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October 2019 official publication of the Sun City Center Community Association


OCTOBER 1 Flu & Pneumonia Shots Caper Room - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (See notice on page CA-3) 7 Board Workshop to discuss Agenda Caper Room - 9 a.m.

Please note there will be discussion about fee for Kings Point residents.

10 Board Meeting Rollins Theater - 9 a.m. Note: Day changed to Thursday 15 Community Leaders Meeting Florida Room – 9 a.m. 16 Bandstand Concert Chuck Weirich - 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 23 Membership Meeting Community Hall - 4 p.m. 28 CO-AP Meeting Caper Room - 2 p.m. NOVEMBER 7 “Hi Neighbor” Community Hall - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 11 Board Workshop to discuss Agenda Board Room - CA Office - 9 a.m. 13 Board Meeting Rollins Theater - 9 a.m. 13 Meet the Candidates Night Community Hall – 7 p.m. 19 Community Leaders Meeting Florida Room – 9 a.m.

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

Free Fitness Training

By Jim Blackstone “Have It Your Way” free fitness training at the Sun City Center Fitness Center resumes October 8, 2019. Personal Trainer Dennis O’Brien will lead three different classes: introduction to resistance training, cardio training, and free weight and cable machine training. Choose the program that best suits your fitness interests. Have it your way! Since the inception of these free programs in 2015, over six hundred SCC residents have benefited from this training. Visit the 6,700 sq.ft. Fitness Center located on North Course Lane next to the Atrium building and ask the attendant for program descriptions, class schedules, and registration forms. Each class is limited to four participants and takes approximately 90 minutes. A $10 deposit is required to register for a class. The deposit may be cheerfully refunded upon completion of your class. You must be a SCC resident to participate. Remember, exercise is the fountain of youth!

Mark Your Calendar "Hi Neighbor" Thursday, November 7th Community Hall 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Preparing for the Community Association Election

CA Contact Information

Administration Office 1009 N. Pebble Beach Blvd, SCC Phone: 813.633.3500 Hours – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., M-F Website: Information Center: 813.633.4670

Café’s New Fall Food Adventures

By Kai Rambow Always innovating, Ambreen is introducing Brunch & Munch Saturdays. The first one will be held October 5 from 11 to 2:30. Reservations are recommended as Café events are very popular. A sneak peek of the menu includes: quiche Lorraine, hash brown casserole, fruit pizza and hummingbird cake. More are likely to be held in future months. The SCC Café is located in the Atrium Building on the Main (North) CA Campus. Enjoy!


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SCC resident Connie Dotson and personal trainer Dennis O’Brien.

Barbara Gingrich is currently chair of the elections committee but will be stepping down in January. If you would like to learn more about this volunteer opportunity or the chance to help with the elections for just a few days, talk to a Community Association Director or go to the SCC Library for more information. In the reference room, you will find a blue notebook titled Election Committee on the middle shelf facing the back (east) side of the library.

By Diane M. Loeffler As senior citizens, we have experienced enough in our lives to have some ideas on how things work and how they should work. We have our opinions and reasons for them. Over the years, we may have felt we were in a position where all we could do was vent our frustrations or complain. In Sun City Center things are different. Our community is small enough that each vote does make a difference. We can be involved in the day-to-day decisions in a significant way. When we volunteer for our Community Association’s committees, clubs, charities or government, we can actually see the results of our efforts. Have you e ve r w ante d to ge t

involved, but don’t want a year-round commitment? Can you spare a few hours for three or four days to count newspaper ballots? Would you like to greet people as they come in for the two days of in-person elections? Would you like to count votes after the election? If so, consider volunteering this fall to be a judge, teller, door greeter, floor person, ballot box person, or affidavit person. These roles only require a commitment of a few days a year. Another option would be to be the election committee chair or co-chair beginning in January. Recently, Barbara Gingrich stepped in to chair the election committee. Gingrich is working with Brigitt Lewis this fall, but prior commitments will keep her from continuing in that role in 2020. Some years ago, Gingrich and Tommy Wardlow co-chaired the elections committee for six or seven years. Gingrich says, “Sam Sudman told me there was a need for an election committee chair for the rest of this year, so I stepped in. If anyone would like to

help the community in this way, I would be glad to train that person. It would be helpful if one of the chairs had some technical experience.” Gingrich has lived here for 22 years and has been involved in many organizations over the years. She currently volunteers at St. John the Divine and the Information Center. She is also on the board for the Oldies but Goodies Club, and helps with many organizations and activities including the July 4 and Holiday Breakfasts. Gingrich wonders why so many people don’t vote and asks, “Are people so content that they don’t feel we need to make any changes?” Do you have opinions on how things should be done? Put your ideas and experience toward a good cause, the future of our community. You can do so by volunteering for the election committee or any number of clubs or groups. Your efforts, whether for a day or all-year round, do make a difference in the quality of life for us all.

New Pedestrian Crossing

There is a new crossing light for pedestrians. This handicap accessible crossing is located on North Pebble Beach Boulevard in front of the Community Association’s Administration Building. Yield for pedestrians. Be prepared to stop when someone is in the crosswalk area. Photo by Diane M. Loeffler

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AVAILABLE IN THE CA OFFICE There are three positions open for three-year terms January 2, 2020 – January 4, 2023 Completed applications must be returned to the CA office by 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 2, 2019


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


CLUB/ORGANIZATION Monday Movies Estate of Lillian Jaret

Smooth Jazz Trumpet Coming to Bandstand

The SCCCA Bandstand concert on October 16 will feature Chuck Weirich, vocalist and jazz trumpeter. Chuck performs a variety of music from Frank Sinatra and Herb Alpert, to Big Band, Motown and Oldies. The event begins at 5 p.m. and runs through 6:30 p.m., an hour earlier to provide ample time to get home on golf carts before sunset. You can also bring lawn chairs and sit in the designated area for chairs. It is held at the SCCCA Bandstand on Cherry Hills Drive. The Chiefs Chillout ice cream truck will also be there prepared to delight their customers with a variety of ice cream treats for purchase. This is the fifth and final concert of the season, so you’ll want to catch this event for sure. The concert is free for SCCCA members, who can also purchase guest passes for $2 for NON-CA members. Guest passes are available at the CA office at 1009 N. Pebble Beach Blvd, or at the Fitness Center off N. Course Drive after 3 p.m.

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).

APPLIED TO To offset license fees SCC Library

Get Off The Couch Try Latin Fitness Dance Club

By Paula Lickfeldt The Latin Fitness Dance Club has been in existence since 2010. Their first and only instructor, Jan Ulics was teaching a class at the “Y” and she was asked why SCC did not have a Latin Dance fitness class. She was also teaching a Line Dance Class and the gals in the class wanted to have a Latin Dance Class. She thought it was a good idea and she worked to get a Latin Dance Club started. The club has over one hundred members, both men and women. They meet two days a week, in the dance studio at the Atrium Building, on Monday from 12:45 to 1:45 and Friday from 1 until 2 p.m. Membership cost is $10 per year plus $5 per month for as many classes as you choose to take or $1 per class taken. If you have never been Latin Fitness Dancing before, you can take a class to try it out for just $2 To dance in the Latin Fitness Dance Club, you will need to wear proper shoes that have closed toes and rubber soles and comfortable clothes. You need to love the Latin music that gets you going. You dance at your own

pace and intensity. The instructor will call out the dance moves, but you do what you are able. Jan likes to have the class members make noise while dancing so that she knows that they are breathing. She said that people tend to hold their breath while they are exercising. Members of the class say that they feel thankful and blessed to have the Latin Fitness Dance Club. They love the music and the opportunity to exercise. If you have any questions or would like more information about the club you can call Deb Zieg, president, at 813-634-6795.

Tidbits from the Vault


I. Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance II. Approval of Minutes: March 20, 2019 III. Treasurer’s Report Presentation of 2020 Budget IV. Community Manager’s Report V. President’s Report VI. Long Range Planning Committee Report VII. Good & Welfare VIII. General Discussion by Members IX. Adjournment

AMOUNT $501 $3,000

By Cathy Meyerhoff, Sun City Center History Society

40 Years Later the Goal Is Still the Same

Over the summer, I decided to take a look at historical items of interest from 1989 -- forty years ago. The first piece to appear was a letter to the editor of The Sun published on May 17, 1989. Boyd Neubourne, the official historian of Sun City Center, stated in his letter that he had “…tried to personally collate various matters on the formation of the Historical Society with the possible establishment of a Sun City Center Museum in the near future.” Earlier that year in a March 27 Tampa Tribune piece Mr. Neubourne said, “The purpose of the museum is to show the treasures of the past and to see what the early people were like.” As a start, he envisioned a display of clippings, developer brochures and old photographs. A long-range plan would expand a single room to an entire building housing everything from written documents and articles to original crafts, and feature talks on community history. Fast forward to 2019. Today the Sun City Center History Society has the same goal. At present, historical documents are housed in the vault, basically a large closet. With advancements in technology over the past 40 years much of the written history of our community has been digitized, but access is limited at this point in time. Long-range plans call for a museum to house our accumulated history and make it accessible to community residents. We have been fortunate to have

John Bowker present programs on our history over the years. Members of the Friends of the Sun City Center History Society are encouraged to research topics of interest and to present talks in the future. If you are interested in helping to preserve our history please consider joining the Friends group. For more information call 813-633-3038 or email “”. Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 15 at 2 p.m. in the Caper Room.


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

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First Thomas & Judy Meryl Gary & Patty Daniel Barbara Dale & Eileen Robert Robin Gary & Connie Randy & Pamela David & Diane Stephenson & Zhijun William Lyle & Karen Paul John & Lorene Rosemary Stephen & Cindy Laurena Richard & Carol Debra

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President’s Report Proposed Development: CA Response By Sam Sudman, CA President Comments below were submitted to the Hillsborough County Zoning Hearing Master for the hearing on September 16, 2019 in opposition to the proposed construction of additional housing development(s). These comments will be sent to all of the Commissioners for the Land Use public hearing to be conducted November 12, 2019, encouraging them to deny the applications for the two planned developments. Comments Opposing PD 18-1048 and/or PD-19-0935 We are writing as a party of record to oppose PD 18-1048 and 19-0935. They are joined because of their collective impact on SR-674 and Sun City Center. These planned developments propose to construct 1056 and 387 units, respectively, 1442 single-family detached residential units collectively, within a rural-services area. Cost of providing public services is much higher than if these PD were within the urban-services area. Many of the improvements to the area that will be required as a result of these developments were once the financial responsibility of the developer — transportation impact fees and transportation concurrency — but now fall to local government, supplanted, largely, by much-less-adequate mobility fees. From the perspective of the 11,400 members of the Sun City Center Community Association, the primary beneficiaries of this construction are the developers who look to benefit financially, not the village of Wimauma or the geographic areas surrounding and contiguous to the development site. We support the opposition of others on the myriad issues, noted elsewhere. Our main opposition is based upon the expected increase in traffic on SR-674, westward and eastward to and from I-75. SR-674 bisects our community. SR-674 is a constrained road, which means it cannot be widened. Absent comprehensive specific trip analyses, 1446 additional homes translates into roughly 2892 additional motor vehicles, most, if not all, of which will be leaving and returning daily, en route

to employment sites, employment that is not available within Wimauma and the immediate area, retail shopping and medical visits. Sun City Center is an approved golfcart community, which means that many, if not most, residents travel locally using golf carts to fulfill essential needs. Increased traffic on SR-674 contributed by property owners within PD 181048, PD-19-0935 and many other developments (Sereno, Valencia del Sol, Vista Palms, Cypress Mill, Cypress Creek and South Shore Bay) located south, east and north of SCC, in various stages of construction and contributing approximately 12,000* additional homes (24,000 potential motor vehicles) en route to I-75, pose potential serious threat to our 11,400 residents’ safety. We urge that the Zoning Hearing Master recommend to the Commission the denial of PD-1048 and PD-0935. We further urge a complete transportation study be completed for each and every future proposed PD in the South Shore area that potentially impacts traffic on SR-674 to and from I-75 that travels through Sun City Center and on US301, individually and collectively, since the safety and adequacy of these major roadways will be severely impacted. Regarding the Kings Point Fee In response to a question from a CA member at the September 11, 2019 CA Board meeting for information as to why the Kings Point fee was approved, the following is the reason given by those that voted for it. Based on the membership lists of the CA clubs provided by each club each year, there are 6,954 CA members in one or more Sun City Center clubs; there are 1,908 individual Kings Point residents in one or more CA clubs. SCC members pay $288 (current dues) for our amenities. Kings Point residents pay $0 for the use of our amenities, except for individual club fees and dues. The question arose, were KP residents not starting their own club because it was available at the CA at no charge? Those on the Board that voted for the fee of $125 considered it a fair amount (compared to the $288 paid by CA members) for access to any and all CA clubs, subject to individual club’s space availability and at the individual club’s discretion excluding access to pools, fitness center and the library (already covered by separate fee). We have no idea how much will be collected and will have to wait until the end of 2020 to know what would be contributed to the CA operating budget. Also, please refer to the July News of Sun City Center, section one, for additional background on the $125 fee. *Source published media, unverified

CA Board Meeting - September 11, 2019

By Ilona Merritt The meeting was called to order at 9 a.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance and a remembrance of the 9/11 tragedy. The Secretary’s Report and the Treasurer’s report were read and approved. The presidents report followed. The traffic light at the new crosswalk is finished. The Audubon Society was recognized for its contribution to the community. Sam Sudman is drafting a letter to the zoning commission about the traffic problem on SR-674. The Mobility study has been approved by the county and work should start in 2020. The Long Range Planning Committee has been working for the future. Reports will be presented at the January Annual meeting, followed by membership results which will be presented in March. There are presently three openings on the

Board which will need to be filled. If interested contact any board member. The Emergency Squad in conjunction with Cora is a collection for the Hurricane Dorian victims. Lynn Reitz reported that Shredding day will be on October 22 from 9 a.m. to noon just south of the Security Squad Building. The Holiday Breakfast and holiday Walk event is coming up. They are looking for a chairperson for next year’s event. The Golf Cart Parade “Home for the Holidays” will be held on Saturday, December 14. Cash prizes will be awarded. There will be some roofing, asphalt, and landscaping project coming up and we are reminded to heed the ropes and cones which are put up for our safety. The resident count as of August 31, the total was 11,441 with total membership dues were 11,198.

SCC Long Range Planning Committee Report By Doug Seipelt, Chairman The committee is finalizing a survey, to be made available to SCCCA members by mid-October. The purpose of the survey will be to gather feedback from the community regarding current facilities and future needs over the next five to seven years, for new projects, and replacing outdated facilities. The group is currently exploring various options to enable members to provide input to this survey. The committee has provided the initial draft of this survey to the CA Board/ CA Management for their review and approval. The survey currently consists of approximately 30 questions. In preparing

for the planning process, the committee has also received recommendations for buildings and outdoor amenities from the CA Management staff, and an architectural firm regarding building specs, code requirements and pricing/potential cost. These ideas and informational demographics, along with survey input from the SCCCA members, will enable Phase three of the project, and result in SCC Board decisions and a Membership vote (by March 2020). Please watch for an upcoming announcement when the survey is released. Your feedback is an extremely important element of this process, and to the growth of our community.

Flu Shots October 1

Walgreens will once again be administering flu and pneumonia vaccinations from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, October 1, in the Caper Room. Bring your Medicare and any other insurance card and also your photo ID. To save time, consent forms are available at the Community Association office and can be filled out and ready to present to the pharmacist upon arrival. The forms will also be available in the Caper Room that date. For more information or any questions, please contact Suj Idiculla, Walgreens pharmacist, at 813.634.8393.

SCC Irish Connection 2019-20 Season of Events

The Irish Connection of SCC has been busy planning events for the upcoming 2019-2020 season. As in years past, the get-togethers take place in the Florida Room of the Atrium Building located at 945 N. Course Lane with doors opening at 6 p.m. Remember to bring your CA/KP membership badge for entry. The kickoff will be our Welcome Back Event on Friday, October 18. Beginning October 2019, the Irish Connection will once again host a “Movie Night” in the Rollins Theatre at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month. On the second Sunday of each month in the Armstrong Room at 3 p.m., the club will host an “Irish Day” gathering in regards to Ireland, its history and culture, showcasing a short video with light snacks. Any ‘Member of Good Standing’ of Sun City Center who is Irish, of Irish extraction, or has an interest in Ireland, is welcome to join the Irish Connection Club. For membership info, call Joan at 813.633.5274 or visit “”.

Family Connections to SCC: Walter Dunn

By Paula Lickfeldt Walter Dunn was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Along the way, his family moved to Miami. After he graduated from high school the family moved back to Pittsburgh. Six months later, Pearl Harbor was bombed, and the United States went to war. Walter joined the Army Air Corps. In the fall of 1945 after his discharge from the military, Walter went back to Pittsburgh and on the GI Bill went to the University of Pittsburgh. Walter’s father had passed away and his mother wanted to move back to Miami. They moved and Walter finished his college degree at the University of Miami. Walter married Merle, and he began working for Eastern Airlines. With retirement approaching, Walter and Merle looked up and down the East Coast of Florida for a place to move,

but nothing seemed to grab them. In 1992, they came to Tampa to visit Merle’s brother who was retired Air Force. While they were visiting, Merle said that she had heard about Kings Point and suggested that they take a look at the homes in Kings Point. They bought a home and moved to Kings Point. In 2013, Walter moved to the Courtyards. Shay Gomes, Walter’s daughter and her husband Frank lived in Miami. Shay was an English Teacher but gave it up to work

for the Dale Carnegie Corporation. She was involved in training and mentoring new employees. With retirement coming and Frank facing health issues, they decided to move to SCC. Walter had not sold his home in Kings Point when he moved to the Courtyards, so Shay and Frank bought the house. While in SCC they were in the Sports Car Club and the Corvette Club. Shay is a dispatcher at the Emergency Squad and plays Bunco and Hand and Foot. A year ago, Shay lost her husband Frank. Walter’s other daughter Roslyn Brunner graduated from Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida, where she met her future husband. She worked at Circus World, near Orlando, for one year as a dancer. She saved her money and moved to New York City to pursue dancing. While living and dancing in NYC she married

her college sweetheart. They moved to Connecticut and then moved to New Jersey where they spent the next 28 years. Roslyn was a stay at home mom until she began working for the school system of NJ where she spent 20 years as a substitute teacher and then as an instructional aide for special needs children. When she retired, her husband is still working, they moved back to sunny FL. The family is not large but they all get together in July of every year at Sanibel Island. We do not encounter native Floridians very often. Here we have a family whose members have lived in Florida for a long time or were born here. All three of them have ended up living and enjoying life together in SCC. Tell us your story, contact Paula at 633-6739.

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

SCC Polish Heritage Club

Monthly Membership Meeting: Tuesday evening October 29, 2019, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., in the Florida Room, Atrium Building. Celebrating Halloween, all members are encouraged to attend in costume or mask! The Club welcomes Sun City Center CA residents interested in learning about the traditional Polish Cultural events that the Club offers. Join us for fun, refreshments, and fellowship! Annual Dues are $5 per person. For info, call Lorraine at 813.677.0026 or Wanda at 813.633.0016.

Metaphysical Society Fundraiser

Wednesdays, 10 a.m., in the Heritage Room. Entry fee $1 with love offering requested to benefit our Society. Show your Community ID card when checking in. Metaphysical Society information 813.398.7033. October 2 • “Military UFO Updates” presented by Bill Schroeder, MUFON State Section Director and creator of M.A.S.T. program. October 9 • “Unifying NDE, Reincarnation and Past Lives”, presented by Frank Valentin, Professional Author and Public Speaker. October 16 • “The Magic of Mudras” presented by Dr. Dharma Gayle, Author and Yoga Trainer. October 23 • “Color – The Key to Breaking Your Karmic Patterns” presented by Aura-Soma instructor and Medium from Essex, UK, Robert Brown. October 30 • “Essential Oils for Health and Joy” presented by Young Living Wellness Coach, Diana Carbone.

Computer Club Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, October 9 at 7 p.m. at the Community Hall, on the South Campus. Three 15-minute presentations by various club members. Do’s and Don’ts of Emailing; How the “Peppermint” Operating System can make your old, slow computer ‘young’ again; and A Tour of the Computer Club’s Website.

Computer Club Class

Sign up for classes online or in the Computer Lab, (Atrium Building) Monday through Saturday, 12:30 - 5 p.m. Student must be a member in good standing at Sun City Center or Kings Point. Tuition is payable upon registration. For additional information email: Beverly Hiller, Education Director “”. Listed here are brief descriptions of the classes being offered. For all the details, go to the Computer Club website “”. Painfree Backup for Your Computer • Tuesday, October 8, from 8:30 - noon iPad/iPhone for Seniors • Wednesday, October 9, from 9 - noon Introduction to File Explorer • Friday, October 11, from 9 - noon Tuning Your PC Workshop • Tuesday, October 15, from 8:30 - noon Easy Ways to Create Better Documents • Wed., October 16, from 10 - 11:30 a.m. Facebook 101 • Mon., October 21, from 9 - noon Why Type It When You Can Say It • Wednesday, October 30, from 10:30 - noon Beginners Semi-Private Tutoring • Wed., Oct. 23, from 9-10 or from 10:15-11:15 a.m. Buying a Computer • Friday, October 25, from 9 - 11

Meet your Neighbor - Barry & Julia Meyer

By Ilona Merritt In 2017, Barry and Julia Meyer moved to Sun City Center and happened to become our neighbors on El Rancho Drive. Barry hails from Louisville, KY and Julia is from Xi’an, China and her name was Yajun Zhu before she married Barry and became Julia Meyer. They had been snowbirds, and since Barry’s brother lives in Sun City Center, they decided to move here permanently. Barry spent a total of 37.5 years in the US military, four years in the Navy and then he joined the Army Corps of Engineers. He became head Lockman at McAlpine Lock and Dam in Louisville. He had been widowed for two years, and one evening while dining at a favorite Chinese Restaurant, the owner introduced Barry to Yajun via the Internet. Barry was interested and decided to go the China to meet her. Yajun worked in administration at the Xijing University in Xi’an. They met, and Barry decided to stay in China for a while. He is an adventurous type and while Yajun was at work he would roam around the city and even found the subway which allowed him to expand his sightseeing. The obvious happened. They fell in love, and it must have been true love, because Yajun left her family behind, became Julia and followed Barry

SCC Poker Club #1 Accepting New Members

New members welcome. Come any Monday or Friday 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the royal room in the Atrium, central SCCCA campus. Our October monthly meeting and high hand night will be Friday, October 25. Refreshments will be served.

Thursday Evening Bridge

We welcome back our snowbirds and any other bridge players who would like to join us on Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the Atrium Horizon room for a friendly evening of progressive bridge. Bring a partner and we will see to it that you have a full table to start the evening. We play four rounds and are closing the doors before 10. An evening’s fun for 50 cents---and who knows--you may go home with a whole dollar!

Learn to Play Pickleball

Pickleball is a fun game for all ages. It’s the fastest growing game in America. No previous athletic experience necessary. Free classes begin Tuesday, October 1, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and will continue Tuesdays and Fridays at the same time until spring. The Pickleball Club will supply paddles and balls; to play on the court you must wear court shoes. Come 10 minutes early to sign in. Classes will be held at the pickleball courts located next to the Community Center at 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Classes are open to Sun City Center residents only.

Artist of the Month

Virginia Laudano, an acclaimed professional artist and art teacher, has been designated by the Art Club in Sun City Center as Artist of the Month for October 2019. Virginia devoted 40 years to teaching high school art in Holmdel, New Jersey. Outside the classroom, she worked as a set designer for the Bayshore Players in Holmdel, NJ, and the Opera Company in Red Bank, NJ. In 2000, Virginia retired to Sun City Center and joined the art club. For over 15 years Virginia has taught acrylic, oil, mixed media, printmaking, and watercolor. She has exhibited with Tampa Senior Painting Festival, Manatee Art League, Suncoast Watercolor Society and Sun City Center Art Shows and has held One Woman gallery openings in Sun City Center, the Brandon Art League and the Hillsborough County College as well as Holmdel and Edison, NJ. Virginia’s artwork will be displayed during October at SCC Library, the SCC Information Center, La Beautique Salon, SCC Samaritan Services, Cadence Bank, Fiores’s Sunshine Café, and the Art Room Window. Visit www.artclubofscc for more information.

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

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

October 14 • The Upside • 2 Hours, 6 Minutes

Julia and Barry Meyer

to America. They enjoy living on Blue Crescent Lake where they frequently catch and release some nice-sized carp. They also volunteer for the Security Patrol. Julia does visit her family for several months each year. Chinese people like to invite their friends over for dinner and sit around the table with lots of food to enjoy. September 13 was Harvest Moon which is celebrated by the Chinese people, again with lots of food. Dumplings are featured on this special occasion. Julia made two types from scratch and served a beautiful dish of large shrimp, and other delicious items. We enjoyed a true Chinese dinner, which then ended with a most unique dessert of white Fungus (mushroom) with a Date, Lily root and Lotus root. It is a pleasure to have them as neighbors.

Two mischievous New Yorkers from opposite backgrounds bond as an ex-con is hired to be caretaker for an affluent quadriplegic. They form an unlikely friendship while showing each other how to live life to the fullest in this winning dramedy. Based on a true story. Starring: Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston, Nicole Kidman, Julianna Margulies Director: Neil Burger Genre: Comedy, Drama Rating: PG-13 for drug use/content and sexual situations

October 28 • Run The Race • 1 Hour, 41 Minutes

Rebellious football star Zach and his religious track athlete brother Dave have an unbreakable bond despite struggling to provide for themselves and deal with their alcoholic father. After Zach gets injured, he ruins his chance at a scholarship. It’s up to Dave to save their future and help his bitter brother find his way back to God. Starring: Tanner Stine, Evan Hofer, Kristoffer Polaha, Mario VanPeebles, Frances Fisher Director: Chris Dowling Genre: Drama Rating: PG for thematic elements.

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County Hikes 2019 Stormwater Fee

By Bob Sanchez After a public hearing on September 5 in Tampa, County Commissioners voted unanimously to increase the Stormwater Utility Assessment (Stormwater Fee) for unincorporated areas of Hillsborough County, including Sun City Center. Most Sun City Center residents will see a rise from $42 to $76.36 per household for single-family medium homes covering 1,501 3,200 square feet of impervious surface, including the roof and driveway. The proposed annual fee had been $92.41, which the commissioners reduced. The next range is 3201-5700 square feet, with an approved assessment of $116.83. The amount will appear as a line item in residents’ Calendar Year 2019 property tax bills and will remain at that rate until Commissioners vote to change it. The fee pays for increased maintenance activities such as mowing, ditch and pipe cleaning, culvert repair, and street sweeping to improve conveyance and reduce

roadway flooding. Additionally, this funding will be used to accelerate replacement of failing pipes and other infrastructure, along with flood reduction projects. In August, County officials had held six open houses explaining the proposed increase to interested citizens. At the Southshore Regional Service Center in Ruskin, for example, engineers used charts on easels showing locations of stormwater projects and potential problem areas. “We prioritize our pipe replacements based on failed or near failure pipe conditions and age,” said Sharbel Riveron, Hillsborough County’s Capital Program Project Manager. None of the projects in Sun City Center are designated as urgent. Riveron explained in an email that “not adequately funding the long-term maintenance and operation of stormwater systems leads to more expensive emergency repairs and flooding remediation that could have

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New HART CEO Discusses Transportation Challenges

By Bob Sanchez South Shore Round Table hosted new HART CEO Ben Limmer at its meeting at South Bay Hospital to learn about possible transportation improvements affecting Sun City Center and surrounding communities. SCC CA president Sam Sudman chaired the meeting. Limmer said that the transportation surtax may generate from $100 million to $250 million to provide highquality transportation and expansion of bus services. The surtax is being challenged in court, and he expressed optimism that the suit would be settled in the County’s favor later in the year. Meanwhile, he said, HART seeks public input on how best to meet the public’s needs. SCC CA director Larry Smith noted that all the tax money so far has gone into building bigger roads such as US-301, and Sudman said “wider roads are not the answer.” Ideas discussed included a “circulator system,”

Ben Limmer, who became HART CEO in March 2019.

which means buses traveling in continuous loops; autonomous vehicles – that is, driverless buses – are being researched, but are nowhere near imminent; and designated bus lanes on highways. Meanwhile, HART has already placed an order for 90 electric buses. HART cut its bus service to Sun City Center due to low usage, and as one attendee noted, it will take time to build up a

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Sun City Center Photo Club Announces Winners

On Tuesday, September 10, club photographers submitted images to be judged by expert, Al Churilla. We received many great entries, and the evening proved to be pleasantly challenging. In the Digital Color category, at the Master Level, two photographers tied for first place, receiving perfect scores. Carol Feldhauser received a gold award for “Pink Puff” and Jack Migliore received a gold for “Mom Let Me Explain.” At the Advanced Level, two photographers also tied for first place. Ann Jacques received a gold for “Country Church And Lupine Flowers.” Barbara Klimczak took the gold for “Protecting Baby and P.S. I Love You.” At the Intermediate Level, Tom Bredesen took first place with “Autumn Mist “ and Charles Davanzo also received first place for “ Time Gone By.” In the Unassigned category, Joe Sciafani received a gold for “Dream Boat.” In the Monochrome Digital category, at the Master Level, Carol Feldhauser received


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Jack Migliore received a gold for “Mom Let Me Explain.”

a gold for “Wave Runner” while Bobbie Ray took second with “After The Storm.” In the Unassigned category, Joe Sciafani received a gold award for “Angles.” In the Digital Creative category, at the Masters level, Robert Miller took the gold award for “Raining Umbrellas.” Receiving the silver were Pat Jones with “Bell Shape Flowers” and Bobbie Ray with “Phalaenopsis Swag.” At the Advanced level,

Kathy Vitale received a gold award for “Ocean Bowl.” She also received two silver awards for “Chihuly Meets Van Gogh and “Night Fishing.” Bruno Graziano received a silver for “Wrinkled Copper Pot.” At the Intermediate level, Rose Stack took first with “Happy Hour Drink.” In the Unassigned category, Sue McBride won the gold award for “Canyon Geometrics,” while Joe Sciafani received the silver award for “Drops Of Patriotism.”

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In the Color Print Category, at the Advanced Level, two photographers tied for first place. Kathy Griffith received a gold award for “Perennial Aster” and Gary Pate for “Kool Kitty.” In the Monochrome Print Category, at the Master Level, Robert Miller received two gold awards for “Polytechnic Reflection” and also for “Reflective Convergence.” At the Advanced Level, Bruno Graziano received a perfect score for “Three Amigos.“ Gary Pate took the silver with “Knight.“ At the Unassigned Level, Joe Sciafani received a gold award for “Handsome Heron.” In the Creative Print category at the Masters level, Madlyn Blom won the gold award for “Run Like The Wind.“ Bob Miller received the silver for “Painted Lily Fractal.” At the Advanced Level, Kathy Griffith received a gold award for “Zinnia In Ink.” Congratulations to all of our club winners! For more information about our club and the many opportunities available to you as a member, please visit www.

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Building Characters

By E. Adam Porter Editor, News of SCC & South County As I write this, it’s mid-September, which means the Great Debate has commenced at the Porter house. Not, thankfully, ‘Who Gets My Vote,’ but ‘Who Wears What Costume?’ My younger boys are at that perfect age where the magic of Halloween is still very real, and they are big enough to carry their own candy sack. When they select a costume, their purpose is to become that character, at least for the evening. To assume what, in their kid brains, these characters would be like. Their imaginations have a lot of help in the form of their favorite books, movies, and TV shows. Not to mention Dad’s stories. Hence the ongoing debate, which ping-pongs between “I’m going to be something completely new and different” to “I’m going as the same character as last year.” This is the continual tug and pull between the familiar and the risk of trying something new. Each kid manages this challenge in a different way. Growing up, my eldest, who inherited a fathomless well of creativity from his Mama, always had the best Halloween costumes, most of them homemade. If a character called for armor, he made it. Makeup? He learned how to perfect the look. Props? Gathered in advance or built on the fly. Sometimes this led to unexpected results. The year he went as the Incredible Hulk, all his green makeup washed off while bobbing for apples, so he finished the party as “Bruce Banner.” Another year, he won the costume contest at our neighborhood Halloween party dressed as a character from the movie, Hot Fuzz. Then there was the year he and a friend were such convincing “homeless people” that other trick-ortreaters offered them cash donations, even though they

insisted that they were just in costume. This year, though, will be a bit different. Chris enlisted in the US Army, after a brief stint as a civilian, when his sevenyear tour in the USAF ended. So, for Halloween this year, he will be back in BDUs, rucking through the woods somewhere in Missouri. My middle kid has somewhat peculiar and entirely specific tastes. Last year, he wanted to go as a character from a cartoon that’s been off the air for years. No costume shop in the county had anything close to the look, so we turned to Google. Fortunately, someone on the other side of the planet did not let us down. We found a movie-specific replica, which he wore at least once a week until the costume was so ripped and threadbare even duct tape failed him. My youngest is more experience-driven. He’s cool with just about any costume, because most of the fun, for him, is riding through the neighborhood in the back of the pickup, shouting “trick or treat” and getting gobs of gobstoppers and other sweet treats. The key, though, is that his costume must also be something he will wear for play throughout the year. Over the years, he’s been a fireman, a cop, Iron Man, and a ninja. This year, he’s weighing astronaut, pirate, Captain America or To Be Determined. Kid likes to keep his options open, which leads us back around to the endless “Who will I be?” conversations. As I was listening to this lively debate for the umpteenth time, I got to thinking about how it’s not too much different than the decision we all face when we wake up every morning: “Will I be the same person I was, or will I look for some way to grow, to learn, to explore?” For many reading this, the reason you chose the lifestyle you did is the opportunity to learn and try new things. It’s a lesson folks my age could take to heart. Far too many of us never really go anywhere or do anything new between our mid-20s and mid-60s. Life, as they say, gets in the way. Kids, work, bills, cutting the grass every week, and other perpetual chores seem to suck the adventure out of life.

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Thing is, no matter our age or place in life, apathy, distraction, and redundancy are choices. And, if we’re not careful, those choices become habits. That’s one of the reasons, in The News, we choose to focus on stories about people doing new, fun, and interesting things: people picking up a softball bat or a basketball for the first time in decades, dusting off a musical instrument, pursuing a new craft or hobby, or heading out on an adventure. No matter what that “new” choice is, the result is a mixture of learning new things and becoming a new person. Our habits, our priorities, even our brains, are reordered by embracing something unfamiliar. In The Fellowship of the Ring, JRR Tolkien has his reluctant adventurer, Bilbo Baggins, tell his impetuous nephew, Frodo: “You step into the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to.” It’s a truism Bilbo experienced first-hand. He went There and Back Again

and became a new person. A dynamic that World War I veteran, Tolkien, was intimately familiar with. And that’s the point. When we set out to experience something new, we’re not entirely sure who we will become along the way. Kids find it easy to wear and shed different costumes, because their young brains thrive on experimentation. We tend to have a harder time with it. Comfort and routine, and memories of past mistakes, keep us from stepping out onto the proverbial road. Sometimes, though, it helps if we dress the part, and there are plenty of opportunities to do just that this month. So, “Happy Halloween!” And, if you read this, maybe take a moment to email me a photo of you becoming a character, or taking the risk to go somewhere exciting, try something new, or learn something interesting. Send it to “” and you might even see your photo in the next issue.

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

Ceramics Show

The Sun City Center Ceramics Club is having a show Friday and Saturday, October 25 and 26 from 10 to 3 in the Florida Room of the Atrium. Come and view the members’ hard work!

DAR Meeting

October 16 at 12:30 p.m. in the Florida Room, Atrium, 945-D North Course Lane. Light refreshments will be served. At 1 p.m. meeting begins with our guest speaker Ren Chushing, his talk titled, “Classic Heroes.” All members, Sun City Center and Kings Point residents and anyone interested in joining the DAR are invited.

Gone Stampin’ Club’s Semi-Annual Card Sale

It’s time to stock up on your favorite handmade cards again. Sale will be held on October 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Sandpiper Room of the Atrium. Cards are $1 each and include an envelope. We have a great selection of Halloween, Fall, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Valentine cards as well as all other occasions.

Ohio Club Contributes to Andy’s Kitchen

The SCC Ohio Club contributed $400 to Andy’s Kitchen at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church to support their free lunch program each Wednesday in conjunction with Metropolitan Ministries. In the photo are Bev Campbell, Chuck Dyer, Ohio Club President Jim Rottman, Karen Hansen, Sally McLeish, and Carol Dyer, and the Andy’s Kitchen volunteers. Not pictured: Carol Pliska, who bakes and donates cakes each week. Andy’ Kitchen provides from 30 to 60 free lunches each Wednesday at the church from 11:30 to 12:30.

SCC Audubon Meeting

The SCC Audubon Club will resume monthly meetings on Saturday, October 5. John Lampkin, an accomplished naturalist and photographer, will present on local birds, animals, insects and plants. His talk, “They Live Amongst Us!” begins at 10 a.m. in the Florida Room, preceded by refreshments and socializing. The full schedule of monthly meetings is available on the club website at “ An example of John Lampkin’s meetings”. stunning nature photography.

SCC Men’s Club Learns About Crime Prevention

Brian MacNeel, Crime Prevention Practitioner, Florida Crime Prevention Training Institute, was the guest speaker at the August monthly membership meeting of the Sun City Center Men’s Club. Mr. MacNeel spoke about identity theft, fraud and scams, purse snatching, carjacking and other crimes and how citizens can L to R: David Floyd, President, SCC be aware of these misdeeds and Men’s Club; Brian McNeel, Crime how everyone can help to cut Prevention Task Force of Florida; down on the number of criminal George Bodmer, VP of Programs activities in their community. SCC Men’s Club. Membership in the SCC Men’s Club is open to residents of Sun City Center and Kings Point. For information call Jon Lehr at 813.260.3058.

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Organ Keyboard Club Offering Free Lessons

Attention new Organ and Keyboard Club members! We’re having a sale in October. Free music lessons including sheet music! No reservations necessary, and no instrument needed. This is a group lesson for both beginners and advanced students. Bring a pencil to take notes on your music. We meet every Thursday in the Armstrong Room. Gather at 9 a.m. Lesson from 9:30 to 11. All SCC and Kings Point residents welcome. Not for existing members. New members only. For more information, contact Club President Barb Carlini at 813.633.2022.

T-Shirt Quilt for Officer Merry

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jeff Merry is an avid marathon runner. On many occasions his whole family joins him. He finds it an enjoyable way to stay fit. With each marathon, there is a t-shirt, and he has accrued quite a collection. He made a request to have his t-shirts made into a quilt. Because he had so many, he limited them to his Disney Marathon T-shirts. The members of the Sun City Center Sew’n Sews were happy to oblige. It became quite a group effort, first admiring the variety of races he has run at both Disney World and Disneyland. The knit t-shirts had to be stabilized, and then cut precisely to keep all the logos. The next step was to arrange all the various configurations and then sew them into a cohesive unit. This was followed by adding batting and a backing. Nan Ryan, who spearheaded the group, found backing fabric with runners on it. Once this was put together, Nan Fishpaw agreed to quilt it on her long-arm machine. This was then returned for the final step of putting the binding on. The members enjoyed working on this quilt for such a valued member of our community and wished him many years of enjoyment with the quilt.


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Feline Folks Yard Sale

Feline Folks is hosting a fund-raising yard sale on October 18 and 19 from 8 to 12 noon at 1305 New Bedford in Sun City Center. Donations will be accepted on October 17 from 3 to 6 p.m. at 1305 New Bedford Avenue in Sun City Center. All proceeds go to the care and feeding of the community cats. More info “Info@”.

Duplicate Bridge Celebrates Marshall Kerlin

The Duplicate Bridge Association of Sun City Center is celebrating its resident member, Marshall Kerlin, for the amazing feat of attaining ten thousand Master Points from the American Contract Bridge League. It takes many years and hundreds of wins to accumulate ten thousand points! It took Marshall about forty years. The DBASCC is a welcoming club of almost five hundred bridge players. All manner of information is available on the club’s website: Marshall Kerlin (left) and bridge partner Doug Atkins.

Wisconsin Club Tailgate Party

Hey, Wisconsin Club of SCC, it’s time to party hearty! Join us on Thursday, November 14 at Community Hall beginning at 5 p.m. for the Welcome Back/Tailgate Party. GB Packer and Wisconsin Badger attire encouraged. No charge for club members of record October 1. If you are not on our membership list as of October 1, you will be charged $5 per person, same for guests of members. No assigned or reserved seating; first come, first served. RSVP. Club members of record may call or email their RSVP to Bev Hetzel at “” or at 309.236.2900. Non-members or guests of members mail your checks made out to The Wisconsin Club of SCC to Bev at 1010 Chelsea Greens Court, SCC, FL 33573. Cutoff date for all RSVPs is November 1, 2019. Traditional tailgate fare of brats, hot dogs, baked beans, potato salad, sauerkraut, and ice cream for dessert. BYOB and we’ll provide everything else you need. We can’t wait to welcome you back and have some good ‘ole Wisconsin tailgate fun with games and other surprises. Don’t delay and reserve today!

The first fall meeting of the Scandinavian Club will be held Wednesday, October 23 in the SCC Florida Room at 2 p.m. Club members are free, guests are welcome at $3 each. Club membership is open to all Sun City Center Community Association members and Kings Point residents in good standing. We always welcome new members with Scandinavian ancestry or just an interest in Scandinavia. Music will be provided by member Larry Lundeen. Refreshments will be served

Art Club in Sun City Center October Demo Artist

On Monday, October 21, the Art Club in Sun City Center is featuring an acrylic painting demonstration by Debbie Goode at 1 p.m. in Rollins Theater located at 970 Cherry Hills Drive. Debbie’s demonstration follows a brief membership meeting and is open to all Sun City Center Community Association and Kings Point members and their guests. To learn more about Debbie, visit her website “”.

SCC New England Club Fall Social

Tuesday, November 5. Doors open at 5 p.m., at the Florida Room. Come join your fellow New Englanders for pizza, live entertainment, and prizes. Admission is $5 per member. Existing club members will receive a reservation form by email. New members welcome. No guests. Advance reservations are due October 25. Further details and reservation form are available at “” or call Mike Burnham 508.240.4445. Club members must belong to the SCC CA.

Cat Chat Presentation

October is Fire Prevention Month! Join Cat Lovers Club for a presentation by Hillsborough County Fire Rescue on fire safety. There will be a question and answer session at the end of the presentation. All are welcome to join us for this presentation in the Armstrong Room, Main Campus, North Course Ln., on Tuesday, October 1 from 10 until noon. Cat Food donations are greatly appreciated and will be collected prior to the presentation. Our organization provides cat food to our seniors and local citizens on fixed or low income who depend on the generosity of friends and supporters like you to help them care for their pets. If you have any questions please contact us at 813.442.3014 or email at “”.

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Creative Person: Kelly Freeman Loves Stitching and Needlework

By Paula Lickfeldt Kelly Freeman says she started stitching needlework when she was eleven years old. She saw a kit in a magazine and her grandmother bought it for her. After working on the project, she was hooked. Up until three years ago, she and her husband, Mike, lived in Indianapolis, Indiana. They worked and raised their family in Indianapolis. Every year Kelly and Mike would go to the state fair in Indianapolis. They would look at all of the needlework projects, and Mike would tell her that she needed to enter her work, because her work was every bit as good if not better than the projects that had been entered. But Kelly was very busy raising their children and working so she just never had the time to enter anything. When they retired, they spent a year traveling around the country visiting various Del Webb communities. They liked the idea of the 55+ community and wanted to live in one. They just weren’t sure which one. When they arrived in Sun City Center, FL, they liked what they saw. They were hooked by the number of clubs and activities that were available and they had friends who already lived in SCC. The cost of living and the weather in FL were also factors that helped make the decision to move to SCC. The first year that they lived in Florida, they visited the Florida

State Fair. Once again, Mike told her that she needed to enter her work in the fair competition. She did not have an excuse not to enter her work anymore, so the following year, she entered eight projects in several different categories. Every project that she entered won a ribbon. In two categories, her work won first place, second place and third place awards. She even won “Best of Show” for the whole needlework category. Kelly also belongs to the Lapidary Club, the Dog Owners Group, the Travel Club, and the Tillers and Toilers Club in SCC. She participates in the Embroiderers Guild of America chapter in Sarasota and the American Needlework Guild in Tampa. She is also an assistant at the Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium in Brandon where she helps get everything set up for some of the cooking classes and when the class is over, she gets to clean up. She particularly enjoys assisting for the Kid’s Summer Cooking Camps at the Rolling Pin. Kelly’s own cooking skills include her homemade sourdough bread that won a ribbon at the state fair also. Back in Indiana, the church that Kelly and Mike attended was new and did not have any seasonal liturgical paraments. Kelly and a group of other women from the church hand-stitched sets of all of the paraments. They also made a five-part Nativity Scene that was five feet wide

and three feet tall. When one of her friends or their child gets married, Kelly makes a wedding sampler as a gift for the couple. She personalizes each sampler by using the wedding color scheme and then incorporating a design

element either from the invitation or other special themes related to the wedding. Sun City Center has an abundance of creative and talented people. Kelly Freeman is certainly one of them

We’re “Makin’ a List” of Holiday Decorations

By Ilona Merritt The News of Sun City Center would like to hear from all residents, who work so hard to decorate the outside of their homes for the Holidays. It takes many hours of hard work to put up those displays, but sadly many of us do not get to see them, simply because we don’t know where they are. This year the News would like to publish a list of homes and neighborhoods where these magnificently decorated homes are located. Simply send a note to “” with the subject “Holiday Lights.” List your house number and street name, or just the street name if it’s a neighborhood effort. Deadline for publication in our December issue is November 10.

US Coast Guard Flotilla 75 Nautical Flea Market

Vendors Wanted for Annual Market The US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 75 is seeking vendors for its Annual Boating & Nautical Flea Market. Vendors, here is an opportunity for you to support safe boating in SouthShore. This event will be held on Saturday, November 16 from 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon. The location of the event will be at the Land’s End Marina & Circles Restaurant Parking Lot, 1220 Apollo Beach Blvd. in Apollo Beach. This event, which is free and open to the public, will feature items such as accessories, arts, clothing, crafts, and equipment related to the areas of boating, fishing, nautical, and sports. The fee for vendor booth spaces ranges from $40 to $120 depending on the size of space you need. Sizes range from 10 to 40 feet wide by 20 feet deep. Tables may also be rented with advanced notification and reservations. Vendors, you do not want to miss this opportunity of selling your wares. You will also be assisting Flotilla 75 as they continue to provide safe boating classes and information to the boating public in the South Shore Area. For information and to register contact Pat Stone via phone or text at 813.651.1763 or email her at “pstone2405@”.

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Pirates, Argh!

The Bicentennial Chapter Daughters of the War of 1812 and the Little Manatee Chapter Daughters of the American Colonists will have a joint meeting at the Denny’s Restaurant on SR-674 on October 31 at 11:30 a.m. Jody Masterson will give a talk titled “Pirates – Argh!” All members and anyone interested are welcome to attend. Information: Carol Acosta 813.404.7727 or Mary McIntyre 813.634.3818.

Apollo Beach Woman’s Club Luncheon October 9

The next luncheon for the Apollo Beach Woman’s Club (ABWC) will be on Wednesday, October 9 at the Apollo’s Bistro, located at 6520 Richies Way, Apollo Beach, FL 33572. The program speaker will be Debbie Van Ore, a leader for “100 Women Who Care: Past, Present and Future.” The luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. for socializing. Lunch is served at 12. The luncheon is $18. Reservations must be made and paid for by Friday, October 4. For menu details and reservations contact Sharon Vasquez 813.641.7856 or email “”.

Science, Engineering and Technology Club Meeting

Monday, October 14, at 7 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. Because this is the start Members enjoy the September of our fiscal year, please bring a Luncheon: L to R: Beverley Brooks, check of $10 for each member of 1st VP of ABWC Programs; Jim your household who is joining. Williams, VP of Goodwill Industries; Our speaker, Dr. Ross Andel, and ABWC members Jill Besch and is Professor and Director of the Lori Winkelman. School of Aging Studies and Director of the Ph.D. in Aging Studies program at USF. His talk will discuss some of the ways in which work and retirement can influence the aging of the brain.

Sun City Center Lions Club Christmas Wreath Sale

The Sun City Center Lions Club is once again selling Christmas wreaths. A 22” live noble fir wreath is still priced at just $25 each. All orders and money for the wreaths must be in no later than Friday, November 2. The wreaths are shipped from Washington state in a refrigerated truck and will arrive the week after Thanksgiving, so you will have plenty of time to enjoy. If you don’t know a Lion, please feel free to call Lions Patrick Soja, 813.633.4245; George Banes at Aston Gardens, 813.634.9499; Gloria Rodzielowicz, 813.419.4187; or Ellen and Terry McGovern, 813.633.4202. The Lions meet the second and fourth Monday of each month at the United Methodist Church, Del Webb Boulevard West. Meeting begins at 11:45 a.m. Please join us.

L to R: Bill Krueger, Rea Cantwell, Kip Kipnis, Bob Hauser, Bill Cox, Jim Wilmouth, and Tony Badalamenti.

SCC Rotarian of the Year

The Sun City Center Rotary Club presented its Rotarian of the Year award to member Bill Cox. Bill was recognized for his involvement in a number annual Rotary activities that benefit local youth, including personal dictionaries for grade school students, high school public speaking, and high school senior scholarship awards. The award was made by District Rotary Governor, Kip Kipnis, and previous award winners.

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This freshly restored 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air coupe owned by John and Mona Scaglione of Wimauma is the Roamin’ Oldies Car Club September cruiser of the month.

Cruiser of the Month

A superbly restored and updated 1957 Chevrolet 210 Bel Air shown by new owners John and Mona Scaglione was voted September cruiser of the month for the Sun City Center Roamin’ Oldies Car Club. The ’57 Chevy is among the most sought-after collectible cars in the country. The Scagliones found theirs in Arizona, and had it shipped to their Wimauma home this June. The September cruisein was the first time out for the turquoise and ivory coupe. It’s considerably better performing and more comfortable than as it came from the factory, with 350 V8 power, 4-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel disc brakes, air conditioning, and power steering. “We’re just now getting comfortable with it, and we love it,” John said. 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 The Florida Railroad Museum. For information, call Chet at 813.842.1511.

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Knights of Columbus Oktoberfest Dinner

The Knights of Columbus Council 7282 will be sponsoring an Oktoberfest Dinner on Friday October 25. The dinner will feature bratwurst, red cabbage, and German potato salad. Homemade desserts will be included. $15 per person, and will include two drink tickets for beer or wine. The dinner will be held at Prince of Peace Catholic Church’s Conesa Center, 702 Valley Forge Blvd., Sun City Center. Doors open at 5 p.m., and dinner starts at 5:30. Ticket will be on sale at the Conesa Center on the following dates: Oct. 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 21,22, and 23. Sales will be from 8:45 to 11 a.m. Tables of eight are available. Information: Fred Kunkel at 317.409.6543.

AAUW Brunch October 12

The local branch of the American Association of University Women will be welcoming new and returning members to the Saturday, October 12 brunch, open to the public and held at the Sun City Center Atrium Florida Room at 9:30 a.m. First time attendees and guests will not have to pay the $10 charge for brunch, but will need to RSVP to Margie Castiglia by Friday October 4 at 813.633.8253 or at “”. Members pay $10 ahead by a check to AAUW of SCC/SouthShore and send it along with guest count to Margie Castiglia, 2411 Emerald Lake Drive, Apt. 209, Sun City Center, Fl. 33573 by Friday, October 4. Questions: contact Sue Nasrani at 570.401.5346 or “suenas1@”.

Emergency Squad Open House

For 55 years, the Emergency Squad has transported Sun City Center residents to hospitals, dialysis appointments, etc. Not one person has ever received a bill for any of these services. Who are the people on those ambulances and vans? They are your neighbors and friends who give freely of their time to help their neighbors in need. The Squad is always looking for those special individuals who are willing to give of their time to help their neighbors. You don’t have to be a medical professional or have a medical background. You don’t even have to live in Sun City Center. The Squad will provide you with all the training you will need. Learn about all our volunteer opportunities at the next Open House, the second Wednesday of each month at our Training Center, 120 S. Pebble Beach Boulevard. The program begins at 6 p.m. Light refreshments available.


South Bay Genealogical Society Meeting

On Tuesday, October 15, the South Bay Genealogical Society will meet at the United Methodist Church in the Life Enrichment Center (LEC), 1210 W Del Webb Blvd, Sun City Center. We begin at 10:30 a.m. with a Round Table Discussion. That will be followed by a sit-down luncheon at noon, and then the main presentation by our guest speaker at 1 p.m. This month’s speaker will be George Morgan. He will be presenting “Using Multiple Databases in Tandem to Solve Problems.” George will show how to use the major genealogical databases and your own compilation of sites and resources to locate as much evidence as possible in order to find proof to answer your questions. He will also explain some of the new DNA tools used by Ancestry DNA and MyHeritage DNA. The cost is $15 per person for lunch. For reservations and information, call Dotty Love at 813.634.2749. Mail check to SBGS P.O. Box 5202, Sun City Center, Fl. 33571. Your check must be received by October 3, 2019.

Census Update

By Deputy Jeff Merry You may begin to notice census takers in your neighborhood. This is a normal part of the 2020 Census preparation and data collection process. Census field representatives will also continue to collect information for the American Community Survey (ACS) and other ongoing surveys. If you are visited by someone from the Census Bureau, here are some ways to verify the individual is a Census Bureau employee. The field representative will present an ID badge that includes: their name, their photograph, a Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date. The field rep will be carrying an official bag with the Census Bureau logo or a laptop for conducting the survey, and they will provide you with a letter from the Census Bureau on official letterhead stating why they are visiting your residence. Field representatives conduct their work between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., local time. Upon request, the field representative will provide you with their supervisor’s contact information and/or the phone number for your Census Bureau Regional Office. The Regional Office supervises the activities of all field representatives in your area. If you wish to independently confirm that the person at your door is a Census Bureau employee, you can enter their name in the Census Bureau’s staff search website, or contact the Regional Office for your state.

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HEALTH 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center. Our therapists have training in therapeutic Tai Chi for Seniors and will provide guidance in this healthy exercise. Tai Chi has been proven to increase and balance! By Debbie strength WED. OCT 2 - THE SUN CITY Caneen CENTER AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MEETING 2:00 p.m. in the Florida Room located in the Community Center. The Board Meeting will South County Events is provided be held Wednesday, October 30, by Debbie Caneen, Director of Admissions, Sun Towers from 2019. at 1 p.m. in the Radio Club items submitted for publication. room in the main maintenance To submit events for future building. publications, send them by the WED. OCT 2 - WED. NOV 6 15th of the prior month. Debbie - PAINTING STUDIO AT THE also publishes Ads and Events, FIREHOUSE 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. a weekly e-mail containing at Firehouse Cultural Center, information about what’s 101 1st Ave NE, Ruskin FL 33570. happening in 33573. Your event will Event type: Workshops & also appear in the weekly Ads and Classes. This is a multi-level class Events e-mail and on the website for anyone who would like to explore acrylic painting. Work Send all events by e-mail to with representational painting, abstraction and collage while You only need to submit your improving skills with color, Event one time each month for composition and techniques. it to appear in both The News Tuition: $175 / Members $150 / of Kings Point and SCC Ads and Materials Included. Events. SPECIAL EVENTS WED. OCT 2 - PELICAN PLAYERS Please include all basic CABARET 7:00 p.m. in the Kings information, especially Price (or list Point Veteran’s Theater, 1900 it’s Free) and Contact Information Clubhouse Dr., Sun City Center (phone, e-mail, or website). Six lines one night only!  Tickets are $12 maximum. Send to: sccfreeads@ and available at the Kings Point As soon as Box Office Monday - Friday from 9 space permits, we will put it in the a.m. to 4 p.m. If available, tickets weekly e-mail and it will run until will also be sold at the door.  event date passes. You do not THU. OCT 3 - THU. NOV 7 need to submit it again. PAINTING WITH WATERCOLORS PLEASE NOTE: This area is for 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at 101 1st Ave SPECIAL EVENTS only. WEEKLY, NE, Ruskin FL 33570. Location: MONTHLY, or ONGOING EVENTS Firehouse Cultural Center. Event are listed on our website under type: Workshops & Classes. For WEEKLY & MONTHLY MEETINGS students at all levels. Explore: at color; brush strokes from flat which is updated every weekend. washes to dancing with your techniques from TUE. OCT 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 - LINE brushes; DANCING WITH A BALANCE wet to scrubbing; and more. EVERY TUESDAY 9:30 a.m. at Sun Includes Materials. Tuition: $175 / Towers Retirement Community, Members $150. 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. Sun City THU. OCT 3 - SOUTH SHORE Center. Do you like to dance DEMOCRATIC CLUB MEETING but are worried about falling? 1:00 p.m. doors open - meeting Join our free line dancing class begins at 1:30 p.m. at the (golf lead by trained therapists. This cart friendly) Sun City Center weekly class will improve your Chamber of Commerce, 1651 balance and reduce your risk Sun City Center Plaza, Sun City of falling. We can boot scoot Center.  Meet ‘n Mingle with Democrats, Liberals, and boogie safely together and fellow Progressives, Independents and make exercise fun! TUE. OCT 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 - LIFE like-minded individuals at this CHALLENGES SUPPORT GROUP free event. 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Sun Towers THU. OCT 3 - THU. DEC 19 Retirement Community, 101 ADULT OPEN POTTERY STUDIO Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Firehouse Live your life fully with zest and Cultural Center, 101 1st Ave joy! Rid yourself of depression, NE, Ruskin FL 33570. Event type: anxiety, frustrations with family, Workshops & Classes. This open children, friends, life changes, studio is for students at the health problems, finances and intermediate and advanced more. We meet every Tuesday levels! Join us if you want to in the first floor lounge of Sun explore your own personal style. Towers. No appointment is $45 per session Materials & firings necessary. Sponsored by the included. Twelve weeks, one Coalition for Mental Health and 3-hour Studio per week. SAT. OCT 5 -  GARAGE SALE Aging. TUE. OCT 1 - TUE. NOV 19 -  AT SUN TOWERS TO BENEFIT ADULT POTTERY CLASSES 1:00 ALZHEIMER’S 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. in – 3:30 p.m. at Firehouse Cultural Sun Towers Retirement Tavern Center, 101 1st Ave NE, Ruskin and Lounge area, 101 Trinity FL 33570. Event type: Workshops Lakes Dr. Sun City Center, FL. & Classes. Leave the stress Join us in raising funds to fight behind. An exciting, fun and Alzheimer’s while stocking up relaxing class. Learn all about on one of a kind items! Have clay; the possibilities are endless items to donate to the cause? with hand building, slab, coil, Call Debbie 813-892-2990 to extrude. Instructor: Heidi Boyd. schedule drop off. Tuition: $300 / Members $250. SAT. OCT 5 - SAT. NOV 2 Materials and firings included. SPRAY PAINTING AND MURAL Eight weeks, One 2.5-hour class PAINTING 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Firehouse Cultural Center, 101 per week. WED. OCT 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 - 1st Ave NE, Ruskin FL 33570. THERAPEUTIC TAI CHI FOR Event type: Workshops &

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The News Classes. Tampa Museum of Art Logo. In partnership with the Tampa Museum of Art. Gain practice working with spray paint. Learn different spraypainting techniques, and how to plan and execute a large-scale mural. For Adults, ages 18 and up. Tuition: $175, members $160. MON. OCT 7 - WIDOWER’S GROUP 9:00 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. SCC. Meeting for widowers only. You can benefit greatly from the experience of others. Coffee and donuts on us. Sit and listen as others share their experiences in dealing with the different stages of the tragic loss of losing your spouse. For more information call Tom Harding 813.634.1236. MON. OCT 7 - MON. OCT 28 WOOD BLOCK PRINTING 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Firehouse Cultural Center, 101 1st Ave NE, Ruskin FL 33570. Event type: Workshops & Classes. Tuition: $175, members $160 (7 Classes, Two 3-hour classes per week). TUE. OCT 8 - STROKE SUPPORT GROUP 1:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Amy Yepez, doctor of physical therapy (DPT) for Sun Terrace Health Care Center will facilitate this monthly group meeting. If you are at risk of a stroke or have had a stroke, this group is for you! Free valet service available at Sun Terrace entrance. Info: 813.892.2990. WED. OCT 9 - DIABETES EDUCATION SUPPORT GROUP 10 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr.

Sun City Center. Sponsored by the Men’s Club of SCC. Join our facilitator: Shirley Sullivan, Nutritionist and Founder of Southshore Wellness, LLC, who integrates her love of education and health through personalized nutritional workshops and programs. Questions? Call 813.892.2990. WED. OCT 9 - VIRTUAL DEMENTIA TOUR 10 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Walk a Mile in the Shoes of a Person Living with Dementia. Tours provided by Senior Helpers. FREE event but RSVP is required to 813-634-3347. SAT. OCT 12 - 6TH ANNUAL BBQ & BLUES 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Location: Firehouse Cultural Center. Event type: Special Events. Live Music & Smokin’ BBQ. Our 6th annual fundraiser to benefit the Firehouse arts & educational program scholarships! Blues & BBQ TICKETS: $25 per person, $10 – Kids meal (12 & under). Call 813.645.7651. TUE. OCT 15 - ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION CAREGIVER SUPPORT 2 - 3:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center for this Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group. Bring your loved one for a well-deserved break. Facilitated by Aging Care Advocates. You will receive information while your loved one is cared for in our Secured Memory Care. Please RSVP no less than 3 days prior to 813-677-1400.

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South County from page 10. WED. OCT 16 - LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. Learn what assistance there may be for you if you have low vision in order to maintain your independence. Free valet parking for cars and golf carts. 813.892.2990. THU. OCT 17 - FREE MEMORY SCREENINGS Beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the Coalition office at Sun Towers, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center, Suite 254. Make your appointment today to have your memory screened along with your hearing. By appointment only. To schedule, call the Coalition at 813.419.4902 Interested in learning more about Clinical? Receive information during the screening to learn more. FRI. OCT 18 - “BROKEN TOGETHER” BENEFIT CONCERT 7 p.m. The United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210

The News Del Webb Blvd West welcomes its own praise and worship band, Broken Together for this benefit concert. For additional information about this and other concerts and recitals at the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, please contact Jeff Jordan, Music and Worship Arts Director, at 813.260.0153. To learn more about the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, please visit our website at MON. OCT 21 - PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. If you have had success with any treatment you have tried, please come to share! If you have Parkinson’s, or are caring for someone with this disease, be sure to attend this support group! Complimentary valet parking available at the entrance. Call Debbie Caneen 813.892-2990.


FRI. OCT 25 - VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. by appointment only. The Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross in partnership with the Veterans History Project, a program of the Library of Congress, is seeking Veterans to participate in this project. 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. MON. OCT 28 - CHRONIC PAIN, ARTHRITIS, AND NEUROPATHY GROUP 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Sun

Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. SCC. Members are asked to share treatments, exercises, nutrition, etc. that may have worked for them for all members to benefit. If you have had success with any treatment, please come to share and learn. Supported by Sun Towers Retirement Community Outpatient Therapy. Learn what you can do to reduce your pain today. Session located in the theater. Call 813.892.2990. THU. OCT 31 - ARE YOU AT RISK OF A FALL? 12 - 4 p.m. in the Kings Point Ripple Room, Main Clubhouse by appointment. Our therapists at Sun Towers Retirement Community are on a quest to reduce the risk of falls before they happen. This simple screening takes less than ten minutes. See the results before your eyes through biofeedback. Call to schedule today 813.892.2990.

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The Hearing Loss Association SCC Chapter Meeting

Tuesday, October, 15 at 1 p.m. at St Andrew Presbyterian Church in their fellowship hall, 1239 W. Del Webb Blvd, Sun City Center. CART (captioning) will be available to see the words. Learn about how you can get a free caption phone. Bring your handshakes, smiles and questions. Meet and Greet starts at 12:30 p.m. For more information, email Eloise Schwarz at “”. Website:

Campaign Against Human Trafficking News

Beth El’s Steps Up for Success scholarship program received a financial boost for one of their scholarship students, Yurizel Luviano, from CAHT. Yurizel is attending Manatee Community College’s Dental Technician program this fall. CAHT provides mentoring services as well as funding to help Yurizel achieve her career goal. “Migrant families are hardworking and vital members in our community, but they often struggle with the basic needs that we take for granted – keeping our children safe, decent wages, food, housing, and finding opportunities to learn new skills, training and/or education for their children’s futures. CAHT tries to support our struggling teens L to R: Robbie Chaplin, CAHT and their families as they are more Volunteer mentor and board vulnerable to becoming victims member; student Yurizel Luviano; of human trafficking and related Mary Ellen Welton Barragan, Beth El Outreach Coordinator; and Mrs. domestic violence issues.” CAHT and Beth El are partners in Luviano, Yurizel’s mom. supporting our migrant farmer’s community in the Wimauma and Ruskin areas. For further information about CAHT and their upcoming call programs, contact Annie Garrison at “anngarrison66@gmail. com” or check out their web page at

Hope volunteers with Wimauma children.

Keep Yourself Young and Vibrant … Volunteer!

Plans are underway for the coming 2019-2010 Hope Fund season. Mentors, tutors and readers are needed to work with children oneon-one. Many residents of Sun City Center and Kings Point offer their time and talent to the children of Wimauma migrant workers in need of special friendship and kindness. The volunteers feel they take away as much joy from the relationships as do the kids. The Hope Fund is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization run entirely by volunteers dedicated to helping the Wimauma children learn, grow and have fun in a safe and nurturing environment. Info: 813-634-4268, 413-335-6345, or

L to R: Past Presidents Bob Hauser, Sam Cook, Jim Wilmouth, Georgana Collins, Tony Badalamenti, Lee Miller, Randall Boston, Steve Overton, and Rea Cantwell.

SCC Rotary Club New Officer Induction

The Sun City Center Rotary Club held its annual induction of new officers in July. The Club owes a big thank you to out-going president, Rea Cantwell, for his leadership, organization, and fellowship. President-Elect is Connie Huber. The SCC Rotary Club meets each Tuesday for lunch at Freedom Fairways. Info and membership: call Tony at 813.642.8715.

News of Freedom Plaza

By Peggy Burgess If wall-mounted pencil sharpeners (remember them?) were still in vogue, their nostalgic whirr would be resounding throughout Freedom Plaza this month as residents sharpen their pencils in preparation for sharpening their minds at “Grad School”. As in preceding Octobers, Freedom Plaza Graduate School for Seniors begins its fall semester with a catalogue of enticing subjects for study. Notice, that is for “study”: there are no credits, no tests, no homework and no expectations from anyone save the student himself or herself. Under the auspices of Freedom Plaza but entirely residentdirected, the committee for “Grad School” annually organizes and orchestrates a series of lectures which are enriching, educational and entertaining. The ABC’s of senior education (art, bridge, and computers) are included in the current course lineup, along with a handson poetry workshop and a Biblical travelogue, “The Holy Land Then and Now”. A totally different type travelogue, a course titled “The Universe: A Cosmic Journey” will send students traveling through space (via imagery) nearly 14 billion years into the past to explore the evolution of the universe. Lieutenant Commander Fulvia Fiorani, USN (Ret.), the course instructor, holds a Master of Science Degree in Physics and taught that subject at the US Naval Academy. Fr. Lee Miller (of St. Johns’ Episcopal Church, S.C.C.) offered his fun course called “Ready-Set-Know”, the technique of memorization. It is included in the current curriculum. And, returning to Grad School for his third year in that position is its imminently qualified Chancellor, Carl Wales, who brings an abundance of enthusiasm along with his knowledge and experience. Wales says that his continuing work with Grad School is fueled by his passion for “paying back” all the teaching, mentoring and assistance he received during his several careers. The exhilaration of attending the Freedom Plaza Graduate School for Seniors is not limited to Freedom Plaza residents; classes are open to anyone who wishes to attend. Information and current catalogues are available at the Freedom Plaza front desk.


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Treat Your Legs Well to Be a Fitter Person

By Bob Monahan, Sports Writer As we age, most seniors may find their shoes are not fitting right and their feet are sore more often. This article will focus on the legs from toes to hip. It is common for the foot to increase one half size and the foot flatten with aging according to orthopedic studies of the senior foot. Recently, as an athlete, I have bought one half size larger sneakers and selected those with a rounded front staying away from the narrow toe variety which can pinch the toes. My socks are always of the wicking variety that removes moisture from the foot thus minimizing blisters. The socks I select are extra cushioned at the balls of the foot and the heel. After the sneakers are broken in, I add a soft gel insert cut one size smaller than the shoe size to give extra cushioning without pinching the toes. These cost about $10 at department stores. The next step for me is to buy copper-infused compression sleeves that are tucked under the socks from ankle to knee. These sleeves weigh about two ounces. The copper in the sleeve acts as a magnet to circulate the iron in your blood at the various joints. The sleeves cost about $10 and can be found in most pharmacies near the brace department. Glucosamine chondroitin tablets taken daily are a dietary supplement offered over the

Bob Monahan and his wife, Linda, were gold medal winners at the Tampa Bay Games, winning the mile in their age division.

counter. It is formulated from shellfish and is involved in the formulation of ligaments, tendons and bones. The chondroitin component claims to lubricate joints by helping to attract and increase fluid within the joins. I find this works for me, but for others may have no effect. Check with your doctor first to see if you have any complications with medicines you may be taking. In your workouts or exercise programs: 1. Stretch your Achilles tendon, ankles, knees, hamstrings, and thigh muscles before jumping into a vigorous activity. 2. Avoid using the same muscles every day such as playing pickleball or tennis six days per week. Give the muscles a

break and time to heal from overuse. I mix things up by playing basketball, volleyball, pickleball, and swimming on non-consecutive days. Line dancing and salsa dancing are part of my weekly regimen. 3. Make flexibility part of your program via a home stretching program such as bands found at any department store or a yoga class in your community. I enjoy the Flexercise Club at Sun City Center and you can find a similar program at the DaVita Medical Group located outside of Sun City Center. The flexibility component will make it less likely

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to get injured when participating in rigorous activity. 4. Have a cardio component to your exercise by increasing your heart beat rapidly for two minutes then returning to normal. If using a treadmill, exercise bike or rapid walking this technique will give you more endurance. Done several times in a session the lung capacity will increase. Do not attempt if you have a heart issue. As always, talk to your doctor before beginning any exercise regimen. Take good care of your legs and they will take good care of you.

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By Bob Monahan, Sports Writer Currently, I am playing a variety of sports on a weekly basis including basketball, volleyball, pickleball and swimming. It becomes quite apparent as we play who has had something to eat and who hasn’t. It becomes even more apparent who has had a non-sustaining snack because their energy level usually crashes especially if they had a sugary breakfast such as a donut. Recently our fitness center at Sun City Center printed a list of foods to boost energy level. With their permission, I have included their list: protein-rich cashews, almonds, and hazelnuts; omega-3 fatty acid rich salmon; leafy greens, which have fiber and folate that can lower depression risk; coffee and tea to boost metabolism; dark chocolate for energy; good carbs, such as sweet potatoes; and lean meats including chicken, fish, and turkey.

Lawn Bowling Labor Day Tournament

By Garry Higgins Twelve teams competed in this two-game, pairs tournament at the Sun City Center Lawn Bowling Club. The sweltering heat did get the best of two players, however, substitutions were made and the games continued. Three teams finished the day with two wins and no losses. In first place, the team of Bob Fladung and Marge Lange, followed by Dave Conley and Karen Cooper in second, and June Paciga and Joel Deitch Labor Day Tournament Winners; Bob Fladung, and Marge Lange. in third place.

Lawn Bowling: Master of the Greens

After ten qualifying rounds of competition at the Sun City Center Lawn Bowling Club, the weekly winners squared off to decide the 2019 champion. The final round saw Bob Ferguson win against Bob Fladung to be declared the “Master of the Greens” and wrap-up the second great season. Besides tournaments and leagues, the SCC Lawn Bowling Club has social and casual events, offers free lessons and introductory first-year dues. The Bob Ferguson (left) receives Club welcomes members of the “Master of the Greens” cap from SCC and Kings Point Community last year’s winner, Bob Fladung. Associations. For more information, visit


Senior National Games Winner

Audrey Columbia, a member of the Sun City Center Table Tennis Club, participated in this year’s Senior National Games held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from June 21 through June 24. She placed second in a close final table tennis match in her age group. She also came in fourth in two doubles matches: mixed doubles and woman’s doubles. Congratulations Audrey!

Accomplished By: Judy Fenwick Date: 9.5.19 Iblis-Osprey Hole: 6 Yardage:110 Club Used: 5 Iron Witnessed By: Heather McKown and Mimi Choquette

Softball Club Starts a New Season

The Sun City Center Softball Club kicks off a new fall season on Friday, October 18. Approximately 8 to 10 teams will compete on Tuesdays and Fridays for a spot in the playoffs scheduled for December 13. Time for the opening day ceremony and first game is to be determined. Listen for details on Sun Radio (96.3 FM) at News and More Segment 8 a.m. and 12 noon on week days leading up to opening day. To play on a team in the fall league, members must be signed up by October 11. Diamondettes will be serving food from 11:30 to 1:30 for a small donation. All games are played at the Sun City Center Softball complex. To find the complex, take Weatherford Dr., the side road off S. Pebble Beach Dr. that runs alongside the Community Hall. Then four blocks up turn right into the parking lot on the right at the intersection of Ardmore. If you have considered possibly joining the club but are not sure softball is for you, the club invites you to batting practice at the field at 9 a.m. Mondays. Club provides bats and members are generous in lending gloves. Sun City Center Softball club is open to all Sun City Center, Kings Point, and Freedom Plaza members in good standing. Games are played year-round. The club is coed and open to all skill levels. Residents interested in exploring possible membership can go to the website “” or email us at “”.


Front: Edna Carlin, Lee Greenlee and Joanne Collier. Back: Betty Zeller, Deb Zieg, Rolande Poulin, and Caryn Troxell. Not pictured: Helene Peterson, Sharon Woodruff,0 and Tina Nethers.

A League of Their Own Starts New Season

The Sun City Center “Sunsetters” ladies’ tennis team was excited to kick off a new season against the FishHawk team.

You are invited to the Sun City Center Lawn Bowler Club to try the game of croquet. Anyone in good standing in SCC, Kings Point or Freedom Plaza is invited to join the club. Go out and give it a try on Friday and Saturday at 9 a.m. or go for free lessons on Sunday at 1 p.m. WE PROVIDE EQUIPMENT

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

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Let’s Dance Ballroom Dance Club

Saturday, October 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. Our theme this month is “Halloween With Your Dance Friends.” This fabulous dance is presented by the Let’s Dance Ballroom Dance Club, in SCC Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Dance to a remarkable playlist shared by Mike and Peg Johnston. We will have a costume contest, so wear something to surprise us! There will be a dessert table. Dressy casual attire. No shorts! BYOB. Bring your friends, or come and make new friends. There is open seating and a singles table. Members free, guests $6 at the door; membership applications for 2019 and 2020 will be available. Info: contact Tom Hart at 810.923.8446 or Bill Dean at 813.331.3536.

KP Line Dancers

The KP Line Dancers are having a social dance on Wed October 9, at 7 p.m., Veterans Theater. Free for KP and SCC residents; other attendees must purchase guest pass $2.50 from Security. Theme is Dragons or Halloween, costume optional. Appropriate dance shoes please. BYOB. Tips appreciated for the DJ. Call Jan 813.634.6226 for more info.

Oldies But Goodies Dance Club

The Oldies but Goodies Dance Club will be enjoying the music of the Southshore Cruisers Band, October 13, 2019 at Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. The cost is free for members and $6 for guests. No advance tickets are needed, pay at the door. The doors will open at 6 p.m. for members and 6:30 p.m. for guests. The band will be playing 7 to 10 p.m. BYOB and snacks, the club will provide water, ice, cups and napkins. The Oldies but Goodies Dance Club will be enjoying their 20th Anniversary, Members Only, Dinner Dance Party with music by the Backbeat Band on October 27, 2019 at Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Advance reservations at $25 per person by check deposit must have been made by October 13. The doors will open at 4:30 p.m., appetizers will be available at 4:45, dinner starts at 5:30 and the Backbeat Band will be playing 7 to 10 p.m. BYOB, and the club will provide water, ice, cups and napkins. Questions contact Club President Joanne at 813.728.1147 or email “”. Website: sccoldiesbutgoodiesdanceclub. com or Facebook:

New Year’s Eve Tickets on Sale

The Oldies but Goodies Dance Club is sponsoring the New Year’s Eve Ticket Only Dance to welcome in 2020 with the “Roaring Twenties” theme and music by the Southshore Cruisers on Tuesday December 31 at Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Tickets at $25 per person (check only) go on sale only to CA members in Royal Room in Atrium on October 28 and 30 and to all on wishing to buy on November 1. Tickets will be on sale from 10 till noon each day.

Sun City Center Dance Club October 19

Saturday, October 19, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at SCC Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd., come and dance with us! Dance to our widely acclaimed and exclusive playlist spun by Gerardo. There will be a complimentary dessert table and decaf coffee. Dressy casual attire. No shorts! BYOB. Open seating. Singles tables available. Members free, guests $6 at the door. For information: call Frank or Ann at 813.634.9074 or 631.835.1603.

“Join Us For A Rockin’ Good Time” on Sunday, October 20 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Veterans Theater, Kings Point North Clubhouse. The doors open at 6. Admission is $6 per person for non-members and will be collected at the Veterans Theater door starting at 6:15. Latitude, Michelle and Tom Becker, will provide our dance music. Michelle Becker plays keyboard and sings. She is a seven time TRMA National Female Vocalist of the Year. Tom Becker is a former member of the Legendary Folk Group, The New Christy Minstrels -- the group that launched the careers of John Denver and Kenny Rogers. Please email Sandi at “” no later than Saturday morning, October 19, if you would like to attend the RTTY dance. Please include your full name in the email. Sandi will put your name on the list that she must send to the Kings Point Front Gate Security Guards to make it easier for you to get through the Kings Point Front Security Gate to attend the RTTY dance.

Moonglow Dance Club

Moonglow Ballroom Dance Club will feature the Live Music of “The Mellotones” at their monthly dance on Thursday October 24 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the SCC Community Hall, 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd., Sun City Center. The attire at Moonglow Dances is dressy casual. Members are free, and guests pay $5 per person at the door. Singles tables available. Please BYOB and snacks, and the club will provide ice, water, cups and napkins. More information: email “” or call 813.633.1297.

Singles Social Dance Club

The Singles Social Dance Club will hold their dances on Sunday, October 6, and Saturday, October 26, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. in the Atrium Building, Florida Room. Live music by Thor Stevens and his saxophone. Members $4; guests $6. BYOB and snacks. Ice, water, cups and napkins provided on each table. Proper attire requested. For information call Janet at 813.633.3558.

Sun City Line Dancers Club

On Tuesday evenings, an hour-long class for “Absolute Beginners” is offered at Community Hall on South Pebble Beach starting at 6:30 p.m., followed by a 7:30 p.m. class for “Beyond Beginners”. Classes also run from 2 until 4 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Atrium Building Dance Studio (next to the “Walking Pool”). After an initial complimentary hour, $2 for each group lesson. Or with club membership (annual dues of $22), you can attend any and all of the classes you want.

Entertainment Corner By Renee Bray, SCCCA Entertainment Director

“How do we find out about entertainment happening in Sun City Center, I can’t believe I missed that !?” Here’s a number of ways to stay in tune with all the great entertainment presented by the SCCCA. • Check the TICKET TALK bulletin board and 55” TV located in the Atrium Building near the SCCCA kiosk. • SCC website (, go to ACTIVITIES and then to ENTERTAINMENT to find everything that is coming for the full season. • Watch for articles in The News each month • Call me at 813.642.2001 Renee Bray or email “” The 2019-20 Entertainment Series kicks off November 1. If you don’t have your tickets yet, the Atrium kioskn M-W-F 10 to noon. Series tickets went on sale September 30 for CA Members and will be on sale October 7 for Non-CA members. Individual tickets for the shows go on sale October 14 for CA members and October 21 for Non-CA members.

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Private Stock Band Kicks Off SCCCA Dance Series

The SCCCA Friday Night Dance series kicks off at 7 p.m. on November 1 at the SCC Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. The BYOB dance features the band Private Stock, an energetic, multi-talented and extremely versatile group of entertainers. Tickets are $20. All tickets are sold at the Atrium Kiosk, off N. Course Lane, M-W-F from 10 to noon.

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Great Smoky Mountains

By Kai Rambow “Did I just see an elk?” my mind queried. Since I was right by the visitor center, I pulled in to check it out. After a short walk, I encountered quite a few elk. This was a welcome surprise. In the following days, lovely mountain views, rejuvenating hikes and cascading waterfalls made exploring Great Smoky Mountains National Park rewarding. Straddling North Carolina and Tennessee, the park encompasses some incredible scenery. It is the most visited national park in the country. Even if you’ve been before, it’s worth a revisit. October happens to be a really good time to visit. Reintroduced Wildlife After an absence of over 100 years, elk were reintroduced in 2001. The original herd has quadrupled in size. Originally released in a remote corner of the park, elk have since migrated to areas closer to human activity. When returning from a hike one day, I encountered several elk roaming through the town of Cherokee, helping themselves to nicely mowed grass and lovely flowerbeds. Wild turkeys can be spotted close to the roadside throughout the park, so racing from place to place within the park may result in missing wildlife. Not as easy to find were bears in Cades Cove. Theoretically the easiest place to spot them, the bears ignored visitors’ wishes. In the distance were several deer, who were unfortunately, spooked by the backfire of a motorcycle. Hike to See More While there are plenty of scenic drives, hiking is a wonderful way to really experience the fresh air and relaxing sounds of nature. There are quite a few hiking trails leading to beautiful waterfalls. Tip: You can buy a hiking trail guide at the visitors’ center to help you locate where to park

and find the trails. Be sure to talk with a ranger to confirm the ease of the hike and how much time you’ll need. Tips for a Great Trip When to Go: Fall is one of the best times to visit. The fall colors draw plenty of visitors on weekends, however, mid-week is reasonable in terms of crowds and traffic. Note: Remember to pack a variety of clothes. Changes in elevation often result in weather changes. You can go from warm sunshine in a valley to very cool, windy conditions near the top of the mountains. Where to Stay: There are several options. If you want a really quiet stay, Cherokee, North Carolina, has a few hotels. This non-touristy town is a small community, meaning there are a limited number of restaurant options and nighttime activities. If you have a need for people and activities, then check out Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge in Tennessee. Gatlinburg is very close to the park entrance. Plenty of hotels and restaurants are all within walking distance of each other. A little farther away from the park entrance, Pigeon Forge has the feel of a mini Las Vegas. In addition to plenty of hotels and restaurants, there are all kinds of pricey dinner shows. This area is so busy there are multilane roads, numerous traffic lights, and yes at times, traffic jams. Note: Especially if you’re heading into the park from the Tennessee side, expect traffic to back up. Multiple lanes are reduced to a two-lane road traversing the park. Drive Carefully: In places like Gatlinburg there are plenty of people walking around, suddenly crossing the road. In the park winding roads require paying attention to your driving. Remember wildlife can be found just about anywhere, including in unexpected locations.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park In addition to finding information online, there are two visitors’ centers, one near the North Carolina entrance and the other by the Tennessee entrance. Both can help you figure out details, such as where to see wildlife and the best times for different lookouts. Remember to talk with any rangers present at the center since she or he can offer insights not in any brochure.

After a fairly short, moderate hike an opportunity to see beautiful Laurel Falls up close. Get a hiking guide and advice from one of the visitor centers to know where to go.

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By Diane M. Loeffler Many of us wish we could spend more time with far away family and friends. In the meantime, we keep in touch with those we cherish. In the past, our primary ways of keeping in touch were phone and letter. Currently, we are more likely to “follow” them on Facebook, Instagram, and other forms of social media. Keeping in touch by social media allows people to make contact at a time that is convenient, but creates one more way of being contacted by people who aren’t who we think they are and whose motives include identity theft and scamming us for our money. There are 2.38 billion FB accounts. Fourteen percent are fake. This means there are about 3.33 million fake accounts. Recently scammers made a fake FB page for Dennis Philips, a local meteorologist. On this fake page, scammers asked for money for Hurricane Dorian victims. At least 50 people donated to this fake charity. In this case, the scam worked quickly. The old saying is, it is bad if your enemy is swift, it is worse if he is patient. Many scammers are very, very patient. The scammers gather information from what you post on your page and from what you say in your comments to posts by your friends or neighbors. Eventually, they can steal your identity. Hopefully, you have checked your privacy settings to limit your audience. That lessens

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the chance of your information being out in public. People can still take screen shots of what you post and share those, but at least it lessens the chance of your information being misused by unscrupulous people. We need to protect ourselves. Merry says, “Choose who you connect with or add a friend carefully. Never open unidentified or unsolicited messages. Remember to log out of online accounts. When not in use, make sure webcams are shut off to prevent spying or hacking. Do not share personal information on line. This includes your phone number, address, or social security number.” If you are scammed, be aware that you are not alone. Sun City Center residents have lost over two million dollars in scams. Deputy Merry says, “Do not reply to sender and save the evidence.” Show it to or share it with Deputy Merry or other members of law enforcement. Merry says, “Do not attempt to handle the matter yourself! Report incidents and file complaints with law enforcement. Retain the messages and information for review. Get legal advice.” Merry says that he and his assistant will gladly help you through the process. Would you like to learn more about how to protect yourself from scammers? The United States Attorney General has contacted Deputy Merry about Sun City Center hosting a fraud forum this November.

October 2019

It’s Turtle Season

By Kai Rambow The calendar says summer is over, but it’s still turtle season on Florida beaches. If you do head to the beach this month, no doubt you’ll see areas blocked off. Hundreds of volunteers work to ensure turtle activity is tracked and nests are protected. Turtle season officially runs from May 1 to October 31. Several turtles nested in late April; apparently, they didn’t get the notice. Mote Aquarium is one of many organizations in Florida coordinating efforts to protect sea turtles. Mote has over 300 volunteers patrolling 35 miles of beaches every morning. Volunteers are trained before nesting season starts. Many beaches are closed at night

to allow the turtles to come ashore and nest. As the sun rises, volunteers patrol the beaches looking for turtle tracks and nests. They report anything significant to a biologist to log any activity and block off any nest. Large, loggerhead turtles are the main species nesting on these beaches. Loggerheads only nest every two to three years. When they do lay eggs, they nest four to seven times, about every two weeks, laying an average of 100 eggs at a time. Despite these seemingly impressive numbers, only about one in one thousand makes it to adulthood. What can you do? Do not disturb any wildlife at the beach. Leave blocked off areas, including flag markings alone.

Turtles are not the only wildlife nesting at the beach. Black skimmers were nesting nearby. Do not disturb areas blocked off for nesting. Melissa Bernhard, Senior Biologist at Mote Aquarium, logs information on this false crawl. A loggerhead turtle came ashore, but returned to the water before nesting. Humans, lights and other activities can easily disturb sea turtles.

Her inspiring screening success Eleanor Mulford (left) and Jennifer B. Brown, RN, BSN, OCN, nurse navigator at Manatee Memorial Hospital/Manatee Diagnostic Center

Patient celebrating her 80th birthday is also grateful to be celebrating four years since successfully completing breast cancer treatment. When a lump was discovered, Eleanor Mulford turned to the compassionate team at Manatee Diagnostic Center, where she had been a patient for routine screenings since 2006.

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By B. Frank Kepley, CAPT USN (Ret.), Military Reporter Jan Bassett, Regent of the Colonel George Mercer Brooke Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, presented Surviving Spouse certificates to Dolores Schissel (left) and Merrill Pritham (center) at the September 4 Military Officers Association of America luncheon. The certificates are awarded to surviving spouses of Vietnam veterans. The Chapter is a partner of the Department of Defense commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.

MOWW SCC Chapter Receives National Awards

By B. Frank Kepley, CAPT USN (Ret.), Military Reporter The Local Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) Chapter Commander Charlie Conover, LTC, USA, (Ret.) attended the National Convention held in Simi Valley, CA, on August 6-11, 2019. LTC Chuck Chamberlain, USA (Ret.), was elected as the Order’s next Commander in Chief (CINC). The Sun City Center Chapter is proud of its accomplishments in receiving awards in the following areas: best mid-size (50 - 100 members) chapter for the 11th L to R: Chapter Commander LTC consecutive year; Homeland Conover, USA (Ret), and CINC LTC Security Outreach; Law & Order John Hollywood, USA (Ret.). Outreach; Scouting Outreach; National Security Outreach; ROTC/ JROTC Outreach; Patriotic Education Outreach; and Recruiting. The Sun City Center Chapter meets (September-June) on the third Thursday of each month starting at 11 in the Plaza Club, Freedom Fairways Golf Course, 3932 Upper Creek Rd, Sun City Center, FL. For information regarding membership requirements, call LTC Conover at 813.260.3257.

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Volunteers Donate, Fill and Distribute Homeless Veterans Backpacks

By B. Frank Kepley, CAPT USN (Ret.), Military Reporter On Friday, September 6, at 10 a.m. operation “Give Back” backpacks met in the Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce meeting room to fill 105 backpacks for homeless veterans. The backpacks were donated by Humana, who was represented by Frank Seder at the meeting. Volunteers from throughout the Sun City Center community were asked to assist with the filling and distribution of the backpacks. The contents for the backpacks were generously donated by the community. MFST is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports through their grant programs, military families past and present. If you would like more information on making a donation to MFST, contact Lori Germain at 813.634.4675.


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By B. Frank Kepley, CAPT USN (Ret.), Military Reporter William F. Stoehs, Captain USN (Ret.) was the featured speaker at the Military Officers of America Association (MOAA) monthly meeting, held in the Florida Room at the Sun City Center, North Side Atrium Building on September 4, 2019. Upon commissioning, he served 2½ years as a deck officer and L to R: Capt. Stoehs, LTC Benny OOD on fleet Oiler, USS Kaskaskia Blackshire, President of SCC MOAA. (AO-27) in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean Sea. When his ship was decommissioned, Bill received river boat training and was sent to the Mekong Delta area of Vietnam. Bill continued in the Naval Reserve for the next 20 years. Assignments included work with the Military Sealift Command and the Joint Chiefs at the Pentagon. He also completed the Strategy & Policy program at the US Naval War College. He retired as a Navy Captain in 1992. Capt. Stoehs discussed his harrowing experiences as Senior Patrol Officer and Commanding Officer with a River Assault Division in Vietnam. The local chapter of MOAA meets the first Wednesday of every month, at 11 a.m. in the Florida Room at the North Atrium. Information concerning membership can be obtained by calling Jim Haney, at 813.220.8758 or Frank Kepley at 813.642.0801.

Local Residents Travel on Honor Flight 39

By B. Frank Kepley, CAPT USN (Ret.), Military Reporter On September 10, 2019, flying from the St. Petersburg Airport, Honor Flight number 39 departed for Washington, D.C. Diane Fraind traveled with her guardian, Freedom Plaza Veteran Bill Ciata, and John O’Brien was accompanied by his son, Shawn O’Brien. The Honor L to R: Shawn O’Brien, Diane Fraind, Flight was made possible through John O’Brien and Bill Ciato. a grant provided by the Interfaith Council, with the assistance of ROC and MFST. The acknowledgments, cheers, and well wishes expressed by the crowd for all 69 veterans on the mission was very gratifying and appreciated. They visited the World War II, Lincoln, Vietnam, Korean and Air Force Memorials, and were given an overview of the Arlington Cemetery, the Capitol Building, and the Washington Monument. It was impressive if not amazing how well orchestrated the itinerary was in planning it to fit into a Entrance to World War II Memorial. single day’s trip. MFST routinely provides funding for the Honor Flight guardians. It is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports through their grant programs, military families, and present. If you would like more information on making a donation to MFST, contact Lori Germain at 813.634.4675.

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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.

Feline Folks Fundraiser Dinner

Feline Folks is excited to announce their 4th Annual “Spay-getti No Balls” Dinner. This important fundraiser is on Friday, November 1 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Kings Point Veterans Theater. Tickets are still only $10 and include a spaghetti dinner with crusty parmesan garlic bread, mixed greens salad, a brownie treat and ice tea. BYOB. A few of the local dance groups will be performing starting at 5:15 p.m. Tickets can be purchased from the Sun City Chamber of Commerce, a Feline Folks member, or at their information table in the Kings Point North Club Atrium from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. For information email info@

Friends of History October Meeting

Please mark your calendar for the next meeting of the Friends of History Group meeting that will be held Monday, October 14 in the Banquet Room in Kings Point. There will be a social gathering starting at 9:30 a.m. with the meeting starting at 10. All residents of Kings Point and Sun City Center are welcome. For those who reside in Sun City Center, but not Kings Point, enter through the visitor entrance and tell Security that you want to attend the Friends of History Group meeting. The topic of Discussion will be The Long Walk Home, A Romance of the Civil War presented by Cassandra (Sandi) Newby whose career has been in book publishing and writing, Editor at Dell Publishing, and Creative Director at Rubicam’s Ad Agency, and co-owner of a production company that made TV commercials and documentaries. Please take time to RSVP to Ron Browning at “friendsofhistorygroup27. com” if you have further questions, know of any speakers that may want to speak, or have a friend that may have an interest in joining the club.

Jewish Club of Kings Point

The Jewish club of Kings Point invites you to us at our first gathering of the season on October 17 at 5:30 p.m. in the North Club, Waterside Room. Entertainment by Craig Singleton. You won’t want to miss this show! Bagels, lox, tuna, egg salad and the trimmings. Paid up members: $5, guests $10. Questions: Simone Shaw “brithair@aol. com”. If you would like to be put on our mailing list contact: Carol Balent “”.

Italian Club Salute to Those Who Protect and Serve

A celebration is being prepared to honor the brave courageous and selfless men and women who run to danger to help and protect others. If you wish, wear a symbol of a service group you admire or represent the military, police, fire, emergency squad, and first responders, etc. The Italian Club event will take place on November 19 at the Kings Point Veterans Theater, North Clubhouse. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. dinner at 5 p.m. music and dancing with Ron and the Classics at 6:30 p.m. Dinner buffet provided by Banquet Masters will include: chicken teriyaki, onion crusted salmon filet, stuffed shells with cheese, rice pilaf, buttered string beans, salad, rolls and butter. The desserts served will be pumpkin and apple pies. Coffee, tea, and soda will be provided by the club. BYOB if desired. Ticket sales will occur October 29 and 30 from 9 a.m. to noon in the lobby of the North Clubhouse. Ticket prices for members are $25 per person and $28 per person for non-members. Cutoff date for ticket sales is November 12. Please call May Fleming 813.419.4790 or Terry Devoti 813.260.3220 if you have questions. Sun City Center residents please remember to bring your badges to gain entry through the Kings Point security gate to purchase tickets and on the night of the event.

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Birds of A Feather vs. Feathers of a Bird

By Andrea L.T. Peterson The Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson is the story of Edwin Rist and his obsession with exotic feathers and fly-tying. It is an extremely interesting read, as educational and it is entertaining and outrageous. By the end of his first decade, home-schooled, accomplished flautist Edwin Rist found a new hobby vying for his attention: flytying. Gentlemen fishermen in Victorian England had created art of tying salmon flies. The hobby grew and with it, the expertise, the subtleties and the nuances. Questions of our origins sent many exploring strange lands, gathering exotic specimens attempting to determine "the origins of man." As those explorations continued, curiosities grew, as did collections. The offspring of London's Lord Rothschild had become thoroughly obsessed with critters he could accumulate and insisted on having a museum. Eventually his wish was granted, and the British Museum of Natural History was built. Young Rothschild’s museum became the repository for many of these artifacts, including skeletons, sketches, Audubon drawings, bird bodies, skins, and feathers. Several hundred years later, ladies’ fashions had made the demand for exotic feathers soar. Between the demand and the eventual outcry of preservationists, beginning with The Migratory Bird Treaty Act in 1918, protections were put into place and fly-tyers had one heck of a time getting the kinds of feathers they needed for the kinds of flies they had begun perfecting. Eventually, the market dried up. Tyers hoarded what they had. A single feather might sell for hundreds of dollars. Fast-forward to the year 2000. Ten-year-old Edwin Rist watched a video about fly-tying. He was hooked! He immersed himself in the art and became the darling of the fly-tying community. People gave him exotic feathers, and he was apprenticed to the masters. Edwin invested hours behind his vise, allowing nothing dyed or make-shift, never missing the nuances. The Royal Academy of Music in London had accepted him; and, given the restrictions on exotic feathers, Edwin knew he risked having his entire collection confiscated by customs when he

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crossed the pond, so he decided to leave flytying behind and focus on his music. His resolve fizzled, however, when, once in London, he realized how close he was to the British Museum of Natural History. Credit Amazon. This obsessed com 20-year-old concocted the most outlandish, yet simple, plan to break into the museum and steal "a few" specimens so he could continue his hobby while pursuing his future in music. After all, no one would miss a few bird skins or a handful of feathers out of thousands, would they? Well, they didn't. At first. And they might never have, if he had limited his “few.” Instead, Edwin stole nearly three hundred. AUTHOR NOTE: Feather collecting is restricted in the U.S. as well. According to Carol Lyn Parrish, Public Information Coordinator for the South Florida Region of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, “You can’t possess any bird or parts

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Harvest Moon Dance

Wednesday, October 16, 2019, Kings Point Veterans Theater,1900 Clubhouse Drive, Sun City Center. Doors open at 6:30 p. Dancing from 7 to 9 p.m. Ballroom Music by DJ Dan Fugazzotto. All Kings Point, SCC, singles, and guests welcome. Dress is ‘dressy casual’ (no shorts). BYOB. Members free, guests $5 per person. Questions: call Eileen 203.907.6111.

Eagle Audubon Meeting October 17

Eagle Audubon Society will hold the first meeting of the 20192020 (October - April) season on Thursday, October 17 at 2 p.m. in the Banquet Room of the Kings Point Main Clubhouse. The guest speaker, Kathy Guindon of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, is the Director of the Suncoast Youth Conservation Center in Apollo Beach. She will speak on marine science conservation. In late October, Eagle Audubon will offer a field trip to the Suncoast Youth Conservation Facility and their Florida Aquarium facility in Apollo Beach. This is one of the 18 Nature Centered Field Trips available to members this season. The doors open at 1:20 p.m. for social and trip sign-up time with refreshments; followed by a brief meeting and presentation. Meetings are open to all but membership ($10) is necessary for participation in any EAS field trip. The individual field trips costs vary by location. All programs, field trips and events are listed at the EAS website, “”.

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The Story Behind My Warrior’s Place: A Mother’s Mission

By Diane M. Loeffler Kelly Kowall’s life was in turmoil, but it was about to get a whole lot worse. On Sunday, September 20, 2009, Kelly Kowall heard the knock on the door that all military mothers pray never happens. Her son, SPC. Corey Kowall was killed on a combat mission. After the funeral, Kelly Kowall took a wrong turn while on her way to an appointment with a grief counselor and passed a boat for sale. She turned around and went to the appointment. For the next five nights, Kowall’s son appeared to her in dreams urging her to buy the boat and take veterans, military service members and families “who have experienced the pain of losing a warrior” on boat trips. In the hope of finally getting a good night’s sleep, Kowall called the phone number of the person selling the boat. He wanted $7,000 for the boat and its trailer. She had $500. Kowall told him about the dream and how she hoped to use the boat. The man told her he was a veteran and that he would sell it to her for $2,000. This was one of the amazing and wonderful events that Kowall calls miracles. She was able to come up with the money and began taking veterans and families of the fallen on boat trips. These were healing for her and those on the trip, but costly. Family and friends encouraged her to get incorporated as a nonprofit. Kowall didn’t have funds for an attorney, but decided to stop by a lawyer’s office to ask a quick question about becoming incorporated. The receptionist told her the lawyer had a few minutes between appointments. Crying, she told him her situation. Surprisingly, the lawyer served in Desert Storm and Desert Shield. He asked the secretary to postpone his next appointment, insisted that he would do all the paperwork right then, and asked to be one of her board members. As time went on, Kowall connected with Cora Ruff, a Sun City Center snowbird who taught grief counseling to students at Howard University, Ruff was one of the people who became part of a “Dream Team” who worked to set up a grief program. In December of 2010, Kowall contacted David Irving at Bone Yard Boats to see if she could find a larger boat for the trips that she called F.A.V.E. Expeditions, short for Family and friends of the fallen, Active duty, Enlisted and officers. He wrote an article for

years with no down payment. He said the trailers, houses and property were in very bad shape. Volunteers helped clean up the property and began repairs. There was now a place to meet. Project Corregidor began with eight veterans on November 15, 2012. The program was named after Kelly Kowall’s son, Corey. Corey was a history buff and his grandfather called him Corregidor after the island the United States recaptured in February 1945. There are many other significant events that took place during the time between September

the Bone Yard Boats newsletter to help Kowall in her quest for a boat and funds. In 2012, Kowall began looking for a place to hold the grief programs. At first, she looked at a home that was zoned commercial, but it was sold. The man also owned two acres on the waterfront. Learning of the reason she wanted the property, he lowered the price and held the note with 4% interest over 20

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A group of concerned Sun City Center residents have formed “Sun City Center Connects” to promote volunteerism in our community. They are inviting all local nonprofits and interested residents to an open meeting October 17 at 11:30 in Sun City Center Community Association Caper Room. Attendees will learn how to Get Active, Get Connected, and Get Involved plus tips on how to make the most of the upcoming “Hi Neighbor!” Volunteer Expo in November. Lunch will be provided, and there is no charge to attend. Sun City Center Connects has recently launched a new website, “” to serve as a “one-stopshop” for all the latest local volunteer opportunities. The website has options for people who want to get involved, guidance for those who still may feel unsure, and information for nonprofits that need volunteers. A recent letter shows how this is already benefiting the Sun City Center community: “I am excited to share with you a recent success based on the efforts of Pete Blair from Seniors in Service [who] was successful in recruiting a volunteer for our organization. Alfreda Sonneveldt is now an outstanding member of a newly formed steering committee where her input is proving invaluable.“ — Debbie Caneen, President of the South Shore Coalition for Mental Health and Aging Seniors in Service CEO Robin Ingles encourages all who may be interested to join them for their meeting on October 17.







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Redeemer Lutheran Church Donates to Veteran’s Memorial

Walt Cawein, founder of the SCC Veterans Memorial, is shown receiving a check from Redeemer Lutheran Church. These funds will be used for upkeep on the Memorial area. Mr. Cawein presented Redeemer with a tile which was a thank you for the support the congregation has given to the memorial.

Our Lady’s Pantry Receives Publix Charities Grant

L to R: David Schierenbeck, Congregation president; Jane Trefren; Walt Cawein, and Pastor David Allman.

Redeemer Lutheran Donates Health Kits

Members of Redeemer Lutheran Church recently donated 85 Health Kits to Cypress Creek Elementary School. Each kit contained toothpaste, a toothbrush, hairbrush/comb, shampoo, bar soap, and a hand towel and washcloth. In addition to the donated items, funding from Thrivent Financial made the purchase and donation of additional kits possible.

L to R: Jerry Kelleher; Roy Moral, Principal; JoAnne Owens; Rosalie Kelleher; Delora Campbell, Social Worker, and Elizabeth Jean Simon Suttle, School Nurse.

Need Stretches Our Lady’s Pantry Resources

The demand for food among the poor is so high at Our Lady’s Pantry, that we have had to limit our weekly distribution to the 1,800 clients currently registered. Clients who have registered with us at any time in the past should keep coming back for food. So long as you are already registered, we can still give you a big box of food. Until Our Lady’s Pantry is in a position to accept new clients, Bullaro suggests that new clients may wish to contact one of our neighboring food pantries to check on the days and times they are open. No one need go hungry in Hillsborough County.

“The gist of our grant appeal was that we have a group of seniors who unload our trucks from Feeding America, Costco, and other local stores, two days a week for three hours each day,” says Tom Bullaro, director of the Pantry. “These volunteers also load food into about 200 cars each Saturday for five hours. All the work is outside in the heat much of the year. The average age of our volunteers is more than 70. We asked for money for a defibrillator in case one of these individuals were to have a health emergency one day.” A person whose heart stops from sudden cardiac arrest must get help within 10 minutes to survive, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The NIH also advises that an external defibrillator can restore a normal heartbeat by sending an electric pulse or shock to the heart. Bullaro says one of the Pantry’s volunteers has already been trained in basic medical support.

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