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OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE SUN CITY CENTER COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

Sun City Center

...an official publication of the Sun City Center Community Association

COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION SCHEDULE OCTOBER 9 Board Workshop to discuss Agenda Caper Room – 9 a.m. 11 Board Meeting Rollins Theater – 9 a.m. 17 Community Leaders Meeting Florida Room – 9 a.m. 25 Membership Meeting Community Hall – 7 p.m. NOVEMBER 6 Board Workshop to discuss Agenda Caper Room – 9 a.m. 8 Board Meeting Rollins Theater – 9 a.m. 8 Meet the Candidates Night Community Hall – 7 p.m. 21 Community Leaders Meeting Florida Room – 9 a.m. 27 CO-AP Meeting Caper Room – 2 p.m. Agendas for the monthly Board Meetings will be posted on Official Bulletin Board in the Atrium the Monday before and on the CA website (www.suncitycenter.org – under “Association”). They will also be sent via “What’s New in the CA” email. Every Wednesday: Orientation for new members in the Board Room in the Modulars starting at 1 p.m. sharp.

CA Contact Information Phone: 633-3500 sccboard@suncitycenter.org Website: suncitycenter.org Information Center 813-633-4670

October 2017

Newest Residents Raise Money for Red Cross

By Kai Rambow, Photos by Kathy Moore What started as a fun get together for our newest residents at Verona, turned into a fundraiser for the American Red Cross. For the second year, a Hawaiian luau was held at their pool. Almost half of the neighbors in Verona participated. First, of course, everyone created a Hawaiian themed dish. Pineapple chicken, teriyaki chicken, BBQ spare ribs, Hawaiian coleslaw, Hawaiian ambrosia and chocolate chip macadamia

nut cookies were just some of the items at the luau. Next were contests for best dressed, Hawaiian trivia and a hula hoop contest. Incorporated for the first time this year, the event raised funds for the American Red Cross. Kathy Moore, is a volunteer with the Red Cross and suggested adding a fundraiser. Five hundred dollars were raised and were matched by Brooks Brothers in Ellenton. Looks like everyone had a great time and contributed to a worthy cause.

Best dressed winner, Cindy Ford.

Verona residents enjoying a luau at their community pool.

Peter and June Hyjek. Peter was unofficially dubbed King Kamehameha.

September Board Meeting • After the Storm By Diane M. Loeffler On September 10 and 11, Hurricane Ir ma p ass e d t hroug h our are a. Thankfully, we fared better than many areas. Buildings were reopened on Tuesday, September 12. CA President John Luper says, “I appreciate the patience and support of the community as we put it [outdoor furniture, potted palms, etc.] all away. We are putting it all back, and that takes time. The wet leaves need to dry out so that we can blow them away and we need to replace the screens that were taken out on purpose.” No CA buildings or signs were damaged from the passing storm. Some limbs and a few trees fell as the result of rain and winds. Brightview will be cleaning up the medians. The maintenance staff will remove a large tree that fell at the entrance of the walking trail. The temporary CA office trailers did not suffer any damage. The construction site for the new CA building weathered the storm well. Only one piece of plywood was damaged. The sheriff ’s substation is located near I-75 in a flood zone. During the storm, the officers stayed in the Community Association’s Fitness Center, a building rated as safe for even a Category 4 storm. Sun City Center is quickly getting back

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Construction is still on schedule for the new Community Association Building. During the rains and winds that resulted when Hurricane Irma passed through Florida, only one sheet of plywood was damaged.

into its routines. Buildings reopened on Tuesday, September 12. CA President John Luper says that snowbirds are returning, “Clubs are gearing up and going full bore, the Club Leaders’ meetings are resuming, and the CO-AP meetings—for presidents of HOAs and POAs—are restarting.” Upcoming Events and Deadlines Do you want to serve your community as a CA Director? The deadline for candidates is October 4 at 3 p.m. Please stop by the temporary CA building before that date to pick up the required paperwork. Elections will be held in December. October 25 will be the first membership meeting. Luper says, “I would love to see a great turn out for the 7 p.m. meeting in Community Hall.” On Saturday, December 2 there will be a Holiday Walk and Breakfast followed by shopping opportunities in the club rooms. The following Saturday,

December 10, will be the golf cart parade. The theme will be decided soon. The more carts that are in the parade, the more fun the parade is for everyone. Consider decorating one and riding in this year’s event. Construction Update Owners Representative Jonathan Moore reported on the status of the C.A. building at the September meeting. The only storm damage was that the porta-toilet tipped over and one piece of plywood was damaged and needs to be replaced. C.A. President John Luper says, “I have been impressed with what ABI has done. The site was buttoned down.” The specialty beams (paralams) to hold up the lobby and cupola, are in place, the plywood has been removed from the windows, and the drywall and glass has been received. A sheet metal roof was ordered from Houston, an area hit by Hurricane

Harvey. The sheet metal roof is on its own schedule and will have no effect on other aspects of the construction. The material for inside the new entryway is coming from Naples, Florida, an area affected by Hurricane Irma. Other Business The C.A.s Internal Audit Committee conducted eight audits so far this year. One follow-up audit is scheduled and two audits are pending. Internal Audit Committee Chair David Floyd reports that clubs have been very cooperative. He also says that most clubs are following good accounting procedures. Floyd says that he and his committee are willing to help clubs when they have a transition in leadership. Funds from a replacement reserve account were used to replace sliding glass doors in the indoor pool area. Janet Love resigned as chairman of the Bingo Committee. The CA Board thanked her for over twenty years doing a fabulous job. They approved Lisa Nolder and Karen Marmon as co-chairs of the Bingo Committee.

“Hi, Neighbor!” Coming Nov. 2

“Hi, Neighbor!” is your opportunity to get to know many of the clubs, groups and organizations that make SCC a great place to live. Come to Community Hall on November 2, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. See you there, Neighbor!

Save the Date!

SCC’s annual Holiday Golf Cart Parade will be December 9, beginning at 10 a.m. This year’s theme is “Holiday Movie Magic and Memories.” Call the CA office for registration information.


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Duplicate Bridge Player Spotlight: Deborah May

The Duplicate Bridge Association of Sun City Center is home to hundreds of bridge players most of whom feel rather passionately about the game. Meet Deborah May. How long have you been playing bridge, Deb? I started playing in July of 2012 with the renowned John Foster as my (patient) teacher. Knowing some whist was hugely helpful because play of the hand is similar but…the bidding! Bidding was the deep end of the pool for me, and I often was close to drowning. With the encouragement of friends and a level of patience heretofore unknown to humankind (from my partner, Tom Goselin) I persevered in learning this foreign language, this code that is Bridge Speak. What do you love about bridge? Continuous learning: of bridge, of people, of persistence. Also this: humility - which is much needed after going down four, doubled and vulnerable, when you are quite certain the only real mistake was your partner’s. Your best bit of bridge advice? Congratulations on choosing to learn the hardest card game ever invented. Never give up; enhance your strengths, work on your weaknesses and be kind to your partner, because you need each other. Winning is knowing you did your best, and that is the most satisfying thing of all.

Trail Blazing By John Lampkin

“Do you like my hair?” The snowy mop covering a Southern Flannel Moth caterpillar from head to tail evokes Albert Einstein or Doc Brown in “Back to the Future.” And the common name “Puss Caterpillar” is likely from “pussy cat,” a most loveable creature if there ever was one. But appearances are deceiving. Do not touch this critter! Venom glands at the base of the hairs secrete toxins engineered to make life very unpleasant for incautious SCC Nature Trails explorers and their curious grandchildren. How unpleasant? Think pain, excruciating pain as in multiple bee stings. It was while walking the trails in August that I saw what appeared to be a fluffy piece of bird down. Then my alert companion noticed that it was moving! We both knew enough not to touch, so I snapped pics like the one above by coaxing the venomous crawler onto a leaf and holding that up to the light. Caterpillars molt many times before pupating and each developmental stage is called an instar. The more mature flannel moth late instars are a much duller brown, less wispy and more flannel-like, so this is a middle instar. If our booby-trapped beauty survives pecking birds, parasitic flies and a gauntlet of geckos, it will munch on oak or holly leaves and molt a few more times. Then it will pupate as a cocoon and emerge as a small but rather stunning moth. Females mate soon after emerging and lay eggs the next day, thus continuing the cycle. Donald W. Hall at the University of Florida has studied, photographed and written about the life cycle here: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/Creatures/MISC/ MOTHS/puss.htm complete with a photo of a fecal pellet about to be launched. Yes, launched. As cited in “National Geographic,” some caterpillar species propel their waste pellets away a distance of up to 40 times their body length to deter predators. Wow, a doo-flinging caterpillar with a toxic do! What are the odds?! “So yes, Puss Moth Caterpillar, we indeed do admire your hair, but from a safe distance!” The trailhead is located opposite North Lake on Del Webb West between Vincennes and Seton Hall. John Lampkin leads interpretive walks on the first Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m. (summer hours) or by appointment. Puss caterpillars are yet another reason to dress appropriately with closed shoes. Email Conservation@SunCityCenterAudubon.com for details.

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The News of Sun City Center

Lighting Up Sun City Center

By Ilona Merritt The old Lamplighter from long ago has locally emerged as a service to the community. Homeowners who need assistance with their outdoor lamppost have a place to call for help thanks to a group of volunteers. When your bulb burns out, call the Lamplighters. When they receive a call for help two volunteers will come and take care of the lamppost. The resident needs only to provide the bulb, the labor is donated. If the lamplighters encounter problems greater than just replacing the bulb, they will refer people to a local electrician. The lamplighters consist of six to eight members and they are always looking for more volunteers willing to join their group. The need for more help was evident this summer when many of the volunteers headed north. The phone number to call is 813-505-5927 and the caller is asked to leave a message. This is another example of neighbors helping neighbors; in this case lighting up Sun City Center one lamppost at a time.

Tidbits from the Vault

Sun City Center History Society • From Watering Hole to Waterfront Property By Cathy Meyerhoff Cattle once roamed the land we know as Sun City Center. The area had only two natural bodies of water, which served as watering holes for the animals. When Del Webb bought the property one of those ponds was expanded by means of earth movers and became the fifteen-acre lake we know today as Swan Lake. This first lake and all lakes constructed later served several purposes. It provided irrigation water for the landscaping of the entryway and the model homes. It served as a retention basin, capturing the output of occasional heavy rains which would otherwise devastate our relatively flat terrain. Houses were built around the lake and it was a selling point for many buyers. The lake was made even more appealing by providing opportunities for fishing and boating and for irrigation by homeowners. Bass Lake was the original name

of our first lake. It was stocked with bluegills and largemouth bass at the time of the grand opening in December of 1961. Ski boats and the Tampa Water Ski Club performed for several thousand people who were curious about the new development. The lake was a focal point of the community. It featured a fishing dock, a picnic area, and a sandy beach. These were located in the area where the Arts and Crafts Building is now found. It was a couple of years later in 1963 that the arrival of a beautiful pair of swans resulted in a name change for the lake. John Cook introduced the birds to the lake and immediately the pond became known as Swan Lake. John also initiated a miniature bird sanctuary on Yankee Island in the southeast corner of the lake. For a number of years, a colorful group of migrating parakeets nested on the Island. Yankee Island was named by Del Webb in honor of the New York Yankees. Webb and Dan Topping

co-owned the team from 1947 until 1964. The care and feeding of the swans was undertaken by the Swan Lake cooperative. One of the residents, Glenn Sweeney, utilized his lanai to dry bread on large screens and store multiple gallon jugs of swan food. He used 60 loaves of bread a month purchased at a day-old thrift store. He used a grinder made from an old ice crusher to feed the dried bread through. Drying it kept the bread from molding. Cost for the year was $360 for bread and grain, paid for by Beach Boulevard residents. John Bowker’s book A History of Sun City Center provided the information for much of this article. An article by Jonie Maschek was the source of information of the feeding of the swans. If you are interested in learning more about Sun City Center history consider joining the Sun City Center History Society. For more information contact John Bowker at jbowker103@gmail.com.

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

Last First Baker Barry & Patricia Bello Ted Shumway James Clemmer Debra Rodriguez Josue Fernandez Marina Smith Joshua Leslie Dixie Finley William & Nancy Stutzman Robert Troxell Caryn Eicher Darwin & Judith Dean William & Betty Null Wanda Bridgeman Warren & Maureen Conlin Barbara Golchin Akbar Shilling James & Susan Ehrenfeld Dan & Sharon Colunio Annette Alsup Bill & Joyce Chappell Linda Lesko Michael & Connie Hicks Susanne Silverman Alan Greenwood Jerald Shirk Cynthia Remaley Christine Maley Howard & Sylvia Drucker Stephen Abato-Drucker Paula Burnett Mark & Patti Duncan Robert & Debra Higgins Geraldine Avallone Joseph Pickard Richard & Linda

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Statement of Purpose

Phone 814-490-0750 941-914-1589 814-574-9503 787-381-2465 787-381-2465 706-910-7892 678-517-8509 541-1945 321-266-4864 941-504-0277 863-225-5605 331-3536 296-7459 863-266-9016 863-266-9016 443-466-3699 410-507-0393 607-738-9426 633-6218 455-6707 927-1147 845-505-5896 845-505-5896

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


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The News of Sun City Center

President’s Report By John Luper, CA President On S eptemb er 27, t he Budget committee submitted the 2018 proposed budget to the membership and the Board of Directors. The Board will vote to approve the 2018 budget at the October Board meeting. The membership will then vote on December 5 and 6 whether to approve the increase of dues from $270/year to $279/year, per person, to cover the 2018 budget. If the vote by the membership is “No,” then the Association would revert back to the 2017 budget with no dues increase. It is the hope of the Board that membership will continue to support the ongoing efforts to maintain all of our facilities in the first-class condition we all have come to expect. The 3.3% increase is the first increase in three years and is needed to cover increasing costs. Please feel free to reach out to me or any of the Board of Directors

for answers to any questions you may have. There will be more articles and information forthcoming and a brief presentation at the Membership meeting on October 25th, 7 p.m. at Community Hall. We hope you will attend. The deadline for submitting an application to run for the CA Board of directors is 3 p.m. on October 4. Applications can be picked up at the Community office. We look forward to those willing to commit the time to serve our community. Construction of our new office building continues right on plan, even with the challenges of Hurricane Irma. In the next few weeks most of the exterior of the building will be complete and work will move inside. Preparing for a Hurricane can be a very trying and stressful experience. Thanks to a very detailed plan by our Community Manager and her staff our facilities were prepared very well and reopened very quickly. I would challenge each of you to consider what changes you feel necessary for you to change in your own preparations for the next time. And, unfortunately, there will be a next time. I hope to see everyone on the 25th. Coffee and cookies will be available at 6:30 p.m.

SCCCA MEMBERSHIP MEETING

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2017 7:00 PM COMMUNITY HALL (Refreshments at 6:30 p.m.) 200 MEMBERS REQUIRED FOR A QUORUM CA MEMBERSHIP CARDS ARE REQUIRED FOR ADMITTANCE -AGENDAI. Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance II. Approval of Minutes: · October 26, 2016 III. Treasurer’s Report · Presentation of 2018 Budget IV. Community Manager’s Report President’s Report V. VI. Good & Welfare VII. Veterans’ Memorial Presentation VIII. General Discussion by Members IX. Adjournment

NOTICE: BOARD APPLICATIONS

Applications for Community Association Director are available in the CA office.

There are three (3) positions open for three (3) year terms

beginning January 3, 2018. There is one (1) position open for a one (1) year term beginning January 3, 2018. COMPLETED APPLICATIONS MUST BE RETURNED TO THE CA OFFICE BY 3 PM, OCTOBER 4, 2017.

Veterans Photo Project Passes No. 500

It was a special day in June for the Community Association’s Veteran Photo Program. Bill Hodges, program chair, and photographer Andy Ledoux reached a big milestone for the program; they surpassed the 500 mark. Susan Kitchenmaster, a U.S. Navy dental hygienist, had the distinction of being the 500th veteran to be included on the Community Association’s Veterans Wall of Honor, a video presentation exhibited in the Central Campus atrium building 24/7. She came to Sun City Center two years ago from Sarasota. After a summer hiatus, Hodges and Ledoux have resumed a monthly photo schedule for veterans who are members of the SCC Community Association. Eligibility for the program is simple—service in any branch of the U.S. military and that includes National Guard, Reserves and Coast Guard. Hodges says he often sees reluctance among veterans who did not see active combat duty to step forward, and he continually reminds them that they had no choice of assignment after they put their signature on that dotted line. The photos can now also be viewed on the CA website (suncitycenter.org) in the Residents section under Things You Need to Know. That’s fairly new and enables members and their families to watch it on line and fast forward as they wish. The next photo shoot will be on Saturday, October 14, from 10 a.m. to noon. To schedule an appointment, call Carol Donner at 813-633-7441 or the CA office at 813-633-3500.

Paint-Around Charity Fundraiser

The Art Club in Sun City Center will host a Paint-Around Charity Fundraiser on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 12 – 3 p.m. at Community Hall, 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd, in Sun City Center. The program will feature ten award winning artists. Two groups, five watercolorists and five acrylic artists will work sequentially on one another’s painting for a limited time. The ten spectacular Paint-Around paintings, other artist paintings and gift baskets will be raffled off. Notecards, ice cream, homemade boxed cookies will be on sale. Enjoy complimentary refreshments and bring your friends for an unforgettable afternoon brimming with fun. This is a $5 event you don’t want to miss. Proceeds will benefit local art programs. Tickets available in October may be purchased at the Atrium Kiosk in Sun City Center on October 18, 20, 25 and 27 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon, through Art Club members and at the door. For information visit “www.artclubofscc.org” or contact: Nancy Derby, Program Chair at 813-419-4754.

What’s New at the Library?

By Joanne Gilray, Library Administrator It’s October and you know what that means?! Halloween! “Halloween, or Hallowe’en (a contraction of All Hallows’ Evening), also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve, is a celebration on October 31, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. It begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed” (Wikipedia.com). Here at the Library we have plenty of items to fulfill all your scary needs and wants this Halloween season. Stephen King, of course, can always be depended upon to deliver a spooky tale. Did you know he wrote the short story The Body for which the movie Stand by Me is adapted from? He also wrote the books The Shining, It and Pet Cemetery. And here’s some exciting news for movie lovers. We have increased the number of seven-day rental DVDs from 3 to 4! You can now have a total of 4 seven-day DVD’s and 2 14-day DVDs. Sometimes it’s hard to pick that perfect movie so we thought we’d help you out by allowing you to bring home more! Having issues with DVDs skipping? Sometimes it may not be the DVD but rather your player that is having the issue. The laser inside the player can get dirty and needs an occasional cleaning. We have two DVD/Blu-ray cleaning discs that you can check out. You simply insert as normal into your player and it will prompt you further on how to perform the cleaning. These discs are on the Blu-ray shelf in the DVD section under the title CleanDr. laser lens cleaner for Blu-ray. Please be aware that these discs will work in both a Blu-ray player and a DVD player. Have a Safe Halloween and Happy Reading!

Metaphysical Society Activities

SCC Fundraiser Presentation 10 a.m. Wednesdays in the Heritage Room. Admission $1 with love offering requested. Bring your Community ID to show. Info Call Vicky at 813-398-7033. October 4 • “The Wonders of Essential Oils,” Robin Trotter, Professional Massage Therapist and Aromatherapist, will present the many benefits of using oils from first aid to household cleaning. October 11 • “Your Birth Chart is Your Instruction Manual,” Jill “Solandria” Wickham, Professional Astrologer, presents the what, how, when, and where the Soul chooses its birth pattern. October 18 • “Theta-Healing,” LouAnn Saphos will teach us techniques on how to change our thoughts and emotions to create optimum health for ourselves and others. October 25 • “Psychic detectives,” Carol Ann Liaros, Internationally known Psychic, will share her 50 years of experiences.

MOVIES

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

October 9 • 1 p.m. • Gifted (1 hour, 41 minutes)

Frank Adler is a single man raising a child prodigy - his spirited, young niece Mary - in a coastal town in Florida. Frank’s plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old’s mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank’s formidable mother, Evelyn, whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary. Starring: Chris Evans, Mckenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan, Octavia Spencer, Jenny Slate Genre: Drama Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements, language and some suggestive material

October 23 • 1 p.m. • A Monster Calls (1 hour, 49 minutes)

Twelve-year-old Conor is dealing with far more than other boys his age. His beloved and devoted mother is ill. He has little in common with his imperious grandmother. His father has resettled thousands of miles away. But Conor finds an unlikely ally when the Monster appears at his bedroom window one night. Ancient, wild, and relentless, the Monster guides Conor on a journey of courage, faith and truth that powerfully fuses imagination and reality. Based on the children’s novel of the same name written by Patrick Ness. Starring: Lewis MacDougall, Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Liam Neeson Genre: Drama Rating: PG-13 for thematic content and some scary images


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October 2017

The News of Sun City Center

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

Sun City Center Stained Glass Club News

Club members Jill DeFelice (L), Louie Salmoiraghi (R), and Gerry Coleman (not pictured) were delighted to deliver the food for the Mary Petro Fund. For more information about the Mary Petro Fund, call 813-634--8306 on Tuesday or Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

SCC Audubon Club Begins New Season

The Audubon Club kicks off the 2017-2018 season with its first meeting on Saturday, October 7, 2017. The program “Attracting Birds with Native Plants” will be presented by Teri Brockway, a member of the Suncoast Chapter of the Native Plant Society and Past President of the Sun City Center Elegant Gardeners, and Tom Heitzman, owner of Sweet Bay Native Nursery in Parrish. Teri and Tom will inform the club on how to attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife to our yards. Landscaping with natives is easy and fun. See how your initial investment can pay off with a carefree landscape! The meeting will be held in the Florida Room at the Atrium with a social at 9:30 a.m., and a business meeting at 10 a.m. with a program to follow. Later in October on Tuesday the 31, the club will host the second in a series of programs on “What you didn’t know about Florida.” This program features Rick Garrity, Ph.D., former Director of the Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission. Dr. Garrity’s program will focus on the hydrology of Florida. Water, water, everywhere, where it goes, how it flows, and how our wetlands function. Residents new to the area are highly encouraged to attend. This program is free and open to all CA members and their guests. It will be held in the Florida Room at the Atrium with doors open at 9:30 a.m. Program will commence at 10 a.m. Regular meetings of the club are held on the first Saturday of the month. Future programs include: Birds of the Galapagos, November 4, 2017; Raptor Rescue, December 2, 2017; Little Manatee River State Park, January 6, 2018; Alafia Banks Bird Sanctuary, February 3, 2018; Paths of Migration, March 3, 2018; and The Bluebird Project, April 7, 2018. Visit our website at “www.sccaudubonclub.com” for more information and a membership application!

The Art Club in Sun City Center Fine Arts Gallery Opening & Reception

October 4, 2017. The Art Club in Sun City Center’s Fine Arts Gallery Opening & Reception will feature the artwork of resident artists: Susan Corbett and Lynn Bremermann. Both artists enjoy membership in the Art Club of Sun City Center and the Art League of Kings Point. Their gift of friendship is fueled by a passion for creative expression and their desire to develop the artist within. Sue and Lynn bring their distinctive flair and unique styles to their artwork. Lynn’s paintings reflect her attraction to watercolors, watercolor pencil, colored pencils and ink. Her favorite art subjects are abstracts, oriental and Kad-doodles. Lynn’s goal is to continue to write and illustrate books for her grandchildren. While watercolor is Sue’s first love, she also dabbles in the unstructured and experimental worlds of acrylic, pastels and mixed media. Her work is known for hidden angels. “I look for the angels then I paint around them so others can view them. “The angels represent her many blessings. Both artists evoke emotions in others. Through the art of teaching Lynn and Sue invite and challenge their students to tap their creative potential. Weekly, in the Kings Point Art League’s art room, Lynn leads a graphic arts open class. Endeavoring to pass on the joy discovered in art, Lynn has taught classes in illustrating, portrait drawing, basic drawing and Kad-doodle. Working with her mentor and art teacher, Jo Tarabula, Sue accepted invitations to teach creative painting to children and creative watercolor to adults. Recently she has conducted a “Yupo” workshop demonstration. Lynn and Sue empower their students to playfully explore, find and express their creativity. Thinking out of the box makes Lynn and Sue perfect partners. The art of giving fulfills the artists’ need to find purpose and meaning in their lives. Lynn has served two terms as the Art League’s Vice-president and has chaired the committee hanging artwork for the Kings Point Art Shows. With the Art Club in Sun City Center Lynn assists as a hostess at club events. Sue has co-chaired Kings Point Art League art shows. As a member of the Sun City Center’s Art Club Sue along with Sylvia Fell has chaired the FunFest Committee. She currently serves as the Art Club’s liaison to the Kings Point Art League. In giving Lynn and Sue are energized and enjoy the company of other artists. Let your inner magic be awakened as you view the paintings of Lynn Bremermann and Susan Corbett at their Gallery Opening and Reception on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 from 1 – 3 p.m. The event is free and open to members of the community and their guests. Snacks and beverages will be served. The Art Club is located on Cherry Hills Drive in Sun City Center. Visit www.artclubofscc.org for more information.

SCC Polish Heritage Club

On Tuesday evening October 31, 2017, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., the SCC Polish Heritage Club is holding their monthly membership meeting, in the Florida Room, Atrium Building. All members are encouraged to attend in costume or mask to celebrate Halloween! The Club also welcomes guests interested in learning about the traditional Polish Cultural events that the Club offers. Join us for fun and fellowship! Annual Dues are $5 per person. For info, please call Carmela at 813 938-1723 or Wanda at 813 633-0016.

Visit Cat Lovers Club of SCC at The Craft Fair

We’ll help you select the purrfect Christmas gifts for your kitties! Visit Cat Lovers Club of SCC at the Prince of Peace Fall Festival of Crafts on Friday, Oct 20 from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Saturday, Oct 21 from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. If you miss us at the Prince of Peace Craft Fair, stop to say hello at Hi Neighbor on Thursday, Nov 2. If you have any questions, please email us at “info@CatLoversClub. org” or call 813-442-3014. We look forward to seeing you at the fair.

The Sun City Center Lapidary Club Kicks Off Its 2017-18 Season

Welcome back, snowbirds! The new club year for 2017-18 begins October first for the Sun City Center Lapidary Club, located in the Arts & Crafts Building, 915E Cherry Hills Drive. The jewelry store will resume its regular hours of 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and 12 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. The club will kick off the season with a jewelry sale on November 3. Everything in the store will be 10% off, and credit cards are now accepted for purchases. Get your Christmas shopping done early, and reward yourself with something from our unique collection of handmade jewelry. On November 2, the SCC Lapidary Club will participate in the popular “Hi, Neighbor” event held annually at the Community Hall. Information about the club and membership application forms will be available. Club membership is open to SCC residents with current picture ID badges, including residents of Freedom Plaza and Aston Gardens. Kings Point residents are welcome to join as space allows. Annual dues are a modest $10. For more information, call 813-642-2084 or stop by the store.

Computer Club Monthly Meeting

October 4, 2017 — Wednesday 7 p.m. in the Florida Room, in the Atrium. Chromebooks will be the topic of this month’s meeting. Come and see if a Chromebook might satisfy your needs for a mobile computing device. Computer Club Classes Sign up for your choice of class in the Computer Lab, (Atrium Building) Monday through Saturday, 12:30 - 5 p.m. Student must be a member in good standing at Sun City Center or Kings Point. Tuition is payable upon registration. For additional information email: Beverly Hiller, Education Director at “hillerbev@ aol.com”. Listed here are brief descriptions of the classes being offered. For all the details, go to the Computer Club website www. scccomputerclub.org. Detailed information is also available in the computer lab. Buying a Computer • Mon., Oct. 2, or Fri, Oct. 27, 9 – 11 a.m. This mini-class covers the decision of whether or not you need a new PC, if so, the minimum hardware you should buy, the pros and cons of various hardware choices, and information on PC components. Introduction to File Explorer • Fri., Oct. 6, 9 a.m. – Noon File Explorer is the Windows built-in application used to navigate around your computer and display, copy, move, and delete the contents of its files and folders. Introduction to Computers • Tue., Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31, 9 – 11 a.m. This four-session beginner’s class will cover hardware, software and operating system basics, along with basic word processing and Web browsing. Windows 10 Workshop • Wed., Oct. 11 or Fri. Oct. 20, 9 a.m. – Noon This workshop will familiarize you with Windows 10. We will customize the start screen and cover subjects such as antivirus, privacy, Microsoft accounts, Cortana, The Store, and Control Panel vs. Settings. Gmail - Attachments and Groups • Mon., Oct. 16, 9 – 10:30 a.m. This mini-class is for students who have an existing Gmail account. In this class, you will learn about Attachments and how use them, as well as how to create, change and delete Groups. Facebook 101 • Wed., Oct. 4, or Thu., Oct 26, 9 a.m. – Noon This is a beginner’s class, and will cover the basics of how to use the Facebook social media App using the Lab computers. A Facebook account is needed. Introduction to Excel • Thu., Oct 19, 9 a.m. – Noon This is a class for beginners who are interested in spreadsheet development, from design to implementation. Backup! Backup! • Mon., Oct 23, 8:45 a.m. - Noon This class combines a free program called EaseUS Todo Backup and a program called Goodsync ($25), to let you backup your data and entire computer system. Tuning Your PC Workshop • Mon., Oct. 30, 8:30 a.m. – Noon This workshop will teach you how to remove spyware, viruses, browser add-ons, bad registry entries, junk files, and other problems that slow down your system.


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Sun City Center Misses Irma’s Big Impact

Debris and residual water is what could be seen in most of Sun City Center.

Large trees knocked over was the exception here as this one did on the golf course, but causing no damage to property.

By Kai Rambow “It’s a miracle,” proclaimed one resident, “we have a lot to be grateful for.” The most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic, Irma, brushed past us as a Categor y 1 hurricane. There was ver y little damage here and most residents had no power interruptions. Once the storm passed, 70 percent of Florida had no power. Having power

communities will take days, possibly weeks to get power restored. Whe n D el Webb s e arche d for locations, arguments were made for this location because it is 50 to 70 feet higher than the shoreline at the bay. As a result, we are frequently spared the major flooding that takes place in other areas and are not in an evacuation zone. Different types of response teams were

meant air conditioning. We still have summer temperatures and humidity, and were able to keep cool. Power also meant we could contact friends and family to let them know we were o.k. And power also meant no loss of refrigerated or frozen foods – and hot meals. Our McDonald’s opened up later in the day after the storm and it was packed. Seven million of our fellow Floridians lost power during the hurricane. Some

put into place enabling them to get into action quicker. We are fortunate that teams and resources are close by. The U.S. Virgin Islands, which survived Irma as a Category 5, has no power and is short on shelter, water and food. Getting aid is considerably more difficult for those in the Caribbean. We were blessed many times over, and do indeed, have a lot to be grateful for.

Prosit! Oktoberfest in Sun City Center

By Ilona Merritt A tent under the Florida sky, cumulus clouds overhead, an accordionist playing, the delicious aroma of Bratwurst sizzling on the grill permeating the air ... top this off with cold beer and you may feel as though you are truly in “Bavarian Heaven” right here in Sun City Center. On October 6, 7 and 8, all this will be brought to you by the Old Castle Restaurant in the Home Depot Shopping Center. Merriment begins on Friday, from 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon with closing times planned for 9 p.m. Live entertainment, food and beer will be available under the tent and inside the restaurant. New this year will be vendors offering their wares. Oktoberfest is the world’s largest Folkfest, which has been held annually since 1810 in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. It is a time-honored tradition which has spread to other cities across the world modeling the Oktoberfest celebrations after the original Munich event. The Oktoberfest is held at the Wisn, after the colloquial name for the fairgrounds, Theresa’s Field. However, the official opening takes place at the Rathaus with its Glockenspiel (the Town Hall with its chiming clock) in the heart of Munich. Every year, on the third Saturday in September, the carillon bells play as

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Photo supplied by Ilona Merritt These are the original German-American Club Folk dancers having just completed the Kronen Tanz. A Folk dance under the crown dating back several centuries.

the various dignitaries, the Munich child (the emblem on the coat of arms of Munich), and the Mayor of Munich (Bürgermeister) arrive at the Town Hall. All are decked out in their finest emblazed with medals. The Mayor wears his official Kings chain (Königskette) a sign of his office and honor. The tower clock chimes and on the twelfth chime the Mayor taps the first keg and proclaims the Oktoberfest has begun. It is to be expected that when the German American Club of Sun City Center was formed, an Oktoberfest would be an important part of their activities. Since 1999 many, many

beer kegs have been tapped in our Community hall, and a mountain of Sausages (Wurst) has been consumed there. In 2014 the club celebrated its 15th Anniversary with a special opening of their Oktoberfest when Ilona Merritt, former German American Club president, emulated the Munich opening right here in Sun City Center. Complete with carillon music, Tower bells chiming, our own dignitaries (present and former officers of the club) marched into the Community Hall led by Jane Keegan (CA President at that time) who had been invested into her role as Bürgermeister, wearing a Kings

chain made specifically for her by Ilona. Our own Münchner Kindl was also was present and she brought the gift of white radishes tearing in salt which is a traditional food served with beer in Germany. This year’s German American Club will offer the renowned European entertainers, Eva Adams and her husband, who will be performing for their Oktoberfest in the Community Ha l l on O c t o b e r 1 2 . T h e y are accomplished vocalists, play guitar, accordion and keyboard and will be performing modern German music as well as waltzes, polkas and will include American favorites. Also this year, the German American Club Folk Dancers who will be performing traditional German Folk Dances. The Oktoberfest meal consists of roast pork with sauerkraut, bratwurst, mashed potatoes/gravy to include salad, desserts, coffee, and tea, other drinks are BYOB. German American Club members pay $22 and guests $26. All residents of Sun City Center, Kings Point, and guests are welcome. No need to be German, speak German, wear a dirndl, or lederhosen to enjoy this fun party. For additional information please call Fred Rathke at 813 938-4845 or Paul Buerkle at 813938-3049.

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By E. Adam Porter Editor, News of Sun City Center On September 10, Hurricane Irma stormed ashore in Florida. Twice. The storm battered the Keys, slipped back out over the Gulf and made a second landfall near Marco Island, before continuing up the coast. As the monster cyclone bounded up the Florida peninsula it lost steam, but continued to suck water up out of bays and estuaries. What goes up, must come down… and those of us on the rivers of central Florida knew what was coming. I bundled my wife, kids, pets, a bunch of water and other necessities into our truck and headed for higher ground. The next morning, as my family was safely “hunkered down” with family, I headed to the river house to assess the damage. I couldn’t get there. Trees and downed power poles blocked access. Looking through my camera’s zoom lens from two houses away, I could see my little jon boat floating in my yard. Couldn’t see the four-foot chain link fence lining my property. The neighbors on either side had also evacuated. Of the three of us, my family was the most fortunate. Just a garage and workshop on the first floor. No living space. Living on the river, we know it’s not the storm that gets you. It’s the crest two days later. Our back yard is elevated nine feet over the typical high-tide line. At its crest, water was over four feet high in the yard. The numbers were, literally, historic, and it caught many people — even seasoned meteorologists — by surprise. A Cat 1 moving fairly quickly isn’t supposed to push that much water. But Mother Nature doesn’t much care for what we figure she’s supposed to do. For us, and millions of others, the next week was a blur. Helping neighbors, talking to FEMA and insurance companies, and waiting… waiting… waiting… for the water to recede. Finally, the water returned to its standard confines between the freshly eroded riverbanks. My family returned home. Power was restored last week. Poles are back up, but that tree is still down. The

kids love it. Internet company replaced the flooded box, so we’re officially back in the 21st Century. As I write this, I have one more truck load of ruined stuff to haul to the dump. Finished yard cleanup yesterday. Hot water heater will be up and running by lunchtime. Time to shift our efforts to helping the neighbors deal with their ongoing nightmare. Looking back, with all the thoughts and emotions still fresh, I’m trying to reflect on what the hurricane taught me … or, at least, reminded me. Storms like this take as much a toll on your mind as they do on your property. In our era of constant information bombardment, we have passed the tipping point between not knowing enough and getting way too much. So many were glued to their TVs and smartphones for days before the storm came that panic started setting in days before we even knew where Irma would land. That ongoing, relentless stress takes a toll. Doctors at the Mayo Clinic say stress can manifest as physical pain and lead to fatigue, sleeplessness, restlessness, anger, depression and lack of focus. If we’re making a list of Things We Don’t Want leading up to a major catastrophe, it’s safe to assume those would be on just about everyone’s list. The storm also reminded me what was really important. When thinking about evacuating, my Old Islander brain kicked into gear, and I made the Standard Bug Out List. First, pack the wife and kids. Then the pets. Then the Important Documents That Prove Who We Are. From there, it’s an exercise in priorities versus What Fits In The Truck. Once the truck was packed with one wife, two boys, two dogs, a cat and a fish, plus our waterproof container of important papers, we filled the bed with food, water and other necessities for about a week. We thought we might be able to go home after a day or two, but we weren’t certain. Turned out to be more than a week before we could return home. We didn’t know that at the time, but we packed enough peanut butter and other non perishables Just In Case.

Rule #1 when evacuating: Show up at the refuge with enough to share. As for the rest of our stuff, if you walked into our home after we evacuated, it would be easy to see where things landed on our priority chart. Was it locked in a closet, in bins in the living room, under tarps or just stuck in a cabinet? Maybe that “stuck in a cabinet” stuff could be tossed out, but that’s a question for another day … a question my bride will be answering. If 20 years taught me one thing, it’s when to keep my yap shut. The storm also realigned my priorities in other ways. Playing games with the kids. Snuggling on the couch watching a movie when the power came back on at our relatives’ house. The joy of looking at the stars while taking the dogs for a walk at night. The storm showed me, once again, the quality of my friends. Everyone I called to see how we could help was already out helping someone else. They were delivering water or generators, taking supplies to shelters, checking on neighbors, friends and strangers … showing up to help friends clean up their

yards or offering someplace to take a warm shower or enjoy a hot meal not out of a can. In the end, for me, the best lesson is one captured in a song Jimmy Buffett recorded in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The song is “Breathe In, Breathe Out, Move On”, and it contains this lyric: “If the hurricane doesn’t leave you dead, it will make you strong…” Strong for yourself. For your family, friends and neighbors. Even when you’re exhausted, physically and emotionally, you just keep breathing … and help wherever you can. When you don’t know what tomorrow will bring, and Everything That Really Matters fits in a pickup truck, it tends to focus your perspective. Today I’m also thinking about finishing another issue of The News, and I’m reminded of another reason why I appreciate this particular publication. The News celebrates a community of volunteerism, of neighbors helping neighbors. Our world needs more of that … and not just when the storms come.

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Irish Connection Movie Night

Mon. Oct. 9 at 6:30 p.m. in Rollins Theater Feature is ROOM, starring Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay and William Macey. A compelling drama of a young woman held captive in a one room, windowless shed for seven years. After two years, a son is born and the room becomes his entire world. They eventually escape but the world the boy is now confronted with is a very foreign place.

Learn About Senior Dental Health Care

You’re invited to attend a free Dental Health Seminar at 7 p.m. on October 12 at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church of Sun City Center. In the seminar, which will be held in Fellowship Hall, Dr. Nora Delgado will discuss oral care for adults over 65. Dr. Delgado believes that the health of the gums is the basis to long-lasting restorations, as well as a sign of general health. St. Andrew is located at 1239 Del Webb Blvd. West. To ensure a spot in the seminar, make a reservation at 813-634-1252.

Stem Cell Therapy for Stroke Victims

MON. October 9 - Science, Engineering and Technology Club meeting, 7:30 p.m. in the Caper Room, Atrium Building, 954 North Course Lane. There is no cost for guests; any resident of CA or Kings Point interested in science and technology is invited. A stem cell is a simple cell in the body that is able to develop into any one of various kinds of cells (such as blood cells, skin cells, bone cells, etc.). As such, stem cells seem like the perfect solution to replacing or repairing failing parts of our bodies. Although the promise of stem cell therapy is huge, some claims exceed reasonable expectations. Scientists are exploring the use of stem cells for treating stroke symptoms because of the number of victims who suffer long-term disabilities. Our speaker, Dr. Allison Willing of the Center of Excellence for Aging & Brain Repair at USF, will sort out truth from hype and suggest what we can expect from stem cell therapy for stroke victims based on current research.

Men’s Club Consumer Protection Fair

The Men’s Club of Sun City Center is joining with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to sponsor a Consumer Protection Fair on October 13 in the Sun City Center Community Hall. The Consumer Protection Fair coincides with the Open House sponsored annually each year by the Men’s Club to thank the Sun City Center community for its support. The event will begin at 1 p.m. on Friday, October 13 and will continue until 4:30 p.m. It is open to all Sun City Center area residents. Expected exhibitors include the Hillsborough County Sheriff ’s Office, Seniors vs. Crime, Senior Medicare Patrol, Florida Public Service Commission, Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation as well as numerous other groups. Representatives of the Men’s Club’s Lifeline Personal Emergency Alert System will also be on hand at the event. There will be several presentations throughout the afternoon relating to hot topics in consumer protection, including dealing with unlicensed contractors, guarding credit card data and food supply issues. In addition, the Men’s Club will continue its tradition of offering free ice cream and coffee to residents who attend the event. Sun Towers Retirement Community is underwriting the ice cream distribution. The event will close with a performance by the extremely popular singer, Kevin Brooks. For more information, Contact: Don Murphy, President, SCC Men’s Club at 6330527, Alexander Warmka, FL Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, at (850) 410-3665.

Feline Folks Fundraiser

Join the Feline Folks for the 3rd Annual Spay-ghetti and No Balls Dinner. Dine in the “Meow Ristorante” and enjoy music and a silent auction or pick up with our speedy curb-side service! This exciting dinner is on Friday, October 27 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce at 1651 Sun City Center Plaza. Dinner includes spaghetti with meat sauce, crusty parmesan-garlic bread, mixed greens salad, dessert and ice tea. This delicious meal is only $10 per person, payable by cash or check. Please call or visit the Chamber to purchase tickets or schedule your take-out pick up. Call 813-634-5111 more information. This special event benefits the spay/ neuter programs of Feline Folks, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization that cares for the community cats in Sun City Center and Kings Point.

Nearly New Shop Men’s Dept. Honored

The Men’s Department of the Nearly New Shop has been selected as department of the month for September. Pictured are the volunteers that staff the Men’s Department. From left are Maryanne Aylesworth, Cheryl Okke, Linda Maslyk, VP of SCC Interfaith Council, and Mirdza Drengers. Located in the Sun City Center Plaza the Nearly New Shop in open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 until Noon. The Interfaith Council of Sun City Center uses monies from the sale of donations to the Nearly New Shop to fund grants to organizations and scholarships to college students from local high schools. For more information go to www.InterfaithCouncilofSunCityCenter.com or call 813-642-9099.

Nearly New Volunteers Celebrate “End of Summer” Hours

By Jay Sparkman. Over 45 summer volunteers at the Nearly New Shop gathered for an “end of summer” luncheon at Denny’s to celebrate the end of summer and the return of two days a week openings at Nearly New. Shop sale days and hours are Wednesdays and Saturdays 8 AM until Noon. The Sun City Center Interfaith Council uses monies from the sale of donations to the Nearly New to fund grants to organizations and provide college scholarships to students graduating Lennard and East Bay high schools. For more information about donating, volunteering, or applying for an organizational grant go to www.InterfaithCouncilOfSunCityCenter.com or call 813-642-9099.

Front L to R: James Forsythe, Trainer Tim Broad, Ann Mitchell. Back L to R: Skip Aylesworth, Maryanne Aylesworth, Jan Augenstein, Brent Augenstein, Thomas Lauritsen.

Security Patrol Continues to Add New Members

New Bus Route

HART has established a replacement means for the residents of SCC and Kings Point to travel by bus to St. Joseph’s Hospital and the Westfield (Brandon) Mall. The new route begins October 8. HART will determine the longevity of this route based on usage.

By Gill Jessee, Interim Chief of Patrol The newest volunteer class of drivers and dispatchers completed the orientation for the Sun City Center Security Patrol on September 15, 2017. The new members will ride with an experienced driver or dispatcher on their first shift and will then be ready to patrol or dispatch on their own. The Security Patrol has Orientation Classes twice monthly and accepts members from Sun City Center, Kings Point, Freedom Plaza, Astin Gardens, and Sun Towers. Come and join us. We need you.

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Please join Jim and Josephine Serenson on a Christmas Dance Cruise aboard the Costa Deliziosa Dec 20 – 27, 2017. From Fort Lauderdale To Nassau, Grand Turk, Amber Cove, and Key West. For pricing and more information, contact TravelWorld 813-634-3318

Wisconsin Club Party

Put on your party hats Wisconsinites! After this summer, it’s time to kick back, relax and reacquaint at our Fall Tailgate Welcome Back party. November 15, 2017 at Community Hall in SCC, doors opening at 5 p.m. Cost $6 per club member and $8 per guest. We will be feasting on brats, hotdogs (kosher, all beef) and all fixins, plus baked beans, potato salad, sauerkraut and homemade desserts! BYOB please, but we’ll provide everything else you need. Deadline for reservations is November 3, 2017. Checks only including SCC/KP membership numbers and names mailed to Bev Hetzel at 1010 Chelsea Greens, SCC, FL 33573. Full tables must include all checks and info requested in same envelope. We can’t wait to see you all and have some good ole Wisconsin tailgate fun. And you never know, there may be some other surprises. Don’t delay and reserve today!

Sun Towers Retirement Community Makes Room for Couple in Need

On Wednesday, September 13, 2017, Sheriff ’s Deputy Jeff Merry reached out for assistance on behalf of a local Sun City Center couple who lost power due to Hurricane Irma when they were most in need. Since February 2014, John Andrews has had a pacemaker which has a device that must be plugged into a functioning outlet in order to monitor his heart during sleep. Before he received his pacemaker, his sleep study showed his heart stopping over 300 times while he was asleep so the Photo taken by Tosha Salinas need to maintain power was evident. The team at Sun Towers immediately reached out to Rent King for assistance to furnish a vacant apartment in time for John and Carmen Andrews’ arrival that very afternoon. The Andrews wish to thank Sun Towers Retirement Community and they’re wonderful team along with Deputy Jeff Merry, Debbie Vijil, HCSO Community Service Officer, and the team at Rent King for the use of their VERY comfortable furniture for their accommodations during the power outage.

Oktoberfest Party

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The women shown (front, left to right) are Jan Ring, Sharon Henry, Madeline Hughes, and (back) Georgia Spillman, Sharon Lennedy, Christy Cahill, Carol Zeller, and Liane Dufek, all belong to Sew ‘n Sews. They delivered 100 pillowcases to Inspire Quilt Shop on September 2. This “pillowcase drive” was for ConKerr Cancer Foundation. While pillowcases might not in themselves conquer cancer, they’ll surely help place a smile on the faces of small patients undergoing treatment for cancer and other serious diseases at ConKerr and in local hospitals. Also, 100 pillowcases were recently delivered to Quilts on Plum Lane in Dade City and will also be used at ConKerr.

Onkel Fritz wants you at the Oktoberfest of the SCC German American Club October 12, 2017 at the Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd, Sun City Center. Hurry, hurry! Tickets need to be purchased no later than October 3, 2017. Onkel Fritz, aka Fred Rathke, President of the German American Club, will share his pretzels, but not his beer, so you’ll need to BYOB. Banquet Masters will cater our Oktoberfest meal of garden salad bar, roast pork with sauerkraut, bratwurst, mashed potatoes/gravy, vegetable, dessert bar, coffee and iced tea. Dance music will be provided by husband and wife team Eva Adams. Tickets are $22 for German American Club members and $26 for guests. Send or drop off your check no later than October 3, 2017, made out to German American Club of SCC, with a self-addressed envelope to Fred Rathke, 1058 Emerald Dunes Dr., Sun City Center, FL 33573, or Lenny Crooks, 2320 Del Webb Blvd. W., Sun City Center, FL 33573, or Sheila Houlihan, 1805 Foxhunt Dr. A, Sun City Center, 33573. No need to be German, speak German, wear a dirndl dress, or lederhosen to enjoy this fun party. All residents of Sun City Center, Kings Point, and guests are welcome. For additional information please call Fred Rathke at 813 938-4845.

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8:30 a.m. - WIDOWER’S WELLNESS G R O U P at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. SCC. Widower’s Wellness Group: “A group of men who have lost their spouse committed to listening and unsolicited sharing”. Our experience has shown that grief is an ongoing journey and it varies; for some it’s constant, others it’s intermittent and some are ambushed by unexpected bursts of anger, grief or fear. We invite YOU to attend a meeting and witness the camaraderie and healing that comes from “listening and unsolicited sharing” of the experiences of men like yourself who’ve lost their spouse. For more information contact Jim Clarke 813-625-5665 or jfclarke32@gmail.com. 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - KINGS POINT QUILTERS in Fiber Arts Rooms 1 & 2 Kings Point Clubhouse. Work on charity quilts for both veterans and hospitalized children. Work on items to be sold the profits

The News of Sun City Center of which help defray the cost of the charity quilt supplies. Personal projects also done at this time. Guest speakers and workshops planned throughout the year. New members always welcome. Unwanted sewing related items gladly accepted. Contact Sandy Nunn, President (813)642-8961. 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. TRIMNASTICS CLUB meet Monday, Tuesday, Thursday at the Dance Studio, SCC Atrium Bldg. All SCC and KP members are welcome to join. Low impact exercise (stretching / bending). 10:00 a.m. - MONDAY “FOR TODAY” MEETING OF OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS at the Sun City Chamber of Commerce, 1651 Sun City Center Plaza, Sun City Center, FL. The meeting room (private entrance to meeting is on the left side of the building). The only requirement for attending is a desire to change your eating behaviors and stop compulsively eating. No scales, dues or fees. This meeting is open only to those who have a problem with their weight or eating patterns. Please join us any Monday morning. You can learn more about OA online at http://www.oa.org/newcomers/ is-oa-for-you or call Jan at 813/633-3932 3:30 p.m. - Qi Gong CLUB MEETS in Dance Studio 2 located at 1203 N Pebble Beach Blvd, next to Samaritans. There is no charge for the Qi Gong class just wear loose, comfortable clothing. This is a handicap friendly class open to all levels of practice.

TUESDAYS

9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. TRIMNASTICS CLUB meet Monday, Tuesday, Thursday at the Dance Studio, SCC Atrium Bldg. All SCC and KP members are welcome to join. Low impact exercise (stretching / bending). 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. LINE DANCING WITH A BALANCE! at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Do you like to dance but are worried about falling? Join our new FREE line dancing class lead by trained therapists. This weekly class will improve your balance and reduce your risk of falling. We can boot, scoot and boogie safely together and make exercise fun! For more information, call Debbie Caneen at 813-892-2990. 10:00 a.m. HEALTHY LIFESTYLES MeetUp - Kings Point Sun City Center at South Clubhouse. Our Optional Walking Meetups: Your choice: walk 2 or 4 miles. Some walk faster; some walk slower. Everyone is welcome; Joanie, Suzanne and Caroline will walk with you. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. UKULELE JAM SESSION! in the South Social Room in Kings Point. New players and singers are welcome. For information please call or email Paul pottstownpaul@msn.com, phone 765-277-0606 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. LIFE CHALLENGES SUPPORT GROUP at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Live your life fully with zest and joy! Rid yourself of depression, anxiety, frustrations with family, children, friends, life changes, health problems, finances and more. Relief comes by sharing and receiving support and making a positive plan of action. All are welcome in complete confidence and free of charge. Cheryl Lewis

facilitates this group and is an effective psychotherapist. We meet every Tuesday in the first-floor lounge of Sun Towers. No appointment is necessary. Sponsored by the Coalition for Mental Health and Aging.

WEDNESDAYS

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon - LEARN TO WEAVE in the Weaving Studio in the North campus each Monday and Wednesday for 8 weeks starting 10/17 The art of weaving is taught. $75 cost includes lessons, yarns for a sampler and one project, membership in the club for a year and equipment fee. This is a great opportunity to try something new and get out of the heat. Sign up in the studio or call 813 642-8239. 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. THERAPEUTIC TAI CHI OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Our therapists have advanced training in therapeutic Tai Chi for Seniors and will provide guidance in this healthy exercise. Tai Chi has been proven to increase strength and balance! This class will be offered EVERY Wednesday due to increased demand. For more information, contact Debbie Caneen at 813-634-3347. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon MAN to MAN LIFE SUPPORT GROUP meets weekly in the conference room behind the SCC MEN’S CLUB building on Cherry Hills Drive. The purpose of our group is for men to learn new coping skills, find hope in their circumstances, help answer questions about life, and support other men while they are fixing the broken things that concern them and their families. All men of SCC and nearby communities are welcome to come and try our group in complete confidence and free of charge. For more information about the group, contact Ken Barringer at 633-8490 or Bill Spedding at 938-3126. Sponsored by the Coalition for Mental Health and Aging.

THURSDAYS

9:00 a.m. - “FOR TODAY” MEETING OF OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS at the Sun City Chamber of Commerce, 1651 Sun City Center Plaza, Sun City Center, FL. The meeting room (private entrance to meeting is on the left side of the building). The only requirement for attending is a desire to stop compulsively eating. Please join us any Friday afternoon. Contact Peg S. at 516/578-5285 for meeting details. You can learn more about OA online at “www. oa.org/newcomers/is-oa-for-you”. 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - KINGS POINT QUILTERS in Fiber Arts Rooms 1 & 2 Kings Point Clubhouse. Work on charity quilts for both veterans and hospitalized children. Work on items to be sold the profits of which help defray the cost of the charity quilt supplies. Personal projects also done at this time. Guest speakers and workshops planned throughout the year. New members always welcome. Unwanted sewing related items gladly accepted. Contact Sandy Nunn, President (813)642-8961. 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. TRIMNASTICS CLUB meet Monday, Tuesday, Thursday at the Dance Studio, SCC Atrium Bldg. All SCC and KP members are welcome to join. Low impact exercise.

7 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. MARY PETRO PROGRAM FOR FOOD AND MEDICINE at the South Shore United Church of Christ, 1501 La Jolla Ave. The Mary Petro Program is funded by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and provides financial assistance to residents for food and medicine. To qualify, residents must be full time residents of Sun City Center or Kings Point, must fill out an application and meet income guidelines, must present income verification documents and either a SCC or KP identification card. For more information, please visit our office or call 813-634-8306. If you are a new or current client of the Mary Petro Program in Sun City Center or Kings Point and have a pet cat and you are in need of cat food for your pet, please visit our Pet Pantry for assistance. The Cat Lovers Club of Sun City Center donates cat food each month to the Mary Petro Program to assist our clients.

FRIDAYS

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - KINGS POINT QUILTERS in Fiber Arts Rooms 1 & 2 Kings Point Clubhouse. Work on charity quilts for both veterans and hospitalized children. Work on items to be sold the profits of which help defray the cost of the charity quilt supplies. Personal projects also done at this time. Guest speakers and workshops planned throughout the year. New members always welcome. Unwanted sewing related items gladly accepted. Contact Sandy Nunn, President (813)642-8961.

DAILY EVENTS

MON. OCT 2 - WIDOWER’S WELLNESS GROUP 8:30 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. SCC. Widower’s Wellness Group: “A group of men who have lost their spouse committed to listening and unsolicited sharing”. Our experience has shown that grief is an ongoing journey and it varies; for some it’s constant, others it’s intermittent and some are ambushed by unexpected bursts of anger, grief or fear. We invite you to attend a meeting and witness the camaraderie and healing that comes from “listening and unsolicited sharing” of the experiences of men like yourself who’ve lost their spouse. For more information contact Jim Clarke 813-625-5665 or jfclarke32@ gmail.com. TUE. OCT 3 - LIFE CHALLENGES SUPPORT GROUP 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Live your life fully with zest and joy! Rid yourself of depression, anxiety, frustrations with family, children, friends, life changes, health problems, finances and more. Relief comes by sharing and receiving support and making a positive plan of action. All are welcome in complete confidence and free of charge. Cheryl Lewis facilitates this group and is an effective psychotherapist. We meet every Tuesday in the first-floor lounge of Sun Towers. No appointment is necessary. Sponsored by the Coalition for Mental Health and Aging. WED. OCT 4 - 3RD ANNUAL “ART FOR ALZHEIMER’S” FUNDRAISER FOR THE WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S

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10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in Kings Point Main Clubhouse in the front lobby. There will be refreshments and paintings by Marianne Wexler being sold, watercolor and acrylic. There will be handmade jewelry for sale at VERY good prices. There will also be painted glassware, wine glasses, plates and various other interesting items. We will have a 50/50 raffle as well as a lottery board raffle and about 15-20 baskets of various themes being raffled off. ALL proceeds are going to the Alzheimer’s Association. Cash or checks made out to the Alzheimer’s Association. Donations to the Walk can also be made at that time. THU. OCT 5 - “LET’S PUNCH OUT PARKINSON’S” ROCK STEADY BOXING MADE POSSIBLE BY A GRANT FROM THE NATIONAL PARKINSON’S FOUNDATION 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center, FL. Introducing “Rock Steady Boxing” where the mission is to empower people with Parkinson’s disease to fight back. “Of all the pills I’ve taken, Rock Steady Boxing is the finest and most effective.” states Pete Stewart, RSB participant. If you have Parkinson’s, or are caring for someone with this disease, be sure to register for this weekly session by contacting Eric Allen at 813-321-8755 or Eric@eafitness.org. Complimentary valet parking available at Towers entrance. For additional info, call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990. THU. OCT 5 - DEM CLUB OCTOBER MEETING 1:00 p.m. for Meet ‘n Mingle with refreshments. General Meeting at 1:30 p.m. at the (golf cart friendly) Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce, 1651 Sun City Center Plaza, Sun City Center on the first Thursday of the month. On October 5, join your fellow Democrats to welcome scheduled speaker, Kent Bailey with the Florida Sierra Club. All Democrats and like-minded individuals are invited and encouraged to attend this free event. Learn how to get involved. Please visit

and Like our Facebook page at www. facebook.com/SSDEMCLUB or website: www.SouthShoreDemocrats.org for more information. MON. OCT 9 - SCIENCE, ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY CLUB MEETING 7:30 p.m. in the Caper Room, Atrium Building, 954 North Course Lane. There is no cost for guests; any resident of CA or Kings Point interested in science and technology is invited. W E D. O C T 1 1 - D I A B E T E S EDUCATION SUPPORT GROUP 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Have you been given the diagnosis of Diabetes? Are you unsure of your dietary future? Discover options that will assist you! Join Jessica Chase, RN from Bayada Home Health Care as she facilitates this support group. For additional info, call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990. THU. OCT 12 - CHRONIC PAIN, ARTHRITIS AND NEUROPATHY GROUP 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. SCC. We are happy to announce that Dr. Reyna Bragg, NCCAOM and Florida State Board Certified Diplomat Physician of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine will be a permanent facilitator to our group with open discussion encouraged by all. Dr. Bragg utilizes a holistic approach integrating the Eastern & Western medical philosophy in order to best complement and address your health care needs. Sun Towers Facilitator: “Tari” Williams, MPT (Masters of Physical Therapy) with Sun Towers Retirement Community Outpatient Therapy. FREE Valet service provided at Terrace Entrance (blue awning). For more info 813-892-2990 Learn what you can do to reduce your pain today! Free valet parking at Terrace entrance. FRI. OCT 13 - ARTHRITIS SUPPORT GROUP 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. SCC. Facilitator: Ellen Cirello, MPT has been a treating therapist for 12 years. Ellen studied and graduated from Ohio State University and University of South Florida

physical therapy program with her masters in physical therapy. Ellen has a history of exercise instruction and is able to create a plan to meet anyone’s special needs. Learn what you can do to reduce your pain today! For more info, call Debbie Caneen 813892-2990. MON. OCT 16 - PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP OF SUN CITY CENTER - SPONSORED BY THE MEN’S CLUB OF SCC - MADE POSSIBLE BY A GRANT FROM N AT I O N A L PA R K I N S O N ’ S FOUNDATION 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. We are fortunate to have as our speaker this month: Marissa Slevar, MPH, a Community Engagement Officer from The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Marissa will discuss Parkinson’s disease basics, how the Foundation runs, and provide exciting research and therapy updates. If you have Parkinson’s, or are caring for someone with this disease, be sure to attend this support group! Complimentary valet parking available at entrance. For additional info, call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990. TUE . OCT 17 - ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. Bring your loved one for a well-deserved break. Facilitated by aging care advocates. You will receive information while your loved one is cared for in our Secured Memory Care. Please RSVP no less than three days prior to 813-677-1400. For additional information, contact Debbie Caneen at 813-634-3347. WED. OCT 18 - LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP - SPONSORED BY THE SUN CITY CENTER MEN’S CLUB 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. Do you wonder how others with Low Vision advance through their day? Do they receive care from outside sources? What adaptive vision devices successfully assist them? Each need is different but if we gather to

share our resources, we all benefit! Learn what assistance there may be for you if you have low vision in order to maintain your independence. Free valet parking for cars and golf carts at Terrace entrance by blue awning. If you have low vision, then this meeting is for you! For more info call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990. WED. OCT 18 - CLASSICAL MUSIC APPRECIATION 3:30 p.m. Kings Point main clubhouse, RIPPLE ROOM (across hall from South Social Room.) Free. All lovers of classical music are invited. Information: Arthur C. Joy, 813-633-9783, acjjr@tampabay.rr.com. FRI. OCT 20 - VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT, A PROGRAM OF THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. by registration only at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive SCC. The Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross in partnership with the Veterans History Project, a program of the Library of Congress, is seeking Veterans to participate in this project. The program captures through a video interview, firsthand account of Veterans who served in any branch of the US military in any capacity, from World War I through the present, and are no longer serving are eligible to participate. Civilians who served in support of a US war effort in a professional capacity are also welcome to participate. If you are a Veteran or know Veterans that would like to share their stories, please call Sun Towers to schedule your interview time at 813-634-3347. This recording of history will take place on the 3rd Friday of each month. TUE. OCT 31 - SCC POLISH HERITAGE CLUB MEETING 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., in the Florida Room, Atrium Building. Club members are encouraged to attend in costume or mask to celebrate Halloween! The Club also welcomes guests interested in learning about the traditional Polish Cultural events that the Club offers. Join us for fun and fellowship! Annual Dues are $5.00 per person. For info, please call: Carmela at 813 938-1723 or Wanda at 813 633-0016.

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ARTS & entertainment CONCERT BAND• DANCE • SHOWS • JAZZ• FLEXERCISE & MORE!

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

Moonglow Dance Club

DANCING Spooky Line Dance

Spooky Halloween free social dance with the KP Line Dancers, Wed Oct 18, 7 p.m. in the Veterans Theater. Costume optional, but please wear appropriate dance shoes. Open to KP and SCC residents and their guests. BYOB. Call Jan 634-6226 if more info needed.

Singles Mingles Dance

Saturday, October 14, 2017, the Singles Mingles of Kings Point dance will be from 6:30 to 9:30. The admission is $5 and is BYOB. Come listen to the music of Mike Laine in the Banquet Room. If you live outside Kings Point, please call Dottie Beyer at 813-476-9956 to add your name to the gate list.

Singles, Singles, Singles

The Singles Social Dance Club will host their monthly dances on October 1 and October 15 in the Atrium Building, Florida Room, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. For your dancing and listening pleasure, live music provided by Thor Stevens and his saxophone. Admission for members is $3 and for Guests $6. You may bring your own bottle and snacks. Water, ice, cups and napkins provided on each table. Requested attire is dressy/casual (please no shorts or jeans). For more information, call Janet at 813-633-3558.

Join Us for a Rockin’ Good Time!

Our October dance will be held Saturday, October 28, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Veterans Theater in the Kings Point North Clubhouse located at 1900 Clubhouse Drive. Music will be provided by The Southshore Cruisers. The Southshore Cruisers are a six-piece band comprised of veteran musicians from all over the United States. There were loads of great songs from the 60s & 70s. Members may purchase their tickets, which are $5 per person, on Tuesday, October 24 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the ticket table in the Kings Point North Clubhouse Lobby. You may also purchase your tickets at the Veterans Theater door starting at 6 p.m. the evening of the dance. You may bring your own snacks and BYOB. The club provides cups, napkins, water and ice on each table. Please email Sandi at rockinthrutheyears@gmail.com no later than Friday, October 27, if you would like to attend the dance, to provide her with your name so you are able to get through the Kings Point Security Gate.

Moonglow Ballroom Dance Club will feature the live music of “The Mellotones” from Sarasota at their monthly dance on Thursday October 26 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 visitors/ guests pay $5 per person at the door. Singles tables are always available. Please BYOB and Snacks, and the club will provide Ice, water, cups and napkins. Visitors are always welcome. If you think that you can’t Ballroom Dance, remember that we are not “Dancing With the Stars”. We each do what our bodies allow us to do in time to the music. For more information call 813-633-1297 or 813-633-2755, or if you would like to receive Moonglow information by email, contact “gail3357@ gmail.com”.

Academy of Ballroom Dance

Saturday, October 7, the Academy of Ballroom Dance Club will host its next dance in the Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd, Sun City Center. Bernice DuBro and George Hawn will be teaching a waltz lesson starting at 6:30 p.m. included with admission. This is followed by regular dancing from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is free for members, or $6 for guests at the door. Come and dance to a fabulous selection of tunes handpicked by Bernice DuBro (our DJ for the evening). Enjoy the complimentary coffee and cookies. Perhaps you’ll win one of the door prizes or if you are the lucky type, take a chance at winning the 50/50 drawing. Open seating and singles tables are always available. Everyone is welcome; bring your friends. BYOB. As usual, dress at all dances is casual but neat (no shorts please). Mark your calendars for upcoming dances on 11/ 4 and 12/2. For more information, call George Hawn at 330-770-0442.

Social Ballroom Dance Classes In October, 2017

Sponsored by the Academy Dance Club Classes are held in the Dance Studio in the Atrium. Open to all Sun City Center and Kings Point residents. Couples and singles welcome. For information call Bernice DuBro at 813-634-3205. Tuesdays, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Social Ballroom Dance Class Beginning - Fox Trot - 5:30 p.m. Intermediate - Tango - 6:45 p.m. Intermediate - West Coast Swing - 8 p.m. Wednesdays, October 4, 11, 18, 25 Social Ballroom Dance Class Beginning - Rumba - 12:45 p.m. Intermediate - Waltz- 2:00 p.m. Intermediate Silver - Fox Trot - 3:15 p.m. (Must have had Beg. Silver Fox Trot) Taught by Bernice Dubro and George Hawn. Call 813-634-3205 or email “dancewithbernice@gmail.com”.

Oldies But Goodies Dance Club

The Oldies but Goodies Dance Club will be enjoying the music of Johnny G Lyons Band on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. The Oldies but Goodies Dance Club will be enjoying the music of Good Stuff on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. The cost for either event is free for members and $6 per person for guests. No advance ticket needed pay at the door. The doors will open at 6:15 p.m. for members and 6:30 p.m. for guests. BYOB and snacks, the club will provide water, ice, cups and napkins. As always residents of Kings Point and Renaissance as well as Sun City Center are always welcome. Members are reminded that deposits for the November party will be collected at this dance. Any questions contact Club President Joanne at 813-728-1147 or email jjlatenite@aol.com You may also check out our website: sccoldiesbutgoodiesdanceclub.com or join us on Facebook Https://facebook.com/OldiesButGoodiesDanceClub.

Jazz Lovers Enjoy Big Bands

The sound of The Big Bands will return to Kings Point on Friday, Oct. 20, with the next meeting of the Jazz Lovers Group. The six-year-old Jazz Lovers Group will hold their meeting at 2 p.m. in the Ripple Room at the North Clubhouse in Kings Point. The session is open free to all residents of Sun City Center. Fans of jazz will bring in CDs and records to be played in that two-hour gathering. The Jazz Lovers Group meets on the third Friday of each month at the North Clubhouse. For more details call Mike at 260-3375.

SCC Stained Glass Club Artist of the Month

The Stained Glass Club in Sun City Center has chosen Debbie Zieg as the Artist of the Month for September. Debbie first became fascinated with the beauty of stained glass in 1984 when a friend taught her how to make a threepiece sun catcher. Little did she know that this simple project would lead to an absolute passion for working with stained glass. Shortly after that, a stained-glass class was offered through her local school’s district adult education program. After a few lessons, she was creating window panels and her first lampshade. She joined the Stained Glass Club in 2010. Her latest love in the glass field is fusing. There are many new ideas in her mind just waiting to be made.

Entertainment Corner By Lynn Manzi, Entertainment Director Welcome to the 2017-2018 Entertainment Series. Our first performance will be on November 3, 2017. Ocean Road performs 50’s, 60’s as well as Old Time Rock and Roll. If you have not already picked your series tickets, you may pick them up beginning October 9 at the Kiosk, M-W-F, 10 a.m. to noon. Please consult the brochure which is available at the Kiosk for the dates to buy Series Tickets and individual tickets. The K.E.G.G. performance scheduled for September 16 was canceled and has now been rescheduled to Friday, January 12, 2018 in the Community Hall from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. If you have already purchased tickets, they will be honored. If you want a refund, please see Lynn Manzi in the Modulars and she will be happy to help you. Enjoy the Entertainment Season. If you have any questions, please call Lynn at 813-633-7440. Thank you for your support.


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2017-18 SCC Women’s Chorus Board Members. Front L to R: Terre Cochran, Debbie Shorb, Janet Warren, Nancy Windsor, Kathie Koren, Mae-Ellen Dowdy. Back L to R: Peg Goodenow, Shirley Carroll, Betty Lance, Ludi Kulihin. Not pictured: Barbara Brtva, LaVerne Backes.

SCC Women’s Chorus

The SCC Women’s Chorus Board met this summer to plan for an exciting fall season and is delighted to welcome back its talented director, Jeff Jordan and Keith Rasmussen, accompanist. New and former members met on September 7 for their first rehearsal to prepare for the December 3 concert, “A Classic Christmas” to be held at the St. Andrew Presbyterian Church at 3 p.m. Membership is closed for the fall season but will reopen next January 4, 8:30 a.m., with registration at the St. Andrew Church. If you love to sing, can read music and have had previous experience singing with a chorus, this is the place for you. Consider joining us for our winter-spring season. We sing with a song in our hearts! For more information call the chorus president, Janet Warren at 813 634 6692 and visit our Facebook page “www.facebook.com/sccwomenschorous.”

Gals & Guys Productions

Honors and Acknowledges our U.S. Veterans in USO showcase. Gals and Guys Productions will be presenting a “Tribute to Veterans” in the style of the Bob Hope USO shows. Mark your calendars, Thursday, November 9, 2017 for this great show. The show will be performed at Community Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m. and show starts at 6:30. Check-in at the door. Seats will be available and open to anyone for $6 per person at the door on the night of the show, starting at 5:30. Advanced sales will be available on any Thursday starting October 12 in the Rollins Theater from 1 to 3 p.m. The club is open to all residents of Sun City Center, Kings Point, Renaissance and Freedom Plaza with a valid CA ID card. Club dues are $6 for this show, which include refreshments post show. We invite all Resident Veterans to be honored and acknowledged for their service, by joining the club, to be a part of this spectacular showcase of song, dance and comedy in the style of years gone by. For further information contact Director, Salvina at 813-633-5924. To request a copy of the membership form, email sccgngprods@aol.com.

Art Demonstration

Atmospheric Perspective Using a Split Primary Palette by Mary Louise Ringers Monday, October 16, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. in Rollins Theater After retiring to Sarasota, Mary Lou began teaching drawing and watercolor through the Adult Continuing Enrichment Program. She is passionate about capturing the effects of light and shadow and, while skilled in a variety of media, she focuses primarily on watercolor because she loves its transparency and unpredictability. Mary Lou is a member of the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society and the Florida Watercolor Society, and had achieved signature status. She is a past president of both organizations. The demo will follow the club’s regularly scheduled monthly meeting. Demos are open to the members of our community. Visit www.artclubinscc.org for more information.

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Kings Point residents, Josephine Cairo and Howard Wilcox, brought their News of Sun City Center to the top of the Space Needle in Seattle, after their cruise to Alaska.

Henry Wyzinski of Sun City Center vacationing with his twin sister Mary Ann, who resides in Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada. Picture is taken at the Kings Navy Yard Park, which is located on the Detroit River at the mouth of Lake Erie.

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Airboat Adventures at Lake Tohopekaliga

By Kai Rambow Startled by our airboat, a raccoon burst out of the marshy grasses and bounded for shore. This is one of the fun surprises of taking an airboat ride; you won’t know what you’ll see on your ride. On our trip we saw snail kites, bald eagles, herons, cranes, alligators, deer, raccoons and cows almost shoulder deep in the water. Farmland borders this end of the lake and the cows like to wade into the wetlands and eat. They were also casually sharing the tree line with deer. Airboats glide smoothly over the shallow, swampy waters allowing you to get close to wildlife. Sometimes when you see a solid looking clump of grasses in front of you, it’s hard to remember your airboat captain can see where there’s water. Easy Location for Us Several readers have commented on how difficult it is to find a decent airboat ride. We’ve found one for you. Boggy Creek at Southport is beautifully set up for your adventure. They have two locations, but this is the one you’ll want for several reasons. While there are several airboat outfits in the Kissimmee area, most are a bit of a travel challenge for us. Boggy Creek’s Southport location avoids most of the traffic and congestion in the Disney area. There is a beautiful setup here with a restaurant, gift shop, gator area, gem/ fossil dig and native village. So, if you arrive a little early there are things to do and see. And when you finish with your adventure, you can recharge by trying some gator bites or having a meal. A delightful surprise is the native village. Natives have lived in this part of the county for over 12,000 years. Little Big Mountain, a fourth-generation dancer, singer, and educator gave a fun presentation on native culture. “That’s what we call the TV tribe,” he explained in response to a question. On our visit, Little Big Mountain was building a dugout canoe using only native tools and techniques. Recommendations for Options B ogg y Creek offers 30, 45 and 60-minute airboat rides. Navigating the options can be a little challenging. Here are some thoughts to help you choose the one right for you. The 30-minute trips can give an introduction, but can feel too short. The

45-minute trips are on six passenger airboats. So, it’s a more intimate experience and more expensive. Neither one of these requires reservations. The 60-minute trips seem to be just about right. When you head back, you feel ready to return. These require a reservation and you need to check in 30 minutes before. Timing really depends on the weather. Take a look at the forecast and pick a day with weather that works for you. Remember it will feel cooler when you’re out on the water. Tips for a Great Trip Timing: Boggy Creek operates 365 days a year from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. As we head into cooler months, this is a great day trip. During the winter months, you more likely to see wildlife with their young. During the warmer months, when it is hot and humid, alligators will spend most of their time submerged to keep cool. Clothing: Sunscreen and sunglasses are very important. You might want a light jacket for cooler days on the water. Driving: Drive time is 90 minutes, but plan on two hours in case you encounter traffic. Better to arrive relaxed for your adventure than stressed. Take the I-4 to exit 58. After cutting through some suburbs, you’ll be traveling through the countryside. GPS will be helpful in a few spots. Dining: Boggy Bottom BBQ is an onsite restaurant with interesting and good menu choices at reasonable prices. Gator is on the menu – here’s your opportunity to be the apex predator. Prices: Thirty minute tours start at $27.95 + tax; one hour excursions are $44.95 + tax per person. Airboat Rides at Boggy Creek 2001 E. Southport Rd. Kissimmee, FL 34746 (407) 344-9550 www.bcairboats.com

As airboats move through the shallow water, many birds will fly to reposition themselves.

Airboats are designed to travel over shallow water, often looking as if they are traveling across land.

Little Big Mountain, dancer, singer, and educator giving a fun presentation on native culture.

Even if alligators are hiding on your airboat ride, there are several highly visible ones at Boggy Creek.


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Multi-Cultural Heritage Club Is New To SCC

By Paula Lickfeldt The Multi-Cultural Heritage Club of Sun City Center was approved by the CA on May 10. The purpose of this new club is to bring together persons of different cultures and ethnic backgrounds to promote understanding and friendships. The club will meet on the second Friday of the month at noon, in the Caper Room of the Atrium Building. The Multi-Cultural Club will have its first meeting on Friday October 13 in the Caper Room. The club has chosen, as its

first event, to participate in the 2017 Sun City Center Walk to end Alzheimer’s disease. The two-mile walk will be held on Saturday Oct. 14, the day after the first official meeting of the club. Plans are being made for a Meet N Greet to be held on Saturday October 28, from 3 until 6 p.m. in the Sandpiper Room. All residents of SCC and KP are invited to come to see what the MultiCultural Heritage Club is about and to meet the members of the club. Light refreshments will be served.

San Antonio Rattlesnake Festival Promises Exciting New Changes

T h e 5 1 s t A n nu a l S an A nt on i o Rattlesnake Festival will spring back to life Oct 21 and 22 bringing traditional chills and brand-new thrills at the San Antonio (Florida) City Park. Energized by new organizers - the Thomas Promise Foundation, the 50-year-old festival will showcase old favorite features and look to a bright future introducing exciting new activities, food and craft vendors, and live entertainment. For those who remember the snake show and the wooden gopher tortoise races, they’ll be there as always. Those that remember kid’s games and Cowboy Tom’s Wild West Show, will not be disappointed. As always there will be great live Cowboy Tom puts on a wonderful Wild entertainment, tasty food and arts and West Show. crafts – lots of arts and crafts. Among the recently added attractions is a pumpkin patch and a beer garden. As always, the festival itself is free and will open at 9 a.m. on Saturday and close at 5 p.m. Sunday hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit “rattlesnakefestival.com” or call (813) 782-0000. You can also check the festival out on Facebook.

Pickers And Pizza At Southshore UCC

until noon or at the Pickers practices on Wednesday at the Rollins Theatre from 2 until 4 p.m. The seating will be open but a table of eight can be reserved if the eight tickets are purchased all at the same time. The very last day to get a ticket for the pizza will be Oct. 10. Tickets for the show only can be purchased at the door. BYO beer, wine or soda. Contact Paula 633-6739 if you have any questions. All are invited and all are welcome.

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By Paula Lickfeldt South Shore United Church of Christ, 1501 La Jolla Ave, will host the annual Pickers and Pizza on Saturday October 14. Pizza will be made “on the spot” by Michael of St. Pizza. The Pickers will play their own very popular brand of music. The party will begin at 6 p.m. in the Hospitality Hall of the Church. Tickets will cost $10 per person and may be purchased in the church office Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.


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LAWN BOWLING • TENNIS • GOLF • SOFTBALL• PICKLEBALL & MORE! Local Pickleballers Win Gold

Sun City Center resident, Lynn Seevers with partner Mary Vanderveer of Valencia Lakes took first-place gold medals in the Beech Mountain, NC “Battle on Beech” pickleball tournament 50+ category on August 18. Mary went on to place second in the mixed doubles 3.5 level event and Lynn played her first 4.0 level match with a fellow 3.5 player. Lynn has been playing for just over 1 1/2 years at Sun City Center Pickleball Club and actively plays nearby clubs as well. If you haven’t tried pickleball yet, it’s the fastest-growing sport, which is highly addictive and attracts the nicest people from all over the country.

SCC Pickleball News

The Sun City Center Pickleball Club started Introduction to Pickleball lessons on Sept. 12. Lessons are every Tuesday and Friday from 1pm to 2:30 p.m. and we have added Intermediate lessons every Wednesday evening from 6 to 7:30 pm. All our lessons are at the pickleball courts behind the Community Hall on South Pebble Beach. The Introduction to Pickleball classes are open to any resident of Sun City Center and the lessons are free. The Pickleball Club supplies paddles and balls to all beginners, all you need to begin are court shoes and a CA identification badge. Our Intermediate classes are open to Pickleball Club members only and you must have your own paddle to participate. All our instructors are volunteers from the Pickleball club who want to share this fun game with as many people as possible. We have five dedicated, lighted courts and one shared court so there is plenty of room for everyone to enjoy the fastest growing game in the country. We also have special clinics, bringing in professional players from around the area, most recently Deb Harrison, from The Villages and Simone Jarden from the Naples Florida US Open Pickleball Academy. We always have a great time, come join us. To learn more about the SCC Pickleball Club go to our website at www.sccflpickleball.com.

Senior Athlete of the Month Lynn Seevers

By Bob Monahan The medals were hanging from her neck, too many to count, when Lynn Seevers posed for a picture, the medals giving witness to her proficiency in pickleball. Lynn’s charming southern accent can be traced to the Greenville/Spartanburg area of South Carolina where she was born and raised. Playing sports started at age seven and included basketball, volleyball, and softball. As she aged these three sports became part of her life at Walhalla High School lettering in all three as she also won the Presidential Physical Fitness Award. It wasn’t her athletic prowess, but her brains that led Winthrop University to offer Lynn a full academic scholarship which was gratefully accepted. She went on to graduate with a degree in business. That business degree led her to careers in marketing, administration, and finally real estate. Berkshire Hathaway is the lucky recipient of Lynn’s talent for the last three years right here in Sun City Center. But how did she get here in the first place? Twenty six years ago a business venture brought Lynn and her family to the Sun City Center area and as she looked at all that was offered she had this to say, “I love so many things about Sun City Center starting with the wonderful people and friends, the wide variety of activities offered, the beautiful sunsets, easy access to everything, and the quiet slow pace atmosphere it provides.” Lynn recently celebrated 33 years of marriage to her husband Allen whom she met while working for the same company in Greenville, South Carolina. They have two children, a boy and a girl. Both of her children live in the area, so she can travel to be with her grandchildren, three little girls who Lynn refers to as her “grand babies” since they are all under four years of age. It is obvious that they are the love of her life. Besides pickleball, Lynn enjoys dancing, swing and ballroom, even clogging, cooking, traveling, reading, volunteering, golfing and any new adventure that comes along. As far as the future plans Lynn plans on continuing playing in pickleball tournaments while she continues her real estate career. She likes to live her life to the fullest staying active and healthy.

Winner of the 2017 Spring Session and the playoff winner “Nothin Fancy”. Front L to R: Doug Seipelt, Tom Urlich, Steve Sole, Dave Botting. Back L to R: Brun Davis, Lee McGill, Rod Tannenholz, Chuck Turner, John Colgren, Harry Burgess (Manager) Walt Drugan, Bob Miller.

SCC Softball Club

The SCC Softball Club is about ready to “Play Ball”! The field will be ready for our fall session that starts October 20. You must sign up on our web page by October 4 to be in the fall draft. You must be a resident of Sun City Center or Kings Point to play ball. www.suncitycentersoftball.org If you are interested and are in town, come down to the field on Monday practice at 9 a.m. or Tuesday pickup games at 8:30 a.m. until the season starts. The Diamondettes will be flipping hamburgers and hot dogs on Friday’s from 11:30 to 1:30. The public is welcome to have a burger and watch a game.

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Family Connections To Sun City Center

By Paula Lickfeldt Dorothy and Lester LeVine, retired Army, moved to SCC in 1970. During the mid 60s they were on active duty in Orlando, Florida. They had heard about Sun City Center and came for a look around. They liked what they saw even when there was not much yet to see. In 1964, they bought a piece of land on South Lake. In 1965, they traded that piece of land for a piece of property on Middle Lake and in 1966, they traded again for a piece of property on North Lake. They bought this land with the promise that there would one day be a lake there since none existed at the time of their purchase. The couple had two sons, Ed and Ron, who were able to visit SCC often with their families. Ed and Ron’s step-father Lester passed away in 1998 but their mother stayed in the home on North Lake. After her passing in 2003, the boys inherited the house. Ed and his wife Mae-Ellen bought out Ron’s share and moved to SCC in 2004. They decided to keep the house for one year to see if it was right for them. In a very short time they knew they liked the lifestyle SCC had to offer and so they were here to stay. Ed Dowdy, retired Army, is a golfer. He plays at Sandpiper. He played softball for ten years until vertigo caused him to have to give it up. Both Ed and MaeEllen were on the Security Patrol for eight years and they drive for Samaritan Services. Ed is an altar server at Prince of Peace (he says that he is the oldest altar boy) and Mae-Ellen is a Lector. Ed has been the treasurer of the North Lake Association and he has been a volunteer with the AARP tax program for several years. Mae-Ellen is a line dancer and loves yoga and Latin Fitness Classes. She sings

Ron and Susan are both golfers and they are in the Computer Club. She sings in the SCC Women’s Chorus and Friends of St. Andrew Chorus. Susan is a reader for the children of the HOPE fund. Ron is semi-retired and trying to become fully retired. He needs to stop answering the phone. He is active in the SCC chapter of MOAA. Such interesting people with such varied backgrounds keep finding their way to SCC. Sun City Center is very lucky. Do you have a story to tell about how your family came to SCC? We would love to hear it. Call Paula 633-6739. NOTE: The Historical Society of SCC will be hosting a gathering of second and third generation residents on Oct. 22. The reception will be in the Florida Room from 2 until 4 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Make a reservation by emailing Dee Kelly. at kellydee837@verizon.net.

Ron and Susan Dowdy, Mae-Ellen and Ed Dowdy in the SCC Women’s Chorus and the Friends of St. Andrew Chorus. When they moved here, they joined the New England Club and she said she would be VP if she never had to be president. That turned into a ten-year commitment. This year she has decided to step down. She has been on the boards of both the North Lake Association and its former Yacht Club. Joining the Cat Lover’s Club has been her latest endeavor. Ron and Susan Dowdy were living near Huntsville, AL and both were still working. After Ron retired from the Air Force and finished his Doctorate in Higher Education and Finance, he became a “financial fix-it man.” After retiring as the Chief Financial Officer at Martin Methodist College, he was asked to go to Beacon as the VP for Finance and Administration. This is an institution of higher education for learning disabled students. After several years, he retired until the next call came from Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach where he was the VP for Finance until he retired again- until the phone rang again and he went to Shaw University in NC for a year. Ron keeps retiring, but the phone keeps

ringing and he keeps saying yes to new challenges. Susan worked in the Missile Defense Program in Huntsville until she retired. Susan and Ron came to SCC and bought a house just two doors down from Ed and Mae-Ellen. They were snow birds until 2016. Susan said that moving from the home in Ardmore, TN was very difficult but they are both very happy here in Sun City Center.

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Sun City Center Brings Vietnam Wall to Tampa

By Kai Rambow “We’re a small grass roots, veteran’s organization,” explained “Doc” Russo, Wall Manager. “I was part of starting the traveling wall. We hired someone to provide a wall at our reunions; they didn’t show up one year. We said, ‘That’s never going to happen again. We’ll build our own.’ ‘Sure you are,’ was the retort. One year later we had our wall.” Although only 3/5ths the size of the wall in Washington, DC, it is an exact replicate. All the names are on the wall exactly as they are on the wall in DC. There is a copy of the book people can use to locate names on the wall. Russo frequently helps people locate names on the wall. “The last name is a start, then first name, and hometowns help us locate where a name is placed on the wall.” Just like in DC rubbing paper is provided for those who wish to create a memory. “The center of our wall is only six feet, so we don’t have to use a ladder like they do in DC,” noted Russo. “We’ve also created 3D pictures of the statues, so that too is almost the same as DC.” Local Volunteers Russo, a former Navy corpsman, now works full-time for the non-profit and travels with three-tour Vietnam veteran, “Lucky” Harper. “We ask the local organization bringing us in to provide volunteers to help set up. We can usually get setup in under three hours.” The traveling wall is typically displayed from two to four days. Small towns will draw 2,000 visitors, while locations such as Tampa can draw 10 thousand plus visitors. Our local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution originally

consider using your GPS. Instead of turning right on 60 to go shopping in Brandon, turn left. At 301 turn right. You’ll cross a land bridge (think climbing a small hill), then make a large S curve, and once again have another small hill bridge. After the bridge, you’ll see a large barn on the left. Shortly after, you’ll cross a flat bridge; you’ll also see a large, blue water pipe on your right. As soon as the bridge ends, you’ll need to make a left turn into the park. The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall www.travelingwall.us

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looked to bring the wall to Sun City Center. “When we looked at the requirements,” explained Jan Bassett, Chapter President, “we realized we needed to expand involvement.” The County, the Parks department, as well as Vietnam Veterans Chapter 787 are all key participants in this event. “We’re looking for escorts, volunteers to help people locate names on the wall,” mentioned Bassett. If you’re interested, you can contact Jan Bassett at (813) 642-0691. Nonprofit Importance There are four organizations with a traveling Vietnam wall, not all are nonprofit. Since The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall is a nonprofit, there is no charge to see it. “We charge a nominal fee for transporting the wall,” shared Russo, “and rely on local volunteers at the event site.” Many Vietnam veterans bring family members. When they see the names of

Visitors can rub and record an honored one’s name. These are two visitors doing so at the Vietnam Wall in Washington, DC. Photo Kai Rambow.

Entrance to Veteran’s Memorial Park. Use driving tips here, so you don’t drive past the entrance. Photo Kai Rambow.

those with whom they served, veterans frequently begin telling stories, often breaking decades of silence. It also provides an opportunity for those who cannot travel to Washington, DC to experience the wall locally. Russo and Harper travel to up to 18 cities a year from April to November. “Planning takes at least a year,” said Russo, “2018 is already scheduled and so is most of 2019. When we started, we thought we would go to Florida and Georgia. Then requests starting coming in, and now we cover the Eastern part of the country.” When: October 26, 27, 28 and 29. Opening ceremonies start at 11 a.m. on October 26. Hours will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Where: Veteran’s Memorial Park, 3602 N. Hwy 301, Tampa. Driving Tip: You can easily miss the park, so

The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall. Except for the smaller scale, it is an exact replicate. Photo courtesy of Maureen Welsh.


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October 2017

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FAITH & service Car/Golf Cart Wash

Is your car or golf cart not as clean as you would like? Come to a Car Wash at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 701 Valley Forge Blvd., in Sun City Center on Saturday, October 7 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Rain date will be Saturday, October 14. Donations will be accepted and will be used to benefit AMI kids, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping troubled youth develop into responsible and productive citizens. For more information, call the church office at 813-634-1292.

Women of Faith Event

Redeemer Lutheran Church, 701 Valley Forge Blvd. in Sun City Center, will be hosting a “Women of Faith” event in the church hall on Tuesday, October 24 beginning at 10 a.m. This is an opportunity for women of all denominations to socialize as well as to learn new information. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, call the church office at 813-634-1292.

Fall Festival of Crafts

The 7th Fall Festival of Crafts will take place at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 702 Valley Forge Blvd. in Sun City Center October 14 and 15. There will be a large variety of handmade items for sale that have been created by more than 45 artists and craftspeople. You will have the opportunity to get a head start on your holiday shopping with gifts for everyone including your furry friends. The Council of Catholic Women will have an assortment of breakfast and lunch items available for sale both days and in addition to that will be hosting a bake sale. For more information, call Lynn at 941-723-8431.

Beth Israel Sisterhood Plans Opening Meeting

Beth Israel Sisterhood will hold their opening meeting of the 2017-2018 season on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 1 p.m. in the Henry Gibson Social Hall at the Temple located at 1115 Del Webb Blvd. East in Sun City Center. Our speaker will be Rabbi Carla Freedman, who will take us back to early Judaism as she addresses the topic “Before Patriarchy?” All Sisterhood members and prospective members are invited to join us for what should be a most interesting afternoon. As always, refreshments will be served. For additional information about the program or Beth Israel Sisterhood, please contact Rochelle Lafer at “bisisterhood@jcscc.org” or call 938-3824.

Upcoming Grief Support

We Have Hope as an Anchor for the Soul (Hebrews 6:19) A spiritual and loving support group for those grieving the death of a loved one will begin on Wednesday, September 20, at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church. We will be incorporating a video from a hospice pioneer, Barbara Karnes RN, as we explore the grieving process. We will also view a video titled “Hope Beyond Today”. Please join us on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 10:15 to 11:00 am in the library, beginning September 20 until December 6, 2017. For information or to register, call 813-634-1542 and leave a message for Carol Liedberg.

Hope Fund Seeking Volunteers

The Hope Fund is adding a program at a new location in Wimauma and seeks twenty new volunteers to fill the roles of tutors, mentors and readers. Volunteers must commit one hour a week from November to April. Snowbirds in Florida during this period are welcome to join. Details will be provided at an Orientation meeting on October 25 from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Wimauma Senior Center, 5714 North Street in Wimauma and volunteers are asked to call Carla Miles (634-4268) to pre-register and reserve a space at this meeting. The Hope Fund for the children of Wimauma is run entirely by volunteers. For more information, visit www.thehope-fund.org. Sophia with her Hope Fund mentor’s hat.

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Credit and Debit Card Fraud

Deputy Merry says that he most common form of identity theft is using a payment card, such as a credit or debit card, to buy items or get money. The statistics that Deputy Merry shares are sobering between 2014 and 2016, the number of credit card fraud complaints increased from 36,230 to 46,771. This year there have been two million more victims. The United States makes up about a fourth of the card volume worldwide. However, nearly half the credit card fraud around the world takes place in our country. Per capita, Florida has the highest rate of reported fraud. Digital Shadows estimates $24 billion will be lost to credit card fraud next year. How Credit and Debit Card Fraud is committed Fraud can occur when cards are lost or stolen cards or sent by mail but never received. Also, thieves may use stolen or fake documents to open an account in another person’s name or may take over another person’s account. Account takeover is when a criminal gathers personal information about the intended victim, contacts the card issue impersonating the real cardholder, and has the mail redirected to a new address. This type of fraud has risen 61%. High Tech methods of credit and debit card fraud include large scale hacking of stores accounts, skimming, and a BIN attack. Store hacking often makes the news such as when Target accounts were compromised in 2013. Protecting yourself from Fraud Keep your cards and account numbers safe. Only give your account information to reputable companies and only if you have made the call, not if a company has

phoned you. Keep your eye on your card during transactions. Never sign a blank receipt. If there are any blank spaces above the total, draw a line through them. Finally, save your receipts to compare with your statement. Protect your mail. Open your bills promptly or check them online often. Reconcile bills with your receipts and report any discrepancies to the card issuer. Be sure to let your card issuer know in advance when you are going to travel or move. If available, use a ‘one time’ internet purchase card. If you are victimized Call your card issuer as soon as you realize your card has been lost, stolen or compromised. You may need to sign a statement under oath that you did not buy the items in question. Make a report at FTC.org. If the charges were local, file a police report. Chipped Cards C h ipp e d C a rd s m ay b e m ore secure than magnetic-strip cards. Each transaction has a unique code that cannot be used again. If an instore transaction is conducted using a compromised card, the losses fall back on the payment processor. To benefit from the chipped card, you must insert it in a chip reader. Swiping a chipped card makes it as vulnerable as a magneticstrip card. Summary When it comes to credit and debit cards, be very, very careful. Do your best to follow the advice of Deputy Merry. If you are a victim, be sure to report it. The information you give may help catch a criminal and save others.

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The Sun City Center Emergency Squad would like to express their profound appreciation of Publix Supermarkets, in particular, the Publix located in Ruskin, for donating all of the bakery and deli items to the Emergency Squad in the wake of Hurricane Irma on September 10, 2017. The Squad subsequently distributed some of the food items to South Bay Hospital and Hillsborough Fire and Rescue 28. Pictured here receiving a plaque of commendation with Chief Mike Bardell of the Emergency Squad are Store Manager, John McGough; Customer Service Manager, Bobby Martin; Asst. Customer Service Manager, Brandi Chavez; Grocery Manager, Stephen Green; Asst. Grocery Manager, Audrea Lewis; Produce Manager, Carlos Mena; Asst. Produce Manager, Ryan Kohlauff; Bakery Manager, Sarah Ybarra; Asst. Bakery Manager, Ron Swafford; Deli Manager, Dylan Skipper; Asst. Deli Manager, Samantha Williams; Meat Manager, Chris Cutting and Asst. Meat Manager, Nik Guzman. Your thoughtfulness appreciated by all!

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Meet Your Neighbor: Jim Clarke

By Ilona Merritt Jim Clarke, with his wife Helen, moved to Clearwater, Florida in 1974. In 1999, they decided to move to Sun City Center. Like so many others they choose this community because Jim wanted to spend his retirement years playing golf. A new hip changed this plan and Jim found out that there is life after golf. He joined the Emergency Squad, the Fitness Center and when the Guardianship Foundation asked for help Jim answered the call. Jim served his country in the Navy in submarine service. As a veteran, he participated in an Honor Flight to Washington D.C. and he was so impressed by the Homecoming welcome that he is adding that organization to his volunteer work. Sadly, after 57 years of marriage Helen passed away in January 2015. Jim couldn’t imagine what life would be without her. He said sleepless nights, a bad temper and even a case of the shingles were all signs he wasn’t coping well with his sudden loss. He was reluctant to join a grief group not wanting to share his pain with strangers. Eventually he did go to a grief group, but found that they are mostly attended by women. At one meeting, he was the only man. He went to another grief group and things were only slightly better. There were two men. In Februar y 2015, Jim founded the Widowers Bereavement Group, a support group solely for men in Sun City Center and surrounding communities. We all grieve, but men grieve differently than women. As soon as the news went out Jim received calls

Their personal lists don’t have to be shared at meetings but provide each man with food for thought on how he is progressing in his current life. With these guidelines, and support from the other widowers, the individuals try to find healthy ways to motivate each other and live productive lives. Another feature of Jim’s life is Bible Study. For 23 years Jim has been active in the Bible Study Fellowship. BSF International is an in-depth, structured, interdenominational Bible study program and it is for men only. There is a separate section for women only. Their mission, stated on their website,

from eight men. “The Widower’s Wellness Group is for men who want to share their unsolicited personal feelings and experiences during their ongoing grief journey. The secret is the unsolicited part. Our purpose is for listening, sharing, personal movement and growth, not for discussing political or religious issues.” The group meets every Monday morning in the executive dining room at Sun Towers, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. There are no dues. The first 30 minutes anything goes. Any subject may be discussed. At 9 a.m. they open their meeting with a prayer followed by unsolicited sharing. Sometimes a new member may not speak for several weeks. Focused on their healing process, the men receive a self-care chart when they first arrive that covers five main areas – physical, spiritual, social, emotional and intellectual.

is to provide “global, in-depth classes producing passionate commitment to Christ, His Word and His church.” He has also taken up the New International Version (NIV) Study Bible. Doctrinally, the NIV Study Bible reflects traditional evangelical Christian theology. Key features of the NIV Study Bible include archaeological notes, commentary from different sources, and extensive introductions to each book. When asked how he manages study time and his volunteer work in Sun City Center, the answer was simple ... BBB ... Bible before breakfast.

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By Peggy Burgess Freedom Plaza-- along with party-lovers in Sun City Center, across the country and throughout the western world-- will celebrate Oktoberfest again this year, as it has done for every one of its 25 years in operation. It was during Freedom Plaza’s very first Oktoberfest, in 1992, that someone commented that the best place for a group to properly celebrate Oktoberfest was in Munich, where it originated… and so we went. In 1993, on an escorted excursion that was a full year in the planning, a group of fourteen Freedom Plaza residents traveled to Munich, Germany for Oktoberfest, castle-hopping (staying in Schloss Hotels), sight-seeing and river-cruising along the way. It was a trip to remember, and for many Octobers afterward those travelers did just that: sat together at the annual Freedom Plaza Oktoberfest and reminisced, memories sparked by glasses lifted in the familiar “Ein Prosit!” For the past several years Freedom Plaza’s Oktoberfest has been enhanced by the music of accordionist Klement Kachovic (who plays regularly at the local Old Castle Restaurant & Beer Garden) accompanied by his brother and fellow accordionist, Milan Kachovic. This annual fete is also enlivened with a special Oktoberfest SingAlong led by our own Freedom Singers. The merriment of Freedom Plaza’s annual Oktoberfest has still another pleasant aspect. When residents lift their glasses of spirits (beer and wine are furnished) their altruistic spirits are also lifted in knowing that their ticket cost goes directly to the Freedom Plaza Scholarship Fund. That organization’s dedicated Board of Directors, all residents, has ordered the food, planned the entertainment, handled publicity, sold the tickets, decorated the tables, will usher at the event and stay to help with cleanup. They deserve an “Ein Prosit!” As we are all aware, that traditional Oktoberfest toast, “Ein Prosit der Gemütlichkeit” defies an exact English translation. It is a salute to warmth, friendliness, hospitality; to the good things in life experienced by both the residents of Freedom Plaza and the residents of Sun City Center. So, as we lift our glasses and sing it out-- with great gusto -- at our 2017 Freedom Plaza Oktoberfest, we offer to all of you, with sincerity, “Ein Prosit der Gemutlichkeit!” Paid Advertisement

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Art For Alzheimer’s

The Third Annual Art for Alzheimer’s Day will take place on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the lobby of the Kings Point North Clubhouse, Sun City Center. Planned by Marianne Wexler, in memory of her husband Rick, and supported by a committee of Oakley Green neighbors, all funds raised will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association. Framed paintings, jewelry and glassware will be for sale. Raffle tickets for themed gift baskets (spa, wine, beach, etc.), lottery ticket tree and 50/50 can be purchased throughout the day. Tickets will be drawn at the close of the event. Winning ticket holders do not have to be present. A great way to start your Christmas shopping! For information call Marianne Wexler: 813-938-5235.

Eagle Audubon Society Opens The 2017-2018 Season

Welcome everyone to Eagle Audubon Society’s (EAS) first general meeting of the 2017-2018 season. Andy Fairbanks, Environmental Outreach Coordinator for Hillsborough County, will present “Wild Side of Hillsborough County” on Thursday, October 19, 2017 in the Banquet Room of the Kings Point Main Clubhouse, 1900 Clubhouse Dr., Sun City Center. Social and refreshment time will begin at 1:20 p.m. with meeting starting at 2 p.m. The monthly meetings are free and open to the public. Membership is required to participate in EAS’s outings. Trip registration ($ various) and membership enrollment ($10) will be received at the meetings. Eagle Audubon is a Charter Chapter of National Audubon. In addition to his presentation at the October meeting, Andy Fairbanks will be the expert guide for the first field trip of the season to Triple Creek, a new 971-acre park enjoyed by tram. Space is limited. This is one of the twelve field trips plus one two-day outing scheduled for the EAS season. Members car pool to various trip locations. The related cost per trip will be determined by venue. EAS brochures available at the meetings and online at “eagleaudubonflorida.org”.

Kings Point Krafter’s Club Arts & Craft Sale

Saturday, November 4, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. North Clubhouse Banquet Room KP Krafter’s have been busy all year creating one of a kind “Knitted, Crochet and Canvas” projects to sell. There is something for everyone! Proceeds are donated to Sun City Center charities. We are dedicated to giving back to our community! There will also be raffles!

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Dance instructors Butch and Emma Gadd will start this year’s free dance sessions every Friday night in the Studio North club House on Oct. 6 and continue thru April. New dancers and anyone who needs to practice are welcome from 6 till 7. From 7 to 8:30 the floor is open to more advanced dancers. The club is open to residents of Kings Point and Sun City Center. We will have to have passes to show at gate. We will get your name and address over the first few weeks. Call the Gadds at 813-633-7210 if you need more information.

Kings Point Mixed Chorus

After an unexpected delay, The Kings Point Mixed Chorus resumed rehearsals on Monday, September 18, for their Thursday, December 7 Holiday Concert. The Chorus meets every Monday afternoon in the Kings Point North Clubhouse, starting at 12:15 for check-in, payment of dues and announcements. Practice runs until approximately 2:30 p.m. Our new Director, the highly gifted Jeff Jordan, has planned a holiday program that is sure to entertain and delight concert-goers. The Chorus will be accompanied by the equally talented Keith Rasmussen. It is not too late to add your voice to this friendly group of warblers. The membership deadline is Monday, October 16 and, until then, any soprano, alto, tenor, or bass in the greater Sun City Center area with an interest in vocal music is invited to join us for this, our 41st season. There are no try-outs. Bring a sweater, some water, and your enthusiasm and come see what we are all about. You will receive a warm welcome from a Community Chorus with an abundance of heart. If singing, taking pride in your efforts and having fun is your “thing”, this is your chance. If you are not a Kings Point resident, just inform the guard at the Visitors Gate that you are there for Chorus. For more information, contact Mary Anne at (813) 634-8747 or email triplelady@aol.com.

Thanksgiving Dinner Dance The Italian Club Of Kings Point

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Greta May has been painting for at least ten years, most of the years spent taking classes from Diane Simon. She has won the “Peer Award” at the Kings Point Art Show in 2016, recently served as KPAL’s president.

Just as on the first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims and Indians let us the Italian Club of Kings Point join together (in costume if possible) to share that same brotherhood and peace as was experienced by all who attended dinner that day. Our Pow Wow will be in the Veterans Theater of Kings Point Sun City Center on 11/14/17. Banquet Masters will present a buffet of garden salad, carved roast turkey with gravy and cranberry sauce, carved sugar glazed ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans almandine. There will be traditional pies served as dessert. Coffee, tea and soda will be provided by the club. If you desire any other beverage BYOB. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. Dinner is at 5 p.m. Put on your boots and moccasins and dance to the music of David Lawrence Royale who will be entertaining you with the music of the 50”s 60’s and 70’s. Tickets sales will occur at the Veterans Theater lobby, Kings Point Main Clubhouse on 10/24/17 and 10/25/17 from 9 a.m. until noon. Cutoff date for tickets 11/1/17. Tickets price $25 per person members, and $28 per person, non-members. Sun City residents please remember to bring your ID badge in order to gain entry through the security gate on the day you are purchasing tickets. Please contact May 813-419-4790 if you have any questions. Note we will be honoring renewal of your 2017-2018 membership on the ticket sale days listed above. Dues are $10 per person.

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Sun City Center Alive with Music! O’Lyn Callahan in Concert

By Ilona Merritt members outgrew the facility there, Members of the Sun City the club moved to Sun City Center Organ and Keyboard Center. Fletcher Music Center Club are proud to present in the Sun City Plaza took O’Lyn Callahan in concert the club under its wing and on October 26, 2017 at 10 loaned organs for members a.m. until noon in the Florida for practice and to play at offsite Room/Atrium Building. Don’t events. The Organ & Keyboard miss an opportunity to see O’Lyn Callahan Club has provided background and hear the beautiful O’Lyn the star performer music at the FunFest for 18 Callahan perform on a Roland years. They also perform Organ. regularly at the Holiday Walk, Art Show Wherever O’Lyn Callahan walks, talks, and Stained Glass Show, Hi Neighbor teaches or performs, she turns heads. and the 4th of July pancake breakfast. She has directed this natural charm and Organ & Keyboard Club members are talent into an unmatched marvelous available to provide music to other clubs musical career. Her talent, which for their functions. was apparent while she was still very The club was formed to meet others young, has gradually been finely tuned who share the same skills and passion through an initial solid foundation for this activity. The purpose of the club in organ studies followed by a Master is to provide an excellent opportunity degree in classical organ performance. for members to meet other organ, Throughout her career, O’Lyn has keyboard and piano enthusiasts, to never failed to inspire audiences with improve skills, and add music to a her superior playing ability and has a personal music library. Each week a natural talent to teach the finer points qualified instructor gives advice and of music. Currently, O’Lyn is touring tips on how to improve the performance throughout the United States, both of two pieces of music which are given demonstrating the art of organ playing, to the members. The club meets every and taking the stage as one of the few Thursday in the Armstrong room in professional female concert artists in the the Atrium Building. From 9 to 9:30 organ industry in North America. This a.m. Members who have not performed talented lady deserves and maintains a in public are invited to play in order to perpetual place of high esteem in the build up confidence. The lesson begins wonderful world of organ music. Tickets at 9:30 until 11 a.m. are only $5 and will be available at the Membership is open to all Members of Kiosk in the Atrium on Oct. 10, 12, 17, the CA and Kings Point. Annual dues 19, and 24 from 9 a.m. to noon. They will are $10 and there is a $3 charge per also be sold at the door the morning of lesson. Beginners through advanced the concert. For additional information players come to learn and improve call Barbara Carlini at 813-633-2022 or their music skills. No registration is Bob Mulcahy 633-4628. needed, just come to the Armstrong The Sun City Center Organ and room on Thursday morning. For Keyboard Club were originally formed additional information call Publicity by Sandy Gray Gundacker in Riverview Chair: Barbara Carlini at 813-633-2022 in 1982. Three years later, when its or President Bob Mulcahy at 633-4628.

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Moonglow Ballroom Dance Club

By Paula Lickfeldt The Moonglow Ballroom Dance Club was founded circa 1984 by Frank and Jinx Rives, and assisted by George and Ann Rozum. The couples wanted dancing and socializing along with music and entertainment. Both couples had remained active in the dance community until the last few years. The Rives still attend, local dances occasionally. Throughout the history of the club, the dances have live music and several different entertainers are used during the year. Most of the entertainment is from out-of-town (Tampa, Sarasota, or Orlando) so that the dancers can experience different instrumentation and interpretations of various ballroom dance music. The bands play waltz, foxtrot, swing, rumba, cha-cha, tango, polka and more. They try to appeal to members from a diverse background and musical preference. Membership is open to both couples and singles. At each dance, there will be designated “singles tables” so the singles can meet other single dancers. Residents of Sun City Center, Kings Point and Freedom Plaza are eligible for membership. Visitors and guests are always welcome with a fee of $5 per person. The membership year is from Jan. to Dec. with a dance each month. Dues to the club are a one-time fee of $25 per person or $50 per couple per year. With membership, there are no entrance fees at the door. Membership to the club is close to 100. The dances are held at the Community Hall on South Pebble Beach from 7:30 until 9:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday

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of the month except the November dance which is on the third Thursday because of Thanksgiving. The club hosts an annual dinner dance in January for which the dinners are partially subsidized by the club treasury. The attire for the dances is “dressy casual” except for the January dinner dance where the ladies wear gowns or cocktail dresses and the gentlemen wear jackets and ties. In Febr uar y of 2017, the club sponsored a Sunday afternoon “Tea Dance.” The Ballroom Fantasy Band with six professional musicians from Orlando provided the dance music. Despite the event occurring on Super Bowl Sunday, 70 dancers enjoyed the occasion. Two or three times a year the club will host a ballroom dance exhibition as entertainment at intermission. The club does not give lessons. Dancing is such a wonderful, social form of exercise and attending the Moonglow Dances is a great way to meet fellow active dancers who enjoy dancing to live music.

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Military News MOWW Wins National Awards

By B. Frank Kepley CAPT USN (Ret) The Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) 2017 National Convention was recently held in Billings, MT. At the Convention Awards Luncheon on August 5, 2017, the Sun City Center Chapter of MOWW received numerous awards for various chapter activities including their National Security; Law and Order; Scouting; and Patriotic Education programs as well as their newsletter. At the Commander-in-Chief ’s Banquet, the Chapter was recognized as the best MOWW Medium Chapter with the General of the Armies J. J. Pershing L to R: Retired Marine Major Jim Award. Haney receiving J.J. Pershing Award The Sun City Center Chapter of MOWW from Commander-in-Chief COL Clay (currently eighty-one members) meets LeGrande, USA Retired. monthly, except July & August, at 11:00 in the Plaza Club at the Freedom Fairways Golf Course. Please contact Chapter Commander Jim Haney, Major, USMC Retired, at 813.220.8758 cell or jhhaney1@gmail.com for more information regarding MOWW & the Chapter.

LTC William Morrow Presents History of Army Rangers at MOAA Luncheon

By B. Frank Kepley CAPT USN (Ret) LTC William Morrow, USA (Ret) was the featured speaker at the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) monthly meeting on Wednesday, September 6. The luncheon was held in the Florida Room in the Southside Atrium building. Bill reported to Ft. Benning, Georgia where he attended the Infantry Officers Basic course and then completed Airborne and Ranger Training before being assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. He served as a platoon leader at the 82nd before being reassigned to Vietnam. Bill then served as the Pathfinder detachment commander for the 25th Aviation Battalion, 25th Infantry Division. Returning to the United States he was LTC William Morrow, USA (Ret) assigned to the Ranger Training Command and served as a tactics and patrolling instructor at the Florida Ranger Camp in NW Florida. He attended the Infantry Officer’s Advanced Course at Ft. Benning in route to the 3rd Infantry Division in Schweinfurt, Germany. After completing his command tour the Army sent him to Purdue University where he received a Master’s degree. He is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS and the Department of Defense Program Management Course. He was selected to serve as the Army’s Product Manager for Amphibians and Watercraft. LTC Morrow provided a well received, comprehensive history the of the US Army Rangers, from their establishment in WWII to today. His military awards include the Silver Star, Bronze Star with 2 OLC with V device, Air Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, and Army Commendation Medal.

From L: Ferris Garrett, Lt. Col., USAF (Ret); Jane Foppe, MOAA Auxiliary Member; James Haney, MAJ. USMC, (Ret) and Charles Conover LTC USA (Ret).

MOAA Presents Awards to Membership Committee

By B. Frank Kepley CAPT USN (Ret) The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), during their September meeting in the Florida Room in the Sun City Center Atrium, presented Exceptional Service Awards to the membership committee for their exceptional achievements. The committee members, through their hard work and persistent efforts have made significant strides in increasing the MOAA membership. The award reads: “For outstanding service to the MOAA Sun City Center Chapter. During the past year, the Membership Committee achieved the end-of-year 95% membership retention mark earning the chapter a $250 monetary incentive payout. The combined recruiting and retention program helped the chapter achieve the 5-star chapter rating for the year.”

Former Seal Team 5 Commander Presents New PTSD Treatment

By B. Frank Kepley CAPT USN (Ret) The warrior2warrior (w2w) foundation (a 501c3 corporation) nonprofit initiative is a new treatment program for PTSD. The statistics are grim, 20 suicides a day. There is now an organization specializing in Veterans Suicide Prevention and Treatment that does not demean the victims by making them seek a “Shrink" with no real understanding of the pressures and realities of combat. The warrior is reluctant to seek psychiatric care because of the stigma it creates. What these Special Operations veterans and their families established is a personalized peer driven deinstitutionalized program that breaks down the barriers and stigma to obtaining emotional help. The founding co-directors of the W2W organization will present their program to the residents of SCC at the Community Hall at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, October 10. The event will include a catered lunch. The Co-directors/founders are: Ms. Susan Ullman, whose Army Green Beret husband --- a former Seal Team 4 commander --- succumbed to suicide, and Navy Seal Captain Tom Chaby, USN (Ret) --- former Commander of Seal Team 5. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with any interest in becoming better informed on the links between combat, PTSD and veterans suicides to learn more, and help spread the word on how peers, because they have ‘been there’, can help alleviate PTSD more effectively than other forms of interaction. W2W was founded to facilitate those ‘peer to peer’ interactions and is doing a remarkable job, even in its early days. Please plan to attend the October 10 W2W presentation, sponsored by the Military Officers Association of America and the Military Order of the World Wars, and spread the word so a full house can be achieved. It will be catered by Banquet Masters and reservations ($14) are required for catering purposes. Contact Frank Kepley at 813-642-0801 or dkepley@tampabay.rr.com.

Silver Osprey Squadron #64 Kicks Off 2017-2018 Program

The Silver Osprey Squadron #64 will hold its first luncheon meeting at the Plaza Club in Freedom Plaza on Friday, October 13. Guest Speaker will be Commander Ryan Gormley, USNR, Executive Officer of the Naval Operations Support Center, located at MacDill Air Base. Commander Gormley is a native of Philadelphia, PA and is a 1999 graduate of Drexel University. He received his commission through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps program and was designated a Naval Aviator in February 2001. Following designation, he reported to Airborne Mine Countermeasures Weapon System Training School (AWSTS) where he qualified as a pilot in the MH53E “Sea dragon” helicopter. At the end of 2011 he reported to U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) to serve as a joint action officer in the J31 SOF Aviation Operations department. In this role, he became a subject matter expert on SOF aviation employment charged with prioritizing and allocating all SOF aviation assets in support of SOCOM component and TSOC mission and training requirements. Commander Gromely reported NOSC Tampa as the executive officer where he is currently assigned. He is married to the lovely Melissa Woods of Lakeland, FL. They have two energetic sons, Bryce and Carson, and daughter Alexis. The Silver Osprey Squadron has an open membership with the only requirement being a strong interest in Military aviation. They will have seven luncheon meetings this year. If interested in more information please contact CDR Roger Kennicutt, USN, Commanding Officer at tkennicutt@aol.com. Cost is $17 for non-members and $14 for members. For reservations to the October luncheon mail check to Mr. Tom Harding, 309 Noble Faire Drive, Sun City Center, FL or call 813-634-1236. Deadline is Tuesday October 10. Lunch at 12 noon with meeting and greet at 11 with cash bar.

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