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May 2018 official publication of the Sun City Center Community Association

COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION SCHEDULE MAY 7 Board Workshop to discuss Agenda Board Room (new CA office building) – 9 a.m. 9 Board Meeting Rollins Theater – 9 a.m. 15 Community Leaders Meeting Florida Room – 9 a.m. 18 New CA Office Building Open House – 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. JUNE 11 Board Workshop to discuss Agenda Board Room (new CA office building) – 9 a.m. 13 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 Board in the Atrium the Monday before and on the CA website ( www.suncitycenter. org – under “Association”). They will also be sent via “What’s New in the CA” email. Every Wednesday: Orientation for new members in the Boardroom in the CA office starting at 1 p.m. sharp.

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

Membership Meetings Know What Is Happening in SCC

By Diane M. Loeffler Please mark your calendar for October 24, the date for the next Membership Meeting. In order to be sure to have future Membership Meetings on your calendar, be sure to read the shaded box on the upper left-hand corner of page CA-1 of The News of Sun City Center, all the CA’s meetings are listed there. Be sure to bring your CA Identification card to the meeting. It is required. On Time and On Budget Jonathan Moore says, “This will be my last update meeting on the administration building.” Only small items, a doorstop, a hinge, one carpet tile and a few light lenses, were to be completed. All systems were being tested, staff was being trained on a/c, electric and other systems. Once the contractor completes what Moore referred to as the “bumper to bumper” inspection, the building will be under warranty for one year. A month before the warranty expires, there will be another walk-through inspection so that if there are any concerns at that time, they can be addressed before the year is done. Lyn Reitz says, “The staff began their move into the new building on April 27. The CA offices will open in the new building on May 2.” The move is being

The new Community Association Administration Building will be open for business on May 2. On May 18, you can tour the building and enjoy refreshments during an Open House from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.

done on those dates so that there is a minimal interruption of services. Reitz also says that there will be a number of repair projects taking place over the summer. She says, “Don’t move cones or caution tape.” Beautification Homes built after 1992 contribute $36 a year to pay for the plants along Route 674. If your house was built before that date, you receive a letter each year asking for a contribution. These monies are all used to keep the area beautiful. Shredding Day Sun City Center CA members attended the March Shredding Day in record

numbers, far beyond the number of people who participated in any of the last eleven years. To better meet the community’s needs, two shredding days will be scheduled each year. The next one is scheduled for October 9, 2018. Governmental Affairs Sam Sudman reminded us that the old North Golf Course is private property. It is being leased by Toro for ten years. Since it is private property, it is off limits to everyone except Toro employees. A study is in process for widening 19th Ave. that includes environmental aspects and sound barriers. There are plans to

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Take a Book & Leave a Book

By Nan Dorsey What is a Little Free Library? You could ask schoolchildren in Wimauma, the SCC Sawdust Engineers, The Hope Fund volunteers, GFWC members, or the Wimauma Elementary School family, even Wimauma’s Girls & Boys Club. Our communities have embraced reading is fun. “Take a Book” - “Leave a Book” is known as Little Free Library (LFL) internationally. Lovers of books have joined to build and stock neighborhood locations around the globe. Each box is registered and numbered with the founding office in Hudson, Wisconsin. The SCC Woman’s Club asked the SCC Sawdust Engineers to make a LFL several years ago. They said yes and have donated three. Donations of books, most recycled, are collected by Hope Fund librarian, Cliff Oldham. Media Specialist at the Wimauma Elementary School, Ms. Laura Robinson, stocks LFL inside the school and Mr. Oldham fills the Civic Center’s LFL during the school year. Mr. Oldham responded to a recent call from the Girls & Boys Club to fill their shelves too. The children have nicknamed Mr. Oldham, ‘Mr. Book’ naturally. He accepts gently used books and will give a brief talk to organizations if interested.

Although the concept is ‘Take a Book”, ‘Leave a Book’, not many are returned. We don’t mind, every child should have a small library. Many thanks to all who make this possible, especially Mr. Stan Juczak who built and installed this third LFL in Wimauma.

Paint room ladies at Sawdust Engineers helped complete LFL with school colors. They are, l to r, Carol Blecher, Gail Walker, Lisa Rudloff and Bridgett Lewis.

Ms. Robinson and Mr. Oldham admiring the newest addition to Wimauma Elementary school.


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Ms. Annette Smith finishes painting LFL with school colors.

Large outdoor exhibit near the mangrove walkway.

Warhol and Flowers?

By Kai Rambow Famous pop artist, Andy Warhol, was an ardent conservationist and was intrigued by flowers. Who knew? Selby Gardens has once again creatively combined art and flowers in their latest exhibit, “Warhol Flowers in the Factory.” This is so unique and well done that USA Today named it as one of the top ten exhibits to see this year. It’s worth a visit. Warhol loved repeating patterns, and flowers are frequently displayed in grids and containers. Take a closer look at the flowers in the containers and they too repeat patterns. The conservatory has been changed in ways you may not notice. The pool has been removed and replaced with a sunken couch. Take a moment, sit and enjoy the views. Be Sure to See The most visually impactful and engaging displays are on the grounds. Head towards the mangrove walkway and you’ll come across oversized manmade flowers and a frame. As soon as the frame went up, visitors starting taking pictures of themselves inside the

frame. Head towards the Payne Mansion and you’ll encounter a beautiful colored square display. Tip: If you arrive early, step around to the back side to see the beautiful stained glass effect of the display on the ground. This is also a popular spot for taking pictures. Warhol painted over 10,000 images of flowers throughout his career. A few of them are on display at the Payne Mansion, along with brief snippets about Warhol’s artwork and life. A food truck from Michael’s on East is located nearby; the pastrami sandwich is very tasty. Remember good walking shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses and your camera. Warhol runs until June 30. Open 10 to 5 daily. Plan on arriving early to get a parking spot and walk the grounds in good temperatures. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens 900 South Palm Avenue Sarasota, Florida (941) 366-5731

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Meetings continued from page 1. put a traffic light at the intersection of Cypress Creek and 19th. The county is working on plans to extend the golf cart path along the north side of 19th. The county has put road repair of West Del Webb near Seton Hall on their calendar. General Business CA President, John Luper, thanked Brigitt Lewis and her committee, Lyn Reitz and her staff, all of the volunteers and everyone else involved with FunFest. Luper says that the Emergency Squad can offer clubs free training for dealing with bleeding emergencies until help arrives. He also says the CA Board is working on long-range plans. Walt Cawein gave an update on the Veterans’ Memorial project and plans. You can purchase bricks as an individual or as a group. You can also make donations to the project. For more information, go to

Trail Blazing

What’s New at the Library? By Joanne Gilray, Library Administrator Happy May! Do you like music? The library now has a music collection compiled 100% of donations (and still growing!). We welcome donations of CD’s from all genres. As always, we cannot include everything donated to us in our collection but those we cannot include will be sold in our sales room. All proceeds benefit to the library. Circulation Note: We ask that as much as possible for every patron to have their library card available when checking out. The Sun City Center library and Hillsborough County library require two different cards. It makes it easier on the volunteers to have these cards available upon checkout. If you are picking up for another patron please have their card or name ready upon checkout. An item on hold must be checked out under the name it is reserved for even when another patron is picking it up. Memorial Day Reminder: We will be closed Monday May 28 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!


CLUB/ORGANIZATION Aquasizers Men’s Club Monday Movies Softball Club Tillers & Toilers Club

AMOUNT $1,000 $3,000 $186 $2,500 $1,130


Pool Expenses Towards Pool Lift Offset License Fees Their share of maintenance of the Softball Field Towards Tree Trimming at Tillers & Toilers



By John Lampkin The first little pig made its house of straw, the second little pig used sticks, and the third little pig, bricks. Last month, some feathered friends on the SCC Nature Trails used construction strategies echoing those of the fabled porcine trio. Fairy tales can come true! Our first little bird is a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, seen gathering straw for its house in a small meadow at a forest edge. Grasshoppers say, “Hey, those grasses are my food!” Skipper butterflies say, “Hey, those grasses are food for my caterpillar babies!” But there is enough grass to go around, and both Mr. and Mrs. Gnatcatcher use a lot of it, along with other plant fibers. Leafy lichens help to camouflage the nest. The areas where habitats collide, as forest with meadow, are always species-rich and in general that’s where gnatcatchers hang out, gleaning insects and spiders from the foliage or snatching them mid-air when they try to escape. Our second but not so little bird is an Osprey, bringing a stick to build a nest on the platform placed atop a power pole. These chunks of tree make for a lumpy mattress, so the nests are often lined with plastic bags and other debris. Sticks and twigs abound on the trails since we trail stewards leave dead trees and limbs alone unless they pose a safety threat, but plastic bags are imported from roadsides. Although Robins, Grackles, Wood Thrushes and Cliff Swallows use mud in their nests, we have yet to observe a third little bird build a nest from actual bricks, which is a good thing! It would have to be pterodactyl-sized and imagine how your head would feel if a bird dropped a brick during a fly-over. Birders learn early on not to yawn when watching an overhead flock, and this would extend that caveat to a whole new level, “hard-hat birding!” 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 at 9 a.m., or by appointment.

Statement of Purpose

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

Aquasizers Art Club Cat Lovers Club Ceramics Club Creative Writing Group Model Railroad Club Needlecrafters Organ & Keyboard Club Pickleball Club Polish Heritage Club Potters Wheel Club Sawdust Engineers Shuffleboard Club Stained Glass Club Community Foundation of Tampa Bay (the Durward & Janet Siville Fund) $6,708 Trustco Bank $300

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Tidbits from the Vault

President’s Report By John Luper, CA President Your Board of Directors frequently discusses ways to improve communication to our residents. This paper that every resident receives is one of those ways. You receive the paper every month and hopefully you take the time to read all the information on its pages. Important dates and upcoming activities are highlighted to give you time to plan accordingly. Another way to inform you is through email blasts sent to you when time to reach you is important. But we need your email in order to send it to you. Please come to the office and fill out the short form so you can be added to the list and start receiving the reminders from us. As you are reading this article, our staff is in the moving process from the trailers we have been in for almost a year and moving into our beautiful new office. The new building will be open for business on Wednesday, May 2, and we invite everyone to come to the upcoming Open House on Friday May 18 from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Refreshments will be served. Another instrument to communicate with you is the 2018 phone directory that was recently delivered to all residents. Please take the time to look through the first part of the book. I think you will be amazed at the amount of information. Many of the questions about the community, our Association, Clubs, maps and much more is offered. And as a reminder to all, page 9 is about hurricane preparedness and what you should plan to do to protect yourself and your property. Lastly, I remind you to take the time to look at our website at and all of the information it provides. Many of you will be leaving for the Summer. Be safe and healthy and we look forward to your return in the fall.

By Cathy Meyerhoff, SCC History Society The archive of the History Society is full of interesting articles on important events of the past 57 years. There are also many items that may have little historical value, but nonetheless draw your attention. Popcorn Edging When Clifford Beaumont and his wife moved to Sun City Center in 1967 Mr. Beaumont decided that he could improve on the green wooden borders the developer had installed around flower gardens in the community. Using his background in masonry he decided to replace the green boards with what he called “popcorn”. He mixed up mortar and formed it into borders around the flower beds in his yard, painting them white. Later Bob Wheeler of Wheeler’s Nursery used this technique in landscaping homes around the community. This landscape feature soon became the norm. This information was found in the book A History of Sun City Center by John Bowker. Time Capsules Two time capsules are mentioned in archived articles. A picture in an unidentified local paper dated January 13, 1977 shows members of the SCC Bicentennial Committee with a sealed capsule containing memorabilia being placed at the foot of the flagpole at Town Hall. The contents are not to be removed from the capsule until the Tricentennial in the year 2076. A photo in The Observer of August 1, 1990 shows a flag located near Barnett Bank. The ball at the top of the pole contained a time capsule. No other information was given. Christmas Lights A piece appearing in a collection of articles assembled by Phil Lange, an active Sun City Center history buff for many years, chronicled the beginning of a Christmas tradition in our community. According to Mr. Lange’s article, Dr. Henry Wolthorn moved into a home on Bunker Hill Drive in April 1967. At that time North Lake had been dug and a seawall was in place, but the lake was still dry. By 1968 the lake was filled with water and Dr. Wolthorn presented the idea

Planning for the Future: The April CA Board Meeting

By Diane M. Loeffler The focus of the April 2018 meeting of the Community Association Meeting was on the future. Staff will be moving in to the new Community Association’s Administrative Building on April 27 to May 1. After closing for three business days, they will be open for business at the new location on May 2. Tour the new building and enjoy light refreshments from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 18. Corporate Secretary, Sam Sudman, says that a new map of Sun City Center is being planned “to show what the community is like now that it is all built out.” This map will show POAs, HOAs, and areas where neither of these exist. These maps will be available in the Information Center, the Atrium and on the Sun City Center website. Sudman says that Hillsborough County Public Works has a contractor working on a project to replace culverts and collapsing portions of the storm sewer infrastructure in the El Rio / La Jolla area. The project was begun on April 11 with completion predicted to take 8 weeks. Representing the residents of Verona, Larry Smith says that when seven more Verona lots have closed, the transition will begin from a Minto run home association to a residential board. President John Luper says this is a time to work on better long-range planning. We need to look at what we want our identity to be and how we want to market ourselves. Luper says, “our website receives a lot of hits” and is an important public relations and selling tool. Treasurer Jim Schwartz says that our debt-free status makes our community attractive to many potential buyers. Director Helen Lewis added, “and our dues are very, very low.” Other Business Mark your calendars for July 4. There will be entertainment at the pool and the grandstand, and food available including BBQ, sandwiches and hot dogs. Free ice cream will be served beginning at noon and ending when the ice cream is gone. As of March 31, we had 11,275 residents and a total membership of 11,500. During March, there were 51 home transactions. Two of these were new builds.

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of lining the lakeshore with luminaria during the Christmas season. He had seen such a display on a visit to Mexico and was impressed by it. The North Lake Homeowners Association liked the idea and appointed Dr. Wolthorn chairman of a committee to work out the logistics. That first display was at Christmastime of 1968 and was the beginning of an annual tradition. Candlelight continued to ring the lakes and glow down the length of Allegheny, Fort Duquesna and elsewhere for many years. Join the Friends of the Sun City Center History Society to support the work of the Society. The first meeting of the new Friends group was on April 17, 2018 at 2 p.m. in the Caper Room of the Atrium Building. Basic dues are $5 per year and may be paid at the door

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

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

Only one movie will be shown in May.

May 14 • Maudie •1 Hour, 56 Minutes

A Tampa General Hospital trauma helicopter visited SCC for the recent Emergency Squad event at Community Hall (Photos courtesy Lyn Reitz)

Based on a true story, Maudie charts the unlikely romance b etwe en Maud Lewis, a folk artist who blossoms in later life, and the curmudgeonly recluse, Everett. Starring: Ethan Hawke, Sally Hawkins, Kari Matchett, Garielle Rose, Zachary Bennett Genre: Drama, Romance Subtitles: English Rating: PG-13 for some thematic content and brief sexuality

Changes to Policy V – to be voted on at the May 9, 2018 Board Meeting (to be effective January 1, 2019) Additions are bold. V. CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS 5.01.A. ORGANIZATION 7. The President and the majority of the Club Officers and the majority of the Club's Board must be CA members in good standing of the CA.

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

Irish Connection Movie Night at the Rollins Theater

Monday May 14 at 6:30 p.m. Feature: The Third Miracle Starring: Ed Harris, Anne Hecht The Vatican sends a priest to Chicago to verify some reported miracles attributed to a woman who has been nominated for sainthood. While working on examination of details, the priest himself becomes conflicted in his feelings for the woman’s own daughter and must endure his own crisis of faith. A story of courtroom intrigue and human frailty. All in SCC welcome. Subtitles available.

SCC Swim Dancers are Looking for New Members

Synchronized swimming is great exercise is for the body as well as for the memory and is a great way to improve your concentration skills. If you are comfortable swimming the length of the pool, they can teach you the figures. They practice on Monday and Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. in and Friday mornings at 7:30 a.m. the Atrium Lap Pool. Come on over and give it a try.

Needlecrafters Luncheon

After working up to FunFest the Needlecrafters took time out for an appreciation luncheon. Come visit the shop next to the shuffleboard courts, we’re sure we have something you can’t live without! We are open Monday – Friday, 9 to noon. All proceeds go to our local charities and CA volunteer squads who are also very much appreciated in our community. Hope to see you there!

Metaphysical Events May 2018

Stained Glass Donation

Members of the Sun City Center Stained Glass Club presented a $5,000 check to Don Hinderliter, Director of the Mary Petro Fund for Food and Medicine. Pictured, l to r, are: Kay Bogart, Mark Vietzke, Phyllis Fratzke, Kris Dierks, Diane Riley, Jan Hulme, Don Hinderliter, Jill DeFelice, Linda Bennington and Sue Wilson.

Computer Club Meetings

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 7 p.m. in the Florida Room, in the Atrium. This month Judy Taylour, from APCUG Speakers Bureau will present “12 Skills everyone can (and should) learn to keep their computer fast, safe and easy to use.” Come and learn about these useful skills. Computer Club Classes Sign up for your choice of class in the Computer Lab, (Atrium Building) Monday through Saturday, 12:30 - 5 p.m. Student must be a member in good standing at Sun City Center or Kings Point. Tuition is payable upon registration. For additional information email: Beverly Hiller, Education Director at Listed here are brief descriptions of the classes being offered. For all the details, go to the Computer Club website Detailed info. is also available in the computer lab. Backup! Backup! • Wednesday, May 2 or Wed, May 21, 8:30 - noon Tuning Your PC Workshop • Monday, May 7, 8:30 a.m. – 12 noon Introduction to Computers (4 sessions) – Tuesday, May 8, 15, 22, 29, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. iPad/iPhone for Seniors • Wed, May 9, 9 a.m. – noon Android Smartphones & Tablets • Thursday, May 10 & Friday, May 11, 9 a.m.-noon Buying a Computer • Thursday, May 17, 9 – 11 a.m. Introduction to Excel • Wednesday, May 23, 9 a.m. – noon Excel: Formula, Function, Formatting • Wednesday, May 23, 10:45 – 12:15 p.m. Using Apps on an iPad • Thursday, May 24, 9 a.m. – noon Introduction to File Explorer • Friday, May 25, 9 a.m. – noon Facebook 101 • Wednesday, May 30, 9 a.m. – noon

SCC fundraiser presentation, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, in the Heritage Room. Nonmember fee $1 with love offering requested to benefit our Society. Bring your Community ID. May 2 - “The Walls of Jericho (vibrations)”, Jeremy McDonald will share how the Bible is a code to unlock the full potential within you. May 9 – “Psychic Detectives”, Carol Ann Liaros, Internationally known Psychic, will share her experiences working with the FBI, police, and others to solve cases through her abilities. May 16 – “Seeking Your Inner Teacher – Seeking: What is it?”, James West, Metaphysician and Qigong expert will open a new world of understanding of seeking within. May 23 – “UFOs & USOs – The Gulf of Mexico Military & Civilians encounters”, Bill Schroeder, UFO expert and MUFON representative will present updated information about the Gulf of Mexico activities with UFOs and USOs. May 30 – “Tools for Healing Your Body”, Robert Austin, well known sound practitioner joins us with a presentation on vibration frequency healing.

Signs of Spring

One of the first real signs of spring is the appearance of blooming daffodils. The Sun City Woodcarvers started months ago to create a wooden daffodil to mark the start of spring. The daffodils on the table represent two months of creative effort. The flower and leaves were carved from basswood while the pots were carved from white walnut (butternut).

L to R: Andy Trout, Richard Reinhart, Lynda Herst, Joe White, Fred Joest (instructor), Don Moston and Larry Manship. Not present is Diane Vorst who was already heading to Ohio carefully holding her daffodil to shield it from the still falling snow.

SCC Lapidary Club Congratulates Raffle Winner

Railroad Club Raffle Winners

Mr. and Mrs. Dave Fitzgerald of Sun City Center were the lucky winners of the SCC Model Railroad Club’s Funfest Raffle. Above, Club President Dan Donoghue presents the N scale layout to Phyllis & Dave with CA Manager Lyn Reitz, who picked the winning ticket.

The raffle prize for FunFest this year was a pendant and matching bracelet of sterling silver, made by hand in the Chain Maille technique. Shari Fleming was the delighted winner. Congratulations, Shari! The SCC Lapidary Club held its Annual Meeting and Appreciation Luncheon on March 21 in the Eberhardt Room. During the meeting, Dorothy Paulhus, president, thanked the board members and committees, and recognized all the club members who volunteered to work four or more times in the Lapidary Store during the past year. After lunch, the SCC Bluegrass Band entertained the group with toe-tapping A happy Shari Fleming shows off her raffle music. The four-member band is also part prize. of the Front Porch Pickers, and their songs are laced with witty anecdotes and jokes. Starting on May 1, the summer hours at the club’s jewelry store will be MondayWednesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Bead sales will be on the second Monday of the month, 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The store is located in the Arts & Crafts Building, 915E Cherry Hills Drive. For more information, stop by the store or call 813-642-2084.

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Sun City Center Photo Club Announces Winners On Tues, March 13, club photographers submitted images to be judged by expert, Al Churilla. In the Digital Color category, at the Master Level, our photographers tied for first place. Receiving the gold awards were, Bobbi Ray for “Late Night,” Jack Migliore for “Berry Good Warbler and Overshooting the Runway,” Pat Jones for “Painted Bloom” and Carol Feldhauser for “Rufous Hummingbird.” At t he Advance d L e vel, t hre e photographers tied for first place. Receiving gold awards were Kathy Vitale, for “Island Rowers and “Sea Flower,” Madlyn Blom, for “Enjoying Key Largo Breezes.” and Kathy Griffith for “Vibrant Beauty.” At the Intermediate Level, Barbara Klimczak received a perfect score for “Well Fed Alligator.” Tied for second place were Tom Bredesen for “Raccoon Orphans” and George Seeley for “Sea Lion With Pup.” In the Monochrome Digital category, at the Master level, Bobbie Ray received the silver for “Above The Clouds.” At the Unassigned Level, Janet Gurley Booker received first place for “Queen Of Hearts and second for “Losing Mark.” In the Digital Creative category, at the Masters level, two photographers received perfect scores. Carol Feldhauser

Pat Jones: Painted Bloom. Jack Migliore: Berry Good Warbler.

Bobbi Ray: Late Night.

for “Classic Hood Art” and Bobbie Ray for “Vintage Tulips.” At the Advanced level, Robert Miller received a perfect score for “Shocking Faux Eclipse.” Tied for second place were, Kathy Griffith for “Bok Tower Abstract,” and Robert Miller for “Four Wheeler.” At the Intermediate level, two photographers tied for first place. Gayle Fischer for “Floating Diamond and “Pop

Goes The Light Bulb,” and Rose Stack for “New Star Is Born.” In the Color Print category at the Masters level, Rolf Sulzberger received a gold for “Red Beard”, and Pat Jones took second for “Chalk Art.” At the Intermediate level, Barbara Klimzcak received a gold for “What, What” and George Seeley came in second with “Feeding Time.”

In the Monochrome print category, at the Master level, Jack Migliore received two perfect scores for “Cat Bird Berry Festival” and also “Great Blue Stalker.” At the Advanced level, Robert Miller received two silver awards for “Come On In” and “Smokey Mountain Trails.” At the Intermediate Level two photographers tied for second place. Barbara Klimczak for “Raw Cacao Boxes,” and George

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“It Was Absolutely Unreal” Memories from a D-Day Survivor

By Kai Rambow “‘The first wave, as far as we’re concerned, is going to be wiped out,’ he [Eisenhower] told us,” recalls John MacPhee, First Wave, D-Day Survivor. “We complained because we had so much weight on us. Even in the water, we could hardly walk, let alone run. Look he said, ‘When you make an invasion, we don’t know when you’re going to get any more supplies. You get knocked out. A guy comes along and needs something, takes it off your body.’ He was very blunt about it.” After being rejected by the Navy because of his vision, John MacPhee joined the Army. Wounded five times during the first wave on D-Day, he miraculously survived and has lived here for many years. “After basic training, I ended up in Southern England with the 1st Infantry Division. We started amphibious training and used to spend hours in the water practicing landing after landing. We practiced with as much gear as we would wear on D-Day, and the Navy was instructed to dump us in deep water to get us used to it. “June 5 was supposed to have been D-Day. On the morning of June 5, they lowered an LCPV [landing craft] in the water. The waves just picked up


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A LCVP disembarks troops of Company E, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division onto the Fox Green Section of Omaha Beach. (Image Courtesy USCG, public domain)

the LCPV and slammed it against the hull. It was a violent storm. When Eisenhower heard about this he called the invasion off for June 5. “June 6 arrived, and it wasn’t much better. There were 5,000 ships out on the Bay of Seine that morning with thousands of GIs. At that point, they [the

Germans] still didn’t know we were there. “The waves were still rough, so we got into the boat and they lowered it into the water. Once in the water we were still 10 miles out at sea. I remember passing the USS Texas firing 16 inch guns. They were given a certain amount of time and then had to lift the fire,

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otherwise they would have killed us. “The waves were coming in right over the LCPV. There was so much water in the LCPV that the bilge pumps couldn’t do their job. We had to take our steel helmets off and bail the water out ourselves.

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Milestones and Memorials By E. Adam Porter, Editor in Chief Here we are in the merry month of May. Can you believe it? The calendar says we’re approaching the heart of spring, even though many of our friends in cooler climes have yet to retire the snow shovel. Outside my window, the birds and other wild critters are scurrying around, entirely twitterpated. In our home, especially this year, May is a month for milestones and memorials. Yours truly will celebrate another birthday and, hopefully, take a moment to appreciate what I’ve learned on this particular trip around the sun. As always, when I get misty and start to reminisce, a Jimmy Buffett tune comes to mind. This time, it’s “When the Coast is Clear,” in which Bubba takes a moment to reconnect with himself after all the tourists have gone back home. It’s a perspective that resonates with my Islander pedigree: The tourist traps are empty Vacancy abounds Almost like it used to be Before the circus came to town That’s when it always happens Same time every year I come down to talk to me When the coast is clear Hello mister other me It’s been a long time We hardly get to have these chats That in itself ’s a crime… Ain’t that the truth? Self-reflection is a pretty good investment every now and then, and it’s tough to find time when your neck deep in the hustle-and-bustle. For me, though, it’s a necessary luxury. If I’m not intentional about getting recentered, I can easily slip into the manic

routine and lose myself in it. This year, though, I’m not the only one in our clan contemplating or celebrating milestones in May. Out in California, my eldest is looking ahead at life after military service. He’s filed his intent to separate, and our cross-continent conversations are now all about What Comes Next. Will he go to college, trade school, find a job? Whatever he chooses and wherever he goes, the young man will be an asset, as all of his commanders will tell you. The big question his mom wants to know, of course: Will he stay on the left coast or come home to Florida? Well… the girlfriend’s out there, so I know what my money’s on. Whatever he chooses, his six years in service to his country was time very well spent. He learned a lot about himself, about responsibility, accountability and manhood. Built lifelong friendships, made memories, and discovered just how big the world can be. My middle son is about to embark on a milestone of his own. Three years ago, about this time, he came to me and begged to be allowed to join the Cub Scouts. He would indeed, be starting first grade that fall, so he was eligible. Though, because he started school early, he would be younger than the other kids in his den. Undeterred, he pressed, and I gladly relented. I appreciate and support what Scouting stands for. Tremendous values, skills, and perspectives that will serve him well all his life. This month, he finishes his time as a Bear Scout. In a week or two, he will transition to Webelos, a two-year program that prepares Cubs for the promotion to Boy Scouts. The big time, the premier league. He’s already talking about trying for Eagle. The youngest Porter is also looking ahead. He finishes kindergarten in a few weeks, and he’s already asking to start first grade math. Our little scientist, he’s the kid who’s always up for a nature hike, who sprints outside to watch a turtle on the log in the river, captures grasshoppers, and stops to observe ants, not to squish them. His careful, intensely curious view of the world is an inspiring reminder to pause once in a while and, literally, smell the roses. Later this month, all of us will stop for a day, at least, and commemorate those who gave their last full measure of devotion to this nation and her people. The man who penned that phrase was



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very specific as to the cause for which our brave veterans would invest their lives: a new birth of freedom. Time and again, those sworn to military service wearing the red, white and blue, have shouldered a rifle and marched to meet their foe in defense of that new birth of freedom. Asa Philip Randolph said, “freedom is never given; it is won.” Coretta Scott King added, “You earn it and win it in every generation.” There is no more poignant testament to that truism than the rows of markers in military cemeteries across this great nation — from Arlington, to Riverside National Cemetery in California, a stone’s throw from where my son now serves, across the big pond to Flanders and Cambridge and Normandy. Every

grave is a reminder of the cost of freedom. It is the reason we stand when we hear the opening bars of Taps, and it’s the reason so many of our brave veterans wear a haunted look. They can see the ghosts, can feel them. So, one day in May each year, those of us who enjoy that hard-won freedom do our best to borrow their eyes. To see and hear and feel the people who fought and died for their generation’s freedom. To remember, and appreciate the gift that cannot be given but must be won. So that, when their time comes, our children and grandchildren will stand and fight in their turn, and teach their children to honor those who gave everything to win the freedom they enjoy.

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D-Day from 1. “The coxswain, the sailor that steers the boat, was a green kid, never done it before, probably scared to death. When he hit a sandbar, he automatically dropped the ramp. The fire coming in was just horrendous before we even got off the LCPV. Guys were going off the side; I went off the ramp. I inflated my Mae West. I had more weight on my body than I weighed. I just went right down over my head in the water. I finally got my balance, resurfaced and started to propel my body forward. “The fire is very hard to describe to you. All the artillery fire, mortar fire, machine gun fire. It’s absolutely unreal. This was for the first wave at 6:30. Many of our guys were killed in the water. There were bodies everywhere.

It reminded me of a mill that had cut down trees and was transporting these logs down the river. There were just that many bodies in the water. “I was out several hundred yards when I received my first wound. It was not that serious, so I could still continue. Within a matter of minutes, I got hit four times. I stayed in the water and got hit with a machine gun burst right through both of my legs. This was all happening really fast. I was at the point where the waves were breaking, near the shoreline. I didn’t know how badly wounded I was. I just knew my two legs were immobilized. “That portion of Omaha beach was Navy code Fox Green. These are the pictures you see with the steep hills and

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me from the surf to the shoreline, otherwise I would have drowned. “Waiting for a medic seemed like an eternity. If a medic didn’t get killed, they had lost their equipment. One thing they did have was morphine. When they give you morphine, they’re supposed to put a tag on you, telling how much morphine you got and when you got it. Every time they put a tag on me, I’d rip it off and throw it away. Which you shouldn’t do, but I did. Morphine is great stuff. I don’t know how much morphine I had, but I had quite a bit. Darkness set in. Next thing I know it’s dawn, and I’m still where I was 24 hours ago.”

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Plaza Players Present ‘Ain’t Retirement Grand?’

May 16 and 17 Join the Plaza Players as we lead you on a musical romp celebrating our 5th Anniversary as Freedom Plaza’s in-house theatre group. Ain’t Retirement Grand will have you tapping your toes to music and songs the Players have included in productions over the years. All net proceeds will benefit Freedom Plaza’s Scholarship Fund. Tickets cost $10 and will be available to the public on May 7. To purchase your tickets, call 813-642-1215.

Science, Engineering & Technology Club Meeting

Monday, May 14 - Science, Engineering and Technology Club Meeting 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. Topic: Is Cancer a Metabolic Disease? Although cancer has typically been viewed as genetic-based disease associated with uncontrolled cell growth, recent research suggests that it should also be evaluated primarily as a metabolic-based disease. That is, fast growing tumors can seem to change their environments to meet the biological needs to fuel the huge increases in cell growth. Understanding these changes may allow new avenues for treating cancers. Our speaker, professor Dominic D’Agostino of USF Morsani College of Medicine, will discuss current research and its potential for future therapies.


The Sun City Center Registered Nurses Club celebrates spring and Nurses Day with a luncheon of quiche, salad, bread and the famous RN Club punch. The luncheon will take place on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. in the Florida Room of the Atrium Building. The cost for lunch is $20, including lunch, coffee, tea, and tip. Members may BYOB as desired. New officers will be installed at the luncheon. Questions regarding the luncheon should be addressed to Anise Tuma at 813 633 0499. The Spring/Nurses Day luncheon will Tommie Mooney, RN and Mady Iseman, be the final meeting for the RN Club until RN during annual blood pressure measurements at Fun Fest”. Thursday, October 4, 2019.

Sun City Center Woman’s Club New Members

Looking for a fun club that loves to support projects in our community and surrounding areas? The Sun City Woman’s Club, Inc. meets on the third Thursday from Sept. through May at the SCC Community Hall on South Pebble Beach Blvd. We have a social hour, meeting, catered lunch and program. Some of our activities are arts and crafts, conservation, education, international outreach, public issues, Meals on Wheels, book club, bonco, and birthday lunches. For more information, email Linda Raymond, Membership Chair, at “” or call 813-331-3108.

Check Presentation Ceremony: Egypt Shrine Potentate Reggie Guier, Tampa Shrine Hospital Director of Development Alicia Argiz-Lyons, SCC Shrine Club President Dallas Warrum, First Vice President Tex Perez, Second Vice President Jim Porrett, Third Vice President Tom Griffiths and Treasurer Don Stillson.

Shrine Club Makes Donation To Tampa Shriners Hospital

The Sun City Center Shrine Club continues its tradition of supporting the Tampa Shriners Hospital with monetary contributions. At its March luncheon meeting, the SCC Shrine Club presented a check for $2,000 to Alicia Argiz-Lyons, Director of Development of the Tampa Shriners Hospital. This contribution comes on the heels of a $4,000 check presented in December of 2017. Shriners are a worldwide brotherhood of Freemasons committed to family, engaged in personal growth, and dedicated to providing medical care to children and families in need. At 22 Shriners hospital in North America, children are treated for conditions such as clubfoot, limb deficiencies, scoliosis, brittle bone diseases, and orthopedic difficulties associated with neuromuscular disorders such as spina bifida and cerebral palsy. As a 501 (c) nonprofit organization, Shriners Hospitals for Children rely on the generosity of its own members, corporations, and the public to carry out its mission and improve the lives of kids every day. Children are treated without regard to race, creed, color or national origin and there is never a charge to patients and their families.

TOPS Recognition

Recently TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter Florida 0845 held their annual chapter recognition awards at the Kings Point South Club Jubilee I Room where they meet weekly every Thursday. Division winners for 2017 Kathy Devine, Omerine Pettit, Rose Hess, and Sheila Annino were awarded certificates and pins for their success. KOPS (Keep Off Pounds Sensibly) recipients Sue Alldredge, Faye Young, Sara Washburn, Bob Cohen, and Mary Anne Engle received their maintenance annual awards ranging from 13 years as a KOPS to three years. TOPS Florida Chapter 0845 was established in January 2012 and promotes healthy weight loss and maintenance. It is a support group where members receive weekly programs and opportunities to learn and grow toward their weight loss journey. This is a friendly and supportive group of men and women who weigh in each week from 8:15 a.m. to 9 a.m. The meeting and program begin at 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Choices toward a healthy “weigh of life” are presented. Members are provided many experiences to discuss and learn a healthy lifestyle. For more information contact Barbara at 813-938-1046.

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May Meeting of Daughter of American Revolution

Wednesday May 16, 2018, the Colonel George Mercer Brooke Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) will hold its local chapter meeting. Time: 12:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served in the Florida Room, of the Atrium Building, 945 N. Course Ln, SCC. 33573. The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. The Program: Officers and Committee Chair Reports. Anne Rankin, Chaplain, will present a Memorial Service if a member has passed away during this past year. This program is free. For more information, please email Vice Regent Barbara Floto at “” or phone 813-938-1046.

AAUW Meeting May 12

Submitted by Nancy Ducharme Our last meeting at the Atrium took place Saturday, April 14. Our business meeting discussed how to renew memberships on line using our membership numbers. We learned to navigate through the new AAUW websites and learn the current goals, objectives and above philosophies as well as learning more about the mission statement. Vicky Lanagston, our Treasurer, reviewed the Treasurer’s Report and spoke about the upcoming year’s goals and objectives. Our featured speaker was Linda Earle, also a member spoke to us on “Steps to Better Balance.” Linda is on The Squad to service people who get hurt in Sun City Center. She spoke to us about the ways to work on our gait, walking and to assure ourselves of a safe living environment to avoid falling. We even got to work on some physical therapy exercises! Our next meeting, which will be last meeting of this academic year, will take place on May 14 at the Atrium in SCC. The meeting will be devoted to recognizing our long-term members who have been member for at least thirty years. We will also recognize our leaders. Our past presidents will receive their leadership pins. During this luncheon meeting will also feature the Hillsborough Community College (HCC) scholarship recipients from the HCC Scholarship Foundation. Many of these recipients are mature college women who have gone back to college. For more information of how you can receive this college scholarship please attend this meeting to learn how to qualify and meet the recipients. The public is welcome. The meeting will take place May 14 in the Florida Room of the Atrium of SCC at 11 a.m. There will be a social gathering at 10:30 am. To pay for the $15 lunch, please send your checks (made out to AAUW-SCC) to Mrs. Margie Castiglia (813-633-8253) 2411 Emerald Lake Drive, Ashton Gardens, Unit# 209, Sun City Center, FL 33573.

Bright Red ’60 Corvette Is Cruiser of the Month

The 1960 Corvette owned by Bill and Karen Crotty of Apollo Beach is a splendid example of America’s sports car, and the Sun City Center Roamin’ Oldies April cruiser of the month. It was restored to as-new condition when they bought it in Pennsylvania, and Bill has meticulously maintained it to keep it that way in the 22 years since. It’s powered by Chevy’s 283-cubic-inch V8 with dual four-barrel carburetors, coupled to a four-speed manual transmission. Most recent updates to keep the Roman Red roadster showroom fresh are a new top and seats. The Roamin’ Oldies host a cruise-in from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. the first Thursday of every month, with a rain date the following Thursday, at the Mira Bay Village Shopping Center on US-41 in Apollo Beach. About 100 of the area’s finest antique and collectible cars often take part, accompanied by classic oldies music played by DJ Joey Ferrante. Event sponsors include Thompson’s Auto Parts and Gateway Classic Cars. For information, call Chet at 813-842-1511.

This vibrant red 1960 Corvette owned by Bill and Karen Crotty of Apollo Beach is the Sun City Center Roamin’ Oldies April cruiser of the month.

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Paddy Cooney President of the Irish Connection Club presenting a donation to Don Hinderliter, Director of the Mary Petro Ministry Fund.

Men’s Club Chair Donation

On behalf of the C ommunity Association, Lyn Reitz accepts a $3,000 check from Bob Sullivan. The men’s club made this donation to help purchase a very special chair for the outdoor pool. Michelle Thibault says, “This chair is great. It makes it easy for someone with a permanent or temporary disability to get into the pool on their own.” She demonstrated how one button makes the chair switch from over the deck to over the pool while the other button causes the chair to move up and down.

Male Call for Prostate Health

The next meeting of Male Call for Prostate Health, sponsored by the Men’s Club of Sun City Center will be at 1:30 p.m. on Monday 14 of May in Rm 3 of the Sun City Center Community Hall. The speaker will be Jan Manarite. Her topic will be “Dealing with Chemotherapy Side Effects”. For this meeting, we will gather at 1 p.m. for refreshments, Presentation at 1:30 p.m. No reservation is required. Any questions call Vicente Lopez at 727-623-1724.

Dem Club May Meeting

Join the South Shore Democratic Club for the May meeting, held at the (golf cart friendly) Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce, 1651 Sun City Center Plaza, Sun City Center on the first Thursday of the month. Meet ‘n Mingle with refreshments 1 p.m.; General Meeting at 1:30 p.m. Join fellow Democrats, Liberals, Progressives & Independents in a “Blue Wave” Workshop on May 3. All Democrats and like-minded individuals are invited and encouraged to attend this free event. Bring your Precinct Number, notebook and learn how you can get involved. Please visit and Like our Facebook page at “” or “www.SouthShoreDemocrats. org” for more information.

Ohio Club Annual Kentucky Derby Party May 5

The Ohio Club is having their annual Kentucky Derby Party on Saturday, May 5, 2018 in the Community Hall with the doors opening at 4:45 p.m., and with the viewing of the race on the large movie screen! This Derby Party will include Mint Juleps (BYOB….you bring the bourbon and we provide the Julep mix), a delicious Banquet Masters buffet dinner after the race featuring fried chicken, meatloaf and gravy, mashed potatoes, salad bar, coffee and iced tea. Plus, a slice of a wonderful Derby pie! Before the race, guests will have time to place their $2 wager(s) prior to post time on the horse or jockey of their choice…. Win, Place, or Show. We also stand before the race and join in the tribute to the Running of the Roses and to Kentucky by singing along to “My Old Kentucky Home”. All guests are invited to wear their favorite Derby hat or costume and join in our pre-race parade, very similar to the pre-Oscar parade of stars! The cost to attend is $18 per member, or $20 per guest. Reservations should be sent to Valerie Graves (seen below) at 2218 North Creek Court, or placed in the Ohio Club mailbox on the porch, with your check made payable to the Ohio Club. Tables of 8 or 10 may be reserved with full payment. Reservations close on May 3. Call Jim Rottman at 813-205-6949 for more information.

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New Board Members Discuss Their Hopes for the Security Patrol

By Ilona Merritt, with Chief Gill Jesse and the Security Patrol Board In March the Board of the Security Patrol elected four new Board members. They are Adrienne Ledenbach, who is the first member to be from Kings Point, Fred Fiedler, Irene Rogers, and Martha Finley, who is both a former Chief and former Board member. Fred Fiedler is also the Security Patrol’s Treasurer. Adrienne Ledenbach Fred Fiedler Irene Rogers Martha Finley Recently, the new board members were What changes would you like to see other jobs which need to be done. It asked to complete a questionnaire which the Board make in the coming months? was also suggested that the Captains would reflect their views about how Need to make all of SCC aware of what get involved with going out to other the Patrol can improve. This article is we do, how we need everyone and see groups and clubs and spread the word a composite of the questions and their the needs of the Patrol. We also need to about the Patrol. answers. get on and stay on a budget. In your opinion, what are the biggest As a new Board member, what do you How is the member recruitment challenges facing the Patrol? think that you can bring to the Board? program working? Getting our message out, so that when A different style of thinking, encourage The recruitment program has been donations or recruits are needed we are new ideas and participation. Bringing improving during the last year. We fresh in the minds of the community. new ideas and programs to help succeed need approximately 1,100 people to Adrienne Ledenbach: I believe that as a strong patrol with something to give fully staff the Patrol. If someone cannot you are the first Board Member from to our community. drive or dispatch we have plenty of Kings Point. How is the Board’s strategy

Leaving Your Home

By Diane M. Loeffler Whether you are a snow bird departing for the summer or a full-time resident leaving for a vacation to see the sights or to visit with friends and family, you want to make sure that your home is safe while you are gone. Deputy Jeffrey Merry says to make sure that your home doesn’t look like you are gone. “Most crimes are crimes of opportunity. If a bad guy drives by and your house looks deserted, you are more likely to be a robbery victim. Unless you plan to totally close up your home with hurricane shutters, etc., you want the home to look lived in.” Merry says to fill out a “Hold Mail” request online or by completing the yellow cards available at the post office. Contact the newspaper circulation department to cancel your papers and / or have them donated to Newspapers in Education. Ask a neighbor to pick up the free papers that appear in your driveway and any papers delivered by mistake during the “hold” period. Don’t leave your garbage cans in the street. Put lights on timers. Lock the door between your garage and your home. You may wish to leave a key with a neighbor. You also might want to fill out a Safety Patrol Home Notification form at the Safety Patrol office on the corner of La Jolla and North Pebble Beach. Merry says if you are leaving jewelry or other small valuables behind, lock them up in a safety deposit box. Your

bank probably has some available boxes. Make sure all windows and doors are locked. Sliding glass doors should be locked. In an earlier presentation, Merry suggested deadbolts with a minimum of a one inch throw for outside doors using a heavy-duty strike plate with a minimum of two inch long screws, a secondary lock on sliding glass doors in addition to the broom handle or other item to block the track, and ancillary locks for jalousie windows. Arm your alarm system. A community member added that his garage door has windows. He realized that the garage pull-down cord could be reached if the windows were broken by an intruder, so he changed it. Our home does not have windows in our garage door. However, we unplug the electric garage door opener whenever we are going out of town. We also give our neighbors our contact information and travel dates when we leave. Wherever you go and whatever you do, plan ahead. Have a safe and enjoyable summer! May Seminar: Contractor Fraud Deputy Merry says, “Problems have been popping up with contractors,” so his May presentations will be on how to look up contractors and other measures to take in order to avoid being a victim. To learn more, attend one of these presentations: May 8 at 10 a.m. in SCC’s Caper Room, May 8 at 1 p.m. in King’s Point’s Ripple Room, or May 15 at 11 a.m. in Freedom Plaza’s Freedom Auditorium.

to encourage participation by Kings Point, Sun Towers, Aston Gardens, and Freedom Plaza working? We need to make this area a place where different addresses are not spectators but one “Family.” We need to spread the word to all 33573 residents that we are a place to be proud to be a part of. Fred Fiedler: I know that you moved from being an appointed Member of the Board to an elected Member of the Board. How do you see the present state of the Security Patrol? I feel that the Patrol is running exceptionally well at the present time. We are getting all procedures put on paper so everyone is on the same page and knows how the Patrol works. The Patrol is doing good things for their members and the community. I am proud of the direction the Patrol is going under the Board of Directors which took over last April.

Meet Your Neighbor: Terry White

By Ilona Merritt “For the artist within me, no challenge is greater than that posed by the power and emotional complexities of a single human face. To capture that particular ‘look of feeling’ is the ultimate goal.” T.A.White Meet Terry White who lives with his gracious wife, Theresa, in St. A n d r e w ’s E s t a t e . Stepping into their home is like stepping into a magnificent art gallery displaying Terry’s stunning artwork. Almost a year ago Terry and Theresa moved from Southern California where they lived in a Del Webb Community to Sun City Center, Florida. The reason was elementary. Theresa is from Brazil and airline connections to Brazil are more convenient from Florida. Their home is ideal to show off Terry’s artwork. Terry has painted off and on all his life. In grade school, he was the class artist. When the teacher asked who could paint a horse all the children unanimously would say “Terry can”. Upon returning home from a tour in Vietnam, Terry sat down with a box of children’s pastel chalks and drew out a portrait of the late actor Lee Marvin. This moment proved to be the genesis for Terry’s work, because the likeness of the actor’s portrait surprised even Terry.

With a keen desire to maintain his own style and identity, Terry did not seek out formal training. He chose instead to combine long hours of practice with his natural instincts and affinity for portraiture and illustration. While in California he would attend outdoor festivals to display and sell his artwork. He has won many awards including the San Diego Pastel Society award in 2016 and the East San Diego Artist Award for the same year. Terry prefers to work with color pencils and pastel chalks. He likes his zone of creativity and starts a picture after he has come up with a title and has the picture planned in his mind. Music is also an important part when he is drawing. Joseph Campbell, an American Mythologist, suggested the need for Artists to establish a zone of creativity within their environment and Terry has done that throughout his life. He considers it good advice for any artist regardless of their medium. You may view some of his wonderful art at: Terry A White, Fine Art America or email:

Family Connections to Sun City Center

By Paula Lickfeldt In 1978 Carolyn Pate and her husband Gerald moved from Indianapolis, Indiana to St. Petersburg, Florida because of an employment change. They lived in St. Pete for thirteen years. While living in St. Pete, they stayed in touch with their Sunday School friends from up north with whom they had played Euchre and golfed. As the northern couples began to retire, many of them moved to Florida and some came to Sun City Center. Carolyn and Jerry would visit with the SCC folks to play Euchre and golf. When it came time for them to retire, SCC was a logical choice. While living in SCC, they were on the Security Patrol for seven years, they played Bridge, Euchre and golfed. Carolyn was a member of the swim dancers for twenty years. After Jerry passed away, Carolyn tried some new activities like line dancing and square dancing.

L to R: John and Cindy Slaughter, Carolyn Pate, Patty and Gary Pate.

When Carolyn needed to have eye surgery, her daughter Cynthia Slaughter came to SCC to help. Cindy and her husband John had been thinking about retiring to SCC, so while she was here helping her mom, she looked at homes that were for sale. Cindy found a home that she really liked and it was right across the street from her mother. She called John and told him about the

house, sent pictures and they decided to buy the home. In November of 2014, they put their house in Indianapolis up for sale and came to SCC so John could see their house in person. While they were in SCC, their house in Indianapolis sold with the provision that they would be out in fifteen days. Somehow, they are not quite sure how, they made the deadline and they moved to SCC in December. Cindy and John both play Bridge. Cindy is on the Emergency Squad and is a member of the Aquasizers. Carolyn’s son Gary and his wife Patricia moved from Indianapolis to Wisconsin where they lived while their two children were growing up. They relocated to North Carolina for a job change. While they were living in NC, they had scheduled a vacation at Myrtle Beach. They decided to cancel the vacation and come to SCC instead. They had been thinking about retiring

and a move to SCC. They wanted to see what the housing market was like at that time. While visiting, they bought a home and went back to NC to sell the home there. In just a matter of days, they too had sold their home and were on their way to SCC. Gary and Patty moved to SCC in the summer of 2017. Gary joined the Front Porch Pickers where he plays the guitar. He is in the Photo Club, plays pickleball and goes to the fitness center. Patty plays pickleball, is a member of Aquasizers and enjoys line dancing. None of the family miss the cold weather and they all love all of the activities that Sun City Center has to offer. They find SCC a great place to make new friends. Tell us about your Family Connection to SCC. Contact Paula at 633-6739.

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Digital Media Safety Tips By Uta Kuhn

Today ‘s crooks use clever schemes to defraud millions of people every year. That’s because of today’s sophisticated technology by which these crooks can make a “fake email” look like it came from your bank, broker, credit card company, etc. When in doubt, forward the email to your bank’s fraud division. Never give out any personal information. Needless to say, there are also phone scams, such as telling you they need your account information because there is some kind of an issue with your account. Should you give them that information? Never! It’s a scam to empty your account! Some other examples of fraud schemes are: 1. Make money being a “Mystery Shopper”. Only very few of these are legitimate. So, you need to do your homework before you sign on the dotted line! 2. Working from home – there are many offers out there, and they sound appealing. Beware, scammers make pitches about medical billing, envelope stuffing, and craft assembling schemes. Needless to say, they are not always truthful advertisements, and once committed to the project you find out you’ve been fooled. 3. You’ve been chosen as a winner of a vacation package to some exotic destination, but in order to win this wonderful trip, they want to put charges on your credit card. Scam? You bet it is. 4. I have an Emergency “I need money”. 5. Phone call from family member out of the country, can’t come home – wallet was stolen...please send money for airfare! Now on to another issue, you just lost your purse/wallet which of course probably has some checks in it, credit cards and even some cash. Be sure to report it to your local Sheriff ’s Office immediately. Cancel your credit cards and let your bank know about the loss. The above-mentioned instances are just a very small sampling by which scammers want to remove you from your hard-earned money. To learn more please take a look at the following website: FTC stands for Federal Trade Commission. Or you can call them at: Customer service 202-326-2222 to report your loss.

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The Hope Fund Children Go Bowling

It’s debatable as to who enjoyed the Hope Fund sponsored field trip to a local bowling alley more: the Wimauma children or the adults. Taking advantage of spring break on Monday, March 12, fifty of the Hope Fund children under the supervision of Carla Miles and Debra Chernock enjoyed having a separate room with bowling alleys at The Alley on Big Bend Road in Riverview. Several people from RCMA joined the group as did Andy Ledoux, a professional photographer, who captured highlights of the joyous afternoon. After bowling, the children reviewed their games over a lunch of hot dogs, chips and drinks at The Alley. A good time was had by all. The Hope Fund is a non-profit 501c3 tax-exempt organization run entirely by volunteers dedicated to helping

Wimauma school children learn, grow and have fun in a safe and nurturing environment. If you would like to join us, we can always use mentors, tutors and readers to work with the children one-on-one. We also need help with our Kids Marathon. If interested, call Carla Miles at 813-634-4268.

The Hope Fund bowlers studying the menu for lunch (Photo by Andy Ledoux).

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Meet the New Sun City Center Chamber Director By Uta Kuhn O ur ne w dire c tor’s name is Lynne Conlan, who grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. She graduated from the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana with a degree in Communications, with a minor in English. Lynne now lives in Apollo Beach with her husband George and two rescue kittens – Sammi and Mojito. Before she came to the Chamber she had experience in broadcasting, worked for the Observer News in Ruskin, and before that for The Tampa Tribune. Most of her career has been in broadcasting, working for TV stations in Boston and Baltimore. From there she was transferred to help rebrand a TV Station in Tampa. She was asked to run several programs: production, creative services and public affairs. In both print jobs listed above, her territory was The Sun City Center area, which gave her knowledge about the community and its businesses. She claims that since coming to work at the Chamber she has enjoyed reconnecting with many former customers. She has also been a Member of the Chamber for many years. She has done a lot of on-air work, both on TV and radio. One of her

favorite jobs was as a “lottery girl” in four different states. During her TV career, she had the opportunity to meet many interesting people and celebrities. Lynne says, “I look forward to a very exciting first year with the Sun City Area Chamber of Commerce as we face a year of growth and change. She’s the kind of person who obviously loves working with the public and would enjoy it very much if residents stop in to see her and say “hello.”

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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 (813) 642-8961. 9:30 - 10:00 a.m. TRIMNASTICS CLUB meet Monday, Tuesday, Thursday at the Dance Studio, SCC Atrium Bldg. All SCC and KP members are welcome to join. Low impact exercise (stretching / bending). 10:00 a.m. - MONDAY “FOR TODAY” MEETING OF OVEREATERS 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 change your eating behaviors and 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 Monday morning. You can learn more about OA online at or call Jan at 813/633-3932. 3:30 p.m. - Qigong CLUB MEETS in Dance Studio 2 located at 1203 N Pebble Beach Blvd, next to Samaritans. There is no charge for the Qi Gong class just wear loose, comfortable clothing. This is a handicap friendly class open to all levels of practice.


9:30 - 10:00 a.m. TRIMNASTICS CLUB meet Monday, Tuesday, Thursday at the Dance Studio, SCC Atrium Bldg. All SCC and KP members are welcome to join. Low impact exercise (stretching / bending). 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. LINE DANCING WITH A BALANCE at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, 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. For more information, call Debbie Caneen at 813892-2990. 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.

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The News of Sun City Center Everyone is welcome; Joanie, Suzanne and Caroline will walk with you. 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. MARY PETRO PROGRAM FOR FOOD AND MEDICINE at the South Shore United Church of Christ, 1501 La Jolla Ave. The Mary Petro Program is funded by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and provides financial assistance to residents for food and medicine. To qualify, residents must be full time residents of Sun City Center or Kings Point, must fill out an application and meet income guidelines, must present income verification documents and either a SCC or KP identification card. For more information, please visit our office or call 813-634-8306. If you are a new or current client of the Mary Petro Program in Sun City Center or Kings Point and have a pet cat and you are in need of cat food for your pet, please visit our Pet Pantry for assistance. The Cat Lovers Club of Sun City Center donates cat food each month to the Mary Petro Program to assist our clients. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. UKULELE JAM SESSION in the South Social Room in Kings Point. New players and singers are welcome. For information please call or email Paul phone: 765-277-0606. 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. LIFE CHALLENGES SUPPORT GROUP at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive 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 eight 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. 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. - THERAPEUTIC TAI CHI OPEN TO THE PUBLIC at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. 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 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 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 (813) 633-6739.


9:00 a.m. - “FOR TODAY” MEETING OF OVEREATERS 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 516/578-5285 for meeting details. You can learn more about OA online at

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. MARY PETRO PROGRAM FOR FOOD AND MEDICINE at the South Shore United Church of Christ, 1501 La Jolla Ave. The Mary Petro Program is funded by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and provides financial assistance to residents for food and medicine. To qualify, residents must be full time residents of Sun City Center or Kings Point, must fill out an application and meet income guidelines, must present income verification documents and either a SCC or KP identification card. For more information, please visit our office or call 813-634-8306. 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. SINGLE DECK PINOCHLE CLUB meets in the Sandpiper Room North Campus. Come early for a partner. Email “” for more information or questions.


1:30 - 2:30 p.m. SCC Nia (NonImpact Aerobics) Club - SCC Main Campus, Dance Room 2, 1203N. Pebble Beach Blvd. Nia (Non-Impact Aerobics) is a mind/body cardiovascular movement practice created in 1983 based on the science of the body. We do not jump or jar joints! First class is always free. Join us for the “Joy of Movement”. Questions? Call Gail, Certified Nia Black Belt Instructor at (480) 220-1430.


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,

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TUE. MAY 1 - LIVING HEALTHY PROGRAM PRESENTED BY SOUTH BAY HOSPITAL 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. 4016 Sun City Center Blvd. Sun City Center, Fl.33573. Participants receive a FREE book and other goodies! Would you spend two and half hours a week to learn how to stay active and enjoy life? This free six-week course is now being offered in your area! Class Size is limited. Pre-register today! Discover new skills for living better with chronic diseases like: arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, epilepsy. Registration Required! Call Chela Sipes at (813) 634-0447 SAT. MAY 5 - KENTUCKY DERBY PARTY 6:00 p.m. at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 Del Webb Blvd. W. 813634-1252 - 5:00 chicken dinner, drinks and dessert, Kentucky Derby, fancy hat contest. Watch it live on our big screen. Tickets $10 at the church office. WED. MAY 9 - DIABETES EDUCATION SUPPORT GROUP 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Have you been given the diagnosis of Diabetes? Are you unsure of your dietary and physical future? Discover options and learn information that will prepare you for a healthy future with Diabetes! Our facilitator: Shirley Sullivan, Nutritionist and Founder of Southshore Wellness, LLC integrates her love of education and health through personalized nutritional workshops and programs. For info, call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990. THU. MAY 10 - CHRONIC PAIN, ARTHRITIS AND NEUROPATHY GROUP 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. SCC. This month, Son Nguyen, Pharmacy Manager at Superior Care Pharmacy dba Benzer Pharmacy will discuss opioid use in relation to chronic pain. Dr. Amy Yepez continues to facilitate this 33573 continued on 13

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there may be for you if you have low vision in order to maintain your independence. Free valet parking for cars and golf carts. If you have low vision, then this meeting is for you! For more info call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990. THU. MAY 17 - FREE MEMORY SCREENINGS Beginning at 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, Suite #254. Did you know that a vitamin deficiency can exhibit the same symptom as dementia? With annual memory screenings, you will be able to identify a decline in memory in order to address it and hopefully reverse it altogether! Make your appointment today to have your memory screened along with your hearing. By appointment only. To schedule, call the Coalition at 813-4194902 Interested in learning more about Clinical Trials? Call the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute Mobile Clinical Trial Unit (813) 455-2512. FRI. MAY 18 - OPEN HOUSE FOR THE NEW BUILDING 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. of the new Community Association Administration Building at 1009 North Pebble Beach Blvd. has been a wonderful thing to watch. Months ago, they specified an opening date, and it is about to happen. There have been no shortcuts taken to make things look right. All CA members are hereby invited to visit the new administration building. There will be light refreshments to enjoy as you tour the new facility. FRI. MAY 18 - VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT, A PROGRAM OF THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. by registration only at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr SCC. The Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross in partnership with the Veterans History Project, a program of the Library of Congress, is seeking Veterans to participate in this project. The program captures through a video interview, 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. Civilians who served in support of a US war effort in a professional capacity are also welcome to participate. If you are a Veteran or know Veterans that would like to share their stories, please call Sun Towers to schedule your interview time at 813-634-3347. This recording of history will take place on the 3rd Friday of each month. MON. MAY 21 - PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP OF SUN CITY

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groups. Identify strengths and weaknesses/ needs of our community. Discuss ways we as a community might meet those needs or identify who we need at the table to address the needs. Discussion next steps. To register for only this meeting call 813-419-4902, leave your name and phone number or email FRI. MAY 25 – SOUTH SHORE MEMORY CAFÉ 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Memory Café is FREE to attend and is located at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 Del Webb Blvd. Look for the purple and white Memory Café signs once at the church. Light refreshments provided. RSVP to Dr. Cate at or 813-384-7571. Living with dementia can be a challenge with fading social opportunities. Memory Cafés were started to give folks a safe and judgement-free space to share the journey. Cate McCarty, PhD, also known as Dr. Cate, Dementia Coach, presents a comfortable and engaging environment. If you, a friend, or loved one has memory problems join us for some laughter, reminiscence, and camaraderie with others living with a memory diagnosis. FRI. MAY 25 - THE SUN CITY CENTER SECURITY PATROL RAYS GAME AGAINST THE BALTIMORE ORIOLES 7:10 p.m. game time and the bus will leave SCC around 5:15 p.m. The Sun City Center Security Patrol is selling tickets for the bus ride and game admission to see the Rays play the Baltimore Orioles. Tickets are $40 and are available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Security Patrol Building. This is the third game in the Security Patrol’s quest to see the Rays play at least once a month.

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Memorial Day Ceremony

Military News

Kings Point Veterans Theater 10 a.m. Monday, May 28, 2018 Sun City Center will again observe the traditional Memorial Day Ceremony starting at 10 a.m. Monday, May 28 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, 2017. The veterans 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 Judge Michael Scionti, Circuit Court Judge, Group 19. He has a B. S. from Florida State University and a J.D. from South Texas College of Law. He is a member of the Florida Bar. As a soldier and Judge Advocate, Michael has served as a military magistrate, military prosecutor and legal counsel for service members and their families. He has prosecuted violent felony offenders, white collar corruption, and organized crime. He specialized in state and federal criminal defense. Michael was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Iraq and Afghanistan Campaign Medals and Presidential Citation. 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 CDR Edward Socha, USN (Ret), 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 our annual tribute to our deceased veterans and showing the great spirit of Sun City Center patriotism, the Sun City Center Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution arranges for and funds the display of U.S. flags on State Route 674.

James Haley Director Presents Town Hall on New Riverview Outpatient VA clinic

By Frank Kepley CAPT USN (Ret.) Mr. Joe Battle, Director of the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital, gave a presentation on the new VA Outpatient Clinic at a Town Hall meeting in Sun City Center on March 30, 2018. The meeting was held in the Community Hall and was attended by a large crowd of interested veterans. Additional seats had to be set up to accommodate the attendees. Mr. Battle provided the information the veterans were seeking. After the presentation, he answered all of the questions posed by the attendees. The clinic will provide 50,000 square feet of clinic space; 65,000 with parking. The estimated completion date is 2019 and the clinic will serve an estimated 10.000 veterans. There will be two Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACT). The planned specialty clinics are Women’s Primary Care, Home Based Primary Care, Mental Health, Audiology, Radiology (MRI, CT Ultrasound, X-ray) Specialty Care services will include, Physical Therapy, Pharmacy and Lab. 11100 Fairway Meadow Drive, Riverview, FL. Any Veteran can use the clinic if it’s more convenient for them; it’s not limited to a geographic area. If they wish to receive their care at the new clinic, they will need to get assigned to one of the clinic’s PACT. Veterans will only receive beneficiary travel reimbursement to the nearest VA facility to their address on file. Existing patients should advise their primary care provider of their desire to be treated at the new clinic. New Patients: Go to to enroll and request South Hillsborough as their clinic.

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SCC MOWW Present JROTC Cadet of the Year Award

By Frank Kepley CAPT USN (Ret.) On Thursday, March 29, 2018, MOWW Companions from the Chapter recognized the Hillsborough County (FL) JROTC Cadet of the Year. The selection of Cadet Major Dylan Renfro, from Newsome High School, was the culmination of a process that had identified, interviewed and tested the Top Ten Cadets (three each Army, Navy and Air Force, and one Marine) from the County’s twenty eight units. Chapter ROTC/JROTC Program Chair Companion retired USAF Lt Col James Warchol presented the award with a Certificate and Check. with James Warchol, Dylan Renfro, Jeff Eakins and LTC Maurice Bolduc-SAI.

Silvery Osprey May Luncheon

The SCC chapter of the Association of Naval Aviation will hold their next monthly luncheon on Friday, May 11, 2018. Meet and greet will start at 11 a.m. with lunch at 12. The event is to be held in the Plaza Club at Freedom Plaza. The guest speaker, LT Jason Clark, NOAA is expected to discuss NOAA air operations including a review of their aircraft, research programs. This will be our last meeting until next October. We are also planning a special entertainment program in addition to our featured speaker. For reservations, mail your checks to Mr. Tom Harding, 309 Noble Faire Dr., Sun City Center, FL, 33573. Deadline for reservations is Tuesday, March 8. Cost of lunch is still $15 for members and $17 for nonmembers. No reservations will be accepted after the March 8 deadline. Tom’s email address is “”. Membership in the Silver Osprey chapter of the Association of Naval aviation is open to anyone who has an interest in military and related aviation activities. Membership dues are $20 per year. If you would like more information please email Roger Kennicutt, CDR USN (ret.) at = or call 813-260-3221.

County Property Appraiser, Bob Henriquez, Address MOAA

By Frank Kepley CAPT USN (Ret.) Bob Henriquez was the featured speaker at the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) luncheon on April 4, held in the Florida Room at the North Side Atrium Building. A fifth-generation resident of Tampa, Bob was born and raised in that city and his great grandfather, Enrique Henriquez, was the last mayor of West Tampa before it was annexed into the City of Tampa in 1925. He achieved academic success at Tampa Catholic High and Princeton University. At both schools, Bob learned the importance of teamwork as a starting From left: Bob Henriquez, Benny offensive lineman on the football squads. Blackshire, President of local chapter Soon after graduating from Princeton, MOAA Bob went to work for Hillsborough County’s Streets & Addresses department to help enhance its 9-1-1 program. Later, he joined the county’s Planning Commission to assist in growth management. He was elected and served four terms in the Florida Legislature. He was then appointed to head up the Pinellas and Pasco counties division of the Department of Children and Families. He served in that role for three years. Bob served two stints as head coach at Tampa Catholic, from 1990-99 and again from 2005-2012. In 2007, TC reached the state championship game for the first time in school history and the Crusaders returned to that stage in 2009. After winning the election as Hillsborough County Property Appraiser in 2012, Bob made the decision to step down as head coach at TC to focus his energies on the constitutional responsibilities of his office. He spoke to MOAA members about high residential growth in the county and how the county determine the home values for tax purposes.

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FBI Says, “Be Aware!”

By Diane M. Loeffler Andrew Sekela, FBI Supervisor Special Agent for White Collar Crime says, “Our best weapon is awareness.” We need to be vigilant in protecting our identity. Sekela says that would-be scammers are skilled in being pleasant, friendly, concerned and showing an interest in their potential victims. They can be very, very patient as they gather information about you and your family. When they have all of the pieces in place, they steal your money and / or your identity. Sekela advises “Assume information you receive is fraudulent. Call senders of email. Get the phone number from a legitimate source such as the phone book, not a phone number that accompanies the email. Call the number or go to the bank or office they say they represent.” B efore you invest your money with anyone, Sekela says, “Do your homework.” He knows of many cases where just looking up a person’s name on line would have given victims information on all of the sanctions there were against a contractor or investment person. Some of the current fraud schemes Sekela describes are the advance fee fraud (“We have a buyer for your condo, but we need this fee paid now.”), official impersonation (pretending to be from Medicare, the IRS), home equity line-of-credit fraud, and recovery / impersonation fraud (a friend or relative needs money). If you are contacted by phone or email, be suspicious. Please remember, government agencies will

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not email or phone you. As for impersonation fraud, call your friend at the number you usually use. If someone calls who sounds like your grandchild and says, “Don’t call Mom!” call his or her mother anyway. You will probably discover that the child is safe at home and not at all the person you spoke with on the phone. If someone has gotten money from your bank, Sekela says, “First call the bank. Next call the FBI and talk to an agent. Then file a complaint at www.” Keep yourself informed by visiting the FBI’s website, coming to the monthly seminars offered by Deputy Merry, and attending the annual “Don’t Be Scammed” seminar next March.


News of Freedom Plaza

By Peggy Burgess Freedom Plaza Scholarship Fund grants are nudging the million-dollar mark! Including the thirty-six $2,000 scholarships to be presented at its May 2018 Awards Ceremony, the Freedom Plaza Scholarship Fund, Inc. will have provided educational aid to 525 Freedom Plaza hourly employees, with grants totaling $983,800. Though windfall funds are never refused and the public is invited to fund-raising events, there is no outside solicitation program in place. The residents of Freedom Plaza are the prime contributors to their Freedom Plaza Scholarship Fund. They do this with individual memorials, bequests and endowments; through donations made by their organized groups such as Woodworkers, Grad School for Seniors and Plaza Players, and by supporting the Scholarship Fund’s benefit events such the recent Cocktail Hour Comedy, “It’s Greek to Me!” The road to this million-dollar mark started over 25 years ago with a big idea and a small group of dedicated residents-to-be. The idea was to establish a broad-scope educational program, totally resident-directed, that would support hourly employees in both traditional and non-traditional courses of study. Thus, Freedom Plaza Scholarship recipients have used their grants not only for college, but to attend culinary school, forestry school and business school. Many have utilized their funds in the healthcare field to become nursing assistants, physical therapists and licensed practical nurses. Scholarship recipients may apply for grants year after year

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until their course of study is completed so long as they remain employed at Freedom Plaza and maintain a certain grade level. That “small group of dedicated residents” referred to above became the initial officers of the Freedom Plaza Scholarship Fund, Inc. Board of Directors, now a larger group of dedicated residents. Board members, some of them former educators, have responsibility not only for raising funds and administering grants, but for personally mentoring scholarship recipients. This latter aspect provides the intergenerational link so important i n s e n i or c om mu n it i e s w h e re grandchildren often live far away, and personal interaction with young people is limited. We congratulate the 36 recipients (23 returning, 13 new awardees) of a 2018 Freedom Plaza Fund Scholarship on progress toward their educational goals. We also congratulate the residents of Freedom Plaza on advancing their ultimate stated by the Scholarship Fund’s credo: “making a difference in lives.”

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A 90-minute train ride from Wengen will put you very close to the top of the Jungfrau.

Wengen is part way up the mountain side making for spectacular views in the Swiss Alps.

By Kai Rambow “What can we see and do,” queried the naïve tourists. It was almost 4 p.m. and this family thought they could experience the Swiss Alps in two hours. While getting to the top of mountains is made easy by the Swiss, it still requires good planning and some time. Make It Memorable While the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau are not the highest mountains in Europe, together they are distinctly scenic, as is the Lauterbrunnen valley below. The Jungfrau does, however, have the highest railway station in Europe at 11,332 feet. Getting there is half the fun. Interlaken serves as the gateway to this region, but to make this trip memorable staying in a Swiss mountain village is the ticket. Wengen has commanding view of the mountains and the valley. More importantly, it reduces travel time by one hour each direction, since it is one of the train stops on route. That translates to one hour longer for sleeping. Tip: Upon arrival in Interlaken, stop at the tourist office to get your bearings, check the weather forecast and buy train tickets. This is also your best opportunity to buy any snacks or drinks you want at grocery stores in town. A Major Challenge From Wengen, you can reach the top of the Jungfrau in 90 minutes. The train stops a few times for very brief photo opportunities as the train makes the climb. If you decide to get out and take pictures, you’ll need to be fairly quick. An exhibit at the top of the mountain, documents the challenge of building the rail line through the mountain to get to the top. Built in the late 1880s, the Swiss overcame many obstacles to create this marvelous experience. It’s cold at altitude, so be sure to take a warm jacket. There are tunnels cut through the ice at the top. The ice tunnels, in addition to feeling like being in a freezer, are very slippery. Even with

since it is so challenging to transport goods. The Hotel Baeren run by the Brunner family was a delight. All rooms have beautiful views of the valley and mountains. Opting for the half board rate made dining easy. Healthy breakfasts to start and fresh, four course meals for dinner.

shoes with firm gripping soles, you’ll need to walk very carefully. Lindt – Swiss Chocolate Heaven Also at the top is a chocolate display and shop by Lindt. Be sure to stop in here. While you can buy chocolate here, there is display giving a short history on cocoa and showing how Lindt makes their truffles. Tip: One thing worth buying are some of the different truffle flavors not available in the U.S. Other Activities If you’ve never been to this part of Switzerland, there are numerous activities for your enjoyment. There are plenty of hiking trails, which are well marked and easy to follow. Hiking through the nearby gorge with its waterfalls is an enchanting excursion. If you’re not able to walk that much, you can still enjoy the views by riding one or several of the many cable car systems set up. Tips for a Great Trip When to Go: June and September offer great weather and fewer tourists. Check the local forecast on arrival and aim for the day with the clearest weather forecast. If you catch the first train up, the price is discounted. The added benefit is fewer people on board going up and coming down. Another benefit is clearer weather; clouds usually start to form or move in as the day progresses. Note: If you take the first train, you’ll probably be too early for breakfast at your hotel. Visit the local Backerei (bakery) the day before to get some food. Check with your hotel and watch the open/close times as Europeans do not have long store hours like we do. Where to Stay: Staying in a Swiss mount ai n v i l l age en hances t he experience. Wengen served as a great base for the excursion and saved us considerable time. Walking through the village was fun. While you can get everything here, it will likely cost more The train tracks tunnel through the mountain. If you catch the first train, it’s won’t be as busy and you’ll have better views.

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

Academy of Ballroom Dance

DANCING Singles Social Dance Club

The Singles Social Dance Club will meet on May 6 and again on May 27 in the Atrium Building, Florida Room, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thor Stevens and his saxophone will provide live music for your dancing and listening pleasure. Admission is $4 for members and $6 for guests. It’s BYOB and snacks. Ice, water, cups and napkins provided. Dressy/ casual attire requested (please, no jeans/ shorts). For information, please call Janet at 813-633-3558.

Social Ballroom Dance Classes

Sponsored by the Academy Dance Club Classes are held in the Dance Studio in the Atrium. Open to all Sun City Center and Kings Point residents. Couples and singles welcome. For information call Bernice DuBro at 813-634-3205. Tuesday, May (1, 8, 15, 22, 29) Social Ballroom Dance Class Beginning Foxtrot - 5:30 p.m. Beginning/Int. -Nightclub two-step 6:45 p.m. Int. Silver - Foxtrot - 8 p.m. Wednesday, May (2, 9, 16, 23, 30) Social Ballroom Dance Class Beginning Rumba - 12:45 p.m. Int./Advanced Samba - 2 p.m. Int./Advanced Quickstep - 3:15 p.m. Taught by Bernice Dubro and George Hawn phone 813-634-3205 or email at “”.

The Academy of Ballroom Dance Club will host its next monthly dance on Saturday, May 12, in the Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd, Sun City Center. At 6:30 p.m., there will be a waltz dance lesson included with admission. This will be followed by regular dancing from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is free for members, or $6 for guests at the door. Come and dance to a fabulous selection of tunes handpicked by our DJ Bernice DuBro. Enjoy the complimentary coffee and cookies. Try your luck with the 50/50 drawing. Open seating and singles tables are always available. Everyone is welcome; bring your friends and BYOB. The dress code is casual but neat (no shorts please). Mark your calendars for the following Academy dances - June 2, July 7, August 4 and September 1. For more information, call George Hawn at 330-770-0442

Moonglow Dance Club

Moonglow Ballroom Dance Club will feature the live music of “Mario DeLeon” at their monthly dance on Thursday May 24 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. For more Information call 813-6331297 or 813-634-8308, or if you would like to receive Moonglow Information by email, contact “”.

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SCC Community Association sponsors “RB and the Gang” for dance

Mark your calendars for Friday May 18, as the Sun City Center Community Association will sponsor a dance at Community Hall on South Pebble Blvd. The CA welcomes “RB and the Gang”, a 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and Motown rock and roll band. Open seating tickets are just $10 and will go on sale at the Atrium Kiosk on May 4. Participants are welcome to ”BYOB” and snacks. Ice, cups and napkins will be provided. The event runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets will also be available at the door based on available seating. The event is open to both CA Members and Non-CA residents in the area.

Our May dance will be held Sunday, May 20 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 The Veterans Theater door will open at 6 p.m. Admission is $6 per person for non-members. You may bring your own snacks and BYOB. The Club provides cups, napkins, water and ice on each table. Music will be provided by The Southshore Cruisers, a 6 piece band comprised of veteran musicians from all over the United States. They are fast becoming the premier dance band for the 55+ crowd in Tampa Bay. If you like to dance, you need to check out the Southshore Cruisers. Please email Sandi at “” no later than Saturday, May 19, if you would like to attend the dance, to provide her with your name so you are able to get through the Kings Point Front Security Gate. Keep on dancing!

The Art Club in Sun City Center Trash to Treasure & Silent Auction Fundraiser

Oldies But Goodies Dance Club

The Oldies but Goodies Dance Club will be enjoying the music of Good Stuff on Sunday, May 13, 2018 at Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. The cost is free for members and $6 per person for guests. No advance ticket needed, pay at the door. The doors will open at 6:15 p.m. for members and 6:30 p.m. for guests. Good Stuff will be playing 7-10 p.m. BYOB and snacks, the club will provide water, ice, cups and napkins. As always residents of Kings Point and Renaissance as well as Sun City Center are always welcome. Any questions contact Club President Joanne at 813728-1147 or email “”. You may also check out our website: “” or join us on Facebook “ OldiesButGoodiesDanceClub”.

The Art Club in Sun City Center is sponsoring a “Trash to Treasure & Silent Auction.” The event chaired by Mel Solochek and Marion Giblin will take place on Saturday, May 5 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., and will be held in the Art Room located on Cherry Hills Drive in Sun City Center. The event is open to Art Club members and their friends. The Silent Auction will take place between 11 a.m. and noon. You must be present to win. The Auction will include donated framed and unframed artwork. Choose from oils, acrylics, watercolor and pastels. Find a painting that strikes your fancy. Come early to search through the “trash” and pick up some “treasures.” Art supplies including paper, paints, brushes, frames, easels and books will be amongst the discounted sale items. Great buys for artists and collectors of art. Visit for more information.

Entertainment Corner By Renee Bray, Entertainment Director 2018-2019 Sunday Entertainment Series Performances Announced

The Sun City Center Community Association is pleased to announce the line-up of performances for the 2018-2019 Sunday Entertainment Series. • Sunday, November 4, 2018 • Steve Solomon • The Sunday Series will kick off with comedian Steve Solomon. Be prepared to laugh, cry and join Steve Solomon on stage with more than twenty imaginary characters. • Sunday, December 16, 2018 • Rocketman • Rocketman is one of Florida’s Hottest Tribute Acts. Rus Anderson’s energy and showmanship rivals Sir Elton, himself! In the show, Rus recreates the magic & live persona of a young Elton like no other. • Sunday, January 13, 2019 • Fiddler and the Crooner • The greatest pairing since Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis; Fiddler and the Crooner will bring you the fantastic fiddling of Jesse Grandmont and the charismatic crooning of Michael Vanhevel. • Sunday, February 10, 2019 • Abbacadabra • The music of ABBA is more popular than ever and Abbacadabra is the world’s Ultimate Abba Tribute! The show is authentic in music and dress and is performed to live music. • Sunday, March 3, 2019 • Rob Caudill • Rob Caudill is a Rod Stewart Impersonator! From kicking out soccer balls to spinning mic stands, to belting out all of Rod's greatest hits, Caudill's high energy show is a mustsee event for people of all ages. Season ticket prices will be $80 per person for the Sunday series. Renewal notices will be sent to current season ticket holders in mid-August. CA members will have the option to buy season tickets Oct. 1 – 12 at the Atrium Kiosk. Season tickets go on sale to the public on Oct. 15. The KIOSK hours are M-W-F, 10 to noon. Shows start at 2:30 p.m. in the SCC Community Hall at 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd., Sun City Center, FL.

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Jazz Lovers

Who was the best? Charlie Parker? Stan Getz? Or maybe Sydney Bechet? Saxophone lovers will answer the question May 18 when the Kings Point Jazz Lovers Group holds its next session in the Ripple Room at the North Clubhouse in Kings Point. The festivities will run from 2 to 4 p.m. as the best saxophonists are featured in records and CDs. The meeting is open to all Sun City Center residents. Bring your recordings to be played. The Jazz Lovers meet the third Friday of each month. For more details call Mike at 813-260-3375.

Art Club in Sun City Center Watercolor Demonstration

Six Basic Colors with Sue Lynn Cotton May 21, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. in the Rollins Theatre, Open to the Community Join Sue Lynn Cotton to learn her techniques for achieving dazzling effects with only six basic colors that entertain the viewer with light and color dancing through each painting. Discover how to paint realism using a limited palette for unified color while mixing colors directly on the paper and discover how easy watercolor painting is. Sue Lynn worked as a commercial artist, book designer, and illustrator in Dallas for many years before relocating to Florida 16 years ago. She has illustrated over 35 children’s books and her paintings have been published in magazines and books. Her work is part of collections around the world. Now living in a beach environment, Sue Lynn paints cozy houses, historic landmarks and colorful restaurants. While her portraits of people and pets are charming, she also paints flowers, landscapes, boats and seascapes. A well-known local watercolor teacher, her classes are filled year-round.

The Art Club in Sun City Center

Fine Arts Gallery Opening & Reception • May 2, 2018 The Art Club in Sun City Center’s Fine Arts Gallery & Reception will feature the artwork of Carol Husinka and Vivian David. What distinguishes both artists’ creativity is the discovery and magic found in experimenting with new techniques. Carol Husinka is an emerging artist who “loves art in any form.” Prior to moving to Sun City Center, she had no art experience but she was determined to paint. She began with an acrylic class and from there branched out to watercolor which she discovered was a perfect fit. By blending techniques from watercolor and acrylic Carol has found her personal style. In the exhibit she will hang watercolor, acrylic and mixed media paintings. Vivian David is primarily a self-taught artist whose studies exposed her to the arts of drawing, painting and design, stained glass and pottery. A master artist and multifaceted painter her artwork expresses itself through the use of oils, acrylic, pen and ink, pastels and colored pencils. Her artwork reflects her interest in mixed media, abstract computer images with representations that incorporate copper tooling, clay modeling and stained glass. Gallery Opening & Reception on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 from 1 – 3 p.m. The event is free and open to members of the community and their guests. Snacks and beverages will be served. The Art Club is located on Cherry Hills Drive in Sun City Center. Visit for more information.

Sun City Center Stained Glass Club News

Lenny Fine from Ruskin was the lucky winner of a beautiful stained glass panel that was displayed in the Stained Glass Club during the 2018 Fun Fest. Lenny and his wife were delighted to have the winning raffle ticket!

The Art Club in Sun City Center Artist of the Month

The Art Club in Sun City Center has chosen Sylvia Fell as Artist of the Month for May 2018. Her inspiring art journey began in Adult Education classes taken in East Detroit. Once she moved to Florida she pursued classes and workshops offered by the Art Club in Sun City Center and the Kings Point Art League. Through her watercolor and acrylic paintings of flowers, faces and abstracts her creative spirit is expressed. Mixed media pieces designed from recycled paper and dried flowers showcase a playful engagement with life. Her silkscreen prints and collages speak to her imaginative gifts. Sylvia enjoys all facets of art. You can view Sylvia Fell’s artwork at the SCC Library, the SCC Welcome Center, LaBeautique Style Salon, SCC Samaritan Services, Fiore’s Sunshine Café, Cadence Bank and the Art Club Window. Visit for more information.

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Stained Glass Artist of the Month

Since relocating to Sun City Center, Florida in 1999, Sue Wilson has amassed substantial time studying stained glass, honing her skills and building an impressive portfolio of work. On her merits, Sue became a Glass instructor and was eventually awarded the title of Director of Education for the Sun City Center Glass Studio--a title held for five years. Fused glass, Sue’s preferred medium, enables her to layer color, define texture and manipulate form all with only one raw material. Her fused glass has been accepted into several prestigious exhibitions. Stop by the Stained Glass Studio located in the Arts and Crafts Building to see some of Sue’s beautiful creations.

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The Sun City Center Tennis Association (TA) had their regular meeting in the Florida Room recently. Following the meeting, a catered banquet and special music was enjoyed by the membership. Tennis member and accordion player, Frank Cimino, entertained with both listening and dance music. Classical pianist Haig Yaghoobian, husband of tennis player, Lorraine, played a variety of music for listening. Those in the community who are interested in booking Photo by Jeff White Haig for your special activity can reach Haig Yaghoobian, concert pianist, him at 603-689-3663. Those interested entertains at TA banquet. in information about the TA and playing on the 10 well maintained courts at the South Sports Complex can contact TA President Maggie Pliska at 813-633-7884.

Vintage Vixens Celebrate

The "Vintage Vixens" Ladies USTA Tennis Team got together for lunch at The Renaissance Club in Sun City Center to celebrate the end of their season.


Congratulations to Catherine Gann on winning the Ladies Match-Play Championship at Scepter. Catherine’s incredible run to victory was highlighted by a hole-in-one during her semifinal victory. Also, congratulations to Bo Schulte who survived a competitive 16-man match-play bracket to claim his third Men’s Club Championship in the past five years. In addition, Jenice Taylor and Judy Fenwick claimed the rain-shortened Ladies’ Member-Member title in the Championship flight, their first win together.


Sandpiper Golf Club’s tournament season came to a close last week with their final Prize Fund event until fall. Congratulations to Gerry Montminy, Tom Brei and Wayne Zellers for taking first place and edging their nearest competitor by a slim 2 shot margin.

11th Annual Triangular Tournament

Club Renaissance hosted Scepter and Caloosa Golf and Country Club ladies in the 11th annual Triangular Golf Tournament on March 27. Sue Auger and Sue Knight of Club Renaissance posted the lowest team score of 58, helping Renaissance teammates capture the traveling trophy for 2018. One hundred eight ladies endured strong winds on a sunny day following breakfast and ending with an awards buffet luncheon at Club Renaissance. This annual tournament provides an opportunity for inter-club competition. The captains of the clubs Judie Schafers for Scepter, Barbara Stebler for Caloosa and Maggie Jaccoi for Renaissance coordinated this year’s exciting event. The first-place teams for each club are pictured below.

L to R: Nancy Clark, Sheryl Doom, Debbie Zieg, Sue Hackney, Rolande Poulin, Mary Huntington and Nancy Williams. Not pictured Luann Nordine & Petra Stimmel. Sue Auger and Sue Knight of Club Renaissance

Debbie Lester and Carol Salowitz of Scepter

L to R: Mary Huntington, Jan Booker, Sue Smith, Jean Bartell, Lorraine Yaghoobian, Charlotte Wood, Trudy Saraniti, Maggie Pliska, Petra Stimmel, and Nancy Williams.

Competitive Tennis Club

Members and subs of the Sun City 2 traveling tennis team celebrate their recent win against Carrollwood Country Club in Tampa. The CTC has two teams in A League of Our Own Tennis (ALOT), which has 24 teams throughout Hillsborough County. For more information about the Tennis Association and the Competitive Tennis Club, contact TA President Maggie Pliska at 813-633-7884.

Barb Larson and Karen Tromblee of Caloosa

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SCC Ringers Horseshoe Association

The SCC Ringers Horseshoe Association Club recently held a tournament for Club members on March 20 for Singles and March 24 for Doubles. Winners were: 1st Place Singles – Frank Hein 2nd Place Singles – Adolph Lex 1st Place Doubles – Clarance Vance and Jim Ray 2nd Place Doubles – Fred McElheny and Frank Hein If anyone would like to join us, we play Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings at 8:30. Try it, no commitment. Then join when you love

1st Place Singles: Frank Hein

2nd Place Singles: Adolph Lex

1st Place Doubles: Clarance Vance and Jim Ray

2nd Place Doubles: Fred McElheny and Frank Hein


Lawn Bowling ‘Leads Only’ Tournament

By Garry Higgins This tournament had nine “leads” competing for the trophy in singles format. In competition team play, the lead throws first. The value of the lead is the ability to put the bowl on the jack and set the tone for the end and generally the entire game. Consequently, many consider the lead as the most important player on the team. At the end of a series of single-knock-out games it was Heather Woodbury defeating Dennis Boyle in the final match. Heather is our 2018 Leads Champion. For more information about the club and lawn bowling, visit www.suncitycenterlbc. com or drop the club, located behind the library. The club welcomes residents of Sun City Center and Kings Point Heather Woodbury. 2018 “Leads” Champion communities

SCC Lawn Bowlers Win in Major Tournaments

By Garry Higgins The Southeast Division (SED) of Bowls USA held its annual Women’s and Men’s Open competition here recently. The two, six-day events attracted over 100 competitive lawn bowlers from the United States, United Kingdom and Canada playing in “Fours”, “Pairs” and “Singles” games. In all, seventeen Sun City Center Rich Cleary, Rick Abell, Paul Ward, & Steve Nelson. 2018 SED Fours Champions. teams placed. In the Men’s Fours, the Champions were the Sun City Center team of Steve Nelson, Paul Ward, Rick Abell and Rich Cleary. The team of Bob Ferguson, Phil Griffin, Carl Zajac and Ben Caudill placed third. In the Ladies Fours, it was the team of Cindy Higgins, Chris Heller, Cassie Krowl and Carol Finlayson taking second overall. The Men’s Pairs event saw the teams of Jerry Healy / John Damas, Jon Blanchard / Russ Clewly, Mike Perkins / Dave Clarke winning second, third and fourth respectively. In the Ladies pairs, it was Cindy Higgins and Carol Finlayson, second overall. In the Men’s Singles Championship Round, it was Eric Porr (second), Bob Fladung (third) and Jim Casper (fourth). For all the results and pictures of the SED Open visit

Sports continued on 22.

Eric Porr, Men’s and overall Club Singles Champion and Barb Mignogna, 2018 Women’s Club Singles Champion.

Lawn Bowling Singles Match Championship

By Garry Higgins In a Sun City Center Lawn Bowling Club version of the Battle of the Sexes, it was Barb Mignogna, 2018 Women’s Singles Champion, facing Eric Porr, this year’s Men’s Champion. They faced off to determine the overall Club Singles Champion for 2018. Both were very evenly matched, having won a number games to get to this final. Eric scored two shots in the last end to win the game, with the final score, twenty-one to twenty. Over fifty spectators thoroughly enjoyed this great match up. For more information about the Sun City Center Lawn Bowling Club and the sport of lawn bowling, visit The Club welcomes residents of the Kings Point and Sun City Center Communities.

Softball Winter Session Winner

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Sports Continued from page 21.

“Australian” Pairs Tournament

By Garry Higgins The Sun City Center Lawn Bowling Club once again hosted this very popular invitational tournament. This year was extra special, with the addition of a new event sponsor, Trustco Bank. Teams (twenty-four in all) from Sarasota, Clearwater Lakeland, Port Charlotte and The Villages were treated to a fantastic lunch and additional prizes, thanks to Jocelyn Vizerra from the local branch of the Trustco Bank. The tournament was won by the team of Kathy Smith and Jerry McLean from Port Trustco Bank’s Jocelyn Vizerra welcomes Charlotte with Sun City Teams taking the lawn bowlers to Sun City Center. second, third and fourth places. For more information about the Sun City Center Lawn Bowling Club and the sport of lawn bowling, visit The Club welcomes residents of the Kings Point and Sun City Center Communities.

HOLE IN ONE Accomplished by: Pentti Salin

Sun City Center Tennis

The Sun City Center Sunsetter’s Ladies Tennis Team were excited to have a team win against Fishhawk on April 4. Pictured l to r: Edna Carlin, Susan Mason, Betty Zeller, Nancy Clark, Roland Poulin, Sue Hackney, Debbie Zieg, Lee Greenlee, Caryn Troxell, Helene Peterson and Mary Taylor.

Date: 3/3/18 Course: Sandpiper's Palms Hole: 8 Yardage: 144 par 3 Witnessed by: Jerry Rippel and Bill Laurent.

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SCC Table Tennis Club Singles Tournament

Thirteen members of the John Donnelly Table Tennis Club played their first inner-club singles tournament on Thursday night April 12, 2018. Many thanks to club members Judy Lamb who provided refreshments and Dale Saranita who ran the tournament.


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King’s Point West Lawn Bowling Club

Feline Folks Meow Mixer

Here’s is your chance to join a great group of people, socialize, learn about Feline Folks, learn about the cats you might be seeing around our area. As we say goodbye to our snowbirds we are looking for volunteers to replace them if only for the short summer months. The Meow Mixer is a wonderful way to learn about volunteer opportunities. No pressure, just information. The cats are fed every day with a special mixture of cat food. This is provided by the group as is training and support. Feline Folks is a 501c3, totally not for profit operating on donations and through the kindness of volunteers. Currently there is a need for help in applying for grants. If you have a skill or interest in this area, please contact, Kathy at “anewday99@” or better yet, stop by the Meow Mixer. Join the group on Thursday, May 3, the Kings Point 2020 building, second floor Culinary Room at 4:30 p.m. You are also welcome to attend the Board Meeting which is at the same location at 3:30 p.m. Feline Folks is a not-for-profit all volunteer job that feeds and cares for the community cats. For information email

King’s Point West Lawn Bowling Club (KPWLBC) LEAD singles. Champion Tom Swinehart won a thrilling come from behind match to steal the title from his two opponents. With four ends left in the match Marty Sarner lead with 6 points. Greg Kiel a close second with 5 points and Tom trailed with only 2 points. But the game was not out of reach for Tom who won the last four ends, scoring 6 points to best Marty’s 6 points and win the match 8-6-5.

KP Line Dancers

The KP Line Dancers are having a free social dance on Wed 5/16, 7 p.m., in the Banquet Room of the Main KP Clubhouse. Blue is the color to wear this month, theme is dolphins / ocean. Open to KP and SCC residents and their guests. Appropriate dance shoes, no flip-flops. BYOB. Please be aware that there will not be tables, only chairs, for your convenience this month, due to needed space for dancing. Water, ice, plates, napkins will be available. Call Jan 6346226 for more info.


King’s Point West Lawn Bowling Club

By Pat Ryle King’s Point West Lawn Bowling Club (KPWLBC) hosted a club first, a Lead doubles tournament. The team of Tom Swinehart and Lyndell Kidd beat Marty Sarner and Patsy Bradley.

KP Artist of the Month

Janette Craig was born in Scotland, and moved to the U.S. as a teenager. She married her Scottish fiancé in Chicago, and they raised five children there. She worked as an Occupational Therapy assistant for 22 years, most recently at Sun Towers in their outpatient department until she retired in 2016. She took a drawing class at a community college in Chicago, and dabbled in oils and acrylics but had no formal training. After retirement, she began taking watercolor classes from Diane Simon and continues to enjoy learning from Diane.

The Italian Club of Kings Point celebrated “A Night at the Movies” on April 11. Among the costumed members were Rocky Balboa, Don Corleone, Oliver Hardy, Carol Channing, Sandy from Grease, Holly Golightly, and Adrian from Rocky.

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FAITH & service Beth Israel Sisterhood Ends Season

Beth Israel Sisterhood will hold the final event of the 2017-2018 season on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 11 a.m. At that time, we will gather at Temple Beth Israel for the annual closing brunch and installation of officers. Members of Sisterhood, along with any women interested in joining Sisterhood are welcome to attend. There is a $7 charge for this event. For additional information contact Rochelle Lafer at “”.

May Christian Women’s Connection Luncheon

Thursday, May 10, at Club Renaissance, 2121 S. Pebble Beach Blvd., Sun City Center, the Christian Women’s Connection will host a luncheon. The inspirational speaker, Cia McKoy, will share her story “Bohemian Rebel & Joyless Churchgoer Collide en Route to Dramatic Spiritual Makeovers”. There will also be Harp Music provided by Nancy Unsworth. Seating begins at 11 a.m. with meal and program from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Crab Louie Salad will be served or you may choose the alternate Chicken Caesar Salad when making your reservation. Price is $18 inclusive. Make your reservations or cancellations before 10 a.m., Monday, May 7, by calling Gail Green at 813-6342159 or email

Card and Game Social - Thursday, May 10

The Council of Catholic Women is hosting its monthly card and game social on Thursday, May 10 from 12- 3 (doors open at 11:30) at the Conesa Center, Prince of Peace Church (across street from Kings Point). For $3 enjoy freshly made desserts, coffee or tea, and your favorite games with friends--maybe even learn a new game. Door and table prizes. All proceeds are used for their charitable works during the year.

Redeemer Lutheran Donates to Our Lady’s Pantry

Members of Redeemer Lutheran Church recently donated 235 non-perishable food items and a check from money they raised to Our Lady’s Food Pantry. Through a Thrivent Financial grant, an additional $250 worth of food items were also delivered. In the picture, Redeemer member Diane Brace is presenting the check to Anita Bullaro, co-director of the pantry.

SCC IFC Supports Campaign Against Human Trafficking

By Jay Sparkman Barbara Gaines, left, accepts a $5,000 grant check for the Campaign Against Human Trafficking South Shore from Linda Maslyk, VP of the Sun City Center Interfaith Social Action Council. The grant will be used to provide backpacks for rescued victims of sex trafficking in the South Shore area. The SCC Interfaith Council uses monies from the sale of donated items at the Nearly New Shop to fund grants and scholarships. For more info call 813-642-9099 or go to www.

Women’s Fellowship Woman of the Year: Jo Ellen Gage Prater

L to R: Linda Bowker, John Bowker, TWF leader Mary Jo Townsend, and TWF program chair Nancy Williams.

History of SCC Presented to Trinity Women’s Fellowship

John Bowker, Sun City Center historian, was the featured speaker following a sandwich lunch at the recent Trinity Women’s Fellowship (TWF). His power point presentation included years 1961-2018. John also had his e-news cards available for those who were not already subscribers. A check to the SCC History Society was donated. Tuesday, May 15, will feature the annual TWF Tea Party. Ladies sign up to decorate tables with their fancy decor and lunch will be extra special. This year’s program will be a fashion show with an all occasion hat theme. We will feature attire and accessories from our local Nearly New Shop. Members and guests will find out more about this local shop that donates all monies collected to charities. The TWF luncheon is free and a sign-up sheet is available near the church front office. For more information about TWF, visit or call the church office at 813-634-4228.

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Jo Ellen Gage Prater is a member of the SouthShore United Church of Christ in Sun City Center, Florida. The Women’s Fellowship of the church names one woman each year as Woman of the Year. This year the Woman’s Fellowship named Jo Prater as their Woman of the Year. Jo was born in Dayton, Ohio but moved to Florida when she was two years old so she considers herself a native Floridian. Her first memory of Florida was a hurricane in Key West when she was three years old. Her mother moved the family to Tampa where Jo attended Plant High school. Jo’s husband Larry is also a native of Florida. They met because their brothers were friends. Larry and Jo were married in 1959 and have been married for 58 years. They have two sons, Carl Jr. and Michael, who both live in Florida. The only period of time that Larry and Jo did not live in Florida was when Larry was in the Air Force and worked for RCA at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia. Jo and Larry moved to Sun City Center in 2000 after spending five very interesting and eventful years “RVing” around the country. Jo had always enjoyed photography and during this time, she kept a photographic record of their travels. After moving to Sun City Center, Jo joined the Daughters of the American Revolution and was the treasurer of the chapter for ten years. She volunteers for Meals on Wheels for DAR and also for her church. Jo also loves to sing and perform. She performed with the Performing Arts Club, Pelican Players and Kings Point Follies. Jo is now a member of the “Gals and Guys Productions” which is a performing arts club that has four productions each year. Jo still loves taking pictures and almost always has her camera with her. She has had pictures published in several travel magazines and coffee table books. Two of her photographs have been enlarged and are now hanging for public display on the wall of the community walking pool. Jo and Larry have been members of the SouthShore United Church of Christ for sixteen years. Immediately upon joining the church, Jo became active. She has been the chairperson of the Scholarship Committee for ten years. Jo was the president of the Women’s Fellowship. She was the assistant treasurer of the church and then moved into the position of treasurer which she held for three years. She was the vice-moderator of the church council for one year and is now starting her second year as moderator. Jo handles all of the publicity for the church. She is in constant contact with two local newspapers, one weekly and one monthly, a weekly free ads email news report and a local radio station to get the message from our congregation out into the community. Jo also maintains the Facebook page for the church and is working to get a new webpage set up. Jo Prater is a woman of integrity who stands up for what she believes. She is a beacon of light for all of the members of SouthShore United Church of Christ and residents of Sun City Center.

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SouthShore UCC Women’s Fellowship Officers

By Jo Prater SouthShore United Church of Christ installed officers for the 2018-2019 year at their April general meeting. Left to right: Marlus Johns, President; Anise Tuma, Treasurer; Beverly Bassette, Secretary; Paula Lickfeldt, Vice-President; Sally Morse, 2017-18 Woman of the Year.

Society of St. Vincent De Paul Receives Interfaith Council Grant

By Jay Sparkman The Society of St. Vincent De Paul, Prince of Peace Conference, recently received a $10,000 grant from the Sun City Center Interfaith Social Action Council for use as emergency financial assistance to needy families. Presenting the grant was Linda Maslyk, left, VP of the Interfaith Council; to members of the Society, Jim Vodde, Judith Mohl, and Tom Connolly. The Interfaith Council uses monies from the sale of donated goods at the Nearly New Shop to fund grants to organizations and to provide college scholarships. For more info go to or call 813-642-9099.

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Redeemer Lutheran Donates to Sister Sara

Redeemer Lutheran Church recently collected funds for Sister Sara Proctor, a PA and the program coordinator for Catholic Charities Free Medical Clinics. They work with volunteer physicians, nurses, and other health and social service professionals to provide free medical care, health promotion, and social services to indigent, low income families, those without health care and the underserved people in our communities. The services are provided in a fully equipped medical bus, plus three stationary clinics, which are staffed with volunteer doctors, nurses, and bilingual interpreters. Services provided include: Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Dermatology. Sister Sara also has health fairs each year to screen for hypertension and diabetes. Through funding from Thrivent Financial, medical supplies were also donated. From left to right in the picture are Magda Setzer, Lois Hobratschk, Rosalie Kelleher, and Sister Sara as she was receiving the check.



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