University of South Florida. Dr. Jennifer Knight, USF History Department, instructor and internship program coordinator and her husband, Matthew Knight, assistant librarian, assistant director of special collections, held two meetings, one at Kings Point North Clubhouse and the other at LAOH member, Marianne Crowe’s home. Matthew Knight was instrumental in securing a large collection of Irish Books and writings from our AOH member, James Harkins, for the USF Library Irish Collections Department. Dr. Knight is currently teaching courses on Celtic History and the Irish in America. Dr. Knight brought students to interview members of LAOH and AOH about their own Celtic Heritage Histories. Our members gave their oral histories of Ireland along with photographs, maps, and, past-down stories. Members relayed stories of their homeland culture, the hardships that their ancestors encountered, the happiness and successes they were able to achieve. If you are interested in sharing your Oral Irish History story with USF, Oral History Project, please contact Colleen Walker, Event Planner, LAOH, at 813-938-5476.
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8:30 a.m. - WIDOWER’S WELLNESS GROUP at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. SCC. Widower’s Wellness Group: “A group of men who have lost their spouse committed to listening and unsolicited sharing”. Our experience has shown that grief is an ongoing journey and it varies; for some it’s constant, others it’s intermittent and
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9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - SCC SOFTBALL AND BBQ FRIDAYS! 9:00 a.m. games start and food is served on Fridays only, from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. The field is located on Weatherfield Drive off S. Pebble Beach, behind the Community Hall. Come show support for your friends and neighbors! Games are Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The Diamondettes grill hamburgers & hot dogs on Fridays only, for a donation, to raise funds to support
the Softball Teams. The Spring Season begins February 17 and runs through the end of March. For information about the club visit our website “www. suncitycentersoftball.org”. 10:00 a.m. HEALTHY LIFESTYLES MeetUp - Kings Point Sun City Center at South Clubhouse. Our Optional Walking Meetups: Your choice: walk two or four miles. Some walk faster; some walk slower. Everyone is welcome; Joanie, Suzanne and Caroline will walk with you. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. UKULELE JAM SESSION at Music Avenue, 3822 Sun City Center Blvd, SCC. Ukulele players are invited to jam weekly with other ukulele players. To reserve your seat at the studio phone Steve or Ruth, 633-9688. Space is limited. 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. LIFE CHALLENGES SUPPORT GROUP at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Live your life fully with zest and joy! Rid yourself of depression, anxiety, frustrations with family, children, friends, life changes, health problems, finances and more. Relief comes by sharing and receiving support and making a positive plan of action. All are welcome in complete confidence and free of charge. Cheryl Lewis facilitates this group and is an effective psychotherapist. We meet every Tuesday in the first floor lounge of Sun Towers. No appointment is necessary. Sponsored by the Coalition for Mental Health and Aging.
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon - LEARN TO WEAVE in the Weaving Studio in the North campus each Monday and Wednesday for 8 weeks starting 10/17 The art of weaving is taught. $75 cost includes lessons, yarns for a sampler and one project, membership in the club for a year and equipment fee. This is a great opportunity to try something new and get out of the heat. Sign up in the studio or call 813 642-8239. 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. THERAPEUTIC TAI CHI OPEN TO THE PUBLIC at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Our therapists have advanced training in therapeutic Tai Chi for Seniors and will provide guidance in this healthy exercise. Tai Chi has been proven to increase strength and balance! This class will be offered every Wednesday due to increased demand. For more information, contact Debbie Caneen at 813-634-3347. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon MAN to MAN LIFE SUPPORT GROUP meets weekly in the conference room behind the SCC MEN’S CLUB building
7 on Cherry Hills Drive. The purpose of our group is for men to learn new coping skills, find hope in their circumstances, help answer questions about life, and support other men while they are fixing the broken things that concern them and their families. All men of SCC and nearby communities are welcome to come and try our group in complete confidence and free of charge. For more information about the Group, contact Ken Barringer at 813-633-8490 or Bill Spedding at 938-3126. Sponsored by the Coalition for Mental Health and Aging. 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. - FRONT PORCH PICKERS - LIVE MUSIC! Rollins Theatre, 970 Cherry Hills Drive. Country, bluegrass, traditional and gospel music on acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, ukulele, dobro and bass fiddle. Free program. Call 813633-6739.
9:00 a.m. - “FOR TODAY” M E E T I N G O F OV E R E AT E R S ANONYMOUS at the Sun City Chamber of Commerce, 1651 Sun City Center Plaza, Sun City Center, FL. The meeting room (private entrance to meeting is on the left side of the building). The only requirement for attending is a desire to stop compulsively eating. No scales, dues or fees. This meeting is open only to those who have a problem with their weight or eating patterns. Please join us any Friday afternoon. Contact Peg S. at 516-5785285 for meeting details. You can learn more about OA online at “www.oa.org/ newcomers/is-oa-for-you”. 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - KINGS POINT QUILTERS in Fiber Arts Rooms 1 and 2 Kings Point Clubhouse. Work on charity quilts for both veterans and hospitalized children. Work on items to be sold the profits of which help defray the cost of the charity quilt supplies. Personal projects also done at this time. Guest speakers and workshops planned throughout the year. New members always welcome. Unwanted sewing related items gladly accepted. Contact Sandy Nunn, President 813642-8961.
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - KINGS POINT QUILTERS in Fiber Arts Rooms 1 and 2 Kings Point Clubhouse. Work on charity quilts for both veterans and hospitalized children. Work on items to be sold the profits of which help defray the cost of the charity quilt supplies. Personal projects also done at this time. Guest speakers and workshops planned throughout the year. New members always welcome. Unwanted
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sewing related items gladly accepted. Contact Sandy Nunn, President 813642-8961. 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. SCC Softball and BBQ. The field is located on Weatherfield Drive off S. Pebble Beach, behind the Community Hall. Come show support for your friends and neighbors and enjoy a great barbeque on Fridays while watching the teams play. Uhrich’s NY Giants, Morahan’s Hawks, Drugan Rays, Zimmerman’s Indians, Hise’s Cardinals, Mackar’s Tribe, LeGrand’s Triple Play, Blackstones’s Ball Busters, Burgess’s Nothing Fancy and Astone’s Bad S. Every Friday, the Diamondettes host a barbeque (hamburgers & hot dogs) for a donation to raise funds to support the Softball Teams. The Fall Season begins on Tuesday Oct 18 with an Opening Day BBQ.
7:30 - 11:30 a.m. ARE YOU IN NEED OF FOOD? If yes, please feel welcome to come to Our Lady’s Pantry for a box of groceries. We serve people in Sun City Center, Wimauma, and Balm. Everyone is treated with dignity and respect without regard to race or religion. You can find us at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Mission, which is immediately south of Sun City Center Blvd., on U.S. Highway 301, in Wimauma. We are in back of the classroom building on the far right-hand side of the campus. We try to share some cereal, fruits and vegetables (including some beans and tomatoes); soup, pasta, and sauce; rice, meat, and bread — and more whenever we can. “Please don’t hesitate to come,” says Anita Bullaro, codirector of the Pantry with her husband Tom. “We look forward to meeting you one day.”
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. at the Atrium Dance Studio. Jazzmatazz Dance Club instructor and choreographer, Diane LeFrancois is teaching beginning jazz classes. No previous experience is required. Classes are $5 per session.
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MON. MAY 1 - HANDS-ONLY CPR 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin in Community Room 2. Join Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, in partnership with the American Heart Association, to learn the life-saving skill of Hands-Only CPR. Participants will receive hands on training that will empower them to act when help is needed. Participants must be 13 years or older. Registration required at either the SouthShore Regional Library Information Desk or by calling (813) 273-3652. TUE. MAY 2 - LINE DANCING WITH A BALANCE 10:00 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Do you like to dance but are worried about falling? Join our new FREE line dancing class lead by trained therapists. This weekly class will improve your balance and reduce your risk of falling. We can boot, scoot and boogie safely together and make exercise fun! For more information, call Debbie Caneen at 813-892-2990. TUE. MAY 2 - THE SOUTHSHORE COALITION FOR MENTAL HEALTH AND AGING HOSTS ANNUAL BENEFIT FUNDRAISING DINNER 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. Sun City Center Community Association, Florida Room with Featured Guest Speaker: Ernest Hooper, Tampa Bay Times Columnist and East Hillsborough Bureau Chief. Sit down dinner catered by SunCoast
Catering. You are welcome to BYOB. arming you with the skills to save a life. Chinese Auction - Door Prize Tickets Certified American Heart Association can be purchased at Sun City Center CPR Instructor, Annettia Simpson Chamber of Commerce, American RRT, will present AHA, Friends and Momentum Bank or contacting the Family CPR. To RSVP for additional Coalition office at 813-419-4902 $25 per information call the Outpatient Therapy person $45 per couple. Department at 813-634-3347 Ext.148. WED. MAY 3 - SAMARITAN TUE. MAY 9 - LINE DANCING S E R V I C E S A L Z H E I M E R ’ S WITH A BALANCE 10:00 a.m. at MONTHLY MEETING 2:00 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, the Redeemer Lutheran Church. The 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. speaker will be Julie Wickensham from Do you like to dance but are worried SHINE regarding insurance issues. For about falling? Join our new FREE line more information please call Dolores at dancing class lead by trained therapists. the office at 634-9283. This weekly class will improve your TUE. MAY 9 - WANT TO REDUCE balance and reduce your risk of falling. THE RISK OF A FALL? FREE We can boot, scoot and boogie safely BALANCE SCREENING 10:00 together and make exercise fun! For a.m. – 2:00 p.m. by appointment in the more information, call Debbie Caneen Outpatient Therapy Dept, Sun Towers at 813-892-2990. Retirement Community, 101 Trinity TUE. MAY 9, 16, 23, 30 - “PARTY Lakes Drive, Sun City Center, FL. Want IN A CHAIR” 2:30 p.m. at Sun Towers to reduce the risk of falling? We are on Retirement Community, 101 Trinity quest to reduce the risk of falls BEFORE Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. bring the they happen. Have your fall risk screened joy of movement, imagination and at no cost to you! This simple test takes playfulness back into your life! Christie less than two minutes. See the results Dyer, Certified Ageless Grace Educator before your eyes through biofeedback. facilitates. This party will exercise Interested in knowing more or wish to your brain and you will receive the schedule? Call 813-892-2990. benefit of joint flexibility, memory TUE. MAY 9 - SAVINGS LIVES recall, creativity, imagination, laughter, IS IMPORTANT TO EVERYONE breathing, balance & more! Every - FRIENDS AND FAMILY CPR session is different and done seated. All TRAINING FOR FREE! OPEN TO are welcome to join in! For more info call THE COMMUNITY 10:00 a.m. at Debbie Caneen at 813-892-2990. Sun Towers Retirement Community W E D. M AY 1 0 - D I A B E T E S 101 Trinity Lakes Drive in the new EDUCATION SUPPORT GROUP Multipurpose Theater Provided by 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Sun Towers Outpatient Therapy. YOU Community 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. CAN SAVE A LIFE - LEARN CPR. The Have you been given the diagnosis of American Heart Association/American Diabetes? Are you unsure of your dietary Stroke Association is teaming up with future? Discover options that will assist local health care providers to challenge you! Join Jessica Chase, RN from Bayada the citizens of Hillsborough County to become trained in Hands-OnlyTM CPR, 33573 continued on 9.
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Home Health Care as she facilitates this support group. For additional info, call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990. THU. MAY 11 - CHRONIC PAIN AND NEUROPATHY GROUP 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. SCC. This month our speaker will be Vanessa Sardi, MS CHE. With a Master’s degree in Cardiopulmonary Physiology, a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine, a Plant-based Nutrition Certification from Cornell and clinical work in Cardiopulmonar y Rehabilitation and cardiovascular genomics (gene expression testing). Facilitator: “Tari” Williams, MPT (Masters of Physical Therapy) with Sun Towers Retirement Community Outpatient Therapy. Free valet service provided at Terrace Entrance (blue awning). Learn what you can do to reduce your pain today! For more information, call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990. F R I . M AY 1 2 - A R T H R I T I S SUPPORT GROUP 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. SCC. Facilitator: Ellen Cirello, MPT has been a treating therapist for 12 years. Ellen studied and graduated from Ohio State University and University of South Florida physical therapy program with her masters in physical therapy. Ellen has a history of exercise instruction and is able to create a plan to meet anyone’s special needs. Learn what you can do to reduce your pain today! For more info, call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990. MON. MAY 15 - 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 will be Joanne Nemeth, MSN, RN, CCRP, Duopa Nurse with AbbVie. With a BSN degree from Holy Family College in Philadelphia and an MSN from Benedictine University, she has specialized in neurology. Joanne will present: DUOPA: A DIFFERENT WAY To treat motor symptoms in advanced Parkinson’s. If you have Parkinson’s, or are caring for someone with this disease, be sure to attend this support group! Complimentary valet parking available at entrance. For additional info, call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990. TUE. MAY 16 - ALZHEIMER’S A S S O C I AT I O N C A R E G I V E R SUPPORT GROUP 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. Bring Your Loved One For a Well Deserved Break. Facilitated by Aging Care Advocates. You will receive information while your loved one is cared for in our Secured Memory Care. Please RSVP no less than three days prior to 813-677-1400. For additional information, contact Debbie Caneen at 813-634-3347. WED. MAY 17 - CLASSICAL MUSIC APPRECIATION 3:30 p.m. Kings Point main clubhouse, RIPPLE
ROOM (across hall from South Social Room.) Free. All lovers of classical music are invited. Information: Arthur C. Joy, 813-633-9783, “acjjr@tampabay. rr.com”. T H U. M AY 1 8 - W I D O W ’ S WELLNESS GROUP 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Have you lost your husband and have no one to share your feelings of loss with? Are you adjusting with a new plan for your future? Are you managing your grief or overwhelmed with sadness? Attend this monthly meeting with Krista Owen, RN, BSN and Jennifer Morgan, owner of Always Best Care and receive the support you need. This group will concentrate on coping skills and healthy living by sharing among members with the guidance of women in the field of caring for others. For more information, please call Debbie Caneen at 813-8922990. THU. MAY 18 - FREE MEMORY SCREENINGS PROVIDED BY SOUTHSHORE COALITION FOR MENTAL HEALTH AND AGING Beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the Coalition office at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. By appointment only. To schedule, call the Coalition at 813-4194902. THU. MAY 18 - SUN CITY CENTER WOMAN’S CLUB LUNCHEON MEETING 11:00 a.m. for Sign-in and Social with Table Game, 11:30 a.m. Opening/Business Meeting, 12:00 noon Luncheon with Program at 12:45 p.m. in Community Hall. Program Your Skin: Cancer/Care/Cosmetics. Installation of New Officers will take place at 1:15 p.m. To make reservations (whether you plan to eat or not) please send an email to “firstname.lastname@example.org” or call (813) 938-1682. A reservation is needed to ensure enough table space is set whether you plan to buy lunch or not. Cost of lunch is $15. F R I . M AY 1 9 - V E T E R A N S HISTORY PROJECT, A PROGRAM OF THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. by registration on ly at Sun Towers Ret irement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr SCC. The Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross in partnership with the Veterans History Project, a program of the Library of Congress, is seeking Veterans to participate in this project. The program captures through a video interview, firsthand account of Veterans who served in any branch of the US military in any capacity, from World War I through the present, and are no longer serving are eligible to participate. If you are a Veteran or know Veterans that would like to share their stories, please call Sun Towers to schedule your interview time at 813-634-3347. This recording of history will take place on the 3rd Friday of each month.
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ARTS & entertainment CONCERT BAND• DANCE • SHOWS • JAZZ• FLEXERCISE & MORE!
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.
Singles, Singles, Singles
DANCING Moonglow Dance Club
By Janet Doherty The Singles Social Dance Club will meet on May 7 and May 21 in the Florida Room, Atrium Building, from 6:309:30 p.m. Live music for your dancing and listening pleasure will be provided by Thor Stevens and his saxophone. Admission: members $3; nonmembers $6. BYOB and snacks. Ice, water, cups and napkins provided on each table. Proper attire requested (please, no jeans or shorts) For information call 813-6333558.
Social Ballroom Dance Classes
Moonglow Ballroom Dance Club will feature the live music of “Mario DeLeon” at their monthly dance on Thursday May 25 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Sun City Center. The attire at Moonglow Dances is dressy casual. Members are FREE, and visitors/guests pay $5 per person at the door. Singles table(s) are always available. Please BYOB and snacks, and the club will provide ice, water, cups and napkins. The Moonglow 2017 Schedule of year-round monthly dances has a great lineup of talented entertainers booked for dancing and/or listening to live music. Visitors are always welcome, so why not get your friends and neighbors to join you at a Moonglow Dance? If you think that you can’t ballroom dance, remember that we are not “Dancing With the Stars”. We each do what our bodies allow us to do in time to the music. For more information call 813-633-1297 or 813-633-2755, or if you would like to receive Moonglow information by email, contact “email@example.com”.
Rockin’ Thru the Years Dance Club
We invite you to “Join us for a Rockin’ Good Time! Our May dance will be held Sunday, May 21 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Veterans Theater in the Kings Point North Clubhouse located at 1900 Clubhouse Drive, Sun City Center, FL. Music will be provided by Glenda and Dee, Taylor & Taylor. Listeners will hear top 40 (new & old), rock, originals and a bit of country thrown in with a blazing fiddle covering Irish stomp to Cajun. During the band’s break our favorite line dance music will be played for your dancing pleasure. You may purchase your tickets, which are $5 per person, on Tuesday, May 16, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the ticket table in the Kings Point North Clubhouse Lobby. A seat will be reserved for you when you purchase your ticket. You may bring your own snacks and BYOB. The Club provides Cups, Napkins, Water and Ice on each table. Please email Sandi at “firstname.lastname@example.org” for more information.
Sponsored by the Academy Dance Club Classes are held in the Dance Studio in the Atrium. Open to all Sun City Center and Kings Point residents. Couples and singles welcome. For information call Bernice DuBro at 813-634-3205. Tuesday. May (2, 9, 16, 23, 30) Social Ballroom Dance Class Beginning Waltz - 5:30 p.m. Intermediate Tango - 6:45 p.m. Intermediate Disco/Hustle - 8 p.m. Wednesday, April (3, 10, 17, 24, 31) Social Ballroom Dance Class Beginning Tango - 12:45 p.m. Beginning/Inter. Slow Dance - 2 p.m. Intermediate Quick Step - 3:15 p.m. Taught by Bernice Dubro and George Hawn. Call 813-634-3205 or email “email@example.com”.
Academy of Ballroom Dance
Saturday, May 13, the Academy of Ballroom Dance Club will host its next dance in the Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd, Sun City Center. Bernice DuBro and George Hawn will be teaching a mambo lesson starting at 6:30 p.m. included with admission. This is followed by regular dancing from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. In addition, Bernice and George will be entertaining us at the half time break with a choreographed waltz routine. As you may know, Bernice and George are the professional dance instructors for the Academy of Ballroom Dance Club, so you can be sure the routine will be very entertaining. Admission is free for members, or $6 for guests at the door. Come and dance to a fabulous selection of tunes handpicked by Bernice DuBro (our DJ for the evening). Enjoy the complimentary coffee and cookies. Perhaps you’ll win one of the door prizes or if you are the lucky type, take a chance at winning the 50/50 drawing. Open seating and singles tables are always available. Everyone is welcome; bring your friends. BYOB. Dress is casual but neat (no shorts please). Mark your calendars for upcoming dances on 6/3, 7/1, and 9/2. For more information, call George Hawn at 330-770-0442.
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Oldies But Goodies Dance Club
RB & The Gang, Sunday, May 14, 2017 The Oldies but Goodies Dance Club will be enjoying the sounds of RB & the Gang on Sunday, May 14, 2017 at Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. The cost is free for members and $6 per person for guests. No advance ticket needed pay at the door. The doors will open at 6:15 pm for members and 6:30 p.m. for guests. Put on your dancing shoes or just come and enjoy the music. The band will be playing 7-10 p.m. BYOB and snacks, the club will provide water, ice, cups and napkins. As always residents of Kings Point and Renaissance as well as Sun City Center are always welcome. Any questions contact Club President Joanne at 813-728-1147 or email “email@example.com”. You may also check out our website: “sccoldiesbutgoodiesdanceclub.com” or join us on Facebook at “Facebook.com/ OldiesButGoodiesDanceClub”.
The Art Club in SCC Artist of the Month
The Art Club in Sun City Center has chosen Dolores Phelps as the Artist of the Month for May and June. Dolores began painting after retiring and moving from Marquette, Michigan to Sun City Center in 1995. Her paintings are outlets for creative expression and experimentation. Deciding on a subject, determining how she sees and feels the subject and portraying the subject in the finished painting challenge her. She enjoys working in the art mediums of watercolor, pastels and acrylic. Her creative artwork fills the hearts of others with wonder and joy. An active member of the Art Club in Sun City Center, Dolores has held leadership positions and chaired committees. To complement her artistic abilities and learn new and exciting techniques she participates in workshops and classes offered by the Art Club in SCC. In France, she took a two-week watercolor painting program. Interaction with others stimulates her curiosity and creativity. She has participated in art shows, sold paintings and has been awarded ribbons for her paintings in competition. She won the 2015 “Best of Show” in the Hillsborough Senior Artisan Festival. Dolores’ artwork will be displayed during the months of May and June at the SCC Library, the SCC Welcome Center, La Beautique Salon, SCC Samaritan Services. Momentum Bank, Fiore’s Sunshine Café and in the SCC Art Club Window. Visit www.artclubofSCC.org for more information.
With the arrival of Spring, a new season of entertainment begins. The below list is for your information regarding Series Shows and Dances as well as Extra shows for your enjoyment. Come on out and enjoy the entertainment and the lovely weather.
Upcoming Shows 2017 – 2018 Series SUNDAY November 12, 2017 – Entertainment Revue December 10, 2017 – Ethan Bortnick January 07, 2018 – Earl Turner February 11, 2018 – Tribute Show, Neil Diamond March 4, 2018 – Re:Voiced
November 3, 2017 – Ocean Road December 01, 2017 – Surf ’s Up January 19, 2018 - The Diamonds February 16, 2018 – Savannah Jack March 23, 2018 – Let’s Hang On/Mainstream Showcase – January 24 – Free to season ticket holders
Kevin Brooks – May 18, 2 to 4 p.m. (Bandstand) Tommy Johnson – June 4 (Bandstand) July 4 – Karaoke (Poolside) – Leanne Williams, Renee Bray (Bandstand) K.E.G.G. – September 16 – Community Hall March 1, 2018 – South Shore Community Band December 7, 2017 – South Shore Community Band
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Summer Shows by Diane M. Loeffler
Summer is a great time for outdoor entertainment. Pull out your lawn chairs or relax sitting in your golf cart and be entertained at the bandstand. Three summer performances will be held there this summer: Kevin Brooks on May 18, Tommy Johnson on June 4 and Renee Bray on July 4. Enjoy Karaoke? Leann Williams will be emceeing karaoke poolside on July 4 while you swim, sun or participate.
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Pens, Pencils, & Portable – Let’s Go Paint! Demonstration, Monday, May 15, 2017, 1 p.m. Rollins Theater. By Anne Walker Do you want portable materials that are versatile and easy to travel with? Join Anne as she discusses graphite, colored pencils and watercolor pencils, intense ink pencils, and gel pens and their properties and how to create beautiful works of art using them. Do you want to go to the beach or do plein aire without the fuss of easels, palettes and all that equipment? Come see Anne’s cigar box pochade and portable lap easel. “Passion drives creativity and color is my passion. Every day I am inspired to capture the essence of the day by the vivid colors outside my back porch and the world. “ Anne studied at the Philadelphia Museum College of Art, with Loran Percy in New Hampshire for several years, and has continued her studies since moving to Florida. Anne teaches at the Art Club in Sun City Center and at the Art Center Manatee. Visit www.artclubofscc.org for more information.
Honor from 1. partook in a boxed dinner around 5, boarded at 6 and landed just before 9. One of the most memorable moments for Merritt was on the return flight. “We had mail call. We received a large envelope with letters from politicians, social groups, individuals and school children. I reviewed them later. There were about 20 letters from kids in the bay area. Ilona [his wife] helped me respond to them.” Mer r itt, li ke G o o dman, was overwhelmed by the reception on returning. “I don’t know how to describe it to you. I don’t know where they came from, but there were hundreds of people. We went through and they shook our hands thanked us for our service. It was genuine. Apparently this is routine for honor flights. How they manage it time after time, I have no idea. When I was discharged from the military, I signed my papers and walked out the door to whatever transportation I had arranged.” Special Memories The Polk County Honor Flight timed one of their flights to coincidence
with Sun ‘n Fun. Instead of the aircraft returning to the terminal, it was marshalled to the Warbird ramp with numerous historic WWII aircraft on display. For each person interviewed, the specialness of an honor flight showed in different ways. Goodman’s delicate handling of his photo book, Merritt’s enthused reception of the letters from local children, and Lickfeldt’s loving recollection. “It was an honor being able to share that day with my dad. Being a part of it; hearing the guys talk,” shared Lickfeldt. “Highlight of trip for my dad was when we returned. It was very late and this little girl came flying out of the crowd, jumped in his lap and said thank you. He talked about that almost every day until he passed away.” As we approach another Memorial Day, to all our veterans – thank you. Special thanks to Sun ‘n Fun. To learn more about honor flights: Honor Flight West Central Florida http://honorflightwcf.org
Veterans being saluted and thanked by police officers before walking through hundreds of people who showed up to thank them for their service.
Gallery Opening & Reception
The Art Club in Sun City Center’s May Gallery Exhibit will showcase artwork by Nancy Derby and Richard Depew. Mel Solochek, Gallery Director, brings an experimental approach to this exhibit. Nancy and Dick unrelated artists will display their artwork side by side. For both artists, formative childhood years instilled a passion for art. Resonating with Nancy and Dick is their belief: “Art comes from the heart.” At an early age, Nancy Derby encouraged by her mother and siblings was taught to appreciate, experiment and enjoy many art forms. Her interest in art led her to explore photography. After retiring she surrounded herself with a group of contemporary artists where she had an opportunity to share photography, art books, magazines and ideas. Always looking for new ways to learn, Nancy is grateful to fellow artists who have travelled with her on the endless path of discovery. In 2011 Nancy moved to Florida and joined the Art Club in Sun City Center and the Kings Point Art League and took art lessons, workshops and demonstration. She found her niche in realistic painting. Watercolor became her favorite medium. Currently she is a Signature Member of the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society, the Manatee Art Center and Center Place Fine Arts. Richard Depew was born and raised in Penn Yan, New York. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in physical education from Cortland State and taught for thirtythree years in the Arlington Central Schools outside of Poughkeepsie, New York. His interest in art was sparked in third grade when his teacher had the class join the Audubon Society. Inspired by nature, drawing birds became one of his favorite pastimes. His primary medium is pen, ink, and pencil sketching. Pencil gives him the control and ability to do detailed work. He describes his style as “realism with a touch of artistic license.” Prior to moving to Sun City Center, Dick and his wife, Susan lived in Lake Worth, Florida where he held membership in the Lake Clarke Gardens Art League and the Lake Worth Art League. As a member of the Sun City Center Art Club he has taken classes in pastels with Marcia Hansen and artwork techniques and shortcuts with Joe Kanoza. Sketching is the canvas where he can grow his dreams. Capture the arresting worlds of Nancy Derby and Richard Depew at the Art Club’s Gallery Opening and Reception on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 from 1 to 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the community. Snacks and beverages will be served. The Art Club is located on Cherry Hills Drive in Sun City Center. Visit www.artclubofscc.org for more information.
People of all ages and interests showed up to thank veterans. The WWII/Korean war era P-51 Mustangs were moved into position one hour before the honor flight returned during Sun ‘n Fun.
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Sun City Center Geeks
Jim Key, President of SCC Geeks, is testing an electronic device as Vice President, Rick Sochon, watches.
By Diane M. Loeffler “The Sun City Center Geeks Club isn’t for everyone,” says Rick Sochon, Vice President of the club. President Jim Key adds, “It is for people with a background in engineering, health or any of the sciences.” The club meets at 9 to 11 in the Palm Room on the second Monday of the month. Meetings tend to be in a seminar format and often cover new technology or topics of interest to the members. Some examples of past topics include the six types of CD storage and when to use each, bitcoins, search for the super battery, electronics, gravitational waves and artificial intelligence. On April 10, a variety of topics were discussed. Among them were the number of cars counted at various points on Route 674 and timing devices, KODI a Russian satellite with feeds are open to the public, critical errors on computers and how to deal with them, the ability of vendors to see the sites that you visit on
line and Neil Armstrong’s book. The club began as the Guild of Technical and Electronic Experimenters of Sun City Center in 2005. At that time, the focus was more on electronic theory but that's has changed. There are twenty members. Depending on the time of year and the topic, three to fifteen members are usually at the meetings. Members often have a background in science or technology. For example, President Jim Key was a mechanical and electronic engineer who served in the Air Force for 21 years. His background includes testing ejector seats at the Air Force’s Holloman high speed track near White Sands National Monument. Vice president Rick Sochon worked in electronic and aeronautical engineering especially as it pertains to aircraft and space vehicles. If this sounds interesting to you, stop by a meeting, contact one of the officers or google SCC-geeks Google Group.
The group toasts the Queen who has been on the throne for 65 years.
Beetle Drive British Style
By Paula Lickfeldt Linda Peterson and Pam Treadwell are two of the original six that started the British Connection in 2006. Pam and Linda had known each other in Fairfax, Virginia where they had been in a support group for foreign wives. After both women had reconnected in Sun City Center, they saw an ad in the paper asking people of British descent to come together for a meeting. There had been a British Club in the area but it had died away and they were looking for new leadership. The six attendees decided to start a new club and call it the British Connection. The club now boasts of a membership of over 100. If you are of British descent, married to a “Brit,” looking for new friends or just like a cup of afternoon tea, the British Connection is for you. The club is open to all residents of SCC and KP. Dues are $5 per person per year. The British Connection meets from October until May. The monthly events
all have an English accent. Club members like the British flair. Oct. and Nov. British themed movies are show in the Florida Room. December brings a Christmas luncheon with traditional English foods. January is the yearly meeting. February is the annual Beetle Drive, March is “Brands Hatch” which features a British caterer from Saint Petersburg who makes shepard’s pie and the season ends in May with an English Tea. Beetle Drive is a very popular British party game which began in the 1930’s as a fundraiser in English churches. The game is played with a die and the players draw a beetle with each throw of the die. Each body part has its own number. The players can only start drawing their beetle, however, after they throw a six to get the body. The first person to have drawn a complete beetle wins the round and another game is started. Milton Bradley has commercialized the game and calls it Cootie. Beetle Drive mania is alive and well in Sun City Center.
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Sun City Center is Alive with Music • The SCC Women’s Chorus
By Ilona Merritt The Women’s Chorus of SCC had its beginning as part of the SCC Women’s Club. Established in 1963, the Women’s Chorus claims to be the oldest chorus in SCC. At the time, all singers were members of the Women’s Club. The group in 1973 branched out because they wanted to include women who were not members of the Woman’s Club and include members who lived outside the SCC. The Women’s Chorus became a SCC Community Association club in October, 2015, and members outside of the SCC area pay a waiver to the CA in order to sing with the chorus. In recent years, the Women’s Club supported the Singers by attending and promoting their concerts, as well as providing grants toward the purchase of music, a large expense for a group of this size. Before a full house, this group of 60 women presented their annual spring concert at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church on April 2, 2017. The theme was “A Century of Pop Music” and included popular songs from each decade. Included were solos, duets, the group’s own barbershop quartet, and chorus member Ann Wiens performed a solo on the Celtic harp. A special jazz piano duet was presented by Keith Rasmussen, Chorus piano accompanist, and Jeff Jordan, Chorus director. In addition to Rasmussen’s superb piano accompaniment, the Chorus was also accompanied by Jerry Cheeseboro on the drums and Scott Macchio on the bass. The Chorus has trained under the leadership of Jeff Jordan, their director. Jeff Jordan is the Director of Worship Arts at the United Methodist Church
in SCC. He is very skilled, expects the best from the singers and helps them to achieve new skills and reach higher levels of refinement with their singing in an enjoyable way. All are energized with his enthusiasm and grow with his encouragement and kindness to each member. The accompanist, Keith Rasmussen, was the Chorus’ director for the year 2014-15. On returning to Sun City Center, he offered to fill the vacancy left by the previous pianist. He enhances the Chorus’ singing with his exceptional skills. Add to that a president, Janet Warren, who is energetic and an excellent organizer and; a group of singers eager to work hard and the result is an excellent organization presenting outstanding music. The Chorus is funded from bi-annual dues from members for each fall and
spring season, from free will offerings at two concerts a year, and from additional contracted performances. Donated funds vary from concert to concert and year to year. Funding from dues also varies with membership. Chorus members donate to various efforts and participate in fund-raising events as well as solicit sponsorship from various businesses in Sun City Center. The Women’s Chorus has a Facebook page with pictures, comments and videos of past performances. www.facebook.com/ sccwomenschorus or call Janet Warren at 813-634-6692 for more information. The Women’s Chorus has two ‘seasons’: fall and winter/spring — registration for all former and potential members is in the first week of September for the Fall season and similarly in January for Spring. Dues are $20 for each season. All rehearsals and concerts are held
at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church on W. Del Webb Blvd. Members meet each Thursday in season from 9-11 a.m. for rehearsals. The Chorus takes a break during the summer, but the Board continues to meet and plan for the new season. They present two concerts a year. In addition, they perform at various venues when requested and are generally paid for these performances. They sing a wide variety of music— sacred music, spiritual, folk, ethnic, Broadway, popular, patriotic, songs that are comedic and fun, and songs that involve the audience. Above all, the Women’s Chorus has members who are supportive of each other. Many of the members have found healing of the spirit through singing and it has helped them through some of life’s rough spots. The Women’s Chor us: s eeking excellence in choral music; uplifting hearts with song in Sun City Center. ED’s NOTE: This is the first in an ongoing series to showcase the musicoriented groups in Sun City Center. If you belong to such an organization, we would like to hear from you. Please send an email to “editor@newsofsuncitycenter. com”.
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Military News MFST Presents Awards to Lennard HS JROTC Students
By B. Frank Kepley CAPT USN (Ret) The Military Family Support Trust (MFST) presented JROTC awards for Leadership Excellence at Lennard High School on Wednesday, 22 March, 2017. Also, Jim Haney presented a Sabre Plaque Award to Cadet LTC Jazmine Eargood. The Saber represents the MFST Leadership Award for the outstanding JROTC cadet. In addition, Dylan Pracht received an award from the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and Megan Hines received an award from the Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW). These awards are presented annually by the Sun City Center veteran’s organizations to cadets at Lennard H. S. and twenty-seven other Hillsborough County High Schools. The cadets who receive them have clearly demonstrated outstanding military and scholastic achievements and leadership as well as a specific GPA/ ranking within their class.
Dr. Linda Eargle, Seniors Balance Expert, Addresses MOAA
By B. Frank Kepley CAPT USN (Ret) The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) featured Dr. Linda K. Eargle at their monthly luncheon held at the Sun City Center North Side Atrium building on April 5, 2017. She is a doctor of physical therapy and a certified exercise expert for aging adults. Dr. Eargle retired from Western Carolina University at the end of 2009. She currently teaches courses for the American Physical Therapy Association and the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy as well as a course on professionalism at USF. She From left, Linda Eargle; LTC Benny is a commission on accreditation for PT Blackshire, USA, (Ret) Education visitor and consultant for physical therapy program accreditation. The presentation introduced the audience to a program that focuses on achieving and maintaining balance in order to avoid falls. Falls are recognized as the leading cause of hospitalization for seniors. Dr. Eargle demonstrated and had the audience perform various balance exercises designed to assist them in recognizing their weaknesses regarding their individual balance tendencies. She stressed the importance of exercises as being the primary method for achieving good balance. The audience felt that the program was very informative pointing out how to recognize, improve and maintain proper balance.
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From left: Sr. Cadet, SSG Erin Hanson; Jr. Cadet, 1st Lt. Giovanni Rivas; Sophomore Cadet, SSG Oliva Speed; Freshman Cadet, Elexa Crisp; and Jim Haney, MFST Trustee.
Memorial Day Living Flag Tribute Implements New Procedures
By B. Frank Kepley CAPT USN (Ret) A more organized approach to assigning individuals to be Flag Bears for this Memorial Day Ceremony will be implemented at the May 29 event at the Veterans Theater in Kings Point
Memorial Day Ceremony KP Veterans Theater, 10 a.m. Monday, May 29
Sun City Center will again observe the traditional Memorial Day Ceremony starting at 10 a.m. Monday, May 29 in the Veterans Theater in the Kings Point Clubhouse, 1900 Club House Dr., Sun City Center. Doors will open at 9 a.m. for open general attendance seating. The public is invited. All guests with invitations for reserved seating are requested to be seated not later than 9:45 a.m. This ceremony is sponsored by the combined military veterans’ organizations of Sun City Center and is supported by the joint efforts of many participating community service organizations. The focus of this Memorial Day ceremony is to honor all former community military veterans who have died since May 2016. They will be recognized by a Roll Call of Departed Comrades held concurrently with Sun City Center’s traditional Living Flag Tribute. Our guest speaker will be COL. Mike Davis, USMC (retired). Colonel Davis served his country in the military for a span of 24 years. He commanded the Helicopter Marine Median (HMM-365), flying CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters, and amassed over 3,700 flight hours as a helicopter pilot. He participated in operations in Cuba, Africa, Cambodia, Vietnam, Korea, Honduras, the Mediterranean, Japan, and the Middle East. Colonel Davis flew Marine One for two Presidents: President Carter and President Reagan. While at the U.S. Central Command (Centcom), he was the Director for Command and Control. Colonel Davis retired from U.S. Centcom in 1992 following Desert Storm. A musical interlude and tribute to the military services will be provided by the Trinity Baptist Church Choir directed by Rev. James Feist. Colors will be presented by the Hillsborough Co. Sheriff ’s Office. The Grand Marshall will be Colonel Frederick B. Hoenniger, who will be placing the wreath at the flagpole outside the auditorium assisted by members of the Ruskin Boy Scout Troop 661. As part of the annual tribute to the deceased veterans, and showing the great spirit of Sun City Center patriotism, the Sun City Center Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution makes arrangements for and funds for the display of U.S. flags on State Route 674.
By B. Frank Kepley CAPT USN (Ret) The Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) held their annual charity golf tournament at the Freedom Plaza, Freedom Fairways Golf course on March 25, 2017. The Benefit Golf Tournament was held to provide funding for scholarships and awards for the Youth Leadership Program. The tournament featured an 18-hole scramble, continental breakfast, luncheon, awards ceremony and door prizes. The men’s first place winners were Toby Thompson, Bill Quinlan, King Slater, and Barry Bernicke. The first-place winners won $75 apiece. The first-place winners in the women’s flight were Jan Huber, Noreen Schramm, Joan Camielo, and Mary Miller. Monetary prizes were also given for closest to the hole, long putt on several holes and a closest to the hole putting challenge on the practice green. No one won the $10,000 hole-in-one prize. Numerous donated door prizes were also provided for the participants. The tournament was very successful with a maximum number of participants. MOWW serves America’s youth by hosting Youth Leadership Conference activities throughout the United States --- at no cost to high school students attending. These students receive patriotic education on leadership in a free society, free enterprise system concepts, principles of democracy, the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and civic responsibilities associated with preserving American rights and freedoms. Students also develop leadership, public speaking and writing skills that help them be better citizens and future leaders.
Women flight winners, from left: Jan Huber; Noreen Schramm; (Sam Thompson, chapter commander); Joan Camielo; and Mary Miller.
Mens flight winners, from left: Toby Thompson, Bill Quinlan; (Sam Thompson, chapter commander); King Slater; and Barry Bernicke.
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MFST Presents Commendation to PDQ Riverview Restaurant
By B. Frank Kepley CAPT USN (Ret) On Monday, April 7, MFST (Military Family Support Trust) trustee Jim Haney (right) presented Bob Hanley, the Director of Operations for the PDQ Riverview restaurant (corner of US 301 and Big Bend Road) a Certificate of Commendation for the “Military Monday” event conducted on the first Monday of each month. During this event, a ‘Fallen Soldier Table,’ similar to POW - MIA Tables at other military events, is displayed to honor local Gold Star families and their loved ones. Also, all military veterans receive a 50 percent discount on their food check. The MFST Board is presenting a Certificate quarterly to a Hillsborough County business recognizing and honoring military personnel and their families. MFST is a 501(c)3 organization that supports through their grant programs military families, past and present. The beneficiaries include, but are not limited to: four year scholarships for high school seniors; JROTC Honors Program; Homeless Women Veterans; Operation Warm Heart; Veteran Guide Dog; Southeastern Guide Dogs Paws for Patriots program; My Warriors Place; Operation Helping Hand and sponsoring ‘Guardians’ for the Honor Flight Support Program. The MFST office is located at 1010 American Eagle Boulevard, #301, Sun City Center, Florida 33573; (813) 634-4675.
MFST & MOWW Recognize County JROTC Cadet of the Year
By B. Frank Kepley CAPT USN (Ret) On Thursday, March 30, the Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) conducted the 2017 Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Cadet of the Year (COY) event. It was held at Armwood High School to recognize the Cadets of the Year for ten of the twenty-eight high school JROTC units. After an in-depth screening process ten cadets, which were comprised of three each from Army, Navy and Air Force high school units, and one Marine high school unit, were selected for recognition. Before recognizing the ten cadets, COL Sam Taylor, USA Retired (JROTC District Resource Teacher), HCPS Superintendent Jeff Eakins, School Board Vice Chair Sally Harris and COL Cedric Carrington, USA (guest speaker) provided remarks to the assembly. After the recognition by Eakins the HCPS COY, Cadet (Army) 1LT Taeghan McCarthy, a Junior at Alonso HS, was announced. McCarthy was presented Cadet Taeghan McCarthy and Brig Colin with a $500 check from Brig Colin Hogill, Howgill RM (Ret), MFST Chairman. RM (Ret), the Military Family Support Trust (MFST) Chairman, and $100 check from James Warchol USAF (Ret), representing the Sun City Center Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW).
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Beware the Imposter Scam
By Diane M. Loeffler “Imposter scams have taken the lead over identity theft with a total of over 1.3 million victims. However, there are probably a lot more because people often won’t report it,” says Community Service Officer, Debbie Vijil. Many victims cling to the hope that they really weren’t scammed. Others are too upset or confused to report the crime. Listening to Vijil’s presentation, it is easy to see why so many people are taken in by them. Seventy percent of these imposter scams occur over the phone. These imposters know that many of us won’t answer a call unless we know who is calling, so they try ‘spoofing.’ Spoofing is tampering with caller ID, so that you think you are answering a call from a legitimate company or a government agency. Common Types of Scams These imposters often tell you that you have won a lottery / sweepstakes, but first you need to pay taxes or fees. They may say that you owe a (fake) debt and make threats. They may pretend to be calling from the IRS or the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service. The call might also be made to look as though you’re out-of-state or out-of-the-country grandchild needs help. There are also fake cashier’s checks. Yes, the bank may let you deposit them, but if they are not legitimate; you will have to pay back that money. There are also online dating scams with the imposter often posing as a member of the military who eventually “finds a way to ask you for money” says Vijil. What to Do Don’t let anyone pressure you to do anything right away. The imposters prey on your emotions. If the caller insists that something needs to be done immediately, that person is probably an imposter. Vijil says, “Take your time.
Don’t react or try to solve the problem right away. Tell the person that you have something on the stove and ask him / her to call you back in ten minutes.” Use that time to independently look up the government agency or company the caller supposedly represents and call the establishment yourself. Don’t wire money, make a money transfer, or pay with Apple cards, Walmart cards, Green Dot Money Cards or other gift cards. Never pay insurance, taxes or shipping charges for something that is supposed to be a prize. If you get a call about a debt that you might really owe, don’t agree to anything during the initial call. Instead, look up the company’s phone number on your own and then call them to ask about the call and the debt. Register your phone on the Do Not Call List by registering your phone number at donotcall.gov . If you still receive calls, there is a good chance that the callers are scammers. Most legitimate businesses and agencies won’t call you if you are on that list. If you are a victim of an imposter or scammer, contact Deputy Merry or Community Services Officer, Debbi Vijil here in Sun City Center, or file a complaint at ftc.gov/complaint. Attend the presentations given through Deputy Merry’s office. They are offered at the following locations and times: second Tuesday of the month—10 a.m. at the Caper Room or 1 p.m. at the Ripple Room; third Tuesdays at Freedom Plaza or the third Wednesdays at American Momentum Bank. You will hear about the latest scams, and you will learn how to protect yourself. Go on line to www.consumer.ftc.gov. You can read existing articles and even sign up to receive new scam alerts by mail.
By Diane M. Loeffler “Grandparent scams are coming back,” says Community Service Officer, Debbie Vijil. They have happened often enough that Vijil can report the pattern that these phone calls follow. A grandchild in another country or state was in a car crash or arrested because his/her friends had drugs or alcohol. The grandchild, usually a grandson, is embarrassed and doesn’t want the parents to know. His / her voice sounds different because he broke his nose or is crying. The phone is passed to the Chief of Police or an attorney. This is a red flag. “You will never speak to the Chief of Police or an attorney right there,” says Vijil. You are asked to pay right away. They may ask for numbers on cards or photos of cards. They may say that the judge won’t put it on the grandchild’s record or that the other driver won’t press charges if you pay them. Vijil says, “Paying a judge to do this is a bribe and is illegal.”
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Dinos Alive! Zoo Delivers Once Again
By Kai Rambow “Who knew the zoo could be so much fun,” exclaimed one resident. “I love coming out here,” enthused another. Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo has once again added a special exhibit and done it well. Dinos Alive is Jurassic Park without the danger. The dinosaurs look real enough with their sounds and movement, but we can get up really close without harm. Some will spit water at you, so you might get a wet surprise. One young girl didn’t want to enter the exhibit area until she was reassured the dinosaurs weren’t real. As with previous events, you are very close to almost every dinosaur. You’ll have to look up and bend your head back a bit to see the heads of some dinosaurs. Do not rush through, otherwise you’ll miss dinosaur movements and sounds. You might even miss the obvious. On my second visit, I spotted some baby dinosaurs I didn’t see on the first visit. I had been too busy looking up the first time. Babies, Babies, Babies Almost everyone loves a baby and the zoo has plenty of babies and youngsters. The cute factor is off the scale since they tend to be curious and more active. There are several to look for. Berisi is a critically endangered Malayan tiger cub. Only seven months old, if she’s out she’ll likely be moving around playing. If you spot a baby orangutan, you’re missing the other one. Both have great facial expressions and have the ability to keep large crowds entertained for quite some time. Even the slightly older youngsters, such as elephants and rhinos are fun to watch. Your Babies OK, grandbabies. For the younger grandchildren, the Wallaroo Station has a petting zoo, children’s amusement type rides, and of course, Australian animals. The petting zoo allows children to get up close and interact with some of the animals. Australian animals are captivating even for adults, so there is plenty to see and do in this section. The interactive water activities provide a great opportunity for youngsters to get wet, cool down and burn off excess energy. Bring bathing suits and towels, then take it easy while watching them play. Children’s rides include a merry-goround, mini roller coaster and log flume
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ride. This set-up enables you to give children a combination experience of wild animals and fun activities just for them. New Experiences For a cool factor, consider a close-up animal feeding event. This is a memorable experience. The giraffe feeding event allows you to get really close and feed one. The latest addition is a rhino feeding event. After a short educational briefing, you can then feed a rhino and get your picture taken with the rhino. Both of these are extra charge events. The rhino feeding should be scheduled in advance. There are a limited number of spots and it fills up quickly. You can do this online or call to schedule before your visit. Best Aspects of the Zoo Lowry Park Zoo is what I call a Goldilocks zoo: not too big, not too small – just right. You get to see a wide variety of animals without a lot of walking. Given our temperatures, this is an important consideration. Reduce the walking more by taking advantage of Safari Africa, a tram ride taking you through and behind crowned cranes, rhinoceroses, zebras, elephants and giraffes. Your best bet would be first thing in the morning, otherwise count on waiting 30 to 45 minutes during peak times.
Thoughtful and fun additions help make Dinos Alive a great special exhibition.
Berisi, the seven-month-old, critically endangered Malayan tiger cub.
Tips for a Great Trip 2017 Deal at the Zoo: Buy a single day ticket and you can revisit the zoo for the rest of the year. Ask about Pay for a Day, Come Back All Year ticket. This can easily quadruple your fun. Special events later this year include: Sunset Celebration in July with extended hours; Creatures of the Night in October, a Halloween themed event also extending into the night; and Christmas in the Wild in December. Note: The Sunset Celebration should offer the opportunity to see the dinosaurs at night, which is a bit of scary fun. Unfortunately, details and hours were not available at publication time.
T-rex, always intimidating, but fascinating.
What to Wear: Sunscreen, sunglasses, and sunhats are essential. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes. When to Go: Dinos Alive runs through August, so there are numerous opportunities to see this exhibit and take visiting family and friends. Weekdays tend to be better than weekends. So if you can, plan with this in mind. Admission: Adults, $32.95; Children (3-11) $24.95; parking is free. Hours are 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo 1101 W. Sligh Avenue Tampa, FL 33604 (833) 935-8552 www.lowryparkzoo.org
One of two very entertaining baby orangutans.
This rhino was cooling off and blowing bubbles to entertain itself.
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LAWN BOWLING • TENNIS • GOLF • SOFTBALL• PICKLEBALL & MORE! SCC Basketball Club
The SCC Basketball Club is happy to announce that public basketball for SCC members is now available on court 5 on the volleyball/basketball court. The club has supplied new basketballs and a display board which can be used except when volleyball is in session on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday from 9-11 or if there’s an overload from pickleball. There is a club bin with basketballs, various sizes available.
Sun City Center Celebrates New Pickleball Court Grand Opening with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.
Sun City Center Celebrates New Pickleball Court Grand Opening
Photo by Edna Carlin The Tennis Association started their Country Hoedown Party with a bang! L to R are Board Members John Paulus, Greg Hodge, Maggie Pliska, Mary Pat Kirchen & Bea Bahm. The club members enjoyed country BBQ & lots of line dancing.
SCC Tennis Association Western Hoedown
On March 24, the Tennis Association held their General Member Meeting followed by a “Wild West Hoedown”. Members were encouraged to attend in western attire. Social co-chairman Mary Pat Kirchen and Sue Smith decided to contact Frank Hein of the Line Dancers Club to teach the members some easy line dance steps. Mr. Hein has been teaching line dancing for approximately 7 years. You can find him at the Community Hall located at 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd in Sun City Center on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 9 p.m. He teaches beginners first and gradually increases steps to accommodate intermediate dancers. There is a good mix of men and women. He is also a member of the Horseshoe Club. It was decided that the first half hour of the Hoedown would be designated to “men only”. They filled the dance floor and Mr. Hein patiently guided them through the “Electric Slide”. The ladies loved seeing their spouses on the dance floor and eagerly cheered them on. The ladies joined them to round out a very successful evening. BubbaQue’s of Sun City Center provided a Western Barbeque with all the fixin’s which included baked beans, coleslaw, and macaroni and cheese. Fun decorations dotted each table. The Tennis Association host several parties each year and have a membership of 186 members. Information for joining can be found on their website 2ezwebdesign. com
Archery Senior Games
SCC Archery Club Members Jim Kistler, Wilma Fetters and Bill Humes each won a silver medal at the March 11, 25th Annual Polk County Senior Games. SCC Archery Club Members Rick Ervine, Mike Fracher & Roger Niederhoff also participated in the games.
By Chuck Clendenin Construction was recently completed on a brand new pickleball court at the Sun City Center South Community Campus sports complex. This new court addition brings the total number of courts to the sports complex to 5, plus a sixth court shared part-time with volleyball. The courts have also been upgraded to LED lighting for night play. The Sun City Center Pickleball Club held a Grand Opening ceremony on Saturday March 25, to celebrate the new court. Board President Renee Bray made the official cut of the ribbon, along with Vice President Maurice Levesque, Treasurer Eve Blaszur, and board members Vincent Myers and Bill Walker. Members of the club and community joined in. Immediately after the ribbon cutting ceremony, the courts were filled with eager players, ready to enjoy the beautiful sunny day, playing the game they love. The club enjoyed a picnic lunch of hot dogs and many wonderful dishes brought by the members. Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in America, as evidenced by the rapidly growing size of the local club, and hundreds of community residents who use the courts regularly. It’s a combination of ping pong, tennis and badminton, and a game that can be enjoyed by all ages. It’s good exercise, easy to play and doesn’t take much time. The courts are used by the club Monday through Saturday from 7-11 a.m. and 6-10 p.m., and are open to all SCC residents Monday through Saturday between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., and all day Sunday. Residents can also obtain guest passes at the CA office for a $1 fee. The club offers free lessons every Tuesday at 1 p.m. right at the courts, behind the south community building. Come join in the fun and try out this very popular activity available to all SCC residents.
SCC Duplicate Bridge News
T. S. Eliot famously declared April to be the “cruelest month.” Likely he never met the Sun City Center Duplicate Bridge Association, because there has been nothing cruel about our bridge in April; mostly we are rocking this month! A Swiss team event on the ninth was well attended with team Davis/Rowley/Van Ert and Johnson taking first place. Lunch before the game and Happy Hour after: everybody wins! The eleventh brought an extraordinary celebration as club member George Green turned ninety-three years old. George’s longevity provides us with the opportunity to thank him - and all our World War II veterans - for their courage and sacrifice. Two of ou r me mb e rs g ar ne re d national attention by winning year-long competitions in 2016. Ron Wallace was a George Green winner in a tough contest known as the Mini-McKenney; the winners are those who won the most points - in all competitive venues - in a calendar year. Ron’s total of 198 points put him in 25th place for his level. Leon Arndt ranked twenty second in his category for most points won - at the club level - in a year’s time. This competition is known as the Helen Shanbrom Ace of Clubs: Leon won 282 points playing at the Sun City Center Duplicate Bridge Club in 2016. Both of these players were gracious in victory: Leon credited playing with “top notch players” while Ron noted the many great partners who helped him along the way - and what fun they had! Congratulations! Ronda O’Farrell, chairperson of the Longest Day fundraiser for Alzheimer’s research and support, predicts this year’s event will be the best yet. Wednesday, June 21 at the Community Hall; bridge, food, door prizes and silent auction. All proceeds will go to local Alzheimer’s organizations. Donations and volunteers so happily accepted. Kathy Smith reports continued success with Easy Bridge, “Our new players improve at rates that astound me. Their enthusiasm brings energy to the entire club; I am so proud of them.” For additional information please see the club’s website: www.sunccbridge.com
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GOLF SCORES Hogans Golf Club of Sun City Center & Kings Point Wednesday, March 1, Course: Sandpiper Palms-Oaks, Flight 1: 1st: Tom Rosata 2 Skins 2nd: Bill Smythe, Mike Arghittu, and Don Rudderham - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Don Rudderham - 63 LowGross: Chris Heim - 86 Birds: Chris Heim - 1. Flight 2: Course: Sandpiper Oaks-Lakes 1st: Steve Parks, Roland Lemoine, and Corky Stallings - Tied at 2 Skins 2nd: Mike Owen, Ron Dickey, John Jackson, and Mark Untrauer - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Ron Dickey, Corky Stallings, and Mike Owen - Tied at 67 Low-Gross: Corky Stallings - 80 Birds: Walt Weldon, Ron Dickey, Ruben Jones, John Jackson, Mark Untrauer, Walt Weldon, and Ron Dickey - 1. Saturday, March 4, Course: Freedom Fairways 1st: Chieu Nguyen - 2 Skins 2nd: Charlie Brown, Dick Fiedler, and Dave Johnson - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Dave Gellman - 49 Low-Gross: Ray Bui - 66 Birds: Ray Bui - 2, Chieu Nguyen, Charlie Brown, and Dick Fiedler - 1. Course: Sandpiper Palms-Oaks Flight 1: 1st: Mike Owen - 4 Skins 2nd: Larry St. John and Paul Swakow - 2 Skins 3rd: Bob Harris, John Colgren, and Ellis Creve - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Larry St. John - 67 LowGross: Paul Swakow - 86 Birds: Mike Owen - 2, Francis Hendrickson, Russ Turell, Chris Heim, Paul Swakow, Jay Sparkman, Bob Harris, and John Colgren - 1. Course: Sandpiper OaksLakes Flight 2: 1st: Rex Gibbons and Frank Harvey - Tied at 2 Skins 2nd: John Jackson, Corky Stallings, and Tom Kirchen - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Tom Kirchen - 62 Low-Gross: Tom Kirchen - 79 Birds: Corky Stallings, Tom Kirchen, and John Jackson - 2. Walt Weldon, Rex Gibbons, and Wilf Pennell - 1. Wednesday, March 8, Course: Sandpiper Palms-Oaks Flight 1: 1st: Tom Rosata - 2 Skins 2nd: Bob Mizack, John Colgren, Jerry Liggett, and Paul Swakow - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Paul Swakow - 63 Low-Gross: Paul Swakow 77 Birds: Paul Swakow - 2, Joe Mack, Francis Hendrickson, Bob Mizack, and Tom Rosata - 1. Course: Sandpiper Lakes-Palms Flight 2: 1st: Mike Owen - 3 Skins 2nd: Mike Arghittu, Larry St. John, Ruben Jones, and Steve Parks Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Larry St. John 61 Low-Gross: Walt Weldon - 76 Birds: Todd Lee, Ruben Jones, John Jackson, Walt Weldon, Corky Stallings, Ron Dickey, and Mike Owen - 1. Saturday, March 11, Course: Freedom Fairways 1st: Tom Boyle and Ray Bui - Tied at 2 Skins 2nd: Victor Holove, Ken Kirwin, Dave Johnson, Charlie Brown, and Ray Shaw - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Victor Holove - 49 Low-Gross: Ray Bui - 63 Birds: Ray Shaw - 4, Ray Bui, Ken Kirwin, and Tom Boyle - 3, Charlie Brown, Bill Giblin, Chieu Nguyen, and Victor Holove - 1. Course: Sandpiper Palms-Oaks Flight 1: 1st: Bill Robinette, Travis Lansberry, Doug McFaul, Erwin Karl, and Bob Mizack - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: John Schachte - 61 LowGross: Travis Lansberry - 92 Birds: Erwin Karl and Travis Lansberry - 1. Course: Sandpiper Lakes-Palms Flight 2: 1st: Walt Weldon, Jay Sparkman, Rich Lucidi, and Mike Owen - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Corky Stallings - 63 Low-Gross: Corky Stallings - 75 Birds:
Steve Parks and Walt Weldon - 2, John Jackson, Wilf Pennell, Jay Sparkman, and Corky Stallings - 1. Monday, March 13, Course: Summerfield Crossings 1st: Doug McFaul - 3 Skins 2nd: Frank Harvey - 2 Skins 3rd: Chris Heim, Bob Mizack, Tom Rosata, and Mike Owen Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Mike Owen - 65 Low-Gross: Bob Rudderham - 84 Birds: Tom Rosata and Frank Harvey - 1. Wednesday, March 15, Course: Sandpiper Oaks-Lakes Flight 1: 1st: Al Schickedanz - 3 Skins 2nd: Ruben Jones and Bob Mizack - Tied at 2 Skins 3rd: Joe Mack, Mike Owen, and John Jackson - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Al Schickedanz - 63 Low-Gross: Walt Weldon - 81 Birds: John Jackson, Corky Stallings, Bob Mizack, Ruben Jones, and Al Schickedanz - 1. Course: Sandpiper Lakes-Palms Flight 2: 1st: Rich Lucidi and Tom Rosata - Tied at 2 Skins 2nd: Chris Heim, John Schachte, Rex Gibbons, and Mike Arghittu - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Rich Lucidi - 67 Low-Gross: Chris Heim - 90 Birds: John Schachte - 1. Saturday, March 18, Course: Freedom Fairways 1st: Ken Kirwin, Dave Gellman, and Dick Fiedler - Tied at 2 Skins 2nd: Charlie Brown, Ray Shaw, Chuck Feldschau, Dave Johnson, and Tom Boyle - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Charlie Brown - 52 Low-Gross: Ken Kirwin - 73 Birds: Dick Fiedler - 3, Ray Shaw, Dave Gellman, and Ken Kirwin - 2, Tom Boyle, Charlie Brown, and Chuck Feldschau - 1. Course: Sandpiper Oaks-Lakes Flight 1: 1st: Walt Weldon and Ron Dickey - Tied at 3 Skins 2nd: Mike Owen - 2 Skins 3rd: Todd Lee, Dan King, and Doug Banning - Tied at 1 Skin LowNet: Todd Lee - 64 Low-Gross: Bob Rudderham - 78 Birds: Walt Weldon 4, Ron Dickey - 2, Todd Lee - 1. Course: Sandpiper Lakes-Palms Flight 2: 1st: Don Rudderham - 3 Skins 2nd: Larry St. John, Jenice Taylor, and Cau Huynh - Tied at 2 Skins 3rd: Roland Lemoine, Greg Brash, and John Schachte - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Jenice Taylor and Cau Huynh - Tied at 64 Low-Gross: Cau Huynh - 84 Birds: Greg Brash - 1. Monday, March 20, Course: Summerfield Crossings 1st: Doug McFaul - 3 Skins 2nd: Mike Owen - 2 Skins 3rd: Bob Mizack, Dave Britton, Walt Weldon, Ron Dickey, Corky Stallings, and Todd Lee - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Todd Lee - 64 Low-Gross: Walt Weldon - 79 Birds: Bob Mizack, Doug McFaul, Walt Weldon, and Todd Lee - 1. Wednesday, March 22, Course: Sandpiper Palms-Oaks Flight 1: 1st: Don Rudderham - 2 Skins 2nd: Ray Webb and Rich Lucidi - Tied at 1 Skin L ow-Net: Bill Smythe and Don Rudderham - Tied at 64 Low-Gross: Bob Harris - 89 Birds: Denny Sutphen and Don Rudderham - 1. Course: Sandpiper Oaks-Lakes Flight 2: 1st: Wilf Pennell and Syl Amos - Tied at 2 Skins 2nd: Dan King and Greg Brash Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Greg Brash - 62 Low-Gross: Wilf Pennell - 80 Birds: Wilf Pennell - 2, Ruben Jones and Syl Amos - 1. Saturday, March 25, Course: Sandpiper Palms-Oaks Flight 1: 1st: Travis Lansberry, Jerry Liggett, Bob Harris, Paul Swakow, Jack Hugill, Jenice Taylor, Don Rudderham, Bill Smythe, and Mike Arghittu - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Bob Harris - 67 LowGross: Paul Swakow - 84 Birds: Jenice Taylor, Paul Swakow, Jay Sparkman, and Mark Arghittu - 1. Course: Sandpiper Oaks-Lakes Flight 2: 1st: Todd Lee - 2 Skins 2nd: Tom Kirchen, Wilf Pennell, Doug McFaul, and Bob Mizack - Tied at 1 Skin Low-Net: Todd Lee - 67 Low-Gross: John Jackson - 81 Birds: Walt Weldon and Todd Lee - 2, Greg Banks, John Jackson, and Wilf Pennell - 1.
Club Link One Membership More Golf Renaissance: Prize Fund: 4/5, 1st Gross Flight 1: Joe Vancura, Wright Edrington, Terry Boyd, Paul Kip 1st Net Flight 1: Steve Williams, John Rapp, Mike Starrett, Ken Deragon 1st Gross Flight 2: Fred Kunkel, Adam Happer, Tim Broad, Jack Stiles 1st Net Flight 2: Kathy Lawrence, Jane Boccieri, Vern Elarth, Greg McKeown 1st Gross Flight 3: Dan Widener, Doug Carroll, John Harter, Bob Stephens 1st Net Flight 3: Jan Huber, Yvonne Kelly, Diane McPherson, Joann Whalen 1st Gross Flight 4: Kyle Rollins, Eric Schenk, Carmine Aquilino, Tom Lansing 1st Net Flight 4: Cecilia Park, Myung Park, Sue Fitts, Linda Torchia 1st Gross Flight 5: Pat Starrett, Phil Katcher, Gene Shively, Frank Ogoreuc 1st Net Flight 5 (tie): Ilene Hemingway, Gene Hemingway, Karen Gibson, Jerry Gibson; Insook Kim, Chuck Kim, Sue Yoo, Jim Yoo 1st Gross Flight 6: Sue Knight, Adele Quinlan, Erma Faron, Kathy Hannell 1st Net Flight 6: Suzie White, Diane Doto, Elaine Davis, Kathleen Records.Couples Member-Member 4/17, 1st Flight 1: Myung Park, Cecilia Park, Fred Kunkel, Sue Auger 1st Flight 2: Pat Hannell, Kathy Hannell, Phil Katcher, Debbie Katcher 1st Flight 3 (tie): Gene Shively, Jeanie Shively, Jim Kelly, Yvonne Kelly; Jim Bach, Liz Bach, Ed Sauer, Belle Sauer 1st Flight 4: Jack Stiles, Diane Doto, John Zegras, Kathleen Zegras. Men 3/13, 2 Best Balls of 4, 1st: Bert Poulin, Paul Kip, Bob Noelte. 3/20, 3-2-1, 1st: Larry Quinn, Bob Noelte, Clyde Schafer. 3/27 Team Quota, 1st: Mike Schoonover, Mike Starrett, Terry Collum, Frank Ogoreuc. 4/3,1-2-3, 1st: Chuck Kim, Jim McLellan, Frank Ogoreuc. 4/10, 1 Best Ball of 2, 1st Flight 1: Chuck Kim, Steve Lockom 1st Flight 2: Jim Johnson, Frank Ogoreuc. Ladies, 3/14, Don’t Count T’s and F’s, 1st Flight 1: Kathy Lawrence 1st Flight 2: Denise Rosen 1st Flight 3: Linda Anderson 1st Flight 4: Rosie Kintz 1st Flight 5: Erma Faron. 3/28, Pick Your Best Nine, 1st Flight 1: Ilene Davidoff 1st Flight 2: Betty McLoone 1st Flight 3: Joann Beattie. 4/4, Individual Quota Points, 1st Flight 1: Kiyoko Ashendorf 1st Flight 2: Kathleen Records 1st Flight 3: Deloris Durm 1st Flight 4: Elaine Davis. 4/11, 1-2-3, 1st: Sue Knight, Kathy Sprowl, Joann Beattie, Rosie Kintz. Couples, 3/17, Texas Scramble, 1st Flight 1: Kyle and Betty Rollins 3/24, 1 Best Ball of 2, 1st Flight 1: Kyle and Betty Rollins 1st Flight 2: Ed and Nancy Barnes. 3/31, Modified Alternate Shot, 1st Place Flight 1 Dave and Nancy Birkett 1st Flight 2: Paul and Judy Kip. Scepter Men, 3/22, Best 9 Holes, Flight A: Tim Foley Flight B: Frank McCarthy Flight C(tie): Bert Nast, Wayne Stebbins, George Krauss Flight D(tie): Bill McNamara, Bob Ewing Flight E: Joel Marquis Flight F: Ian Gordon. 4/5, 2
HOLE IN ONE
Paula Jimaki scores her first hole in one at Club Renaissance on hole 12 on March 16 and in the same month wins the Scepter Ladies Club Championship scoring a two round gross total score of 175 on March 14 and 21. What an accomplishment! Accomplished by
Date: 03/27/17 Course: Scepter Hole: Ibis #6 Yardage: 114 Club used: 9 iron Witnessed By: Dave Kopperud, Larry Kallenbeck and Tom Murphy Best Balls of 4, 1st: Wayne Stebbins, Bob Sanicola, Harry Porter, Dave Norquist. Ladies 18 Holes, 4/11,Team Points, 1st: Paula Jimaki, Sue Barker, Joan Richardson, Maxine Hazen. Ladies 9 Holes, 3/14, Individual Low Net 1st: Nancy Wason. 3/21, 2 Best Balls, 1st: Terry Wynn, Kathy Payne, Patty George. 4/11,Scramble, 1st: Karen Crippen, Deborah Watson, Donna Lesyshen. Men’s Club Championship, 3/17, Club Champion: John Dowd Flight 1: Bob Dessecker Flight 2: Jim Ligotti Flight 3: Jim Betts Flight 4: Gary Butler Flight 5: John Lyons Flight 6: Nick Spagnuolo Flight 7: Bill Humes Flight 8: Dennis Kintzel. Ladies Club Championship, 3/21,Club Champion: Paula Jimaki Flight 1, Gross: Lori Adderley Net: Linda Poirier Flight 2 Gross: Chris Sparks Net: Louise Guerin Flight 3 Gross: Annetta Pucci Net(tie): Betty Thurston, Pam Lecren Flight 4 Gross: Kris Wells Net: Karen Munford Flight 5 Gross: Carol Salowitz Net: Linda Suh. Scepter Renaissance Men’s Interclub, 3/29,1st (tie): Bob McKown, Herman Weston, Eric Schenck, Tom Costello; Mike Schoonover, Joel Marquis, Paul Baskwell, George Ringham. Ladies Member-Member, 4/4,Champions: Annetta Pucci, Betty Lou Rosborough Flight 1: Kris Wells, Grethe Lindman Flight 2: Carol Salowitz, Linda Suh. Men’s 2 Man Match Play, 4/12, Champions: Reggie Ridlon, Terry Morris Flight 1: Tom Stefandel, Bill Carpenter Flight 2: Jim Hamilton, Greg Arbuckle Flight 3: Jeff Clark, Don Freed Flight 4: Steven Meadley, Glen Murray Flight 5: Bob Belanger, Bill Stoces.
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Scepter Ladies Host and Win 10th Annual Triangular Golf Tournament
On Tuesday March 28, 54 pairs, 108 women from Scepter, Renaissance and Caloosa played in the annual Triangular Golf Tournament. The tournament started in 2008 and rotates each year among the three golf clubs. Eighteen teams from each course competed, playing a two-person net best ball with the top 16 teams from each course scoring for their team. Scepter’s combined score was 995, Renaissance 1014, Caloosa 1070. A special thanks to Club Link Professional, Mark Johnson, for doing the scoring and cheering for the Scepter ladies green team. Following the competition a celebratory luncheon, team trophy presentation, and awards for team and individual prizes was held in the new Waterside room at the Kings Point Clubhouse. Although the competition can be intense, the camaraderie is great.
Prizes for the top six teams from each club were presented at the luncheon. First place winners from each club: Adele Quinlan and Kathleen Records (net score of 60) Renaissance, Carolyn Clark and Maxine Hazen (net score of 57) Scepter, Aileen Engel and Sarah Chambers (net score of 63) Caloosa. Prizes for the longest drive and closest to the pin were based on handicap so both low and high handicap players had a chance to win. Winners were Peggy Green (Scepter) closest to pin #6 Ibis, Liz Bach #7 Ibis (Renaissance) longest drive, Kim Roush #8 Ibis longest drive (Caloosa) and Lynn Yucuis (Scepter) closest to pin #5 osprey. Our founder, Kris Wells, was presented with a Bunka picture donated by Lynn Noyes from Caloosa which took ten days to make. What an honor and surprise!
SCC Lawn Bowling What a Year for Bob Ferguson!
By Garry Higgins It’s been quite the season for Sun City Center Lawn Bowler, Bob Ferguson. No doubt his specialty is “Singles” play. Leading up to the final singles match, he had won the “Junior” Singles Championship, the “Pebble Beach” Singles and the “Club” Singles for men. In one of the highlights of the lawn bowling season, the playoff for the overall Club Singles Champion, it was Bob (the Men’s Singles Champion) against Lynn Cranch, the current Women’s Singles Champion. This matchup provided spectators a with great game to watch and lots of Bob Ferguson, has won Four Lawn opportunities to cheer. There were several Bowling ‘Singles’ Championships this year tied ends as the game went back and forth. However, after 17 ends, the game was Bob’s and he was presented the Sun City Center Lawn Bowling Club’s Singles Champion trophy to add to his collection, for a total of four championship singles wins this year. The Sun City Center Lawn Bowling Club helps its members be active for life and have programs suited to the different levels of bowlers including recreational and competitive bowlers. Visit suncitycenterlbc.com for more information about the sport of Lawn Bowls, Croquet and the local club. They welcome members of the Sun City Center and the Kings Point Community Associations.
Sun City Center Shuffleboard Club
By Roger Kennicutt, CDR USN(retired) The SCC Shuffleboard Clubs continues to grow and added over 40 new members since last summer’s free lessons. Club activities this year included two fun shuffle events and a Christmas party. The Club’s participation in Funfest this year was a great success. The Club also increased Social Shuffle to four days each week, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Summer hours are 9 a.m. start. Be there earlier. Wednesday is reserved for our SCC Travel League, matches and practice. The SCC Travel League fielded two teams this year in is participation in the Bayshore Shuffle Travel League. SCC’s two Travel League, teams participated in a 20-match schedule with four other teams from RV Resorts of Rice Creek, Riverside and Hawaiian Isles, Ruskin along with the Palmetto community of Piney Point. This year SCC’s Blue team pulled out an upset for second place in the event by beating Piney Point in a 9 to 3 victory during the last match. This placed SCC in second place by one point. This is the first time since the creation of the League that SCC has had a team that finished in the top three places. Roger Kennicutt was reelected to serve as the Captain of the League during next year’s competition. The final standings were H.I. Red, First; SCC Blue, Second; Piney Pt., Third. The Travel Team will be practicing all summer. The members of the SCC League also voted in a new policy which requires that next season the Blue and Gold teams will be constructed so that each team is as close to equal strength and experience as possible. It is expected that the Bayshore Travel League will adopt the same policy to establish a more level playing field and giving all participating team a better opportunity to compete successfully. State Pros and State Amateurs are allowed to play in our league, so if you are a new resident of SCC or Kings Point and have not looked us over, feel free to check-in at one of our practices. The only requirement is that you become a member of the SCC Shuffleboard Club and Kings Point residents are permitted to join this SCC Club at the present time under the club’s bylaws. In the world of Florida State shuffleboard activities, SCC’s Cau Huynh accumulated enough points during his half season participation to be invited to play in the District Masters Tournament in which he competed against seven other District Amateurs. In this event he placed fourth.
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Senior Athlete of the Month is Diane Barnes
By Bob Monahan Her motto is “Life’s a ball,” and she certainly lives up to her motto. I am talking about Diane Barnes and if it a round ball, Diane can be found throwing, hitting, passing, rolling or catching the ball referred to in her motto. I first met Diane about three years ago when I decided to join the SCC Volleyball Club. She had perfect technique and could cradle the ball accurately setting up her teammates for some easy shots. Later on the softball field she gave all her teammates encouragement along with hitting and fielding tips. Those teammates describe her hitting and fielding as “Awesome”. If that were not enough, three more sports that Diane has mastered are pickleball, bowling and ping pong. One thing I like about Diane is her sincerity and kindness toward her teammates. She is very reticent to brag about any of her accomplishments, so I asked her about her early years and how she became proficient in all of these sports. Diane was rais ed in S out her n California. Her Laguna Beach High School was so close to the beaches that frequently gym was held at the beach where she learned to play volleyball. On weekends and after school she played softball. After she graduated from high school she worked as a bookkeeper for a land development company and took up bowling after work. Later she moved
continued as she cared for her dad who died two years later. Diane, a Kings Point resident, decided to stay in Sun City Center with the goal of playing one sport a day. She currently works full time second shift in Security at KP. This allows her to play sports seven mornings a week including five softball teams on the national level to the local level. Locally, she plays on three softball teams. One of these traveling teams is the “Sunny Beaches” that plays in tournaments in Alabama, Tennessee and Northern Florida. When not playing softball, Diane can be frequently found playing in numerous out of town pickleball tournaments. She doesn’t go to the gym because her activity level is sufficient to maintain
her excellent fitness. As for her diet, she is a “meat and potato eater” who has eliminated desserts. A late breakfast after her games is part of her diet. “If I eat before a sport I feel like I’m pulling a trailer behind me”, she laughs. Her favorite sport is softball and she in particular enjoys the camaraderie of her teammates in Sun City who she feels she can count on at any time for their help and support. She calls her teammates her family and wouldn’t dream of living any other place than Sun City Center with all it has to offer. As of this writing, Diane was set to participate in a pickleball tournament at Kings Point and looking forward to playing Wednesday night ping pong at Kings Point.
POETRY April Showers Bring May Flowers to Branson, Missouri where she started women’s volleyball and softball teams. At the same time her proficiency in bowling led her to the US Open where she made appearances for three years. What brought Diane to Sun City Center? Her parents lived in Sun City Center and when her mom passed in 2008 she quit her job to help her dad. That caring and giving attitude
Southshore Regional Library May Events
Monday, May 1 • Genealogy: Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin in Community Room 1. Learn how to find your immigrant ancestor using U.S. records. Questions? Call (813) 273-3652. Monday, May 1 • Hands-Only CPR 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin in Community Room 2. Join Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, in partnership with the American Heart Association, to learn the life-saving skill of Hands-Only CPR. Participants will receive hands on training that will empower them to act when help is needed. Participants must be 13 years or older. Registration required at either the SouthShore Regional Library Information Desk or by calling (813) 273-3652. Wednesday, May 3 • Recording Studio Open Orientation Every Wednesday 4:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m. at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin in the Media Lab. Interested in using the Recording Studio or discovering what we have to offer? Come to our Recording Studio Orientation to get an overview of the devices and software available for use and learn how you can reserve time in the studio. Funded in part by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library. All ages are welcome. Parent or guardian must be present for children under 17. Questions? Call (813) 273-3652. Monday, May 8, 22 • Adult Writing Group 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin in the John Crawford Art Education Studio. Connect with fellow writers to inspire, encourage, and exchange ideas about the writing process. Opportunities to share your writings and receive feedback will be available. If you’ve ever wanted to be a writer, this is the group for you! All levels of writers are welcome. Questions? Call (813) 273-3652. Saturday, May 13 • Tampa Bay Libcon 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin in the Community Rooms. Come join us for a day of fun at our Tampa Bay LibCon celebrating comics, anime, manga, sci-fi, fantasy and the world of fandom! Questions? Call (813) 273-3652. Wednesday, May 17 • Elder Law 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin in Community Room 1. This program will provide information and education regarding legal issues for seniors including planning for incapacities and long-term care with emphasis on public benefits. Questions? Call: (813) 273-3652. Thursday, May 25 • Adult Coloring Group 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin in the John Crawford Art Education Studio. Join us for some relaxation and socialization in our Adult Coloring Group. All supplies provided. Funded by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library. Questions? Call (813) 273-3652. Tuesday, May 30 • Crabgrass Cowboys 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin in the Community rooms. Enjoy this high energy, wholesome fun musical performance. Since 1988, Hapi McKenzie and Patty Pfister have been performing country, rockabilly, bluegrass, folk and swing songs from 1930’s to 1950’s to keep this music alive for those who love it and introduce it to those who have never heard it. They perform both covers and award-winning original songs, several about Florida, in the style of singing cowboys of yesteryear. Questions? Call (813) 273-3652.
By Suzanne S. Austin-Hill First in March... A ferocious lion enters annually experiences a change of heart and exits a gentle lamb
Then in April... The rains fall and fall and fall according to tradition... ehhhhv’rywhere? what of global warming, climate change and drought? do April showers really bring May flowers? “Not so much.” experts say. “Thermal reading reigns, not the rains. But ‘April temperatures bring May flowers’ just doesn’t sound right, does it?”
Decoration Day W.J. Farr
The closing of the month of May Brings to us a Day of Remembrance. We pause and stand in Memory and celebration of each Brave soul who sacrificed time and Life for us. The day began as a simple one. Civil War widows decorated the graves of Husbands and sons lost in bloody conflict. The years have added layers. Called Memorial Day, it means many things, A day of parades, speeches, and wreaths. No poppy blooms nor can lily white Bring those lost back. No medals or bands can ring Existence to those claimed by sad war. Yet we remember, and They who gave all, Live again in heart and mind. Many are forgotten when they return To life beyond conflict, Many have no hope, no love Waiting to enfold them and Restore their beings. It is our duty to attend. They are the warriors of the nation. Those who gave for us, Must be cared for by us. Those who suffered for our liberties, Must be protected by those Living in the gift. A solitary bugle mourns the commemoration. We memorialize their dedication. Now we must also give to those Who struggled and fought to Ensure that we live in Liberty. Let us recall all the brave and valiant as we Remember those who have left our domain, and Decorate the lives of Veterans who remain.
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Photo by Diane Loeffler Bruce Fraser, Men’s Club installer handing the equipment to Mike Albanese, Assistant Chief of Safety.
Sun City Center Men’s Club Lifeline Supports The Community By Uta Kuhn The Life Line Office sponsored by the Sun City Center Men’s Club is supporting our local Sun City Center organizations to help them protect their members who may be alone in their facilities. They have just installed a system with fall detection in the SCC Emergency Squad Building to protect their members who have late and overnight shift duties. It is the Men’s Club pleasure to supply the system at no cost to the Squad. The alert will go directly to the Hillsborough County’s Fire Rescue call center. A similar offer has been made to the SCC Security Patrol. The Patrol is
considering the offer. According to David Floyd, VP Life Line, “Life Line and the SCC Men’s Club will continue to support the SCC community to protect its members”. The Fitness Center at Club Renaissance is also installing a Lifeline fall detection system as they have single users and no attendants on duty. The Club wants to protect their members. Life Line brings security and peace of mind to subscribers and their families at a reasonable cost. The SCC Men’s Club also has a program for financial assistance for those on a limited budget. Life Line can be reached at 813-6337091 for further information.
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SCC Interfaith Council Supports RCMA Charter School
By Jay Sparkman Paula Davis, a volunteer at the Nearly New Shop in the Sun City Center Plaza, presents a $8,855 grant check from the Sun City Center Interfaith Council to Heather Hanson, Director of Professional Development at the RCMA Charter school. The grant will be used to fund local area field trips for all grade levels providing enrichment and increasing community awareness. The SCC Interfaith Council uses monies from the sale of donated items at the Nearly New Shop to fund grants and college scholarships in the South Shore area. Volunteers are always needed at the Nearly New Shop. Call 813-642-9099 for more info or go to www.suncitycenterinterfaithcouncil.com John Bowker and Roz Cruthis, Vice President
Bowker Speaks on Local History
By Jo Prater John Bowker was the speaker at the SouthShore United Church of Christ Women’s Fellowship General meeting in April. He gave a very interesting and informative talk about the history of Del Webb’s Sun City Center.
A Big Thank You To The Interfaith Council
Redeemer Lutheran Donates to Sister Sara
Members of Redeemer Lutheran Church recently raised funds for Sister Sara Proctor, coordinator of Mobile Medical Services that provides medical care to the indigent, those without health care, and the underserved people in our community. An additional $250 grant from Thrivent Financial was used to purchase medical supplies for the mobile ministry.
Special thanks goes out to the Interfaith Council of Sun City Center for their generous grant of $10,000 to the United Methodist Church of SCC. This money will provide much needed support for the church’s “Soul Food” program which provides healthy, nutritious food for the bodies and hearts of our children and youth stated Jeff Collins, Director of Children/Youth and Family Ministries. We are so blessed to be a recipient of these funds. The church currently serves about 150 children each week though their Kidz Klub and Under The Cross Youth programs. The money for this grant is generated through the Nearly New Shop which uses its profits for special grants and scholarships. The grants are then distributed by the Interfaith Council. For more information about the United Church and its programs, please contact Pat Hill, Director of Ministries (813) 6343-2539.
SouthShore UCC Names Sally Morse Woman of The Year
By Jo Prater SouthShore United Church of Christ Women’s Fellowship is proud to name Sally Morse as its 2017 Woman of the Year. A member since 2006, Sally has been actively involved as a member of many committees and boards including the Church College Board, helping the College to fulfill its unique mission of adult education in Sun City Center and beyond. She continues in that position today. In Women’s Fellowship she has been a circle leader, guiding the church women as they become friends and enjoy programs, meals, trips to places of interest and service projects. Sally is committed to Sally Morse doing the best job she can. She feels it a great privilege to serve others.
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Pictured, from left, are Ron Ruhle, Theresa Cruz, Rev. Bill Cruz of GSM, Father Augustine of Prince of Peace, Pat Pelton, Nick Caleca, and Leo Pelzel.
Prince of Peace Hosts Interfaith Meeting
By Jay Sparkman Price of Peace Catholic Church was the host for the March meeting of the Sun City Center Interfaith Council. The guest speaker was Theresa Cruz from the Good Samaritan Mission in Balm. The Good Samaritan Mission serves people from southern and eastern Hillsborough County. Mrs. Cruz spoke about “helping people get out of the hole” through the mission’s providing of self-help programs and gave a review of programs that provide help to all age groups. The SCC Interfaith Council has been a long-time supporter of the GSM. The SCC Interfaith Council uses monies from the sale of donated goods at the Nearly New Shop in the rear of the Sun City Center Plaza to fund grants to organizations and college scholarships to graduating students from East Bay and Lennard high schools. For more information about the Council, donating, or becoming a volunteer at the Nearly New Shop go to www.SunCityCenterInterfaithCouncil. com or call 813-642-9099
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Temple Beth Israel Presents An Afternoon With The Beatlemaniax
Groove to the music of the Beatles. Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 2 p.m. Sun City Center Community Hall. Doors open at 1:30 – open seating. Tickets - $15. Tickets on sale M/W/F at the Atrium kiosk. Call Ilene Unruch at 973-876-3513 or Paul Spiegal at 813-283-8010 for information. Come and enjoy an afternoon with the Beatlemaniax. Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!
Card And Game Social
Prince Of Peace Catholic Church, Conesa Center 702 Valley Forge Blvd, Sun City Center. Thursday, May 11, 2017, 12 noon to 3 p.m. The Council of Catholic Women of Prince of Peace Catholic Church invites all who enjoy playing cards and games to attend our monthly social. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. A selection of homemade cakes and refreshments will be served. Cards, pencils and tallies are furnished. A donation of $3 per person is accepted.
Grief Support Group Starts Soon
A spiritual and loving support group for those grieving the death of a loved one began April 26 at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Sun City Center, and continues on the following Wednesdays: May 3, May 17, May 31, ending June 7. The time for each session is from 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. in the chapel. The sessions and materials are free. A booklet and video from a hospice pioneer, Barbara Karnes, RN, will be incorporated into our study. As our group explores the grieving process, we will also be studying the book, “Beyond the Broken Heart”. This class journey will help participants navigate the emotions, experiences, and questions associated with grief. The leaders are Carol Liedberg, RN, and Anne Ray, RN and Stephen Minister. Registration is required. Call 813-634-1252 and leave a message for Carol Liedberg. St. Andrew is located at 1239 Del Webb Blvd. W.
Hope Children’s Home
The Trinity Women’s Fellowship (TWF) of Trinity Baptist Church took a field trip to Hope Children’s Home in Tampa recently. L to R are TWF Board Members Aileen Engel, Betty Harker and Marge Weber. The group had a private tour of the facility followed by lunch with many of the students & staff. The women donated immediate food, health & beauty, paper and cleaning products as well as a check for $150 for other essentials. TWF will have their May tea party on Tuesday, May 16. For information about Trinity Women’s Fellowship, check the website at “www. trinitybaptistscc.com” or call 813-634-4228.
Christian Women’s Connection Luncheon
The May Christian Women’s Connection Luncheon, presented by Stonecroft Ministries, will be held on May 11, 2017 at the Renaissance Club, 2121 South Pebble Beach Blvd., Sun City Center, FL. Reservations are required and the price is $18 inclusive, payable at the door, by either cash or check, made out to C.W.C. Seating begins at 11 a.m. and the program follows from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The menu is pan seared mahi mahi with fruit salsa or you may order the alternate chicken caesar salad when making your reservation. Please make reservations by May 8 at 10 a.m. Carol Kent, a bestselling author and speaker, will be presenting “A New Kind of Normal.” Please respond by emailing your reservations to Pat Butler at “email@example.com” or by calling 813-938-4320.
Retirement means different things to different people, but to Al Petschl, it meant opening the door to a life of volunteer service. After working 35 years at the U.S. Post Office in St. Paul, Minn., Petschl retired in 1992. He remained as active as ever, however. This is especially true during the six months he and his wife Mary spend in Florida each year, where he has offered his service to several nonprofits. “I read a lot, but I just can’t sit,” says Petschl. “I like to keep busy, so I walk a lot about 30 miles a week. And I work at Al Petschl — Helping his neighbors as a Our Lady’s Pantry on Tuesday, Friday, way of life. and Saturdays.” “Al is among our volunteers, who make a huge difference at Our Lady’s Pantry,” says Anita Bullaro, co-director of the Pantry. “We work together to provide a big box of groceries for about 200 families each week. “If you want to learn more about what we do, please stop by some Tuesday, Friday, or Saturday morning and ask for me or Al,” says Bullaro. “We will be happy to show you around and introduce you to others. We can use all the hands we can get, especially at this time of year when many of our regular helpers head back North.” “I enjoy the people here at the Pantry, and you will too,” says Petschl. “We have lots of fun!”
Nearly New Department of the Month
By Jay Sparkman The hard-working volunteers in the Furniture Department at the Nearly New Shop in the rear of the Sun City Center Plaza have been chosen as Department of the Month. Pictured are, from left, Tom Carroll, Mike Trefren, and Steve Gelsey. These three men, like all the volunteers at Nearly New, sort, price, and display donated goods from residents in the Greater Sun City Center area. The Sun City Center Interfaith Council uses monies from the sale of donations to fund grants and scholarships in the South Shore area. For information about the Nearly New Shop, volunteering at the shop, or donating salable items, call 813-642-9099.
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KP Line Dancers
Join the KP Line Dancers free social dance on Wed May 24, 7 p.m. in the Veterans Theater. Open to KP and SCC residents and their guests. Casual dress, or black & white theme costume. Appropriate dance shoes, no flip-flops. BYOB. Call Jan 634-6226 if more info needed.
KPAL’s Artist of the Month For May is Joan Baragar
Joan has been painting off and on most of her life. She started in acrylics, then tried Norwegian rosemaling, a form of folk painting in oils. Later, in Maine, she discovered watercolors. Joan says, “Painting has been a lot of fun, it’s educational, and I’ve met some wonderful people on my painting journey. Luckily, a good friend introduced my husband and I to Sun City Center and Kings Point with a wide range of art opportunities. I look forward to learning and hopefully growing to be a better artist in this new and welcoming environment.”
Pizza Mania in the KP Veterans Theater 5/17/17
Bonjourno! All Italian Club Members. Meet your friends at the Bistro Pizzeria in the main clubhouse of Kings Point Veterans Theater for a gigantic pizza party. Several varieties of pizza will be available which will be served with coffee, tea, soda and a dessert. BYOB is you desire a different beverage. Entertainment for this evening will be RABELO of Kings Point fame. Date of the event if 5/17/17. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Members $12, nonmembers $14. Tickets will be available on 5/3/17 and 5/5/17 from 9 a.m. to noon each day, in the Veterans Theater lobby. Cutoff date for ticket sales 5/12/17. Tables of eight can be reserved. Please prepare a list of those who will be in your party along with the checks for each made out to the Italian Club. Sun City CA residents please bring your ID badge when checking in at the Visitors Gate to purchase tickets. If you have questions please call May 813-419-4790. Let’s Mangia, dance and have fun with LA FAMILIA.
Kings Point Quilters Viewer’s Choice Winners
By Jane Scully The Kings Point Quilters would like to thank everyone who visited their quilt show and boutique during Spring Fling. Those who attended the show could see today’s quilts are a far cry from those grandma used to make. I think she would be amazed to see how quilting has evolved, thanks to today’s technology. Thank you to all who took the time to fill out a viewer’s choice ballot. You had a difficult decision to make. We are pleased to announce the winners: First Place - “Checking Out the Blue” by Shirley Bennett. This quilt is a two fabric Bargello pattern by Susie Weaver. It was quilted by Diane T. See. The quilts are now on display in the KPCH Fiber Arts Room. Second Place - “Floating Along” by Shirley Bennett. This is a sea horse collage made from individual fabric flowers. Shirley did her own quilting. Third Place - “Golden Flowers” by Jan McConnell. Jan fell in love with the fabric when she saw it in the store and made the quilt during a quilt retreat. Her quilt was quilted by Karen Swenson.
Donna Heath, Kings Point Quilt Member; Reggie Brillant, and Linda Wolka, Chairman Veteran Quilt Program.
Kings Point Quilters Honor Veteran Reggie Brillant
The Kings Point Quilters recently had the honor of presenting one of their handmade veterans’ quilts to Joseph “Reggie” Brillant. Reggie served in the Navy during WW II between 1943-1946. He served on the USS O’Flaherty escorting aircraft carriers and hunting down submarines off the California coast. He served in four battles including Pearl Harbor, the Invasions of Guam, Philippines, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. In May 1946, Reggie received his honorable discharge at Lido Beach, Long Island, NY. Reggie joined the Naval Reserves and was called to active duty during the Korean War serving in the Atlantic aboard the USS John Hood. Following this war, he received his second honorable discharge. In 2014 Reggie flew to Washington, D.C. as part of the Honor Flight Program.
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1st Place - “Checking Out the Blue” & 2nd Place - “Floating Along” by Shirley Bennett.
Third Place - “Golden Flowers” by Jan McConnell.
Kings Point West Lawn Bowling Club (KPWLBC) crowned the club Double’s Champions Frank Crowley and Susan Bowers on March 11 as they defeated the team of Donald Bowers and Bob Frieboth. Both teams wowed the fans gathered with many excellent shots. KPWLBC is an active club with scheduled bowling six days a week. In addition to regular bowling, members are looking participate in many league and club tournaments throughout the season. If you are a lawn bowler interested in joining KPWLBC, would like information on lawn bowling or to inquire about lessons, please call Frank at 813-938-4757.
Bob Frieboth, Donald Bowers, Frank Crowley, Susan Bowers.
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By Michelle Jolly I took a ride on the Pennsylvania Railroad this week and it was loads of fun. I boarded at the local depot and took a spot in the beautifully appointed dining car, settling in for the pleasant ride and a cup of tea. After travelling several miles, I happened to look out the window and was shocked to see a giant man peering into my car with a big grin on his face! OMG what’s happening? Happily, I woke up from this strange dream and realized I was just reliving my pleasant visit to the Kings Point Model Railroad Club. I met with board members Erwin Weinstein (President), Jim Langdoc (Treasurer) and Vic Doug her ty (Secretary), and they introduced me to this fascinating world of trains, trains and more trains. And yes I got to run them! The KP Model Railroad Club was founded in 1989 with members comprised of residents from both Kings Point and SCC. Back then they called it the Sun Point Model RR Club. Since the space was shared with several other clubs like Doll House, Model Airplanes, Wood Carvers and Stained Glass, it was a challenge operating in such close quarters. Using 2’x4’ modules of track that members would store in their garages they periodically set up in one of the larger clubhouse rooms, bolting the modules together to create a large display that they and the Kings Point residents could enjoy for a time. That meant acquiring a truck and picking up members and their modules all around Kings Point and Sun City Center and ferrying them to the North Club. If the room was needed for another function they had to do this operation all over again in reverse. One year Al Hoffman
of WCI supplied and paid for a truck to transport all the modules to the Sun Dome Senior Fair so they could display their growing track system which by then measured about 40’x50’ - it was a big hit. In the mid-90’s the SCC resident club members were offered space in their clubhouse so they split off to develop their own club while maintaining an amiable friendship with the KP club, and to this day members of both clubs continue to share knowledge and collaborate on special projects. Once the South Club was built WCI began moving the other clubs into their own spaces. Finally, The Kings Point Model Railroad Club could take over the whole room and over time they created the beautiful display you see today. In 2013 the very generous COA provided a grant of $3,652 so that the club could convert from DC (Direct Current) to the newer technology of DCC (Digital Command Control). Working with a consultant and also the SCC Model Railroad Club, it took several months to complete the project. Wiring was updated and ‘decoders’ were installed in each of the HO locomotives to receive the digital commands. I asked these gentlemen why so passionate about trains? And what do they do in here since the display looked complete to my novice eyes? Well, apparently, their work is never done. There’s maintenance and cleaning and expansion. There are many ways a member could contribute to the club. Tasks include wiring, rewiring, maintenance, cleaning (a monthly endeavor that involves rubbing an eraser-like block gently over every inch of track and then running a special train around all the tracks that delivers an
alcohol based agent) soldering, lighting and electrical, weathering of cars and other decorative landscaping around the tracks….and some members simply join so they can run the trains. I could see a boyish twinkle in their eyes as they talked about all the hours they spend lovingly tending to their masterpiece. And it is a masterpiece – several scale miles of beautifully laid out track enhanced by a mural that spans two walls of the room providing a lovely scenic backdrop. It was donated by a member of the art league some years ago. There are lights and horns and bells, all of which I had the pleasure of operating from a nifty remote controller. I brought the train up to the equivalent of 42 mph and as instructed rang the bells as the train passed through a station and then every chance I got I blew the horn with wild abandon. What fun! Every year the club participates in
the Model Train Show at the Tampa Fairgrounds held in December. If you know your grandchildren will be coming for a visit you can stop in and they’d by happy to arrange a demo. While I was there several residents stopped by and were waved in to take a look around. I saw their faces light up with childlike wonder as they took it all in. Set hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 1-3 p.m. (except holidays) and any other time members are in there working you are welcome to visit. There are about twenty active members today and they spend roughly 6-9 hours a week ‘working on the railroad’. Dues are $40 per year and there is also an initiation fee of $30 after a ninety-day probation period. All Kings Point residents are welcome to join and that includes ladies who I’m sure would enjoy it as much as I did. So, what are you waiting for? Climb aboard and join the fun!
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Emergency Squad ES Wants Your Business Have a Plan
What do you do if an employee or customer gets sick or injured inside your store or business? The Emergency Squad and other emergency responders may not be familiar with your business, facility or location. The Squad suggests that you develop a basic plan, communicate it to your employees and staff members, and maybe even have a practice drill. To help us reach the patient quickly: When calling for emergency service, give the business name and address including suite number. Make sure your office/ store street address is visible or available to staff and customers. Have someone designated as the “doorman” to direct arriving emergency crews to the patient or scene. Make sure there is easy access – clear aisles or hallways so that we can get a gurney through. We hope that this never happens in your workplace. But it does happen, and it does happen here in Sun City Center. We look to our community business partners to “partner” with us to ensure quick care for all of our residents.
SCC Emergency Squad Fundraiser
The Rockin’ Thru the Years Dance Club was thrilled at the sellout crowd for the Sun City Center Emergency Squad fundraising dance they hosted on April 1, 2017 at King’s Point Veterans Theater. The Dance Club’s President, Sandi Zoldi, presented the Squad’s Chief, Robert Leonard, with a check for $2,700. We would like to recognize the contributions Kings Point and Vesta made allowing us to use Veterans Theater for the dance in addition to selling tickets, while our Rockin’ Thru the Years Dance Club paid for the entertainment, incidentals and provided volunteers to set up and clean up the facility, allowing 100 percent of the ticket sales to go to the SCC Emergency Squad. This was truly a “Neighbors helping Neighbors” event. Additionally, generous dance attendees reached into their pockets and gave additional cash donations to the Emergency Squad Chief. Rockin’ Thru the Years Dance Club thanks everyone who attended the dance for their great support!
Meet Marilyn Navarro - The Emergency Squad’s New Asst. Chief of Communications
Marilyn joined the squad shortly after moving from Ohio in early 2016. Her plan always was to join the squad when she heard of this terrific organization. While on a mission trip to Haiti in 1982, she recognized the need to have more than just basic first aid knowledge and completed the EMT course at Choffin Career Center in Youngstown, Ohio, before returning for the second mission trip to Haiti. She retired after 39.5 years as a paralegal for a small law firm in Girard, Ohio, working primarily in real estate and probate aspects of the law practice. After retiring in 2006, she joined the Guardian Angels program under the auspices of Trumbull County Probate Court. This program was designed to make scheduled visits with individuals in the guardianship program to assure that they were being properly administered as required by the Court systems. In addition, the program was designed to address to the personal needs of each ward as much as possible. Marilyn has also worked as a caregiver in both Ohio, and here in Sun City Center. She currently is working as an EMR with Team One. “Working with the Sun City Center Emergency Squad is a very rewarding experience. Every day is different and all of us on the squad feel very blessed in our positions and the ability to provide our services to our residences.”
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Red Shirt Fridays is Evidenced at the Dinner Hour By Peggy Burgess You don’t have to travel to the Middle East to view the Red Sea; just visit Freedom Plaza on any Friday and the “red sea” will engulf you… This happens to be a sea of red clothing worn by nearly everyone in sight, and it is not a coincidence nor a mere fashion fetish. The color is worn to make a statement of support for our nation’s military troops serving in myriad locations around the world, “RED” standing for “Remember Everyone Deployed”. Red Shirt Fridays is a national, notfor-profit organization with no political ties and but one mission: “to boost the morale of all American servicemen and servicewomen deployed to battle in foreign countries.” It assures them that their sacrifices are appreciated and will not be forgotten, and has nothing to do with approval or disapproval of a particular military action. It was initiated in 2008 by Weeki Wachee, Florida resident Don Hofmiester, now a financial consultant, formerly a Marine serving in Vietnam. His bitter experiences on returning home from that “police action” motivated his launching of Red Shirt Fridays, www. redshirtfridays.org Red Shirt Fridays here began several years ago when the staff of ROC (Retired Officers Corporation), an important entity of Freedom Plaza with offices in the building, sported red shirts and badges marked, “Ask me about RED”. It is not surprising that upon being informed about “RED” residents responded wholeheartedly, for Freedom Plaza is indelibly linked to the military. Many of its residents are a part of “The Great Generation” and helped to bring America victoriously through WWII. Most others have served the country in later military conflicts.
Yet Freedom Plaza has even stronger military ties. It was originally envisioned and presented by ROC as a military retirement community, though even before construction began that concept changed to include non-military related residents, as well. ROC, however, remains as Freedom Plaza’s sponsor—as is noted on the entrance gates. And how fortunate are the residents of Freedom Plaza to have ROC on the premises! Though its staff is relatively small, the services it offers are enormous. They range from aid with problems such as renewing military identification, accessing military dependent assistance programs, solving personal computer glitches, copying or faxing important documents and arranging memorial services to presenting impressive patriotic holiday programs. ROC’s “Remembering Vietnam” exposition of last November 11, Veteran’s Day, is still recalled by its many spectators with awe and appreciation. Visitors to Freedom Plaza are always made to feel welcome, but should your visit take place on a Friday, do consider wearing red and your welcome will be even more enthusiastic.
Resident Denis Brady, Director of Retired Officers Corporation dresses appropriately for Red Shirt Fridays at Freedom Plaza.
Aston Gardens Successful Fundraising Benefits the Emergency Squad
On March 9, Aston Gardens broke out the cards and poker chips and held a very fun Monte Carlo night to benefit the Emergency Squad. The casino night games raised $2000 to assist the Squad with the ever-increasing costs of operations, such as fuel, vehicle maintenance and medical supplies. The evening was attended by more than 80 people and prizes and gifts were auctioned off to the big winner. Shown below are Tom Goshorn, Executive Director at Aston Gardens, Chris McCann, Asst. Chief HR, Dick Morrison, Squad Board of Directors, Chief Robert Leonard, Eileen Peco, Chairman of the Board and Linda Roberts, Executive Director at the Courtyards with Emergency
Pearl Ash, Paul Ash, Bill Ciota and Anita Ciota in The Pub Dining Room.
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Community Cats Need Your Help
Feline Folks has said “Goodbye” to many of our loyal community cat feeders. If you are an animal lover and can help even one day a month, Feline Folks would love to talk to you. We feed the cats daily. Food, training and support are provided. Our most urgent need is in Aston Gardens and Kings Point. We have a special need for afternoon feeders at Winn Dixie/Sun Towers and morning feeders in Kings Point. If you would like to take a test ride to learn more about the process, contact us at the email “firstname.lastname@example.org”. Visit our information table in the North Clubhouse on first and the third Wednesday of each month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The table is on the left side as enter the front door. Join us at a Meow Mixer on the first Thursday of the month at 4:30 in the Culinary Room of the 2020 building. This is a great way to meet the group, learn about our activities and enjoy a snack.
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Celebrate Cinco De-Meow-O
Cat Food Drive May 1 – May 31 Let’s celebrate Cinco de Meow-O to help struggling pet owners keep their pets at home. Senors and Senoritas are encouraged to support this great cause by donating dry or wet cat food, cat treats and kitty litter to these locations: Boggs Jewelers 4845 Sun City Center Blvd. Sun City Center, FL 33573 Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. – noon Men’s Club of SCC 1002 Cherry Hills Dr. Sun City Center, FL 33573 Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sun City Center Security Patrol 1225 N Pebble Beach Blvd. Sun City Center, FL 33573 Every Day 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. All donated cat food benefits low-income pet owners through the Cat Lovers Club of SCC, Cat Meals Program. The individuals that receive these donations have limited financial means to provide the nutritious food necessary to feed their cats. The cat food they receive through these important programs makes a difference in their lives, the lives of their pets, and the cats in their care. If you prefer, you can make a cash donation directly to “Feed the Tuna Chest”. Please send your donation to Cat Lovers Club, PO Box 5772, Sun City Center, FL 33571-5772 and mark your donation “Feed the Tuna Chest” fund. As always thank you for your donation and for thinking of the cats.
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Now “I had a great drive” takes on a whole new meaning. The Shelby Cobra® takes the golf cart to a whole new level. Now the most enjoyable part of the game will be a great drive.
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